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Smart & Sexy Lingerie Review and Giveaway

>> Friday, November 19, 2010


OK, y'all! This is a little risque for me but everyone enjoys new lingerie on occasion, right?! So when I got the chance to review lingerie from Smart & Sexy I was really excited. I needed some cute new things! I got to tell them my size and then they sent me a surprise lingerie package! It was extra fun this way because it was like opening a present and you don't know what will be inside. It was also kind of fun because they sent some things that are more bold than my normal choices might have been and sometimes it is fun to try something you might not have tried otherwise!

Our mission is to always bring you quality, fit, comfort and value - that's Smart!
We also bring you the latest trends, great design, fabulous colors and the best silhouettes to enhance your body and increase your confidence - that's Sexy!


















So as you can see they have some pretty cute and sexy numbers! I love the fit of the items I received too. The bras where very enhancing which is great for my body type. I also like that the chemise had adjustable straps. Everything fits great and washes great and the prices, well, they are ridiculously reasonable!

As a special promotion for my readers, you can shop www.smartandsexy.com using the discount code HOLBLOG to receive $5 off your entire order (it’s like getting the shipping for free!). Code expires Dec 25.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS: One reader will receive one $50 retail value prize package based upon the winner’s stated size hand-selected by Smart & Sexy personnel.

Giveaway Dates: November 19- December 10, 2010

How to Enter:
Do one or more of the following and post a comment below about each action you took. Each comment will count as a separate entry so your chances of winning increase but only the #1 entry is required.

1. Required: Leave a comment with a Smart & Sexy item you would like to win
2. Follow Moms Wear Your Tees Blog in right margin w/ Google Friend Connect or subscribe to RSS feed
3. Like the Smart & Sexy Facebook page
4. Like the Moms Wear Your Tees Blog Facebook page in the top right margin
5. Tweet and leave URL: Enter to #win @SaSSocialClub lingerie #Giveaway http://www.momswearyourtees.blogspot.com @MWYT
6. Grab my blog button, blog about this (+2 entries), or enter it in a linky and leave a URL I can visit to see it

Giveaway Rules:
GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Winner selected through random.org- #177, Lily.

Smart & Sexy did provide me with the lingerie in the hopes that I would share my honest opinions. I received no monetary compensation and the opinions expressed are my own.

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Preggers Maternity Compression Knee Highs and Tights Review and Giveaway

>> Thursday, November 18, 2010


My mother has varicose viens which means that I am prone to them too! Pregnant ladies are especially vulnerable to getting them so my midwife suggest I wear compression tights. I ran across a company called Preggers and I am totally impressed. They have the largest selection of maternity support hosiery and compression products that I have been able to find! I am talking 5 different styles of products in lots of different colors!

"What does gradient compression hosiery do?
Support Hose or graduated compression has often been recommended for use during pregnancy to help energize tired, achy legs and to help reduce and prevent swelling. True gradient compression hosiery delivers a controlled amount of pressure greatest at the ankle and gradually decreases towards the top of the stocking promoting better blood flow to help energize tired legs and feet, improve circulation, and assist in the prevention of swelling. They are also ideal for individuals required to sit or stand for long periods of time.

What is unique about Preggers by Therafirm™ compression products?
Finally, maternity compression products where you, expecting moms, are being heard. No more stigma of the old, “yucky” compression that is available in only a few styles, off-trend colors, is uncomfortable, hard to get on, and expensive. We believe you can wear compression and get the benefits it provides and still be fashionable. We want to you to feel AND look great!"





I was lucky enough to get to try out two of their products. I tried the Maternity Trouser Socks 10-15mmHg* Gradient Compression in black diamond. I absolutely love these and want more of them. They are cute and easy to put on and give your legs a good lift. They are easy to wear everyday and no one can even tell. I also tried Maternity Pantyhose 10-15mmHg* Gradient Compression in Sand color. Once again I was truly impressed as they are very well designed. My favorite part about the Preggers compression hose is that there is no band at the top so it doesn't squeeze my belly. The unique top with built-in tummy support panel provides a sense of support for active mommas and can be worn folded under belly or unfolded to cover belly. I really can't tell you enough how great the smooth seams are for not digging into your tummy or showing under clothes. This may sound kind of silly but I also love the packaging! It is so cute and it made them feel like little presents rather than a medical prescription. Preggers gets a huge thumbs up for me!

