Tuesday, June 30, 2009

A Great Evening

I just had a great night! It's the simple things nowadays that float my boat. Cody, the boys and I all went to Runnings, our local hardware and home improvement store. It used to be a True Value. Well we went to look at paint colors for the house to get an idea of what we like. We asked a woman that works there to help us and boy did she! First of all, I really wanted to get the eco friendly paint so that it would be safer for the boys. It's $40 a can! I was really bummed and she could see that and gave it to us for almost the same price as the regular paint. How stinking sweet!

Then Cody was asking her what she thought about a paint sprayer we had bought forever ago when the store was still a True Value. It has never worked for us but we never returned it because we couldn't find the receipt. Well that fabulous woman told us to bring it in and she would give us store credit. We went right home and came back and got our store credit! We got a bunch of little odds and ends that we needed and my favorite purchase is a canner that I got along with canning supplies. I have been wanting to do it for so long and now I can kick my food storage in gear! The boys got some candy and we got a night out of shopping. Gotta love it!
Have you been doing anything fun lately?

Shabby Apple Discount




In anticipation of my upcoming Shabby Apple Review I thought I would share the discount code that they are offering my readers a little early. Simply enter code ForeverandAlways15off which is good until July 31st. You can shop at shabbyapple.com. How cute is this dress?

Linky

Well I never did figure out Mr Linky with my Firefox but I did find this new website called MckLinky. I almost feel like I'm a traitor but a girl has to do what a girl has to do! So feel free to link up your giveaways and check out mine on the sidebar as well.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Belli Skincare Review Lotion

Here is another great chance that I had to review a Belli Skincare product! I love Belli products because of how safe and natural they are. I got to try the Belli Nourish Me Enriched Body Lotion. I love the sweet honey smell and how soft it makes my skin (even though it's for a baby- mom's can use it too!) What better way to nourish a baby's brand new skin that is so fresh and soft than with a natural and safe moisturizer?

"What is Belli’s “Nourish Me” Enriched Body Lotion?

Nourish Me” Enriched Body Lotion is a pure and gentle hydrating cream which features essential ingredients for new, developing skin. The main ingredient in this product is the essential oil of chamomile which is used to soften, smooth and soothe the skin. (Retail Cost $19.00)

Tips to Keep Baby’s Skin Safe in Sunny Weather

  • Moisturize your baby’s skin daily to prevent it from dehydration and irritation
  • When in the sun, apply SPF 50 (at least) to your baby several times through out the day
  • Keep your baby’s head protected with a hat to avoid their scalp from getting sun burn
  • Pick a spot near shade so the baby’s skin doesn’t have too much exposure to the sun"


To view all the other Belli Skincare products please visit belliskincare.com.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Skin Free Review and Giveaway


Who doesn't love safe and all natural products that are affordable? Skin Free sent me some great products to review. What made me want to review them is that they are 100% natural.

I received the Whipped Tamanu Body Butter and the Sweet and Smooth Sugar Scrub. I am in heaven. I like that they use so many different types of natural oils (including organic olive oil) in their products to help nourish the skin. The Sweet and Smooth Scrub is my favorite. I used it to exfoliate my skin before I use my self tanner and really loved the results. Skin Free is available to purchase at skinfree.net as well as cvs.com and drugstore.com.

If you love natural skin care products as much as I do then you will be happy to know that one lucky winner will receive a $30 Gift Certificate to Skin Free! To enter please visit the site and tell me what you would buy with your GC. For additional entries please leave a separate comment for each of the following:
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Giveaway ends July 10th 11:59 pm and is open to all!


Saturday, June 27, 2009

More Winners Comin At Ya!

The Simple Stencil Winner is Nancy!
The winner of the Mineral Basics eye kit is throuthehaze
Coco Bon Bons Winner is Capital Mom
Hapari under shirt is Amberdawn
Barbar blowdryer is trixpixel
Glamourmom Nursing tank is ChrisandAnnalisa- who is expecting so now she can have something cute to wear!

Thank you to all who enter my giveaways!

Just a reminder to those who have signed up for my email newsletter- I have SOOOOOOOOOOOO many that have not yet confirmed their subscription. If you haven't done so yet, there is an email sent when you subscribed. All you need to do is click on the link and you will start getting my newsletter. If you don't I cannot allow it as an entry in the giveaways. Not trying to be rude but it's only fair to my other peeps! I will be deleting the unactivated subscriptions soon and those that haven't done so will have to resubmit their subscription. Peace out and happy entering!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Flokati Rug Review

Doesn't this look so soft? Well it is! This is a Flokati rug which is hand woven in Greece and 100% pure wool. They are all natural and are made of entirely organic fibers. That is a huge benefit for me. I received a duck egg blue Flokati rug and put it in my boys room right by their bed. That way when they first get out of bed their cute little feet will have something soft first thing in the morning!


These rugs are perfect for everyone but especially for those with hard wood floors. They are also great for winter because of their "thick insulating properties". I know you will love them as much as I do! Flokati rugs can be purchased at overstock.com and rugsusa.com

Alice.com


I just came across this new site that I thought I would share called Alice.com. Basically you can shop online for common items you use- snacks, toiletries, household goods, etc. and they even have coupons. The best part is that shipping is free. I just signed up which is also free so I will see how I like it. I already found some all natural toothpaste that I can't get where I live so I am really excited. Has anyone else used this site? Do you like it?

