Monday, September 26, 2011

Win your own little owl family!

In my post about Spencer and Whitney (see below) I mentioned how I love her adorable little clay owls. Well you can win your own little owl set! As part of the media blitz that Whitney’s sister is sponsoring, you can enter to win 3 pieces from their adoption blog.

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CLICK HERE to go enter the giveaway

(note: this giveaway is not sponsored by me, I just think its awesome at that everyone should go enter!)

Spencer & Whitney: Creating While Waiting

One of my favorite crafty blogs is Creating While Waiting. The author, Whitney, is an amazingly talented and creative crafter, sewer and photographer. She has such a fun and eclectic style, I can’t help but be happy when I see her creations. Here are a few of my personal favs:

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These would be adorable for a baby/kid’s room! Who wouldn’t love to have miniature hot air balloons floating above their head as they drift off to sleep?

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How flippin’ cute is this owl family??!? Whenever I try to sculpt, I end up with not-so-cute blobs. I can make a turtle. Yeah, I rock at turtles.

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Love the colors and patterns in this quilt.

I think Whitney needs to open an Etsy shop. I would totally buy her little owls and hot air balloons.

Whitney doesn’t just blog about crafting, she blogs about life, the ups and the downs and their journey towards parenthood. Here is a little blip from her about me section:

I started this blog to document my various crafty creations = creating.  The blog kind of evolved as I decided to be more open about my struggles with infertility.  My husband and I would love to have children, but are learning that it may be quite the journey to get there someday = waiting.  So, there you have it.  Me in a nutshell.  Creating While Waiting. I'm flattered that you would come visit my little nook in the blogosphere where you are sure to find: pictures of my puppy Lizzy and/or handsome husband Spencer, crafty creations, crafty disasters, crafty tutorials, the occasional melt-down, and perhaps a laugh or two.  Thanks for stopping by!

Infertility is something we have been through ourselves. Someone who doesn’t know probably looks at our three beautiful children and think that having them has come easily, perhaps even as a surprise. It took 2 long years for us to conceive our second child- a process that included lots of waiting, testing, surgery and a difficult pregnancy. Our struggles seem like tiny pebbles now, but at the time, it was a giant boulder in our lives that just would not budge. It’s something I wouldn’t wish on anyone, let alone a couple as sweet and wonderful as Whitney and Spencer.

But something wonderful happened this week- Whitney and Spencer have just been approved through LDS Family Services for adoption! Maybe we can be the answers to each other's prayers.<br />spencerandwhitneyadoption.blogspot.com(this girl makes me want to grow my hair long)

Their family and friends (yes, I am related to this amazing girl! okay, my brother married her sister, but still, that counts!) are trying to get as many people as we can to check out Whitney and Spencer’s adoption profile. So if you have a moment, please stop by, check it out, share it on facebook, e-mail it to a friend- just pass it on! Help these two wonderful people become parents with just a click or two.

Spencer & Whitney’s Adoption Profile

Spencer & Whitney’s Adoption Blog

Spencer & Whitney on Facebook

Creating While Waiting

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

{Review} Original Sprout

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About

Original Sprout is a line of natural, high-performance hair and skin care products.

Because their products were created by a master stylist and mother, they bridge the gap between safe ingredients and salon performance like no other.

Our regulated, European Directive Compliant products are:

• Are made by a master stylist and mother, so they are safe and natural, but perform as good or better than high-end salon brands.

• Free of phthalates, phytoestrogens, soy, gluten, animal products, parabens, and propylene glycol with no added dioxanes or formaldehydes.

• Free of skin penetrators & photosensitizers (plasticizers & nanoparticles).

• Extracts are certified organic. The majority of ingredients are plant derived & from natural sources.

• E.U. Directive Compliant with full label disclosure of ingredients.

• Fragrances are made with naturally derived ingredients & are certified FREE of phthalates, lavender, tea tree, PG, DPG, parabens, dioxanes, benzenes, formaldehydes, acetaldehydes, styrene, toluene, chlorobenzene & glycol ethers.

• Products are vegetarian/vegan & biodegradable.

• Can be purchased online at www.originalsprout.com or at a variety of health food stores & salons worldwide

Review

I reviewed  a selection from the Worry-Free Luxury Collection which included Miracle Detangler, Natural Shampoo, and Scrumptious Cream.

Miracle Detangler:

Wow, this stuff sure lives up to its name! My almost 3 year old daughter has wavy hair that is always getting tangled. Brushing her hair is always a battle between me and her tangles. I’ve tried other detangling sprays in the past, but they usually weight down her hair and make it greasy. Original Sprout Miracle Detangler left her hair soft and shiny, but not greasy. I now use it after her bath, in the mornings when trying to tame her crazy bedhead and whenever she needs a little touch up.

