Monday, March 31, 2014

Wrapsody Baby DuO Wrap Giveaway


Babywearing has many benefits for mom and baby! Not only do you get to keep your little one close but baby will be happier because she can smell you and hear your heartbeat (just like in the womb). Wearing baby will also give her security and comfort, help regulate her body temperature, and grow the bond between the two of you.

Summer is coming!! It's time to think about all those pool and beach days! The Wrapsody WrapDuO is the perfect baby carrier for those hot summer days. It's perfect to wear in the water, but it's also a nice lightweight material, so it's perfect even just for the hot weather days that lurk ahead!

Wrapsody was kind enough to donate one to a lucky winner!! The review is over on Mommy's Favorite Things blog. It's such a wonderful carrier!

Some features below:

  • Hypoallergenic stretchy fabric feels great on the skin and is perfect for carrying your child both in and out of the water! 
  • Tapered ends and narrow body make this carrier lightweight and cool. 
  • Fabric blocks 97.5% – 98% of the sun’s rays (UPF 45), reducing the need for sunscreen. 
  • Just-right stretch makes it easy to wash between you and baby or pop baby in and out without adjusting the carrier. 
  • Portable and packable — folds down into a quart-sized sandwich baggie.
  • Hi-tech sport knit wicks moisture and sweat away from the skin. 
  • Water use to 35 pounds; land use to 25 pounds.

Giveaway runs from 4/1-4/14 so enter now and keep coming back every day for more entries!

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Just Me and the Boys is not responsible for prize fulfillment. 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Fashion and Function with NIMLI Kitara Pashmina Shawl {Review}

Thank you Nimli for the shawl!



Nimli is a web based company that brings together many different makers and designers to one location where they all have a chance to sell their product to the interested consumer.

They sell products for the whole family; mom, dad, kids, baby! You'll even find products for around the home. It is a one-stop on-line shopping experience!  

I was sent the Kitara Pashmina Shawl for review. This is a very versatile shawl that not only looks classy, but can also keep you warm on those cool summer nights!



What I first noticed upon opening this shawl is how soft it is, even the stitching. I often have issues wearing shawls and scarves because the edge stitching is usually rough and itchy. This shwal is 100% viscos, with a fine weave that is so soft and comfortable on the skin. It is 72" long by 28" wide with fringed edges. Keep in mind that this shawl is dry clean only.


The fabric is soft and light, but when I wore it in replacement of a winter scarf I was surprised at how warm it kept me. It wasn't anything like wool, but it did keep the chill out! While it is still winter here in Minnesota (and probably will be until August) I think this shawl will be a great light option for accessorizing in the warmer months as well.

The width of the scarf and the fringe give it a great look whether you are wearing jeans and a shirt, like I am for these photos, or if you are using it to cover your shoulders for a night out in your little black dress. 


Being a mom, I always try to find ways to make my life easier. I like to find ways to incorporate fashion and function. This shawl definitely has potential to be a great nursing cover, one that you wouldn't have to stuff into the diaper bag! Wear the shawl while out and about with your little one. When it is time to nurse, simply loosen the shawl and drape across you and your baby. When baby is done eating, simply wrap the shawl how you originally had it rather than adding more bulk to your already-too-full diaper bag! 

I could also see it working well as a shade cover for a newborn while playing at the park with your older children! 

The only down side I've seen to this shawl so far is that it snags easily when it comes in contact with hook and loop (aka Velcro).  But fortunately I can stretch the fabric back out and it isn't very noticeable that it had snagged. I just have to be more careful when wearing it and carrying the kids around while wearing their coats. 

All the great qualities of this shawl make it super versatile and a perfect addition to any wardrobe! An easy way to accessorize for any occasion whether you are going casual, elegant or dressy!

Buy it: You can purchase the scarf on the NIMLI website for $20.00 right now (that's 76% off)! There are many color options to choose from! 

Coupon Code: Nimli is also offering my readers and even deeper discount! Get an additional 20% off any Kitara scarf or shawl (many colors, prints and styles) with code justmeandtheboys20! Discount code is valid through April, 9th! 

Which scarf or shawl will you choose? 



Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Getting My Protein with VeganSmart by Naturade

Thank you Naturade for the samples of VeganSmart!


After a discussion with my midwife about my prenatal protein intake she suggested I find a whole food plant based protein powder to add to my green smoothies.  Shortly after I had the opportunity to review VeganSmart protein powder by Naturade.

