Purex has two super cool promotions going on right now! Check them out:

The first is 25 days of 25 Crystals Promotion. Everyday for 25 days Purex will be giving away 25 bottles of Crystals to 25 lucky readers until May 29th. You can enter here for that.

The second is Hawaiian Tropical Splash Giveaway. The grand prize is a 3 night stay on the beautiful beachfront hotel, The Outrigger on the beach in Waikiki, Hawaii. There is also 500 2nd place winners that will win a free coupon for a bottle of Crystals. You can enter here for that.


Neutrogena Cosmetics Giveaway

Softer lips and brighter eyes, thanks to makeup that instantly beautifies and works to improve your skin.

Recommended by dermatologists – and your mirror.
When we think Neutrogena, our first thought is radiant, healthy-looking skin. So it's no surprise that Neutrogena® Cosmetics has makeup that enhances your natural beauty while helping to improve your skin's healthy look. Makeup that multi-tasks? Talk about Bzz-worthy.
The secret to a refreshed, brighter look.
Puffiness, dark circles...the delicate eye area is the first place to show fatigue That's why Neutrogena created eye products that not only instantly beautify, but also care for skin.
Neutrogena Healthy Skin® Brightening Eye Perfector – this multi-tasking concealer immediately evens skin tone, conceals dark circles & boosts radiance, while a patented blend of antioxidants work over time to actually improve the look of skin.
Neutrogena® Nourishing Eyeliner – instantly defines and brightens eyes with luminous, conditioning color that wears beautifully all day. Olive oil and rainforest shea butter nourish the delicate skin around your lashes, while subtle light diffusers make the whites of your eyes appear whiter.
Softer, rosier lips in just one week.
Love your lips, and your lips will love you. Soothe your lips' dryness with the innovative:
Neutrogena® Revitalizing Lip Balm – sheer, moisturizing color that transforms the look of lips by making them softer, rosier and more defined. In just one week, it actually improve lips' texture, so lips look naturally beautiful – even after you take it off!
Look for Neutrogena® Cosmetics at your favorite stores or at www.neutrogena.com.
Like Neutrogena® Cosmetics:
So, what is the giveaway? Two lucky readers will win the new revitalizing lip balm and 2-$2.00 coupons off of any Neutrogena cosmetic item. All you have to do is tell me your one makeup item you can't live without. Winner will be chosen by random.org! Good luck! Giveaway ends Wednesday, May 16th, at 9 am! 

Giveaway sponsored by Neturogena and BzzAgent! 


Kara's Here!

A little over a month late, but hey better late then never! Let's not forget I have an almost 21 month old that keeps me on my toes and a newborn to take care of, so my time to sit down to blog is very limited!

Anyways, Kara Lyn is here. She was born on April 2, 2012. At 10:32 am. She was 7lbs 10oz and 19.5 inches long, with a full head of hair!

