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Labor Day Picnic Recipe

So BabySteals.com fans, who’s ready to share their favorite Labor Day picnic recipe?

Here’s is my favorite salad recipe, perfect for a picnic.

Yummy Yummy Orzo Chicken Salad

* 1 cup orzo
* 1/2 t ground cumin
* 1 1/2 t chopped fresh parsley leaves
* 2 T chopped walnuts
* 8 oz smoked boneless chicken breast, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
* 4 c red grapes, halved
* 1/4 c pink grapefruit juice
* 1 T fresh lemon juice
* 1/4 c fresh lime juice
* 1/2 c packed fresh basil leaves, cut into thin strips
* 1/2 t curry powder

Cook orzo according to package directions. Stir in cumin and parsley and salt to taste. Let cool to room temperature.

To toast walnuts, heat a dry pan over medium heat. Add walnuts and shake or stir 6 or 7 minutes, until lightly browned.

In a bowl, toss chicken, grapes, juices, basil, and curry and salt and pepper to taste.

Add orzo and chill! When ready to serve sprinkle salad with walnuts.

You’re welcome! Leave your favorite picnic recipe in the comments.

More Outside Baby Cooler Backpacks!

You moms have some seriously quick fingers! We figured we’d have plenty of Outside Baby Cooler Backpacks to last the whole day. And within 30 minutes, they were gone. Poof! Every one. I felt so bad for the barrage of moms that quickly emailed us afterward, “No fair! Get more!” We normally don’t do this kind of thing, once it’s gone it’s gone. And as you know we ship your stuff the same day and you often get it within two! But luckily today, they had more and you want them! So hurry. They are already going fast! If you ordered by 9:30amMST, you’ll have your bag by Friday. All remaining orders today you’ll have no later than next Wednesday!

…and while I was busy trying to get you all hooked up with more, I was amazed at how quiet and cooperative my sweet toddler girl was being. Well moms, silence is dangerous. Within just a few minutes, she painted herself pretty with my makeup.
Oh well, Clinique’s Blush Violet was a little bright for me anyway. Looks great on her dark skin, don’t ‘ya think?

Any ideas on how to get lipstick out of carpet?

Advice Needed

We started potty training Bubby on Saturday. Since he was so good about giving up his binky i thought this would go well. Silly me.

Does anyone have potty training advice?  How did you do it?
The most frustrating part is not knowing how to react to his accidents. Anger? Reprimand? Encouragement? Clearly i need to do more research.
He doesn’t hate the idea, loves to sit on the potty. Loves his new underpants, but just can’t catch himself when he needs to go, and sees no problem doing his business inside his underpants.
I asked his dad to find a good potty training video on youtube, he found this. oddly enough Bubby can’t get enough of it, he’s watched it eight times this morning. When I asked him if he wanted to go potty like the tiger he says “YES!”.

Go Baby Inmat Giveaway

***UPDATE – CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED***

Baby needs tummy time, but how do you protect baby from the dirty floor? Go Baby InMat!

The InMat is crafted with a washable suede and soft fleece creating the ideal mat for baby yoga, massage and tummy-time. It rolls up tight with a magnetic closure making it easy to toss into mom’s diaper or gym bag. And, unlike the old standby baby blanket, it doesn’t slip, slide or twist with every move the baby makes! Even if the baby decides to get in on the exercise action, the mat stays smooth and flat, despite their newly-found rolling or crawling skills!

Surface area is 23×24. Fleece – 100% poly. Suede – 100% leather

To enter: Leave a comment!
***comments will open in a new window, scroll to the bottom to leave your comment.***

(please be sure you fill in your email address, it will not be displayed and will not be used except to notify the winner.)

Contest ends Monday September 1st 9am MST, winner announced by Tuesday September 2nd 9am MST.

VERY Exciting Announcement for Moms in The OC!

To all of our loyal BabySteals.com customers in Orange County, California!

We couldn’t be more excited to tell you that we now have FREE Local Pickup in Orange County! We have partnered with The Belly Bump Bar in Aliso Viejo. Head on over to this page and read all about how it will work!

The Belly Bump Bar is the OC’s favorite non-alcoholic bar for parties, celebrations, networking, shopping, great organic food items & more!

Reading this from another city and jealous that you want local pickup too? Easy. Keep sharing with your friends, and we’ll notice. Because the most popular cities WILL get rewarded!

Coming Soon to:

Orem, UT
Hollywood, CA
Newport Beach, CA

Keep sharing!

get ready for today


If you fall in-between sizes on the above sizing chart, CHOOSE SMALLER SIZE.
If you are petite – 5’4” or under – CHOOSE SMALLER SIZE.
Only choose larger size if you are 6 feet or taller.

These will go FAST!

I’m in Love…

…with you peeps (almost said mamas, but we have lots of dads too)!

Tonight I am reading all the suggestions you sent, wading through them. You all have so many great ideas and I just love your comments. So sweet and so motivating.

So thank you. BabySteals is a success because of you!

Love and kisses,
Emily
p.s.  I keep typing hi-hi in the emails when i respond to y’all.  I picked it up from Shear Genius on Bravo last year.  The little European cutie said it all the time and I just thought it was so cute.   So hi-hi!

wow!

Wow!  We were expecting our steal today to last most of the day, we had so many!  

Speaking of… we really do try to get enough deals for everyone.  Most days you surprise us, pleasantly.  
So, once again we want to know.  What do you want to see on BabySteals?  Let us know and we can do our best to work some deals for you and get some fab items that will last all day so you don’t have to refresh like crazy at 9am MST.

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Crafty Baby Winner

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A Little Rambling…

My new washing machine arrives tomorrow, I think I am a total nerd because I am very excited about it.

Makes me wonder, when did I grow up?  Am I really a mother of two, in her 30s (early 30s!)?  It seems like no time has passed since the day I moved into my first apartment all by myself.  After all the chaos of moving and after everyone had gone home I looked around and marveled, everything in that apartment was mine.  Not my parent’s things, not my sister’s things, not my roommate’s things, mine.  It was very strange to think I was finally starting adulthood.  
That apartment was the home to many happy and many sad memories.  Primarily happy, and why not?  The bathroom and all the kitchen appliances were pink (I adore pink, clearly I need to have a baby girl- hello universe, did you catch that?)!  I met my husband in the parking lot of that apartment building.  He rode by on his super hot, very juvenile BMX jump bike and stopped to say hi to our mutual friends Erin and John.  Weeks later I looked out the window of that apartment and tried not to grin from ear to ear when I looked outside just in time to see him dropping by unannounced.  
So, I think I did my biggest chunk of growing up in that apartment, age 26-28 (I think).  When and where did you do yours?  Are you excited about nerdy mom things like new appliances?