Monday, May 30, 2011

Winners! Winners!

Before I announce some winners, I want to let you all know I've extended the end date on the Episencial giveaway due to Memorial Day weekend! If you haven't entered yet, go now! Below is an overview of all current giveaways! Many with LOW entries!

Episencial ~ Summer Essentials Skincare (SAFE Sunscreen!) ~ Ends 5/31
Eco Lunch Gear ~ Snack Bag ~ Ends 5/31
CafePress ~ Journal ~ Ends 6/2
Planet FLOPS ~ Natural Rubber Flip Flops ~ Ends 6/5
LoveMode ~ Juniors Clothing $25 Gift Certificate ~ Ends 6/8


The following 4 winners will each be receiving $10 in Save Rewards from the Eversave giveaway!

MissHuniBuni
Kami B.
pwnmom
Ashley S.

The winner of the Mrs. Renfros giveaway is...

#44 Steph B!

The winner of the Little Duck Organics giveaway is...
#29 Audra! 


Congratulations to you all! You have all been contacted via email regarding your win! Please respond within 48 hours to claim your prize.


Saturday, May 28, 2011

(Closed) LoveMode Juniors Clothing Review and Giveaway Ends 6/8


At LoveMode you'll find a great assortment of trendy juniors clothing at really great prices. They're the new fashionable juniors line website by Kiki's Fashions, who I reviewed recently as well. And no, it's not just for your teenage daughter!

Despite having a child and changed body shape, I still shop in the juniors department at places like Kohls or Macys. Juniors clothing just fits me better, and gives me better shape than womens. Not to mention the stylish, cute and trendy factor that is just easier for me to wear on a daily basis. I may be a mom, but I don't have to lose my style! So, I was really excited to check out LoveMode, and see what they have to offer!

I chose the Grey Flower Accent Top to review! 
This top is super cute, and even better in person! It's 100% Rayon, very flattering on, and has a great shape. I love the thin, grey texture of this shirt for warm weather. It's not very fitted, and actually feels a little more flowy on top, and a little fitted around the hips. Each side has about 4 inches of elastic ruching at the bottom too. 


This top is nice and long for anyone tall like myself. That's one of my biggest pet peeves with juniors OR womens clothing. The length!! The sleeves are also pretty open and flowy as well. The flower accent is black and white, and adds a great piece of flair for even more overall personality. Love it!

A lot of their clothes (actually most of them) scream "SEXY" and are a bit short, tight, or revealing. And their line is really geared towards juniors.....teenagers. I understand that this sort of clothing sells, but I'd love to see more modest choices for young women instead of everyday clothing that looks more like club wear. That's why I liked the top I picked! Flattering but still tasteful!

LoveMode seems to be "on trend" and it looks like they are constantly getting new styles. I've also noticed they run lots of great promotions despite their already really affordable prices. Be sure to follow them on Facebook for current updates!

Price: The Grey Flower Accent Top is only $16.72!

The Verdict: I love the shirt I picked out! It fits really well and has lots of great features and details. While I wish they would promote more modest fashions for juniors clothing, they still had plenty of
cheap juniors clothes I liked and would definitely buy! For quality juniors clothing at an affordable price, check out LoveMode!

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One winner will receive a $25 Gift Certificate to LoveMode.com!

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-Tell me something you would love to buy at LoveMode! (1 entry)

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#Win a #free $25 GC to LoveMode from @TheReynoldsMom!! Juniors #Fashion #Apparel #Giveaway Ends 6/8 http://tinyurl.com/3euxkwj (1 entry/tweet)

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

(Closed) Planet FLOPS Review and Giveaway Ends 6/5

You may remember the giveaway I hosted for Planet FLOPS in March. Well, this time I had the opportunity to actually review their flip flops and give ANOTHER pair away to one lucky winner! I've been wearing my new FLOPS out and about quite a bit this week. Let. Me. Tell. You. When they say natural Brazilian Rubber is more comfy? They're RIGHT!

Rubber trees are not cut down to harvest the rubber, and provide a renewable, sustainable source of income for those who reside in rain forests. Natural rubber is even bio-degradable and Planet FLOPS can be recycled. They do contain small amounts of other materials, including dyes and glues, but this is to ensure a durable and comfortable fit. Planet FLOPS are super eco-friendly product for your feet this summer!

