Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Lil Bums Cloth Diaper Giveaway

Welcome to the Lil Bums Cloth Diaper giveaway hosted by Housewife on a Mission 
and sponsored by Lil Bums Cloth Diapers!

As a cloth diaper family, we know that the initial cost can be a little intimidating. Lil Bums is offering a great giveaway to help you get started!

Lil Bums Cloth Diapers easy-to-use pocket diapers are adjustable from
8-35 lbs and are the softest cloth diapers on the market. Organically
grown bamboo cotton helps keep your baby healthier and our earth a
little cleaner. The cloth diapers are made with a luxuriously soft minky fabric that’s not only incredibly
smooth, but extremely durable and stain resistant. This will keep your
diapers looking as good as the day you bought them for years to come.

Unfamiliar with cloth diapers, but have been wanting to learn more on how to use them and finally make the switch from disposable diapers? Go here to read how you use these cloth diapers with inserts! Then be sure to read the wash and care instructions!

Available in a wide variety of fun colors and patterns, Lil Bums cloth diapers are a great way to go green while saving you money.

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Buy It: Head on over to Lil Bums Cloth Diapers' website to start shopping today! If you sign up for their newsletters, you'll receive a 10% off coupon code!

Win It: One lucky fan is going to win a 6-Pack Starter Kit which includes: 6 Lil Bum Cloth Diapers, 6 Organic Bamboo Cotton Inserts, 6 Microfiber Inserts, 1 Large Hamper Wet Bag and 1 Travel Wet Bag-- a $110.00 value!

Open to US and Canadian residents (Canadians pay for shipping), ages 18+ and ends on 8/6/14 at 11:59 PM EST. Enter using the simple Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Summer Reading Fun Giveaway

 Summertime is full of fun! We stay busy with vacations, swimming, days at the park, picnics and more. However, I'd be lying if I didn't admit that on more than one occasion, I begin to wonder how I will keep my kiddos entertained for more one second!

  Thankfully each of my kiddos love to read. Whether we are having story time and their dad or I are the storyteller ; or my oldest is reading on his own. My kids can be entertained with a good book for hours! I have some new reads that I can't wait to share with them this summer, and I hope you'll check them out too.

Seaper Powers

 This fun trio of books; In Search of Bleu Jay's Treasure , The Mystery of Blue Pearls & The Rescue is a fun adventures series. Each book is written in chapters consisting of 1-2 pages each; with a few pictures mixed throughout. These books are perfect for kids to read a chapter or two each night before bed. 

 My 6 year old loves these books. Full of water adventures, fun animals and surprises along the way. The books are a little to difficult for him to read on his own yet, but I think they'd be perfect for kids 8 and up.

Mark Banana

   Another series you will want to check out this summer, is Mark Banana! The two books that make up this fun imaginative series are The New Red Cape and The Broken Bullwhip. Mark Banana is a little boy with an EPIC imagination! 

  These books are perfect for my 6 year old to read on his own. He might stumble on a word of two along the way, but it's pretty perfect for his age. The pictures in this book are so fun and match the comic relief in the story line.

Light Skin, Dark Skin

The book Light Skin, Dark Skin is a must have , especially in this crazy world we are living in. Kids are learning to believe that what they look like matters so much, even at an early age. It's a sad non-truth , that so many of us, young & old have come to believe.

 Light Skin Dark Skin is a beautifully written quick read, that reminds young children just how lovely they are. The book is written in poem form & has some beautiful illustrations.

My Personal Panther

   My Personal Panther is about a little girl named Lucy and her cat Aja. Lucy & Aja both believe that Aja is really a panther & in this book you'll read all about a typical day that goes unexpected and an unlikely "hero".

   My Personal Panther is geared towards kids ages 5-9, and all three of my kids love it! This is such a fun storyline with great animation. 

  A Huntsman Spider in My House.....

  We all...well most of us, have the fear of spiders. A Huntsman Spider in My House tells about a little girl and her fear when she finds a spider in her home, but she finds perfect resolution to her fear. 

  This book is perfect for all 3 of my kiddos. The words are big and easy for young readers & the pictures are fun, big & cartoon like. Making this book a perfect family read.

Mom Made us Write This in the Summer

  Mom Made Us Write This in The Summer is unlike any other book in this list. This is definitely geared towards older kids, my 6 year old loves it.....but so do I! So it would be great for even 5th graders, maybe older. 

   This fun book is a journal that brother & sister; Maggie & Max shared throughout the Summer. Their mom thought it would be a good idea for them both to journal during their break from school , with a few rules of course. ;-) This is so fun to read with my oldest, it is a must have for sure!

