Friday, February 28, 2014

Happy Birthday Tiny Prints! 30% Off Promo Code

Tiny Prints Promo Code

Are you planning a wedding, birthday party or other big announcement? Well I have good news! 

Tiny Prints is having their own celebration and they are sharing it with you! They are officially turning one this week and are having a Tiny Prints Birthday Celebration and offering 30% off EVERYTHING!

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Kid Technology: Agnitus Educational App for Kids Age 2-6

Do you have a little one at home who loves playing games online or on your tablet? If so, then you- as a parent, will love Agnitus! Their online app features over 45 of curriculum-based learning games for toddlers, preschoolers and early elementary students, all of which can be played on your tablet device. This awesome educational app has received awards including the Best Children’s App  and Best Education Technology."
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Agnitus offers a unique educational experience for children ages 2 - 6 with their educational app. Your child will have fun playing educational games that are based on a variety of academic curriculum including math, reading, foundational skills, geography, writing and language.
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Sunday, February 23, 2014

How to Grow Beautiful Hydrangeas

how to grow hydrangeas
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Edited by Stephanie Manning

Growing hydrangeas in your landscape is an easy way to add color, butterflies, and uniqueness. They are beautiful, easy to maintain plants, that have unique blooms and work well for adding color and character to your flowerbeds.

One of the many things that make hydrangeas unique are their globe-like blooms, which are actually a cluster of several tiny blooms. These beautiful plants are commonly grown in warm, southern states and are preferred for their hardiness, bushiness and brilliant flower heads. They are easy to grow and make great plants for both beginners and expert gardeners. Below you will find everything you need to know on how to grow Hydrangeas including light, water, fertilization and other requirements for a beautiful, healthy plant that will reward you year after year.

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

How to Freeze Tomatoes

freezing tomatoes
Can you freeze tomatoes? Yes, absolutely!

How do you freeze tomatoes? Well, I'm about to show you just how simple it is.

Freezing tomatoes is a great way to preserve left over tomatoes  or high yields from your garden. Freezing tomatoes is much easier and quicker than canning, and doesn't have the added costs associated with jars, lids, rings and other canning equipment.

The only thing to keep in mind is that their consistency will change. They are best used in recipes that you would normally use canned tomatoes for such as soups, casseroles, sauces and other things that will consist of them to being cooked down. Since they become soft after freezing, you will not want to use them in salads, sandwiches or other recipes that call for fresh tomatoes.
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FREE Blogger Opp: Heroes Of the City - March 1st -14th, 2014

Heroes in the City Prize Pack
The  Heroes of the City Prize Pack Giveaway will run March 1st- 14th, 2014. The giveaway will be conducted via a Rafflecopter and participating bloggers will receive one free Twitter or Facebook link in exchange for promoting the giveaway on their blog and social media.

There are no minimum requirements and or announcement posts, however, you must be a family-friendly blog and must be willing to share the giveaway with your readers.

The giveaway is open to 20 bloggers and posting info will be sent out on February 27th, 2014.

Sign Up Deadline: February 26th, 2014

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Ecommflash Juniper Spatula Set Review

juniper wooden spoons
I was recently contacted by Ecommflash to review their juniper spatula set in exchange for an honest review. At first, I almost said no because it was just another wooden utensil. Then, knowing that a lot of my readers enjoy hearing about new eco-friendly products, I decided I would go ahead and do it. Now, I am very happy I did! I found out that it's much more than just another set of wooden utensils!

One thing that makes the Ecommflash wooden spatula set unique from most other wooden utensils is that it is hand-carved out of a juniper wood. {By the way, the juniper smells fabulous!} Each utensil is made out of a single piece of wood so there are no glues, lacquers or other harmful chemicals used to join multiple pieces together. This means no splitting or falling apart after multiple uses.

My Review

At the time of this review, I have used my juniper utensils a few different times now, for a variety of dishes including mashed potatoes, pasta and stir-fry. They have held up very well and I have been very pleased! Unlike other wooden utensils that I own {including my very expensive Paula Deen wooden spoons}, they have not lost their color or been stained by food or by washing them. They have held their visual appeal very well, which makes me feel better knowing that there aren't any nasty germs inside the pores of the wood that I am stirring into my family's food! {Yeah, thank about that one for a minute!}

In addition, the Ecommflash juniper spatulas have a uniquely designed handle that makes using these utensils very wrist-friendly. I'm sure we have all made dishes that take a little extra elbow grease and by the time you are done your wrist and hand hurts. This is not the case with the juniper spatulas. They are very comfortable and easy to hold on to.

