Friday, July 29, 2011

{Blog Hop} Friday





{Review & Giveaway} The Edge Tie Dye Tank Top - US

No running, shrinking or fading... guaranteed!

Tie Dye is back in! I remember back in the days when we all wore tie dye, and for crafts at school ... we dyed our own shirts. Then, I hadn't seen tie dying for a while. Years to be exact. Maybe its the area where I live? I don't know but I see it everywhere now and its more awesome then ever. My favorite pieces are tie dyed t shirts, tank tops / beaters or hoodies. Some people love tie dye shoes, pants, or anything else. Where can you find hand dyed, made when you order (& not bulk dying either!), custom items? The Edge! I came across this site and I fell in love with all the different styles and colors they have. The Edge also travels and sells just made Tie Dyed items from infants to Adult.
I received, from The Edge, a Juniors - Ladies Beater Tank (Junior sizing, tight fit) in the Pink / Black Swirl Pattern. The tank is a long tank, which I love. I wear low rider jeans and when I bend over, lets just say I hunt for shirts that cover everything =]








Whats in store: The Edge covers everybody from infant to Adult. They have Tops, pants, bags, etc. Almost anything that you would want Tie Dyed.








Types of hand made patterns: Click the linkies to go to the different types of hand dyed patterns that can be applied to anything at the site;
Swirl Pattern
Heart Pattern
Star Pattern
Crinkle Pattern
Rosebud Pattern
Flame, Fence and Other Patterns

Fading Factor: Once I received the Beater from The Edge, I tossed it in my dark wash and washed on cold water. No fading, no leaky colors and the tank top came out still fresh bright and looking like brand new!
"We use fiber reactive dyes that we custom mix (with magic) to create our unique color patterns. All of our items are completely colorfast and safe. We promise no one will turn blue. All cotton clothing is machine washable with your other darks, in warm or cold water and you can tumble dry."

Where to buy + Discount code!:  Head on over to The Edge online and when you make a purchase, enter "Mama's Passions" in the "Got something to say Box" for a 10% off discount code off your order!

Win It;
One reader will win the same tank I received, Ladies Beater Tank, but you get to choose your own style pattern!

Mandatory:
+1 You must follow my blog via GFC publicaly & leave following name.

Extra entries. You do not have to do these but these give you a higher chance in winning!
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DAILY ENTRIES:
+1 per tweet. Tweet this giveaway up to 3x's a day. Leave me the URL of your tweet. You may use your own creative tweet or use the sample:

#giveaway #win a Jrs / Ladies Tie Dye Beater Tank from The Edge Tie Dye over at Mama's Passions. http://t.co/tLqw2uN

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Head on over to Mama's Passions to enter to win a long Hand Tie Dyed Juniors - Ladies Beater Tank, sponsored by @The Edge Tie Dye.  Chose your own dye pattern to be unique!  Ends August 19th. http://mamaspassions.blogspot.com/2011/07/review-giveaway-edge-tie-dye-tank-top.html

RULES:
If you do NOT do the mandatory entry FIRST, all of your other entries will NOT count. Please READ MANDATORY ENTRY CAREFULY BECAUSE SOMETIMES ITS DIFFERENT WITH EACH GIVEAWAY!!!
If it says +1, leave one comment. If it says +2, +3, so on and so forth, leave that many comments. If you leave one long comment, It will only count as ONE comment.
Leave your email address in EACH entry like so to prevent spam: yourname at domain dot com

Giveaway will END August 19, 2011 @11:59pm CST
I will check through each entry to make sure it is valid. Please don't leave an entry that is not vaild. Its no use as I will delete it, giving you less of a chance to win. Only 1 person per household may enter. Only 1 username per person may enter. You must be 18+ to enter, living where the Sponsor will ship to, found in the entry title. I will use random.org to choose the winner & e-mail you promptly. You will have 48 hours to get back to me or else I will choose another winner immediatly (you snooze, you loose), which I don't want to do so check your JUNK email for muloove at yahoo dot com.
I am hosting this giveaway & in no way sponsoring. I will contact the sponsor with your details. If you do not receive your prize in 2 weeks, I will try my hardest to see what went wrong.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Calling all Fluff parents!



