Motherhood Defined http://www.motherhooddefined.com There are no boundaries in motherhood! Sat, 18 Apr 2015 02:22:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Meet Paddington at the LA Zoo 4/18 http://www.motherhooddefined.com/meet-paddington-at-the-la-zoo-418/ http://www.motherhooddefined.com/meet-paddington-at-the-la-zoo-418/#respond Sat, 18 Apr 2015 01:37:11 +0000 http://www.motherhooddefined.com/?p=48177 WHAT: Anchor Bay Entertainment and TWC-Dimension are pleased to present a special appearance of Paddington Bear at the L.A. Zoo. Paddington will be available in Digital HD April 17 in advance of the Blu-ray™ and DVD release on April 28. We invite you to bring your family to take a photo with Paddington himself! For additional photo fun, there will be a digital photo booth. Activities are free with paid admission and for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members. Admission {Read More}

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WHAT: Anchor Bay Entertainment and TWC-Dimension are pleased to present a special appearance of Paddington Bear at the L.A. Zoo. Paddington will be available in Digital HD April 17 in advance of the Blu-ray™ and DVD release on April 28. We invite you to bring your family to take a photo with Paddington himself! For additional photo fun, there will be a digital photo booth. Activities are free with paid admission and for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members. Admission is $19 for adults (13-61), $14 for children (2-12) and $16 for seniors (62+). Children younger than 2 are free.

WHO: He’s come a long way, but he is here to stay (at the L.A. Zoo for the day). Come out and get your photo taken with the most loveable bear, Paddington.

WHERE:    

WHEN:

  • Saturday, April 18, 2015
  • 2:30pm – 5:00pm

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Teaching children in schools about sexual abuse may help them report abuse http://www.motherhooddefined.com/teaching-children-in-schools-about-sexual-abuse/ http://www.motherhooddefined.com/teaching-children-in-schools-about-sexual-abuse/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:59:31 +0000 http://www.motherhooddefined.com/?p=48175 Children who are taught about preventing sexual abuse at school are more likely than others to tell an adult if they had, or were actually experiencing sexual abuse. This is according to the results of a new Cochrane review published in the Cochrane Library today. However, the review’s authors say that more research is needed to establish whether school-based programmes intended to prevent sexual abuse actually reduce the incidence of abuse. It is estimated that, worldwide, at least 1 in {Read More}

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Children who are taught about preventing sexual abuse at school are more likely than others to tell an adult if they had, or were actually experiencing sexual abuse. This is according to the results of a new Cochrane review published in the Cochrane Library today. However, the review’s authors say that more research is needed to establish whether school-based programmes intended to prevent sexual abuse actually reduce the incidence of abuse.

It is estimated that, worldwide, at least 1 in 10 girls and 1 in 20 boys experience some form of sexual abuse in childhood. Those who are sexually abused as children are more susceptible to depression, eating disorders, suicidal behaviour and drug and alcohol problems later in life, and are more likely to become victims of sexual assault as adults. In many countries, children are taught how to recognise, react to, and report abuse situations through school-based programmes designed to help prevent sexual abuse.

The Cochrane researchers reviewed data from 24 trials in which a total of 5,802 children took part in school-based prevention programmes in the US, Canada, China, Germany, Spain, Taiwan and Turkey. Schools involved in the trials used a variety of methods to teach children about sexual abuse, including, teaching of safety rules, body ownership, and who to tell through films, plays, songs, puppets, books and games. In children who did not receive the intervention around 4 in 1,000 children disclosed some form of sexual abuse. This contrasts with 14 in 1,000 children in the intervention groups, who disclosed some form of sexual abuse.

Studies also suggested that programmes were effective in increasing children’s knowledge about sexual abuse. Four trials assessed children’s knowledge again up to six months after, and showed that they remembered much of what they were taught. Children who participated in programmes were also more likely than other children to try to protect themselves in a simulated abuse scenario in which they were asked to leave the school and go with someone they did not know.

The researchers suggest that there are many reasons why it is difficult to prove that children have learned the skills considered necessary for recognising and reporting sexual abuse. “Even if a child demonstrates that they know how to behave in a certain scenario, it doesn’t mean they will behave the same in a real situation where there is potential for abuse,” said lead author Kerryann Walsh of the Faculty of Education at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. “Tests cannot mimic real abuse situations very well. For example, we know that most sexual abuse is perpetrated by someone known to the child whereas in the test situations, unfamiliar actors or research assistants were used.”

