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Annabel Karmel “Make it Easy” baby food gear review

The Annabel Karmel “Make it Easy” line of food prep and storage containers is super cute and also pretty inventive and handy. I wish I had these when Everly was a baby but an stoked to get to use them with the baby we are expecting.

Making baby food is much cheaper and better for baby but it can often be time comsuming and cause added stress. Things like the Annabel Karmel Mash & Serve Bowl are a great example of how simple products can cut the stress, hassle and even make preparing your own baby food fun.

The mashing bowl is great because you can then skip the food processor and simply mush up fruits and cooked vegetables right there at the table. No electricity needed to run the food processor and in our case way less pieces-parts to clean (like the food processor blades, bowls, lids and what not).

The Fresh Food Mill also doesn’t require electricity to operate and the real bonus is that is removes fruit and vegetable skins (that are hard for baby to chew and digest) plus it mashes and purees things that you wouldn’t necessarily want to use elbow grease trying to mash. I am even considering using it to make our mashed sweet potato bake this thanksgiving! LOL.

I’ll admit I still haven’t tried the Steam Release Micro Dish because I NEVER microwave plastic. It is a BPA free product though and the special feature on this one is the steam release valve that pre-releases steam and then closes back up for an airtight seal afterward.

The most used item to date is the Fill & Freeze Puree Pops because it is so easy and cost effective for us to turn those almost over ripe fruits in to a yummy puree pop for Everly to enjoy while she plays outside. These aren’t your usual popsicle sitck design either. They are perfect for little hands to handle with their thick cut out opening handle. I also really like that the popsicle tops can be snapped apart when you want to get one out and you need to run water over it to get the top to release.You don;t have to wet and defrost all the pops just to get to the one you want to consume.

The Freeze Tray is a typical kitchen staple for baby food making parents and this one is nice because the tray portion isn’t hard so you can literally pop the frozen food out as opposed to cracking and bending hard plastic to remove your frozen food item. I wished the food tray lid was a bit more airtight though. I’ve noticed mine allowing for freezer burning on the top of my frozen stuff.

Like I said in my first post we really like to be able to freeze and save small portions of our dinners for Everly to consume for lunches and dinners later in the week. The freezer tray is another item we use to achieve this and let me tell you it is super easy and makes for less mealtime hassle in our house!

I am a participant in a Mom Central campaign for Infantino and have received various Infantino products as part of my participation.

Annabel Karmel lunchbox and stackable cube review

I was so interested to review the Annabel Karmel kitchen line because making our own baby food is so our thing. While we are in-between babies to make food for, we aren’t far off from having a new baby mouth to feed. I still tested out the various food making products but will post about that in the next post. For this post I want to tell you about the storage items and their functions in this post.

My most favorite part part was the lunch box! At first glance you’ll see that these storage containers are colorful, fun and super functional. I’ll admit at first it was like a puzzle trying to figure out how to put the lunch box back together, you see it has several individual compartments that all fit together making a two tiered securely sealed lunch box.

Also, there are utensils that come with the lunch box that nicely fit in the top compartment so it truly is an all in one item! When we went to a birthday party I was able to pack mandarin oranges, snack puffs, raisins and a sandwich all in this lunch box and there was still extra room for more food. Then I was able to just toss it in to my overstuffed & under-organized diaper bag. Normally tossing food containers or sippy cups in there means spilled food everywhere. This time the food was all safe and not spilled when it came time to eat it. Yay!

The storage cubes are great because they are stackable and take up little space when not in used. They also can snap together when in use to keep them together or they can easily fit in to small nooks and crannies in your fridge or freezer.

We use ours to freeze small portions of various meals we’ve enjoyed so they can be easily reheated for my Everly’s lunch time. This makes meal time much less of a hassle since we’ve got food that is already prepared that just needs to be heated up.

