Reviews, giveaways and memes - Jumpin Beans

16.4.11

I can feel my blood boiling...

This is a post to totally vent...
Just a warning...

Long story short...
Last week was total chaos.
The week before, we were noticing water outside our closet.
Last time that happened, it was the AC unit backing up...
Called the apartment, maintenance came and yes...
AC was clogged.
(This was a problem several times last year)
So, the next day, water is still there...
On the carpet.
Well, I left to take the boys home...
Marc was working...
Come home, floor SOAKING.
I went through who knows how many towels trying to dry it up...
Every single time Broxton walked on it, (he had to, it was in his way to get to his room)
He would slip and fall in the kitchen.
Called maintenance the next morning...
He comes back over...
Nope, it isn't the AC, he has no clue what it is that is causing water...
He then lifts the HOT WATER HEATER bottom up with a screwdriver...
Yep, That is the leak!
All over our floor.

He goes and gets a new one.
Drains the original, replaces with a new one.
Leaves.
Couple hours later, I notice... STILL no hot water.
He comes back...
Heater coil in there is not working..
Works forever and fixes it.
Our apartment smells like burnt marshmallows.

That was last weekend...
(Took place Friday through Sunday)
No, not getting better yet..

Monday -
I notice this sand looking stuff in the corner of Broxtons room..
AND the boys room...
I have no clue, call Marc in..
Is it bugs or something else?
Maybe termites.

Pest control comes Tuesday...
Yep, termites!
The pest control lady says she has to send her boss to treat it, because she doesn't do that.
I call and tell the apartment so they know..
We are under the impression that it will be resolved Thursday.
Thursday, I call the apartment.
They will call and see...
Never get a call back.
I see them and am told they will call Friday.
It is now Saturday, I called the apartment...
Oh, they never called..
They are with a client and will call and then call me back later.

Is it wrong that I am mad?
Or, my favorite word...
and Marc loves it...
I am LIVID!!!!

I mean, I am not asking if they know the schedule for when the Ice Cream Truck will be back around....
I am asking about FREAKING TERMITES IN OUR APARTMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Update:
They are supposed to be here Monday...
Let's see...

15.4.11

Aloha Friday - Meme


Linking up with Kailani :

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. Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends!


My question:
What Meme's do you participate in on a regular basis?

My answer:
I do Aloha Friday (of course!)
and Wordless/Wordful Wednesday.
When I think about it, I try and do Music Moves Me Monday...


Have a great weekend!
Don't forget to enter my current giveaways:
Big Belly Banks - ends 5/5

14.4.11

Can You Sew?


I can not sew at all...
But, if any of you can...
Or know of anyone that can...
Or want to share this with your readers/family/friends...
PLEASE DO


The Soldiers’ Angels Foundation Sewing Team announces
BLANKETS OF HOPE
Comfort and hope for recovery for our Wounded Heroes
in Combat Support Hospitals
Will you please make just ONE?
Guidelines can be found at www.soldiersangels.org.
Link to “Teams and Projects,”
then “Blankets,”
and then “Blankets of Hope.”
Questions/comments: blanketsofhope @ soldiersangels.org
THANK YOU on behalf of the Troops we serve!



Ready for Easter?

I received an email with a list of discount codes for Easter Items...
I just wanted to pass it along to any of you that might need them...
Did you know that you can visit CurrentCodes.com and find all sorts of codes for you.
You can search by store, view them all alphabetically or by category!
I am glad I know about this now, as I plan to use it for birthday and Christmas gifts!

Here are the currently active codes for all your Easter needs!
(Feel free to order something for me! LoL!)

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I did not receive any compensation for posting this, just wanted to share!

The Tao of Motherhood - Book Review


Mothers Day is May 8Th.
Do you have any plans?
We don't.
Not to be funny, but every day is special to me now that I have Broxton.
I love my mom and my grandmothers, but I do not know if we will be down there...
I do know they will be thought of, but they are everyday already!

