Mommy Katie

Friday, October 20, 2017

#Giveaway Pet Adoption 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.

When it comes to our homes and families, we find that not all families are the same. From the families with kids to the families with pets and even the ones with pets and kids like mine, families can differ from one to the other. With that said, when we think of our families and the members in our family, if you have fur babies like we do, then they are part of the equation. So when we consider adding to the family through pet adoption, I like to not only consult the kids on the decision but also think about our other fur babies and think about how they would do with a new sibling.

Along with weighing out the pros and cons of adding to the family through pet adoption, I also like to have the information on hand. Information on why pet adoption is the way to go and also information that I can find when I turn to Petcurean which includes articles like, 8 Reasons why adopting a dog is a wonderful thing to do.

With this article that can be found on the Petcurean site, I like how it discusses how dogs are good for both your health and your life since they encourage physical activity, can help to lower blood pressure, relieve anxiety and so much more! I also like that when it goes into the reasons why you should consider pet adoption when adding a new fur baby to the family, that each of the reasons are big ones to add to the pros list. The reasons from the article are listed below:

Reason #1

You will be saving a life. And providing a safe, secure loving environment to a dog who really needs it

Reason #2

When you adopt a fully grown dog, there will be no surprises when it comes to his size, appearance, or coat type as there can be with a puppy

Reason #3

Shelters and rescue groups often include vaccinations, microchipping, and spaying or neutering in the adoption fee

Reason #4

Very often rescue or re-homed dogs are already housetrained and have some basic behavioural training as well

Reason #5

You are helping to relieve pet over-population and the proliferation of puppy mills by not purchasing a puppy from a pet store or unscrupulous backyard breeder. In addition you are making space for another homeless pet at the shelter or rescue organization

Reason #6

Rescued dogs, or dogs from a shelter, usually have extensive evaluations done on them before going up for adoption, so you will know ahead of time if the dog you want is, for instance, good with kids, other dogs or cats

Reason #7

You will have a huge choice of dogs to choose from so you can make sure whichever one you take home is ‘the one’

Reason #8

Shelters and rescues usually have all kinds of resources to help you once you have adopted your new family member
Which in all, not only gives you more reasons on why adopting is a great way to go when adding a fur baby to your family, but also a great pet food brand that encourages families to adopt, which in hand benefits so many lives! And to help with celebrating Adopt A Shelter Pet Month, the wonderful people from Petcurean would like to give one of our amazing readers a free 25lb bag (winner’s choice of which Petcurean brand/recipe) + a bag of Spike treats, a $70- $100 value!!

It’s Party Time! How do I Plan my Kid’s Birthday Party?

So you’ve been told what theme they want, what cake their friends had, how many people they want to invite from their class, you’ve been advised to tell the world about the best party of the year, you’ve bought a metal sign to illuminate and shine from afar so everyone knows where the party is happening. You’ve been begged for this, you’ve been pleaded with for that and you’ve  promised some things and not others…all while trying to keep to some sort of budget and remember half the things you said would be okay…

Just breathe. It’s only a kid’s party. And they’ll enjoy it regardless if their favourite superhero or fairy princess turns up or not. But what can you do to make it a little easier? Well, here are a few ideas on how you can plan like a dream, rather than planning a nightmare!

Decide on a theme
Many parents feel more comfortable starting with a theme around which they can organise invitations, decorations, games, crafts and food. Both you and your child will enjoy making plans that reflect his/her interests — whether it's a sports theme, a dinosaur bash, an art party, beach picnic, a trip back in time, or an animal adventure! The possibilities are endless!

Pick your decorations
Atmosphere is everything. Once you've chosen a theme, use a little creativity to set the scene. That doesn't mean you need to fly to the Grand Canyon for a campout party. Kids are naturally imaginative; they'll play along when you use simple household gadgets to transform your home into a national park. Set up a tent, pass out flashlights and catch fireflies in the backyard.

Stop the guest list from getting out of control
Let go of social obligations and focus on keeping the numbers manageable. One good guideline is to invite as many kids as your child's age plus one.
Other ways to cut the list: Limit invitees to a discrete group, such as your child's playgroup or only girls or boys. And if a friend who had your child at his celebration doesn't make the cut, set up a special playdate or outing instead.

Location, location, location
If you don’t fancy a group of children running around your house the consider other options. Community centres are often a nice, cheap alternative. Or get in touch with kid friendly restaurants, soft play areas or even small animal parks – find out which one will work out cheapest.

