Thursday, July 30, 2015

Reasons I'm Looking Forward to Moving

            Hey folks! Since we've been waiting to move for 3 months now, there's been a lot of "I'm going to enjoy *this* when we move" or "I'm not going to miss *this* at all" talk around here lately. So, I thought I'd make a list of things I'm looking forward to after we move, like I did when we moved from Arkansas back to Indiana. (You can find both of those posts here and here.)

1) I can't wait to have a decent sized kitchen again, with plenty of counter space and cabinets! Apartment kitchens are not made for families...or people who enjoy baking. (See above. There is only one other section of counter space.)
2) Having room for Myka to run around, inside and out. Hopefully this will keep her from driving me as crazy as well!
3) Peace and quiet! I hate living in towns, even if they're small ones. I don't enjoy listening to other people mowing their lawn or driving their big, redneck mudding trucks, etc. etc. #smalltownproblems
4) Being closer to a lot of parks. I miss hiking.
5) The closest mom group I found on for where we're moving seems to do a lot more activities that Myka and I enjoy than the one here.
6) Being able to start school stuff with Myka again.
7) Being able to plant a garden and orchard!
8) Being able to start on the extensive to-do list I seem to be formulating in my head for after we move, like trying out a bunch of recipes for items we buy from the store often.
9) I'm REALLY looking forward to being able to use MY washer and dryer again. We have this monstrosity below in our apartment and it is THE worst washer/dryer ever! The dryer wouldn't be so bad if it didn't occasionally decide to try and eat our clothes. There is nothing good about the washer. I wouldn't even say it really washes the clothes, it's tiny as hell, and it stinks, even after we've tried to clean it and leave the door open while it's not in use. Have I mentioned that I really hate this thing?!

10) I'm sure I'm forgetting some things, but last, but not least, I'm looking forward to not moving again for a very, very long time!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Short Update

            Hey folks! I feel like those of you who have stuck with me this long deserved a little update, so here we go! As I've mentioned, I've been kind of out of the writing mood over the past few months due to early pregnancy blahs and being stuck in "house buying limbo", if you will. The bad news is I still have several annoying early pregnancy symptoms hanging around even though I'm in the second trimester now and almost 16 weeks along. The good news is we are finally supposed to close on our new house this Friday!
            I won't go into all of the shenanigans we've had to deal with as far as the house goes since I have other posts on it, but we have been waiting for 3 months to finally move. Needless to say, we're excited, ready to get it over with, and ready to move on with our lives. It feels like we've been putting a lot of things on hold over the past few months. Well, except for that one thing...

            Technically, "that one thing" happened before all of the house nonsense. ha ha I'm almost embarrassed to even say how far along I am because I look huge in this picture. To be honest, though, I was overweight to begin with and this is a maternity shirt, so there's that. (Also, you see now why I don't show pictures of myself very often!)
            So, to keep this short (for me anyways ;) ), things will still be quiet around here for a couple of weeks at the least, I'm sure, while we get moved and settled. After that I'm hoping to get back into the swing of things. I've been dying to do some more reviews and giveaways (hopefully for some fun pregnancy/baby items!) and homeschooling type posts, so stay tuned and thanks for sticking around!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Let's Cook! Giveaway

