Monday, October 28, 2013

Win a Rock-A-Bums Prize Pack! Ditch The Disposables Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the Ditch the Disposables Giveaway Hop, hosted by So Easy Being Green.
This giveaway hop is dedicated to all the wonderful, reusable products available. A fabulous group of bloggers have come together to offer you some great giveaways of reusable products so you can... ditch the disposables! Be sure to hop around to all the blogs involved on the linky below and don't miss the Ultimate Green Family Grand Prize worth $320!

is offering
one lucky The Bee Hive Buzz Reader
a chance to win 
1 Rock-A-Bums 5 in 1 Cloth Diaper
2 Extra Inserts
1 Rock-A-Bums Wet Bag

Be sure to read my review of the Rock-A-Bums 5 in 1 cloth diaper!

Enter using the Rafflecopter form below!

Good luck on ditching the disposables - now increase your odds of winning the best reusable products by entering more giveaways in the Hop, including the Ultimate Green Family Grand Prize!
This prize includes a $50 Gift Certificate to Glass Dharma, glass straws handmade in the USA, and a Softbums Cloth Diaper Starter Kit {includes a wet bag, 3 shells, and 6 inserts! You'll also find the new Merry & Bright Tote Collection from SnapSac resuable bags, a $50 GC to, and a roll of 12 Unpaper Towels from!


Disclosure:  So Easy Being Green, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Ditch the Disposables participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations. The Bee Hive Buzz is not responsible for prize shipment.

Hook UM! & Stick UM! Make Hang Ups a Breeze...UM! Brands Review & GIVEAWAY!

I was recently contacted by a fantastic gal from UM! Brands to review some of their products.  I have seen a few UM! Brands products in stores before but had never tried them.  When I took a look at the UM! Brands website and saw the huge variety of products they offer, I was really excited to try a couple!

UM! Brands was gracious enough to send me one of their cool Stick UM!s and a Hook UM! Extended to try!

These are really cool!  They are wall attachments that don't require any holds, nails or drilling and they stay put too!  The unique thing about UM! Brands products is their revolutionary and patented EverStik material that uses nano-suction as its method of allowing the products to stick to surfaces and be reused over and over.  This nano-suction is described on the UM! Brands website as quote "the power of millions of microscopic suction cups, packed as tightly as the cells of your skins that it feels like a smooth plastic surface to your hand."  Pretty cool huh!

The Hook UM! Extended worked great on Emma's bedroom door.  I used it to hang her bathrobes and bath towels.  The Hook UM!  comes in a variety of colors so you can coordinate with your decor!  Even after hanging several towels and robes on the hooks, its never come down. 

Honestly, Ive tried other brands of hooks that claim to stick on walls without nails and claim that they don't leave residue or do any damage.  But I'll call those other brands liars in a heartbeat!  The other brands I have tried fell down constantly and one brand I tried fell down and even took some paint with it!  Another I tried left sticky goo on my wall.  So I was super excited to see that UM! products actually work like they claim to!  And they are much nicer to look at than the others I've tried.  They are actually very decorative!

The other product that UM! Brands sent me was the Stick UM! and this one caught my eye because you can use it to stick your cell phone to a wall.  Its really cool!  Its flat and sticky and you simply stick it to your wall and stick your phone to it!  I love it!  I like using the alarm on my cell phone rather than an actual alarm clock, but I don't have a nightstand on my side of the bed.  Usually, I just stick my phone under my pillow but sometimes my phone falls in the crack between our mattress and our headboard.  When that happens, I don't hear the alarm from under the bed.  I stuck the Stick UM! to the wall next to my side of the bed and it stayed there all night and hasn't fallen down once! 

The Stick UM! comes in a variety of colors too but the one UM! Brands sent me is Woodgrain so it matches the woodwork in our bedroom and coordinates with our headboard!

I would definitely recommend you try UM! Brands products!  There are lots to pick from, they will stick to lots of different surfaces and they are really handy!  And you can move them around and reuse them so they're really versatile.

You can purchase UM! Brands products online, LIKE them on Facebook and follow UM! Brands on Twitter and Pinterest!  You can also check out the UM! Brands Blog!

And there is something else you'll love........

is offering one lucky
The Bee Hive Buzz reader
 a chance to win
The Ultimate UM! Prize Package

One Winner will receive the items shown here:
2 Stick UM!s
1 Hook UM! Essential
1 Hook UM! Extended
1 Clip UM! 3 Pack
1 Note UM!

Colors may not be the same as pictured!

Giveaway ends 11/19/2013.  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.

 Enter using the Rafflecopter form below!

Disclosure:  I received products free of charge to facilitate this review.  I was not compensated for this review or for hosting this giveaway.  All opinions expressed are my true and honest opinions.  Cross my heart!

Rock-A-Bums 5-in-1 Cloth Diaper Review & GIVEAWAY!

I am kicking off 
at The Bee Hive Buzz 
with a GREAT cloth diaper 
that you'll definitely want to try!

Ever heard of Rock-A-Bums?  

Well if you haven't, you'll want to check them out and visit their website!

Rock-A-Bums sent us one of their rockin 5 in 1 Cloth Diapers to try and we love it!

Rock-A-Bums is a cloth diaper company that was started by a mom (my favorite kind of company)!  She came up with the Rock-A-Bums diaper because she wanted to create a fun and unique, high quality, comfortable diaper for her babies and wanted to share it with other "cool moms and dads."  Well...she succeeded!  Its snug, comfortable, soft and the inserts are super soft and absorbent!

The 5 in 1 Cloth Diaper from Rock-A-Bums is an amazing cloth diaper that can be used as an All In One, a Two In One, A Pocket Diaper, a Hybrid or a Cover.  They are so versatile!  They come in simple solid colors with contrasting snap colors and they totally rock!  The red with black snaps is my favorite!  They also have super easy 3x3 snap down sizing to get the perfect fit for your little rock star's shape and size!

The fit was perfect around Emma's waist and around her legs!  And since it was such a great fit and because the inserts are so absorbent, there were no leaks!  The inner lining is super soft too and after several washes, it still looks brand new with no piling!  

We don't have an electric guitar yet...but we sure can rock out on the xylophone in our Rock-A-Bums 5 in 1!

Did I mention how much I love the inserts?  They are made from microfiber with a top layer of bamboo charcoal that helps prevent staining and also helps keep little bums dry by wicking moisture away from the skin.  This has to be one of the softest inserts we own! 

So...would I recommend Rock-A-Bums cloth diapers?  Of course!  If you haven't tried them yet, you're missing out for sure!

Be sure the checkout Rock-A-Bums online!  You can also LIKE Rock-A-Bums on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, follow their blog and join the Rock-A-Bums Fan Club!

You'll love the Rock-A-Bums blog!  They've got a great post with some amazing ideas for reusing your old microfiber inserts! You'll definitely want to read it!

And theres something else you'll love.......

is offering one lucky
The Bee Hive Buzz Reader
a chance to win a 
Rock-a-Bums Prize package
as part of the 
Ditch The Disposables Giveaway Hop!

Winner will receive

Disclosure:  I was provided product free of charge to facilitate this review. I was not compensated for this review and I was not compensated for hosting this giveaway.  The opinions expressed are my true and honest opinions. Cross my heart!  The Bee Hive Buzz is not responsible for prize shipment. 

November is ALMOST HERE! Kicking Off THANKFUL FOR CLOTH MONTH at The Bee Hive Buzz


Most of you already know that were a cloth diaper family.  And we are SO THANKFUL that we made the decision to use cloth diapers for Emma Bee.  Not only has it been a blessing and something that is healthy for our baby but it has helped our very very tight budget!

Deciding to use cloth diapers also inspired us to be even more green than before!  We use as many cloth and reusable products as we can in our home!

November is almost here and in the spirit of Thanksgiving and because we are so THANKFUL FOR CLOTH, the entire month of November will be dedicated to all things CLOTH!

I will be featuring REVIEWS of some of our favorite cloth diapers, cloth diapering products and accessories, other cloth products such as mama cloth and other products that have helped our family be more green, save money, save energy and resources and be a healthier and happier family!

Not only are we thankful for cloth, but I'm so thankful for all of my readers as well!  So Ill also be hosting some AMAZING cloth diaper and cloth product GIVEAWAYS in November as well, so you wont want to miss out on a chance to win some great prizes!

My first and very special Thankful For Cloth Month feature will be posted later today just to give you a little teaser!  And just so you know...theres a giveaway included that starts at midnight tonight (Eastern)!

So be sure to follow along during November for some great cloth info and many chances to win some great cloth products!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Natural Weleda Baby Weather Protection Cream GIVEAWAY! 5 Winners!