Don’t worry about the party bags
Buying lots of cheap little plastic toys and sticking them in a bag with some sweets and cake might seem like a clever idea, but the cost will soon add up! Why not choose a thankyou gift rather than a goody bag? Something that fits the theme would be ideal, for example, you can pick up children’s books at discount stores for sometimes as little as a £1; ideal for a pyjama party theme.
Wrap these individually and their enthusiasm will be far greater than if they’d just been handed a party bag!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

ENERGY STAR Certified Washers and Dryers at Best Buy

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

The fall season is upon us and like many families with kids who play sports and are active, that means lots of muddy jerseys and clothes to wash. Aside from the kids who play sports, I find that living in the PNW, that mud is just part of our lives, especially when you have kids. And like many who find that they are constantly having to wash the mud and grass stains out of the kids uniforms and clothes, I like to seek out ways to make that laundry a little easier to manage and even easier on our energy bills. So when I go to seek solutions when it comes to appliances like our washer and dryer, I like to head to my local Best Buy, where I can find a great selection of ENERGY STAR certified washers and dryers!

See when I choose to go with any of the ENERGY STAR certified washers and dryers from Best Buy, I like knowing that I can find laundry solutions that are not just better when it comes to getting the clothes clean but also better for the environment. This is because ENERGY STAR certified clothes washers and dryers help to save energy which allows me to not just get the clothes clean, but also save money as well when it comes to our energy bill. Using 25% less energy and approximately 45% less water than standard models, and also saving me an average of $45 per year on my utility bills.

Then when it comes to some of the features I can get when I go with a ENERGY STAR certified washer and dryer, I like that with the advanced features that many of these washers and dryers have that they can help to make washing and drying our laundry, easier and more effective. These advanced features with the washers include the multiple configurations where I can choose from the top and front load designs, sophisticated wash systems, no central agitator, high spin speeds, and features that are gentle on my clothes so they last longer. And with the ENERGY STAR certified dryers I get low heat settings where I get longer drying cycles using less energy, and steam cycles that can help me save time when it comes to ironing. Which in all, makes the choice to head to my local Best Buy when I am seeking ENERGY STAR certified washers and dryers, a choice that will not only save me time when it comes to washing clothes, but also save me money as well! Learn more about the ENERGY STAR certified products at Best Buy by going here!

Holiday Guide: Gift Giving with nabi SE 7” Tablet

When it comes to the holidays and finding the kids what they want and what they will appreciate getting, I like to seek out the gifts that can offer a lot when it comes to keeping the kids engaged. Like many parents with little kids in todays' world, I find that technology is everywhere and that kids of all ages are pretty tech savvy. I also know that when kids have devices such as tablets, they can utilize the learning apps and more to help them with building their skills. So when we were sent a nabi SE 7" Tablet to review, I knew that Heather would enjoy checking it out and sharing her thoughts with our readers.

As a parent to a child that starts kindergarten a little later because they just miss the cut off to start, this Nabi SE Tablet will help fill in the educational gaps. I like that as he uses the apps available, it will help him with reading, writing, and math. There are over 300,000 questions and 16,000 lessons for grades pre-k through 6th. With the parental control features you can choose what and when they play. You can set times to play and when time is up, they get locked out. Making it so you don’t have to worry about too much screen time. 

Along with the learning features and the parental controls, there is also a reward system. This helps kids want to learn or do their chores so they get something special such as a treasure box or coins. There is also an app that tells parents how well your child is doing at learning and where they might need extra help. Another feature that stood out for me is social networking. You can introduce your child to social networks but you have to approve the friend and get a code to add them. This will help to expand social skills and build confidence. The nabi SE will grow with my son Aiden and help him be a better student when he starts kindergarten in a year. It makes learning fun and because it is fun, it keeps his interest. Set up is easy and Aiden figured out how to navigate the apps pretty quick. Which in all, makes the nabi SE 7" Tablet a great item to have in any home with kids as well as a great gift to give this coming holiday season!

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

Holiday Guide: Red Snowflake Gift Basket from Popcornopolis

The holidays are coming and with that I find that now is a great time to start getting those gifts together that are not only great for giving your loved ones but that also make great gifts to give just about anyone on your list. This includes the gifts to give the kids' teachers, coworkers, friends and neighbors. And I find that when I seek out the gift ideas which include the gift baskets like the ones I can find at Popcornopolis, I find that I can get my recipients gifts that they are sure to appreciate and enjoy. So when we were sent the holiday gift basket, Red Snowflake Gift Basket from Popcornopolis to review, I was excited to check it out and also add it to my list of great holiday gift ideas to give this coming season.

