Thursday, March 31, 2011

CLOSED!!Thirsties Cloth Diapers- Review & Giveaway

As many of my 'regular' readers know most of my cloth diapers consist of the Thirsties Duo Diaper. I absolutely LOVE Thirsties for multiple reasons BUT my numero UNO reason is that they are a USA made product! Wohoo. Thirties employ WAHM's to help with the manufacturing of their products. Isn't this the most wonderful thing!

Thirsties, Inc. has ever so generously sent a Thirsties Duo Wrap (size two for my 28lb 24 month old) and Prefold to review.

When I received the products they came so ADORABLY wrapped in blue silk ribbon and included in the package was pamphlets on how to care for the products as well as a Thirsties product catalog. I received the Cool Stripes Duo Wrap in Aplix.

Top Five LOVES about the Duo Wrap:
1. APLIX: I love the fact that I can adjust accordingly to literally get the "perfect" fit around my son's abdomen. Aplix allows for even the tinniest adjustment which can make a world of difference when it comes to a leak proof system.
2. Leg gussets: Thirsties designed an AMAZING leak proof system by having the sewn in gussets in the wrap which makes for the messiest explosions (which we did encounter, my son is famous for them) leak proof.
3. Pul: What a great waterproof/leak proof concept. It's still breathable just enough to ease away my worries of getting or staying too moist. The pul material helps from getting DS's clothes wet.
4. Sizing snaps: The two levels of adjustment snaps really help with the leak proof protection in the leg area. I usually put the snaps on the first row to get the extra snug fit for night time.
5. Print/Color: Thirsties has adorable colors and patterns to choose from and I was very happy when I was able to pick the color which was Cool Stripes
**The only thing I find that I have a hard time with are the Laundry Tabs. My tabs never stay put in the wash so sometimes I get the chain gang going on but that will not stop me from loving my Thirsties!

Top Five LOVES about the Duo Hemp Prefold
1. Soft: Again, the first thing I noticed about the Thirsties Duo Hemp Prefold was that I was amazed with how soft the fabric was AND it remained that way after washes.
2. HEMP: It's made of natural products. Enough said. Being that it's made from hemp it also is antimicrobial. Cool huh?
3. Easy: This prefold folds so easily into the trifold. I've had issues with other prefolds where they become so thick and chunky when it's trifolded that it looks so bulky on my DS. NO need for Snappis or pins!
4. ABSORBENT: Surprisingly because 90% of my cloth diapers are either pockets or AIO's I don't have an extreme use of prefolds. Thirsties prefolds are now my favorite prefolds (and I am not saying this because it's a review).
5. #2 Proof: Not going to say much more, but for my 24 month old, it all stayed on the prefold!
**A bummer about the Duo Hemp Prefold is that it's $7.00 for ONE prefold. I would still recommend to have a couple of these in your stash because they are worth it and they make prefolds and covers SO easy to use.

Okay okay! For the good part. Thirsties has offered one of my followers a chance to win the Duo Wrap in their preferred size and color along with a Duo Hemp Prefold!

How to Win: Refer to the entries below. Please leave one comment for EACH entry!

Have fun! :o)

Mandatory Entry:
Visit Thirsties's website and come back and tell me which Duo Wrap Color/Print you like and in what size! ~~1 Entry~~

Extra Entries:
"Like" Thirsties on Facebook and let them know I sent you! ~~1 Entry~~
"Like" SAHM and Marine Wife on Facebook ~~1 Entry~~
Comment on Thirsties Facebook wall about this giveaway tagging @SAHM and Marine Wife and @Thirsties ~~1 Entry~~
Follow @Thirstiesinc on Twitter ~~1 Entry~~
Follow @SAHMUSMCWIFE on Twitter ~~1 Entry~~

Giveaway closes Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 10pm(EST) Winner will be chosen via

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

What I Wore Wednesday

Link up time with No Model Lady and The Pleated Poppy!!

Career wear!!