There was little evidence to show that children experienced unnecessary worry as a result of sexual abuse prevention education, nor were there any other reported adverse effects.

“This review supports the need to inform and protect children against sexual abuse,” said Walsh. “But ongoing research is needed to evaluate school-based prevention programmes, and to investigate the links between participation and the actual prevention of child sexual abuse. To really know whether these programmes are working, we need to see larger studies with follow-up all the way to adulthood.”

 

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Cochrane is a global independent network of researchers, professionals, patients, carers and people interested in health. Cochrane produces reviews which study all of the best available evidence generated through research and make it easier to inform decisions about health. These are called systematic reviews. Cochrane is a not-for profit organisation with collaborators from more than 120 countries working together to produce credible, accessible health information that is free from commercial sponsorship and other conflicts of interest. Our work is recognised as representing an international gold standard for high quality, trusted information. Find out more athttp://cochrane.org Follow us on twitter @cochranecollab

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Medi-Pals Mother’s Day Giveaway http://www.motherhooddefined.com/medi-pals-mothers-day-giveaway/ http://www.motherhooddefined.com/medi-pals-mothers-day-giveaway/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:01:41 +0000 http://www.motherhooddefined.com/?p=48145 Welcome to the Make it Easy for Mom this Mother’s Day Giveaway, generously sponsored by Medi-Pals! Do you struggle with giving your child medication or vitamins? Medi-Pals medication dispensers are going to make your life so much easier! Medi-Pals dispensers are available in 3 whimsical characters that are familiar for your child, easy for the caregiver to use, and most importantly, ensure that the child is always getting the accurate dosage of medicine. Key benefits of Medi-Pals pacifier medicine dispensers: {Read More}

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Welcome to the Make it Easy for Mom this Mother’s Day Giveaway,
generously sponsored by Medi-Pals!

Do you struggle with giving your child medication or vitamins? Medi-Pals medication dispensers are going to make your life so much easier! Medi-Pals dispensers are available in 3 whimsical characters that are familiar for your child, easy for the caregiver to use, and most importantly, ensure that the child is always getting the accurate dosage of medicine.

Key benefits of Medi-Pals pacifier medicine dispensers:

  • They’re softer than a straight syringe, and the syringe sits snugly in the nipple, so no medicine gets lost or stuck to the sides.
  • They’re accurate – the caregiver is in complete control of dosage.
  • The diverter on the pacifier nipple fans the medicine to the sides, not straight to the back of the child’s throat, so that the child won’t gag and spit the medicine out.
  • They’re reusable, dishwasher-safe, and easy to clean.
  • The pacifier and faceplate are easy to put together and take apart. You can even change faceplates!
  • They work with more than just oral vitamins, pain relievers, and oral antibiotics – it can also be used with baby food or even honey. If you can get it into the syringe, it will work.
  • They’re made in the USA!

Make sure you check out Thrifty Nifty Mommy’s full review the Medi-Pals medication dispensers, and check out her video review of Medi-Pals to see these dispensers in action with an infant and a toddler.

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To make mom’s life a little easier this Mother’s Day,
we’ve put together a FABULOUS prize package
– all sponsored by the generous people at Medi-Pals –

This prize package is valued at over $500 and includes:

  • (2) Medi-Pals dispensers: Freddie the Frog and Lilly the Ladybug so mom can give medication or vitamins easily.
  • $150 in CASH so mom can get whatever she likes!
  • (1) $100 Target Gift Card so mom can buy some favorite snacks, new accessories, or housewares.
  • (1) $100 Kohl’s Gift Card so mom can get a new outfit.
  • (1) $50 Starbucks Gift Card so mom can get a little treat.
  • (1) $50 Bath and Body Works Gift Card so mom can pamper herself.
  • (1) $50 Outback Gift Card so mom doesn’t have to cook on her special day.
  • (1) Mommy Hook to make strolling with bags or groceries a breeze.

You can get your own Medi-Pals on Amazon right now!

Open to the continental US only, ages 18 and up. Ends 5/1/15 at 11:59 PM EST.
Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below. Good Luck!

