Wednesday, August 31, 2011

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - Pass the Brie Cheese Please!

How many 21 month toddlers have an affinity for brie and goat cheese? Mine does! We were feeding little man his dinner and we were enjoying a plate of brie cheese, goat cheese, a loaf of rosemary bread and some little green olives... and all he wanted was what we were eating. So, I put some brie cheese on a piece of bread and...yum! Little man scarfed it down! He loved the goat cheese just as much and kept asking for "Bee cheese" and "goat cheese please". Then he wanted to try an olive, so we cut a small slice for him (I did not think he would like it) and he chewed it for a second, paused to ponder the flavor and then burst out with, "More ovives!" I guess you don't know what they will like unless you give them the opportunity to try it! I'm so proud of our little gourmet! What an adventurous spirit he has!

Smash it in there!
Ooooh! That tastes good!


Happy Wednesday!

Monday, August 29, 2011

UPrinting Winner!

Congratulations to the winner of the UPrinting giveaway of 250 Print Labels!

Congratulations Stephanie!

Thank you to everyone who entered and a big thank you to UPrinting who sponsored this great giveaway!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Ecomom is offering FREE shipping on all US orders for a limited time

I really love shopping at Ecomom! They have such a wonderful selection and I know that I can feel good about what I buy from Ecomom. They carry some of my favorite brands, like Plum Organics, Revolution Foods, Boba, Episencial, Melissa and Doug and they carry cloth diapers too! (I love the Baby BeeHinds Hemp One Size Fitted Diaper that I got from Ecomom!)

Well, right now, Ecomom is offering free shipping on all orders! No minimum! (oooh! I just love free shipping!) This is a limited time offer, so if you've been eye-balling something at Ecomom or you're looking for somewhere to buy some great eco-friendly and family-friendly things... head on over to Ecomom!

Happy Shopping ...and enjoy the Free Shipping!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

We Have a Winner! (...and where I've been)

I know it's been awfully quiet around here....but little man and I (and my mom who is here visiting) have been battling a cold bug. No fun! I had lots of posts that I had had planned for this week, (including a tutorial for painting designs on shirts using freezer paper!). Instead, we've been dealing with runny noses, stuffy heads and general feelings of icky-ness. Little man is finally feeling better and has his energy back, he just has a lingering drippy nose. I'm doing better, but am still a bit congested/drippy (it's so weird how you can be both at the same time) and my head seems to be full of cotton balls or something, because I'm pretty sure the blender doesn't go in the refrigerator! (silly me) Lots of tea/juice, rest and steamy bathrooms have the family back on the road to recovery! So keep your eyes peeled this next week as I get myself ready to get back into the swing of things! 

Sorry it took me a little longer than normal to post the winner for the Wild Dill giveaway, so without any further delay:

Congratulations to the winner of the Wild Dill Giveaway...entry #111, Joy N.!

Thank you to everyone who entered and a big thank you to Wild Dill for the generous review and giveaway offer!

This was my first giveaway using Rafflecopter and I'm curious to know what you all thought. Did you like it? Is it easier than posting individual comments? Should I keep using it?

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Veggies

Look what yummy-ness I harvested from my small oak barrel veggie patch! Tasty, tasty!

Happy Wednesday!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

I'm Taking Part in the Made With Love Giveaway Hop - November 8-13!

The Made with Love Event is happening this November 8-13! This event will be all about featuring wonderfully handmade items and the people behind the creations. It is also a Giveaway Hop, meaning that all of my lovely readers will have the chance to win some amazing handmade prizes!  The event is being hosted by The Reynolds Mom and Seventeen Sirens  and there will be up to 150 bloggers participating in this event! What a great chance to discover tons of new and wonderful handmade items!
Do you love handmade items and blogging? If you would like to participate in this event, visit The Reynolds Mom for more info and to sign up to participate in the hop!

 Do you love making handmade items that you would like to be featured in this event? Do you have an Etsy shop, Hyena Cart shop or another site that you would like to be highlighted with your handmade items? Please contact me at: littlehedgehogblog at gmail dot com and we can chat about details!  I would love to feature your business!  With such a huge blog hop, this will be a wonderful opportunity to get the word out about your handmade items!

-CLOSED- UPrinting Giveaway: 250 Print Labels!

