March 30, 2009

Mamalicious Monday

I just had to post about kids and the internet. As we all know, children have to be supervised while online. So my home computer has a password where they can't get online without me knowing. Well, I had to work over the weekend. My kids were in the office watching tv. My tween figured out how to get online, sign up for google, make a blog, and sign up for twitter in approx. one hour! All of that probably took me months to figure out! Well, I deleted all of that and put a password on the work computer. Check out Mamalicious Monday here.

March 25, 2009

Belli Skincare Review


We all know to watch what we eat or drink while pregnant or nursing, but I never really thought much about skin care products possibly being harmful. I was really shocked to find out what some products might contain. I recently had the opportunity to try several Belli products. Dr. Jason Rubin, a board certified family practioner, founded the company with his wife Annette. They searched through over 16 million medical research articles in over 5000 international journals, and used this information to exclude ingredients with even remote links to birth defects or other problems with pregnancy. I think that is such a great idea.

There are 3 main product lines:
Belli Pregnancy, Belli Motherhood, and Belli Baby.

My favorite products were the Skin Smoothing Body Exfoliator and the Body Firming Serum.
The body exfoliator made my skin very smooth. The firming serum made my skin very soft. Since I didn't recently have a baby, I couldn't really use it to see if it tightens the skin post pregnancy. The Belli Baby Gift Set looks like a perfect gift for a baby shower or after the baby is born.

They are having a special now on the pregnancy starter kit where you can save $22! Also you can save $7.00 on the Elasticity Belly Oil until 3/31.

They are giving Donna's World readers a special discount. If you put in 4BELLI (ALL CAPS) you will receive 15% off. You won't be disappointed with their products.

March 24, 2009

Giveaways From Other Blogs

At Growing Your Baby you can win a great Baby Essentials Gift Package. Ends 3/27.
At Midwest Moms you can win a 3-month Free Membership to JumpStart.com . Ends 4/2.
At Champagne Living you can win a Fiber One gift basket. Ends 4/1.
At Precious Personalities you can win a Mom Agenda for 2009-2010. Ends 3/29.
Start Your Own Blog
MomMostTraveled.com is a family travel blog with great giveaways and product reviews!

March 22, 2009

The Ultimate Blog Party 2009



The Ultimate Blog Party 2009 is going on right now over at 5 Minutes for Mom. You can enter until 11:59pm Eastern on March 27, 2009.
There are so many cool prizes to be won at this year’s Ultimate Blog Party, but my top three picks would be:
21 — $50 gift certificate to Target StoresProvided by: Agoosa
22 — $50 gift certificate to Target StoresProvided by: Beginner Baby Blog
68 – $30 gift certificate to Christian Book DistributorsProvided by: A High And Noble Calling
And if my top three picks are already chosen, I’d love any of the following (in order of preference): 119, 26, 91, 118, 14, 27, 95. But honestly I didn't see anything that I wouldn't like. Some I could use now, and other things would make great gifts. Hurry, you still have time to enter.

March 21, 2009

Spray ‘n Wash Bright & White Review and Giveaway

"New Spray ‘n Wash Bright & White is the hero of the laundry room – saving clothes from the negative effects of chlorine bleach accidents while fighting stains and keeping colors bright and whites white.

The unique stain-fighting formula brightens colors while delivering incredible whitening benefits. Featuring the stain-fighting power of Resolve™, Spray ‘n Wash Bright & White when added to detergent successfully eliminates stains without the risk of bleach accidents and spills. It is a single in-wash stain-fighting solution, saving clothes and fighting dirt."

97% of today’s clothing labels warn against using Chlorine Bleach!


It can be used in different ways.

In-wash treatment

Pre-wash spot treatment

Pre-wash soak treatment

Compatible with High Efficiency detergent

I was given a sample to review. It was easy to use, and it appeared to be color safe. I didn't have any fading or bleeding of colors. I had what looked like a grease stain on a T-shirt that was set in. The shirt had already been washed more than once. I used Spray ‘n Wash Bright & White as a pre-wash spot treatment and in the wash. The stain was significantly improved with one wash. My shirt is now wearable again!

You can get some coupons here.

They are having a sweepstakes at ListenToYourClothes.com. You could win one of more than 80 prizes throughout the year, including the grand prize – a laundry room makeover, one year supply of Bright & White, and a clothing stipend…in total valued at $10,000! Sweepstakes is open for entry through December 31, 2009.

