The Baby Bunch Crayon Rompers review and giveaway

We have yet another winner from the nice folks at The Baby Bunch! We have already received and reviewed a darling baby bunch bouquet, and a completely darling cupcake set. These have already been opened, the bouquet already worn by a boy who has nearly outgrown it. If you will remember, I said the only two problems with the bouquet were the hobby show fake floral smell we were able to air out, and it was a bit tricky to unwrap (though that almost makes a fun party game!) We had neither problem with the cupcake set, and the cute but admittedly girly decals are removable so it is certainly either-gender appropriate (not that I have a problem with boys who like flowers!)

This time we got the crayon rompers-adorable! All of the clothing is organic, very soft and wears well. I really like this one, it is very brightly colored, the box looks of course like a box of crayons, and the rompers are bright red, green and orange- appropriate for either gender! They are $24.95 for the bunch- an affordable baby shower center piece (the other bunches, while fair priced for organic, are a bit out of many peoples budgets in this economy. $25 is usually doable for a baby shower, and great for something most people probably haven't seen before!) They are all around a good source for unique and usable baby gifts, so you no longer have to choose between cute and practical!

THE GIVEAWAY: The Baby Bunch has generously offered to give one of our lucky readers their own Baby Bunch box of Crayons Rompers, a $24.95 value.  Open to 18+ US & Canada ends 8/18 at 11:59 pm CST


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Oxy Clinical Blog Tour Review & Giveaway


Geekazoid here.

My mom (the DDDiva herself) was given OXY Clinical acne treatment (http://oxyskincare.com/oxy-clinical)
to give me to try for a week and review. I've actually been using it a little more than a week, and plan to continue doing so.

My acne's probably about average for a seventeen-year-old... which pretty much means that yeah, it's pretty bad. I have yet to find a treatment that gets rid of my acne completely, but so far OXY Clinical is doing a really good job. The majority of the acne that usually plagues my face is gone, and what's left is barely visible (doesn't look red/irritated at all; most of it's my own skin color). I use the three-step system twice a day; it's not complicated like some treatments (have you ever seen those weird suction-blackhead-removers? Scary!) and it only takes a few minutes. Additionally, I have very sensitive skin, and OXY doesn't bother it at all.

I only have two real complaints, and neither one is a big enough deal to stop using it. One, I'm not in love with the smell. I don't dislike it, necessarily, but it doesn't smell particularly nice either. The second is that after I wash my face, I like it to feel refreshed. That wasn't the case here; in fact, for a few minutes after I use the OXY Clinical Hydrating Therapy (the third step), it feels kind of icky. That goes away pretty soon, and it leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth, so it's not too bad.

All in all, I definitely recommend OXY Clinical acne treatment. Despite its few shortcomings, it's definitely worth it--and it's no more expensive than your average acne treatment, and is in fact a lot cheaper than a lot of the ones you can find that don't work half as well. 



Win It.  I have the same set Dev's been using to give to one lucky reader, which includes the advanced face wash, the clearing treatment and the hydrating therapy.

Daily:  First Entry:  Tell me who you want this for-  yourself, a teen, or ?  Each subsequent day you can just post something like today's entry.  18+ US Only Ends 8/18  11:59pm CST

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#Win an OXY Clinical prize pack @dddiva  at Our Loonyverse  http://bit.ly/941VR6

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I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Oxy Clinical and received a sample to facilitate my candid review. Mom Central sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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Menu for week of 7/26 - 8/1


A lot going on again, and of course still hotter than all get out but we've got some stuff that needs to be used up so going to do some cooking this week.

Smoked sausage & ?

Loaded baked potatoes

Pork chops, stuffing, salad

Granny's tuna stuff in puff pastry shells

Lasagna (either regular or veggie roll ups with white sauce, maybe make both & freeze one)

Sloppy Joe's, sweet corn

Stir fry veggies & rice

For more menus, head on over here.
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GeekyMommy Vs. writers flow

Writers flow, the opposite of writers block. It is where I just want to keep writing, and even when I am not, I am lost in the world of my book. This has been consuming all of my free time and words, I'm afraid, so things like the blog have been... neglected to say the least. That being said my book is shaping up well! I hope to send it off to the publishers within the year (hopefully sooner but I'm not going to rush--- this is the favorite story I have written thusfar).

The people at work do get a bit confused when I start talking like a pirate though. Its kinda funny.

Hopefully I will get enough out of my head onto paper that I will be good for writing a bit more then that soon, but just in case, here is an abridged preview...

"Well, that didn't go as planned!"
"But we got it, didn't we?"
BOOM!
She could feel each stomp shake the bench as he approached, anger seeming to fill the room even before he opened the door.
"What were you doing in there boys! Pickin' yer noses!" the deep baritone reverberated through her whole body and made her hair stand on end.


