WindPro® ShedRain Umbrella Review & Giveaway!!

The WindPro®Vented Auto Open Golf umbrella from ShedRain is made with the strongest materials to resist inversion in windy conditions. Even better, it’s treated with Teflon® fabric protector to keep water, dirt and everything else out – so not only will you be protected, but your umbrella will look better and last longer than the standard umbrella.

My Thoughts:

We live in Oregon where we get lots of rain but also lots of high winds, which make umbrellas sort of useless. The rain usually blows right under the umbrella or just turns it inside out and blows away. So umbrellas here are kind of a waste of time, money and usually are the brunt of a lot of jokes. The WindPro®Vented Auto Open Golf umbrella from ShedRain though is amazing. Not only is it huge, seriously, large enough for almost my entire family to stand under it, its extremely strong. I used it during a large spring thunderstorm with pouring rain and 60-70 mile an hour winds! Not only were we dry as I rushed all the way across a crowded parking lot to my doctors office, with four kids huddled under it with me, the umbrella stayed in shape even as those strong winds tugged and grabbed at it. I do have to admit, I thought for sure I would get blown away…. the size did make it hard for this 5’2″ mama to hold onto in the wind. But no other umbrella I know of would of stood up to that much rain and wind.

I even have plans this summer to take it to the lake with us to use as a sun shade. My kids have played outside with it and gotten all dirty. I simply hosed it off and it looks as good as new. I absolutely love this umbrella and will suggest it to any Oregonian, or anyone else for that matter, who thinks they are useless!

WindPro® Vented Auto Open Golf:

·        68-inch arc (172.7 cm), approximately; 42 inches (106.7 cm) in length closed
·         Automatic open
·        Fabric protected with Teflon® repellent finish
·        Vented canopy engineered to resist windy conditions and flipping
·        Fast-drying fabric
·        FRP fiberglass shaft and rib construction offering significant increase in durability and life of umbrella
·        Top vented canopy in the industry
·        Tested by the University of Washington Aeronautical Lab

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SebaMed Baby Review


We all want skin that’s “soft like a baby’s-bottom” – but what if your baby’s bottom isn’t soft?  We’ve all heard about “Mom’s” skincare routine – but baby’s skin is delicate and prone to skin irritation, so keeping it healthy takes a little extra TLC.

From diaper rash to eczema, Sebamed Baby is a uniquely formulated and clinically proven collection designed to rebalance and maintain baby’s delicate skin pH level of 5.5 – keeping it nourished, comfortable and undeniably soft.  Each product in the collection gently cleanses and moisturizes to minimize the risk of major baby skincare concerns including dryness and irritation.  Specially formulated with herbal extracts from fennel, yarrow, melissa, mistletoe and chamomile, the collection soothes and protects baby’s skin from head to toe.  With a shampoo, body lotion, body cream, bubble bath, body wash, cleansing bar and cleansing wipes – all  100% soap, tear and alkali free! – the collection is everything Mom (or Dad) needs to protect Baby’s delicate skin.

My Thoughts:

Several of my babies had dry itchy skin when they were little that likes to reappear now and then, so I like to keep good products on hand to combat it. SebaMed is perfect for this. I tried it out on Putters who had a dry itchy scalp and a rash on her arms from playing on the fresh cut grass in the yard.

One use of the baby wash left her skin soft and the itchies gone while the lotion kept her skin soft and rash free afterwards. This is definitely a keeper at our  house. It worked quickly, efficiently and smelled good too! Always important when using on pretty princesses!

Below are SebaMeds products and pricing:

BABY SEBAMED CHILDREN’S SHAMPOO gently washes a baby’s hair and scalp. Its mild, dermatologist-tested botanically-based formula helps to preserve the scalp’s natural oils and cut down the irritation that can come from the use of soap-based shampoos.  Maintaining a 5.5 pH, Baby Sebamed Children’s Shampoo treats normal, sensitive and problematic scalp conditions. Formulated with chamomile extract to naturally soothe the scalp and help calm irritation, Baby Sebamed Children’s Shampoo promotes a healthy scalp for the growth of healthy hair. $12.99