What's in VeganSmart:

  • Complete Protein Blend- From 5 different plants (all non GMO); pea, hemp, chia, potato, and chorella.
  • Whole Food Complex- 9 fruits and vegetables
  •  22 Vitamins & Minerals- to support body function down to the cellular level
  • Fiber & Omega Blend- to help regulate and provide support for the brain, heart and circulatory system.
  • Probiotics- to support gut health and digestion
  • Digestive Enzymes Blend- to help your body absorb and digest all the other goodness in the powder
What's not in VeganSmart:
  • Cholesterol
  • Trans Fats
  • Dairy
  • Soy
  • Gluten

I was sent three different flavors in the single serving packages; vanilla, chocolate and chai. 

First thing I noticed about this protein powder was the texture. It was stickier than others. I could dump the package into my blender or cup without risk of the powder floating up into the air. I tried the chocolate flavor and the vanilla flavor mixed in with my green smoothie. With my green smoothie, I preferred the vanilla flavor. I liked the chocolate, but it changed the dynamic of the smoothie where as the vanilla better complimented the flavor. 

I love chai and was excited to try this flavor, but didn't feel like it would go well in my smoothie. I would have really liked to try it in almond milk, but since we didn't have any I used regular milk. I simply filled a glass jar with milk, added the package of powder, put a lid on it and shook it up. It was nice and refreshing!

This is also an easy and convenient package to take on-the-go or keep in the purse for those unexpected moments! 

VeganSmart is definitely a protein powder I would recommend! Whether you plan on adding it to a smoothie, milk, or other non-dairy beverage, you'll be pleased with the flavor and all of the goodness that is packed into this powder. 

Buy it: You can visit Naturade to purchase a 12 pack of single serving packages for $35.88 or a 15 serving tub for $34.99. 

When it comes to adding protein into your diet, what do you look for in the ingredient list?

Disclosure: I received 5 single serving packets of Naturade's VeganSmart protein powder complimentary to help facilitate my review. Opinions are my own and honest. I was not compensated in any other way.

 


Sunday, March 23, 2014

Blogger Opp!



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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Air Circulation With Ozeri 360 Oscillating Tower Fan {Review}

Thank you Modern Housewares for the fan!


The Ozeri 360 Oscillating fan is a sleek black, tall (38") tower fan with multiple settings and great features! The fan is meant to stand upright on the floor and doesn't hinder room decor. 

This fan comes detached from the base. The base is in two parts and requires three screws (which are included) to attach it to the body of the fan. Really easy to put together, only took a few minutes to set up, then it was ready to use!

My husband likes air circulation in our bedroom, especially during the summer months. But I really don't like the sound of a traditional box fan. Not only are they hard to fall asleep to, but when it was on, I could not hear the boys if they were to call for me in the middle of the night from their bedrooms.

One of the many great features of the Ozeri 360 Oscillating fan is that it doesn't make much noise at all!  I can hear everything else in the house, even with the fan on. But, it also has many other great features!

First of all it has a large, color LED screen to show you what settings you are currently using. 


The lights are bright enough to see on a sunny day, but not so bright that they keep you awake at night, thanks to the dimmer option on the remote. When the fan is plugged in, but not on, it will continuously display the temperature in the room. To turn the fan on, push the far right button on the top of the fan, you will then see the other images light up on the display screen.


-The button on the far left (arced arrow) adjusts the fans motion. This fan can oscillate at 60, 90, 120 or 360 degrees. Just push the button until the desired number appears on the LED display. Adjusting oscillation will help circulate air appropriately from any corner, wall or space in the room. 

-The next button (triangle) is the thermostat. When engaged, the fan will automatically turn on or off to adjust to the target temperature in the room.

-Third button from the left (clock) is the timer. Every time you push this button you increase the timer by half an hour, with an 8 hour limit for automatic shut-off. As you push the button the time will be displayed on the LED screen.

-Fourth button from the left (palm tree) is to adjust the mode. There are three options, each has its own symbol on the LED screen. Normal (fan symbol), the fan will continue to run at the speed you have selected. Nature (tree image), the fan will speed up and slow down, mimicking the breeze as if you were outdoors. Sleep (sleeping smiley image), rhythmic pattern of air speed. 

-The final button (three bars) is the speed button. You can select high, medium or low. This will be incicated on the screen based on how many green bars are lit up. 

One of the other great things about this fan (as briefly mentioned above) is the remote! You can control this fan from anywhere in the room! 


The remote has one additional button, that is the dimmer, located on the bottom right of the remote, for dimming the LED screen during night time use. It comes with the battery, which is easy to replace if/when necessary. On the back of the top of the fan there is a convenient handle for easily moving the fan from room to room as well as a built in remote holder for travel or when the remote won't be used.

This fan has been really nice for us thus far. In the winter our bedroom tends to get rather warm. It doesn't take long to see the temperature in the room drop once the fan is turned on. Which brings me to the fact that it is super convenient having the temperature of the room displayed! 

All the setting options, the LED screen indicating the current settings, the remote and the whisper speed settings make this fan exceptional! Definitely a fan I would recommend to a friend or family member! 

Buy It: This fan is available for purchase on Amazon, but as of 4/22/14 is out of stock. 

I have to say, so far, I have not been disappointed with any of the Ozeri products I have tried. Check out my review of their non-stick (chemical free)Green Earth frying pan, digital bath scale, and the Artesio pepper grinder! All phenomenal products! 

Disclosure: I received the fan pictured and discussed above complimentary for review purposes. All opinions are my own and honest. No other compensation was received. 

Do you tend to use a fan for air circulation and temperature regulation? What is your favorite feature of the Ozeri 360 Degree Oscillating Tower Fan?










Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Zookaboo Custom Cloth Diaper Cover Giveaway




Welcome to the Zookaboo Custom Cloth Diaper Cover Giveaway sponsored by Zookaboo and hosted by The Parenting Patch.

Zookaboo has many print options to choose from for their wonderful diaper covers. Diaper covers are versatile and can be used over flats, prefolds, fitteds or AI2 inserts. Diaper covers can be used multiple times by simply wiping the cover out and replacing the diaper absorbancy.

For more information about the diaper covers from Zookaboo, check out my Zookaboo Custom Cloth Diaper Cover Review.

One lucky reader of The Parenting Patch and Just Me and the Boys will win one (1) custom made cloth diaper cover from Zookaboo.

To enter for your chance to win the Zookaboo Custom Cloth Diaper Cover Giveaway, simply use the following Rafflecopter form. Good luck!

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The Zookaboo Custom Cloth Diaper Cover Giveaway is open worldwide. The Zookaboo Custom Cloth Diaper Cover Giveaway ends at midnight CST on April 2, 2014. One winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter. The winner will be sent an email and will have forty-eight hours to respond. If no response is not received within forty-eight hours, another winner will be chosen. The Parenting Patch and Just Me and the Boys are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Green Scene Mom Award Winners Giveaway!

We are celebrating our Spring Green Scene Mom Awards with a giveaway featuring some of our amazing winning brands! Many of these brands were created by mom or dad entrepreneurs who were problem solving for their own families. One winner will win these great products for kids that were made by their parents!





Toofeze Teether

Toofeze was created by a mother and daughter who were inspired to develop and bring to market a sensible baby teething ring that really works. The pair is dedicated to helping soothe the pain of teething babies, thereby easing the stress of their caregivers.
Full Award Details

Yummi Pouch Minis

Yummi Pouch Mini reusable food pouches encourage healthy snacks for active kids. These eco-friendly food pouches are freezer safe, dishwasher safe, BPA-free, Phthalate-free, and can be filled with healthy blended snacks and easily taken on-the-go, no spoon required.
Full Award Details

Check out the full review from Just Me and the Boys Here.

Buttons Cloth Diapers

Buttons Cloth Diapers were born at home. Designed by a husband and wife team, Buttons Diapers are easy to use and affordable for everyone รข€” the way it should be. Buttons Diapers believes in keeping life simple, even when it comes to diapering.
Full Award Details

Check out the full review from Just Me and the Boys here.

