Mommy Katie

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Memorable Photo Charms From SOUFEEL

It is hard to believe that the summer is gone and behind us, the cool fall nights are upon us, and the holiday shopping season will be in full swing before we know it. For me, I am one who likes to get a head start when it comes to finding those gift ideas, so when the time comes to begin that holiday shopping, I have a pretty good idea on what I will be adding to my shopping lists. Like many, I like to seek out those personalized gifts, the ones that can be admired for years to come. So when I came across the Memorable Photo Charms from the SOUFEEL line up, I was excited to create my own photo charm to go on a bracelet with other charms I found from the selection of many amazing charms to choose from.

I found that when shopping the line of charms from SOUFEEL, I can find and create a variety of charm bracelets that can tell a story. The charm selection gives you charms that can relate to hobbies, symbols of love, family, travel and more! I also found that once I was able to seek out the charms that I saw as a great selection to add to my own story bracelet, I was able to find the bracelet in which I can put the charms I picked on.

Then when it comes to adding a even more personal touch to my bracelet, I was pleasantly surprised to see the selection of photo charms and engravable charms. These charms allowed me to first pick out that perfect photo that helped to bring the story of my bracelet together with a photo, then add an even more personal touch by adding a engraved saying on the back. Which in all makes the charms and personalized jewelry that you can find at SOUFEEL a great choice to go with when you are looking to create that piece to tell your story or the perfect gift to give that someone special in your life! Also be sure to use code BLOGGER5 at checkout to save!

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

IDO3D Vertical 3D Drawing Kit

When it comes to finding fun activities for the kids, I like to seek out the latest and greatest. I look for those games that are a must have for our family game nights, the activity sets that the kids are sure to enjoy and the crafting kits that will provide us with hours of fun. Well recently we were sent such a product when we were sent the IDO3D Vertical to review. You can watch Estrella's review in the video below.

As you can see the set up and use is fairly simple, and once Estrella got going with creating pieces, she has found that the possibilities are endless! When it comes to the use, there is a LED light that is removable and is used to help make the ink melt a bit when you are using the pens to draw which allows your kids to create whatever comes to their minds. Along with the different pieces that my kids can create with this 3D maker, I can appreciate that adding to their supplies is simple and I can find more of the kits to keep my kids busy by heading to many of my local retailers such as Walmart. I also like that when it comes to pricing, the IDO3D kits start at just $9.99! Which in all makes the IDO3D Vertical Drawing Kit a great choice to go with when you are seeking a 3D drawing kit for your kids!

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

#Giveaway Chemical Free Wipes for Baby with WaterWipes

This post was sponsored by WaterWipes as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

When it comes to preparing for and caring for baby, as parents and caregivers, we want the best for baby. We seek out the materials when it comes to the blankets and clothing that are gentle on babies skin when we are using them. We also seek out the soaps, detergents, and household cleaners that are safe to use when it comes to washing bottles, clothing, and areas around that home that baby comes in contact with. So naturally, when it comes to the wipes we use, we seek out products like the WaterWipes, which are chemical free and give parents a effective wipe that can be used on more than just bottoms!

I like that when I am on the go, or when I need to stock up on the WaterWipes for my home, I can run to my local Walgreens, where they have both the individual packs which are great for keeping in the car and the diaper bag, as well as the value packs. The WaterWipes are also simple to locate in Walgreens, by first seeking out the baby section, then going directly over to the selection of wipes that are offered. This allows me to make those quick stops when we are running errands and I find a need for wipes in the car or diaper bag, it also allows me to stock up when I head to Walgreens with my shopping list. I also like that when it comes to finding more info on the WaterWipes that I see as a staple in my home, I can head to the Walgreens website where I can learn more about the product, clip the latest coupons, and shop!

