Sunday, October 19, 2014

#Giveaway Personalized Christmas Ornaments from Ornaments with Love

With the signs of the holiday season popping up as we head out to the stores, I find it is time to get those holiday decorations in order. This is the time of year I look forward too, from the decorations and baking, to the family togetherness and celebrations. And for the decoration aspect on things, I like to turn to places where I can put a personal touch on our decorations. One place that I have enjoyed shopping in the past years, and have once again added to our collection of decorations with this year is Ornaments with Love!

Recently I was given the chance to pick out, personalize and review a personalized Christmas ornament from Ornaments with Love. For this year, as with previous years, I chose to go with a family themed ornament, and when I saw the Fireplace Family - Tabletop Ornament, I knew that this was the one that would mark our 2014 holiday season!

Being a family of 5, I like that I can find the ornaments I need, so that we can add each of the kids along with myself and my husband to the ornament. I also like, that they have a variety of family sizes needed, so there are options for both large and small families.

I find that the process of personalizing the ornaments is a very easy one, and the result is one that I enjoy adding to our collection. One that can be looked at and shared for years to come, and it seems that each year that I head back over to Ornaments with Love, I can find more that I see as a must have when adding to our collection! Also, aside from the family ornaments, they have a variety of ornaments to choose from which can help make the holidays in your house or for someone on your holiday shopping list, special. So this year, as you prepare for the holidays, be sure to head on over to Ornaments with Love and find those personalized ornaments that will help make your holidays that much more personal!

Well to help with personalizing your holidays, the wonderful people from Ornaments with Love would like to send one of my amazing readers their own personalized ornament!





Product received, thank you to Ornaments with Love for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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New Fragrances from Piper's Perfumery

I am one who enjoys having a variety of fragrances to choose from when it comes to my perfumes and body sprays. I find that there are different days, where I like the fragrances I use to reflect my moods for the day, and when I was sent some of the fragrances from Piper's Perfumery to review, I found a great selection to add to my collection!

With the fragrances from the selection I was sent, I can choose a Sea Salt and Rose Water, which has the fresh fragrance of wild freesia, casaba melon and apple blossom, along with the sea salt accord, rosewater jasmine, leading into the scents of driftwood and musk. Giving me a fresh fragrance that is great for not only wearing when I go on a afternoon date with my husband, but also for wear for lifting my mood.
With the Sheer Blue, I can find myself drawn to the crisp apple, which is a scent I enjoy in the fall and winter months. You also find the scents of Bright Bergamot and lemon zest, which are followed by the subtle scents of bluebell, sheer jasmine, and ending with fresh ozone, wild rose and sweet pea. Making the Sheer Blue a great, calming and mood enhancing fragrance that I can wear anytime of day.

Then with the Delicate French Vanilla from Piper's Perfumery, I find a hint of sweet romantic fragrance that I get with the sweet orange and warm vanilla, then leading into the sweet and enticing scent of French Vanilla. On top of the sweet scents of vanilla and orange, I also find the vanilla orchard and brown sugar to enhance the sweet scents. Then with the sweet amber, cedar wood and creamy musk, the romantic fragrances come together with a scent that I see can be worn throughout the day, and even into the night!

I found the fragrances from the Piper's Perfumery line to not only be a great selection for wearing at different times and to be mood enhancing, but I can really appreciate the gentle scents, how with each bottle, the fragrances combine to be just enough and not overpowering. In all, making the new fragrances from Piper's Perfumery, to not only be a great collection of scents to add to my own collection, but also a great set of products to give to those on your holiday shopping lists this year!



I received a sample of Piper’s Perfumery fragrances for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own.
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

#Giveaway Hot Wheels Holiday Prize Pack

Yesterday I shared a review on the Hot Wheels toys and the all new movie, Team Hot Wheels: The Origin of Awesome on DVD. After I shared this review with the wonderful people from Mattel, they decided that to get that holiday spirit started off right this year, they would like to give one of my amazing readers their own Hot Wheels Prize Pack!! This prize pack will include a copy of the new movie and a Hot Wheels Track Builder set! 