Now for the giveaway here... The great people from Spray ‘n Wash will give a cute washing machine-themed box and full-size product for two readers.

To enter tell me about a type of stain you would like to try this on. This must be done first. Please, make sure your email is in your profile or leave it in your comment, so I can contact you if you win.

Bonus entries:

1. Follow my blog

2. Subscribe to my blog

3. Tweet about the contest and leave a link or your twitter ID.

4. Fave me on technorati

5. Post my button on your blog

6. Post this giveaway on your blog

Leave a separate comment for each entry. The buttons for those are on the right. Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM 3/30/09.

Winners

The winner of the Cozycare Cape is:
bndraldy
Unfortunately, no contact info was left, and there is no email address in the profile. If anyone knows who that is, please have them contact me within 72 hours, or I will need to draw another winner.

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76
Timestamp: 2009-03-21 18:04:22 UTC
bndraldy said... My favorite is the Camo Critter Cape. Thank you so much for the opportunity to participate in this giveaway!



The winner of the Lunch bag is:
Brooke
She was notified by email.

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Timestamp: 2009-03-21 18:11:04 UTC
Brooke said... I actually am thinking about getting the Nellie's All-natural dryer balls... don't use dryer sheets and theses looking interesting

Thanks for all the entries, and stay tuned because I am getting ready to post more great giveaways.

March 17, 2009

Little MissMatched Review and Giveaway






My daughter was thrilled that she got to try a pair of Little MissMatched pajamas. We received the black zany long sleeve girls cotton pajamas as seen in the picture from their website above. She said they fit well and were comfortable. I loved the colors and the prints. She looked so cute! They are made of 100% super-soft cotton.


Little MissMatched sells a variety of items not only for girls, but for boys, babies, and adults too. They have bedding, furniture, books, toys, and more.


Their site has alot of fun stuff to do. You ( or your child) can vote on future designs, see ideas for the perfect pajama party, or play different games. Click here to check it out.





The great people at Little MissMatched have agreed to give away 3 packs of socks for one lucky winner. To enter, go to the Little MissMatched site and tell me your favorite item including the pattern. Please, visit the site since they were so gracious to sponsor this contest. This must be done before the other entries will count. Please, make sure your email is in your profile or leave it in your comment, so I can contact you if you win.



Bonus entries:
1. Follow my blog
2. Subscribe to my blog
3. Tweet about the contest and leave a link or your twitter ID.
4. Fave me on technorati
5. Post my button on your blog
6. Post this giveaway on your blog



Leave a separate comment for each entry. The buttons for those are on the top right. Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM 3/31/09.

March 15, 2009

Giveaways from Other Blogs

Sara, from Subjective Beauty, is giving away a custom blog design on Punky Monkeys. Ends 3/23.
Ramblings of a Wannabe Writer is giving away a handbag. Ends 3/16.
Everyday Mama Drama is giving away a Hollywood Lights Lip Gloss . Ends 3/20 at 12 noon.
SAHM Reviews is giving away a Fiber one Spa Break gift basket. 3 winners picked on 3/29.
Martas Meanderings is giving away 5 packages of books. Ends 3/31.
Piece of me is having an OYikes diaper bag giveaway. Ends 3/16.
At Blessings Abound you can win a Free Balloon Time Kit. Ends 3/21.
On the Alternative Consumer you can win Eco-mist products. Ends 3/26.

March 13, 2009

Homemade Cleaners

I found a list of recipies for homemade cleaners on Feels Like Home.

All purpose cleaner for every room- 1 tablespoon of Dawn per 8 ounces of water
Heavy duty cleaner - Make a baking soda paste by sprinkling a few gobs of baking soda on the
surface and applying just enough water to moisten it
Bathroom cleaner - Make a paste from Dawn and baking soda
Glass cleaner - 1 part white vinegar and 1 part water OR 1 part rubbing alcohol and 1 part water
Floor cleaner - Add 1/2 c white vinegar to a gallon of water, and a little essential oil to give it a nice scent
Toilet cleaner - You can use full strength white vinegar to scrub your toilet. Don’t worry, the smell will dissipate once it dries.
Garbage disposal cleaner - Pour a few quarts of boiling water down the drain. You can also grind up a whole lemon to make it smell nice.

I haven't tried any of them yet, but I want to. Do you make any home made cleaners?

