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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Happy Harvest Giveaway Hop ~ Libre Tea Glass Giveaway

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Happy Harvest Giveaway Hop
hosted by Planet Weidknecht and
from November 1-10, 2014

WIN one of the NEW Libre Tea Glasses to KEEP or use it as a Holiday Gift for a loved one (or maybe your kiddos teacher?) For the next 10 days, I and many other bloggers are participating in the Happy Harvest Giveaway Hop and here on GivingNSharing you can enter to WIN any ONE of the Libre Tea Glasses: 

This giveaway will run November 1 & end at 11:59 pm on November 10. Open to anyone 18+ (or per the rules in your country) in the US, UK and Canada. You MUST leave your full address, email and phone number as part of the required entry or your entry will be removed and another winner will be chosen.

Enter here:

Libre Tea Glass

Enter other giveaways from this handy, convenient linky:
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Welcome to the Happy Harvest Giveaway Hop
hosted by Planet Weidknecht 
From November 1-10, you can visit each one of the participating blogs listed below and enter to win prizes worth at least $25. You could potentially win them all! Good luck!

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Disclaimer: I received 2 free Libre Tea Glasses in exchange for my review and running a giveaway for Libre Tea. All thoughts and opinions contained in my review and this giveaway are my own words and I was not required to have a positive review just a honest review. GivingNSharing is not responsible for prize fulfillment and Libre Tea will take care of shipping the prize.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

What are your tricks to get baby to sleep?

I'm so cute! And I know it!
I just added a couple of posts to a blog hop on FB and came across a post by WordsNNeedles that shows several ways to calmly & gently help your baby go to sleep and found a couple ways I'm already using... (Click Here)

Ms G is now almost 11 months old and she still takes 2 long naps each day which I love and I think she does too because she sleeps well during those times. She doesn't sleep so well for Mom & Dad and they are trying a new technique where they lengthen the time between going in to calm her down and it also involves not touching her. I think Mom called it the Fender (?) Technique. 

I tend to use Lavender Essential Oil when I first starting to watch this baby at 5 months & I don't need to use it anymore. She took I think a 1/2 hour nap if I was lucky and of course she was sooooo tired then. Now she sleeps about 1 1/2 hours in the morning and the same in the afternoon. I try to make sure she is up by 3 pm in hopes that she will sleep during the night - poor mom says the kid just doesn't sleep at night. I've tried to limit her to 1 hour naps 2x's a day and all I got in return was an exhausted baby who just fussed. Her pediatrician said that she is sleeping normally and getting what she needs I guess (which is good for me - not so much for mom/dad).

Here is my routine: I hold baby in the room for a minute or two, talk a bit with her and then put her down, tell her I love her & leave. Rarely does she cry. If she does more than a couple minutes I go in and either 1) put her back on her tummy and rub her back & right leg or 2) pick her up, talk to her a bit and then put her right back in (depends how mad she is - usually she gets mad because she decided that was the right time to have a messy diaper I think in the hopes she can skip naptime - LOL). Then she goes right to sleep.   (So, I admit it - I have an easy baby....) 

So, I am reaching out to find out what is working for Moms, Dads and Babysitters where you live! 

What ways do you help your baby sleep at night (other than putting them in bed with you)? I know I have a few friends that co-sleep and nothing wrong with that =D but what are some other ways to help baby sleep? 

Please leave your wisdom below:

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Magnesium Citrate Powder

Product Description: Simple Health Magnesium Citrate powder is pure & easily absorbed. It's useful for most people, as a large percentage of the population is Magnesium deficient. Magnesium helps with muscle cramps, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, PMS, migranes, stress and more.

My thoughts:
Many of you know that I have Fibromyalgia. People with Fibro tend to be very low in Magnesium and I recently just learned that to help with the cramps and constant achiness I could start to do Epsom Salt baths. Unfortunately I have a very low tub in my apartments bath and since it has very narrow rims it's very difficult for me to get in and out so I am no longer able to really take baths easily. So, I was very excited to see this product!

