OMG Goodies 3 Year Giveaway Extravaganza Celebration Ends 5/24

OMG Goodies is turning 3! Come help us celebrate turning three by celebrating you with amazing Giveaway from awesome Sponsors and Giveaways! There is a giant list of amazing giveaways below, click through to enter each one and win some really fantastic stuff. Thank you for stopping by and good luck!


 OMG Goodies is coming together with some amazing companies to celebrate the Last three years. Along with great bloggers who helped us along the way to where we are. One of the amazing bloggers is Mama Banana's Adventures . Please enter all the giveaways and help us celebrate this amazing milestone we have achieved!

 

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All Giveaways End May 24th, 2015 

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Thank you to all Sponsors-

A big thank you to all sponsors helping making this something worth celebrating! Each company we would like to thank are Reviva Labs, LightHeaded Beds, Threadless, Adventures of Buddy, Hipglos, 40 Weeks, Halo, MoiChef, Build a Dream Playhouse, Aurorae Yoga, Skin Pro, Mixed Pears,  

Thank you to all the Bloggers-

All of us here at OMG Goodies would like to thank ll the bloggers who helped us share this great event with everyone! Pink Ninja Blogger, Life of a Mad Typer, Her 3 Little Thinkers, Mama Banana Adventures, Are We There Yet, Heather Speaks Out, Missi Rose's Views & Manic Mama of 3

Startwrite 6.0 The Handwriting Worksheet Wizard Giveaway Open Worldwide Ends 5/7


     Startwrite 6.0 The Handwriting Worksheet Wizard Giveaway Open Worldwide Ends 5/7. Weather you homeschool or public school learning to write is a fundamental in education. There are many apps out there for electronic devices, however there isn't anything quite like writing with paper and pencil. The fine and gross motor skills learned will carry one through a lifetime of writing needs including everything from writing a check to signing a Birthday Card.
     Startwrite The Hadwriting Wizard Software was developed by a Dad who grew tired of drawing dots on paper to mimic preschool paperwork for his child. The software has evolved into something completely customizable. Everything from the wording, colors and border can be imaged and created by you. It can include clip art, "decision" dots which tell children which way to go. Read the Startwrite 6.0 Review and enter to win a copy of your own below. Thank you and good luck!


This giveaway is open to legal residents Worldwide, void where prohibited. One lucky winner will receive a download of the Startwrite 6 Software for Windows. Winner will be contacted via e-mail and have 48 hours to respond. If no response is given, a new winner will be drawn.

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Disclosure; This is not a sponsored post. Mama Banana's Adventures is not responsible for prize fulfillment. Prize will be provided by Startwrite and e-mailed to the giveaway winner. Questions about the giveaway should be directed to MamaBananasAdventures@gmail.com

Wool Diaper Cover Giveaway from Sassy Pants Diapers

Wool is a great option for night time cloth diapering! Wool will absorb moisture- up to 1/3 of it's weight  while also repelling moisture, leaving it dry on the outside, preventing clothing from becoming damp. It offers a breathable barrier in place of a PUL cover. Wool is also eco-friendly and hypo-allergenic, which keeps odors from settling into the fabric. Wool has so many benefits!


Nourish by BeliBea Nursing Bra Review

Disclosure;  I received a product sample to facilitate my review, however the opinions here are my own.This is not a paid advertisement.

     As a nursing and pumping Mom, I've tried many bras. I was excited to have the opportunity to test out this new Nourish BeiBea nursing/pumping bra and wasn't sure what to expect. How can a bra do both nursing and pumping? There are several features:

1. Two bra layers
  • Top layer with optional padded insert
  • Bottom layer with nipple/flange hole for pumping
2. Two Clasps for "snap down" of the 2 bra layers
3. Three hooks in the back for securing torso band
4. Adjustable shoulder straps
5. Stretchy fabric
6. Optional/removable padded cups
7. Tagless 

     The bra seen here is a Medium. I thought I needed a small but opted for a Medium and am glad I went bigger. While the torso band is on the smallest setting for me and could even be tighter (I wear a 36D), the cup portion has a smaller fit and less coverage then my other nursing bras. This would be helpful with a lower cut shirt that would expose a full coverage nursing bra and it's attractive on.
     The bra straps are adjustable, and as you can see they adjust in the rear of the bra. I personally prefer if they adjust in the front, but most seem to adjust this way. This bra can be used for nursing, pumping or nursing on one side and pumping on the other. Nursing/pumping is a great way to save up Milk when baby doesn't go long between feedings and it's hard to find pumping time.


