Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The reCAP Mason Jar Pour Cap - Review

I have this thing for mason jars.  Not sure why, but I love storing things in mason jars.  I grew up canning with my mother and we always canned pickles and salsa and relish in glass mason jars.  But I like making sun tea and all sorts of things in mason jars.  They're even great for storing dried beans, dried vegetables, pasta.  And even great for storing craft supplies like beads.

But until now, I always just capped my mason storage jars with a regular old seal and ring.  There is this really cool pour cap called the reCAP and you replace your metal ring and seal with the reCAP for easy use.  One cool thing that you can store in a mason jar, is twine or string.  Just run the end of the twine through the reCAP spout so you don't get tangled twine.

There are tons of other things you can store in mason jars when you use this cap.  Its heavy duty plastic and easy to use and you can use it on lots of different brands of mason jars.  I've seen a lot of people using mason jars for beverages so the reCAP makes that much more convenient and spill proof!

I think these are super cool and will definitely be getting more of them to keep around my kitchen for when I need them.  Its a great way to reuse old mason jars too by making them more versatile around the house.  These would be a great stocking stuffer too. And they come in regular or wide mouth!  Check them out online!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Stroller Shadez Couture + $100 Target Gift Card Giveaway

Welcome to the Stroller Shadez Couture, PLUS $100 Target gift card giveaway! These beautiful covers are sold for $44.99-$49.99, making this prize package worth $149.99!
Stroller Shadez Couture sun shades were created by a mom for moms! Since infant and children's skin is extremely sensitive and sun burns can occur within minutes in direct sunlight, regardless of temperature, these shades are useful and necessary in all types of seasons and weather. Because they fit on both strollers and infant car seat carriers, only one product is needed as your child grows. They have been tested to be compatible with nearly all brands of infant carriers, strollers, and joggers, and the full list of compatible brands can be found on Stroller Shadez Couture's product info page. Here is a little more information on the shade shades from the Stroller Shadez Couture website:
Stroller Shadez Couture sun shades are a fashionable mesh framed sun shade used on strollers and infant carriers that offers front and side protection from the sun's piercing rays. All Stroller Shadez Couture sun shades are engineered to fit on most strollers and infant carriers, so as your child transitions from an infant carrier to a stroller, the same sun shade can be used. Stroller Shadez Couture sun shades protects your child from the heat and glare of the sun. While at the same time keeping your child cool, safe and comfortable. Stroller Shadez Couture shades allow you to extend the shade forward or backward so it covers the right amount of sun depending on the time of day and angle of the sun. It also provides your new born infant with immediate privacy when needed. Stroller Shadez Couture sun shades are spot cleanable, light weight and can easily be attached to most strollers and infant carriers. Stroller Shadez Couture sun shades can quickly be unbuckled, twisted and placed in its convenient carrying case within seconds. The carrying case can be placed in your diaper bag, purse or stroller basket for easy access when needed. Stroller Shadez Couture sun shades are also registered with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), our product also complies with all federal requirements. The protection of your child is our greatest concern. All components on our sun shades have been tested and passed lead content testing by a CPSC- accepted laboratory. In addition, Stroller Shadez Couture sun shades are sewn and assembled in the USA. Now parents can enjoy walks, strolls and outings to the beach, zoo and amusement parks while protecting their children from the sun's harmful rays. There is no longer a need to use a blanket to shield your child. Now there is Stroller Shadez Couture!
Stroller Shadez Couture

Camille, from Viva Veltoro, recently had the opportunity to review the Shabby Chic shade cover, and was impressed with the excellent quality and structure of her new cover. Check out the full review to see how easy it is to attach these fun covers onto your infant car seat and stroller! You can purchase Stroller Shadez Couture covers on their website, PLUS we've got a discount code! 
Use coupon code Save10Today for 10% off!

Stroller Shadez Couture will have your baby covered (literally!), but they also want to give away a $100 Target Gift Card so you can pick up those other baby necessities!
Open to the US only, ages 18 and up. Ends 11/11/14 at 11:59 PM EST.  
Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck!
Disclosure: This giveaway is hosted by Viva Veltoro and Thrifty Nifty Mommy, and generously sponsored by Stroller Shadez Couture. The participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Please contact vivaveltoro(at) with questions about this giveaway. One winner will be randomly selected using the Giveaway Tools random selector and notified via email. Once notified, winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or Google. Void where prohibited.

Monday, October 27, 2014

InstaNatural's Superior Hydration Argan Oil Hair Mask

I finally have enough hair that I can actually enjoy spoiling it again.  For those of you that don't know, after my daughter was born I cut off 19 inches of hair and donated it to Wigs For Kids.  I don't regret donating my hair but I'll be honest, I have really really missed having long hair.  I've had short hair for so long now it seems.   I don't do much with my hair because I haven't had much to work with.  Its just been too short.  But now, its almost to my shoulders so I love spoiling it with special treatment.

I really love InstaNatural products.  I've tried a few other from their line and when I saw the Argan Oil Hair Mask, I really wanted to try it.  Its a hydration treatment but you can use it as a normal conditioner.  My favorite thing about this stuff was the smell.  Holy smokes, its smells amazing!  I think it might be the essential oils in it but I swear (in my opinion) it smells just like an orange julius!   Its crazy yummy smelling.    And it did make my hair super soft and shiny!

Its got coconut oil, shea butter and argan oil of course.  Just a few of my favorite things!  You just it through damp hair, let it sit for about 5 minutes and rinse.  Super simple but so good!  I loved just sitting there for 5 minutes soaking in the smell of my hair.  I'm definitely hooked on this stuff!

If you wanna give it a go and try it on your own hair,
you can order it on Amazon!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Anavita Moisturizing Anti-Wrinkle Cream Review & GIVEAWAY!

One of my favorite things to review lately, has been moisturizers.  Mostly because, were on a pretty fixed income so I don't always get to splurge on the good stuff.  So getting the chance to try out and review new moisturizers well, makes my skin super happy!

I had the chance to try out Anavita Moisturizing Anti-Wrinkle Cream!  I know I know, I'm not even 30 yet so why do I need anti-wrinkle?  Well....preventative!  I need to be proactive with my skin and take care of it now so that I don't have to deal with early aging of my skin.  I'd like my skin to be as smooth and wrinkle free as possible for as long as possible.  I really like this cream!  It wasn't too thick or heavy so I was able to use it day or night.  It didn't clog my pores or make my skin feel greasy.  My skin was smooth and full of moisture.  I've actually had some moisturizers dry out my skin.  Weird huh?  But this was great!  I didn't break out either since my skin is sensitive.  Overall, I really liked it and would definitely use it again!

And.....if you're curious about trying it for yourself, you have a chance to win it!
One lucky reader will win Anavita Moisturizing Anti-Wrinkle Cream!

Enter using the Rafflecopter form below!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Today I Ate Sh*t Diaper #HateAllTheDisposables read that title right.  Today, I*t diaper!  And a warning before I get too far into this...  I will be using lots of asterisks!!  Reader discretion is advised.

Today I was mom.  That mom.  That mom who does some pretty nasty @** stuff for the sake of her child's well being.  It was a day unlike any other day.  Emma Bee and I spent most of the morning reading some board books and playing with toy food in her play kitchen and feeding stuffed puppy dogs with miniature plastic spoons.  Then came lunch.  I decided to make a large pyrex baking dish of shepard's pie.  I love vintage pyrex.  And I also love shepard's pie. But decided to make shepard's pie, one, because I had all of the ingredients already and wouldn't have to lug the kiddo to the store.   And two, because I knew that Emma Bee would eat the corn, green beans, mashed tators and gravy and would likely let me eat the roast beast chunks.  So that's what we had.  We ate on the couch while watching A Christmas Story on VHS.  Yes we still have a VCR and we run that thing like theres no tomorrow.  And yes...I know....Halloween isn't even over yet and were watching Christmas movies.  Were an odd family but that's pretty much how we roll.  Were weird and we use it till it breaks, then we fix it with duct tape and paper clips and use it till it breaks for good.


We finished our shepard's pie and Emma Bee gets up to go chase the cat and I notice something on the couch.  It was like....jello....or jelly blobs.  But it was clear and crumbly.  In real the blog...I'm actually kind of a potty mouth.  Ok....I swear like a dirty rotten sailor.  My mother will vouch for that.  And so will Mr. Bee!  But hey, at least I'm mad enough to admit when I have a problem, right?  ANYWHO.....I see this stuff on the couch and I think (or I possibly may have said it out loud but I'm not fully admitting anything)....."what the duck is that?"

I did not say duck.

I pick up a bit of this clear jelloish crud and examine it.  No idea what this could possibly be.  I look at the dog who does not have her normal guilty expression on her face and figure it probably wasn't her that got into something.  The kiddo is playfully chasing Joe (our fat black Halloween dumpster diving kitty cat we picked up behind a pizza shop in Gutenberg, Iowa).  So I clean up the mess and we go about our bee business.

A little while appears again on our hardwood floors by the end of the couch.  Again...."what the duck is this sh*t?"

I did not say duck.

This time its really driving me crazy because my kiddo was in my sight the whole time!  I know for a fact she didn't get into something.  She does that often.   Gets into stuff.  Shes a scientist like me...always investigating sh*t.   But I know she didn't find something she wasn't supposed to because she was playing with me the whole time!  And now, the dog was in the backyard so it wasn't our big stupid beautiful doberman. Again puzzled, I clean it up and go about our playing.

And then.....THEN AGAIN...about 10 minutes after reading an Elmo book 6 times over and a few more minutes of kitty chasing....there it is again by the base of the steps.  This time....I'm livid!  Because gol dang it I want to know what the heck this sh*t is and where the H E double hockey sticks its coming from!  It can't possibly be my kid!  It cant possibly be the dog!  And for the life of me, it does not look like anything at all recognizable!

