Tuesday, September 30, 2014

#TryAllTheDiapers - A Cloth Diaper Extravaganza Giveaway!

#TryAlltheDiapers Sponsors and Bloggers

Welcome to the #TryAlltheDiapers Cloth Diaper Extravaganza hosted by Maman Loup's Den and co-hosted by According to Carolyn and This West Coast Mommy!
Special thanks to lo-wren for the idea and for getting the fluffy ball rolling with many sponsors!
This huge cloth diapering giveaway event will have 30 winners - one per prize. Some of the prizes are open to both Canada and the US, US only, or Canada only. Check out this incredible list of sponsors and the wonderful prizes they're bringing to you.
***Note that there is a separate entry form for Canada/US prizes, Canada-only prizes and US-only prizes***


Organic Cotton Change Pad from Öko Creations - $29 Practical, portable, pretty… and perfectly eco-friendly: Öko Creations’ change pads fit this description to a… P! Made of soft, organic cotton and backed with waterproof recycled polyester laminate, these gorgeous change pads are compact enough for even a tiny diaper bag but attractive enough to leave out 24/7 on the change table. Bummis Fitted Diaper from Bear Bums - $26 Bear Bums provides all the best brands of cloth diapers, Tula baby carriers, and baby gear to discerning parents in Canada and the US. Owner Lindsay offers amazing customer service and personalized attention whenever you shop here! Bear Bums is generously sponsoring a Bummis flannel fitted diaper in winner's choice of girl, boy, or gender neutral print. Bummis flannel fitteds are a trim and super absorbent fitted diaper made from organic cotton sherpa and adorable printed flannel. These made in Canada diapers fit babies 10-30+ pounds and require a cover to be waterproof. Diaper Rite One-Size Pocket and Diaper Rite One-Size Cover from Zephyr Hill Blog - $20 As a mother of seven, I love to save money while diapering my children with cute, high-quality products. Diaper Rite, sold exclusively at Diaper Junction (affiliate link), is one of my favorite brands! You can read my Diaper Rite review to see how well they fit and perform. One winner will receive a Diaper Rite pocket in Sun (orange) and a Diaper Rite cover in Grass (green)! Eco-friendly Cloth Wipes from Thankful for Thorns - $30 These wonderfully soft and durable wipes are the most cost-effective alternative to disposable wipes. They are suitable for almost any need that a household will come across.
  • Set of 24 two ply wipes in the pattern(s) of winner's choice
  • Measure 7" X 8"
  • 100% Cotton Flannel
  • Stitched Finished Edges
The usage of cloths as an alternative to disposable baby wipes is quite economical and easy to use. Many people use a solution or spray the wipes with water before wiping. Personally I just wet my cloth wipes with water as needed. Usually 1-2 for a messy diaper. If you're already using cloth diapers this is an easy alternative to disposable wipes as you're already doing diaper laundry! Simply throw in with your dirty diapers and wash. Take just a little extra time and you can even accordion fold them so they'll pop out of a wipes container just like a disposable. Winner can choose the pattern(s) for the wipes as well as the stitching color. Ditch the Disposables: The Big Book of Cloth Diaper Savings and Mother-Ease Wizard Uno in Size Medium from Thinking About Cloth Diapers - $30 Thinking About Cloth Diapers has recently published Ditch the Disposables: The Big Book of Cloth Diaper Savings, a digital coupon book full of special cloth diaper and accessory discounts, savings and freebies! One lucky winner will receive a copy Ditch the Disposables. The winner will also receive one Mother-Ease Wizard Uno in size Medium (fits approx 18-27 lbs). The Mother-Ease Wizard Uno is a slim fitting all-in-one diaper with an ultra-absorbent stay-dry inner core. Thanks to its unique design, wash water flows through easily, making for easier washing and quicker drying times. This diaper has won awards in Europe and Australia but has been a well-kept secret in North America. 2 One Size Pocket Diapers from Sankofa Diapers - $28 Sankofa Diapers is a one size pocket diaper with bamboo blend inserts that feature the unique ability to stack your inserts based on if you have a front wetter (boy) or middle wetter (girl) to give the protection where your baby needs it the most. Sankofa is offering 2 diapers in boy, girl or gender neutral print (in stock) with two bamboo blend inserts.

