Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Clementine Bumgenius 4.0 Clothdiaper Giveaway "Thankful For Fluff" giveaway blog hop! {US}

Today kicks off "Thankful For Fluff" fall giveaway hop! This is a blog hop, where you have two weeks to hop along to the participating 34 blogs to enter to win some great fluffy prizes. Each participating blogger (list below) have cloth diaper related prizes up for grabs valued at $15 or more!
There is also a grand prize! There will be 6 winners for the grand prize giveaway. One of which will win a prize valued at over $300!! Wowzers!
I'm excited.
In the spirit of fall, I am offering one LWML reader a chance to win a Bumgenius 4.0 one size cloth diaper in Clementine!
To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter below (you may have to click 'read more' for the Rafflecopter form to fully load)!
Don't forget to head on over to the other participating blogs and enter for your chance to win some awesome fluffy prizes!
A huge thank you to Cheerful Homemaker and Cloth Diaper Revival for putting together this hop! PS, you can visit the two host blogs above to enter to win the grand prize!
Good Luck and Have Fun!
~Mama of the Littles~
**Disclaimer: This giveaway is sponsored solely by me, and in no way is affiliated with or endorsed by Facebook. Giveaway open to US residents only!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Seventh Generation Cleanhouse challenge {#GIVEAWAY}

Seventh Generation has teamed up with and to bring you this virtual 'clean house challenge' that guides you through a green, clean and healthy house offering product coupons and expert advice. While browsing the virtual home, you'll be able to unlock valuable Seventh Generation coupons and Facebook badges and learn eco-friendly tips!
I was thrilled to receive samples of Seventh Generations' newest line of eco-friendly cleaning products! I was sent the following items for my review:
  • Granite and Stone Cleaner
  • Natural Dish Liquid- Hand Care Formula
  • Natural Laundry Detergent Packs
  • Wood Cleaner
  • Stainless Steel Cleaner
  • This is what I received:
    I was so excited to try out these new products, I got right to work!
    First up was the kitchen sink! It REALLY needed to be cleaned!
    Before (yikes):

    After I sprayed about 4 squirts of the stainless steel cleaner into the sink, I let it sit for about 5 minutes. Then I used my scouring pad to scrub the grime away!
    This stainless steel cleaner is AWESOME! I can't wait to try it on my fridge!

    I also used the wood cleaner to clean my coffee table and even on my hard wood floors! LOVE it!
    Really cleans the wood and leaves it looking clean and conditioned!
    Then I went to the master bathroom where our two-person tub is surrounded by tile and grout! I used the granite and stone cleaner to clean the tiles and it worked like a charm. No residue, no streaks, just a clean beautiful bath! I even took a bath just to admire how clean the tiles were! :)
    Of course, with two boys that eat (all day long) I always have a sink full of dirty dishes, so I set to work to clean the pots and pans using the dish liquid with the new 'hand care formula.' I was pleasantly surprised. It is a very thick gel like substance, not like the old formula, which was more liquidy! It really cuts through grease and grime and leaves your hands feeling soft and supple (added bonus)!
    Then I set to do the laundry (yes, there is ALWAYS laundry to be washed in our home)! I tried their natural laundry detergent packs (which come similar to the dishwasher packs) and they are great! I love the mandarin and sandalwood scent! They really get the clothes clean and fresh smelling! If you have an HE machine (like I do) or even a top loader, you simply drop one of the packs directly into the washing machine (don't use the little soap dispenser) and then add your clothes. For heavily soiled items, use two packs!

    I really love these new Seventh Generation products.
    You can purchase all of the items mentioned above directly from the Seventh Generation Website!
    But that's not all! With the Clean House challenge, you can buy and try any one of the items listed above and try it out for 7 days and if you don't LOVE it, you can return it for a full refund!!

    How awesome is that?
    One lucky LWML reader is going to win a set of the same products I reviewed.
    One person will win:
  • Granite and Stone Cleaner
  • Natural Dish Liquid- Hand Care Formula
  • Natural Laundry Detergent Packs
  • Wood Cleaner
  • Stainless Steel Cleaner

  • This giveaway is open to US residents only! To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below! You may have to click "read more" in order for the whole Rafflecopter form to load!

    Good luck and Have fun!
    ~Mama of the Littles~

    Disclosure: I received the product(s) mentioned above in exchange for my review. This review is my honest opinion based on my own personal experience, and may differ from yours. I did not receive any monetary compensation in exchange for this review!

    Friday, October 19, 2012

    Boba giveaway over at Sugar Pop Ribbons!

    With baby #3 due in April, I'd love to win a Boba carrier! There is a giveaway going on over at Sugar Pop Ribbons, ends 20 October. So hurry over and enter for your chance to win!