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BYB E-41 Series Clip-on 4 LED Light
BYB E-41 Series Clip-on 4 LED Light
  • ★ BONUS AND UPGRADED. Free AC Adapter, USB cord, Multifunction Clean Cloth Included. Featuring the Rechargeable 1000mAh Lithium Ion built in battery, NO MORE BUYING BATTERIES!
  • ★ MULTIPLE, CLIP-ON OR FREE STANDING. Fully Adjustable and Light Weight, Folds Into an Easy-to-carry Accessory Making Travelling with This Light So Convenient. Perfect for Your Guitar Accessories Kit, Students Dorm Room, Music Rehearsals or for Those Away Trips for Work. Charge Your New LED Light with the USB Charge Cable or the BONUS FREE AC Adaptor
  • ★ HIGH QUALITY AND SUPER BRIGHT 8 LEDs. 2 LEVELS of BRIGHTNESS, Equiped with 2*4 World Class LED Chips, Super Brightness, The Optical Grade Lens Provides Evenly Distributed Light with No Hot Spots
  • ★ LIGHTWEIGHT & COMPACT. Clips to Your Hard Cover Books, Sheet Music Stand, Craft Table, Work Bench, Bed Headboard (maximum 1 inch in thickness) or Laptop. Great for Music Stands, Pianos, Orchestra Pits, Reading, Work Tables, Mixing Tables, Craft Tables etc. It truly is a multi-purpose light for so many things. Can you think of one that you would use it for? Easily Bends to Compact Position for Storage, Extra Strong Clip Grips Almost Anything or Use it Free Standing
  • ★ LIFETIME WARRANTY - 100% Money Back Guarantee - RACK YOUR BRAIN FOR A GIFT ? CHOOSE IT ! You Won't Find Another Better - Get More Than Your Expected !

My Thoughts:
These easy to position and reposition lights are perfect for getting more light where you need it. The nice size of the clip makes it simple to attach to the side of a bowl, a cabinet handle, a book, grill, or just about anywhere that you want. I don't have enough light under my cabinets at night so I found it very helpful to clip this light onto my cutting board while doing prep for dinner the other night. I found the well built clip to be strong and that the lights stayed in the position that I set them at.
Set of 6 1EasyLife Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons
Set of 6 1EasyLife Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons
  • ★ MAKING A PERFECT DISH WILL NEVER BE A DOWNFALL. Preparing a dish requires following direction and right measurement, Luckily with 1Easylife Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons cooking will be quick and gives you an accurate measure for recipes without the hassle
  • ★ SAY NO TO COOKING NIGHTMARES. Introducing the elegant and stylish measuring spoons, A perfect set of 6 stainless steel, highly satin brushed with best quality, Look amazing and easy to clean plus the weight handle making measuring out dry ingredients easy and accurate measure marking in different spoon sizes. long lasting and durable and used by professionals.
  • ★ WHY IT IS THE BEST CHOICE FOR YOUR KITCHENS. Refine measurement- ensure Perfect food taste every time Accurate balance - round-shaped spoon heads and perfectly weighted handles, high grade satin brushed stainless steel finish for a long life - no to rust! All around measuring tools - measure dry and liquid ingredients! Engrave US metric Measurement
  • ★ YOUR FAVORITE MEASURING INGREDIENTS. The 6-piece 1Easylife Stainless-Steel Measuring Spoon Set is designed with innovative round-shaped spoon heads that reach into narrow spice jars and other small containers. These spoons are conveniently connected by a small ring which helps to keep the spoons together as a set after a full day of baking or cooking. 1Easylife includes 6 measuring sizes: 1/8-tsp, 1/4-tsp, 1/2-tsp, 1-tsp, 1/2-Tbsp. and 1-Tbsp. With each measurement conveniently marked on the handle of each spoon, there's no guesswork when adding spices to your dishes. Dishwasher-safe.
  • ★ NO HASSLE, 100% LIFE TIME WARRANTY. We offer 100% life time warranty to make you happy and satisfied with our product, If for any reason you're not completely satisfied, return your Stainless Steel Measuring Cups for a No Questions Asked full refund.