With this tasty gift basket, you get 5 regular sized cones of popcorn from the Popcornopolis line, which are the top 5 all time favorite flavors. These flavors include Caramel Corn, Kettle Corn, Cheddar Cheese, Cinnamon Toast, and the crowd-pleasing Zebra® Popcorn. The cones are placed nicely in the basket then pre-wrapped so the gift basket is ready to give when it arrives or shipped directly to your recipient. We found this gift basket to be a great choice to go with when seeking a gift that is sure to be a crowd pleaser this coming holiday season. The top flavor in my home was the Cinnamon Toast, which tastes just like cinnamon toast. Which in all makes the Red Snowflake Gift Basket from Popcornopolis not only a tasty choice but also a great gift to give over the holidays to anyone on your list this year!

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

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Holiday Guide: Lightseekers by TOMY

With the holiday shopping season getting closer and closer each day, we find that those lists the kids create tend to grow as well. Like many kids out there, mine are constantly looking at those new must have toys that are out, and like many kids mine seem to have the urge to remind me of what they like and want this year. This list includes not just some of those tech products that the kids want but also those must have action figures that they come across. So when we were sent a Lightseekers by Tomy to review, I was curious to check out what all this toy did and also add it to this years holiday guide line up!

With the Lightseekers toys, your kids get a smart action figure that has real game value and the players use the figures to control the game! I like that with these toys, that they are different from others which are similar when it comes to the virtual reality aspect, because you can not only play with them as you play the game but you can also play with them anywhere. This is because the Lightseekers can be played with through the Lightseekers Awakening app, which can be downloaded to your mobile devices and the Lightseekers can then be controlled via Bluetooth.

Then when it comes to all that you get with the Lightseekers toys, aside from the virtual play that is taken to the next level of awesomeness, there are also trading cards that the kids can collect. The trading cards become important for the kids to have during the game play because they allow the kids to take that play to another level where they can watch the features on the cards come to life! Making the Lightseekers by Tomy a great choice to add to your list of must have gifts this coming holiday season!

You can find the Lightseekers at Toys R Us or on Amazon.

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

#Giveaway Holiday Guide: GloLens from FashionIt

The holidays are coming and it is time to get a head start on the holiday rush that is in the near future. With that said, I find that during this time of year, before the holiday shopping really starts to kick off, that I like to seek out the gifts that are not only those must haves that might become harder to find as we get closer to the holiday shopping season, but also the gifts for those hard to shop for on my list as well. And like many who have those selfie queens in the home, Heather tends to find that when it comes to her daughter, that it can be a little hard to figure out what to get her each year as she gets older. So when we were sent the GloLens from the FashionIt line, I knew that Heather would be excited to share it with her daughter and also share their thoughts on the GloLens with our readers!

If you want to take a selfie and have it look more natural, this is the light to use. I gave this to my older daughter Kendra as I am not a person of selfies. This couldn’t be any easier to use. Just align the light over the center of your front facing camera, turn it on, and snap a pic! It has 3 different settings for the light so you can adjust the brightness. The GloLens is made up of 4 cool light bulbs and 8 warm light bulbs to balance the lighting. I really like that there is no need to worry about batteries as this is rechargeable with the included cable.

Then when it comes to storing the GloLens when not using it, I like that there is also a nice little bag to carry it in. There are 3 different colors to choose from: silver, gold, and rose gold and the GloLens fits on most smartphones and tablets. Even better is it has a wide angle so you can do group photos too! So, if you have someone who loves to take selfies, this is for them! And to help with the holiday shopping when it comes to finding that perfect gift to give the selfie queen in your life, the wonderful people from FashionIt would like to give one of my readers their own GloLens!

Visit Fashionit online and grab free shipping for orders online over $50 with code: FreeShipping50. For those that like to shop in person, FashionIt is stocked coast to coast! Find the nearest retailer by zip code at their “Where To Buy” page at Look for them where gifts are sold from in downtown specialty shops, toy stores, and pharmacies to national chains such as Barnes & Noble, Paper Source, Bed, Bath & Beyond.

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

#Giveaway Holiday Guide: Family Game Night Fun with Winning Games

Family game night is a tradition in many homes, where once a week everyone gets together to play some of their favorite games with their families. With that said, aside from some of the classics that we enjoy, I also like to seek out new games to add to the mix and that even have a classic twist to them. The same can be said for Heather and her family as well. So when we were sent some games to review from the line up at Winning Moves, Heather was excited to check them out and share her thoughts with our readers!

