Monday, April 30, 2012

Mama Love- Bare Body Soaps Giveaway

Welcome to the Mother's Day MamaLOVE Giveaway Hop hosted by MamaNYC

 Over 50 bloggers are participating and featuring giveaways with prizes valued over $25.00 each. Mother's Day is just around the corner, so hopefully you will find some amazing gift ideas and hopefully win some prizes for mom! 

This event begins on May 1st and will end May 6th @ 11:59PM (EST). 

Don't forget to scroll to the bottom of this post and hop down the list for many more chances to win great prizes!

I have one fantastic sponsor for this event. I was so very pleased with Bare Body Soaps that I wanted to utilize them as a sole sponsor for a Mother's Day Event!!

Rosanne Muncy is an amazing soap maker. I have posted before that I made soap for years when we were raising Dairy Goats.
Making soap is an in depth process. It takes precision, practice, and a desire to produce great soap products. It also takes great knowledge and wisdom to produce an organic, healthy soap for your body. Rosanne's soaps are amazing in both their scent and their moisturizing qualities. 

Bare Body Soaps only uses certified organic oils and their products are vegan and cruelty free. 

Look at this fantastic scent list.. so natural!!
Green Tea & Lemongrass 
Rose Geranium
Rosemary Mint
Patchouli Orange
Man Soap

 I could smell the essential oils in these soaps when I took them out of the box, and they gave such a natural scent as they sat to be used on the counter. My bar was long lasting and the Patchouli Orange scent was simply refreshing! 
I honestly can not say enough about these soaps. I know I review many different soaps, but this truly is one of my very favorites! I will be buying from Bare Soaps in the near future. 

$5 for a 4 ounce bar of organic soap like this is a Wonderful buy!!

Bare Body Soaps is giving one of my readers a 6 pack Gift Set of Soap for this Mother's Day event!!! 

I suggest you stop over and purchase your soaps for the rest of the Mother's in your family so that you will have them in time for the special day. They will absolutely LOVE these soaps!!

Visit them on FB

Use the rafflecopter for your entries. USA only. Remember to follow the Linky for many more giveaways!!

Blogger Sign ups for Summer Giveaway Hop

Green Your Mom
 Bloggers get signed up now for the Summer Celebration Giveaway Hop!!

Green Blogs linking up to celebrate the beginning of Summer. Free entry into the Giveaway. 
Prize must be worth $25 and Green in nature. 

Hosts are Happy Mothering, Eco-Crazy Mom and Organic Mama 
 which will run from
 Giveaway Celebration Runs from 
June 21, 2012 12:01 AM EST to June 29, 2012 11:59 PM EST.

 The hosts are accepting blogger sign-ups right now! Click here for more information and to sign up!

A Year of Jubilee Reviews will be hopping in this giveaway, why don't you??

My Tot Clock Review & Giveaway


Mommy on a Mission Inventor Pamela Gonzalez says, “Sleep Deprivations …The Mother of My Invention”, when asked how she came up with the Tot clock. 

 Innovative and unique, the Tot Clock not only teaches young ones about the times of the day and routine, but does it in a fun, colorful, musical way. 

About My Tot Clock:
“My Tot Clock is an all-in-one sleep aid, alarm clock, nightlight, and timer for children ages 2+. It teaches little ones when to sleep (blue light) and when it's okay to get out of bed (yellow light). It also plays bedtime stories, lullabies, fun wake music, and even white noise (like ocean sounds)! As an added bonus, My Tot Clock has a light blue light for nap time, a red light for timeout, and a green light for any positive timed activity. Perfect for those young enough to start learning a daily routine, but not old enough to be able to tell time.  Also great for their sleepy parents!  Guaranteed better sleep or your money back!”

I love how she utilizes the senses for youngsters in changing the colors on the clock for specific times of day.  This works great for those who aren’t ready yet to learn their numbers and tell the time. They don’t need to yell “MOM can I get up now?” If the clock is yellow then yes you can, if it is blue, nope!
Sure makes Mom’s life a little simpler. It does take the organizing to get the clock set up obviously in the beginning, but it wasn’t too techno or anything like that. 

