Lilla Rose Review and Giveaway

Disclosure: I received complimentary product for review purposes. The links below are to a family member’s Lilla Rose business. 

I have a love-hate relationship with my hair. It’s thick, curly and unruly. When humidity strikes, I can either choose to look like a poof ball or put my hair up. The same old hair elastics get a little boring, though. Lilla Rose offers a line of pretty hair clips and jewelry to add some sparkle and fun to your look. Now I don’t need to look like I had to put my hair up on a rainy day. I can put my hair up and still look on point! Dark hair and fluorescent university lighting make this a little difficult to see, but the flexi held my super thick, mid-back length hair.

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Serve up some Chiquita Bites and WIN a Thirty-One Thermal Tote!

Disclosure: I received this product for free from the manufacturer.  I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog.  My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the manufacturer of the product.

C’s feeding therapy group has been going really well. They’re exposing him to a lot of new foods, some of which he used to eat regularly but eliminated from his diet. One of those foods: apples. He likes to “make them crunch!” I can’t even explain the joy in my heart when he requests to eat apples!

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Sponsored: $50 Costco Cash Card Giveaway! #SnugandDryPlus #MC

Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Huggies® Brand. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

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Baby Jo and I are loving the Huggies® Snug and Dry Plus Diapers from Costco. The SnugFit waistband and Leak Lock® protection keep her dry day and night. My little lady enjoys running, climbing and exploring. I constantly find her climbing into the toy box, standing on top of books and puzzle boxes, and this week I caught her trying to climb onto the coffee table! She sure keeps me busy. I’m glad that Huggies® Snug and Dry Plus Diapers and Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes, available at Costco, can keep up with Baby Jo’s adventurous personality.

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{FLASH GIVEAWAY} Pretty Muddy Women’s Fun Run!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Pretty Muddy. As a 2014 Pretty Muddy Blogger, I received two entries to give away. The opinions below are entirely my own.

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What’s better than laughing with your girlfriends? Laughing while blasting through obstacles and getting Pretty Muddy! I’m excited to be offering one free registration code to TWO lucky readers. Enter to win a free entry and tell your friends about this fun run just for women. Pretty Muddy is all about fitness, fun, friendship, and flying out of your comfort zone.

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{FLASH Giveaway} Win an entry to The Color Run 2014 Kaleidoscope Tour! #Happiest5k

Disclosure: I’ve received two entries for a giveaway in exchange for this post. The thoughts and opinions below are entirely my own.

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The Color Run is hitting your cities like never before with amazing new participant gear (t-shirt, headband, wrist band and sling bag), fresh music and color crazy race attractions. This is 5K magic like only The Color Run can do! I participated in The Color Run last year and had so much fun that I’ve registered for two events this year. It’s the most fun 3.1 miles you will ever run or walk, with dashes of color, beats to dance to and people cheering! There’s no doubt why it’s called the Happiest 5k on the Planet.

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California Delicious Gift Basket Giveaway

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June 6-10, 2014
Open to US

I love giving gift baskets. You can personalize them so much more than a flower arrangement. Customize gifts for the tea lover in your life, a Father’s Day gift, the wine connoisseur and more. These California Delicious baskets are fun to send and even better to receive. So if anyone wants to send one my way, I’m an avid coffee drinker. ;) 

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Cutie P’Tubies Review & FLASH Giveaway: Making tubies cute one pad at a time!

Disclosure: I received complimentary product from Cutie P’Tubies in exchange for this review and giveaway. The thoughts and opinions below are entirely my own.

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It doesn’t seem to matter which barrier cream we use, how tight C’s g-tube button is, or how active he is…fluid leaks out regardless. We were using gauze for a long time. That always fell off if we didn’t use tape, but if we used tape then C’s skin would break out. I eventually gave up and didn’t put any dressing around it, resulting in some stains in that area of his shirts. During a late night Pinterest session, I came across some adorable g-tube pads. I didn’t even know that these existed! I clicked through to the Cutie P’Tubies Etsy store and found the motherlode of cute for G tube pads, J tube pads, Cecostomy pads and Trach pads.

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Review & Giveaway: Tastefully Simple Gluten-Free Beer Bread Mix

Disclosure: As a blogger for Tastefully Simple, I receive compensation and product for review purposes. The opinions below are entirely my own.

I’m working on going gluten-free this year. It’s not easy. I mean, who doesn’t love bread? As a Tastefully Simple blogger, I’ve had the opportunity to try beer bread and it is delicious. I like to make it for parties or when we watch sporting events on TV. Going gluten-free means that the traditional Beer Bread Mix was out of the question. Thankfully I don’t need to give it up, because Tastefully Simple makes a Gluten-Free Beer Bread Mix!