I thought her birth story would be pretty easy to write and only a paragraph, well I was wrong! Well actually the birth story is probably just that long, it's all the fun things(not really) that happened to me after birth!
Kara was a planned c-section, so we got up on Monday morning, got showered, got Kiley up to say good-bye to her and let her know we'd see her later in the day with her little sister! Driving to the hospital I wasn't really nervous at all, I'm not sure if this has anything to do with it being the 2nd baby. I was nervous only about getting the spinal, which wasn't that bad this time! Anyways, we got to the hospital, checked in and we were taken back in the labor and delivery area. I got into my fancy hospital gown and got my IV's in and they checked my blood pressure, which was high. I had sort of high blood pressure during my pregnancy but they took all the test they do and they all came back fine, so they didn't do anything about it. So they didn't worry about it before I delivered her.
Around 8:30 they told us the c-section before us was running behind and we might go in the next five minutes instead of 10, but the next thing I know that c-section went so we had to wait, which was fine, the time flew by. Around 10, I walked back to the OR and got all set up with my spinal.  My OB came in and started, about 20 minutes later Kara was born, screaming her little lungs off. She had a full head of hair! After all the heartburn I had with this pregnancy, I said the entire time she better have hair! Kara and Chris went off to the labor and delivery room while they finished me up. This time around I got staples instead of stitches and they healed so much better, no infection this time! If you are getting a c-section, seriously request the staples! My OB also made didn't use my last c-section incision, he made another one. After I was all closed up I was able to start breastfeeding right away which I didn't last time, it was almost 2 hours before I even saw Kiley after she was born. I'm so glad they made this change at the hospital.
Anyways about an hour in recovery we were off into our room. Kiley came to visit us and everything was going great, until night time. My BP started to rise, like super high, so they just watched it for the next 24 hours. On Wednesday morning, I was ready to go home, and at 5 am I asked my OB if she could get everything ready and she said I could. The nurse tried to talk me out of it and after listening to everyone, even the cleaning lady I decided I better stay, considering my BP was 170/100. They kept monitoring my BP and by Thursday morning they put me on a medication to help control it. Unfortunately this pill didn't work, but we would find that out till about 5 days later. Finally, on Friday they allowed me to go home. My BP never went back down to a normal range the whole weekend. Monday I had to go to my OB office to get my staples removed and they checked my BP and it was 210/140, so I was immediately sent to the OB triage.
They gave me a medication and it bottomed me out, so I had to stay another 3 days there. I had some blood-work come back during that stay that wasn't great, showed a high level of liver enzymes so they made me stay.  They re took all my blood work Wednesday morning and everything was fine, so they finally discharged me. Thankfully! Apparently, my OB told me they were calling me the hostage.  There was nothing worse then being told I was going to go home almost everyday and then the doctors coming in  and telling me I couldn't. I don't think I ever cried so much! Seriously! I'd cry the moment anyone said Kiley's name or talked about her, I missed her that much. I was a mess! BP issues are a scary thing, please, please get yours checked regularly. Even when my BP was super high I had NO symptoms after my pregnancy. I had some during, but again they tested and nothing came back.
So what was the cause of the high BP? Apparently all the extra fluid after having a baby. Thankfully now I'm BP med free and my BP is back to normal!


Spring Time Means Sneezes and Sniffles

It's spring time and that means only one thing. Tons of tissues, sneezing, coughing and runny noses. Most of us, more importantly children can't enjoy spring because they will get itchy eyes, watery eyes, sneezing and runny noses. Did you know that non-drowsy Children's Claritin Syrup can provide 24 hours of non-drowsy relief from allergies.

It's also available over the counter, no prescription needed. It's also grape flavored, a flavor kids love!

Here are some other tips for manging your children's allergies:

  1. Keep windows closed, pollen is carried by the wind.
  2. Keep your house smoke free.
  3. Change your air filter frequently.
  4. Help protect against mold. Clean your shower and tubs regularly.
  5. Change your child's clothes after playing outdoors.
Check out Claritin on Facebook and Twitter.

Guess, what! I have a giveaway with this post! One lucky reader will win a $3.00 coupon off any Non-Drowsy Children's Claritin, 4 ounce syrup or 10 count or larger pack!
All you need to do is leave me a comment, about your favorite part of spring. Win additional entries by mentioning it on twitter, using my name @JessicaLea81 or by becoming a follower of my blog!

Good luck! Giveaway ends Friday, April 6, 2012.

Post and coupon sponsored by BuzzAgent.


Fruit Allergies

People are ALWAYS perplexed about my food allergies. I'm pretty much allergic to every single fruit, vegetable and nut there is. I can eat watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew and grapes. For vegetables I can only eat lettuce fresh. Sometimes cucumbers, depends on the time of year. Everything else has to be baked, cooked or boiled or processed for me to eat.

Whenever I tell people this, they give me a side eye. Because it's not very explainable. In this month's Family Circle Magazine they had a great explanation that I wanted to share with my readers!

First, I'm allergic to pollen, very allergic. So eating raw fruits, vegetables, and nuts cause a reaction in in me, that causes me to get swollen lips, itchy mouth, and a scratchy throat that can close. It's called oral allergy syndrome. Many people don't realize that pollen and produce contain similar proteins and what happens is the immune system can't tell the difference.

I happen to be allergic to all three these;
  1. Ragweed, which also makes me allergic to bananas, cucumbers, melon(which I'm not thankfully), kiwi fruit and zucchini.
  2. Birch, which also makes me allergic to apples, almonds, carrots, celery, cherries, hazelnuts, kiwi fruit, peaches, pears and plums.
  3. Grass, which also makes me allergic to celery, melons, oranges, peaches and tomatoes.

Hopefully this helps clear up some air about food and fruit allergies and how they are related!


