Bum Genius Alicia Wetbag and MommyCon Ticket Giveaway Win 2 Tickets to Any Event ends 2/24

     I love promoting my MommyCon Coupon for MommyCon Ticket Discount "STJEL16" MommyCon is an amazing gathering of brands, parents and babies all focused on holistic parenting. Love cloth diapers? You should go! Love babywearing? You should go too! Love breastfeeding? There's a lounge for you too! Love ALL of these things?? We should be BFFs. As a MommyCon Blogger I feel the event excitement all year and can't wait until the venue comes near me so I can attend!


     How does MommyCon Work? MommyCon is a Two day event. The first day is "VIP" Day. To attend either day you first need to purchase general admission tickets. Then, when VIP spots open you can purchase extra passes for seminars and the coveted VIP bag that has an entire baby carrier inside and lots of other goodies. VIPs also enjoy early access to shops like Tekhni. It's easy to determine just how amazing their special event release is by the speed at which babywearing Moms are sprinting towards the shop to buy the limited baby carriers. By the time I made it to the shop the Galene wraps were gone! So get there early!!
     I'd love to offer one reader the chance to win 2 free passes to any upcoming MommyCon event (Chicago on) and this fantastic Limited Edition Bum Genuis Alicia Wetbag for all your MommyCon Goodies. Event must be within 7 days away (at least) from end date, open to USA eligible residents 18+ and non-transferrable, ends 2/24. Winner must respond to e-mail sent within 24 hours or new winner will be drawn (time sensitive for Chicago!). Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

Buttons Diapers New Prints Gadget and Playful

     Buttons Diapers has new prints Gadget and Playful! What do you think? I LOVE Robot diapers. However it can be hard to find happy looking robots and avoid creepy angry faced machines. I think they did a great job! What do you think? Shop the new Buttons Diapers prints Gadget (Robots) and Playful (kitties) now. Just $12.50 and FREE Shipping from the company!




MommyCon Coupon Code 2016 MommyCon Coupon

MommyCon Coupons are Great! You can get money off of your ticket that can go towards a great diaper, carrier or latte at the event! Use Coupon Code STJEL16 for a discount. Hurry, Tickets are selling out and the next two locations are already limited!! Buy Tickets HERE and use Coupon STJEL16 See you in DC!


     Disclosure; I get credit if you use my coupon code, hoping to come in a top spot to win a baby wrap!

Special Offer FREE Shipping from Geffen Baby ends 2/7

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     Hurry! Special Offer; FREE Shipping from Geffen Baby! Get awesome, super absorbent and Made in the USA products. Free shipping you ask? Yes, prefolds, absorbers etc. are heavy items to ship! I once ordered 3 packs of prefolds and paid $17 shipping from a different company!! Ouch, I know. Take advantage of this and stop leaks with their awesome Absorbers! $12 for a 3 pack plus free shipping = awesome. Stock up on great absorbency ends 2/7



 

$25 Visa E-GC Giveaway The Choice Movie Opening open to USA ends 2/18


The Choice Movie Opening Giveway! Enter to win a $25 Visa E-GC and check out this release! In coordination with the book, the movie The Choice will be releasing into theaters February 5th, just in time for VDay! Enter to win below!:

Pink Lemonade Shop Cloth Menstrual Pads Minky and Jersey

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    I recently purchased my first Mama Products from the Pink Lemonade shop! I cloth diaper my babies and wanted to be more 'green' myself. To be honest, the chemicals in disposable pads scare me. Disposable product companies are out to make a fast buck and not thinking about the health of their consumers long-term. I fear cancer. Who doesn't? Some cancers are caused by the environment and not genetic in nature leading me to wonder if the products we use every day are to blame. Chemicals are everywhere! One place I don't want them is next to my bijingo. Right? Someone make that into a t-shirt "No Chemicals Near My Bijingo." Here's what I'm starting with:


Earn Money With Amazon's Associate Program

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     Looking to make money from your website or social media accounts? One of the easiest affiliate programs to join is Amazon Prime. You can very quickly turn your existing account into a money earning affiliate program and get quick links while you shop. While many other affiliate programs require you to input links and create your own codes to specific pages, Amazon has links and many banners ready to go!
     How do you get links? There are two ways. First is through searching and shopping while logged into Amazon. Once you go to the amazon site, there is a little "link to this page" section in the top left. Use this to get banners or "short link" to get fast shortened links you can add to text in a blog post or share on social media.