Munchie Mug Giveaway Winner

Becky is the lucky winner of the Munchie mug. She has been emailed. Thanks for entering.

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Timestamp: 2009-03-13 05:27:25 UTC

Becky said... I subscribe
becky at harts dot name

March 12, 2009

ReusableBags.com Review and Giveaway


ReusableBags.com has been fighting the massive over-consumption of plastic shopping bags since 2002 and has made a significant impact. "Is the plastic bag the worst thing adversely affecting our environment? Probably not. However it is very important because of its ubiquitous nature. Nearly all of us use them -- all the time. Pervasive and out of control, it is a powerful symbol of consumerism gone wild. The mindless over-consumption of plastic bags is just plain dumb and we are helping make it a thing of the past." They provide consumers with a wide range of "reusables," including safe, reusable bottles and eco-friendly lunch bags. As of 2009, they have enabled 180,000+ customers to reduce their consumption of use-and-toss items by more than 700 million units.
They sell a variety of things such as:


I got to review an ACME Bags™ - Large Insulated Lunch Bag in Camo. The material feels strong, and it looks well made. My son absolutely loves it! He thinks the camo print is really cool. Its durable shell is made from tough, high-quality nylon fabric that is lead-free. 100% recycled insulation is made in the USA, comes from plastic bottles and containers, and contains no phthalates. They estimate that the insulation used in each lunch bag saves approximately 1-2 plastic bottles from landfills. The non-toxic freezer pack is reusable and also made in the USA. 100% guaranteed against defects in materials or construction for life. If for any reason the bag fails due to normal wear and tear, they will fix or replace it for you free of charge.





Handmade in the USA
100% recycled insulation
PVC-free / Lead-free
Lifetime Guarantee
Sustainable, thermal alternative to throwaway paper & plastic bags
Comes with a free reusable, non-toxic freezer pack (also available individually)
Interior pocket, adjustable shoulder strap, Velcro closure
Insulates hot or cold food & beverage for hours
Available in 6 colors
The great people at ReusableBags.com are giving you an opportunity to win the same lunch bag. I think you will like it. To enter, go to ReusableBags.com and pick your favorite item. Please, visit the site since they were so gracious to sponsor this contest. This must be done before the other entries will count. Please, make sure your email is in your profile or leave it in your comment, so I can contact you if you win.
Bonus entries:
1. Follow my blog
2. Subscribe to my blog
3. Tweet about the contest and leave a link or your twitter ID.
4. Fave me on technorati
5. Post my button on your blog.
Leave a seperate comment for each entry. The buttons for those are on the top right. Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM 3/21/09.

A Button

Hooray! I finally have a button. Susan, from Blog Designs by Susan, made it for me. Her prices are good, and she was great to work with. Now I feel like I am a "real" blogger!

Wonderwash



I would love to win the Wonderwash and Mini Countertop Spin Dryer. It would be good to save on energy. I really want them for if the power goes out. It would be great for any laundry, but it would be great for delicate hand wash items like sweaters. Click on Laundry Alternatives to check it out.




Smart Shopper Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to thebubbledies who was the lucky winner. An email has been sent to the lucky winner. Congrats!

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Timestamp: 2009-03-12 23:42:46 UTC

