A Modern Day Fairy Tale: February 2014

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Save Money & Give Back With Campus Book Rentals {#sponsored}

This is a sponsored post written by me for Campus Book Rentals.

Being a 20-something, I still have many, many friends working on their college degrees and so often I hear them complaining about the cost of book rentals. When they've shared with me the cost, I cannot help but wonder why on earth they cost so much...and let's be honest, for the most part when you finish the class you won't be using it again, right? Wouldn't it be great if you could just RENT the books you need for the time you need them then return them when you're done?

With Campus Book Rentals, you CAN! So what exactly is Campus Book Rentals and what are the benefits of using this service?

Campus Book Rentals is basically exactly as it sounds- a rental service that allows you to rent the books you need for classes and return them when you're done. Super easy! Students can save anywhere from 40-90% on their book fees...and as any 'poor college student' can tell you, that can make a huge difference. They also offer free shipping both ways for an even greater savings. The rental periods are very flexible, and if you decide to drop a class, they offer a risk free 21 day return policy. Books CAN be highlighted (though they ask to be respectful of future users), so if you're an in book note taker, you can still take advantage of the service. If you decide you'd like to keep the book around for future reference, you can still decide to buy it, just pay off the remaining value leftover after your rental fee. Sounds, pretty simple, right?

Perhaps you're reading this and thinking, "Man, I wish I knew about this BEFORE purchasing that bookshelf full of textbooks taking up space." Campus Book Rentals can still help you with their Rent Back program, allowing you to rent out those books you've already purchased to others. They do the grunt work, and you get paid each time your book is rented out. Couldn't we all use a little extra spending money? Here's a little video with more about that:

If that's not enough to convince you, I've saved the best part for last. Not only does Campus Book Rentals offer a great service for a great price, they also give back. For each book rented, they donate funds to Operation Smile! This is a wonderful organization that provides life changing reconstructive surgeries to children with cleft lip or palate. You can learn more about the wonderful work done by Operation Smile here.

So, to sum it up, you get a great deal on your textbooks AND help make the difference in the life of a child. To find out more and get started renting your books, check out the links below:

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Fashion for Mom Meets Function for Baby with Ruby Rebels {A Review}

**Product received for review.

It should come as no surprise to anyone who knows me that I absolutely, positively LOVE statement necklaces. There is just something about a nice, chunky necklace that can turn a plain tee and jeans into a stylish outfit. But as any mom can tell you, big necklaces and babies do not mix... they always seem to go straight to the mouth. So when I discovered Ruby Rebels on Etsy, it was love at first sight. Ruby Rebels is a wonderful Etsy shop that features a variety of fun, fashionable nursing and teething statement necklaces that are perfect for both mom and baby...

For this review, I received the Black and White Chevron necklace, but this is only one of the many great style options available. All necklaces are super stylish and something I could see myself wearing with or without baby! It offers that great statement necklace look that I love, while still being safe and functional for baby! Each necklace is made with 100% cotton fabric and natural unfinished wood beads. They are 20 inches of fabric, plus 10 inches of ribbon so you can adjust to meet your preferred length. The wooden rings are finished with an organic beeswax- this gives them a nice shine without any harmful chemicals for baby. Each bead is double sewn for maximum safety and durability. Baby can play, pull and chew on it to their heart's content with no worries of it breaking off and them choking.

For moms, it's the fashion and safety features that make these necklaces wonderful, but in all honesty babies don't care about all that...they just want something fun to play with while nursing or being carried. And these necklaces provide just that- in fact my daughter lunged for it immediately after putting it on for the very first time. She typically loves her wooden teething rings, but at six months old has a tendency to drop them...often! She loved that when being worn, she could chew on this ring as much as she wanted without the worry of losing it. I found this to be extremely useful myself when we were out and about- no more worries about losing a favorite toy in the mall somewhere- it's always right there on me, providing teething relief on the go.

They aren't just great for teething either. Like many babies, my daughter likes to grab things while nursing...a shirt, necklace, anything she can get her hands on, which most often means my hair...ouch! For such little things, babies sure can pull hard can't they!? Ruby Rebels necklaces offer a great distraction away from things they should not be tugging on- making nursing a bit more pleasant for everyone involved. As a matter of fact, as I write this review, Miss Finley is nursing away, ring in hand!

