I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for MedImmune. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Today, November 17th, is World Prematurity Day.  As a mother of premature twins, I know first hand the effects on a preemie baby.  My girls were premature and as a result, left more susceptible to illnesses like RSV.  What is RSV?  RSV, Respiratory Syncytial Virus, is a common seasonal virus contracted by most children by the age of two and the leading cause of hospitalization in children under one – yet many parents haven’t heard of the illness.  Respiratory Syncytial Virus usually presents mild to moderate cold-like symptoms, but can lead to serious infection.  Premature babies can have serious consequences with RSV.  It is highly contagious and is not only spread by coughs and sneezes but can live on surfaces, hands and clothing.

My twins were premature.  The picture below is my little Reagan in the NICU following her birth.  That winter, the girls contracted RSV and Reagan ended up hospitalized because of it.  While Riyan was able to work through it without hospitalization, it left her lungs more vulnerable as well and both girls have battled croup, bronchitis, pneumonia and other respiratory illnesses.  It is heartbreaking watching your baby gasp for air.

With a new baby in our home, we are once again on RSV alert.  Preventing RSV depends greatly on staying informed, educated and taking action when necessary.  What can you do?  Contact your pediatrician has persistent coughing or wheezing, a bluish color around the fingernails or mouth, rapid, difficult or gasping for breath or fever.  These symptoms can be signs of RSV.  Early detection is important.

Since RSV has no treatment once contracted and is highly contagious, prevention is key.  It can live on surfaces and skin for hours and is spread through coughing, sneezing and touch.  Prevention tips include avoiding crowds and sick people during peak season, washing hands and keeping bedding and toys clean and never let anyone smoke around your baby.  After the twins battle with RSV, I am very diligent about hand washing in our home.  Our kids and guests have to wash their hands when they come in the house.  We don’t want to go through that experience again, nor do we want other families to have to either. 

November 17th is World Prematurity Day and it is a good time to learn the risks associated with with premature birth and how we can protect those born too soon.  Something as easy as washing your hands can protect a little life.

You can learn more tips including how to talk to your pediatrician about RSV and view data regarding the illness in your area, as well read real stories from real families at www.RSVprevention.com.

Learn more by clicking on the infographic below!

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Since the addition of our sweet new daughter, Quinn, I have been having a blast dressing her up in all things girly.  And what does a girl need?  SHOES!  Baby shoes are a weakness I hope I never recover from – I mean who can resist cute little teeny tiny shoes?  One of my favorite stops for baby shoes?  Jack & Lily!  Both Kinsley and Quinn’s first pair of shoes were Jack & Lily shoes! 

Jack & Lily is committed to the development of high quality baby footwear. Lovingly designed with a baby’s sense of touch in mind, our footwear uses the best ‘Lamb Touch’ leather available. Jack & Lily owners have been in the leather business for 25 years and have perfected the art of sourcing out quality materials that ensure healthy and comfortable feet, while keeping up with the latest fashions. With more than 200 combinations of contemporary colors and distinct styles to choose from, Jack & Lily is proud to be providing ultra-soft, fashionable shoes for babies and toddlers throughout the world.

Jack & Lily have four types of infant and toddler shoes, Originals, My Boots, My Shoes and My Mocs.

  • Originals are hand-crafted with breathable, ultra-soft, premium cowhide leather and a suede sole that is flexible and skid resistant. A gently elasticized ankle provides comfort while making them easy to put on and stay on! They are washable by hand or machine.
  • My Shoes are hand-crafted with breathable, premium leather and our signature durable, soft, flexible, rubber sole. Additional features include suede lining, 3 MM’s of cushioning for the sole and ankle. Velcro makes it easy to put on and stay on. A true soft-sole shoe that can be used outdoors or indoors.
  • My Boots are hand-crafted with breathable, premium leather and our signature durable, soft, flexible, rubber sole. Additional features include an ultra-soft, non-allergenic faux fur lining and 3mm cushioned sole. A true soft-sole shoe that can be used outdoors or indoors
  • My Mocs are and-crafted from leather and premium materials. My Mocs offer form and stability while providing a little more wiggle room in the moccasin-style soft sole.