US Only

OS Bamboo Fitted Diaper from Wonderful Bambino - $20 If you’ve not had the chance to try Wonderful Bambino’s Bamboo diaper products, what are you waiting for? Made from incredibly soft, 100% bamboo terry, Wonderful Bambino makes a range of cloth diapering products: fitted diapers, inserts, prefolds, and cloth wipes. If you’re looking for a reliable overnight diapering option, then Wonderful Bambino’s bamboo fitted is perfect for you! One lucky reader will win a one size bamboo fitted, in the color of his/her choice. Wet Bag, Pail Liner, and Pocket Diaper from Buttler Bottoms - $20 Buttler Bottoms is your one-stop shop for all things cloth diaper! This husband and wife team have created a cloth diaper store that has everything you’ll need to cloth diaper, from birth through potty training. With several natural fiber options, there’s truly something for everyone! One lucky winner will receive a wet bag, pail liner, and pocket diaper, in his/her choice of in-stock prints! 2 Classic Covers from Gen-Y - $34 GEN-Y Classic covers are virtually leak proof and very easy to use. An inner layer of PUL acts as a waterproof barrier, but is soft and flexible. The waist and legs are gathered so nothing escapes your diaper. Our binding is super soft, non-wicking jersey for your little one's comfort. Poly-resin snap closures allow air circulation, are more difficult for your baby to undo, and won't snag or wear out with time. Machine wash/dry with your other diapers... What's not to love? GEN-Y products are made in the USA. Tiny Tush Trim Hemp OS Fitted, Thirsties Duo Wrap, Planetwise Wipes Pouch, and Green Mountain Diapers Wipes from Re-Diaper.com - $41 Re-Diaper.com is one of lo-wren’s favorite places to shop for gently used (and often new) diapers. If you’re looking to de-stash, or looking for an affordable way to add to your cloth diaper stash, you need to shop Re-Diaper.com; buy used with confidence! Re-Diaper is giving away an amazing diapering package:
  • (1) Tiny Tush Trim Hemp OS Fitted in Like New condition (prepped, but never used)
  • (1) Thirsties Duo Wrap in Sz 2 (mango); New with Tags
  • (1) Planetwise Wipes pouch (orange woods print) in Like New condition
  • 12 pack of 2 sided terry wipes from Green Mountain Diaper in Like New condition
Hybrid Diaper Custom Slot from Little C’s Fluff - $36 Caylin is the WAHM behind Little C’s Fluff. Little C's specializes in quality, handmade, CPISA certified cloth diapers and children's clothing. She is donating a custom slot for a hybrid fitted. If you win you choose what print and colors you like best for your little one's bum. Gender Neutral Hybrid Diaper from Cuddle Butts - $27 Cuddle Butts is a company that provides an alternative to disposable diapers for the earth conscience mom and her baby. Offering solutions to diaper your baby without all the harsh chemicals of mainstream disposable diapers and wipes. Cuddle Butts will be donating a gender neutral hybrid diaper. The hybrid is made of two layers of poly polar fleece and an outside material of woven cotton, the soaker consists of organic bamboo fleece that is topped with bamboo velour. Check out a review of a Cuddle Butts diaper. Buttons Trial Pack from Give it Love - $21 Buttons Diapers offers quality, affordable, and adorable all-in-two cloth diapers for the modern baby. The Trial Pack from Buttons Diapers includes one (1) one-size diaper cover and three (3) daytime inserts. Buttons Diapers is an all-in-two diaper with two sizes of snap-in inserts. For more information, check out the Buttons Diapers Review from The Parenting Patch. Osocozy AIO Diaper and Wipes from Northern Natural Mom & Baby - $32 Northern Natural Mom & Baby is Retro Modern Melissa's local cloth diaper dealer. Northern Natural offers a layaway option, rewards, cloth diaper classes, and online shopping. The prize is an Osocozy AIO & pack of Osocozy wipes. Tiny Tush Diaper and Fuzzibunz Wet Bag from Irresistibly Green - $40 Tiny Tush One Size Pocket Diaper of in stock color or print and a white Fuzzibunz In & Out Wet Bag: Irresistibly Green is all about the eco-conscious family. We strive to provide eco-friendly products for the green minded family. From cloth diapers to reusable home goods, there are so many ways to reduce our impact on this Earth. Modern day cloth diapering has never been easier. Irresistibly Green offers products to serve your cloth diapering needs such as cloth diapers, diaper covers, and many cloth diapering accessories. Along with several styles of cloth diapers, including pocket diapers, all-in-ones, fitteds, one-size, and covers, they also offer cloth wipes, wet bags, pail liners, wipe solutions, liners, diaper doublers, and inserts. With many variations and brands, there is a cloth solution for everyone. In Stock Diaper Cover and Soaker from Little Owl Baby - $29 Little Owl Baby is a USA made, online cloth diaper retailer based in Simi Valley, CA. They offer quality all-in-two diapers that are sized to meet the needs of your growing baby. I fell in love with these diapers because of the quality and how long my daughter has been able to wear them. You can read my review of these diapers. One winner will receive one in stock Little Owl Baby diaper cover and one soaker. Wipes and Cloth Advocacy Onesie from The Bee Hive Buzz - $30 Momma Bee's Cloth Wipes are soft 100% Cotton Flannel, 2-Ply for absorbancy and softness and locally WAHM made by Momma Bee at The Bee Hive Buzz. Winner will receive 1 set of wipes along with one Cloth Royalty Tee! Winner can choose either cotton onesie or t-shirt up to size 3T and can choose between "Queen of Cloth" or "King of Cloth" text. Exclusive, Limited Edition Prototype Boingo Baby Cloth Diaper and Set of Boingo Baby Fasteners from Boingo Baby - $20+ That's right, this diaper is one of a kind--a prototype of a diaper planned for distribution. It may contain minor flaws and that makes this diaper even more valuable. Boingo Baby needs your support to make this vision possible. Join the Kickstarter event, see the planned prints, and make a contribution to the cause! Check out the new diaper here! Babywearing Drool Pads from Home Faking It - $20 Home Faking It is run by stay at home mother of three who specializes in homemade goods, baby shower gifts, party crafts, and much more. Home Faking It is donating babywearing drool pads for the giveaway! 1 Bag Cloth Diaper Powder and 1 Bag All Sport from Molly's Suds - $28 1 Coconut Stick and 1 Eco Bottom Liners from Eco Sprouts - $20 Diaper Dawgs Spray Collar from Green Team Distribution - $15 Diaper Rash Remedy Tube and Jar from Grandma El's - $25 Zen Rocks Necklace and Independent Teething Toy from Eyla's Imports - $15

Canada Only

AppleCheeks Bamboo Bundle from Lil’ Monkey Cheeks - $29 Lil' Monkey Cheeks is an online cloth diaper and maternity-product retailer based in Whitby, Ontario. Owner, Renee, offers personalized service to each and every one of her customers, sending along some tea and a personal note with even the smallest fluffy mail! She is offering an AppleCheeks Bamboo Little Bundle in the colour and size of the winner's choice. Hanging Diaper Pail from Funky Fluff - $24 Funky Fluff’s new hanging wet bag is the perfect solution for dirty diaper storage! Holds at least three day’s worth of diapers: great for home and travel! Check out Maman Loup’s review. Funky Fluff Stay Dry 2.0 in Bubbles from Lagoon Baby - $22 Funky Fluff’s Stay Dry 2.0 is a versatile, trim-fitting diaper that can work as a pocket, AIO or AI2. It’s one of Maman Loup’s favourites. Check out her review. Blueberry Deluxe Pocket Diaper from Cozy Bums -$28 Cozy Bums is your Canadian source for modern cloth diapers! If you're looking for one of the best selections in the country, Cozy Bums is the place to go. You can find a full complement of products by AppleCheeks, AMP, Best Bottom, bumGenius, Blueberry, Thirsties, Charlie Banana, and more! For this event, Cozy Bums is offering up a Blueberry Deluxe pocket diaper in the winner's choice of print! Check out the Blueberry Deluxe pockets review at Cloth Diaper Addicts. Nuggles Tuck-Wrap-Go Cover and Choice of Nuggles Wet Bag or Multi-Use Wallet from Itsy Bitsy Necessities - $32 Itsy Bitsy Necessities is about to celebrate 2000 fans on Facebook! In the meantime, they're offering up a Nuggles Tuck-Wrap-Go cover and your choice of a Nuggles Wet Bag or Multi-Use Wallet! Monkey Doodlez Swim Diaper and BambinoBUMS Travel Duo Wet Bag from Calgary Cloth Diaper Depot - $34 Fresh off a busy trip to the Baby Expo in Vegas, Miranda at Calgary Cloth Diaper Depot made it just in time to offer a Monkey Doodlez swim diaper and a BambinoBUMS Travel Duo wet bag. Perfect for the pool or that sunny vacation you're planning!