 From Dude to Dad

  I couldn't end this Summer reading list without including a book for the grown-ups. From Dude to Dad is the perfect book for men, but women will surely enjoy it as well! This book gives you the truth on pregnancy, birthing & parenthood...and how it's okay to be scared out of your mind. 

   This is such a fun book for dad's to be, it offers great truth and laughter all throughout. So if you know someone who is expecting, this is the perfect book for them....even though we are expecting #4 we still greatly enjoyed this book! 

   You can purchase any of these books directly from Amazon & one reader will one a copy of each book, creating the perfect Summer Reading Adventure! Please fill out the entry form below for your chance to win. This giveaway will end on Tuesday 8/5, Good Luck!

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Spell It Out Photos Review & Giveaway

  I love finding unique pieces to decorate my home. I don't have a lot of time to spend elaborately decking out my home...with 3 young kiddos, the extra time just isn't there. We also "live" in our home, so you won't find a lot of little knick knacks sitting out & about. 

  While at this stage in my life, my home isn't going to be found in Better Homes & Gardens... I still love a nicely decorated home. I love pieces that won't be found in every home in the neighborhood & pieces that have meaning behind them.

  I was recently introduced to Spell It Out Photos, this company takes photos of things in nature that create letters. They then give you the opportunity to pick & choose letters from their photo gallery to create a word, name or phrase that has meaning to you.  You can then create a custom piece by framing it, printing it on glass, metal or wood. You can even turn your creation into greeting cards and more!

  I was so excited to have the chance to create a custom piece for our home. I knew right away the word I wanted to use on my picture. The word "Forgiven" , forgiving is a character that Hubs & I want to abound in our home. We know that we will fail each other , our children & friends; we know that others will fail us...but we know that forgiveness is so important to a happy life. The forgiveness that Christ offers to us continues to abound & we want to demonstrate the same. 

 Creating my "word" was easy & so much fun. I simply typed in my word & then it gave me several options for each letter, I chose my favorites and we were ready to go. At the end of creating your print, you will have the chance to add a phrase to the bottom or top of your print. I chose to add a verse to the bottom of ours. Then I chose to have it all on a black wood plaque.

  My photo arrived a little over a week after placing my order, which I thought was great timing for a personalized piece. I absolutely LOVE how my photo turned out, it has become a great addition to our living room.

  You can check out all of the great items Spell It Out Photos has to offer, and have fun building your own words to create unique pieces for your home. One of you will win a $50 gift certificate to create your own custom piece. Please fill out the entry form below for your chance to win. This giveaway will end on Friday 8/1, Good Luck!

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

UV Skinz Review & Giveaway

Summertime brings a lot of fun & time to create special memories. It can also come with some concerns though. One of my biggest concerns for my kids during the summer is the long term damages that the sun can cause.

 Thankfully a couple of summers ago we were introduced to UV Skinz. This company was founded in 2006 after its creator , Rhonda Sparks, lost her 32 year old husband, Darren, to melanoma. This loss and her love for her three boys gave her the drive to create a certified UPF 50+ product line that would allow her family to conveniently and practically practice sun safety.

 This is our third year working with UV Skinz and each year I honestly, fall more in love with their product line. As we continue to try some new products, I'm amazed at the uniqueness and quality of this great companies items.

 First, for our boys we stuck to the good old classic. UV Skinz has some fun , colorful swim shirts for the boys. I love that each year I am able to go to the UV Skinz website and find a shirt that will match my boys swim trunks, no matter what style they've chosen. 

 My boys love, love, love their swim shirts! We chose the Ocean Blue color and it is stunning! It not only matches their trunks perfectly, it makes their blue eyes pop. little boys, they have my heart. I love that these shirts are fun for them to wear & I know they are being protected from the sun.

  When it came time to decide for Sweet Pea my needs were a little more extensive. I of course needed the typical sun protection , but I also needed a hat since she doesn't have too much hair yet and her skin is a lot more fair than the boys. I also knew I wanted some swim shoes for Sweet Pea, she has just now learned to put her shoes on; so I wanted something she could keep on in the water and then run around the yard in. I wanted to be sure her feet were safe from all of the bees.

 I received an adorable sun shirt and short set for our girl. The bright pink color is so fun and I love that this provides sun protection & modesty for little girls. We also were sent a great sun hat, this hat matches the set she received & the wide brim keeps her sweet face protected from the sun.

  I love all of the items I received for Sweet Pea, but my favorite may just be the Baby Water Jelliez. These are hands down the best water shoes I've ever seen! They have a great stretch to them so they are easy to put on baby & the sole offers great protection for your little one's feet. Sweet Pea loves these shoes, she will wear them & swim and run for hours! 

