Monday, November 30, 2015

Cyber Monday Sale! 50% off Earth Mama Angel Baby! Sure beats Amazon!

Disclosure: Even though I LOVE Earth Mama Angel Baby, I am obligated to let you know that there are affiliate links in this post.

It's Cyber Monday. Before you hit Amazon for all of your holiday gift giving and personal shopping needs, I wanted to let you know about this super Cyber Monday deal from one of my all time favorite companies. Earth Mama Angel Baby is offering 50% off everything today, with the exception of Kits, Little Somethings, and Bundles. No code necessary. 

Here are just a few of my personal favorites:

Soothing for whatever hurts your bottom!
Ahhh.... That's all. Just ahhh.
Safe for cloth diapering... need I say more?
The perfect excuse for doing a happy dance!

Happy mama. Happy baby. And, in my case, happy grandma! All at 50% off! Happy wallet!

But hurry, sale is one day only!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Review and Giveaway of BUILDING KINGDOM HEALTH: A Blueprint for Biblical Holistic Health

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. I received product and/or compensation in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own and were not influenced by the sponsorship.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are almost upon us. That's why I wanted to jump in and let you know about a book that should be on both your personal wish list and in your shopping cart as you shop for gifts. 

This is a book that will influence New Year's resolutions in a whole new way. After all, aren't we all trying to live healthier lives? Stephanie Guion Greiner's BUILDING KINGDOM HEALTH (A Blueprint for Biblical Holistic Health) is geared toward anyone who is looking for a comprehensive, yet easy to follow, guide to holistic health. Following Biblical principles, Stephanie walks us through each chapter with insights and information, followed by exercises designed to solidify what we've learned as they motivate us toward healthy goals. 

It's not just a book about physical health and nutrition. Rather, Stephanie recognizes the need for spiritual and mental health as well. When all three are working together, the results are life-changing.

As she explains on the back cover of the book, the author experienced her own "debilitating breakdown" twenty-one years ago that left her "exhausted, depressed, and wondering where she went wrong."

The back cover continues:

In this short, easy to understand book, Stephanie lays the foundation for a Christian perspective on the Health and Wellness paradigm and shares the story of her personal journey back from darkness...

...If you are looking for a simple, introductory primer to help you wade through the maze of information and begin your own journey to wholeness--this is it!

A glimpse into the book

Here are the chapter titles:
  1. A Biblical Blueprint 
  2. God is the Master Craftsman
  3. Start With a Solid Foundation
  4. A Framework for Better Nutrition
  5. Time to Clean House
  6. Reinforcing the Walls
  7. A New Model of Wellness -- "Whole-istic Health"
The book concludes with a wonderful appendix featuring Homemade Cleaning and Personal Care Products Recipes. Now you know I'm all about that! From dishwasher detergent to shower gel to toothpaste, these are recipes you'll want to try!

To celebrate the new beginnings each new year offers, Stephanie is gifting one of you with a copy of her book. Enter below on the Rafflecopter. Giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada, 18+. A winner will be chosen on 12/2/15 and will have 48 hours to respond to my email before an alternate winner is chosen.

But don't wait to win the book. Order it now for holiday gift-giving. Email Stephanie at to place an order. Retail price $9.99.

a Rafflecopter giveaway  

About the author

Stephanie Greiner BS, LMT has a vision to see the church walk in health and wholeness in every area of life. She passionately pursues this vision as a health coach, licensed massage therapist, writer and life-long learner. Stephanie and her husband, Calvin, reside in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Best of the Burghosphere Awards Ceremony Tonight!

I'll be leaving soon to attend the Best of the Burghosphere Awards event where I'll receive my award for "Blogger Most Likely to Keep You From Poisoning Yourself While She Simultaneously Gives You Birthing Tips." I don't know what you think, but I think that's pretty awesome! The award was created by award-winning author J.J. Hensley on his blog, Steel City Intrigue. I'm honored and delighted.

