Friday, May 31, 2013

High 5 For Friday 5/31

High 5 For Friday!
1.  Baby Boy is standing up and playing with/on his toys now.

2.  He's also learned how to pull up on our ottoman and grab my phone.  (Plus, his very first tooth is coming in- finally!)

3.  This weekend, with the help of my WHOLE family, we painted the whole exterior of our house in one day!  
The curb appeal just went up! (Not to mention, we saved a ton of money by doing it ourselves.)

4.  All the girls in the family went and did some painting at Yes, You Canvas for my mom's birthday.
If you can't tell that's an ocean scene. :)

5.  The whole duck family- mom, dad, and 10 babies are hanging out in our backyard sometimes.  I love it!

How was your week?

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Apple & Bee Giveaway #greenyoursummer

Welcome to the Green Your Summer Event!  The Blogging Mamas Network has come together with like-minded bloggers to make sure your grass isn't all that is green this Summer! 

Each blogger in the Event is bringing readers a great green prize to win.  You have until June 13th to enter, so be sure to hop around to them all and find great eco-friendly products to help you go green!  

While you're hopping, be sure to enter the TWO Grand Prizes for to Green Your Summer for Mom and Baby!  You'll find prizes including a Lunette Menstrual Cup, Amber Necklace and Bracelet Set, a Merino Wool Sleepsack, and earth-friendly Vinyl Wall Decals from Walls Need Love!  

 This gorgeous cosmetic bag from Apple & Bee is designed to hold all your essentials for a day out and about.  It's the perfect size to hold diapers, wipes and a bottle - it will fit snugly in a diaper bag or under your stroller. It is 100% organic cotton which means it is nice and safe for you and for baby.  Read my review here.

Open to U.S.  Ends 6/13

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Apple & Bee Baby Cos Bag Review {Sponsor Spotlight}

Apple & Bee is an Australian owned company that was started two people, Brett Pattison and Claire Morris, who both share a passion for the very best in contemporary environmental design. The aim of Apple & Bee is to produce beautiful, everyday cosmetic, travel, and baby bags without harming the environment.  They want to have the lowest possible impact on the environment which is why they are carbon neutral and donate part of their profits to environmental organizations.

This adorable giraffe design cosmetic bag is designed to hold all your essentials for a day out and about.  It is made with 100% certified organic cotton which means it is nice and safe for your baby.  This little bag measures 11.81 x 7.87 inches, but it's the perfect size to hold diapers, wipes and a bottle AND it will fit snugly inside your diaper bag or under your stroller. The inside is lined with the signature Apple & Bee bee design fabric and has a small zippered pocket.

 Sometimes I don't want to take in a big diaper bag when I am out and about with my little guy.  This baby cos bag is perfect for those times.  Even though this is relatively small in size I was able to fit two disposable diapers, a travel wipes case, my wallet, iPhone, keys, sunscreen, pouch, teething ring, and a small pack of Boogie Wipes!  That's practically everything I need to take when I go out.  This would also be great to help keep your diaper bag more organized or to stick the 
"baby stuff" in your regular purse.

Follow & Connect:  You can Like Apple & Bee on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter and Pinterest.

Buy It:  You can buy the Apple & Bee Baby Cos Bag on their website for $24.95.

Win It:  Come back tomorrow to enter to win the Apple & Bee Baby Cos Bag in Giraffe in the Green Your Summer Giveaway Hop!

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Closetmaid Giveaway!

Sponsored By: ClosetMaid
Thank you to our wonderful Co-Hosts for helping us out with this great giveaway: Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, My Four Littles, Tunica Mama, and Recreate and Decorate.

Everything Mommyhood has teamed up with ClosetMaid and a great group of bloggers to offer you this opportunity. ClosetMaid has been around for over 45 years helping people get organized in their homes. They are the worldwide leader in home storage and organization. Their products are sold at retailers across the nation including Target, Home Depot, Walmart, Lowes, Amazon and more! Check out Everything Mommyhood's ClosetMaid Review.

This would be perfect to wrap up your spring cleaning and organizing!

