Saturday, December 31, 2011

Green Resolutions Sponsor Spotlight post ~Baby Bee Haven~


I'm pretty excited about the Green Resolutions Giveaway hop! :-) It's going to be fun! For all you readers out there who love green things you'll want to keep your eyes open for the giveaway (or should I say giveaways ;-) ) coming up January 16th! :-) 


On Mama's Sew Sweet Baby blog our first sponsor is Baby Bee Haven! :-)


Baby Bee Haven sent me a diaper cover to review for the Green Resolutions giveaway hop!



Look at how sweetly wrapped it came! 

I just love the colors she has to chose from! You should head over to her Baby Bee Haven shop and look at all the cute covers she has! Besides covers she also sells wipes, wet bags, and darling booties! :-)


Here is the cover I choose being worn by my darling little girl! I put two inserts in it because she was about to head down for a nap!

Since I took that picture she has worn it many times! I have gotten several comments about it when she wears it out. Everyone thinks it's simply the cutest diaper! :-) I happen to agree! 

My Opinion: I love everything about this diaper cover! It keeps everything in perfectly and it is super easy to clean! :-) I have some diapers that I call my "nighttime diapers". Because they actually last the night! When I tried this one through the night I was so happy to find that I now have another "nighttime diaper"!! :-) I can stuff it with as many or as few inserts I need and it still fits wonderfully! 

Buy it: If you would like to purchase your own Darling Diaper Cover visit Baby Bee Haven!

Win it: If you would like your chance to win a Baby Bee Haven Diaper Cover look for the Green Resolutions Giveaway hop starting January 16th where Baby Bee Haven will be giving away one (1) Diaper Cover to one of Mama's Sew Sweet Baby readers! :-)



Disclaimer: I was provided with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review in return for the free product. All opinions are 100% my own and may vary from yours.

Winner!!




Thank you to all who entered the Christmas Letdown Giveaway Hop on my blog!! I love choosing winners, but I always wish I could give you all something! The giveaway ended with 1468 valid entries! 

The winner is:
#1219 Karen M.

Congratulations! I have sent you a e-mail to which you have 48 hours to respond before I must choose another winner.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Teething Bling Review and Giveaway


"We all know how much babies love to grab and chew. For that reason, most moms don’t wear jewelry when their children are young. We are changing that!

Teething Bling® is the original teething jewelry. Made from the same FDA-approved material as most teething toys, our pendants and bangles look great on the adult wearer but are safe for curious babies to handle and chew.
Our products are non-toxic, phthalate, BPA, PVC, latex and lead free and all pendants come with a breakaway clasp as an added safety measure."

My teething bling!
My Opinion: My daughter chews on EVERYTHING! I think that there are few babies out there that don't chew. For those of you with chewing babies Teething Bling makes pretty accessories for mama that are safe for baby! :-) I do like to wear jewelry and pretty things, but I don't want something important, or expensive getting broken. For the most part we have trained our daughter to 'not touch' some jewelry, but accidents do happen nonetheless. However when wearing a Teething Bling Necklace you don't have to worry about it! They can chew away to their hearts content! :-) And you can look fashionable in the meantime! ;-) 

Buy it: Go to Teething Bling to purchase your own bling! :-)

Win it: Want your chance to win? Teething Bling is going to be giving away one (1) of Mama's Sew Sweet Baby readers their own Ring Pendant ! Enter through the rafflecopter form below (comments will not count as entries unless stated in the rafflecopter form):

Winnner!



Thank you to all who entered the Leading Lady Bra Giveaway! The giveaway ended with 470 valid entries! 

The winner is:
#350 Shannon F.

Congratulations! I have sent you a e-mail to which you have 48 hours to respond before I must choose another winner.

Update: Winner has responded! 

Tropical Traditions Organic Raw Honey Review and Giveaway


From Tropical Traditions Website:

"A Raw Product from the Wilderness
Tropical Traditions Organic Raw Honey comes from the frontier areas of Canada, and is only harvested during a 6-week period in the summer. Tropical Traditions is the exclusive source of this premium organic honey in the U.S. Most commercial honeys available on the market today come from bee farms, where the bees are controlled within a certain area and get their pollen from usually only one kind of flower. Many of the plants that produce these flowers (clover, orange blossom, etc.) are grown with pesticides and fertilizers as well. In addition, almost all honeys on the market are pasteurized in high heat and filtered, removing many of the beneficial nutrients and enzymes.
Tropical Traditions Organic Raw Honey has not been subjected to the heat of processing, only warmed enough to flow (same temperatures the honey would see inside the hive). We select only premium honey that is pure, smooth and creamy, with the consistency of soft margarine at harvest. It contains live yeast and enzymes, because it has not been processed. It also contains pollen because it has not been filtered—merely screened.
Fine textured crystals are characteristic of totally pure, unheated, unprocessed, raw honey. Properly crystallized honey has a fine, smooth texture. Crystallized honey preserves natural goodness and doesn’t drip. The more rapidly honey crystallizes the finer the texture will be. It will also turn harder over time as it crystallizes. Truly raw honeys do not deteriorate with age, but like fine wines, continue to age and develop into more complex tastes."


My opinion:
I have been falling in love with all of Tropical Traditions products! I have not disliked anything I've tried from them so far! But I must say that I think that their Honey is by far my favorite product from them, not to mention my favorite honey ever! 

I am a HUGE honey eater! It's my favorite sweetener. I use it in canning (instead of sugar), I use it to sweeten my hot cereal for breakfast, I use it in desserts, tea, and much more! When I receive my honey from Tropical Traditions I was pretty excited to try it. I tasted it with a spoon and it was seriously amazing! It was so good I had to share it with my family! My mom and sisters loved it too! In fact my mom loved it so much she is planning on making an order to get some! 

If you get a chance you should order some! I don't think you would be disappointed! Especially if you are as much of a honey eater as I! ;-)

Buy it: The 17.6 oz. glass jar is on sale right now for $12.99

Organic Raw Honey - 17.6 oz. glass jar










Win it: Tropical Traditions is going to be giving away 1 (one) 17.6 oz glass jar to 1 (one) of Mama's Sew Sweet Baby readers! :-) Enter using the rafflecopter form below! :-)


Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Letdown Giveaway Hop!!!


Welcome to the Christmas Letdown Giveaway hop event hosted by Planet Weidknecht! Be sure to hop around to all of the participating blogs before 11:59 pm est on December 30th to see all the prizes they have to offer.

The sponsors for this event are:


Read my review on the GoGreen Champ Diaper here!



Read my review on the FuzziBunz Elite One Sized Diaper here!

Giveaway: One (1) of Mama's Sew Sweet Baby readers will win both a GoGreen Champ, valued at $15.95, and a FuzziBunz Elite One Sized Diaper, valued at $19.95! Making a total value of $35.90! Enter to win through the easy rafflecopter form below!





a Rafflecopter giveaway



Tuesday, December 20, 2011

~FuzziBunz~ Sponsor Spotlight Post




The other sponsor for the Christmas Letdown Giveaway hop is FuzziBunz!



"FuzziBunz® diapers have ADJUSTABLE WAIST AND LEG SETTINGS so you get a customized fit each and every time. In other words, if your baby has a slim waist and chubby legs, FuzziBunz® diapers will still fit your baby comfortably and snugly."

"FuzziBunz® are made with BOUNCY AND STRETCHY ELASTIC around the legs to ensure maximum comfort for your baby without leaving marks on your baby's skin."

"FuzziBunz® diapers are EASY TO STUFF AND UN-STUFF. Our patented pocket design enables moms and dads to stuff the diaper with a micro-terry insert or other absorbent materials and then also easily shake out the insert into the diaper pail. No folds over the pocket or other pocket variations from the original design forcing you to touch the inside of the dirty diaper, ick!"