GIVEAWAY DETAILS: One lucky reader will get to select two Preggers Compression Products (up to a $58 value).

Giveaway Dates: November 18- December 9, 2010 Midnight CST

How to Enter:
Do one or more of the following and post a comment below about each action you took. Each comment will count as a separate entry so your chances of winning increase but only the #1 entry is required.

1. Required: Leave a comment with the two Preggers compression products and colors you'd like to win.
2. Follow Moms Wear Your Tees Blog in right margin w/ Google Friend Connect or subscribe to RSS feed
3. Like the Preggers Facebook page
4. Like the Moms Wear Your Tees Blog Facebook page in the top right margin
5. Tweet and leave URL: Enter to #win @preggersmomma 2 products of choice #Giveaway http://www.momswearyourtees.blogspot.com @MWYT

Giveaway Rules:
This Giveaway is now closed! Winner selected through random.org- #69, Discovery Woman.

Preggers did provide me with the hosiery in the hopes that I would share my honest opinions. I received no monetary compensation and the opinions expressed are my own.

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Blisscuits as a Healthy Snack


I have discovered another healthy snack. Typically, I am not much of a snacker but I am pregnant right now so I am always hungry! Blisscuits are a new all-natural nutritious snack. Mariel Hemingway, actress, model, author and founder of Mariel’s Kitchen, created Blisscuits which kind of look like biscuits and taste like cookies. The nutrients in Blisscuits come from whole natural and organic foods which help give you balanced health and energy, while satisfying your hunger and your sweet tooth.

"Neither a health bar nor a traditional cookie, Blisscuits™ are part of a new building category known as "functional food". No refined sugar – still sweet – low carbs – no wheat with a gluten free recipe – high comfort – real food and Blisscuits help to boost your immune system!"


Some Things I like About Blisscuits:
All natural
No trans fat
40% organic
Cholesterol free
Cage-free eggs
Gluten free
Omega-3 fatty acids
No refined sugar

They come in four flavors. First my son and I tried the Orange. It really hit the spot. I was having morning sickness when I first woke up and didn't feel like fixing anything so I opened the orange Blisscuit package and my son and I each had one. They are really quite filling and it bought me about an hour before I had to go fix our real breakfast. It was yummy and very much like a macaroon to me in flavor and consistency.
















Next we tried the Chocolate Blisscuit after dinner one night. This one did not really go over as well with my son. When he heard chocolate cookie, he was thinking of something much sweeter! I liked it however and it had little chocolate nibs in it that were super yummy. They say, "One's a snack, two's almost a meal™" and really they are totally right about this as they are quite filling.

Blisscuit's are also available in Lemon and Cinnamon. Blisscuits are nationally distributed and can be purchased at select retailers throughout the country as well as at marielsblisscuits.com You might give these a try if you are looking for an easy health snack on the go!

Blisscuits were provided to me in the hopes that I would share my honest opinions. No monetary compensation was provided and the opinions expressed are my own.

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I Just Had an Energy Audit Done by Pro Energy Consultants

>> Wednesday, November 17, 2010

As you all know, two of the things I am passionate about are going green and saving money. So when I had the opportunity to have a comprehensive energy efficiency audit done on my house, of course, I jumped at the chance!

Derek Pace of Pro Energy Consultants set up a time that was convenient for me and came out and conducted my audit. Now, the thing that made me most confident in Pro Energy services is that they are an unbiased, third party working for the home owner and NOT SELLING any products! I knew before he got started that he wasn't going to hit me up to buy a new furnace or put in new windows or any sales pressure whatsoever because they only sell the audit itself. Knowing that, really makes the audit a much more valuable service because they are just working to provide you with information on your home.