The first Burghosphere awards ceremony is being held at Most Wanted Fine Art on Penn Avenue in Pittsburgh. Thank you to all of our amazing sponsors:

Main Menu Sponsors
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I can't wait to post pictures next week of tonight's event. Time to go get dolled up.

Have a good weekend. I know I intend to do the same.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Something for Everyone Giveaway!

Something For Everyone Giveaway

Welcome to our 1st annual Something For Everyone Holiday Giveaway!

What happens when a giveaway features just a little bit for everyone on your list? You enter it and hope to win! And if you don't, at least you've been introduced to some really fantastic products. So, why stress out over Holiday shopping when you can find what you need right here! For kids, parents, spouses, friends, teachers, neighbors... The list gets longer and longer every year. But have no fear, the Mamas are here! MamatheFox and Mama Banana Adventures have teamed up to bring you a HUGE prize package with gifts for all types of people on your list (worth $451 ARV!). Infants and kids, pet lovers, manly men, girly girls, the average homeowner... you get our drift. Please feel free to explore the product reviews and read more about these amazing prizes and the companies who make them. Every product has been reviewed and would make a great addition to your list!

Prize Package Includes:
  • (1) Teach My Kit (winner's choice of Baby. Toddler or Preschooler) - $40 value
  • Baby Laundry New Baby Bundle - $96 value
    Baby Birds/Pink Stripe Burpie: $17.99
    Baby Birds/Pink Stripe Cuddle: $17.99
    Baby Birds/Pink Stripe Baby Blanket: $39.99
    Pink Swaddler: $19.99
  • (1) Woodie Specs - Wooden Watch - $100 value
  • I See Me! Book (winner choice of book) - $35 value
  • John Paul Pets - Holiday Gift Set (choice of Oatmeal or Tea Tree) - $19.50 value
  • (1) Crane Humidifier - (winners choice of (1) drop or adorable style) - $55 value
Enter below to win! One lucky USA winner will receive all of these prizes valued at over $451!! Contest will end 12/5 and winner will be e-mailed. Please respond within 48 hours so sponsors can be contacted and ship prizes out in time for the holidays. Legal residents only, void where prohibited.

 MamatheFox, Mama Banana Adventures and all other participants have not been compensated to host this event and are not held responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill their prize obligations. If you would like to participate in an event like this please email Danielle at MamatheFox dot com. Questions about the giveaway? Contact

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Habit Help from Van's and a Great Giveaway!

Habit Help from Van’s 

This is the time of year when things can get a little bit hectic. Fall commitments are in full swing and days are shorter – in what seems like more ways than one. Add in a quickly approaching holiday season, and it can seem impossible to get everything done. 

For me, the busyness is already in full swing. As a matter of fact, there are 10 people coming to my house in a few hours for an early Thanksgiving meal. And here I sit working on my blog. Yikes!

When we feel over-busy, it can be tempting to abandon good habits in the name of convenience. But of course that’s not good for anyone. That’s where Van’s can help – with wholesome, delicious options that are super-convenient for even the craziest of times. Take our new cereals. They’re made from a gluten-free whole grain blend, with deliciously indulgent flavors: Blissfully Berry and Cocoa Sensation. Yes, they’re wonderful with just milk and fruit – a super-easy, super-fast breakfast.  


But they’re also perfect to keep on-hand for snack time – in the pantry, in lunch boxes, even in the car. And because they bring a full serving of whole grains – and 5 grams of fiber – per serving, they’re a snack parents can feel good about.   They’re crunchily delicious atop sliced apples and peanut butter. . .


Perfect in a fruit and yogurt parfait . . .


And fabulous for snack mixes, like these from blogger Silvana Nardone.

So pick up a box or two, and find out for yourself how tasty they are . . . and don’t forget to share!

