Sunday, July 31, 2011

Clothes and ALMOST 19 weeks



I have really been in the crafting mood lately when it comes to clothes and knitting!! I'm glad that I can do this and take one square piece and fabric and make something out of it. I love the gratification!

So here are some shirts I've made Avery in the past couple weeks.
These first 2, I hemmed them first and I was supposed to use elastic thread to shirr them along the neck and sleeves,but it didn't work. I ended up needing to encase elastic and so it made them a bit smaller then I thought since they were hemmed and then encased!

 Still couldn't find the good shirring elastic thread SO I bought 1/8" elastic and just sewed it into these. They're a bit bigger, but still fit!! Super cute and I love them.
The pattern I bought is also good for dresses so I'm going to make her 2 dresses this week. They'll be great for fall with some leggings and possibly with a white long sleeve shirt under them! One of them is a really fall looking material too!

I also got a ton of baby pants cut out of t-shirts. I bought the elastic needed for them today, so I'm going to encase those and have some more pants for baby done!
We find out the gender on WEDNESDAY!! I will share it here as I will be doing reviews later on that reveal gender anyway!
almost 19 weeks



Winner's for 7/30



I usually go in order but since Wisharoo has 6 winners, I'll do those last.

Softlips Winner
Slather It On Winner
Milk Nursingwear winner
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Wisharoo Park Winners (6)
First 3 were Grand Prize
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Follow you on FB - amanda alvarado
And what are the chances that the next 3 numbers were ALL the same person!!
So here is one of those winners of the Runner Up Prize
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Here are the last 2 prize winners
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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Sweet Bottoms Baby Review & Giveaway *CLOSED*



How cute is that little logo??

I love that their Slogan is "Where 'green' comes naturally"  That's awesome!!! We're on this green kick. We're really trying to change things on a monthly basis if we can. I'm trying to adapt a new green thing every month. It's kind of hard but I think we've been pretty successful since switching to cloth diapers in May 2009. It's been 2 years now and I'd say we've changed to 'green' probably a good 18 items or so.

Sweet Bottoms Baby really has everything green you could think of. Everything in their store is all natural and that's what's awesome!

I received a lovely product I'd heard about time and time again but had never tried. It's the CJs All Natural Creamy Body Lotion. I of course got it in the Monkey Farts scent and it's just great.

The lotion is all natural and is
Made from scratch, this lotion is like nothing you’ve ever tried! Soothes even the most chapped hands and dry skin! In order to increase the shelf life of this product, we add a paraben-FREE synthetic preservative. You’ve got to try this custom scented, creamy goodness!
Comes in 8oz bottle with lotion pump.

Sounds good to me!! The Monkey Farts is Banana, Grapefruit, Kiwi, Bubblegum Strawberries and Vanilla. How does that NOT sound good??

Avery loves this lotion too. She likes to put it on after a bath. 2 squirts does her whole body. 

Every single time I shave my legs I NEED to put on a lotion within seconds of getting out of the shower in order to prevent razor bumps/burn. I have only found 2 lotions so far that work. Suave Cocoa Butter and Vaseline Intensive Care. This lotion WORKS though. Most of the ones I try make my burn worse. Not CJs. It's been great and keeps my razor burn at bay!! And I only need 1 squirt per leg!! I can do my entire body in about 4-5 squirts. 

I will say though that because there's no preservatives in this it kind of separates because of the oils. So just give a good shake before you use it!

Sweet Bottoms Baby also carries Cloth Diapers, Diaper Accessories, Baby toys, Cloth Menstrual pads and Menstrual cups and MORE!!

Price: The CJs lotion is $12 which I think is pretty reasonable. It smells great and it will last a LONG time.

Overall: ***** and then some :)

GIVEAWAYSweet Bottoms Baby has offered one Mommy Of 1 and Counting reader the chance to win a CJs Lotion in the scent of your choice!

