A Modern Day Fairy Tale: June 2014

Monday, June 30, 2014

Organization for the Christian Mom with Diadem Planners

It's no secret that moms are BUSY! Generally speaking, we take care of it all- from kids appointments, extracurriculars, paying bills, grocery shopping, housework...it all falls on us! I don't know about all of you...but for me it can get a little overwhelming! I needed something that would help me keep it all a little organized! So, when I was contacted by Diadem Planners asking if I would review their new planner designed for the busy Christian woman, I knew it would be a great solution.

Let's take a look inside:

This planner takes just about everything a mom needs to stay organized and combines it into one adorable little planner. There is a monthly calender, weekly schedules, menus, shopping lists/budget, cleaning schedule and a to do list. Everything you would expect in a great 'mom' planner, right? Everything is neatly organized with plenty of room to write your plans/notes/etc. And because it's the type of calender where YOU fill in the date, you can start using at anytime throughout the year without wasted pages! If it stopped there, it would already be a pretty amazing planner...but that's not my favorite part!

What really sets this planner apart is the journal aspect of it. Along with all the planner sections listed above, it also features journaling pages designed to help remind us in our busy schedules to take time out to build our relationship with God. Though we KNOW that this is necessary, so often we just can't seem to remember to make the time for it...with this planner, we can see everything we have to get done that week INCLUDING giving Him praise and reflecting on Him. This is truly an amazing idea, and one that I think every Christian woman could greatly appreciate.

Aside from loving the planners themselves, I was also touched by the women BEHIND the planners- Kathryn and Jodie. They created these planners after realizing that there was just nothing that really fit their personal planning needs:

Our heart is to encourage women as they seek to manage their time (instead of time owning them) so that they can invest in what matters most (the Lord, their families). And, we wanted the foundation of our planners to be based on our identity in Christ since, keeping that as the foundation of our hearts, is what is life directing and soul strengthening.

Both women are Christian wives and mothers. Kathryn has a toddler and an infant and Jodie has a preschooler, toddler and infant- the youngest of whom was born with 
Mosaic Trisomy 22. Being a special needs mother myself, I know both the challenges and the rewards that raising a special child requires. If you would like to learn more about these women, visit the links below:

Kathryn's Blog.
Jodie's Blog.

To learn more about the planners or to purchase your own, visit these links:

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Are you a mom who could benefit from these great planners? Or do you know a mom who could? How do YOU fit Christ into your busy lifestyle?

Friday, June 27, 2014

Eco-Friendly Drinking Glasses....For Kids! {A Silikids Review & Giveaway}

**Product received for review.

When it comes to our children, we as mothers want only the best for them. Their health and safety are of our utmost priority. We want to surround them with products that we can feel safe with...and with all this talk of BPA, etc in plastics, that can be tough! What is an environmentally friendly mom supposed to do?

When it comes to eating and drinking, Silikids has you covered! Rather than plastics, they use silicone (and glass) to create adorable and SAFE products for kids. Why silicone? Let's take a look:

  • Silicone is made from silicon (an element found in sand, quartz and rock). It is the second most abundant element on earth. It does not react with food or drinks, produce hazardous fumes or transmit taste to food. It's hypoallergenic and does not promote growth of bacteria or fungus.
  • Silicone is nontoxic and does not contain bisphenol-A, lead, PVC and phthalates.
  • It's durable so it will last for many years...and when the time comes, it can even be recycled too!!

For this review, they sent me a set of their adorable kids drinking glasses. You're probably thinking something along the lines of 'glasses and kids!?', right? Sounds like a disaster waiting to happen if you have a rambunctious kiddo like mine, but they are actually really great! They have a silicone sleeve that protects them from drops and bumps, making them more kid-friendly. STILL, they are glass and do need to be used with adult supervision. Though the silicone sleeves help protect them, they can still break and should be inspected after each fall. The sleeves also provide an easier grip for little hands as well with their thoughtful design.

