Friday, September 14, 2018

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (Sept. 15-21, 2018)

As I write this, our poor neighbors in the Carolinas are feeling the wrath of Hurricane Florence. Living in South Florida, I know well what they're going through right now! It's always a frightening time filled with difficult decisions and a lot of unknowns. Sending prayers their way that better days are ahead. For the rest of us who aren't in the storm's path, please join me in entering some giveaways! Visit this page every day all week to see what new giveaways have been added. Be sure to check out my right sidebar, too, because I'm giving away lots (and lots!) of gift cards (thanks to Clean Wholesome Romance)! And if you're hosting any giveaways, feel free to share them in the linky below. Please share this page on your social media pages, too.







#NationalBabySafetyMonth Baby Safety Tips from MAM, Plus a Giveaway for $40 Worth of MAM Products!

September is #NationalBabySafetyMonth. As parents, nothing is more important to us than the safety of our MAM babies. In conjunction with our friends at top baby registry site @Guguguru, we are posting safety tips throughout #JPMABabySafetyMonth to help raise awareness of key things we can all do to protect our babies.

Please share this post and/or tell your friends and family about each tip! #BSM2018 #BSM #BabySafetyMonth #JPMABSM


Focus on safety. This #BabySafetyMonth, the JPMA is teaching parents and caregivers to properly select and use all juvenile products, the importance of child supervision, following manufacturers' instructions and warning labels, inspection during product use, and monitoring children's growth and development. Visit www.babysafetymonth.org to learn more about properly choosing and using baby products and creating the safest environment for your child!


Always place babies to sleep on their backs. A recent study by the @AmericanAcademyofPediatrics shows that about 2 in 10 babies are placed to sleep in incorrect positions that greatly increase the risk of SIDS. Babies should always be placed to sleep on their backs. Placing babies to sleep on their sides is just as dangerous as placing babies to sleep on their stomachs, since they are likely to roll over onto their stomachs while sleeping.

Consider pacifier usage when placing baby down for sleep and remember that the pacifier may not be reinserted once baby falls asleep. Pacifier use is shown to reduce the risk of SIDS. MAM supports the AAP published guidelines for pacifier usage. Check them out here: http://bit.ly/AAPInfantSleepSafety Read more here if you’re interested in more information about pacifiers and how they reduce the risk of SIDS: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/116/5/1245


Before placing a pacifier in baby’s mouth, check to see if there is any damage or signs of weakness. Pull the nipple in all directions and throw away the pacifier at the first sign of damage or weakness. Pay extra attention to your child’s pacifier as teeth emerge, which can occur as early as 1 month. Be sure to replace your baby’s pacifier frequently -- once a month or every two months. Learn more here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvtezxTgUq0


Safe Sleep Guidelines. Many parents and caregivers are unaware of the AAP’s recommended Safe Sleep Guidelines and unknowingly put their babies at risk. It’s crucially important to make sure anyone who cares for your baby is aware of Safe Sleep Guidelines. @LovetoDreamUSA’s Safe Sleep Guide offers helpful tips to help ensure the safest sleep situation for your baby at all times. Visit https://lovetodream.com/sleep-center/safe-sleep-support-practical-advice-for-new-parents-/ to see more on safe sleep.


Make sure baby’s arms and legs are safe in the crib from any risk of being stuck, and even injured in their crib slats. Our friends @breathablebaby offer thoughtfully designed crib liners made of lightweight breathe-through polyester mesh to help keep little limbs inside of the crib without the risk of restricted airflow. For more information on this safer alternative to crib bumpers, visit www.breathablebaby.com.


Keep an extra eye on baby with a monitor, and just like anything else you place in your baby’s bedroom, you need to be careful about where and how you use a baby monitor. Place any cords at least 3 feet away from any part of a crib, bassinet, play yard or other safe sleep environment and never position a monitor inside or on the edge of a crib. Our friends @myevoz make wireless video baby monitors that securely connect to iOS and Android devices and allow for you to watch your child virtually from anywhere. The Evoz smart monitors offer patented cry alert technology and allow for data tracking and record keeping as well. For more information, visit www.myevoz.com.


For stress-free adventures with baby, choose a stroller that has a base wide enough to prevent tipping, even when your baby leans over the side. Always secure baby using straps and use the basket underneath. Don’t hang purses or shopping bags over the handles as it may cause the stroller to tip. @deltachildren offers safe, stylish and lightweight stroller choices ideal for parents on-the-go. For more information, visit www.deltachildren.com.


Ensure that your baby’s crib meets CPSC standards and that everything in your nursery is free of harmful chemicals and toxins. Check that the crib of your choice is not on the CPSC recall list here: CPSC Recall List. Just as important is ensuring that your baby’s crib is placed away from (1) windows, where drafts and sunlight can put your baby at risk, and (2) drapes/blinds, which are strangulation hazards.

Our friends at @Micuna_Usa offer a collection of safe, stylish cribs made of sustainable materials like solid Beech Wood. Check out their wide variety of cribs here: http://www.micunausa.com/shop-products/.


