Mommy Katie

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood

I received compensation for my post as part of a promotional program with MomSelect. All opinions are my own.


When it comes to story time in my house and finding those classic stories I enjoyed when I was a kid, I not only like to seek out the stories as I can remember them, but I also like to find the ones that have been redone with a modern twist. I enjoy not only finding these stories, but sharing them with my kids as well, and when we find ones where we can have interactive fun, well that just makes the story that much better! Recently I was given the chance to check out such a story when my kids and I were introduced to the Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood story app!


With this app you get the story of Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood, narrated by Alice Cooper. Yes, you heard me, this fun kids story is narrated by Alice Cooper, bringing that same voice my parents serenaded me with when I was a kid to a children's story! Which I found makes this a fun story app that can not only be enjoyed as my kids and I follow along, but also one my parents can feel some nostalgia with as they follow along with the grand kids.



With the story of Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood, you get a story that takes you on a different route than you might have expected. You have the young Peter coming to LA to meet up with his grandpa who is a old hippie, or what my kids said, a guy like grandpa. You also find animals in the story who are just as involved in the story as the other characters, including the escaped fugitive, The Wolf. Young Peter comes across the "Wolf" causing trouble and decides to take matters in his own hands to stop escaped fugitive! Which makes the story one that both you and your kids can enjoy following along with and watch and see if Peter will succeed as well as watch to see how he goes about catching the Wolf!


I can appreciate the story and how it takes off with a modern day twist to it. I also like how the animation gives you a comic book feel, making it a fun story for the kids to follow over and over again! Along with the story, the artwork and the narration, I also like the music, which like my kids all agree, makes the story fun and exciting, kinda like following along in a movie. I also like that with the app you and your kids can watch to see how this story was made, learn about the different characters, and even skip to their favorite scenes if they want to. In all, making the story app of Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood a must have when it comes to finding stories to share with your kids!





Summer Cookouts with Charmin

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Charmin, I was sent product to facilitate this review as well. Thank you to the PR and Charmin for sponsoring this post.


The time is upon us, the time where we find that a mix of good food, good company, and of course good weather makes for a great get together. Like many, my family and I look forward to the summer and the time we will be able to spend with family and friends. And like many, when it comes to preparing our home to be ready for those get togethers and cookouts, I like to ensure that we have plenty of Charmin on hand.

When it comes to the toilet paper that we purchase in my home, I have found that we have different likes and such, but that all of these likes are linked to our love for Charmin. For my kids, they seem to enjoy having the Charmin Ultra Strong in their bathroom, allowing them to get a toilet paper that requires very little to get the job done and that also does not fall apart when they are using it like other brands can. For myself and my husband, we find that we like the Charmin Ultra Soft, because like the Ultra Strong and even the other types of Charmin that we can choose from, a little can go a long way, and the softness is something that I not only enjoy having but something that my husband prefers.

So when we plan those family get togethers, cook outs, and other gatherings this summer I like that I can get the Charmin Ultra Mega Rolls in both the Charmin Ultra Strong and the Charmin Ultra Soft. This helps to not only have a toilet paper that my family and I prefer in the home last longer, but when we have a full house of guests, it helps to keep us from having to replace the rolls constantly as well as help keep our toilets from clogging.

See with the Charmin Clog Free Guarantee, I like that we can have a full day of food and fun, and not have to worry about the plumbing when we have a full house. We can make those steaks, burgers and hot dogs with a side of fresh cream corn, garden salad, coleslaw and watermelon, with having the only issue being the full bellies and not the toilet or the toilet paper that we use. Making the go with the Charmin Ultra Mega Rolls when it comes to summer parties and cookouts, a must have for any gatherings this summer!




Neilmed® Naspira® Nasal-Oral Aspirator

When it comes to allergies and colds with little ones, as a parent or caregiver you learn that they can occur more often than not and little ones can have a hard time clearing out their nasal passages by themselves. I have found that with my own kids, allergies can affect them at any time of the year, and when allergies and or colds hit, their little airways can clog up and cause issues with breathing. So having products such as the ones from the Neilmed® line up for the family is something I see as a must have in my home and when we were sent the Neilmed® Naspira® Nasal-Oral Aspirator, I was excited to not only try it but also to have it on hand as well.

