Saturday, December 30, 2017

Unlock Your Imagination With Great Pretenders

Children have great imaginations. They can play pretend for hours. It is even better when they have costumes to wear. Great Pretenders is a wonderful website that has costumes and toys that any boy and girl would love.

This Fairy Blossom Dress is perfect for fairy lovers. It is so pretty. My daughter loved it.

It even has wings on the back. My daughter already told me she wants to wear it next Halloween. These costumes are good for Halloween too. Or of course, everyday play.

Great Pretenders offer something for both boys and girls. I think these costumes are so fun for the little ones.

What do your kids like to pretend?

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Winter Paypal or Amazon Giveaway

Who doesn't need some extra cash right after holiday shopping? I have teamed up with some great bloggers to host a giveaway. You can win $140 in paypal cash or towards Amazon.

What would you buy if you won?

Warm and cuddly winter blankets.

 A new Winter coat. Some mittens and a hat.

Maybe just put it towards a bill.

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday. Have fun with your family  and friends.

Thank you for stopping by.

Rules for Giveaway:

How to enter: There are 14 blog listed. Each comment is an entry and you may comment once each day on a different post. Only comments posted during this giveaway are eligible. This giveaway starts December 10 at midnight 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 $140 in Paypal or Amazon online gift card, winner’s choice.

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Upgrading To A Larger Family Vehicle

This is a sponsored post.

We are thinking of upgrading our family car. Well right now we are driving a Kia Sedan and it is a bit snug for a family of 5. We became a family of 5 last September. Living in New York we get a good deal of snow too. Snow, commuting, and comfort are 3 factors we are using to find our new vehicle.

We need to do some research and decide if we want a used or new car. We want a SUV that will fit 3 kids in the back seat. I have started to look on and have found a few JEEP and other SUV's that I like. It shows where the vehicles are located and you can refine your search with price and location.

We never owned an AWD car but I really want one. Gas mileage is another factor when picking out a new car. Reliability and safety are very important as well.

Have you owned a SUV? Do you like it better than a car? What has been your favorite vehicle?

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Fall Amazon or Paypal Giveaway

Fall is my favorite season. What better way to celebrate but to have a giveaway. I have teamed up with some amazing bloggers to give you a great prize.

I love the crisp, cold air, and all the pumpkins. I love pumpkin spice coffee.

The winner has a choice of $100 towards Amazon or cash paypal prize.

What can you do with this money? Buy a load of pumpkins. Maybe you want lots of left over candy. Home decor for the holidays.

Entering is super easy.

How to enter: There are 10 Instagram accounts. Follow one or all but the more accounts you follow the more entries you’ll receive. If you’re already a follower of an account, claim that entry! This giveaway starts October 20 at midnight EST and ends November 4 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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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Tea Time With Adagio Teas

Adagio Teas

I recently got to try out Adagio Teas. Adagio Teas has a variety of loose tea and tea accessories. I chose the Teas of Japan because if I drink tea, I choose a green tea.

They offer such a wide range of teas and teaware. You will be able to find what you like. I got the glass mug which is great. I use it for everything. I like that you can see the color of the tea too.

Teas of Japan had 4 loose tea flavors to try. There was sencha overture, genmai cha, hojicha, and kukicha. I liked the genmai cha the best, which is a classic green tea. They were all really nice teas. Each sample makes 8-10 cups.

If you know a tea lover, I highly recommend Adagio Teas. This would be a great holiday gift.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Kudo Banz New Reward System

Kudo Banz Starter Pack

Positive reinforcement is a great way to help your child as they learn. Kudo Banz works like a sticker chart reward system but it is worn on the wrist. They come with charms and bracelets. Your child wears the bracelet/ band and every time they reach a goal or do something positive you add a charm. 
I like the idea of the charms because if you are out in a restaurant or a store,  you can give a charm for good behavior. 

My daughter, who is 5 yrs old, seemed to really like this idea. She thinks the charms are really cute.

You also use an app with this system. The starter pack comes with an adorable story book too.

Parenting can be really hard sometimes. I think this system is clever and helpful. 

Kudo Collection Charms

They have cute charm sets for all different interests. Maybe your kids like pirates or another kid likes princesses. 

As the parent, you set the reward. Once they collect the special charm, you scan it with the app and they can see the reward. 

Why does this system work? Children need structure. They need to be aware of the plan you both develop. Immediate recognition for the positive or good behavior. All of this is done in a positive manner.

Kudo Banz on Social Media

Give them a like on Facebook

Follow them on Twitter

Do your children need help with potty training? Do they need help listening? Kudo Banz can help you and your child reach milestones and goals.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

KEEP Collective Design Inspiration

KEEP Collective

KEEP Collective has many beautiful charms that can be put on bracelets and necklaces to create a story. Your story or a memory. They become keepsakes. 

Why did I start KEEP? 

For many reasons. My main reason is to stay at home with my kiddos. My 2 older kids will be in school full time. My youngest is going into toddler stage. I need to be home and make money at the same time.

Here are some design inspirations. 

KEEP necklaces

The necklaces are pretty and come in different sizes. 

Charms for moms. The baby feet charms are super cute. I need 3 for myself. This is an example of a double band.

I like this example. It shows the black velvet on one side. Green flannel on the other side. 

Visit my page and play around with the design tool. It will show you how much your design cost. You can start small if the design you want cost too much. I originally started with one band and one charm. That's the fun of it. Collecting new charms. Every month there will be limited edition charms too. These make wonderful gifts for the holidays or bridal showers.

What charms are your favorite? 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Fresh Wave Dorm Kit Giveaway

Fresh Wave 

It is almost time to go back to school. Back to college for some kids too. We all know dorm life can get pretty stinky. Sometimes you wait until the last possible minute to wash your laundry. Sometimes you share a bathroom with 2 or 4 other people. Fresh Wave has so many great odor removing products. The fresh pod can attach to a garbage can. The odor removing spray is good for all over. Spray it in the bathroom, the bedroom, and even a car. I love the odor removing gel. You can open it and place it in any room. Usually we put it in our bathroom but you can put it near a laundry basket too.

Even if you don't have children going back to college and they are in high school. That means your home will need some odor removing help. 

My favorite thing about Fresh Wave is the all natural ingredients. I feel safe using this in my home and around my children. I'm not big on fragrance but Fresh Wave is a smell I am good with.

Giveaway Time

Win this dorm kit for yourself or a family member. 

Open for US, 18+. Giveaway winner has 48 hrs to reply to email. Sponsor will mail prize.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

End of Summer Amazon or Paypal Giveaway


End of Summer is drawing near. That means back to school shopping. Clothes and supplies. Or if your kids are done with school, more extra cash for you. I hope you all had a wonderful summer.

Enter our giveaway and you choose how you get your prize. Amazon or Paypal. I use Amazon all the time. Especially with Amazon Prime and fast shipping. 

Giveaway details:

How to enter: There are 10 Instagram accounts. Follow one or all but the more accounts you follow the more entries you’ll receive. If you’re already a follower of an account, claim that entry! This giveaway starts August 15 at midnight EST and ends August 31 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.

How would you spend your prize money?

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

CozyPhones Review and Giveaway


Kids headphones have never been so cute. CozyPhones are headphones in a headband. They are great for kids. They also come in sizes for adults. These are cozy indeed and come in adorable animal character. My kids loved the unicorn and fox.

The kids like to watch videos on YouTube and play on their tablets. The headphones are good to prevent fights between them. 

Soft fleece feels nice to wear. The cord is durable and a good length. It is such a clever idea and we love that they don't fall off their heads. They don't complain about it not fitting right either.

CozyPhones Unicorn

CozyPhones are great for travel and long car rides too.

You can win a kids CozyPhones headband.

CozyPhones is a US family run business. It is so important to support family run businesses. 

Giveaway open to US, 18+. Follow the rafflecopter form. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to email. 

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Fight Odors With The Fresh Wave Fresh Pod

Fresh Pod

Fresh Wave Fresh Pod is now available in Target. The Fresh Wave Fresh Pod retails at $5.99. Each one holds one Fresh Pack. The odor removing packs are all natural. They really do the job. You can attach the fresh pod to a garbage can, in your car, in your bathroom. They last for up to 60 days but tell you to refill every 30 days. 

We put our Fresh Pod in the bathroom by the trash can. I like the Fresh Pod because it doesn't take up too much space and you place it in areas you can't see. Inside the top of the trash can is perfect too.

You can get the refill odor removing packs for $9.99.

Stop by your local Target if you need to fight some stinky odors. We also use the odor removing packs in the car. When you travel with kids all sorts of messes and spills happen. It is good to get rid of unwanted smells. 

(*Complimentary Fresh Pod package for purpose of review. All opinions are my own.*)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Paypal or Amazon Summer Giveaway

Summer Giveaway

It's that time again! Time for a Summer Giveaway. I have teamed up with a nice group of bloggers to co-host this giveaway. Summer means beach, playground, and trips. Extra cash is always good to have on hand. Ice cream shops and new bathing suits, it all adds up.

Join in the fun and enter this giveaway. Share with friends too!

How to enter: There are 10 Twitter accounts. Each account is worth one entry. Follow all 10 accounts for 10 entries into this giveaway. If you’re already a follower of an account, claim that entry! This giveaway starts July 19 at midnight EST and ends August 2 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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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Go & Grow By Similac At Walmart

 Go & Grow by Similac

Go & Grow by Similac pouches are available at Walmart. It is a great grab and go meal for your baby and toddler. My daughter is 9 months old and is starting to enjoy pouches. I have to help her understand how to squeeze the pouch. Up until this point I have been using a spoon for the baby food.

I like that the pouches are USDA organic and easy to pack into the diaper bag. I use them around the home too. They come in a great variety of fruit and veggie blends. I think my daughter likes the sweet potato, Apple, Carrot blend the best.

Only Similac has OptiGRO which is a unique blend of DHA, Lutein, and Vitamin E this helps with overall growth.

Find Go & Grow by Similac pouches at Walmart. You can use Ibotta coupon for .50 cents off.

There is also a wonderful giveaway going on from SheSpeaks.

Go & Grow by Similac Pouches

My daughter Sadie holding the pouch before the cap even came off. She is teething, so everything is going in the mouth.

We are still discovering new flavors but she is excited about getting food.

Food Time

I feel confident in handing over the pouches knowing they are non-GMO. 

They are perfect for beaches, parks, and traveling. If you can't find them at your local store then check out Walmart's website too.

(*This post was created for Similac. All opinions are my own.*)

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

OwlCrate Subscription Box Review


Recently, I have been enjoying some really good books and graphic novels. I found my love for reading again. I discovered a whole world of bookstagram on Instagram. Book lovers taking gorgeous photos of books. Makes it all the more enticing to read. Of course, don't always judge a book by its cover.

I subscribed to a fun box called OwlCrate. They have monthly themes. The month I started with was Comic Explosion. I adore comics, manga, and graphic novels. 

Inside OwlCrate

Inside we find books and accessories. This was the perfect crate to start with for me. It also came with a Funko, which is a slight addiction for our family.

OwlCrate Subscription Box

At first my favorite thing was the Funko. Wonder Woman rocks! The coffee candy was yummy too. I drink coffee every day. The pen was super cool. I think my hubby took it from me. 

I finally got around to reading Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia. This book brought me back to high school days and also hit home to my introverted personality. I blog and love to be on social media, but in person I hold back. I loved all of the characters. My favorite was Wallace. His story line was very touching. 

I have subscribed to different boxes before and found OwlCrate to be a favorite. I switched to OwlCrate jr for my kids. Reading is important and it looks like something my son can enjoy.

Have you read any good books lately?

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Amazon Prime Day July 11

This year Amazon Prime day is July 11th. I am excited because I actually have Amazon Prime this year. I love it. I like the fast shipping. It can be dangerous to my piggy bank. It is so easy to just click and buy.

What do you like to buy on Amazon? Do you like shopping online better than a store?

I like shopping by myself but sometimes it gets too crazy with the kids.

Have you ever gotten a good deal on Amazon Prime day?


Audible 40% off your first 6 months

Save on Diapers with Amazon Family

(*aff links*)

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Summer Blog Giveaway

Summer is here. The kids are out of school. What do you have planned? Playground fun, beaches, and city trips. I can't believe I have been blogging for 4 years now. I really enjoy the blogging community and all the wonderful brands I have gotten to work with.

Thank you for following my blog. Here is a giveaway to say Thank you!

Open to US, 18+. You have 48 hrs to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Entry is easy. Fill out the Rafflecopter form.

Prize: $20- Amazon GC (will be emailed to winner).

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Dot Dot Smile Retailer

Dot Dot Smile

I recently started my new journey selling Dot Dot Smile dresses. Dot Dot Smile makes adorable clothing for little girls. I have heard they may be coming out with boy clothes, which would be awesome. 

These dresses are really cute and the prints are so pretty. They teamed up with Hello Tosha for some limited prints. As a seller you do not pick the prints. 

If you would have a little girl or know of anyone who would be interested, send them my way.

Social Media:

Dot Dot Smile Shauna on Instagram

Dot Dot Smile Shauna Silverman group on Facebook

Sunday, June 11, 2017

An American Girl Story Premiere on Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Original Special An American Girl Story: Summer Camp, Friends for Life to Premiere on Prime Video Friday, June 9

On Friday, June 9, Amazon Original Special An American Girl Story: Summer Camp, Friends for Life is set to launch on Prime Video in the US, UK, Germany and Austria.

