Friday, August 22, 2014

#Giveaway Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango Body Wash

Finding bath and body products that are both hydrating and have a very refreshing scent is something I look for when shopping for products for my family, and one brand we really like is Dial. With the products from Dial, we can enjoy a variety of refreshing and hydrating products for both the shower and hand wash that the whole family will like!

Recently, we were sent a bottle of the newest body wash from the Dial body wash line of products when we were sent the Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango Body Wash to review. We found this one to be a great one for the summer months, giving you a nice, refreshing clean, that also leaves the skin smelling great and feeling smooth and moisturized!

I find that the coconut water makes the skin feeling so soft after a shower and is known to be rich in hydrating antioxidants and electrolytes, making the Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango Body Wash, a new favorite body wash in our house! Well because I liked this body wash so much, the wonderful people from Dial would like to send some of their new body wash to a couple of my amazing readers!

Product received, thank you to Dial for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.

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Personalized Lunch Bags from Personalization Mall

It is hard for me to believe that in just a few short days, our summer will be coming to a end, and my kids will be going back to school. I like the excitement my kids are showing for the new school year to start, but inside I am a little sad. Sad knowing that the summer is coming to a end, and also knowing that the new year is just another one of those things that reminds me that my babies are getting older.

For Robert, he is so excited to no longer be a Kindergartener, and see all of his friends again. So to help with keeping that excitement for school going, I like finding products for my kids, that they can take to school and use while they are there. One of the things that excited Robert last year, was the fact that he could take a lunch to school everyday. He was so proud of carrying a lunch bag with him, and sitting at the table with all of his friends, eating his favorite foods that his mom made just for him. Like last year, Robert picked out a lunch box that was the one for him, and this year, because it seemed like other boys had the same lunch bag as he did, he wanted to not only have one that expressed some of his fascination for planes, but also one that was personalized just for him!

So when we were sent the Airplane Embroidered Lunch Bag, we both knew that he had the bag that would be perfect for him to carry with him this school year! He likes the colors and the fun airplanes and airplane propeller that is on this bag. I like the room it has, and that it has 2 separate zippered compartments, so I can store both hot and cold items in it if I wanted. I can also use the bottom compartment to store a goody in, as to surprise Robert with a yummy granola bar, and I like that when you purchase a lunch bag from the Personalization Mall, they will donate $1 to The No Kid Hungry campaign!! Making the lunch bags like the Airplane Embroidered Lunch Bag, from the Personalization Mall, a must have for those back to school needs!

Product received, thank you to Personalization Mall for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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LeapTV Pre-Sale Coming Soon!

If you have kids then you know that keeping them occupied and finding things to keep that boredom from setting in is what we aim for. I mean, sure there are games out there, but most are too complicated and require adult supervision when you have little ones. I find that it can be unfair, when the older kids get to play the games on the gaming systems, and the little ones are left out, because they are too little, and the games might be too hard for them to play and understand.

Well that is coming to a end, and something great or should I say amazing is coming! Very soon there will be a whole new gaming system coming out, one that is designed for kids ages 3-8, and will have over 100 games for them to play. Putting the kids in control and in their own game, on a gaming system designed for younger kids, with them being the star of the game with the Body Motion play, Pointer Play mode, and Classic Control where they use the controller to play, all making video game play, fun for little ones!

The system will be called LeapTV, and coming in the near future, LeapTV will be available for pre-sale! With the LeapTV, little ones can play educational and interactive games, be the star of their games and take control of the games as well, making the LeapTV a must have gaming system for any home with little kids, which will bring family game night in our home, to a whole new level!! So, on September 2nd, when the LeapTV goes up for pre-sale, be sure to reserve yours, so you can get your hands on this all new, interactive, and incredibly amazing gaming system for your home!

This post was part of a sponsored campaign by LeapFrog and MomSelect. All opinions in this post are my own.
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Fun Activities For You And The Kids (Guest Post)

Whoever said that you need to go out to have fun? Fun with the kids does not always mean having to go on a vacation, an amusement park, or a water park. You can always have fun in the comfort of your own home. All you have to do is be creative with the things that you have, and you are sure to have a good time bonding with your little ones.

