Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

 

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Now that our family is complete, I have been on the lookout for a piece of mother’s jewelry. My children are my greatest blessings and I wanted something to represent them.  When I came across Mama’s B’s Sweet Peas, I fell in love!  The artist, Stevie Ballinger, creates sterling silver or gold filled pods that contain Swarovski Crystal Pearls in the birthstone colors of your child or children.  Kristen and I both got to design a pendant.  I looked at the chart on Stevie’s site and choose the colors for my kids.  Each month has a main color and an alternate color.  I was happily surprised to find that both of the colors for Little Miss’s month were pink.  Very fitting in our case!  I chose the sterling silver Full Quiver pod, which holds 6-10 peas, with a sterling silver chain.

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I LOVE it!  It’s so unique and pretty!  I wear it every day and have gotten many compliments on it.  Another thing I love about Mama B’s Sweet Peas is that Stevie also offers Loss Sweet Peas.  These smaller peas allow mamas to represent little ones that have been lost in their pods.

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I have a bracelet that I was given after my losses with charms that represented my angel babies and it meant so much.  It was a nice way to acknowledge them and keep their memory close to me.

In addition to the pendants, Stevie also offers earrings and bracelets.

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The sky’s the limit when it comes to designing your jewelry.  You can go with birthstone colors or choose colors that you like or that may be your child’s favorite color.  The options are endless!  And if you’re concerned about how certain colors may look together, Stevie will even send you pics of those peas together so you can get a good idea of the how the finished product will look before you make your final decision.  Pretty awesome, huh?  These beautiful pods are perfect for any mama or grandma who wants to represent their little ones with a unique piece of jewelry!

 

I was sent my own necklace as well!

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I chose a pea for each of my children, but I included a pea for the child we lost at 15 weeks.  To me, that child is part of our family and should be included.  So I selected the peas for June, September, July, April & December.  In the order of their births and placed the loss (April) where the loss occurred.  I love my necklace.  It is elegant.  What I especially love, is that it functions are regular jewelry and does not scream “mommy necklace”!

 

 

One lucky reader will receive their choice of either a Sweet Pea Pendant and chain, or a Full Quiver Pendant, or a pair of Sweet Pea Earrings!

 

Belinda is a wife, mom, blogger, and Brand Ambassador. She has six children including 5 boys and 1 girl. Belinda enjoys reading, photography, crafts and DIY projects, and watching her boys play soccer. You may contact Belinda at mudpiesand tiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Belinda

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

My boys love to build and create things.  They also enjoy taking things apart to see how they work.  I love toys that encourage their creativity and thinking skills especially when STEM academics have become so important.  Eitech Toys, a German company, has been making building sets that promote these skills in Europe for years.  Now their fantastic products are available in the US.  When I was asked to review one of their kits, I was super excited.  I knew the boys would be thrilled!  We were sent the Train With Rail Car Construction Set.

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It comes with everything you need to create the engine, rail car and railroad crossing warning post, including a mini screwdriver and wrench.

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My first thought when I emptied the contents on to the table was “Whoa!”.  It contains over 180 parts and it looked a little overwhelming.  However, my 8 and 11-year olds were excited and jumped right in.  The instruction manual has no words just pictures which I actually think works better for kids.  They were pretty easy to follow as long as you looked closely.  My 11-year-old started on the warning pole while my 8-year-old worked on the engine.

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He actually built the pole just from looking at the picture on the box.

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While the kit says that it’s for ages 8 and up, my 8-year-old needed quite a bit of help from me.  The screws and bolts are pretty small and can be hard to get started.  My 11-year-old had an easier time.

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I think my 13-year-old would have been able to do it completely by himself.  All in all, it took us about an hour and a half to complete the set.

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It turned out really neat and the boys loved rolling it along the table and floor.  I liked the fact that the wheels turned and it could actually be played with instead of just sitting on a shelf.

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I also loved how proud they were of their train.  They felt a real sense of accomplishment once they were done and couldn’t wait to show it to their dad.

Eitech offers several sets, including a Robot (with flashing LED lights), the Eiffel Tower, Trail Bike, and Space Shuttle.  They can be found at Toys R Us, FAO Schwarz, and online at amazon.com.  I’m all about making learning fun and these kits do just that.  They’d make perfect gifts for any tween or teen who likes to build.  They’d also be great for teaching engineering skills to home-schooled kids.

One lucky reader will receive their choice of either the Train kit that I reviewed, the Robot, the Eiffel Tower, or the Trail Bike.  You can check them all out at www.eitechtoys.com.

