Mommy Katie

Friday, February 17, 2017

Help Strengthen Your Child's Skills with Fast ForWord®

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


When it comes to our kids and schooling, we find that not every child learns at the same pace or in the same way that others might. I have learned this by seeing it in my own children, where I have found that not every one of them learns at the same pace and where they might learn different ways. I also find that when it comes to various learning issues, such as issues with attention, and dyslexia, that the learning can be a lot harder for some. So as a parent, I find that I seek out the information and services like Fast ForWord®, which can help my children, so that they can not only build better skills, but also so they do not feel so left out when it comes to other kids in their class and grade level. Because with Fast ForWord®, like most parents and educators, they believe that every child deserves to succeed.


With Fast ForWord®, parents get a computerized reading intervention which is unlike other programs out there because it uses the principals of  neuroplasticity to make fast, and even permanent changes to the child's brain. These changes are positive changes, ones that help to make reading and all together learning, a lot easier for kids. The Fast ForWord® Home service gives parents the software for the exercises along with a learning coach who will monitor the progress and also consult parents each week. Which when parents follow, may also see improvements in their children both at home and in school when it comes to learning because with the changes, children that may have had issues with focus and attention, will pay attention longer, process information faster, and show a comprehension for what they're reading. And when it comes to how long it can take for parents to see the changes, I like that we can start seeing these results in as little as 8 weeks!


I found that after learning how Fast ForWord® works, that I really like that it helps to strengthen key cognitive and reading skills and focuses on memory, attention, and processing speed, which are keys for learning.

Then when it comes to who the Fast ForWord® exercises can work for, it has been proven that the program helps children with auditory processing disorder (APD), reading difficulties, dyslexia, autism, attention deficits, language difficulties or delays, and learning disabilities. Giving you a program that allows both parents and the program coaches to get to the root cause instead of working around it, and not only show changes in as little as 2 months but also make permanent improvements in your child's brain! Which in all makes Fast ForWord® not only a program to go with when you have a child who is having learning issues, but a program that can help any child so that they can improve and show results that have a long lasting effect!





Childhood Skin Problems to Watch Out For


Children’s skin is growing and developing at an exceptional rate, just like the rest of them. Their immune systems are also still progressing, and they are constantly being exposed to new things. This can lead to skin conditions or problems. Many of these conditions are completely harmless, but can be irritating or unsightly. Here are some to look out for.


Eczema

Eczema is remarkably common in children. It presents as sore red skin, and can be very itchy. In some cases, the skin can become broken or infected and require steroid treatment. It is often found in warm, moist areas, such as a baby’s fat rolls, and tends to improve as children get older and these areas are exposed to the air more. In mild cases, it can be managed by avoiding scented bath products and washing powder as well as keeping your baby or child clean and dry.

Allergy Rash

Allergies are another common childhood ailment. Try introducing new foods one at a time, to make it easier to identify, and avoid, any allergies your child may have.

Keloid Scars

Keloid scars occur when scarring continues to grow once a wound has healed. While they aren’t common in children, because children get injured a lot while playing, those prone to keloid scars might suffer more than an adult with the same condition. Keloid scars aren’t harmful, but they can grow quite large. This can affect a child’s confidence, as well as cause irritation and rubbing. In some cases, keloid scar treatments may be needed to remove them.

Nappy Rash

Nappy rash is exceptionally common in babies and toddlers who wear nappies. It is caused by irritation and wet skin. The best ways to avoid nappy rash are to make sure you change nappies regularly, and as soon as you can when your child poos. Then, after cleaning, apply a barrier cream to protect the skin, and treat any soreness. It is now thought it’s best to avoid using talc as this just adds friction.

Chickenpox

Most children suffer from chickenpox at some stage, as it’s unbelievably contagious. It’s generally seen as a good thing for children to have chickenpox, as it can be much more dangerous in later life, especially pregnancy. Chickenpox causes symptoms such as a fever, a rash and fatigue. The rash can be horribly itchy. If your child does contract chicken pox, ease the itching with a mild lotion, and try to stop them from scratching, as it can lead to scarring and damaged skin.

Impetigo

Impetigo is a highly contagious infection, which causes sore skin and blisters. Antibiotics can be used to shorten the length of time your child is infectious, but may not help the symptoms.

