Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Its been awhile.....

Okay so I'm back,
It has been a very long break but my family needed me. With everything that was going on, I was super stressed, not eating right, not sleeping at night. Our whole family was just plain stressed.
Anyways. I'm BACK and going to get things back started. I don't know if I'm going to be doing as many Reviews and Giveaways BUT I'm going to try. I do have 2 that have been a long time coming for reviews I NEED to get up. I'm sorry to the owners that I was not able to do them sooner.

We are now home owners. We have a beautiful new home which we love. I'm doing home day care to make some extra money. Josh and I are close to be setting our wedding date, and hopefully in the next year, We will be having another baby. Yay. I'm so excited. I'm so glad things are finally going right for once. We really deserve it.

Now about the blog, I will be changing things up ALOT! I plan to post more topics about children. About my belief's on certain topics, Including but not limited to: Breastfeeding, Circumcision, Vaccinations, YES STILL Cloth diapering, Attachment parenting, Co sleeping but SO much more. I'm putting this out there now, I am not targeting ANY person's directly. I only plan to inform and teach. SO many parent's have NO idea what is really going on when they allow things to happen to their kids. Because it is the "Norm" does not make it safe or right.

Oh here is a biggie. A blog makeover and NAME CHANGE. I'm still debating what though. I may even make a second blog just for my activist stuff and just change the name to this one and keep this one about family and natural parenting (Cloth, Breastfeeding, Co-sleeping ect.)

I'm so glad to be back and I can't wait to get into the swing of things.
I am going to do things a little differently though. For the companies I already advertise for my site, You are going to remain free. But I am going to start charging a very SMALL fee of $10 a month for advertising on my blog. This is ONLY to help pay for a full blog make over when I find the right template I love. <3

If anyone has any questions, Please feel free to contact me.
If you would like me to do a review of your product, Please email me and let me know what it is.
I will also be reviewing items I BUY for my family.

I can't quite think of anything else at the moment but If I do, I will update. :)
Thanks so much and I hope you are as happy about me being back, As I am.


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Rocky The Zombie T-Shirt Review & $15 E-Gift Card Giveaway

OMG okay, SO what can I say about Rocky The Zombie? In a nutshell? IM IN LOVE! 
I found this awesome company on facebook and fell in love. Their products seriously speak to you! They make your mood known to everyone. If you are just in a sassy mood and want to look awesome at the same time this is the place for you! They make shirts and Jackets for all ages! I have never seen a more outspoken way to wear clothes in my life! So adorable yet funky. I will be getting more items soon. But for now let me tell you a bit more about the company! 

Rocky The Zombie is owned by Riannon and is based in Portsmouth, England. 
Started under a different name in 2003/2004 she started with painting a shirt. Can you say crafty? 
Riannon makes these items in her spare room in her home. I think it so awesome how someone can just get an idea and go with it. Not many people succeed. She did. And very well at it may I add. 

I have gotten so many compliments about our shirt and so many ask, where did you get that? So I give them the site. They check it out and they buy. Its so awesome that I know I help support her through getting just one of her items and getting such a response from my friends and family! 
So what shirt did I get? Let me show you! 

We got this one! The Zombie Pirate! 
It fits Bugs Rawr personality so well! 
I love this shot. He is so pouty because mama wont stop taking pictures! :) 
Show me your belly button!

 After lunch at the Olive Garden! :) 
At the Pumpkin Festival! 

All in all we love this shirt. Everytime we go somewhere I let him pick what shirt he wants to wear, Guess which one he picks? Yup our RockyTheZombie shirt! 

Our rating? 10 out of 10! 
There is nothing we dont love about this shirt or company! 
Great lady to work with and an absolutely amazing product! 

Riannon has agreed to give ONE lucky reader a $15 credit towards anything in her shop
So who wants to win it? I know I cant wait to buy something else from her! My next item will be a jacket for Bug. They are so adorable! And with winter fast approaching we will need it for sure! :) 

The Giveaway. 
One person will receive a code worth $15 to use in her etsy shop. 
The Rules: Im changing it up. Making this easier for everyone. Mandatory entry will now be to.....
Like me on facebook AND comment saying that you do! Every giveaway you enter from now on you must comment saying that you like me otherwise I cannot allow you to enter. Sorry. But those are the rules. 

Extra Entries
(Mandatory Must be done FIRST!) 