There is, of course, a lot more then that, but this is what I felt like sharing today XD also, its on my computer, I'm on moms, so this is just a quick recap. Well, see ya'll later! Have a good weekend!
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Win a $20 Amazon GC

We have a bunch of reviews, giveaways and posts to get up -  naturally life got in the way.

Not going to bore you with the deets, just say that I'm still on very low energy and making some big changes around here and to thank y'all for sticking by I'm giving away one of the Amazon codes I got for one of our sponsored posts-  we really do appreciate you!!!

We have several others that we hope to get up this weekend but this is the quickest and easiest so here ya go.

Anyone that can use an Amazon GC can enter-  the prize is a $20 Amazon GC which the winner will be emailed a code to use on Amazon.

So- follow our blog and leave us a comment-   yep, it really is that easy.  You can do this daily if you like.  A simple today's entry is fine.  Ends 8/8 11:59pm CST

Want more?  The main entry is all you need for a chance to win, but youcan find out how to get additional entries into our giveaways here.


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Menu for week of 7/19 - 7/25

Hot Hot Hot!  Pretty easy this week, don't want the oven on any more than necessary.

Turkey tenderloin, organic wild rice blend, corn, peach

Sloppy Joes on buns, coleslaw

Chocolate chip pancakes or waffles, fresh fruit

Slow Cooker corned beef with potatoes, carrots & onions, hot bread or rolls

Easy Mexican Pinwheels, carrots and dip

Not sure, either swiss, smothered or slow cooker pepper steak, rice or mashed potatoes, salad

Choice of spaghetti or spaghetti squash, meatless sauce, garlic bread, pineapple salad

What's cooking at your house?


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Pretty up your piggies- soft summer feet!

I have the most ridiculously sensitive skin on the planet. Seriously, ask anyone who knows me. I can’t wear jeans if they are tough, I can’t wear a lot of fabrics, and I can’t sleep on normal sheets. (Instead, I sleep between fuzzy blankets that are soft and non-irritable.) Seriously-I had been BEGGING mom to teach me how to make fondant, and then when we made it I had to sit out because it irritated my hands too badly to touch…

Well, for some odd reason my feet decided to get DRY! Ahhh! Ok, so to most people this is not a crisis. To me? Horrible! I couldn’t sleep because if my foot touched my leg (Or arm, I curl up in a ball) my skin would get itchy and hurt… I basically became allergic to my feet. (Not really but it amuses me to say so, so I will. Ha.) I don’t know why. I scrubbed at ‘em, I moisturized them… nothing.

Well, now I’m going to share with you how I got my super soft feet back!

So first things first! Soak and scrub! 

That’s right! First you’re going to soak your feet. Maybe take a bath, do whatever. Nice hot bath water will loosen your skin up, the longer you’re in there, there better. Then scrub at your feet with whatever bath utensil ( Don’t mock me!) you use. I like bath puffs a lot. So you scrub at your feet with body wash on a puff or whatever else you want to use. 

Right after that you’re going to apply a mix that I’m about to tell you how to make, and scrub more!
Take one table spoon of sugar, one table spoon of honey and two table spoons of olive oil. Mix it all up and rub it on your feet, or your whole body. This even works as a now-and-again facial scrub. Think the oil will clog your pores? Think again! The molecule in olive oil is just too large to enter your pores, but it’s got good moisturizing properties…don’t do it regularly though; it can be a little irritating to some people. It’s a now and then treat for your face, but you can use it daily on your feet and every-other day on your body. 

After you’ve THOROUGHLY scrubbed at your feet it’s time to rinse off and dry off. Afterwards put Vaseline on your feet and cover them with socks. Simple, right? I did this for three days in a row and now my feet are soft! I’m going to keep it up every week, perhaps more if my feet decide to be evil to me again… I’m also using just the Vaseline every night to keep the skin on my feet soft.

=D I will never have dry feet again! Mwahahahaha.
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Menu week of 7/12 - 7/18

We had a ham bone with lots of meat on it so boiled it down and made 17 bean soup, split pea soup and pinto beans-  everyone can have their choice with cornbread or rolls and we'll freeze the rest for quick meals.

Chicken salad with apples, pecans & curried salad dressing / sandwich spread, baby spinach in pita pockets

Pulled pork bbq on fresh rolls, coleslaw, fresh fruit

Cheese and onion enchiladas with salsa verde

Lo Mein, organic baby spinach salad with sliced strawberries and citrus vinegarette

Choice of tacos or taco salad made using homemade taco seasoning

Take out or eat what you can find

What delicousness are you cooking up this week?


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Cashew chicken

Don't let the long ingredient list fool you- this is so much better than take-out and comes together very quickly, especially if you have a food processor, but a good knife works well too.

