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2014 Joovy ResolutionsX2 – $600 Giveaway

One of my favorite things about the new year is being able to come up with fresh resolutions. I worked on ours for a good two weeks and ended up with a list of the most important and tangible things for the year which you can read more about here
I know it’s sometimes hard to find a starting point which can make the process a little overwhelming. Sometimes the best place to start is to look at what others have come up with. That is why the amazing folks over at Joovy have decided to share their resolutions for the year!
But wait, that is not all they are doing. Joovy is always giving one lucky reader $600 to spend at Joovy.com to help them achieve some of their resolutions! 

Don’t we all need another shot at setting realistic resolutions? We’ll suggest some ‘no fail’ resolutions that are easy to inject into your daily routine….. Winner will receive $600 to spend at Joovy.

Giveaway ends January 27th!

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Amber For Babies Review & Giveaway

Forget the midnight feedings, diaper explosions and transitioning to the crib… In this house teething has been one of the hardest milestones so far. Even though Parker has been taking it like a champ, I can tell he is in pain. I usually get the hint a new tooth is coming in when there is a difference in sleep pattern, increased attachment, occasional fever and a whole lot of drool.
Since I try to stay away from medications when possible, there wasn’t really much that we did in the beginning. Just lots of cuddles, cold teethers and frozen wash cloths. When I started hearing about Baltic Amber Teething Necklaces around the mommy circle, I was certainly intrigued. Shortly after, I was asked by Amber For Babies to do a review of one of their Baltic Amber Teething Necklaces. Although Parker has a fair amount of teeth at this point, I still saw value in giving it a try especially with those pesky molars coming in.
What is Baltic Amber?
Baltic Amber is fossilized sap found in ancient trees surrounding the Baltic Sea 25-50 million years ago.

What are the benefits?
Baltic Amber has been used for centuries for it’s natural healing and anti-inflammatory properties. It is believed that when the Amber comes in contact with the skin it can help reduce pain, drooling and irritability in a teething baby. Some have claimed it has also help with eczema, aid in organ repair, help memory and relieve abdomen pain.

Are they safe?
As with anything baby related, these necklaces are safe when used properly in the correct situations. Necklaces should not be worn when unsupervised especially during sleep time. The also shouldn’t be long enough to reach the mouth. The homeopathic benefits of Baltic Amber necklaces are from contact with the skin and are not meant to be chewed. Only use when you are close and can monitor this. Any parent knows that accidents do happen. With the Baltic Amber Necklaces made by Amber For Babies, there is no need to panic if the necklace breaks because the string is knotted between every bead.

Product Information.
Baltic Amber Necklaces are lightweight and almost undetectable when worn. They run about 11.5 – 12 inches long, come in a variety of colors and can be purchased polished or raw. Most importantly, they are unisex and it’s perfectly acceptable for boys to wear them! Amber For Babies understands that every minute matters while teething that is why they provide fast service and ship via USPS Priority Mail and offer same day shipping on orders made before 2:00pm EST.

I proudly wear the crunchy momma name tag while cloth diapering, shopping at the local farmers markets and buying toys made in the US from recycled materials. After doing more research on what Baltic Amber necklaces really are I realized that they are right up my alley. I love the story behind the origin of Baltic Amber and the ways it’s been used to naturally heal over centuries. My philosophy with natural healing is that if there is no risk, why not try it.

Parker has been wearing his for just about a month a few hours each day during supervised active play. I have seen a decrease in irritability and discomfort in his demeanor when he has it on. He could tell it was there and played with it a little in the beginning. Now he tilts his head forward to make it easier to secure and doesn’t bother it at all. I actually wonder if he realizes it makes him feel better which is why he doesn’t bother it.



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It is important that you purchase a genuine necklace made of Baltic Amber. Amber For Babies is currently running a 20% sale on all of their Baltic Amber jewelry in the month of January. Choose from a variety of colors and types here!

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KIDZ BOP Christmas #Giveaway

When I became a Mom I thought I would have to say goodbye to my music in the car. Luckily for me, when I was attending a blogging conference in Chicago this past summer, I was introduced to KIDZ BOP music. The KIDZ BOP kids take current popular songs and recreate them for a young audience. Parker loves when I sing along to a song, especially when it has a beat! We LOVE our KIDZ BOP 24 and jam to it in the car all the time, especially Thrift Store since we are constantly scoping out crazy finds there 🙂

There are so many things I love about Christmas. The shopping for the perfect gift, time with family, decorating, baking and especially the music. It just gets me in such a great mood and really excited about the holidays. I love traditional songs that current artists sing with their own unique style.

You can imagine my excitement when I received the KIDZ BOP Christmas album in the mail to review. It really got me into the holiday spirit and was perfect to listen to while decorating and baking. Parker must have been watching me closely because he started shaking his butt and swaying his head!