Breakfast Cookie Recipe

Here is a great breakfast cookie recipe from little momma and company I want to try. I will probably try to use butter for the shortening and honey for some of the brown sugar. This is so much better than giving my boys cereal every morning- and cheaper!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Help Ashley

So I know this blog isn't to help me with all of my Firefox problems but I just can't get it figured out! So far I can't view the Blenza site ( Mr Linky), I can't leave comments on other blogs, and I can't download my Swagbucks toolbar. So frustrating! Has anyone else had problems with Firefox and does any one have any suggestions?

Playskool Super Squishy Soccer Ball Giveaway

What a nice treat for my boys when this Playskool Sports Super Squishy Soccer Ball arrived. It was so easy to inflate. It doesn't require a pump and the part that you blow into hides really easily. My boys have sure gotten a 'kick' out of it (pun intended!). We have lots of balls that the boys play with around the house but this is by far their new favorite. I love that it is so soft to help them practice before they are ready for a real one that is way too hard for them right now.

Thanks to Playskool one lucky winner will their own Super Squishy Soccer Ball! To enter please visit the Playskool site and tell me what toy you would like. For additional entries please leave a separate comment for each of the following:
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Giveaway ends July 7th 11:59 pm Open to the US

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Baby Star Rock the Tote Review

How fun are these diaper bags? They are the latest from Baby Star and I am in love with the one they sent me!

"t's time to Rock The Tote with the new diaper bag from baby star. it's a modern classic, beautifully crafted with the modern mom (or dad) in mind. this diaper bag has room for what you need on the run, even a lap top. features a wide zipper pocket on one side and two open pockets on the other side that can hold a wipe case, bottle or cell phone. also includes matching changing pad and a BPA free wipe case. all baby star products are FORMALDEHYDE-FREE, making them safe for baby and the environment."

I received the flutter pink bag ( I need something pink with a house full of boys!). I was amazed at the quality of the bag. It is roomy and the fabric is wipe able so I don't have to worry about getting dirt on it or germs. It is also machine washable which is a huge bonus for moms! It also came with a wipe case and matching changing pad. The pad is really soft for a babies cute bottom! Even though my boys aren't babies any more I still need something big enough to carry sippy cups, snacks and all of my other stuff. I recently took my diaper bag to a playdate at the park and didn't need to worry about grass stains. I also had a sippy cup leak inside and just wiped it down! I love convenience. Rock the Tote is available in print or solid and sells for $87.99.

Baby Star has so many other great items for you and baby so feel free to visit their site and check them out!

Breast Cancer Awareness Queasy Drops Review


When I was pregnant with my oldest son I had the worst morning sickness. I know lots of women say that but in my case it's the truth! I hated running back and forth at work barely making it to the bathroom to throw up. I really wish I had the Queasy Drops I was sent by Three Lollies. I know that they will be put to good use for my next baby. Here is some info from their site:

"Looking for an organic and drug free way to fight queasiness? Morning sickness and upset stomaches are no obstacle for the Sour Raspberry flavored Queasy Drops from Three Lollies. The dietary supplement can also be used to help ease dry mouth and stimulate the appetite. Not only are Queasy Drops good for you and your loved ones, but they are good for others too! Simply purchase a pack of the Queasy Drops Organic Pink to support the STOP CANCER Marni Fund for breast cancer research. A percentage of every sale will be donated to the fund. Cure your nausea and help find a cure for breast cancer!"

I also suffer from really bad motion sickness. REALLY bad. Just going to the grocery store gets me sick! Three Lollies has other great items for motion sickness and for kids too! I wish I could try all of their products. My favorite part of course is that they are all natural and safe. Who wants to put a ton of sugar and high fructose corn syrup in their body when they are sick to their stomach or pregnant? Not me! To view the other products they carry please visit threelollies.com

Body Systems Body Butter

Body Systems is one of my new favorite online shops for natural skincare and accessories. They have something for everyone and best of all, all of there products are used with the highest quality ingredients. Here is a little about the body butters:

" Our Butters are free of any chemicals including Parabens, Phthalates, or Petro-Chemicals, are never tested on animals, contain no fillers and are perfect for doing Double, Triple or even Quadruple Duty. Add sugar for a healthy exfoliation, or apply direct to lips for perfect sun protection or slather on the body and hair, and then slip into a warm bath for a deeper moisturizing bath treatment."

I received the Olive Butter to try and love it. It feels so luxurious and leaves my skin really soft! I feel like I am truly using something from a spa and enjoy the fact that the ingredients are chemical free and safe. Body Systems doesn't just sell body butters. They have a large selection of spa items from robes to aromatherapy. What woman wouldn't love that? To view all of the products they carry visit http://www.body-systems.net/.

Rainbow Cake Recipe



I came across this totally cute and yummy blog called the Rookie Cookie and found a recipe I have to try. I know my kids will love it and hopefully think I'm super mom! It's a rainbow cake but don't stop there- check out all the other yummy recipes- if you want too!
pic courtesy of Rookie Cookie

Kids Balance Bikes Review





When my boys received their Strider bike from Kids Balance Bikes they were on cloud 9! I couldn't get it out of the box fast enough and they were so eager to help put it together. It was easy to assemble and then we were ready to try it out. The Strider bike teaches children from ages 18 months to 5 years how to balance on a bike preparing them for the day when they want to ride a bike without training wheels. There are no pedals which allows the child to run and balance with the Strider bike.