For me, I find that having a nasal aspirator when you have a baby is something that is a necessity. And with the Neilmed® Naspira® Nasal-Oral Aspirator, I get a aspirator that is unlike others I have tried in the past and that also helps to clear the nasal passages easier and more effective than others I have used as well! In fact, when you use the Neilmed® Naspira® Nasal-Oral Aspirator, you get a aspirator that allows you to use it either as a bulb suction or as a nasal oral suction device. And when it comes to the cleaning and the sanitary aspect I can appreciate that I can take this aspirator apart to clean and sterilize as well as replace the disposable filters which help to keep the mucus from getting into the tubing and reaching the mouth.

Then when it comes to the use, I can appreciate that I can not only use the Neilmed® Naspira® Nasal-Oral Aspirator on baby, but I can also continue to use it for toddlers and older kids if needed! Making the Neilmed® Naspira® Nasal-Oral Aspirator a great must have product to have in any medicine cabinet and diaper bag when you have little ones around! You can find the Neilmed® Naspira® Nasal-Oral Aspirator as well as other Neilmed® products for the entire family at many local retailers such as Walmart, Target, Walgreens and more!





I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Pass The Love Back in your Community

This post was sponsored by Mondelez International as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received compensation as a thank you for my review.


In communities around the country where the sun is shinning and the weather is warming up, we find that it is that time of year where the kids are out and games of soccer are being played. Like many, we enjoy not only supporting our local soccer teams for the kids, but also having our kids participate as well. So when I was told about the Pass the Love Back initiative, I was very excited to learn more about it and also share what I learned with my readers!


Like so many others, when the kids are practicing or playing a game with their team, we cheer them on from the sidelines with other supporters. We also help the kids and their teammates by having drinks and snacks for them to enjoy. And with the Multipacks that we can purchase at many of our local stores, that have OREO Cookies, Ritz Bits crackers, and CHIPS AHOY! Cookies, we can not only have a selection of snacks for the kids to enjoy after a game, but we can also support our kids soccer team as well as others in our community through the "Pass The Love Back" program. With the maker of OREO cookies, RITZ BITS crackers and CHIPS AHOY! cookies Multipacks being the Official Snacks of U.S. Soccer and Major League Soccer, they have announced the third year of the #PassTheLoveBack soccer program.

With the Pass The Love Back program, right now through May 31, 2016, your local youth soccer team can head to www.PassTheLove.com to earn up to $1,000 toward custom T-shirts or a team donation. The team donation can go towards uniforms and equipment so that the kids have what they need to do their best!

As a parent, I can really appreciate this initiative because it gives the teams a way to get the soccer equipment and resources they need, which many local teams often have to find ways to support themselves. Making the #PassTheLove program one to not only share with my kids teams, but also a program that other teams should take advantage of as well!

Multilingual Learning with Los Pollitos

This post was sponsored by Canticos through a campaign with Pivoting Media. All opinions are my own.


When it comes to our children and their learning, we find that they can pick up on quite a bit of information in a short period of time. As a parent, I have found it to be very interesting to watch as my kids learn new things everyday and soak up knowledge like a sponge. I also find that I enjoy seeking out tools that can help my kids so they can continue to grow when it comes to their knowledge. So when I was given the chance to check out the fun book, Los Pollitos along with the Canticos Little Chickies App, I was excited to not only look it over but also share it with my own kids.


Just like learning new words, songs, and games in English, my kids enjoy learning these things in Spanish as well. And with the products we can find when we go to Canticos, we can get the tools that can help making the learning of Spanish fun, with the books to the apps and videos that are available. With the Canticos site, we can get products such as Los Pollitos, which is a book that has not only a fun nursery rhyme that is easy to follow along with in Spanish, but you can then flip the book over and follow along with the story in English as well. You also find that the book offers interactive fun, where your kids can spin wheels and follow along with the little Chickies!


Then you can head on to the Los Pollitos App and find even more interactive fun that you and your kids can enjoy as you follow along with the Latino Nursery Rhymes!


On the app you can also play various games where your kids can learn the Spanish names for various objects and such as well. Making the Little Chickies (Los Pollitos) Book not only a great one to have in the home, but also a great teaching tool, and also making the app a must have as well when you want to have tools that can help the learning of a new language for your kids fun!





Wild Kratts: Wild Animal Babies on DVD

When it comes to those shows that I enjoy watching with my kids, we find that tuning into to watch shows such as those we can find on PBS Kids, can be both fun and educational. One show that we have enjoyed watching is Wild Kratts, and with this show we can watch as they have fun on their adventures all while learning about the animals and such that they encounter and help along the way. So when we were sent the DVD, Wild Kratts Wild Animal Babies along with a book that goes great with the DVD, we were excited to check both of them out.

