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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Savory Summer Prize package #Giveaway! *$100value* US 5/31

Savory Summer

Welcome to the Savory Summer Blog Hop Event hosted by Measuring Flower and Graphoniac and a ton of other blogs bringing some super awesome giveaways! Each blog is hosting a giveaway for at least $25 worth of "food related" products! Visit this page to see the grand prizes!

I have an awesome prize pack for you to enter to win!
Check out the prizes!
Family Pack of Glass Straws~2-8inch straws, one straight and one bent, and then 2-6inch kid straws, one straight and one bent **ARV $13

 1-24pk variety of Zevia (0 calorie soda) **ARV $27

2 Bags of Natures Hand Granola(winner chooses two bags)**ARV10

Organic Fruit and Nuts Gift Basket from Bella Viva Orchards**ARV$49

**Disclosure~ The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and are not influenced by monetary compensation.
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Once you are done entering here at Green Mam-a Jam-a, hop along to these wonderful blogs and see what they have to offer :)

Disclosure: Facebook is in no way affiliated with the Savory Summer event, its hosts, its sponsors, or its participating bloggers. The hosts (Measuring Flower and Graphoniac) are not responsible for event sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes.

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  • All Natural
  • LOW in Calories
  • LOW in Fat
  • LOW in Cholesterol
  • HIGH in Protein.

To get a FREE SAMPLE* of this healthy natural treat for your dog simply fill
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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Pink Butterfly Aprons *Review* and Mommy & Me Apron Set #Giveaway!! US 5/29

Pink Butterfly™ Aprons are for a multitude of uses, in countless styles: the practical, chic, retro, formal, layered, frilly, sexy or funky—whichever is personally you!   Enjoy distinctive designs for anyone—or matching materials and aprons for everyone.  Pink Butterfly™ Aprons are for beginning cooks and chefs, master barbecuers and junior barbecuers in training, tea party and dinner hostesses of any age and gardeners of all ages. And Pink Butterfly™ Aprons always have class and sass. 
Pink Butterfly™ Aprons are designed, sewn and distributed in the USA.  In addition, the fabric is prewashed and dried to minimize shrinkage.  Another special touch our customers appreciate is that most of our aprons are lined or reversible which provides extra protection and more versatility.

I was blessed to receive an apron, of my choice, from Pink Butterfly Aprons to review. Talk about a hard decision!! There are so many absolutely gorgeous fabric choices and designs, it's ridiculous! I *finally* chose the Allison Apron after looking at each and every single one, a million times. I so love the butterfly fabric and the ruffles on the bottom. It is so classy and cute! Another feature to love is the two pockets, adorned with pretty pink bows. The apron has a great fit and looks awesome! It makes me want to cook!

At Pink Butterfly Aprons, you will not only find Women's aprons, but you will also find Men's aprons, Children's Aprons, His and Her's Aprons and even Mommy 'n Me Apron Sets!!
Here are some of my favorites from the Pink Butterfly Aprons Website. (click on the picture, and it will take you directly to that apron)

One of these aprons would make the PERFECT Mother's Day gift! Or even better, a Mommy 'n Me matching set would be such a sweet gift for a mom of a small child.

 To purchase a Pink Butterfly Apron, visit the Pink Butterfly Apron's Website. Their single aprons range from $28.50 to $44.50. 
*Mother's Day Discount(valid until May 14)*
Buy one and save 10%: Use Coupon code PB10MOM12
Buy two or more and save 15% . Use Coupon Code PB15MOM12

I am so excited for one of my readers!! Pink Butterfly Aprons would like to giveaway a Mommy 'n Me Matching Apron Set! Winner can choose from the available sets on the website.
To enter, use the rafflecopter form below. Giveaway is opened to US only and ends May 29.
Thanks for entering and good luck! 
 **Disclosure~ The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and are not influenced by monetary compensation.