Walmart Bake Off

*Winner is Kristi! Congrats!*
Are you looking for new recipes for your weekly dinners or an extra special dessert to share with your family? Well look no further,
Bake-Off.com now has 100 new recipes from Pillsbury Bake-Off finalist from across the USA! There are a ton of recipes, from breakfast, appetizers, dinner and desserts!

  • Head to your local Walmart where you can find great savings on refrigerated Pillsbury products including: Pillsbury Original Crescent Rolls, Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls, Pillsbury Pie Crust, and Pillsbury Cookies among other items
  • Don’t forget to check everydaysaver.com/Walmart before you head to your nearest Walmart to find additional coupons and offers

Having trouble deciding which of these mouthwatering recipes to make first? Here are just a few of the delicious ones available on BakeOff.com:

Before you head out to Walmart check out everydaysaver.com/walmart.
You can also check out Walmart on Facebook. And also Twitter!

And guess what, there's a prize in it for you! One lucky reader will win a $25 gift card to Walmart, all you need to do is leave me a comment with the recipe you would make from Bake-off.com! Earn extra entries by posting this to twitter,using hash tag #myblogspark and JessicaLea81. Also stay tuned to see what recipe I created from Bake-off.com!

You have till next Friday, March 23 to leave a comment! Good luck!

"Disclosure: The gift card, information, and giveaway have been provided by Walmart and General Mills, through MyBlogSpark."


'Inside the Crayon Box"

Just in case you missed last weeks "Inside the Crayon Box" with Lisa Loeb, you can watch the full video here!

Praying for Lauren

About 4-5 years ago, when I got engaged I decided to check out The Knot, if you aren't familiar with it, it's a wedding planning website. On there they have message boards where you can talk to anyone about every aspect of weddings. They also have monthly boards, where you could meet other brides that were getting married the same month as you. Little did I know that when I logged on to The October 2008 Knot board, would I form relationships with these other girls that at the time I had no clue who they were. 4 years later and we all still share an amazing bond. We still talk to one another everyday, some of us have formed friendships off of the board and get together. We've been through a lot together. Ups and down in marriages, divorces, and the most special the birth our children and our pregnancies.

Like I said this is an AMAZING group of women. Sure, we are a group of women and don't always agree, but in the end when one of us needs another, support, anything, we are there for one another. I'm still amazed everyday at the bond we share.

One of our members, Jackie, who blogs at Meeting Lauren, a blog about the joys of expecting a daughter who happens to have Down Syndrome, recently gave birth to her adorable and amazing little girl Lauren, in fact she just turned a month old!

Unfortunately, this precious little girl has to have open heart surgery next week. Please support and think of Jackie and her family at this time. If you want steal the code and put the badge that Margaret from Mind Full Mommy made this adorable badge!


Join Lisa Loeb and Crayola!

Creativity matters. It´s a skill that all children can learn and when it´s practiced every day, kids become the critical thinkers, problem solvers, and leaders in the classroom, and they´re better prepared for professions of the 21st century.

Crayola wants every child to be creatively alive, so they´re inviting parents "Inside the Crayon Box," for a special live chat with celebrities and trusted parenting experts that will inspire and spark ideas to expand your child´s creative thinking. If you find yourself looking for new ways to inspire your children to express their ideas and build their creativity, you´ll want to join us to learn and share!

The first "Inside the Crayon Box" live chat is Wednesday, March 7 at 9 p.m. EST. Join Crayola and musician, children´s author and mom, Lisa Loeb for a 45-minute live streaming video chat on the Crayola Facebook Page. Lisa, best-known for her number one hit "Stay (I Missed You)," will share as personal stories, practical advice and ways she brings a little creative play into every day for her daughter. We want to hear from you - participants can ask Lisa questions during the event, too! We hope you will share the information about the first Crayola "Inside the Crayon" live chat with your readers on or before Wednesday, March 7th so they may plan to attend as well.