My Thoughts:
I've have had a set of name brand plastic measuring spoons since I set up house keeping more than twenty years ago. Getting me to part with them wasn't going to be easy, but always willing to try new things I gave these a test drive. I found the 1Easlife measuring spoons to be nicely weighted and with the length of the handles I was able to reach into containers with ease. I really like that they take up much less space than my old set and are much easier to get clean. After comparing the two it may be time to retire my old ones.
Instant Read Digital Cooking Thermometer by Chef DeTemple
Instant Read Digital Cooking Thermometer by Chef DeTemple
  • PREVENT OVERCOOKING - Don't ruin an elegant meal or backyard barbecue by serving dry, tough, overcooked meat. If you only use cooking time to determine doneness, you could end up with some pieces being cooked perfectly and others over or underdone - not to mention burnt! You can easily avoid this by using a meat thermometer. When cooked to the proper temperature, meat will stay juicy and tender.
  • PREVENT ILLNESS - Using a food thermometer greatly reduces your risk of foodborne illness associated with bacteria. The harmful bacteria found in contaminated food can only survive up to a certain temperature, and using a food thermometer is the only way to be 100-percent sure that your food is safe to eat.
  • EASY TO USE - Large LCD display for easy-to-read numbers - No More Squinting! Function buttons include On/Off, Hold and °C/°F conversion. Auto shut-off after 10 minutes saves battery life. Uses (1) AAA battery.
  • MEASURING RANGE AND ACCURACY - Instant read in only 4-7 seconds accurately measuring range of temperatures between -58°F-572°F (-50°C-300°C). Long stainless steel probe to keep your hands safe from heat!
  • MONEY BACK GUARANTEE AND LIFETIME WARRANTY - When you order today, you are protected by our no-questions-asked Money Back Guarantee and World Class Customer Service!

My Thoughts:
My thermometer arrived the day I was making fried green tomatoes so I used it to make sure that my oil was at the proper temperature. If it's to cold the tomatoes get mushy before the breading gets brown and if it's to hot the outside  burns and the tomatoes are hard. I had bragged to my west coast boyfriend how awesome mine were so getting it right was important. My reputation as a southern cook was on the line! I found that this thermometer was easy to use. I just put one AAA battery in it, turned it on, and flipped open the probe. When I placed the tip in the oil I had a reading in seconds and with the nice big readout I didn't need my glasses to see it. I am very happy with this product and would recommend it to anyone with confidence.
Wood Chef Hand-crafted Ripple-cut Gourmet Cheese Slicer
Wood Chef Hand-crafted Ripple-cut Gourmet Cheese Slicer
  • Cutting tool for cheese that gives the cheese a wavy texture
  • Smoothly cuts thick or thin slices
  • Comfortable grip is easy to use
  • Durable and replaceable stainless steel wire with adjustable tension
  • Carefully handmade in the USA from beautiful, natural wood/brass/stainless steel.
  • Adjustable tension, stainless steel wire stays tight to carve neat, enticing, wavy slices every time.
  • Comfortable grip for all ages, hand-held, light-weight, and simple to use.
  • Thin or thick slices carved, depending on how you angle the slicer into the cheese.
  • Safe for children. No sharp edges.
  • Makes snacking and eating fun!
  • Perfect tool for creating sandwiches, pizza, crackers, snacks, use at parties and picnics. . .
  • Awesome gift at low cost for Christmas presents, birthdays, weddings, office, or any special occasion.
  • Gift Box comes with each one for convenient storage.
  • Durable quality will last for years and won't wear out.
  • Choose from wild cherry wood, black walnut, or try both!

My Thoughts:
With so many of or utensils now having plastic composite handles I hold onto my old ones that have real handles and find myself going back to using them. I just love the feel of wood and have been known to spend a lot of money just to purchase one brand of knife that has a wood handle. So when my cheese slicer arrived I couldn't wait to test it. It works for all types of cheese so I got out some block cheese that I had in the fridge to see how well it worked and felt in my hand.  It worked wonderfully and what fun slices! We often do cheese and fruit for snacks and since it is safe for the little ones to use I can't wait for my grandchildren to come over at use it to make their own fun snacks.
Bitpsy Professional Jumbo Lemon Squeezer
Bitpsy Professional Jumbo Lemon Squeezer
  • HIGH QUALITY STAINLESS STEEL - This Premium Lemon squeezer made out of the strongest material available and WILL NOT BREAK when squeezing. This hand polished Citrus Juicer will not peel or rust.
  • SO EASY TO USE - No matter if you choose to squeeze lemons, limes or blood oranges, this Btipsy Lemon Squeezer will make your job so easy. Fits for both kids and old men, This Squeezer is so convenient to use and with an effortless squeeze you can get every bit of juice out of the fruit.
  • EASY TO CLEAN - Once finished using the Lemon Juicer, it's very easy to clean it by hand or just placing it inside the dishwasher since this Lemon Squeezer is DISHWASHER SAFE. So feel free to clean it whatever you'd like.
  • RISK FREE - With a 3 YEARS WARRANTY, we are committed to our 100% customer satisfaction so if you find that you are not

