Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Walker Edison Bunk Bed Giveaway!

I remember how easy it was to plan my ideal children's room before I actually had more than one child.  I always knew that I wanted bunk beds so that we could keep as much floor space open as possible.  I just had no idea how necessary that would be!

Fast forward to three children, two bedrooms, and 800 sq. ft.  We need bunk beds, otherwise there would be no possible way to get all three of them into one small bedroom.  I'm sure there are many of you who can relate--even if your space isn't quite so tight!  No matter what way you swing it, if you have fewer bedrooms than you do children, or just a love for space over stuff, bunk beds are the way to go!  The ability to bunk our children has been a lifesaver.

And that's why I'm excited to be a part of the Walker Edison Bunk Bed giveaway event, hosted by Children Teaching Mama and sponsored by BunkBedsAtoZ.  The Walker Edison Bunk Bed is is valued at $549, and would be a beautiful and practical addition to any child's bedroom!  This bed features sturdy construction, ladder and guardrails, and the ability to convert into two separate twins beds should you so desire.

This giveaway runs June 20 through July 10th.  Be sure to mention that Gluten Free Motherhood referred you to enter!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, June 18, 2012

Copy-Kids Eat Fruits and Vegetables DVD Review and Giveaway!

Before having children, I was determined that my kids would any fruit or vegetable I served them.  And like them.  It would be easy, right?  Right?


Because of our gluten-free lifestyle, pre-packaged foods have been an extreme rarity.  Therefore, though it may be inconvenient at times, overall I'm thrilled my children generally have an aversion to pre-packaged "kid foods."  However, that doesn't necessarily mean they'll eat any fruit or veggie I give them, either.  Especially Gilead.

Mercy, as a general rule, will gorge herself on fruit, and she'll eat moderate amounts of most vegetables, but there are exceptions.  Gilead, on the other hand, has been on a produce strike for some time, and I've tried everything I can think of to break it.

I think I've found the solution.

Copy-Kids Eat Fruits and Vegetables, a delightful DVD in which 12 fruits and vegetables (bell peppers, carrots, oranges, bananas, cucumbers, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, apples, tomatoes, avocados, and broccoli) are featured in six to eight minute segments.  In each segment several children are shown thoroughly enjoying eating a particular fruit or vegetable.  That's right.  Enjoying it.  The Copy-Kids press release says this about the DVDs inspiration:

"The genesis for the project came when Cai Dixon noticed her young daughter was more willing to try new fruits and vegetables when she saw another child eating them. Bella liked to copy. Dixon wondered if the experience had to be live, or if a video of children eating fruits and vegetables would also work?"

Copy-Kids has won two awards, the MACT award and one from Dr. Toy as well as being approved by the USDA and being added to their Education and Training Materials Database for preschool nutrition.

It seemed worth a try, so I put it to the test with my 2 and 4 year olds.

First viewing.  Gilead has been refusing to even try apples for months, so I thought we'd start with the apple segment.

He's definitely thinking about it.

By now, we'd actually moved on to watching the tomato segment.  Then, amazingly enough, he picked up an apple slice.  And ate it!  As soon as he took that first bite he said "mmm.  Delicious.  I love it!"

Mercy loves apples, too.  And she especially loves eating them while watching Copy-Kids.

A couple of days later I decided it was time to try something a little bit more foreign--cucumbers.  They were my favorite snack as a child, but as of yet, I had been unable to get my children to eat them.  So, I sliced one up, put in Copy-Kids, and waited to see what would happen.

After a few minutes Mercy tentatively nibbled.

And what do you know?  It's yummy!  She ate the whole bowl.

About half way through the segment Gilead got brave enough to touch his.  This, I'm sorry to say, was a big deal.  However, by the end, he actually took a bite, too.  I can't say that he's loving cucumbers yet, but he's trying them, and for now, that thrills me.

Bananas are a fruit that, admittedly, they both like, but seem to have fallen out of love with as of late.  Therefore, since we had bananas in the house, too, I thought we'd give the banana segment a whirl.

They each devoured a whole banana over the course of the segment and were begging for more!!!

So, it is without reservation that I tell you that Copy-Kids works.  I'm looking forward to continuing to introduce my children to even more fruits and vegetables with the DVD.  In fact, Mercy already studies the cover and asks if we can watch it while eat a particular fruit or veggie.  We're hooked!

You can read more great reviews here and order your own copy here so that your kids can experience the joy of eating healthily right away.  Keep up with the latest Copy-Kids happenings via facebook and twitter, too!

Copy-Kids has generously offered to sponsor a giveaway.  One lucky reader of Gluten Free Motherhood will win their own Copy-Kids Eat Fruits and Vegetables DVD.  Enter using the Rafflecopter form below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, June 4, 2012

Bunk Bed Giveaway--Free Blogger Event Sign Ups!

Children Teaching Mama is pleased to present the Walker Edison Bunk Bed Giveaway sponsored by BunkBedsAtoZ!

Event Dates: June 20th to July 10th

Details: This is a FREE blogger event, open to US and Canada residents and accepting sign-ups now!

Sign up for this exciting event here!

Be sure to let them know that Gluten Free Motherhood sent you when you sign up.

Mercy's Hippo Ballerina Cake

Mercy turned four last Sunday, which is almost impossible to believe, but true.  For months she's been telling me she wants a ballerina birthday cake, but about two weeks ago she became infatuated with hippos.

She's never seen fantasia, but she combined the hippo and the ballerina ideas herself.  All I can figure is that, as much as she wanted a hippopotamus cake, she didn't want to let go of the ballerina idea, either.  I spent a week and a half floundering--trying to figure out exactly how in the world I was going to make a ballerina hippopotamus cake.  In the end, this is what happened.

The tutu is made of layers of buttercream icing.  Yes, that's a lot of frosting!

And the hippo is, of course, fondant, as are the ribbons and buttons.

Mercy being sung to.

Enjoying some hippopotamus birthday cake.  It was huge.  Even with a party, we have been, and will continue to be, eating a lot of cake...

Friday, June 1, 2012

Dyson Housewarming Event!

Welcome to the Dyson Housewarming Giveaway event. This took months in the making and Mom to Bed by 8, the Iowa Mom is proud to bring you this fantastic home essential and offer you the chance to win one too! Big thank you to our lovely co-hosts How to Have It All, Mark Your Savings and GiveAway Bandit.

I don't know about you, but keeping the floors clean is a major ordeal in my house.  Not only is the house tiny, but the combination of wood floors, tile, and rugs make using the appropriate appliance for each type of flooring a real pain!  It takes about twice as long as it would if I could just use the same machine to get it all done.  However, get it all done, I must.  We all have allergies, and asthma is prevalent in the family as well.

Despite those complication, Dyson has the problem covered with their DC23 TurbineHead Canister Vacuum!

Dyson DC23 TurbineHead Canister Vacuum
Delivering 220 airwatts of suction power, this canister vacuum cleaner features advanced Level 3 Root Cyclone technology to ensure thorough, efficient cleaning with no clogging or loss of suction. It also offers a TurbineHead brush bar that's ideal for cleaning medium and short pile carpets and can be turned off for hard floors. Certified asthma and allergy friendly by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, the unit expels air that contains up to 150 times less mold and bacteria than common breathing air thanks to the vacuum's money-saving, lifetime washable HEPA filter. Plus, Dyson's Bactisafe screen traps and kills bacteria, mold and allergens on contact, preventing them from re-entering the air.
The Telescopic Wrap System allows the hose and wand to be compressed, and ensures that the Dyson DC23 can be stored away neatly and compactly, with no loose components or wires to get tangled. It comes with a stair tool for focusing on dust and dirt from stairs and stair carpets, a brush tool with long bristles to dislodge cobwebs and for delicate cleaning, and a high-velocity airflow crevice tool that's ideal for cleaning base boards, picture frames and in-between furniture. Other features include a clear bin with 0.44-gallon capacity, 21.6-foot cord length, and easy-to-maneuver fixed wheels. The vacuum measures 13.9 x 19.3 x 11.9 inches (HxWxD) and weighs 19.5 pounds. The Dyson DC23 TurbineHead is backed by a 5-year warranty.
Open to worldwide, ages 18+. Giveaway ends on June 15th. Please use the rafflecopter form below to enter. Good luck to all!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. Gluten Free Motherhood is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment.