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Learning Resources Buggy Balance Giveaway

Learning Resources Buggy Balance Giveaway!

Sponsored by: Learning Resources

Hosted by:  Savory Savings

Co-hosted by: Joy Makin' Mamas

Learning Resources Buggy Balance Giveaway October 6 - 20

Kids love to learn and when you can combine it with play time, it comes all the easier and they will spend more time learning and playing!  Krista over at Savory Savings and Gloriously Green Gal loves to play while learning with her girls and one of their favorite places to get toys that teach is Learning Resources!  Now they are playing with balance and learning about the ups and downs of things that weigh more or less – check out her full Buggy Balance review!

How would you like to win a Learning Resources Buggy Balance Activity Kit?  If you would like a chance to win, enter with the Giveaway Tool below.  If you have won a Learning Resources giveaway anytime from another blog in the last 12 months, you are not eligible to win this giveaway.  The giveaway will run from October 6 through October 20, 2014 at 11 PM CST and is open to US residents, ages 18 and older.  Entries will be verified.  Winners will be notified via email (consider adding to your safe list) – winner will have 48 hours to respond and claim prize or another winner will be selected.

Good Luck!

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Operation Baby Shower Surprise

BABY-operation-surprise-baby-shower-smallWe all know how hard our service men and women work to serve and protect our country, and it is our duty as citizens to support the troops (and their families!). Many women living on military bases do not have the comfort and support of friends and family back home, which is especially difficult for them when they are expecting a new bundle of joy. They often miss out on typical experiences most moms-to-be look forward to – like baby showers! That's why we're started the Operation: Baby Shower Surprise campaign to salute military moms and support these women who are stationed overseas. Two amazing moms currently stationed in Germany at a U.S. base received the surprise of a lifetime when all the brands below came together and threw them an awesome baby shower complete with beautiful gifts! They EACH received 36 gifts! (Video coming soon of the moms opening their gifts – we will share.)

Meet the two expecting moms: Morgan who is having a baby boy and Baillie who is having a baby girl!

NOW, we want all moms to join in on the fun and enter for a chance to win a grand package giveaway of these 36 AMAZING baby/kids must-haves! There are tons of cool and easy ways to enter (see the Rafflecopter below) such as:

  1. posting a selfie on Facebook or Instagram of yourself (if you are a military mom) using #militarymoms OR
  2. posting a selfie of you with a military mom using the same hashtag. If you post a selfie in uniform you can earn even more points! OR
  3. If neither #1 or #2 applies to you, then just search #militarymoms on Facebook and/or Instagram and share another person's photo on social media (look for recent pics so you know it's likely part of Operation: Baby Shower Surprise). Make sure to include #militarymoms hashtag.
  4. And so many other ways to enter!

REMEMBER….the more points you earn the better chance you have to win! The Rafflecopter entry widget is below.

Please share with friends and family and good luck!

Scroll below the entry form to get more info on our wonderful sponsors and prizes! Enter via Rafflecopter.

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Mia Mariu – Reveal your Glamorous Side with Mineral Makeup!

I find that when hubby and I do have the rare time to go out, I really want to make myself up and look great – in fact, I want to look glamorous.  Considering that for the last seven years I have gone to work with spit up on my shoulder or flour on my stomach, there are days that I just want to look good!  Mia Mariu has an incredible line of mineral makeup that will help you find your most glamorous look!  I received an assortment of mineral makeup products in exchange for my honest opinion.

Mia Mariu Reveal Your Glamorous Look Mineral Makeup

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$100 Amazon Giveaway & a FREE Learning App for Kids!

Kid's Academy is all about helping children learn verbal, writing and math skills in an easy and fun manner. Apps such as 123 Tracing and Bingo ABC have been top-50 educational apps in the App Store, and Kid’s Academy has also brought the well-known stories and nursery rhymes The Three Little Pigs and Five Little Monkeys to life with interactive apps.
The simple interfaces of the apps allow children to take the reins and play on their own, but the sing-a-longs and other activities are perfect for parent or teacher engagement, as well. Research has shown that singing along with nursery rhymes has cognitive and physical benefits for children. Not only are children learning new words and the context in which to use them, but strengthening tongue and mouth muscles at an early age will help with pronunciation skills.
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Kids Academy is hosting an awesome giveaway!  Head over, download the app, and write a review in the App Store.  
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Portable Bluetooth Speaker from Havit Brings Big Sound Anywhere

As the girls get older, they are definitely coming into their own when it comes to pretty much everything, especially music!  They like to listen to their music when they are cleaning their rooms or just playing and I would prefer that they not use headphones or earbuds quite yet since they tend to turn up the sound.  Wireless, Bluetooth speakers are a great option for this, especially if you can find one for an affordable price!  Well, I found that with Havit!  Havit offers different wireless, Bluetooth speaker options and they sent me this great portable, bar speaker in exchange for my honest opinion!