My Thoughts:
The all metal construction makes this juicer strong and durable. Plus, since it is made out of stainless steel I get longevity and don't have to worry about it rusting. With a very small kitchen I have very limited drawer space in my home. The hook makes it easy to hang off off one of my many cup hooks that are on every open spot in my kitchen. We eat a lot of fish and salads that we use fresh squeezed lemon and orange for and having it hanging and not hidden in a drawer keeps it handy. I found that the nice big handles were easy to grasp and squeeze so that I could get all the juice out.
Eco Bamboo Cutting Board with Handle
Eco Bamboo Cutting Board with Handle
  • This eco friendly cutting board can handle just about everything in your kitchen, from slicing cheese to carving bone-in beef roasts.
  • Highly durable. Made with premium, hand selected odor-resistant organic bamboo, harder than maple wood
  • Durable stainless steel handle for easy grip
  • Made from 100% high quality antimicrobial recyclable bamboo with Non-Toxic food grade adhesive - starch from a sweet potato
  • Easy to clean and maintain - Easily wash and clean off bacteria and food particles with some hot water and soap then let it air dry.

My Thoughts:
In the last few years, bamboo has become one of the most popular materials for cutting boards because of it's low maintenance, superior health and sanitation qualities. Not only does it look good but it is a green, renewable and earth friendly material. The hardness of a bamboo cutting board, plus the fact that it very resistant to bacteria makes it a must have in my kitchen. I tested my new board by cutting some yellow squash, zucchini, and cucumbers with a brand new ceramic knife and could not find one mark from doing it. All you have to do is make a habit of never letting it soak and wiping it dry after washing  and with this easy, proper care this board will stay beautiful for years.
VOS Professional Classic 8 Inch Ceramic Chef's Knife
VOS Professional Classic 8 Inch Ceramic Chef's Knife

  • Sharpness - Our ultra-sharp advanced ceramic blade will retain its original sharpness up to 15 times longer than steel blades.
  • Purity - Rust-proof, will never brown foods, impervious to acids and oils, no metallic taste or smell. Advanced ceramic is a pure & healthy alternative.
  • Lightweight - Typically half the weight of metal-based knives, offers total ease of use with the most difficult cutting tasks. Ergonomic handles produce a well-balanced, highly controlled grip.
  • Easy to Clean - The fact that advanced ceramic does not absorb any food element, allows just a quick rinse and wipe with a kitchen towel.
  • 8 Inch Chef Ceramic knife For slicing fruits, vegetables and boneless meats.

My Thoughts:
This is my first ceramic knife so I wanted to know what some of the advantages of a ceramic knife were. I found out that they include hardness, ceramic is second only to diamonds; weight, it's much lighter than metal; durability, because these knives keep their razor sharp edge and will not wear out like metal; no metal means no rust; and the ability to resist stains and odors. Because each ceramic knife goes through a long manufacturing process which makes it high end you can expect quality and longevity from your knife. I tested my new ceramic knife by cutting some yellow squash, zucchini, and cucumbers. Even with difficulties from injuries with my hands I found the handle was very easy to hold and grip. It sliced the veggies with ease and with very little pressure from me. With my garden producing lots of vegetables this will be my new go to knife for prepping them. 

