Friday, March 31, 2017

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (April 1, 2017)

Happy April Fool's Day! Don't be a fool and miss out on the opportunity to win some awesome prizes! This linky is live all week, so bookmark it and come back daily to see what new giveaways have been added to the linky and my right sidebar. If you're hosting a giveaway on your blog or website, please share it with us in the linky. And don't forget to share these great contests with your friends on social media.

Book Review: "Jake the Fake Keeps It Real" by Craig Robinson and Adam Mansbach

About the book:
Jake can barely play an instrument, not even a kazoo. And his art? It’s better suited for Pictionary than Picasso. Which is a real problem because Jake just faked his way into the Music and Art Academy for the gifted and talented (and Jake is pretty sure he is neither). More jokester than composer, Jake will have to think of something quick before the last laugh is on him.

Perfect for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Big Nate, Jake the Fake is sure to bring the laughs with his hilarious high jinks that will leave readers eager for the next installments in the series. Featuring more than 160 illustrations, readers will be delighted by the school adventures pulled from Robinson’s hilarious experience attending Chicago’s first public magnet school!

My thoughts:
My middle-school boys have always been reluctant readers, but I could always get them to read the Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney. Jake the Fake appeals to middle-schoolers for many of the same reasons. It's the story of a pre-teen who doesn't quite fit in, both with his family and at school. He is in the process of learning who he is and that it's okay not to be Mr. Popular. It was hilarious to read about Jake's attempts to fit into his art school by making a sculpture out of garbage from the cafeteria and forming a band that doesn't play music. I loved the weird school assignments he received, like to chew a piece of gum for six hours and write a play about it. Or write a book report about a book that doesn't exist. Meanwhile, like the Wimpy Kid, Jake has a best friend with whom he's going through the growing pains of friendship. Can their friendship survive being at different middle schools? The book culminates in a giant dilemma for Jake. How can he fake his way through the end-of-year talent show when he has no talent? I won't add any spoilers to this review, but I will say that Jake gets through it brilliantly and figures out that he's not as talentless or misplaced as he always thought. My boys and I really enjoyed getting to know Jake and are excited for the next installment in this funny series.

About the authors:
Comedian, musician, and actor Craig Robinson transitions his flair for humor from the screen to the page in his authorial debut. He is best known for his work on NBC’s The Office, Hollywood comedy blockbusters This Is the End, Hot Tub Time Machine, and Pineapple Express, and the upcoming drama Morris from America. Robinson pulls on his life’s most hilarious moments and his experience attending Chicago’s first public magnet school to bring Jake the Fake to life. Robinson continues to act, perform, and cheer on the White Sox.

Adam Mansbach is a novelist, screenwriter, cultural critic, and humorist. The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Go the F*ck to Sleep and You Have to F*cking Eat, Mansbach has recently expanded his writing repertoire to include his debut thriller The Dead Run and middle-grade novel Benjamin Franklin: Huge Pain in My . . . His novel Rage Is Back was an NPR Best Book of the Year. Mansbach’s work has also appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered.

About the illustrator:
Keith Knight is a rapper, social activist, father, and educator. He’s also one of the most highly regarded cartoonists in America, and the creator of three popular comic strips: The Knight Life, (th)ink, and The K Chronicles. Knight is the recipient of the Eisner Award and the NAACP History Maker award. His art has appeared in various publications worldwide, including the Washington Post, Daily KOS, San Francisco Chronicle,, Ebony, ESPN the Magazine, L.A. Weekly, MAD Magazine, and The Funny Times.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary Advance Reader's Copy of this book to facilitate my review. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link, and I will receive a small commission on purchases made through this link.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (March 25, 2017)

Spring has sprung! And it's time for another Super Saturday Giveaway Linky! Let's celebrate the advent of spring by entering some of the giveaways listed below and on the right sidebar. Check back daily to see what's new! If you're hosting a giveaway (or more) on your blog or website, feel free to share it in the linky. And be sure to share this page with your social media friends and followers so they can join in the fun!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Spring for Giveaways Giveaway Hop: Enter to Win a Surprise Box of Children's Books!

Welcome to the Spring for Giveaways Giveaway Hop brought to you by The Hopping Bloggers!
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Each giveaway has a value of a minimum of $15, however some are worth much more. Be sure to enter to win all of them because there is no limit to how many you can win. GOOD LUCK!

