Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Summer & Winter Weddings @ Birtsmorton Court

There are strange incidents in life. Sometimes you go totally ahead of time and plan for something before a long time it is about to happen. And call it the fate but sometimes these long anticipated trips don’t seem to be as great as we have expected them to be. And sometimes there are trips and journeys that we only make due to some sort of some social obligation and these turn out to be one of the most beautiful journeys that we make in our life. Something like that happened when I decided to attend a friend’s wedding in Birtsmount Court which is now I can say with surety; is the best when you are planning a wedding.

Wedding Venues Gloucestershire from Birtsmortoncourt on Vimeo.

And this place provides you with the dream wedding you have always dreamt of; no matter whether it is a summer wedding or a winter wedding. Although what I attended was a summer wedding. After putting a lot of thought into it; I decided to take out some time and go to the wedding of my high school best friend. She was getting married in Birtsmonton court. The reason I chose to go there was that I needed a break from my hectic schedule and wanted to visit the place where I spent an important part of my life. But what amazed me was the beauty of the place; I just wondered how could I spent so much time here and never got an opportunity to be a part of wedding in this place for so long.

The Birtsmonton court is situated in a place where every inch has the magical touch of the nature. At night the court glows like a bride itself and the reflection of light in the water nearby; the beauty of the nature itself will make you mesmerized. And the cold breeze coming out of the water is exactly what is needed for a perfect summer wedding. And if I have to quote the local residents; “the place is miraculous and has great enchanting effects in the winter weddings too”.

Overall I had a great trip and an awesome wedding but I suggest to every bride out there in the nearby areas; it will be an injustice to yourself if you don’t consider this place before you get married. 

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Tasty Organic Options for the Family from Purely Elizabeth

As a mom, I like finding healthy options when it comes to the foods we have in the house, and as a busy mom of 3, I look for options that are not only healthy, but great to grab while on the go as well for snacks. Recently I was sent some oatmeal and granola from Purely Elizabeth.

I like that the products I buy from Purely Elizabeth are organic, and I can find the products at my local Target! They make their products free of refined sugars, and they are also gluten free. Also, when I serve my family the oatmeal from Purely Elizabeth in the mornings, or when I pack the granola in the kids lunches for a snack, or even a great snack for myself and Wyatt to enjoy during the day, I can feel good knowing about giving them tasty foods, that are also good for them!

So this back to school season, while you are preparing those menus for the family, and looking for some great breakfast and snack food items to add to the lists, be sure to head to your local Target and pick up some of the products from Purely Elizabeth! Also be sure to get your $1.00 off coupon!

Product received, thank you to Purely Elizabeth for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Shoes for the New School Year from Skechers

Back to school shopping season is in full swing, and as a parent, when it comes to what the kids will wear, I not only look for the styles they want but also the products that will help them in the new school year. With Robert, he is a boy who loves to run and play, and one of his favorite things to do at school is participate in physical education and play outside with his friends during recess.

Knowing how rough he can be on his shoes, just over the summer alone, I find that I want shoes for the new school year, that are not only stylish, but also durable and comfortable. So when we were sent the Boys Skech-Air shoes for boys for Robert, I knew these shoes would be a great fit for the new school year!
For Robert, he finds that they are like walking on clouds, very light weight, yet according to Robert, they make him faster and even after running around all day, they are still very comfortable on his feet. He also likes that the straps have a cool zigzag design, and since there are no laces to stop and tie when they come untied, he can worry less about tying his shoes, and focus more on his activities that he is engaged in!

Then for me, I like that the mesh fabric on the side panels that provide his feet with a cooling effect. I also like that since they are Skechers, I know that they are a trusted brand, that will hold up, even with all of the play Robert will put them through. And with the memory foam cushioned insoles, Robert's feet will be comfortable, which all together, will make me a happy mom! So this year, as you search for those shoes you are going to get the kids, be sure to check out the Skech-Air shoes for both boys and girls, from Skechers!

Product received, thank you to Skechers for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Sunday, August 17, 2014

#Giveaway Send them Back to School with the Anti Bully Bracelets

With the new school year just around the corner for my kids, I find that even though they are excited about the new school year, they are also nervous. There are many reasons that make them nervous, from the new friends they will make, the new teachers they will get, to something that my daughter is nervous about, bullies. Unfortunately, when my daughter is at school, I can not be there by her side, to protect her, and unfortunately for her, she has experienced the wrath of a bully.

Estrella is very nervous about encountering a girl at her school. This girl put her through a lot, calling her names, pushing her around, and even stealing from her, and as a parent, I wish there was more I could do while she is in school. We had issues with the bully policies at the school, the fact that this girl got away with a lot, pushing my daughter, sending her home crying after humiliating her in front of her peers, and when my daughter went to the teachers, they did nothing unless they saw it or heard it themselves.

