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Become Gurus {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I have a plan.  A plan to become a guru.  Not just any guru.  A weight guru.  Weight can be a very weighty issue.  See what I did there?  I’m glad that I can joke about this, because this is an issue that can get serious fast.  Especially after having a baby.  Don’t get me wrong.  I am taking this business of dropping some pounds seriously.  It’s just a good idea to be open to laughing at myself along the way.  In my opinion this makes the weight loss process easier.  It keeps me upbeat throughout the journey.  Join me, will you?

I’m 4 months postpartum and still working on losing those added pounds.  As in at least 30 lbs.  I have a ways to go.  But I know that I can accomplish the mission.  Who’s in?  To help me accomplish my goal I was sooooo happy to receive an email from the Weight Gurus.  It’s a sign.  They were totally sent my way for a reason.  They asked if I would review and giveaway one of their scales.  So  here’s the giveaway, some info about this great company, and then I’ll show you my results in a few weeks!

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This company came up with an amazing concept.  They’ve created a way to help people track their weight in a whole new way.  You can track and record your measurements easily to an app on your smart phone.  Neat, right?  The Weight Gurus sent me this scale:

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 It’s a sleek design and super easy to use.

Check out there other scale that you can get on Amazon:

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Now for the App I was talking about…

The setup is simple:

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Then weigh yourself and scan the code to your phone:

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Then you can keep track!

There’s even an option to see your weightless (minus weight amount instead of actual weight), so it motivates you even more.

weightgurus2Stay tuned for my *UPDATE* posting.

The winner of this giveaway will receive the Weightless Scale in Black from BecomeGurus.com!

(Enter on the Rafflecopter below.)

*This giveaway is open to US entries only.
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Monday, June 9thand will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway are sponsored by BecomingGurus.com, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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Wink Shapewear {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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After a long internal debate, I built up the courage and congeniality points with my husband to audition for a show a few weeks ago!  Community theater runs deep in my blood, and I just can’t get away from it, no matter how old and rusty I get!  I was cast as “Nellie” in a medley of South Pacific numbers, and as soon as I heard we’d be dancing to “I’m Gonna Wash that Man Right Outta My Hair” in swimwear, I knew I’d need some help!  Of the seven of us girls, I was the only one who had born children, and the only one with a bunch of extra post-baby fluff to keep together, so I started brainstorming…

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I immediately thought of Wink Shapewear, and how I was able to review their awesome Ultimate Belly Blaster (you can read that review HERE).  Low and behold, they also had exactly what I needed for my on stage debut!  Introducing the new Waist & Hip Blaster Boy Shorts!

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This little number is sold for $110 and it focuses on waist, belly and hip compression.  Yes, yes, and yes.  It features two layers of compression material, which makes it extremely supportive and effective at holding in stretched out skin and leftover baby pooch.  So how do you get inside this sucker?  As you can see, there are several hooks and eyes that line the entire left side, backed by a soft fly so that you aren’t pinching yourself in your attempts to hook yourself up.  The genius feature is the zipper that further encloses the attachment hardware and provides a seamless, smooth surface and added strength.

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This is SO comfortable.  I don’t all feel like I’m wearing a girdle or anything restrictive.  I’ve been wearing this every night for the past two weeks of performances and I’ve been dancing and high-kicking just as well as without it on, but only more supported and conscious about my posture.  It has provided exactly the right compression I was hoping for!  Here I am in my wig and romper, rockin’ the Wink boy shorts, and so proud of it!

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The only trouble I’ve had with it is that on the 2nd time wearing it, the zipper broke, and though I could zip it up, the two sides wouldn’t stay together, as if the teeth couldn’t interlock anymore.  I’m sure it was just a defect on my particular zipper, and not indicative of how any of the other shorts will hold up.  I was able to cut it out and sew in a new zipper in less than 10 minutes, so it really wasn’t a problem, and it still functions just as well with this replacement.

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Thanks, Wink, for the added confidence and a silhouette that can compete with the highschoolers!

Enter below to win your own Waist & Hip Blaster Boy Shorts!

Sold for $110!

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*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.  

Cake Lingerie {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Yesterday was the day to end all pregnant days.  I was up all night the night before because I was uncomfortable, I could hardly clean my house or do laundry without feeling pain in my lower back and hips, and I swear that I had to go to the bathroom every half hour throughout the day.  I have had a fairly easy pregnancy so far, but yesterday was my “Welcome-to-the-third-trimester” wake-up call.