We tended to utilize the night time and day time features most. My son doesn’t take naps so we didn’t need a nap portion. We did try the time out one a few times and it worked great!

I only wish that I would have had this clock when my 4 year old was 2 and struggling to sleep in his own bed.  Pamela and her team did extensive research with her own children and others to show how helpful this clock was in getting the children to go to bed at night and get used to the idea of sleeping. That is amazing to me!! You have got to take some time to read through her story of the concept to finished product, it will energize you

Revolutionary Concept and of course designed by  a MOM!!!

We loved this clock and were blessed to be able to review for Pamela and her team!! She is graciously giving one of A Year of Jubilee Readers a Tot clock for their sleepless little ones!!
If you can’t go another night without sleep you can order your clock today HERE 

Spring Fling Book Giveaway Hop May 1-7

Spring Fling Giveaway Hop
May 1st - 7th
With over 200 blogs signed up, this book hop is going to have a little something for everyone's reading pleasure. 
I am offering 2 books for this giveaway that I found to be fun reads!

Crops and Robbers by Paige Shelton

Read my review by clicking on the book image

If Fried Chicken Could Fly by Paige Shelton

Read my Review by Clicking on the Book


May Day Hop $50 HearthSong GC

Welcome to the May Day Giveaway Hop
hosted by

A fun group of blogs have gotten together to celebrate May Day with a giveaway hop!

HearthSong is teaming up with A Year of Jubilee Reviews  and offering a $50 Gift Card to 1 winner!! USA only please

Make sure to visit my review of the Fairy Village from HearthSong!

Please make sure to visit each blog on the Linky to enter to Win!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Yoga Accessories Sponsor Review

I am a total newbie to Yoga and Yoga Accessories easily took care of everything I would need as a beginner. I was able to review this Dragonfly Value Yoga Set which sells for $39.99

Kit Includes:
(1) 1/8'' Classic Yoga Mat
(1) 6' Pinch Buckle Cotton Yoga Strap
(1) Nylon Zippered Yoga Mat Bag
(2) 3'' Foam Yoga Blocks

The ease of having a kit with everything I needed to get started, took the guess work out of my getting ready to begin. 
Studio quality products that can be used by beginners and professionals both. Yoga Accessories has everything that you need for Yoga including video's, mats, straps, blocks and more. 
One thing I look for in a company is how they 'give back' and I was truly impressed with Yoga Accessories mission. 
I borrowed this from their FB page, it is worth the copy!

Mission continues to enjoy supporting many causes both at home and around the globe. While our goal is to do our part in giving back to the community and helping those among us who are less fortunate, we are most passionate about the environment and women’s health issues. Not only does plant a tree for every order, and donate a percent of our profits to breast cancer research, we also try to help out many very special people and organizations trying to bring yoga to those who might benefit most from it, but might not otherwise have a chance to try without the right equipment. recognizes the dedication to health and wellness put forth by non-profit organizations and educational institutions worldwide. While this effort should be applauded, in many cases resources are scarce or simply non-existent. feels that the health and well being of individuals should not suffer due to limited funds and/or resources. is proud to support not for profit charitable organizations by providing supplies at our cost, and in some cases at no cost at all. If you are a non-profit or charitable organization and are interested in our support, please contact us by sending an email to with your contact information and a brief description of your need. We welcome your request and we are keen to share information with you about our special charitable giving that can support your efforts.

Here are some of the causes we have helped support over the years.

Trees for the Future
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation
The Wellness Community
Heart Song Health
Yoga World Reach
Safe Haven for Victims of Domestic Violence
The Council for Prostitution Alternatives
Cleveland Clinic
Advance Housing
Ronald McDonald House Charities
The Lighthouse Shelter
Children of the Night
Yoga Accessories is one of my Sponsors for Green Your Mom where they will be giving away a Dragonfly Value Yoga kit just like the one I reviewed. The Giveaway starts May 1st so be sure to come back to enter!

Winners, lottsa Winners!!

Love announcing Winners!!!
Thanks everyone for participating in the giveaways!!

