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Things Just Got a Whole Lot Quieter! - SunChips Review

Remember a bit ago when I was able to review the NEW 100 % Compostable Bag from Frito Lay with their Sun Chips? Love the idea behind it all, but wow...
It was L-O-U-D!
Well, get this....
Frito Lay listened to the feedback from their consumers and they went to work!
Now, you can enjoy the fact that your purchase is compostable, but you don't have to worry about disturbing your neighbors in the surrounding states when you decide it is snack time!
How do I know it is quieter?
Well, for one... I hear it and remember the first one...
But, lucky for me...
Frito Lay sent both bags for us (meaning BROXTON) to enjoy and compare.

Frito Lay researched and learned that by changing the adhesive on the package...
They then lessened the stiffness in the bag and the end result was it was more quiet.
Now, it is not silent...
Show me any bag that is, but it is loads more quiet than that first one!
Way to go Frito Lay!!!!!
I thank you for that, as do my neighbors! :)

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Giveaways Galore!!!! Enter NOW

Just wanted to recap my giveaways that are going on right now...


SkinMD Lotion - Ends 3/19

ABLAZE Candle - Ends 3/24

KidSwitch - Ends 3/23

SimplyToImpress - Review

Having Broxton, I was so excited to become a mommy!
We emailed everyone...
Sent tons of text messages...

BUT, while we were enjoying the fact that we had a precious little miracle, we were also dealing with the fact that daddy was deploying and would be missing everything that was ahead.
I totally got swept up into the moment of enjoying every single second of having Marc and Broxton together...
So much that I never got around to sending out birth announcements.
I had planned on doing so, as I think that they are the cutest things... EVER.

Next time around, I know that we will send announcements to anyone and everyone!
With that being said, I am always checking out the different companies and what they offer for announcements...
(As well as birthday invitations, Broxton has had low key parties so far with just family, but I know that we will be doing bigger ones soon... )

I was able to review the different types of announcements that SimplyToImpress has to offer.
The paper quality is a very sturdy card stock that is sure to last, whether it is hanging on the fridge, placed in a frame/scrapbook or stored away in a keepsake box.
The pictures are amazingly printed as well!
For the BABY BOY ANNOUNCEMENTS, these are my top three.
I like this, as it has the birth information on one side and the picture on the other.
Very simple and sweet.
I like this one, as don't we all think OUR baby is the next cover model?

I really like this one...
Square... Simple... Main focus is the baby, with the birth information at the bottom.
I also think that the picture quality is best on this paper/print type.

Besides the adorable baby boy announcements, you can also pick up Birthday Cards...
They have several categories to help you pick!
Twin Birthday Party Invitations.
Those are just to name a few.......

SimplyToImpress is also a great place to get your THANK YOU Cards...
Please, remember those...
I think that Thank You cards are a dying tradition...
One that I wish would stay...
A simple note of thanks will make someones day!

With all to choose from, I will leave you with my favorite of all of them...

More than anything, I love the Satin Finish.
It just pushes home the sweetness of this little one.

All of the cards from SimplyToImpress allow you to add a smaller picture and text on the back...
I think that is just an added bonus!!!!
Stop on by to see what they have that fits your needs for the next announcement/gathering!

Follow them on FACEBOOK, as well as TWITTER.

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Step Right Up! Little Looster Review (EXTRA ENTRIES!)

We have been attempting potty training for a little bit now.
I know they say that boys seem to take longer, maybe that is why we started before he was two.

Or maybe people start before that and we are really behind?
I don't know.
I also know that I am not going to try and beat everyone else in the milestones for us.
Yes, I would love for us to be right up there, but if I put to much focus, things won't be fun...
and I want FUN!

Let me introduce you to the Little Looster.
(It is made in the USA! I like that!)
I saw this on another blog and I have to say, I wanted one.
I wanted to know how it exactly worked.

Could you really put it in front of the toilet and then not move it when an adult needed to use it?
How would that work?

Luckily for me, I was able to review one.
This is seriously pretty cool.

You just place the Looster under your toilet.
It wraps around UNDER the bowl, giving leverage for little legs, but not big and bulky and becoming in the way for adults!

I immediately placed it in our bathroom and sat on the toilet.
Not in my way, no need to shove it out of the way!
Then, I had Marc come and stand in front and pretend he was going to the bathroom.
(I know, but I wanted to see if it would be in his way!)
Nope, there are holes cut out that your feet can slide into if you need to be closer.

