Buy, Get, Give and Win!

Alt2_WR_300_250A few months ago I had the pleasure to review a Switch-A-Rooz stuffed animal. In the process of that review, I had the opportunity to learn more about Wild Republic. Recently I found out they are teaming up with Project Night Night, a charitable organization that provides blankets, books and toys to children in homeless shelters across the United States. From November 16 – December 16, all purchases of $35 or more on Wild Republic’s site will get:

 1.       Free shipping,

2.       A free stuffed animal, and

3.       Wild Republic will also donate a stuffed animal to Project Night Night. These stuffed animals will go in special care packages that are provided to children in homeless shelters across the United States.

This holiday season, treat the child in your life and child in a homeless shelter to a wonderful product from Wild Republic. Project Night Night, a 501(c)(3), donates 25,000 Night Night Packages each year to homeless children under 12 hoping to reduce the trauma of this uncertain time in their life and advance the emotional and cognitive well-being of the children served.

To get you started, read below for your chance to win a Switch-A-Rooz stuffed animal and book.

Stocking Stuffer Giveaway

Domesticating Michelle is part of the Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop hosted by The Mommy Island and The Kids Did It.

Enter to win a Tubby & Cubby Switch-A-Rooz stuffed animal and a copy of What Would You Do if You Were Left at the Zoo? by Renee Hand. This giveaway is sponsored by Domesticating Michelle. Enter to win by November 30th, 2015, 11:59pm.

Enter giveaway here!


Then visit the linky below and join the giveaway hop for lots of gift ideas to stuff your families’ stockings this holiday season.


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Amber Crown Baltic Amber Teething Bracelet

We have enjoyed being able to use Baltic amber necklaces to help our little girl through teething. We even started using it with our 4 year old when she was having recurring ear aches and to help her heal from having ear tubes put in. However, with a defiant 2 year old, I’ve been looking for other options to make sure she can’t take her Baltic amber off during the night.

The Amber Crown Baltic Amber Teething Bracelet has safety knots between the beads and a screw closure. Which the bracelet size, I’ve been able to put it on my daughters ankle and inside her footed pajamas – giving her relief and me piece of mind.


Why Amber Crown Baltic Amber? Keep your baby calm and happy by reducing teething pain almost to zero with amazing chemical-free authentic Baltic amber baby teething bracelet by Amber Crown. The high content of succinic acid in amber, which is released by your babies body warmth, stimulates thyroid glands to help reduce pain, drooling and inflammation.

Amber Crown Baltic Amber Teething Bracelet comes with a certificate of authenticity and a 100 day 100% money-back guarantee. It comes in a gift box so it’s great for baby showers; add it to your baby registry today! Learn more about them at

Check out my YouTube review here.

*I received a free product to review. All opinions are my own. Post contains affiliate links.*


Wild Republic Switch-A-Rooz Giveaway

Current Switch-A-Rooz and Book giveaway here!
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Switch-A-Rooz™ characters look just like your favorite wild animals, with realistic coloring and life-like features. Fantasy Switch-A-Rooz characters have colorful coats of fur and large glittery eyes to bring their magical qualities to life. Each realistic Switch-A-Rooz has two characters in one! They are incredibly soft and huggable in addition to being cute and my daughters love that they can choose which animal to play with.

You can learn more about Switch-A-Rooz at the Wild Republic website or purchase through Switch-A-Rooz Tiger/Elephant Plush through Amazon. They make a great little present or stocking stuffer for this holiday season.

Visit Wild Republic on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

This giveaway is over. Since Switch-A-Rooz thinks everything is better in two’s, they are sponsoring a giveaway with 2 winners! Two lucky people will win a Switch-A-Rooz of their choice. Enter through the link below by October 20, 2015, 11:59pm. Good luck!
Click here to enter!
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*I received a free product in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. Post contains affiliate links.*


Military Spouse Wellness Summit – FREE Online Event!

Calling all military spouses! InDependent, The Army Wife Network, and The USAA Educational Foundation bring you the first-ever Military Spouse Wellness Summit: Invest in Yourself 2015. They have put together a group of ten health, nutrition, fitness, and financial experts who are all eager to help you thrive as a military spouse.