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Because 13-year-old girls like Griselda Shouldn’t Be Subjected to Gang Rape. #LocustEffect

Disclosure: As a member of the #LocustEffect launch team, I received an advance copy of this book for review purposes. The thoughts and opinions below are entirely my own.

Thirteen-year-old girls shouldn’t be plucked off the street on their way to church. It’s safe to say that Griselda’s abductors had no fear of prosecution for their crime. Why? Because the law enforcement system in Guatemala, like many in the developing world, are corrupt and of no use in protecting the poor. Impoverished victims cannot pay bribes or afford numerous trips to police offices and courts. For 4 billion people in the world, every part of the justice system is broken – police, prosecutors, courts. It doesn’t work. Gary A. Haugen writes in The Locust Effect, “Sadly, the public justice systems in the developing world not only fail to protect the poor from violence, but they actually perpetrate violence, protect perpetrators, and make poor people less safe.”

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Tastefully Simple Fabulous Fudge™ Review and Giveaway!

Disclosure: As a blogger for Tastefully Simple, I receive compensation and product for review purposes. The opinions below are entirely my own.

There are few things like the holidays that bring about sensory memories. For me, it’s the memories of big snowflakes falling from the sky, singing Christmas carols in the car while looking at Christmas lights, feeling the warmth of a peppermint mocha in my hands, and the smell of my mom’s maple fudge. That fudge is set out next to the Christmas cookies every year and it disappears pretty quickly! Nothing can compare to Mom’s fudge, but Tastefully Simple has come really close.

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Giveaway: Win a Wii Disney Infinity Starter Pack!

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This HOLIDAY GIFT is sure to be on many Christmas lists this year, and I’m sure you know someone who would just LOVE to unwrap this Wii Disney Infinity Starter Pack this Christmas!

If C were old enough to play video games, he would be all over this. He loves all things Disney and I hear that there’s nothing cooler right now than Disney Infinity! Apparently you can build things in it and take the characters into different Disney movie play sets. Pretty sweet!

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Philips Healthcare Breast Cancer Awareness: Educate. Empower. Encourage.

Disclosure: I am receiving compensation from Philips Healthcare for this post. The thoughts and opinions below are entirely my own.

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With nearly 1.4 million women being diagnosed each year, I think breast cancer is something that touches everyone in some way. My grandmother had a mastectomy due to breast cancer when she was in her 30s; and as I approach my 30s, I now find myself extra vigilant about self-exams. A few years ago, I discovered a lump in my breast. It was 4cm long and, after an ultrasound, they decided to take a biopsy. Hubster and I had gotten married just one year prior, we were preparing to move to a different state for graduate school, and the thought of fighting the “Big C” at 23 was terrifying. Thankfully it was not cancerous, but I will always need to monitor the lump for growth.

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Tastefully Simple: Sweet Swirl™ Caramel Cake Mix Review & Giveaway

Disclosure: As a blogger for Tastefully Simple, I receive compensation and product for review purposes. The opinions below are entirely my own.

There is so much “yum” in this post, y’all. Tastefully Simple’s Sweet Swirl™ Caramel Cake Mix arrived in my mailbox this month. I was really excited to surprise Hubster with this, because that man is all about the caramel. I haven’t had much time to indulge my inner baking goddess. That’s what I love about these products – if you have a few minutes and a couple of ingredients, you can easily whip up something special.

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My FitU Review & Giveaway

Disclosure: I received a one-year membership to MyFitU. The opinions below are entirely my own.

I’ve been thinking about joining a gym; but with everything going on with C, I wouldn’t have time to use a membership. is a great option that works with my hectic, uncertain schedule. It’s like having my own personal trainer at my fingertips and, essentially, I do.

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mamatea Review and Giveaway

Disclosure: I received two samples of Mamatea for review. The opinions below are entirely my own.

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We often hear about certain tea blends that are great to drink while you’re pregnant or nursing, but have you actually tried them? They’re not very pleasant! I have to admit, I’m more of a coffee drinker than a tea drinker. I think that’s because I had never tried mamatea.

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LifeOil Review and Giveaway

Disclosure: I received LifeOil to review. The thoughts and opinions below are entirely my own.


Hubster and I have been doing a lot of cooking since we tried the Whole 30 challenge last month. I suppose it’s a normal amount of cooking for us, but compared to how much I was cooking while pregnant with Baby Jo (none at all!), it sure seems like a lot. :)

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PinkBlush Maternity Review and Giveaway!

I received a dress from PinkBlush Maternity for review purposes. The opinions below are entirely my own.

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When I was browsing PinkBlush Maternity‘s website, my first thought was, “Dang, I wish I had known about this while I was still pregnant!” They have so many trendy maternity clothes and they’re all affordable. In fact, Hubster was relieved that I didn’t know about this site while I was pregnant. ;)

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Back to GiftHulk Giveaway – Win a $50 Amazon Gift Card!

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At GiftHulk users can earn gift cards, electronics and other cool rewards by doing things they already do online – searching, answering surveys, watching TV ads and more!

GiftHulk offers users different ways to earn Hulk Coins! These include Offer Walls / EZ Coins, Surveys, Invite your friends, GiftHulk TV, Search, Tasks, Guess the card, Sweepstakes and Fountain of Youth and more!

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Bloggers Wanted – GiftHulk Summer Event

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 GiftHulk Summer Event

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Prizes: Four $50 Amazon Gift Cards

Event dates: 7/15 – 7/29

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Aveeno Baby Giveaway!


Have you tried Aveeno Baby products? We love their baby lotion and baby wash, and have used both regularly with C since he was a newborn. It’s nice to be able to trust a brand to have gentle ingredients for your child.

Whether you’re an expectant mom planning a skin care regimen, a new mom seeking information on relieving the irritation and discomfort of diaper rash or eczema, or an experienced mom interested in toddler skin care, AVEENO Baby has a skin care and hair care solution!

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myheartsaKEs Review and Giveaway!


Kylie creates beautiful hand-stamped, personalized jewelry at her Etsy shop, myheartsaKEs.  Since we found out we’ll be having Baby Deuce right before Mother’s Day, I’ve been lusting after a custom mom necklace.  I want to display my kids’ names as well as their birthstones.  I love silver jewelry, and myheartsaKEs’ washer necklaces are exactly what I was looking for.

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Melissa & Doug $150 Gift Code Giveaway!

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Easter will be here soon! If you are looking for some great toys to fill those baskets, make sure to check out Melissa & Doug. They have toys for all ages! You can fill your baskets with bunny rabbits, lambs, classic toys and other great gifts!

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Premama Prenatal Vitamin Drink Sweepstakes & Giveaway!

With both of my pregnancies, finding a vitamin that was compatible with my nausea seemed impossible.  I wish I had known about Premama Prenatal Vitamin Drink earlier!  This doctor-recommended vitamin powder drink mix is easy to use and contains ingredients to help with nausea and digestive relief, which are two of the most common side effects of prenatal vitamins.

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iPad 2 Giveaway – Mom Powered Media Birthday Celebration!

I’m excited to be part of this awesome giveaway to give you a chance to win an iPad 2!  We own a 1st-generation iPad and C absolutely loves playing games and his favorite apps on it.  I can’t tell you how many times per day I hear the theme songs of every single show that’s on the PBS Kids app.  That’s right – just the theme songs.  C loves the music and only plays that part of each show. :)

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“Escape From Planet Earth” Giveaway!

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There’s a new 3D animated family comedy coming to the big screen!  “Escape From Planet Earth” will be released nationwide on Friday, February 15th!

Take a trip to the blue alien population’s planet Baab, where astronaut Scorch Supernova (Brendan Fraser) is a national hero.  He pulls off daring rescues with the help of his nerdy, by-the-rules brother Gary (Rob Corddry), head of mission control at BASA.  When the BASA chief Lena (Jessica Alba) informs the brothers of an SOS from a dangerous planet, Scorch leaves for yet another exciting mission.  But when he finds himself caught in a trap set by the evil Shanker (William Shatner), it’s up to his scrawny brother Gary to do the real rescuing.  Soon Gary is left to save his brother, his planet, his wife Kira (Sarah Jessica Parker) and their adventurous son Kip (Jonathan Morgan Heit)!

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$500 Christmas Cash Giveaway

Are you ready to win some cash?!  This giveaway is just in time give your wallet an extra boost after buying all those presents. ;)  I mean, who couldn’t use an extra $500? Sounds good to me!

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Bloggers Wanted: $500 Christmas Cash Giveaway Signups

Christmas Cash Event hosted by Mom Powered Media

Prize: $500 Visa Gift Card OR $500 Paypal Cash OR $500 Amazon Gift Card {winner’s choice}

Event dates: 12/5 – 12/26

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Ultimate LeapFrog Giveaway!

I’m thrilled to be participating in this excellent LeapFrog giveaway, offering a $240+ value of great products! Once C gets a little older, I know we’ll be using this great technology to help him learn in an innovative way.  Best of luck to all who enter the giveaway!

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Bloggers Wanted: The Ultimate LeapFrog Prize Pack Giveaway Event (Signup Ends Tonight at 9pm CST!)

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LeapFrog Prizes:

  • Leapfrog LeapPad2
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  • Leapfrog Brave Game
  • Leapfrog Leapschool Math Game
  • Tag with Human Body Discovery Pack

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Celebrating Summertime Giveaway!

Celebrating Summertime Giveaway Kick your summer off right with the chance to win a  


(1) $100 CASH


This great giveaway is brought to you by:  OutnumberedMama  Mom and More  and   Mommy’s Business – Getting It Done  along with these other blogs and websites:  My Little House of Treasures Disney Contests & Sweepstakes MyStyleSpot   Two Classy Chics   Mommies Point of View   Featured Product Reviews   Kid Things  Little Mama Jama   Adventures With My Boys   Social Studies Momma  MS Stole My Brain  There’s a Contest for That   DebrasDollars  Mommy Powers  Please visit all of them to say thanks for this giveaway! 


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(1) $100 CASH – Paid Via PayPal, available INTERNATIONALLY

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Aeropostale $250 Giveaway!

Welcome to the $250 Summer Wardrobe Giveaway!

Aéropostale is a mall-based, specialty retailer of casual apparel and accessories. Aéropostale provides customers with a focused selection of high-quality, active-oriented, fashion and fashion basic merchandise at compelling values. Products can be purchased in-stores and online at and

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Earth Day Cash Giveaway: $500 Prize!

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Welcome to the EARTH DAY CASH GIVEAWAY hosted by MamaNYC! I have teamed up with an amazing group of bloggers to bring you a terrific CASH prize! This event runs from April 20-30, 2012 and is open to residents WORLDWIDE! Keep reading below to find out how to enter this giveaway!

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The Socialpunk Trilogy: Excerpt and Giveaway

Monica Leonelle has released Socialpunk, the first part of her Socialpunk Trilogy.  If you enjoy books like Ender’s Game, Neuromancer or The Hunger Games, then you’d likely enjoy Socialpunk!

Monica Leonelle is a well-known digital media strategist and the author of three novels. She blogs at Prose on Fire and shares her writing and social media knowledge with other bloggers and authors through her Free Writer Toolkit.  Below is an excerpt from Socialpunk, available via Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

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UPrinting Giveaway!

Are you ready for a fun giveaway?  This giveaway is for readers that need to order business cards for the first time, or perhaps update their outdated cards.  With UPrinting’s Business Cards Printing, you can upload a file or even design your own card online with their Easy Design tool.

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BluePay Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Heather Kelly!  You were selected via as the winner of a $50 gift card of your choice courtesy of BluePay, your go-to resource for mobile credit card processing!

Thank you to all who participated in the contest.  Have a wonderful weekend!

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$50 Gift Card Giveaway Courtesy of BluePay!

Are you a business owner?  Whether you have a small or large business, are in retail or the restaurant business, BluePay is your financial gateway.  With BluePay’s wide variety of merchant services, secure payment processing and very competitive rates, you can’t afford not to check them out.

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Cupids Cash Giveaway: Win $850 PayPal Cash!


Welcome to the Cupids Cash Giveaway hosted by MamaNYC! I have teamed up with an amazing team of bloggers to bring you a terrific CASH prize that is sure to knock your socks off. One lucky winner is going to receive an amazing $850.00 PayPal CASH prize!

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Eversave Giveaway!

It’s our first giveaway of 2012!  I’m excited to announce the details of an awesome giveaway for $30 in Eversave Save Rewards courtesy of Eversave Minneapolis!  Your Save Rewards are redeemable for deals online or in any city!  If you haven’t heard of Eversave, it’s a great daily deals site that offers discounts (saves) on everything from tropical getaways to movie tickets to magazine subscriptions.  It’s free to sign up, and they bring services and products from local and national businesses to you for a fraction of the price.

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Eversave Winner

And the winner is…Caroline!  Congratulations!

Expect an email from me :)

Eversave Giveaway!

Who’s ready for a giveaway?!  I’m excited to announce the details of an awesome giveaway for $25 in Eversave Save Rewards courtesy of Eversave Minneapolis!  If you haven’t heard of Eversave, it’s an awesome daily deals site that offers discounts (saves) on everything from tropical getaways to pumpkin farm tickets to magazine subscriptions.  It’s free to sign up, and they bring services and products from local and national businesses to you for a fraction of the price.

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And The Winner Is….

Jessica!  Congrats on $25 in Save Rewards through Eversave Minneapolis!  Check your email inbox to redeem your prize. :)

Thank you to all who participated, and thank you to Eversave Minneapolis!

We’ll keep you posted on any future giveaways.  Have a great weekend!

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Eversave Giveaway!

Who’s ready for a giveaway?!  I’m excited to announce the details of an awesome giveaway for $25 in Save Rewards to Eversave Minneapolis!  If you haven’t heard of Eversave, it’s an awesome daily deals site that offers discounts (saves) on everything from a Cancun getaway to massages to magazine subscriptions.  It’s free to sign up, and they bring services and products from local and national businesses to you for a fraction of the price.

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