If you are looking for a sweet something to get a Mother in your life...
I have a great idea for you.
This is a book that would be great for a friend that is a mother, for your mother or even for yourself!
I was able to review it and I enjoyed the read.
As you can expect, they are all short reads.
They just released the 20Th Anniversary edition.
(It was released April 11th!)
20Th Anniversary?
Something must be going right!

In the introduction, the author states:
" I hope you find inspiration here, and that your journey with your child is a joyful one that teaches you what you can here to learn."

I really enjoyed the read and the fact that it is best used (for me) during my quiet time.
Just a time for me to reflect (and enjoy) the amazing thing called Motherhood.
There are 81 messages for us to read.
I don't really know what to call them.
It isn't a story, maybe a reflection?
Several of them hit home, but I think each "message" will bring meaning for others in different ways.
Message number 27 : Knowledge
Now, that was a great one!
Another favorite? Number 23 : Stop.

I think the quote out of all I read came at the end of number 11, Empty Spaces.
"Similarly, know that your child uses your empty spaces. What you do not say resounds. What you do not do impresses."

Great words in here...
So, if you are looking for a great gift...
Birthday, Easter, Mothers Day, Baby Shower...

The Tao of Motherhood is a great book for a wonderful gift idea.

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.

13.4.11

Blessings Chakra Pillow - Review


Have you ever heard of the Chakra Pillow before?
I recently did...
and we all know how I am....
So, now I get to share it with you!!

The Chakra Pillow was created by Gurutej Kaur.
She is more than just the creator...
She has also helped to share her teachings of yoga and meditation.
She is an artist, a writer and so much more!

But, on to the Chakra Pillow.
There are 7 pillows to choose from.
Each have a different color and with that, a different aroma.

We had the chance to review the Blue one.
The blue is to uplift and energize.
Now, I have not done anything with mine but use it as an eye pillow.
It mentions the Chakra being for the throat and for communication.
I have enjoyed using it simply as the eye pillow.
I am sure over time I will use it as stated, but for now...
I am happy!
And when mama is happy......
Well, you know... everyone is happy!

The three things I really like about the Chakra Pillow:
One - You can use it hot or cold.
Whichever way you feel necessary for the relaxation you need, that is what you go with.
Two - You can remove the outer "pillowcase" and wash it.
They are made of silk and can be washed at home.
Most eye pillows I have seen do not allow for you to wash them so easily.
Three - The scent is a light aroma.
Nothing overbearing and nothing that bothers my nose when placed on my eyes!
Oh, I guess I should have said four things..
I also like that it is light weight and not that big, so it is perfect for those that travel!!!!

Remember Mothers Day is around the corner, this would be great if you are looking to make a pamper and relax gift basket for her!!!!
If you are interested in purchasing a Chakra for yourself or a loved one, head over to their store!
Just click HERE to order!

Please follow Gurutej on FACEBOOK and TWITTER.

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.

Atlanta Baby and Child Expo - FINALLY, I am going! Review and Giveaway

If you are not in Atlanta, I would love (and really really appreciate it) if you would still tweet about this. Would love any extra help in sharing with local moms...

I have never hid the fact that I want to go to a Baby and Child Expo.
Never.
Why?
Because I want to go!
I would love to go and find out about things for Broxton.
Thing for whenever we have another baby.
Things for babies that belong to my friends...

Besides that, I have never been to an event where you get a SWAG bag!
LoL, you always hear about the parties with the SWAG.
You hear about the blog expos and the baby expos....
Well, you heard it here...
I am going and I am getting SWAG!

Anyways, I get different emails from different places.
Yes, I am one of those moms that subscribed to any and all that I thought I might need...
While pregnant and after.
I admit, some did not work out for me, but others did...
I almost broke my neck trying to get to the computer when my phone popped up an email saying that Atlanta Baby and Child Expo would be taking place May 14th.

I had to log in and read all about it!
I am so glad I did!