BABY SEBAMED BABY LOTION contains a rapidly absorbing and non-greasy formula that combines a high concentration of moisturizing substances, such as glycerin and sorbitol, with a light 7% lipid compound to help preserve the natural moisture balance of a baby’s skin. Baby Sebamed Baby Lotion adds natural-based buffer substances, such as sodium citrate and sodium lactate, to the formulation to adjust pH to a desirable pH of 5.5. $12.99

BABY SEBAMED BABY CREAM deposits a moisturizing and protective moisture layer on the skin, helping to prevent dryness throughout the day. The panthenol (Vitamin B5), allantoin and chamomile-enriched formula is designed to moisturize, protect and soothe irritated skin, including areas exposed to chafing. Furthermore, Vitamin E safeguards the skin against harmful environmental influences. Baby Sebamed Baby Cream features a 42% lipid content to help protect baby’s skin all year round, especially from the drying effects of cold, dry winter air. $12.99

BABY SEBAMED BABY BUBBLE BATH gently washes a baby’s delicate skin with its hypoallergenic, non-irritating formula. Mild enough for everyday use, this tear-free bubble bath naturally softens the skin with extracts of chamomile for healthy, huggable skin. Baby Sebamed Baby Bubble Bath avoids the use of harsh bubbling agents and ingredients that dry the skin. Instead, plant extracts help to soothe and protect the skin against irritation, resulting in smoother and healthier skin. $12.99

BABY SEBAMED LIQUID BABY WASH gently cleanses a baby’s delicate skin with a no-tears formula that employs ultra-moisturizing ingredients to soothe the skin. This “extra soft” wash contains sugar tenside complex, an extremely mild cleansing agent, to protect the delicate skin again dryness. The squalane and allantoin-rich formula provides the lipid support and moisturization that a baby’s skin needs, resulting in softer, healthier skin. $11.99

BABY SEBAMED CLEANSING BAR has emollient compounds that protect against dryness and lip removal during cleansing. Contains a moisturizing complex with Inulin and amino acids that nourishes and hydrates, reducing water loss through the skin and supporting the natural lipid balance. Panthenol stimulates the regeneration of the skin, while natural skin-related sugar inulin supports the moisture balance. Specially designed to naturally protect a baby’s delicate skin. $5.95

BABY SEBAMED CLEANSING WIPES contain a milk lotion formula for gentle, efficient cleansing. The botanical extract of chamomile recutita soothes irritation while panthenol counteracts inflammation. These soap, alcohol and PEG free wipes protect the developing acid mantle of the skin with its pH 5.5 value and are made of the best quality soft spun lace. $12.99

My 1,000th Post!! Giveaway!

This is my 1,000th post! I was so excited that I went and got a $10.00 Wal-Mart gift card to give away to celebrate!

I do want to thank all of you that have hung in with me while I took over What Mama Wants, moved a few times, and generally attempted to keep this blog going while keeping all my kids educated and alive. It’s been a bumpy road, but it’s been fun! And you have stuck with me through it all!

I am starting to work on a 4,000 FB fan giveaway, if anyone is interested in sponsoring! Email me at what_mama_wants at yahoo dot com!

Thank you.


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David Carter’s 100- Childrens Book Review

About The Book:

Flaps upon flaps upon flaps—100 of them—are layered on top of each other like gift boxes filled with surprises!  Acclaimed master paper engineer and illustrator David Carter offers children a magical experience as they uncover an array of 100 wonderful things in a treasure trove of landscapes. From bustling city streets; to scenes deep undersea ; to a prehistoric world with dinosaurs , this clever, visually astonishing book will not only amaze kids, but teach them to count up to 100 too!

My Thoughts:

I wanted to review this book for Putters my youngest. I thought she would fall in love with all the flaps and pictures. Little did I know it would become the most fought over book in the house. Everyone wants to read it… even the adults! This book is so much fun, the pictures are colorful and capture the mind and its educational. Not only are the kids learning how to count to 100, they learn about sea life, dinosaurs, cities and more through pictures.

You can purchase David Carters 100 on Amazon, or at your local bookstore.

Sincerely Nuts Pistachio Review!