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Head over to Sweet Bottoms Baby and let me know your favorite item! 
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Giveaway Ends August 6th at 11:59 PM EST
*Disclaimer* I received an item directly from Sweet Bottoms in exchange for a review. I was not paid to try out these products*
A big thank you goes out to Sweet Bottoms for allowing me to review this product and offering a giveaway


Thursday, July 28, 2011

Caldrea Review



Along with the Mrs. Meyers pack came products from Caldrea as well. Mrs. Meyers is owned by the Caldrea Company, so they're related!!

So that also means that Caldrea items are all natural and Earth friendly.
I received a Countertop Cleanser in Basil Blue Sage and also a Hand Soap in Sea Salt Neroli. I wasn't sure what the hand soap would smell like, but it's a favorite of mine for sure! OH MY GOD it was AMAZING!!! 

The smell of this soap is divine and I find myself wanting to wash my hands with it throughout the day just so my hands smell good and I can smell it!! How weird is that?!?! 

I also LOVE the countertop cleanser. It is my favorite cleaner currently. 
I use it on my counters and also on my stove top once I get off the chunks of food. I love it, it smells so good and the smell really lingers. Which is great for a nice clean smelling home. 
I can use it in my bathroom and my kitchen so that's great. 
I also use it on my wood table. It just smells that good.

The soap lathers up really good with the smallest of a squirt, so I know it will last for a long time. 

Just like Mrs. Meyers, Caldrea has lots of products to choose from. They have a baby line, Dish Soap, Home Fragrance and Linen Spray and MORE.

Price: They are a bit more expensive. The hand soap for 11oz is $10.50. That's a bit much, but it will last a long time AND you pay about that at the upscale bath and body shops right?

Overall: ***** Love the scents. 
*Disclaimer* I received an item directly from Caldrea in exchange for a review. I was not paid to try out these products*


Mrs. Meyers Review



I love using natural products for the home. Detergent, dish washing cleaner, cleaners in general. It's hard to do this when you can get the regular stuff for free at CVS and Target like I do. But I'm really trying to switch to all natural stuff.

Mrs. Meyers is a great way to do this. The great thing is it's sold in stores too like Target, so it's not an online thing only.

I received a full size Dish Soap in the Rosemary scent. And I also received the 4 other scents in a sample size (although now they have a Honeysuckle scent as well). 
I started off using the samples as they would go quick. I started with The basil. It was really good. It smelled like basil, but wasn't overdone. The lather in these soaps is great!! I used the entire sample pack in a load of dishes, but to be honest, one pack would last 2 loads. There were LOTS of bubbles in the sink. 
The Lemon Verbena was my favorite out of all of them!! It is a great clean scent and perfect for dishes. 
The great thing about these is the scent doesn't stick around once it's rinsed. Which is great because if it did it would mean it wasn't rinsed clean. 

Geranium was kind of weird to me. It's a flower and to me it was a bit weird smelling for dish soap. But still cleaned just as well. And the Lavender was great too!

Now I haven't tried the Rosemary yet as I'm using up my old soap, but I can't wait to break into it.
Mrs. Meyers has LOTS of other cleaning products to choose from. She has Glass Cleaner, Countertop Spray, Bathroom Cleaner, Laundry products, Hand ad Body products! Some really great stuff!! 

Price: The dish soaps are 16oz and are on sale for $3.19!!! That's a great price and the same as let's say Dawn (if not cheaper) on sale from $3.99. Not bad at all!! Very reasonable. 32oz All Purpose Cleaner is on sale for $6.39 from $7.99. AWESOME again!!
My Target and Kroger sells Mrs. Meyers so that's great. 

Overall: *****
*Disclaimer* I received an item directly from Mrs. Meyers in exchange for a review. I was not paid to try out these products*


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Cake Lingerie Review & Giveaway *CLOSED*



Vintage Inspired Maternity and Nursing Lingerie for the new generation of mothers.
Sounds good to me!! Cake Lingerie has it.

