Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Strawesome Review & Giveaway

I found this company through facebook, I saw it and thought, Well thats nifty! It was something I had never see before! I have been doing my part and been "Going Green" since my son was born almost 2 years ago. But this was something totally different! Its was a company that made none other than,......
I thought to my self REALLY? LOL this is crazy. So I browsed their site and read more about the company and I was sold! I didnt know what all goes into the plastic straws that are handed out at fast food restaurants and high end restaurants. I did my math, (which im terrible at for the record) and I calculated how many plastic straws I used in the past 6 month. Just myself. No one else. I figured it to be over a good 1,000 straws that ended up where else? The TRASH! We eat out alot and get a TON of drinks on the go. 
I decided I was over throwing so much away. It was then that I contacted this super neat company and asked to try one of their straws to see if it was right for me, I recieved my package within a week and the day it got here I was sold.
 The sleek design, The cool colors, The perfection of the glass. 
It was seriously mesmerizing! LOL. 
I now use this straw everytime I go out to eat, go to the movies, go to a fast food place, It stays in my purse 24/7! It is super easy to clean and store. I wrap mine in a small cloth to keep it clean until im ready to use it. 
I get so many funny looks when I use it but Im okay with that when I know I'm saving thousands of plastic straws from the landfills! How awesome is that? I plan to buy more when we have our home and a safe place to put them. I wouldnt want them to get lost or broken! 
BUT WAIT.....Wanna know something super awesome? If you EVER break your straw, 
They will replace it for free! There is a lifelong warranty against breakage! Now that is customer service! 

About the company from their site:
Detroit, Mich.  (April 21, 2010) – If the “best things in life are free,” the next best may be ideas that are born from people’s passions.  For Daedra Surowiec, a Michigan mom of two young boys, it means creating a new business, Strawesome, that allows her to care for her children at home, use her artistic gifts, help the environment, and supplement the family’s income.

Surowiec launched Strawesome in March 2009 to sell reusable glass drinking straws that are both durable and stylish with creative, fun designs.  Hand crafted by Surowiec from clear or colored borosilicate glass, each drinking straw is guaranteed against breakage.  

According to Surowiec, reasons for using glass straws, over plastic, include the reduced impact on landfills, and glass will not leach toxins into drinks.

We create the world's most unique reusable drinking straws. All our designs are fun, fresh and creative – and they’re all limited edition. If you like a particular design, get it while you can! Once it's gone, it's gone.
Whether you’re on the go during a hectic day, dining with your family or relaxing with a smoothie on the front porch, we have a reusable drinking straw to fit your needs. We offer a wide variety of designs, ranging from the simple elegance of our plain, delicately bent straws to the handmade beauty of our decorative straws. We even have special styles just for kids, so please take a few minutes to browse our catalog.

Our reusable drinking straws are durable and stylish – and they can help you express your commitment to your family and the environment. Hand-crafted from borosilicate glass, each of our drinking straws is guaranteed against breakage; moreover, glass straws won’t leach toxins into your drinks or pile up in overtaxed landfills. We also guarantee your complete satisfaction – that means if you don’t love your straw, simply return it to us for a full refund.

Now I would post a picture of my straw but my darling son lost it and I have to find it. :( But here are some pictures from their site. 
This is one of the decorative straws. This is what mine looks like kinda but with a redish cream color. 
None of the straws are ever the same because they are handmade. So if you see one you LOVE, Take it right then and there because you will never see another like it! I cant wait to get more of these Strawesome Straws!  
Cocktail straws! Now I want one of these! :) They are so sleek and stylish. How would you like to go to a night club or bar and have your own straw to sip on your favorite cocktail? I know I do! 
This is a Kids set of straws. It think its amazing they make stuff for the kiddos. 
This is an awesome Smoothie straw. Its wider for thicker drinks to go through so its perfect for you home made smoothies or floats. 

Buy it:
You can buy one of these cool straws in price ranging from $8.00 each on up. Depending upon what kind you get. Strawesome Store

Wanna Win One?
Strawesome has offered my readers an 8inch decorative regular straw. 

Mandatory Entry, 
All I ask from you is that you follow my blog! 
Please remember a SEPARATE comment per extra entry. 
Please leave your email address in each comment so I can contact you if you win!

Extra entries:
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Tweet about the giveaway. You can make your own or use the following:
#WIN a Strawesome Straw from @LovinMySillyBug #GIVEAWAY ENDS 11/10/10

I was provided a complementarity item for this review. I was not provided any other compensation for my review. All opinions stated in this review are just that, My opinion, your experience may vary. For more info please check out my Disclosure Policy.

Monday, October 18, 2010

WiggyRoll Review & Giveaway!

