Natracare – A natural take on personal hygiene (giveaway)

Welcome to our 48 hour Natracare giveaway, which is being hosted by a variety of awesome Mommy Bloggers across the United States.


We are very excited to be giving away green-inspired hygiene products to one lucky lady out there!

Natracare is forward-thinking mompreneur company, offering women organic & natural solutions for personal health, which leave a soft footprint on our precious Planet Earth.

And, we love that!

We Live in a Toxic World

One’s health can be affected by a variety of factors that we are unable to control, like genetics, income, where we live, relationships, mental well-being etc. However, there are some things that we can control, like the products we use, which are in direct contact with our bodies.

Our skin, besides being the largest organ in our body, absorbs what we put on it very quickly. Think about if you sit in the bath too long, you will soon see your skin become wrinkly as a reaction to the water; so, what happens to our bodies if we put chemicals on them? Something to think about.

Let’s talk tampons for a minute

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Natracare tampons are rayon-free, biodegradable and compostable, and plastic-free. Additionally they are100% certified organic cotton, guaranteed to be GMO-free. This is noteworthy, as you have to consider the pesticides that are sprayed on cotton crops otherwise.

On the other hand, most tampons on the market are made of rayon, which is an abrasive fiber. When this kind of product absorbs inside a female body it can push around the cervical area, causing tiny cuts and imbedding pieces inside our human tissue. Additionally, rayon dries out the natural protective mucous lining of the vagina. Other ingredients found in mainstream tampons may include fragrance, alcohol, aluminum, and hydrocarbons. On top of all of this, when a tampon of this nature is bleached with chlorine, it leaves behind the carcinogenic dioxin, which you know, is one of most dangerous and deadliest chemicals known to humankind, which also wreaks havoc on our Earth in the form of pollution.

So how do Natracare bleach their products and make them so white if they do not use the mainstream dioxin way. I wondered the same thing, so I asked? Natracare only uses TCF processes for all of its products. Totally Chlorine-Free (TCF) is the only 100% chlorine-free bleaching process, which uses oxygen from hydrogen peroxide. Oxygen bleaching is the safest process for the environment as it does not release toxins into the environment. This water and oxygen process is used to destroy any bacteria in the cotton or pulp, resulting in the purification and whitening of the raw material. You can read more about this HERE

Natracare makes wipes, maternity products, pads, tampons and panty liners, which are available in 54 countries. As the Natracare tampons are a safer alternative, so are all of their products across the board. You can find a stockist near you by using store locator HERE

Giveaway Time

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Want to win a $60 goody bag from Natracare including the following;

  • 1 Natracare Sisters t-shirt
  • 1 Makeup Removal Wipes
  • 1 Intimate Wipes
  • 1 Ultra Extra-Normal Pads
  • 1 Wrapped Panty Liners-Normal
  • 1 Regular Applicator Tampons
  • 1 by 10 count Super Non-Applicator Tampons

Or, as added incentive, what about a second prize, worth $40 from start-up Wythe and Berry Apothecary, including 1 organic facial steam mixture and a decadent handcrafted body cream?

You’ve got to be in it, to win it and maybe today is your lucky day, especially with 2 different prizes being given away!

If you are the winner, Natracare will send out the prize to you direct from their warehouse. Respectively, Wythe and Berry Apothecary will send out their prize to the 2nd place winner.

This giveaway starts at midnight on Saturday November the 1st, ending on Tuesday November the 4th at midnight EST. It is open to the USA only.

Good Luck, and thanks for stopping by Willy B Mum.

Peace, Love and Natural Products make a girl’s world go around!

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Maxpedition Vulture II Backpack giveaway

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Maxpedition Vulture II Backpack Giveaway!

Whether you use this backpack for camping, hiking, cross-country skiing, or as an emergency pack, you are sure to love it. On the off-chance that you already have too many quality backpacks, this would make a fabulous Christmas or Hanukkah present for someone special!

Meet the Participating Bloggers

The bloggers listed in the Rafflecopter form below have come together to purchase this prize for one lucky contestant. As you click “Like” on the form, visit their pages and get to know them. Every time you like, comment on or share one of their posts, you are supporting their page.

