Monday, July 27, 2015

Lose Weight with SLIMQUICK Pure Extra Strength Drink Mix

With the summer upon us, we find that we might have more time spent outdoors, but for me, I also find that I am snacking and eating more as well. I have 3 kids, and when we head out for a day at the beach or to an amusement park, I might end up eating those greasy foods, going for those sweet treats, and finding that I end up gaining more weight over the summer months than any other time of the year. So to help with controlling my appetite, increasing my energy and more when it comes to my weight loss goals, I was sent a box of SLIMQUICK Pure Extra Strength Drink Mix to review.

Now with the summer here, and knowing that in previous years I have ended up gaining more than losing when it comes to summer, I have found that watching what I eat and taking on a diet plan is what I need to do. I have found that adding SLIMQUICK to my diet mix this year has shown to increase my weight loss and also help with keeping me from feeling hungry.

I can appreciate that with the SLIMQUICK Pure Extra Strength Drink Mix, I get a drink mix that is a 0 calorie mix and that can help women lose up to 3 times the amount of weight by addressing 6 issues women might face when trying to lose weight. I also like that when I add SLIMQUICK to my diet, I get a mix that has natural ingredients like antioxidants, calcium, vitamin D and BioPure Green Tea™.

SLIMQUICK Pure works to
-Increase Metabolism
-Reduce Appetite
-Boost Energy
-Reduce Excess Water
-Support Hormones
-Reduce Stress

Then when it comes to the SLIMQUICK Pure Extra Strength Drink Mix, I like that there are a variety of ways I can consume it, by not only adding it to some water, but by also making it into a popsicle which is not only a great way to help with boosting my metabolism, but also a great way to do so and stay cool this summer with an amazing cold treat! I also find it to be very helpful when I head over to the SLIMQUICK site, I can find a variety of recipes and weight loss tips, helping me to get the most out of adding SLIMQUICK to my diet! In all, making the SLIMQUICK Pure Extra Strength Drink Mix a great product to add when looking to lose weight and increase energy! 

Also be sure to get your $5 off coupon by going here:

Product received, thank you to SLIMQUICK as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, this post is Powered by BrandBacker, all opinions are my own.

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

#Giveaway Healthy Snacking with Mamma Chia Vitality Granola

With the kids home for the summer and even when it comes to those school lunch options, I find that having snacks on hand for everyone to enjoy is very important. The thing is, when it comes to snacking, I want to have snacks that are not only filling but also snacks that are good for you, and one line of products that myself and my family have enjoyed is the line from Mamma Chia. So when we were sent some of the Mamma Chia Vitality Granola to check out along with some of the other products from the Mamma Chia line, we were pleased to review them.

As with the other Mamma Chia products that we have tried and enjoyed, I like that with the Vitality Granola, I can get those same Chia seeds that not only give us a great dietary fiber that is complete with antioxidants and protein, but also gives us a seed that has the richest plant based source of Omega 3's on the planet!

With the Chia Vitality Granola products I can appreciate that baked into each serving my family and I get 1500 mg of Omega-3's, 10 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber, and only 220 calories per serving. I can also appreciate that they use Gluten-free whole grains, and that the granola varieties are both soy free and dairy free as well as being a Kosher product, and are USDA Certified Organic. Giving us a granola that not only tastes good but that is good for us, and with the 3 flavors to choose from, we have found the Mamma Chia Vitality Granola to be a new favorite in my house when it comes to healthy snacking and granola options!

In all, making the Mamma Chia Vitality Granola a great product to add to any menu as a meal or snacking choice when it comes to summer snacks or back to school foods, and to help with giving you and your family healthy snacking options, the wonderful people from Mamma Chia would like to give one of my amazing readers a Mamma Chia prize pack!

