Sunday, December 8, 2013

Holiday Scentsy Prize Pack GIVEAWAY! (Ends 12/16)

Welcome to the Holiday Scentsy Prize Pack Giveaway !
Big thanks to our sponsor Sweet Little Scents for making this giveaway possible !
Hosted by: Sparkle Me Pink

It might be a bit late to use the chalk count down warmer this year but this would make for a perfect gift to give !! -- or keep for yourself for next year ;-) 



I am adoring this Blizzard Plug-in warmer

and 

'Tis the Season Scentsy PREMIUM Warmer 

This one is super fun because you use the attached piece of chalk to write in the daily count down to Christmas




To win ENTER the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win this Prize Pack: 
One Full sized Holiday warmer (pictured)
One Plug In Holiday warmer (pictured)
3 Scent bar packs 

This giveaway is only running for one week, so your chances to win are higher than normal!  You can take advantage of that by doing as many entries as possible.  Remember, Blogs from a Single Mom fans are entitled to an extra entry!

Ends : 12/16
Must be 18 or older to enter 
Continental US only
ALL entries are optional , however the more you complete the more chances you have at winning.

Sparkle Me Pink and Blogs from a Single Mom is not responsible for the delivery of this prize. Prize fulfillment is the responsibility of the sponsor. If you have any questions please reference my disclosure policy page or email me. (sparklemepink88@gmail.com) This giveaway is not sponsored by, endorsed by, associated with, or affiliated with Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest in any way.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Aurorae Yogo Mat GIVEAWAY! (Ends 12/23/13)

Welcome to the Aurorae Yoga Mat Giveaway ! 
Hosted by : Sparkle Me Pink
Sponsored by: Aurorae

Kick start your 2014 New Years Resolution with a new yoga mat from Aurorae !
Check out Sparkle Me Pink's full review of this mat:
Enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win this prize a fabulous - a new Aurorae Classic Yoga Mat


Yoga is a great way to tone your body, relax and slowly build yourself up.  You can make all of that easier with a little help from the Aurorae yoga mat.  A big thanks to Aurorae for generously sponsoring this prize, and Sparkle Me Pink for putting it all together!

Ends : 12/23 @ midnight 
Must be 18 or older to enter 
Continental US only
ALL entries are optional , however the more you complete the more chances you have at winning.

Are you going to keep these if you win or give them as a gift ?

Monday, November 25, 2013

Buttons Diapers Happy Holidays GIVEAWAY!


 Welcome to the Buttons Diapers Holiday Giveaway sponsored by the Daily Globe and hosted by The Parenting Patch! With the holidays approaching, how would you like to win a Buttons Diapers prize pack? Heather at The Parenting Patch absolutely loves her Buttons Diapers and even bought all the colors currently available. For more information, check out her Buttons Diapers Review. One lucky reader of The Parenting Patch will win five (5) Buttons Diapers covers in choice of color and ten (10) Buttons Diapers inserts in choice of size valued at $90. To enter for your chance to win the Buttons Diapers Holiday Giveaway, simply use the following Rafflecopter form. Good luck! Happy holidays! 


The Buttons Diapers Holiday Giveaway is open worldwide. An international winner will receive $90 via PayPal in lieu of the specified prize. The Buttons Diapers Holiday Giveaway ends at midnight CST on December 9, 2013. One winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter. The winner will be sent an email and will have forty-eight hours to respond. If no response is received within forty-eight hours, another winner will be chosen. The Parenting Patch and other participating blogs are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Introduction to Woven Wrap Reviews


 A Heartiness turqouise arrakis woven wrap

In the next few weeks, I'll be starting a new line of reviews.  I'll be reviewing some woven wraps.  Woven wraps are a long piece of cloth used to carry your baby on your body.  Normally, I don't feel the need to write a post introducing you guys to a new type of review.  The reviews themselves usually give enough information.   Woven wraps are a little different.

The most difficult part of writing reviews for woven wraps is that everyone will have a different experience with each wrap.  There are too many factors that change from person to person.  Some wearers will like thick wraps and others will hate them.  Wearers with newborns may find some wraps very supportive, while wearers with toddlers may find the same wraps to be saggy and unsupportive.  Some people will love the ease of cotton, while other people will like hemp or silk or wool better. How someone feels about a certain wrap is often just personal preference.

Even though each person might have a different experience with the same wrap, there is still a lot I can review for you.  I can still tell you what I liked or didn't like about the wrap, how the quality of the wrap is, if the sizes are accurate, if the wrap is thick or thin, how it holds up to rough use, etc.  I can tell you if I found a wrap was diggy on the shoulders in one carry, but easy on them in another.  I can tell you how supportive the wrap was with my baby.  I can still tell you everything I found out about the wrap, and you can then use that information to decide how you might feel about that wrap.

