Mommy Katie

Friday, February 12, 2016

Three Health Checks You Should Stop Putting Off

Although there are a number of vital heath checks which we all as humans should undergo regularly to help minimize our chances and risk of illness and disease, many women around the world don’t attend appointments for different health screening purposes. The reason why can often depend on each woman’s individual circumstances, whether she be embarrassed, too busy, or simply thinks that there is no point taking the test as she looks and feels fine. However, looks can be deceiving, and certain tests are important as they’re designed to show up hidden symptoms which may otherwise have gone unnoticed. If you’re avoiding going to any one of these tests, it’s important to stop putting them off now.

Pap Smear Tests

Women who are over the age of twenty-one, or women who are sexually active should have a regular pap smear test carried out. It’s easy to forget a pap smear appointment if you are busy, and in the case of some women, the pap smear test is avoided due to embarrassment. However, taking the pap smear test when it is due is vitally important, as it helps to identify any abnormalities such as cervical cancer cells or infections in the cervical and pelvis area which could spread. During a pap smear test, a pelvic exam is conducted in order to look for masses or abnormalities. Although it may not be the most comfortable process to endure, pap smear tests have saved the lives of many women.

Breast Examinations

Each year, approximately 230,000 women are being diagnosed with breast cancer. Although the statistics look staggering, there are a number of things you can do to prevent cancer, such as quitting smoking and eating healthier foods. However, attending an annual breast examination is also a good strategy to best prevent breast cancer and other breast issues. Although women are being encouraged to carry out daily self-examinations of their breasts, being examined by a professional from time to time can help to find if there is anything which you may have missed. A breast examination can find any lumps, bumps or changes to breast tissue, even if they are too small for you to have noticed yourself. Self-examinations and annual breast examination check-ups should always go hand in hand and one shouldn’t be replaced by the other.

Bone Loss Testing

For older women, bone loss testing may be important as it can catch conditions such as osteoporosis quickly, ensuring that you get the best treatment. As we age, our bones may be unable to produce enough bone to replace the old bone, and as a result, bones become weaker, more brittle, and prone to fractures. If needed, your physician may send you for a bone density test. This is certainly a test that shouldn’t be ignored as the faster a lack of minerals in the bone is discovered, the more effective a treatment will be.

If you’d like to learn more about getting any of these tests, please contact

Thursday, February 11, 2016

#Giveaway Family Fun with Ovation Brands Prize Pack + Sweepstakes

When it comes to going out with the family and finding those restaurants that offer a family friendly environment, I find that I like to seek those places out then share them with others. I know on the weekdays where we have busy schedules or on the weekends where we are out and about with the family, finding a place to go to eat with the family can be a challenge. So like many out there, I have found that heading to places like the various restaurants that are part of the Ovation Brands can be the answer when it comes to finding a place to eat.

For myself and my family, on those week nights or weekends where we have been busy and we are looking for somewhere where we can sit down together and have options available when it comes to the foods, finding a buffet that offers a variety of foods to choose from can be a great choice. And when we head to our local Old Country Buffet, I know that I can get the meal choices that include a full salad bar along with a variety of entree options, gives us a place where everyone can get something they like.

Well right now through the end of February when we head to our local Old Country Buffet or any of the other restaurants that are a part of the Ovation Brands' on Thursday nights from 5-8 pm, we can not only get that family dinner feel by sitting down together to eat, but we can take part in the interactive activity that they will be hosting in the restaurants! These activities include explorer activities to teach kids how to create and read a map to understanding the wonders of the rain forest. Which is something that has been brought together by the people from the Ovation Brands' and National Geographic Kids Almanac 2016!

