Friday, April 30, 2010

New Tooth tissues winner

Bethany did not reply so the new winner is #5

Anonymous said... I learned that you need to wipe down your babies gums after feedings. trishbazin(at)
Hope I win this one would love to try them out!

you have 24 hours to reply

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Weigh-in Wednesdays - Week 8

The chains of habit are generally too small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken. - Samual Johnson

Vincent Lombardi:
The good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything. It's your mind you have to convince.

Thought all of us on our weight loss journey could use a little inspiration.

Down 12lbs! I'm getting there.

Happy spring!

Yeah I know the first day of spring was weeks ago but yet again Nebraska didn't get the memo. This morning however I awoke to birds singing, the sun shining, and a light breeze carrying the scent of lilacs from the trees out side our complex. How I will miss that smell when we move in June.

I love this weather! Shorts, sandals, sunscreen - bring on summer!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Tooth Tissues Winner

We have a winner for the Tooth tissues, Baby and Toddler dental wipes!

The winner is # 4, Bethany!!

bethany said... Entered the Eco Mom giveaway too!! Thanks!!

Congratulations! Please reply to my e-mail within 24 hours to claim your prize.

Smart MOM Teething Bling Review

A baby teething necklace is an attractive, affordable as well as practical gift for a friend to give to a new mother. How many times have you gotten dressed and felt that your outfit needed a little something extra only to put the thought out of your mind because of your baby’s habit of putting your (probably not so clean or baby safe) necklace into his or her mouth. Dressing with safety in mind can make accessorizing your wardrobe more of a hassle than it’s worth. UNLESS, you are prepared with some teething bling, from SMART MOM.

SMART MOM JEWELRY sent me the Onyx Baby Teething Necklace to review and I was pleasantly surprised with the material of the pendant. I don’t know what I pictured in my mind before actually holding it in my hands, but it has a very pleasant soft yet firm feel to it that is very comfortable to a teething baby’s sore gums. As a nail biter I have actually chewed on it while wearing it myself and it has done wonders for my nails. LOL!! I love that the pendant is easy to pop into the dishwasher for a quick and easy sanitizing session. No worrying about how dirty it gets with this quick cleaning option.

Its also comfortable and safe, you know how your little Superman or Wonder Woman’s strength has the power to rip apart silver and gold chains? Well, this baby teething necklace has a neat breakaway clasp that comes apart when baby gives the cord a tug which is much more comfortable for mommy. Another thing to love about Smart Mom Jewelry is that they give a percentage of all sales to charity. That’s just one more reason that these stylish baby teething necklaces are a very good baby gift idea for a friend or treat for your self.

BUY IT: SMART MOM JEWELRY offers a viariey of chioces and shapes for you teething needs.

NeilMed NasaFlo Neti Pot Review

A different approach to congestion relief, NeilMed NasaFlo Neti Pot helps loosen up congestion in a non- traditional, old- fashioned way through the use of water and saline solution.
I tried the Neti Pot and loved how it cleared my sinus issues with just one use. There is a tendency to make a mess when using this, because water will be flowing directly through your nasal passages and out your nasal passages. But this is a minor thing you get better at controlling the flow the more you use it.

You can win one on FB right now through April 30 by signing up on their page.

Bea's Gift Baskets for Mother's Day Giveaway - CLOSED

Mother's Day is fast approaching. May 9th to be exact. Are you looking for a lovely way to treat your Mom this Mother's Day? I stumbled across Bea’s Gift Baskets and Gifts while searching for the perfect gift for my mom. The assortment of baskets and gifts at Bea's Gift Baskets is sure to make your mom's heart fill with love. Bea's has baskets for every occasion, I can’t believe the selection offered! I fell in love with this basket priced at $84.99, it's a steal for what is inside!
My Mom is The Best Rest & Relaxation Bath Set

Because your Mom is the Best! Let this beautiful gift set say it all for you. The ceramic mug is inscribed with the words "My Mom is the Best!" and is accompanied by a matching ceramic photo frame for Mom to show off her treasured photo of who else, you!! We've included some treats and sweets just to cap off the selection. Contents:Pink Floral Container, ceramic "My Mom is the Best" mug, ceramic Mom photo frame, Terry Cloth Slippers, Aromatherapy potpourri, Terry Cloth Bath Pillow, Moisturizing Body Lotion, Moisturizing Bath & Body Gel, Moisturizing Body Spray, Moisturizing Bath Salts, Assorted cream center Chocolates 4 Pc., Think pink cappuccino, and a exfoliating bath glove. Because she is the best.