Of course, there are many nursing and teething necklaces on the market, so why choose Ruby Rebels? For me, it all goes back to the style. They don't look cheesy, there are options to go with current styles and again just look like everyday jewelry-not overly baby-ish (this is particularly true if you go for an option without the wooden ring, though I personally find them to be a fun touch). The quality is also fantastic, and at a great price too- this particular necklace is only $16 but there are even cheaper options (and a few higher ones too). It's no secret that a cute statement necklace can get pretty price-y and those are there solely to look pretty. The double functionality of these make them an even better deal!

If you're a fashion loving mom who doesn't want to sacrifice her personal style for motherhood, Ruby Rebels is the place to go. You can see all of the wonderful styles available and connect at the links below:

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Disclosure: I received the product mentioned above in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Finley Grace: Six Months

  • Miss Finley is SIX MONTHS OLD! It seems as though I was just giving birth, and here we are- halfway to one year!!
  • At her last appointment a few weeks ago, she weighed 17 pounds, 12 ounces!!!
  • She is wearing 6-12 and 9 month clothing!!
  • She has recently started sitting up on her own...sometimes only briefly but getting better and better.

  • She has also been working at getting herself into crawling position. She can get up to her knees, but only briefly for the moment...but that doesn't keep her from getting around- she rolls ALL over the place!
  • At 6 months, she got to try her first food- avocados. We are doing baby-led weaning and very little has actually made it in her mouth, but she's enjoying exploring foods! (More on that later!)
  • Still no teeth, but working hard on them.
  • Her favorite toys at the moment are her Sophia the First and Cinderella dolls. She is VERY drawn to Sophia the First...so cute to watch her get excited when she sees toys with her on them!
  • She has begun reaching for mommy to pick her up at times...and loves grabbing faces- particularly big brother!
  • Big brother is her favorite person.
  • She still hates the car seat.
  • She's starting to dislike anything that keeps her stationary- bouncers, jumper, etc. She'd much rather be on the floor to move...or carried by mommy!
  • Finley sleeps pretty well at night but isn't much of a napper...unless being held!
  • She's still a pretty quiet, quite content baby!
Overall, Finley is wonderful, we could not ask for a sweeter baby! We are still having so much fun watching her learn and discover new things! My favorite thing is watching the relationship develop between her and Shaun. They absolutely adore one another and it's so amazing to watch!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Naturally Beautiful with a (Super) Easy DIY Sugar Scrub

Welcome to the February 2014 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Naturally Beautiful. This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and Crunchy Farm Baby through the Green Moms Network. This month, our members are talking about skincare and other personal care products. You'll find a variety of posts about choosing natural beauty products and even tutorials on how to make some of your own! Be sure to read all of the posts listed at the bottom of mine to learn how to keep your beauty routine safe and natural.
Can I make a confession?

I have recently become absolutely, positively OBSESSED with sugar scrubs. It all started with a fabulous little all natural peppermint scrub from Etsy...and was downhill from there! They do such a great job exfoliating and I always feel super refreshed after using them. I use them all over, but my favorite use is for super dry winter feet, making them much softer! The bad news? They can get a little price-y. The good news? They are super easy and very inexpensive to make. It takes just two products we all already have in our kitchens- sugar and oil! The rest is so easy that it seems silly to even call this a tutorial!

First, decide on your sugar and oil. Personally I love coconut oil for the amazing smell, but olive oil will work great too. If you're using coconut, you'll want it to be in its liquid state. You can microwave for a few seconds if you need to, but I usually just find a warm place to sit a small dish for a bit (near a vent, by the stove while cooking, etc). For the sugar, you can pretty well use anything but powdered. An inexpensive, everyday white or brown sugar will work just fine, or for a more green option go for organic.

Now it's time to start mixing. You can play around a little with exact amounts to find the texture that works best for you, but I found about 2 parts sugar to 1 part oil worked well for me. Mix it well, and you have yourself a very basic scrub.

