Saturday, March 29, 2008

Scribblescratch Giveaway

Teresa is holding a new contest over at her personal blog. Those entering have a chance at winning a lovely and uniquely designed half moon handbag by Patti. Teresa is also willing to ship the prize anywhere, so no matter where you live you can participate.

So, are you wondering what you have a chance at winning? I thought so!

This contest will run from today, March 22nd until Sunday, March 30th with a deadline time of 11:59PM EST

The 4 Fab Women of Mommies United

It's another scavenger hunt at Mommies United. Come join the fun. First let's all meet the women who started Mommies United.

Christine is a mom of 6 and loves to share about her family and the products they use at From Dates to Diapers.

Shanda is a mom of 2 and has a children's boutique called Lemon Kisses and also shares great products for families at ParentsWithStyle.

Kristin is a mom of 1 and shares life with her family at An Ordinary Life, which she started on December 20, 2006.

Amanda is a mom of 2 who shares her life at mommymandy. She also makes cute hair bows and headbands.

Now that we have met everyone, let's explore Mommies United. They (the 4 fab women) started Mommies United as a place where moms can come together. They write great reviews on products you are wanting to try or have even never heard of before. They plan on hosting more parties and having some great giveaways in the future.

Cloth Diapers from Mandi's Menagerie at From Dates to Diapers

From Dates to Diapers, and beyond and Mandi's Menagerie have teamed together to give one lucky reader a brand new fitted newborn diaper and snappy cover. Mandi's Menagerie is a great shop with handmade diapers and very cute handmade clothing. Take a look at the cuteness and maybe enter to win the diaper. You have until April 6 to enter.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Ultreo at Momsational

momsational is having a contest to win an Ultreo Ultrasound Power Toothbrush. Enter before April 9.

Come Have a Seat in My Laundry Basket (alt title: My Worst Furniture Purchase)

I don't own much furniture. I have a bed, a desk, a coffee table, two end tables, and a chair. Not a lot. The chair I have, I was really excited about buying but have come to realize it might not have been a great purchase.

The chair I purchased was a Papasan chair from World Market. (picture at left is a Papasan. Mine is a cream color) At first this chair was great. Nice and big and mostly comfortable. I rarely sit in it. It isn't all that comfortable or stylish for that matter. Not that it really matters because the chair has transformed. It has become a laundry basket. It holds all of my clean clothes, folded and waiting to be put away. It never happens. The clothes always sit in that huge wicker chair. It makes a great laundry purchase but not a great furniture purchase.

I'm in luck in the furniture department though, PingandWin is having a giveaway for a LoveSac. I would love to win one of these. I could get rid of my laundry basket (chair) and replace it with the LoveSac. Or I could just add to my piddly amount of furniture. I can guarantee that the LoveSac would be much more comfortable then the Papasan. April 3 is the closing date for this giveaway so if you want to enter, head on over.

Flirty Aprons at The Vintage Pearl

The Vintage Pearl is having a great giveaway from Flirty Aprons. It's their super cute Blue Chocolate apron. You have until March 31 to enter. There is a cute pair of earrings for the runner up as well.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Robeez and The Opinonated Parent Giveaway

The Opinionated Parent

Have you seen those cute new Tredz shoes from Robeez? They look like a great shoe for playing outside and for in between soft-soled and regular shoes. I think they are cute.

The Opinionated Parent is giving away a pair of sandals of your choice. You have until March 31 to enter.

Here is my choice if I win:

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The Laughs Will Go On hip-T Giveaway

The Laughs Will Go On is having a great giveaway for a hip-T. These are those tube top type shirts that you wear around your belly/hips so that if your shirt or pants go in any direction they aren't supposed to, you won't show any skin.

I would love to win one of these. Enter by March 31.

MommyKnows and Ugly Fish Tshirts

MommyKnows and (a great place to shop for baby and toddler clothes) are hosting the Ugly Fish Organics Strum Something Tee Giveaway.Go on over and comment and be entered to Win one of two Ugly Fish Organics Strum Something Tees.

Your True Jeans

5 Minutes for Mom and True Jeans are at it again! They are giving away a $200 gift card so you can find the perfect pair of jeans. Find your pair and then enter to win before March 31.

