Bottle|Band Review and GIVEAWAY!

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I so excited to share Bottle|Band with you today! First things first:

 

What is Bottle|Band?

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Its a cool silicone band that goes around your water bottle giving it a handle and making it easier to carry! Yay! No more dropping my water bottle!
 
My husband and I almost never run with water bottles because it can feel like too much “baggage”, honestly its really annoying to hold a water bottle while running or hiking! I’m always worried about dropping it! Then at home or at the gym I can’t tell you how many times I have dropped my water bottle on the treadmill…Please tell me that I’m not the only one! 🙂 But, not taking/drinking water is so not good for us! Staying hydrated is so important when it comes to taking care of your body. A little Hydration 101: When you drink water you flush out nasty toxins that are in your body…but there are even more benefits…including metabolism boost, weightless,  beautiful and healthier skin  and most importantly {in my opinion} a healthier heart. When we are working out or just simply being active we NEED to stay hydrated, the problem? There are situations when drinking water isn’t easy…like running or when you are in a workout groove at the gym or at home. However skipping the water a pressing on can lead to dehydration, and the only thing dehydration is good for is making you tired with no energy and possibly sick…NO one wants that…and it can be dangerous!

After chatting with the guys at Bottle|Bands about trying out the Bottle|Bands, I have to admit I was pretty excited! Ooh maybe I would actually take a water bottle on my runs and hikes, maybe I wouldn’t be so worried about dropping it!

When I got my bands in the mail my hubby {who is a hardcore runner} was so stoked and immediately wanted to give them a try, sooooo we did! we were both VERY impressed! The Bottle|Band stayed secure the whole time and was really comfortable to use! Yay! We didn’t have to worry about dropping bottles!

BBBottle|Bands and Kids! I LOVE LOVE LOVE these for my kiddos! They are perfect! Our family goes on walks/jogs every night! Especially in the summer we go through a LOT of water…but whose carrying it you ask? Yep! Mom and Dad! Not anymore!  The kids can just loop there water bottle with a Bottle|Band over their handlebar and we are good to go! Mom and Dad love it and so do the kids!

What I love about Bottle| Band:

  • Its one-size-fits all!
  • It’s very comfortable to use
  • Because of the handle you can hang your bottle on your treadmill, a door knob, or at the equipment at the gym!
  • You can customize your very own band! How cool would it be to get matching Bottle| Band for your kiddos team! Walking or running in a charity event? Get matching Bottle| Band for the whole team!
  • Running in a race? BottleBand is perfect for disposable bottle because once you finished you water you can throw your bottle away and put the BottleBand on your wrist and keep on running unencumbered!
  • Bottle| Band costs about $6!!!
  • Bottle| Band comes in a bunch of colors, with different sayings! Check em’ out!IMG_4035
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I don’t have any CONS at all! The Bottle|Bands fit all the bottle I tried including our ninja smoothy cups {my hubby and I have smoothies in them every morning and they are perfect to take on morning hikes}
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I would highly recommend this product to anyone who spends a lot of time outdoors or at the Gym {home gym included!} The Bottle|Band makes carrying and hanging your water bottle super easy!
 

 

 

 

You can WIN IT

I have partnered with The Bottle|Band team for a Giveaway!!!! Click Below to Enter!

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*Giveaway will run from 8/15/14 – 8/29/14  A winner will be selected 8/29/14 – contacted via email friday 8/30/14 *U.S Residents

Special Thank You to Bottle|Bands for this FANTASTIC Giveaway! 

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FunBites Back to School GIVEAWAY!

FB2You may remember the Funbites giveaway I did last September!! It’s the fun cutter that’s perfect if you bento or just want to make food into fun shapes for your kids!

Well, I have exciting news! I am once again partnering with Bobbie {the creator and mama behind FunBites} for another “FunBites Back to School Giveaway!!”

The FunBites cutters are so much, our family LOVES them!! They transform basic boring food into fun little shapes! Turn a cheese single into cute little squares our hearts quicker than it would take you to grab a knife!

FunBites come in three fun shapes:

  • Squares
  • Triangles
  • Hearts

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Okay, but that’s not the biggest news and the most fun part! I want to help FunBites introduce you to the Brand spankin new FunBites gang!! FunBites are the perfect back to school gift for the kids in your life OR maybe the mom in your life…you know the one who is packing lunches daily, this would be a perfect ‘Thank you!’ gift!!!

