Treat Yourself to a $25 Starbucks Gift Card {Giveaway!}

We’re just a couple of weeks away from Halloween and there’s one thing that’s on everyone’s mind… treats!

Welcome to the Treat Yourself Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network! In this Hop, you’ll find lots of special treats to keep you entering giveaways until it’s time to go out and gather your own – so be sure to hop around to all the giveaways in the Hop Linky below and don’t miss the AMAZING Grand Prize Giveawayfrom Step2!Treat YourselfGPFor this event, I’m giving one lucky reader a $25 Starbucks eGift Card, so you can really treat yourself!starbucks-logo

Enter using the rafflecopter form below and it could be yours!  Good luck everyone!

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And be sure to hop around to all the other participating blogs to win some great prizes!



So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Treat Yourself participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Travelin with Baby is Easy with Philips AVENT! {Giveaway}

TravelinWithBabyWelcome to the [3rd Annual] Travelin’ with Baby Giveaway Hop Event, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network.

We’ve got a fabulous group of bloggers that have come together to offer giveaways on the best products that make traveling with baby a success – so be sure to hop around to them all. Don’t miss out on the amazing new stroller from Combi USA – the F2 Stroller which is the ultimate lightweight stroller that makes traveling with baby a breeze and a fabulous set of reusable snack pouches and bags from Yummi Pouch! Enter the Grand Prize Here.Travelin with Baby GP UpdatedFor this event, I’m giving away a Philips AVENT Comfort Manual Breast Pump!  You may recall that I’ve gave one of these away earlier in the year, and it was such a successful giveaway that I partnered with AVENT to do it again…because this is the perfect pump for when you’re traveling with baby.New Avent Manual BreastPump 5Want to win?  Great!  Just enter using the rafflecopter form below and it could be yours.  Good luck everyone!

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So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Travelin’ with Baby participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Win in a $25 Gift Card from Halloween Express the SPOOKtacular Giveaway Hop!

Spooktacular-Halloween-HopWelcome to the SPOOKtacular Halloween Hop!

With Halloween being only a few shorts weeks away, we decided that a Hop to help you get ready was in order! This event will run from October 1 through October 15, that gives you enough time to hop on down the list and enter all the SPOOKtacular Giveaways for your GHOULS and GOBLINS! Each blogger is giving away prizes valued $25 or more. Make sure to head over to The Review Wire to enter the Grand Prize: $50 in assorted Halloween Candy from CandyWarehouse.com and a $50 gift card to BuyCostumes.com!

For this event, I’m giving away a $25 Virtual Gift Card to HalloweenExpress.com!  No matter how you plan to celebrate Halloween, Halloween Express has you covered – from decorations to costumes to makeup to props, it’s all there! Halloween ExpressEnter to win using the rafflecopter form below and it could be yours!  Good luck!
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Disclaimer: This giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST on October 15, 2014. The SPOOKtacular Event Bloggers are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. Companies and bloggers, if you would like to participate in group giveaway events like this one, sign up to be emailed about future events hosted by Review Wire Media.

Take the Dove One Shower Challenge & Win!

Did you catch it?  A little over a month ago at the Emmys, Dove issued the One Shower Challenge inviting women everywhere to try it’s new, breakthrough body wash formula for softer, smoother skin after just one shower.  Since then, women across the country have accepted the challenge and found out that one shower really is all it takes to change your skin for the better.Dove-logo-275x210_tcm13-290948

So, have you taken the #OneShowerChallenge?  Would you like to?  Well today, Dove is going to treat one lucky reader to a bottle of their new body wash so they take the challenge themselves.  And once you see the difference in your skin, you’ll get to accessorize with this beautiful necklace celebrating the One Shower Challenge!dove

For more information about the #OneShowerChallenge, check out this video:


And don’t forget to enter the giveaway!  Good luck everyone!
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And now for the hop…Happy-Harvest-Giveaway-Hop-BannerWelcome to the Happy Harvest Giveaway Hop!  With cooler temperatures setting in and the trees starting to change colors, we thought this was a perfect time to come together to celebrate fall.  This event is hosted by MamaNYC and features blogs offering a prizes that are at least $25 in value.  So hop around and win some great prizes from October 1st through October 12th!  Good Luck & Happy Fall!

