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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

DITTO and RAEN Cobalt wants to know how Blue makes you feel

This is a sponsored post for DITTO on behalf of Mom's Affiliate

Normally I would write you a post that talks about a new line of eyewear from a high quality brand that is available on a popular eyewear site, but this post introduces the RAEN new Cobalt collection in a bit of a fun way. RAEN wants you to know that 'blue is the new black'. Our eyes are one of the greatest senses. Without sight we miss half of what we know. To never know the sight of your child or the environment around you from a car window or plane ride would leave you with some different perspectives than you do with sight. I live in the beautiful Pacific NW in Washington state and blue to me is water, air and new beginnings.

What do you see in the photo below? Do you see a mountains, trees, snow? Do you see landscape or a scenic drive? What you are looking at has a story of new beginnings. I will explain.

We love to take day trips and we live just below Stevens Pass. The other side of this pass has a very popular town know as Leavenworth. A Bavarian town full of fun buildings and shops. No matter the time of year, we grab our sunglasses to take the drive. If it is not the sun at the top of the pass on a summer day, it is the snow reflection that gets us without proper eyewear as we drive. This photo was taken by me on such a day trip to Leavenworth this month as we drove over the mountains. There are small towns near this location that were devastated by one of our State's worst forest fires in years in July. The Carlton-Complex fire burned over 256,000 acres and consumed 300 homes and structures. Families we knew were effected and some towns were a total loss. If I were to show you a colored picture, the blackened trunks would stand out as vibrant as they did on our drive for many miles. If I add a hint of blue, you see snow and trees. The wreckage is diminished. Is it not amazing how in total destruction some trees stand and some lost their vegetation? 

Blue means air-the sky on summer days. The sky can bring warmth and ocean swimming or it can carry winds to fuel fires. Blue is water that can offer life to many species or be used to save a forest and homes and blue is new beginnings as even in destruction, some things refuse to die. The trees you see with vegetation did not become victims of Carlton-Complex. They still stand offering oxygen and floor vegetation around the new growth that will now occur in place of trees that were damaged. Animals can return for some nutrients and the land still has life. 

The popular tourist town of Leavenworth was spared but barely. The town was shut down during normal busy summer months and smoke became a sight for weeks. Had I turned around 90 degrees and snapped this photo, you would see bare trees and burnt hillside. Behind me is a busy street filled with shoppers dining and browsing. The only memory of the fire for many is the evidence as they sled, shop and enjoy the town. Weeks of horror and devastation and in the end a river runs through it!

As you browse the new cobalt collection of RAEN eyewear at DITTO, pick a style that inspires you. Think about what blue means to you and decide how you will look through the glasses. What will the color blue show you as you take your walks, enjoy the beach or go for a car ride through the mountains. Eyewear protects and even offer sight for all of us. It is more than a style, it is perspective.

Find a new pair of perspective today at DITTO-RAEN cobalt selection. Available in select styles and sizes to fit your desired eyewear fit.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Orkin Bed Bug Feud Game and CleanRest Pillow Encasement Giveaway

Bed Bug Feud Game Giveaway
Sponsor: Orkin

Bed bugs-Ewwwww!! We hate seeing them and hate discussing them, but they are real and they can be in places you and your family sleeps. If you send your kids to sleep overs or stay in hotels, you cannot be sure the sanitation is as you keep in your own home. Even the best sanitized rooms can be introduced accidentally to bed bugs and the breeding takes no time at all and you have a situation that needs controlling real fast! If you have pets, you may have endured the frustration of keeping their flea meds updated and not allowing them in parks much only to find your home has fleas everywhere! How does this happen? You were so careful! Like fleas, bedbugs can find one entry source and once they are in they set up shop before you even know it!

Orkin loves finding ways to engage the public and educate you on some facts about bugs such as these stubborn critters! Below is a fun app and once you play with it, you can enter on the giveaway widget below to win a CleanRest® Complete Pillow Encasement. Have fun and good luck!

The interactive App

Some education

The Giveaway

1 lucky reader of mine will win a CleanRest® Complete Pillow Encasement by entering below! The app is fun and after you answer a quick question you will unlock more entry options. Open to US. Ends 2/9

Each household is only eligible to win (1) CleanRest Pillow Encasement via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.


Disclosure: Parenting Healthy will be provided product. All opinions were 100% my own

Healing Waters is Inspiring Transformations for mind and body

This is a promotional post for Healing Waters

Healing Waters Spa & Wellness
South Carolina * North Carolina * Kansas

It was 2 years ago on my 36th birthday when I received one of the best gifts I have ever received. I am a Mom to boys and salons just don't fit into my routine. I leave the house more in ponytails and jeans than any other look. It is not that I don't want the pampering, but I just find other avenues for my money and I am one of those Mom's that enjoy spending it on my family instead of on myself. My Mom had gifted me a facial and at first I thought that perhaps it may be strange to have my face touched for an hour and perhaps they'd realize just how much I don't take care of my skin back then. I arrived and sat in a waiting room, sipping tea they gave me and browsing all the products I was sure the gal would pitch to me the entire time (so I thought). I was called back and told the procedure and she left, handing me a robe and slippers and told me to undress. "What?" I thought I was getting a facial-what did my Mom sign me up for?! I put on the robe and grabbed the sheet to cover up that was left and all I could think as I lay on that soft table, in my soft robe in a room that smelled so tranquil was that if I were to fall asleep and take a much needed nap, would they still charge me? Just kidding, it was the most peaceful moment I had experienced in a while. 