My Pro Energy Consultant, Derek, began by setting up a false door with a fan attached that pressurizes the home and helps give an electronic diagnostic of the home's air barrier. (He called it a blower door with a manometer.) He then proceeded with his infrared thermal imaging scanner throughout my house to determine areas of leakage and below standard insulation. (My son loved this part and Derek was really great about letting him get a peek at the machine and how it works too.) Derek showed me things as he went along so I got a feel for what he was doing and how he was determining things. He also gave me a packet after the visit that summed up all the information he had shared with me and much more that he couldn't have had time to tell me at the visit.



The packet has a lot of great energy efficiency information and then it also has the report on my house. It is very detailed and a person like me could get lost in the details so I really appreciated the Pro Energy/ Comfort Action Plan. Each recommendation that was made to improve the energy efficiency of my home was in priority order. I had 10 things on my list and almost all of them could be done by my handy husband. There was really simple fixes that I didn't even know about, like installing foam gaskets on all outlets!

I also really liked the photo summary he provided which helped show the problems. In this photo, you can see the infrared photo and then the digital photo of the same shot. The first set shows inadequate insulation along the ceiling to wall connection of an interior room. The second set shows the fireplace allowing significant leakage. There were many more photos but I don't want to bore you with the specifics on my home!

If you are interested in getting an energy audit for your own home to help you go greener and save more green too, I definitely think that Pro Energy Consultants does a great job at providing you with easy, simple steps to follow to improve the efficiency of your home. In fact, Pro Energy Consultants offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee so if you don't think it was provided valuable information, then your audit is free! And if you happen to live in the Nashville area, Derek Pace is offering my readers $50 off an audit!


I did receive the energy audit free of charge in the hopes that I would share my honest opinions. I received no monetary compensation and the opinions expressed are my own.

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Next Gen All Natural Green Tea Cat Litter Review and Giveaway

We got a kitten for my daughter a few months ago. The first bag of litter I brought home from the store was picked up in a hurry, (kitty waiting in the car), and it was horrible! I couldn't stand the smell. It was so full of perfumes that I could barely breathe when I passed our laundry room where we put the litter box. I knew I needed to find a more natural option and when I came across Next Gen Green Tea Cat Litter I was very curious about it.

Next Gen Pet products are designed with a simple goal in mind, to provide functional products which are environmentally friendly and safe for you and your pet.


Next Gen Cat Litters are made from ALL NATURAL ingredients. The primary ingredient in the Green Tea Leaves Cat Litter is wood. The wood Next Gen uses is carefully selected recycled wood scrap from factories that make furniture and / or musical instruments (no trees are cut for the making of the litter). Wood has a natural ability to suppress bacteria and control odors in the litter box, so it is not necessary to add any chemicals or artificial fragrances to Next Gen cat litter.

Next Gen cat litter is extremely absorbent and because it doesn't have clay like most litters, it doesn't create a dust cloud when you pour the litter. Clumps made from Next Gen cat litter are smaller and lighter than clumps made with the clay litter. To dispose of the Next Gen cat litter clumps you can simply flush them (a few clumps at a time) down the toilet, dispose of them in the trash, or compost them. In a very short period of time the litter will degrade into a natural mulch – after all it is just wood and green tea! Green tea naturally contains a astringent called CATECHIN, with antioxidant properties that works as an effective deodorant and anti-bacterial agent. What's more? Next Gen Cat Litters are economical! One bag of Next Gen cat litter easily last my kitty for 5 weeks with routine scooping. I love that Next Gen Green Tea Leaves Cat Litter is eco-friendly, can be composted, and that it doesn't stink up my house with perfumes! Thumbs up from me.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:
Next Gen will provide one lucky reader with two bags of the All Natural Next Gen Green Tea Leaves Cat Litter.

Giveaway Dates: November 17- December 1, 2010 Midnight CST

How to Enter:
Do one or more of the following and post a comment below about each action you took. Each comment will count as a separate entry so your chances of winning increase but only the #1 entry is required.

1. Required: Visit Next Gen and leave me a comment with another all natural pet product you might want to try
2. Follow Moms Wear Your Tees Blog in right margin w/ Google Friend Connect or subscribe to RSS feed
3. Like the Moms Wear Your Tees Blog Facebook page in the top right margin
4. Tweet and leave URL: Enter to #win all natural eco-friendly Next Gen Green Tea Leaves Cat Litter #Giveaway http://www.momswearyourtees.blogspot.com @MWYT

Giveaway Rules:
GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Winner selected through random.org- #73, mamipdx.

