Earth Divas Handbag Review and Giveaway

earth diva handbag giveaway fair trade     I have been looking at the extensive line of Earth Divas Handbags that are sold at Whole Foods Markets for quite a while.  So, when I was asked to review one of their bags I got really excited.  Earth Divas was wonderful and let me choose from any of the bags listed on their site.  I chose the Cotton Modern Eco bag in grey and black.  They are also going to do the same for one lucky reader.

All of Earth Divas bags are fair trade made.  What does that mean?  I asked Earth Divas, what do you want the readers to know about your company and this was the response.

“What’s most important is that we return 100% of company profits back to our artisans at the end of the year, in the form of a bonus  check. We also work with many women’s groups in Nepal and India to train women how to use sewing machines; women who do “hand stitching” (which we so prize here in the States!) are actually paid far less than “tailors”, mainly men, who sew on machines. We train these women to use sewing machines so not only can they sew for us, but they can earn more for the rest of their life. Of course, we also have a ton of bags that are hand stitched, and we pay everyone a fair trade rate.”

So, when you get a bag from Earth Divas you are getting a high quality product and you can be assured that the makers are being fairly paid. The owner of Earth Divas, Ed, travels to Nepal and works directly with the workers to come up with new designs. You can look at hundreds of their fun designs on their website, Earth Divas.  There you can also check out their blog posts to see what is going on.

I had so much fun looking at all the handbags and I finally choose the one pictured in this post.  I have used it everyday since it arrived.  It is roomy and has a great zippered interior pocket and closes with a magnetic clasp.  The bag is soft but very durable and sits comfortably on my shoulder.

Now comes the fun part.  Enter below to win your own Earth Divas handbag.


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Spring Into Cash $150 Paypal #Giveaway Open Worldwide!!

spring into cash giveawayHAPPY SPRING!!  We took a bit of a break at the end of winter- but now, the Mavens of Money are back with another fabulous giveaway! Our April giveaway for our amazing followers is $150 cash via PayPal. What would you do with an extra $150? Buy new summer clothes? Hire a maid to do the dreading spring cleaning? Treat yourself to a spa day? Whatever it is, the Mavens of Money want you to do it without having to pay for it.

The Mavens of Money are a diverse group of bloggers covering everything from deals to crafts. We love each other so much that we cross-promote our highlighted posts in order to provide more value to our readers. The Mavens of Money is made up of the following awesome bloggers, each of whom are worth following:

To enter the Spring into Cash giveaway from the Mavens of Money, just enter on the Rafflecopter form below (if you can’t see the form, enter here). This giveaway is open worldwide. Winner will be sent an email and will have 48 hours to confirm. Winner will receive $150 US via PayPal. Good luck!

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Mattel’s Monster High celebrates Friday the 13th with a #Giveaway: 3 Winners


Mattel‘s NEW Frankie Stein doll from Monster High is  priced at  $4.13 to celebrate Friday the 13th!  To celebrate, I’ve been asked to host a giveaway for three of my readers to win some spook-tacular prizes.

Spooktacular Friday-the-13th Monster High favorite, Frankie Stein here to thrill you!

Get the latest edition to the Monster High dolls collection at Walmart for the scary low price of just $4.13.

Frankie’s getting a spooky makeover just for Friday the 13th, and you can get your claws err…hands, on her on April 1 at Walmart for the unbelievable price of just $4.13! This leaves just enough time to plan a spooky night of fun with daughters, friends, or family on the spookiest day of all, Friday April 13. While you’re at it, check out the freakishly amazing 17-piece Monster High plaid accessories trunk, shipping for just $.97.

Be the ghoulish hostess with the mostess this Friday the 13th by throwing a Monster High slumber party with the newly styled Frankie Stein. Download a special party kit with everything you need to make your fright night a fun one! It’s sure to make your spooky night a night of fun with invitations, cootie catchers, recipes, and much more!

Who’s Frankie Stein, you say?

