Spa Towel Warmer Giveaway $50 ARV USA ends 4/17

warmer giveaway
    

Adeline Organic Eye Serum Review

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

     As a busy Mom who never sleeps through the night...I will look in the mirror and think...Wow, I look tired! My eyes are often puffy, have dark circles and I can even be red. I'm excited to add this Adeline Organic Eye Serum to my skin routine and hope it works well!  I have high hopes for this product and when you see the list of ingredients, quality guarantee and company ethics I believe you'll want to try it too! So far I'm impressed and have high hopes for a long term relationship with Adeline skincare.


A Letter to My Sons; The Real Reason Prince Charming Shold Marry Cinderella


     Dear my three wonderful Sons;
     I'm sure you will watch many movies in your childhood. One I must explain is Cinderella. Now, in this movie, Cinderella transforms from a house maid into a glamorous princess with the help of her Fairy God Mother. When Prince Charming sees her like this he realizes that she must be his wife. He dances with her and when she runs off at the end, fearful that he'll see her out of this getup, he launches a city wide search for his princess. He knows nothing about her except that she can tear up the dance floor and looks great in blue. These are not the reasons Prince Charming should marry Cinderella. Hair, makeup and clothes are superficial. That magic pumpkin may not pass inspection or be road worthy. "Things" do not make the woman, but merely dress up the body she lives in. Over time her appearance will change, her clothes may not always be so glamorous and those glass slippers have to cause blisters.


New Prints from Grovia Available April 6th

Disclosure; This is not a sponsored post, it does contain affiliate links.These are not my photos, they are stock photos from the Grovia site.

     Grovia hybrid shells are some of my favorite diapers!! I use them with prefolds, the soakers and find that the fit and quality is fantastic. If you already love Groivia then you're going to love their NEW prints!! If you don't already know the company...there's no time like the present to get your first Grovia diapers. Hybrid shells come in hook and loop, snap and in an AIO as well.

    New prints include: Astro, Adventure, Funfair and Ophelia

Savannah Bee Hand Cream and Royal Jelly Body Butter Giveaway USA ends 4/10

Savannah Bee Company Giveaway


$50 Create UR Plate Gift Code USA ends 4/15

create ur plate giveaway


Gurin Mini Aromatherapy Diffuser Review

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

     Some of my favorite fragrances come from essential oils. I remember sitting in a spa and thinking...wow, I wish my home could smell like this. I even have 9 or 10 different therapeutic grade oils that I use for home remedies and cleaning. I am really excited to have the opportunity to test this Mini Aromatherapy Diffuser from Gurin.
     This diffuser comes with the diffuser body, lavender essential oil, the a/c cord and a little pitcher to fill the unit with water. The unit holds up to 180ml of water or about 3/4 cup, runs for 30 * 60 *120 * or 180* minutes, requires 2-3 drops of essential oils and offers 4 light colors in a high or low setting.


7 Items for Breast Pumping and Driving Safely


     Pumping enough breast milk for baby can be stressful. When I started back to work (Per Diem) I was unsure how often to pump, how much I needed and how to get it done! I don't always work a full day and often pump time is exactly when I'm driving home. I had to figure out how to pump and drive safely. In our State there is a distracted driving law, which means that anything distracting you from the road (like your cell phone) can warrant a stop. How was I going to pump and make the 45 minute commute home?? How could I pump milk, drive safely and get baby what he needs??
     I have experimented and developed a system that allows me to pump, stay within the law, not distract me from the road and get my pumping done! Even better, I'm not driving with my boobs out flashing everyone around me. How do I do it you ask? Here are the items I trust and use:


Spring Cleaning Giveaway! 7 Sponsors, Something for Pets, Kids, and Mom! USA Ends 4/14

Everyone is Spring Cleaning! Guess what Welcome to Mom Are We There Yet's Spring Cleaning Giveaway. This giveaway will be from 7 different sponsors. One lucky winner will receive them all. 

1. Set of pet skincare products from John Paul Pets.


Flatout Flatbread Giveaway 5 Winners! USA ends 4/5

Flatout bread giveaway 

Giveaway: 5 winners will get 10 different breads each 

BabyPinch Botique Chew-Choos Teething Necklace Review

Disclosure; I received a product sample to facilitate my review, as seen here in the photos, the opinions are my own, it contains affiliate links.

