Monday, October 20, 2014

Nurse in Public with Ease - Boho Mama Breastfeeding Wrap Review

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I am a firm believer in feeding your baby whenever they are hungry even if you are out in public.  I have never been ashamed to nurse in public even without any type of “cover”.   I usually do a pretty good job of keeping myself covered but with a wiggly baby, being discrete can be somewhat difficult.  Thanks to the Boho Mama Breastfeeding Wrap maintaining modesty while breastfeeding has never been easier.  Bringing both style and versatility to the table the Boho Mama Wrap definitely takes discretion to a whole new level. 



Made with all organic lightweight materials, this versatile wrap is designed to keep both you and your baby cool while providing complete coverage during nursing.   The fabric has the luxurious feel of silk without constantly slipping off.   With the many styles that this wrap has to offer, you can wear it both before and after your baby is born.  


I love how the Boho Mama Wrap cleverly transforms from a shrug (my favorite) to a poncho or several different types of scarf and even doubles as a cover for your car seat or stroller to help protect your baby from the elements.

Being so lightweight, the material folds compactly for easy storage in your diaper/hand bag.  Although it would be nice to have a few color options to choose from, the gray is not that bad and will look nice with almost any outfit you decide to wear.

Things I love:
Easy to wash
Made with all organic materials
Lightweight Breathable
Versatile

Things I dislike:
The color

Overall, I think that the Boho MamaBreasfeeding Wrap would make a wonderful shower gift for you or that special new mama in your life.  With its comfort, efficiency, and versatility it is sure to be a hit.




***For a limited time save 52.5% on full the retail price. Enter code CHW2CWMW at checkout and get this product for just $37.99!  Hurry offer ends October 31st, 2014.  Stop by Amazon and order yours today!

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

Friday, October 17, 2014

Saving the Planet One Napkin at a Time: Funkins Review and Giveaway

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In our home, we rarely use paper products.  We use everything from cloth diapers to cloth napkins.  So not only are we saving money but we are also saving the environment.  These days with cloth diapers becoming ever so popular are just a quick Google search away.  However, with extremely messy kids, finding the perfect most efficient cloth napkin can sometimes be a daunting task.  A good quality cloth napkin should be absorbent, durable, and a good size.  Which is why I am so glad I found Funkins Cloth Napkins


Funkins are bright, reversible, reusable cloth napkins designed especially for kids. Great for lunch boxes and perfect for meal/snack time at home makes them worth the investment.  They are 13′ x 15′ in size, made with 100% high quality cotton, and double as place mats. They are also great for lunch on the go! Keeping crumbs contained and out of the tiny crevasses in the carseat.  The fabric is adorable and with their huge selection, great for any occasion.  They are designed and sewn with care and stand the test of the washing machine once dirtied.  These are so much better than using a napkin once, then throwing it away. 

Why switch to cloth napkins?
-Trash reduction
-Easily washed in any washing machine
-No trees used to create them
-One time price to purchase vs. constantly buying paper towels
-More attractive than boring paper napkins
-Soft
 -More absorbent than paper towels!
-Satisfaction guaranteed: KIDS LOVE THEM!

If you would love to see all the fun things that Funkins has to offer, make sure to head on over to their website and check them out. They carry tons of patterns plus they offer art smocks, aprons, lunch bags & wet pouches!

If you would love a chance at winning some Funkins Napkins make sure to enter the giveaway below.

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

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Big Changes at Party of Three

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On Friday, Party of Three became a party of four.  For the giveaways that ended last week and this week, I will be announcing winners before the end of the week and will be posting some new giveaways.  For those who entered, thank you for your patience.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Cut Out The Chemicals and Naturally Dry Your Clothes with Wool Dryer Balls

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I know what you are all thinking. Really, what’s so great about dryer balls?  Well let me tell you about Natural Laundry Choice dryer balls!   Natural Laundry Choice are handmade dryer balls made from fine New Zealand Wool.  Naturally making them 100% chemical free.  Pretty awesome, Right?!

