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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Stroller Shadez Couture + $100 Target Gift Card Giveaway

Welcome to the Stroller Shadez Couture, PLUS $100 Target gift card giveaway! These beautiful covers are sold for $44.99-$49.99, making this prize package worth $149.99!
Stroller Shadez Couture sun shades were created by a mom for moms! Since infant and children's skin is extremely sensitive and sun burns can occur within minutes in direct sunlight, regardless of temperature, these shades are useful and necessary in all types of seasons and weather. Because they fit on both strollers and infant car seat carriers, only one product is needed as your child grows. They have been tested to be compatible with nearly all brands of infant carriers, strollers, and joggers, and the full list of compatible brands can be found on Stroller Shadez Couture's product info page. Here is a little more information on the shade shades from the Stroller Shadez Couture website:
Stroller Shadez Couture sun shades are a fashionable mesh framed sun shade used on strollers and infant carriers that offers front and side protection from the sun's piercing rays. All Stroller Shadez Couture sun shades are engineered to fit on most strollers and infant carriers, so as your child transitions from an infant carrier to a stroller, the same sun shade can be used. Stroller Shadez Couture sun shades protects your child from the heat and glare of the sun. While at the same time keeping your child cool, safe and comfortable. Stroller Shadez Couture shades allow you to extend the shade forward or backward so it covers the right amount of sun depending on the time of day and angle of the sun. It also provides your new born infant with immediate privacy when needed. Stroller Shadez Couture sun shades are spot cleanable, light weight and can easily be attached to most strollers and infant carriers. Stroller Shadez Couture sun shades can quickly be unbuckled, twisted and placed in its convenient carrying case within seconds. The carrying case can be placed in your diaper bag, purse or stroller basket for easy access when needed. Stroller Shadez Couture sun shades are also registered with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), our product also complies with all federal requirements. The protection of your child is our greatest concern. All components on our sun shades have been tested and passed lead content testing by a CPSC- accepted laboratory. In addition, Stroller Shadez Couture sun shades are sewn and assembled in the USA. Now parents can enjoy walks, strolls and outings to the beach, zoo and amusement parks while protecting their children from the sun's harmful rays. There is no longer a need to use a blanket to shield your child. Now there is Stroller Shadez Couture!
Stroller Shadez Couture Camille, from Viva Veltoro, recently had the opportunity to review the Shabby Chic shade cover, and was impressed with the excellent quality and structure of her new cover. Check out the full review to see how easy it is to attach these fun covers onto your infant car seat and stroller! You can purchase Stroller Shadez Couture covers on their website, PLUS we've got a discount code! Use coupon code Save10Today for 10% off!

Stroller Shadez Couture will have your baby covered (literally!), but they also want to give away a $100 Target Gift Card so you can pick up those other baby necessities!
Open to the US only, ages 18 and up. Ends 11/11/14 at 11:59 PM EST. Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck!
Disclosure: This giveaway is hosted by Viva Veltoro and Thrifty Nifty Mommy, and generously sponsored by Stroller Shadez Couture. The participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Please contact vivaveltoro(at)gmail.com with questions about this giveaway. One winner will be randomly selected using the Giveaway Tools random selector and notified via email. Once notified, winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or Google. Void where prohibited.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Surviving Daylight Savings Time: Sleep Tips with Pampers (Plus a Giveaway & Twitter Party) #DDDivas #PampersSleepChat #sponsored

This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Pampers. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.

Ah, it's nearly that time of year again- Daylight Savings Time. As adults, even knowing about the time change, it takes a bit for our bodies to catch up, doesn't it? I know it certainly does for me. So it's no wonder that many moms find themselves stressing over how this change will affect their little one's sleep patterns.  How will baby adjust to the time change? Will that mean an earlier wake up time for both little ones and their parents? As moms, we know just how important sleep is to a child's development, health and mood.

Yes, this can certainly be a stressful time for parents, but don't worry too much. Follow these few quick tips to help your little ones adjust.