See about a year ago I was introduced to the WaterWipes, I found that with having WaterWipes on hand, we can not only effectively keep little bottoms clean in our home, but I can also use these chemical free wipes to wash little hands and faces as well as surfaces such as tables, high chairs and toys. I learned that WaterWipes are a product that is perfect for using on the sensitive skin in my home that not only comes with the delicate skin that baby has, but also the sensitive skin that my preschooler has. The ingredients are simple, I mean there are only 2. which leaves the guessing game out of what I am using when it comes to the wipes. These 2 simple ingredients are chemical free and include 99.9% pure Irish water and 0.1% grapefruit seed extract. Along with the 2 chemical free ingredients that make up the WaterWipes, I like that the wipes themselves are durable and are made to be effective without having to add any potentially harmful chemicals that can be found in other baby wipes. Which in all make the WaterWipes, which can be found at your local Walgreens store as well as at, a great choice to go with when you have little ones in your home! And to help with bringing a chemical free solution into your home when it comes to the baby wipes you use, the wonderful people from WaterWipes invite you to enter for a chance to win a $100 Gift Card to Walgreens in the giveaway form below!

WaterWipes Walgreens Giveaway

I-C will randomly select winners from all program entries and will facilitate fulfillment of the winning prizes (5 winners).

Monday, September 26, 2016

Teaching Kids to Recognise and Avoid Safety Hazards

Young children are infamous for their inability to comprehend and respond to danger (it's just one of those things that has us parents constantly stood on the verge of a colossal breakdown). Teaching children to identify hazards and react to them appropriately can take some of the worry out of parenting. Here are some important safety lessons that are worth teaching to kids:

1. Stranger Danger
Teach kids to avoid speaking to strangers from an early age. If they are approached by an unfamiliar adult, teach them about how they ought to behave - scream to draw attention to themselves and attract others' attention, and run. Encourage them to always stay close to familiar adults during outings and to avoid wandering off. When you're out and about, repeatedly highlight 'safe points' - such as information desks or check-outs - where your children can safely go if they become separated from you. 

2. Chemicals in the home 
 Teach kids to recognise the danger signs on cleaning products and chemicals such as bleach, bathroom cleaners, and all-purpose cleaners. Signs which typically indicate danger are usually either red, orange or yellow in colour, and have a cross ('X') in the centre of them. Teach kids to know that if these signs are present on an item, the item must be left alone.  My Safety Sign has a huge array of signs you can look at to educate your children.

3. Fire safety
It's important that all children have an understanding of fire safety, and what to do in the event of a fire. Teach your kids about the most common causes of fire in the home, and how they can be avoided. Show your children the smoke alarm in your home and explain its importance; teach them that if the smoke alarm is heard, their job is to vacate the house. If you have appointed fire safety routes (such as wide-opening windows upstairs in the event that the stairs are blocked), make sure everyone is aware of the routes. If you have an open fire, teach your kids from an early age to avoid it.

4. Road Safety 
Every year, thousands of children are involved in traffic accidents; teaching your children how to cross a road safely is therefore crucial. Teach young children to only cross the road with an adult's supervision, and teach older children to look and listen carefully before crossing a road. Teach kids about the traffic light colours and what each colour means, as well as what the red and green men mean when crossing the road. In recent years, a number of traffic accidents have involved children wearing headphones; encourage kids not to wear headphones when crossing the road, and to always listen out for oncoming traffic.

5. Electricity 
For some reason, children find plug sockets extremely tempting; in particular, they seem to be obsessed with poking their fingers into the plug holes; catching a child with their hand near a plug socket is enough to make any parent's heart race. Electric shocks can be extremely serious. Teach children from an early age not to touch plug sockets and to leave plugging and unplugging electric items for adults.

#Giveaway Stock Up this Fall with ChapStick®

The ChapStick® product, information and gift have been provided by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. All opinions are my own.

The kids are back in school and the seasons are changing, and like many others, I like to head out and stock up on the items that will help us to get through the colder months ahead. For me that means heading out to pick up extra facial tissues, lotion for dry skin, and a staple in my house, the ChapStick®! So when we were sent a great selection of some of those must have lip balms from the ChapStick® line up, we were excited to check them out and share! You can watch Estrella's video review below.

When we head out and stock up on the ChapStick® lip balms, we are not only picking up a family favorite for my home, but also a lip balm that is America's favorite! Like many, I grew up with ChapStick® being a staple in my home, so it is a given that I continue to protect the lips in my home with the products from ChapStick®.

I like that with having the ChapStick® line of lip balms in the home, I can send the kids to school with a product that will help to keep their lips from being affected by the weather. Like when they walk to the bus stop in the cold mornings, head out to play at school, walk home after school, and on the weekends when they go out to play sports and hang out with their friends.

