Saturday, March 16, 2013

GIANTmicrobes Penicillin Review and Giveaway

Recently my family had the opportunity to try out our very own GIANTmicrobe. It was a big hit as soon as it arrived. My kids have gotten a kick out of it. It came at just the right time too. I'm learning all sorts all cool things in Anatomy and my kids have enjoyed looking at pictures of different organisms and cells. I'm so happy that they could see what a cell looks like in a much more child friendly way. It has been a great experience for the entire family. We got to teach them a lot from it.

About GIANTmicrobes:
Founded in 2002, their mission at GIANTmicrobes Inc. is to produce unique and interesting gifts for children and adults alike. Offering dozens of stuffed toys and other products, GIANTmicrobes has created a fun and easy way for everyone to learn more about common, and not so common, health problems, viruses, and diseases. So whether you're interest is educational, medical, or just plain old entertainment, they're your number one source for all things microbial! 

This is such an adorable way to teach our children about health and the human body. There are many different GIANTmicrobes to choose from and we had a hard time deciding. Obviously getting chlamydia was out of the question. But Meningitus, Rotavirus, Cancer, and the Flu were high on our list.

I wanted to teach them that even though there are illnesses, we have these amazing treatments such as Penicillin which combats illness. This is a great learning system and we had a lot of fun. Our Penicillin arrived with a tag attached with additional information on Penicillin. It was great to be able to use that information to explain it better to my kids. 

Where to Buy:
You can purchase your very own GIANTmicrobe directly from Most microbes come in 3 different sizes the Original $8.95 (5-7″ plush doll), the Petri Dish $12.95 (3 mini microbes), and GIGANTICmicrobe $29.95 (15-20″ plush doll). They also have a wide variety of other merchandise.

Giveaway Time
GIANTmicrobes has so graciously offered my readers a chance to win their very own! 
Thank you.

The giveaway will run 3/16 through 3/24.
The winner will receive an original GIANTmicrobe of their choice.
You must enter your email address to be eligible. All other entries are not required, but increase your odds.
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Friday, March 15, 2013

10 FREE graduation Announcements

Graduation day is tough for adults. They go to the ceremony as parents. They come home as contemporaries. After twenty-two years of child-raising, they are unemployed. ~Erma Bombeck 

Tiny Prints Graduation Invitations - 10 Free

OK, so graduation may be a tough time for you parents, but that doesn't mean you can't celebrate in style. Why not announce the accomplishment and throw a party? 

Tiny Prints can help you do just that. For one week only you can get 10 FREE Graduation Announcements or Invitations. 

They have more than 300 designs to choose from and you can customize the cards with pictures of your graduate, your own text, and more. 

Check out their designs and make sure to use the code GRAD2013 at checkout to get the cards for free. You only have to pay for shipping, which starts at $4.50. You can get them faster, of course, with the priority shipping options. 

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Free $10 gift card to Educents before April 2, 2013

Sign up now and get a FREE $10 gift card. 

Hurry you have to sign up with before they launch to qualify!

They launch April 2nd 2013.

Just sign up using this link and you should receive your free gift card after they launch. I for one cannot wait to see what kind of educational products they have to offer.

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Foldin' Money Giveaway

Welcome to the Foldin' Money Giveaway.

 Sponsored by Foldin' Money

Foldin' Money makes gift giving fun! Foldin' Money provides templates for you to fold money into various shapes. You can give a money gift of almost any denomination just by using different bills in the design. Gift giving has never been more fun! Check out my Full Review.

Enter below to win a 4 pack Foldin' Money Kit! (Valued at $18.95)

Jenn, Mom Of Two Munchkins was provided with a free sample of this product to review, and was under no obligation to review it. Nor was Jenn, Mom Of Two Munchkins under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. So Sew Mama is not responsible for shipping of prize. Foldin' Money has the sole responsibility for shipping of prize. Prize value is approximately $18.95.
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Tropical Traditions Review and Giveaway

Recently I was given the great opportunity to review Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil. We loved our Coconut oil. I'm not a big fan of eating anything with Coconut but my husband swears by it. There are so many great uses besides cooking for Coconut Oil. Just to name a few.It's great for your skin.
  • It works well on our babies diaper rashes.
  • I have used it in my hair and had great shine results.
  • It is much better for you then a lot of other oils in cooking.
We even used it in a cloth wipe recipe! It is such a diverse product. Tropical Traditions Gold Label is made by hand in small batches at family farms. They are really committed to bringing us the best quality products possible. That is why I choose to stick with tropical Traditions. I absolutely love the smell of coconut, I just can't stomach it. 

Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil - 32 oz.
Win 1 quart of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil!

Tropical Traditions is America’s source for coconut oil. Their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is hand crafted in small batches by family producers, and it is the highest quality coconut oil they offer. You can read more about how virgin coconut oil is different from other coconut oils on their website: What is Virgin Coconut Oil?

Tropical Traditions also carries other varieties of affordable high quality coconut oil. Visit their website to check on current sales, to learn about the many uses of coconut oil, and to read about all the advantages of buying coconut oil online

Since the FDA does not want us to discuss the health benefits of coconut oil on a page where it is being sold or given away, here is the best website to read about the health benefits of coconut oil.

There are hundreds of uses for coconut oil

Giveaway Time!!
Open 3-15 - 3/24

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Open to US and Canada
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Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. If you order by clicking on any of my links and have never ordered fromTropical Traditions in the past, you will receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil, and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you
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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Honey Bee Holistic's Review

Recently I was given the great opportunity to review some samples from Honey Bee Holistics
Melissa was great to work with she gave me quite a few samples to work with and we have loved them all.

Our Samples:
Organic Baby Bee Diaper OintmentOrganic Baby ease Massage oil

My favorite product would have to be the Calendula Lotion. At first it doesn't seem to have much of a scent. But once I put it on the aroma of the Calendula quickly surrounded me. It has to be once of my favorite scents. It moisturizes 100% better then most big name brands. This lotion worked amazingly on not only my skin, but on all three of my children. It did not irritate their eczema at all. Definitely love at first scent. ha. I love how she uses fresh ingredients in making her products. No harmful chemicals here!

 The Baby Bee Diaper ointment worked great. We rarely have issues with diaper rash as it is but this was definitely a great add on after bath time. It smells incredible too! Not too often do I find a diaper cream that smells this great. It definitely has a calming factor to it. Which must be the Lavender. It is also a plus that it did not cause our cloth diapers to repel. Yay. That is extremely important if you are using cloth. A lot of the diaper creams with zinc will harm your diapers. I absolutely love this diaper ointment.

You already know how I feel about stuff that smells great. Well, the baby massage oil has the perfect mix of Lavender, Calendula, Chamomile. It goes on easy and is perfect for bonding with baby. If you have never given your little one a massage you should try it. It works wonders with a colicky baby as well. Baby girl loves having her feet rubbed, and with this massage oil it created an extremely relaxing experience for both of us. Melissa also gives an instruction pamphlet on how to massage your baby with every purchase. We couldn't get enough of it. 

If you are a breastfeeding mom you know how important a good ointment is. We don't need chapped or sore nipples. That takes away from such a beautiful experience. This ointment works great. I have had no issues, and I do have sensitive skin. Even though the ingredients are organic I still wipe it off before nursing. Which I would also do for Lanolin as well. That is just my preference. 

I highly recommend Honey Bee Holistics. We had such a great experience using these products. Melissa sent us these products for review purposes and she is also sponsoring a giveaway! Head over to my Mama Madness giveaway and win some amazing products. 

Check out Melissa's blog.
Like Honey Bee Holistic's on Facebook.

What would be the one thing you would love to try?

I received the products noted above for review purposes. Even so, all opinions are 100% my own. I was not compensated for this post. So Sew Mama was not required to write a positive review.
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Stork Stack

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App Finity App Drive Review

App Finity App Drive Review
Sponsored by: Toys "R" Us

Get behind the wheel of the ultimate driving simulator! Using patented touch pad technology, the AppDrive puts you right in the race! 4 console buttons deliver shifting, breaking, drifting and more! Customize each one while your race through popular licensed and non-licensed games. Whether it's stock cars, planes or motocross, AppDrive puts you behind the wheel!

The AppDrive can be broken up into two parts: the holding area designed to cradle an iPhone or select Android phone (those with screens the size of the iPhone), and the mechanism that activates onscreen gaming functions. The AppDriver lets you truly get the feel of driving games. The thumb buttons are matched with index finger triggers under the wheel. Note the small “shelf” over the top of the screen, which hides the touch pads.

AppFinity AppDrive Features

Compatible with:
iPod Touch (4th Generation), iPhone 3Gs, iPhone 4, iPhone 4s and Android

  • Motion Controlled Steering (gyroscopic)
  • Multiple Driving Apps to Download
  • Completely Customizable Controls

Includes: 1 App Drive Wheel, 1 User Instruction Guide

AppFinity – AppDrive completely make the racing games more easy, more real to play!

I love how you can freely move around the room making your own racing sounds to your heart’s content. Which is a must have for kids! It was hilarious to watch actually.

iPhone 4/4s


Gas/brake buttons

To begin with, the physical condition of the AppDrive is well done. It’s a great size, not some cheap wheel that can fit in one hand. The AppDrive wheel itself feels great. It’s plastic, but with textured rubber grips that makes it easy and comfortable to hold onto. It could have been maybe a half inch wider on each side, to allow more room for larger hands not to bump up against, but kids will have no problem. The wheel features four buttons (two on the front, two paddles on the back) that are in just the right places, and work in a unique way. I highly recommend this as a gift to a child or even a parent. 

Buy It: $19.99 at Toys "R" Us

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Why Rent Timeshares? *Giveaway*

It's always a great idea to have a family vacation. It is the perfect way to create new memories and just get away. I know I cannot wait for our First vacation.The chores of daily life can really ware out a mama, or dada. 

The fact is, it can be expensive. 

