The Story Of Three: February 2014

Friday, February 28, 2014


YumEarth winner is Patricia C!

Learning Resources winner is Mindy C!

Thanks to everyone who entered & congrats to the winners!

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Vans Natural Foods, Say Cheese Crackers Review and Giveaway

Van's Natural Foods has returned to IHeart-Motherhood to discuss their award-winning Say Cheese! crackers! Vans originally started in the 1970's cooking up tasty waffles on the beach side & today offer an entire line of healthy, natural & gluten free foods that your entire family can enjoy!

If your like my family, snacking is essential, but I don't want to just serve my children any snack, I want it to be a healthy & filling snack! 

At Van's you will find mouth-watering foods made with whole grains, organic & gluten free snacks, frozen foods, cereals & more! None of Vans products contain artificial ingredients, hydrogenated or GMO Oils, corn or high fructose corn syrup! 

I was sent the Say Cheese! Snack Packs from Vans Natural Foods for my family to try out, I immediately thought these would be great for Big Brother C since he takes his lunch to school & will make the perfect on the go snack for either of my children!

Say Cheese! Snack Packs contain 5 snack packs inside each box & are a crispy, baked cracker containing nutrient-rich whole grains, gluten-free oats, brown rice, millet, quino & amaranth. With only 140 calories & 16 grams of whole grains per bag, they make the perfect guilt-free snack!

Have you tried the Say Cheese! crackers? What other Vans foods does your family enjoy?

Buy it: Vans Natural Foods can be purchased at Target, Krogers, Whole Foods & more!

Win it: One lucky reader will win three coupons for free Van's snacks, valid for any crackers, snack bars, chips & cereal.  ARV is $4.49 each.  

Use the giveaway tools to enter, good luck!

(IHeart-Motherhood is not responsible for prize fulfillment. This giveaway ends 3/14/14 at 11:59pm)
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Thursday, February 27, 2014

FreePrints App Review and a PhotoAffections Giveaway

I've always had a love for taking pictures, but since my children were born, I have really fallen in love with taking pictures! From snapping photo's at the park to family get together's, you will always find my camera on me. I also enjoy displaying photos around my house, in picture frames, collage's & more, well thanks to FreePrints by PhotoAffections, I have lots of great prints on the way to my door step!

FreePrints is an awesome app, that is not only easy to use, it's free to download! With FreePrints, after you download the app, you will get up to 85 4x6 free photo prints per month, with a max of 1,000 4x6 free prints per year. Free 4x6 prints are limited to 1 free print per photo but you can always purchase additional 4x6 prints & even other sizes like 5x5, 8x10 & more. 

You can let FreePrints grab your photo's from your camera roll on your smartphone, Instagram, even Facebook! So are you ready to get your FreePrints photo's delivered straight to your door?! Shipping & Handling starts at $1.99, I love having this app on my iPhone, in under 2 minutes, I ordered more than a dozen prints! 

PhotoAffections offers a variety photo invitations, birth announcements, photo gifts & more! Be sure to check out their huge selection online!

Buy it: Save 25% off PhotoAffections orders with the code PAFA25BLOG & download the FreePrints App for free in the App Store, Google Play & more!

Win it: One lucky reader will win 25 free cards from PhotoAffections an estimated value of $75.

Use the giveaway tools form below to enter, good luck!

(IHeart-Motherhood is not responsible for prize fulfillment, this giveaway ends 3/13 at 11:59pm)

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Scotties Tissues Prize Pack Review and Giveaway

Winter is still here & with the Texas weather changing constantly we are always fighting colds or wiping our runny noises. This week we had a dramatic change from a bright & sunny 70 degree weekend to temperatures dropping in the 30's, cold & rainy-yuck!

Thank goodness for Scotties, my review package arrived just in time & I was so excited to share with my family these super soft facial tissues & with the help of Scotties, you can be ready for when the common cold strikes!

Here's a few treatment tips:
  • Humidification – add a humidifier to your home or steam a pot of water in the kitchen.
  • Steam vapor – take a hot shower and breath in the steam
  • oral decongestants,
  • nasal saline irrigation and select nasal sprays,
  • Aspirin or acetaminophen may be useful for the body aches that may accompany the first 24 -48 hours of a cold.

Scotties adds their own TOP 5 measures including:
  • Sleep – make sure to give your body the rest it requires to naturally rid the body of a cold.
  • Exercise can be useful to thin out mucus and increase the activity of white blood cells - if the person feels well enough to workout.
  • Warm soup or hot tea can soothe a sore throat.
  • Vitamin C & Zinc – stock up on foods high in these immune boosting properties
  • A soft tissue like that from Scotties can help alleviate nasal blockage and congestion.

