By Heather Ledeboer | Category: Hot New Finds
Michelle, a Mom 4 Life recently came across our blog and website when she found one of our videos on YouTube. She decided to start entering our giveaways in the hopes of winning big this month. Many of you saw her adorable new girl during the week one photo contest (popular photo "e"). Looking at her entry you can see she has an eye and talent for photo editing. So it shouldn’t surprise you that she has taken this talent to a new level and creates beautiful custom birthday invitations, shower invitations, baby announcements and door hangings. Her work is both unique and beautiful. Michelle wants to offer our Mom 4 Life readers $5 off any order of 25 invites or more until the end of 2007! Just mention "Mom4Life" when you order. Michelle offers free shipping on orders of 50 invites or more (under 50 shipping is $5 for priority). She also offers discounts (50 invites cost just $40 plus free shipping) so your $5 discount would be on top of her normal discounts. Your order is 100% customizable and totally unique. She said that she charges $1 per invitation.
In addition to this generous discount, she is offering 25 free customized cards to one of you! To enter: simply visit her website and then send her an email by Sunday the 28th 11PM EST letting her know what theme you would want if you won and why. She will choose one winner and notify them via email (and we will post it here as well) on Monday the 29th.
Follow up: The winner was chosen randomly through Random.org, everyone was assigned a number (there were 5 entries)and the winner is #2 Jennifer, congratulations! She will be contacted directly.
Posted Sunday, October 21, 2007
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By Heather Ledeboer | Category: Recipes & Kitchen Tips
If you read the post on October 7th titled "Do you know what your child is eating?" You were challenged like me to make sure I had some truly healthy snacks in my house and not just ones that sound healthy. In our house we are big fruit lovers so a lot of our snacks are fruit. If you saw our August 31 giveaway video you will believe me when I say we have a lot of peaches on hand:)! I dried a lot the day that I canned peaches as well as made some into fruit leather. I find that it is not hard to do this if I am all set up and in the "mode" of canning/drying. The problem is what to do when out supply runs out and it isn’t peach/fruit season anymore.
Problem solved–I recently was introduced to FruitaBu or (organic smooshed fruit). This company makes fruit snacks (i.e. the more traditional leather and roll ups) or even some really fun options that are sort of like a thick fruit smoothie that you squeeze into your mouth (they call them fruit sploooshers) that are really fun to freeze and then eat. Now I will start with the important facts of this snack line: no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, all sugars come naturally from the fruit. What I had a lot of fun with however was seeing the reaction from my kids and my husband. They (and I) love them! They are really good! No joke my husband was ready to order more within the first five minutes of trying them. We have some in our kitchen pantry still but only because we are rationing them, otherwise they would have been gone withing the first ten minutes. The FuuitaBu company was nice enough to send us some to get our reaction on them and I can honestly say we really like them a lot! I hope they become more widely available soon (it looks like you have to just order them on line for now–which we will likely do). I really hope that more and more companies follow in the footsteps of FruitaBu and create snacks that taste good and are good for you.
Posted Saturday, October 20, 2007
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By Heather Ledeboer | Category: Mom 4 Life News & Giveaways
Part of me doesn’t want this month to end. You guys are sending in the cutest entries! We got about 72 entries this last week showing us photos of your favorite Mom 4 Life products are and why you like them. You guys make ME want to enter the contest:)! To choose the winer for week two I got help from my WONDERFUL Mom 4 Life on-site staff (Anica works from home so she couldn’t join us and one member was not here today). We worked together and Elizabeth Easter was our BIG winner. Click here to see how we choose the winner (think unfinished basement, music and come walking/dancing/clapping and you will start to get the idea) or if you are viewing this directly on our blog, just click below. This basement of our home is where we conducted Mom 4 Life business until our shop was finished a few weeks ago. That is why Monica says, "this looks familiar" in the video because it is where her desk used to be:). Now that it is empty we can finish it off this winter.
I hope you will join us for week three valued at over $432.00! To enter: simply tell us what it means to you to be a "Mom 4 Life". Email me your entry with "week three" as your subject line by October 24th at midnight PST. We will post all entries on the website and choose or winner randomly next week–good luck!
Posted Friday, October 19, 2007
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By Julie Johnson | Category: The Journey of Motherhood
It is the day after my annual Disneyland passes expired. Last year at this time, and two weeks before moving out of California, I bought my family their Southern California Annual Passes to Disneyland. I have used it about 10 times this last year, which for some may seem like a lot but when I lived 1 hour away I went about 20 times a year. Disneyland was one thing I could do with all my kids and their friends…we never went without every seat filled in my van. I had planned for six months to return a couple of weeks before the passes expired, but I got sick. I delayed the trip, telling myself that perhaps the next week we would try, but I was still not back to my normal energy levels. Just looking at Disneyland commercials confirmed that. Instead of getting excited, I envision myself sitting on a bench somewhere in the park, falling asleep while my kids were enjoying Space Mountain or even Splash Mountain without adult supervision. Our Disneyland adventures usually took a total 6 plus hours when we lived in California. Every day I would tell myself I can still make the trip, including driving the extra 11 hours it takes from Salt Lake City to Orange County. I was telling myself this up until the evening of the last day, when reason prevailed. The Tower of Terror will have to wait. With that being said, there isn’t much coming to my mind about birth and breastfeeding topics this week except that it doesn’t always go the way we planned. We may need to make adjustments so we can realize the ultimate goal of a healthy baby, healthy mom and successful outcome. As for me, I will shoot for Disneyland in January where I will be a regular tourist standing in the ticket line like everyone else. It also helps me to remember that I really shouldn’t be there in October, anyway, as it is one of Disneyland’s busiest months.
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Posted Wednesday, October 17, 2007
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By christinesteendahl | Category: Recipes & Kitchen Tips
We are huge smoothie lovers at our house. How about you? I’m not talking about the fake syrup blended with some ice you can plop down your $5 for at a cafe. Instead I am referring to fresh wholesome fruits blended up into a delicious concoction that we mix up at home in our blender.
Smoothies are also my secret weapon in so many ways…
-Kids want dessert? How about a "milkshake"? (Just don’t tell them it is healthy!)
-Have a child that does not like milk? Disguise a bit in a smoothie
-Maybe you have a hard time fitting your 5 servings of fruits and veggies in each day? A smoothie is a great way to sneak some in.
-A loved one has a sore throat, but they need some nutrition? Smoothie
And the list could go on…
With the fall cold and flu season approaching it is extra important to consume our fruits, vegetables and vitamin C. Smoothies are an excellent way to work on this – mix up some orange juice, frozen strawberries and plain yogurt – a great source of vitamin C!
Our family favorite smoothie recipe is:
1 bag frozen peaches
4 C. Mlik
1 pkg. cheesecake instant pudding
Blend & Serve
Enjoy, and for more great smoothie recipes visit www.smoothieblends.com