Saturday, November 26, 2011

Carmex® Healing Lotion and Carmex Healing Cream Giveaway! (U.S.) Ends 12/4

I recently had a change to try out Carmex® Healing Lotion and the Carmex Healing Cream! We have been fostering a momma dog and her seven puppies, and my hands were really dry and cracked from washing them. I used the Carmex Healing Cream for a few days and my hands were instantly soft again! I have never seen a lotion do that to my hands before. Normally it takes weeks of using lotion and not washing my hands as often to see them become soft and heeled like that again.

Enter for a chance to Win One Full sized bottle of Carmex Healing Lotion and One full sized bottle of the Carmex Healing Cream, along with one small sample of each, small enough to fit in our purse or diaper bag! 

Disclosure: I received samples of the Carmex Healing lotion and healing creams to review because I am a member of the Carmex Blog Squad. No other compensation was received or exchanged. The opinions above are mine, and mine alone.

#MyBlogSpark - Cherrios Prize Pack Giveaway! (U.S.) Ends 12/2

Cheerios and MyBlogSpark sent me a prize pack that included a box of Cheerios, a cereal dispenser, a yellow Cheerios bowl, and a Cheerios spoon!

I am sorry that I posted this giveaway late. You can purchase a Box of Cherrios today though and cut out the postcard on the front of the box, fill it out, and send it off in the mail to a Military Family. Go to for more information.

You too can receive this awesome prize pack! Just enter using the Rafflecopter Form below.


Disclosure: I received this prize pack on behalf of MyBlogSpark and Cherrios. No other compensation was exchanged.

Low Entry Giveaways Ending Tonight! (Saturday 11/26)

Flying Ducks Aviator Hat, Argyle Socks and Darcy Suspenders from Milk & Soda (@10pm CST) - the little style file

The Great UGLee Pen - U.S. - Debras Dollars *RC

$25 Amazon Gift Card - U.S. - Mom State of Mind *RC

Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovitch - book - Miki's Hope

Miracle Cure by Harlen Cobin - book - Miki's Hope

Two packs of either Energizer® Lithium or Energizer® Recharge batteries (or a combination of both if he/she prefers) marked with special codes - U.S. - One Busy Moma

Scentsy Solid Perfume sticks - U.S. - Mommy Katie

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 - U.S. - Mommy Katie

$25 GC to Kroger - U.S. - Bargain Hunting Moms

KitchenAid 13-Cup Food Processor - U.S. - What Smells So Good

My Hikes Pant Cuff Fastener - Hang on tight *RC

One Cezara Belly support panty - U.S. - Rambles of a SAHM *RC

Set of 25 Holiday Cards from Shutterfly (3 winners) U.S. - Mommy Go *RC

24k Gold-Plated Core Necklace by Avishai Ben Eli - inaccessory

Coupon for any Bob's Red Mill product (up to $8.00 value) - U.S. - Serial Access Mom

Prefense Non-Alcohol Hand Sanitizer 8oz bottle - U.S. - Bay Area Mommy *RC

Gorton’s custom dinner plate and 1 FREE product coupon (3 winners) - U.S. - Baba's Farm Life *RC

Kidzies Off-the-Wall Artwork of choice in either 5x7 or 8x10 size - U.S. - Dragonfly Sweetnest *RC

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Word Search Puzzles, Vol. 3 - U.S. - Susan Heim on Parenting *RC

Friday, November 25, 2011

Low Entry Giveaways Ending Tonight! (Friday 11/25)

Sample pack of Baby Gourmet baby food (@8am PST) US/CAN - The Healthy Moms Magazine

Little Remedies INFANT fever/pain reliever and Little Remedies CHILDRENS fever/pain reliever - U.S. - Home of OHM *RC

Balloonatiks Book- The 1st Goopy, Goofy, Loopy Adventure by Erica Orloff - U.S. - Making Time For Mommy

$10 Walmart Gift Card - U.S. - My Favorite Things... *RC

Nickelodeon Favorites: Merry Christmas - U.S. - To Be Thode *RC

12oz. bag of Choffy from Brad & Angel - U.S. - One Busy Moma

The Peanut Shell - Classic Sling (@8pm) U.S. - Adventures in Fluff

100 pieces Postcard Printing for One (1) Winner 5" x 7" 14pt Cardstock Gloss Front Only from - U.S. - Debras Dollars *RC

$30 Paper Coterie Gift Code (Does NOT include shipping costs) (5 winners) - Worldwide - Lilac City Momma *RC

$50 Body Shop Gift Card, Spa Wisdom™ Japan Yuzu & Green Tea Bathing Salts, and a Total Body Massager (@11pm) U.S. - Twofer Mom

