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Making Homemade Baby Food: As Simple as ABC’s

Cuisinart Giveaway

Thanks to Cuisinart for sponsoring today's discussing about making homemade baby food.  All opinions expressed are my own. When Sophia was ready to start eating solid foods, I read a lot about making homemade baby food.  I knew the pros - it's cheaper, healthier and fresher, and just really all around better.  But it didn't seem easy.  I was a first time Mom and I needed all the shortcuts I could get so we bought organic jarred baby food. Then Moreaya came and it was her time to start eating solid foods.  Although you would think I would have been busier... since I had a 6 month old and a 2 year old, I challenged myself to make homemade baby food the 2nd time around.  You see, I had started reading even more and realized making your own baby food is actually really simple.  I would even venture to say making homemade baby food is as … [Read more...]

Go Red White and Blue with Step2 – #USA Complete Choo Choo Giveaway #redwhiteblue


Welcome to the 2nd Annual Red, White, and Blue Giveaway Hop - a Hop where we celebrate Independence Day, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network.  We're celebrating the 4th of July with giveaway for a whole 2 weeks, so be sure and hop around to all the great blog giveaways that are linked up in this hop, at the bottom of this post! We're celebrating the Red, White, and Blue with... Step2 for the Grand Prize in this Giveaway Hop! The USA Special Edition Step2 Complete Choo Choo was made as a celebration of Step2's manufacturing of products being made in the USA for over 20 years!  The Complete Choo Choo comes with 3 cars in America's patriotic colors. Not only would strolling your kiddos around be fun any day of the year, but so memorable during Holiday block parties, parades, and Fireworks shows! Each car of the Complete Choo … [Read more...]

Innovation Appreciation – Freemie Freedom Breast Pump Giveaway – US

Freemie Giveaway

Welcome to the Innovation Appreciation Giveaway Hop!  Have you ever found a product that's so great it makes you want to stop everyone you meet and tell them about it? When I find something that makes my role as a mom easier, I just feel so thankful someone invented it! That's what the "Innovation Appreciation" giveaway is all about. That and a chance for you to win over $450 in fabulous prizes - YES!!! We're celebrating those products who have made our lives a whole lot easier - even in the crunchy world!  I am so excited about the product I'm featuring too because I know it could really make a difference for lots of women! The Freemie Freedom Breast Pump system is a huge advancement in electric breast pumps as far as innovation goes.  This unique system makes pumping easier and much more discreet for women - especially those … [Read more...]

Win ANY item from Step2 [up to $100!] – US


As Step2 Ambassadors Viva Veltoro and Thrifty Nifty Mommy and I love Step2 products and they're spreading the love with a FLASH giveaway and your chance to win ANY item from, up to $100! Right now, Step2 has a number of items on SALE so make sure you head over to check them out! They've got climbers, playhouses, kitchen sets, sand & water tables, and more! Also, make sure that you sign up for their Birthday Club where you'll get great coupons before your child's birthday plus other special offers and deals! You can connect with Step2 on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. Disclosures: This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Thrifty Nifty Mommy, Viva Veltoro and the participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Giveaway is open to residents of … [Read more...]

Take a Stroll Through Murphy, NC with a Summer Infant Stroller #3DLiteStrollerTour

Stroller Giveaway

Thanks to Summer Infant for providing a Summer Infant Stroller for the Stroller Tour to facilitate this post and to Jamie from Momma Without a Clue for this review! There's nothing I like more than going for a walk at the end of the day with my family. It helps bring us closer together, winds the kids down so they're ready for the bedtime routine when we get back home, and is just a peaceful way to end our hectic days. Recently. we were sent a 3D lite Stroller from Summer Infant to review, and not a moment too soon I might add. While my baby girl is still little compared to other 15 month-olds, toting around 18 pounds on my hip gets heavy after a while. Of course, I could let her walk since she's perfected the toddle-toddle-wobble, but the goal of our evening walks is to relax. There's just something less-than-calm about having to … [Read more...]

Swing into Summer with the Brylane Home Family Swing

Brylane Home Swing Review

Thank you to Brylane Home for sending a Family Swing to facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed are my own. We spend a lot of time outdoors... a lot.  That's why I love living where we live because we have a large backyard for the girls to roam and roam they do!  Luckily they're getting to the age where they can roam without me being right on top of them so I've been looking for ways to lounge a little lazily, but still be able to keep them in full sight.  Sure - lounging in my Zero Gravity Chair is where you'll usually find me, but sometimes a girl just wants to swing! Boy, did I get my wish with our new Brylane Home Extra Wide Textured Vinyl 3-Seat Swing!  It arrived at our house just a little over a week ago and I begged Rob to help me put it together this past weekend.  Once we saw the box I was glad that I had begged … [Read more...]

