$25 Visa Gift Card Giveaway


I don't know about you guys, but this is the time of the year I can definitely use extra cash. Enter this giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Visa gift card. Spend it on your kid. Spend it on a friend. Heck, spend it on yourself!

Welcome to the $25 Visa Gift Card Giveaway Event! 

 Ready for another awesome giveaway event? There are a lot of awesome bloggers partnered up, to bring this awesome giveaway to all of you. 

With the holiday season only right around the corner now, we all wanted to get together, to bring one awesome prize, to one lucky winner. We know there is nothing more convenient then winning your gifts! 

The Giveaway!
One lucky winner will receive a $25 Visa Gift Card! Entering to win is very easy, with the giveaway form, below:

Disclosure: The bloggers involved in this giveaway were not compensated, and are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Lil' Blog and More will be sending the prize out. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter this giveaway. This giveaway starts November 29th, 2015, and will end on December 21st, 2015 at 11:59 pm. The winner will be emailed, and have 48 hours to respond, or a new winner will be chosen. Once a winner is drawn and confirmed, the name will be announced on the GiveawayTools form. 

Open to Worldwide entries.
Please email aaron_amanda(at)live(dot)com with any questions.

Mamaway Baby Ring Sling Giveaway - ends 12/14

Hey there, fellow mom (or dad)!

Looking for an easier way to lug that little tike around? Baby wearing is the new (old) thing, and there certainly are a number of options available. Recently I was sent a beautiful ring sling from Mamaway. It definitely took me a bit to get the hang of it, but ring slings are a popular and comfy way to keep your baby close.

Today I'm happy to host this giveaway for a Mamaway ring sling in Ocean Lanna. This is a great quality ring sling. Seriously, these aren't cheap! Even on sale they have a decent price tag at $69.99. Head over here to check out some of the colors and patterns available, then enter the giveaway below. Good luck!

Zubels for the Holidays!

We are very much a Zubels household. Their toys are so wonderfully made and unique, plus my kids just love playing with them. Along with their new Lil' Dimples line, they have a super cute set of holidays toys!

We managed to snag Ralphy the Reindeer and a Toy Soldier, both of which are 12" 100% cotton and super cute. They aren't they only option though - Zubels actually has quite a few choices in their holiday shop, including a snowman and elves. There are also rattles if you prefer!

In addition, they added in some cute holiday Lil' Dimples for their new collection. How cute is this little guy? They would make awesome stocking stuffers this year. Hint, hint! ;-)  You can check out their holiday line-up over on the Zubels website.

Starting Cloth - How Many Do I Need?

So you're just starting out on your cloth journey. You've looked at all the different kinds, read up on the process, and you're ready to take the plunge. There's only one problem - you have no idea how many diapers you're going to need.

While having more than enough is always nice, not everyone can run out and buy 50+ diapers right out of the gate. Good cloth diapers aren't cheap, and it's a sizable investment to get started - even if it does pay off in the long run.

The first question you have to ask yourself is "How often will I be washing diapers?"

If you're planning on washing daily, then you can get by with less than if you're hoping to go 3 days between washes. Washing less often = needing more diapers.

Next, you have to look at Who are you cloth diapering?

Newborn and infants are going to go through a lot more diaper changes (in general) than a toddler. In those first few months of life, it can feel like your whole world revolves around putting food in one end, and cleaning up what comes out the other. For young babies, the rule of thumb I go by is assume you will need to change their diaper at least every 2 hours. In a 24 hour period, that means you're going to need at least 12 changes. The reality is that you will likely need more than that. At some point, that beautiful little mini-you is going to poop about 5 minutes after you've just changed them. I've used cloth on two children now, and I would be hesitant to cloth without 18-20 changes per day. Planning on only washing every 2 days? You're going to need to double that number.

Note - I've said changes, not diapers. If you choose to use flats/prefolds and covers, you don't have to run out and buy 18-20 covers. You just need to make sure you have enough flats/prefolds to get you through all those changes, and a handful of covers since the covers can be wiped clean and reused. Unless, of course, your child manages to poo all over the cover as well, but that's why you get more than one cover!

The nice thing about cloth though is that if you do underestimate and run low, just do a quick load of laundry!

But what about the other stuff?