Wristy Buddy Teething Wristband

Wristy Buddy is designed for babies that haven't developed the motor skills to hold traditional teething objects. Babies that can't grasp toys can manipulate Wristy Buddy. Wristy Buddy is made of absorbant materials to keep little faces and clothing dry.
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Simple Nature

Simple Nature's natural products contains the finest organic ingredients to effectively moisturize, soothe and cleanse from head to toe. With creamy shea and mango butters plus the essential oils of orange and natural vanilla extract, hair and skin will feel super soft and smell amazingly fresh!
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Funbites Food Cutter

FunBites is a simple kitchen tool that allows you to cut sandwiches and fruit into fun shapes for little fingers. FunBites helps create yummy lunches without all the packaging kids' lunches often come with. FunBites was designed by a mom who was inspired by her own daughters to create kid-friendly snacks with one easy cutter.
Full Award Details

Check out the full review from Just Me and the Boys here

Natural Bath Sponge

This natural bath sponge is made from organic material found off the coast of Florida. Instead of scratchy synthetic materials, this sponge features soft sea wool fibers that clean and lather to create a spa-like experience for your baby.
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Baby Butz Cream

Baby Butz Cream heals, restores, and moisturizes with the help of all natural ingredients. Free from preservatives, perfumes, chemicals, and alcohol, Baby Butz Cream was developed by a mom searching for a natural solution for her own child.
Full Award Details

Enter to win this amazing Gift Set!


Toofeze teether
FunBites food cutter
Buttons Diapers 2 covers and 2 daytime inserts
Wristy Buddy teething wristband
Simple Nature Orange Smoothie Duo - shampoo & body wash + lotion
Yummi Pouch Mini reusable food pouches
Baby Butz Cream jar of diaper cream

Enter giveaway using the rafflecopter form below. Open to residents of US and Canada 18+. Open through March 28th. 


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Just Me and the Boys was not compensated for this giveaway and is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Andy Pandy Bamboo Disposable Diapers and $50 Amazon GC Giveaway

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As parents we are always trying to make the best decisions for our children from the food they eat to the clothes they wear. Why not put thought into the diapers we also use? There are many diapering options out there; cloth, disposable, natural, organic, originals, generics etc. Finding the one that works for you and your baby is very important. If you are concerned about the materials and chemicals that could be exposed to your baby's skin through their diapers and cloth diapering is not for you, then Andy Pandy diapers are a great option!

Andy Pandy is a line of fantastic, eco friendly disposable diapers that are made of the purest ingredients to help diaper your little one without the risk of exposing them to harmful chemicals.

These diapers are extremely Soft & silky to the touch, and best of all extremely strong & absorbent
These disposable diapers are made of biodegradable Bamboo making them Eco Friendly, Green, and most important Safe for Baby & Environment. Not only are you doing something amazing for your baby but your Purchase Supports St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Check out this great video on Andy Pandy diapers!


You can find out more about this diaper over at Conservamom's review.

To get your Andy Pandy diapers head over to their page and see the difference in diapering for your little one.

Try these diapers for yourself and see the difference! From now until 4/4/14 use code CONSERVA Good for $5/1 per pack up to 2 packs of Andy Pandy diapers!

One Winner will also win 2 packs of Andy Pandy Diapers and a $50 Amazon Gift card! Open to US residents only. Giveaway ends on 4/4 at 11:59pm.

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Disclosure: Conservamom nor Just Me and the Boys is not responsible for the fulfillment of prize. Conservamom was either compensated by product or financially in order to facilitate review. This giveaway is in no way associated with, sponsored, administered, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest or any other social media network.All opinions and experiences are my own. Open to the US , must be 18+. Confirmed Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be drawn. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of the giveaway. Sponsor will be responsible for prize fulfillment. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. For questions or to see your product featured in the next Big Event you can contact Elia At Conservamom

Monday, March 17, 2014

#JAdoreVoxBox Review!

Thank you Influenster for the box of goodies!


The Valentine's #JAdoreVoxBox was full of wonderful things!

The participating brands include Vaseline, Kiss Lashes, Boots Botanics, RedRose tea, John Freida and Hersheys!

The Products: 

Vaseline Mens Spray


My husband and I had differing view points on this one. While he like the idea of it and the smell, he didn't like that the scent didn't fade. He isn't big into cologne and that is what it reminded him of.

I really liked the idea of the Mens Spray lotion. I liked the scent for my husband, but not for myself. So I went and bought the women's version! I'm very happy with it. It is easy to apply, dries fast and I like the scent.

Kiss Natural Lashes


Applying false eye lashes isn't as easy as it looks. For my complete thoughts of these lashes visit my "How to Apply Lashes" link. 

Boots Botanics Clay Mask


An all natural clay mask with willow bark extract! #powerofplant Check this link for full review. 

