Pearly Whites Giveaway

A More Natural Way to Whiten Teeth!

Sponsored By: Pearly Whites

Hosted By: Love, Mrs. Mommy

Winner will receive:

A Box of 10 x Coconut Oil & Activated Charcoal Infused Teeth Whitening Strips!

Voted Australia’s most popular at home teeth whitening brand, Pearly Whites only uses the highest grade ingredients in their whitening gel, and sell nothing other than premium quality products!

DESCRIPTION We’ve combined the natural whitening power of coconut oil and activated charcoal and infused it with our unique whitening formula for fast, no mess, pain free results. If you’re looking for a more natural way to get a Hollywood celebrity smile, our new On The Go Whitening Strips are the best choice.

Formulated for people with sensitive teeth, these whitening strips have been infused with both the natural whitening power of activated charcoal and the antibacterial properties of coconut oil. These two ancient remedies have been updated with a gentle whitening agent to produce a more natural, easy to use, teeth whitening option that is convenient, quick and, best of all, gentle. WHAT’S INCLUDED 10 x Coconut Oil and Activated Charcoal Infused Teeth Whitening Strips.
Open to US entrants and must be 18+ to enter.
Giveaway Dates ~ 10/19 9:00 AM EST through 11/9 11:59PM EST
Disclosure: 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. 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.

Disaster Preparedness Kit Giveaway

Something Everyone Should Have!

Welcome to the Disaster Preparedness Kit Giveaway

Sponsored by: Cummins Residential

Hosted by Life in a House

TEN (10) LUCKY WINNERS WILL RECEIVE THEIR OWN KIT VALUED AT $50 EACH!

Hurricane season runs from June thru the end of November every year – but that isn’t the only type of disaster that you need to be prepared for. Electrical storms, tornadoes, fire, flooding, earthquakes, winter storms – they all can cost your family if you are not prepared.

We want you and your family to be prepared for any possible catastrophe that might strike where you live. We share some great tips for you on our review as well – so be sure to check that out!

Read: Is Your Family Prepared for a Disaster?

Giveaway Details

Each kit is prepared by Cummins Residential and includes a waterproof bag, a blanket, a battery powered wall light, reflective dog collar with an LED tag and a back-up phone charger in the kit as well as our list of “things you might forget” and a brochure highlighting different tips you may need for different kinds of disasters (hurricanes, winter storms, etc.).

Giveaway begins 12AM EST on 10/16 and ends at 11:59PM EST on 10/31/2017

Many thanks to our participating bloggers who are sharing this giveaway with their readers as well! Good luck to each of you!

Life in a House has organized this giveaway. The participating bloggers have not been compensated for their posts. No purchase is necessary to enter or win. One entrant per household, per address. Void where prohibited by law. Please add kim@lifeinahouse.net to your safe sender list. The winning prizes will be shipped directly to the winner from our sponsor.

Disclosure: In accordance with the FTC Guidelines Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising, we would like to thank Cummins Residential for providing the prize(s) for this giveaway. Choice of winner(s) and opinions are 100% my own and not influenced by monetary compensation. Winner(s) are subject to eligibility verification. Winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest, or any other social media outlet.

Giveaway begins at 12AM EST on 10/16 and will end at 11:59PM EST on 10/31. Giveaway is open to residents of the United States and Canada only age 18 and older. All entries are optional unless otherwise stated. The more entries you complete, the more chances to win!

If you would like to see your product featured in a Life in a House of Testosterone Gift Guide or Giveaway Event, contact Kim Miller at kim@lifeinahouse.net for more information.

$175 Cash Giveaway

http://www.ratsandmore.com/2017/10/win-17500-cash-ends-1114-open-worldwide.html
Welcome to the $175 cash giveaway event!

 

This great group of bloggers have come together to bring one awesome giveaway prize, to one lucky winner! We are very happy to have a $175.00 prize, up for grabs!

**** With Christmas coming, who couldn’t use some extra cash!? ***

 

The Giveaway!
One lucky winner will receive $175.00 cash (The winner will also have the option of choosing money via Paypal, or a gift card of their choosing.)

Enter with the easy form, below:

 

Disclosure: The bloggers involved in this giveaway were not compensated, and are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Lil’ Blog and More will be sending the prize out. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter this giveaway. This giveaway starts October 13th, 2017, and will end on November 14, 2017 at 11:59 pm. The winner will be emailed, and have 48 hours to respond, or a new winner will be chosen. Once a winner is drawn and confirmed, the name will be announced on the GiveawayTools form. Open to Worldwide entries.

Grief – Two Years Later

My brother died on October 16th, 2015.  I started blogging in March of 2016.  So yeah, I started writing partially because it’s therapeutic.  But, why did I have to start a blog?  Why couldn’t I just write stuff for myself, and save it on a thumb drive?  I don’t know.  I guess most people who create something want to share it . . . otherwise, it kind of seems like there’s no point.  Maybe sharing could help someone else.  Maybe it would help me to make connections . . . maybe it would accelerate my healing.