The most important thing to remember when reading reviews for wraps (especially if you are a new babywearer) is that there is no such thing as the 'best' or 'perfect' wrap.  It doesn't exist.  Every wrap is different, and so are the needs of every wearer.  The 'best' wrap to me might not be supportive enough for a mom with a bigger baby, or it might to too warm for a mom who lives in another climate, or it might not fit well with her style of wrapping.  Hopefully my reviews will help you decide what wrap might be right for you.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Little Be Co. Cloth Diaper Review!


The Little Bee Company is a company with a mission.  Their mission is to Bee Changed and to Change the World.  What does that mean?


The Little Bee company is a for-profit organization that is helping babies in need, one diaper at a time.  For every diaper you purchase, a matching diaper is DONATED to a baby in need!

I was sent a Bee Changed Bamboo Pocket OS diaper by the Little Bee Co, free of charge to review for you!  This diaper is a pocket style diaper with a bamboo fleece inner and adjusts to three different rise settings.  There is elastic in both the back of the diaper, and the front.  Front elastic is great for older kids who like to sleep on their tummy, since it helps prevent leaks out of the top of the diaper.  Two micro-fiber inserts are included.  One is your typical straight, rectangular insert. The other is a curved insert.

The care instructions for the inserts and diaper include hang or tumble drying and avoiding fabric softeners and bleach.

 The inner of the diaper is shown here next to the curved insert.


 The diaper here is fully unsnapped, showing it's length at the largest setting.



The Little Bee Co diaper has crossover tabs for a better fit on small babies.

The inside of the diaper started off amazingly soft and has continued to be pretty soft, even after quite a few washes.  This one my go-to diaper when my daughter has a rash, because the natural fibers are more gentle on sore body parts.


My daughter's diapers seem to fit her better when they have a lower rise, so my 17 month old is wearing her diaper here on he smallest rise setting.  She's right between settings and is almost ready to move up to the middle rise setting.


The one thing I've found with my Little Bee Co diaper is that the tabs don't seem to be long enough for my daughter.  At 17 months old, she's already on the second to last setting!  This might have a little when I move the rise up a setting, but at this point is a little disappointing to think that she might outgrow this diaper so soon.  She wears all of her other OS diapers on the second smallest or middle settings.

Performance wise, my Little Bee Co diaper is working very well.  The inserts are plenty absorbent and the diapers fit well and don't seem to leak.  They also come in a ton of cute prints!

You can buy your own Little Be Co. diaper HERE, and help support babies in need.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Happy Holidays Nicki's Diapers GC GIVEAWAY! (Ends 12/02/13)




Welcome to the Happy Holidays Nicki's Diapers $75 Gift Card Giveaway sponsored by the Daily Globe and hosted by The Parenting Patch! With the holidays approaching, how would you like to win a $75 gift card to Nicki's Diapers? Nicki's Diapers is a business founded and run by a mom. The small business was started to fill a gap in the cloth diapering services available within a local community and has since grown into a website helping parents around the United States and world. One lucky reader of The Parenting Patch will win one (1) $75 gift card to Nicki's Diapers. To enter for your chance to win the Happy Holidays Nicki's Diapers $75 Gift Card Giveaway, simply use the following Rafflecopter form. Good luck! Happy holidays! 

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 The Happy Holidays Nicki's Diapers $75 Gift Card Giveaway is open worldwide. An international winner will receive $75 via PayPal in lieu of the specified prize. The Happy Holidays Nicki's Diapers $75 Gift Card Giveaway ends at midnight CST on December 2, 2013. One winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter. The winner will be sent an email and will have forty-eight hours to respond. If no response is received within forty-eight hours, another winner will be chosen. The Parenting Patch and other participating blogs are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

12 Days of Crunchy Day 3 BabyKicks 25$ GC and Hippi Longstockings Blanket


On the 3rd Day of Crunchy, Spray Pal and The Inquisitive Mom Gave Away...

 Prize 5 (US Only)
BabyKicks $25 Gift Certificate
and
Hippi Longstockings Giving Tree Muslim Swaddle Blanket

I'm joining Spray Pal and The Inquisitive Mom November 14th through the 25th for the 12 Days of Crunchy Event (Enter and RSVP for the twitter part using this link)! Each day leading up to the twitter party, a new blogger will share the details of that day's prize and reveal a new entry for the day.

I'm excited to share today's prizes, which include a BabyKicks $25 Gift Certificate and a Hippi Longstockings Giving Tree Muslim Swaddle Blanket! Be sure to enter to win and RSVP here for the #12CrunchyDays Twitter Party! You can also grab daily entries here by filling out the entry form below.

