Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Like Me on Facebook Hop #33

Welcome to Like Me on Facebook

Would you like to be the next Co-Host?

Scheduling NOW!

This is a link up designed for bloggers who want to increase their facebook likes
and share their facebook pages with others.

Come back for Mom's Monday Mingle to link up your blog!

**Facebook doesn't recognize likes from blog fan pages. Please use your personal account to like.
***Please comment on facebook pages so we can make sure to RETURN follows.
Thank you!

Maggie Bag and Sibu Omega 7 Chocolates Giveaway

We Welcome you to the Maggie Bag and Sibu Omega 7 Chocolates Giveaway

The Giveaway is Hosted By Oh! My Heartsie  
Thank you to My Co-Hosts For Helping Me To Sponsor
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Enter this amazing Giveaway using the Rafflecopter form below. Also, please use the survey form below the rafflecopter and state that you are entering on SO SEW MAMA. Thank you and good luck!

One Lucky Winner Will Win a Maggie Bag Butterfly Bag as Pictured and 
Sibu Omega 7 Chocolates
Starts 1-23 and Ends at 11:59 on 2-6

Should You Decide To Purchase From Maggie Bags Receive:
Discount Code: Heartsie15  This code is for our readers and gives 15% off Maggie Bags 
Premier Line until Feb. 28, 2013. This code is case-sensitive.

I received the Maggie Butterfly Bag in pink and brown and I was amazed to find our how well constructed the bag was. It will work well for traveling, it has many pockets inside to store things like cosmetics and traveling essentials. Read More  Maggie Bags Review

Sibu Omega 7 Truffles
I have been working with Sibu now for a while and was offered to try their Sibu Mega 7 Chocolates Truffles. There are 16 pieces in each box with 2 as a serving. There are two flavors one in Dark Chocolate and the other Milk Chocolate. The chocolate are individually wrapped/branded chocolate truffles. They are a custom made with a special proprietary Belgian liquor chocolate blended with 240 mg of Omega-7-rich sea buckthorn oil in each truffles 
Read More Omega 7 Chocolate Review

Rafflecopter Here
Maggie Bags requested that we extend our giveaway to the 28th to correlate with the Discount Code: Heartsie15  This code is for our readers and gives 15% off Maggie Bags Premier Line until Feb. 28, 2013. This code is case-sensitive.

I received no compensation for this post and So Sew Mama is not responsible
for prize distribution, it is the responsibility of the companies to direct ship to winner 
by notification or Oh! My Heartsie once winner is confirmed

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Valentines Blog Giveaway Sign up

Valentine Maggie Bags Sibu Omega 7 Chocolate Truffles Giveaway
Is being Hosted By Oh! My Heartsie & Mommies Point of View
Prize is a Butterfly Bag
And Sibu Chocolate Truffles
Value Approx. $160.00
Starts 1/23 to 2-6
Free Blog Event! For Maggie Bag and Sibu Truffle Giveaway 
➢➢Signup Is Here Bloggers Wanted Signup Here

Please say So Sew Mama referred you.

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Monday, January 21, 2013

How did you feel the moment you became a parent?

This post is supposed to be about how I felt the moment I became a parent. Since there are no words to describe the amazement I felt, I want to tell the story with pictures. My first child was born in 2008 by emergency c-section after she just would not come out and my blood pressure rose above 160/100. 

Afterwards I could barely move my fingers. Sadly, I could not breastfeed her right away like I could with my second and third born. Which in turn created obstacles for us with breastfeeding. It eventually worked out and she was exclusively breastfed after being home from the hospital.

What my spouse loves most about me

Have you ever asked your spouse what they love about you?
I'm not sure the topic has ever come up. It doesn't seem like something that is needed. But I'm also different from you. 

I think he loves how much alike we are. It's as though we are the same person sometimes.
Also, I'm not sure many women would be able to deal with him the way I can.

What do you think your spouse loves about you?

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The 5 Money Personalities

You probably had no idea that there were even money personalities let alone 5 of them. I didn't either until I read this book. You can take the quiz here to figure out your primary and secondary money personality

The 5 Money Personalities : Speaking the Same Love and Money Language, Scott Palmer

This book will help you be realistic with each other on how best to achieve your financial goals and perhaps cause you to see each other in a new light, help to curtail any financial arguments and perhaps cause you to start dreaming of a great future together again. The book is short, at 180 pages, and is written in an approachable and easy-to-read manner. The 5 money personalities is intended to be read with your spouse over a 90 day period.

