Saturday, March 30, 2013

Free Shipping at Layla Grace 3/30-3/31!

Summer is quickly approaching and hot summer days call for some bright, happening colors! Layla Grayce can help prepare your home and garden with beautiful summer essentials! Best of all, when you shop from 3/30-3/31, Layla Grayce is offering free shipping with the promo code freeship.

If you love to garden then the Herbaceous Iron Markers are for you! These beautiful rustic markers make a garden memorable in more ways than one and feature small oval signs with popular herb names set on tall spikes for labeling your plants. It can be summer all year long in your kitchen with the Jessie Steele Gigi Summer Lemons Apron. Featuring vintage-inspired prints, Jessie Steele's clothing and kitchen accessories are both retro and fearlessly feminine. This stylish apron is crafted for the domestic goddess. With cheerful patterns, the Pine Cone Hill Hot House Floral Summer Pillow packs a very playful punch. The muted neutral background comes alive when graced with tropical blooms and foliage, which lends both style and visual texture to living rooms and bedrooms alike. Happy Summer!

Herbaceous Iron Markers

 Jessie Steele Gigi Summer Lemons Apron

Pine Cone Hill Hot House Floral Summer Pillow

Friday, March 29, 2013

A Collection of Letters From Moms and To Moms

I've often thought about consulting a family counselor regarding my inability to relate in some ways to my children. But I worry about the trend of so many doctors and therapists pointing both parents and children toward prescription medications as a cure-all for everything. I realized that I just want someone to talk to who has had similar experience. I did a little internet search and lo-and-behold, I'm not alone. I found these beautiful letters out on the internet and they got me thinking. Maybe the best therapy is an open ear.

This letter talks about what it means to have the "good life". How we so often try to make up for our shortcomings by trying to provide things to our children.
"I love you dearly. As a parent, I want “to give you a good life”. But you may need me to define what I mean by that. A good life doesn’t necessarily include lots of material things. It may, it can, but things don’t define a good life."

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Global Green USA Green School Makeover Competition Presented by Pureology

Could your child's school use a green makeover? I know my child's school could and that's why I nominated them for the Global Green USA Green School Makeover Competition. You can nominate your child's school too, but you have to hurry because entries are due by March 31st!

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Every child deserves a learning environment that’s safe, comfortable and free of harmful toxins. Unfortunately, many schools across the country lack the funds to carry out much-needed repairs and renovations—subjecting children to outdated facilities with improper ventilation, poor lighting and inefficient energy usage. Global Green USA is working to address this situation and ensure that every child has the opportunity to learn in a healthy, green school.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Stella & Dot Celebrity Faves

Stella & Dot has taken Hollywood by storm with celebrities and editors adoring Stella & Dot's boutique style jewelry and accessories line! Elizabeth Banks, an actress, producer and director, has been spotted wearing the Stella & Dot Medina Bib Necklace on multiple occasions! Add this necklace to a summer dress or with a shirt and jeans. Carly Rae Jepsen was seen accessorizing with the Spring Awakening Necklace while posing with Seventeen magazine. This beautiful necklace is perfect for spring! Shay Mitchell looks stunning in the Pegasus Necklace and owns several Stella & Dot pieces. Be your own celebrity and flaunt Stella & Dot's couture style. Happy Accessorizing! 

Monday, March 25, 2013

Flash Sale at Flirty Aprons! 40% Off Everything for 4 Days Only!

Have you been looking for a way to bling out in the kitchen? Well look no further! Flirty Aprons is having a Flash Sale! You can get aprons and accessories for the whole family at 40% Off! Below is just a small selection of what you can find at this awesome sale. Get matching aprons for you and your daughter, and don't forget about dad! But hurry because this sale only lasts until March 29! Head over to Flirty Aprons and use code FLASH40 at checkout!