Enter to Win

This giveaway is open to residents of the United States only. Entrants must be age 18 or older to enter. Giveaway runs from 12:00 am MST October 25th to 12:00 am MST November 2nd. Winner will be drawn November 2nd and emailed. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email before another entrant is chosen, so check your spam folders too!

Thanks for stopping by Willy B Mum, and Good Luck!

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Sweet Potato and Pea Fillo Pastry Puffs

My 4-year-old started Pre-K this past September, which surely was such a change for all of us. He attends 5 days a week, till 1PM each day, which means I have to pack his lunch. If you follow Willy B Mum on Facebook and Instagram, you know that my husband and I promote very healthy eating habits, with a strong emphasis on an organic plant-based diet. My husband is a very talented cook, by passion. My Son follows a pescetarian diet, which resulted from my husband being a meat-eater, and me being quite the opposite not wanting him to eat animals at all. Our compromise was that our Son can eat seafood in his diet until he is old enough to make the decision as to his diet himself. However, when Miles Storm is with me, which is the majority of the time, he eats a mainly vegan diet which borders on vegetarianism at times.

As Miles Storm is getting older I feel like the same foods we feed him, although varied, might be getting a little boring to him, so I am on the quest to incorporate healthy vegan options into his packed lunches.

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As you can well imagine I have a lot of vegan cookbooks, and one of the most recent ones my husband gave me as a present for Mother’s Day is fellow Australian and inspiration, Adele McConnell’s book – The Vegan Cookbook.
The photos are beautiful, the recipes are easy enough to manage, not to mention delicious. There is also a ton of really interesting meals to make like vegan cheese, baked chilli vegetable chips, red lentil and beetroot burgers and a raw sesame fudge slice. Adele’s recipe – Potato and Coconut Samosas – is the inspiration for this recipe, and something I have made with Miles Storm quite a few times over the last few months. He loves helping out in the kitchen.

These sweet potato and pea fillo pastry puffs are a wonderful addition to school lunches as they are perfect for little hands, and it is also wonderfully hearty as a main meal with veggies, quinoa or a salad on the side when your husband gets home for the day!

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What You Need

  • 10 pieces of vegan filo pastry (I used Athens Filo Dough)
  • 1 cup of raw cashew nuts
  • Coconut Oil
  • 4 small Roasted Sweet Potatoes
  • 2 cups of Peas
  • I small Onion chopped
  • 2 cups Coconut Milk (Thai Coconut Milk)
  • Around an inch long piece of Ginger, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry coriander (cilantro)
  • Coriander, fresh and chopped (cilantro)
  • Shredded Coconut
  • Sea Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Olive Oil and Water to help with sealing the triangles at end

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What To Do

  • Roast Sweet Potato ahead of time. Instructional HERE
  • Remove filo pastry from freezer and let it thaw out
  • Preheat your oven to 350 Farenheit
  • Blend raw cashews in food processor and set aside
  • Melt the coconut oil in a large pan stirring in the sweet potato, peas, onions and grated ginger. Mix well
  • Add the dry cumin, dry coriander, fresh coriander, cashew powder, shredded coconut and coconut cream. Mix well. Season with salt and pepper and set aside
  • Now let’s get started on the filo; on a clean surface lay one piece and brush gently with the olive oil, then place another filo piece on top. Each fillo pastry puff is made up of 2 pieces
  • Cut into 4 squares
  • Spoon some sweet potato and pea mixture into the center of each square
  • Brush the edges of the filo pastry with water, and seal with fingers pressing all around
  • With a spatula, transfer triangles to a baking tray, brush the top with olive oil and cook with for around 20 minutes. Keep an eye on the oven as you do not want them to burn

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A note on making the triangles; doing this is quite tricky if it is your first time so patience is key. Take your time and do not rush. The last time I made fillo pastries was at high school in home-economics class, and that was a very long time ago. The first few times I did this, the fillo either ripped or it just did not look like a triangle. Still tasted delicious but let’s just say they were not going to be sold at the local bakery!

This recipe can of course, me substituted with other vegetables. Sweet potato and peas just happen to be a family favorite in my home.

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Thanks for stopping by Willy B Mum.

Peace, Love and Plants make the World go around.

The Great Mama’s Milk Giveaway

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Welcome to the Great Mama’s Milk Giveaway coordinated by Measuring Flower! This is a HUGE giveaway event that will be awarding two lucky winners some amazing breastfeeding and pumping supplies with a total value of more than $1,400! Read on below to discover what these incredible prizes are and enter towards the bottom of this post.