All summit registrants will get a FREE one-year membership to Thrive Market. PLUS, one week of virtual, online health training by Fit. Active. Toned. Everyone who registers for the event will also be eligible to win exclusive giveaways by MetLife Dental, MSB New Media, SpouseBox, Elva Publishing, QALO rings, Lucy Activewear, and many more, including a wellness themed grand prize offered by SpouseBox! The grand prize has a retail value of $500!

The Summit begins Monday, October 19 and ends Friday, October 23 with a bonus day Saturday when we announce our big-prize winner! Listen online! Join us while on a walk enjoying the fall weather or tearing it up on the treadmill at the gym. The recordings will available during the week of the event (Oct. 19-24).

What are you waiting for? Register for this FREE online summit today by clicking here. Then, join the group on Facebook for information as the event gets closer.


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Pure Sleep Little Pillow and Back to Reality Giveaway Hop

My little one is not so little any more. She will be 2 next month. Where has the time gone? We haven’t set a time line for it yet but we will eventually take the side off her crib and convert it to a daybed, especially once she starts potty training.


She likes to climb up on her sisters bed and lay down on her pillow so I know having her own pillow will help her feel a little more like a big girl in her own bed. I was pleasantly surprised when this Organic Pure Sleep Little Pillow by Dreamtown Kids appeared on my doorstep. Every morning, I find my little one curled up with this pillow, it’s so comfortable.

I like that it is was designed neck position in mind so its chiropractor recommended. The 100% certified organic cotton fabric casing and fiber cluster fill is hypoallergenic, soft, and breathable and machine washable. It’s great for bed, daycare, while traveling, anywhere!

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The Pure Sleep Little Pillow is made right here in the USA by Dreamtown Kids, a small family run business known for outstanding customer service. Looking for a custom amount of filling? Call them and they’ll make one just for you. Visit Dreamtown Kids on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. Here’s my YouTube review.

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Here is your chance to win a Pure Sleep Little Pillow of your own. Follow the link under the graphic to enter by 8/25/2015, 11:59pm then keep scrolling to find out more about the Back to Reality Giveaway Blog Hop. Good luck!

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Click here: Organic Pure Sleep Little Pillow Giveaway!

Back to Reality Giveaway HopWelcome to The Back to Reality Giveaway Hop, brought to you by The Hopping Bloggers.
HOSTED BY: Mama Smith’s Blog & Women and Their Pretties CO-HOSTED BY: Our Mini Family Each blogger participating in this hop has a giveaway with a prize value of at least $15 – and some are much more than that! Be sure to scroll down the whole list and visit them all – there is no limit to how many you can win! Good luck and have fun!


*I received this product to review in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions are my own. Post contains affiliate links.*

Win a bundle of goodies in Tea Collection’s Back to School Sweepstakes! Enter now!


Garden Fresh

Tis the season for fresh fruits and vegetables everywhere you look. Farmer’s markets, u-pick, farm stands – we are trying to make the most of what is seasonally available. We are still working on the first batch of ice cream I made in my new ice cream maker, Blueberry Ice Cream, and I just put another batch of popsicles in the freezer, Watermelon Mint.


I have two recent posts on Dayton Moms Blog that I wanted to share with you. While there is some information local to Dayton, Ohio in them, but the ideas translate to where ever you happen to live.

Farmer’s Market Fun for Kids

That’s My Jam: Making Homemade Freezer Jam

I recommend exploring your area’s farmer’s markets. If you are near Shelbyville or Bedford County in Tennessee, check out Bedford County Locally Grown Farmers Market. My sister-in-law is one of the masterminds behind it and it is unique in that it lets you pick exactly what you want from the participating growers. They offer everything from produce, to eggs, to bread, to handmade soaps and you make one stop to pick them all up once a week.

