Friday, April 27, 2012

Hold Your Memories with "Vizardz" 5/12

I've teamed up with NaturalHairLatina to bring you this awesome giveaway Vizardz
Personalized night light.

The perfect gift idea for Mothers Day.

Eligibility & Rules:

  •  Must be 18 years or older and live in USA or Canada!.
  •  Online entries only.
  • No purchase necessary to enter
  • Limit one entry per person. **NO** multiple account entry NO SPAM, 
  • Winner chosen at random, using online tool

Prize: Personalized night light worth $38.95

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Mother's Day Giveaway Extravaganza!

We want to pamper as many moms as possible this Mother's Day, so we're pleased to bring you our fantastic Mother's Day Giveaway Extravaganza! This awesome giveaway event is brought to you by Mommy's Block Party, and lots of wonderful sponsors and co-hosting bloggers!

The rules are simple... just use the super easy Rafflecopter entry form below to enter to win!

Be sure to 'like' each sponsor's and participating bogger's Facebook page through the entry form.

 From Mary Kay, Sponsored by Maria Limperos

 From It Works! Sponsored by Missy Mihalko

From Do You Bake? Sponsored by Nicole Biffle

 Check out this complete list of great prizes:

Celadon Road Body Butter
Spring Elastic Headband
Thirty-One Gifts Organizing Utility Tote
Glow Baby Glow Lip Gloss from MARK
Tastefully Simple Bring the Party Pack
2 Scentsy Bars
Uppercase Living Inspirational Framed Expression
Do You Bake? Coffee Cake Mix
Just Jewelry Versatility Necklace
Lemongrass Spa Watermelon Lip Balm & Mango Lip Balm
Mary Kay Facial Cleansing Cloths and Beauty Blotters
Gold Canyon Candles Fresh Orange Heritage Candle and Mini Wick Dipper
It Works! Facial Applicator
Thirty-One Gifts Thermal Tote
Perfectly Posh You Can Call Me Candy Bombinator
Pink Papaya Blackberry Fig Foot Scrub
Touchstone Crystal Navette Light Amethyst Necklace
Avon Skin so Soft Indulgences Shower Gel
Pink Zebra Simmer Pot & Two Jars of Sprinkles
KT Quality Key Fobs
Pleasant Valley Homespun Primitives Child's Artwork Keepsake
Oh-Zie Tee Necklace
Azuli Skye Bold & Brilliant Silver Leather Bracelet
Initials, Inc's 'The Dish' Casserole Carrier
Thirty-One Gifts Organizing Utility Tote
You're Gonna Love This Etsy Shop $20.00 Gift Certificate
Paparazzi Jewelry
Cookie Lee Bangle Bracelets
Origami Owl $25.00 Gift Certificate

 Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM on May 5th!

Good luck to all who enter to win!

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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Soaps from the Hive #Giveaway! Easy Rafflecopter Entry! Ends 4/20

Check out my Natural Remedies page and you will instantly understand why I have a long love affair with honey. For me, honey is everything. If there is no honey in the house, panic sets in.
I've learned over many countless nights of obsessive research over the years, that honey has a great history. Here are two of my favourites, that I have never forgotten:

  • Ancient Romans greeted their guests with honey as "a gift from the gods and the elixir of life".

  • England's Queen Anne used honey to pamper her magnificent hair - a secret that was so closely guarded that it was disclosed only after her death.
Well, there ain't no turning back now! My family is hooked on Soaps from the Hive.

Soaps from the Hive is located in the picturesque village of Hunter River, Prince Edward Island, Canada. Frank Novak, the owner, and his wife work very hard on their little honey bee farm, to bring us the purest most natural soaps possible. They offer 7 different varieties of pure honey soap. All soaps are made with 100% natural ingredients and lots of pure natural honey, of course.

His & Her Shaving - This is my favourite, as Frank expected it would be. My skin has never been so moisturized. I have an awful time keeping it moisturized. Since I started using this soap, I haven't reached for my skin moisturizer nearly as often as I was. I went from using it 3-4 times a day, down to using it just once.
His & Her Shaving consists of honey blended with Lavender and Tea Tree. This was originally designed for "Her" legs; however, "His" face loves it too.

Refreshing Morning Mint is the ultimate "wake up bar" and it's a real fun looking soap. I really love how Soaps From the Hive swirl the ingredients together, not to mention hand bevel each and every bar of soap. The honey in this soap is blended with peppermint, lavender, fir needle and eucalyptus. Imagine the smell of this! Yumm! 

This pretty Lavender & Oatmeal bar consists of honey, lavender and oatmeal. This can soothe irritated skin, ease a pounding headache,  release stress & tension, lull you to sleep after a bath or help heal a sunburn. Lavender, oatmeal and honey are, in my opinion, three of the most amazing natural ingredients for anything - whether it be soaps, shampoos, natural remedies.....they are truly gifts from Mother Earth.  My favourite experience with this soap is that, I cut off a piece and slipped it in my daughters pillow case to help her doze off to dreamland.  And, unlike any of the other lavender soaps I've used for this, the smell hasn't faded and it's been two weeks. Lavender is a natural sleep aid. The scent relaxes your body and calms you to sleep. Yay for that!

