Snuggle Up In a Halfshell – TMNT Delta Children Inflatable Chair

Here’s a cool gift for your favorite little snuggler/gamer/couch potato! The Teenage Mutant Inflatable Ninja Turtle Delta Character Chair!
It’s a club chair design that comes in 4 styles: Cars, Frozen, Minnie Mouse, Ninja Turtles. This inflatable chair is covered with a plush character cover. At first my son didn’t quite get the point. I guess it was cold in the house when we opened the package?
All you have to do to blow the chair up is line the openings in the cover with the nozzles on the plastic inflatable part. It was a little tricky for my boys to do this but once we got them lined up, we used a pump that came with an air mattress and the whole thing inflated really quickly!
 This chair is great for relaxing or playing, and you can just deflate it to put it away and take it back out again whenever you want! It retails for $29.99 on and would be a fun holiday gift!
IMG_2508Happy as a turtle!
I received the Ninja Turtle chair as part of the Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scouts program.

How to Dress a Boy: French Toast Clothing


My 10-year-old son does not care what he wears as long as he can get dressed once and never change his clothes again. Unfortunately for him he is growing very quickly, so that a shirt or a pair of shorts that fit him fine one day looks ridiculous on him the next. Yes, he grows overnight like the Hulk getting angry. On those days I have to send him back to his room to change and thus begins a terrible day.

In addition, being a physical child, he tends to but holes in his clothing. Even the khakis we keep on hand for him to wear to church and the occasional fancy occasion. I remember a certain pair of khakis he put on his body, wore to his first confession at church, and then promptly tore a hole in the knee while horsing around with a friend during the little reception in the church yard after the ceremony.


Anyway, the point is that when I was invited to try out French Toast clothing for kids as part of the Back to School #ScoutBox program from Savvy Sassy Moms, I seized the opportunity to find some sturdy, good-looking clothing for this boy. French Toast makes school uniform clothing for kids, and even though my son’s school doesn’t require uniforms, I still found some classic styles, and colors I wanted to try for him.

IMG_2840Boys’ long-sleeved interlock knit polo, $14

For shirts I chose a short-sleeved polo in his school color (red) and this beautiful baby blue interlock knit long-sleeved polo. The fabric is so soft it feels like he’s already worn it several times, but it looks great on him.

For pants I chose two colors of the same style: adjustable waist double-knee pant. It seems like the solution to my boys’ pants problems! Reinforced knees to prevent tears, and adjustable waist to allow for all of the growing! I thought I’d throw some maroon into the mix because I guess I didn’t get enough of that color when I wore my own uniforms in high school. But that’s another story.

Unfortunately for me this is the only picture from the photo shoot he so begrudgingly allowed that he will let me show you that includes the pants. But actually, I rather love it. Captures his personality perfectly:

IMG_2847Boys’ adjustable waist double-knee pant, $20

He hasn’t worn the clothing to a rough-housing session with his brother or friends, so I can’t yet report on the durability, but they do show promise. And if your kids wear uniform clothing to school, French Toast clothing is a great place to find quality pieces in all the traditional colors and sizes.

Introducing Lucy’s – Safe, Tasty Cookies and Treats [Giveaway]

Lucys Blogger Tea Event
Last month I attended a lovely little event at the amazing Whole Foods store in Pasadena hosted by Savvy Sassy Moms. I must confess I haven’t yet been to the location in Thousand Oaks, but if it’s half as large and full of amenities as its Pasadena counterpart, well, I’m going to have to make a little field trip out there.

There’s another reason to splurge on a Whole Foods shopping trip, too. Lucy’s brand cookies and treats which are made without wheat, gluten, dairy milks, butter, eggs, casein, peanuts, or tree nuts. I know you are wondering “but how do they taste?” because I wondered that, too. Many boxes of Lucy’s cookies later, I can tell you that they all taste delicious, but I have my favorite!

Once upon a time, Dr. Lucy Gibney was a practicing emergency room physician. When she was returning to work after maternity leave following the birth of her son, she and her husband gave him his first bottle of formula. He was only 3 months old. That very first bottle induced an anaphylactic reaction, and the baby was rushed to the hospital – thankfully he got through it and was just fine. Subsequently, he was diagnosed with severe food allergies to everything under the sun. Over the next few years, Dr. Gibney devoted herself to developing recipes for cookies that her son would be able to eat safely and also enjoy. And that’s how Lucy’s brand was born.

Now Lucy’s brand snacks are sold in 7,000 stores nationwide and also online. Cookies come in Chocolate Chip,Sugar Cookie, Cinnamon Thin, Oatmeal Cookie, Ginger Snap, Maple Bliss, and Chocolate flavors. And they make chocolate Brownie Cakes, too.


Dr. Lucy Gibney shows us a photo of her son, 21st century style

At the event in Pasadena, Dr. Gibney told the gathered crowd of local bloggers her story and answered numerous questions, even after a breathtaking few days at the huge Natural Products Expo West. We were all given samples of the cookies and brownies to eat at the event and to take home. I snuck the Snack ‘n Go packs into my kids’ and husband’s lunches the following week, and basically gave the cookies to whomever I saw. Plus, I tried all the flavors myself.


You probably assumed I would have chosen the chocolate cookies or Brownie Cakes. Surprise! I can tell you without a doubt that the Maple Bliss cookies are my absolute favorite. As thankful as I am that neither my children, nor I, are allergic any foods (that I know of), we all enjoyed these cookies, and were grateful to eat them with glasses of cold dairy milk.

At $4.99 – $5.99 per 5.5 ounce box, these cookies are definitely a splurge, but they’re especially great for younger kids who are satisfied with just a couple of cookies at a time. Me? I could eat a whole box at once!

An added bonus of the gathering that day was the presence of Ambiance Salon, a shop that recently opened nearby on Lake Ave. It’s a little known fact that when I first moved to California from Connecticut in 1995, I lived in an apartment building right in that neighborhood with my best college pal, Lisa. I have a special place in my heart for that town, so I am happy to tell you that the staff from Ambiance feels that way too. They did a lovely job dolling up some of the attendees at this event, and they even had a very talented braid artist present!

Lucys Tea Braid Bar

That’s the back of my head, upper left!

Lucy’s is giving away a box of their cookies or brownie cakes to a lucky reader of this site. Leave a comment here by 11:59 PM on April 8 and indicate which flavor you’d like to try (check them all out here before you pick). I will pick a random winner from qualified entries and that person will receive a box of treats in the mail! US Only.