Frankie Stein, the daughter of Frankenstein’s monster and his bride, is the new ghoul at the school Monster High, having only been alive for 15 days. She’s friendly and athletic, never wasting time being negative, but has a clumsy streak, as her body parts tend to fly off. She is also very naive; due to her very young age, she doesn’t know much about life and the typical ups and downs of teenage life.

Random Fact brought to you by Monster High: There are 4 Friday the 13ths this Leap Year!

Monster High has put together an awesome FREE printable Slumber Party Kit! (you can also click the image below)

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For this reason, I would like the questions to be any of the following for method of entry:
  • What do you think about the new Frankie Stein doll? Share your opinion!
  • What’s your favorite activity on the Monster High PDF Party Kit?
  • Are you planning on getting a new Frankie Stein Monster High doll at Walmart?
THREE READERS WILL WIN Monster High themed prizes:
PRIZE 1: Celebration Kit:
  • 1 Monster High shrug
  • 1 Monster High petti skirt
  • 1 Freaky Fashion Tie
  • 1 Monster High Sets of lip gloss (12 pieces each)
  • 1 Freakishly Fab sunglasses
  • 1 Monster High “Happy Birthday” Jumbo Letter Banner Kit
  • 1 set of of Monster High plates
  • 1 set of Monster High beverage napkins
  • 1 set of Monster High luncheon napkins
  • 2 Monster High body jewelry pieces
  • 1 pack of Monster High nail polish (12 pieces)
  • Set of 8 Monster High cups
  • 1 Monster High table cloth
  • 1 Monster High deluxe headband
  • 4 Monster High bracelets
  • 1 Monster High trunk set (dress up for girls!)
PRIZE 2: Dress Up Kit + Doll:
  • 1 NEW Frankie Stein doll
  • 1 Monster High shrug
  • 1 Monster High petti skirt
  • 3 Monster High wigs
  • 1 Monster High Fashion Set (contains 2 leg warmers, 2 arm warmers, 1 Skulette hair brush, 1 pony-O, 1 barette, I head band, 1 hair extension, 4 hair ties, 1 Skulette hair tie)
PRIZE 3: $100 Walmart gift card
To enter simply follow instructions on the Rafflecopter form below.  Good Luck!

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The 7 Habits of Happy Kids Game Review and Giveaway


We are so excited to feature another great product from Educational Insights this month! The 7 Habits of Happy Kids is a great board game that is not only fun, but teaches your children important virtues. This game is inspired by a series of books by the same name. jHere are some details from the manufacturer:

“A playful way to introduce, practice, and promote 7 kid-friendly principles of personal happiness. Share, thoughtful, personal responses, and really listen to each other in this family-friendly game that includes game board, 7 character pieces, 7 token holders, 7 sets of tokens, 12 Wild Ernie tokens, and 1 pair of “Ear-Resistable” Jumper Rabbit ears. For 3–7 players. Grades 1+
How to Play:
1. Players choose their playing pieces – characters are from the best-selling 7 Habits of Happy Kids books!
2. Take turns reading cards, responding, and moving around the board to collect tokens for each of the 7 Habits.
3. The first player to fill his or her token holder with 7 tokens becomes the card reader.
4. Play continues until all players have filled their token holders – a true win-win!

Game board, 7 character pieces, 7 token holders, 7 sets of tokens, 12 Wild Ernie tokens, and 1 pair of “Ear-Resistable” Jumper Rabbit ears”

I’ll admit that when we first received this game I was a little skeptical. Maybe I was thrown by the unusual title, I’m not sure, but I gave it a try. What a cute little game it turned out to be! As I mentioned before, the focus of the game is to learn the 7 healthy habits and collect the corresponding tokens. The concept is simple and in the end everyone wins! I found that this game was a great way to open up conversations with my children about good behavior in a fun way. The game has a “woodland animals” theme, which I adore. All the characters are so charming. As you travel through the game you hop from stone to stone, discovering all the animals’ burrows and crossing lakes and streams. The game is recommended for children grade 1+. This seems to be right on. My 6 year old is completing kindergarten and he was able to play the game with a little guidance. My 3 hear old wasn’t able to play by himself, but did enjoy wearing the bunny ears! The 7 Habits of Happy Kids is a great new game to add to your collection!

