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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Clementine Art Natural Crayon Rocks

Want a chance to win a set of Clementine Art Natural Crayon Rocks?



Head over to HippieHousewife Reviews to enter!

Monday, November 1, 2010

$45 CSN Stores Gift Certificate Winner!


Congratulations Leanne.. you'll receive an email soon! 

Thursday, October 14, 2010

$45 Gift Certificate for CSN Stores!


It's time for another CSN Stores giveaway! I'm excited to offer one of my readers a chance to win a $45 gift certificate.

Need new nightstands for your bedroom? A coffee maker for the kitchen? New luggage for a trip? With 200+ online stores, you'll find a large selection of everything you need!

Some things I love:




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Visit any of the CSN Stores websites, and leave a comment telling me what you'd love to have!

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4. Tweet the following tweet, once per day for 1 extra entry (1 comment) per tweet:

Win a $45 CSN Stores gift certificate from @raisingcasey http://bit.ly/9cGAj7 #giveaway


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Contest ends October 28, 2010, 11pm PST. Good luck!

Please read the following before entering:
* This giveaway is available to US and Canadian readers.
* There may be shipping charges or, in the case of Canadian addresses, international fees for certain products.
* You must leave your email address in each comment OR it should be on your profile in order to win.
* Winner will be selected at random through random.org.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Thirsties® Duo Wrap and Duo Hemp Prefold winner!


Sorry I'm a little late posting the winner.. I'd been out of town and completely forgot the giveaway had ended.. oops :)

Monday, October 4, 2010

Mama K's Aromatic Play Clay

Want a chance to win your own sample of Mama K's Aromatic Play Clay? Head over to HippieHousewife Reviews to enter!


I will be posting the winner of the Thirsties giveaway later tonight! :)

Friday, September 17, 2010

Inspired by Finn Baltic amber teething necklace winner!


Congratulations Melissa!



I had to pick a second winner for this one, since I had no way of contacting the original winner. Please make sure you leave your email address in your comments if it's not attached to your profile!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

$60 CSN Stores gift certificate winner!


* There are only 200 comments per page, then the numbers start back from 0, which is why it says 110 instead of 310 :)

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Inspired by Finn Baltic amber teething necklace

Thirsties® Duo Wrap and Duo Hemp Prefold

Friday, September 10, 2010

Thirsties® Duo Wrap and Duo Hemp Prefold review and giveaway


Until last week, I'd never used a prefold.. and to be honest, the idea of them scared me a little bit. So when Thirsties® offered me a Duo Hemp Prefold, and Duo Wrap to review, I wasn't sure what to expect!

When we received the diaper, I washed and dried both parts three times to increase absorbency, then we were ready to get started.

I was really surprised at how easy to use the prefold was! The instructions included were straight forward; you simply fold along the two seams (dividing the prefold into thirds), fan out the back a little, then place it into the Duo Wrap, like shown:


I love how soft and comfortable the prefold feels.. it's made of a custom hemp jersey material (made in the USA), which is 25% more absorbent than a pure cotton prefold would be, and feels just like a soft t-shirt. It's designed in a way that makes for a more thorough wash, and a quicker drying time; it consists of two panels, each panel being only two layers thick.


Most prefolds are 8 layers thick in the middle, can be bulky, difficult to wash thoroughly, and take a long time to dry. I love that it dries so quickly!


The Duo Wrap comes in two sizes; Size 1 (6-18lbs, 0-9 months), and size 2 (18-40lbs, 9-36 months). Each size features adjustable snaps on the front, to ensure an always great fit on your growing baby, and leg gussets for extra protection against leaks. It is available in 8 solid colors, and 4 prints, and with either aplix or snap closures. 



Fold-over laundry tabs (no snagging in the washer):


I love the way this diaper system fits Casey.. it's not at all bulky, and fits great under his pants.

We've had no problems with leaks.. Casey has worn it over naptime a couple of times, and it hasn't been anywhere near full when he's woken up. I'll generally leave it on him for about 2-3 hours (which is the longest I'll usually leave any diaper on while he's awake), but it could (and has, over naptime) gone longer with no issues.

Prefolds or inserts with covers are the cheapest type of cloth diaper available. By using Thirsties® Duo Hemp Prefolds (only $7 each), or Thirsties® Stay Dry Duo Insert ($7 each) with Duo Wraps ($12.75 each), you'll save yourself $2,000 over disposables!

Click here to request your Thirsties® catalog.

And just a few pictures of Casey modelling his new new diaper; he is 22 months old, and 25lbs, and we got the size 2 Duo Wrap, in Meadow.. which is an awesome color!




