Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
We are proud to have Bodycology sponsor our first giveaway ever! Offering bath and body products at an affordable price, with quality formulas, and delicious scents... bodycology will want to make you toss your perfumes out the window and wear their body mists as your daily fragrance! They offer shower gels, body lotions, body creams, mists, and new antibacterial hand soaps in 12 fragrances; you're sure to find one that matches your every mood. Two awesome things about this product line... first, it can be found in mass merchandisers all over like Kmart, Walmart, Meijer, drugstore.com at an AFFORDABLE price and second, they have reformulated all of the products to be PARABEN-FREE!!!
As a little background, I am proud to say I am the graphic designer for Bodycology and its parent company, Advanced Beauty Systems, and have had my hand on the look of all of these great products since its inception. I have the anti-bacterial hand soaps at all of my sinks and love the body creams in this dry, Denver air.
Bodycology will be offering the winner of this giveaway an awesome reusable canvas tote with several full-size products inside. The canvas tote is a favorite of mine- large enough to use going to the beach or pool this summer and strong enough to hold groceries.
5 opportunities to enter this giveaway:
To enter this giveaway, please visit www.bodycology.com and explore the website... In a comment, tell us a fragrance, aside from the Cherry Blossom pictured above, that sounds delicious to you.
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Contest will run until July 4th at midnight, MST. Winner will be chosen at random and announced on Monday, July 6th. Please include your email address in your comment for notification or check back on July 6th to see if you were the lucky winner!
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Deal A Day sites are my new obsession! I have decided to compile a list of the deal a day sites that I frequent so you can also benefit from the sweet deals. All of these sites have great bargains, often times at least 50% off or greater! I have probably shelled out too much cash on these sites already but I have a hard time passing up great deals. Often times these are rock bottom prices that you won't find anywhere else! I have stocked up on lots of great gifts and items that I love but would never pay full price for!
If you read the review that the greenies did of Mama Bargains, you already know how much we love it! This site features more than one great deal a day. One item is sold at a time and when that item sells out a new bargain appears. A new item will also appear if an item has not sold in an hour or if the item has reached it's time limit (which I believe is 18 hours). This site will keep your index finger busy with hitting your computer's refresh key!
Are you interested in saving a little green while being eco-conscious? If so, Green Baby Bargains is for you! Green Baby Bargains features one deal a day and all items have a "green factor".
Baby Steals features one deal a day and when it's gone it's gone! They have featured a variety of items from slings - to shoes - to super soft blankies - and nursery bedding!
I was just introduced to True Cuddles. This is a one deal a week site. They feature a new deal every Monday. When that product is sold out you will have to wait until the following week for a new item. This week the deal is a super cute organic stuffed miYim sleepy time bear. My son, T, has a miYim stuffed animal and I highly recommend them!
For those of you with older kiddos Mock Star Baby be right up your alley! It seems as though most of the items here are geared for older children. Recently they have featured fantastic deals on winter coats and snow pants. What a great way to stock up for the next winter season and save!
Tottlers features one item at a time and when it's gone it's gone! You won't want to wait too long making up your mind, the item might sell out and you may not see it again! Tottlers has featured the Boon Animal Bag a few times but I've always missed it. I am dying to get my hands on a Boon (but only for a great price)!
The last thing I needed was a new deal a day site! Baby Half Off is brand spanking new. It launched on June 15th. I am in love with one of the first deals. The Amy Kathryn Diaper Bag retails for $120 but Baby Half Off is selling it for $44.50! What a steal. It is taking me a tremendous amount of self-control to not order it. This site features two deals at a time. When the two deals featured sell out two new deals will appear!
Baby Earth will definitely keep you on your toes! This site offers gaga deals, which are new items every hour (Monday - Friday 9am and 5pm CST). You pick the price you are willing to pay! An item will start out at full price and as the hour ticks away the price gets lower and lower. I have seen items go for less than $1! There is a limited inventory on these items, sometimes only one, so when the screen ticks down to what you are willing to pay snag that deal!
Happy shopping...AND saving!
Update: As of 6-26-09, It appears as though the Baby Half Off site is closing.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
For Easter, we decided to get little E a push toy, as he was just about to start crawling and loved walking with the assistance of us. We thought a push toy he could walk behind would be just the fun he was looking for. After researching the options out there and discussing with fellow greenie about what her son had and liked/didn't like, I decided to go with the Boikido Push and Play Rabbit Wagon despite never seeing it in person. It was just too perfect for an Easter gift with its pastel colors and rabbit theme and served as E's easter basket as well, as the inside of the wagon was plenty big to put all of his other Easter goodies.
I ordered the wagon online and it arrived in a surprisingly small package... this was going to require quite a bit of assembly! However, the assembly was a breeze; if you have ever assembled furniture from IKEA, as I spent most of my college years doing, you'll have this thing together in no time. ;) The wagon is made of wood and painted with plant-based paints, all tested to meet European and US safety standards. I prefer the toys I purchase to meet European standards, since they seem to be much more cautious and stringent than US in general, so this toy fit the bill. The wagon has two maze toys on each larger side of the wagon that has entertained E on many occasions and push handle on the wagon is a perfect height and E can pull up on the wagon without tipping it over. The actual wagon compartment is great for storing toys and keeps E entertained because it is just his size to put toys in and remove as his leisure. HE also fits quite well in the wagon part and I have given him many rides around the family room in it, much to his glee.
Boikido is a French company and their toys are similar in style to the much more expensive HABA toys. I had read reviews that the paint on this wagon chipped easily, but I see no chips on the wagon yet and my son likes to take his wooden rhythm sticks and whack the wagon for fun (well, anything in sight, really). The quality may not match HABA toys, but I can assure you they are a great, affordable alternative. The Boikido Push and Play Rabbit Wagon retails for about $54.99, while HABA alternatives retail for $154.99 and UP! Boikido toys (at least some) also boast that they are eco-friendly, but their website is not working for me, so I'm unable to confirm which toys are eco-friendly. But I have found that the eco-friendly aspect is that they are decorated with plant-based paints and made from wood that is from a FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) monitored source.
I think this push toy is great because it is cute, functional, AND will keep E entertained for the long haul. The quality is superb and I know it'll be around for E's little brother or sister, whenever they arrive.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
The fabric is organic and soft, the design is subtle and neutral. The fabric cover has held up well to over 10 months of use and it has gone through the washing machine a few times as well. My only gripe with it is the toy bar comes off very easily... my solution- just remove the silly thing! I definitely use this chair as a soother not as play-time seating, so the toys were more of a distraction and annoyance than anything else.
Unfortunately, I don't see this listed on Babies R Us any more (where I purchased), but they do have some of the other Nature's Purest collection in this fabric on sale/clearance online and in store. It also appears Summer Infant (the manufacturer) still makes the Nature's Purest collection, but in a new fabric (still neutral and tasteful), so hopefully they'll continue making this bouncy seat. But, in general, if you are preggo and debating on whether or not to get a bouncy seat, I think it is a great purchase- they are inexpensive, can be easily moved around the house, and can be a lifesaver when your little one is inconsolable at 3am!
Monday, June 1, 2009
Get a free personalized Father's Day card from Shutterfly.... just pay shipping. Honor that special dad are grandfather in your life with a card that is sure to be unique and a keepsake for years! It is easy to create and customize, I love the classic white template with room for up to 9 photos or the Argyle Blue for up to 4 pics!