(in the office)
NEW Glass from Costco: Oleg Cassini
Silk Floral Blouse: Kohls
Cream Cardigan: Kohls
Gray Slacks (that you can't see): Kohls!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Photos by Allenaim Photography

Remember in my What I Wore Wednesday post where I said I have gained a new friend through the blogging world well it is so true. Amy at Allenaim Photography is an amazing person, has a beautiful family, and a GORGEOUS home and garden.

Amy has two wonderful blogs! Allenaim Photography and a Nest For All Seasons! Please give her some love and check them both out! If you live in the Central PA area or visiting the Hershey area PLEASE contact her for your photography needs.

I wanted to share more of the pictures she took of me to show how AMAZING she is with the camera. She has a great eye. Some of these shots she was laying on the ground and getting dirty just so she could get the PERFECT capture! She did and hands down these photos are FABULOUS!!

Military Monday and Weekend Recap!

Welcome to my blog! Thank you for hoping by from Military Monday!

Hop on over and link up!
What did I do you may ask this past weekend?

Saturday: What a LONG day. I headed over to Marine Girlfriend's house to help get together all of her tamales and tortillas we would be serving later that evening at a dinner fundraiser event. We packed up all the food as well as her Pampered Chef and Tupperware product catalogs and headed over to the event site. It was such a neat event and we served homemade tamales and tortillas to about 200 attendees! The food was a hit and I know she is going to do well in the catering business. She also even had many people interested in her Pampered Chef and Tupperware items. You go girl! She is such a busy mommy of three and her FOURTH is due ANY day! She IS supermom!
Then, it hit me right before bed, the big, bad, COLD! Yuck, I dislike being sick.
Sunday: Pretty much the WHOLE day I rested. My head cold was worse. I even found myself asleep on the couch in the Bman's room. Thankfully hubby did most of the house chores as I was too exhausted to help much. I think I did manage to clean the guest bathroom, bedroom, and do a couple loads of laundry!

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. You are ALL so fabulous!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Stylish Blogger Award

Woohoo! I've been awarded a Stylish Blogger Award from My Fitness World! BIG Thank you!
Isn't the award button 'stylish' in it's own right? Loves it!
To accept this award the recipients are asked to do a few things:
Thank and link back to the person who gave you this award.
Share 7 things about yourself
Award 10-15 blogs you feel deserve the award
Contact these bloggers and let them know about the award 
About me:

1. I am a mommy to a toddler (enough said right?!), wife of an active duty Marine. We live in Pennsylvania but we call Oregon home! Or as the East Coasters here call in OR E GONE! Haha
2. I am currently working full time on a temporary asignment as a Director of Sales for a hotel! It's been a long road to get to this position and I have been blessed to be asked without even applying!
3. Make up and fashion are an EXTREME passion of mine and that's why I decided to sell Mary Kay! Have you ever tried this product? My favorite products from MK are the Ultimate Mascara and their TimeWise facial cleanser and lotion.
4. I have been in school to obtain my Associates degree off and on now for about seven years! I know it's pathetic! One day I will have it. And when that day comes there will be a HUGE celebration and I probably will be in shock!
5. I am a very easy going person. I am an optimist and extrovert.
6. I also started selling Scentsy. It's the new "candle". You can check out my website and if you are interested in hosting a party at your home or office in Pennsylvania or online just let me know!
7. I have three sisters! I'm the baby of the family! I also have a niece two days younger than me AND I am a GREAT aunt. Pretty spiffy huh?

Who to award this too? I would LOVE to award this to EVERYONE but I want to give shout outs to some of my milies and a non milie!


The winner of the PPB Giveaway is comment number 87! Chris J.! Congrats!!


I must have been SOO tired last night that I forgot to include the links to help you navigate for your extra entries in the bumGenius Bottom Cleaner! It is fixed! So sorry!

Thank you for your patience!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

CLOSED...Week 4 BumGenius Bottom Cleaner Review & Giveaway

WINNER IS Sunflower Joy! Congrats!

