The Story Of Three: July 2014

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Pink Blush Maternity Review and Giveaway

Welcome to the Pink Blush Maternity Review & Giveaway by Amanda at Open Hands! Amanda received product for her review purposes, I was not compensated in any way for sharing this review & giveaway.

  I am super excited about today's giveaway!! You may remember a little over a year ago I had the opportunity to work with Pink Blush Maternity; you can read that review here. At the time I wasn't pregnant, so I chose a simple maxi skirt that could be worn even post-partum. I love that skirt and wear it that I am expecting baby #4 I have finally worn it while pregnant & I love it even more!

  Like I said earlier this week, clothing styles; especially maternity clothing, has changed drastically since I was pregnant with my first 7 years ago. So when I found out I was pregnant...and then starting showing at about 7 weeks..yikes the 4th time is no joke ;-) I knew that I needed to turn to Pink Blush. 

  When I began browsing the Pink Blush Maternity website I was blown away! In the past year & 1/2 their online store has become even more impressive. The clothing is so stylish & incredibly affordable, you'll even find that they often have great sales going on. You'll want to be sure to follow them on Facebook , Twitter & Instagram so you never miss a deal. {Recently they even had some great items marked down to $15! You know I surely stocked up ;-) }

  The first item I chose for my review is the Blue Chevron Colorblock Maternity/Nursing Dress. I love a good dress, especially in the summer time. I usually go for a long dress , like a maxi, but this one just seemed to cute to pass up. I am so glad I decided to give it a try.

  The chevron print on this dress is so fun & it's perfect for running errands with the kids , or I can dress it up for date night with the Hubs. The Summer heat has been rather unbearable this year, so the lightweight of this dress is perfect for staying a bit cooler. 

  I also chose this Navy Blue Embroidered Belted Maternity/Nursing Tunic...I like the color blue, a lot ;-) This tunic is great, at first it seemed a little too tight under the arms & I wondered if I should have ordered a size up in this piece, but I've worn it a couple of times now & it's great. 

  This is another item that is perfect for the warmer days. It is so lightweight and airy & it looks great with a pair of thin leggings. I also think that as the weather cools down this will pair very nicely with a pair of jeggings and a denim jacket.

  I love that Pink Blush Maternity offers so many versatile pieces. I even think they have an amazing selection of items that will look great even after pregnancy, which is so nice when your spending money on new clothes, I want to be able to wear them for more than one season of life.

  Pink Blush wants to offer one reader a $25 credit to their online store! Please fill out the entry form below for your chance to win. This giveaway will end on Thursday 8/14, Good Luck!

 If you're not expecting, don't worry Pink Blush just launched their women's line, the items there are just as amazing!!

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Save Money with CampusBookRentals

It's that time of year again, when you find your days consumed with back to school shopping, gathering supplies or even setting up your young adults new dorm room, as a parent we are always looking out for ways to save money! 

CampusBookRentals is looking out for your & your college-goer, they offer the option of renting textbooks instead of buying them! Did you know that you can save 40-90% off of bookstore prices, you can highlight in the textbooks, they have flexible renting periods & you will receive free shipping both ways!

Also with each textbook rented, they donate to Operation Smile, an international children's medical charity that performs safe & effective cleft lip & cleft palate surgery as well as delivers postoperative & ongoing medical therapies to children in low income countries. 

Last but not least, CampusBookRentals has a new program called RentBack! With RentBack your student can rent the textbooks they own to other students, they will make 2-4x more money compared to buyback options!

So if you have a young adult in college or your taking college classes yourself, I highly recommend checking out CampusBookRentals online & all they have to offer!

Check out this video for more information on RentBack!

Are you ready for back to school? How are you saving money this year?

Feel free to stay connected with CampusBookRentals by liking them on Facebook! 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Simply7 Chips Review and Giveaway

We love snacking in our home, since we are an active, always on the go family, it's important that we have healthy options & I couldn't wait to open up our box of Simply7 chips that just arrived! 

Simply7 chips are not just your traditional chip, they are so much better! Simply7 makes their chips with simple, healthy ingredients & they contain no artificial colors or flavors, no cholesterol or gmo, they are gluten-free & also have no trans fat!

