Win a Handmade Fairy Door, Made by Yours Truly {Giveaway}

As my Christmas gift from my mother this year, she enrolled me into pottery class. It has been a very enjoyable creative outlet that I intend to continue for many years. THANK YOU, MOTHER. I’ve only made a few things on the wheel so far, including bowls, a mug, and a plate. The wheel is much more difficult than it looks I must admit. But I’ve made several items with slab clay and since my daughter is into fairies, I have made more fairy related items than I had ever foreseen making but it has become a very fun hobby.

Over on my Instagram account, I post several times a week and the few fairy related items that I have posted have been big hits. Therefore, I have decided to set up a giveaway over on IG. It’s very easy to enter and the winner will win the fairy door of their choice.

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The contest will end on Monday, May 26th and all entries must be through the Instagram contest rules located on my photo… direct link here.

Good luck to all!

Steph

 

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Vino Backyard Designs: Monogrammed Address Stamp {Review and Giveaway!}

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I continually tell my friends how I always end up falling in love with my review items and today is no exception. I am so excited to share one of my favorite Etsy stores with you called Vino Backyard Designs! Victoria is the owner and mastermind behind the shop and she creates beautiful custom monogrammed pieces that are perfect for a variety of occasions. Her shop includes leather hand-bound engraved journals, custom signs, wedding tags, ornaments and even scarves. But what I have to share with you today is my favorite custom product that she makes, which is the monogrammed return address stamp.

These stamps make perfect wedding gifts, they are wonderful for engaged couples (save the dates!), newlyweds (thank you cards), new parents and for the people who “have it all”.  I work for a Real Estate agent and I told him that this would be a great client gift for all of his new home owners! Wouldn’t you love to receive this? So thoughtful!

What I really like about this particular business is that Victoria is a nurse by day and about a year ago, with encouragement from her boyfriend, decided to make her dream a reality. She puts a lot of heart into each piece and she is completely flexible with your vision. Also, she is very prompt! The process of ordering my stamp to receiving it in the mail literally took a few days.

Here is my stamp… with address blurred out. It measures 2″x 2″.

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Here’s how it looks stamped:

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Aren’t they great? Victoria has been generous enough to extend a GIVEAWAY to ONE lucky MinnesotaFromScratch reader, so please follow the Rafflecopter link below and enter!

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Lunette Menstrual Cup: {A Very Personal} Review and Giveaway!

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A few months ago, it dawned on me that my tampons may be harmful to my health. I immediately did some searching online and what I learned quickly frightened me. All the while that I have been eating organic food, making my own lotions, juicing and trying to take care of myself, I had completely overlooked tampons. How did it slip my mind for all of these years?! After some researching, I learned that most tampons are made of rayon and cotton. If the tampons are not made from organic cotton (which mine were not), then they are made from genetically modified, pesticide laden cotton! And Rayon! Yuck… The process of making rayon creates Dioxin and Dioxin is: Dioxin So between rayon and cotton, well…  there is nothing good to say and I don’t want my uterus to absorb this nonsense into my body any longer! I had never heard of menstrual cups before I researched alternatives to tampons. The only alternative I knew of were pads (not for me, thanks anyway!). After searching for alternatives, I found a menstrual cup with great reviews which was the Lunette cup. Lunette cups are made from medical-grade silicone (resistant to bacteria) and are flexible and reusable (eco-friendly). Because the cups only need to be replaced every few years, they are cost effective too! The cups do not absorb moisture, but catch it and can be worn up to 12 hours.  When I first tried the cup out I was actually a little hesitant, but I was pleasantly surprised with my experience! It was incredibly easy to insert, it just folds in half (the directions are very direct) and I felt very secure while wearing it. I don’t know how to quite explain it… but I was absolutely not concerned with leakage as I am sometimes with tampons. You women know what I’m talking about! Imagine yourself running, playing sports or laughing really hard… yeah… you know what I’m talking about! I could partake in a marathon in a Lunette cup and not worry one bit.

Something else that really surprised me is that I didn’t have cramps and I ALWAYS have cramps! Terrible cramps! With the cup, I didn’t have any cramps and I didn’t even know that was something that people report from using a cup until after I used it. It was also very comfortable to wear, it does not even feel like you are wearing anything whatsoever. I was a bit intimidated to try out the cup for the first time, but I will tell you that there is nothing to be intimidated by. It is very easy to use and so much better for your body and the overall environment.

Interesting tid-bit: There have been no reported cases of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) in connection with the use of menstrual cups!

There are two different sizes of cups you can choose from and a variety of colors. One cup is meant for women that have not had children and/or generally have a lighter period and cup two is for women that have had children and/or have a heavier period. I have had one child, yet I still use cup 1 because my periods are not incredibly heavy. Check out the size guide to see which is the best fit for you.

The folks over at Lunette Cup have been so generous to extend a GIVEAWAY of ONE clear Lunette Cup (size 1 or 2) AND a package of wipes to ONE lucky MinnesotaFromScratch reader!

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WIN a $200 Toys R Us Gift Card or $200 via PayPal #Giveaway!

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Welcome to the $200 Toys R Us Gift Card Giveaway!

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Award winning author Carole P. Roman is a former teacher turned businesswoman. She has successfully run a family business with her husband that employs close to five hundred people. Her most favorite job is being grandmother to her many grandchildren.

Roman has two wonderful sons and hit the jackpot in the daughter-in-law department. She currently lives on Long Island with her husband. Her first book, Captain No Beard – An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life has been named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012 as well garnered the star of remarkable merit. Captain No Beard has developed into a series of 3 more books.

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Her next project is the book series I Want To Do Yoga Too. She is currently working on a new educational series that explores different cultures from a child’s point of view. Carole has included Mexico, France and South Korea in the series. Turkey and Norway are coming soon!


Carole P. Roman would love the opportunity to have one lucky reader pick a country for an upcoming book.

In addition, the winner will get signed copies of all the books in the series and will receive the new book as soon as it is released. A second winner will win a $200 (USD) Toys R Us gift card or paypal cash.


Enter to win a $200 Toys R Us Gift Card or the chance to pick a country for Carole P. Roman’s “If you were me and lived in…” series

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One winner will be chosen at random from all valid entries.

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Beat the Heat with Homemade Strawberry-Banana Yogurt Popsicles – Mighty Pops Review and Giveaway!

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We have a neighborhood ice cream man that comes by our house every. single. day. We made the mistake of buying something from him ONE time and now he keeps coming back, but he is only half of the problem! My daughter and her super dog-like hearing can detect the ice cream man’s tune from blocks away, WHILE we are in the house. Then I have to break her spirit by telling her, “Not today.” all of the time because really, she does not need to be eating that crud and also, the prices are pretty insane.  So I found a solution! Now I make my own fruit-filled, organic, healthy treats and when the ice cream man rolls by and I have to let my daughter down once again, I can offer her one of her new favorite popsicle treats from our freezer. Problem solved.

Have you ever made homemade popsicles? It is one of the easiest things I have ever done. Mighty Pops was nice enough to let me try out a set of their silicone ice pop molds. They are BPA free, dishwasher safe, durable, reusable and mess-free.

Here is a delicious recipe for Strawberry-Banana Homemade Yogurt Popsicles that I came up with this week:

This literally took me five minutes to prepare.

Ingredients: 

  • 1.5 cups of yogurt  – we used our homemade yogurt, but any store-bought yogurt will work just fine as well.
  • 5 organic strawberries, quartered
  • 1 whole organic banana, chunked <— yeah, that’s the technical term 🙂
  • 1 tablespoon of honey (skip if using store-bought yogurt)
  • 1 splash of vanilla (skip if using store-bought yogurt)

You can be creative with the amount of fruit you put in there.  If you are hoping for more of a strawberry-dominant flavor, then use less banana and more strawberries.

Directions:

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Combine all of the ingredients in a medium-sized bowl.

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Blend all the ingredients together. I used my convenient hand-mixer that I LOVE but a food processor will work just as well. Leave some chunks if you’d like.  Taste test once blended to make sure it has the flavor you are looking for. If you are using store-bought yogurt and it just isn’t quite sweet enough, add some honey or even some organic sugar.

Once blended, I found that pouring the “smoothie” into a measuring cup is easiest to distribute into the molds.

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Leave some space for the tab to fit back in and for the liquid to expand when it freezes.

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This recipe makes 5 yogurt pops. They take about 6 hours to freeze so I make them at night and they are ready the next day for enjoyment! My daughter gave this recipe her “So nummy!” seal of approval.

Tip: Before eating, I found that running the ice-cold mold under warm water for a few seconds helps the popsicle loosen up so it’s easier to push up out of the sheath.

Would you like to make your own popsicles? Well Mighty Pops has been kind enough to offer one free pack of popsicle molds to one lucky MinnesotaFromScratch reader!

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Take care, Stephanie

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