Beco Baby Carrier, cute and functional

Have you seen the prints on the Beco Baby carriers?  They are attractive, colorful and would suit either a baby wearing momma or poppa.  That is not even the best feature; all the carriers are organic. Wow. These carriers also have a weight range up to 35 pounds for the Gemini and up to 45 pounds for the Butterfly II, so you can carry your child up to toddler size comfortably and stylishly. I am hoping to win one from Sugar Pop Ribbons or Familylicious.

Check out my new Blog

I have a new blog whose goal is to be more content related. I will be talking about green living, healthy lifestyles and baby needs and products.  I will throw in some product reviews and hopefully some giveaways soon as well.

Join me on this new adventure! Check out Mama Papa Barn today.

Thanks for reading 🙂

#Win a huge cloth diaper prize from Diaper Shops

Do you have a Facebook account? Do you like or use cloth diapers? If you answered yes to both questions then you are in luck. Join me as a fan of They are giving away a prize pack worth $100 of a great selection of cloth diaper brands!!! Go like them now and enter to win those diapers.

Get Deals for Free (or Nearly) with #Groupon!

I love Groupon!!!  If you are not familiar with the site, they offer great deals, some one day, some a few days long, some for just the lucky number who click on “get the deal” first. They offer deals on restaurants, big box stores like Old Navy (I just used my Groupon to get $20 of free* clothes for my son), spa and beauty services, travel…you name it, there will be a deal available soon.  I love Groupon because they basically pay you to buy their deals. After the initial bonus you get for signing up, you will occasionally be offered Groupon Bucks to use within a week or so for any deal you want. I have gotten a number of deals for free because I used my Groupon Bucks from a special email promotion towards a purchase, as I mentioned I got my Old Navy deal for free because I had some Bucks to spend.

How would you like to win $150 in free Groupon Bucks to spend on your favorite deals? There’s a giveaway you can’t miss at The Giveaway Gal.


#clothdiaper store and more

All Things Diapers

Are you in the market for some cloth diapers? Are you looking for a diaper service? Are you just curious and just want to learn a little more? Then visit All Things Diapers and look around. It is a great store with a LOT of different brands to choose from.  For extra fun, she throws in a cloth diaper giveaway every now and then.

Who wants an iPad??

Who wants an iPad…besides me, that is?  Who knows where to get one for free…I do!  Luckily for all of us with this item on our wish lists, Apps School blog is bringing you a fantastic giveaway for the new year. Enter today!

Another great cloth diaper option #giveaway

I have a new-found love of bamboo. The fabric has natural antimicrobial properties which make it perfect for cloth diapers. Yes, I said perfect. Add to that the fact that it has better absorbency than any other fabric and you have me sold. Bamboo also is also extremely soft when washed and dried, making the diaper totally comfy for baby as well.

Right now Northern Baby is having a generous giveaway for two cloth diapers from Lil Helper.

There is another opportunity to win an eco-friendly and baby friendly diaper at Manager to Mom.

Not your average Pumpkin Bar #recipe

I had a can of pumpkin I hadn’t used so I decided to Swagbucks search a delicious recipe. I ignored all the ones that called for cream cheese icing. I quickly found one on Baked by Joanna that seemed to satisfy my needs: it looked like a different take on the smooth and tasteless pumpkin recipes you usually see.  The recipe called for black pepper and brown sugar, what an interesting combination; I had to try it.

[I did make a few changes: I used Walnuts instead of Pecans and there was no cinnamon/sugar sprinkled over them.  I used 1 teaspoon each of Ground Nutmeg, Ground Ginger, and Ground Cloves instead of the generic pumpkin pie spice.]

If you try this recipe, let me know if you made any changes and how it tasted!

Pumpkin Pie Bars / Cook Time: 30 minutes / Yield: Serves 24

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup First Street unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped (optional)
  • 2 tbsp sugar 


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and coat a 9″x13″ baking pan with nonstick spray and line with parchment paper ensuring that there is an overhang on both sides. Set aside.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, salt and pepper; set aside.
  3. Using a large bowl, whisk the butter and light brown sugar together until incorporated. Add the eggs and vanilla and continue to whisk. Then whisk in the pumpkin until all the ingredients are combined. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the flour mixture to complete the batter.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and use the spatula to spread the batter evenly throughout the pan. Now if you’d like, sprinkle the pecans over the top of the batter. Mix together the remaining 1 teaspoon of cinnamon with the sugar and sprinkle over the entirety of the batter.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center has just a few moist crumbs. Cool completely in the pan before removing and slicing into 24 bars. Store at room temperature in an airtight container.

Amazon has it all

I love Amazon. My infatuation started with DVDs and free shipping. Now its about all the price advantages of buying various and sundry items that you can get on the website. We have bought water filters for our fridge, an organic baby bouncer, and lots of diapers, both cloth and disposable. I have even used their subscribe and save program to save extra percentage on certain items. It is fantastic.

Did you know they have a baby registry too? To make it more advantageous for you moms and dads out there, Amazon is offering a giveaway of the Britax B-agile system through various blogs! Check it out and enter:

A Surprising Favorite

I am not a sharer, ask anyone. This is especially true when it comes to the internet. I said to myself that I would not be one of those people sharing personal information and pictures. Yet here I am, entering contests and uploading pictures, and doing the occasional blog post.  The reason I say I am not a sharer is because I am going to share a commercial that struck my heart;and I am going to share it via YouTube. Please don’t stop reading; I am usually turned off by videos from that outlet. Never the less, the commercial is hugely popular it seems, since it was made by a well-known company trying to get your attention.

And it did get my attention, not so much because of the commercial, because I tend to ignore those. In fact, I am usually oblivious to the usual tv fads and trends since I only use Hulu to watch my favorite shows. But it was Hulu itself that got me hooked on this commercial because it played for what seemed every commercial break as I watched a mini marathon of “Grounded for Life”. It caught my attention because of the holiday song and the pretty ladies singing…in a mall…that I recognized!! It gave me goose bumps and a welling-up inside.

So here it is: T-Mobile’s “Home for the Holidays” ad. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. <Video>

P.S. Thanks to Jen from Life with Levi for finding and posting about this fun commercial so I could stop obsessing about it!



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