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Monday, December 15, 2008

Launching of a NEW BLOG! WOOT! AND a Give Away from Hotslings!

Okay... I promised that I had big news coming soon and here it is...


I am launching a new baby blog thanks to Walmart! They have titled it "Baby Buzz" and it will feature a new article by me each week! This week the focus is getting to know me and the goals of this blog. I am really excited about this new piece. I know several of you have said that you want to know more about me and my baby boy on the way! Well, the secret is revealed... I will be sharing more about my pregnancy, birth, and the first months of my baby boy's life here on this new blog. Look for upcoming articles about registering, my nursery (along with pictures!), and baby showers! Try not to laugh too hard as you watch me bumble along as a new mom!

The other cool features of this blog are that I am posing questions in the question and answer area that I will need your advice on. And, if you have questions of your own about me, my pregnancy, my honest opinion on a product, or something you want other’s advice on, you'll get an opportunity to post your own questions and I will be answering them!

I'll keep you updated here when I post a new article over at the Baby Buzz blog so that if you are a loyal reader here and you'd like to know about the goings-on of my pregnancy you'll get the heads up! Of course, I'll be sending pictures and articles to Walmart to post on the Baby Buzz blog but I will also be giving special "Cent"sible Sawyer only updates and picture here too!

Okay, to celebrate my exciting new bloggy adventure I am doing a several reviews/give-aways with a baby theme this week! So, check back DAILY and get in on the fun!

First up is the incredibly Hot - Hotsling!


This is a really cool item. I had been wanting to try one out and when the company asked me to do a review I jumped at the chance. We (My hubby and I) registered for a baby carrier - one that straps to your belly where the baby can face forward or backward. It is basic black and will be super for my husband. However, I really like the HOT fabric that the Hotslings are made with. They are so pretty I had a hard time deciding which one was my favorite! This carrier will be just for me! I love the way that this sling hugs your body and promotes baby bonding but it is also flexible so you can still move and be hands-free! Although the Hotsling comes in really trendy fabrics for mom they do come in a "daddy-friendly" version! =)

Other "cool" factors for this baby-wearing sling are that once you buy one you can use it through all the stages of baby's life (8 - 35 lbs)! You can carry the the baby three ways with it: cradle carry, front carry, and hip carry. The sling comes with a great informational DVD that explains just how to fold and wear it - for those of us (like me) who have NO IDEA what they are doing! =)

It is also machine washable... which we all love! Baby spits up and you can throw it in the wash!

Another cool fact that makes me love it even more... it was created by a mom like us... a "Mom-trepreneur.” Hotslings was established in 2003 by Kristen DeRocha, Founder and Chief “Mom-trepreneur.” A former Dallas teacher, Ms. DeRocha created Hotslings to fill her need for a comfortable and well-fitting sling to carry her children. Literally created around DeRocha’s kitchen table!

You can purchase a Hotsling of your own in many retail stores such as Babies R Us... but if you order online from now until December 31st you will receive a FREE pair of Baby Legs! Get all the details on this special promotion HERE (These are sooo cute by the way!)


Okay, but you want to know how to win one of these sweet little baby wearin' slings!

Here's How:

Go and visit my new blog, "Baby Buzz"HERE
Check out my premier article and read some of my questions - hey and if you really love me... answer some of them - help a new mom out! (I'll even give you a second entry for your questions or answers!)

Then, come back here and tell me what you liked, disliked, and/or what you would like to see me write about (future stories for the Baby Buzz blog).

That's it! You'll be entered to win!

So, that means there are two ways to enter! You can visit the blog and come back here to leave me feedback and/or answer (or ask me a question) on the Baby Buzz blog and then come back here and tell me you did so. (Please leave a separate comment for each entry).

I will choose a winner Saturday, so enter to win by Friday at midnight! The winner will be chosen by random.org Good luck!!!

103 Comments:

Frugal Pastor's Wife said...

