Thursday, October 30, 2014

Anything Goes Fall Giveaway Hop {Review and Giveaway for e-cloth}

Disclaimer:  Products for the grand prize were provided for review.  No payment was received to write the review.  All opinions are honest.  The sponsor is responsible for shipping the Grand Prize, not the bloggers involved in the giveaway event.

 Anything Goes Fall Giveaway Hop


Welcome to the Anything Goes Fall Giveaway hop Event! 
Hosted By: The Simply Me Blog
The Event goes from October 30 - November 11th
 Several bloggers have joined together to bring you some amazing giveaways!  The complete list of bloggers can be found below.  
Each prize is valued at $25 or more! Have fun and good luck :) 

The grand prize is being sponsored by Winning Moves Games and ECBC!
The grand prize can be found here Grand Prize


I reviewed a few awesome cloths from e-cloth last year and it was so funny that they contacted me again as I was just admiring the cloths that are getting much use around our house!  You can see my past review here.  My favorite one that I have is the Window cloth!

This time around I had the privilege to review the Deep Clean Mop from e-cloth!  The main reason that I choose this item from their website was my mom needed something that she could easily grab and clean with.  Since moving my dad in with her she has needed to mop much more frequently!  I will spare you gross details except the fact that she needed an easy and quick (non-toxic) solution to cleaning her hard wood floors.

The mop came in and had very simple instructions to set it up.  Literally like three things!  Once I had the mop assembled and adjusted to my height I simply put the mop head under running water and squeezed out the excess then velcroed the pad to the mop.



What I love about the Deep Clean Mop:
-Very easy to assemble and use
-Easy to clean after use
-NO Chemicals (this is especially good for kids or like my mom's house my dad is battling Cancer so he doesn't need more chemicals that he is already been around)
-When finished you simply wash the mop head(once a week) and you can turn the handle to store more compact.

I was really impressed at how well the mop cleaned with just water!  I normally use a steam mop at my house and now I am regretting giving this to my mom!  I used it on our floors right away and was amazed at the dirt and yucky stuff it picked up.  In fact the mop picks up 99% of all bacteria with just water.  See this YouTube video on just how e-cloth products work.  The only drawback that I found with the mop is that it would come unscrewed periodically.

Overall, I continue to be impressed with the products from e-cloth.  My mom is definitely enjoying moping her floors in less time and with no chemicals.  I encourage you to connect with e-cloth on their Facebook page and Twitter.

Now for the giveaway!  e-cloth is providing one winner with their own Deep Clean Mop!  To enter simply fill out the giveaway tools form below.  This is open to US readers 18 and older.  The winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be drawn.  Mommy Miranda is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

I was sent a product to review in exchange for my own personal opinion.



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Now that you have entered my giveaway hop around to the other awesome bloggers and enter away!


Sunday, October 26, 2014

MonkeeBumz Giveaway!


MonkeeBumz is a new shop that offers custom fleece covers that are complaint and they are now offically opened!  To celebrate we are giving away some awesome prizes!

Just a little about MonkeeBumz:  The owner Sherry started making fleece covers about 4 months ago for her son (who just had his first birthday!!) and she fell in love with them!  She decided that she wanted to open her own business making them but wanted to be compliant before she opened.  I had to ask what compliant means--that everything has been tested if need be for lead and fabric content...and she has registered with the fed and state government.  
Go to her Facebook page here to learn more on her full story and to see the sizing and pricing details!


The prize list is as follows:
1.  Custom Fleece Cover from MonkeeBumz- Winner will get to choose what awesome cover they want for their little bum
2.  'Fia Fluff Bottom Balm-Winner will get one container of balm for little ones see She Seams So Crafty's full review here on her blog!  
3.  One size cloth diaper from Rock n' Bottoms cloth diaper store 
4.  Embroidered Ring Sling from She Seams So Crafty
5.  A pair of Grow with Me pants (Gender Neutral) from Active Duty Diapers
6.  5 Cloth Wipes from Active Duty Diapers
7.  A Charlie Banana wet bag from Madeleine's Diaper Shoppe 
8.  Infiniti Scarf from A Real Life Country Housewife

To enter to win just simply fill out as many of the options on Rafflecopter as you wish!  This giveaway is open to US readers 18 and older.  The winner will be announced on Halloween night.  The participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.  




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Sunday, October 5, 2014

FulcrumGallery.com Photo on Canvas Review

The kind folks at FulcrumGallery.com asked me to review an item in exchange for my honest opinion.



When I was asked to review an item for FulcrumGallery.com I browsed their prints on canvas and was impressed.  I also noticed they have Photos on canvas and with baby M due I thought it would be a great idea since I have a nice photo of my first to get a Photo on Canvas of her too!  I was thrilled about this so right after I had her baby pictures completed I went ahead with my order.