Women's Apron Aqua Damask

Girl's Apron Aqua Damask

Men's Apron "Grill Sergeant" (black)

Oven Mitt Aqua Damask

Signature Sleep Contour 8 Mattress Giveaway Ends 4/8

Who among us could not use more sleep? I know I could. Some days I feel like a zombie walking around my own home. Some days coffee is just not enough. It is for days like those that I am happy to take part in a giveaway such as this. Someone is going to win this new Signature Sleep Contour 8 Mattress!

Welcome to the "Out With the Old... In With A New"

Signature Sleep Contour 8 Mattress Giveaway

Sponsored by: Signature Sleep


Hosted by:

 Adventures of a Midlife Mommy

Down South Savings 


My Journey To Living Well

One lucky reader will win a Signature Sleep Contour 8 mattress of their very own, in their choice of size

Friday, March 22, 2013

Vera Bradley Collection at Tiny Prints

Vera Bradley Collection from Tiny Prints

Tiny Prints is thrilled to present the Vera Bradley Collection, an exciting assortment of birth announcements, baby shower invitations, thank you cards and more. Head on over to Tiny Prints to check it out! You can find Vera Bradley Baby Shower Invites, Vera Bradley Birth Announcements, Vera Bradley Thank You Cards, and Vera Bradley Address Labels!

Gluten Free Cookies for Breakfast!

So I was browsing the current sales over at my ShareASale Affiliate site and saw this promotion that Abe's Market is running right now. The sale is for up to 50% off selected products and free shipping sitewide, a really good sale by the way but that's not what I'm writing about here.

They have this product Sunshine Breakfast Cookies that caught my eye because, well its breakfast cookies! I headed over to the product page to see what was up with some breakfast cookies. Now, keep in my that although I am eating healthier nowadays when I saw all of the "qualities" listed for the product, I'm thinking surely these can't actually taste good.

from: Abe's Market

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Free Blogger Opp for Faith-Based Bloggers

The Romance of Grace

Love2Encourage you is looking for a few faith-based bloggers to promote a book review of The Romance of Grace by Jim McNeely III. For more information please visit the Blogger tab at or Click HERE.

Please let her know Mendy from My Journey to Living Well sent you! Thanks!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Take Mabel's Labels to Summer Camp!

Children will soon be counting down the days until they're dropped off at camp! Is your child one of them?Help the summer campers in your life stay organized this camp season with Mabel's Labels. The Limited Edition Camp Combo Packs are UV resistant, waterproof labels and tags designed especially for everything that goes to summer camp. 

Identify clothes, footwear, toiletries, swim gear, backpacks and so much more with this seasonal essential. Best of all, save $2 and receive a free gift (while supplies last) when you purchase before April 30th! Happy Camping!

And did you know that Mabel's Labels does fundraising?
Mabel's Labels Paperless Fundraiser Program

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links! Thanks for your support, I promise to only promote great companies that I think you'll love.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Spring Into Sustainability Hop! Win a $25 Gift Card to Annie's Heirloom Seeds!

Spring Into Sustainability Giveaway

Welcome to the Spring Into Sustainability Giveaway Hop, hosted by Happy Mothering and The Frugal Greenish Mama. We are ready for spring around here and members of the Green Moms Network are excited to bring you great prizes to encourage your family to live a more sustainable lifestyle, all valued at $25+ .

3-month Conscious Box Subscription Giveaway and 50% Off Code

Discover the best of the planet with Conscious Box! The the monthly subscription service that delivers the purest, most natural products on the planet, right to you doorstep!

Now its easier than ever to try Conscious Box because they are giving one lucky reader a 3 month subscription! That's a $59 Value!

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Annie's Heirloom Seeds Review

I was fortunate enough to be able to work with Annie's Heirloom Seeds for this year's garden! I was looking for heirloom seeds in particular because I have heard so much recently about how so many of these seeds have been contaminated by large corporations more interested in money than in nutrition. 

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Free Shipping offer at Annie's Heirloom Seeds!