Red Rose Tea


Let me start by saying YUM! They sent me Lemon Chiffon Decaff and Creme Caramel. Loved this tea and WILL be getting more! The Lemon Chiffon tasted like lemon cookies! Great refreshing tea. Creme Caramel had a more subtle flavor, but still delicious! Sweeten with honey if desired!

Hershey Kisses


Really, who doesn't like chocolate?! This little boy (and the other-not pictured) were pretty lucky that I shared! Hershey's has some great ideas on their website for creative projects/crafts using Hershey kisses! 

Frizz Ease Three-Day Straight by John Freida

So I don't usually use product in my hair to straighten it, especially not in the winter. But I decided to give it a try. I was actually surprised at the fact that I could wake up the next morning and only have to do a few streaks with the straightener to get my hair looking perfect again. Normally I have to wet or wash and start all over because my hair is just a mess. But with Three-Day Straight I can go that extra day with straight hair. I am looking forward to trying this out come the humid months. Hoping it will keep my hair from going wavy this summer! 

Disclosure: I received these products free for review purposes from Influenster. However, all opinions are my own and are 100% honest. 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Pure Belly Pregnancy and Postpartum Belly Wrap Giveaway

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Pure Belly has chosen to giveaway a Pure Belly Wrap to one of All Natural Mom 101's Readers. Winner will receive a Pure Belly 3-in-1 Pregnancy & Postpartum Wrap of their Size & Color of Choice.

During pregnancy your organs are shifted and moved into strange places. Those organs have had 9 months to adjust to your growing uterus. But once baby is out, those organs have to suddenly make their attempt at settling into their regular living spaces. Postpartum wraps really help to hold everything in place for those first few days after delivery, giving you some relieving comfort while laughing, coughing, or just moving about.

 The Giveaway Starts March 17th-March 28th. Open to US & CAN residents.

Be sure to check out All Natural Mom 101's Review on the Pure Belly Wrap HERE and enter the giveaway via Rafflecopter below!
Good Luck!

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Disclosure: Just Me and the Boys and all other promoting bloggers have not been compensated in any form for this publication, nor are they responsible for the fulfillment of the prize. Please contact Kaitlyn at Allnaturalmom101@gmail.com  if you have any questions, comments or concerns. Thank you

Veggies in Space - A Veggie Tales Giveaway


I was introduced to Veggie Tales in highschool... 15 years ago! I always thought it was a fun show. My boys now watch Veggie Tales! It is a great show! Veggie tales takes stories from the Bible and uses them to teach children about God and Jesus and helps them apply these lessons to their own lives. Not only do the kids enjoy it, but they also tie in humor that only the adults will understand. I love watching Veggie Tales with my kids. I know they are educational, I know they have value and the shows are entertaining for both them and myself! 

Welcome to the Veggie Tales: Veggies in Space: The Fennel Frontier Giveaway!

Hosted by:  The Savings Wife
One lucky winner will receive a copy of the Veggies in Space DVD!
Giveaway is open until Midnight April 17th!
Giveaway is open to residents of US and Canada!
One entry per person please. Enter on the Rafflecopter Below!

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Disclosure:  "The Savings Wife" solely organized this event and I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are 100% my own and may differ from your own or even those stated in this post. This event is in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising" and is in no way associated with any of the social media it is viewed/shared/located on. The sponsor is responsible for prize shipment and not this blog or any bloggers involved in the promotion. For the avoidance of doubt, Big Idea Entertainment, LLC and its parents, subsidiaries and affiliates are not a sponsor or affiliate of this giveaway.” (the “Statement”). 

Grow Your Small Business Giveaway!

Welcome to the Grow Your Small Business Giveaway!
 
Hosted by: Luker Family Tales
 
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This exciting giveaway features a variety of small businesses and they are offering you some GREAT prizes! I am all about supporting small businesses and I hope you have a blast checking out the featured businesses!

Supporting small businesses is all about giving to a family directly. When you support a small business you are supporting that business owners family. You are directly helping that family pay the bills, put food on the table and put their little one through dance class or football. Small business also helps some of these families by allowing a parent to stay home with their children rather than having to send them to daycare.  Thanks to these small business here are some great prizes you could win:
   
$30 store credit to Two Sisters


Shaklee Get Clean products, a $12.30 value
3-pack spray bottles and a 4 oz squeeze bottle of Basic H2 (Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate) from Our Healthy Life



$25 Store Credit to Staci Stitches


Signed Copy of I Carried an Angel



You can enter on the Rafflecopter form below. Giveaway is open to US residents ages 18 and over. Prize fulfillment is the responsibility of each individual sponsor for their prize. This giveaway is in no way associated with any social media platform.
GOOD LUCK!!!