Now, this is more for the mommy than the child, but I did ask if kids could come...
Yes, there will be children there...
BUT, as I stated... This is more for mom.

Just a few fun facts about AB&CE -
This is an elite baby expo, not a mass one.
This is held at the FOX THEATRE.
(My graduation was held there!)
You will find out about great companies and products.
(That is a main draw for me, there are so many great products out there and I just have to know! Hey, that just means more for me to tell you about!)
If you attend, you will have the chance to register for some of the services of the companies that will be represented.
You also have a chance to win giveaways!
They will be hosting giveaways for many things...
From Cribs to Strollers!

Also, get this...
They will be having a maternity fashion show!
Yes!!! How fun!
I remember reading on my friends facebook asking for cute maternity clothes, as we know it can be hard to find some at times...
Glad to know that they are doing this!
Oh and they will have an area to purchase some of the items you had your eye on!
The other thing I like...
Spa Sydell will be there!
They are the hosts of the Mommy Pampering Section!

For those that need/want a snack...
They will have a cravings corner that will be offering bite size samples for you to taste!

Head on over to the Atlanta Baby and Child Expo site to learn all about it!

Atlanta Baby and Child Expo is hosted by Bottles to Britches Premier Baby Planning in partnership with TheBump.Com


Now, on to something else pretty cool!
Two of you will win tickets to attend the event!

What you win:
Two entry tickets to Atlanta Baby and Child Expo
Held at the Fox Theatre Saturday May 14
11am -3pm

Mandatory Entry:
Leave me a comment telling me why you want to go.
(Please leave email address if not visible in your profile)

Extra Entries -
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Contest will end May 4th at midnight.
Contest for US residents, 18 and older.
Random.org will select the winner.
Winner will have 72 hours to respond to winning email or a new winner will be selected.

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.

The "perfect" B.R.A.T. to have around - Review


I am still learning when it comes to some things about being a mommy.
I have NEVER said I knew it all...
I and KNOW I for sure never will.
Does anyone?

A month or so ago, Broxton was pretty sick.
I think I might have blogged about it, or at least, took a "bloggy break" to deal with it.
Remember?
Broxton was sick, then me... Then Broxton again?
Of course, it had to happen when Marc was out of town...
Anyways, just a bit before that, I was searching for what to do when your little one is sick.

You know what I am talking about...
Not being able to hold anything at all down.
NO food or drinks...

We all know that you don't want to risk dehydration...
BUT, I was so lost...
No milk for an upset tummy, it makes it worse...
No juice for an upset tummy, it makes it worse...
Broxton refuses to even try to drink some things...
WHAT TO DO?!

I was freaking out...
I was told there were a few things we could try...
and out of the doctors office's mouth.
"Don't forget the BRAT diet."
THANK GOODNESS I had recently read up on it, for I sure would have sounded dumb trying to figure that out!

Are you familiar with it?
B- Banana's
R- (brown) Rice
A- Applesauce
T- Toast

When Broxton gets sick, he will not eat ANYTHING.
All he wants (if anything at all) is something to drink.

Introducing -
BRAT Diet Drink!
Luckily for all of us, Greg and Ilsa Toepfer created the BRAT drink.
It is all-natural, certified organic and lactose, gluten, casein, soy and corn-free with no added sugar or preservatives.
Wait a minute, it gets better...
It comes in 4 great flavors!!!
You can try : Original, Vanilla, Cinnamon Toast, and/or Chocolate Honey.
Thank goodness that we have not needed this yet.
I have it ready to go when the time does come up, so we are prepared now!!!

BRAT diet drink is also not just for little ones...
It is great for those suffering from the flu, morning sickness and several other ailments.

You can purchase these products through the BRAT DIET DRINK website, or in select retail stores such as Babies-R-Us or Whole Foods (just to name a few.)


Please stay up to date by following them 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.

12.4.11

W/W - What WE have been doing.


