Monday, August 31, 2015

EverydayHappy Family Care Kit Giveaway

EverydayHappy Giveaway Sponsored by EverydayHappy

Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

EverydayHappy Giveaway 

            Established in 2013, EverydayHappy is the result of an intense collaboration between all of their different talents. They put all of our energy into researching, testing and refining their products, then they did it all over again until they were satisfied. Our kids can’t read labels, so it’s our responsibility to make sure they’re only exposed to safe, natural ingredients.
            By living mindfully, they’re making life truly meaningful for our kids. What they’ve built is a promise — to make every day happy for them, and for those who want to join them. See what Emilee from Pea of Sweetness thought of the EverydayHappy Family Care Kit.
            Would you like to win the EverydayHappy Family Care Kit? This giveaway runs through 9/13/15 at 11:00pm Eastern Time and is open to US residents ages 18+. Winner is subject to eligibility verification and will have 48 hours to confirm before a new winner will be drawn. For any questions/concerns please email emilee.roberts (at) peaofsweetness (dot) com (consider adding this email to your “Safe List” as winning email notification will be sent from this email). Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.

  Disclosure: Emilee at Pea of Sweetness received complimentary products to facilitate her review. No additional compensation was received. Participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Mixed Bag Mama 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.

Making a Homestead Part 6: Predator Proofing the Chicken Coop

             Hey folks! We've been very busy outdoors, so don't be surprised if you see another one of these posts next week! More than likely it will be to brag about getting our fall garden planted without the aid of a tiller. You've been forewarned. ;) Who says you can't garden on a budget?!
             If this is the first “Making a Homestead” post you're reading, I'll catch you up quickly by saying that our “new” house came with a good sized chicken coop...Unfortunately, it's not been used for its intended purpose for quite awhile and time has not been kind to parts of it. Needless to say, it needs some predator proofing before we get any chickies residing in it.
             With all of the spare “crap” we've been finding left behind in the garages and barn, we've not spent anything on the work we have done to the chicken coop so far. (And by “we” I mean John. Lol) Technically, I think the boards he used were ours from another project as well as the hardware cloth, but for all intents and purposes we'll say everything has been free. ;) We did find the chicken wire in the barn!
             So far we've been trying to cover the obvious areas that needed some attention, such as the gaps along the bottom and the open windows...

             As far as obvious things go, we still need to make a door out of any of the numerous leftover pieces of plywood, old doors, or table we have laying around. John also plans on putting chicken wire along the cracks on the outside. (top left) Then we should be able to start on the actual “chicken needs”, like roosting bars and nesting boxes. It shouldn't be too much work, but I have to admit I'm kind of sad we probably won't be getting any chickies this year. At least that gives us time to pimp their coop out, right? Ha ha

Sunday, August 30, 2015

KleenSlate Concepts Hand-held Whiteboard Giveaway


            If you are a parent, homeschooler, or teacher, you'll love KleenSlate Concepts.
Dedicated to supporting education, KleenSlate Concepts offers a line of award-winning, teacher invented (and endorsed) dry erase products that are engaging, fun, and durable! Their hand-held, customizable whiteboards are designed to be used with clear or interchangeable graphic templates and are the perfect way to get students to actively participate in learning! Their dry erase markers are non-toxic, low-odor markers and even come with convenient eraser caps! This learning kit captivates kids and gives new meaning to hands-on learning!
            The different ways to incorporate KleenSlate Concepts dry erase products into a curriculum are endless. And, KleenSlate Concepts even offers FREE Teacher's Choice Templates with downloadable links to over 20 different templates that coordinate with their dry erase boards. These templates were designed by teachers and are a great resource for teaching time, math, geography, music, the calendar, how to fill out a checkbook and register, and so much more! And, if you have an idea you'd like to see, you can make suggestions for new dry erase templates too!
            Can you imagine all the possibilities? KleenSlate Concepts values education and appreciates the Teacher by offering products that encourage students to engage with dynamic tools in the classroom! Right now, there is big savings to be had to celebrate Back To School too!


            Wouldn't you love to win a KleenSlate Concepts Classroom Set of 24 hand-held, double-sided, whiteboard paddles with dry erase sleeves, double sided graphic organizers, markers with eraser caps, and a microfiber cleaning cloth for you child's class? We've joined together with Saving Common Cents to bring you this great giveaway!
            Be sure to enter below for your chance to win a set and show your support for your child's education!
Happy Back To School and good luck!