thebubbledies said... I follow your blog. Thanks! thebubbledies(at)gmail(dot)com

March 8, 2009

Wonderwash Giveaway Link



Introducing the Wonderwash from Laundry Alternative http://laundry-alternative.com/ - the space saving, time saving, energy saving Green Clean solution for your laundry needs! As seen on The Rachael Ray Show http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/show/segments/view/human-lab-laundry/ , through a patented pressure system, the Wonderwash thoroughly cleans a five pound load in just minutes using less water and detergent than even hand washing!
What can you wash with the Wonderwash? How about a week’s worth of dress shirts, 10 t-shirts, 30 pairs of socks, bibs, cloth diapers, burp clothes….the list goes on and on.
How does the Wonderwash work? When you put warm or hot water into the drum, fit the lid in place and seal the machine,the air inside the drum will absorb the heat of the water and expand (i.e., just like a hot air balloon). When the air expands it creates pressure inside the drum. The pressure forces the detergent (which is diluted into the water) into & through the fabric (which is porous) about 100 times faster than you could by hand or machine.
Tell Us How It Could Work for You – And Win a Wonderwash PLUS a Mini Countertop Spin Dryer, which quietly spins the water out of your clothes in just minutes.
To participate follow these easy steps!
Blog on your site about what YOU would use the Wonderwash and Mini Countertop Spin Dryer to clean.
Post a photo or a video of your mess and be sure to link back to Laundry Alternatives at www.laundry-alternative.com.
Fill out this secure participation form to be entered to win! (http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?key=pQkNiVcIl1QbQ7JMLtNHEHg&hl=en
Then join us on Twitter Friday, March 13th from 9:00 to 10:00 p.m. (EST) to tweet with Green Cleaning experts and find out who won the grand prize! Five attendees will also win The TrueGreen Laundry Washing Ball, which cleans your clothes without bleach or detergents in cold water. It does not contain harmful synthetic detergents, perfumes, dyes, or oils!
RSVP here: http://resourcefulmommy.blogspot.com/2009/03/show-me-your-mess-and-win.html
Contest is open to all U.S. residents and runs from Friday, March 6th to Friday, March 13th at 8:00p.m. EST. All winners will be contacted within one week of closing to verify participation and obtain shipping information.

CozyCare Cape Review and Giveaway



There is a great product for infants or toddlers called the CozyCare Cape from Spa Time Baby. The CozyCare Cape, which is worn by the parent, allows you to safely and securely lift your little one from the bath to wrap in the warmth of your arms. The exclusive waterproof panel dry during and after bath time. It slips over your head, and it is a good size to fit most any size adult. Bathe your precious little one in comfort & style. CozyCare Cape is a safe and pampering alternative to bathing and drying baby. Each CozyCare Cape comes beautifully wrapped in a sheer organza pouch. Makes a fantastic gift! All CozyCare Capes are available for monogramming.

I picked the Ducky Bubbles Cape to try. The material was soft and fluffy, and it was easy to use. I would recommend it for any parent of a baby or a toddler. It would make a wonderful baby shower gift.
They are offering a 25% discount by entering the code "Cozy" at checkout. Also, free shipping on all orders $99 and up.
Leslie, from Spa Time Baby, has graciously said the winner may choose their favorite style of CozyCare Cape, Mat or Cap.
To enter, please go to the Spa Time Baby website and tell me what color CozyCare Cape, mat, or Cap you would like and who would love to have it.
This must be done before the other entries will count. Please, make sure your email is in your profile or leave it in your comment.

Bonus entries:
1. follow my blog
2. subscribe to my blog
3. tweet about the contest and leave a link or your twitter ID.
4. fave me on technorati
The buttons for those are on the top right. Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM 3/18/09.

March 4, 2009

On Other Blogs

On mom of 2 boys wife of 1 you can win an EarCheck. Click here to enter. Ends 3/8.
On I never grew Up you can win a Banana Nut Cheerios gift basket. Click here to enter. Ends 3/8.
Mama Makes Money is giving away a Snorgtees Tshirt. Click here to enter. Ends 3/10.
On A Pondering Heart you can win an Auto Upkeep kit. Click here to enter. Ends 3/10.
At Sassyfrazz you can win a Littlest pet shop game for Nintendo DS. Click here to enter. Ends 3/11.

March 1, 2009

Munchie Mug Review and Giveaway


We all know how messy toddlers can be when they feed themselves. I got to review a cool new product called the Munchie Mug. What a great idea!

Features:

  • Secure Screw-On Top with Easy Grip Handle
  • Soft fabric closure for sensitive little hands
  • Easy to clean: Top Rack Dishwasher Safe
  • Great for healthy snacking: Cereals, dried fruits, crackers, etc.
  • Additional stay-fresh lid included for keeping snacks fresh when mug is not in use
  • Economically friendly: Made in the United States of America
  • Child friendly: Made of all FDA food grade compliant materials
  • Environmentally friendly: Made of 100% recyclable materials & eliminates waste created by plastic snack baggies that are used once and thrown away. Use the Munchie Mug, again, again, and again!!!

The materials feel sturdy, and the design is cute. It is a must have for parents of toddlers.

The makers have offered a Munchie Mug to give away to one lucky reader. To enter please visit the Munchie Mug website ant tell me something about it. Please make sure your profile contains your email address or leave your email address in case you are the winner.

Bonus entries:
1. follow my blog
2. subscribe to my blog
3. tweet about the contest and leave a link or your twitter ID.
4. fave me on technorati

The buttons for those are on the top right. Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM 3/12/09.