     The other way to generate links on Amazon is through the associates hub. For example, I received an e-mail today notifying me that I can earn $10 for each referral to their 30-day free trial for Prime with Amazon Prime Music. I clicked on the e-mail and was immediately taken to html code to turn to text (seen below) and I went to the hub to get banners to add as well.

Text link:  Join Amazon Prime Music - The Only Music Streaming Service with Free 2-day Shipping - 30-day Free Trial

 (amazon e-mail above, promotions hub below)


$80 Gift Certificate to Snuggy Baby open to USA ends 2/14


Who doesn't love babywearing? Enter to win this awesome GC and stock up on cloth diapers or put it towards a carrier! Bloggers have Teamed up with Mommies Gone Mad to give you the chance to win a $80 Gift Certificate to Snuggy Baby so you can #BuyAllTheDiapers or #WearAllTheBabies. 

Top 10 Valentine's Day Gifts for Crunchy Moms

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     It's that time of year! The Winter Holidays are over and we're thinking about Love. Hearts, pinks, reds and of course gifts. While some Moms may be dreaming of a hot night out or roses, crunchy Moms often have a different perspective. As a Mom I have many Loves in my life. Not only do I have hubby, but I also have my babies! While as a single woman I may have adored a dozen red roses, as a crunchy Mom my views have changed. I look at those $70 flowers and feel like they're wasteful. There are many other gifts I would adore that fit my 'crunchy' lifestyle! Here are my Top 10 Best Valentine's Day Gifts for Crunchy Moms like myself!

Flat Iron Experts QT Performance Wet to Dry Tourmaline Ceramic Giveaway arv $220 open to USA/Canada ends 2/15

      Welcome to the We Love Giveaways Hop! The Giveaway featured on Mama Banana's Adventures blog is for a Flat Iron Experts QT Wet to Dry Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron arv $220!! The giveaway is open to USA/Canada and ends 2/15. Read Mama Banana's Review of the Flat Iron Experts QT Performance Tourmaline Ceramic Wet to Dry Flat Iron and check out the (affiliate link) Flat Iron Experts site for a HUGE selection of products!

88 Handbags Katie Cobalt Satchal Giveaway $100 rv Open to USA ends 2/14

88 Handbags Katie Cobalt Medium Saffiano Satchel Giveaway  

     Welcome to the 88 Handbags Katie Cobalt Medium Saffiano Satchel Giveaway! This is part of The Ultimate Valentine’s Day Gift Guide! Stop by and check it out for great gift ideas for the whole family. Below this post you can find all the other giveaways for the guide with more giveaways!
     Each giveaway will be slightly different as to cut down on entries for each one.
The Grand Prize has a lot of entries but, over $1,000 worth of prizes to 4 winners, so you will not want to miss that! Do some entries each day, plus there are lots of daily entries for more chances. You can enter it HERE on this blog!
     This giveaway will be a variety of entries. Please follow bloggers on their chosen social network to get extra entries. Once you take the entry you must stay following until the end of the contest.
The sponsor entries are a variety so you get lots of entries for those, and don't forget the daily entries. The sponsor entries will be worth the most. Our sponsor for this giveaway is:

Hurry! Three Days ONLY! $1.88 Sale at Crazy 8

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     HUGE Sale at Crazy 8! TWO Days ONLY! Get awesome deals and stock up on items for this season or for next! Okay, done typing...I'm off to shop!! Ends 1/27/16



Crazy 8 Sale On Now!

Crazy Good Deal on Tula Ringslings While Supplies Last

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     CRAZY GOOD SALE on Tula Ring Slings! Free Shipping, Triple Points = $20 Stash Cash, Code for Free La Di Da Cover, Pail Liner or Hanging Pail! Hurry, like the carrier they did earlier this year...these won't last long! Head over to Diaper Junction Fast!


Don't Make This Mistake! Bring 3D Drawing to Life with MyMeasures

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     While in college I worked part time in customer service for a major furniture retailer. During training, I was told to tell customers that furniture in the showroom looked drastically smaller then it would in their homes. I encouraged measurements, visualization and reference to existing furniture. Still, the phone calls would come in. "The delivery truck is here and the sofa won't fit in our living room," "The bedroom dresser won't even fit through the doorway" and so on. I thought, how is this possible?! Don't make the same mistake with MyMeasresApp.com

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A Better Education at Home with Career Academy

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     As a busy Mom I often think about expanding my education. It's hard to get professional development credits and find college courses that fit my lifestyle and schedule. I'm busy during the day and it's not until I put my babies to sleep, or wake up before dawn that I finally get some me time. I need something that works with me, not complicates my routine. I want quality education I can get in my pajamas with a cup of coffee in hand and the ability to tend to my family when needed. Sounds great, right?
     Career Academy.com is an online membership for anyone who wants to expand their education on their own schedule. Membership dues are just $29 a year and give members unlimited access to over 1,100+ IT, Cyber Security, Project Management and Business Skill video based courses. Popular courses include Project Management Professional, CompTIA A+, Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert and many other programs designed to help you land the IT, Cyber Security and Business job you're after. The program offers the Industry's Best Value Online Learning Membership and 257 PDUs and 30 College Credits towards Associates or Bachelors degrees from home!