One of our readers will win their own “The 7 Habits Of Happy Kids” Game!!! ($29.99 value)

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Hank Player Review and Giveaway

It’s T-shirt time again! I love to stock up on tshirts this time of year.  I buy a slightly larger size so that I can layer in the cool weather, then transition into the summer.  It’s a great bang for your buck!

The problem is finding cute and unique tshirt choices. Hank Player, offers a great selection of t shirts for babies, boys, girls and men.

“Shop the Hank Player Campus Store for the perfect gifts and novelty t-shirts for infants, toddlers, boys & men. Due to popular demand, Hank Player is proud to present our new collections for girls, Hank Player GRL! Proudly made in the USA, Hank Player’s hip graphic tees for kids of all ages are vintage washed for a super soft feel. Free shipping on all orders over $50.”

Hank Player offers a ton of cute and unique graphic t shirts and tshirt hoodies.  All of their items are quirky and sure to catch some attention.  Your little one will look so cute going to school in these little t’s.


I tried out the “We Come In Peace” hooded T.  My 6 year old loves this t shirt (even if he doesn’t know what space invaders is).  I ordered his typical size and found that the hoody ran a little large, but did shrink a little with washing, so it worked out perfectly.  My 3 year old tried the short sleeved Lacrosse t shirt.  This shirt ran true to size and worked great for layering.  I love the vibrant blue color of this tshirt.  I found the tshirts to be nice and soft, and they seem high quality.  They wash well and make a great addition to our spring wardrobe.


All you bargain hunters out there, enter SAVE25 at checkout to receive 25% off your order!!!


One lucky reader will win a t shirt on their choice!!! (based on availability, US only).

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Lalaloopsy™ Sew Magical Coral Sea Shells Mermaid™ Doll #Giveaway

Lalaloopsy™ Sew Magical Mermaid™ Doll
Coral Sea Shell
Sewn from a swimmers bathing suit, Coral Sea Shells™ loves to imagine she’s a mermaid.  When she does, she changes from her bathing suit into a mermaid tail and her hair changes color under water! Ages: 4+ Price $29.99.

I love Lalaloopsy dolls.  Probably more than my kids do.  I just think they are beyond adorable and I love the whole idea of their creation, with the personalized stories and outfits each of the dolls wear.  I think they are fun, quirky and adorable- which is exactly how most kids are- so they are a perfect, whimsical addition to any kids’ toy collection!

Coral Sea Shells

Coral Sea Shells is no exception- she’s “stitched” on World Water Day (how cool is that) which is March 22nd, and she comes with both a mermaid tail and an adorable pink polka dot bathing suit (which feels like it is made from the same suit material as my own!) plus a little blowfish pal to play with her, or as my kids like to do, squirt mom in the face with water!

Cute as she is, I think my favorite part of Coral is that her hair changes color when it is under the water.  You don’t need a temperature change in the water to get the hair change- something that really just hasn’t ever worked well with toys that promise color changes due to temperature fluctuations and I find this to be so much less frustrating.  I also don’t like doing hot water for my kids, for fear of burns or drying their skin, so the fact that her hair changes just by being in the water makes me one happy mama.  The kids love this feature, although they don’t always notice because Blowy the Blowfish, as they call him, is the big draw for playtime around here.

Lalaloopsy Sew Magical! Sew Cute!

Lalaloopsy Coral Sea Shells was once a rag doll who magically came to life when her very last stitch was sewn. Coral Sea Shells was made from pieces of  a swimmers bathing suit. She’s super- imaginative and she loves to pretend she’s a real mermaid. Her favorite hobbies are swimming with the fish and eating seaweed salad. She has a pet blowfish.

Sewn on Date: March 22nd (World Water Day)


  • Coral Sea Shells hair changes color from pink to purple under water!
  • Includes two fashions: bathing suit and mermaid outfit
  • Adorable pet blowfish squirts water
  • Totally collectable!

