Saturday, September 24, 2016

Aquagear Filter Pitcher Giveaway! $69.95 RV

Sponsored By: Aquagear

Hosted By: 

Love, Mrs. Mommy

Co-Hosted By:

Winner will receive

an Aquagear Filter Pitcher - a $69.95 RV!

With all the news about the toxins in municipal tap water, this giveaway couldn't come at a better time! After many years of testing, Aquagear has been proven to be the industry leader when removing harmful contaminants commonly found in municipal tap water. The contaminants include, but are not limited to, chlorine (99.99%), lead (97.5%), fluoride (90%), mercury (99.6%), trihalomethanes (99.99%) DDT (98.8%), and Chromium-6 (99.87%). You can even check out their website to review their Testing Certificates and their raw data from their most recent test completed in October 2015. 

Click here to read Love, Mrs. Mommy's full Aquagear review!  

Open To US entries - Must be 18+ to enter Giveaway Dates ~ 9/24 12:01 AM EST through 10/10 11:59 PM EST

Good Luck!

Disclosure: Love, Mrs. Mommy and all participating bloggers are not held responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill their prize obligations. Love, Mrs. Mommy received an Aquagear Filter Pitcher at no cost to facilitate the above-mentioned review. This giveaway is in no way endorsed or sponsored by Facebook or any other social media site. The winner will be randomly drawn by Giveaway Tools and will be notified by email. Winner has 48 hours to reply before a replacement winner will be drawn. If you would like to participate in an event like this please contact LoveMrsMommy (at) gmail (dot) com.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Heading home

Who says you can't go home again? To help relieve some of the pressure of what I've been calling "The Worst Summer EVER," I'm planning a trip back to my hometown. I'll be staying with my friend, Dawn, who graciously transformed one of her bedrooms into "my" room, using furniture from my mom's house after she died so I could find a small piece of "home" whenever I needed it.

Throughout the past three years, Dawn and her husband have warmly welcomed me into their home time and time again. It's a lovely home in the country surrounded by lovely vegetation, birds, flowers, and even an inground swimming pool. The subdued colors of the home create a peaceful oasis, whether indoors or out. This, my friends, is exactly what I need right now.

As my Manheim family is dwindling, I want to go there and spend some time with my remaining relatives. So I'm looking forward to that as well. And I might even throw in a trip to the beach with my cousin. While my initial plan was to have a fair amount of alone time, it looks like my schedule is filling up with people time instead. And that's okay. I'm just in need of some healing time and I'm counting on the magic of time away to provide me with exactly that.

Wish me well. I'm hoping to come back revived and ready to face the fall.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Thursday's Truths & Tidbits -- It's about the ivory

When it comes to issues affecting the health of our families and the environment, there is way too much bad news. But today, on Thursday's Truths & Tidbits, I have some good news to share about elephants -- you know those big, gray animals that are hunted down like, well ... animals ... just for their ivory tusks. It's so sad when a magnificent animal is gunned down for trophy or, in this case, for something like ivory. 

Photo courtesy of Lynn Greyling

So here comes the good news -- the Obama Administration has issued the final piece in a series of regulations to significantly limit the commercial ivory trade in America. The states most affected due to having the three biggest state ivory markets are California, Hawaii, and New York. The legal ivory trafficking in the U.S. is all but over with this near-total ban. Of course, that won't stop illegal poaching and trafficking, but it's a start. It's an acknowledgement by the government that what has been going on throughout the decades is unacceptable and punishable by law. 

If I were an elephant, I'd be trumpeting loud and clear.

Caring about the planet and its inhabitants,

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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Fresh breath. The essential fashion accessory...

... or so it says on the box of Moondani Natural Breath Mist
that was sent to me to review. Yes, this is a sponsored post and I received product and/or compensation in exchange for my honest opinion.