Yep! We did it!
We took the boys to Wrestle-mania!!!!!!

I will be posting soon... We were in the nosebleed section, but it was still fun!!!

This week, I am linking up with a few other fun W/W bloggers:


While you are here, don't forget to enter my contests...
I have 3 great ones right now....
Big Belly Banks - ends 5/5

Ragu has Veggies?! Shhhhhhh - Review

When we have the boys here, it is sometimes pretty hard to get them to eat their vegetables.
Now, sometimes they are all over it and they even ask for a salad before.
(So glad, as I love salad!)
Other times, they just want meat/bread.
Well, I am all about vegetables, so that is a must have.

I also read that food left in pans is considered left overs, while food on plates is trash.
With that in mind, we normally eat on the smaller, salad plates.
If they want more, they can have it...
But that way, we are not throwing food away.
Also, that way, I make them eat their veggies!
No way do you get more unless you eat them.
Bottom line :)
Wow, tough lady!
Yeah right... Veggies are good to eat... and good for you.

Imagine the fact if they saw that when I am making them spaghetti, each 1/2 cup of Ragu Traditional Sauce has 2 daily servings of their vegetable needs!
I know them, they will then want spaghetti all the time.
But think about it, that means plenty of happy faces.
I also like how fast and easy spaghetti is, so spaghetti night is always a happy night...
FOR ALL OF US!

I know I am not alone in my vegetable fight.
So much in fact that Ragu has made a facebook page to help all moms!
You can even comment them for suggestions on what to make for dinner!
True Story!
I just saw where someone wanted to know how to make something with ham and cheese.
They gave a recipe of the day... Ham and Cheese!
Ragu - Mom's the Word on Dinner looks like a great site for moms to bounce ideas off of one another.
They even have a monthly hot topic.
This month, Where Do You Find Dinner Inspiration?

FYI- We just had spaghetti last week...
Ragu traditional!!!!
So easy and tastes great!!!!!
(Shhhhhhh, please don't tell the boys about the veggies!!)

Disclosure: I was entered for a chance to win a RagĂș® prize package in exchange for this post. No monetary exchange took place


Habibi - Review


Looking for a great Mothers Day Gift?
HABIBI BODY is THE ANSWER!!!
PAMPER HER WITH LOVE!!!!

I have no way to describe this smell.
That is not normally how I start a post, but this is not an ordinary post.
I have been reviewing a couple products from the Habibi Body Care Line.
This smell is literally amazing!

From the Habibi Body Site:
Habibi is the creation of indulgent body care...
fusing pure organic ingredients with natural fragrance to create a collection of bath and body products.

I first tried the perfume oil.
I packed to go home for my Uncles funeral and it was easy to just throw in the suitcase.
I put it on in the morning before we left... Normally perfume fades on me... Especially if I am hot/sweating! Not only did the perume oil smell great, it actually lasted. ALL day long. (and fyi, I am a very emotional person anyways and I get all hot when I cry)

Well, I have not used it as a diaper balm or anything like that... I actually have been using it on Broxton as his lotion.
It comes in a little tub.
The balm is very thick. I mean, very thick... BUT - it only takes a little to last a LONG way.
I have been getting just a little bit and it is going all over Broxton.
Now, it is a bit oily at first, but it absorbs into his skin pretty fast.

My favorite of all?
The body balm for me.
It is like heaven in a jar.

The feel... like pouring love and serenity all over me.
Just like the baby balm, it is thick,
I have enjoyed putting it on my hands and arms. I love the way it smells and I wish I could put it all over my face.
It says not to, so I am not going to try...
BUT- it does mention it is safe for your hair! I am thinking that I might try to see if it adds all the moisture that is lost at times.

