Sweet Tiny Blessings

Month: March 2013

Chick-fil-A Leadercast

Full. Our lives are full of things that we think will grow our businesses and increase our influence. We are busy – and that may, unknowingly, be holding us back. What if there was potential impact in simplifying our lives so our leadership could thrive? Leading in a complex world requires simplicity to cut through the clutter. Saying NO to what may seem good could help increase your capacity to live your life to the fullest. Join Chick-fil-A Leadercast to learn to Simply Lead.



• What’s Your Leadership Style Quiz! Everyone is born with the power to influence and although it may not always feel like it – we are ALL LEADERS in our own way! The question is… what type of leader are you?

• 7 Tips to Lead Simply! Simplicity enables leaders to cut through the clutter and make the best decisions possible. Read these 7 tips to simplify your life… and remember, it’s the decisions you make that define the leader you become!

• Find a Location! Chick-fil-A Leadercast will be broadcasted to hundreds of locations around the world! Enter your zip code to find a broadcast location near you – or join us at the LIVE site in Atlanta May 10, 2013!

• Get Social! Tweet with the #CFALeadercast hashtag to get your audience excited about Chick-fil-A Leadercast 2013!

Did you take the quiz?  What’s your leadership style?

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Cafe Press {Review and Giveaway}

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While letting Baby C play with my iPhone as we waited in the airport, it fell on the floor and the case cracked.  I was bummed but it wasn’t a big enough crack to justify buying a new one.  But thank goodness I had a case on or it might of been my iPhone that cracked.  So when I was offered to work with Cafe Press and pick out a free product, I knew just what I wanted!  A new case of course!

Cafe Press has everything you could possibly think of, from t-shirts to drink ware, they have it all.  And the best part is, you get to customize the products to make them fit your personality perfectly.  They literally have thousands of iPhone cases to choose from.  I changed my mind a couple of times before picking the final product and I love what I ended up with.

I choose the gray yellow mod flower iPhone snap case.  I was able to customize it with my name, too!  The case snaps easily into place over my phone.  It provides great protection all over, but could use a little more protection around the front edges.  Baby C has dropped it on the hardwood floor a couple of times and the case saved the day!

This extremely lightweight and beautiful case provides style and protection for an iPhone 4/4S.  The sleek cover snaps easily and securely onto your phone.  You can purchase the same case I have for $24.99 or choose from a variety of other styles and colors.  Cafe Press is offering one Sweet Tiny Blessings’ reader a $20.00 gift certificate for your own special creation.  Stay connected with Cafe Press on Facebook and Twitter.


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Disclaimer:  I received a product from Cafe Press in exchange for a review.  All opinions are my own and have not been influenced by outside sources. 

When I Look In The Mirror

When I look in the mirror, I see . . .

Me

A child of God

Imperfections

My daughter

Strength

Weakness

Love

A wife

A mother

A daughter

A sister

A friend

A hard worker

Pain

Joy

Forgiveness

Compassion

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.  Genesis 1:27
What do you see when you look in the mirror?

iCaught The Easter Bunny

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Easter is my favorite holiday.  The 40 days that lead up to it are full of change and new beginnings.  I know that the real meaning of Easter isn’t about the Easter bunny and candy.  I just like to bring a little fun and create traditions for each holiday.  Maybe you do too!

For less than $10 anyone can be a “hero” to their child by catching the Easter Bunny ‘in the act’. Catch him here – Catch him there – Catch him ANYWHERE!  In three easy steps, iCaughtTheEasterBunny can turn a typical Easter into something fun and spectacular. Catch The Easter Bunny TODAY!  CLICK HERE to try it FREE!  and SAVE 50% on your purchase with this code – BUNNY2013

Catch A Character is offering 3 Sweet Tiny Blessings’ readers a free code to create your Easter Bunny magic.  To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck and Happy Easter!

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Things I Never Thought I Would Say

Motherhood is a crazy blessing that is indescribable, which can only be understood once you become a mama yourself.  And I’m only two years in on this beautiful journey.  Before I became a mom, I knew I would be talking about poop.  But what I never thought I would say was

“good night” to a Caillou doll

Yup, mommy will pull her pants down too (in reference to persuading Baby C to sit on the potty)

I’ll put coconut oil on it (something I would have never said before going “green”)

Take your hands out of your pants

Sing all the lyrics to Caillou

That’s not a snack, that’s for your bum bum

My silly Baby C who makes me laugh everyday
What are some things you never thought you would say?

Nuby Snack Keeper {Review}

Like all toddlers, Baby C loves to munch.  At home, at the park and even in the car, Baby C would grub all day if I let her.  From apples to Cheddar Bunnies, this girl can pack away the snacks.  But keeping them contained and mess-free is a whole other story.  Introducing the Nuby Snack Keeper to change all that. 

No more messy snacks!  Nuby’s unique Snack Keeper cup keeps kid-sized snacks inside the container instead of on the floor or car seat.  The soft flaps make it easy to grab snacks without spilling.  The container holds 9 oz. of dry snacks and the protective bottom keeps tabletops free from scratches.

Baby C never finishes a full apple, but when I sliced it and put it in her new snack keeper, she gobbled it down and wanted another one!  Baby C’s hands fit perfectly inside the snack keeper where she can easily grasp her food.  The handles make it easy for babies and toddlers, 12 months and up, to grasp.
You can purchase the same Snack Keeper Baby C has for $4.99 or choose from a variety of other colors.  The Nuby Snack Keeper is available at BuyBabyDirect.com, CookiesKids.com, Diapers.com, Amazon.com and Buy Buy Baby.  Stay connected with Nuby on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram!
Disclaimer:  I received the Nuby Snack Keeper in exchange for this review.  All opinions are my own and have not been swayed by outside sources.  