Jack & Lily has expanded their line with the new addition of My Mocs.  I recently had the opportunity to try an adorable pair of “Bouquet Brown” My Mocs with Quinn. 

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The Bouquet Brown My Mocs feature three embroidered flowers on a rich, chocolate brown leather.  Aren’t they the cutest?

IMG_0177IMG_0179Sometimes it is difficult getting shoes on babies and toddlers.  The strap across the top of the shoe makes it easy to slip on baby’s foot and there is ample room for even the chubbiest of toes! 

IMG_0176With soft, skid resistant soles and flexible leather, My Mocs are the perfect shoe to transition to walking. 

IMG_0175Quinn is only a few weeks old and has a little bit more growing to do before they fit but they look adorable on her already.

IMG_0203I can not brag enough about Jack & Lily.  The quality is fantastic and I have never been disappointed with any of their shoes. 

Jack and Lily offers their shoes in sizes up to 30 months.  They even have a handy sizing chart so you can obtain the perfect fit.

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You can purchase the Bouquet Brown My Mocs on their website for $28.

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One lucky reader is going to win a pair of Jack & Lily My Mocs!

Open to US & Canada.

I received the below mentioned product free of charge to facilitate my review, however all opinions are my own.
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With the holidays right around the corner, I am already purchasing gifts for the loved ones on my list.  With three little ones to buy for, that means there will be lots of toys under the tree.  One of the first brands I turn to is Vtech and their high quality, durable learning toys.

Vtech has a wonderful selection of learning toys for the little ones on your list this holiday season.  We recently had the opportunity to try out four great products, the Vtech Chomp & Count Dino, Sit-to-Stand Smart Cruiser, Grow-Along Music Center and the Smart Shots Sports Center.

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I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of  Influence-Central for Virgin Mobile. I received a sample device to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating.

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I have twin 14 year old daughters so naturally they are at the age where they are asking for their own smart phone.  While I admit it would make life easier for all of us to be able to reliably reach them at any given time, I also know from past experience that a child with a cell phone has it’s own set of problems.  It isn’t always feasible, financially, to add two additional lines but my greatest concern is control.  As a parent, it is imperative that I know who they are talking to and what they are being exposed to online.   Not to mention, cell phone use can interrupt their studies and responsibilities.

Now that the girls are in high school, they are participating in more social events and often out of the house.  We had been considering a cell phone for them but hadn’t found the perfect set up.  Until now. 

Meet Virgin Mobile Custom.

With Virgin Mobile Custom, I can create a fully customizable, no-contract cell phone plan for my girls.  The best part – I have total control and at as little as $6.98 per line a month, it’s affordable!  This plan allows me to activate up to five lines and control the exact amount of data and minutes for each line at anytime from my own device.

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I was given the opportunity to try out the service with my daughters using a ZTE Emblem smart phone.  The 3G ZTE Emblem features a 4.0″ Touchscreen, 5.0 mp camera with HD Video Capture and is wi-fi and bluetooth capable.  Equipped with a $35 Top Up Card (prepaid plan card), I set out customizing our plan for the girls. 

IMG_0180Once the phone was activated, I was able to set up our plan.  Choosing a plan customized to our needs was incredibly easy.  My options appeared onscreen and I only had to swipe the three features to choose an option.  Since the girls were mostly interested in texting their friends, I choose the unlimited plan for $10.  I put some talk minutes on there for emergencies (although 20 minutes is included for free with the $6.98 line) and a small amount of data for when they are not home since we have wifi connect-ability in the home.  I was also able to set up curfews for when I want the girls offline at night (such as no Facebook after 9 p.m.), which apps I will allow them to use as well as who I want to allow them to text with overall (no boys!) from my password protected account. 

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I have to admit, I love the Virgin Mobile Custom plan. It is the perfect way for me to introduce the twins to the responsibility of a cell phone – without great expense and the worry that comes hand in hand with children and access to the outside elements.  I learned, when my older children bought their first phones, just how much the privilege can be used for evil.  With this plan, I can breathe easier knowing I control all aspects of their usage.