The kids can easily pack their ChapStick® in their backpacks, in the lockers at their schools, in their pockets of the pants they are wearing or the pockets of their jackets, and in their gym bags for when we head to practice or the field for game day. I also like that I can pick up a variety of the flavors and ensure we have plenty on hand when I head out and buy the multipacks which include 3 lip balms plus a bonus stick! Which in all makes ChapStick® not only a staple to have in the home but also a product to send the kids out with when they are away from home! You can find the ChapStick® products both in store and online when you shop at their online store, which makes keeping your lips healthy just a click away! And to help with keeping the lips in your home from getting dry and cracked this fall and winter, the wonderful people from ChapStick® would like to give one of my amazing readers their own ChapStick® prize pack!

#Giveaway Family Games with SmartGames

In my house, we enjoy finding ways to have fun together by setting aside times for family time. One night that we all look forward to each week is family game night. This is a night where we gather around after dinner and bring out some of our favorite games, both the old and the new ones we come across. And when it comes to the new games, we like to seek out games that are geared at the different age groups so we have a little something for everyone. Recently we were sent a great set of games when we were sent some games from the SmartGames line up. You can watch Estrella's review on these games in the video below.

With the games from SmartGames, we get a selection of games that are more than just games but ones that are puzzles. I also like that there are different levels of game play, which allows us to find the games for the various ages of kids in our home. Like with Little Red Riding Hood, which is a game set that is great for my preschooler and his friends to play.

Little Red Riding Hood is a puzzle game that is based off of the classic tale. When the kids are playing, they can help Little Red Riding Hood find her way down the path to Grandma's house before the Wolf gets there. Along with the puzzle game set up we also get a great picture book that tells the original story of Little Red Riding Hood! This game is one that can be played over and over again with the 48 different challenges that are included, making it a great game to have in the home for your preschoolers.

Then for my older kids, we were sent the game, Ghost Hunters to review. With this game we get a great game that is one that is geared for kids 6 and up. As we go along with the puzzle, we light up the ghosts with the flashlight puzzle pieces when they are placed correctly. There are 60 challenges available which allows us to enjoy this game over and over again, and along with the challenges we get the game board, the 6 transparent puzzle pieces, and 30 challenge cards! Which in all make these games as well as the many others from SmartGames, a great selection to go with when you are seeking out new games to add to your next family game night. And to help with your next family game night, the wonderful people from SmartGames would like to give one of my amazing readers their own game from the SmartGames collection!

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

3D-MotoKits from Super Impulse

With the weather getting cooler and the rainy season starting up in our area, we find that there is more time spent indoors than out. With that, I like to seek out activities and toys for my kids that will help to keep them busy on those rainy days. Of the activities we enjoy, we like to find fun games to play together, puzzles, craft projects and more. So when we were sent some of the 3D-MotoKits from Super Impulse to review, we were excited to check them out and add them to our list of must have products for the kids to use on those rainy days! You can watch Estrella's review in the video below.

As you can see there are several to choose from and they range in various difficulty levels as well. There are several series to choose from which allow you and your kids to collect and build the various series that are available. I like that each kit offers the pieces we need without having to use any glue or tools. These are also great for both kids and adults to put together which is a big plus when it comes to finding family activities that we can enjoy doing together when we are indoors!

When putting the kits together you find that the pieces in the kits fit together like puzzle pieces, and when we add the motorized component, we can wind up our finished projects and watch as they walk and move around! Which in all makes the 3D-MotoKits from the line of toys from Super Impulse, a great choice to go with when you are looking for puzzles and toys that are fun to put together and enjoy with your kids!

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

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Table Settings for Kids from Brinware

When it comes to mealtimes and our dinner table, I like to have products on hand that are both fun and that the kids can use. I like to seek out the shatter proof items, the settings that are simple to clean up, and the placemats that I can wipe down and also keep my table from getting ruined by food products. So when we were sent the set of products from Brinware to review, I was excited to check them out and begin using them on our table!