SHOUT OUT to Go Green Baby Company for sponsoring this week's Giveaway!
Katie at Go Green Baby Company was so excited to be part of my son's 2nd Birthday Celebration. She has a great online website that is so easy to navigate and shop! Katie and her hubby Kenny have a newly turned one year old daughter whom they cloth diaper! They are as green as you can get and try to live as naturally as possible.
I was able to pick an item that I wanted to review and thought I would give the bumGenius Bottom Cleaner a try. We don't use cloth wipes as much as we should and we don't have a wipe solution besides just water and Baby Soap!

I was so excited when I got this in the mail that I had to change DS even though he wasn't wet or messy! The bumGenius Bottom Cleaner is so fresh and natural smelling. I love the orange smell. Word of advice...wet the cloth with warm water before you wipe with the solution. The solution doesn't saturate the bum enough to be a nice gentle swipe on baby! If that makes sense!

Overall, this is a great product! I mostly use it after a messy diaper and would definitely recommend it for a cloth diapering family.

How to win your own bumGenius Bottom Cleaner:

Rules: Please post a separate comment for each entry!

Mandatory Entries:
Follow Go Green Baby Co on FB ~~1 Entry~~
Follow SAHM and Marine Wife on FB ~~1 Entry~~

Extra Entry Options:
Follow Go Green Baby Co on Twitter ~~1 Entry~~
Follow SAHM and Marine Wife on Twitter ~~1 Entry~~
Follow SAHM and Marine Wife publicly through GFC ~~1 Entry~~

Tweet about this giveaway! (Please include your permalink to your tweet in a comment) Please just one tweet! ~~1 Entry~~
#Win a BG Bottom Cleaner from @SAHMUSMCWIFE & @GoGreenBabyCo #Giveaway #Clothdiapers

Good luck and have fun!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Guest Post

Hey fans! I guest posted over at The Frugal Invitation this week! I'm this week's featured Etsy shop! How fun huh?

What I Wore Wednesday/All Dressed Up

Okay, okay! I've been such a busy lady that I have been EXTREMELY behind on my routine blog posts. OMG SO SORRY!
So here I am linking up with No Model Lady and The Pleated Poppy! Enjoy

 Shirt: INC (Macy's)
Jeans: Express
Dress: Kohls (Simply Vera Wang)
Umbrella: Amy's from Allenaim Photography :o)

Oh and a BIG Shout out to Allenaim Photography. Thanks are AmAZiNg! (Sneak Peak at a future blog post) Amy and I met through the blog world and we live about 20 minutes away from each other!!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Petunia Pickle Bottom Giveaway

Giveaway ALERT!
Don't forget to enter!! This is a FABULOUS giveaway that NOBODY should miss out on! Tell your friends!

This giveaway ends 3/23/2011!!

Super Saturday

Our Saturday was TRULY super. It was very very VERY busy too!

First we went to the Circus. It wasn't your typical Circus with exotic animals but more of acrobatic acts, clowns, and specialized performers. We stayed for the first hour and a half and left once intermission was over with. Though intermission was actually great because DS got to ride on the ponies! I was very afraid I would loose the $7.00 that I spent on a ticket for him for the pony rides because we haven't been able to get him on a horse in the past. He blew my mind today! He was upset to get off the horse!

We rested for about two hours and then we were on our way to the Monster Truck Show! What an event this was. I received VIP tickets from my work and I was really excited about that. I realized though that even though we got great seating we got all the DIRT! Let me just say that WE came home much more tan! This Monster Truck show was a first timer for the three of us and I am so happy I took my Dad's advice to get ear plugs because it was LOUD. You know deep loud music where you feel it in your chest. This was like that by 10 times! So much fun!

Have fun going through my photo storybook!

FREE Shipping!

Love skin care and the hottest makeup trends? Well I am going to extend my FREE shipping offer on any Mary Kay order placed with me by Sunday at 10pm(EST).

