Mommy Katie

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Get the Pain Relief Products for You and Your Family at Target

I have received information and materials from JOHNSON & JOHNSON CONSUMER, Inc., McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division, LLC. The opinions stated are my own. This is a sponsored post. #PositivelyPrepared #BacktoSchool #CollectiveBias

The kids are headed back to school and those Friday Night Lights are back! Like many parents with kids who are in sports, I like to ensure that my kids are prepared. I do this by making sure that they are hydrated before and after practices and games and that they have the tools they need on the field. This scenario is not just one that I aim for for my kids but also for my husband who is a football coach. And when it comes to the activity on the field with his team, like many other coaches out there, my husband finds that it can all take a toll on his body. So when we prepare for practice and game days, I like to ensure that my husband's bag is not only packed with the equipment he and his team need for the field, but also with the pain relieving tools he needs, like the ones we can get from the Johnson & Johnson line of Tylenol and other over the counter products, which can be found at our local Target.

When we head to our local Target store, I can find a great selection of the Johnson & Johnson pain relief products. They are simple to locate and can be found in the pharmacy and healthcare section of Target.

As we stock up on the OTC products from the Johnson & Johnson line up, I like that we can get the products such as the Ultra Strength BENGAY® Cream, which is a cream that offers the deep penetrating pain relief that might be needed when muscles get sore. I like that with the Ultra Strength BENGAY® Cream, my husband can apply it directly on the sites that he has pain and get the relief whether it be in his back or legs.

To help him when it comes to aches and pains that he can feel throughout the day, especially after practice or a game, I like that he can take the TYLENOL® 8 HR Muscle Aches & Pain. With the TYLENOL® 8 HR Muscle Aches & Pain, my husband can get the all day relief he needs whether he is on or off the field, and not have the issue of pain his back, knees, or his muscles get in the way. The 8 hrs of pain relief is also a quick acting relief that is tough on those pains yet gentle on the stomach. And when he needs to get a good nights sleep yet needs that pain relief and a sleep aid, I like that TYLENOL® PM helps him to get to sleep and stay asleep. I can also appreciate knowing that TYLENOL® PM is also #1 doctor recommended brand for pain with sleeplessness.

Then when it comes to ways to help make the job of a coach a little easier both on and off the field, my husband has a checklist which has helped him maintain and enjoy the game! I also find this checklist not only great for a coach to have but also for anyone who is involved in sports and athletics, whether it be team sports, heading to the gym, bike riding, or even running. The list includes the following, which can make all the difference when you are active:

  • Always be sure to stay hydrate, before, during, and after any activities. This can help to prevent cramping, fatigue, and dehydration.

  • Before doing any physical activities, we have found the stretching can make all the difference so you do not get any pulled muscles and recovery can be a little easier on the body as well.

  • For many like myself and my husband, having braces such as a back brace, knee braces or any extra support on those areas that tend to take a little more of a beating than others can help and really make a difference.

  • Then whether you are heading to the field, the gym, or for a bike ride, we find that packing the Ultra Strength BENGAY® Cream and TYLENOL® 8 HR Muscle Aches & Pain can help to give you relief when needed when on the go or at home as can having the TYLENOL® PM help when it comes to getting pain relief at night and help you get a good nights sleep.

Which in all makes the OTC products from the J&J line of TYLENOL® and other products a great choice to go with when it comes to getting the relief you might need! So as you pack your gym bags for the field, the gym, or the court be sure to get positively prepared with the right pain relief for you and your family at Target.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

#Giveaway Reactorz Light Up Footballs

With the kids heading back to school and those fall sports in effect with the evening practices, I find that I like to have the products on hand that can help to make evening practices a bit more fun. At the time being, our nights are short and our days are long, but soon the seasons will change and up here in the Pacific Northwest, we find that our days are a lot shorter. Making it to where evening practices leave us with the lights on the field so the kids can do their best, even when it is dark out. So when I think of the equipment that can help to make those evening practices and even nighttime play a little more enjoyable for my son, I like to find items that glow and light up. Recently we were sent such a product when we were sent a Reactorz Light Up Football to review, you can watch Estrella's review in the video below.

With this football, we get a ball that lights up as you launch it in the air, allowing you and your friends to see it go even when you are playing at night. It lights up with the reactive light technology, which makes this ball touch sensitive. The design for the football makes it so you can get a good grip on it and also makes it soft to catch. Which in all makes the Reactorz Light Up Football from Coop Sports a great choice to go with when you want to play some nighttime football or even when you want to throw the ball around for practice at night! Also, be sure to enter below for a chance to win your own Reactorz Light Up Football.

Product received, thank you to Coop Sports as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.

Must Have Robotic Toys from Genesis Toys and Echo Tech Toys

The kids are heading back to school and like many, I enjoy having the toys that the kids see as a must have in the home for them to enjoy playing with after school work is done. With my kids, they enjoy having those tech based robotic toys, and a couple of brands that we like is Genesis Toys and Echo Tech Toys. So when we were sent a selection of toys from these brands we were excited to check them out.

