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Welcome to This N That with Olivia’s Baby Gift Guide!

Are you a Mom-t0-Be or New Mom? Or maybe even someone looking for a perfect gift for the Mom-to-Be? This N That with Olivia’s Baby Gift Guide will feature products from the best baby brands out there in the form of reviews and sometimes giveaways. Our first little one, Liam Wesley arrived on September 22, 2014 – a few weeks earlier than his due date of October 1, 2014. We’ve been searching for the best baby products for our little boy all through my pregnancy and have already featured some in our Gift Guide! 

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Our next feature is from BuggyLove and consists of all natural products to keep your child’s buggy clean! BuggyLOVE’s mission statement is simply: Protect our children. Defend our planet. Improve our world. 

Why BuggyLOVE?  In response to the blatant industry “green washing” and prevalent, misleading labeling practices, BuggyLOVE has chosen to refuse the use of logos on our labels that have nothing to do with the authentic, sustainable principals of organic growing and processing methodologies.

This N That with Olivia was given the opportunity to try the BuggyLOVE Organic Stroller Cleaning Kit. Now, we were sent this kit before Liam was born and so his stroller wasn’t too dirty yet. However, since he’s been here, we’ve used his stroller for a variety of things such as going to the park, craft fairs, watching my husband run a 5k in the rain, etc. In the 3 short weeks that Liam has been here we have used his stroller a ton– so guess what, it is dirty! I was excited for the opportunity to try out some cleaning products on his stroller, as I was planning to use some products that we had at home praying that they weren’t too toxic! The kit we were sent is the BuggyLOVE Organic Stroller Cleaning Kit which includes FreshLOVE, PolishLOVE, FabricLOVE, WheelLOVE, Re-usable To-Go Bag, Wheel Scrub Brush, and Re-claimed Microfiber Cloth! 

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It’s pretty awesome to have this set in a handy box for storage and easy for gift giving. I love that this set comes ready to use and with natural products that are okay for use around our little Liam. As I said, his stroller has been through a lot since he’s joined our family! Check out how dirty the stroller is… full of dust, dirt and grime! I know that as Liam grows, it will get used more and more and even get dirtier and dirtier ;). That’s what strollers are for, though, right?! Here is the dirtiest part of the stroller, it captures all of the dust and mud as we are pushing Liam in the stroller. Gross, right?! 

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What I love most about the products is that they are 100% natural, and effective at cleaning Liam’s stroller. The cleaning products have a nice fresh scent to them and helped to clean Liam’s stroller effectively. The one area of his stroller that gets the dirtiest would be the wheels– they take a brunt of the dirt! Also, the fabric in his car seat gets dirty, as he is in the infant carrier. I LOVED using the FabricLOVE on the straps in his seat that get coated in milk as he is drinking a bottle, or spit up when he has one of those accidents. The other day we were at the pediatrician and his diaper didn’t get put on well, so it leaked and we had some urine in the seat. Although you couldn’t see it, I was able to use the FabricLOVE to clean it and ensure that there was no smell left behind. Check out the clean foot rest!! It shines and looks awesome!! Plus, the cleaner smells phenomenal! 

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Not only did I get the opportunity to try out the BuggyLOVE products, but I have the opportunity to give ONE reader their own BuggyLOVE Organic Stroller Cleaning Kit just like I had! 

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I have the awesome opportunity to give ONE This N That with Olivia reader a BuggyLOVE Organic Stroller Cleaning Kit. To enter, simply complete the entries on the Rafflecopter below! No purchase necessary to enter. The winner will be selected randomly and will be notified via email. The winner will have 24 hours to respond or the prize will be forfeited. The giveaway is open to the Continental US only who are 18+. The giveaway will be open from 21 October 2014 at 12:01AM EST to 03 November 2014 at 11:59PM EST. This giveaway is in no way sponsored by, endorsed, or affiliated with Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media. It is against Twitters rules to use multiple accounts or create new accounts to increase your chances of winning; therefore, you may use only ONE Twitter account to enter this giveaway. Anyone found using multiple Twitter accounts to increase their chances of winning will be disqualified. This N That with Olivia is not responsible for prize fulfillment. 

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Can you believe that it is already time to feature great items for the Holidays? I am excited to work with my fellow bloggers and share some of the best gift and product ideas to make your Holidays unique. Enjoy! 

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The holidays are right around the corner and it’s time to think of great gifts to get your friends and family (and pick out something nice for yourself too!). Wouldn’t it be great to win a $100 gift card from Sitara Collections to start off that holiday shopping!? At Sitara Collections you can buy handcrafted jewelry and handcrafted gifts online, and I don’t know about you but I love shopping online! Now is your chance to enter to win a $100 gift card from Sitara Collections to spend on their amazing jewelry and gifts just in time for the holidays.

When you purchase a product from SitaraCollections.com you will be helping someone in India support their family. Sitara Collections is committed to honoring its artisans through ethical and fair trade principles and by donating a portion of each sale to the Sitara Foundation that currently benefits children’s education in India! Check out my review on one of their beautiful pieces!

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Are you ready to enter to win? Enter using the form below, Good Luck!

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Don’t forget to Like Sitara Collections on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter!

The Sitara Collections story starts with a series of trips to India, starting in 2006, when Founder Linda Singh met with artisans in rural villages of India. Sitara Collections empowers artisans and their communities in India and bring their beautiful handcrafted products to an online marketplace. Sitara Collections partners with extraordinary Indian artisan groups to bring their high quality, handcrafted products to a global audience. These skilled artisans specialize in handcrafted jewelry, textile weaving, and glass blowing, making products with contemporary allure. Products come from all over India– from the northern Himalayan mountains to the western deserts in Rajasthan to Vanarasi, or Banaras as it is commonly known, the spiritual center of India located on the banks of the Ganges river in Uttar Pradesh. The artisans are paid fairly for their work and are able to remain in their villages and preserve their craft vs. migrating to urban centers.

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I am so excited to work with my fellow bloggers and eKoffee to bring an awesome giveaway!! If you’ve never heard of eKoffee, check out my review here and see why I am such a huge fan!!

We have teamed up, once again, with our good friends at eKoffee.com for a giveaway. This time we are celebrating National Fair Trade Month and didn’t want to leave YOU out of the fun!

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Let’s Talk Fair Trade

What is Fair Trade? What does it mean? How can you help?

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Fair Trade is a method of certification that allows you, the shopper, to identify products that are produced ethically. As a consumer, it empowers your purchases to help reduce poverty. For farmers and/or workers in developing countries, Fair Trade means better prices, better terms of trade and business skills that allow them to compete in the global market. Today, Fair Trade helps over 1 million farming families in 70 developing countries throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Globally, the Fair Trade network certifies items such as coffee, tea and herbs, cocoa, fresh fruit and vegetables, sugar, beans and grains, flowers, nuts, oils and butters, honey and spices, wine and apparel, and certified ingredients are now used in ready-to-drink beverages, body care products and spirits. Here, in the United States, Fair Trade Certified products can be found in more than 50,000 retail locations. This is truly a win-win endeavor!
This means that simply by purchasing products that have the fair trade certified label(s), you are helping to end poverty, improve trading for farmers and workers in developing countries and know that you are doing good, on a global level! Feel good about your purchases and shop with pride when you buy Fair Trade Certified! Look for this logo when shopping.
Our friends at eKoffee.com offer a number of Fair Trade Certified coffees. I have reviewed coffee from eKoffee, twice before, and ordered much more than that. I am proud to shop with eKoffee because they work with the best roasters around AND because of their Fair Trade (some are organic too!) options. Check out my most recent eKoffee.com review.

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This giveaway will end on Tuesday October 21st at 11:59 pm Eastern Time. It is open to US ONLY age 18 years and up.