These are my perfect pair:

Christopher Blue Madison Short

Sunday, March 23, 2008

My Spring Reading Thing 2008 List

It's Spring and that means it's time for the Spring Reading Thing 2008 hosted by Callipidder Days. I took part in the Fall Into Reading 2007 and didn't do too bad. I didn't meet all my goals but I did okay.

This time I am hoping to complete my goals. Maybe I won't put so many books on my list this time. I mostly read fiction books but have recently received a non-fiction book I will probably add to my list. Oh my! Non-fiction! I haven't read anything like that in a long time. Last time was probably in college and it was probably a text book. (I have two I just looked)

I just took a look at my to-be-read pile and it seems rather large. I'm going to list them all but I'm not positive I will get to all of them. My list might (probably will) change as the challenge goes on. I have a book coming in the mail that I might add.

On to my list.


Auralia's Colors by Jeffrey Overstreet (currently reading)

Split Ends by Kristin Billerbeck

Sushi for One? by Cami Tang

Homeland Heroes series by Donna Fleisher
(Wounded Healer, Warrior's Heart, Valiant Hope, Standing Strong)


Experiencing the Resurrection by Henry & Melvin Blackaby (I might treat this book more as a devotional and not read it straight through)

The Meeting of Anni Adams: The Butterfly of Luxembourg by Lonnie D. Story

Friday, March 21, 2008

Run to The Opinionated Parent to See Kai Run

The Opinionated Parent

Run as fast as you can to The Opinionated Parent to enter to win shoes from See Kai Run. You have until March 28 to enter. It is really hard to pick just a few. They are all adorable.

These are my 3 top picks:




Thursday, March 20, 2008

Would You Like Some Tea?

Welcome to my tea party. Come on in. Mind the wet floor. Make sure you don't slip. Pull up a stool and join us for some tea, um . . . . bath water?

Tea parties in our house take place in the bathroom. More specifically in the bathtub. The table is the edge of the tub. My chair is a stool. My niece's is the bathtub. She makes tea and serves it in her pretty little cups and saucers set in a row on the tub edge.

It does make for handy clean up after a tea party. Just dump them right back in the tub for a quick cleaning and your ready for your next guests.

Come join the tea party at Mommies United.

I wish I had a photo to share of our tea parties but it probably is a good thing I don't. That is our tea set though in the top photo.

MomViews in a Rose Cottage

Have you seen the cuter Rose Cottage play sets? My niece seen them on tv and then again at the store. She kept asking if I would buy it for her. She might be in luck because Mom Views is giving a set away. My little niece would be in rose cottage heaven if I won. This contest ends on April 20. There are few different ways to enter so make sure you take a look.

Take a look at the cuteness!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Quilt Giveaway from Old Red Barn Co. Hurry!!

Ok everyone, you better hurry up on this contest I just found because it ends TODAY! at 7pm. Old Red Barn Co. is giving away a handmade quilt and two $35 gift certificates to her all natural body care store.

Go enter the quilt is amazing!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Mommies United Party Time!

Mega Launch Party!

Whew, It's another party! After the last party (UBP) I don't know if I can party again but I'm gonna have to have a V8 or something because this party looks fun. It's the Mommies United Launch Party. This is a two week party starting today (March 17) Happy St. Patrick's Day by the way. There are going to be some games and of course some prizes to be won.

Let's meet the fun mommies who created this great site:

Kristin from An Ordinary Life, Christine from From Dates to Diapers, Amanda from mommy mandy, and Shanda from Parents with Style! Make sure to stop by everyones personal site to get to know them more. I don't think I have ever been to Shanda's site yet but I have been to everyone elses. Some I visit daily.

Come join me in playing some games and maybe winning a few prizes. Here are the prizes I think would be fun to win:

$100 gift certificate to Baby and Me Boutique

House Play Pack from Natural Pod

a Blush Topless Undershirt

a Rockin' Baby Pouch

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Win a Gift Basket from WAHM Spot

The WAHM spot is having a giveaway for a look-a-like gift basket that was giving to Jennifer Lopez. If you would like to enter stop by the WAHM spot before March 31. Winner will be posted on April 4.

The Clean Plate Club & Williams-Sonoma

The clean plate club is giving away a $50 gc. to Williams-Sonoma. I love that store. I can spend forever in there looking at all the different tools I didn't know I needed, such as the mango pitter.

or an avocado slicer. I've been using a knife all these years!