Whew! All these fantastic prizes total over $800! We've got three Giveaway Tools widgets, but it's easy to enter. Just fill out the appropriate widgets, based on where you live. One is for EVERYONE in the US and Canada, the second is only for our American friends, and the third is reserved for our Canadian friends. Good luck, have fun, and enjoy the fluff!  

Canada & US
(Don't forget to enter the Canada-only or US-only giveaways below!)
US Only
(Keep scrolling down for the Canada only giveaway!)
Canada Only

Disclosure: Maman Loup's Den, According to Carolyn, This West Coast Mommy, and participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations. One prize per participant. Please see Giveaway Tools form for full Terms & Conditions. If you have any questions or concerns, e-mail Lindsay at mamanloupsden(at)gmail(dot)com.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Win Your Postpartum Pad Stash Giveaway Hosted By Maman Loups Den #PostPartumPadParty

#PostPartumPadParty Giveaway There's no better time than postpartum to convert to cloth pads. Or, perhaps you've already made the switch. Either way, winning a full stash of postpartum pads is a great way to start or boost your stash. You don't have to be pregnant or trying to conceive, either... postpartum pads are great for overnight or for your heavy flow days! Make sure you're attending Maman Loup's #PostpartumPad Facebook event to take advantage of 2-week's worth of flash giveaways and promotions! To read Maman Loup's postpartum pad reviews and related posts, click here.

What Will Be in Your Postpartum Stash?

Remember, even if you're not going to be postpartum any time soon, these pads will be great for your period's heavy flow days!
    • 17" organic jersey/bamboo fleece postpartum pad from Janine's Place ($20);
    • 14" cotton velour/heavy bamboo fleece postpartum pad & a set of waterproof nursing pads from Occupied Mind Creations ($19);
    • Custom-made pad, your choice of length and absorbency, from Pretty Eco Intimates ($15);
    • $25 gift certificate from Lunapads;
    • 13" post-partum/overnight pad with 4 layers heavy organic bamboo fleece from Cotton Candy Eco Cloth ($13.50);
    • Terry cloth and flannel Color Night/Postpartum pad from GladRags ($19);
    • 100% cotton pocket pad with two inserts and a set of 100% cotton contoured nursing pads from MamaCloth ($15);
    • 2-pack of hemp/organic cotton long, heavy flow pads from Öko Creations ($25);
    • 3-pack of heavy flow pads and a mini wetbag from Hip Huggers ($15);
    • Tree Hugger night/postpartum pad offered up by Lil' Monkey Cheeks ($15.50);
    • Exclusive Organic Cotton New Mother Gift Bag Set from NatraCare (disposable products) including a pack of maternity pads, a pack of baby wipes and a canvas reusable bag ($25);
    • A Maxwell Designs Grab & Go wallet, perfect for toting your stash on the go! ($26)
Thank you to the following bloggers for their help promoting this event:
The #PostPartumPadParty "Win Your Postpartum Pad Stash" Giveaway is open to Canadian and American entrants. For full terms and conditions, please see the Giveaway Tools form.

Keeping Home Safe For The Littles with COVERPLUGS + GIVEAWAY!

One thing I had a hard time with when I first became a mom, was baby proofing the house.  Its so hard to find everything little thing that baby can get into and I often would forget about things.  I'd forget about that one outlet in the corner that we never use.  Or small breakable knick knacks that I don't pay much attention to.  It took a while to really get our home to the point that we could consider it safe for those little curious hands.  One thing I had to do, was cover the outlets to keep little fingers out!

I tried those little round plug covers that only cover one individual plug.  They work fine but they aren't that hard to remove.  And in my opinion, they draw more attention to the outlet.  We have a couple in our house that my daughter is just fixated on and she tries to pick at them.  But I tried Coverplugs because they cover the whole outlet, both plugs too!  They worked much better.  Especially for those outlets in our house that we don't use but are still out in the open.  Some of our outlets are on the floor, not the wall.  We have hardwoods so those ones are tricky to cover up but Coverplugs worked great!  They are a hard plastic but they are paintable so I can paint them to blend in with my floors.  And they're made in the US!

And you have a chance to win a set!
Each box comes with 2 covers and one lucky winner 
will win a set of COVERPLUGS!

Giveaway ends 10/12/2014. Open to US only. Must be 18+  to enter.  One winner will be randomly selected.  Winner will have 48 hours to respond to claim prize.  If prize is not claimed, a new winner will be selected.  Good luck!

Enter using the Rafflecopter form below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I was not compensated for this post or for hosting this giveaway.  I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

InstaNatural Deep Cleansing Facial Oil - Review

In the last couple of years, I've found my skin getting more and more sensitive to cleansers.  They either dry out my skin, make my skin break out or make my skin burn.  So I've been trying to find other forms of facial cleanser that aren't just packed with soaps and ingredients that will suck the moisture from my skin.  I saw InstaNatural's Deep Cleansing Facial Oil and thought it sounded like it was worth trying!

Its full of essential oils that cleanse and moisturize at the same time so you're skin is left feeling clean and healthy rather than stripped clean of everything including the good stuff.  It helps remove dirt and impurities and even makeup but doesn't remove the skins natural oils.  It has jojoba oil, olive oil, lavender essential oil, pink grapefruit oil, hemp oil, sea buckthorn oil and geranium essential oil.

