Friday, May 30, 2014

We're Moving!!! Part 2

            Hey folks! In case you missed part 1, you can check that out HERE, which is my list of what I will and won't miss about Arkansas/Hot Springs. Today I'm reflecting on the things I'm looking forward to moving "home" and what I'm not so excited about. Let's start off on the bad and end on the good...

What I'm NOT Looking Forward To:
-Corn. Corn, corn, and more corn. I'm talking corn fields as far as the eye can see. (That's not really much of an exaggeration, either.) Sure, there's groups of trees here and there. It's not totally desolate looking, but still. And don't forget the soybeans. If it ain't corn, it's soybeans. Don't get me wrong: I realize the importance of crops and growing food for our nation, but I'm more of a tree and woods kinda girl.
Field, field, field, trees, field, field, field....

-Allergies. Other than spring, my allergies have gotten SO much better since living in Arkansas. Even in spring when the pine trees are going crazy here and yellow pollen covers everything, they're still not as bad as when I lived in Indiana. I haven't had to take allergy medicine religiously since living here. I'm pretty sure the whole allergy thing ties in with the corn too.
-Humidity. Don't get me wrong: It gets hotter than hell in Arkansas during the summer. (Which usually ranges from May to October. lol) Indiana gets humid too, though, even if it is a different type of humidity. I don't know how to explain it. Again, I blame corn on this too. :D I'm starting to think that delicious sweet corn is the root of all evil. ha ha!
-No forests or hills. I think I mentioned this one in my last post. The southern part of the state has some rolling hills and forests, but we'll likely be living north of Indy closer to where I grew up.
-Below freezing temperatures in winter. Really, REALLY not looking forward to this one. It rarely gets below 30, if that, during the winter here. My birthday is in the middle of January and we have gone fishing on it at least once or twice since we've lived here. I even went hiking several times during the "winter" this year.
-Winter gloom. It is really gloomy in Indiana during the winter, even when it's not snowing. For the most part, there is a seemingly never ending blanket of cloud. Really not looking forward to that either. It's depressing. Literally.

What I AM Looking Forward To:
-Family. This is probably going to sound bad, but I never realized just how much I would actually miss being close to my family. It has been especially hard since we've had Myka...I'm sure they'll be back to driving me crazy, though, within a few months of moving back. lol
-Friends. I miss having people to talk to. My friends from home and I are bad about calling/texting each other, but for the most part I have friends there that we can just pick up right where we left off.
-Camping. Speaking of friends, I called one of them yesterday to let her know we were moving back and she is already talking about us going camping with them this summer. lol (It's kind of our thing.) We haven't been camping since we moved here, oddly enough. We didn't really have the money to the first year or two we lived here, then we had Myka, AND it drastically switches from spring to summer within a week down here it seems. In other words, there's not a very big window of opportunity.
-Snow. Ok. I realize that may sound contradictory since I said I wasn't looking forward to below freezing temperatures, but I'm one of those weirdos who absolutely LOVES snow. Even when I still lived there, I hardly ever got sick of it. (Although this winter may have been different since Indiana received the most snowfall on record for them if I'm correct.) I'm looking forward to Myka getting to play in it too, building snowmen, going sledding, etc. etc.
-Saving money. This, to be honest, is the main reason we're moving back to Indiana and not somewhere, well, that we REALLY like. (Tennessee, Kentucky) Besides being a little overprotective of Myka when it comes to certain things, I just plain and simple do not trust people here. Most of the babysitters we did have while I was still working were flakier than dandruff. (Hence having multiple sitters across a 4 month time period. Ridiculous, right?) There is something to be said about living close to family and people you trust to take care of your child. Please, PLEASE, don't ever take that for granted! Anyway, unless John gets a REALLY good job (fingers crossed for one at the VA hospital in Indy), I am hoping to work at least part-time so we can start actually saving money and not just scraping by from month to month.
-Real parks. There's tons of parks here in town...many of which are in areas I'd rather not take myself to, let alone my child. Most of them don't have areas for really young kids like Myka either. The one in my home town does. It's a pretty decent park for being in such a small town, actually. Plus I can go for walks there and not worry as much about getting ran over!
 *sigh* Back when I was skinny and had good teeth. lol That's my friend Lindy behind me. She has a little boy a few months younger than Myka. Now we'll be taking THEM to the park. Crazy!