Just saw this advertised in Annie's March Newsletter! They are offering free shipping on orders over $75. If you have ever been to their site before you'll know that you can get A LOT of seeds for that. They have really great seeds at even better prices. Trust me, its worth a look.

Annie's offers only heirloom varieties, no hybrids and no-GMO's. They are also family owned and operated.
Here is a link to their site: 
Annie's Heirloom Seeds 
or you can 

Saturday, March 16, 2013

2013 Gardening Journal - Entry Three March 16

Another great day for gardening prep!

Making a raised bed

I got this raised bed kit from Big Lots after last year's gardening season was over. By then they were 75% off I think, made it around $7.50. I used the back of an old mattress instead of black plastic for weed control. If you have old mattresses around don't throw them out, there are lots of good parts in there if you break it down!

4x4 raised bed

Here is the finished product after adding 4 bags of top soil I got from Lowe's the other day. The bags cost $1.30 each. I think I'll top it off with a bag or two of some compost. By this time next year I hope to have my own compost pile ready to go.

Upcycled Mattress frame turned herb garden bed

Here is another piece from a mattress! This little ladder-type thing was the inside support of a full-size (I think) mattress that was destined for the dump. There are still lots of pieces left in that mattress that I plan on using in some other garden projects. This little bed is right off the front porch and is going to be used for herbs.

Overall it was a productive afternoon!

Looks like someone else found my garden beds attractive. Grrr. I knew I may have to worry about the neighborhood dogs, I didn't think I'd have to worry about my dog. Afterall, all he ever does is lay around all day. Hmmm. Say hello to Pipes.

Other Links from my Garden Journal:

Friday, March 15, 2013

One week only! Get 10 FREE wedding invitations from Wedding Paper Divas

10 Free Invitations from Wedding Paper Divas

The wedding bells are your head. 

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For one week only, you can get 10 FREE wedding invitations. Just pay $4.50 for shipping. That's less than 50 cents per invite. You can choose from nearly 800 designs and you can personalize the invitations with pictures, your own text, and much more! 

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Free printable Easter basket tags from Smilebox.

 Celebrate Easter with these fun, Free printable Easter basket tags and circles from Smilebox.! Dress up and personalize your baskets by attaching these bright and cheery tags. The colorful party circles make delightful cupcake toppers, buffet food labels or goody bag tags - the possibilities are endless! These tags look great paired with their Polka Dot Fun Collage, Spring Bouquet Invite, or Classic Easter Invite.

Free printable Easter basket tags from Smilebox.

Zinc Door Sale and Coupon Code!

Spring cleaning is the perfect opportunity to de-clutter your home, replace that old worn out furniture that you've had for years, and accessorize! Zinc Door offers stylish and modern home decor for every room and this month they're featuring the popular brand Noir and offering 15% off all throw pillows.

The Noir Ming Bookcase provides multiple shelves and two drawers for accessories and organizational needs. This beautifully crafted bookcase will be the focal point in any room and will provide more storage space for your beloved decorative accessories, souvenirs and awards. A home office can become easily cluttered. A simple fix is to find a desk with multiple drawers. 

The Noir Hammered Zinc Desk is detailed with nailheads and created from hammered zinc and old wood. This timeless furnishing offers an office six drawers of chic storage. Spring cleaning also means a new wardrobe but who wants to part with their clothes from last year? 

The Noir Hampton Tall Boy Dresser provides six drawers which delivers maximum storage in a relaxed white washed finish.

Once your space is clean and organized, it's time to accessorize and create a spring-fresh look! Brighten up a bedroom or living space with decorative pillows. 

Zinc Door offers a variety of stylish pillows and from now through 4/14, Zinc Door is offering 15% off all throw pillows with promo code throws. Adding bright and colorful accessories will help any room in your home pop! Happy Springtime to you! 