This blog is a great idea. Being a new mom is difficult and advice from experienced moms is always good!

Savvy Saving Momma said...

I am excited about your new blog! I am a mom of 4 so I am sure I can help answer some questions.

BREE said...

Yay! I answered your question about the bouncy seat!

BREE said...

I am excited about your new blog! Just remember to trust your gut and that people's advice (including my own!) may not be what you think is best. In the end you have to go with what you think is best for your family on everything!

Melissa said...

I love the blog! I just adopted 2 kids from an orphanage in Haiti and we would take down needed supplies with us every time we would visit. We found the BEST cloth diapers that the caregivers raved about because they worked so well. I will ask around to find out where we got them and let you know. They were amazing. I had never used cloth before and if I were to do it over again, I would totally go this route next time.

lerinleigh said...

I would like to see you talk about what you are experiencing each month (or week) being pregnant.
lerinleigh@gmail.com

lerinleigh said...

Left feedback on baby buzz!
lerinleigh@gmail.com

athenapal07 said...

I answered two questions, great work!!
athenapal07@yahoo.com

athenapal07 said...

I would like to read about your feelings and about your expectations for the first month.
athenapal07@yahoo.com

Lauren said...

hey denise... this looks like a fun new endeavor! :) I wanted to follow it with an RSS feed, but couldn't figure out how... ? Left 2 comments as MomNixon - hope it's helpful info. Also, I LOVE slings... I made myself a moby wrap, and it's great - but I love the look of the hotslings!

Marin... said...

Best of luck with your new blog! I'm sure people will enjoy articles about how to be frugal with all those new baby purchases. It is definitely easy to go overboard! Everything is SO cute!
As for me, I've used a Bjorn but always wanted to try a sling. I'd love to win one for my next little one!

Marin... said...

I answered your question about the bouncy seat/jumper.

Lori said...

Great new blog. I love this one, too. I could not live without the SwaddleMe; I think it was one of the keys to getting my daughter to sleep through the night at 5 weeks.

April & Doug said...

Answered your question about what gear I can't live without!

Thanks!
April Lewis
thelewisfamily08@gmail.com

April & Doug said...

I am just simply looking forward to reading about you, your baby, your pregnancy! I just wish I had this when I was pregnant with my son!

Thanks!
April Lewis
thelewisfamily08@gmail.com

Whitney said...

Slings are awesome! I didn't use one until we brought our fourth home from Guatemala, but I wish I had use one with the other three. I borrowed one, so I would love to have one of my own. :)

The new blog is so fun! It will be fun to follow along.

Mrs. Tucker said...

Love the new blog - especially that you've asked for help & advice from the more experienced since you're a newbie.

Anonymous said...

I answered your question about the bouncer! charlenegale at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

One thing I didn't like was it was a bit of a pain to answer the question. I would probably be too lazy to do it again. charlenegale at yahoo dot com

Marianne Thomas said...

Congrats on the new blog, Denise! I know you'll do great with it.

I'd offer you some advice, mommy-wise, but after three in 4.5 years, my memory is like swiss cheese from the sleep deprivation...

;)

Take care!

gerolami19 said...

I can't wait to see pics of your little boy- and I am excited that you will have another blog that I can check and keep up with!

The Acting Mom said...

I love the question and answer feature. It if fun to know what you are thinking and try to help.

winbe said...

Congrats on the new blog! I also decided to go back to work PT after our first baby was born in Nov. of last year. I was very nervous at first about the loss of income but ironically enough stubmled across your blog while out on maternity leave. Thanks for all the great tips. It has definitely helped make up some of the difference in me not working FT.

Melanie said...

I love the new blog, can't wait to read more!!
rankin1997@hotmail.com

Lora said...

I love your new blog! I'm so looking forward to reading all about your pregnancy and mommy-hood journey! No suggestions from me really...just keep doing what you're doing!

lora at mortier dot org

Lora said...