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Designing a Side Yard Garden #DIY http://www.motherhooddefined.com/designing-a-side-yard-garden-diy/ http://www.motherhooddefined.com/designing-a-side-yard-garden-diy/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 11:36:44 +0000 http://www.motherhooddefined.com/?p=38012 Designing a side yard garden is a lot harder than a front or backyard garden because of the shape and space available to you. A lot of side yards go untended, and are overlooked simply because most homeowners do not know what to do with them. With a little out of the box thinking, creative garden design tricks for small spaces and using favorite plants in new ways, the side yard of your home can easily become your favorite spot. {Read More}

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Designing a side yard garden is a lot harder than a front or backyard garden because of the shape and space available to you. A lot of side yards go untended, and are overlooked simply because most homeowners do not know what to do with them. With a little out of the box thinking, creative garden design tricks for small spaces and using favorite plants in new ways, the side yard of your home can easily become your favorite spot.

Like designing any other area of your yard and home, it is important that you look at the garden and how it will appear from many different angles, include from inside the home. Once you have a good idea of the spots that stand out the most, you can design from there to create a side yard that everyone can enjoy.

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Go Big

Most side yards give you a much smaller space with with to garden. Like any other small space design, you want to go with a couple big elements in the yard rather than a bunch of small items. So, whether you want to fill the space with plants, landscaping materials, garden sculptures or a combination of all of those, go big with what you choose. Larger elements help make any small space feel more substantial, even when they take up more space.

Create a Mirror Effect

Another great design feature in small gardens is the creation of a mirror effect that you can do with plants and garden elements. Whatever you do to one end of the side yard, make sure you do on the other side. This doesn’t just apply to plants, but to landscaping materials as well.

Lead With Design

Because it is a side yard, the narrow space will naturally pull the eye further back, so lead people in with design. A small footpath that leads around the corner, flowers that grow in size or deepen in color as they progress further back or a fenced entryway at the rear of the garden are all great ways to accomplish this. Step into the center of the yard when you are designing and make sure that from every point there is something pulling you further into the garden. Use plants with height, such as vines and small trees to help create some cover and pull the garden together.

Design With Color

Because you are creating such a small garden space, it is important that you use color, but there are some dos and don’ts. Try to stick with one or two colors in such a confined space like this. Also, green is a perfectly fine dominant color to use in a small garden like a side yard. When there is a lot of green, or a lot of one other color the garden gives off a lush and thriving appearance.

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Keep Your Family Active on a Budget http://www.motherhooddefined.com/keep-your-family-active-on-a-budget/ http://www.motherhooddefined.com/keep-your-family-active-on-a-budget/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 21:49:39 +0000 http://www.motherhooddefined.com/?p=48169 Exercise has so many wonderful benefits – it builds strong bones, maintains a healthy weight and even improves self-esteem. The one benefit that millions of families overlook is how physical activity can create a stronger family bond. With summer right around the corner, we find ourselves busy making plans for the summer, but are we choosing the best activities for our family? Family fitness activities teach valuable life lessons like teamwork, communication and organization. You don’t need to spend a {Read More}

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Exercise has so many wonderful benefits – it builds strong bones, maintains a healthy weight and even improves self-esteem. The one benefit that millions of families overlook is how physical activity can create a stronger family bond. With summer right around the corner, we find ourselves busy making plans for the summer, but are we choosing the best activities for our family?

Family fitness activities teach valuable life lessons like teamwork, communication and organization. You don’t need to spend a fortune to make memorable memories. Sometimes, all you need is a little inspiration and some imagination.

Below are my five favorite family activities that are low-cost and tons of fun!

Hula – Hula Hoops cost a few dollars, create hours of fun and can be a lifesaver on rainy days when you’re stuck inside. You can use it just like a jump rope, create a human ring toss game, play hula hoop pass or host a friendly competition to see who can hold the classic spin the longest.

Mini Yoga – Growing can be stressful on the body and mind, and yoga has been proven to improve balance, focus and emotional wellbeing. Not a yoga expert? No worries; the Butterfly, Tree, Bridge, and Child’s pose are moves any child and parent can do together.