Also, aside from the great food, family friendly settings and the activities you and your family can engage in this month, you can also enter to win in the sweepstakes which is featuring a 5 day/4 night trip for a family of four to West Palm Beach Florida, courtesy of our friends from The prize pack includes air transportation, hotel, admission to Lion Country Safari, a $250 Visa Gift Card, a copy of the National GeographicKids Almanac 2016, a DVD Set, and more! You can learn more about how to enter by heading to your local Ovation Brands restaurant or by checking out their Facebook pages as well! And to help with keeping that family fun going the wonderful people from Ovation Brands would like to give one of my amazing readers a prize pack that includes a National Geographic Kids Almanac 2016 and Polar Prowl DVD plus dinner for four to one of their many buffet locations.

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

Personalize Your Crayons with Crayola My Way

Finding those gifts to get the kids for times like Valentines Day, Easter and their birthdays can be trying. I find that with my kids, when it comes to finding things that they will appreciate and enjoy, going with products that can be used on a regular basis and that are fun is ideal. Another thing I have found with kids is when you add personalization, it adds to the gifts uniqueness. So when we were given the chance to check out the Personalized gifts we can get from the Crayola My Way site at Crayola, we were excited to check out the selection and find a product to personalize!

Being that Valentines Day is just a few days away, we decided to go with a Valentine Personlization on a hand picked box of Crayola Crayons!
To get started we went and looked at the various products that were available to personalize. We then liked that once we had picked the product that we wanted to have personalized, we were able to start the process by choosing the crayons that we wanted in our pack.

I liked that the process for picking the colors to add was a simple one and allowed us to get those favorite colors for our box! From there we were then able to personalize the box itself by adding either a photo and name or just a name to the box. We went with a box for my daughter since her name is one that is unusual and unique, giving her a box of crayons that not only is personalized with her favorite colors but also with her name on the box itself!

Then once we had found the colors we wanted along with the personalization we wanted, we were able to see a proof of the product before placing our order. Making the choice to go with Crayola My Way when it comes to finding fun personalized gifts for kids, a great choice for any occasion!

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.

Bridge of Spies on Blu-Ray

Valentines Day is this weekend and like many, when it comes to celebrating, I find that I will be doing so with my special someone. Aside from finding those cards, the gifts and flowers to give on Valentines Day, I also enjoy seeking out the movies that my husband and I can watch at home for a date night in. So when we were sent the movie, Bridge of Spies, on Blu-Ray to review, I was excited to add it to my list of movies to watch on our date nights in!

In the movie, Bridge of Spies, you find a story that takes you back to the Cold War. Where a lawyer finds himself in the middle of things when he is sent by the CIA to negotiate the release of a US pilot. We found this movie to be one that is great for watching on a date night in, and one that has been added to our list of favorites. You can add Bridge of Spies to your next movie night when you head out and bring home your copy today!

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

Eddie the Eagle in Theaters February 26


Inspired by true events, Eddie the Eagle is a feel-good story about Michael
“Eddie” Edwards (Taron Egerton), an unlikely but courageous British
ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself – even as an entire nation
was counting him out.  With the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach
(played by Hugh Jackman), Eddie takes on the establishment and wins the
hearts of sports fans around the world by making an improbable and historic
showing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.  From producers of Kingsman:
The Secret Service, Eddie the Eagle stars Taron Egerton as Eddie, the
loveable underdog with a never say die attitude.

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Sweets for your Sweet this Valentines Day from See's Candies

Here we are, in the month of February and in less than a week we will be celebrating Valentines Day. For me, when it comes to Valentines Day, I not only look for ways to celebrate with my husband but also with my kids and others who I care about. So like many, I like to seek out those sweets to give the sweet people in my life and when I was given the chance to find some sweets at See's Candies, I was excited to add the selection to my list of must have goodies for Valentines Day!

When I went to my local See's Candies I was able to take a look at the selection of both the individual pieces that were available so I could create a box of goodies along with the prepackaged goodies that were in the store. I found that with the individual selections I was able to put together mini boxes of candies for my older kids, and with the lollypops, I know that I will make my toddler happy this Valentines Day as well!

For my husband I found that getting one of the premade dark chocolate candy boxes would be a great choice for him. I like that with this box of dark chocolate candies, I can get a great selection of candies that gives him a variety of choices to choose from. This also helps so when we go to See's Candies on any other occasion, he will be able to pick and choose his favorites!

