Monday, April 30, 2012

Tropical Traditions Prize Package Giveaway #SuperEvents

I'm so excited to bring you another Super Event Giveaway! This week is all about Tropical Traditions and their amazing Coconut products! Hosted by Full Price? Never! with contributing bloggers CuzinLogic and MyCraftyLife.
About Tropical Traditions: Tropical Traditions has a long history of cultivating superior coconut oil. Founders Brian W. Shilhavy, BA, MA and Marianita Jader Shilhavy, BS, CND actually farmed it themselves in the Philippines which lead to their understanding of the health qualities of coconuts. Once back in the states they recognized a need to find quality coconut products and they filled it! Maybe their most famous product, Coconut Oil is the first thing that people think of when it comes to Coconut products, but Tropical Traditions offers so much more! From organic food to skin care items!

I have had the pleasure of trying several Tropical Traditions products; the Gold Label Coconut Oil, Powdered Dish Detergent, Dish Liquid and the Oxygen Bleach. Please feel free to read my reviews on them and if you would like to try these wonderful products you can purchase them by clicking below the photos!
The Giveaway- 
One super lucky winner will get a prize collection of Tropical Traditions best sellers valued at $275 including:
  • Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil - 32 oz.
  • Coconut Cream Concentrate - 32 oz.
  • Coconut Chips - gallon pail 
  • Coconut Flour - 2.2 lb bag
  • Coconut Water Vinegar - 32 oz.
  • Moisturizing Lotion - 8 oz.
  • Moisturizing Cream - 4 fl oz.
  • Lip Moisturizers - 1 set
  • Hair Oil - 8 oz.
  • Teeth Cleaners - 1 set
  • Natural Deodorants - 1 set
What a wonderful looking prize package!  I am jealous I can't win!


This giveaway starts at 12:01am April 30th and ends at 11:59pm May 6th {est}! Must be aged 18 or older and live in the contiguous US to be eligible to win.
Enter on the Rafflecopter Form Below! GOOD LUCK!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
“If you order by clicking on any of my links and have never ordered from Tropical Traditions in the past, you will receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil, and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you.”


Kate Spade Purse Giveaway

This Mama LOVE purses and I am super jealous I can't win this *HOT* one but am excited to be a part of the wonderful team that is giving it away!
This Navy Kate Spade purse is valued at $425!
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Thank you to our hosts for helping run this great event:
This is just in time for Mother's Day!  If you win will this be arm candy for YOU or a MOM in your life?  Either way a lucky lady the winner will be!
Giveaway will run April 30 12:01 am EST - May 10 11:59 pm EST
You have a lot of chances to WIN! Complete the mandatory entry and unlock the bonus entries.
Bonus entries are Facebook likes.
Wait for the Rafflecopter to load and enter below:

Sunday, April 29, 2012

KitchenAid Mania Giveaway



WELCOME TO THE KITCHEN AID MANIA GIVEAWAY!
One lucky reader is going to be the new owner of a white KitchenAid KSM150PSWH Artisan Series 5-Quart Mixer! This is a perfect Mother's Day gift to every one who loves baking or simply just being in the kitchen!  Not you?  Maybe your mom or grandma?

This was made possible by Bay Area Mommy, American Family and some of the most awesome bloggers! I am thankful to be a part of this awesome giveaway!

  • Retail Value: $349.99 
  • Color: White  
  • 325-watt mixer with 10 speeds; 5-quart stainless steel bowl 
  • Tilt-back head for easy access to mixture  
  • 1 piece pouring shield with large chute for adding ingredients  
  • Includes flat beater, dough hook, and wire whip 
  • Measures 14 by 8-2/3 inches by 14 inches; 1-year warranty
Good Luck!

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Madame Deals has some awesome and FREE blogger events and this time she is doing a Louis Vuitton giveaway!  You want to join in don't ya?  

Well head on over HERE and sign up to join in the Fun and please put that Bri from Eco Baby Mama Drama sent you!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Super Stalker Sunday #bloghop

Welcome to this week’s Super Stalker Sunday hop!