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

#Giveaway #DDDivas #sponsored Sunday Brunch with a Cascade Platinum Party #cascadeshiningreviews

Being a mother and a wife, I know a little bit about what dirty is. I have found that it does not take much to get things good and messy, but I also know that cleaning those messes can be a lot harder than making them. This is the case with many as I have found, when I hosted my first Cascade Platinum Party. I learned that messes and getting them clean is something that we all can have issues with, and along with myself, everyone else at the party, learned that we were not cleaning our dishes properly and we learned how to use our dishwashers more efficiently. So, to keep the education on getting those dishes clean going, I was given the chance to have another Cascade Platinum Party, with a whole new group of friends.

This time around, I decided that a Sunday Brunch was a great way to not only have a gathering with, but also a great way to get some dishes, good and messy!


To get started, I made sure we got some pans nice and messy the night before, with baked on food, then left it in the sink instead of cleaning up before the guests arrived. This was so that our guests could see for themselves, not only the baked on messes, but also the fact that we left them out, overnight, without any prewashing.

As we got our party started, we ate, then ate, and ate some more, then discussed the messes that we dread the most when it comes to dishes. Once we had mingled for a bit, it was time to do some dishes. As I loaded the dishwasher, I showed our guests that I was going to get those dishes clean, by using the Cascade Platinum duo, and that I was not going to soak or prewash any of the dishes. I told everyone that by the time the dishwasher was done, every single one of those dishes would be clean.


After getting the load started, we headed in the living room for some coffee and dish washer 101. As with my previous party, I explained the method behind the madness on the veto of prewashing, and that once we were done, they would see doing the dishes in a whole new light! We went over the power of the Cascade Platinum, and the fact that the enzymes that are in the formula, are meant to target those baked on and caked on messes. For more on getting the dishes done with Cascade Platinum and the information I have shared with both parties, you can head here!

Aside from the information that I shared, I also went over some recent survey results, where it was found that nearly all people were washing dishes wrong! We also learned that just like myself and the rest of the party goers confessed to, we had all been wasting way too much time with the prewashing.

Once we had talked about the dishes, our many dislikes and discussed the survey results and how we can all save time and still get a dishwasher full of clean dishes, we realized that the dishes were ready, so everyone could see for themselves how well the Cascade Platinum products worked. Just as before, I had a kitchen full of shocked guests, who were all very impressed and very eager to take their Cascade Platinum products I had for them, home to try for themselves!! Making it so once again, I had a very successful Cascade Platinum Party!!!

Well, to help make my readers believers too, the wonderful people from Cascade would like to give one of my amazing readers their own Cascade Platinum Prize Pack as pictured below!! 

·         1 pack of Cascade Platinum
·         1 Bottle of Cascade Rinse Aid
·         Whisk
·         Spatula
·         Wine Topper

·         Sugar Sifter

Be sure to follow Cascade on Twitter and Facebook!




This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Cascade. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Protecting & Sharing Your Photos with the Daily Kiddo #Free App


Being a parent is a very special thing, and from the time our babies are born, we share every moment. With social media, the sharing of those moments becomes a very easy task, but as those feeds become cluttered with game requests, ads and other updates from friends, those moments that we want to share with loved ones, can get lost or overlooked.

As a parent, I not only find that sharing pictures and milestones of my kids is something I enjoy and see as a necessity since my family is spread out across the country, but I also find that those pictures I put out there, can end up being stolen, or looked at by someone who I do not know nor want seeing my kids pictures. So, like many other parents out there, I seek out products and apps, that can help make the sharing of those moments and photos, more personal.


Recently I was introduced to such a app, when I was told about Daily Kiddo. Daily Kiddo is a free app, and can be found in the iTunes store. The download is very simple, and once I added the app to my iPhone, I found it was easy to use and navigate. Oh, and if you do not have a iPhone, no worries, because you can also download Daily Kiddo for your Android devices!