Follow me on GFC
Share on facebook
Like RockyTheZombie on facebook
Tell me what you will spend your credit on from HER SHOP
Follow me on twitter
Tweet 2 times per day only please
You may use this. 
#WIN a $15 Giftcard to RockyTheZombie from @LovinMySillyBug #Giveaway ENDS 12/9/10 http://bit.ly/hZ5sw3

I was provided a free item for my review. I was not paid or compensated in any other way for my opinions and they are just that. Please note your experience may vary. For more information please check out my disclosure policy. Thank you Riannon for allowing me to try one of your items! 

Friday, November 19, 2010

FluffaLumps Wool Dryer Ball Review & Giveaway

I found this company through a flash giveaway awhile back and I had never even heard of a dryer ball before. I was like, UM.... What the heck is this? So I did my research and contacted 
FluffaLumps Wool Dryer Balls & More, and asked if they would like a review done on their products, They graciouslly said YES and they would like me to review their new scents. They were all unscented prior and they were still in the testing phases of scents. They asked me why scent I would like out of the ones they had and I chose the one called "Bite Me" because that is just my attitude sometimes LOL. 
But let me tell you something when I checked my mail and opened that door on it I about fell INTO the mail box just to soak up every single drop of that scent!!!! It was supurb. Even DH said he liked the way it smelt. 
That alone says it all! So I opened the package and they had sent me 4 dryer balls, 2 for me and 2 for one lucky reader! Even though im still so temped to keep them other 2 for myself bwahahaha Im addicted to Balls, Dryer balls! The winner is getting 2 UNscented wool dryer balls. 

These are my balls above! I got one Black and One Dark purple! Great colors for balls huh? LOL

These will be the winners BALLS! Haha I love saying balls! :) 
You get one yellowish gold and one orangeish red! Unscented. AKA Butt Naked! 

Now for usage, Within 2 days I got to try out these suckers! And I have to say I am super Impressed! 
Now let me say this, For us, Doing laundry at my MIL's ONCE a week, our diapers usually take 2 full cycles in the dryer to get completely dry. With just these 2 balls, We were dry in 1 cycle! Same goes for my other 4 loads of laundry that needed to get done! Towels were dry in 15 mins, Jeans 30 mins and everything else 45mins. That makes a HUGE difference when you have to sit at someone elses house and use their washer and dryer. It is NO fun sitting for 5 hours waiting on Laundry to get done. I will be the first to admit that. It down right stinks. But them balls not only made the laundry smell better but was super fast at drying our stuff! 
I can not wait to get more. I am putting these on my christmas list this year! LOL. Seriously If anyone wants to get me something get me some wool dryer balls from FluffaLumps!

I did a double cycle on our towels just so they could absorb that awesome scent even more, I love it. now DH was not happy to be drying off with a fruity flowerbed so to speak because to me thats what it smells like. But Me, Im the one that takes extra time to dry off and relax after a nice hot shower. So I enjoyed smelling the towel while drying off. YES I sniffed my towel! Hahaha. :) 
I think I have fallen in love again. 
The first time I fell in love was when I met DH
The second time I fell in love was with Bug
The third time I fell in love was with Cloth diapers
The fourth time I fell in love was with FluffaLumps Dryer Balls! 
Does that about sum it up for you? 

My rating: 100 out of 100! 
One of the best things I have ever used! 

Buy it:
You can buy dryer balls from FluffaLumps for $7-$8 dollars for a single dryer ball Or $27 for a set of 4 in your choice of color and scent! They also sell them in 2's and 3's. 

Win it:
One person has the chance to win the 2 Unscented dryer balls pictured above. 

Mandatory Entry:
Follow on GFC and COMMENT saying that you do. Thats it! 
And leave you email address so that you can be contacted. If I have to search for your email I will pick another winner! And I dont wanna have to do that!

Extra Entries:
Each are worth 1 entry Unless otherwise stated

Like Me on facebook
Like FluffaLumps on facebook
Follow me on twitter
Share on facebook (leave a link)
Share on a fourm (Leave a link to where it is so i can check it out, NO spamming please)
Share on your blog
Tweet. You can make your own or use this. (Limit 2 times per day) 
#WIN some FluffaLumps Dryerballs from @LovinMySillyBug for your #ClothDiapers #Giveaway ENDS 12/8/10 http://bit.ly/beEhCn

I was provided a free product for review, All statements are my opinion, I was not compensated in any other way for my opinion It is just that. Your experience may vary! For more info please read my Disclosure policy!
Thank you. 

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Guest Bloggers Emily Patterson and Kathleen Thomas on Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education – The Best Time For Bilingual Learning

While no one knows how long this current economic trend will continue, if it does, our children will grow up to enter a workforce in which the competition for decent-paying jobs will be nothing short of cut-throat. It goes without saying that a good education is one of the best ways to prepare that child for the future and that a lot of things they learn now can only help them.

The Bilingual Future

Almost from the beginning, the U.S. has been a land of immigrants, and while the "melting pot" has been an interesting theory, it has not happened in practice. On the contrary, most major U.S. population centers have become more of an ethnic and linguistic checkerboard; Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese and Chinese speakers represent some of the fastest-growing segments of the immigrant U.S. population. A bilingual future is the direction that our nation is going in, where bilingual ability may not only be advantage to have, but a necessity.

Getting Ready

In traditional teaching, children are taught a second language starting in middle school, or even high school.  However research has shown that this teaching can begin at their child care facilities.  Studies prove that the optimal period in a child's life for multilingual education is during the preschool years – at exactly the same time they are learning their first language. Yes, it is possible to learn a second and third language later in life, but it is more difficult, because that neurological "window of opportunity" – when the brain is most malleable – has passed.

Professor of Psychology at McGill University in Montreal, Dr. Fred Genessee, states it's as easy for young children to learn two or three languages as it is for them to learn one. He's not alone; educators throughout the world (in countries that often have two or even three official languages) have understood this for decades.

The way a child should learn a second language is by actually speaking it in a total immersion environment. You may recall an episode of the animated series The Simpsons in which young Bart gets trapped on a farm in France – and by the end of the episode, finds he's actually speaking the language. While this was a fictional scenario, the phenomenon is real; anyone who has taken young children abroad to stay with relatives in a foreign country for any length of time has observed this happening.

Co-written by Emily Patterson and Kathleen Thomas
Emily and Kathleen are Communications Coordinators for the network of Texas child care  facilities belonging to the AdvancED® accredited family of Primrose child care schools.  Primrose Schools are located in 16 states throughout the U.S. and are dedicated to delivering progressive, early childhood, Balanced Learning® curriculum throughout their preschools.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Bumbledoo Mama Pad Review and $5 Gift Card Giveaway

I contacted bumbledoo to see if she would like a review done on one of her products, She agreed and I paid $2.00 for shipping to receive my mama pad. Once it came in the mail I knew this pad was unlike all others I own! Don't get me wrong I love ALL my mama cloth but I have to say that this is the softest I have ever used. 
The stitching on it is superb! I have never felt something so soft! Even softer than some diapers I've gotten! 

When it came time for use, That's a whole different story, The absorbency on it is awesome,  
I love that it pulls away the wetness unlike others I have tried. I have a very light flow since I stopped taking birth control and the one pad lasted all day. I have never had a pad that will last me all day. I will be buying more of these in the future! Once we decide to have another baby which will hopefully be soon I will be getting more products from bumbledoo, like their Nursing Pads, Nursing Covers, Cloth diapers, Training pants, and so much more! If I am this satisfied with one single item from them I can only imagine how awesome the others are! This pad is one of the first ones I reach for when my TOM comes. I cant wait to get more! You will really love these pads as well! 

On the fence about cloth pads? Think its nasty or hard to care for? Its really not I promise. I keep a bucket by the toilet with cold water until wash day. Never use hot water because it can and will cause staining and setting. This is the case with all blood. Not just menstrual blood. 
Want to know why you have such bad cramps and pains while on your TOM? 
All those chemicals in tampons and disposable pads are being put into your body and those chemicals are what causes the cramps among other things! I am so glad I made the switch! 

Buy Something:
Go to Bumbledoo shop and buy something!

Bumbledoo has offered up one lucky person
 $5.00 store credit for you to put towards anything in her shop! 

Mandatory Entry
Follow my blog on GFC
AND COMMENT saying that you do! :)

Please remember one separate comment per entry, Each extra entry is worth one entry unless otherwise stated. Please leave a way for me to contact you in each comment. If I have to search for your contact info I will pick another winner. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email or however I contact you.

Extra Entries
  • Tell me what you will buy with the $5 credit
  • Like me on facebook
  • Like Bumbledoo on facebook
  • Share on facebook
  • Follow me on twitter
  • Buy something during this giveaway and get 10 extra entries into this giveaway! I will need your order number to confirm! 

I was provided a free product for review, I did pay for shipping of this item, I was not paid in any way for my opinions on this review and they are just that, My opinions. Your experience may vary. 
For more info please read my disclosure policy.

Strawesome Winner!

Lynn Wilson said...

like strawsome on facebook

Congrats Lynn, I am contacting you now! Thanks to everyone who entered! The winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen! 

WiggyRoll Winner!

Leslie said...

I like WiggyRoll on Facebook

I am contacting the winner right now, They have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen! 
Thanks to all who entered! I will be buying another one of these blankets when we have another baby for sure! :) 

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