With warm weather approaching, kick the chips to the curb and indulge in a healthy alternative like nutrient packed pistachios! At Sincerely Nuts we have a wide variety of flavors to satisfy any of your cravings including roasted, salted, jalapeno, garlic, chili lemon, hickory, salt & pepper. Check them out here: Pistachios.  Each delicious flavor comes in a variety of sizes ranging from 1LB bag to 25LB case.

Some great attributes of pistachios include:

·         Spice up dull recipes in need of a flavorful boost!

·         Help keep you full longer with 6gm of protein per serving

·         Provides 3 grams of dietary fiber, or about 12% of the daily value per serving.

·         100mg of omega-3s per ounce which helps reduce bad cholesterol and increase the good cholesterol

·         Rich source of vitamin B6 which is essential to make the protein in your red blood cells

My Thoughts:


I have a serious love affair with pistachios, so this review was right up my alley. The Sincerely Nuts pistachios I was sent for review were some of the freshest tasting I have ever had and I loved the Chili Lemon flavor that I picked. The flavor was bold yet I could still taste the pistachio through the chili and lemon. These are definitely a new favorite snack of mine and will quickly become yours too!

To order your own Sincerely Nuts pistachios, or several other types of nuts and seeds head on over to and take a look at all they have to offer. It will be  hard to choose just one! I promise…

Conversational Cooking Cookbook & Raclette Review

A Little About Conversational Cooking:

Conversational Cooking is targeted to bringing family and friends together around food and helping families cook together in a healthy way.

There is no doubt that busy schedules and technology have cut into family time.  Not only time on the weekends to enjoy time together, but the family dinner has also suffered.  Conversational Cooking is designed to revamp the dinner hour and bring it back to family conversations.  

Think back to the days of fondue, when family and friends sat around the table, cooked food and talked for hours.  Conversational Cooking is geared to bringing that experience back, but instead of dipping food into cheese, oil or chocolate, you cook the meals with simple tea candles. 

Using a tabletop tool called the Raclette, families and friends can laugh, talk, cook and interact together around the table.  This trend of Conversational Cooking has been around for decades in Europe but is just hitting the States.

My Thoughts:

I was a little worried about my kids using Raclettes, but they really do not get that hot as long as they are supervised and used correctly. The handle stays cool enough to touch at all times. So far, we have used them to make personal fajitas and chocolate covered bananas slices. They are so much fun! I cant wait to have company over and pull these out. I definitely want to get a few more first though as they work much better if you have one per person. They can also be a lot of fun for a stay home date night with the Hubs! Put the kids to bed and make a romantic dinner by candlelight, literally…

To use a Raclette, you simply light the candles, set the tray on top, wait for it to heat then add whatever you wish to cook. The Conversational Cooking Cookbook has a lot of fun easy recipes for using a Raclette.

For more information or to purchase your own copy of Conversation Cooking and a raclette or two, head on over to

Meals In A Jar- Cookbook Review


Imagine coming home from a long work day to hungry kids and having a pantry filled with meals in jars that require just water and limited time. Dinner has never been so easy.

Introducing “Meals in a Jar,” a new cookbook that takes the stress and guesswork out of cooking.

“Meals in a Jar” is packed with step-by-step instructions for 125 natural breakfasts, lunches, dinners and desserts, including Biscuits and Gravy, Braised Short Ribs, Turkey Pot Pie, Breakfast Burritos, White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies and much more.

Not only are the recipes in this book perfect for carry-along camping fare, weeknight dinners, meals for Dad (or your teenager) to prepare, they can also be lifesavers in times of disasters like fires, blackouts or hurricanes.

Who wouldn’t want to save time and money while eating their favorite flavorful meals?

My Thoughts:

I have to admit, I haven’t used this book in the way its intended. I have been using it mostly to make large amounts of food for things like church potlucks, or huge amounts of cookies to fill a freezer shelf with some pre-made cookies. While I hope to get to the point where I can use it the way it should be, I just haven’t  taken the time to. It works great for the way I have been using it though!  Its nice to be able to pull a bag or two of homemade cookies out of the freezer on hectic days when everyone wants a snack and there are none made, or grab a bag to take to church on Sunday mornings to share.

You can pick up your copy of Meals In A Jar on Amazon  or at your local bookstore.

