Monday, July 28, 2014

Hub Network’s MY LITTLE PONY Mega Mare-athon + All New #FREE Game for Fans!

Yes, you read it right, a My Little Pony Mega Mare-athon, and I have the complete schedule to share with you when you click here for you to share with your My Little Pony fans and add to your DVR list!!!



Also, check out this new game for My Little Pony fans, called "Power Ponies Go"!


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Who Is Responsible If My Child Is Injured by a Defective Bunk Bed or Other Children’s Product?

Parents are often at a loss for what to do when a child is injured by a product that was made specifically for a child’s use but is made or designed improperly. Is the seller responsible, or is the manufacturer? The simple answer is that in many cases, the seller and the manufacturer, as well as others, may be held liable in a court of law for injuries caused to your child by a defective children’s product. These same defendants may also be liable for injuries sustained by children through the use of products that were not specifically designed for a child’s use but that a manufacturer could reasonably foresee or expect that a child would use, such as an item of household furniture.

Many defective children’s products are recalled when a defect is discovered or when injuries that have occurred as a result of a defect are reported. Parents should always take these recalls seriously and refrain from using a product after learning that it has been recalled. This is true whether the recall is voluntary or involuntary on the part of the manufacturer, as any recall is an indication that your child may be at risk from continued use of the product. In most cases, the Consumer Product Safety Commission instructs consumers not to use a product that has been recalled unless and until the defect in the product has been repaired or remedied.

In June 2014, for example, Lea Covington and Hannah Collection Bunk Beds manufactured by Lea Industries were recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission when it was discovered that the beds can create an entrapment hazard for small children. The beds were sold in both twin and full sizes, with bookcases attached. The hazard that led to the recall may occur through the incorrect assembly of the bed. When the beds are assembled incorrectly, a space may be created that is larger than those considered to be safe and, therefore, allowed by industry standards. The larger space is just large enough to pose a risk of entrapping, strangling, or otherwise injuring a small child.

How Can I Obtain Compensation for My Child’s Injuries When They Were Caused by a Defective Product?

If your child’s injuries were caused by a defect in a product, such as the Lea Industries bunk beds that were recently recalled, you may be able to recover compensation for your child’s injuries through the institution of a product-liability action against the manufacturer, designer, assembler, and seller of the product, as well as others in the chain of the product’s distribution. Your ability to bring such an action does not depend upon whether the product was recalled.

In many instances, manufacturers and others in the chain of a product’s distribution have been held liable for injuries caused by a product’s defect even when the product was never recalled and even if the defect was not known before the lawsuit was instituted. Though the law of product-liability varies somewhat from state to state, the manufacturer of a product as well as others in the chain of the product’s distribution may be held liable under most states’ laws for injuries caused by a defect in a product even in the absence of negligence on the part of any of the named defendants. Such liability is known as strict liability and requires no showing by the plaintiff that the defendant or defendants were negligent in designing, manufacturing, assembling, or selling the defective product in question. This theory of liability is based upon the law’s recognition that manufacturers and designers of products intended for use by the public have a duty to design and manufacture those products so that they are reasonably safe for use according to current industry standards.

In most states, product-liability actions may also be based on a breach of warranty or negligence theory. When a product-liability action is brought to recover injuries sustained by a person as a result of a defect in a product, however, the action is usually brought as a strict liability action. This type of action does not require the injured person, or plaintiff, to prove that the manufacturer or designer of the product was negligent in creating the product’s defect. If evidence of the manufacturer’s or designer’s negligence can, nevertheless, be presented, attorneys for injured plaintiffs may attempt to get such evidence before the jury, because jury members are more likely to find a defendant manufacturer or designer liable if some evidence of fault is indicated.

Breach of warranty product-liability actions are generally brought when a plaintiff is seeking to obtain compensation for money lost because the plaintiff paid money for a product, believing that the product would be of a certain kind or nature, but the product turned out to be something other than represented. This form of product-liability action is generally used for cases in which the plaintiff has not been personally injured by a product defect.
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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sharing the Monster High Clawsome Double Feature on Family Movie Night


In our home, when it comes to our family movie nights, we enjoy finding new movies to add to the mix. We like to encourage our kids to choose their own movies, so when their night for picking the movie comes, they can share something they like and want to watch with the rest of the family. For Estrella, it can be pretty easy to know what she will be picking, especially when we find new Monster High movies come out.

Recently we were sent a great movie pack when we were sent the Monster High Clawsome Double Feature along with a Monster High Ghoul Sports dolls to review! This great duo was perfect for Estrella and also made a perfect movie to watch during our family movie night!

This DVD has a great double feature with "Fright On" and "Escape from Skull Shores". With the feature, Escape from Skull Shores, the ghouls from Monster High find themselves on Spring Break, and end up getting ship wrecked on Skull Shores. Frankie Stein, ends up getting taken by a beast on the island, and the group must ban together to not only find a way off the island but also rescue Frankie from the beast!

Then in the feature, Fright On, the whole school must ban together to save their school! They must show to a normie, that the clash between the Fur and the Fang, is no longer a issue in the school. Making this double feature a must see for any Monster High fans out there!