Here are some great features for the bike from the site:
  • One of the LOWEST seat heights in the industry...just 11" from the ground and with a traditional seat saddle that's comfortable like a real bike!
  • One of the LIGHTEST running bikes on the market at just 6.9 pounds... less than 1/2 the weight of a tricycle.
  • The ONLY running bike with frame-integrated footrests ergonomically located below the saddle... allowing kids to learn advanced skills such as riding while standing
  • Kid and parent-friendly EVA molded foam tires are light weight, puncture-proof and super durable
  • One of the most ADJUSTABLE running bikes on the market with 3" of handlebar height adjustment and 5" of seat height adjustment (plus additional 2" adjustment available with optional tall seat post)
  • Accommodates children ages 18 months to 5 years old! Height range of 30" to 44" and up to 50 pounds. Seat extender can increase height capacity for a child up to 46" tall.

"Balance bikes can manage a multitude of terrains and easily glide over grass, dirt, wooden bridges, even bark. While enjoying the balance bike your child is getting ready to ride a real pedal bike.

Once a child learns to balance, glide, and steer, they can usually hop on a pedal bike (with no training wheels of course!) and be riding within one to two days."

What I love about the bike is that it builds confidence. Ki was very skeptical on his first ride and was very nervous but as we encouraged him to keep going he was able to go further and further. I'm taking him out again today to get him more used to it. I can tell how much he feels like a big boy since his Strider bike looks and feels just like a big boy bike!

Kids Balance Bikes has other balance bikes as well in a variety of styles and colors. You will be able to find something for any of your little ones! These bikes make great gifts. If you are in the market for a bike for your toddler you have to check out Kidsbalancebikes.com first! You won't regret it.

To see the amazing bike in action check out the video below.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Linky Love Giveaways

For some reason Mr Linky's site is not working for me today- it won't come up at all. I tried to disable my cookies but it didn't help. It looks as though other blogs are able to use it ok. I will try again tomorrow so that people can post their giveaways!

Brittanie's Thyme LLC Giveaway

I have been so bothered with mosquitoes this summer. Well, mostly my boys have. They have received so many mosquito bites (or stings) that it just breaks my heart. When I Brittanie's Thyme sent me items to sample I immediately put them to the test. I got to try out the Organic Insect Repellent and the Sinus Relief Pillow. Here is some info about Brittanie's Thyme:"Brittanie’s Thyme is a women-owned company dedicated to manufacturing natural and organic products that aid in producing a feeling of well-being, without the expense usually associated with high quality skin and personal care.

Our product developers unite recipes and remedies that have been used successfully for generations with the latest scientific findings regarding herbal and natural ingredients. We strive to produce products that have a minimal effect on the planet, yet provide maximum results for our customers. We do not test any products on animals.

Our belief is that natural and organic is a life choice, not a fashion or a trend. Our products are intended to be used, and used regularly. Our ingredients as well as our prices reflect this philosophy. No fillers, artificial preservatives, artificial fragrances or dyes are used. We produce small batches of each product to ensure freshness."



I was so happy to put the Organic Insect Repellant to the test. I am always looking for bug spray that is Deet free but never can find it in the small town I live in. The best part about this product? It's really affordable. I love the packaging, the smell, and that it works! I also enjoyed using the Sinus Relief Pillow. It really helped with my recent cold. I simply crunched the herbs in the pillow with my hands and then put it in my pillow case. It really helped open my nose up. It had been awhile since I was able to get a good night's sleep.

I love Brittanie's Thyme because they use quality ingredients and make the products look so pretty with their special packaging. I would recommend Brittanie's Thyme to anyone who is looking for an all natural alternative to products for the body.

Brittanie's Thyme also sent me a bottle of Organic Insect Repellent and Bug Bite Relief to send to one lucky winner. To enter please visit their site and tell me a product you would like to try. For additional entries please leave a separate comment for each of the following:
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Giveaway ends July 3rd 11:59 pm Open to US only

Monday, June 22, 2009

Share A Blog Monday

This next blog is actually two. My blogging friend Annalisa has a great deals blog called Slavetosave. Not only does she have a great money saving blog but a family blog where she shares about her life and new pregnancy! Annalissa is 18 weeks along and will be finding out what she is having soon! So go ahead and check out her blogs and share her excitement!

Swedish Designs Giveaway

When I knew I was going to be moving into a much smaller house I knew that I would need to get creative with my storage options. I was so happy to come across Swedish Designs (on another blog but I can't remember which!)
"Swedish Designs develops and sells new, unique products for owners of high quality cookware. We have designed and developed all of the products we sell; you will not find the products anywhere else. We use the modern Swedish Design philosophy as we develop our products:

I was so thrilled to try out one of the unique pot racks for my pots and pans. I have some really nice ones that my stepmom and dad got me for my birthday and need them to have a good place to stay protected. I am so excited to have extra storage and am able to keep my pots and pans pretty! One lucky winner will receive their own pot rack! To enter please visit Swedish Designs and tell me what your favorite item is.



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Giveaway ends July 2nd 11:59 pm Open to the US

David Garrett CD Giveaway!