Build A Dance Studio – Move furniture around and choose songs that are 2-3 minutes long. Dancing is not only great for the soul, but just 20 minutes of dancing is great exercise and most importantly, it’s fun for the whole family. The best part, you can create your own signature move. At FLYAROO Fitness we incorporate dance and yoga moves to my favorite dance songs like “Roar” by Katy Perry, “Waka Waka” by Shakira and the famous “Cha Cha Slide.”

Unstructured Fun – Pack a healthy picnic basket full of fresh fruit and whole grain sandwiches and head to your local park for some unstructured fun. Help your child use their imagination as they swing, slide, and climb to victory, while you channel your inner kid and fly through the air on the swing set.

Just Bike It – If you don’t know how to ride a bicycle, start learning! It’s a great way to exercise and with your whole family. If you don’t own your own bike, many towns have affordable bike rentals. Just make sure your family is wearing proper protective head gear and pads for the junior riders. For babies and toddlers, there are seats that attach to your bike. 

Creating/ Sustaining/ Designing an active environment is an important part of your child’s development. Aim to incorporate at least one group activity into your week. Also, check out your local kid-friendly gyms and children centers who have fitness programs, like FLYAROO Fitness, who teach young children about healthy habits through dance-fitness.

For more information on fitness and to learn about the FLYAROO Fitness certification program, please visit www.flyaroofitness.com.

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Captain SillyPants Swaddles Pre-Sale Now Open! http://www.motherhooddefined.com/captain-sillypants-swaddles-pre-sale/ http://www.motherhooddefined.com/captain-sillypants-swaddles-pre-sale/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 00:31:00 +0000 http://www.motherhooddefined.com/?p=48152   Get ready to wrap your baby in the most adorable, modern designs and softest fabric around. Captain SillyPants Swaddles help your baby make the transition from womb to world, with a sense of safety, comfort… and style, of course! Ordered exclusively at Eleventh Avenue, you can now pre-order YOUR favorite designs as singles or in sets, at our very limited pre-order price of only $9.99 and $18.99! Limited quantities are available at this price, so don’t wait to place {Read More}

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Get ready to wrap your baby in the most adorable, modern designs and softest fabric around. Captain SillyPants Swaddles help your baby make the transition from womb to world, with a sense of safety, comfort… and style, of course!

Ordered exclusively at Eleventh Avenue, you can now pre-order YOUR favorite designs as singles or in sets, at our very limited pre-order price of only $9.99 and $18.99! Limited quantities are available at this price, so don’t wait to place an order! (Retail price $19.99 and $34.99)

They will NEVER offer this price again, so you won’t want to miss out on ordering now!

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Captain SillyPants Swaddles help your baby make the transition from womb to world, with a sense of safety, comfort – and style of course!
• Made with 100% Organic Cotton.
• Oversized 48 inch x 48 inch swaddle design.
• Extra soft fabric that gets even better with each wash.
• Lots of adorable, on-trend designs to choose from.
• Perfect for gift-giving to those mommas-to-be & a favorite comfort blanket for toddlers too!

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Philip’s Baby Monitor Giveaway http://www.motherhooddefined.com/philips-baby-monitor-giveaway/ http://www.motherhooddefined.com/philips-baby-monitor-giveaway/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 12:35:02 +0000 http://www.motherhooddefined.com/?p=48141 Welcome to the Philip’s Baby Monitor Giveaway. Sponsored by: FoodnService FoodnService.com is a family oriented blog that has become one the fastest growing sites for amazing recipes & fun DIY Crafts! Whether you’re looking for great a last minute appetizer, crockpot meal, or something to remind of you home, then you’re going to love foodnservice.com! There’s even a spot for Special Needs and life in the home. FoodnService has a great freebie! They are giving away a free Recipe eBook {Read More}

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Welcome to the Philip’s Baby Monitor Giveaway. Sponsored by: FoodnService

FoodnService.com is a family oriented blog that has become one the fastest growing sites for amazing recipes & fun DIY Crafts! Whether you’re looking for great a last minute appetizer, crockpot meal, or something to remind of you home, then you’re going to love foodnservice.com! There’s even a spot for Special Needs and life in the home.

FoodnService has a great freebie! They are giving away a free Recipe eBook for when you sign up to be on their newsletter email list! To sign up and receive a free copy, simply CLICK HERE!