To get started I found that the 2 Silicone Placemats were perfect for putting down on the table at the places where my kids eat. I found that the selection was not only great for having on our table, but also for pairing up with the other products from the Brinware line up. I chose to go with the Barn Yard Friends Placemat Set because the design is not only a fun one that my kids like with the farm animals on them, but the colors are also great to go with for the fall theme I have going in our dinning room! I also like that with these placemats that they are easy to clean up by either wiping them down or running them under water to use again and again while keeping my table from getting any food messes on it!

For those afternoon lunches, I like to have a fun set up in a container on hand for my preschooler to use. This allows him to have a big kid like lunch from home, and it also allows me to make his lunch when I make his older siblings lunches as well. So having the Food Storage Container on hand is very ideal and useful! I like that the container is easy to use and clean up with the borosilicate glass that is covered with silicone. I also like that both the glass and silicone are safe to use with food and can be used in the microwave and oven up to 400 degrees as well.
Then when it comes to serving meals for my kids, I liked that I was able to coordinate with the placemats by getting the Tempered Glass Dish with Removable Silicone Sleeve in the Barn Yard Friends design! I like having the tempered glass dish and that the silicone sleeve can be removed easily for clean up. I also like that when it comes to use and cleanup I can use these plates in the microwave as well as in the dishwasher! Making the tableware for kids from the Brinware line up a great choice to go with when you are seeking out fun table settings for your kids! Also be sure to use code BRINWARE20 to save 20% at checkout when shopping the Brinware line at Target, now through 10/1!

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

Cinnamint Toothpicks with #QuitPicks

With the holidays coming and the time for more indoor entertaining in the horizon, I find that I like to have the products on hand that can help to make my guests feel more at home. Like many, I go out and pick up those table settings, linens and items such as toothpicks for guests to use when we are eating. So when I was sent some of the Cinnamint Toothpicks to review from Quit Picks, I was excited to check them out and add them to my list of must haves for holiday guests!
See with the Quit Picks, you get a toothpick that is coated in a Cinnamint Oil, which gives you two great features in one toothpick. The cinnamon flavoring is strong and lasts, giving you fresh breath after each use and also giving you a toothpick to use to help get any extra food out of your teeth. Aside from having these toothpicks for guests to use after eating a big meal, I also like to have these for my guests who are former smokers such as my dad.

I myself am a former smoker, and for me it has been nearly 10 years since I quit, but for some of our friends and family it has not been so long. So having products like these Quit Picks comes in handy for more than one use. They are designed to be not just another toothpick, but the item you go for when you are craving a cigarette. I like that they last a while, giving those who have recently quit smoking or who are trying to quit something to use in place of a cigarette. And in all making the Cinnamint Toothpicks from Quit Picks a great choice to go with when you are looking for a toothpick that offers a little more with the flavoring or if you are looking for something to go for instead of a cigarette.

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

Arrow: The Complete Fourth Season on Blu-ray

Finding those shows that we enjoy during our family movie nights is something that we look forward to in my home. And one show that we have enjoyed watching is Arrow, so when we were sent the complete fourth season on Blu-Ray to review, we were excited to check it out and share it! You can watch Estrella's review on Arrow: The Complete Fourth Season in the video review below.

In the fourth season you find Arrow or Oliver Queen, taking up in the romance with Felicity. The two leave Star City in hopes to start a whole new life. Unfortunately it is not as easily done as he had hoped, and he finds himself torn between being Oliver Queen and the Arrow. This is a decision that not only effects Oliver but also the rest of the team that he has worked with. Along with these life changing decisions resting on his shoulders that would change everything for him and his friends, he also finds that him leaving the scene leaves others vulnerable to the League of Assassins. You can find out what he chooses and how it will all pan out when you head out today to get your copy of Arrow: The Complete Fourth Season!

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

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete First Season

When it comes to family movie time we like to not only seek out the movies we adore to share with one another but also share those shows we enjoy as well. With the various shows that we enjoy, my eldest son finds that he enjoys the shows with the super heroes, including the DC Comics. So when we were sent the DC's Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete First Season on Blu-Ray to review, we were excited to check it out and share it. You can watch Estrella's review in the video below.

In this Blu-Ray, you get an amazing television series that comes from the creators of The Flash and Arrow which brings the two collections of characters together along with other DC Super Heroes to create a great series that is perfect for the DC Comics fans out there! You get 16 hour long episodes packed into this collection along with some great bonus features like the Comic Con Panel, Deleted Scenes, Gag Reel and more! Making the DC's Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete First Season a great choice to go with when you have a DC Super Hero fan in your home!