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Check out that adorable new packaging!
Now these aren’t  just adorable new packages, they are the new characters in the FunBites family! Let me introduce you to {from left to right}

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  • Jackie the dreamer
  • Harry the Hungry
  • Dylan the chef
  • Peter the piggy
  • Lola the princess

We are so excited to have both Dylan the Chef {from last year’s review} and Lola the Princess as part of our daily routine! My kids are in love with the new characters {they want them all!} and they love using them and being able to make their own food into fun shapes!FB3

FunBites are BPA free! They can be either handwashed or thrown in the top rack of the dishwasher! YAY!  I recommend rinsing it or even washing it right after using it that way it’s all ready to go for next time! psst… the kids have even used them while playing with play dough but I don’t fret because they are durable and so easy to clean!
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1 – Place FunBites cutter on top of food.  Remove popper top and set to the side.

2 – Grab cutter handles on both sides, press down firmly and rock 5-6 times to cut through the food.

3 – Lift the cutter up, insert popper top and pop out the bite-sized pieces!

We have really given FunBites are run for its money! We used it on:

I have tried FunBites {both the squares and hearts} on a TON of different things…
  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Melons
  • Cheese
  • Cucumber
  • Zucchini
  • Tomatoes
  • Avocado
  • Potatoes
  • Fresh Homemade Bread
  • Eggs {both hard-boiled and fried}
  • Sliced Lunch Meat {ham and turkey}
  • Banana Bread {the kids LOVE that}
  • Homemade French and Sourdough Bread
  • Brownies
  • Cake
  • Pancakes
  • Grilled Cheese
  • Turkey Sandwiches
  • Ham Sandwiches
  • Chicken Breast
  • Homemade Fried Chicken Breast
  • Turkey Breast
  • Salami
  • Grilled Steak

FB1I want to personally congratulate Bobbie and the funbites family for getting the “Best Kid Product of 2014” by creative child magazine!! Way to go Bobbie!!

How would you like a FunBites? Enter below for your chance to win one!!

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*Giveaway will run from 8/2/14 – 8/10/14  A winner will be selected 8/10/14 – contacted via email friday 8/11/14 *U.S Residents

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TWO AWESOME book GIVEAWAYS!!!

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As a Tommy Mommy I get to giveaway so many amazing books that I just love! This month is no different! Today I’m just giving one book away but TWO! Growing with Jesus: Devotional & The Kid who changed the World!  Don’t for get to enter both giveaways below!

Growing with Jesus:

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Growing with Jesus is one of the cutest little devotional I’ve seen!  It has 100 individual devotionals {they’re not broken down by date but by title}Some of the titles are on

  • Butterfly Wings
  • Above and Beyond
  • God Never Gives Up On You
  • Have Patience
  • God Works in Everything for Good
  • and many more!

I love that it has a Bible verse that corresponds with every single title! Also, something that I love is the “today” section! Each day its a activity, thought or task.

For example page 58-59 “Stay Away from Evil” the verse is second Timothy 2:22 “stay away from the evil things young people love to do” it has the paragraph {‘thoughts to grow on‘} for the devotional and then it’s “today” section it says “will you wear your thinking cap today and make sure your own choices?” Then at the bottom of each page it has a fun little colored box titled “My Amazing World” for this particular days it says “your heart pumps about 72 times a minute or 40 million times a year!” My kids absolutely love my amazing world section! They love to learn all kinds of fun new facts!
Don’t have going with Jesus? Why pleased to announce that I am giving away one copy to one lucky reader just enter below!

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The Kid Who Changed the World:

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The Kid Who Change the World {formally The Boy Who Changed the World} Is fantastic! It’s based on a true story. This is one of my family is all-time favorite books! The book has almost a kind of pay it forward/butterfly effect, being in that it told the story about one character that goes into another character…and so on! The characters are real life people, they aren’t made-up names they are real people like Norman Borlaug and George Washington Carver!

On the inside sleeve it says “the kid who changed the world teaches children how their actions can set off a spark that, in turn, influences the lives of others.” I just love that!

This book is stunningly illustrated! The pictures are beautiful very engaging! Like I mentioned this book is formally the Boy changed the world, my mom gave my oldest son ‘The Boy who Changed the World’ a number of years ago for his birthday, so when I say this is my family’s most favorite book I’m talking over the years! This is the book that my kids go in search out so that we can read it! This is a ‘multiple times’ a nigh, just can’t get enough book! 