The Learning Journey Play and Learn Shopping Basket Playset
The Learning Journey Play and Learn Shopping Basket Playset
Kids can enjoy the complete shopping experience with the Play & Learn Shopping Basket! Our kid-sized Shopping Basket is easy to carry with its lightweight plastic construction and big handles. Fun Accessories include a variety of plastic and cardboard food items. Ages 3+ years.
  • 24 plastic and cardboard play food items
  • Large handles for easy carrying
  • Encourages imagination
  • Durable, lightweight plastic construction

My Thoughts:
This is perfect for getting  the little cook in your home playing, imagining, and creating. The basket is made from thick plastic making it strong and durable. The food that comes with it is sure to keep them entertained for hours. I've ordered many imaginary milk shakes and french fries playing drive thru with my grandchildren so I know they are going to love playing grocery with all these fun items. I really like the bright and bold colors. They are very appealing and fun.
Elegant Stainless Steel Salt and Pepper Grinder Set
Elegant Stainless Steel Salt and Pepper Grinder Set
  • HIGH QUALITY GLASS AND STAINLESS STEEL GRINDER SET This glass and stainless steel salt and pepper grinder set features a modern design and is stylish and elegant enough for kitchen-to-table use! Each set contains one salt grinder and one pepper grinder which can hold 3/4 cup of salt, peppercorns or any other spice, in its generously sized glass reservoir. *Salt and pepper not included.
  • BUILT FOR CONVENIENCE AND FUNCTION Unlike other grinder sets, this pair has their grinding mechanism on the top of the grinder, ensuring salt and pepper ends up only on your food -- not all over your table. The ceramic grinder is non-corrosive, won't absorb flavors and is easily adjustable from a fine to coarse grind.
  • EASY REFILLING WITH NO MESSES Don't you hate constantly having to refill your salt and pepper grinders? Standing about 5 1/4 inches tall this set is the perfect size to cut down on constant refills without being bulky. When you do have to refill, the clear glass bodies will let you know when it's time! The stainless steel top easily screws off revealing a wide opening for easy and mess-free refills.
  • ELEGANT DESIGN With its brushed stainless steel encasing, glass body and ceramic grinder, this unique duo is a professional, sleek addition to any kitchen, with a stainless steel lid that truly "caps" off this beautiful set. No tacky electrical grinders here means no batteries required--only a few effortless twists with your hand to experience that fresh himalayan salt, pepper, or other spice.
  • CUSTOMER GUARANTEE We're confident you'll love our Dual Refillable Salt & Pepper Grinders. However, if you're not completely satisfied, we'll give you a 100% refund within 90 days of purchase--NO QUESTIONS ASKED. We have the best customer service on Amazon, and YOU, the customer, are our top priority. Add a set to your shopping cart today for a risk-free culinary experience!

My Thoughts:
I just ordered this beautiful set on the twentieth and am so excited to try them. Don't they look amazing? I wasn't able to get them tested before the giveaway deadline but wanted to give two readers a chance to win a set for themselves. Please visit the review here to see what I thought of them.
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Grand Prize Package
Set of 6 1EasyLife Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons
Chef DeTemple Instant Read Digital Cooking Thermometer
BYB E-41 Series Clip-on 4 LED Light
Blue Iguazu Hand-crafted Ripple-cut Gourmet Cheese Slicer
Bitpsy Stainless Steel Citrus Juicer
CasaQoqo Eco Bamboo Cutting Board with Handle
VOS Professional Ceramic Chef's Knife 8 Inch
The Learning Journey Play and Learn Shopping Basket Playset
Stainless Steel Salt and Pepper Grinder Set

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CasaQoqo Eco Bamboo Cutting Board with Handle
VOS Professional Ceramic Chef's Knife 8 Inch
Stainless Steel Salt and Pepper Grinder Set