The Weary Heart: Guest Post by Author Denise Hildreth Jones

The Weary Heart

Running beneath a rain of birdseed, my husband opened the passenger door for me to climb inside as we started our life together. I grabbed the hem of my hand crocheted wedding dress that was over twenty years old and nestled myself into the seat. Laughter bounced through the air and love was almost touchable. My new groom climbed in beside me and in a moment a question came from the back seat. I looked back into the faces of five kiddos, who in one moment had all landed me in the new role of bonus-mom.

At the age of forty, having never had children of my own, I’d quickly come to discover that I had just entered a world as breathtaking as trying to drink water from a fire-hydrant. I quickly delved into my new role of wife and bonus-mom. We didn’t have the kids all the time, so I still had time for ministry and writing responsibilities, but the new schedule of five kids all with activities, couponing (one trip to the grocery store gave me that revelation!), car-pooling and top chef, and it wasn’t long before I was weary. Bone weary.
A few years before I had found myself on the other side of a heartbreaking divorce. My heart was painfully shut down. I had shut down my voice. I had shut down my desires. I had shut down my dreams. I had shut down in fear, in anger, in disappointment, in performance. I had handed my heart over to a lie. And in the process, that beautiful, God-designed heart that had been created inside of me was a shut-down shell of the “abundant life” God had offered.
After that divorce I went on a desperate search for my heart. I reclaimed it in its deepest places. And then came my new family. The stress of navigating five hurting hearts. The new schedule. The old pains being pricked with the new intimacy that marriage inevitably brings. And a year and a half into bonus-momdom I had realized that I was on the verge of shutting down again in weariness if I didn’t grab a hold and do something different.
I was believing the lie of the weary heart that says, “God needs me.” God needs me to car pool these children. God needs me to coupon to save money, because to do anything else would be irresponsible. God needs me…and the list goes on. And in that lie, I realized I was about to shut down all over again. But I heard God remind me, “Take my yoke upon you. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” It was His yoke. He didn’t need me. He desired to use me, but He did not need me. And in that revelation I began to let go of a few things in order to give my kids the best of me. Something that might seem selfish actually ended up being selfless. We can all shut down our hearts. In fact, some of us haven’t seen our real hearts in so long we wouldn’t even know whatthey looked like. Remember, “The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy.” But there is more to that Scripture, “But, I havecome that you might have life and have it to the full!” Friends, take heart. Yours. And do a heart check. Are you living life to the full? Or has living shut your heart down?
God doesn’t need you. But oh how He desires to use you…

Chick-fil-A #FreshMade Blog App & Giveaway!

Forget about yesterday, today is #FreshMade! Each day we have a choice, a choice to do the same old routine or do something unique and different.  What have you wanted to do for a long time? 2013 is almost halfway over and it’s time to do something new. It’s time to grow, it’s time to make your dreams a reality.

Chick-fil-A is helping you make today #FreshMade, by creating new menu options that you can feel good about! They are introducing 3 new premium salads and an improved wrap all under 430 calories made with premium ingredients.

Take your taste buds to greener pastures.

Head to your local Chick-fil-A to try out the new Chick-fil-A #FreshMade Salads or enter below to WIN two coupons!

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Made From Earth Review & Giveaway!!

honeyA Little About Holistic Honey Body Lotion:

Honey is a natural humectant, which means it attracts and retains moisture. The natural hydrating and antioxidant properties of honey trap and seal moisture, rejuvenate the skin, and cleanse complexion leaving skin soft. Honey in its purest organic form is suitable for all skin types, and has amazing holistic healing properties.

About our Ingredients:
Our honey is produced, processed, and packaged in accordance with national regulations and by independent organic farms. This means that the land is organic and within a radius of 4 miles from the apiary site, and, nectar and pollen sources must consist of organic crops or uncultivated areas.

My Thoughts:

This lotion is amazing! You would think with one of the main ingredients that it would be sticky, but that isn’t the case.  Made From Earths Holistic Honey Body Lotion goes on smoothly with no sticky or greasy residue at all and left my skin feeling wonderfully soft and smooth for a long time. A little bit goes a long way too, so even though this lotion is on the spendy side, it will last quite a while. It also smells really good!

You can purchase Made From Earth Holistic Honey Body Lotion and other great products on their webpage, follow them on Facebook, and G+ and then enter to win a bottle below!

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