Evenflo Symphony LX: The Only Car Seat You’ll Ever Need! {Review}

 I participated in this sponsored campaign on behalf of One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own.
Evenflo Symphony XLEverett’s going to be a year old in less than 2 weeks!  Can you believe it?  TWO WEEKS?!  Even as I sit here and type this, it just doesn’t seem possible.  At just under a year, he’s cruising like a champ, exploring his “mamama” and “dadada” sounds, and even has 3 teeth!  And growth?  Yeah, he’s got that down too.  We’ve gotten to the point where I buy him clothing only for him to outgrow it in a number of weeks…not months.  In fact, he was getting so big that his infant car seat was starting to look a bit…uh…snug.  Okay, okay, if I wipe away the mommy denial, it was getting very snug.  So when I got the opportunity to try out the Evenflo Symphony LX with SureSafe All-In-One Car Seat, I jumped at the chance.  After all, he couldn’t stay in that infant seat much longer!Evenflo Carseat ProfileI was really excited the day it arrived.  I took it out of the box, I took pictures of it, posted pictures of it on social media…guys, I was really excited about this car seat.  But installing it?  Yeah, I wasn’t all that excited about installing it.  Because in general, installing car seats is time consuming and tedious.  And when you take into consideration that 70% of car seats are installed improperly (NHTSA, 2006), there’s a better chance that your going to get it wrong than right.  I don’t like those odds when it comes to my family’s safety.

But when I opened the box for the Symphony, I happened to notice the 2 silver Quick Connectors.  These connectors are designed to attach to the lower LATCH anchors and stay in place, for easy connecting.  In other words, no more fishing around blindly for the LATCH anchors in my car!  And removing and re-installing carseats?  No problem!  And you never have to worry about it being installed properly because the seat and Quick Connectors will let you know.  They actually reduce the possibility of improper installation by 50% compared to standard LATCH.  All the guess work and worrying is removed.evenfloSure enough, I had this seat installed in no time – a couple minutes, max.   The hardest thing about installing this seat was moving the LATCH belt from the forward facing position to the rear facing position (by sliding it forward under the seat cushion), and, honestly, that wasn’t hard at all.

But the LATCH guiding Quick Connectors are just one of the many safety features of the Symphony LX.  Because fit is so very important when it comes to car seat safety, the Symphony has a Infinite Slide Harness.  What does that mean?  Simply put, you can adjust the size of the 5-point harness around your child.Evenflo Symphony HarnessWhen you’re ready to go, place your child in the seat and slide the shoulder harness down or up depending on your child’s size.  You do this by placing the red area on the shoulder strap (pictured above) between your thumb and forefinger and pushing up or pulling down.  When it’s in place it will snap into a locked position.  Then pull to tighten the straps (using the strap at the foot of the car seat) and your ready to go.  No need to take the seat out and rethread the straps each time your child grows.  It couldn’t be easier and the seat is completely customized to your child!

For added safety in side impact accidents, the Symphony comes complete with e3 Side Impact Protection.  These 3 layers of engineered foam can reduce side impact force up to 50%.  Evenflo Symphony Side Impact

The innovative buckle pockets allow safe storage of the buckle tongues when not in use.  And not only will they stay cool and out of the sun, thus reducing the chance of burns, they’ll also stay put.  Because how many times have you found yourself trying to get your child into their car seat quickly only to find that they are sitting on the straps?  That can’t be just me.

And with the Evenflo Symphony LX, safety doesn’t stop when they’re babies.  Sure, this seat fits babies as tiny as 5 pounds, but it also fits kids as big as 110 pounds.  For rear facing installation, you place the seat in the reclining position using the recline lever at the front of the seat.Evenflo ReclineWhen you’re ready to turn the seat around to the forward facing position or use it as a booster (Yes!  It can also be used as a booster, too!), use the same lever to put it in a more upright position.  You can see the difference here:Evenflo Symphony Collage

It’s an infant seat, it’s a convertible car seat, and it’s a booster seat – It’s the only car seat you’ll ever need!

And while the Evenflo Symphony is all about safety, it’s also is full of little extras that I’ve grown to love.  Like the material on the seat that easily wipes clean, the one-handed adjustable headrest, and the easy-off seat pad.  And who could forget the cup holders!  Thank goodness for the expandable cup holders that can handle anything from a bottle to sippy cup to a snack trap!

Simply put, I adore our Evenflo Symphony.  Even more than that first day it arrived.  It’s safe.  It’s user friendly.  It’s stylish.  And Everett likes to too!Evenflo Symphony with Toddler

If you’re looking for a new car seat, the Evenflo Symphony with SureSafe All-In-One Car Seat retails for $199.97 and can be found at your local Walmart and Walmart.com.  And be sure to follow Evenflo on Facebook and Twitter for safety tips and additional product information!

Contigo: The Best Just Got Better! {Review & Giveaway}

My work schedule may have been cut down to only 3 days per week – thus alleviating the need to make that 2 hour commute those other 2 days – but I feel like I’m always in the car lately.  Dance, T-Ball, gymnastics, playdates…my kids have places to go, and my car is their taxi. 
So when I started braving this new schedule, there was no doubt that my Contigo West Loop was going with me.  How is a girl supposed to make it through the day without a little caffeine?  Plus, my West Loop keeps hot things hot for hours, and cold things cold even longer.  Basically, it’s the only mug that can keep up with me and my busy schedule. img_logo

So imagine my excitement when Contigo emailed me telling me that they had improved my favorite travel mug.  It was a good day.  And after using the new and improved Contigo West Loop, I can honestly say, they really did make the #1 selling line of travel mugs, even better.

Since I’ve already raved all about the things that I love about my old Contigo West Loop – the patented AUTOSEAL lid that seals between sips, the large double wall stainless seal design that’s durable while fitting a full 16 ounces inside, BPA free materials, sweat-free design – let me focus on how they made the West Loop better.Contigo West Loop Benefits

For example, while the West Loop has always had an AUTOSEAL button to prevent spills, they added a lid-lock to prevent spills in the event that the AUTOSEAL button is pressed accidentally in transport.   Or, I don’t know, little hands get to it…  Whatever the circumstances, the West Loop’s lid-lock has you covered.  Press down on the lock and you are spill proof!  Perfect for when I’m walking out the door in the morning with the baby in one hand, the purse and diaper bag in the other, and my West Loop somewhere in between.  Contigo Lid LockAnd while I’ve never found my Contigo lid particularly difficult to clean, they modified the design so it pivots for even easier cleaning.  Anything that makes cleaning easier is fine by me!

Oh!  And the colors!  I absolutely adore them and the ever-so-slightly more matte finish.  My old West Loop mugs were purple and silver, but I’m so happy to add bright and cheery blue and gorgeous jade to my collection.contigoontheroad

While I’m never going to love mornings (or that dreaded car drop off line at my daughter’s school), my Contigo West Loop certainly makes it a lot easier to bear!

Would you like to win some Contigo West Loop travel mugs of your own?  How about 4 of them?  That’s right, I’m giving away FOUR Contigo West Loop Mugs to one lucky winner!  All you need to do is enter using the rafflecopter form below and they could be yours!  Good luck everyone!
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And now for the hop…Free-for-Fall

Welcome to the It’s a Free for Fall Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network.

 The days are getting a bit cooler and Fall is just around the corner! We’re celebrating the upcoming season with a fun giveaway hop. Each blogger in the hop has a prize for you worth at least $25, so don’t forget to hop around to them all in the linky below.

So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Free for Fall participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Win $25 PayPal Cash in the Pumpkin Party Giveaway Hop!

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Welcome to the Pumpkin Party Giveaway Hop
September 23 – October 8

 

Visit each of the participating blogs listed below
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For this event, I’m giving one lucky reader $25 PayPal cash!
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South Florida Families: Win Disney On Ice Tickets Courtesy of County Line Chiropractic!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of County Line Chiropractic. I was provided with complimentary tickets to attend the show. All opinions are 100% my own.

At County Line Chiropractic it’s a family affair. The staff is super friendly, and most importantly, KID FRIENDLY!!! On any given day you will find children tagging along with their parents to appointments. The children love all the attention they get. They snack on healthy fruits, play games, color, do arts and crafts and sometimes even go home a fun little gifts from the Office Manager. The doctors don’t think twice about giving plush toys a “check-up”.

County Line Chiropractic understands that we have busy lives with work, school and activities. They have day, evening and weekend hours, all for your convenience. With 5 convenient South Florida locations, County Line Chiropractic is your families go to source to whisk away the pains of life. They offer rehabilitation services, physical therapy, massages and so much more.

You can also find County Line Chiropractic on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube!

To show South Florida just how much they really care about your family, they are offering you a chance to join them as part of the family and see Disney On Ice: World of Fantasy with County Line Chiropractic and all your favorite Disney characters!!!

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One lucky reader will be randomly selected to win a family 4 pack of Suite tickets to Disney on Ice at the BB&T Center for the 9/18 show at 7pm or 9/20 at 11am. Along with County Line Chiropractor, Erica of Mama’s Mission and I are giving you the chance to take your family out in style! Parking, food and beverages (non-alcoholic of course) are all included in this awesome giveaway.