10 FREE Grad Announcements from Tiny Prints!

Tiny Prints Graduation Invitations - 10 Free

Graduation day is tough for adults. They go to the ceremony as parents. They come home as contemporaries. After twenty-two years of child-raising, they are unemployed. ~Erma Bombeck

OK, so graduation may be a tough time for you parents, but that doesn't mean you can't celebrate in style. Why not announce the accomplishment and throw a party?

Tiny Prints can help you do just that. For one week only you can get 10 FREE Graduation Announcements or Invitations.

They have more than 300 designs to choose from and you can customize the cards with pictures of your graduate, your own text, and more.

Check out their designs and make sure to use the code GRAD2013 at checkout to get the cards for free. You only have to pay for shipping, which starts at $4.50. You can get them faster, of course, with the priority shipping options.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Pin It to Win It With Customizo Event!

Customizo Pin it To Win It
Welcome to The Pin To Win It With Customizo Event!
I spend a lot of time on Pinterest so I'm happy to be participating in this great giveaway! Even though the fashion world is abuzz with so much new stuff, its always nice to get something that is just you. Get designing! Get Pinning! and Good luck Winning!

Customizo is an innovative group of sites that help groups with apparel and product design, collaboration and purchasing. With their design tools, group collaboration platform, mobile content integration and centralized hub of fully customizable artwork templates, creating and designing, bringing your designs to life is easy.
Here is your chance to win all 5 pieces of clothing that you "Pinned" to your own Cutomizo Board! For your chance to win, follow the simple steps below:

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

100% All Natural Mineral Makeup - A Review of Mineral Hygienics

As you all know, I'm into all things natural. I've been experimenting with making my own cleaning products and personal care products but one thing I have not been able to make at home is makeup. Since I stopped working after the birth of my last child three years ago I haven't worn it much. It just hasn't been worth it to me to have makeup running all over my face by the end of the day. Anyone who has ever tried wearing makeup in the southern states can attest to the fact that when you walk out on a hot and humid summer day your makeup immediately starts to melt.

Regardless of my status at a stay at home mom, there are still occasions where makeup is called for. When I did a search for more natural products there were many options to choose from but one stood out the most. Mineral Hygienics advertised a product that is a 100% all natural mineral makeup.

2013 Gardening Journal - Entry Two - March 12, 2013

I still have a lot to do to prepare my garden beds for seeds. I've picked out a spot but due to the massive amount of neighborhood dogs, a fence is a MUST. Since none of that is ready yet I decided to go ahead and plant some of the cooler season greens that I have in containers on the porch. I think it will be much more convenient to have salads growing on the porch anyway, this way they are readily available (and out of reach of dogs). Here is my garden journal entry for March 12, 2013. 

Spinach and Mint in containers
Spinach and Mint
Lettuce Amish Deer Tongue  and Pepper Cress
Lettuce Amish Deer Tongue
and Pepper Cress
Lettuce Lollo Rossa and Arugula in containers
Lettuce Lollo Rossa and Arugula

ModCloth Syle Gallery Contest!

ModCloth has one of the coolest new contests going on the web right now! From today through 7 AM PST on 3/18ModCloth is inviting community members to check out their brand new Style Gallery, upload a photo, love images and share the looks that inspire them throughout the week of 3/11-3/18. The image that gains the highest community-generated loves will win the top prize of a $100 ModCloth gift card! The other exciting part, you ask? Two random lovers of that winning image will also each score a $50 gift card! Head over to ModCloth right now to participate in the Style Gallery or maybe just check out all of the great fashions available!

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How will winners be selected, you ask? 
The owner of the image with the most ‘loves’ between 7 a.m. PT 3/11 and 7 a.m. PT 3/18 will win a $100 ModCloth gift card.

When will winners be announced?
ModCloth will contact the winners via email by 3/22 and announce the winners on the blog at 7 a.m. PT 3/27.

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Getting Ready for Spring with the Girls

We had a sunny day here in Tennessee so the girls and I decided to go out and explore. We just moved to a new place so I've been pondering spots for a garden this year.