ClosetMaid is offering ONE lucky winner a chance to win a 9 Cube Organizer in Dark Cherry w/4 storage bins! All you have to do is enter on the Giveaway Tools entry form below. Giveaway begins 5/29/2013 at 12am EST and will end 6/16/2013 at 11:59pm EST. US Residents only, void where prohibited 18 and up All winning entries WILL be verified.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Seasons Harvest Review

Seasons Harvest is all about memories.  Creating family recipes that will stand the test of time and make you remember past memories. They started by making a barbecue sauce that was a family recipe and they took no shortcuts, no additives or coloring- just fabulous fresh, natural ingredients.

I was sent their Spirit of the Wild Sandwich Spreads/Dipping Sauces for review.  These were packaged very nicely in a rugged looking box. They would be a great unique gift for any meat lover or outdoorsman!  The pictures on the labels of each dipping sauce are really beautiful.  These Spirit of the Wild meat dipping sauces can be used with cold cuts of meat like beef, pork, ham or chicken, but they were especially created for meat sticks and jerky. 

This set includes 4 different 8 oz. jars including:
Take Flight (slightly sweet)
North Woods (zesty cider taste)
Thundering Plains (smoky western flavor)
Rocky Ridge (hot and spicy)

Take Flight sauce has a slightly sweet brown sugar and mango taste and pairs well with all kinds of meats – especially poultry. It’s also great in stuffing.  Some suggestions include using the sauce mixed with mayo to make a unique chicken salad dressing, use it in making deviled eggs, mixing it with the yoke and a touch of mayo, and even mix it with cream cheese all make a tasty veggie dip for cauliflower, carrots, broccoli, brussel’s sprouts.

The zest and zip of the North Woods sauce makes it great with venison and other wild game, but also with beef and corned beef.  You could also use it as a kettle chip or taco chip dip, mix it with sour cream to make a great shrimp dip, or in place of mustard or mayo on meat sandwiches or burgers!

Try the Thundering Plains if you like it spicy!  This would be great for flavoring meatloaf or added to baked beans.

The Rocky Ridge has some pizazz with it's cajun flavor!  Great with pork and sausages!  You could also add this to chili, stew or stir fries, gazpacho, or in some baked corned beef brisket.

My personal favorite just on taste alone was the Take Flight sauce.  I added it to some chicken salad I was making and it gave it a whole new edge and was really flavorful.  I can't wait to try some of the other sauces with different kinds of meat.  My dad is a hunter, so I've eaten quite a few different kinds of steaks in the past including venison, antelope, and caribou and I'm sure that these sauces would really add some unique flavoring.  I also love some of the other suggestions from Seasons Harvest on different ways to use these sauces!

Follow & Connect:  You can Like Season's Harvest on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

Buy It:  You can buy the Spirit of the Wild Gourmet Dipping Sauces Gift Set for $24.00 or individually for $6.00 each on the Season's Harvest website.

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Tea Collection Sale #ad

Awesome sale alert! 
Starting today, through Monday, May 27th, Tea Collection is offering $15 Girls Dresses, $12 Girls Leggings and $12 Boys Tops. 
Stock up on comfortable and durable tops for boys. Mix and match adorable girls' legging and dresses for endless outfit combinations. Don't miss your chance to take advantage of this amazing sale from Tea Collection! 
Happy Shopping!
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Friday, May 24, 2013

Stella & Dot Memorial Day Sale!

Fabulous sale alert! 

Stella & Dot is offering up to 50% off sale items and free shipping on orders over $100+ from 5/24-5/27.
Below are a few of my favorite pieces...

The Stella & Dot Leona Pendant Necklace makes a bold statement and is adored by both celebrities and fashion editors alike. Each necklace is one of a kind because the stone is hand-cut.

The Stella & Dot La Coco Clutch - Black can be partnered with a simple top or can be used to accessorize dressy attire for summer benefits and galas--the options are endless! 

Dressing up for a picnic or summer festival can be a blast. Go in style with the the gorgeous  

 Be sure to check out Stella & Dot's Memorial Day Sale today! Enjoy!

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The thing that makes really unique is that they offer more than one deal a day!  They just do it one deal at a time.  They list all these great deals at random times throughout the day.  You need to keep checking back throughout the day to find new deals, once one is gone, you will see another new deal immediately after. It may not even completely sell out and you may see a new one pop up.  Usually anywhere from two to ten products are featured each day!

