Trying Something New -- Dealing with the Burden of Digital Photos!

Disclosure: I partnered with US Family Guide and Collage.com to complete this article. I was compensated in some way for this post.

The digital age. My old soul is still rebelling I think, as I type this I am not on my Smartphone. I do not Snap Chat. I sound like I'm 90 when really, I haven't even turned the corner on 30! In fact, most elderly women have caught on to the iPad operation and I still cannot turn on my brother's iPhone. No password needed--that sucker is safe with me since I just cannot figure them out, nor do I waste much time trying.

I know I will have to make the switch someday. Sadly, someday my local cellular carrier will not have another flip phone in the back of the drawer. He won't pull it out and say "Are you sure you want this thing?"

Has anyone else struggled here? I have to confess I still purchase a disposable cameras occasionally. Sometimes I just like to have the physical product of my creative eye right there in front of me. I suppose I've had a digital camera for a little over a decade -- several actually -- and the result is this: full SD cards in a drawer, lost photos that I recall taking but have no idea where I might have stored them, boxes full of prints never to be organized, and a computer and a few websites full of photos that have yet to be added to a photo book or purchased and printed.



I'm hoping Collage.com might solve some of this problem for me! They have a "One-click Photo Book option." Granted, the creative genius involved is lacking, BUT at least I'd have that tangible product that has a better chance of being gazed upon. Who thinks it's fun to scroll through folders of shots? NOT ME! So...one click photo book it is!

The key is to upload only GOOD photos. I know it seems obvious, but I rarely delete the blurred disaster photos or photo bombs where a lady picking her wedgie wanders into my frame. So, I would like to keep those gems OUT of my book! Otherwise, I think this is a great idea for busy moms and those buried at the bottom of Photo Mountain. If I get one and only one thing done on this rainy day, it will be clearing out our vacation photos from this summer into a fun, quick photo book or two! I love that hardcover is an option and I'm hoping there is an algorithm in the site somewhere that makes it look really professional and rad! I guess even if it's a little wonky on my first try, grandma and grandpa will appreciate flipping through a book more than patiently sitting through my slideshow on a 15" screen!

Disclosure: I partnered with US Family Guide and Collage.com to complete this article. I was compensated in some way for this post.

#WinterHasHope on Friday! Are you going to be there?

Tomorrow is the day! Flip a fin, bust a move, do whatever you need to get out and see the flick! Everyone's hearts were warmed by Winter as Dolphin Tale (the first one) premiered and was enjoyed across the country. Now, you get a second shot at loving this "fish" in the sequel which releases TOMORROW!!! Prepare to meet Hope! With cooler temps having arrived all over, it's a fun thing to think: Winter has Hope!

Did you know that the release of the film coincides with Homeschool Day 2014?? Yep! So if I were going to have a home full of my kiddos, I think I just might celebrate the new school year with a movie day! (Hint hint, moms our there!) 

It's true though -- there is value in the movies -- the kind that warms your heart and teaches you life stuff. Good ethics, empathy, altruism... All worthy of knowing more about and understanding!





You can even see
the Dolphin Tale 2 curriculum here!


Visit the Official movie website and scope it our more for yourself. You can also find Dolphin Tale on Facebook and on Twitter @dolphintale

Watch and share the trailerhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMDymk_gx3A

WANT TO WIN a Dolphin Tale 2 Prize pack? Simply COMMENT on this post and I will randomly draw a winner on Sept 25th (you have until 11:59 EST on the 24th).

Disclaimer/Disclosure: Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Earth Weave Rug Giveaway


Welcome! Want a weave? Well, I sure do! Here's your chance to WIN a great, eco-friendly Earth Weave Rug! No better time than autumn to start your fall flipping! When you're done entering the giveaway, feel free to check out my Flippin' for Fall series for more home improvement!

earthweave-rug-giveaway-revisedWelcome to the Earth Weave Carpet Mills Area Rug Giveaway, hosted by the Green Moms Network. Today we’re excited to share a truly safe carpet company with you, and offer you the chance to win one of their safe, non-toxic and natural area rugs!

When you’re thinking about re-carpeting your home, what are the things that are most important to you? Many people rarely think about the toxins contained in most carpets, padding and the adhesives used to install them.

Indoor air has been found to contain 10 times as many pollutants as outdoor air. So it’s increasingly important for us to be aware that toxins that will be emitted into the air in our homes from carpet, that we otherwise wouldn't think much about.

Did you know that new carpets contain volatile organic compounds (VOC's), which include acetone, benzene, ethyl benzene, formaldehyde, styrene and toluene? Many of these compounds are listed on the Environmental Protection Agency’s register of Extremely Hazardous Substances.

They also contain substances known to be carcinogenic, including p-Dichlorobenzene, styrene (classified as a reasonably anticipated carcinogen) as well as other chemicals that are known to cause nerve damage, respiratory illness and hallucinations. In addition, new carpets are usually treated with other toxic chemicals, including brighteners, artificial dyes flame retardants, stain repellents, and moth proofing (a known neurotoxin).