Prize Pack will include the following products:

·         One variety pack of Vitality Granola – one each of all three flavors
·         7 Chia Squeeze vouchers
·         7 Vitality Beverage vouchers

Product received, thank you to Mamma Chia as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Personalized School Supplies with Gotcha Covered Notebooks

It is hard to believe that our summer will be coming to a end in the near future, and with that means it is time to get those lists together and begin getting the supplies the kids need for the upcoming school year. For my kids, they like to find products that are not only what is needed on those lists, but the ones that will stand out, and be personal to them. So when we were sent some of the personalized notebooks from the Gotcha Covered Notebooks selection, we were excited to check them out.

After looking over the notebooks we were sent, we went on the website and were very pleased to find a great selection of notebooks for the kids to choose from for this years back to school shopping. I like that we can personalize the notebooks from choosing from the various designs to designing their own notebooks.

Once the kids have picked out their selection, I can then go on and get the correct size and paper they need for school, then have each notebook personalized for them! Making the notebooks that we can get from Gotcha Covered Notebooks, a great selection to add to those back to school shopping lists this year!

Product received, thank you to Gotcha Covered Notebooks as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Summer Snacking with Dole Dippers

With the summer upon us and the kids at home, I like to seek out frozen snacks for our snack times. When it comes to the snacks in our house, I like to have snacks that everyone can enjoy, so when we were sent some of the Dole Dippers to try out, I was excited to try them and share them with my family.

I like that the Dole Dippers are made with real fruit, and each of the flavors are under 100 calories. I also like that they are covered in dark chocolate, which is always a plus for me when it comes to snacks. The kids like that they are a delicious frozen snack that is great for grabbing during snack time on a hot summer day.

Then when it comes to the varieties, we all like that we can choose from the strawberries, bananas and the new Pineapple Dole Dippers! In all, making the Dole Dippers a great snack to have on hand for these hot summer days for the whole family to enjoy!

Product received, thank you to Dole as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Send them Back to School with fun Backpacks from Adventure Packs

When we think of heading back to school, I like to think of what it was like to be a kid, and what back to school meant for me. I can remember always wanting to find those products that helped me stand out from the rest, items that were fun and adventurous, yet items that were needed on those lists for the back to school shopping. And being the mother of 2 boys who enjoy finding anything that has to do with space or the sea, and a way to create their own adventures, I find that getting products to encourage those imaginations is the way to go. So when we were sent a Jetpack Adventure Pack from Harry & Jack's, I was excited to share it with my kids and check it out as well.
I found that the 3D design on this backpack is one that makes these bags stand out from the rest. The adventurous design with the rockets on the back are not only fun, but are also great for storing those items that just have to go along when we head out. I also like the space that is available, so when my boys take this bag to school, they can carry their supplies in it.

There is a place for the boys to put a water bottle in, so whether they are at school or on their next adventure, they can have room to carry their drinks in. The boys also like that they can fill up their jet tanks with toys, then store them away safely.

They can get additional storage on the side compartments, then with the reflective material that is on the rockets of this awesome bag, we can get extra safety when out walking and playing! In all, making the Jetpack from the Harry & Jack's Adventure Pack line, a great backpack to have for both school and play!

Product received, thank you to Harry & Jack's as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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It's All About that Base with the Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles iHome Rechargeable Speaker

With the summer here and the kids home, we like to find ways to keep our days fun and interesting, and one way we like to do this is by adding their favorite music to the mix. My kids enjoy being able to put on their own music when we are doing fun art projects or even when we decide to have a goofy dance party. So when we were sent the totally awesome Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle iHome Rechargeable Speaker to review from eKids, my boys were excited to get the party started!

The first thing the boys liked was that this speaker resembles those iconic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which they adore. They also like that their speaker has its own ninja swords, just like Leonardo has in the cartoon. They also like that they can plug in their iPod or MP3 players to their speaker, and jam out as their music comes through with a smooth crisp sound, which is perfect for adding to our goofy dance parties!