Giveaway ends on 9/16 at 11:59pm EST. One lucky reader will be randomly selected to win a family 4 pack of tickets, parking, food and beverages, as noted above. The ticket package is valid for your choice of the 9/18 3pm or 9/20 11am show at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL. Passes will be emailed to the winner. Transportation to/from the event is not provided. No additional expenses incurred will be covered. All entrants must be at least 18 years of age or older. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received. All entries are optional; however, the more tasks you complete the greater your chances of winning.

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Disclosure: The participating bloggers received no monetary compensation for sharing this post, and are not responsible for the prize fulfillment. The sponsor of this event will be responsible for fulfillment of prize (County Line Chiropractic). Parking and Ticket passes will be emailed to the winner. This event is in no way associated with, sponsored, administered, or endorsed by Disney on Ice, Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest or any other social media network. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

3 Quick & Easy Back to School Hairstyles from SoCozy

 Thank you to SoCozy for sponsoring this post.  I was provided with the SoCozy products pictured below in order to facilitate my review.  As always, all thoughts and opinions contained in this post are my own.SoCozy Back to School Hairstyles

If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you know I was born without the hairstyling gene.  You know, that gene that allows people to do wonderful, amazing things with hair?  Yeah, I don’t have it.  And while I was able to keep this deficiency a secret before I was a mom, it was brought front and center when I was blessed with not just one, but two, little girls…both of whom want their hair styled on a daily basis.  So when SoCozy offered to send me a few of their amazing hair care products, I happily accepted.  I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them (and had considered drafting a warning to SoCozy outlining my limitations), but I figured it might be fun to attempt a few new styles.

When my package arrived, it was clear that SoCozy had me covered.  Not only did they send me their Cinch 2 in 1 Shampoo + Body Wash in Guav-o-rama, Cinch Super Hydrating Conditioner in Berry-Whip, Cinch Detangler + Leave-In Conditioner in Fruity-tutti, and Behave Styling Mouse Medium Hold in Peachy-keen, they also sent me SoCozy’s Guide to Girls’ Hair. SoCozy Hair Products & Guide to Girls' Hair

An entire book on hair!  Outlining everything hair related from baby to big girl, this book has details on styling products, insight into styling tools, and ways to get and keep your child’s hair healthier than it’s ever been.  I was excited about all the SoCozy products (mainly because they all smelled so good!), but I was really excited about this book. SoCozy Open BookMy favorite part?  Step by step directions on exactly how to create hairstyles.  Quick hairstyles.  Formal hairstyles.  Fun hairstyles.  Styles for curly hair.  Styles for straight hair.  You name it, it’s in here.  All of it.  In full color with simple steps and diagrams.  They even tell you at the top of each page what type of hair you need for a given style.

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So about a week ago, we started using the SoCozy products and trying some of the new styles.  The results were pretty amazing.  My girls loved the smell of the SoCozy products and the size of the bottles seemed perfect for them to be able to use on their own.  I love that the SoCozy products feature extracts from natural ingredients like hops, rosemary, and aloe, while being free from harmful chemicals and toxins.  I don’t have to worry about them while they use these products.  SoCozy hair care products are designed with cleansers, styling essentials, and naturally effective lice solutions,   Their hair is shiny and smooth, and whatever tangles exist after bathtime can be handled by the Cinch Detangler.  Did I mention that amazing smell?  Really, they all smell pretty darn delicious.

And the hairstyles?  Well they were pretty successful, too – you know, for someone without a hairstyling gene.  There were tons of styles for my girls to chose from, each highlighting their unique personalities.  Here are a few of my favorites from the book:

The (Double) TwistSoCozy The Double Twist

This is the perfect you’re-running-late-and-need-to-get-out-the-door-quick style.  I put the word “double” in parenthesis because I do this one as a single.  Hazeline has an off to the side part, so just one twist is sufficient to pull all that hair that would be in her face, off to the side.  It’s simple but beautiful, and a snap to put in.  All you’ll need is a brush, comb, a barrette, and a little SoCozy Cinch Detangler.

Step 1: Brush hair until smooth and part hair.  If your child’s hair is wet (this style can be done wet or dry) place a small amount of SoCozy Cinch Detangler in your child’s hair.  This will make the hair smooth and much easier to twist!

Step 2: Gather a small section of hair, approximately 1 inch wide, and begin to gently twist in a clockwise direction, staying close to the scalp.  As you twist, start moving towards the back of your child’s head, gathering more hair as you go.  Secure with a barrette at the crown of the head.

Step 3:  If you decide to make it a true Double Twist, replicate the twist on the other side of your child’s head and secure with a barrette.