Slapped Cheek Syndrome

Slapped cheek syndrome looks just like it sounds. Your child will have bright red cheeks, as if they have been slapped. It isn’t contagious once the rash presents, and should go away on its own within 3 weeks. Most children don’t feel unwell while they have it.
If you notice any growths or rashes on your child’s skin, while they are probably harmless, it’s always best to get them seen by a doctor before trying any home remedies.




Thursday, February 16, 2017

#Giveaway Find a Better Way to Clean Your Ears with the OTO-TIP from Clear Ear


When it comes to the health and wellness of our families, along with bathing and oral hygiene, we know that we also need to insure that our ears are clean as well. Like many, I seek out the tools that can help with these tasks, and like many I seek out the tools that are both safe and effective when it comes to both myself and my family. So when we were sent a OTO-TIP from Clear Ear to review, I was curious to learn more about this tool and also share with my readers!



One of the things that stood out for me after checking out the OTO-TIP is the guard that is on it, making it so that you do not put the tool too far into the ear canal and you can clean your ears safely. This is also great for ensuring that you do not cause any damage, which can occur from using other tools including cotton swabs. Along with the guard, I like that this tool is designed to be effective, and when in use, it helps to rid the ear canal of the wax that can build up inside. Then when it comes to the ease of use, well it is very simple to use, allowing you to place it in the ear and press the button to begin using the OTO-TIP then wash off after you have cleaned out the ear! Making the OTO-TIP from Clear Ear a must have ear cleaning tool to have in any home and a great must have tool to add to you and your families daily hygiene habits! And to help with getting ears cleaned safely and effectively in your home, the wonderful people from Clear Ear would like to give one of my amazing readers their own OTO-TIP!









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

Save Big with the Pampers Print at Home Digital Coupons

This post was made possible by iConnect and Pampers. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.


As we prepare for little Zoey to make her arrival, we find that along with stocking up on all of those must have clothes and gear for the house, that Heather and her family are also stocking up on the Pampers Swaddlers needed. This is not only the case in their home, but in the homes of others who are preparing for a new baby or who have little ones who are in diapers as well. So when we come across those must have coupons for the Pampers that are a much needed necessity as well as the #1 choice of moms when it comes to baby, we not only utilize those coupons, but also share them with our readers!

See, when Heather stocks up on the Pampers Swaddlers and wipes, she knows that she is not only getting the brand that is most recommended by moms, but also a diaper that locks away 2X more mess for superior comfort and protection. We all like that we can get up to 12 hours of dryness, allowing all-night sleep protection, with the only diaper that offers 3 absorbent layers, vs the 2 that you can get with the other leading brands. And with the print at home coupons that we can get right now on the various products from Pampers, we can get the best savings on the best-fitting diaper, which includes the Pampers Cruisers that fit better around baby’s legs to help stop leaks. Making this Pampers print at home digital coupons a must have for anyone with little ones in the home who are in diapers! You can get your coupons here: http://bit.ly/2kLR3fe




Design and Drill Robot from Educational Insights


Finding new toys that are both fun and educational is something that I enjoy doing for my kids, and when it comes to finding those new toys, I have learned that seeking ones that promote great problem solving skills and more can make learning a lot of fun. So when we were sent the new, Design and Drill Robot to review from the line up of new spring toys at Educational Insights, I was excited to share it with my preschooler!
With the Design and Drill Robot, we get a toy that is great for promoting hand and eye coordination along with matching and pattern skills. We also get a toy that encourages problem solving and with the tools that my preschooler can use to build his robot, and as he plays he can also work on his building skills which is great for helping to encourage the fine motor skills that is also great for the STEM learning that we enjoy exploring in our home. Then when it comes to the robot and all he can do, I like that he can design his robot with the stickers included and pose him as well! Making the Design and Drill Robot from the new line up at Educational Insights a great choice to go with when you are seeking a toy that is both fun and educational for the preschoolers in your life!





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

Teaching ATM Bank from Learning Resources

When it comes to finding the toys for my kids that are both fun and something that is also educational, I like to turn to some of the companies that we have enjoyed in the past. And one company that I have enjoyed getting those educational toys from that are also fun is Learning Resources. So when we were sent the Teaching ATM Bank to review from the new line up of toys at Learning Resources, I was excited to check it out and share it with my kids.

