2015 Back To School Giveaway - $264 Value

Welcome to the 2015 Back To School Giveaway!

Hosted by: MamatheFox & Planet Weidknecht

This year we are pleased to bring you a super awesome package from 6 different sponsors: WryBaby, Crayola, LunchSkins by 3greenmoms, I See Me, Capresso & Teach My!

Grand Prize worth $264!

(1) Lucky winner will win ALL of the following:

From Wry Baby: choice of 2 Backpacks! ($50 value)


From Crayola: ($39 value)

24ct Colored Pencils
64ct Crayons
8ct Dry-Erase Crayons
Visi Max Dry Erase Markers
Power Lines Markers
6ct Power Lines Markers
crayola pack  

From LunchSkins by 3greenmoms: ($20 value)

a $20 credit!

From Capresso: ($50 value)

A Personal On-The-Go Coffee Maker
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From I See Me!: ($65 value)


From Teach My: ($40 value)

with additional help from:

Giveaway ends 8/15/2015
Open to US residents


Giveaway! 7 Children's Books - Back To School Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the Back To School
Giveaway Hop
where you can win prizes for children
ages pre-k to college!

Hosted by LeahSay's Views
August 1-22, 2015

My prize is a collection of
7 Children's Books
One winner will receive:
  • Happy Halloween Witch's Cat by Harriet Muncaster
  • Scaredy-Cat, Splat by Rob Scotton
  • Otter Loves Halloween by Sam Garton
  • Pet The Cat: Five Little Pumpkins by James Dean
  • Fancy Nancy: Candy Bonanza by Jane O'Connor
  • Bathtime for Chickies by Janee Trasler
  • Pete the Cat: The Wheels on the Bus by James Dean
Value over $50!

After you enter my giveaway, hop around to all the participating blogs listed below and enter to win their prizes too!

To enter, just fill in the giveaway form below. Open to US residents ages 18 and older. Giveaway ends on 8/22/2015. Good luck!

Enter my other giveaways HERE.
Follow me on Facebook HERE.


I Saw Jesus on Nevis

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On one of the days our group was riding around for tours of Nevis, the other journalists in my group asked our driver if he could stop downtown so they could use an ATM. Everyone else piled out of Tanny's van but I stayed behind. I asked if he could swing back around the block so I could grab a shot of these cannons sitting on the Caribbean side of the island. He said yes and pulled up by the curb so I could jump out and take the picture.

As I turned around to go back to the van, I noticed it was empty. I walked over towards the van and found Tanny helping an older man. The old man was dirty, shoeless, and wearing a pair of old jeans that were clearly five sizes too big for him. Tanny was standing in front of the man he did not know, bent over, and tying a piece of thick wire through the front loops of the man's jeans to help keep them around his waist. This sight made my heart leap and this came to my mind:

The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:40

Tanny stood up when he was finished and shook the older man's hand. The old man shuffled away with a smile on his face. How wonderful this world would be if we all stopped what we were doing and helped someone simply because it's the right thing to do! I saw Jesus in Tanny that day.

Maple Holistics Premium Natural Products

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
I've spent the last week basking in these wonderful products. Maple Holistics offers a variety of premium, natural, holistic products including bath and body, hair care, and skin care. These products are made with the purest and highest quality ingredients for maximum therapeutic effectiveness.
I smoothed the Dead Sea Mud Mask onto my face and the consistency of it is so creamy and smooth. It's made of 100% authentic mud from the Dead Sea in Israel and essential oils for healthy skin. It exfoliates excess dirt while the essential oils nourish and purify. After using the Dead Sea Mud Mask, my skin was much firmer and more toned. It works great for oily skin, problem skin, wrinkles, mild acne, and elasticity imbalance.
The Eucalyptus Hybrid Bath Salts have an amazing scent. When I opened up the bag, I could already feel the calming effects of the eucalyptus. The salt is Dead Sea salt from Israel and it's combined with four different Eucalyptus essential oil species for an incredible bath soak. It also has 15% Epsom salt to help relieve aches and sore muscles without weakening the therapeutic mineral content of the Dead Sea Salt. I really love this product!
The Lavender Hybrid Bubble Bath is the perfect addition to a nighttime bath. Just a little bit of this bubble bath gave me tons of bubbles! The Aloe Vera and Vitamin E moisturized my skin and the combination of Lavender, Clary Sage, and Palmarosa essential oils create a relaxing, stress-relieving, aromatic experience. Bubble baths are not just for children!
Using the Argan Shampoo and the Silk18 Conditioner has considerably softened my hair. The gentle hypoallergenic shampoo contains 100% pure oils including argan, jojoba, peach kernel, avocado, almond, and camellia seed, plus an all-natural vanilla and honey fragrance. The Silk18 Conditioner contains eighteen different silk amino acids, plus shea butter, sea buckthorn, pomegranate, argan, aloe vera, jojoba, green tea, hibiscus, botanical keratin. I've noticed a huge reduction in the amount of frizzing in my hair in the week I've been using these two products on my hair.
I highly recommend Maple Holistics! Check out www.mapleholistics.com to see their entire line of products. They even offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all their products! Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

$1000 Dream Home Makeover #CleanPath

Win a $1000 Dream Home Makeover! CleanPath is rewarding one lucky winner with a $1000 Walmart gift card to upgrade their home!

To enter: Take a photo of CleanPath in your home OR a selfie in front of a CleanPath display at your local Walmart and upload it to your Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook account with the hashtag #CleanPath before August 31st. Then fill out our short entry form. Get all the details here → http://www.mycleanpath.com/homemakeover/


Lunch at Rodney's on Nevis #NevisMangoFest #travel

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If you're looking for authentic local cuisine on the island of Nevis, you simply must eat at Rodney's. This sweet island woman uses treasured recipes handed down through the generations. The restaurant patio is the perfect spot to enjoy fabulous food and island breezes.
I dined with Yvette Jackman of the Nevis Tourism Authority and we chatted about all the amazing things I'd seen so far on Nevis. Rodney served up a small glass soursop fruit juice, which I've never tasted before, then a tall glass of passion fruit juice to go with my lunch. Both juices were delicious and refreshing.
For lunch, I dined on fresh fish, fruit, veggies, and Rodney's famous Johnny Cakes. She uses her own special recipe with corn meal as the primary ingredient and they are simply delicious. The fish was absolutely exquisite. It was a perfect Nevis island lunch!
Read more about my trip to Nevis HERE.

Visit the Nevis Tourism Authority to plan your trip!


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The Extraordinary Beauty of Nevis #travel #NevisMangoFest

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This post needs almost no narration. I took all these photos on Nevis. They barely come close to portraying the extraordinary beauty across the island. Enjoy!

See more about my trip to Nevis HERE.

Cool Mee Seat Liners for Car Seats and Strollers

Disclosure: I received compensation for my post.
It's finally reached 100 degrees here in Texas and it's simply miserable. Can you imagine how it must feel to a baby or toddler, strapped into a car seat or stroller? Manufacturers are constantly make the padding and material for car seats and strollers thicker and softer, but then less air flows through it, which means your child is sweaty and miserable. The car seats and strollers end up soaking wet (and often stained) and who wants to be strapped into that?
There is a solution! Meeno Babies has created Cool Mee Seat Liners that are specifically designed to keep kids cool while they're in their car seats and strollers. These universal seat liners are made from 3-ply, poly-mesh material that promotes airflow between your child’s body and their car seat or stroller. Warm air escapes, preventing overheating and perspiring, keeping your baby cool and comfortable!
Cool Mee Seat Liners are available for infant car seats (0-12 months), toddler car seats (1-4 years), and strollers (1-4 years). There are four colors to choose from - light pink, light blue, silver, and black. These award-winning liners have even been safety-tested and crash-tested. Cool Mee seat liners can also be washed in the washing machine. Use them all year long to keep your baby cool and comfortable. No more sweaty babies, no more damp car seats, and no more stained strollers! I think it's a fabulous idea and I'm sure your baby will think so too!
These liners are a great idea for a baby shower gift or new mom gift! Order your Cool Mee Seat Liners HERE. Check out the Cool Mee video on their website while you're there. I noticed Meeno Babies is having a sale on them right now, so order today! Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter too.


Historical Sites on Nevis #travel #NevisMangoFest

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There are many historical sites to visit on the island of Nevis. Some of the most striking are the churches. Funky Monkey Tours offers a unique way to see the entire island while riding on a Polaris 4x4. My tour was so much fun and our tour guide seemed to know everything about Nevis!
The historical part of our tour started at St. Thomas Lowland Church. Built in 1643, this church is the oldest church on Nevis and the first Anglican Church in the Caribbean. It is still used today for church services!
When first walking into the church, I noticed the vaults on the floor, where people are actually buried. Since Nevis is a volcanic island, it's near impossible to break through the ground to bury anyone six feet deep (like in America), so graves are mostly above ground.
It's a charming old church that sits high on a hill, above the Caribbean sea and overlooking the island of St. Kitts. There are even vaults on some of the walls inside the church. Can you imagine going to the same church as your family members from the 1600s?
We next visited The Cottle Church, built in 1824. It stands on the Thomas Cottle plantation. It has the distinction of being the first Caribbean Anglican church where blacks and whites worshipped together.
Although it no longer hosts church services, it's the site of many weddings on the island of Nevis. The walls are made of rock and the gorgeous arched doorways and windows are the perfect backdrop for beautiful wedding photos.
Nevis is the site of many plantations, originally producing sugar, so the island is dotted with old sugar mills. Although the mills are no longer used, some of them still stand high while others are beginning to break down.
Some of the sugar mills that are in good condition have been repurposed, like the one at Montpelier that is now Mill Privee and hosts private dining with candlelight within its 300 year old walls. Golden Rock Inn has converted an old sugar mill into a beautiful two-story hotel room where you can stay the night.
We toured several of the old sugar mills and found one filled with bats hanging from the ceiling. They didn't much like us visiting because we woke them up and some of them started flying around. I was assured they would not bite me.
Another old sugar mill housed a huge honeycomb. Thankfully it was many feet up from the ground so none of the bees even noticed we were there. It's fascinating to imagine the earlier settlers in Nevis building these sugar mills.
As we worked around the island to the Atlantic side, we saw more old sites right down near the beaches. I have a love for old historical sites, so I really enjoyed this part of the tour. While down near the water, I enjoyed a Ting With Sting, which is a popular fizzy drink with a shot of rum.
This side of the island seems to be the rocky side of the island and the Caribbean side the more sandy side. Both are beautiful in different ways. The Atlantic waters are a deeper blue color and the Caribbean waters are more turquoise.
Nevis is an incredible place to visit! Tomorrow I will share my photos of some of the most beautiful plants and flowers I've ever seen. I took those photos on the second part of the tour, when we visited some of the more jungle-like settings on Nevis.
Check out the Nevis Tourism Authority at www.nevisisland.com for more information about visiting Nevis in the West Indies. I really miss being there and can hardly wait to one day return! Read more about my visit to Nevis HERE.

Twitter: @NevisNaturally