  • Create a Calming Sleep Environment/Routine. If you don't already have a great calm down routine, now is a great time to start. A warm bath, a bedtime story or lullabies, cuddles with mommy, aromatherapy (lavender is fantastic), or even a little good night massage. Different methods work for different children, so find what works for your little ones and stick with it. It's also a good idea to set a time 30-60 minutes or so before sleep time to make sure all video games, electronic devices, etc are turned off...this certainly helps my oldest settle down! 
  • Prepare them early. For older children, that might mean talking with them about the upcoming time change. Create a little story to read with them so they know what to expect. Of course, for the littlest ones, this won't make much difference...so what do you do? Rather than springing the time change on them on that day, make it a bit more gradual. Each day on the week (or two) leading up to the time change, start your bedtime routine just a little earlier. 5-10 minutes the first day, 15-20 minutes the next. By making this much more subtle change over several days, rather than one major change at once, it makes it a little easier to adjust.
  • Stay Calm. I know, I know...easier said than done...but if you're stressed about the time change, your little ones will know, and it will show in their sleep. Remember, there is bound to be a bit of a transitional period, but it's only temporary. Soon your little one's sleep will adjust to their new schedule, so don't stress too much!
  • Keep Them Comfortable. If baby is uncomfortable, sleep is not going to come easy. Find a nightgown or set of pajamas that your little one loves and that is appropriate for the weather. Use sleepsacks when necessary to keep little ones warmer in the winter months...and of course, most importantly, make sure their diaper is dry! A 2013 survey conducted by Pampers found that nearly a quarter (24%) of mothers felt that this was the number one most important factor in allowing their little ones to get a good night sleep. For this reason, Pampers is committed to keeping baby dry throughout all parts of their day: play, love and sleep. Through extensive research, they found that babies were more likely to wake up when wet. Unlike other diapers that feature only two layers, Pampers offers THREE absorbent layers providing up to 12 hours of overnight protection. It is their hope to minimize sleep sleep disruptions so that all little ones (and their parents) get the sleep they deserve.

Want to get more great sleep tips and enter to win some great sleep prizes? Join the Pampers Sleep Chat Twitter Party:

The Twitter Party will take place on Wednesday October 29th at 9pm EST.
Join in and RSVP:
 To participate, follow your hosts @DoubleDutyDivas, @BridgetteLA, @CeceliaMecca @AngieKcom @WhatMommiesNeed @RamblingChick, and our sponsor @Pampers.
 Twitter Party Prizes Include:
·         Prize 1 - Twinkles Nightlight in Blue, 148 ct of Pampers diapers and a pack of wipes.
·         Prize 2 - Pottery Barn plush security blanket, $50 Barnes & Noble gift card, a pack of Pampers diapers and wipes.
·         Prize 3 - A gift card to The $125 Children's Place for pajamas, a pack of Pampers diapers/wipes
·         Prize 4 - A Kindle Fire so parents can purchase baby bedtime books, an $100 Amazon gift card to purchase the e-books, a pack of Pampers diapers and wipes.
 You can also stay up to date with ALL the latest Pampers news at the links below:

Visit the Website.
Like on Facebook.
Follow on Twitter.
And to help you give YOUR little ones a good night's rest, Pampers is offering over very lucky reader a free package of diapers AND wipes too! (Prize will come as FREE product coupons, so you can choose the size you need). Enter using the Rafflecopter form below:

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Winner will be contacted via e-mail after giveaway ends, and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. One entry per household, winning entry will be verified. Odds of winning depend on valid entries received. A Modern Day Fairy Tale is not responsible for prize delivery.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Christian Music That ROCKS {A Manic Drive VIP CD Review & Giveaway} #manicdrive

**Product received for review.

When you think Christian music, what comes to mind?

Do you think of those classic hymnals we all grew up singing in church? I know as teenager, I certainly did. Now, I have come to appreciate at enjoy those old hymns as an adult, but as a teenager I wanted something a little more energetic and fun. Christian music did not seem all that appealing. I know I am not alone in my pre-judgement either. So many hear those words and are automatically seeking the door.

That all changed for me when I went to church camp the summer after my Freshman year of high school and was introduced to the world of contemporary Christian music. I learned that not only could Christian music be fun...but that there is literally something for everyone, regardless on their musical preferences. Including rock!

