Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Walking for the babies...

Being a mother of 5, I can only thank my lucky stars and count my blessings that all of my children are healthy. While the oldest of my children has been diagnosed with Aspergers, I know that there are much bigger hurdles I could have to deal with.

It is because of these blessings that I try to give back, whatever I can spare, whenever I can. I usually support those organizations I have some kind of connection to or know someone who does.

This weekend my friend Cara will be walking in a fund raiser for the March of Dimes. The money raised during the March of Babies walk will support lifesaving research, services, education and advocacy that help babies get a healthy start.

This is a cause which is very near and dear to Cara's heart. Her son Joey was born 12 weeks premature due to a placental abruption, a result of preeclampsia. He weighed just 2 pounds 9 ounces and was only 14 inches long. Cara learned about the March of Dimes while Joey was in the NICU & this organization has just been a natural fit.

So for the third year running Cara & Joey will be walking to raise money. They are also looking for sponsors for the walk. In exchange for your sponsorship you will be eligible for a random drawing to win a variety of prizes from WAHMs. Click here to see a picture of baby Joey (he's now a strapping toddler) & learn how you can sponsor Cara in this weekends walk.

Jalapeno Designs is proud to sponsor Joey's Posse. Check out their Team shirts.

For more information about the walk, sponsorship or The March of Babies you contact Cara @ her email

Friday, April 18, 2008

Seat cover part 2

I just wanted to add that I used the seat cover @ Walmart last night. Though it fit, I found that the front had a hard time staying on the handle since the cart seemed to be bigger than the standard cart. Otherwise, I would say that I"m still very happy with this purchase : )

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Shopping cart seat cover is a wonderful addition

Going shopping w/ 5 kids is always an adventure, and though the whole thing can be stressful, it doesn't even compare to shopping w/ the youngest three by myself.

My son is 15 months. He is too big to sit in an infant carrier & too heavy for me to carry through the store. So he must ride in the seat of the shopping cart. After one trip to the store where I was force to hold him into the cart, I thought there is NO WAY I'm doing this every time I come to the store.

I thought about buying own of those shopping cart seat
covers, but all the ones I've seen have nothing more than the same type of seatbelt system as the shopping carts offer. This does NOT keep my children in the seat of the cart. The only answer was to find a five point harness system shopping cart seat cover.

Yet, not one seemed to offer this. After some searching, I did find what I was looking for at Target. The
Eddie Bauer® Shopping Cart Seat Cover is the ONLY shopping seat cover (that I could find) that has the 5-point harness system.

So I purchased one (I actually paid 18.99 - less than the website) and though I had been told that it hadn't received very good reviews at this point I am happy with it. I have used it twice. Once @ Target before I actually purchased it, since i figured i would be buy it anyway & wanted to make sure this is what I wanted. Then again @ Target when I returned to purchase the car seat I have been hunting for for over a month (woo hoo). Both times I was pleased with the cart cover. My son tried to climb out, reach for things, etc and he was not able to escape, let alone even stand.

The seat cover offers a padded seat, a zipper area for keys, etc & loops to hang toys on for baby. It also have a built in cover to store it in.

I would have to say at this point I'm very happy with this cart cover. Though I have 5 kids, this is the first one I've own. I never liked the other style because it never would have held my children, all being houdinis, into the cart. If they can escape the cart's actual belt and they can get out of strollers etc there was no reason for me to invest $20+ dollars into one.

Although I need to take it out for a few more spins, at this point, I am very please with this product.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

In Kristine's shower - Reblog

Today I posted an entry in my blog that should have been here in January. However due to computer problems and illnesses, I never finished it. Well now the review is complete. So in all fairness and to offer the maximum exposure I am reposting this entry. Thanks, Jalapeno Mama

There's nothing funner than receiving a package in the mail. The anticipation of opening the box and revealing the contents is one of my favorite things. What could be inside? So when I received an email notice of a package in my mailbox, I was happy to slip on my giant snow boots, trek out into the very cold and dark night to retrieve the parcel waiting for me.

I returned to the house, bubbling like a school girl. What was in that little box? It was labeled from "IN KRISTINE'S SHOWER". I slit the tape and a whiff of delicious scent hit my nose, the anticipation heightened. On top of packing peanuts was a thank note from the owner, Jenny Hoehn and beneath that was foam smiley faces, shapes and a potpourri of goodies galore.

The first thing I removed from the package was a little bar of homemade soap. The label said,"Citrus Safari" the bar was a tan color with an orange marble streak in it. It smelled like tangerines and a burst of citrus. MMMMM..

Next I found 3 matchbook notepads. Perfect to put in my purse and let little hands doodle on.

Digging a little further I found a little jar of Aloe Vera Body Whip, scent Lavender dreams. Even after sitting at room temperature the whip is cold feeling going on, but it makes your skin SO soft.

The next jar I found was Shea Butter Body Frosting, scent Malibu Baby. Let me tell you this it's bright teal blue. The scent is like blueberries or bubblegum. It's yummy. The frosting has pure cane sugar in it. Great for removing rough areas & dead patches left from that long winter.

What better to follow frosting than Sorbet? Kristine's Shower Shea Butter Body Sorbet is next, scent Pearberry. The scent is good, not over powering, and this smells even better on. Labeled a head to toe moisturizer it feels smooth & creamy. I can't wait to try this on my hair.

The next thing I removed from the box was not something for my body, but something for my soul. An 100% Soy wax Meltie scented girly girl. The directions say to pop it into a tart burner & enjoy. The scent was that of flowers which lingered through out the house.

The last thing in my goodie box was a Shea Butter Bath Bomb scent Vanilla Sugar. Wrapped in a cellophane wrapper it smelled mmm mmm good. I couldn't wait to light my tart warmer and toss that bath bomb into the tub.

Neither could my little girls as they careful planned out which items they would be taking into the tub with them.

After trying everything I would have to say wow. I'm impressed. I like how my skin feels after I use the products and the house smells great. What a great stress reliever. A ncie little treat just for me.. that's if I can get it away from my girls. : )

Jenny is great to work with and prompt with her replies. She was a pleasure to deal with. Oh an she's a WAHM.. Got to support fellow WAHMS : )

I recommend checking out In Kristine's Shower & if you use this special code you can receive 25% off with your order - post25.

I think I'm going to go hide again in my tub, maybe if I'm lucky they won't find me there. : )

Originally posted by Jalapeno Mama @ Monday, January 21, 2008