I was sent a wonderful bra for review to try out. I was sent the Velvet Delight Plunge bra for review in a 34D.
 How it opens
It is a gorgeous bra! I don't really know that it's something I would wear much in the summer as it's lacy and a darker color then I'm used to. But under some tees and tanks it's great! I have worn it a few times already and it's super comfortable!

I think it will be GREAT for winter though under sweaters and cardigans (plus I'll ACTUALLY be nursing then). But so far I really seem to like it. 
I wore it 2-3 times and then I washed it in the machine to see how it would hold up. When I pulled it out to hang dry it looked marvelous. Was still in beautiful shape and looked great. 

I'm going to try and have a good 4-5 nursing bras in my collection so they don't get over worn and over washed. This way I can wear them for a few days and then switch them out and then wash them and they won't be so bad.

I love all of Cake's bras!




They also have camis, panties, pants and some robes as well!!


Price: The bra I received is originally $59, but is on sale for $44.93 and I think that's a GREAT price! The Cami and Pant set above there, each piece is $54.90. Which is reasonable.

Overall: ***** 

GIVEAWAY
Cake Lingerie has offered one Mommy Of 1 and Counting reader the chance to win a Cake Lingerie Bra in the size you need (32-38 B-D)

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Head over to  Cake Lingerie and let me know what you're favorite piece is.
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EXTRA ENTRIES
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3. Blog about this giveaway linking back to my site and the Cake Lingerie website
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Giveaway Ends August 6th at 11:59 PM EST
*Disclaimer* I received an item directly from Cake Lingerie in exchange for a review. I was not paid to try out these products*
A big thank you goes out to Cake Lingerie for allowing me to review this product and offering a giveaway


Monday, July 25, 2011

Email from Rafflecopter



I just HAD to post this here. As soon as I got this I thought, WOW!! They really keep up to date and really took the feedback to heart. I think they have AWESOME customer service and below is the email I just received from the Co-Founder of Rafflecopter!!

Hey Heather!

I'm sorry that Rafflecopter might have let you down over the past few posts that you had running :( I just wanted to shoot you an email and let you know that we're continually improving Rafflecopter as we go, and all the feedback that we've received has been very helpful.

We're working on some updates that will make Rafflecopter a lot better for you and your entrants. These update will include the ability to change the time and timezones of when your giveaways end, as well as the ability for entrants to sign into Rafflecopter. We hope this will solve many of the tracking problems that folks have been having regarding cookies, as well as give the users an easier time to remember which giveaways they have and haven't entered.

Its important for us to make sure that the folks entering your giveaways are just as happy as the folks using it as bloggers. That said, we monitor all the chatter on the OLS forums on a daily basis, as well as blogs, facebook, and twitter. We've refrained from commenting on OLS as we don't want to the be 'uninvited boss at the party' if you know what I mean :) But I wanted to let you know that we're always making updates to Rafflecopter and a lot of the feedback on OLS helps us decide what folks like and don't like.

Would it be alright to contact you as we make updates to our program? We hope you'll give it another go as we improve it down the line. Thanks for your time! :)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Ferro Cosmetics Review & Giveaway *CLOSED*



I love experimenting with makeup. I never thought I would be, but eye shadows are my weakness. If I can get a good deal I buy some even though I have probably over 100 eye shadows (not really an exaggeration).

Ferro Cosmetics is 100% natural, as more than half of my makeup collection is. And that's a huge plus for me.
They were very generous enough to send me a full size foundation and 3 sample size eye shadows. A sample still has PLENTY of shadow in it.
 Some of my favorite colors. Browns and greys/greens.

Here's the 3 shades I got so you can see them better.
Champagne
 Ok, I can't find the other 2, but they're called Truffle and Runway!
These are 15 hour shadows. They are good for 15 hours and don't crease. It's true!!!! It's hard to find an eye shadow that doesn't crease, and it's REALLY hard to find one that lasts more than 6 hours that doesn't crease. These are great!!