"FuzziBunz® remain the TRIMMEST FITTING DIAPER on the market today and its fit is most similar to disposable diapers, but without the guilt or waste associated with disposables. Our diapers are sized perfectly to hug your baby's curves and move with your baby's motions, ensuring a comfortable and happy baby always!"




"Meet the Elite: One Diaper—Birth to Potty Training!

If you thought the FuzziBunz® One Size cloth diaper could not get any better—think again! FuzziBunz® has re-engineered its already popular One Size to be trimmer fitting, more comfortable, faster drying and easier to adjust than before! Best yet, all these features come at the same low price as the original One Size FuzziBunz® diapers! The FuzziBunz® One Size Elite collection gives you even more bang for your buck, including these features:
  • Quick Dry Fleece: Baby feels dryer longer and fleece stays nicer longer with less visible wear
  • Easy-Replace Elastic Has Moved: The adjustable elastic's buttons are now found inside the pocket so there are no buttons next to baby’s skin
  • New Minky Inserts: Each diaper comes with two Minky Inserts (small and medium/large) adding the following benefits:
    • Less odor than microfiber
    • Less staining
    • Trimmer fitting diaper with same amount of absorbency
  • Streamlined front panel and snap design provides better fit with less leaking"


I simply LOVE my FuzziBunz one sized elite diaper! It is one of my favorites now! :-) But what's not to love about this super trim, easy to clean, adjusts perfectly to baby, adorable diaper?! 

I love the soft Minky inserts that came with my adorable, Watermelon One Size Elite Diaper! (You should seriously check out their amazing selection of colors!) I was actually caught, by my husband, rubbing it next to my check. He asked me what I was doing. I laughed and said "it's really soft". He just smiled... He was probably wondering why anyone would want to rub a diaper on their face? ;-) But seriously they are that soft! FuzziBunz even have Organic inserts now that I really want to try!! :-) 

The adjustable elastic around the waist and thighs allows for the perfect fit no matter how your darling is shaped! I was surprised at how easy it is to fit the diaper to your baby too! 



Buy it: If you would like to purchase your own Elite One Sized diaper visit FuzziBunz!

Win it: If you would like your chance to win a FuzziBunz Elite One Sized diaper look for the Christmas Letdown Giveaway hop starting December 26 where FuzziBunz will be giving away one (1) Elite One Sized Diaper to one of Mama's Sew Sweet Baby readers! :-)


Disclaimer: I was provided with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review in return for the free product. All opinions are 100% my own and may vary from yours.

~GoGreen Diapers~ Sponsor Spotlight Post


One of the sponsors for the Christmas Letdown Giveaway hop is GoGreen Diapers! 

 

A few things about GoGreen Champ diapers (from their website):

Champ diapers fit newborn-45+ lbs. 

GoGreen diapers is a WAHM-operated busines located in beautiful Boulder, CO. Champ® and silky/fuzzy diapers are fairly made in China. Mud Butt for GoGreen diapers are made by WAHMs in the USA.

Every diaper comes with one insert.

The exterior of our diapers is made of a 100% polyester knit or microvelour with a thin, flexible water-proof polyurethane laminate on the inside (PUL). This hidden waterproof film keeps moisture from leaking out, yet still allows air flow to your baby's skin, and allows the fabric to feel nice and soft on the outside. Inside, our diapers are lined with soft suedecloth or fleece, which is gentle against your baby's skin and feels dry since moisture is pulled through into the pocket by the microfiber inserts. Each diaper comes with a super-absorbant insert that is made from 3 layers of microfiber terry-cloth.


I was sent a Lime Champ to try out for this event! 

I love cloth diapers! Especially pocket diapers! I love to be able to just pull out the insert and spray clean! Makes for a much faster clean up! ;-) Something really nice about the GoGreen champ is they add a snap to the insert so that you can snap it right into the diaper and you don't have to worry about the insert sliding around. They also added openings at both ends so you're able to adjust the insert inside much easier! The only downfall I see to having an opening at both ends is there is a possibility that you could easily spray some nasties into the inside. So you have to watch to make sure that you don't do that! 


