Mommy Katie

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Summer Savings with Groupon Coupons

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


The summer is here and the time for making those summer plans happen is now. For my home, when it comes to the summer and the plans we have, I like to find the best ways to save. From the savings I can find on the summer travel and accommodations to the savings on those summer home improvement projects and even the money I can save on the back to school shopping, I find that I seek out the ways to make it all happen while staying in my budget. And one site that I enjoy heading to when it comes to seeking out those savings for my family is Groupon. So when I was told that Groupon is now partnered with more than 9,000 retailers to help launch their service, Groupon Coupons, I was excited to learn more about it and also share this news with my readers!


See with Groupon Coupons, consumers like myself can find those savvy deals we seek using coupons and exclusive promo codes from some of the most popular stores that we already shop at! These include deals for when we travel like when we head to Travelocity or book a hotel at Hotels.com, where I can save even more on those travel sites when I utilize Groupon Coupons! Along with the amazing travel deals that I can take advantage of that also offer those exclusive promo codes, I also like that I can use Groupon Coupons for other savings, like when we head to the Home Depot as we tackle some of those summer projects in the home. Allowing me to not only use deals that can be used online, but also get the printable coupons that I can take with me when I shop in store as well.

Then as I begin to prepare my kids for the upcoming school year, I can save on the shopping we will be doing, even when it comes to those popular stores that my teen sees as a must shop each year. Like say when we head to Rue 21 both online and in store, I can head to Groupon Coupons, click on the savings I am after, either use them to shop online or take those exclusive promo codes with me when I check out in stores! Making the choice to head to Groupon Coupons when doing any sort of shopping done from the shopping for the best travel deals to the back to school shopping, one that is sure to help you find the best exclusive deals and stay in those budgets you set for yourself and your family!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

#Giveaway SmartMax Magnetic Discovery

When it comes to little kids and exploration, it seems like the feeling of awe is an ongoing one for them. They are constantly exploring, playing, and discovering new things around them and when they are playing, we watch as their little minds grow. As a mom, I like to seek out the products that help to encourage that discovery and play time fun. So when we were sent the My First Animal Train from SmartMax to review, I was excited to share it with my preschooler.

With this play set, my preschooler gets a fun animal train that not only moves when he pulls it along, but uses magnets to piece it together. The magnets are all throughout the train and even the animals, allowing him to not just build a fun train but also mix and match the animals that are included.



Then when it comes to the learning aspects that my preschooler can get from playing with his train, he can learn about magnets. How there are north and south poles on them, to where he can have a negative or positive attraction effect with each set that also have different strengths. There are also balls that are included which attract all the different magnetic connections. Making the My First Animal Train set from SmartMax a great set to go with when seeking out fun magnetic toys for your toddlers and preschoolers to enjoy and learn with! And to help with encouraging magnetic play with your little ones, the wonderful people from SmartMax would like to give one of my amazing readers their own magnetic toy set with the choice between the My First Animal Train or the My First Safari Animals!




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

Muster bag Kids Backpack + Cross Bag Set



With the summer here and the kids preparing for those summer adventures, I find that it is time to get those lists together for those summer vacations and for when the kids head to summer camp. And when it comes to those lists, we find that having the right bags to carry their items in is ideal. So when we were sent the Muster bag Kids Backpack + Cross Bag Set to review, I was excited to check this bag out and give it to my kids to use for their summer adventures!


When the bag arrived, I right away saw that it is a great bag to have to pack when we go on a roadtrip, camping, or for when the kids go to summer camp. There is a lot of room on the inside, and with the various pockets, I can use them to pack those toiletries, electronics, snacks and more in! The material feels durable, which is a huge plus, especially when it comes to items that the kids will be getting a lot of use from.

Then when it comes to needing more bags like a tote to put laundry, or carry items we might pick up in when we are away from home, I found the tote that is included to be a great addition! It can be rolled up and kept under the loop that is on the top of the bag, and easily removed to use as needed. Which makes the Muster bag Kids Backpack + Cross Bag Set, a great kids bag to have for both the summer when traveling or heading to summer camp as well as for when the new school year starts!




