Undercover Mama

** This giveaway has ended. Thanks for entering!!
Comment #44 was the winner! **

Details …

Undercover Mama is a strapless undershirt that hooks to your favorite nursing bra. Discreet, stylish, and practical Undercover Mama makes nursing your baby easy and convenient, at home or on the go!

This video is from their website and tells you all about Undercover Mamas!

Review …
I have been looking for this shirt for well four and half years. Nursing tanks and I don’t get along really well. Nursing shirts are nice but I never had the budget to get a full set of them. With the Undercover Mama, a few of these and your regular shirts will leave you set! I love the layered look they give too!
If you are a nursing mom, I believe you will really love this shirt!

Undercover Mama has offered a discount code to my readers! You get 10% off your order if you use the code SIMPLY! (Plus they have a free shipping offer on their website right now too! So check it out!)

I am excited to offer ONE of my readers an Undercover Mama shirt!


Details:

This drawing will end Thursday, July 1st at 11:59pm EST. I may pick the winners using Random.org. The winner will have 48 hours to reply with their address. You must include your email address in your comment or have it in your profile so you can be contacted if you are a winner! Please make sure I can see your email address!!! You must complete the Mandatory Entry for the additional entries to count.
This giveaway is open to US residents only!

So how do you enter?

Mandatory Entry: Tell me which Undercover Mama you would pick if you win! Find them HERE!

Additional Entries:

1) Follow me on Twitter. Leave a comment with your twitter name.
2)
Tweet about this giveaway with this tweet:

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Leave a comment with the URL for your tweet. (One Tweet per day until end of giveaway!!)
3) Follow me publicly through the Google Friends Connect on my side bar. Leave a comment with your name that you subscribe with.
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5) Enter the other giveaways going on. Leave a comment here with the giveaway name and your comment number over there!

NOTE: A complementary Undercover Mama top was sent to support this review. No other compensation was received in exchange for this post. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Double Duty Diva Breastfeeding Gift Guide

I really pleased to host the Double Duty Diva Breastfeeding Gift Guide!

If you a breastfeeding mom, know a breastfeeding mom, or hope to soon be a breastfeeding mom, this Gift Guide is for you!!

Thanks to all of the Double Duty Divas who contributed. Be sure to check out their recommendations and their blogs!

Pumpin Pals (Hand-Free Pump System) at Cool Baby Kid
Bravado at Experimental Mommy
Bebe Au Lait at Simply Stacie,
A Mother’s Boutique Stylish Nursing Clothes at Thrifty & Chic Mom
Sweet Wee Bairn at the Mom Buzz
Blush Topless Undershirt at The B Keeps Us Honest
Bebe Dulce Peek-a-boo Clip, Baby Loving Mama at Christian Clippers
Medela Quick Clean Micro-Steam Bags at What Mommies Need
Evenflo Comfort Select Performance Breast Pump at Just a mom’s take on things…My Sweet Baby Breastfeeding Cover at Rave and Review
Nizo nursing bra at Mommy Reporter
My Breast Friend at Christian Clippers
Medela Sleep Bra at The Art of Being Mom

My personal recommendations …
Expressiva Nursing Shirt
Moboleez Nursing Cover
Hotslings Milkdaze Cami
Medela Freestyle Pump

Two of my all time favorite breastfeeding items right now are ..

Hotslings Nursing Cover … the shape and design of this cover makes it truly one of the best ones around!

Blessed Nest Nesting Pillow … hands down the best nursing pillow around!

Thanks for checking out the Double Duty Diva Breastfeeding Gift Guide!!

This gift guide was compiled by the Double Duty Divas blog promotion network.

Winners Announced!

Winners for the Moboleez Giveaway, the Expressiva Nursing Shirt Giveaway, and Living Life as a Thank You book Giveaway are …

Congratulations to kathy pease who won the Moboleez Giveaway. kathy pease won with the extra entry to follow my blog! There were 37 comments and comment number 36 was the random number generated by random.org.

Congratulations to The Demille’s who won the Expressive Nursing Shirt Giveaway! The Demille’s with her entry of to tweet about the giveaway! There were 125 comments and comment number 20 was the random number generated by random.org.

Congratulations to Christina who won the Living Life as a Thank You book Giveaway. Christina won with the mandatory entry. There were 57 comments and comment number 34 was the random number generated by random.org.

The winners have 48 hours from the time the email notifications are sent to reply to claim their prizes. An email has been sent from simplybudgeted at gmail dot com to notify you that you are the winner!

Check out all of the other giveaways on the left sidebar! There are a bunch of great ones going on right now.

Also Simply Green has started. Are you reading about all of these great green companies and entering the giveaways? Check out the Simply Green announcements in the left sidebar!