$75 Diaper Junction Gift Card Giveaway open to USA and Canada ends 2/23

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 Welcome to this amazing $75 Diaper Junction Gift Card Giveaway! What an amazing opportunity to buy exactly what you want! Who doesn't love to win diapers? Or how about Natural Products for the whole family? Here's your chance! Sprinkles Magazine wants you to get some much needed Diaper Junction Spending money! One lucky winner will get the chance to win a $75 Diaper Junction GC!BG4.0SnapSassy_S400x400 

     You can enter to win through the application below. Good luck!! Giveaway is open to US & CA and ends on 2/23 at 11:59PM EST. Must be 18 Y.O to enter. Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful day!


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Flat Iron Experts QT Performance Wet to Dry Tourmaline Ceramic Review

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     As a young teen I struggled with my unruly hair. I grew up having thick, combination wavy and curly hair that never felt tamed. It wasn't until I learned about straightening that I got control over my mane. I didn't know anyone with textured hair like mine and my Mom grew up using a regular iron to flatten her tresses. Yes, the type you iron clothes with! Needless to say, my first hair iron was archaic. I picked up the first one I saw at our local big box store and it was just a step up from an 90's crimping tool. It had 2 giant metal plates, damaged my hair and took over an hour to produce semi-strait tresses. Luckily, flat irons today have come a long way. While straightening they also add shine and smoothness without treating curls like a panini press. Win win.


     I'll admit that the length of my hair has gotten a bit out of control. As a busy Mom I don't get to get my hair trimmed as often as I would like...or at all really. Taking 4 children, including a newborn, to the salon isn't on my to-do list...so I've just let it grow. The next few weeks will be dramatic for my hair. I gave birth to our 4th squish just 5 weeks ago! From previous experience, I know that my hair will start to fall out from normal post-partum hair loss. Until then I'm going to care for it well, including using high quality tools like this QT Performance Wet to Dry Tourmaline Ceramaic Flat Iron from Flat Iron Experts, and get a good trim! See my before and after's below!


When Beco Met Tekhni, Meet Bekhni

     It was a cool summer's day. Their fibers met from across the room. It was love at first sight. The crisp sound of scissors cutting through woven Tekhni fabric could be heard for miles. Their fibers were stitched together through time. It was a bond that would last through MommyCon events, social media admiration and babywearing fans. Oh the babywearing fans! From this affair was born Bekhni. A marriage of Tekhni's textiles and Beco's carrier design that would produce some of the most cherished soft structured carriers on the market. Meet, Bekhni.
     This Bekhni, or Tekhni woven wrap fabric transformed into a Beco Gemini carrier, was able to hold my newborn from our first day home. Now, to be honest I don't like taking my littles out in public this early. The risk of catching an illness and my inability to move well make me to want to stay in the safety of our home...however the need arose. I was home just two weeks from the hospital with our 4th son. A crashing sound startled me and hubby yelled that our laundry detergent has vibrated off of the washer and spilled everywhere. The laundry was already piled up from my hospital stay and renovations he was completing in the laundry room...I couldn't go without detergent. I grabbed our diaper bag and we all piled into the van! Our squish slept the entire time and I felt safe knowing he was right on my chest. He's warm and can hear my heartbeat. I can feel his sweet breaths and navigate the store all at the same time. 