-Public pool. While I'm not crazy about being in a bathing suit in front of anyone but my daughter and husband, I love the public pool. I don't like swimming in any type of lake, river, ocean, etc. where other living creatures live, eat, and poop. I'm a pool girl. I miss doing laps. It helped me lose so much weight the summer between middle and high school. Plus I'm excited to turn Myka into a water lover too, of course.
-Less "hustle & bustle". Admittedly, I am NOT looking forward to running into people from school I didn't care for, but it is nice to run into people you know at the store, gas station, Pizza Shack, etc. And while I have no desire to live in MY small home town for the rest of my life, I do like small towns in general. Hot Springs' population is only around 36,000 and that is still too big even for me.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

We're Moving!!!

            ...And I cannot begin to express how excited I am! But, I thought I would give it a shot with a fun little list of what I will miss/not miss about Arkansas and what I am excited about/not excited about moving back home to Indiana. *cue the "Back home again in Indiana" song* (The latter will be in my next post.)

What I Won't Miss About Arkansas/Hot Springs
-Rude people
-Terrible drivers
-An overabundance of drug users and pill poppers
-Not being able to meet anyone A) I have anything in common with and/or B) Who isn't a total weirdo. (Excluding the 2 friends I have finally made recently. Go figure I finally made a couple of friends, right?)
-Having a limited amount of stores and fast food restaurants to choose from. (I know I write a lot about green and natural living, but I HAVE to have a Long John Silver's fix every now and then! And if you've never had a butter burger from Culver's, you haven't lived. End of story.)
-Lack of decent jobs (Unless you're in the medical field or a car salesman, you're pretty much screwed here.)
-Bad areas of town
-Curving roads. This one surprises me a little bit because the grid-like road systems in most of Indiana can be pretty boring. But you know what? It's much harder to get lost up there because if you head out going west you're not going to somehow end up going south!
-I'm sure I'm missing a bunch, but I'm getting tired and blanking.

What I WILL Miss About Arkansas/Hot Springs

-Our silly cheep cheeps. I know, we haven't had them that long, but still. We've been so excited about getting chickens and looking forward to fresh eggs and now we're just throwing it all away. :/ However, they will be going to one of our friends that works with my husband who already has chickens, so I know they'll be in good hands.

-Hiking. Ok, so this picture was actually taken at the pumpkin patch last year, but I figured you've been subjected to enough of my hiking pictures. :) If we end up living south of Indy, we will still have access to plenty of recreational areas and state parks. However, if we end up living north of Indy closer to where I grew up at, well, let's just say that the only hiking done around there is through cornfields. ;) (Speaking of which, this was THE saddest corn maze I have ever seen, buuuut I am from one of the top four corn producing states in the country, so ya know...)
-Our house. The first twinges of nostalgia are already setting in just for the fact that this was our first house and the one we brought Myka home to. I do like our house and it would be perfect if it had an extra bedroom, garage, and flat backyard. I just wish it weren't in town.

            Don't forget to stay tuned for my next post on what I am looking forward to/not looking forward to with our move!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Custom Embroidery Giveaway-Tote Bags Embroidered w/Herbs


Welcome to the Custom Embroidery Giveaway!

Mixed Bag Mama has teamed up with Crooked Brook once again to bring you another awesome giveaway!


            I have a confession to make: I didn't really understand what all of the hullabaloo over tote bags was until about a year ago. Maybe it's a mom thing or maybe I'm just getting older and wiser, but I'm totally in love with them now! Tote bags can be used for SO many different things: trips to the store and/or farmers market, the beach, road trips, you name it! I have even used one as a makeshift "laptop case" for my netbook before.
            So, no matter what you like to use tote bags for, you won't want to miss out on your chance to win 2 custom embroidered ones from Crooked Brook below. Read on for more information...

Crooked Brook is sponsoring a Custom Embroidered Tote Bag Giveaway just in time to “tote” your stuff from the farmer's market! 
 
One winner will receive two, 10"W x 14"H x 5"D, gusseted bottom, 10 oz., 100% cotton canvas tote bags personalized with two of the winner’s favorite herbs embroidered, one on one side, of each bag.
Total value including SHI…$50.00
 
Here is the list of herbs that the winner may choose from:
 
·         Basil
·         Caraway
·         Chamomile
·         Chives
·         Coriander
·         Cumin
·         Dill
·         Fennel
·         Lemon Balm
·         Marjoram
·         Myrrh
·         Oregano
·         Parsley
·         Peppermint
·         Rosemary
·         Sage
·         Spearmint
·         Tarragon
·         Thyme
 
Images of the embroidered stitch outs can be found here: embroidery designs.
 
