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Nana Star and Moon Man Review and Giveaway!

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I recently was given the opportunity to review many of the products associated with Nana Star an award winning series of children books.  These books were written by two sisters, Elizabeth and Elena Sills  and the books were illustrated by their mother Linda Saker. I love when families works together in bringing together something that promotes positive virtues and character-building points and traits that are important for children.

The first book book, “Nana Star” tells the story of Nana Star whom is a little girl venturing out to bring a lost baby star back home.  I find the stories simple enough for young children to understand on their own but challenging enough as well to bring questions to the table.

The second book ” Nana Star and the Moon man” is the next in the series.  It picks up where the last book left off.  Nana is trying to get the little star back home but finds herself lost in the dark and this where the moon man comes in.  He encourages her to know he is there to guide and watch her along the way even if she can’t see him.
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Each of the books comes with a companion CD witch features sing along songs along with the full story so your kids can listen anytime they want. The  stories that they’ve brought to life are quite simple keeping them geared toward 3-7 year olds.

I wanted to also mention that each book, includes a mistake in the text for young readers to find. When children send Nana Star a note correcting the mistake, they become special members of her Little Twinkles Club. Each member receives an autographed photo of the real Nana Star with a personalized message, as well as a certificate of membership.

I love the plush toys that came along with my books as they are incredibly lovable and hugable.  My daughter loves dragging the Moon man toy around the house with her throughout the day and she dances when I push the star on his stomach and music begins to play. It’s too cute.  The Nana Star rag doll is a wonderful companion for young girls. She’s pose able and soft so she can even become a sleeping companion for your child or even the next guest at her tea parties.

I’m all for companies that give back to the community and Nana Star does just that by giving  a portion of all book and merchandise sales directly to the Nana Star Foundation, which is dedicated to raising funds for terminally ill children and raising awareness of the crippling problems facing children that attend under-resourced, inner-city schools. The Nana Star books are distributed to hospitals and inner-city schools throughout the United States.

Nana Star products can be purchased from NanaStar.com and the books can also be found on Amazon.
Win it!

One of  my  readers will be able to win a Nana Star Book and the Nana Star Doll!

1. Leave a comment below and let me know who this woulds be for if you won! (if this is not followed, no entry will count)

For additional entries:

1. Subscribe to my blog – 1 entries
2. Blog about this giveaway with links back here and to Nana Star – 2 EXTRA
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7. Post this at a giveaway listing site and leave the link- 5 extra entries

Please leave separate comments for each additional entry, i.e.: if you blog about it leave 2 separate comments.

Giveaway – running till 05/22/09 and is open to the USA only. Winners will be notified shortly afterward by email. Please respond within 48 hours or you forfeit your prize to another participant

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Special Giveaway Carnival!

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New England Bloggers Giveaway Carnival

The New England Bloggers are having a May Day Giveaway Carnival. Thirteen blogs are participating and giving away all sorts of wodnerful prizes You DO NOT have to be a New England Blogger to enter the giveaways and win, this is a way for them to expand their individual readerships by getting visitors from each other. So, please visit as many possible by Friday  so you can enter. Each blogger will have different guidelines for entering.

Also, they are offering an extra entry into each of their giveaways if you blog about this giveaway carnival before Wednesday, April 29.

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Weleda Baby Care Review and Giveaway

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Weleda is one of my new favorite companies for skincare products.

A couple of weeks ago, I was sent several products from their baby care line to review and am quite pleased with them all! The standards they hold for their products are very high as each contains no synthetic preservatives, fragrances, chemicals, or anything else potentially harmful or not natural! Their products are hands down 100% all natural and effective! They aim to use only the purest wild-crafted, organically and Biodynamically® cultivated ingredients for thier products. Toxins, additives and raw materials from mineral oils simply won’t do!