Remember the review I did recently on the super fast and super handsome violinist? You can read it here. Well now I have one to giveaway! Thanks to Universal Music one lucky winner can win their own copy of David Garrett. To enter please visit his site and leave me a comment telling me who you would win this cd for. For additional entries please leave a separate comment for each of the following:
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Giveaway ends July 2nd 11:59 pm Open to US and Canada
I will be posting winners soon- just got behind with life! I am excited to see who wins!

Rembrandt Tooth Whitening Giveaway!


I have had noticed more and more lately that my teeth have gotten very yellow. I know it's gross but it happens. I was really excited for the opportunity to try some great Rembrandt products. I was sent their 2 Hour Whitening Kit, the new Whitening Rinse with Fluoride, their Intense Stain Toothpaste as well as the Premium Whitening Fluoride Toothpaste with Peroxide and their 5 Day Whitening Kit.

"As we continue to make great advances in oral care, sometimes we have to stop and enjoy a good laugh. Laughing releases endorphins, neurotransmitters that make you feel good. Exposing yourself to the laughter of others can have the same effect. At Rembrandt, we think laughing is essential to a healthy, happy mouth. After all, white teeth don't matter if there's nothing to smile about."


This products are so awesome! I have never used Rembrandt before and am really impressed. My favorite product was the 2 Hour kit. It was so easy to use and I got immediate results. It comes with moldable trays to custom fit your teeth. My teeth are much brighter and whiter. I feel more confident when I talk to people now. I also really like using the toothpastes and Whitening Rinse to help maintain my new set of pearly whites.

Rembrandt products can be purchased online at drugstore.com.

One lucky winner will receive their own 2 Hour Whitening Kit! To enter please visit the Rembrandt site and tell me what product you would like to try. For additional entries please leave a separate comment for each of the following:
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Giveaway ends July 1st 11:59 pm Open to US

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Winners

Finally some winners!
Winner of the Little Jewel pendant is notworthwriting
Winner of the Dapper Snappers is Krystal
Curious Cookies winner is Anonymous- I have an email address
Imageglow winners are Cherry Blossoms, throuthehaze, sito50, cori westphal, and madly59
West Coast Jewelry is spitfyr323
AllerEase pillowcase winner is Dana

Congrats! Thank you to all who entered!

Just an update to all you commented with tips on problems viewing my site. Ever since I downloaded FireFox I haven't had any problems. I really think it is Internet Explorer. Thank you for all your help and I hope you don't have any more problems with my site!

Word World Review


The cute PBS show for kids, Word World has a new dvd coming out on July 14th called Word World: Castles in the Sea. Thanks to NCircle Entertainment the boys had a blast watching some great new episodes of Word World. There are four episodes full of learning which include Castles in the Sea, The Dancing Duck Bonanza, A Star is Born ( the boy's favorite) and Tick Tock Space Clock. The dvd also includes great extras including fun songs.
The boys love Word World and I love that they are learning their letters and trying to spell. We have watched this dvd so many times already and is perfect to get ready for summer. You can pre order Word World: Castles in the Sea at NCircle Entertainment.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Aromatic Health Review and Giveaway



I ♥ all natural products! I love when I can treat something with ingredients from nature rather than a chemical. I also have been reading more about aromatherapy and think I have found a new hobby! That is why I was so happy to try products from Aromatic Health.

"Aromatic Health is committed to promoting physical, emotional and spiritual well being through products that are safe and natural. Taking a clinical approach to essential oil therapy, Aromatic Health takes pride in knowing that the products and services we provide offer our clients a safe and natural alternative to achieve a healthy and balanced lifestyle."


Here is some info about Aromatic Health: "

The word "aromatherapy" has become a marketing buzz word and has been used for products which may contain natural or synthetic essential oils, even in minute amounts. Aromatherapy, and the use of essential oils, has many clinical applications. It is this aspect of aromatherapy that is our focus at Aromatic Health.

With ten years as a practicing aromatherapist, Michelle Reynolds, Aromatic Health's founder and owner, uses her knowledge and experience to create essential oil products, and provide consultation services to aid in the healing of the body, mind and spirit.

At Aromatic Health, all of our products are hand made, using only pure and organic essential oils and raw ingredients. Our products are cruelty free and do not contain synthetic fragrances, parabens, petrochemicals or preservatives.

We also use a minimal amount of packaging and promote the recycling or the re-use of our jars and bottles."

I was able to sample their Headbalm which helps relieve headaches and migraines, as well as Ah-Choo! which helps with congestion. These products came at just the right time since I have had some sort of cold or infection for two weeks now. I really had a hard time sleeping at night and rubbed the Ah-Choo! on my back and chest and could really tell a difference. I also used the Headbalm to help relieve my sinus headaches and noticed a difference. The thing that is so neat about these products is that a lot of them can be used on children too!


I am so glad to have had the chance to try products from Aromatic Health and am already coveting their other products. I have been trying to see which medicines in my cabinet I could get replace with Aromatic Health.

Aromatic Health is giving one lucky winner their own Citrus Facial Toner! To enter please visit their site and tell me which item you would like to try. For additional entries please leave a separate comment for each of the following:

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Giveaway is open to the US and Canada ends July 1st 11:59 pm

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Baby Banana CD Review and Giveaway



If you're a mom then you probably know all about driving with kids music in the car. I have managed to avoid the boys music in the car until I received Deri Derryberry's new cd Baby Banana. When it arrived in the mail I was actually excited to play it. The boys were the real guinea pigs and they loved it. The songs are all so fun and upbeat with each one telling a unique story. The boy's favorite songs were Baby Banana and the Ice Cream song.

