Sunday, January 31, 2010

Swinger Sunday - Pizza & Movie night by NiftyNappy!

So I am a guest here but I wanted to let you into our homes on a typical Friday night!  
Even when we are away from home we have to have it. We are away this weekend staying with my sister.  Fortunately they like to have pizza and movie night also. Only tonight we are going to eat pizza and then go to a movie! Fun huh? the kids are way excited! Funny how traditions stick no matter what huh? My kids get upset if we say we are leaving town on the weekends. Even to go visit family!! "What about pizza and movie night?" or "We have to have pizza and movie night!" You'd think they would be excited to go see grandma or play with their cousins. We really hope this tradition sticks though AND that it is still cool when our kids are teenagers. They can have friends over and we can bake like 6 pizzas, but we will know what our kids are up to and be able to have fun with them. That is the end goal of this tradition!
Want our recipes?  We have 2 that are the backbone of our tradition!

first the pizza the kids love:
1 c. warm water
1/4 c. sugar
1 Tbsp. yeast
(if it is active dry yeast it needs to sit and bloom here for a few min. -instant yeast press on!) 
1/4 c. oil 
1 egg
mix all together, add
1 tsp. salt
3-4 c. flour till soft dough
let rise to double, roll out. 
Makes 2- med round or 1- 13X15 cookie sheet
bake @400 for 12-15 min. until crust is golden brown

Sauce recipe
8 oz. can tomato sauce
1 tsp. garlic salt
1/8 tsp. chili powder
1/8 tsp. onion powder
1/2 Tbsp. dried oregano
1/2 Tbsp. dried basil
1/4 tsp. pepper
mix and spread on rolled out pizza dough

we use the regular toppings: 
olives (lots of these)
bell peppers

This other pizza is super yummy!  
We found it here online while looking for a healthier pizza, since we do eat pizza once a week!  
*we also like to add a tiny bit of Italian sausage to spice it up!  :) 

SO, gonna try to have Pizza and movie night next Friday night?  maybe you don't like movies, try pizza and game night!  Our friends have "Fun Fridays"  they have Pizza and then watch a movie, only they have popcorn too!  But they mix in mini marshmallows with their popcorn!  (it is YUM!!)
So, Party Friday night?  HeCk YeAh!  
Thanks lady! What a rad post! (its me, amber again by the way...) What a great way to start off Swinger Sunday! Feel free to comment away... show us pics of YOUR pizza nights... and if you decide to try the recipe you MUST come back and share your thoughts with us!! Heres a pic of our pizza night (different recipe, but still yummy, and loads of family fun :)

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Note to Self Saturday: SWINGER SUNDAY!

Note to self... YOUR TOO BUSY! so I have decided to combine a few ideas that have been thrown my way... i love blogging... LOVE blogging... but sadly dont always have the time... so i was thinking about about a Swinger Sunday, where I swap out from writer to reader and have guest bloggers write in a post!? I think itll be ton of fun... Ill start a schedule... (starting tomorrow, so hurry). I dont care who you are... i dont care what you wanna write about (just keep it semi-clean...) parenting, heath, punk rock, tattoos, etsy, handmade, WHATEVER... I really dont care.... Just want to give others a chance to spread their advice... opinions... etc. Interested? Get ahold of me on twitter... email or leave a comment! Still need someone for tomorrow... and then we will book in weekly slots after that!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Favorites Friday: Be a loser!

Zaq and I are on a work out kick... were were finally getting back in shape after the wedding... then came honeymoon... packing... moving... settling... and BAM! extra 20 pounds... ouch.... :( So its time to get our butts in gear... be a "loser" with us!! Hes been going to the gym every morning before work... we wake up at 5am, have coffee & Special K... then both start our work outs... this weeks favorites friday is glimpse into our tired, sore, hungry, chubby world, lol... enjoy!

