GIVEAWAY ALERT: FuzziBunz One Size Cloth Diaper

I’m sponsoring a GIVEWAY for a FuzziBunz One Size Cloth Diaper over at Keen for Green!

WIN IT!

For your own chance to win a Fuzzi Bunz One Size Pocket Diaper enter in the comments at Keen for Green’s blog post here! Contest is open to the U.S. and Canada only. (My apologies international readers!)

MAIN ENTRY: Visit KeenforGreen and “like” our page! Let me know you’ve “liked” their page BY LEAVING A COMMENT ON KEEN FOR GREEN’S BLOG POST HERE.  (PLEASE DO NOT leave a comment on Keen for Green’s FB page regarding this giveaway!)

Leave a valid email address in your comments (the line where it says “email address”) so I can contact you if you win. Email addresses are not made publicly visible.

BONUS ENTRIES, to increase your chance of winning (leave a separate comment for each so I can count them all):

  • Like Diaper Parties by Sara on Facebook.
  • Like Everything Birth on Facebook.
  • Join Birth Depot where you can buy, sell, & trade all things birth related.
  • Join The Virtual Village forum.
  • Follow @Everything Birth on Twitter and leave your Twitter name in the comment.
  • Follow @Birth Depot on Twitter and leave your Twitter name in the comment.
  • Share this giveaway with your friends on Facebook. You can use this text as a status update: Enter to win Fuzzi Bunz One Size Pocket Diaper. Via @KeenforGreen! (Be sure to attach the post’s link to your update: {insert link to giveaway post here} !)
  • Blog about THIS giveaway between May 31st and June 24th and gain TWO entries!!!  Link back to this giveaway URL {insert bity link here} then leave the URL where you blogged as a comment. Please leave separate comments for each entry. Example “I blogged about your FuzziBunz giveaway@ #1” then “I blogged about your FuzziBunz giveaway@ #2”. Blogging about the giveaway after the 17th of June only counts for ONE entry.

RULES:

  • Contest open to United States and Canada street mailing addresses only.
  • Contestants may enter at Keen for Green only.  Entries will be combined for the drawing of a single winner.
  • Leave each entry as a separate comment so I can count them all.
  • For actions like following and subscribing, if you already follow or subscribe, just let me know in your comment.
  • For tasks that garner you multiple entries, you can copy and paste the comment with a #1, #2, etc.
  • You don’t have to do any of the bonus entries, but you do have to complete the first mandatory one.
  • I will pick the winner through Random.org after the contest closes and send an email notification. Leave a valid email address as you comment so I can contact you if you win. If I cannot reach a winner or do not hear back within a couple days, I’ll draw a new name.
  • Any questions, let me know: HalfwayCrunch {at} gmail {dot} com

Contest closes June 26, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. CST.

Disclosure: I did not receive anything free for this giveaway or for reviewing this product I’m simply doing this giveaway for you! I personally use this product and if I didn’t like a product I would not be recommending it to you.

REMEMBER, leave your comments on Keen for Green’s blog post here, NOT THIS BLOG POST.  Thank you and good luck!

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Wordless Wednesday: Cousins Growing Like Weeds

A & J as babes...

 

A & J as toddlers....craziness.

 

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Getting Un-stuck by Taking Action

A lot of people would (and do) call me crazy for making this action step I’m about to take.  I’m about to take a leap of faith into the unknown and figure things out as we go.  I have plans but I don’t like to make them set in stone.  I have back up (a bit, only, kinda) to help make this transition easier and I have a support group making this all a little easier.

Friday, May 20th, I will be giving my formal resignation letter and my two-week notice to my full time employer.  The scariest thing about the whole plan is that I do need income to supplement my husband’s so we can actually afford to eat but it’s not like my plan is to sit around staying at J all day.  Oh no, not at all.

I want to wake up rested and see that cute little squishy face smiling up at me instead of getting jostled awake by my husband while my daughter is having her early morning nursing at 6am.  Being told over and over I need to shower, stop, get in the shower, Sara WAKE UP.  I won’t miss the way I start my mornings as they are now, that’s for sure.