 

Belinda is a wife, mom, blogger, and Brand Ambassador. She has six children including 5 boys and 1 girl. Belinda enjoys reading, photography, crafts and DIY projects, and watching her boys play soccer. You may contact Belinda at mudpiesand tiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Belinda

RSVP for the #FamilyFavorites Twitter Party 8/27

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Do you love a good Twitter Party? You know we do and we’re excited to host a party about making delicious family meals with Classico sauces! On August 27, 2014 at 2:00pm ET, please join us for the #FamilyFavorites Twitter Party where we’ll be discussing the Heinz Classico Sauces Family Favorites Collection and giving you a chance to win prizes!

 

Classico Sauces are a surefire hit in our home.  Anytime I bring it to the table, we have happy kids!  Classico Sauces are so delicious and they can be a real time saver.   I hope you can make time for the #FamilyFavorites Twitter Party on 8/27!  It’s going to be an awesome time with awesome prizes!

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DATE: Wednesday, August 27th

TIME: 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

PRIZES: 5 – (1) $100 Walmart Gift Cards

EARLY BIRD PRIZE: 1 – $50 Walmart Gift Card

HOSTS: @formulamom, @7onashoestring, @MudpiesandTiara, @donnahup, @tsue1136

RULES: #FamilyFavorites Twitter Party Official Rules

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TIP: Want to win Twitter Party prizes? RSVP by clicking on RSVP button before you join the party, follow everyone on the Party Team, and tweet with the party hashtag during the party to be eligible!

TIP: How to win the Early Bird prize? Watch for chance to share a tweet when you RSVP for chance to win!

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Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

*Disclosure: I received no compensation for this post. I just wanted to share a great giveaway with our readers!

Are you a Jan Karon fan? The first book in her popular The Mitford Years series, “At Home in Mitford” is celebrating it’s 20th year in print.

It’s easy to feel at home in Mitford, North Carolina. In these high, green hills, the air is pure, the village is charming, and the people are friendly. Yet, Father Tim, the bachelor rector, wants something more. Enter a dog the size of a sofa who moves in and won’t go away. Add an attractive neighbor who begins wearing a path through the hedge. Now, stir in a lovable but unloved boy, a mystifying jewel theft, and a secret that’s sixty years old. Suddenly, Father Tim gets more than he bargained for. And readers get a rich comedy about ordinary people and their ordinary lives.
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The 10th book in the series, “Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good” will be released September 2nd but you can pre-buy it now at FamilyChristian.com.  As a bonus, the first 150 people to purchase it will receive a special copy signed by author Jan Karon!

One lucky winner will receive the entire Mitford series!

 

Belinda is a wife, mom, blogger, and Brand Ambassador. She has six children including 5 boys and 1 girl. Belinda enjoys reading, photography, crafts and DIY projects, and watching her boys play soccer. You may contact Belinda at mudpiesand tiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Belinda

The hospitality of Gold Peak Coffee makes me feel as if I am curled up on my comfy couch at home.

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It isn’t the kick-you-in-the-teeth slurp of dark-roast. It’s a more congenial flavor that perks you up, without giving you the feeling you’re going to rattle apart at the seams. Gold Peak Coffee carries a dark roast, also decaf and sustainable organic, and has a light roast option available as well.   I first became familiar with their brand when they were called Georgia Coffee.  Since then, they have changed their name to Gold Peak Coffee.

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Gold Peak Coffee is made with 100% Arabica beans.  Sipping on a warm cup of freshly brewed Gold Peak Coffee makes you feel at home….no matter where you are.  Recently they expanded the markets where their coffee is available, you might be surprised to find it is available near your home as well.

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If you are fortunate enough to get to try some, I would suggest pairing it with a great dessert.  My husband and I enjoy ending a date with a hot cup of Gold Peak Coffee and a delectable dessert.  It’s a great way to extend the date and end it on a very relaxing note.

Does coffee play a role in your life?  What is your favorite way to enjoy coffee?  Many of our dates involve coffee!  We are always up for a cup.

 

You will be able to connect with Gold Peak Coffee on Twitter and enjoy their photo stream on their Instagram account.

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Now it’s your turn… I would LOVE to hear from YOU! Let me know if you have experienced Gold Peak Coffee before.  Then please tell me your favorite food to pair with your favorite coffee.  Is it a dessert?  Perhaps a pastry?  Or maybe you love having coffee with something like pizza?  Leave a comment and let me know!

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf Gold Peak Coffee. All opinions and commentary are my own

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen