Friday, 28 February 2014

$100 Paypal Giveaway

We are just so thrilled to have our own domain!

To celebrate Jenny Saved A Penny is hosting a $100 PayPal giveaway!
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Thursday, 27 February 2014

Giveaway Ends Today!

Don't miss out on the opportunity to win some clothing pieces of your choice from the Sevengill Etsy Shop! They have a lot of variety for Men's, Women's and Children's fashion. All with super cute animal prints!

Head here to get your entries in. Open to US/CAN.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

$500 Paypal Giveaway with

This post was written in conjunction with a giveaway event.

Do you shop online a lot? Personally for me I haven't done a whole lot of it, but I do love the idea of not having to go from store to store, especially since I don't drive. On top of the convenience, there are also sites online that help you earn cash back from your online purchases! From what I've heard the best place to get cashback is

Top earn cashback from their site, all you need to do is join. Then head on over to the site and find the store you want to shop in. There's actually over 2,600 stores to chose from too! Then after completing your purchase, you will earn cashback that you can either save or use to shop again!

Thanks you, they are giving one reader a $500 Paypal Cashout! To be eligible, you MUST be a member of so if you aren't, then sign up using this link!

The giveaway ends on March 12th at 12am EST!

Monday, 24 February 2014

You Could Win with Girl Intuitive! (2 Winners!)

Welcome to Girl Intuitive International Giveaway where not just one.. but two lucky winners will each in a $50 gift card to buy their choice of fashionable accessories.

Girl Intuitive is an online fashion jewelry boutique with a wide variety of beautiful pieces designed by many great artisans around the world. They proudly showcase all handmade pieces including the vibrant Latin American collection, the Fair Trade pieces from India and Nepal, and the stunning pieces from Africa.

Giveaway Monkey has partnered with Girl Intuitive, Living As We and many other bloggers to give away TWO (2) $50 worth of Gift Cards that the lucky winners can use to buy their choice of fashionable accessories at Feel free to head over to Girl Intuitive's page for all the jewelry that are available for under $20  or under $50 - some of which are shown below - to see how great this is!

For your chance to be one of the two lucky winners, enter using the rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open worldwide (because Girl Intuitive can ship anywhere internationally for a flat rate of $10). This giveaway will only run from February 24, 2014 through March 14, 2014. Don't forget to come back to collect your daily entries to increase your chances of winning! Good luck :)

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The winners will receive an email and will have forty-eight hours to respond. If no response is received within forty-eight hours, another winner will be chosen. Giveaway Monkey and other participating blogs are not responsible for prize fulfillment. This giveaway is in no way associated with social media sites including Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Saturday, 22 February 2014

$100 Giveaway with Michael Phillip Cash!

Reading plays a big part in our lives. Emily and I spend a lot of time curled up with different books. I think if I were lucky enough to win an extra $100, I would buy us some new books and maybe a new little bookshelf to put them on! What would you do with an extra $100?

On the planet Darracia, an ever-widening social gap between its inhabitants is causing turmoil that is fracturing a once peaceful world. Struggling with his identity, nineteen year old Prince V'sair must harness the power of the elusive Fireblade, the secret to a warrior's heart, in order to overcome his uncle Staf Nuen's lust for supremacy. Will the energy of the Elements guide the young prince to his true destiny or will Staf Nuen conquer Darracia? 

After the success of his first three books (Brood X, Stillwell, and The Hanging Tree) Michael Phillip Cash has fulfilled a dream and created his own epic fantasy world. Schism: The Battle for Darracia is the first book in a planned series.

To share Schism: The Battle For Darracia with the world at large, author Michael Phillip Cash is generously giving away $100 in Paypal Cash and a copy of this book. (Please make sure to check disclosure for full details) Does the Fireblade burn within you? Do you have what it takes?

Enter in the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win!