I can't believe how big she is - I feel like I've missed a lot.I will start my day with a list of to-dos for household, time with J, meals, business and family fun.  I’ll spend my day completing tasks by priority of importance and not just what I can cram in at the end of a busy work day when we pull in the drive at 6:30pm.  All while being more present to one of my favorite (and missed) people in the world; my daughter, J.

I will take action and start living a life for tomorrow instead of just living day to day. 

It’s scary to go into the unknown but when I look back… back to when she was 2 months old and I really made the decision to go back to work I remember why I went back.  It was the worry.  The worry that we needed more, we needed a house, we needed our cars, we needed more “stuff” and we worried about paying our bills, worried about having fun doing what we love and making more time for everything.  Do you know where we are today?  Still worrying… still living day to day and worrying about all that crap.  You know what we haven’t done?  Taken action to pursue what truly will bring balance and happiness to our lives.

Some will call me crazy, some will call me stupid and some will think that I’m brilliant.  I know my daughter will, I know my husband is supporting this decision and I know I have friends and family that have my back.  So, here I go.  I’m taking that step to getting un-stuck.  I firmly proclaim that from this day forth I will live with intention, take action with abandon and use my skills to their fullest potential instead of feeling trapped in a job and resenting it.

What action steps have you taken lately or are you planning on taking?  Are you scared (but, a good scared), like me?

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Into The Great Wide Open: Sara’s Knits

After many a friends and family insisted helped build my confidence I decided to make the leap and truly launch my Etsy shop Sara’s Knits.  Creating handmade crochet hats, diaper covers, blankets and cocoons has been a hobby of mine that has started to grow into a little business on it’s own just by word of mouth. 

J wearing my very first creation!

I just listed my first item and started up a Facebook page over the weekend for my unofficial official launch.  Let me know what you think!  I’ll have more goodies listed throughout the week as I snap pictures and create the listings.  “Like” Sara’s Knits on Facebook for first views of new items and deals!

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Wordless Wednesday: Have Fun Little One

Lunch Date w/ Cousin H

 
J had a lunch date with her Cousin H today and my SIL sent me these shots.  At first they made me smile and feel so happy that she’s having so much fun when I’m not there. 
 
Then, I got to the “I’m not there” part of my thought and it made me cry.  Sometimes I feel like I’m not there too much and it kills me.  I miss too much all for a paycheck.  Maybe today’s just a bad day.
 

Giggles 🙂

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April Showers Bring Renewed Senses

I had to take a break.  I have so many projects, hopes, dreams, realities and commitments that something had to give.  I kind of simplified to an extreme to stretch, grow and renew; boy does it feel good.

I still have a million projects but I feel like I can manage more since I’ve reconnected with myself and my family.  I’ve made a major life decision to pursue a change – a pretty drastic one.  I’ll hint that I plan to work for myself, my family and my passions instead of “the man”.  But, more on this to come as it all unfolds.

With the coming of spring I’ve started to chisel away at one of my most important goals for myself this year.  That goal was to simplify our lives.  Physically de-cluttering for 15 minutes a day in one room has changed my life drastically.  As boxes get unpacked (yes, nearly a year after we moved into our home), items get recycled/donated, while others get priced out for a large family yard sale I’m coordinating I can feel the heaviness lifting little by little.

We’ve finally started to jive into a solid family routine so I can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that it’s not so much on me anymore.  My husband always did try to be helpful and was/is a wonderful dad and husband BUT we butt heads a lot.  I know I suffered from the elusive “mommy burnout” from time to time here and we’ve been working on creating a more balanced household and life.

So, that’s my short and sweet little update on me.  How are you these days?  Are you simplifying your life in any way and how has it impacted your life?

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Wordless Wednesday: Recyclables Diving

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And we're off...

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Put it down the slide - weeeeeeee!!!

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