With the Teaching ATM Bank, we get a fun, pretend play toy that my kids can not only play with but also learn from. Like with my preschooler who enjoys counting, when he plays with this ATM, he can start learning about money and how to count money. He can also learn math skills that will come in handy as he prepares for Kindergarten this next fall. I also like that when it comes to recognizing money and currency amounts, as he puts the money in the ATM, it counts it and tells him what it is that he is using. Then along with money counting fun features, I also like that there is a pretend thumbprint feature and a fun ATM card that he can use when he wants to make a withdraw, giving him a fun almost realistic ATM machine! Which in all makes the Teaching ATM Bank from Learning Resources a great teaching toy to go with when you are seeking out a toy that is both fun and educational for kids ages 3 and up!



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

Baby Bandana Drool Bibs Gift Pack from ABbaby



When it comes to finding those gifts to give expecting parents at a baby shower, I find that I like to seek out gifts that will come in handy, the ones that are ready to give, and the ones that the new mom will enjoy having. And one product that I find can come in handy and new parents will appreciate is a bib. So when we were sent the Baby Bandana Droll Bibs Gift Pack from ABbaby to review, I was excited to share it with our baby blogger, Heather, and get her thoughts on this fun gift pack as she anxiously awaits the arrival of little Zoey!


The ABbaby Baby Bandana Drool Bibs are excellent quality and really cute! Love the beautiful colors, the softness, and the bandana design. We are sure to get many compliments when out and about because of how cute they will look on baby. You get six bibs and an "I love Mama" hat. This is a very good value for such a high quality and super cute bib set. Very happy with these.




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


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

#Giveaway Rip It & Win It: Celebrate 40 Years of Fun with Chuck E. Cheese's and Skylanders Imaginators


When it comes to finding those family fun places to head to for family outings, meals and parties, I find that I like to head to places like Chuck E. Cheese's where we can not only get those pizza meals to share but we can also enjoy the games and prizes that are available. So when I heard that the Skylanders Imaginators are helping Chuck E. Cheese's to celebrate 40 years with the Rip It Win It cups where every cup is a winner, I was excited to get the family together and make it a date.
See along with celebrating with Chuck E. Cheese's I like that right now between February 26th, the Skylanders Imaginators are helping to make the party even more fun. Allowing kids, their friends and families at a chance to win amazing prizes when they Rip It & Win It! Below is more info on this celebration provided by the amazing people from Chuck E. Cheese's.

It seems like only yesterday we were opening our first Chuck E. Cheese’s and now, millions of birthday parties later, we’re getting ready to throw a party of our very own: our 40th birthday. But even though it is our birthday, you get the presents! 

During our Rip It, Win It promotion we will make sure every kid receives a gift with every large cup purchase through February 26.

Rip Into 40 years of fun! Each participating cup will contain a rip off tab that can be torn open for the chance to win tickets, tokens, and large prizes.  Prizes include a VIP trip for 4 to the studio that created the Skylanders video game. 

You can also win gift cards from Michaels® or Fandango®, a pizza party for 40, or 40 tickets or tokens!

Every cup wins!

So gather the family and head to your local Chuck E. Cheese's today and help celebrate 40 years with the Rip It & Win It! Also be sure to enter the giveaway below for your chance to win a Chuck E. Cheese's Guest Pass (1) Large Pizza, (4) Soft Drinks and (30) Game Tokens…a $30 value!







Product received, thank you to Skylanders and Chuck E. Cheese's as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.

Menswear Trends for 2017


Over the past decade or so, menswear has undergone something of a revolution. Men are once again starting to take a pride in their appearance. They want to look good, and are more than prepared to put in the time and effort to do so.

Retailers have responded and are now providing plenty of choice, which means shopping for clothes is now just as easy for men as it is for women. In the past, some men were left behind because they felt that most of the clothes out there were too fancy. The hipster and workwear trends changed all that, and they are set to continue. From the looks of things, rugged clothes are here to stay, for at least another year.

For my husband, who works outside, this is very good news. It makes it easy for him to find good quality clothes that look good as well as keep him warm and dry while he is working.

Lumberjack shirts

Check flannel shirts are still popular. Because they are made from a mix of wool and cotton, they are great options for the changeable spring weather. Natural fibres help your body to regulate its temperature, so, naturally, they are particularly good choice for those who spend a lot of time outdoors. They are also a great choice for those who like activities like hiking, climbing and riding.

V-neck jumpers

In the past jumpers were not widely worn by the hipster crowd, but that is set to change this year. Plain v-necks are available practically everywhere you look.