     I love jewelry. It doesn't have to be expensive, just something that makes me feel pretty. I was disappointed to realize that the shiny items I wore before my babies were no longer safe once they arrived. The thought of jewelry being broken, swallowed, causing any sort of harm to my children left me bling-less for too long! I was thrilled to discover baby safe teething jewelry. These items are designed to be worn by Mom and teethed on by baby. I was excited to have the opportunity to review this BabyPinch Botique Chew-Choos teething necklace and add it to my Baby friendly jewelry collection!


Spaghetti Headz Hair Accessory Giveaway USA ends 3/31

Spaghetti Headz

April is Occupational Therapy Month; Top 10 Ways to Celebrate OT Month #OTMonth


     April is Occupational Therapy Month! What profession needs an entire month for celebration? Occupational Therapy! The longer I'm an Occupational Therapist (OT) the more I realize and comprehend just how versatile, expansive, innovative and vast our line of work is. When the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) first came out with the slogan "skills for the job of living" I thought the description was too broad. It's not, it's perfect! I incorporate it when I describe OT to others. When I say "I'm your OT, we're going to work on everything you need to do during the day...from getting out of bed, taking a shower to flipping pancakes...if it's party of your lifestyle then OT will help you work on it." I know just how important the job of living is to each and every person we encounter.


Martian Dice Game Giveaway! USA ends 3/27


Martian Dice Review + Giveaway

Martian Dice Game Giveaway! USA ends 3/27

Kitchen Composting with Compokeeper Review


Disclosure; This is not a sponsored post, it does contain affiliate links.

     I have been kitchen composting since I was a child. I remember my Mom telling me that coffee grounds and potato peels were the best fertilizer for our bland clay soil. To me, kitchen composting is an everyday event, and I believe everyone should do it. It's time for our country to ditch the chemicals and turn to nature-based plant nutrients for healthier gardens, cleaner water and less pollution.
     Compokeeper had an instagram "show me your kitchen scraps" contest and I was thrilled to win! I put this into action immediately and in less then 48 hours had a bag full of goodies for my garden. I have two outdoor compost bins that I made out of pallets, and a worm bin that is made from an old garbage can that has a split down the side. The food typically goes into the worm bin, and things like leaves, clippings and bigger garden items like leaves and stems go into the pallets. The compokeeper will certainly help me keep them full! Made in the USA and designed for kitchen composting at it's cleanest, I think you'll love this bin too!


GoDog Crazy Tug Sasquatch Dog Toy Review

Disclosure; This is not a sponsored post, I did receive a product sample to facilitate my review, the opinions are my own (and my dogs) and there are affiliate links. 

     I laughed out loud when I first saw this toy! It's a riot!! When you pull on the arms...the legs get shorter, and the face is so cute. It has a deeper sounding squeaker in the belly too. Over all it's fun to look at. I wasn't sure if my dog would like it because so far she has been picky. This puppy will turn down knuckle bones, rawhide chews, pig ears, that red Kong thing and has only favored a few toys that look like wildlife and heavy duty tennis balls. 
     The look on her face was priceless when she saw this Large GoDog Sasquatch Dog Toy! This toy has the same chew guard technology as our GoDog bed also seen here. She adores this toy and it has been her favorite since it arrived. In addition to being adorable, the sasquatch comes in Black, Blue, Purple and Brown and in sizes Small and Large. It was actually difficult to get her to let me take a photo of it!
 

Origami Owl Giveaway $95 ARV USa ends 4/7

Welcome to our Origami Owl Mom Necklace Giveaway! We're excited to promote this giveaway tailored to mom and the many roles she plays in caring for her family. This giveaway is sponsored by Origami Owl Custom Jewelry. One winner is going to win the mom necklace set featured above. The prize includes a heart-shaped silver locket, silver chain as shown, and 7 charms (mom heart, family heart, butterfly, nail polish, star, football, and mixer). Retail value is $95 total. To see the selections in more detail you can visit OrigamiOwl.com.

