Friday, November 30, 2012

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway! Day 5: Lilla Rose



12 days of giveaways on 4 different blogs, offering various items for you and your family, varying from blog to blog! November 26th - December 7th.

Our lovely hostesses ...

Real Life Reality

First time momma to a soon-to-be 2 year old girl, turned single one year in. Living life one day at a time, keeping a positive attitude at all times! Life experiences, photos galore, fashion, health and fitness, tons of giveaways and so much more.
12 daily Giveaways include companies such as ThirtyOne Gifts, Riff Raff, Truly Sanctuary, Chaos & Love, Happy Family and many more awesome vendors/companies featuring clothing, childrens gifts, organic toddler food, hand made items, cool gifts and more. Visit me now!



Former librarian turned stay at home mom to our 22 month old daughter Grace and 1 month old son Connor. I love sharing our daily adventures and I often feature our favorite books and money saving tips.
12 Daily Giveaways include some great items for everyone in the family such as a bag from Thirty One, a recordable story book from Hallmark, several pieces of beautiful jewelry, and an 8x10 photo canvas. Visit me now!
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A blog focused on everyday life, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Facing real life challenges including struggles through miscarriages and pregnancy. Capturing memories of our young daughter blooming into a spunky toddler. Finding frugal ways to keep our house fresh and up to date but also kid proof. Crafting, DIYing, fashion, food, and more!
12 Daily Giveaways include home décor, clothing for men, women & children accessories, skin care products, toys & books, home fragrances, customizable items and more! Visit me now!

A blog about my life as a working mom of two boys and the wife of a chef. I practice cooking, attempt to meal plan, think out loud about crafting and write about the daily happenings in our lives.
12 Daily Giveaways include encompass many of the things that I write about on my blog - organization, jewelry, the Paleo lifestyle and more. Visit me now!
Be sure to visit each blog each day for a chance to win a different item! Good luck! 

Day 5 of our 12 Days of Christmas is sponsored by Independent Consultant Anjanette Barr of Lilla Rose

Lilla Rose is an independent sales company specializing in gorgeous hair jewelry. Their most popular item is their flexi clip which is honestly like nothing I've ever seen before! 

Our clip is ornate: beautifully designed in a multitude of colors; it is amazingly flexible which most items of it’s kind are not; it is one-piece so you do not have to worry about losing a piece of it; the Flexi Clip is also darned durable and finally, it locks so the pin does not slip out. Our flexible clip will fit in just about any thickness of hair. We have six sizes: mini’s, extra small, small, medium, large, and extra large.


Anjanette is a friend of mine from college, and when she started selling Lilla Rose, I started looking at these clips and was very impressed by the great variety and styles they offer. I've been wanting to get one for a while but I always held back from buying for 2 reasons. The first is that I am lazy when it comes to my hair. I am horrible about getting it cut on a regular basis and my daily routine doesn't go beyond washing it at night and brushing it out in the morning. So the idea of adding a clip sounded like it might honestly just be too much work for my very low maintenance self. And the second is that I have very fine hair. Most hair accessories slip out of it and I have to fight to get them to stay in. So when Anjanette graciously offered to send me a flexiclip, I jumped at the chance.

It took me forever to decide which Flexi Clip to get. There are so many gorgeous choices, but I finally decided on the Lovely Circle Stoneset in extra small. 

Anjanette helped me pick the size that would be right for my hair and when it arrived, I was pleased by the quality and ease of use! Like I said before, I'm pretty low maintenance, and it only took me a few seconds to put this clip in my hair the first time!


The clip stayed in my hair all day with no problems. I got several compliments on it throughout the day! I am planning on watching some of the styling videos soon to get more ideas on how to use the clip. I wish I would have gotten one earlier and I plan on ordering several different styles!

Lilla Rose also sells other gorgeous hair accessories including hair sticks, headbands, and bobby pins. These pieces would make great gifts for any woman in your life! 

Giveaway 

Anjanette has generously offered to give one of my readers one free Lilla Rose item valued at up to $16!

How to Enter:
This is a Rafflecopter giveaway. All current likes/follows count! Please contact me if you run into any technical difficulties with Rafflecopter.  The giveaway ends Saturday, December 8th at 12:01 AM CST!

The first two entries are mandatory- Like Moments That Take My Breath Away and Lilla Rose on Facebook! Once you complete these entries, the widget will give you the option of completing the rest. Complete more steps for more chances to win!

Good luck!


I was not compensated for this review. I received the item(s) free of charge for reviewing purposes. All opinions are honest, and my own. 

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Connor: 1 Month Old!

Connor,

I am going to try not to cry as I write this, but I'm not making any promises. You are laying cuddled up next to me right now and I truly can't believe that you are already a month old.


This month has gone by so quickly! You are the sweetest little guy. Your favorite place to be is cuddled up on someone's chest.