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

PBS Kids Giveaway

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SESAME STREET: Sesame Street: 40 Years Of Sunny Days DVD, The Monster At The End Of This Book book  
WORD WORLD: Birthday Party DVD, Outdoor Fun DVD
SUPER WHY: In The Kitchen 60pc hidden word puzzle  
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  GIVEAWAY DETAILS: Prize: 1 lucky winner will receive this entire PBS Kids prize pack! Includes: Wild Kratts Talking Chris Plush, Wild Kratts Talking Martin Plush, 2pk Wild Kratts Creature Power Action Figure Assortment, Wild Kratts Wildlife Plush, Dinosaur Train 36 ct wall decals, Dinosaur Train 24 pc puzzle, Dinosaur Train Dino-Might Music DVD, Dinosaur Train 'My Name Is Tiny!' book, Sesame Street: 40 Years Of Sunny Days DVD, Sesame Street: The Monster At The End Of This Book, Word World: Birthday Party DVD, Word World: Outdoor Fun DVD, Super Why In The Kitchen 60pc hidden word puzzle, Plum Landing pencil/ notepad/ sticker/ tattoo pack. 

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Eco Nuts Laundry Detergent Giveaway

Eco Nuts Giveaway
Sponsor: Eco Nuts
Medium Size Eco Nuts Soap Nuts - These odd looking “nuts” are actually dried berries from a tree that grows in the Himalayas. When agitated in water, they produce a naturally occurring surfactant called saponin, which gently cleanses laundry – an option for those sensitive to conventional laundry detergents.
Simply place 4-5 Eco Nuts in the provided cloth bag and toss in the washer with your clothes – they suds up naturally and act as a natural fabric softener in the rinse cycle. Clothes come out smelling fresh and clean and super soft.  Berries can be re-used up to 10 times making them a super-affordable option.
Organic Liquid Laundry Soap - A certified USDA Organic liquid detergent made with organic soapberry extract!
Does 30 regular loads or 60 High Efficiency loads. Eco Nuts Liquid Detergent contains no dyes, fragrances, fillers, enzymes or optical brighteners and is never tested on animals. We recommend this in particular if you have hard water, an HE (frontloading)  machine, or like to wash primarily on cold, though it will work in all machine types and temperatures.

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Puritan's Pride Jojoba and Essential Oil Set Giveaway

Puritan's Pride Jojoba Oil and Essential Oil Set Giveaway (3 Winners!)

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Pregnancy Update: Planning for a VBAC

There's baby #2 with a lovely yolk sac hat. Weird and funny, right?
            Hey folks! Hopefully by now you have read on here or my Facebook page that we are expecting baby #2! Naturally, I have had lots of things running through my mind: Homebirth or hospital? Midwife or "regular" doctor? Will I be able to have a VBAC? And the list goes on and on. Suffice it to say, I have a lot to talk about!
            While I had found a local midwife group that happened to support VBACs (in this case it would be HBACs, home birth after cesarean) as well (which is a lot harder to find than you probably know if you've never searched!), I didn't realize until my husband explained it to me that we would basically have to file our own insurance claims. It may seem trivial, but that's not something either of us feels like dealing with...not to mention we don't have that kind of extra money laying around right now to cover costs until insurance reimburses us! Unfortunate, but true.
            So, while bummed about not going the home birth route, I took to my ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network) group on Facebook and looked for suggestions on VBAC friendly doctors/hospitals. The group of doctors/hospital I'm going with is a bit far, but totally worth the drive if I can get my VBAC I so desperately want! While it makes sense when it comes to the time when you deliver your baby, I'm not crazy about their policy requiring patients to see each of the three doctors at the practice. Why? Because I'm totally and completely open about being sexist when it comes to male OBGYNs...and 2 out of 3 of them here are. :/
            I've only met one of the male doctors so far and was extremely disappointed. Not that it's saying much, but even John didn't care for him. Even if the ladies in my ICAN group hadn't hyped him up so much, I still wouldn't like him all that much. What can you do besides hope he's not on call when it's time to deliver, right?
            Anyways, other than that, I've already got the clear for planning on a VBAC so long as no issues come up, of course. Very exciting for me! As crazy as I'm sure some of you out there reading this think I am, I have always wanted "the whole experience". Completely honestly, if it never happens, I think I will feel like I was robbed of one of the most important life experiences (to me). I know that's dramatic, but just voicing my thoughts, here.
            I'm also going to try for the "all natural route" again too. I think I would have been fine the first time if I hadn't gotten induced. My contractions were way off the monitor, but I didn't give in to the epidural until I was around 7/8 cm dilated. I think I can resist the temptation this time (so long as I don't have to be induced for whatever reason), especially because I found out there are tubs and showers in the rooms that can be used for labor AND they have wireless monitoring! Yay! Welcome to the 21st century! Now just keep your fingers crossed baby does ok during contractions so I'm actually able to utilize the wireless monitoring! :D
            In case you can't tell, I'm really excited. Not that I wasn't with my daughter...but I feel like I get a "re-do" with this birth, if that makes sense. Plus I'm WAY less worried this time around about the pregnancy in general. Makes things a lot more pleasant. :)