Cashew Chicken

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup Wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Soy sauce
  • 2 - 3 TBSP Sugar
  • 1 1/2 lbs Boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1 - 2 Tbsp Coconut oil (can substitute vegetable, canola, etc)
  • 4 Green onions, sliced diagonally
  • 1 - 2 Carrots, sliced diagonally or shredded
  • 1/2 - 1 Red, yellow, green or orange bell pepper, julienned
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp Fresh ginger, minced or grated (can substitute crystallized)
  • Couple generous handfuls Cashews (bits and pieces work fine here)
Cooking Directions
  1. Mix together vinegar, soy sauce, and sugar, set aside.
  2. Heat oil in wok or heavy skillet. Toss chicken pieces in cornstarch, then stir fry quickly until cooked. Remove from wok.
  3. Add onion, carrot, red pepper to wok, stir fry 1-2 minutes, add garlic, red pepper and ginger. Stir fry 15 seconds.
  4. Add vinegar mixture, cashews, chicken, stirring to coat chicken, about 2 minutes.
  5. Serve over rice.
Enjoy.
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Free Chick Fil A Meal Today! July 9th

Once again it is Cow Appreciation Day and Chick Fil A is giving away a free meal to anyone who dresses like a cow- and the kids can get a free kids meal.

Don't have a spare cow costume?  Really?  Wow, I guess it's just us then. *grin*


Go here and print out a mask that will snag you a meal.

BTW if you sign up with them, they periodically send emails that you can click to get free product coupons.
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Keep your kids' minds sharp this summer: Summer Reading Programs

While I am a firm believe in "summer should be summer," that doesn't mean that I think kids should let their minds atrophy over the summer.  

Apparently, I am not alone since there are some fabulous reading incentives going on right now.

Check out your local library for their reading programs.  Not only can you check out books (and movies, music, art just to name a few) many libraries have story hours year round and other programs going on during the summer months when the older kids are off from school.

Here in Conway, the rest of our summer looks like this:

For pre and grade school kids:
Rich Davis Illustration drawing ages 0-7 from 2:00 to 3:00
Ages 8-13 from 3:00 to 4:00
Ocean Adventures Friday, July 16 at 1:30
Seeing is Not Believing Magic Show Friday, July 16 at 7:00
Leonardo Saturday, July 24 at 11:30
July 27- Summer Splash Bash 3:00-4:30
(Water Fun, Radio Disney and Child Safety)
Kiddos Thursday, July 29 at 1:30

For teens and tweens:
Rich Davis Illustrator Classes Ages 8-13 Thursday, July 8 from 3:00-4:00
Movie Night To Be Announced Tuesday, July 13 from 4:00-6:00
Stampin-up Craft Project Wednesday, July 14 at 4:00
Ocean Adventures Friday, July 16 at 1:30
Seeing is not Believing Magic Show Friday, July 16 at 7:00
Movie Night To Be Announced Tuesday, July 27 from 4:00-6:00
Battle of the Bands Concert at Simon Park Saturday, July 31 at 7:00

At the Mayflower branch:

*Pre-school Story times Thursdays in July at 11:00
Craft Tuesday, July 6 at 1:00
Rich Davis Illustration Classes Friday July 9 at 1:00
May’s Animal Farm and pony rides Monday, July 12 at 1:00
Note: Rain our day for May’s will be Tuesday, July 13 at 1:00
Craft Wednesday, July 14, 21 and 28th at 1:00
Leonardo Saturday, July 24 at 1:30

Barnes and Noble has a Passport to Summer Reading program going on now where kids read 8 books, fill out a form (to make sure they actually read the books) and they get a free book from a selected group.   You can download a form to keep track.  Grades 1-6

Borders and Waldenbooks also has a summer reading program, called Double Dog Dare  but they require the child to read 10 books instead of 8 to get the free one- also from a selected group.  You can download a form from their site as well.  Ages 12 or under.

Hastings has a Summer Book Club  that offers a couple different things- you can download a coupon each month and you can also download a journal to write reviews and enter for a chance to win gift cards.

If you know of a program I missed I'd be happy to add it, just leave a comment or zip me an email and I'll get to it asap.

If you or your kids are looking for some great books that capture the imagination, check out the Geekazoid's list of great books for all ages.   Summer is a great time to get started on a family reading project and she has a nice selection.


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WW Cooling off - Link up your wordless Wednesday post here



Ian:  Gigi, there's too many kids, it's too crowded.
Me:  Okay sweetie, want me to lift you out.
Ian:   No, Gigi, I'm good just make them leave.

Only child syndrome, or what?

He's usually very good about sharing, but this was so funny we were just rolling.

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Refreshing berry salad

We try to keep a variety of greens, veggies and fruits on hand otherwise we have a really bad habit of grabbing whatever is quickest to nuke when it is so hot out.