#1: BellaPoshPillows - "Microwavable Spa Pillow Heat Therapy Neck Wrap - Hearts and Skull Flannel" MY MUSCLES NEEED THIS!
#2: TeasandPestries - "This is an Oolong tea known to promote weight loss!! This tea is a fabulous start to the day and an even better 'pick me up' after lunch. I add lemon grass and hibiscus for nice subtle undertone flavors." I bought some Organic Slim Life tea at the store, but had I known it was on etsy I would have gotten it here! Ill be back for a refil :)
#3: ChangeYourLife - 30 weight loss hypnosis Program... NICE! I totally need this, lol
#4: Sacredvibes - "Triphala is an ayurvedic herb that has been used for hundreds of years. It maintains healthy cholesterol levels,supports proper weight management,maintains healthy digestion and absorption and removes deep-seated toxins from the tissues. Our triphala/guggulu is 100% organic."
#5: Ahpeele - *just died and went to yoga heaven... I love yoga, i really do... and it just got a WHOLE lot cooler :) "These fitness pants are nice. They'll work with your curves, have a slightly flared leg opening. two-piece waistband help to minimize the back view. Preshrunk and laundered 87% cotton 13% spandex, 8.0 ounce."
#6: Itsmeowornever - "These organic lemon pop energy squares will make not only fill you with energy but make your mouth pop with delight! Packed with real lemon flavor, organic dates, raisins, sunflower seeds, and apricots. Packed with nutrition and taste these bars are perfect anytime you crave a snack." Its healthy, awesome snacks like this that make it easier to survive a "diet"...
#7: AlterEcoClothing - "DIY Ripped Tattered Two Layer Skulls Stars ORGANIC PANTS" As always... leave it to the uber hottie Bianca to keep me motivated to lose weight, lol Perfect goal is to get into her sexy yoga pants! Get your mind outta the gutter, duh, i mean, Wear them!!
#8: ItsMeowOrNever - "Treat yourself to our awesome berry mix. Packed with strawberries, sour cherries, raspberries, cranberries, blackberries, blueberries, and bing cherries. This is definitely one mix you do not want to miss." I just HAD to use them again... Im falling in love with all their heathy snack options!!
#9: NatureBaby - could this be ANY cuter!? "Baby's Yoga Mat 100 percent recycled" Izzaq always does yoga with me and wants to be on the mat... i bet he would LOVE this!

**If any of you wonderful featured sellers would like to host a review & giveaway here at the blog leave a comment or send me an email to We would LOVE to try your products!!!***

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Thursdays Tunes: Wonder Pets

This is totally pathetic... but with out recent weight loss stint we keep leaving little memo's to eachother a quote from the wonder pets song.... "Whats Gunna work.... TEAM WORK!" cuz were lame like that... haha

enjoy a glimpse into my baby crazed life ;)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

New promo goodies and i LOVE them.

Vista print had a HUGEEEE sale...and I took advantage to say the least... I got 200 new postcards... 50 magnets... 2 huge car magnet... 500 business cards and more.... so I had to come here and share with my excitement. These postcards are seriously the cutest things EVER... there was a free option for a design on the back in black and white... and hubby had the GENIUS idea of putting one of my fav photos on it... and im SO glad I did... the photo was taken by my girl Beki at Beki Dawn Photography and it was perfect, already even in black and white! The quality came out great... and it REALLY adds to the postcards... from now on these will definitely be a staple in the RockerByeBaby promo packs :)

What do ya think!?

This weeks Giveaway: Baby Bees Boutique!

Ive been a BIG fan of Baby Bees Boutique since back when I first opened up my shop... in fact we even did a giveaway way back when! She was one of the first... and we have really appreciated her support all this time... If you havn't seen her store, you just MUCH check it out... She has everything you could possibly want "For The Baby Who Loves Things That Aren't So Ordinary!"

To pick just one item as a favorite is really just impossible... There is really something for every taste and style.... great quality... HUGE variety.... and totally reasonable prices. I know this is probably no surprise, but this Jolly Roger onesie is most definitely at the top of my list!

and of course... i would just LOVEEEEEE to try out these tattoo potty training pants!

I bet they would be great for those just in case moments in the car with izzaq! Oh, oh ohh.... and then there is this ADORABLY modeled Morrissey tshirt... *melts*
But I guess the boys can't have it all... why do you ask? Cuz this week is about the girls!!!
This weeks winner gets an ADORABLE trio of vintage styled 6-9 months onesies.

Truly an awesome prize for any "little princess" They are professionally printed on high quality onesies with cute images for a baby that likes to be noticed... How do you win? Like this!

#1:  Mandatory entry:  Tell us TWO items that you just LOVE from the Baby Bees Boutique etsy store.

Extra entries?? But of course :)

#2) Follow us publicly here on (blogger) - Leave a separate comment for being a (old or new) follower on our blog.
Follow/Tweet us (Twitter) - Leave a separate comment for being a follower and TWEETING about this giveaway on Twitter... If your already a twitter follower of ours, TWEET about it for an extra entry anyways :)
Can tweet once daily for extra entries!

Tweet This: "Free Giveaway: Adorable Trio of vintage/retro girls onesies from @2ylight THREE FOR FREE! WOW! Enter to win!"

