October 22, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide: PomTree {Review & Giveaway}


There is something about Fall that just screams crafts at our house. Perhaps it is the change of weather or the beautiful red and orange leaves flying through the air. Fall is just a fun time of year and we have been soaking it up while making some fun and creative crafts from PomTree.


PomTree makes amazing craft kits and the best part is there is no glue, tape or mess to clean up! I enjoy a clean and organized house, so doing crafts with my kids is a bit like herding cows--it takes a lot of patience!

So how is there no-mess?

The concept behind PomTree, is "stuck on fun" because each piece has a sticky tape on the back that even a 3-year-old can un-peel, and once it's off you can stick the pieces together, creating a masterpiece!

My kids really enjoy PomTree craft kits and I know this because they will say, "Mom, remember when we made that…" or "Mom, it was so fun when we built the…" and this means so much to me! 


We received two kits to play with, the Felt Pillow Puff Kit: Felt Kitty & Mouse Pillow Puff and the Pom Pals: Mommy & Baby Owl Kit. Both kits are adorable and my girls had a blast putting them together. 


The Felt Pillow Puff Kit: Felt Kitty & Mouse Pillow Puff came with foam & felt stickers and shapes, a polyfill quilt batting, some wiggly eyes and some pom-poms. My oldest loves cats and is constantly asking for a real one, so I thought she would love this kit! 


It was really easy to put together and the instructions were easy to understand too. My daughter had such a fun time, even her daddy came to help out too! Daddy daughter moments are precious, so this melted my heart! 


The Pom Pals: Mommy & Baby Owl Kit came with felt stickers, a plush fabric ball, wiggly eyes, a pom-pom and very clear instructions! This cute and cuddly owl is adorable and the fact that it comes with a little baby is the icing on the cake--too cute!


For the Mommy & Baby Owl Kit, my daughter was extremely determined to do it all on her own. Every time she un-peeled a piece her face would light up in excitement knowing that she had done it all by herself, it was lovely! 


Their masterpieces!



These PomTree kits can be purchased at Consumer Crafts, also, enter to win any one of these 5 kits below. These five kits cost $13 or less!




October 21, 2014

Raise Money with Johnsonville Sponsored Pears!

So I have a little secret! I LOVE to sing and song-write. In fact I recently put together a group of people to begin working on my first album and was so excited to recently add Pearup.com to that team and know they are going to be a major help in my success!
Pearup.com sponsored by Johnsonville can help you and all your friends raise money towards a charity, group or event for the things that are really important to you. You can create a pear for your sons soccer team or your upcoming family reunion or your favorite charity or a project you and a team have been dying to complete but don't have the funds! The list of possible pear sponsorships is endless.
How the Pear works is simple. Simply visit THIS PAGE and choose from the list of available Johnsonville Sponsorship Programs the one that is most suited to your cause or event. Fill out the form on the right and click Select Sponsorship. Fill out the remaining details and upload a picture and then all you have to do is share your Pear with your friends! Right now Johnsonville is offering a special surprise gift for people who create a Pear for their family reunion.
To raise funds your friends and family simply visit your Pear and complete easy, free activities to earn your campaign money. I just completed all the activities for my Pear and it only took about a minute! Johnsonville donates money for every person who visits your Pear and completes activities, the more they complete the more money you get for your event. If you don't need to create your own Pear you can make a huge difference in a lot of good causes by spending a few minutes supporting other peoples Pears. You can check out and support my Pear here! (It would mean the world to me). I am so excited to be part of this and am so excited by the support I have already received. What would you like to create a Pear for??
Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Global Influence. All opinions are my own. Your experience may vary.

Combi: Cosmo E Promotion

Need a stroller, or know some one who does? Right now, Combi has partnered with Dropprice bringing you their Cosmo E Stroller at a great price! 



Here’s how it works:

Visit the link below and click "drop the price" of the Cosmo E. It started at $119.99 and for each mom that clicks, the price drops. The price will continue to drop until it reaches 30% off of the stroller which is awesome! You will get the option to "buy now" and will receive whatever price it is at the moment. There are limited quantity, so act fast!

 You can find the promotion here: https://dropprice.com/cosmo-e-stroller"

I just participated and I helped drop the price! Whoohoo! 




Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post

Shane Co. $1000 Photo Contest {Giveaway}

Nothing completes a look like a piece of beautiful jewelry to compliment your appearance and at Shane Co. they have one of the largest and finest arrays of high quality jewelry with 10 times the selection of a normal jeweler. Shopping online at Shane Co. makes it easy to find exactly what you are looking for as you can customize your search by price, carat size, stone type, shape and even the color. This allows you to find the perfect piece of jewelry for you - but this is not all they do to help you find that perfect accessory!
Right now Shane Co. has an amazing photo contest going on where one lucky winner will be awarded $1000 to Shane Co! Entering the contest is super easy, just click HERE to fill out the form and enter for a chance to win.
Browsing the Shane Co. online jewelry store I have been really impressed with the variety of jewelry they have. I would have SO much fun shopping if I won the gift card! Whether you are looking for something extravagant that will be a statement piece, or something small and elegant like the earrings I am wearing below, Shane Co. has you covered.
What would you buy if you won the photo contest for $1000 to Shane Co.?
Enter the Contest on Facebook here: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1umy8
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Shane Co.. The opinions and text are all mine.

October 15, 2014

Cascade Platinum In-Home Party {Review & Giveaway}

Disclaimer: This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Cascade. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.


I was given another opportunity to host a Cascade Platinum party in my home and it was so much fun. Cascade Platinum is something that you have to witness for yourself to truly believe it. 

If another mom had told me that I could put ALL my nasty dishes into the dishwasher without rinsing or soaking, would I have believed them?

Heck NO! 

Now that I have witnessed the true miracle of Cascade Platinum I am believer and can't believe how much time it has saved me. 

More precious time with my kids, how could I be sad about that! 


Parties are such a great excuse to get out of the house and indulge in delicious food and some great company, so being able to do this while sharing some valuable time-saving tips was great! 

I love helping out other moms, especially when I find a product that works, and Cascade Platinum works! 

I think everyone was a little surprised at the tips, because I know from my own experience that I thought I had been doing my dishes the right way, when in fact I was doing them all wrong.

My friends really enjoyed these time-saving tips and were excited that they were leaving the party with their own Cascade Platinum sample.

Great company. Check! 
Yummy Food. Check!
Time-Saving Dishwashing Tips. Check!

 I think our #Cascadeshiningreviews Platinum party was a total success. 


Here are some tips that were shared at the party so that you too can get the most out of doing the dishes:


1. Skip the Pre-Wash - Cascade Platinum works best on food that is stuck on your dishes so the special enzymes can latch onto the food, breaking it down so it can wash away. 
2. Works on 24-hour stuck on food.
3. Scrape the food into your trash and then put it right into the dishwasher. Don't worry about the food left on your dishes, for there is a garbage disposal built into the bottom of almost every dishwasher, just like your sink.
4. Stack your dishes high and low, making sure the dishes do not block the sprayer.
5. Set the glasses between the lines on the rack, NOT over them as wet contact points can cause spots.
6. Thread any long utensils through coffee-mug handles to keep them in place. 
7. Do NOT block the detergent chamber with big pots.


That's right, we have another fun Prize Pack for you to win!

Gunamuna: Gunapod Wearable Blanket {Review & Giveaway}

Disclaimer: I received a product in exchange for my honest review. These opinions are 100% my own.

Getting a good night sleep whether it is nap time or bedtime is every parents dream for their child. I love when my kids sleep through the night and have a regular sleeping routine, so when something like cold weather keeps them awake, life is not fun.

The Fall weather here in Chicago has been so nice--the leaves are changing, our street is beautiful and the weather has been so mild. Then, all of a sudden the temperature dropped to freezing leaving our house mighty chilly at night. My three kids are bundled in their warm beds with cozy blankets, but for my little seven month old, she is always cold and can't have any loose blankets in her bed with her.

Fortunately when the cold weather hit, I was lucky to have found out about Gunamuna Gunopods, which are cozy and warm wearable blankets--perfect! 


The Gunamuna Gunopods are wearable blankets with an innovative patented WONDERZiP zipper system, making them very functional and the perfect solution to loose blankets that can be dangerous for infants.

My daughter loves blankets but she is always pulling them over her face, which absolutely terrifies me. The Gunopod has solved my problem and allows my daughter to have a safe and warm sleep!

We received the Classic Dreams Solid Plush Gunapod wearable blanket in Charcoal and she wears it all the time. 


She even wears it when it is time to pick up her sister from school.


The Gunamuna Gunapods are very easy to use, you simply unzip the middle zipper and slide their arms through the arm holes and zip it back up.

The WONDERZiP zipper system has 4 separate zipper pulls, allowing you to use the Gunapod in many different ways.


Having such great functionality makes it very easy to change my daughter's diaper in the night or anytime for that matter. I can also unzip the bottom if I am ever worried that she is too warm. 


As we prepare for the upcoming cold days here in Chicago, I am grateful to know that my daughter will be warm, but most importantly safe while she sleeps.


You can purchase a Gunamuna Gunapod online for $24.99 - $39.50.

October 14, 2014

Number One Glucosamine {Review}

I don't know about all you other moms out there on the planet, but childbearing really did a number on my joints and now at a year post-partum I still sometimes grown as I bend over to pick up a toy or freeze in my tracks when my unruly knees and hips pop out of place and I am unable to move a step further. Oh the joys of motherhood!
Really though it is joyous and totally worth it, but wouldn't it be great if there were something to ease that pain a little? I just discovered a product called Number One Glucosamine, a little pill that is designed to help your joints regain mobility and strength.

How does Number One Glucosamine do this? Glucosamine is a chemical responsible for building cartilage, ligaments and tendons. We need them to protect our joints and allow our bodies to move freely.Chondroitin, the other ingredient in Number One Glucosamine, will help our joints be more flexible and elastic.
MSM (the last key ingredient) is fundamental in the creation of collagen, elastin and cartilage which will ensure healthier joints.
Basically it sounds like a miracle pill for me and I can't wait to start taking it and see where it takes me! Number One Glucosamine is great for anyone who suffers from:
  • Joint pain
  • Joint stiffness
  • Joint cracking and popping
  • Not being able to exercise as you used to
Get your very own Number One Glucosamine here on Amazon - and leave a comment letting us know if it works for you!
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Willow Tree Minerals {Review}

“As much as 60% of topical skin care products are absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream. There are chemicals in cosmetic products that are clinically proven to cause cancer, tumors, illness, irritation, and skin disorders.” This is only part of why I love natural and mineral makeup, but I find it difficult to find good quality inexpensive mineral makeup. That is why I was so excited when I found Willow Tree Minerals on etsy, they carry a variety of high quality natural beauty products all for prices that you can feel good about.
I received two shades of their eye shadow, Plum Berry and Cognac shadow, these are some of the best eye shadows I have ever used, they stay on without smearing easily or creasing. They are light and silky they go on smoothly, I have never used eye shadow that I like so much!
“Our pure mineral eye shadows go on smooth and stay all day without creasing. Apply dry for beautiful color or wet your brush and dip in shadow for more deep vivid color. No chemicals, talc, perfume, dyes, phthalates, bismuth, parabens or micronized minerals are used.”
Willow Tree has everything from foundation and eyeshadow to facial wash and soap, and everything is all natural and free of harmful chemicals! To shop around visit their website here. What is your favorite Willow Tree product??

Disclosure: I received a complementary product to facilitate this post, I was not compensated.  All opinions are my own. 

Boutique Clothes for Boys: Brimmer Baby {Review & Giveaway}

Getting dressed up is not all for the girls--it can be really fun dressing up boys to look super handsome and dapper.  But where do you find cute boy clothes?  I swear I have the hardest time finding cute clothes for my baby boy.  At church every Sunday I ooo and aww over all of the cute little baby girls with their fancy dresses, big hair bows, and dainty accessories.  Why can't I have that much fun dressing up my baby?  Searching store after store can be such a hassle.  And other moms just tell me to stock up at Easter or Christmas like they do (when more dressy clothes for boys are available).  But guess what--I don't want to wait til then.  I want to get in on the action now!  Well I guess I wasn't the only one that thought finding cute clothes for boys was hard because there are moms who have taken the initiative to MAKE such clothing and sell it to moms like me who aren't able to do so (yay for Etsy!).  Enter Brimmer Baby!
Brimmer Baby is an Etsy store that sells boutique custom preppy clothing for baby and toddler boys.  Their cute custom designs are absolutely adorable and perfect for your little boys.  I love all of their different color combos and pattern options that you can choose from.  Plus, you can even add an applique to your outfit which is great for birthdays and the upcoming holiday season.
I chose this adorable Thanksgiving outfit to review with my litttle guy.  He loves it.  I love that it makes him look super handsome but is also really comfortable for him to wear.  He looks good and feels good, which is a huge perk!  The colorful collar and cuffs are the perfect pop of style to go from simple to fancy.  
There are tons of different options to choose from when ordering from Brimmer Baby and the great thing about Etsy is that you have the ability to talk directly to the maker and get something you will truly enjoy!
I really like our Brimmer Baby outfit and I'm sure your little guys would like them too!
Brimmer Baby is giving away A ONESIE/OUTFIT OF YOUR CHOICE to one of our lucky readers!!
A big THANK YOU to Brimmer Baby for providing me with a free outfit to review.  I was not compensated for this review. I receive product(s) for free so that I can provide my insight and experience. These are my honest opinions. Your experience may vary.

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