Wrapped PonytailSoCozy Wrapped Ponytail

For slightly more complicated style, we’ve been doing Wrapped Ponytails for Greenleigh.  I love them because they’re easy, she likes them because they aren’t the same, old boring ponytail we’ve been doing for years.  And although it took me a while to get used to doing them, after a little practice they now take under 5 minutes so they’re perfect for school days. SoCozy Wrapped Ponytail Picture

Step 1 - Brush dry hair until smooth and make a high or low ponytail using a plain ponytail holder – BUT leave a 1-inch strand underneath the tail free from the holder.

Step 2 - Wrap the 1-inch strand around the base of the ponytail completely covering the ponytail holder.  I twisted the strand a bit before wrapping it and had better results.

Step 3 - Secure the end of the wrapped strand to the base of the ponytail using a bobby pin or tuck it under the ponytail holder.  Spray with SoCozy Behave to reduce fly aways.

Knotted PigtailsSoCozy Knotted Pigtail Picture

This slightly more complicated style is my absolute favorite of them all.  It it’s a little smooth, a little messy, and a great twist on pigtails.  Quite literally, a twist.  Just make sure to use the SoCozy Detangler and a healthy dose of SoCozy Behave to make it come together!

Step 1 -  Brush dry hair until smooth.  Mist with water, until slightly damp.

Step 2 - Using a fine-toothed comb, part the hair down the middle of the head.  Using a comb or a brush, create ponytails on either side of your child’s head, behind and slightly above their ear.

Tip: I’ve found that this step goes so much easier if I’ve used SoCozy Detangler while their hair was wet!

Step 3 - Spray pigtails with SoCozy Behave and smooth over pigtails with your hands.  Once coated with SoCozy, begin twisting the pigtail, coiling it around itself until it forms a circle, then push the ends through the middle of the circle creating a knot.  Secure the knot using a pin.

Step 4 - Repeat on the other side.  For a neater look, tuck the ends under the knot; for a messier look, leave them loose (pictured).

Need more back to school hair inspiration?  SoCozy can help!  Because honestly, this is just a teeny-tiny fraction of what’s in the Cozy’s Complete Guide to Girls’ Hair and what SoCozy products can do!  For additional styling tips and tricks check them out on Pinterest and Instagram!  Make sure to follow SoCozy on Facebook and Twitter!

HERDEZ: Dinner Just Got a Little Easier

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Somehow I forgot how difficult the first month of school is.  The drop offs, the pick ups, the homework…all of which is compounded by having kids at different schools, extracurricular activities (which I can’t seem to stop signing my kids up for), and waking up a full 2 hours earlier than I’m used to.  We went through something similar last year, and I recovered, but for now, September is winning…and I am most definitely losing.

By far, dinner has been our biggest back to school battle.  Honestly, the very thought of cooking on weeknights (or school nights as they’re now called due to Greenleigh’s entry into kindergarten) stresses me out.  Because, really, what do I have time to make and eat in the 30 minutes between the kids getting home from school and leaving for TBall practice?  And what could I possibly whip up when I arrive home late from a meeting that someone decided would be perfect to schedule at 7pm on a Wednesday?

Well I finally found the answer – HERDEZ Mexicana Frozen Bowls!HERDEZ VarietiesReady in a little over 5 minutes, HERDEZ frozen bowls come in 10 flavors and are packed with protein – each one bringing a little south of the border flavor right to your table.  And trust me, these little bowls really pack some flavor!  Admittedly, I worry a little when it comes to buying frozen Mexican food, but these bowls might just be better than my local Mexican restaurant.  They’re that good.  And much less expensive than going to a Mexican restaurant at only $3.99 per bowl.  The Chicken Tinga Bowl is by far my favorite!HERDEZ Chicken Tinga BowlBut it doesn’t end at a yummy meal; HERDEZ makes sure that clean up is a snap because you don’t need any pots or pans for these Mexican dishes.  In fact, you can eat them straight out of the microwavable dish contained in the package and just throw it away when you’re done.  No mess.  They’re perfect for between after school activities,  late dinners, and even make a great take-to-work lunch.  Five minutes is all you need for an authentic, convenient Mexican meal! 

Make sure to check out their newest varieties Beef Barbacoa, Carnitas with Charro Beans, and Pork Chile Verde!  Look for them in the international section in your grocer’s freezer or check out the HERDEZ website for store locations and receive a $1 coupon!HERDEZ Beef Barbacoa

Have you seen HERDEZ frozen bowls in your supermarket?  Which one would you like to try?