Aside from being safer and more eco-friendly, Silikids products are also ridiculously cute! I'll be honest, I've used them myself as the perfect little juice cup and love the cute style. If they came out with the grown up version, I'd buy them!! There are currently only two color options, but both are fun and bright...and perfect for boy or girl!!

Overall, we love Silikids in our home. My son loves that he gets to feel like a big kid with a glass cup, and I love that they're safer and cute.

To see more of what Silikids has to offer, check out the links and connect below:

Visit the Website.
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Want to try some for yourself? One lucky reader will win a set! Enter using the Rafflecopter 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.

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

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Red, White, Blue...and Tie-Dye Too! {A Simple 4th of July Craft}

Do you ever look at all the cute holiday themed children's tees around the blog world and Pinterest and wish that you could do something cute for your children each holiday, but find that many of those options are too pricey. Of course, there are many do it yourself options as well, but perhaps you're not crafty enough to pull them off. Believe me, I'm right there with you. I love crafty things but the talent...well, it's lacking! Still, I love having fun festive outfits for my kiddos, so this year for the 4th of July I decided to do a super simple tie dye!

Personally, I love tie dye for a few reasons. First of all, it's incredibly easy! Again, I'm not very crafty at all, but there really is nothing to it...and if you buy a kit, the directions and everything you need are all right there! As I said, easy! It is also fairly inexpensive. You can purchase plain white tees at your local craft stores for just a few dollars each, or save even more by checking thrift stores or yard sales. Finally, my favorite part of tie dye is that is is FUN! It's a great project that I could do with my son that we could both enjoy!! We could not wait to get started. Since these were for the 4th of July, we went for red, white and blue. We were even lucky enough to find a set with just those colors! Perfect!

The great thing about buying a kit is that it makes it even easier. Here's a brief look at how to create your own super fun tie dye designs:

  • T-Shirts
  • Tie Dye Kit (includes dye, bottles, rubber bands, gloves)
  • Additional Rubber Bands (optional)
  • Extra gloves (if needed- the kits typically include 2 sets)
  • Plastic Wrap

1. Get your work space ready. Tie dying is MESSY!! Be sure to line your workspace with newspaper or use another protective surface before getting started. We prefer to work outside, just in case, and used an old box for our own work space. Make sure you have all supplies handy before starting so you don't track dye everywhere!
2. Prepare the dye. These kits are super easy, all you have to do is add water and you're ready to go!
3. Next up, choose your design. We personally went with the bulls eye design. It's super simple, but still visually appealing. All you have to do is gather in the center, and keep adding rubber bands to your desired width apart. I've found that the kits don't generally come with enough rubber bands to get the look we desire, so buying extra is a good idea. Of course there are many other fun designs you can try...your instructions will give you several options to try!
4.Now, apply the dye. (Don't forget your gloves!) This part is obviously key. You want to make sure that the dye is absorbing into the fabric, but you don't want to over-saturate and cause bleeding either. Finley's tee did not absorb nearly as well, I am not sure if this is because it was a different brand or because mine and Shaun's were prewashed- next time we will wash ALL and see if that makes the difference. (Note: Do NOT use fabric softener when prewashing, it will affect the absorbency.)
5. Once the dye is to your liking, wrap your tee in plastic wrap and let sit for 6-8 hours or longer. The longer you leave the dye on, the more vivid your tees will be. We left ours out overnight for bright, vibrant colors.

Waiting is the hardest part!

6. Rinse off excess dye and remove rubber bands. This is where those extra gloves come in. Silly me forgot to save mine and had to rinse barehanded! My hands were blue for a few days following...oops! Rinse until the water runs clear.
7. Wash per directions.

That's it! After your tees are washed and dried, they're ready to wear! See how simple and fun these are? Of course you can make them even more unique with iron on designs or iron on letters...the possibilities are endless!

My son and I had a great time creating these fun tees and cannot wait to wear them on the 4th of July! They are the perfect way to show off our patriotism...and look cute doing so!

And we look forward to creating fun designs for all upcoming holidays...orange and purple for Halloween? Red and green for Christmas? Perhaps a blue and purple Frozen inspired look? What fun events would you like to create custom tees for YOUR children for?

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Living Naturally? No Sweat with Tom's of Maine! {#shop #FreshNaturally #cbias #CollectiveBias}

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias #FreshNaturally

About a year or so ago, my family decided to make the effort to reduce or eliminate harmful chemicals in various areas of our lives. We started with cleaning which was easy enough and then moved onto our skin and beauty routines. That's where it became a little harder. Soaps and body washes were easy enough to find and after a bit of looking I was even able to find more natural solutions for oral care, hair and shaving. But there was one area that still eluded me...long-lasting deodorant!! And let's be honest...this is an area you don't want to mess around with. It's okay if people call you a bit crunchy...or even a hippie. Being concerned with living greener is a GOOD thing. But being called stinky? Well, that's not so good! There HAD to be an option that worked well and was more natural as well. With this already crazy hot summer, I needed something NOW! So, I drove down to my local Whole Foods store to see what I could find.


What I found was Tom's of Maine. We've used Tom's products in other areas of personal care...in fact, their toothpaste is our absolute favorite. I feel like it makes my teeth feel cleaner than more 'mainstream' options, and their kids' toothpaste is the ONLY kind my son will use. Even my husband, who quite honestly could care less about it being natural or not prefers it. We're big Tom's fans in this household. But to be honest, I had no idea that they also made deodorant. I was excited to give it a shot and hopeful that I would love it just as much as I loved the oral care products. Here's a visual of just what it is I love about this company:

In the past, I'd tried a few other natural anti-perspirant options and was not pleased with the results. I found that they either didn't work...or smelled absolutely, positively horrible! Yuck! I don't want my deodorant to make me smell worse before I've even started to sweat!! I want my kids and my husband to want to cuddle me at the end of a long day, not turn up their noses in disgust. And quite frankly, I don't want to smell myself smelling less than wonderful either! So given my previous experience with natural deodorants, while I was hopeful about Tom's of Maine, I was also a little apprehensive!

Seriously, mom! You stink!!

Summer has only just started, but we have already been hitting 80s and 90s here in Indiana! But it's the humidity that's the worst! One step outside and you could be instantly drenched! (Glamorous, right?) Needless to say, my Tom's of Maine got put to the biggest test it could, right off the bat! And thankfully, it WORKED! It went on smoothly and lasted all day! And, despite being unscented I found it actually had a very subtle 'clean' smell to it...very refreshing!

You NEED this!

Finally, I can have a great working, long lasting deodorant that will keep me smelling great from morning until night. A deodorant that can survive everything summer throws at it, without using those harsh ingredients I'm trying to limit. Finally, I don't have to choose between smelling good and living more naturally. With Tom's of Maine, I can truly have it all.

Is there an area that YOU have struggled to find more natural alternatives for? Perhaps you too have struggled with the battle of deodorants? Have you tried Tom's of Maine antiperspirants? As always, I love to hear your thoughts.

Green Scene Mom Summer Awards Giveaway

It's time for another great giveaway with Green Scene Mom!!! This giveaway features a few of my personal favorites (Buttons, Charlie Banana and Baby Spa)...as well as many wonderful companies I'd love to try! Which prizes are YOUR favorites!?

We are celebrating the Summer Green Scene Mom Awards with a giveaway featuring the amazing winning brands! Many of these brands were created by mom or dad entrepreneurs who were problem solving for their own families.
BabySpa Moisturizing Body Lotion Green Scene Mom Award Winner

BabySpa Moisturizing Body Lotion

BabySpa Moisturizing Body Lotion is formulated to provide an immediate soothing effect and long-lasting hydration. It's infused with BabySpa's signature baby fresh scent, is easily absorbed, and provides instant freshness and a relaxing sensory spa experience. Award Details
Bert & Bratt Portable SterilizerGreen Scene Mom Award Winner

Bert & Bratt Portable Sterilizer

Bert & Bratt's UV Sterilizer makes it easy to clean small items while on the go. It effectively kills germs on pacifiers and bottle tops and it's super cute and fits in a diaper bag! Award Details
Buttons Diapers Flannel Wipes Green Scene Mom Award Winner