Debi Derryberry is a popular childrens entertainer and voice over artist who has produced 2 award-winining kid's music CDs - "Very Derryberry" and "What A Way To Play", as well as a children's music video DVD and childrens book "Baby Banana and the Licorice Tree". Along with her acting and voiceover work (Debi is the voice of Jimmy Neutron!), Debi has a busy concert schedule with a show that includes songs from her music CDs aimed at children aged 2-6 years old.

Debi's songs really trigger the imagination. My oldest son always is asking questions as we listen to the songs. You can watch the video below to hear one of her songs:


If you would like to win your own copy please tell me who you would give this to ( it can be for yourself too!) For additional entries please leave a separate comment for each of the following:
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Giveaway ends June 28th 11:59 pm Open to the US and Canada

Uprinting's Photo Competition



As you may know one of my sponsors is Uprinting.com. UPrinting.com is a leading online provider of business cards, color brochures and mailing postcards.
I love the momentum they have with their giveaways and I especially love how good they are to me! Right now Uprinting.com is sponsoring a photo contest. They are looking for the best summer photo. I am posting mine in hopes of winning $250 and a free 16x20" Gallery Wrapped Canvas Print!

Here is my little Jackson going fishing for the first time! He didn't really seem to care about the fish though! He had so much fun digging for worms. I can just see all the wonder in his eyes ( and curiosity). That is why I love this picture because it is proof that this beautiful boy is ALL boy. It makes me feel so good inside to have a memory of a day when he had fun and got dirty doing it. That is why I chose this as my summer pic. That's what summer is all about- having fun outdoors and playing hard all day.

Protect A Bed Mattress Cover Giveaway

With my allergies and asthma and two little boys that sneak into our bed in the middle of the night- it is a very good idea to have a reliable mattress protector. Awhile ago I purchased some for my boys when they were potty training and I did not like what I bought. The covers had an awful plastic chemical smell and I did not feel safe using them for the boys. I also hated the loud noise they made! When I received the Premium Mattress Protector from Protect A Bed I was surprised with the quality.

It's nothing like the cheaps ones that I had purchased. It is so soft which is a bonus for my skin but now no loud sounds when I move on the bed! Not only does it help against preventing spills (or leaky toddler bladders) from getting to my mattress but it prevents against bacteria and dust mites- which helps with my allergies and asthma! Here are some other benefits from the Protect A Bed site:
  • Guaranteed to moderate temperature and enhance sleeping comfort
  • Waterproof yet air vapor porous - acting the same way as human skin
  • Effective in preventing bacteria and dust mites from breeding in your pillow and mattress (a major cause of asthma, eczema and rhinitis)
  • Protects mattresses from stains (accidental spills, perspiration, bodily fluids)
  • Machine washable on hot, tumble dry medium
  • Especially helpful in cases of incontinence
  • Ultra thin with four-way stretch does not detract from the comfort of the mattress
  • Can be used on all visco elastic, inner spring and latex mattresses
  • Fitted-sheet style
  • Expandable skirt ensures mattress protector fits any depth of mattress (8" to 20")
  • Wash durability rating: > 200 washes
  • Soft and super absorbent
  • Can be sterilized at 121° C/250° F
  • Tested for harmful substances according to Oeko-Tex Standard 100
Having a safe and effective mattress cover is such a piece of mind for me. The kind people at Protect A Bed are offering one lucky reader their own Premium Mattress Protector in any size! That is up to a $99.99 value! To enter please visit the site and tell me what other item you would like to try- they have a lot! For additional entries please leave me a separate comment for each of the following:
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Giveaway ends June 30th 11:59 pm Open to US only

Problems Viewing Blog

To all the wonderful people trying to read my blog and having problems viewing it-
Blogger is not always that helpful when a blog user is having technical difficulties and I unfortunately am one of those people. Several blogs have had problems where the page will shut down. The only answers that I have gotten are that it is either widgets on my blog- which I have no way of knowing which one- or it is Internet Explorer. It was recommended to me to use the latest version of IE but that didn't work. Now most advice I am getting is to use Firefox. I am trying that now so we will see. If you are having problems with my blog and others you may want to download the latest version of Firefox. Hope that helps and if anyone has a solution I'm all ears! (Just be very specific with me since I am not Super computer smart:)

SKLZ Sport Brella Review and Giveaway


I don't really have any outdoor sports equipment or gear. My family just hasn't spent that much time in the outdoors since my husband and I got married. We did just move with a minute next to a national park so we are excited for the summer. That is why I am so excited to get to review the SKLZ Sport Brella. My first outdoor gear! The Sport Brella is a great way to give you protection from the elements (rain, wind, sun ) while being able to enjoy the outdoors. The cool thing is that it has SPF 50+. That is such a bonus when you have kids! It can be used in a for so many different things. Going to the beach, camping ( this would be great to keep the bugs at bay), sporting events, anything you can think of! The Sport Brella can also be used in a standing up position. I also enjoy the convienient carrying case that you can carry on your shoulder. It makes it really convenient for walking to your destination without having to drag heavy equipment. I will be going "camping" this weekend ( we will stay in a cabin) and am really looking forward to using my Sport Brella.