The Grand Prize Pack

This prize pack, consisting of $1,130 in prizes, will be awarded to ONE super lucky winner. Below is a list of each of the prizes.

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  1. Spectra S1 Double Breast Pump–$319.99 Value
  2. Dairy Fairy Arden All-in-One Hands Free Nursing and Pumping Bra–$68 Value
  3. Pumpin’ Pal Set of Three Prizes–$29.95 Value
  4. Undercover Mama Nursing Shirt–$24.99 Value
  5. Boppy Luxe Pillow–$50 Value
  6. KidKraft Nursing Stool–$40 Value
  7. Teething Bling Gift Set–$34 Value
  8. Young Living Fennel Essential Oil + $5 Enrollment Coupon–$22.25
  9. Milkin’ Cookies 1-month Supply–$46.55 Value
  10. Boppy Nursing Cover–$25 Value
  11. Milk Nursingwear $50 Gift Card–$50 Value
  12. TriLight Health Original Herbal Minerals–$39.95 Value
  13. Shower Hug–$29.95
  14. 2 Milkies Milk Savers–$55.90 Value
  15. Back Buddy and Slipcover–$110 Value
  16. Bamboobies Deluxe Breastfeeding Bundle–$54.99
  17. Mother’s Milk Mate Rack and Bottle Storage System–$28.95
  18. Benbini Nursing Watch–$99 Value

More Prize Details Here

The Runner-up Pack

This prize pack, consisting of $363.86 in prizes, will be awarded to a SECOND most fortunate winner. Below is a list of each of the prizes.

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  1. Nurse Purse Breast Pump Handbag–$129 Value
  2. Pump-a-Pair–$12.95 Value
  3. 2 Naked Nursing Tanks–$79.98 Value
  4. Majamas Comfort Bra–$37 Value
  5. ThinkSport 25oz. Stainless Steel Insulated Sports Bottle–$19.99 Value
  6. Young Living $5 Enrollment Coupon–$5 Value
  7. TriLight Health Original Herbal Minerals–$39.95 Value
  8. Kiinde Twister Starter Kit–$39.99

More Prize Details Here

Enter Here

This Giveaway Ends at 11:59 PM EST
Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Open to U.S. Residents Only

Disclaimer: {Willy B Mum} and its writer, the participating blogs, and Measuring Flower and its writers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill their prizes.

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How to Have an Eco-Friendly Halloween

All Hallows’ Eve is an exciting time to share in the tradition of spooky decorations, dressing in costumes and large amounts of delectable candy. But come November 1st, we all have to deal with the aftermath. This year, have an all-green Halloween that’s easy on your wallet and the environment (not to mention your waistline).

Make your own costumes

Let’s face it, there’s no reason you can’t. Store bought costumes are expensive and the syntheticcloud-costume materials and plastic accessories harm the environment when they’re made. Instead, look at making costumes as a creative project for you and your children.

Use old items around the house to make them like:
• Old pillow cases, bed sheets and clothes
• Cardboard
• Wire hangers
• Old toys
• Styrofoam

You can also shop at thrift stores to get material and then using scissors, a needle and thread – get busy!

Reduce, reuse, and recycle with decorations
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• Amp up the creepy by using dim bulbs and solar-powered lights around your home/in the backyard. Keeping your house almost dark saves on the electricity bill!
• Use eco-friendly beeswax or soy candles instead of paraffin ones. They’ll burn for longer too!

When it comes to pumpkins;

• Buy locally grown and instead of throwing out the insides, toast the seeds and make lots of pumpkin pie! (You could also just grow your very own pumpkins!)

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• To avoid the mess of carving and disposing pumpkins, buy ceramic ones. You can reuse them for many years.

Home décor

• Make one-time-buys that you can reuse every year like spiders and creepy skeletons
• Use thread, cardboard, natural paints and recycled paper to make cobwebs, scary silhouettes, bats and grave stones
• Stuff old clothes with dead leaves from the yard or those packing peanuts you have in the attic to make bodies

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  • Avoid using paper cups/disposable plates unless they are recyclable. You can use your own dishes and cutlery, and ask guests to help with the cleaning up.
  • Consider serving vegan foods, in place of dairy and meat; with cow emissions being cited as the top 1 cause of climate change it is another way you can Go Green!