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

Friday, June 23, 2017

Take Your Style to a New Level with Styled by Trendage

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When it comes to finding new styles to try, we find that we sometimes take a leap of faith, especially with the hair styles. We might come across a style in a magazine or see someone with a style that we like, then try to mimic that style, to find that maybe it just was not meant to be. The thing is, when that moment where we might realize a style, especially hair style, just was not for us, it can be too late to change it, so we end up being stuck with that style. So when I was introduced to the Styled app by Trendage, I was curious to learn how it worked and utilize the app for not just hair but for shopping as well!


See Styled is like a personal stylist and shopper app, that not only shows you those must have styles, but also lets you try them out before making any decisions. It works by first downloading the app and setting up an account. After the account is set up you then take a selfie, find your body type, and go from there by finding the hairstyles and fashion that suits you!



Then once you have found those looks, you can not only shop for them, but also get the discounts to use before shopping. Allowing you to have that "Clueless" closet that Cher had from the movie, on your phone, and allowing you to access that virtual styling assistant anytime! Which for me and my daughter, gives us that freedom from going to those ads where models are wearing the clothes we like, to seeing the looks for ourselves, and bringing that body positivity that all women, especially teens like my daughter, need when it comes to our own styles. So if you want that personal stylist that is available to assist you at anytime of day but that will give you a first hand look at how those styles will suit you, then be sure to get Styled by Trendage!




#Giveaway Summer Crafts with Cra-Z-Art


With the summer upon us and the kids home for the summer break, aside from the vacations we will be going on and the summer camps that the kids will be attending, I like to also ensure that we have items at home to help keep the kids busy. Like many kids, mine love not only playing in the water over the summer, but also relaxing with arts and crafts. So when we were sent a selection of fun craft sets to review from the Cra-Z-Art collection, the kids were excited to check them out and add them to their craft supplies for summer!
To get us started out right as my teen redecorates her room for summer, we found that the 3D Cra-Z-Gels were a perfect addition to her project. With this set, my daughter and her friends have found that they can create a number of fun designs to add to my daughter's room. This includes making 3D Stickers for her vanity, and water bottle, along with adding fun stickers to her windows, and pictures. In fact, when they started creating various designs, the girls found that they could decorate plain picture frames, their cell phone cases and more when they use the 3D Cra-Z-Gels Sticker Art. The set is simple to use, and with the different templates that are included, they just place the clear plastic sheets over the templates, fill in with color using the templates as a outline, let the stickers dry, then peal them off the plastic sheets to decorate with.



Then when it comes to coloring, creating fun designs and even taking some crafts with us when we go on road trips, the kids all found the Cra-Z-Art Ultimate Art Extravaganza to be a must have! I say that because with this set, the kids can all share an amazing selection of drawing and coloring tools, which include crayons, markers, colored pencils, glitter glue and so much more! Which for us, has made the choice to add the products from the Cra-Z-Art selection one that is sure to help keep the kids busy and make those summer crafts even that much better!


So as you seek out ways to keep the kids busy over the summer break, be sure to pick up some of the 3D Cra-Z-Gels along with the other craft supplies from Cra-Z-Art. Also to help with adding some fun craft supplies to your summer, the wonderful people from Cra-Z-Art would like to give one of my amazing readers their own Cra-Z-Gels set!







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

Keeping Fido Happy and Healthy 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.


The summer is officially here, and with that we find that along with the time we enjoy spending outdoors that there is also the heat to take into consideration. Like many, when my family and I head outside either to the park or even to play in the backyard, I like to ensure that we stay hydrated and have ways to cool down. And just like with the kids, I like to ensure the same for our fur babies as well. So when I was given some great tips on how to help keep Fido happy and healthy this summer from the experts at Petcurean, I was not only excited to have the information for my own reference, but also share this information with other pet parents as well.


See just like my kids, our puppy Nakoma loves to run and play. She looks forward to going on long walks, running with and playing with the kids as we explore the outdoors, even when she and the kids are playing in the backyard. And just like with the kids, we like to make sure that Nakoma is hydrated and has what she might need to help stay cool on those hot days. Well with the information provided to me by the experts from Petcurean, we can not only have the information needed for when playing at home on those hot days, but also for when we go in the car, head out on road trips and summer vacations. Allowing us to ensure that just like with the kids, that our fur babies have an enjoyable summer as well. These tips include the following:

  • Keeping Hydrated: While dogs should have access to fresh water at all times, this is even more critical in the summer months when dehydration can happen rapidly due to the hotter temperatures. Be sure to pack water and a collapsible water bowl when out on the trails, and have fresh water available whether at the beach or playing in the yard.
  • On the Road Again: When road tripping, be sure to plan your dog’s diet before you leave home. If you are travelling for only a few days, bring enough food and treats (Petcurean’s SPIKE treats are a great on-the-go treat) for the duration of your trip to prevent digestion issues. If you’re planning to be traveling for days, weeks or months, you may need to purchase dog food while you are away – many pet food brands offer store locators on their website so that you can plan where to get your dog’s next meal.
  • Hot Weather SafetyDogs can burn in the sun just like people can. White, light-colored, and thinly coated dogs are particularly prone to sunburn, so be sure to regularly apply a waterproof sunscreen formulated for babies or pets. Find a shady spot to place a cool mat for your dog whether in your yard, at the beach, or during trail breaks. Also, outside surfaces can heat up quickly in the summer sun and can burn your dog’s footpads. Walk your dog in the morning or evening, or in shaded areas or test surfaces before venturing outside by pressing your hand to the surface for 30 seconds. If it is painful for you, it will also be painful for your dog.


So as you enjoy the summer with your fur babies, be sure to keep these tips in mind to help make the summer enjoyable for everyone and also be sure to add Petcurean to the mix as well so that you can keep your fur babies happy and healthy!



Thursday, June 22, 2017

Summer Concerts at the Woodland Park Zoo with ZooTunes



Summer has officially started and with that, when it comes to date night with my husband, we like to seek out those outdoor activities that we can enjoy. Like many, we like to not only have a date night for the two of us without the kids, but also those family date nights during the summer months. And when it comes to both of those, we like to seek out the events such as the concerts and such that add to those summer memories. So when we were invited to head to Seattle this evening to check out the Summer Concert ZooTunes line up at the Woodland Park Zoo, my husband and I were excited to make it a date!

See with the ZooTunes, we can plan those dates with the family to head to the Woodland Park Zoo during the day, then at night get a sitter and head back to listen to some great music during the summer concert series. This series features an assortment of amazing artists which include Ziggy Marley, Pat Benatar and many more. So as you make those plans for the family this summer, take the kids to visit the Woodland Park Zoo, hire a sitter and head back for a date night while you and your date enjoy music from the ZooTunes line up! Also be sure to follow me on my social media accounts this evening as I share mine and my husband's concert experience as we listen to the tunes from Ziggy Marley!!!!!!





Tickets received, thank you to the Woodland Park Zoo as well as the PR for supplying me with tickets for this review, all opinions are my own.

#Giveaway Summer Fun with the Water Wubble®

This post is sponsored by Water Wubble®. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.


Summer is officially here, the kids are out for their summer break, and the weather is getting hotter. With that we find that seeking out those water themed toys is a must have. Like many, in my house, we like to have a variety of water play toys on hand, and like many, mine love finding the products that are sure to get everyone wet and keep them cool while having fun. So when we were sent the Water Wubble® to review, I was excited to share it with my kids, and also excited to see how these refillable balls work!



After opening the Water Wubble up, the kids were pleased to see that there were 8 waterballoon balls included. From there, they were ready to begin using their Water Wubbles right away. The balls are very easy to use, allowing the kids to easily fill them up, and when it comes to the sealing, they like that they do not have to tie these water balloon balls, instead, the balls seal themselves! And after they are thrown, instead of a mess left over from a popped balloon, the kids just have to pick up their Water Wubble and fill it again!

Then when it comes to the use, we found that we can use these Water Wubble balls over and over again for multiple uses, taking the summer games to a new level. Which for us, makes the Water Wubble a product that we have not only added to our list of summer must haves, but also a water toy that we will be recommending to others! So as you head out to find those water toys that are both fun and are also sure to help cool everyone in your house down on those hot days, be sure to get the Water Wubble. Also enter below for a chance to win a Water Wubble pack for your family!


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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

#Giveaway Keep Your Little Athletes Hydrated with BODYARMOR + ($25 Gift Card)

This post is sponsored by BODYARMOR. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.


When it comes to kids and sports, I find that as we pack our bags to head to the field, that I like to ensure that we have everything we will be needing to make those games enjoyable for everyone. Well with having two kids playing baseball this year, I learned that having the essentials for the field is a must. These essentials include the items the kids will be needing like sunblock, a extra towel to help keep sweat out of their eyes, a snack like a granola bar or trail mix and a drink to hydrate with. The thing is, when it comes to the sports drinks we can choose from, I know that not all are that great for hydrating my kids with after they have been playing hard. So when I was introduced to the BODYARMOR SuperDrink selection of sports drinks that can be found at my local QFC store, I was curious to learn more about the drinks, and also see what my kids thought about the selection.


See when I give my little athletes BODYARMOR to hydrate with, I am giving them a drink that provides them with superior hydration, and a drink selection that is also a better alternative to sports drinks. This is because with the BODYARMOR SuperDrink variety, I can give my kids a drink that not only hydrates when they are on the field, but also a drink selection that does not have any artificial flavors or sweeteners. Instead, they use coconut water and vitamins and give us a great choice because the varieties we can choose from also have potassium packed electrolytes. and are low in sodium which is another huge plus when it comes to keeping the kids hydrated.


Then when it comes to the flavor varieties that my little athletes can choose from with the BODYARMOR SuperDrink line, we all like that there are 9 great tasting flavors which include fruit punch, orange mango, strawberry banana, tropical punch, blackout berry, mixed berry, grape, watermelon strawberry and lemonade. Giving us not just a drink that hydrates but a sports drink that stands out from the rest, with superior hydration, that is not only a great drink for adults to use when heading to the gym or to play a sport, but that the kids can enjoy as well!
So as you gear your little athletes up for the field, be sure to pick up some BODYARMOR SuperDrinks at your local Kroger store where you can not only find the variety but also save on right now as well. Because right now, you can take advantage of great savings where this week you can get the BODYARMOR at 4 for $5. Get your QFC coupon for this amazing deal now! Also head to the BODYARMOR Facebook page where you can find out how your young athlete can be the next BODYARMOR Athlete, and enter to win one of 2 $25 Kroger Gift Cards to use when you stock up on BODYARMOR below.






Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Otterbox Cases with Designs by Trèfle


When it comes to the summer months and those summer styles, I find that I adore those bright and vibrant colors along with the designs that remind me of the beach. For me, when I shop for those summer looks, I like to not only seek out the swimwear and housewares that have those colors and designs incorporated in them, but also the accessories. So when I was sent one of the new Otterbox cases for my iPhone 7 from the Trèfle collection, I was excited to add it to my summer line up of must have accessories!

See when I add the iPhone 7 Otterbox case from the Trèfle collection to my phone, I can not only get a very stylish case that has that spirit of the Caribbean, but I can also add the swimwear, towels and even shoes to coordinate with my case. Making the choice to go with the cases from the Otterbox selection of designs by Trèfle, a choice that is sure to bring that feel of the Caribbean home as you enjoy your summer.


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

Keep Track of Your Health with EarlySense Live



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


When it comes to our health and well being, we find that sleep plays a big part. Our bodies need sleep in order to function properly, but like many, when it comes to my own sleep, it is something that seems to be a lot easier said than done. The thing is, when I go to my doctor to discuss my blood pressure, heart rate, sleep patterns and overall health concerns, I can keep a journal of my sleep patterns but until recently, I did not have more than just that to present or reference to. So when I was introduced to EarlySense Live, I was curious to learn more about the system and also begin using it in my own bed.


See EarlySense Live is a device that is the world's first hospital proven contact-free sensor which helps you to understand more about how your body is working, by not just tracking sleep patterns but also your heart rate and breathing patterns. Allowing you to get a sleep reading right from your phone, which is great for not only being able to use as a tracker for your own health but a device that can you can use for others in the family like your children and elderly family members.

You can track these by first setting up the EarlySense under your mattress, then adding the EarlySense Live App to your phone. The set up is simple and along with the instructions that are included, the app can also guide you through the set up process.


Once set up, I found that aside from being able to track sleep patterns, breathing and heart rate, I can also keep a diary of my daily activities which can affect all of these. Giving me a health tool, where I can see where I might be able to make changes in my diet, and activity, and also see where issues in my days can be seen in my sleep patterns.


