Thursday, August 14, 2014

Getting a 2nd Use Out of Pajamas-From Pants to Shorts DIY

These sweet Robot pajamas are making a second appearance on my blog! 
If you remember before, I posted how my son wore holes in the knees of his pajama pants
and I had to sew little patches onto them so he could still wear them. 
As fast as kids grow, he grew out of their length now too! 
I didn't want to give them up, since they are just too adorable, so...I cut and sewed them in to pajama shorts! This was pretty simple, I just cut the bottom ankle ribbing off, then cut the pants just above where the knee patches were. I then sewed the ankle pieces on, all by hand since I do not have a sewing machine at the moment, but this was still pretty simple. And they're done! 
This only took a couple of hours and the outcome is just as cute as before! 
BEFORE and AFTER


Getting a 2nd use out of his pajamas, and they were made just in time 
for those Summer nights.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

My Happy Pumpkin - Book Review

http://booklookbloggers.com/art/_140_245_Book.1291.cover.jpgMy Happy Pumpkin written by Crystal Bowman with illustrations by
Claudine Gevry, is an adorable children's book, using sing-song rhythm, describing the Fall traditions in carving a pumpkin face.
The author helps children understand the concept of God's love for us,
using the metaphor of, how we scoop out the insides of a pumpkin,
God does the same for us, making us clean on the inside too.

 Here's a little rhyme from the story:

"We carve out a smile and put in a light.
My big happy pumpkin shines in the night."

The book ends in the little boy praying that God's love can be shining through him, just as the light in the pumpkin shines.  I love how on each page, the mouse on the cover is a part of the illustrations, making it fun for the children to point out. This sweet short story makes a great book to snuggle up with your children, under a blanket in the middle of Fall. It would also be a fun book to read on a day when you and your children carve your own pumpkins, making it a pumpkin themed day, filled with stories and hot cocoa. Or even a book your beginning reader can read to everyone!
It's short and sweet, and great for the upcoming Fall season. 

Interested in purchasing? You can pre-order My Happy Pumpkin 
board book on zondervan.com for $6.99

This review is made possible by BookLook Bloggers,  in providing me a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. 
All opinions my own.

Monday, August 11, 2014

DIY Mosquito Repellent


Longer, warmer days, means the Mosquitoes like to come out and pester!

They especially like to pester my son. He loves playing outside with the neighborhood kids, but it seems the mosquitoes love playing with him too! One day he came in with several mosquito bites... that's when I knew we had to put an end to this. But I didn't want to spray my son with harsh chemicals, just so he could play outside without getting eatin by the nasty creatures, so I got online and searched for simple mosquito repellent recipes and came across this simple one from DIYNatural, using what I had on hand.

To make DIY Mosquito Repellent, all you need is:

A Small Spray Bottle (Dollar Tree one works great!)
1/2 Cup Distilled Water
1 TableSpoon of Alcohol
6-10 drops of Essential Oil 
(use any alone or as a combination of: lemongrass, any mint, lavender, 
citronella, eucalyptus, tea tree, neem, geranium, and litsea cubeba)
-I used Tea Tree Oil, Lemon, and Peppermint

First pour the alcohol in the spray bottle then add the essential oils and shake well. 
Then add the water and shake again. It's ready to go! 

Spray it on your arms, legs, and hands, being careful to avoid the eyes and mouth.
You can double up or triple up on the recipe if your making a bigger batch. 

So far it seems to work great! My son hasn't had any more mosquito bites since we've been using this, and it smells wonderful too. It also works as a bonus in cooling yourself down on these hot Summer days! It feels very refreshing, and the coolness of the peppermint scent,
helps relax your mind while keeping mosquitoes away!


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Balboa Baby Blanket Giveaway!



Sassy Mom, 2 Spoiled Bratz and Balboa Baby have teamed up to bring you a great giveaway for one Balboa Baby Blanket! Retails for $25! 

Enter to win a soft 30"x40" ultra plush fabric, Balboa blanket for your lil one! Balboa blankets are machine washable and comes in either Pink Camellia, Black Camellia, or Diamond for the printed border.


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    or any other Social Media Networking sites. This giveaway is valid in the Continental
    United States and entrant must be 18+ years of age to enter. 
    The bloggers promoting and hosting this giveaway is not responsible for prize fulfillment. Balboa Baby will be in charge of that.   