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

Thursday, September 22, 2016

#Giveaway Super Wubble Bubble Ball

This review and giveaway was made possible by the PR and Wubble Ball. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

When it comes to both indoor and outdoor play, we like to have those toys that are both fun and can get all of my kids active in play. Like many kids, mine are ones who seem to be in the know on what toys are a must have, and like many, they like to share their insights on these must have toys with me. Well one toy that my kids have enjoyed playing with in the past, one that we have given at birthdays for their friends, and one that provides hours of fun is the Wubble Bubble Ball. We had gotten our first chance to check out the Wubble Bubble Ball a few years ago and since then we noticed that some changes were made and that a new one was available. Naturally, my kids see this new one as a must have, so when we were sent the Super Wubble Bubble Ball to review, they were very excited to check it out and tell their friends all about it!

With the Super Wubble Bubble Ball, you get a ball that is similar to the original, but one that is made from a new material called Xpandium! This new material is stronger than ever. It gives us a more tear resistant material that is also simple to patch up if they do get a hole or tear on it. In fact, when it comes to maintaining our new Super Wubble Bubble Ball, I found that having a repair kit included is great to have on hand! This allows the kids to take their ball out and play with it with their friends, and even when they get a little rough with it or if it lands in the thorn bushes, we can fix it easily so they can continue playing with it!

The kids love how durable their Super Wubble Bubble Ball is, they can toss it, smash it, lay on it and have hours of fun playing with it. They also found that they can watch to see what all this Super Wubble Bubble Ball can go up against when they watch some of the fun Super Wubble vs The World videos! These videos are a lot of fun to watch and my kids found that after watching they wanted to see how durable their own Super Wubble was! They brought it on the trampoline, to the park, and even got our dog to play, proving that this Super Wubble is both fun and very durable, which is perfect when it comes to finding toys that all of my kids can enjoy playing with together that lasts!

Then when it comes to what all is included in the box when you head out to get a Super Wubble Bubble Ball for your kids, we like that it has 1 Super Bubble, a battery powered air pump which makes the inflation very simple, along with a patch kit! Making the all new Super Wubble Bubble Ball a must have when you are looking for a toy that offers hours of fun for your kids! And to help with that fun in your home, you can enter for a chance to win your own Super Wubble Bubble Ball in the giveaway form below!!!

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Notorious New Series Thursdays on ABC

This review was made possible by the PR and ABC. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

When it comes to the late night television that my husband and I enjoy watching after the kids head to bed, we not only like to be loyal to some of the shows we have been following along with like Grey's Anatomy, but we also enjoy finding new shows to add to our list! Well like many, I have been following along with anticipation for the new Fall line up, and of those shows, we find that Notorious is one that is at the top of our must see TV!

Notorious premieres tonight after Grey's Anatomy on ABC, and with that we find that we are on the edge of our seats! I mean, we get to go from one great show to the next, which allows us to follow this nail biting, scandalous drama as it unfolds every Thursday at 9/8 c.

In this new must see show, you get a power couple that is unlike any on television! He is a high powered lawyer and she is a powerful investigative news producer, and together they bring the mix of law and media into play that has scandal and drama written all over it with a sexy twist! They not only find scandal after scandal ready to be played out, but those that are news worthy are the ones that find themselves on a whole new playing field when the media gets their paws dirty. Making the new series Notorious, a must see and one to add to your Thursday night line up on ABC!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

#Giveaway Family Night Prize Pack + $25 Amazon Gift Card

Family night is a night that many of us look forward to after a busy week. Like many, we like to do different activities on our family nights, from watching a family movie at home or in the theaters, playing some of our favorite family games, or heading out to eat with the family. When we think of the places that we like to go out to eat at, we like to choose from ones that offer a family friendly environment and one line of restaurants we enjoy going to is the Ovation Brands restaurants.

We like that when we head to one of the Ovation Brands restaurants, we get to head to a buffet style restaurant that offers a little something for everyone. I also like that right now through October 6th, when we go to eat at our local Ovation Brands restaurant on Thursdays from 5-8 pm, we can watch the movie, Underdogs and the kids can participate in fun interactive and educational activities! Along with these activities, real local heroes that include firefighters and police officers will be there to participate and teach kids how they too can be heroes in their own communities!