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This book encourages children that one little thing can change the world – hence the butterfly effect! It also tells tidbits of history like….do you know the story behind George Washington Carver? It’s fantastic, it’s beautiful, it’s emotional, this is just one of those books that  just makes everybody happy! If you haven’t read The Kid Who Changed the World you need to go grab it for your personal bookshelf!!

I’m pleased to announce that one of my readers can win tThe Kid Who Changed the World! Just enter below!

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Virtue Clues {We Choose Virtues} Review and Giveaway!

IMG_1061I have told you before and I will tell you again and again… I LOVE We Choose Virtues AND so do my kiddos! {Earlier this year I did a WCV review on the Homeschool Kit!} Building character and having virtues is EXTREMELY important to our family. We Choose Virtues has created such and engaging way to teach them these very important virtues:

  • I am diligent
  • I am helpful
  • I am perseverant
  • I am gentle
  • I am content
  • I am attentive
  • I am honest
  • I am kind
  • I am self-controlled
  • I am patient
  • I am obedient
  • I am forgiving

Each of the virtues has a corresponding character to go with it! They all have super fun names thus creating a fun game of matching the character with the virtue! My kids love this game and walk around all day saying the names of the characters and their virtues. For example there is Piggy Bank Frank is Patient, Feather Heather is Forgiving, Hockey Stick in Honest, Oboe Joe is Obedient & Kettle Gretel is Kind…cute huh! WCV has a ton of different kits and items for Families, Homeschooler’s, Church, School Classroom, and Youth!!

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Today I’m super excited to be sharing the Virtue Clue cards with you! These handy-dandy little cards are the size of an average business card and come in clear little case that has a magnet strip on the back! They are perfect to toss in your purse for car trips or just in the car for a fun little game!

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Each Card has the corresponding character along with a fun little saying {my kiddos like to memorize it} on the front! Then the back of the card has a fun little challenge…my older son LOVES these challenges!

I’m totally in love with these little gems! They are the perfect size for kids to handle and have a perfect little lesson on them! I love my parenting cards and our flash cards but there is just something extra special about these little clue cards! IMG_1064I really want to get 2 more sets so each kiddo can have their own set! That way my older son can have his set on his night stand so that we can review before bed, and on rough days he can calm down and review on his own {he already does this with the one set that we have}

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I was already a HUGE We Choose Virtues fan but adding these cards to our Homeschool Kit made me love this program even more…if thats even possible!

So what do you think? Are you in love with WCV yet? You can by these Clue Cards and so much more on the WCV websiteOR….You could enter to win a set of the Virtue Clue Cards right here!! Yes that’s right! My good friend the awesomely wonderful Heather of WCV is offering one lucky winner there very own set of these fantastic little cards! Enter Below!

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BabyLegs Giveaway will run from Saturday September, 28  2013 –  Friday October 4 , 2013.

One winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter. The winner will be contacted October 5, 2013 via email.

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ReusaWool Dryer Balls Review and Giveaway!

willowstore_logoWhen you have kids it can sometimes seem like life is consumed by laundry! Sometimes I come into my laundry room and think ‘where the heck did all this come from’! Honestly I don’t mind doing laundry but what I hate is the over all time and energy it takes to wash and dry.

My friend Catherine over at Willowpads recently sent me an awesome three pack of their 100% Wool dryer balls in neutral {there are a ton of fun colored dryer balls too!} These dryer balls are fantastic! They are a perfect size {about the size of a tennis ball} not too big and not too small! As I mentioned I got a three pack but you can also get them individually. They couldn’t have come at a better time. We had just gotten back from a big end of summer camping trip….with no showers or washers….yeah, my laundry was unpleasant to say the least. We had to wash EVERYTHING, clothes, sleeping bags, blankets, beach towels, and even a few pairs of shoes. Thinking about the drying all blankets was enough to make you cringe…I guess will be an all day process…not so when you have dryer balls! ALL the laundry was washed, dried, and folded before lunch time! I didn’t time it {I wish I did} but I would guess that the blankets dried at least twice as fast with the dryer balls. In the past I would dryer on the longest time…hoping that I wouldn’t have to restart it a second time. Now I have a wonderfully perfect system for washing days with multiple loads {ha! Who am I kidding there are ALWAYS multiple loads} Washed load goes in dryer, both dryer and washer are started, by the time the washer is done so it the dryer! YAY! It’s pretty fantastic I have not idea how I got by with out my dryer balls, but I tell you what I don’t ever want to go back.