Here are a few fun activities that you can do with your kids at home:

Farm Family Fun – If you have farm sheds at home, all you need is a little creativity to turn your shed into an animal castle or something else equally wonderful. Gather items that you can see around your home, such as logs, hay, barrels, and other items you can use to build a castle for the kids. Have them create their own animal costumes or masks from recycled materials and let their imagination fly. Having animals with you can add to the fun, too!

Board Games – Playing board games with the kids is a great bonding activity, especially when the weather is not safe for playing outside. Gather a few family-friendly board games and let the games begin! It is better if you have board games with educational value, so that your kids can learn while they are having fun. If you don’t have board games around the house, you can always make one for the kids.

Build A Fort – Build a fort in your own living room or bedroom with the kids. Have them gather materials that you are going to use such as pillows, blankets, chairs and other furniture that you have in the house. Allow the kids to design the fort and help them with moving the furniture and connecting blankets together. This is a simple family activity that can provide fun for the kids for hours.

Scavenger Hunt – Create a special scavenger hunt based on your kids’ interests. This activity will keep your kids entertained for hours at a time. You can even ask them to invite their friends to help them look for items. You can ask your kids to choose a theme for the scavenger hunt. Some ideas would be pirates, zombies, princesses, or heroes. Prepare a list of things to find and spread out clues in your home. At the end of the game, give out prizes to all the children.

Backyard Camping – If your little ones are not yet prepared to spend a night in the wilderness, you can camp in your own backyard! This will allow the children to have an outdoor experience, much like camping, but with the comfort of home nearby. Build a tent, cook some smores over a campfire, sing songs, and do every activity that you would do at a camping trip.

These are just some of the ideas that you can do to have a fun-filled day with the entire family. If you want to be more adventurous, there are several other fun activities that you can do outside. With family activities, it usually doesn’t matter what you are doing, as long as everyone is having fun.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

#Giveaway Keepsake Bears By Lauren ($50 Gift Code)

When we prepare for a new baby, there are many concerns that can cross an expecting parents mind. From the worries of pregnancy, ensuring baby is healthy at every appointment, to the delivery, hoping that everything goes as planned. These are concerns that we all have, and in those plans we make, we find that they do not always go exactly as we plan. I know the downside of things, the heartache of plans not going the way we want them to all too well. In 2007, my husband and I were expecting our first son, and at just 21 weeks, the plans we had changed in an instant, when our little guy became a angel. When it happened I remember thinking, why me, why us, but the truth of the matter is, we can not truly prepare for anything in life, instead, we can just take life for what it is and keep going, taking moments like that with us, to grow on, embrace, and never forget.

Our loss was not something I would wish upon anyone, it was and still is one of the hardest things I have had to deal with in life. Unfortunately, no matter how much I wish all pregnancies go as planned for my friends and family, as a mommy to a angel I know all to well, it does not, and there is no way of foreseeing a tragedy. In June, my sister in law and her family were preparing for their own little one, and in what seemed a all too familiar situation, their precious baby boy became a little angel to watch over them. I can remember hearing the news and feeling the pain of the loss, remembering what it was like to feel as if the world had just stopped.

My heart was heavy for them, and in their time of recovering from the loss, I had a lady contact me. Her name is Lauren, and when she had contacted me, it seemed like it was just meant to be. See Lauren is an amazing woman, who helps parents in so many ways. Like helping with saving those baby blankets that were used by your child who is now running and playing with the big kids, and in our case, creating a keepsake, one that my sister in law and her family can cherish and hold in their time of grief, from here on out. The keepsake is a bear, and the bears that come from Bears By Lauren, are a way of preserving baby blankets or old clothes that your once little baby, now big kid, have grown out of, or a way of preserving that memory of a baby, who is and always will be, a angel.

The bear she made for my sister in law, is one that is very fitting, one that is soft, representing a baby boy, the baby boy who my sister in law and her husband had imagined, with pieces of baby blankets, pieced together with such care and love, and a personalized stitching on the bottom side of the belly, to keep a memory of a angel who has gained his wings. You can read more on her story here: Delivering an Angel.

Well, just as Lauren, from Bears by Lauren did to help with the keepsake for our family, she would like to also create a keepsake for one of my readers, whether it be as a memorial, or just as a keepsake to help preserve those old baby blankets or clothes, by giving one of my amazing readers $50 to use at her online store!

Product received, thank you to Bears by Lauren for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.

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#DisneynatureBears Family Movie Night with Bears on Blu-Ray

Family movie nights in our home is a time we all look forward to. We each enjoy finding great movies to share and add to the mix, so when we were sent the new movie, DisneyNature Bears to review on Blu-Ray and watch on our family movie night, we were very excited!

We enjoyed the previous films like, Chimpanzee and Earth, so adding Bears to the collection, was a given for us! With this movie, the whole family can go on a adventure into the Alaskan wilderness, without even leaving home, and watch as two very adorable young cubs go on adventures of their own! Along with this great movie, you also get the bonus features which include the music video, Carry On, as well as other features like, Welcome to Alaska and more!  Making Bears, a must have movie to bring home and share with your own family today!!!

Product received, thank you to Disney and the PR Group for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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#Giveaway Keeping Little Piggies Warm with the Trailhopper

As the summer months come to a end and the cooler weather rolls in, I find myself in search of items that will help to keep baby warm. I know that on those early mornings, taking a walk with baby is very refreshing, but keeping baby warm and their little toes covered can be a challenge when using a blanket.

The blankets slip off, or get bunched up, and little toes pop out, getting cold. Also, when those little toes pop out and baby sees a sock and or a shoe on their feet, the first thing mine have always done, is take them off to play with them, leaving those piggies and ankles exposed to the cold air. So when we were introduced to the Trailhopper, I was very excited to take a look at this wearable performance blanket for baby!

With the newest member of our family joining us in late September, I find that this adorable wearable blanket will come in handy for those early morning or really anytime of day, strolls in the cool weather. I like that I can easily store it in the nice pouch that it comes with, and I can attach the pouch to the diaper bag, so it is easy and very convenient to have while out with baby! I can also appreciate how soft this wearable blanket is, and for the older toddlers who are up and moving, they can easily move about and play, without being constricted by a bulky jacket or blanket!

The Trailhopper makes keeping little ones warm while you are out and about, easy, whether they are in a stroller, car seat, or even a carrier, you can keep those little piggies covered, and keep baby warm, while you both enjoy your time outdoors! And the fact that the Trailhopper was created by a Colorado mom, who understands the cold and being outdoors with little ones. So if you are preparing your little ones for the colder weather and you want a solution to those blankets that can cause issues when trying to keep the kids warm, then be sure to check out the Trailhopper!

Well to help with keeping those adorable little piggies warm, the wonderful people from Cozey 7, would like to give one of my amazing readers their own Trailhopper!

Product received, thank you to Cozey 7 and the PR Group for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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#Giveaway Peppa Pig: The Balloon Ride on DVD & Book

Peppa Pig is a fun loving, curious little girl who loves her family and friends, and is also a show that my kids and I enjoy watching together as a family. Aside from tuning in to watch the show on Nick JR., we also enjoy having the DVD's to watch anytime at home, and having the books to read before bed. Well to add to our Peppa Pig DVD collection, we were sent the new DVD Peppa Pig: The Balloon Ride to review!

This great DVD has 12 episodes filled with fun adventures, including a hot air balloon ride! Other episodes include the following:

  • The Balloon Ride
  • The Cycle Ride
  • Whistling
  • George’s Birthday
  • Ice Skating
  • Painting
  • The Baby Piggy
  • Very Hot Day
  • Daddy’s Movie Camera
  • Dr. Hamster’s Tortoise
  • The New Car
  • George Catches A Cold

Well to get your Peppa Pig fans ready for a high flying balloon ride adventure, along with other fun adventures that the whole family can enjoy together, the wonderful people who sent me the DVD to review, would like to give one of my amazing readers their own copy of the DVD Peppa Pig: The Balloon Ride along with a great book! 

Product received, thank you to PR Group for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.

