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Micro blocks = BIG FUN!

Admittedly, when I saw the incredibly small size of the nanoblock, I knew my boys would be too young to assist much with the review.  Hayden, of course, still showed great interest, so I began to build.  I worked on the 110 pc. mini-series (terrier), but with Henry around, I decided this might be a job for dad :-) Sure enough, that was a great decision!  Chuck really enjoyed building the 550 pc. Neuschwanstein Castle 3D Site-to-See set!  It did take about 2 + hours and somewhat nimble fingers are required.  Unlike other block sets,  the (one) page instructions are completely visual (no parts list) and you build layer by layer.  The pieces were already semi-sorted and visually the colors used. made the instructions easy to follow! My husband enjoyed it so much he mentioned interest in building the WWII Fighter Jet! He also brought it to work with him to show his colleagues! nanoblock 2 Hayden was SO impressed and repeatedly told his dad “He did an AMAZING Job!” When he is just a bit older, I know they will really enjoy working on nanoblocks together! It is really offers the perfect combination of creativity and attention to detail! The smaller sized blocks lend themselves to a more precise look to your creation!

Find your favorite nanoblock set, NOW conveniently sold at Target stores!


*Not suitable for children 3 and under.  Recommended for ages 8 & up.


nanoblocks is hosting its 1st ever national nanoblock© Award: Build It Your Way competition. Using only nanoblock bricks, build and enter your very own, unique creation! Nano-enthusiasts of all ages are welcome to participate!

The winner will be crowned TATSUJIN: Master of nanoblock!

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Details about the nanoblock Build It Your Way Competition!

  •  Entry Phase: From February 16, 2014 to September 1, 2014, parents/applicants can upload a photo of their original nanoblock creation in one of two categories, under 500 pieces and over 500 pieces.  There is no limit to the number of submissions per applicant. Submissions are accepted at
  •  Judging Phase:  All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges consisting of a mixture of toy industry opinion leaders and Ohio Art representatives. The top five finalists will be selected and notified on or around September 15, 2014.
  •  Winner Phase: One grand prize-winner will receive a $4,000 travel voucher.  A first and second prize winner will be selected in each category (under 500 pieces and over 500 pieces).  Two first prize winners will receive an iPod nano and nanoblock sets (one set per month of their choice) for a year.  Two second prize winners will receive nanoblock sets (one set per month of their choice) for a year.  Winners will be announced, on or around,September 21, 2014 and featured on The Ohio Art website and the official nanoblock Facebook and Twitter pages.

Enter the contest or vote HERE, or view the full rules HERE.

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Wanna Swing? And other pick-up lines to help make new mommy friends!

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Welcome back to True Tales from the Pink & Blue Trenches, a Thursday series co-hosted by the fabulous Melissa from Home On Deranged. Melissa is wife, mother, blogger, author and most recently a TV personality!

Each week, we choose a parenting topic and swap sagas!

This week’s post was written by Melissa and involves 50 Shades of Grey, swinging and drinking….  What???? This is a toddler/preschool series, right?

Uh huh, it’s true. We are learning about the pick-up lines that help make a NEW mommy friend! Without further ado… Boom Chicka Wa Wa…Let’s get it on…..

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Post written by Melissa Swedoski

This week, it’s my turn here at Home on Deranged to talk about the ups and downs of making new mommy friends. See, what no one tells you is that even though you joined a super tribe of women who are also moms, they don’t necessarily all want to share coffee with you. In fact, the older you get, the harder it seems to get. Especially if you spilled that coffee on their couch. Oops. (To see Jodi provide actual helpful advice on making mommy friends, see last week’s post here.)

7 pickup lines to help you make new mommy friends - The Pink & Blue Series on Home on Deranged & The Noise of Boys

As you get older, you realize that making friends isn’t what it used to be. When you were younger, you met people at school or church, through sports or extracurricular activities, or because they were related to you. Once you get out of college, it gets a little harder, as you either have to make friends through work or through your existing friends.

When you’re a stay-at-home mom, living in a brand new town where you don’t know anyone, the only work friends you have are destroying your house, and you definitely don’t want to invite them over for coffee. It’s a conundrum.

Best to think of making new mommy friends like you used to think of dating: put your best foot forward, look pretty, say nice things, don’t eat too much, and for heaven’s sake, don’t tell them you’re looking for a long-term commitment.

Try the pickup line method!

Following a thoroughly unscientific system that I recently invented, I’ve come up with 7 pickup lines you can use to make new mommy friends. Feel free to modify to suit your needs.