Mixed Bag Mama was not compensated for this post or responsible for prize shipment. This giveaway is not affiliated with any social media platform, including, but not limited to Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter. 

Friday, August 28, 2015

$100 PinkBlush Maternity Gift Card Giveaway

PinkBlush Maternity $100 Gift Card Giveaway

I have to admit that with my first pregnancy I didn't see the big deal about getting a bunch of maternity clothes, only the necessary pants. With this one, I wish I had more maternity clothes! So, I'm excited to bring you this giveaway so that hopefully one of you who is needing some nice, but better fitting, clothing will benefit from winning this giveaway. Good luck!

PinkBlush is a family run business whose goal is to provide women with stylish yet comfortable and affordable clothing options for both pregnancy and beyond. They offer free shipping for orders over $50 for customers in the U.S. and free exchanges so you're happy with what you're buying. Marissa from Mommy Knows What's Best is expecting Baby #4, and she was given the opportunity to review some trendy maternity clothes from PinkBlush Maternity. Read her review and see the clothes she chose here. PinkBlush has decided to giveaway a $100 gift card to one of you!

About the Giveaway

Begins: August 28th 1:00 am Ends: September 12th 11:59 pm Who Can Enter: US, 18+ Don’t forget! Come back each day to complete the daily entries! To enter this giveaway, complete the form below. Good Luck!

Disclaimer: Giveaway begins 8/28/15 and ends 9/12/15. Mixed Bag Mama is not responsible for prize fulfillment. One entrant/email per household. One winner will be chosen randomly. Void where prohibited. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram are in no way affiliated with this giveaway. If you have any questions, please email Marissa at MommyKnowsWhatsBest (at) 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Baby Update: It's a...

             Hey folks! It's hard to believe that I'm already halfway through this pregnancy! I think all of the waiting to move, actual moving, and settling in has made this one fly by.
We had our anatomy scan Wednesday which, I don't know about you, I always think is the most exciting part of pregnancy, other than actually having the baby! Everything is great with baby #2 so far and, other than getting to see our squirmy, but shy, little bean, we did find out that...

             Yep! We're having another girl! We were both surprised because I was convinced it was a boy, but we're definitely NOT disappointed and still excited. We honestly didn't care which gender it was, but I thought for sure it was a boy! I think I was most surprised because I'm usually right if I have those kinds of feelings about things. Ha ha

             Having another girl will make things so much easier, though. For us, girl names are way easier to choose from, we already have a bunch of girl clothes, and I'm already used to having a girl, amongst other reasons. Plus now we won't catch a bunch of crap for having them in the same bedroom. ;)
             I have to admit, however, I am having some bittersweet feelings now that I know this baby is a girl as well. Had this one been a boy, we probably would have had a third baby. John and I both agree that we don't want to “tempt fate” and possibly end up with three girls. Don't get me wrong. Two is fine, but I don't think I would have the patience for three, especially in the teenage years. O.o To be fair, I always said that I couldn't handle having three boys either.
             With that being said, I'm kind of sad that this will be the last time I'm pregnant. I told John yesterday that it seemed like it took forever to have Myka (a little over 3 years) and now all of a sudden I'm almost done with babies completely. What the heck?! How did that happen?
             Knock on wood, I'm also one of those weirdos who loves the baby stage because Myka was soooo easy. Therefore I'm also kind of sad that this will be the last time I get to enjoy baby snuggles and my little one not being able to get away from me yet. ;) But, who knows. This pregnancy has been so different than my first that I have a feeling this little girl will be quite different than her sister and she may end up making me thankful that I don't have to go through the baby stage again. Ha ha

When did you know you were done having babies? Or have you reached that point yet?