Although I plan on keeping the line with the minimum $6.98 line in case they have emergencies, the girls can earn Top Up cards for chores, receive them at holidays, etc. for additional talk, text and data.  I think it’s a great, safe transition into the smartphone world for the younger users. 

My daughter has had fun learning about the device and features.  I am happy knowing she can enjoy it on my terms.
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Virgin Mobile Custom phones are available at select Walmart’s and Walmart.com!

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I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Littlest Pet Shop. I received a sample to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating.

  lpslogoAs a mother of six daughters, Littlest Pet Shop has been a favorite in our family for as long as I can remember.  My twin daughters had an extensive collection gained from years of birthday and Christmas presents.  Now that they are older, they have passed their love of LPS down to Kinsley.  I am sure you can imagine her joy when I told her we were having a Littlest Pet Shop party with her friends! Kinsley and her friends gathered together to watch the Littlest Pet Shop Sweetest Pets DVD, enjoy some snacks and play with the new and cool Littlest Pet Shop style sets!

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The Littlest Pet Shop DVD is a collection of animated shows that are on the Discovery Family Channel.  The DVD includes five episodes and is 110 minutes long – almost two hours of fun! With the added bonus of coloring sheets, this DVD is bound to be a big hit with LPS fans.

When Blythe Baxter moved into the city with her father, she never expected to move into the apartment above the Littlest Pet Shop. But an even bigger surprise awaited her. Blythe can talk to the pets…and they can talk back! Join Blythe as she embarks on wild adventures with her newest friends: Pepper, the hilarious skunk; Sunil, the magical mongoose; Penny, the adorable panda; Russell, the highly organized hedgehog; Zoe, the diva Spaniel; and, of course, Minka, the artistic monkey!

IMG_0219After the party, the guests took home a Littlest Pet Shop style set!  The Littlest Pet Shop brand has all-new style sets featuring Blythe Baxter, the best pet sitter in Downtown City. These sets provide endless creativity and imagination because they are customizable and can be combined to create an entire city.  Decorate the city with 100 new customizable pets, with accessories, deco bits stickers and furniture.

This fall, LITTLEST PET SHOP empowers fans to “Be who they wanna be!” with a new way to play that offers the freedom to design their own PET SHOP world, their way. Fans can create their own Downtown City, with customizable style sets and figures inspired by the “Littlest Pet Shop” animated series. Fans can collect and stack the style sets vertically or horizontally to create a unique ‘city skyline,’ then decorate and style the sets with Deco Bits — unique, small accessories that plug into the environments for a little added glamour – as well as stickers and other decorative pieces. Fans can also collect and customize 100+ new pets, straight from the entertainment!

The girls had a great time at the party watching the movie and playing with their play sets.  They really like the character Blythe and each had their own favorite pet – Kinsley loves Penny the Panda! Every morning at the bus stop, they are animated with Littlest Pet Shop talk and they can’t wait to get together again with their sets to combine them into a city. 

Want even more Pet Shop fun?  With the Littlest Pet Shop app fans can scan the pets they play with and bring them to life virtually!

The Littlest Pet Shops Style Sets and DVD are available on the LPS website!

LG Tablet

This giveaway is Sponsored by BuyDig.Com and hosted by My Life, Blogged and Budget Earth.

Prize:

LG 7.0′ 8GB Wi-fi Tablet

About This Prize

This is My Launch Pad. Let’s Take Off.
LG knows you’re always on the go and the LG G Pad 7.0 provides the ultimate tablet for life on the fly.
– Impressive 7″ WXGA (1280 X 800) IPS Display
– Powerful 1.2GHz Quad-Core Processor
– 4,000 mAh Long-Lasting Battery
– Secure, Simple Ways to Wake and Unlock Your Tablet with Knock Code
– Control Compatible Devices with QuickRemote
– Seamless Connectivity with Your Android Smartphone with Q Pair 2.0

Comfortable One-Handed Grip
Smooth, rounded corners provide a comfortable in-hand grip.