My honest opinion is it's simply wonderful! Packaged in a purse or pocket sized glass spray bottle, it's convenient to have on hand for whenever the occasion calls for fresh breath. You know, times like when

  • you've just downed your coffee in your travel mug in the carpool line and your kiddo's principal comes out to your car to speak with you.
  • your spouse comes home early for some "play time" while the kids are at school and you've just finished a garlic roll.
  • you're in line at the grocery store and your high school crush saunters in and spots you.
  • you are meeting your spouse's boss for the first time.
  • you're at a party eating all the wrong things and you realize you'll stop eating once you freshen your breath.
  • you wake up feeling amorous (keep a bottle right by the bed).
  • your kiddo wants to smother you in little boy or little girl kisses (not that they'll care what your breath smells like, but you might!)
  • your mouth feels gross and brushing your teeth isn't an option.
Oh, the list goes on and on. There are countless reasons why you need a breath freshener on hand. And countless reasons why you don't want to resort to the commercial ones that may be full of toxins.

That's why you really need a bottle or two of Moondani on hand. Seriously. The mint flavor is refreshing and it's effective against bad breath odors. There are no additives, no preservatives, no alcohol, and no sweeteners. Plus it's vegan and cruelty-free.

Here are the ingredients, in case you were wondering:
  • distilled water
  • organic vegetable gylcerin
  • ginger extract
  • cardamom oil
  • fennel oil
  • natural flavors
And it's Made in the USA in Bloomingdale, Illinois. By the way, did you know that the word 'moondani' means 'everlasting' in Farsi? Cool.

While one bottle of Moondani is $12.99, you can nab TWO bottles for just $2 more at $14.99! But wait, why not trust my opinion on this and go for a FIVE-pack for $30 or a TEN-pack for a mere $56.25?! 

Moondani Natural Breath Mist gets Green Grandma's Two Green Thumbs Up Award this week. I love it and so will you!

Reviewing it for you,

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

When stress builds up, it's time to do something about it. #stressless

Twenty-six years ago, I was thrown from a horse and broke my back in two places. That alone would cause a fair amount of stress, but when adding in my circumstances at the time, the stress barometer hit an all time high. You see, I was widowed one year before and was raising two small children alone. Not only that, I didn't have any family living close by to help. As a matter of fact, my mother lived closest to me at 250 miles away. Not a good time in my life.

Sometimes when I'm extremely stressed, I try to look back to that year and am comforted somewhat in knowing I survived. The stress did not win. I did.

How about you? Do you ever look back on your life and think, "Wow. How did I ever survive that?"

This past summer was one of my worst. The previous months included several deaths of family members and friends. The deaths continued throughout the summer months, with the latest being my aunt on September 8th. Enough! My husband's heart attack on June 4th threw us off in many ways. Like I said, it was a bad summer. My stress levels have been through the roof. Normally, I spend time out in nature to de-stress, but quite honestly, for the majority of the summer, it was just too hot. I was indoors in the air conditioning more often than not, and I missed my usual summer time spent on my back porch watching the birds, butterflies, squirrels, and deer. That certainly added to my lousy summer. Now, as I look forward to fall, the weather remains oppressively hot (mostly because of the humidity). "Cut me a break!" I want to scream at no one in particular. Yes, I'm stressed and grouchy. 

However, I would be even more stressed and grouchy if it weren't for a couple of my favorite Hyland's Homeopathic items. For instance, I've been taking some of their Calms Forte to help me sleep at night. During the day, I occasionally reach for their Nerve Tonic. Both products work to lighten my mental overload. They help me to relax. And since they're natural and homeopathic, I'm not polluting my body with pharmaceutical remedies. 

I wish I could take comfort in knowing that more than 70% of Americans suffer from stress, but I don't. I wish I were in the minority here. 

Hyland's recognizes the problem and wants to help. On Monday, September 26, 2016, they are launching Hyland's 5-Day Stress Challenge. There are going to be some great prizes for 1,000 participants Monday through Friday that week. Click here to join in the challenge and learn new ways to effectively deal with stress.

Be sure to follow Hyland's on FacebookInstagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and YouTube so you can keep up with the daily challenges!

PLUS, they were kind enough to offer a Free Adult Hyland's Gift Basket valued at over $100 to one lucky winner here on the blog. All you have to do to enter to win is to comment below and answer the question: How do you stress less? By sharing our strategies, perhaps we can help one another de-stress and enjoy life more. What do you think?

To protect your privacy, please let me know you commented on the Rafflecopter form below. Include the name you used in your comment. Winner will be drawn on October 1st and be notified via email. They will have 48 hours to reply to my email before an alternate winner is chosen. 

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So... how do you stress less?

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