We love Scotties Facial Tissues in our home, Little Sister C has placed a  box of tissues in every room, she wants Scotties to be handy at the first sign of a cold or runny nose! 

Buy it: Scotties Facial Tissues can be purchased at most major retailers, I found some at stores all around me!

Win it: One lucky reader will win a prize pack including Scotties Facial Tissues & a $25 gift card to Target!

Use the giveaway tools form to enter, good luck!

(IHeart-Motherhood is not responsible for prize fulfillment, this giveaway will end on 3/12 at 11:59pm)

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Wordless Wednesday, Home Improvements

Kitchen before:

Kitchen after:

Master bedroom before:

Master bedroom after:

I chose Chocolate Swirl Behr paint but thanks to Home Depot, they customized it for me & created a Glidden Duo Eggshell. All three accent walls were rolled by hand by me, what do you think?!

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014


Velata Raclette Tabletop Grill winner is Dawn S!

Congrats to the winner & thanks to everyone who entered!

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Massage Envy Spa Review

Massage Envy Spa is the national leader in affordable massage & spa services. Opening in 2009, Massage Envy Spa promotes a healthy lifestyle through affordable massage & spa services, including Healthy Skin facials. 

Today Massage Envy Spa holds true to their mission with over 900 convenient locations in the United States & have provided over 2 million facials as well as 50 million massages while offering professional, convenient & affordable massage therapy & spa services.

I was invited to receive a complimentary massage at Massage Envy Spa, at first I was a little nervous because I've never received a professional massage, although I've always wanted & needed one!

After browsing online at Massage Envy Spa, reading more about the company, the services they offered & what to expect on my first visit, I felt a little bit more relaxed & couldn't wait to go in for my 1-hour Swedish massage!

At Massage Envy Spa they offer a variety of massage sessions as well as Healthy Skin facials, they have something for everyone & you will not be disappointed!

I really enjoyed my first massage at Massage Envy Spa, the Swedish 1-hour was exactly what I needed & I probably could of fallen asleep on the table if I was allowed! The rest of the day I was relaxed & felt great, I can't wait to book my next appointment at Massage Envy Spa!

Massage Envy Spa gift cards would make the perfect gift for that special someone as a nice thank you, a gift for an upcoming holiday or just to give your loved one the gift of wellness with a little relaxing time on their own.

So who needs a massage or facial? Visit Massage Envy Spa online to find the nearest location to you & book your appointment today, be sure to stay connected with them on Facebook & Twitter!

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Peppa Pig, My Birthday Party DVD Giveaway

Celebrate the Global Sensation Peppa Pig In the All-New

First-Ever, Retail-Wide DVD Release
Features 14 Animated Episodes Plus Educational Extras

Provides Fans with Instant Access
To the Fun-Filled Adventures of Peppa Pig

The UK phenomenon for pres-schoolers, Peppa Pig is making it's first ever U.S retail-wide national DVD launch! The celebration beings March 18th with this fun-filled, 80 minute DVD. The animated, preschool global sensation Peppa Pig will charm parents & little ones alike while offering adventurous & wholesome entertaiment for the entire family.

Airing daily on Nick Jr., Peppa Pig follows the hilarious adventures of Peppa, a loveable little piggy, her family and all of her animal friends, including Suzy Sheep, Pedro Pony, Danny Dog and more. Peppa loves playing games, dressing up, visiting exciting places and making new friends, but her absolute favorite thing is jumping up and down in muddy puddles!

Peppa Pig: My Birthday Party DVD is recommended for ages 2-7 &  features themes that kids can relate to and reinforces strong values such as family, friendship, trust and humor. 

Peppa Pig: My Birthday Party DVD welcomes preschoolers to the charm and magic of Peppa’s world with All-New adventures featuring 14 fun-packed “Peppasodes” from the award-winning series, plus two fun educational extras, “Learn the Alphabet” and “Learn to Count.”  In the title episode, “My Birthday Party,” it’s Peppa’s birthday and all of her friends are invited to her party where Daddy Pig gets lots of laughs with his attempt at performing a magic show. Other episodes include an exciting boat race, a school play, a train adventure, a day at the beach, a costume party and more!

Lots of great episodes are included in this DVD:
“My Birthday Party,” “The Playground,” “Fancy Dress Party,” “Ballet Lesson,” “Dens,” “Grandpa Pig’s Boat,”, “Daddy Puts Up a Picture,” “School Play,” “Rebecca Rabbit,” “Tidying Up,” Grandpa’s Little Train,” “At the Beach,” “Frogs, Worms and Butterflies” and “Cleaning the Car.”