With all of my kids they enjoy the RC toys, and with the RC Max Rumbler, they can get a toy that can race around and do 8 fun stunts. The kids can use the controller to get their Max Rumbler do some of its epic moves both indoors and outdoors. And when they take it outdoors, it can continue to preform with the large tires that have a grip on them that allow the RC Max Rumbler perform! You can find the RC Max Rumbler for just $15 at many major retailers such as Walmart and more!
With the Techno Newborn Puppy, my kids can get a very adorable interactive puppy that has a little bit of artificial intelligence that gives them a almost real life play! This true to life interactive play includes nurturing, touch sensitive petting, light-up expressive eyes and most of all the ability to jump into your child’s hands. Another huge plus that you will find with the Techno Newborn Puppy from the Genesis Toys line is that you can get the puppy or the kitten at under $15 at Walmart as well as other major retailers!

Then when it comes to that adorable My Friend Cayla doll that we enjoyed playing with before, we find that she is back and ready to celebrate with the new Party Time My Friend Cayla doll! With this doll you have a fun, interactive, fashionable doll that will offer your kids hours of imaginative fun! She is a 18" doll that is ready to party for a birthday, tea parties and more. Your kids can interact with Cayla through the My Friend Cayla App which is simple to navigate and brings the doll to life. And once you have the app up and you are interacting, Cayla will also interact by identifying the items that are included in this pack. Along with identifying the items in this box, she can also read the card that she has by using the My Touch Technology that is in this doll! You can get your own My Friend Cayla Party Time Doll at Target as well as other retailers. Which makes this toy along with the others from the Genesis Toys and Echo Tech Toys lines, great choices to go with when you are seeking those must have robotic toys for your kids to enjoy!

Product received, thank you to Genesis Toys and Echo Tech Toys as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.

Monday, August 22, 2016

#Giveaway The Wild Life Prize Pack + $25 Visa Gift Card

Finding those movies to watch in theaters that are family friendly is something that we enjoy doing in my home. We like to set aside dates where we can head out for a family movie date, allowing us to head to the theater to watch the newest must see movies with the kids. And one that we are looking forward to going to see is The Wild Life, which will be in theaters September 9th!

The Wild Life is a fun animated movie that takes place on what once was a island paradise for a group of animals. The group of animals each have their own personalities, ways of living and also ways of living together in their own little world on the island. Their bit of paradise gets a little shook up when a human by the name of Robinson Crusoe gets marooned on their island.

And like many we are excited to see the animals on the big screen, learn more about their life on the island and also watch to see how a marooned human can fit into it all! So be sure to set your calendars and make it a date with your kids when you head to a theater near you to see The Wild Life on September 9th!
Also, enter to win a fun prize pack that includes 1 The Wild Life T-shirt, Coloring Book and a $25 Visa Gift Card!

This post is part of a campaign through Lionsgate and their PR.  All opinions are my own.

Back to School Menus with NESTLÉ® at Safeway + #Giveaway

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NestleSchoolDays #CollectiveBias
As we get back into those school year routines, we find that the whole transition can be somewhat overwhelming. We go from later bed times, late mornings, and go with the flow type summer routines to those early bed times, early mornings, and schedules that can keep us going from one place to another during the days. So like many, I like to find ways that can help to make the back to school transition a little easier. I do this by having the kids lunches packed the night before, clothes put out to be put on in the morning, and creating menus each week that will fit in with our busy schedules.

#NestleSchoolDays Sweepstakes

When I create those menus, I do so on Sundays, where I can pull out our schedules, then come up with menus that will go with the daily schedules which allow me to allocate the times I need to create each meal. Once I have that menu in hand, I like to head out to my local grocery store, like Safeway, where I can find the ingredients I need to pull those dishes together. While at Safeway, I can find a great selection of Nestlé products that range from the Stouffer's entrees to the NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Refrigerated Cookie Dough and candy products like the NESTLÉ® Fun Size BUTTERFINGER®.

And one meal that I enjoy creating when I pick up the STOUFFER'S® Party Size Entrées Mac & Cheese is a tuna casserole that is simple to put together and something that the whole family can enjoy. Along with the tuna casserole we also like to make NESTLÉ® Chocolate Chip Cookie Butterfinger Bombs by picking up some NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Refrigerated Cookie Dough and the NESTLÉ® Fun Size BUTTERFINGER®.
The tuna casserole with the STOUFFER'S® Mac & Cheese is fairly simple to put together. To get started you will need to head to your local Safeway store and pick up:

2 Cans Tuna (with water strained out)
1/4 cup Chives
1-2 cups of crushed crackers for topping
STOUFFER'S® Party Size Entrées Mac & Cheese

Thaw the STOUFFER'S® Party Size Entrées Mac & Cheese in the fridge by putting it in there first thing in the morning.