Startwrite 6.0 Review; The Handwriting Worksheet Wizard Review

Disclosure; This is not a sponsored post, I did receive a product sample to facilitate my review however the opinions expressed are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

     My preschooler works on his handwriting daily. He loves drawing letters on an Ipad app or paper and pencil. I love that he's learning to write. He attends nursery school two days a week for 2 hours, and comes home with handwriting worksheets with connect-the-dot style letters. I've tried to replicate these sheets by hand drawing dots. Dotting sheets is a lot of work and not nearly as perfect as computer generated versions.
     I am very excited to test out Startwrite 6.0 the "Handwriting Worksheet Wizard" to help my little ones learn how to write. The software comes with English and Spanish fonts and has many customizable features. Everything from the text, worksheet colors, clipart and border is made to your taste. Here is a little video from the company about the software and a worksheet I made with a few different options.


Born Free Baltic Amber Teething Necklace Review

Disclosure; This is not a sponsored post. I did receive a product sample to facilitate my review however the opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. 

     I will admit that when I first saw Amber Teething Necklaces I was very confused. I wondered how chewing on something so small could help teething. As it would turn out...these necklaces aren't for chewing on at all! Many believe that amber has pain relieving properties that make teething easier for babies and toddlers. Moms claim it relieves discomfort from colic and teething, reduces drooling and is anti-inflammatory. Does it really work? If it doesn't, at least it's adorable! Holistic nonsense? It's definitely worth a try, and with all the warnings and side effects of over the counter medications like tylenol and ibuprofen, I'm certainly willing to test it out.
     This Born Wild Baltic Amber Teething Necklace has baltic amber straight from Lithuania. The company guarantees authenticity and your happiness with the product. It's baby/toddler sized and can be worn as a short necklace, or wrapped a few times as an anklet.


Pregnancy; The First Trimester; Am I Dying?


     As I'm reaching towards the 6th week of my 4th pregnancy, I'm reflecting back on my previous 3 pregnancies. Each time I've thought I remembered what it felt like to be pregnant. I've heard of those Moms, the ones who feel great during pregnancy. They have energy, a glow and don't experience any of the nausea or other issues many Moms like myself do. While each pregnancy has been different the symptoms have been fairly consistent, I find myself wondering, "Am I Dying?"


Kew West Retinol Cream Review

Disclosure; This is not a sponsored post, I did receive a product sample to facilitate my review however the opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

     After reading about the effectiveness and studies done on Retinol, I couldn't wait to add it to my skincare routine. I use a product with 2.5% retinol every other day to help with spots, collagen production and overall appearance of skin. I was excited to try out this Key West Retinol Cream with 2.5% Retinol. It has two oils in the first three ingredients, making this super moisturizing, but possibly not the best for acne prone or oily skin. It's 71% Organic and not tested on animals.


Freebies

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Elleda Vitamin C Serum Review

Disclosure; This is not a sponsored post, I did receive a product sample to facilitate my review however the opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

     With all the benefits from Vitamin C and Hylauronic Acid...I have no idea why I wasted time and money with department store beauty cream. Not only did it cost more, but it doesn't have these proven effective ingredients inside. Vitamin C is know to help with the production of collagen and to fade dark spots. Hyaluronic acid is actually injected by dermatologists and plastic surgeons to plump wrinkles. These two ingredients combine in Elleda Vitamin C Serum to create a powerfully and effective serum that's easy on the wallet. This serum is power packed and Made in the USA.


Giveaway; Sleep Well for Kids Under the Sea by Jeff Gold Open to USA ends 4/30

Disclosure; This is a sponsored post, it contains affiliate links. I received a product sample to facilitate my review however the opinions are my own.

     Getting my children to bed has always been difficult. Our new bedtime routine involves Sleep Well for Kids, Under the Sea by Jeff Gold. You can read how my toddlers enjoy this in my full review. One lucky USA winner 18+ will win the Sleep Well for Kids; Under the Sea and help their little ones (or big ones) have a much more restful bedtime routine.


Lillebaby Toddler Carrier Review; Carry On Air Toddler Carrier Review

Disclosure; This is not a sponsored post, I did receive a product sample to facilitate my review however the opinions expressed here are my own. Photos of me were done by hubby and edited by me, the others I took. He's getting good right?