You can use the scrub just as it is...or you can get a little more creative and in depth. Add a little vitamin e oil to make your skin nice and soft. Give it a little scent with a couple drops of essential oil. I personally love peppermint- it provides a great pick me up for your skin and is cool and refreshing. It's also great for acne prone skin. Need something more relaxing- try lavender. Tea tree, eucalyptus, rosemary...the possibilities are endless...you can even combine a few to make the most of the healing properties of each oil. And it doesn't have to stop there- I've heard of people adding oats for dry skin or coffee grounds to reduce cellulite (what!?). I can't say that I've personally gone that in depth myself, but I definitely look forward to trying new combinations myself!

Do you make your own natural sugar scrubs? What recipes do you love? What combinations would you love to try? Any more great natural DIY beauty solutions? I'd love to hear all about them!
Visit Happy Mothering and Crunchy Farm Baby to learn more about participating in next month’s Natural Living Blog Carnival! Please take some time to enjoy the posts our other carnival participants have contributed:

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Green Cleaning with The Ultimate Green Store {Review & Giveaway}

**Product received for review.

Earlier this year, I shared that one of my resolutions this year was to continue on the path of greening my cleaning, after having found my son spraying his toy trains with a combination of window cleaner and chrome cleaner. We had of course kept these cleaners far out of reach, but my sneaky six year old still found a way to get to them. I knew at that moment that something had to change and started slowly phasing out all of our 'mainstream' cleaners. So when The Ultimate Green Store asked me if I'd like to review a few green household cleaners, I was naturally thrilled (no pun intended!).

For those unfamiliar, The Ultimate Green Store is literally just that- a one stop shop for all your green living needs. They offer a wide variety of products from cloth diapers, to household goods, to bath and beauty...and everything in between! If it's green- you're sure to find it there! For this review, they sent me two all natural cleaners from Better Life: 2 am Miracle Nursery Cleaner and Oak-Y Dokey Wood Cleaner and Polish.

First up, let's just take a moment to admire this fun packaging (and those names!). Once again, I know that packaging *should* have absolutely no impact on a product, but I'm certain I cannot be the only one who loves fun packaging, right? It always put a little smile on my face when I go to pick them up and see the names...cleaning is never a fun thing, so anything to make it a little more enjoyable is a good thing in my book!

First up, I couldn't wait to try the Nursery Cleaner. It's no secret that with babies come messes...and lots of them. The 2 am Miracle offers a natural cleaning solution for all surfaces babies can come in contact with- cribs, changing tables, diaper pails, toys, walls, mattresses...it can even be used as a pre-treatment for clothing, bibs and cloth diapers! It both cleans and deodorizes all surfaces. With my daughter's super sensitive skin, I'm always careful about what we use on her clothing (and particularly diapers) but being free from toxins found in typical cleaning supplies, I can feel much better about that! The lavender scent smells amazing and is scented naturally with essential oils. (As an added bonus promotes relaxation in the nursery.) So far, I have primarily used it for cleaning toys, and have found it works wonderfully!!

Next up, the Oak-y Dokey Wood Cleaner. To be entirely honest when I read that the scent was Cinnamon Lavender I could not figure out how on earth that could possibly smell good. To me, they just didn't seem like they'd blend well...but I was wrong! I actually discovered I really loved it!! The smell is noticeable, but not overwhelming. After making the switch to natural (mostly homemade) cleaners, one area where I knew I could use something a little better was on our wood surfaces. Our homemade cleaners got them clean, but didn't give much shine. This was the perfect solution. It did not make them overly shiny/slippery as some more mainstream polishes might, but it just looked much better.

If you haven't greened your cleaning yet- go take a look at your cleaning label. What do you see? Chances are it's a lot of warnings and an ingredient list that may as well be in another language for as much sense as it makes... Now take a peek at Better Life's labels:

I found them to be much easier to read and understand! The warning on Better Life is pretty simple...stating only that while the product is nontoxic it is meant for cleaning, not drinking and keep out of reach of children. Not nearly as scary sounding as the warnings on most household cleaners. Having children that like to stick anything and everything in their mouths, I'm happy that I can actually make sense of the ingredients and know that it's all natural and kid safe!!

Another thing that I really loved about these cleaners is the smell. Aside from the great scents that I mentioned already, I love the the smell in general is not overwhelming. I've noticed after making the switch to natural cleaners that on those rare moments I do use other cleaning products, my nose burns! With the natural scents in these cleaners, I have not experienced that!!