Once you have downloaded Daily Kiddo, you can get started right away by creating albums for your kids. From there, start adding those family members and friends, who care and who you want to share those precious pictures and updates with. Also, once you have added friends and family, you can all begin to share photos, videos, and even notes together, making the sharing experience a very personal one, and a private one as well.


I like that you do not have to worry about your photos being stolen or seen by strangers, since the Daily Kiddo App steers clear of the social networks that are out there. You can also notify those you want to share with, when you post updates and see when they have viewed those pics, videos and updates. I also like, that even when my daughter takes those selfies that she is obsessed with, she can share easily, so she can update grandma who is over 800 miles away, without me having to worry about who will see her updates.

So if you are a parent or caregiver, and you want to share and see those amazing updates and milestones that your kids and family have, using a app that makes things easy and even private, then check out Daily Kiddo today and start sharing!

Twitter- @DailyKiddo


This is a sponsored post, thank you to Daily Kiddo for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.
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#Giveaway #LalaPJParty #win All Expenses Paid Trip for 2 to Join Lalaloopsy for the World's Largest PJ Party!!

The girls from Lalaloopsy are ready to break a record, a pajama party record!!! The current record is 34,000 girls, and they are inviting fans everywhere to come and join the party, and help break that record at the Nickelodeon Studios!!! 

To help with breaking this record, there are 3 ways to participate. The first is to join the party in person, at the Nickelodeon Suites Resort in Orlando on Nov. 15, 2014 from 7-10pm ET for the live party! You can book rooms now at 30% off standard rates by mentioning LalaPJParty when you make the reservation. To book a room, call 877-642-5111.

Second way to join if you can not make it to Orlando, you can enter for a chance to WIN an all expenses paid trip for two to the event by clicking here or on the picture below to enter.  The contest closes on Monday 10/20, so be sure to enter right now!


Then, if you can not go and were not able to win and want to be able to help break a record from home you can still join in the fun by  joining in on Facebook and Twitter on Nov. 15 from 7-10PM ET using #LalaPJParty. They will posting updates and photos from the event, and doing tons of product giveaways, fun craft activities, and hosting a Lalaloopsy movie viewing party (via Netflix) for those participating online.

So enter now, book your room, and if you will be joining from home to enter the Sew Fun giveaways they will be conducting through the night, be sure to mark your calender, use the hashtag #LalaPJParty, tune in on their Facebook and Twitter Pages, and have Sew much fun with the Lalaloopsy girls and your Lalaloopsy Fans!!! 




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Hot Wheels Toys + Team Hot Wheels: The Origin of Awesome on DVD


As we prepare for this years holiday season, I like to take into consideration the items of interest when it comes to the recipients on my list. With the kids, I find it to be a lot easier, since there are certain characters or particular toy brands they like, and with Robert, one line of toys that he has adored since he was a toddler is Hot Wheels. Well recently, we were not only sent some great Hot Wheels toys, which I see as being hot items this holiday for those Hot Wheels fans on your list, but we were also sent the all new, Hot Wheels first animated feature, Team Hot Wheels: The Origin of Awesome on DVD to review!

We found this movie to bring Robert and Wyatt's love for those fun collectible cars and racing sets, to a whole new level! The boys loved being able to race their own cars in their room on their new tracks, as they watched the movie.


In this new movie, you find a group of 4 kids, who are looking to make their boring lives a bit more exciting in their town, which is considered to be the slowest town in the world. These kids find that they are born to drive in the fast lane, by themselves they are fast and great drivers, but together as a team, they are Team Hot Wheels!


Aside from the skills and the racing this team has, they find themselves needing to save their town, after a black car shows up. This black car is not just any black car, it is a car that creates a very cool and challenging orange track wherever it goes, along with some monsters that cause a lot of havoc. Find out how Team Hot Wheels comes together to try to save their town, and watch as they go on some amazing adventures together, when you head out today and bring home your copy on DVD to share with your Hot Wheels fans! Also be sure to stock up on the hottest products from Hot Wheels as you head out for that holiday shopping this year!