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Zebra Pens for Back to School

With the back to school shopping that we do for our kids, one list that I do honestly dread is my husband's school supplies list for his college classes. Not only do we pay quite a bit just for the tuition alone, but on top of that, there are the books and school supplies that he needs so he can have the tools he needs while he is in class.

One item, that he always needs quite a bit of are the pens, and a brand that he and I both love is Zebra. Recently we were sent a pack of the Sarasa Gel Retractable Pens from Zebra Pens to review. For me, I personally like having gel pens on hand for my office, and for my husband, just the fact they are Zebra Pens is enough for him!

I like that these pens do write smoothly and gel ink dries quickly, so it does not smear, smudge, or end up all over our hands while we are writing. I also like the color varieties, since I enjoy having different colors to use when marking my calenders and such. Making these gel pens from Zebra Pens a great set of items to have in our home! So this year, as you prepare for back to school, whether it be for school aged kids or college, be sure to get some Zebra Pens to add to the mix!

Product received, thank you to Zebra Pens for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Back to School Shopping at Target for Yoobi

Back to school shopping can be a stressful task for parents, but I find that if I can shop for the school supplies at stores I already shop at for groceries, then I am better off. Well that is what I can get when we shop for school supplies at Target, and when we shop at our local Target for back to school items and we purchase fun products from the Yoobi line. When we shop the line of products from Yoobi we can not only find the items we need to get on those lists, but we can get them for under $10 and for each item we buy from the Yoobi line, Yoobi will give a product to a classroom in need!

This is a win win, because I can not only find colorful, fun items to get the kids and even get to stock up my office, but being the daughter of a school teacher, I know that being able to help teachers with their own school supplies list, can mean the world to a teacher! Because did you know, on average, 99.5% of teachers spend quite a bit of their own money on the school supplies for their classrooms, and they also help by having extra supplies on hand for those kids who do not have everything due to the average back to school shopping bill for parents being $635?
As a parent, who knows the costs that comes out of a teachers pocket, just so they can ensure they have the basic tools they will need for the new school year, and knowing that I can give back to those amazing teachers, by shopping the Yoobi line at Target, helps relieve some of that stress, because giving back just feels good! So this year, as you look over those back to school shopping lists, head to Target and shop the Yoobi line, and help classrooms in need!

Product received, thank you to Yoobi for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Summer & Winter Weddings @ Birtsmorton Court

There are strange incidents in life. Sometimes you go totally ahead of time and plan for something before a long time it is about to happen. And call it the fate but sometimes these long anticipated trips don’t seem to be as great as we have expected them to be. And sometimes there are trips and journeys that we only make due to some sort of some social obligation and these turn out to be one of the most beautiful journeys that we make in our life. Something like that happened when I decided to attend a friend’s wedding in Birtsmount Court which is now I can say with surety; is the best when you are planning a wedding.

Wedding Venues Gloucestershire from Birtsmortoncourt on Vimeo.

And this place provides you with the dream wedding you have always dreamt of; no matter whether it is a summer wedding or a winter wedding. Although what I attended was a summer wedding. After putting a lot of thought into it; I decided to take out some time and go to the wedding of my high school best friend. She was getting married in Birtsmonton court. The reason I chose to go there was that I needed a break from my hectic schedule and wanted to visit the place where I spent an important part of my life. But what amazed me was the beauty of the place; I just wondered how could I spent so much time here and never got an opportunity to be a part of wedding in this place for so long.

The Birtsmonton court is situated in a place where every inch has the magical touch of the nature. At night the court glows like a bride itself and the reflection of light in the water nearby; the beauty of the nature itself will make you mesmerized. And the cold breeze coming out of the water is exactly what is needed for a perfect summer wedding. And if I have to quote the local residents; “the place is miraculous and has great enchanting effects in the winter weddings too”.

Overall I had a great trip and an awesome wedding but I suggest to every bride out there in the nearby areas; it will be an injustice to yourself if you don’t consider this place before you get married. 

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Tasty Organic Options for the Family from Purely Elizabeth

As a mom, I like finding healthy options when it comes to the foods we have in the house, and as a busy mom of 3, I look for options that are not only healthy, but great to grab while on the go as well for snacks. Recently I was sent some oatmeal and granola from Purely Elizabeth.