I answered three of your questions (cloth diapers, bouncy seat and best piece of baby equipment)!

lora at mortier dot org

Sara said...

I love your new blog! I remember what it was like being a new mom and I would have loved feedback from other moms:)

the DeCampos Family said...

What a fun thing for you to do. I think it would be fun for you to let mom's know what good deals are going on each week so they know what to buy. congrats!!
cindidecampos@hotmail.com

Cheryl said...

Congrats on the new blog. I think it's great to hear from a new mom experiencing everything for the first time. There is so much advice from mom's that have already been through the pregnancy stage that I think it will be refreshing for a first time pregnant mom to go through it with you.
I think it would be nice to see reviews of products like the Hotsling that were created by "Mom-trepreneurs.”

Anonymous said...

I would love to see how you find good deals on baby stuff. I am also a teacher who is choosing to stay at home with our little one due this month!

julruff at yahoo dot com

Lindsey said...

Congrats on your pregnancy! I left a comment over there ;)

~Lindsey

lindseyamorrow at yahoo dot com

allie8302@yahoo.com said...

Love the new blog! Loved to use a sling with my first, and will love to with this baby on the way!
Allie

gbmom2407 said...

I love the blog. Nice job on letting your light shine (even in such a secular venue). That first entry is great!

gbmom2407 said...

Left you a "story" on your new blog of our favorite baby item. I would love to offer my opinion as a MOMYS. With four (so far...) there have been MANY "been there done that moments".
Happy day.

Milk Donor Mama said...

I'd like to see how you're budgeting for baby supplies and post-baby needs!

Milk Donor Mama said...

I answered your question about cloth diapers!

Renee said...

I like the idea alot. It is a little harder to navigate because I am not used to the format. I would like to see future posts about how you are planning ahead (freezer meals, cleaning, etc) for when the baby arrives.
I also commented on the jumperoo question under the e-mail rstarkjohn at yahoo.com

The Coxes said...

I love the baby buzz site! As a new mom who is now staying home with her son, I can't wait to hear ways you are saving money! I love the Q&A section. I'm learning a lot from it as well.

gibsonfam said...

The adventure that mothering is...thanks for your willingness to share! I commented on the cloth diaper question. My family has also gone from 2 f/t incomes to one (and the one went from a well-paying corporate career to f/t ministry) so I know it can be tough...but it sure is do-able and the challenge is fun.

Ashley said...

I am so excited about your new blog! I am a somewhat new reader, so I am looking forward to learning more about you. I did go through and answer your three questions. [Username: AshleyBass] I hope you get some great advice! Thank you for the chance to win a new HotSling!

maya said...

Hi
I left a comment on the Baby Buzz blog- hope you get them, I thought it was odd there were no comments. Congrats on the coming baby boy- I have two boys (2 years and 5 months).

Rebecca said...

Rebecca Richards - I answered a question

Rebecca said...

Rebecca Richards - I love that I can view your registry - it's giving me some ideas!

Theresa said...

I like the new site. I couldn't live without the swing.

tchalk_22 (at) yahoo (dot) com

tami said...

i think it would be cool to show how to dress stylishly with walmart clothes while pg :)

tami said...

i left feedback at the new blog

Crystal said...

Left feedback at new blog :O)

Jennifer said...

I leave a comment on the question about what is the most important gear to have.

Crystal said...

I also would like to hear your money saving tops while being a SAHM. I am a SAHM but would love new ideas! :O)

Jennifer said...

I liked the layout of the page. It was very simple and easy to find stuff on. I don't like things with a lot of clutter.

McCraine Family said...

Great blog idea! I'm a new mom also, and I'm sure there will be lots of questions that I will find answers to! Thank you!
jana_mccraine(at)hotmail(dot)com

hayley said...

eventhough i am pregnant with boy #3, i still need advice and am very excited about your new blog.

hayley said...

i answered your bouncer/jumper question.

Kimber said...