I still love Christian rock as an adult, and find that it truly is the perfect solution to get younger generations more interested in Christian music...it certainly did the trick for me. So I was thrilled to be given the chance to review the new album from Canadian Christian Rock group, Manic Drive- VIP.

New to Manic Drive? Here's a bit about the band:

Manic Drive has been widely known as a Canadian band who always delivers a great show, but over the past few years and project releases, they have added to their extensive touring of Canadian and US markets multiple Billboard Top 10 & 20 singles on CHR & Christian Rock Radio. Manic Drive is clearly very intentional about reaching their generation and inspiring them to pursue a deeper walk with Christ and to get involved in changing the world they are inheriting. And they are uniquely equipped to do so. The band members, all in their early-mid twenties, have made sacrifices to pursue God’s call on their lives. Their life experience, spiritual maturity and ministry have opened doors to speak into the lives of their own generation and that is perhaps the most defining characteristic of this group of guys.

Listening to the album, it would come as no surprise that these guys would put on a great show. The songs are fun and upbeat. Personally I found it to be a great album to keep me motivated during my day to day chores or driving in my car. It was something I could listen to without worry of my children hearing lyrics they should not, but while still being fun for them too. I don't believe there was a song on the album I did not enjoy (though the techno sounding opening of Electric had me a little apprehensive in the beginning). I'm not sure I really have chosen a favorite just yet, but I Hide You Seek seemed to stick with my memory!!

If you're looking for a great new Christian rock album to add to your collection, VIP is certainly one to consider. Learn more and keep up with the band at the links below:

Official Website- http://www.manicdrive.com/
Official Twitter-  http://www.twitter.com/manicdrive
And one very lucky reader is going to get the chance to win a copy for themselves. Enter using the Rafflecopter form below:

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"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Finley Grace, 14 Months.

As much as I try to fool myself out of believing that Miss Finley is no longer an infant but a toddler, reality is sinking in more and more as she continues to learn and grow each and every day. At 14 months old, our girl has continued to entertain and amaze us at how quickly she is learning. Here's a look at where she's at this month:

  • We'd moved her into 24 month clothes a bit early last month (to avoid buying more fall clothes that she would outgrow before then end of the season), and this month has certainly proved that was a good plan she has started to outgrow some of the 18 months she had left! So, I think it's safe tto say she's officially more in 24 months/2T clothing now! Whoah!
  • Her vocabulary is expanding all the time. Granted many words sound the same at this point, the intention is clear. For example, 'mimi' is typically milk...but could also mean Minnie Mouse at times, when said while holding, pointing to or wearing Minnie! 'Nini' means nose and is generally accompanied with a finger on or in her nose...not to be confused with 'nana' which means Anna or 'nananana' which means Frozen (from the opening song). 'Bebe' when pointing to a tummy means belly/belly button or baby when playing dolls. Mama, dada and bubba have now become mommy, daddy and bubby, though she used both phrases. She says 'hi' and 'bye'. Perhaps my favorite of her new words is 'dini', which means Disney. Adorable.
  • She loves singing along to Frozen songs (generally meaning 'nananana' to the general tune of each song, though there are points in some songs where she's a little more accurate- such as the 'tick toc' in Do You Want to Build A Snowman?. 
  • In addition to the 6 teeth she already had, she has two more making their way through. She has also recently discovered the art of taking off her teething necklace. The combination of the two has been quite interesting, to say the least.
  • She has become quite the little climber! If there is a way to climb something, she WILL find it. 
  • She loves all things pretty and girly- princesses, sparkles, shoes, jewelry, headbands...you name it! We like to give her options for clothing and have found she almost always gravitates towards the most frilly option (unless it features a Disney character, of course!).
  • Did I mention Disney? She LOVES it! Of course Frozen is #1, but she loves Princesses in general, as well as Minnie Mouse and The Muppets.
  • She also really enjoys Veggie Tales and Thomas the Tank Engine.
  • She loves shoes. I know I've said this already, but it's worth mentioning twice. She likes putting people's shows on them, wearing her own shoes and even putting things in shoes. You have to watch your boots around here lately. 
  • Her favorite game is 'Where'd Finnie Go?'...her version of peeek-a-boo, covering her face with whatever is handy. He also loves doing the motions for itsy bitsy spider and pat-a-cake. 
  • She also loves looking at books. Her favorites are of course her Frozen books, but she'll 'read' anything...from instruction manuals to Bubby's Captain Underpants.
  • She loves food. Her favorites are still probably black beans- she goes CRAZY for them! Adorable. She also loves munching on carrots and apples. Guacamole is a huge hit as well. Unfortunately, she cannot eat anything with wheat/gluten as it makes her eczema horrible. No fun!
Overall, Miss Finley is the happiest, sweetest little girl we could ever ask for. I so love watching her develop her own interests (and love even more how drawn she naturally is to all things girly) and her sweet, loving personality develop as well. She's growing much to quickly but I cannot wait to see what she learns next!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A Gift for the Little Gamer: Petz Beach 3DS Game Review { #PetzBeach #CleverGirls #sp}