 Disclosure: This giveaway is arranged by Away We Go Media on behalf of  Michael Phillip Cash who is responsible for the giveaway. My blog, LIVING AS WE, was asked to help co-host the giveaway and was in no way compensated for this post.
The winner will be selected at random by Rafflecopter.
The giveaway is open Worldwide, however if the winner is outside the US the book will only be a Kindle download version. The winner must have an active paypal account and will only be paid in US dollars.
Giveaway begins on Feb. 21st at 12AM MST through March. 8th at 12AM MST.
Winner must respond within 48 hours to an email sent or an alternate winner will be chosen.
This giveaway is in no way affiliated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social media outlet.

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Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Baby Bullet Giveaway!

Welcome to The Baby Bullet Giveaway
Sponsor:  NutriLiving

When Emily was transitioning from formula to solids I started off using just buying jarred baby food. But, not only did that become expensive really fast, I saw all kinds of product recalls! I began making our own homemade baby food as a healthier alternative to jarred foods and as a way to make sure I knew exactly what was going into her food. I didn't have the opportunity to try the Baby Bullet, but perhaps for our next addition, when the time comes. You can read along for a review, and don't forget to enter for a chance to win one of your own!

 "I do have some wonderful news about Baby Bullet. It does have a lot to offer and here is how I enjoyed it so far. When I received it – I checked all the parts. I washed the parts I needed to use immediately and set them aside and began reading the booklet.
The Table of Contents is pretty extensive and impressive giving the consumer a good idea why this product is a wise purchase.  First of all, homemade food can never be compared to over-processed and over-priced foods. I also like the fact that I don’t need jars to store the food I just prepared. Seriously, I learned that all these jars need to be recycled at one point or another. No thank you!
In the food directions, I noticed that most foods are steamed. I did take that approach for certain veggies except for potatoes and squash… those, I baked nicely covered with a little homemade broth. Apples and pears are a great combination – I baked them (skin on) with some added water and covered it. I remembered the Allergy Alerts provided in the booklet. All turned out well.

I liked the rice, chicken and peas purée – baby eats what we eat but with less salt and seasonings. Basically, I am in control of added sugars, added salt or any additional ingredient since this preparation becomes a unique blend for my baby whose case is “sensitive”.
Baby Bullet has been conceived to grow with your baby. The booklet is full of recipes even some pancakes or scrambled eggs with veggies will be a cinch to make. Just enough for baby or maybe, just enough for the whole family.  I made some salsa with avocado for dinner. The tacos were delicious. It just doesn’t stop there, let your imagination grow with it. Besides, Baby Bullet is awesomely cute."
“How to purée and all the assembling is easy as well as the cleaning and that’s always a big bonus..”
Each Box contains:
  • 6-date dial storage cups,
  • spatula,
  • 1 short cup,
  • 1 stay fresh resealable lid and tip proof tray,
  • user manual and recipe book, pocket nutritionist
  • Make and store baby food in batches with batch tools and the handy, dated storage system
  • Baby Bullet is a trademark of Homeland Housewares, LLC
Giveaway: One Lucky Winner will received a Baby Bullet in our giveaway which starts on February 19, 12h01am EDT and Ends on March 6 at 11h59pm  - All entries will be checked. The winner will have 48 hours to reply to the email or another winner will be drawn at random.  CANADA and Continental of USA can enter and must be 18 yrs old + 
Disclaimer: Central Bargains and Giveaways was provided with The Baby Bullet for Review purposes and all participant bloggers are not responsible for shipment of said prize.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Celebrating the One's You Love- Our Valentine's Day

This seems to be the year for celebrating! When Valentine's Day rolled around this time, I actually felt motivated to do some special activities with Emily. She's gotten to the perfect age to start doing crafts, games and the like.

I had no idea what I was in for, so I made sure to have a clear space and a lot of different materials to use. We had plans to make Valentine cards for everyone and some cookies.