Over at Happily Domestic Blog, August comes her next huge event! Its called Fluff Fest. Its all about us cloth diapering parents / caregivers, or whoever plans on cloth for the near future. The month of August events will conclude; cloth diaper review, giveaways, cloth diaper Q&A time, cloth diaper mama features, + more! She has a cloth survey up right now that I want to fill out in the next few days, so I'm hoping to be featured again as a fluff fiend! =]
So, again. Go check out Happily Domestic, grab the adorable button she has featured &/or connect through her blog via GFC to keep updated!

Much Needed - Nursing Bra!

Its no secret. I'm a nursing mama. I love breastfeeding my babies and I'll do whatever I can to continue as far along as possible. Chayden stopped at 22 months and I hope to keep that the same for Colton. But, in the meantime, I always look around for new nursing bras.  Especially since I own 3. One that I won from an online giveaway (but I use it a lot for sleeping because there is no wire, super comfortable, and no padding), I have  a cheapo Target nursing bra and an expensive, uncomfortable nursing bra from Motherhood.  So, as you can see, I basically have a sleeping bra that is reliable and the one I reach for most of the time.
A few months ago, I came across this maternity / nursing Lingerie online store called Cake Lingerie. The PRETTIEST nursing bras I had ever seen! They look so elegant and sexy. Its a no wonder why I keep my eye on the site hoping to purchase one soon!  Today in my email popped a giveaway for a Cake Lingerie Nursing bra of my choice, from Mommy of 1 and Counting! Of course I'm entering!  The bra I hope to get is the Turkish Delight;


What are YOUR favorite "sexy" nursing bras?  



Colton's 9 Month appointment. Not so good, at all =/

Yesterday was Colton's 9 Month. I was SURE he was around 22 lbs. I swore up and down. At his 6 month, we were told that he hadn't gained any weight since he was 2 months old. He was a big boy at 17 lbs. Literally.  Okay, not literally. He was 16 lbs some ounces.  So,
2 months - 16 lbs
4 months - 17 lbs.
6 months - 17 lbs.
He was pretty much off the charts and started to lower himself on the charts. So, we figured out his acid reflux at his 6 month appointment. At 7 months weight gain, he was 19 lbs! He gained 2 lbs in one month. !!! So, we figured, since he was put on meds, a happier baby and now eating as well as nursing, that he was going to be a chunker at his 9 month appointment.
Well, he dropped from 19 lbs down to 17 lbs again. They re-checked him. Colton ended up with blood tests and having a catheter inserted in him. He was screaming the whole time and they got nothing out of him =[ I looked and the Triage nurse had blood on her gloves. I almost fainted, a little.
So, we have to go back in August for a weight check again. As well as another catheter if he didn't gain his weight back.  I don't get it. He eats constantly!
His percentile went from 95% in weight down to 7% !!! In just 2 months. Makes me want to vomit. I want to just hold Colton and figure out whats going on!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Searching for a New Home

Lets be real here. Bobby & I have decided on getting our own place, YEARS ago.  I mean, our OWN place.  Not renting a small apartment or renting anything for that matter.  I have no idea why we just don't, ... jump in the water?
I think about our first home almost daily.  I want 4+ bedrooms but 3 will be okay.  I want at least 2 full sized bathrooms.  The front yard has to be big enough for the kids to go and play, with hardly any cars on the road.  I want a nice big fenced in back yard as well.  The neighborhood has to be a good one.  Lots of kids and a school just a few miles away.  Am I asking too much?  I hope not because I want this for my kids. While doing a quick search right now, for in the exact city we live in, I find 35 homes for sale.

I'm just going to toss down some that I just came across;

$69,900 with Mortgage payment of $320 / month.




$$87,600


This kitchen, as well as teh other 25 images, prove that it needs a TON of updating! Thats why I really like this house, picture wise. I have tons of ideas running through my head.


$108,000. As big as the house looks, the images look like everything is cramped!


$109,900




everything looks nice and neat. hardwood floors are so pretty!