Thankful for a Simple Gift: Breastfeeding

With the holidays right here, I have been thinking about what I have to be thankful about. As I sat down to write this post about breastfeeding, I realized I have so much to be thankful for when it comes this topic.

My boiled down to the basic facts breastfeeding experiences …
My oldest child was a non-latcher. I was a determined first time mommy though and exclusively pumped for her until I got her to latch but even then was lucky to get her to nurse once a day. It was pure determination on my part to get her to a year on breast milk that got her to that point. My younger daughter and now Little Dude had no issues latching. They both decided to protest the bottle and wait it out for me to get home so that presents its own set of challenges.

With my both of my girls, I had such an over supply of milk that I started donating milk to families in need. After much research, I went with milkshare.com to donate to breast milk directly to families in need. My experiences and connecting with other moms through that network is something that I will always remember. It was such an amazing gift to give someone and something that certainly can’t have a monetary value. It is all from the heart when you hand over hundreds of ounces of frozen breast milk!

I have had many moms tell me that nursing is hard work. It often is. I know that first hand and had to learn to ask for help! It seems that I have had every issue that I can with breastfeeding during the past 3 plus years. At times I wonder why I put myself through the mastitis, thrush, cracked skin, lack of supply, and over supply but I have to say it doesn’t take long to realize why it is a gift worth giving to your baby. It has been the same with all three kids for me. It takes one look at a chubby, growing baby with breast milk dribbled on their face to realize that YOU have provided them with everything it took them to get that way! It makes every painful, frustrating, exhausting moment worth it and all you can do is smile at the little one in your arms as the love pours out of your heart to them.

Why do I continue to blog about breastfeeding?
My posts on breastfeeding started months ago when I passed along the money savings of breastfeeding in this post here. Since then I have been blessed to provide reviews and giveaways on several products related to breastfeeding with the constant reminder that this is a huge budget saver. It has become a passion of mine to share and offer up tips for breastfeeding moms. I can tell you know it didn’t start as a passion. It started as something I wanted to give a try to save my growing family money in our budget. I never thought I would become a voice for breastfeeding among my friends, family, or even on a blog. I feel truly blessed to have this voice and hope that it has provide some of you with the confidence to keep provide the simple gift of breast milk to your little ones.

Is being able to breastfeed your little one of your notes of thanks to be thankful for this holiday season?

This post is part of my submission to the Blog to Inspire Contest at parentingbynature.com.

Inspire Natural Parenting Contest

If you would like more information and my tips about donating milk through milkshare.com or any other breast feeding related questions, you can leave a comment here or send me an email to simplybudgeted at gmail dot com.

Expressiva Nursing Shirt Review and Giveaway


I am wearing this great shirt that Expressiva gave me to review and I really love it. Each time it goes through the wash, I seem to grab it out and wear it again. For me, that is a sign of a shirt that I love!

Smocked Tunic Top in Organic Cotton is so soft an easy to wear. When it came and I tried it on and it seemed a little big but I tossed it in the laundry basket. The shirt came out of the wash and fit perfectly. So I would say to order the Organic Cotton shirts true to the size chart on their website!

I only have a few nursing tops and I love to wear them out and about to making nursing easier and less flashy.

Why do I post about breastfeeding items? Breastfeeding your baby is not only the healthiest option for you and your baby but one of the best budget savers around. Be sure to check out my post about the cost savings that breastfeeding gives your family here!

For all of my nursing mommy readers … Expressiva is offering one of the Eco Friendly shirts to one of my readers.

Details:
This drawing will end Thursday, December 3rd at 11:59pm EST. I will pick the winner using Random.org. The winner will have 48 hours to reply with their address. You must include your email address in your comment or have it in your profile so you can be contacted if you are a winner! Please make sure I can see your email address!!! You must complete the Mandatory Entry for the additional entries to count.

So how do you enter?

Mandatory Entry: Head over to Expressiva’s Eco Friendly Line and tell me which shirt is your favorite! Pick your favorite as this is what you will win if you are the winner!

Additional Entries:
1
) Follow me on Twitter. Leave a comment with your twitter name.
2)
Tweet about this giveaway with this tweet:

RT: Win an Expressiva nursing shirt! @simplybudgeted http://bit.ly/5rxLfA #giveaway #breastfeeding #bfing ends 12/3 Enter daily!

Leave a comment with the URL for your tweet. (One Tweet per day until end of giveaway!!)
3) Blog about this giveaway and provide a link to the blog post. Leave a comment with the URL to the blog post.
4) Add my blog button to your blog. Button is in my sidebar! Leave a comment with the URL and where to find the link.
5) Follow me publicly through the Google Friends Connect on my side bar. Leave a comment with your name that you subscribe with.
6) Subscribe to my blog using the Subscribe To option on the sidebar. Leave a comment stating you subscribe.
7) Add my Simply Green Event button to your blog. Button is in my sidebar! Leave a comment with the URL and where to find the link. (Also leave a comment here for extra entries in later giveaways!) This is worth two entries so leave two comments!

NOTE: I was sent this shirt from Expressiva to support this review. No other compensation was received. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Moboleez (Nursing Cover) Giveaway!

Moboleez has offered one of my blog readers one of their nursing cover hats as a giveaway!

What is Moboleez? MoBoleez hats are based on a simple, fun idea.

The idea? Design a hat just for the breastfeeding baby, with a tiny little head and great big brim that gives mom a little privacy and shields baby from distracting lights or noise.

The fun? Super soft, all-natural fabrics, baby-friendly colours, and beautiful, humourous illustrations for the top of the head (visible when breastfeeding of course!) And, lift up the brim to see a little message from baby!

I haven’t had a chance to try this yet as I wasn’t offered a review but I really wanted to share this inventive product with my readers. I am excited that I will get to try it myself though because I recently won one of these from the Mommy News Blog. Check out Judy’s blog for great breastfeeding tips and boutique (A Mother’s Boutique) for great breastfeeding products!

Why do I post about breastfeeding items? Breastfeeding your baby is not only the healthiest option for you and your baby but one of the best budget savers around. Be sure to check out my post about the cost savings that breastfeeding gives your family here!

Details:
This drawing will end Wednesday, December 2nd at 11:59pm EST. I will pick the winner using Random.org. The winner will have 48 hours to reply with their address. You must include your email address in your comment or have it in your profile so you can be contacted if you are a winner! Please make sure I can see your email address!!! You must complete the Mandatory Entry for the additional entries to count.

So how do you enter?

Mandatory Entry: Head over to Moboleez and tell me which print is your favorite!

Additional Entries:
1
) Follow me on Twitter. Leave a comment with your twitter name.
2)
Tweet about this giveaway with this tweet:

RT: Win a Moboleeze nursing cover! @simplybudgeted http://bit.ly/3AMLTq #giveaway #breastfeeding #bfing ends 12/2 Enter daily!

Leave a comment with the URL for your tweet. (One Tweet per day until end of giveaway!!)
3) Blog about this giveaway and provide a link to the blog post. Leave a comment with the URL to the blog post.
4) Add my blog button to your blog. Button is in my sidebar! Leave a comment with the URL and where to find the link.
5) Follow me publicly through the Google Friends Connect on my side bar. Leave a comment with your name that you subscribe with.
6) Subscribe to my blog using the Subscribe To option on the sidebar. Leave a comment stating you subscribe.
7) Add my Simply Green Event button to your blog. Button is in my sidebar! Leave a comment with the URL and where to find the link. (Also leave a comment here for extra entries in later giveaways!) This is worth two entries so leave two comments!

NOTE: I did not received any products or compensation from Moboleez. Moboleez is providing only the giveaway product directly to the winner of this giveaway.

Simply Wishes Hands Free Pumping Bra Review

This review is for all of the nursing and pumping readers out there! I recently had the opportunity to review the Simply Wishes hands free pumping bra. My old pumping bra was a basic pumping bra that served its purpose. Nothing fancy but it worked (and saved my pumping relationship with my oldest who was a non-latcher!) Simply Wishes pumping bra is a huge upgrade from my old pumping bra. Besides its sweet pink color, it is adjustable! It has a front extender and the back can adjust with a Velcro panel! This means you get the perfect and the perfect generally means better pumping with an end result of more milk!

The Simply Wishes pumping bra is a great investment for any mom who will need to be pumping to maintain their nursing relationship with their baby. It has the potential to make your pumping time more relaxed and less of a chore which is always an added bonus when you are pumping. As a mom who reads, cuts coupons, blogs, types up emails, you name while she pumps … once you have a hands free pumping bra, you will never pump again without one!

You can buy the Simply Wishes hand free pumping bra directly from their website here.

Why do I post about breastfeeding items? Breastfeeding your baby is not only the healthiest option for you and your baby but one of the best budget savers around. Be sure to check out my post about the cost savings that breastfeeding gives your family here!

Note: I received a Simply Wishes hands free pumping bra to support this review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my original thoughts and opinions.

Winner of Hotslings Nursing Cover Announced!

Congratulations to Owen’s Mom who won the Hotslings Nursing Cover Giveaway! Owen’s Mom won with the extra entry option tweet daily about the giveaway! This is a great extra entry that doesn’t take long to do but gives you lots of extra entries!! Keep tweeting!

The winner has 48 hours to reply to claim their prizes. An email has been sent from simplybudgeted at gmail dot com to notify you that you are the winner! There were 178 comments and comment number 53 was the random number generated by random.org.

There are still FOUR other giveaways going on right now so be sure to enter those too!