BabyKicks

BabyKicks is a family owned and operated business located on Maryland's beautiful eastern shore.  The company makes natural and organic diapers and accessories that are gentle on baby and gentle on the environment.

BabyKicks is dedicated to making the highest quality cloth diapers out of natural and organic materials since 2000. BabyKicks uses hemp because of its durability, absorbency, and it's natural anti-microbial properties. This means your baby will be protected naturally from bacteria, mold, mildew and fungus. Parents around the world have fallen in love with the incredible quality, comfort and value of BabyKicks products - from nursing pads, to burp clothes, so cloth diapers, to receiving blankets.

Hippi Longstockings

This 47" x 47" 100% cotton muslin swaddle blanket is perfect for swaddling and nursing your baby or toddler all year.

Lightweight and breathable, this blanket allows for the soft touch and protection of a blanket without overheating you or your baby. This is a great gift for a mom-to-be--or any mom for that matter! The blankets are also packaged in a 100% cotton reusable muslin bag!

For every item purchased, Hippilongstockings.com will donate a similar item to a child in need. Included with each purchase is a "Giving the Gift of Good" card stating what was donated as a result of your purchase, as well as where your donation will be given. Such an amazing business run by an amazing mom and dad.

Get your daily entries into the giveaway here!
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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Thanksgiving Bash! 100$ Amazon Giftcard GIVEAWAY (ends Nov. 28)





 Welcome to the Thanksgiving Bash $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway sponsored by the Daily Globe and hosted by The Parenting Patch! Thanksgiving is right around the corner. To help celebrate the holiday, one lucky reader of The Parenting Patch and Blogs from a Single Mom will win one (1) $100 Amazon gift card. To enter for your chance to win the Thanksgiving Bash $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway, simply use the following Rafflecopter form. Good luck! Happy Thanksgiving!

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The Thanksgiving Bash $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway is open worldwide. An international winner will receive $100 via PayPal in lieu of the specified prize. The Thanksgiving Bash $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway ends at midnight CST on November 28, 2013. One winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter. The winner will be sent an email and will have forty-eight hours to respond. If no response is received within forty-eight hours, another winner will be chosen. The Parenting Patch, Blogs from a Single Mom and other participating blogs are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Stargazer Soaps Promo Code! And Mini Review



This one is for all you mamas who love things that are natural, chemical-free, practical and beautiful.  If you're a loyal Blogs from a Single Mom reader, you probably remember my review last month of Stargazer Soaps handmade luxury soaps.  I have raved about these soaps ever since discovering them, and now I'm proud to be able to give to you a 10% off promo code to use on your order at Stargazer Soaps!

Stargazer Soaps are beautiful, handmade soaps that come in a variety of colors, designs, scents and choices.  They are a premium product for a great price and would make perfect Christmas gifts to others or yourself.  I use these soaps on both myself and my 17 month old daughter.  They are moisturizing, have excellent lather and make me feel clean without feeling dry.  I would recommend them to anyone, without a doubt. 

If you would like to try a bar or a few bars of high end soap, use promo code SingleMom10 when you checkout HERE (or you can click on the soap ad at the top left of the blog) and get 10% off your order of any size.  And believe me, you DO want to try a bar!  I never promote a product I do not stand behind, and I never rave about a product like this unless I truly support the product.  This promo code is ONLY good until the end of November, so do not wait to buy your soap in case you miss the code!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Being Kind and Helping Others: Not Just for the Holidays

It's that time of year again!  We're coming up quick on two of the biggest holidays of the year.  Thanksgiving and Christmas.  That means food and presents, everyone's two favorite things!

Right about this time of year, I start seeing a lot of people encouraging others to volunteer and help others during the holiday season.  I've already seen my fair share of them in the past few weeks.  I absolutely love that people are trying to encourage others to be kind.  I'm not so fond of people throwing 'during the holiday season' at the end.  Volunteers are needed every single day, not just during November and December.  Donation are needed every day.  Kind act are appreciated every day.

There are so many ways you can volunteer or help others during the non-holiday part of the year.

Do you have an elderly or disabled neighbor?  Offer to help them with grocery shopping, cleaning up after their pets, or cleaning their home.  Invite them over for dinner, or dessert.  
Do you have a neighbor with small children?  Offer to babysit (preferably unpaid if you are not in need of money), or to watch a movie with the kids to give their mom a break.  As a single mom, I would probably cry tears of joy if one of my neighbors offered to take my daughter for a walk so I could pee by myself.    
Do you love animals?  Look into volunteering one day a week at your local animal shelter.  I volunteer with mine, and it has been an extremely rewarding experience so far.  If you don't have a few hours a week, look into fostering a dog or cat for a shelter until they find a home.  Fostering animals literally saves lives, as well as socializes animals and makes them better pets.  If you get attached, don't be afraid to adopt!  
Do you have extra money?  There are so many charities, animal shelters, and research funds that you could donate to.  You could also 'pay it forward' and pay for the person behind you in the drivethru.  Food pantries are happy to accept donations of canned goods, or send a care package for a soldier overseas.  This is a great option for someone with a little extra cash but not a whole lot of extra time.