Uprinting is an online company that provides high-end, reliable printing services, whether your order is large or small, UPrinting can help you create the perfect print item. UPrinting has so many products to choose from - you are sure to find exactly what you are looking for! They offer a free proof of your work, so that you can be sure that your order is just how you want it.  On top of that, they also offer a 100% quality satisfaction guarantee!

One thing I really appreciate about UPrinting is that they are always looking for ways to become more and more of an eco-friendly printing company. They use vegetable and soy based inks in an effort to lower carbon emissions and create a more eco-friendly printing work space. UPrinting also feels that recycling is a major environmental necessity and they recycle all unused scraps, printing plates and ink waste. They offer paper options that contain up to 55% post-consumer recycled content and the remaining content comes from sources that practice sustainable forestry! Such wonderful options when looking for printed items!

 One great service that UPrinting offers is label printing. Labels are great to use as logo stickers, address labels or brand packaging. These would be great if you have an Etsy shop, for holiday or birthday goodie bags or for labeling gifts you make, like jams or other goodies! You can use your own design to fit one of their pre-designed label sizes or you can create a custom label size if you need a uniquely sized label. UPrinting also has a neat feature, product templates, which are free downloadable templates to help you create and design the perfect label!

Interested in winning 250 Print Labels from UPrinting? One lucky readers will WIN 250 Print Labels, sized  2" x 3.5" with 70lb Label Matte paper, Front Only Printing and with 4 Business Days Turnaround time! (ARV $40.27)

**Limited to US residents 18 years old and above only.***

Giveaway will end August 27th at Midnight PST.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Grocery Shopping

We went grocery shopping the other day and thought it would be fun if little man could push around his own grocery cart! I didn't really think he'd be big enough to do it on his own... (*sniff, sniff! I keep forgetting he's not a baby anymore!*) but I guess, he really is a big boy! Daddy was great and helped guide him up and down the isles! He didn't crash into anyone's ankles, carts or any displays either! (Proud mommy!)

Mommy, I think we need more milk

 Happy Wednesday!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

More Fun with Freezer Paper!

I love stocking up on plain t-shirts and undershirt packs for little man at Target or Walmart, when they are on sale clearance. I like to get a size up (since they usually shrink - especially the undershirt packs!) so I have plenty of time to do something "crafty" with them before little man grows out of them. Speaking of which, little man seems to be having a growth spurt! He's shooting up like a weed...which has also left his closet a bit sparse. So, a few evenings ago, I was in a particularly "crafty" mood (why do these moods always strike at night?) and decided to make little man a few new shirts!

The first one I had was a bright aqua-y color and for some reason, it took me forever to figure out what I wanted on it. For $1.50 at Target...I just couldn't pass it up! It is a fairly light aqua and could definitely be a boys or girls shirt, so I definitely wanted it to end up looking "boy-ish". I ended up creating a bold, graphic design that I made with the help of the rectangle tool and Microsoft Word (but inspired by the triangle design HERE)...

I always get so nervous when I go to remove the freezer paper!

I think it turned out great! I was so happy with the final product!
I love my new shirt Mommy!

Next, I had a plain, gray undershirt that was part of a pack of 6 boys mixed color undershirts on clearance at Target for $5 and change. (love Target clearance!) I was inspired by a t-shirt I saw HERE on Pinterest and decided that little man needed a California <3 shirt! I printed out a stencil of our state and cut out a tiny heart...then, (with hubby and Google map's help) placed the heart in our general location and...

Notice little man's hand inching over to feel the fun (& thankfully dry) paint texture, somewhere over central CA.

Little man's turn to be the artist

I had so much fun creating these unique shirts for little man and for the price of some fabric paint, foam brushes and some clearances tees...little man has something special made by his Mommy! Ahhh.... <3! Now, he just needs to stop growing so he can wear them for longer than two weeks! Haha!
What fun crafts have you been working on?

Friday, August 12, 2011

Go Green Giveaway Event!

I'm taking part in the Go Green Giveaway Event, happening October 5-11! The theme of this event is “going green” and each participating blog will be featuring natural/organic products and family friendly items, as well as hosting giveaways. This event will help to spotlight “green”, eco-friendly and natural products from eco-friendly/organic companies! I think that this will be such a wonderful opportunity to learn about some fabulous companies and their items, all while being able to feel good about finding products that are great for the planet, our homes and our little ones!

The Go Green event is being organized by Untrained Hair Mom and if you are a blogger with a "green" or eco-friendly blog and are interested in participating, you can check out her page for more info!


Are you an eco-friendly, organic company or are you a WAHM that makes a family-friendly, natural product? If you are interested in being featured on The Little Hedgehog and sponsoring a prize, I would love to work with you! Email me: littlehedgehogblog @

Thursday, August 11, 2011

There's Something NEW on the Blog!

I'm testing out something new on the blog (and hopefully it will be easy for everyone) ...Rafflecopter! It is a program that is designed to help entering giveaways go more smoothly and be quicker for those entering to win and those creating the giveaway! I'll be hosting my giveaways through Rafflecopter from now on (as long as everything goes smoothly). Since I'm new to the whole Rafflecopter thing, I may need some help! :) Feel free to point out where I could make improvements or you can offer up friendly suggestions. I am more than happy to answer any questions you might have as well (...if I have an answer).

If any bloggers out there have been eager to try out Rafflecopter, you can send me an email or leave a comment here with your email address, because I have two invites one invite left that I can send out!

Enjoy the upcoming giveaways and I look forward to any feedback you may have!

-CLOSED- Wild Dill & Green Toys Dump Truck Review & $40 GC Giveaway!

Wild Dill is a wonderful online shop that sells organic, fair trade and natural toys, clothes and bedding for little ones. Wild Dill was started by Jennifer and inspired by her son, Dylan. Jennifer wanted to create a store that reflected his sense of curiosity and wonder for everything that is natural and wild. Wild Dill carries over 50 great natural brands that are natural, organic, fair trade, made in the USA/Europe, or recycled! With so many wonderful options for clothing, bedding and toys, you are sure to find something that you can feel good about giving to your little one!

Wild Dill gave me the opportunity to choose what I would like to review from their store - no easy task with so many cute and fun things to choose from! wild Dill definitely carries some of my favorite natural and organic brands, like Under the Nile, Clementine Arts and The Playful World! I finally settled on something that I thought little man would just love playing with... the Green Toys Dump Truck

I love that the Green Toys Dump Truck is made from recycled milk jugs and made in our home state of California! Another huge plus is that it is also made with safe plastic for your little ones! No phthaltes, BPA and lead to worry about here!

When I brought the box from Wild Dill in the house, I'm not sure who was more excited to open it, little man or me! Haha! He got right in and helped me pull the packaging out of the box and then (once I unlatched the Green Toys box), he pulled the Dump Truck right out! I love that the Green Toys packaging is simple and 100% recyclable! There are no pesky ties, straps, tape and fasteners holding the truck down - perfect for little hands to reach right in and start playing!

Little man loves his new dump truck! It is so easy for him to push around the house and load up with toys! He has the best time driving it around our island in the kitchen as he makes "vrrrrooom!" noises. I love knowing that it is a safe toy for him to play with and that the company that created it used recycling to give a used up item new life! The dump truck is very sturdy and has held up excellently to little man's driving maneuvers and crashes into multiple objects. I also think it will be an excellent toy to take to the beach next week! Perfect for hauling hauling sand around. :)

Overall, the Green Toys Dump Truck is an awesome and fun toy to play with - both for little man (whose almost 21 months!) and for hubby and I too! :) 

Wild Dill is an exceptional company to work with. I really appreciate and respect their commitment to providing organic, fair trade and natural items. They offer such a wonderful variety of items for your little ones for sleeping, to wear and play with too! 

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Looking to SHOP for a Green Toys Dump Truck for your little one? You can purchase the Dump Truck from Wild Dill for $24.00.  Also, if you sign up for the Wild Dill newsletter, you will receive a discount code in your e-mail box for 15% off of your next order! Orders over $65.00 receive free shipping too!


  You can WIN a $40 Gift Certificate to use at Wild Dill! Wild Dill has been very generous to offer one of The Little Hedgehog readers a Gift Certificate to use in their shop!

***Open to US and Canada residents***

Giveaway will end August 25th at Midnight PST.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Bookmark Hunt

Little man's new favorite game: hunting for a bookmark hidden somewhere in Papa's book!

Where'd it go?
Found it!

Happy Wednesday!