With both this book and the DVD you find the Wild Kratts as they come across some amazing wild baby animals. In the show, Elephant in the Room, they go on to help a very adorable baby elephant who is not only adorable but also very destructive as well. The Wild Kratts must help the baby elephant before he causes any more issues and so he can find his mom. Along with this episode you also get, Bad Hair Day, Zig-Zagged, and Let the Rhinos Roll! Making this DVD along with the fun book that can go along with the DVD a great selection to head out and pick up today to share with your own little Wild Kratts fans!


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

Monday, May 23, 2016

#Giveaway Save on Luvs + Enter to Win $100 AMEX Gift Card

This review was made possible by iConnect and Luvs.  I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine.

When you have a baby in the home, diapers become a part of your daily life. Diapers are a 24/7 necessity that parents and caregivers have to have in the home when you have little ones who are in diapers. So when it comes to finding savings on those diapers that we use everyday, I not only like to take advantage of the savings for myself, but also share what I find with others!


Like many, I have a budget in my home, and when it comes to the family budget on those everyday items, I seek out deals, savings, and I clip the coupons that I come across. I have found that when it comes to ways we can get the coupons that we use, with today's technology, we can not only clip the coupons we find in the Sunday paper, but also print them off and even save them to our phones in certain apps. And when it comes to the sites and apps I use when it comes to the coupons on the Luvs diapers that we enjoy using in my home, I like heading to sites such as Coupons.com and also using the Ibotta App!


See, when I save on the Luvs Diapers that we use everyday, I can not only save money when it comes to my family's budget, but I can also get a brand of diapers that offers the wetness protection we need and so much more! When I say more I mean like the fact that the Luvs Diapers have the large stretch tabs, which help to not only make diaper changes easier, but also help so baby can move easier without worrying about their diaper constricting their moves! Luvs also have a money back guarantee and with the Luvs with Nightlock, you get a diaper that has high quality features for a lot less than some of the premium brands! And right now, you can get some amazing savings on Luvs Diapers when you print off the at home $2 Off coupon. You can also save big by getting the Ibotta App, and for a limited time get the $5 Off rebate on any boxed variety of Luvs Diapers with a 54 count or larger! Making the time to stock up on Luvs now, and to help when it comes to stocking up on Luvs, the wonderful people from Luvs are going to give one of my amazing readers a $100 AMEX Gift Card!!!!







Celebrate Birthdays with the Figures from the Precious Moments Birthday Train

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


When it comes to moments in our lives that we celebrate, we find that there are many that are worth commemorating. From the celebration of a new baby to each year that passes after, with each year being a memorable milestone in both the lives of our children as well as our own. And as a parent, I find that having collectibles like the ones from the Precious Moments line up, helps to mark those milestones and occasions. So when we were sent the Isn't Eight Just Great Birthday Train figurine from the line of collectibles in the Precious Moments Birthday Train collection, I was excited to add it to my collection of mini figurines and also have it to mark my son's 8th birthday this next month!

Just like the other figures that you can collect in the Birthday Train series, I found that the baby ostrich hatching from its shell is a very adorable piece. I also found that when you start your collection from the clown and add a new piece to the train every year that your little ones grow from birth to age 16, you and your loved ones can look back and remember what that year held for you! Making the Birthday Train series of porcelain figurines from Precious Moments, a great collection to have in any home whether you are a parent, grandparent or caregiver!

And starting tomorrow Precious Moments is offering 15% off the Birthday Train figurines on May 24th with the promo code: BDAYTRAIN  Also be sure to check out the savings you can get in the “35 Days of Loving and Sharing” event in which each day - beginning May 22 through June 25th-  Precious Moments will have 15% a different product or category for that day only. You can check the Precious Moments Facebook Page each day to see what new sales is happening, all leading up to the final day when they will introduce a beautiful new exclusive!




Plan Your Summer Road Trips with the 2016 Kia Sedona

When it comes to finding a new vehicle, I have found that there are so many to choose from. For me, when I am shopping for a new car, I think about what will not only make for a great fit for me but also for my family as well. I take into consideration not only the gas mileage that I can get with a new car, but also the room, comfort, technology and convenience one can offer. So when we were given the chance to check out the 2016 Kia Sedona, I was both excited and curious to see what all it has to offer!


First off, I must say, the way that they have made the operating of the features so simple, makes the Kia Sedona really stand out for me. I mean, the one handed features such as the automatic opening and closing of the sliding side doors, makes the everyday life of any parent or caregiver a lot more simpler especially when you end up having to do most things one handed. I can not only control this feature from the inside of the car in several areas, but I can also access the feature from the key controller as well. I can also lock the feature just like a child lock, so when the kids are in the car they can not use the button that is on the doors in the back to open and close them.


