Welcome to my Sweet and Simple blog. I am a mama to 5 crazy kids, ages 2 years to 14! When I'm not picking up toys and cleaning....I am cooking, crafting, and writing reviews! This blog is PR Friendly!
I have always enjoyed curling, straightening, and blow drying my hair. I know it sounds weird as most women look at this as a necessary evil. Even though I enjoy this task, it isn't always without it's pitfalls. Use the wrong styling tool and your Do can become a Don't!! I have used many tools on my hair over the years ( too many to keep track of) and the outcome has sometimes been less than desirable. Some curling irons and dryers can do more damage to your hair than than create a great hairstyle. I have used irons that have scorched my hair and dryers that have left my hair full of static. But those days are over thanks to Infrashine products . I was absolutely thrilled to try the Infrashine ceramic spring 1" curling iron.
This amazing styling tool is so easy to use, light and leaves my hair with a beautiful shine that I did not know was possible from a styling tool. The product has an amazing amount of heat settings that are great for any type of hair or any length. My hair slid easily off the barrel and instantly I could see the difference in the curl. My hair actually looked healthy instead of a stiff clump of curl on top of my head.Once I had all of the curls in place, the rest of my styling routine was so much easier. I could comb or brush through my hair easier and not one snarl or tangle was left behind. My hair felt touchable soft instead of crunchy like many curling irons will do. And even though my hair felt soft, it held the curl and stayed picture perfect all day. The shine to my hair was such an added surprise as I dye my hair often and have not seen my hair this shiny in years.All of Infrashine's Products are professional grade, high performance, styling tools and they offer irons, straighteners and dryers. You can find Infrashine on Facebook and Twitter . This amazing curling iron is a $220.00 retail value but you can win one of your own. The wonderful people at Infrashine have offered one of these styling tools as a giveaway for one lucky reader. Entry is easy. Just follow the rafflecopter below. Entries will be verified. Winner will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. This giveaway is open to US residents only and no PO or APO boxes. This giveaway is in no way affiliated with facebook or twitter. Couponfreestuff is not responsible for prizes not shipped by sponsor.I received free product for review, however, my opinions are my own and I only recommend products I use myself or believe would benefit my readers.a Rafflecopter giveaway
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Head on over to Walmart.com and claim your free sample and clutch! You will have to create a board, which is actually kinda fun, and then it will allow you to request your sample. They will let you choose from a pad, liner or tampon! Quantities limited, so hurry! Let me know if you got yours! :)
While at Walmart the other day, I noticed a new product from Sally Hansen. I am already a fan of their nail polish...but the nail polish I just discovered was something new...something I have never seen. Sally Hansen introduced an awesome way to design your plain nail polish with a ripple look, without difficulty.
I guess this has become quite popular already, because they were sold out of every color except the purple.
I bought the polar purple magnetic nail color :)
Magnet is included and is directly on top of the lid
I admit, I am such a dork...when I saw this was a magnetic nail polish, I expected metal things to want to cling to your nails when you had it on.lol I know...laugh all you want! It is actually a nail polish that you apply and while drying, you place a magnet (included) near it for 10 seconds and it creates a neat ripple look.
I have been waiting for a day to finally get to sit down, and treat myself to this new product. That day hasn't happened. I decided to do my 7 year old daughters nails. She expected the nail polish to be magnetic too, so when she saw what happened when we removed the magnet from on top of the nail, her jaw dropped! We both were amazed at how awesome (and easy to use) this product is!
A few photos to show off her pretty nails!
Keep in mind this is my first time using it. If you look closely, there are some minor flaws.
One complaint that I have to point out is the size or structure of the magnet. It is a bit small, so on her larger nails, it was hard to get the effect on the whole nail. I found myself moving the magnet side to side, to try and even it out. I think it would be great if this had a contoured magnet! I'd like to see more colors too! Although they have 8 colors, I'd like to see some lighter, not so bold colors.
The polish dries pretty quick, which is an awesome feature in my book! :)
As many of you already know, we are expecting our 4th baby, mid November.