One reader will win a Coral Sea Shells mermaid doll!

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Nohi Kids Review

Whenever I discover something new and fantasic I just have to share it with you! Nohi Kids has the most fabulous clothing for kids. Their designs are so vibrant and fun. They have great designs and their quality is outstanding! They offer clothing for babies and big kids (up to size 7/8). One of the things that I love most about this brand is that some of their patterns are available for both boys and girls. This makes matching a snap! I had the opportunity to try out their Hoot Bodysuit and Flock Pants on my little guy. Those who know me know that I am kind of nuts over anything bird or owls. It’s like this line was MADE for me. Check out the adorable designs on this clothing.       More about the Hoot Bodysuit: Our bodysuits have overlapping shoulder hems and snap closure for easy on and off. * organic cotton, bamboo fiber and lycra blend * Machine washable Graphics printed with water based inks.     Get ready

for these ADORABLE Flock Pants! Cute baby pants with all-over bird print! Great as a baby gift set with the matching organic bodysuit or organic baby blanket. Our pants have an elastic waist and wide leg. Great for new crawlers! * organic cotton, bamboo fiber, and lycra blend * Machine washable Graphics printed with water based inks. *certified organic fabric:: organic interlock cotton + certified/tested bamboo fiber   I had a great experience with Nohi Kids. Bamboo fiber is my favorite for children’s clothing. Not only is it organic, but it feels so nice against the skin and stands up to washing beautifully. I absolutely love my new items. In fact, now I think I have to go back for more!!! The bodysuit and pants ran true to size and I just love the wide leg on the pants. My little guy has just started crawling and these are great for him. They allow him to scootch around the floor freely. Nohi kids is a great find!


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Froggy Feeding Fun Game from Learning Resources #Giveaway

froggy feeding funI have another “guest” review from my son’s preschool teacher.  Mrs. O is a certified special education teacher who is the head teacher in the Peer Model Preschool Program at our local elementary school.  She’s been doing some reviews of Learning Resources‘ learning games and sensory products for me and has just sent me some feedback on Froggy Feeding Fun!

 This is a wonderful game. I can incorporate so many different math concepts such as color identification, counting, 1:1 correspondence, the concepts more than and less than… Students really enjoy the frogs and find them motivating. Not only do students benefit from learning math concepts when playing this game but they also work on strengthening their hand muscles each time they squeeze a frog to catch a fly. This really helps support appropriate finger grasp on writing tools. As a special education teacher in preschool I also incorporate crossing midline and concepts such as in front of, behind, left, right, etc when playing Froggy Feeding Fun.


I love Learning Resources because they truly offer educational games and toys that offer different ways for kids to learn in fun ways.  I have found their quality of materials to be nothing but excellent and will continue to support this brand because of their dedication to kids’ educations.

Look out, flies! Squeeze open Froggy’s mouth and grab flies to strengthen fine motor muscles. Also develops number sense, counting and color recognition.

  • Roll a cube to determine which flies to munch—practice number and color matching skills too
  • Includes 2 durable rubber frogs, 60 flies, 1 number cube, 1 color cube and Activity Guide
  • Frogs measure 2.5” in diameter

One reader will win Froggy Feeding Fun for their house!

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My Baby Clothes Review and #Giveaway

Spring is finally here, which has me thinking about my kids’ spring wardrobe!  I just LOVE shopping for children’s spring clothes; with the fresh bright colors and light fabrics.  I ran across the My Baby site, which offers some fabulous baby clothes.  I love all of their styles for boys and girls.  They carry such brands as Mud Pie, Ruffle Butts and Zilly Bean.  All of their clothing is fresh and unique.  Definitely different than the items you would find at your local department store.  They also offer adorable tutus andbaby headbands.  I tried out the Mud Pie Gator Longall and the Seersucker Hat:


Mud Pie Gator Longall ($27.99)


“You’ll love dressing your little boy in these  too-cute-for words blue and white gingham longalls that are classically  embellished with upholstered green gingham fabric buttons and a matching green  gingham alligator who sports bright yellow rickrack scales down his back and  tale and a yellow and white gingham tummy.   Assured to fit when you roll  the cuffs of the pants to reveal green and white gingham trim, he’ll be  cool and comfy all day long.   Pair this little outfit with a great white  tee shirt or wear as is on a hot summer day, these duds add style to you little  guy’s look!”