Did it accomplish any of those things?  Maybe.  I felt the need to write about it a lot for a while.  I’ve mostly been writing about other things over the last few months.  With the anniversary coming up, though, it’s made me think about what grief is like two years later.

Before my brother got sick, when I would hear about someone losing a sibling or a spouse too young, I would wonder how they could stand it.  How could they cope with such a loss?  I would wonder, and pray that I never would experience anything like it.  Sadly I am now a member of a club I never wanted to join.  I don’t wish membership to this club on my worst enemy.

Does grief get better with time?  Yes and no.  The frequency is less, but the intensity is the same.  I bought a book about grief a month or two after my brother died.  Probably the only helpful advice I got from it was that everyone is different, and I should allow myself to take as long as I need.  So, I don’t get upset with myself when I feel sad.  In fact, I knew from the time that he went into hospice, when I finally accepted that there was very little hope, that this was a loss that my other brother, my parents, and I would never fully recover from.  And, I suppose we shouldn’t.  It’s a loss that deserves to be felt.

It still feels very surreal to me.  In the beginning, I think I was afraid not to think about it.  Afraid if I let my guard down, it would sneak up on me and it would be like going through all of it again for the first time.  Maybe my instincts were right.  I still wake up in the middle of the night sometimes and it’s like it’s all happening again for the first time.

I’m quite certain there has not been a single day that I have not thought about my brother.  I didn’t realize, until the first week after he passed, just how much I thought about my childhood and both of my brothers on a daily basis.  In the beginning, so many of my thoughts were dominated by the horror of his five month illness.  I could hardly picture him healthy, as much as I wanted to remember the good times.

Have the holidays and birthdays gotten any easier?  A little, I guess.  My daughter’s and my birthday landed between my brother’s death and his Memorial Service.  I still remember meeting family for my daugther’s birthday party and having this feeling of anticipation of my brother calling to let me know he was there waiting, or on his way.  Something he often did when we met somewhere.  I’ve gotten used to the idea that there won’t be any more of those calls.  I’ve learned that getting used to it, and liking it aren’t the same thing.  Have I accepted it?  I don’t really know the answer to that either.

I do hope that this post will help others who are grieving to know they aren’t alone.  Two years later, and I guess I’m still working through it all.  Maybe I always will be.

 

 

 

 

Bath Kneeler Giveaway

This is such a great idea.  I could have saved my knees a lot of pain!

Sponsored By: QueBébé

Hosted By: Love, Mrs. Mommy

10 Winners will receive:

QueBébé Bath Kneeler and Elbow Cushion ($44.95 RV)! A $449.50 TRV giveaway!

The QueBébé Bath Kneeler and Elbow Cushion is going to change your thoughts on giving your little one a bath. With their high-quality materials and an oh-so-cute gender neutral bath-time fun pattern, this makes for a great baby shower gift. So not only you, but your loved ones, can have the same bath time comfort you enjoy.

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

Open to US entrants and must be 18+ to enter.
Giveaway Dates ~ 10/12 12:01 AM EST through 11/2 11:59PM EST
Disclosure: 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. The winners will be randomly drawn by Giveaway Tools and will be notified by email. Winners have 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.

Palmer Candy Giveaway!

Another great giveaway for the kiddos!

Sponsored By: RM Palmer

Hosted By: Love, Mrs. Mommy

Winner will receive:

A variety of RM Palmer candy shown in the giveaway image!

Palmer’s products don’t just look great; for Palmer, taste and quality are equally important – from creamy, smooth milk chocolate and famous crunchy Double Crisp to delicious filled candies of all shapes. Palmer offers a wide assortment of sweet candy treats for holidays, celebrations and every day enjoyment.

Open to US entrants only and must be 18+ to enter.
Giveaway Dates ~ 10/6 9:00 AM EST through 10/22 11:59PM EST
Disclosure: 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. 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.

Are You a Good Listener?

Most people aren’t.  In fact, you have probably encountered a few people today who either interrupted you or were just thinking about what they were going to say next while you were talking.

“Listening is the new loving”.  I heard Luis Palau say this on K-LOVE the other day.  It sounds cheesy coming from me, but not from him.

I remember going through an interview several years ago.  It was through a staffing agency, and the woman had such fine listening skills, it actually took me off-guard.  You have probably heard some tips about active listening.   Paraphrase back to the person what they’ve said.  Get confirmation that you’ve understood, etc.  She was so good at paraphrasing what I had said, she said it far better than I did originally.  An impressive skill.

It can be frustrating speaking to a poor listener.  But, when two poor listeners get together – watch out.  It’s a bit like two narcissists.

I’m getting a little negative here.  It’s obvious that it’s a treat to talk to a good listener.  But, what are some of the positives of being a good listener?

