Chef Apron, Father’s Day Giveaway!!!

Memorial Day is fast approaching and will fall this year on, Monday, May 26th. Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday celebrated on the last Monday of May in remembrance of the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.  It’s  also the unofficial start of  summer!

Many people break out the barbecue for the first big cookout of the season and more often than not, it will be a male member of the family that’s manning the grill!

What is it with guys, fire and raw meat?

The perfect gift for the guy that grills or any cook or chef is an apron and for that reason, Crooked Brook is sponsoring a Chef Apron Giveaway. These professional chef aprons will also make a great Father’s Day gift for dads who like to cook.

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Since 1989 Crooked Brook has designed and manufactured chef wear for the world’s most recognized men and women in the noble art and science of gastronomy. All Crooked Brook branded garments and accessories are made to order in the U.S.A and can personalized with the customer’s choice of fabric, pockets, buttons, piping and embroidery.

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The giveaway consists of:

  • Two, Apron Style #700 – 35” W x 25” L (approximately), made in white, 10 oz., 100% cotton denim. Depending on the height of the wearer, this apron is calf length.  Total Prize Value with SHI…$45.00

Aprons were originally worn as a utilitarian outer garment to cover the front of the body to protect the wearer’s clothes from soiling, wear and tear. Over the years many different styles of aprons evolved depending on the purpose and were often named after the trade, craft or profession that used that particular design.


A chef apron is waist apron which is a square or rectangular piece of fabric that ties around the waist to cover the body from the waist down. For a cleaner look, some chefs fold the top of the apron over the ties (see image). With a pocket (sometimes divided to create a pen pocket) to hold an order pad (dupe pad) it becomes a bistro apron.


These mid-calf length “old school” heavy duty chef aprons are hard to find and coveted by professional chefs and serious cooks alike.

Crooked Brook also makes a 35” W x 25” L apron that is perfect for grill masters who like to wear shorts and cook over an open or pit fire because the length protects bare legs from the heat.

Another good thing about these aprons is that after they are too dingy and beat up to wear in public, you can cut them up into 100% cotton rags.

Cant to wait to see if you won? Receive a 10% discount on all Crooked Brook Chef Wear and Accessories: Aprons, Bib Aprons (blank, printed or embroidered) Women’s Aprons (blank, printed or embroidered) Chef Coats (blank or embroidered) and Women’s Chef Coats (blank or embroidered) offer valid thru 5/13/14 with the Coupon Code “Mommy Ramblings Chef Apron Giveaway”.

  • You must be 18 years or older to enter.
  • Crooked Brook will ship the prizes to the winner within 30 days of contest end. If address is undeliverable or prize is unclaimed and sent back, winner is responsible for re-shipping charges.
  • Physical address required for shipping; no PO boxes, US recipients only residing in one of the 48 contiguous states.

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Easy, Festive Easter Cupcakes & Baking Eggs For Coloring!!!

If you are looking for an easy, festive treat to make for Easter, you still have plenty of time to make these adorable cupcakes.

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Just make your favorite flavor cupcakes and then get your frosting ready.  I use my own buttercream but you can use canned if you do not like to make your own.

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Get a decorating bag ready and use  a Wilton Multi-Opening Decorating Tip 233.  Tint your frosting green with Wilton Gel Coloring or you can use liquid food coloring if you want.  Then just squeeze and pull up to create grass.  

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In the grass you can put a PEEPS bunny or chick, little M & M eggs,  Robin’s Eggs, Jelly Beans, or chocolate covered almonds.  You can also use some white buttercream and make little nests with an open crown tip and fill with candy eggs.  You can sprinkle the nests with sugar decor to make them sparkle or coconut flakes.  

Another great tip I got from a friend is to bake your eggs instead of boiling for coloring. You just put your eggs in a muffin tin and bake at 325 degrees for exactly 25 minutes. Do not over bake!  You will get great eggs with no cracks!  I tried it and love it!



Happy Easter from Mommy Ramblings!!!

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Celebrate Earth Day With Flight of the Honey Bee, Little Pear Tree & E.I.E.I.O!!!

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April 22nd is Earth Day and I want to tell you about some great books you can read with your child to celebrate.

Flight of the Honey Bee by Raymond Huber:

Your child will get to follow the flight of a honey bee as she searches for nectar to sustain her hive and, along the way, pollinates flowers to produce seeds and fruits.