Tote bags have become one of the most used bags in America. They can be utilized for a multitude of purposes, which explains why they have become so popular. These bags are truly an American Classic. For those looking for convenience and ease of carrying things, the tote bag is often the best suited for the job.

The word tote started to be used back in the mid 1700’s and literally means to carry, with technically unknown origins; originally attested in Virginia. The Oxford English Dictionary questions the popular theory of its origin in a West African language (cf. Kikongo tota "pick up" and Kimbundu tuta "carry, load," linked to Swahili tuta "pile up, carry").
 
Embroidery a form of art that involves decorating a surface, typically fabric, with designs created by using a needle and thread (or yarn) that started out as a form of hand sewing and eventually advanced into a type of machine sewing. The exact origins of embroidery are hard to pinpoint, but there are many early examples that have survived throughout the centuries from ancient Egypt, Northern Europe and the Zhou Dynasty in China. In many cultures throughout history including ancient Persia, India, Japan, Byzantium, medieval and Baroque Europe - embroidery was a sign of high social status and wealth and became a hugely popular art form.


Terms and conditions: 
·         You must be 18 years or older to enter.
·         Crooked Brook will ship the prize to the winner within 30 days of contest end.
·         Physical address required for shipping; no PO boxes, US recipients only residing in one of the 48 contiguous states. If address is undeliverable or prize is unclaimed and sent back, winner is responsible for re-shipping charges.

Cant to wait to see if you won? Receive a 20% discount on all Crooked Brook custom shirts (embroidered or printed), custom polo shirts (embroidered or printed), custom sweatshirts (embroidered or printed) or custom hoodies (embroidered or printed) custom lab coats (embroidered or printed) and custom embroidery from 5/26/14 through 06/15/14 with the Coupon Code Mixed Bag Mama Custom Embroidery Giveaway”.


Disclaimer: Mixed Bag Mama received products in exchange for hosting this giveaway. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own. No participating bloggers were compensated for promoting this post. Crooked Brook is responsible for prize shipment. This giveaway is not associated with any social media platforms, including but not limited to Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. 
 If you have any questions about this giveaway or would like to feature your own company/product in a review and/or giveaway on Mixed Bag Mama, please email Alicia at aliciaowen 6814 at yahoo dot com.

Baby Learning Time: Tissue Paper "Suncatchers" & Painting

            Hey folks! It's been quite awhile since a BLT post and I have to admit, I miss them. We've been so busy with chickens, an out of state trip, in-laws visiting etc, I feel like a bit of a chicken myself...Namely, one that's running around with it's head cut off.
            I don't have any fun tutorials today, but I am going to share some fun ideas for craft projects with you.

Tissue Paper Suncatchers

Now, I am by no means the first person to come up with this idea. As usual, I found it on Pinterest. I tried it out with Myka for the first time a few months ago with just pieces of yarn and the contact paper. She wasn't all that into it. She didn't want to stick the pieces on so much as pull them back off. lol So, I decided to give it another go recently now that I have tissue paper and here's how it turned out.
Some of you may know that I'm terribly OCD sometimes. I'm happy to report that I only stuck a few pieces on to show her what to do and to try to get her to fill in certain areas. The picture on the left is what Myka had completed. I ended up putting the last few pieces on just so I wouldn't have to waste them or save them for another time. Doesn't this look totally cute from the outside? I'm tempted to frame it somehow. Hmm...Sounds like a new project...

Painting

Ok, so painting isn't all that new or exciting, but we haven't done it for awhile. The few times we do paint, I usually like her to do it with finger paints because I feel like that's an important experience at her young age...Plus she needs to get over her "Ew, I'm messy" issue that I inadvertently created. Anyways, I happened to be painting some paper plates for another seasonal craft, so I thought I would let her try with the sponge brush too.
She seemed to like it quite a bit better than finger painting since she wasn't all "messy". I still think finger painting is important, though. :) Since I already made two paper plate suns myself (that's why we were using those specific colors), I think I will cut hers up to look like a flower. :)

What kind of crafty or fun things have you and your kids been up to lately?

