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Monday, September 29, 2014

Bloggers Wanted: ESSIO Aromatherapy Shower Giveaway: First 100 Bloggers Get A Free Sample

Essio is looking for Bloggers - the first 100 Bloggers will receive a FREE sample of the Aromatherapy Shower Giveaway Set - sign up today! (PS: I just signed up on the 29th - I have no idea where I am in that 100 Bloggers List. Hopefully you and I can get in on this!)

Disclaimer: this is just a call for bloggers for a giveaway event. I was not paid to post this. Thanks for reading GivingNSharing!

Upcoming Giveaway Hops.....


The NEW Libre Life Tea Glass Collection Review

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Libre Tea Glass Collection

Each year Libre comes out with a great new addition to their Libre Tea line. This time it's the Tea Glass Collection. I have the 14 oz Black Brush and the Lively Leaves Glasses and have already used the Black Brush. Just like the Libre Tea Mugs it has the mesh tea strainer for loose tea or if you're like me you can skip the mesh section and loose tea and use a nice tea bag. 

This time though, I found the Libre Tea Glass great to use for infused water, ice or hot tea, juice, chai tea, etc... The colors are bright and beautiful. The designs on the glass are really cute and I've gotten some comments on it as I carry it around with me on errands. It's pretty large and my hand didn't close completely around the glass so it holds a lot of tea! it stands just a little taller than one of my glass drinking glasses and if the mesh tea strainer was added in it would stand even taller. (The part on the table is the mesh tea strainer and what you see in the tea glass is Celestial Seasonings White Tea with Raspberry which is my all time favorite!)

There are 3 styles:
1) The Starburst - Turquoise
2) Lively Leaves - Green
3) Black Brush - Black

All Libre Tea products include:
1) a Glass Interior and Durable Poly exterior - thermal hot AND cold, it's break resistant, and the wide mouth is easy to clean for a fresh taste every time. Each glass is 100% BPA-free experience for your tea.
2) a removable Stainless-Steel Filter that keeps tea leaves in the glass, away from your mouth and it's removable for easy cleaning - try infused water using herbs or fruit.
3) on-the-go ease - Check out this How To video:

I have been using Libre Tea Mugs & Glasses for about 3 years now. I've given them as gifts and have received comments from total strangers when I'm out and about town. As you can see there isn't a handle with this glass but the glass stays cool or is warm to the touch. I have never been burned by holding my glass or even the mugs with my hands. 

To order your mug, go to: Libre Tea. They now ship to the UK, US and Canada. The 14 oz Libre Tea Glass Collection runs $26.95 each and you can also check out the mugs on their website.

Learn more about how to use Libre Tea Glasses & Mugs here: http://www.libretea.com/how-to-use-your-libre-tea-glass/

You can sign up for updates & special promotions on their website @ www.libretea.com (its on the right sidebar), be sure to watch for a giveaway coming up in November right here on GivingNSharing, follow them on Facebook and Twitter....

Disclaimer: I was offered a Libre Tea Mug for review and also to feature Libre Tea in my Holiday Gift Guide. I was not paid for this review and have given my honest review. Thank you for reading GivingNSharing.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

How organized are your trips with kids?

Children 'n Us Premium Stroller Organizer

I purchased a new (to me anyway) stroller from one of the Facebook Kid's Stuff Groups where parents can sell things their children no longer need. I needed a double stroller to use with my daycare kiddos and found one for $35 which I was ecstatic about!

The first zoo outing I took with Baby and Connor I discovered there was nothing to store my phone, wallet, bottles, etc etc unless I wanted them under the stroller and since it is a double stroller that means everything moves from the back of the stroller where I am to the front of the stroller where I can't reach them easily - meaning that I'm on my knees digging around under the stroller and frankly that is not a view I like to share! LOL

I was offered the opportunity to review this Stroller Organizer and I snapped it up! I love it and found it very useful! 


  • Very Large Capacity
  • Lots of pockets & sections: it will hold a smartphone, a velcro pocket to carry things like pacifiers & wallets, 2 insulated bottle spots, a zipper pocket to store your keys & CC's and an external pocket that is in the back against the stroller. You can hide cash and important papers back there.
  • An ADJUSTABLE STRAP to attach & fit onto anything - fits most baby strollers, on bikes, in your car or as a handbag.

My thoughts:
I loved the size of the bag. We use cloth diapers and it's big enough for 2 diapers, a changing pad, a change of clothes, wipes and 2 mesh pockets on the inside to hold 1-2 bottles (or a bottle and a water bottle for myself). I was thinking I'd like to have a side external pocket for my sodas (which I really don't need) but since there isn't a cup holder on the stroller I think it would be nice. There is a pocket in front for my phone and a pocket with a flap with a velcro closure for me to put my wallet and/or a pacifier or even a couple of toys & a pouch of food & spoons if we are going to be a little longer than usual. This bag will also be very helpful on the seat next to me in the car too. Everything will be very easy to reach and grab quickly. 

