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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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One Whole Year Event Day 2: Inspired by Finn!

It’s Day 2 of my One Whole Year Event! Remember, there are 7 prizes, and one winner takes all! I’ll be announcing one sponsor each day, but you must enter HERE to be eligible for the whole prize package!

Ready to meet today’s One Whole Year sponsor? It’s….

Inspired by Finn!

Inspired by Finn carries baltic amber teething necklaces, and let me tell you, these things are popular!

It is widely believed that baltic amber can be a great help with teething pain.

Why?

According to Inspired by Finn, baltic amber contains analgesic properties and helps take the edge off of many types of discomfort associated with dental issues, headaches, joint pain, etc.

But that’s not all…

Baltic amber is also believed to:

  • strengthen the body’s immune system
  • restore energy
  • maintain wellness
  • break a cycle of chronic inflammation

At first, I wasn’t so sure that I bought into the hype. But then I tried one!

I have to be honest: Little man isn’t teething hella bad right now, so it’s hard to tell how well the necklace works. But, he IS teething, and he’s getting through it pretty well. There hasn’t been a time that he’s cried with the necklace on, and that says something. Plus, it’s just over-the-top cute on him, and he doesn’t even pull or tug on it because he hasn’t yet figured out that it’s on! ;)

We are really loving our necklace because it seems to be the most natural way to combat teething pain, and I dread the appearance of molars. I had planned to team up my necklace with Hyland’s tablets, but now I’m putting my faith in the necklace alone. Judging by the reviews I’ve seen, I’m pretty confident.

A few frequently asked questions:

Do babies chew on the necklaces? No. These necklaces are not teethers, and are not meant to be chewed on. They are meant to be worn to help ease teething pain.

How does I use it? Just put the necklace on your baby. Some people wrap it around baby’s ankle and cover with a sock. For the amber to be effective, it needs to be placed against baby’s skin so that the stones’ healing oils (succinic acid) can be absorbed by the skin.

Are they safe? Each individual stone is double knotted on the cord so that if it does break, the stones will not fly. Please be sure to supervise baby at all times while he or she is wearing a teething necklace. Inspired by Finn does not recommend letting baby sleep with the necklace on.

Have you tried baltic amber yet? Do you want to? Well, you’re in luck!

Inspired by Finn has offered my lucky One Whole Year winner the in-stock item of their choice! (16 inches or smaller)

AND they have also offered a discount code to help us ALL celebrate!

Just by “liking” Inspired by Finn on Facebook, you can take advantage of the following discounts:

  • TO SAVE 20% on an order, click the “Like” button toward the top of the “Wall” tab. (Your mandatory entry into my giveaway will take care of this part!)
  • TO SAVE 25%, click the “Like” button + use the “Suggest to Friends” link near the top left of this “Wall” tab to suggest the page to your Facebook friends.
  • The discount code is entered/applied during checkout, and the discount is given off of prices on the website – www.InspiredByFinn.com

The codes to use once you have completed the criteria above -

To save 20%: FB20
To save 25%: FB25

Happy shopping, and happy teething! :D

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For an extra entry into the One Whole Year event, visit Inspired by Finn’s website and leave a comment on the original One Whole Year giveaway post letting me know which Inspired by Finn item you’d like to try! Please be sure to complete the mandatory entry on that page first! All giveaway details, rules and ways to enter are featured on the original giveaway post.

Good luck, and thanks for celebrating with me! :)

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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.
Disclosure: I received a product sample from Inspired by Finn for review purposes. I was not compensated for my review, and all opinions stated above are my own, based on personal experience with the product.

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ONE WHOLE YEAR Prize Package Giveaway!

The presents have been opened…

The cake has been smashed…

You know what that means! Now that the party is over at home, it’s time to start the blog celebration! :D

It’s been ONE WHOLE YEAR!

One whole year of getting to know myself as a mommy, one whole year of getting to know my funny little sidekick, one whole year of not sleeping through the night :( and one whole year of getting to know YOU – my encouraging, supportive, never-let-me-down online community. Without you, I may not have made it to our first Nursiversary! Yup, one whole year of successful breastfeeding…and still going strong!

To show you all how thankful I am for the year’s worth of camaraderie, I’ve assembled a prize package featuring many of my favorite items from our first year!

ONE WINNER TAKES ALL! 8O

…and, without further ado, the sponsors ARE...drumroll please

My sponsors have been WAY generous with their prizes, so please show them some love whenever you can!

My contribution? Well, a little bit of fluff, of course! We fell in love with ours, so the first prize I’d like to announce is a Kawaii Green Baby Minky Bamboo One-Size Pocket Diaper in the gorgeous new olive green color! I love this color for a boy or a girl, it’s super soft and trim, and I’m totally tempted to keep it (but I won’t.) Check out a photo here at Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique. Sweetbottoms is where we get all of our Kawaii diapers, and lots of other fun stuff, too! They have a great selection and offer Free Shipping on all US orders! Woot!

Check back tomorrow for the next prize announcement! Remember, one winner takes all!

Ready for the details?