Seamless Connectivity with Q Pair 2.0
Never miss the moment! The LG G Pad 7.0 pairs with your Android Smartphone so you can receive important calls and texts – and respond right from your tablet.

Intuitive Easy-Input Smart Keyboard
For a smooth and seamless writing experience, this keyboard provides easy-to-use features and adapts to your unique writing style.

Secure and Instant Access with Knock Code
Knock Code provides secure, one-step access to your home screen with over 86,000 possible code combinations!

QuickRemote
Turn your tablet into a programmable remote to control multiple compatible electronic devices.

Efficient Multitasking with Dual Window
Split the screen for simple cross tasking! Open two different apps on the large tablet and drag and drop content from one window to the other.

Expansive 7.0″ IPS Display
Experience intricate details and vibrant colors with more true-to-life colors.

Blazing-Fast 1.2 GHz Quad-Core Processor
Snap into action with performance of Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor.

A Sweeter Experience
Android 4.4.2 KitKat is a sweet Android interface. Packed with new features, it adds flavor to even the simplest tasks – and makes your user experience more satisfying than ever.

Google Play
At Google Play, you can browse and download thousands of free and paid apps from around the world.

Specifications

Type
– Tablet

Form Factor
– Bar

OS
– Android 4.4.2 KitKat

Processor
– 1.2 GHz Quad-Core Processor

Dimensions
– 7.45″ (H) X 4.48″ (W) X 0.4″ (D)

Weight
– 10.48 oz

Display
– 7″ WXGA (1280 X 800) IPS Display

Touch Screen
– Yes

Battery Capacity
– 4,000 mAh

Total Internal Memory
– 8 GB (3.89 GB available)

MicroSD Memory Slot
– Supports up to 32 GB
– MicroSD cards sold separately

Wi-Fi Connectivity
– 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5 GHz)

GPS
– S-GPS Support for Enhanced Location Accuracy

Giveaway Rules

Must be 18 years or older

US Only

 

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No other bloggers involved in the promotion of this giveaway were compensated in any way for the promotion of this giveaway. The bloggers involved in this giveaway are not responsible for prize shipment or fulfillment. Prize delivery and fulfillment is the responsibility of the sponsor (Buydig.Com). The winner will be notified via email and has 48 hours to respond or another winner will be selected. Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter are not endorsing or liable for this giveaway.

I participated in an In-Home Party Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Mattel. I received product samples to facilitate my party and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

As a child, I adored my Barbie dolls.  I remember one Christmas, my parents spent countless late nights building me a beautiful doll house for my beloved Barbies as a Christmas present.  It even had a swimming pool! It is one of my greatest childhood memories. Now, I am blessed with six daughters and have spent hours as an adult playing with Barbie dolls with my girls.  Barbie has been in my life for over 40 years! 

I recently had an opportunity to sit down with Kinsley and her friends to review the latest Barbie movie, Barbie and The Secret Door.  We all gathered together and had a Barbie Party! 

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Kinsley invited her best friends, including a very brave little boy named Forrest!  We made some yummy cupcakes smothered in pink frosting and purple sprinkles – to match Alexa’s dress!  The girls were very excited about the movie – Forrest was very excited about the food.  We started the movie and the girls were mesmerized with a bright, colorful world of adventure and their favorite, unicorns!

barbie_partyBarbie stars as Alexa, a shy princess who discovers a secret door in her kingdom and enters a whimsical land filled with magical creatures and surprises! As Alexa travels through this fantastical world she meets new friends who ask for her help stopping a spoiled ruler from taking all the magic in the land. The values and lessons Alexa learns on her adventure teach children to find the courage to stand up for what’s right and that friendship has the most power of all!

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The kids all loved the movie, even Forrest! After the movie, I asked the kids about their favorite part.  Here’s what they had to say:

Kinsley:  I loved when the magic wand cracked at the end and everything turned beautiful and they got their magic back.

Destiny: I loved when they mermaid got the tales back and the fairies got their wings back.

Emma: I love the secret door with flowers.