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*Participating Bloggers are NOT responsible for prize fulfillment. If you would like to be featured in an event at Luker Family Tales, email Staci at lukermama@gmail.com.
 
 
 

bumGenius Elemental Organic Giveaway



Welcome to the bumGenius Elemental Organic One-Size All-In-One Giveaway sponsored by Social News Daily and hosted by The Parenting Patch

One lucky reader of The Parenting Patch, Social News Daily, and Just Me and the Boys will win one (1) bumGenius Elemental Organic One-Size All-In-One Diaper in one of the new colors, Countess or Hummingbird. 

These diapers have an adjustable rise which makes them usable on newborns through potty training, roughly 8-35 lbs.  It's unique design allows for a faster drying time than many other all-in-one diapers. This design also allows you to add additional soakers for heavy wetters or nighttime use. 

To enter for your chance to win the bumGenius Elemental Organic One-Size All-In-One Giveaway, simply use the following Rafflecopter form. Good luck! 

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The bumGenius Elemental Organic One-Size All-In-One Giveaway is open worldwide. An international winner will receive $25 via PayPal in lieu of the specified prize. The bumGenius Elemental Organic One-Size All-In-One Giveaway ends at midnight CST on March 31, 2014. One winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter. The winner will be sent an email and will have forty-eight hours to respond. If no response is received within forty-eight hours, another winner will be chosen. The Parenting Patch and Just Me and the Boys are not responsible for prize fulfillment. bumGenius is not affiliated with the bumGenius Elemental Organic One-Size All-In-One Giveaway.


Saturday, March 15, 2014

Maple Hill Naturals - Scented Dryer Balls Review

Thank you Maple Hill Naturals for the dryer balls!



I switched to using dryer balls in place of dryer sheets about a year ago. There are many companies out there that sell dryer balls, Maple Hill Naturals has my favorite ones so far!

Maple Hill Naturals started with the vision of one mom, wanting a quality product that was free from toxins and chemicals that could help everyday problems.


Why Dryer Balls?

There are so many benefits to using dryer balls instead of dryer sheets:

  • No chemicals on your clothes
  • Faster drying time per load
  • Save money
  • Naturally soften your clothes
  • Reduces static (not as effective in dry, cold winter months)
  • They can be used over and over again, just keep them in the dryer
  • Hypo allergenic
Why Maple Hill Naturals Dryer Balls? 
  • Made in the United States with domestic wool, nothing is imported
  • Made by stay-at-home moms
  • Donate some of their proceeds to help the community 
I switched from dryer sheets to dryer balls a little over a year ago. While I will never go back to dryer sheets, I did miss the scent they left on my clothes. I no longer have to miss that scent! Maple Hill Naturals sent me a four pack of the XL Lavender Vanilla Dream essential oil scented dryer balls ($33.99). I love walking into my laundry room to the fresh smell of lavender! The smell left on my clothing is wonderful, but not overpowering. Just enough to make them smell fresh and clean!


I have talked to a few people who have been skeptical about switching to dryer balls because they like scent of dryer sheets. These dryer balls give you the great option of an all natural scent without the added chemicals of dryer sheets. So you get the best of both worlds! 

There are a few reasons why I like Maple Hill Naturals dryer balls better than the ones I have used in the past:
  • They are a little bit bigger, XL measures 9-11" in circumference (also come in jumbo and large sizes)
  • They aren't quite as dense/heavy
  • They don't make as much noise
  • The scent is heavenly
  • Made in the US by other stay-at-home moms
Over time you'll notice the dryer balls start to loose their scent. You can either re-scent them with your own essential oils or get a re-scenting kit from Maple Hill Naturals.

Maple Hill Naturals also sells many other natural products including soap, shampoo/conditioner, lip balm and other skin care products!

Connect with Maple Hill Naturals on Facebook

Visit their website to purchase dryer balls (scented or non-scented) or other natural products!

Reader DISCOUNT CODE!!! Maple Hill Naturals is offering my readers 25% off their entire purchase through 4/17/14 using the code "justmeandtheboyz" (no quotes). Limit 1 coupon per customer, not valid with other offers.

Disclosure: I received the product above complimentary to help facilitate my review. All opinions are my own and 100% honest. I was not compensated in any other way. 