This Mojito soap is one of my all time favourites.  I could eat it! I love the smell and the colours.  It consists of honey blended with spearmint & lime. Use it as a facial and body soap on oily skin. It's known to soothe headaches and invigorate senses. 

Lemon Poppyseed is the mother of all exfoliating soaps I've ever used. You need to try this! The honey is blended with lemon and poppyseeds. This soap is also known to stimulate the immune system. 

The Spiced Garden is so pretty too. Don't ya think? This was my husband's favourite - because it looks masculine of course. It got my approval because of its ingredients of honey blended with clove bud, cinnamon leaf and sweet orange, which is an excellent antiseptic. This is the soap I placed in the soap dish in our bathroom, knowing everyone will use it to wash up. 

Unscented. Honey. Yup! Nothing in this soap but lots of Honey! Anyone that knows me, knows how I have become accustomed to unscented products. Unless it's a natural scent, I can't handle it at all. Perfumes and man made fragrances - well I can sniff them out a mile away. This is a must have for those who have are sensitive to scents.

Soaps from the Hive are $7/ bar. They offer wholesale pricing and free delivery on orders over $100. There is a lot of work that go into these soap bars, and I truly appreciate that all of the ingredients are 100% all natural.
As the old saying goes, "Honey is the dew distilled from the stars and rainbow", which makes these products, in my opinion, a gift from Mother Earth.

Visit Soaps from the Hive on-line, and while you are there, check out Frank's other passion - Above and Beeyond

(I received one or more Soaps from the Hive products to write my review. All opinions are my own and mine alone. I was in no way influenced by Soaps from the Hive in my review nor did I receive any monetary compensation. I only recommend products that are a good fit for my readers.)

How would you like a chance to win some of these amazing gifts from Mother Earth?

One winner will win the following: Two (2) Lavender Oatmeal Honey, One (1) Shaving, Tee Tree Honey and generous samples of each one of their other All Natural Honey Soaps along with a $25 gift certificate towards a future on-line purchase.

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Top 10 Most Common First-Time Parenting Mistakes! Here is the first 3 in an ongoing series.

Over the course of Jaden's 4 years of life, I've been guilty of making parenting mistakes since he is my first-born child and I had no experience with parenting before he came along! I've had to use the learn-as-you-go technique, along with alot of calls to my mom for advice!  I've always thought my mom was an amazing parent and I'm extremely lucky that I can call on her for advice with just about anything!

Here are the top 10 mistakes first-time parents are most likely to make--and what you can do if you see yourself falling into them. (The reference for this list was taken from First time Mom by Dr. Kevin Leman)

1. A Critical Eye
        What is your standard for behavior? Is it perfection? Is your goal to create a computerized mannequin that will do whatever you say, as soon as you say it?
        If so, let me ask you a question. When is the last time you had a perfect day? When is the last 24 hour period that you didn't utter a single cuss word or respond a bit slowly to a request? When have you maintained a positive attitude throughout an entire day?
       You've never raised a child before. You're thinking like an adult. Your tendency is going to be to try to raise a "perfect" child, and you may bury your son or daughter under your high expectations. Most kids are pushed too hard today. Early on, as soon as he/she can put away toys, you're going to have to choose what your standard will be. Is it perfection? Please, accept your child as he is. He isn't going to excel at everything.

2. Overcommitment
        This is one mistake I know I'm guilty of. Overcommiting myself and my child to more activities outside the home than we can handle. One of the problems with an overly busy home is that the most profound lessons get squeezed out for lack of time. Instead of talking about what's really important, like family dinners and spending quality time together as a family, you and your husband are talking about who's going to pick up which kid from where and planning your day around different activities like scout meetings and soccer practice. Don't get me wrong, most kids love to be involved in outside activities. But we as parents can sometimes overcommit our child's life to them. It's completely ok to let your child participate in sports and scouts and 4-H and things like that. But one thing at a time! I know parents who take their children to sports practices 2 or 3 times a week, karate another 2 or 3 times, then they have music lessons, 4-H and scout meetings! All in the same week! The security of home life is important to children. Home is a special place to be. When you choose to live an overcommited life, you are training your child to identify his/her heart with what is outside the home. Why do you want to do that?