GoGreen Diapers also included a Black Adapt-a-Snap with my diaper! This handy dandy system converts the snap champ to a hook and loop champ! :-) I haven't tried to many hook and loop diapers that I've actually liked. So this was a great experiment for me! I found it very convenient and useful. Especially for those times when your baby isn't quiet ready to go up another snap, but is getting to big for the last snap!

Buy it: If you would like to purchase your own Champ visit GoGreen Diapers!

Win it: If you would like your chance to win a GoGreen Champ diaper look for the Christmas Letdown Giveaway hop starting December 26, where GoGreen Diapers is going to giveaway one (1) champ to one of Mama's Sew Sweet Baby readers! :-)


Disclaimer: I was provided with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review in return for the free product. All opinions are 100% my own and may vary from yours.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Leading Lady review and giveaway

Warning: Links in this post do go to a site with ladies dressed in bras.

Leading Lady is a premiere intimate apparel company that has been dedicated to creating comfortably functional, remarkably affordable, stylish and easy-to-wear bras, camis and sleepwear since 1939. Leading Lady has been expertly tailoring nursing and full figure bras for top brands and retailers across North America for more than 70 years. Now, Leading Lady’s comprehensive line of nursing and full figure intimates – including stretch lace wire-free and underwire bras, supportive and seamless sport and yoga bras, and cozy sleep and leisure bras – can be purchased directly on LeadingLady.com.


My Opinion: As a nursing mama I had a really hard time finding bras that fit. Let alone a nursing bra that fit. Did you know that 7 out of 10 women are wearing the wrong sized bra? I must of been one of those 7. Thanks to Leading Lady and their find your fit tool I'm pretty sure I never have to worry about wearing the wrong size again! :-) Besides having found the right size, I have found their bras to be quit comfortable and pretty! They actually have Nursing bras with lace! :-) Which seams to be hard to come by. 


Buy it: Visit Leading Lady if you would like to purchase your own nursing bra from them!


Win it: One (1) of Mama's Sew Sweet Baby readers are going to win a promotional code redeemable for one (1) free item, plus free shipping! :-) Just enter using the rafflecopter form below!



Monday, December 12, 2011

~Babies and Christmas~


Last Tuesday we reached the 'halfway point'!! I can hardly believe how much I've grown. My husband keeps saying 'it looks like you've grown this weekend' or 'it looks like you grew today'! :-) 

So for those of you who are curious:
Nope we aren't going to find out what it is this time, until the baby is here!


My daughter had so much fun helping me with the tree! :-)


The lights are her favorite! :-)


The finished look! :-) 

Winners!!


Thank you to all who entered the Fairhaven Health Prenatal Vitamin giveaway! The giveaway ended with 222 valid entries! 

The winners are:
#208 Kimberly
and
#66 Heather

Congratulations! I have sent you both an e-mail to which you have 48 hours to respond before I must choose another winner.

Update: both winners have now responded! :-)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

~Fluffy review opportunity for bloggers~


Are you a cloth diapering mama blogger? Midnight Mommy is looking for cloth, blogging mamas to review their cloth diapers! If you are interested visit this link.

Winners!!


I have two winners to announce! :-) 



The Tropical Traditions giveaway ended with 288 valid entries!! I have choose the winner, sent them an e-mail, and they have 48 hours to respond. The winner is Amber L.!!! Congratulations!
Update: Winner has responded!

The Kiki's Fashion giveaway ended with 304 valid entries!! I have choose the winner, sent them an e-mail, and they have 48 hours to respond. The winner is David Gossett!!! Congratulations!
Update: Winner has responded!