When it comes to my son's holiday list this year, he is all about the video games! Like many boys (and girls) his age, he would play all day if given the opportunity. So as a mom, I am always on the lookout for kid-friendly game options...something that I can feel comfortable with my son playing- no violence, language, etc. One such game option is Petz Beach for the Nintendo 3DS.

This popular franchise has sold over 23 million copies worldwide and is back and better than ever just in time for the holidays! Players can embark on the ultimate adventure with Petz Beach- caring for animals and completing quests to expand their village and connect. Sounds pretty great, right? I thought so too, and was thrilled to receive a copy for my son to try out for himself. Let's take a look a what makes the game so great:

Tons of Variety. Petz Beach offers a wide variety of playing options. From dogs and cats to dolphins and whales, there are plenty of animals to choose from- more than 50 as a matter of fact! Every child will find an adventure to suit their tastes, The game environment changes with each season so they can have fresh adventures all year long. With all the variety, it certainly keeps kids short attention
spans going and keeps the game from getting boring!

The Game Expands. The more you play, explore and meet new friends, the more the game grows. When you help those new friends, the game expands further. If the variety didn't keep the game interesting, this certainly will!

It's educational.Video games and educational are not terms usually found in the same statement, are they? But this game certainly is both. Petz Beach has actually partnered with Encyclopedia Britannica  so not only will kids have fun taking care of their pets and completing their mission, but they will actually learn real facts about animals, plants and insects. I must say this is perhaps my favorite part of the game. My son has actually been very into animal science lately as well, so this is great for him.

It's FUN! Of course, for the kids, this is the most important factor isn't it? My son enjoyed exploring the island. I'm not much of a video game player myself, but found the game to be super cute and appropriate for kids of all ages. The game is a little slower moving (less action packed) than some other games on the market, but I think that's actually a great thing, and a welcome change in my son's game collection...and one he didn't seem to mind.

Overall, this is a fantastic game for kids and one your child will sure to have hours of fun playing. It's perfect for both the video game addicts like my son, or those who are more casual gamers as well. It is certainly a great addition to the holiday list for the little gamer in your life. And if you think they'll love this one, be sure to check out Petz Countryside- the same great adventure with a whole new environment. You can learn more and purchase at Amazon.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Cloth on a Budget: Selling Your Used Cloth

Selling your used diapers can be a great way to make back a bit of your investment and make cloth diapering even more affordable. You can sell those that you've tried and didn't work as well to purchase those that do...or to clear out your stash once baby is out of diapers. This is certainly one of the great advantages of using cloth...who wants to buy a used disposable!? Personally, I prefer to sell locally- either via an online yard sale type site, Craigslist or my local cloth diaper store. I'm lucky enough to be in a larger area where I've never had any troubles selling my used cloth...but many are not in that position and instead have to sell them online. This is still a great way to destash your old diapers, but is not without its risks.

A few weeks ago, I shared some tips for buying cloth diapers used online. Most of these steps were to insure that you knew exactly what you were getting and avoid getting scammed. Sadly, there are all too many scammers out there, and it's not just the buyers getting taken. Sellers are not safe from scammers either.So, how does the SELLER manage to get scammed? The most common ways I've heard are either claiming the item was received not as described...or not received at all. Thankfully, there are a few easy ways to protect yourself as the seller as well:

Give Detailed Descriptions & Photos.
For buyers, its important to ask questions, but for the seller it's important to be forthcoming with every last detail of the diaper(s) you are selling. Is there is small, barely there stain, a slight stretch in the elastics? Anything that can be seen as a flaw, make notice of...with pictures ideally. Describe the quality to the best of your ability. It's better to over describe than risk someone claiming item was not as described. Many groups ask that posts be removed once an item is sold, if this is the case, consider taking screenshots before deleting. Also be certain to include the full description in your invoice.

