Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Barefoot and Loving It On YouTube

We love YouTube! My kids enjoy watching certain YouTubers play games online. My daughter also really likes to watch people opening up surprise eggs and blind bags. She tells me she wants to be a YouTuber someday.

I started a YouTube channel to go along with this blog. I have recorded some apps that we play on the phone and also some videos of the kids playing.





Do you have a favorite YouTube channel?

Thursday, April 20, 2017

This Earth Day #CareAboutYourAir With Fresh Wave




This Earth Day sign the #CareAboutYourAir pledge with Fresh Wave. Do you know what ingredients are inside air fresheners? Many chemicals that can be toxic to you and your family. And don't forget about the environment. We want to use non toxic products that are better for our families and the earth.

3 Steps to follow:

Learn: Read the labels. Ingredients in air care products, household cleaning supplies and laundry products impact your family and the environment.
Act: Swap harsh chemical products for those made with natural ingredients, even if it's only one product - like your air care solution.
Share: Encourage others to take the #CareAboutYourAir pledge

Take the pledge here on the Fresh Wave website.

We like using the Fresh Wave odor removing spray because it has no chemicals and the scent is easy on the nose. I'm not a big fan of fragrances. I like floral or natural.

Do you have any plans or projects for Earth Day?

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Harvest Unexpected Projects Using 47 Extraordinary Garden Plants Book Review

Harvest By Stefani Bittner and Alethea Harampolis


In the recent years of my life, I have been looking towards natural remedies and healthier products. Harvest by Stefani Bittner and Alethea Harampolis gives us 47 uses of garden plants. The recipes range from food to dye. All of the instructions are easy to follow and the photography is great.
I never realized how many garden plants could be used, especially for food. Before each recipe or DIY project there is a description of the plant being used. It also tells you when to harvest the plant.


3 Recipes/DIY projects I want to try this summer:

-Rosewater Facial Toner

Said to be the perfect scent for a fragrance minimalist like me. I have gotten quite sensitive towards smells, especially perfume. I like the more natural scents such as rose and lavender.

- Pomegranate Margarita

I love margaritas. Pomegranate flavor would be great for the summer.

-Smudge Sticks

Smudge sticks are dried herb bundles that are burnt as incense. In the book, rosemary branches are used. I also like the idea of mental clarity and calmness.

This book has such amazing ideas. I'd like to eventually try all of them.

The authors are co-founders of Homestead Design Collective. It is a design landscape firm that creates beautiful gardens that provide harvest. What a wonderful company. I dream of having a nice bit of land to have a garden and grow my own veggies.

This book would be great for any garden enthusiast.


POMEGRANATE MARGARITA
Classic cocktail meets holiday tradition, compliments of Stefani’s mom, Garna, who took the margarita and dressed it with a splash of festive red. Whether you are making a single glass or a pitcher, the ratio of the ingredients stays the same. Use more lime juice if you prefer a tart margarita or more pomegranate juice if you prefer it sweeter. 

MAKES 4 DRINKS 


1 cup of your favorite tequila 
1 cup triple sec 
½ cup fresh pomegranate juice (from about 2 pomegranates) 
½ cup fresh lime juice 
Large-grained salt such as kosher or flake salt 
Lime slice 
Ice cubes 
Handful of pomegranate seeds, for garnish 

Combine the tequila, triple sec, and both juices in a pitcher and stir thoroughly. Pour the salt onto a small plate. Rub the lime slice around the rim of each glass, and then dip the rims in the salt. Pour the margarita over ice in the salt-rimmed glasses. For a seasonal festive touch, garnish with the pomegranate seeds. 



Do you have a garden? What do you like to grow?


(*Blogging for Books provided this copy for the purpose of the review. All opinions are my own.*)



Monday, March 27, 2017

Second Chance A Mother's Quest for a Natural Birth After Cesarean Book Review and Giveaway

Second Chance By Thais Nye Derich


Motherhood. Birth. All experiences are different for each person. There are mothers who have children through birth. There are mothers who have children through adoption. Some mothers give birth vaginally and others through cesarean. Which ever way your story goes, it is your story and nobody should ever judge you for it. Being pregnant and giving birth is one of the hardest things I've ever gone through.

Second Chance: A Mother's Quest for a Natural Birth After a Cesarean is a heart warming story about the Author's choice and quest for a different birth the second time around. She goes through a lot of self discovery through the process. I enjoy reading and hearing of other women's birth stories. In a way, its a sense of connecting and knowing that we all go through similar situations. Sometimes these experiences are hard and upsetting. 