And, really, it’s not going to get much easier for several more months!  I’ll continue to get larger and larger and my body will ache more and more, only to have the baby and find that although my body is no longer as heavy as it had once been, my body shape has inevitably changed and will continue to change while we all figure out nursing.  Don’t get me wrong — I love pregnancy and I especially love the end result of welcoming a new baby into the world, but sometimes, this part of womanhood can be difficult to embrace.

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Cake Lingerie brings you delicious fabrics and indulgent details that give you a taste of your individual self. Within the practical world of pregnancy and breastfeeding we find the feminine in you. Although you may be a mother, here you are a woman first.  Feel confident knowing that each item has been innovatively engineered. From our flexible wire bras that mold perfectly to your changing body to technically constructed soft cups and seamless transition bras, each piece is as intricately unique as the different stages of your changing body.”

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I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review the Toffee Clear Strapless Maternity Bra and Brief Set (which also happened to be last month’s Bra of the Month!) from Cake Lingerie, especially during this time when I’m not feeling especially feminine.  This maternity bra can also be used as a nursing bra, with cleverly hidden straps near the floral additions.  I really love that the fabric on the outside of the bra is a neutral tone that I can wear under light-colored clothing, but that the inside lining is a floral print material.  The bra straps can be worn in three different ways, which is helpful as I never quite know what set-up will feel comfortable from one day to the next.

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In addition to bras and briefs, Cake Lingerie also offers camisoles, robes, shorts, and pants that can be used through pregnancy and maternity months and well into the nursing stages.  I love that these pieces can be mixed and matched to work through all seasons, from the warm summer months when the shorts and camis are enough to cooler fall and winter months where a robe would come in handy.

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1. Choc Vanilla Short

2. Apple Crumble Robe

3. Choc Vanilla Camisole

4. Choc Vanilla Lounge Pant

Head on over to take a look at the number of classy pieces that are available through Cake Lingerie, then come back here and enter to win a Toffee Clear Strapless Maternity Bra!

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** The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the morning of Wednesday, July 31st, and emailed within 24 hours.   If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Cake Lingerie, but all opinions are strictly my own.

 

Mikarose for Maternity/Nursing Wear {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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When I found out that I was expecting our first son a little over five years ago, one of my very first thoughts (after “Holy cow, it finally worked after trying for one year!” and “Oh, my goodness, it has to come out of me…”) was that I would get to buy a new wardrobe!  I was so excited to find all these incredibly cute clothes that would highlight my growing baby bump and to have something new to wear everyday!

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Although I did a pretty good job of frequenting a good number of stores and boutiques that specialized in maternity and nursing clothing, I was surprised to find that most of my clothes were from some of my favorite pre-pregnancy stores and could be worn comfortably throughout my entire pregnancy and even during post-partum and nursing without any alterations!  Tara featured Mikarose a couple of weeks ago here on Dandy Giveaway and More, and I’m excited to have the chance to highlight how the Mikarose dresses can be used in all stages of pregnancy and even through post-partum and nursing!

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Makenna Maxi — So far, I just can’t get enough of these maxi dresses!  I love that you only have to put on the one piece of (incredibly comfortable!) clothing and a statement necklace, and VOILA!  You can run to do your grocery shopping on your way to meeting some friends for lunch and then to see your husband be promoted all in the same outfit, and all while you’re sporting a baby bump and feeling like you’re wearing pajamas!

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Bailey — A friend of mine who is due just one month earlier than I am bought this dress when she was just a few weeks along.  I saw her wearing it at church and immediately asked where she got it because I could see the potential to wear this dress comfortably through an entire pregnancy and again when not carrying a baby.  She’s due next month (with twin girls!) and wore it again last week; it didn’t look tight and wasn’t tugging anywhere, and she could move without immodestly showing halfway up her thigh or all the way down the front of her.

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Valerie — I loved the thick ruching around the middle that can cover that inevitable post-baby pouch and the criss-cross design that makes nursing easier and more modest in public.  This half-sleeve length is my absolute favorite, as it’s versatile through most seasons/weather while also covering upper arms that may not have seen the gym in a couple of months.