Yo Gabba Gabba Prize Pack - Mommy Loves Giveaways

Carmex Prize Pack - U.S. - Susan Heim on Parenting

Life's a beach beach towel from Beach Towels 4U - U.S. - Dragonfly Sweetnest *RC

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 DVD - U.S. - Baba's Farm Life *RC

One Cahootie - U.S. - Happily Blended

Andalou Naturals Shampoo - U.S. - Table for Five reviews and giveaways *RC

Cherrios Cheer Prize Pack (@9pm EST) U.S. - I Blame My Mother

Big G Cereal and DC Comic Prize Pack (@9pm EST) U.S. - I Blame My Mother

Party Gras game (2 winners) - U.S. - 3 Boys and a Dog

Calypso Studios Shag Bag - U.S. - 3 Boys and a Dog

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Space Adventure DVD - U.S. - Frugally Green Mom *RC

Zoobies Blanket Pet (11/26 @12noon EST) U.S. - Rj and Jessie

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Low Entry Giveaways Ending Tonight and Tomorrow night! (Wednesday 11/23 & Thursday 11/24)

Bottle of Earth Mama Body Butter (@3pm EST) U.S. - The Momma Blogger

$50 gift card to Sears (@5pm) U.S. - Daddy Mojo

Story Harbour World Folklore CD - U.S. - McCrendshaw's Newest Thoughts *RC

Organic Baby Bear Beanie ($30 value) - U.S. - Renaissance Mama

Celtic Complexion Travel Kit - U.S. - Three Fabulous Mommies *RC

Fun with Gluten Free Foods E-Book - Worldwide - Three Fabulous Mommies *RC

$50 Gift Code to - U.S. - GoodNCrazy

Gyro Bowl - U.S. - Mommy Gaga

Five (5) Kingston urDrive USB's - U.S. - Mommy Gaga

15 FREE Holiday or Christmas Cards and a Calendar from Shutterfly (5 winners) - U.S. - Confessions of a Frugal Mind *RC

EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale - U.S. - One Busy Moma

Message in a Bottle Luggage Tag - U.S. - One Busy Moma

$25 Gift Code for the Guayaki online store - The Type A Housewife *RC

Three months worth of Huggies Little Movers Diapers (value $216) plus a Baby Loves Disco Party Pack (t-shirt, CD and disco ball stickers) - Mommy Shorts

$15 Gift Certificate to Crazy Dog Tshirts (3 winners) - CAN/US - Cute Like Me Blog *RC

Coupon for a free Renuzit Holiday Fresh Accent (3 winners) - U.S. - Marilyn's Money

6 month membership to SuperSecret ($35.70 value) - US/CAN - 3 Boys and a Dog

My Memories Suite Software - Worldwide - Be Joyful Always *RC

$25 GC to - Hanging Off The Wire

Black Savvycents wallet - U.S. - Dragonfly Sweetnest *RC

3 month membership to the online world of - U.S. - Dragonfly Sweetnest *RC

Ottilie & Lulu Clean Skin Face Wipes and Body Glow Lotion - U.S. - Dragonfly Sweetnest *RC

$25 GC to LifeBalm - U.S. - Dragonfly Sweetnest *RC

GlamourMom Nursing Bra NightGown - U.S. - Mommy Katie

Thursday 11/24
50 Holiday or Christmas cards from Tiny Prints (11/24) - Hanging Off The Wire

Set of full size Bioken Enfanti product (plus some foil pack samples) (11/24) - Hanging Off The Wire

Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers with Pasta Prize Pack (11/24) U.S. - Z's Space Reviews *RC

Richard Scarry Busytown Train Set (2 winners) (11/24 @10pm EST) US/CAN - the little style file

One Pair of Organic Babylegs Leg warmers (11/24) US/CAN - ConservaMom *RC

Snorg Tee of your choice (11/24) U.S. - Dawns Great Finds *RC

$25 in-store credit to Baby Grace Hats Etsy shop (11/24) U.S. - New Mom Survival Adventure

Rock N Learn - DVD choice of: Getting Ready For Kindergarten, Colors, Shapes & Counting, or Letter Sounds (11/24) - 2sonshavei

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Monday, November 21, 2011

Low Entry Giveaways Ending Tonight! (Monday 11/21)

Your choice of a Howard B. Wigglebottom book (@12noon EST) US/CAN - Emily Reviews

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 DVD - U.S. - Airplanes and Dragonflies *RC

Superfood Snacks - CRichman Freebies *RC

Shapewear - ShatToBu - CRichman Freebies *RC

One Banjees (2 winners) - U.S. - Life with Twins & a Drama Queen *RC

Personalized Handmade Greeting Card from Budugalee Etsy shop - U.S. - McCrenshaw's Newest Thoughts *RC