Then for me, I do like that this speaker is one that is like their favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, Leonardo, and I like that the built in battery is rechargeable. And with the sound, I like the quality that this little speaker puts out, giving the boys just the right amount of sound when listening to their favorite music. In all, making the character speakers from the eKids line of iHome products, a great line to choose from to get the kids not only a great speaker for listening to their music from, but also a speaker that resembles their favorite characters!

Product received, thank you to eKids as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Friday, July 24, 2015

#Giveaway Backpacks the Kids want from Accessory Innovations

The back to school shopping season is a time where parents and kids get together, and get the items that are needed on those lists that the schools give out each year. For myself and my family, we have 2 kids heading to grade school, then my toddler heading to pre-school. With that, I want to ensure that when the kids each head to school, they have the supplies and the bags that will help them get through their days. So to help when it comes to finding those backpacks and lunch bags for the kids this year, we were sent a great selection to check out from Accessory Innovations to review.

I have found that with each of my kids, they each have their own likes and interests when it comes to style and characters they like. And with the line of bags that you can find from Accessory Innovations, parents can find those styles and character bags that the kids will be proud to take to school this year.

I like that we can shop the line of Accessory Innovations bags from a variety of stores when we do our back to school shopping, and I like that with the bags we can get them at very family friendly budget prices. For the kids, they like that there is a range of products that they can choose from. From my youngest and his friends who adore the characters from the Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol lines, my middle son who loves anything Star Wars, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle and Minion related, to my eldest, who is at that pre-teen age and who likes the bags that have unique designs on them.
With the bags we were sent, we found the R2-D2 Backpack is one that is sure to make any Star Wars fan happy this back to school season. This backpack is the perfect size for carrying those books and school supplies in, and just like in the movies and cartoons, this R2-D2 lights up and makes those iconic noises!

The Peppa Pig Backpack has that adorable piggy herself on the front, wearing a tutu, just like a real ballerina. The Minion Backpack looks just like those fun Minions that the kids find as a must have this year, and both bags can be found at your local Target or Also, while shopping at your local Target store or on, you can find the fun Donut and Kitten Backpacks, that are both unique and perfect for the pre-teen and teen in your life. And for the Barbie fans in your house, you can find the Barbie It's All About the Sparkle Backpack ready to buy and take to make a great first impression on that first day of school this year!

For the Paw Patrol fans in your house, like my toddler, you can pick up the fun one we were sent from Toys R Us. Then when you are seeking out a great Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Backpack and Lunch bag to send the kids to school with this year, head to your local Old Navy to pick up the set pictured above. All together, making the selection of bags from the Accessory Innovations collection a must have when heading out for this years back to school shopping! And to help with this years back to school shopping, the wonderful people from Accessory Innovations would like to give one of my amazing readers their own collection of bags, like the ones we were sent for review.

Product received, thank you to Accessory Innovations as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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#Giveaway Back to School Gear from Logitech

With the back to school shopping season starting up, I like to seek out the products that will not only be needed but the styles that the kids will like sporting at school this year. When it comes to those lists, it seems like they are always growing each year as the kids get older, and on those lists I find that the need for tech gadgets is a must have. So to help with this years back to school shopping, I was sent a mouse from the Logitech's new Play Collection to review.

I was sent the new M325c with a very bright and fun owl design on it. I found that setting up this mouse was very simple. I like how easy it is to scroll through pages and documents, and I also like that it has a reach of up to 33 feet. Then from a parents perspective when it comes to saving money, I like that I can get a battery life that will last up to 18 months!

For my kids, they really like the fun and bright designs, and that they can take and use their mice on a variety of devices without having to upload any sort of software. All they have to do is take Nano receiver out of their mouse, then when they are done with it, store it safely within the mouse itself. In all making the new Play Collection from Logitech a great selection of mice to add to those back to school shopping lists, and to help with this years back to school shopping the wonderful people from Logitech would like to give one of my readers their own Logitech Mouse from the Play Collection!