1. “I have a soundproof room. Would you like to see it?”
Now, back in the day, that line would have made me perk up an eyebrow. What’s he got going on in that soundproof room? Is this a Fifty Shades of Grey kind of room? But, in mommy terms, I perk up my ears instead. “You have a room of silence? Where I can’t hear my toddlers arguing over the same doll for the 20th time today?” I’m shedding my inhibitions faster than a stripper sheds her clothes.

2. “I’m here for you.”
If you’re in the middle of a weepfest over losing your latest BF, a really smart guy can sweep in with this line. He’ll cradle you, caress your hair. Move in for more. But when a fellow mom says this to me, I get tingles as I think, “If I ever need a cupcake/cookie/pie/cigarette, her door is always open.”

3. “So, are you interested in swinging?”
Oh, the places you’ll go if you take up this offer. Naughty parties of swapping partners and rooms and more. If I proposition a fellow mom with this line, I’m thinking one of two things:
a) I have this new play set in the backyard with the latest swing technology, so our kids won’t fly off and break their necks.
b) I am totally into swapping kids with you for a day. Or leaving my kids with you for a few hours.

4. “You look like you could use a drink.”
Had a rough day at work and just sitting at the bar, alone and morose? A clever guy can get you that drink, and then probably get you a lot more. If I’m using this line on my potential new mommy friends, I know to have a supply of coffee/tea/lemonade/wine at the ready. Along with a shoulder to cry on.


5. “I know a guy who does that kind of work.”
Single gals are always in need, right? At least that’s what problem-solving men think. They know a guy who can fix our computer, install our new surround sound, get rims for our new wheels, move our furniture. Women with kids, on the other hand, are supposed to become overnight masters of how to unclog a toilet, how to clear a drain, how to fix a broken washing machine, how to make a broken DVD player work again, how to clean a house with two Clorox wipes. If I say to a potential new mommy friend, “I know a guy,” I’m about to hook her up with the handiest handyman of all time, at rates that would put free labor to shame.

6. “My car has a DVD player.”
If a guy is rolling around in a car with a DVD player, chances are he either wants to watch porn in the backseat while you make out, or he has a secret family he’s not talking about. But if you tell this to a mom, you can either drive around aimlessly in peace and quiet as the kids zone out to several movies in a row, OR you’re going to let her sit in your driveway in peace and watch “The Notebook” for the gazillionth time.

7. “How you doin’?”
This one works for all of us. Just picture Joey and it’ll make you smile.


Got any good pickup lines that work for you? Is any particular place a better pickup spot than another? Share it with me in the comments, so I can add to my repertoire!

Now that you might have a NEW Mommy friend – let’s get you dressed!

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SoftWalk Torino Sandals- A Summer Essential! PLUS Christmas in July #Giveaway #RWMevent

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My #SummerEssentials- SoftWalk Torino Sandals

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I have a confession. SHHHH…. I REALLY wanted to review the SoftWalk Bal Harbor sandal. Due to popular demand- they were almost completely SOLD OUT! The SoftWalk Torino, was my 2nd choice- but I believe it has to be fate.  I adore this shoe.

These sleek, multi-strap gladiator sandals are part sexy, part sophisticated and ALL around comfortable.    Featuring soft leather straps with studded accents, they will easily accommodate the casual “on the go” look OR partner with that special sundress and beautiful summer evening.

Offering the perfect amount of “give” and stretch, it truly an enjoyable, heal to toe, experience!

The “Tourist” style sole, is lightweight and flexible! PLUS its low profile massaging foot-bed is soothing, even after a full-day of wear!

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  • Material: Suede leather upper lining, Suede leather footbed lining,
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TWENTY WINNERS! Enter the Back To School Tech-Style Sweepstakes! #BTS #Chromebook #VISA

Welcome to the Back To School Tech Sweepstakes! #BTS

I am so excited to partner with Mom Powered Media to bring you this phenomenal sweepstakes opportunity! I wish each of you- the best of luck! I absolutely understand how valuable each of these items truly are- with the high cost of education!

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At Mom Powered Media, we believe in higher education and want to help our network readers get there. To help you do just that, we are giving one lucky reader a $500 Visa Gift Card and HP 14″ Chromebook PC.

There will also be 20 second place winners to take home Back To School Prize Packages. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get BTS ready, tech-style!

Special thank you to our supporting co-host bloggers: Monica’s Rants, Raves & Reviews, The Jenny Evolution, Memoirs of a Clueless Woman, My Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Life, My Daylights, Barbara’s Beat, Saving You Dinero, Shaping Up To Be A Mom, Robyn’s View, Coupons and Freebies Mom, A Hen’s Nest, Budget Savvy Diva, Mutterings Of A Mindless Mommy, Your Sassy Self and Nest Full of New.

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Essential Oils- Natural pain relief for tension headaches! #essentialoils

		Essential oils for headache relief
 Please welcome this special guest post from our friend Lorraine at Created For Healing.

Essential oils- offering natural pain relief tension headaches!

Headaches can be caused by stress, hormones, blood pressure concerns, low blood sugar, and lack of sleep, and more. Its important to address possible causes of headaches. A study at a Germany university found that essential oils were just as effective in blocking pain from tension headaches as tylenol.

Essential oils promote circulation, reduce muscles spasms, and decrease inflammation; which reduces pain.

→ Recommended oil blends for headaches: Clarity, Deep Relief, M-Grain, PanAway, Stress Away, Relieve It, Tranquil.

→ Recommended oil singles: Peppermint, Copaiba, Lavender, Rosemary, Marjoram, Wintergreen, Valerian, Frankincense.

DIY Essential Oil Combinations & Recipe List

General Headache blend
4 drops Wintergreen
3 drops German Chamomile
2 drops Lavender
2 drops Copaiba
1 drop Clove

General Headache Blend 2
6 drops Peppermint
4 drops Eucalyptus Globulus
2 drops Myrrh

Sinus Headache blend
9 drops Rosemary
5 drops Melaleuca
4 drops Geranium
3 drops Peppermint
2 drops Eucalyptus Blue
2 drops Lavender

How to apply: Diffuse your choice of oils, apply topically to temples, forehead, base of neck, on the thumb, and big toe. EDOR 6th Edition

Looking to purchase these essential oils for your home?
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Making mommy friends, with toddlers! Will you be my buddy?

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Welcome back to True Tales from the Pink & Blue Trenches, a Thursday series co-hosted by the fabulous Melissa from Home On Deranged. Melissa is wife, mother, blogger, author and most recently a TV personality!

Each week, we choose a parenting topic and swap sagas! This week it’s my turn!

Making friends as a kid was easy!

It became more difficult as a teen and young adult, but as a stay at home mom? How do you even start? Maybe you were fortunate enough to have other stay at home friends to start with! I was not that lucky. When I began this journey, it was me, a toddler and a very pregnant belly! It was lonely and isolating at times. That first winter was the worst.


This post was inspired by a recent encounter I had, with a mom who was brand new to being at home with her kids! She unfortunately lost her job AND also daycare, when the center she was employed at shut down due to funding. Unprepared for this change, I asked her how she was feeling. She told me she hated it. She was terribly bored and laughingly said, “I would rather spend all day with 20 other kids, over a full day with my own kids.” I knew she was joking, but I had time to prepare for my transition and it really isn’t for everyone.
Now I am an extremely social person, so making mommy friends hasn’t been that difficult, but it is different. You now look for adults WITH children. Moms who will meet you at the park with a cup of coffee in hand and not judge you by your sweatpants!
Honestly, for me, making mommy friends improved my experience- especially during long winter months!

Know where to find potential mommy friends

Let’s be honest, when you have kids in tow- typically the last thing you are looking for is a friend, right? Think again! I have met moms in the doctor’s office and in the grocery store! Whenever and wherever my kids play well, with others, I seize the opportunity to enjoy mom interaction!

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Social media groups

So you may not meet your best friend, but often we meet people through on-line groups that have similar interests- or even completely different skills. You might have to get out of your comfort zone. As with any on-line interaction, you should feel and act, safely. You know, if you are meeting anyone for the first time- meet in a public setting. baby-84626_640

That being said, some of the mom’s I have learned the most from, I have met on-line. I have even found several local on-line communities through my social media channels. The best thing is, you choose to participate and or attend! Even if you never meet this mom in-person, these are potential conversations! Melissa my fabulous co-host, has been a shoulder for me numerous times. Tamara, is someone who gives me tremendous inspiration. Jennifer (who I knew pre-blog) has given me MANY valuable tips! Sonya, has been an unbelievable resource, Chrissy reached out to me in a very difficult time, with some much needed advice and I reconnected with a past friend, Jamie through blogging and social media. I never see these ladies off-line, yet they have each given me treasured mommy friendship!

Attend child-friendly events!

Our library hosts a “toddler story time” and during the summer a lot of special events! It is a great chance to meet a lot of families! I met one of my dearest friends during a group play-date, that stemmed from our library outing! Our children attend pre-school together, we attend the same church and BEST OF ALL our husbands also get along famously! playschool-151938_640

SAHM, WAHM or Work outside the home moms- Did you make friends easily as a parent? Where was the most unique place you made a new mommy friend? Any tips to share for those who may struggle?

Make sure to join us again next week, for more True Tales from the Pink & Blue Trenches when we learn about the social side of motherhood from Melissa! 

OH yeah and one more thing!  Enter the fabulous RAVPower Luster Series External Power Bank Giveaway we are hosting! Good luck!