     Babywearing has been a very special and loving experience for me and my family. I started over 4.5 years ago with my first son. I couldn't put him down, he always wanted to be held and was fussy if he wasn't right on my chest. I didn't know anyone personally who used a baby carrier, but after some research I purchased a Moby Wrap. I wish I had photos. I remember him dangling so low his feet  hit my knees (he was also a tall baby). I quickly moved onto a soft structured carrier and then onto woven wraps.
     My second son had reflux. I was so happy to have my carriers available. The first three months were very challenging, and wearing him upright not only helped with his reflux, but with our family's overall happiness. Babywearing made him happy, which in turn made everyone happy. By the time I had my third son I had a "stash" of carriers and babywearing let me take my toddlers to the playground, while keeping my infant snuggled and happy.
     When my 2 year old was diagnosed with a bone tumor, babywearing became a real need. I wear my infant to our toddler's appointments and tests so I can nurse him, and babywearing has helped my toddler receive sensory information that he didn't get when he was in a wheelchair. There are many benefits to wearing a disabled child. He walks now, still really enjoys babywearing and can be seen here in his footie jammies. I have my two youngest babies photographed here. My baby, who is 14 months and 33 lbs and my now almost 3-year old who is 35 lbs in this lovely Lillebaby Toddler Carrier. Here come the photos.


CompoKeeper Giveaway Open to USA Ends 5/5

 
In the spirit of Earth Day and promoting a green, eco-friendly environment,
 I am excited to the participating in the CompoKeeper Giveaway!
Composting is a great way to reduce, reuse and recycle. The great folks at CompoKeeper has created an awesome kitchen compost bin that makes composting easier, cleaner and more enjoyable! 

Sleep Well For Kids; Under the Sea by Jeff Gold Music Review

Disclosure; This is a sponsored post. I received a product  sample to facilitate my review (you can see it in the photos here), this post contains affiliate links.

     Bed time has always been a challenge for my toddlers. If my 4 or 2 year old nap during the day, they can be up very late and full of energy. I've tried reading books, laying down with them, singing songs, listening to ambient music on IRadio...you name it, we've tried! While I believe in gentle parenting, and while I haven't practiced cry-it-out with my children, I can understand the desire to get your kids to bed earlier. I am thrilled to try Sleep Well for Kids; Under the Sea by Jeff Gold Music. This music uses real musical instruments (other sounds with keyboard), voice and music therapy principles to help little ones (and possibly big ones) fall asleep. Arranged and instrument performance by Jeff Gold in California, this music is enchanting. Hypnotherapist Janet Montgomery not only wrote the script, but she also provides the soothing voice, and she certainly has my toddlers listening!

Annke Wireless IP Camera Giveaway! Open to US, UK, EU ends 5/11

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Syono Gel Insoles Review

Disclosure; This is not a sponsored post. I received a product sample to facilitate my review however the opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

         Our footwear impacts our entire body. Ever wear a pair of uncomfortable shoes out walking all day? Your whole body feels it right? It's one reason I believe in good quality footwear and shoe inserts as needed. The Syono Orthotic Shoe Inserts and Gel Insoles are a set of orthotic insoles and inserts that provide cushioning and support to help align your body during walking, running and standing activities. These inserts come in two sizes, and have an easy cut-to-fit guide so you can make them exactly the right size. My husband is trying these out for me. He works long shifts, has a size 15 wide foot and has a really hard time finding footwear that fits AND is comfortable.


Envyderm Lip Plumper Je T'aime and Enhancing and Conditioning Mascara with Argon Oil Review

Disclosure; This is not a sponsored post, I received a product sample to facilitate my review however the opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

     I love how a little makeup can immediately improve how I feel. A touch of mascara, shiny lip gloss, under eye concealer and I feel like a new woman and less like one who was up all night with her kids. I am thrilled to review Envyderm Lip Plumper in Je T'aime and Envyderm Eyelash Enhancement and Conditioning Mascara wit Argon oil. These products are Made in the USA with organic ingredients and the entire line is cruelty free and not tested on animals.

The Family Bed, Our Nest. Exeptional Sheets Hypoallergenic Down and Wool Blanket Review

Disclosure; This is not a sponsored post, I received a product sample at a discount, this post contains affiliate links. Thanks :)

     The family bed. It's a place where everyone gathers for love, support and relaxation. When I purchased our King bed, before our children, I never imagined that I would wake some mornings snuggled with three little boys. It's been one of the best experiences of my life! The family bed, or our Nest as I like to call it, is very important to our family. This makes the bedding that we use a priority and I want the snuggliest, longest lasting, easiest washing and temperature appropriate items I can find. I am thrilled to add this beautiful Hypoallergenic down and wool blanket from Exceptional Sheets. It's the highlight of our mornings and a joy to sleep under.

