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Eco Friday: Made From Earth Skin Line is All Natural Goodness (REVIEW)

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With the winter months come dry, cracked skin, and added need for a moisturizer.

If you are interested in maintaining balance in your face, hands, lips and neck these colder days, while still keeping it all natural, a good bet is the products sold by Made from Earth. Back in the fall, the makers were generous enough to send me some of their wonderful products. They’ve been a God send and I’ve incorporated them all into my daily and weekly cleansing, toning and moisturizing ritual.

At least twice a week, I cleanse my skin with the grapefruit glycolic wash ($29.99) to keep the break outs away.  It’s been working because before, during the warmer months, I was getting pimples regularly.

Also, daily, I moisturize my face and neck with the vitamin c moisturizer. ($36.00)  The organic ingredients and vitamin c are defenses against the sun as well. To keep to my skin tight, I’ve been having success with the vitamin enhanced face firming serum (44.99) . It goes on non-greasy and dries quickly.  On some days, I’ve gone with the vitamin enhanced moisturizer  ($74.55) which has anti-aging properties that I can appreciate given I’m like most women out here fighting the effects of getting older.

Because I am always reading or working on a computer for long periods of time, my eyes get tired often. For five days at a time stretches, I’ve dabbed on some of the chamomile eye therapy cream ($22.95) around my eyes each morning after washing my face. The 5-day regimen does a great job to pick me up and I think it has collagen in it to firm up that area! Good for combating crow’s feet!


I also dig the Cucumber Cooling Gel ($13.49) and wear it regularly because it leaves my face refreshed. It’s also cool that it too has a toning property, and fights against sun damage and bags under the eyes. Good stuff.

Before applying make up, I spray on the skin correcting toner ($17.00). It is tingly and leaves my face feeling refreshed. I love the apricot scent it has too.

Finally, I keep the blueberry lip balm ($4.99) in my purse to moisturizer my lips and keep them from getting chapped. Sometimes I use the beeswax butter balm ($18.99) as a back up but it’s a bit greasy for the lips. Not my fave.

All of the ingredients, according to the makers, are organic, paraben free, eco-friendly and environmentally-conscious in ingredients, testing and manufacture!

Nice! If you’re looking for earth-friendly beauty products check out Made From Earth on its website!

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The One Pop-Up Book You Need to Get For Your Baby


Here is a book to consider getting for your baby this Cyber Monday.

A few years ago I was in a thrift store while looking for a vintage purse and jeans of the reason actual real life “in store” scrummaging may be worth getting in the brick and mortar world every once in awhile. I wandered over to the kids section and picked up this wonderfully creative and interesting book with the Alphabet in it — in 3D!! And it’s called that ABC3D by French designer/artist Marion Bataille.

Check out a video of the book:

Each letter is a crafty work of art that surprises the tiny learner with each page turn. It’s a simple ABC book.  In three colors: Red, Black and White, the colors scientists used to say are best for newborns and infants. I wouldn’t leave it alone with a small kid though because some of the pieces are delicate and the transition from X to Y and from E to F is so slight that you can’t open the book all the way to see those preceding letters, but overall, it’s a great pop-up book. I mean for an adult even! It would make a great coffee table book. I was fascinated by the craftsmanship of the letter “U” personally.

Hard copy. I got it for $1.20 and it retails for $19.99 and is sold on Amazon.com for $13.57 (Check out the REVIEWS!). It was nicely used and not stiff as when you probably first pick up a pop-up book never opened before. I’ve picked up gently used children’s classics from consignment shops also. Always make time to shop for the kids there while looking for your vintage broaches and pieces for yourself, divas!

A child could NEVER HAVE too many books. I learned this lesson from my 5-year old who we flooded with books since birth and can already read! (I have to check to what extent his viewing the “My Baby Can Read” series once in a while played a factor and/or his being eager to read just like his big brother can. I’ll get back to ya on that one! LOL!)

Our Editor’s Small Business Saturday FREE eBooks & SALE

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Enter the 2015 Bellyitch $1000 Prize Pack Annual Holiday Giveaway

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It’s that time again! Our Annual Bellyitch Holiday Giveaway is HERE!

This time we’ve got loads of toys to giveaway that are part of the Fab 15 KMart Unboxing and Review and a brand new Graco Running Stroller!