I really do need a new waffle maker because ours broke. Breakfast without the possibility of waffles is not the same. I need a new waffle maker!! Which is probably what I would put the gift certificate towards.

I have been also thinking of getting a yogurt maker. I've heard its not that hard to make your own.

The winner will be picked on May 1 at noon est. So you have plenty of time to enter.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Simple Giveaway

Simple is giving away a Patapum baby carrier. I'm drooling right now while I write this. I have been wanting a buckle carrier for awhile now. Easy on, easy off which is what I need for the 17 month old. She wants up and down all the time. This would be better than having to rewrap a mei tai all the time. No need to head over because I WILL be winning this. Thanks Simple and Attached to Baby.

My Green Family

There is a big emphasis on going Green right now. Is it just a fad or are people really starting to change? I hope people are starting to change. There are several things my family does to stay green.

1. I have switched from using plastic water bottles to using a reusable stainless steel container from Klean Kanteen. I love my new cup. It's easy to clean and refill with filtered water or water straight from the tap. I was drinking so many water bottles that my trash seemed to be only water bottles. I'm happy to say that we have less water bottles in the landfills now that I am using my Klean Kanteen.

2. We plant an organic garden every spring/summer. This is something my family has been doing for years. My niece is especially fond of working in the garden, looking for worms, and eating all of the strawberries.

3. Along with the garden, we have a compost pile that we use. The dirt created from the compost is used in the garden.

4. We bought bicycles last year and try to use them instead of cars whenever possible. I need to get a basket for my bike. This will help with the times I need to carry something and will make using my bike more feasible for those type of errands. Here's my bike: A Suede W from Giant. I love it. It is the most comfortable bike I have ever ridden.

5. We use organic cleaners to clean our house. We have been using Barefoot Home Essentials, which I like but we are starting to run out. We have just recently tried the new Green Works cleaners from Clorox. I would really like to try making my own. I should do a search for some recipes.

6. Bonus tip: In the summer, the girls have a small inflatable pool they play in. After a few days, we use the "grey" water from the pool to water the garden. This is accomplished with buckets and watering cans and lots of help from the 3 year old.

Things I would like to start implementing:

1. As I mentioned before, I would like to start making my own cleaners. I will have to go looking for a recipe unless someone can give me some tips.

2. Recycle the closet full of plastic bags. The closet is so full the door doesn't shut. We often reuse them but generally they sit in the closet multiplying.

What are you doing to be more green? Pediascribe would like to know. If you tell her before March 22, you could win a great bag from Skeeda. I would love to start using cloth bags at the store. Maybe my closet door will be able to shut then. The citrus bag is my favorite. All though, that eggshell bag is pretty cute too.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Born Green at Oh! Baby Buy Products

Oh! Baby Buy Products is having an amazing giveaway for green products for your family. Take a look at all of the products you can win buy visiting before March 28. There will be three winners.

Ellinghouse & Mod Mum Giveaway

Ellinghouse and Mod Mum are giving away a pouch style baby carrier of your choice. I don't think I have to tell you how much I like baby carriers. I think I have said it before. I would love to own one of these. They have some of the cutest fabrics. You have until March 24 to enter.

I think I would choose:


It is a very hard decision.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Skipping Hippos at Mom Views

Mom Views and Skipping Hippos are giving away a beautiful poncho of your choice. You have until March 12 to enter.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Baby Scholars is Simply Amazing

Simple is having another amazing giveaway. This time they are giving away a $100 gift certificate to BabyScholars. I just checked them out and they have some wonderful products. My niece would really love the Giant Fire Truck Floor Puzzle. You have until March 17 to enter.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Ultimate Blog Party and a Little Bit About Me

Ultimate Blog Party 2008

Welcome, Ultimate Blog Party Hoppers! I hope you are all having fun meeting new people and finding some great new sites to add to your daily visits. I sure am.

I'm lace. You might have seen me around. I have many blogs I like to visit and love to comment as well.

I blog on a daily (sometimes several times a day) basis, finding great giveaways to tell you about. I blog here and at Prizey. If you haven't visited Prizey yet you must. It is a great tool for finding some amazing giveaways.