As a family focused blog, Foodnservice is hosting a giveaway for Mother’s Day! One Lucky winner will be win a Philip’s Avent Video & Audio baby monitor! What a better way to keep your eyes on the ones you love.

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Monday’s Extraordinary Giveaway Linky http://www.motherhooddefined.com/mondays-extraordinary-giveaway-linky-32/ http://www.motherhooddefined.com/mondays-extraordinary-giveaway-linky-32/#respond Mon, 13 Apr 2015 02:00:42 +0000 http://www.motherhooddefined.com/?p=47774 Readers: Search the list below for cool prizes. Once you find the one you want to win, click the link and it will take you to the giveaway where you can enter to win. Please take a moment to look at all of my current giveaways. Don’t miss out on a single issue of Mom to Bed by 8, subscribe now. Bloggers/Business: List your giveaway sweepstakes contest below using the following format: Listing name – End Date – Open to {Read More}

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Readers: Search the list below for cool prizes. Once you find the one you want to win, click the link and it will take you to the giveaway where you can enter to win.

Please take a moment to look at all of my current giveaways. Don’t miss out on a single issue of Mom to Bed by 8, subscribe now.

Bloggers/Business: List your giveaway sweepstakes contest below using the following format:
Listing name – End Date – Open to (US, US&CAN or WW}

Looking for more places to link-up your giveaways? Visit the linky list.

 





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Amazon Fire HD 6 Sweepstakes http://www.motherhooddefined.com/amazon-fire-hd-6-sweepstakes/ http://www.motherhooddefined.com/amazon-fire-hd-6-sweepstakes/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:23:16 +0000 http://www.motherhooddefined.com/?p=48112 Thanks for visiting and entering the Amazon Fire HD 6 Sweepstakes! The Fire HD 6 is most powerful tablet under $100, with fast quad-core processor, HD display, front and rear cameras, Dolby Audio, and five color choices. It is a beautiful 6″ HD display – Crisp, vivid HD display (252 ppi / 1280×800) with over a million pixels which is perfect for apps, movies, TV, games, photos, and more. Fast quad-core processor up to 1.5 GHz equal to 2x the {Read More}

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Thanks for visiting and entering the Amazon Fire HD 6 Sweepstakes!

The Fire HD 6 is most powerful tablet under $100, with fast quad-core processor, HD display, front and rear cameras, Dolby Audio, and five color choices.

Best tablet under $100

It is a beautiful 6″ HD display – Crisp, vivid HD display (252 ppi / 1280×800) with over a million pixels which is perfect for apps, movies, TV, games, photos, and more.

Fast quad-core processor up to 1.5 GHz equal to 2x the speed and over 3x the graphics performance of previous generation Fire HD for quicker apps and smooth videos.

Color choices

The Fire HD has both front and rear cameras. Allowing you to take photos or capture videos in 1080p HD with a rear-facing camera or Skype with a front-facing camera.

Fire offers the best selection of digital content. You can now enjoy over 33 million movies, TV shows, songs, books, Android apps and games – including Facebook, Netflix, Minecraft, and more.

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A selection that is truly great for the whole family. With the ability to create unique profiles and set screen time limits for kids with Amazon FreeTime. Link up two Amazon accounts and share books, games, apps, and Prime Instant Video content across all devices in the household.

Includes Firefly that allows the benefits of quick identify and take action on more than 100 million items with Firefly, including more than 240,000 movies and TV episodes, and 35 million songs.

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You can stay connected and productive with the Fire HD 6. Fast web browsing, email and calendar support including Gmail and Outlook. Plus, edit and view Office documents allows you freedom to work and play from one tablet, no matter where you are.

Plus, the amazing benefit of not worrying about storage space. Get free, unlimited cloud storage for all Amazon content and photos taken with your Fire devices.

Kindle Fire HD Giveaway

Now for the giveaway!
One lucky winner will receive an Amazon Fire HD 6, 6″ HD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB!
Open to the US & Canadian residents only, ages 18+.
Only one entrant per household, per address.
Winner is subject to eligibility verification.
Giveaway ends April 26, 11:59pm Central
Enter using the giveaway form below. Good luck!