Trick-or-treating

• Make use of old cloth bags, T-shirts and buckets by turning them into fun, costume themed hoot-hoot-2“props” for collecting candy
• Avoid Snickers and Butterfingers and look for locally made/organic and sugarless candies that still taste great. You don’t have to be the house that gives out apples!
• Don’t drive, walk or use bicycles to trick-or-treat around your neighborhood
• Give your kids solar-powered lanterns or shake flashlights instead of battery-powered lights

When it’s all over

When all the Halloween fun has come and gone, clean up and recycle or compost what you can.

greenhalloweenrecycleTake all the cardboard and paper over to a recycling facility. Here on the East Coast of the United States, Hannapaper is an example of paper recycling company. You can even collect scrap metal from your garage and along with your Halloween decorations take them to scrap recycling centers like Sims Metal Management, which has locations all over the world. They have recycling facilities in Providence, RI and a couple of other cities in the state.

• Donate the old clothes
• Compost (or find someone who does) or donate the remains of the Halloween food and pumpkin

Celebrating a green Halloween can be just as spooky and exciting as ever. Just remember to use eco-friendly products and enjoy your contribution to a cleaner, healthier world!

Thanks for stopping by Willy B Mum. Have a Happy Green Halloween!

**This guest post was written by Anne Staley. Anne is an environmentalist who likes to express her thoughts and beliefs through the written word. Her motto in life is to better the lives of others through the knowledge she shares. She loves nature and urges her readers to Go Green. She shares her thoughts through creative writing and blogs.
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Cloth Diaper Giveaway

Mama Mooshka Giveaway This month Mama Mooshka is hosting a cloth diaper giveaway, which Willy B Mum is co-hosting with Making it Home. Woo Hoo Go us! Of course, being cloth diaper advocates ourselves, we want to share the wonderful world of cloth diapering with another special Mummy out there.

Why Cloth is Better

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My little munchkin in one of his cloth diapers

Mainstream disposable diapers are NOT biodegradable meaning that they sit in landfills forever and ever. The average little human uses 6,500+ diapers before they are potty trained!  A 2008 Time magazine article says “The Real Diaper Association, an advocacy group founded in 2004, estimates that 27.4 billion disposable diapers are used each year in the U.S. (according to the EPA, that translates into more than 3.4 million tons of waste dumped into landfills)”.  This is beyond Crazy to me and this was in 2008! Fast forward four years… and this is the reason I never use standard diapers, not to mention most of them are bleached white – Can you imagine sitting in a bleached nappy 24/7 for 2-3 years of your life? Also, most disposable diapers have insane chemicals in them like dioxins, sodium polyacrylate, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and Tributyl-tin (TBT), among other stuff. Sounds scary right? Yeah, well it is.

With all of this in mind, I think you will agree that cloth definitely is the way to go! And, this giveaway is a good introduction to cloth diapering, or to add to your cloth diaper stash!

Enter to Win

The lucky winner of this giveaway will receive 1 pocket diaper (for boy or girl), 2 organic inserts, and 2 unbleached prefolds (size 1).

This giveaway starts October 1st, and will run month-long till the end of October on the 31st, so you do have plenty of time to enter, but you do not want to forget so why not just do it now.

Enter to win below, with 6 mandatory entry requirements.

Good Luck and thanks for stopping by Willy B Mum.

Peace, Love and Cloth Diapers Make the World Go Around!

**Thanks for the additional support — Nurture, Natural Parenting Magazine, Maman Loup’s Den, Galactic Inspirations, Domesticating Michelle, Baby’s Nest, Giveaway Moxie, A Fulfilled Mommy, Parenting Patch, Chronically Content.

 

Fall Awards Giveaway

The Green Scene Mom Awards celebrate niche, eco-friendly products and innovative product designs. We are very excited to announce the 2014 Fall Award Winners! Many of these great companies have also contributed prizes to Green Scene Mom’s Fall Awards Giveaway. Enter to win below!