You are not much of a crier, instead you grunt at us until you get what you want. You still spend a lot of your days sleeping and you're a pretty good sleeper at night. Most nights you give us 6-7 hour stretches! Please keep that up!

He fell asleep cuddling with me in my bed during the day. This is not how he sleeps at night :)
You look so much like your daddy it's frightening. Strangely enough, you look almost nothing like your sister. I have spent way too much time scouring pictures trying to find similarities and am generally coming up blank. You have one facial expression, a glare, that resembles her a little, but overall you look nothing alike!

If I had a dime for every time someone commented on your hair, we'd be rich! I love your soft dark hair and I really hope that you don't lose it.

Working hard with daddy. I'm sure he'll have you programming in a couple of years.
 You are a great eater and pretty much prefer to nurse all day long. You're gaining weight like crazy! Unfortunately, we are dealing with some reflux issues but I think we are starting to get it under control.

Obviously you decided it was time to eat again. However, daddy's arm isn't much help with that!
Thankfully, you seem to like your pacifier most of the time, which is a huge relief to your mommy since your sister never took one.


Speaking of your sister, you absolutely adore her. You watch her throughout the day and you love when she lays on your mat with you or jumps in to your photo shoots to sit next to you. She brings you her toys and your paci and blanket during the day and I have a feeling it won't be long until she's bossing you around. I'm really glad you get along so well already, I have a feeling it won't last :)


You are in 0-3 month cloths pretty consistently now but you can still fit into a couple of your newborn sleepers. We are quickly running out of our newborn diaper stash and will move up to size 1s soon. You have amazing head control for your age and you love to hold your own head up to look around the room. You are fascinated by ceiling fans, the dogs, and your sister most often.

You have been such a joy to have around. I feel like I'm probably jinxing myself, but overall you seem to be one of the "easy" babies that everyone talks about. We love every minute of our time together and we can't wait to see your little personality develop.

Love,

Mommy and Daddy


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12 Days of Christmas Giveaway! Day 4: Little Comfort Cloth Diaper



12 days of giveaways on 4 different blogs, offering various items for you and your family, varying from blog to blog! November 26th - December 7th.

Our lovely hostesses ...

Real Life Reality

First time momma to a soon-to-be 2 year old girl, turned single one year in. Living life one day at a time, keeping a positive attitude at all times! Life experiences, photos galore, fashion, health and fitness, tons of giveaways and so much more.
12 daily Giveaways include companies such as ThirtyOne Gifts, Riff Raff, Truly Sanctuary, Chaos & Love, Happy Family and many more awesome vendors/companies featuring clothing, childrens gifts, organic toddler food, hand made items, cool gifts and more. Visit me now!



Former librarian turned stay at home mom to our 22 month old daughter Grace and 1 month old son Connor. I love sharing our daily adventures and I often feature our favorite books and money saving tips.
12 Daily Giveaways include some great items for everyone in the family such as a bag from Thirty One, a recordable story book from Hallmark, several pieces of beautiful jewelry, and an 8x10 photo canvas. Visit me now!
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A blog focused on everyday life, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Facing real life challenges including struggles through miscarriages and pregnancy. Capturing memories of our young daughter blooming into a spunky toddler. Finding frugal ways to keep our house fresh and up to date but also kid proof. Crafting, DIYing, fashion, food, and more!
12 Daily Giveaways include home décor, clothing for men, women & children accessories, skin care products, toys & books, home fragrances, customizable items and more! Visit me now!

A blog about my life as a working mom of two boys and the wife of a chef. I practice cooking, attempt to meal plan, think out loud about crafting and write about the daily happenings in our lives.
12 Daily Giveaways include encompass many of the things that I write about on my blog - organization, jewelry, the Paleo lifestyle and more. Visit me now!
Be sure to visit each blog each day for a chance to win a different item! Good luck! 


Day 4 of our 12 Days of Christmas Holiday Giveaway is sponsored by Green Team Enterprises! Green Team is the exclusive USA distributor of Little Comfort products and they sent us a Little Comfort Bambee OS Bamboo Fitted Cloth Diaper to try!


The Bambee OS diaper is usable from birth to potty training with two size settings to help get the perfect fit for your child. It is amazingly soft, certainly the softest cloth diaper I've ever seen, and it is designed to stay soft wash after wash!

The diaper comes with two bamboo/micro fleece boosters that can be used to create a day time or night time setting for you child. Since Grace is a heavy wetter, I used the diaper on the Size 2 night time setting with both boosters and I was amazed at how absorbent it is! During the day, we've never had any leaks. The first night I used it, we used a cover on it but we did have a small leak in the morning. So the next time we tried it with an extra doubler and a cover and her pjs were nice and dry in the morning.