Super Stalk Sunday

What is Super Stalker Sunday? Glad you asked! Super Stalker Sunday is a weekly blog hop hosted by
Mariah of Formula Mom

and Bri of Eco Baby Mama Drama

As you know, blogs hops are a great way to meet other bloggers, socialize and gain more followers. We created this hop as away for you to connect with other bloggers via RSS Feed, Google Friend Connect, Email Subscribers, Facebook Fans, Twitter Followers, and Google+! 


How to Super Stalk Follow each host at least one way. Remember to leave a comment, as hostesses we’re committed to returning the follows. But please be patient as we are busy mamas and it may take us a few days to return the visit and follow. You will only have to link up on one of the host sites and your link will appear on all as we use the same linky. After you follow the hosts and the featured blogger, follow at least the four blogs listed above you on the linky. If your time permits, follow as many other blogs are you are willing


Keep in mind that many bloggers have phased out GFC in recent weeks, so be sure you’re following everyone another way as well! Remember: You will only get as much as you give. The more blogs you can visit, the more visits you will gain in return. We are all here to socialize and greet, not visit only your blog. While we encourage sharing our button and hop with as many as possible, it is not required. The more you spread the word though, the more we socialize and all gain followers! This week we're excited to feature

We asked Shannah what she enjoys most about blogging. Her response? "Meeting" other bloggers. Link parties and blog hops have introduced me to so many creative and inspiring bloggers and I love interacting with the new people I "meet" through blogging!" If you would like to be our featured blogger next week, being shared with more than 32,000 combined followers between the hosts of this hop, please link up your blog's home page! {Links to other pages will be deleted without warning.} At the end of each week we will select a blog via Random.Org to be the featured blog for the following week. The featured blogger will be emailed by Wednesday morning. Please be sure to check your spam folders! This week, the linky will remain open until 3:00PM EST on Monday! Go ahead, stalk up a storm!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Pure & Simple Baby~BumGenius Elemental Review & Giveaway~Friday's Fabulous Fluff Feature

When I read a little about Pure & Simple Baby on their website, I immediately felt like Rocio the mom behind the business is someone that has the exact same values I do.  With simple goals of using quality non toxic products on our kids and also making sure our actions aren't harmful to the earth I feel confident that the items in her store are not only great for my family and children but also having a one stop shop for my cloth diapering, babywearing and natural baby toy needs is an added bonus!


Rocio generously sent us the BumGenius Elemental Organic All In One cloth diaper in the moonbeam color for review.  There are so many things I love about this diaper I don't even know where to begin!
Let's start with the fact that it is an AIO (all in one) cloth diaper so you don't have to use a separate cover or stuff any pockets, the diaper is ready to go on baby as quick as a disposable only it is the natural fluffy goodness of cloth.
The soaker is sew in however you can see that the multiple layers allows for the diaper to dry easier verses being one thick piece of material.

6 layers of super absorbent organic cotton make for a great all natural fiber diaper, sometimes I am amazed at how thirsty cotton can be!  It is recommended to prewash this diaper 5-7 times because it is organic cotton it takes more prep than a microfiber diaper.
The soaker is very easily moved to the front of the diaper for boys or layered evenly in the middle for girls.  Organic cotton is not a 'stay dry' material therefore baby will feel wet, I like to use a fleece liner so Tates feels dry.
Two rows of snap closure ensures no wing droop (this diaper is only available in snaps) and a snap down rise allows this diaper to fit your baby from approximately 7 to 35 pounds.  Tates is currently about 29 pounds and the rise is fully unsnapped, the waist is snapped closed on the second set of snaps on each side.
As you can see this diaper is ultra trim and fits Tates thighs very well, never leaving a red mark.  The gentle elastic on the legs and back hold in messes great and this diaper washes very well however does take a bit longer to dry than most of our other diapers which is to be expected with an AIO.
Tates is very comfortable in this diaper and runs around playing in it on a warm day while stealing Daddy's game controller!  I adore how trim and absorbent this diaper is and would love to add more to our stash.  There are 13 colors and 2 prints available in this diaper.
Since Tates is on the higher end of the spectrum for this diaper I wanted to show how small it can really get so I grabbed his little (10" H x 6" W x 4" Dfrog friend and put him next to a tissue box for visual comparison so you can see on the smallest setting this diaper gets pretty darn small!
Buy It: Visit Pure & Simple Baby and purchase your very own BumGenius Elemental cloth diaper or any of the other brands Rocio carries!  You can also check out her wonderful selection of green toys, baby gear and apparel too!
Win It: To kick off our First Friday's Fabulous Fluff Feature, Rocio is generously giving away a BumGenius Elemental cloth diaper to one super lucky Eco Baby Mama Drama reader!  Winner must choose from in stock colors and this giveaway is open to US only.  Please fill out the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win!

EBMD And MOGM Are Proud To Present.....

I am really excited to be working on some fun new things for the blog including a new look (coming soon!) and some wonderful upcoming events!  I have joined forces with a fellow 'green' mama that I have followed for a long time myself and am elated to be working with on 2 (YES 2!) fun weekly events!  April from Mama on a Green Mission and I are both tree huggin' mama's that have a passion for trying to lead healthier lifestyles and love sharing our tips and mishaps with our readers especially when it comes to cloth diapering!
Starting TODAY, April and I will be hosting Friday's Fabulous Fluff Feature!  What exactly is this you might be thinking?  Well every week we will each be posting something fluff related, it might be a cloth diaper review (and giveaway!), cloth diaper related questions answered, maybe a post about our wash routine....you never know what you are gonna see!  Have ideas or questions on topics you want us to answer or a specific fluff item you want reviewed?  Leave us a comment or shoot us an email and we will do our best to get everyone covered!
Next Tuesday (May 1) we are going to be starting our Green Giveaways Galore feature!  As I mentioned before, both April and I are always trying to 'green' our lives and we both love giveaways (who doesn't?!) so we are starting up a linky where you can find GREEN giveaways!  This will be a linky that other bloggers can add their green/eco based giveaways to so you can find Green Giveaways Galore!  The linky will be posted each Tuesday morning and stay open until the following Monday evening so you can drop by and keep getting your giveaway fix!


April and I are overjoyed to be bringing you these fun weekly features and can't wait to see what you think of them!  As always we both love to hear what you think so feel free to leave a comment!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Gaiam Review-Trim Down Thursday

This week for Trim Down Thursdays post I am going to share with you some fun and helpful things that I have been able to use to get started on being a healthier me.  Thanks to Gaiam and their newly released yoga DVD's I have been able to start a wonderful new workout regimen!  I have never tried yoga before and this is definitely a great way for newbies to get going!
Rodney Yee's A.M. & P.M. Yoga for Beginners is something I highly recommend for everyone.  This is a very simple to follow DVD that I really enjoy doing everyday.  In the morning baby Tates and I like to start our day with this wonderful wake you up activity.  It is a great way to feel stretched and ready to take on even the gloomiest of 'Mondays'!  The A.M. Energize session is 25 minutes which is perfect for a little activity to jump start your day but quick enough that Tates can follow along and not get bored.
The P.M. Unwind session is also 25 minutes and is a fabulous way to end your day and begin the relaxation process of your evening.  The session is instructed by Colleen Saidman (guest hosting on Rodney's video) and we really enjoy doing this right before or after bath time to get any loose energy Tates might have out.  I really love that this video is so kid friendly, Tates is 26 months old and loves 'working out' with mama!
I was also lucky enough to receive the Massage Therapy Kit which is great when the kids aren't stealing the balls to toss around lol.  This kit includes:
  • 25-minute yoga stretch routine
  • 1 Large Ball, 6" (15.2 cm)
  • 2 Small Balls, 3" (7.6 cm)
  • 1 Small Ball Sleeve
  • 1 Needle for re-inflating included balls
This is great for learning how to stretch the proper way AND fabulous if you have sore muscles.  The balls allow you to use your own body weight to massage away tightness which will allow you to enjoy a deeper state of relaxation.  I also like to use them for light massage with Tates and the balls allow for an even distribution of light pressure so you are sure not to harm anyone you might use them on.