3. Not Enough Vitamin N.
         Maybe you've bought bottles of Flintstones vitamins to make sure junior gets enough vitamin B,C,D, and E. Maybe you prefer Sesame Street vitamins, or you just choose to go the old-fashioned route and make sure your kid gets a well-rounded diet.
        Good for you.
        Just don't forget vitamin N!
        Vitamin N stands for No--not just the word, but the concept. First-time parents fall into the trap of thinking that they can make their child happier and better adjusted by what they give their child and the experiences they provide for their child. A lot of time, these efforts can backfire.
        Not giving your kids things is very important. Too often giving our children things becomes a substitute for being their parents. We buy them movies and video games, buying time for ourselves but in the process alienating our family. The more things a kid has, the less time he usually spends with mom and dad. Kids don't need half as much as we give them. Most babies grow tired of toys after about 5 minutes. If you take your child to a friend's house and watch while they play with a friend's toy and then go out and buy it, thinking your child will have hours of fun with it, you're making a classic first-time parents mistake.. Toys last about as long as leftovers. Babies lose interest faster than you can believe. So put your energy and finances into spending time with your baby and interacting with her rather than giving her things.
          Children need to learn how to handle denial: they need to learn how to work through disappointment. What better place to do that than home? And what better person to learn it from than their mother or father?

Over the next week, I'll be posting more mistakes that first-time parents can make until we've discussed all of the top 10. Make sure you subscribe to my blog so you don't miss out of the rest of this important series! Please feel free to comment on this post with your parenting mistakes and what you've done to remedy them. I'm sure my other readers would be anxious to read your comments too!

Have a great weekend and a wonderful Easter! I hope you'll be spending it with your family!

Until next time...


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Enter to win a $25 Gift Card to Shutterfly at Suburban Misfit!

Wendy over at Suburban Misfits: A Photography Blog, knows all about photography! Something I've always been interested in but have never mastered! I love to take pictures of my family, places we go and fun things we do, but I've never really figured out the whole lighting and angle thing! LOL I'm pretty much clueless!

Shutterfly is a great photo site and it's free to join! Their picture storage is unlimited and free! They never delete photos. They also offer free personalized websites! If you sign up for a free membership through Shutterfly, you'll  receive 50 free 4x6 photos! You can pick up your photos at Target, Walgreens or CVS in as little as an hour. They offer amazing merchandise to purchase with your $25 Gift Card if you win! You can design your own photo book, calendar, holiday cards, birth announcements, and photo gifts!

So, why not head over to Suburban Misfits and enter to win this amazing prize!  Good luck!

Birthday Chronicle #Review and #Giveaway!


I was recently asked to review the Birthday Chronicle from Because I Tried It! I wasn't sure exactly what I'd be getting when I ordered my copy, but once I got it, it was so cool looking! It looks like an old newspaper with your information on it! I chose to have my son's information put on it. It has his first and last name and the fact that he's turning 5 on the top as a headline! The rest of the page is news stories from the day that he was born! I printed mine out, framed it and hung it on my son's bedroom wall! I also made a copy and put it in my son's baby book as a momento! It will be neat to look at it again when my son is an adult to see what happened on his birthday in 2007! 

Get one:  Go to Because I Tried It Personalized Products to find all the different things you can get personalized, including the Birthday Chronicle! Prices start at $2.00 for the emailed version that you print out yourself, all the way up to $20.00 for  a framed version with personalized stationary as well! When you buy the emailed version for $2.00, 100% of the proceeds go to children in need!

Win it: Just fill out the rafflecopter below for a chance to win one of the emailed versions for free! There will be 2 winners! Good luck everyone!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Comforts for Baby #Giveaway (4/2-4/16)

If you have a baby or know someone who does, or is expecting one soon, you will want to enter to win this giveaway sponsored by Comforts for Baby! Bargain Hound is hosting this giveaway, and has teamed up with 65 awesome bloggers to spread the word about this great giveaway!
The winner of this giveaway will receive 2 shipments. One package will contain the following items, and will be mailed directly from Comforts for Baby. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery of this shipment:
1. Comforts For Baby Diaper bag (Not shown)
2. 1 package of Comforts For Baby Comfortable Fit size 4 diapers
3. Baby Oil
4. Baby Powder
5. Comforts For Baby Fragrance Free Wipes
6. Disposable Sippy Cups in various colors.
7. Comforts For Baby Cotton Swabs
The second shipment will be sent to the winner, shortly after the winner has confirmed their prize & provided their address. This shipment will include the following:
1. 1 Can (12.6 oz) of Similac Sensitive infant formula (0-12 months)
2. 1 Container (1.45 lb) of Similac Advance infant formula (0-12 months)
3. 4 Single Serve packets of Enfamil Premium Infant formula (0-12 months)
4. 1 Package of Parent's Choice Infant formula (makes 32 oz) (0-12 months)
5. 1 Package or Member's Mark Complete Infant formula (makes 32 oz) (0-12 months)
6. 1 Sample pack of Parent's Choice wipes
7. 1 Sample pack of Huggies Pull Ups wipes
8. Baby Talk magazines
This giveaway will begin Monday, 4/2 at 12am EST and will run for 2 weeks, through Monday 4/16 at 12am EST. Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below, to enter to win.
Heads up: in the Rafflecopter form below, you will need to "like" all of the bloggers on THIS PAGE in order to enter in the giveaway. This is the only requirement. Please give the page a minute to load.
Good luck to everyone!