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What my dryer balls look life after about 20-30 full dyer cycles!

As with any new product I like to have a little check list of things that I personally think are important. Since I am fairly familiar with dryer balls and this wasn’t my first rodeo I knew EXACTLY what I wanted!

  • I wanted a set {3 or more}
  • NO CHEMICALS! Did you know that many commercial dryer liquids and sheets contain chemicals that destroy the fire-retardant qualities of children’s and adult’s clothing?!
  • I wanted the dryer ball to be about the size of a tennis ball
  • I want dryer ball that is going to last
  • I wanted a dryer ball that is tightly woven wool…you know something that isn’t going to fall apart after a few trips in the dryer!

YAY! ReusaWool Dryer Balls passed 100%! They even have the extra credit score of colored dryer balls {seriously how fun are these colors!}IMG_7835

A few things you might like to know about ReusaWool Dryer Balls:

  • Natural Wool Felted.
  • Reduces Drying Time.
  • Softens laundry naturally, without chemicals.
  • Handmade in the US.
  •  ReusaWool Dryer Balls are the natural solution for softening your clothes without chemicals. Made completely from wool, they help your clothes (and cloth diapers!) tumble dry softly, and reduce the drying time by up to half.
  • Great for all laundry. To use, simply toss 2-3 balls in your wet dryer and start. No need to remove them from the dryer, just reuse!
  • Approximately 9” circumference (about the size of a tennis ball).
  • Use 2-3 balls for fastest drying.
  • Won’t harm your clothes.
  • 100% Wool, some natural pilling may occur over time. Available in natural and colors. The colors are safe for any color laundry, the dye used is fiber reactive, and will not bleed onto your clothing.
  • Lasts for many years! No more dryer sheets!

All are wonderful but I think my favorite is the way dryer balls cut down my drying time…almost in half!

Buy ReusaWool Dryer Balls {$6.95 each or $19.95 for a 3 pack} or WIN a Neutral 3 pack! Click below to enter!

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BabyLegs Giveaway will run from Friday September, 27  2013 –  Friday October 3 , 2013.

One winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter. The winner will be contacted October 4, 2013 via email.

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FUNBITES Review and Giveaway! {Bento for the Littles}

IMG_1016We love bento-ing so we are always looking new fun ways to make creative meals! My boys are really good eaters…but….my daughter Gabbi….PICKIEST. EATER. EVER! I mentioned it before but her body was unable to form enamel on her back teeth so when her molars came in they quickly rotted…and were very painful. Because of this I’m sure you can imagine, but she hated eating anytime that she had to chew. Once she had oral surgery at age 2 she had become so picky…there were a lot of tears shed. It has been an incredibly emotional. She is now learning to like food {Praise GOD!} but it is still a very uphill battle. Gabbi and the boys love cubed cheese, fruit, and veggies! …but oh my, I sometimes think it takes longer to cut then it does for them to eat it! I cannot even express my excitement when I came across FunBites, the idea of being able to transform basic food into fun and tiny shapes…yes please!! The wonderful Bobbie {the awesome mama behind FunBites} sent me a Square FunBites {there’s also hearts and triangles…I will be getting both those asap!}
Ok guys! Seriously this thing is AWESOME!!! I love it so much! I use it multiple times a day! And its SUPER easy to use! Check it out!
IMG_1018FunBites are BPA free! They can be either handwashed or thrown in the top rack of the dishwasher! YAY! Our dishwasher broke {BOOOOO} so we have been hand washing our FunBites and I can tell you it is really easy to get clean! I would recommend rinsing it or even washing it right after using it that way it’s all ready to go for next time!
FunBites is SUPER DUPER easy to use…as Easy as 1, 2, 3!

1 – Place FunBites cutter on top of food.  Remove popper top and set to the side.

2 – Grab cutter handles on both sides, press down firmly and rock 5-6 times to cut through the food.

3 – Lift the cutter up, insert popper top and pop out the bite-sized pieces!

Yep its just that easy! Even my kiddos love using it and since it isn’t sharp I’m ok with that! The twins can help make lunch, dinner and snacks now YAY!