Nine Lucky Stars Goji Berry & Soap Nuts Winners

Kari Robinson
Niki Berger
Melissa Hanks
Holly Loveland
  Basa Body Lotion from Natural Joy Beauty

Mom Me Time

 1. Kally Tea Pot & Libre Tea Glass
Sara Logan
2. Harvey Prince Ageless & Pami Pocket
Kiley Payne
3. Harvery Prince Ageless & Bungalow 360 Bag
Kristi Freeman

Ballerina Bible
Vanessa Brooks

Hearts that Survive Book

Sparkling Ice Review & Giveaway

is a product of...
TalkingRainBeverage Company is located east of Seattle, at Preston, Washington, in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains.
Our Company has been dedicated to producing refreshing beverages for over twenty five years. We pride ourselves on creating beverage products of exceptional quality and value for you and your family.
The source water for products produced in Preston is from our own deep, pristine, Artesian Spring originating in the Cascade Mountains. Other sources of our production are carefully selected to provide the lowest carbon footprint and the highest quality.

 I have a desire to give up Soda Pop, and I know that many others are struggling with the same thing. The high amount of calories in pop as well as all of the artificial colors and flavors is creating an unhealthy habit in my life. I was very excited to try the Naturally Flavored Sparking Mountain Spring Water. What helps me in giving up my pop addiction is to replace it with something that is carbonated as well. The Sparkling Ice is very flavorful! Super bubbles and flavor made it a winner in our family. The other thing I love about it is it does not have aspartame which is the main ingredient I am trying to get away from in giving up Diet pop. It does have Splenda, which is still not my first choice, but perhaps the lesser of 2 evils? For every once in awhile when I need a carbonated drink the Sparkling Ice hits the spot. 
I love that I can readily find it in my small town at Walmart! The ease of coming by it makes is so nice and you can buy just one bottle. So rather than picking up a Diet pop at the checkout, I can pick up a Sparkling Ice when I am in that row to save for the car ride home, helping me to feel like I am not giving up my special drink, but replacing it with something healthier. 
One of A Year of Jubilee Reviews readers can win an 8 bottle assortment of Sparkling Ice!! Just in time for the heat of the summer too!!
Follow the Rafflecopter for Entries, and let your friends know. Open April 30- May 10 USA only.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Gaiam Sponsor Review

Live, Learn, Grow

Yoga and fitness equipment and DVDs, Sustainable Home Decor, Organic Clothing, and workout videos available for streaming online at

One of the themes I am doing for the Green Your Mom Giveaway Hop is Yoga. I was sent the Trudie Styler's Strengthen and Restore DVD for review. I have not ever watched a Yoga video so I was excited to see how it worked out for a 'newbie' like me. I loved how they walked me through each step of the way, including reminding me to breath, something you wouldn't think is necessary but you are in the midst of stretching and relaxing, you do need a gentle reminder to breath!
The stretching was not hard core, nor difficult, yet it enough to feel refreshed and stretched at the end of the routine.
The music took some getting used to, but that is quite common in any new work out video. I think this video will work well for not only the Newbie like me, but experience Yogini's.

About the DVD
"Trudie Styler and renowned yoga instructor James D’Silva transport you to a place of stillness and serenity with three new practices designed to strengthen the body while calming the mind. Discover the powerful combination of burning calories and toning muscles while learning to focus and relax. Includes three workouts: “Strong Body and Mind” is a full-length flow sequence to build heat for weight loss while increasing strength, flexibility and endurance. Traditional poses combine with a quiet tranquility for total mind-body rejuvenation (45 minutes). “Trudie’s Toning Practice” lengthens and stretches the muscles while increasing flexibility and range of motion (20 minutes). “Calming Meditation” helps you to visualize and focus to achieve both inner and outer strength (6 minutes). With bonus download: “Winding Down.” 70 minutes. Made in the USA."

Gaiam also sent me a water bottle for review which I needed after the DVD! Stainless Steel and great for the environment and my health. Kept my water cold and secure and near by as I stretched and restored.