  Once again, I am so impressed by UV Skinz and all of their amazing products. One of you will win your choice of any one UV Skinz item (subject to availability). Please fill out the entry form below for your chance to win. This giveaway will end on Thursday 7/31, Good Luck.

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Get Huggies Samples from Costco

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Huggies® Brand. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating

  We all have our "go to store", for our family that store is Costco, our love runs deep! It was a "just for fun" thing when Hubs & I were the only two in our home, but now with 3 kids...I honestly don't know how we would get by without being able to shop in that great store! Costco offers us all of the items that are must haves in our home at a great price! Of course, who can pass up the amazing samples they offer ;-) 

  One of the greatest buys at Costco, for parents of young kids are diapers. I think we actually made it through our diaper years with our first born before we realized that we could pick them up for a great price on our bi-weekly Costco run. However with Lil Stinker, Sweet Pea & Baby #4 (who will be arriving in a few months) Costco has become our source for disposable diapers. Did you know that some Huggies products are available, exclusively at Costco? The Huggies Snug & Dry diapers and the Huggies Natural Care Plus wipes can only be found at Costco stores. 

   Huggies is a brand we fell in love with as soon as we brought our first little one home. The Huggies newborn diapers worked best for our little guy & their wipes are by far some of our favorites. The diapers offer our little ones comfort while moving around, and the protection that we love. The wipes are thick so you know when cleaning up life's messes , your hands will stay clean! What more could you want from a brand, dependability tied in with the great price of Costco; you can't miss out! 

  Costco members  - Click Here to register for a free sample of the Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus and Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes. Hurry and register now, there will be a limited number of samples each day starting today, 7/17 through July 26,2014. So try back tomorrow if you aren't able to get a sample today. You must be a Costco member to get a sample & limit 1 sample.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Do you date your kids? If not, you must start....TODAY!

  I love date nights, of course with Hubs they're great...but can I be honest? Date nights with my kids benefit me in ways I never could have imagined. When Hubs & I first started "dating" our kids our thoughts focused solely on them, what they needed. That's what we do as parents , right? We put our kids needs & wants above our own.

   As our family has grown we've realized how hard it can be to give our kids time. I don't just mean let's run around the backyard, jump on the trampoline, play hide n go seek, watch a movie...I mean one on one time, where the world simply revolves around them. They need that , don't they? Time to be with just mom or dad.

  A few weeks ago I had a date night with Lil Stinker & it was incredibly eye opening to why date night isn't just important for him, but for ME! Why? Because they're kids & they can teach us so much about life.

 - Lesson 1 : Patience really is a virtue : On dates we often wait... before dinner we wait for our table, then we wait for our food & then the check. We wait...adults, we can be so impatient. If the wait for a table is 30 minutes or more, we must go somewhere else. No matter how badly we are craving food from our current location, the wait isn't worth it. 

   Kids though, they really want to eat at this restaurant & no wait is too long. While we wait, they'll talk about how excited they are for the food to come. They'll snuggle on your lap and even ask for a picture with you & they don't care if your faces are a little chopped off. 

- Lesson 2 :  Take chances! While we we're waiting for our food Lil Stinker had to go pee...a 3 year old's bladder waits for no man. So even though I was fearful our waitress would come and think we we're gone...we had to take the chance & go to the potty. 

  So , maybe a potty break making me realize to be more carefree is a stretch..but that's what took place. As adults & especially as parents we're always playing things "safe". We tend not to take risks, because what if something goes wrong? If things don't go as planned then we've failed. Kids do not see life this way though. If they want to accomplish something they go for it, knowing they'll succeed & if they don't..well it's ok , they had fun doing it.

- Life Lesson 3: Enjoy the simple pleasures. We went to Olive Garden, Lil Stinkers choice, and he ordered pizza & french fries! He was so excited just to be eating out with his momma. He loved the food & the atmosphere. He kept pointing to the lights and laughing. He was constantly telling me how good his food was.

  Sometimes when Hubs & I go for a date night or I go out with a girl friend we get all caught up in finding the "best" spot. We tend to forget that it's not about ordering the  fanciest dish, we're spending valuable time with those we love! 

 -Life Lesson 4: Slow down. When Lil Stinker & I were walking from the restaurant to the car, he grabbed my hand and slowly walked. I mean....S...L...O...W....L...Y ; I caught myself before I said to him "come on, let's hurry".  Why are we always in a hurry? 

   Had I told Lil Stinker to move a little faster, I would've missed the beautiful sun setting. I wouldn't have seen the joy in his eyes as he spotted a little bird. We would have a few less laughs together...those minutes that it took us to walk to our vehicle were so incredibly special.

 This is why I think you MUST date your kids. They have so much to teach us about life. They've been here for such a short time, but yet they seem to get what is important.

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