Jewelry Candles Giveaway & More

Sponsors: Jewelry Candles and Wonderful Thins In Life
  Hello guys here is a wonderful giveaways that will make your Valentines day brighter. 

This giveaway starts January 20 and will end this coming February 5. 

You will win either a Jewelry Candle, handmade earrings, handmade bracelet, or an assorted handmade thank you cards. Join now and who knows you will be one of the winners. This is open US and world wide...Just fill up the rafflecopter below...
Extra Entry.. So Sew Mama referred you.
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Disclosure: So Sew Mama is not responsible for the prize shipment. Only the sponsors are the one responsible for it.
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FamilyShare.com A Great Family Resource

You can find a lot of great family resources on the web. Such websites as Babycenter.com, WebMD.com, Whattoexpect.com can be very helpful. 

Recently I stumbled across FamilyShare.com. It's really easy to navigate and has a clean and fresh look to it. I had no problem signing up. It was quick, easy and above all free.

You can find a lot of different bite size articles on FamilyShare.com. There is a little of something for everybody.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

What are the things you wish you were great at?

We all have our flaws, whether we would like to admit them or not. As much as we try to hide behind our masks we know the truth. 

We are all bad at something. That is just a fact. 

Show and Tell Sundays! It's a blog hop

Show and Tell Sunday

My first ever linky party

So Sew Mama

Saturday, January 19, 2013

My five greatest accomplishments

Continuing with our 30 things series is a post about accomplishments. 

What have you accomplished that you are proud of?

  • The biggest accomplishment in my life would have to be my kids. Obvious really, they are my entire world.
  • Finishing my G.E.D. If you have read my previous posts on bullying, you will understand why I did not finish high school. But getting my G.E.D diploma is still an amazing accomplishment that I am proud of.
  • Getting into College while raising my children. My first daughter was a baby when I started, and now I have been going for almost 3 years. It's not easy with kids but that's OK.
  • I grew up. Doesn't seem like an accomplish to you? Well, I have been through so much in life that just being here today is amazing.
  • Breastfeeding all of my children is an amazing accomplishment. Not many moms seem to understand the benefits of breastfeeding. I'm proud to say my children breastfed for at least a year each. (Besides baby girl, whom is still a booby baby)

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Blog Hop Giveaway



Co-Hosted by:

"Fire up February and Ignite Your Senses"

This Blog Hop Giveaway Event is all about you, me, us, and them!  We want our readers to feel great about themselves especially during the month of passion!  Since this is an "Ignite Your Senses" themed hop, prizes can be anything related to the 5 senses - Taste, Touch, Sight, Smell, and Hearing.  *Ideas for each category will be provided in the Facebook Group to help with sponsor/prize ideas*

Because this is a Blog Hop, each Blogger is responsible for securing their OWN giveaway on their OWN blog  at a minimum of $25 total.  The prize can be sponsored or you can self-sponsor.  Each blog can have more than one winner, but each winner must win a prize valued at $25 or more.   2 links on the GP Rafflecopter are free for anyone participating!

Joining this event is FREE with announcement!!  

If you are participating with your own giveaway the cost is for a spot on the Grand Prize is FREE
Link Options:
Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest
Daily Picket Fence Votes or Daily Klout are $3
**If you are a business or organization interested in sponsoring a prize in the "Fire up February and Ignite Your Senses" Event please contact ldybug1682@gmail.com** 

When: 2/11-2/25

Who: Open to US residents in the continental 48 states
**Bloggers worldwide can join in the participation as long as you have at least 50% US readership
Sign-ups close 2/4
**The blogger with the most referrals will receive the additional links at no cost
Click HERE to sign up and for more html info.
Also DON'T FORGET to add yourself to the linkie below if you are participating in the hop.

M.O.O.N. has now added several perks/discounts for frequent participation in our events but you must be a member of our Facebook group to be eligible.  Please visit the M.O.O.N. group if you are a blogger and would like more information regarding these perks and other group events.

 If you sign up for this opp can you please say So Sew Mama sent you. Thank you.
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Describe when you knew your spouse was the one or how I fell in love

Post 15 in my 30 things series

Mike is the best man out there. No man can compare to him. He is compassionite and unerstanding. He believes in me and everything that I want. We are bestfriends and always have been.