#4) Be brave... tell me your WORST habit.

#6)"Heart" the Baby Bees Boutique etsy page, and "favorite/heart" two items...

#7) "Heart" the RockerByeBaby etsy page, and "favorite/heart" two items...
#8) Follow Baby Bees Boutique on twitter!

 #9) Bonus Entry: What color pants are you wearing right now

#10) Bonus Entry: Go to RockerByeBaby and tell me what you would like to see me make that we DONT currently do...


FINALLY! A low number! They have been at the high end lately! Lucky Duck!
Your little man will be SOOO thrilled to have these! My boys love them!

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Favorites Friday: Regent Skulls

For those of you that follow me on twitter - you know that i just had a mini meltdown... I realized that I am almost out of Regent Skulls in Blue... so no worries right? Emailed my supplier said hey, hook me up... she said no can do - out of stock... NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Bad news bears... so I went on a hunt to find some... no luck... none to be found... Until FINALLY 36 pages into a google search i found some... *whew* so of course its only fitting to do this weeks Favorites Friday on Regent skulls...
(click to enlarge photo)

1: BrookeVanGory / RockerByeBaby - Get your Rock n Roll diaper bags here & changing pads!
2: My Great Gifts - LOVING this apron... such a cute sexy style! I just hearted like a million things in her store.
3: CorsetFactory - *dies* This is a must... WILL be putting this corset on the birthday list :)
4: BagsByMelanie - Pink Regent Skulls pouch and keyfob
5: RockerByeBaby - regent skulls polo, as seen on Tori Spellings son Liam!
6: SediluGreen - Reusable EcoFriendly Eco Stuffers snack bags, awesomeness!!!
7: LilasBowtique - Diaper Wipes Case
8: HautTotes - Been drooling over this tote forever now, maybe someday!
9: Boobtique - Nursing Cover

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Free Giveaway: Dittany Baby h2o Sling!


Dittany Baby
is a store/girl after my own heart... and when I saw her new H20 slings, there was NO DOUBT that we had to have one for the store... I get asked ALL the time about making slings... but I wanted to be 100% i was sending out a safe and reliable product... well guess what, here it is... 

"Put to the test by 6 mom bloggers over the entire summer our ultimate water sling received 100% positive feedback and was tested everywhere from the shower to the ocean all over the world. Water flows through the sling allowing your little one to experience the water with you. Drying almost instantly, this sling is an absolute must! Versatile and beautiful, Dittany Baby pouch slings can comfortably carry your precious cargo from birth to 35lbs. A quick and easy way to travel, Dittany Baby slings have won the hearts and freed the hands of caregivers around the globe. Whether in Japan, France, or at home in the USA, Dittany Baby slings are a safe and simple way to keep your baby comfortable and close. Dittany Baby slings are handmade by work at home mom's" It comes in all different sizes to accommodate the broad range of mommy sizes as well... no one is left out with this rad H20 sling!

i LOVE that it can be used all day walking around just as with a normal sling... and then can transition right to the beach... the pool... the shower... or like now - a walk in the rain! It is even so transitional that it holds my 3 year old... This is really the only sling you will ever need... and the coolest part of all?? Shannon screened our adorable skullie on it that everyone seems to love so much, to make it truly a RockerByeBaby original. 

So get it here guys! RockerByeBaby is the ONLY place you will find it! But thats not all! She has soooooo many other rad pouch designs in HER store! The are the ONLY company doing this right now with the screened water slings... so be among the first to have one... because guess what.... there is one with your name on it... no not you... wait... maybe you... well - the winner of this giveaway! You get to pick any design you want... Choose from one of her designs here! (H20 slings ONLY for the prize) My personal favorite of course is the blue guitar sling...  

How do you get your hands on one? Like this!

#1:  Mandatory entry:  Tell us why you want to win and if you did - which one you would choose!

Extra entries?? But of course :)

#2) Follow us publicly here on (blogger) - Leave a separate comment for being a (old or new) follower on our blog.
Follow/Tweet us (Twitter) - Leave a separate comment for being a follower and TWEETING about this giveaway on Twitter... If your already a twitter follower of ours, TWEET about it for an extra entry anyways :)

Tweet This: "h2o Punky Pouch Premiere and #free sling #giveaway by @dittanybaby your choice of design ENTER TO WIN @RockerByeBaby"
#4) Write a blog about this giveaway and link back to this review. Leave an extra comment with the link to the blog.
 Fan RockerByeBaby on Facebook...

