My Life Before Kids ~ GMN April Blog Challenge {Day 1}



My Life Before Kids


My son just turned 5, so it feels that my life before kids was forever ago! I got pregnant with my son right after my one year anniversary and within a year of graduating college. My life wasn’t really all together at that point. I was married but not working. To be honest, I don’t know what I did with my time! When I got pregnant I decided to start substitute teaching. I took my CSET test, passed it, and began substitute teaching. I am still a sub, 2 kids later.


My son was not a planned pregnancy, so my life did take an unexpected turn. I was still trying to figure out which area of work I wanted to go into. My degree is Sociology, so I was thinking about being a Social Worker. Maybe someday I will be, but since having kids, I like the flexibility with substitute teaching. My son is about to go into Kindergarten and in a couple years once my daughter is in school, I think I will look into switching my career.


I do enjoy staying at home with my kids, but oh… how life is different!


What was your life like before kids?



30 Days of Etsy Giveaways #1 ~ MishMashMoxie Ends 4/17



To kick start this event, we are starting out by featuring a fun and different way to see your pictures with MishMashMoxie! This is different than a regular style canvas print! MishMashMoxie Provides custom art work. Photos on Wood, in a variety of different styles. Along with Photos on wood, they also have cute Nursery and Letter Prints on wood.



“For the review I chose the 8×10 with a natural finish. I have already had several people comment with how they love the look of it in my home! I love that this not only looks great but will last a long time.” ~ Christine @ Blending Families Blog.



For the giveaway, MishMashMoxie has generously offered one of our readers an 8X8 or 8X10 Custom Photo on Wood.



Enter on the Rafflecopter form below. This Giveaway is Open to the U.S. and ends on 4/17. Good Luck!
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Birth Relaxation Kit ~ Hypnobirthing


Birth. It is a most sacred event in a woman’s life. A right to passage to motherhood. Whether you birth at home or in a hospital, your body presents your long awaited gift…one that you’ve nurtured diligently. If there is one thing we can all agree on, all women labor differently and there are options to birth as compatibly as every laboring mom needs.


Hypnobirthing is one option that’s gentle and natural. Hypnobirthing is a childbirth method that applies techniques to induce deep relaxation, visualization and self-hypnosis. Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis is not a state of unconsciousness or sleep, but can be best described as daydream or focus that occurs when you’re performing mundane tasks, such as staring into a fire in a fireplace.

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Peppy Parents Baby Jogger Summit X3 {Giveaway} Ends 4/20




This is a great giveaway from Peppy Parents with an easy way to enter! Peppy Parents asked me to help promote this giveaway and by you entering through my link can help me win too!!!



Enter HERE to win a 2013 Baby Jogger X3 Summit!!!


Ends 4/20/2013

Good Luck!

Coming Soon: 30 Days of Etsy Giveaways April 1-30



 The April Days of Etsy Giveaways are almost here!


During the month of April we are doing Etsy Shop giveaways. Blending Familys Blog, Co Hosts, Promoters, and Sponsors are bringing you a Huge Giveaway Event which lasts the entire month of April! Thanks to all Etsy Shops sponsors and bloggers alike for showing you some of the great things out there! We will be showing off our favorite items and in return we hope you like them too! Have fun! The more giveaways you enter the more of a chance you have to win!


If you love handmade, then these giveaways are perfect for you! There will be a variety of Etsy shops featured throughout the month. I am a huge fan of handmade items and I love supporting people that love what they do. You can find everything handmade on Etsy!



Giveaways start April 1st through April 30th! Feel free to enter in to win any/all of the Etsy Shop Giveaways we will have posted. You will find them on the Blending Familys Blog along with all of our Co-Hosts below:


Blending Families

Leetle Baby

Brittleby’s Corner

Bargains & Giveaways

Mommies Point of View

Mama Papa Barn

Come back on April 1st to enter to the first giveaway!


This Blog is Not responsible for any of the sponsors Prize Fulfillment for any of the Giveaways. All opinions are 100% the blog who posts the review and giveaway. There are no set daily giveaways for the month of April, Giveaways will be posted as they come in from blogs and will continue until we reach the end of the Month. For any questions on the Event please contact under the contact section and feel free to look under the PR info tab for rules on how reviews and giveaways are handled. Each Etsy shop giveaway will specify as to the location of where prize can be shipped. Giveaways will be run with rafflecopter and winners will be contacted via email the week of giveaway end via email and will have 72 hours to reply or new winner will be contacted. Giveaways will run in a full 2 week duration and sponsor will have 4-6 weeks for prize fulfillment. Thanks for entering.

Simply Natural Saturdays ~ Link Up 3/30


Simply Natural Saturdays Link Up
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Simply Natural Saturdays Link Up

Simply Natural Saturdays Hosts

Brittany at The Pistachio Project
Krystyna at Spring Mountain Living
Brittney at Brittleby’s Corner

Featured Post
My favorite post from last week was Home Remedies from Barb’s U Fit Community Blog. If you are suffering from a common cold, cough, upset stomach, toothache and more, check out how you can make your own home remedies.