I chose the Chocolate Lime FLOPS to review! LOVE the color!

Oh geez...try not to look at those chipped paint toenails too closely!! Instead, check out how perfect these fit. They have a great shape and fit wonderfully. Not only that, but they are heavier than your typical cheap pair of flip flops and certainly feel more durable. They are not stiff, but aren't overly flexible causing no support for your feet either. The high quality is evident, and I can tell the difference in comfort and cushion created by the natural rubber as opposed to synthetic materials.

Make sure you check out the size chart so you get the correct fit for your feet. I'm an 8.5-9 in womens usually. The size 9/10 was recommended to me, and my feet fit them perfectly. If I had size 9.5 feet, I really don't think they would have fit. So, be sure to find the size chart in the FAQ section and size up if in doubt.

Also, I noticed these are a bit "chalky" and give off a little cloudy residue on the surfaces of the FLOPS. It's not a color, and it wipes off (and won't damage anything!). You may notice this on some of the FLOPS photos on their website. I'm almost positive this is caused by the natural aspect of the rubber. It's actually quite nice to have this. As gross as this sounds, it kept my feet dry after walking around on a warm day, and they didn't become slippery or squeaky at all!

Price: Planet FLOPS for Men, Women and Kids are $24 each.

The Verdict: Super comfy, lots of fun colors, great for the environment, and recyclable too. I could go on and on! I really like this
natural alternative to all the synthetic materials used in most summer footwear!

Buy It!
You can purchase a pair of Planet FLOPS at PlanetFLOPS.com

Win It!
Planet FLOPS has generously agreed to send one winner ANY pair of their FLOPS!

Rules:
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Open to US residents only. This giveaway will end on June 5, 2011 at 10pm PST. Winner will be chosen by Random.org, emailed, and announced on my blog shortly after giveaway ends. The winner has 48 hours to respond to my email or I reserve the right to declare a new winner.

Disclosure: I received the above mentioned product(s) to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received. This is my completely honest opinion above and may be different from yours. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

(Closed) CafePress Journal Review & Giveaway Ends 6/2

 

You may remember my last review of CafePress back in March for St. Patricks Day organic t-shirts. Well, this time I'm here to show you they sell products for everyday use too! To refresh your memory, here's a little more about CafePress

Started in 1999, CafePress is an amazing concept. It is comprised of a community of artists and designers who actually make the designs you find on their website. CafePress just prints the design on their t-shirt, mug, stationery, stickers, etc. once ordered, and sends it to the customer. Simply put, CafePress is an online store where you can find a variety of custom gifts for any occasion, and that fit your individual style and interests.

I like CafePress because it allows all sorts of artists from all ranges of experience to do what they love and earn money while doing it. By making a purchase at CafePress, you're supporting the artist who came up with the design. Not only that, but YOU can make your own design or logo and add it to any of CafePress' products too. I'd love to personalize something like their water bottles with "The Reynolds Mom" on it one of these days!

Alright, so check out the Art Nouveau Flowers Journal I chose to review this time around. You can find TONS of beautiful journals at CafePress. You can't tell me there aren't any designs for your taste...that's virtually impossible! There are SO many to choose from. And remember, you can design your own too.

The 5" x 8", 160-page journal features a beautiful black, white, and gray floral design printed on a glossy, laminated paper. The back cover is a black flexible plastic that feels comparable in weight and texture to the front cover. The journal is Wire-O bound, which means the ends are hidden between the last page and the back cover, and no pokey wires hang out to bug you! :) It's filled with 60lb paper that is lined on each side, college-ruled style. You can actually customize the type of paper you'd like: blank, dot grid, lined college-ruled, or task. The paper feels really nice and thick, and isn't thin like the paper you find in some planners.

This journal isn't just for stashing your secrets! It's great to use as a daily task list to put in your purse, or a price-comparison list for the coupon savvy shoppers out there. Do you like to doodle? Keep it with you when you're out and draw when you feel inspired. Or, always have something for your kids to color on too! This really has many uses! These journals would also make a great gift for a friend or loved one.