Concieving and Breastfeeding; Getting Pregnant While Breastfeeding


     My children have all been planned. I initially used a basal body thermometer and inexpensive ovulation test strips to track ovulation. I woke up every morning and took my temperature under my tongue before I even spoke (as per the thermometers instructions) and used the strips. It worked! We were expecting our first baby in no time.
     When it came time to plan for baby #2 it wasn't as easy. I couldn't track a temperature pattern. I called my OB. She said that my temperature wasn't reliable due to breastfeeding and my hormone levels. The thermometer was no longer an option and it was time to move on. I started researching other ways to determine ovulation in what could be unpredictable cycles. I was told by a Doula that there are certain ways to read your cervical mucus, which I don't have time or interest in. The search for an answer was on!
     I certainly wasn't going to wean my son. I knew that there had to be another way. I found myself in the disposable pads-condoms-pregnancy tests at Target. I picked up inexpensive ovulation test strips the first time which were reliable with my first son. I purchased these again and discovered that I had 2 lines signaling Folicle stimulating hormone (FSH) for almost a week! Despite this inaccuracy, we were able to conceive baby 2 and 3, but it certainly wasn't a pin point ovulation.


FREE Kiwi Crate!! Hurry!! Not sure how long this will last!!

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FREE! Limited Edition $5 Kiwi Crate!! FIVE dollars!! FREE with Coupon Code "Share10" I don't know how long these will last...but I already got ours!! I went to the site to purchase a $5 crate they offered through e-mail and found that it's FREE with the code they gave me for tweeting.
     Must cancel subscription after you get this if you don't want to have the monthly subscription! I wonder if they'll catch on, but I hope they honor all these free crates! ‪Please message me if this stops working. Thanks!!



Chew-Choos Playdate Silicone Teething Necklace Giveaway USA ends 4/27

Disclosure; This is a sponsored post. I received a product sample to facilitate my review, this contains affiliate links. 

     Teething is a rough period for babies. It doesn't happen all at once and can last months. One of my favorite way to help baby teethe is with a silicone teething necklace. These are made from baby-safe food grade silicone (much like a pacifier), and provide a source for amusement, teething and play for baby when worn by Mom. You can read my Chew-Choos Playdate Silicone Teething Necklace Review. Find them right on Amazon. Enter to win one below and 1 lucky winner will receive a code to get the necklace of their choice!!


     Open to USA residents 18+, void where prohibited. Winner will be contacted via e-mail and have 48 hours to respond. If no response is provided, a new winner will be drawn and contacted. Mama Banana's Adventures is not responsible for prize fulfillment. Prize will be given by Baby Pinch Botique in form of a code to order from Amazon.

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Have a family friendly company and want to work together? E-mail MamaBananasAdventures(at)gmail(dot)com!

Vitavana Omega-3 Ultra Purified Krill Oil Review

Disclosure; This is not a sponsored post. I received a product sample to facilitate my review (seen here) however the opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. 

     If you haven't heard about the benefits of Omega 3's, then you've been hiding under a rock (possibly literally). They're in everything! I saw a carton of milk at the supermarket a few weeks ago that said "with Omega 3's." I turned it around and...there was added fish oil. Fish oil in milk?! It's everywhere. So, what type of Omega-3 Oil is the best? Krill oil has emerged as the new leader in oils for many reasons. It absorbs better, has natural ingredients that helps prevent it from oxidizing and doesn't have that fish burp people refer to from other Omega 3 Oil pills. In addition, Krill oil is believed to be free from the toxins larger fish have because it's a small crustacean and located in a less commercially fished/less polluted area. Larger fish live longer and absorb more toxins like mercury (1).
     I'm thrilled to use my husband a guinea pig to test out this Vitavana Omega-3 Ultra Purified Krill Oil. Krill oil is known in studies for demonstrating anti inflammatory properties in individuals with arthritis and decreasing overall symptoms. (1) Ideal, right? He's taking it in combination with the Vitavana Ultra Glucosamine and Chondroitin with MSM which we also reviewed.


Vitavana Ultra Glucosamine Chondroitin MSM Joint Formula Review

Disclosure; This is not a sponsored post. I did receive a product sample to facilitate my review (seen here) however the opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. 

     Glucosamine and Chondroitin with MSM are known to be natural supplements that help repair cartilage damaged from degenerative arthritis. (1) In Dr. Oz's arthritis healing article, he reports that "joint cartilage can be repaired using a combination of glucosamine sulfate (most important: 750 mg 2 times a day for at least 6 weeks), MSM (2-3 grams a day), and, if the arthritis is severe, Chondroitin (less important: 400 mg 3x day). It is also critical that you get broad nutritional support (a good multi-vitamin powder supplement is best)" (1). While I'm sure that our joint cartilage will never be what it was in teenage years, I would like to improve it's current condition.
     I am thrilled to try Vitavana Ultra Glucosamine and Chondroitin with MSM . My husband has been diagnosed arthritis in multiple joints. Years of flooring installation work, playing sports and probably a genetic component have left his joints in a sorry state. We've had x-rays and MRIs that confirmed his diagnosis several years ago. He has agreed to take this supplement for me and report on his findings, here's to hoping his cartilage improves!
    