In the beginning of the book the author shares about calling her birth mother/biological mother. There is a sentence that the mom says that seems harsh and sad. I already started crying and its only the beginning of the book. Being adopted the book already hits home. But as a 6 month old I luckily had no memories of my motherland. Thais was a young child, with 2 other siblings when her mother gave them up. I couldn't even imagine leaving my 3 kids. Sure some days they make me nuts and I want to jump in the car and drive. As mothers we go through many emotions and this starts at pregnancy.

In this book, you will see that the first birth can be scary and nerve wracking. You can read all the books and take breathing classes but situations can occur to make your perfect birth...well, not what you had hoped for. I too had a rough first birth, but it didn't end in a cesarean. Some of my family members think it should have. I wasn't happy with the first birth and with my 2nd and 3rd I did not want any more vacuum assisted births. My second birth happened to be the easiest...and when I say easy, it wasn't painless. It was the quickest. 

I really like that the author, Thais Derich has become an advocate for mothers to be more well informed. It is possible to have a natural birth after a cesarean but there are hospitals that do not like the risk. You need to seek out other sources and learn what is right for you and your family.

I have known moms who have had only cesareans, I myself have had 3 vaginal births. I also have a friend who needed to have a cesarean the second time around. I think the main thing is that we all want healthy and happy babies. 

Please pick up a copy of this book on Amazon, release day will be May 9. 


Find Thais Derich on Social Media:

-Follow on Instagram

-Like on Facebook


We all need to share our stories with each other. Not to scare each other but to know our choices. 

I have a copy of the book to giveaway to one of my readers. Maybe you know a mom who went through a similar situation like the author did or maybe you went through it too. 

Do you have a birth story or an adoption story? I'd love to read them in the comments.

This giveaway is open to US, 18+ only. Fill out the rafflecopter form.






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(*I received an advanced reader copy for this review. All opinions are my own.*)

Friday, March 10, 2017

Bath Time With Fresh Monster

Fresh Monster

Fresh Monster makes non toxic hair and body care products for kids. They are safe, natural, and 100% toxin free. They come in different smells too. Or if you have a child who is particular about smells, opt for the fragrance free. My daughter who is 4 years old really likes the watermelon smell. 
We got to try the 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner products. 

My favorite part about these products is that they are free of chemicals. Especially for the kids. I personally don't always pick shampoos that are natural for myself to use. When it comes to the children, I always get natural or organic bath products.

Make bath time more fun for the kids. There was a point in time that my daughter was afraid of the bath but now she loves washing her dolls and toys.

Fresh Monster has really cute decorative bottles.

Do you have any little monsters at home? 


No: Sulfates, Parabens, Dyes, or Synthetic Fragrances.

Find Fresh Monster on Social Media:

-Like them on Facebook

-Follow them on Instagram

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Win $100 Amazon Or Paypal Spring Giveaway

Giveaway


There is a new giveaway happening here on the blog. Spring is around the corner. Maybe you need a new wardrobe or some new shoes. Whatever the need or want, $100 dollars will be helpful. I have teamed up with a group of talented bloggers. Besides winning money, you get to check out all these great blogs and the social media accounts that go with them.
As always, entry is easy. 

Good luck to all my readers. 

What would you do with the money if you win?


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How to enter: There are 20 ways to enter, each worth one entry into the giveaway. Do all 20 for 20 entries into this giveaway! If you’re already a follower of an account, claim that entry! This giveaway starts March 10 at midnight EST and ends March 23 at 11:59 PM EST. Entrants must be USA residents and at least 18 years old. One winner will be randomly selected from all qualifying entries and contacted via the email they provide. The email will come from joannegreco at gmail. The winner has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. The prize is $100 in Paypal or Amazon online gift card, winner’s choice.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Love Is StoryGIF App

Love Is StoryGIF app

Sring is near. Love is in the air. Celebrate your love with a new app.

Storify has come out with another adorable app. This is a cute way to send your loved ones a message. You can create animated GIF stories and text them to your friends and/ or significant other.

They have sweet illustrations that will be sure to brighten someones day. 

Easy Steps:

1. Choose your GIFs
2. Compose your story
3. Share by using your favorite messenger.

You can find the app on iTunes or Google Play for 0.99 cents.

Who would you send a sweet message to? 







Sunday, March 5, 2017

Spring Cleaning Fresh Wave Giveaway

Fresh Wave

Spring is near! And with Spring comes cleaning. Getting rid of the old and making way for the new. Fresh Wave odor removing gel and odor removing spray can help with getting your home into shape. We love the Fresh Wave products for our home. Natural ingredients that are safe around the children. Fresh Wave odor removing gel can be placed near the toilet in the bathroom or buy a garbage can. It really does work. The Fresh Wave spray is great to use through out the home or even in the car.