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Get Organized on Vacation with Travel Packing Cubes!

We recently returned from an amazing trip to Branson, Missouri where we spent five days exploring the beaches, mountains, caves, waterparks, amusement parks, wineries and more!  With such a vast array of events, we needed to bring a lot of different types of clothes and a lot of toiletries and accessories!  Three girls in the house means that we have a lot of stuff and little space to pack it in – so when we received the Evatex Travel Packing Cubes for review, I knew we had a winner! 

What did I think?

The Evatex Travel Packing Cubes come in four sizes and also come with a bonus shoe bag!  These packing cubes fit nicely into one another (like nesting dolls!) for storage, and also stack well with on another when full.  These packing cubes are sturdy, well-made and hold a ton!  What I liked was that I could assign each person in the house, a packing cube based on their needs for toiletries.  Of course, I had the biggest and was able to easily fit in my hair dryer, flat iron, makeup bag, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, lotions, face wash and a few other random items.  Hubby received the next size and packed it full with this toiletries including his electric razor, body wash and some of his running accessories and then the girls received the last two sizes  – one they filled with their bath products, hair things and lotions and the smallest one, they filled with their Littlest Pet Shop toys for ease of travel.

Evatex Packing Cubes

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Mineral Eye Gel from Adovia Eliminates Puffy Under Eye Bags

I am finding that with being 30 for almost a year, the later nights are taking more and more of a toll on my face!  Seriously, before I could stay up until midnight without an issue, but now if I do, I can expect bags under my eyes all day long!  That is, until I started using Adovia mineral eye gel!  This easy to use mineral eye gel features Dead Sea Minerals, Vitamin E and Aloe Vera to help soothe and condition my most delicate skin.  I received the Adovia mineral eye gel in exchange for my honest opinion.

What did I think?

I have used many Adovia mineral products and have loved them as they feature many wonderful and natural ingredients.  While the mineral eye gel does feature a lot of the same wonderful Dead Sea minerals and other fabulous natural ingredients (I love Jojoba and Sweet Almond!), there are a few ingredients that are on my “caution” list, so I recommend that you definitely always check labels and decide what you are comfortable with! 

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Mineral Based Serum from Adovia that will Lift and Firm Skin

Getting old – what a concept right?  We finally get to the point in our lives where we are ready to really put ourselves out there and things start going South – literally!  I recently noticed that my neck skin has been hanging slightly looser than usual, so I wanted to find a mineral-based beauty product that could give my skin a lift!  I received the Adovia Mineral Lift Serum in exchange for my honest opinion.

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What did I think?

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Electrolyte and pH Enhanced Water from Essentia

I will admit it: I am bad at drinking enough water each day.  It isn’t that I am drinking other things, in fact I do not drink coffee or soda at all and I will only occasionally have a tea, juice or cup of milk.  A few years ago, I ended up in the hospital will a very serious illness and as it turned out, one that was exacerbated by being practically dehydrated.  Since then, I have tried to improve my water intake, but until recently I had only slight improvement.  I started running again and with that, had an increased need for water, but I was still exhausted (in a way that I felt was ‘beyond’ normal).  I did some research and learned that electrolytes (like those in sports drinks such as Gatorade or Powerade or the like), except I did not want to drink the sugars, or fillers in those beverages.  Essentia offers enhanced water that is pure, free of chemicals like chlorine and has a pH of 9.5 to aid your health goals.

pH enhanced water from Essentia

What did I think?

The enhanced water from Essentia has a very clean, almost silky smooth taste.  It was different than the water I get from my tap and even from our filtered water.  I really enjoy it and find that I want to drink more of it since it has a great taste and texture.  I started taking the Essentia enhanced water with me on my runs and found that after a few days, I had more stamina and felt that I was recovering more quickly.  This water is infused with electrolytes for just that purse – to keep you hydrated, refresh you and help you recover – may that be from a workout or from an illness.

pH enhanced water from Essentia - hydrate, recover, refresh!

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