 Me bottle-feeding one of my foster kittens, my favorite way to make a difference.

You could offer to bring in a neighbor's mail while they are on vacation, let someone cut in line at the grocery store, or make a gift for a friend.  One of my favorite ways to be kind and help others is to forgive strangers who are rude to me, instead of being rude back.  Smile at people you don't know, say 'please' and 'thank you', hold doors open, tell others to have a good day.  Being kind and helpful doesn't have to be expensive or time consuming, and it certainly doesn't have to stop when the holidays are over.

Since I started volunteering, helping my neighbors, being kind and fostering kittens, my life has become a little brighter.  It makes me so happy, I can't even put it into words.  Not only does it make me happy, but it makes others happy as well.  Every kind act, every minute of volunteering, every penny you donate makes a difference in this world.  Don't limit yourself to only spreading happiness right before Christmas.

Do you volunteer or otherwise help others?  What is your favorite kind act you've been on the receiving end of?  Tell me in the comments below!
 


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Review and GIVEAWAY! Stargazer Soaps Handmade Luxury Soaps (GIVEAWAY ENDED)



Recently, I have decided to make the switch from commercial soap to handmade soap. Commercial soaps have so many yucky chemicals (like formaldehyde) in them, and because the skin absorbs what is in your soap, I did not want to put them on my body.   Many store bought soaps are not even real soap! They are detergents, which are harsh on the skin, and the manufacturers are allowed to hide ingredients if they are labeled as 'body bars' or 'beauty bars'. The bottom line is that I didn't want anything so unnatural being absorbed by my body or washed down my drain.
 
My search for a homemade soap with gentle ingredients, beautiful options and plenty of variety lead me to Stargazer Soaps.

 Stargazer Soaps are all handmade, cold-process luxury soaps with no nasty chemicals or detergents.

I was sent three full sized bars of soap to review.  Taurus and Aquarius from the Pure Silk line, and Grapefruit, from the Purely Natural line.

I received the above soaps for review.  From left to right, they are Purely Natural Grapefruit, Aquarius, and Taurus.

Stargazer Soaps' Pure Silk line differs from the Purely Natural line in that the Silk line contains fragrence oils, cosmetic glitter, synthetic colorants and silk.  The Purely Natural line does not contain any of these ingredients.  Upon learning about the Pure Silk line, my first thoughts were "WHY would you add silk to soap?  How does that even work?"  So I asked Nicole, the soaper behind Stargazer Soaps, and she has this to say.

The silk used in Stargazer Soaps Pure Silk line

" The silk comes from silk worms. It is called Tussah Silk. The silk I use is cruelty free. I only buy from a supplier who harvests the silk once the worm has left the cocoon, not harming the worm in any way. It is 100% natural. I use silk in its raw form. There are bleached options available, but in my opinion that defeats the purpose of handmade soap and not using chemicals.
I use just a tiny amount of silk in my soap. A little goes a long way! It completely dissolves and cannot be seen. Silk makes the soap smooth, silky, shiny, and increases lather. It makes the bar more luxurious." -Nicole, Stargazer Soaps

And she sure is right!  The silk soaps are absolutely luxurious.  They have an excellent smooth, soft feel and are very moisturising in addition to being beautiful and smelling amazing.  The Taurus soap is by far my favorite, as far as scent.  It smells faintly of chocolate and something else that is just divine.  The Aquarius silk soap is wonderful as well.  They both have great lather, the creamy kind that spreads well, and do not make the skin feel tight or dry.  After a few uses, my skin has even started to feel softer!  The cosmetic glitter sprinkles on the top of the soaps does not stick to the body, it simply washes away and is there purely for appearance.  Some of the scent, though, does seem to stick around for a while.  How much my skin smells after a shower(if at all) seems to very from soap to soap.

I have not noticed a big difference in the feel of the Purely Natural Grapefruit soap vs. the Silk soaps, other than the silk soaps having a more smooth feel.  I do certainly prefer the look of the Silk soaps (I mean, look at them!  They're beautiful!) but the Purely Natural soaps are still a wonderful choice for anyone who wants to keep their skin away from anything synthetic, such as the colorants and scents in the Silk soaps.  I like to use the Grapefruit soap on my daughter (she's 16 months old, so you never know when she's going to try to eat the bar) for a tiny bit of extra safety.  I personally would still use the Silk soaps on my baby, if I did not have a Purely Natural bar already in my home.  The lather, scent and moisturizing abilities of the Grapefruit bar are still miles above commercial soaps.