Here are the 10 Prizes Up for Grabs, VALUED at almost $1,000 TOTAL!

toy elmo

Playskool Sesame Street Play All Day Elmo by Hasbro® ($59.99)

toy hot wheels

Hot Wheels® Ultimate Auto Garage by Mattel® ($109.99)


Paw Patroller by Spin MasterTM ($79.99)

toy frozen

Disney Frozen Sing Along Elsa Doll by Jakks Pacific® ($59.99)

toy star wars

Star Wars Signature Lightsaber by Hasbro® ($54.99)

toy barbie

Holiday Auburn BarbieTM 2015 Doll by Mattel® (Kmart exclusive) ($39.99)


toy furreal 2

FurReal Friends Star Lilly the Unicorn by Hasbro® ($129.99)

toy lego

LEGO® Friends Pop Star Show Stage ($39.99)

toy hulk

Hulk Smash RC Vehicle by Jakks Pacific® ($69.99)

Grand Prize!

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Baby Jogger Citi Mini GT: Taking the City Mini to the next level, the City Mini GT gives features all-terrain wheels, an adjustable handlebar to adapt to the parent’s height, and a hand-operated parking brake. While the City Mini GT is not intended for jogging, it has front wheel suspension to give you full control on where and how you go while keeping your little one comfortable. The Citi Mini GT also features a one hand fold to make it easy to stay on the go. ($349.99)

Contest Rules

1. There are many different ways to accumulate entries. See Gleam.io Entry Widget Below. You can unlock many more.

2. You can accumulate as many entries daily as possible until the deadline, December 10 at midnight.

3. To let us know which prize you’d like your entry to be entered for, please leave a comment under the photo on our Facebook Page or Instagram Page with the words IG Entry or FB Entry. We will divide up your total entries among the various prizes your name is under.

4. We will draw from among all the names under the FB and Instagram Image of the Prize and Select the winner. (Note: if you do the FB entry you get 10 entries and if you do the IG entry, you get an additional 10 entries)

5. Winners will have 48 hours to respond or we will draw a new winner. We want to ship the prizes out in time for Christmas.

6. If you Repost the Contest or Share it on your FB or IG Page, you qualify for a bonus 10 entries!

If you win, we’d love for you to take a photo or video of you or your kid using the toy and share with us, but you don’t have to of course!

Open to US and Canada.


Bellyitch 2015 Holiday $1,000 Prize Giveaway

We Unbox & Review KMart’s Fab 15 Toys (VIDEOS) – WIN SOME!

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After conducting some industry analysis, trend reports and even testing out toys on Kmart employees’ kids, KMart has carefully curated the Top 15 awesome and fun toys and games for kids of all ages and even entire family.

These include some Kmart-exclusives from brands like Disney’s Frozen, Star Wars, LEGO®, BarbieTM and NERF,®  that hopefully will help ease some of the stress moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents and god parents may be undergoing as they hunt down toys this year.

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The 15 items are:

Ages 1-2

Playskool Sesame Street Play All Day Elmo by Hasbro®

Ages 3-5

Hot Wheels® Ultimate Auto Garage by Mattel®

Imaginext Ultra T-Rex by Fisher-Price®

Paw Patroller by Spin MasterTM

Disney Frozen Sing Along Elsa Doll by Jakks Pacific®

VTech® Kidizoom® Action Cam

Star Wars Signature Lightsaber by Hasbro®

Zoomer Kitty with Toy Mouse by Spin MasterTM (Kmart exclusive)

MONOPOLY Here & Now by Hasbro®

Monster High® Boo York Floatation StationTM with AstronovaTM Doll by Mattel®

Ages 6-8

Holiday Auburn BarbieTM 2015 Doll by Mattel® (Kmart exclusive)

FurReal Friends Star Lilly the Unicorn by Hasbro®

NERF® Zombie Strike Doominator by Hasbro®

Hulk Smash RC Vehicle by Jakks Pacific®

Ages 9+

LEGO® Friends Pop Star Show Stage

You can find the full description HERE!

KMart was generous enough to send us all 15 Toys that we unboxed on camera! That was so fun because it was our first unboxing ever! I did an overview/rundown of all 15 and then the kids selected 5 of the 15 to do more in depth reviews on…it was fun!

Here is the FULL Video of the Unboxing, my overview and 5 reviews. It’s Long, so…

I’ve posted the shorter individual review videos below:

And the best part is that we will be giving away a bunch of the toys along with a Graco Baby Jogger Citi Mini GT jogging stroller as part of our 2015 Annual Bellyitch Holiday Giveaway!

Watch for the details LATER TODAY!

The Individual Videos

Thanksgiving Dinner Quiz: Homemade or Store Bought?

For Thanksgiving, everyone who brings a dish to dinner swears it’s homemade whether it really is or not.

Sometimes, you can tell by tasting and sometimes just by looking.

Take this test. Which one is homemade and which is store bought or processed?