In addition, for those of you who are not familiar with wooden utensils, they are perfect for using on any type of cookware and will not scratch the surfaces. This includes non-stick coated cookware, cast-iron, class or crystal,  and similar cookware that you have to use caution with. They are perfect for practically any of your cooking needs.

Where to Purchase

You can purchase the Ecommflash Juniper Spatula Set online at Currently, this is the only item that have listed and the only place to buy their products that I am aware of. Their site has lots of valuable information including how to care for juniper utensils, information on using silicon cookware and some other really useful eco-friendly cooking info. You can learn more about their company on their website,

What Do You Think About the Eco-Friendly Juniper Cooking Utensils?

I would love to hear your feedback, thoughts and tips for cooking with juniper or other wooden utensils, as well as your thoughts on being eco-friendly in the kitchen?

Disclosure: I am disclosing that I received the Ecommflash juniper utensil set for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions listed in this review are my own honest opinions. Other than receiving the product, I was not compensated in any way and I was not asked to provide a positive review. In addition, links in the review and on my website may include affiliate links, including all links to If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.
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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT: Sweetheart Blog Hop & Giveaway

giveaway winners

Congrats to Donna M. who won $100 PayPal Cash with our Sweetheart Blog Hop & Giveaway! She has claimed her prize and is super excited!

Thank you to all of you who entered our giveaway, submitted Valentine's Day links to our blog hop, and shared our event. We had 6,995 entries into the giveaway and 54 awesome Valentine's Day related posts in the blog hop!

Thank you again to all who made this event a great one, and congrats to Donna!

I also have several other awesome giveaways going on now, including a Ninja Mega Kitchen System! You can view all of my current giveaways HERE.

You can also subscribe by email to be notified of upcoming events, giveaways, reviews, recipes and more HERE.
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Maple Hill Naturals Wool Dryer Balls Review

review of the wool dryer ballsThe great folks over at Maple Hill Naturals recently sent me a set of their XL wool dryer balls in exchange for an honest review.

Since the product claims to reduce static and drying times, and are also reusable and eco-friendly, I decided that they would be a perfect fit for my family- if they work. {With a 3 year old daughter and a husband who is a mechanic, laundry seems like a never ending chore and need all the help I can get!}
Before I get started with my Maple Hill Naturals Wool Dryer Balls review, let's find out a little more about the product and what it's suppose to do.

Also, be sure to grab the coupon code at the bottom of my review to save 25% of your order between now and March 18th, 2014!

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Sign Up for Blogger Opps!

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To all my fellow bloggers who are interested in participating in Blogger Opportunities please feel free to sign up to be notified of my future blogger opps! I usually have some type of event going on and I would love to network with you to connect your blog with new products, brands and other awesome bloggers.

If you are looking for products to review on your blogs, participate in group giveaways and blog hops, find out about new blogging opportunities and similar blogger events, please be sure to sign up via the simple form below!

Once you have signed up, you will then receive an email on any new opps that are available that I am currently coordinating, hosting or participating in. :)

You can also check out any current blogger opps I have by visiting my Blogger Opportunties Page.

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Craftsy FLASH SALE! Save Big on Craftsy Courses~ This Weekend Only

crafsy discount sales
Heads up Craftsy fans...

This weekend only, it's your chance to get up to 50% off perfect matches (for Valentines Day, get it?!?) of 2 Craftsy online classes. You can bundle classes for a bigger discount! Act fast, the offer ends at 11pm PST on February 16, 2014.

Visit the Craftsy Perfect Match Flash Sale to save up to 50% off online craft courses!


DISCLOSURE: This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.
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Ninja Mega Kitchen System #Giveaway

Have you been eyeing the Ninja Mega Kitchen System and wondering what all the hype is about? Well your about to find out with this awesome Ninja giveaway!  I have teamed up with a few other lovely bloggers to bring you the chance to win the Ninja Mega Kitchen System!
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Friday, February 14, 2014

A Pair of SmartSilk Pillow Protectors #Giveaway

Are you ready for a good night's sleep?
Then you will love these Smart Silk Pillow Protectors!
Even better, you can enter to win a pair right here!
($100 value)

Sponsored By:  Smart Silk

Hosted By: Life With My Two Kids

Co-Hosted By: So Simply Stephanie

& Giveaways & Sweepstakes  

Contest Dates: February 14 ~ February 28

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

#Giveaway: Win a $200 Gift Card! #MiaMariuLOVE

Are you ready for a super-fantastic Mía Mariú giveaway to keep you looking beautiful? Then you have come to the right place! Get ready for some #MiaMariuLOVE!
The Blogging Mamas Network & Mía Mariú, along with several other great blogs, have joined together to inspire you to Love Your Look!
Here you can enter to win a $200 Mía Mariú gift card to go on a beauty shopping spree! This is the perfect time to get ready to fill your makeup bag with the latest trends in makeup and skin care, just in time for summer! Below you can read more about Mía Mariú and enter to win this awesome prize!
 Ready to get started?