Fur lined jackets

Good jackets are still an essential, and there is an amazing choice. Bomber jackets are still popular, but they are a bit lightweight for some men, so it is good to see heavier fur lined jackets are still widely available. The changeable weather means that more men are opting to wear two jackets. This is a good look that is also practical. A denim jacket paired with a waterproof one is likely to prove a popular combination.

Earthy colours

For spring and summer, it looks like russets and greens are going to be particularly popular. However, apparently the must have shirt for 2017 will be a powder blue one, so this rangeof men's denim shirts is bound to sell well.

Skinny jeans are still in

If your husband has a wardrobe full of skinny jeans, the good news is he will still be on trend, because most designers are continuing to include them in their range. However, leg widths are starting to widen slightly with quite a few offering straight cuts as well.

Footwear

Work boots are still very popular, but that trend is starting to give way to soft, ankle length lace ups. Coloured laces are being used to add variety, and allow men to make their footwear blend in better with what they are wearing.

Summer trends

The above are all winter/spring trends. For the summer, cut off shorts, coupled with sleeveless shirts and t-shirts made from natural fibres are set to form the basic wardrobe.





Tuesday, February 14, 2017

#Giveaway Tell Me Anything Shared Journal for Mom & Daughter from Kai Kai Brai


When it comes to having a daughter, as moms we find that there is a special, unspoken bond that we share. As moms we have a understanding for what our daughter's are going through at their different stages of life, and as moms we want our daughter's to trust that they can come to us to talk about whatever is going on in their lives, the good, the bad and any questions they might have. We find that those moments, the big and small that our daughter's share with us help to make that bond even more special. So when it comes to marking those moments that we can look back on together, aside from taking the photos, I find that documenting the times can also be a great way to commemorate those times. And with the Tell Me Anything Shared Journal for Mom and Daughter from Kai Kai Brai that we were sent for review, we can get exactly that!



With these journals, my daughter and I get 190 pages to journal those memories of our mother daughter journey. We find that they are great for encouraging communication, sharing stories, and creativity. They also help with that mother daughter bond, a bond unlike any other and allowing us to bond even more so over the stories and girl time we can get from the stories and secrets we can share. Which in all, makes the Tell Me Anything Shared Journal for Mom and Daughter from Kai Kai Brai, a journal that we can save and look back on for years to come. And to help with preserving those memories with your daughters, the wonderful people from Kai Kai Brai would like to give one of my amazing readers their own Tell Me Anything Shared Journal for Mom and Daughter!







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

Syki Baby Bath Support


As we patiently await for little Zoey to arrive, we find that in order to be ready for her that we want to ensure that Heather and her family have everything they might need in place. Like many, Heather and her husband are experienced parents, but like many we find that even with the experience that there are so many products out there that we find are a must have that can help with caring for a new baby. So when we were sent the Syki Baby Bath Support to review, Heather was very excited to check it out and share her thoughts with our readers. You can check out Heather's review below!

Having used many newborn bath tubs and not really being disappointed in any of them, it's hard to imagine someone making one that actually reaches the status of amazing. The Syki bath support is so lightweight and easy to handle, it's just a pleasure to use. Once you look at it, you immediately notice the features such as drain holes to keep it hygienic, the ultra soft parts for comfort, the soft head supports and the suction cups to keep it from sliding around. There are many bath tubs on the market but this one is in a league of its own. If your baby is 6 months your younger, this should be your first choice. You will not be disappointed.


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

Snuza Hero SE Portable Baby Movement Monitor


When preparing for a new baby, we find that there are lots of concerns that we have when it comes to baby and their overall health. These concerns can range from the type of detergents we use, if baby is gaining the right amount of weight, and when they are sleeping, if they are breathing adequately and having the right amount of movements while sleeping. The thing is, as parents, we can not watch over our babies 24/7 because we too need sleep in order to take care of baby properly. So when it comes to helping with ensuring that baby is okay while they sleep, I like that we can use products like the Snuza Hero SE Portable Baby Movement Monitor to help keep new parents minds at ease. We were recently sent one of these monitors from Snuza and below is the review that Heather has created after checking out the Snuza for herself as she and her family await the arrival of little Zoey!


