Thursday, April 30, 2015

Win a $25 Etsy Gift Card for ApronsNBows to Celebrate Mom! | 2015 Mother's Day Giveaway Hop


Welcome to the 2015 Mother's Day Giveaway Hop! 

I am happy to bring you another awesome Mother's Day Giveaway as part of this hop! This time, ApronsNBows is sponsoring a $25 Gift Card for their Etsy Shop.
Lots of cute, handcrafted gifts for Mom!

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Mother's Day Fé Fit Women's Workout DVD Program Giveaway {ARV $140} | 2015 Mother's Day Giveaway Hop


Welcome to the 2015 Mother's Day Giveaway Hop! 
Here, you will find over 40 awesome giveaways related to Mother's Day, offering great prizes that are perfect for Mom (... or, you!) Whether you are feeling lucky or just looking for great gift ideas, you are sure to find the perfect gift for Mom this year! 

At this hop stop, you will have the chance to win a  Fé Fit Women's Workout DVD Program & the NEW  Fé Fit Fuel Bars!

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Win It Wednesday Giveaway Link-Up #11 | 4/29

Win it Wednesday giveaway link-up
Welcome to Win It Wednesday #11!

Who's ready for more awesome giveaways? 

Last week we had nearly 100 giveaways add to the linky featuring a variety of prizes!

I can't wait to see what everyone has going on this week! 





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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Let's Shower Mom Giveaway | ARV $1,200 | Ends 5/11

Let's Shower Mom Giveaway

They say April showers bring May flowers... 
Well, our April shower is going to shower one lucky mom with over $1200 in prizes! 

Mother's Day is just around the corner and now is the perfect time to win several great prizes for you & your mom! 

We've brought together several AMAZING sponsors to offer one HUGE prize package:

BabyBjorn: This Swedish, family-owned business started in 1961 and their goal has remained the same: to make day-to-day life easier for parents of small children by developing safe and innovative products of the highest quality for children up to three years old. Their wide assortment of products consists of baby carriers, bouncers, travel cribs, cradles, potty chairs, high chairs and kitchen products. 

You may be familiar with BabyBjorn's iconic line of baby carriers, but if you don't know about their Travel Crib Light, you're definitely missing out! This is truly one of Thrifty Nifty Mommy and Viva Veltoro's favorite pieces of baby gear - and they've tested a lot of products! The Travel Crib Light can be used with children from 0-3 years of age and is easy to set up in one simple movement. Just open the bag, lift out the crib and the legs fold out. Once you place the soft and comfy mattress inside you have a stable travel crib to use at home or on trips. There are no loose parts or tricky buttons to find. Weighing in at only 13 pounds, it's so easy to take with you, especially thanks to it's included travel bag.

Raindrops: Raindrops is an original, American manufacturing company specializing in beautifully designed and innovative infant and toddler accessories for precious babies since 1936. Raindrops is steeped in American history and began with the founders invention of a waterproof baby covering which was a precursor to waterproof baby pants and much later, even waterproof disposable diapers. 

Over the years it has evolved into so much more than just baby bibs. They now create blankets, layette wear, baby gift sets, Christening accessories, sleepers, baby bath items, and more. A true American manufacturer, Raindrops cuts, sews, screen prints, and embroiders everything in-house in Downers Grove, IL. Almost everything is made in 100% cotton fabric and will last through multiple children, which makes them a very eco-friendly product, since they are not poor "disposable" quality items filling up landfills. Raindrops wants to give one lucky family one of their beautiful 13 piece,

Welcome Home Baby Large Gift Baskets! Inside this beautiful basket you will find: an appliqued footie, an appliqued body suit, a cap, a nice heavier weight, appliqued receiving blanket, a blankie and a bear for baby to cuddle, a bib, a unique Yucky bib bag for soiled bibs and four re-usable wipes. It's available in a pink bear version for girls, and a blue bear version for boys, or a yellow bear version for a unisex choice. This gift set is also available in a medium basket set and a smaller sleep basket set, too.

Combi: Combi USA strives to provide stylish, practical and innovative juvenile products. Derived from the word "combination," Combi refers to the critical relationship between children and their caretakers. They offer a variety of products including lightweight strollers, fun mobile entertainers, feeding products and everything in between! 