I should add that these items are labeled #7 plastic but they do specify they are also BPA free. We still don’t expose them to much heat. I just run lukewarm water over the cubes of frozen food and the food just pops right out to be microwaved or heated on the stove. This is just our personal preference though. The products do say they are dishwasher, microwave and freezer safe, BPA free items. Just wanted to clarify that since BPA is something our family and many of your families are concerned about.

I am a participant in a Mom Central campaign for Infantino and have received various Infantino products as part of my participation.

Trying out the Infantino Jumbo Wheel Play Space

With all the first birthday excitement, family in town and the 4th of July holiday I almost forgot to share the other Infantino toy Everly has been LOVING.It is the Infantino Jumbo Wheel Play Space. Read about the other products we’ve been testing out here.

You saw a photo of it the day of Everly’s birthday party. We had it out for all the kiddos to play on and enjoy, see:

Basically it is a texture rich, bright and fun play mat. Everly loves to roll around on it and take “rests” on it cause it is soft. It has a mirrored section, crinkly parts, rings, things that jingle and sing and lots of fun shapes and colors to explore.

When I first saw it I thought, “Everly is too big to enjoy this”. I was totally wrong, it is actually her favorite of the three Infantino products we’ve tested out.

Another fun perk for parents is this helps protect your floors! I have white carpets so when Everly is drinking juice out of a sippy cup she sometimes gets drips on the carpet. If I put her and her cup on this play space my carpets are spared and when the play mat gets soiled I can just wash it.

Washing info: “machine washable in cold water- just be sure to remove any removable toys and mirrors first, as they are not machine washable. Air dry.”

After Everly has gone to bed and it’s time to reclaim the living room for adult use I just roll the mat up and slide it under the rocking chair. You can even roll it up with some other toys inside it if you are lazy like me and don’t feel like picking up toys off of it before putting it away.

If you don’t roll the mat up and you venture across it in the dark you might be startled by the noise of the squeaker as you walk over it. I’ve scared myself half to death a few times this way.

All in all we enjoy and get the most use out of the Jumbo Wheel Play Space when compared to the bouncer and the play gym we’ve also tried out. There is something about the simplicity of it that works wonders on Everly. She’s 12 months old too, so this play space will be useful from the newborn stage all the way up to toddler-hood. Long, lasting: my kind of toy.

“I am a member of the Mom Central community and I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central, sponsored by Infantino, and received various products to help facilitate my review.”

Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail Test Drive & Opinions

I was given the opportunity to try out and review the Arm & Hammer diaper pail by Munchkin along with the Diaper Genie II Elite. Like I outlined in my other post I jumped on reviewing these since we have had to have E in disposable diapers overnight these days.



On any day in my diaper stash you’ll find my preferred cloth diapers and some disposable diapers for laziness, emergencies or if N doesn’t feel like using cloth that day (there are some diapers he just hates trying to get on E).

You’ll also find cloth wipes, disposable wipes and cloth diaper liners. This makes my diaper pail usage most unique which is why I was especially eager to partake in pail reviews.

At any given time I am using at least two diaper pails. I need a place for stuff that goes in the trash like disposable wipes and diapers plus I also need a place for my soiled reusable items to accumulate until I have enough to do a small load of diaper laundry. With kids it is very important to have pails and waste baskets with lids to keep curious hands out and smells in. Learned this the hard way.

The low-down on the The Arm & Hammer diaper pail by Munchkin:

This pail uses a bunch and twist concept to keep odor and bacteria in. As the pail lid is pushed closed the inner mechanism twists the bag opening closed and it stays closed until you insert another item and close the lid.

One down side to the bunch and twist concept is the difficulty it makes getting stuff in to the pail. In the above video tossing stuff in the pail looks like a breeze as does one handed lid opening. N and I both had difficulty with these two features.

I found myself having to use two hands to open the pail lid (and wishing there was a foot pedal). I also had a very hard time forcing soiled diapers in to the pail. The liner was just twisted so tightly that I had to really shove each item in.