Fresh Wave is safe, natural, and it works. Where else can you use it? Spray that diaper pail. Leave the odor removing gel near a cat litter box. There are so many possible uses. Give Fresh Wave to any college student. We all know that college dorm rooms need to be cleaned too. 


Fresh Wave Prize Pack giveaway for you to win. You have the chance to win a Spring Cleaning Prize Pack that includes the odor removing gel and the spray. 

Fill out the rafflecopter form below. 

*open to US, 18+ only. Prize pack will be mailed from the sponsor.*





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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Ozeri WeightMaster Bath Scale

Ozeri Bath Scale


The Ozeri WeightMaster Bath Scale is one of the nicest scales I ever used. I haven't own a bath scale in a while. I had my 3rd child 5 months ago and it is time to get back into shape. Using the Weight Master scale you can track your BMI. 

Features:

  • BMI with Weight Change Detection Technology -- Instantly displays your BMI (Body Mass Index), current weight, and your net weight change since your most recent weigh-in, last 3 and 7 weigh-ins.
  • Accurate Weight Tracking with 7 Day Memory -- By measuring your weight once a day, the Ozeri WeightMaster empowers you to see how your weight changes from the previous day, the last 3 days and the previous week.
  • Smart LCD with Color Alert Technology – allows you to focus on your weight trend instead of the actual numbers by displaying your weight change in color, with a GREEN illumination for weight loss and RED illumination for weight gain.
  • Immediate and Flawless Results -- Performs and displays all calculations on the scale’s LCD without complicated synching or data connection failures common to more expensive wireless and Bluetooth alternatives.
  • Quality Construction with Built-in Intelligence -- Weighs up to 400 lbs with auto-recognition technology for 5 unique users. Auto-calibrates with StepOn technology. Made out of impact-resistant glass, and equipped with non-slip scratch-resistant feet.

Ozeri Scale


I like how you step on the scale and your weight is displayed quickly. It's a nice looking scale that works perfectly with our bathroom. It doesn't take up too much space. I can check the kids weight in between annual doctor visits too.

I never had a problem with an Ozeri product. I like the products I have tried.

(*I received this product complimentary for the review. All thoughts are my own. *)


Monday, February 20, 2017

Roblox Toys Now Available At Toys R Us

Roblox Toys

Roblox is a social gaming platform in which you can choose from over hundreds of games in different categories. Roblox toys recently came out and you can find them at your local Toys R Us.

They come in packs and blind boxes. Each toy and set come with a in game code. You then redeem the codes for an in game item. The guest girl we got in a blind box gave us a visor item. 
The larger set my son got gave a him a Richard, Redcliff King outfit in game. 

Both of my children play so I know we will be buying more Roblox toys in the future.

Do you or your family play Roblox?

Sideshow Rey Premium Figure

Rey and BB8

Sideshow has come out with a gorgeous Rey premium format figure. The work on this collector's piece is amazing. She is 20 inches tall and has incredible detail. You can even pair her off with a BB8.

You can find her here. She will run you $479.99 but to collector's that is worth it. 

I'm very excited to see Rey's journey in the next film. Hopefully she will start Jedi Training. 
Her skill with a light saber seemed pretty good as a beginner. 

Sideshow also sells the BB8. This item will be released around November 2017.

In the land of collector's figures Sideshow is top of the line. 





Tuesday, February 14, 2017

National Tooth Fairy Day With PLAYMOBIL

PLAYMOBIL

National Tooth Fairy Day is February 28th. Celebrate with an adorable PLAYMOBIL play set. My daughter loved this little fairy. She came with a tooth box that really opens up. 

You can customize the tooth case with a name tag and rhinestone. You can find it here.

My daughter who is 4 right now has not lost any teeth yet. We are big fans of PLAYMOBIL though. The figures are very sturdy. The wings are a nice touch. 



Tooth Fairy


As always you can play with this set by itself or combine it with all your other sets. 

Do you tell your kids about the tooth fairy? If so, has the tooth fairy visited your home recently?

PLAYMOBIL on Social Media:

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Like them on Facebook




Sunday, February 12, 2017

Win $100 Amazon or Paypal Giveaway

Giveaway


I have joined together with some great bloggers to host this giveaway. The prize is $100 in the form of Amazon credit or Paypal. The winner chooses. Easy entries.