To make our movie night complete, Estrella enjoyed having her new Monster High doll, to watch the movie along side her! So on your next movie night, be sure to grab the ghouls in your home, and pick up the new movie, Monster High Clawsome Double Feature along with some great Monster High dolls, and have one monsterous night!








This was not a paid post and honest/original opinions were used and they are my own. Thank you to the company and/or pr agency who supplied the product for review.
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Sharing our #PEEPSONALITY this Summer with Peeps

The summer is here, and we are taking advantage of those nice summer days, spending them with the kids, enjoying the outdoors, and taking every bit of the time we have with the kids before the new school year starts up. With that, we enjoy spending a lot of time in the water, and enjoying snacks while we play. To help with some of our fun summer adventures, we were sent a great pack of Peeps products, so this summer, we can really show off and share our Peepsonality!

Now I know most people think of Peeps and think of the Spring with Easter and such, but for those Peeps lovers like myself and the kids, well, we know different! In fact we were sent some of the fun new Peeps Minis flavors to try and review while we enjoy our summer days together! The new Peeps Minis include the Sour Watermelon, Strawberry Creme, and the Chocolate Creme!

Along with our fun, resealable bags of Peeps Minis, we also got a fun pail to use while playing in the dirt, a beach tote, which Estrella finds as a perfect bag to take when we head to the pool and waterparks this summer, a fun Peeps towel and Tumbler, which have also become part of Estrella's water park ensemble, and a fun Peeps Luggage Tag, which will come in handy for any of those summer vacations we might take! Making this great selection of Peeps products, a great way for us to show and share our Peepsonality this summer!

You and your Peeps, can show off your Peepsonlity this summer too, by heading over to peepsandcompany.com and finding not only the new Peeps Minis flavors we were sent to try, but also finding all of the summer products we were sent and so much more!

This was not a paid post and honest/original opinions were used and they are my own. Thank you to the company and/or pr agency who supplied the product for review.
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Gearing the Kids up with Boots from Western Chief Kids

The back to school shopping season is upon us, and ensuring the kids are geared up for whatever might come their way this year is my aim. I think one thing that I like to do, especially with the rain we get here, is having rain gear on hand for any given rainy day. I mean, no one likes to put on a pair of shoes, step outside while it is raining to step in a puddle, then end up wearing wet shoes for the rest of the day, and when my kids go to school on days where it is wet outside, I want their feet and clothes to remain as dry as possible. Aside from the school days, I also have a toddler, who seems to think that all puddles have to be jumped in, no matter how big or small, or how much mud is in the puddle, to him, the more water the better and the mud, well that is just a added perk. So having rain boots and jackets for the kids is a must and something I have on my back to school list!

To help with finding rain gear for the kids, that will not only help to keep their feet dry but also help with keeping their clothes dry, I was sent some pretty fashionable rain gear from Western Chief Kids! For Robert, he is all boy, and he loves anything camo, so when we were sent the incredibly awesome Lighted Camo rain boots, that light up on the bottoms as he walks and jumps in puddles, we knew they would be a great fit! For Estrella, my stylish diva who sees pink as a staple color, we were sent the very adorable Pop Solid Hot Pink boots, which will sure help her make that divalicious fashion statement this year, even when the rain is coming down!

Then for my toddler, my curious little explorer who is drawn to puddles from all walks of life, we were sent the very adorable, and toddler approved, Thomas and Friends coordinating rain gear, which includes some very awesome rain boots that have handles on the tops, making the pulling on of these boots a easy task for my big boy! To go along with his very cool boots, Wyatt can wear his Thomas and Friends rain coat, which not only has that adorable engine on it, but also has a hood on the top, so when we have a rainy day, my little toddler can find himself playing in it anytime we are out in the rain! Making the rain gear from Western Chief Kids products, a must have, when making those back to school shopping lists this year!



This was not a paid post and honest/original opinions were used and they are my own. Thank you to the company and/or pr agency who supplied the product for review.
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Saturday, July 26, 2014

#Giveaway Back to School Shopping for Glasses from JCPenney ($30 Gift Card)

I received a JCPenney gift card for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own.

When it comes to the kids and the back to school shopping, there are a lot of avenues that need to be covered in order to make sure the kids are ready to head back to school. There is also a lot of money that we end up spending to get the back to school shopping done, and for me, I aim to find ways to save my family as much money as I can while we do our shopping each year. This year, as we have done in previous years, I take the kids for their annual eye exams, and at this point in the kids lives, Estrella is the only one who needs glasses in order to help her do her best when she is in school.

Like many parents who have kids who wear glasses, I know the costs behind glasses, and with kids, well they can be rough on glasses. So having glasses available that are affordable and that also offer a full replacement plan if needed, is very important for me when shopping for kids glasses. Well to help with shopping for the glasses for Estrella this back to school shopping season, I was told about the amazing sale that JCPenney Optical is having for kids glasses from now until August 31st, and given the chance to find some new glasses for Estrella!