We met when we were kids, I was about to turn 16. It was young love, puppy love some would say. For us this wasn't true. As you can see we have three amazing children and a home together years later. 

It was by chance that we met. Honestly, I have been known to call it fate. It  should not have happened but it did.

My friend and I were going to visit another friend who lived up the street. How I managed to not knock on the right door is beyond me. I knew where that friend lived, yet I knowck on the door beside it. There he was, 6 feet something with a goatee and just that italian look about him. That was the beginning of my fairy take. Should I have went back to knock again after? Probably not. But I did, accompanied by my best fried whom egged on the situation. Love that girl. 
He smiled at me and my heart sank. My mom met him that very day. At least I had her meet him. If anything else, she knew I just met a complete stranger. But that is how all friendships start.

We barely spent a day apart after that. Of course, there were plenty of bumps along the way. Young love isn't supposed to last after all. We are both strong and didn't want to give up. So here we are today. Some bruises but we made it. 

It's not your average story, but it is ours. As different as it may be, I love it. 
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5 and weaknesses and 5 strengths

Describe 5 and weaknesses strengths you have.

I've been participating in a series called 30 things my kids should know about me. I'm on post 14, Describe 5 and weaknesses strengths you have. If you want to read the rest of my journey I added a tab for it at the top of the page. 

This can be a difficult question to answer as I believe there are no weaknesses, just challenges we have to overcome. Everything we go through in life makes us who we are, and in turn, better people. With that said, here is a bit about my strengths.

  • I'm a fighter! Not much can break me.
  • I have a kind heart, and I try my best to make everybody happy.
  • I am a perfectionist and want everything to be done right the first time.
  • I'm too helpful. A good helper towards those who need it. Tend to go to any limits while helping someone in trouble.
  • I lose patience sometimes
  • I sometimes get nervous around people

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Amazon and Walmart Gift Card Giveaway

Welcome to the Amazon and WalMart Gift Card Giveaway!

Hosted by Giveaway Promote.

Walmart Gift CardAmazon Gift Card

In celebration of Giveaway Promote reaching an awesome milestone of 25,000 fans on Facebook 
They are giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card and a $25 WalMart Gift Card  

Giveaway Promote is my favorite place to list my giveaways and find other great giveaways to enter. Check them out!
If you're a blogger you should join! They always have the best events.

Enter to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card or a $25 Walmart Gift Card.

Complete the tasks below to earn entries into this giveaway.
Refer your friends, using your unique link, for additional entries. Two winners will be chosen at random from all valid entries.
Open Worldwide.
Ends at 11:59pm EST on February 1st, 2013.
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Bloggers, we'd love for you to join an awesome group giveaway event like this one! Sign up to be emailed about future events hosted by Giveaway Promote.
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Friday, January 18, 2013

Mean Green Cleaner Giveaway

1 Year Supply of Mean Green Products Giveaway

According to their Facebook page, Mean Green works on everything from Fabric to Concrete! Wow! 

Personally, I have used Mean Green products and I can tell you that from experience, this stuff rocks!
Spray a little on a greasy cook top, broiler pan. etc.. and it wipes right off. 

Mean Green Cleaner & Degreaser is a unique blend of biodegradable detergents and No Harmful Fumes makes it perfect for a house full of babies like mine

Blogger Opp! Giveaway is live!

Update: Rebecca is still excepting more Bloggers for this opp! 

New Blogger Opp
Full Review by Rebecca @ Love2EncourageYou
1 year supply of Mean Green Cleaning Products! Runs 1/18 - 2/5. 
ALL bloggers get a Free Facebook link just for posting and sharing. You can get a second free link for Twitter if you share this free blogger opp in a post on your blog. You will get 5 entry points in our Members Only Monthly Giveaway here at Love2EncourageYou Opps & More just for participating in this free blogger opp. 
Sign up through this Form

It's Live, but there is still time.
Don't miss this great opportunity. 
It would be appreciated if you could mention Desiree @ So Sew Mama when you sign up. Thank you.
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Free Fitness magazine

Free Fitness Magazine

Click here to claim your 1 year magazine subscription.

A box may pop up, just click ok.

It says Business address, that is ok you will still get the subscription.

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Mommy's best Cupcakes

Today my little pumpkin and I made the best red velvet cupcakes. It's kind of funny though, she hates chocolate! Such a silly little girl. One day she will see what has been missing. 