It took us a few days, but we did it! I made us some cookies to decorate (I had wanted to make the kind that you roll out and use cookies cutters with, but it turned out to be a roll and drop dough. That'll teach me to read the recipe all the way through next time lol). Emily didn't do as much decorating as she did licking the icing off of the top of the very first cookie I gave her. So I made sure to give her her own cookies to work on, with her own icing and sprinkles. After sticky hands and a sticky face cleaned up, I finished the rest while she ran off the sugar buzzing through her veins. I don't often let her load up on sweets, but since it was a special occasion, it was okay.

We used construction paper, glitter glue pens, markers, pastels, and some stickers to make our valentine's. Nothing fancy, just letting her get her hands dirty. :) She loved it.

After all was said and done, Emily went off to see her Grandparents and Aunties for the weekend, while I got the opportunity to spend it with my special someone. We spent the days together continuing our Dexter marathon, and exchanged our handmade gifts. It was absolutely perfect! I'm glad I got to spend it with my loved one's.

What did you do for Valentine's Day?

Monday, 17 February 2014

Riley's Lost Tooth Book Blast (Giveaway ends soon!)

About the Books

Riley's Lost Tooth by Diane Cantrell

Title: Riley's Lost Tooth Author: Diane Cantrell Illustrator: Heather Castles Publication Date: February 16, 2010 Publisher: Brown Books Publishing Group Number of pages: 24 Recommended age: 4+ Summary: Oh no! One of Sunday's very favorite humans, Riley, has lost her tooth! But where did it go? How did she lose it? Why does no one besides Sunday seem to care? It isn't long before the tooth fairy steps in and tries to teach the pups all about growing up. Join Sunday and her two puppy-pals, Precious and Mr. Lee, as they try to hunt down . . . Riley s lost tooth!

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Title: Good-bye Baby Max Author: Diane Cantrell Illustrator: Heather Castles Publication Date: February, 2008 Publisher: Bridgeway Books Number of pages: 32 Recommended age: 4+ Summary: Mrs. B's class excitedly awaits the birth of three baby chicks. When Max is unable to crack open his shell, the children's loving teacher assists them in expressing their feelings of loss and planning a special good-bye.  

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The Buzz

Riley's Lost Tooth: "The book is well written and the illustrations are beautiful. The book will definitely appeal to all children (including children at heart like this reviewer) and their parents / grandparents / elder siblings and other care givers. The book is strongly recommended as a good gift that is educational and also entertaining." ~ 5 Star Review, S.V. Swamy, Amazon

Good-bye Baby Max: "This book is amazing! I have given it as several gifts to my friends with children. It is very well written and the illustrations are fun and colorful. This book it a great tool to help parents and teachers talk to children about loss of a pet and a loved one in general. I 
would highly recommend this book to everyone!" ~ 5 Star Review, Dawn N., Amazon

Good-bye Baby Max: "This colorful, hardcover children’s title Good-bye, Baby Max (Bridgeway Books, Texas, 2007) by Diane Cantrell & Heather Castles is special in its purpose of teaching an invaluable lesson: that of properly saying the final farewell to a loved one who is no more ... Diane Cantrell has created a very purposeful book for children-one that is at once a story, a poem, and a healthy course of helping children get over grief. The book’s illustrations by Heather Castles are very appealing to a child’s imagination. There is a good deal here in Good-bye, Baby Max to learn for children ages 4 to 8 years and the 32-pages book is a must read for all kids of this age category." ~ Ernest Dempsey, Book Corner

Good-bye Baby Max: "I bought this book to help my nieces and nephews deal with the loss of a beloved pet. The storyline and illustrations were used as a springboard to discuss their own loss. I highly recommend this book to anyone that has young children and is looking for a way to help them cope with a loss in their lives." ~ 5 Star Review, Jeanne B., Amazon

Good-bye Baby Max: "[Good-bye, Baby Max] is a tender story about death, a tough topic for young children. Kindergarteners eagerly await spring and the hatching of the class' three chick eggs. But one chick, Max, dies. What ensues is a gentle exploration of grief and its many expressions -- from tears to songs to artwork. At the end, the surviving chicks' peeps encourage the children to embrace the living without forgetting the dead." ~ Michele Siuda Jacques, Detroit Free Press