Then when it comes to getting notifications in the mornings and alerts in the evenings, I found that in the mornings, I can get a full report showing me where there might have been changes in breathing along with any unusual heart rates. I can also follow the sleep patterns, and see the changes in sleep quality for myself, and have the sleep summary report to reference to when I talk to my doctor. I also like that along with getting the information on my sleep every morning sent to the app on my phone, that I can even get night reports, sending me alerts when breathing rates exceed predefined thresholds, or when monitoring a loved one, know when they get up from bed and have been out of bed for a certain amount of time. Giving myself and caregivers who utilize the EarlySense Live, a peace of mind when it comes to having the ability to track patterns and even get alerts as we sleep.






Monday, June 19, 2017

Sweese Porcelain Tea Mug + Contests


When it comes to the tea that I enjoy drinking in the mornings or afternoons, I find that I like to have the fresh flavors. I enjoy using an infuser when drinking my tea but also taking my tea to go with me. So when I was sent the Sweese Porcelain Tea Mug to review, I was pleased to begin using it right away when drinking a cup of tea.


With this mug, I not only get a very nice 15 oz mug to add to my collection, but I get one that is designed to make the tea I drink that much better. It does this by first having a extra-fine hole infuser which helps to brew tea in a simple and quick way. The size of the infuser is larger than others I have seen, and with the extra fine holes I can not only use it for the loose leaf teas, but also with fruit for fruit infused water, tea bags, and even coarse ground coffee!


Then when it comes to the other features, I like that the handle is heat insulated keeping it from getting to hot. There is also a lid that fits on top, which is great for using as I take my tea on the go, and can not only be used as a lid but also a coaster. Which in all makes the Sweese Porcelain Tea Mug a great choice to go with when seeking a tea mug that allows you to enjoy your tea as well as so much more!

Also be sure to enter to win great products for the home from Sweese by going here: http://contest.sweese.com/lp/30370/lp30370


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

Pet Magasin Cat Hammock




When it comes to those warm summer days, it seems that just like we enjoy those cool breezes, so do our pets. Like many cats, mine enjoys relaxing in the sun in the mornings, and napping in the window sill hoping to catch a cool breeze as she sleeps her afternoons away. So when we were sent the Cat Hammock to review from Pet Magasin, I was excited to set it up and place it in my cat Nala's favorite napping spot and see what she thought of it.


After taking the Cat Hammock out of the box, I found the directions for putting it together to be pretty straight forward and it only took about 30 minutes at the most to get it all put together. Once it was pieced together and ready, I was curious to see what Nala thought of it, so I replaced her cat bed with the hammock and waited for her to check it out. Being the curious cat that Nala is, it did not take long before she went to see her new hammock, which she seemed to appreciate.

This hammock is made with quality materials, and after it is together, it is sturdy, and has a soft material on the hammock that gives your cat or even small dog a nice place to relax and take a nap on. Which makes the Pet Magasin Cat Hammock a great choice to go with when seeking a nice new pet bed to give your cat or even small dog! And to help when it comes to saving on your purchase of the Cat Hammock from Pet Magasin, you can use this code to get 30% off on the Pet Magasin site or on Amazon5F2WSQO4





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Friday, June 16, 2017

Celebrate Father's Day with Peppa Pig


Father's Day is Sunday and like many little ones out there, my kids have been busy looking for those gifts, making fun gifts, and getting ready to make their dad's day a special one! Naturally, when Wyatt thinks about ways to make someone's day special, he thinks of some of his favorite things, the things that he enjoys and would find to make any of his days extra special. And being a fan of that quirky pig, Peppa Pig, he finds that adding Peppa fun into the mix can really make all the difference. So when we were given the chance to create a personalized Peppa Pig book to give to my husband for Father's Day from Penwizard, Wyatt was very excited to create his book to his dad and also see the finished product.


To get started with making the special book for his dad, Wyatt and I went onto the Penwizard site and found the "My Daddy" book that we went with for Father's Day. From there we chose the personalize now option. Wyatt found this part of the process to be a lot of fun because right away, he was able to begin creating a fun story to share with his dad where he was able to add himself and his dad into the story. For Wyatt we chose the boy selection, added his name, and Wyatt and I picked out the hair, eye, and skin color for his character. After choosing his character, Wyatt then got to create a character that looked like his dad, and complete his book.