Second, I found the comfort of not only the basic ride, but the reclining seats for long distance rides to be a huge plus! I mean, the seats are simple to set when you want to recline them, and with the recline you get both back and leg support. This can make all the difference when traveling not only with kids but with anyone.


Third, along with the amazing comfort that you get with the 2016 Kia Sedona, I can also appreciate the technology that is available. From the radio and dvd player to keep you and your family entertained,  to the air cooling that you can get when you place your water bottles in the glove compartment to keep them cool and the cameras that offer a 360 view when backing out, parking as well as so much more!


Then when it comes to the storage space that you can get, well first I have to say that the deep cargo space in the back helps to keep groceries in place and from sliding around the vehicle. I also like that just like with the doors, you get one handed features that make setting down the seats and even putting them back up very easy to do, and you can even close the back hatch easily with just the press of a button either on the key or on the door! Which in all, makes the 2016 Kia Sedona a great choice to go with when you are in the market for a mini van that offers comfort, room, and technology!





I was loaned a vehicle for a week long test drive, thank you to Drive Shop USA for supplying me with the vehicle for this review, all opinions are my own.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

#Giveaway Everyday Family Fun at Chuck E Cheese


Family time is a time that we enjoy having in my home. We seek it out at any given moment, whether it be watching a movie together on family movie night, playing games during family game night, or enjoying time out together. We have found with us being in the PNW, that when it comes to family time away from home, heading to places like Chuck E Cheese can be exactly what is needed, especially on a rainy day! So when we were given the chance to spend a rainy PNW day at our local Chuck E Cheese, we were excited to go and share our family experience with my readers!



When we head to Chuck E Cheese for a family night, we can not only find games for everyone to enjoy, but we can also enjoy a family dinner at the same time! While at Chuck E Cheese, we find that other families enjoy their time there as well, and with the added security we get when we walk in and they give everyone the same glow in the dark hand stamps, we can enjoy our time without the worry when little ones are running to play games.

During our time, each of the kids got to get in the famous Ticket Blaster, where they each took a turn at trying to grab as many tickets as they could. You can watch Wyatt as he takes his turn at catching tickets in the video above. Along with the Ticket Blaster fun, we also found the various games and even rides throughout Chuck E Cheese to add to the fun. As a parent I can appreciate that they have games and rides that are age appropriate for various ages of kids, allowing my preschooler to play games that he can enjoy and my older kids to also find games that they can enjoy playing as well.


Then when it comes to having a sit down family meals together, I like that I can choose from various pizzas, sandwiches, sides, dessert dishes, and even a salad bar for all of us to enjoy. Which makes the choice to head to Chuck E Cheese on any given night with the family, a great one that you and your family can enjoy together! And to help with making your next family night out a night of fun and memories to be made, the wonderful people from Chuck E Cheese would like to give 2 of my amazing readers each a guest pass that gives you 1 large pizza, 4 drinks, and 30 tokens!






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

Take Flight with Super Wings from Sprout TV

When it comes to the shows that my preschooler and I enjoy watching together, we find that tuning in to such channels like Sprout TV not only give us choices when it comes to shows but also when it comes to age appropriate shows that are both fun and educational. My little guy loves to watch as things go, and planes are right up at the top of his list. And in the show Super Wings, which we watch on Sprout TV, together we can watch as the plane named Jett and his friends take off to deliver packages to children around the world. So when we received a package with the Super Wings characters inside, we were very excited to check them out!

Just like in the show Super Wings, we find Jett and his friends Donnie and Dizzy as they transform from bots into planes! The Super Wings are from the line of toys from Audley Toys North America, and with the Super Wings line of toys you find playsets, transforming characters and more! All of the toys from this line are based on the Super Wings gang from the popular preschool TV show, which is top rated globally, currently airing on NBC Sprout in the US and Treehouse TV in Canada!! And with the transforming planes from the Super Wings line of friends, your little one can take flight in their imaginations with the Super Wings from Spout TV!! Making the Super Wings toys we were sent a great addition to give to any little Super Wings fans out there!





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

Accessorize Your Wrists with Watchitude


When it comes to fashion and my preteen, she seems to be in the know on what is hot and a must have. So when we were sent some of the Watchitude collectible slap bracelet watches to review, Estrella was very excited to check them out. You can watch her video review on these bracelets in the video below!