This month, Van’s is offering you a chance to win the new cereals along with a few other prizes. Just fill out the form below before Nov. 30 and you’ll be entered to win:

  • $25 in Van’s coupons
  • $25 in Van’s coupons
  • $100 Williams Sonoma Gift Card
  • Van’s tote
  • Van’s water bottle

This is a sponsored post by Van’s International Foods and facilitated by Conservamom

Disclosure: This giveaway is in no way associated with, sponsored, administered, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest or any other social media network.All opinions and experiences are Conservamom‘s. Open to US residents only, must be 18+. Confirmed Winner(s) will be contacted through email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be drawn. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor will be responsible for product fulfillment to winner(s) of the giveaway. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. For questions or to see your product featured in an Event you can contact Elia At Conservamom  

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Boobs & Butts Giveaway

Back when I was young and single, T&A was another way of saying Boobs & Butts and it had an entirely different meaning. (Think A Chorus Line). Then I had kids and my boobs were their lifeline... at least for awhile. And the only butts I was concerned about were theirs as I wiped, wiped, wiped.

Boobs & Butts Image  
While the title of this may be a tad silly, it is exactly what this super giveaway has to offer. You have the chance to win a ton of awesome goodies for a nursing mom and for a child in diapers. This package has a retail value of $88 and is the perfect package to try to win for yourself or a mom in your life.

MamatheFox and all participating blogs are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill their prize obligations. If you would like to participate in an event like this please contact Danielle at

Friday, November 13, 2015

Sunday is America Recycles Day

Sunday, November 15th is America Recycles Day! How would you like a chance to win an Apple Certified Refurbished iPad mini 3? All you have to do is take the recycling pledge and post a #IWillRecycle selfie on Twitter or Instagram. I'd love to see your pics, so be sure to tag @TheGreenGrandma, too. Find out more details by clicking here.

And in the meantime, check out this recycling inspiration video. Let's all do our part! Working together, we can Keep America Beautiful!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

It's my book's anniversary and I've got a deal for you!

My book, VINEGAR FRIDAYS, was released four years ago today. That's hard for me to wrap my head around. Since then, I've received countless comments about how the book has changed people's lives. I am thrilled when I meet someone and they enthusiastically tell me about the ways they use the tips in the book. It's humbling, actually. And gratifying. To celebrate the anniversary of the book, I am lowering the price on to only $5.50! That's an amazing price for a book chock full of advice for ridding your life of toxins, don't you think? But hurry, that discounted price is only good until the end of the month!

So, do me a favor and order the book. I mean, at that price, how can you refuse? 

VINEGAR FRIDAYS includes tips about
  • Cleaning and disinfection with distilled white vinegar
  • Treating a variety of physical conditions with apple cider vinegar
  • Eliminating odors
  • How to spot toxins in the list of ingredients in popular cleaning products
  • How to eliminate common household products from your home like 
    • shampoo/conditioner
    • fabric softener
    • bathroom cleaner
    • bleach
    • toilet bowl cleaner
    • glass cleaner
    • floor cleaner 
    • furniture polish
    • and more!
  • How vinegar fits into your pet care routine
  • Gardening with vinegar
  • and so much more!
$5.50 for all of that?! You'll recover the cost of the book quickly as you discover the wonders of vinegar and stop filling your shopping cart with toxic stuff you simply don't need!

This edition of VINEGAR FRIDAYS is fully indexed and easy to use!

It's a bargain and it's from my heart -- a splash of vinegar with a dash of personality. And it belongs in your home!

Keeping it green with vinegar,

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Holly-Days $200 Paypal Giveaway!

Okay, here we go. How would you like to win $200 just in time for Christmas shopping? I mean, seriously, how cool would that be? I got together with several other bloggers and we pitched in to offer this great giveaway to one of our readers. Will it be you? I certainly hope so.

Just enter below and, if everything goes your way, wait to hear from us that you're the winner! You'll have 24 hours to respond and claim your prize. 

And the cool thing is this giveaway is open worldwide! You just have to be 18 or older to enter.

Hmmm... now what are you going to do with an extra $200?

