Adorable wins every time with Emmaroo’s Boutique Clothing ($100 Giveaway)

Emmaroo’s Boutique Clothing for Children  emailed me and asked if I’d be willing to do a review of some of their boutique clothing for girls.  Why yes, yes I would, I replied, my heart all aflutter.  You see, I love pants with ruffles on them.  The more ruffles the better.  Let me clarify- pants with ruffles for kids.  I’m not sure I could pull off the fabulousness of ruffle pants, but perhaps one day I will try.  Anyway, Emmaroo’s carries several fabulous and ruffly styles of boutique clothing for kids and if your little one likes to stand out in a crowd, you’re going to LOVE this site. Quality clothing by quality designers and brands!  Below, you’ll see my little one in the Navy and Yellow 2 piece tunic set- I can’t stress enough how much I love the navy and yellow together, in bold, bright hues.  It’s just adorable.

 emmaroos boutique daisy collage

When there are pants with ruffles, there’s often a coordinating or matching top that goes along with said pants.  It makes my heart go pitter pat.  But sometimes, even with my love of ruffles, I fall for things like this floral bouquet print romper that hasn’t got a ruffle but is beyond cute.  I love it.  She’ll be adorable and cool in the hot summer weather!

emmaroos boutique romper collage(Please, please ignore our floors.  They are in need of being refnished about a year ago, but we’ve not had the time!)

The watermelon dress is so soft, and so comfy to wear, that my little one wants to wear it daily.  She loves that the shorts are the same as the dress, so she can twirl and do cartwheels without anyone seeing her underwear (which is funny because 90% of the time I have to remind her to WEAR underwear!?).  My favorite thing about this dress set is the watermelon seeds.  Such a fun accent!

emmaroos boutique watermelon collage

And last…but certainly not least…the ruffliest of the ruffles…it’s twirly, it’s ruffly, it’s got a fun flower and it’s SO fun to wear.  It’s 2 pieces of polka dot adorableness!  This turquoise/white 2 piece set with a flower is fun for a playdate, a party, a picnic or a walk.  I love it.

emmaroos boutique polka dot collageAt Emmaroo’s Boutique, they strive to make shopping for children’s clothing convenient and affordable. They offer many styles and designs to suit just about any taste.

One reader will win a $100 Gift Certificate to Emmaroo’s Boutique!  

Thank you to Emmaroo’s Boutique for sending us the adorable outfits.  Opinions are my own.

So many brands, designers and options at Sears #MoreatSears

This post brought to you by Sears. All opinions are 100% mine.

 

Don’t you just hate when you go to the store, find something you just LOVE, and then realize after searching that there are none left in your size?  Even with a search for extra stock in the back of the store, often times, you’re out of luck.  It’s frustrating.  Sears has a huge website that carriers tons more sizes and colors than their local stores, so you won’t run into this problem. Who knows, maybe you’ll find that super cute top in your size in three marvelous colors….of course, then…you’ll be left to your own devices and to decide if you want to buy one or all three.  I’d be the one getting all three.  I mean, if it’s that awesome, why not grab it in all of the marvelous colors?

Not only does Sears have tons of sizes and colors online, but you can get them quickly without paying outrageous shipping- you can buy online and pick up in store. Sears guarantees to have your item ready in 5 minutes or less, or you’ll get a $5 in store coupon! So turn that frown upside down and visit Sears.com to pick up what you want!

There are many featured marketplace offers to help you save the most on the hottest fashions and newest arrivals from hot designers and brands such as: Ray Ban, Michael Kors, DeWalt Tools, Steve Madden, Nike, Vince Camuto, and Tory Burch.

Look at this bag (I have a thing for orange bags lately. I think I’d better get one soon?!) — and it’s AT SEARS!!

Sears wants to be a one stop shop.  They are adding new designers, new colors, new styles and more fun to their site every day.  They want their customers happy and they want them happy in Sears stores or at Sears.com.   Hey, I like to be happy. I’m glad to hear Sears wants me happy.

I am so tempted to buy these adorable Converse sneakers! I have a “thing” for Converse.  Aren’t they cute?

Visit Sears to see the new lineup for yourself!  Tweet your finds with family and friends!

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Pink Blush Maternity Clothes (Giveaway)

Have you heard about Pink Blush Maternity yet?? They offer the most adorable and trendy maternity clothes at VERY reasonable prices!! I was so excited to find this store, as I am pregnant with #4 and desperately needed to refresh my maternity wardrobe. They have the coolest and up to date styles out there.  I love all of their maternity clothes!

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Pink Blush was awesome enough to let me try out 4 of their styles for review. I love them all!! They are so cool for the summer, but can easily be worn in the spring with a light cardigan. The fit is fantastic and the quality is great. I will be able to wear these tops throughout the rest of my pregnancy.

