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Tis the Season for Holiday Cards (and Shutterfly!)

Christmas Cards are a HUGE thing at my house. I host a giant greyhound owners Christmas card exchange and as a thank you, I generally receive about 100 cards from it. On top of the cards that I send for that (no where near a hundred!) we also send cards to all the relatives and over the years, our cards have become somewhat famous. Being the token “child-free” couple on Christmas’s past, our cards have always featured our dogs and cats, sometimes in costume, sometimes in front of the tree, but always doing SOMETHING to try to rival everyone else’s rugrat cards. And it must work, because come February, people are already asking what we’re doing the next Christmas for our photo!

Most every year (except the year we waited until two days before they needed to be in the  mail!), we get our cards from Shutterfly.com. They have a GREAT selection of cards, great prices, and fast shipping. Unlike at Wal-mart and other big box stores, you don’t just get the same 6 or 7 designs that every single person on earth is using. You really have options.

Here are some of the designs I’m considering for our 2010 Christmas cards. (Sorry, I was originally going to insert pictures, but then I realized that those wouldn’t be the pictures I would use anyway, so you get random internet kids instead!)

I love that it has room for lots of pictures of different sizes!

This would be a fun one to reflect what Mason and the dogs and cat thought of 2010

Every year we talk about doing the folded (standard) card type photo cards and every year we decide they’re too expensive. Well, at $1.59 a card (when you buy more than 20), that’s definitely doable since we’d be spending $2.29+ each in a store for a boring non-photo card!

If we wanted, we could make this a really late birth announcement and Christmas card all in one!

I like this card because I wouldn’t feel bad about sending it to my Jewish and other non-Christian friends!

I also poked around more than I usually do and discovered that Shutterfly offers custom gift tags. Everyone who knows me in real life would know who their gift was from without even reading the name if they saw this…

And I could also get awesome address labels from them… with penguins on of course

They also offer really cool looking wall calendars – much fancier looking than the “We blow up your picture to fit the page” ones Office Max has and a better price! I used to do photo calendars every year for my parents and mother-in-law and may have to revisit that idea!

Anyway, now that I’ve spent way too long analzying alllll the awesome options for great Christmas cards, does anyone want to stop by and help me fit two adults, a baby, 2 large dogs, and 2 barely-baby-tolerating cats into one blissful holiday photo??

Yeah, me either!!


I received 50 free holiday cards from Shutterfly.com for writing this post and you can too by visiting this link (Select Clever 1000 as the referal) I am already a Shutterfly customer,  but this just proves how awesome they are!

A Dog’s Dream Natural Pet Supplies – $50 GC GIVEAWAY!

My friend Lori owns an AWESOME pet supply store in Seattle, Washington.  A Dog’s Dream is a full service natural pet supply that specializes in premium pet foods. They sell supplies for dogs, cats, fish, birds,  small animals and chickens! Her store is AWESOME because not only does she just sell high end pet products (No Kibbles ‘n Bits or Old Roy there!), she promotes greyhound adoption, local artists, AND has a full featured online store. What’s even cooler is this is a family owned store (no crappy chain store with poor customer service!) and if you need a very cute toddler fix, you can usually find Lori’s 22 month old “hard at work” at the store as well!

The variety of different stuff that A Dogs Dream sells is just awesome!

Joe absolutely LOVES his grunting spider (I have a million pictures of him with it and of course I can’t find a single picture when I need one!)

Living in the Northwoods, we deal with fleas and ticks and protect our critters  from them with Frontline Plus from March – November.

Both dogs go wild for bully sticks. They are a great distractor and help keep their  teeth in good shape

My kitties went absolutely WILD for the TikkiCat cat food they tried this summer!

Joe thinks he should get this collar and then he could match Mason when he wears his robot outfit.

We’ve used our fair share of Nature’s Miracle at our house between one naughty dog, one mystery ailment dog, and two puking cats.

This is going on Joe’s Christmas list – he loves big furry grunting toys!

Mason’s Auntie Sarah’s jack russells would look hilarious in this great sweater!! Why do the little dogs get all the adorable stuff??

Now you to can experience how great A Dog’s Dream is! I encourage you to visit her store (online or in person) and purchase anything you’d like for your pets (Christmas is coming!) OR you could WIN a $50 Gift Certificate for A Dog’s Dream right on my blog!! Redeemable online or in person, this gift certificate is sure to help you make your pets’ Christmas a great one or maybe just help you stock up on some of those pesky necessity items!

Mandatory Entry: Go to A Dog’s Dream’s online store and tell me what item you’d like to buy for your pet(s)! (1 entry)  Must be completed before any additional entries will be counted

Additional entries: Please leave a seperate comment for each entry (if an activity is worth five entries, leave five comments)

* Browse their website and tell me something else interesting you learned about A Dog’s Dream. (1 entry)

* “Like” A Dog’s Dream on Facebook (and tell me someway to identify you on FB) (2 entries)

* Vote for A Dog’s Dream in the Best of Seattle Contest – 5 entries

* Tweet about this contest  – Enter to win a $50 Gift Certificate to A Dog’s Dream Pet Supplies. Your pets will thank you! @weemasonsmom  http://tiny.cc/addg #giveaway (Tweet once a day for 1 entry per day)

Follow A Dog’s Dream on twitter (post username) (1 entry)

* Heart A Dog’s Dream on etsy (1 entry)

* Purchase something from A Dog’s Dream and tell me what you bought – (10 entries)

* Follow Mason or me on twitter (post username) (1 entry per follow)

* Post this giveaway on a giveaway linky and tell me where you posted it – 3 entries

* Post my button on your blog and tell me where you posted it – 3 entries

* Blog about this entry on your blog and leave me the link – 3 entries

* Bonus entry for my loyal blog readers – if you ALREADY follow me on GFC (there are 168 of you) – 1 entry

There you have it – lots of ways to win! Help me support and promote a wonderful “Mom & Pop” pet store belonging to a great friend and a great mom and you could win a chance to make Christmas very merry for your furry (or feathered) family members!