Green Scene Mom 2014 Fall Award Winners

Baby Buddy Tooth TissuesBaby Buddy Tooth Tissues
Tooth Tissues make cleaning a baby’s teeth simple and easy to introduce regular oral care to a young child. Tooth Tissues are the natural first step to brushing a child’s teeth after every meal and they’re a simple way to ensure a baby isn’t negatively affected by oral bacteria. Award Details »

bambu natural utensilsbambu natural utensils
bambu’s natural feeding products are an eco-friendly twist on conventional baby utensils. Each product is created to meet a need within the various stages from infancy to childhood and each item is shaped to be easy to use by kids learning to feed themselves. Award Details »

Bumkins Finer Baby ProductsBumkins Finer Baby Products
Bumkins has a huge selection of eco-friendly products that are available in coordinating prints. Bumkins waterproof bags and cloth diapers are easy to use and clean and help reduce household trash. Award Details »

Buttons Cloth DiapersButtons Cloth Diapers
Buttons Cloth Diapers make diapering easy and Eco-friendly. Their new prints are so adorable and feature quality details, sturdy leg gussets, and a simple adjustable snap system that allows the diaper to grow with your baby. Award Details »

Cache Coeur Signature Maternity LingerieCache Coeur Signature Maternity Lingerie
Cache Coeur offers elegant solutions for pregnancy and nursing to make life more comfortable and stylish. Their lingerie line includes designs that are functional and embellished with feminine details. Award Details »

Cupcake Organic Nursing PadsCupcake Organic Nursing Pads
Cupcake Nursing Pads are made from high-quality cotton and are easy to assemble and clean. They offer great coverage in preventing leaks and provide peace of mind while breastfeeding. Award Details »

Cushy CloserCushy Closer
Cushy Closers are an innovative and streamlined way to keep a door from latching. They are ideal for use on doors to rooms where kids are napping, since the cushion allows the door to be closed but muffles any door closing sounds. Award Details »

Eepples MilkCharmsEepples MilkCharms
Eepples MilkCharms are designed to help moms easily label, track, and organize their breast milk supply. The MilkCharm is a reusable dial system that lets moms quickly and easily set and read the day and time when breast milk was pumped. Award Details »

Emily Press Write Your Own LabelsEmily Press Write Your Own Labels
Emily Press waterproof labels are an innovative way to create your own personalized labels. Write on the labels with a permanent marker then seal in your writing with the built-in laminate. These dishwasher-safe labels make it easy to personalize or label your items. Award Details »

It's The Balm Pregnancy Pamper KitIt’s The Balm Pregnancy Pamper Kit
It’s The Balm Pregnancy Pamper Kit includes belly balm, cooling foot scrub, whipped foot balm, and peppermint lip balm, each created with a combination of natural and essential oils formulated to heal and soothe. Organic raw shea butter, peppermint, eucalyptus, and tea tree oil are among the natural ingredients used in this natural pampering kit. Award Details »

Lotus Everywhere CribLotus Everywhere Crib
The Lotus Travel Crib by Guava Family is an everywhere crib designed for easy portability and set up. It has mesh breathable sides all the way down to the mattress and a zipper opening in one side for easy access into the crib. The crib can be set up in 15 seconds and it fits into a compact case small enough for a carry-on. Award Details »

Milkies Milk-SaverMilkies Milk-Saver
The Milkies Milk-Saver collects leaking breast milk as a mom nurses, allowing them to store extra breast milk effortlessly with each feeding. The Milk-Saver collects the milk that is leaked when breast milk lets down. It’s slim and portable, minimizes leaks and comes with a durable case. Award Details »

Poncho Baby Roly BlanketsPoncho Baby Roly Blankets
The Poncho Baby Roly Blanket is a super-soft blanket that rolls into a compact clutch for easy carrying. The blanket is made from a double layer of soft cotton. It rolls up and attaches with a snap fastener. Award Details »

Rubber Ducky & Friends Kids' ShowerheadRubber Ducky & Friends Kids’ Showerhead
Rubber Duckie & Friends showerheads are a fun way to introduce showering to young children. The character shower heads look like bath toys and help parents transition their kids from bathing in the tub to taking showers on their own. Award Details »

Shaikoo Hands Free TowelShaikoo Hands Free Towel
The Shaikoo Towel Wrap was designed to simplify bath time and make baby bathing a fun, safe and relaxing experience. With a simple and durable Velcro-brand fastener around the neck, parents have both their left and right hands available to safely lift, cradle, and dry their wet baby. Award Details »

