Back to School Mom (VIDEO)

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Whether you are sad or happy about back to school time, it's hard to argue that mom can get more things done when all the kids go to school during the day. Ever wonder what it's like for mom when they leave? Well, I thought I would give you an inside look at what goes down when the kids go to school. Yes, this is a behind the scenes look and we hope it makes you smile! … [Read more...]

Friendly Rooster Children’s Shoes (Giveaway + Discount)

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I’m a big fan of shoes. What woman isn’t, right? I don’t only like to shop for shoes for myself but I also love picking out shoes for my kids and have since they were babies. When my little ones were small and learning to walk, my favorite thing to do was  to buy them adorable baby/toddler shoes. Here’s the thing, I’m just not sure there is anything cuter than teeny-tiny … [Read more...]

The School Dress Code Debate: Let’s Empower Our Kids


A debate is simmering across the country about school dress code policies and if they have gone too far in singling out young girls with stringent requirements that go beyond reasonable. A school in central Kentucky has received national attention due to dress code policy. Woodford County High School states in their dress code policy that all shirts must be crewneck and may not … [Read more...]

What’s in the Box Wednesday | Back to School Edition

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It's back-to-school time and I'm sure you have all be inundated with the countless first day of school photos on Facebook, right? Well, since we don't go back until next Monday, we won't add any more to the chaos (yet!). Instead, it's time for What's in the Box Wednesday and it is a back-to-school edition! Find out what the Junior Gizmo kids open up today in the mystery, … [Read more...]

Hot Back to School Fashions on WBTV


This morning I was on WBTV (CBS) Charlotte chatting with Kristen Miranda about great back to school fashions! With 5 kid models to help me feature these adorable outfits, the segment went great! You can see what it was like in our "Behind the Scenes" video! Here are all the fashions we featured on the segment... MODEL #1: 1st Grader featuring JCrew/Crewcuts Crewcuts … [Read more...]

Taking FIVE Kids on TV – Behind the Scenes!


This week was a little crazy! I had a TV segment scheduled on WBTV Charlotte for back-to-school, which is normally no big deal, but this time I had to bring 5 kids on-air with me. Yeah, FIVE grade school kids between 1st and 5th grade. I don't think I have to tell you that bringing kids on air raised the stress about 1000%. Now, I wouldn't have said yes if I couldn't handle … [Read more...]

Britax Issues Voluntary Recall on Some ClickTight Car Seat Models


Today, August 13, 2015, Britax Child Safety, Inc., in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Transport Canada, is conducting a voluntary recall of certain Advocate ClickTight, Boulevard ClickTight, and Marathon ClickTight model convertible car seats.  Britax has decided that these models manufactured between August 1, 2014 and July 29, … [Read more...]

Dear Parenting Police, Get A Life

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The latest in the “You’re Doing It Wrong” parenting movement is the dust up over David and Victoria Beckham allowing their 4-year old daughter to have a pacifier. As a friend of mine, who is a child advocate, so eloquently stated this morning on Facebook, “I wonder if the critics who are shaming David and Victoria Beckham for giving their four year old a pacifier have ever … [Read more...]

What’s in the Box Wednesday – Shopkins

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It's time for another episode of What's in the Box Wednesday!! Yep, this is a regular weekly series (like our Baby Gizmo Must Have Mondays!) that you can look forward to each week! Today, the Junior Gizmo kids and a special furry guest open up a box that is pretty exciting for 1 of the 3 kids! ;) Check out what the kids find in the box this week by watching our video below! … [Read more...]

Succulent Lobster Ceviche

Lobster Ceviche

  My husband and children took me out for lunch on Mother's Day at the Border Grill in Santa Monica, Los Angeles owned by chef Susan Fenigar and Mary Sue Milliken who you may have seen on many shows on TV including Top Chef Master. Chef Susan Feniger was there greeting guests from table to table. She was so sweet and made an effort to make every diner feel welcome. I don’t … [Read more...]

Barbie Flippin Pup Pool Review by Junior Gizmo

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Since it is already August, our holiday toy coverage has started! What, holidays already? We haven't even started back-to-school yet?? Yep, we can hear you screaming that at your computer screen. You are right BUT there is so much to cover in the world of toys that we have to get a jump on it. Plus, there are so many new toys hitting the market now in preparation for the … [Read more...]

Step2 Wonderball Funhouse Review (VIDEO)

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Step2 is at it again and has introduced a brand new toy this summer that we think toddlers are going to love. The new Step2 Wonderball Funhouse is a playhouse that features ball play with the included 10 plastic balls. Toddlers can explore the playhouse using their imagination while enhancing their hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. The roof features four holes that … [Read more...]

5 Milk Chocolate Desserts Inspired By Candy Bars

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Happy National Milk Chocolate Day! I come from a long line of choco-holics so milk chocolate has a special place in my heart. I have the cutest and sweetest grandparents who, since I can remember, have kept a whole dresser drawer full of any chocolate candy that you could ever imagine. My sisters and I had full access to that special drawer as children, their home was chocolate … [Read more...]

Doona Infant Car Seat Giveaway

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Giveaway Closed! Congrats to our winner - Meredith C.   Last fall, we introduced you to the revolutionary Doona Infant Car Seat. Last week, we gave you an in-depth, up close and personal look at this infant car seat that transforms into a stroller with the integrated wheels. This week, we are giving one away! That's right, the winner of this week's Baby Gizmo Giant … [Read more...]

IKEA Recalls 27 MILLION Dressers And Chests After Two Childrens’ Deaths

ikea dresser recall

We've talked about this before and this is important! Dressers, chests, entertainment centers and other tall furniture can literally become killing machines if not anchored to the wall around children! A child dies every two weeks and a child is injured every 24 minutes in the U.S. from furniture or TVs tipping over, according to CPSC data. To help prevent injuries and … [Read more...]