Forrest: I love the interesting creatures.

The kids all got to take home some Barbie and The Secret Door merchandise, which they LOVED!  We were sent three dolls and four books; a coloring books, reading book, sticker book and paint book.  Kinsley received the Alexa doll and when you push down on her arm, plays music and lights up the doll. 

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The kids had so much fun at our Barbie and the Secret Door screening.  You can have your own Barbie party because the DVD is available now, as well as the cool dolls and books. Check out the Barbie and the Secret Door website to find out where you can purchase the movie! It is available in stores and online. Don’t forget the pink and purple cupcakes!

Birthday Extravaganza Giveaway Hosted by Pea of Sweetness and Deals of Sweetness

Birthday Extravaganza Giveaway

Emilee from Pea of Sweetness and Deals of Sweetness recently celebrated her birthday as well as her 20K Facebook Fan Milestone on Pea of Sweetness and 5K Facebook Fan Milestone on Deals of Sweetness! So many reasons to celebrate!

To spread the excitement and celebration, she has partnered with some amazing sponsors to put together a prize pack any woman would love to receive for their birthday (or any occasion!). To learn more about each sponsor and prize be sure to visit the product links as well as the reviews on Pea of Sweetness and Deals of Sweetness!

 

Anna Naturals

Anna Naturals ReviewAnna Naturals offers all natural products for women from every day to pregnancy and postpartum. They are products you can enjoy without all the questionable ingredients! Anna Naturals is graciously offering all of the products Emilee reviewed on Pea of Sweetness: Energize Tea, Cycle-Ease Tea, Goat’s Milk Soap, and Glowing Mama Face & Body Scrub. Total Value: $44.96

See what Emilee thought of Anna Naturals all natural products on Pea of Sweetness!

 

Stylegirl

Stylegirl DressStylegirl offers gorgeous apparel hand-selected from around the globe. They add new products daily!

This Ribbed Sleeveless Maxi Dress must-have for your wardrobe, this maxi dress transitions beautifully from casual to dressy events. Throw on to lounge around the house or dress up with a pretty kimono, chunky wedge sandals and jewelry! Winner will get to choose size and color! Total Value: $24.99

See what Emilee thought of the Ribbed Sleeveless Maxi Dress on Deals of Sweetness!

 

Alisha Dunsford’s South Hill Designs Lockets

Gold LocketSouth Hill Designs offers a variety of jewelry that can be personalized to fit your style! They offer a variety of lockets you can customize with screens, coins, and charms! The winner will receive a Gold Locket! Total Value: $20.00

See what Emilee thought of her Gold Locket on Pea of Sweetness!

 

 

The Green Daisy

The Green Daisy PrizeThe Green Daisy is one of the only online retailers where eco-conscious consumers can find exclusively eco-friendly gift wrap, gift wrapping supplies and stationery all in one place! They have a variety of beautiful products! The winner will receive the following: Peach Berries Gift Wrap, Kraft Paper Ribbon, and Gold Dot Washi Tape. Total Value: $11.00

See what Emilee thought of The Green Daisy eco-friendly products on Pea of Sweetness!

 

*Giveaway!!*

On to the giveaway! One winner will receive all the prizes listed above – a retail value of over $100! This giveaway begins on 9/16 and ends on 9/30 at 10:00pm (times are Central) and is open to US residents ages 18+. Winner is subject to eligibility verification and will have 48 hours to confirm before a new winner will be drawn. For any questions/concerns please email emilee.roberts@peaofsweetness.com (consider adding this email to your “Safe List” as winning email notification will be sent from this email.) Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.

 

Disclosure: Emilee from Pea of Sweetness and Deals of Sweetness did receive a sample of products in exchange for honest reviews and posts. I received no compensation for this post. Participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

 

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Roman Meal. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

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September is Whole Grains Month!  Sponsored by the Whole Grains Council, it’s the perfect opportunity to “Make the Switch” and incorporate whole grain recipes into your diet. 