The Facts 
-Softens Naturally and reduces static
-Reduce Drying time by 25% and Helps Eliminate Wrinkles
-Hypoallergenic and Chemical Free
-Handmade and 100% Eco Friendly
 -Last up to 1500 loads
-Noise Free

For 120 dryer sheets you are going to spend about $5.  So you would need to buy 12.5 boxes to last you 1500 loads which will end up costing almost $63 dollars! While a six pack of XL Natural Laundry’s dryer balls retails for only $14.99 (thats only $0.009 a load).  So not only are you potentially saving nearly $50 (every thousand loads) by switching but you are also avoiding harmful chemicals.

Next up are Plastic/rubber dryer balls usually made with PVCs which are released into your laundry by the heat.  And the harsh tumbling is often loud and could ruin the inside of your dryer.


The Review
Natural Laundry Choice are the best wool dryer balls EVER.  They have significantly reduced my dry time, especially when drying our towels.  I also noticed a huge difference in the absorbency of our towels, not only are they softer but the tend to dry us better after .  I love that I am not only saving money but also avoiding all of those harsh chemicals found in fabric softener.   

I was also amazed to find how many of our clothes were completely wrinkle-free.   And with our old plastic dryer balls, I could never run the dryer during learning time with M or on movie night with Hubby because the noise was very loud and distracting.  I do not have that problem with Natural Laundry Choice Dryer Balls; they are nearly undetectable when the dryer is going.  The only "down side" to these is having to keep track of all 6 balls, lol!

If you would like to add a scent to your laundry grab your favorite essential oil, and after your laundry is completely dry, grab 2 dryer balls, apply 5-7 drops, toss them back in with your clothes on the air fluff cycle for 10 minutes.

If you feel like your dryer balls are getting a little dingy before your 1500th load, you can refresh them by placing them into a sock and running them through a wash cycle.

Would I recommend Natural Laundry Choice? Absolutely! 


Allergic to wool?  That’s ok, because Natural Laundry Choice dryer balls never shed therefore do not directly touch your skin!

  
Our awesome sponsors have generously offered one of my readers a set of 6 XL Natural Laundry Choice Dryer Balls!  
This giveaway is open Worldwide!
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, October 6, 2014

DIY Floral Arrangements Made Easy by Bloominous!

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Getting engaged and planning a wedding is supposed to be the highlight of your life, right?  Often times, though, the stress and cost of planning your wedding can really spoil the excitement.  The cost of your average wedding these days is anywhere from $5000-$20000!!   And, while you can’t really eliminate all of the stress that comes with planning a wedding you can eliminate some of the cost by making things yourself. 

When I was planning my wedding I found centerpieces and floral arrangements to be the most expensive d├ęcor items that you can DIY.   Knowing first hand that DIY for a wedding is not always time/cost effective, I would only suggest it to someone with the right tools.  If not done right, with the process of researching, purchasing, and arranging florals it can often end up causing more headache and costing a lot more money than just paying a professional.  I think I have found the tool that will not only allow you bragging rights but save you money as well…

ENTER BLOOMINOUS

I recently came across a wonderful website that provides easy DIY floral arrangements kits for weddings and other events.  Bloominous has found a way to give brides an alternative option for DIY wedding flowers and centerpieces without the hassle.

Why choose Bloominous for your next wedding / event?

1. Cost Saving:

• With Bloominous, brides will be able to save anywhere from 30% to 50% off their original floral budget.  Each piece is priced without the typical 300% markup from wedding florists.  
-$5 boutonnieres
-$40 centerpieces
-$50 bouquets

2. Easy DIY:

• Most DIY floral services do not send ‘prepped’ flowers, but Bloominous sends cut-to-order, dethorned, and trimmed flowers, so brides save time AND money

• Each kit comes with step-by-step photo instructions for easy assembling within 10 to 20 minutes per piece, as well as flower care products and design tips. 