About Mía Mariú 


The Mía Mariú philosophy makes the connection between beauty and health in harmony. Mía Mariú’s high performance products are formulated with the most natural ingredients available, helping you achieve vibrant beauty and health inside and out. Each unique product fuses nature and technology by combining the highest quality botanicals, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and peptides. The result is healthy products that provide a perfect balance that reflects itself through youthful, healthy, beautiful, glowing skin and renewed energy and vitality, all at an exceptional value! 5

From Healthy Nutrition, Botanical Skin Care, a newly launched Fragrance Line, Specialty Brushes, and Mineral Makeup - you'll find everything you need to love your look this year with Mía Mariú! Be sure to connect with Mía Mariú on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to stay up to date on their promotions and new products!

Now for the fun part! Enter the

 Love Your Look Giveaway for a chance to win a

  $200 Mía Mariú Gift Card!

This giveaway is open to US & Canadian residents, 18+ only. It will end at 11:59 pm EST on February 26th. Please use the Giveaway Tools widget below to enter.
Disclosure: I did not receive any compensation for hosting this giveaway. The participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.
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Monday, February 10, 2014

Mommerce Blogging Opportunities: Are You Part of Mommerce? If You Are a Blogger then You Should Be! blogger opportunitiesHave you signed up for Mommerce? If not, now is the time to get started!

If you are a blogger - including parenting, product reviews, cooking, crafts, travel, family or any form of  mommy blogger, then I strongly suggest you check out It's a great way to open the door to new opportunities for you, your blog and your readers. If you enjoy working with sponsors for product reviews, sponsored posts or campaign ads, Mommerce can help you connect with brands to benefit you and your blog.

If you are a blogger and not yet part of Mommerce, you can sign up HERE, or keep reading to find out more about their site and how they can help you bring more brands to your blog. They take mommy blogs, daddy blogs, fashion blogs, cooking blogs, really... any blog that is clean, updated frequently and not full of spam or copied content. No blog is too big or too small!
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What's Your CPK Flavor #Giveaway - Pin It to Win It!

Ready for another fun Pin It to Win It #Giveaway?
Enter the CPK {California Pizza Kitchen} Pin It to Win It Sweepstakes for a chance to win one of six $50 Amazon Gift Cards.
Giveaway Ends March 8th, 2014!
How does it work? It's easy! Simply visit the What's Your CPK Flavor Sweepstakes HERE, and repin your favorite topping, or add your own using the #hashtag listed on the sweepstakes page.
 It's fun and super easy!
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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Valentine's Pin It to Win It #Giveaway

Pin It to Win It!
Are you a fan of Pinterest? Then this giveaway is for you! Sverve is offering a fun Pin It to Win It contest with 6 lucky winners each receiving a $25 Amazon Gift Card!
Click HERE to pin your favorite Valentine's Day pin from the Valentine's Day board. It's quick and easy and 6 lucky winners will be chosen!
Ends February 23rd, 2014
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Beauty Box 5 Review

The great ladies over at Beauty Box 5 sent me one of their awesome subscription boxes to review, and I have fallen in love! This is the first subscription box I have ever received and I was very excited to not only review one, but also to find out what all the hype is about these little packages.

As soon as I saw the mail lady putting that little teal box in my mailbox, I was headed to it. I had no idea what was in it, but I was about to find out.

Before we delve into Beauty Box 5  review, let's talk a little bit about what a Beauty Box 5 is.

{Besides being a little teal box filled with complete awesomeness!}

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Kindle Fire HD #Giveaway

Welcome to the Kindle Fire HD Giveaway!
February 3rd - 17th, 2014

Organized & Hosted By:

Co-Hosted By:


PRIZE: Kindle Fire HD 16GB Wi-Fi!

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

{Guest Hosting} Social Media Sunday Link-Up

Social Media Sunday-From ABC's to ACT's
It's that time again friends! Time for another Social Media Sunday!
This link up allows you to meet, greet and link-up with some of the best bloggers around. Big or little, new or old, now matter the size of your blog and social media, you are welcome to join Social Media Sunday to link-up and find new fans, followers and friends.
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Sweetheart Blog Hop & #Giveaway $100 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash

Valentine's Day Giveaway 2014

Welcome to the 
2014 Sweetheart Blog Hop & Giveaway!

Enter to win a 
$100 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash!
Browse & link up your Valentine's Day related 
posts in the linky below! 

February 1st - February 14th, 2014
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