In addition to the 3 full-sized bars of soap I received for review, I also received three sample-sized bars.  I received a thin slice of Purely Natural Coffee, Rainbow and Orion.  Because they were sample-sized, I only used each of them for a short time.  There are a few things I would like to say about them.  The Pure Silk soaps make excellent hand soaps.  They helped my hands feel less dry than usual, keeping in mind that I wash my hands a minimum of 10 times a day, meaning DRY DRY DRY hands! The Coffee did not make a good handsoap.  The little bit of real coffee grounds in the Coffee soap were far to abrasive, in my opinion, for my hands.  I frequently (read: always) have small cuts on my hands, which the exfoliating coffee soap was way to harsh on.  Even had I not had mulilated hands, I still think I wouldn't have like the coffee soap as a hand soap, nor a face soap nor a soap for children.  It did, however, make an amazing body soap.  It had the perfect amount of exfoliation for bodies, but not for hands.  The Coffee soap also did not smell like coffee.  It smelled good, like soap, but not like coffee.  The Rainbow soap is, visually, one of my favorites.  It's beautiful, like all of these soaps are, but also bright and fun and exciting.  Not to mention smelling delicious, like the Orion soap.  I would recommend both the Orion and Rainbow soaps (I bet kids would love the Rainbow!) for both handsoaps and body soaps.  The scents are wonderful, the lathers are great and did I mention the scents are wonderful?

For those of you who don't know much about handmade soaps or have never used them, there are some things you need to know.  All bar soaps, ESPECIALLY handmade soaps, should be stored in a well-draining soap dish.  They should be kept dry when not in use (don't put them under the shower head where they will be continuously wet during your shower), or they will not last long.  In general, handmade soaps do not last as long as commercial soaps.  This is because there are no nasty chemicals in them to preserve them.  Usually, you can expect to get about 1 week per ounce of soap, per person.  So a 5 ounce bar of soap will probably last you about 5 weeks.  Another thing you should know about handmade soaps is that each and every bar is unique.  You can't expect two bars to ever be exactly the same, even if they are from the same batch or the same mold.  There will be individual differences from bar to bar.

Stargazer Soaps are available for purchase HERE.  There are many soaps that are ready-to-ship, and also some available for preorder.  Soaps range in cost from 4-7$, which may seem a little high but I assure you, they are well worth the cost.  Besides, even 7$ a month to wash yourself in something that makes your skin feel this great is very reasonable.  Watching Nicole make her soaps on her Youtube Channel (this stuff is addicting, like soap porn) and seeing the amount of work that goes into them makes the price seem like nothing.


You can also hang around for a few more minutes and enter to WIN 4 beautiful bars of handmade soap!

A special thanks to Stargazer Soaps for sponsoring this giveaway!  You can enter to win 4 bars of soap, 2 Pure Silk soaps and 2 Purely Natural soaps (Approximate retail value of 30$!), if you are 18 years or older and live in the USA.  There is no purchase necessary to enter.  Simply use the Rafflecopter form below to enter, and good luck!  Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm CST on October 31st.
Giveaway sponsored by Stargazer Soaps.  I was not compensated for this review or giveaway.  Facebook, Twiter and Rafflecopter are in no way responsible for nor associated with this giveaway.  Blogs from a Single Mom is not responsible for prize fulfillment.




Monday, October 14, 2013

Menstrual Cupapalooza! Review of the Lunette

 
 
Welcome back to my Menstrual Cupapalooza.! This will be the last post in this series.  Thank you for your loyalty, your comments, and for being a fan!  Stick around, because I'll be bringing you many more reviews and giveaways in the future.

 
Now, lets get back to business.  Look!  Lunette! 
 
The Lunette is one of the biggest menstrual cup names in North America, the other being the Diva cup.  The Lunette is made in Findland with medical grade silicone, is FDA approved, and comes is several fun colors.  

I was sent a Lunette size 2 in the color Aine for review.   Unlike most brands, Lunette does not determine which cup size someone should buy based off age or whether the woman has had a pregnancy.  Instead, the Lunette suggests factors such as cervical height, heaviness of flow during your period, virginity and level of physical activity be taken into account as well as age and pregnancy.  The size 2 cup is about 46mm in diameter and about 52 mm long.  The size 1 is shorter, smaller, more bell-shaped and slightly softer than the larger cup.
 

