Thursday, July 14, 2011

Big Diaper Deal at Babies R Us

Babies R Us has a great Pampers diaper deal tomorrow and Saturday (July 15 and 16). When you buy 2 value boxes of Pampers, you get a $25 gift card. Value boxes are 92 to 276 count.

PLUS you will also get  $10 coupon (VALID 9/4 to 9/17) and  3 pack sample of size 4 Cruisers! (while supplies last of course!)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

CLOSED - Radical Review Wednesday: Seventh Generation Diapers Review and Giveaway

It has been a milestone week in our household! Friday was E's 3 month checkup. He weighed in at 11 lbs 15 oz and is up to the 27th percentile! Woo hoo! On Sunday he rolled over from front to back, twice! I also have noticed that his size 1 diapers have gotten tighter, and he is leaking out of them a bit more. So a bag of Seventh Generation Free & Clear diapers in size 2 arrived at the perfect time!

The first thing I noticed about them was the lack of color. They look very natural and are not full of cute cartoon characters. I was surprised at how soft they were - not as soft as some other brands but definitely softer than some I have tried. And no gross chemical smell. The diapers fit Baby E. perfectly and did not leak overnight! Really, the only thing i didn't like was the Velcro - I love that it is long, but that means it gets tucked behind the baby's body and is hard to open.

About Seventh Generation diapers: Free & Clear diapers do not include chlorine processing, fragrances, latex and petroleum based lotions. In an effort to contribute less overall landfill waste and continue to ensure a premium standard of absorbency, the new Free & Clear diapers have been redesigned with a lighter-weight core. With processed chlorine-free wood pulp in Free & Clear diapers, Seventh Generation also makes certain that no chlorine is released into the environment during the totally chlorine-free (TCF) whitening process of the diapers and training pants.

Don't forget - the $2 coupon is still available!

Want to win a package of Seventh Generation diapers? It's easy!

Mandatory Entry: 
1. Comment and tell me: What do you love about eco-conscious baby products?

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Seventh Generation Diaper Coupon

I am working on a review and giveaway for Seventh Generation guys have no idea how excited I am to try these diapers. So excited that I wanted to share this coupon with you right now!

You can save $2.00 OFF any ONE Seventh Generation Baby Product (Diapers, Training Pants, or Wipes). You can download it here,

Print it today and check back later in the week for my review and giveaway!

the coupon link, product, prize pack, information, and giveaway have all been provided by Seventh Generation through MyBlogSpark.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Crock Pot Chicken Cacciatore

To balance out the so bad they are good S'mores bars recipe I posted yesterday, I made a Weight Watchers friendly crock pot recipe, from the wonderful LaaLoosh blog

I didn't take a pic, so here is the one she posted:

pic from kitchen illiterate

My changes: tomatoes with Italian spices in them, garlic powder (forgot to buy garlic!), scallions instead of onions and no pepper. I also accidentally bought chicken tenderloins, which worked OK but chicken breasts would definitely work better.

Crock Pot Chicken Cacciatore Recipe

submitted by Lorah
taken from

- 1 28oz. can tomatoes, finely chopped and un-drained
- 1 10oz. can Healthy Request Tomato Soup
- 1 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
- 1/2 tsp. dried minced garlic
- 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms, fresh or canned
- 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 16oz skinned and boned uncooked chicken breast cut into 4 pieces
- Non Fat Cooking spray
In a crock pot container sprayed cooking spray, combine un-drained tomatoes, tomato soup, Italian seasoning and garlic. Stir in mushrooms, green pepper, onion and chicken pieces. Mix well to combine. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. Evenly spoon sauce over chicken to serve.
Entire Recipe makes 4 servings

Each serving = 5 Points +
PER SERVING: 204 calories; 4 g fat; 25g protein; 17g carbohydrates; 2g fiber

Friday, July 8, 2011

Two Great Giveaways at Brag All About It!

Susie over at Brag all About It is having two great giveaways.


The first is for a gorgeous Stella & Dot renegade cluster ring.

The second is awesome if you have Blogger Blog - you can win a pre-made blogger template from Banner Blvd! I have already entered. The best part is that it has low entries so you have a great chance to win!!

Check out Brag All About It today!