Congrats on the new baby! :o) As a new mom, I am looking forward to reading your blog. Good luck! I hope you're having a good pregnancy. But if you're not, it's worth it. Everyone says that, but it's true. My pregnancy was tough but I have a perfect little girl. Definately worth it!

Kimber said...

I also answered your baby gear question. (The Bumbo is so great!!)

mary said...

looks like a great new blog and thanks for the chance to win! i look forward to stories, what works for you in different situations, and how you save $!
mhy_@hotmail.com

M said...

I love the new blog and am pregnant myself. I hope to get alot of answers from your new site as well. My son is 8 and alot has changed since he was a baby! I would love to win the Hotsling. Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

I answered thr question regarding the Jumper. I loved my jumparoo.
a.lichtenbarger@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

love your new blog.Best wishes.
a.lichtenbarger@yahoo.com

Kristy said...

What a great site! I hope that you do more product reviews in the future!

Kelli said...

Great idea for the new blog -- it will be fun to get your insight and reviews of the products from your registry.
Best of luck!
pckrfan [at] gmail.com

Kristy said...

I amswered your question about the jumper or bouncer.

The Hansen Family said...

I tried to leave a comment on one of your questions and it wouldn't let me post! I'll leave it here.. The one item I absolutely couldn't live without is my nursing tank tops! My son is almost four months old and there hasn't been a day that I haven't worn them. You will live in them!
Good luck with your son! Such a wonderful adventure!

Christy said...

Congratulations on the new blog. It is exciting to stay home with your baby!

You'll LOVE a sling. I am addicted to them.

Jenn said...

I love your new blog! I can't wait to see what you post next!

Anonymous said...

First off, how exciting! I am due around the same time and look forward to following some of your ideas for baby prep!

neily_01@yahoo.com

Erin said...

I answered your question about the bouncy seat and swing! Congrats on the new blog!

Erin said...

Congrats on the new blog. Can't wait to see all your new adventures!

Kristen said...

I answered your bouncy jumper question.

Tracy M said...

I like the Latest Poll section

ttmogan at yahoo dot com

Gina said...

This would make the perfect gift for my sister!

Samantha said...

I am looking forward about reading about your adventures as a new mom. I like that real moms rated their top products as well.
Samantha
wheesj31@hotmail.com

Jessica said...

How fun!
As for feedback, I don't understand why it says "0 answers" to your questions when many people have answered already....not that that is anything you can do anything about, really...
I like the bang for your buck feature, and agree with the exersaucer!!

Jessica said...

I also answered one of your questions.
I love my Ergo carrier, and I'd highly recommend an exersaucer as well. I find I use my bouncy seat less and less with each child, and didn't care for the Bumbo as much as I thought I would. The saucer is better.

momtocadenandavery said...

I recommended the exersaucer as well. I love the new blog and I can't wait to follow it.
Joshbrenda @ embarqmail dot com

Andrea said...

Great new blog! I am due about the same time as you so I'll be watching both blogs now. I need all the advice I can get since this is my first baby:)

apeak AT hotmail .com

Andrea said...

I asked a question about what to tell people to buy me for christmas gifts for my baby due in March :)

apeak AT hotmail .com

.j.e.n.p.c. said...

Congratulations on the new website!! I was suprised I was not with the majority on the poll haha. I'm one for the sea creatures! Anywho, the sling would be a gift for a family member. Thanks for the opportunity!!

LeAnna said...

How neat is that?!?! Love the site, it has a lot of information, and I'll definitely visit back! My first is due in 6 weeks (ack!) so it'll be fun to have a new baby blog to visit.
Thanks for the chance to win!
flowers7886 at yahoo dot com

Julie said...

I like that you actually want advice!! It seems so many people are too proud to take a little experience from others. Good for you!!

kpmattingly said...

I think the new blog is great! We are thinking about adding to our family and I will need a refresher course on all things baby!

Melissa said...