Product received, thank you to Mattel and the PR group for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Monday, October 13, 2014

#Giveaway #LookatGoldie Building Sets for Girls from GoldieBlox


With the holiday season just around the corner, I like to find toys that are not only something my kids will play with and use, but also toys that are engaging and get their gears going, so to say. One thing that all of my kids enjoy doing is building with their different blocks, but when we go shopping for the different building sets, we find that there are more available for the boys than the girls, and most of the themes are gender based.

With Estrella, she is a young lady who enjoys creating, she also loves science and math, so finding toys that can incorporate those likes into a toy that she will play with and enjoy over and over again, is very ideal. Just like her younger brother, Estrella likes to build things, but more times than none, she ends up building whatever boy themed set her brother has, since that one seems to be more appealing to her. So when we were sent some building sets from GoldieBlox to review, both Estrella and I were excited to try them out and start building!

Goldie is a young girl, who is a girl inventor, and with the help of her friends, they come together to solve real problems, by creating and building some fun and simple machines! Each of these sets come with a book, and as you read the books, you can build along with character Goldie, her friends, and family. This not only gives girls a great guide to go with when building the suggested projects, but it also allows girls to explore and create other amazing items as well. As we started going through the sets we were sent, I noticed the excitement in Estrella, as she began tinkering and building before we even started to read the books.


Of the three sets, Estrella found the GoldieBlox and the Builder's Survival Kit to be a kit that had just about everything. She not only found quite a few parts that she began building with right away, but after looking through the book, she found the set to be a must have for any girl, according to her. I like that when she builds things, she is not just building another princess castle, but building things that are functional, that have gears that work together, using the many different pieces that this set has.

Also, like with the GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine, she can learn about the basics when it comes to movie making, and she can build a real, working zoetrope! As she makes her movies, she learns about illustration and animation. Another plus about the machine set is, unlike other sets we see in the girls isle, the story incorporates a boy character, making it so when Estrella builds, she can include her brother if she chooses, since it allows both boys and girls to take a part in the building and the creating.

Then with the GoldieBlox and the Parade Float, Estrella can follow Goldie and her friends as they build a float, together, after the results of a beauty pageant. Not only showing that winning is not everything, but that friendship is greater than any pageant. Like the other sets, there are many variations and options when it comes to the building, and with having several sets, with many pieces, Estrella has a box filled with parts, that we both agree is much better than any other collections she has! Making the products from GoldieBlox, a must have for any girl, to not only give them confidence and self awareness, but to also encourage them to explore, create and build!


Well to help get the gears going in your house with your girls, the wonderful people from GoldieBlox would like to give one of my amazing readers their own GoldieBlox sets, which includes that must have builder's survival kit!!






I was provided with products from GoldieBlox for this post. I was chosen to participate in this sponsored post through MomDot, all opinions are my own.
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#GoProatBestBuy Holiday Shopping: GoPro Cameras at Best Buy


With the shopping season starting up for this holiday season, I like to ensure that I get everyone on my list, what they want. So with that in mind, when I think of the hottest tech gadgets of the season, which includes those must have cameras and camcorders, I think of Best Buy. I like that when I head to my local Best Buy or even shop online at BestBuy.com, I can find the latest and greatest when it comes to cameras and so much more!

One collection of camera that I see as being a hot, must have item, for those who enjoy capturing life and those moments as they happen, is the new action cameras from the GoPro collection! The products from GoPro are a great collection of cameras and accessories that are great for both kids and adults! With the GoPro cameras, I can find those cameras that can be easily mounted, using the accessories and mounts that are also available at Best Buy, so the recipient, can get the most out of their GoPro experience when using their cameras.
Well this year, as we head on over to Best Buy to shop the GoPro collection of cameras and accessories, we can find the 3 new cameras from the collection, which include the GoPro HERO4 Black, which is the most advanced GoPro ever, giving an improved image quality and 2 times more processor, and frame rate. Making it so this GoPro camera's performance is on a whole new level!

With the GoPro HERO4 Silver, you find features like a touch display, allowing you to do the cameras playback footage and adjust the settings just by tapping and swiping the screen. Other features of this GoPro camera include, 1080p60 and 720p120 video, and 12MP photos at a staggering 30 frames per second. 

