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Monday, September 29, 2014

Fall Awards Giveaway

Once again our partnership with Green Scene Mom is allowing us to provide this awesome giveaway opportunity!  Check out these awesome products and enter to win at the bottom of this post!  Good luck y'all! 

The Green Scene Mom Awards celebrate niche, eco-friendly products and innovative product designs. We are very excited to announce the 2014 Fall Award Winners! Many of these great companies have also contributed prizes to Green Scene Mom's Fall Awards Giveaway. Enter to win below!
Green Scene Mom 2014 Fall Award Winners
Baby Buddy Tooth TissuesBaby Buddy Tooth TissuesTooth Tissues make cleaning a baby's teeth simple and easy to introduce regular oral care to a young child. Tooth Tissues are the natural first step to brushing a child's teeth after every meal and they're a simple way to ensure a baby isn't negatively affected by oral bacteria. Award Details »
bambu natural utensilsbambu natural utensilsbambu's natural feeding products are an eco-friendly twist on conventional baby utensils. Each product is created to meet a need within the various stages from infancy to childhood and each item is shaped to be easy to use by kids learning to feed themselves. Award Details »
Bumkins Finer Baby ProductsBumkins Finer Baby ProductsBumkins has a huge selection of eco-friendly products that are available in coordinating prints. Bumkins waterproof bags and cloth diapers are easy to use and clean and help reduce household trash. Award Details »
Buttons Cloth DiapersButtons Cloth DiapersButtons Cloth Diapers make diapering easy and Eco-friendly. Their new prints are so adorable and feature quality details, sturdy leg gussets, and a simple adjustable snap system that allows the diaper to grow with your baby. Award Details »
Cache Coeur Signature Maternity LingerieCache Coeur Signature Maternity LingerieCache Coeur offers elegant solutions for pregnancy and nursing to make life more comfortable and stylish. Their lingerie line includes designs that are functional and embellished with feminine details. Award Details »
Cupcake Organic Nursing PadsCupcake Organic Nursing PadsCupcake Nursing Pads are made from high-quality cotton and are easy to assemble and clean. They offer great coverage in preventing leaks and provide peace of mind while breastfeeding. Award Details »
Cushy CloserCushy CloserCushy Closers are an innovative and streamlined way to keep a door from latching. They are ideal for use on doors to rooms where kids are napping, since the cushion allows the door to be closed but muffles any door closing sounds. Award Details »
Eepples MilkCharmsEepples MilkCharmsEepples MilkCharms are designed to help moms easily label, track, and organize their breast milk supply. The MilkCharm is a reusable dial system that lets moms quickly and easily set and read the day and time when breast milk was pumped. Award Details »
Emily Press Write Your Own LabelsEmily Press Write Your Own LabelsEmily Press waterproof labels are an innovative way to create your own personalized labels. Write on the labels with a permanent marker then seal in your writing with the built-in laminate. These dishwasher-safe labels make it easy to personalize or label your items. Award Details »
It's The Balm Pregnancy Pamper KitIt's The Balm Pregnancy Pamper KitIt's The Balm Pregnancy Pamper Kit includes belly balm, cooling foot scrub, whipped foot balm, and peppermint lip balm, each created with a combination of natural and essential oils formulated to heal and soothe. Organic raw shea butter, peppermint, eucalyptus, and tea tree oil are among the natural ingredients used in this natural pampering kit. Award Details »
Lotus Everywhere CribLotus Everywhere CribThe Lotus Travel Crib by Guava Family is an everywhere crib designed for easy portability and set up. It has mesh breathable sides all the way down to the mattress and a zipper opening in one side for easy access into the crib. The crib can be set up in 15 seconds and it fits into a compact case small enough for a carry-on. Award Details »
Milkies Milk-SaverMilkies Milk-SaverThe Milkies Milk-Saver collects leaking breast milk as a mom nurses, allowing them to store extra breast milk effortlessly with each feeding. The Milk-Saver collects the milk that is leaked when breast milk lets down. It's slim and portable, minimizes leaks and comes with a durable case. Award Details »
Poncho Baby Roly BlanketsPoncho Baby Roly BlanketsThe Poncho Baby Roly Blanket is a super-soft blanket that rolls into a compact clutch for easy carrying. The blanket is made from a double layer of soft cotton. It rolls up and attaches with a snap fastener. Award Details »
Rubber Ducky & Friends Kids' ShowerheadRubber Ducky & Friends Kids' ShowerheadRubber Duckie & Friends showerheads are a fun way to introduce showering to young children. The character shower heads look like bath toys and help parents transition their kids from bathing in the tub to taking showers on their own. Award Details »
Shaikoo Hands Free TowelShaikoo Hands Free TowelThe Shaikoo Towel Wrap was designed to simplify bath time and make baby bathing a fun, safe and relaxing experience. With a simple and durable Velcro-brand fastener around the neck, parents have both their left and right hands available to safely lift, cradle, and dry their wet baby. Award Details »
Strider Sport BikeStrider Sport BikeStrider Bikes are easy to use by toddlers and kids who can't pedal yet. They also allow kids to "skip" the tricycle stage and advance to mastering gliding and balance skills that will help them eventually ride a standard bike. Award Details »
Tubby TableTubby TableThe Tubby Table is an educational bath play surface for toddlers that suctions in the middle of the tub, giving kids a sturdy and safe surface while keeping water and toys inside the tub. Award Details »
Yummi Gear LunchboxesYummi Gear LunchboxesYummi Gear lunchboxes make it easy to take lunch on the go. They are designed to be easy to open for little fingers and keep lunch organized. Yummi Gear lunchboxes have 3 compartments to keep a sandwich, snacks and fruit separate and ready to enjoy. Award Details »
Zipadee-Zip Wearable BlanketZipadee-Zip Wearable BlanketZipadee-Zip helps a baby have the cozy, enclosed, womb-like feel of the swaddle but it allows a baby push up, roll over, and wiggle around safely and freely. It encourages self-soothing and longer, sounder sleep, prevents scratching, and keeps little hands warm all night long. Award Details »

Enter to win this amazing $400 prize package of award winning products!