Babywearing a Newborn with Beco Baby Carrier Gemini

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     I gave birth to our 4th baby just 3 weeks ago and arrived home ready to multitask. Sore, but happy to have my 3rd VBAC and avoid the pain and down time I experienced with my c-section. As a Mom to 4 babies, ages 5 and under, I have many things that need to be done at once. My newborn needs to be held constantly, nursed on demand and I need to care for my older children too. As an experienced Mom I anticipated this, and had our Beco Gemini ready to go.
     Babywearing allows me to multitask while keeping everyone happy, including me. In fact, babywearing is so essential I believe carriers should be given to every Mom in the hospital or birth center! Seriously. OBs and Midwives should educate Moms on the benefits of babywearing as part of prenatal care. Why? In addition to having a baby who rarely cries, I've found babywearing to be healing for me too. Birth is an experience. It's beautiful, life changing and amazing...but for me also traumatic. Trauma from the birth itself, body changes including hormonal, emotional, lifestyle and physical all lead me through a whirlwind...4 times. I've found that one of the best ways to heal is through babywearing. Having my missing bump replaced by my precious newborn just feels right and makes my heart happy. I wish this happiness on everyone.
     Earlier this week I found myself saying "I can't put him down, he cries and I have things I need to do," like eating. My newly turned 2 year old had discovered a bottle of chocolate syrup and dumped it all over the floor, my 5 year old wanted to take a bath and my 3 year old was talking Minion (so I'm not completely sure what he wanted) and the laundry detergent vibrated off of the washer and dumped all over the floor. Then I thought "why am I trying to put him down?" I know better! Time to put baby in the carrier! I mopped the chocolate sauce, filled a bubble bath and bathed my 5 year old while nursing my newborn and even took a trip to Target to get replacement laundry detergent. I felt accomplished. Tired, but accomplished. 


Valentine's Day Diapers February 2016

     Love is in the air! The New Year is moving along and Valentine's Day is approaching fast. I've been searching for Valentine's Day themed cloth diapers and am so excited about this release from Thirsties Straight to the Heart. This diaper is being offered as a pre-order from Diaper Junction and as a regular release by Nicki's Diapers on January 20th. Which style are you shopping for? I love the Duo covers and the Pockets, but love the look of the AIO! One of each? 



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Spectra S2 Breast Pump Giveaway $259 arv Open to USA/Canada ends 1/30

     The birth of a baby is a beautiful thing. Many Moms choose to nourish their baby with nature's best food, breast milk. What we know about breast milk continues to expand and we're constantly learning new things. What we do know is that breast milk provide antibodies to help baby stay healthy and that milk changes to meet baby's needs including everything from fat consistency to temperature. Weather fed directly from the breast, pumping or a combination; Breast milk is liquid gold.
     Pumping breast milk is a skill that comes easily to some and takes more practice for others. A breast pump can make a big difference in how efficiently you pump. While many insurance companies cover one or two styles, these designs don't meet everyone's needs. From pump fit to performance, if you need to pump breast milk you need a good pump. As you can see in Mama Banana's Review, the Spectra S2 Breast Pump is an amazing machine.  It offers features including:
  • Closed system (hygienic for Mom and baby) 
  • Double Electric (Can also be Single)
  • Night light and timer
  • Digital Screen and controls
  • Powerful yet gentle and quiet
  • Fully Adjustable separate controls for Speed and Suction 
  • Comes with everything you need to double pump
  • Easy to clean
  • Attractive design
  • Lightweight and easy to carry

Enter to win! Giveaway is open to eligible legal residents of the USA and Canada. Ends 1/30 and winner will be notified via e-mail and have 48 hours to respond. If no response is given, a new winner will be drawn. Thanks for stopping by and good luck!


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Making the Switch to Reusable Menstrual Products

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     Breastfeeding has allowed me to go for long periods between pregnancies period-free! (Yay). However, as I start to think about the future (and the return of Aunt Flow) my thoughts go towards reusable menstrual products. While I use cloth diapers on my children to reduce their exposure to chemicals, what about me? With cancers of all sorts seemingly on the rise, I want to limit chemical exposure to not just my whole body, but my lady parts too. 
     I am soon to be the proud owner of some reusable menstrual products. Know what's just as much fun as shopping for cloth diapers?? Cloth pads! I'll show you the 3 I have on the way from the Pink Lemonade Shop and am so excited to get these in the mail! Aren't they pretty?! This is a screen shot so the photo is a bit blurry, but as you can see I scored some great prints in their latest stocking!


     I'm hopeful and look forward to learning how to use reusable lady products! How do you know what to buy? I looked at my disposable pads and measured them with a tape measure. I bet that's something they won't show you on an episode of This Old House. I decided to go with the larger pads just in case I need more absorbency, but look forward to adding some light-flow liners in the future. Only 3 pads? I know. This will be like growing a cloth diaper stash. As I can buy them I will...and using 3 pads is better then none! That's 3 pads I'm keeping out of the landfill and away from my lady area...plus...did I mention that they're pretty? I think the red will help reduce any sort of noticible staining and discoloration that I may get down the line. Overall I'm excited and will keep you updated as I start through this journey!
     Thoughts? Have you tried reusable lady products? Would you, could you and I'll take any tips and suggestions anyone experienced has! (Pads above are from the Pink Lemonade Shop). 