GoDog BedZzz Dog Bed Review

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

          Our German Shepherd Puppy joined our family right before Christmas! While I am not a huge fan of Christmas puppies, because I know many are impulse purchases and end up in rescues or shelters once a family discovers just how much work they are (puppies are LOTS of work!)...as experienced dog owners I knew she would be joining our family for fur-ever! One of the most important items for a dog is a bed. This is her space. It's a place where she can relax, chew her toys, and stay off of the hard surface floors around her. We are thrilled to have this GoDog BedZzz in Cocoa Shag XL for review! She is 4 months photographed here and around 30 lbs. Also shown here is her GoDog Sasquatch toy we reviewed!


5 Reasons to Say No to Dishwasher Pods; Why I Ditched the Pacs


     Having a family of 5 means lots of laundry and dishes. I rely on my dish washer to help me get everything clean and sanitized for the next meal. When our dish washer started under-performing I was disappointed. It was only a few years old and replaced a machine that made it to almost 30 years!!
     We gathered funds and selected a dish washer. I couldn't wait for it to be installed! When the installation crew arrived and started to uninstall our older machine I explained what was going on. "We call this a Cascade Service call...do you use those dish washer pacs?" I was shocked. Of course I do, I have been using them for years and thought they were helping out my dishes. "There is a membrane around them that doesn't always dissolve and causes undue wear and tear on the machine's motor...leading to early replacement." Insert disbelief, frustration and anger here.


Shutterfly Freebies!! FREE Dog tag AND Photo Album!!

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March 2015 Shutterfly Freebie Codes!! Use these codes to get freebies from Shutterfly!


1. 3/17-3/31 New Customers FREE Pet Tag with promo code BESTFRIEND

2. 3/17-3/23 ALL customers qualify for 1 free 8x8 photo book or a $29.99 credit for larger size with promo code 1FREEBOOK


Yum Earth Organic Candy Giveaway! USA ends 3/31

Her 3 Little Thinkers & YumEarth

Yum Earth Lollipops are a favorite in our house! I always carry them in my purse and diaper bag and have even given them to other parents in the store. Their fruit snacks are delicious too! I love that they're organic and dye/chemical free. I used them as Halloween bag favors and give them out at Birthdays and other events. You can read Her 3 Little Thinker's review HERE

Giveaway: 1 Winner will receive 1 pack each of sour beans, lollipops, and gummy bears

3/17-3/31 Midnight EST--- US Residents 18+

Mama Banana's Adventures and participating blogs are not responsible for prizes. YummyEarth will be fulfilling all prize obligations.

Loving Pets Bella Spill Proof Bone-Shaped Pet Mat Review

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

      Puppies. What can I say, they're full of energy! This energy transfers to meal time and our pup can make quite a mess with food and water. I was thrilled to get this Large Bella Spill-Proof Pet Mat for our review! The mat comes with anti-skid feet, BPA free plastic, is durable and has a lip around the edge to keep in water and food from splashing out onto the floor. It is textured with a raised bone pattern that holds a dish up and allows for liquid to pass under the bowl. This keeps the bottom of the bowl dry and clean!


Over $300 ARV Prizes in the Blogiversary Celebration!!

One lucky person will win a huge prize pack valued over $300!

Kowalli Baby Carrier Cover Giveaway Ends 3/31 USA


     Baby carriers are hot!! If you don't already own one ( or Ten ) then I'm sure you've seen them in stores, movies or online. They're a must have for babies who love to be held..sooooo All Babies! While there are many carriers including soft structured like the Ergo and Lillebaby, stretchy wraps like the Moby and Boba, Ringslings like Comfy Joey and Woven Wraps like Natibaby and Tekhni...the list goes on and on...there are few baby carrier outerwear companies. One USA based company is Kowalli! Not only does this company use USA materials, but it also operates in a Boston Massachusetts factory that employs and supports single Moms. The Kowalli Baby carrier cover is versatile and fits over every type of carrier. It has been tested up to a woman wearing a size 22 carrying a 6 m/o baby, but also fits Mama Banana's Adventures as seen in the Kowalli baby carrier Review . This cover is sold both on the Kowalli website and on Amazon!

   
   This giveaway is open to USA legal residents 18+ and ends 3/31. One Winner will be contacted via e-mail and have 48 hours to respond at which time a new winner will be drawn. Spam accounts will not be considered for prize. Thank you for stopping by and Good Luck!!