  • Snaps at inseam for diaper change ease
  • Fabric buttons at shoulders for easy   dressing

Baby Blue Seersucker Sunhat with Pocket ($9.99)

I was so pleased with my experience at!  My items arrived quickly and packaged nicely.  The Gator Longall is TO DIE FOR!!!  Perfect for those spring days.  The gingham fabric is scrumptious!  One of my favorite features on this outfit is the gingham covered buttons at the shoulders.  Such a cute detail!  This outfit is also great for spring or Easter pictures.  The light blue and white colors look great on any baby.

I also tried out the Seersucker Baby Hat, which happends to match the Longalls perfectly.  This is just the greatest little hat.  It will transition nicely from spring to summer.  It has a great brim that keeps the sun out of my little one’s eyes.  The velcro strap keeps this hat from flying away.  A great accessory!


One of our readers will win a $25 Gift Card to!!!  Open to US residents!

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Viviscal Hair Loss Supplement Review and #Giveaway!

We are so excited to welcome you to the Viviscal Review & Giveaway Hop Event! This event is hosted by MamaNYC, and will be running for 3 months. We will be following the progress of 25 bloggers as they try out this hair loss treatment. We can’t wait to see what type of hair growth, nourishment and repair these bloggers experience with Viviscal!

If I could change one physical thing about myself it would be my hair. I have always suffered from thin, limp hair. However, ever since giving birth to my fourth baby, my hair has become especially thin. In addition, I have found that I have been losing a LOT of hair whenever I brush it, or put it in an elastic. I find that my hair has been thinning the most at the temples, which can pose a problem when I wear my hair up in a ponytail (everyday). I was SO excited to learn that I had an opportunity to try out Viviscal, a hair loss treatment. I had heard of this product on the Dr. Oz show and was eager to give it a try. I will be trying out Viviscal for the next 3 months and documenting my progress. This nutritional supplement comes in the form of a pill that is taken twice daily, with food. I was really attracted to this product initially because of the great results people have reported, but also because this is supplement is 100% drug free. The active ingredients include: Marine Complex, Cherry Extract and Horsetail Extract. I have been using this product for about a week. I have taken the pills twice daily without any ill side effects. I usually take mine right after breakfast and right after dinner. The packaging states that you must take this supplement for 6 months to experience results, but I can tell you that the rate at which my hair is falling out has DRAMATICALLY lessened. I used to lose about 10 hairs every time I would brush out my hair. That number has decreased to 1 or 2 in the week since I have started taking Viviscal. I am really encouraged that this product is going to help me with my thinning hair and hair loss. I hope that with continued use of Viviscal my hair will stop falling out and that I can see some regrowth at the temples, along with healthier/shinier hair. I will be tracking my results with weekly pictures. In June I will share my results with you. Please check back to see my progress! I am really excited about this product and can’t wait to share my experience with you!

One of our readers will win their own 3 month supply of Viviscal ($150 ARV)!!!! This giveaway is going to run from March 24th through April 8, 2012 @ 11:59PM (EST). Open to residents in the U.S. only; 18+. Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.

NOTICE: All participants are encouraged to hop down the linky list below the Rafflecopter widget! 25 bloggers are each giving away 3-month trials of Viviscal. You will only be eligible to win on ONE of our blog giveaways. However, I hope you will finish all our giveaways because the MORE giveaways and entries completed – the BETTER your chances will be at winning! It’s better to be the selected winner on five of our giveaways instead of none! Once you are selected as a winner from one of these blogs, you will receive a winning email and all set to receive your prize!

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