Don't forget about the gift with purchase offer! Order $40 or more worth of products and get a free gift!

I haven't used Mary Kay in about two years and I do NOT know why I stopped. I use their Face Cleanser and Face lotion, the Microdermabrasion Set, and all their makeup products! Get this, they even have a new foundation called TimeWise Matte Wear Liquid Foundation (Combo to Oily Skin) and TimeWise Luminous Wear Liquid Foundation (Normal to Dry) AND they now have a Foundation Primer! I use the Matte Wear Liquid Foundation with the Foundation Primer and my skin looks AMAZING!

I am a full and complete convert. If you asked me what my FAVORITE Mary Kay product would be the Ultimate Mascara in Black. It makes my eyelashes look FABULOUS.

NEW! Limited-Edition* Mary Kay® Nail Lacquer provides stay-true color. Use new Limited-Edition* Mary Kay® Base Coat/Top Coat with Nail Lacquer as a top coat for an instant high-gloss finish.

Order here:

Thursday, March 17, 2011

It's Saint Patrick's Day

Did you wear green today!? I did.
Did you find my green? Yup, I wore my green necklace with my hot pink dress to work today!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

bumGenius Babylegs winner is...

CONGRATS! I will be sending you an email!
5 Tonia said...
If I won I would choose the #ca-bl-006 Babylegs Spring Hippy Dance print. Tonia

CLOSED!!!Week 3 Review & Giveaway! Petunia Pickle Bottom

This week's review and giveaway is somewhat different than others that I have done and will be doing in the future. I had a great time doing this though. I'm doing a review of a Store Front Boutique and YOU have the chance to win a PPB!
(I actually have my own pictures that I took of the store but I'm having camera issues, I will post them as soon as I can transfer the pictures from my camera to the computer)

First off SHOUT OUT to Andrea at Bellies and Bottoms Baby Boutique here in Pennsylvania! Bellies and Bottoms Baby Boutique literally has anything a baby and toddler needs. From tutus with big flowered headbands to sneakers and jeans! ALL of the items are top notch brands at her store. Like Egg Baby clothing to Petunia Pickle Bottom bags and gear! She even carries Sophie the Giraffe teething toy (I wish I knew about these when the Bman was little!).

She has AMAZING customer service and did I mention an ADORABLE baby girl! She just has her store front but DO NOT let that turn you away. With her boutique located in Central Pennsylvania it was a hop, skip, and a jump to get to her store. It only took me 45 minutes driving time. To ALL of my fans if you are ever going to be in Central PA this IS the baby store to go to. She doesn't carry cloth diapers but that does not bother me one bit as she is my Go TO store for Petunia Pickle Bottom now!

With Petunia Pickle Bottom in my about a Petunia Pickle Bottom Giveaway in the Tea in the Thames Print?!!!! Yes, I said that correct. One lucky fan of mine will get to win this BE-U-TI-FUL "diaper" handbag!

Rules: Please leave a seperate comment for each entry you make!

How to Enter:
Mandatory Entry: Please "Like" Bellies and Bottoms Baby Boutique on Facebook and say "Thank You for the Giveaway!" ~~2 Entries~~

Extra Entries:
"Like" SAHM and Marine Wife on Facebook ~~1 Entry~~
Follow SAHM and Marine Wife publicly on GFC ~~1 Entry~~