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Finder, a new influencer search engine http://www.motherhooddefined.com/finder/ http://www.motherhooddefined.com/finder/#respond Sun, 12 Apr 2015 23:30:22 +0000 http://www.motherhooddefined.com/?p=48106 Many of you read my experience with brands week after week. It provides you an advance look at what to expect before hitting the fateful buy button. What you don’t see it what goes on behind the scenes. The qualities and standards that I proudly keep my blog up to in order to continue working with clients. In fact, the vast blogosphere offers millions of online influencers to select from. With the upmost respect, I will say that brands and {Read More}

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Many of you read my experience with brands week after week. It provides you an advance look at what to expect before hitting the fateful buy button. What you don’t see it what goes on behind the scenes. The qualities and standards that I proudly keep my blog up to in order to continue working with clients. In fact, the vast blogosphere offers millions of online influencers to select from.

With the upmost respect, I will say that brands and those that do their marketing have an intense job as well. Though what if you could narrow those results with a simple system. One that takes multiple social media types and provides a list of possible matches based on the key points you enter in? That is exactly what Finder helps provide, selection based on your brands needs.

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What exactly is Finder?

Finder is an influencer search engine able to find potential brand ambassadors among 2 billion online social users.

Even more so, as founder and partner of MPM. I often look for bloggers and social media influencers that best match my clients current campaigns. Take a recent project for cloth diapers sold by an Etsy seller.

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I was able to search Finder for influencers by adding my search term: “cloth diapers”, known influencers on the topic: “@CDiaperTrader, @chgdiapers” and language: English. To provide me the top five accounts that match my specifics.

Cloth Diaper Influencer Results

While as you can see, three of the top 5 are popular cloth diapers shops and the other two are good possible influencers to pitch for my upcoming campaign. Simple and efficient is always popular in many lines of work including marketing.

So what are you waiting for? Try Finder for your next influencer campaign search.

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Get Active: Chicago Outdoor Adventures http://www.motherhooddefined.com/chicago-outdoor-adventures/ http://www.motherhooddefined.com/chicago-outdoor-adventures/#comments Sun, 12 Apr 2015 16:55:56 +0000 http://www.motherhooddefined.com/?p=48101 Life, and a visit, in Chicago can get pretty hectic and busy if you let it. Taking the time off to get ouside, get active and have some fun usually take a lot of planning. Never fear, Chicago outdoor adventures can be spontaneous and you can find some adventure right in the heart of the city when you know where to look. Chicago has all the benefits of a beautiful lake, plenty of park space and all types of recreation possibilities ready {Read More}

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Life, and a visit, in Chicago can get pretty hectic and busy if you let it. Taking the time off to get ouside, get active and have some fun usually take a lot of planning. Never fear, Chicago outdoor adventures can be spontaneous and you can find some adventure right in the heart of the city when you know where to look. Chicago has all the benefits of a beautiful lake, plenty of park space and all types of recreation possibilities ready for anyone willing to take part.

Check out these outdoor adventures which can all be enjoyed without having to leave the city of Chicago.

Get Active in Chicago Outdoor Adventures

Bike the Drive

Biking in Chicago has always been a citywide passion, but last year it got even easier with the DIVY public bike ride system being installed all over Chicago. You can swipe a card and pull a bike off the line in a couple minutes, heading out in whatever direction you choose. The Lake Shore Paths run north and south of downtown for just over 18 miles. There are plenty of stops possible along the way, but riding the entire trail is a great day time activity and you can even stop in a nearby neighborhood restaurant to grab lunch before pedaling back.

Sail Lake Michigan

You cannot visit Chicago without having a little adventure out on the water. Kayaking and canoeing on the Lake are a lot of fun and there are rentals available to you, but a day sail out onto the Lake is so much more exhilarating. Whether you are a seasoned sailor or a first timer, sailboat rentals are possible and when you hire a captain to go along with, you can do as much or as little as you want.

Chicago Scavenger Hunt

If you want to stay within the downtown area of the city itself and have a little adventure and fun while getting to see more of Chicago, try an urban scavenger hunt. Urban Adventure Quest takes you through much of the city with random clues delivered to your smartphone. If you are in the city with friends, split up into teams and race your way to the finish line.Find Island Life

Okay, so there really isn’t much of a chance to experience island life in Chicago, but if you have heard about the paddleboarding trend that uses surfboards to paddle on instead of riding waves, you are in for a treat. Head to the northernmost part of the city, and just beyond is the town of Skokie. Paddleboarding rentals and classes at the Skokie Lagoons are the best way to learn a new hobby, get outside and get active for several hours. Trying to balance on a paddleboard in the water, while paddling yourself around is a huge workout, but its a lot easier to do in the calm waters of the lagoon.