About the Author: Diane Cantrell

Diane Cantrell  Diane Cantrell began her career in education teaching Pre-K, Kindergarten, and Transitional First Grade. She also worked as a counselor providing assistance to parenting teens in a local school district. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, Diane has provided therapy for adults, families, and children in agencies and private practice settings. As part of her private practice, she offers parent training to her clients and to parents in local schools. Diane is presently writing and publishing children’s books as well as provides counseling services to adults and children in her private practice, Life Designs Counseling. Diane’s time at Fort Sam Houston I.S.D. provided inspiration for Good-bye, Baby Max. The book, which is based on a true story, describes how Ms. B helps her kindergarten class cope with the loss of a classroom pet. At the time Diane wrote the book she was working with many children who were experiencing a great deal of loss in their lives. Her hope in writing Good-bye, Baby Max was that the story would help parents, children, and other caring professionals begin talking about losses rather than responding to their losses from a state of fear. Her second book, Riley’s Lost Tooth, was written for her granddaughter, Riley as a Valentine’s Day present. Mr. Lee, and Sunday are main characters in the book as is Precious, who died before the book was written. When Diane is not involved in writing or listening to people’s stories, she enjoys being with her husband, Rich, and their two dogs, Sunday and Mr. Lee. Diane and Rich live in San Antonio, Texas.

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* $100 Book Blast Giveaway *

Prize: $100 AmazongGift card or PayPal cash (winner's choice) Contest runs: January 20th to February 19th, 11:59 pm, 2014 Open: Internationally How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Diane Cantrell and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions - feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.

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Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Sevengill Toddler Hoodie Review + Giveaway

Where are my shark lovers?!

I love aquatic animals. More specifically, I love sharks, and so does my little one. That's why when I came across this navy coloured hoodie, it stood out to me.

The sevengill, for those who may not know, is a type of deepwater shark. One that inspired Dana of Sevengill Design to start screen-printing her own shirts, after she realized that they were under represented in the design world. Since then she has branched off to include other animals that she feels are as unusual, and under appreciated as this one. You can find her prints on tees, tanks, hoodies, onesies, and in all sizes from women and men, to children and babies.

I love this sweater. Since Emily just turned 2 in November, I requested a size 2 and it fits pretty well. Since she's on the petite side for her age group she still has a bit of growing room, which is perfect! The longer an item of clothing lasts for us, the better. I just flip up her sleeves so they don't get in her way while she's trying to do stuff. 

The front has 44 sharks, each one of them different. It's neat to be able to see the subtle differences between them, and to try and name the ones I know (which really, is just the hammerhead lol). If I feel so inclined one day I may look up what each one is, just for fun. I had no idea there were that many. But until then I'm just going to keep guessing. 
The hoodie is of good quality construction, but I found the sweatshirt material a tad thin for our weather up here in Canada. The hood itself was nice and thick though, so I appreciated that. After a few washes it still looks as good as new, and I haven't started to notice any wear or fading of the sharks so far.

Emily loves her new sweater too. It's one of the ones that she chooses to wear out a lot. If I give her two options, 9 times out of 10 she'll reach for her shark sweater. And if I can get her to put on clothes at all, well that's a win in my books. :)

Connect with Sevengill on Etsy, Twitter, and Facebook to keep up with new designs, sales, and future promotions!


Dana has generously offered a great prize for one lucky Living As We reader.

Prize: Items of your choice (up to $50) from the Sevengill Etsy shop.
Eligibility: You must be 18+ to enter. Open to US/Canadian residents, excluding Quebec. Void where prohibited by law.
Entry period: Starts February 12, 2014, Ends February 27, 2014 at 11:59pm EST.

To enter just log in to the Rafflecopter form below and claim as many entries as you'd like. Don't forget to come back for your daily entries to increase your chances of winning! :) 

A winner will be chosen at random, and will be contacted by email. You will have 48 hours to respond to the notification email before another winner will be selected at random. The winner will be announced in the rafflecopter form once they have confirmed/responded to my email. 