Preheat oven as directed on box. Once oven is ready place the Mac & Cheese in and cook for 15 minutes. Take out of oven and mix in the tuna and chives in the Mac & Cheese, and cook for another 15 minutes. Take the Mac & Cheese out again and add the crushed crackers on the top then cook for another 15 minutes, giving you a total 45 minutes of cook time. Serve and enjoy!

Then for dessert we like to make the NESTLÉ® Chocolate Chip Cookie Butterfinger Bombs. For these you will need to pick up the following at your local Safeway:

 NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Refrigerated Cookie Dough
1 pack of the NESTLÉ® Fun Size BUTTERFINGER®
1 can of non stick cooking spray

To get started preheat the oven as directed on the cookie dough package. We use a mini muffin pan which we spray non stick cooking spray on. Once the non stick spray is on, get the cookie dough, cut the log into slices like you would for baking cookies. Put each cookie dough piece in the slots of the pan and place a NESTLÉ® Fun Size BUTTERFINGER® in the middle then wrap the candy up in the cookie dough. Place in the oven and bake as directed on the cookie dough package or until the cookies are golden brown. Let cool, serve and enjoy!
Which with this meal as well as others you can create from the NESTLÉ® line up of  STOUFFER'S® products and the NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Refrigerated Cookie Doughs, a great choice to go with as you create those back to school menus! Also be sure to grab your coupon and get savings when you shop at Safeway and enter for a chance to win in the giveaway found above in this post!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Upgrade Your Solution with CLEAR CARE® PLUS

This post was sponsored by CLEAR CARE® PLUS as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) guidelines concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising.  I received financial compensation for my participation and endorsement.

As we go through our everyday lives, we tend to stick to routines, ones that are comfortable to us but that can also get boring. These routines can be as simple as going to the same restaurant on a certain day of the week to get the same meal, or heading to the same stores and purchasing the same beauty products because we are comfortable with them. I find that like many, when I decide to tweak those routines, however simple the change might be, I find that it can make all the difference. And with the back to school season and fall on the minds of many I like to take the time to change up routines, even if the change is a slight one!

When it comes to the new school year and all around upgrading those summer wardrobes and looks for the fall, I like to seek out ways to update my style from head to toe. For me and my eldest, we wear glasses. I have to have glasses for everyday use, and like many, when it comes to wearing glasses I have found that changing things up every so often can help to make me feel better and help bring the looks I am after together. Changing up looks can be as simple as getting a new haircut, changing your hair color, or even going from glasses to contacts. And when it comes to me wearing contacts, I like to ensure that I have the contacts and the contact solution that help to give me the best experience from wearing them.

I find that when I change up my look from my everyday glasses to wearing contacts, that the same old same old that I get from my glasses, opens new doors for me when it comes to style. I like that with contacts, I don't have to worry about my toddler grabbing for my glasses and leaving fingerprints on them, or having issues when I go outside in the humidity or rain to have my glasses fog up or get wet. In addition I like that when I wear contacts, I can add more attention to my eyes when I do my makeup as well, which is a feature that I personally like when it comes to my features.

So when I learned about a way that I can upgrade my contact solution with the new CLEAR CARE® PLUS, I was excited to find out more about how I can go with the bubble upgrade. With the Bubble Upgrade that I can get with the CLEAR CARE® PLUS, I can get a contact solution that gives me a triple action cleaning. The cleaning is something that you can watch in action as you see the bubbles working to loosen dirt, deep clean and remove protein. The bubbles are part of the hydrogen peroxide solution which also happens to be the #1 doctor recommended solution, and with the HydraGlyde® feature I can get long lasting moisture as well! Making the choice to change up my everyday contact solution to the Bubble Upgrade that I can get with the CLEAR CARE® PLUS, one that will make wearing contacts a better experience.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

#Giveaway Back to School with Lugz

The back to school shopping season is upon us and like so many, we have been heading out to get all of the supplies that are on the lists. Along with the school supplies, I also seek out the back to school fashions that are sure to be a hit with my kids. So when we were given the chance to review a pair of shoes from the Lugz line up, I knew that they would be a great pair of shoes for Estrella to wear this new school year.

Being that we live in the Pacific Northwest and that we have access to trails from our backyard, we have found that having a good pair of shoes with the fit, comfort and tread that is suitable for taking on those trails at any time of the year is ideal. This is also something that others in the area seek out as well, and when it comes to the kids and their footwear, they like to have the shoes that can help them take on the next adventure that they come across. And after looking over the shoes from the Women's line of Lugz, Estrella found that the Huddle was the design for her!

With the Huddle, Estrella gets a pair of boots that are great for both school and wearing when we go on walks out in the woods. The top is padded and also offers support on her ankles, which is great for when she is both at school and when she heads out on the trails. The cushioned insole is great for keeping her feet comfortable even after walking around and hiking all day or after wearing them all day at school. Then when it comes to the durable rubber sole, we found that it will come in handy not only for taking on those trails, but also during the rainy and snow seasons! Making the choice to add the boots from the Lugz line up to your back to school shopping lists a great one, and to help make that back to school shopping a little easier on your feet and for your kids, the wonderful people from Lugz would like to give one of my amazing readers their own pair of the Lugz Huddle!