Price: The Art Nouveau Flowers Journal I received is $11.

The Verdict: Overall, this journal is really high quality and nicely bound. It's a bit pricey, but you're supporting the artist who created this beautiful design too! 

Buy It!
Check out all the Journals that CafePress has to offer!

Win It!
One winner will receive a Journal from CafePress!

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-Tell me what journal you would choose at CafePress! (1 entry)

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Open to US residents only. This giveaway will end on June 2, 2011 at 10pm PST. Winner will be chosen by Random.org, emailed, and announced on my blog shortly after giveaway ends. The winner has 48 hours to respond to my email or I reserve the right to declare a new winner.

Disclosure: I received the above mentioned product(s) to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received. This is my completely honest opinion above and may be different from yours.
This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

More Winners!

The winner of the Kim & Scott's Gourmet Pretzels giveaway is...

#117 MANDY83!

The winner of the Kiki's Fashions Maternity giveaway is...
#218 Heather R


Congratulations to you both! You have 48 hours to respond to my email and claim your prize.


Friday, May 20, 2011

(Closed) Eco Lunch Gear Review & Giveaway Ends 5/31

Changing our wasteful habits is not an easy task, and it won't happen overnight. But, we can all take small steps to minimize waste and increase our use of reusable bags, containers, and other reusable storage devices. Eco Lunch Gear has taken concepts from everyday lunch-time products we already use and made them reusable!

Here at Eco Lunch Gear we make reusable snack bags, sandwich wraps & cloth napkins. By choosing our organic cotton bags you are helping the Earth twice as much. First for choosing to reuse & second because organic cotton is free of chemicals - in both the growing & printing process. We not only thought of the end result but the beginning as well.

We put the FUN into brown bagging!

-Eco Lunch Gear Website 

You'll find only 100% organic cotton on the exterior of Eco Lunch Gear products. This organic cotton is fully certified to GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standards) and is also certified Fair Trade and CPSIA (Consumer Products Safety Commission Improvement Act) compliant. Eco Lunch Gear products are made in Michigan and NOTHING is outsourced (which is awesome!). Their supplies come from companies who use Fair Trade practices, and they are even recognized by Green America as a green company. 

Eco Lunch Gear really embodies what it means to be green and they take their "green" lifestyle very seriously. The information I received with my 2 review products was even printed on 100% recycled paper with ink from a recycled ink cartridge. Green down to the little details! 

I received a Sandwich Wrap and Snack Bag to review! 

The Sandwich Wrap is a very versatile product for your lunch. Wrap your sandwich or other food, then use it as a placemat instead of a plate or extra napkin. Unwrapped it measures approximately 13" x 15". The wrap is closed using velcro, and even has an extra velcro tab to attach it to so it won't stick to anything in the wash. It holds in all the crumbs and all the mess with it's interior nylon material. It's great for outings when we need to bring a PB&J sandwich. And no, the jelly doesn't seep through the material and get on everything!


 Inside the Snack Bag

The Snack Bag is a really unique design for a reusable bag measuring 3 1/2" x 6". It opens up completely so you don't even have to deal with crumbs in the corners that never come out and get fully clean.  It also has extra velcro tabs for the laundry to avoid sticking to other things. It's perfect for all Buddy's snacks that inevitably get smashed or crunched in my bag (or by him!), and I know I don't have to worry about the crumbs coming out either. The design at the bottom corners when close overlap slightly, allowing for a snug corner!

Both products have impeccable craftsmanship, and are very high quality. They also has a label on the front so you can write your name (see first photo). All their products can be machine washed and dried, although they will last longer if hand washed and line dried. You can wash them at night with the dishes and have them ready to pack lunches in the morning! 

I should mention that their nylon on the inside is actually polyurethane coated nylon, with the polyurethane coating on the inside away from your food. Eco Lunch Gear has found that the coating helps keep your food fresh. It's also been tested and is free of heavy metals, phthalates, and lead. The nylon is resistant to water, stains, mildew, and rot which means moist foods are absolutely great in Eco Lunch Gear products too!

