Enter to Win a TULA Carnival Baby Carrier


We all know how wildly popular Tula Baby Carriers are! From the beautiful prints to the versatility in carrying.

Each Tula Ergonomic Baby Carrier:

  • can be used in both front and back carries
  • can be used from 15-45 pounds (toddler carrier is approved for 25-50 lbs)
  • can be used from birth with the use of the revolutionary Tula Infant Insert (not included), and into toddlerhood with Tula Free to Grow Extenders (not included)
  • is easy to use and comfortable
  • provides an ergonomic M-position seat supporting optimal development for baby’s body
  • is easy to care for and machine washable
  • is made by hand from 100% Öko-Tex Standard 100 certified cotton
  • is made with the highest quality Duraflex buckles available
  • includes features such as dual-adjustment straps to allow for the perfect fit, additional leg-opening and shoulder padding, and a large pocket on the contouring hip belt
  • includes a removable hood to support baby’s head while asleep, protect from sun or wind, and allow for comfortable breastfeeding

Have you been wanting to own one? Here’s your chance! One lucky winner will get the chance to win one of these beautiful baby carriers in Carnival Print!

Head below for your chance to win!

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Get Paid for Your Used Smartphone or Save Money by Purchasing with Gazelle

***This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links

Save money by buying used. Get the most money by trading in your used smartphone or tablet. 

Gazelle‘s new certified pre-owned store is definitely a smarter way to buy a smartphone. This premium service makes it possible for you to buy devices that look sharp, function flawlessly, and won’t break the bank… all with 30-day risk-free guarantee. How’s that for awesome?

How can you trust a Gazelle-certified pre-owned phone? Well, being “Gazelle-certified” means that they put every single phone through a 30-point quality inspection process. So you’ll get a like-new phone and onlyyou will know the difference. Plus, you’re saving a ton of money. And if for whatever reason you’re not totally satisfied with your new device, Gazelle lets you return it within 30 days of purchase. There are no contracts and no strings attached.

9 out of every 10 customers have had an excellent experience purchasing their smartphone from Gazelle. Why shouldn’t you?

Getting a brand-new looking phone, in great condition, with a great battery, at a great price is pretty … great! Check out Buy Certified pre-owned devices from Gazelle today to get sweet deals on iPhones, iPads and other smartphones – without sacrificing quality or appearance.

Trading in your used cell phone to upgrade to the next model is smart and green!

One Pot Cheeseburger Macaroni Recipe

My husband and I generally share dinner duty with him cooking about half the time. I tend to cook more in the cooler months and he cooks more during grilling season but it all evens out in the end. I realize that I am a lucky girl to get some help in the kitchen and I am grateful. So while my husband was away for a few days on a business trip I was ready for something easy to feed the kids by the end of it. Something quick and easy that they wouldn’t turn their noses up at would also be nice. 

I turned to my Pinterest boards to find some inspiration when I came across a recipe that I saved a few months ago for Cheeseburger Casserole. Perfect! Evidently I am the one pot queen in our house so this is exactly the kind of thing that I was looking for. I surveyed my pantry and got to work on making this recipe my own. 

One Pot Cheeseburger Macaroni Casserole Recipe. A cheeseburger in a bowl that the whole family will love.

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A New Twist On Homemade Laundry Detergent

Homemade laundry detergent recipes are all over the internet. I’ve used them and they generally seem to work pretty well. Being a cloth diapering mom, detergents are a hot topic and are something that you have to think a lot about. More so than the average person washing their normal laundry.

Because of this I started thinking about my homemade detergent and wondering if my laundry is really getting clean. Oh sure, it looks clean and doesn’t smell but a typical homemade detergent recipe doesn’t contain surfactants or enzymes and these are important components for getting clothes clean. So I thought some more and came up with a recipe that has both surfactants and enzymes for a better clean.

