{GIVEAWAY} The Pink Monogram Clog Review & Giveaway

pink monogram4 The Pink Monogram Clog

I have started to like monogram things, so when I saw the monogrammed clogs by The Pink Monogram I feel in love.

I love wearing my Crocs, but they aren’t really dressy shoes, so when I was approached from The Pink Monogram to do a review and giveaway for my guide I jumped at the opportunity.

They looked so classy and warm and I liked the that they had a heel.  They are super comfortable and unique.

The Pink Monogram, is an online company with over two thousand monogrammed and engraved gifts available, and has a large selection of monogram options that include allowing you to choose your thread color, font design and more.   pink monogram So there is sure to be something for that special someone on your list.

When I first received the box I absolutely feel in love with the packaging.  As you can see it was in this beautiful lime green geometric shapes (almost resembling the spots on a giraffe), and their company name “The Pink Monogram” embroidered on the bag.  I love it.  I will definitely be using that probably when I travel.  So another bonus!

The clogs I ordered to review (pictured above) are the Monogrammed Anthricite Wool Clogs with Teal Monogram in the Curlz font.  I think they are so cute.

I will have to let you know they are exact to size, so if you plan to wear warm, bulky socks you may want to go up a 1/2 a size.  I wished I did, but I love them anyway.  They fit great.  I just like to wear bulky socks in the winter.

(Disclosure: I was given the Monogrammed Clogs to facilitate this post.  All opinions are my own.)

Buy Now: Go here to start creating your very own clog.

Giveaway:

But The Pink Monogram is letting one lucky reader to win their very own clog!  US Residents only, must be 18+ to enter.  Enter every day.  Ends 12/20.  Use the form below to enter.  Good luck!

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{Holiday Guide} Review: YumEarth Organics

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I couldn’t wait to review these. I love fruit snacks and lollipops, but the fact that these are organic made it even more exciting.

I had hoped my son would try them, but he doesn’t like anything sweet.  The nice thing is these don’t actually taste artificially sweet, they taste REAL!

So with family in town (young teenagers), I asked them to try the fruit snacks and lollipops.

This was their response:

 

 

 

(Excuse the noise it was a little loud in my house)

Here is a great video of from the owners of YumEarth that talk about how they make their candy.

 

So where do you buy these great candies?  Here is a short list of some of places you can purchase YumEarth Organic snacks/candy:

Also available at
Walgreens – 7,000 stores
Whole Foods
Meijer
Earth Fare
CVS – not all locations
Fred Meyer
Sprouts
Healthy Home Market
Toys R Us
Babies R Us
Shop Rite
Kings
Harmon’s
Stop & Shop
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Wegmans

I have to say my personal favorite is the Wet-Face Watermelon lollipop.  It truly is YUMMY!

 

 
 

 

 

 

{Giveaway} The Chat Bag

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We had the great pleasure of reviewing this product from Lori Holbrook.  This bag makes carrying an Ipad or other tablets easy and accessible for children with special needs who rely on a communication device to speak.  But keep in mind my son is verbal, but he loves using his Ipad to watch movies or for educational activities.  So in other wards you don’t have to have special needs to have a CHAT bag.  If you want a creative cover for your Ipad that you can carry over your shoulder or even attach to the car seat, then the CHAT bag is for you.

The CHAT Bags currently fit Apples IPads 1, 2, 3 and 4 or an Ipad Mini, but if you don’t have an IPad you can special order a bag for other tablets.

Benefits:

  • It allows the child or adult access to the screen
  • Portable with shoulder strap
  • Customizable
  • Fashionable cover
  • Can be used over certain Otter Boxes so your Ipad is protected
  • New strap now allows it to be used in the car

There are a lot of great fabrics and she is still coming up with some unique ways to use the bag. As you can see she has recently added an additional strap so that it can be used in the car.

Since my son loves watching videos in the car.  What I also liked about this is that it gives him the flexibility to pick the shows or activities that he wants to do.  Whether it be watching a movie or doing educational activities.  He knows how to use the Ipad and this just allowed him to have more options by allowing us to bring the Ipad in the car.  Then if you need to bring the Ipad into a doctor’s visit or a restaurant, you can just unclip it and bring it in.

Watch my video review so you can see what I mean:

Buy Now:  Have someone who you would like to purchase this as a gift for.  You can order directly from her site by clicking here!

 

Giveaway

One lucky winner will receive their choice of any CHAT Bag.  US Residents Only! Must be 18+ to enter.  Enter every day. Use form below.

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{Giveaway} Book: “Leah’s Voice”

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Leah’s Voice is a story that touches on the difficulties children encounter when they meet a child with special needs such as autism.

Children who have a brother or sister with special needs may find it difficult to explain to their friends, or feel disappointed when their friends aren’t more understanding. Leah’s Voice tells the story of two sisters facing these challenges. Through her kindness and devotion, one sister teaches by example the importance of including everyone and showing acceptance.

Mom’s Choice Award Recipient for children’s books for developing social skills.  Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services.

Lori DeMonia would like to have one lucky winner win a copy of her book.  US Residents Only! 18+ to enter. Enter every day.  Use form below to enter. Good luck!

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{GIVEAWAY} Refresh A Baby Adapters – Turns Water Bottles Into Baby Bottles

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Refresh-a-Baby turns water bottles and beverage bottles into baby bottles!

Fresh water for your baby is now only a water bottle away…just add formula!

Refresh-a-Baby is a patented baby bottle nipple that adapts onto water bottles, instantly converting the water bottle into a baby bottle without the hassle of clean up time saving parents time and energy on-the-go!

 

 

Benefits of Refresh-A-Baby

  • Perfect for use of baby formula/juice/even fits “ready made” baby formula bottles
  • Baby’s Fresh Water Source
  • BPA Free
  • Leak Free
  • Convenient for travel/airports/theme parks
  • Dishwasher Safe
  • Light Storage/Fits in purse
  • Reusable
  • Easy To Use
  • Unique Push Fit Application
  • Practical for busy Parent’s on-the-go
  • No More cleaning Stinky Bottles
  • Helps Keep To Feeding Schedule
  • Instantly Hydrates Your Baby
  • Recyclable
  • Universal, fits most water bottles
  • Ready to use Immediatley

Check out this video:

Refresh-a-Baby fits the following water/beverage bottles tested below:

Aquafina, Evian (regular & sports cap), Publix (small and large bottles), Spring, Volvic, Fiji, Dannon, Dasani, Zephyrhills (all) , Poland Springs, Crystal, Nestle, Poland Springs, Sam’s Choice, Aqua Panna, Smart Water, Break Escapes, Deer Park, Arrowhead, Ice mountain, Ozarka, Mountclair, Vittel, Smart Water, Contrax, Biota, Volvic, Naya, SPA, Kentwood Springs, Crystal Geyser, Crystal, Springtime, many juice bottles, Enfamil “Ready to Use” Baby and Infant Formula Bottles, Similac “Ready To Feed” Infant Formula Bottles, and many more.

Buy Now:  Have some people in mind that these would be great gift or stocking stuffers for and can’t wait!  You can purchase a Refresh A Baby Water Bottle Adapter valued at $6.99 directly by clicking here!

 

Giveaway

These are really great to have in your diaper bag.  Refresh-A-Baby will be giving 2 lucky winner 1 Refresh-A-Baby water bottle adapter!  US Residents Only! Must be 18+ to enter.  Enter every day.  Ends 11/30.  Use the form below.

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{GIVEAWAY} DaddyScrubs Gift Set

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DaddyScrubs

The DaddySwag Gift set – This gift set is perfect for any expectant daddy! It includes our signature DaddyScrubs, and I’m The Daddy Tee, sunglasses, mug, hat, stickers & more!!

Treat the new dad in your life like the celebrity he is with a DaddySwag Gift Box. Each item is personally selected by Daddy Nickell himself – including a set of our signature DaddyScrubs. Celeb dads like Antonio Sabato Jr., Kevin James, Ian Ziering, John Roberts, Ty Murray, Cash Warren, and Donald Trump Jr are just a few of the proud parents sporting their DaddyScrubs!

What’s Inside:

DaddyScrubs – Edgy, Navy
I’m the Daddy Tee – White Edgy
I’m the Daddy Hat – Navy
I’m the Daddy coffee mug
3 pens • Sunglasses
and more!
*Note: Specified size applies to Scrub and Tee: Medium, Large, X-Large, and 2XL

Buy Now:  Don’t have time to wait until Christmas.  Then you can purchase this wonderful gift set directly by clicking here!

Giveaway

This wonderful gift set is valued at $89.95, but the wonderful people at DaddyScrubs will be giving 1 gift set away to one lucky winner!  US Residents only, must be 18+ to enter.  Enter every day. Ends 11/30.  Use the form below to enter.
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{GIVEAWAY} Spark of Amber Jewelry


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is a company that sells all natural Baltic Amber teething jewelry (necklaces and bracelets) and also 100% natural Baltic Amber jewelry for adults.