Interested in the topics to be covered during the chat?
  • Why Does Creativity Matter? Creativity is not about who´s the best artists or becoming an architect. It´s a way of thinking that encourages kids´ original ideas and develops their confidence.
  • Growing Up Creative. Lisa will share stories about growing up in a home where creativity was encouraged.
  • Simple Tips. Easy Ideas. Like most moms, Lisa juggles a lot. She´ll share simple, easy ways she sparks her daughter´s creativity as part of their daily routine.
Check out these videos:


Also, be sure to check out Lisa’s book Lisa Loeb’s Silly Sing-Along: The Disappointing Pancake and Other Zany Songs (Sterling Children’s Books, 2011) available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com. Sing, laugh, and play with pop Lisa in this fabulous collection of ten of the silliest songs ever. Fun activities, games, and recipes accompany whimsical songs. Take Lisa's Silly Sing-Along with you wherever you go and get the high-spirited good times started. Includes a 10-song CD recorded by Lisa!

Disclosure: This information has been provided by Crayola through MyBlogSpark.



KeeKoo is a new flash sale site, from pregnancy to everything newborn! Check it out! Everything is up to 90% off.

A $500 GRAND PRIZE will be awarded to one lucky keekoo member.

Every keekoo member gets 1 entry AND $10 credit when they join.

Earn extra entries for every friend that signs up because you INVITE them and also get $10 credit per friend! Go to INVITE friends on keekoo and increase your odds. Winner is selected on March 15th!

Give $10, Get $10: when you refer a friend who becomes a new member, not only does your friend get $10 credit, you also get $10 credit. There is no limit to the credits you can earn!

Brought to you my MomSelect!


Busy Mom's Chose VitaCost!

The toughest job in the world is being the CEO of your own home. Nobody does that job better than a mom. Moms are the ultimate multi-taskers with abilities to keep homes organized, keep families happy, and the uncanny ability to find good deals on everything.

When it comes to doing the shopping, smart moms use an approach called Momonomics. Momonomics, in short, is a better way to get better stuff at better prices. It means that you don't have to deal with the supermarket, the ten-items-or-less line, or the sticker shock when they ring up those wholesome organic products with their less-than-wholesome prices.

With Momonomics, smart moms simply take their shopping lists to Vitacost.com. They can log on to www.vitacost.com from their phones, iPads or computers and order the high quality groceries, home, bath and beauty products, baby and pet items, vitamins and supplements they know their families need. They can do all of this without paying crazy-high specialty grocery store prices.

Vitacost is a leading online health and wellness retailer that offers over 30,000 products that moms love, including the best selection of organic foods and snacks, and natural household supplies. Vitacost sells top brands at wholesale prices. So, you're a smart mom...what are you waiting for?

Take your shopping list to Vitacost.com - and take the cost out of healthy living.

MomSelect and your friends at Vitacost


Seventh Generation and The Lorax!

Seventh Generation and Universal Studios have teamed up together for the debut of Dr. Seuss's The Lorax Movie, that comes into theaters on March 2!

If you ever read The Lorax or haven't read it, the book is about environmental truths and saving our environment!

Seventh Generation is offering limited Lorax prints on all diapers and training pants. It's purpose is to remind parents and children that we need to save our environment. Seventh Generation has free and clear baby products, and in March it will also have new overnight diapers, they are improved with tabs for better fit, while the free and clear training pants now have an absorbent core that is made with renewable materials!

Seventh Generation free and clear baby care products do not contain chlorine, fragrances, petroleum-based lotions or latex. They are all hypo-allergenic.

On March 2, you can register for a free, The Lorax scrapbook with the purchase of any 3 free and clear baby care products!

For more information, check out SeventhGeneration.Com! On Facebook or follow them on Twitter!

So, the fun part! One lucky reader will win a prize pack that includes:

One package of Free and Clear Diaper Product


A copy of The Lorax by Dr. Seuss, printed on all recyclable materials!

So how do you enter? Easy! Leave a comment telling me one way you help our enviorment! Giveaway will end on Friday, March 2, 2012! Tweet about this giveaway using @JessicaLea81 and earn and extra giveaway!

Good luck!
The Seventh Generation Diapers prize pack, product and information have been provided by Seventh Generation through MyBlogSpark

Nature Valley Protein Bars

The all new Nature Valley Protein Bars, will add protein to your day in a granola bar! They are 100% of angry complete with 10 grams of protein from all natural ingredients!

They come in a few different flavors, from roasted peanuts with almonds or creamy peanut butter and dark chocolate in every bite! There are 5 grams of fiber and less then 200 calories per bar.

Like to try these? Download a coupon here for $1.10 off a box!

Brought to you by Pssst.