Next Gen did provide me with a bag in the hopes that I would share my honest opinions. I received no monetary compensation and the opinions expressed are my own.

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Eitech Educational Construction Sets at Carl and Me Toys

>> Tuesday, November 16, 2010



Carl and Me Exceptional Toys has a new line of toys called Eitech. If you have children who love figuring out how things work, the will love these educational construction sets. Eitech sets are German-made durable, building toys that allow children to build moving toys. Eitech sets are some of the most popular science toys on the market today and a great gift for curious, creative children.

The Eitech Beginner 10-Model Construction Set lets your child build up to ten different exciting models! This set is suggested for children 4 and up. It encourages tots to build and make tools. The set also offers step by step illustrated instructions to help your child learn to build. All 280 parts can be attached to each other!

What could be cooler? How about throwing solar power into the mix? Now your little scientists can build a creation and become familiar with harnessing solar power to make it go! Eitech Solar Powered Multi-Propelled Construction Set is designed to teach children the basics of solar power and work without generators or batteries. Instead, it uses a powerful solar panel to encourage environment friendly play. Once built, simply place Solar panel directly under sunlight and watch in amazement as it automatically powers up! Each kit builds up to three solar powered models. Illustrations and tools are included for easy assembly. It is recommended for children 8 years and up.

Every kid loves building with wheels! The Eitech Classic Jeep Construction Set offers three different possible models to build. Made of high-quality steel, each set includes fully functional steering and large volume wheels for endless creations. Step by step illustrated instructions are included for easy to follow directions. This one is also recommended for children 8 years and up.

Carl and me offers many more educational, fun, and eco-friendly toys. Check them out at Carlandme.com

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Free Room Rental and 25% More Game Play at Dave & Buster's Plus $50 Giveaway to Use at Dave & Buster's


Have you ever been to a Dave and Buster's? They are a super fun Restaurant with a huge entertainment focus. They like to be the place for family fun, parties, meetings and good times.

Dave and Buster's- "the only place with a restaurant serving everything from wings to New York Strips, a bar with the best happy hour and a Million Dollar Midway filled with the latest interactive and video games."


I went there once when I lived in Atlanta with a party from work and it really was fun to interact with work people in a whole new fun way. First we had yummy appetizers and drinks while we bowled and then we had a blast in the arcade area!

Right now Dave & Buster’s has two great reasons to book a party early: free room rental AND 25% more game play. This offer is only valid if booked before November 24th, so users should contact a planner today at 877-475-0615 or on their website. With party rooms ranging from the giant Showroom to the Small Party Room, Dave & Buster’s is the place for parties of all sizes – party planners can even rent out the whole place!

Want to have a family fun night at Dave and Buster's? Need a couples night out? Dying for a moms/dads night out? It is great for all of these occasions too! You can use the Dave and Buster's locator to find one near you.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS: One lucky reader will receive $50 to use at Dave & Buster's awarded in the form of one $25 Dave and Buster's Gift Card and one $25 Dave and Buster's Power Card.

Giveaway Dates: November 16- December 7, 2010 Midnight CST

How to Enter:
Do one or more of the following and post a comment below about each action you took. Each comment will count as a separate entry so your chances of winning increase but only the #1 entry is required.

1. Required: Follow Moms Wear Your Tees Blog in right margin w/ Google Friend Connect or subscribe to RSS feed
2. Like the Moms Wear Your Tees Blog Facebook page in the top right margin
3. Tweet and leave URL: Enter to #win $50 for use at @daveandbusters #Giveaway http://www.momswearyourtees.blogspot.com @MWYT great family fun or holiday parties
4. Grab my blog button, blog about this (+2 entries), or enter it in a linky and leave a URL I can visit to see it

Giveaway Rules:
GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! Winner selected through random.org- #81, nightowl.