Choose a playard with the correct recommended height and weight of the child. The playard, including side rails, should be fully erected prior to use. Always follow the manufacturers’ instructions and follow these guidelines for safe use of a playard: https://babysafetyzone.org/safety-tips-bassinets-play-yards-toddler-beds-and-more. @4moms_hq offers parents a quick, easy, and safe space for their baby to play or sleep wherever they go with their breeze GO playard. The breeze GO meets all relevant playpen safety standards and is intended for playing or sleeping. Check out more on the breeze GO and other 4moms products here: www.4moms.com.


MAM pacifiers come in four sizes: newborn, 0-6, 6+ and 16+. Each size was developed with pediatric dentists and developmental psychologists to provide your baby with the ideal pacifier at each age and stage. These sizes are recommendations for your baby’s maximum comfort and safety; if your baby likes a MAM pacifier that is not the ideal size for his or her age, not to worry! It is still safe to use as long as all other safety guidelines are followed: http://bit.ly/mampacifiersafety.

About MAM – standard setting baby products

MAM combines technological innovation, medical function and contemporary design to develop superior baby care products that support a baby’s development from day one. Since MAM developed its first pacifier in Vienna in 1976, it has evolved to become a global authority on baby care product design and quality. Today MAM products are used by families in over 60 countries and on six continents. To find out more and view MAM’s baby care range of award-winning pacifiers, bottles, cups, teethers, oral care items, coordinating accessories and gift sets, visit www.mambaby.com.

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GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive a $40 gift package of assorted MAM items! Open to residents of the United States and Canada only. Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. Ends at 11:59 PM Eastern time on September 30, 2018.

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Disclosure: I received no products or compensation for this post.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Family Travel Essentials Giveaway: Enter to Win Lots of Travel-Friendly Prizes!

Family Travel Essentials Giveaway & Prizes
Family travel isn't always easy with children, but it is a great way to make memories and encourage kids to have a love for adventure. To make family trips successful, it's important to know what to bring. Preparation is key! These family travel essentials are helpful for problem-solving, keeping kids happy and fed, and entertaining kids on the road. We are excited to offer you the chance to WIN all these great family travel essentials!

Family Travel Giveaway!


This family travel gift collection has something for everyone!

Stuck On You Personalized Duffel Bag

Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen Stick SPF 30

Sneakz Organic Milkshakes

GoSili Silicone Coffee an Tea To-Go Cup. Also available at Target stores.

Milton's Gluten Free Crispy Sea Salt Baked Crackers

Milton's Gluten Free Everything Baked Crackers

Milton's Gluten Free Cheddar Cheese Baked Crackers

Milton's Multi-Grain Organic Gourmet Crackers

Milton's Himalayan Salt Organic Gourmet Crackers

Milton's Olive Oil & Sea Salt Organic Gourmet Crackers

Revelae Kids Cloth Snack Bags

Pic's Peanut Butter Slugs

Toofeze Teether

Covered Goods Multi-Use Nursing Cover

This giveaway is coordinated by Create. Play. Travel. and is open to US entries ages 18 and older. No purchase required to enter. One (1) winner will be randomly chosen and contacted through e-mail, and their name displayed on the giveaway widget after the giveaway ends on September 26th, 2018. Create. Play. Travel. and the participating blogs are not responsible for fulfilling brand-sponsored prizes. Prizes will be shipped directly from each brand.

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Friday, September 07, 2018

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (September 8-14, 2018)

Why is it that even with a shorter workweek due to a holiday, it still feels just as long? I thought that Friday would never get here! As I write this, it's finally the weekend, and I'm ready to celebrate! I hope you'll join me by entering some giveaways! Visit this page every day all week to see what new giveaways have been added. Be sure to check out my right sidebar, too, because I'm giving away lots (and lots!) of gift cards! And if you're hosting any giveaways, feel free to share them in the linky below. Please share this page on your social media pages, too.







Thursday, September 06, 2018

Treat Yourself to Beautiful Handmade Jewelry from A Blonde & Her Bag!

I love jewelry that’s unique. It’s all about the statement pieces that get noticed. So, I was excited to discover the handmade jewelry at A Blonde & Her Bag! Kaylin’s one-of-a-kind creations really stand out, and yet they’re delicate, too.

Check out the beautiful Torrey Ring in Blue Chalcedony that I received for review:


This beautiful semi-precious gemstone is set in a 14K gold bezel in your choice of wire (gold over copper, silver over copper, sterling silver or 14K gold filled).

I also adore this Marcia Ring with Aquamarine Crystals that I received:


Isn’t it pretty? I love the delicate little beads woven throughout the wire.

If you want something simpler that will go with any colors, select a wire ring without stones or beads, like the one below. It’s bold enough to get noticed, but it’s simple, too, making it a lovely addition to any outfit.


A Blonde & Her Bag also carries gorgeous necklaces, bracelets and earrings! A few of my favorite choices are below, but be sure to visit ablondeandherbag.com to see the full selection.