One of their newest items is the Combi Fold N Go Stroller, which will be launching May 14th and will be available in two great colors: Salsa or Black! It provides ultimate convenience while encompassing a lightweight, compact, and portable design. The self-standing stroller features a one-hand quick fold and a sleek aluminum frame. The padded seat includes a 5-point harness system with plush harness pads for your child's comfort. The extra-large canopy with a mesh ventilation window enables you to keep an eye on your child at all times and allows air to flow easily in and out of the seating area of the stroller. Dual front wheel suspension ensures a smooth ride, while the lockable front swivel wheels improve maneuverability. One single step locks both rear wheels simultaneously, making it easy to park and stroll as you wish. A parent cup holder, large basket, and canopy pocket offer storage of essential items right at your fingertips. 

The Fold N Go is suitable for children 6 months and older and with a weight capacity of 50 pounds, a child cup holder, and a multi-position recline, it's sure to please!

Medi-Pals: Giving your child medication or vitamins has never been easier thanks to Medi-Pals medication dispensers. This product was invented by parents for parents and their kids and it's easy to see why it works so well! Available in 3 whimsical designs (ladybug, frog, or crab) that are fun and familiar to your child, Medi-Pals are easy to use and ensure that the child is always getting the accurate dosage of medicine. 

Medi-Pals are softer than a straight syringe thanks to the nipple that the syringe snuggly fits inside. This also helps to ensure that no medicine gets lost so the dose is sure to be accurate. The faceplates are interchangeable so you can switch things up to make dosing more fun, and Medi-Pals are dishwasher-safe, and easy to clean. Plus, they're made in the USA!

Make sure you check out Thrifty Nifty Mommy's full review the Medi-Pals medication dispensers, and check out her video review of Medi-Pals to see these dispensers in action with an infant and a toddler. You can get your own Medi-Pals on Amazon.


Step2: The Step2 Company, headquartered in Streetsboro, Ohio, is the largest American manufacturer of preschool and toddler toys and the world's largest rotational molder of plastics. Their mission is to be the leading innovator of children's products that build imaginations and enrich the family's celebration of childhood. 

Step2 knows that when you have a baby, you also amass a great deal of "stuff" - from bibs to onsies to tiny socks, it can be hard to stay organized with all of the supplies you have on hand. That's why they want to give one lucky person a Fun Time Room Organizer! This creative storage center is perfect for parents and kids. It offers two sizes of storage bins for all kinds of storage needs, so you can organize baby's items now, then eventually toys, books, crafts, coloring books and more in this tasteful yet playful design. All bins (9 large, and 2 jumbo) detach for easy and portable clean-up and all surfaces are easy to clean. Plus, there are safety wall anchor included to prevent any accidents. The Fun Time Room Organizer is made in the USA of US and imported parts from China. Winner can choose from Tropical, Pink, or Corvette (based on availability).

BornFree: Developed by 3 dads in 1996, BornFree was a pioneer in making safe baby products, without BPA and PVC. In 2011, the brand was acquired by Summer Infant and they've expanded their line to include way more than bottles. One of their newest (and super innovative) products is the Bottle Genius

 The BornFree Bottle Genius takes the fuss out of feeding. This time saving machine creates mixed baby bottles at the perfect temperature, ready to serve. The innovative and sleek design is handy enough to keep in your baby’s nursery, allowing for easy use and clean up. It can easily measure out bottles ranging from 2-10 ounces at the push of a button, allowing for measurements in odd numbers too so you'll never waste formula. Their SmartScale technology automatically portions out formula and water for the perfect bottle, every time. Water is heated on-demand, saving time and energy (plus you can choose whether to serve room temperature water or warm). The Bottle Genius has a clear view water reservoir that holds enough for four 8 oz. bottles and it works with all major bottle brands and powder formula brands.

Summer Infant: Summer Infant was created in 1985 and is dedicated to developing the safest and most innovative products that stand the test of time. Summer Infant is well known for their amazing baby monitors and they're giving away one of their best new monitors to one lucky family. 

With the Sharp View HD High Definition Video Monitor, mom doesn't need to have eyes in the back of her head. The latest innovation in baby video monitoring technology, this monitor provides the highest resolution of HD video available on the market today. It features a 5.0" color LCD flat screen monitor that offers two-way communication and temperature display. The camera, equipped with a soft glow night light, is able to pan, scan, and zoom in stunning HD quality so say goodbye to grainy images of your precious little one. 

Be sure to check out Viva Veltoro's article about the Sharp View HD High Definition Video Monitor and why it's a baby must-have.