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ATG Stores Review and $100 Gift Certificate Giveaway

>> Monday, November 15, 2010



ATG Stores has a huge collection of 500 specialty stores like LightingUniverse.com, FixtureUniverse.com, DecorUniverse.com, HomeFurnitureShowroom.com, SportingGoodsCentral.com, NewBabySupply.com, OutdoorLivingShowroom.com and CookingandTableware.com. So needless to say when it came to choosing an item to review my head was spinning with all the options! I ended up selecting a juicer from the small kitchen appliances store.

I chose the SPT Appliance CL-851 Professional Juicer Small Kitchen Appliance. It came packaged very well and I was really impressed at how nice it looks. It will go great with the stainless steel appliances that I hope to someday have and it looks great with my current black appliances too! This Professional Juice Extractor has a powerful 850W motor and an extra large 3" feed tube makes it easy to process whole fruits and vegetables, without pre-cutting or peeling.

















We tried it out right away making fresh apple juice for my kids. They loved being able to see how it works. I closely supervised them as they dropped the apples into the shoot and pushed down. The juice immediately shot out into the 0.8 liter juice jug with built in froth remover and pulp immediately shot out into the pulp bucket which is quite large so you could do a lot of juicing before ever having to stop. This juicer is really powerful and it was very easy to feed the apples through and seconds later, drink up the juice! I got a little more adventurous for my second juicing and did apples, carrots and grapes. The STP juicer has two speeds- one for soft fruits and for harder fruits and vegetables. It works so quickly and it is great to be able to get all the nutrients from way more vegetables and fruits than you would probably ever be able to munch down in one sitting. I am really excited to have this beautiful addition to my kitchen. What would you choose?

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:
ATG Stores will provide one lucky reader with a $100 Gift Certificate to ATG Stores!

Giveaway Dates:
November 15- December 14, 2010 Midnight CST

How to Enter:
Do one or more of the following and post a comment below about each action you took. Each comment will count as a separate entry so your chances of winning increase but only the #1 entry is required.

1. Required: Leave a comment with a link to an ATG Stores product that you would be interested in if you win.
2. Follow Moms Wear Your Tees Blog in right margin w/ Google Friend Connect or subscribe to RSS feed
2. Like the Moms Wear Your Tees Blog Facebook page in the top right margin
3. Tweet and leave URL: Enter to #win @ATGStores $100 Gift Certificate #Giveaway http://www.momswearyourtees.blogspot.com @MWYT
4. Blog about this giveaway with a link back to my blog and ATGStores.com(+2 entries)
5. Follow @ATGStores on Twitter (2 extra entries)
6. Become a fan of ATG Stores on Facebook (2 extra entries)
7. Subscribe to ATGStores Email List (3 extra entries) You can do this in the black bar on the bottom of ATG website pages.

Giveaway Rules:
GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Thanks for entering and good luck! Winner selected through random.org- #182, bdiane34. (**Anyone who is currently hosting an ATG Stores product review or giveaway is not eligible to enter.)

ATG did provide me with the juicer in the hopes that I would share my honest opinions. I received no monetary compensation and the opinions expressed are my own.

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Old Navy Helps Encourage School Attendance and an Old Navy $50 Gift Card Giveaway

Did you know that in NYC public schools, approximately one out of every five New York City school students missed one month or more of school last year? Wow! I had no idea they had such a chronic attendance problem. Listen to this creative solution that is sure to make a big difference!

Old Navy has partnered up with Mayor Bloomberg’s Task Force on Truancy and Chronic Absenteeism and has asked NYC Public School students to pledge to go to school every day. In fact, on November 4th, Old Navy rewarded shopping sprees to 300 students with the best and most improved attendance from the 25 schools participating in the Mayor’s Campaign to combat absenteeism with an Old Navy VIP Shopping Experience. These students were given $50 gift cards, along with a surprise winter coat and visit from Mets shortstop, Jose Reyes. Old Navy’s partnership with NYC will continue throughout the school year – with a surprise grand finale at year-end. The first six weeks of the school year have been identified as the most crucial weeks for establishing strong attendance yearlong. This Old Navy program ought to make any kid get to school!