You use it just like any other cleanser,  Just apply it with a washcloth or sponge and then rinse clean.  My skin felt amazing after using it and it didn't dry my skin, didn't make me break out!  I love it and plan to keep using it!  If you want to try it yourself, you can order it on Amazon!

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

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Lola Granola Bars Review and Giveaway...AND The #Free4Fall Giveaway Hop!

Welcome to the It's a Free for Fall Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network.
The days are getting a bit cooler and Fall is just around the corner! We're celebrating the upcoming season with a fun giveaway hop. Each blogger in the hop has a prize for you worth at least $25, so don't forget to hop around to them all using the linky at the bottom of this post.

As a participant of the It's a Free For Fall Giveaway Hop,
The Bee Hive Buzz is offering one lucky winner, 
the chance to win a Lola Granola Bars prize package!

Never tried Lola Granola Bars?  You ought to!  We were sent some of these delicious granola bars to try and loved them.  Now that I'm a mom, I'm always trying to find tasty and healthy treats for my family, especially my growing daughter.  Lola Granola Bars are gluten free and the ingredients are non-GMO!  They are packed with natural proteins and omega 3's too.  And the story behind how this company got started is just my kind of story and boy can we relate.  Lola Granola Bars is a family run business.  Mary, the mom behind the granola, first started making these delicious treats for her husband and children because their family fell on hard times.  They were living on junk food because it was cheap but she knew it wasn't good for them.  Her children had allergies so she made healthy granola treats that were gluten and soy free to help with their allergies.  Well the family loved them!  And they shared.  Friends and coworkers wanted to buy them, they were that good!  So....Lola Granola Born became a business.  Each granola bar is named after the 4 children, Ruby, Ellie, Enzo and a nephew, Nathan.  And each granola bar contains 8 core, all natural and non GMO healthy ingredients.  Sounds great huh!

We thought they were delicious!  And filling too!  A great snack to have at home, after playing outside and great for breakfast.  Take them on hikes, to work for a break, on a day out with the kids or anyplace else.  Yummy and convenient!  And don't forget healthy!  Lots of energy and good stuff in these bars.  Check out everything Lola Granola Bar has to offer online.  You can also connect with Lola Granola Bars on Facebook and Twitter.

And since we loved them so much, we want to share them with you!

One lucky winner will WIN
(10 Lola Granola Bars total with 2 of each flavor- a $25 retail value)

Giveaway ends 10/8/2014.  Open to continental 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.  Previous winners of Lola Granola Bars giveaways are not eligible.

Enter using the Rafflecopter form below!

So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Free for Fall participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.  The Bee Hive Buzz is not responsible for prize shipment.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Organic Sleepytime Tart Cherry Juice For Super Sweet Dreams

I am an insomniac.  Most of you probably know that from a couple of my insomnia posts.  I've struggled with insomnia since I was little.  It can be pretty awful!  And so exhausting.  I'm always trying to find ways to sleep better without using prescriptions or unnatural junk to put me to sleep.  So finding something more natural and healthy is always a plus.  I heard about tart cherry being a natural source for melatonin.  Melatonin is a natural hormone found in your body that helps you sleep.  I had the chance to try Sleepytime Organic Tart Cherry Juice.

Its so amazing!  Tastes amazing!!!!  I love cherries more than you know.  I can sit down and eat a couple of pounds of cherries if no one is around to stop me.  Sleepytime Organic Tart Cherry Juice is a concentrate so its super strong. Its USDA certified organic, vegetarian and made in the US.  It not only helps you sleep but its an anti-inflammatory and helps reduce pain.  I have a lot of joint pain so this came in handy.

I take prescription sleeping pills and also take melatonin tablets.  So when I tried this, I skipped my dose for the night and I actually managed to get to sleep.  You can mix this stuff with a drink, put it on ice cream or even in yogurt.  I added some to some vanilla yogurt as a snack in the evening and it was to die for!  It is tart like it says but its a good kind of tart!  And not super pucker your lips kind of tart.  Its just right.  Man, my yogurt was flippin amazing!   I don't think I can eat any other kind of yogurt anymore. This is it for me!  It tasted like I just chopped up a ton of fresh cherries and added them to my yogurt.  I'm adding this to my Christmas list so my grandmother can order some for me for a stocking stuffer!  Seriously!

And its cool because its just natural pure cherry concentrate!  Its not a drug or a chemical. Its organic!  If my daughter has been having trouble sleeping because shes has a cold, I could add a little of this to some yogurt for a snack for her and it would be healthy and help her sleep too.  And might even help give her some relief if shes sick.  I'm all over this product!  And to tell you the truth, I didn't think I was going to like it. I didn't think it was going to taste good and I didn't think it would work very well.  But I was so wrong!

It also helps with cholesterol and its packed with antioxidants!  The serving size is 2 tablespoons and you should have a serving 2 to 3 hours before going to bed.  The bottle is a 16 oz bottle so you get quite a bit and the price is really reasonable!  My mom also has insomnia so I'll be ordering some of this for her to try.

If you have trouble sleeping or need a natural anti-inflammatory....GET THIS STUFF!!!
You will not be disappointed!

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

Friday, September 19, 2014

Effortless Meals & More Time For Family Time

I love to cook!  But....not as much as I used to.  Were just so busy!  Too busy sometimes.  Cooking isn't fun anymore when its rushed.  And cooking definitely isn't enjoyable when it cuts into our limited family activity time.  Families these days have so much going on and so many activities and really, so many parents work a lot of hours that meal time sort of gets...well....put on the back burner.   We grab a bite and eat on the run or when we do sit down for a family meal, its after mom spent an hour or more preparing it.  And once its done, theres no time for anything else.  I like quick.  I like easy.  I like effortless.  But I like meal time spent together as a family, talking about our day and enjoying each other's company.  Coca-Cola has partnered with Walmart to give families just that.  Quick, easy, Effortless Meals together as a family with more time to spend doing things together that make us a happy family.