When my anxiety was at its worst, I went to a counselor for a while.  I was telling her about how I had to give an employee some bad news about her job.  I told her how I hated for this person to have negative feelings about me, when I was only the messenger, and not the decision-maker.  She challenged me to take the focus off of myself, and instead truly focus on this person . . . listening and thinking about what I could do for her, instead of getting anxious about how she was thinking and feeling about me.

If you suffer from anxiety, a trick to reduce some of your anxious feelings is to take the focus off of yourself.  So, you are not only benefiting the other person by genuinely listening; you are also helping yourself.

I think I’m a pretty good listener, but not all of the time.  My husband would say I’m a poor listener at times.  Our house can be chaotic – so yes, it’s true.  I don’t always catch everything.  Like most people, if I have stressful things going on, I can be distracted.  But, I recognize that it is a choice to be a good listener – and it takes an effort.  Hmmm . . . kind of like it being a choice to love someone.  It takes effort to make relationships (romantic or otherwise) last.  So, maybe Luis Palau is right.  Maybe listening is the new loving.  What do you think?

 

 

$175 Cash Giveaway!

Bloggers – Sign up for this Giveaway beginning 10/13! The sign up link is below.
http://www.ratsandmore.com/p/opportunities-for-bloggers.html


Hey bloggers! Here is a fun new blogger giveaway event opportunity (Hosted by Lil’ Blog and More)

This will be a great event, that will help gather a lot of exposure and followers – So be sure to join in! There are a few different options available. 
 
Prize for the event:  $175.00 cash (or winner can pick their prize!)

 

Actual Giveaway Dates10/13/2017 – 11/14/2017

 

This is a great way to gain a lot more followers on your social media channels! There are completely FREE options, sharing options (for additional entries on the form.) and paid options, available! 

 

Last day to sign up for this event: October 9, 2017.

You can sign up for this event HERE

Win a Messmatz!

We could use a couple of these at my house!

Sponsored By: Messmatz

Hosted By: Love, Mrs. Mommy

Winner will receive:

A Messmatz in winner’s choice of in-stock color (blue, pink, or green)! Up to a $32.11 RV!

What kid doesn’t love to play, create, and make a mess? I know my daughter does and she could definitely receive a gold star in this category. I like her to have fun, but sometimes the clean-up can be quite the challenge, or just a plain old hassle. That’s why I love Messmatz! I seriously think that if you have a child, you should own one of these! Messmatz is a non-toxic, food-grade silicone activity mat, safe to play on and even eat off! There is a soft and flexible perimeter lip, which is great for containing messes or spills and will leave your surface protected. It’s large in size (24” x 18”) and even comes in three colors: pink, green, and blue!

Protects surfaces Firm enough for writing and coloring Cleans easily Rolls up for storage Non-toxic, food-grade silicone Handy for crafters of all ages 24 in x 18 in (60.96 cm x 30.48 cm)

Open to the Continental US and Canada. Must be 18+ to enter.
Giveaway Dates ~ 9/27 12:01 AM EST through 10/19 11:59PM EST
Disclosure: 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. 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.

Forget the Scale. Reasons or Excuses?

The last update on my fitness journey was that I had lost 2 lbs. the previous week.  This last Saturday, I had gained back 4/10 of a lb.  Grrrr.

The Good.  While the scale didn’t cooperate, I did move more and made a conscious effort to eat better.  While I did not walk every day, I walked most days.  Finding time to walk sometimes required creativity.  One day, I went to my chiropractor over lunch, which is in a town about 10 miles from my work.  In order to make time for my appointment, and also have time to eat and walk, I walked near her office.  It was a nice change in scenery.

On another day, I found a lovely hiking path in a park in the town 10 miles in the other direction from work.  I’d been to the park with my kids many times before, but I had no idea there was a paved trail going into the woods!  The things you discover when you force yourself to change things up.

While I haven’t been meeting the 28 day challenge every single day, I have been doing it more than 1/2 the time.  The 28 day challenge is 10 minutes of exercises, mostly focusing on your core.  Ten minutes probably doesn’t seem like much, but it seriously seems like the longest 10 minutes ever!  With my back injury, these are great exercises for me because I could use increased strength in my core.  Even if I didn’t lose weight last week, I can tell the exercises are making me stronger.

The Bad.  We had something major and unexpected happen at work last week.  That, along with the unusual heat, has been my excuse for not walking every day.  I do have a treadmill . . . it’s just a matter of getting it out of storage.

The Ugly.  Vanilla ice cream . . . it’s so delicious, so creamy and vanilla-ey.  But, I’m afraid it’s a very bad habit.  Okay . . . it’s not ugly.  It’s beautiful goodness and wonderfulness!  But, it’s full of calories and fat, and I treat myself to it almost every night.  Not a lot, usually, but enough that I’m afraid I’m going to have to do without it for a while.

Well, vanilla ice cream . . . it’s been real.  It’s been fun.  Actually, it’s been real fun, but we’re going to have to take a break . . . It’s not you. It’s me.