Then another great candy gift that I found that is perfect for the kids to give their teachers this year is the See's Candies Sour Hearts! With these and the other bags of candies you can find for Valentines Day from See's Candies, you can find the candies that are perfect for giving teachers and others this year! Making See's Candies a great place to head to when you are looking for those sweets to give your sweets this Valentines Day!

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

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Signature Collection on Blu-Ray

Growing up, like many other kids out there, I grew up adoring the different movies and princess's from the Disney collection. I found that with my own kids, just as my parents did with me, I enjoy sharing these movies with my kids. So when we were sent The Signature Collection Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on Blu-Ray to review, I was not only excited to share this with my family on family movie night, but to also watch one of my favorite Disney movies from my own childhood!

I have learned over the years, that when it comes to adding Disney in with our family movie nights, we are sure to enjoy our time. With Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs I can really appreciate the fact that this movie is part of the collection of movies that were all ones that were inspired by and are a part of the imagination and legacy of Walt Disney! And along with the amazing HD quality we get with the Blu-Ray, I also like that we can enjoy this classic for the first time ever on Digital HD as well as with Disney Movies Anywhere!

I also like that we can watch the amazing bonus material which includes: “In Walt’s Words: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Iconography,” “@DisneyAnimation: Designing Disney’s First Princess,” “The Fairest Facts of Them All: 7 Facts You May Not Know About Snow White,” “Snow White in Seventy Seconds,” “Alternate Sequence: The Prince Meets Snow White” and Much More!

Making Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Signature Collection on Blu-Ray, a must have in any home with Disney and Disney Princess fans!!

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

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Raising Well-Adjusted Children from Surrogacy

Mary has always dreamed of the American dream: great job, great love, marriage, a white picket fence and kids running around the house. Mary worked hard to earn for herself a dream job, later on met the love of her life and went to Bali for their honeymoon. Two years passed and the waiting game started… a baby would complete Mary’s American dream. She grew a beautiful garden to occupy her weekends or perfected the art of baking pies so that when Mary’s child would arrive, she was all set to put her mom game on.

A visit to the doctor confirmed her fears, Mary could not have a baby.

This crushed her dreams and it caused a lot of friction in her marriage. Why was this happening when everything was supposed to be perfect? The news crushed Mary so much; she fell into a deep hole. She was so consumed in her desire to build a family.

One day, she bumped into a friend who experienced the same thing… but the difference was, her friend had a baby carriage. So, could there be hope for her?

According to the CDC, over 6.7 million women, ages 15-44 have an impaired fecundity or ability to get pregnant and carry a baby to term. (CDC)

In the distant past, couples faced with infertility lost all hopes and accepted their fate. Today, that has changed a great deal. Like Mary’s friend, people have found alternative solutions to this predicament. Mary’s friend recommended that she try surrogacy or adoption.

There’s a lot of concern regarding these options mainly because it doesn’t follow the natural order of life or family planning. Surrogacy requires another woman to carry the child intended for another family. There are two main types of surrogacy: traditional or gestational.

Gestational surrogacy involves IVF(In-vitro fertilization) which means the child is genetically unrelated to the surrogate.

Traditional surrogacy involves natural or artificial insemination. This type involves the surrogate’s own eggs which would mean that the child is related to the surrogate but unrelated to the intended parents.

Today, there are about 9 children born to surrogates in every state annually. Some concerns relate to the adjustment of children born to surrogates that are attributed to the missing link during gestation between the intended mother and the child. However, studies have found that adjustment levels are normal and it does not present any issues concerning behavioral development. Then again, parenting is not just about genetics but being able to provide a safe and loving environment for the child.

The American Academy of Pediatrics said that Scientific evidence affirms that children have similar developmental and emotional needs…” which goes on to show that every child needs loving and capable parents who create an inclusive environment that paves the way to a well adjusted child.