Friday, March 14, 2014

$25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Jessica from Thankful for Thorns blog is a big Amazon fan, here is what she has to say:

I don’t know about you but I love Amazon.
I did the majority of my Christmas shopping on amazon and with amazon prime I was able to get free two day shipping on every purchase.
It worked out really nicely as I was able to watch for when certain items went on sale the week surrounding black Friday. 

And because I love my fans I'm hosting a $25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway! WOHOO!
Thanks to Demagogue News for sponsoring this giveaway on Thankfulforthorns.blogspot.com    

                    
     
You'll find everything you are looking for on Amazon! What will you buy if you win? 
Must be 18+ to enter. Giveaway ends 3/31! Open World Wide, winner outside of US will get $25 Paypal cash.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Green Scene Mom Award Winners Spring 2014

The Green Scene Mom Awards honor cutting edge children's products that promote Eco-friendly lifestyles, sustainable living, and creative innovation. We are very excited to announce the 2014 Spring Winners
Baby Butz Cream Green Scene Mom Award Winner

Baby Butz Cream

Baby Butz Cream heals, restores, and moisturizes with the help of all natural ingredients. Free from preservatives, perfumes, chemicals, and alcohol, Baby Butz Cream was developed by a mom searching for a natural solution for her own child. Award Details »
Yummi Pouch Minis Green Scene Mom Award Winner

Yummi Pouch Minis

Yummi Pouch was created by a husband and wife team. Inspired by their daughter, they designed Yummi Pouches to help parents meet their children's fundamental need of good nutrition while making the feeding process simple, eco-friendly, and cost-effective. Award Details »

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Funbites Cutter Green Scene Mom Award Winner

FunBites Cutter

FunBites is a simple kitchen tool that allows you to cut sandwiches and fruit into fun shapes for little fingers. FunBites was designed by a mom who was inspired by her own daughters to create kid-friendly snacks with one easy cutter. Award Details »

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Toofeze Teether Green Scene Mom Award Winner

San Diego Bebe Eco-Nursing Pillow

San Diego Bebe was designed by San Diego native Sandy Clark, a passionate breastfeeding advocate, entrepreneur and mother of twins. Clark was inspired to design a product that would help resolve the issue of privacy while nursing. Award Details »
Simple Nature Natural Face and Body Lotion Green Scene Mom Award Winner

Simple Nature Natural Face & Body Lotion

Simple Nature Natural Face & Body Lotion features delightful all-natural ingredients without sacrificing any comforts. This amazing product is perfect for luxuriously pampering dry skin after doing lots of dishes, diaper changes, and other labors of love. Award Details »
Wristy Buddy Teething Wristband Green Scene Mom Award Winner

Wristy Buddy Teething Wristband

Wristy Buddy was designed by a mother and a teacher who was searching for a teething solution for her own son. Wristy Buddy proved to be very successful and is now available for other parents who are struggling to help their teething infants find relief.Award Details »
Simple Nature Natural Shampoo and Body Wash Green Scene Mom Award Winner

Simple Nature Natural Shampoo & Body Wash

Simple Nature Natural Shampoo and Body Wash is luxurious, smells delicious, and provides a refreshing finish to any hygiene routine. This product was developed by a mom who wanted to create a natural solution for her own family. Award Details »
Toofeze Teether Green Scene Mom Award Winner

Toofeze Teether

Toofeze was created by a mother and daughter who were inspired to develop and bring to market a sensible baby teething ring that really works. The pair is dedicated to helping soothe the pain of teething babies, thereby easing the stress of their caregivers. Award Details »
Toofeze Teether Green Scene Mom Award Winner

Buttons Cloth Diapers

Buttons Cloth Diapers were born at home. Designed by a husband and wife team, Buttons Diapers are easy to use and affordable for everyone — the way it should be. Buttons Diapers believes in keeping life simple, even when it comes to diapering.Award Details »

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Baby Buddy Natural Bath Sponge Green Scene Mom Award Winner

Baby Buddy Natural Bath Sponge

This natural bath sponge is made from organic material found off the coast of Florida. Instead of scratchy synthetic materials, this sponge features soft sea wool fibers that clean and lather to create a spa-like experience for your baby. Award Details »

To learn more about the Green Scene Mom Awards, please visit greenscenemom.com/awards.

Have you tried any of these products? Are any of these on your wish list? What would you like to try?