With this promotion, you can take your children, school aged 16 and under, to your local JCPenney Optical, with your child's eye glasses prescription, and get a pair of glasses, any pair, under $120, for just $29.99!!! This price includes the frame of choice, which does not have to be a kids frame style, opening the doors for a large range of frames to choose from, FREE impact & scratch-resistant polycarbonate lenses, FREE UV protection and FREE eyeglass protection plan!

You can imagine that when I headed to our local JCPenney Optical recently, to get Estrella a pair of glasses, and her realizing the options that were available to her, she was very excited! I mean, she was thrilled to have a variety of glasses to choose from, and when we shop at the JCPenney Optical, they have the hottest styles, in stock, ready to try on, and order, to ensure you that your kids are not only equipped with the eyeglass prescription they need when going back to school, but also giving the frame style they want to help boost their confidence when wearing glasses this school year!

As a parent, I liked the ease of going in, letting my daughter try on the frames she liked, find that perfect glasses frame she just had to have, placing our order, which included making sure we got the right fit, giving the prescription to the amazingly nice and helpful associate, and walking out knowing that Estrella will be very happy once her glasses arrive! I found it a huge plus not only being able to get free lenses, free scratch resistant coating, free UV protection, but also getting a protection plan included in the amazing price of $29.99! I also liked knowing the time frame for when her glasses will arrive, so she will have them in time for school!!

So this year, as you get all of those back to school items on your lists marked off, if you are also needing glasses for your kids this year, be sure to head to JCPenney Optical, where you can find all glasses under $120 for just $29.99 for your kids under 16, for a limited time! Well to help with getting your kids glasses this year, the wonderful people from JCPenney Optical would like to give one of my amazing readers a $30 gift card to JCPenney!





I received a JCPenney gift card for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own.
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#Giveaway Keeping Bugs Away with the Raid Defense System


Bugs are, well bugs, and in my home, I do not want to see them. Being in Texas with the heat we have had this summer, on top of all of the rain we have been getting, we tend to find a lot of bugs, and when I say a lot, I mean a lot. We see them when we are outside, but when I go inside, I do not want to see them or find them around the inside of my house. So to help with ensuring that those bugs stay outside where they belong, I was sent the Raid Defense System to review.

The Raid Defense System is a variety of Raid products that help indoors by targeting and getting rid of the pesky bugs like ants and roaches, that might find their ways indoors. Then to help keep them from coming in again once I have treated the inside of my home, I can use the Raid Bug Barrier, and spray an invisible barrier along the outside of my home. I can also use the Raid Bug Barrier Defense Marker along the outside of my window sills, keeping the bugs from finding alternative ways of making their ways in my home. All helping to keep my home free of pesky bugs!

With the products that make the Raid Defense System complete, and help me with keeping the bugs outdoors where they belong, I find I can be more at ease, not worrying about bugs in my home! Well to help with getting rid of and keeping those bugs at bay and outdoors where they belong, the wonderful people from Raid would like to equip one of my amazing readers their own Raid Defense System.





This was not a paid post and honest/original opinions were used and they are my own. Thank you to the company and/or pr agency who supplied the product for review.
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Preparing Older Siblings for the new Baby with the Nenuco & Her Little Sister Dolls


Preparing for a new baby to join the family is something that everyone should be involved in. From mom and dad, and grandparents, to the older siblings. I have always found that including the older siblings in the preparations is something that is important, and helps the older kids get excited about welcoming a new baby to the family. There are many ways to get the older kids involved, like taking them to help with shopping for items and letting them pick out stuff like blankets and clothes, so they feel part of all of the preparations we put into getting ready for baby. Another thing that I have done, and that I find to make the older kids feel special is by getting them gifts as well. Gifts that are meant for the big sister and big brother, so they can feel special too and be included.

Recently I was sent a set of dolls, from Nenuco, that is the perfect gift to give to the soon to be big sister, when I was sent the Me and my Little Sister dolls! I find this set to not only be very adorable, but it also shows the very sweet, loving relationship that an older sister can have with a baby sister! I find the coordinating clothes that the big sister and baby sister have to be very adorable, and like the other dolls from the Nenuco collection, they help promote that precious imaginative play that I adore encouraging in my kids! Making this doll set a great set to give your own little one as a gift for a big sister as you and your family prepare for baby!
This was not a paid post and honest/original opinions were used and they are my own. Thank you to the company and/or pr agency who supplied the product for review.
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Back to School Shopping with ThinkGeek

Back to school shopping can be a chore. I mean, there are the lists you get from the schools, where the kids have to have specific items on the lists, and many times, you end up going to several stores in order to ensure they get all of the supplies on those lists. Then you have the individual shopping for your kids, and a lot of times, especially with having boys and girls, you have different tastes and styles, and once again, you end up shopping at multiple stores, just so the kids have what they need and want to make that statement on their first day of school.

