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A year of amazing loot and year two for Loot Crate!

Here it is... Loot Crate number 12.  I have received 12 fabulous crates and they just get better and better for me! Last year I got my very first crate in July of 2013. They continued piling up. I had to stash my Loot Crate items around and distribute them throughout my house. I even re-purposed several rates last Christmas as gift boxes. Now I have a slightly smaller stack of crates... My 12th crate was oddly shaped. All of my crates were stubby like the ones on the left in the photo above. Then the LAUNCH crate was more of a cube. After that they were flatter looking, never as alluring as the original. Then last month this weird looking … [Read more...]

#MilkMakinMamas Earth Mama Angel Baby Giveaway!

Breastfeeding can be tough. One of my favorite brands to get me through those early months was Earth Mama Angel Baby. I couldn't have survived without the Nipple Butter. And I'm sure little Anders's bum is grateful for the Angel Baby Bottom Balm! I'm honored to be teaming up with mama pure to bring you this Breastfeeding Essentials Bundle giveaway. Hosted by: mama pure Co-Hosted by: The Fully Caffeinated Mama Sponsored by: Earth Mama Angel Baby   The Milk Makin' Mamas Event is a month long celebration of breastfeeding & pumping product reviews, giveaways, education & inspiration. Be sure to check out all of the giveaways in … [Read more...]

Cleaning Cloth Diapers with Spray Pal

I'm not going to lie; Cleaning cloth diapers can be messy. It's not hard, but it is gross. Breastfed poops aren't an issue because you just throw it in the wash and they come out clean. Once you get into solid feeding, however, you get these nasty peanut butter poops that are sticky and icky. Then you have to add a pre-wash to get all the filth off... but it's really getting the semi-solids off your precious cloth that can be difficult. That's where Spray Pal comes in handy. Before Spray Pal my routine was to stash the dirty diapers away until the end of the day. And then I had to spray the diapers down, all the while splashing on the rim … [Read more...]

One Happy Toddler! {Happy Family Brands Review & Giveaway}

I have a very happy baby. If you don't already know there are a few things you can do to keep your growing toddler happy. Make sure he gets lots of sleep, play with him, and let him have access to food that will satisfy his appetite. And as those babies grow and learn to do all kinds of physical activities, they'll need more food to keep up with the energy demands. We look to Happy Family Brands to keep our little guy satisfied while constantly on the go! Happy Baby snacks have been a staple to fill the spaces between meals for quite some time now. As Anders grows teeth and develops his mastication skills, we've transitioned into full … [Read more...]

Easy Sandwich Bread Recipe {feat. Abeego Products}

I admit it, I'm part of that whole "live simply" bandwagon. It may not be news to some of you, and others may find it hypocritical to say so, but I'm trying my darnedest to take small steps towards living a wholesome life that has a smaller carbon footprint attached. I'm kind of in the middle of homemaking hippie and technologically savvy. I don't know how it's possible... that's just my life okay?! Anyhow, since our food budget has been cut back due to several changes in our lives now is as good a time as any to start making more things from scratch. I've had my fair share of failures and I've gotten really down about them sometimes. But I … [Read more...]

That Time I Spoiled Myself.

Remember that time I said I wasn't a wrapper? I was lusting after Kakadi Ahoi so hard and I just couldn't get it out of my head. After everyone caught a glimpse of the original the pre-order last fall blew up! I still couldn't afford it then, but I tried. I contacted friends and family and almost had everyone pitch in for Christmas. But not enough people thought it to be important. So the sale ended and I assumed it was gone forever. And then the pre-orders arrived and everyone who just had to have one didn't like it. It wasn't as thick, this new version of Ahoi. And the colors weren't as fluid. It caused a big stink on the babywearing … [Read more...]

Bring on the Baby! {Giveaway}

Welcome to the Bring on the Baby Giveaway event hosted by Atta Mama and Optimistic Mommy. This giveaway is meant to celebrate the expanding family all the way through the first year of life. Read more on the fabulous prize sponsors and how to enter below! Spring has definitely sprung and there's something in the water! Babies everywhere, am I right? Efforts to ride the baby wave resulted in the Ultimate Baby Shower Gift Guide at AttaMama.com. This gift guide is a resource for new moms and seasoned parents to find the newest, most practical items to make their parenting journey easy and hassle free. Teaming up with some of those same amazing … [Read more...]

Lamaze Brings Spring Smiles

As you all know, I love a good deal. I also love to spoil my children. When those elements of my life align it makes for a great time in my home. One of the ways that I save money on brands we love is by buying at wholesale prices. I am part of a great co-op group on Facebook and last summer we managed to snag so amazing prices on Lamaze toys. I've given some of them away as Anders has grown past dangle toys, but a few still remain popular. Wiggle worm and hedgehog, to be exact. As you can see we're all smiles now that spring has sprung! The light shines in, windows are open, and playtime is a hoot! The bright colors and textures of Lamaze … [Read more...]

Once Upon a Time… {Doodle Hugs Review}

There once was a girl named Gaia. She loved mermaids and papaya. She drew one with pink hair Who just didn't care. I tell you, this girl was on fire! I made that up. It seemed fitting. I'm also writing again at 3am. I was totally doing this decent hour thing for a while there but I've fallen off the bandwagon again. This happens when I get overwhelmed and feel busier than I should be. I am cursed I tell you! Good thing the poem is fitting considering... Gaia got the best present ever a few weeks ago. I left it as a total surprise and I got like super dooper mom points, too. Gaia loves to draw. You can't tell by her homework, but in her free … [Read more...]

We Love Buttons Diapers! {Review}

I started my stash with 28 cloth diapers in the same brand just to ease myself back into it. That was last summer. Now I'm successfully buying and trading and experimenting with other brands and other styles and finding out what I love more than my usual workhorse. I heard the Buttons Diapers buzz a few times before, but I didn't really buy into it until recently. And I must say... they re really awesome! Buttons Diapers are an easy snap-and-go system made up of two parts. A simple outer shell (also known as a cover) and a snap in insert. The nighttime inserts come equipped with extra absorbency to handle overnight issues. Whether you … [Read more...]