Cloth diapering can be as simple or complex as you make it, but there are some additional accessories you're going to want to pick up.

If you're planning on cloth for the long haul, you are going to want to grab some extra inserts as well. Many diapers come with an insert (or two!), but if your child is a heavy wetter, extra inserts will help prevent leaks. You're also going to want to grab some wet bags. Dirty diapers have to go somewhere until laundry day, and a wet bag (or pail) is an easy way to keep them contained until you're ready to wash. I also recommend grabbing a couple small wet bags for trips outside the home.

Those are what I would consider to be necessities. There are also a ton of other great products depending on what you like/need. I love my diaper sprayer, but I know some moms are perfectly fine without. I use cloth wipes, but some moms use disposable wipes. It's really about what you want.

$295 Crib Mattress Giveaway!


 Welcome to the Newton Crib Mattress Giveaway! 

A huge thank you to the sponsor of this giveaway: Newton Rest.

Hosted by: Lil' Blog and More.

And a big thank you, to all of the amazing co-hosts:  

When it comes to baby, it's all about the best. You want to make sure you have the best products out there, for the safety, and comfort of your baby.  That is where Newton Rest comes in.

See, Newton Rest doesn't have your typical crib mattress

The crib mattress has an added feature. This mattress, is a  breathable mattress. That's right - Newton Rest crib mattress is a mattress that babies can breath right through. Which reduces the risk of suffocation, and SIDS. According to an independent, blind, scientific study, with other non-breathable crib mattresses, the other non-breathable mattress increased suffocation risk by 17 percent!  

Also because of the breathable feature, Newton's crib mattress reduces overheating, and reduces the chance of bacterial and fungal infections - Because the Newton Crib Mattress is 100% washable. That's right! You can actually remove the cover, and then put the core of the mattress directly into the shower or tub, to wash it. This is the best possible way to remove potential, harmful bacteria. 

When it comes to the safety of baby - That's where to splurge a little extra. With as much time as your baby will spend in his/her crib, it's really a place to make sure you have the best, of the best. And Newton Rest has just that. 

The Giveaway!
Newton Rest is generously sponsoring a crib mattress giveaway! 1 lucky winner will receive a Newton Rest, crib mattress of there own, valued at $295! Entering to win is super easy, with the GiveawayTools form, below:

Disclosure: The bloggers involved in this giveaway were not compensated, and are not responsible for prize fulfillment. The prize is provided via the sponsor. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter this giveaway. This giveaway starts November 5th, 2015, and will end on November 24th, 2015 at 11:59 pm. The winner will be emailed, and have 48 hours to respond, or a new winner will be chosen. Once a winner is drawn and confirmed, the name will be announced on the GiveawayTools form.

Open to US residents.  
Please email aaron_amanda(at)live(dot)com with any questions.

Lil Crochet Dimples and hand rattles by Zubels

Zubels toys have become something of a staple in our home. Beautifully crafted and made to last, these toys are an instant hit with my kids. Their new line of lil' dimples is some of the cutest I've seen yet. There's always a great selection as well, so it's easy to find an animal or character that your little one is going to love.


Now that the holidays are coming up, I find myself liking companies like Zubels even more. Gifts from Zubels promise to be a more unique option than the typical over-gifted presents we see at every department store around. The lil' dimples in particular would make adorable stocking stuffers, while Zubel's line of sweaters and hats might be a more practical option. And everyone loves a good deal (of course!) so make sure you check out their sale section as well. You never know, that perfect gift might be hiding out on the sale rack!

Baby Grips Baby Teethers

Now that Miss E is clearly cutting teeth (the bottom two have even broken through!) we are desperately trying to find teethers and teething toys for her. Unfortunately, she seems to change her mind and preference on a daily basis, so this is an never ending game.

Recently we were sent these cute Baby Grips teethers, and so far so good! These are actually much more flexible and soft than some other teethers we've tried, and maybe that's why she likes them so much. Unfortunately, they're all out of stock on Amazon but you can still purchase them direct from Baby Grips for $9.99 for a 2-pack.

Here's hoping these guys last - or at least that her interest in them does. Teething is rough. I'm looking forward to my little girl sleeping through the night. Judging by her older brother and sister, that should happen somewhere around age 4. :/