Now, the true test...
He likes to face the wall, so as to easily flush...
LoL, please tell me that he isn't the only boy that uses the potty that way.
Well, the Little Looster allows him to climb on up there.
I think once we have established a better routine, he will be better at sitting forwards and taking full advantage of the Little Looster.

I personally think that the Little Looster should be in all nurseries/preschools.
Think about the GERMS that can get on the step stools.
If you have the Little Looster, you can rest easy, as you are not having to move it for the different children. (As well as them thinking that they need to move a step stool themselves... it is already in place and ready to go.)

Also, think about the places that appeal to children.
Indoor play area's. Jungle Gym type places.
We have a place called Gymboree here, now... this would be perfect for places like that!

Just a few things I like:
Fits UNDER the bowl, so perfectly NOT in the way for adults
Fits UNDER the bowl, with enough out so that little ones use it to step up and to put their feet on. Result? No feet dangling, they can rest like ours do.
Sturdy heavy duty plastic. (Holds up to 200 pounds!)
Solid white, with no crazy designs so that is is gender neutral and doesn't take away from the bathroom, but rather blends in with the toilet!

With our economy still suffering, wouldn't it make sense to support locally owned and operated places? Did you see that on the television the other night?
Where they went in and removed everything from a house that was not made in the USA?
By the time they were finished, the house was empty!
Their next task was to replace with all USA made products.
Not an easy thing, but they did it.
Here is where WE can all make a difference!!!!!

BUY the Little Looster... Made in the USA!!!!!!!!!!!!

Do you have any potty training tips?


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Follow on Little Looster on twitter for an additional entry! (Just leave LL @yourtwitterid)
Purchase a Little Looster and use the code GA5ND for $3 off!
If you purchase a Little Looster, you will get an additional 5 entries into any current giveaway. (BOUGHT LL)

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Aloha Friday - Manners?

Welcome to this week’s edition of Aloha Friday. In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too.

Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.
Then, link up with Kailani!

I know that not everyone says mam and sir...
So, I was wondering..

Do you teach your children to say "Mam" and "Sir"?
With that in mind... Where do you live?

My answer:

I am from Georgia... Born and raised.
We are taught to say sir and mam all the time.

Yes Sir, Yes Mam, Please and Thank You...
They all go together here, but I know other area's don't do that...

When younger, we also called our friends parents by their first name...
Like, Mr. Jimmy or Mrs. Debbie...
but always, there was a Mr. or Mrs. in front.

How about your area?


Wordless Wednesday -

7 Facts Award - Me?! Yay!

I am so happy to announce that I was awarded the 7 Facts Award!
Thanks to Amber from DragonFly Sweetnest.

As with all blog awards, there are a few rules:

1 - Copy the Award Picture and add it to your blog
2- Thank and Link back to the person who awarded it to you
3- Share 7 Facts about yourself
4- Give 15 other bloggers this award

My 7 facts about me...

1. My eardrum burst when I was younger. I was in Nursery school and they noticed I had fluid coming from my ear... I was taken to the hospital and yep... Eardrum burst. Now, I have hearing loss in one ear.

2. I set goals for myself when I was younger...
I wanted to go to college... Check!
I wanted to be married by the time I was 30... Check
I wanted to have at least one child by the time I was 35... Want 3 total... A boy and a girl would be great, but honestly... just happy and healthy! Check... One boy, one more to go! lol I think I am so lucky... Great family and friends...

3. My parents are awesome.
When I was 15... I went away for Church Camp for a week and when I returned, they took me to K-Mart. Handed me a set of Ford Car Keys and told me to find my car. I was told to look for a big sign in the window that said "Happy Birthday Noelle!!!" I looked and looked...
It was a Ford Explorer, what I really wanted... and the big sign?
A TYPED piece of paper (from a typewriter) taped in the driver side window.

4. I originally had a scholarship to go to college for Choir. Once I got to the college, I was offered more money for a photojournalism scholarship, so I took that one. My college no longer even has a photography department now.

5. I am from Albany, Georgia. That is where they filmed the movie, Fireproof. The firefighter that drinks the hot sauce? I went to middle school with him!

6. I am a celebrity junkie... I think it is neat to meet them... Just to know how they are. If they are nice, I like them even more... If they are not the best, I try to avoid anything to do with them, including no longer watching movies and things that they are in.