In 2004, we got pregnant with our 1st little girl, Destiny. My husband, just a boyfriend at the time, had a 3 year old son, Cameron. Although we had a very rocky relationship, we stuck together and became a family.
We did not get married until after our second daughter, Marlee was born, in 2009. Marlee was our ring girl at 4 months old and Destiny was our flower girl at 4 years old. This was a moment we cherish, because my husband's grandmother was there for our wedding. She passed a week later but we are ever so grateful that she got to be there for our wedding. It made her so proud! A year later, we found out we were pregnant with another girl! We named her Juliani.
I am such a proud mommy of three little angels!
We are now expecting our 4th (his 5th) child.
We went to our ultrasound appointment on June 18th, to find out the gender of this baby.
I am so excited about this news I decided to host a giveaway for some fun prizes and I have obtained 3 very generous sponsors!
We are going to play, "GUESS THE GENDER". Where each person that enters, MUST take a guess at what I am having~BOY or GIRL! I was going to only choose the winners from the people who guessed correctly, but I think I will just choose from all the people who take the time to enter. :)
There will be 3 winners. Each winner will receive one prize. The first person who is selected (using random.org) will chose which prize they would like to win, the second winner has the second choice and the third winner will receive the prize that is left. They are all awesome prizes so each winner is very lucky! :)
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This giveaway is opened to US only! It ends 7/5 at 12:01 AM. One winner will be drawn, they will get their choice of the three prizes. A second winner will be drawn, they will get their choice of the two remaining prizes. The third winner will be drawn, they will receive the remaining prize. THERE WILL BE 3 WINNERS!
Welcome to the Fluffy Fourth of July sponsored by Gnome’s Naturals and hosted by Life With Levi!
Whether you’re just starting out using cloth diapers or already a fluffy pro, this giveaway prize offers something for everyone.
One lucky winner will receive the ULTIMATEcloth diaper stash starter pack, valued at over $415!!!
This amazing prize prize pack includes:
THREE ones & twos All In One Diapers
ONE AppleCheeks Bamboo Little Bundle
ONE AppleCheeks Microterry Little Bundle
TWO Tots Bots Easy Fit or Tini Fit Diapers
TWO Rumparooz G2 Pocket Diapers or Little Joey Newborn All In Ones
ONE Bummis Beautiful BASIC Kit
SIX Organic Cotton Prefold Diapers
ONE Bummis Super Snap Wrap
ONE Bummis Super Lite Wrap
ONE AppleCheeks Storage Sac Pail Liner
ONE M Monkey Foot Designs Wet Bag for when you're on the go.
ONE KalmSkin Travel Size Cloth Diaper Safe Rash Stick
ONE Bag of Rockin' Green Laundry Detergent
ONE Clean Cheeks Wipes Concentrate
ONE 6 Pack of AppleCheeks Cloth Wipes
ONE Mini Shower Diaper Sprayer
ONE Pack of AppleCheeks Flushable Diaper Liners
That's all the diapers AND accessories you need for 18 diaper changes!!
Gnome's Naturals is a cloth diaper and natural parenting store owned and operated by Lori Whitlock. As a mom of a toddler, Lori is always searching for great natural products for herself and her family. When she finds products that she loves, she sticks with them. Lori created Gnome's Naturals to share those products with you. As a cloth diaper blogger, Lori has tried almost every cloth diaper on the market and strives to carry only the best of the best.
In addition to some well known brands that Lori loves, Gnome's Naturals also carries work at home mom (WAHM) made items in the store. Make sure you check out the WAHM Spotlight section for products that are handmade by moms in North America. Lori is a huge proponent of moms supporting moms and she hopes that by retailing some mom-made items, she can help support them financially as well.
If you’re new to cloth diapering, Gnome’s Naturals offers several different cloth diaper trial packages. Beyond cloth diapers, Gnome’s Naturals also carries a great selection of baby carriers, baltic amber teething necklaces, breastfeeding products, and more.