Monopoly Advance to Boardwalk is a spin off of the classic Monopoly game. Who doesn’t like Monopoly? In this version, you have to build multi-level high rise hotels on the boardwalk. The person with the most valuable properties, wins! This is an all around great family game. Perfect for dreary fall days, cold winter days, and of course family game night. As with the classic, this game really brings the family together for some great quality family time. Contents of the game: Bi-fold Game board, 80 Hotel Units, 3 Dice (2 Standard Dice and 1 Color Die), 20 Property Cards, 28 Fortune Cards, 4 Plastic Tokens (Sailboat, Baby Buggy, Roller Skate, Moped), Illustrated Instructions. The holidays are coming up fast and we found this game to be a must have for any game collection in the home, so make sure to put this on your list!

The Rubik’s Build it Solve it Cube is pretty amazing. You get to build it yourself and see how they are made. It’s interesting how it is put together and all the parts needed to make it twist and turn. I know Megan is a very creative kid and loves to put things together and see how they work from the inside. She is going to have a lot of fun putting this together and then solving it.This kit includes: 60 plastic tiles, 1 mini-screwdriver, 7 spacer rings, 7 metal springs, 7 metal screws, 18 corner cube pieces, 13 edge pieces, 6 center cubes, 6 core axel rods, 2 core halves, 1 core center spacer, vac tray, Build It instructions and You Can Do The Rubiks Cube Solution Booklet. This will make a great Christmas present for any kid that likes to tinker with things. Which in all makes the games you can find from Winning Moves a great selection to add to your next family game night as well as add to those holiday shopping lists this year! And to help with some of that holiday shopping, the wonderful people from Winning Moves would like to give one of my amazing readers their own Monopoly Advance to Boardwalk and Rubik’s Build it Solve it Cube!

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

Starting Your Baby On Solid Food

What happens when your baby is about four to six months old and is ready to start baby food? You have noticed that your baby is trying to grab food to put into his or her mouth during mealtimes. Some babies even drool when watching adults eat during mealtimes. You will know that your baby is ready to start on his or her baby food when your baby is willing to chew and able to swallow food without pushing the food out of his or her mouth.

What food should you start feeding your baby? To be on the safe side, some mothers prefer to start their baby on small amount of rice cereal baby food. The organic or brown rice is washed clean, dried and ground into fine powder with a food processor. The rice powder is cooked with water and baby’s formula or breast milk is added to get the right texture for baby to swallow.

Once baby get used to the rice cereal baby food, mothers can choose to feed their baby pureed cook fruits or vegetables on its own or add to the rice cereal. For a start, mothers can feed their baby pureed cooked sweet potatoes, winter squash, pumpkin or carrot which are easily digested by baby. Some fruits that can be fed raw to the baby are smashed or pureed raw bananas and avocados.

Try to use fresh fruits and vegetables to prepare baby food. If possible buy fresh organic fruits and vegetables. These may be more expensive but they are safer minus the pesticides and harmful chemical spray. Mothers should avoid using canned fruits or vegetables because most of these are canned with syrup or brine.

For mothers who are not able to prepare home cooked baby food for their baby, the second best choice is to look for specially prepared organic baby food pouches. These commercially prepared baby food are prepared using the drying technique instead of going through high heat processing method. The drying technique gently dries the food via pressure to lock in the original nutrients and vitamins from the organic fruits and vegetables. Some mothers even claimed that the taste and smell of the fruits and vegetables are almost as good as the freshly prepared home cooked baby food.

Mothers who have tried Amara organic baby food have vouched that the baby food has the best flavour compared to other commercially prepared baby food. These are not only organic but they are certified Non GMO. Mothers who are looking for healthy and safe baby food for their baby can try out the banana baby food for a starter. 

