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GDGH JamsI never paint my fingernails (though I do paint my toes) and I’m not a big fan of MLMs (mostly in how some reps handle marketing), so when I learned about Jamberry, I must admit that I had zero interest. In spite of my disinterest (due to not being a fashionable person – at all) I have learned that people LOVE them and that they are a well made product. Several of my friends love them, and they are “5 free” and more non-toxic alternative to traditional nail polishes (this does not include more natural water-based polishes, but they are better than the “big 3 free” brands).

I love to play with designs, so when I heard that Jamberry had a nail design studio to create custom wraps I just couldn’t resist the chance to design for a cause… Giving Diapers Giving Hope.

If you are unfamiliar with Giving Diapers Giving Hope, it is a wonderful 501c3 non-profit organization that lends cloth diapers to families who are struggling to afford clean diapers for their little ones. I love the organizers, the work they do, and I love cloth. Win, win, win x infinity.

I am not a Jamberry consultant, so I teamed up with the awesome Katie Pickles (of AppleCheeks fame) to make this fundraiser happen! Because she’s awesome and because she too loves GDGH, she is helping us out by donating all of her commission to Giving Diapers, Giving Hope! You heard that right! You can buy festive cloth diaper advocacy jams and your purchase will support an amazing charity that helped 500 families cloth diaper their babies for the cost of shipping in 2014!

To get your Jams you can order through this form  but hurry, orders close January 31!  Please read all of the instructions carefully.  Select the design(s) you want and the quantity.  Each sheet will do 2-3 manicures + several accent nails! 

Click here to get a better look at these advocacy nail wraps and order yours today!

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The Holidays are over, and boy was 2014 a busy year. So, here’s to you!

Your favorite natural parenting companies have teamed up to bring you a Fabulous New Year’s Giveaway! Follow the easy steps listed below for your chance to Win something special from each of the sponsors AND a $60 Gift Card to Amazon.com so you can get those special items you’ve been eying from one of your favorite natural parenting companies. What a fabulous way to start a New Year!

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  1. Follow me on Instagram
  2. Like my giveaway post
  3. Comment with your answer to the question on said post.
  4. Follow & answer the unique questions from the fabulous sponsors (Click on my Instagram image to see who I’ve
    tagged and head over to their pages.) When you get back to me, you’ve completed the Round Robin!
  5. Finally, be sure to enter the form below for your chance at the $60 Amazon Gift Card!

Wishing you, yours, and your little ones a most fabulous year filled with buckets of laughter, lasting memories, and good healthy.

All the best,

Your Favorite Natural Parenting Companies

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​New Years Wishes Round Robin ends January 4, 2015. Amazon Gift Card is open worldwide. Brand prizes are US only (with the exception of Funky Fluff, which is US & Canada). #NYWishes
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Chocolate Caramel Pretzel BitesI just love the holidays. Spending time with family, good fun, good food — there is always a variety of new things to discover. I tend to stick to my favorites when it comes to bringing a dish to holiday gatherings, like my Hot German Potato Salad (yum!), but if your family is like mine, they seem to put a lot of effort into bringing something new (and yummy)!

This treat made by my sister-in-law was fun, adorable, and just the right size. These little pretzel bites are crunchy, a little bit salty, and sweet. What I really love is that they are just enough to give you something sweet after dinner without being overwhelming.

This recipe uses candy coated pieces (like M&Ms), Rolos, and pretzels. To make it a healthier choice you could opt for more natural candy pieces, like SunSpire Sun Drops, or replace them with dried fruit or a nut (so long as allergies aren’t a concern). To swap out the Rolos you could use a Lake Champlain Salted Caramel Bar (using the squares), or if you’re more adventurous you could even make your own! Traditional, round, and waffle pretzels are all a good choice.

Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bites
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Ingredients
Pretzels
Chocolate Covered Caramels (like Rolos or Lake Champlain Salted Caramel Bar Squares)
Candy Coated Chocolate Pieces (like M&Ms or SunSpire Sun Drops)
Instructions
Preheat your oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Place as many pretzels as you desire on the baking sheet.
Place a chocolate covered caramel on each pretzel.
Bake for 4 to 5 minutes. You want the caramel to soften, but not melt down.
Remove the pan from the oven and gently place a candy coated chocolate (nut or dried fruit) in the center of the caramel. Push lightly.
Cool and enjoy!
Notes
Traditional, round, and waffle pretzels are all a good choice for this recipe (Newman's Own is an easy to find organic option).
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Our Mom’s Night In Bash is just around the corner, and you are invited to celebrate the most important night of the year!  Another Kim and Amanda chat on G+ (of course!) that just so happens to be on that other important day… New Year’s Eve!

Kim and I have such a great time hosting live chats on G+ and we just knew that NYE was a perfect fit for our next chat! As parents, we know that going out on NYE can be a challenge – if not altogether impossible. New baby, no sitter, can’t stay up past nine, or maybe you’re just not that into going out and prefer to celebrate from the comfort of your own home! Whatever your case, we have you covered.

Joining us are special guests Maria of Change-Diapers.com  & Adrianna Domingo-Lupher of Spouse Box & NextGen MilSpouse.  Maria is well known and loved for her Cloth Diaper Friday Giveaway Round-Up and Best of Awards.  Maria is also Director of Operations for Giving Diapers, Giving Hope, and Adrianna serves on the board. We are so lucky to have these lovely ladies joining us!

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Did I mention that there will be prizes?

As if all of the chat wasn’t enough, we have some awesome sponsors that are offering prizes to attendees of the chat as a little bonus!  Some of the prizes might be given out live, while others will be drawn after the chat. We have some fun ideas up our sleeves, so be sure to hang in for the chat.

The prize list may grow, but currently the list includes:

  • 1 Playful Penguins Ella Bella Bum Diaper
  • 1 Smoke & Mirrors Ella Bella Bum Diaper
  • 6 Glow Bug Cloth Diapers
  • 6 Glow Bug Cloth Diapers
  • 1 Thirsties Duo Wrap in Whale Tale
  • 1 Thirsties One Size All in One in Ocean Life
  • GroVia Shell and Wet Bag
  • A Spray Pal and set of Sticky Bellies Advocacy stickers
  • 1 Tushmate Newborn
  • 1 Tushmate One Size in a Globe Print
  • Pamper Yourself Damnit Package from BALM! Baby 

Notice that not one but two lucky winners will be walking away with 6 diapers each from Glow Bug! We will have have so many chances to win that it would be silly not to come!

To be eligible for live in chat prizes make sure you RSVP and Join our Chat! Also, be sure to use Rafflecopter below, prizes not drawn live during the chat will be drawn from there. Extra entries can be earned for liking our sponsors on Facebook and following on Instagram!  Be sure to leave a comment on the event page during our chat and listen closely for opportunities to win during the hour!  Being present will mean your odds of winning are excellent!

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