Choosing Ideal Nursery Furniture for Your New Arrival

Nursery

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During your pregnancy, you may make it a primary focus to get your baby’s nursery ready for when he or she comes home. However, if you shop in local stores, you could miss out on unique furnishings that could be ideal for this room of your house. Rather than limit your choices to what your local big box store has, you can find a wider array online. You can read more here about what other furnishings are available for your baby and items that could make your adjustment to new parent easier.

You may want basic furnishings to begin with in your nursery. When it comes to choosing a crib, it is essential that you choose one you can feel comfortable with each time you lay your baby down in it. With all of the recent crib recalls, you may be ill advised to buy one from a secondhand store or from a garage sale, even if it looks clean and perfectly safe. Instead, you should make the investment and buy a new one that you can use for your little one. The ones sold online meet the current safety standards and function in a way that will prevent your baby from being unsafe while sleeping. You can check out the array of cribs online at your convenience.

Like a crib, you may also want a rocker in which to rock your baby to sleep. While a rocker may be a luxury item, it can also come in useful when your baby is teething or has colic. You can find one that will match your decor by shopping on the same site as where you picked your crib.

If you are new to the world of parenting, all of this decision making may seem confusing to you. In fact, you might feel better when you take the advice of parents who have children already. You can read parent and baby blogs to find out what furnishings you should use in your nursery. A blog can be a great resource to help you plan and also to put your mind at ease that you can in fact ready your home for a baby. Bringing home a new baby is a big transition for your family, especially if this is your first baby. However, using online resources like websites and blogs, you can make the preparation time of your pregnancy happy and productive.

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Disney’s Frozen: The Songs Review & Giveaway #DisneyMusic #ENMN

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Frozen The Songs
Attention Frozen fans: Walt Disney Records has something exciting in store for you! The release of four new titles on September 30th, 2014: Frozen: The Songs, Frozen: The Songs Vinyl, Frozen Canciones de Una Aventura Congelada, and Frozen Score Digital Soundtrack!

I happily got to test out Frozen: The Songs in exchange for my honest opinions. How can I go wrong with this one? Simply, I can’t. Frozen is one of my all-time favorite Disney movies, both for its story and its songs. I’ll admit that my daughter and I often break into our own rendition of “Let It Go” at any random point in time.

The Songs

Frozen: The Songs features the following 10 hit songs from one of Disney’s greatest films:

1. Frozen Heart
Performed by Cast
2. Do You Want to Build a Snowman?
Performed by Kristen Bell, Agatha Lee Monnand and Katie Lopez
3. For the First Time in Forever
Performed by Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel
4. Love Is an Open Door
Performed by Kristen Bell and Santino Fontana
5. Let It Go
Performed by Idina Menzel
6. Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People
Performed by Jonathan Groff
7. In Summer
Performed by Josh Gad
8. For the First Time in Forever (Reprise)
Performed by Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel
9. Fixer Upper
Performed by Maia Wilson and Cast
10. Let It Go (Demi Lovato Version)

Performed by Demi Lovato

My Thoughts

I love that this shorter version of the Frozen soundtrack is available to feature just what I and my kids love most: the songs. The songs from Frozen are almost unbeatable in my opinion, and I love that this CD lets my children enjoy the music without having to watch the movie a million times (ok, so we may have watched it a few hundred by now, but still…). Since it’s a bit cheaper than the soundtrack, it can be a perfect option for a holiday stocking stuffer this year for your little Frozen fans! You can purchase Frozen: The Songs on Amazon on September 30th, as can Frozen: The Songs Vinyl.

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Add a Healthy Crunch to Your Day With Harvest Snaps PLUS Caesar Salad Wrap #Recipe #HarvestSnapsFan

This post was created in partnership with Harvest Snaps. I have been compensated for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.



If you’re a busy mom like me who struggles to maintain a healthy weight because healthy foods are usually more expensive and take a little more time to prepare, then this post is for you. Harvest Snaps is a line of 6 delicious, crispy, healthy snacks that curb your saltiness cravings in only 120 calories per serving.

Harvest Snaps
“Flavored lentil and green pea crisps?” you say? Seriously, don’t knock it until you try it. This healthier alternative to potato chips will quite possibly become your new favorite snack. Perfect while on the go, a quick pick me up between meals, or a healthy choice for your kids, Harvest Snaps are packed with flavor, and boast 40-50% less fat, less sodium, and more fiber than traditional potato chips. Harvest snaps come in 6 delicious flavors:

  • Caesar
  • Wasabi Ranch
  • Tomato Basil
  • Black Pepper
  • Onion Thyme
  • Lightly Salted

Here is one of my favorite flavors, Tomato Basil. I chose to spotlight this one in photos to show the texture and color. Pretty drool-worthy, right?

Harvest Snaps

Harvest Snaps

But, what makes them so much healthier?

That’s simple. Snapea Crisps are made from 70% pea, and Lentil Snaps are made from 65% lentil, much healthier alternatives to potatoes. Each flavor contains high amounts of the good stuff (protein and fiber), and small amounts of the bad stuff (sodium and fat). Face it: everyone has cravings at some point, especially when dieting, which often causes people to feel deprived of their favorite foods. Harvest Snaps are the perfect solution for easing a salty craving. Think post-workout snack, or a guilt-free midnight snack!

Lunchspiration

It’s Back-to-School time. Need some inspiration for your child’s school lunches? Check out Harvest Snaps Lunchspiration, where you can create fun, unique lunches and share to win Harvest Snaps coupons! Check out other ideas for inspiration for your own child’s lunches, like fun sandwiches and creative ways to serve fruit.

Caesar Salad Wrap Recipe

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My absolute favorite Harvest Snaps flavor is Caesar. I almost cannot put these down, they’re that yummy! The flavor absolutely reminds me of a Caesar salad rolled into a crispy snack, so I came up with the idea to create a Caesar salad wrap with Harvest Snaps Caesar as the star to add some delicious crunch. This recipe is super easy to make, and perfect for a healthy lunch. My 9 year old daughter begs for them for her school lunch!

Ingredients:

  • Spinach tortilla wrap
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Frozen grilled chicken strips (1 lb. makes about 6 wraps)
  • Fresh spinach leaves
  • Caesar dressing
  • Harvest Snaps Caesar

Add a tablespoon of oil in a skillet and heat to medium. Add chicken and coat with a thin layer of Caesar dressing. Cook chicken until heated through and a light brown, caramelized coating appears.

Harvest Snaps

Lay tortilla flat and spread a thin layer of Caesar dressing on tortilla. Add spinach leaves, Parmesan cheese, and chicken. Careful not to over-stuff so you can roll it up!

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Add a handful of Harvest Snaps Caesar on top of other ingredients. Tightly roll the wrap. Enjoy!

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