Then with the GoPro HERO, you get a action camera that offers high‐quality 1080p30 and 720p60 video, and 5MP photos up to 5 fps, HERO captures the same immersive footage that’s made GoPro one of the best-selling cameras in the world. In all, making the action cameras that you can find from GoPro and the new GoPro HERO collection at Best Buy, a great gift to give the adventurists, and in the moment photographers in your life! 



The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

#Giveaway Party Supplies from Shindigz + $50 Gift Card

In our family, we find that this time of year, there is a lot of things going on. From the welcoming of a new baby to the family, to Halloween and the wedding of my younger sister. So like many who have things to plan for, decorations to put up, and favors to get in place, I turn to places like Shindigz, where I can find the products I need, including the personalized ones, all in one place! To help with our party planning this year, we were given a chance to shop at the Shindigz.com site!

With Halloween, I find that being able to not only find the costume that Robert wants to wear this year, but also some of the decorations that we are looking for, all at Shindigz, and all at amazing prices, makes the shopping, very easy and stress free! This year, Robert decided he wanted to be a soldier in the US Military, so when we saw the US Army Camo Child Costume, we knew we had found the costume that we were looking for!

For the Halloween decorations, the kids wanted something scary, but not too scary, so they chose a fun sign to put on our door, and some smaller, scary hanging decorations that give the kids the look they wanted for this years decorating!

Then for the wedding, we wanted to find something that we could personalize and with the Personalized Mini Wrappers that we were able to find and personalize for my sisters wedding, we found a great item that we can use to put on the tables during the reception for all of the guests to enjoy! In all, making our shopping experience at Shindigz, a one stop shop for our Halloween and Wedding favor needs!


Well to help with your own party planning, whether it be for Halloween or a celebration of some sort, the wonderful people from Shindigz would like to give one of my amazing readers a $50 gift card!




Product received, thank you to Shindigz for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Outdoors Gifts for the Holidays from Kelty


With the holiday shopping season upon us, I get excited to see all of those must have items for the season, and to get ideas on what gifts I want to add to those must have lists as I do my holiday shopping. As I look over the gifts for the season, I like to keep in mind the different likes and hobbies of those on my holiday shopping list, and with a son in the Boy Scouts, one thing that he is in need of this year is a new sleeping bag. To help, when it comes to finding a sleeping bag that he can use when camping with his pack, we were sent a Kelty Little Tree 20 sleeping bag to review.

This sleeping bag is a mummy bag, and has all of the features of the adult bags, but sized just right to keep my son warm and comfortable when he is out camping. With the Kelty Cloudloft insulation, he can get a soft sleeping bag, and stay warm. The zipper is made kid friendly, and is easy for kids to use.

Then with the hood, he can use it so he stays warmer in the night by keeping his head covered, or during the summer nights, he can leave the hood down flat and lay on top of it. This sleeping bag comes with a carrying case, making it easy to store and carry as needed, in all, making the Kelty Little Tree 20 a great gift idea for those little campers in your life this holiday season!


Product received, thank you to Kelty for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Friday, October 10, 2014

#Giveaway Lalaloopsy Baking Oven on the List of Hot Toys for the Season

With the early shoppers getting their holiday shopping out of the way now, I like to find those hot, must have products of the season. and share them with others as they get the holiday shopping under way. For my daughter, she is a big fan of those Sew Cute dolls from the Lalaloopsy line, and with all of the new items for the holidays coming out, she finds that her list of must have holiday items, keeps growing! To help with finding those must have items for the holidays, we were sent the Lalaloopsy Baking Oven to review from the wonderful people at MGA Entertainment.

With this oven, Estrella and her friends can bake up some "Sew" delicious treats in a real oven! To mix and prepare the treats, she and her friends can find the process an easy one, and the bake time to be a very quick one. Once the treats are done baking, Estrella and her friends can decorate the treats with the sprinkles that come with the set. Then when she is not baking, she can use this oven as a fun play one to use with her Lalaloopsy dolls!