When I was growing up, a salad was iceberg lettuce, cucumber, tomato-  if your mom was fancy (mine was-  and this was ALL she did fancy in the kitchen) you might get some carrot, radish or onion.  Dressing was Catalina or Russian, maybe thousand island.  Nothing wrong with those, in fact we still enjoy them-  especially the myo versions since they can be altered to our tastes.

Even when the girls were little I would add a lot more veggies, almost any that could be eaten raw, and a chef salad had ham, turkey and cheese, or maybe you'd get a cobb salad or something but they were nothing compared to how we eat today.  Fruits, nuts, cheeses, etc...

I am sharing with you because I still know people who eat like we did and they are missing so much by not experimenting.

Lately, our most creative salad maker has been Dev.  Her fave dressings (the only ones she eats at all) are the fruit or balsamic vinaigrettes.

She's been working a lot and with the heat often she'll just toss together a quickie salad for a late dinner after work or an early one before.

She doesn't eat a whole lot of meat, not that any of us eat all that much, usually, but any of her salads would make a complete meal for someone who needs them by adding chicken, salmon, crab, etc.
Here's a fabulous salad she made last week:

Organic baby spinach
Sliced carrots
Sliced cucumbers, quartered
Blueberries
Raspberries
Toasted sunflower seeds (I think these might be honey roasted)
Raspberry vinaigrette 

Place a layer of spinach in the bowl, top with veggies and fruits, drizzle lightly with the vinegarette and top with sunflower seeds.

A feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds.


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Pink lemonade pie

Super easy and super refreshing, this dessert is a real winner in the summer.

1 graham cracker crust
1 can sweetened condensed milk, chilled - stick in freezer for one hour
1 6 oz can frozen pink lemonade, slightly defrosted
Drop or two of red food coloring
1 8 oz container Cool Whip, defrosted

Mix together condensed milk and lemonade.

Beat in food coloring and Cool Whip.

Place in crust and freeze until solid.

Serve with fresh berries or mint if desired.




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Menu week of 7/5 - 7/11

Happy Independence day to all  of  our American readers.  Fireworks and family fun are on our menu this week along with a Snicker's Ice Cream Pie for Dev's birthday.  Anyone have any fabulous plans or delicious recipes they are making?

Fish fry and potluck family deal for the holiday-  too much good food to mention, all of it delish!

Slow Cooker ratatouille

Grilled cheese, fruit platter or possibly just a fruit and cheese platter

Fajitas with all the fixings; avocado salad

Sausage, potato and carrot hotpot; green beans

Breakfast for dinner- fried egg sandwiches or omelettes, fruit

Bean or split pea soup, cornbread


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Happy 4th of July!



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Steak salad w/ mushrooms & caramelized onions

Organic baby spinach
Onions, sliced thin and caramelized in coconut oil or butter
Mushrooms, sliced and sauteed in coconut oil or butter
3 or 4 oz thinly sliced steak cooked to your liking with your favorite seasonings.   Any seasoning salt or salt free blend, Montreal steak seasoning, etc works well.

Layer then drizzle with your favorite bleu cheese or vinaigrette with bleu cheese dressing.

Simple and delicious and perfect for a hot summer day.


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Happy July!

Well somehow we managed to make it through another month of NaBloPoMo and get a post every day in June so thought I'd try again this month.

The theme for July is Saved, which can mean so many different things.  Some believe they are saved from their sins or those of their fathers (parents), some have saved every piece of paper their kids ever scribbled on and cry over it, even the papers that are obviously half-assed and all poopy brown 3 second scribble jobs (sorry, but while I do save the special things, there is no reason to take a sheet torn from a coloring book they spent less time coloring than you did putting it in a file box and pretend they are gonna care about it 20 years from now) and some - yes, I'm talking about you Ken, have saved every damn receipt and paystub they ever got...  nobody cares that a zillion years ago you made 1.60 an hour.  Not even you.  Of course, it could be all the money I probably could have saved by not eating out or going to Starbucks, but hell, I want to enjoy this life I'm living and that's part of it for me.

The writing prompt for today is what is your favorite movie, which I have no idea what that has to do with saved but-  we're putting together a post of movies that are great to have marathons with and while there are many great ones-  we all love love love some that are hard to come by but still they are just plain fun, and that's the Ma & Pa Kettle movies.  They really just don't make them like that any more.  "Come 'n get it!"

So-  what is your favorite movie or series of movies?  Or are you like us and it really depends on your mood at the time?  And- if you know the answer-  what does that have to do with the theme of NaBloPoMo? 


Do any of y'all do NaBloPoMo?  I mostly do it to be accountable- I can get really lazy and / or caught up in other things and really let the blog slide this way-  I know I'll have a post a day since I hate failing at something I set out to do unless it is beyond my control.

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