Spring Cleaning the Natural Way

Welcome to the March 2013 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Naturally Spring Cleaning.
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project through the Green Moms Network. This month our carnival participants have written posts about how they keep their homes clean – naturally.

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One of my favorite times of year is when it starts to warm up, the flowers bloom and the sun is shining.  Spring brings about a newness and a time of change, in more ways then one.  And it’s an awesome time to get back to nature, not only outside your front door, but inside your home when you begin your spring cleaning.

Many household all-purpose cleaners contain chemicals that can be so dangerous for us and our families.  Petroleum-based surfactants like alkylphenol ethoxylates can mimic the hormone estrogen.  Butyl cellosolve is easily absorbed through the skin and can damage nerves.  Chlorine bleach and ammonia both produce fumes that can be dangerous for people with respiratory and heart problems.  Fragrances can cause allergic reactions in many people and often disguise the smell of chlorine or ammonia.  Diethanolamine and triethanolamine are irritants and can form carcinogens during the manufacturing process.  Antibacterial cleansers may increase the resistance of bacteria to antibiotics.  Phthalates used to increase the life of synthetic fragrances may cause reproductive and developmental damage

Do chemicals like these sound like “clean?”  Not to me!  But if green products don’t perform as well as conventional cleaners, you probably won’t use them.  Good thing there are many cleaners that are free from those dangerous chemicals that work just as well or even better.  For example, Sterling Labs has proven that Shaklee’s Get Clean Basic H2 Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate rivals or outperforms the best-known supermarket brands.

Derived from renewable plant sources corn and coconuts, Basic H was one of the first biodegradable, nontoxic cleansers ever and one of the first official Earth Day cleaning products.  It was used by Jacques Cousteau on his research vessels and by scientists on the Biosphere 2 project.  Basic H2 also carries the Green Seal certification.

Basic H2 is not only safe for you and your family, it’s safe for the environment too.  The most common brands of window cleaner (which are loaded with ammonia and other toxic chemicals) come in 26 ounce plastic spray bottles.  It would take 5,824 bottles of window cleaner to equal the window cleaning power of Basic H2.  Now, imagine all those bottles dumped in your landfill, where they will remain unchanged for centuries.

Basic H2 is my multi-purpose, green cleaner of choice because it’s highly effective when mixed with water.  It breaks surface tension of water making it up to 300 times wetter.  It’s instant wetting action penetrates and separates dirt and grease, suspending it in water to be washed away.  And best of all, it’s safe enough for my toddler who loves to help me clean.

Maybe instead of ordering Basic H2 or any other safe alternative, you’d rather make your own safe and green cleaner.  Here are two options to get you started.

CITRUS FLOOR CLEANER
1 gallon hot water
2 tablespoons liquid castile soap
15 drops sweet orange essential oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
Combine in large bucket
WINDOW CLEANER
3 cups water
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Mix and spray

What Spring Cleaning tips can you share with us?
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Please take some time to enjoy the posts our other carnival participants have contributed:

Our St. Patrick’s Day

On my Old Navy Shopping Spree last month, I made sure I picked out something cute and green for Baby C to wear on St. Patrick’s Day.  She absolutely loved wearing her Hello Kitty Lucky Charm shirt as she meowed everywhere she went.

After dinner, I tried to make a healthier version of rainbow cupcakes I found on Pinterest.  Baby C was my assistant baker.  Though they tasted super yummy, they didn’t turn out exactly how I imagined.  I think I added too much of my own homemade and healthy food coloring, which made the batter more runny.

We used strawberries for red, blueberries for blue, spinach leaves for green and orange juice for yellow.  I added a little water and mixed them in the blender separately. 

What made your St. Patrick’s Day special?  Do you have a natural food coloring recipe?

Shamrock Smoothee

We turned a Shamrock Shake into a Shamrock Smoothie for St. Patrick’s Day.  A great source of fiber, vitamins and minerals, too!  This Smoothie is perfect for breakfast, lunch or a snack.  Head on over to She {hearts} it to get the recipe!

What are your favorite healthy St. Patrick’s Day recipes?

Nuby Insulated No-Spill Flip-it {Review}

Baby C loves her “Ballerina Milk” aka Nuby Insulated Cool Sipper.  So much so that I didn’t think she would ever let go or change it up for a new sippy cup.  But this morning, she saw the Insulated No-Spill Flip-it in the cabinet and immediately decided she wanted some “orange juice.”  Don’t worry, she still cares for her Ballerina Milk too. 

The Nuby Insulated No-Spill Flip-it has a colorful two-in-one cup design that not only keeps liquid fresh and cool, it also helps protect the furniture from a “sweating” cup.  This cup features a soft sipper straw which is gentle to your child’s teeth and gums.  It is great for travel and short trips!
Baby C loves her new cup so much, I had to actually take it away so she would eat her breakfast.  This is a good problem  that I never thought I would have, because she used to have such trouble drinking from a sippy and only wanted to eat.  Oh how toddlers keep you guessing!  
The Flip-it cup is perfect for children 9 months and up.  It’s adjustable for slow, medium or fast flow rates and provides a built in valve to eliminate extra pieces to be washed.  This cup is great for encouraging natural drinking action and oral development.  BPA safe too!
You can purchase the same Insulated No-Spill Flip-it cup Baby C has for $4.49 or choose from a variety of other colors and styles.  This cup is available at BuyBabyDirect.com, Wal-Mart, Diapers.com, and Amazon.com.   Stay connected with Nuby on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram!
Disclosure:  I received the Nuby Insulaed No-Spill Flip-it cup in exchange for this review.  All opinions are my own and were not influenced by outside sources.  

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