I think it is really neat that Old Navy is partnering with this school district to help this serious problem! You have a chance to win a $50 Old Navy Gift Card right here and maybe you too can use it creatively to reward a child for improving their school performance or for having perfect performance already!

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:
One lucky reader will win one Old Navy $50 Gift Card.

Giveaway Dates:
November 15- December 6, 2010 Midnight CST

How to Enter:
Do one or more of the following and post a comment below about each action you took. Each comment will count as a separate entry so your chances of winning increase but only the #1 entry is required.

1. Required: Follow Moms Wear Your Tees Blog in right margin w/ Google Friend Connect or subscribe to RSS feed
2. Like the Moms Wear Your Tees Blog Facebook page in the top right margin
3. Tweet and leave URL: Enter to #win @OldNavy $50 Gift Card #Giveaway http://www.momswearyourtees.blogspot.com @MWYT
4. Grab my blog button, blog about this (+2 entries), or enter it in a linky and leave a URL I can visit to see it

Giveaway Rules:
GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Winner selected through random.org- #276, lori.

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I want to win!

>> Sunday, November 14, 2010

I want to win a new Sealy Embody mattress from Workout Mommy Reviews! You too can enter to win here.

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Home Essenital Oil Mini Collection- A Great Introduction to Great Essential Oils, Lavender, Lemon, and Grapefruit


This essential oil collection makes a great introduction for those who are interested in trying essential oils. Essential oils are extracted from aromatic plant sources via steam distillation, and are highly concentrated and far more potent than dry herbs.
While essential oils often have a pleasant aroma, their chemical makeup is complex and their benefits vast—which makes them much more than something that simply smells good. Essential oils can be used for aromatherapy, massage therapy, emotional health, personal care, nutritional supplements, household solutions, and much more.

Lemon essential oil(Citrus limon) has a strong, purifying, citrus scent that is revitalizing and uplifting. Young Living lemon essential oil consists of 68 percent dlimonene, a powerful antioxidant. Lemon essential oils also has cleansing properties, and contains compounds that have been studied for their effects on immune function. I use it to help remove grease stains, for cooking and baking, making lemonade, washing veggies and fruits, and to make my own furniture polish.

Grapefruit essential oil is a popular oil to use in conjunction with weight management programs. Grapefruit may also be used to enhance the flavor of food and water. Rich in the powerful antioxidant d-limonene, it is also nourishing to the skin. I love the way it smells in the diffuser.

Lavender essential oils is my all time favorite essential oil. Everyone love the scent! One of the most versatile essential oils, lavender has a sweet, floral, herbaceous aroma that is calming and soothing. One study showed that lavender added to bath water reduced negative thoughts about the future. I always carry it in my purse for the children’s boo-boos because it is antiseptic, does not sting, stops bleeding, and helps prevent bruises. I also use it for burns and sunburns. I put it in the kid's bath water to calm them in the evenings. I used it in a spray bottle with water as my wipe spray since it is antiseptic and soothing to the skin. I also diffuse it to minimize seasonal reactions to pollen and dust mites. I also put some on cotton balls in my closets to repel moths. So versatile and useful!

Home Essential Oil Mini Collection- Includes one 5 ml bottle each of lavender, lemon, and grapefruit to create an inviting atmosphere and lift holiday spirits. Comes wrapped in an elegant cream-colored gift box with a purple bow.

I have been a distributor of Young Living Essential Oils and Supplements for about 6 years and I truly love the products. You can check out more at my Young Living Essential Oils and Supplements site.

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L’Artiste: The New Generation Lunch Bag by BrightBin

>> Friday, November 12, 2010

Here is a fun twist on a green lunch box- BrightBin L'Artiste. Your child gets to draw on their waste free lunchbox his or herself and not just once, but over and over!
waste free lunchbox
The Benefits of of The New Generation Waste Free Lunchbox:
* Teach your child early about responsible behavior- Keep about 1000 plastic bags out of the landfills in the course of a year and some scientists estimate that it can take up to 1000 years for one plastic bag to decompose!
* Saves Money- "The average cost of plastic bags for one lunch five days a week for one year more than $50.00. Individual prepackaged snack bags add to your annual costs as well. One child using The New Generation Lunch Box five days a week from kindergarten through 8th grade saves over $700 in plastic bag and prepackaged snack bag costs"
* BrightBin lunch boxes are manufactured using FDA approved materials that are lead-free, phthalate-free, PVC-free, and BPA-free.