Sunday, May 25, 2014

"Mr. Pete, Where Are Your Feet?" Children's Book Review


            Hey folks! I have a cute new children's book to share with you today by fellow blogger Katherine Bartlett. Mr. Pete, Where Are Your Feet? is actually inspired by Katherine's bird friends in real life, which I thought made this story even more special!
            Mr. Pete, a blue parakeet, is a little different. His human mom always asks him, "Mr. Pete, where are your feet?" One day Mr. Pete starts wondering where his feet really have gone. Some of his toes are shorter than the others and he wonders where they went missing. With the help of his other bird friends, they work together to search around their room and cages to see if they can find Mr. Pete's missing toes.
            What did I like about this book?
1) It teaches about teamwork and what it is to be a good friend. Mr. Pete's bird friends are eager and don't hesitate to help their friend search for his "missing toes".
2) It teaches that it's ok to be "different" and that people will still like/love you no matter what!
3) I liked the bright, colorful illustrations as well. They help the story come to life for kids.

            You can purchase Mr. Pete, Where Are Your Feet? on Amazon HERE. You can also learn more about Katherine's birds on her blog Our Whiskey Lullaby.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book for review purposes. Regardless, all opinions are my own.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Motherlove Herbal Company Giveaway

Motherlove Herbal Company Giveaway

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 If you know me at all, you will know that I love natural and herbal products! I have not tried these personally, but I love that they are especially made for mom and baby. It is so important to pay attention to labels and know exactly what you're using on your baby's precious skin, and you can't go wrong with herbal products!-Alicia @ MBM

Motherlove is sponsoring a great giveaway for our readers!
Jen from Tales From A Southern Mom was honored to review several products from their line of great skin care and herbal products.You can read the entirety of her review here.
One reader will have their choice of one full sized product of their choosing from the products that she reviewed.
Giveaway will run from May 24 through June 7 2014.
Must be 18 years old to enter
Good Luck!

 
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TFASM Giveaway Disclosure

Dropcam Pro Giveaway-MCO's Birthday Bash

It's that time of year again and we're celebrating MCO's 2nd blog-birthday! Mommys Craft Obsession started in May 2012 and their birthday bash has become their most anticipated event of the year! We are so glad that you could join us for this event! We highly recommend that you bookmark the open giveaway page by clicking on the image below then adding it to your bookmarks bar! During the next week you will have the chance to enter to win some amazing prizes from items for YOU and things for your little one!



MCO's Birthday Bash is continuing our celebration with an amazing giveaway for a Dropcam Pro! 



Photo Credits: Dropcam


Dropcam was developed by co-founders Greg Duffy and Aamir Virani after Greg's father desperately wanted to figure out which local dog was making a mess of his yard. He began hooking up IP camera's but was having trouble getting the system to work just right and that storing video on his hard drive wasn't an easy or secure solution. Greg was immediately interested in solving his dads dilemma and called his friend Aamir to talk through the problem. They began throwing around the idea around soon connected with tech pioneer Mitch Kapor who decided to fund the initial development which resulted in the launch of Dropcam in 2009. Now Dropcam is widely used around the country to "drop in" on their babies, pets, and even to catch unsuspecting thieves. 

The Dropcam Pro is Dropcam's newest of camera models and perhaps their greatest! With a 130 degree field of view, a 8X zoom capability, night vision and audio, the Dropcam Pro is the perfect addition to any home or business to help keep an extra set an eyes on your valuables. One of my favorite things about the Dropcam Pro is that right from your smart phone you can turn the camera on and off and receive text or email notifications of movement and audio! We personally use our Dropcam Pro at home to keep an eye on the dogs when we are out and about and I love that the camera sends me a text message when there is movement, it's very helpful to see if the dogs are at the door barking at something and to watch to make sure no intruders enter the home! 




To Purchase: Visit Dropcam's website and pick up a Dropcam Pro for your home or business for just $199.99!

To Win: Dropcam and Mommys Craft Obsession have teamed up to give one lucky person a Dropcam Pro of their own! Enter the giveaway form below for your chance to win!