Well this year, I want my kids to be able to make that statement, that one that shows their individuality, their style, and one place that I can go shopping at, online in my own time, where I can find unique items that can help with making a statement is ThinkGeek. To help with the back to school shopping this year, I was sent a couple of very unique backpacks from the people at ThinkGeek!
With the Firefly Kaylee inspired Messenger Bag, Firefly fans everywhere can head back to school in style, with Firefly gear! This messenger bag is inspired by the Firefly character Kaylee, inspired by her work clothes. I really like the canvas exterior with the flower, heart and teddy bear patches on the flap. Then on the inside of this bag, you get a flower printed interior, with two pockets that are great for carrying pens, pencils and gadgets. This bag is also great for carrying other items like tools and whatever you might want to haul around in it, making it the perfect bag for the Firefly fan in your house to use to make that statement this school year!


Then for those Minecraft fans in your life, get them the Minecraft Creeper Backpack. This backpack has the room in it for carrying the kids school books, notebooks, and binders in with two large storage compartments. Then on the front zippered compartment, the kids can have space for keeping their pens, pencils as well as cellphone in for those moments when a Minecraft game playing moment might arise! Making the Minecraft Creeper Backpack a great choice for this school year when shopping for your Minecraft fan!

So this back to school shopping season, while you are trying to find items that are unique and that will be the items your kids will want and love to make that statement, without having to search numerous stores coming up empty handed, go online and shop ThinkGeek.com!

This was not a paid post and honest/original opinions were used and they are my own. Thank you to the company and/or pr agency who supplied the product for review.
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Friday, July 25, 2014

#Giveaway Febreze #Noseblind Study + Prize Pack & $60 Gift Card

This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Febreze. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.
When it comes to the home, we have smells. Some good and some, well, not so pleasant, and when we are in our homes, we get used to those smells, we become what is called "Noseblind". Being noseblind is not a bad thing, in fact it is something that we can not help. As we live in our homes, we become accustomed to the smells, the good, the bad, and the down right ugly ones as well. For me, I know that when I have guests coming over, I might go around the house spraying smelly stuff, to try and make my house smell better knowing that in the other room there is a diaper pail sitting there, mocking me. I am aware that it has a odor, even though I do not smell it, and I do use those diaper pail cleaners, baking soda, and anything else I can find to mask the odors of those diapers that are in it, but the thing is, just because I can not smell it, does not mean it is not there.

I learned this truth recently, when I attended a noseblind study in New York with the people behind one of my household staples, Febreze! I learned that I am not alone when it comes to being noseblind, in fact, I met an amazing Dr., who explained the science behind the nose and our senses. I also, got to experience, the amazing power of Febreze, first hand, in a number of noseblind tests that we witnessed, and smelled during the event.

I mean, in my own home, yes, we do like seafood, we also have animals, which include a cat, 2 dogs, and a bunny, and not to mention I have a husband and 3 kids. So aside from those diapers that taunt me from the diaper pail that is in the boys room, hidden from site, and what I thought, hidden from smell, there are also a number of other smells that my house has. I guess you can imagine that when I was given the chance to conduct my own noseblind study, that I was initially in shock when I asked a couple of my friends to come over and be honest about the smells in my home. I mean, I did ask for the truth, and well, they gave it to me. I found that the diaper pail, the one that lingers in the back of my mind since I know what is inside of it, the one I try to mask the odors from with a number of products, can be smelled as others enter my home.

So many of you might be thinking, how was I able to conduct the Febreze Noseblind Study with guests. Well when they arrived, I made popcorn, as I had promised, and prepared for a movie. Due to us being moms, we decided instead of a evening movie, we would do a movie in the early afternoon so the little ones could take naps and the older kids who were not at camp, could play together and do some crafts. We were given surveys to take. Then I popped the popcorn, as the popcorn was popping, we took another survey. From there it was movie time.

Once the movie was over it was time for the next survey, then we had some coffee and talked. After the littles got up, we found some finger paints, then began our Noseblind Assessment. From there, we talked about the surveys we took, this is also when I found that my house smelled like a daycare and also a little bit like a pet shop, but a clean one, lol. Yay, not what I had imagined, but hey it is the truth of the smells in my home. After being told I had a stinky home that was clean but had lingering odors, I educated my guests with the Noseblindness education I was given and also told them about some of the things I had learned on my trip to NYC for the Noseblind education I received there.

After all the dirty truths of my home came out, and after we all learned and discussed what Noseblindness was, I went around and used some of the Febreze products I was sent, then we took our final survey. I was pleased to find that after spraying the Febreze products in my home, that those smelly diapers, were no longer a lingering smell, and my pets, well they were not a stinky issue any longer either. Instead, my friends said they loved the light and pleasant fragrance of the Febreze. They liked that it not only got rid of those odors, but it left a very nice odor behind that was not overbearing, but did the job!

Well to help with that condition known as "Noseblindness", the wonderful people from Febreze would like to give one of my amazing readers their own Febreze products along with a $60 AMEX Gift Card, so you can host your own noseblind study!!






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Back to School with the Epson Expression XP-410

When it comes to the back to school shopping these days, I have noticed the need for up to date tech products. This can get expensive, so when I look for items that I know the whole family will be using and need this school year, I try to find products that will not only do the job, but that are family budget friendly. Recently I was sent a Epson Expression XP-410 to review for this years back to school guide.