L'Artiste Waste Free Lunch Box comes with an insulated lunch bag designed to keep food fresh, the New Generation LunchBox (replaces plastic bags, reusable bags, and small food storage containers), and four non-toxic washable gel markers that wash off with warm, soapy water. Being that my daughter is a huge artist already at the age of 5, I know she would love this blank canvas lunchbox that provides huge opportunity for creativity! She went right to work as soon as I told her what it was. She loved being able to draw on the fabric. We were both very proud of the results.


I was very curious about just how it would work when it was time to wash it off. I read the instructions and they suggest washing it daily but I put it to the Mom test and waited about 5 days! It was so easy to clean. Way easier and less messy than I imagined. I simply got my sponge wet with soapy water and wiped it down about three times and it was clean! Wow!


L'Artiste is a very fun green, easy to clean, lunchbox! BrightBin has lots more choices in waste free lunchboxes so check out their site to see them all!



BrightBin did provide me with L'Artiste in the hopes that I would share my honest opinions. I received no monetary compensation for this and the opinions expressed are my own.

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Ames Walker Maternity Compression Support Stockings Review and Giveaway



There are many side effects of pregnancy that are not so fun-, feet and ankles may be swollen by the end of the day, leg cramps may wake you up at nights, and varicose veins can develop and worsen with each pregnancy. If you have any of these problems, you can really benefit from maternity compression stockings.

Most leg problems are due to poor circulation and during pregnancy your expanding belly, coupled with the extra pressure your baby puts on your body causes your veins to dilate and work much less efficiently. Graduated Compression Hosiery will help ward off the spread and severity of Varicose Veins and my midwife recommended that I use them since I started to get varicose veins with my last baby. Support stockings work by promoting circulation and the return of blood back up to your heart through the venous system. They apply gradual amounts of pressure to your leg, with the most compression occurring at your ankle and lessening the further up the leg you go. Many insurance companies will actually cover the cost of the stockings as long as you have a doctor’s prescription.

"Ames Walker Maternity Styles provides you with comfortable, medically correct hosiery at the lowest prices on the internet."


Ames Walker was generous enough to let me try a pair of Style 34, AW 20-30 Sheer Maternity Pantyhose. These are Ames Walker's highest compression maternity Sheer pantyhose. According to Ames Walker- this is the sheerest 20-30 maternity pantyhose available in the marketplace today! They feature reinforced heel and toe, cotton Crotch, and an expanding, non-compressive, tummy panel. I ordered according to my pre-pregnacy weight as instructed and I felt that it was a good fit but almost a tad too small height wise, as I had a little trouble pulling the crotch part all the way up. So I would say if you are between sizes, go ahead up a size. These certainly deliver the compression they promise and I can see that my varicose veins are not sticking out at the end of the day as they are when I don't wear them.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:
Ames Walker is giving one of my lucky readers a pair of the Style 34, AW 20-30 Sheer Maternity Pantyhose in winner's choice of color and size. (value 19.95)

Giveaway Dates: November 12- November 26, 2010 Midnight CST

How to Enter:
Do one or more of the following and post a comment below about each action you took. Each comment will count as a separate entry so your chances of winning increase.

1. Follow Moms Wear Your Tees Blog in right margin w/ Google Friend Connect or subscribe to RSS feed
2. Follow Ames Walker on Twitter
3. Tweet and leave URL: Enter to #win @Ames_Walker maternity compression stockings, reduce varicose veins #Giveaway http://www.momswearyourtees.blogspot.com @MWYT
4. Like the Moms Wear Your Tees Blog Facebook page in the top right margin

Giveaway Rules:
GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Winner selected through random.org- #20, Kimberly


Ames Walker did provide the stockings in the hopes that I would share my honest opinions. I received no monetary compensation and the opinions expressed are my own.

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