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Avery — How classy is this dress??!  I love the wide belt (again, to draw attention away from the middle and to accentuate a waist) while the button top provides easy, discreet access for nursing moms.  And, while I’m not usually one to choose pink, this shade caught my eye from the beginning, and I imagine that it would work even with my blonde hair.

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Serena — I love the flowy nature of this dress, which makes it a perfect transitional dress in my mind!  It can be worn pre-pregnancy without looking like a maternity dress, during pregnancy with lots of material to move and grow into, and after pregnancy for nursing and hiding changing bodies.

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Rebecca — I chose this dress to review, and I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love it!  The gathered material in the middle makes it possible for me to still fit in it at 27 weeks pregnant with some room to grow, while also providing a way to cover my pouch after the baby is born.  The V-cross top makes it easier to nurse in the next few months while also accommodating the constant changing size of my bust.  My favorite part of this dress is the sleeves — there are cap sleeves sewn in underneath, and the detail fancies up the dress so I can wear it to the Marine Corps Ball with my husband in November!  I was also very pleased with the color, which is a deeper red than I was expecting and a much better color than a bright red would be on my very pale skin.

Enter below to win a $50 Gift Certificate to Mikarose!

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Thyme Maternity Skin Care Line {Review}

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Pregnancy does such a number to my skin!  I had horrible pregnancy acne just a couple of months ago (as in, the absolute worst acne I’ve ever had in my life!), and I have some marks from my previous pregnancies that haven’t completely faded.

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Thyme Maternity is a clothing line for pregnancy, post-partum, and nursing, but they also feature a great skin care line to help with these stages as well!

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Thyme Maternity Soothing Therapy Stretch Mark Cream helps restore skin’s elasticity because of some key ingredients that make this cream so effective.  Seaweed extract helps circulation and helps reduce the appearance of stretch marks, vitamin E conditions and nourishes the skin, reducing scar tissue, and avocado oil provides moisture to skin.  This one is a great cream to use at night because it’s thick and feels like it’s a barrier or cover protecting skin — I’m not a huge fan of having thick cream on my hands (or stomach, I guess!) during the day, so I haven’t tried it in the morning yet.

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Thyme Maternity Soothing Therapy Leg Gel relieves and soothes tired legs through the use of grape extract (stimulates circulation and keeps legs smooth), argan extract (tones and helps cells regenerate) and ivy extract (helps reduce swelling).  I LOVE THIS ONE!  I notice the most pain on my legs and hips after a long day of running with the boys, and this helps me relax so much more.

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The blend of natural ingredients in Thyme Maternity Soothing Therapy Breast Cream helps promote firmness of delicate skin in the bust area.  It’s enriched with natural shea butter for nourishing moisture, passionfruit oil for hydrating, conditioning,  and nourishing the skin, and argan kernel oil for cell regeneration.

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Thyme Maternity Soothing Therapy Restructuring Gel is a specially formulated post-partum treatment that promotes skin recovery on stomach, hips and thighs. Quillaja and kigelia extract aid in cellular reactivation, aloe vera helps heal the effects of stretching, and lemon, orange, and grapefruit essential oils help skin renew tone and elasticity.

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Thyme Maternity Soothing Therapy Nipple Ointment is a 100% USP pure lanolin ointment that soothes and repairs cracked skin. It protects against dryness and relieves the discomfort associated with breastfeeding. Make sure to pack it in your hospital bag! Non-toxic and safe for mom and baby.

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**This post was sponsored by Thyme Maternity, but all opinions are strictly my own.

 

BUMPED by BLANQI and a $25 Target Gift Card! {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Already, this pregnancy with baby number three has been quite the adventure.  While my morning sickness was off and on for only about six weeks (hallelujah!), my body started changing almost immediately.  By about six weeks along, my belly button was flat and a bump was emerging.  I had difficulty bending over by about eight weeks along, and I was firmly in maternity clothes by twelve weeks (though, let’s face it, I’m in love with stretchy maternity pants!).

This past month, though, one of the worst changes has been my muscles stretching and round ligament pain that I’ve never had before.  For some reason, I had it in my head that my muscles had already stretched twice before, so they knew exactly where to go and didn’t need to be stretched any further.  (Don’t laugh — no one writes the book “What to Expect When You’re Expecting the Third Time”!)  Evidently, that’s not the case.

When I discovered that the Open Bust Maternity Support Cami from BUMPED by BLANQI was going to be released at Target.com this month, I was elated to be invited to review the product!