My favorite item is the Blue Halter Maxi Dress. I have never owned one before, but let me tell you: I’M ADDICTED. I think this is the most comfortable piece of maternity clothing that I have every worn. No need to worry about hiking up maternity pants. This dress is light and flowly and looks fantastic. I can wear it casually, but it can also be worn to more dressy occasions. The dressy neckline makes it very versatile.

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Ivory Flowy Ruffled Blouse is just that: flowy.  Very light and cool, but very flattering once on.  I was concerned that a style like this might make me look even larger, but I actually had the opposite experience!!  It camouflaged my bump so much that people couldn’t even tell I was pregnant.  I love the feminine look of this top.  Perfection!

Turquoise Crochet Top Tunic is a great color.  The lace bodice gives the top that extra kick it needs.  I really like the fit of this top.  Nice and fitted to show off that belly!  I pair this top with capris or white leggings.  Adorable!

Beige Coral Paisley Print Maternity Dress has a great boho look.  Nice big arm openings (for those of us who get chunky arms while pregnant).  This dress has an empire bodice and hits mid thigh.  I usually wear this as a long top with jeans or with leggings.

I get compliments on all the tops when I wear these maternity clothes. They can be worn with jeans, capris, shorts or leggings.  I you are looking for affordable maternity clothing that makes a statement, be sure to check out Pink Blush Maternity!
Check out our last review of maternity clothing!

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One of our readers will receive a $50 Gift Card to Pink Blush Maternity!!!

 

“A sample of these products were provided to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed are my own.”

Empowering Women for Mother’s Day #PintoEmpower (Giveaway)

As we celebrate mothers around the world this weekend, it seems to me that we should be doing what we can to celebrate women around the world in general- yes, mothers, but when we’re looking to get something for a mother in our lives to show a token of our appreciation for all they do, it would be wonderful if we could shop things made by other women, to empower women. This post is brought to you by Walmart’s Empowering Women Together campaign, and will highlight some beautifully crafted items made by women around the globe.  Some are mothers, some are not. I love the idea of celebrating Mother’s Day by helping to empower other women.  It just feels right, you know?
Walmart’s goal in this program is to offer a destination for consumers to support small businesses own and run by women around the world where they can find unique and handcrated items.  Each purchase supports the women who own the businesses, as well as their communities, empowering them to do more.  There are over 200 items from over 19 countries available on Empowering Women Together, and thanks to the size and reach of Walmart as a corporation, these women are reaching customers globally who may otherwise have never heard of them. 

Click to view Empowering Women Together Mother’s Day Look Book on GLOSSI.COM

Check out this video about the Empowering Women Together program



If you are on Pinterest (and I hope you are, because I have much love for Pinterest), be sure to follow the Empowering Women Together board!

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One reader will win $75 worth of Empowering Together merchandise! 

This is a sponsored conversation with Mom It Forward. Opinions are my own.

Mombo Nursing Pillow #Mombo (Giveaway)

This post brought to you by Comfort and Harmony. All opinions are 100% mine.

 

All nursing moms know that a comfortable nursing pillow is a MUST.  I was so excited to learn about the new Mombo from Bright Starts.  This nursing pillow has some wonderful and innovative features that will make nursing more comfortable for baby and mom!
“Moms love mombo™, the nursing pillow with more to love!  Mombo has a unique shape and a two-sided design called Firm2Soft™, with each side offering a different experience.  The firm side gives essential support for mommy and her nursing baby. The soft side is extra cozy—an inviting place for lounging or tummy time.  And mombo is the only nursing pillow with a vibration feature, to give baby the ultimate soothing experience while lounging.  Look for mombo’s assortment of pillow styles and slipcover fashions.  Select your style from Standard, Deluxe or Nude™.  Then choose multiple slipcover fashions so you’ll always have a spare!”
I tried out the Pinehurst style mombo nursing pillow and just love the soft green design.  The firm side is great for nursing and the soft side is super soft and cozy for baby to lay on.  The vibration feature is great as well.  Simply insert the vibration unit into the zipper of the mombo and turn on for a soothing vibration.  This is great for upset tummies and for calming baby.
The shape of the Mombo is ideal for nursing and offers just enough support to make for a comfortable position.  When you aren’t nursing, the reverse side of the Mombo offers a snuggly place for baby to comfortably rest and not be laying flat on their back.  The shape keeps baby feeling snuggled and secure, with and without the vibration unit.
Mombo also offers their infant nursing pillow  in a Taggies design.  This is great for entertaining little ones!  With so many slipcover options available, you can keep a spare for wash day and change the look and feel of your Mombo in seconds.  I’m due with my fourth baby in just a few months and can’t wait to use this with my new little one.  I am not fully decided which of the slipcovers I will be ordering but being a veteran mom I know I’ll want at least a few  extra slipcovers around!
Ready to pick up a Mombo for yourself, or another parent you know?  They are available at Toys ‘R Us and/or Babies ‘R Us. Be sure to follow Comfort & Harmony on Facebook and Comfort & Harmony on Twitter to stay up to date with the latest and greatest new products and deals!
One reader will win a Taggies Design Mombo Nursing Pillow!  To enter, simply follow the instructions on the form below.  