The Watchitude are like those iconic slap bracelets that I can remember collecting and wearing when I was younger, but with a little more attitude and a watch as well! When you go to collect the Watchitude bracelets, you find that there is a Watchitude for every outfit, occasion and attitude! From the fun watercolor and sprinkles to the emoji bracelets as well as sport themed and more, you are sure to find the Watchitude that can help complete your look when you head to Watchitude today! So if you are seeking out those must have fashion accessories that can help to make your sense of fashion stand out, be sure to check out the Watchitude today!




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

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Get your Home Clean with Full Circle Cleaning Tools


When it comes to getting our homes clean, we find that we have our own techniques and also find that we like to seek out tools that can help us get the job done. The thing is, when you go to a friends house and see how clean their kitchen is or their restroom is, you find that you want to ask, what is their secret? Well recently I was given the chance to share my own secrets when it comes to cleaning and also share a great selection of cleaning tools with friends when I was sent a great pack of cleaning tools from Full Circle!


To get started, I wanted to show friends how to use the tools I was sent and also let them try the tools from Full Circle as well. So I decided that the best way to get to cleaning is by making a big mess, and we made a mess when we started our cleaning party out with a Sunday Brunch!


After we finished with our brunch we then began to look over the cleaning tools we were sent from Full Circle, which includes tools not only for cleaning the dishes and kitchen, but also for dusting, cleaning the tables, and even for cleaning the restrooms. While trying out the tools we discussed why the Full Circle cleaning tools are different from others.

We learned that when they make the products such as the cleaning tools from Full Circle, they make them so they are durable and last, making it so the tools last longer than others on the market and also so you have less waste as well. They also choose to create products that do not require a lot energy to make with the materials that are used which helps to cut back on green house gases as well as chemicals. Along with the environmental impact that you get with the Full Circle products, we also noticed that the products are made to help make cleaning easier as well. Which after checking out the various tools we found that the cleaning tools from the Full Circle line were ones that can make a difference for both your home and the environment!

So if you are needing to update your cleaning tools, be sure to check out the selection of cleaning tools for your home from Full Circle!







Product received, thank you to Full Circle as well as Tryazon for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.

New Nature Cat Shows Premier on PBS Kids May 23rd

When it comes to the shows that Wyatt and I enjoy watching, we find that tuning in to watch shows such as Nature Cat can be both fun to watch as well as educational for my little Wyatt. Like so many other little ones and their parents, Wyatt and I enjoy following along as Fred transforms into Nature Cat and explores the world around him with his friends. So when we were given the chance to check out 2 all new episodes that will air next week, along with some fun Nature Cat swag, we were excited to check it all out.


In the episode The Great Grasshopper Race you find Dustin Hopman training for the Great Grasshopper Race! Hal helps Dustin train for the race, but right before the race starts, Dustin hops into the woods and the friends must find him in time for the race!

Then in the episode Fall for Hal, you learn that the first day of fall is Hal's favorite day of the year! Hal celebrates the first day of fall by going on a yearly first day of fall scavenger hunt. But this year, Hal is sick and is sad that he can not go on his first day of fall scavenger hung, so Nature Cat and his friends decide to bring fall and the items on Hal's scavenger hunt list to Hal!

We found both of these episodes to be a lot of fun, and with the swag we were sent, Wyatt can take that nature exploration with Nature Cat, out in his own yard! So be sure to tune in on May 23rd to watch these all new episodes of Nature Cat on PBS Kids!




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

Fash'ems and Mash'Ems

When it comes to those blind bags and miniature collectibles, my kids seem to be hooked. My kids have been collecting some of the various series for a few years now, and when it comes to finding new ones to start collecting, they are always on the lookout. So when we were sent some of the My Little Pony Fash'ems and some various Mash'ems to review, Estrella was very excited to check them out and share her thoughts on them in the video below.





With the line of the My Little Pony Fash'ems, Estrella was excited to see which ones she received and add them to her collection of My Little Pony toys. She likes that they come in a fun plastic barrel like container, which allows her to keep the Fash'ems she collects, stored safely, or even a place to display them on top of when she has them on her shelves. She and her brothers also like that with both the Fash'ems and Mash'ems, they can not only collect them but they are also fun to play with when they squish them, twist them, and smash them over and over again!

Then when it came to the other Mash'ems collectibles we were sent, we found that we could have these adorable collectibles not only for Estrella to collect, but also for her brothers to collect. My preschooler found the Paw Patrol and Pixar Mash'ems to not only be fun to open and see what was inside but also collect and play with. And my older son who is 7 found the Batman Mash'ems to go great with his collection of Marvel Mash'ems. Making the Mash'ems and Fash'ems a great selection of fun blind bag like toys for the kids to collect and play with!




