Rockin’ 30th Birthday Bash Giveaway Hop (US)

I'm co-hosting the Rockin' 30th Birthday Bash with three other awesome blogs-  365 Changes of Me (the blog owner, Erin, is turning 30 this month!), Going Crazy, Wanna Go?!?, and Mom With a dot com. To celebrate MY 30th birthday coming up in June, and also my one year blog birthday/blogoversary, I have brought back three AWESOME sponsors from this blog's beginnings!  One winner will take all!

Are you ready for the prize package?

12 pounds of OxiClean Versatile stain removing powder:

one BabyMoon pillow in Brown Cuddle Dot:

and one in stock shirt/warmer set or onesie/warmer set from Mama Runs With Scissors!  Check out her Etsy page to see all of the options, but here are a couple of choices! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Giveaway ends at 10:59 PM, Central time on April 9, 2012.  Please remember to fill in any necessary information to confirm entry.  GOOD LUCK!

Giveaway has ended and Kristie B. is the lucky winner!  Congratulations!

**I was not compensated in any way for hosting this giveaway.**

Bringing the farm to our table with Tropicana Pure Premium OJ

Our family loves eating and drinking the freshest possible foods and drinks.  We are starting a small vegetable garden out in the backyard.  Watching our garden grow from tiny seeds to yummy veggies is so rewarding, and such a valuable lesson for the boys.

We also enjoy participating in the local fruit and vegetable co-op to avoid canned and frozen fruits and vegetables.  The Captain loves to come with me to pick up our box of pre-selected organic goodies each week.  The excitement urges him to try new things and shows him how things look freshly picked from the garden or farm.  And the taste of fresh produce is second to none!  That's why I feel almost like we're bringing the farm to our table when we drink Tropicana Pure Premium 100% Pure Florida Orange Juice.  We all enjoy orange juice and Tropicana orange juice just tastes delicious!  Tropicana Pure Premium orange juice is just orange juice….no sugar, water, or preservatives are ever added, and it's never from concentrate.  The result is a delicious, fresh from the farm taste!  Tropicana orange juice is the perfect addition to a breakfast made with cage free eggs and homemade waffles!

Tropicana oranges are grown in groves like this one:

These groves are in 22 different counties in Florida, primarily in central and southern Florida.  The different microclimates and soil types allow Tropicana growers to harvest ripe fruit throughout the growing season.  Did you know that oranges have been grown in Florida since the 1560's, which is about 147 years before any other U.S. state!

Wouldn't you LOVE to walk into an orange grove, pick a fresh, ripe orange and drink juice straight from the source?  Tropicana Pure Premium orange juice is as close as some of us can get, but if you like Tropicana on Facebook, you can enter Tropicana's Perfect Pick Sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip for four to Florida!  There are also 100 Florida prizes up for grabs, as well as one-year-supplies of Tropicana!

For more information on Tropicana, visit the Tropicana website!

 

I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Tropicana blogging program, to earn My SocialMoms Rewards Points. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. To read more posts on this topic, click here.

Mama Runs With Scissors {sponsor spotlight – Rockin’ 30th Birthday Bash}

When my blog was only two months old, I contacted Jen from Mama Runs With Scissors and asked her if we could host a review and a giveaway on the blog.  She agreed and we were sent the most adorable argyle Kool Kid Legs!  Check out my Kool Kid Legs review from June!

The boys are still rockin' these Legs and they're still super comfy and soft!  I'm SO glad that Jen had faith in my wee little blog and now, she's going to give away something AWESOME in the Rockin' 30th Birthday Bash!  Come back April 1st to see what it is!  You won't want to miss it!

In the meantime, check out Mama Runs With Scissors on Etsy, like Mama Runs With Scissors on Facebook, and check out the Mama Runs With Scissors blog!

 

 

BabyMoon {sponsor spotlight – Rockin’ 30th Birthday Bash}

Last summer, we were able to review an awesome product called BabyMoon.  Check out the BabyMoon review!  This was one of our first products to review and we used it a lot, back when Baby D was younger.  It is such a great product and I'm thrilled to be working with BabyMoon again for my 1st blog birthday/blogoversary/Rockin' 30th Birthday Bash!  

The BabyMoon pillow is a great head support for babies, whether they're lying on the floor or sitting up in a carseat or stroller.  The BabyMoon pillow is a great baby product to own!

Follow BabyMoon on Twitter, like BabyMoon on Facebook, and check out the BabyMoon website to shop for this awesome product and to check out all of their adorable colors and styles!  And don't forget to come back HERE, to Life With Captain Fussybuckets, to win your own BabyMoon pillow, on April 1st in the Rockin' 30th Birthday Bash!

OxiClean {sponsor spotlight – Rockin’ 30th Birthday Bash}

Back when this blog was brand new, I wrote to OxiClean and asked if I could post a review and giveaway of their products on the blog.  I love OxiClean and have found it to get out every imaginable stain my kids have gotten on their clothes.  When they said yes, I was thrilled!  This was one of my first giveaways and I had so much fun with it!  Here is the original OxiClean post!

OxiClean is still in demand in my laundry room for the toughest of stains.  And I'm happy to tell you that OxiClean is back on board, sponsoring the Rockin' 30th Birthday Bash!

So……just in case you don't already, like OxiClean on Facebook and visit the OxiClean webpage and come back on April 1st to enter to win something awesome from OxiClean!