 

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“I Had a Great Day With Aqua Leisure Products” Photo Contest (3 winners)

We LOVE swimming.  Once our pool is open (and as I type this, my husband is outside adding necessary things to our pool so we can start swimming when the water is warm enough), we are in multiple times per day, until the end of September.  It’s a fun, healthy activity that all ages can enjoy.  Aqua Leisure is a family of brands that we’ve used for years, for water related fun, and when they asked if I’d share with you about their “I Had a Great Day With Aqua Leisure Products” contest, I had to say yes.  It sounded like too much fun NOT to share!

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My guess is, there’s probably a fun photo like this of someone in your family in your family archives, albums, folders online, etc.  So why not look through and see what you’ve got?  You could win some fun prizes that you can use to have even more summertime fun with! (Please note- while my little one is wearing a mask from Aqua Leisure in this photo, I will not be entering it into the contest since they’ve asked me to share with you…I just wanted to give you an example of what kind of thing you can submit!)

Aqua Leisure Industries would like to invite consumers to submit photographs for the “I Had a Great Day With Aqua Leisure Products” contest. These pictures will include a person or people using Aqua Leisure products in various settings.

Aqua Leisure brands include:

SwimSchool® Aqua Swim
AquaGames™ Uncle Bob’s®
Pipeline Sno™ WaterLife®
Dolfino®

They encourage old and new photos.
Be creative! Be safe! And most importantly have FUN!

**You can enter as many times as you like with different photo submissions.** (Ok, that is cool.  Really cool.  Got lots of photos? Increase your odds of winning!)  Entries will be accepted through July 31, 2013.  Start snapping that camera!

Prizes
The most interesting, fun, beautiful artistic composition lifestyle photos, personality shots, memories, stories / answers as determined by the judges will win. Judging will be conducted by Aqua Leisure Industries and its representatives. The judges’ decision is final.

1st Place: Aqua Experience = Lounges, masks, games, beach ball, swim trainers, body board and a $100 VISA gift card!

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2nd Place: Snorkel Pack = Mask, snorkel, fins, case, bad board, dive sticks, games and a $50 VISA gift card!

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3rd Place: Aqua Pack = Aqua goggles, carry cases, swim cap, ear plugs, nose plugs, baby boat and a $25 VISA gift card!

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Let me know if you enter- I hope one of my readers wins!  And as always, feel free to share pics of your family with me. I love looking at photos

 

This post is brought to you by Aqua Leisure.  Opinions are my own.

McDonald’s new Premium McWrap- are you lovin’ it? #UnWrapWhatsFresh (Giveaway)

McDonald’s recently introduced the new Premium McWrap and they are hoping everyone will be lovin’ it- in fact, they asked me to tell you about the new McWraps to help spread the word.  In light of the new meal-size Premium McWrap combines fresh vegetables, tasty sauces, and juicy grilled or crispy chicken breast filet in a warm tortilla. It’s served in a convenient, hand-held package to fit the busy on-the-go lifestyle. Starting at just 350 calories, Premium McWrap provides a fresh new taste experience.

 mcdonalds Premium McWrap prize pack

We are not frequent fast food folks in my house.  That said, there are times when we do go to McDonald’s and I like knowing that there are some options like the Premium McWrap for my family there.  I also LOVE the whole idea of enjoying the FRESH ingredients in the new Premium McWrap while enjoying some FRESH air!

To get you excited to enjoy the fresh air while enjoying the fresh ingredients in the McWrap, one reader will win a prize pack including free product coupons, a branded tote, towel, frisbee and sunglasses along with a $50Arch Card so you can enjoy a Premium McWrap in the FRESH air!

 

I will receive a promotional item to thank me for sharing this promotion.  Opinions are my own.

Vegan Sticky Almond Blondies by Dreena Burton + a Giveaway

Recently Dreena Burton sent me a digital copy of her  Plant Powered 15 to review.  She also offered to share one of her recipes with you.  Dreena is the author of 4 vegan cookbooks.  I reviewed Let Them Eat Vegan last year.  In addition to writing incredible vegan recipes, Dreena is active on Facebook and Twitter.  I really enjoy following her on both social media platforms.  Her Plant Powered 15 can be purchased on her website or you can win your own here.