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Contest ends October 3rd, 2010, 11pm PST. Good luck!

Please read the following before entering:
* This giveaway is available to US and Canadian readers.
* I received a free product (or products) for review purposes. I did not receive any form of compensation from the company.
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* Winner will be selected at random through random.org.

Mother-ease AIO cloth diaper winner!



Congratulations Meaghan!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Baltic amber teething necklace from Inspired by Finn, review and giveaway!


A couple of weeks ago, I noticed that Casey was a little irritable and cranky. At first I thought it was the 'terrible twos' making an appearance. Then when he started to object to teeth brushing, I started to wonder if maybe his second molars were coming in. So with a bit of help from Peter, I managed to get a look in his mouth, and sure enough.. swollen gums, with a tooth trying to break through!

Our Inspired by Finn Baltic amber teething necklace arrived just in time!

Inspired by Finn have lots of different styles, colors and sizes to choose from.. the round bead, chip or disc styles, shiny or opaque, and colors from light to dark.. even multi-color.

I chose the disc style, in a size 12.5 - 13 inches.



I was a little worried that the 12.5 - 13 inches would be too short, but it was the perfect length for Casey (22 months). It's not long enough for him to be putting it in his mouth (amber is soft, and could break if chewed on), but not too short that it would bother him by being too close to his neck either. Something to keep in mind when you're choosing your length! Another thing to keep in mind, is that the lighter the color of the amber, the more effective it will be.. I actually didn't realize that when picking one out for Casey.


WHAT IS BALTIC AMBER?
Baltic amber is a fossilized tree resin that has been used for centuries in Europe as a natural remedy and curative for many ailments. When baltic amber is worn on the skin, the skin's warmth releases trace amounts of healing oils from the amber. For best results, it should be worn as often as possible, and as close to the site of discomfort as you can get it (wear a necklace for migraine or toothache, or a bracelet for arthritis of the hands).


THE BENEFITS OF WEARING BALTIC AMBER:
Pain relief.
Helps break a cycle of (chronic) inflammation.
Restores energy.
Maintains wellness.


I put it on him straight away when it arrived, and since then, I've only taken it off him for naps and at bedtime. He has been wearing it for two weeks now.. those teeth are almost through, and we haven't had to give out a single dose of Tylenol or Orajel. I just wish I'd heard of these necklaces sooner.. we were giving him dose after dose of Tylenol and/or Orajel to keep him comfortable when he was doing the majority of his teething.

How adorable does he look in it?!



Screw clasp.
Each bead is also individually tied!







Can't get it in his mouth!



We've had so many compliments on it since he started wearing it. Just tonight at the hair salon actually, a lady asked me where we got it and wanted to try one for her wrist!

Inspired by Finn don't just do teething necklaces.. they also have a selection of necklaces, bracelets, and anklets for adults. Great for migraine, joint pain, toothache, arthritis, etc.


BUY IT!

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TO SAVE 25% off your order, "Like" Inspired by Finn on Facebook, and use the "Suggest to Friends" link to suggest this page to your Facebook friends.

Once you have completed the above criteria, enter the following discount codes during checkout at www.InspiredByFinn.com.

To save 20%: FB20
To save 25%: FB25

WIN IT!

Inspired by Finn is offering one of my readers a chance to win any in-stock Baltic amber teething necklace, up to 16 inches in length.

TO ENTER:

Visit the Inspired by Finn website, and leave a comment telling me which necklace you'd choose if you won.

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1. Follow this blog publicly via Google Friend Connect (or tell me if you already do) - 1 extra entry (1 comment)
2. 'Like' Inspired by Finn on Facebook - 1 extra entry (1 comment)
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4. Tweet the following tweet, once per day for 1 extra entry (1 comment) per tweet:

Win an Inspired by Finn Baltic Amber teething necklace from @courtosaurus http://bit.ly/bzRaxR #giveaway ends 9/15

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Contest ends September 15, 2010, 11pm PST. Good luck!

Please read the following before entering:
* This giveaway is available to US and Canadian readers.
* I received a free product (or products) for review purposes. I did not receive any form of compensation from the company.
* You must leave your email address in each comment OR it should be on your profile in order to win.
* Winner will be selected at random through random.org.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Follow Me Back Tuesday

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Thanks for stopping by!

$60 gift certificate for CSN Stores!

You might remember a couple of months ago, I hosted a giveaway for a $60 gift certificate to CSN Stores. Well CSN Stores contacted me again last week to either do a review of a product from one of their 200+ online stores, or host another giveaway on my blog.

