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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Blogger opp-PlayStation 4 Giveaway

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November 1-November 30, 2013 have a chance to be part of a PlayStation 4 Giveaway. Sony still has not set an official release date. I am setting this up not. I will use all funds collected for the prize. The prize will be ordered through Amazon for the winner, and will have the PlayStation shipped through Amazon when it is available.

This is will be a HIGHLY sought after giveaway and will have a lot of page views for all those that participate.

Head on over to A Little bit of Everything now to sign up.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Floral greeting cards from scraps

So I have been playing with my Sizzix diecut machine for pretty close to a year now. I have a really hard time throwing away any of the tiny scraps of paper and edges and such from the diecuts, after I have them cut out and used. The Sizzix diecut for flowers is a fave of mine. I have made fabric flowers and tons of cardstock. I end up with the negative images and kept wondering what to do with them...

Friday, September 27, 2013


Content and Site Map for easier Navigating.

In case you ever wondered about solar...

I happen to have a system that is running great. I have had it since December of 2010, and I could not be happier with it.

Here is the data from what I have produced lately:

Cosmetic-L​ove Giveaway

We are so happy to join Giveaway Monkey and Cosmetic-Love in giving away one Eye-Palette to one lucky winner. There will be one winner who will receive a Banilla Co. Legendary Eye Palette - this eye palette contains 10 colors and is worth $51.42. Joining is easy, just use the Rafflecopter form below to earn your entries!

Cosmetics Giveaway

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Blogger opp- Toysrus $200 Gift Card Oct. 28 - Nov 18

Christmas is almost here!!

We are giving away

Toysrus $200 Gift Card

-FREE Link with announcement (Twitter or Pinterest)

-Giveaway date:  October 28 to November 18

-Co-host $15.00

10 Links

2 Co-host pages

Extra links $1.50

Send payment to melisurveys1978@gmail.com

Blogger opp- Holiday $500 Gift Card Blowout

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This giveaway is hosted by Happy Home and Family

Prize: $500 Amazon Gift Card Event

Tentative Dates: October 20 – November 20

Deadline of Sign-ups: October 5

Get 1 Free link (Twitter) with announcement post. ($5 waiver fee without announcement post)

The blog who refers the most bloggers will get free co-host spot. (If you paid for co-host and wins referral prize, your payment will be refunded)

Questions? Email me: admin@happyhomeandfamily.com


SIGN UP HERE and please mention that I referred you

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Some interesting blog results, some green, some free, some crafty

I have spent a considerable amount of time the past few weeks to increase my traffic to my blog. The good news is-this has worked.

Wordless Wednesday

Over the summer, my mom came out to visit us. We had a swell time. We went up to Sedona for the night, and ate at a great Chinese place. I was in the potty and Daddah and baby went outside to do something fun to entertain her.. I later discovered this picture had been taken. I loved it ( minus the pacifier of course.)

It was a great day we had, with some great memories. It is so hard having family being far away, but we treasure the few moments together even more.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Mulberry paper and yarn

I wanted to play with mulberry paper, and decided that glue and mulberry paper were the thing to mix for some new cards.

Blogger opp- Sign-up and offer your readers the chance to win a Kinderfeets balance bike!

Sign-up and offer your readers the chance to win a Kinderfeets balance bike! 

Open to US only

Oct. 1st - Oct. 15th 

Bloggers receive 2 free links w/announcement post. 

Additional links available for a small fee. 


Let them know I referred you please! :) 

The blogger to refer the most sign-ups will receive 4 additional free links as well as 2 follow pages. 

Additional Co-Host spots are possible, so promote!

One more card with my wine stamp..

I have one last card made up from my favorite stamp. I combined it with my new grapes and chateau stamp.

Itzybellababy Tree-rific Tuesday Blog Hop Linky Party 3-2014

Itzybellababy's Tree-rific Tuesday Blog Hop

Monday, September 23, 2013

Take a Walk on the DEAD Side Giveaway Event

A Ladybug on the Go

Blogger opp- What's on your Wish list?

What's On Your Wish List Event

Organized by: Mom Powered Media

Prizes: $1,000 {visa gift card, amazon gift certificate or select your favorite store}
Event dates: 11/1 - 12/1
Open Worldwide
Referral prize: $50 Amazon E-Code or Paypal Cash

Requirement to join:
* No more than 2 blogs per person allowed
* Agree to post the giveaway html on the date the event begins and promote at least 3x a week

Bloggers: Sign Up HERE

Blog opp- Healthy Eating Holiday Giveaway Announcement

Make Our Own Network


1 Week BistroMD Food Delivery

ARV $185

Hosted by:

A Ladybug on the Go


Make Our Own Network

Sign-ups close 10/15

**The blogger with the most referrals will receive the additional links at no cost

Click HERE to sign up and for more html info.

M.O.O.N. has now added several perks/discounts for frequent participation in our events but you must be a member of our Facebook group to be eligible.  Please visit the M.O.O.N. group if you are a blogger and would like more information regarding these perks and other group events.

**If you are a company and would like to see your brand advertised in a M.O.O.N. event similar to this or a Blogger interested in working with M.O.O.N. please contact MakeOurOwnNetwork@gmail.com

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Fizzion Concentrated Green Cleaner Giveaway

Welcome to the Fizzion Concentrated Green Cleaner Giveaway – THREE winners!

New wine and grapes card

I thought I would share another one of my cards with the wine stamp I love.. I can not get enough of it:)

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Blogger opp!

A Ladybug on the Go

New Halloween tags

Here is a Halloween tag design I whipped up this morning, while baby was busy destroying my craft room. She loves getting into the fabrics and ribbons of late, so I have to be short in my craft times...

Zulily Scavenge hunt- Week 2- Essentials you need for a new baby

The 5 essentials you need for a new baby

Zulily has been featuring contest for their affiliates this month. The theme this time is 5 new baby essentials. I am going to have fun with this one:)

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday

Because we love playing with Magnatiles:)

Find the perfect fall outfits for your little one at zulily.com!

Join the Ipsos Survey Panel

Freeze Dried Delight Giveaway

A Lucky Ladybug


Harvester Farms 4 pack of Freeze-Dried Veggies and Fruit / Emergency Food Storage


Brothers All Natural

ARV $68

Hosted by:

Java John Z's


Sign-ups close 9/17

**The blogger with the most referrals will receive the additional links at no cost

Click HERE to sign up and for more html info.

Make Our Own Network

M.O.O.N. has now added several perks/discounts for frequent participation in our events but you must be a member of our Facebook group to be eligible.  Please visit the M.O.O.N. group if you are a blogger and would like more information regarding these perks and other group events.

**If you are a company and would like to see your brand advertised in a M.O.O.N. event similar to this or a Blogger interested in working with M.O.O.N. please contact MakeOurOwnNetwork@gmail.com

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Thank you Tree card

I love using my embossing folders to make these cute tree prints- I added some Distress Stain, and a quick thank you stamp and a raffia bow.. I made a few of these actually:)


Find the perfect fall outfits for your little one at zulily.com!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Ask the Yemeni Government to end Forced Child Marriage

I see a lot of posts and emails for petitions.. but this one touched me, made me sick to my stomach to contemplate.. please read and sign the petition, and share. No child should even experience this cruel fate.


Tiny Prints deal 20% off Holiday Cards

As an affiliate with Tiny Prints, they offer me special deals to share with my readers from time to time- here is the latest!

Early Bird Special - 20% Off Holiday Cards, now Through October 1. No minimum purchase.

When: Now through October 1. Ends at 11:59pm PT.
Promo Code: 2013HOLIDAY20
Your Link

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Pumpkin Pie Latte

As you may have seen from my post on Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal, I simply adore all things pumpkin.
Now I am on a budget, so when I open a can of pumpkin, I want to make sure I don't waste a drop of this awesome orange goo. After whipping up my oatmeal, I decided I needed some coffee. Pumpkin pie coffee.


Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

It is once again pumpkin season out in the world. We don't get much "fall" in Phoenix, but it doesn't stop me from stuffing myself full of every pumpkin food item I can get my hands on. Being on a budget this year is really cramping my pumpkin style... so I needed to improvise. This is what I came up with to help my craving.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Super Deals from Tiny Prints

I recently got approved to be an affiliate for Tiny Prints. I was pretty excited to feature some ads from a site I enjoy. Check out all the deals below- they sent me a special collection for my readers!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Wordless Wednesday, Hockey is coming!

This weekend we went to see the Phoenix Coyotes Rookie Camp. Hockey is coming!

This weekend we went to see the Phoenix Coyotes Rookie Camp. Hockey is coming!