 
The number one feature of the Lunette that I feel is superior to most other cups is the stem.  Unlike most other cups, the Lunette stem is flat and is NOT hollow.  This is especially wonderful for those of us who like to turn the cup inside out during days when your cervix is low.  With a hollow stem, fluid collects inside the hole and is difficult to remove.  This is no problem with the Lunette!  The Lunette website mentions that the flat stem is more comfortable  Though I have not noticed a difference in the feel of the flat stem vs. the hollow stem, I still feel the flat stem is a more cleanly option.

The Lunette (size 2)  is a little stiffer than what I'd consider 'neutral'.  It had a good bit of spring, but is still fairly easy to fold and insert.  It's much less stiff than my Keeper cup, but still a good bit stiffer than my Ladycup.  It might be the perfect middle of the road cup for someone who wants a cup that they know will unfold without much or any coaxing, but can still be easily folded a variety of ways. 
 
Another feature of the Lunette that I consider a distinct advantage over some other cups is the variety of opaque colors the cups are available in.  Not only do the colors make the cups a little more 'fun', but the opaqueness of the colors makes staining much less obvious.  I don't care much about staining, but this is a worry for many women.  With the bright colors of the a Lunette, you won't pay a bit of attention to stains! 
 
Overall, I do find that the Lunette cup has many features that some women will find are better than the features of other cups.  It functions well (Ive never had a leak with any properly inserted cup) and I would suggest it to anyone looking for a menstrual cup with a little stiffness and a good volume.

 A big 'thank you' to Lunette, who provided this product to me free of charge for me to review for you.  I was not compensated for this review.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Menstrual Cupapalooza! Review and Giveaway of the Diva Cup



Welcome back to my menstrual cup series!  Today's review is for the Diva cup.  

The Diva cup is a reusable menstrual cup made of high quality silicone in Canada.

 I bet many of you cup fans were waiting for this review!  There isn't much I can say about the Diva cup that you won't already know, because the Diva cup is one of the most popular cups out there.  In fact, many women I have talked to had no idea there where other cups beside the Diva! 


Like most cups, the Diva cup comes in two size.   The Large Diva cup is one of the longest cups on the market, making it great for someone with a high cervix and /or heavy flow. The stem on the large cup is relatively short, and both the base of the cup and the stem are covered in ridges to aid in gripping the cup.  The Diva cup is, so far, the longest and softest cup I have tried.   The softness does, in my opinion, make inserting the cup very easy and painless.  I personally do not have a problem getting the cup to unfold using any fold EXCEPT the punch down fold.  The cup is simply too soft to pop open with this fold in my experience.  

The Diva cup is a little bit more V shaped as opposed to bell shaped, compared so some of the other cups I have tried.  This can be a great thing for someone who wants a little bit of slimmer cup to make sure they don't feel it. 

To sum this all up, I like my Diva cup.  I love that this company is so well known, (and for good reason) and because of that it has opened up the world of menstrual cups to many women.   However, on days where my cervix is particularly low, the Diva cup is just too long for me to use.   If you have a a high or average length cervix, have a moderate to heavy flow, or like a soft cup, the Diva cup might be a good choice for you.  

Want try your own DIVA CUP?  You're in luck!  Diva Cup has very generously agreed to sponsor a giveaway!  One lucky winner will receive their own Diva cup.   This giveaway is open to anyone who is 18 years or older and lives in the UNITED STATES or CANADA.   Just enter using the raffle copter form below, and don't forget to like Diva on Facebook and follow on twitter as a thanks!  

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I was not paid for this review or giveaway.  I received a free product in exchange for my honest opinion.  Giveaway sponsored by Diva Cup.  Facebook, Twitter and Rafflecopter are in no way affiliated with or responsible for this giveaway.  Blogs from a Single Mom and other participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. 

Monday, September 2, 2013

Menstrual Cupapalooza! Instead SoftCup Review and Giveaway!


Welcome back to the Menstrual Cupapalooza!  If you haven't yet, don't forget to read the FAQ post, my review of the Keeper and my review of the LadyCup.

The cup I'll be reviewing today is very different from any other cup I'll be reviewing during this series.  Not only is this cup shaped differently, inserted differently and worn differently than a traditional menstrual cup, this cup is DISPOSABLE.


It's the Instead Softcup.

Like a traditional menstrual cup, the Softcup works by being inserted into the vagina to catch the menstrual flow.  That's about where the similarities end between a traditional cup and the Softcup.  Instead of folding the cup and inserting the mouth right under your cervix, the Softcup is folded in half and one end is hooked under the cervix while the other end us tucked under the pubic bone.  The rim of the cup is very stiff but still flexible, while the very thin polymeric material bag will collapse inside the vagina but expand as it fills with fluid.