E&S Boutique Christmas Hair Bow Giveaway ends 11/9
2-in-1 Permission Slips Book Giveaway ends 11/13
Giant Fortune Cookie Giveaway ends 11/16
PopATot Giveaway ends 11/19

Hotslings Nursing Cover Review and Giveaway

** This giveaway has ended. Thanks for entering. **

If you were paying attention in my review of the Hotslings Milkdaze cami I mentioned that I had two products from Hotslings to review. This is that second review!

Hotslings sent me their nursing cover to review. I picked the Leaves Nior Nursing Cover w/ Black Bias Trim. (No, that is not me in the picture! It is a lovely Hotslings model!) The covered arrived and I left it in the package for a day. The next day I tossed the nursing cover into my purse on the way out the door with my three kids. I knew Little Dude would have to nurse while we were out. So we get to where we were going and I dug the cover out of my purse. I immediately notice that it is asymmetrical. I thought it seemed odd but I put the longer side on my side that I would be nursing from and we gave it a try. I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of coverage the cover gave me and that I didn’t have to adjust it at every little move by Little Dude. I did (and still do) switch it around to nurse from the other side. The one comment I made to Hotslings about the cover is I wish the bias edge at the top was a little stiffer so that I could see inside it a little easier. That being said, this has become my primary nursing cover. I use a nursing cover more for me than Little Dude. I would rather not show off my bare side or flash anyone as we get situated or wrap up at the end. I realize nursing covers aren’t for everyone but this one is a great one if you are looking for one. I personally love the fact it doesn’t look like an apron you are wearing around your neck.;)

I was also told the cover can be used as a shopping cart cover, high chair cover, or car seat cover. I haven’t tried any of those yet but I do love the multi-use personality this cover has!

So why did I review this product? In case you are new around my blog, nursing is one of my constant money saving tips for moms. Check out my post about the cost savings you get with nursing here!

Hotslings has generously offered to give one my blog readers one of their great nursing covers!

Details:
This drawing will end Saturday, November 7th at 11:59pm EST. I will pick the winners using Random.org. The winner will have 48 hours to reply with their address. You must include your email address in your comment or have it in your profile so you can be contacted if you are a winner! Please make sure I can see your email address!!! You must complete the Mandatory Entry for the additional entries to count.

So how do you enter?

Mandatory Entry: Tell me what Hotslings nursing cover print is your favorite. Pick wisely. If you win, this will be what you get!

Additional Entries:
1) Follow Hotslings on Twitter. Leave a comment with your twitter name.
2) Become a fan of Hotslings on Facebook. Leave a comment stating you are a fan.
3) Follow me on Twitter. Leave a comment with your twitter name.
4) Tweet about this giveaway with this tweet:

RT: Win a @Hotslings Nursing Cover! @simplybudgeted http://bit.ly/1drFmU #giveaway #bfing ends 11/7 Enter daily!

Leave a comment with the URL for your tweet. (One Tweet per day until end of giveaway!!) Another Twitter entry option that is DAILY!!! Get tweeting for these entries!
5) Blog about this giveaway and provide a link to the blog post. Leave a comment with the URL to the blog post.
6) Add my blog to your blog roll call. Leave a comment with the URL and where to find the link.
7) Follow me publicly through the Google Friends Connect on my side bar. Leave a comment with your name that you subscribe with.
8) Subscribe to my blog using the Subscribe To option on the sidebar. Leave a comment stating you subscribe.
9) Enter one of my other giveaways or leave a comment on one of my other posts. Come back here and leave a comment here letting me know which one. (NOTE: This must be a new entry/comment dated after this is posted but it can be on any post.)

NOTE: I was provided with a Hotslings Nursing Cover by Hotslings to do this review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Winner of Hotslings Milkdaze Cami Announced!

Congratulations to Eve who won the Hotslings Milkdaze Cami Giveaway! Eve won with the extra entry option to tweet about the giveaway! Are you tweeting about the giveaways? It is an easy extra entry option since I provide the text to tweet!

The winner has 48 hours to reply to claim their prizes. An email has been sent from simplybudgeted at gmail dot com to notify you that you are the winner! There were 159 comments and comment number 65 was the random number generated by random.org.

For my nursing moms who read my blog, I have a couple of other nursing related giveaways coming up so keep your eyes peeled for them! Or just follow me on twitter or through Google Friends or through the RSS Reader for updates!;)

There are still FIVE other giveaways going on right now so be sure to enter those too!

Robin Meade’s Morning Sunshine Twitter Giveaway ends 10/25
The Frugal Foodie Cookbook Giveaway ends 10/31
Vote and Comment Giveaway ($10 Target Gift Card) ends the day after 500 comments are made or Nov 1st, which ever happens first!!
USB Mouse Hand Warmer Giveaway ends 11/3
Unilever Beauty Products Giveaway ends 11/5