For my giveaway, I am offering a surprise box of children's books! I've collected quite a few great kids' books for review, so I'm going to box a bunch of them up and send them to one lucky family!

Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on April 2, 2017. Good luck!

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Disclosure: These books have been donated by publishers to facilitate reviews. I will be cover the cost to ship them to a winner. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (March 18, 2017)

Spring is almost here, although it certainly doesn't feel that way in many parts of the country. It's even been awfully chilly here in south Florida! Since we're stuck indoors trying to stay warm, let's enter some giveaways! I hope you'll join me in visiting some of the giveaways listed below and on my right sidebar. Come back daily to see what's new! And if you're featuring a giveaway on your blog, feel free to share it in the linky. Don't forget to click on the Social Share buttons at the bottom of this post to tell your social media fans and followers about this page so others can join in the fun!

Make Someone Hoppy for Easter with a Custom Plush Animal from Teddy Bears Personalized (GIVEAWAY)!

If you're looking for a memorable Easter gift, hop on over to Teddy Bears Personalized! They have the most beautiful teddy bears and other plush animals that you can personalize with your very own Easter message embroidered on the animal's clothing. These high-quality animals are made from soft, luxurious fabric, and are super huggable! My kids have slept and played for years with the bears and other plush animals we've received from Teddy Bears Personalized. They even come with a free greeting card and free shipping within the United States!

Aren't they adorable! There are so many bears and animals to choose from, along with a multitude of colors of various hoodies and sweaters. And with your own unique message, no two animals are alike! Easter will be here before you know it. Be sure to visit to order your Easter gifts and put a huge smile on somebody's face!


Teddy Bears Personalized is generously offering a free personalized hoodie bear or sweater bear to two lucky winners! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents and ends at 12:59 PM EDT on April 7, 2017.

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Disclosure: I have received complimentary plush animals from Teddy Bears Personalized, but all opinions are 100% my own.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Music CD Review and Giveaway: "Open Hands," by Laura Story

I love to listen to Christian music, so when I had the opportunity to review Laura Story's new CD, "Open Hands," I jumped at the chance. Fortunately, this album met my expectations ... and more! Not only are Laura's music and voice beautiful, but they especially reach out to touch the hearts of women and mothers.

Laura has three children (including twins like me!), and two songs particularly stood out for me as a mother. In explaining the song, "Give You Faith," Laura explains, "The most important thing that we could possibly give our children is to not just tell them about the faith that we have but to live out that faith as a family. Sometimes that means not giving them everything they want but showing them that the most important thing in my life isn't even them -- it's actually my faith in Jesus Christ -- and just point them to Jesus." She sings in "Give You Faith," "More than wisdom or wealth, More than happiness or health, May you say I gave you faith." It's such a wonderful goal for parents to have when it comes to raising children.

Another song that really resonated with me as a mother was "Grace Abounds." Laura wrote this song after watching so many horrible stories on the news and reading headlines that really caused her to reflect on the world her kids will grow up in. Laura says, "When it feels like hope can't be found, when we don't even know how we're going to put one foot in front of the other, Scripture teaches us that's when grace abounds." We all want our kids to know that life isn't always going to be great, and bad things happen, but comfort can be found in God's grace.

Watch this video of another beautiful song from this CD, the title song "Open Hands."

Honestly, I could go through every song on this CD and explain how touching and meaningful each one is, but I hope you'll pick up a copy of "Open Hands" for yourself so you can find hope and inspiration over and over again when you listen to Laura Story's beautiful voice and lyrics.

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I have been authorized to give away an "Open Hands" CD by Laura Story to one lucky winner! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, March 19, 2017. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win. Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

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Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link, and I will receive a small commission on purchases made through that link. 

Friday, March 10, 2017

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (March 11, 2017)

Are you a giveaway fan? I have to confess that I am! I love having the opportunity not only to win prizes, but also to check out new products and blogs. I hope you'll join me by visiting the giveaways listed below and on my right sidebar. Come back daily to see what's new! And if you're featuring a giveaway on your blog, feel free to share it in the linky. Be sure to click on the Social Share buttons at the bottom of this post to tell your social media fans and followers about this page so others can join in the fun!