Photo of Byron Bay - one of Australia's best beaches!

Welcome to the Natural Bump & Baby Giveaway Hop!
This event is hosted by Shannon at GrowingSlower. In celebration of the launch of her Natural Birth Stories book, all of the prizes in the hop are pregnancy and baby themed!

If you're expecting or a new mom this event is for you! Be sure to enter to win the grand prize valued at over $445. It includes cloth diapers and accessories, essential oils, mama cloth, and more!

Then stop by and enter all 20+ giveaways linked at the bottom of this post.

is offering 5 lucky
The Bee Hive Buzz readers
a chance to win some of their amazing
natural baby products

5 winners will receive
2 Tubes of 
Weleda Baby Calendula Weather Protection Cream

Winter is approaching and that means chapped lips season!  
Weleda Baby Calendula Weather Protection Cream is a natural cream designed to help shield baby's sensitive skin and lips from the harsh cold and winter winds, using pure bees wax and gentle lanolin.  Its great for babies, big kids and adults too!
We love Weleda products! Were a Weleda family!  Check out my review of Weleda's other natural family products!

Giveaway ends 11/5/2013.  Open to US only.  Must be 18+ to enter. 5 winners will be randomly selected.  Winners will have 48 hours to claim prize.  If prize is not claimed, a new winner will be selected.

Enter using the Rafflecopter form below!

Disclosure:  I was not compensated in any way for hosting this giveaway.  The Bee Hive Buzz is not responsible for prize shipment and is not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.  All opinions are my own.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Win 2 Great Books From Sterling Publishing! Whatever Goes Giveaway Hop!

Welcome to the "Whatever Goes" Giveaway Hop hosted by Mommy's Favorite Things and Mama's Baby Cupcakes

This hop is an open theme so whatever the blogger wants to showcase goes!! After visiting my giveaway, make sure you use the linky below to take a look at the other bloggers and see what they have to offer! Each blog has a minimum prize package of $25 per winner. 

Sterling Publishing is offering one lucky
The Bee Hive Buzz Reader
a chance to win 2 of their amazing books!

The WINNER will receive
Sweet Booties
By Valerie Van Arsdale Shrader
Reversible Knits
By Iris Schreier

Be sure to check out my review of Sweet Booties to see some of the great projects in this book!  
Its one of my favorite project books!

Giveaway ends 11/11/2013.  Open to US only.  Must be 18+ to enter.  One winner will be randomly selected.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond to claim their prize.  If prize is not claimed, a new winner will be selected.

Enter using the Rafflecopter form below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Mama's Baby Cupcakes, Mommy's Favorite Things and the "Whatever Goes" participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations. The Bee Hive Buzz is not responsible for prize shipment.

Friday, October 18, 2013

My Very Own Name - A Personalized Children's Book From I See Me! - Book Review

Reading is so important in our house!  We read Emma a bedtime story almost every single night.  When I was pregnant with Emma, my husband felt a little goofy talking to my belly.  So he decided that instead of just talking to my belly, he would read baby a bedtime story every night.  Some nights he even read her two stories.  And after Emma was born, the tradition continued and she loves snuggling up with her daddy before bed with her book.

There are so many great books out there for children, but I never knew that you could personalize some of them!  When I was contacted by the folks at I See Me! to review one of their personalized children's books, I was so excited!  

I See Me! sent us a book called My Very Own Name
 It is now one of our favorite books!

I See Me! allows you to choose a book from a variety of stories and titles and personalize the book for your child's name.  In My Very Own Name, all of the animals in the animal kingdom are celebrating the birth of a baby and the animals decide that they need to choose the perfect name.  In the story, the eagle insists that they must use the letter "E"!

The monkey of course wants to use the letter "M" and so on.  

The animals spell out your child's name in the book in order to give the baby her very own name.  You can choose to do just a first name or a first and last name.   Its wonderful!  The story is so creative and the illustrations are just beautiful.  The colors are vibrant and really grab her attention.   


Emma loves it when her daddy reads her My Very Own Name!

  I See Me! books allow you to even add an extra special touch by adding a printed dedication in the front of the book.  This is such a great gift idea for a new baby, for Christmas gifts, godchildren, birthdays, you name it.   The gift giving season will be here in no time!  It is such a special keepsake that you and your baby can cherish.  I'm very big on keepsakes and saving things that maybe someday, Emma can pass along to her babies.  This is definitely something she can share with her little ones someday!

  I See Me! also offers personalized board books for babies, coloring books, placemats, puzzles, lunchboxes and gift sets.  All the people at I See Me are so great to work with.  You'll get great customer service if you have any questions!  You can also LIKE I See Me! on Facebook, follow them on Pinterest, subscribe on Youtube and follow their blog!

And theres something else you'll really love......

is offering one lucky
The Bee Hive Buzz reader
a chance to win their very own personalized copy of

The winner can personalize the book for their child or for a gift!
Click HERE to take a virtual tour of the book!

Giveaway ends 11/2/2013.  Open to US only.  Must be 18+ to enter.  One winner will be randomly selected.  Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize.  If prize is not claimed, a new winner will be randomly selected.

Enter using the Rafflecopter form below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure:  I was provided with a book free of charge to facilitate this review.  I was not compensated for this review and I was not compensated for hosting this giveaway.  All opinions expressed are my true and honest opinions.  This post may contain affiliate links.  The Bee Hive Buzz is not responsible for shipping the prize and is not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Review! We LOVE Cotton Babies And LOVE Our bumGenius Freetimes

We are a cloth diaper family!

Making the decision to use cloth diapers on Emma Bee has been one of the best decisions we've ever made!  Honest!  My hubby was reluctant at first.   He actually said it sounded gross.  But when I layed out the health benefits for our baby, the negative environmental impacts that disposable diapers have on our environment AND the cost savings of using cloth diapers rather than disposables, he was all in to give it a shot!  And hes been happy ever since.  And so am I!

The cloth diaper world is big!  Very big! There are so many different brands and companies and WAHMs that make cloth diapers.  When starting out its hard to choose and hard to know what to try.  BUT.....if you pay attention to what other moms are saying, you'll find one thing most of them have in common.  LOTS of moms LOVE bumGenius and there are lots of families who are strictly bumGenius families.  For some, its all they use!

And lucky us, because the fantastic folks at Cotton Babies sent us a couple bumGenius Freetimes to try on Emma Bee and her little fluff covered bum is just as cute as can be in her new bumGenius Freetime cloth diapers! We love the prints and the vibrant solids are great too!

bumGenius Freetimes are a super easy to use, easy to clean, All In One cloth diaper!  There is no need to stuff and you don't have to use any inserts.  Emma Bee is a very heavy wetter and she needs her diaper changed often because she tinkles so often.  We used our bumGenius Freetimes at nighttime because Emma Bee sleeps through the night.   She has been since she was 3 months old.  A lot of the time, when we wake her up in the morning, shes soaked from a full night of tinkles.  But our bumGenius Freetimes kept her dry all night long.  The PUL layne is durable and they are made to last!  These are definitely quality diapers.

And the fit is great!  They have adjustable snaps so they will accommodate your baby's shape and size.  They come in a variety of solid colors and prints.  There are two overlapping, absorbent layers sewn right in.  You can add extra fluff if you need to, but with my heavy wetting kiddo, we do just fine with them as is!

And my husband really loves the name "bumGenius" and is always telling our baby that shes a "bum...Genius"!  bumGenius also has other styles of cloth diapers too!

One of the great things that we love about Cotton Babies is the fact that they carry bumGenius, Flip, Econobum and FuzziBunz cloth diapers, in addition to other great baby gear, breastfeeding products, toys, clothing, great stuff for mom, stuff for the home such as laundry products and tons more!  Its a great site to shop for so many different products!  AND Cotton Babies randomly has Seconds Sales which are awesome!  Seconds are cloth diapers that have some minor cosmetic issue such as a stitch that is not quite straight or something very small like that.  They in no way effect the functionality of the diaper but they are sold for a reduced price and well worth it!  Were keeping our eyes peeled for the next Cotton Babies seconds sale!

You can check out Cottons Babies online and buy some bumGenius Freetimes for your baby and check out some of their other fantastic products at!  You can also connect with Cotton Babies on Facebook and Twitter!

Disclosure:  I received free products to facilitate this review.  I was not compensated for this review.  All opinions expressed are my true and honest opinions.  Cross my heart!

Friday, October 11, 2013

I Wear My Campaign On My Sleeve - Crowdfunding With TeeSpring

I've been thinking a lot lately about crowdfunding.  Especially with it being Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Plus, my family has been hit hard by cancer so its always in the back of my mind.   I've had many people close to me who have been considering fundraising for various causes lately whether it be cancer or to raise awareness for a certain cause.  Some have tried those fundraising and donation websites.  There are so many to choose from and sometimes they are successful and sometimes they're not.  It seems like when people want to support a cause, they are more likely to get involved more actively rather than just chipping in a donation.