Then when Wyatt's book to his dad arrived, he was very excited to be the first to check it out and listen to his story as I read it to him. Wyatt, was pleasantly surprised to see his name in the book, and also excited to see the characters that we created in the book as well. But even more so, Wyatt is very excited to share the book we made with his dad this Father's Day to show his dad what he made! Which for us, has made the choice to head to Penwizard to create those personalized books a great choice to go with that is fun and can also make for a great gift to give!


For more Father’s Day fun, we also wanted to share these oinktastic activity sheets that will help your little one celebrate the special dad in their life who is a “bit of an expert at everything”: http://www.peppapig.com/grown-ups/downloads.






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

Manage Your Families Connections with Circle with Disney from 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.


With the kids home for the summer break and those electronic devices being used more and more, as parents and caregivers, we find that we want to ensure that when our families are connected that they are safe. We do this by having passwords for certain sites, and also by trusting that our children will follow the rules we set forth when it comes to being on the internet. The thing is, regardless of rules and passwords, that when the kids are connected and viewing things online, they can still stumble across sites and apps that might not be appropriate. This can happen as they are watching videos where those videos we do not want them to see might pop up in a side bar, or as they are online, an ad pops up that can take them to a site that is not appropriate, leaving our kids vulnerable. And as a parent, I seek out the products that can help to make that time spent being connected, a safer time, and more enjoyable for everyone. So when I was introduced to Circle with Disney, which can be found at Best Buy, I was curious to learn more about how it works, and also try it in my home with my family.


When I first went to open up my new Circle with Disney, I was pleased to see the information enclosed, see how compact the Circle is, and also curious to find that I can take this protection to go with Circle Go.


Once the Circle with Disney is connected to your home connection, you can then manage all of the connected devices right from the Circle with Disney app that you add to your phone. From there we can filter the content that the kids can view, limit the amount of time they are on their devices, and even set the devices to turn off on their own say goodnight at a set bedtime, which is great for those of us who have teens!


This not only gives us the access to set the screen time limits, but also gives us the control to set time limits on the daily screen time we choose to set for certain platforms, apps, and categories, painlessly. Along with the time limits and bedtimes we can set for the kids, I found the pause option to be yet another great feature that until now, I did not know I needed in my home. This feature allows us to pause the internet for each child, so that we can do homework, chores, or pause for family time!

When it comes to the other features like the filters features, I like that we can set filters individually for each person that is connected. Allowing us to choose the filters that are appropriate for the various ages and interests of the kids in the home, and once it is done per person, it will apply to all of the devices that each person has. I can even look back at the time spent online with each child, so I can see whether we have gone up in time, what has been viewed by seeing the sites and interests each person has and where time might have been wasted in one place.


Then with the Circle Go, we can continue to monitor and control our children's devices even when they are not at home and even when they connect to another WiFi. Giving parents and caregivers control over the home when it comes to being connected, and take that control over connected devices on the go with the Circle Go!

So if you are seeking a solution to screen times, to finding a way to have more control over what your kids see, and do this not only in the home but when they are away from home, be sure to head to your local Best Buy or go online to BestBuy.com and get the Circle with Disney as well as Circle Go!




Summertime Treats with Welch's and Sparkling Ice


With the kids home for the summer break and the need for having snacks and refreshing drinks on hand, I find that adding products like the Welch's Fruit Snacks and Sparkling Ice can be exactly what is needed. I say this because with the Welch's Fruit Snacks, my kids can enjoy a snack that is filled with flavor and made with real fruits. Then with the Sparkling Ice drinks, my kids can get a zero calorie drink to help cool them down on those hot summer days. Making the choice to add the Welch's Fruit Snacks and the Sparkling Ice drinks to your summer one that you and your kids will appreciate having done!




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

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Ninja Party Fun with Oriental Trading


With the school year coming to an end, and those end of the year celebrations and summer birthdays coming up, I find that when it comes to my party needs, that I head to Oriental Trading for the supplies. Like many kids, mine enjoy having those parties that incorporate those characters and themes that they adore. So when we were sent some party supplies from the Ninja Party Supplies theme selection at Oriental trading, we were excited to add them to our next party!


As in years past, my son Robert's birthday comes at a time where school is ending, summer is beginning and he and his friends are ready to celebrate! And with his fascination for ninja's, we found the ninja party supplies to be the perfect way to help end the school year, welcome summer, and celebrate Robert's birthday!


To get started with the party set up, we found table supplies that included the table cloth, plates, napkins and cups to bring that Ninja theme to life! Along with the table supplies, we also found the Ninja Cups with Straws, Ninja Character Lollipops, Inflatable Ninja Swords, Ninja Pencils and the Sticky Ninja Wall Tumblers to be a great selection to add to the party favor bags. Allowing each of our party guests to not only enjoy using the Ninja tableware while we ate and enjoyed cake, but then take some of that Ninja fun home with them after the party with the goodies they found in their party bags.

Then when it came to finding even more ninja themed fun, we were able to head to Oriental Trading and add those ninja toys and games to our line up as well! Making the choice to head to Oriental Trading when planning a party one that we are pleased with every time we are looking for the supplies we might need for our parties!





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

Hello Angel Coloring Book Gift Set


With the summer upon us and those summer trips taking place, many of us find that when it comes to traveling with kids, that we like to have activities on hand to help keep them busy. Like many kids, mine enjoy the activity books and with my teen she enjoys those relaxing coloring books. So when we were sent the Hello Angel Coloring Book Gift Set to review, I was excited to share it with my daughter and also add it to our packing list for this years summer travel.


When we opened the box, we were pleasantly surprised to find the Hello Angel Relaxing Patterns Coloring Collection, Hello Angel Big Beautiful Blossoms Coloring Collection, How to Color ideas, and Colored Pencils with Sharpener Tube. With the coloring books we were excited to see all of the intricate and intriguing illustrations on the pages, offering my daughter lots of amazing designs that are sure to keep her busy for hours.

These designs are great for passing the time while traveling and also great for helping her to relax and enjoy the time! And along with the illustrations that she can color, my daughter can also enjoy the motivational quotes as well. Making the Hello Angel Coloring Book Gift Set a great coloring set that will help to make those summer travel plans more enjoyable for everyone.



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

#Giveaway Help Your Fur Babies this July 4th with CALMZ® Anxiety Relief System


When it comes to the summer months, along with the kids being home, we find that we have the celebrations that we enjoy participating in. This includes those Father's Day picnics, 4th of July parties, and even those summer birthdays. And like many, as we celebrate these activities, we like to include our sweet fur babies in the festivities. The thing is, like many pets, when those fireworks are going off after sales start up at the stands when kids start popping them off and continue to do so throughout the summer during celebrations, especially on the 4th of July, mine get really bad anxiety. So when we were sent the CALMZ® Anxiety Relief System to review, I was curious to see how it would work and also share about how it can help your fur babies when their anxiety causes issues for them.


See like many fur babies, our Chloe girl is one who gets really bad anxiety anytime she hears loud pops, bangs and booms. And like many, she not only dreads those summer storms but also the fireworks that not only go off during July 4th, but throughout the summer months as kids in our area pop off the fireworks they buy and have left over after the 4th of July. This in hand makes the time hard for Chloe, where she just wants to hide, or be held and pet, as she shakes and we assure her everything is okay. So having the CALMZ® Anxiety Relief System for Chloe to use when we know her anxiety might be a issue is something that we are not only glad to have, but that Chloe is as well.



With the CALMZ® Anxiety Relief System, we get a vest that is simple to put on our fur babies and gives us a drug free system that relieves anxiety by soothing and calming by using high-tech innovation with acupressure. This acupressure technology targets the specific acupressure points on the dog's spine with NeuroSync Technology® where they hear and feel a therapeutic blend of classical music, tones and vibration.

Here’s how it works:
  • During stress events, dogs have decreased blood flow in the frontal cortex - the processing area of the brain.
  • Stimulating blood flow improves neural firing and communication with the spine and the brain, thus relieving anxiety.
The system features:
  • Eight preprogrammed treatment settings, consisting of vibration intensity, duration and repeat cycle variations
  • One Comfort Fit Vest and one device
  • No prescriptions, no drugs, no edibles, no refills or veterinarian visits required
  • Comes in XS-XL to fit dogs of all sizes
Which makes the CALMZ® Anxiety Relief System a must have when it comes to helping ease anxiety in your fur babies! And to help with relieving anxiety in your fur babies this summer, the wonderful people from CALMZ® would like to give one of my amazing readers their own CALMZ® Anxiety Relief System!










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