Product received, thank you to Logitech as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Back to School Gear from Personalization Mall

The back to school shopping season is upon us, and when it comes to gearing the kids up with what they need for school, my daughter can be quite particular about certain styles. My daughter is one who likes to stand out from the rest, she likes to have things have a personal look. So when we shop for various items, especially when it comes for the back to school shopping, she likes shopping at places like the Personalization Mall, and to help with the back to school shopping we were sent a great collection of products for review.

For this years back to school selection, my daughter really found the Geo Pink collection of products to be what she was looking for when it comes to her personal style. With this collection she was able to find the Geo Pink Embroidered Backpack, which gives her the space she needs with the 3 large compartments which also have multiple pockets, when carrying her books and supplies this year. She also likes that with this backpack she can carry it on either her shoulders or her back, with straps that are padded and have a air mesh material and are adjustable.

To coordinate with her Geo Pink Backpack, she chose to add the Geo Pink Embroidered Lunch Tote. My daughter likes that it matches her backpack, and I like that when it comes to packing the school lunches, I can fit the food storage containers in it along with a water bottle to store her drinks in. I can also appreciate that this lunch bag is insulated, allowing me to put cold and warm foods in her lunch, and feel good about knowing that they will remain that way by the time she goes for lunch at school.

Then, when it comes to completing the look for this years back to school shopping, my daughter went with the Geo Pink Embroidered Pencil Case. We both found the pencil case to be a great addition to her Geo Pink collection, which we were able to have personalized along with the backpack and lunch bag! In all, making the Personalization Mall a great place to head to when doing this years back to school shopping!

Product received, thank you to Personalization Mall as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Summer Scents from Softsoap

With the summer days here and the days spent soaking up that summer sun, I like to find ways to help make those days last. One way I can do this is by adding the summer scents from the Softsoap collection to our selection of Softsoap Body Washes! And to help with completing our summer with the scents from Softsoap, we were sent the limited edition collection which included Fiji Waves, Bali Bliss, and Tahitian Glow.

I can appreciate that with these selections from the limited edition summer collection, we can not only get those scents that remind us of those summer days spent on the beach, but also get a body wash that helps to wash away the beach sand and leave our skin feeling soft, moisturized, and refreshed. My family and I can also appreciate the selection available, giving us choices when it comes to choosing which scent to go with, and which scent might remind each of us of our summer days! In all, making the Softsoap Limited Edition collection for summer a great selection to choose from when it comes to finding body washes that remind us of summer!

Product received, thank you to Softsoap as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Thursday, July 23, 2015

#Giveaway Switching from Single Use Plastic Bottles to the Glasstic Bottles that Last

The summer is upon us, and the back to school season is just around the corner for my family, and with that comes not only the days spent at the beach, but the time to stock up on the items the kids will need for the upcoming school year. As in many homes across the country, we try to find ways to decrease our carbon footprint on the planet. And as a parent, we teach our children by example. Like when we head out for a day at the beach or a camping trip, we show our kids that whatever we pack in, we also pack out, leaving the area we were in just as it was before we got there. We also show our kids ways to decrease the amount of trash we have, by using reusable containers which includes reusable water bottles. So when we were sent some of the bottles from the Glasstic line of products, I was excited to not only add them to our list of summer must haves, but also to the list of back to school products.

I like that with the Glasstic Water Bottles, I can use them for myself as well as give them to my kids because they are shatterproof glass water bottles. I also like that we can take these bottles to places where we would not typically take glass products, like the beach or even like packing them in the school lunches, because the bottles are durable, are double walled, and are even leak proof.

When it comes to what we can put in our Glasstic bottles, I like that I can put fruit infused waters inside for the kids to enjoy at lunch time, my favorite tea, coffee and more! Then when it comes to what my kids find to be a important aspect, we like that there are a variety of designs and colors to choose from. In all, making the Glasstic Water Bottles a great selection of water bottles to have in the home, and to also add to those back to school shopping lists this year, and to help with some of that back to school shopping, the wonderful people from Glasstic would like to give one of my amazing readers their own set of Glasstic Water Bottles! Also, to help when it comes to shopping the Glasstic line of products, be sure to use code: TOPMOM15 to get 15% off!

