Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I Got My First Bing Reward

I'm excited! I just got my first Bing Reward, today - a $5 Amazon Gift Card. I know, $5, big deal. Well, in my world where my credit card bill is a collection of charges under $10 adding up to more than my budget every month, $5 is... something. If $5 is something for you, too, then I suggest you do your searching with Bing. I actually like it better than Google anyway.

Oh and the home page ws friggin' cute today!

Simply sign up for Bing Rewards, HERE, and start searching.

I recommend making Bing your home page on your laptop and mobile devices so all searches in the search bar at the top of your screen are automatically credited to your Bing account. I didn't even notice that I had racked up enough points to get a reward because it was just normal searching for me. Maybe I search a lot?! Let me know if you try it!

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Our 2014 Summer Sunscreen: ThinkBaby - Review and Up to 20% Off

We are by the beach, in a warm climate where we are outside all the time and I'm an all-natural, organic momma, so people are always asking me what kind of sunscreen we use.

Since I don't really consider myself an expert, I make a yearly or so check on EWG.org Skin Deep where they rate the safety and efficacy of sunscreen. Then I search for the best rated sunscreens on amazon.com where I can hopefully get a monthly subscription of the one with the best reviews I can find.

This year, we went with Thinkbaby sunscreen SPF50+ and so far, I'm pretty happy with it.

 Like I said we are outside ALL the time and neither of us get a sunburn. I usually use the baby sunscreen, too, because I figure it has the least harmful ingredients. Here's the chart you will find on EWG's Skin Deep website regarding ThinkBaby:

It is a little scary that even a sunscreen rated as a Level 1 out of 10 (10 being the worst) still has any concerns whatsoever, but just for comparison, here is Coppertone Babies sunscreen which is rated a 7 - terrible:

ThinkBaby is creamy, has a nice smell, and works well. It is a little pricey, and tends to go on a slightly thick which takes some rubbing, but have not found a more liquid or spray sunscreen that is rated very well. 

To get the BEST deal on the ThinkBaby Sunscreen, I do Amazon Subscribe and Save AND Amazon Mom, combining 5 products when I place my Subscribe and Save Order to get 20% off. You can do this as a free trial and start to pay the Amazon Prime subscription if you like it.

I explain how to get up to 20% off on your Amazon HERE.

Hey, I know we are impatient and heavy cream sunscreens are inconvenient, but I'll err on the side of safety from the sun for now and if I can get 20% off? It's on!

$10 Off $40 Purchase at Target for In-Store Pick-Up


This week, get $10 off $40 or more purchase at Target.com when you use FREE in-store pick-up!

This is a sweet discount if there's something you have your eye on...

Some restrictions apply.

Here's all the info from Target:

Save $10 with $40 or More Purchase with Store Pickup through August 2, 2014

Save $10 when you spend $40 on items that qualify for store pickup, order online and pick up in store. Offer excludes Clearance items. Items not available for store pickup will not count towards $40 minimum. $40 subtotal based on merchandise subtotal before tax, if applicable. Offer valid for 4 transactions only. Offer not valid with store coupons. The $10 discount is allocated based on the size of your basket. If qualifying item(s) in your order is returned, refund value will be reduced by the prorated amount of the item. Online order must be placed by 11:59 PM PST on 08/02/2014 and picked up in store within 4 days.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Forest Animal, Fox, Owl, Bunny and Bird Baby Bedding Sets

Every month or so I like to feature baby bedding because a baby nursery is one of my favorite rooms to decorate! This time around, I thought I'd go back to the newest textiles in my old favorite style - cute and cuddly woodland creatures. Foxes, owls, bunnies, and birds are some of my absolute favorite motifs with their little trees, flowers, and nature decor and these sets exclusively from Target.

I especially like the Circo® Up We Go 4 pc Crib Bedding Set for a little girl's nursery. The little foxes are so cute and they are appliqued with a soft textured fabric.

The different colors, patterns, and prints in this line give you many options for paint colors, from lovely lime green to baby blue. Oh, and of course PINK! You don't always see the woodland nature theme centered around pink, so this is a unique and girly look for a forest and tree theme.

The quilt is so cute I suggest hanging the quilt as wall art or draping it on a rocker or chair until the little one is old enough for a blanket. Baby quilts make really great wall art.

The Circo® Up We Go Mobile is so cute with all the little animals represented.

I love how the receiving blankets each have a coordinating design. There are a few other sheets, blankets, and textiles that go along with this baby bedding line. The entire line:  See the entire line at Target.com.

Target also has this adorable Circo® Woodland Trails 4pc Crib Bedding Set also featuring nature, trees, and foxes. Foxes are all the rage right now, and why wouldn't they be? They are cute as a puppy, fluffy as a kitten, and almost magical in their elusiveness.

The Woodland Trails set has soft, neutral, nature inspired tones and all the accessories and textiles to complete the look of a sweet and peaceful baby room. There is even a touch of a zig zag chevron pattern.

I like the touch of stitching on the trees to add a little interest and texture.

Foxes and trees swing and sway to the music on the Circo® Woodland Trails Mobile.

Check out the entire collection:  Circo® Woodland Trails Collection.

If you love cute little foxes, wildlife and trees for a baby room, also check out my Squidoo lenses:

also check out my other Baby Nursery Decorating posts!

