Saturday, August 11, 2012

Color Nook Giveaway-Free Blogger Event



Sign up's are now open for the Kate n' Kaboodle Back to School Nook Color Event!
This is a free blogger event!
Prize: Barnes & Noble NOOK Color 8GB Memory with Wifi
Dates: Aug.30 - Sept.13
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Safari Ltd: A Great Way to Learn While Playing!

I would like to talk to you today about educating your children while playing with them.  I talked about this before in my post about playing dinosaurs with Mika my three year old.  He adores animals:  turtles, monkeys, elephants, dinosaurs, cows, you name it, he loves them.  He even takes his animals to the tub for a bath, to the sandbox to ensure he needs another bath, in the car, to the bank, and we even take them in the to the store with us.  This kid is animal crazy, I tell you.

It's awesome that he has this love for nature and animals, and I use it as an opportunity to teach him things.  For example, he had his turtle backpack in the car the other day, and we discussed how turtles have shells instead of fur or skin like we do, and how his turtle is green.  That opened up a great learning experience where I asked Mika what other things he could think of that are green.  On his own he came up with trees, grass, and the cart at Dollar General!

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So as you can imagine, Safari Ltd, which specializes in replicas of animals, dinosaurs, fantasy figures, human figures, educational posters and  so much more is at the top of my shop lists.  It is the perfect place to find great life like toys that allow for the opportunity to teach your child about science, theories of evolution/creation,  and stories of old. 


 Safari Ltd  promotes:

* Green living
* using recycled paper products when possible
*recycling plastic, cans, and paper
* Providing information about how fragile the Earth's ecosystem is and endangered wild life
* Use 100% recyclable packaging materials, and so much more.

Mika recently received a gorilla, monkey and baby, elephant, and giraffe, and he was so excited when he got a package in the mail from Safari Ltd.  He was so excited he was struggling to take a nap so we just skipped the nap and let him open the package.

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These new animals are definitely his "new friends,"  and I have found them everywhere from the air conditioner vent, the bed, my vacuum cleaner attachment hose (I think they were going down the slide, but a little unsure) to the car.  Any way I look at it, I have another great opportunity to teach him about all the different animals, how they differ, how they are alike, what they eat, and talk about colors too!

I love that in addition to animals, Safari Ltd has fantasy figurines and other things so that as Mika grows, there will be other age appropriate items that will hold his attention and give me more opportunities to teach him as we play!  What sort of educational toys do you use to teach your children?

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Safari Ltd Website has these and so many more products along with  an Educational section.  You can also keep up with the latest and greatest on  FacebookTwitter and You Tube.

How to win some for your own school:   For the month of August Safari Ltd. is hosting a Back-to-School Gift Pack for One Lucky Teacher contest, where both children and adults can nominate a teacher to receive an educational gift pack for a classroom of 40! You can find out more details on  Facebook, so head on over to nominate your favorite teachers!

Disclaimer:  Many thanks to Safari Ltd.  for the products I received to facilitate this review.   I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.  Please do your own due diligence when making decisions on purchasing something.

Dyson DC24 Giveaway-Enter here!!!!



Mom Powered Media proudly presents the Dyson DC24 Giveaway

Dyson "The Ball" DC24 Vacuum

I know I have been dying for a Dyson for quite some time now.  I have wanted one since they first came out, and then I was able to use someone's Dyson, and I knew from that moment it was meant for me.  Well, now I have hardwoods and only one room with carpet so it really doesn't make sense to purchase one.  However, HERE is  a wonderful opportunity to win one!

Impress yourself with your beautiful floors when you use the Dyson DC24 All-Floors Lightweight Upright Vacuum. Ultra lightweight and compact makes vacuuming with this machine effortless. The Dyson "Ball" technology turns the vacuum on a dime with no loss of suction, combined with the patented Root Cyclone technology makes this one extreme powerhouse of clean.

Dyson "The Ball" DC24 All-Floors Lightweight Upright Vacuum Includes:
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  • Motorized brushbar - powerful bristles remove dirt and pet hair from carpets
  • On-board tool storage - brush, stair and crevice tools store right on your vacuum so they're always on hand
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Giveaway ends August 31st at 11:59pm, open to US and Canadian residents, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!
Thank you to Mom Powered Media owners: Mom to Bed by 8, Powered By Mom and Real Mom Reviews for organizing this event.
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Friday, August 10, 2012

Bloggers Needed-LoveSac Chaise Sectional Giveaway!