Of course these are just two of the many great Better Life products available at The Ultimate Green Store. To see more green cleaning supplies (and all the other green essentials) available, visit the links below:

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(Be sure to use the code GREEN2014 at checkout for a 10% discount!)

And one lucky reader is going to get to do some green shopping of their own with a $20 gift code giveaway! Enter using the form below:

Winner will be contacted via e-mail after giveaway ends, and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. One entry per household, winning entry will be verified. Odds of winning depend on valid entries received. A Modern Day Fairy Tale is not responsible for prize delivery.
Disclosure: I received the products mentioned above in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Ways to Save on Time and Healthcare Costs for the Busy Mom and Wife with Walgreens Healthcare Clinic Indianapolis {#HealthcareClinic #CollectiveBias #shop}

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser. #HealthcareClinic #CollectiveBias
As wives and moms, we have a lot on our plates don't we? We're called to be cooks, housekeepers, secretaries, drivers, teachers, counselors...the list goes on and on. On any given day, we have a full schedule with no room for anything else it seems. So when someone in the family needs to see a doctor, we don't have the time to sit around and wait for an opening. We need something that works with our schedules, and we need it now. And it's not just for our children...but the grownups in the household too. As many of you already should know, my husband is a Marine. Being in the military means having a rather unpredictable schedule, making scheduling a doctors appointment even tougher. Recently, my husband needed to have a physical for his reenlistment package. Sounds easy enough, right? Not a chance! We had called in November/December to our regular doctor and were told they would have no openings to see him until MARCH! What!? By that point my husband's contract would have been up. Eventually, we were able to figure something out, but it was much more of a headache than it should have been. Why couldn't there be a clinic where we could simply walk in and be seen at a time that fit our needs? As it turns out, there IS...Walgreens Healthcare Clinic Indianapolis!! So what's so great about the Walgreens Healthcare Clinic, and how does it help the busy mom & wife? Let's take a look:

  • Walk-In or Make an Appointment: Between being a one vehicle family and my husband's unpredictable schedule, we have often had to cancel appointments at the last minute. Never fun! We then have to wait even longer to see a doctor- but with walk-ins welcome, we can truly just stop in whenever is convenient for us! You cannot get more flexible than that! Wait times are typically less than 20 minutes, but if you're in a real rush, you can even check the wait times online so you know just what to expect. And if there does happen to be a wait, you can at least get a little shopping done while you wait- a much better use of your time than sitting in a waiting room, right?
  • Open 7 Days a Week & Weeknights: Another issue we tend to find when trying to get an appointment for my husband in particular is that doctors only seem to be open during typical working hours. How is anyone with a job outside the home supposed to see their doctor? Whether you decide to walk-in or make an appointment, there is sure to be a time that will fit your busy schedule. Aside from that, I'm certain I cannot be the only one whose children always manage to get sick and/or injured when the doctor's office is closed, right? Oftentimes, that means an expensive trip to Urgent Care that could have been avoided and cost much more than necessary. With Walgreens Healthcare Clinics, we can see a healthcare professional when we need to without the added expense.
  • Accepts Most Insurance: Speaking of expenses, healthcare costs are no fun!! The good news is that the Healthcare Clinics accept most major forms of insurance- including our personal provider, Tricare!! You can check their website to see if your carrier is accepted. But if it's not or you don't have insurance, the service costs are also right there on the website too, so you can know just what to expect...no surprise bills later on!!
  • Treatment for Patients 18 Months +: Okay, so I cannot take my youngest child just yet...but for the most part, our whole family can be seen!
  • Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioners: In my life I have been seen by both doctors and nurse practitioners, and honestly, they're both just as good! Walgreens Healthcare Providers are board certified with the same qualifications as the nurse practitioners at your doctor's office! (And my experience has been with last minute appointments, that tends to be who you see anyway!)
  • On-Site Pharmacy: When you go to your regular clinic and the doctor prescribes you medicine, that usually means even more time and money- loading up your little ones and driving across town to the pharmacy where you'll then probably have to wait as the prescription is being filled. When you visit the Walgreens Healthcare Clinic, you're already there!! Pick up your presciption and be on your way, with no additional stops along the way!! You simply cannot get any more convenient.