The issue is a very real one, and one that many parents know all too well, when their own kids come home crying, and do not want to go back to school, all because of a bully. Well, aside from raising the issue among Estrella, her friends, their parents, and the teachers this year, Estrella will also be heading back to school this year, with some Anti Bully Bracelets. These bracelets can be found at JCPenney, and they are meant to help raise awareness, and to bring a stop to bullying. They are stylish, and are not only great to get the kids to wear, but as Estrella see's it, since she received a few packs, she can share them with her friends to also wear to school this year, in hopes of making a difference, and stopping the bullies at her school!
To help with making a stand against bullies, the wonderful people from Compassion Brands would like to give one of my readers their own Anti Bully bracelets as well!

Product received, thank you to Compassion Brands  for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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#BarkWeek Bark Week Starts Today! Only on Hub Network

On the heels of "Shark Week" the people from the Hub Network have created their own, "Bark Week", which starts today and will run through August 22nd! This week will be filled with fun, creative, and cute, family friendly programming, that will be all about man's, or in my home, kid's best friends, those adorable four legged fur babies, dogs! So be sure to check out the schedule, that is all about dogs, and tune in with your family for week filled with a "barking good time"!

Full "Bark Week" Schedule:
Sunday, August 17
8 p.m. ET: "Cats & Dogs"
War is being waged between the two great armies of Cats and Dogs. When the Cats plot to destroy a new vaccine that would cure all human allergies to Dogs, the Dogs fight back to prevent the Cats from succeeding in their quest for world domination.
10 p.m. ET: "Bad Dog!"
11 p.m. ET: "It's Me or the Dog"
12 a.m. ET: "Cats & Dogs"
2 a.m. ET: "America's Cutest"

Monday, August 18
6 p.m. ET: "Too Cute!"
7 p.m. ET: "101 Dalmatians"
When a litter of Dalmatian puppies are dognapped by the wicked Cruella De Vil (Glenn Close), all of London's canines unite to rescue the pups before she uses them for a diabolical fashion statement in this live-action remake of Disney's animated classic. 
9 p.m. ET: "America's Cutest"
10 p.m. ET: "Bad Dog!"
11 p.m. ET: "It's Me or the Dog"

Tuesday, August 19
6 p.m. ET: "Too Cute!"
7 p.m. ET: "102 Dalmatians"
Oddball, a spotless Dalmatian puppy on a search for her rightful spots, and Waddlesworth, a wisecracking macaw who thinks he's a Rottweiler, lead a posse of puppies on a mission to outfox the wildly wicked Cruella De Vil (Glenn Close).
9 p.m. ET: "America's Cutest"
10 p.m. ET: "Bad Dog!"
11 p.m. ET: "It's Me or the Dog"

Wednesday, August 20
6 p.m. ET: "Too Cute!"
7 p.m. ET: "Snow Buddies"
The Buddies venture to the frosty arctic and team up with new friends, Talon and Shasta, in a thrilling dog sled race across Alaska. The daring dogs have to band together and muster up courage to face the fur-raising challenges ahead.  
9 p.m. ET: "America's Cutest"
10 p.m. ET: "Bad Dog!"
11 p.m. ET: "It's Me or the Dog"

Thursday, August 21
6 p.m. ET: "Too Cute!"
7 p.m. ET: "Good Boy"
In this comedy starring Molly Shannon and Kevin Nealon and featuring the voice of Matthew Broderick, a canine agent, Hubble (Broderick), from the star Sirius is sent to verify the rumors that dogs have failed to take over the Planet Earth.
9 p.m. ET: "America's Cutest"
10 p.m. ET: "Bad Dog!"
11 p.m. ET: "It's Me or the Dog"

Friday, August 22
6 p.m. ET: "Too Cute!"
7 p.m. ET: "Scooby-Doo"
The live-action adaptation of the beloved animated series catches up with Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. gang as they meddle their way into a mystery that leads them into murky and supernatural waters. The movie stars Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar.
9 p.m. ET: "America's Cutest"
10 p.m. ET: "Bad Dog!"
11 p.m. ET: "It's Me or the Dog"

I was given the information from the wonderful people at the Hub Network, as I am a Hub Club Member! All opinions are my own.
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Parents Just Don't Understand Premiers 8/23/14 on the Hub Network!!

As a girl from the 90's, well I find that seeing some of those characters and stars from back in the day, come back to once again entertain my own kids, is like being star struck all over again! The 90's were filled with bright colored clothes, attitude, and those boy bands that the teenage girls were in love with, so when I found out that Joey Fatone, from that much loved boy band of the 90's, 'N Sync , would be the host of the all new show, Parent Just Don't Understand on the Hub Network, I was once again starstruck!