Timeshares can really help cut the cost in half! If you factor in how much the average hotel room or suite will cost for a family of four, you will understand. I also have a family of 5, so this just wouldn't be great. We need a two bedroom at least! You can buy a timeshare and save yourself the agony of a useless hotel for practically the same cost! It pays off in the long run. Renting a timeshare is great way to cut the cost and borrow a space. Definitely a great idea if you are "shopping" for a new getaway destination. Which is great for yearly vacations.

What's more, you get that perfect home away from home feel. Usually with a full kitchen! Definitely a win-win for everyone involved.

HOT destinations:


HOT resorts:

Disney's Beach Club Villas

Marriott's Maui Ocean Club
The Manhattan Club
The Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas is a great resource for searching or selling timeshares. Once I logged on I had the chance to sign up as a guest. That is one feature I am particular about. Why purchase something that you are not sure will work for you? A membership however, gives you bit more access and the ability to sell or purchase. This way you know what you are REALLY getting for your money. There is also a great forum on 

I was curious to see what that was all about. If you are looking to sell or rent a timeshare than is your destination. Their website is so easy to navigate. I had no problem search "kid friendly" timeshare rentals.

You can also chat with real people!

I found a great resort in Orlando, Florida for just $71 a night. That is such a great deal. It was extremely easy to find pricing. I really enjoyed "shopping" on I'm hopeful now to be able to find something that is easy on my wallet. is giving one of my reader a FREE 2 year membership to! 
Find your dream destination.

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Just Simply Baby $25 Gift Card Giveaway $25 Gift Card Giveaway

I absolutely love Just Simply Baby. There are always amazing daily deals. 
Right Now You can get a cloth diaper with 2 inserts for just $7.49! Go here to check out the deals for today!

Even better, use code JSBAR52 and get 10% off your first order!

There are also great items on clearance!

Just Simply Baby gave me the opportunity to give away a $25 to one of my fans! 

Enter using the rafflecopter form below. 

Open March 14 - 24

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Boogie Wipes and Kandoo Review and Giveaway

Kandoo and Boogie Wipes Review and Giveaway!!

It seems as though cold season is EVERY season. Especially when you have children in school. My son also has asthma and it seems as though he always gets it the worse. We are battling some bugs in our home right now. Luckily myself and baby girl are perfectly healthy. (Yay breastfeeding)

We received two 30 count packages of Boogie wipes, Kandoo hand sanitizer and flushable wipes. 

I really wish I could say more about the flushable wipes but my son decided how much fun it would be to tear it open and pull every wipe out! Needless to say, my daughter was extremely upset. She LOVES flushable wipes. 

This is the time when we take out our Boogie wipes! I kid you not this stuff comes in handy. Not everyone likes the wetness but it keeps those red irritated noses away. My favorite part. 

I love how soft boogie wipes are. They are gentle enough for baby noses and tough enough to get all the crusties off. (eww)

The smell is great and comes in a variety. Choose from Fresh, Grape,
Menthol, Unscented.

We really love the hand sanitizer as well. It's great for in between hand washings and extremely easy for small kids to use. My kids loved how it would foam in their hands. It was too much fun actually. Kandoo left their little hands extremely soft and it smelled great. It has a very light scent which is perfect.

Take the Oath to keep yourself super clean at, and receive a special Super Power Clean Kit! Look for the new and improved Kandoo Personal Care line, including Shampoo, Body Wash, and Hand Soap at most major retailers and online.

You can find 45 count packs of FRESH scent Boogie Wipes available now in most major retailers like Target, Walmart and BabiesRUs. 

COMING SOON! Cotton Candy scented Boogie Blasters.  Boogie Mist – saline mist with a twist!  Snot Your Average Kid contest winners to be featured on our 90 count Canisters, which will also include a 90 count Simply Unscented canister – coming Spring 2013!

 TEACHER KITS: Perfect for classroom boogies!  This kit contains 2 – 90 count canisters (1 Grape, 1 Fresh), 2 – 30 count packs (Grape, Fresh), 1 classroom poster, 50 samples, and 50 Boogie coupons.  It is available, exclusively, for schools, daycares, and professional facilities.  For purchase information please visit: .

Use the rafflecopter form below to enter for your chance to win the products listed below. 

Teething Bling Review * Sponsor Spotlight*

Baby girl has reached that stage where everything goes into her mouth. Feet, toys, my fingers just everything! She is definitely teething! I chose Smart Mom Jewelry's Teething Bling for a few reasons.

  • It's safe for baby.
  • It's gorgeous!
  • I can wear it everyday.
  • It doesn't look like a teething toy.

I'm not all that fashionable, even in my years. But this definitely caught my eye in a great way. I was extremely excited when my Teething bling arrived. I could not wait to try it on. After wiping it clean we used it for the first time. I wasn't sure if baby girl would take to it right away since I never wear jewelry. The color was just to bright, she could not resist but to grab it! She instantly loved it. 

It is perfect for nursing moms like myself as well. I highly recommend it and every mom should have her own bling! 
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Then, head over to our Mama Madness giveaway to enter to win your own!

So Sew Mama received the product mentioned above. Smart Mom is a sponsor in my Mama Madness giveaway. All opinions are 100% my own and may differ from yours. 
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