 

Food Dyes and Behavior

I've always hated red food dye because of the moustache it leaves on your upper lip when you drink stuff that has red food dye in it.  When we were working at the children's home, there were a few kids who always had a red moustache and I'm sure it was embarassing!  The other day, the Captain was eating a "good for you" popsicle made with real fruit but alas, there was the red food dye so it made a HUGE mess.  I got to thinking….who really cares if the popsicle is not "pretty"?  The company just really "uglied" it up in my book because the dye stains so badly!

But then, a friend of mine was telling me that when her daughter has food dye or processed foods, her behavior gets worse.  I had heard other parents say this, but kinda shrugged it off.  But apparently, it's pretty common.  There are food dyes in so many foods, candies, and drinks these days, as well as medicines, to make them look pretty.

According to this article:  "FDA Probes Link Between Food Dyes, Kids' Behavior" by April Fulton, on NPR, experts are urging the FDA to ban foods containing food dyes, or at least require a warning label, because there have been many links to behavior issues after consuming food dyes.

The FDA has said that it has found no proof that food dyes cause hyperactivity in most kids, but suggests that some children with ADHD may be sensitive to them.  Fulton goes on to say that "European lawmakers now require a warning label on foods that contain artificial dyes."  Also, "manufacturers overseas, instead of adding a warning label, have turned to natural food dyes."  Read the article in it's entirety to learn more.

Here are my thoughts, and take them for what they're worth….but why do we even need food dyes?  They serve NO purpose and honestly, make my job as a parent harder because it makes messes messier and stains more difficult to get out.  Does my kid care if a fruity popsicle is bright red or  brown?  Maybe, but if I only buy him stuff without food dyes, how will he ever know the difference?  My opinion is that if it's not a natural food dye made from beets or purple carrots, then it doesn't need to be in my kids' food.  And if there's even a slight possibility that it could cause hyperactivity or behavior challenges, then really…what's the point?  Why take the risk?  I'm going to avoid it when I can, for sure.

What are your thoughts on this controversial topic?

Hazelaid

Hazelaid was founded in 2008 when the founders' 3 month old had severe eczema.  In desperation, they tried a hazelwood necklace and after two weeks, her eczema had cleared up.  Hazelwood has been known to heal many things, such as heartburn, teething, acid reflux, and headaches.  The people at Hazelaid tell me that 70% of eczema cases are helped with hazelwood.  That leaves 30% that the eczema is not acid based and thus, the hazelwood doesn't help them.

Captain Fussybuckets has had horrible allergies and eczema and we've been treating him with an over the counter children's allergy medicine and a very mild lotion.  We were sent the hazelwood amber necklace below to review and in the two week review period, we didn't give him his nightly allergy medicine.  He didn't have any issues while wearing the necklace and no eczema.  We'll need to keep testing it out and keep noting the results, but I think that this hazelwood is a great thing!

The hazelwood and baltic amber necklace is very well made.  It has a metal clasp that is secure.  The Captain has had many compliments on his necklace, and he really likes wearing it.

Hazelaid has many options to choose from.  I also bought myself a matching bracelet because I suffer from eczema as well.  I did notice that my eczema was much better when I was wearing the bracelet.  Hazelaid offers amber teething necklaces, hazel-zinc ointment, magnetic jewelry, and soap nuts products.

Check out the Hazelaid website, follow Hazelaid on Twitter, and like Hazelaid on Facebook

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Wordless Wednesday: First Haircut

Baby D was born with a full head of hair, but then a lot fell out, so he hasn't gotten a haircut…until now! Okay, it was a five minute trim to cut off his "wings," because this mommy didn't want to give him a "big boy haircut" just yet!

Texas Bluebonnets

I love when the bluebonnets bloom.  It's one of the most beautiful sights…to drive and see the bluebonnets covering the sides of the roads!  We missed the bluebonnets last year, so this is Baby D's first time.  He wasn't too impressed.  The sun was hot, the flowers tickled his feet, he didn't want to sit in the Bumbo…who knows.  But, we did manage to get a few cute shots.

And for a little blast from the past…here are pics of the Captain and the bluebonnets from two years ago, when he was a little older than Baby D is now, and three years ago, when he was just six months old!

Silk Fruit & Protein {review & giveaway}

We were able to review the new Silk Fruit & Protein drinks.  These drinks are a great addition to any diet, because they combine the goodness of juice with calcium, vitamin D, and other vitamins and minerals.  Silk Fruit & Protein comes in three delicious flavors:  Mango Peach, Mixed Berry, and Strawberry Banana.

Our favorite was definitely the strawberry banana, although they all taste good!  We aren't used to straight juice and this really tastes strong like juice, but it is still really good and would taste good in a smoothie!  I poured some of the strawberry banana Fruit & Protein in popsicle molds and the boys just LOVE those on a warm day outside!  And since Baby D is still a little bit sensitive to milk, this is a great alternative!

The best part about Silk, that I didn't know before, is that it's a company that believes in non-GMO products and promises that each and every soybean  is grown without genetic engineering in North America.  That's good to know!

Learn more about Silk Fruit & Protein and other Silk products at the Silk website, follow Silk on Twitter and Facebook.

One Life With Captain Fussybuckets reader will win coupons for three free quarts or half-gallons of Silk Fruit & Protein plus fifteen dollar off coupons!  Just enter in the Rafflecopter form below.  Giveaway ends at 11:01 Central time on April 5, 2012.

Giveaway has ended and the winner is Cheryl A.!