Inserting the Softcup is easy.  Start by squeezing the sides of the cup together, then insert one end of the cup into the vagina angled down and back.  When you feel the cup meet the end of your vagina, tuck the other end of the cup up and under your pubic bone.  Lastly, feel to make sure that the first end of the cup is hooked around your cervix.  Easy!  If that explanation was a bit hard for you to follow, there is a great video on how to insert on the Softcup's website.  Removing the cup is even easier.  Simply insert one finger into the vagina, hook it under the rim of the cup and pull it out!  Dump the contents into the toilet and throw the cup away. 

Functionally, the disposable Softcups work very well for me.  I find them easy to insert, even easier to remove, and comfortable.  While I do prefer a reusable menstrual cup for everyday use to reduce environmental waste as much as possible, I love the Softcup if I'm traveling or may need to empty/change my cup in a public bathroom.  I have very few leaks with them if the cup is inserted properly, and they hold enough that I only need to empty them every 10-12 hours.  Another benefit of the Softcup is that you can have sex with the cup in place!  I haven't tested this one out myself, but it might be worth looking into for some of you.

Want to try your own box of disposable Softcups?  Some of your local stores may sell them, such as Walmart and CVS.  You can also buy them on the Softcup website, or you can enter to win some here!  Instead has been kind enough to sponsor a giveaway, thanks Instead!  Two lucky winners will each win one 14 count box of disposable Softcups each, no purchase necessary!  Anyone 18 years or older and residing the in United States is eligible to enter.  Simply enter using the Rafflecopter form below!  Thanks for reading and don't forget to come back next week for another post about menstrual cups.


  Giveaway sponsored by Instead.  Blogs from a Single Mom and participating bloggers are not responsible for prize shipment.  Facebook, Twitter and Rafflecopter are in no way affiliated with or responsible for this giveaway.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Green Mama Goodies Giveaway!



With the back-to-school shopping complete and the kids back in school, why not treat yourself to something nice?

Today marks the first day of the Green Mama Goodies giveaway! I’d like to give a big thank you to all of the great sponsors for making this giveaway possible, my lovely co-host at FaithFilled Footsteps, and all the wonderful promoting bloggers!

All week long GettingGreen with Baby has been bringing readers reviews of great, natural bath and body products geared towards mom. To read the lovely reviews, just follow the links below. 







The Green Mama Goodies giveaway prize package includes the following items:

-Aromatherapy Foaming Hand Wash & Queen Bee Liquid Honey Skin Cleanser from Bee Naturals

-1 Beeswax Lotion Bar & 1 Beeswax Lip Balm from Lips N Lotions (Winner chooses scent/flavor!)

-2 oz. Container of Truly’s Natural Deodorant from Truly’s Natural Products

-Two Shampoo Bars from Molly Muriel

-12 oz. Bottle of Wildly Natural Seaweed Body Wash in Lavender from The Seaweed Bath Co.


One lucky reader will win the entire package listed above! For your chance to win, please enter the Giveaway Tools form below! Only your e-mail address is mandatory (to contact you if you win), but keep in mind that the more times you enter, the better your chances are of winning! Good luck!


Getting Green with Baby nor any of the promoting blogs were compensated monetarily for participation in this giveaway. Furthermore, they are also not responsible for prize shipment: that belongs to the sponsors. (Excluding Bee Naturals.) This giveaway is not associated with Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter. All opinions expressed here are original and may differ from your own. If you have any questions or concerns about this giveaway, please contact Alicia at Getting Green with Baby at Alicia Owen 6814 at yahoo dot com.

Friday, August 30, 2013

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If you are reading this post in your blog Lovin feed, then you're one step ahead of me.  If not, you can!  I have finally joined blog Lovin and claimed my blog as mine. I encourage you to follow me so you never miss a new post.  I'll be adding this an an optional extra entry on all giveaways from now an, so those of you who follow me can claim an extra entry.

As always, I thank you for reading and your support!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Yabbly Amazon CASH Giveaway!

Yabbly is an online community of thoughtful, kind and helpful people who help each other make great purchasing decisions everyday. They were finalists in SxSW 2013 in the social category and are a top 3 search result in "product reviews" on the iPhone app store. Now we all know how hard it is to get to the top 10 in the eyes of Apple. So that is pretty big news. Get the Yabbly App today. It's free! The Yabbly philosophy is that the best purchasing decisions are made through dialogue with actual people who have made similar decisions recently. They believe that one of the main frustrations about online shopping today is that averaging a bunch of reviews just doesn't cut it, and you're left buying a product and simply hoping for the best. Breakdown on how Yabbly works and you will see why it works for you, you and yes, even you:

 Unlike some other sites, Yabbly promises answers to your questions within 24 hours, AND they do it for free!  Lucky for you, they not only answer questions in less than 24 hours but the members of the community are also extremely kind and thoughtful.
 About Yabbly, Inc. Yabbly is a shopping Q&A community where members provide vital, real-time reviews on choosing products that best fit their needs. Yabbly motivates people to help each other pick the best product for them with its 1:1 karma system and is revolutionizing how we connect through shared product experiences. For more information, please visit yabbly.com.