 1.Macaroni and Cheese: Which is homemade? Top or bottom?

2. Mashed Potatoes: Which is homemade? Left or Right?

 3. Candied Yams: Which is homemade? Top or bottom?

 4. Stuffing: Which is homemade? Top or Bottom?


  1. Bottom



  1. Bottom

Blogger’s Christmas Wish List: 6 Things on My List

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This time of year, people are assembling their Christmas wish list and dropping hints. I am one of them! Here are 6 items on my wish list:

1. Exlura Women’s Off Shoulder Batwing Sleeve Loose Oversized Pullover Sweater Knit Jumper – $22.90

I love silk and silk blend sweaters because they feel great on the skin and have longevity compared to those made of synthetic materials. You can wear this sweater with jeans on the weekend or over dress pants and wear them at an evening function. Love.

2. CONVERSE ALL STAR Boots • Converse • $59

It’s getting cold so it’s boots weather and because I’m always on the go, these Converse boots are a combo of my active sneakers and my riding boots and are Perfect! They are different and will turn heads.

3. Burberry  Plastic Sunglasses • Burberry • $103

I lost these very same glasses a month after I got them this year so a replacement would be great. I love these frames. They fit my face wonderfully.

4. Apple iPad Pro $30 per month+

I love that the iPad Pro  is large enough to function as a laptop and a tablet. I checked out the specs and other functionalities and they’re tops. I’d love to get one of these one of these on Christmas morn.

5. Burberry Small Leather & Canvas Check Henham Cross body Bag • Burberry • $595

I don’t go anywhere without my Coach cross body bag. It lets me keep my hands free and my bag secure to my body. I would love to  get a larger one that can fit more things and can let me give my other bag a rest. This Burberry cross body bag would be ideal!

6. Marc by Marc Jacobs Door Knob iPhone 6 Case • Marc by Marc Jacobs • $88

I have been using the massive protective Otter case that I purchased when I got my iPhone 7  for the longest time because not a lot of manufacturers of chic cases had them available when I first got it. I’m a selfie queen so a stylish alternative to the boring grey I have now would be amazing!.

That’s it for this blogger! What’s on your Christmas wish list?


5 Things I had on My Pre-Baby Bucket List (And $75 Pre-Natal Product GIVEAWAY)

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After getting married  a couple years after law school, my husband and I decided to start a family, but before then, I already knew that there were things on my pre-baby bucket list I had to enjoy before taking on the challenges of parenthood. We didn’t call it a “bucket list” back then, but the concept was the same.

I was one of the first among my friends to marry and would be among the first to have kids, still I had a few other law school buddies who had children so I knew of all that was involved in child rearing.

Being the eldest of 4 children in my family, I had spent a substantial amount of my pre teens to college years babysitting, looking after my siblings or helping relatives and family friends care for cousins and other children in their family. So, I had an inkling of what was involved with child-rearing. I was well in the know that I had to get my free-spirit on before joining mommyhood.

Here is a list of things I did before jumping into the parenting pool.


1. Traveled on a moment’s notice – Back then and still today, last dirt cheap minute fares to far off places, spas and other locales came easy. Once you signed up for last minute deals emails, you could get an alert in your inbox on Thursdays, for example, purchase your ticket by Friday and be in the air after work. After children, the opportunities for such impromptu adventures are near impossible.

2. Spend Freely – Owing to number #1, most of the money you earned belong to you so you could splurge on a last minute trip, buy that expensive handbag, go out to eat twice a week because there was no other person’s college fund you needed to be saving for or some baby’s 1st birthday party you needed to use up all your rainy day fund to plan and throw.

3. Sleep in– Before kids, Sundays meant sleeping in. Saturdays wouldn’t yet involve games, practices, rehearsals, recitals, trips to the zoo, museums, and festivals. While all of those things are fun and I really enjoy cheering my children on and watching them perform or enjoy themselves at a craft fair, sleeping in and reading the Sunday paper in bed all day was a luxury too I enjoyed pre-having a family of my own.

4. Not have to clean regularly – After children, you no longer have the privilege of cleaning your home on Saturday and not have it messed up again until mid week or well into the following week before needing a new cleaning. Having a family of three or more means having more people to clean up after and less uncluttered spaces because families can be messy.

5. Take adult classes – I didn’t grow up in a family where we could afford classes, so before having kids, I enrolled myself in a host of fun classes: ballet, tennis, adult gymnastics, pottery, painting, cooking, whatever was available, I did. And again, having disposable income for myself, I could afford to!