Good luck!!

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Blogger Opp: 2 Winners! US/CAN

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Co-Host spots are $10 via paypal 
Co-host get a TOTAL of 5 links and a link back in the HTML Post the announcement for the chance to win a FREE CO-HOST spot! The blogger who draws in the most sign-ups/referrals will win a FREE co-host spot. If the winner has already paid for a spot, their co-host fee with bee refunded!

Open to US and Canadian residents!

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Prizes: Winner #1 will be selected to win a Gift Card of their choice of Paypal OR Amazon. *Cash prize subject to increase. TBD on number of co-host signups and links. Winner #2 will be selected to win a 1/4 Carat Diamond and Sterling Silver LOVE Bracelet!


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Giveaway will go live ~ March 15th
and end 4/30

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$100 Paypal Giveaway Starts Soon

Jenny Saved A Penny » A blog of reviews  sweeps  giveaways and more.
Hi everyone! I am super excited that Jenny Saved A Penny now has it’s own domain! What better way to celebrate than to host a $100 PayPal giveaway!

There is an option for a free sign-up option with announcement of the blogger opp and this giveaway is for everyone. I am so excited to be hosting this giveaway and if you have any questions, please feel free to shoot me an email at Feel free to check out the website Jenny Saved A Penny and give me feed back. It is still fairly new and a work in progress but I would love the input. The details are as follows.

Monday, 10 February 2014

Polysporin Eczema Essentials: Making Our Lives a Lot Less Itchy

When Emily was just a few months old, we noticed that despite my greatest efforts with regular baby lotion, she was still incessantly itchy a lot of the time! She would get these rashes that would pop up, seemingly out of nowhere, and really bother her.

I decided it was time to bring it up at our next pediatrician appointment after the scratching got so bad she was breaking the skin. The doctor prescribed us a pretty common brand here in Canada in the way of eczema daily wash/lotion duos, and suggested to try bathing her just once every couple of days to see if that helped.

Since then, we have the bath/shower thing every couple of days (unless of course she was REALLY messy) and used what the doctor suggested. It seemed to work well enough, but I had always wondered if there was something out there that would do a better job.

Our experience with this line of products has been quite different, and has helped sooth Emily's skin significantly. Polysporin Eczema Essentials Daily Body Wash uses their unique RELIPID™ formula containing lipids, humectants, and emollient and botanical blends to help retain moisture. It is soap/fragrance free, and moisturizes while gently cleansing even the most delicate skin.

The first thing that stood out to me about the body wash was the fact that it lathered. The other brand didn't lather at all. I would use more just to make sure she was clean. It is getting to the point where Em wants to do things herself, and it is a lot easier to get her to wash herself if she can see the bubbles. Our other brand also had a pump top, which I didn't like one bit because it became a game to her. The squeeze bottle design of the Poly products is a lot more convenient for use, and travel both.

The Polysporin Eczema Essentials Daily Moisurizer restores healthier skin (dryness/redness) in just a few days, reduces itch after one use, and helps to restore and strengthen the skins natural barrier function.

The lotion is a lot nicer too. It goes on smoothly, and spreads out easily. It was quickly absorbed and left Em's skin feeling soft. We apply it after every bath/shower. She hasn't really been scratching, and no more scabs, thankfully. I liked that the lotion was thicker (see below) compared to the one we were using previously. It went on more evenly, and there was a noticeable difference. The other brand, I had to use a ridiculous amount of the moisturizer and she would still be itchy.

For those extra irritated days, there's also an Anti-itch cream, but since starting with the Poly line, we haven't had to use it yet. I'll be sure to let you know how it works should we ever need it.  It can be used on children ages 2 and up, and works to relieve any eczema flare-ups that may occur.

Do you know someone who deals with eczema? You can find more info here.

Disclosure: I am part of the POLYSPORIN® Eczema EssentialsTM Blogger Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.