This giveaway will end Monday, October 11 at 10:59 CST.  Your e-mail address must be in your comment or in the comment form in order for me to contact you if you win. The winner will be chose by random.org and will have 48 hours to respond to my e-mail. I was not compensated in any way for this review and all opinions are entirely my own.

The Woombie – Our Review

So as I’ve posted about before, Mason still sleeps swaddled but it’s becoming a battle. He wants to sleep with his arms free but if they’re free, he wakes frequently. If he’s swaddled, he sleeps soundly through the night. We went from using a hospital size receiving blanket to the Kiddopotomus Swaddle Me, which worked for a few weeks and then we started waking up and finding him with at least one if not both arms free.

So I contacted Kim at Woombie and asked if she could help us out. I’d heard nothing but good things about Woombie and really wanted to try one before we gave up the swaddle and the peaceful nights.

For those who are not familiar with the Woombie, it looks like this:

Information from their website:

The Woombie comforts, softly confines arms & gently compresses baby’s unique curves to hug baby… preventing startling issues, face scratching, overheating.

The Woombie is a proud winner of the PTPA (Parent Tested Parent Approved), Moms Best and Creative Child Awards. We have been seen on television, in numerous popular baby magazines and are endorsed by Doctors, Doulas, Postpartum Baby Instructors, Nurses and countless moms and dads worldwide. In a nutshell, The Woombie is a great easy swaddle for babies with the Startle Reflex & who are in need of a cozy yet gentle confinement.

The Woombie follows Pediatrician & S.I.D.S. guidelines, maintains airflow and will not overheat baby, no loose blankets covering airways,  and prevents face scratching. It also prevents unnecessary waking due to the Startle Reflex, soothes babies with colic, will not come undone, promotes natural motor development, and is easy to use – just zip it up.

My thoughts:


First, I was incredibly impressed by the very short amount of time it took me to get the Woombie. It arrived in just a few days and was well packaged without a lot of extra packaging that seems so common these days.

The Woombie itself is nice soft stretchy fabric and there are no tags or anything that made me concerned about Mason’s comfort. The zipper pull has a velcro cover-up so there is no chance of  it poking him.

It was very easy to put Mason into the Woombie. Simply lay him on top of it, stick his feet in the bottom, and zip it up to his chin. No wrapping, no pulling anything tight. Just zip and you’re done! Sometimes he is faster than me and puts his arms up before I can get it zipped all the way up, and then I take advantage of the handy dual zipper that lets me unzip it from the bottom – I can leave the top zipped, gently pull his arms back down in positition, and zip him back up! Simple! This would also come in handy for any middle of the night diaper changes, which fortunately, are rare around our house.

We’ve been using the Woombie for about two weeks now – I wanted to make sure the first few days of success weren’t some sort of fluke! At first I was really concerned because he refused to keep his arms down and instead keeps his hands up by his face, which pulls material up by his face. I quickly realized he’s unable to pull the material up past his shoulders and the material is designed to be breathable. Unlike traditional swaddle blankets, he’s able to have some range of motion so he can make himself comfortable without dealing with total freedom that causes the startle reflex. The pictures on their website show babies with arms crossed over their chests, at their sides, and in various positions while in the Woombie. Apparently my little guy likes his hands up by his face.

 

Since getting the Woombie, the final steps of getting Mason ready for bed take seconds instead of minutes. There is no “Okay, attempt number five, will we be faster than him this time?!” race. We no longer have to go check on him half a dozen times to see if he’s worked his way out of his swaddle and is thrashing around. He smiles happily when getting wrapped , adjusts his arms to where he likes them, and sleeps soundly with no flopping arms scaring him in the night. Our nights of sleep have been saved!

You can buy your own Woombie online at their website and they come in sizes that fit babies from 3 lbs to 25 lbs! They also come in lightweight summer fabric and fleece winter fabric so you can Woombie year round without worrying about your little one getting too hot or too cold. There is also a convertible Woombie that allows for free arms  while keeping the rest of the body gently hugged. Reasonably priced from $26.99 – $28.99, this is definitely a must have for any baby who enjoys being swaddled. Stop fighting with those receiving blankets and velcro closures!

In conclusion, We give the the Woombie 6 thumbs up (Mine, Mason’s, and P’s!) It’s very easy to use and keeps my strong little man confined enough that he is still sleeping through the night like a champ. Thank you Woombie!

 

Thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own. I received a free Woombie for  reviewing but was not compensated monetarily or in any other manner for writing this post.