 

Natural Shampoo:

A great product for the whole family! I used this gentle shampoo on my 7 month old, almost 3 year old, 5 year old and myself. We all loved it! I love the very subtle scent. I like babies to smell like babies, instead of heavily fragranced soap. After using this on my baby’s thick, curly hair, she just smelled soft, sweet and clean. It was great on my almost 3 year old’s sensitive skin.

 

Scrumptious Baby Cream:

Left our skin soft and smooth with no greasy residue. It isn’t often that I get to review a product for the whole family, but it was fun being able to get opinions on the Original Sprout products from both the adults and kids in the family.

Coupon Code

Use code FIRST_ORDER_10-U at www.originalsprout.com to get 10% off your first order!

Friday, September 9, 2011

{Giveaway} MelanSol 100% Natural Sunscreen- Ends 9/23

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Great Reasons to Use MelanSol Sunscreen Everyday
  • It safely reflects UV rays away from your skin, so you can stay out longer.
  • Natural ingredients condition to help your skin look fabulous.
  • You can use it on your lips.
  • It disappears moments after being applied.
  • It's a great alternative to aloe on a newly sunburn skin.
  • It helps your skin develop the most amazing natural tan.
  • There's no gluten- MelanSol® is gluten free.
  • It's successfully protected climbers to 26,488 ft. elevation.
  • You get more for your money and without sacrificing purity, quality, or protection.
  • It protects your skin from both UVA and UVB radiation.
  • It's a better alternative than chemical sunscreen for exposed cuts and bruises.
  • The formula is non-whitening on your skin.
  • You'll be wearing the most naturally protective sunscreen available.
  • It won't look or feel like you are wearing sunscreen.
  • It doesn't need to be reapplied every two to three hours--unless you wash or wipe it off
  • Natural ingredients help rejuvenate and repair your skin.
My Review
As someone with very fair, sensitive skin, I go through a lot of sunscreen. I want to protect my skin from sun damage, but hate the thought of putting so many chemicals and possible irritants on my skin. Until I found MelanSol, I thought that all sunscreens were this way, I had no idea that 100% Natural Sunscreens were even out there!
I reviewed MelanSol’s 100% Natural Antioxidant Moisturizer. It went on smooth and smells great! I love getting spa facials and the way this smells totally takes me back there. I love looking at the ingredient list and only seeing things that I recognize, like green tea, almond oil, lavender, lemon peel and water. I suspect that’s why it smells so great! After using this moisturizer for a week, I can actually tell a difference in my skin. My face is not as dry and its much softer.
MelanSol has a great chart to help you choose which of their products is best for you:
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As someone with fair skin, freckles, reddish hair and blue eyes, I am definitely in category I. My husband and kids, however, are category III or IV.
Giveaway
One reader will get a bottle of MelanSol Sunscreen or Moisturizer of their choice
Click “Read More” and follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter form below to enter this giveaway.

Monday, August 15, 2011

{Giveaway} Kix Cereal- ends 8/29

Kix Cereal is proud to say they are still kid-tested, mother-approved®. This go-to favorite is made with whole grain corn and is an excellent source of iron. It also is a good source of calcium, fiber, and Vitamins C and D, providing your family a wholesome breakfast with nutrients they need to grow.
With slightly sweetened and fun-to-eat, crunchy corn balls, Kix cereal eliminates the need for silly airplane noises to land the first bite. Low in sugar and with no artificial color, flavors or preservatives, Kix cereal brings the same great taste kids have loved for more than 70 years to the table.
Visit Kix online for background history, nutritional content, and special offers. We hope you’ll join in on the conversation and tell us why Kix cereal is “approved” in your household!


Win it!
Enter to win 6 boxes of Original Kix cereal (12 oz). Great for a healthy, yummy breakfast before school!

To enter, click “read more” below and follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter box.

Monday, August 8, 2011

{Giveaway} Fiber One Cereal, Pedometer & iPod holder. Ends 8/23

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The wait is over - brand new Fiber One 80 Calories cereal is on store shelves now! Each crunchy wheat and corn puff square in every bowl of Fiber One 80 Calories cereal has a light honey flavor – a delicious way to start your day. Fiber helps satisfy your hunger and helps you feel full, making it a great tool to help manage your weight.
  • With 40 percent of the Daily Value of fiber in one 80 calorie serving, Fiber One 80 Calories cereal can help curb your hunger, which can help you stick to your weight loss plan.
  • With great-tasting Fiber One 80 Calories cereal, there is a new breakfast option that helps you feel satisfied without sacrificing flavor!
Are you hungry yet? If so, look for new Fiber One 80 Calories cereal on grocer’s shelves now! Visit http://www.fiberone.com/ for great information on healthy living and coupons for new products. Also, be sure to check out the Fiber One Facebook page and get involved in the conversation. We’d love to hear how you feel satisfied with new Fiber One 80 Calories cereal!
My thoughts:
Okay seriously, only 80 calories? I’ve been eating Fiber One 80 Calories cereal for a week and I’m hooked. It does a great job of keeping me full and not wanting to snack a lot between breakfast and lunch. The flavor is good too, reminds me of another honey flavored cereal from my childhood… but without all the extra calories.
The pedometer is a great motivator to get moving. I’ve made it a goal to walk more steps each day than the one before (eventually I’ll have to set a specific goal, but this one is good for getting started!). I tuck it into my pocket in the morning and if I haven’t met my goal by the kids bedtime, I get outside and do a couple laps around the neighborhood. Its great because it’s just starting to cool off, the kids are in bed and I love that beautiful twilight time of day Smile It encourages me to park a little further away at the store, get up and get things myself instead of asking the kids to grab them, and I just might dust off that treadmill in my garage once it cools down (we’ll see…)
Win it!
One lucky reader will win a prize pack containing:
  • 1 box of Fiber One 80 Calories Cereal
  • 1 sensor pedometer with USB connector to chart walking progress
  • 1 neoprene iPod/smartphone holder with armstrap
Disclosure:

Fiber One 80 Calories cereal, information, and giveaway have been provided by General Mills through MyBlogSpark


To enter, click "Read More" and follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter box below!

Comments left on this post will NOT count as entries

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Winner- Who’s My Cupcake Board Book Giveaway

The winner of the Who’s My Cupcake Board Book Giveaway is:

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#57: Crafty

Congratulations to the winner and thanks to all that entered!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Alice in Wonderland Themed Baby Shower

There are so many great baby girl shower themes out there, but I wanted to feature something unique! So I present to you, my ideas for an Alice in Wonderland themed baby shower…

Invitations by AnistaDesigns

Alice in Wonderland Shower/Birthday Invitations - Flat cards - Vintage Appearance -  Set of 10

Cupcake Toppers by seasonaldelightsAlice in Wonderland Cupcake Toppers / Food Picks - You Pick Ribbon Color

Carnival Straws by pinkcherrymama20 DRINK ME carnival straws - choose from many patterns and ribbon colors

Pom Poms by soandsuchChoose Your Own Colors - Set of 10 Large Poms

Favors by hotpinkchick

Flower Hair Pins Chartreuse Brown Blue . SHABBY CHIC

Gift by ChiTownBoutique

Alice in Wonderland Drink Me Onesie and Toddler by ChiTownBoutique.etsy

Banner by livetoshine

Mad Hatter's Tea- Party Banner

Of course your drink of choice must be served in mismatched teacups. Decorate a few top hats from a party supply store for your guests to wear! What would you do for your own Alice in Wonderland shower?

Friday, July 22, 2011

Honey Bee Themed Baby Shower

After my owl themed boy baby shower post, I started thinking of other fun themes! Here is my take on a Honey Bee theme. This one is great as it can work for a boy or a girl. Great for a shower where the gender is a surprise or a combined boy/girl shower.

Invitations by UniqPaperCreations

Bumble Bee Invitation

Banner by sosweetpartyshop

Baby Shower Banner - Bumble Bee Theme - Mommy To Bee

D├ęcor by PomLove

Bumble and Buzz... 3 poms

Gift by FarmFreshHats

Bumblebee Hat and Booties

Cupcake toppers by tomkatstudioPRINTABLE PARTY CIRCLES - Bumble Bee Collection - The TomKat Studio

Honey Straws by DancingBeeApiary

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Favors by AFeltAffair

Black and Yellow Stripes and Dots Paper Pinwheels on Yellow Stripe Paper Straws Set of 4

Of course you would have to serve lemonade to continue the color scheme!

What is your favorite gender neutral baby shower theme? What would you you with a Honey Bee theme?

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Owl Themed Baby Shower- Etsy Style!

With a pregnant sister and sister-in-law, I have baby showers on the brain! I think an owl themed shower for a little boy would be just adorable. Here are a few goodies I found while doing a little window shopping on Etsy:

Invitations by luckybeepress

Letterpress Party Invites - Fill In, set of 8

Cupcake Toppers by TracyAnnPrintables'

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Banner by ToadallyCuteProducts

Party Favors by LilyRoseCraft

Gift by littlemissbirdie

What about you? What is your favorite theme for a boy baby shower? Tell me your ideas in the comments below!

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