Giveaway


One lucky person will be "Showered" with this amazing $1200+ prize package from Baby Bjorn, Raindrops Baby, Medi-Pals, Combi, Step2, BornFree, and Summer Infant!
Open to the Lower 48 US states only, ages 18 and up. Ends 5/11/15 at 11:59 PM EST. Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below. Good Luck!
Disclosure: This giveaway is hosted by Thrifty Nifty Mommy and Viva Veltoro of Dynamic Duo Media, and generously sponsored by the participating brands. Thrifty Nifty Mommy, Viva Veltoro, and the participating blogs are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Please contact thriftyniftymommy(at)yahoo.com with questions about this giveaway. One winner will be randomly selected using the Giveaway Tools random selector and notified via email. Once notified, the winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or Google. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Affiliate links may be used in this post.
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Friday, April 24, 2015

Blogger Opp: Mother's Day Giveaway Hop! May 1st - 15th, 2015! SIGN UP NOW!


Mother's Day Giveaway Hop 
May 1st - May 15th, 2015
Hosted By Social Exposure PR
FREE Participation + Co-Host Spots Available

Plus,  Win a $25 Amazon GC or PayPal Cash for participating & promoting the event! 


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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Caron & Doucet Cuisine Stainless Steel Polish Review


I am all about some stainless steel in the kitchen. My appliances are not stainless steel but, that's only because the ones we purchased with our house in 2007 are all still running well. However, my knives, appliances, coffee pot and, anything else I buy these days, tend to be stainless steel. My only drawback is trying to figure out how to clean stainless steel; removing streaks, finger prints, smudges and other stains.

Needless to say, when I was given the opportunity to review the Caron & Doucet Cuisine Stainless Steel Polish I jumped on it. Best of all, it's a coconut oil polish and doesn't include harsh chemicals, which is great considering that most of my stainless steel cleaning is related to the kitchen appliances and utensils.
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Win It Wednesday Giveaway Link-Up #10

Win it Wednesday giveaway link-up
Welcome to Win It Wednesday #10!

Who's ready for another awesome giveaway linky? 

Last week we introduced our new Co-Hosts, Jess, Tessa and Crystal! If you missed linking up with us last week, be sure to leave a comment and greet them a kind welcome! After all, they are helping share the link-up to bring you more great giveaways to enter!


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Monday, April 20, 2015

Best Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe & They are Gluten-Free!

Whether you are looking for an easy peanut butter cookie recipe or even better, gluten-free peanut butter cookies, then I have the perfect treat for you! 

Unlike other homemade peanut butter cookies I have tasted, these have LOTS of peanut butter flavor and are very rich.

My grandmother showed me how to make these on a rainy day when I was staying with her for the summer, and year after year I never forgot how to make them. Best of all, they are gluten-free, you only need 3 ingredients (that you probably already have) and, they are oh-so-yummy! Another great gluten-free dessert to add to your recipe box! 


{Just for the record, I didn’t know these were gluten-free cookies nor, were they intentionally created to be gluten-free. It’s just one of her old recipes and now that I am older and know about gluten-free cooking and recipes, I realized that was another added benefit of these delicious little rounds of yumminess!}


Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe Ingredients:

1 cup peanut butter (your favorite brand- crunchy or creamy)
1 cup of sugar
1 egg

{Told you it was easy. That’s how I remembered this recipe for almost 20 years… 1-1-1- peanut butter, sugar and egg.}


Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Prepare cookie sheet by lightly greasing, adding parchment paper or using a silicone baking mat. (I prefer silicone baking mats because it’s so much easier. They work great, are easy to clean up and you usually don’t need a baking rack. Simply take the mat with the cookies off the pan and place them on the counter.)
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine one egg, one cup of sugar (regular granulated sugar!) and one cup of peanut butter. Mix well. It will require a good mixer or a little elbow grease to get started since the peanut butter and sugar will be kind of pasty. It usually only takes about 30-40 strokes by hand so nothing too tiring, I promise!
  4. After you have your cookie ingredients mixed well, spoon dough onto the cookie sheet or roll into 1 ½ inch balls. Then gently mash with a fork to create a cookie shape. Leave them about ½ inch thick because as they cook they will flatten out a little more, but not much. I like to also turn my fork sideways to create the lovely thatched-look. Since there is no flour in this dough, it will not rise so the size you make now, will be close the size they will be when they come out of the oven…
  5. Place in the oven and cook 7-10 minutes until edges are just starting to turn golden. Yes, I know peanut butter is already a golden brown color but you will see a difference. The time will vary based on your oven along with the size of the cookies.

One batch yields approximately 1 dozen so I usually go ahead and make two batches using 2-2-2. If I don’t, all the cookies will be gone before they completely cool because these yummy peanut butter cookies are a major hit with friends and family. They are easy and inexpensive to make, gluten-free, rich in peanut butter flavor and easy clean up. Who wouldn't love them!

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Will You Be Trying This Recipe?

