I first heard of this product while browsing through "mommy" blogs. I then entered a contest on Susan Heim on Parenting and actually won =) We received this bear a few weeks ago and my son is in LOVE! The bears official name is "Brownie" but has been given the name "Lola" at my house. Lola gets played with during the day and taken to bed at night where she sings great songs to my son. There are three different "buttons" on one foot that play "slow" night songs, "upbeat" daytime songs, and nature sounds. Unfortunately, my son always picks the daytime faster ones to fall asleep too, but hey it still works! You can also adjust the volume (on the other foot) AND there is a usb port in the back (enclosed in the bear) where you can hook it up to your computer and add music/stories of you own. It's a little expensive for a "teddy bear" but not for a mp3 player at $49.95. It's a super unique gift for a baby shower or 1st birthday party though - I'd recommend it!
This baby was number one on my wedding list & I am sooo diggin' it! It heats up fast (around 30 seconds) and only uses distilled water to clean (=NO chemicals!) I've used it several times since getting it and it works wonders - it cleans up any sticky mess and takes up little space in the closet. It's really light weight and easy to push around. It comes with two washable mats & a piece that you can put on the bottom to steam clean your carpets. The only downer? You have to use distilled water or it gets clogged up =( and the steam is VERY VERY HOT! (which you would think is a good thing until you burn your bare foot!) You can order these mops of TV (for around $100) or local stores (for around $80).
I won this UV Skinz long sleeve shirt through a blog contest as well and have been using it all summer. I was allowed to pick the color & style, so I picked the Jesse for my son because it matched his swim trucks and because it was long sleeved (they have short sleeved too). At first I was nervous that my son would get too hot while swimming, but it's actually quite the contrary - the shirt seems to keep him cooler - crazy! I love that I don't have to worry about the sun beating down on his skin (I'm one of those 70 spf mommies - even though my son has darker skin). The shirt has been a topic of conversation at the pool and I wanted to spread the news even more -- please remember sun safety this summer!!