If you head on over to your local Walmart, you will find Coca-Cola's Effortless meals in the Deli department.  There are several delicious options to choose from.  We sat down for a Rotisserie Chicken, some Mustard Potato Salad and an ice cold Coca-Cola.  Miss Emma had milk of course (with some strawberry for a special treat) but she loved her Chicken and potato salad!

It was quick, it was easy, it was cheap and it took no effort on my part!  All I did was pick it up, dish it up and serve my hungry family.  My husband works a lot of hours at his job and he works long hours.  He doesn't get much time to spend as a family.  So when hes home, our time is precious!  We love going for walks, going to the park and going for long hikes outside and soaking up as much fresh air and sunshine as we can.  We can't do that if were stuck in the kitchen watching a chicken cooking in the oven.  So with our Effortless Meal, we were able to sit down and enjoy a yummy dinner together and still have time for a long evening walk before Emma's bedtime.

And I mentioned there are options!  We choose the chicken and mustard potato salad, but there are several different potato salad recipes to choose from as well as pasta salads and cole slaw for sides.  There are also take and bake pizzas with lots of topping choices and combinations to pick from as well as sub sandwiches that look amazing!  You can pair your entree with a side option and a bottle of ice cold Coca-Cola!  And if you want, you can even pick up some fresh fruit for a side or for desert or a salad to go with.  Everything you need is right there!  We decided to pick up some cole slaw too.  It looked too good to pass up!

Our Rotisserie chicken was fantastic!  And the next day, I even had left over chicken to make some quick and easy, effortless chicken salad sandwiches for Emma and I to have for lunch.

Momma Bee's Recipe for Effortless Left Over Rotisserie Chicken Salad
Makes 2 tasty sandwiches
Prep time: 7-10 minutes
Combine the following ingredients on some lightly toasted whole wheat bread.
  • 1 Cup shredded or cubed  Left Over Effortless Meals Rotisserie Chicken (I pick it right off the bone)
  • 2 Tbsp. Mayo
  • 1 tsp. Stone Ground Mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. Diced Apple
  • 1 Tbsp.  Red or Green Grapes (cut in half)
  • Pinch of Ground Pepper
  • Optional - Add a few walnut crumbles for some extra crunch!
  • Optional - Lettuce, tomato and fresh sprouts are delicious on top!

Enjoy less time preparing the meal and more time enjoying the meal together as a family. More time for playing.  More time for fresh air outdoors.  More time for crafts.  More time for sports.  More time for reading bedtime stories.   More time for talking.  More time for make-believe and making couch cushion forts.  More time together.  More time for everything that really matters!

So pick up your Effortless Meal brought to you by Coca-Cola and Walmart!  
And don't forget to go online to  


A special THANK YOU to The Coca-Cola Company
for providing us with this Effortless Meal and some extra time together!

This is a sponsored post written on behalf of The Coca-Cola Company.  All opinions are my own!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sunsella Mighty Pops - Make Your Own Fruity Frozen Treats Healthy and Affordable!

I try to make most things from scratch when I can.  One thing we used to buy from the store, was ice pops.  But honestly, the store bought ones are just fruit flavored sugar half the time.  So when our daughter was born and got big enough to enjoy frozen treats, with our help of course, I wanted to make some homemade that were actually good for her.  And I used Sunsella Mighty Pops Silicone Ice Pop Molds to make them!

I made a puree with some frozen strawberries and blueberries and just a little water, then filled the Sunsella Mighty Pops Molds, set them in the holder and placed them in the freezer.  That's all there was too it!   No added sugar or artificial sweeteners.  No artificial colors or flavors.  Just all natural fruit pops! And when we got busy and I didn't have time to make a fruit puree, I just filled the molds with 100% grape juice!  My daughter loved them.  The silicone molds are great because the pops slide right out but they are still easy for little hands and big hands to hold on to.  I've used the hard plastic molds in the past and never really liked them because the ice pop wouldn't come out easily and I would end up ripping out the stick or would have to run the mold under hot water before they would pop out.  But the silicone is so much better!  There are even little caps for each mold.

The set comes with 6 ice pop molds.   All 6 ice pop molds are a different color so if you have more than one child, they can eat choose their own color.  They are dishwasher safe so they are easy to clean.  Plus the best part is that they meet all FDA standards and are BPA free.  These are going to be great for summer!  Something else that they are good for making.....Pedialyte pops!   Once when my daughter was sick this past summer, we bought some frozen Pedialyte pops.  They were great for helping to cool her down because she had  fever and she liked the Pedialyte.  But they were super expensive and the box didn't have very many pops for the price.  But now I can buy the cheaper store brand of Pedialyte and make my own pops with the Sunsella Ice Pops Mold!  Making these are cheaper and making fruit pops at home is healthier and cheaper than the store bought.  Plus the price of the mold is super cheap too!

By purchasing the Sunsella Mighty Pops Mold on Amazon, you'll also get a free ebook full of 50 ice pop recipes.  It even tells you how to make yogurt parfait pops.  Yum!

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

Sunday, September 14, 2014

EatSmart Procision Pro Digital Food Thermometer Review

My husband is a professional Chef.  He's an amazing cook!  And man does he love his kitchen gadgets.  Hes always preaching to me about food safety.  Which is a good thing of course.  Hes got these little digital thermometers tucked around our kitchen so we can always check for safe temps when were cooking.  We were sent an EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Food Thermometer to try and it worked very well.

Its easy to use.   Just remove the cover and insert the probe into your food.  It only takes about 5 seconds to read the temp so its fast.  As I said, we have several other thermometers that we know are accurate so we tested the Precision Pro against our others for accuracy and it was right on.  It will measure temps from -40F to 450F so you can use it for hot and cold.  Its also FDA approved and comes with a 2 year warranty.  And it only takes on CR2032 battery which is included so its ready to use when you get it.

My husband likes using this for temping meat but I do a lot of canning.  I make jams a lot and have to make sure the temp of my jam is right before canning it in jars.  So I used this thermometer while I was making a batch of jam recently.

Not only did my husband use this at home, but he took it to his restaurant and tried it out there as well.  There is a lot more large scale meat prep going on at the restaurant and it help up well there.