The Giveaway will close late on the evening of June 7th. The winner will be chosen at random through  Giveaway Tools.  The winner will be announced both on Giveaway Tools form as well as notified by email and announced on MCO’s Facebook. Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize otherwise a new winner will be chosen. The winner will have their prize sent to them by Dropcam, Mommys Craft Obsession and other participating bloggers are not responsible for prize shipment. Must be 18 years and older. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google are in no way affiliated with this giveaway. No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited by law. US Only. 



Friday, May 23, 2014

Bristle Blocks & "A Day Off"


            I'm sure many a stay-at-home mom can relate to the feeling of just wanting to run away from responsibility and everything else some days. (Maybe even some of you working parents too?) Since the only family we have living nearby are my brother and sister in-law (and they have their own 2 kids), I never get any "breaks". I haven't been away from Myka for over an hour since November when I was really sick one weekend. That, combined with her increasing, er, "toddler behaviors", shall we say, has left me increasingly irritable.
            I think it's important for any parent to have some alone time. That being said, I'm bad about "practicing what I preach". However, I finally made myself "take a break" and asked one of our old babysitters to watch Myka for a few hours a few weeks ago. It was just what I needed, but I have to say, 4 hours was not enough! lol
            You can judge me all you want, but it was nice to be able to be a little selfish for a few hours. There are so many little things you take for granted before you have kids. I got to eat lunch without sharing it with someone else. I also had the rare latte treat and didn't have to futiley (yep, made that up) explain to a toddler why she can't have any. I was able to actually really look at books at the bookstore. I know some of you will be appalled since I try to be into "natural living", but I even enjoyed a nice soak in the tanning bed for the first time since right before I found out I was pregnant! (Say what you want, but it's about the only thing that really helps clear my skin up and helps with the winter blues too. Also, I have never gone religiously. Looking like a tanned piece of leather is just not a good look. Sorry.)
            Speaking of the bookstore, I ended up buying Myka a few things. (That place is about as dangerous as Michael's!) They only had one of the books I was looking for and it didn't seem to be in very good condition (It's one of those board books that has pull out tabs), so I ended up getting some farm animal books because I can't really go wrong with those at this point in time. I got a fun pop up one and the other has the buttons that make animal noises, which I've been looking for forever!
            I also couldn't resist a small box of bristle blocks. Does anyone else remember those as kids? I always thought they were really neat, plus they're a little more age appropriate for Myka than Lego type blocks. (Although she does enjoy the MegaBloks, or however it's spelled.)
            What were some of your favorite childhood toys? Do you try to find time for yourself if you have kids?

Cariloha Bamboo Giveaway-MCO's Birthday Bash

It's that time of year again and we're celebrating MCO's 2nd blog-birthday! Mommys Craft Obsession started in May 2012 and their birthday bash has become their most anticipated event of the year! We are so glad that you could join us for this event! We highly recommend that you bookmark the open giveaway page by clicking on the image below then adding it to your bookmarks bar! During the next week you will have the chance to enter to win some amazing prizes from items for YOU and things for your little one!




MCO's Birthday Bash is continuing our celebration with an amazing giveaway of a $200 Cariloha Shopping Spree!




Photo Credits:  Cariloha


Cariloha is a combination of the Caribbean style and Hawaiian aloha, which is what inspired the company.  The islands are always hot and humid, and everyone wants to wear something cool and refreshing, they began developing fabrics that would best fit their needs, hitting it off with a proprietary blend of bamboo, a unique alternative that would quench Cariloha’s thirst for the islands.  Cariloha is the only multi-store retailer in the world to provide an entire store experience that’s completely merchandised with products made of bamboo.  

Daedra from Mommys Craft Obsession had the chance to review a few items from Cariloha's Bamboo Fit line!  This is by far the softest and most comfortable fitness wear I have ever worn!  Since it is made of ultra-soft bamboo their fitness wear is like no other on earth, each item features the Four P's to thriving while being active: Athletic Performance, Odor Prenvention, Skin Preservation, and Sun Protection!





To Purchase:  Visit Cariloha to get your bamboo products today!

To Win:  Mommys Craft Obsession and Cariloha are giving one lucky winner a $200 shopping spree at Cariloha!  Fill out the Giveaway Tools Form below for your chance to win!