3. Quality, Professional Design:

• All collections featuring specialty flowers are designed florist with 10+ years of
experience in event and floral design

• It’s not just the flowers—from trends to vases to favors, we design the whole look for your inspiration, in their offerings and blog

Still not convinced?

Stop on over the Bloominous.com and browse through all of their lovely collections.  They currently offer 5 unique collections and are working on adding more each month. 


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Friday, September 26, 2014

Bringing Imagination to Life with "Anything Can Happen In Mrs. Whynot's Room" ( +GIVEAWAY)

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Last night I sat down and read Little Miss M Anything Can Happen In Mrs. Whynot’s Room  by Jayne Peters.   This well-written and beautifully illustrated childrens book tells a story about using your imagination to create something wonderful; much like Jayne Peters did while writing such a great story.  Although a bit advanced for a 4 year old, Miss M absolutely loved it.  Not only did she listen intently to every word but she studied every picture.  So much in fact that she even noticed Jayne’s first book, Messy Jessy (which we own), lying on the floor of Mrs. Whynot’s story corner.  M also loved that Marcy’s final story starred a princess and a dragon (dragons are her favorite right now). 

“In Mrs. Whynot’s classroom writing is magical; pencils hover and clay characters come to life. But… everyone has something they find difficult and Marcy is no exception. She would like to do ANYTHING but write. She has NOTHING to write about. By talking to her classmates, playing with words and listening to stories Marcy realizes she has lots of tales to tell.”

Jayne Peters and Illustrator Traci Van Wagoner have truly created a brilliant story about bringing your imagination to life and recording your thoughts onto paper.  I would definitely recommend this book be added to every household’s library collection. 

Jayne Peters currently has 3 published children’s books (including Anything Can Happen In Mrs. Whynot’s Room).  Her first book, Messy Jessy is a charming paperback about loving oneself no matter what.

 Released in December of 2013 came her second book, Whispering Wings which is one about the importance of patience, helpfulness, cooperation, friendliness and determination. 

Where can you purchase these wonderful stories?
Just click here and choose the title you wish to purchase

To learn more about Jayne and her creations feel free to follow Jayne Peters' Book Loft via Facebook.



Want to bring Marcy & Mrs. Whynot into your home?  You can win one by using the form below!



This Giveaway is open to both US & Canadian Residents!
I was compensated in no way for this post. All opinions are 100% my own.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Now Accepting Holiday Gift Guide Submissions for 2014!

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Party of Three, but Room for More is now accepting submissions for our 2014 Christmas Gift Guide! 

From November 1st through December 23rd, I will feature gift ideas on Party of Three, but Room for More. This is the perfect time to get your product seen by my readers as they begin their shopping this season.  

I am accepting applications for the following categories this year: 
New Baby, Toddler, Children, Women, Men, Home, Food

As part of the Christmas Gift Guide you will receive:
-A custom blog post review
-A spot on my Christmas Gift Guide list that will featured prominently on this page from November 1st to December 23rd
-Social media promotion via my social networks including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and Pinterest
-The option to include a giveaway

If your company or Etsy shop has a fantastic product that you think would be a great addition to Party of Three’s Christmas Gift Guide, please contact me as spaces are limited. It does not cost anything to be featured in my Christmas Gift Guide, just a product free of charge for me to review. Product value minimum is $20. 

If you are interested in being included in our 2014 Christmas Gift Guide please submit your product by emailing me at mjdsmama@gmail.com with the subject line “Christmas Gift Guide 2014”. Please note that Christmas Gift Guide Reviews and Giveaways will not be posted on my blog until after November 1st.

Also, I have a donation box for Toys-for-Tots in my local area. If you'd like to contribute, please send a second product to be added to the donation box. At the end of December, I will write a post with pictures of all of the toys that companies were generous enough to donate!