Pre~Seed Review & Giveaway Revisited

It’s been a while since I’ve done a giveaway. When Amy with Pre~Seed contacted me asking if I’d like to work with them again on a giveaway, I was excited! I did a giveaway for Pre~Seed last year and was happy to do one again.

Pre~Seed is a product that I really love and believe in. If you are relatively new to my blog you may not know that my husband and I tried for almost a year to get pregnant with Nellie. We got pregnant on our first try back in late 2007, but had a miscarriage at 7 weeks and lost the baby. We didn’t think it’d take long at all to get pregnant again, but we were wrong. During our struggles to conceive I tried a lot of things; a particular brand of vitamin, using menstrual cups to try to keep his sperm close to my cervix.. You name it, we tried it. I finally decided to buy some Pre~Seed and the first cycle we used it is the cycle we got pregnant with Nellie!

What makes Pre~Seed different than other lubricants? Simply put, it’s sperm-friendly. Other lubricants can actually damage and harm sperm, but Pre~Seed creates a friendly environment for the little swimmers to do their thing. Some of the other things that make Pre~Seed different:

  • First product allowed to state that it is “safe to use” by couples who are trying to conceive
  • Published studies show no harm to sperm
  • Published studies show less irritating to sensitive tissues than other leading lubricants
  • Numerous US and International Patents
  • Balanced to match fertile cervical mucus
  • Internal application mimics and supplements natural body fluids
  • Contains the plant-based arabinogalactan for antioxidant support of cells, including sperm
  • Recommended by leading fertility and women’s clinics

I had an issue with my fertile cervical mucous; I didn’t make a lot of it when I was ovulating and while I am in no way saying that fertility-friendly lubricant is a cure-all for people trying to conceive, I really do feel that it helped us to conceive our daughter. It is the first thing I recommend to any friend who tells me they are trying to conceive and it’s something that we actually still use during intercourse not because we are trying to conceive, but because I like the consistency and how natural it feels. I also have the tendency to be sensitive to other lubricants and Pre~Seed is completely non-irritating to my ladyparts.

You can buy Pre~Seed in several stores now such as Target, CVS, or Walgreens but one lucky Mommy Boots reader will win one Pre~Seed 40gm tube with 9 applicators! Here’s how to enter:

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Safety 1st Complete Air Convertible Car Seat – Review & Giveaway

Like a lot of moms, I was overwhelmed when it came to registering for my baby’s first car seat. I had no idea what I was looking for, or what to zap with my handy-dandy little zapper gun. We ended up getting a car seat/stroller combo and it’s worked great for us!

….. Until recently, when we realized that Nellie was rapidly outgrowing her first car seat. Now, I was told that children had to be rear-facing until they had reached both 1 year old, and 20 pounds and at that time they could be turned. I had planned on turning Nellie as soon as possible, because I thought that’s just what you do.

Then I came across this article about why children should be kept rear-facing as long as two years old (and even beyond!) and I was a believer in extended rear-facing. Now my mission was to find a great, safe, convertible car seat that would last us until Nellie was ready to be forward-facing, which we had decided was to be until the age of two at the very least.

And that’s where I got lost. What brand should I buy? What style? Where do I begin? It can get so overwhelming so I turned to a brand whose name I know and trust:

Safety 1st agreed to send me one of their Complete Air Convertible Car Seats with Air Protect to review and I was so excited I threw a little dance party. I looked over the website and I knew that this was the seat we had been looking for!

Features:

  • Air Protect™ Revolutionary Side Impact Technology: Breakthrough system shields head and immediately reduces side impact forces through the precise release of air.
  • QuickFit™ Harness System adjusts harness height from the front in one easy step without uninstalling from the car.
  • Harness accommodates children up to 50 pounds.
  • Accommodates infants rear-facing from 5-40 pounds and 19″-40″ and toddlers forward-facing from 22-50 pounds and 34″-45″.
  • One Click LATCH installation system allows for faster and easier installation when moving between vehicles.
  • 5-position adjustable headrest easily accommodates your growing child.
  • Removable cup holder.

When we took it out of the box and I was reading the instructions on how to install the seat, I was lost. But after my husband gave it a look we both realized that it was simple! You use either a latch system (metal hooks that are located in most newer cars) OR the belt system (where you pull the lap belt and secure the seat that way). We chose the latch system and it was incredibly simple to install. Josh’s favorite part was the clamps that you use to hook the seat to the latches came with an easy to depress button; no pulling and grunting and sweating required! A simple push against the latch in the car was all it took.

The seat stays in the car which has taken some getting used to as we’re used to taking the car seat in and out of a base that stays installed in the car. I have to say, getting Nellie into this seat is 1,000 times easier than getting her into her old seat. There’s more room, it’s softer and comfier and she seems to like it better than her old one. She used to fuss and whine when we hooked her into the old one but she doesn’t with this one! I love how easily all of the buckles latch, and I feel great knowing that she’s protected on either side as well with the Air Protect Side Impact feature:

On a slightly “ick” mom note, I have also noticed that the straps are easier to clean off and things like spit-up don’t soak in as quickly as they do with other straps. This is speaking from experience, of course, as Nellie has already christened the car seat with spit-up.

The Safety 1st Complete Air Convertible Car Seat retails for about $179.99 HOWEVER, Safety 1st decided to be completely awesome and offer one super lucky Mommy Boots reader the chance  win one of their own! Here are the details on how!

Mandatory means that if you do not complete both steps to this entry, your extra entries will not count. Please be sure to leave your e-mail address/Twitter name/other contact info in case you win.