#Giveaway Mystery OREO Flavors at Walmart + $20 Gift Card

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MysteryOREO #CollectiveBias

Have you been loving the new OREO flavors as much as I have?! It’s like every time I go to Walmart, I never know which new flavor I might find. With Halloween right around the corner, I’m loving their new Mystery flavor the most + who doesn’t love a fun guessing game?!
Here’s the deets-

Go buy the Mystery OREOs at Walmart, (online OR in-person) and submit a photo of proof (in-store selfie at shelf with product or a pic of the receipt), and you’ll have a chance to win a $20 giftcard. Enter here!
THEN after you’ve bought the new Mystery flavor, taste it & go online or text in your guess in to 59526- if you’re right, you’ll be entered in for a chance to win $50K! Enter here!
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Legal residents of 50 US/DC, 18+. Ends 11/30/17. To enter and for Official Rules, including odds & prizes: Void where prohibited.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

#Giveaway Pumpkin Carving Kit from Vita for Home + $200 Amazon Gift Card

It is hard to believe that the month of October is already halfway over, and that Halloween will be here before we know it. But it is true and with that I have not only been busy putting together decorations for the home and costumes for everyone to wear, but also getting the pumpkins carved with the kids. In my house, I like to wait a couple of week before Halloween to carve our pumpkins, and I also like to ensure that when we go to carve our pumpkins, that we have the tools needed on hand. So when we were sent the Pumpkin Carving Kit from Vita for Home to review, I was excited to show the kids and begin using the kit as we carve the pumpkins they picked out this year!

With the Pumpkin Carving Kit that you get from Vita Home, you will find stainless steel tools that are not just perfect for carving your pumpkins out with, but also tools that will last for Halloweens to come since they will not break like others tend to do. The tools include the scoop pumpkin scraper for cleaning out those pumpkins with, a carving knife, and a etching tool.

We found the tools to be perfect for my husband and I to use after the kids have picked out their designs, giving the pro or amateur pumpkin carver exactly what they need to carve some epic designs. I also like that when using the tools that they are designed to be gripped onto easily, and they are made to be rust resistant as well. Making the Pumpkin Carving Kit from Vita for Home, a great choice to go with when seeking a selection of pumpkin carving tools that not only allow you to get the job done without the issue of the tools breaking easily, but also give you the tools that are made to last! And right now you can enter for a chance to win a $200 Amazon Gift Card by showing off your pumpkin carving skills on Instagram!

To enter to win, share a photo of a pumpkin that you have carved on Instagram, tag @VitaForHome
in the post and also be sure to use the following hashtags:
- #CelebrateWithVita
- #CarvingContest
OR if you do not have a Instagram account, you can send your submissions to:

The winner will be announced on November 20th so contestants will have time to participate even after Halloween.

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

Holiday Guide: Kitchen Prep Checklist with T-fal

Fall is here, the leaves are falling, apples are ready to be picked and all of the vegetables we planted are ready to be used in those delicious recipes that we like to create over the fall and winter months. With that said, I find that I like to ensure that I have all of the tools I might need in my kitchen to help me with the cooking and baking, which includes the gadgets that make everything a little easier. So when we were sent a selection of kitchen tools from T-fal to review, I was excited to not only add them to my kitchen but also add them to this years holiday guide as a great selection to give the cook on your list this year!

To get started, I found the T-fal Ingenio Tripod Strainer to be great for having on hand as I wash those fresh fruits and veggies off before cooking with them or jarring them to use at a later date. The kickstand that is on this strainer, allows a more hygienic approach by elevating the strainer. Along with the strainer, I found the T-fal Ingenio Micro Edge Peeler to be another handy item to have as I prep those freshly picked apples for baking with or the vegetables from my garden to jar up and save for later use! I also like that with this peeler, I can use it to peel potatoes when cooking or even make those delicious veggie noodles that my family enjoys.

Then when it comes to the other tools we were sent, I found the T-fal Ingenio Garlic Press, to be a must have for any kitchen, allowing me to press fresh garlic cloves as I am cooking. I like the spoon and tap feature that this garlic press has, which helps to eliminate the issue of getting garlic on my hands. I also found the T-fal Ingenio Corn Skewers, Set of 8, to be another great addition to any kitchen, giving you ready to use skewers when you are making corn on the cob. With the case that these skewers attach to, you get a great way to keep from loosing any of the skewers since they just snap right into place. Giving me not only corn skewers that really come in handy when cooking, but also a great storage solution for those skewers. Which in all, makes this selection of products from the T-fal line up, a great selection to have in any kitchen as well as a great selection to give this coming holiday season!

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

Holiday Guide: Baby Bandana Drool Bibs

When it comes to having a baby, we find that there are just some things that can not be avoided. From the diapers and the messes that can occur, we find that with babies, there is a lot to be done when caring for them. And as a parent who has had some experience with the messes that occur daily, Heather finds that she likes to be prepared as best as she can. So when we were sent the very adorable Baby Bandana Drool Bibs from ModaBebis, to help with keeping that drool that goes along with teething off of Zoey's clothes, Heather was excited to check them out and also share her thoughts on these bibs with our readers.

Having these drool bibs around is a must right now. Zoey is constantly soaking her shirts in drool as she is trying to cut her very first tooth. These drool bibs keep her shirt dry, and a dry shirt leaves no rash, because from experience I have learned that teething rashes from the drool can be so painful for babies. 

Not only are the Baby Bandana Drool Bibs from ModaBebis cute and stylish but they work well too! The little foxes and chevron patterns are perfect for a girl or boy. They are so soft and absorbent. These are  made of 100% absorbent cotton on the front and 100% polyester fleece on the back. There are 2 adjustable nickel free snaps on the back to make it fit perfectly. Putting them on her is easy and they stay on no matter how much she may pull at it. I can also appreciate that they are easy to care for, just simply wash and dry and they are ready for next time. I think every parent or caregiver with a baby in the home should have these. Making the Baby Bandana Drool Bibs from ModaBebis not only a great item to have in the home to help with those drool messes that go along with teething, but also a great gift to give this coming holiday season!

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

Monday, October 16, 2017

Cooking with the BESTEK Non-Strick Air Fryer Cooker with Digital Control

The holidays are coming and that means holiday guests, parties and holiday menu planning are all in the near future. With that said, I find that along with the menu planning for the holiday meals and parties that I also like to plan for the holiday guests, and with all of the meals I find that I like to make foods that are both tasty and healthy. More times than not, when I go to make those meals and snacks for everyone, everyone seems to enjoy the fried foods, the thing is, deep fried foods are not the healthiest way to go. So when we were sent the BESTEK Non-Stick Air Fryer Cooker with Digital Control to review, I found that it was the perfect alternative to frying those foods that everyone enjoys in my home.

First off, I found this digital air fryer to be very simple to use, allowing me to begin cooking with it right away. I like the digital option of setting the temperature, then setting the cook times. I also found the manual to be helpful when it comes to setting the cook times and temperatures as I learn how to cook various foods in this air fryer. Along with the manual that is included, there is also a recipe book, giving me ideas on various foods and even dishes that the whole family can enjoy.

Then when it comes to coming up with some of those appetizers to serve guests at those holiday parties that are fried without the issue of grease or oil, I found I could create a variety of appetizers which includes some Jalapeno and Bacon Popper Wontons! The wontons are simple to put together and when cooked in the air fryer, they have a crispier take to them, making them a very tasty appetizer.

Jalapeno and Bacon Popper Wontons:

1 package of wonton wrappers
1 8oz package cream cheese
1 tbsp Cajun seasoning
2 whole freshly chopped jalapenos
1/2 pound cooked bacon, chopped

Mix the cream cheese with seasoning, bacon and jalapenos on a large bowl. Add small amount of cream cheese mix filling into wonton wrapper, seal wrapper with water. Set air fryer to highest setting and time each batch of popper wontons to 6-8 minutes until wontons are golden. Serve with a optional ranch dipping sauce and enjoy!

This recipe is one that makes for a lot of poppers which is great for making and serving guests this holiday season! And after trying different foods from appetizers to main dishes in this air fryer, I found that I could once again make those fried foods that we enjoy eating, without the oil or grease. Making the BESTEK Non-Stick Air Fryer Cooker with Digital Control a great appliance to add to any kitchen and a must have on my list when it comes to those holiday menus!

Also right now you can get 15% off when you use code SUUNVOGJ at checkout.

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

#Giveaway Holiday Guide: Pley Disney Princess Box (1 Month Subscription)

The holidays are coming and it is time to start getting those lists together and get a head start on that holiday shopping. And with that said, over here at Mommy Katie we have been sharing those holiday shopping ideas such at the idea of gifting kids with a Pley Subscription Box. So when we were told that the people at Pley would like to gift one of our readers with their own Disney Princess Box, we were excited to share!
You can enter to win your own Merida Pley Disney Princess Box below!

#Giveaway Holiday Guide: Science Fun with My First Lab

When it comes to the holidays and finding those perfect gifts to give everyone on our lists, I like to take into consideration everyone's interests and likes. I also take into consideration what might come in handy for day to day life as well. And with that in mind, when I think of items that homeschoolers like Heather and her family might appreciate getting as gifts over the holiday season, I think of the items that the kids can enjoy as they study. So when we were sent the Duo Scope Starter Kit and Smartphone Inspector from My First Lab to review, I knew that Heather and her kids would enjoy checking out this set and also enjoy sharing their thoughts as they use it during their lessons.