Having enjoyed that life, I wouldn’t trade in the one I have now for anything in the world.  I am glad my husband and I had a chance to grow a little nest egg so we could buy a home for our future kids to grow up in. Today, there are more  resources, inventions, services and products available to parents that I wish I had available to me.

For example, I recently learned about Happy Mama which is the first organic baby food to expand into the prenatal category, offering Mom and Baby an easy nutrition solution throughout the First 1,000 Days, by starting as far back as the womb. How novel!

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You know like before, most of the products available aimed to give newborns, infants and babies a healthy start at birth.

But, the NEW Happy Mama® Prenatal collection is changing the trajectory of children’s health through nutrition by getting to baby before birth and making sure mom is in optimal health from the beginning of her pregnancy journey. We were gifted a generous package of the products to sample out and really enjoyed them!

The Happy Mama Prenatal collection includes a host of nourishing and healthy products including; Fruit + Veggie Blends, Probiotic Supplements and Gummies.

Another great thing about the collection is that it offers extra vitamins and nutrients that moms-to-be need like DHA, Choline, Calcium and Fiber, which they may not get from their diet or prenatal multi-vitamin alone.

When you can’t keep foods down because you’re suffering from nausea or morning sickness, these vitamins will come in pretty handy!

The Probiotic Supplement is flavor-free and easily dissolves in water – plus it’s a taste-less addition to soft foods. The supplement helps support Baby’s developing immune system. As you may know, probiotic supplements are also great for keeping one regular and are great for digestion and easing heartburn and other digestive woes that increase during pregnancy.

We’ve gone past the days of the ginormous yucky tasting pre-natal vitamins. Thank God!

Companies have gotten more inventive and are taking mom’s taste buds into account. Happy Mama’s Prenatal Gummies, for example, provide extra essential nutrition for Mama-to-be, such as Omega-3s, DHA, Choline and Vitamin D, with each bottle containing yummy gummies in three flavors: lemon, berry and orange. They are deelish! We tried them. Yummy!

Better than candy because the prenatal gummy is a supplement to your daily prenatal/multi-vitamin and it’s needed because the top prenatal vitamins on the market do not provide you with the recommended value of DHA, Choline or Vitamin D.

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The Happy Mama Prenatal collection is available at Target as part of the Made to Matter—Handpicked by Target™ product collection in the women’s health aisle, but before you buy some, you can win the line from Happy Mama here! Open to US only from Now until November 13. Many ways to enter. Daily Entry options available!

Happy Mama PreNatal Gift Certificate ($75)

For more information about Happy Family and the Happy Mama Prenatal collection visit www.happyfamilybrands.com. Also, be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram, too!

FTC: This giveaway is sponsored by Happy Mama Prenatal

A Love Letter From a Toddler Reviewer to Butler Overboots

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A love letter from a new Penguin:

Dear Butler Penguin,

I love my Overboots! Since my mom opened the box, I don’t want to take off my boots – which has gotten me in trouble since we don’t wear shoes in the house. I do everything in my Overboots – I water the plants, I go on family hikes, I jump in puddles, I put on my bike helmet and pretend that I’m an astronaut. Basically everything.

Kid Easy, Kid Fun

When we are walking out the door and my dad says, “Put on your boots.” And I do, it’s that easy.I put on my own Overboots with no help. I slip my boots on and we’re out the door. No more “Are your shoes on?” or “Why aren’t you’re shoes on?” My shoes are always on with Overboots.

Mom says “Penguins go on the outside, hon.” I put my Overboots on the wrong foot and they are still comfortable. Then I look down, My penguins are talking to each other. Oh oh. Switch boots and now the penguins are on the outside.

Penguins Go Outside

Speaking of penguins going outside, Mom and Dad let me wear my Overboots on our weekly family hike in Rock Creek Park. We took my little brother and my dog. When my boxer dog, Idana, walked through the creek I did too. It wasn’t too deep and I got to splash and jump in the water.

Overboots definitely aren’t hiking boots, but since it was a bit slippery in the park, they were perfect for walking over wet leaves.

Where did you get those? What’s are they called?

Every time I wear my Overboots to school I hear one of my friend’s moms ask my mom, “Where did you get those boots?” I usually pipe up and say “they’re Overboots!”

Mom says, “They go over shoes, so they are the perfect rain boots. And the boots come with a cold weather insole so they are great winter boots. Plus they come in a number of colors, too.” Green is my favorite color so my Overboots are in Lime Green.

Mr. Penguin, I am proud to be the newest member of the Overboot family.

Yours Truly,

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Teddy G.

Your Newest Penguin

Get yours! From Butler Boot Online or Our Amazon Affilliate between $21 to $99 depending on size, style and locale.