I wore the runway (greyish/green) to the Randy Travis concert. It was 96 degrees that day at an outdoor concert and it was on a good 9 hours before I took it off and it didn't crease at all. It stuck in there really good!

The foundation was great too. It went on so smooth and didn't get all nasty and wear off by the end of the day. 

There are lots of other things on the website to choose from. They have bronzers and brushes and lipstick. Great stuff!

Price: The 15 hour eye shadows are normally $17, but are on sale for $10 right now.

Overall: *****

GIVEAWAY
Ferro Cosmetics has offered one Mommy Of 1 and Counting reader the chance to win a $30 certificate
GIVEAWAY IS OPEN TO RESIDENTS OF THE U.S. ONLY
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Head over to   Ferro Cosmetics and let me know what you might get with your certificate.
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EXTRA ENTRIES
1. Follow my blog via GFC
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Giveaway Ends August 6th at 11:59 PM EST
*Disclaimer* I received an item directly from Ferro in exchange for a review. I was not paid to try out these products*
A big thank you goes out to Ferro for allowing me to review this product and offering a giveaway


Flip Flop Wines Review



Before you all get started. I requested these for JON because he's really on a wine kick lately. Although I will admit I TASTED (like an itty bitty sip) them so I could write the review.
And I did it in my 2nd trimester.

Now that that's out of the way... We received 3 bottles of win to try from FlipFlop Wines. I saw these in my store for $5 a bottle not that long ago, but didn't really want to try them in fear they would be bad. They were cheap afterall.

But we got a Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir and a Riesling

I immediately stuck them in the fridge to chill. We opened them all up that night so we could sample them next to each other. 
I sipped the Riesling first. It was very good. Had some fruit notes to it, it was kind of peachy tasting and was very good. 
Then I had a sip of the Pinot Grigio it too was good. It was dryer then the riesling but was pretty tasty. 
I didn't taste the noir as I HATE red wine. 
I've come to realize I only like white wine. 
Jon didn't care for it either.

He drank the whole riesling bottle in 3 days!! He was having a glass with dinner and he said that one was his favorite. 

At least now I know that when I go to the store again I can get him cheap wine (and me after baby is born) and it's GOOD. Just as good as the $20 bottles we have shipped in! 

Price: Like I said, my store was having them on sale 2/$10 for like 2 months!! I think the MSRP is like $7.50 though.

Overall: ***** 
*Disclaimer* I received an item directly from FlipFlop in exchange for a review. I was not paid to try out these products*
A big thank you goes out to FlipFlop for allowing me to review this product and offering a giveaway


Chooka Review & Giveaway*CLOSED*



To this day I have never owned a pair of rainboots. NEVER. Maybe when I was a toddler, but not since then. 

They've always been clunky and not stylish at all. Until I met Chooka boots. They are gorgeous, stylish and definitely ready to be worn whether it's raining or not!!

I received a beautiful pair of Crocodilla boots. 



Tell me you don't LOVE these boots? They look like crocodile skin. 
They fit me perfectly. They are a size 8 and fit great. They are a bit big around the leg, but with jeans on they would be perfect!! 

Of course they aren't made out of crocodile but are made out of Rubber. They also feature a moisture absorbing cotton lining as well. They smelled a bit strong when I opened the package, but I know that will fade with time. 
Beaause it's been so hot and it's hardly rained here I haven't had the chance to wear them yet, but I know come fall and spring these will be a MUST in my wardrobe!

My ABSOLUTE favorite pair of boots on their site is a pair of riding boots, otherwise I would've requested those.
Check out these babies

They carry other brands as well. 
Check these out!
These are not chooka brand. They are Western Chief brand. Both brands are owned by Western Chief

Price: The Chooka Boots I received are $70. The Hello Kitty are $37!

Overall: ***** I love them so far and can't wait to officially wear them!

