Monday, August 30, 2010

Motherlove Winner!

We have a winner! Ashia won with comment #6!
 
ashia said...
(sorry i forgot to put my twitter name!) i follow motherlove on twitter! @ashiacole

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Pearista Pen to Paper Challenge Week 2


I've finished my second notecard. The name won't be disclosed as I'd love to keep it a surprise. This is a person whom I've only had the pleasure of conversing with via the internet but I've grown to love and get along with famously! I can't wait to meet this person in real life!!

    Writing this note made our meeting feel more "real". I am definitely LOVING this challenge!


 

Motherlove Review/Giveaway ends tonight!

Don't miss your chance to win something great from Motherlove Herbal!!  Giveaway ends tonight at 11:59 PM EST.

Good luck!!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Motherlove Giveaway has been extended!

I talked to Silencia and we've agreed to extend the Motherlove Herbal giveaway. It will end on Sunday August 29th at 11:59PM EST and a winner will be drawn on Monday August 30th. 

GOOD LUCK!!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Leading Lady Winner!

We have our winner!! Our Winner is Little Miss "E" with comment #6.  Congrats!!!





Little Miss "E" said...
I follow your blog robynlorme at gmail


Pen to Paper Challenge

I've written up my note.  This one is going to my Grandma. Writing it made me realize just how long it's been since we've been to visit her. I enjoyed writing it and think I'll probably write to my Grandma more because I'm not able to visit her!  This was definitely a good experience :)

Logan helped:



Owl City Fireflies Parody - Celebrity

I absolutely love the message James@War is trying to convey here. Please visit him on YouTube for more great stuff!




Friday, August 20, 2010

Leading Lady and Motherlove Giveaways Ends in less than 12 hours!

Check out my Leading Lady Review and enter to win a nursing cami! Also, take a look at my Motherlove review and see what the Green Salve did for Logan's eczema! You can enter to win your choice of Green Salve, Diaper Rash & Thrush Cream, or Nipple Cream!

Both giveaways end tonight at 11:59PM EST.

GOOD LUCK!

Pen to Paper Challenge

I am a Pearista.  What does that mean? Pearistas are a group of bloggers that are sponsored by Pear Tree Greetings that share their value of staying in touch with others with their readers.  "Wait! What is Pear Tree Greetings?" you ask?  Pear Tree Greetings is an online stationary company that has many things to offer.  I really liked these Hard Hat Required birthday invitations but Logan insisted on Toy Story invites.  I'm thinking they'd still be great for Xander's birthday since he's still too little to tell me what he'd like.

As a Pearista, I have graciously accepted the Pen To Paper Challenge and will be sending one personalized note a week for four weeks.  I'll be sending a blank note card and envelope to the recipient to encourage them to do the same.

I'll be sending my first note to my Grandma whom I don't get to see often.  I don't intend on disclosing the other recipients just yet as I'd like to surprise them with their special notes but I will divulge in good time.

I'll be blogging about each note as I send them and what it meant to me to write them so stay tuned for more updates throughout the next four weeks.

Pear Tree Greetings will be picking one Pearista post a week and award that Pearista with a $50 credit to use towards any Pear Tree Greetings purchase!

Also, don't forget about this month's coupon code (which is also listed right below the page links) Throughout the month of August, enjoy 15% off anything and everything BABY! Birth Announcements, Baby Shower Invitations, Baptism Invitations and more!


Use code PEARAUG10. Shop Pear Tree Greetings' Baby Collection

My Grandma's note will be sent out tomorrow or Saturday so expect my post soon!


Thursday, August 19, 2010

Leading Lady and Motherlove Giveaways End Tomorrow!

Don't forget to check out my Leading Lady and Motherlove reviews and giveaways!  The giveaways end tomorrow night at 11:59PM EST!

GOOD LUCK!!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Comments and stuff

The comment form is no longer embedded as it seems people are having trouble with blogspots embedded comment forms.  It's now a pop-up window.  Just thought I'd give everyone a heads up!

Also, I wanted to just put the spotlight on my FSOT page.  There is currently a form that local readers (NEPA) can fill out to request Ed's help with their computers as well as some things that I have for sale that need new homes :)

I've been pretty tired lately but I promise there is more to come- stories, pictures, random babbling, you name it!







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Giveaways End in a Weeks Time

Don't miss your chance to win a Nursing Cami from Leading Lady or your choice of 1 of 3 prizes from Motherlove Herbal.


Giveaways end 8/20 at 11:59 PM

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Our Love for Motherlove

I'm not sure why it's so dark.  Logan was being goofy though!


If you've read my Motherlove Review, then you already know how much the Green Salve is helping Logan's eczema. 


After 3.5 years of battling with this, he's finally almost clear.  I actually said the following to my mother yesterday "Hey, you know how you said you wanted to buy Logan some clothes? Buy him a super spiffy outfit for his birthday party but make sure it's like shorts and a tank top so I can show off his beautiful skin!"


He's not only clearing up but his skin is getting softer!  I can't praise this stuff enough!


Because his eczema spans across most of his body (save for his diaper area), our 1oz container went rather quickly.  I contacted Silencia from Motherlove and asked her if they offered a discount for larger quantity purchases as I was obviously wanting to buy more.  She said they didn't however, she COULD offer me an 8oz container at a discount instead of buying eight 1oz containers!


That alone had me completely excited and wanting to sing them more praises.


Imagine my surprise when I found a surprise box from Motherlove outside yesterday!  Inside was a 4oz container of green salve and this:






Logan's eyes got real wide with excitement when he saw more Green Salve and he immediately asked me to put his "itchy cream" on him.