I was sent a variety of delicious Simply7 chips including:

  • Hummus Roasted Red Pepper - A slightly sweet hummus flavor blended with bell peppers delivering a creamy taste!
  • Lentil Jalapeno - The chip with a kick, if you like spicy, this is for you!
  • Quinoa Cheddar - Rich, smokey cheddar & full of flavor, this is hands down a favorite in our house!
  • Pomegranate Sea Salt - Unique kick of sweetness & a slight dusting of sea salt, it's their original flavor but nothing about this chip is original!
  • A personalized bag just for My Big Guy!

The Snack Squad is something unique to Simply7, when you sign up, you can win a personalized Simply7 chip bag, receive member only coupons, get monthly updates & news along with a special birthday surprise!

I absolutely loved my son's personalized bag, how cool is it to have his name & picture on his very own bag of chips? That just doesn't happen every day! I even shared the photo on my personal social media as well, my friends & family thought it was the neatest thing! 

We love the flavors of the Simply7 chips, there's such a great variety, my children could not get enough of them & I think the Cheddar was probably the biggest hit in the house! 

Yum, right!?

So what flavor of Simply7 chips are you most excited to try?

Buy it: Visit Simply7 online to find a store near you or you can purchase your own chips online directly from their website!

Win it: One lucky reader will win all of the bags of Simply7 chips featured above along with a personalized bag!

Use the form below to enter, good luck!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Learning Resources Pretend & Play® Calculator Cash Register Limited Edition Review

We absolutely adore Learning Resources in our home, we happily feature them at IHeart-Motherhood & I'm so excited to share their 30th Anniversary with my family & all of you! Learning Resources so kindly sent us a 30th Anniversary Limited Edition Pretend & Play Calculator Cash Register!

For 30 years, Learning Resources has been trusted by parents for creating award-winning innovative toys & in 1995 they started making a cash register. Today, it is one of their most requested products & this special, exclusive version commemorates their commitment to bringing parents & families the best products!

My daughter was so excited when I opened up the box & pulled out the Pretend & Play Cash Register! She couldn't wait to get started shopping, counting money & enjoying hours of playtime in her kitchen & store with her new cash register!

This Limited Edition Pretend & Play Calculate Cash Register is fun & educational, it features a big, 8 digit display, a working solar-powered calculator, generous size buttons for little fingers & is made of sturdy construction! 

Your little one will go crazy over the life-size play money, including 40 plastic coins & 30 play bills! Along with a play credit card & a handy note pad, your little one will enjoy learning about math & money!

My daughter was so excited to get her hands on the play money, we started with what the different coins & bills where & then worked on counting!

While we were talking about money & how we pay for our items at the store, she turned around to me with a $10 bill & said "Ok, can we go to Target now?". I was laughing so hard, she was ready to spend her money!

So what do you think? 

You can purchase the Pretend & Play Calculator Cash Register Limited Edition online at Learning Resources for $39.99! Feel free to stay connected with Learning Resources on Facebook & Twitter!

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Week 4 Nutrisystem #NSNation

Man was last week a super busy week, on top of our already crazy schedule Big Brother C had camp at church three nights last week, it threw our evening schedule off a bit but he loved every second of it! On camp nights I was only able to get in a 15-30 minute walk because it was so late by the time we got home & on one night I didn't walk at all. I still walked 6 nights out of 7 & it felt great. 

I think my favorite meal this week was the Cavatelli with Broccoli Pesto, I love the chef's table selection & this was so yummy! I feel like I'm making great progress with Nutrisystem & I'm proud that I have stuck with Nutrisystem meals & my new work out schedule for 4 weeks now!! 

I'm also finding myself creating healthier meals for my children & incorporating more vegetables in their foods too, they are both so picky about their vegetables but we are making progress! 

I still can't believe it's been 4 weeks since I started my weight loss journey, time is flying by! Here's the break down of weight loss:

Starting weight on June 30th was 164.8

Weight as of July 6th (week 1) was 160.1

Weight as of July 13th (week 2) was 156.4

Weight as of July 20th (week 3) is 159

Weight as of July 27th (week 4) is  158.6

Total weight loss so far is 6.2

While I haven't lost a huge amount of weight this has been a great month, my clothes are baggy & I'm typically the type of person to lose inches faster than pounds. I'm excited to measure myself this week & I'll post those on Aug 4th!

I appreciate all of your comments, love & support while I'm on my three month Nutrisystem weight loss journey! In-case you missed the initial announcement, you can view it here!

(I am officially an #NSNation blogger, I received a 3 month's supply of Nutrisystem for free. All opinions are my own & no other compensation was received)

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Friday, July 25, 2014

An Announcement

Hi ya'll,

Fall is fast approaching & as a blogger I like to plan ahead, I'm still putting together details but I have two major events quickly approaching!

In August I will be featuring a week long back to school event of reviews & giveaways for fashion, school supplies & more, then in October I will be featuring a week long birthday event for Little Sister C (she will be turning 4) of reviews & giveaways of items like baby dolls, fashion, toys & more!

If your a company looking to be featured during these two events (or just one) feel free to contact me at

I'm looking for anything back to school related for August & fun little girl products for October!

Please include your product, website & any additional information in the email.

I'm also accepting advertising spots/banners & if your not already, be sure to follow me on my social media to stay up to date on new posts, announcements, event dates & more! (Social media & ad spots/banners can be found on the right side bar)

I'm so excited about these two fall events & would love to feature your company & product!

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BrylaneHome Toaster Oven with Double Burners Review and Giveaway

Please tell me I'm not the only one who doesn't enjoy baking during the summer? I try not to use my oven as much as possible, it just makes my kitchen way too hot when you need a casserole cooked at 400 degrees & it's 105 outside, no thank you! 

While there are plenty of meals I enjoy baking & cooking that don't use an oven, I've never owned a toaster oven but always thought it would be a great appliance to have & boy was I right! I seriously can't believe what I have been missing, our new BrylaneHome Toaster Oven with Double Burners is the perfect addition to our kitchen!

The BrylaneHome Toaster Oven with Double Burners is a BrylaneHome exclusive, it features 2-6" burners on top with separate control knobs, 1500 watts, 24-quart & has a 210º-475ºF thermostat control as well as a 60 minute timer!

This toaster oven is the perfect kitchen counter-top appliance, it doesn't take up much space & would be perfect for an apartment, dorm room or any kitchen where space is an issue! This versatile toaster oven allows you to use the two burners on top, while baking or broiling in the oven!

Right out of the package the toaster oven is ready to be used, it also includes a bake tray, wire rack & a metal bake tray holder! You can create multiple dishes in minutes & save money while your doing it! It takes up so much more electricity to heat your entire oven, not to mention, your air conditioner is running to cool your kitchen off!

I've used my new toaster oven almost everyday since it's arrived, my Nutrisystem meals are the perfect size for the toaster oven & I've enjoyed not heating up my entire kitchen, it's hot enough outside! 

There's so many advantages to using a toaster oven, so what do you think? What will you bake in your new BrylaneHome Toaster Oven with Double Burners?

Buy it: You can purchase the Toaster Oven with Double Burners online at BrylaneHome for $149.99 but it's currently on sale for $89.99!

Win it: One lucky reader will win a BrylaneHome Toaster Oven with Double Burners!

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

Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by BrylaneHome. IHeart-Motherhood is not responsible for prize fulfillment. This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest or Instagram. This giveaway will end August 8th. Giveaway is open to anyone in the US, 18+ & older. Winners will be posted via Giveaway Tools. No purchase is necessary & void where prohibited by law! Have questions? Email

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Fergus Ferry App

If your children are anything like mine, they love to read! We love interactive stories & one of our favorite sets is Fergus Ferry! 

Let your children take to the harbor with Fergus & all of his friends,  this free app is available for download to your iPad, iPhone or Android phone! 

The Fergus Ferry app is free until the end of July & contains all 24 Fergus books that can be read aloud or in the read yourself format! 

Want more Fergus Ferry? Visit their online site & you can read ebooks, purchase paper books, play games & more!  

So what are you waiting for? I know your little reader will love this app as much as my daughter does! Head on over & download the app today, feel free to leave an honest review in the app store about your purchase & experience! 

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Jet Set Coco winner is Jacqueline D!

Clearly Filtered winner is Melisa J!

Learning Resources winner is Sarah H!

Congrats to the winners & thanks to everyone who entered!

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Keep Calm and Take A Staycation

MAM knows life as a parent can get hectic.  With summer finally here, MAM is going to give you a much deserved chance to relax for a change.  Head to their Facebook page and share what your ideal staycation would be – date nights while a babysitter watches the kids?  Luxurious days at the spa and shopping sprees at the mall?  - and you could win a $2,000 Staycation package on MAM!  

Good luck!

Deadline to enter is 7/31/2014

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