Product received, thank you to Tech 4 Kids as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

#Giveaway #FlippForMoms Contest - Enter to Win a $100 SpaFinder Gift Card

This post was sponsored by Flipp through a campaign with Grand Communications. All opinions are my own.


Mothers Day has come and gone, but when it comes to moms, the care that they give for their children is something that is given both night and day, 365 days a year. Mom's get one day a year to be honored, but when we think of all that moms do for us, I find that one day is just not enough. So when I heard about the #FlippForMoms contest that is being held by Flipp through the month of May, I was very excited to learn more about the contest and share as well!
With the #FlippForMoms contest, Flipp will be giving away a prize every week! They are doing this because they know that when it comes to moms, they tend to be the most selfless people out there, always giving so much of themselves.

To Enter the #FlippForMoms contest:
1. Like them on Facebook and follow on Twitter
2. Tweet to them or post on their Facebook page telling them the best thing you've learned as a mom
3. Use ‪#‎flippformoms‬


Also, the wonderful people from Flipp would like to give one of my amazing readers their own $100 SpaFinder Gift Card!







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Cush Cushion - The World's Most Comfortable Seat Cushion


When it comes to our posture, we find that it can get compromised from our daily work and activity or lack there of. Many of us find that when we are working, we are sitting. Whether we are sitting at a desk or driving, that sitting can cause issues not just in our posture, but also in our back which can cause aches and pains that can linger on. So as a person who works at a desk during the day on a computer, and who has had issues with back pain, I find that I do like to seek out products that can help me with my posture and make the sitting more comfortable on my entire body. Recently I was sent such a product when I was sent a Cush Cushion to review.


With the Cush Cushion you find a seat pad that is made to be more than just another cushion for your chair that can give you minimal relief. Instead, you get a cushion that is designed to form to your bottom, stay in place so you are not having to frequently readjust, and all together help to relieve pressure that can occur on the spine from sitting for long periods of time. It does this with the memory foam and design that helps to relieve spinal pressure by suspending the tailbone.

The relief is amazingly fast, I mean, when I go to use my Cush Cushion, I find that once I am sitting I do not feel the need to readjust my position due to dull pains that can occur after sitting. I also found that after about a week of using the Cush Cushion, I have not had any of those pains that I had experienced from sitting at my desk for long periods of time. Instead, I am able to sit, for even extended periods of time when I am editing, without constantly having to readjust my seat or worry about any pains in my back. Which allows me to focus on my work, and in all makes the Cush Cushion a great product to have in any office space or chair where you are sitting for long periods of time! And right now you can get 10% off your Cush Cushion when you use promo code: clubcush at http://www.cushcomfort.com.







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

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Prepare Your Little Ones for the Next Stage with Pampers Easy Ups

This post was sponsored by Pampers through a campaign with Big Hancho Media. All opinions are my own.


When it comes to our little ones, as parents we want to help them along and teach them so they can reach those important milestones. We not only encourage them to reach those milestones, but when we encourage them, as parents, we like to seek out the products that can help them along as well. So when I was given the chance to host a fun Pampers Easy Ups party with some friends, I was excited to discuss goals and tips when it comes to the milestone of getting our little ones potty trained!


For this party we were sent fun party bags for each of my guests to enjoy that included a pack of the Pampers Easy Ups, a coupon for $5 off, a information sheet, and a fun Potty Training Rewards Chart from Pampers! Along with the guest party bags, we were also sent the party decor we needed so we could make our Pampers Easy Ups Party a success!


To go along with the party favors and decor, we also added some fun cupcakes and a delicious fresh watermelon and berry lemonade for our guests to enjoy as we discussed potty training.
Once everyone was settled and ready to talk, we began by discussing the designs on the Pampers Easy Ups with the Thomas & Friends® designs for boys and Dora the Explorer® for girls. We agreed that the designs were fun and with the way that the Pampers Easy Ups look, they mimic the look of underpants, which gets little ones excited to begin that potty training journey. We also like that when the Pampers Easy Ups get wet, the design fades, so it can help to alert little ones when they need to use the potty.

Aside from the character designs, we also found the design of the Pampers Easy Ups to be very toddler friendly. They have stretchy sides, which help so they can easily be pulled up and down as our little ones use the potty. Then when it comes to the protection, we all like that the Pampers Easy Ups can be worn both during the day and at night and that they provide up to 12 hours of protection.


After looking at the amazing features that the Pampers Easy Ups offer, we took a look at the fun Potty Training Rewards Charts, which came with velcro decals. And when little ones go to the potty, we can not only reward them by marking that task, but also encourage them to wipe, wash their hands, and flush after going and reward them for each of those tasks as well. Which together, not only encourages little ones to use the restroom, but also gain good restroom habits as well!

Then to end our party with some fun tips from an expert, I shared the following 6 tips that I was sent with my friends so they could utilize them for potty training success! We found that with these tips, and the tools, we can encourage potty training success so our little ones can begin their training this spring and summer so they are ready to take on the next milestone, heading to preschool!

Potty Training Tips for Parents from a Expert:

Pampers Easy Ups Potty Training Tips L. Jana, MD 

1. Promote potty learning. Learning how to use the potty takes plenty of time and patience. It’s more than just training; it is a learning opportunity for toddlers and parents alike that should be enjoyable. After all, mastering this concept of “potty learning” with your little one is a big accomplishment and milestone. 

2. Team Spirit. It is important to keep in mind that “teamwork makes the dream work,” especially in the case of potty training. You are not only your child’s biggest fan, you are also their potty training coach. Remember to stay calm in the face of potty accidents and encourage your little one to not worry and try again! 

3. Be Prepared. Potty training is an unpredictable adventure that you can best prepare for by ensuring you have all practical supplies on hand. These supplies will help you through any obstacle and can help foster your child’s interest and independence – from a step stool (to improve access to the toilet) or potty seat to training pants. That’s why I’m happy to partner with Pampers, whose Easy Ups training pants are designed to help the diaper-to-underwear transition by allowing potty-training toddlers to set aside their diapers and wear something with a more underwear-like look and feel that still helps contain accidental messes no matter wherever they happen: at home, on-the-go or overnight. 

4. Celebrate every win. As with any learning experience, young children can learn a lot from both their potty successes and their setbacks. While potty accidents are an inevitable (and admittedly inconvenient) aspect of potty learning, they shouldn’t dominate your day-to-day discussions. Instead, simply help your child learn to cope with and clean up any messes, and focus your attention on celebrating your child’s efforts and successes with plenty of hugs and words of encouragement. 

5. Watch for signs of readiness. Just about all children give subtle (and some not-sosubtle) signs that they are ready for potty training. These signs of readiness typically include using their words to express themselves, toddling their own way to the bathroom, pulling down their own pants, saying they want to use the “big potty,” and being aware of the sensation of peeing or pooping, characteristically noticeable when young children suddenly stop what they’re doing as they feel themselves start to go. It is also helpful and increases the likelihood of potty training interest when children start to be bothered by their messy diapers, as that can serve as a good motivation for using the potty instead! 

6. Start making connections. There’s a lot that you can do to help your child be wellprepared to successfully use the potty long before he or she actually starts doing it. Making up a fun song or reading engaging children’s books about potty training, such as You and Me Against the Pee! (which I co-authored) can go a long way towards making the idea of potty training a more welcome and eagerly anticipated activity. You can take this familiarity a step further by letting your toddler accompany you in to the bathroom when you need to go so that he both becomes familiar with the routine and comfortable with the idea of using the toilet, rather than being afraid of or intimidated by it! 

In all, making the tools, tips and products we were sent from Pampers to use for our Pampers Easy Ups party, exactly what was needed so that we could all leave from the party with the tools to help our little ones achieve potty training success with confidence! So if you have a little one who is ready to take on the milestone of becoming potty trained, be sure to not only pick up some Pampers Easy Ups, but also head on over to the Pampers Website where you can find great tips and tricks. There you can learn when to cue in on the signs of your child being ready to start the journey, how to have patience when accidents happen, taking potty training on the go, and so much more!





Friday, May 13, 2016

Show Your #PetcureanLove this Weekend in Seattle

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


When it comes to rescue pets, we have found that they are just fur babies who are in search of someone to love and take care of them. With Chloe, she is no exception, and when it comes to her story, we see it as she was just waiting for our family to make her part of the family. Well, just like our Chloe, there are many very sweet and lovable dogs out there, who just like a child, want to be loved, hugged and taken care of. So when we were told about the Petcurean Love Tour that will be in Seattle this weekend, I was excited to not only share the event but also attend with my family.

At the event in Redmond, it will be held at Marymour Park. There will be live adoptions, pet hugging, prizes to be won and more for the whole family to enjoy. You can read the event details in the flyer at the beginning of this post. And just like our Chloe did years ago when we first met her, there will be many pets in attendance who will be seeking and eagerly awaiting that forever home.



I have learned that when it comes to a forever home for a pet, it is not only life changing for the pet, but also for the home in which that pet is adopted into. When we went to have our first meeting with Chloe, she was very scared and shy and we were told that they were worried she would not be adopted, but we saw something in her sweet personality that stood out to us. Chloe had a rough start to her life and had not been treated very well by her original owners. She had a few litters of puppies and with her last litter she was surrendered by the owner to a local vet. She had gotten sick and was having complications and needed an emergency c-section. When the vet took a look at her he right away noticed the neglect and abuse that she had endured and he not only helped her and took her in, but nursed her back to health after she had her puppies so that she could find her forever home.

When we were introduced to Chloe for the first time, my husband and I went to meet her. We spent about an hour with her so that she could check us out and see if we were who she was looking for. After that first meeting my husband and I knew we were in love with her, so we scheduled a second meet up with her so she could meet our daughter and infant son. When she saw our daughter, she lit up. It was like she was hoping we had other kids for her to play with, and when she met our middle son who was just a small baby at the time, we knew that she would be perfect because she had a very gentle, loving nature about her that showed when she went to look at the baby.


It was about a week later when Chloe was able to finally come home, and once she was home she began to really open up. At first she was scared of anyone she did not know and crowds, but after a few months she became a whole new dog and was excited to go on walks to greet the neighbors in the evenings and head to the local dog park to play with her friends. Chloe became what I remember seeing the dog "Nanny" from Peter Pan being like with our kids as they have grown up. She is very sweet and loving towards them, even when babies have crawled on her and pulled on her ears, she has always been very gentle with them. And as our kids have grown, as we have introduced new babies in our family, Chloe has been right there, playing a big part of being a protector, fur baby, and companion! So if you and your family are looking for that fur baby who can help to make your home more complete, be sure to check out the Petcurean Love Tour!




Thursday, May 12, 2016

#Giveaway Share Your Chiquita Smile

Find out how you can win a Disney Family Vacation to Walt Disney World with Chiquita! This post is sponsored through the Mom it Forward network and Chiquita. All opinions are my own.


The spring is upon us and before we know it, it will be time for summer to make its appearance. Like many others out there, I find that the summer is a time where we as families take advantage of the warm weather and make those plans to take those epic and very memorable family vacations. And like many, when it comes to finding vacations that are sure to make the most of our summer, we find that planning a Disney vacation is something that my family loves to take part in. So when we were told about the Share Your Chiquita Smile Sweepstakes where you and your family can win a Disney World Resorts Vacation with just 4 easy steps, I was not only very excited to enter but also share the details with my readers as well!

You heard me right, and right now through June 19, 2016 you can submit your best Chiquita Smile for a chance at winning a Walt Disney World Resort vacation from Chiquita for you and your family! To enter you will first need to capture that winning Chiquita Smile in a way that is sure to grab the attention of others, because from now until June 26, 2016, the pictures that are submitted will be voted on by others. After you have that pic that is sure to be a winner with a eye catching smile, you will need to head on over to the Share Your Chiquita Smile page, pick your favorite Disney theme park and post your best Chiquita smile. It is as easy as that!!!!


When you show off your best smile in the Share Your Chiquita Smile contest, you will be entered to win prizes from Disney and Chiquita. You not only get to submit a fun photo, but you can get your friends and family to vote for you, and you can add some Chiquita and Disney magic to your photos by adding fun stickers that are available to your photo and choose your theme park! The theme parks you will get to choose from when you submit your entry will include the following Disney Theme Parks:

Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park
Disney’s Hollywood Studios®
Epcot®
Disney Springs™ Area
Magic Kingdom® Park at Walt Disney World® Resort
Walt Disney World® Resort

Making the Share Your Chiquita Smile contest one that you will not want to miss out on! So head out today and pick up some Chiquita Bananas, take that winning photo and enter for your chance to win! Also be sure to enter to win a fun Chiquita prize pack below! This prize pack will be packed with over $50 in fun Chiquita branded products that include a Just Smile Mixing Bowl, some Just Smile Photo Magnets, some Chiquita Pens, a Chiquita Apron, and a Chiquita Short Sleeve T-Shirt!!!!




No Purchase Necessary to enter. Must be 18+. This contest is open to residents of the 50 US/DC/CAN (excl Quebec) Ends 6/19 RULES: http://bit.ly/22zJSCG