$138,900




$149,900






$149,900


Basically, all in all, I need to move. I am so unmotivated in this cramped place. I love being home with my kids, but I feel like the only place we have to roam around is in our 10 ft. x 10 ft. living room. Ha. So, considering the first house ran for $320 / month mortgage payment, That is 1/3 of what we pay now for rent. I know we can do it. We just need to jump in the water and not drown.

{Blog Hop} Sunday





First hand made Pocket Diaper

Damn it I'm so happy! I finally made a pocket diaper!  I had been putting it off over and over.  It took me 3 hours to do this diaper but I was very slow at the machine.  I kept stopping and re-checking everything. I was so nervous because I wanted this diaper to be useable right from the get go. I felt like, by the end of the top stitching, that this was so easy and that I'm excited to make more!

I just quickly velcro'ed it together for picture sake.  It does come out even, trust me! =]

so soft microchromis against Colton's butt! Still some extra thread hanging around. LOL.

My worse fear was the elastic in the leg area. I contemplated on how I was going to do it.  I think it turned out pretty well.

Anyways, I'm so excited that I caught on so fast and I am seriously looking to make more + more. Still need the practice.  The machine screws with me all the time so I have to keep stopping and recheck everything.  Old ass thing. 
Okay. Its 2:30 am. I better head to bed. Eesh !

Friday, July 22, 2011

{Giveaway} UPrinting 250 Personalized Stickers - US


Many of us need Personalized Stickers for one thing or another. Either labeling items for our business, placing Personalized Stickers on our kids's lunch bags or my favorite idea; Placing our address on the Personalized stickers with our own creative twist for making mailing bills out much more colorful!  There are literally tons of ways to open our horizons to use Personalized Stickers.

With the 70lb Label Matte Personalized Stickers, it is described as;
*70 lb. Label, Dull Matte Coated
*Dull coated for elegant matte finish
*Water-based & non-toxic
*Crack-and-peel, cut to size paper label
*Not waterproof

If you're stuck in creating your own Personalized Stickers, you can check out the Standard Label Templates. You can download a bunch of Free Standard Label Templates with an easy sign up process, to help you get started on your Personalized Stickers!



***WINNER***



WIN IT!!:
One winner will receive 250 Personalized Stickers that are 2" x 3.5", 70lb Label Matte, Front Only Printing with a 4 Business Days Turnaround.

Winners are allowed to win only once over a six-month period with UPrinting. Thank You!

Mandatory: 2 mandatory entries.
+1 You must follow my blog via GFC publicaly & leave following name.
+1 What would you use your custom stickers for?

Extra entries. You do not have to do these but these give you a higher chance in winning!
+1 If you are a giveaway blogger, Sign up on GiveawayBlogs.
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+1 Per running giveaway entered. For example, you entered 4 other giveaways, leave 1 comment per giveaway entered, giving you multiple extra entries.
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+5 Blog about this giveaway and leave me a link as to where I can find it.
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DAILY ENTRIES:
+1 per tweet. Tweet this giveaway up to 3 times a day. Leave me the URL of your tweet. You may use your own creative tweet or use the sample:

#giveaway #win 250 Personalized Stickers from @UPrinting. ends 7/30. http://t.co/fSbJoNB

+3 Post this giveaway on your Facebook wall with a link back to this post as well as tagging @UPrinting.com. You can use this example;

I entered a giveaway hosted by @Mama's Passions to win 250 Personalized Stickers, sponsored by @UPrinting.com. Ends July 30, 2011.  GET CREATIVE! http://mamaspassions.blogspot.com/2011/07/giveaway-uprinting-250-personalized.html

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If you do NOT do the mandatory entry FIRST, all of your other entries will NOT count. Please READ MANDATORY ENTRY CAREFULY BECAUSE SOMETIMES ITS DIFFERENT WITH EACH GIVEAWAY!!!
If it says +1, leave one comment. If it says +2, +3, so on and so forth, leave that many comments. If you leave one long comment, It will only count as ONE comment.
Leave your email address in EACH entry like so to prevent spam: yourname at domain dot com

Giveaway will END July 30, 2011 @ 11:59pm CST
I will check through each entry to make sure it is valid. Please don't leave an entry that is not vaild. Its no use as I will delete it, giving you less of a chance to win. Only 1 person per household may enter. Only 1 username per person may enter. You must be 18+ to enter, living where the Sponsor will ship to, found in the entry title. I will use random.org to choose the winner & e-mail you promptly. You will have 48 hours to get back to me or else I will choose another winner immediatly (you snooze, you loose), which I don't want to do so check your JUNK email for muloove at yahoo dot com.
I am hosting this giveaway & in no way sponsoring. I will contact the sponsor with your details. If you do not receive your prize in 2 weeks, I will try my hardest to see what went wrong.