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

How Moms Are Smartly Taking Over Family and Work Life?

You really don’t have to travel around the world to find how mothers are making up half of all the modern workers regardless of any developed and developing country on earth. The percentage of working mothers around the world has gradually been increasing since 1990. The male and female ratio at work is on its verge to clash worldwide, though a little more time is still required.

Anyway, a good of something is always welcome regardless how late it occurs. Today, when we see mothers grow so strong inside and outside, the world then seems happier than yesterday. Taking a ride over recent studies on women workforce in New Zealand, we get to see the percentage has evidently increased from 54.5% to 63.4% between the years of 1994 and 2015, but not many Oceanian countries have got to experience such a massive change in their work system. There are still a few countries belonging to Oceania continent, such as Tonga, Palau, Kiribati, Tuvalu Cook Islands to face global recognition. New Zealand has been declared as a developed nation many years ago since the British took it under them and as “The sun never sets on the British empire,” so did they keep it running till worldwide acknowledgement.

Today, all we get to witness is all the beautiful Moms are busy taking over seats across diverse corporate areas along with their baby boosters. Choosing a life between a child and office is not any more hard on them. It seems quite easy even to those, who are expectant mothers. Such is called the freedom of gender equality.

You know what, today’s working mothers are setting examples on how to make balance between work life and a family life in the same breath. And, here’s a glimpse of how they are calling the shots in -

Moms Make It Easier – Work And Family:

Women have always been considered stronger than men whenever there’s been a debate and the reason why it is so is the evidence of their eras of struggle to survive in a world of men. Physical strength has always dominated over mental strength and so have men. Since time immemorial, women have been the victim of abuse, rape and a variety of domestic violences, but yet they have survived like warriors and won their societal rights on this very ground. Today’s success of women is not because of physical vigor, but because emotional stability to withstand pressure, force and stress.
This is why, the way a Mom can handle a crying baby at home and corporate pressure at work concurrently, a father cannot, because she has that instinctive grit and backbone to deal with both in a satisfactory manner. Unlike a man, she has composure to snuggle up between mess and still being relaxed.

Moms Are Better Managers:

It’s not like fathers do not even come under examples when there’s a debate on “Who is better at home and work both, Mom or Dad?” There are many Daddies around the world, who have been taking care of their babies and work like pros. Neither do they wake up late to miss the school bus, nor do they have to skip any of their official meeting just because a parent-teacher conference. He is as skilled as a Mom to make balance between these two different lives, but unfortunately the rate of such daddies is lower in comparison to Mommies.

A comparison always rates the quality, so here is another. It’s only Moms, who do not choose a foster home service over their jobs, but fathers do. Moms can chart-out better plans to drop their kids at school in-time and catch the very first round of meeting at work as well. Unlike Daddies, they are much more determined to wake-up earlier in the mornings and leave for their respective responsibilities after winding up all the household chores right on time. Just because women have better memory, they never forget picking up their babies after school, nor miss meeting a client during the second-half.

Moms Can Make Better Weekend Plans:

If we discuss through comparison, for daddies, kids are more of responsibility, but not for Mommies. Dads prefer spending their weekends boozing at clubs with friends and colleagues, whereas Mommies are happy to manage their homes and kids in better ways. For examples, they plan for an evening-out at children park or giving more care to their homes like availing any villa renovations in Auckland or calling friends over dinner. A mom creates happiness ‘around’ her, whereas a daddy might look for ‘self-centric satisfaction.’ And, here it makes another difference!

Moms Make Better Bed-Stories:

It’s of course been a busy and now both (Mum and Kid) need a healthy sleep. The state of self-control is better as well as higher in women than men. Regardless how hard the day has been, a mother still can wait to stretch her body in bed until her child falls asleep. She holds up with good bed-stories and some ‘tomorrow-plans’ so that her baby goes into sleep faster.

Go Back to School with Crayola

The lists are out, the stores are stocked and parents are heading out to get all of those back to school products that the kids need both for school and in the home. Like many, we find that there are some of the same basics that are on the lists for preschool, elementary school, and even junior high. These items include the notebooks, paper, pencils, crayons, colored pencils and markers. So when we were sent a selection of the products from Crayola to review, Estrella was excited to check them out and share some of them in the video below!

We found that this selection of Crayola products had a little something for everyone, and with the unique products like the Scented Markers, the Crayola Twistables Colored Pencils, and the Pip Squeaks Washable Markers, my kids are sure to start the school year off right with fun tools! Estrella also found the crayons, Washable Markers and the Super Tips Washable Markers with 50 colors to choose from, exactly what she wanted so she can have the art tools she needs for both in school and at home.