#6)"Heart" the DittanyBaby etsy page, and "favorite" two items...

#7) "Heart" the RockerByeBaby etsy page, and "favorite" two items...
#8) Follow @DittanyBaby on twitter!

 #9)  Fan DittanyBaby on Facebook!
#10) Bonus Entry: Go to the Dittany Baby store... tell me your favorite item BESIDES the h2o sling... 

Thursdays Tunes: Cadillac Blindside - True and Cold

Hey guys! This week at the top of the charts!? Cadillac Blindside... Zaq's old band... im feeling a little nostalgic today... you may not know this... but I actually married a rock star ;)  They were on Fueled By Ramen  and toured with favorites such as The Lawrence Arms, Motion City Soundtrack, At the Drive In, Alkaline Trio, Hot Water Music and Dashboard Confessional... Theyre even in Wikipedia! Oh how I wish i knew him back then... or maybe i dont... haha im not sure... but i sure as hell love him as he is now... He has traded in the life on the road for a life with screaming fans to a life at home for dinner with two toddlers... screaming "daddy! daddy! your home!" the second he walks in the door... I hope he is as happy about that decision as i am... ;) Love you baby... you'll always be a rockstar in our eyes :)

Cadillac Blindside - True And Cold

Found at

believe me, your time has come to walk away. you didn't need me, except for your own punching bag. you can't convince me, that you changed yourself all around. how could you use me, to cover your own failures now? maybe if you died, i could live a little more. there'd be no teary eyes, just a body on the floor. wish i could see your face lifeless, cold, and blue. your epitaph might say, "i was never there for you". you didn't take time to accept changes in my life. oh how time flies, digs a hole like a rusty knife. and the infection, seeps through veins of family. a new direction, it found the cure inside of me.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Winner of the Large Oso-Cozy Diaper

Congrats!! All your tweeting sure paid off!

bwneyes100 AT hotmail DOT com

Wordless Wednesday:

"MONSTER" baby butt crack...
but he's DAMN adorable isn't he?

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Favorites Fri.... uhh, Sunday? VIVA LAS VEGAS!

Yay for vegas! We are having too much fun this weekend... So much so, that I didn't get to do my Favorites Friday post! But, today we're hanging in the room while zaq watches the game (go vikings)... so I thought it was a good time to do it. Se here we go! A little snapshot into my weekend :)

(click the photo to enlarge)

#1: GothFoxDesigns - *drools* Couture Lust Heart Burlesque Pasties (Picture this... smokin hot tattoo'd chicks dancing on stage at the Hard Rock Hotel... picks jaw up off the floor now if only they had some Goth Fox... YUM!)
#2: Sisterbutterfly - What happens in Vegas treasure box.. (I am SO madly in love with this little trinket box... would be perfect in our Hard Rock room... all damask... and of course, a lil touch of gambling :)
#3: DesignerPertaO - Las Vegas party dress (I cant even count how many teeny tiny blinged out sequin dresses we have seen since being here... come on ladies... be creative... class it up with this dress, LOVE!)
#4: CraftyisthenewBlack - Hangover Harold Boo Boo pack (TOO funny... day one I woke up feeling a little rough... sure wish I woulda had a Hangover Harold, lol a MUST for vegas)
#5: Glamasaurus - Fried egg necklace... (last night around 2am we hit up Mr. Luckys 24/7 for some late night breakfast! Yummm... 2 eggs over medium ;)
#6: PinkTopHat - Poker Cuff Links - Las Vegas (Zaq totally needs these for when we are hitting the Black Jack table... super cute!)
#7: LenaQuist - Black leather Spandex pants ( I could never wear these, well maybe if I lose like 5,000 pounds... but, a girl can dream! And if I ever COULD... first place... vegas.  These are SO hot... and would fit in here perfectly, totally hot!)
#8: FriendlyMade - Sin 5x5 Fine art Photo (Totally loving this, even sent it a heart... I have always kinda stalked this shop... love the day of the dead couple... but this one jumped right out and was a MUST for the Vegas FF, super rad... and of course theyre even cooler since theyre from MPLS)
#9: MySugarDoll - Punky Leopard & Pishnet Bikini... (now THIS is a Hard Rock vegas bikini... talk about turning heads during Rehab by the pool!! Awesome!!)