The oven comes with the measuring supplies and baking dishes, along with a pan pusher that helps so they can get treats out when they are ready, along with 1 Strawberry cake mix, 1 Sugar cookie mix, 1 pink frosting mix, and 1 pack of heart confetti sprinkles! We can also buy more mixes to make when we are out as well so when Estrella uses the ones that are in the pack, we can be sure to keep her stocked up for lots of baking fun! Making this toy a must have on our holiday list!

So this holiday season, as you shop for the Lalaloopsy fans in your life, be sure to check out the Lalaloopsy Baking Oven, so your kids can make some Sew Yummy treats! Well to help with the holiday shopping, the wonderful people from Lalaloopsy would like to give one of my amazing readers their own Lalaloopsy Baking Oven




Product received, thank you to MGA Entertainment for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Dressing for Fall with the Play Proof Clothes by Nanotex

With the kids back in school and the fall season upon us, we find that those wardrobes with shorts are being changed out with long pants. As with many kids, my kids like to play, and the play can be rough on their clothes. So like other parents in the situation where they find the kids are going through their clothes way too fast, I like to find solutions when it comes to their clothes, ones that will help with making those clothes last a bit longer. To help with the issue of the kids and their clothes for school, we were sent some of the new Play Proof Clothes by Nanotex, which can be found at Gymboree!

One of the things that really stood out for me when we received the clothes was the fact that they are made to resist wrinkles and release stains in the wash. With these features, I can not only save money on the school clothes for the kids throughout the year, but the clothes look new longer and last longer, which is a huge plus any way you look at it in my book. In all, making the Play Proof Clothes by Nanotex from Gymboree, a must have for any parent with kids in school!



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




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Keeping a Close Eye on Baby with the D-Link Wi-Fi Baby Camera


When preparing for baby, the list can seem like a endless one, filled with so many items that are needed to have in place for when baby arrives. I find that after having 3 of my own babies, that I am a little more familiar with what items are needed to have in place to not only use for the care of baby, but also for babies safety. To help when it comes to the safety of the new baby, we were sent the D-Link to review and use for baby.

With this baby camera, we can view baby from any of our compatible devices, when we utilize the free, mydlink Baby app. The app can not only be viewed from anywhere so we can monitor baby when a sitter is at the house, but we get instant notifications when noise or motion is detected. This camera is very easy to set up, and once the app is downloaded, we can access the camera from our iPhones, iPad, or Android devices just by following the steps to set it up.

Using the app, we can take photos and video, to capture those moments as baby sleeps without waking them up. I also like the night vision feature, which allows us to monitor baby with the infrared LED lights that turn on automatically and provide up to 16 feet of visibility in the dark. Another great feature includes the Pinch Zoom, where we can zoom in on video so we can see things in greater detail.

Then with the 2 way audio with the Push to Talk, we can speak to baby and soothe them as well as listen. We can also soothe baby using the 5 lullabies! With all of these features, plus the fact that we can get all of this for under $100, I find that the D-Link Wi-Fi Baby Camera to be a great product to add to those lists of must have products when preparing for baby!



Product received, thank you to D-Link for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Stylish Nursing Pillows from NursingPillow.com

When preparing for a new baby, choosing the products that will be needed in order to care for baby properly is something that we try to get done before baby gets here. On that list of must have items, whether you choose to breastfeed or bottle feed, being prepared for feeding time is a necessity, and one item that we have used not only for breastfeeding, but also bottle feeding was a nursing pillow. To help with our list of must have items, which includes that nursing pillow, we were sent a very comfortable and stylish nursing pillow from NursingPillow.com to review.

I like that we can shop the nursing pillows in a variety of patterns, and they offer not only the adorable patters, but we can also choose to shop the line of minky covered pillows, which are very soft and textured.

I have found that with the nursing pillows that can be found at NursingPillow.com, they are not only very convenient for positioning baby for nursing with, but they also make it a great pillow to have to use for bottle feeding as well, giving both the care giver and baby a soft and comfortable pillow to use during feeding time. So if you are preparing for baby, and you are looking for a great pillow to use for feedings, then check out the selection of stylish nursing pillows from NursingPillow.com!