And you’re not safe just because your carpet is Green Label Plus Certified. These carpets contain harmful chemicals, which are deemed to be low emitting in regard to volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) but the SBR adhesive buried within the backing is made up of more than 20% stryene and over 70% butadiene. This is where the term Styrene Butadiene Rubber (SBR) comes from. Even synthetic carpets such as nylon, polypropylene, and polyester carpets can display the Green Label Plus Certification. Consumers are not made aware that chemical laden synthetic carpets meet the same testing standards as the wool carpets that claim to be "green", "eco"' "natural" etc.

Even the padding used under most carpets is not safe! According to studies, the padding most carpet companies use contains flame retardants that are considered toxic.

Fortunately, there is one company that offers all natural, non-toxic carpet, area rugs and padding – Earth Weave Carpet Mills Inc. Their innovative product, Bio-Floor, is made using undyed, untreated, wool together with hemp, cotton, jute and natural rubber.

Don’t be fooled by other companies that claim to be “green” or “natural.” Bio-Floor is the only truly nontoxic, all natural, healthy carpet made in North America. It’s great for people and families concerned about the toxins in their home and the environment.

earth-weave-constructionEarth Weave starts with the finest, most resilient wool available - British wool. There are no dyes, pesticides, moth proofing or stain protections used, which contain toxic chemicals negatively impacting your health. The primary backing they use is a combination of cotton and hemp (which is a great fiber due to its strength, durability and mold/mildew resistance). Earth Weave is the only carpet manufacturer in North America to incorporate an all-natural primary backing where the rest of the industry uses synthetic polypropylene for their primary.

The adhesive used to lock the wool yarns into place is natural as well, and is derived from the rubber tree. Paired with an all-natural jute secondary backing, the carpet is entirely biodegradable.

If you’re thinking about re-carpeting your home or business be sure to ask for Earth Weave at a carpet dealer near you. It’s the purest, healthiest carpet on the market, so you can feel confident it’s the best choice for your family.

Enter the Giveaway

Now onto the giveaway! If you’ve read this entire post, you’ll understand why I’m so excited to offer my readers a chance to win a completely safe and natural 4’ x 6’ area rug from Earth Weave Carpet Mills. The winner will receive the Pyrenees Wheat Rug, valued at $375! This mid-weight rug (38 oz.) is constructed with a distinct two color pattern. It’s very durable and soft, and made from the finest natural un-dyed, untreated wool available.

This giveaway runs through September 28, 2014 at 11:59 pm EST and is open to US residents only. Enter for your chance to win via the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

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Adventures of Mommyhood was not compensated for this post and is not responsible for prize fulfillment. Please contact Chrystal at Green Moms Media with questions about this giveaway or for help organizing one for your brand.

Loony for Sckoon? Why You Should Be Brave and Try It!

Something that I never thought I'd learn to love is cloth menstrual pads. But, I find myself just as addicted to them as cloth diapers -- well, maybe not quite that bad, but I'm loving it. 

The next logical step was to try a reusable cup. I will say right upfront, this idea sort of terrified me. So much in fact that I put off even researching cups for about three years. Finally, so many of my friends and peers were braving the new territory I just couldn't let the curiosity kill me anymore. I decided to go for it.

What did I figure out? It's not scary. It was like trying a new recipe or maybe a first run in new shoes. Not like riding an insanely fast, crazy roller coaster or facing down a creepy crawly spidey in your bedroom. No, it was just something new I should have tried out when I first heard tell of them on the market for ladies.





PROS:
- crazy green practice (there is virtually no impact here, other than the initial product being made and water use)
- you never "run out" of supplies
- no laundry/waste
- no bulk since you carry ONE cup

CONS:
- public restrooms (I never really got comfortable washing out my cup in public -- ultimately, a young child always walks in, horror struck.)
- not terrible, but not what I would call perfectly comfortable
- I still used a pantyliner as a backup and at night I went back to cloth, since I just couldn't get a leak free evening

While I do not think I can convert 100% to a cup, I do love having it in my girl arsenal -- you know one of my zillions of bags that I carry around. Like a girls prep kit. The ironic thing is that about two months after I started trying my SckoonCup, I stopped needing it. Spoiler Alert: I'm not menopausal. I am preggers! So though I'll have a reprieve from the world of those womanly woes, I'll be curious about continuing use in a postpartum manner in 2015!

Retailing at right around $36, it is a great investment if you're stuck in the bleached cotton, mainstream menstrual product rut and you're looking for a long-term solution to having a better period. I love not having all the waste and not having to worry about buying more "stuff" during "that time of the month." Be brave! It is a little fun knowing that I conquered the fear. I'm no longer desperately curious about how they work, how they fit, or if they are right for me! I know that I like menstrual cups for certain situations in conjunction with cloth pads. That's what works for me. What works for you? 