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Ally & Joe Backseat Baby Mirror Giveaway


Ally&Joe Backseat Baby Mirror Giveaway!

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Well-built using high quality, baby-safe materials, this Ally & Joe Backseat Baby Mirror is so stable and the mirror stays firmly in place when going over bumps and around bends. No slipping. No shifting. It can be mounted horizontally or vertically to get the best view. This mirror is clear, large, and so well put together. You can read a complete review of this Backseat Baby Mirror, and see how awesome it is. It is truly amazing how nice the Ally & Joe Backseat Baby Mirror is. One of our readers has a chance of winning one of these great mirrors for themselves, just enter below and good luck!
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Baby Shower Giveaway

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Welcome to the “Baby Shower Giveaway”! This giveaway features some of the best baby products that have been featured on Karen’s Got Mail. I have teamed up with a great group of bloggers to bring you this giveaway!

Baby Shower Giveaway Prize Package Includes -

bubble bum inflatable car booster seat  
Bubble Bum - One (1) Bubble Bum Inflatable Car Booster Seat (Color may vary from picture) - ARV 29.99
  • portable & lightweight
  • inflatable & re-useable
  • inflates by mouth – taking less than 20 seconds to inflate
  • folds flat
  • packs away into its very own stretchy bag
  • comfortable & colorful
  • affordable
  • with added belt positioning clip for extra comfort
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  Meeno Babies 
 Meeno Babies - One (1) Cool Mee Bucket Seat Liner - ARV $29.99 Made from state of the art, 3-ply poly-mesh material that promotes airflow between your child’s body and their seat. Warm air escapes to prevent overheating and perspiration keeping baby cool and comfortable. Connect with Meeno Babies on FacebookTwitterYouTube

BabySpa - One (1) Lullaby Pampering Cologne and one (1) Bathful Baby Gift Set - ARV $34
  • 3 in 1 Tearless Shampoo, Body Wash & Moisturizer
  • Moisturizing Body Lotion
  • Travel size Soothing Face Cream
  • Travel Size Ultra Soft Baby Wipes
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  Whisper Diaper Pail  
Whisper Diaper Pail - One (1) Whisper Diaper Pail - ARV $79.99 The Whisper Diaper Pail features a patented odor-free aerosol spray that’s easy to apply with just a press of a button at the top of the lid, eliminating odors from even the stinkiest of diapers! The lid is completely hands-free and easily opened with a foot pedal so you can keep one hand free while you hold your child. Connect with Whisper Diaper Pail on FacebookTwitter

  Bebe au Lait  
Bebe au Lait - One (1) Muslin Car Seat Cover - ARV $35 The open-weave cotton is designed to create a light and airy layer between baby and the outside world. The zippered opening lets little ones peek out when awake or stay covered when asleep: a must-have product for parents on-the-go. Simple to install with easy-snap straps and an elasticized bottom, it will fit most car seats and is machine washable. Connect with Bebe au Lait on FacebookTwitterYouTubeInstagramPinterest