What a great idea! I loved the Q&A section. And I would LOVE to win a sling!!! I am having #3 and have always wanted to try one out . . .

staceyk said...

I like the questions and being able to read others' answers. Helps us moms out with making our own decisions to see what other moms have liked and disliked! Thanks!

valerie2350 said...

congrats on the new blog - looks great :)

linda said...

I love that you know God is in control! prlin at suddenlink dot net

robin said...

What a great way to create a pregnancy diary - your son will love this someday. sunny at wcc dot net

FacelessGraceless said...

It was sort of overwhelming, but maybe I'm just tired...

shopannies said...

this is great I love the new adventure you have began I visited and left a comment

shopannies said...

I answered a few questions over at the walmart site

Adrienne said...

Good luck on your new blog. I'm happy for you! You must really be a busy woman.

VintageChicChick said...

Checked out your new site! Very neat! I think it would be fun to post about the nursery process and such.

Melissa Davenport said...

I love the new site. It's fun and I'll be sure to read it because I'm expecting my 2nd in January (which, oh my crap, is so close!). I love the question and answer not only for you but for everyone else to read as well. So cool! I answered your question about stuff you can't live without (longhornmel). I think you should write about people and their crazy advice... that's always funny!

melissa
mdavenport@alumni.utexas.net

Brandi L said...

Love the Blog! I think it is wonderful that you mentioned your Faith! You CAN trust God to be your provision! You will be an inspiration to others as you write about your Faith!

Thanks!

Brandi L said...

I answered a question. Thanks!

Caroline said...

Excited about the new blog! I answered a few questions over there (choward16). I am expecting #2 in June so a new hotsling would be great! I plan to follow the blog and help out where I can, and get some questions answered of my own!! Some things you forget the 2nd time around!! Can't wait to follow you with the shower, nursery etc!

Carmen said...

The new blog looks great! I answered a question about cloth diapers, hope it helps! I have a friend with a 2 year old and expecting in June, she is looking for a sling so the baby can easily be on the go with her and her son. This would be a great gift!

Anonymous said...

I love my hotsling but it would be fun to have another color. It's one of the items I would say I can't live without. My youngest in almost 6 months. I also love my Bumbo seat, jumper that hangs in the door way and swing...other that that I really have not touched any of my other baby equipment that we got for my older 2 kids (4yr and 3yrs)


Mariontyw AT YAHOO DOT COM

Andrea Metcalf said...

One day soon I will too be a mom ... and can learn from you! I think the blog is a great idea!

Alexis said...

As a "veteran" mom it's always fun to watch the newbies...

Allie Z said...

Denise, I tried to leave you an answer about the baby gear, but the board says it is closed for additional answers. Kind of funny. I guess that answers Q1- What do I like or dislike? Definately dislike the inability to leave additional answers. (Currently 23 answers so I know there is more space...)

~Allie Z

Allie Z said...

For a second entry...

What gear can I not live without?

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=5412495

Bright Starts Around We Go! Activity Station

This is WAY better than a bouncy/exersaucer. It keeps my active son in one play (contained) while allowing him to run circles and run and run and run more circles. We were gifted with this when B turned 4 months. It was great because he couldn't sit up but he had a desire to look, touch, and be "involved". The snack tray is removal and dishwasher safe. B is 11 months now, and although he's hit the weight limit, we can detach the seat and still use the activity station. He has yet ot flip it over, and he plays HARD with it. The $75 price tag is well worth the investment.

~Allie Z

Anne said...

I love your blog and I can't wait to read more! I look forward to reading about all your discoveries about how to raise a baby conveniently and economically.

Anne said...

I tried to answer two of your questions, but they're all closed to new answers, SO here I'll tell you that my son loved his jumper from about 6 mos-12 mos. It's a short period of time, but good for exercise. What he got much more use from was his exersaucer. Those are less bouncy, but had more activities for him and he was able to use it for a longer period of time.