Sponsored by LoveSac & hosted by Mom to Bed by 8

Prize: Four Cushion Chaise Sectional with Chocolate Rhinoplush Covers {RV$3,260}
The event dates: 9/10 - 10/1

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Going Straight with Original Moxie Natural Hair Care -Giveaway 8/26!

A couple of weeks ago, I shared a review with you regarding Original Moxie Natural Hair Care company and the hair products they offer.  I wasn't able at that time to show you how the products geared towards straightening and smoothing hair work because of all the rainy weather, so I want to do so today.

I started off with the Intense Quench No-Foam Shampoo and Conditioner smells minty clean!  When my hair was still wet, I used the  Shape Shifter Re-Forming Creme.  I dried my hair straight, and then I finished the whole hair up with the   Straight Up Pomade which adds shine and sleekness.    I am still taking my own pic because my picture takers come home on Monday, so it's not the best picture of me, but shows off my awesome hair!
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It still took me a good 45 minutes of blowing and straigtening to get it as straight as it is in the pictures, but the products definitely help keep the frizz down and make it look sleeker.  I think the products do what they claim to do, and the straight hair is something I do ever few weeks.


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Original Moxie Natural Hair Care is offering one of my readers the chance to win two of the products I review of their very own!  This is a Rafflecopter giveaway, so simplycomplete one or more of the options to be entered to win!

Disclaimer:    Original Moxie Natural Hair Care provided me with free samples 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. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. Please do your own due diligence when making decisions on purchasing something. 


Awesome Savings on Nutrisystem #NSNation!

As you know I recently signed up with Nutrisystem, and the first week is going really well.  I started a week and a half ago at 280 lbs.  I decided not to wait for my food to begin two of the aspects of Nutrisystem:  8 glasses of water a day and 30 minutes of exercise a day.  They actually let you break it up into 3 ten minute segments, so it is easy to get your exercise in.  Ten minute walk after lunch, 10 minutes weeding the garden, or how about 10 minutes of strength training with some bands?  I started with my food on Sunday at 276.8 lbs, and I weighed myself this morning just for giggles.  Today I am 273.8 lbs!  This just proves that eating right, water, and exercise really does work!

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I learned about an awesome sale Nutrisystem is running today, and it is a really great one, too.  You can get your first month 50% off!! This is really a great deal, and if you are needing to lose 30 lbs or 300 lbs, they are making it easier for you  to join!  Everyone has their own experience, but I am sharing mine and so far it is successful.  The best part:  the food selection is "normal food" and I am never hungry!

Want to lose weight and get healthy on Nutrisystem? Join today by calling 1-888-853-4689 or by visiting Nutrisystem

*Nutrisystem is providing me with 4 months of free food and support service as part of the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger program. In exchange, I will be posting each week with my progress. All thoughts expressed are my own, and my experience using the system may vary from that of other participants.*


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Today I'm Featured on MommyCommunity.com!

I am super excited to say that My Wild Crazy Life Blog is being featured today on MommyCommunity.com!  I would love if all of you can take a minute to jump on over there and read the post and leave a little comment love! 

Calling all Bloggers!



PRESENTS

 

Prize: 
ARV $278

This is a FREE Blogger Giveaway Event with announcement post. 
Link Options ($2 ea w/o announcement):
Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest

When: 8/20 -9/3  
Hosted by:
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Who: Open to US residents in the continental 48 states 
**Bloggers worldwide can join in the participation as long as you have at least 50% US readership
**The blogger with the most referrals will receive the additional links at no cost
Click HERE to sign up and for more html info.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Mommy Follies, and Boo Boos!

Okay, only here in the My Wild Crazy Life can we have super ironic moments daily.  Ironically, I was having one of those "wanna-pull-my-hair-out" kind of days when I opened and appropriately named my blog.  Hindsight being 20/20, I probably would have named it a little more geared towards a theme, and less towards my hectic life that day.  However, since we live in a throwback lifestyle where we organic garden, raise organic chickens, preserve most of our food, and have a simple back-to-the-roots lifestyle, it fits!

Anyways, back to today's story.  Mika, my darling 3 year old is at that fun age of driving me a little bananas. He is actually quite smart in his shenanigans.  For example, my sister called to ask me how to recover her resume she deleted by accident the other night, and while I was explaining how to do this, Mika had to "potty."  Had I not been on the phone, I would have realized this was code for "I'm Bored!"  I figured this out a few minutes later when my bathroom floor was covered in water.  He hooked the detachable vacuum cleaner up to the sink faucet and used it as a fireman water hose.  Hey, he was sitting on his "Firefighter" truck so all was good, right?