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A tiny honey bee emerges from the hive for the first time. Using sunlight, landmarks, and scents to remember the path, she goes in search of pollen and nectar to share with the thousands of other bees in her hive. She uses her powerful sense of smell to locate the flowers that sustain her, avoids birds that might eat her, and returns home to share her finds with her many sisters. Nature lovers and scientists-to-be are invited to explore the fascinating life of a honey bee.The back of the book gives examples of how to save the bees that you can discuss as a family as well as an index.

Little Pear Tree by Jenny Bowers: 

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Children will be captivated as they watch a tiny seed grows through the seasons into a fine pear tree in this beautiful book. This format showcases vibrant artwork with more than twenty-five flaps that you lift to discover creatures hidden in every scene. The charming text makes this the perfect interactive primer to a key scientific topic.


E.I.E.I.O, How Old MacDonald Got His Farm With A Little Help From a Hen by Judy Sierra:


The Little Red Hen gives Old MacDonald some pointers on composting — and a legendary farm is born — in this rhyming, rollicking read-aloud. Once upon a time, Old MacDonald didn’t have a farm. He just had a yard — a yard he didn’t want to mow. But under the direction of the wise (and ecologically sensitive) Little Red Hen, Mac learns to look at the environment in a very different way, and whole new worlds start to bloom with the help of some mud, garbage, horse poop, and worms!

Judy Sierra’s spirited verse, paired with Matthew Myers’s exuberant illustrations, yields a fresh take on a children’s classic, complete with raised-bed gardens and an organic farmers’ market—making this a perfect story for armchair gardeners and devoted locavores of all sizes.

Enter To Win All 3 Books:

My kids love books and these 3 were a big hit and have spurred some great conversation about nature, growing plants and trees and of course all the ways bees are essential in our world.  Candlewick Press is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!  One luck blog reader will win all three of these books!  Thank you to Candlewick Press for the review books and for sponsoring this Earth Day Giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!!!  Open to US residents.

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Save $10 Off Your Online Lovable Labels Purchase!!! April 15-17 Only!!!


Hurry, hurry because it will be over before you can blink twice.  Lovable Labels Y.O.L.O Sale is on!!!  Right now you can save $10 off your order of $25 or more when you use the promo code yolo2014 at checkout!  To start shopping and saving click HERE!    Hurry sale is only on April 15th-17th!



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Kidorable, Fireman Rain Wear Collection Review & Giveaway!!!

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April showers bring May Flowers.  Time to get in gear for spring rain.  We love Kidorable Rain Wear, they are our go to brand for kid’s rain coats, rain boots and umbrellas.  The quality is great and boots, rain coats and umbrellas used by my older son can be passed down to his younger brother looking brand new.

We love the great details and designs that are used on everything and how there’s such a large selection of coordinating items for each style.  We recently had a chance to review products from the Fireman Collection.

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When everything arrived, my son could not wait to try it on.   Actually, both little boys wanted to try everything on and so they did. Everything is easy for them to get on and off and the attached hat on the hood of the rain coat provides great coverage with the wide brim.  The rain boots are fun and keep puddle jumpers dry and the umbrella is easy to open and close for little hands.  My son loved this set and his little brother can’t wait for him to outgrow it!kidorable2

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Kidorable is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings.  One lucky blog reader will win a Kidorable Umbrella in their style choice (subject to availability). Thank you Kidorable for the review pieces and for sponsoring this awesome giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!!!  Open to US residents.

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Save 10% Now at With Exclusive Discount Code!!!

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If you have kids, you know that they are very good at misplacing or losing things.  If you label their belongings with quality labels you have a better chance of the item being returned.  Label Daddy  is  the perfect  solution for labeling your children’s belongings!

Remember to label all the clothing, sports equipment and other personal belongings your kids bring to school, camp, sports leagues, day care, and other places. Label Daddy labels keep your belongings from getting lost or mixed up with others. These labels are super durable peel-and-stick washable labels — they’re washer/dryer safe, microwave safe, dishwasher safe and UV resistant!

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Label Daddy labels are also fun and attractive. You design your own labels! . . . Pick from many colors, sizes and logos, including Disney and Marvel characters, MLB, NBA, and NHL team logos, other sport and fun logos, and more. Our exclusive laminated coating gives labels an extra layer of protection and is a must for camp! These labels are made in the USA and shipped directly to you worldwide. Save 10% on Label Daddy labels!Save 10% on your entire Label Daddy order. Use code USFAMILY10 at checkout and click HERE to start shopping and saving.

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New CANIDAE® Life Stages, Dog Treats Review and Giveaway!!!