Sounds pretty great, right? You can visit their website to learn more about all the services offered and find the location nearest you...and then get on with your daily life. At the end of the day, none of us has the time (or energy) to spend all our time trying to make an appointment or sitting in the waiting room for countless hours. So thank you Walgreens for giving me more time to spend on the more important things in life- like spending time with my family!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Handmade from the Heart with Bixby Basil {A Giveaway}

Happy Valentine's Day and welcome to the [2nd annual] Handmade from the Heart Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network!
This Hop was such a success last year that we brought it back for round 2 because it seems everyone loves beautiful handmade items! Each blogger in this Event has a handmade giveaway worth at least $25, so be sure to hop around and celebrate Handmade from the Heart! And you definitely do not want to miss the fantastic handmade goodness of the Grand Prize... a $150 Etsy Gift Card!


Handmade items are great, aren't they? Not only is buying from Etsy shops a great way to support small businesses- many of whom are run by moms like myself, but it's also a great way to find super fun, unique items for your home and family. Personally, homemade children and baby items are my absolute favorites. During my pregnancy, I had the opportunity to work with some great Etsy shop owners to bring you some fun reviews on baby items and today for the Handmade from the Heart again, I'm excited to again share with you one of my absolute favorites, Bixby Basil.

You can read my original review of her adorable Boppy Pillow Covers here.

From the first day we used it- the day of my daughters birth- the compliments started rolling in. The nurses at the hospital loved the fun, bright design...and just as I'd hoped, it looked fantastic in pictures...

I even used it for my daughter's newborn photos...

At six months old, we are still using our boppy cover and still loving the look, and it's held up wonderfully!

But boppy covers are not the only fantastic handmade goodies available from Bixby Basil- you can also find Boppy lounger covers, changing pad covers, nursing covers, blankets and so much more! Don't have a little one? There are great items for the grownups too!

You can check out everything they have to offer at the links below:

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Like on Facebook.
Follow on Pinterest.

And one very lucky winner is going to win a $25 gift code to buy whatever they'd like from the shop!
Enter using the Rafflecopter form below.

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Winner will be contacted via e-mail after giveaway ends, and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. One entry per household, winning entry will be verified. Odds of winning depend on valid entries received. A Modern Day Fairy Tale is not responsible for prize delivery.
So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Handmade from the Heart participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.Disclosure: I received the product mentioned above in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Baby Be Mine Giveaway

Baby Be Mine giveaway prizesOur Baby Be Mine collection features so many items to pamper and care for your baby. From wonderfully natural products, to gear to make feeding and soothing easier on the go, this gift collection is the perfect Valentine's Day treat!

San Diego Bebe

San Diego Bebe Eco-Nursing Pillow with built-in Privacy Cover
San Diego Bebe Eco-Nursing Pillow with built-in Privacy Cover - Retail value: $59.99
San Diego Bebe is a deluxe line of nursing pillows for singletons and twins made with virgin eco-fiber. Eco-friendly, hypo-allergenic, non-toxic and foam-free, we never use fire-retardant chemicals or toxic glues. We pride ourselves in manufacturing the healthiest choice nursing pillows on the market today. Our pillow line is LOADED with features and benefits, including a cool built-in Privacy Coverâ„¢ for discreet nursing in public. For more information visit doubleblessings.com.

Yummi Pouch

Yummi Pouch reusable food pouches
Yummi Pouch 2 sets of 6 reusable food pouches - Retail value: $30
Yummi Pouch reusable food pouches encourage healthy snacks for active kids. Our eco-friendly food pouches are freezer safe, dishwasher safe, BPA-free, Phthalate-free, and can be filled with healthy blended snacks and easily taken on the go, no spoon required. Our vision is to help moms and dads prepare healthy snacks for their active kids. Yummi Pouches are perfect to be filled with nutritious smoothies and purees prepared in batches, frozen or refrigerated, and easily consumed on the go. For more information visit yummipouch.com.