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Monday, May 28, 2012

FeverAll #Giveaway

Here is a great giveaway that Divine Deal Diva is allowing me to share with my readers. Enter to win a FeverAll prize pack. FeverAll is acetaminophen suppositories.

Enter to win on the rafflecopter form below.
Thanks for entering and good luck!

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#Giveaway: Jennifer Ouellette Headbands *4 Winners* $400 in prizes!

Wearing headbands is timeless. It can accessorize women in all occasion. It makes woman’s crowning glory more blooming! And this what Jennifer Ouellette proudly offer not just for ladies but also for men. Jennifer Ouellette is a premier hair dress designer in New York City.
What makes Jennifer Ouellette’s designs so special?
brand_05Jennifer’s sense of design began during childhood days spent in her mother’s vintage clothing store in St. Louis, Missouri. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia, majoring in Textile and Apparel Management & Costume Design. She continues to combine her passion for vintage fashion with her modern New York City style. Using her needle and thread as an artist uses pencil and paint, she applies her manual sewing techniques to her millinery sculptures with loving detail.brand_06
In 1999, she was granted a US patent for the development of a unique headband design and construction, which greatly increases comfort and value. Her sustainable approach to her design proves she is a recycling artist. “I get creative when I start to clean my studio, reinventing our scraps is my expertise. I am content when we have zero waste.”
Jennifer Ouellette’s work is included fashion’s best periodicals around the world and her loyal customers demand more than shallow trends to compliment their style. Her designs are full of vitality and innovation, with inspirations from history, science and nature.
Jennifer Ouellette do not just sell hair dresses and accessories for profit, their utmost aim is happiness. They provide guaranteed satisfaction to their customers. DSC09728
This is one of their most favorite designs.
An enchanting beauty that even your little girl could not resist wearing.
The Giveaway FadandGlamor.com and Jennifer Ouellette and a group of amazing bloggers are giving away 9 headbands to 4 lucky followers! A total estimated value of more than $400. fadgiveaway_thumb
1st Winner – 3 headbands ($150 value)
2nd Winner – 2 headbands($100 value)
3rd Winner – 2 headbands ($100 value)
4th Winner – 2 headbands ($80 value)
DSC09737 This giveaway is open WORLDWIDE (free shipping) and will end on June 10, 2012 at 11:59 PM EST. No purchase or sign up required to enter. The winners will be emailed and has 24 hours only to respond, otherwise, another winner/s will be drawn. So, make sure you always check the email address that you’ve submitted in this giveaway. Kindly submit your entries on the Rafflecopter form below. Goodluck and stay beautiful!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Cook'N Recipe Organizer #Giveaway!

Enter to win a Cook'N Reciper Organizer!

Thank you Divine Deal Diva, for allowing me to share this giveaway with my readers!
Enter below on the rafflecopter form to win!Good Luck!
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Disclosure: I was not paid to co-host this giveaway.

Hidden Recycler *Review* and Flash #Giveaway! US/Can 5/29 (RV$15.99)

Do you recycle? How do you usually collect and store your recyclables? I honestly have to say I collect them, in a very not-so-organized way. Some are on the counter, some are in the laundry room in plastic bags and often, some get tossed, by guests that don't know I recycle.
If you recycle and don't have a designated are for your collection, you are going to love this new product from Rubbermaid!

When I was given the opportunity to review Rubbermaid's new Hidden Recycler, I took it...no questions asked. I knew right away this product would be the end of my messy, unorganized way of collecting recyclables. We do not have a free recycling corporation in my area, so I drop my recyclables off, weekly, at my daughter's school. Thank goodness, they recycle and support recycling...it helps my budget.
Hidden Recycler features:
  • easy attachment to a cabinet door
  • a convenient handle allowing you to transport it where ever your recycling is stored for pickup
  • a 5 gallon bag that holds up to 36 12oz cans and can also fit milk jugs
  • has a leak proof liner 
  • machine washable
  • made from recycled materials (love this feature!)