Always Use Paypal.
Paypal is there to protect buyers and sellers, so be sure to use it! If seller offers to mail a check, send via Western Union, etc...just say no. You are likely to be out your money and your product.

No Money, No Shipping.
Always make sure that the payment has cleared before heading to the post office. Unfortunately, if you ship first before payment is received, there is really no way to get your money if they decide not to pay. Of course we want to believe the best in people, but unfortunately, that's not always the case.

Get Tracking.
As I said, one of the common scams on the seller is for the buyer to claim the package was never received...if you include tracking, this will let you know exactly where your package is going and provide proof that you did in fact ship. Of course, sometimes accidents truly do happen and packages are lost in the mail, so purchasing insurance is a good idea as well.

Keep Track of Everything.
Hold on to your correspondence with the buyer, take screenshots, keep the photos of the product before shipping, etc. Chances are your transaction will go smoothly with no issues at all, but on that chance that something goes wrong, this will help to prove that you were in the right and protect your from scammers.

Have YOU sold cloth diapers online? What tips and tricks do YOU have to share?

Monday, October 20, 2014

A Place To Call Our Home {A Dayspring Review & Giveaway}

**Product received for review.

In our nearly eight years of marriage, my little family has lived in five different homes. FIVE! Getting to experience new and exciting places was a fun part of the military life, but it was also very tough. It's hard to put down roots and truly call somewhere home when you never know when the next change of duty station will come along. Still, it was a sacrifice that we made.

Earlier this year when my husband learned that after 11 years of service he would not be staying in the Marine Corps as he'd planned, the news certainly came with a mix of emotions. Of course, we were sad to be saying goodbye to the life that had truly been an amazing blessing for us and scared of what the future would bring. Still, there was certainly one silver lining we could see...

Finally, we could put down roots. We could stop renting and (once things are settled of course) buy a home of our own. We could stop paying rent and really, truly settle into the home where are children will grow up. As scary as our future still might be at the moment, it is this thought that keeps us moving forward. I look forward to finding that forever home and making it 100% ours, 100% unique.

So, when I saw the Letterpress collection from Dayspring, I knew that it could be the perfect addition when that home comes along. A way to personalize that home and make it our own. Unlike other inspirational type word art pieces that we've seen, this collection allows US to choose the words that have meaning to us. Words are pretty powerful aren't they? I wanted it to be the perfect reflection of us. So, what word would we choose? I had a few ideas...

Home? Family? Faith? Strength? All were great words and meant a lot to our family. This would be the place we called home, where we raised our family and it was our faith in God's plan for us that has kept giving us the strength to get there. Still, all of those words seemed generic...words we could find anywhere and in any house. And so the answer seemed quite clear...

Our last name. There was no better way to say that THIS will be our home...100% OURS! This will be where our memories our made and our lives are lived. It truly was the perfect word to make that house a home.

For now, it sits and waits for the forever home...Will it be on the wall- held together easily by the handy connecting clips and surrounding by family photos? Will it be on the mantel of a stunning fireplace where we will gather each Christmas morning? Time will only tell, but wherever it ends up, we know it will be exactly where God intends us to be and these blocks will help us tell OUR story!

Want to see more from the Letter Press collection or create your own word? Follow the links below:

Shop the Collection.
Like Dayspring on Facebook.
Follow on Twitter.

And one very lucky reader will have the chance to win a $50 Dayspring gift code. You can use it on your word, or on many of the other great gifts and home decor available! Enter using the Rafflecopter form below:

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Winner will be contacted via e-mail after giveaway ends, and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. One entry per household, winning entry will be verified. Odds of winning depend on valid entries received. A Modern Day Fairy Tale is not responsible for prize delivery.

How would you use Letter Press blocks from Dayspring to tell YOUR story?