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Giveaway open to residents of the US and Canada. Contest ends Friday, July 6th.
Most of my readers know, I am not a fan of disposable anything. I like to be "green" in every way possible, but there are some products that are not "green" are worth a shot.
I had the opportunity to review a pack of 6 disposable potty covers. These potty covers are for use on public toilets. Although I try my best to steer away from having to use public restrooms, it is inevitable. I have three little ones who always end up having to "go" while out and about. I am a bit of a germ freak and public restrooms really gross me out. I am constantly telling my kids "Don't touch anything!!"
I have carried this pack of disposable potty covers in my purse for a couple weeks now and I have used two. Since using public restrooms doesn't happen too often, I don't use many PottyCovers. I do feel a bit guilty though, for contributing to piles of waste, but I feel a lot better about my little one's being protected from nasty germs from who knows who!
The PottyCovers cover basically the whole toilet seat (pictured above). I love that it has the two side flaps, where kids would hold on to normally, to keep balance. I can imagine, this is where most of the germs are picked up by toddlers/children. They are soft and waterproof, so no wetness from underneath, can get on your little ones.
I think these would be great for road trips and I do believe they are just as good for adults.
PottyCovers can be purchased on Amazon, Ebay and many retailers. Check out their many retailers! They cost about $5.99 per package of 6 covers.
Want to try PottyCovers for yourself? Enter to win a 6pk using the rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is opened to US AND Canada!
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Welcome to the Summer Cloth Diaper Giveaway Hop, hosted by Mommy's Favorite Things. 50+ blogs have linked up to bring you many exciting cloth diaper giveaways. Enter my giveaway below and then hop to the other blogs listed at the bottom of this post to enter their fluffy giveaways as well! Each blog has a cloth diaper prize valued at $25 or more and many blogs have prizes worth over $100.
Up for grabs right here is a Bag of Hot Pink Lime Detergent from A Happy Green Life(this is my favorite detergent, by the way) and a specially made Hot Pink Lime Diapeze Diaper! Oh my goodness, I wish I could win this for myself!!
*Prize: Bag of Hot Pink Lime Detergent AND an All-in-One with pink and green ruffles Diapeze Diaper!*
Now, go ahead and enter for this awesome prize package! The winner is going to LOVE this prize! WooHoo!
Use the rafflecopter form below to enter. Only the mandatory entry(s) are required to be entered. All other entries are optional but will increase your odds of winning! Giveaway is opened to US only and ends June 30 at 11:59pm!
"Parents and kids, boys and girls, everyone loves the options of the Edison Walker Collection. This exclusive design offers the best-seller twin-over-twin configuration with a new dark look. With the signature bunk-or-separate bed options, this bed can change to meet the ever-changing needs of growing children. This bed is not only the perfect place to fall asleep, but also the perfect place to wake up as the solid wood frame features a warm espresso finish. You don’t need much of a wake-up call to see how this bed meets every design need a bedroom could have."
Giveaway is open to US only and ends July 10th at 11:59pm EST!
Please make sure you tell them you found this giveaway at Green Mam-a Jam-a!
I am a chocolate lover. I don't think there is actually a kind of chocolate that I do not love. I like to eat chocolate any time of day, week, or month!
I was sent Mastrad's Chocolate Fondue Set for a review. Ahh...just the thought of this made me jump for joy! I started imagining all the things I could dip in chocolate...bananas, cookies, marshmallows, raisins...oh the possibilities!
The Fondue Kit that I received contained everything I needed to get started, EXCEPT the chocolate!
I had a hard time finding a chocolate that was good for fondue. I tried a couple different ones and it just didn't melt right, or burnt...my first experiences were not very good. Finally, I found a chocolate at Kroger that is made just for Fondue!
Set includes: 1 fondue bowl, 1 candle and 4 forks
Very pretty design
I added a few chunks of chocolate and lit the candle...
