Baby Gizmo Spotlight Review: New (and Improved!) Joovy Groove


Think companies don’t listen to their customers? Then you haven’t met Joovy yet. This family-owned company not only makes great products but when something doesn’t suit their customers, they change it. The new and improved Joovy Groove stroller is a perfect example of this. While the Groove stroller isn’t brand new, this new and improved version is. The Groove received a … [Read more...]

Tired of Getting Bugged? Try These All-Natural Repellents


Summer’s here, and unfortunately, so are the mosquitoes.  It seems like no matter what I do, I’m always getting bugged by bugs.  Those pesky little critters are constantly swarming around and I get attacked the second I walk outside.  Sure, I've tried all the regular repellents.  They seem to work for a little while, but they all have their drawbacks.  You either spray on … [Read more...]

Got a Flight Planned? Here’s What You Need for the Diaper Bag


We’ve all been there.  It’s time for your summer vacation.  You’ve made all the arrangements; the hotel is booked and the plane tickets have been purchased.  You have everything packed (you hope) and are ready to go.  Or are you?  I don’t know about you, but I never seem to know just what I’m supposed to pack in Little Bud’s diaper bag.  I will inevitably end up taking my … [Read more...]

Top Picks for Cool Summer Shades


I don’t know about you, but I never leave the house without my sunglasses.  I always keep a pair in the car and have a couple pairs stashed around the house, just in case.  I will admit that they are probably my favorite way to accessorize my outfit, and I secretly feel a little more rock star-ish when I have on a really great pair of shades!  After the long, dark days of … [Read more...]

Dear Nosy Rosy…


Dear Nosy Rosy;  I saw you looking at Little Bud the other day while I was at the grocery store.  Initially, I assumed you just wanted to comment on what a little cutie pie he is.  Being the proud momma that I am, of course I appreciate every compliment he gets.  You steered your shopping cart into the checkout line behind us and gave Little Bud a smile.  You looked … [Read more...]

Daycare; The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly


Who knew you had to start looking for a daycare so early?  Little Bud was 4 weeks old and I was searching for a daycare to put him in when I was scheduled to return to work in a couple of weeks.  Every response was the same…he could get on a waiting list, but no one had an opening for a newborn.  I have to admit that after I was turned down for the millionth time, I was … [Read more...]

Easy Mother’s Day Gifts from the Crafty Kid


I still laugh every time I think about it.  As part of our yearly celebration of mothers, my church always has an essay contest among all of the Sunday school children.  Every child writes down why their mother is the best mom in the world, and the winning mommy receives a gift card and some major bragging rights for the next year.    My beloved pastor stood in front of the … [Read more...]

Just in Time for Spring – Frilly Fannies!


Think a baby’s bottom couldn’t possibly get any cuter?  Cover her baby booty with a pair of these girly bloomers and she’ll be the cutest baby on the block! What little girl doesn’t look absolutely adorable in ruffles?  These snazzy little diaper covers are the perfect way to cover up those plain old boring diapers and jazz up her wardrobe, just in time for spring.  Have her … [Read more...]



I promised all of our great Rated By Mom/Baby Gizmo readers an update on my ThredUP experience.  I have “officially” completed my first clothing swap.  I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but my experience was not really all that great.  I know there are tons of moms out there who really love this site for the cheap second hand clothes they get. Believe me – I was … [Read more...]

Great Rain Gear Picks For Spring


I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for warm weather.  It sure seems to be taking its sweet time this year.  Mother Nature can’t decide whether she wants it hot or cold.  Here in the Midwest, springtime is synonymous with one thing – rain!  We’re not talking a little bit either.  It has rained so much here lately that I thought I may have to take the boat to get to work in … [Read more...]

Kids Growing Like Weeds? Try This…


The other day as I was doing my normal rounds on the daily deal shopping sites, I happened to catch sight of a little something that peaked my interest.  Eversave had a deal on this website called  Being the coupon queen, anything resembling a great deal immediately gets my attention! I hightailed it on over to the to check them out.  I immediately … [Read more...]

The Tilty (Spilty) Cup


Little Bud’s first birthday is quickly approaching, and the ever important sippy cup issue has really started to nag me.  I knew that making the transition from the bottle to a big boy cup would be hard.  I braced myself for the tantrums and bouts of crying that I knew would surely come.  Surprisingly enough, I think I had myself worked up over nothing! Based on the stellar … [Read more...]

65% off Canvas on Demand Today Only!


Ohhh…the Groupon is good today!  65% off Canvas on Demand! $45 for One 16"x20" Gallery-Wrapped Canvas INCLUDING Shipping and Handling from Canvas on Demand! This is a $126.95 value! They had this same Canvas on Demand deal back in November and I jumped on it.  I bought two groupons so that I could display my new family pictures on the wall in my office.  I didn't know … [Read more...]

Baby Gizmo Weekly Giveaway: Svan High Chair

Homeadgiveaway2_7_11’s Giant Weekly Giveaway is a fabulous Svan High Chair!  To read (and watch!) our full review of the Svan High Chair go here. All you have to do is log in at to be entered to win! Winner will be chosen at random from all the people that log in and/or leave a comment!    Giveaway ends on Sunday, February 6, 2011 at 11:59pm CST. EXTRA … [Read more...]

Maternity Swimwear for the Trendy Mom-to-Be


It's so cold outside that the last thing on anyone’s mind is swimwear.  However, warm weather is fast approaching.  Need proof?  Just go into any store.  You will see rack and racks of winter wear clogging up the clearance section.   Even though the Northeast is still under inches of snow, retailers haven’t seemed to notice.  The display windows are overflowing with … [Read more...]