Thank you to everyone who entered!! Don't forget to enter my Fairhaven Health Prenatal Vitamins giveaway! There will be two winners for it!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

~Adventures in cloth wipes~


When I first started cloth diapering I followed a 'recipe' I found on another cloth mama's blog (can't remember who's) on making my wipe solution. I then starting changing it to my liking. What I have now is a completely different solution then before. But so far I'm loving it! My 'recipe' is as follows:

1 Quart water
2 T baby wash or shampoo (I like to use Burt's Bees)
2 T baby lotion (again Burt's Bees is a favorite)
2 T Coconut Oil (I use Tropical Traditions)

Put all ingredients into a pan on medium heat and stir till everything is melted and mixed together (doesn't have to get that hot). 
(Warning: Be sure the solution has time to cool before wiping baby! ;-) )

You can add some tea tree essential oil to keep mildew down if you are worried about that, but I only make up enough wipes to last me a week or so. I haven't ever had any mildew problems.



I tried several different ways of wetting the wipes:

~I tried having a container that I could dip the wipe in and then wring out a bit, I did this as I went. 

~I tried having a little squirt bottle and squirting the needed amount on the wipe, again this is a method I did as I went.

~and I tried putting the wipes in a 'pampers' like wipe container and pouring the solution on a bunch of wipes, in advance.

So far the last method is by far my FAVORITE! It's quick, easy, and mess free! The others tended to get messy at times! Like when you have a squirming baby who wants to grab the open bottle/container of solution! ;-) 



What recipes for solutions have you tried? I'm ALWAYS open to trying new ones! :D

What about your method of getting the wipe wet? What have you tried with that?

Have you ever gotten mold on your wipes?? Very curious about how long the solution lasts on the wipes.

Monday, December 5, 2011

~Diamond Candles review opportunity for bloggers~



Diamond Candles is looking for bloggers who want to review and giveaway their Soy Candles! If you would like to review and giveaway one of these candles sign up here! 

Thursday, December 1, 2011

I'm the featured blog!


Welcome to Feed Me Friday Blog Hop, hosted by Oh So Savvy Momand Naptime is My Time! Feed Me Friday is a Blog Hop to help you meet new bloggers and build your e-mail subscription. Want to be a part of Feed Me Friday? Just follow these simple rules:

- Add your blog link to the linky

- Subscribe by email and follow via GFC the three hostesses (Oh So Savvy Mom, and Naptime is My Time) and the Blog of the Week. Make sure to leave us a comment and we will return the favor.
Visit as many blogs on the list as you can. If you like the blog subscribe to their email (feel free to follow on GFC too, if you want)
- Leave them a comment with your blog link so they know you are subscribing from Feed Me Friday. Be sure to confirm your subscription!
-Subscribing back is not mandatory, but it is recommended. It is a great way to build blogging relationships.

Since this is an e-mail subscription blog hop, your blog must have a place for people to subscribe to your email. If there isn’t an e-mail subscribe option, your link will be removed from the linky. 


Every Friday we will put up a new Feed Me Friday linky, so be sure to stop by and add your blog. Each week we will choose one participant from the previous week’s blog hop to be the Blog of the Week.

      This week’s featured blogger is…. (me ;-) )



Come Join me as I blog about the great joys of motherhood, pregnancy, and homemaker all while trying to be as natural/organic/green and on budget as possible!



Wednesday, November 30, 2011

~Organic Palm Shortening Winner~


Thank you to all who entered the Tropical Traditions Organic Palm Shortening giveaway! The giveaway ended with 238 valid entries! 

The winner is #188: Diava Baum

Congratulations Daiva! I have sent you an e-mail to which you have 48 hours to respond before I must choose another winner.

Update: Winner has responded!

~Looking for sponsors~


I am currently looking for sponsors for the upcoming giveaway event! Giveaway events are a great way for your company to gain extra traffic to your site due to the fact that there are so many blogs participating! If you would like to sponsor in this event you can e-mail me at: mamasewsweetbaby@gmail.com

Green Resolutions Giveaway Hop


I'm at it again! :-) Joining another fun giveaway hop event! Doesn't this event look like so much fun? It is hosted by Mama Chocolate, Purposeful Homemaking, and Happy Mothering! Three fun mama blogs! Bloggers don't you want to join? ;-)

If you own a business this would be a really great way for you to gain extra traffic to your site! If you are interested in sponsoring, for this event, on my blog you can email me at: mamasewsweetbaby@gmail.com

Potty Training

On her birthday!