Good luck!

Meeno Babies $100+ Prize Package Giveaway!

I love giveaways! Why? Because I know someone is going to be happy when their name is drawn. This great Meeno Babies giveaway is valued at over $100 and includes some really great products for your baby. Be sure to check out the Meeno Babies website. I think you'll love what you see!

Sponsored By: Meeno Babies

Hosted By: Love, Mrs. Mommy

Co-Hosted By:

My Silly Little Gang

Coupons and Freebies Mom

Green Grandma

A big "Thank You!" to my sponsor, amazing co-hosts, and all the wonderful bloggers who are participating in this giveaway! 
 Thanks for all that you do!
1 Lucky Winner Will Receive:

Over $100 worth of products from Meeno Babies!  

Check out this review of Billee The Goat, HERE!

Open To US and must be 18+ to enter  
Giveaway Dates ~ 11/10 12AM EST through 11/24 11:59PM EST
Good Luck! We love it if you like us on Facebook!
Love, Mrs. Mommy and all participating bloggers are not held responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill their prize obligations. This giveaway is in no way endorsed or sponsored by Facebook or any other social media site. If you would like to participate in an event like this please contact LoveMrsMommy (at) gmail (dot) com. 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Who's up for saving $1,000 next year?

We all know that green living and frugality go hand-in-hand. Why is that? Because conserving and preserving natural resources creates less waste... and want, which naturally results in saving money.

Use the calculator below to reveal some scenarios to demonstrate what you could be saving by simply making greener choices.

Take the Challenge

Can you come up with a combination of green actions from the Green Savings Calculator that you and your family are willing to commit to in order to save $1,000 or more during the coming year?

Did you make it to $1,000? If not, can you find any spots to make some adjustments? Whatever you do, you can go ahead and do a little happy dance because you just discovered a way to save some hard-earned cash while being a bit kinder to the environment. It's a win-win! Good luck with reaching your goal.

Friday, November 6, 2015

A shiny Vinegar Friday!

Photo by Peter Griffin

It's the next to last Vinegar Friday of the year. I can't really wrap my head around that one! Like I've said in the past, I wish I could find a vinegar remedy that would slow down time a bit.

So, what tips do I have for you today? How about using vinegar as a cleaner for brass, copper, pewter, and even gold?

Before I tell you how, I must issue a warning! Do NOT use this on jewelry that is set with gemstones of any kind. Got it? Okay, we can move on.

To clean your plain gold jewelry, just pour some apple cider vinegar into a shallow bowl and drop your items into it. Be sure they are fully submerged. Soak for 10-15 minutes, rinse, dry, put it on, and show it off! Dazzling!

For your brass, copper, and pewter items, it's a bit more complicated. But just a bit. You want to use distilled white vinegar and you'll only need 1 tablespoon. Mix it with 2 tablespoons of ketchup, rub the mixture onto your items with a soft cloth. They'll brighten up quickly and positively shine! Cheap and easy. Your doorknobs never looked so good!

And what about silver? While you won't want to use vinegar as your regular silver cleaner (using it repeatedly can create imperfections in the silver), it is fantastic at removing tarnish and polishing up your silver pieces beautifully.

Again, you want to use distilled white vinegar, but this time you're going to add some baking soda (2 tablespoons to 1/2 cup vinegar). Soak your silver in a bowl with the mixture for 3 hours. Increase your vinegar/baking soda amounts proportionately to accommodate larger pieces. Dry with a soft cloth and polish to shine. Air drying will leave spots, so avoid the temptation to lay out your silver on a cloth or drying rack to drip dry.

You can also make a paste that works well for polishing your larger silver items. This is the method recommended by Mrs. Clean on the website.

Mix 3 cups distilled white vinegar with 2 teaspoons of salt and 3/4 cup all purpose flour. Spread the paste on your silver pieces and let it sit for about 20 minutes. Wipe with a clean, soft cloth and, using a different cloth, shine it. If tarnish remains, repeat the process.