    ~Mama of the Littles~

    Tuesday, October 16, 2012

    iBallz for iPad protection system review and #GIVEAWAY {US only}

    Do you have an iPad? Do you let your child use your iPad? Are you concerned with the safetly of your iPad whenever it's in the hands of another?
    Then iBallz is for you!
    iBallz is a protective system for not only iPads, but they also have a 'mini' version created especially for other electronic devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.0, Motorola Xoom, Kindle fire and other popular tablets!
    When I received my iPad from A4, I knew that it would need to be protected! I was thrilled when iBallz sent me an original iBallz and an iBallz lid for my review!
    This is what I received:

    Didn't realize how many finger prints were on the iPad until I saw this picture oops!
    The iBallz is great. It can not only be used to protect your iPad, but for drop protection, tilt display, protection against spills (since it keeps your iPad/Tablet) elevated!
    For those of you that would like to take a further look at this amazing product, there is a very helpful video on YouTube that provides a very close look at this system!
    The lid is great as well. It not only provides protection against dents and scratches but can also be used to prop up your iPad/Tablet!
    The iBallz original can be purchased directly from the iBallz website for $24.95! The iBallz lid is also available from the iBallz website for $29.95! They come in a wide range of fun colors too!
    I don't know about you, but my mind is already in full-gear Christmas shopping! I know that anyone with an iPad or Samsung Galazy Tab 10.0, Motorola Xoom, Kindle fire or other tablet would greatly benefit from an iBallz!

    But wait, that's not all! iBallz has graciously offered one LWML reader the chance to win their very own original iBallz and lid in the same colors I received!

    This giveaway is open to US residents only! To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below! You may have to click "read more" in order for the whole Rafflecopter form to load!

    Good luck and Have fun!
    ~Mama of the Littles~

    Disclosure: I received the product(s) mentioned above in exchange for my review. This review is my honest opinion based on my own personal experience, and may differ from yours. I did not receive any monetary compensation in exchange for this review!

    Wednesday, October 10, 2012

    #GIVEAWAY $15 to Abby's Lane {US/Can} Ends 17 October

    Many of you know I'm expecting! I'm 12 weeks to be exact!
    What you might not know about me is that along with my obsession for #clothdiapers and natural living, I have an even more serious obsession with Crossfit!

    About 2 years ago, I was doing crossfit regularly out of my friend's garage (she has since gone on to open her own crossfit box in Oregon)! Well, as it is with Army life, after working out in that garage for about a year, my friend (and first ever crossfit coach) moved!
    I stopped going to crossfit!

    Fast forward to the present. We moved from MD to TN and I have found a crossfit community here that pulls on my very heartstrings. Just this morning at my work out, I spotted a baby swing in the crossfit office cradling a tiny newborn! The baby, belongs to one of my many awesome coaches!
    I'm inspired! I'm challenged, I'm emotional, and sore! <3

    So today was only the second day back, but I tell you what I can already feel the difference! Working out while you are pregnant is definitely different than when you are not. You have to consider the baby inside you and they are your number one priority. However, it can be done! You need to make sure you know what you are doing, and that you follow the instructions of your coaches so you don't injure yourself or your baby!

    So, in honor of the coaches at my crossfit box, I am trying to win them a few custom t-shirts! This is the inspiration behind this giveaway (which is funded only by me by the way). Why did I choose a $15 GC to Abby's Lane you ask? Well, Abby's Lane has awesome customer service, a wide variety of products, and free shipping within the USA! This giveaway is open to both US and Canadian residents, but if the winner is Canadian, s/he will be responsible for shipping costs for items purchased!

    The giveaway has just two entries. I am asking that you follow the link on the Rafflecopter form and like the picture that it will take you to (which will look like this):
    That will count as one entry! The second entry is for you to leave a comment under that same picture. The link is provided in the Rafflecopter form below! You will also be given the option to tweet daily!
    *update* If you feel that my asking you to comment, or like the pic is unfair, or agains FB rules, please feel free to not claim that entry option.
    This giveaway is sponsored by me and me alone has nothing to do with Facebook or Abby's Lane (besides they are a great retailer to shop at)!
    Thanks for your understanding!
    If I win I will be able to treat the coaches at my box to some awesome custom Crossfit t-shirts!

    Thanks again for all your support.
    If you are curious about working out, or crossfit, please send me a message! I'd love to talk to you more about it!

    Good luck and Have fun!
    ~Mama of the Littles~

    Friday, October 5, 2012

    Upcoming Facebook auction, my home birth plans and a bunch of #Winners!

    Before I announce the most recent winners on the blog, I'd like to share with you a very special announcement!