Some of Bea's other basket selections include…

WOW, can you believe it! I know I will be looking at Bea's first for all my gift giving occasions!

Buy it: Check out Bea’s Gift Baskets and Gifts and get your mom or someone special the gift they deserve! BONUS: Free standard shipping until May 3rd, so act fast!

WIN IT: Bea’s Gift Baskets and Gifts has graciously offered one of my readers a gift basket of their choice valued up to $50.

Mandatory entry:
Head over to Bea’s Gift Baskets and Gifts and come back here and tell me what basket you would love to get.

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giveaway ends May 1st, at 8pm CST. winner will have 24 hours to reply before a new winner is chosen. Good Luck.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Spotlight on Nellie Bugs!

So I’m sure you are all rolling your eyes about how much I talk about Nellie Bugs Tutu’s and More. Yes, I enter EVERY contest and giveaway for their products. NO, I don’t hold stock in the company. LOL! I’m just a huge fan of Sadie and her talents of making every girl feel like a princess!

I recently purchased the hot pink zebra tutu and Lila looks adorable in it. As an added bonus all tutus come with a matching set of Allie Clips. She was a little scared of all the tulle at first, my fault, but after she got it on she was telling everyone we saw she was a princess!

I’ve also been lucky enough to win a few of those contests and giveaways mentioned above. I won a set of Allie clips, a loopy bow, and headband, as well as one of her NEW items not even available in her shop yet, a rose-petal filled tutu.

The rose-petal tutu arrived a few days ago and when I opened it Lorelai said “Oh, pretty!” I told her it was hers and she demanded to wear it right away, saying “My tutu!” She even wanted to wear it to bed. I'll have to add pictures of her in it soon. I also just today won another tutu in the One 2 Try giveaway so I will add pictures of that one as well!

Sadie is a WAHM of three girls and wife to Rachael; you can read more about her on her personal blog. I love reading her blog and I’m sure you will too.

You can also follow her shop blog at Nellie Bug’s Tutus and more, where you get to see new items first.

And if you’re looking to buy your own princess something to make her feel special, check out her Etsy shop or website!

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anyone else geting an error message when posting or reading comments???

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Bummas Review and GIVEAWAY! - CLOSED

"After the wipe and before the dipe,
a soft kiss of dry cloth to dry bums off,
Keep diaper rash away, the Bummas way"

That is Bumma's saying and boy do I wish I had these from the beginning! As you may know diaper rash is usually caused by moisture and irritation to the skin. The best way to prevent it is to keep your baby clean, cool and dry. Bummas is perfect for drying your baby's bottom.

About Bummas:
"The creation of Bummas came about when we had our first baby boy. When your first arrives, you are given all kinds of advice: “Use the wet commercial wipes, don’t use the wet commercial wipes, use gauze; use whatever is handy to block the pee; use another diaper to block the pee; don’t use that, use this; use powder to dry them off, don’t use powder-it contains talc and studies have linked talc to cancer.”
A lot of advice. Some of it was good, but in the end you find your own way.
The one thing that was never mentioned was how to dry our little guy’s “stuff” off after the clean up. Our baby’s bum was just way too wet to put a diaper back on--and blowing down there until you’re blue in the face just wasn’t working. Thus Bummas were born. A soft absorbent, luxurious baby cloth to soak up all the wetness."

Bummas has plenty of great uses:
• Advert the squirt when changing diapers
• Thoroughly dry baby after cleaning up
• Convenient shoulder armor for burping and feeding
• Quick clean-ups
• Soft and supple for little noses
• Great for baths as a baby wash cloth

Bummas are re-usable, Eco-friendly, highly absorbent cloths designed to keep sensitive baby bottoms dry, fresh and chemical-free. The handy 5x7 terry cloths are super soft and durable. They will last throughout your child's diaper stage and come in handy even afterward. I love everything about Bummas! They are washable, multipurpose, and prevent diaper rash which makes things a lot easier.

I don’t know how many times my little ones have had a diaper rash and all the Dr. can say is keep moisture off the bum and let it dry out. My favorite piece of advice I always get it let them run bare bottom until the rash clears. If you have a child in diapers you have either rolled your eyes at that or cringed at the thought of what a mess you would have if you just let your child run bare bottomed through your home. Unless you love to clean up after your child’s accidents I suggest you try Bummas first!

Buy It: Bummas is available in 4 different color sets, Visit Bummas to purchase yours!

Win It: Bummas is giving one lucky reader a mini set of 4 cloths in the color set of their choice!

