Monday, October 31, 2011

Blog Updates & The Cool & Interesting

BLOG UPDATE: As you may have noticed, a toolbar appears across the bottom of the page! Please use the buttons share my pages via Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and more! Let me know if you Like or Dislike the new toolbar by commenting under this post! I'd really appreciate the feedback.

I love surfing the net and finding interesting blogs. I've come across some interesting blogs that I'd like to share with you:

little Indiana is a blog about small towns in Indiana and all the awesome hidden treasure you can find among them! Please jump on over and check it out and tell them Rural Mama's Sandbox Sent you!

Also, a friend of mine started a blog a while back called 2 is Purrfect. She has several giveaways going on right now that you HAVE to check out! There is even one for Fort Wayne locals, so don't miss out!

I am going to making it a priority to start posting more, especially about my girls! They are the reason I started this blog and I seem to have been slacking a little when it comes to them. Little Sister is rarely mentioned and my journey as a mother is barely documented, so I'm kicking into high gear! 

Thank you for staying with me dear Followers and I hope you enjoy my future posts!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Barney Live Ticket Giveaway!

Dear Followers! Guess who is coming to town? BARNEY & FRIENDS! The Murat Theatre at Old National Centre in Indianapolis, Indiana will be busting at the seams November 17th with kids of all ages singing and dancing with the ever popular purple dinosaur, Barney! Don't miss out on this family fun event coming soon to Indianapolis, Indiana!

What: Barney Live in Concert – Birthday Bash!
When: Thursday November 17, 2011 at 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Where: Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
502 North New Jersey Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Tickets: $15 and $25. A limited number of $30 Gold Circle Seats and $55 Dino Seats* are also available. A facility fee of $2 will be added to all ticket prices. Additional fees and discounts may apply.

*Special $55 Dino Seat packages are available at all shows. Dino Seats feature front row seats and a pre-show Meet & Greet with Barney.

For more information, call 617-231-0000. To charge tickets by phone, please call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. Tickets may also be purchased online at

For information online, please visit Like Barney Live in Concert on Facebook

The wonderful people at BohlsenPR, Inc. are graciously offering one of my LUCKY readers a Family Four Pack of Tickets to the Barney Live - Birthday Bash on November 17, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana!

Entries close November 7, 2011 at 11:00PM EST! Open to US residents only. The winner will be sent an e-mail to claim their tickets as well as the winner's first name and last initial will be posted on my blog.

Good Luck Dear Follower and I hope you enjoy the Show!

Disclaimer: BolsenPR, Inc. provided me with 4 tickets to giveaway and 3 tickets to use to review the show. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Changing Diapers Book Review & Fuzzi Bunz Giveaway

When I first started out researching cloth diapers, most of what I learned came from other Moms as well as various websites. As convenient as the internet is, it seemed like each information page I found was dedicated to one type of cloth diaper or only a few types, the pool of brand choices seemed overwhelming, and don't even get me started on researching washing instructions and detergents.  What I needed was a sweet and simple "Go To" guide or manual that had it all. I managed pretty well without one, but I have definitely learned from several mistakes.

I recently had the awesome privilege on of being able to review an online version of the new book by Kelly Wels, Changing Diapers: A Hip Mom's Guide to Modern Cloth Diapering. I had been reading a lot about Changing Diapers around the web and had been dying to get my hands on a copy! Where was THIS when I was starting out? I have to admit, I'm a little jealous of all the new mommies out there that now have this "Go To Guide" for cloth diapering available for all their cloth diapering questions!

Changing Diapers: A Hip Mom's Guide to Modern Cloth Diapering is charmingly put together. The photos are beautiful and the writing is straight forward, easy to understand, and interesting. It made me giggle each time I flipped to a page with a cute little baby with a fluffy bum!

Screen shot from Page 22 of Changing Diapers:
A Hip Mom's Guide to Modern Cloth Diapering
My main purpose for cloth diapering my girls was 1) To limit my girls' exposure to harsh chemical through diapers and 2) To save money. There are so many more reason why Mom's choose to use cloth diapers, these are just the most important to me. Both of these topics as well as others can be found in the FIRST Chapter of Changing Diapers: A Hip Mom's Guide to Modern Cloth Diapering and boy do they explore the harsh chemical subject well. I knew disposables used various chemicals, but after reading through the list and their descriptions I was convinced even more that I had made the right choice in using cloth diapers.

Overall, I was really impressed with Changing Diapers: A Hip Mom's Guide to Modern Cloth Diapering! This book is simple to read and flows nicely from subject to subject. It is a great guide for first time Moms and Dads or even Parents that are wanting to make the switch to Cloth Diapers. I am so glad that there is now a "Go To Guide" for Cloth Diapers!

My Rating: A+ $$$
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Cost: $17.95, 6.5 x 6.5, paperback, 215 pages, full color (ISBN 978-0-9835622-1-4)

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The Changing Diapers Team is SO Awesome, they are offering up a FuzziBunz One Size Cloth Diaper to one of my lucky readers!

This giveaway ends November 1, 2011 at 11:00PM EST. The winner will be selected by and notified by e-mail as well as their First name and Last Initial will be posted on my blog.

I hope you all enjoyed my book review! Have a wonderful evening dear followers!

Disclaimer: I was given a link to an online version of the book Changing Diapers: A Hip Mom's Guide to Modern Cloth Diapering to review. I was not compensated for this review and this review details my personal opinion and experience reading this book.

#ChangingDiapers Twitter Party TONIGHT 10/18 9PM ET

There is an awesome event going on TONIGHT!Check it out!

When: Tuesday, October 18th at 9pm ET
Where: Twitter using the hashtag #changingdiapers
Who to Follow:  @KellyWels, @ChangingDiapers@TheEcoChic and my trusty sidekick @EcoChicSidekick
Blogger Ambassadors:  @chgdiapers@FamilyNLifeLV@katiespickles@kimrosas@sofawned, @hautemommyblog, and @paddedtushstats
Join the Party:  TweetGrid (TBA), TweetChat (, or just plain Twitter.  Just be sure to enter the #ChangingDiapers hashtag on each Tweet.
For FULL details, prizes and RSVP, click HERE:

I've got something special up my sleeve as an after party goodie so come back to Rural Mama's Sandbox!

Have a great night dear followers and Happy Tweeting!


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