During my facial, I had warm clothes, quiet music, amazing scents, rose steam treatments, a scalp massage and face massage, waxing by my brows and she even kept a calm and quiet tone. I was in heaven and as I write this post, I know exactly what is on my wish list this March for my birthday! I need another hour of rose scents, not half eaten banana smells from a lunchbox and quiet conversations, not yelling boys and tranquil music, not hip hop and kids tunes. I have ever since been inspired to take better care of my skin and I still do today. Healing Waters is too far from me unfortunately, but if you live near Raleigh-Durham, NC, Wichita, KS and now Columbia, SC you are in for a treat after deciding to step into their centers. 

Spa Centers

"Healing Waters began from a deep desire to help people. Our goal was to create a place completely centered on the well-being of our guests and patients, with a staff of caring individuals inspired to help others see their self worth and realize their full potential."

Healing Waters locations are in the three states I mention above. The newest location opened on January 15, 2015 in Columbia, SC. It is located and partnered with Palmetto Healthy Baptist Parkridge to offer complimentary spa services to patients. 

Healthy is not just diet and a gym membership. Healthy involves the body and mind. It is transforming your life in a beneficial and rewarding way. Their mission involves offering services that represent the essence of transformational change: Calm, Balance, Correct and Restore. You will find that their services of massage, facials, aesthetics, plastic surgery and wellness programs will touch on those 4 values of change.

Spa Products

Healing Waters proudly uses the Pure MD products in their salons. I was provided a bottle of the Youth Everlasting Anit-Aging Stem Cell Moisturizer and love it! Not only does this leave my skin smooth and moisturized, I love the gentle scent. To know that a spa is using these products assures me a pleasant experience with the scents in the variety of the Pure MD skin products. Pure MD has all of the skin products needed to assist Healing Waters in providing all of the skin and body treatments you desire. They have products for Calm, Balance, Correct and Restore for a fulfilling experience. Whether you have oily, problem, sensitive, combination or mature skin, you will get a treatment right for you.

Find more Pure MD products and learn more at

Making Healing Waters a destination you resolve to visiting this New Year will leave you with the pampering you deserve. If you do not live in these locations, share with family or friends or even gift a service right online! Healing Waters is a day you won't forget!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Adya Clarity: Do you know what is in your drinking water?

This is a sponsored post for Water Liberty on behalf of Coopertize. All opinions are 100% my own

When you need water for a refreshing drink or your baking needs, where do you fetch that water from? Do you use tap water, fridge dispensers or filtration systems? A proper filtration system gives you healthy drinking water, but if you use a non-quality pitcher or tap water you may be getting more than just water in that glass. You may be getting unhealthy particles and not enough minerals. We hear all the time that drinking more water is the healthy choice, but it needs to be a healthy water. Drinking more harmful particles is not a healthy option for anyone. You may even be suffering from the consumption of unhealthy water and have yet to link that to your symptoms. Let me explain what may be in your water and how you can start consuming a healthier water from now on.

The bad about tap/unfiltered water
  • Heavy metals such as arsenic. The EPA sets standards, but that means there is still arsenic 10 parts per billion (10 parts too many)!
  • Flouride: did you know it is as poisonous as arsenic and more toxic than lead. It is is your tap water and for no scientifically proven reason. We get enough in other properties such as toothpaste for our teeth, we don't need to be consuming it with every water use!
  • Cholirine: we do need it to kill certain bacteria, but it a biological way inside the body it damages cells. 

How about we filter the water to free it of bacteria and dilute out the chlorine. Much better than taking a sip of chlorinated and flouride-rich tap water. Yuck!

What you need from water

We have all heard that drinking water gives us the minerals our body needs to thrive. Our body needs minerals for bone growth, nerve and muscle function, metabolism and so much more. Here is the reality- if you drink standard tap water then you would need to consume about a bathtub full a day to get those amounts of minerals your body needs. Or you could always filter out the bad and add minerals at the same time with clarity products such as Adya Clarity from Water Liberty.

About Adya Clarity
  • Blend of purified water and ionic sulfate minerals
  • It cleans your water and rids toxins and adds beneficial minerals
  • Contains magnetic sulfate minerals that pulls contaminants away from water molecules and clumps them together (natural cleansing process)
  • Contains ionic sulfate minerals for strong and stable mineral bonds that don't break down. 
  • Tested and proven by independent, EPA-certified lab results

With Adya Clarity you get clean water that contains complete minerals that are highly absorbable. You simply add recommended amount of drops to any amount of water from drinking jugs to the bathtub for soaking and let it sit for recommended amount of time. What you get is toxins clumped together that sink to the bottom and your healthy drinking water you can consume is left over.

Learn more about that water you drink and educate yourself on how to consume healthier water at

For the Love of your Home $200 Lush Decor #Giveaway

This sponsored giveaway is for Lush Decor on behalf of Sverve

$200 to Lush Decor
Sponsor: Lush Decor

If you could makeover one room in your home what would it be? One of my favorite rooms in our home is the master bedroom. The size is large and not a day goes by that you won't find our bed made and the room clean as I hate going to bed and relaxing in a mess. Because the bed is in the center of the room, the bedding sets the tone for the color and mood of the room. In the summer months, I have a light duvet we use as it gets hot upstairs even with air circulating but in the winter, I like comforters and pillows for warmth and comfort. My winter bedding came from Lush Decor and my bed says winter and warmth now! 

Lush Decor has all you need to transform any room in hour home. From bedding to window treatments you can mix and match styles and colors to give that room some new style to match you and your families personality. As a Mom to all boys and a Wife, I love these gray and blacks in my new set. The boys will play and lounge on our bed at times and having a feminine look just may keep them away. If I want the boys to stay and hang, I like to invite them with colors and styles that say 'boy'!

Need a new quilt form Lush Decor? If you like a bed to display quilts, Lush Decor has many styles and colors to choose from. There are over 20 styles to choose from and when you find the one you want you can choose the color combo and size you need. You'll love the look of these quilts. From there you can find the bling you need to complete the rooms look like the assortment of Bamboo Throws at Lush DecorBamboo has a natural finishing process. No Nanosilvers or added antimicrobials are used because they are not needed. The cellulose in bamboo naturally discourages bacterial colonization. When you add 100% cotton or wool to the bamboo process, you get the softness, anti-odor, moisture-wicking and comfortable factors to the fabric. Your body and immune system enjoys this so much better! Bamboo fabric also is lightweight, breathable and has no chemicals in any of the processing steps. 

Once you choose your quilt or bedding style, you can match it with window treatments such as blackout curtains or even some window treatments for the teens room! Whether you choose heavy or sheer curtains, the styles and colors are endless at Lush Decor.

Your home deserves a treat! Pick a room today and give it the makeover it deserves!


Want to win a $200 credit to Lush Decor? Enter below daily until 2/6/2015 and cross your fingers! Open to US. You will be emailed a $200 gift code to give a room in your home its makeover!

Disclaimer: Parenting Healthy was compensated for this post. No participating Bloggers were compensated. Prize fulfillment is the responsibility of the sponsor and not of myself or any participating Bloggers. Winner will be emailed and must reply. Sponsor will send me a gift code to forward.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Boxtrolls DVD Giveaway-Ends 2/7

boxtrolls giveaway      
Welcome to the BoxTrolls DVD Giveaway

Have you seen Boxtrolls? I took my son when it was in theaters and I am not sure who enjoyed it more-him of my husband and I.  The Boxtrolls is an adorable movie suited for your young ones and teens. To read the review, go here.

Enter on the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: Mom Blog Society received an item for review only and no other compensation for the giveaway. No other bloggers involved in the promotion of this giveaway were compensated in any way for the promotion of this giveaway. The bloggers involved in this giveaway are not responsible for prize shipment or fulfillment. Prize delivery and fulfillment is the responsibility of the sponsor. The winner will be notified via email and has 48 hours to respond or another winner will be selected. Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter are not endorsing or liable for this

Friday, January 23, 2015

Bellemain Stainless Steel Mesh Strainer-Set of 3 Review #strainer12

This is a promotional post for Bellemain

Every kitchen needs the right equipment and utensils in the right sizes for us to create the meals and dishes we cook and bake. Having a recipe that calls for sifted flour and not having a sifter can rule out making that recipe. One item every kitchen must have is a strainer! I have had strainers that have too large openings so I cannot strain certain grains or foods and have had some too small I can't strain an entire pot of pasta. The best option is to have more than one strainer in more than 1 size and you can get that with the Bellemain Stainless Steel Mesh Strainers in a set of 3. 

Sifting flours or sugars and draining delicate pastas are easily done with these mesh strainers. Each is a different size so you can grab the right one that fits your needs.

About Bellemain Stainless Steel Mesh Strainers (set of 3)
  • Works with most liquid or dry ingredients
  • Various sizes to fit most containers
  • Sizes: 3 1/8", 5 1/2" and 7 7/8" sizes to fit a coffee mug up to a mixing bowl
  • Hanging support handle loops
  • Built to last a lifetime-guaranteed
  • lip and handle allow strainer to rest for hands-free strainer
  • Dishwasher safe