You can purchase these great tools for yoga and relaxation in your own home directly from the Gaiam website.  If you sign up to receive Gaiam emails you will get a 15% discount on your purchase!  You can also connect with Gaiam on Facebook and Twitter!
Make sure you head on over to see what Amanda from Coping with Frugality has up for today's Trim Down Thursday's post!  I think you will be excited to see what she has COOKING!  And please link up your health related posts!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Online Dating For Love

People always want to know where and how you met your spouse and in the this time of technology why not think about using an Online Dating Agency?  Recently while chatting with online friends this very question came up and I was surprised to see how many people met their significant others online and how they had all been with them for such a long time.  There wasn't one single friend that had a bad thing to say about their experiences and in fact they all said they would do it again!
My brother has always been a popular guy however he told me recently he had joined an online dating service and I was kind of shocked honestly and asked him why he joined.  He answered me plain and simple he was tired of waiting around to meet someone and playing games.  With a service specifically designed to help you find someone that has similar interests, beliefs or dislikes that you have you can easily find someone that is a good match for you.   You know people that you are matched with are looking for a real connection and are in the same boat as you are so the ice is already broken and you can relax and just enjoy meeting that special someone or if there is no love match maybe you have a new friend.


Feeling like you are still unsure of where to start or don't want to spend money to get started?  Join this online dating agency for free! Not only can you join for free, but you can see your potential matches for free too!  Remember, be yourself and have fun because you too can find the love of your life! He or she could be just a click away!

Dasani Takes A Fresh Look at Recycling & #Win A Pair Of New Balance newSKY Shoes! #sponsored

A Better Bottle: About PlantBottle®
I am excited to announce that Dasani is now being served in PlantBottle® packaging. Plantbottle is the award-winning bottle made from up to 30% plants, sourced from sugarcane by-products from Brazil. Brazilian sugarcane is considered an “Advanced Renewable Fuel” by the EPA & is the only first generation biofuel widely recognized by thought leaders globally for its unique & social performance.
Using plant-based materials reduces our reliance on non-renewable resources & lowers our carbon footprint. In fact, DASANI’s switch to PlantBottle saves enough natural resources to power a community of 7,800 homes.

In addition to saving energy, PlantBottle is 100% recyclable and DASANI has optimized the bottle design for ideal recycling including the cap, label, inks & glues.


The PlantBottle innovation has been recognized by several world-class organizations, including winning the Global DuPont Award for sustainable packaging in 2010 and the silver medal in energy and sustainable packaging category of the 2011 Edison Awards.


It’s important to note that PlantBottle is an important step, but not the end destination. In addition to the creation of PlantBottle ®, since the introduction of DASANI, the company reduced the amount of plastic in the 500ml bottle by more than 40% and the weight of our 20oz bottle has been reduced by 22%. DASANI is continuously exploring ways to lighten their footprint including further reducing of the amount of plastic used in the bottle and accelerating their goal of creating a commercially-viable 100% plant-based bottle. I for one am really impressed with the efforts this company is making and am happy to spread the word! You can learn more about these initiatives by watching the Dasani PlantBottle® Spot on You tube and learn how DASANI's PlantBottle® Saves Energy.


Refresh, Recycle, Reinvent: DASANI’s Partners
DASANI believes in not only promoting the recycling of its bottles, but also promoting the many cool items the recycled bottles can become. That’s why we partner with companies with similar mindsets, such as New Balance.
DASANI and New Balance have partnered together for the launch of newSKYTM, a line of footwear made from recycled plastic bottles. Together, we are working to both show consumers that there can be all kinds of exciting ways to recycle materials into new uses, and that we all need to do our part in protecting our environment.  If you love a good pair of shoes as much as I do you definitely want to go
to You Tube to see the New Balance newSKY Shoes.