I like that the products I buy from Purely Elizabeth are organic, and I can find the products at my local Target! They make their products free of refined sugars, and they are also gluten free. Also, when I serve my family the oatmeal from Purely Elizabeth in the mornings, or when I pack the granola in the kids lunches for a snack, or even a great snack for myself and Wyatt to enjoy during the day, I can feel good knowing about giving them tasty foods, that are also good for them!

So this back to school season, while you are preparing those menus for the family, and looking for some great breakfast and snack food items to add to the lists, be sure to head to your local Target and pick up some of the products from Purely Elizabeth! Also be sure to get your $1.00 off coupon!

Product received, thank you to Purely Elizabeth for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Shoes for the New School Year from Skechers

Back to school shopping season is in full swing, and as a parent, when it comes to what the kids will wear, I not only look for the styles they want but also the products that will help them in the new school year. With Robert, he is a boy who loves to run and play, and one of his favorite things to do at school is participate in physical education and play outside with his friends during recess.

Knowing how rough he can be on his shoes, just over the summer alone, I find that I want shoes for the new school year, that are not only stylish, but also durable and comfortable. So when we were sent the Boys Skech-Air shoes for boys for Robert, I knew these shoes would be a great fit for the new school year!
For Robert, he finds that they are like walking on clouds, very light weight, yet according to Robert, they make him faster and even after running around all day, they are still very comfortable on his feet. He also likes that the straps have a cool zigzag design, and since there are no laces to stop and tie when they come untied, he can worry less about tying his shoes, and focus more on his activities that he is engaged in!

Then for me, I like that the mesh fabric on the side panels that provide his feet with a cooling effect. I also like that since they are Skechers, I know that they are a trusted brand, that will hold up, even with all of the play Robert will put them through. And with the memory foam cushioned insoles, Robert's feet will be comfortable, which all together, will make me a happy mom! So this year, as you search for those shoes you are going to get the kids, be sure to check out the Skech-Air shoes for both boys and girls, from Skechers!

Product received, thank you to Skechers for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Sunday, August 17, 2014

#Giveaway Send them Back to School with the Anti Bully Bracelets

With the new school year just around the corner for my kids, I find that even though they are excited about the new school year, they are also nervous. There are many reasons that make them nervous, from the new friends they will make, the new teachers they will get, to something that my daughter is nervous about, bullies. Unfortunately, when my daughter is at school, I can not be there by her side, to protect her, and unfortunately for her, she has experienced the wrath of a bully.

Estrella is very nervous about encountering a girl at her school. This girl put her through a lot, calling her names, pushing her around, and even stealing from her, and as a parent, I wish there was more I could do while she is in school. We had issues with the bully policies at the school, the fact that this girl got away with a lot, pushing my daughter, sending her home crying after humiliating her in front of her peers, and when my daughter went to the teachers, they did nothing unless they saw it or heard it themselves.

The issue is a very real one, and one that many parents know all too well, when their own kids come home crying, and do not want to go back to school, all because of a bully. Well, aside from raising the issue among Estrella, her friends, their parents, and the teachers this year, Estrella will also be heading back to school this year, with some Anti Bully Bracelets. These bracelets can be found at JCPenney, and they are meant to help raise awareness, and to bring a stop to bullying. They are stylish, and are not only great to get the kids to wear, but as Estrella see's it, since she received a few packs, she can share them with her friends to also wear to school this year, in hopes of making a difference, and stopping the bullies at her school!
To help with making a stand against bullies, the wonderful people from Compassion Brands would like to give one of my readers their own Anti Bully bracelets as well!

Product received, thank you to Compassion Brands  for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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#BarkWeek Bark Week Starts Today! Only on Hub Network

On the heels of "Shark Week" the people from the Hub Network have created their own, "Bark Week", which starts today and will run through August 22nd! This week will be filled with fun, creative, and cute, family friendly programming, that will be all about man's, or in my home, kid's best friends, those adorable four legged fur babies, dogs! So be sure to check out the schedule, that is all about dogs, and tune in with your family for week filled with a "barking good time"!