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

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Monday, July 20, 2015

The Doctor is in with Amwell + Get Your First Visit #Free (read post for details)

This post was sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer's Network.  However, all opinions are 100% my own.

Moms and dads are seen as super heroes in the eyes of our children. We try our best to lead them down the right paths in life and to also ensure that they live happy, healthy lives. The thing is, kids love to play, they love to explore the world around them, and it seems like with my kids, that they are very hands on when it comes to learning about the world. With that comes the kids touching and even tasting anything and everything they come across, as well as touching their faces and putting their hands in their mouths without thinking about the bacteria and germs they might have encountered. So as parents, we try our best to keep the kids from getting sick, and when they do get sick, we want to try to not only find relief and a solution for our kids, but also find ways to make them comfortable when they need us most.

For me and my husband, when it comes to our kids health, and even our own health, we rely on the knowledge of health care professionals, and at times where we find that a ailment is one that might not need to be treated as an emergency, I like knowing that we can turn to services such as the ones we can get from Amwell.

With the Amwell service, I like that I can call them, anytime, day or night from my computer or mobile device, and talk to real board certified, licensed doctors, who are ready to assist me for immediate and live online doctor visits without having to make an appointment ahead of time. Allowing me to not only get the help I need when it comes to getting medical services for myself and my family, but also allowing me to do it from the privacy of my home. So there is no getting the kids up when they have a fever or upset stomach, and also giving us a more personal face to face experience with a health care professional.

I like that with Amwell, I can get the services I might need from primary care, specialists physicians, as well as behavioral therapists and registered dietitians who have an average of 15 years in practice. Giving me and my family an array of services we can get when we utilize Amwell from our home. Then when it comes to treating what ails us, I like that the healthcare professionals that we talk to, can assist us with that as well by helping with prescription refills and even chronic condition management.

With Amwell, we get the most popular telehealth app in the world, that is created by doctors and that is the first telehealth service awarded accreditation by The American Telemedicine Association as well as the first telehealth platform to integrate with Apple’s Health App. And as a parent and even as a patient, I like that with Amwell, we get a on demand visit that allows us to select the doctor we would like to visit with. Making the Amwell App, not only a great tool to have on hand for our family when it comes to treating what might be ailing us, but also a great tool to have for anyone who might want a quicker and more personal response when it comes to finding a 24/7 service that is also affordable! 

And right now, you can get your first Amwell visit for free, by using the coupon code: ROLEMOMMY

This post was sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer's Network.  However, all opinions are 100% my own.
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#Giveaway #Halofromthestart Safe Sleep from the Start with HALO

Over the years I have found that ensuring my babies are sleeping soundly and safely is something parents do. As a mom, I find that even with my older kids, I am always watching as my kids sleep, watching over them. One line of products that I have used and encourage others to use as well when it comes to babies sleeping safely and soundly is HALO, and I like knowing that the SleepSack Swaddles from HALO are not only used in homes across the country, but also in over 1,400 hospitals nationwide!

The SleepSack Swaddles are used in hospitals, nurseries, and NICU's, replacing the nursery blankets, and helping to increase parent education about safe sleep practices, right from the start. Well to help with spreading the word and getting more parents, caregivers, as well as hospitals to use the HALO products as well as share safe sleep practices, the people from HALO will be hosting a contest where one lucky winner will win a HALO Bassinet and a HALO SleepSack Swaddle!

The contest is called "Safe Sleep from the Start" and will start on July 20th and end on July 26th!