The KIDZ BOP Christmas album showcases some classic Christmas songs including:

All I Want For Christmas Is You  |  Santa Claus Is Coming To Town  |  Up On The Housetop Winter Wonderland  |  Must Be Santa  |  Silver Bells  |  Mistletoe And Holly
It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year  |  Christmas Wrapping  |  I Saw Three Ships
The 12 Days Of Christmas  |  Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer  |  Jingle Bell Rock
Go Christmas  |  Auld Land Syne

It’s tough to pick my favorite but if I had to choose it would probably be All I Want For Christmas Is You. Rob just got back from deployment yesterday and having my family whole again is the greatest gift ever.

Check out some of their other catchy collections here! Keep up on the latest KIDZ BOP news by following on FacebookTwitter and YouTube! Even as an adult I love their videos and that they will be appropriate for Parker to watch as he gets older!


More about KIDZ BOP:
KIDZ BOP is more than just music, they are a social network and video site for kids. Through close moderation the KIDZ BOP website provides a, “safe environment where kids can make and upload their own photos and videos, create their own webshows and fan pages, enter contests, play games and listen to music just for kids.” You can check out more on how they keep KIDZ BOP safe here.

You can buy a copy of the KIDZ BOP Christmas album for $11.99 here.

KIDZ BOP is spreading the holiday cheer and offering one of my lucky readers a copy of the KIDZ BOP Christmas album. Just enter below!

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The Santa In Us: A Joovy Holiday Giveaway #SantaInUs

I am really getting into the holiday spirit! Only a few more days until Rob returns home, just in time for Christmas. That means I have been busy getting the decorations up, baking done and Christmas presents checked off.

It’s no secret I LOVE being a Joovy Mom. It gives me the opportunity to review some of their fantastic products like the Tricycoo and Zoom 360 Jogging Stroller. I love how family oriented and down to earth the company and employees are as well. They make it easy to promote not only their products but also their values as a company. Not to mention the fact that Joovy decided to put together a special treat for all of you and offer a giveaway worth $355! I bet you are excited now, right? 🙂

The winner will receive some amazing prizes that will be the perfect surprise for all the little ones on your list.

Toy Caboose | Footcot Child Cot | Toy Room2 Playard | BicycooBMX Balance Bike | Noodle Helmet

This giveaway is for US residents only. Giveaway ends Friday, December 13th at midnight CST. Winner will be chosen on Saturday and items will be shipped Monday just in time for the holidays!

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Sunoco Gift Card Review & Giveaway

I love spending the holidays with family but for us that means hours on the road making the rounds. During the hustle and bustle of the holiday, I like to use gift cards to help keep my spending in check and my credit cards safe. In the past I have used them for restaurants, retail and even the grocery store. It wasn’t until recently that I found out gas stations also offer gift cards. 

After being approach to do this review, I started doing my research. I was pleasantly surprised when I found out that you can use the Sunoco gifts cards for more that just filling up your tank. They can be used to purchase convenience items like a jumbo Diet Coke for that late night trip or even in their service center.  
Sunoco offers gift cards in $25, $50 and $100 denominations that make the perfect stocking stuffer for just about anyone on your list. It will be sure to put a smile on their face. The Gas Station Locator makes it really easy to find a station with your specific needs. 

Now, who is ready for some free gas?!? Keep it for yourself or give it to someone on your list. 

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Sprint Samsung Galaxy S® 4 GIVEAWAY

I just love the holiday season because so many bloggers are offering fantastic giveaways to help find that perfect gift for someone special. A fellow blogger, Leilani from Soleil Selene, is a Sprint Ambassador and partnered with them to give away five different devices just in time for the holidays.

I am so excited to share the opportunity to win Soleil Selene’s giveaway of a Sprint Samsung Galaxy S® 4 (in purple)! The Sprint Samsung Galaxy S® 4 features hardware excellence, touch free navigation and a camera capable of dual mode, drama shots and eraser shots. 

Check out Sprints Black Friday promotions:

Nov. 22-27:  Customers who bring a line to Sprint from another carrier will get up to a $100 instant discount on the purchase of any phone with a new two-year service agreement. Customers who switch their number to Sprint and choose Sprint One Up to finance their smartphone with $0 down and 0 percent financing will receive a $100 Visa Prepaid Card.

Nov. 28-Dec. 2 (Retail stores are closed Thanksgiving, but customers can start early and shop online or Telesales): Customers can visit www.sprint.com/holiday or call 1-800-SPRINT1 to purchase Samsung Galaxy S® 4 mini for FREE (after a $50 mail in rebate via reward card) – a $99.99 savings with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement. Customers who shop online or call on Thursday can also purchase LG G2 for $49.99 – a $150 savings with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement. These offers will continue throughMonday, Dec. 2, in Sprint retail stores across the country, online and Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1).

Giveaway details:
Open to US residents only. Runs from November 24, 2013 – December 8th, 2013 at 12:00 AM PST.
Giveaway sponsored by Sprint and Hosted by Soleil Selene. 
This giveaway is for the device only. activation and service NOT included.
Leilani is also be giving away a  Blackberry Q10, a Samsung ATIV S Neo and a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 so make sure to check out her blog to enter more fantastic giveaways!