Shutterfly Coupon Codes and Freebies April 2015

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      Shutterfly Coupon Codes and Freebies April 2015!!

1.  ALL customers save up to 50% off with promo code MORE2LOVE, 4/9-4/15


2. ALL customers receive 10 free select cards with promo code MYCARDS, 4/11-4/12 Only


3. All customers Receive free shipping on orders $39+ or more with promo code SHIP39 (ongoing)

 

Poe Wovens Hyacinth Chevron 100% Review and Poe Wovens Dicsount Coupon Link

Disclosure; This is not a sponsored post, this is a review from a tester wrap that I received for a few days and then passed onto someone else (I miss it!).

         I had the opportunity to host this Poe Wovens Hyacinth Chevron 100% cotton woven wrap in our household. I love testers for many reasons. First off, as you can see from the photos...I live rurally. In addition to having cows for neighbors...I don't usually see other Moms who babywear. I get experience with wraps and carriers from practice in my living room (a big mirror helps!) and through trying new products and carries. Here's my two cents about this Poe tester, and when you're ready to shop  You can get 10% off of your Poe Wovens order with my referral link and automatic coupon/discount.
     I had to stare at the Hyacinth Chevron pattern for awhile. Look closely. I think that there are four colors. Hyacinth, green, natural and gold. In addition to the mesmerizing pattern, this wrap has a thick but soft feel to it. I thought this was a brand new wrap! Then I looked through the tester list. Either Poe has the most gentle testers available or this wrap is very well woven and durable (possibly both). If you're shopping for your first or your 100th wrap, I think you'll definitely want to take a look at Poe.


Life Essentials Skin Care Vitamin C Anti-Aging Serum Review

Disclosure; This is not a sponsored post. I did receive a product sample to facilitate my review, however the opinions expressed here are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

    If you're not already using a serum...then it's time to start! I wasted years using an expensive department store brand that hides it's ingredients. As it turns out...quality beauty ingredients that are proven and actually work aren't that expensive. When I learned about Vitamin C and it's function in the production of collagen I immediately starting using a product with 20%. Life Essentials Vitamin C Anti-Aging Serum also addresses wrinkles, age spots and contains hyauronic acid which is a known collagen booster and plumper! (1) This product from Life Essentials is perfect for sensitive skin and anyone who wants to address aging skin. Made in the USA and power packed, you'll want to take a look at this brand.


Tweedz Braided Headphones Review

Disclosure; This is not a sponsored post. I did receive a product at a discounted price for my review however the opinions here are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

     Ear buds are a staple in my running wardrobe. I usually fish them under my running top, secure in the upper band of my sports bra, run them behind my head and enjoy listening to music without accidentally ripping the cord out of my ears with a swinging arm. I'm thrilled to try these Tweedz Braided Headphones Earbuds and pass on my thoughts. They come in 6 colors; Blue, Green, Pink, Red, Purple and Black and come with 3 sizes of ear buds for the most comfortable wear. They are super lightweight and thinner in comparison to other buds I have and the company gives a 1-year warranty from factory defect. Covered in fabric, they are tangle free and soft to the touch.


Adeline Hylauronic Acid Serum Review

Disclosure; This is not a sponsored post, I did receive a product sample to facilitate my review however the opinions are my own. It does contain affiliate links.

     I have been using face cream since I was a young girl. I remember my Grandma handing me a bottle of Oil of Olay. Her advice was to use it daily to keep my skin looking nice. As an adult I still follow her advice. She lived to be 82 and her skin was radiant. While I later learned that Oil of Olay products give me terrible hives, I continue to search for the best and most effective products out there. I am thrilled to try Adeline Hyaluronic Acid Serum with Retinol and Vitamin E!
     I first thought...what is Hyaluronic Acid? Hylauronic Acid is a skin plumper. It keeps skin hydrated and actually helps plump out wrinkles and overall keeps skin younger looking (1). Hyaluronic Acid diminishes with age, and is highest in babies (who have awesome plump dewy looking skin). This serum has a powerful combo of Hylauronic Acid, Vitamin C, Retinol, Vitamin E and a myriad of goodies so wonderful I want to swim in it! Even better, Adeline Skin Care is made in the USA and committed to using high quality ingredients.