    Many of you know that I am expecting baby #3 in April. I am currently 11 weeks pregnant and am planning a home birth! I've never had a home birth before, as both my boys were born in the local birthing center in Maryland, which is staffed by Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM). The Army insurance (Tricare) will only cover services provided by CNM's and now that we live in the state of TN, I have found out that the nearest birthing center to me is a 2 hour drive away. I don't know about you, but I refuse to ride for 2 hours in a car while in labor. There is an Army hospital here on base that we could go to, but I do NOT want to give birth in a hospital! I guess I've been spoiled being able to have both boys at the birthing center in MD, where I went in, labored, gave birth, nursed, ate, showered and was home within 5 hours of giving birth both times! I don't want to even walk into a hospital where they force pitocin, constant monitoring, limited movement and lying flat on your back to deliver kind of procedures!
    The Army hospital on base does not have water birthing facilities (which is what I want)! There are two hospitals close to me that will accept my insurance, and one has two water facilities, (they are like the metal sports water therapy tubs) that you can labor in, but not deliver. Also, those 2 tubs are first come first serve! The other hospital has no water birth/labor options at all!
    So, I've decided to have my baby at home. Many people say, well, one night in the hospital won't kill you. After all, a healthy baby is the goal right? WRONG!! Yes, I want to have a healthy baby! But having a baby is much more than the end result of having a healthy baby. It is just as much the mother's right to labor and deliver how and where she wants to as much as it the baby's right to be born healthy! Yes, the end result is a healthy baby and mama, but to me it's so much more. We as women were created by God Himself to have babies! It is in us, it is who we are, it is at the very cellular level of our inmost being!
    I want to have the kind of delivery that I want to have. I don't want any doctor (or midwife) telling me how to sit, lay, breath, or when to push. I want to listen to my body and follow it's lead!
    Unfortunately for me, the only midwives here in TN that will assist you with a home birth are Certified Professional Midwives (CPM's) which are NOT covered by our Army insurance!
    So I am taking matters into my own hands!
    I am going to pay $3000.00 out of pocket to have my baby at home!

    This is where the good news comes in!
    I've decided to have an auction on my Facebook Fan page in order to raise funds to help cover the cost of the home birth!
    I've secured a few sponsors and have found several items from my own personal cloth diaper stash (and other items that I have here that I think would make great Christmas gift items that are not necessarily cloth diaper related)!

    I will be destashing my box of brand new diapers that I've been hoarding collecting since I've known I was pregnant! At this point, having a home birth is far more important to me than my new baby having brand new fluff!

    I have about 10 confirmed sponsors for this auction, and it will be an event you don't want to miss. The auction will run sometime during the first 3 weeks of November (lasting from 10-14 days as I have not worked out all the details yet) and will be held on my Facebook fan page. Some of the items will be open to US and Canada, some to US only, and some world-wide! The only requirements for you to bid will be for you to like the sponsor's FB page and that is it!

    Payment will be accepted via paypal, money order, or personal check!
    If paying via personal check, the items will be held until the check clears the bank.

    If you are a business owner, or blogger and would like to increase your Facebook numbers as well as help me have my home birth and are interested in donating an item to the auction, please feel free to contact me (angela_heffner at yahoo dot com) so we can work out the details!
    I think you will be pleasantly surprised at the wide variety of items that will be up for grabs, and just in time for Christmas too!
    Feel free to comment on this blog post and tell me what you'd like to see offered in the auction!
    So keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming confirmed sponsors/auction items list and get ready to have some fun!

    Here are a few winners!
    The lucky winner of The Laundry Tarts sample pack from Nature Bumz is: Katie L.
    The lucky winner of the bottle of All Sport from Molly's Suds is: Mary C.
    The lucky winner of the bag of Laundry Powder from Molly's Suds is: Krystal G.
    A huge thank you to all of you that commented on my YouTube video. I did not win first (24 free diapers) or second (3 free diapers) place, but I did win 3 newborn diapers and I appreciate all your efforts to help me try and win <3
    Don't forget, if you commented on the video, you are also eligible to claim a one-time extra entry into EACH of my upcoming newborn event (which will be held next year sometime, maybe April or May)! So don't forget to claim them on your Rafflecopter forms!
    For the Tender Tush contest, the winners are:
    $20 GC to Jack Be Natural is: Roxie R.
    Bumgenius 4.0 in either white or green (snaps) is Izzabella T.
    The lucky winner of the set of 6 (742) 1/2 Liter Mold Jars from Weck is: Crystal
    The lucky winner of the set of 6 (762) Mini Tulip Jars from Weck is: Holly N.
    The lucky winner of the $100 GC to My Wonderful Walls is Jennifer!
    If you think one of the above names is you, please check your e-mails (to include your spam folder) to verify!

    Congrats to all the lucky winners and a HUGE thank you to our awesome sponsors!
    Don't forget (if you have an iPad) you can enter to win a Big Grips frame and stand on the blog right here!
    Also, don't forget to check out my Facebook fan page the first week of November to bid on some very awesome items that will be up for grabs! Detailed list to come soon!

    If you have not already done so, you may want to subscribe to my blog via e-mail, so that you can receive the latest news on product reviews, giveaways and events right in your in box!

    Thanks for being a LWML reader <3
    ~Mama of the Littles~