Vegan Almond Sticky Blondie recipe by Dreena Burton

Before I post the recipe, I want to say that these Blondies are out of this world. They received high ratings from my husband, our 8 year old and myself.  We all had to eat a second one to make sure they were really that good.  The following recipe is from Plant Powered 15 with Photo credits to Nicole Axworthy

 

Sticky Almond Blondies

These are positively delicious. They have the dense, sticky, decadent texture and quality of a traditional blondie, yet are made with wholesome ingredients – and no flour or oil!

1 tbsp ground white chia

1/4 cup pure maple syrup

1/2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla

1/2 tsp blackstrap molasses

1/2 cup pitted dates, lightly packed

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 + 1/8 tsp sea salt

few pinches freshly grated nutmeg

2 1/2 cups almond meal

1/2 cup coconut sugar

2-3 tbsp nondairy chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat oven to 325°F. In mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add ground chia, maple syrup, lemon juice, vanilla, molasses, and dates. Process on low speed to first incorporate, and then increase speed slightly to fully pulverize and smooth dates. Once smooth, turn off mixer and add baking soda, salt, and nutmeg – mix just briefly and then add almond meal, and coconut sugar. Process on low speed until mixer just comes together (do not over-mix). Transfer mixture to an 8” x 8” brownie pan, and press in with a spatula. If using chocolate chips, lightly press into top of batter. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove, let cool completely, and cut into squares. Squares can be refrigerated for a week or more (as if they’ll last)! Makes 16 blondies.

Chocolate Note: I usually make these without chocolate chips, and sometimes I’ll simply sprinkle a few chips over top of half the batch – either way, these are crazy-good!

 Vegan Almond Blondie

 Dreena has agreed to give one lucky reader a copy of her Plant Powered 15.

I received a copy of Plant Powered 15 to help facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own.

What are you making for mom? With Mom? As a mom? Mother’s Day Giveaway

It’s the end of April, and Mother’s Day is just a few weeks away.  Back in the day, my mom and I enjoyed doing crafts together. While she’s not here to spend Mother’s Day with, I’ll carry on our tradition of crafting together with my kids- even if it’s my own Mother’s Day surprise.  It’s with that in mind that I excitedly tell you I was invited to take part in this giveaway for a HUGE get your crafting, creative, baking on prize pack- including not one but 2 Cricut Expression 2 units, and winner’s choice of either 2 5qt KitchenAid Artisan Mixers OR 2 Canon T3 DSLR Cameras!! That’s right- a set for you, a set for mom! (Or grama, sister, bff, neighbor…teacher….you get the idea).
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Your Ghoul Can Throw a Philanthro-Party and Win a Ghouls Helping Ghouls Skullership (Giveaway)

What’s a Philanthr0-Party, you ask?  I hadn’t heard this word before, either, but when I was asked to share this promotion with you, I thought it sounded like a fun idea and I’m always up for supporting kids who want to help others.  And Monster High wants to help your “Ghoul” to help others with a $1000 Skullership (donation to her charity of choice) and a Monster High Prize pack for her! 

Philanthro-party (n.) —
A party with a purpose! Take any clawesome party and give it a philanthropic twist, turning it into an opportunity to give back or help others. Help raise funds, goods or awareness or assistance for a cause you’re passionate about!  (Visit GhoulsHelpingGhouls to find out all the awesome ways you can make your philanthro-party a smashing success!)

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What a fun thing to do- throw a party to get people interested in and excited about helping others!  Monster High loved one girl’s philanthropic ways so much they’ve introduced a new ghoul in school- Boo-Lu Cerone!

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Boo-Lu Cerone, known to most as Lulu Cerone, is the founder of LemonAID Warriors, a non-profit grass-roots organization that helps kids turn their passions into actions, 14 year old Lulu is helping change the way her generation “parties,” by turning each clawesome celebration into an opportunity to give back through fangtastic Philanthro-parties! Monster High has partnered with Lulu and her LemonAID Warriors creeptastic community to spread the message that when ghouls come together to activate their passions into something positive for others, they are helping to create tween-esteem, acceptance and kindness within themselves.

I love seeing stories like Lulu’s because it is a reminder of the potential of good in EVERYONE, and it warms my heart when kids want to help others.  Lulu’s parents should be- and are rightfully so- very, very proud of their daughter.  Look at what she’s accomplished at 14- and now she’s got her own Monster High character!

The “Ghouls Helping Ghouls™” Skullership:

·      Fans are asked to submit video, essay or photo around how they most represent the spirit of “Ghouls Helping Ghouls,” through Philanthro-parties- submissions could win a $1,000 cash donation to their cause of choice!

 

·      Fans may enter the contest by visiting Ghouls Helping Ghouls and following the rules for submission. Entries must be submitted by June 9, 2013. 

Monster High would like to give you a chance to win a Ghouls Helping Ghouls package to inspire your favorite ghoul to turn her passion into action.

 

I will receive a promotional item as a thank you for sharing this post.  Opinions are my own.