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Going Green at Home

Did you all get the newest Parenting Magazine? I did and there is some AMAZING ideas in there right now. What is catching my eyes are that more and more of the articles are about "Going Green" and being "Eco Chic". I think this is wonderful.
What do you do to go green and to be eco chic? I know I have so many areas of opportunities for this. My biggest "eco chic" is of course cloth diapering.
My husband and I couldn't be happier with the decision we made to go green by cloth diapering our son. Yes, he was already in his young toddler months when we started, 16 months old, but I always think, it's better late than never. Especially when it comes to saving the planet and our wallet. While at home we also try to use mostly cloth wipes although I find myself doing it more than my husband. Well, let me restate this. I am the ONLY one in the house that uses cloth wipes for my son's rear end!
We have been big fans of green friendly cleaning but could be bigger fans. Right now we use a natural "all purpose" cleanser BUT we still are using other products such as AJAX and Clorox (not natural) for cleaning those tough areas.
Does anyone have a good recommendation on an Eco Friendly tough area's cleaner?
ALSO, who hears uses washable napkins instead of paper towels? I would love to try reusable "paper towels". Does anyone have suggestions on where to look for these?

What does you and your family do to stay Eco Chic and Green?


So I have been MIA when it comes to making actual posts besides Reviews and Giveaways and Blog hops! Sorry!

I started working as a consultant for a hotel. This is a temporary position as a Director of Sales. Basically I am helping the hotel upkeep on their group inquiries and prospecting for new business. It could last four, six, or even nine months just depending on when they find the right candidate to replace me once the hotel gets on a "groove".

I'm having fun playing "dress up" and of course I HAD to buy new clothes!

The hotel is beautiful and the team is great!

Monday, March 14, 2011


I am going to have some FUN!!! And you guys will too.

Of course the 1st GIVEAWAY is right here on my blog. bumGenius Babylegs! Enter HERE!

2. On my Facebook page SAHM and Marine Wife: Once I reach 150 Fans I will be giving away 2 Snappies and one Gro-Via Bioliners 200 count!

3. On my Mary Kay Facebook Page I am giving away TWO Travel Size Satin Hands Sets (Scent Free) to TWO Lucky Winners. (One set per winner)!


Have fun! And thank you for supporting me! :o)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Linky! Meet and Follow Sunday

I've been a little MIA this weekend. But just to be sure I am here and well I wanted to participate in this linky!

I hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend so far. I know that I have. Lots of good things to come on my blog!

Don't forget to read my bumGenius babylegs review which also has a giveaway! Entere HERE!

Friday, March 11, 2011

My Etsy!!!

I finally got an Etsy account. Right now I just have my headbands and necklaces on there but soon enough I will put my wreaths and sewn items on there as well. Check it out! I have free shipping using code FB2011!

Here are a few images of what is on my Etsy!

I hope to see you around there!

Mimi's Savvy Home!

MilSpouse Friday Fill In

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In

Welcome, welcome! I'm linking up with Wife of a Sailor. What fun questions these are this week. And very deep too!
  1. During military separations (whether short or long) how do you keep yourself positive and motivated? submitted by Married/Single Parent: Before I had my son I would become a workaholic. My employers would be spoiled by me always wanting to work. But that is how I kept my mind busy. Now that I have a little one my mind is constantly focused on him. Yes, I missed my hubby  a lot when he was in Japan but having a baby to raise and sleepless nights there was no time to be always sad about it. My family kept me really busy as I moved home for his 15 month tour.
  2. What is your favorite concert you have ever been to? submitted byYoung but Not (Completely) Dumb: I would have to say Michael Buble! He has such a beautiful voice and I got to go with my sister. We had so much fun and I would love to go to one of his concerts again.
  3. What do you miss most about your “hometown”?  submitted by A Florida Girl and Her Soldier: I miss the charm. Everyone is so nice there. Everyone knows you and you are always welcome in their home no matter what. I miss being able to see people that I love everyday but we will see them soon :)
  4. If you could run in any race, which charity would you choose to support? submitted by Wookie & Co. It would be a race either supporting breast cancer. I have done a local one before and you feel so good for doing it. I would also like to sometime participate in the March of Dimes. There are so many babies and children who are fighting for their life. They are so young and innocent and shouldn't have to.
  5. You find out Willy Wonka is your father, what 3 course meal do you INSIST he create in that stick of gum?  submitted by A{muse}ing Mommy on a Pink Park Bench: This is a great question! He should start off with a salad that has dried cranberries, candied walnuts, and granny smith apples. Then for the main course a yummy filet steak with garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus. THEN for the 3rd course, dessert! How about peach cobbler a la mode! That all sounds SO delicious right now but I don't know how it'll taste in a stick of gum!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Facebook Follow Friday

I love using Facebook to promote my blog and to communicate and network with other readers and fans! Link up and join in on the fun!
REMINDER: I am having a giveaway on my Facebook once I reach 150 Fans!