With this printer, I not only get the printer I need, but it is not very big, so it will not take up a whole lot of space when I put it in my daughters room for her to use when she is doing homework. I also like the print quality, which is very important, especially when we want to use it for printing pictures and other graphic items from this printer. Another feature, which is a big plus for me is, it is very easy to set up and use, so when my daughter wants to print or scan anything she can do it very easily without having to need my help.


Aside from the great small size and ease of use, I like that we can use our WiFi devices using Epson Connect, and print from anywhere in the home, and we can also put in our memory cards from our cameras and such, to print off the pictures we want, and view those pictures from the 2.5 inch LCD screen! I like that we can also take advantage of the fact that we can utilize Apple Air Print and Google Cloud Print, when printing from our different devices, making the Epson Expression XP-410 a great printer and a must have item to add to your back to school shopping lists this year! Also be sure to take advantage of the $20 rebate you can get when you get your Epson printer this back to school shopping season!


This was not a paid post and honest/original opinions were used and they are my own. Thank you to the company and/or pr agency who supplied the product for review.
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Taking a Stroll with the Maxi Cosi Kaia in Bohemian Blue


With kids, having products that can help accommodate both the kids and mom is ideal, and with me, it is a necessity! One way I find to accommodate both Wyatt and myself, is by having strollers on hand for any occasion that might arise. Recently I was sent a stroller that is great for taking on the go from Maxi Cosi! The stroller is the Maxi Cosi Kaia, and I was sent this great stroller in the new color, Bohemian Blue!

I find that with the back to school shopping that needs to be done, there is a lot of stopping at numerous stores, the mall and shopping centers, so with that there is a lot of getting in and out of the car. To help make life easier with the back to school shopping and having a toddler going along for the ride, we found the Maxi Cosi Kaia to be great for taking in and out of the car. It is easy to fold and unfold and is also light weight, which are both pluses when getting in and out. Also, I like that when it is folded up, it can stand alone, so when I have it in garage, I dont have to worry about it falling over and blocking anything in the garage!

The stroller weighs 19 pounds and it can hold a child up to 50 pounds! Then when say our new member joins the family, and wants to go on shopping trips with us, we can use the Maxi Cosi Mico or Prezi infant car seats, which are compatible, and turn the stroller into a travel system for baby! The 5 point harness system also allows me to adjust, so if we have baby or Wyatt in it, I can adjust to fit each child as needed.

Other pluses for those in need of a new stroller are the fact that there is a cup holder, and a large storage basket underneath, so I can store the diaper bag and any shopping totes we might get while we are out, and have my coffee or water in reach. I also like the easy wheel locks, so I can lock the wheels in place with my feet and keep the stroller from rolling away. The features include the following:

  • You and your little one will be ready for adventure with the stylish Maxi-Cosi Kaia Stroller in Bohemian Blue
  • Compatible with the Maxi-Cosi Mico or Prezi infant car seat (sold separately)
  • Safely seats children up to 50 lb.
  • Stroller weighs 19 lb.
  • In use measures 26" L x 20.5" W x 41" H
  • Folded measures 37" L x 13" W x 12" H
  • 5-point padded harness system
  • Reversible, front or rear facing, multi-position reclining seat
  • Dual-trigger fold
  • Stands alone when folded
  • Ultra-plush with premium fabrics for superior comfort
  • Adjustable leg rest
  • Aluminum frame
  • Lockable swivel wheels
  • 5" hard rubber wheels
  • Rear wheel brakes
  • Rear wheel suspension
  • Hand wash fabrics
  • Extendable canopy 
  • Parent cup holder
  • Under seat storage basket
So if you are in the market for a new and stylish stroller that also offers a easy fold feature, easy storage, that is light weight as well as many other great features, then check out and take a stroll with the Maxi Cosi Kaia in Bohemian Blue! You can also find coordinating special edition Maxi Cosi Bohemian Blue products to go along with this stroller which include the Maxi Cosi Mico Ap infant car seat, and the Maxi Cosi Pria 70 Convertible car seat!

This was not a paid post and honest/original opinions were used and they are my own. Thank you to the company and/or pr agency who supplied the product for review.
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Car Buying Tips

Finding a new or used car nowadays seems like it should be easy. It used to be that all someone had to do was either go down to the local dealership and peruse the inventory on the lot or search the classifieds for used cars for sale by private owners. 

Today’s auto market can seem a bit confusing with dealers selling everything from previously leased models, certified pre-owned models and used cars from trade-ins. Add in a few websites that tout how they can match a potential car buyer’s wish list with a nationwide inventory after a few clicks of the mouse, all with the vehicle history reports and potential car loan offers as well and there is a world of confusion that one enters when searching for a car online.

The search results can become dizzying as well as overwhelming. Oftentimes, savvy car dealer sites have incorporated some keywords and phrases that search engine algorithms tend to love in order to garner the car shopper’s attention through Search Engine Optimization. Unfortunately, although this helps the car dealer attract potential customers for their wares, the search results lead the car shopper on a fruitless hunt.