Full "Bark Week" Schedule:
Sunday, August 17
8 p.m. ET: "Cats & Dogs"
War is being waged between the two great armies of Cats and Dogs. When the Cats plot to destroy a new vaccine that would cure all human allergies to Dogs, the Dogs fight back to prevent the Cats from succeeding in their quest for world domination.
10 p.m. ET: "Bad Dog!"
11 p.m. ET: "It's Me or the Dog"
12 a.m. ET: "Cats & Dogs"
2 a.m. ET: "America's Cutest"

Monday, August 18
6 p.m. ET: "Too Cute!"
7 p.m. ET: "101 Dalmatians"
When a litter of Dalmatian puppies are dognapped by the wicked Cruella De Vil (Glenn Close), all of London's canines unite to rescue the pups before she uses them for a diabolical fashion statement in this live-action remake of Disney's animated classic. 
9 p.m. ET: "America's Cutest"
10 p.m. ET: "Bad Dog!"
11 p.m. ET: "It's Me or the Dog"

Tuesday, August 19
6 p.m. ET: "Too Cute!"
7 p.m. ET: "102 Dalmatians"
Oddball, a spotless Dalmatian puppy on a search for her rightful spots, and Waddlesworth, a wisecracking macaw who thinks he's a Rottweiler, lead a posse of puppies on a mission to outfox the wildly wicked Cruella De Vil (Glenn Close).
9 p.m. ET: "America's Cutest"
10 p.m. ET: "Bad Dog!"
11 p.m. ET: "It's Me or the Dog"

Wednesday, August 20
6 p.m. ET: "Too Cute!"
7 p.m. ET: "Snow Buddies"
The Buddies venture to the frosty arctic and team up with new friends, Talon and Shasta, in a thrilling dog sled race across Alaska. The daring dogs have to band together and muster up courage to face the fur-raising challenges ahead.  
9 p.m. ET: "America's Cutest"
10 p.m. ET: "Bad Dog!"
11 p.m. ET: "It's Me or the Dog"

Thursday, August 21
6 p.m. ET: "Too Cute!"
7 p.m. ET: "Good Boy"
In this comedy starring Molly Shannon and Kevin Nealon and featuring the voice of Matthew Broderick, a canine agent, Hubble (Broderick), from the star Sirius is sent to verify the rumors that dogs have failed to take over the Planet Earth.
9 p.m. ET: "America's Cutest"
10 p.m. ET: "Bad Dog!"
11 p.m. ET: "It's Me or the Dog"

Friday, August 22
6 p.m. ET: "Too Cute!"
7 p.m. ET: "Scooby-Doo"
The live-action adaptation of the beloved animated series catches up with Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. gang as they meddle their way into a mystery that leads them into murky and supernatural waters. The movie stars Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar.
9 p.m. ET: "America's Cutest"
10 p.m. ET: "Bad Dog!"
11 p.m. ET: "It's Me or the Dog"

I was given the information from the wonderful people at the Hub Network, as I am a Hub Club Member! All opinions are my own.
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Parents Just Don't Understand Premiers 8/23/14 on the Hub Network!!

As a girl from the 90's, well I find that seeing some of those characters and stars from back in the day, come back to once again entertain my own kids, is like being star struck all over again! The 90's were filled with bright colored clothes, attitude, and those boy bands that the teenage girls were in love with, so when I found out that Joey Fatone, from that much loved boy band of the 90's, 'N Sync , would be the host of the all new show, Parent Just Don't Understand on the Hub Network, I was once again starstruck!

Yes you heard me right, Joey Fatone, is back, and will be the host of the new show that will hit the Hub Network on Saturday,  August 23 at 7 pm E.T.! So just like back in the day where girls everywhere swooned over those adorable boys from 'N Sync, those now grown women, can once again swoon over their old teen heart throb and watch the new show with their families!!

The new show is a great one to add to any family tv time, and is a light-hearted, unscripted and fun loving show that the whole family will enjoy! It gives parents and kids a chance to change places, and take a walk in one anothers shoes, so they can experience the others real life struggles first hand, and gain a better appreciation for one another! So if you are a fan, and are looking forward to adding some new programming into your families list of must watch shows together, do like I did, and DVR the new series, Parents Just Don't Understand!