DVD extras include; “Learn the Alphabet” and “Learn to Count”, be sure to check out the trailer below, Peppa Pig is too cute, my daughter adores the loveable piggy & I know your children will too!

Buy it: Peppa Pig, My Birthday Party DVD will be available starting March 18th! 

Win it: One lucky reader will win a Peppa Pig, My Birthday Party DVD & a Peppa Pig plush toy!

Use the giveaway tools form below to enter, good luck!

*Print this Peppa Pig coloring sheet for your little one to enjoy!*

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(This giveaway ends 3/9 at 11:59pm, IHeart-Motherhood is not responsible for prize fulfillment of this giveaway)

Saturday, February 22, 2014


Chuggington DVD winner is Debra H!

Thomas & Friends DVD winner is Janet W!

Angelina Ballerina DVD winner is Vickie C!

California Delicious Gift Card winner is Danielle O!

Congrats to the winners & thanks to everyone who entered!
Have a great weekend!

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Hyland's Complete Natural Oral Care Kit Giveaway

It’s National Tooth Fairy Day next Friday, February 28th, and Hylee, the Hyland’s Tooth Fairy, has a couple tricks up her sleeve. Hyland’s will be partnering with Tooth Tissues, Jack nʼ Jill and Teething Bling to bring you a week filled with exciting events! The promotion starts right here, as I partner with all my favorite blogs to give you the chance to win 1 of 20 Complete Natural Oral Care Kits including the following products: 

Hyland’s Baby Teething Tablets Hyland’s Baby Teething Tablets, the #1 selling infant oral pain reliever, provide natural relief of pain and irritability from teething. Teething Tablets are backed by 85 years of proven success and raving fans, who believe in the efficacy and the quality of this product. Specially formulated for infants, the formula does not contain benzocaine, artificial colors, dyes or parabens. And easy to administer dosage form, the quick dissolving tablets, melt instantly in mouth so there is no fuss!

Jack N' Jill Biodegradable Toothbrushes Jack N' Jill Biodegradable Toothbrushes come in two ergonomic designs (Hippo and Bunny) and are made of Cornstarch.They are comfy for young hands to hold and the bristles are just the right softness to be gentle on young gums, yet help clean effectively. The toothbrushes have a Cornstarch handle and recyclable nylon bristles. Simply snap off the head and place it in recycling and compost the handle—it will break down in a home compost within 2 years!! If you don't have a compost you can simply push it into the soil in your garden and use it as a plant stake or herb sign!

Jack N' Jill Natural Toothpaste Jack N' Jill Natural Toothpaste with Organic Strawberry Flavor and Organic Calendula is suitable from six months of age and safe to swallow. It’s rich in Xylitol and is flouride, sugar, color, SLS, preservative and mint free. Organic Calendula helps to soothe young gums and Organic Strawberry flavor makes it taste YUMMY- a great way to introduce "tooth brushing", develop good habits and make it fun! Jack N' Jill Natural Toothpaste is made in Australia.

My Dentist’s Choice Tooth Tissues Tooth Tissues™ are certified all natural, unflavored dental wipes for baby and toddler smiles. They contain xylitol and are paraben free and unflavored, because babies do not need to be exposed to artificial flavors. As practicing dentists, Drs. Grace Lo and Jonathan Korn know the importance of cleaning babies teeth and gums after feedings and before bedtime. As parents they found that it was not always so simple. Tooth Tissues™ are the results of their efforts to find a simple pleasant way to begin good oral hygiene. You will find that they are a convenient yet effective way to comply with your pediatrician or dentist's recommendation for wiping your baby and toddlers' gums and teeth.

Teething Bling Teething Bangle Teething Bling is the original teething jewelry. Made from the same FDA-approved silicone as most teething toys, Teething Bling looks great on the adult wearer but is completely safe for baby to handle and chew. It's soft and flexible, chemical-free, non-toxic (no lead, latex, phthalates, BPAs, PVCs) and every necklace comes with a breakaway clasp as an added safety feature. It's a very simple, clever design that moms absolutely adore.

Twenty (20) Grand Prizes to be awarded, enter to win for your little one!

The Grand Prizes consist of a Complete Natural Oral Care Kit, which includes the following:
Hyland’s Baby Teething Tablets, 135 ct.; Approximate Retail Value (ARV) - $9.19 Hyland’s Baby Teething Gel, 0.5oz.; ARV - $7.59 My Dentist’s Choice Tooth Tissues, 30 ct.; ARV - $7.50 One (1) Jack n Jill Toothpaste, 1.76 oz., and one (1) Toothbrush; ARV - $6.99 and $4.99 One (1) Teething Bling Bangle (Brown, Coral, CC Blue, Hot Pink, Sugarplum, Tanzanite, or Tan color); ARV - $12.99!

Total ARV of each Grand Prize: $49.25

Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below. Open to the US only, ages 18 and up. Giveaway ends 2/25/14 at 1 PM EST.

You can enter until 1pm EST on February 25th. Once the giveaway closes, the fun will continue on the Hyland’s Teething Tablets Fan Page where we will be warming up for a big sampling event. Join Hyland’s on their Teething Facebook page between Tuesday, February 25th and Friday, February 28th to answer their daily question and enter for 2 extra chances to win each day! On National Tooth Fairy Day, February 28th, Hyland's will be partnering with Sampler to give you the chance to claim one of 2,000 free 40-count boxes of Hyland’s Baby Teething Tablets. Head to the Hyland’s Teething Tablet Fan Page at 1pm EST for your chance to claim one. They will go fast! That’s not it… After the Sampler event, Hyland’s will be giving away more Complete Natural Oral Care Kits to 50 consumers who enter to win on the Hyland’s Tooth Fairy page on the Hyland’s Baby Website between 2/28/14 – 3/10/14. And while you’re there, you will be able to download fun teething milestone goodies including First Tooth Certificates, Badges and Tooth Charts featuring Hyland’s own tooth fairy, Hylee. These resources are available to consumers so that Hyland’s can make the teething years a bit more enjoyable and less painful for both mom and baby. Enjoy!

Thank you Hylee & Hyland’s for all of the great chances to win!
Disclosures: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. I am not responsible for prize fulfillment and have not been compensated for this post. If you have any questions about this giveaway, please email Janessa of Thrifty Nifty Mommy at thriftyniftymommy {at} Thanks!

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Summer Infant 3-in-1 Hippo Tales Potty Giveaway

Today is day 7, the last day in my GoodBye Baby, Hello Toddler event! We hope you have enjoyed all of the toddler themed giveaways!
Today we have a review and giveaway of Summer Infant's 3-in-1 Hippo Tales Potty!

Growing out of infancy and becoming a toddler involves lots of fun new adventures and milestones. One of the biggest ones that can either be easy or hard, depending on the child, is potty training! I have to be honest, my daughter was really easy to potty train; she caught on very quickly and had maybe 2 accidents...ever! She realized the yucky feeling of peeing in her panties and hated it, plus she liked being a big girl on the potty, so it was a very good experience. My son has just turned 21 months old and is showing signs of interest in potty training, and the thought of it is terrifying haha. I hope I have the same good experience potty training him as I did my daughter. 

I found one of the cutest potty's from Summer Infant and knew my son would love it! It's the 3-in-1 Hippo Tales Potty!

Product description (adapted from Summer Infant's website):
The interactive 3-in-1 Hippo Tales Potty keeps children engaged during the potty training process. The adorable hippo themed potty includes a colorful, illustrated story book. An interactive sound panel reads the story and provides a rewarding phrase to encourage your little one. As your child grows, the training seat is removable for use on a standard sized toilet. The potty later converts to a sturdy stepstool.

When the potty came to our house, my son was so excited! He really couldn't wait for me to open the box! Once I did, I laid out all the pieces and quickly put together the potty. It was very simple and took me all of 2 minutes.

I really like that this potty is not only a potty, but it can also be used with our toilet for when my son is older and outgrows the little potty, and the base can also be turned upside down and used as a step stool- clever! When used a potty by itself, the white bowl does come out for you to easily dump and clean it, and it does have a high pee shield which is nice, especially if you have a boy!

What is neat and unique about this potty is a little book comes with it, that you can store on the right side of the potty so it's never lost. On the left side of potty are two buttons. The First button is a narrative of the book for your little one to listen to (about a minute long), and the second button is a button that says "hip hop hooray!", that your little one can push after they are done doing their business!.

My son really loves his new potty, and we think the hippo theme is absolutely adorable! Plus, this potty is gender neutral which is really nice! We definitely recommend it to help your little one master potty training!

Connect: You can connect with Summer Infant on their website, on FacebookTwitter, and on YouTube

Buy: You can buy the 3-in-1 Hippo Tales Potty on Summer Infant's online store for $24.99

Win: One lucky reader is going to win a Summer Infant 3-in-1 Hippo Tales Potty!

Open to US residents only, ages 18+ and ends on March 6th at 11:59 PM EST
Enter using the simple Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck!

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This giveaway is a part of my Goodbye Baby, Hello Toddler event!
Check out all the featured toddler-themed giveaways in this event HERE!!

Disclosure: I received the item mentioned in this post at no cost in order to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own and may differ from those of yours. Housewife on a Mission is not responsible for prize shipment to winner.

*Check out all my current giveaways HERE!*

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