Spotlight and Giveaway: "Izzy Kline Has Butterflies," by Beth Ain

Izzy Kline Has Butterflies
by Beth Ain

Fourth grade is here, and Izzy Kline is nervous. There are plenty of reasons for the butterflies in her stomach to flap their wings. There’s a new girl in her class who might be a new best friend. The whole grade is going to put on a performance of Free to Be…You and Me, a great show with lots of music and the kinds of big “life lessons” her mom always wants to talk about, especially now that Izzy’s dad has moved out. So many moments, both big and small, make up a year. Beth Ain chronicles them all in this funny and heartwarming novel, which allows each relatable moment to feel special and important.

A beautiful novel written in verse, IZZY KLINE HAS BUTTERFLIES (Random House Books for Young Readers) will inspire young girls to discover their inner voice.

A Message from the Author:

Here's a special message from Beth about her Butterfly Moments campaign. Follow the link for more detailed information along with a cute butterfly printable teachers can use in the classroom.

“I'm so excited to share this book with kids and their parents. Because it is written in small moments, it might just become a way back into your upper-elementary child's bedtime routine. My hope is that children will connect with all the funny and insightful things going on in Izzy's head, and that the book will give parents a way into their kids' interior life and the wide range of emotions kids this age often feel. And it might inspire them to write, too! I really want kids to see how their sweet or not-so-sweet moments can be enough to make something special -- that if they take a step back and become mindful of the small moments, they might find that poetry sometimes just presents itself out of nowhere smack in the middle of math class. I kind of hope parents will try their hand at it, too. Butterfly moments are all around -- catch one!”


"If you've ever wondered what living inside a fourth-grader's head feels like, this is it! Pitch perfect, heartfelt, and real."~Wendy Mass, New York Times bestselling author of The Candymakers

"Captures the soap opera that is fourth grade with honesty, humor, and heart."~Kirby Larson, Newbery-Honor winning author of Hattie Big Sky

“Light, bright, and believable, just right for young middle graders.”~Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Beth Ain is the author of several children’s books, including the Starring Jules series. She lives in Port Washington, New York, with her husband and two children.

Connect with Beth on:
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One lucky winner will receive a paperback copy of Izzy Kline Has Butterflies, by Beth Ain! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents and ends at 11:59 PM EST on March 24, 2017

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary ARC of this book. 

Thursday, March 09, 2017

The Powerpuff Girls Are Now on Hulu! Honor an Amazing Young Woman in the #RealLifePowerpuff Contest, Plus Enter This Giveaway for 6 Free Months of Hulu!

This post is in partnership with Hulu.

Hulu is celebrating the launch of The Powerpuff Girls by highlighting amazing girls across the country!

These #RealLifePowerpuff girls are doing rad things and inspiring others along the way, whether working in the fields of science or sports, or doing great things for their families and community. Do you have an awesome, inspiring young girl in your life? Share your #RealLifePowerpuff girl by posting a photo or video of them on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter and tag it with #RealLifePowerpuff and #Contest. Don’t forget to include what makes her awesome, and they might get shared and enter you to win a special PPG prize! Visit the official website for more information.

There are so many rad, amazing, inspiring young women in my life that it would be hard to single out just one! I work with a lot of wonderful ladies at the library, and my family tree is filled with accomplished young women, too! I hope you'll honor a special young woman in your life by submitting an entry in the #RealLifePowerpuff  contest!

The Powerpuff Girls centers on three sugar-coated superheroes, Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup, whose missions in life alternate between going to school, fighting crime, winning at hopscotch and saving the world before bedtime. The girls are frequently called upon by the town's mayor to help fight nearby criminals using their powers. While their differences cause them to squabble and tease, their individual strengths combined always lead them to victory. They rely on teamwork, trust, and friendship to thwart evil (in the most adorable way).

Hulu is THE streaming destination for the best of TV, and a great selection of films! Plus, you can stream almost anywhere, on any device, including gaming consoles, set-top boxes, tablets, mobile phones, and more. Visit to start your free trial.


We’re celebrating The Powerpuff Girls' new home on Hulu with a giveaway! All classic episodes are now available to stream almost anywhere, on any device.

One (1) winner receives a 6-month Hulu gift code! The code is redeemable in the US and does not expire. Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST on March 22, 2017.

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Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Celebrate International Women’s Day with Jessica Chastain and THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE

This International Women’s Day (March 8), in honor of the courageous women who changed history, I'm pleased to share this piece where Jessica Chastain celebrates the incredible story of Antonina Żabińska, whom she portrays in this month’s upcoming film, THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE.