Grand Prize Winner will receive a $300 Amazon Gift Card and Four Additional Winners will each receive a $50 Amazon Gift Card!

Giveaway ends September 9th at 11:59pm, open US and Canadian residents, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck.
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Disclosure: Blogs from a Single Mom did not receive compensation for this giveaway. Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest are in no way associated with this giveaway. Prize fulfillment and shipping will be handled by MPM.
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Monday, August 26, 2013

Menstrual Cupapalooza! Review of the LadyCup



Welcome back to my Menstrual Cup Series!  Don't forget to read the first post in the series, Menstrual Cup FAQ.
And my review for the Keeper cup.

Meet the LadyCup.

The LadyCup is a reusable menstrual cup made with medical grade silicone in Europe under Swiss management.  These cups come in a ton of fun colors, with more color choices than I have seen on any other website.  I picked the Lilac cup, and it was not as bright as the photo on the website but still very true to color.



The LadyCup  comes in two sizes:  S(mall), for women who have not given birth to a child or are under the age of 25, and L(arge) for women who have had a child or are 25 years old or older.  Size L measures about 53 mm long without the stem and 46 mm wide at the rim.  The stem on the LadyCup is much shorter than that of the Keeper cup, which I reviewed last week.  The stem is hollow, and both the stem and the base of the cup are covered in very small bumps, which make the cup easier to grip and remove.  


I would consider the rim of the LadyCup to be about a medium in softness.  It's very easy to fold, even trickier folds, but pops open easily as well.  I have found that the punch down fold did not work for me with the LadyCup.  The rim was not firm enough to open from this fold, no matter how much I coaxed it.  The c fold, however, did work very nicely with little to no effort in getting the cup to open after letting go of it.

The holes on the LadyCup are a little different than on the other cups I have tried.  Instead of all being directly or slightly under the rim of the cup, the holes on this cup very in height.  Some are directly under the rim, but every other hole is slightly lower.  I'm not sure what the purpose of this is, but it didn't cause any difficulties using the cup.  This can lower the maximum volume of the cup for some, but because the cup is not slim and streamlined it still has a good maximum volume.

With my LadyCup, I also received a few free samples.  One small tester package of water based lubrication, to help with inserting the cup.  One package containing a sanitary wipe, for wiping the cup instead of rinsing it when in public, and one small sanitizing tablet.  I the idea of the sanitary wipe for cleaning the cup while out in public.  Though I have never had to empty my cup anywhere but my home, I did test out the sanitary wipe and it worked wonderfully.  I have no complains about any of the samples I received.  They all did exactly what they were supposed to do.

Overall, I love my LadyCup.  It's one of my personal favorites.  It's well-made, feels very high quality, and the color choices are great.  Personally, I love the medium softness of the rim and the medium-length body of the cup.  I would recommend it to anyone with a low or average height cervix, someone who likes to have a little more to hang on to without ridges that can irritate, and a women who loves a pop of color.

You can get your own LadyCup HERE.  They sell multiple different packs so you can choose exactly what you want!

Don't forget to stop in again next Monday for another menstrual cup review and giveaway!

I received one or more products free of charge in exchange for my honest opinion on them.  All opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or compensated for my review.




Friday, August 23, 2013

Pink Blush Maternity giveaway!

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Pink Blush Maternity has affordable and stylish looks for pregnant and nursing women. It's always so hard to find stylish and cute clothing when pregnant, or even nursing, but Pink Blush has your Back.  Best part is they have LOW prices!
Check out Everything Mommyhood's review of the Colorblock Crochet Maxi Dress.
pinkblushcollageOne lucky reader will win a $25 Gift Card to Pink Blush Maternity. US Residents, 18 and up only. If you won a gift card from them in the past 6 months or blogged about them in the past 6 months, you are not eligible to win. All winning entries will be verified. Winner will be contacted via email and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. Giveaway ends 8/31/2013 at 11:59pm CST.
Disclosure: This blog was not compensated for promotion of the giveaway. Everything Mommyhood received a product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own, and were not influence in any way. This blog and Everything Mommyhood is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment. This giveaway is in no way affiliated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social media platforms. Only one entrant per household may enter.