You can view the Sport Brella in action in the video below to get a better idea of how it works.







The part that is even cooler? The wonderful people at SKLZ are offering one reader their own Sport Brella! To enter please visit SKLZ and tell me an item that you would like. For additional entries please leave a separate comment for each of the following:
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Giveaway ends June 30th 11:59 pm Open to US and Canada

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Linky Love Giveaways

No one shared their giveaways last Tuesday so I might just do this a couple of more times. To share your giveaway just add it to the Mr Linky.

Not Me Monday

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.
Once again I thought today was Monday so here I go!
Ki did not touch my legs and say "mommy you have wiskers too!"
Jackson did not get the words to a song wrong and started singing" I'm going to make love to you"
The boys did not destroy one of my special foamy type pillows right after I told them to leave it alone
I did not vacuum the lovely 70's carpet in my kitchen today
I did not wear another up do in my hair ie messy bun
I did not sleep on the couch again so that my coughing wouldn't wake up my husband
So what are your Not Me's?

Shelf Reliance New Blog Giveaway


Shelf Reliance is having a huge giveaway for a Harvest 72'' food storage system. I REALLY need one. Shelf Reliance is offering this to show off their cool new blog design. You can check it out here

Proactive Parenting Guest Article

I really live for these articles- hope it helps anyone out there who needs it!

Don’t You Dare Open the Birthday Girl’s Present!
It happens at most birthday parties; a child tries to “help” the birthday girl unwrap her presents. The other moms shoot dirty looks at the non‐birthday girl’ mom, which forces her to spring into action. Mom admonishes her child as she tries to move her away from the gifts and the glaring looks. The non‐birthday girl resists which causes mom to get even more intense. Finally, since nothing else is working, mom picks up her screaming child and takes her out of the room to make her stop. There are two big questions here.

1. Is a portion of this scenario created by the glaring looks of others?
2. Is there another way to handle this situation so the non‐birthday girl would stop“elping”yet
still teach her what to do instead? Yes to both questions.

• Timing is the first key. Knowing when to use this tip is the most important part of the process
If you overuse it the non‐birthday girl may translate it as nagging and will ignore you.
If you only use this tip once and walk away thinking that’s all there is to it, it won’t work either.
This requires parents to stay close by and teach, just like everything in parenting does.
Parents need to begin just as they feel themselves getting annoyed with their child’s behavior.
Waiting too long can cause you to use an angry tone of voice and the child won’t see this as
instructive and supportive and will most likely ignore you.
Watch your child and get to her as soon as you see her eyeing the gifts—not afterwards.
This is a ProActive technique. Most parents deal with things after they’ve happened, here I’m recommending that you deal with things before they get going.

• Supporting not correcting is the second key and really does cause better listening
Mom says, “I want to correct my child not support her when she exhibits misbehavior.” The beauty of this tip is the correction is hidden in the support. There’s no way your child can miss what you’re asking her to do. She experiences this as praise and everyone loves to be praised for good behavior. The praise is filled with information and is used instead of a correction. Better behavior follows because the child is listening, which is vastly different than the normal yelling and punishment used in situations like this.

• Repetition is the third key Like so many things during the toddler and preschool years teaching a little one requires repetition. A young child’s brain can only absorb so much information while being corrected. Parents need to remember that teaching a young child requires repeating the instructions more than once. Normal is at least 3‐10 times in the first few minutes. This allows her to hear you, see how serious you are, think about it and apply it to the situation, and understand there’ no wiggle room. It takes more than one repetition.

• Acting Proactively is the fourth key
Instead of saying, “get away from the gifts!” as she’s ripping off the wrapping paper—become proactive.

Watch her and just as she’s eyeing the gifts walk up and whisper, “It’s hard not to help, that’s some good waiting you’re doing, good job!” Since there’s no yelling, punishing or removing her from the party she’ll actually listen. However, she will unconsciously test what you’ve just said by doing it again. Look closely to see your next opportunity. As she moves in to “help” again she’ll glance up to see your reaction. Walk up and whisper the statement again. Do this several times. When all of this is fully understood switch from words to a thumbs up signal. This works so much better than yelling in public and everyone gets to have a good time at the party! This also works in other situations too. It works when she’s waiting in line, when she’s waiting for a turn, waiting for your attention, or when she’s waiting to get in the car as you load the baby or groceries. The more you use this tip the more ideas you’ll come up with.

The articles will stop for the summer and start up again in the fall. Sharon Silver is the founder and director of ProActive Parenting, www.proactiveparenting.net a site offering downloadable seminars to help parents lovingly teach and correct behavior as they deal with everyday toddler and preschooler behavior.

New TNT Season Primieres!