I first tried out the Calendula Baby Cream which general purpose is best for dry, chapped, or reddened skin. Basically, this is used to prevent diaper rashes and clear up that  excess moisture on your little ones bum, but it is also great to use anywhere else on your baby. It has a great texture, not too thick and easy to apply without getting messy. The plant essences smell is nice and not too strong. Best of all, it helps soothe any skin irritation.

Next up is their Diaper-Care  ointment which works wonders! My daughter came down with a diaper rash when trying some new foods last week and I got the opportunity to give this ointment a go.The constancy of it is so wonderful! It’s not super thick like those I’ve used before and got all messy with and it’s not to loose either. The smell  like their other products, is quite pleasant! The results, My daughter’s rash was gone by the next morning! I’m still amazed how quickly it worked.  Another thing I’d like to mention is just a little bit goes a long way!facecream

I also got to try out the Calendula Cream Bath! I’m going to admit that I’ve been enjoying bath time along with my little one a bit more now. I simply added a couple drops of Calendula Cream Bath to the bath water and stirred it around to unleash a very soothing bath time experience for my little one. I love the smell as I’ve used other bath creams with aromatic smells and they were just to much! Following the bath, I applied Weleda Calendula oil to my daughter’s arms, legs, and back and she must have been in heaven because she never really stays still very long since she’s been mobile!

Weleda has more than just their baby line of products, they also have regular skin care products featuring Creams & Lotions, Facial Care, Body Oils, Bath & Shower, Deodorants, Hair Care, Men’s Care, and Oral Care. When I am pregnant again, I’ll defiantly be investing in their Pregnancy Body Oil and their Nursing Tea! If you are wanting to try some of these out before investing in a whole larger sized product, they offer travel sized and gift kits to do just that.

If you are looking to get a hold of some of these wonderful products you can find them on their website along with being available at Target, Whole Foods, and select health food stores.

Win it!

One of  my wonderful readers will be able to win the wonderful products listed below;

  • Weleda Calendula Diaper Care ($11)
  • Weleda Calendula Lotion ($13)
  • Weleda Calendula Shampoo & Body Wash ($10)

1. Visit Weleda and let me know another product you’d like to try out!  (if this is not followed, no entry will count)

For additional entries:

1. Subscribe to my blog – 1 entries
2. Blog about this giveaway with links back here and to Weleda – 2 EXTRA
3. Subscribe to my blog by feed burner by e-mail- 1 extra
4. Favorite me on technorati and leave me your url 1 extra
5. Add me on twitter and retweet this, don’t forget to include @erinlowmaster so I know you tweeted. 2 EXTRA
6. Add my button to your site and leave me your link 2 EXTRA
7. Post this at a giveaway listing site and leave the link- 5 extra entries

Please leave separate comments for each additional entry, i.e.: if you blog about it leave 2 separate comments.

Giveaway – running till 05/22/09 and is open to the USA only. Winners will be notified shortly afterward by email. Please respond within 48 hours or you forfeit your prize to another participant

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Blush | Your Topless Undershirt Review and Giveaway

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I’m hear to tell you all about Blush topless undershirts, that is if you haven’t’ already discovered them for yourself!  What these shirts are is a strapless tube top shirt that you wear under you regular shirt! They are made from a soft poly/rayon/spandex blend which allows for plenty of stretching and are very comfortable.  These fit nice and snug not too tight at all! What’s great is that these leave no sign of a line under your top shirt and they don’t shrink in the wash!

I was pretty happy when I received mine in the mail. It came in a cute little laced draw string bag that’s the the same color as the undershirt you purchase. I like that you can neatly fold your undershirt back into the bag so it’s tucked safely away till you are ready to wear it out again! Another thing I love about the little bag personally is that it’s easy to find right away in my dresser!

These shirts are great if you want to add a bit of style and sass to your latest threads along with covering the gap between short shirts and low rise jeans! I think it’s great that these shirts also are available in maternity! I could have used these and not have had to go out and buy a whole new wardrobe in my second trimester! They’ve got you covered with a wide variety of colors to some pretty popping patterns!