Wristy Buddy

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Wristy Buddy Lion Teething Wristband - Retail value: $15
Wristy Buddy is a teething wristband designed for babies who haven't developed the motor skills to hold traditional teething devices. Wristy Buddy is made of absorbent materials to help keep little faces and clothing dry. Its various textures and colors engage and stimulate. It is easily accessible to your teething baby and is more sanitary than traditional teething objects. Wristy Buddy is machine washable. Phthalate-Free, Lead-Free, and BPA-Free and Non-toxic Certified. Patent-Pending. For more information visit wristybuddy.com.

Beachfront Baby

Beachfront Baby Wrap
One-size Beachfront Baby Wrap in the winner's choice of color - Retail value: $39.99
Beachfront Baby water baby carriers are a must have for the summer! 100% polyester jersey lends breath-ability with just the right amount of stretch. The fabric feels like a lightweight, silky swimsuit which keeps it light in the water & dries very quickly. Wear baby in the shower, at the beach, at the water-park or in the pool. This especially comes in handy for keeping your hands free to play with or help older children in the water!
Beachfront Baby LLC is a Texas-based company run by Diane Turner, President & work-at-home-mom to four lovely children. Beachfront Baby has offered fashionable water baby carriers to parents world-wide since 2011. For more information visit BeachfrontBabyWraps.com.

Baby Spa

Baby Spa gift set
Mommy & Me Stage 1 Gift Set - Retail value: $54.99
Includes Soapless Body Wash, Moisturizing Body Lotion, Shea Butter Diaper Cream, Calming Massage Oil, Travel Size Ultra, Soft Baby Wipes, Travel Size Moisturizing Body Lotion, Plush Tickle Sensory Toys, Infant Massage Book
Indulge babies with those sensory spa experiences we all love to feel. Our pampering gift set nourishes, hydrates and soothes, making it perfect for those memorable mommy and baby moments.
  • Safe & gentle for sensitive skin in newborns through crawlers
  • Great for baby showers and delivery gifts
  • Contains organic enthnobotanicals Songaâ„¢, Kendi Oil, and Patented Swiss Moisturizer EG28 to soothe, hydrate, and comfort tender baby skin.
  • Includes our infant massage book and tickle toys to stimulate baby sensory development
  • Our signature Fresh Baby scent
BabySpa is a natural bath and body care collection for newborns through preschoolers made with special ethnobotanical blends that provide lasting hydration, soothing effects and sweet, comforting sensations. All of our products are 98-100% natural! We believe natural is better, and therefore always use extracts and oils from plants, roots and flowers to deliver gentle, vitamin-rich skin care. Our collection contains over 30 different botanicals, each one carefully selected for its unique benefits and therapeutic properties. Our bath and body care collection offers an easy to follow "stages" approach with products that are individually tailored to address the changing skin care needs for babies from infancy through toddlerhood. For more information visit babyspausa.com.

Buncha Farmers Inc.

Buncha Farmers gift basket
Buncha Farmers gift basket including stain removers, Manuka honey natural soaps, laundry detergent, hand sanitizer and skin creams - Retail value: $60
Buncha Farmers Inc. is committed to the highest standards of quality, satisfaction and fair pricing. We put a lot of thought and care into developing our products so that YOU, our CUSTOMER, can benefit and truly appreciate our efforts. Our focus is to make day to day living a little more rewarding and put less stress in your life. We also want to make your life as healthy as possible without sacrificing little pleasures that everyone looks forward to everyday. For more information visit bunchafarmers.com.


Battery powered, Portable Sterilizer
Battery powered, Portable Sterilizer for infant items - Retail value: $45
Battery powered, portable sterilizer for infant items! Sterilizes pacifiers, sippy cup tops, bottle nipples and small teethers with just the push of a button. Gets items germ free in 4 minutes and uses NO WATER, NO HEAT and NO CHEMICALS. Easily fits into diaper bags and purses and goes wherever baby goes. Never be without a clean pacifier or feeding item again.
Bert&Bratt is a 100% female owned Canadian company. The product was dreamed, designed and manufactured by the head moms in charge, Tasha Bertrand and Annemarie Brattland. "This is a product that we, as mothers with young children, would have loved to have. We both hated having to run and find soap and water whenever something hit the ground. This makes moms lives easier and helps keep babies away from potentially harmful bacteria. When something is easy people tend to do it more often. We made cleaning infant items as easy as pushing a button!" For more information visit bertandbratt.com.