        As always, thanks for stopping by! I really appreciate a follow on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and love to network on Google and LinkedIn. I'm also now on Periscope as @MamaBananasAdv. Companies care about these numbers when deciding which bloggers to select to review products etc. So thank you for following! Want to work together? E-mail MamaBananasAdventures@gmail.com



 

Spectra S2 Hospital Grade Double Electric Breast Pump Review

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     I remember breast pumping after the birth of my first baby. I sat in our baby's rocking chair holding the breast shields in what I hoped was the right place leaning forward so anything that dripped out would fall into the bottles. It was the middle of the night and all I could think was that my breast pump sounded like a drunk robot. I couldn't get any milk out at all and it literally brought me to tears. I was sleep deprived, operating off of terrible nursing advice and felt like a failure.
      The first time I pumped 4 oz I was so happy that I cried! It's lead me to question; Where do expecting Moms learn to pump? To breastfeed? Even as a exclusively breastfeeding Mom I wasn't shown at the hospital, the lactation consultant stood in my doorway for my 'consult' and I didn't know any other local Moms who breastfed. Thank God for online support and youtube!! There are many factors that play a role into successful pumping. Two major ones are the quality of your pump and the fit of your breast shields. Why the Spectra S2? I'll tell you!


Tula Treasure Hunt Giveaway open to USA/Canada ends 2/1

     Welcome to the Tula Treasure Hunt Giveaway! One lucky USA or Canada resident will win a Standard Tula in Treasure Hunt Print! How exciting is that?! This giveaway is open to USA and Canada and ends February 1st. Thanks for stopping by and enter below! *Guy in photo not included*

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The Great Newborn Cloth Diaper Fit Review Clothdiapering a Big Newborn


     I'm 3 weeks into cloth diapering my newborn and it has gone by so fast! He was born 9 lbs + like my other sons and is another love of my life. After a long and complex delivery he has been in my arms every moment possible! As you can see from the photos and his belly button, he wore cloth from our first day home. His arrival was a bit of a surprise and we did not take cloth to the hospital. While I didn't buy many "Newborn" diapers, the ones I did have became essential and well loved. At 9 lbs one-size diapers should fit...right? Unfortunately no, and while some of our OS diapers fit great, many of them are still too large. Who were the favorites? Who were the least well fitting? Surprises??? I'll share here!
     He's so small...yet he can out-pee my toddler. The difficulties that arise in cloth diapering a newborn include trying to find small well fitting diapers, that can hold the pee of a full grown adult. Or, that's how it seems. Putting too many layers spread his legs out uncomfortably, too few and he soaks through his entire outfit in minutes. In some cases, it's not even worth leaving the changing table. Did I mention that he really doesn't like being changed and I have to be lightning fast? We are fortunate to have an array of diapers and options to test and try out. Even as an experienced cloth diapering Mom, finding the right combination has been tough. We have had some surprises and some reassurances. Here are diaper fit and performances from the first 2 weeks of my newborn's life this site of the uterus.

Cloth Diaper Clearance While Supplies Last!

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     Hurry! Amazing sale at Diaper Junction while supplies last! Newborn diapers as low as $6 and OS as low as $8 and FREE shipping. Amazing seconds sale. Go to the bottom of the homepage and find them under "Save On Cloth Diapers under Diaper Clearance."What a great way to start the New Year, right?!



Baby Kicks Newborn Organic Fitted Diaper Review

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     Cloth diapering a newborn is a journey; They are well hydrated, have small bellies and eat/void frequently. I've been cloth diapering my newborn for two weeks now and finally feel like I have a handle on it. I'm excited to have this Newborn BabyKicks Organic Cotton and Hemp fitted diaper to test out and share with you. Here are our findings and an array of photos to give you an up and close personal review...with some partial celebrity endorsement:


B. Toys Bristle Block Stackadoos Review

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     If you're not familiar with B. Toys, let me introduce you! I first discovered this line in the aisle at Target. I saw a cat piano and a barn and passed up the line thinking that colors were odd. It wasn't until my boys picked out the AB3s Wooden Stand and a floor puzzle (that we no longer have the parts to thanks to our GSD) that we were hooked. The toys are colorful, incite imagination and many are wooden. Designed in the USA and made in China to keep costs reasonable, you'll find that these toys are both imaginative and affordable. In this article I'm highlighting the Bristle Block Stackadoos. See them below: