Baby Blanket Music, Coupon Code & Giveaway

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Created by Josh Rutt, New York-based teacher, composer and performer, Baby Blanket Music was developed under the guidance of a wide range of doctors, teachers and child development specialists. As his closest friends began having children, Rutt carefully observed and participated in their babies’ development. He soon discovered that there was room for improvement in the quality of baby music that was currently available on the market. As a result, Rutt set out to create a distinctive line of music designed to appeal to babies, parents and grandparents alike. As a student of music his whole life with a dynamic career focused on working with children, the development of Baby Blanket Music came naturally.

Baby Blanket Music – a collection of albums featuring unique, soothing lullaby arrangements of favorite songs from an array of well-known stars. Billy Joel, Elton John, John Mayer and Simon & Garfunkel are among the artists whose hit songs and familiar melodies are featured in the collection.

Designed to soothe baby while enhancing the enjoyment and cognition of music, Baby Blanket Music features familiar baby sounds like vibraphones and music boxes paired with a full medley of richer, more classical instruments including strings, woodwinds, pianos, harps and soft percussion. Together, these instrumental arrangements create gentle textures that are calming and enjoyable to ears of any age.

I recently had the pleasure of enjoying Baby Blanket Music with my granddaughter. It was a such a lovely experience to listen to while I rocked her to sleep. Since that night, when ever I hear Simon & Garfunkel’s Homeward Bound it brings a smile to my face and the memory of her drifting off to sleep on shoulder.

Buy it:
Baby Blanket Music is available at select retailers in the U.S. and online at www.babyblanketmusic.com .
Recommended retail for each of the CD’s (Baby Billy Joel, Baby Elton John, Baby John Mayer and Baby Simon & Garfunkel) is $14.99. Remember to use coupon code “five dollar shake 2010″ at check out to receive a 20% discount when buying online!

Win it:
You also have the chance to win the Baby Blanket Music CD of your choice here on my blog! All you have to do is visit BabyBlanketMusic.com and take a look around and then leave me a comment saying what artist or band you would like to hear on a future Baby Blanket Music CD. One winner will be chosen and contacted by email on May 27, 2010.

For additional entries leave a separate comment after doing any or all of the following:
Subscribe to my blog in a reader or by email.
Tweet about this contest & follow me on Twitter.
Like Baby Blanket Music on Facebook.

Thank you and good luck!

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Bored Inc., Review & Giveaway

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Being Bored never looked so cute! As soon as I saw this cute little shop I fell in love. The characters and items are just beyond adorable. Whether you are a Stinky Poo or Cute as a Cupcake Bored Inc. has some thing fun for you. Onesies, tote bags, accessories, wall decals, and tees. Plenty of fun for the whole family!

Let me tell you a little bit about Bored Inc.
Bored Inc., is owned & operated by a mother & daughter team based out of Los Angeles.
Their goal is to create products that make everyday life a little bit cuter! Their art is inspired by their love of super cute Japanese character art. Their products are simple, unique, colorful and over all too cute.
Bored Inc. is also extremely customer friendly and offer out standing customer service. Which is not always the case when shopping online.

One look and I fell for Bored Inc.’s super cute TokyoBunnie! TokyoBunnie; a super kawaii, Harajuku inspired bunny. I had the pleasure with the help of my daughter and her BFF to review a handful of TokyoBunnie items and a couple of TokyoBunnie Tee’s. The items, including the Tees are just as cute in person as they look online and their quality does not disappoint. It was nice to see the girls fall in love with TokyoBunnie as fast as I did! They were quick to add the fun pins and decals to their backpacks and folders and then couldn’t wait to wear their matching cute TokyoBunnie Tees.

You can shop the dozens of cute Bored Inc. products online or any of the locations here.

Bored Inc. is also offering one of my readers the chance to win a Bored Inc. product of their choice. To be entered all you have to do is visit the Bored Inc. website and then leave a comment saying which Bored Inc. character is your favorite. One winner will be chosen and contacted by email on May 3, 2010.

For additional entries leave a separate comment after doing any or all of the following:
Subscribe to my blog in a reader or by email.
Tweet about this contest & follow me on Twitter.
Become a Bored Inc. Facebook Fan.
Become a Five Dollar Shake Facebook Fan.

Thank you and good luck!

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SoSmart DVD Review & Coupon Code

Life of a toddler is extremely busy. The fun starts the second they wake up each day, even if that happens to be 4:00 or 5:00 am. and it doesn’t stop until they are fast asleep at night. As busy as they are I bet you can multiply that by about hundred and apply it to their parents. And when you are that busy, life can move pretty fast. That is why we like to end our busy day with a little snuggle time on the couch. It’s a great way to bond with a little one over a book or a even a dvd. Some how I usually get talked in to doing both. I’m such a happy push over when it comes to snuggle time.
Thanks to the nice people at SoSmart.com we have discovered that this time together can also be educational. So far we have viewed two of their Award Winning DVDs, “Outside, Baby’s first-word stories” and “Phoose’s, Tale of Patience”. They are filled with sweet, colorful characters that teach lessons of language by introducing little ones to simple words and then building sentences and a story around them. The stories move nice and slow so babies have more time to interact by laughing or clapping. We found both dvd’s to not only be educational but very entertaining as well. We also enjoy the fun additional activities that are included in each DVD, for parents and children to do together. In fact both DVD’s have already become repeated favorites during our snuggle time.

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What Makes So Smart! Different?
Since So Smart! pioneered the baby-toddler video category in 1997, a number of other brands have been introduced into the marketplace. But as countless parents, educators and professional organizations will attest, So Smart! remains their top choice.

Don’t just take our word for it! Shop at www.sosmart.com and discover the endearing world of SoSmart, The Winner 30 National Parenting Awards!
Place an order any time through February 22, 2010 and use the coupon code “$5shake” at checkout to receive 25% off their already great prices.

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Thank you SoSmart for this fabulous offer!