Top 5 Strange and funny things that a toddler did, this morning.

Having a toddler brings fresh adventures every day. I enjoy most of them, a few not so much.

This morning she has done a number of peculiar and amusing things:

Monday, September 9, 2013

BoogieBabesLuvBW Giveaway

Welcome to the #BoogieBabesLuvBW Giveaway!!

This giveaway is Hosted by the AWESOME members of the  
The Boogie Babes Saline Ambassador group and a few dozen of 
our blogging buddies!

The Members of BoogieBabes are ~

Stacy from Dnbuster's Place
Kelli from Not Your Average Mom
Ty from Mama of 3 Muchkins
Savanah from Savvy Shopper Central
Melody from Melody's Freebies and finds
Sara from Sweet Silly Sara
Megan from Tilted Urban
Jodi from W(e)il'd Hair & Accessories

As members of this Special Saline Ambassador group (Boogie Babes) it is our goal/duty to tell everyone we know about how great and useful Boogie Wipes, Pampers Kandoo and Puffs Fresh Faces products really are!

The giveaway is Co-Hosted by
Jennifer from Mama Dove on a Box
Barbara from Barbara's Beat
Kimberly from Kimberly's Krazy Place
Lorena from Wam Bam's Corner
Vix from Jared's Little Corner
Meg from Megomania
Rika from thedealmatchmaker

Thanks Gang!


Boogie WipesBoogie Wipes are made with saline to dissolve boogies (mucus) caused by the common cold, allergies or otherwise booger-filled kid moments. Extra soft and scented in Great Grape, Fresh Scent, Magic Menthol (for extra stuffy noses), Simply Unscented and Boogieberry, Boogie Wipes are recommended by Pediatricians as a gentle, effective alternative to a dry tissue. Boogie Wipes are available in 10, 30, 45 and 90 count packages. The newest product from Boogie wipes is the Boogie Mist  Gentle Saline Mist.

Pampers Kandoo Line of Kid Friendly products - Handsoap, Shampoo, Body Wash and Hand Sanitizer specifically designed to help children get clean on their own.
  • Made with natural ingredients to promote healthy skin and hair
  • Mild formulas with no sulfates, parabens or phthalates
  • Easy to use pumps and great scents that make kids want to get clean
  • Unique bottles that are designed to be fun and easy to use

Puffs Fresh Faces ~ patented and uniquely formulated with Natural saline, 
aloe, and  vitamin E for all your face has to face each day.  
They are available in Fresh scent, Light Lavendar, fragrance free and the scent of Vicks. available in 45 and 15 count packages!

ONTO the Giveaway~ Thanks to our wonderful Hosts and co-hosts, There are 5 Great prize packages available to be won as part of THIS giveaway! 
To enter scroll down and enter via the rafflecopter gadget below.
Prize package #1~
Pampers Kandoo wash your hands Magic Melon scent moisturizing hand soap, 30 count fresh scent Boogie Wipes, 15 count Puffs Fresh Faces fresh scent wipes, 10 Puffs Fresh Faces fresh scent samples, 10 Puffs Fresh faces samples with a scent of Vicks and 20 $1 off coupons for Puffs Fresh Faces!
Prize package #2 ~ 
30 count Boogie wipes fresh scent, full size bottle of Pampers Kandoo Detangler, 10 samples of Puffs Fresh Faces fresh scent, 10 samples of Puffs Fresh Faces with the scent of Vicks and 20 $1 off coupons for Puffs Fresh Faces!
Prize package #3~
45 count Puffs Fresh Faces fragrance free wipes, 10 Puffs Fresh Faces samples fresh scent wipes, 10 Puffs Fresh Faces samples with a scent of Vicks and 20 $1 off coupons for Puffs Fresh faces!
Prize package #4~
90 count tub of Boogie Wipes fresh scent, 10 samples of Boogie wipes fresh scent and 10 50 cent off coupons for Boogie Wipes!
prize package #5~
90 count tub of grape Boogie Wipes, Pampers Kandoo detangler, Pampers Kandoo Clean your body Body Wash, 5 samples of Puffs Fresh Faces with a scent of Vicks, 5 samples of Puffs Fresh Faces fresh scent, 5 samples of Boogie Wipes fresh scent, 10 $1 off coupons for Puffs Fresh faces wipes and 5 50 cents off coupons for Boogie Wipes

Also, EACH of the follow pages have prizes ranging from 
samples to Gift cards!
Winning entries will be verified before prizes are awarded.
Giveaway ends 9/24.

Good Luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclaimer:  Itzybellababy is not responsible for the awarding of the prizes.  The Host is responsible for prize fulfillment.  If you have any questions about this giveaway, or would like to sponsor the next giveaway please email the host at dnbuster@dnbustersplace.com. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by Boogie wipes, Pampers Kandoo OR Puffs Fresh faces.

My cute toddler Zulily Outfit

Do you visit Zulily? I love that site. I have purchased so many items for my baby girl. I love to get on there and make up outfits for her, that I know she would love.

Her current favorites- anything Minnie Mouse, and shoes that squeak. She already has a pair of Laniecakes shoes like the ones here, but zebra print.

This ensemble will make her squeal with delight!

Find the perfect fall outfits for your little one at zulily.com!

Minnie Tote

Minnie Shirt

Skinny jeans

Black bow headband

Leopard Laniecakes squeaker shoes

Find the perfect fall outfits for your little one at zulily.com!

KiteReaders’ Tablet Accessories Giveaway- free eBook for entering! Goes live 9/11/13

Are you interested in eBooks for your kids? KiteReaders is hosting an awesome giveaway, and as a bonus for entry, they are also giving you a free eBook! 
You can't lose on this promotion.

KiteReaders is a multi-award winning digital publisher of children’s books. With over 100 titles and 30 best sellers across Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBooks, KiteReaders aims to provide quality content for children and their families and increase literacy around the world. Visit KiteReaders at http://kitereaders.com and like them on Facebook at http://facebook.com/kitereaders!