We have more pictures of just how great he's looking too!! These were JUST taken.
Ankles:
Right
Left
Knees:

Right
Left
 Elbows:
Right
Left
 Wrists:
Right

Left



 While it's not completely gone, those of you who know how bad his eczema is can appreciate HOW drastic of a change this is!! He looks AMAZING.


THANK YOU MOTHERLOVE!! and Thank YOU Silencia!!


Another note, when I thanked her, Silencia had this to say:
"We all were so moved by how much the green salve is helping him"

I don't think I can stress enough how happy we are!




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Saturday, August 7, 2010

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For those of us that host giveaways, Giveaway Scout offers you more exposure to your blog.  They publish the giveaways on their website, facebook, twitter, their newsletter, and their nifty widget.





Go check them out!





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We have our winner!!

The winner of the Baby Bond nursing cover is comment Leilani (The Cake at Home Mom) with comment #5



Leilani said:

The Cake-at-Home Mom said...
If I win, I would get the Flex in Night. leilani(at)thecakeathomemom(dot)com
Congratulations!!!! I'll contact you shortly.



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Sorry for the delay

I have a cranky Xander man.  I'll be picking the Baby Bond giveaway winner shortly.



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Friday, August 6, 2010

Motherlove Review




Anyone who know Logan knows of our 3 and a half year struggle with eczema.  Not just a slight case of eczema mind you but such an extreme case that absolutely everybody we encounter either stares at him or asks the dreadful question "what happened?"  The stares are horrible as they're those accusing stares as if the person thinks it's something we did to him!  If the people who speak up don't ask us "what happened?", they say things like "looks like he had a fall!" or one person actually asked me "what's wrong with him".


Not only have we been battling to relieve his itching and pain but we've also had to spend this whole time enduring people who are just digustingly rude and think everything is their business.  Occasionally we've gotten people who say "does he have eczema?" and then tell us about someone they know who had it and offer advice- THOSE people get my gratitude as do all of the people on pregnancy.org, thebabywearer.com, or any of the other forums I participate in who have offered suggestions.


None of the doctors who saw him could find the trigger and they tried countless steroid creams and suggested every lotion under the sun that can be purchased in mainstream stores.  I'd be here forever if I listed everything we've tried.


What would happen is some things wouldn't work at all but somethings would work GREAT to heal him up for a few weeks and then just stop because his skin had built up a resistance.  None of the creams even touched the itchiness though.  We started giving him benadryl at nighttime so that he could sleep but after awhile it stopped making him drowsy and actually started making him hyper!  When he got hyper we learned that it didn't actually STOP the itching at all! It was merely putting him in such a deep sleep before that he couldn't scratch.


His newest pediatrician gave him an antihistamine and steroid cream that have worked WONDERS for us.  The problem is we don't agree with steroid use unless it's absolutely necessary so we're constantly searching for an alternative.  We can't give him the antihistamine anymore because it's liquid (was not available in a chewable) and after awhile it started making him vomit.


I met Silenca from Motherlove at a #BFCafe twitter party that she was sponsoring and she told me about her Green Salve.  She gave me the wonderful opportunity to review some of her products.


She sent me some Green Salve, Diaper Rash & Thrush Cream, and Nipple Cream.


The Green Salve has done wonders for the itching! Logan brings it to me asking for his "itchy cream" whenever the itching returns.  He's been scratching FAR less than ever before!  What's more is he screamed with every other lotion or steroid cream we put on him before and told me that it hurt! I'm happy to say that he not only lets me put the "itchy cream" on him, he even helps me put it on!  It's also been fantastic in helping to heal him up!


What's more is the smell is very pleasant.  A lot of the natural creams we've used had very strong smells and were pretty unpleasant to deal with.  Likewise, the non-natural products we used smelled chemical laden and just gave me a headache.  The Motherlove products almost have a tea-like smell to them.  It's very nice!  Logan loves to smell it too!


The following pics are a bit graphic so I apologize in advance.  He tore into himself the other night in his sleep so I took some pics to show just how quickly the Motherlove products can clear him up.


8-3-10 Right Ankle
8-3-10 Left Ankle


8-4-10 Right Ankle
8-4-10 Left Ankle
8-5-10 Right Ankle
8-5-10 Left Ankle

That was a span of approximately 48 hours and you can see there is a DRASTIC change.

Logan had this to say:



I also have been putting the Diaper Rash & Thrush cream on his sores at times when he's not complaining of itchiness and that's also helped in clearing up his skin.  Logan has deemed this his "booboo cream" and also helps me put it on him without any complaints.  
 
Xander actually had his first ever diaper rash recently and I figured I'd put some of the Diaper Rash & Thrush cream on him as well.  It was an awful, bright red rash and by his next diaper change he was just pink.  By the end of the day, his diaper rash was gone


I'm very thankful to have been sent the Nipple Cream to review as well because Mr. Xander man is teething heavily and has started biting me when he's supposed to be nursing.  The Nipple Cream is easier to put on than lanolin and is not sticky at all.  I actually got courageous and put some on without nursing pads and there is absolutely no trace of it on my nursing cami whatsoever.  There's no staining or residue so I've stopped bothering with nursing pads since I'm not leaking.  I'm very happy to report that the it relieved the stinging from being bitten almost instantly.  Another great thing is that it's safe for ingestion so you don't need to wash it off and neither of my nurslings seems to mind the taste at all!





 I received the Green Salve, Diaper Rash & Thrush cream, and the Nipple Cream for review.  I was not compensated in any other way.  This review shares how I honestly feel about the product and the opinions and views shares are not necessarily the views and opinions of Motherlove.  The contest is open until 8/20/2010.  The winner will be chosen on 8/21 via random.org.  The winner have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

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