Antonina Żabińska was a working wife and mother who, along with her husband, became a hero by saving hundreds of Jews during World War II, providing a safe haven for them in her zoo. At a crucial time of sustaining and elevating women's rights, it is important to share her story to highlight the strength and bravery of women in history who stood up to injustice. So, let's band together by taking bold action to help drive change for women through purposeful collaboration this International Women’s Day.

How Will You #BeBoldForChange like Antonina and so many others who have paved the way for women in history? Be inspired at

March 31, 2017

The real-life story of one working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during World War II. In 1939 Poland, Antonina Żabińska (portrayed by two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan Żabiński (Johan Heldenbergh of “The Broken Circle Breakdown”), have the Warsaw Zoo flourishing under his stewardship and her care. When their country is invaded by the Germans, Jan and Antonina are stunned -- and forced to report to the Reich’s newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck (Daniel Brühl of “Captain America: Civil War”). To fight back on their own terms, Antonina and Jan covertly begin working with the Resistance -- and put into action plans to save lives out of what has become the Warsaw Ghetto, with Antonina putting herself and even her children at great risk.

Theatrical Trailer:

Director: Niki Caro (“North Country,” “Whale Rider,” “McFarland, USA”)
Writer: Angela Workman (“War Bride”),
based on the nonfiction book by Diane Ackerman
Cast: Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Michael McElhatton, and Daniel Brühl
Running Time: 126 minutes

For more info, please follow the film on social:
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Monday, March 06, 2017

Lucky Clover Giveaway Event: Enter to Win a 3-Pack of "The Purple Grumblies" Books (Paperback)!

Can you believe that spring is right around the corner? I know that we are all getting excited for the weather to start warming up! But we don't want to forget the month we're in. Anderson's Angels, This Mamas Life, The More The Merrier and Woven by Words are very excited to bring you the Lucky Clover Giveaway Event! We've teamed up with over 20 other wonderful bloggers to bring you another great giveaway hop! Each blog has gathered a prize package worth $25 or more, so be sure to visit each blog and enter.

For my giveaway, I am offering a lucky winner three (3) paperback books in The Purple Grumblies series by Mike Marsh!

About the Books:
The Purple Grumblies are not swashbuckling heroes. They can't run. They're all thumbs when it comes to lifting or climbing anything. They're just plain awkward, small, grumpy, and … purple! And yet … these underdogs manage to outwit their adversaries time and time again. How do they do it?

Author Mike Marsh wanted to create anti-heroes with a conscience; to show how brain overcomes brawn and how little Davids can defeat any number of giant Goliaths. Good must always triumph over evil. Therefore, he created this series of illustrated children's books (ages 3-7), based on stories he created for his children and grandchildren over the years. The Grumblies are a fun collection, perfect for bedtime reading!

Visit to see all 15 of The Purple Grumblies books! One lucky winner will receive paperback copies of three books in the series. Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on March 20, 2017.

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Now hop around to the other blogs participating in this event for the opportunity to win more great prizes!

Disclosure: The author has generously provided complimentary books for review and giveaway. Hosts & participating hop bloggers of the Lucky Clover Event are not responsible for sponsors or self-sponsoring bloggers that do not fulfill prize obligations.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

A Spotlight on the History of Diapers

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When we think about diapers today, we all imagine extra soft, disposable diapers that protect our baby’s skin, and an image of Pampers probably goes through our mind. However, most of us, if not all, have no idea about the history of diapers. For example, do you know when they were first used or how diapers looked like 50 or 100 years ago?

With that being said, we've decided to share with you the history of diapers – from ancient times until today. So let’s dig in.

Diapers Timeline

Ancient Times – During ancient times babies wore animal skins, milkweed leaf wraps, and other resources to make something that functions as a diaper. Parents had to be resourceful and creative to make something from nothing.

In most European societies, babies were wrapped in swaddling bands. Inuits used moss and placed it under sealskin, while the Incas and Native American people put grass below a “diaper cover” which was made of rabbit skin. On the other hand, in tropical climates, most babies were naked and their parents (mostly mothers) had to anticipate urinations and bowel movements.

Late 1800s – By this time, babies from North America and Europe started wearing the progenitor of today’s diaper. A rectangle or a square of stockinet, linen, or cotton flannel was folded in a rectangular shape that was held with the help of safety pins.

Early 1900s – In the beginning of the 20th century, cloth diapers were introduced. Parents became more knowledgeable of bacteria and started boiling diapers. During WWII, working mothers started a “diaper service” that delivered cotton diapers wherever needed.

Mid 1900s – In 1942, the Swedish paper company Paulistr invented the first disposable diapers. Four years later, Marion Donovan, a housewife from the U.S., invented a waterproof covering for cloth diapers called “boater.” She also invented a type of disposable diaper, which was a normal cloth diaper with added shower curtain plastic.

But the first real disposable diapers were invented in 1950 by chemical engineer Victor Mills. He worked at Proctor & Gamble and used his own grandchildren as a test subject. A few years later, Pampers was born.

In the same year, there were two additional inventions:
  1. The first prefold diaper
  2. The Safe-T Di-Dee diaper
1960 -1980 – In the ‘60s, the popularity of disposable diapers skyrocketed. The manufacturers started using pulp mill instead of tissue which improved the overall diaper performance. In the 1980s, Curity brand flat diapers and Nikki brand cloth diaper covers were the most popular.

1991 – 1997 – By the early ‘90s, disposable diapers saw significant improvements. However, there was one huge issue — the environmental side of using this type of diaper. Therefore, cloth diapers made a huge comeback and many cloth diaper companies were established.

In 1995, a company called Motherease began selling cloth diapers in the U.S. and Canada. They even started selling by mail order in the U.S. and their only model “Sandies” was extremely popular.

In 1997, the first significant diaper website emerged online. It was a Canadian website called, which was also famous for informative articles that are still a very useful resource.

1999 – In 1999, HoneyBoy and Poochies diapers were invented and became so popular that HoneyBoy diapers were often sold at auction for more than $200 per diaper. In the same year, Cuddlebuns Cloth Diapers started selling one-size-fits-all diapers. Today, BabyByYou owns all three diaper brands.

By the end of 1999, Kissaluvs established an online business and sold contour and fitted diapers, while many moms started sewing diapers for their personal needs.

2000 – 2003 – In 2000, Fuzzi Bunz, Diaper Pin, and Stacinator were founded.
  • Fuzzi Bunz – an online store that sold Pocket Diapers. At the beginning, they were fleece on the inside and outside, but later were designed with fleece inners and PUL outers.
  • Diaper Pin – a website where customers and visitors could review cloth diaper brands and read interesting and useful articles.
  • Stacinator – their fleece covers for diapers came out and became popular. However, this company was later acquired by Happy Heinys.
In 2001, the popular term “hyena” was invented that defined mothers who wanted the more coveted cloth diaper types. Today, the word stands for highly sought after diaper brands that are hard to get.

By 2002, Happy Heinys, a promising pocket diaper brand, established its reputation as one of the most popular companies for cloth pocket diapers.

In 2003, wool soakers become extremely popular and the first WAHM brands, “Tuesday Bear” and “Wahm Boutique,” blazed a trail. In addition, DryBees pocket diapers were introduced to the market and became one of the favorites.

During 2002 & 2003 there was a diaper war where large cloth diaper companies threatened the smaller companies with accusations of patent or pattern infringement and legal actions. As a result, many smaller WAHM diaper makers decided to close and change industries.

2004 & 2005 – During this time, the cloth diapering community and websites dedicated to diapers experienced an increased growth, and many cloth diaper sewing businesses were founded. In addition, the popularity of WAHM diapers skyrocketed, along with “wool longies.”

Karen Fegelman programmed an easy to use shopping-cart system that was great for a WAHMs to use. The system was called Hyena Cart and it’s still being used today. During these two years, the designer diapers became popular and their price on auctions reached $200-$300.

2006 & 2007 – The year 2006 brought us a “revolutionary” new cloth diaper, the bumGenius by Cotton Babies. Due to its stretchy tabs and adaptability, it was an instant hit. The second most popular diaper at that time was JamTots' Berry Plush diaper.

In 2007, gDiaper's flushable diapers and Dream-Eza cloth diapers became popular as well.

2008 – 2010 – In 2008, the gDiaper remained popular despite the fact that some negative reports emerged from a few wastewater treatment facilities. These claims continued in 2009 as well.

The same year, Fuzzi Bunz released a highly-waited design, Happy Heinys continued gaining popularity due to its one-size pocket diapers, and GroVia released hybrid cloth diapers.

In 2010, Boingo Baby Diaper Fastener was introduced to the market and quickly gained popularity. It was the first diaper fastener innovation in the last 25 years.

2011 – 2015 – In 2011, Namaste Mama introduced an adjustable elastic Evolution Diaper, which was further improved by a second patent in 2013. Today, these diapers are manufactured by Boingo Baby.

In 2012, thanks to Facebook, people started buying large quantities of cloth diapers and selling them to customers. The same year, Lalabye Baby established itself as a fashionable cloth diaper company thanks to its wonderful designs. They sold eco-friendly, safe, and high-quality diapers at a cheap price. Their goal was to raise awareness of the “devastating” effects of disposable diapers.

In early 2013, the patent for bumGenius diapers was awarded to Cotton Babies, which started another diaper war by taking legal actions towards WAHM and small businesses for patent violation.

In 2014, a sprayer shield that makes rinsing cloth diapers cleaner and easier was created by Diaper Diamond.

In 2015, bumGenius upgraded their diaper model that now featured stretch for a secured fit and updated stay-dry inner fabric.

Present – Today, most parents use disposable diapers due to their convenience and hassle-free experience. Simply put, they prefer to throw the diaper rather than cleaning it. And when you think about it, that makes perfect sense.

Friday, March 03, 2017

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (March 4, 2017)

As soon as March blows in, our family's allergies kick in, too! Needless to say, it's not my favorite month. I'm going to get through the misery by entering some fun giveaways! I hope you'll join me in checking out the giveaways listed below and on my right sidebar. Come back daily to see what's new. And if you're featuring a giveaway on your blog, feel free to share it in the linky. Don't forget to tell your social media fans and followers about this page!

New Movie Announcement: Mary Poppins Returns!

I just got the news that a new Mary Poppins movie is in the works! And it features my movie-star crush, Colin Firth! What could be better? Unfortunately, it doesn't look like Julie Andrews is returning in any capacity (boo hoo), but Dick Van Dyke has a role (awesome!). More bad news: We have to wait almost TWO YEARS to see the movie! Anyway, here's our first information and picture from MARY POPPINS RETURNS!
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MARY POPPINS RETURNS, the all new sequel to Disney’s 1964 film MARY POPPINS, stars Golden Globe® winner Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins.

Directed and produced by Rob Marshall, MARY POPPINS RETURNS also stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer and Julie Walters with Colin Firth and Meryl Streep.

The film, which introduces three new Banks children, played by Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and newcomer Joel Dawson, also features Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury. The film is set in 1930s depression-era London (the time period of the original novels) and is drawn from the wealth of material in PL Travers’ additional seven books. In the story, Michael (Whishaw) and Jane (Mortimer) are now grown up, with Michael, his three children and their housekeeper, Ellen (Walters), living on Cherry Tree Lane. After Michael suffers a personal loss, the enigmatic nanny Mary Poppins (Blunt) re-enters the lives of the Banks family, and, along with the optimistic street lamplighter Jack (Miranda), uses her unique magical skills to help the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives. Mary Poppins also introduces the children to a new assortment of colorful and whimsical characters, including her eccentric cousin, Topsy (Streep). The film is produced by Marshall, John DeLuca and Marc Platt. The screenplay is by David Magee based on The Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers with Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman writing all new songs and Shaiman composing an original score.

MARY POPPINS RETURNS will be released in U.S. theaters on December 25, 2018!

Disclosure: I received no compensation or products to promote this film. I'm just excited about it!

Movie Review and Giveaway: "1 Night," Starring Anna Camp


Thirty-something Elizabeth (Anna Camp) must decide whether to salvage her relationship with Drew (Justin Chatwin) after much personal disappointment. Meanwhile, Bea (Isabelle Fuhrman), a worrisome teenager, reconnects with her introverted childhood friend, Andy (Kyle Allen) to overcome their difference in high school status following their prom. Past and present collide as two couples explore love over the course of one night at a hotel.

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My Thoughts:
Like the title says, this movie takes place all in one night! It is a story about two relationships, so there's a lot of discussion as each couple explores their various issues. Elizabeth and Drew are the "older" couple who wish they could recapture the magic they felt when they first met. Bea and Andy, on the other hand, are just in high school and beginning to see each other as more than friends. It's an interesting exploration of learning to enjoy the stage of life we're in rather than glamorizing the past or the future. Many people will recognize and relate to some of the struggles these two couples face. While this is not a movie for those who like a lot of action in their films, it is an interesting reminder that relationships take work and communication in order to be successful.

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One lucky winner will receive a digital or hard copy of the film, 1 Night! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Friday, March 17, 2017.

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