The schedule for the family fun events will be as follows:

September 22nd – Thank you, Police Officers!
September 29th – Literary Heroes
October 6th – Little Heroes

Which in all, makes the choice to add the line of Ovation Brands restaurants in the family night outs a great choice when you are seeking a place that has food selections that everyone can enjoy as well as family friendly fun! And to help with getting your family excited for their next night out, the wonderful people from Ovation Brands would like to give one of my amazing readers a prize pack that will include 1 copy of the movie Underdogs on DVD, 4 passes to any Ovation Brands Restaurant, and 1 $25 Amazon Gift Card!

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

#Giveaway Brush Buddies Kung Fu Panda Flash Light-Up Toothbrush

When it comes to our daily routines and hygiene, the two are just a given. I mean, in my house we all get up in the mornings and get ready to start the day, in the evenings we wind down and get ready for bed and in both of these routines, we all take the time to brush our teeth. With having little kids, I like to have the kids brush their teeth together with me there to ensure everyone is brushing correctly. And when it comes to helping us, I like to have the tools on hand that can help to make the process both fun and easier. So when we were sent the Brush Buddies Kung Fu Panda Flash Light-Up Toothbrush to review, I was excited to give it to my son and have him use it when it is time to brush teeth.

This toothbrush has that funny and lovable panda on it, Po from Kung Fu Panda who helps to make brushing teeth fun! There is a button on the tooth brush that once pushed, lights up a light that flashes and stays on for the duration of 2 minutes which is the ideal amount of time for brushing.

We have found that this toothbrush makes brushing fun and also helps to teach my kids on how to time their brushing when we brush teeth. Allowing them to learn how to brush independently and giving them a tool that is used to brush their teeth with a fun character on it. Making the Brush Buddies Kung Fu Panda Flash Light-Up Toothbrush a great toothbrush to have that is both fun and that also helps to create good brushing habits with the timed blinking light! And to help with the brushing of little teeth in your home, the wonderful people from Brush Buddies would like to give one of my amazing readers their own Brush Buddies Kung Fu Panda Flash Light-Up Toothbrush!

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

Galaxyz Blue Apprentice

When it comes to the games and apps that my kids like to play, I find that I seek out the ones that are not only fun but also educational. Recently we were given the chance to check out such a app when we were introduced to Galaxyz Blue Apprentice. You can watch Estrella's review on this app in the video below.

Estrella and her brothers have been enjoying this app. They can each create their own avatar then use that character to represent them in the game. We like that this game can be used on the kids iPads or also played online, and that is a fun intergalactic adventure that is great for kids age 6-12!

This game is interactive and the games are combined with fun science lessons that give the kids a great learning experience and makes learning fun! There are over 45 science concepts which pertain to Physical, Life, Earth and Space sciences. Which makes Galaxyz Blue Apprentice a great app to have in any home to play both on the iPad or online!

This review and giveaway was made possible by the PR and Galaxyz. All opinions are 100% mine.

Beauty and the Beast 25th Anniversary Edition on Blu-Ray

When it comes to finding ways to bring my family together, we enjoy setting aside times that we can enjoy sharing some of our favorite things. And one night that we all look forward to each week, where we can share our favorite movies both new and old as well as shows, is our family movie night. So when we were sent the Beauty and the Beast 25th Anniversary 25th Edition on Blu-Ray to review, I was excited to share it with my family on our family movie night!

With this movie, we get a tale that is as old as time, the friendship and love between two complete opposites that makes this movie one that is both magical as well as a story of love! Beauty and the Beast is a classic that I had first enjoyed watching on the big screen when I was a little girl, and have continued sharing that love with my own kids.

When we sat down to watch the 25th Anniversary Edition together, we were very pleased to get the original theatrical version along with the extended that includes the song "Human Again" and the sing-a-long version which has never been released before now on home entertainment! Other fun features are the musical ones where you and your family can enjoy learning more about the composers who bring the movies to life and create those songs that you find yourself singing along with as you watch the movies with your family!