All of the jewelry at A Blonde & Her Bag is very affordable. There’s even a sale section, and you get free shipping with a $150 purchase. These unique creations make fabulous gifts, too! I hope you’ll join me in checking out the wonderful jewelry at A Blonde & Her Bag!

Follow A Blonde & Her Bag on social media:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BlondeandHerBag
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ABlondeandherBag/
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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/Ablondeandherbag/



Disclosure: I received complimentary product samples to facilitate my honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Back 2 School Audiobooks Giveaway: Enter to Win a One-Year Subscription to Audiobooks.com!

It's back-to-school time! Let's celebrate the beginning of a great year with a wonderful giveaway for a one-year subscription to Audiobooks.com so you and your kids can enjoy audiobooks all year!


Every parent knows that kids’ brains are like sponges, soaking up drops of information and words (even the four-letter ones we don’t always want them to). But did you know that 85 percent of what we learn, we learn by listening? According to the Audio Publishers Association, listening increases reading accuracy by 52 percent, and combining print and audio increases memory 40 percent over print alone. Audiobooks.com is making it easier (and more fun!) for kids to expand their vocabularies, increase reading speed, improve fluency, and teach pronunciation. No matter what genre your child gravitates toward, Audiobooks.com has lots of exciting kids content that can be enjoyed while waiting for appointments, before bedtime, and during car rides. (The age-old question “Are we there yet?” will become a thing of the past, even for reluctant readers.) Just in time for back to school, make any time learning time.


Enter the Giveaway!

One lucky entrant selected by the entry form will receive a FREE one-year subscription to Audiobooks.com. That means 125,000 premium audiobooks of your choice that you can instantly stream and download to your smartphone, tablet, or computer. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to get listening tips, recommendations, and more. Open for entry from September 4 to September 18, 2018. Open to entrants in the US, 18 years and older. The selected winner will have 24 hours to respond to the notification email to claim this prize or a new winner will be selected. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment. Best of luck!

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Saturday, September 01, 2018

Notebooks Go High-Tech and Environmentally Friendly with the Rocketbook Everlast Reuseable Notebook!

With four sons, we’ve gone through a ton of notebooks over the years. Just think about all of the paper we’ve wasted when those notebooks get tossed in the trash! But Rocketbook is doing something very innovative to cut down on wasted paper. They’ve come up with a reuseable notebook!


With the Everlast notebook and a Pilot FriXion pen, you can draw or write to your heart’s content. When you no longer need what’s on the page, just wipe it clean! The page is good as new and is ready to write on again! Check out my before-and-after pages below. You can see where I’ve written something on the page and then erased it clean! For small erasures, like the sentence I wrote, there’s a device on the end of the pen that can be used as an eraser. To erase a whole page, just dampen a paper towel or cloth and wipe it clean!


Another really cool feature of this notebook is that you can transfer your pages to the computer via email, Google Drive, Dropbox or other cloud services. All you need to do is install the free Rocketbook app on your phone or tablet. At the bottom of each Everlast page, you place an ‘X’ on one of the icons, which tells the program where to send your page. Then hold your phone over the page, and it will scan your information. Like magic, your page is digitally saved! I wrote a poem in my Everlast notebook, which I had linked to my email account through the Rocketbook app. I scanned it with the app, and it showed up in my in-box within seconds! It had been converted to a PDF, so I can save it for future use or share it with friends. That way, even if I erase my page, I’ve always got a record of what was on it.


Everlast notebooks come in two sizes: Letter size (8.5x11 inches with 32 pages) and Executive size (6x8.8 inches with 36 pages). They also come in four fun colors: Infinity Black, Atomic Red, Midnight Blue, and Neptune Teal. Each notebook comes with one Pilot FriXion pen, and you can get more at the store. (I found a double-pack at Kmart.)


At $34 each, these notebooks may seem a little pricey, but when you consider how much you spend on notebooks that you just throw away after they’re full, you’ll end up saving money in the long run. And if you join the Rocketbook mailing list, you’ll be notified of periodic sales and discounts. For example, right now they’re having a Back to School Blowout Sale that gives you 25% off your purchase of $20 or more at getrocketbook.com. Just use coupon code MVP25. (Expires September 4, 2018 at 11:59PM EST. Only valid in the US and Canada.)

The Everlast notebook by Rocketbook has the potential to revolutionize your back-to-school shopping. No need to purchase expensive notebooks that will just end up in the landfill. Just erase your Everlast notebooks and they’re all ready for a new school year! Both kids and adults will love the ease with which they can create notes, lists, pictures and more without the worry of using up paper. Visit getrocketbook.com today!



Disclosure: I received a complimentary product sample to facilitate my honest review.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (September 1-7, 2018)

As I write this, we're heading into a wondrous holiday weekend! Let's celebrate the Labor Day holiday by entering some giveaways! Visit this page every day all week to see what new giveaways have been added. Be sure to check out my right sidebar, too, because I'm giving away lots of gift cards! And if you're hosting any great giveaways, feel free to share them in the linky below. Please share this page on your social media pages, too. Have a great week!