I have been using my Hidden Recycler for almost a month now and I am rather impressed with the quality and performance. It takes us about a week to fill it to it's max, which is perfect because I drop off my recyclables once a week. I take the hidden recycler directly to my daughter's school and pour the contents into their storage bin. It has helped clear the clutter from my counter tops and laundry room! It really is a helpful product in my house. A must have for anyone who recycles!

The Rubbermaid Hidden Recycler is available for purchase at Rubbermaid.com. Retail price: $15.99

The generous folks at Rubbermaid would like to offer one Hidden Recycler for a giveaway!
Giveaway is opened to US and Canada! Ends 5/29.
To enter, simply use the rafflecopter form below! Good Luck!

*Disclosure: I received a hidden recycler from Rubbermaid for free, in order to facilitate this review. No other compensation was made. All opinions in this post are mine and are 100% true.
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Natural House: Moppy Floor Cleaner *Review* and #Giveaway!

I am excited to bring you yet another Natural House product review! I have made the switch to natural cleaners and Natural House has a bunch of revolutionary products for all your household cleaning needs!

This time, I had the opportunity to review their new product, Moppy! I absolutely love this product! My house has three different types of flooring. Moppy is safe for pretty much all floor types, including gloss surfaces, terazzo, marble, slate, vinyl, tile and finished hard wood floors! Before using Moppy, I had to mop my hardwood floor with one cleaner, and my vinyl and tile with another. It was a hassle switching the cleaners as I mopped each room. Moppy has made it a lot easier, by allowing me to clean all floors with just one cleaner! That eliminates the purchase of two products too! Love it!
Moppy is very easy to use. No mixing and measuring. Simply toss one pre-measured packet into about one gallon of water. The packet quickly dissolves and starts to create a foam. I soaked my mop in the cleaner for about 2 minutes, them went to scrubbing my floors. Moppy did a great job quickly dissolving the crud on my floors.
Moppy has a very light scent. I wish it was a little stronger, as I like to smell the cleanness! Some people don't like an over powering scent left behind. I like it. That would be the only thing I could think of for improvement for this product. 

I LOVE Moppy, as well as all of Natural House other products! Moppy is Eco-Friendly, non-toxic and biodegradable.

Moppy can be purchased for $4.99 directly at the Natural House website as well as on Amazon. Each pouch of Moppy comes with four pre-measured packets...that's a months worth of cleaner!

Connect with Moppy on Facebook and Twitter!

The lovely people at Natural House would like to give a Green Mam-a Jam-a reader there very own pack of Moppy!
Enter on the easy rafflecopter form below. Only the mandatory entry is required to enter. All other entries are optional but will increase the chances of winning!
Opened to US only. Good luck!

*Disclosure: I was provided a sample of Moppy in order to construct this review. No other compensation was made. All opinions in this post are mine and 100% true.
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Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler Giveaway! Enter here!

A Cuisinart Griddler is being given away by PVC Fittings Online, a distributor of pvc pipe fittings as well as various schedule 40 pvc fittings. Summer is right around the corner and the Griddler is perfect for fun and easy meals!
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Tombow Glue for Crafts *Review*

I love to scrapbook, when I can find the time! Any product that can help with the construction of my scrapbook page, is a likeable product for me.

I had the opportunity to review Tombow Adhesive Tape Runner, a super neat tool that has made my scrapbooking time a lot quicker. This nifty scrapbook glue is does the job as would a double sided tape, but better. It is very easy to apply, simply press down, slide the applicator and apply glue to desired area, then lift the applicator. I found this very helpful for attaching photos inside of picture frames as well. This helps so the photo does not move inside the frame, keeping your photo in the correct place for a nice display.

The performance of this product is exceptional. Not only a nifty tool, I would consider it a scrapbook necessity! I have used glue dots for gluing my photos to my scrapbook pages and wasn't really satisfied. Since using the Tombow Glue, I can tell the difference. The glue dots leave a bump under my photos and the Tombow glue doesn't. That difference right there is a great reason to make the switch.