    Friday, August 8, 2014

    MIRA Insulated Food Jar

    MIRA Insulated Food Jar is made of premium stainless steel, and made to keep your hot food hot for up to 5 hours, and your cold food cold for up to 10 hours. The jar has a wide mouth for easy filling and it can hold up to 15oz of liquid.
    It is also BPA and Pthalate free.

    The MIRA insulated food jar is great on the go container, ideal for taking hot soups or a home cooked meal for your work lunch, or when you need to bring milk for your child. Having an extra cold drink at lunch, is especially nice on a hot day too!
    The lid is a leak proof cap that screws on tightly,
    so there will be no worries of spilling!

    For the maximum insulation efficiency, it is best to preheat or pre-chill the jar prior to use. To do this,  fill the jar with hot or cold tap water, attach lid, and let it sit for 5-10 minutes, then empty. After filling the jar with the food/drink you're wanting to be kept hot or cold, place lid on immediately
    to increase thermal efficiency.

    MIRA's insulated food jar is easy to clean, but it must be hand washed, as it is not dishwasher safe. It also should not be washed with abrasive cleaners or scrubbers, bleach, or cleaners containing chlorine, as it may dull the finish. It is also NOT microwave safe, as it is made of steel.

    If you're looking for an insulated container to add to you or your child's lunch box, MIRA's insulated jar 
    is a good one, available for purchase on Amazon for $22.95 and is available in the colors: 
    pink and blue, or they also have a 10oz available in the color green. 
    For more MIRA products, visit www.mirabrands.com


    I received a complimentary product in exchange for an honest review.. All opinions my own.

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

    WINNER ANNOUNCED!! Mia Mariu's Skin Nourishing Oil Review + GIVEAWAY!


    *** Congratulations Samantha P. !! ***

    Mia Mariu's Skin Nourishing Oil is an oil made to deeply penetrate and smooth your skin, rejuvenating it without blocking pores, while aiding in the prevention of signs of aging, by promoting collagen production, keeping your skin looking young and supple.

    This nourishing oil contains oils from Sweet Almond, Avocado, Wheat Germ, Safflower Seed, Soybean, Lemon, Orange, and Grapefruit, all essential for keeping your skin firm, smooth and luminous, as well as botanical extracts like Chamomile, Cucumber, and Lavender, providing anti-inflammatory, moisture and healing support to your skin. Mia Mariu's Skin Nourishing oil is also Alcohol, Sulfate, and Paraben free, and is suitable for all skin types and ages.

    Mia Mariu's Skin Nourishing Oil can be used on your face, body, and hair. It's great for giving massages, to adults and babies as well, it can add a healthy shine to your hair, and it's also great for your cuticles, after a nice nail soak or spa treatment.  My favorite use for Mia Mariu's Skin Nourishing Oil, is for my face. The scent is a delicious orange and it leaves my skin feeling so soft! Just a drop of this oil is enough to rub across my entire face. It rubs in smoothly and my skin absorbs it well, leaving a beautiful glow. A small amount goes a long way, so even this small bottle 4fl oz., should last a long time.

    Mia Marius Skin Nourshing Oil is available for a retail value of $25. They also sell a wide variety of other skin care products, including makeup and fragrance. Visit miamariu.com for more information as well as an opportunity to start your own social selling business with Mia Mariu. 

    Now for the Giveaway:
    One reader will win a bottle of Mia Mariu's Skin Nourishing Oil!

     Enter through Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

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    I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

    Glamourmom Nursing Top Giveaway 8/8-8/23

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    This giveaway is sponsored by Glamourmom  
    and hosted by Mommy By Nurture

    Glamourmom's Nursing Bra Long top has many great features: Guaranteed post-partum tummy coverage, adjustable bra straps for extra support, easy one handed hook closures, and more! This top sounds incredible, making nursing that much easier for mamas and the babies! 

    One winner is going to receive this brand new release from Glamourmom! 
    A Nursing Bra Long Top w/Adjustable Chest Strap! Retail value is $59.00 and 
    comes in sizes Small through XX-Large. In celebration of Global Breastfeeding Week and Breastfeeding Awareness Month Mommy By Nurture gave a FULL REVIEW HERE of the top along with wearing it to an advocacy photo shoot and The Big Latch On! You must see what she had to say about it!
    A must have for any nursing Mama!

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