*Coupon Alert!* 
Get 10% off through May 31st when you use code reynolds at checkout!

Price: Sandwich Wraps and Snack Bags are $9.50 each.

The Verdict: I think these are great reusable products! The cost is absolutely worth the high quality materials and craftsmanship you receive. Eco Lunch Gear clearly takes great pride in their products, and offers only the best for their customers. I also LOVE all the patterns they have!
 
Buy It!
Buy Eco Lunch Gear products at their online store, or check out these locations!

Win It!
One winner will receive a Snack Bag in their choice of pattern! 



Rules:
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To Enter:

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-Tell me what reusable product you would love to have from Eco Lunch Gear! (1 entry)

Extra Entries:


-Follow The Reynolds Mom on Google Friend Connect (1 entry)

-"Like" me on Facebook (1 entry)

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Eco Lunch Gear on Twitter (1 entry)

-Tweet the following up to 2 times/day, at least one hour apart please. Please leave the URL of your tweets in separate entries.

#Win a #free @EcoLunchGear Snack Bag at @TheReynoldsMom! #Natural #Organic #Ecofriendly #kids #Giveaway Ends 5/31 http://tinyurl.com/3vjouqy (1 entry/tweet)

-Subscribe to my blog by email (2 entries) or RSS feed (1 entry)


-Sign up for the Newsletter at Eco Lunch Gear at the bottom of their page! (2 entries) By doing so, you're automatically entered into their monthly drawings too!

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Thanks for entering and good luck!



Open to US residents only. This giveaway will end on May 31, 2011 at 10pm PST. Winner will be chosen by Random.org, emailed, and announced on my blog shortly after giveaway ends. The winner has 48 hours to respond to my email or I reserve the right to declare a new winner.

Disclosure: I received the above mentioned product(s) to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received. This is my completely honest opinion above and may be different from yours. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Wordless Wednesday 5/18


Wow, it's been a while since I've done one of these! Anyway, this is my attempt at having some sort of "garden" this year. Yes, just a little organic herb trio I found at Trader Joes. Isn't it cute? As we've seen in a previous WW post, Buddy likes to dump out pots and pulls off leaves with any attempt I make at gardening out on our patio. But this, THIS is in my kitchen, where I have my eyes on it from anywhere in our home. Now I just have to not kill the darn things!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

(Closed) Episencial Summer Essentials Skincare Review, Giveaway and Coupon! Ends 5/31 (Extended!)

Are you ready for the sun this summer? Make sure your family is protected with Episencial's natural summer skincare essentials. Episencial offers a line of safe skincare products, like mineral-based sunscreen, that are safe for babies, kids, and adults too. Free of parabens, phthalates, additives, fragrances, BPA and petroleum, you'll LOVE the entire line of all-natural skincare for your entire family!

First, I'm really excited to share with you Episencial's Sunny Sunscreen SPF 35. Just one month ago I was getting anxious about having to find a safe sunscreen this year. Turns out the one I thought was apparently "safe" last year, was not entirely true. It was still a chemical based sunscreen, loaded with toxins I learned about the summer season was over. Sunny Sunscreen still protects the skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays while using a natural blend of zinc and titanium minerals instead of harsh chemicals. The non-greasy, water-resistant formula is full of nourishing organics ingredients like shea butter, beeswax, green tea and sesame, safflower and avocado oils. It has a milky texture, and blended easily into my skin. Since it's safe enough for babies, that means I'll be using for myself this summer too! One sunscreen for the whole family!

Buddy has very fair skin like me, so I'm a nervous wreck when he's outside in the sun for more than a few minutes. Even with one of those hats that covers his entire head and neck, his arms and legs will are still exposed. While I still would never let him play in direct sun for hours at a time WITH sunscreen on, at least I have a little more peace of mind and Buddy can have some outdoor fun too!

 The Soothing Cream is AWESOME. It really does soothe the skin, and worked well on my super dry hands especially. While the other 2 products did leave a shiny look to the skin (although not greasy), the Soothing Cream blends completely and leaves just hydrated, smooth, soft skin. This multi-purpose moisturizer features an organic blend of calming calendula, oat extract and borage seed and is also great in helping treat rashes, and irritated or itchy skin as well. You'll also find organic green tea, neem oil along with the calendula extract that can naturally boost skin immunity and help heal from eczema. You all know from a prior review that I have some horrible eczema. I haven't used it on my eczema yet, but I fully intend on trying it and hoping for the best!