The Giveaway will close late on the evening of June 6th. The winner will be chosen at random through  Giveaway Tools.  The winner will be announced both on Giveaway Tools form as well as notified by email and announced on MCO’s Facebook. The winner will have their prize sent to them by Cariloha, Mommys Craft Obsession and all participating blogs are not responsible for prize shipment. Must be 18 years and older. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google are in no way affiliated with this giveaway. No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited by law. US Only. This review is 100% original and in my own words. Everything written is from my own personal view point and opinions and I have not been influenced by any outside sources. What works for me, may not work for you. All photos have been taken by me unless stated otherwise. I have been provided with product to review by Cariloha however I have not been compensated monetarily for this review. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.



Thursday, May 22, 2014

Combi Go & Grow Walker, Play Table, & Chairs Giveaway-MCO's Birthday Bash

It's that time of year again and we're celebrating MCO's 2nd blog-birthday! Mommys Craft Obsession started in May 2012 and their birthday bash has become their most anticipated event of the year! We are so glad that you could join us for this event! We highly recommend that you bookmark the open giveaway page by clicking on the image below then adding it to your bookmarks bar! During the next week you will have the chance to enter to win some amazing prizes from items for YOU and things for your little one!



MCO's Birthday Bash is continuing our celebration with an amazing giveaway for a Combi Go & Grow Walker, Play Table & Chairs



Photo Credits: Combi 

Photo Credits: Combi 

Combi USA is a quality baby gear company that was established in the United States in 1989. Combi originated in Tokyo, Japan in 1957 and cultivated from a firm and growing foundation of customer trust. For over 40 years Combi has been providing safe and original products for every setting of your child's life. 

Several months ago I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to review the amazing Shuttle Infant Car Seat and Catalyst Stroller from Combi and am happy to report that I was more than impressed with their wonderful quality and craftsmanship. Combi really listened to what parents want in terms of safety and functionality and brought it to life within their infant car seat and stroller. You can read my review of those two items here.

TODAY is the launch of Combi's newest product, the Go & Grow Walker, Play Table & Chairs! When I was sent over all of the product details for this product, my eyes immediately lit up like a kid on Christmas morning. Combi hit a home run with this product in terms of functionality; what parent wouldn't want to buy ONE product that can be used for so many stages in their child's life? 


Photo Credits: Combi 

Product Features:
(As taken from Combi's Website)
  • 3 in 1 modular play set
  • Stationary activity center with plush toy bear for small children
  • Transitions into a walker for a child to explore his surroundings
  • Converts to a table with coordinating chairs for toddlers

Photo Credits: Combi 

Product Specs: 
(Adapted from Combi's Website)
  • Stationary Entertainer/Walker Weight Capacity is 30lbs.
  • Chair Weight Capacity is 50lbs.
  • Recommended Use for Children Who Can Sit Upright, Unassisted
  • Walker/Table Dimensions 26" L X 26" W X 25" H
  • Chair Dimensions 14" L X 14" H X 15" W
  • Total Product Weight 14.5lbs.
  • Walker/Table Weight 8.78lbs
  • Chair Weight 2.86lbs.

Photo Credits: Combi 


To Purchase: The Combi Go & Grow Walker, Play Table & Chairs will be available in early June for only $139.99! Visit their website to pick one up for your child or as the perfect baby shower gift!

To Win: Combi and Mommys Craft Obsession are giving one lucky winner a Go & Grow Walker, Play Table & Chairs of their own! Enter the giveaway form below for your chance to win!



The Giveaway will close late on the evening of June 5th. The winner will be chosen at random through  Giveaway Tools. The winner will be announced both on Giveaway Tools form as well as notified by email and announced on MCO’s Facebook. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to their winning email otherwise they forfeit their prize and a new winner will be chosen. The winner will have their prize sent to them by Combi USA, Mommys Craft Obsession and other participating bloggers are not responsible for prize shipment. Must be 18 years and older. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google are in no way affiliated with this giveaway. No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited by law. US Only. For questions or concerns please contact mommyscraftobsession@gmail.com