Spring is on it's way. Well, we may have more winter first but blooming flowers will be here before we know it. $100 would help with starting a brand new garden or maybe buying some new clothes.
Spring time is a great time to start fresh. And who wouldn't want to start fresh with some money.

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How to enter: There are 10 ways to enter this giveaway and each one is worth 5 entries. If you’re already a follower of an account, claim that entry! This giveaway starts February 13 at midnight EST and ends February 28 at 11:59 PM EST. Entrants must be USA residents and at least 18 years old. One winner will be randomly selected from all qualifying entries and contacted via the email they provide. The email will come from joannegreco at gmail. The winner has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. The prize is $100 in Paypal or Amazon online gift card, winner’s choice.
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Good luck to all of you.

What would you spend your $100 on?

Monday, February 6, 2017

Genial Day Feminine Products Review

Genial Day


Genial Day offers organic feminine products that are made of good quality. I was always curious to see if organic or natural pads would work. Every woman wants to be comfortable and protected during her period. Finding a product that has no harsh chemicals is even better. 

The pads and liners are run through tests to make sure there are no chemicals or bacteria. No skin irritation or reactions from this product. I tried out the liners and pads and were pleased with how they held up. I even liked these better than certain leading brands out there on the market. 

Genial Day even makes underwear that are made from organic cotton. The panties are air permeable so the skin can breathe all the time. They are designed with pad wing pockets. The wings from the pads fit nicely inside so you don't see the wings from the bottom of the underwear. Silver Plus ion technology is to inhibit odor causing bacteria.


Genial Day 


Overall I was very pleased with all of the products. My favorite part is that they are organic and chemical free. This is so important since it is touching your sensitive skin. I wish more people knew about this wonderful brand.


Genial Day EiVi Underwear

They even offer subscription plans. How smart is that? Never having to worry about if you will run out of pads each month. Genius!


Genial Day on Social Media:

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(*Received complimentary products for the review. All thoughts are 100% my own. *)



Friday, January 13, 2017

Peanuts StoryGIF

Peanuts StoryGIF

Storify Your Messages with the Peanuts StoryGIF app by Zoobe!
Peanuts StoryGIF is a brand new way of delighting your friends and family. Create adorable animated messages with Snoopy & Friends.  With over 60 classic, comic-cartoon style animations, the possibilities are endless.  Express yourself in just three easy steps:
1. Choose your GIFs
2. Compose your story
3. Share to your favorite messenger

It's fun to use on the phone. Then send them to your friends. I think it's a cute way to send texts. It could put a smile on someone's face. 
You can find it on iTunes or the Google Play store for $.99 cents.
Peanuts StoryGIF

Are you a fan of Peanuts? If so, be sure to download this app. 




Monday, January 9, 2017

Going Green With Trolley Bags

Trolley Bags


Trolley Bags are 4 different sized bags connected with velcro. They can be placed upright in a shopping cart to make grocery shopping easier. Trolley bags are helpful and also great for going green. We don't need to use all those plastic bags for our groceries. 

My local grocery store has a system where you can scan the food items and then place them in bags to make check out quicker. Using the Trolley bags at this store is perfect. I think these would work great at Aldi as well because they don't give bags out. 

They are sturdy and strong. You know they won't rip on you while going into the house. The different sizes are good for sorting grocery items. I like that they have velcro and stick together because I lose items all the time. They come in 2 color choices. 

Trolley Bags are on Social Media:

Like them on Facebook

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Where to buy? Check out their website shop here.


(*Received complimentary bags for the purpose of the review. All thoughts are 100% my own. *)


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Baby Registry On Amazon




Sign up for the Amazon Baby Registry for all your baby needs. I think this is a great idea. Amazon has so many items from slings to swings and baby clothes. They also carry diapers and bags and so much more. Many people have Amazon Prime, so they get added benefits along with the registry.


Sunday, January 1, 2017

New $100 Giveaway Paypal Or Amazon

Giveaway 


A new year is here. Why not start fresh with $100 prize towards Amazon or Paypal cash? Christmas just passed and many gifts were bought. Do you have an empty piggy bank? Entering is easy.
Maybe you want to start a new business this year. One hundred dollars towards your goal can help.

Giveaway Details:

How to enter: There are four groups of five Instagram accounts. Each group is worth 5 entries. Follow all 20 accounts for 20 entries. If you’re already a follower, claim that entry!
This giveaway starts January 2 at midnight EST and ends January 15 at 11:59 PM EST. USA, 18+.
One winner will be randomly selected from all qualifying entries and contacted via the email they provide. The email will come from joannegreco at gmail. The winner has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
The prize is $100 in Paypal or Amazon online gift card.


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Good Luck!
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