The Story Of Three: October 2012

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

Caboodle Kids Review and Giveaway

About The Company-

Chicago, IL-based Caboodle Kids, Inc. markets creative products that stimulate early learning of the alphabet to encourage a life-long love of reading. Two award-winning graphic designers’ shared commitment to early learning and interventions led them to collaborate in the creation of Caboodle Kids in 2012.

In Our House We Are Always Doing Fun Activities Together, Like Singing A Familiar Fresh Beat Band Song While Playing Or Creating Play Food With Play-Doh. Since My Big Guy Is Autistic We Area Always Working On Coloring & Other Fine Motor Skills Activities, So I Was Excited To Show My Children What Caboodle Kids Sent! 

I Was Sent The Alphabet Critter Crew Color-Me Placemats & Rhyming Critter Crew Alphabet Flash Cards. The Placemats Feature Tear Out Pages, Fun Little Rhymes & Beautiful Illustrations! My Daughter Is In Love With The Flash Cards, Bright Colors & Cute Images-She Has Been Carrying These Around The House All Evening! 

Cute, Huh!? :)

Caboodle Kids Items Would Be Great For Your Little Toddler Or Preschooler! 

Big Thanks To Janessa From Thrifty Nifty Mommy For Sharing Caboodle Kids With Me! Be Sure To Enter The Joint Rafflecopter Below! Good Luck!

Buy It: Purchase Your Own Caboodle Items Online!

Win It: One Lucky Reader Will Win A Color-Me Placemat & Flash Cards!

(I Was Sent The Above Items For My Review, All Opinion's Are My Own. This Giveaway Is Open To USA Only)

The Under Bib Review and Giveaway

About The Company-

I came up with the idea for UnderBib Baby when my daughter, Ella, was 3 months old. She started teething...and then drooling. I was always trying to find ways to keep Ella dry without using standard bibs. Ella would pull on them, choking herself and when she got older, would pull it off the second it was put on. I also had adorable outfits that I never wanted covered up with a bib. First, I took to the web to try to find something to buy to solve this problem and was shocked to find there was nothing out there. I started making my own bibs that attached to her clothing and was worn underneath. I never cared that Ella's clothes were wet, I just didn't want her skin wet. From the UnderBib, came the idea for clothing with bibs built right in. I was able to try these out on Ella, who is now 5, and then my son, William, who is 3. My latest test subject is my 1 year old son, Luke. I hope these items help you as much as they helped me.
Be sure to check out my blog, to learn more about me and my family.

                                                                           -Lauren Anderson

Lauren So Kindly Sent Me The Under Bib For Little Sister C & I Couldn't Wait To Try It Out! Little Sister C Always Wears Bibs At Meal Time But She Really Enjoys Playing With Them Instead Of Wearing Them. I Have Never Thought About A Bib That Didn't Go Around Her Neck, What A Great Idea! 

The Under Bib Is Pretty Neat, It Was Easy To Attach To Her Outfit-While Still Protecting It & Since It Attaches In The Front, It's Not A Choking Hazard If She Tries To Take It Off! She's Out Of The Drooling Stage But When She Was An Infant This Would Of Been Wonderful To Have Around To Have Underneath Her Adorable Little Outfits! 

Along With The Under Bib Lauren Creates UnderBib Apparel! UnderBib Apparel Is A Line Of Baby Clothes & Onesies That Have The Under Bib Built In! Be Sure To Check Out Her Really Cute Styles! 

Such A Silly Girl! :)

Big Thanks To Janessa From Thrifty Nifty Mommy For Sharing The Under Bib With Me! Be Sure To Enter The Joint Rafflecopter Below! Good Luck!

Buy It: Purchase Your Own The Under Bib Online & Use The Code Shop2012 For 15% Off Any Order Until The End Of November!

Win It: One Lucky Reader Will Win The Under Bib!

(I Was Sent The Above Item For My Review, All Opinion's Are My Own. This Giveaway Is Open To USA Only.)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012



Thanks To Everyone Who Entered!
Be Sure To Check Out The Current Giveaway's Tab For More & Don't Forget Our Holiday Gift Guide Kicks Off November 1st!


Pumpkin Patch and A Birthday

So We've Been Super Busy Lately-Which Is Nothing Unusual :) Last Thursday My Son Went On A Field Trip To The Pumpkin Patch, So My Husband, Little Sister C & I Tagged Along! The Weather Was Perfect & Of Course We All Had Alot Of Fun! 

Saturday We Had Little Sister C's Second Birthday Party! They Grow Up So Fast! We Had Yummy Strawberry Cupcakes & A Princess Themed Party! It Was So Much Fun! :) It's Always Nice To See Friends & Family! 


So Have You Taken Your Children To The Pumpkin Patch? Any Exciting Events Coming Up For Your Family? 