With same sex marriage being given more careful consideration, family planning has also evolved as another way for different kinds of families to grow. For as long as a parent is capable of giving a child the kind of love and care every child needs, he or she will grow into a well-adjusted adult that is able to deal with life with a good perspective.

“Instead, of raising children who turn out okay despite their childhood, let’s raise children who turn out extraordinary because of their childhood.” - LR Knost

Written by Guest Contributor:
April Parker

Thursday, February 4, 2016

#Giveaway Brownies and Bears from Vermont Brownie Company

Like so many out there when it comes to Valentines Day, I tend to find that I am at a loss at times when it comes to finding those perfect gifts to give. For myself, my husband and most of my family for that matter, if it has anything to do with chocolate, you can count us in. So when I was introduced to the goodies and gifts from the Vermont Brownie Company, I was excited to check out their Brownie and Bear Gift Set!

When my Brownie and Bear Gift Set arrived I was very pleased to see the very adorable teddy bear from the Vermont Teddy Bear line. I like that the bear is the classic, very soft 15" Brownie Bear, which is not only handmade in Vermont but is also guaranteed for life, and when it comes to being able to set it up, I like that it has fully jointed arms and legs.
Then when it comes to pairing the adorable Brownie Bear, I found the Gourmet Brownie Sampler is the perfect choice! In the Gourmet Brownie Sampler you get a 12 pack variety of the Vermont Brownies which includes the Signature, Espresso Dulce de Leche, Peanut Butter, Maple Toffee Crunch, Walnut Crunch and Dark Chocolate Chevre. I also like that with each of the brownies, they are individually wrapped so they are not only perfect for giving this Valentines Day, but also for sharing! Making the Vermont Brownie Company a great choice to shop from when looking for the perfect gifts to give this Valentines Day! And to help with making your Valentines Day extra special, the wonderful people from Vermont Brownie Company would like to give one of my amazing readers their own Brownie Bear and Brownie Gift Set!

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

Show Some Love this Valentines Day with Skylanders

When it comes to the kids and Valentines Day, I like to seek out the gifts that they will enjoy. With my kids I have found that my two eldest enjoy playing various video games when they get their game time, and one that is very popular in our house among my kids and their friends is the Skylanders SuperChargers. So when we were told about the new Skylanders themed Kids Cuisine entrees and even the Skylanders themed Valentines for the kids, I was excited to check them out as well as add some new Skylanders SuperChargers characters to their Valentines Day!

With the new Skylanders inspired Kids Cuisine meals, we can get the kids fun meals that they can enjoy on Valentines Day for dinner with the sitter when my husband and I head out for our date night. I like that the meals feature their favorite Skylanders characters and do so with the character shaped pastas and nuggets! They can also enjoy the free card that comes inside the box, and with my kids each having their own likes and dislikes, I can choose from the various meals so they each have a meal they like!

The Kids Cuisine meals include:

·         Cheese Pizza
·         Beef Patty
·         Mac & Cheese
·         Fish Sticks
·         Mini Corn Dogs
·         Fun Nuggets
·         Popcorn Chicken
·         Stuffed Crust Pepperoni Pizza
·         Spaghetti

Then to help make my kids Valentines Day extra special, we can add the fun new Skylanders SuperChargers characters to their collection. These make for the perfect gift to give the Skylanders fans in your life and making Skylanders a great addition to our Valentines Day this year! So as you make your Valentines Day preparations, if you have any Skylanders fans in your life, be sure to add Skylanders to the mix!

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

Valentines Day Party Supplies from Oriental Trading

It is hard to believe that we are already in the month of February, but it is true and before we know it Valentines Day will be here. Like many who have kids, I have been seeking those party supplies and ideas to get for my kids class parties this year. So when I was given the chance to check out the selection of Valentines and party supplies from Oriental Trading, I was excited to add them to my kids class party supplies!

When I first went on and looked over the Valentines Day ideas and supplies that are available at Oriental Trading, I found that I was very impressed with the selection along with the fun and creative ideas I came across. I also found that when it comes to those items and themes that the kids find to be a lot of fun, they have a variety of just about everything that the kids like!