Safe Sleep Tips
  • Place baby to sleep on his or her back at naptime and at night time.
  • Use a crib that meets current safety standards with a firm mattress that fits snugly and is covered with only a tight-fitting crib sheet.
  • Remove all soft bedding and toys from your baby’s sleep area (this includes loose blankets, bumpers, pillows and positioners). The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests using a wearable blanket instead of loose blankets to keep your baby warm.
  • Offer a pacifier when putting baby to sleep. If breastfeeding, introduce pacifier after one month or after breastfeeding has been established.
  • Breastfeed, if possible, but when finished, put your baby back to sleep in his or her separate safe sleep area alongside your bed.
  • Room share, but don’t bed share. Bed sharing can put a child at risk of suffocation.
  • Never put your baby to sleep on any soft surface (adult beds, sofas, chairs, water beds, quilts, sheep skins etc.)
  • Never dress your baby too warmly for sleep; keep room temperature 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Never allow anyone to smoke around your baby or take your baby into a room or car where someone has recently smoked.

You can enter to win your HALO prize pack here:

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Keeping Little Tummies Happy with Little Remedies

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Little Remedies. I received a product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

The summer is here and those summer vacations and plans are in full swing. For my family, we not only enjoy taking those epic vacations that the kids look forward to all year long, but we also enjoy spending our days at the beach or checking out attractions in our local area. So when it comes to ensuring everyone is enjoying their vacation time and having fun, we want to make sure that everyone is feeling good and that we do not have any tummy issues along the way.

The thing is, as we head to those amusement parks, attractions, and other places we venture off to, we try new foods, eat out, and hope that no one gets upset tummies along the way. But with kids, sometimes those foods, being on the water, or even the summer sun, can cause issues, ones that can damper our days. So as a parent, when it comes to packing our bags, whether we are going on vacation or venturing on a staycation, I find that having products like the ones from the Little Remedies line for soothing upset stomachs, is a way to help ensure everyone enjoys themselves. 

With the products like the Little Remedies Gripe Water and the Gas Relief Drops, I can help to sooth tummies that might get upset and gassy after a day of playing. Allowing my little ones to get gentle relief with a product that is not harsh and that is made with fewest and most natural ingredients, so I can focus on comforting my little ones and help them feel better.

I also like, from a mothers perspective, that when I use the products from Little Remedies, like the Gripe Water and Gas Drops, I am giving my babies a product that is fast working and that is gentle on their tummies when it comes to relieving any gas and bloating. And aside from the fact that they use the fewest and most natural ingredients, I can also appreciate that there are no artificial colors or flavors added. 

Little Remedies® Everything they need. Nothing they don't.®

With the Gas Relief Drops, I like that there is no alcohol, saccharin, or preservatives and I can mix the drops in with water, formula or other drinks that are suitable for baby. Then with the Little Remedies Gripe Water, I like that it provides a natural and effective relief to babies upset stomach. In all, making it so as we enjoy our summer days, whether we are close to home or on vacation, we can all enjoy our time, even when babies tummy becomes upset when we have the products from Little Remedies on hand.

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Celebrate National Ice Cream Day with Shari's Berries

July is not only a month to enjoy over the summer, but it is also National Ice Cream month, and on July 19th, it is National Ice Cream Day!! For myself and my family that means a day to enjoy the sweeter things in life. A day for barbecues and picnics, a day for us to head to the local ice cream parlor and enjoy the ice cream social, and a day where we can celebrate the staple of summer in a number of ways! And this year, to help us celebrate ice cream and make the best of the day when it comes to celebrating National Ice Cream Day, we were sent some of the Hand Dipped Summer Scooped Strawberries from Shari's Berries!

When the strawberries arrived, the kids and I were pleasantly surprised to see that these strawberries were not only big berries, but they looked like a box of strawberries that reminded us all of summer and our favorite summer treat, ice cream!