I found this great company call The WiggyRoll, They make these awesome blankets that attach to your carseat so you never forget your babys blanket! Now how cool is that? I know we always forget Bugs blanket and he goes crazy without it! 
So I contacted The WiggyRoll Company and asked if I could review one of their really cool blankets, 
They generously offered one in my choice of color/print!
So I checked out the site and I choose the Dino Print!
How cute? I know, We love it! Its made of a durable 100% anti-pill fleece, material so its super soft!
This is one of the softest blankets I have ever felt. Even the really cute store bought blankets. 

A little about the company:
The WiggyRoll Company was started by a family that had normal first time parent issues, Needing a blanket while out and about with their newborn baby and all those baby blankets guess where they were? At home not doing them any good in the cold weather. Does that sound familiar? I know it does with us. There have been many instances where we have needed a blanket and had forgotten every single one at home! Our son like the family behind this awesome company's son was born in January, It was super cold the year he was born and the Winter here in Florida lasted so much longer than normal and it was cold from November until April or May. I wish we had had this blanket then. 

Here is a little from the site:
The WiggyRoll first came to mind due to a basic necessity: the need for a baby blanket that was with us all the time and was convenient to carry.
My husband and I had been married for 3 years before our son Ryan was born. He was born at the end of January, so due to the colder weather, a baby blanket was a must everywhere we went. However, like most new parents, my husband and I were often so bombarded and overwhelmed with other tasks and things to remember, that the baby blanket was easily overlooked. It never failed, my husband and I would be out and about, and would ask each other if we packed the blanket. After digging through the diaper bag and tearing the car apart we would come to the realization that we had forgotten it. Now what? We would be scrambling to find a way to keep our new bundle of joy warm, and despite our creative and endless efforts, we continued to be frustrated, and find ourselves in the same position on a regular basis. We had received several blankets before Ryan was born from baby showers, family members, and the like. However, despite the great number of cutesy, comfy, and trendy blankets we received, they were never where they needed to be; out with us!!
After several episodes of running into this same issue time and time again, we decided that we needed to create a blanket that would be with us all the time, regardless of where we were, or how fast we ran out of the house that day. We also wanted to ensure that the blanket wouldn't drag on the ground and get dirty because it was hanging too low from the infant carrier. Whether in the car, the stroller, or a shopping cart, Ryan was in his carrier the majority of the time, so we thought it only made sense to design a blanket that we could safely and conveniently attach to the carrier. This way, there was no excuse for not having a blanket with us at all times.
After a couple months of different designs, and much thought, the WiggyRoll was born!

They also have a really cute baby hat called the SnailCap! It is a super cute and comes in 4 adorable colors! The concept behind their Snail Caps are like most others but are different in the fact that they grow with your child, They have give room so that they will fit longer than the other baby hats!
You can buy A SnailCap for $6.49 before shipping!

Here is OUR WiggyRoll that we got!
A close up of the print! 
So our views of this blanket? We Love it. Bug loves it.
Rating? 10 out of 10!!!

This blanket has saved us from being without a blanket several times. I cant get over how cute this thing is and how super soft it is. Thank you WiggyRoll for such a unique and useful product! 
Buy It:
You can purchase a WiggyRoll from their site HERE for $29.95 
OR you can buy the SnailCap and  the WiggyRoll together for $31.95 right now. 
I tell you right now this is so worth the price!
I will be buying a few for a few friends once I have the money!

The Giveaway!
The WiggyRoll Co. Has offered one of my lucky readers a WiggyRoll in their choice of print or color. 
How sweet is that!? So How do you get one? Complete the Mandatory Entry, Thats It. 
Unless of coarse your one who loves the extra entries? 
But remember Mandatory entry MUST MUST MUST be completed FIRST. I will check and verify before i approve your entry! 
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You can use the following:
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This giveaway ends 11/8/10
The winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. I will find every way possible to contact the winner. I was provided a complemtary item to review, I was not paid or compensated in any other way for my review. Everything I wrote is my opinion, I was not paid to say anything good or bad about this company and all opinions are just that, Your experience may vary!
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Saturday, October 16, 2010

CowPatties Cloth Diaper Winner IS.....

       Chany   said...
Entered your Boogie Wipes giveaway. #2 
Congrats Chany I am emailing you now, You have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Thanks to all who entered! 
More giveaways to come in the next day or so! 
They include
Wiggy Roll
Rocky The Zombie
And a few others :)

Winner Of the Boogie Wipes Giveaway IS.......

