Monthly Archives: June 2013

Green Baby, Green Mama Event

Green Mama, Green Baby

Green Baby, Green Mama Event

Organized by: Mom to Bed by 8 and Iowa Mom

Anyone (and everyone!) who knows me in real life knows that I am a cloth diaper fanatic! I love all kinds of cloth diapers. I even like to make my own cloth diapers! My favorite (and most used) diapers of all time are plain old simple prefold diapers with Bummis Super Whisper Wraps! I mostly just fold the diaper and lay it in the wrap, but if I’m feeling especially energetic, I might fasten the diaper with a Snappi or a couple of diaper pins. At the next diaper change, I just toss everything that got dirty (flushing any solids, of course!) into the wet bag. When the wet bag is full, I empty it into our front-loading washing machine, wash it all on the lovely sanitary cycle and away we go! When it’s all done washing, I separate the covers (as I move everything else to the dryer) so that they can hang on a cheap wooden drying rack, and dry everything else in the machine. A long time ago, in a land far, far away,  we lived in a house with a clothesline outside. Back in those good old days, I hung all the diapers out to dry whenever possible. Now my youngest is learning to use the potty, so our cloth diaper days are mostly done. I am trying to convince m’duine that just maybe we need a small stash of cloth for when the grandsons visit, but I haven’t been successful, yet. Winning this giveaway would be a great way to start your stash, or to start the stash of a new family (or a family new to cloth)! And the Earth Mama Angel Baby products are just icing on the cake.

Prize Package Includes:

Bummis Organic Cotton Starter Kit

A value packed box of cloth diapering essentials with everything you need to start using cloth diapers now! You don’t need to be cloth diaper savvy in order to appreciate it – but if you are, you will really love our beautiful new boxed kit. Flushable liners and our step-by-step guide to no-fuss cloth diapering make it easy for you. No rinsing, no pins, no stuffing and no big deal to wash this cloth diaper system.

The Infant size contains:

  • 24 infant size Organic Cotton Prefold diapers(4 x 8 x 4 layers thick)
  • 4 Super Whisper Wraps – small
  • 2 Super Brites – small
  • 3 rolls Bio-Soft liners – small
  • 5 reusable Fleece Liners
  • Fabulous Wet Bag – large (available exclusively in the Kit!)
  • User Guide

The Baby size contains:

  • 18 baby size Organic Cotton Prefold diapers (4 x 8 x 4 layers thick)
  • 2 Super Whisper Wraps – medium
  • 2 Super Brites – medium
  • 1 roll Bio-Soft liners – large
  • 5 reusable Fleece Liners
  • Fabulous Wet Bag– large (available exclusively in the Kit!)
  • User Guide

Earth Mama Angel Baby Birth & Baby Kit

Mama’s Birth & Baby Kit Full Size will get you set with full-size must-haves. Worry-free products to comfort mama and baby? That’s a big check!

For mama:

  • New Mama Bottom Spray – 4oz
  • Mama Bottom Balm – 2oz
  • Organic Monthly Comfort Tea – 1 box
  • Natural Nipple Butter – 2oz
  • Cotton Tote Bag – 10” x 12”
  • Postpartum Bath Herbs – 1 box

For baby:

  • Angel Baby Shampoo & Body Wash – 5.3oz
  • Angel Baby Oil – 4oz
  • Angel Baby Lotion – 4oz
  • Angel Baby Bottom Balm – 2oz

Thank you for visiting and entering to win this amazing prize package. Please take a moment to also visit our lovely co-hosts whom without them great things such as these would not be possible: Budget Earth, Mew Review and An Ordinary Housewife.

One lucky winner will a Bummis Organic Cotton Starter Kit & the Earth Mama Angel Baby Birth & Baby Kit!

Giveaway ends July 18th at 11:59pm, open US and Canadian residents, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck.

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Disclosure: I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. The Silver Dragon’s Heart is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment. Please contact teri@mompoweredmedia.com with questions or to see your business or blog featured on the next big event!

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OSIS Dust It *review*

One of the products I received in the Spring Fever VoxBox was a bottle of Schwarzkopf Professional OSiS+ Dust It Mattifying Powder.

20130612-195025.jpgI had no idea what a “mattifying powder” was, so I went straight to the great god, Google, for the answers to my Ultimate Question of the Moment. After about five minutes of YouTube videos, I was concerned! Any of you who know me in real life, or have seen a picture of even the tiniest bit of my hair outside the severest of hair knots, know that I have some seriously thick, course Type 3A/3B curls (more B than A, really). I stared at the bottle.

20130612-195045.jpgI watched more YouTube videos. I opened the bottle.

20130612-195506.jpgI watched non-English YouTube videos. I shook a little of the powder into my hand. I visited the Schwarzkopf Professional USA website and read some more about Dust It. I stared at the bottle some more and pondered my Ultimate Question: “How am I going to test and review this product?! I can’t put it in MY hair and do what the stylist did with the model’s hair in that video. I’ll have to shave my head, because I’ll never be able to get a comb through my dreaded locks again!” </sigh> </moan> Gloom, despair, and misery on me. </end pity-party> My standard hair-related attitude is, “It’s JUST hair. It’ll grow out,” but the panic and dread were beginning to drown my generally laissez-faire hairitude.