Each berry is hand dipped, with just the right amount of chocolate and toppings. We also found that the berries were those big juicy berries, like the ones you seek out when you buy a box of strawberries, and we liked that with each bite, you not only got the delicious chocolate and toppings, but you also got a sweet juicy berry to enjoy!

Then when it comes to incorporating the Shari's Berries into our National Ice Cream Day celebrations, we found that the Hand Dipped Summer Scoop Strawberries not only look and taste great all on their own, but when put on the top of a ice cream sundae in the place of a plain cherry, they help to make this years ice cream celebrations complete with a Shari's Berries twist!

So this year, to help celebrate both National Ice Cream Month this July as well as National Ice Cream Day on Sunday July 19th, be sure to add some of the Shari's Berries Hand Dipped Summer Scoop Strawberries into the mix, to make your celebrations ones to remember!

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

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Keep Hydrated this Summer with Cascade Ice

Summer is upon us, and those hot summer days are ones where memories are made! In my house, we enjoy taking advantage of the warm weather, by heading outdoors exploring and playing. When we head out, I like to ensure we have a bag packed with our sunblocks, snacks, toys and drinks to keep everyone hydrated while we play. So when we were sent some of the drinks from the Cascade Ice line to review, I was excited to add them to our bag when heading out this summer!

We have enjoyed the various flavors from Cascade Ice in my house, and I like that when I grab a Cascade Ice, I am not only getting a refreshing drink that hydrates me, but I am also getting a drink that has zero calories.

With the Cascade Ice drinks, I can not only feel good about drinking them for myself, but also giving them to my kids. And the kids like that there are several flavors to choose from and that they give them a fun fizz, like they can get from a soda, but from a water. In all, making the drinks from the Cascade Ice line a great drink to pack this summer for the family to help keep everyone happy and hydrated!

Product received, thank you to Cascade Ice as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Amping Up My Weight Loss with Nutrisystem Week 1 (Fast 5+)

Nutrisystem is providing my program free of charge in exchange for participation in the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Program. All opinions are my own.

As a writer, we tend to put ourselves out there for our readers. Giving them a little insight on our lives, and sharing things that others can relate to. Over the past few years I found myself at a cross roads when it came to my health, and my biggest obstacle was my weight. I can remember when I was younger, in my teens and early twenties, where I could eat and drink what I wanted to, and not think twice about it. I found this habit followed me, and after having kids, I realized that those once careless times when it came to food, were over. I gained ALOT of weight, and that weight did not come off as easy as it once did. In fact, as the years creep up on me, I find it harder and harder to loose the weight, yet easier and easier to gain it.

I have tried a few plans to change and loose weight, and after looking over my options and figuring out what would work, I realized that having a weight loss plan where I had a bit more guidance put in place was the way to go. So, over the next few months, I will be sharing a journey, one that I am very excited to take and one I will be sharing with my readers.

The journey is one that is being provided by Nutrisystem, and even though I will be putting myself out there by sharing my journey with my readers, I want to also show others, who find themselves in a similar situation when it comes to weight loss, that it can be done!

I started my Nutrisystem journey earlier this week, and to help with getting started and amping up my weight loss, I started with the Nutrisystem Fast 5+. I was pleasantly surprised to find the meals that were in the box, were ones that I have enjoyed. I also like that the shakes that come in the Fast 5+ box, are ones that help to prepare me for this journey, by helping to not only give me a boost of energy that I need in the day, but by also helping to curve my appetite. The tools that are included help for me to keep track of my progress, and also help to answer the questions I might have when it comes to foods and the water I need to consume each day.

Then aside from the foods and guides which have helped me get started, the most pleasant surprise I have had is where I found why this box is called the Fast 5+, because in this first week of starting the program, I found myself down not just 5 pounds, but a whopping 11 pounds!!!! This is a huge boost for me, giving me some confidence in knowing that I can do this! So be sure to check back every week, and also follow me on my various social networking outlets, to watch as I go through this journey and to also ask me any questions you might have about the Nutrisystem program and foods!