Buttons Diapers Flannel Wipes

Buttons Diapers reusable wipes help reduce the fistfulls of disposable wipes a baby can go through each diaper change. They are easy to wash with a load of cloth diapers, and they are soft on baby's skin. Award Details
Yummi Pouch Snack & Sandwich Bags Green Scene Mom Award Winner

Yummi Pouch Snack & Sandwich Bags

Yummi Pouch snack bags reduce the need for plastic bags and other disposable packaging. They easily fit into a lunchbox, can be easily cleaned in the dishwasher or washing machine, and little fingers can easily open the zipper opening. Plus they're just plain cute! Award Details
Charlie Banana 2-in-1 Diapers Green Scene Mom Award Winner

Charlie Banana 2-in-1 Diapers

Charlie Banana Diapers make it easy to diaper your baby from 6 to 36 pounds in a way that is eco-friendly and cost effective. These one-size diapers adjust to fit the numerous stages babies go through from infancy to toddlerhood. Plus they are available in lots of adorable designs to fit every style! Award Details
Loopy Gear Green Scene Mom Award Winner

Loopy Gear

Loopys are a stylish and functional way to keep your baby's rattles and toys clean and off the ground. With the Loopy, you simply attach the larger loop to your baby's wrist and the smaller loop around their favorite rattle or toy. Loopys can also be used to attach toys to car seats, strollers, high chairs, baby carriers, and shopping carts. Award Details
organicKidz Thermal Baby Bottles Green Scene Mom Award Winner

organicKidz Thermal Baby Bottles

organicKidz thermal bottles keep liquids hot or cold for 6+ hours. The bottle lid also doubles as a measuring cup and snack cup. Each bottle features a silicone peristaltic fast flow nipple and includes a silicone leak proof sealing disk. organicKidz bottles can also convert to a suppy cup and a water bottle. Award Details
Peek-A-Boo Nursing & Maternity Green Scene Mom Award Winner

Peek-a-boo Nursing & Maternity

Peek-a-boo offers unique pregnancy and nursing wear that emphasizes comfort as well as discreet nursing with style. These garments are designed for wear starting from early pregnancy throughout nursing, offering moms a budget friendly, duel-purpose clothing solution. Award Details
Yummi Pouch Funnel Pitcher Green Scene Mom Award Winner

Yummi Pouch Funnel Pitcher

The unique design and color of this pitcher makes it fun to use! This pitcher helps reduce messes that may result from pouring liquids. It's also sturdy for long-lasting use and dishwasher safe for easy clean-up. Award Details
BabySpa 3-in-1 Shampoo, Body Wash & Moisturizer Green Scene Mom Award Winner

BabySpa 3-in-1 Shampoo, Body Wash & Moisturizer

BabySpa Stage One Tearless Shampooo, Body Wash and Moisturizer is a unique all-in-one formula with a snuggly fresh baby scent that will keep hair and skin feeling soft and naturally moisturized. This specially-formulated blend is infused with aloe, shea butter, olive and avocado oils to create a natural cleanser that deeply hydrates from head to toe. Award Details
Buttons Diapers Wet Bags Green Scene Mom Award Winner

Buttons Diapers Wet Bags

Buttons Diapers Wet Bags come in a variety of sizes and can hold from 1 to 6 diapers inside. The bags have a convenient hanging loop and are made with 2 layers of material for style and durability. The inner layer is made from waterproof PUL and the outside features an adorable cotton dot print. Award Details
Girlie Glue Green Scene Mom Award Winner

Girlie Glue

Girlie Glue is a hair accessory glue, no hair necessary! Fancy possibilities are endless with a dab of girlie glue. Girlie Glue is made with Agave nectar and other all natural ingredients. It's safe, 100% honey-free and washes away easily with water. Award Details
So Rad Magic Kimono Onesie Green Scene Mom Award Winner

So Rad Magic Kimono Onesie

So Rad's Magic Kimono Onesie is made from bamboo and organic cotton. The durable design features a triple stitch cover seam and bigger bum for cloth diapers, with a rear access entry door too! This onesie has no snaps, buttons, velcro or zippers. The kimono style front opens up so your baby can squeeze his little chubs into it. It's also made in Canada. Award Details
Preserve Food Storage Containers Green Scene Mom Award Winner

Preserve Food Storage Containers

Preserve food storage containers are made in the USA from 100% BPA free, recycled #5 plastic. They are dishwasher safe and stand up to everyday use. Preserve food storage containers are an environmentally friendly addition to any refrigerator or lunchbox. These containers have sturdy lids which screw on or snap on tightly to keep food fresh and they nest for easy storage. Award Details
BabySpa Ultra-Soft Baby Wipes Green Scene Mom Award Winner

BabySpa Ultra-Soft Baby Wipes

BabySpa Ultra-Soft Baby Wipes are made with 100% natural ingredients and an organic blend that provides gentle and soothing care to the most delicate skin. They are perfectly moistened and smell fresh but are unscented for the most sensitive skin. Award Details
Green Toys Train Green Scene Mom Award Winner

Green Toys Train

The Green Toys Train is made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic milk jugs that save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It's complete with a brightly-colored steam engine and two additional cars that link together to form a long train. The company produces each toy in the USA using sustainable materials and features unique toy designs that encourage imaginative play. Award Details
organicKidz Thermal Food Containers Green Scene Mom Award Winner

organicKidz Thermal Food Containers

organicKidz thermal food containers are sleek, light weight and free of bulky plastic. They easily keep foods hot or cold for 6+ hours and are perfect for a child's lunchbox or even Mom and Dad! The fun designs are modern and the tops close tightly with a leak proof silicone seal. Award Details
Thinkbaby Safe Sunscreen SPF 50+ Green Scene Mom Award Winner

Thinkbaby Safe Sunscreen SPF 50+

Thinkbaby sets itself apart by providing the most effective and safe sunscreen possible that can be universally used for babies and adults. Thinkbaby sunscreen offers the highest level of Broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection and highest level of water resistance. It comes in a 3oz tube made of environmentally friendly packaging that does not contain BPA, vinyl, or phthalates. Award Details
These amazing companies have contributed prizes to our Summer Awards Giveaway!

Enter to win this amazing gift set valued at $440!

  • Peek-a-boo Nursing & Maternity Gift Card - $65
  • BabySpa Baby Essentials Stage 1 - $35
    3 in 1 tearless shampoo, body wash & moisturizer, moisturizing body lotion, Shea Butter diaper cream, ultra soft baby wipes (72 ct.), travel size face cream
  • Green Toys train - $28
  • Bert&Bratt Pure-GO sterilizer - $45
  • Buttons Diapers cloth diaper gift set - $39
    1 large wet bag, 1 package of flannel wipes, a one-size diaper cover, and a daytime diaper insert
  • So Rad Magic Romper - $25
    Winner can choose from 6 colors and sizes 3 months to 18-24 months.
  • Yummi Pouch cloth snack bags - $25
  • Girlie Glue hair essentials - $15
    A tube of Girlie Glue and a package of 3 felt flowers and 3 vintage bows
  • Preserve food storage set - $28
    2 large food storage, 2 small food storage, 2 square food storage, 5 mini food storage containers
  • organicKidz stainless steel thermal food container - $25
  • Charlie Banana one-size diaper pack of 3 Hot Dots and 6 inserts - $60
  • Loopy 2-Pack Premium - $30
  • Think Baby sunscreen - $16
Green Scene Mom Summer Awards Giveaway

Two runner-up winners will win these products!

  • Girlie Glue hair essentials - $15.50
    A tube of Girlie Glue and a package of 3 felt flowers and 3 vintage bows
  • Think Baby sunscreen - $16
One winner and two runner-ups will be chosen on July 5th. This giveaway is open to the US and Canada. Good luck and have fun!

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