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Bloggers Wanted: Ultimate Baby Shower Giveaway Hop http://www.motherhooddefined.com/bloggers-wanted-ultimate-baby-shower-giveaway-hop/ http://www.motherhooddefined.com/bloggers-wanted-ultimate-baby-shower-giveaway-hop/#respond Sun, 12 Apr 2015 15:40:16 +0000 http://www.motherhooddefined.com/?p=48096 Now taking sign-ups for the Ultimate Baby Shower Giveaway Hop hosted by Mom Powered Media. Bloggers, if you are interested, please read all the important information below. This is a blog hop – meaning you will have to provide your own prize and have your own giveaway listed on your site, by using your own giveaway form. To sign up your site, please fill out the inlinkz form below! Brands, if you would like to sponsor a prize for this {Read More}

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Now taking sign-ups for the Ultimate Baby Shower Giveaway Hop hosted by Mom Powered Media.

Bloggers, if you are interested, please read all the important information below. This is a blog hop – meaning you will have to provide your own prize and have your own giveaway listed on your site, by using your own giveaway form. To sign up your site, please fill out the inlinkz form below!

Brands, if you would like to sponsor a prize for this event, feel email teri@mompoweredmedia.com.

Ultimate Baby Shower Giveaway Hop

Name: Ultimate Baby Shower Giveaway Hop
Dates: June 1st – June 15th, 2015
Prize Value: Minimum Value of $30
Prize Details/Theme: Pregnancy, Baby or New Mom themed prizes only!
(Ideas: Baby Clothing, Baby bag, Cloth Diapers, Gift Cards, Nursery Decor, Accessories, After Birth Care, Baby Bath Supplies, Stroller, Babywearing Gear, etc)
Prizes can be for US, US/CAN, or Worldwide.

You will join a linky, which will link up your giveaway prize, and you will be providing your own giveaway entry form. You will be required to have the linky in your own giveaway to share with your readers, as the entrants will be “hopping” around to each giveaway event.

We will have a grand prize giveaway as well, which will be the first spot in the linky. Prize is TBD.

By signing up, you agree to a prize or a sponsor by the time the hop goes live on 5/1 at 12am Eastern. You do not have to have a sponsor now, but if you cannot find one, feel free to contact an MPM member for ideas. If you do not have a sponsor or self-sponsored prize within 24 hours of the start date, please contact Teri Hardy-Hatland (teri@mompoweredmedia.com) so that you can be removed from the Baby Shower Blog hop.

To sign up, add your blog name to the linky below. Once it gets closer to the event, I will send out a form (along with HTML) to add your giveaway, prize, and such, then I will go back in and edit to add your prize into the linky!

(Sign ups will close on May 15th)


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CraftyCroc Chalk Markers & Chalk Board Labels Sweepstakes http://www.motherhooddefined.com/craftycroc-chalk-markers-chalk-board-labels-sweepstakes/ http://www.motherhooddefined.com/craftycroc-chalk-markers-chalk-board-labels-sweepstakes/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 22:14:24 +0000 http://www.motherhooddefined.com/?p=48091 CraftyCroc provides you with the quality products you need to let your fun and creativity loose, even in your every day tasks like organizing your home! With 64 CraftyCroc Removable Chalkboard Labels and 10 CraftyCroc Liquid Chalk Markers, you can get your home spruced up and organized in no time! Perfect for Spring Cleaning! Head on over to Everything Mommyhood and check out her CraftyCroc Review. Buy it: Chalkboard Markers and Chalkboard Labels Connect with CraftyCroc! Website | Facebook | {Read More}

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CraftyCroc provides you with the quality products you need to let your fun and creativity loose, even in your every day tasks like organizing your home! With 64 CraftyCroc Removable Chalkboard Labels and 10 CraftyCroc Liquid Chalk Markers, you can get your home spruced up and organized in no time! Perfect for Spring Cleaning!

Head on over to Everything Mommyhood and check out her CraftyCroc Review.