Product Received, I was given the information and products from the wonderful people at the Hub Network, as I am a Hub Club Member! All opinions are my own.
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Celebrating My Toddlers Birthday with Toys from Fisher-Price

As the big day gets closer for Wyatt's 2nd birthday, I find that I am looking at all of the fun, big kid toys for my big boy! To help with celebrating his upcoming birthday, we were sent the Little People Musical Preschool from Fisher-Price!

With Wyatt, he sees his big sister and brother getting ready to head back to school, so having a way for him to play school along with his older siblings when they are home, is something they can all enjoy! I like that with the Little People sets, like the Musical Preschool, Wyatt can play with a set that is made for little hands! I can really appreciate the interaction that this set has too, offering more than 35 sounds, phrases, and songs, for Wyatt to explore!

And just like a real preschool, there is a rug in the middle of the preschool room on this play set, except this rug is musical! Wyatt can press down on the buttons that make up the rug, to play music, watch the lights go off, and listen to the phrases! This fun play set includes the preschool students Eddie and Mia, along with a teacher, and a table with 4 chairs, making this fun play set a great gift to give the toddler in your life!!

Well aside from the great toys you can find for the toddler in your life from the Little People collection at Fisher-Price, the wonderful people from Fisher-Price have also started the First Birthday Club!! When you check out this amazing club, you can find some great party tips, gift ideas and so much more! Oh, and to help with celebrating the Royal Birthday, from now through November 7th, you can enter the Royal Birthday Bash Sweepstakes!

So if you are preparing for that big first birthday, second, or third birthday for your toddler, then be sure to check out he products from the Little People, and also check out the First Birthday Club!!

Product received, thank you to Fisher-Price for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.

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Stylish Journals from Eccolo Ltd.

As we get ready for the kids to head back to school, I find that there is a list what seems like a never ending list of products to get the kids so they are prepared to take the new year on! With Estrella, she is one who enjoys writing, and on her list of school supplies for this year, she has a need for some notebooks to journal in. Well, when it comes to her journals, or anything else for that matter, Estrella wants to stand out, and show her own style, so when we came across the journals from Eccolo Ltd., we knew that we had found journals that can really help Estrella show off her personality!

We chose to review the Chalkboard Journey of Life journal. We like the saying on this journal, which is a saying that Estrella really likes, and I like that it is one more thing we can check off that list of items for back to school! Making the journals from Eccolo Ltd. a new favorite brand of journals for our house! So this year, as you do your back to school shopping, if you are looking to add some individuality into the mix of supplies for the kids, then check out the great selection of products from Eccolo today!

Product received, thank you to Eccolo Ltd. for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Pretend Play fun with HABA

With kids, I find that I am always in awe of them as they play. It just amazes me to watch their imaginations soar, and as a mom, I like to feed those precious imaginations of theirs with products that encourage that pretend play! Recently we were sent a set of products that will do just that, feed those imaginations of theirs with the Doorway Puppet Theater and Puppets from HABA!

In our house, one thing our kids like to do is put on their own plays. They do this with sets they will make out of old boxes that we are no longer using, and either using dolls they have already or by making their own dolls and puppets using popsicle sticks. Well, with the doorway theater we were sent, the kids can put on those shows they like putting on, and even engage Wyatt in on the play fun with the puppets!

Estrella is a girl with a huge imagination, as well as a love for the stage, so I like watching as she and her younger brother Robert, team up to write, practice, then perform their plays as a brother sister team! The fun theater includes curtains which can be put down, as they do a scene and or character changes. It is also very easy to put up, so after a day of rehearsals, they can then work on the set, making their show go off without a hitch!  I find that the theater helps give my kids that indoor theater that they aim for when they have tried to make their own, and I also like that after they are done putting on a show for us, we can easily take down the theater, store it away with the puppets, for another day!

So if you have a home with little minds, who love that pretend play, and who might also be young aspiring actors, then be sure to check out the line of adorable and playful high quality hand puppets along with the Doorway Puppet Theater that you can find from HABA!

Product received, thank you to HABA USA for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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