Would I recommend Tombow Adhesive? Absolutely.
Not a scrapbooker? No problem...Tombow Glue is great for the office, school products and I am sure for many other things!

To Purchase
Purchase Tombow Glue for $3.99 (now on sale for just $1.78)

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Giggle Life Cloth Diapers *Review* & #Giveaway! US/Can 6/12

About Giggle Life
Here at Giggle Life we are firm believers that cloth diapers are the best way to go for diapering because they are better for the environment, better for the baby's health, and they will save you money! The quality of our cloth diapers are among the best and we are also one of the most affordable brands because we use a direct to consumer approach. Our goal is to build awareness and make cloth diapers affordable enough that they become the primary choice for diapering.

I was sent two Giggle Life diapers to review. One yellow bamboo cloth diaper + two bamboo inserts, and one pink ultra soft cloth diaper + two microfiber inserts. I will tell you right away that I love both of these diapers. Now let me tell you why...
Yellow Bamboo(left), Pink Ultra Soft(right)
I'll start with the bamboo diaper because I am fairly new to bamboo and I am the most pleased with this diaper. The best feature of the bamboo diaper is that trimness! This has got to be the trimmest diaper ever!!
LOOK at how much thinner the bamboo insert is compared to the microfiber!
Comparing the bamboo to the ultra soft diaper, you will see that the bamboo is a lot trimmer. The outer material of the bamboo diaper is minky fabric and is so soft...definitely one of the softest diapers in BuBu's collection. 
 The inner material is soft and does not get that crispy feeling after being hung to dry. It is very flexible and not stiff at all. It feels a bit like a towel.

I have heard that bamboo diapers are a little on the delicate side, so I did not throw this diaper into the dryer with all my other diapers. I hung it to dry in my bathroom and it took a good 24 hours to dry completely. This diaper looks awesome on BuBu! 

It has a great fit around her waist and thighs and looks large enough for her to gain a lot of weight and it will still fit. She currently weighs 24 pounds and I have the diaper on the second to largest rise setting.

Absolutely no leaks using this diaper during the day OR at nap time! I used both inserts for nap time(photo above was with both inserts). The bamboo insert absorbs more that you can imagine. BuBu slept for a good 2-3 hours for her nap and woke up with a super heavy diaper..and all the pee was contained! I am so impressed with this diaper I am going to have to get some more for my newest little arrival!! 

Onto the ultra soft cloth diaper...
The ultra soft diaper is very soft and has an unbelievably soft inner fabric too! Maybe that's where it gets it's name? I noticed that there is a difference between these diapers, other than the material, and that is the ultra soft diaper has no hip snaps. Even without the hips snaps, the diaper stayed put well and worked well overall.
I put this diaper on BuBu right before heading to the mall for some mommy-n-me time and we stayed out for about 2 hours. I didn't change her while we were out and when we got home, there was a tiny bit of wetness near the creases in her shorts. This was with only one insert. When I laid her down for a nap, I used two inserts and didn't have an issue with leaks or wetness. After lots and lots of washes, I am happy that the inner fabric is still as soft as it was when I first got it.

I am very pleased with both of these diapers and I have a good feeling I will be making a purchase from Giggle Life in the future! If I find out I am having a boy...I will need to replace all my girly diapers!

Giggle Life Cloth Diapers (both bamboo and ultra soft) are made to fit babies 8-33 lbs.

To Purchase
The Ultra Soft cloth diapers can be purchased for $16.99 and the Bamboo Diapers are only $19.99! Both the Bamboo and the Ultra Soft diapers come with TWO inserts! Visit Giggle Life to purchase.
For every 12 diapers ordered receive a free pair of our cute newborn socks (valued at $7.99) by entering the promotional code "GMJBL" in to the order comments during the checkout.