Gtech AirRam Vacuum Giveaway

Welcome to the

Push Through Spring Cleaning Sweepstakes

Organized by Budget Earth

Special thanks to


Sponsored by Gtech


            What is your least favorite chore during cleaning? For many people, it's vacuuming. Nothing is worse than lugging around a heavy vacuum and dealing with messy bags that make cleaning even more difficult. Wouldn't it be great if there was a fairly inexpensive, lightweight vacuum on the market that does everything you want without the mess? Well, its time to put that heavy vacuum aside, since we are about to make your dream come true with the GTech AirRam Vacuum.
            This lightweight, cordless, and bagless vacuum is light enough for just about anyone to pick up one handed, and is great at picking up dirt, dust, pet hair, and even common allergens. To make emptying even easier, it compresses vacuuming debris into tidy bales, making cleaning up quick and simple. Best of all, it can hold up to a 40 minute charge on a single battery, letting you take care of all of your cleaning without wasting power or stopping for a charge!
            While the GTech AirRam may just be making its way to the US, it is the fastest growing vacuum brand in the United Kingdom. People all over the world are falling in love with this vacuum since it is lightweight, and easy enough to maneuver to allow you to vacuum almost any surface, even under furniture or on stairs! To learn more about this awesome vacuum, make sure to watch this awesome video by Brookstone and read Budget Earth's GTech AirRam Review!

            Currently, the GTech AirRam is sold for $350 on Brookstone online, or can be purchased directly from the GTech website. If you purchase this vacuum directly from Gtech, you can try this vacuum for 30 days to see if this is the right vacuum for you. They even pay for shipping both ways, making it totally risk free for you. Once you try this vacuum, you will see why Susan at Budget Earth loves hers! Would you like to win this awesome vacuum for your own family? We are excited to be working with GTech on this fantastic giveaway, where one lucky reader will win a Gtech AirRam vacuum! To learn more, make sure to read the rules below and then enter through the Rafflecopter! Push Through Spring Cleaning Sweepstakes Sweepstakes
  • One lucky reader will win a Gtech AirRam Vacuum ($350 value).
  • Open to Continental US Only.
  • Winners will be chosen at random through Rafflecopter via Random.org.
  • Sweepstakes ends June 5 at 11:59pm ET.
  • Winner will be notified via email.
  • Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.
  • Budget Earth is shipping the prize itself; the vacuum is courtesy of Gtech.
  • Must be 18 years or older to enter Rafflecopter.
  • Only one entrant per household.
  • Void where prohibited.
  • Entering the Rafflecopter means you agree to terms above.
  • Good Luck!
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Solar Mosaic Globes 4th of July Giveaway

Solar Mosaic Globe 4th of July Giveaway



Proudly Presents The

 Solar Mosaic Globe Fourth of July Giveaway

 1 - Grand Prize Package Winner Consisting Of:

1 - LED Flameless Solar Mosaic Red Globe
1 - LED Flameless Solar Mosaic Silver/White Globe
1- LED Flameless Solar Mosaic Blue Globe



Holiday Contest and Sweeps is pleased to bring you a collection of Solar Mosaic LED Flameless Globes from Mark Feldstein and Associates, Inc. These beautiful
globes will add style and decor in both indoor and outdoor settings. The globes add
arm warm glow to your night and the winner will relieve a Patriotic Red, Silver(White)
and Blue for your 4th of July festivities.



Let's Take a Look At The Prizes:


 LED Flameless Solar Mosaic Red Globe
Solar Mosaic Jar provides soothing mood lighting both indoors and outdoors. Features exquisite Hand Blown Glass Jar with Red Mosaic pattern that is beautiful in daylight as it charges with its energy-saving solar panel. At night, Flameless LED turns on automatically and radiates a spectacular warm glow.

LED Flameless Solar Mosaic White/Crystal Globe
Solar Mosaic Jar provides soothing mood lighting both indoors and outdoors. Features exquisite Hand Blown Glass Jar with Crystal Mosaic pattern that is beautiful in daylight as it charges with its energy-saving solar panel. At night, Flameless LED turns on automatically and radiates a spectacular warm glow.

LED Flamesless Solar Mosaic Blue Globe

Solar Mosaic Jar provides soothing mood lighting both indoors and outdoors. Features exquisite Hand Blown Glass Jar with Blue Mosaic pattern that is beautiful in daylight as it charges with its energy-saving solar panel. At night, Flameless LED turns on automatically and radiates a spectacular warm glow.


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A Big Thanks to Mark Feldstein & Associates, Inc for Sponsoring this event.