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

My Friend Cayla Giveaway

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My Friend Cayla Giveaway


Host: Here We Go Again Ready

Sponsor: My Friend Cayla

Co-hosts: IMHO Views, Reviews and Giveaways, MamatheFox, Sweepstakes Fanatics

            If you have a child that loves dolls you have to check out My Friend Cayla! My daughter loves My Friend Cayla, she takes her everywhere! I love that she interacts through bluetooth. Read the full review here.  
            One lucky reader will win their very own My Friend Cayla! This giveaway is US, 18 or older. Only one entrant per household. Giveaway ends on 9/14 11:59 PM EST . Winner will be notified by email and has 24 hours to respond. If there is no response during that time a new winner will be chosen. Good Luck Everyone!!! 
The bloggers promoting this giveaway are not responsible for prize distribution. The sponsor will be responsible to distribute the prize. This contest is not associated with Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Making a Homestead Part 5: Making a Lawn Mower Wagon

             Hey folks! Long story short, it's been a long time since I've had a new post because we finally moved and we've been without internet! We ended up having to switch providers at our new place, neither one of us could seem to find the time to call them, and blah blah blah, but here we are finally. I can stop having internet withdrawals. ;)
             We've been up to a lot it seems like since moving at the beginning of August. Who knows when I'll get this posted since, as usual, I'm writing it beforehand and we still don't actually have internet as I'm writing, BUT, we've been productive little country beavers already. We got our unpacking done surprisingly fast. I think subconsciously we both wanted to get to the outdoor stuff since we both enjoy it more. Ha ha
             We got lucky and one of my aunts let us have their riding lawn mower for free since part of it was broken, but mostly they just didn't need it any more since they are moving as well. Even luckier, it was an easy fix (have I mentioned John is really good at fixing things?). It still technically needs some spring, but at least it is working and the yard is under control. It was a bit of a jungle. Speaking of lawn mower, let me get to the point of this post before I ramble too much...
             The previous owners left a LOT of stuff in one of the garages, barn, and even in the attic. While it's still mostly annoying since we'll have to go through it eventually, we (again, especially John) have a knack for finding things to do with random junk. This weekend someone got the idea to make a cart for the lawn mower out of a bunch of scrap and leftover wood. It's amazing what you can make with free or cheap stuff!

Taking the "rough" cart for a test drive. So far it's mostly an old wood pallet and some old tires we found in the barn.
Because the pallet wood was rougher than John had thought, he put some plywood down on top of it that we had left over from fixing the kitchen floor. We've been doing a lot of "brush management", if you will, so the sticks were plentiful.
Finishing touches with more wood we had left over from fixing things on the house. The boards and sticks are screwed together and the sticks fit into holes in the plywood so that we can take any of the sides off whenever we need. Handy!

             As you can hopefully see, it was relatively simple to make and has come in quite handy already in the past week! Have you done any projects where you turned junk into something useful? Stay tuned for our next homesteading post, which will be about us critter proofing the pre-existing chicken coop!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Lego Prize Pack Giveaway

LEGO is one of the most popular toys on the market. It is also one of the most expensive items in the toy department! Right now, we are giving away a LEGO prize pack. One winner will score $50 worth of LEGO toys - all you have to do is tell us what the winner would like to build! So go ahead and enter our giveaway in the rafflecopter below.

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WHY are we giving away LEGO??

Kristi, over at, grew up building with LEGO and built professionally as a LEGOLAND Master Model Builder a few years back. She realized that there is NEVER such thing as too much LEGO!

The MommyOnTheMoney crew has just organized a building area for their son who has gotten into Chima, Ninjago, and Bionicle. They are also getting ready to build some more DUPLO Train Layouts with the baby.

 Not only is LEGO their favorite toy, but it encourages creative play, math skills, imagination, manual dexterity, and infinite possibilities limited only by ones LEGO collection.

Check out their LEGO Cake Plate!

Well, whether you are working on a castle or a space ship, we want to help ONE lucky winner get a bump in their LEGO collection with a $50 LEGO prize pack. We LOVE giving away LEGO!

Just tell us what you want to build in the Rafflecopter form below...

Enter our LEGO Giveaway!!!

If your family is building with LEGO or just dreaming about it, enter our giveaway for a $50 prize pack of LEGO set(s).

ONE winner will receive a $50 LEGO Prize Pack. 
The giveaway is open to US residents only who are 18+ years old.
Ends 9/5/2015

 GOOD LUCK Everyone!!!

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*Winner will be chosen randomly, entry verified, and notified via email used to sign in. Failure to respond within 48 hours forfeits the prize. is solely responsible for awarding the prize. The prize will be shipped directly from reserves the right to substitute a gift card for the $50 value of the prize if necessary due to shipping/delivery issues that may arise. This giveaway is in NO way sponsored or affiliated with LEGO, LEGOLAND Parks or ANY other brand besides This giveaway is not affiliated with any social media platform, including, but not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.