Link up your Natural posts here!


LiceLogic ~ Repel Lice Naturally {Review/Giveaway} Ends 4/11


Back in December I was introduced to the Logic Product Group and was given the opportunity to review their TotLogic line. The TotLogic line is a line for babies and kids including lotion, shampoo, conditioner, bubble bath and more. You can read my review here. The Logic Product Group offers eco-friendly products that are safe and effective for the whole family.


How to prevent lice naturally and safely. Our natural lice prevention products are non-toxic, all-natural, and pesticide free. Safe for kids, our effective lice prevention products have been independently tested and proven to repel lice. Compare to Fairy Tales, Rosemary Repel, Nix Rid, and other organic lice repellents by Babo Botanicals.


The LiceLogic line is a three part defense system against lice. The LiceLogic products have been independently tested and shown to be 99% effective. The shampoo, conditioner and hair spray work together to repel lice. I was sent the Repel Conditioning Hair Spray to try out. My kids are in preschool, which means they are around other kids on a daily basis.  I like that I can spray their hair and that the scent and formula repel lice. The spray is natural and non-toxic and will leave hair soft, manageable, and freshly scented with each use. The Hair Spray does not contain pesticides, parabens, DEA, PEG, artificial colors or fragrances. All LiceLogic products are biodegradable and never tested on animals. All of the packaging is biodegradable and recyclable and every product is made in the U.S.A. I chose the Lavender scent to review, but it is also available in Lemongrass and Rosemary Mint. The scents are carefully chosen because they themselves deter lice.


The spray smells amazing and is easy to use. I just mist it over my kids head ans comb it through their hair. It has become apart of our morning routine. My kids are just in preschool, but as they get older, I think it is a great idea to have the LiceLogic products on hand. I would use it when they went to camp or a slumber party, besides using it every morning!


Check out the Logic Product Groups line of products for your whole family! You can buy everything online. The LiceLogic products are currently on sale, so go stock up!


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You have a chance to win a Repel Conditioning Hair Spray in the scent of your choice. Enter on the rafflecopter form below. Giveaway is open to the US only and will end on 4/11. Good Luck!

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Sparkle Farms Bloomer Shorts ~ Perfect for My Girl who Always wants to Wear Dresses!


My daughter wears a dress everyday! She refuses to wear pants! I make her wear leggings to school or when she rides her bike so that she can be the wild child that she is, while not exposing herself to everyone. Now that the weather is getting warmer, I am recommending she wear shorts under her dresses, especially when she goes on a bike ride.



Sparkle Farms bloomer shorts set

Sparkle Farms Bloomer Shorts are the perfect accent to any young girls dress! The shorts are form fitting, perfect for dresses and skirts and are made with 95% cotton, which keeps the bloomers soft and breathable, while the 5% spandex helps them retain their shape after numerous washings. Each pair also has the signature sparkles! The bloomer shorts come in 11 different colors and in sizes 3, 4, 5, 6, 7/8, 9/10, & 11/12.


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Treat Your Sore Throat with Lympha Rub from Trilight Health {Review/Free Offer}


With the weather constantly changing, I seem to have a sore throat every week. My sinuses and throat are affected when the weather dramatically changes. I always try to use natural products to help feel better.


TriLight Health created a Lympha Rub to relieve sore throats, swollen lymphatic glands, ear aches and more. The rub is made out of a combination of essential oils in an organic extra virgin olive oil base. The oils are Lemon, Cajeput, Lavender, Clove, Myrrh and Chamomile.  This rub has no Alcohol, Sugar, Salt, Starch, Yeast, Wheat, Gluten, Soy, Milk, Egg or Preservatives, which means it is vegan and gluten free.


Whenever I have swollen glands or an ear aches, I just rub the oil on my neck and under my ears. It is truly potent because I can “taste” it in my throat after rubbing it on. Essential Oils are very powerful and seep into your skin instantly. I have use the rub multiple times and it has relieved any pain or discomfort that I had.


The Lympha Rub is the #1 best seller at TriLight Health! You can buy the rub for $8.95 and receive free shipping on orders over $25.


Better yet, you can try the Lympha Rub for FREE! Just join the TriLight Health Newsletter and receive a coupon code for a free bottle, just pay shipping and handling. Go here to read more about claiming a free bottle! I am a huge fan of TriLight Health and their natural herbal formulas. Check out all the great products they have.


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


The Lucky Bunny {Giveaway Hop} 3 Winners! #LuckyBunny Ends 3/31



Happy Easter and welcome to the Lucky Bunny Giveaway Hop!  is hosting this event so that we can bring all of our readers something to do as we anxiously await the arrival of the Easter Bunny !  Each participant blogger is giving away a prize valued at $20 or more.  This event will run until Easter (March 31st), which gives you plenty of time to hop down the linky list like a bunny!

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