Estrella loves to draw and color and she found the Window Markers to be something that she can use in the home to bring the large window in her bedroom to life with her own creations! Which in all, makes the selection of products you can find from the Crayola line up a great choice to go with as you prepare your kids for the new school year!

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

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Celebrate the End of Summer with Peppa Pig

The summer is coming to an end and like so many little ones, my little guy and his friends are excited to start a new year at preschool this year. Along with prepping for the new school year, he and his friends like to share some of the adventures they have been on this summer, and to help them come together and share those stories we were given the chance to throw a Peppa Pig Party! This party included the new DVD, Sunny Vacation, the book Peppa's School Day, and some fun Peppa Pig lunch bags, lunch boxes, notepads and some coloring tote books for my little guy and his friends to enjoy while they watch the DVD! You can watch Estrella's video review below and see how she finds the Peppa Pig movies a great item to have on hand when babysitting!

With the lunch boxes, we were able to set up snacks for the kids to enjoy as we sat around and discussed our summer vacations.
The kids were also able to doodle in their notebooks and draw their favorite summer memories in them, then color in the coloring tote books that they each got as well.

Along with these items that each of the kids got at our Peppa Pig End Of Summer Party, they also got lunch bags that they can take to those first days of preschool this year. Then once everyone was done with their snacks, drawing, sharing their stories, and coloring, we read the book, Peppa's School Day and followed by putting on the DVD, Sunny Vacation for the kids to enjoy.

In the DVD Sunny Vacation, you get 8 episodes that show Peppa and her family as they enjoy their summer vacation and head to far away places as they make summer memories. We found the movie to be a great one for sharing with the kids and we also found the party to be a great one to help us end this summer right! So if you have little ones who are Peppa Pig fans and who might be heading off to school this year, be sure to head out and get your copies of the DVD Sunny Vacation and the book, Peppa's School Day today!

Product received, thank you to Entertainment One and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

#Giveaway Celebrate Breastfeeding Month with Philips Avent

August is National Breastfeeding Month, and when it comes to new and expecting mothers, having the tools on hand that can help make that breastfeeding journey a little easier is important. For me, when it comes to having the tools I need when it comes to breastfeeding, I like to not only have a breast pump that provides comfort and that is effective, but I also like to have the breast care products as well as the bottles that help to make the transition from breast to bottle and back a simple one for baby. So when I was sent some of the Philips Avent products from the baby line up of natural care products, I was excited to check them out and share the selection with my readers!

When it comes to the products from Philips Avent, I can appreciate that they are designed with both mom and baby in mind. Like with the Philips Avent Double Electric Breast Pump, that provides comfort with the petal features which offer a gentle massage to help stimulate the milk production. This pump also makes the pumping process a lot easier because you can sit upright instead of slouched over when you pump and the process is a lot faster since you are comfortable and since you have the massaging petals as well. I also like that this pump is light weight, so it is easy to use in the home and even pack in the diaper bag or car when on the go.

Along with the breast pump, I found that the Breast Milk Storage Bags come in handy and attach easily to the breast pump. Once you have filled up the bags, you can mark them to date them, seal them and freeze them to use later when baby needs them! Another must have to go with the breastfeeding line up of products from the Philips Avent line is the Breastcare Essentials Pack, which offers you nursing pads, a gel pack that can help to ease any discomfort when you freeze it or warm it up, a ribbon that attaches easily to the bra so you can mark which breast you last used and a carrying bag that all of the products fit in for easy storage!

Then when it comes to feeding baby the breast milk, I like that the Philips Avent Natural line offers a great selection of bottles that come in various sizes to suit babies feeding needs. These bottles also fit on the breast pump, which can be handy especially when say daddy or any one else wants a turn at feeding baby. Another great feature that you find with the line of bottles from the Philips Avent Natural nurser bottles is that the nipples are designed to mimic the breast. This helps to make that transition from breast to bottle and back a simple one, and with the different sizes of bottles you can get different flows from the nipples to help baby with suckling and also make the transition easier so others can bond with baby during feedings.

Which in all, makes the line of products from the Philips Avent Baby line up a great selection to go with when it comes to preparing for baby and also for when celebrating National Breastfeeding Month! And to help when it comes to having the tools you need to help make your breastfeeding journey with baby easier for everyone, the wonderful people from Philips Avent would like to give one of my amazing readers their own pack of Philips Avent Baby products!

Product received, thank you to Philips Avent as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.

Yoobi x Pharrell Williams’ Collection i am OTHER

The back to school season is upon us and if you have not gone out to get all of those supplies or stocked up on the supplies to have in the home, well now is a good time to stock up. For us, we still have a few weeks before school starts up, and with that we find that we have time to get those back to school shopping lists completed. Along with finding some of the basic supplies that we will be needing for the new school year, we also like shopping the Yoobi line up at Target that not only allows me to find the supplies my kids need but also a way for us to give back as well. See when we shop the Yoobi line up at Target, my kids can find those trendy must have products for school and then Yoobi will donate supplies to classrooms in need. So when we were sent some school supplies from the new Yoobi x Pharrell Williams i am OTHER collection, we were excited to check them out. You can watch Estrella's view on these products in the video below.

With this collection, we get a limited edition collection that is perfect for starting off the 2016 school year. I also like that with the products from the Yoobi line up that 100% of their products give back by donating supplies to classrooms in need right here in the US! The Yoobi x i am OTHER is a line up of designs that are made to give a positive message about self-acceptance and motivation to meet one’s potential while giving back. Making the line up of the Yoobi products and the limited edition Yoobi x Pharrell Williams collection, which can be found at Target, a great selection of school supplies to shop this back to school season!

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

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

#Giveaway Magnetic Stick N Stack Tiles

When it comes to my kids and events such as birthdays, I like to seek out the toys that are both fun and educational. With Wyatt, we will be celebrating his birthday very soon, and when it comes to the type of toys he enjoys, we have found that anything that has to do with building things is a good way to go. So when we were sent some of the Magnetic Stick N Stack Tiles to review, we were excited to check them out and share our thoughts with our readers!

With the set of Magnetic Stick N Stack Tiles we were sent we found the book of ideas to be very handy to have to help to give us ideas on what all we can build. I like that with the 32 Piece Shape Mags Set, we can get a Junior Set that is perfect for my little beginner. The magnets are simple to piece together, and with the pieces they are great for little hands to grab onto as they explore the possibilities as they build with magnets.

Along with the 32 Piece Shape Mags Set we were also sent the Magnetic Stick N Stack, Shape Mags, TRAILER Set, that has 23 Pieces. This set is a great addition to the Shape Mags Set because along with the buildings my little guy can create, he can also tote around the characters that are included on the fun trailer that they fit on to. The wagons are simple to latch together and the characters go onto the trailer very easily and fit right in place. Then as my little guy zooms them around his little building, he can explore his imagination and take them on journeys that only he can think up! Making the Magnetic Stick N Stack Tiles a great choice of toys to go with when you are seeking out a fun building toy that offers many possibilities when it comes to being creative and encouraging those little imaginations! And to help with getting those gears going in your home, the wonderful people from Shape Mags would like to give one of my amazing readers their own set of the Magnetic Stick N Stack toys!

Product received, thank you to Shape Mags as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.

#Giveaway Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir: Spots On on DVD

When it comes to finding shows and movies to add to our family movie nights, we find that we enjoy finding titles that everyone can enjoy. So when we were sent the Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir: Spots On on DVD to review, we were excited to check it out and add it to our collection!

On this DVD you get 6 episodes that are packed with epic adventures that have been seen on Nickelodeon! You find a pair of superheroes Lady Bug and Cat Noir who team up to save the people of Paris from evil super villains as they try to get through school as well. Watch as these two super heroes team up and go up against villains like Hawk Moth, and watch as they try to save the day as well as their grades. You can find Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir: Spots On on DVD when it hits shelves on August 30th, and in the meantime be sure to enter for a chance to win your own copy below!

Product received, thank you to Shout Factory as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.

Monday, August 15, 2016

#Giveaway The Huntsman: Winter’s War on Blu-ray™

When it comes to the movies that are out, we found that seeing the new movie, The Huntsman: Winter's War in theaters was amazing and since then we have been anticipating the release to Blu-Ray and DVD. So when we were sent a copy to review, we were very excited to add it to our collection so we can enjoy watching this movie over and over again from home!

In this movie you find the Evil Queen and how she got to where she did before Snow White and after betraying her own sister by freezing her heart. This unforgivable act was one that lead the sister to flee to a far away kingdom where she raises an army of Huntsmen to protect her. The two sisters have a rule in which they must follow which is that they must never fall in love. The sisters find themselves in a fight for domination, and the only person standing between the good and the evil sisters is the best of the Huntsmen, Eric.

The Huntsman: Winter's War is a great movie filled with love, betrayal, and action bringing you to the edge of your seat as you wait to see how it will all pan out. You can enjoy this movie as well when you bring home your copy on August 23rd, and be sure to enter for a chance to win your copy in the giveaway below!

Product received, thank you to Universal Pictures as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

#Giveaway Fresh Travels with Summer's Eve

The information, products, gift card, and giveaway have been provided to me by Summer’s Eve®.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.
When it comes to being a woman, there are many aspects that we have to take into consideration in order to stay healthy. For instance, feminine hygiene plays a big role when it comes to our health, and ensuring that we are taking care of our lady parts is important. With that comes the cleanliness, which is not only important when it comes to feminine health but also when it comes to our overall hygiene. I have found that there are different times and situations that we deal with in our daily lives that can affect our pH levels so in order to maintain healthy pH levels, we find that having products from the Summer's Eve line up can be very helpful. With the products from Summer's Eve I like that they are not only designed to help maintain a healthy pH level, but I like that the products are clinically and gynecologist tested for safety and that the gentle formulas do not irritate sensitive skin. Recently I was sent a selection of the products from the Summer's Eve line up to review and share with my readers in this post.