To get started I asked my kids what theme they think will be a hot one for those Valentines Day parties this year, and both said that mustaches are both popular and a lot of fun to add to any party. And with the selection of mustache themed goodies, I was able to find a centerpiece that is perfect for a fun photo booth, some mustache slap bracelets, cups, plates and even a fun Pin the Flashy Mustache Game! Also to go along with the mustache themed goodies, my daughter found the craft kits like the dream catcher key chain to be a great party favor to have at her class party along with the smiley face pens!

Then when it came to the candies and Valentines to give out this year, my kids found the Unicorn Poop, Roll Tape Gum, Valentine Owl Skittles Valentine Card Kit, and the Army Guy Valentine Cards with Erasers to be great for handing out to their friends this year! Making Oriental Trading the perfect place to head to when you are seeking out those fun Valentines Day party supplies!

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

Make Your Smile Date Night Ready with Colgate

As we prepare for the Valentines Day date night, I find that aside from finding that outfit to wear and how I will be doing my hair, I also want to ensure that my smile is bright and white. So when we were sent the Colgate Enamel Health products to review, I found that they will be perfect for helping me get a whiter smile just in time for Valentines Day!

With the Colgate® Enamel Health™ Mineral Repair™ toothpaste and the Colgate® 360°® Enamel Health™ Whitening Manual Toothbrush, I can start preparing now for Valentines Day by using these products to brush my teeth each day. And when I use them twice daily to brush my teeth with, I am sure to get that whiter smile that I am after! Making the Colgate® Enamel Health™ Mineral Repair™ toothpaste and the Colgate® 360°® Enamel Health™ Whitening Manual Toothbrush the perfect duo to get so you can be date night ready in time for Valentines Day!

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

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

#Giveaway Say I Love You with Love Notes Concierge from Teleflora + $100 Gift Card

Valentines Day will be here is just 11 short days, and in that time I find that many of us are searching for those gifts, cards and ways to come up with the words to tell those we care about how much they mean to us. Well aside from the fact that when you shop the line of flowers and gifts from Teleflora, you can find that bouquet that can show your love and appreciation, right now through February 12th you can also find the words to help say "I love you" with the Teleflora Love Notes Concierge!

I was able to call earlier today by calling the toll free number and getting the advice and words I needed in order to come up with a great love note to share with my husband. I liked that with the Love Notes Concierge, they are there to help you find the words to say I love you!

When I first called in I was asked to give a short background and love story of the person I wanted to share a love note with. I was then asked what type of love note I was interested in coming up with and sharing. I chose between the romantic, the love or a note with some humor in it. I chose to go with the love note that had some humor in it.

Well after going a little bit over my own love story on how my husband and I met and how our love story has grown, the lady from the Love Note Concierge at Teleflora helped me come up with the following love notes:

"We get older and we get used to one another, I feel lucky I can share the rest of my life with you"

"I choose you, I want you, I love everything about you, no take backs!"

"You are my dinner date my pillow and my best friend"

Then after getting a few love notes to choose from, I was given the option to then order a bouquet or a gift from the Teleflora collection! Making the stress around Valentines Day when it comes to finding the right words and even that bouquet to give, a lot easier when you choose to use the Love Notes Concierge from Teleflora! And to help with making the finding of those words to say to the one you love a little easier, you can call in right now through February 12th and use the free concierge service! Also, be sure to enter to win a $100 gift card to use at Teleflora below!

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

Valentines Day Bouquets from Teleflora

With Valentines Day just around the corner, it is time to put in those orders to send the one you love a bouquet from Teleflora! Recently I was sent one of the bouquets that are available at Teleflora for Valentines Day to review.

I chose to go with the Teleflora's Lovely Hearts Bouquet. I found that with this one you get a bouquet filled with color that is both playful and sweet. I like that with this particular bouquet that it makes for the perfect arrangement to give your mother, daughter or friend this year, giving them both a beautiful bouquet to enjoy for Valentines Day along with a coffee mug to continue to use after as well. The colors include peaches, pinks and reds, and with the variety of flowers I liked that they came with buds that were ready to open up and show their beauty!