( I would give ANYTHING to have one of these:)

Since I don't think that's an option, I ordered a bottle of the Magnesium Citrate Powder. I was especially pleased when I got it to see how easy it was to use and that it didn't have a nasty terrible taste or smell! 

Magnesium is known to:
1) Aid metabolism & energy production
2) Improve sleep
3) Relieve stress, panic attacks, anxiety & depression
4) Relax muscles, relieve cramps, helps to prevent heart disease, stroke, kidney stones, migraines and gallstones & increase flexibility.
5) Reduces PMS & menopause symptoms & osteoporosis
6) and much more! Learn more here.

I've been taking this powder now in a glass of water each morning. I only need 1/2 teaspoon each morning in at least 8 oz of water and I think I'm already noticing a difference. I was having a lot of bad pain in my lower legs and that has eased up - and I've also been having a BAD migraine all week. I haven't had one of those though in about 3 years so I'm not sure if it's this product helping with easing the pain or not. 

I plan on continuing to take it each morning and see if it helps with the constant muscle/achiness that I have each winter. I'm assuming like any other health product you need to let it build up in your system for at least a month or two to see it's full benefit. I'll try to give you an update in a couple of months. =D

You can purchase Magnesium Citrate Powder on Amazon regularly for $17.97. Right now it's on sale 20% off ($15.97) - click here.

Simple Health Magnesium Citrate is a Vegetarian/Vegan Product. It does not contain:
Sugar, salt, starch, yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, soy, milk, egg, shellfish or preservatives. It will not cause diarrhea or dizziness if taken with or after food.

The label:

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Azara Organics: Organic Seaweed Powder


Organic Seaweed Powder for Facial Masks, Cellulite Treatment & Body Wraps

The Finest Quality Seaweed Money can buy:
Our Organic Seaweed Powder (Ascophyllum Nodosum) is wild harvested from the clean cold ocean water of the North Atlantic. We constantly test it to insure it's quality and consistency. We are happy to share the lab results for those who are interested.

My thoughts:
I wasn't really sure what to expect from this product but I have to say I love this! I hadn't used a mask in quite a while and I've always heard that Seaweed is good for our skin and nutritious as well so I was very interested in trying this. As I get older I've been noticing my forehead feels dryer and thinner if that makes sense. I've never really had issues with blemishes except when the seasons change so I wasn't needing it to control blemishes - I just wanted to try it to see if it made my skin softer and perhaps less "crepey" to the touch.

When I opened the little tub (it's actually quite big and you don't use more than maybe a TEASPOON at a time so it's going to last a LONG time) I saw a green powder that is pretty soft to the touch. You mix 1 teaspoon to 2 teaspoons of warm water and mix it up right in your palm. It becomes like a thick clay that was a bit hard to smear on my face. I haven't tried it yet but I think I'm going to add a drop of Olive Oil or maybe even our new Immerse Carrier Oil from Simply Aroma to see if it will smear over my skin a little easier. Leave it on for about 10-15 minutes and then wash it off. 

My skin was very soft after washing off the seaweed mixture and remained that way for several days which I loved. I personally liked the smell of the seaweed (it reminded me of the ocean) and I liked that my skin didn't feel over dry and like it was cracking like it does with clay based masks. It was a little tough to wash off and I had to make sure my washcloth was really wet several times but it wasn't overly grainy like it would be if I was using a walnut based mask and I really really liked that!

Basic Instructions for your face mask:
1) Basic: Put 1 teaspoon of seaweed powder into a small bowl. Add 1 Tb lukewarm water. Mix with a fork, adding up to another Tb of lukewarm water, as needed to achieve a thick, paste-like consistency.
2) Add 1 Teaspoon aloe vera gel, 1 teaspoon honey (or both) to the paste. Stir until well mixed. Add more water if needed, to achieve the desired texture. You can also skip these ingredients entirely if you so desire, although the aloe helps heal any skin irritation you may have and the honey adds the moisturizing effect of the mask and acts as a preservative.
3) Apply the seaweed mask to your face, leave in place for up to 20 minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water. Pat your skin dry. Use this mask up to 2x's a week as part of your regular beauty routine.