I am excited to offer my readers another chance to win a $60 gift certificate! CSN Stores have over 200 online stores, where you'll find anything you could want or need.. from a dutch oven, to rugs, cribs, and lighting!




TO ENTER:
Visit any of the CSN Stores websites, and leave a comment telling me what you'd love to have!

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Contest ends September 13, 2010, 11pm PST. Good luck!

Please read the following before entering:
* This giveaway is available to US and Canadian readers.
* There may be shipping charges or, in the case of Canadian addresses, international fees for certain products.
* You must leave your email address in each comment OR it should be on your profile in order to win.
* Winner will be selected at random through random.org.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

A Mother-ease AIO review & giveaway!

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I've been interested in trying out cloth diapers for a while now.. but with Casey being so old (and close to potty training), I'd decided that rather than spending a load of money for something we might only get a few months use out of, we'd just start with our next baby.
I was very excited to be given the opportunity to try out a Mother-ease cloth diaper. It was just what I needed, to make sure cloth-diapering was for us!

I chose the All-In-One cloth diaper. I figured it would be the easiest to use to start out with, without having to figure out inserts and covers, etc.

We received the diaper last Friday, and I washed and dried it a few times before using it, to increase absorbency. It's very absorbent.. I'll generally leave it on him for about 3 hours, but I have left it on him for 4 and a half hours over naptime, and had no problems with leaks.. it actually seemed like it could hold a lot more fluid. It handles poop well.. we have Casey on stool softeners, and the elasticated legs help hold the poop in great!

I ordered the size large (20-35lbs).. Casey is about 25lbs, and the fit was perfect. The waist and legs are elasticated, and have adjustable snaps. The snaps give you three different sizings to choose from at the legs, and two different sizings at the waist.


The material is so soft on his skin! The inside is made from a very soft terry, which I love.. and the outer part is a soft waterproof polyester. It actually doesn't look or feel like a waterproof material.. and I didn't believe it was until we tried it out. I was expecting it to feel plasticy, but it wasn't at  all.



Washing and drying is easier than I thought it would be. I use a very small amount of regular detergent and wash on cold.. then run through again with no detergent on hot. I have air dried outside, and have used the dryer, and it comes out of the dryer so soft and fluffy! I have noticed that it takes a while to dry.. but I assume that is because of it's absorbency. We have only been using the diaper for a week, but as of right now, we have had no problems with smells or stains.

As this is our first cloth diaper, I don't have much to compare it to, besides disposables.. but I have absolutely no complaints! It was as easy to use as a disposable diaper.. perfect if you're new to cloth diapers, like me.. to keep in the diaper bag for quick changes, or to have on hand for grandparents and babysitters! I can definitely say it has convinced me to give cloth diapering a try!

Thank you Mother-ease, for giving us the opportunity to review this diaper.. we love it :)

And some action shots!









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Contest ends September 10, 2010, 11pm PST. Good luck!

Please read the following before entering:
* This giveaway is available to US and Canadian readers.
I received a free product (or products) for review purposes. I did not receive any form of compensation from the company.
* You must leave your email address in each comment OR it should be on your profile in order to win.
* Winner will be selected at random through random.org.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Toddler Talk Thursdays!


I came across this blog-hop and thought it looked like a fun way to meet other moms of toddlers!

Casey  is 21 months old, and his favorite foods vary from week to week. 

His current favorites are;

1. Strawberries. His favorite lunch / snack food right now.. he can't get enough of them! He can literally go through 1lb of strawberries in two days, which is craziness.

2. Broccoli. Seriously. This is actually a long term favorite, and something I know he'll always eat. It has to be cooked very soft, and he can eat it by itself.

3. Pizza. No surprise there, right? He likes pepperoni and mushroom, or pepperoni and pineapple.. no cheese.

His least favorite foods are;

1. Eggs. No matter how they're cooked.. scrambled, hard boiled, omelettes, with cheese, without cheese, it doesn't matter.. he wont eat them.

2. Fish. Like with eggs.. it doesn't matter what kind of fish, or how it's cooked, he will.not.eat.it. Not even tuna sandwiches.

3. Pasta. I think it's the texture he doesn't like.. but ever since he was old enough to eat solid food, he hasn't liked it. The few times I've dared to offer it, it's ended up all over the floor.


What are your toddlers favorite foods? 
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Cheerios & Tricycles: Casey David Brake

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Upcoming giveaways!

I have a couple of exciting giveaways coming up in the next couple of weeks!


An All-In-One Cloth Diaper from Mother-ease.


And a Baltic Amber Teething Necklace from Inspired by Finn.

Stay tuned!