When I think of the times where having the products for Summer's Eve on hand can be a must, I think of times like when I am traveling. When we travel we find that there can be a lot of stress that can come with travel, from finding our gates, catching the connecting flights, as well as layovers and other activities we might participate in. And with the stress that we can experience from travel, whether it is for business or pleasure, we find that our pH levels can go out of wack and cause us to be uncomfortable. So when I travel, I like to pack the products from the Summer's Eve line up, which allow me to get that cleanliness I need in order to maintain a healthy pH level even when I am not at home.

Aside from the fact that the products from the Summer's Eve line are designed to maintain a healthy pH level and are gentle on sensitive skin, I also can appreciate that the products are alcohol free and hypoallergenic. And when it comes to the selection of products, I like that I can choose from a selection that offers me products to keep in the home, pack in my purse and even pack with me when I am traveling.

In fact, when it comes to the selection, I like that there are products for different times of the day, from the products to use in the shower in the morning, the cloths I can pack in my purse for on the go care, and even the night time care products as well. The products from the Summer's Eve line include some of the following:

  • Summer’s Eve® Cleansing Cloths
    • Perfect to toss in your purse or packet – wherever you’re on the go
    • Available in scents Island Splash®, Sheer Floral®, Simply Sensitive, 16 and 32-count packs
    • Perfectly complements Summer’s Eve® Cleansing Wash, Summer’s Eve Night-time Wash and Cleansing Cloths, and Summer’s Eve® Freshening Spray
  • Summer’s Eve® Cleansing Wash
    • Available in scents Simply Sensitive, Delicate Blossom®, Morning Paradise®, and Island Splash®, 9 oz. and 15 oz.
    • Perfectly complements Summer’s Eve® Cleansing Cloths, Summer’s Eve Night-time Wash and Cleansing Cloths, and Summer’s Eve® Freshening Spray
  • Summer’s Eve® Night-time Cleansing Cloths
    • Helps keep you fresher for longer
    • Perfect for a touch-up or before getting into bed
    • Soft pack is great for stashing in your nightstand
    • Perfectly complements Summer’s Eve Lavender Night-time Cleansing Wash and Summer’s Eve® Night-time Cleansing Bar

Which in all, makes adding the products from Summer's Eve to my list for when I travel a must when it comes to maintaining pH levels and my overall health. And to help with packing your bags for your next travel adventure or for having in your home for everyday use, the wonderful people from Summer's Even would like to give one of my amazing readers their own Summer's Eve prize pack!

Seize Your Poise Moment with Thin-Shape Light Absorbency Pads

Compensation was provided by Poise via Mom it Forward Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Poise or Mom it Forward Media.

The kids are heading back to school, and in many homes across America, we are slowly getting ourselves back into those school year routines. Like many homes out there, we not only have kids in school, but we also have those after school activities which include after school football practices. And for me, I head to the field to not only watch from the sidelines as my kids practice with their teams, but also cheer them on during the games. So as a woman who has LBL (light bladder leakage), I find that it is a necessity to pack the Poise Thin-Shape Light Absorbency Pads when we head to the football fields.

With the Poise Thin-Shape Light Absorbency Pads, I can pack them in my purse when we head to the field and instead of focusing on how far the bathroom is from where I am sitting in the stands, I can focus on the important things like watching as my kids do their best on the field. I also like that with the Poise Thin-Shape Light Absorbency Pads, I get the protection I need, from a thin pad that I can not get from any period pad, and I like when I am using them they remain discreet. Both the shape and the protection allow me to enjoy the games from the sidelines worry free, so instead of sitting or even rushing to the restroom when the kids make a big play or score, I can jump up in the stands and cheer with the rest of the parents worry free.

I can appreciate that when it comes to the Poise Thin-Shape Light Absorbency Pads, that they are specifically designed for LBL, and offer the absorbency I need that pads made for periods can not. We also find that the need for the Poise Thin-Shape Light Absorbency Pads is something that more women need than not, and when it comes to the facts that are behind LBL, we find that 1 in 3 women suffer from LBL.

Light Bladder Leakage is something that can happen at any time and at any age when it comes to women, and is something that can be triggered from various reasons, like when we exercise, when we find ourselves laughing, sneezing, cheering for our team from the sidelines, and even during pregnancy. So when I heard that Poise has teamed up with Brooke Burke-Charvet to help educate women about LBL and empower them to seize their Poise moment, I found that it is a topic that myself and many other women can relate to.