Baby Buddy Tooth Tissues
Milkies Milk-Saver
CupCake nursing pads + insertable liners
Eepples MilkCharms set of 3
2 Zipadee-Zip wearable blankets
Bumkins 2 Nixi wet bags, 2 reusable snack bags, and 2 Snap-In-One cloth diapers
2 packages Emily Press Write Your Own Classic labels
It's The Balm Vanilla-Sandalwood Spa Kit
Yummi Gear lunchboxes set of 4
Rubber Duckie & Friends Duckie the Duck Bath & Shower Wand
Poncho Baby Roly Blanket
Tubby Table bathtime play table
Buttons Diapers 1 one-size diaper cover and 2 hemp/cotton diaper inserts
bambu Hemp Denim baby bib
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Sunday, September 28, 2014

DIY Wine Bottle Chalkboard Centerpiece

A couple of weeks ago, we were contacted by Protea Wines.They asked if we'd be interested in partnering up with them for their upcoming campaign, Art Blossoms.  Basically they'd send us two bottles of wine to drink and then we were given the task to create something using our empty wine bottles.  After we had this beautiful new masterpiece completed, Protea would choose several of their Pinterest followers to win the art created by all of us bloggers!  How awesome is that!?!?

Let's be honest here....they had me at "free wine"... ;) 

But, then.....I looked up the brand and the wine and I was totally intrigued with the beauty of these bottles and the idea behind this campaign.  In their words....

"Protea Wines is proud to present Art Blossoms, a campaign by women, for women with the goal of encouraging art and sustainability to blossom all over the country.  Designed for upcycling, Protea wine bottles motivate others to create beauty and express individuality. That's why we've invited some of the most inspiring women on Pinterest to make something new with our wine bottles.  Win one of these beautiful creations for yourself - all you have to do is follow the Protea Wines Pinterest page!"

Seriously though, check out these beauties...

And, I'll just go ahead and add it in there that the wine tasted mighty fine, too! ;) 

I decided I wanted to make some sort of a Chalkboard holder out of my wine bottle.  I don't do ANY project without the help and support of Mr. Bonfires & Wine so he got right to work helping me!  We also enlisted the help of a cute little 2 year old that prefers to wear her boots with no pants...

So here's what you'll need to create your own Wine Bottle Chalkboard Centerpiece (just in case you don't win this one!).  

A tree limb that will fit somewhat snuggly into your wine bottle.  
A chalkboard (mine's from Hobby Lobby)
Hot Glue Gun
Protea Wine Bottle

We decided where we wanted the chalkboard to be on the tree limb and I market it with a pencil.  Then, I put a line of hot glue right over my pencil line.  We added more hot glue to the edges once we had it secured.

We let that dry and then added jute to the neck of the bottle also using hot glue.

I wrote on the chalkboard and we were done! 

 This was a super simple, easy and cheap craft that makes for such a cute centerpiece!  It could even be used for your daily menu planner or a "Welcome" sign for your entryway! 

Sooo...what do y'all think?  We're so happy with how it turned out and cannot wait to send it to one of the winners!

Make sure you're following Protea on Pinterest for a chance to win!  

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hope you have a great week! 

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

My baby's not a baby anymore..

I woke up at 6:00AM to the sound of Guthrie fussing.  My hand felt sort of numb.  It was because I'd been sleeping for the last 20-30 minutes with a death grip on the baby monitor.  My baby wasn't a baby anymore...

She was a two and a half year old, sassy, blue eyed, little girl.

A little girl.
Not a baby.

She was all of about 36 inches covering what seemed to be a California king sized bed.  She seemed so small.  Too small to be in a big girl bed, with a big girl comforter, in her new big girl room.  Thank God she still wanted to sleep with MooseMan and Lambie or I may have actually lost all control and sobbed uncontrollably.  We even added in a cute little leopard we now call "Spotty" just to make the new bed, new room, new routine seem a little bit more fun.  He helped in some weird way.

She got up two or three times before actually closing her eyes and going to sleep.  We talked to her, laid down with her, sang to her and assured her we weren't more than a hallway away.  Thank God for video monitors and two-way speakers on those things.  I sang "You Are My Sunshine" about a dozen times into that little handheld thing.  And slowly, but surely, those beautiful little glowing eyes in the monitor quit wandering...and they closed.  They stayed closed until about 4AM.

The above process took place all over again and lasted about an hour and a half.  A dozen more Sunshine songs were sung and countless of trips up and down the hallway, sprinting back to our room to watch her on the monitor.

That monitor felt like my lifeline.  
And, I think it was that first night.

We woke up the next morning and decided to have a jumping on her bed party to celebrate her sleeping in her big girl bed.  We jumped, we sang, we screamed and cheered, and the smile on her sweet little face was priceless.  

The second night came around.  It was bedtime.  Only one song was sung, only one sprint was made down the hallway and my hand wasn't nearly as numb the next morning.  My baby slept all night long in her big girl bed.  

My sweet baby's not a baby anymore.

Now we just have to figure out nap time...

xoxo - Emily
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