I have tried FunBites on a TON of different things…
  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Peaches
  • Melons
  • Cheese
  • Cucumber
  • Zucchini
  • Tomatoes
  • Avocado
  • Potatoes
  • Fresh Homemade Bread
  • Eggs {both hard-boiled and fried}
  • Sliced Lunch Meat {ham and turkey}
  • Banana Bread {the kids LOVE that}banana
  • Pancakes
  • Grilled Cheese
  • Nutella Sandwiches
  • PBJ Sandwiches
  • Turkey Sandwiches
  • Ham Sandwiches
  • Chicken Breast {boneless grilled and pan-fried}
  • Homemade Fried Chicken Breast
  • Turkey Breast
  • Salami
  • Grilled Steak {the kids LOVED it and it was so quick and easy!}

That’s all I can think of right now! I had zero issue with all of the above. The steak took a little extra time but thats to be expected! FunBites isn’t just for kids…you can make a yummy chicken salad in no time! I have loved it not only for the little but for my hubby and myself!

Buy It: On FunBites website and get 20% off your order when you enter the code: Bloom
Win It: One Lucky Reader Will Win A FunBites of their choice!! YAY!
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BabyLegs Giveaway will run from Sunday September, 22  2013 –  Sunday September 30, 2013.

One winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter. The winner will be contacted September 30, 2013 via email.

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Ballerina BabyLegs Review and Giveaway!

1185838_10151680715872099_458560116_nIf you know me or have hung around The Life in Bloom for any length of time then you know that I love love LOVE BabyLegs! We have been BIG fans of BabyLegs since we got our very pairs in the spring of 2009 {yes they are still regularly used!} My kiddos wear them ALL the time {winter, spring, summer & fall} & I cannot tell you how many times we have been out and another mom has stopped me to ask “what kind of socks are those” or “are those BabyLegs”…its pretty frequent! IMG_3846

Being a child of the 80’s I love leg warmers…that’s pretty much the only fashion of the 80’s that I feel was acceptable 😉 {hehe} Anyway…this year my little miss started ballet/tap class {seriously ADORABLE} and I knew she would be rockin some AWESOME leg warmers! My friend Lauren over at BabyLegs sent us some fantastic pairs! All are PERFECT for little miss in her class!Untitled-2The names from left to right:

Aren’t they adorable?For our first day of ballet/tap Gabbi selected her “ballerina” legwarmers {so fitting}! Oh and guess what? EVERY. SINGLE. other mom asked “what kind of legwarmers are those!” Now that we are coming back into the cold seasons {its already stinkin cold at night} I can guarantee that my purse with have at least 3 pairs of BabyLegs! The are perfect for the boys to wear on their arms with t-shirst and little miss to wear with dresses and skirts {and of course under jeans and pants for all three!}balletdanceBabyLegs have ALWAYS topped my “mama’s must have list!” It all started when we bought our first pair{s} for the twins. BabyLegs were a lifesaver on cold days and nights when they needed changes. The winter after they were born was COLD and we got tons of snow but…my babies were always warm and cozy! Since then we have had crawlers, potty training, soccer and now ballet…and…BabyLegs have been right there with us! Psst, BabyLegs can be used for other things too…my hubby can often be seen running in our neighborhood with a BabyLeg folded in half around his upper arm acting as a phone/mp3 player holder…why? We have had the “real” ones they make for runner and he NEVER uses them. With the BabyLeg, he told me its more protected. ALSO it is way more comfortable!

Here is a small list of why I love BabyLegs!
  • They make for easy outfitting. In the summer or the winter they are fantastic!
  • Fall in the Pacific Northwest has warm days and COLD evenings…I throw in some BabyLegs in my bag and we are totally covered! I the winter I love putting BabyLegs on all the kiddos under their pants or jeans…even with a short-sleeved shirt!
  • They are SERIOUSLY CUTE and very well made! Even after tons of washes they look great!
  • BabyLegs are cool! My older son loves to pick a different pair for each soccer game! I always have other parents asking me “Where did you get those cool socks?” they are always so surprised that they are BabyLegs!
  • PERFECT for Dance class! My little model will show you just how cute they are!

So you are totally in love right?!?! You can head over and order BabyLegs at their website  OR You can enter to win an AWESOME prize pack here! The fantastic Lauren at BabyLegs is offering one of YOU a great prize pack of two pairs of legwarmers and two pairs of socks {winner picks either boy or girl prize pack!!} AWESOME! Click Below to enter!

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BabyLegs Giveaway will run from Saturday September, 21  2013 –  Saturday September 27, 2013.

One winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter. The winner will be contacted September 28, 2013 via email. The winner will 48 hours to respond and claim their prize.

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