Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Dandelion Tableware

I recently received a set of Dandelion Tableware to try out, and I have to say I was very interested in trying it!  Just so you know, Dandelion makes more than tableware - they make Earth-friendly products for kids - including plush toys, teethers, and clothes!  You can see all of their products HERE.

Now, back to the tableware!  The tableware is BPA free, Phthalate Free, PVC Free, and made from corn!  "Unlike conventional plastic, which is largely made from petroleum, our bioplastic is primarily made from corn! Polylactic acid (PLA) requires significantly less fossil resources, and generates far fewer green house gases than conventional plastic. And corn is a renewable and sustainable resource (from the Dandelion website)." I love that they offer divided plates!  My daughter doesn't seem to mind her foods touching, but I do haha so I love these!  The spoons have a much deeper scoop than most which makes it easier for my daughter to keep foods on them!  Sydney has mastered stabbing foods with a fork, so she doesn't use the Dandelion ones often (they are more for learning).  These are great quality products, and I'm sure we will be using them for years to come! 

The only downfall is that they aren't dishwasher safe, but knowing they are completely safe makes up for that!

The Gathering Place Review and Giveaway

Who doesn't love a cute applique shirt?  I think they are great - especially for holidays or sibling pictures...or birthdays or pretty much anything!  I found The Gathering Place awhile back through one of my readers.  The ladies that own the store are very nice - and great to work with. 

This is a mom-owned business, which is a plus for me.  I like to help out other moms when I can!  They do applique shirts, monogrammed gifts, jewelry, and more!  You just have to check out their selection. Trust me - they have a lot of beautiful items.

They sent Sydney a cute little Easter shirt to wear.  It had a chick in an egg and her name on it, and I thought it was beautiful!  It has been worn and washed several times now, and I can definitely say that it is excellent quality that will last!  Sydney absolutely loves the shirt.  We have gotten many compliments on it!  After looking through our Easter pictures, I realized I don't have a good close up picture of the design on the shirt, so I took one of just the shirt for you all to see!

Here are a few other items from The Gathering Place:

One lucky reader will win a $15 gift card to use at The Gathering Place!

How to Enter: 
(1 entry) - ‘Like’ The Gathering Place on Facebook HERE
(1 entry) - ‘Like’ So Mommy on Facebook HERE and let me know if you are a new fan
(1 entry) - Mention this giveaway on your facebook page and leave me the link
(1 entry) - Tell me which item is you favorite!

**This giveaway ends on July 5, 2011 at 5 p.m. CST.  The winner will be selected by random draw and will have 48 hours to respond to our notification email before another winner is selected.  This giveaway is open to US residents only.  I was given a free shirt in exchange for my review.  No other compensation was received.** 

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Promises to Keep

I recently received “Promises to Keep” by Ann Tatlock from Bethany House Publishers to review.  Before I tell you what I thought, let me tell you a little about the book.
Summary from
"Eleven-year-old Roz (Rosalind) Anthony and her family have just moved to Mills River, Illinois, to escape an abusive situation. Only days after settling into their new home, they are surprised to find the previous owner, Tillie Monroe, on their front porch reading the newspaper. Though her sons have sold the house and sent her to a facility for the aged, she is determined to die in the place she lived her life and somehow manages to find her way "home" day after day. Feeling sympathy for the elderly woman, Roz's mother allows Tillie to move back in.
Mara Nightingale becomes Roz's first friend in Mills River. In spite of their many differences, the girls discover they have something in common that binds them together-both are hiding secrets. So they make a promise -"cross my heart and hope to die"-never to tell anyone else."
My Review
I thought this was a pretty good book.  It was a little slow moving to me, but I tend to like the suspense-filled books the most.  The story line was good, but I could sense the ending very early on.  The early part of the book where the family meets Tillie was probably the best part of the book if you ask me.  I'm pretty sure I'd have been a little shocked if a random old lady showed up on my porch one morning!  If you don't mind the slow progression of the story, this is a good book to read, but if you're like me and like suspense - you may want to skip this one!

God Gave Us Two

I recently received "God Gave Us Two" by Lisa Tawn Bergren from Waterbrook Multnomah's Blogging for Books program.  If you like to read and write reviews, you should check out their program (Blogging for Books).

I love all of the "God Gave Us" books.  They are simple, but very sweet books for children.  The illustrations are beautiful.  My 2 year old likes to read them with me as well!  If you remember, I did a review for God Gave Us So Much (see review HERE) not too long ago!

"God Gave Us Two" is about Mama  and Papa polar bear having another baby.  Little Cub is very curious about it, and asks a lot of questions like, "Will you forget me when the new baby comes?"  Mama and Papa reassure Little Cub that they will love her AND the new baby and explain that they are gifts from God.  Little Cub asks for a sister, but Papa tells her that she doesn't get to pick.  They get a nice surprise at the end - a brother and a sister!

I thought this was a great book for siblings.  It came at a perfect time for us - right before L.B. was born!  I think Sydney enjoyed reading about getting a new baby.  The only problem is that you might have to explain why you don't always get twins (and they aren't always a boy and a girl) haha.  I guess that is where you have to explain that you can't pick!  I'm very glad that we had this book for Sydney, and I plan to share it with other siblings that need help understanding a new baby!

You can get a slightly imperfect copy of this book for $4.99 HERE.  That is 50% off!

Saturday, June 4, 2011


I'm finally getting back into the swing of things...having a newborn and a toddler really slows down my blogging!  But don't worry! I'm back - with sleep and usually cooperative kids!  I'll be posting new reviews and giveaways THIS WEEK so make sure to tell all of your friends to check out So Mommy! 

Along with new reviews and giveaways, I'll be posting a "Top 10 for Baby - Items I can't live without" this week!

Desires of My Heart wins the beautiful bow from Creative Expressions!  Congratulations!  Look for more giveaways and reviews coming up!