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We have three dogs; a 3-year-old Maltese, a 3-year-old Westie and a 4-year-old American Bulldog.  They are very much a part of our family and we want the best for them.  For optimal health it’s important to feed dogs healthy foods and treats. I recently had the opportunity to try New CANIDAE® Life Stages Bakery Snacks and Biscuits for dogs with our trio.  We tried two varieties, the Bakery Snacks with turkey, quinoa  & butternut squash which is made with only 7 nutritious ingredients and the Grain Free, Pure Heaven Biscuits with Duck and Chickpeas.  Both are crunchy and help keep dog’s teeth clean, they feature a snap feature that lets you break the biscuit into perfect proportions and as our dogs reaction told us, are delicious!  Resealable pouches keep snacks fresh.

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CANIDAE is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!  One lucky blog reader will win two bags of CANIDAE, Life Stages Dog Treats!  Thank you CANIDAE for the review treats and for sponsoring this canine lover’s giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!!!  Open to US residents.


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Wink Shapewear, Tummy Tucker Tank Review & Giveaway!!!

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Today was finally a real spring day in New York. It felt so good to finally feel warm air and enjoy the songs from the many birds that have recently returned after their winter in the south.  The spring weather also makes me want to get out and walk, ride my bike and garden.  After a long cold winter I am so happy to start shedding the layers.  About 3 weeks ago, I started really stepping up my exercise routine.  I have been doing intense cardio and biking at least 3 days a week and will be adding kettlebell workouts on at least 2 more.  I have lost a few pounds but have a goal of losing 20 more by the end of May.


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Wink Shapewear Tummy Tucker Tank is just the thing to make me look and feel better in my clothes.  The Tummy Tucker Tank will take care of any tummy issues along with any unsightly bulges.  It leaves me with a smooth look that gives me self-confidence and enhances my weight loss.  The tank  is stylish and does not have the look of some girdle type contraption.  It really works and is still comfortable enough that I want to wear it everywhere I go!

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Wink Shapewear is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!  One lucky blog reader will win their own Tummy Tucker Tank!  Thank you Wink Shapewear for the review tank and for sponsoring this slimming giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!!!

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Lovable Labels, Ultimate Camp Pack Review & Giveaway!!!


I recently received the Ultimate Camp Pack from Lovable Labels.  Personalized for my son, this pack is a super value because you get 15 Sticker Labels, 40 Slimline Labels, 12 Shoe Labels, 72 Press and Stick Clothing Dots, 2 Mini Metal Tags with Silver Ball Chain and 12 Square Labels.  You can choose from 20 different designs/colors and 45 icons and I chose the Sporty design which really fits my son and most boys!  Labels are durable and will survive summer, camp and just about anything your child can dish out because the peel & stick labels are UV resistant, waterproof, dishwasher and microwave safe.

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Description: Best Value! Keep your kids’ things out of the lost and found bin with the Ultimate Camp Pack! It’s fast and easy to label backpacks, water bottles, clothing, shoes, toiletries and so much more!

Ultimate Camp Pack Includes:

15 Sticker Labels
40 Slimline Labels
12 Shoe Labels
72 Press n’ Stick Clothing DOTS™
2 Mini-Metal Tag (two 4” silver ball chain incld)
12 Square Labels

Colors: Available in 20 designs / Colors and 45 Icons

Features: Dishwasher and Microwave Safe, Waterproof, UV Resistant, Peel & Stick


Lovable Labels is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings.  One lucky blog reader will win an Ultimate Camp Pack in their choice of personalization and design/color.  Thank you Lovable Labels for the review pack and for sponsoring this great giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!!!  Open to US residents.

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Leaving The Front Loader Behind! Why This Mom Will Not Buy Another Front Load Washer!!!

If you have done any recent reading on our blog, you know I am in the middle of a laundry crisis.  With our washing machine being damaged severely during the moving, stacking, and set up of our new dryer that only took 2 months to get straightened out, we have decided to depart from the front loader washer.

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Why you may ask?

1. I am tall, if you have the units stacked you nearly have to lay on the ground to get your clothing out and inevitably you have small pieces of clothing falling on the floor.  That is uncomfortable and yucky for the germophobe in me who must rewash the fallen clothing.

2. The rubber seal smells icky which we fixed with the detergent we use but you still have to leave the door open which I hate and it eats up all kinds of little things like kid’s socks.

3. I hate not being able to soak things in the washer or open the top and check on things and add something without a hassle.

I have had my units side by side on platforms and stacked and still never again will I go with a front loader. Especially since you can get a huge top loader without an agitator in High Efficiency.  I can do super large loads, even larger than with my ultra capacity front loader and have the height and features I want in the top loader.  So I am going back to the top side and leaving the front behind.


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Interested to know what you have and if you have recently made a purchase of a washer what you went with and why.

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