Strider Sport BikeStrider Sport Bike
Strider Bikes are easy to use by toddlers and kids who can’t pedal yet. They also allow kids to “skip” the tricycle stage and advance to mastering gliding and balance skills that will help them eventually ride a standard bike. Award Details »

Tubby TableTubby Table
The Tubby Table is an educational bath play surface for toddlers that suctions in the middle of the tub, giving kids a sturdy and safe surface while keeping water and toys inside the tub. Award Details »

Yummi Gear LunchboxesYummi Gear Lunchboxes
Yummi Gear lunchboxes make it easy to take lunch on the go. They are designed to be easy to open for little fingers and keep lunch organized. Yummi Gear lunchboxes have 3 compartments to keep a sandwich, snacks and fruit separate and ready to enjoy. Award Details »

Zipadee-Zip Wearable BlanketZipadee-Zip Wearable Blanket
Zipadee-Zip helps a baby have the cozy, enclosed, womb-like feel of the swaddle but it allows a baby push up, roll over, and wiggle around safely and freely. It encourages self-soothing and longer, sounder sleep, prevents scratching, and keeps little hands warm all night long. Award Details »

Enter to win this amazing $400 prize package of award winning products!

Baby Buddy Tooth Tissues
Milkies Milk-Saver
CupCake nursing pads + insertable liners
Eepples MilkCharms set of 3
2 Zipadee-Zip wearable blankets
Bumkins 2 Nixi wet bags, 2 reusable snack bags, and 2 Snap-In-One cloth diapers
2 packages Emily Press Write Your Own Classic labels
It’s The Balm Vanilla-Sandalwood Spa Kit
Yummi Gear lunchboxes set of 4
Rubber Duckie & Friends Duckie the Duck Bath & Shower Wand
Poncho Baby Roly Blanket
Tubby Table bathtime play table
Buttons Diapers 1 one-size diaper cover and 2 hemp/cotton diaper inserts
bambu Hemp Denim baby bib

Thanks for stopping by Willy B Mum. Hope you win the giveaway!

Fall Awards Giveaway - Green Scene Mom

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FuzziBunz Cloth Diaper giveaway

FuzziBunz Cloth Diaper Trial Starter Pack Giveaway

Hosted by: mama pure

Co-Hosted by: Crunchy Livin’ Mama Style & Baby’s Nest

Sponsored by: FuzziBunz

FuzziBunz Cloth Diapers is under new ownership and they are launching an exciting new diaper, the One-Size Adjustable Cloth Pocket Diaper! This diaper comes in size Small and size Large to give you the absolute best fit but will still fit your baby up through potty training. The diaper also features amazing custom sizing options with adjustable leg and waist elastic not found on other diaper brands. mama pure had the opportunity to test out both diaper sizes so you can see the difference in fit to help you choose which would work best for your baby. Be sure to read the full review to learn more details about this diaper!

To celebrate the new One-Size Adjustable Cloth Pocket Diaper mama pure has teamed up with FuzziBunz to give away a Trial Starter Package which includes 2 one-size adjustable cloth pocket diapers and a hanging wet bag! This giveaway will run from 9/28 at 12am EST through 10/15 at 11:59pm EST. It is open to the US & CAN. Void where prohibited. Please use the rafflecopter below to enter.

Good Luck, and Thanks for stopping by Willy B Mum.

Peace, Love and Cloth Diapers Make the World Go Around.

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**Willy B Mum was not compensated for promoting this giveaway and is not responsible for prize fulfillment. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, or any other social media. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this giveaway or the Milk Makin’ Mamas Event please contact Laura at www.mamapure.com

Planning on having a baby soon, pregnant or nursing; don’t forget your vitamins

Go Green Juice Go

Go Green Juice Go

My little munchkin turned 4 years of age last week, and I mean, I do not even know where the time went. It seems like yesterday that I was pregnant, freaking out about how my husband and I were going to be able to look after a baby, and wondering whether I was going to be a good Mum? I guess, time flies when you are having fun, and I sure have had a ton of fun so far raising my Son. He is the Apple Of My Eye, and I am so happy he came along. It is really hard to look back and remember a life without him.

I have always wanted at least 3 children, however my husband wants no more than 2 children. It has been a constant sore subject discussing our next child, however we do seem to be in the same place wanting another child soon. And, while we are not trying, I am preparing to try. So what exactly does that mean?