Several years back my husband and I had a very close friend who was in a terrible accident.  The community joined together for a fundraising event to help raise money for his medical care.  One thing the group did was create t-shirts, sold them and used the money for his care.  It had a great turn out from what I remember but I had no idea how the shirts were made. 

Well, I discovered a great website that can help you create and sell shirts for your cause!  And not only can you create your t-shirts using the website but they handle a lot of the work for you! 

Its called Teespring!  

The way Teespring works is, you design your t-shirt using they super easy design template.  You can upload your own image or artwork or you can choose from their gallery.  Add you own text and choose from a variety of shirt styles and colors.  

Once your design is complete, you set a goal for the number of shirts you want to sell or the amount of money you want to raise.  Type up a description of your campaign and decide how long you'll run it. 

 Then, once all of that is complete, you get a custom link to your campaign page that you can share with your friends, family and on social media pages to bring awareness to your cause and let people purchase your shirts.  Supporters can choose to have the shirts shipped directly to them or there is the option of allowing yours supporters to pick shirts up from you!   

So simple and such a great way to raise money and awareness for a cause!  And not only can you do crowdfunding for causes and awareness to things such as cancer, illness and challenges but you can also crowdfund to start a business, raise money for your school, bring awareness to art and music or to fund a project. 

You don't have any out of pocket costs with Teespring, you don't have to keep track of inventory, you don't have to take orders and worry about shipping or delivering and the design possibilities are endless.  This couldn't get any easier!  You'll definitely want to try Teespring for your next campaign!

Visit Teespring's website to start your own campaign!  You can also connect with Teespring on Facebook and Twitter!

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Teespring.  All opinions are my own.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Galena River Wine & Cheese - Galena, Illinois

Galena, Illinois is one of our favorite places to visit!  The shops and history are well worth the trip and one of our favorite shops is Galena River Wine & Cheese!  
They have so many fantastic goodies there.

Galena River Wine & Cheese is located at 420 South Main Street in Galena.  They have a delicious assortment of wine and beers, cheese, locally made products, candies, condiments and sauces, coffees and teas as well as a wide array of flavored olive oils and balsamic vinegars among other things.

Our favorite part is the oils and vinegars.  You can taste each one to find your favorites.  During our most recent visit, they sent us home with some samples of their products to try!

The assortment of cheeses is just wonderful!
If you love wine and cheese, then you have to visit this shop!

We tried some Sartori BellaVitano Raspberry cheese which is very well known for being a great tasting, award winning cheese.  We enjoyed this with a glass of wine and some wine biscuits that you can purchase at Galena River Wine & Cheese as well!

They also sent us home with some amazing Galena River Gourmet Smoky Espresso BBQ sauce.  This was fantastic on chicken!  

In addition to the variety of sauces they carry, they also have their own line of seasonings called AcroAma Blends that my husband used to make us some fantastic dinners.  Just add these to your favorite cut of meat or chicken and throw it on the grill.  Among the tasty sauces they carry is Stonewall Kitchen Horseradish Mustard.  This was so good!  I simply dipped pretzels in it but this would be fantastic on a sandwich or burger!

My husband made a delicious dressing using their Tuscan Herb Olive Oil and he made a vinaigrette salad dressing using their Balsamic Fig vinegar.

Our favorite part is the oils and vinegars.  You can sample them and they are set up in an area of the store for sampling and filling your bottles.  You can choose which flavors you want and a store associate will help you fill a bottle.  You can bring your bottle back and refill it again for a discounted price!

They also have Cugino's Dipz! mixes with several flavors to choose from.  These are perfect for family get togethers.  Just throw together a tray of fresh veggies and quickly mix up this delicious dip and your guests will definitely be coming back for seconds and thirds!  We tried the Silly Dilly and loved it and it was so easy to whip up.

So, if you're ever in Galena be sure to stop by Galena River Wine & Cheese and taste something fantastic!  They carry so many items that are great for gifts and entertaining and cooking.  I know you'll find something you cant leave without!

I was provided with samples free of charge to facilitate this review. 
 I was not compensated for this review and all opinions expressed 
are my true and honest opinions.  Cross my heart!