After 10 minutes... (me and my three girls waited patiently)
After 20 minutes...(still waiting patiently)
Wha-la! After 30 minutes...the fondue was ready for dippin'! We all dipped orange slices, grapes, raisins and marshmallows! YUM!
BuBu getting her marshmallow ready for a dip in chocolate(the forks are pretty sharp so I had to watch her close)...
MooMoo extremely excited as she dips her orange slice...
I think marshmallows were MooMoo's favorite :)
Now that I know the right chocolate to buy, we have been enjoying our fondue set a lot! It seems to be a favorite activity around this house. It's fun, yum and can get pretty messy. But oh so worth it...look at that smile!
The fondue bowl is very easy to clean. I just ran it under hot water and the chocolate melted right off. The forks are easy to clean as well.
The Mastrad Fondue Set that I reviewed can be purchased for $19.99 at Mastrad. This set is great for parties and everyday use!
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I recently had the opportunity to review an item from Corset Chick. There are so many items to choose from, including but not limited to, corsets, lingerie, corset costumes and sleepwear! It literally took me an hour to find which item I liked best...I finally chose the Black and Purple Taffeta Style Corset Dress.
I received my Corset Dress in a flash (like less than a week) and tried it on immediately.
To be honest, I have never worn a corset before. I always expected them to be mighty uncomfortable. I imagined they would make it hard to breath, since they are tight around the ribs. To my surprise, the corset that I reviewed was pretty flexible and comfortable. There are steel busks closures in the front and laces in the back, so you can get a great fit for your figure. My hips appreciated this feature ;)
Corset Chick offers a wide variety of sizes (size small to 6X) and so many styles!
I am very impressed with the corset dress that I received! The quality is great, the fit is perfect, thanks to the laces in the back and it is a lot more comfortable than I had imagined. I am pretty small busted and the corset top made me look like I actually
have something! These are great for small busted women, too!
A lot of these dresses could be used as Halloween costumes!
Check out all the cute lingerie and sleepwear at Corset Chick! There are so many different styles and options, you will definitely find an item or two that you love.
How would you like to win an item from Corset Chick? One lucky winner is going to win an item of their choice! (Up to $30)
Enter using the rafflecopter form below. Only the mandatory entry(s) are required to be entered. All other options are optional but will increase your odds of winning!
Have fun and good luck!
US only! Ends 7/4 at 12:01 am!
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The National Children's Oral Health Foundation: America's ToothFairy®
(NCOHF) has taken the small, mythical character that children dream of
and transformed her into a true superhero. Did you know that tooth decay
is the #1 chronic childhood disease? In fact, millions of children are
suffering in such pain, they are unable to eat, sleep and learn. While
severe tooth decay is a growing problem, it is also treatable, curable,
and preventable through basic education and proper oral hygiene
practices. The NCOHF is dedicated to delivering comprehensive oral
healthcare for underserved children. Providing preventive, restorative
and educational oral health services to more than 600,000 children each
year, the NCOHF: America's ToothFairy® aims to
eliminate pediatric oral disease and promote overall health and
well-being for millions of children from vulnerable populations.
I can not stress the importance of proper tooth care for your little ones! Brushing and flossing are a great way to prevent tooth decay but it is still very important to have dental checkups every 6 months. Going to the dentist every six months can help a problem to be diagnosed early, before the decay gets to a painful point. There is a treatment and cure for tooth decay and your child's dentist can help!
I started taking my children to the dentist as soon as just a few teeth had come through. My three little girls are brushing every day, morning and night. My two oldest are flossing once a day as well. For some reason all of my little ones have crowded teeth so flossing has become a necessary step to keeping their teeth healthy.
There is a fun foundation that you can sign up for that offers educational activities as well as letters from the Tooth Fairy, for your child! You can Sign Up Here!
What would be better than a giveaway to go with this informative post?
How would you like to win a DVD copy of the all new Tooth Fairy 2 movie!
Enter using the rafflecopter form below!
**It is mandatory that you sign up for the FREE America's ToothFairy Kids Club, to be entered!**
**Disclosure: I received NO compensation for this post.