Overall we were both happy with the product and would recommend it!

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

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Yellow Beaks Window Bird Feeder Review

I like bird feeders.  I didn't use to. Honestly I'm just not that much of a bird fan.  I'd much rather feed the squirrels.  But my kids likes birds.  Watching a toddler talk to the "boodies" from the front window is pretty darn cute.  My daughter loves bird watching so I started putting bird seed in a feeder just outside our front window.  We get flocks and flocks of little sparrows that swarm the feeder every day and my kiddo loves it.  So when I saw the Yellow Beaks Window Bird Feeder, I thought this would be such a cool thing to put on the big front window in our family room.

The bad thing though is that I think the birds are afraid of it.  I've had the feeder outside on our window for a couple of weeks now.  And ever since I put this feeder out, our birds are gone!  Vanished!  No where to be found.  Not a single bird is coming to this feeder and they aren't coming to the other feeder we have either.  The birds were endless before.  I'm not sure what it could be.  To me there is nothing threatening about  a little house shaped feeder.  I mean, the other one we have is a big glass pineapple for god's sake.  I couldn't figure it out.  So I took the Yellow Beaks feeder down so that it was just our pineapple again.  Birds came back.....  Yep....I'm super bummed because I thought this would be so much fun for Emma to watch the birds right up by the window but oh well......  She will just have to admire the birds on the pineapple from now on.

Maybe my birds are just weirdos.....maybe my birds are just dumb.  Could be both!   You might have better luck than I did so if you wanna give the Yellow Beaks Window Bird Feeder a go, you can order it on Amazon.

I received a sample product to facilitate this review.  I was not compensated for this review and all opinions expressed are my true and honest opinions.  I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Adovia Moisturizing Day Cream - Saving My Face One Day at a Time!

As most of you know, if you follow my blog pretty regularly....I love Adovia products!   Huge fan here!  I've had persistent dry skin for a while now.  I think its just be getting older and my skin changing with age.  I've always had sensitive skin and have been prone to dry skin but lately its more frequent and I've had a harder time finding a good facial moisturizer that works perfectly for my skin.  Either its too greasy or too thin or doesn't last long and needs to be reapplied or clogs my pores and gives me zits.  Or my biggest complaint....that they smell like harsh chemicals and don't smell like something I should be putting on my skin, let alone my face.  So of course, having had such a great track record with Adovia's skin care products, when I heard about Adovia Moisturizing Day Cream, I jumped at the chance to try it!

Its been a while since I had a good day cream.  After learning more about chemicals and the stuff that should not be in my moisturizer, I realized that my last consistently successful day cream was likely to give me cancer with all of the toxins in it.  Yuck!  So that's why Adovia was a win.  Adovia's products are not full of all of the toxic junk that ends up causing more harm than good.  Adovia products contain natural Dead Sea minerals and ingredients that are good for your skin.  Its also hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested and approved.  So many good things about Adovia products.  There's so much to love!

I was ecstatic!  But I was surprised at first.  Because this day cream was pretty thick.  So I thought it was going to go on thick but it was cool because it covered well but absorbed so nicely that within minutes my skin felt like I had just had a facial.  It was super soft and felt great to the touch.  I didn't feel like I had just put a heavy cream on my face.  I was able to put my makeup on over it just a few minutes after applying it and my makeup went on better than before I started using this.  My makeup was looking weird because my skin was dry and you could see all of the fine lines that I have now.  Its almost like my make up wasn't adhering to my face because of the unpleasant texture of my skin.  But after using my Adovia Day Cream for a while, that changes.  My makeup actually looks good on my skin now.  And if I want to go without makeup my skin looks great too so I don't have to put make up on as often because my skin looks healthier.

I would order this again in a heartbeat!  If you want to try it for yourself, just order Adovia Moisturizing Day Cream on Amazon.  And be sure to check out my other Adovia favorites:  Adovia Facial Lift and Firm Serum, Dead Sea Mud Shampoo, Dead Sea Salt Conditioner and Adovia Dead Sea Mud Facial Mask.

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

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Only Time a Bully Is a Good Thing.....Best For My Pets Bully Sticks Review #BullySticks

I have a Doberman.  I big goofy Doberman.  Lady is my toddler's best friend!  The two of them are like two silly peas in a pod.  We love Lady and shes a part of our family as if she was just another big, hairy baby.  So we like to spoil her.  Lady doesn't get a whole lot of treats.  But when she does, I usually bake them for her myself.  She gets chewy treats every now and then just for special occasions.  One thing she had never tried up until just recently....was Bully Sticks.  So the fab folks at Best For My Pets sent Lady some of their tasty odor free Bully Sticks to try.   Boy oh boy was Lady one big happy girl!

Whats a bully stick?  Well.....its a dog treat.....that's made from....well, a dingdong.  Yep, you read that right!  Bully Sticks are doggy treats made from animal weenie muscle.  YUM!  No really dogs love them!  I used to work at a pet specialty store and bully sticks flew off the shelves like hot cakes.  Crazy!  The only trouble with some bully sticks is that some of them are kinda stinky.  They have a slight bit a funk to them.  But our Best For My Pets Bully Sticks had no smell what so ever.  They didn't even have a raw hide kind of smell.  So the best part about is that Lady doesn't have stanky breath after shes had one of her bully sticks.  Plus the dried material helps remove plaque while shes chewing them which is good for her teeth!  Lady loves these things so well definitely keep buying for her!

If you'd like to order some Best For My Pets Bully Sticks for you dog, you can order them on Amazon!

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

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Thankful For Cloth Month 2014 Hosted By The Bee Hive Buzz #ThankfulForCloth2014

Fall is on its way!
And you know what that means!

Sooner than we know it.....November will be here.
Do you know what November brings to The Bee Hive Buzz?

That's right!  Its.....

The 2nd Annual 
Thankful For Cloth Month
Hosted by The Bee Hive Buzz

What is The 2nd Annual Thankful For Cloth Month at The Bee Hive Buzz?
Well... I started Thankful For Cloth Month in November of 2013 as a way for us to pay homage
to something that is quite dear to my heart.  Cloth diapers!