A great way to make the switch is with Roman Meal breads!  Roman Meal bread is always baked fresh, locally in regional bakeries across the United States, and delivered freshly baked to your local grocery store.  It is never shipped long distances or frozen making it as fresh as if you baked it yourself!

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What are the benefits of Roman Meal whole grains?  Two slices of Roman Meal Bread has 21 grams of whole grains, more than 40% of the recommended daily value. Whole grains are a good source of vitamin D, calcium and fiber and help with digestion and weight management.  Studies have shown whole grain intake may even reduce the risk of heart disease!

Roman Meal whole grain bread is made from a sweet and soft whole grain blend of whole wheat, whole rye, wheat bran, wheat germ and flaxmeal, with hints of honey and molasses.  The taste? Heavenly!  Roman Meal is the great-tasting, light brown bread filled with natural whole grain goodness.  

IMG_0635Did you know Roman Meal has an extensive list of recipes to incorporate whole grains into your diet?  You can visit and find recipes for things like cobblers, stuffed tomatoes and some delicious sandwich recipes!

I looked over the recipes and found a great, easy recipe for a quick, healthy breakfast for our busy family in the morning – Whole Grain Florentine Egg Cups

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These whole grain bread cups are stuffed with eggs, spinach and feta and super easy to make.  Just cut the crusts off a slice of bread, mold to a cupcake pan, bake for 20 minutes then take them out and fill with your eggs and toppings (I just did plain eggs and cheese for the kids). 

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How easy is that?  And they were so yummy, the kids asked for them again!  Always a win for moms! Roman Meal is my favorite source of whole grains and my family loves the taste of their breads!

IMG_0004During the month of September, Roman Meal is have a Baked Fresh Sweepstakes!  Visit them on Facebook for your chance to win free bread coupons or the grand prize: $2500  As an added bonus, you will receive a $1 off coupon just for entering!

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Roman Meal is baked fresh locally and available at your local grocer. 

Sign up for the Roman Meal Newsletter and receive a $1 off coupon.  Each newsletter contains and additional $1 off coupon.

You can also receive a $1 coupon when entering the Roman Meal’s Baked Fresh Sweepstakes during the month of September.

Win It

One lucky reader is going to win Roman Meal bread coupon vouchers!

US Only. 18+.

 

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Welcome to Sweet Debbie’s Organic Treats Giveaway

Hosted by Water Rolls Uphill

Are you, or is someone you care about on a limited diet due to allergies, food sensitivities, or gluten intolerance?

With Sweet Debbie’s Organic Treats cookbook, you can:

  • spoil those you care about, including yourself, with delicious baked goods, free of common allergens;
  • treat someone to a cookbook that meets their dietary needs, with time tested delicious recipes;
  • avoid expensive gluten and allergen free substitute commercial processed foods; and
  • have fresh baked goods free of gluten and common allergens [that are vegan to boot!].

Don’t want to bake? Sweet Debbie’s delivers in Los Angeles, and ships nationwide via FedEx.

Read Water Rolls Uphills’ review of Sweet Debbie’s Organic Treats cookbook, here.

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How would you like to win this wonderful cookbook?  Well, two readers are going to win a copy of the cookbook Sweet Debbie’s Organic Treats and one reader will win a $20 Amazon gift code! Check it out!

The details about this giveaway:

  • Open to residents 18 years of age and older, who reside in the contiguous United States, only.
  • Giveaway is open from 9/15/2014 1am EST through 10/6/14 11pm EST.
  • One entrant per household.
  • Two readers will win a copy of the cookbook Sweet Debbie’s Organic Treats.
  • One reader will win a $20 Amazon gift code.

Disclosure: My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. Participating bloggers were not compensated for promoting this giveaway. Confirmed Winner(s) will be contacted via email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be drawn. No purchase necessary. Sponsor is responsible for cookbook prize fulfillment, and Water Rolls Uphill/Elizabeth Copeland is responsible for Amazon gift code prize fulfillment. Water Rolls Uphill was compensated with product to facilitate this review and giveaway. This giveaway is in no way associated with, sponsored, administered, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest or any other social media network. If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth at waterrollsuphill dot com. Void where prohibited.