Have A Fabulous Tuesday! 

Seventh Generation Cold Care Kit Review and Giveaway

I Love Having A Clean House, From Wiping Down Counter Tops To Scrubbing Toilets, I Always Find Myself Cleaning Something! Having Two Children In The House & With My Oldest Being Autistic (He Gets Sick Easier Than The Rest Of Us) It Is Very Important To Disinfect & Keep As Much Germs Out As Possible.

I Was So Excited When The Seventh Generation Cold Care Kit Arrived At My House! I Quickly Took It Out Of The Box & Went To Work Cleaning The Kitchen & Other Areas Around My House! My Cold Care Kit Contained Disinfecting Wipes, Natural All Purpose Cleaner, Facial Tissue & Mandarin & Lavender Purifying Hand Washes

I Was Very Pleased With All Of The Cleaning Products, They Don't Have A Chemical Smell Like Other Brands I've Used & I Can't Stop Talking About The Purifying Hand Wash! I Love The Mandarin Scent!!

Seventh Generation Is An Environmentally Friendly Company, They Don't Test Their Products On Animals, Their Packaging/Plastic & Products Like Facial Tissue Are Made From Recycled Materials, Only Non-Toxic Formula's Are Used & They Dedicate 10% Of Their Profits To Organizations Working For A Positive Change!

Along With Cleaning Products Seventh Generation Has An Entire Line Of Baby Products (Diapers, Wipes, Bubble Bath & More) Laundry Detergent, Trash Bags & Even Feminine Products! Don't Forget To Sign Up For Special Offers, The Seventh Generation Newsletter & More! 

Buy It: Purchase Your Own Seventh Generation Products Online Or I Also Found Them At My Local Krogers!  

Win It: One Lucky Reader Will Win A Seventh Generation Cold Care Kit Like The One I Reviewed Above!

Big Thanks To Janessa From Thrifty Nifty Mommy For Sharing The Seventh Generation Cold Care Kit With Me! Be Sure To Enter The Joint Rafflecopter Below! Good Luck!

(I Was Sent The Above Items For My Review, All Opinion's Are My Own!)

Rita Wilcox Accessory Auctions Review and Giveaway


About The Company-

In 2003,  Patty Schmitz Founded Rita Wilcox Accessories, A Designer Fashion Company Producing Handbags & Accessories.  The Company Was Named After Patty’s Aunt Who Passed Away From Cancer At The Young Age Of 40.  Patty Felt It Was A Wonderful Way To Pay Tribute To Her Aunt & The Spirit In Which She Lived Her Life.  We Hope That Her Story Will Continue To Inspire Women To Be Strong, Independent & Take Chances.
The Company Has Evolved Through The Years From Producing Our Own Handbags & Accessories To Hiring & Managing Around Thirty Consultants That Sold Our & Other Products That We Loved.  The Business Continued To Grow, However I Decided To Take A Break In 2009 To Focus On Raising My Two Wonderful Boys.
After Taking A Temporary Break For The Past 2 Years, We Are Very Excited About Launching Our New Online Jewelry Auction Site.  We Love The Convenience & The Social Aspects Of Shopping On Facebook Which Is Very Much In Line With Our Roots When We Were Attending Trunk Shows, Events, & Home Parties.

How It Works-

Every Tuesday Evening Between 8 & 9pm (EST) On The Rita Wilcox Facebook Page, They Feature Around 15-20 (Soon To Be 40-50) New Accessories That Have Selected For Their Audience To Enjoy & Buy. Followers "Bid" On The Products By Commenting "Sold" Under The Posted Products. At The End Of The Night, They Post The Winners List & Send Out Invoices. 

Treat Yourself Tuesdays Is A Fun & Interactive Way To Spend An Hour Of Your Evening Shopping For Affordable Fashionable Accessories & Shipping Is Always Free! 

Continuing The Spirit Of Rita Wilcox, Every Month They Also Donate The Proceeds From Selected Items To The Cause Of The Month, This Month They Are Supporting The Manhasset Woman's Coalition Against Breast Cancer!

Buy It: Be Sure To Check Out Rita Wilcox's Auction This Tuesday To Bid On Your Own Items!

Win It: One Lucky Reader Will Win This Beautiful Necklace!

Big Thanks To Janessa From Thrifty Nifty Mommy For Sharing Rita Wilcox Accessory Auctions With Me!

Be Sure To Enter The Joint Rafflecopter Below!
Good Luck! 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Our Holiday Gift Guide Announcement

Christmastime is upon us yet again! We know that budgets are tight but you still want to give the latest and greatest presents this year. As busy moms and wives who want to be able to bring you as many reviews (and, of course, giveaways!) this holiday season, we've decided to join forces to maximize our Holiday Gift Guide! Who are we? We are Jessica from IHeart-Motherhood, Amanda from Open Hands, and Janessa from Thrifty Nifty Mommy and we're here to make your holidays merry and bright!

My name is Amanda and I blog at Open Hands. I am 30 years old and have been married for 8 years! My husband and I have been blessed with 3 little ones, our oldest son is 4 1/2, our second son is 19 months and we have a little girl who is 2 months old. My husband works IT and I have been blessed to be able to stay at home with our little ones. We are a cloth diapering family and we just began homeschooling our oldest this year.We love the Lord, and while we aren't perfect we are striving to honor Him with our lives. I began blogging on a whim last fall and it has become my outlet, I love sharing my life and great products with all of you and I honestly get so excited every time I gain a new follower! So a big thanks to all of you for reading and I hope you enjoy and are blessed by the things I have to say and especially that you enjoy our Holiday Gift Guide!
*This picture is a perfect replication of our crazy life, I wouldn't change a thing!**

Hi! I'm Jessica & I write over at IHeart-Motherhood! My blog is about a little bit of everything while on this journey with Autism & life! I am a stay at home Mother of two children, my youngest just turned 2 & my oldest is Autistic & 6 1/2. My Husband works full time for the city & we are a Christian family always on the go! I originally started IHeart-Motherhood to keep track of therapy sessions & than I was introduced to a wonderful blog community! I am pleased to be here & I hope you will stop by!

Hi! I'm Janessa and I blog at Thrifty Nifty Mommy. I have two children: Maggie who is 2 1/2 and Jacob who is 5 1/2 months old. My husband and I were high school sweethearts and married 7 years ago. I started blogging when I quit working to stay home after the birth of my daughter, and it has been so much fun! I've met so many great people and really enjoy sharing my experiences with my readers.  Christmas is my favorite holiday and I'm so excited to be able to share this holiday gift guide with you!

*Despite my best efforts, I still have not gotten a good family picture with EVERYONE looking at the camera. We're all there, but Jacob is hiding, fast asleep in the carrier.*

This year, the entire month of November will feature reviews and giveaways on our blogs with you in mind. We hope you'll stop by daily for relevant reviews for great items this Christmas season, plus lots and LOTS of giveaways for great presents to put under your tree!

The fun begins November 1st, don't miss it!

Larabar Review and Giveaway

We Love Snacks & Yummy Bars Around Our House! We Have Lots Of Favorites & Larabar Is One Of Them! Larabar So Kindly Sent Me Peanut Butter Cookie, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip & Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars. I Couldn't Wait To Try Them Out & Since They Are Gluten-Free, See What My Children Thought As Well! :)

The Peanut Butter & Jelly Is Made With Only Four Simple Ingredients & Is Made Just Like The Classic, But Without The Crusts! Larabar Bars Are Available In A Wide Variety Of Flavors, It Will Be Hard To Choose A Favorite! 

Sign Up To Receive Larabar Emails & Enter Their Sweepstakes!

Buy It: Purchase Your Own Larabar Online

Win It: One Lucky Reader Will Win A Variety Pack Of Larabar! 

Use The Rafflecopter To Enter!
Good Luck!

(I Was Sent The Above Pack For My Review, All Opinion's Are My Own)

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Take It Personally Birthday Banner Review

Today Was My Daughter's Second Birthday & Yesterday We Had Her Party At Grandma's House With Family & Friends! I Can't Believe My Little Princess Is Already Two Years Old, I Feel Like The Past Two Years Have Flown By! Any Way To Slow Them Down!? Thank Goodness For Photo's To Help Make Those Wonderful Memories Last!

As I Was Planning Her Party A While Back I Came Across Take It Personally On Etsy. Merrill Creates Beautiful & Unique Banners For Sports Events, Parties & More! Along With Custom Banners, She Has Invitations, Favor Tags/Bags, Cupcake Toppers & More In Her Colorful Shop! 

Merrill Was So Kind & Sent Me A Personalized Princess Birthday Banner For My Daughter's Party! It Was A Perfect Addition To Her Pink & Purple Themed Party & Everyone Loved It! 

(Sorry For The Poor Picture Quality, Using The iPhone Until My Camera Returns From The Shop!)

Take It Personally's Banners & Other Items Are Reasonably Priced & Can Be Customized With Other Items In Her Shop!

So What Do You Think? Do You Have A Favorite Item From Her Shop!? (Please Share!)

(I Was Sent The Above Item For My Review, All Opinion's Are My Own!)

Green Giant Seasoned Steamers #MyBlogSpark

Most Nights During The Week I Am The One Who Prepares Dinner For Our Family! I Am Always Trying To Find New Side Dishes To Try Out Instead Of The Same Veggies & Mashed Potatoes That My Picky Eaters Love, Lol! I Was Very Excited When I Was Given The Opportunity To Try Out Green Giant's New Seasoned Steamers! 

#MyBlogSpark Sent Me A Fun Green Apron, Serving Bowl, Serving Spoon & A Coupon For A Free Package Of Green Giant Seasoned Steamers! Located In Your Grocery Store's Freezer Isle, I Found Myself Staring Through The Doors Having A Hard Time Choosing Which One I Wanted To Try Out! With Six Yummy Flavors Available Like The Mediterranean Blend Or The Honey Roasted Sweet Corn, I Finally Went With The Backyard Grilled Potatoes! 

So I Went To Work Preparing Dinner, I Had Lemon Chicken For My Lovely George Foreman Grill & While That Was Cooking, I Popped The Seasoned Steamers In The Microwave! It Didn't Take Long At All To Prepare This Week Night Meal & I Was Very Pleased With The Turn Out! Both Of My Children Enjoyed The Backyard Grilled Potatoes & I Can't Wait To Let Them Try The Honey Roasted Sweet Corn! 


Ready To Try Green Giant's Seasoned Steamers? Click HERE To Print Off A Coupon For A $1.00 Off!

Which Green Giant Seasoned Steamers Would You Like To Try!?

Buy It: Visit Your Local Grocery Store's Freezer To Purchase Your Own Green Giant Seasoned Steamers!

Win It: One Lucky Reader Will Win A Green Giant Seasoned Steamers Set Like The One I Received Above! 

Use The Rafflecopter To Enter!
Good Luck! 

(Disclosure:  The coupons, information, and gift packs have been provided by Green Giant® through MyBlogSpark.)

Friday, October 26, 2012



Thanks To Everyone Who Entered! Be Sure To Check Out The Current Giveaway's Tab Above For More!

Have A Great Weekend!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Jasper Pals Review and Giveaway

    Do Your Children Ever Get Anxious While Waiting In The Doctor's Office Or Nervous About Starting A New School Year? If You Said Yes, I May Just Have The Perfect Gift To Help Them Out! Jasper Pals Were Created By A Company Called CoolZips Who Makes Cool Stuff For Really Cool Kids! 

Jasper Pals Are Adorable Worry Dolls That Are A Special Pal For Children, Adults Or Whomever! They Are A Perfect Size For Your Child's Backpack, Under A Pillow Or Just In Your Pants Pocket. Jasper Pals Will Help You Get Through Your Rough Day Or Moment & Will Always Put A Smile On Your Face! 

Priced At Just $5.99, Your Child Can Have A Dog, Frog, Cat, Pig, Bunny Or Panda To Choose From! 

This Toy Is Appropriate For Children Four Years & Older, I Did Supervise My Daughter While She Was Playing With Her Jasper Pals.

Along With Jasper Pals, CoolZips Sells Erasers, Stickers, Furby's & More! 

Buy It: Purchase Your Own Jasper Pals Online!

Win It: One Lucky Reader Will Win A $20 Gift Certificate To Use Online At

Big Thanks To Janessa From Thrifty Nifty Mommy For Sharing Jasper Pals With Me! Be Sure To Enter The Joint Rafflecopter Below!
Good Luck!

(I Was Sent The Above Items For Review, All Opinion's Are My Own!)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

KidsBlanks Review and Giveaway

     KidsBlanks By Zoey Is A Company That Offers Blank Clothing For Men, Women, Children, Toddler's & Babies! Blank Apparel Is Great For Screen Printing, Embroidery, Heat Transfers & More! They Offer A Huge Variety Of Items Like Baby Gowns, Youth Pullover Sweatshirts & More! KidsBlanks Has Excellent Customer Service & Fast Shipping, They So Kindly Sent Me A Toddler Polka Dot Dress & A Toddler Tutu

I Haven't Had Time To Take The Polka Dot Dress To Get Embroidered Yet (I'm Thinking Of Putting "Little Sister" On It), But My Daughter Was So Excited To Get The Items In, She Wanted To Try It On Right Away! Both Items Had A Perfect Fit On Her, The Dress Is Super Soft & I Love The Colors In The Tutu! Of Course She Looked Adorable Modeling Them For Me, She Will Be Wearing The Tutu To Her Birthday Party This Weekend, Can't Wait! :)

Isn't She Cute!?

Buy It: Purchase Your Own KidsBlanks Items Online

Win It: One Lucky Reader Will Win A $25 Credit To Use Online Towards Items That Start With LG

Big Thanks To Janessa From Thrifty Nifty Mommy For Sharing KidsBlanks With Me!
Be Sure To Enter The Joint Rafflecopter Below, Good Luck! 

(I Was Sent The Above Items For My Review, All Opinion's Are My Own!)