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Preschooler Snack: Ham & Cheese Skewers

I’m not going to claim that I’ve reinvented the wheel here. I’m not a Pinterest mom so Olaf pancakes and fruit plates shaped like caterpillars aren’t in my wheelhouse but my kids deserve a little food entertainment, too. Ham and cheese on skewers (er, toothpicks) though? I can handle that. 

This afternoon I asked Dub what he wanted for lunch. This is sometimes a question that will bring some rather interesting answers. Today his answer was, “A tomato. Oh, and cheese . . . and strawberries.” Alrighty then. An interesting combination but healthy so alright. I grabbed a tomato and cut it into cubes then went to the fridge for the strawberries and cheese when in the cheese drawer I also saw some ham. That’s when the lightbulb came on. This kid is going to love me today.

Preschooler Snack: Ham & Cheese Skewers. Sometimes my kids want something a little more fun than a sandwich. I am not interested in making snacks that take three times as long to make as they take to eat so in our house toothpicks are what makes a snack fun.

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Laundry Made Easier with the NEW Purex PowerShot Detergent {Plus a Giveaway!}

As a member of the Purex® Insiders community, I was given a complimentary bottle of Purex® PowerShot® Laundry Detergent to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Have you ever used so much detergent that you had to do an extra rinse to get all of the bubbles out or too little and your clothes still smelled a little funky? How many times have you made a mess all over the lid of your detergent bottle? I can’t stand when detergent drips down the side of the bottle and gets all over the place. You no longer have to worry about any of that with the new PowerShot detergent from Purex.

It is still the same great detergent that you know and love but with a brand new innovation that will change the way you do laundry. Really. 

Laundry is easier with Purex PowerShot

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8 Tricks that Help Me Make the Time to Read

Ever since I was a toddler I have been a reader. My mother read to me often which instilled an interest in reading as well as a love and most importantly, a habit. This carried on through elementary school, middle school, and high school. Then I moved out on my own and I was no longer in the habit of reading. I still read occasionally, but it was no longer a priority. Since then I have gone through periods where I read a lot or not at all. 

For 2015 I decided that I was going to once again make it a priority. I feel better when I read. It forces me to make time for myself during the day, it gives me things to think and talk about, and it helps me sleep when I read before bed. But being a mom of a teenager and a preschooler as well as working from home and being a wife, how is it possible to make time to read when you’re busy with kids, family, work, social obligations . . . life? 

8 Tricks that Help Me Make the Time to Read. Settings goals is key.


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Win My Favorite Thirsties Duo Wrap & Hemp Prefold {My Favorite Things Hop}


Welcome to the Favorite Things Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Cloth Diaper Revival

Each blogger participating has a great cloth diaper prize for you to win, worth at least $20, so after you enter mine, be sure to hop around to all the others in the linky!  Don’t forget to enter to win one the GRAND PRIZE for the event!

For my giveaway you will win a Thirsties Duo Wrap and a Thirsties hemp prefold.

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Washing Cloth Diapers Part-Time

Whether you use disposables for daycare, are potty training, or only use cloth at home you may wonder how to go about washing cloth diapers on a part-time basis. Most laundry instructions tell you to wash 15-20 diapers at a time for proper agitation so what do you do when you only use one or a couple of diapers per day?

Washing cloth diapers part-time

Right now, Dub is potty trained during the day but he still needs a diaper at night. This means we’re only using one diaper per day and letting them sit for two weeks until I have a full diaper load isn’t an option. When we were using cloth diapers full time I washed every two days. This meant anywhere from 15-17 diapers were being washed in a typical load. Now I wash every three or four days which means I only have three or four diapers to wash. No problem. Here is my routine for washing my diapers part-time.

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How to Stop Your Vinyl Photo Backdrops from Curling

I like to keep my vinyl backdrops in the tube mailer that they were shipped in so they don’t get ruined but in doing that they also keep their curl. When I get ready to photograph a product or dish for a blog post there isn’t anything more annoying to me than having my backdrop curl. Now you can keep your vinyl backdrops in your mailing tube for storage but stop them from curling when you’re ready to use them. 

Blog photo tip: How to stop a vinyl photo backdrop from curling

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