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     Mama Banana's Adventures was provided a product sample to facilitate a review and prize will be provided to one USA winner 18+ by Kowali. Winner will be randomly drawn via Giveaway tool and have 48 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond a new winner will be drawn and contacted. This post may contain an affiliate link for Amazon. Please direct questions or concerns to MamaBananasAdventures(at)gmail(dot)com and as always thank you for stopping by! 

Crave Naturals Precisio the Precise Tweezer Review and 25% off Coupon Code

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

     I have been grooming my own eyebrows for over 15 years. As a teenager I began having them waxed at hair salons. After getting waxed with one goofy eyebrow shape too many...you know the type, the robot eyebrows with a super angled arch and square angle by the nose...I decided to learn how to do it myself. I quickly learne that one of the most important things you need for tweezing facial hair is a good set of tweezers! You know the kind; The type of tweezers that always catch the hair you intended to grasp. They have the perfect angle for the best arch you can craft too! Then you'll love Precisio tweezers from Crave Naturals. Here are some photos I took.  

Foxbrim Vitamin C Lotion Review 50 ml

 Disclosure; This is not a sponsored post. I received a product sample to facilitate this review, however the opinions are my own, this post contains affiliate links.
     Skin care is important to me. I jumped on the chance to try Foxbrim's Vitamin C lotion because of all the wonderful things I have heard/read about Vitamin C for skincare. Vitamin C is known as a super ingredient that has multiple benefits for skin care. According to Dr. Oz, Vitamin C helps reverse compounded damages from lifestyle and environment. It's also known for it's role in reducing wrinkles by increasing collagen production and reducing age spots, which are essentially sun damage. (1) Who wouldn't want to try it, right?!
     I incorporated the Foxbrim Vitamin C lotion into my PM routine. I apply after cleansing with a vitamin C exfoliating cleanser, my current favorite is Alba organics Vitamin C cleansing gel, to my face/neck/upperchest area. I have been pleasantly surprised with the results. Despite the fact that the second ingredient is palm oil it doesn't feel greasy at all! There is a very faint scent from that comes from it's ingredients as there is no fragrance added.

Cutie Booty Box Review; Check out the February Goodies!

Disclosure; This is not a sponsored post, it does contain affiliate links.

     I will admit to being a box subscription skeptic. When I first heard of Cutie Booty Box I thought that it would be impossible for the company to get quality products for the price. I was wrong! As a blogger I'm thrilled that I won't need to look for diaper products to review for a long time...they are showing up at my door!! As a cloth diapering Mom to two babies... it's very exciting. Zero work on my part and fluffy goodness surprises in my mailbox!! What's in the February Box you ask? Did you see what came in the January Box?!
     I think Cutie Booty Box may be reading my mind. I have many diaper brands in our home and we love testing them out! I think we have 19 now?! However both the January and February box have had items that are new to us and I have secretly wanted to try!! So I started looking up the value of this box online. Here's the thing, I couldn't find one place that carries all of these items; Amazon doesn't carry Funky Fluff and the smaller shops that do carry the Funky brand don't carry the stain stick or RLR. So let's have a look inside!


Sex and Cosleeping; Tips for Doing It; Having a Sex Life and Cosleeping


     Cosleeping has been one of the most wonderful experiences of my life. Next to the actual births of my children, I can't think of anything that has brought more love and joy to our lives. Waking up next to our children, snuggling with them, keeping watch over them if they're sick and lovingly nursing them at night has been amazing. I love cosleeping, I recommend cosleeping and I wouldn't have it any other way!!
     I didn't always feel this way. After the birth of my first son, friends and family urged me to not let him into bed. "Once you bring him into bed you'll never get him out!" "You won't have 'alone time' for your husband if you bring baby into bed." Were some common 'warnings'. To be honest I let them rattle me and I tried to avoid cosleeping. My first son slept in a cosleeper next to the bed or bassinet for the first few months and woke regularly. I was EXHAUSTED to say the least, some nights he woke 15 minutes after I nursed and put him down. I would sit in a rocking chair and nurse him back to sleep, then he would wake all over again. I finally listened to other breastfeeding Moms, got a side rail from Amazon and felt like a huge weight had been lifted. While he still woke to nurse, I felt like a new woman. Being able to feed him without having to sit up or get out of bed lead for a much more restful night...but what about hubby?