Then it occurred to me! “Why did it take so long,” you ask? “We may never know,” says The Wise Old Owl. (mmm … now I want a Tootsie Pop!) I have captives child-models! My youngest daughter has this strange hither fore unknown hair type (at least in this family). I think people (with hair that isn’t dangerous to small children) call it “straight.” It would probably take a professional statistician and a world-renowned geneticist a very long time to figure the odds on m’duine and I producing a child with hair this straight. My stylist has training, years of experience, a salon full of products and heat-related torture devices tools; and she can’t get my hair as straight as Boo’s. I spent years just trying to figure out how to keep a hair-binder on a ponytail in that stuff. Now, I’m a little ashamed to say, I cut her hair with the same military trimming technique that I use on the boys’ hair. The only difference is that I use a guard on the clippers for her. When done, it falls into an adorable, face-framing pixie cut, but that’s all it does. Fall, and lay there. There isn’t enough hair spray in the known universe to put any volume in her hair.

So I drafted her asked her if she wanted me to do her hair. She actually really likes it when I do her hair. When she had longer hair she would have me put it up in sponge rollers, which she would sleep in all night, just so she could wake up with “curls like you, mommy.” They always fell by lunchtime, but she was happy for the morning. So I sprinkled some Dust It in her hair. I did several small partings with a rat tail comb and applied Dust It to each section.

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Then I scrubbed it around on her roots and voila, she had volume!

Then I moved on to my next victim middle son (Mohawk Boy). He has 2C/3A hair with a long curl pattern, so it gets curlier as it grows out. It is currently two to three inches long.

I used the same application method with his hair, and then combed it and used my hands to try and make it stick up in a classic, pointed mohawk. I wasn’t especially happy with the results, but it’s better than it normally turns out, so that’s something. For whatever reason, I decided to re-shave the sides of his head after I fixed the mohawk. My mind doesn’t always follow the most linear of paths.

Sometime soon (maybe this weekend) I’m going to try it again. However, I’m going to try more of a standing-straight-up method, rather than the pointy method we normally use.

After washing it out of Boo’s and Mohawk Boy’s hair, I gathered the courage to put a VERY small amount of Dust It in my hair. The only (lack of) volume-related trouble I ever have with my hair is through this area. My hair is long (mid-back) and the weight of it can flatten it out across the top of my head, creating a lovely triangular shape when I wear my hair down. I use a few duckbill clips while air drying to combat this with just-washed hair. Unfortunately, it becomes more pronounced with second-day hair. Misting my second-day (and even third-day) hair with a spray bottle of plain water helps bring back the curls, but the duckbills don’t work nearly as well. so, I applied it very sparingly to just the roots and only on the top of my head. Think about looking down on someone’s head and drawing a rectangle, from the temples to the crown, between the “corners” of their head. That’s where I applied the Dust It. I used a gentler scrubbing technique on just the top part of my hair, and I was so impressed! It was very easy to control the amount of lift I got, and when it started to fall a bit midday, I just scrubbed my roots a bit more (I didn’t apply any additional product) and the lift came right back. I put my hair in my usual low messy bun for bed. In the morning, I resprayed the body of my hair, re-scrubbed the top of my hair (again, no additional product), and I had (almost) instant killer third-day hair that I could leave down! Third-day hair is a guaranteed messy bun around here. I normally have to spray my whole head with water, just to be able to run a wide-toothed comb through it enough to get it in a decent looking messy bun on the third day. I managed a whole week with decent looking hair because of the Dust It. Days four and five were messy bun days, but I was still able to re-scrub the top enough to keep it cute looking.

Unfortunately, it didn’t occur to me to take pictures of this Five Day Miracle, so I’ll try it again this weekend, taking a picture each morning. The long and short of it is that I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who wants a bit (or a lot) more volume in there hair, or who likes the currently chic matte look for their hair. Where was this Magic Pixie Dust during the ’80s, when I was teasing my hair more than Mötley Crüe?

It’s your hair. Have FUN with it!

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Firmoo June: Classic & Chic Models – free for new customers

Hey, guys! Firmoo has updated their New Arrivals for June. Furthermore, they are available for the Firmoo First-Pair-Free-Program. Now you may have the chance to get yours for FREE!

Over-size frame:

Over-sized glasses have won wide following and endorsement from celebrities due to their flamboyant and bold impression. When you put them on, the large frames and sleek lenses give that superstar vibe instantly. If you want to have a new look, over-sized frames are definitely worth a try.

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Rectangle frame:

Rectangular glasses are the most common style you see on the street. For a simple look, you can never go wrong with a pair of rectangular framed glasses. They are a traditional style, very charming. Sleek and slim rims outline a precise profile.

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glasses

Vintage style:

We are always fond of wearing stylish and chic glasses but we often ignore one particular type -vintage glasses. Sometimes it’s just so cool to go back in time and have a feel for what fashion was. They are also the perfect way to complete your vintage outfit.

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glasses

Nerdy style:

A medium sized, round eye frame shows a charmingly studious look. If you want that geeky or school girl type of look, then take a look at the below nerdy style, though simple, these are very stylish and classic too.

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glasses

Still not sure that eye wear can be fashionable? Then check out how some of these fashionistas style them:

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(The above model photos are all derived from Firmoo+.)

New Customers, check out more products for your first free pair at Firmoo right now! You just need to pay shipping. First come, first served! (Simply clicking “LUCKY DRAW” on this page, you may even get a totally free pair including shipping free.)

About Firmoo
Firmoo is the World’s Most Popular Online Eyeglasses Store. We have always been committed to offering customers the best quality products at the most affordable prices, which start at $8, 80%-90% lower than those found in local stores.

This is a paid post, however all opinions expressed are my own. Please read my full disclosure statement here.

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