Cloth diapers have been a blessing for our family.  Making the decision to use cloth diapers on our baby was one of the best decisions I've made as a parent.  Not only is it a healthy way of life for my baby and for our family, but it is also ecofriendly.  Do you know how many millions and tons of disposable diapers enter our landfills each year?  Its insane to imagine the amount of waste that is suffocating our earth from disposable diapers and other disposable products.  
By using cloth diapers, were protecting our Earth and showing some fluffy love for mother nature one cloth covered bum at a time!
And its making a world of difference!

Not only is it healthy and ecofriendly for our planet, but using cloth diapers has saved us a lot of money!  Cloth has literally saved our budget and our family during some pretty rough and honestly, scary times in our life since our baby was born.  And its healthy for baby!  Disposable products contain all sorts of chemicals!  So using cloth helps to keep baby healthy and safe!

And since our cloth days first began, we've also made many many other decisions and life changes and have begun using more eco-friendly and reusable products.  Cloth diapers opened us up to a new ecofamily-friendly reusable way of life!
And life has been much happier since!

All of these reasons.....are why we are so so very.... "Thankful For Cloth!"
So in the spirit of Thanksgiving, November is dedicated to all things cloth and all things ecofamily-friendly!

Thankful For Cloth Month at The Bee Hive Buzz
was such a hit in 2013, its back again this year!  Thankful For Cloth Month is a month long celebration of cloth diapers, cloth products and other natural, green and ecofriendly products for families!  And I've got more great cloth diapers, cloth family products and eco-friendly products to introduce you to as well as some green cloth knowledge to fill your brains with.

And remember all of those fantastic GIVEAWAYS in 2013?

Well I've got some spectacular giveaways lined up for my wonderful readers this year!
You will NOT want to miss this cloth filled event!

In case you missed it...
here's a little recap of last year's events:

Join in on all of the fun here
this November for the
2nd Annual Thankful For Cloth Month
Hosted by The Bee Hive Buzz

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Cleopatra's Choice 100% Pure African Shea Butter Review

I've become quite fond of natural products, especially natural skin care products.  It really became something that was more important to me after my daughter was born.  I read so many studies about chemicals and toxins in our skin care and personal care products and I was shocked to find out how many harmful ingredients are in products that people use everyday on their baby's delicate skin.  I just couldn't understand why I would want to put chemicals on my baby.  So I became focuses on using natural, gentle products for my baby.  One of the products I really became a fan of is natural pure shea butter.  Its an amazing moisturizer for skin and hair when you get good, quality shea butter!

I recently tried Cleopatra's Choice Pure Shea Butter.  The first thing I noticed when I opened the one pound tub, was the consistency.  Some shea butter is crumbly and sort of gritty in a way.  But Cleopatra's choice was smooth and creamy when pressed between your fingers.  It rubbed into the skin smoothly and was moist, not dry.  Thats good quality!   One thing to point out about pure shea butter....its not lotion!  Its nothing like lotion.  Now, Cleopatra's Shea Butter can be used to make lotions, soaps and body butter but in its pure form, its a solid.  It can be worked into the skin and hair as is or made into other products.  I like it in its pure form.

Cleopatra's Choice is made form hand selected nuts from shea trees in Ghana.  It contains Vitamin A, Vitamin E and F and doesn't clog your pores.  I used this on my daugther's skin when it got dry and on a couple of rashes.  Shes had a crazy cold lately and has been breaking out on her chin and cheeks from so much nose wiping.  So I used this on her skin and it cleared the rash right up.  I also used this as a moisturizer for me and loved it.  Another great use for this is stretch marks.  As a mom, I am no stranger to stretch marks.  Even though most stretch marks never completely go away, shea butter is great for healing and soothing the redness with stretch marks making them less visible.   This shea butter doesn't need to be reapplied constantly like most lotions do and its natural so there are no harmful additives and no artificial ingredients.  Its also organic!

If you would like a great natural and healthy moisturizer, you can purchase Cleopatra's Choice Pure Shea Butter on Amazon!

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

Monday, September 8, 2014

TheraVita Paradise Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil Review #TheraVita

I'm a cloth diaper mom.  A cloth diaper addict if I'm going to be absolutely honest with you.  My toddler has been in cloth since she was itsy bitsy and I've come to know and love so many cloth diapering products.  One of my favorite go-to cloth diaper products.....is coconut oil?  Say what?  Not familiar with coconut oil and diapering?  Well actually, its not just cloth diapering but its great for any diapering.  Its great for lots of things.  So when I had the opportunity to try TheraVita's Paradise Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, of course I was all in!

So what does coconut oil have to do with diapering?   Diaper rash!  Why do baby butts and coconut oil get along so well?  Coconut oil is an amazing moisturizer and is a great healer!  I've been putting coconut oil on my kiddo's bum since she was born.  Every time she starts to get the slightest bit of diaper rash, I put some coconut oil on her bum and it clears right up!  I also use it on my own skin instead of lotion.  It makes my skin crazy soft and smooth.   I loved TheraVita's Paradise!  It did just what I knew it would.  I used it on Emma's butt and used it on my skin for a moisturizer.  I also used it for a moisturizer for Emma too.  She loved having her feet massaged with Paradise Coconut Oil!

The only thing I was sorta bummed about, was the fact that it doesn't have the coconut smell.  It doesn't smell like anything at all.  Now for some folks, that might be a good thing. There is definitely a difference between real coconut smell and artificial coconut fragrance.  Some folks don't like the scent of real coconut.  I do though!  Love it!  So I was bummed but that won't deter me from using it.  It actually does make this coconut oil more versatile.  Because when I use other brands that have that strong coconut oil scent, I cant apply any perfumes because the scents mix and make me smell funny.  But with Paradise I can use this anytime and still wear perfumes and not smell like a weird mix of smells.  So that is a plus!  And if you're sniffer is sensitive to fragrances, you don't have to worry about any smell.

Its USDA Certified Organic, cold pressed, non-GMO, gluten free, vegan, unrefined and all natural, made from hand picked coconuts from Fiji!  I would buy this again for sure!  If you want to try it out for yourself, you can order it on Amazon!