My daughter Megan loves science and all the things she can explore. As soon as she saw this microscope, she was jumping up and down with excitement! This just takes a matter of minutes to set up and includes 3 slides already made, which allowed her to start inspecting the frogs blood as soon as it was set up. We also found wool and onion sprout on the other 2 prepared slides. Along with the ready to view slides there is some brine shrimp eggs that you can hatch and then put them on a blank slide to inspect. She has been looking at anything and everything she can while we do our science lessons, and if it were up to her she would rather experiment with this than do her homework because she is simply fascinated. This is a 40 piece set that includes:
  • * 1 Brine Shrimp Eggs Specimen Vial
  • * 1 Yeast Specimen Vial
  • * 3 Empty Specimen Vials
  • * Graduated Cylinder
  • * 8 Blank Slides
  • * Hatchery
  • * Specimen Slicer
  • * 3 Prepared Slides
  • * 8 Slide Labels & 8 Cover Slips
  • * Plastic Transfer Pipet
  • * Magnifying Glass
  • * Plastic Forceps
  • * Experiment Guide

Along with the microscope we also received the Smartphone Inspector. I have played with this myself and it is amazing the things you can see like your fingerprints! This one can be used on a phone or tablet. It has a black light so you can see hidden images on currency. There is also a regular light as well to help see the specimens that you are looking at. These are great items for that curious kiddo in your life that likes to experiment or is fascinated by the science world and has been really fun to add to our science class. I know this will get used all the time in my house and the Little’s will love it when they get older. And to help with bringing some of that Science fun home for your kids to enjoy, the wonderful people from My First Lab would like to give one of our amazing readers their at home science products from the My First Lab line up! 

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

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Get Your Kitchen Ready for the Holidays with Samsung

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

When it comes to preparing for the holiday season ahead, aside from those shopping lists and decor that I pick up, I also have menus to plan. And like many, as we get closer to the holiday season, I like to not just set up my menus but also make any updates to my kitchen for creating those items on the menu as well. So when I was introduced to the Samsung appliances that can be found at my local Best Buy store, I was excited to learn more about the line up and also share about the ones that I see as a must have when preparing the kitchen for the holiday season!

To get started, I found that I was very interested in learning more about the wall oven options that will be perfect for baking in and preparing those holiday meals in. First off, I have to say with the black stainless steel option that I get with the Microwave Combination Wall Oven with Flex Duo™, I can add it to my kitchen and give it that very sleek, modern look. Second, I found the WiFi connectivity can help to make all of the baking and cooking I do, a lot easier as I entertain guests and prepare my house for the holidays by being able to remotely monitor my oven. This allows me to turn off my oven when the bake time is over from my phone. I can even use this remote feature to preheat my oven as I ready things in the house, adjust the temperatures, and even the cook time!

Then when it comes to the refrigerator options that I can get from the Samsung line up at my local Best Buy, I found the Samsung Family Hub 4 Door Refrigerator to be exactly what I need for my kitchen! With this Family Hub feature I can get the shopping list updates needed when I am at the store sent right to my phone. I can even take peeks inside my refrigerator to see how much milk we have and if I need to pick up more or see if I have the items I might need for making dinner with. Along with the shopping list and the fact I can see what is in my fridge, I can even get notifications on the expiration dates on certain items, which helps me to make sure that I have fresh foods available in my refrigerator, and also makes the hectic menu planning for not just the holiday meals but for holiday guests, a lot easier! Making the choice to head to Best Buy to update your kitchen as you prepare for the upcoming holiday season, a choice that is sure to help make your holiday baking and cooking a lot easier! You can find out more on these appliances as well as many more available at Best Buy by heading to the Prep for the Holidays page at, and also take 10% off when you purchase 4 or Samsung Kitchen Appliances at Best Buy!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Halloween Fun with Snazaroo

Halloween is coming and it is time to get the decorations out, stock up on the treats to hand out and time to get those costumes together for the big night! With that, I find that along with getting the pieces of the costumes together that also having the face paints on hand is a must. So when we were given the chance to have a face painting party with our friends with the products found at Snazaroo, we were excited to check out what was in our party pack and share it all with our friends!

Along with the face painting kits that everyone got, we also received some extras which included the stencils, makeup pads and a fun deluxe kit as well as a lot more!