"Like" Giggle Life on facebook!

How would you like to win a Giggle Life Bamboo Diaper ??

The generous folks at Giggle Life have offered a diaper for one very blessed GMJ reader!
Enter using the rafflecopter form below. Giveaway is opened to US and Canada.
Only the mandatory entries need to be completed to be entered. All other entries are completely optional and will increase your odds of winning! have fun and good luck!

**Disclosure~ The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and are not influenced by monetary compensation.
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Friday, May 18, 2012

Obasan: Saguenay 1.0 Organic Wool Pillow Review and #Giveaway! US/Can 5/18

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We’re passionate about sleep. That’s why we got into this business more than twenty-five years ago, and why we haven’t stopped searching for better ways of doing things since the beginning. It even meant changing the name of the company in 1995, and moving away from conventional mattresses to specialize in mattresses made from organic materials. The result of this learning process has been more knowledge about the way people sleep, and as a result, a better mattress. Mattresses that combine the finest ethically sourced, organic materials with a unique customization process to create the perfect mattresses, free of harsh chemicals.
In the end, it’s all about a better night’s sleep. Because when you sleep well, you live well.
I can not tell you how many times I have purchased a pillow and been disappointed each night because it was not comfortable to lay on. Too firm or too flimsy is usually the issue.

I had the opportunity to review a Saguenay V1.0 Pillow from Obasan.


  • Filled with shredded organic wool
  • Removable cover with two different surfaces for warm or cold nights (silky organic cotton and organic cotton jersey)
  • Zipper on both sides for easy removal
  • Fully adjustable for individual needs
  • Chemical free, won’t hold dust mites
  • Thermo regulating  properties  of wool help control overheating
  • No off-gassing
This pillow is very different from all the pillows I have used in the past. The Obasan Organic Wool Pillow is customizable to suit anyone's needs. I prefer a pillow that is medium fluff and not too firm. When I received the Organic Wool Pillow, it seemed a bit too firm to me but I gave it a try for a few nights. Although I did get a good night's sleep and the pillow was pretty comfortable, I decided to remove some of the wool filling and see what other options I had. I felt more comfortable after my alteration and I have been sleeping like a baby ever since. I feel more refreshed in the mornings...possibly the works of this pillow?
The pillow case has two different fabrics~silky organic cotton and organic cotton jersey. The silky organic cotton is probably best for the warmer nights since it tends to keep cool. I have been using the organic cotton jersey side to lay my head on and the fabric stays warm. I like that since we keep the heat at 68 degrees during the winter.
After using this pillow fro a couple months, I can honestly say I will never switch back to my old pillow or to any other pillow for that matter!
 The standard size Obasan Saguenay Organic Pillow retails for $129 and is well worth it, seeing I will never have to purchase another pillow again! This pillow would be the perfect Mother's Day gift!

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OPbasan has generously offered a pillow to one very blessed Green Mam-a Jam-a reader! Thank you Obasan!
Please enter using the rafflecopter form below. Opened to US and Canada! Ends 5/18. Good Luck!

**Disclosure~ The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and are not influenced by monetary compensation.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Zevia~All natural, 0 Calorie Soda *Review* and #giveaway! US 5/30

I will say this up front...I am not a heavy soda drinker. I drink about one soda a day. I do not have a favorite brand, or flavor...I simply like something that tastes good. While I am not a diet soda drinker, I will totally drink diet soda if it tastes good.
I had the opportunity to review a 6-pk of assorted Zevia flavors.
Zevia is a soda that has 0 calories and is sweetened with stevia. I was very pleased with the flavors I reviewed. They are very refreshing and do not have that "diet" taste that not too many people enjoy. My husband and 7 year old daughter thought they were great! We have been on the search for them in stores near us, but haven't had any luck finding them. My husband and I are trying to gain control of our weight and making the switch to these sodas could help a small amount. Hey, every little bit counts...it adds up!
Since Zevia offers an wide variety of flavors, you are sure to find one, or a whole bunch you will love!
Here is a list of their flavors:
Ginger Root Beer
Dr. Zevia
Lemon Lime Twist
Black Cherry
Ginger Ale
Grapefruit Citrus
Mountain Zevia
Caffeine Free Cola
Cream Soda
Cherry Cola
Lime Cola

Zevia is available for purchase on Amazon as well as in many other fine retailers. Find a local retailer using their Zevia retailer locator!