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

Friday, September 5, 2014

Get Relief From Pain With TheraRelief #TheraVita

Earlier this year I found myself constantly using menthol type pain relief creams because of an injury. I got decent relief from these products but they were in no way being close to natural products. So when I saw TheraRelief, I really wanted to try it because it claimed to be all natural and even better yet.....odor free!!!

So I tried some. And man was this a huge difference from the stuff I was using before! I got the same amazing relief. I suffer from frequent back pain so this stuff was great! But the thing that was so different about TheraRelief....was that I could breath! The other stuff I used has such a strong intense menthol smell that I could barely take a breath in without it burning. And if I needed to use the other stuff on a sore shoulder, well.....that wasn't going to be possible. Its paraban free too!!! What was great is that just a little bit goes a long way and I didn't feel gross slimy and greasy.

Its great for fighting inflammation, promoting healing, soothing joints and sore muscles and the painful effects of arthritis, tendonitis, fibromyalgia and other pain and strains. Its a great price too! Much cheaper than the stuff I was getting from my Chiropractor. I was always having to hassle him for samples because buying the stuff was so expensive and I needed it so often. But TheraRelief will be my go-to for pain relief from now on.   I don't mess around when it comes to pain relief products!  I have early arthritis and I'm not even 30 yet.  And I'm a full time work at home mom.  So when I am in so much pain that I cant function and cant get relief, everything falls apart.  So I need something I can count on to make me feel better so that I can get my jobs done.  This stuff did the trick!

If you want to try some for yourself, you can order TheraRelief on Amazon!

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

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Mia Mariu Refreshing Foaming Cleanser Review & Giveaway! #MiaMariu

I am super particular about my face wash.  Mostly because over the course of my life, I've tried so many of them with a heck of a lot of disappointment.  I've got super sensitive skin.  I've said that before in reviews.  My skin doesn't take well to many things and one thing I can not stand is when I use a face wash and afterwards it just feels like I stripped my face with hard chemicals.  The worst feeling for me is when I wash my face and after I dry my skin, my skin feels dry and tight like all of the moisture and life was just sucked out of my skin.  So now that you know what a crazy I am about face wash....(I'm sure the folks at Mia Mariu are now terrified to continue reading thinking what did we get ourselves into with this nut)....well I'll tell you.....my Mia Mariu Refreshing Foaming Cleanser.....was just that.  Refreshing!   Thank goodness for me!

The folks at Mia Mariu were gracious enough to send me a sample of their foaming cleanser to try and it was nice on my skin, gentle, left my skin feeling soft and did NOT make me feel like my face was going to shrivel up and fall off like the many other cleansers I've tossed in the trash over the years.  This stuff was great!  I think I will have to (in my opinion) contribute that to the fact that this is an anti-inflammatory formula that is made with natural botanicals, not nasty chemicals!  Its not designed to strip every bit of everything (including the good stuff) from your skin like a clean slate.  It cleanses but it nurtures at the same time.  Its got aloe, marigold, sea kelp, sea lettuce and essential oils like orange peel, lemon, lime and grapefruit.  Its also paraben-free, sulfate-free and fragrance-free.  The fragrance-free though, I think just means artificial fragrance.  Because I do pick up a hint of a scent but I think I'm picking up the essential orange oil.  Because I seem to smell a bit of orange.  Its super super subtle.  But I like it!  Its sort of relaxing while I'm washing my face to have that little hint of citrus scent.

If I spotted this stuff in the store, I would grab it again in a heart beat!  For years I dealt with rashes and dryness while at the same time battling zits.  Yep....I had oily zits AND dry patches of skin.  Because I was trying to find cleansers to help with oil skin but also needed something for sensitive easily drying skin so I ended up with redness from constantly experimenting with different brands.  If I had this stuff way back when, I think I would have been much happier with the condition of my skin.

So in other words.....would I recommending trying this stuff?  Yes!!!   Absolutely!!   I loved it. I know everyone's skin is different but trust me....I know what its like to have super touchy, picky skin so if you're anything like me at all, this is worth a try.  And if you're skin is not sensitive, then awesome!  You should love this stuff too!

You can order Mia Mariu Foaming Cleanser online!


The folks at Mia Mariu are offering one lucky 
The Bee Hive Buzz reader
a chance to win a bottle of 
Mia Mariu Foaming Cleanser
($21 retail value)

Giveaway ends 10/07/2014.  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!

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I was not compensated for this review or for hosting this giveaway.  I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Kuisiware BBQ Grill Lantern Review

One thing that drives us crazy is the fact that we don't have a decent light outside on our patio.  It makes grilling outside a little tricky.  We have a light on our porch but our patio is in the dark.  Since my husband works late, there are often nights that we don't start the grill until the sun is almost down so seeing our food on the grill in the dark is tough and we can afford to hire an electrician to come over and install a light on the back of the house for the patio.  So when I saw the Kuisiware Grill Lantern, I thought it was definitely worth a try!

What I liked about the Grill Lantern was the fact that I can move it around.   I don't have to install it in one spot and leave it there.  We've got a medium sized charcoal grill on wheels so our grill isn't always sitting in the exact same spot when we use it so being able to move the light around was nice.  We just clamped it to the railing on our porch.  Our porch is up a bit so this worked out because the lantern acted like a spot light and we could aim it right at the grill.  The light isn't blinding or too overpowering and that was actually a good thing in my opinion.  It was bright enough to illuminate the grill so we could see if our food was done.

 Its got 10 super bright LED lights and swivels 180 degrees horizontally and vertically for full coverage of your grill.   Its also heat-resistant which is obviously good.  Would be kind of a bummer if it wasn't right? And it only takes 3 AA batteries.  It does come with batteries but once these are done, I'm going to use some rechargables.   The on/ off button is a little touch sensor.  So nothing tricky to getting this thing turned on.  Just barely touch with sensor and it turns on.  I would definitely buy another one of these if this one ever burns out.  Its worth it!  If you're needing something like this on your patio or even camping.  This would be great for camping and cooking outdoors in the dark!

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