This is the main entry post. Mandatory entry and ALL subsequent entry comments must be made here. Each day for the next week, I will post a Sponsor Spotlight featuring details about one of our sponsors, and the prize they are offering! Several sponsors are also offering discount codes and special offers for the event, so don’t miss it! Each Sponsor Spotlight will include one easy extra entry opportunity, so be sure to check in each day! (THIS post is sticky, so it will not move. Scroll down my page for each sponsor spotlight!)

MANDATORY ENTRY: “Like” each of my sponsors on Facebook (while you’re there, be sure to thank them for sponsoring!)  then leave me a comment here letting me know that you “liked” them all, and which one you are most excited about! Here are the links to all the Facebook pages:

Inspired by Finn

BabyBond

EcoMom (Don’t forget…I’m hosting an EcoMom giveaway NOW, too! Enter here to win a $25 gift card!)

Hazelnut Kids

Milkin Cookies

HappyBaby

There are 3 other optional ways to enter:

1. Blog about this giveaway, or post it on a public forum. Leave me a comment on this post with a link to your post.

2. Tweet about this giveaway. Tweet must include a link to this post. Leave me a comment on this post with a link to your tweet. (Only one per day, please.) Here’s a sample tweet:

“I entered the One Whole Year #baby prize package #giveaway at ABCGP! Easy entry, ends 11/18. http://wp.me/pTRQh-v1″

3. Grab my One Whole Year button! Put it on your blog, and leave me a link here so I can find it (To those readers who got a bonus entry for grabbing the button early, don’t worry…you’ll get one entry for grabbing and one for grabbing early ;) )

That’s it! Easy peasy, right? There will be more ways to enter in the coming days, so be sure to check back and see what all the prizes are, and get your entries in! Good luck, and thanks for celebrating with us!

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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Your Guide to November Events…

Call me a worry wart, but as much as I love featuring my favorite products and offering giveaways, I always fear that I may be making things confusing or difficult for you, my dear readers, and I certainly want to avoid that when I can. So today’s post is dedicated to providing a little clarity on November’s events! :)

Here’s a roundup:

  • Now: Enter to win a $25 gift card from EcoMom here. Note: EcoMom is NOT just for moms! They carry cool eco-friendly stuff for foodies too! ;)
  • Nov. 1 – 10: I’m participating in the Blogmania Dream Team’s Holiday Open House! Check my blog on those dates for some healthy holiday recipes and a few of my favorite gift ideas. Just stop by and read, or link up your own holiday post (just write one one any topic you’d like), and you could win some great prizes! (See the button on my sidebar…)
  • Nov 11 – 18 – My One Whole Year Event! Baby boy is turning one and we’ve hit the one year breastfeeding milestone! To thank my readers and online friends for all the help and support I’ve received over the past year, I’ve put together a prize package worth over $120. Entries will be easy, and one lucky winner takes all! My sponsors have been very generous with some great prizes, along with discounts and other offers, so you don’t want to miss these 7 days of Sponsor Spotlights! For now, grab the button on my sidebar and put it on your blog for an extra entry! If you do, let me know here.
  • Nov. 18: I will choose and announce winner of the One Whole Year giveaway!
  • Nov. 25: I will choose and announce winner of the EcoMom giveaway!

As you can see, there’s a lot going on over here at ABCGP, and I know I’ve been a little light on the posts lately. But that’s about to change! November’s going to be a fun, FULL month, so I hope you’ll join me!

(But for today, first things first. We’re off to little man’s first Halloween party! :D ) Happy Halloween, everyone!!!


If you have any blog events going on – or questions about mine – be sure to let me know!

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Announcing My “One Whole Year” Event!

Ahh…cinnamon, pumpkin and crunchy leaves…this time of year will forever remind me of those final sweet weeks of my first pregnancy! And now, we’re getting ready to celebrate a FIRST BIRTHDAY!

I had no idea what I was in for. I mean, I thought I did, but I wasn’t even close. I’ve learned SO much since then, just shy of a year ago, and I am beyond grateful for the online community of helpful friends and encouraging, supportive mamas that have been there through it all!

OK, so maybe I don’t personally know you all. But that doesn’t lessen how much I value you…not even a little bit. So, to say thank you, I’m planning a fun blog celebration to celebrate One Whole Year!

One Whole Year of getting to know my funny little man…

One Whole Year of getting to know myself as a mommy…

and One Whole Year of breastfeeding! I didn’t know if I could do it, and here we are. 12 months. Hands down, the biggest victory I’ve ever felt! I was proud when I graduated from college, but this is a whole different ballgame…

I can’t give away too many details just yet, but I can tell you this: There will be a great prize package of gifts for one lucky mama! (or mama-to-be, or even someone who wants to gift a special mama!)

(Hint, hint!! Gifts include something soft, something “fluffy” and something to make your teething baby feel “inspired!”)

I will announce the prize package formally on Nov. 11th (not my son’s actual birthday–that’s for him.) I’ve decided to celebrate here on the blog on what was my due date!)

After I announce the package, the entry period will last through Nov. 18th. During that time, look for “Sponsor Spotlights” where you can earn extra entries, learn about some great companies, and even find some valuable discounts just for joining in the fun!

Don’t worry–entry methods will be limited, and very easy.

First thing to do? Grab my event button! Isn’t it pretty?

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Be sure to leave me a comment here if you grab my button and put it on your blog! It will earn you one BONUS entry in the One Whole Year Event!

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