We will have FIVE WINNERS!! Each winner will receive a free bag of fresh roasted coffee from eKoffee.com as well as an eKoffee tote bag!

Entering is easy. For completing each step below, you will receive ONE entry. The more you complete, the better your chances are of winning. Each link will open in a new window so you can return here to leave your comments, easily.

1. CLICK HERE to subscribe to the eKoffee.com newsletter. The newsletters come with great information, news, tips, tricks, sales and even some exclusive discounts. You don’t want to miss it! Come back and leave a comment here and let us know you subscribed.
2. CLICK HERE to check out a post on the eKoffee blog and make sure to leave a comment on that post. They’ll be asking you a question that you can answer for your comment entry. Come back and let us know that you commented at eKoffee.com.
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Every year, out of their amazing generosity BuyDig.com offers an amazing giveaway sweepstakes. And this year is no different. This year the fabulous team over at BuyDig has decided to give one lucky Mom Blog Society reader a 42-Inch 1080p 60Hz Direct LED Smart HDTV with Wi-Fi! BuyDig.com rules in my house. Whenever we need a new tech gadget or small kitchen appliance we shop at BuyDig. Why? Because they have top notch products and rock bottom prices. 

Sponsored by BuyDig.com Hosted by: Mom Blog Society Co hosted by Budget Earth and Mom Does Reviews

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Be sure to check out their  television department! They carry all the name brands and top television models so you simply can not go wrong with 

 Thanks to BuyDig we have a television in our living room that actually works! We love our new 42-Inch 1080p 60Hz Direct LED Smart HDTV with Wi-Fi

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Product Details:

This LG 42LB5800 has amazing picture quality with and IPS Panel and full HD 1080p resolution, plus MCI 120, triple XD engine and a resolution upscaler. The LG Smart TV also offers premium VOD Service as well as Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Facebook and more. You can connect with Wi-Fi, HDMI, and USB. The audio offers 2Ch speaker system, 20w output powr and sound sync.

The actual dimensions are: 

TV without Stand (WxHxD) 37.83″ x 22.32″ x 2.19″
TV with Stand (WxHxD) 37.83″ x 24.02″ x 8.58″
Shipping Dimensions (WxHxD) 41.50″ x 25.39″ x 5.75″
TV without Stand Weight 20.3 lbs
TV with Stand Weight 20.9 lbs
Shipping Weight 25.6 lbs
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BuyDig.com is your one place shop this holiday season. Don’t make the mistake of thinking you will get there amazing quality and their fabulous prices anywhere else. Not even on Black Friday or Cyber Monday. BuyDig has proven to me over and over again that they stand behind their products. You just can’t find a better deal anywhere. 

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Holiday Kosher Baker Review

Holiday Kosher Baker Giveaway

You can see the full review by Colleen HERE along with the recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars from this book HERE

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

It is clear to me that Paula Shoyer has enjoyed cooking from a young age. She was a former practicing attorney then shifted her focus and graduated from the Ritz Escoffier pastry program in Paris. She now teaches French and Jewish baking classes in the Washington, DC area. And she offers large-scale baking demonstrations through out the US and Canada.

Paula has appeared on the Food Network’s Sweet Genius and is a frequent TV Guest. She currently lives with her family in Chevy Chase, Maryland. You can check her out at www.thekosherbaker.com

Holiday Kosher Baker Giveaway:

One lucky reader will win a copy of The Holiday Kosher Baker. The Giveaway ends October 21, 2014 at 11:59 PM. Open to US only

Enter on the Rafflecopter below:

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Disclaimer: Participating blogs did not receive compensation for the published material in this post. No purchase required to enter this giveaway and there is a limit of one entrant per household. Void where prohibited. Odds of winning are determined by the number of valid entries received. Winner will be chosen by Random.org and will be emailed via the email address used to enter the contest. New winner(s) will be chosen if original winner(s) has not responded within 48 hours of email notification. This blog and other participating bloggers are not responsible for shipment of prize(s). Sponsor(s) are responsible for all shipping costs related to prize(s). This giveaway is not administered, sponsored, endorsed by, or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest or other social media outlet. Disclaimer is posted in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Would you like to have your products featured in a giveaway event? Want to increase your social media exposure? Contact My Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Life to see how I can help YOUR company today!      