Buy it: Chalkboard Markers and Chalkboard Labels

Connect with CraftyCroc!

Website | Facebook | Twitter

CraftCrocGiveaway

Now for the giveaway!
One lucky winner will receive a package of CraftyCroc Markers and Chalkboard Labels, a $64.98 Value.
Open to residents of the US, age 18+.
One entry per household/IP address.
Void where prohibited.
Winner will be chosen randomly via Giveaway Tools, and will be emailed.
Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.
Giveaway ends 4/23/2015 at 11:59pm EST

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BeliBea Nourish Nursing Bra Sweepstakes http://www.motherhooddefined.com/belibea-nourish-nursing-bra-sweepstakes/ http://www.motherhooddefined.com/belibea-nourish-nursing-bra-sweepstakes/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 05:01:51 +0000 http://www.motherhooddefined.com/?p=48082 BeliBea is a newer nursing bra company. And it is great. It’s not just a nursing bra, but also a pumping bra ALL IN ONE! Some mothers exclusively nurse, some exclusively pump, and some do both. This is truly the perfect bra for anyone planning to, or are currently, doing any amount of pumping! Do you know a nursing/pumping mother in your life? Enter the giveaway for a chance to win one! Would make a great Baby Shower Gift! Entry-Form

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BeliBea is a newer nursing bra company. And it is great. It’s not just a nursing bra, but also a pumping bra ALL IN ONE! Some mothers exclusively nurse, some exclusively pump, and some do both. This is truly the perfect bra for anyone planning to, or are currently, doing any amount of pumping!

Do you know a nursing/pumping mother in your life? Enter the giveaway for a chance to win one! Would make a great Baby Shower Gift!

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Simple DIY Air Fresheners and Deodorizers http://www.motherhooddefined.com/simple-diy-air-fresheners-and-deodorizers/ http://www.motherhooddefined.com/simple-diy-air-fresheners-and-deodorizers/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 13:54:48 +0000 http://www.motherhooddefined.com/?p=48085 Buying constantly air fresheners, scented candles and other similar products for the freshening of your home can be very expensive and also ineffective, considering how fast some products evaporate. Soon after you spray the rooms in your home or hang an air freshener somewhere, the scent disappears without a trace. Well, there is no need to throw away your money any more for useless products. Instead, you can invest them in something better like the ingredients for your homemade and {Read More}

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Buying constantly air fresheners, scented candles and other similar products for the freshening of your home can be very expensive and also ineffective, considering how fast some products evaporate. Soon after you spray the rooms in your home or hang an air freshener somewhere, the scent disappears without a trace. Well, there is no need to throw away your money any more for useless products. Instead, you can invest them in something better like the ingredients for your homemade and long-lasting air fresheners.

There is a way to freshen up your home without spending a lot of money for expensive products. The DIY air fresheners will be an excellent addition to your set of cleaning supplies which you use for the disinfection and protection of your home. If you don’t like the smell of the chemicals which the store-bought detergents and other products contain, you will certainly need to freshen up the rooms in your home after the performance of the cleaning. You can easily do it by preparing you own air fresheners which will have a stronger smell that will stay in the premises of your home for long are saying from TenancyCleaning SW3.

Simple DIY Air Fresheners and Deodorizers

Here are some easy recipes and ideas for DIY air fresheners:

Make your own scented candle with an orangeFor this simple project you will need a couple of things from the store, including an orange and some kind of oil. Even an olive oil will do the trick, so as you can see you won’t have to spend a lot of money. First, you have to cut the fruit in half and remove everything from it, as you leave the stem that is positioned in the centre of the orange. Through the stem you will be able to light your candle later. When everything is clean, you can pour the oil inside. You will have to leave it for approximately and hour, so that the stem can absorb some of it. Use a candle lighter when you start to light your orange candle and be patient because this might take a few minutes.

Freshen up the air with rosemary and lemonThere is nothing more refreshing than the scent of a lemon or another kind of citrus fruit. That’s why making an air freshener from lemon and rosemary is a great idea. This recipe is incredibly easy to make and will take very little of your time. Just fill a pot with water in which you can slice one lemon and add several springs of rosemary. For even better aroma you can also add vanilla. Then you can leave it all to simmer at the stove, as you add water from time to time.