7. I have finally realized that I love being from the south! Growing up, I did not appreciate it... Now, I do! When we go home, I have Marc ride me around for me to take pictures of all the things I used to take for granted!

Now, my 15 bloggers...
Was hard to do, so I just went with my top 8


KidSwitch - Giveaway

Remember my previous post about KidSwitch?

Well, I was very lucky that KidSwitch was able to allow me to share with everyone at Parents Palooza about such a great product!
Not only did they send brochures, they are also hosting a giveaway!!!!

I am serious when I say that all houses with children need KidSwitch!
Not just for the ease of letting them turn on and off the light themselves.
Think about the safety factor!

Before KidSwitch they would try climbing on everything to reach the light switch...
Not anymore!

I LOVE our KidSwitch and the parents that I was able to talk to about it thought it was great for the safety as well as economically!

Who wants to win?
You can purchase KidSwitch for $8.95, pretty well priced, don't you think?

You can enter to win one here first!

Mandatory Entry:
Tell me why you want to win.
(Please leave email if not visible in your profile)

Extra Entries -
Follow my blog, must be a public follower – 1 entry
Subscribe by email – 1 entry
Follow me on twitter – 1 entry
You can tweet daily, linking back to this post - 1 entry per day

#win the Kidswitch #giveaway @jumpinbeans09

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Like my facebook page – 1 entry
Comment on any REVIEW from past 60 days (non-giveaway) - 1 per review, limit 3
Enter any active giveaway - 1 per giveaway
Place my button on your blog, leave the link to where it is – 2 entries

Contest will end March23 at midnight.
Contest for US residents, 18 and older. will select the winner.
Winner will have 72 hours to respond to winning email or a new winner will be selected.

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EcoStoreUSA = Eco Friendly - Review

Being a mom, I have slowly started noticing that the things we use everyday really are not always the best option.
Yes, there are several products that we use...
Simply put, because that is the brand that my family has used as long as I can remember.

I was very excited to have the opportunity to review a couple of products from EcoStoreUSA.
The hard part?
Deciding what I wanted to review.

The first thing I wanted to try was their Auto Dish Powder.
(You can purchase this for $8.50)
I mean, if it is cleaning the dishes that we then EAT off of, shouldn't they be safe?
When I saw that it was plant based, I thought that might just be pretty safe! :)
The dishes came out clean, as I hoped they would...
Although a couple loads had to run again...
Not sure why, but the part where you put the detergent never opened a couple times.
Now, I have never used powdered detergent, so I am not sure if this is normal or not...
So, I fault the dishwasher, not the product!
It happened 2 times.
I was a bit skeptical that they would clean all the food off, but then again, I am not like some people, I pretty much wash the dishes before I put them in the dishwasher... Always have.

The other product I was able to review was the SleepyTime Bath.
(You can purchase this for $8.50)
Broxton is ALWAYS wound up...
Always, he hates to sleep...
Has been that way since the day he was born.
I think he is just so worried he might miss an ounce of excitement.
So, of course, I would pick this...
Just to try and see.

Now, we all know that it did not make Broxton fall asleep in the tub, or immediately after...
But, it does give the aroma of relaxation and peace.
I really liked that the Sleepytime bath is more of an "aromatherapy" than a bubble bath.
You just use one capful.
It doesn't bubble up the tub, but it sure smells nice.
I have used it for myself a few times!
Who says there is an age limit?

I think that this is a must have for parents with little ones with sensitive skin.
When Broxton was a baby, we mostly used the plain, boring bath products, since he could not use anything with the fragrance/chemicals due to his eczema.
I just wonder if this would be safe...
I think so, but hey...
I just think it would be okay and it has not caused Broxton any problems....
Click here to see the ingredients used.

Please, join up to follow EcoStoreUSA on Twitter and Facebook.

FTC Compliant Review Policy: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation


TeeWit - Giveaway EXTENDED

Just wanted to let you all know...
I am extending the TEEWIT giveaway...

Head on over here to enter.
PLEASE, DO NOT enter on this post...
Enter on the MAIN PAGE.


Congrats Winners!!!

So, Broxton and I both have a nasty bug going on...
With that in mind...
I would like to make someone smile (since we aren't here!)
Time to announce WINNERS!!!!

Energizer Giveaway:

Greenleaf Giveaway:
Ashley Elaine

Charlies Soap:

EyeBuyDirect Giveaway:

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