I could also use it on my bike or even in the car as a Office Organizer for my Simply Aroma business. It's big enough to hold file folders, pens in the front, my phone, wallet and catalogs. It's very versatile and useful!

The other thing I really liked about the organizer was how inexpensive it was - at $18.99 the cost is reasonable & it's priced just right for a baby shower gift (no need to get 2-3 friends together to split the cost either). There were only 2 things I would like to see: the rear external pocket to zip shut. It would be ideal for hiding cash and important papers when using with a stroller or in the car. Also I'd like to see a detachable shoulder strap to use it as a shoulder bag.

BONUS E-Book! When you order you will be able to download FREE a special Ebook. This Ebook has los of tips for how to take care of your children. It was made specially for you by Moms!

Satisfaction or your money back:
Children & parent happy or your investment back!!! At Children 'n Us, we are driven by Our Customer Satisfaction. If YOU or Your Children don't feel 100% Satisfied with our Stroller Organizer we offer you a 100% Money Back Guarantee - No Questions asked.

You can order the Children 'n Us Stroller Organizer on Amazon HERE. I think you'll like it - I know I did.

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.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Immerse - You could be the girl with the perfect skin!


Check out this FAQ sheet for Immerse - our NEW powerful skin care oil - perfect for all skin types! http://simplyaroma.net/immerse.pdf

What's your favorite point?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


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OK - I signed up for Instagram but no clue how to use it. Can I link pictures from book reviews, how to's, etc... directly from my blog or do I have to use my smart phone? Huh?

So, I found a website that says I need to add the Instragram App to my Android or I can't use it - good thing I have a Android - huh? So now it's loaded & ready to go..... what now?

1) Can I upload pics already on my camera?
2) Can I set up folders?
     a) 1 folder for Daycare Kiddos?
     b) 1 folder for Simply Aroma stuff (booths, products I've made, etc)
     c) 1 folder for blogging.....
3) How best can I utilize this for business purposes? If people can capitalize on Pinterest for Marketing.... why not Instagram for the same? Is there a class for marketing on Instagram?

Help? Advice?

WHAT? Facebook bought Instagram? Has it become another Roller Coaster from H E Double Hockey Sticks????

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Hot/Cold Rice Packs infused with Lavender Essential Oils

I've been busy the last couple weeks getting ready for a booth this Sunday at Santa's Woods & also a booth at the AppleJack Festival Craft Show! The AppleJack show is expecting 16,000 people - I have no idea how I'm going to be able to get through that one on my own! I will have hot/cold rice packs infused with Lavender Essential Oil, handwarmers, cute little Rice Owls if I manage to get their eyes on and also a variety of Lotions, Bath Salts & Bath Sugars which are all made with natural ingredients and Simply Aroma essential oils.

I thought I'd share a little about the Hot/Cold Rice Packs and how I made them. =D

First I purchased several Kitchen Towels from Dollar Tree & Dollar General for $1. I cut up 1/2 into 2 pieces by folding it in half and cutting along the center line. Then I used fat quarters to make the back section. Sewed a 1/4" seam all the way around except for a 2" section so I could turn it right side out and fill with the rice. Before you fill the pack with rice sew another 1/4" seam all the way around the pack to make it look more finished and make it more sturdy. =D

Step 1: Infuse the Rice
I bought the largest bag of Rice I could find at Walmart, poured 1/2 in a large bowl and then dropped about 5 drops of Simply Aroma Lavender Essential Oil, mixed it with my hands, covered it with Saran Wrap (Plastic Wrap) and let it rest for about 1 hour,

Step 2: Fill the cloth bag 1/2 full with infused rice and then sew up the area left open for filling the pack. At this point you can sew down the center - be sure to split the rice in the bag in half so half is on each side of that center seam. It will create 2 chambers and keep your rice from bunching up on one side of your bag.


I am selling each of these smaller sized rice packs. They are perfect for headaches, sinus pain, cramps, achy muscles, lower back pain and lots more! Here are a few of the ways you can use your new Hot/Cold Rice Pack to help you feel a little better....
  • Centre Blend - helps with focusing & concentration! click here
  • Simmer helps relieve cramps & Peri/Menopause symptoms! click here
  • Relaxation relieves anxiety, depression and hypertension! click here
  • Digestese relieves Upset Stomach, Indigestion or Diarrhea! click here
  • Lemongrass helps with Pain, Lactation issues & digestion! click here
  • Peppermint relieves nausea, pain, reduces fever & relieves cold symptoms  (Do not use if you are on Blood Thinners!) click here
  • Spearmint relieves headaches & respiratory conditions! click here
  • Tea Tree is great for Arthritis Relief, congestion, aches & pains! click here

You can learn more about any of the oils by clicking here.....