Guess what!?! Apparently the Soothing Cream great as a safe diaper cream for use with cloth diapers too!

We also tried the Protective Face Balm SPF 6. This also has a milky, lotion texture, and smoothed on without being greasy. It's a great choice for baby's chapped, dry face caused by runny noses and drool ravaged chins. Although Buddy's face isn't too dry this time of year, I know it will be great for winter months and his dry cheeks, especially after bath time. This balm is even safe for lips too! It contains ingredients like organic aloe vera, coco butter, shea butter, organic licorice extract and raspberry butter to soothe, protect, insulate, hydrate and relief chapped skin and lips.

Something for you to check out...

I've been a bit diligent lately in checking my skincare products at the EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetics Database to find their "hazard" score. EWG's Skin Deep is basically an online safety guide for cosmetics and personal care products and can help you determine if a product's ingredients are safe for you. I'm excited that Episencial's Soothing Cream rates at a 1 out of 10, and their Sunny Sunscreen and Protective Face Balm are only a 2 out of 10. So, all 3 products are considered to be of low hazard, which is fantastic compared to most products out there. In fact, Sunny Sunscreen was named one of the top sunscreens for safety and effectiveness!

Be sure to follow Episencial on Facebook and Twitter for news and the latest updates!

*Coupon Alert!* 
For Skin Cancer Awareness Month, get 15% off all Episencial products with the purchase of Episencial Sunny Sunscreen at Dermstore.com! Use coupon code DSSUNNY valid through May 23rd! Dermastore.com is also offering a special Episencial Skin Soothing Set ($26 value) with any Episencial purchase of $30!

Price: Sunny Sunscreen SPF 35 (4oz) - $14.99, Protective Face Balm SPF 6 (.75 oz) - $5.99, Soothing Cream (4oz.) - 10.99.

The Verdict: These 3 products are amazing just like the rest of the Episencial line! I feel so relieved to have found a completely safe sunscreen for my family this summer and I'm excited to continue using all the products whenever we need them. Yay for all-natural skincare that's also made is the USA! Thanks Episencial!

Buy It!
Check Episencial's Store Locator to find a store with Episencial products near you! You can also find Episencial at
Dermstore.com (and use the coupon code above!), or at one of my favorite natural online retailers, Ecomom.com.

Win It!
One winner will receive the same products I reviewed! The full-sized Sunny Sunscreen SPF 35 (4oz) and Protective Face Balm SPF 6 (.75 oz), as well as a travel sized Soothing Cream (.75 oz.)!!

Rules:
-Leave 1 comment per entry
-Include your email address in each entry
-For complete giveaway rules and help entering, please click HERE

To Enter:

Mandatory Entry: (must be done first)

-Tell me what Episencial product you would like to try! (1 entry)

Extra Entries:

-Follow The Reynolds Mom on Google Friend Connect (1 entry)

-"Like" me on Facebook (1 entry)

-"Like" Episencial on Facebook (1 entry)

-Follow me on Twitter (1 entry)

-Follow Episencial on Twitter (1 entry)

-Tweet the following up to 2 times/day, at least one hour apart please. Please leave the URL of your tweets in separate entries.
#Win #free @Episencial #Natural Skincare products! #Summer Sunscreen & More! @TheReynoldsMom #Giveaway Ends 5/31 http://tinyurl.com/44ll3e3 (1 entry/tweet)

-Subscribe to my blog by email (3 entries) or RSS feed (1 entry)

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Thanks for entering and good luck!



Open to US residents only. This giveaway will end on May 29, 2011 Extended! Ends May 31 at 10pm PST. Winner will be chosen by Random.org, emailed, and announced on my blog shortly after giveaway ends. The winner has 48 hours to respond to my email or I reserve the right to declare a new winner.

Disclosure: I received the above mentioned product(s) to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received. This is my completely honest opinion above and may be different from yours.