The top of pail liner is exposed so any mess you haven’t contained (or mess the squeezes out while you are forcing your diaper in the pail) is mess you’ll need to deal with the entire time you are using the particular insert. Kind of gross if you’ve got a diaper that is oozing or particularly messy.

In the case of disposable diapers, rolling the diaper good before inserting in to the pail is important. This will keep the yuck from touching and dirtying the pail liner insert. Since I only got to test out the pail off an on for four weeks I am not totally sure if the stiffness of the pail opening would loosen over time and use.

One of the most obvious distinguishing features of this pail is the use of baking soda to help quell odors, it is a pretty smart and a very simple feature that appears to make a load of difference.

In my Diaper Genie II Elite review I recommend tossing the soiled stuff more frequently to cut down on the stink factor of your diaper pail because the longer waste sits, ferments and decomposes the stinkier it will be. Well, with the Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail by Munchkin this does not ring true.

The baking soda makes a huge difference in absorbing moisture and odor in the Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail by Munchkin. I didn’t notice ANY stink coming from the pail as I inserted other soiled stuff. Nor did I get hit with rancid decaying feces smell when time came to change the pail liner.

Speaking of pail liner changing, I LOVE the fold and snap idea with this pail’s liner changing because you can do it without allowing any of the air inside the liner escape (since the liner opening is already twisted closed). There is no end tying or cutting with this diaper pail either, much easier to change liners out with a kid in the room!

I did also fill this pail with other stinky things (besides wipes and diapers), like in my other pail review. Even with the cat litter, diapers, wipes and various other bathroom waste items this pail didn’t really stink.

What did stink (for this hippy mama) was the wasteful plastic bag design. While the fold and snap design is cool it would be a smart idea to make plastic refills that are similar to EconoGreen Plastics idea so they decompose faster.

While I know it’s odd to be worried about plastic waste if you are using disposable diapers it is still an obvious concern for many. Especially those who use compostable diapers or eco-friendly disposable & compostable diaper liners. How are the diapers supposed to breakdown in the landfill (like they are designed to) if they are bagged in other, not easily decomposing bags?

I did also take a swing at converting the disposable bag system in to a washable system so you can put your cloth in it.

All I did was take some old sheets and sew them into narrow pail liners, leaving the elastic intact and making them cinch-able at the top. Then I wrapped the pail liner around the fold and snap part of empty bag ring (that I cut off a liner) and right through the pail like you would with a plastic bag. When you aren’t using plastic bags you can toss cloth diapers in the Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail by Munchkin to hang out until a load of diapers is necessary.

I don’t recommend putting your cloth diapers in the plastic pail liners that come with the Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail by Munchkin. The lack of airflow inside the plastic bags will cause your diapers to mold and possibly have stink issues. A breathable cloth liner (like an old sheet) and frequent pail liner changes will allow you to forgo the plastic pail liners and use it with your cloth diapers like I did.

“I am a member of the Mom Central community and I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central, sponsored by Diaper Genie, and received a free Diaper Genie diaper pail and a free Munchkin Arm & Hammer diaper pail to facilitate my review.”

Everly enjoys some new toys thanks to Infantino

Remember the Infantino products I was waiting for the mail carrier to deliver? They just arrived and Everly has been having a blast with them!

We got the Twist and Fold Gym and the Fold & Go Bouncer. Both are perfect for us because they are especially for parents and babies on the go. Both are easily broken down and can be stored, lugged along on trips or taken anywhere your heart desires.

Here is Everly using the Twist and Fold Gym:

When I opened this up I fell in love! Not only does it look nice and fold away easily but it is much taller than other gyms we’ve tried so it is great for older babies as well as newborns. Everly loves to crawl through the thing right now.

The mat part is quite squishy, which she also loves. She’ll be crawling all through the house like a maniac and they she’ll just come over, lay her head down on the mat portion and take a rest. It is so adorable.

Once you have the product all set up all you have to do to transport it is twist the top mechanism on the gym and all the legs simply fold inward allowing you to load this up in the car or simply put it away while baby sleeps. The collapsing is literally a one handed ordeal too. So easy and quite smart of the company, if you ask me.

