Saturday, February 28, 2015

Big Boy Room Makeover Reveal Video with Cat Surprise

So this week, we did a little makeover for my 3 year old, who was kind enough to give up his crib, glider rocker, area rug, lamp, artwork, and more for his baby sister's room (who is due in TWO days). Not only did he let everything go without any issue whatsoever, but he spend a ton of time helping Daddy get her room ready over several weekends in the last few months.

That meant it was time for a BIG BOY Room Makeover!

You can check out the video above. Apparently the little was not the first one to sleep in his new bed as you will see from the shocking surprise in the beginning...

We were lucky enough to get a Dino Set of Wall Decals from Style&Apply and right now we are hosting a GIVEAWAY!!! Check it out the Review and Giveaway: Big Boy Room Decorating with Style & Apply

We also got new bedding from Lush Décor​. You can learn all about that here: Big Boy Room Makeover with Lush Décor​

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Giveaway - Step2 Play Up Gym Set

It's been pretty cold lately across much of the US and that has us thinking one thing - Spring! We can't wait to get back outside and enjoy some warmth and sunshine! Thanks to the generous people at Step2, one lucky family is going to have a brand new Play Up Gym Set to enjoy once all the snow melts! The Step2 Company, headquartered in Streetsboro, Ohio, is the largest American manufacturer of preschool and toddler toys and the world’s largest rotational molder of plastics. They strive to be the leading innovator of children’s products that build imaginations and enrich the family’s celebration of childhood. Step2 products are made to last and will hold up despite the beating that children tend to give everything they come in contact with. Their toys are colorful, fun, and encourage imaginative play. Every Spring they release brand new toys and this year, we are really loving the new stuff they have to offer, like this Play Up Gym Set redesign! The Play Up Gym Set™ combines a swing set and playhouse into the ultimate children’s backyard jungle gym. Kiddos can increase their motor skills by climbing in the playhouse and swinging on the swings. Youngsters will be fascinated with the whimsical design of natural colors and outdoor play features the kid’s gym set includes! The Play Up Gym Set will provide your youngsters with hours of climb, swing and slide adventures. Made in USA of US and imported parts. Swings made in China.

The Play Up Gym Set features:

  • Tree house shape, trendy design and fun colors fuel creative and pretend play
  • Raised playhouse features a high platform, steps for climbing, a steering wheel and a slide for an easy exit
  • Two attached swings for hours of fun
  • Ground anchors secure the swing set to the ground (included)
  • Durable poly construction
  • Recommended for children ages 3-6, it has maximum weight limit of 240 lbs. (60 pounds per child) and a limit of 4 children at a time
Viva Veltoro and Thrifty Nifty Mommy recently had the opportunity to review this brand new swing set! Make sure you check out their reviews and then enter to win a Step2 Play Up Gym Set for your own family below!
Open to the Lower 48 US states only, ages 18 and up. Ends at 3/13/1215 11:59 PM EST. Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below. Good Luck!

Disclosure: This giveaway is hosted by Viva Veltoro and Thrifty Nifty Mommy, and generously sponsored by Step2. Thrifty Nifty Mommy, Viva Veltoro, and the participating blogs are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Please contact vivaveltoro(at) with questions about this giveaway. One winner will be randomly selected using the Giveaway Tools random selector and notified via email. Once notified, the winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or Google. Void where prohibited.

Giveaway - $800 Nordstrom Gift Card

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I know so many of you would LOVE to shop Nordstrom with a FREE $800 Gift Card. I pitched in a little bit of cash with my AWESOME group of blogging friends to give one away!!!

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I went to my fair share of college, attending a University on the east coast, and then going back to two different private schools on the west coast to take my Fine Arts education into the Computer Arts field. Of course tuition, was a great expense, but beside that, hundereds of dollars spend each semester on textbooks was what really broke my budget. I remember what a joke it was when I would sell my excellent condition books back to the book store for pennies on the dollar.

Master Bedroom Makeover with Lush Décor​

I love our master bedroom. I love the size, the closet space, the furniture, and the lighting and flooring. It is a peaceful room where the floors are just a shade darker than the bedroom set. However, the bedding needed to be updated. I'm not sure if it is global warming or my pregnancy, but our bedding was way too heavy for me this season. I was so happy when I received the Royal Empire 3 piece Quilt in Plum from Lush Décor​ because it was just perfect!

Lush Décor​'s quilted bedspreads are just the right thickness for a warmer climate or warm weather seasons. They are made of 100% cotton and 2 sheets of fabric with a thin layer of batting in between, quilted together, and finished off with a coordinating trim.

Like many of the Lush Décor​ quilted bedspreads, the Royal Empire is reversible, so it is a printed fabric that gives the illusion of a pieced together quilt on one side, and a pattern on the other. It also comes in a few different color combos to suit your decor palette.

Lush Décor​ has so many different quilt sets to choose from that it was a tough choice! They each come in a variety of color combos, as well, from colorful and vibrant, to soft subdued hues. Here are some of the others I love:

I always prefer something with a bold print or pattern because we have pets and children and patterns and prints hide pet hair, dirt, stains, and other things that get on beds that I get to blame on pets and children.

The greatest thing about purchasing a new comforter or bedspread set is that it can change the entire look of a room in 5 minutes with a minimal investment. This Lush Décor​ bedspread is a great value for the money and everything else from the artwork to the throw pillow were items we had, either in storage or in other areas of the home where they were not being showcased or utilised. I moved a few things around and the room looks like a completely updated space.

Lush Décor​ also carries a full line of beautiful heavier comforters which look perfect for those of you living in the colder regions. I love their soft, layered, and luxurious looks and wait until you see the incredible value!

I highly recommend checking out Lush Décor​ for any room you want to update, upgrade, decorate, or redecorate. You can find them at Bed Bath & Beyond, Kohl’s, Boscov’s, Sears or purchase online at LushDécor​.com

Also , visit or follow Lush Décor​ on social media so you can keep up with design ideas, new arrivals, sales, and deals!

Lush Décor​ on Facebook
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See my other Big Boy Room Makeover Posts with Lush Décor​ for more info, pictures, giveaways, where to buy, and video (coming soon!) on the new bedroom look for this little guy!

* Lush Decor provided me with this 3 piece quilt set to facilitate this review, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Ageless Derma Daily Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 35+ Review and Giveaway

This week we got to test out the Ageless Derma Daily Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 35+. We live in Southern California and I'm a stay at home mom of a 3 year old and we are out at the playground, theme parks, beach, or just out and about all the time. I almost never go out without sunscreen and a hat, especially because after 20 years of living here. My skin is showing signs of sun damage and aging and I take great care to protect my fair skin from skin cancer.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Big Boy Room Makeover with Lush Décor​

We had such a great time doing a Big Boy Room Makeover for our 3 year old, this week. We are less than a week away from his baby sister's due date and over the last few weeks we've moved my son's rocker, his crib, his area rug, his artwork, anything else that was babyish and not nailed down into his sister's room, and left him with his twin mattress and dresser. We were so happy when Lush Décor​ sent us this fish comforter set, because the little guy loves fish, the ocean, and the color blue and it was a perfect look for his new Big Boy room!