GIVEAWAYChooka has offered one Mommy Of 1 and Counting reader the chance to win the Chooka boot of your choice (under $60)

GIVEAWAY IS OPEN TO RESIDENTS OF THE U.S. ONLY
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Head over to  Chooka and let me know which boot you might choose
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EXTRA ENTRIES
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2. Follow me on Facebook and/or Twitter (1 entry EACH)
3. Blog about this giveaway linking back to my site and the Chooka website
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Giveaway Ends July 30th at 11:59 PM EST
*Disclaimer* I received an item directly from Chooka in exchange for a review. I was not paid to try out these products*
A big thank you goes out to Chooka for allowing me to review this product and offering a giveaway


Milk Nursingwear Review & Giveaway *CLOSED*



I've really been drawn to nursing clothes lately. I'm not really sure why as I won't be nursing for at least 5 more months, but I think most of them kind of double as maternity clothes.
Which I like. They can be maternity, before pregnancy and after pregnancy/nursing clothes and they can also be worn LONG after you're done nursing as well, so for the price they're a great versatile piece.

I received a great top from Milk Nursingwear for review. I received the Sleeveless Babydoll Nursing Top in the purple and I'm seriously in love (actually I'm wearing it right now)
What I really like about it, the shirring that's at the top there, it goes ALL the way around the top so you can't tell it's nursing. Then in the front it picks up to expose you for nursing. But not only that, underneath it is a plain v neck line, so if baby picks up the shirring part, you're still fully covered. Well there is lots of cleavage showing, but it's better than bare boobs right??

I absolutely love this top!
Here it is on me in one of my week pictures. This was 15 weeks.
It's very flowy in the front, that's why I was pulling it back to show the belly.

I do love it and to be honest, I think it will definitely last me all summer!!! It's got a lot of room in the front there. I also can't wait to wear it next summer when I'm nursing. 
And I can't wait to wear it summer after summer!! It's a gorgeous top!

It comes in 5 colors. 
Blue, Black, Purple, Green, and Pink. They're all beautiful colors.

There is lots more to choose from on the Milk website!

Price: This top is $36 normally, but it's a week special right now and is $33.99. This is a great price in my opinion.

Overall: ***** 

GIVEAWAY
Milk Nursingwear has offered one Mommy Of 1 and Counting reader the chance to win a $40 certificate
GIVEAWAY IS OPEN TO RESIDENTS OF THE U.S. ONLY
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Head over to  Milk Nursingwear, scroll down to the bottom and Click the LIKE FB Button
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EXTRA ENTRIES
1. Follow my blog via GFC
2. Follow me on Facebook and/or Twitter (1 entry EACH)
3. Blog about this giveaway linking back to my site and the Milk Nursingwear website
4. Add my button to your sidebar
5. Tweet about this giveaway (DAILY) MUST be this "WOW the nursing wear by Milk Nursingwear is so pretty http://www.milknursingwear.com"
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Giveaway Ends July 30th at 11:59 PM EST
*Disclaimer* I received an item directly from Milk Nursingwear in exchange for a review. I was not paid to try out these products*
A big thank you goes out to Milk Nursingwear for allowing me to review this product and offering a giveaway


Another Rafflecopter



For those of you who like it, I'm sorry. But I will no longer be using Rafflecopter once these few close down.

There have been some issues with cookies not saving entries and people not knowing if they've entered. So for now I'm done with rafflecopter. I may return in the future if they have worked out all the bugs.
But I've had a few followers mention to me that they don't like it and would rather leave comments, so that is what I'll do!

I tried something new, but don't fix something that wasn't broken and the comments weren't broken!!

Thanks for being my guinea pigs!

Winner's for 7/23



Hayneedle
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Alphabeasts Winner
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BeautyToLove said...
-I'm Subscribed to You via Email AND RSS (Google Reader) aliaskys (at) yahoo . com Thank You!! :)
Pure T Winner
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Jaime McHugh said...

i like the silloutte dress my email is jaimelea143@yahoo.com
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