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You can purchase a Blush topless undershirt at their website http://www.toplessundershirt.com/

I’ve got a special promo code for you too, you can get 20% off the price of 2 or more shirts if you use the code: welovebloggers

Win it!

One of  my wonderful readers is getting the chance to win a Blush of their choice!

1. Visit BLUSH and let me know which one you would get and what size if you won!

For additional entries:

1. Subscribe to my blog – 1 entries
2. Blog about this giveaway with links back here and to Blush – 2 EXTRA
3. Subscribe to my blog by feed burner by e-mail- 1 extra
4. Favorite me on technorati and leave me your url 1 extra
5. Add me on twitter and retweet this, don’t forget to include @erinlowmaster so I know you tweeted. 2 EXTRA
6. Add my button to your site and leave me your link 2 EXTRA
7. Post this at a giveaway listing site and leave the link- 5 extra entries

Please leave separate comments for each additional entry, i.e.: if you blog about it leave 2 separate comments.

Giveaway – running till 05/17/09 and is open to the USA only. Winners will be notified shortly afterward by email. Please respond within 48 hours or you forfeit your prize to another participant

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Passion Spice Giveaway and Review

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When I learned about Passion Spice for the first time I was very excited! Their company offers a wonderful line of  maternity and nursing lingerie that’s made to flatter our growing and changing figures before and after pregnancy.

Since I breastfeed my daughter, I requested to review the Elle Nursing Bra and matching bottoms.  I couldn’t wait till I received it and I must say I am pleased and it was as it definitely worth the wait. The Elle nursing bra has an adorable cute ruffle trim in either purple or turquoise depending on which color you get along with ruffled straps! This bra is not only elegant but sexy too. It’s my top favorite and it’s my most stylishly attractive nursing bra. It  goes well with the Jade Bikini which I received or the Eliza Thong if you are bolder than me!   I wanted to mention that my husband honestly did now know it was a nursing bra, he thought it was something new from Victoria’s Secrets!

I found the Elle Nursing bra functional and comfortable as the the inner half cups and microfiber fabric to help keep me dry is soft and supple on my skin. I found the under wire great to support my breasts as I was nursing. The adjustable straps have 3 closures to help find the size I need to fit perfectly and I found the snaps easy to use for fast access nursing. I have an impatient one when in comes to nursing so the quicker she’s attached the better it is for everyone.

I know my next pregnancy where to look for lingerie! Passion Spice baby dolls are absolutely adorable and like I mentioned before, they can be worn at any stage in pregnancy and beyond. Available in red and black running from sizes small through XXL you sure to find the perfect fit. Maybe my next pregnancy my husband will be so distracted by me in one of the sexy lingerie intimates that he’ll stop worrying about injuring or bothering the baby while they are in my belly! Honestly though, a lot of men feel the same way and trust me that does not help us pregnant mommies feel any better about our changing bodies!

Guess what, one of  my wonderful readers is getting the chance to win a gift certificate worth $25 to Passion Spice! You can get anything you want and trust me when I say it possibly will take you a while to decided after looking through all their wonderful products.

Win it!

1. Visit Passion Spice and let me know what you would like to get with your gift certificate.

For additional entries:

1. Subscribe to my blog – 1 entries
2. Blog about this giveaway with links back here and to Passion Spice – 2 EXTRA
3. Subscribe to my blog by feed burner by e-mail- 1 extra
4. Favorite me on technorati and leave me your url 1 extra
5. Add me on twitter and retweet this, don’t forget to include @erinlowmaster so I know you tweeted. 2 EXTRA
6. Add my button to your site and leave me your link 2 EXTRA
7. Post this at a giveaway listing site and leave the link- 5 extra entries

Please leave separate comments for each additional entry, i.e.: if you blog about it leave 2 separate comments.

Giveaway – running till 05/16/09 and is open to the USA only. Winners will be notified shortly afterward by email. Please respond within 48 hours or you forfeit your prize to another participant

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