The Snuza Hero SE Portable Baby Movement Monitor is a revolutionary product designed to give peace of mind. One of the first things you think as a parent is, what if I can't handle this? What if I'm not a good parent? Well, just the fact that you think such a thing, more than likely proves you will be an amazing parent. If you are a first time parent, you will worry about everything! I'm not exaggerating, you seriously will. Every horror story in the news that involves a baby, will hit you personally. You will stress, lose sleep, cry and most of all, freak out over the smallest of problems. Even the sniffles will have you calling the doctor or sitting in the ER. You will read every medicine label and quickly realize that, there isn't anything your baby can take! Oh my... what now? It goes on and on.  

With that said, here comes a product that instantly gives you a sense of calm during your crazy parenting life. This little device will attach to your babies diaper and will monitor abdominal movement. No cords, wires or sensor pads to get in the way. This will alert you if movement is 8 per minute or less. This even has a vibration stimulus if abdominal movement stops for 15 seconds. That will often be just enough to get baby moving again.This is an awesome product that will literally give you peace of mind. But, don't let it replace you. Your baby needs as much of you as you can give.  This is a special time in your life and anything that can make it just a little bit less stressful, is more than worth it. I highly recommend the Snuza Hero.



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

Monday, February 13, 2017

Celebrate Valentines Day with Peppa Pig


Tomorrow is Valentines Day and like so many parents who are home with little ones during the day, I will be celebrating the day with my preschooler. Like many, I enjoy getting my kids gifts and treats to enjoy on Valentines Day, and with my little guy hanging out with me for the day, aside from going to the park, we will also be enjoying some of his favorite shows and doing some fun arts and crafts together. And to help with making our day even more fun, I will be sharing the selection of fun Peppa Pig goodies we were sent as well!


In this pack of Valentines Day goodies we were sent a coloring book and activity tin from Parragon, a copy of the “Peppa Pig and the I Love You Game” book and some sweet treats! The treats are ones that included the lollipop rings and the marshmallow Peppa Pig that my son is sure to enjoy along with the Peppa Pig Shortbread Cookies that he likes having and sharing with his friends. Which all together is sure to make this Valentines Day a extra special one with my Peppa Pig fan! 


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

Add the Football Guys from Kaskey Kids to your Next Party


When it comes to the kids and hosting parties for them and their friends, I like to seek out the characters or themes that they are interested in most. Like many kids, mine enjoy playing and even watching a variety of sports. So when we were sent some of the Football Guys from Kaskey Kids to add to our Superbowl party line up for the kids this last weekend, I was excited to set them out and let the kids enjoy them.


With the Football Guys, you can choose from a variety of products which you can do with the other sport themed characters as well. These products include the buckets which my kids loved having so they could set up a fun make believe game on the table with their friends. We found that with the buckets we not only got the two teams like you get in the mini packs, but you get the field goals, refs, and even a field to play on that rolls out for the kids to use.


Along with the buckets of players, we also found the mini packs were great for putting on the cupcakes and the individual players were also great for this as well as giving as a party favor for their friends to take home after the party was over. Making the Football Guys along with the other sports themed characters from Kaskey Kids, a great choice to add to any party!



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

Friday, February 10, 2017

12 Piece Edgekeeper® Pro Self-Sharpening Cutlery Set from Sabatier®


When it comes to the kitchen and creating those amazing recipes that I enjoy sharing with family and friends, I find that in order to achieve various cuts and such, that having the right tools is ideal. I have also found that when it comes to the knives that I use in the kitchen, that I like to ensure they are sharp, and like many, I spend some of my prep time just sharpening the knives that I will be using. The thing is, this can take time, and during those times where I do not have a lot of time for prepping the knives, and I go to start chopping or cutting the foods up, to find that I have a dull knife, I find that can then make it so that I can not get the specific cuts proper portion sizes or even looks that I am after when cooking. So when I was sent the 12 Piece Edgekeeper® Pro Self-Sharpening Cutlery Set from Sabatier® , to review, I was very excited to start using it and add it to my kitchen.


First off, I do have the say that the look of the block and knives alone gives you that more modern look to the kitchen. You get both the stainless steel look and the sharp black block that the knives come in that can really look great in any kitchen set up. I also like that with the 12 piece set that you get a great selection of knives that can help to bring a variety of dishes together and are designed to make the handling easier with the triple riveted handles that help to give you more balance. This 12 piece set includes an 8 inch Chef Knife, 8 inch Slicer Knife, 5 inch Chef Knife with kullens, 4-1/2 inch Fine Edge Utility Knife, 3-1/2 inch Paring Knife, (6) 4-1/2 inch Steak Knives. Which allow you to not only bring the dishes together as you prep and cook, but also use as the cutlery when you are serving items that require a good steak knife to cut with.


Then when it comes to the sharpening of the knives and the care, well I can really appreciate the time that I save since each of the knives is set in a slot that has its own sharpener built in. Making it so that each time we go to pull one of the knives out, they are sharpened as we pull them out. And once we are done using the knives, we can easily hand wash the knives and store them back in the block for the next use. Which in all makes the 12 Piece Edgekeeper® Pro Self-Sharpening Cutlery Set from Sabatier®  a great set of knives to have in any kitchen! You can find the Sabatier® Edgekeeper® Knives at Wayfair, Amazon and Pfaltzgraff.


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

VT Mini Pumper Fire Rescue Battery Operated Bump and Go Toy Truck w/ Flashing Lights and Sounds



When it comes to the toys that my kids enjoy playing with, I find that with my youngest son, that he loves trucks, especially the ones that make noise like the fire and rescue trucks. So when we were sent the VT Mini Pumper Fire Rescue Battery Operated Bump and Go Toy Truck w/ Flashing Lights, Sounds by Velocity Toys to review, I was excited to check it out and share it with my little guy.


With this truck, my little guy can roll around his little fire truck and watch as the lights and sounds go off to give him that true to life feel. We also like how when his truck is driving around on the floor, it can drive in circles, and when it bumps into things, it redirects so that it will continue to amuse him as he watches it drive around. Along with the truck being able to roll around on the floor and the lights and sounds, we also found that we can have the ladder go up and down when my son plays like it is heading to a fire! Making the VT Mini Pumper Fire Rescue Battery Operated Bump and Go Toy Truck w/ Flashing Lights, Sounds by Velocity Toys, a great toy fire truck to get any little one who loves those fire and rescue vehicles!



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

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Celebrate Valentine's Day with Teleflora's Hand-Made with Love Bouquets


The countdown to Valentines Day is on, and with that we find that now is the time to make those reservations for dinner and also place those orders for the flowers that are a great way to say "I Love You". For me and many others, I find that aside from the flowers that I enjoy sending to loved ones who are near or even in my home, that I also find that sending flowers on occasions like Valentines Day is a great way to send my love, even when we are far away. And when it comes to finding those bouquets that are perfect for sending this Valentines Day, I like that I can go online and find those bouquets I am seeking at Teleflora, where I can find those hand-made with love bouquets! So when I was given the chance to check out the bouquets from Teleflora, I found that the Teleflora's Swirling Heart Bouquet would be a great piece to go with this Valentines Day!


With the Swirling Heart Bouquet, you get a very pretty bouquet with pinks and reds mixed in the hand picked selection of flowers. The arrangement is great for not only sending to that special someone but also a good choice to send to family and friends this year that is sure to bring a smile to their face! Then when it comes to vase that this arrangement comes in, I like that the glazed stoneware container is one that can be used over and over again even after Valentines Day has come and gone. Making the choice to head to Teleflora to shop the line up of Teleflora's Hand-Made with Love Bouquets a great choice to go with this Valentines Day!!!!



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

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

#Giveaway Blaze and the Monster Machines: Race Into VelocityVille on DVD + Prize Pack


When it comes to our family movie nights and also those rainy days where we are stuck indoors, I find that seeking out both those new movies along with the shows that my kids and I enjoy watching make for a great addition to both! Like many kids out there, my preschooler enjoys watching some of those shows on Nickelodeon and one that he and his older brother like watching together is Blaze and the Monster Machines. So when we were sent the Blaze and the Monster Machines: Race Into VelocityVille on DVD, which will be available to bring home on February 14th, we were excited to check it out and add it to our list of family movie night and rainy day favorites!

On this DVD you get the following episodes which include:

  • Race Car Blaze - Blaze and AJ travel with their friend Swoops to VelocityVille, a town full of race cars that love to go fast. A car named Speedrick puts locks on the tires of other cars so they are stopped in their tracks, forcing Blaze to transform into a sleek and aerodynamic racecar to free his new friends.  
  • Race to Eagle Rock - Blaze brings all of his monster truck pals to VelocityVille for a wild race to the top of Eagle Rock. After they all transform into race cars with supercharged engines, they have to find a way to avoid Crusher's attempts to slow them down.
  • Sky Track - Swoops the helicopter loses his rotor and can't fly. It's up to Blaze and AJ to retrieve the runaway rotor by flying up onto The Sky Track, an amazing course that weaves through the clouds.
  • The Wishing Wheel - Blaze, AJ, and Stripes are searching for the Wishing Wheel, a magical treasure that will grant a wish for one lucky racecar. With chomping, stomping, and slithering obstacles at every turn, Blaze and his friends find it hard to stay on track.
  • The Hundred Mile Race - *Bonus Episode* - Racecar Blaze is back in VelocityVille to compete in the longest race ever, the Hundred Mile Race. Joined by his new racecar pals, Blaze will cross deserts, swamps, and caves on his way to the far-off finish line. His rival Crusher is in the race too, and will do anything to slow Blaze and his pals down.
  • The Polar Derby - *Bonus Episode* - Swoops flies Blaze and AJ to VelocityVille for the Polar Derby, a wintry race through the snow. Blaze and his monster machine pals all become racecars for a chance to win the Ice Trophy. The race really heats up when racecar Crusher tries to knock Blaze and his friends off-course.

Then when it comes to making the adding of the Nickelodeon favorites to our collection of movies and shows, we also found out that a couple of other shows we enjoy will be available in gift packs on February 28th.

These titles include Blaze and The Monster Machines: Blaze of Glory and Paw Patrol Gift Set! Which not only make for great additions to family collections but also a great gift to put in those Easter baskets this coming Easter.

And to help with making those family movie times and rainy days more fun in your home, the wonderful people from Nickelodeon Home Entertainment would like to give one of my readers an amazing prize pack which will include the gift sets along with the new Blaze and the Monster Machines: Race Into VelocityVille on DVD!!!!!











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

Baby Gifts with the Cuddle Bright Experience


When it comes to preparing for baby, we find that there are a lot of products on the market that are both great for having as well as giving to the new parents. And with our newest contributor, Heather who is due with little Zoey very soon, I find that seeking out the must have products and gifts that she and her family can enjoy for years to come with little Zoey are something that everyone can appreciate. So when we were sent The CuddleBright Experience to review, I was excited to see what Heather and her family thought about the product. The following is Heather's review on the product.


The CuddleBright Experience is an adorable product designed to help develop a deep bond with your child. The CuddleBright Lovie is super soft and cute. Babies will connect this Lovie with you and will find it calming and comforting. Lovie is one of those early year cuddlys that you will wish you had several of.  You know, for when you accidentally lose it or it wears out, it will be that powerful.  


In this collection you will also find an 18 page board book that tells a very sweet story of a goodbye routine. You can read this together every day. There is a little keepsake heart that you can keep with you as a constant reminder of your connection with your baby. Plus, there is a 140 page guide that covers 18 topics related to your child's social and emotional development. Everything included in this CuddleBright Experience is incredibly valuable. As it states, this is a brilliant way to bond with baby!





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







Get Your Air Conditioners Summer Ready Now with Snowdonia

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



With the winter weather still in full force in many areas, we find that the thought of air conditioning is not something that we might even want to think about. I mean, many of us are still bundling up, trying to stay warm, and the air conditioning for our homes is not a thought that we might be having at this time. But the truth of the matter is, the weather will warm up, and like many, when those days start to get hot again, I will be turning on the air conditioning unit in my home, and expecting everything to be ready and running. And in order to make sure that the home is ready for the warmer weather that is ahead, I find that we can contact the air conditioning pros from Snowdonia, who can not only service our existing units but also update and install new units and air ducts for the home!

In fact, when it comes to having Snowdonia come out to the home to help with those air conditioning needs, I like that they will go through a series of steps to help ensure that we get the service we need. These steps include the initial call, where I can discuss what it is that I am needing, and talk about the options that are available. Like if you have a ac unit already they can let you know if you may be able to repair your air conditioner. Once I have made that initial call and set up an appointment for a professional to come out to my home, they can then investigate the air conditioning situation even further. Which allows me to get the best products and services that are suited for my home.

From there, if I need a new system, we can find the equipment by talking to the experts, and get a quote along with the details of what all will be needed so that I can understand the quote that is given to me. Then after I get the quote, I can set up the installation of my air conditioning system, where I will know a time that they will be at my home, and also know how long they estimate it will take to get everything done. And once everything is up and running, I can then feel assured that when I need any service or maintenance needed, I can also get that all from one company when I go with Snowdonia! Making the choice to call Snowdonia now before the weather warms up, one that I will be thankful for later on.