Nutrisystem is providing my program free of charge in exchange for participation in the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Program. All opinions are my own.
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Keeping Life Interesting

As a parent of more than one child, I find myself looking back. Looking back and thinking about our choices each time we have added to the family. I can remember thinking after my daughter was a few years old, having a second child would not be as trying as the first when it came to the unexpected and first time parenting fears. We were a little more prepared when it came to what to expect, and our eldest was a very laid back child, so we had expected the second to be similar in a way. We learned that after having our second baby, there was no comparison to the first. He was the complete opposite of his older sister, but we did not have any of those dare devil issues other friends had with their boys in the toddler years, so we thought, lets have another baby.

The choice to have a third baby was one that we are very happy we made. We found that we could not imagine life without all 3 of our kids, and we also found that unlike the older two kids, our youngest, was indeed the dare devil others had warned us about.

From the start we noticed that he was very attentive, watching his older siblings every move. He seemed to do things a lot earlier than his older siblings too, like walking at 9 months of age. Then once he was mobile, well things seemed to get a lot more interesting. He went from walking to running in the matter of days, then from running to climbing and becoming a very adventurous and daring little man.

With our toddler, we have learned to let him explore the world around him, but also to keep a close eye on him, because unlike his older two siblings, he likes to go a little farther, climb a little higher, and get a little dirtier than what they would prefer. And with that, we have found that he is constantly keeping life interesting in our house, which is what makes us, us, and is something that we would not change for the world.

So as parents, we want to let our kids be kids, have fun, and grow into the people they are destined to be, and do this by letting them be themselves, ensuring their safety, and also insuring the entire family when it comes to accident insurance.

Accident insurance is something we have found to be a must have, especially with a family. I mean, accidents happen, and with our youngest, even though we have been lucky enough to not have any broken bones or ER visits, I like knowing that if it were to happen, we can stress less when it comes to how we will be able to pay for the visits, and focus more on recovery.

With the Aflac accident insurance, I like that instead of having to submit a claim and wait for 30 days, we can submit our claim when it happens, and get the money for the medical expenses in one day with the One Day Pay. Taking the stress out of dealing with bills and insurance claims, and putting our focus on more important things. In all, making the accident insurance from Aflac, just one more reason on why Aflac is the insurance of choice for our family and one I would suggest to anyone with a active family!

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

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

#Giveaway Keeps the Mosquito's at Bay with PARA’KITO™

With the summer days here, we find that we enjoy spending our time out by the water and swimming at the lake. The thing is, when it comes to being outside, especially by the water, we find that the bugs are also out enjoying the nice days. We seem to find that the bugs that tend to be the peskiest are the mosquitos. They seem to be drawn to us, and by the end of what started out to be a great day at the lake, we all end up finding ourselves itching and scratching at the bites from the mosquitos who seemed to enjoy their day as well. So to help with keeping the mosquitos at bay this summer, without using chemicals, we were sent some natural repellent bands from PARA’KITO™ to review.

  • A single refill pellet fits safe and snug in the mesh pocket on the outside of the band. 
  • As the natural oils’ active ingredients are released into the air around you, they help to mask the scents of your breath and body, making it harder for mosquitoes to find you. 
  • Super simple, super effective and waterproof.
  • Last for 15 consecutive days per pellet.
  • Effective all day, all zones and all climates.

I can really appreciate that with the PARA’KITO™ bands, we get a natural mosquito repellent that uses essential oils instead of harsh chemicals. I also like that we do not have to spray any repellent on, and with just one of the pellets that comes with the bands, we can keep the mosquitos away from us for up to 15 days! Making the PARA’KITO™ not only a great band to have for everyone in the family over the summer, but also a great product to pack when heading out for those summer camps and family trips this year! And to help with keeping the mosquitos from making a meal of you and your family this summer, the wonderful people from PARA’KITO™ would like to give one of my amazing readers their own band!

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

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