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A Friday Full of Good Things

Bah, HUMBUG.

Yes, I can be a bit of a Grinch. I’m not sure why, really,  but I’m just not that into Christmas. 8O

I’m hoping my views change as my son gets older, but the consumer madness (coupled with short, dark days full of ice and snow) really gets me down. I much prefer the lovely “bloomy” feeling of spring! :D

But yesterday, a few things happened that lifted me a bit from my funk and, yes, I just may have felt a twinge of holiday happiness! (But if you tell anyone I said that, I’ll totally deny it!)

1. The local radio station played my Flashback Friday request first, so I got to ROCK OUT to Paul Simon’s Me and Julio on my commute–just me and my big cup of gingerbread decaf! (Usually, it’s Sesame Street or Signing Time songs…over and over and over…)

2. My husband was off with Little Man while I was at the office. Not really a good thing in itself (bummed me out a little), but when I got home, I found out that my two favorite boys took a field trip to a Fair Trade Fair at the local university and brought me back some chocolate! Lots of points for the dada today. He rocked it.

3. The office Holiday Cookie BEER Exchange! Glancing around our biggest meeting room and seeing 24 cases of festive microbrews, imports (and even a homebrew or two) definitely helped with my humbuggery! I now have a lovely mixed case of 24 different beers, and I’m finally at a point with breastfeeding where I feel OK about splitting one unique bottle each night with my husband. Look out! I’m back on the sauce! (Yeah, um, not really. But sampling new beers sure beats the cookies of years past…bleh!)

4. Little Man learned something new that just melted me into a puddle. I said “Kiss, kiss” and he leaned his forehead toward my mouth, so I could kiss it, then erupted into giggles once I did. He did it, like, a hundred times. Too cute! :)

So, since happiness is a’brewin over here, I’m going to pass a little of it along to you! I happen to have a brand new one-size Kawaii pocket diaper in white, and since we can’t use velcro anymore (he’s figured out how to pull it off! ) I’m going to give it away!

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Mandatory Entry:

Just leave me a comment here letting me know one good thing that made a recent day really happy, holiday-related or not. Make them good ones, folks – we still have a few weeks of this holiday stuff to get through, and I need the inspiration!

Extra entries:

  • Follow me on Twitter @ABCGP and tweet this giveaway (may tweet up to 2x daily. At least one hour apart, please!) Leave me a comment with tweet URL for each. Here’s a tweet to get you started: ‘Tis the season to win a one size Kawaii #clothdiaper at ABCs and Garden Peas! Ends 12/30. http://wp.me/pTRQh-xJ
  • Mention this giveaway on your blog and/or post about it on a forum where cloth mamas might see it! Leave me a comment with a link (2 entries for this one if you do both.)

Entries will be open through the end of day on Thursday, Dec 30th. Winner will be chosen using Random.org and notified via email on Friday, Dec 31th.  Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize via email or a new winner will be chosen. This contest is open to EVERYONE! Good Luck!

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One Whole Year Winner!

After adding in bonus early entries, Random.org says my One Whole Year winner is:

#22 is Melanie, who said:

Congratulations, Melanie! :D I hope you enjoy all the great prizes in the package!

(I’m emailing you now – please respond within 48 hours to claim your prizes!)

Thanks again to all my generous sponsors who made this giveaway possible! I had so much fun introducing them to you, and I hope you enjoyed meeting them. Don’t forget to take advantage of some of the great coupon codes that were offered! :)

I’d also like to say thanks to all of you for entering! I saw some new names in that comment list, and I’m so happy to have you visit my blog! If you didn’t win this time around, hang in there….the blog is growing, and I have lots more fun stuff up my sleeve! ;)

And now, it’s time to really focus on the mother of all giveaways, BLOGMANIA! Trust me, you DO NOT want to miss the HUGE giveaway in April! My official theme is Natural Baby, so if you liked this prize package, you’re going to LOVE what’s in store!

But for now, I’m going to take some time to visit, read and comment on some of the blogs I’ve been neglecting. I think reading other blogs is essential to the whole “blog experience” and I miss the endless inspiration they provide!

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Do you have a blog? Tell me about it and I’ll be sure to stop by and say Hi!

Anything special you’re looking for on MY blog? I’d love to know!

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One Whole Year: My little boy’s first birthday!

 I just can’t get over how much I’m loving motherhood so far, and how much there is to learn! My sweet, funny little boy has really completed me, and I fall more and more in love with him every day! I even told him so in a letter, which has been sealed away in a birthday card, to be opened by him a long, long time from now.

Here’s a peek into our day…

A Harvest Spice cake with a simple organic vanilla buttercreme for the birthday boy…(I’ll be sharing the recipe in a post very soon…)

And here are the cupcakes I made for the adults, based on the ones I saw on the cover of this cupcake book.
They aren’t very bright because I used turmeric and a speck of carrot juice instead of yellow food dye, but aren’t they the cutest? :)

Cute ducky cupcakes for baby's first birthday. Colored with turmeric and a touch of carrot (except for the faces.)

Look who crashed the duck party! It’s Boon Duck Bob! We love Bob! (Especially now that we’ve moved up to the big tub!)

Cute ducky cupcakes! Hey, who's that Odd Duck in there? #Boon

Our new Boon duckie was joined by a set of blocks from Uncle Goose (they’re gorgeous!), a Wheelie Bee (recommended by Kim at The Girl is a Mom. Thanks, Kim!) a Green Toys dump truck, a sleepy donkey from Under the Nile, lots of books and more. It felt like Christmas! Even though it was low-key, there was a lot of excitement and no nap. But, true to form, our boy held up like a champ.

Where did the year go? It seems like just yesterday I met this new love…

Well, here’s to year 2! I can’t wait to see what it’s like to mother a toddler. 8O

Oh, wait. I have one more surprise! Head on back to the One Whole Year main post and leave this comment:  ”I read your ducky post” for one last bonus entry into the package giveaway! ;)

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One Whole Year Event Day 7: EcoMom!

Welcome to Day 7 of my One Whole Year Event! (Remember, to enter you must visit the original One Whole Year giveaway post, and complete the mandatory entry first. ALL extra entries must also appear on THAT post!)

So far, I’ve announced 6 prizes in the package:

  • One Kawaii Minky Bamboo one size cloth diaper in the new olive green color
  • The in-stock baltic amber teething necklace of your choice from Inspired by Finn!
  • A prize bundle from HappyBaby, including the book, HappyBaby: The Organic Guide to Baby’s First 24 Months!
  • A BabyBond, for nursing and conversing!
  • A snuggly Keptin Jr. organic cotton Rabby from Hazelnut Kids!
  • A 2-week supply of Milkin’ Cookies (lactation cookies for mom!)

This has been a fun week, but it’s not over yet!  :D

Today’s featured sponsor is EcoMom!


As you may recall, I recently did a review of Plum Organic Baby Food from EcoMom. That’s because EcoMom was generous enough to sponsor my One Whole Year event AND offer a separate giveaway for a $25 gift card to their site!

To visit my EcoMom review and enter the $25 gift card giveaway, click here. (This link also includes a 15% discount code!! ) Ends 11/25.

My super lucky One Whole Year winner will be receiving one of our favorite baby products ever! One of my very first blog posts was about Under the Nile veggie teethers (check it out here) and we still love them just as much today. My winner will be receiving the organic cotton carrot teether, just like this one:

Just a reminder, EcoMom carries great eco-friendly products for all members of the family! In fact, I’ve given the link to Santa so he knows where to get me a new lunch carrier for work! :)

Thanks again, EcoMom! If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go check out the Daily Deal…

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For an extra entry into the One Whole Year giveaway: Visit  EcoMom’s Gifts for New Moms and Babies page and leave me a comment on the original One Whole Year post telling me which gift is your favorite.  Good luck and thanks for celebrating with us!

**Make sure to complete the mandatory entry first! Mandatory entry and ALL extra entries must appear on the original One Whole Year post! (NO entry comments on this post, please!)

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Sorry, this contest open to US residents only (Please note: My EcoMom giveaway is open to residents of US and Canada!) One Whole Year entries will be accepted through 11/18. I will choose a winner via Random.org on 11/19. Winner will be contacted via email (please leave your email address!)  and will have 48 hours to respond and claim prize package or a new winner will be chosen.

 

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One Whole Year Event Day 6: Milkin’ Cookies!

Welcome to Day 5 of my One Whole Year Event! (Remember, to enter you must visit the original One Whole Year giveaway post, and complete the mandatory entry first. ALL extra entries must also appear on THAT post!)

So far, I’ve announced 5 prizes in the package:

  • One Kawaii Minky Bamboo one size cloth diaper in the new olive green color
  • The in-stock baltic amber teething necklace of your choice from Inspired by Finn!
  • A prize bundle from HappyBaby, including the book, HappyBaby: The Organic Guide to Baby’s First 24 Months!
  • A BabyBond, for nursing and conversing!
  • A snuggly Keptin Jr. organic cotton Rabby from Hazelnut Kids!

I’m on a roll….let’s keep going! :D

Today’s featured sponsor is Milkin’ Cookies!

Milkin’ Cookies are lactation cookies for nursing moms, designed to help increase milk supply. They were developed by two mommies (who also happen to be physicians) on a quest to create a product that would help on-the-go mommies like themselves keep their milk supply up. Knowing that some foods were known to increase milk production, they developed the recipe for these yummy cookies!

Milkin’ Cookies are made with wholesome ingredients including whole wheat flour, flaxseed, wheat germ, and oats. Each cookie has just 190 calories and has a whopping 3 grams of fiber! They’re all natural, with no artificial ingredients or preservatives, and they include no medicines.

Milkin’ Cookies are delicious and bursting with wholesome flavor. They’re individually packaged so you can toss them in your diaper bag or briefcase when you’re on the run. They’re a tasty way to treat yourself during a busy day.” ~Milkin’ Cookies

For the sake of disclosure, I have to tell you that I have not tried Milkin’ Cookies myself. They are, however, a Parent Tested, Parent Approved (PTPA) award winner, and they have quite a following of devoted lactating mommies! Read testimonials here.

These mamas sound like pretty smart cookies to me, dontcha think? ;)

Interested in giving Milkin’ Cookies a try? Well, they’ve been kind enough to offer my lucky One Whole Year winner a 2-week supply of cookies! Yay! :)

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For an extra entry into the One Whole Year giveaway: Visit the Milkin’ Cookies Website and leave me a comment on the original One Whole Year post telling me one thing you learned about the company. Good luck and thanks for celebrating with us!

**Make sure to complete the mandatory entry first! Mandatory entry and ALL extra entries must appear on the original One Whole Year post! (NO entry comments on this post, please!)

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Sorry, this contest open to US residents only (Please note: My EcoMom giveaway is open to residents of US and Canada!) Entries will be accepted through 11/18. I will choose a winner via Random.org on 11/19. Winner will be contacted via email (please leave your email address!)  and will have 48 hours to respond and claim prize package or a new winner will be chosen.


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