Peanut Butter S'mores Bars

Since S'mores at the hottest trend, and I had some marshmallows leftover from Christmastime, I decided to make a S'mores dessert for the 4th of July.
I settled on this recipe from idle wife. (there are A LOT out there!)
Of course, I only had large marshmallows. And, upon further review, only a milk chocolate/peanut butter chips combo. But I forged ahead anyway.
And then after it was done, I realized I got the amount of butter  in the crust wrong, so the crust is really crumbly. (and excellent on ice cream!)

And this was the result:
You can see the crumbly crust!

It is delicious, if not difficult to eat. The best part: some of the peanut butter chips didn't melt all the way, so occasionally you'll get an extra bite of peanut butter. mmmm.

recipe from:

graham cracker crust

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
3 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup butter, melted

Line a 2 quart rectangular baking dish (or any dish you think will work. Smaller = thicker; larger = thinner) with parchment paper and set aside. In a bowl, mix the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and salt together. Add the melted butter and stir until the graham cracker crumbs are thoroughly moistened. Press evenly into the prepared baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Allow to cool completely.

chocolate confetti squares

1/4 cup margarine
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter (lite is all right)
1 cup chocolate chips
250 g mini marshmallows

In a medium sized pot, melt the margarine and peanut butter together. Remove from heat and stir in the chocolate chips. Stir until they've completely melted into the peanut butter mixture. Allow the mixture to cool to the point where you can comfortably place your hand on the bottom of the pot (be careful not to touch it too soon). Add marshmallows and stir to coat. Spread evenly over the graham cracker crust and put the whole thing in the fridge until fully set. Lift out of the dish using the parchment paper, cut into squares, and enjoy! It's best to keep these refrigerated.

(note from me - we calculated these at 8 points per serving for 10 servings. YMMV!)

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Happy 3 Months!!!

Cannot believe my little man is 3 months today! Finally!!! time is still going at a snail's pace. He just got out of a growth spurt - not only is he bigger (his head sticks out of the Baby Bjorn now!) but he now reaches out to grasp things. He loves holding items close - like his little Mickey or his burp cloth. He is back to babbling and smiling all the time. Still fussy at night, though.  Love this handsome boy.

loves his Mickey!

4th of July
Today - happy little baby!!!

Bye Bye Newborn, Hello Infant!!!

Blogorama Bonanza! '11

Stay tuned for Blogorama Bonanza '11!!

Coming Sept 12 to 22,  right now there are 90 blogs participating - still room for lots more! Prize packages must be worth at least $75. Go to Jyla's Three of Us to sign up.

I am looking for sponsors!
My theme will be a general children's theme. All sponsors will get a lot of publicity, as well as at least one post dedicated to your company/product. If you have a product you would like me to review and you're also willing to provide one for the giveaway, please e-mail me at petrellinyc-blog at yahoo dot com.


$1/1 Chips Ahoy! Chewy Gooey Coupon

Chips Ahoy! Facebook is giving away $1/1 coupons for the new chewy gooey cookies.

Only 50,000 are available so hurry!
Click here for the coupon

(If you can't print the coupon, click help on the coupon page, and you can have the coupon mailed to you!)

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Free Quaker Oatmeal Squares Cereal Sample

Free Sample Quaker Oatmeal Squares from Facebook
Like the Quaker page, then fill out the form

I received a free sample of these from somewhere else, and they were really good!!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July!

HAPPY 4th!!!!

Adorable pic from 

Hope you all have a safe and happy one! We are leaving soon to go for a walk in the park and have a picnic lunch with the in laws. I am also making peanut butter s'mores bars for later on. Yum!!!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Making a "Real" Dinner...

Back on Weight Watchers,  I am trying to broaden my cooking skills... Yeah, based on tonight it is gonig to be a long and rough journey!

One of my favorite healthy recipe blogs is Gina has a lot of great recipes and include the weight watchers Points values.

So tonight I made Ground Turkey with Potatoes and Peas. Yes, I actually chopped up a bunch of vegetables. My hand smells so gross, like cilantro I think. It took a long time, probably a good 30 minutes to cut it all up and cook the meat. This is SO not my thing, but it is healthy and 5 points... so that is what is the most important!

It looks a lot better than this picture!

And you know what? it was REALLY good! a bit spicy for me - too much cilantro or cumin I think, but really flavorful and filling. I would make it again... err have Jeff make it ;)