There are some great shows airing tonight on TNT. I really can't wait for Hawthorne since it shows the nursing side of things. It will give me a good look into how hard it will be!
Season Premiere: HAWTHORNE

Chief Nursing Office Christina Hawthorne struggles through a tough day at the hospital while also trying to cope with the anniversary of her husband’s death in the series premiere of TNT’s newest drama series HAWTHORNE
“Pilot” – Premieres Tuesday, June 16, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
As TNT’s dynamic new series opens, Christina Hawthorne, chief nursing officer for Richmond Trinity Hospital , races to work to try to prevent a suicide attempt by David, an end-stage cancer patient and best friend to her husband. It is the beginning of a long day for Christina, a day that happens to be the first anniversary of her husband’s death. Putting her mourning on hold, Christina turns her focus to Ray Stein, a nurse who gets into hot water when he goes against his instincts and administers a doctor’s questionable treatment; Isabel, a homeless woman who brings a sick infant to the hospital; Camille, Christina’s rebellious daughter who has decided to take a stand for free speech in school; and Amanda, Christina’s former mother-in-law who also happens to be a member of the hospital board.
Here is a sneak peek:







The other one I am super excited for is Wedding Day. I love a good real romantic story! These are real couples who want so badly to have the wedding of their dreams but have had to go through a lot of struggles first.

Season Premiere: WEDDING DAY


A near-fatal car accident postpones a wedding in the series premiere of TNT’s uplifting unscripted drama WEDDING DAY

“Holli & Steve” – Premieres Tuesday, June 16, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
Just four days before his wedding day in 2007, Steve received a call that his bride-to-be, Holli, had been injured in a near-fatal car crash and had only a 50% chance of surviving. After six days in a coma, she finally came to, but every day since then has been a struggle to withstand the long, painful road to recovery. Holli and Steve’s walk down the aisle includes a New York shopping spree, a Badgley-Mishka wedding dress and Manolo Blahnik shoes. The couple even gets to enjoy a special performance by Boyz II Men, who were moved when they heard Holli and Steve’s story.





Season Premiere: SAVING GRACE




An investigation into the death of a police officer goes terribly wrong while Grace tries to connect with a young drug addict in the emotionally powerful season premiere of TNT’s acclaimed drama SAVING GRACE

“We’re Already Here” – Tuesday, June 16, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)

When Grace tries to reach out to Neely – the young drug addict who shares visions of Earl – Grace winds up in the middle of what could be a plot by an anti-government group linked to the recent death of a police officer. Grace’s clumsy, off-the-books investigation goes especially bad when Neely is injured. Meanwhile, Grace and Ham get caught in a compromising position, and Butch makes a surprise announcement.



Monday, June 15, 2009

Belli's Elasticity Oil Review

If you didn't see my last review for Belli Skincare than you can read about how much I love it here. I adore Belli and have to use them for my next pregnancy! I was fortunate enough to receive their Elasticity Belly Oil which smells so heavenly. It has a lavender scent and I love lavender. Here are some of the main ingredients:


Gotu Kola Extract: Used to increase collagen production


Vitamin E: A strong antioxidant that helps prevent tissue damage


Cocoa Butter: Emollient used to soften and smooth the skin


Collagen Hydrolysates: Marine-derived protein that provides amino acids
needed for collagen production



"What is Belli’s Elasticity Belly Oil?
Elasticity Belly Oil is one of Belli’s signature products that features ingredients
shown in published research to decrease the risk of getting stretchmarks by up to 39%,
and cause any stretchmarks that do appear to be less noticeable. It is recommended to apply this product in a circular motion on the stomach, breasts, hips and buttocks morning and night through out pregnancy."


I know that when I was pregnant the skin on my belly did not like being stretched and pulled. It was so itchy and uncomfortable. I really wish I had this since it is safe and smooth. This is a must for any pregnant woman. What a great way to pamper yourself!

How would you like to win your very own bottle? I knew you would! To enter please visit Belli Skincare and tell me your favorite product. For additional entries please leave a separate comment for each of the following:
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Giveaway ends June 30th 11:59 pm Open to US

Share A Blog

Chicken Nuggets of Wisdom by my fellow follower Lolli is one of my new favorite blogs. The title alone intrigues me! Lolli is smart, funny and it is so entertaining reading her blog. She is a SAHM to 5 children. What really draws me to her blog is that she is really positive and upbeat about her role in motherhood. If you are in the mood for some good vibes check her out!

Your Every Color Etsy Giveaway


I really love unique jewelry and this next Etsy giveaway is sure unique! Your Every Color has so many vintage and modern looking pieces. Some are beautiful glass pendants while others are cute fabric covered button earrings and pendants.
I received the above glass pendant pink and brown metallic demask. It is so pretty! I love how it shows and dresses up my outfit. The best part? Everything is soooooooo reasonably priced. Your Every Color even has a weekly item for only $2.50! What a great way to stock up on gifts to have on hand. Not only are the prices low but so are the shipping costs. I am always so reluctant to purchase online when I have to pay high shipping costs, but these can't be beat.

One winner will receive their choice of a pair of earrings! To enter please visit Your Every Color and tell me your favorite item. For additional entries please leave a separate comment for each of the following:
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Giveaway ends June 30th 11:59pm Open to US and Canada

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Carousel Designs Review

I just received the most adorable and luxurious crib baby blanket from Carousel Designs. It is just as soft and plush as it looks in the picture. The style is Sage Damask which is so trendy right now. Carousel Designs has so many beautiful pieces of baby bedding for boys and girls. I'm used to my boys getting robbed in the cuteness factor when it comes to bedding but Carousel Designs certainly makes up for that.


They also carry much more than just bedding for cribs. They have bedding for toddlers rooms as well and fun accessories like decorative pillows and mobiles. What I love is they do monogramming to make it extra personal. There are so many things to choose from!