To Enter:
Visit Bummas and tell me which set you want.
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This Giveaway is only open to U.S. Giveaway ends on May 9th, 2010 at 8pm CST. DON’T FORGET to leave a way to contact you!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Eco MOM Winner

I'm so excited to share with you all the winner of the Eco Mom Giveaway! The winner has won a Full Sized Bottle of both, the Playful Foaming Wash by Episencial and Doctor T’s Supergoop!

I used to generate a random winner and she is.......

#4- Kathy said...I follow them on FB - Kathy

And dont forget about the discount code Eco Mom has graciously offered. It is good for 15% off your first order through May 31!!
Discount code: SBBL225

Winner has 48 hours to claim thier prize before a new winner is chosen.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Be on the Look out........

for more about You all have heard me talk about Sadie owner and creator of Nellie Bugs Tutu's and more. I LOVE, love all her items and I want to share what she has to offer with you. I have been lucky enough to have won a few items from her as well as purchased a tutu. So bee on the look out for pictures and more from Nellie Bugs!

Weigh-in Wednesdays - Week 7

Maybe I should change the name? Seeing as how it's agian late, and not I'm not posting on Wedensday! Oh, Well.

Quick update -
Down 10lbs from my staring point! Woohoo!!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Zevia Soda Review

ZEVIA™ stevia soda is Nature's Answer To Diet Soda™. We have taken great care and spared no expense to make sure that all six ZEVIA™ stevia soda varieties contain only pure, natural ingredients.
ZEVIA™ Natural Diet Sodas contain the natural ingredients discussed below.
(Cola is the only flavor with caffeine)
• - Stevia
• - Erythritol
• - Natural Caramel
• - Natural Tartaric Acid
• - Citric Acid
• - Kola Nut Extract
• - Natural Caffeine
• - Annatto
• - Ginger Root

The wonderful folks at Zevia were gracious enough to present me with a bounty of flavors to sample. I’m a huge soda drinker as is my husband, so I was curious about this ‘healthy’ soda. I personally didn’t like any of the flavors, but to give the product a fair chance I tried them all and had others try them as well. The consensus was that most flavors were ok, and if you love coke zero, Zevia is for you!

Let’s get down to the flavors:
Root Beer
Black Cherry
Ginger Ale

The first flavor we tried was black cherry. I’m a real sucker for anything cherry and have long adored cherry sodas. It definitely had the same taste of black cherry soda but with a slight bitter taste (I’m sure from the lack of artificial sweeteners).

All in all I have to say that the soda will take a bit to get used to if your a hard core soda drinker but it’s worth the switch over.

Want to try it out? BUY IT: Here

An Honest Love, Book Review

An Honest Love Hearts of Middlefield Series, Book 2
By Kathleen Fuller

Book Description: Anna must find the courage to tell Lukas the truth. Will he find the courage to forgive her?
Anna was one betrayed by someone she loved deeply. In an attempt to never be hurt again, she and her mother relocated to Middlefield, Ohio. It was the ideal place for Anna's broken heart to mend. In Middlefield, Anna withdrew from risk, placing all her attention on managing the new gift shop she and her mom bought.
When Lukas introuces himself, Anna can't resist her attraction to him. Though she finds herself falling in love, she's hiding a piece of her past in fear that their future will be destroyed if she tells him the truth.
But love can't be built on lies and the past comes rushing back to Anna in an irreversible way. Now Lukas must decide how he will react to Anna's betrayal. As they cling to their belief in an honest love, they realize it's a path they must walk together even as it leads to unexpected places.

My Review: I really enjoyed this book. Wonderful read for everyone who loves a light, Amish fiction story. I enjoy romance novels as well as Christian fiction do this book was perfect! I loved that the author not only wrote about Lukas and Anna, but developed all the characters and drew you in to Middlefield. You get to know the community and everyone in it. As with her other book you follow not only Anna’s love story but Lukas’ sister Elizabeth’s as well. I couldn’t put down this book and when I was finished I was left wanting more. I can’t wait for more instilments from Kathleen Fuller.

Read more about the Author here, at

Flower Duet Review and Giveaway - CLOSED

I received a DVD of Flower Duet European Wrap Bouquets. It's a great do-it-yourself Flower design dvd. You can create bridal bouquets, hand-tied posies and center pieces. You can also learn how to choose fresh flowers and optimize their vase life and create wired flowers, corsages and boutonnieres. I wish I had his when my mother and I created my wedding flowers! I watched this dvd and found most if not all designs easy to follow and fun to do! I can’t wait to try out a few of these designs!!