Rhoost Finger Guard and Cord Winder
Finger Guard and Cord Winder - Retail value: $20
Rhoost's Cord Winder makes dangling blind cords a thing of the past, keeping your loved ones safe and your personal style intact. Features screw free installation. Our Finger Guard protects little fingers from door and hinges, keeping your loved ones safe and your personal style intact.
Rhoost designs eco-friendly, stylish and non toxic baby-proofing products. No screws or adhesives required. For more information visit rhoost.com.

Enter to win this Fabulous Gift Set! Retail value: $285

This giveaway is open to the US and Canada. Each page you follow is an additional entry!
Baby Be Mine giveaway prizes
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Disclosure: I am participating in this giveaway as a member of the Green Scene Mom Street Team. I have received no compensation. A Modern Day Fairy Tale is not responsible for winner selection or prize delivery.

Mia Mariu Love Your Look $200 GC Giveaway {A Blogging Mamas Network Giveaway} #MiaMariuLOVE

The Blogging Mamas Network and Mía Mariú have joined together to inspire you to Love Your Look this Valentine's Day!

The Mía Mariú philosophy makes the connection between beauty and health in harmony. Mía Mariú’s high performance products are formulated with the most natural ingredients available, helping you achieve vibrant beauty and health inside and out. Each unique product fuses nature and technology by combining the highest quality botanicals, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and peptides. gel-cleanser The result is healthy products that provide a perfect balance that reflects itself through youthful, healthy, beautiful, glowing skin and renewed energy and vitality, all at an exceptional value! 5 From Healthy Nutrition, Botanical Skin Care, a newly launched Fragrance Line, Specialty Brushes, and Mineral Makeup - you'll find everything you need to love your look this year with Mía Mariú! Be sure to connect with Mía Mariú on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to stay up to date on their promotions and new products! mmfragrance

Who's ready to win a $200 GC to Mía Mariú?

This giveaway is open to US & Canadian residents, 18+ only. It will end at 11:59 pm EST on February 26th. Please use the Giveaway Tools widget below to enter.
Disclosure: I did not receive any compensation for hosting this giveaway. The participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Monday, February 10, 2014

FREE Baby Leggings? Yes, please!!

**This post contains affiliate codes.

It's no secret that we LOVE our baby legwarmers around here! And do you know what I love even more than legwarmers?

FREE legwarmers!

That's why I am beyond thrilled to let you know about an amazing deal from BabyLeggings.com ... you can purchase 5 pairs of legwarmers FREE, just pay shipping (around $13) when you use the code 46DFB1 at checkout. Additional pairs can be purchased for just $2 each, plus additional shipping (or use the code for multiple orders, if you're an addict like me!!)

Need more great baby freebies? This code works for ALL the products below...again, you only pay shipping!! 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Give Back to the Troops with the Warrior Princess Collection {A Get Fresh Review}

**Product received for review.

As a military wife, when I see a company that is making an effort to show support to the troops and their families, I am filled with a sense of gratitude. So, when I was contacted by a representative for Get Fresh about their Warrior Princess collection, I was beyond thrilled...a great body care line that was not only free of parabens, dyes and sulfates that also gave back to the military!? Yes, please! Here is a little about this fun collection:
Warrior Princess is a collection of wonderfully smelling, botanically based bath & body products that have a luscious profusion of Blackberry and Vanilla, spiked with a zesty hint of lemon, bergamot and peach. Warrior Princess products are dedicated to helping the men and women in the United States Military who have sustained physical and/or psychological wounds while protecting our freedoms every day. Warrior Princess products are Paraben-free and contain no synthetic dyes and no sodium lauryl/laureth sulfates. 
By purchasing these high-quality Spa products, you are joining with thousands of people across this country who, like you, would love to show their gratitude to our Wounded Warriors. We at get fresh are working towards helping these outstanding men and women by donating 10% of all sales (over 30% of profits)of Warrior Princess products to Veterans organizations like Healing4Heroes, a wonderful charity that helps our Wounded Warriors in their healing process.