DISCLAIMER: This giveaway is sponsored by UPrinting, no monetary compensation was given and I will receive stickers for hosting. Check out standard label templates on UPrinting.com.

{Review & Giveaway} May 23 Online T-Shirt - US & CA


I love fashion. I love kick ass gear thats soft to the touch, organic, comfortable and brings up crazy conversations!. Thats why I checked out May 23 Online. May 23 Online is an online shop which sells mostly T-Shirts but they also have hoodies, pants, undies, socks, hats, etc, as well as kids' shirts. I seriously have a hard time choosing what I like on May 23 Onilne and they are always updating. These are VERY FEW of my favorites;







I, myself, got the LOVE T-Shirt.  I love how SOFT, I mean, so soft, I wish you could feel this shirt through the screen. I made family members & friends touch my shirt to prove that they need one!


It gives that great vintage feel and look to it. 
Burnout fabric is put through an extensive process to reveal years of authentic weathering and a cozy vintage worn-in feel, so no two shirts are exactly the same.


Prodding through the shirt to show you the Vintage look.




BUY IT!!: Check out May 23 Online and grab yourself a SOFT ORGANIC Cotton T-Shirt for yourself or a gift, or check out the other great accessories they offer!

WIN IT!!:
One winner will win a T-Shirt of their choice! Womans, Mens, Kids or Onesie.

Mandatory:
+1 You must follow my blog via GFC publicly & leave following name.

Extra entries. You do not have to do these but these give you a higher chance in winning!
+1 Visit May 23 Online & tell me what other product, besides what is for actual review, that you LOVE or would love to TRY!!
+1 Visit May 23 Online & let me know what shirt you'll choose if you were to win!
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+1 per tweet.  Tweet this giveaway up to 3 times a day.  Leave me the URL of your tweet. You may use your own creative tweet or use the sample:

#giveaway #win an Organic Cotton May 23 Online Tshirt of choice. ends 8/12 http://t.co/Yo1mQti

+1 Post this giveaway on your Facebook wall with a link back to this post as well as linking @May 23 Online.  You can use this sample or use your own wording; (leave link URL found on time stamp)

Win a cool, funky, fun Organic Cotton T-Shirt sponsored by @May 23 Online.  Enter the Giveaway hosted by @Mama's Passions. http://mamaspassions.blogspot.com/2011/07/review-giveaway-may-23-online-t-shirt.html

+1 Picket Fence Vote.


RULES:
If you do NOT do the mandatory entry FIRST, all of your other entries will NOT count. Please READ MANDATORY ENTRY CAREFULY BECAUSE SOMETIMES ITS DIFFERENT WITH EACH GIVEAWAY!!!
If it says +1, leave one comment. If it says +2, +3, so on and so forth, leave that many comments. If you leave one long comment, It will only count as ONE comment.
Leave your email address in EACH entry like so to prevent spam: yourname at domain dot com

Giveaway will END August 12, 2011 @ 11:59pm CST
I will check through each entry to make sure it is valid. Please don't leave an entry that is not vaild. Its no use as I will delete it, giving you less of a chance to win. Only 1 person per household may enter. Only 1 username per person may enter. You must be 18+ to enter, living where the Sponsor will ship to, found in the entry title. I will use random.org to choose the winner & e-mail you promptly. You will have 48 hours to get back to me or else I will choose another winner immediatly (you snooze, you loose), which I don't want to do so check your JUNK email for muloove at yahoo dot com.
I am hosting this giveaway & in no way sponsoring. I will contact the sponsor with your details. If you do not receive your prize in 2 weeks, I will try my hardest to see what went wrong.