We found the party was perfect for practicing those designs that the kids want this year for Halloween and also gave us the chance to try others as well when we used the stencils that were included. Which in all, makes the choice to add the products from Snazaroo to your Halloween a choice that you will be glad you made when it comes to those face painting designs that the kids want this year! And right now when you head to the Snazaroo site to stock up on the face paints you will be needed, you can take 20% off when you use code "TRYAZON" at checkout.

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

#Giveaway Cure & Itch Relief from Yest Infections with MONISTAT® + $25 Visa Gift Card

This post has been sponsored by MONISTAT®. All thoughts and reviews are my own.

When it comes to being a woman, we find that there is a lot that we deal with on a daily basis. This includes not just those monthly reminders we get but also the other things that can go with being a women like those very uncomfortable yeast infections. We find yeast infections to be uncomfortable because they can cause a lot of itching and burning that is often followed with a abnormal discharge, and as a woman, I find that when a yeast infection occurs that I want to be prepared and have what I need on hand to get rid of it effectively. So like many women, I turn to the brand I know and trust, and the brand that my doctor recommends as well when I go with MONISTAT®.

MONISTAT® is a brand that offers a variety of products which can cure most vaginal yeast infections. These include the variety of dose strengths you can go with which include the 1 day, 3 day, or 7 day treatments that include Ovule®, cream or suppositories, to meet your specific needs. I also like knowing that when a yeast infection occurs that when I go with the products from MONISTAT®, that I am getting a brand that relieves the symptoms associated with yeast infections 4 times faster and also works on more strains of yeast than the leading prescription. Giving me a solution that works faster, is the #1 doctor recommended OTC solution as well as a product that has been helping women with getting relief from yeast infections for over 40 years. Making MONISTAT® not just my #1 choice when it comes to yeast infections but also the product that is the first choice of both women and their doctors! And to help with stocking up on the MONISTAT® you might need for your home, the wonderful people from MONISTAT® would like to give one of our amazing readers a $25 gift card!

**It is important to remember to always read and keep the cartons for complete warnings and dosing information on MONISTAT® products and to use as directed.

Friday, October 13, 2017

#Giveaway Holiday Guide: The Best Sleep with Tomorrow Sleep

When it comes to our day to day lives, we find that sleep plays a very important role. This is the case not just for adults but for kids as well, and when it comes to teens and sleep they might require a bit more than our younger kids and even we do. With that said, I find that when it comes to my teen and her sleep, that I want to ensure that when she does sleep that she is getting a good quality sleep. So when we were introduced to the best Hybrid Mattress along with the bed linens that can all be found at Tomorrow Sleep, I was excited to set up the new mattress in my teens room and have her share with me, the difference she feels. 

See like many teens, mine has a pretty busy life and schedule on her hands. She is part of various clubs and groups at her school, on the volleyball team right now then will go straight into soccer, along with keeping up with academics and her social life. And just like many teens her age, she cherishes her sleep. So having a bed that is comfortable, can help her rest properly and give her a restorative sleep, is what she needed, and can all be found with the Hybrid Mattress from Tomorrow Sleep.

She gets that comfort because for one, this Hybrid Mattress gives you a form fitting comfort by offering a gentle spine alignment when laying down. The bed is made with a high density memory foam which gives you a pressure relieving comfort, and with the independent coils that give you the best motion isolation, you get undisturbed nights. Along with these features there is also the cooling factor which includes Phase Change Material that extracts heat from the breathable top layer, the perforated outer-edge rails let heat escape through all sides, followed by the wrapped coil system layer which allows air to flow through the mattress.

Then when it comes to completing the sleep experience that my teen gets with the Tomorrow Sleep system, we found the bedding which includes the Memory Foam Pillow that is designed to be cool on one side and cozy on the other, was the sprinkles on top! Starting with the sheet set that is made from 100% USA grown Supima cotton and a luxurious 500 thread count, and topped with the a Down Alternative Comforter that is designed to keep you at the right temperature at any time of the year. Which in all, makes the choice to add the Hybrid Mattress along with the other products that can help to give you the best sleep with Tomorrow Sleep, a choice that you are sure to appreciate and is also sure to make a great gift to give this coming holiday season! And to help with bringing that amazing sleep experience home with the products you can find at Tomorrow Sleep, the wonderful people from Tomorrow Sleep would like to give one of our amazing readers their own Tomorrow Comforter and Tomorrow Sheet Set! Also, right now through December 31, 2017 you can get $150 off any $500 or more purchase by using code KATIE150.

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