Then when it comes to the other bonus features that you can get when you bring home your copy of Beauty and the Beast 25th Anniversary Edition, you get fun facts, a Beauty and the Beast sneak peek and more! Making Beauty and the Beast 25th Anniversary Edition on Blu-Ray a great choice to go with when you are seeking out a movie to share with your family. Be sure to get your copy today because like all good things, this movie will only be available for a limited time until October 17, 2016!

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

Monday, September 19, 2016

Taking Care of Baby Teeth with The Mighty Mouth: Your Child is Healthier with a Healthy Mouth

This post is sponsored and written by me on behalf of The Mighty Mouth. All opinions are my own.

When we have a new baby in the home, we find that as parents and caregivers, that there are a lot of things that we need to do in order to care for baby properly. Like many new parents, I learned a lot after having my first baby, and from there the learning process does not end. One thing that I learned early on in my own motherhood journey that is very important when it comes to the health of little ones is ensuring their oral health is taken care of. This is something that we not only do after those first teeth start making their appearances, but something that you start doing after baby is born. And with the information that I and other parents can find from The Mighty Mouth, we can be sure to care for little mouths right from the start.

See when we start with babies oral care, we start by cleansing the gums using some of the gum care products that are out there for baby oral care or even by using something as simple as a washcloth. With tools like these, we can gently cleanse baby’s gums and help to start them off right when it comes to caring for their little mouths. This not only helps to soothe gums when they are sore, but also helps to get rid of germs and bacteria that can build up in baby’s mouth after feedings. From there, we find that as little teeth begin making their presence known that keeping those little teeth clean is also important.

When the baby teeth begin coming in, as parents we need to not only take care of those teeth but also begin teaching healthy habits so we can help to prevent issues such as cavities and infections that can come from the cavity causing germs that lead to poor oral health. We can do this by:
brushing those teeth after baby eats. Use a rice-size amount of fluoride toothpaste until your baby is 3 and then use a pea-size amount.
not sharing foods or utensils 
only giving water when baby is put to bed
having baby seen by a dentist or physician by age 1. 

As we brush and care for baby’s teeth, we not only begin to teach our little ones healthy habits but it also gets baby used to the brushing process, and with the gentle brushing we can help to relieve any soreness that baby might be experiencing as new teeth come in.

Then as baby grows and begins to start eating more and more foods, we can teach them healthy eating habits by offering foods that are tooth healthy such as cheese, fresh fruits and vegetables. We can teach other healthy eating and drinking habits that lead to healthy teeth by limiting the sugary sweets and drinks that can cause cavities, avoiding the snacking throughout the day and also brushing after eating. Which in all can help to prevent our little ones from getting cavities and also help to give our little ones a great start when it comes to their oral health. You can find out more on how you can take care of yours and your family’s oral health, as well as get some great tips, when you visit The Mighty Mouth today!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

#Giveaway Reset Your Home this Fall with Swiffer and Febreze

This review was made possible by iConnect Influencer Management, Febreze and Swiffer was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.
The kids are back in school, the weather is starting to cool down and those first signs of fall are upon us! With the summer months now a thing of the past, I find that I am preparing my home to be welcoming for the fall and winter months. I can do this by bringing some of the scents of fall indoors, bring out the blankets to keep warm with and get rid of some of those musty odors that can resonate on them. Being in the Pacific Northwest, I like to not only watch as those leaves change colors and fill my home with the comforting scents of fall, but I also like to have cleaning products like the ones from the Swiffer line to get rid of the mud that can get tracked in and have the fresh fall scents from Febreze on hand to keep my home smelling great as well.

With having the Swiffer WetJet Mop for Wood Floor Starter Kit and supplies that include the WetJet Pad Refills and WetJet Solution Refills, I can keep my floors clean even on those rainy days. The rainy days are a norm where we live during the fall months, and with the kids, pets and others coming in and out during the days, being able to keep my floors clean is a bit easier to do with the Swiffer WetJet Mop! I like that aside from having clean floors that the Swiffer Solution leaves my home smelling fresh and clean. I also like that after I am done using a Swiffer WetJet Pad, I can easily remove it then place a new one on when I need to mop again. This not only gives me a fresh pad to use each time I mop, but also helps to eliminate the sour smell that can come from using a traditional mop.