The next thing we got was the Fold & Go Bouncer that I was super excited about. Here is Everly checking it out:

Upon opening the bouncer I was surprised at how small it seemed. The fold up design is very cool though. The chair literally folds down so it is completely flat, making it easily transportable.This is especially exciting since I take E along when I go to work.

I did have some trouble squeezing the trigger on the back of the chair to initiate the folding action. Each time I tried it seemed my hand wasn’t strong enough to depress the trigger. Also, getting the straps properly set up so you can buckle your kiddo in was difficult.

Miss Everly wasn’t interested in being buckled in anyway. The one time I did fasten her in to the seat she was so set on getting out that she hung herself over the side of the seat, this scared me half to death. The seat is rated up to 25lbs but If your kiddo is bigger (Everly is only 19lbs) you might need a bigger seat as she seemed too big for the chair (in my opinion). See what I mean:

Not to be overly critical, but there were two other things I noticed that bothered me about this seat. It’s not all that bouncy for a bouncer. I mean my little miss isn’t a small girl and she loves to bounce so when she crawled in the seat and started rocking I expected it to bounce. It really didn’t have that much give in the spring loaded bouncing thing (can’t remember what it’s officially called) and I don’t imagine it bounces much for babies that are smaller and have less weight to put behind their bouncing efforts.

The other thing that was a bummer for me about the seat is the button malfunction we encountered after only about a month of use. Granted, Everly was more impressed with the buttons and she was always pushing them to start up the music or vibrations. The buttons literally just stopped working on day while another baby was sleeping in the seat with it on vibrate. When I went to turn it off the on/ off button and indicator light went off but the darn seat wouldn’t stop vibrating and non of the other buttons were working either. finally I just put the thing in a corner to vibrate the batteries dead.

Aside from the size of the seat, the bounce factor and the button malfunction I thought the product was cool. I really love the fold up and take concept. More bay gear should be easily transportable!

Also, the soothing sounds of the seat and also the toy on the activity gym are pleasant to listen to. The colors are nice to look at and generally speaking these toys were very entertaining for Miss Everly to play with.

“I am a member of the Mom Central community and I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central, sponsored by Infantino, and received various products to help facilitate my review.”

Diaper Genie II Elite Test Drive & Opinion

I was given the opportunity to try out and review this diaper pail and I jumped on it since we have had to have E in disposable diapers overnight (so we can apply lotion to her bum, long story. Will explain later). Anyway, as an eco-minded mom I am always looking for ways fine tune and improve upon my mommy duties while still being environmentally aware.

On any day in my diaper stash you’ll find my preferred cloth diapers, some disposable diapers (that were free samples and what not), cloth wipes and also disposable wipes. This makes my diaper pail usage most unique which is why I was eager to partake in pail reviews.

I need a place for stuff that goes in the trash like disposable wipes and diapers plus I also need a place for my soiled reusable items to accumulate until I have enough to do a small load of diaper laundry. With kids it is very important to have pails and waste baskets with lids to keep curious hands out and smells in.

The low-down on the Diaper Genie II Elite:

I read from their product info that the Diaper Genie II Elite is designed with a “patented AIR-TITE System” that lets you drop diapers in without having to endure the smell of all the old diapers already hanging out in the pail.

Because we cloth diaper shaking the poop off diapers is a regular thing for us, that said we don’t normally have a huge issue with poop stink coming from our diapers since they don’t sit in the pail full of poop. What does stink is the disposable wipes that often have lots of poop on them. Now the urine smell is another story in our house, I’d love to be able to contain that.

So I tried many different ways of using the Diaper Genie II Elite, some of which I don’t recommend. LOL. What? I am a creative, outside the box kind of girl.