You can create many more do-it-yourself flower designs with this instructional DVD. I think it's a great dvd, I recommend the Flower Duet DVD to anyone who wants to learn and save money doing-it-yourself. Visit Flower Duet website and see their floral design picture gallery, flower arranging lessons & workshops, learn to arrange flowers and much more or to buy Flower Duet DVD to do-it-yourself.
BUT IT: for $
Flower Duet is complementary giveaway their Flower Duet Dvd to on lucky person!

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Open to US Only! Giveaway Ends, May 5, 2010 at 8pm CST. will pick the winner. PLEASE leave your email address when you leave a comment. I will notify the winner and they will have 36 hours to respond!

Monday, April 19, 2010

So p!$$3# off

So today was my precious babies fist dental appointments. I chose to go with Small Smiles Dental because they are supposed to be kid friendly and less stressful for small children. WRONG!!!!!!! Never and I mean never take your child to that horriable place ( located @ 78th & dodge in Omaha,NE).

Firstly they lied to me. You make your appointment time and think your set, but no, they then want you to call a day in advance to verify you will in fact be there. If you don't do this they will give away your appointment even if you show up on time. Whatever I chalked that up to just being a responsiable parent and moved on. I was also told that because my children were as young as they are I not only would be able to go back with them but hold them for the exam so they wouldn't be frightened. More on how this was a LIE in a bit.

Our appointment time was 12:30 and I was told come early!!! So then why when I got there was I informed everyone was at lunch and I would have to wait until 1pm when they got back. We ended waiting for over an hour because at 1 pm they stared calling back children who's appointment time was for 1pm and later and they forgot about us!

Now on to the actual appointment. Here is where I get p!$$3d off. Lorelai was so excited about getting her teeth cleaned, we talked about it all last week. She was such a big girl and held my hand until we got in the room. Since she was doing so well I went with Peyton and daddy stayed with her.

They tortured my poor little girl!!!! They lied and wouldn't let my husband hold her for the exam insted they forced her down and pinned her to the chair while she cried out for her mommy and daddy. I could hear her from the other room pleeding to be held, screaming she was sorry and she loved us. She was begging to be saved. Those Monsters!!!

I rushed through Peyton's appointment as fast as I could so I could go get my baby girl! They wouldn't let me in the room so I was standing at the door wanting to get her. The dumb dental assistant actually had the nerve to ask me how I was and wanted us to come back in 6 months. Yeah right, she was lucky I didn't hit her!!!

My poor girl cried for two hours afterwards and will be scarred for life. Small Smiles Dental, You Suck!!!!!!

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Ballreich's Potato Chips Review and Giveaway - CLOSED

OK, so let’s face it we all love to snack and I have to admit that my guilty pleasure has always been chips! Any kind of chip I don’t care I love them all so when I came across Ballreich’s Potato Chips I knew I had to try them they just looked so Yummy! Since I’m on a diet I had to get alittle help from my family for this review.

Ballreich’s began in Ohio in 1920 … and now in 2010, it is still a family run business in Ohio! These people really know how to make good potato chips! They have wavy ‘marcelled’ chips, flat chips and baked crisps. Each of the varieties has an excellent potato flavor. They’ve also got other tasty snacks – pretzels, popcorn, cheese puffs, pork rinds and more.

I receive a snack basket that included these packages of chips to try out: regular, bar-b-q, Smokey sweet mesquite, sour cream & onion, salt & vinegar, pretzels and some of their new baked crisps!
The flavor of the wavy potato chips is wonderful, its was by far my favorite of the variety we were sent. My children really enjoyed the pretzels and popcorn.

BUY IT: You can find Ballreich’s snacks in retail stores and online. They’ve got some fun party packs put together that would be great for gifts or even for special events!
WIN IT: Ballreich’s would like to give one of you a gift basket of snacks (ARV $25)
Here’s what you gotta do to enter to win ….
For your main entry, check out Ballreich’s and comment with a potato chip or other snack that you’d like to eat***

Extra Entries: (must do main entry first- post a separate comment for each extra credit entry)

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Giveaway ends on 5/3/2010 @ 8pm CST. Winners will be chosen by and will have 48 hours to claim their prize before a new winner is picked.

Opened my first Store!

I'm excited to say I opened a store to sell my projects! Please head over to It's Simply Handmade! And if you love it (I hope you do) please pass the link on to family a friends!

Giveaway @ A Crazy House

Sarah at A Crazy house is hosting a giveaway from you can win a $50 gift card to a store of your choice (from a list)! I dont know about you but I need new clothes!!! Head over to enter to win, and check out Beso below.
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