Well, what do you think? Did you come across this post for a great peanut butter cookies recipe or were you actually looking for a gluten-free cookie recipe and just got lucky that it was peanut butter? Please leave a comment and let me know what you think about these awesome cookies! I love feedback!
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Grace of God DVD Review & Giveaway | #GraceofGodMoview

Disclosure: I received a Grace of God DVD from Propeller PR in order to facilitate this review. No compensation was received. 

If you are looking for a great Christian faith-based movie that is faith-friendly, well-casted and full of inspiration, then I strongly suggest you pick up a copy of the newly released movie, Grace of God, A Story of Easter Traditions.

Be sure to enter my giveaway below where one lucky winner will receive a Grace of God DVD!




About Grace of God

Having lost his faith many years ago, Detective Bill Broadly is called to investigate the disappearance of the local church’s collection plate. As he questions its various church members, rumors swirl as more congregants learn about the theft. When one unexpected church-goer confesses to stealing the funds, the confession resurrects Broadly’s views on God, and helps him see that through faith and belief there really is rebirth and redemption.

Released on DVD: March 24, 2015
Length: 99 Minutes
Cast: John Ratzenberger (“Cheers,” WALL-E, Toy Story)  Erin Bethea (Fireproof, Letters to God) Lorenzo Lamas ("The Bold and the Beautiful," "Falcon Crest")
Genre: Family, Inspirational
Rating: NR
Where to Purchase: Official Website - Walmart is the primary retailer for Grace of God. You can purchase online at Walmart.com to have it shipped to your home or local Walmart. for free pickup.

Be sure to follow #GraceofGodMoview to read more reviews!

My Grace of God Movie Review

Between working full time, being a wife and mommy all the time and, blogging part time, I rarely have time to watch a movie. But, when I actually do have the luxury of getting an hour or two to myself to watch a movie, I expect it to be a good great one! When I was given the chance to review Grace of God I jumped on it! Not only because it sounded like a great faith-based movie in general but, with a cast that includes John Ratzenberger & Erin Bethea, it had to be a good movie. Throw in the fact that it is also based on the Ten Commandments, family-friendly, and highly-praised by Dove.org, and you have yourself a great movie in the making. 

I thoroughly enjoyed watching Grace of God! While I would love to share an in-depth review sharing my favorite scenes and quotes, I will restrain myself to prevent any spoilers. {That's the only thing I don't like about reviewing books and movies... I can't reveal all the awesome parts without spoiling it!}

While I don't want to divulge too much regarding the plot, I will say that this was a fantastic movie. I was a little worried in the first 5 minutes that the movie may be a little dry. However, a few more minutes later, I realized this would not be a dull movie at all, even though the faith-lacking detective surely is... (Intentionally, of course, as part of his character--- not a reflection of the movie in any way!) The plot includes very realistic/relate-able crimes and sins, especially considering that theft in the church really does happen in today's society. {Sadly enough.}  

I loved watching the drama unfold and when I finally realized who had taken the money (or so I thought) - go figure,  I was wrong. What happened next was even more unexpected but, you will have to watch it for yourself because Grace of God goes well beyond just a movie about someone stealing from the church... It goes much deeper, much-much deeper. Perhaps you might be a thief and not realize it, too!  Like the lady rounding her time clock hours up instead of down. Or, the man who cleaned his house with the cleaning supplies from the church. 

Overall, I really loved Grace of God and would highly recommend it! After all, it's another Christian-based movie with Erin Bethea (from Fireproof--- hello, need I say more?)

Giveaway

Enter to win a Grace of God DVD sponsored by Propeller PR. 

Giveaway ends April 24th, 2015, 11:59 pm CST

No purchase necessary to win. Open to US-Residents of legal age & VOID where prohibited. Winner will be notified via email and have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. By entering the giveaway you agree to the terms listed on the Giveaway Tool. 

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Win It Wednesday #9 Giveaway Link-Up! Plus, Meet Our Exciting New Co-Hosts!

Win it Wednesday giveaway link-up
Welcome to Win It Wednesday #9!
Not only am I excited to bring you guys another awesome Win It Wednesday Giveaway Linky but, I am also tickled-pink to introduce our first-ever Co-Hosts! 

I mentioned last week that I was considering adding Co-Hosts to increase W.I.W.'s traffic to bring in even more awesome giveaways for our readers... 

This week I'm and delighted to be partnering with Crystal, Jess & Tessa! By Co-Hosting, these ladies will be helpming me offer you more giveaways in one central location, while also being able to help more bloggers find our linky to help promote their giveaways. 
It's a Win-Win! 
Literally! :) 

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

CompoKeeper Giveaway! ARV $99 {Ends May 5th}

 
In the spirit of Earth Day and promoting a green, eco-friendly environment,  I am excited to the participating in the CompoKeeper Giveaway!
Composting is a great way to reduce, reuse and recycle. The great folks at CompoKeeper has created an awesome kitchen compost bin that makes composting easier, cleaner and more enjoyable! 
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Increase the Chances of Getting Pregnant with The Stork OTC + Giveaway! {Ends April 27th}

This post has been sponsored by The Stork OTC  & The Motherhood. All opinions are my own. 


Each year, millions of women discover that trying to conceive can be quite harder than you think and more emotional than you would ever imagine. Especially if you have one of the many medical conditions that can cause infertility.

Sometimes, trying to get pregnant without success can be something as simple as a pH imbalance to something more serious like diseases such like cancer or POS, long term damage from medications and chemo, and a variety of other medical conditions.

Regardless of the reason why you can't get pregnant, it's still just as heartbreaking and emotional when you so desperately want to conceive. Trust me, I know what it is like. My husband and I had spent three years trying to get pregnant and had finally given up. Each month would lead to more heartache from knowing that we would probably never have the big family we wanted.

The good news is that now, there are options available to help increase chances of getting pregnant without having to leave the comfort of your home and, without spending thousands of dollars and just hoping for the best. One of those options is a new, FDA-cleared product called The Stork OTC.

The Stork OTC is an FDA-cleared alternative that gives women the ability to increase their chances of getting pregnant in a rather natural way and without having to take medications or going to a number of fertility doctors.

The Stork OTC Giveaway- If you are wanting to pregnant or know someone who is, be sure to keep reading. Below you will find out more about The Stork OTC and have the chance to win a trial of The Stork OTC!
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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Win It Wednesday Giveaway Link-Up #8

Win it Wednesday giveaway link-up
Welcome to Win it Wednesday #8!
Last Wednesday we had an awesome link-up and love that we continue to grow a little bigger each week! The bigger we get, the more awesome giveaways you, my readers, get to enter for a chance to win!
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#UpWeeGo Kick Starter Giveaway - Total ARV $1200 | Ends

Some of the bloggers may have been compensated in this giveaway. So Simply Stephanie did not receive monetary compensation or products for sharing this giveaway. All product information was supplied by the coordinator of this event.
#UpWeeGo 
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I know that most of my readers love a great giveaway and, love learning about the latest and greatest products so, I am super excited to bring you guys this awesome giveaway from UpWeeGo! They are giving 3 lucky winners the chance to win some awesome prizes! 

UpWeeGo is kicking off their Kick Starter April 28th, so be sure to follow along and join in.

 Your child will love the UpWeeGo high chair! Designed to be fun, functional and mommy-friendly, it is not only easy to clean but, includes the option to add fun stairs and a slide with easy to use attachments.
The steps will allow your little one to climb up into the chair by their self when they get a little older. 

Highchair Inventor Dad says "Step on UP!"

We all know that most toddlers and young kids require assistance getting up into their seats at dinner time which usually means giving them a boost or, letting them climb up onto the chair themselves which can be dangerous. Raphael, a father of three, decided it was time to change this.
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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Hippity Hoppity Giveaway Hop | Ends April 20th, 2015

Hippity Hoppity

Welcome to the Hippity Hoppity Giveaway Hop, brought to you by The Hopping Bloggers & Up All Night Blogging!



Each blogger participating in this hop has a giveaway with a prize value of at least $15 – and some are much more than that! Be sure to scroll down the whole list and visit them all – there is no limit to how many prizes you can win! 

There will also be a Twitter Party on April 14th to go along with this hop with even more chances to win.
RSVP for that by clicking here
Good Luck and Have Fun!

Giveaway Time

Enter to win a $20 Amazon.com Gift Card!
This giveaway is open world-wide so anyone can enter!
Ends April 20th, 2015 at 11:59pm EST

Be sure to come back each day for more chances to win! And, when you are done entering my giveaway check out all the AWESOME giveaways linked up in the hop below! 
GOOD LUCK!
Gift card will be for Amazon.com (US site). 
Must be of legal age. VOID Where prohibited.
Winner will be notified via email and have 48 hours to respond. 
Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets are in no way affiliated with this giveaway. 
So Simply Stephanie is responsible for prize fulfillment. 


DISCLOSURE: Mama Smith’s Review Blog and Women and Their Pretties are not responsible for any of the prize fulfillment. Each blogger is responsible for providing their sponsor with their winner’s contact information.
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