When the Warrior Princess collection arrived, the first thing I noticed was the adorable packaging. I know, I know...that really should make no difference at all, but honestly, I still love cute packaging! Necessary? No, but a fun bonus for sure! The colors were nice and bright and I loved the little heart charm! The next thing I noticed was the smell...it was wonderful!! It wasn't overwhelmingly strong, but definitely noticeable. I could not wait to try it all out.

I was most excited to try out the Foot Kit. This bitterly cold winter has left my feet looking absolutely terrible and they desperately needed some help!! Now, I cannot say that the foot kit took care of my problem completely, but I could certainly see a big difference- they were less dry, softer and just generally looked better. Perhaps if I used it every day, it might be even better, but either way I was impressed!!

Next up was the sugar scrub. I must admit, I'm a huge fan of sugar scrubs so I was pretty excited to try this as well. It is the same scrub included in the foot scrub, and can really be used all over. What I loved about this particular scrub was that it was creamier than most sugar scrubs I'd used in the past...enough texture that I could tell I was getting a good scrub, but not too rough either.

And finally both the body and hand cremes went on smoothly- no greasiness! The scent again was subtle, but still there. Personally, I prefer more subtle scents so this was perfect for me. I will admit, I'm always a little hesitant to use scented lotions on myself because of my daughter. She has very sensitive skin and is always in my arms so I try to be cautious! Thankfully, I have seen no reactions from this, even after picking her up immediately after my shower.

I have not yet had a chance to use the bath soaks, but I'm certain they will be just as wonderful too.

Overall, I was really impressed with the quality of the products and could see myself buying again, even if they did not support a good cause. The fact that they benefit veterans as well makes them that much better. If you are looking for a high quality bath care line that is both good for you and does good for others, Warrior Princess is a fantastic choice.

You can see all the products in the collection (or check out more great Get Fresh products) at the links below:

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Disclosure: I received the above products in exchange for my honest review. However, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Friday, February 7, 2014

InstaJanuary: Part 2 {Sibling Love}

As a new mom of two, there is nothing more that I enjoy than watching the interaction between Shaun and Finley. It is quite apparent that they both absolutely adore one another. Finley is Shaun's world, and he wants nothing more than to make her happy and take great care of her. Shaun is Finley's hero. No one can make her laugh nearly as much, and her eyes light up every time she sees him. It is truly a wonderful thing to see...

I'm pretty sure this photo pretty much says it all!!

This is perhaps one of my favorites... thankfully Finley doesn't mind her goofball brother!

There is nothing greater than sibling snuggles!!

In Shaun's eyes, having a sister means double the toys (he's always been drawn to infant toys, though he has none of his own). Here he is showing sister how to play the drums with one of her Christmas gifts!! Perhaps one day they'll start a band.

Throughout my pregnancy, Shaun kept telling me that he and Finley were going to play Takealong Trains and that she was going to love them. He could not wait. He is beyond thrilled that he can now show her how its done. His trains are pretty special to him, so it means a lot him wanting to share it!!

 All new toys must be big brother approved...yep, this one is good!!

True Love ♥

Thursday, February 6, 2014

InstaJanuary: Part 1

Like many in America, we spent much of our January looking a little like this:

Yes, completely snowed in!! Perhaps this is why I found myself going just a little overboard this month with the Instagram photos!! Because I ended up with so many, I thought it best to split into two seprate posts...one today, and one tomorrow! Double the kiddo cuteness!

Finley being worn in a carrier is a very common occurrence around here. She loves it, I love it...my household tasks love it...

So naturally big brother Shaun wanted to see what all the fuss was about...and he loved it too!
He's even asked that I wear him at the mall!! Oh boy!!

I love this girl!!

This is what happens when you leave the room for just 5 minutes now...she started at the center of the blanket!! Growing up much too quickly!

Finley is anxiously awaiting the day that she is allowed to start solids.
This is the look she gives everyone else as they eat!

And my little man continues to make me love him more and more each day too.
Check out this sweet message he left me on the mirror while I was in the shower!

(It says 'I ♥ You')

He calls this his Lego Man look.

He said 'Mommy, I look like you'...after stealing my glasses, of course!

And to show you what a lucky mommy I really am:

He even helps with diaper changes!!!