(Pictured left) I was so captivated by the color and raw look of the Baltic Raw Amber Bracelet “Woodland” Raw Amber.  and the Baltic Amber Ring “Tropical Peace” Style 2.

Benefits of Amber:

Baltic Amber is a fossilized resin found in the Baltic Region, primarily in Lithuania.  It contains 3-8% of Succinic Acid, long prized for its medical qualities.

Europeans greatly prize beautiful Baltic Amber for its claimed 100% natural anti-inflammatory, pain relieving, and calming properties for babies and toddlers.  The jewelry is light weight so easy for babies to wear.

I don’t know about you but I have seen many mommy blog with their children wearing these necklaces, and since I don’t have a baby I don’t know personally if they work.  teething necklace

So when I was contacted by Julie the owner of Spark of Amber, that she would like to be featured in our guide, I was so excited to review the bracelet and ring pictured above.

My Thoughts: The ring is beautiful.  The colors remind me of the tropics.  The nice thing about all this jewelry is that the colors are so versatile and unique, but can coordinate with other pieces of jewelry.    The ring is elastic so it should be able to fit any size finger, note that it can be a little snug. (If you like your rings fitting a little looser, just make a note when you checkout that you would like the ring in a larger size).  The bracelet is beautiful.  I love the unpolished raw look of the stones.  Both the bracelet and ring are beautiful as the rest of the jewelry offered by this company.

(Disclosure: I was given the Amber bracelet and ring to facilitate this post.  All opinions are my own.)

Buy Now: Bracelet is $21.99 and can be purchased directly from Spark of Amber by clicking here.

Buy Now: Ring: is $12.99 and can be purchased directly for Spark of Amber by clicking here.

 

Giveaway

 

But here is the fun part.  Spark of Amber is giving away one of the Baltic Raw Amber Bracelet “Woodland” to one lucky winner!  US Residents only, must be 18+ to enter.  Enter every day.  Ends 11/30.  Use the form below to enter.  Good luck!

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Ways I’ve Helped My ADD Daughter to Excel

Engaging a child with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) can be a difficult task at times. Some days seem to be easier than others, but it all boils down to my own motivation to keep her on task. Although you can be faced with a great amount of frustration, you need to realize that the child is honestly doing their best. For some parents, this can be quite difficult at times. You just need to realize that you’re not going to be able to force them to change their genetic makeup and you need to roll with the punches.

1. Reading More – As my daughter loves everything dinosaur related, I’ve used this hobby to engage her to accomplish a lot of tasks. Although she doesn’t have much motivation to read some materials, she is always eager to read if it has to do with her reptilian “friends.” This has made a great impact in her reading at school in general. Although the teacher still has a problem getting her to read requested materials, my young daughter puts a great deal of effort into her ever growing collection of dinosaur books.

2. Repetitive Repeats – One way I have been able to get her to focus on a task is by having her repeat my instructions back to me. If she gets it wrong, I give her the instructions again asking her to repeat what I just said. This way, she has to think about what it is I want her to do in order for her to relay it back to me. This has worked exceptionally well, and I’ve found that it is much easier to repeat myself in this manner over the frustration of dealing with miscommunication later on.

3. Eliminating Distractions – Limiting distractions when she is learning has made a vast improvement in how well she retains knowledge. Even in school, her teacher tells me of how my daughter doesn’t seem to focus well in the group of children within an entire class, but she can easily do what needs to be done if she is alone or in a much smaller group. I’ve found this to be true within the home as well. When I am helping her with homework or asking her to complete a task, all music and television needs to be off momentarily. Having her focus on my eyes while I speak to her also help her to remain focused.

4. Scheduling – Being on a set daily schedule has been greatly beneficial for my daughter. Although the first few weeks were a bit of a rocky start, she has adapted and has made great progress keeping to it for day-to-day requirements. However, this required a great deal of vigilance on my part. You can’t just make a schedule and expect an ADD child to follow it from the beginning. There are times where I have to stop and remind her what she is supposed to be doing, but those moments are getting fewer and fewer as time goes on. I’ve also had to rearrange my schedule a bit in order to keep her on task, but it’s a small price to pay to help my daughter take the first steps to being successful in life.

While raising an ADD daughter has been frustrating at times, she has been our sunlight when things seem to get dark. Her outlook on life is comical and she is always in a perky mood. No matter how much life tends to beat me up, I can always rely on her to be the one to pick me up with a hug and an, “I love you.”

Author Bio:

Elizabeth Reed is a freelance writer and a resident blogger at Liveinnanny.org. She particularly enjoys writing about parenting, childcare, health and wellness. In addition, she is an expert consultant on issues related to household management and kids.