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This Giveaway is valid in the Continental United States only and entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter this giveaway This giveaway will end 12:00 AM (EST) 6/17/14


Holiday Contest and Sweeps did not received any compensation for this giveaway.
Mark Feldstein & Associates, Inc. will be responsible for awarding and shipping
of the Galileo Thermometers directly to the winners. The winners will have 48 hours 
to reply to the prize notification email. Failure to reply in that time frame will result
in another winner to be drawn.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

"Sky1-Foundation" Adult Fiction Book Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. 



            Hey folks! I finally have an adult fiction novel to share with you today! As much as I enjoyed reading the YA books I've recently reviewed, it was nice to read something a bit more, er, age appropriate, shall we say. :)
            Normally I try to steer clear of series books because, well, then you're compelled to read ALL of them. However, when I came across the opportunity to review Sky1-Foundation, I couldn't resist. I've recently become very interested in post-apocalyptic movies and stories, so this sounded like it would be right up my alley!
            Nick Burke lives in a future world where living quarters are cramped, disease spreads quickly, and people are constantly struggling to move to a higher Ground than their own. In this future, you see, people don't live spread across the face of the Earth, they live above it in a giant structure that reaches skyward, complete with fake atmospheres. The higher the Ground is from the bottom, the better living conditions are as well.
            Nick finds out about an eminent quarantine for "malady unknown" on the Ground he, his wife, and son live in. However, Nick has come across some things in his career as a journalist that most people wouldn't believe...and would probably get him killed if he shared the knowledge with the public. He knows the horrors of what can really happen in a quarantine and, with the help of some acquaintances and friends, races against the clock to get his family to a safer ground before it's too late.
            First of all, I have to admit this book wasn't at all what I expected...At least the first 3/4 of it, anyways. I was expecting more of a "run for your life and get out alive" type of plot, which it is later on in the book. The first portion of the book is more like a heist story, though, which isn't my cup of tea. If it is yours, though, then you'll love it.
            I also had a hard time following the story and some of the actions that were going on at times. But, it may just be me. Perhaps my imagination wasn't firing on all cylinders.
            Overall, I did enjoy Sky1-Foundation and I have a feeling that the 2nd and 3rd books are even better! There are all kinds of different twists going on and I can't wait to see how they come together and find out more about how the place they live in came to be. Plus, I was majorly surprised by how the first book ended, so I'm eager to see how the second one starts.
            Be sure to check out the author's page on Amazon HERE to learn more about William Amerman and his books. You can also find him on Goodreads.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Wordless Wednesday


Weight Loss Goals: Motivation & Snags


            Hey folks! It's been awhile since an update on this and to be honest, I haven't lost any more weight. :( So, instead of dwelling on the negative, let me pick up where I left off: what really kicked my butt into gear and some snags that I've already hit along the way.
            You might remember that I went to my brother's basic training graduation in early April. There were lots of pictures taken, of course, and that's what usually really kicks my behind in gear to want to get/stay motivated to lose weight: seeing pictures of myself. I absolutely hate seeing pictures of myself most of the time, especially if you can see ALL of me in it.
            I went through this same thing last May when my brother in-law graduated from nursing school. There was a picture of all of us and wow. "I am really that fat?!" I thought. That prompted me to get into hiking more, which is now one of my new favorite past-times! (I used to love hiking as a kid, too, but I've only recently been getting over the severity of my snake phobia.)
            So, after seeing some of the pictures of my brother and I together, that was motivation enough to really do something about being overweight. I've had enough. I don't like the way I look. I'm tired of having bad self-esteem because of it. Other than that, though, we're ready to have another baby and I'll be damned if I get pregnant being this overweight! (Although wouldn't it be the luck after taking so long to finally have Myka?)
            As far as "snags" go, the first ones started pretty much the week after I started trying to watch what I eat and "exercise" more. My inlaws were visiting all week from out of state AND our nieces' birthday party was that weekend as well. Hello, birthday cake. Although, they didn't stay with us this time, my in-laws also have a bad habit of bringing over dessert when we do make dinner. I should probably be appreciative, but I don't really eat all that much sweet stuff, but I certainly don't like having it laying around to tempt me either.
            Second, my husband had to run to Sam's Club for something the day after Easter. (Probably meat because that's about all we buy there regularly besides gas. lol) While I guess it was thoughtful and well meaning since he knows I love Reese's, he bought 2 big ole bags of the Reese's Easter eggs because they were on sale. -_-
            How are your fitness and weight loss goals going? What are your biggest temptations?