I really can't believe we are starting to potty train now. She just seams so small still. But nonetheless we are becoming a big girl more and more. It's time!

I really don't know where to begin with this. How do I introduce her to the 'toilet'? Anyone got any first time advice for me? 

So far I haven't got a 'baby toilet' yet. So I've just sat her on the big one and she cried at me (she was crabby that day, probably not the best day to start something new). A baby toilet would probably help too, as would training pants (maybe?). What products have you found to be useful? 

I've heard several different methods for starting out:

~My mom used to just take us in the bathroom with her when she went and asked us if we wanted to be big girls and sit down on the potty too. 

~I've heard that some people put them on the potty and then give them a treat if they go.

What method have you used that worked? I would love to hear about your experience! 

Monday, November 28, 2011

~One Stop Christmas Hop~

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Welcome to the One Stop Christmas Hop Event hosted by Mama to 4 Blessings ! Be sure to hop around to all of the participating blogs before 11:59 pm est on December 6th to see all the prizes they have to offer.


As I mentioned in my Sponsor Spotlight  post Kiki's Fashion Maternity Clothes is going to be giving away a $25 gift certificate to their website during this event! :-)



Enter to win through the rafflecopter form below!

Check out my other giveaways going on now here

Saturday, November 26, 2011

My little darling! :-)




She is starting to look more and more like a little girl and less and less like a baby! WOW! :D 

~Sponsor Spotlight~ Kiki's Fashions


For our sponsor for the One Stop Christmas Hop I'm pleased to announce Kiki's Fashion maternity clothes! They have a wide selection of cheap maternity clothes! Here are a few of the items that I had a hard time choosing from:


I thought that this Ivory lace short sleeve shirt was so elegant!


Doesn't this Brown button down coat look so cozy!!?



You ready to see what I choose?




My Opinion:
I LOVE my shirt from Kiki's Fashion! A lot of times shirts will fit at the beginning of pregnancy but won't last through the whole pregnancy... usually due to the fact that they simply aren't long enough. I for one hate to wear a shirt that feels to short. Kiki's fashion makes them long!! I think that is my favorite thing about my shirt from them! :-) I've found a few times when I've wished it wasn't so long. Mostly times when I'm trying to match it with a sweatshirt/sweater. It then tends to stick out under the sweatshirt/sweater, and I've never been a big fan of that look either. But I think matched with the coat (pictured above) it would look great! ;-)

Buy it:
You can purchase anything mentioned above and more cute maternity clothes from Kiki's Fashion here!

Win it:
If you would like a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Kiki's Fashion don't forget to come back and enter the giveaway here between November 28th and December 6th! :-) 

Disclaimer: Kiki's Fashions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. All opinions are 100% my own and may vary from yours.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

~Upcoming event~


I decided to participate in another Christmas hop! :-) I really enjoyed the last hop that I participated in! :D Are you all excited yet? This hop has over 70 blogs participating!

If you own a business this would be a really great way for you to gain extra traffic to your site! If you are interested in sponsoring, for this event, on my blog you can email me at: mamasewsweetbaby@gmail.com

Monday, November 21, 2011

~Mother's Day Giveaway blog hop event~

mothers day gifts


It is a perfect time to find what gifts you would like to give to your mother. Makobi Scribe is proud to present Mother’s Day Gift Ideas Carnival Event from May 10 12:01 PM EST to May 18  at 12:01 PM EST and is accepting signups now.

This event is going to be big! There are already over 130 blogs participating! Don't miss out! ;-)


If you own a business this would be a really great way for you to gain extra traffic to your site! If you are interested in sponsoring, for this event, on my blog you can email me at: mamasewsweetbaby@gmail.com

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