Enter to win a 24 pack of Zevia sodas(variety pack)! This is one of 4 prizes in my Savory Summer Giveaway!
**Disclosure: I was sent a sample of Zevia in order to construct an host review. No other compensation was made. All opinions in this review are mine and mine alone.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Savory Summer Sponsor Spotlight: The Glass Straw Store: Glass Straws *Review*

How often do you or your kids use disposable straws? I admit, I have purchased packs for my kids to use in the past, because they were fun colors or designs. I have found the perfect solution to those land-fillers...fun colored and cute designed GLASS STRAWS!
I was sent two glass straws from The Glass Straw Store. One blue 8in. bent straw and one clear 8in. "critter" straw. Both straws are made out of sturdy Pyrex glass.

Info about The Glass Straw Store straws:
(Information from The Glass Straw Store website)

 These unique beverage accessories have many benefits for you, as well as the Earth. . .
~These cute and clever glass drinking straws make the perfect drink markers- what better way to tell whose glass is whose?    
~All of our straws are made out of sturdy borosilicate glass, aka Pyrex glass.
~Our straws are dishwasher and microwave safe. 
~They work for hot coffee as well as frozen smoothies!
~Glass straws are eco-friendly and can be used over and over again for years to come.
~Our straws are hypo-allergenic and contain no BPA's since they are made of glass and contain NO plastic.
~If you are looking for a set with custom colors or a different quantity, please contact me as custom orders are always welcome!
~Drinking from a straw allows staining beverages like wine or coffee to bypass the front of your teeth-  believed to keep teeth whiter longer.
~These straws can handle any temperature drink without collapsing. Sip soup, soda, milk or tea through glass straws and the straw holds up beautifully!
~All orders are packaged using recyclable materials.

My Review
I used my critter straw for ice cold water, tea, soda, milk and even hot cocoa...to try it out. What a difference when drinking water! No undesired plastic taste...just a smooth, clean taste of fresh water. Everything tastes better with these straws!!
My blue 8in. bent straw
Along with the satisfaction of using an eco-friendly straw, I was also very pleased with the design and their customer service. This is the first time I have ever used a glass straw so I had lots of questions. One, most important question...should I allow my children to use these? The owners answer...YES! They are made of very sturdy glass,  and are perfectly fine for children to handle. Of course, she would not recommend dropping them or playing sword fight with them though!

The Glass Straw Store offers a variety of colors, styles and "critters" glass straws. They also are available in different lengths and diameters! LOTS of options!

Critters available:
~Lady Bug
~Dragon Fly

Now, on to the prices...prices range from $3(yes, just $3) to $10, depending on your choice of length and style. You can even get a pair of matching "critter" straws for $20! After seeing the awesome prices and testing the quality, I decided to purchase a couple more, just for my kids.

To Purchase:
Visit The Glass Straw Store to purchase from their awesome variety of glass straws!
Melissa LoVeS to make custom critter straws!!

Melissa, the owner of The Glass Straw Store has offered a "Family Pack" of straws (including 2-8inch straws, one straight and one bent, and then 2-6inch kid straws, one straight and one bent) for my Savory Summer Prize Pack!!! WOW, this is going to be great!!
The "Savory Summer" event takes place May 16-30 so mark it on your calendar!!! Green Mam-a Jam-a, The Glass Straw Store, MANY other prizes...May 16-30!! :)

**Disclosure~ The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and are not influenced by monetary compensation.