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Here are some of my favorite features for the Open Bust Maternity Support Cami from BUMPED by BLANQI:

Seamless, under-bust support — I like that this cami has a low scoop to avoid having to wear so many layers (especially during the hot summer months!).

Comfy, knit-in support belt — This is my saving grace!  I can notice a huge different when I’m wearing this belt, which seems to hold up my growing stomach and alleviate back aches.

Bottom bellyband – I have a couple of non-maternity capris that fit well everywhere else but can’t be buttoned.  This extra bellyband is tight enough to keep unbuttoned pants in place.

Moisture-wicking fabric — This feels great during some of our warmer days lately and is perfect to wear while working out.

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BUMPED by BLANQI also released a nursing cami for moms to use in the months after giving birth.

“The Postpartum & Nursing Smoothing Cami with Built-in Belly Band from Blanqi soothes and supports hips, back and sides. It features an open bust for easy access when nursing and provides perfect coverage for modesty. The bottom bellyband keeps unbuttoned and loose pants in place. Easy-care Nylon and Spandex ensure comfortable, long-lasting wear.”

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These two new BUMPED by BLANQI products are incredibly affordable ($34.99 through Target.com), and they both come in cream and black colors.

Enter to win a cami from BUMPED by BLANQI (maternity or postpartum, black or cream) and a $25 Target Gift Card!

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** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of May 18th and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

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Wink Shapewear {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Stretch marks.  Weight gain.  Hair loss.  Incontinence.  Flabby belly skin.  The effects of pregnancy and childbirth.  My two pregnancies have left me with a gaping riff in my abdominals.  Its called diastasis.  My tummy muscles were stretched past capacity and they’ve torn apart and probably won’t be coming back together til I come up with the money for a Tummy Tuck, aka never.  Even though I am in the best shape of my life, and I’ve lost 25 pounds since college, weighing as much as I did in high school, my separated stomach muscles can’t hold anything in anymore and I look like I have a poochy fast food and milkshake belly.  So frustrating, right?  Do you have the same problem, dear moms out there?

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I think a lot of people are attracted to shapewear to hold in and smooth over extra body fat, but I also think shapewear is appealing to many of us mothers who lack the tight muscles that used to hold us together!  Wink Shapewear carries an exquisite line of top-quality shapewear.

“Wink is the only medical-grade system of postnatal recovery garments that help new moms get back into their fabulous shape after baby.”

And they have such a variety of options!  I think many of us have different troubles spots and different preferences about what we are comfortable wearing.  Personally, I’m not concerned about my thighs, so I don’t want full-body shapewear that is going to squeeze my legs.  I want to be able to wear my own bra, and I want something that will extend further than my waist so I don’t get the muffin top look.  I also prefer the hooks and eyes to elastic that can catch on other delicate fabric and avoid any totally embarrassing ripping noises!  Most importantly, I want shapewear that will stay up where I want it so I don’t have to worry about it sliding down throughout the day and having to do some strange pulling and tugging in public.  These preferences led me to the Ultimate Belly Blaster, and it is everything I hoped it would be!

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It has silky smooth lines, and great compression.  The hooks and eyes on the side panel allow for four different levels of adjustment as you prefer a tighter or looser fit, and well as adjustable lengths with the shoulder straps.  There are two layers of high compression level material called Lycrosoft, so you feel very ‘contained’.  Its incredible how strong and supportive the material is, yet so thin and soft, and I love that the higher back allows for no back fat rolls.  This shapewear is specifically created for first 8 weeks of postpartum recovery and post abdominal surgeries recovery, but I find this little number to be exactly what my post-baby body needs, and its been over 10 months since I delivered.  Look at the difference:

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See how I totally look pregnant without it?!?!  I even still have an outie belly button leftover from pregnancies.  I just don’t have any muscles to hold it in anymore!  And what a difference with my Wink shapewear.  It makes me look so much better and it makes me FEEL amazing.  They say you can’t buy confidence, but after trying out this Ultimate Belly Blaster, I beg to differ.

Take a look at these other fun shapewear products from Wink:

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 Would you love a piece of Wink Shapewear in your closet?

One winner will receive a $30 coupon code to spend at Wink Shapewear!

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*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of March 23rd and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Wink Shapewear, but all opinions are strictly my own

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