The first week I used this pail I only put disposable diapers and wipes in it. While the room didn’t stink of poop I did notice some nasty (almost fermenting meat) smell that kind of knocked you on your butt whenever you opened the pail to toss a new diaper in and especially when you went to change the liner and toss the used diapers. There was maybe 1 poopy diaper in the pail among several peed on diapers.

The “AIR-TITE” system does crank open as the pail lid opens so I suspect this is how the smell escapes. The rest of the time my bathroom was odor free, as long as the pail was closed.

The next week, after realizing I hardly use that many diaper and wipes (the pail is quite deep), I also put scooped cat poop in the pail with the wipes and diapers as well as various other bathroom trash items. I know, this is an odd thing to think up but I was feeling guilty about the plastic use with the Diaper Genie bags.

Normally, we reuse old shopping bags we’ve accumulated over the years for trash pail lining and usually when the pail is full I’ll dump the contents of the smaller grocery bag in to our larger kitchen trash bag and then reuse the grocery bag again (unless it is all gross or something). This reduces the amount of excessively bagged trash we toss out.

This brings me to the one obvious con for this eco minded mama: The wasteful plastic bag design. It would be a smart idea to make plastic refills that are similar to EconoGreen Plastics idea so they decompose faster.

While I know it’s odd to be worried about plastic waste if you are using disposable diapers it is still an obvious concern for many. Especially those who use compostable diapers or eco-friendly disposable & compostable diaper liners. How are the diapers supposed to breakdown in the landfill if they are bagged in other, not easily decomposing bags?

I also felt the Diaper Genie II Elite’s stink factor is possibly increased by the larger capacity of the pail. It measures about 2.5 feet tall which means it takes more diapers to fill up but a plus is that you can remove the waste and start a new bag whenever you feel the need and starting new bags is a great way to cut down on the stink of changing bags out!

“Though the Diaper Genie II Elite can hold 30 small diapers before needing to be emptied, sometimes emptying the pail before it reaches its limit can help to reduce odor as you get the bag out of the pail. Diaper Genie is the only diaper pail that allows you to dispose of fewer diapers without wasting excess refill film.”

The removing of the soiled stuff is a majorly stinky ordeal for sure and the cut, tie and pull to change out bags does take some getting used to. It’s not easy to empty and change the bag with a child in the room and you totally need two hands for the task, this is kind of a problem for me since E is always up in my business or in my arms while I do household chores.

One thing we really liked was the foot pedal to open the pail lid. This is great when you’ve got your hands full of a mess you are trying to contain. Also the ease of putting diaper in the pail (aka the wide opening) is awesome. You can literally drop stuff right in without having to bend over or force stuff down the pail.

Also, the pail’s height is nice because it is taller than most toddlers faces so it doesn’t entice them to try playing in the pail. On the other hand, It’s too tall and doesn’t fit next to the toilet and under the toilet paper holder like we need it to. It’s height can be a benefit or an issue depending on your needs.

Another creative use for the Diaper Genie II Elite and cloth diapering moms is converting the disposable bag system in to a washable system so you can put your cloth in it.

All I did was take some old sheets and sew them into narrow pail liners. Then I plopped the pail liners in around an empty bag ring and right through the pail like you would with a plastic bag. When you aren’t using plastic bags you can toss cloth diapers in the Diaper Genie to hang out until a load of diapers is necessary.

I don’t recommend putting your cloth diapers in the plastic pail liners that come with the Diaper Genie. The lack of airflow inside the plastic bags will cause your diapers to mold and possibly have stink issues. A breathable cloth liner (like an old sheet) and frequent pail liner changes will allow you to forgo the Diaper Genie plastic pail liners and use it with your cloth diapers like I did.

I am a member of the Mom Central community and I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central, sponsored by Diaper Genie, and received a free Diaper Genie diaper pail and a free Munchkin Arm & Hammer diaper pail to facilitate my review.

Our teething necklace has arrived & A jewelry giveaway for you.

I broke down and bought some more baby leg warmers for Everly last week. Not only are they cute but they also make diaper changes and using the potty a breeze because you have no pants to remove. This is especially important when you are rushing to try getting her to the toilet for her #2 urges as they come.

Anyway, while I was filling my virtual cart with legwarmers I spotted some decent priced Baltic amber teething necklaces. I’ve been wanting to try the amber teething necklace for a long time now, ever since E was working on getting her first two teeth in.

The idea with the teething necklaces isn’t for babies to chew them, that would be a choking hazard. It idea is for babies to wear them against bare skin so that Succinic Acid from the amber can be released, absorbed in to the skin and can aid in soothing teething pains. Succinic acid, a known anti-inflammatory is also said to be a natural analgesic.

“Baltic amber is not a stone, but a fossilized tree resin.”

Now that E’s teething pain and fussiness has returned I figured why not buy a teething necklace while I am at it? I was shopping at Inspired by Finn by the way, thanks to a friend on twitter who tweeted about the great leg warmer sale they were running.

I got three packages of baby legs and a teething necklace for less than $25.00 thanks to their great prices and a special coupon code. By the way if you are interested in using the coupon code it is for 20% off and it is BLOG

E wore her necklace today to winter guard rehearsal and seemed like she was less fussy, plus she didn’t need Tylenol for the teething pain so that is a win in my book. Anything to reduce the use of OTC meds is great in our house!

So here is the necklace in all it’s glory:


… and the leg warmers I bought.

… and here is teething biscuit covered little Everly in her necklace getting ready for bath time.

Amber jewelry is not just for teething babies, that is the kicker (and I wish I would have known this before I finished placing my order cause now I want a necklace for myself). Amber can be used for any pain relief, for immune strengthening, for restoring energy, maintaining wellness and the benefits just go on and on… Plus the jewelry is just pretty anyway.

Here is the part you are gonna love. Not only am I sharing the 20% off coupon code (BLOG) with you but Inspired by Finn has also generously offered to give away one piece of jewelry, 16 inches or smaller to a lucky winner. All you have to do is leave a relevant comment below to be entered in the contest.

For extra entries you can go back and leave other relevant comments on my other posts, just come back here and say which posts you commented on for the extra entries.

I’ll use a random number generator to draw the winner in about 2 weeks. Winner will be notified by email and also published here on the blog.

There is still time to enter my other two giveaways as well:

  1. Baby Ski Banz Giveaway
  2. A giveaway for an expectant mom!


Legal stuff: This was not a paid or compensated review. I paid for my items and enjoyed them.
When given the option by the shop owner I choose to host this giveaway because I felt  my readers would appreciate an opportunity to win this free product.
Prize will be shipped by t he shop owner, I am not in possession of any freebies.

Yesterday’s News Cat Litter: Not a hit for me.

We were given a huge bag of Yesterday’s News cat litter by a coworker whose cat refused to use it. Personally we prefer Arm & Hammer Essentials cat litter but we are frugal and thought we would give the free rejected litter at try. At the very least it would save us from having to buy litter for a few weeks and we like to try review new stuff anyway…

So the litter came home with N one night and we added a bit of it to our current litter. Slowly transitioning your cats to new litter is best. A dramatic change in litter could result in cats rejecting the box all together.

Our cats didn’t seem to mind the litter as we made the transition. This surprised me as the texture is way different than what we normally use. Arm & Hammer Essentials litter is scoopable and Yesterday’s News litter is not.

Here is a look at Yesterday’s News litter:

On one hand Yesterday’s News litter is great because it’s not easily tracked out of the litter box. Our cats have a bad habit of tracking litter everywhere and it is quite annoying. With Yesterday’s News litter we didn’t find our bathroom floor covered in litter. This made N pretty happy.

Yesterday’s News litter is also great for absorbency. We have 4 indoor cats all using one litter box. That is lots of urine and Yesterday’s News litter seems to absorb the best out of all the litters we have ever used. When it gets thoroughly soaked it crumbles and breaks down, this is what it looks like:

The problem is like I said before Yesterday’s News litter isn’t scoopable and for me that makes it pretty pointless. The newspaper pellets don’t sift through a cat litter scooper like scoopable litter does. This means removing the poop from the litter is a pain and you are also scooping out lots of litter that isn’t soiled yet. I hate wasting clean litter!