I've never really done a post letting everyone know who I am. I just kind of jumped right in and started my blog. I began my blog in April 2007 (wow, my 1 year is coming up!) My first few posts were sporadic and about my favorite places to visit on the web. I entered a contest at Cool Mom Picks and won! I had been entering contests online for awhile, mostly at but had never won anything. I discovered all of the wonderful and generous people there were in blogland and decided to let some friends know about my discovery. My blog was born! If you browse through, you see that most of my posts are about giveaways you can enter with little bits of me strewn throughout.Z Recommends

On to the party! Oh don't forget that there are some amazing prizes you can win.

These are my favorites:

7. Bead Dangle Photo Tile Necklace from Elemental Memories
84. ModMum Sling from SazzyFrazz
15. $50 Kids Magical Wonder

11, 60, 59, 39, 37, 55, 19, 103, 117, 140, 129

Looking Great at All Times with Ann Taylor

Ann Taylor has a new maternity line. They have some of the stylish looking maternity clothes I have seen. It's important to look good while pregnant because you might not be feeling all that attractive to begin with. Putting on some great looking clothes that fit well can boost anyones mood whether pregnant or not. Go take a look at the new line. There are some great looking clothes there.

If you would like a chance to win $100 gift certificate to Ann Taylor, you are in luck. Crazy Hip Blog Mamas are having a giveaway. This giveaway ends in one week. (March 13?)

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Squeak! Squeak!

Our Blessed Arrows is having the cutest giveaway for squeaky shoes. My friend's little girl has them and they are so cute. I would love to have a pair for my littlest niece.

This giveaway ends on March 10.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Kidazy Has A New Look

Kidazy has a whole new look and to celebrate their new look, they are having a giveaway for a $100 gift certificate to ToysRUs. You have until March 18 to enter to win.

Go take a look at the great new site. Don't forget to take a look at all the wonderful things you could get from ToysRUs also.

I can think of a few things that would be great to have.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Pink Lemonade March Madness Giveaway

Pink Lemonade is having a March Madness giveaway. You can win some amazing prizes. Take a look. This contest will end on March 31. I'm hoping to win the OutMat by go baby. This would be perfect for picnics, story time at the park and just sitting in the yard.

Animal Stacking is Simple

Simple is having a great giveaway for Animal Upon Animal stacking game from HABA. You must enter before March 10. This game looks like great fun. Something me and my niece would love to play together.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Sleepy Wraps at An Ordinary Life

An Ordinary Life and Sleepy Wrap are having a great contest to win a red or black sleepy wrap. I would love to try out a wrap. This is one style of carrier that I have yet to try. I think the littlest one might still fit. She's getting big but I bet it would still work. Just a sec . . . . . . . . Ok, I'm back. I just checked out Sleepy Wraps FAQ for weight restrictions. Here is what I found out:

What are the weight/age recommendations for these wraps?

There are no weight restrictions. The design of the baby wrap equally distributes the weight of your baby so there are no pressure points on mom or baby. It is ideal for the first year of life, but you may use it as long as you and your baby are comfortable. We know of a happy mom who is still carrying her thirty pound two year old in her Sleepy Wrap. (We experimented with carrying our four and a half year old and she loved it, the Sleepy Wrap didn't show any stress or overuse. Yet, my husband decided after a couple of minutes, that big girls should use their own two feet.)

So it looks like I would be able to use the wrap for the littlest one after all. I'm in! You must enter before March 29.

Here's a testimonial from their site "I love your wraps and find them to be the most economical and so comfy." Merrijayne M

Saturday, March 1, 2008

iMommies, iPods and Shamrock Shakes

*update* I WON!! How exciting! I feel double lucky. My McDonald's has Shamrock Shakes and I won an ipod. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

iMommies is having a giveaway for two green iPod shuffles. You have to enter by March 14 with a fact/trivia/tradition about St. Patrick's Day.

Did you know that the first Shamrock Shake to be made at McDonalds was in 1970? I loved Shamrock Shakes as a kid. I had one several years ago (maybe 10 because they are getting much harder to find) and it didn't taste the same as I remembered them. Very few McDonalds sell them so consider yourself lucky if one near you sells them this March.

Here's a fun commercial for Shamrock Shakes