For those seeking to purchase a Toyota SUV like a Sequoia or a Highlander, the search does not have to become a frustrating endeavor. With sites operated by national cooperatives of dealers like the National Toyota Dealers, potential car buyers can simply enter their zip code and quickly and easily search car inventories available at local participating dealerships in their area. In order to find a Toyota Sequoia or Highlander in stock, potential car buyers need only search Toyota Sequoia SUV inventory lists online with BuyAToyota.com to find a Toyota Sequoia available nearby. Not only can they find their desired model’s availability but they can also locate a dealer and research lease and finance offers available in their prospective area. Additionally, featured offers will automatically generate for the potential car buyer to view.


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Your Guide to Dealing with Teething (Guest Post)



Your bundle of joy has gone from a sweet, angelic being to looking like his head could spin 360 degrees like Linda Blair's character in "The Exorcist." Everyone told you that the teething stage was going to be rough, but you probably were not prepared for this level of crankiness. This guide will help you understand and get through this very trying period.

Timeline

Unfortunately, teething is not a short-lived process. In most babies, the first tooth pokes through around 6 months old, but it can be as early as 3 months. Teeth typically arrive in pairs, and the middle bottom ones are generally the first ones you will see, but this certainly is not a rule. Below is a general timeline for teething.

  • 6 months - Central lower incisors
  • 8 months - Central upper incisors
  • 10 months - Upper and lower lateral incisors
  • 14 months - First pair molars
  • 18 months - Canines
  • 24 months - Second pair molars

Symptoms of Teething

Your baby will typically show a few signs long before you see the first pearly whites popping through. These signs include:

  • Puffy Gums - The location where the tooth is emerging will often appear swollen, bruised, and red.

  • Need to Gnaw - From car keys to the remote control to the dog's bone, your baby has an uncontrollable urge to put everything in his mouth to gnaw on. Counter pressure of chewing relieves pressure created from the tooth pushing through the skin.

  • Ear Pulling - Before you panic and assume your baby has an ear infection, he could be tugging on his ears because jaw pain can often be felt in the ear canal.

  • Excessive Drooling - Sometimes, drooling is simply part of a normal development stage, but other times it is a symptom of teething.

  • Fussiness - Irritability is inevitable as the tooth forces its way through bone and gum. Fussiness is usually increased more at night.

Soothing Pain

Try to resist the urge to rub brandy on his gums like Grandpa is telling you to do. Sure, he may have done it for you when you were teething, but back then folks did not necessarily know that even the smallest amount of alcohol can be toxic to a baby. Below are a few helpful ways to soothe his pain.

  • Frozen Washcloth - There are a tremendous number of teething rings you can buy, but a frozen washcloth is just as good, if not better. Just wet and freeze it. Leave one side dry so he can tug at it without freezing his fingers. The fabric is more forgiving than rings. Most babies tend to prefer it, but of course, you can try one of the products on the market, too.

  • Massage - Rubbing the area with a clean finger creates counter pressure that can work wonders.

  • Rocking - Even if you are trying to get your baby to fall asleep without rocking, swaying, etc., you may need to bend the rules a little when teeth are emerging. It is a little harder during this time for them to relax. Make sure the nursery is a soothing environment with dim lighting, clean air and a comfortable temperature. A water wall is ideal to mount in a nursery. It is soothing and the moving water moisturizes and cleans the air to create a healthy and comfortable environment. You can order one from online stores like LuxeWaterWalls.com.

  • Clove Oil - This natural remedy has numbing properties. Rub the tiniest amount at the tooth's location. Too much can cause an upset tummy.

  • Licorice - Gnawing on a real licorice stick has the same effect as the clove oil. Note that this is not the candy you buy in the grocery store line. You can get real licorice sticks at a health store.


  • Pure Vanilla Extract - Many parents swear by rubbing pure vanilla extract on the gums. It creates a warming sensation and vanilla is known for its calming properties. It also calms stomach distress.
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Fixing a Healthy Super Foods Meal for Your Pet (Guest Post)



With all that you read about how some pet foods may not be as natural as the labels say it can be scary to decide which food to give your beloved pet. The only way to be completely sure what your pet is eating is to prepare it yourself. It sounds time-consuming, but think about how much time you spent looking for wirelessfence for dogs review so you could pick the best one for your pet. Shouldn’t what your pet eats get just as much time? And you wouldn’t buy just any cheapdog fence so why purchase pet foods that may not be as healthy as you want?

Fixing a tasty dish for your pet is very simple. Here is a recipe to try!
  • one half cup of chopped broccoli
  • one fillet of fish, such as trout
  • one cup of sliced carrots
  • one sliced sweet potato
  • one half cup stewed cranberries
  • one cup of soybeans
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and tear off a piece of non-stick foil that is large enough to form a packet for the meal. Lay the fish, skin side down, on the foil and place the sweet potatoes, carrots and beans on top. Add the broccoli and spoon the cranberries over the top. Completely wrap the food so that no steam can escape while it is baking for 35 – 40 minutes. Because steam can burn, you will want to be very careful when you open the package. Be sure to let the food cool completely before you feed your pets and remember to cut the vegetables into smaller pieces if you have a small pet.