I found that with this bouquet along with the others you can find from the Teleflora line up, that I, as well as others, can find the bouquets that can help with saying "I love you" this Valentines Day! Making Teleflora the perfect flower delivery service to shop from this year!

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

#Giveaway Whaleywasher Faucet Extender and Soap Dispenser

In my home when it comes to my kids, I try to find products that can help with making everyday tasks a little easier for them. I have found that with little ones, when it comes to reaching for things that are just too high for them, such as the sink, I like to have a stool available or I end up holding them so they can wash their hands. I also find that with toddlers, they seek out those little things that give them a sense of independence, and when it comes to the hand washing, they tend to want to do it themselves. So when I was sent a Whaleywasher faucet extender and soap dispenser to review, I was excited to put it in my kids bathroom and see what my toddler thought about it.

I liked that the Whaleywasher faucet extender and soap dispenser was fairly simple to set up, allowing me to put it on and even take it off if I need to by just tightening it. I also like that once it is set up, my little guy does not have to reach for the faucet in order to get his hands clean. Allowing him to get that sense of independence by washing his hands on his own. And with the Whaleywasher, it is a lot safer then him having to reach, even when he has the stool, or when I am holding him up.

Then when it comes to promoting hand washing, well I do not have to ask him twice as long as the Whaleywasher faucet extender and soap dispenser is in place. Which all together makes the Whaleywasher faucet extender and soap dispenser a great product to have in any house when it comes to keeping little hands clean! And to help with giving your little ones that sense of independence and promoting hand washing in your home, the wonderful people from the Whaleywasher would like to give one of my amazing readers their own Whaleywasher faucet extender and soap dispenser!

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

Make Your Game Day Party One to Remember with See's Candies

As many of us around the country prepare those menus for the Super Bowl this year, I find that having a spread of various treats can help make the party that much better! So when we were sent a variety of candies from the See's Candies line up of football themed goodies, I was excited to add them to our party this year!

With the various goodies, I like that we can put out the peanut brittle, the Rocky Road Football cut up in pieces for guests to enjoy and the Milk Chocolate Footballs for guests as well! Which are all perfect for adding to any football party! So as you prepare for your guests to come over to watch the big game or if you are looking for the perfect line up of goodies to take to a football party, be sure to stop by your local See's Candies and pick up your game day snacks and treats today!

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

Monday, February 1, 2016

Date Night with the New Nicholas Sparks Movie "The Choice" in Theaters Feb 5th

In our lives we come across a variety of people. We find that through our journey, many of us, whether we are looking for it or not, come across a love that makes the journey one well worth living. With that love, we have our stories, the ones that are all ours and unique because it is about our own love story. And like many, I am one who not only has a love story of my own, but I also enjoy reading others and watching them in movies as well, like the collection of books and movies from Nicholas Sparks. So when I was told that the new Nicholas Sparks movie, "The Choice" will be hitting theaters everywhere on February 5th, I was not only excited to make plans to go and see it, but also excited to make the night a dinner and movie night with my husband.

On Friday, when I head out to see the movie with my husband, I find that like others, I will be not only sharing a date night with my love, but I will also be enjoying watching a love story as well! Which with Valentines Day just around the corner, and the new movie, I find that it is just another way to remind myself and my husband of the love we share and of our story.

See with the new Nicholas Sparks movie, "The Choice", you get a story that is about making difficult choices when it comes to love and matters of the heart. These choices are ones that help the characters in the story, seek out that one perfect match and find their destiny in their lives. And like in my own love story where choices had to be made, I find that when it comes to matters of the heart, choices that we make can be very difficult since they can change everything in an instant.

Like many of the stories from Nicholas Sparks, this story is based in the coastal area of Carolina, which I find gives you that southern love story that is one that you can fall in love with over and over again. Making the new Nicholas Sparks movie, "The Choice" a great date night movie to go and see with your love!

Also, to help make your date night or Valentines Day Date Night with the new Nicholas Sparks movie, "The Choice" a memorable one, be sure to check out and add the Southern Style Chocolate Covered Moonshine Cherries to your menu! For these you will need some either maraschino cherries (for the non alcoholic version) or you can get the moonshine maraschino cherries which have been soaked in moonshine and can be found at your local liquor store. You will also need some bakers chocolates. Melt the chocolate on the stove, then one at a time, put a toothpick in a cherry and dip them in the chocolate. Put them on a tray with parchment paper on it. Once you have covered the amount of cherries you want to, place them in the refrigerator for 2 hours. Take them out and enjoy!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

#Giveaway Show Your Fur Babies Love with Petcurean

This post is sponsored and written by me on behalf of Petcurean through a campaign managed by their PR. All opinions are my own. 

Over the past few months we have changed our dog Chloe's food to the Now Fresh Senior. With this change we have found that Chloe, even in her old age, has found a bit more pep to her step. We have also seen a difference in her weight, which has been good since she has lost a few pounds since we changed her diet. We also like that when she goes out to play with the kids, she has more energy to chase that ball, run a little further and not get tired out as quickly as she once did.

Well along with adding the Petcurean Now Fresh to our own fur babies diet, we were also very pleased to hear that over this past holiday season, the wonderful people from Petcurean made a $500 donation to our local humane society (you can see the update from my local humane society here: Kitsap Humane Society) With the food donation they sent, they were able to help with keeping the kitties at our local shelter happy with full bellies. Making it so that when I shop for or talk about the Petcurean brand, I not only can be reminded of the difference their grain free dog food has made for our own fur baby, but also the difference the brand has made in their community outreach as well!

And to help with keeping those furry babies in your life happy, the wonderful people from Petcurean would like to give one of my amazing readers a voucher to purchase a bag of the Petcurean pet food!

Valentines Treats from Petcurean

This post is sponsored and written by me on behalf of Petcurean through a campaign managed by their PR. All opinions are my own. 

Valentines Day is coming up and when we think of how we will be celebrating the day and sharing it with those we love, I also like to include our fur babies in the mix as well. We do this by not only giving Valentines to the kids and one another but also by giving our fur babies their own tasty treats and showing them we love them as well. So when we found out about the new Spike line of grain free jerky and snack bars for dogs, we were excited to share them with our fur baby Chloe!

When Chloe's new treats from the Spike line of dog treats arrived, she was very excited to try them out. I was very pleased to see that the Grain Free Venison Jerky, gives Chloe a treat that not only makes her very happy, but also one that is healthy for her as well. In fact, when it comes to the pros that I found with the new Spike treats, I like that with the Grain Free Venison Jerky, Chloe is getting a treat that has ingredients such as the antioxidant rich pumpkin that is also high in beta-carotene. Along with the fresh pumpkin Chloe also gets venison which is a great source of protein and also a good choice to go with when it comes to pets who have any food sensitivities. Then when it comes to the digestive health, this treat contains whole chia seeds which are also a great source of Omega 3's.

Then with the Snack Bar for Dogs with Chicken Meal and Sweet Potato, I like that just like when we are out with the kids, when we have Chloe out with us at the park, she too can enjoy a great on the go snack along with the rest of the family! With the Spike Bar, Chloe can get a great on the go treat that has those Omega oils which help to keep her coat and skin healthy. There are also cranberries that are both high in antioxidants as well as a great source of fiber and Vitamin C. Other ingredients include sweet potatoes which provide beta-carotene, vitamin C, manganese and fiber, and DHA to support brain development!

In all making the line of Spike treats for dogs from Petcurean a great selection of treats to go with this Valentines Day! So as you prepare to show your family how much you care this Valentines Day, be sure to include your fur babies and show them you care with treats from the Petcurean line of Spike treats for dogs!!!