In the Kitchen Thursday! Mail Call

Yes! I have never tried Pampered Chef before and I thought I would order from one of my friends for the first time! I was so excited to see that I had gotten my stuff. It came much faster than I anticipated which is a good thing because I have a baby shower cake to make AND decorate for this Saturday! Of course pictures to come later from that project! :)

Candice over at My-Inspired-Nest is my consultant and friend! She is having an online Pampered Chef Party right now which ends on 3/19 so get your orders in! Here is her personal Pampered Chef WEBSITE!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Winner of the bumGenius 4.0 Artist Series is.....

Comment number 50!
"50" McDancer said...
And I now follow Soft and Cozy Baby's blog Congratulations! I will be contacting you via email!

Wordless Wednesday: My Sweat Pea!

BG 4.0 Artist Series CD Giveaway ends TODAY

Get your entries in Mommas! This giveaway ends at 10pm tonight (EST). I've had a great time with Bayla at Soft and Cozy Baby!

Thank you Soft and Cozy Baby for sponsoring the BG cloth diaper giveaway!

bumGenius Babylegs Giveaway 3/16

This review and giveaway is up now! Please stop by and get your entry in! This weeks sponsor is Mom and Baby Naturally!

I'm having tons of fun with these reviews and giveaways! Are you guys?

Good luck!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

CLOSED--2nd Birthday Celebration Review/Giveaway #2

Here we are with the second review and giveaway for my son's 2nd Birthday Celebration!

This week's sponsor is Mom and Baby Naturally! First off a big thank you! What did I get from Mom and Baby Naturally?

BumGenius Babylegs!!!! Yes, Babylegs! I picked out Ducks in a Row for my boy. Now that he is older he just thinks he is so cool wearing Babylegs! He likes to show them off to Daddy when he get's home!

How about a little background on Mom and Baby Naturally! Mom and Baby Naturally is an online cloth diapering, babywearing, breastfeeding, and momma care online shop! Owner Beth strives to share her experiences as a mommy with her customers. Her customer service is great and she kept me in the loop when my item was packaged and then sent!

I wanted to do a shout out to her as she is local to me! Yup, she and her store are Pennsylvanians! Is that what they call themselves? I know I call myself an Oregonian! :)

You know what is FABULOUS? I didn't have a problem with the fit of the BumGenius Babylegs on my son's chunky thighs. Sometimes I cringe trying leggings on Bman because of his love chunks but there is enough give on the elastic that it fits comfortably without leaving any marks!

Thank you Mom and Baby Naturally for sharing your wonderful shop with all of us!

Where to shop: Online at Mom and Baby Naturally!

What you will win: One pair of BumGenius Babylegs of your choice from Mom and Baby Naturally!

Rules: Please leave a separate comment for each entry! Spread the word!

How to enter:

Mandatory Entry: Go to Mom and Baby Naturally's website and tell me which BumGenius Babylegs print you would choose if you won? ---1 Entry--

EXTRA Entries (Lots of them!):
"Like" Mom and Baby Naturally on Facebook --1 Entries--
"Like" SAHM and Marine Wife on Facebook -- 1 Entry--
Follow Mom and Baby Naturally's Blog publicly --1 Entry--
Follow SAHM and Marine Wife's Blog Publicly --1 Entry--
Post on Facebook about this giveaway tagging me @SAHM and Marine Wife and @Mom and Baby Naturally --1 Entry-- (Please just one post)

Giveaway closes on 3/16 at 10:00pm (EST)