Hosted By: KiteReaders
Co-Hosted By: Itzbellababy
Sponsored By: KiteReaders
KiteReaders is thrilled to host and sponsor a Tablet Accessories Giveaway! We have an amazing selection of some of the most popular kid-friendly accessories available for your tablets out in the market today! We all know how difficult it can be to maintain your tablet when you have a young child who always wants to use it. Whether you want to protect your tablet with a kid-friendly case, use a handy stylus instead of your fingers to touch the screen, or simply accessorize your tablet with some awesome headphones, we’ve got you covered!
When you enter the giveaway, not only will you have the chance to win one of these highly coveted prizes, but you will also be able to immediately download one of our award winning titles…for FREE! Simply enter the giveaway below and read more to learn all about our 20+ amazing prizes!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway Rules: US Residents, 18 years and up only. 1 entrant per household. Winners will be picked randomly through the Rafflecopter entry form. Winners will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. 
All winning entries are verified.  
Prizes Include: 
Gumdrop Kindle Fire Case (Valued at $49.99): 1 Winner
If you’re looking for the most rugged, durable yet ultimately affordable Kindle Fire protection, you found it in the Drop Tech Series Kindle Fire Case. Shock Absorption, drop protection, extreme ruggedness and hard-core readiness for all adventures, the Drop Tech Series Kindle Fire case specifically conforms to the shape of the Kindle Fire and offers multiple layers of protection. This transformer case features a unique, snap-on integrated screen for maximum protection. (http://www.gumdropcases.com/kindle-fire.html)
iPad Smart Cover (Valued at $39.99): 2 Winners
Snap the Smart Cover into place and it wakes up, stands up, and brightens up your iPad. It magnetically aligns for a perfect fit. It wakes and sleeps your iPad on open and close. It’s a handy stand for reading, watching, and typing. And it’s a way to make your iPad as personal on the outside as it is on the inside. (http://www.apple.com/ipad/accessories/)
iGuy iPad Case (Valued at $39.95): 2 Winners
Say hi to iGuy. He’s fun, free-standing and kid-friendly. Designed to fit all full-size iPads – even the new iPad 4! (http://www.speckproducts.com/iguy-for-ipad.html)
Fisher Price Kindle Fire Kid-Tough Apptivity Case (Valued at $29.99): 2 Winners
With a Kid-Tough rubberized casing and a clear film over the screen to protect against drips and sticky fingers, the next time your child asks to play with your Kindle Fire, you’ll be much more likely to say “sure”! (http://www.fisher-price.com/en_US/brands/kidtough/products/67522)
Griffin Technology Cinema Seat (Valued at $24.99): 2 Winners
CinemaSeat turns your iPad into the perfect in-car entertainment system. CinemaSeat’s wide, adjustable strap routes around your car seat’s headrest to perfectly position your iPad for backseat riders. Without sacrificing access to Multi-Touch display, controls or headphone jack, CinemaSeat lets them watch video, listen to music, play games and more. CinemaSeat gives your riders the best seats in the house. Or car. (http://store.griffintechnology.com/cinemaseat-2-for-ipad)
KaZoo MyPhones (Valued at $19.99): 2 Winners
KaZoo MyPhones have built-in-volume-limiting circuitry that keeps the sound pressure down to levels recommended as safe for young ears. Exposure to excessive levels of sound is more than a nuisance. It’s a health issue, especially for children. KaZoo MyPhones use a built-in, always-on sound-control circuit to cap peak volume levels at 85 decibels. That’s the maximum level recommended by many auditory health organizations in the U.S. and abroad. And, of course, KaZoo are kid-friendly with fun animal designs and durably constructed. (http://store.griffintechnology.com/kazoo-myphones)
Felix TwoHands Stand (Valued at $19.99): 2 Winners
When you want to use your NOOK hands-free, this ingenious accessory is the perfect solution. Made of sturdy molded plastic, it opens with a gentle squeeze and securely grips the edges of your NOOK, while the base rests on a flat surface to form a sturdy stand. The spring mechanism is both strong and flexible, so the Felix will hold your NOOK in either landscape or portrait mode; when closed, it’s only 7″ long, so it will easily slip into a pocket or bag. Add in the sleek, distinctive look – enhanced by a “felix” logo script printed in silver – and this is truly a must-have item for every NOOK owner. (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/p/home-gift-twohands-stand-in-black/25719436)
Crayola Color Studio iMarker (Valued at $15.99): 2 Winners
iMarker is the key to unlock limitless discovery and play on your iPad. It’s a digital marker, crayon, pencil and paint brush that interacts with the Crayola ColorStudio HD app to create all your favorite Crayola colors on the iPad’s Multi-Touch display. As you color, animated characters, music, sound and visual effects bring scenes to life, and surprises await on every page. (http://www.griffintechnology.com/crayola/colorstudiohd)
Marware UpSurge Speaker (Valued at $9.99): 2 Winners
The Marware UpSurge Mini Speaker delivers crisp, distortion-free sound from virtually any media player device. The UpSurge travels with you wherever you go, providing rechargeable, long-lasting audio enhancement in the palm of your hand. Its compact design twists and extends when in use for enhanced bass and sound quality. The UpSurge Mini Speaker is the perfect solution for your portable audio needs, whether you’re watching a movie, listening to music or playing a video game. (http://www.marware.com/upsurge-mini-speaker)
KiteReaders Stylus (Valued at $5.99): All Winners!
The KiteReaders Stylus is the perfect accessory to use on any of your touch devices! With a pen on one end and a stylus on the other, this stylus is a great tool to have in your pocket or bag at all times! 

Hello Butterfly stamped tags

Hey all, no time for a full tute this morning, but I wanted to make sure I gave you something to look at for a Monday-

Here is a simple simple tag I whipped up with some scrap odds and ends, a fern stamp, and a Hello stamp. I love this one!

Find the perfect fall outfits for your little one at zulily.com!

Personalized Halloween cards and Invites

Green getting a bad rap

When people think about so called “green jobs” or “environmental types” there is often a lot of eye rolling, or “one of them” type of comments made. They can not see the value in this kind of person or their work. However, these individuals perform any number of tasks that can contribute to the bottom line of a company and how they do business.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Wordless Wednesday

This Wordless Wednesday is brought to you by: Learning to Eat with a Spoon.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Energy Savings- a little more creative..

There are many lists of projects to be found online to help a homeowner save money on their heating and in Phoenix, especially the cooling costs. Many of them are pretty costly, and sometimes the work needs to be performed by specialists. There is one project that does not need to take a lot of time, in fact it can be broken up into smaller tasks and done whenever one has some spare time. In the long run, the savings are not phenomenal, but the amount of work for a small decrease in heating and cooling can still be useful in the long run.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

New Wine stamp tute, with Grape leaves

I love my new wine stamp, so I decided to make another tag with it. This time I used a little more color on the distressing, and I added some punched grape leaves for effect. Check these out.