Well, there are quite a few changes of late that I have made in my lifestyle to increase my chances of getting pregnant quickly the second time around;

  • A year ago I cut out all alcohol out of my diet; like it or not, drinking alcohol can have an effect on female fertility. Alcohol can cause hormone imbalances disrupting the menstrual cycle and making it difficult to conceive
  • I have taken prenatal vitamins for a year; prenatal vitamins are very similar to a daily multi-vitamin but they generally contain higher levels of things like folic acid. Folic acid aids in making the neural tube which will eventually become the brain and spinal cord of your baby. It is not necessary to take prenatals before getting pregnant, but a lot of Mothers decide to do so, and I am one of them. Why? Well why not? Vitamins help our bodies to run at top speed keeping our hormones balanced, our nervous system running smoothly and our organs healthy, which in turn can help with conceiving and bringing forth a healthy bundle of joy. I take a vegan supplement made by Rainbow Light which you can read more about HERE

Another way a woman can consume the nutritional support they need, while on this journey, is with Bundle Organic PreNatal Juices

Most recently, I was introduced to, Bundle Organics, who are producing organic (yes, organic so that means no GMO ingredients) pasteurized juices, offering a delicious alternative for pregnant mothers, women preparing to get pregnant, and nursing mothers, to take in added nutritional support. The juices come in 3 flavors; Green (Kale Apple Lemon Ginger), Purple (Dark Berry and Veggies) or Orange (Orange Carrot Berry Ginger).

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The nutrients and minerals in our juices – like calcium, vitamin D, omega 3, iron and folic acid – are good for you no matter where you are in your journey, whether you’re trying to conceive, pregnant or nursing. All our juices have 200mcg of folic acid. Many women don’t realize how important it is to increase folic acid consumption prior to attempting to have a baby. Because many women can be pregnant 4, 6 or 8 weeks before they even know it, taking folic acid prior to conception is an important way to ensure you have a good supply right from the very start — Bundle Organics website

The juices can be bought directly through the Bundle Organic website, being offered in sets of 3-packs for $18, so $6 per 16 ounce bottle. Want a little more than a one-off delivery? Well, you can also subscribe to a monthly plan where you have your juices delivered straight to your door each month, this includes free delivery plus an additional $16 off your complete order each month. Talk about easy-peasy. And, of course there are gift certificates that you can buy online, which are perfect for a baby shower present.

Organic Prenatal Juices; what a really great idea!

Thanks for stopping by Willy B Mum. Peace, Love and Plants Make the World Go Around.

**Please note at time of post, Bundle Organics are not certified vegan, more so vegetarian, however the company is working to change this as soon as possible. And, I can hardly wait till they do.

Bausc Skincare Giveaway

bausc-giveawayWelcome to the Bausc Natural Skincare Giveaway Event, hosted by the Green Moms Network! During this giveaway, you’ll have a chance to win a package of natural skin care products from Bausc valued at $112!

Bausc has made the commitment to help people reduce their toxic load by offering safe and luxurious alternatives to the skincare products we use every day. They offer everything from deodorant to skin care to bath and body products. They even have products for kids!

All of Bausc products are made fresh in small batches with only the highest quality natural and organic ingredients available. All of their products are completely free of artificial dyes, artificial fragrances, chemical preservatives, gluten, GMOs, harsh surfactants and detergents, penetration enhancers, petro-chemical derivatives, plasticizers, solvents and synthetic chemicals.

Chrystal from Happy Mothering recently had the opportunity to review a selection of products from Bausc. Read it here. From her review, the products seem pretty amazing!

I’m excited to bring you the opportunity to win a package of products from Bausc valued at $112!

The winner of this giveaway will receive:

  • Eye Love eye lift cream
  • Pear Naked body lotion
  • October roll on essential oil Perfume
  • Cucumber Mint Deodorant Powder
  • Spiced Orange Toddy Bar Soap
  • Summer Melon Lip Balm

Enter the Giveaway

This giveaway is open to US residents only and runs through October 7, 2014 at 11:59 pm Eastern. You can enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

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Willy B Mum was not compensated for this post and is not responsible for prize fulfillment. Please contact Chrystal at Green Moms Media with questions about this giveaway or for help organizing one for your brand.

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