*Some of my links are affiliate links and I may receive a small commission if you purchase anything :)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Attention Bloggers - FREE and Paid Giveaway Sign-up for MPGSPORT.COM Prize

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Hey blogging friends! Here's a great giveaway that you can sign up for that has FREE and paid spots. The prize is workout gear for you sexy bitches! I'm out of cash this week so I am posting this announcement to get my link in for free. Sign up if you want to participate too! Here's the info:

Rock Your Workout Event

Organized by: Mom Powered Media

3 Winners

Prize Pack Includes: Top, Bottom, Jacket and Tote

Event dates: 7/30 - 8/13

Giveaway is open to US and Canadian Residents.


Monday, July 21, 2014

FREE Children's Book from Sun Maid

I just got one! Get your free book from Sun Maid, right now, before they run out!

We love to read and we do not have any of these so I'm excited to see which one we get!


Friday, July 18, 2014

Iguana Veggie Platter

I've been entering (and sometimes winning) sweepstakes, contests, and competitions for a long time. There is a part of me that LOVES Las Vegas and the thrill of the win. Luckily I can deal with the disappointment of losing, but when artistic skill is involved, depending what it is, it could increase my chances.

So when my fellow former LEGO Master Model Builder friend and Freelance LEGO Artist available for hire, Eric Hunter, suggested I enter Chinet's #ratemyplate2win contest, I immediately knew I was going to enter one of my veggie sculptures. I brainstormed a brand new idea, one that I had never done before, and with the help of my hubby watching our little guy, I spent 4 hours last Saturday, creating a veggie iguana on a Chinet paper plate.

The prize was a $2000 backyard makeover. Although I think my sorry/scary backyard could use a lot more than $2000 for a makeover, every little bit counts in this house, so I was all over this - "on the Money!" We've been working on finishing our front yard and have not even made a dent in the back, yet.

The rules stated that the Chinet contest was going to be judged and I entered an older creation on twitter, first - my veggie chick, because the rules stated you could have multiple entries. I was worried that I wouldn't have time to do something new, and I just wanted to get something out there...

Then my hubby came through and took our two year old to the Lowes and worked in the front yard all day with the little guy "helping" while I got to work on my latest creation. I've been blogging about Hubby's creative labor of love in the front yard, too. LOVE him and love his work! (Oh and he was a Master Model Builder, too! Us creatives stick together...)

Armed with my paring knife, sculpture tools, a touch of vegan cream cheese from Trader Joe's and a whole bunch of fresh organic veggies, I got to work!

Here's where I used the cream cheese...

I'm not going to lie, being a SAHM the past few years made me a little "hungry" for a paycheck. I am Mommy on the Money. I would LOVE to be compensated $$$ and recognized for cool things that I do. I'm always looking for a little extra cash. As a Master Model Builder, I was on the Jimmy Kimmel Show, CBS Sunday Morning, among other shows and prior to that I was doing celebrity weddings and parties in LA with my own business. A little attention couldn't hurt, either.

I was important. I made money. I got attention. I was special. But now I'm just a mom. A (horrible) housekeeper. A laundry loader. A left sock loser. Burning dinner since 2011. Oh and I'm a blogger, so I make money, right?! Hahaha. Fellow bloggers - you know how it goes... Minimum wage sounds real good right about now, doesn't it?

So I put some of my chips on the table and spent 4 hours doing this...

I read the rules to the contest over a few times and checked every day until today, 7/18, when the finalists were supposed to be announced. And they were. 

Go ahead and vote. I did. Someone has to win. Was it a random drawing? I'm a little confused. The bacon wrapped thing, well I don't really know what is in that. Is it a loaf of bread? Worlds fattest sausage? A groundhog? That nasty neighbor's forearm... The american flag is cute. The bbq skewers are pretty. The strawberry shortcake looks kinda yummy. 

From the rules: A panel of qualified judges (the “Judges”) will select the top five Entries (“Top Five”) from among all eligible Entries received during the Contest Period based on the following criteria applied to each Entry: (i) overall appeal (34%) (ii) creativity (33%), and (iii) quality of composition (33%) (the “Judging Criteria”). 

I'm not sure how the qualified judges scored these or any of the other entries. I probably would have chosen different finalists, but c'est la vie.

One thing I've learned over the years of my "sweeping" and entering contests and giveaways is that the odds are usually stacked against you. Just like Vegas, you  usually are not a winner, but if you know this going in, you can still have an awesome time! Just make sure you see a Cirque show, drink a lot of free booze, and wreck your diet in an all-you-can-eat buffet... or two.

Don't get me wrong, I had a great time making this project. 

I just wish I hadn't made it on a PAPER PLATE. I was trying to use the brand. However, the concept gives me some bigger and better ideas of unlimited ways you can position veggie iguanas and make an amazing, edible work of art. Believe me, I can already picture it in my mind. 

So who wants to pay me for it? 

My backyard still needs a makeover. My knife is ready, and I just got my CSA box this morning from Farm Fresh to You. Make me an offer. No offer is too small. I make roughly $.06/hr as a blogger. I'm a glorified Third World factory worker who never has to shower or change out of her sweatpants to go to work!

Oh, and here's my entry for next year...

Wish me luck.