Then when it comes to the scents of fall, I have found that the Big Sur Woods from the Febreze line is a scent that brings all of the comforts of fall into one. The scent is fresh, and one that adds comfort to any room or space it is used in. You get a vibrant, citrusy and spicy scent that brings tones of a sandalwood tree with the balance of jasmine and cherry which create a fragrance that reminds me of fall in the woods! I have found that with the Big Sur Woods, I can spray my blankets, couches, and other fabric surfaced products in my home with the Febreze Fabric Refresh, and keep the scent going throughout my home in other rooms with the Air Effects! I find that the Big Sur Woods is a scent that allows me to get that fall reset as I sit down to enjoy a nice hot cup of coffee and read a good book. Which in all, makes the choice to use both the Swiffer WetJet products along with the Big Sur Woods fragrances from Febreze, one that can help you to get that fall reset as well! And to help with your fall reset, the wonderful people from Swiffer and Febreze would like to give one of my amazing readers their own Swiffer and Febreze products!

School Lunches and Treats with Drinks from Dr Pepper Snapple Group

Compensation was provided by Dr Pepper/Snapple via MomTrends.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Dr Pepper/Snapple or Momtrends. 

The kids are back in school and like many homes across the country, we are getting back into those busy schedules and routines. As a mom, I like to seek out ways that can help to make those schedules a little easier on everyone. For me, when it comes to the routines that come with the fall schedules, I find that after school practices can take up our evenings, which includes the time the kids have for those after school snacks and playtime. So as a parent, when I head out to do my grocery shopping I like to pick up a variety of the drinks that my kids enjoy and not only use them for lunches, but also for those after school snacks and treats by adding products from the Dr Pepper Snapple Group. I like that when I shop the line up of products from the Dr Pepper Snapple Group, I can find a little something for everyone. Like those must have drinks that my kids enjoy which include Mott’s, Yoo-hoo, and Hawaiian Punch.
With the Yoo-hoo drink boxes, I find that they are great for packing in those school lunches. The kids love the flavor, and I like that the Yoo-hoo drinks remind me of my own childhood and go great with those classic lunches like PB&J! Yoo-hoo is a drink that can be drank both off the shelf and ice cold, and I can also appreciate that when my kids drink a Yoo-hoo they are getting a delicious chocolaty drink that is rich in calcium and Vitamin D!

For other days where my kids prefer a juice drink in their lunches or for when we are leaving for practice, having the Hawaiian Punch Pouches is a must! My kids love the flavor, I like that they are convenient to have on hand, and when my older kids are at practice, I can play at the park with my preschooler as he enjoys his Hawaiian Punch!
Then when it comes to finding those ways to make the after school snacks and treats enjoyable for everyone, I like that I can simply freeze any of the drinks my kids enjoy from the Dr Pepper Snapple Group line like when we freeze the Mott's Apple Juice! Making a frozen snack for the kids is simple, by just adding some Mott's Apple Juice, which has 100% Juice, to a ice cube tray and freezing them while the kids are at school. These are great for when we only have time to run home, get some homework done then run to practice, because the kids can grab them and go! The juice cubes are also a great choice for making when we want to head out to play at the park as well, allowing us to have a treat that is refreshing and fun!

In fact, when it comes to those back to school schedules, I also like to seek out ways to include active play time. Like many families, we too find that we are pulled in different directions with our schedules, and after my kids have had to sit in a classroom all day, I like to find ways to get them as well as the rest of my family up and active. I can do this with my youngest when we play at the park while my older kids are at practice, and when it comes to finding more ideas on how I can get my family active, I like that I can go to where they have lots of great tips and ideas for families!

By heading to the Let's Play site for ideas on keeping my kids active we can avoid being part of the 33% of kids who do not participate in daily active play. This statistic is one that was found in a survey that Let's Play had conducted showing that daily active play has decreased from the 41% in 2015. And with the info that we can find on Let' as well as adding the variety my kids enjoy from Dr Pepper Snapple Group, I can not only have drinks and snacks that they can enjoy, but also find ways to keep us active! Making the choices to pick up drinks from the more than 50 brands that can be found in stores from the Dr Pepper Snapple Group and getting ideas from Let's Play, ones that everyone in my house can enjoy!