I had thought that this spot was going to be perfect. My dad laid it out when he moved here but after a failed gardening attempt that first year (neighborhood dogs destroyed it) he filled it with rocks. Perhaps next year I'll get all of those cleared out but for now, I think I'll keep looking.

 We found a little patch of buttercups across the road so of course we had to go check them out. 

 Photo ops abounded, its nice to get outside. I think we were all getting a little cabin fever.

I didn't get very much accomplished as far as planning but I did get a few ideas on what I'm going to do with at least some of the seeds that came in the mail this week. I'm so ready to get planting! I hope that you will follow my Gardening Journal this year to see how it goes. 

Collection for Annie's Heirloom Seeds

I got this great set of sets from Annie's Heirloom Seeds. They included their Sunflower Collection and Southern Tomato Collection as well as a select few others like Boothby's Blonde Cucumber and Sugar Baby Watermelon. I'm planning to do a sunflower house for the girls to play in.

Salad Greens from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

And from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds I got this set of different types of salad greens along with some heirloom turnips and radishes. I can't wait to see how the Radish Pink Beauty turns out. They also included some Pepper Cress which I had never heard of but it sounds really interesting and the website says it will be ready two weeks after planting!

Maybe I'll get a linky up for those of you who are going to be documenting your gardening adventures. Anyone interested?

Craftsy Flash Sale 24 Hours ONLY March 8, 2013


Today ONLY Craftsy is offering SELECT online classes for only $14.99!

This selection includes cake decorating, sewing, knitting, artistry and more!

Don't Wait! This offer expires Friday, March 8, 2013, at midnight.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Free Blogger Opp w/ Paid Option: Signature Sleep Contour 8 Matress!


Free Blogger Opp with paid option!

Prize: Signature Sleep Mattress (US) SPOTS ARE LIMITED

Dates: 4/1-4/22

Requirements: 5,000 FB fans 1,000 Twitter followers, PR1


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Yoga for Kids - Storyland Yoga Review

My six year old daughter received the Storyland Yoga by Playful Planet DVD for Christmas and she and my three year old are having so much fun with it.

Wedding Paper Divas Anniversary Sale!

Wedding Paper Divas Sitewide Sale

Wedding Paper Divas is celebrating their company anniversary in a big way. 

Between now and next Tuesday, March 12, you can get 25% your entire order. That's Save the Date cards or magnets, wedding invitations, bridal shower invites, you name it. All of it is 25% off. 

Wedding Paper Divas is the top source for all your wedding paper needs. They also offer free wedding web sites that match your personal theme, so everything from the site to the save the dates, right down to the programs, menus and thank you cards for after the wedding can seamlessly match. 

Check them out today and use the code ANNIV13 at checkout to save 25% on your entire order. 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

A Special Treat for Home-Schoolers Everywhere!

Little Passports follows the adventures of Sam and Sofia as they travel around the US and around the World. Each month your child will receive a new package from a new destination. Little Passports will inspire a love and understanding of the world as they learn about geography, history and language in such a fun way! You can even address the package to your child if you want.

Now is a great time to get started because they are having a special promotion for St. Patrick's Day! The first 17 customers of March will receive a special discount of 17% off of the entire 12 month subscription! All you have to do is make the difficult choice between the U.S. Edition or the World Edition.

Little Passports

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Don't forget to use code: LUCKY17

Monday, March 4, 2013

Wholly Guacamole and Jennie-O Promotional Prizes Giveaway



 Jennie-O is on a mission to show you how easy it is to "Make the Switch" from beef to turkey.

 It's so much healthier and if you prepare it right, just as tasty. 

A Special Promotion From Wittlebee

Wittlebee Kids Clothing Club is a subscription service for children's clothing. Every month your child is sent a box of clothes based on their age, gender, color preference, and location. It really can't get any more simple than that. Kids grow so fast it can be hard to keep up. If you have the clothes coming straight to you every month then there are no more worries!
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