Best Super Foods

See how easy that was? All you need to know is what foods are considered super foods and you will be ready to create your own recipes for your pets. You probably already know many of the super foods, as they are the same ones that you eat to stay healthy. The health benefits of these foods work for pets, too.
Stop saving the organic sweet potatoes for holiday dinners! Both you and your pet would benefit from having a serving of sweet potatoes every day as they aid in the prevention of cancer and can slow the aging process.
Oily fish, such as herring, orange roughy, salmon and trout, are excellent sources of Omega 3 fatty acids that aid in increasing intelligence and improving behaviors. Beans have been a staple of our diets for years, but rarely do we think to give them to our pets. The protein in the beans is very important to our pets, too, and beans can help burn body fat.

Organic carrots are perhaps the most convenient super food. They are relatively inexpensive and very easy to carry as snacks. Give one to your dog or cat and see how much they enjoy it. Carrots prevent heart disease and improve vision.

Although broccoli is a very important super food, be sure that no more than ten percent of your pet’s diet contains broccoli. It helps treat heart disease, fights infections, and prevents cancer and can help the body get rid of toxins.

With this list of super foods, you will be able to prepare delicious and healthy meals for your pets every day!


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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Family Game Night Fun Brought to a Whole New Level with Sphero


Family time is something I cherish, because I know that the time we have as the kids grow up, is too short. They all grow so quickly, so I like to make the time that we have count. There are many ways that we make family time count by doing fun activities as a family, and one way having fun is having our family game nights! Recently I was sent a product that brings our family game nights to a whole new level when we were sent a Sphero to review!

With the Sphero, the whole family can enjoy hours of fun with the free apps that come with the Sphero, and even Wyatt can enjoy watching as the Sphero rolls and does its tricks. The kids can even enjoy individual play, with this awesome little robot.

The Sphero is a robotic ball, that is unlike any toy or game we have ever had. I mean, it is controlled from our tablets, iOS or any Android device, and we can make it go, watch it as it rolls at 7 feet per second, which is also pretty amusing for our dogs. We can also use it with apps on iTunes, using it as a control device like a mouse, when playing games! It can change direction quickly and easily, and it also changes colors! Then when we put the Nubby on our Sphero, it not only does all of the tricks it did before we dressed it, but it also becomes a toy that the kids can even play with in the water. They can have it do tricks on the ramps that came with our Sphero, and with the Nubby, we can keep it from getting scuffed and protected!
The games are not only fun to play, but the kids can enjoy education interaction with their Sphero, adding play into learning, which is pretty awesome if you ask me! With the learning aspect, the Sphero SPRK, the kids can learn the basic aspects of programming, robotics and math, bringing this toy like robotic device to a different level, one that can be beneficial when it comes to the kids learning! You can find out more about the educational aspect of the Sphero SPRK be heading here!

In all we have found the Sphero to be a great toy to have for the entire family, making it not only a great toy that has lots of games we can all play with together as a family, but also a great interactive educational device for the kids to play with together or on their own! So if you are looking for something that you can add to your family game nights, that does more than other games and toys out there, and that is kid friendly, check out the Sphero!




This was not a paid post and honest/original opinions were used and they are my own. Thank you to the company and/or pr agency who supplied the product for review.
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#Giveaway Fashion Decor for their Lockers with Locker Lookz

I think one of the things I can remember on that first day of school was getting my locker. I remember the teacher in our homeroom, handing out locker assignments, with the locker number and combination code. That piece of paper was gold, because until you could remember that combination, you had to hold onto it and you also did not want it to get lost and someone else get a hold of it.

As we prepare for the kids to head back to school, I know that those lockers are still there. The ones we used when we were in school, and just like when we were kids, they are very plain and boring. They all look alike, and some even have the remnants of the prior owner still lingering, with a tag, sticker, or even an occasional unusual odor left behind that may or may not be appealing.

To help my diva, Estrella, with her locker this year, we were sent some pretty fabulous fashionable locker decor from Locker Lookz! Estrella's favorite color is Zebra, and she adores anything that sparkles, so when we saw the zebra print, chevron, and polka dot collections of Locker Lookz products, we knew it was fate! With having the looks, merge together in her locker, she is sure to have the cutest locker in the hall!

Estrella is one little Diva, who in between classes, likes to be able to check herself out in the mirror, and with the oh so divalicious, zebra print mirror with the strong magnetic strip, which will help keep her mirror in place even when she slams her locker, she will never miss a divalicious moment of checking herself out in the mirror! She will also have her friends raving about the pink glittery chevron printed wall paper, that will help keep some of those tags or stickers from lockers past, hidden, allowing her personal sparkly style to shine! Another plus about the wall paper is that she can adjust it as needed, and at the end of the year, take it down to use again if she wants, since it also has those strong magnets to help keep it in place throughout the school year!

With the fluffy zebra print rug, she can ensure the comfort of her belongings, and also keep her book bag from getting scuffed or damaged, as well as add style, on the bottom of her fashionable locker. I like that it will stay in place with the no skid backing, and like the other locker products, it is made to fit most lockers!