Summer Infant Swaddlers Top My Newborn Must-Have List #ThirdTimesaCharm Giveaway – US

Summer Infant Swaddles

Welcome to the Third Time's a Charm event hosted by First Time Mom and Zephyr Hill! We've come together as veteran moms who have been there and done that to bring you what we feel are some of the best maternity and baby products out there. Each participating blog has a maternity and/or baby themed prize that's at least worth $25. Hop around from blog to blog by using the linky in this post and see what must-have maternity and baby product each blogger thinks you should have!  While you're hopping, don't forget to enter to win the grand prize...there are two prize packages - a Maternity Package and a Baby Package. A few weeks ago I shared the Four Stages of Swaddling thanks to new swaddlers from Summer Infant. I used swaddlers and swaddle blankets a lot with Sophia, but I really found the swaddle love with Moreaya.  This little lady … [Read more...]

Natural Skincare Products from Four Cow Farm

Four Cow Farm Review

Y'all know I like to try out new products, right?  I'm always on the search for products that make my life a little easier and green-er, so when Four Cow Farm approached me with the idea to review their products, at no charge to me, I graciously accepted.  After a few minutes looking around their site, well, how could I not?! Four Cow Farm is a real farm named after our four bovine lodgers. Nestled amongst the lush farmland of the Blackall Range of S.E. Queensland, you can learn more about our farm, our ingredients and Nanna's range of hand-crafted baby skincare here. Although the products and the Four Cow Farm are located in Queensland, they have a U.S. online store that you can shop from any time - with orders over $49 shipping free and fast!  Now, I know you want to see the natural skincare products, right?  They all feature … [Read more...]

The Best Essential Oils for Summer

Summer Essential Oils

One way that I'm living green-er lately is by using essential oils.  I am so excited about sharing my experience with Young Living Essential Oils and just how they're helping me Green My Summer! I admit that I'm still totally new to the Essential Oils scene.  I've used them to make DIY Cleaning Wipes [a fabulous alternative to disposable bleach wipes], but I'm still learning great ways to use them in our every day life too.  Jamie, the fabulous lady behind the H.O.P.E. drops, a Young Living consultant, was kind enough to share some fabulous uses for Young Living Essential Oils with me. I was especially interested in different ways that the oils could help treat and prevent specific things to go right along with Summer! Lavender:  Sunburn Soothing, great for Scrapes and Bruises, Allergies (airborne or skin), Dry skin, Poison Ivy … [Read more...]

Win a 1 Month Supply of Stonyfield Organic Yogurt #SavorySummer #Giveaway

Savory Summer Giveaway

Welcome to the 3rd annual Savory Summer Giveaway Hop! I have teamed up with our host Measuring Flower and a group of amazing bloggers to bring you a compilation of awesome food and food-related prizes! This is a giveaway hop which means that, after you after entered my giveaway below, you can "hop" on to the next participating blog to enter their giveaway, too. You can find a list with links to all the other bloggers towards the bottom of this post. When I started thinking about delicious food prizes, honestly, I couldn't think of anything other than my love of Stonyfield Yogurt.  Moreaya and I eat it daily - whether from a pouch or a cup.  I also use it in a ton of different recipes as it makes an excellent substitute for sour cream and mayo! So, I wanted to give one lucky SEBG reader a chance to fall in love with Stonyfield … [Read more...]

iPad Mini Giveaway from UpgradeSwap – US


Do you love having the latest and great technical gadgets? It seems that new devices are released constantly and cell phone carriers are getting more flexible with early upgrades, so that leaves a lot of us with unused devices just sitting around. What if you could trade those unwanted devices in for CASH? Well, you can! Allow us to introduce you to UpgradeSwap! UpgradeSwap is a website where you can sell your gently used phones and tablets for cash! This will be very useful with the release of the new iPhones and iPads coming later this year. If you're wondering, "where's the best place to sell my iPhone?", look no further than UpgradeSwap! It's simple - you'll just input your service carrier, device and it's condition, then upload a few photos of the device. UpgradeSwap will then generate a quote for you and you can receive your … [Read more...]

Baby Roues letour II Stroller (Bassinet + Seat) $579 – US


Welcome to the Baby Roues letour II Stroller Giveaway! hosted by Viva Veltoro, and generously sponsored by Baby Roues! Baby Roues is a company dedicated to excellence. They create baby gear with the highest technological advances for both mom and baby’s comfort, while at the same time giving their customers great value. With over 30 years of experience manufacturing strollers, Baby Roues is always looking forward to the newest innovations to meet their customers' needs. Viva Veltoro recently had the opportunity to review the Baby Roues letour II, a compact and lightweight luxurious infant-to-toddler bassinet and stroller system which uses the highest technological quality workmanship and safety features available. Check out the full review to see all of the fabulous features of this high-end stroller, plus they have a special … [Read more...]