In the Garden

This year we scaled back what we are growing in the garden. We wanted to keep the girls interested in the growing and caring for plants but honestly didn’t know how dedicated we would be able to be to it this year. With all the rain, we haven’t had to water the garden and the flowers too often, but it is a chore the girls enjoy in addition to pulling weeds and just digging in the dirt, just because. Besides, it turns out we are awesome at growing leaves.


We had a good run of spinach at the beginning of the season and the kale is about ready to start getting picked regularly. We tried broccoli but it didn’t really seem to take. It’s still in the garden in the hopes it attracts butterflies and the girls still pick the little buds and eat them right off the plant.


The herbs are doing well, as usual. The mint is huge and I am happy we decided to put it in its own container last year because it was the first thing to take off running this year. We got new basil and rosemary plants and they are doing great. The surprise of the season has been the dill Kelsey grew from a seed at a program at our local parks system last year. It came back on its own this year and has been an interesting addition. Although, we still haven’t really figured out anything to do with it.

What’s in your garden this year?


Time to Get Back in Shape (Plus Armband for Samsung Galaxy S5 Review)

title My husband and I have enjoyed the evolution of our smart phones over the years but our Samsung Galxy S5’s posed a bit of a challenge in the armband department. My husband likes being able to wear his phone on his arm and listen to music while he runs. This Armband for Samsung Galaxy S5 , S4, S3, iPhone 6 (4.7), HTC One & More not only keeps my phone and ID snuggly nearby, it has a slit that can hold a key making it an overall great accessory while out on a run or walk. I do wish the band was a little longer so it would fit around a bigger arm a little easier, but the hook and loop is very strong and it is easy to hand wash and air dry. There are slits to easily access the ear bud inputs and you can’t beat the price at just $7.99. collage Unfortunately, I have been slacking big time in the working out department and really need to get more active again. When I was home, if I wasn’t taking the girls on a hike somewhere, I was taking them and our dog on an afternoon walk. Nowadays, we alternate taking an evening stroll and just letting the girls run around in the yard. I also have a painful case of plantar fasciitis that is finally starting to feel better so my foot isn’t hurting so bad on a regular basis. Looking for a little motivation to get back into a work out routine, I reached out to a friend of the family that is Team Beachbody Coach. I have been watching Krystina transform herself over the past year or so and start Project G. She is a bubbly, talented triple threat (dancer, singer, actor) that works as a performer in Orlando, FL by day and is a living Pinterest board by night. 10941854_791850177552545_3635517697862368487_n I asked her for a few quick tips on getting back into a work out routine and here is what she said:

  1. Plan ahead! Actually sit down with your schedule or planner, look at your week coming up, and pencil in your half hour or hour that you will devote to getting your workout in. If it’s actually in ink, you’re more likely to stick to it. But it’s up to you to make that a priority and not schedule anything else on top of it. Treat it like an important meeting- this time it’s just with yourself. What could be more important than that?
  2. Reward yourself for starting! We love a little incentive to get us going. Whether its finding a new fitness app, downloading some new music or finding a fun new pandora/spotify station, or actually treating ourselves to a new workout top, headband, or armband – if we associate starting the something new with fun, we’re more likely to jump in with the positivity we need to be successful.
  3. Find some accountability! Whether it’s a partner in crime or finding an accountability group online, having to check in daily that you are in fact sticking to your new routine does amazing things for getting you going. It’s not just you at home putting it off. There’s someone or even a group out there that’s waiting to see if you’ve gotten it done, to cheer you on, and keep you motivated! Plus, they can commiserate with you when you’re having a tough work out day. I guarantee that even on a bad day, they’ll push you to stick with it and you’ll be glad you did!

If you need help with the #3, I would recommend visiting Krystina’s Project G page and signing up for one of her challenges. Added bonus: you’ll get to see pictures of her cute puppy and vicariously plan a wedding (she’s getting hitched!). I need to work on #1, scheduling it in and making work out time a priority. I am horrible about making the time to go for a walk or get to the gym. I did, however, pick up a Groupon for some yoga classes this summer, so hopefully I can get back on track. Wish me luck! **I received a free product in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. Post contains affiliate links.**