In the new special, friends Z  and Paz arrive at S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) camp excited for tech heaven. When the administrator surprises everyone by restricting their devices, they think their summer’s doomed. Things take a mysterious turn when they meet Jordan, an enchanting “counselor” who sends them on an adventure, opening them up to a world of possibilities – like befriending Drew. The special, directed by Alison McDonald.

Summer Camp, Friends for Life combines the relatable themes of friendship and collaboration in a fun and engaging S.T.E.A.M. camp environment,” said Tara Sorensen, Head of Kids Programming at Amazon Studios. “Our customers will be inspired by Z, Paz and Drew as they work together toward solving the mystery presented to them.”

If you have Amazon Prime be sure to watch this new special. I have Amazon Prime so I will be sure to get my daughter to watch. She will be excited since she loves her American Doll. I also like that it is about a science camp. It is important for us to get our daughters involved in science, math and technology. 

Watch the official trailer here.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Instagram Giveaway For Summer Fun

I have joined together with a group of wonderful bloggers to host this Instagram giveaway. You have the chance to win $110 prize. It is your choice to get the prize as an Amazon GC or Paypal cash.

Instagram Loop Giveaways are simple to enter. You start with one account and go through all of them. You will get to have 11 entries total.

Head over to Instagram and check out the details. My Instagram account is purplegirl31.

Summer time is almost here. I think this prize would be great for anyone, especially if you are going on vacation.

Good Luck to all!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Outside Play With American Plastic Toys

Golf Set American Plastic Toys

Summer is almost here. Time to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. Today it was in the 60's which is perfect to me. Not too cold, not too hot. American Plastic Toys make a lot of fun toy sets for kids of all ages.

The golf set is cute and you can carry all the pieces in the little cart. My husband put it together. He used scissors to cut the plastic pieces apart. They came attached to each other.

Golf Set

It is a nice set and I would suggest playing on a flat surface. You can use it indoors also.

T-Ball Set American Plastic Toys

The T-Ball Set was a good size for my 4 year old. If you have a bigger kid you could even play without the stand. It comes with 2 balls, a stand, and a bat. My kids had fun with this one.

American Plastic Toys has made products for over 50 years. The complete toy collection is made in the USA. Which is great to support local businesses. The best part is that the toys are affordable. I like when toys are under $20.00.

Memorial day weekend is coming up. Get some American Plastic Toys for your backyard.

(*These toys were given to us for the purpose of the review. All opinions are my own.*)

Sunday, May 7, 2017

First Korean American Girl Doll Review

Z Yang Korean American Girl Doll

Meet Z Yang, the first Korean American Girl Doll. American Girl dolls are adorable and now more diverse than ever. Z stands 18" tall. She is sturdy and has long dark brown hair. The clothes she is wearing are super cute. Check out those sparkly shoes. I love how the dolls come with a story book. Z is a film maker. Her shirt even has a camera on it.

This is my daughter's first American Girl Doll. She was very happy with her. I think she will be wanting more dolls in the future. I think the quality of the doll is good. I do feel the doll looks half Asian which is perfect for my daughter, who is half Korean. 

Back in the 80's there was not a lot of diversity for dolls. My parents never found a Korean doll. I am so glad American Girl made Z.

I think it is important for all girls and boys to be represented. And it is important for Big name brands to take action. We are all different and unique.

My daughter with Z Yang Doll

You can also buy accessories and a pet dog plush for your Z Yang doll. Whether you are a doll collector or an Asian American family, I think Z Yang is the perfect addition to your collection.

Find American Girl Brand on Social Media:

Like them on Facebook

Follow them on Twitter 

Do you have an American Girl Doll?

(*Z was sent to us complimentary. All thoughts are my own.*)

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Cirra By ShedRain At Target

Cirra By ShedRain

Cirra by ShedRain is available at Target this Spring and Summer. ShedRain is family owned and offers quality umbrellas for the whole family. This compact umbrella has an air vent canopy and it automatically opens and closes with a push of a button. It comes in a nice compact travel size. It's great size and my son can easily hold it when we walk home from school.

The last week or so has been one rainy day after another here on Long Island. I walk my daughter to pre-k and also pick my 2 kids up at school in the afternoon. This umbrella comes in handy and is very easy to use. Especially since I am carrying my 7 month old while I walk. I don't want her to get soaked. 

I have used ShedRain umbrellas before and like the quality. They are very reliable.

They also come in different styles and colors. They also have cute umbrellas for the kids. Check it out on the Target website.

Whatever the occasion there is a fashionable umbrella to go along with your wardrobe.

You can also find more info about ShedRain here on their website.

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.

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. 


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


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Win $100 Amazon Or Paypal Spring 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?

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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