Now that I think about it... It is the smell of SUGAR CANE.
Yes, I read it on the jar, but I did not think about it... It totally reminds me of when I was younger and we went and watched them stirring the sugar cane. WOW!!! Talk about a flash back to my youth!
I notice myself smelling my hands over and over again.
I also noticed that the smell also lasts! It is not overbearing,but it also doesn't fade quickly!
They have over 20 scents to choose from and I am so glad I was able to try the Sugar Cane.
I hate it, but I normally stick to scents I am familiar with, so I doubt I would have chosen this.
BUT I AM GLAD I tried it.
This is just the scent for me!
Win-Win!

I will tell you, I am very much a packaging person.
The way a product is packaged is the first look you get at a company.
If it is appealing and draws you in, you will be more apt to try it, in my opinion.
The labeling and marketing for Habibi releases a sense of peace and that was the first thing I saw when looking at their products.
The peace does not end there, it is carried through the packaging and labeling all the way to the actual product inside!
I also was pulled to Habibi since it is based on recipes that was passed down for generations, with the addition of further learning to share the best product available.

I will say, I do think it is a bit pricey.
You can buy a 4 oz tub for $24.99 or an 8 oz tub for $49.99.
BUT, as long as it is seeming to last, it seems as though in the long run, it will last way longer than other less expensive lotions.
Now, I don't know about you..
But I would rather buy one product that lasts for quite some time versus having to constantly purchase again.
In the end, I think the price evens out over time.

I hope that you will take a minute to head over and see what all Habibi Body has to offer.
It really is a wonderful product!!!!

Please follow Habibi on FACEBOOK and TWITTER.

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.

Linking up with Real Mom Reviews.

I am a Guest!!!

When I first started blogging, I did not have very many blogs that I regularly followed.
I think there were 3 main ones that I fell in love with...
and I still love them to this day.

One of the main ones was JDaniel4s Mom.
She has a sweet and often times silly little boy, you guessed it...
JDANIEL!
:)
Over the course of time, I have learned much from her...
Her posts are great, from all of her regular posts to the ones that tell us about their adventures.
Now, I think we can both agree...
Distance Doesn't matter with our bloggy friends.
It just STINKS the Broxton couldn't have JDaniel for a play date buddy!
Oh the posts and pictures we would have then!!!

Please, head on over to JDaniel4's mom and read my guest post...
I am honored to be a guest blogger over there, but most of all...
I am honored to be her friend!!!

11.4.11

From Disneyland to the Big Screen - An exclusive look at Pirates of the ...

Marc and the boys LOVE the different Pirates of the Caribbean. Just wanted to share that they now have the fourth one about to come out... More Johnny Depp for everyone!

10.4.11

My Parents

So, this past weekend, we went to visit my parents...
Broxton LOVES seeing them and of course, this weekend was no different!
(Except we were super busy!)

Remember, we went and watched them film a Disney Movie...
Then, when we finally got home, my mom had a prize for Broxton.
(I totally blame her and my dad for spoiling him... I had NOTHING to do with it!)
Anyways, she bought those little pill looking things...
You drop them in the water and the outside dissolves, leaving a sponge like toy?
Yeah.. Not so much.
We tried... and either they were dysfunctional OR we were impatient.
Either way, we took them and pulled the pill part out, then dropped them back in to let the sponge part open up.
Yeah, Broxton wanted to eat them.
No, we would not let him! :)

Here is Broxton playing with Maw-Maw.
Like I said...
SUPER BUSY.
Then, my dad came home from work.
Tax time... He's ALWAYS working!
Well, we loaded up and went to the Arena Football game.
Broxton had a blast and of course, my dad did too!!!

Here is Broxton learning football stuff from Papa!
Now, this picture:
After the game, you can go on the field and meet the players.
Well, we went down there...
Broxton was passing out HIGH FIVES!!!
It was cute...
Until he saw them getting ready for the team meeting in the middle after the game.
He wanted to get down.
So, I let him...
What did he do?
He got down, squatted like a football player (in front of this guy) and said
"HUT!"
At that point, this guy cracks up laughing...
Another player comes over and Broxton did it again!
It was so funny!

 
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