  Nature's Baby Organics  
Nature's Baby Organics - Prize Package - ARV $50
  • 1 – Shampoo & Body Wash Coconut Pineapple 16 oz.
  • 1 – Conditioner & Detangler Coconut Pineapple 16 oz.
  • 1 – Face & Body Moisturizer Fragrance Free 8 oz.
  • 25 – Dual Pillow Packs – Sample sizes Shampoo & Body Wash Vanilla Tangerine and Face & Body Lotion Fragrance Free
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  Pacific Baby 
 Pacific Baby - Prize Package - ARV $70
  • 4 oz 3-in-One Bottle - Swirls
  • 7 oz 3-in-One Bottle - Fish
  • Feeding Spoon - Green
  • Small Weaning Bowl - Green
  • Weaning Bowl - Cream
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  Cookie Cutter Kingdom 
 Cookie Cutter Kingdom - One (1) Baby Shower Cookie Cutter Set - ARV $24 CookieCutterKingdom offers the most comprehensive catalog of cookie cutters of all sizes, all made from innovative, cutting edge 3D printing technology, including custom ones made to your specifications. You can choose from a vast array of patterns, shapes, animals, general interests, as well as special selections for birthdays, baby showers, weddings, and all kinds of party themes or special occasions. There’s even a unique customization platform, where all you have to do is pick a shape and enter your personalized text, and your creation will appear in an interactive feature right in your web browser. Connect with Cookie Cutter Kingdom on FacebookPinterestInstagram

  Prince Lionheart 
Prince Lionheart - One (1) DiaperBAG - ARV $35
  • Waterproof liner
  • 2 LARGE pockets for diapering essentials
  • “Dirty Duds” waterproof pouch
  • Easy to clean changing pad
  • 2 straps for carrying or to hang on the stroller handles
  • 2 side pockets one is insulated for keeping bottles warm or cold
  • 2 front pockets conveniently fits a Prince Lionheart Compact Wipes Warmer
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Dreambaby - Prize Package - ARV $55
  • Travel System Insect Netting Value Pack
  • Easy-Clean Potty Seat
  • Anti-Slip Mat with “Too Hot” Indicator
  • Bath Tub Spout Cover – Whales
  • Peli Playtime Pouch
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  Everyday Happy  
Everyday Happy - One (1) Diapers & Wipes Kit - ARV $107
  • Includes one month supply of premium diapers and wipes
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Banz - One (1) Combo set of sunglasses and hat - ARV $29 Connect with Banz on FacebookTwitter

Boiron - One (1) 30-dose box of Camilia - ARV $9.99 Camilia is a natural solution for painful gums and irritability caused by teething. The sterile single-use liquid doses do not contain benzocaine, preservatives or flavors, and are free of dyes, sugar and artificial sweeteners. Connect with Boiron on FacebookTwitterInstagram

Yoomi - One (1) 8oz Feeding System - ARV $29.95
  • 1 8oz bottle with white collars
  • 1 warmer
  • 1 charging pod
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itzbeen - One (1) Pocket Nanny - ARV $24.99 The itzbeen Pocket Nanny is a multi-purpose baby care timer. Four timers help parents remember and communicate the basics of baby-care. Features include: nursing reminder switch, illuminated display, clock, and a soft nightlight for changing diapers in the dark. Connect with itzbeen on Facebook
 Rileyroos - One (1) pair of Rileyroos - ARV $39.95 Connect with Rileyroos on FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram

One lucky reader is going to win this prize package valued over $650! This giveaway is open to the US only. Giveaway ends 7/28/15 at 11:59 PM EST. Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below. Good Luck!

Karen’s Got Mail and the participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations. Mixed Bag Mama is not responsible for prize shipment and was not compensated for this post. This giveaway is not affiliated with any social media platform, including, but not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.