4) You can substitute an oil of your choice - jojoba oil and sweet almond oil are two favorites - for the water in steps 2-3 if you so desire. Both jojoba and sweet almond oil are non greasy, absorb easily and help soften skin. Jojoba oil also has antimicrobial properties, which sweet almond oils scent may somewhat mask the seaweed odor.
5) Kelp Firming Facial Mask - 3 Tb greek yogurt, 1 teaspoon organic Kelp powder. Place 3 Tb of plain greek yogurt into a small dish. Add powdered Kelp, stir well. Add honey and stir until all ingredients are blended into a smooth consistency. Cleanse face, apply mask all over face, neck and shoulder area. Massage lightly. Leave on for about 5-10 minutes. Remove with a warm washcloth. Use a toner on a cotton ball for complete removal. Apply moisturizer as usual.

Learn more about this wonderful Organic Seaweed Powder and the different uses (like body wraps) on their website which is still in the process of being finished.... please be patient. =D

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Noah, The Wordless Book

Noah, The Wordless Picture Book
by Mark Ludy
ISBN: 978-0874866391
$14.36 (hardback)

About the book:
A hundred years before the Great Flood, a man named Noah came home talking crazy. God wanted him to build the biggest ship the world had ever seen. The future of humanity depended on it. How would his wife respond? What would the neighbors think? Was it even feasible? This lavish re-imagining of one of the greatest stories of all time will fascinate children and adults alike. Nuanced and playful, yet meticulous in following the biblical narrative, Mark Ludy's world-class art digs deeper than the Sunday-school tale of cuddly animals, exploring Noah's relationship with his family, the natural world, God--and a formidable engineering challenge. Immerse yourself in this stunning wordless epic. Whatever your age, you'll never read this story in the same way again. 

My Thoughts:
This has to be one of the most beautifully illustrated books I've ever read. The level of detail and depth to the expressions on the animals & people's faces is amazing and sure to catch a kid's attention. It will definitely stay on my bookshelf for when Gianna gets much older. My only concern if you show this to younger kiddos is the huge double page spread of the flood itself. It shows kids and adults as the water begins to overtake them and you can actually see the fear in the the adult faces. Be prepared for lots of questions as your children try to understand what is happening in that scene. 

The nice thing about wordless books is that children really have to think about what's happening in the book. You can talk about each scene, do a Seek & Find game (where are the snakes, the elephants, the mice?) talk about the food that each animal ate, the cages that they lived in on the ark, answer questions like "where did the animals poop?". Your kids will be thinking deeper about the story and I believe that the level of understanding your children develop when they aren't just being told a story is amazing. Plus the opportunity for kids to "tell a story" based on what they are seeing is awesome - they are learning to describe what they are seeing, guess what is happening next, learning sentence structure and so much more.

I highly recommend this book for any families bookshelf. It's ideal for family devotions, bedtime stories, car rides, airplane trips - I recommend it for kids 3-4 years and up. I'm looking for the next book & hope it becomes a series - I'd love to see Adam & Eve, Daniel in the Lion's Den, Joseph and Moses.

Learn more about the book & author as well as order Noah, The Wordless Book @ Mark Ludy's website.

About the author:
Mark Ludy has written or illustrated 8 children's books including The Farmer, The Flowerman, The Grump and Jujo; The Youngest Tribesman. When He's not immersed in his sketchbooks you'll find him in schools promoting art and literacy. He lives in Colorado with his wife, daughter and 2 sons.

Disclaimer: I was offered a copy of this book by Handlebar Publishing in exchange for my honest review. Thanks for reading GivingNSharing.

Weekend Comment Hop with GivingNSharing & Friends!


I've been gone for 8 months and started blogging again in September and imagine my surprise that most of the blog hops & giveaway hops are GONE . My understanding is we cannot do FB required giveaways anymore - but I'm not sure why the blog hops and giveaway hops have disappeared. So....

1) First edit your post and add a question at the bottom you'd like action. You can see an example here: http://bit.ly/1D5vxmP and add the button to each post that you link up.

To get the button: Choose one of the images above & then Right Click on the Image and "copy", then go to your post and "paste" it at the bottom or top of your post in the editor. Go back to the linky post on GivingNSharing and highlight the address to that post "copy" it and then back to your post and in the editor link it to the linky post on GivingNSharing. (Sorry I don't know how to add an html box so you can copy & paste it)

2) Comment on 3-5 posts for each link you add if possible. It won't work if everyone is not participating. Thanks!

Lastly - please post below in the comments of this post which image you prefer for the blog hop button. I like both but the one with the black border is the one that is 150x150 for sidebars.... Thoughts?


Link Up here:

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Kindness Store ~ Business Review

The Kindness Store is more than a marketing ploy for SendOutCards.com - it's an encouragement to follow the tugging of your heart to give to others. How many times have you had a tugging of your heart, where a certain someone came to mind to pray for them, to do a kindness for them (perhaps mow their lawn, send an anonymous check or drop a letter in the mail to them to encourage them and build them up in one way or the other?

With SendOutCards you have the convenience of shopping for birthday, anniversary, wedding, baby, thank you or Just Because you want to from your office or home. It's very easy to do and step by step instructions are given to you. This program is a win-win for you - it saves you time, money, gas and you don't have to go through a hundred cards before you find one to settle on. You can design your own or pick one they have already created for you - all you need to do is add your own words. From there SendOutCards will print, stamp and mail the card for you. What could be easier?

Bus 90 for Life from SendOutCards on Vimeo.

Watch the video and then click on Learn More to learn how Send Out Cards can not only give you a way to make full time income with part time work and at the same time you are making a difference in someone else's life and showing them you care.

To learn more go to: http://www.thekindnessstore.com and watch the video when it's finished click on Learn More. You can also contact Norbeth Shortt DeJesus on her website HERE.

Comment Hop: Please watch the video and then share something that someone has done for you that you will never forgot it touched your heart that much!

I was not paid to advertise for SendOutCards or by Norbeth Shortt DeJesus - we did however exchange advertising spots to help each other's business out. 

Link Up 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Special Announcement - FREE Shipping through October!

Immerse is Simply Aroma's newest Carrier - it's a Ultra-Fine Nourishing Carrier for your face & body. Perfect for all skin types: Dry, Combination or Oily, helps heal blemishes faster, helps Psoriasis and Eczema begin to heal too! It's even safe for skin that is smooooth as a baby's bottom!

Simply Aroma has announced FREE Shipping for customers on the NEW Immerse Facial Oil! Or if you'd like to get it for FREE! you can host a show and get it for FREE as well as receive all the other Hostess Benefits too!

Contact me at defendyourself.tina(at)gmail if you'd like to host a Pocket Party within the next 2 weeks - or if you are in the Omaha area I'd love to do an interactive "Germ Warfare" Party! Your guests will get to make up a sample of the Mean Green Germ Fighting Spray to try out at home as well!

Disclaimer: I have not received compensation for this post from Simply Aroma.

Monday, October 6, 2014

The Libre Filter Advantage

The Libre Filter Advantage :

The Libre filter is an important part of your Libre tea glass - and it has many talents!

Life is like a cup of tea,
It's all in how you make it!
~ Irish Proverb~
First, the removable stainless-steel filter, keeps tea leaves in the glass, away from your mouth when steeping tea in the glass (e.g. green teas, fruit’n herb waters or herbal tisanes) and for the inverted steep, the filter is removable keeping the tea leaves out of the glass 
Learn more about the Libre Filter on your new Libre Tea Glass here & then pick up a great new recipe for Wendy’s Coconut Matcha Latte while your at it!
Coconut Matcha Latte
What is YOUR favorite beverage - coffee? tea? hot chocolate? Share your recipe if you'd like below: