Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Need Help From Fellow Bloggers!

I'm posting in hopes that some fellow bloggers who happen to read this might know the answer to my question!

Blogger has a "share box" that shows up below each of my posts. One of the buttons on it is the Twitter button.

I've visited blogs before, that when you click that button, and the pop-up window opens for you to Tweet the message to your Twitter feed, it has related Twitter accounts already marked with the @ symbol, and it has the # marks to categorize the post, etc.

But when I click the Twitter button on any of my posts, it just gives the post title, and the URL link.

Does anyone know how to edit the Twitter button so that it has all the Twitter extras in it, relevant to that specific post? If you don't know how to do this, but you think you know somebody who can help, please point them in my direction!

Thanks so much!

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Motherlove Review & GIVEAWAY!

A few weeks ago, I was contact by Motherlove Herbal Company and asked if I would be interesting in reviewing one of their products. If you've never heard of Motherlove before, here's a bit about the company -
Creating the purest products of the finest quality, Motherlove Herbal Company is dedicated to using certified organic ingredients for a holistic way to soothe, pamper and enrich the pregnant or breastfeeding body. Certified cruelty free and without the use of preservatives, artificial fragrances and petroleum-based additives (such as mineral oil) found in most body care products, Motherlove products instill confidence and peace of mind as you nurture yourself and the life within.

Used to soothe the discomforts of pregnancy and breastfeeding, and pamper the body, our products are also safe and gentle on baby's skin. Motherlove products have been proven so effective they have earned the trust and continued support of lactation consultants, midwives, healthcare practitioners and mothers everywhere.
The products they make can be categorized into 3 main groups - Breastfeeding, Pregnancy, and Birth & Baby. The Breastfeeding line has a variety of herbal supplements to increase milk production in safe, natural ways, as well as a nipple cream that gives relief to sore, cracked nursing nipples.

 The Pregnancy line of products includes oils and salves for stretching bellies, and a balm to soothe the discomfort of hemorrhoids (ah, the joys of pregnancy...).
And their Birth & Baby section contains Sitz baths for post-partum perineal discomfort, birth & baby oil, and a diaper rash & thrush cream that is safe for both cloth diapers (yay!), and a nursing mother's nipples.
Being the indecisive person I am, I was having a hard time deciding which product I'd most like to review - so I was graciously sent two!
The first product I chose to try was the Pregnant Belly Salve.
With Monster, I sure got my fair share of stretch marks! Thankfully they have faded a lot since his birth, but they are still noticeable. I have been rubbing this salve all over my belly, breasts, and thighs (yes, my thighs, too. Ah, pregnancy...) where my stretch marks were. I rub some on each morning and night to help prevent my skin from gaining any new stretch marks with this baby. It did take a bit of time to get used to the consistency of the salve - it's almost a solid until you warm it up, and then it can become almost liquid. But that means when I rub it on my skin, it's nice and smooth. And did I mention that it smells super nice, too!

 Here's my jar after about 4 weeks of use - as you can see, it's still very full!
The nice thing about the consistency of it is that you don't need to use very much at a time. This jar will easily last someone an entire pregnancy- or possibly longer!
The other product that Motherlove sent me to try is the Diaper Rash & Thrush Cream. It's called a cream, but it's similar consistency to the belly salve, not very creamy. Thankfully, diaper rashes are a rare occurence in our house. But about a month ago, Monster had a staph infection on his boy bits. We had a prescription ointment that cleared it up quickly, but he was left with a few small pink spots on his bum - almost like scars, but not quite. I've been putting the cream on those spots, and they've already lightened up.
Monster is also cutting his bottom molars at the moment, and I can tell that he's got that 'teething rash' type of thing going on. So I've been putting the Diaper Rash cream on it, and when he wakes up in the morning his bum looks nice and healthy again! I don't know how well this cream would work on a really bad rash, but I can say it works just fine for the typical red bum that Monster gets now and then.

Overall, I am very satisfied and impressed by both of the Motherlove products that I tried and would recommend them to any of my friends.

Motherlove has generously offered one winner (chosen via one Motherlove product of their choice, so that they can pick the best product to meet their specific needs.

Mandatory entry:  Please visit the Motherlove website and comment below letting me know which product you would choose if you won!

Extra Entries:
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Please leave a separate comment for each entry - and don't forget to include your email address so that I can contact you if you are the winner!

This giveaway is open to residents of the US only.
It will end at 11:59pm PST on Friday, September 30, 2011.

(I received the Pregnant Belly Salve and Diaper Rash & Thrush Cream by Motherlove for the purpose of this review. I received no other compensation. The opinions expressed in this review are my own, and have not been influenced in any way.)
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