Stephanie-jean Life:SemiCrunchy
said... tweeted

It wont let me upload the pic of but i will post it to my facebook page

I will be emailing the winner, They will have 48hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen! Thanks so much! :)

Pitterpat on facebook

Want to find some really neat items for you baby? Go check out Pitterpat on facebook! She has some really sweet items, Oh and did i mention GIVEAWAYS? Right now? A pail liner and some dryer balls. Go now! Go enter for your chance! You know you want to! Why are you still here? Go! LOL

Sunday, October 3, 2010

My BabyWearing Story

I got my first carrier when Bug was 3 months old, It was a blue Moby Wrap, It saved me many many times when things needed to get done and But didnt want to be put down. I hear "Oh your spoiling your baby" my response every time? "No Im Loving my baby, Im giving him my love and affection something all mothers should do instead of complaints of spoiling a baby." 
Babywearing has been one of the most rewarding experiences as a first time mother. It has shown me a whole new way of loving my child. It has given us a close bond that we had to give up when I had to stop breastfeeding. There is no greater Joy than seeing my baby happy and comfortable in the baby carrier.
 Bug is now almost 21 months old and He still loves to be carried, I have let a good friend of mine borrow our Moby and we had an awesome friend allow us to borrow her BabyHawk Mai Tie. Logan Loves being carried. Always has and always will. I dont know what I would do without our baby carriers. Yes we have a stroller, but we very rarely use it. It is so much of a hassle to load and unload something so big and heavy just to take your child with you somewhere. Why not just plop them in a babycarrier and go about your business. It is safe, when you do it the RIGHT way. All those carriers they sell at walmart and target, yes they work but are no where near and safe as a wrap or a soft structured carrier. As long as you read the instructions you will be fine. The problem alot of people have with baby carriers saying they arent safe is because they dont know how to use them or just dont wanna learn how to use them.
Look how happy he is in the Back carry! He is so comfy and I wouldnt have it any other way! This Baby Hawk is my  favorite carrier. My next investment is going to be a Ergobaby! :) I love trying new carriers, It is just as addicting as cloth diapers! LOL. I have an awesome mama sending me a Ringsling for a review here soon, Cant wait to try that! All in all, I LOVE baby carriers!
I love telling other soon to be mamas about them and I love showing them the ropes!
Here is Bug in the front carry! Can you see the smirk on his face? 
He stole my sunglasses, I told him I would take them if he didnt put them on, so what did he do? Put them on! LOL. Gotta love kids! 
So have you thought about babywearing lately?
 Where is the oddest place you have worn your baby? 
How long have you worn your baby at one time?
Please feel free to comment and tell me your experience with babywearing. 

We are going to Disney yet again in 10 days and we are going for the Not So Scary Halloween party
where the kids can go trick or treating in their costumes. We will not be bringing a stroller, Only our baby carrier, My sister will be bringing a stroller and we can use that only to carry snacks and the diaper bag. 
I cant wait to carry him around disney in the BabyHawk! :)

I hope you enjoyed reading my experience with babywearing. 

Saturday, October 2, 2010

A great new cloth diaper store! Bippy Diapers!

Bippy Diapers
So I was searching on Craigslist for cloth diapers for cheap and came across this awesome mama who had just opened an online cloth diaper shop in my hometown. She is a local mama to me which made me super excited to want to shop at her store! Unfortunately I have not yet had the honor to buy anything since you all know I have no job BUT when I do have the money I WILL be buying something from her store to help support a local mama! I think its awesome that so many of y'all mamas have the strength and support to own and run your own store!

Anyways I just wanted to let y'all know, There is a new store on the block that sells Cloth Diapers and accessories! 
A little of what she has is
Bum Genius
Lil Joeys
Happy Heinys
Rockin Green Cloth Diaper Detergent
Diaper Sprayers
Whamies Wet bags & Pail Liners
And a few other little things!

About Lora, The Brains behind the Bippy
She is a WAHM with 2 under 2, One Girl, One Boy
She got tired of working for others and decided it was time to do things herself! Now that's a strong Mama! :)
She is very close to my home. She is actually 5 minutes from our old apartment! How crazy is that? We were that close and didn't even know it! 
I have not had the honor to meet her personally because I still don't have a car but I do plan to one day meet this awesome Mama! 
She does free shipping on orders over $50
and also gives a 10% discount for her facebook likers! 

If she doesn't have something that you want you can ask her to try and special order it just for you! 

Please go check out her awesome store and buy something! 
Tell her that I sent you her way also! 
I'm am not receiving any compensation for anything I say here. All opinions are my own, your experience may differ, hopefully for the better, because as of right now my experience thus far has been awesome and Im not even a paying customer YET! 

I Hope you enjoy her store as much as I love drooling over them RAR's! :) 
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