She can keep up with any notes to herself, notes from friends, reminders and such with her oh so chic black and white polka dot dry erase board, that, just like the mirror and wall paper, has strong magnets on it to help ensure it stays in place this school year!

Then when it comes to having those extra pens and pencils on hand and ready to grab, instead of scouring through her locker, she can keep them all in one place, easy to access and organized, with the fashionable glitter zebra print locker bin, that also gives her that bling that she adores! And just like the other items for her locker, this bin will be able to stay in place due to the strong magnets that are on the back of the bin! Aside from the great, fashionable items that Estrella picked out to bling out her divalicious locker this year, I like that when the year is over and it is all said and done, she can remove her decor, and not leave any scratches or scuff marks behind, and take her Locker Lookz products home to use again if she wants!



So this year, let your kids personality sparkle and shine, by letting them design their locker with the products from Locker Lookz! Well to help with decorating your kids lockers this year, the wonderful people from Locker Lookz would like to accessorize one of my amazing readers kids lockers!




This was not a paid post and honest/original opinions were used and they are my own. Thank you to the company and/or pr agency who supplied the product for review.

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#Giveaway Backpacks and Lunch Bags for Back to School from Accessory Innovations

I think each year, as we do our back to school shopping, one of the things the kids look forward to, is shopping for that new backpack and lunch bag. The kids take this part of the shopping for school supplies very seriously. I mean, we might go to several stores, and at each store they will stop to look at the products that are available, then decide which to head back to so they can get that backpack and lunch bag that they feel to be a fit for the new school year.

For my kids, one of the things that really plays a big role when it comes finding those backpacks that will make the statement they are aiming for this year is what characters they will go with on their backpacks and lunch bags. This is something that I know many kids look at, when they go to find that one backpack, that one that they will use during the school year, and that one that will show others what they like when it comes to characters.

When it comes to Estrella, well it is pretty easy, she finds the characters from Monster High to be a favorite of hers, and when we shop the backpacks from Accessory Innovations, we can find a great variety of bags to choose from, even the backpack and lunch bag combos that match up, so she can have coordinating bags this school year!
Another plus about the bags from Accessory Innovations is that they have bags for the different ages, ones that appeal to the older and younger kids. So when Wyatt prepares for Preschool this year, we can find the bags he will like with his favorite characters from one of his favorite shows, Yo Gabba Gabba! Wyatt adores the singing and dancing, along with those adorable monster characters that he dances along with, and the backpacks from Accessory Innovations hit right on the mark when it comes to the appeal for Wyatt!
Then for my older son, Robert, he not only loves anything that has to do with Star Wars, but like many other boys his age, he also likes those turtles in a half shell, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and when we shop the line of boys bags from Accessory Innovations, we can find a variety of Star Wars and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles bags for Robert to choose from! Other characters that are big with the kids and their friends include Barbie and those adorable Minions from Despicable Me, which are also character themed bags that can be found from the Accessory Innovations line of products!

So this year, when you take the kids shopping to find those backpacks and lunch bags that they just have to have, head to stores like Target and Toys R Us, where you can find the variety of bags I have pictured above and more!! Well to help with that back to school shopping this year, the wonderful people from Accessory Innovations will be giving 2 of my amazing readers, a variety pack of boy and girl bags from the selection I have pictured in this post!!



This was not a paid post and honest/original opinions were used and they are my own. Thank you to the company and/or pr agency who supplied the product for review.
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Personalize the New School Year with Labels from Label Land

With all of the back to school shopping we do, I know that when the kids head off on that first day, we as parents, do not want the items we bought them to get misplaced. We spend hours shopping for that first day, to prepare them not only for the first day of school, but for the start of a new school year, and when they head back, there are other kids, who may have the same items or when our kids go to school, they may misplace items. So for me as a parent, I like to label everything for my kids. I tend to do this as we get supplies, so when that first day comes, they have what they need and they can keep up with their items a lot easier.

This year, with Wyatt, we have discussed letting him go to preschool, so having his items personalized as well is just as important. To help with preparing Wyatt, we were sent a great pack of personalized labels from Label Land to review.

I like that once I found the design I wanted to go with, I was able to personalize the labels with Wyatt's first and last name. So when it comes to snack time and he needs his sippy cup, his will not get mixed in with the others since he will have his name on his cup!

With the School/Camp Pack of personalized name labels that we were sent, I like that there are lots of labels in this variety pack. The pack includes 100 iron on labels, 30 medium waterproof, 2 bag tags and 14 shoe labels, giving us plenty to ensure that all of Wyatt's items that he takes to preschool anytime of the year, will be labeled so we can keep up with his items. I also like that this variety pack is not only great to use on Wyatt's stuff this year, but I can choose from a variety of designs, so I can get labels for the older kids too, so that this year, when we send the kids to school, they can all keep up with their items! So this year, as you do your back to school shopping, don't forget to add personalized name labels to your list and head on over to Label Land!!


This was not a paid post and honest/original opinions were used and they are my own. Thank you to the company and/or pr agency who supplied the product for review.
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