When we seize our Poise moment, we go to that exact point where we stop letting leaks interrupt our lives by seeking out the products like Poise Thin-Shape Light Absorbency pads. And for me, I seized my Poise moment when I found myself at a game for one of my kids last year where I ended up spending more than half the game from my car. The moment came after having a slight accident when I jumped up to cheer on my son as he and his team were running the ball. I had had issues before with LBL, but I had dealt with them over the years without actually dealing with them, and it was not until my Poise moment did I realize that I needed to take control and seize the moment to keep moments like that from happening again. Making the choice to always have the products like the Poise Thin-Shape Light Absorbency Pads on hand, one that allows me to live life without the embarrassments that can come from the effects of LBL.

So if you are a woman who has issues with bladder control or LBL, seek out the best options for managing your LBL by getting products from the Poise line. The Poise brand offers products that allow women like myself to live our lives uninterrupted with confidence. Visit to learn more and request a sample, so you too can seize your Poise moment.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Express Your Style with Diaper Genie Expressions

Compensation was provided by Playtex Baby via their PR. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Playtex Baby or the PR Agency.

When we prepare to bring a new baby home, there are so many things we head out to get so that everything can be ready for baby. For me, when it comes to putting a nursery together, I find that I like to do it in style. Like many, I like to go with certain color themes so that like other rooms in my home, the nursery comes together and is both inviting as well as relaxing when you come in. So when I was sent the new Diaper Genie Expressions to review, I was curious to see the fabric sleeve options that were included and also see how this diaper pail would not only bring the room together but also stand out from the rest.
After taking the Diaper Genie out of the box, I right away found myself excited to check out the different fabric sleeves and find the one I want to start out with. I was impressed to see how each of the 5 sleeves has its own design and colors, which are ones that go with many of the nursery themes and colors that you can find when you head out to decorate your nursery space. I also like that the fabric is durable which allows me to change the sleeves up over and over again. In fact, I found that when it comes to the durability, I liked that I was able to wash the covers in the washing machine and use them again and again if needed! I found that putting the fabric sleeves on was very simple, they are snug but they fit on the Diaper Genie nicely and are designed with elastic bands on the tops and bottoms so they fit on the ledges and do not get in the way of the operating of the diaper pail.

After finding the cover that was right for the nursery space, I was ready to then check out this Diaper Genie and learn more about it. Aside from the customizable feature that allows me to not only utilize the included fabric sleeves but also purchase more from the line up, I can really appreciate that the Diaper Genie is very simple to operate and gives parents and caregivers one handed operation if needed. This is important to me because it allows me to set up the Diaper Genie next to the changing table, and when I need to change baby, I can keep one hand on baby and use the other to push the button on the top to open and put the dirty diaper in then close, all with one hand!

Then when it comes to the other features that help to make the choice to go with this Diaper Genie a simple one, I like that it has maximum odor control, which is possible with the Push-N-Lock clamp that gives you a double secure odor lock! When it comes to other ways to keep the odor in the pail, I like that the bags that are exclusive to the Diaper Genie line up are ones that have 7 layers, which provide the Barrier Technology that helps to lock in germs and odors as well. And when it comes to the changing out of the bags, I like that I can put up to 50 newborn diapers in this Diaper Genie, which can quickly add up when you have a newborn. This not only saves you time since you do not have to constantly take the bags out, but when you do have to replace the bags, the system is made to make that a simple task for parents as well. Which all together, makes the Diaper Genie Expressions a great choice to go with when you are preparing for baby and seeking out a diaper pail that can also allow you to express your nursery style and more!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Diet Dr Pepper® at Walmart #SummerFUNd Giveaway

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Diet Dr Pepper®. The opinions and text are all mine.

The idea of back to school might be on the minds of many and even a reality for some but in that same note I find that it does not mean that the summer is over, at least not yet. For me and my family, we still have time and when it comes to making the best of our summer together I like to find ways to make this summer a one of a kind summer for all of us. I can do this by planning epic adventures and trips with the kids and by having a great beverage on hand such as Diet Dr Pepper to give me a one of a kind taste. Not only can I get that one of a kind taste by purchasing Diet Dr Pepper at Walmart but I can also enter to win a chunk of the Summer FUNd giveaway!

The Diet Dr Pepper Summer FUNd giveaway is the perfect way to end this summer with a bang and make the most of the time that is left to soak up the sun and make those memories that will last! The Summer FUNd giveaway is also a fun one to enter by joining in the scratch-off game. When you join in on the fun, you have a chance to instantly win a $5 Walmart e-Gift Card. You can also enter for a chance to win even more by uploading your Walmart receipt showing your purchase of Diet Dr Pepper and collect the game pieces to win a $10, $20, $250, or $1,000 Walmart e-Gift card and if you purchase more than $10 in Diet Dr Pepper product on a single receipt, you will get 2 entries!

Then if you are a winner, you can use the Walmart e-Gift Card to purchase the goods you might need to make your summer last a little longer! Which makes the choice easy to head to your local Walmart to pick up some of that one of a kind flavor that you get with Diet Dr Pepper and enter the #SummerFUNd giveaway!