FulcrumGallery.com has an interesting founding story that you can read more on their website.

I will tell just a little about the day Baby M was getting her pictures taken!  I had hired a friend just like with my toddler to take pictures only this time was very last minute and it was a week later than I had originally planned.

Baby M was two weeks old and up until that day had been sleeping very good during the day.  She had other plans!  I had to sit there and breastfeed her a good hour before she would fall asleep so we could take her picture.  This is quite funny because Toddler A did the same thing!  I had planned on them wearing matching outfits for a few pictures and they turned out great!  I am glad that the WAHM I knew could do pictures on such a last minute. (Thanks Lynnesaye)

Here are a few that she captured:

As soon as my CD was ready I couldn't wait to order my picture!

My review:
I was very impressed with the ease of ordering on FulcrumGallery.com.  There is basically only a three step process to ordering.  Simply upload your photo, Select the size you want, then choose a finish.  A confirmation email was sent when my order was processed and shipping information was emailed out about 7 days later as well so I knew when to expect my package.  I was surprised it did not take long at all for this custom picture on canvas to be framed by hand and mailed out.


When I received my picture in the mail it was very carefully wrapped in cardboard as to not damage the precious picture inside.  The quality was amazing and no detail was left out in the framing and it was even signed by the framer (how often does that happen).

 I ordered the 11.75 x 8.5 inches Framed Canvas Transfer Flat Front Petite Black.  It was just what it described on the website.  The frame is a very good quality and the backing is solid with mounts to attach at either end.

I had my husband move our pictures around to put our wedding invitation and engagement pictures in the middle and both children on either side.  Baby M is pictured on the left.  I love this new arrangement on the wall in our living room!




The cost of the Picture on Canvas that I ordered was about $43.00 including shipping and this would be the only drawback for me.  If I was to purchase something like this I would not be able to as it is not in our budget.  However, FulcrumGallery.com always seems to have sales going on so that makes it more possible for the average family to get their hands on something this awesome!

Here is a photo of the framed product but I can't do it justice on the detail but you get the idea.

Overall, I am very impressed with the ease of ordering, quality and finished product of my Picture on Canvas of my sweet baby M and I will cherish it forever!  I would recommend FulcrumGallery.com for any of your picture needs.

For Custom Framed Photos just like the one I received you can go to their site here.  To see their other awesome prints you can go to their main page and search from there!

You can connect with FulcrumGallery.com on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

I did receive a product in exchange for my honest opinion.







Cloth Diaper Safe Rash Creams: Comparison

I'm the type who likes to try every option before deciding what I like best.  In this case, I'm talking about diaper rash creams.  Below are ones I have tried and I'm writing this to do a little comparison of brands to help you decide what is best for your needs!



Grandma El's
This one is great for creating a barrier.  We had a little bit of a nasty diaper rash a while back either from using hotel washers or eating banana and this was my go-to cream.  It's similar in consistency to petrolatum jelly without the harmful effects.  It allows your skin breathe and doesn't act as a film of plastic over it!  It's available in a tub or tube.



Earth Mama Angel Baby Bottom Balm
I LOVE how this balm is scented!  With an olive oil base, it definitely has a thinner consistency than others and almost seems to absorb when applied.  We didn't really have a rash to speak of when we used this, so I can't say how great it is for clearing a rash.  I think it is perfect for keeping the tush moisturized and it's packed with healing and organic ingredients.  It's available in a tub.



CJ's BUTTer
I have only tried CJ's in the tea tree and lavender scent and it's one of my top contenders for sure.  It has a perfect creamy consistency that doesn't seem to disappear on contact and keeps everything nice and supple!  It's available in a stick and a tub.



Eco Sprout Bottom Balm
I had a sample size tin and I enjoyed the scent (from a blend of essential oils), but the texture was a little lumpy.  I'm not sure if it is normally that way, or it became too hot and re-solidified.  It was a sort of a pain having to take the extra time to rub in all of the little balls (I'm guessing the beeswax?).  It's also available in a stick.



Bee Green Naturals Cocobum
This one is creamy and fluffy- almost whipped.  It has a coconut oil base, so if you like using plain coconut oil, but need something better- try this.  I had the Natural Vanilla Mint scent, but it's available in many more scents.



Grovia Magic Stick
I have a sample size chapstick tube version of this stick.  I prefer to keep it in the diaper bag so I don't have to get my fingers dirty when I'm out and about.  It provides a thin protective film.

*Something to note on almost all natural diaper rash creams:  the consistency could change depending on the weather.  When it's cooler they tend to be more firm, and vice versa.

What is your favorite go to diaper cream?  Would love to hear if you have found one that you love!

*All products mentioned were purchased by me and this is my very own opinion and I was not compensated for this post.

-Ginger :)