This is one of my favorite baby bedding sets. I wish I could take this whole room home with me for my next baby. Carousel Designs has really unique and trendy fabric selections that are really durable- which is important when you have a little one! If you or someone you know is having a baby or even has a toddler, this is the place to go to decorate the nursery or room. There are so many options with Carousel Designs!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Ouch..

In my quest to try to make money I had the brilliant idea of becoming the next Miss Montana. I figured I might have a chance since I have no talents or boobs whatsover. I was feeling pretty confident until I got to the requirements page and read that you can't be older than 24. I thought I was still considered young! So not fair. On another note if anyone knows of a good website for scholarships for school, please share them with me!

Winners

The winner of the Pickled Tink necklace is the lovely and lucky military76brat!

The 3 winners of the Zann Clip giveaway are always_317537 , Krystal and Belinda M

For the biggie the Baby Quasar giveaway......Ginnn7!

The Thinktivity toy winner is Kim

Kissing in the Kitchen book winner is Crystal P

and last but not least the Shushybye winner is 1955nurse.

Munchie Mug Giveaway



The Munchie Mug has been a real life saver for me. The Munchie Mug is a special snack cup that keeps the snack from spilling. I have needed one of these forever and think this should be on any mom's list of products to have with a toddler. The boys love their new snack cup and I love the time I save from not having to clean up crumbs. I can't wait to use this at church!
One winner will win their own Munchie Mug with choice of color! To enter please visit the site and leave me a comment with the color you would pick. For additional entries please leave a separate comment for each of the following:
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Giveaway ends June 27th 11:59 pm

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Winners

The winner of the Smart Mom Jewelry is notworthwriting
The Eve Organics Winner is Tylerpants

All Moved!

Today we moved from a very large house into a MUCH smaller and older home in another town. It has been a long day but things went pretty smooth. We were so fortunate to have such wonderful people from our church help move everything! I feel so blessed that they took the time and energy to come move us. If any of the men's wives that helped are reading this- Thank you for lending me your husband!

Now we have boxes everywhere and I feel so overwhelmed. Most of the stuff that we have to put in our basement for storage can't go down for a little while because our lanlord will be putting new flooring in. So things will be a little out of control. I hate out of control! I'm not sure where to begin.

Does anyone have any unpacking tips to share with me? I really need some!

Score a Free Nursing Cover

Click here to get the code for a really cute free nursing cover! Thanks you Frugal Freebies!

A Post For my Fellow Blog Reviewers

I really have to share this post from Life Starring the Kids and Me! She clears up some common misconceptions on Blog Reviewers- we are not all that bad! I really like what she had to say at the end about how companies should really send the giveaway product to the winner rather than expecting the reviewer to pay for shipping to send it out. Amen to that! You can read it here.

Glamourmom Giveaway



One of the major problems after I had my first baby was trying to nurse. I'm not talking about the actual nursing but dealing with it when I went out of the house. It was such a struggle to nurse with my clothes. I didn't want to wear the typical nursing tops that I had seen because they just weren't cute. I also had to unhook my nursing bra so I just had a bunch of hooks! My regular clothes however were not practical either. I really wish I had a Glamourmom tank back then. For my next baby however, I will be prepared.

Glamourmom tanks are have built in nursing bra's which make nursing so much easier. They offer the lift and support you need as well. Glamourmom doesn't just have tanks. They carry swimsuits, sleepwear, and much more, all to help you nurse.




I received the beautiful Nursing Bra Long Tank in Berry Flora (pictured above). I love the quality of the material and really like how stretchy it is. I know this will be getting a lot of uses! If you would like to win your own nursing tank or top in your choice, please visit the Glamourmom site and leave me a comment with your favorite item. For additional entries please leave a separate comment for each of the following:

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Giveaway ends June 26th 11:59 pm Open to Us and Canada

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Barbar Hair Tools Giveaway!


I have been using the same hair dryer for about 3 years now. I hate it. I paid about $20 bucks for it and while it has lasted me a long time- it blows. I know I am soooo funny! But seriously it really does not meet my expectations. It smells if I start it and stop it and then start it again. It smells awful! It also takes me forever to dry my hair. Being the cheapo that I am I have refused to get a new blow dryer until it kicks the dust. Then I was given the chance to review this bad boy.


It's the Barbar Italy 3800 Ionic Charger Blow Dryer. The kind the professionals use. I feel so spoiled. Here are it's features: The Barbar Italy 3800 Ionic Charger Blow Dryer is equipped with an ionic charger making hair soft and shiny!
AC Motor
11 foot cord
2000 Watts
Heat 302°F/150°C
Cool shot release button
Multiple heat & speed settings
high performance controls

Everything a blow dryer should be and MORE!!!


This blow dryer is amazing. It makes my hair soft and dries it in no time at all which is what every busy woman needs! Barbar Hair Tools has so many different hair tools that the professionals use- curling irons, flat irons, hair clippers, steamers and more. It goes to show that you get what you pay for.


I really love when I have the chance to giveaway an item that is fabulous and here is one today! One winner will receive the same blow dryer that I did! This is a $150 Value!
To enter visit Barbar and tell me which item you just have to have. For additional entries please leave a separate comment for each of the following:


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Giveaway ends June 25th 11:59 pm Open to US and Canada entries.


 
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