 

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Kinsights is an online Pediatric Personal Health Record Keeper for parents. Gone are the days where you’re being held responsible for keeping track of slips of paper or lugging files and folders containing your children’s health information.  And in the event of an emergency, you can even have the health records sent to the ER or out-of-town doctor in a snap. Organize your child’s growth and developmental milestones, immunizations, medications, allergies, and more.  This tool is amazing and a godsend to parents. Kinsights is also a community where parents can safely seek and share answers to parenting questions.  You can ask anything and Kinsights will find the right community members who can provide guidance.  Kinsights even offers groups with similar interests their own pages, including single parents, grandparents, those interested in car seat safety, baby & kids fashion, potty training groups, and many more  What’s really cool about this community is that it makes finding the best answers easy-community members vote up answers so the best content rises to the top.  

You can also use Kinsights to:

  • Keep track of your child’s health records in one convenient place by organizing immunizations, medication lists, allergies, medical conditions and more.
  • Earn shopping “perks” by answering questions, reviewing products or inviting your friends to join. (Check out the perks I’ve earned below)
  • Browse product reviews and recommendations based on your interests and your children’s ages and stages. 
  • Join groups and connect with “Kinsighters” in your geographical area. I’ve joined a few for new parents and love the discussions so far.

I recently signed up for a free account with Kinsights and it was quick and easy! I entered my information, including a profile picture and then entered in Liam’s information after mine and then the site did the rest. I was given the opportunity to follow topics that I am interested in like “postpartum” “babies” “parenting” and more! One important note is that the information I entered for my children is completely private and for my tracking purposes only. 

The health record section makes it easy to keep track of your child’s history! You can track immunizations,  issues, measurements, etc. (The image below is a sample).

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In addition to the health record, Kinsights also alerts you of developmental milestones that you can anticipate your child reaching soon! Then, you just click on it to say that it has been achieved– pretty cool! Here’s an example:

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You can even earn perks just for signing up — as I am a new member, here are the Level 1 perks. When I get more involved with interaction on the site, I’ll move up to the next level and earn more perks! 

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Give Kinsights a try and I think you’ll enjoy it! Kinsights sent a gift card to me as a thank you for spreading the word on my blog, and they are going to give one of my readers a gift card, too. You can enter to win a $100 Amazon gift card using the Rafflecopter form below. There’s a bonus entry for signing up for a FREE account with Kinsights, be sure to enter that one!! 

I have the awesome opportunity to give ONE This N That with Olivia reader a $100 Amazon Gift Card. To enter, simply complete the entries on the Rafflecopter below! No purchase necessary to enter. The winner will be selected randomly and will be notified via email. The winner will have 24 hours to respond or the prize will be forfeited. The giveaway is open to the Continental US only who are 18+. The giveaway will be open from 06 October 2014 at 12:01AM EST to 20 October 2014 at 11:59PM EST. This giveaway is in no way sponsored by, endorsed, or affiliated with Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media. It is against Twitters rules to use multiple accounts or create new accounts to increase your chances of winning; therefore, you may use only ONE Twitter account to enter this giveaway. Anyone found using multiple Twitter accounts to increase their chances of winning will be disqualified. This N That with Olivia is not responsible for prize fulfillment. 

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We eat a lot of chicken in our house, so it is easy to get tired of it after the usual grilled chicken, baked chicken, etc. I stumbled across a recipe for Chicken Spaghetti and knew that this would be something we had to try. The great thing is that we had all of the ingredients required for this recipe already– sweet!! This made a huge casserole and Garrett went back for seconds and thirds– I’m thinking it was a hit. 

In the recipe below, you have the option of using your Kitchen Aid to shred the chicken, here’s how easy it is!