Toddler Activities

This is a simple and easy way to keep a toddler busy! It's about 60 degrees today where we live, which is crazy because it's winter! Anyways I filled a bowl with a small amount of water and gave Kiley a paintbrush and she is painting the deck! Completely harmless and entertaining her self! You could even do this inside at a table with construction paper!


Purex Triple Action

**Winner is Ashley! Congrats!**

If you remember a few weeks ago, I did a review of the new Purex Triple Action Laundry Detergent.

Well it has finally launched in stores and is available to purchase!

So what is the post about? Well I have two free coupons for a full size Purex Triple Action Detergent. It expires 12/31/2013.

All you need to do is leave a comment, telling me your favorite laundry detergent scent and I will pick two winners on Friday, February 24th, by using random.org!

And, go!


Yoplait Lactose Free

All of us know of someone or our selves who are lactose intolerant. Which means no dairy products, or you are left with one unhappy tummy. No one likes that.

February is Lactose Awareness Month. Just in time for it, yoplait has come out with lactose free yogurt! It comes in four delicious flavors, strawberry, peach, french vanilla and cherry. It contains 50% if the daily value of calcium, with vitamins A and D in each cup and 99% fat free. It contains no artificial sweeteners and can be used in some of your favorite recipes; like chocolate cream brulee and raspberry cheesecake.

If you would like to try out this new yogurt, leave a comment for a .30 cents off coupon of one yogurt!

Brought to you by Pssst.


Mess Free Finger Painting!

Have you checked out Pinterest yet? If not you should. It's like chocolate, it's addicting. Too addicting.

Anyways, the Hippie Housewive shared a pin of mess free finger painting! What a great idea! Seriously, with a one year old who LOVES to paint, but really has no control of what or where she is painting, this is great! It's even great as a learning lesson, to mix colors in older toddlers !

First you put, paint, as many colors as you want in a gallon sized freezer bag, close the bag making sure all the air is out. Place it on the table and surround the bag with tape so it's secure. You can place a piece of paper underneath the bag if you want.

Then let your little one go to town! Kiley is such a serious painter!

Kiley decided she wanted to try using her bracelet to help paint also.

General Mills Cereal and Whole Grains

Did you know that starting this month General Mills has over 50 cereals that their first ingredient is whole grain? Whole grain is super important in a nutrient rich diet. A diet rich in whole grains, can lower body weight, reduce risk of heart disease and cancer.

If a box of General Mills has a white check on the front of the box, it has whole grain as the first ingredient. They also implemented a new side panel, that highlights the grams of whole grain per serving, making it easier to find foods that help you get their recommend amount of whole grain servings per day.

Visit Whole Grain Nation to virtually navigate through grocery store aisles and identify products that have whole grain listed as the first ingredient. You have the chance to win one of each of the 50 cereals with whole grain!

If you would like a coupon for $1.75 off 2 boxes of cereal, leave a comment!

Brought to you by Pssst.


Love this face!

How could you not?!

Do Less

Margaret, check out her blog here, a friend from a message board showed me this amazing website called Productive Parenting. Everyday it sends you an activity to do with your child. I love it because while Kiley and I something everyday educational and fun, it's always nice to throw in something new.

They sent out an email this morning that really made me think. We all go crazy making so many New Years Resolutions. We can't keep up with them because we make so many, we go crazy trying to make them all work. So just do less this year. Don't make a ton of resolutions!

Worry about what your kids know and not what they can't do. Worry about what you can do and can achieve and not what you can't do or achieve. Worry less about the guilt you feel when you can't get something accomplished because of time. Make less commitments so you have more time to your self and your family.

Make senses, huh?


Review: Purex Triple Action

Recently I was sent Purex Triple Action Laundry Detergent. This is a new and improved formula. It's also have the price of the leading brand. It works with both HE washers and regular washing machines.

I'm always hesitant to use other laundry detergents because in the past I've had problems with itchy skin from using something else then I use regularly. I decided to just do a small load of laundry to see how I liked the detergent, if I felt everything was clean and smelled great.

The Purex Triple Action didn't disappoint. The laundry came out clean and crisp and also smelled just fine! They also have a free and clear detergent that I would love to try out for Kiley's clothing.

Stay tuned in the new few weeks for Purex Triple Action and more information on their new and improved line.

Stay connect with Purex on Facebook and Twitter.

*Purex provided a free sample of the Triple Action Laundry Detergent so I could write a review, however all of the opinions expressed here are my own.*