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MamaBargains generously offered me a $30 gift code to use.  I've seen so many good deals I'm having a hard time deciding what I want to use it on.  I'm holding out for a cute new bag, but I'm pretty sure I'm hooked- I'm always waiting to hear on Facebook what the new bargain is going to be!  

MamaBargains has even more ways to save you money with their Voucher Program  where you can get some great discounts on good and services.  For example, you could purchase a voucher for $30 worth of beautiful fresh flowers from "Bloom Today" for only $15.  How cool is that?
Plus, all of my readers can use the coupon code 01d6f44d for 
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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Embrace the Camera 5/23

It's been a long time since I've embraced the camera, so here's a picture of the fam while we were visiting one of our local parks a couple of weeks ago.

Have you embraced the camera recently?

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Nuby iMonster No-Spill Cup Review

Nuby iMonster No-Spill Cup Review

When babies begin to show interest in feeding themselves, having the right equipment is a must! Nûby™ feeding accessories are made to withstand the challenges of daily use and retain their fun bright colors. The iMonster™ No-Spill™ Cup has a unique one piece, No-Spill™ soft silicone spout that is easy to use and easy to clean. The spout promotes the natural drinking action and healthy oral development. The newly designed valve opens with minimum pressure and doesn't require constant sucking that can damage new teeth and soft palates. It also features an Easy Grip™ base that is perfect for your child’s transition to self feeding.

 I've been trying to get Baby Boy to like drinking water from a sippy cup for awhile now.  He just wasn't interested.  Then I decided that I must not have the right cup.  It didn't seem like he was really getting anything from the harder tip sippy cup we were using previously.  So, when we got our iMonster Cup I was excited to see if he would have some better luck at actually sipping the water since it has the soft silicone spout.  Good news!  He did!  Plus, he can actually pick this cup up and drink from it himself.  Of course, he still prefers for me to hold it for him, but when he really wants some he goes for it.  The iMonster Cup actually is No-Spill too.  I can hold it totally upside down and no water will leak out.  I do wish that this cup came with a cap though.  I think that would make sure it stayed clean when I stick it in the diaper bag to go.  The bright colors and monster face make this sippy cup attractive and fun for the Baby Boy to use everyday! 
(Don't you love that we are still using our Valentine's Day bib in May?)


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Monday, May 20, 2013

Father's Day Extravaganza!

Welcome to the Father's Day Extravaganza Giveaway!
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What do you like to do for your Dad on Father's Day? Do the kids make him a special present? Do you take him our to dinner? Or even cook him a special meal? Do you get together with family? Or even give him a Gift Card to buy himself what he wants? How would you like to make this Father's Day extra special by winning one of these great gifts? We have over $300 worth of prizes that seven lucky winners will have a chance to win. 

Prize Info:
DaddyScrub- DaddySwag Gift Set (DaddyScrubs in Edgy, Navy color, I’m the Daddy Tee in White Edgy, I’m the Daddy Hat in Navy, I'm the Daddy coffee mug in Blue, 3 Pens, Sunglasses and I'm the Daddy Hat!) RV $90 Dimples BBQ- Gift Basket (T-Shirt size L, XL or 2XL, Hat, Koozie, Pen and Dimples BBQ Sauce) RV $40 CafePress- $25 Gift Certificate StatGear Tools- T3 Tactical Triage & Auto Rescue Tool RV $50 Golden Island Jerky- 6 Flavor Pack of Jerky RV $40 Simply Southern Couponers- Cabela's Gift Card or E-Gift Card $25 (winners choice) Toilet Tree- Fogless Shower Mirror RV $40

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Here are Simply Southern Couponers reviews on: DaddyScrubs, Dimples BBQ, StatGear Tools, Golden Island Jerky, ToiletTree.

Get Ready for Father's Day with this awesome giveaway!
Event Details:
May 17, 2013 - June 7, 2013
Open to US residents only!
Must be 18 years of age or older to participate.
To enter this giveaway complete the Rafflecopter form below. All entries will be verified. Good Luck!

A special thanks to all the Sponsors for sponsoring this event, our co-host and also to a great group of blogger friends for helping Simply Southern Couponers promote this giveaway.


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