Luckily my little boy LOVES his chocolate. He actually kept stealing the cupcakes every time I would go nurse baby girl. I wanted to share what I do when I make cakes and even breads. I have this disorder where I can't follow the directions.  At least that's what the husband calls it. My opinion is that my changes make everything better. I hope you feel the same!

 I also let pumpkin take some photos. She did really well at that also.

Best Cupcakes Ever

3 large eggs
2/3 cups milk
1/4 cup oil or melted butter
1 package instant pudding
1 box Duncan Hines mix

If you are making the frosting you can do so according to the package, or use milk in place of the water.

You can see here I did NOT follow the directions completely. Trust me.

My little pumpkin

Her first time cracking eggs. It didn't turn out too badly.

Just follow the box directions, using the substitutions I gave you and you are golden.

Mix you Milk, and eggs, and oil.
Add your cake mix and pudding mix..

Fill your cupcake pan with your mix.

 Frost your cupcakes as you please.


Enjoying his cupcake

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Cover that bum in fluff! Blogger signups for Switch to Cloth


Dates: February 14th to March 14th
Hosted by SAHM of Drama Queens & a PrinceMy Cloth Diaper StashA Year With Mom and DadMommy of One and Counting and Adventures of Mommyhood. The prize is an amazing cloth diaper prize package featuring over $250 in cloth diapers and supplies.


Free Twitter or Pinterest for promoting sign-ups ($5 without post) Additional links $1.00 each (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest) Follow Host Page $5


Please send as a gift or if sending as a regular transfer be sure to cover the transfer fee on Paypal
(i.e. you purchase 2 links totaling $2, make sure you cover Paypal's fee of $0.36 - fees are 2.9% of money sent plus $0.30), if you are unsure of the fee cost before sending money you can email karine@sahmofdramaqueens.com.


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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Free Blogger Event

Hello Sister Bloggers and Business's!
We are hosting a LeapPad 2 Giveaway!
Bloggers: We are giving away FREE Facebook or Twitter links to those who create an announcement post found HERE. If you wish to not make this announcement post please Paypal via "gift" $1 to Snsdgiveaways@yahoo.com or add $0.20 to cover the transfer fee for regular money transfer.

Business's: Please Pay $5 ( You are not eligible for the FREE link Sorry), your business will be a COMMENT option in the giveaway which the readers will be prompted to visit your website and to come back and tell us which product they would like to buy - OR - IF you have a Facebook you can include your business Facebook link in the RC.
We are also offering 4 Co-host Spots for $10 each.

Co-host spots feature:
- A Follow Page (perfect for boosting your website traffic and lowering your alexa rank!)
- Up to 4 FREE Links on the RC with your Facebook link being one of the first entries
- AND A Backlink to the giveaway HTML
If you would like to purchase more links in this giveaway they are $1 Each we are allowing (Facebook, Twitter & Pintrest)

Once we reach the amount needed we will close this opp and launch immediately. The goal is launch on 2/1/2013 but that all depends on how quickly we receive our signups.
To Sign up go HERE

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FREE Blogger Opportunity

Planters NUT-rition Peanut Butter #Giveaway-- FREE Blogger Opportunity
Event Dates: 1/31-2/28
  I am very excited for this giveaway. This will be my first time hosting a multi-blogger event, and I am so happy to have you join with me!! We have a great prize pack up for grabs, and there will be TWO winners!! 1st Prize will get:  
  • 3 jars of Planters NUT-rition Peanut Butter in the flavors shown above
  • 4 Planters Nut-rition reusable water bottles
  • Mr. Planters 1st place trophy
2nd prize receives:
  • 2 Planters NUT-rition reusable water bottles
  Any payments made for hosting, page hosting, links, etc. Will be used for shipping charges and for future giveaways. How to join:  

Free Facebook or Twitter with announcement post. Grab the HTML HERE or pay $5 fee if not posting.

Sign up Here.

Additional Options:
Additional links $1.00 each (optional) Host a page $5 fee (Optional) Be one of the Hosts $10.00 (Optional 4 spots available) -Host does not pay any other fee As I host you will get: -Name with link of your blog as a host on the post -Mandatory entry links on the rafflecopter (up to 4 links) -Host a page Agree to post the giveaway html on the date the event begins and promote at least 3x a week  

Please send any payments as donation Send PayPal payments to cwigs@live.com

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