Today, as I am cooking his supper, I see him sitting on the glass topped end table.  I explain that it could break and he could cut his major artery, bleed out and die in 3 year old language (bad boo boo), telling him to get down.  He proceeds to tell me to explain to me WHY he needs to sit on the table, and I just take him off the table, and tell him not to sit on it again, please.  Mika says "Okay, Mommy!"

I go back to the stove only to hear jumping in the living room.  I run back in there banging my toe on the couch on the way by to see him standing and jumping on the table.  I grab him off, explain that he can get hurt and have to go to the Hospital, really bad boo boo.

 This has become a point of argument in the last few days, I know I am keeping him safe, so I just decide to move the table.  The whole time I am explaining to Mika  how bad it would be if he broke the table, and how hurt he would be.  As I am moving the table, the glass falls through, crashes, and Mika sobs that I broke his favorite table!  The best part?  I cut my finger cleaning it up.  

Come Join the Bounciest Giveaway Ever!


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Officially Beginning my Weight Loss Journey #NSNation!

It's no secret I have been anxiously awaiting my food from Nutrisystem.  I have seen some great results in fellow bloggers, so of course I am eager to see my own results.  Saturday, a FedEx truck arrived, and I thought it was my frozen food since I got am email stating it had been shipped on Friday.  However, it was my pantry food, and I was thrilled!  In order to begin, I needed my pantry food, so I started my week off right on Sunday with my food!

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The first day was the hardest, but by today, I haven't felt hungry all day!  These meals don't feel diet or skimpy at all!  The best part is I can eat most of what everyone else is eating, just Nutrisystem meals.  Pizza night, I have pizza.  Sloppy Joe night, yep I had that too!  The variety is so great, and I can add any seasonings (minus salt or sugar) that I want so if I want extra spicy I can just add it!

Want to lose weight and get healthy on Nutrisystem? Join today by calling 1-888-853-4689 or by visiting Nutrisystem

*Nutrisystem is providing me with 4 months of free food and support service as part of the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger program. In exchange, I will be posting each week with my progress. All thoughts expressed are my own, and my experience using the system may vary from that of other participants.*

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Core Protein Giveaway 8/19!

I shared a company with you recently, Core Power that offers pre-made milk protein shakes.  They are thick, creamy, and lack the typical chalky, gritty, unpleasant taste of traditional powder protein shakes.  Read the Original Review here

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This promotes quicker muscle recovery in those who workout, run marathons, lift weights, or are just looking for an easy way to add protein in their diet!  Core Power has generously offered a whole CASE of protein shakes to one of my lucky readers!  This is an excellent win since they retail for right around $3.50 a shake on Amazon!  Please complete one or more options on the Rafflecopter to enter!


Help your Muscles Recover after a workout with Core Power

My husband has started heavy weight training in the last several months, and my knowledge about fuel needs for your body is slowly but surely expanding.  However, he found that though he was gaining muscle the scales weren't changing, and per his doctor they should be.  After a meeting with a nutritionist, he has added protein shakes to his diet in between his three meals and lost 5 lbs in 5 days!  He literally is slimming yet bulking up at a nice pace.

This is where Core Power comes in. Protein not only fuels our bodies, but it also helps muscles repair more quickly than normal, and it should be a "core" part of the diet of anyone who works out.  What makes Core Power a little different than the average protein drink on the market is that it is pre made.  It lacks the powder, chalkiness, and downright nasty taste of most protein shakes.  It's an actual milk protein instead of the 100% whey protein you see a lot, and it is made from low-fat, lactose-free milk.  Core Power drinks boast milk and honey, and contain 21 grams of milk protein and only 5 grams of whey protein..

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What does this mean?  Well, per my husband, the regular powder shake with 20 grams of whey protein bloats his stomach a lot, and he didn't have these issues with Core Power.  I only personally tasted one of the shakes, but it didn't taste like a nasty protein shake at all.  It tasted just like a thick chocolate milk.  They are not chalky at all, and are definitely a refreshing break from the "untasty" stigma attached to protein shakes.

The great thing is that these shakes aren't just for body builders.  They are perfect for anyone who runs, works out, competes in marathons, or just looking to add protein to your diet without a ton of extra calories or food!  I personally think they are a little pricey, but they are honestly about the same price as me preparing him protein to eat in between meals without all the extra work!

You can use the product locator to find out where to buy Core Power in your neck of the woods, and connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, and  You Tube.

Disclaimer:  Core Power provided me with free sample(s) 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. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. Please do your own due diligence when making decisions on purchasing something.