Gaiam is offering one of my readers this same DVD and a water bottle as one of the sponsors for the Green Your Mom Blog Event beginning May 1-7.

Be sure to visit Gaiam online at

And on Facebook at!/Gaiam

Harvey Prince- Green Your Mom

Harvey Prince

One of the most popular Mother’s Day gifts just got better! Recently I discovered Harvey Prince fragrances and I have loved each one I sampled. Harvey Prince definitely knows how to refresh women with their eco-friendly scents. Many times I find perfumes to be overpowering, strong, and heavy. Not with Harvey Prince, they are geared to make you think young, light, and carefree.
I stumbled upon Harvey Prince on the web and loved what these 2 brothers were doing in the fragrance world. Taking scientific studies, combing them with natural and essential oils, they are creating scents that bring out the youth and appeal of women everywhere. 

Their Story:
“It began with a rebellious idea: boutique-quality scents should not be overwhelming, overpriced, and filled with toxic chemicals. Then came the inspiration: our mother, who loves honest products that feel and smell great. One Mother's Day, we crafted a scent that captured her effortless and radiant aura. The result: Ageless, the first of our signature fragrances to take on the industry's usual cosmetics-counter fare.
We take great pride in using only the finest ingredients for each note in every scent, with no toxic chemicals still found in many commonly used perfumes. We draw on the expertise of leading dermatologists, doctors, scientists and scent experts to create fragrances with a purpose, each with its own inspired scent and story.”
Not sure what fragrance will appeal to you? Try a sample bottle of each of their signature products. Your perfume can evoke emotions in yourself and others, and having the ability to switch scents based on your mood is possible with Harvey Princes’s great selection."

Ageless is exactly what Harvey Prince sent me to review for our Mother’s Day giveaways! Ageless takes the smell of pink grapefruit and mango and creates a scent that defies age. Said to make you smell and feel 8-12 years younger! As I near 40 I will take that deduction! It is such a beautiful, light, yet lingering scent! Harvey Prince is by far my favorite perfecter of scents! Ageless is notably different than many of the overpowering scents out there. You will get noticed, but not by people sneezing all around you from your perfume. I love the naturalness of Harvey Prince in that I don't get a headache from my own perfume like I have with many other brands. Be ware though, your husband may catch scent of it and ravage you!!

Harvey Prince is sponsoring 2 Mother's Day events with A Year of Jubilee Reviews... Mom Me Time and Green Your Mom. Make sure to check back for these events where we will be giving away a total of 4 bottles of Ageless!!

Visit Harvey Prince online at

Life is Balance Sponsor Review

Life is Balance® is a new line of branded apparel designed to celebrate the balance
we add to our lives through sports and activities that make us smile.

Because that's what life is all about, isn't it?

Life is Balance® is committed to quality. Our t-shirts both look and feel good. They are so soft that you won’t want to take them off.
Life is Balance offers Men’s and Women’s and Kid’s t-shirts for tons of sports and activities like:

Team sports
Water sports

Just about any sport you can think of, Life is Balance has a shirt logo for it!!
Find that balance and show the world!

I reviewed the Yoga shirt from Life is Balance as it went along great with my Yoga Prize package for Green Your Mom!

So soft and unique, I love this shirt for exercising! It is nice enough to wear out to run errands too. I think the shirts from Life is Balance will be a conversation starter as you talk to others about your hobbies and exercise routines. Great to wear to the Gym or YMCA where others can see the activities that give you balance.

Their goal is to be 100% responsible. The shirts are made in factories free of sweat shop conditions and that do not employ child labor. The factories also are WRAP Certified (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production). The shirts are printed in the USA.

Life is Balance is one of my sponsors for the Green Your Mom giveaway event May 1-7. You can enter to win a Women's style shirt. Get a jump start on the giveaway by liking Life is Balance on FB and Twitter and leaving a comment on this review!/LifeisBalanceTs

Life is Balance is also offering a 15% coupon code for new subscribers. Just visit Life is Balance 
and enter your email in the Join the newsletter box on the left.