I love that I can remove the extra booster and change the size setting to use it for Connor and it is obviously gender neutral. I've been able to get a great fit on both kids. It is a great addition to our stash and I highly recommend it! My only issue with it is that it is quite bulky with both boosters, so I use it primarily as a night time diaper for Grace.

To purchase the Little Comofort Bambee OS Diaper or other Little Comfort products, locate a retailer here! This would make the perfect gift for anyone you know with little ones in diapers!

Giveaway

Green Team Enterprises has generously offered to give one of my readers a Little Comfort Bambee OS Bamboo Fitted Cloth Diaper!


How to Enter:
This is a Rafflecopter giveaway.  Follow the instructions on the widget to enter. All current likes/follows count! Please contact me if you run into any technical difficulties with Rafflecopter.  The giveaway runs through Friday, December 7th at 12:01 AM CST! Open to US residents only.

The first two entries are mandatory- Like Moments That Take My Breath Away and Green Team Enterprises on Facebook!. Once you complete these entries, the widget will give you the option of completing the rest. Complete more steps for more chances to win!

Good luck!

I was not compensated for this review. I received the item(s) free of charge for reviewing purposes. All opinions are honest, and my own. 

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway! Day 3: Scribblers Crayons



12 days of giveaways on 4 different blogs, offering various items for you and your family, varying from blog to blog! November 26th - December 7th.

Our lovely hostesses ...

Real Life Reality

First time momma to a soon-to-be 2 year old girl, turned single one year in. Living life one day at a time, keeping a positive attitude at all times! Life experiences, photos galore, fashion, health and fitness, tons of giveaways and so much more.
12 daily Giveaways include companies such as ThirtyOne Gifts, Riff Raff, Truly Sanctuary, Chaos & Love, Happy Family and many more awesome vendors/companies featuring clothing, childrens gifts, organic toddler food, hand made items, cool gifts and more. Visit me now!


Former librarian turned stay at home mom to our 22 month old daughter Grace and 1 month old son Connor. I love sharing our daily adventures and I often feature our favorite books and money saving tips.
12 Daily Giveaways include some great items for everyone in the family such as a bag from Thirty One, a recordable story book from Hallmark, several pieces of beautiful jewelry, and an 8x10 photo canvas. Visit me now!
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A blog focused on everyday life, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Facing real life challenges including struggles through miscarriages and pregnancy. Capturing memories of our young daughter blooming into a spunky toddler. Finding frugal ways to keep our house fresh and up to date but also kid proof. Crafting, DIYing, fashion, food, and more!
12 Daily Giveaways include home décor, clothing for men, women & children accessories, skin care products, toys & books, home fragrances, customizable items and more! Visit me now!

A blog about my life as a working mom of two boys and the wife of a chef. I practice cooking, attempt to meal plan, think out loud about crafting and write about the daily happenings in our lives.
12 Daily Giveaways include encompass many of the things that I write about on my blog - organization, jewelry, the Paleo lifestyle and more. Visit me now!
Be sure to visit each blog each day for a chance to win a different item! Good luck!

It's day 3 of the 12 Days of Christmas Holiday Giveaway Event and today's giveaway is sponsored by Scribblers Crayons! Scribblers Crayons is focused on "reshaping the way you color" by providing adorable molded crayons in many different shapes. Randi, the owner, creates each crayon herself using Crayola crayons and uses adorable packaging to turn them in to the perfect party favor or stocking stuffer.

I really can't explain to you how excited I was when I opened the package from Scribblers. I think I've had more fun playing with the crayons than Grace has. That's saying a lot because she loves them and refuses to let go of them for most of the day!  I personally think you're never too old to enjoy coloring. My mom sent me crayons and a coloring book several times in care packages in college and I loved it. I'm so excited that Grace is finally enjoying sitting down and coloring with me! 

These crayons make amazing party favors for kids of all ages and Randi can custom design crayons and labels to fit your theme! We received the Ultimate Princess Castle set and the fish shaped crayons as examples of party favors.  I know I will be ordering favors in the next couple of years for Grace's birthday parties! What child wouldn't like to receive crayons? I think the fish crayons would make great favors for a Dr. Seuss One Fish, Two Fish party!


We also received 4 crayon stick sets that would make perfect stocking stuffers for any kid! 

I am obsessed with the Lego set and I know that I am going to have to have a Lego birthday party for Connor sometime. The dinosaurs are so cute!



If you're looking for something for a girl, this spring garden set is perfect. And for the holidays, this gingerbread men and candy cane set is perfect for your little creative artist!


I gave Grace the Ultimate Princess Set to play with and she sat right down with her coloring book and got to work. I was worried that the shape of them might make them difficult to color with, but she didn't have any trouble. They work just as well as traditional crayons! You might notice that she's holding all of them in this picture. I tried to only give her one, but she wasn't thrilled with that idea. She wanted them all out so that she had her choice of colors. She loves carrying them around with her and we're also using them to help her work on identifying her colors!