Those are your non-toxic tips for this month's Vinegar Friday. Be sure to check out the special way we're celebrating the book's anniversary on Wednesday. Hint: it involves saving money!

Keeping it green with vinegar,



Sunday, November 1, 2015

Word of the Day

Word of the Day

Monday:  Health
Tuesday:  Wellness
Wednesday:  Spiritual
Thursday:  Nutrition
Friday:  Biblical
Saturday:  Holistic
Sunday:  Peace

Best of the Burghosphere 2015 in Pittsburgh!

Today kicks off National Blog Post Month and the Best of the Burghosphere 2015 in Pittsburgh. If you're a blogger and your city isn't doing something similar, perhaps it should. No, not perhaps. It definitely should.

What is the Best of the Burghosphere? It's...
  • a celebration of Pittsburgh bloggers
  • an award ceremony
  • a chance to see what Pittsburgh has to offer in the blogosphere
  • an opportunity to meet other bloggers in the area
  • fun
  • an opportunity to step out of our comfort zone
It's even a fundraiser, with proceeds benefiting the MWFA Resident Artists project.

Those of us participating were assigned each others' blogs at random. We were to familiarize ourselves with the blog and come up with a creative award for the blogger. We will be gathering at an awards ceremony later this month.

I decided a few months ago to participate. That was before I knew I would be committed to caring for my 5 YO grandson while his mama (my daughter) was away caring for her newborn (soon to be adopted) daughter. Lots of stuff's been happening as we prepared for my new grandbaby's arrival, knowing she would be in the hospital for awhile after her birth. Even more has been happening postpartum.

What an awful time for someone to be checking out my blog and coming up with a category for me worthy of an award. Blogger Most Likely to Flake Out or Blogger Most Likely to Stop Posting are just a couple of awards I seem worthy of these days. Seriously. I do hope whoever was assigned to Green Grandma dug a little bit deeper into the blog to find some meaty stuff there.

But what about the blog I was assigned to? Well, let me tell you, I hit the link and was immediately intimidated. Let's face it -- we mommy bloggers are pretty much all about personality. Yes, we post informative, vital info, but for the most part, we're out there with our day-to-day business. There doesn't seem to be much that we hide. I think that's one of the appeals of mommy bloggers -- and yes, even though I'm a grandma and don't have any little ones underfoot (until these past couple of weeks), I'm still considered a mommy blogger due to my style and content.

Then there's, the blog assigned to me. Oh dear. The title is an understatement! At least for someone like me who reviews cloth diapers, not technology! I have to admit, I was overwhelmed and, like I said, intimidated when I first visited the site. This is nothing like the pale pastels and pictures of cute babies and cuddly animals I was used to seeing.

What in the world was I supposed to do with this?

Then I delved a bit deeper and discovered this to be a rather helpful site for times when I'm looking for a thorough review of something I normally wouldn't review. Like the Innoo Tech LED Shower Head Review posted recently. And if I want to find out how something fares environmentally, I just have to type "green" into the search bar and all sorts of goodies pop up. Like this article: Three Clean, Green Tips for a Brighter Holiday (and a Better World). Wow. There's something for me there after all. No, it might not be adorned with ribbons and kiddisms (cute things our kids say), but it's good, solid information that's well-written and straightforward. 

Which brings us to the Award. Cerebral-Overload is the Blogger I'm Bookmarking for When I'm Ready to Buy my Next Green Car. There are some really awesome car reviews here, folks, and I highly recommend you check it out. Seriously. 

So how about that? Green Grandma, who had a major cerebral overload when first visiting the site, has found more than enough reasons to bookmark it. Cool.

I hope you'll take some time to visit the Best of the Burghosphere 2015 in Pittsburgh and see what other great blogs are out there that just might take you out of your comfort zone the way initially took me out of mine. And you'll want to check out the creative awards being given. I, for one, can't wait to see mine!

Keeping it green as much as I can,

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