 For additional information on Life is Balance visit their blogs and websites

I received a product from Life is Balance in exchange for an honest review. 

JessicaBe Handstamped Jewelry Giveaway

 Jessica Call is the artist behind JessicaBe Hand Stamped Jewelry. Mother of 4 young ones, Jessica uses her artistry in hand stamping metal and crafting gorgeous rings, bracelets and necklaces.
As a Mama of 6 I appreciate Jessica's ingenuity and artistic outlet. She uses it not only for her own creativity but shares it with Mom's like me in creating family heirlooms. I love nothing more than having jewelry that reminds me of my children. With 6 of them sometimes it is hard to find pieces that will 1. hold all of their names, 2. have the specific names I require 3. be in a reasonable price range.

This Mother's Necklace is hand stamped on a 1" aluminum rounded square. You may have up to six names stamped on this piece. It hangs from a 22" sterling plated ball chain. The font pictured will be used. Max of nine letters per name please.

Aluminum is a very popular metal right now because it is a fantastic alternative to sterling silver. Not only is it more economical but it won't tarnish. It is also safe to wear for anyone who can safely wear sterling. 

Jessica was able to hand stamp each name on my necklace beautifully!! No need to have the common names either as she makes each necklace specific when you order it to add the names.
Her prices are fantastic as well, my necklace sells for $24 which I think it just perfect!

The BEST gift you can get your Mother this Mother's Day season is a personalized heirloom like the ones Jessica makes!! Get your order in soon and she will amaze you with her talent.
She is offering one of A Year of Jubilee Readers a necklace like the one I reviewed, with your own names of course :) I want to make sure you can get this for Mother's Day so it will be a little shorter of a giveaway than I typically do. Make sure to tell your friends and family about Jessica and her Etsy shop!

 Look at some of her other works you can purchase at her Etsy Site!!

 Use the Rafflecopter for Entries. USA only please.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Mexitan Natural Sun and Bug Protection

100% Natural Sun-and-Bug Protection
Top-rated SPF sunscreen with Broad Spectrum UVA and UVB protection!
*Chemical-Free *PABA-Free *No Nanoparticles *No Mineral Oil *Gluten-Free
*No Chemical Fragrances
*No Animal Testing *Non Comedogenic
*Safe For Kids & Pets *Made In The USA *Highly Rated By EWG

We received a few products to review from Mexitan. My daughter has very sensitive skin as she has vitiligo and no pigment in large parts of her body. Sunscreen is vital to keeping her skin from burning. 

The Tropical Sands Face Stick is a fantastic product to carry with me for application of sunscreen to her face with ease. She needs sunscreen whenever we go out, not just on sunny, hot days. This face stick allows me to apply natural sunscreen to her face without getting my hands all sticky. It is unscented and does not leave her skin looking like she has a coating of sunscreen on it, all cakey and white.
Contains active ingredients titanium dioxide (8%) and zinc oxide (5%). The inactive ingredients are sunflower seed oil, beeswax, shea butter, coconut oil, aloe leaf extract, sweet almond oil, vitamin-E, orange oil and rosemary leaf extract. Chemical-free and safe for kids! Very water resistant and unscented. 0.5-oz.

These single application sunscreen are also great for being on the go! I always need to have sunscreen on hand and to carry a bottle in my purse is just not practical unless I want my entire handbag to be coated in sunscreen. 
High UVB sunburn/UVA protection for skin highly sensitive to sunburn. 

Mexitan carries several other products including the All Natural Anti-Bug Spray All natural and no DEET!

INGREDIENTS: Citronella Oil (4%), Lemongrass Oil (4%), Peppermint Oil (2%), Vanillin, Purified Water, and Potassium Sorbate.
Large 8-oz. pump spray bottle with "Biodegradable" on the label

The Sun is getting bright out there and it is time to stock up on healthy sunscreens. Don't buy those chemical laden products that leech into your children and your skin when there are so many healthy products out there. Visit Mexitan Online today and get your products ordered and delivered to your door! 
Visit them on FB for up to date product info!/pages/Mexitan/102534674998

I received products from Mexitan in exchange for an honest review.