Yes you heard me right, Joey Fatone, is back, and will be the host of the new show that will hit the Hub Network on Saturday,  August 23 at 7 pm E.T.! So just like back in the day where girls everywhere swooned over those adorable boys from 'N Sync, those now grown women, can once again swoon over their old teen heart throb and watch the new show with their families!!

The new show is a great one to add to any family tv time, and is a light-hearted, unscripted and fun loving show that the whole family will enjoy! It gives parents and kids a chance to change places, and take a walk in one anothers shoes, so they can experience the others real life struggles first hand, and gain a better appreciation for one another! So if you are a fan, and are looking forward to adding some new programming into your families list of must watch shows together, do like I did, and DVR the new series, Parents Just Don't Understand!

Product Received, I was given the information and products from the wonderful people at the Hub Network, as I am a Hub Club Member! All opinions are my own.
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Celebrating My Toddlers Birthday with Toys from Fisher-Price

As the big day gets closer for Wyatt's 2nd birthday, I find that I am looking at all of the fun, big kid toys for my big boy! To help with celebrating his upcoming birthday, we were sent the Little People Musical Preschool from Fisher-Price!

With Wyatt, he sees his big sister and brother getting ready to head back to school, so having a way for him to play school along with his older siblings when they are home, is something they can all enjoy! I like that with the Little People sets, like the Musical Preschool, Wyatt can play with a set that is made for little hands! I can really appreciate the interaction that this set has too, offering more than 35 sounds, phrases, and songs, for Wyatt to explore!

And just like a real preschool, there is a rug in the middle of the preschool room on this play set, except this rug is musical! Wyatt can press down on the buttons that make up the rug, to play music, watch the lights go off, and listen to the phrases! This fun play set includes the preschool students Eddie and Mia, along with a teacher, and a table with 4 chairs, making this fun play set a great gift to give the toddler in your life!!

Well aside from the great toys you can find for the toddler in your life from the Little People collection at Fisher-Price, the wonderful people from Fisher-Price have also started the First Birthday Club!! When you check out this amazing club, you can find some great party tips, gift ideas and so much more! Oh, and to help with celebrating the Royal Birthday, from now through November 7th, you can enter the Royal Birthday Bash Sweepstakes!

So if you are preparing for that big first birthday, second, or third birthday for your toddler, then be sure to check out he products from the Little People, and also check out the First Birthday Club!!

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

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Stylish Journals from Eccolo Ltd.

As we get ready for the kids to head back to school, I find that there is a list what seems like a never ending list of products to get the kids so they are prepared to take the new year on! With Estrella, she is one who enjoys writing, and on her list of school supplies for this year, she has a need for some notebooks to journal in. Well, when it comes to her journals, or anything else for that matter, Estrella wants to stand out, and show her own style, so when we came across the journals from Eccolo Ltd., we knew that we had found journals that can really help Estrella show off her personality!

We chose to review the Chalkboard Journey of Life journal. We like the saying on this journal, which is a saying that Estrella really likes, and I like that it is one more thing we can check off that list of items for back to school! Making the journals from Eccolo Ltd. a new favorite brand of journals for our house! So this year, as you do your back to school shopping, if you are looking to add some individuality into the mix of supplies for the kids, then check out the great selection of products from Eccolo today!

Product received, thank you to Eccolo Ltd. for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Pretend Play fun with HABA

With kids, I find that I am always in awe of them as they play. It just amazes me to watch their imaginations soar, and as a mom, I like to feed those precious imaginations of theirs with products that encourage that pretend play! Recently we were sent a set of products that will do just that, feed those imaginations of theirs with the Doorway Puppet Theater and Puppets from HABA!

In our house, one thing our kids like to do is put on their own plays. They do this with sets they will make out of old boxes that we are no longer using, and either using dolls they have already or by making their own dolls and puppets using popsicle sticks. Well, with the doorway theater we were sent, the kids can put on those shows they like putting on, and even engage Wyatt in on the play fun with the puppets!

Estrella is a girl with a huge imagination, as well as a love for the stage, so I like watching as she and her younger brother Robert, team up to write, practice, then perform their plays as a brother sister team! The fun theater includes curtains which can be put down, as they do a scene and or character changes. It is also very easy to put up, so after a day of rehearsals, they can then work on the set, making their show go off without a hitch!  I find that the theater helps give my kids that indoor theater that they aim for when they have tried to make their own, and I also like that after they are done putting on a show for us, we can easily take down the theater, store it away with the puppets, for another day!