Also, the fact that the litter breaks down once wet bugs me. I know it is only natural for it to break down but it just seems kind of backwards with regards to scooping feces out of the box. When I tried to scoop poop and wet litter the only thing that sifts through the scooper is wet broken down litter.

The Yesterday’s News litter site says that feces should be removed daily and that litter should be completely changed once a week. I just don’t see how it’s possible to remove feces when the litter isn’t scoopable.

If you scoop your cats litter box and hate throwing out unsoiled litter Yesterday’s News litter is not for you. If you don’t mind leaving feces to accumulate all week until you completely dump the entire box you might like this stuff. I guess I am just a scoopable cat litter kind of woman because this stuff did not impress me…

Have you tried Yesterday’s News litter? Share your two cents below.

Drawing a new winner for the back to school giveaway

On Sept 7th 2009 I announced the winner of the Scoolio-Von-Hoolio giveaway, the winner had 72 hours to contact me to claim the prize but I never heard from anyone. Now it is time to draw a new winner….

Drum roll please……

Winner has 72 hours to email me to claim the prize! :-P

Back to school with Scoolio-Von-Hoolio and OfficeMax giveaway. Get Organized Today!

Last week I was invited to participate in a “Get Organized for Back-to-School” webcast & twitter chat and it was a blast. First off I love twitter chats of any kind so I was stoked to participate, I was also interested in getting some organizational tips because our “office” is anything but organized.

The idea of the webcast was that Peter Walsh and several panelists would present organizational tips for the home, for kids and for the classroom while allowing viewers to submit questions via twitter that the panelists would answer.

N isn’t the most organized person in the world so I was stoked to get some organizational tips from the webcast. They presented lots of good info and many good reminders about organization. Here are a few:

TIPS FOR HOME
1) Find the Vision you have for a Space
2) Make Organization a Family Value
3) Use the Right Tools for Great Organization

TIPS FOR ORGANIZING YOUR CHILD
1) Show that you Value Organization
2) Establish Clear Limits and Routines
3) Always ‘Finish the Cycle’ (Complete a Task)

TIPS FOR THE CLASSROOM
1) Establish Clear Routines
2) Involve Kids with Classroom Organization
3) Use Words, Pictures and Color to help Organize

Just before the webcast we received this surprise box of adorable cupcake themed school supplies courtesy of OfficeMax. The school supplies are adorable and were a fun gift, unfortunately we can’t really use them.

I decided it would be fun to host a giveaway here on the blog so I could pass these cute school supplies on to a lucky reader who can put them to good use. So here are the giveaway details: This giveaway is now closed.

Prize: Back-to-school supplies from Scoolio-Von-Hoolio (includes binders, mini notebook, drawstring backsack, notebook, 2 pocket folder, composition books, pencil set and pencil box)

To enter: Leave a comment on this post with your best organizational tip (this is a mandatory step). Once you have commented with your organizational tip you can make the following optional extra entries. For the extra entries be sure to use the form to enter each of your extra entries or they wont count.

  • Comment on any of my other posts (besides this one), tell me which one. Unlimited entries.
  • Follow me on twitter, leave me your username. 1 extra entry.
  • Tweet the giveaway, leave me the link to your tweet. 1 extra entry per day.
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Eligibility: This contest is open to those with a US mailing address (unless you are willing to pay for shipping costs to ship out of the USA) and will close on August 31st 2009 at midnight.

The winner will be announced here on the blog. Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss the announcement of the contest winner!

The winner will have 72 hours following the announcement to contact me and claim their winnings. If the winner fails to contact me within the 72 hour period they forfeit winnings and another winner will be selected and posted here on the blog.

Random.org will be used to draw the winner.