Product received, thank you to NursingPillow.com for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Thursday, October 9, 2014

#Frosty4Adoption The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption: Frostys for Families

In my husband's family, he is one of 6 adopted children, and one of 4 who are all biological siblings. My husband was the first of his adoptive family to be adopted, and when he was adopted, he was adopted after being a foster child for 6 years. At the age of 8, my husband had almost given up on the idea of having a family adopt him, he had become accustomed to being sent from foster home to foster home, and not having a place to truly call home. So when the adoptive family found him and made them their son and a brother to their own 3 children, my husband realized that those dreams of one day having a family of his own, was now a reality.

After the adoption of my husband, the family then went on to adopt 2 other boys around the same age as my husband who were brothers, then later on down the road, they adopted 3 of my husband's youngest biological siblings. Making it so that not only were they able to open their home to children who needed a family, but also so my husband grew up in the same home as some of his own siblings. The family was a very caring family, and they raised my husband as their own, teaching him values and showing him the love that every child needs.

As the years have gone by, my husband has taken his own experience, and has made it his life mission to help other children by getting his degree in social work and being a voice for children by being a advocate in the courts. He has seen the need in his work, and knowing the statistics on foster children, along with the fact that there are over 100,000 children in the foster care system waiting to be adopted, he not only pursues his goals of helping children through his work, but we also support those non-profits with the same goals and vision. His vision is one that is a familiar one, in that he wants to help foster kids, who need that family, that love and that sense of home, find that. I say a familiar vision because the vision my husband has is the same one which the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption was created.

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption was started in 1992, just 2 years after President George H.W. Bush invited Dave Thomas to be the spokesperson for a national adoption awareness campaign. The view and goal that Dave Thomas had when he started his foundation, was to help every child in foster care, find loving, permanent families. Dave Thomas wanted to not only raise awareness to help get children in foster care those forever homes, but also be a voice for them, and thanks to the DTFA, Wendy's and consumers have helped over 4,000 children find adoptive families!

You can help too, because right now through October 31st, when you visit your local Wendy's, you can purchase a Jr. Frosty Halloween Coupon Book for $1, which benefits the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Ninety cents of every $1 Halloween Coupon Book that is sold now through Oct 31st, will go to benefit the DTFA. So next time you are at Wendy's, get your $1 Halloween Coupon Book, so you can help Wendy's reach their goal to give the DTFA, $10 million!





I was selected for this opportunity as a member of  Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

#Giveaway Lemonhead Candy Prize Pack

The holidays are coming, and will be here before we know it, so like many, I am looking for ideas from the gifts to give, the decorations and foods, to the stocking stuffers. When it comes to those stocking stuffers, I like to add candy to the mix, and one group of candies that both my husband and I grew up loving and our kids like as well is Lemonhead. From the original Lemonhead candies to the variety of flavors and even gummies that are available, I find that there are plenty to choose from when it comes to the candies for this years stocking stuffers. To help with this years guide, I was sent a fun pack, filled with Lemonhead goodies to review.

With this pack of products, we can have Lemonheads, not only for putting in the stockings, but also for sharing on our family movie nights and for a tasty treat as well with the theater boxes. The smaller boxes that come in an assortment of flavors are those fun, .25 boxes that are not only the perfect size for putting in the holiday stockings, but they are those fun boxes that the kids love buying, since there really is not a whole lot you can get with just 25 cents anymore. With the new stand up bags of the Chewy Lemonheads and the Gummy Lemonheads, we can have a fun snack or treat at the house for everyone to share and enjoy. Then with the Lemonhead T-Shirt and drawstring bag to carry our hoard of Lemonhead goodies in, we find that we have a complete pack of goodies to enjoy and share!

Well to celebrate not only the up coming holiday season, but also over 50 years of those juicy Lemonhead candies, the wonderful people from Lemonhead would like to send one of my amazing readers their own Lemonhead Prize Pack!







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