Chicken Spaghetti Bake
Serves 8
An easy and delicious dinner!
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Prep Time
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Cook Time
45 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 boneless chicken breasts, cooked
  2. 3 cups Dry Spaghetti, Broken Into Two Inch Pieces
  3. 2 cans Cream Of Mushroom Soup
  4. 2 cups Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  5. 1/4 cup Finely Diced Green Pepper
  6. 1/4 cup Finely Diced Onion
  7. 2 cups Reserved Chicken Broth From Pot
  8. 1 teaspoon Seasoned Salt
  9. 1/8 teaspoon (to 1/4 Teaspoon) Cayenne Pepper
  10. Salt And Pepper, to taste
  11. 1 cup Additional Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Instructions
  1. Boil 2 boneless chicken breasts until cooked. Pick the meat to make two cups (or use your Kitchen Aid Mixer to shred).
  2. Cook spaghetti in same chicken broth until al dente. Do not overcook. Reserve 2 cups of the water and drain spaghetti.
  3. Add chicken and other ingredients (except 1 cup sharp cheddar) in a large bowl while spaghetti is cooking. When spaghetti is cooked, add to the large bowl and mix with remaining ingredients except additional 1 cup sharp cheddar.
  4. Add in the 2 cups of chicken broth that you reserved to this bowl and mix.
  5. Place mixture in casserole pan and top with remaining sharp cheddar. Cover and freeze up to six months, cover and refrigerate up to two days, or bake immediately: 350 degrees for 45 minutes until bubbly.
Adapted from The Pioneer Woman
Adapted from The Pioneer Woman
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So, try it out and let me know what you think! This is a recipe that we will be adding to our recipe collection for sure.

 

I received these products complimentary of Aveda and She Speaks Society. All ideas expressed and written are my own.  
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When I was given the opportunity to try out Aveda Smooth Infusions, I knew that I had to take the plunge! When I was younger, I had board straight hair and then I decided that I did want some curls in it so I got a few perms, colored it, etc. Then, lo and behold as I grew up my hair was no longer board straight but wavy and frizzy no matter that products I seemed to use. The Aveda Smooth Infusions products sound amazing and I couldn’t wait to try them out on my less than manageable hair! 

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As you can see in the picture above, my hair can be straight before I leave the house, but then it will frizz up and become unmanageable as soon as I leave. Then, it usually ends up in a ponytail by the end of the day! I would love to have straight hair all of the time, and then have the opportunity to wear it down or in other styles. This is where the Aveda Smooth Infusions comes in handy.

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Go from naturally curly to naturally straight. Aveda Smooth Infusion™ Naturally Straight is a lightweight styling creme that progressively loosens curls every time you style.

As you straighten your hair, Aveda Smooth Infusion™ Naturally Straight’s naturally derived plant fibers invisibly attach to hair to loosen curl and help lock in straightness. The formula’s humidity barrier of organic cassava extract and maize defends against frizz. The more you use it, the easier it is to create straight, smooth styles, so you can spend less time with a blow dryer and flat iron every day. It is safe for relaxed and color treated hair. After five consecutive applications of Naturally Straight, hair will stay straight for up to three washes.

Aveda Naturally Straight retails for $26.00/5 oz., 150 ml and is available at Aveda stores and salons and online at aveda.com. To find a location near you, visit aveda.com.

 

After using this product for a little over a week, check out my results:

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Woohoo, my hair is straight and ready for the weather ahead. I know that summer is over (it better be) and Fall/Winter are on the horizon but the frizz and waves don’t stop at the end of summer for me!! This product not only did what it promised but it has a great scent to it. The scent is sort of a fresh citrus and I love it. My husband even complimented me on how good my hair smelled when I got out of the shower and started to style it with this product. It doesn’t add much time to my daily routine of styling my hair! In fact, it saves me time as I don’t have to worry about trying to find a way to keep my hair smooth! 

 

 

 

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