So I go all mad scientist right.  I'm examining this crap close up.  Squishing it between my fingers and rolling it between my thumb and pointer finger. Smearing it against the floor trying to get some sort of sense of what this crap is made of.  I sniff it.  Nothing.  Sniff it again....  Nada.  Nothin.  I'm something in my house leaking some sort of toxic crud?  What if my kid ate this stuff?  So I do the only thing that pops into my head in my semi not so logical frantic state of mommy mind.  I put it in my mouth.  I'm thinking....if it burns my tongue, I'll call poison control in case my kid ate it too.  I'm thinking....if it tastes like Windex or something super harsh or chemically.....I'll call poison control in case my kid ate it too.  It just seemed logical that I know if I needed to be seriously concerned about this stuff being dangerous.  Call me Madam Curie if you will!  So yeah....I put a little bit on my tongue.  Nothing.  Nada.  Didn't taste like anything.  I'm thinking....well that was a bust!  I ate something weird off of my floor and it did me no damn good.

At that point Emma Bee comes over with a book and says "mommy book."  So, we sit and begin reading yet again, the Elmo book.  Then I spot her foot.  Those adorable little bare piggies.  To us, shoes and socks are like prisons for feet, so they are very seldom worn in our house.  I spot her cute little sausage links she calls toes and notice some of the jelly crap on her foot.  Then I spot a little bit of it on her ankle.  And I realize.....its coming from her pant leg.  And eureka.......there we have it folks.  The source of our mystery goo!

The mystery goo was coming....from my toddler's pants.  Her diaper!!!! Now.....don't jump to too many conclusions quite yet.  YES....I am a cloth diaper mama.  And I am very VERY proud of that!  HOWEVER....right now we have no choice but to put poor little Miss Emma Bee is those dreaded disposable diapers because shes got a pretty wicked diaper yeast rash and right now, I'm desperately trying to strip and treat her cloth diapers for yeast so that we can kick this yeast rash.  So while mommy is ridding the cloth diapers of yeast, Emma Bee's bum is in disposables.

So back to it....the goo.  Ya know that nasty crumbly squishing jelly crap that's in disposables that makes them absorbent and gets all jelly like when it comes in contact with pee?  Yea?  You know that crap?!  Well that's what the goo was.  Her disposable had a tare in it and was leaking those diaper crumbs all over the place.  That's why I was finding it around the house.  Because they were falling from her pant leg as she walked like Andy Dufresne in Shawshank Redemption!   So I go to change her diaper.....and low and behold....we have a turd!  Yep...a turd. my scientific explorations and my morbid curiosity so so so getting the best of me, trying so vigorously to determine the mystery substance being trailed around my house by my kid.....I ate sh*t diaper.  Yeah......nice one mom.  This is why I seriously dude.... SERIOUSLY......#HateAllTheDisposables!

WIN a $50 Party City Gift Card! Hoppin' Halloween Giveaway Hop! #HoppinHalloween

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Welcome to the Hoppin' Halloween Giveaway Hop, hosted by MamaNYC!
We've got some fantastic bloggers who have teamed up to offer some amazing prizes in this Halloween themed giveaway hop!  This hop will run from October 24th to 31st!  Enter to win my prize below and don't forget to hop around to the other blogs to get in other the other prizes in this hoppin' #giveaway! 

Enter to win a $50 Party City Gift Card!

Giveaway ends 10/31/2014. Open to US only.  Must be 18+ to enter.  One winner will be randomly selected.  Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize.  If prize is not claimed, a new winner will be randomly selected.  Good luck!

 Enter using the Rafflecopter form below!

The Bee Hive Buzz was not compensated for participating in this giveaway.  The Bee Hive Buzz is not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.  All opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Lil' Monkey Cheeks 5000 Fans Fluffstravaganza Giveaway!

5000 Fans Fluffstravaganza

Welcome to the Lil' Monkey Cheeks 5000 Fans FluffStravaganza!

It's been just over a year since Lil' Monkey Cheeks opened its proverbial virtual doors to serve Canadian and American Fluff-Mail-Aholics with speedy shipping, surprise herbal teas and personalized notes. Joining the Lil' Monkey Cheeks team this spring as Social Media Manager, Lindsay at Maman Loup's Den has helped Renee grow her fan base and also watched (from afar) how hard this entrepreneurial powerhouse works. Her attention to detail and her willingness to go the extra mile for her customers keeps them all coming back! Renee has prepared a $165 cloth diapering prize pack (a quarter of a reasonably-sized stash!!) for you to win:
  • A Blueberry Simplex AIO;
  • A Bummis Dimple Diaper;
  • A Funky Fluff Stay Dry 2.0;
  • An Omaiki AIO;
  • An AppleCheeks Microterry Little Bundle;
  • An AMP with 2-ply hemp insert.
This giveaway is open to Canadian and American residents. Please see the giveaway tools form for full terms and conditions.

Participating bloggers were not compensated for their promotion of this giveaway. Bloggers are not responsible for technical failures or sponsors' inability to fulfill prize commitments. Please contact Lindsay at mamanloupsden(at)gmail(dot)com with any questions or concerns.