DASANI's Recycling Initiatives
DASANI has partnered with a variety of organizations to promote the importance of recycling: 
• Coca-Cola Recycling: Since 2007, Coca-Cola Recycling has worked with the Coca-Cola system and community partners to increase the collection of beverage packaging for use again in North America. They currently manage 30 dedicated recycling centers, a commercial brokerage network, an online recycling bin fulfillment site and the execution of hundreds of local recycling programs around the country. 
• Recyclebank: Since 2006, Coca-Cola has partnered with Recyclebank, a meaningful rewards program that motivates people to recycle by rewarding them for their efforts. Recyclebank Points are earned based on the weight of the recyclables and are redeemable for valuable discounts, free products, gift cards and movie tickets, to name just a few. 
• Keep America Beautiful/Bin Grant Program: The Coca-Cola/Keep America Beautiful Bin Grant Program donates recycling bins to kick-start recycling programs for local organizations. Through your support, you’ve helped us grant bins to non-profits, government, civic organizations, schools and for profit corporations.

Make sure you check out the DASANI Facebook Page for all their latest happenings and promotional news!


So who wants to win a pair of New Balance newSkye shoes?

You can ENTER DAILY to win 1 of the 500 pairs that are being given away through April 30, 2012!  Good Luck!



*This article is sponsored by DASANI

Boticca.com ~ Easy Help To Complete Your Look

I have to admit since having my younger son 2 years ago I have totally fallen off the wagon when it comes to looking my best on a daily basis.  I used to never leave the house without makeup on, hair done and coordinated accessories, slowly since I stopped using them I got rid of just about every one of my handbags and pieces of jewelry and now I almost feel like I don't even know how to get 'my look' back.  I am so glad to have found Boticca.com recently, I could spend hours shopping online with all the hot fashion items that are available at the click of my mouse.
The catch phrase says it all 'I'd rather wear a unique story' is so true at least with me, I love pieces of jewelry and handbags that are unique and catch your eye and love when people want to know where I got a particular item.  Boticca.com offers several cool ways to shop and choose what accessories you are looking for like Pieces in the Press, As seen on Celebrities or New Designers of the Week you are sure to find the perfect items to complete any look you are trying to go for.  Belts, scarves, handbags and jewelry of all kinds including hair accessories to make every outfit you wear a fashion statement.
I absolutely adore these two pieces and would love to have them for a fun date night on the town with my husband!  I am a huge fan of dangle earrings and these are simply elegant and can dress up a pair of jeans and a black t-shirt or add a nice sparkle to that little black dress that every woman needs.  This fabulous statement clutch is seriously screaming my name!  Being a mama of a little one my handbags tend to be over sized and double as a diaper bag and I really miss having a hot little bag in my hands.  Want something even more personalized?  Check out the special section offering pieces designed just for you!
I am definitely going to be shopping here for Mother's Day and both of my sister's birthdays and even my own birthday maybe!  Think my husband will mind if I buy my own gift and all he has to do is wrap it up?  What is your favorite piece, that is if you can choose just one?

This is a feature for Boticca.com


Shaklee Giveaway $280 in Prizes~2 Winners #SuperEvents

It is time for another awesome "SUPER EVENTS" giveaway! I am happy to be participating in this great green giveaway from Shaklee and their fantastic eco-friendly products! This event is hosted by Full Price? Never! with contributing bloggers CuzinLogic and MyCraftyLife.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Super Stalker Sunday #bloghop

Welcome to this week’s Super Stalker Sunday hop!


Super Stalk Sunday

What is Super Stalker Sunday? Glad you asked! Super Stalker Sunday is a weekly blog hop hosted by:


Mariah of Formula Mom

and Bri of Eco Baby Mama Drama

As you know, blogs hops are a great way to meet other bloggers, socialize and gain more followers. We created this hop as away for you to connect with other bloggers via RSS Feed, Google Friend Connect, Email Subscribers, Facebook Fans, Twitter Followers, and Google+! 


How to Super Stalk Follow each host at least one way. Remember to leave a comment, as hostesses we’re committed to returning the follows. But please be patient as we are busy mamas and it may take us a few days to return the visit and follow. You will only have to link up on one of the host sites and your link will appear on all as we use the same linky. After you follow the hosts and the featured blogger, follow at least the four blogs listed above you on the linky.  If your time permits, follow as many other blogs are you are willing


Keep in mind that many bloggers have phased out GFC in recent weeks, so be sure you’re following everyone another way as well! Remember: You will only get as much as you give. The more blogs you can visit, the more visits you will gain in return. We are all here to socialize and greet, not visit only your blog. While we encourage sharing our button and hop with as many as possible, it is not required. The more you spread the word though, the more we socialize and all gain followers! If you would like to be our featured blogger next week, being shared with more than 32,000 combined followers between the hosts of this hop, please link up your blog's home page! {Links to other pages will be deleted without warning.} At the end of each week we will select a blog via Random.Org to be the featured blog for the following week. The featured blogger will be emailed by Wednesday morning. Please be sure to check your spam folders! This week, the linky will remain open until 3:00PM EST on Monday! Go ahead, stalk up a storm!

Twitter Blast~$100 PayPal CASH Giveaway!

Who could use some quick CASH?

Continuing Madame Deal's 3rd Blog Birthday celebration, we're giving you 100 Reasons to Tweet!!

That's right, you can enter to WIN $100 PayPal CASH!
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Thank you to our Hosts for helping out with this great event:

To Enter, all you need to do is follow my friends and I on Twitter. The more you follow the more entries you'll get!

We've made it pretty easy for you to enter so get to it! You can do them all at once or some each day!

Giveaway will run from April 21st 12:01 am EST - April 30th 11:59 pm EST.
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Good luck!!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometer Review & Giveaway & Huge Mother's Day Sweepstakes


Thermometers have always been a source of frustration for me.  We have had a large collection of different thermometers all with the same problems....accuracy.  I simply cannot read the ones that have the thin red line and mercury in them (not to mention a broken one is a danger!) and the digital ones we had (I swear we had a dozen!) were never reliable.  Exergen must have been reading my mind when they were making their Temporal Artery Thermometer, I wish I had found this product sooner.

In the past if T-Bone was feeling sick I would take his temperature and it would say one thing and to gauge accuracy I would take my own temperature and some would say I too had a fever, or he wouldn't register a fever and he would be burning up.  No matter how I would take his temperature (under the tongue or under the arm) I could never get an accurate reading.  And I couldn't ever remember whether or not to add or subtract a degree for under the arm, when my kids are sick I tend to forget things like adding a degree or whatever the rule was.  Having so many thermometers I would take his temperature with several of them to see if I could compare readings but NONE of them ever matched, and I am not talking about being off by a .1 or .2 I mean off by several degrees sometimes!

When Tates was recently very ill and in and out of the hospital with a very high fever I was determined to find a thermometer that worked and get rid of all the ones we had that were useless.  I was so blessed to come across the Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometer.  This thermometer is like none other and offers exactly what every parent needs for their home medicine cabinet.  This must have tool offers accurate readings, easy to use directions that are right on the thermometer, and quick readings without having to disturb a sick sleeping child.
Simply hold down the button while placing the thermometer flat on the forehead and glide it across to right above the ear, the Exergen works by scanning the heat that comes off the forehead from the temporal artery.  I love that you can use this without waking your child, it really is such a great tool for every family.  Clear easy to read digital results in seconds and you don't even have to remember how to use the thermometer at 2am, the directions are right on the back of the thermometer for you.
When I received the Exergen in the mail I immediately tested it on both my kids and myself and was very impressed to see that readings were accurate after taking repeated temperature checks and never varied more than a fraction of a degree.  Tates and T-Bone got scanned several times throughout the first few days we had the thermometer and each time the results were consistent reassuring me that when I truly did need the thermometer I could count on it.

Having one less thing to worry about when you have a sick little one that needs 100% of your attention is truly a wonderful thing.  With Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometer I not only have the security of knowing I have a great tool to aid me in assessing my children's health but also knowing with one quick swipe of the forehead I am confident I have accurate information. 

Purchase: Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometers are available nationwide at retailers such as Walmart, Target and Costco.

Win It: One lucky Eco Baby Mama Drama reader is going to receive an Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometer of their very own so you can have peace of mind knowing you are covered when you or your children's health is possibly in question.  Fill out the Rafflecopter form below for you chance to win!

Sweepstakes: Exergen is sponsoring the “Queen for a Day” Mother’s Day Giveaway!  Prizes include the Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometer, a $500 American Express gift card, and a $25,000 shopping spree!  Visit the Exergen website to enter!