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Flu, Cold and Winter Illness - Review your Natural Options!

Last night it was brought to my attention that there is a virus that is going around and attacking kids. It's no your normal Flu Bug or your normal Summer Cold - this one attacks the lungs. It starts with cold symptoms and can cause complications in kids with asthma or other respiratory problems.If your child is wheezing, having difficulty breathing take him/her to the Dr right away.

The illness also can cause coughing, sneezing, fever, aches and, in some cases, vomiting and diarrhea.

There isn't a huge percentage of kids hospitalized - this is a good opportunity to review precautions we can all take to avoid illness this winter....

1) Teach your kids to WASH THEIR HANDS after going to the bathroom & when ever they sneeze or cough. 
2) Teach your kids to Sneeze or Cough into their elbow sleeves.
3) Disinfect your door knobs, phones, TV remotes, light switches every night before bed. Hand each child big enough to reach their light switches or the bathroom counter a Lysol Wipe (or handmade wipes made with Deflect or Shield Essential Oils) - and teach them to wipe up bathroom counters & light switches before they leave the room. You may want to leave a canister of wipes on the bathroom counter for them to use as they leave each time.

Here's a recipe for Natural Lemon Disinfecting Wipes: 

This recipe uses Simply Aroma's Natural Lemon & Tea Tree Essential Oils. I love the smell of Lemons and there are many natural benefits to using essential oils....

Lemon does more than smell good - it helps to calm coughs and wheezing, helps your body naturally cleanse and detoxify, helps to reduce blood pressure & improve mental clarity. It's also a Fever reducer and you can use it as a disinfectant around your house. 

Tea Tree is antiviral, antibacterial and helps to relieve earaches, may kill bacteria and fungus, and reduce allergic skin reactions. It also alleviates infections such as acne, fungal nails, lice, scabies and ringworm. Adults with respiratory colds can boil water and add a few drops of tea tree oil to the water then after removing the pot from the heat put a towel over your head and breathe it in for 10-15 minutes to help relieve congestion.****

Shield: Another Essential Oil that I personally use whenever I or one of my kiddos gets a cold is Shield. It's my favorite blend from Simply Aroma! From Simply Aroma's webiste: (Shield is a protective blend that covers a broad spectrum of anitimicrobial activity and contains properties that strengthen the immune system.This oil is a blend of 6 different therapeutic grade essential oils, including cinnamon, clove, lemon, eucalyptus, rosemary and frankincense. 

Article about the Respiratory Virus: http://bit.ly/1ry4xV0

Disclaimer: This blog is not a replacement for medical advice from your Dr, Dentist or Chiropractor. I am not a Dr - these are just tips and ideas that have helped me personally. Please seek their advice at all times and if you have any concerns please wait to try these methods until you've spoken to your medical professional.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Upcoming Review: the NEW Libre Life Tea Glass Collection

Press Release:

Feel Good and Look Great – stay hydrated all day!!
Back to school with the NEW Libre Life Tea Glass Collection

In the morning hot tea, noon citrus water, afternoon protein shake and evening herbal teas – the easy wash glass interior ensures a fresh taste for every beverage. And the unique double wall construction keeps your drinks HOT or COLD while the exterior layer of poly protects the glass interior. This combination makes it practical to take anywhere - to work, on the commute, yoga class and even hiking.
And yes, pretty – Starburst blue, Lively Leaves bright green and classic Black Brush – each with their own attractive graphics. This new collection adds to Libre tea’s Classic silver trimmed, beautiful, original line with the same great features.

The practical and unique removable Libre tea stainless steel filter - it’s easy and economical to make your own herbal refreshment with garden herbs, cucumbers, citrus or berries - just add water and with the removable filter they all stay in the glass not in your mouth!
These new tea glass models show new way to do beverages for back to school. And back to busy times! They can be used 3 ways and can be used by all ages alike. With their glass interior, the newest tea glasses can be used both for hot and cold drinks. The product is now available in Unites States and in Canada. They hold 420ml/14oz of one’s favorite beverage.

You can order your NEW Tea Glass (or start your holiday shopping now!) @ http://www.libretea.com/

Disclaimer: I have been offered a sample of one of the NEW Libre Life Tea Glasses to review on GivingNSharing. Please stay tuned for more information!