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Thursdays Tunes: Jack Johnson - Better Together

I Wub this song... i begged zaq to let me use it in the wedding but he denied it, lol 
There's no combination of words 
I could put on the back of a postcard, 
No song that I could sing 
But I can try for your heart, 
Our dreams, and they are made out of real things, 
Like a shoebox of photographs, 
With sepiatone loving,
Love is the answer 
At least for most of the questions in my heart ,
Like why are we here? And where do we go? 
And how come it's so hard? 
It's not always easy,
And sometimes life can be deceiving, 
I'll tell you one thing, its always better when we're together 

MMM, it's always better when we're together 
Yeah, we'll look at the stars when we're together 
Well, it's always better when we're together 
Yeah, it's always better when we're together 

[Verse 2:]
And all of these moments 
Just might find their way into my dreams tonight 
But I know that they'll be gone, 
When the morning light sings 
And brings new things,
But tomorrow night you see 
That they'll be gone too, 
Too many things I have to do, 
But if all of these dreams might find their way 
Into my day to day scene 
I'll be under the impression, 
I was somewhere in-between 
With only two, 
Just me and you 
Not so many things we got to do, 
Or places we got to be 
We'll sit beneath the mango tree now

Yeah, it's always better when we're together 
MMM, We're somewhere in-between together 
Well, it's always better when we're together 
Yeah, it's always better when we're together 

MmMMmm MmMMm MmMMm 
I believe in memories 
They look so, so pretty when I sleep 
Hey now, and when, and when I wake up, 
You look so pretty sleeping next to me 
But there is not enough time, 
And there is no, no song I could sing 
And there is no combination of words I could say 
But I will still tell you one thing, 
We're better together

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Wood Shop Bob! Handmade Wooden cars...

Oh be still my heart! Wood Shop Bob has made my day... Im sure you all have  read my previous posts ranting about our creative play christmas... felt food... wooden toys and all that good stuffs... now - as much as I LOVE all these types of goodies... i HATE how expensive they can be... now - as usual Etsy has some rocking sellers that make some of these amazing things at affordable prices. For instance, my girlie girl Baby Boo Felt , she makes adorable felt food that keeps my kids content for hours... while playing with their new wooden kitchen... Another of their favorite "creative play" toys is their Thomas the train set. But lets face it... mass produced and there are hundreds... no - hundreds of thousands of them out there in the world... where's the fun in that? But never fear - Wood Shop Bob has solved all of our problems!! And I think I just fell in love... ;)

If you remember a few weeks ago... there was an adorable set of little wooden cars featured in my Favorites Friday...

He got in touch with me and offered to send a set for review! I was ecstatic... and when they showed up, they completely blown away. Each little car was perfectly crafted... perfectly sanded... perfect size for the boys... and PERFECTLY unique... every one is different... the grains in the wood... the shades... shapes and styles... and i love, love, love the little wheels... i completely adore them! And of course, so do the boys!

How could they POSSIBLY be any cooler you ask? Oh well they can... while Zave was playing, he realized they fit PERFECTLY on his Thomas the Train tracks!!

So he pushes his "vroom-vrooms" around the track with his "choo-choos" ... They have really been an amazing addition to our wooden toy collection... and i REALLY suggest you go pick up a pack right away... The little 10 pack of cars is just $12!! You can get them here.
Prefer Trucks? He has those too!!

Just $15 for those... he also has bigger trucks... tractors... and all sorts of other goodies... you MUST check it out :)

If you decide to snatch up a set, be sure to tell him that you found him from the RockerByeBaby blog! Then come back and tell us all about it!


GUESS WHAT!? WoodShopBob is giving away a set to one lucky reader!! How lucky are you guys!?

How to win:

#1:  Mandatory entry:  Tell us why you want to win the car set, and who you want to win it for!
Extra entries?? But of course :)

#2) Follow us publicly here on (blogger) - Leave a separate comment for being a (old or new) follower on our blog.
#3) Follow/Tweet us (Twitter) - Leave a separate comment for being a follower and TWEETING about this giveaway on Twitter... If your already a twitter follower of ours, TWEET about it for an extra entry anyways :)

Tweet This: "The WOOD SHOP BOB post is NOW A FREE #giveaway!! Enter here to win a free set of wooden #handmade cars!!"
#4) Write a blog about this giveaway and link back to this review. Leave an extra comment with the link to the blog.
#5) Fan RockerByeBaby on Facebook...

#6)"Heart" the WoodShopBob etsy page, and "favorite" two items...
#7) "Heart" the RockerByeBaby etsy page, and "favorite" two items...
#8) GET TWO EXTRA ENTRIES - by making a purchase from WoodShopBob... come back here with an order/transaction number and leave 2 comments telling us what you bought :)