Disclosure: I was able to try a complimentary SckoonCup for this campaign. I was not compensated in any other way. My opinions are my own.

Kid Co Peapod Plus P4010 - Camping, Travel, & Home Use [review]

Early on in our parenting adventure, we purchased a "screen pop up pup tent." It was about $25 from an online seller and was gently used. It looked like an army surplus tent for a tiny tiny General's poodle. We thought it would be perfect for our then only eight month old son. We were wrong.

Though the entire tent was mesh and he had a view he loathed being put into it. It was mostly for bug protection. We live in the land of plenty when it comes to insects and the child was blessed with mom's sensitivity to light and insects.


The entire thing was a parenting fail. Now, about two years later, we decided the KidCo Pea Pod Plus P4010 looked really awesome. Nothing is easier to set up. And this time? He loves it. We send it in the RV or hotel for fun when he goes with Granny & Papa. We bring it to hotels too. We set it up in the house sometimes just for a break from inclement weather. It's a ready-made fort for him. It's a great place to put him when we're camping for a nap or just to have a 'play tent' out of the bugs (mostly) and out of the sun and most importantly, out of the way (mostly from dangers like the campfire or cooking area or waters edge.)



Pros:


Really easy set-up and take down
Totally packable -- taking up about the amount of room a bag of chips does!
Sturdy construction yet comfortable enough for sleep
Keeps insects at bay!
Shady spot for outdoor sunny nap needs
Zippered pockets and zippered mesh front for easy access and viewing



Cons:


The cost is from $99 - $109, which is totally worth it for us for how much our son LOVES it and how convenient it is but for some families that might be prohibitive. 

Fair warning; don't allow liquids and snacks in the tent. Mesh is hard to clean and the last thing you want in your safe haven is ants or wasps!

In the End?


We went on a crazy month-long road trip and we took this gem along--it was the best small cubic volume that was occupied in the whole van (next to the coffee supplies!) There are various online resources where you can buy the newer KidCo Peapod Plus P4010 just like the one we tried out! Make sure to find Kid Co on Facebook and Twitter too!

*Disclosure* We received a complimentary KidCo Peapod Plus for this article. We were compensated in no other way. All opinions are our own.*

Flipping for Fall! The event starts soon!

Well, it's that time. I have no idea how summer flew away so fast, but it's almost gone. And with that comes the exciting news -- we've closed on a house! What next? Well, the prior owners were NOT contractors, to say the least. 

So, we're FLIPPING FOR FALL this year as we renovate, redecorate, and create from a house, our new home!



For the next eight weeks, we'll be sharing DIYs, tips, tricks, reviews of great home improvement brands and items, and so much random fall flippin' fun!

We hope you'll join us and keep us in your thoughts -- they sometimes say a marriage can withstand anything BUT home improvements! Let's hope they're wrong! 

We're actually really excited to 'feather the nest' if you will...with winter around the corner we are hoping to be all settled by November. 


Identiflyer Lyric - making birding for kids fun!

The Identiflyer is something I've encountered in my quest to find kids birding equipment. This is perhaps my best lead thus far on boning up on my own birding skills but also a great way to teach kids to bird by ear and sight. Here is what I'm talking about for those of you that haven't heard about it yet:

It's basically a handheld device that emits the songs of common birds for beginning birders or those that just need to keep their ear and eye keen to the distinguishing notes and marking of backyard birds. There are cards that correspond with buttons on the edges of the machine and tell you what the name, physical appearance and song of a particular bird is. The Lyric is special and handy because it uses mnemonics as well as song -- this technique is used by birders and even birding professionals in ornithology labs and classes to memorize "sayings" with words to help to remember the bird song. For instance: "Poor Tom Peabody...Peabody...Peabody!" is a mnemonic device used to remember the song of the White-throated Sparrow.


What I love about this little device is that it is multi-functional -- compared to a field guide which takes up slightly more room and weighs a bit more as well and does not play sounds. It fits in your pocket and can be a quick reference as to what you might have just seen or heard. We still bring our field guide for slightly larger pictures and longer descriptions, but the combination is unmatched! In my experience birding with kids is hard enough so when you DO hear something or see something, it's nice to identify it quickly so that you can give kids confidence and a tangible result of their hard work sitting still and being quiet!

The product can have several other cards to make your birding experiences more diverse and expand along with your knowledge! Don't forget to bring your binoculars as you would on any other birding expedition! 

You can purchase your own Lyric for about $39.95 from the website -- make sure you select the right cards if you're going with the newer Lyric since it uses newer technology and is not compatible with older classic cards. Don't forget to Like For The Birds / BirdSong Identiflyer on Facebook for all the latest in birding gear, technology and fun!


Disclosure: I was provided a complimentary Identiflyer Lyric to try out with my pre-K aged son for the purposes of this review. The product was rated as if we had purchased it. I was not compensated in any other way. 
 

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