 Her favorite one is the purple princess castle!

I really can't say enough good things about these crayons. The quality is amazing and the packaging is adorable. Even the way Randi packs her boxes makes me smile:

No packing peanuts necessary!

Giveaway 

Scribblers Crayons has generously offered to give one of my readers 4 crayon stick sets of their choice!

How to Enter:
This is a Rafflecopter giveaway.  Follow the instructions on the widget. All current likes/follows count! Please contact me if you run into any technical difficulties with Rafflecopter.  The giveaway runs through Thursday, December 6th at 12:01 AM CST! Open to US residents only.

The first two entries are mandatory- Like Moments That Take My Breath Away and Scribblers Crayons on Facebook!. Once you complete these entries, the widget will give you the option of completing the rest. Complete more steps for more chances to win!

Good luck!

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I was not compensated for this review. I received the item(s) free of charge for reviewing purposes. All opinions are honest, and my own. 
  
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway! Day 2: Kristine's Keepsakes



12 days of giveaways on 4 different blogs, offering various items for you and your family, varying from blog to blog! November 26th - December 7th.

Our lovely hostesses ...

Real Life Reality

First time momma to a soon-to-be 2 year old girl, turned single one year in. Living life one day at a time, keeping a positive attitude at all times! Life experiences, photos galore, fashion, health and fitness, tons of giveaways and so much more.
12 daily Giveaways include companies such as ThirtyOne Gifts, Riff Raff, Truly Sanctuary, Chaos & Love, Happy Family and many more awesome vendors/companies featuring clothing, childrens gifts, organic toddler food, hand made items, cool gifts and more. Visit me now!


Former librarian turned stay at home mom to our 22 month old daughter Grace and 1 month old son Connor. I love sharing our daily adventures and I often feature our favorite books and money saving tips.
12 Daily Giveaways include some great items for everyone in the family such as a bag from Thirty One, a recordable story book from Hallmark, several pieces of beautiful jewelry, and an 8x10 photo canvas. Visit me now!
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A blog focused on everyday life, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Facing real life challenges including struggles through miscarriages and pregnancy. Capturing memories of our young daughter blooming into a spunky toddler. Finding frugal ways to keep our house fresh and up to date but also kid proof. Crafting, DIYing, fashion, food, and more!
12 Daily Giveaways include home décor, clothing for men, women & children accessories, skin care products, toys & books, home fragrances, customizable items and more! Visit me now!

A blog about my life as a working mom of two boys and the wife of a chef. I practice cooking, attempt to meal plan, think out loud about crafting and write about the daily happenings in our lives.
12 Daily Giveaways include encompass many of the things that I write about on my blog - organization, jewelry, the Paleo lifestyle and more. Visit me now!
Be sure to visit each blog each day for a chance to win a different item! Good luck!


It's day 2 of the 12 Days of Christmas Holiday Giveaway event!

Kristine, of Kristine's Keepsakes, makes gorgeous hand stamped jewelry pieces that any woman would be thrilled to receive Christmas morning. Kristine has a son who is Grace's age and he is the one who inspired her to create these hand stamped pieces! She loves designing and creating new one of a kind pieces. Because each piece is individually stamped, no two pieces are identical.

I have ordered two pieces from Kristine and I absolutely love both!  The first is the Snowflake Ornament. I love getting a personalized Christmas ornament for our family each year and so I was excited to find this one in her shop!


The second is the Large Personalized Hand Stamped Washer Bracelet. I am in love with this bracelet and now wear it almost every day. The quality is amazing and it's sturdy enough that I don't worry about Grace breaking it when she plays with it on my wrist. The purple suede is very pretty and I love seeing my kid's names every time I look down. 
 

Hint, hint to Mike: If you are reading this, I also really want the Love You to the Moon & Back Necklace!


All of Kristine's items are beautiful and very reasonably priced! Be sure to order by December 7th for guaranteed delivery by Christmas!

Giveaway 
Kristine has generously offered to give one of my readers a Dainty Monogrammed Necklace (retail value: $20.)
The Dainty Monogrammed Necklace includes;
  •  Single pendant with an initial of your choice
  • Swarovski Crystal Birthstone of your choice
  • 18" ball chain
  
International winners pay additional $3 for shipping and insurance.

How to Enter:
This is a Rafflecopter giveaway.  Click "read more" and then follow the instructions on the widget. All current likes/follows count! Please contact me if you run into any technical difficulties with Rafflecopter.  The giveaway ends Wednesday, December 5th at 12:01 AM CST!

The first two entries are mandatory- Like Moments That Take My Breath Away and Kristine's Keepsakes on Facebook! Once you complete these entries, the widget will give you the option of completing the rest. Complete more steps for more chances to win!

Good luck!
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