Monday, October 31, 2011

It's almost Christmas!

Ok, nobody panic.  I'm jumping the gun a little bit.  See, in our house we LOVE Christmas! Almost-husband & I are already planning, and I'm actually almost DONE shopping for Little Big Man.  Yup - pretty cool, huh?  So, along with planning to get our tree right after Thanksgiving, we are also already thinking about Christmas cards.  It will be our first OFFICIAL Christmas as a family (even though we consider ourselves to have been one for a while now), so I've been busy looking at cards.  Enter Shutterfly.  I fell in love with one (or a dozen) of their cards.  Almost-husband & I talked it over, he cast the deciding vote since I'm a bit indecisive sometimes - I wanted about 6 of them by the time I narrowed it down, and we have decided on our cards. 

So, imagine my delight when I found out that the wonderful ladies over at Real Moms Real Views are holding a giveaway!  Head over & check them out - you could win 25 (yup, that's right 25) free cards from Shutterfly!  There will be 3 winners, so you'll have a pretty good chance - check them out (and let them know you heard about it here!)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Get Your Kid Off The Couch! (Heelys Review)

Did I get your attention?  Ok, so it's entirely possible that most people don't have a problem getting their kids to go play outside.  Unfortunately, the almost-husband and I most definitely DO have that problem.  Little Big Man (aka the kiddo) tends to find the living room to be much more entertaining - after all, there aren't electronics in the backyard!

Enter Heelys.  The Heelys company very generously sent me a pair to review.  Now, they are actually going to be a Christmas present for the kiddo... but what kind of soon-to-be bonus Momma would I be if I didn't make sure they were safe?  And, ya know, since we wear pretty close to the same size shoe I figured I should check them out myself before hand.  Only inside, of course - I'm kind of a klutz and I didn't want to mess them up before he gets to them!

These are the shoes we got for kiddo - the Double Threat.

I was impressed before I even  took them out of the box.  Almost-husband shot me a quick text at work to let me know they got to the house.  He said they were cool.  He knows cool better than I do (in fact, he probably wouldn't even use the word cool).  I trusted his judgement, but wanted to see for myself.  When I got home I proceeded to do all the "Grown-up" things with them.  I tested to see how easily the wheels go in & out - SUPER easy, but not TOO easy.  They definitely won't just pop out mid ride.  The shoes themselves look great.  Really well made - I'm pretty sure they are "kid-proof" but I'm sure Little Big Man will put that theory to the test!  I also like the fact that the wheels are removable, and there is a heavy plastic piece that goes into the sole to block the hole.  I figure that will save the carpets - and our security deposit - by NOT making it easy for the kiddo to track all kinds of questionable things into the house.

Once I was done being the responsible Almost-Bonus-Momma, I decided to indulge in a small amount of temporary insanity.  If you read what I said earlier, I'm sure you can see where this is going.  Yup - I put on the Heelys.  Almost-Husband managed to stop laughing hysterically long enough to snap a few pictures, and I managed not to threaten him with severe harm for taking them.  Once I can figure out how to get the computer & the camera to drop their long-standing hatred for one another, I will post them - look for those in the next few weeks.  I was actually a bit stunned.  Like I said before, I'm a klutz.  I think that instead of athletic ability, I have some sort of athletic allergy.  I was actually able to play around with the Heelys without killing myself or destroying my house.  They are actually fun to use!  Like I said, they'll get the kid off the couch!

Now, I'm sure that you're just dying to see the pictures of me trying out the Heelys, and I promise you will see them very soon... but in the meantime, go here for more information about them - they even tell you how to use them and even more importantly how to stay SAFE.

Are you intrigued?  If so, you're in luck - Heelys is throwing a Black Friday special!! Between Nov 25-Nov 28, Buy any pair of Heelys, get the second pair for $25. Or buy a Nano, and get a pair of shoes for $25, and get free ground shipping on all orders!

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I received a pair of shoes from Heelys in order to write this review.  All opinions expressed are my own (except the reactions of the almost-husband)