Hot Dots Academic Vocabulary Cards from Educational Insights - U.S. - Muse Reviews

$100 Gift Card to Gallery Direct and 2 others will win $50 Gift Cards (gift cards to NOT include shipping) - U.S. - Go Graham Go

Set of 5 Tropical Traditions Lip Moisturizers/Balms (@10pm) US/CAN - The Apels

Mad Hatter's Time Keeper from Shabby Apple (Antique brass filigree pocket watch with etched detail on back suspended on 24” long chain. Pocket watch face opens up to reveal working clock.) (@11pm EST) U.S. - Artfully Caroline

50 Christmas or holiday cards from Tiny Prints - U.S. - Susan Heim on Parenting

3- pack of UGLee Pens - U.S. - Dnbuster's Place *RC

Carmex Lotion prize pack - U.S. - iNeed a Playdate *RC

Repurposed Jeans House Slipper Size Large - US/CAN - AnnyMay *RC

$10 Toys R Us Gift Card - U.S. - Granite City Mom *RC

Autographed copy of Southern Fried Women, collection of short stories by Pamela King Cable ($17 value) - US/CAN - Family Focus Blog

$50 gift card to - U.S. - Family Focus Blog

Alphabeasts Plush Toy - Hanging Off The Wire

Joe DiMaggio The Long Vigil by Jerome Charyn - Hanging Off The Wire

Coupon for a Free Package of MI-DEL Cookies (3 winners) - Networking Witches

Funducate My ABC Journal and My ABC Coloring Book (ARV $18) - U.S. - Stuff Parents Need

Pair of the Three Drop Lace Filigree Earrings - U.S. - The Not So Blog

Chronicle Book Giveaway package (5 items including board books) (11/22 @8am) -

Natural Growth Chart Board - Surf Board - (11/22 @8am) U.S. -

Sunday, November 20, 2011

RSV and Preemie Awareness

We trying to get pregnant with our third child, and RSV scares me. I worry about our newborn baby catching RSV. I didn't think too much about it with our first two children. But now, after researching the information about RSV, I am worried about our baby catching it since our son is now attending Pre-K.

Life as expectant parents is joyous and celebratory. In most cases, babies arrive on time, healthy and ready to head home with Mom and Dad. But for the more than half a million American babies born prematurely each year, this often isn’t the case. Many parents of preterm infants are unprepared for the special medical care preemies often require. According to a March of Dimes survey, this is because most expecting parents don’t discuss preterm birth with their doctor during prenatal care, even if they are at high risk. November 17th was  - World Prematurity Day.

Despite recent slight declines in rates of prematurity, 1,400 babies are still born prematurely in the United States every day, and 13 million babies are affected by prematurity around the world. Prematurity, defined as being born before 37 weeks completed gestation, disrupts a baby’s development in the womb, often stunting the growth of some of the body’s most critical organs. At birth, preemies often have difficulty with breathing, feeding and maintaining temperature. Because their immune systems haven’t had time to fully mature, preterm infants are more likely to develop infections, and because their lungs are underdeveloped, they are more susceptible to respiratory problems.

RSV spreads just like a common-cold virus. Taking a few extra precautions around your family and friends can help protect your baby.

  • Wash your hands thoroughly before touching your baby, and ask others to do the same.
  • Don't let anyone smoke in your home, or near your baby
  • Wash your baby's toys, clothes, and bedding often
  • Keep your baby away from:
    - Crowds and young children
    - People with colds

Infants can catch RSV because it's just like a common-cold virus. RSV can be spread by sneezing and coughing or by physical contact such as kissing, touching, or shaking hands. RSV can live up to 7 hours on countertops and other surfaces, and spreads very easily in daycare centers and crowded households. No wonder nearly all babies will have had RSV disease by the age of two.

Most babies with RSV suffer from moderate-to-severe cold symptoms. But in some cases, RSV disease can be more serious. Preemies and babies born with certain types of heart disease and those with chronic lung disease are at high risk for severe RSV disease, which could lead to hospitalization due to serious lung infections such as bronchiolitis with or without pneumonia. 

Symptoms of a severe RSV infection:

  • Coughing or wheezing that does not stop
  • Fast breathing or gasping for breath
  • Spread-out nostrils and/or caved-in chest when trying to breathe
  • A bluish color around the mouth or fingernails
  • A fever. (In infants under 3 months of age, a fever greater than 100.4°F rectal is a cause for concern)
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of the symptoms above.

Main factors that can increase your baby's risk for severe RSV disease:
  • Premature birth. Severe lung infections are more common in preemies born at less than 36 weeks.
  • Having chronic lung disease. Babies 24 months of age or younger at the start of RSV season who have been treated for chronic lung disease within the past 6 months are at high risk.
  • Being born with certain types of heart disease. Babies 24 months of age or younger at the start of RSV season who were born with certain types of heart disease are at high risk.

*Check for this information and more. For more about the specialized health needs of preterm infants, visit

Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of MedImmune and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

Zippies Review and Giveaway! (U.S.) Ends 11/29

Have you seen Zippies yet? My children and I love them! I can't wait to use these for tags for Christmas presents for a few children this year! They also make Great Stocking Stuffers! They have silly faces, names, and personalities! There is also an area on one side to put your child's name and your phone number! I love the idea of putting a Zippie on our son's belt loop on his jeans or on the zipper of his jacket, and if he were to ever get lost, someone could call us and we could find him.

Zippies come in 10 different styles - with a varitey of colors for boys and girls! Zippies sell for $3.99 each. Right now Zippies is offering a holiday special, purchase 5 Zippies and get 10 for $6.99, or purchase 10 Zippies for $12.99 and receive 20!

Join The Zippies Club and get prizes!

Follow Zippies on Twitter.

"LIKE" Zippies on Facebook.

Tweet: Enter to #Win 5 @Zippies! (U.S.) Ends 11/29 @matthewsmommy

Disclosure: I received 5 Zippies for review in exchange for my review. No other compensation was exchanged.

Low Entry Giveaways Ending Tonight! (Sunday 11/20)

Baby Silk Lotion from Tropical Traditions - U.S. (maybe CAN too) - Life with Twins & a Drama Queen *RC

Junebug Holiday Dress (3 winners) (@10pm CST) US/CAN - the little style file

One Custom Poptab Bracelet from Lovely Amanda's Pretty Creations (@8:59p.m. PST) Worldwide - LovelyFleur

$25 gift code for - gaynycdad

Angelina Ballerina Holiday Gift Set of DVD's - gaynycdad

$25 Gift Certificate to ABC Neckties - U.S. - Stuff Parents Need *RC

$35 GC to the Down By the River shop - music - Worldwide - No Ordinary Homestead

50 Holiday or Christmas Cards from Tiny Prints - U.S. - Cummins Life

Earth Mama Angel Baby Monthly Comfort Tea - Life with my BOYS *RC

Charlie's Soap - 80 Load Laundry Powder & Pre-Spray - Life with my BOYS *RC

Yawnydifranco knit headband - U.S. - Jewelry by Janelle *RC

XiaXia and an extra shell - U.S. - Colorado Moms

Six (6) Mia Bella Christmas Pine Votives - U.S. - Mommie...Again

Two sheets of nail stickers - Internationally - Whimsical Glam

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 on DVD - U.S. - The Mom Reviews

Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure DVD (2 winners) - U.S. - Happily Blended

50 Holiday or Christmas Cards of your choice from Tiny Prints - U.S. - The Radar Report

250 custom flyers from - U.S. - A Heart Full of Love

Giant Peg Board from Discovery Toys - U.S. - Simplify, Live, Love

Pair of Texas Redneck Wine Glasses - Crystal & Co.

Vamplet, and a bottle of blood - Hanging Off The Wire

Box of Luster Now Toothpaste - U.S. - Hanging Off The Wire

Boxes Of Secrets by Veronica K. Wright (2 winners) - Hanging Off The Wire

Dropper Bopper Pretty Drop plush - U.S. - Dragonfly Sweetnest *RC

Monopoly Electronic Banking Edition Game (@8pm CST) U.S. - My Springfield Mommy

$25 Sephora Gift Card from Slim Fast (@8pm CST) U.S. - My Springfield Mommy

Oliver's Labels Date Labels (@8pm CST) U.S. - My Springfield Mommy

Learning Resources Peek-A-Boo Color Muffins (@8pm CST) U.S. - My Springfield Mommy

Charm Factory Beaded Bracelet (@8pm CST) U.S. - My Springfield Mommy

Night Owl Paper Good Prize Pack (@8pm CST) U.S. - My Springfield Mommy

Twisterz Toys (@8pm CST) U.S. - My Springfield Mommy

RIDEMAKERZ Cars 2 Kit (@8pm CST) U.S. - My Springfield Mommy

Paperwork 8x11 Print (@8pm CST) U.S. - My Springfield Mommy

Pair of Ahnu Tahoe Boots (@8pm CST) U.S. - My Springfield Mommy

Novica $50 Gift Card (@8pm CST) U.S. - My Springfield Mommy

Your choice of a Howard B. Wigglebottom book (11/21 @12noon EST) US/CAN - Emily Reviews

Box 4 Blox box (11/21 @12noon EST) US/CAN - Emily Reviews