  • Follow Mommy Boots on Google Friend Connect AND visit the Safety 1st website and tell me what other product you would love to have!

Be sure to leave a separate comment for each extra entry.

  • Subscribe to Mommy Boots’ RSS Feed and leave a comment saying you subscribe.
  • Subscribe to Mommy Boots by e-mail (the box is on the right-hand side of the blog) and leave a comment saying you subscribe.
  • Follow Mommy Boots on Twitter AND Tweet: “Win a Safety 1st Complete Air Convertible Car Seat from @Safety_1st and @mommyboots! http://mommyboots.com/?p=1151 #giveaway” and post the permalink to your Tweet (to get the permalink, click on the timestamp on your Tweet, then copy the URL and paste it into your entry comment. You can Tweet once per day.)
  • Follow Safety 1st on Twitter.
  • (2 entries) Blog about this giveaway and link back to it (be sure to leave 2 separate comments for your 2 extra entries)
  • (2 entries) Comment on any other post on Mommy Boots and leave a comment with the link to the post that you commented on.
  • Grab my button and put it on your blog. Leave a comment saying where I can find your button.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end 11/29/2010 at 10 P.M. E.S.T. The winner will be determined using random.org and will be notified by me. The winner will have 48 hours to respond before I draw another winner.

I was given a Safety 1st Complete Air Convertible Car Seat at no cost to me to review. The opinions in this review are 100% honest and 100% mine.

Complete Air™ Convertible Car Seat

The Safety 1st® Complete Air™ Convertible Car Seat with Air Protect™ Side Impact Technology is perfect for infants rear-facing from 5-40 pounds and 19″-40″ and toddlers forward-facing from 22-50 pounds and 34″-45″.

Little Scholastic Review & Giveaway WINNER!

Congratulations to Kim and Mandi who both have won copies of the Numbers and Zoo books from Little Scholastic! Thank you to everyone who entered!

PatientStyle.com Winner!

First off, thank you to everyone who entered my first giveway. I’m happy and excited to announce that the winner of the giveaway is

Congratulations Becky!!! She will be receiving a pair of PatientStyle.com anti-microbial slipper socks in pink!

PatientStyle.com Review & Giveaway!

Hello, hello, hello readers! I am excited and pleased to announce my very first review and giveaway here on Hope Springs Eternal. I won’t be reviewing a specific product; rather, I am reviewing the website PatientStyle.com as a whole.

PatientStyle.com is, as you see when you open the website, all about “Improving the Patient Experience”. They are all about feeling more comfortable with your hospital stay – improving your healing time by feeling better and more comfortable during your time there. They offer a wide range of products, from cute and stylish hospital gowns to an array of items for an expectant mommy. Not only are their products practical and very cute, but many of them are also anti-microbial to help your peace of mind as well especially since we are smack in the middle of flu season.
My first impression upon entering the website is how appealing it was on the eye. The layout is very eye-catching, and the colors blend well together and are nice to look at. One of the first things I look for in a website that I’m thinking of shopping is how easy it is to navigate. PatientStyle.com happens to be completely easy to navigate with easy-to-find shopping features. The categories are clearly marked, and feature drop-down menus for the sub-categories. Another thing I like to see when browsing a website is an FAQ section – which is clearly visible on PatientStyle.com – and contact information in case I have questions (also very easy to find).
Being not only a first-time mom, but someone who hasn’t had a lot of experience staying in a hospital, this website was particularly helpful. It answered a lot of, “what should I bring?” questions. You can find so many little things that will bring comfort during an extended hospital stay on PatientStyle.com; ones that you may never have thought to bring yourself. They also offer beautiful gift baskets which would bring a smile to anyone’s face.. Who doesn’t like getting gift baskets, after all?
The product I am giving away from PatientStyle.com today are their Anti-Microbial Chenille slipper socks.

They are soft and comfortable and come with little rubber grips on the bottoms so you won’t need to worry about slipping on those slick
hospital floors. PatientStyle.com offers them in two colors; dark blue, and pink. I am giving you a choice on which color you’d rather win! These slipper socks would be perfect for anyone who is expecting a hospital stay, or for someone who winds up unexpectedly in hospital care and finds themsel
ves with cold feet. As an expectant mother, I’ve been told that feet can get rather cold during labor. These socks would be a perfect item to slip in a mommy-to-be’s hospital gift basket!
Here’s how you can win a pair of these fantastic slipper socks:
MANDATORY ENTRY:
-Visit PatientStyle.com and leave a comment on this entry on which product you think is best,
and why. Be sure to include which color slipper sock you would prefer; blue or pink.
EXTRA ENTRIES:
-Become a follower of my blog, and leave a comment saying you are a follower. Be sure to include which color slipper sock you would prefer; blue or pink.
Follow me on Twitter, and Tweet about this giveaway. (“Enter to win a free pair of slipper socks from PatientStyle.com! http://tinyurl.com/yecrhdu“)
Comment saying that you are following me, and link to where you Tweeted (you can do this by finding your Tweet and clicking on the timestamp underneath it. Then copy and paste the web link from your browser onto your comment) Be sure to include which color slipper sock you would prefer; blue or pink.
ALSO, VERY IMPORTANT. BE SURE TO INCLUDE A WAY FOR ME TO GET IN TOUCH WITH YOU SHOULD YOU WIN. E-Mail, Twitter ID, something!
This giveaway will be open until approximately
11:00 A.M EST December 28th, 2009. Good luck!