So if you have a home with little minds, who love that pretend play, and who might also be young aspiring actors, then be sure to check out the line of adorable and playful high quality hand puppets along with the Doorway Puppet Theater that you can find from HABA!

Product received, thank you to HABA USA for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Saturday, August 16, 2014

#Giveaway Preparing for Baby with Tiny Love

Babies are such amazing little beings. I find myself in awe, watching them, as they grow and learn something new, each and everyday. It is amazing to see that in just 1 month, how much a baby can change, and how much they can learn in that 1 month, and as a parent of 3, with a new member joining our family in the near future, I know that helping baby with fun and exciting products for play time, can help with their development.

One company that I adore, and used with Wyatt, is Tiny Love. I find that they not only know babies, but they too enjoy, finding new products, by creating new things to keep babies entertained, with some of the cutest products on the market! Well, to help with our own preparations for baby, we were sent a couple of the newest products that are perfect for entertaining baby, helping them with their development, during tummy time.

With the Discover the World Play Mat, baby can discover the world, on the large, soft mat that has a map of the world on it! I really like that this mat has all 7 continents, which have very fun and colorful animals on each of them, that represent the continents that they are on! I like that we can also encourage tummy time, play time, and story time, by incorporating the animals into fun stories with baby!

The mat is great for snuggle times, when baby is small, and grows with baby, allowing exploration and imagination fun to grow as well, and with the added mirror for playtime, baby can also explore their own reflection! Making the Discover the World Play Mat a great activity and tummy time mat to get from the time baby is born!

Then with the Tummy Time Fun: Under the Sea, we can not only have fun with the adorable sea creatures that are on the mat, but we can also encourage head lifting while baby is on their tummy, using the fun crab pillow!

While baby is on their tummy, they can play with the rattle eyes, crinkly texture, and chew on the leaf teether! And like with the Discover the World Play Mat, baby can gain self recognition, by looking at his or herself in the mirror! Which, also makes for a great item to have when preparing for a new baby!

So if you are preparing for a new baby, or know someone who is, be sure to add these great mats to your lists of must have items for baby from Tiny Love! Also, to help with preparing for baby, the wonderful people from Tiny Love would like to give one of my amazing readers their own Tiny Love Tummy Time Fun: Under the Sea play mat!

Product received, thank you to Tiny Love  for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Just How Much Did GM Know about Its Ignition Switch Defect? (Guest Post)

GM’s recall of more than 17 million vehicles for ignition-switch defects that can cause the affected vehicles’ electrical systems to shut off, disabling power-steering, power-brakes, and airbags, has been widely reported. So far, at least 13 deaths have been determined to have resulted from the defect, including one that occurred when the driver’s power shut off upon impact, preventing her airbag from deploying.

Some action has already been taken against GM for its management of this issue. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has fined the corporation $35 million for its delay in turning over information that might have resulted in an earlier recall, and the Department of Justice (DOJ) has been reported to be collecting information in preparation for a possible criminal investigation of the matter.

How much did GM know about its ignition-switch defect and the dangers it posed before it issued its first recall, or even before it put the vehicles containing the defect on the market? A hearing to be held on July 17 by the Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance—which will include questioning of officials from Delphi, the supplier of the defective switches—will tell us more. But we already know quite a bit from two earlier hearings by the U.S. House Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee and reports from other sources.

In 2001, a GM engineer reported that the switches failed to meet electrical engineering requirements. In February of 2002, the same engineer discussed the failure of the switches to also meet mechanical engineering requirements with Delphi, the supplier of the switches. Yet, in May of 2002, GM approved shipment of the ignition switches from Delphi and began production of the first vehicles to contain the faulty switches later that year.

Complaints of stalled vehicles begin to come in as early as 2003. Documents discovered by the DOJ reportedly reveal that GM officials were aware of the defect’s potential for deadly injury in 2004. GM’s first recall for the ignition-switch defect is finally issued, ten years later, in 2014.

GM’s Potential for Liability for Injuries and Deaths Caused by the Ignition-switch Defect

In yet another attempt to save itself money (in addition to the money it saved by releasing vehicles with the ignition-switch defect and then failing to recall them any earlier than it did), GM declared bankruptcy after lawsuits seeking compensation from the corporation for injuries and deaths caused by the defect were filed. As a result, GM has been protected from liability for injuries that occurred as a result of the defect before its 2008 bankruptcy.
Federal criminal fraud charges that may be brought against GM by the DOJ are speculated to have a possible effect on GM’s future ability to rely on its bankruptcy shield, however. Even if GM maintains the protection afforded by its bankruptcy for accidents occurring before 2008, GM remains liable for any accidents occurring after its declared bankruptcy.

Product Liability Law

Most states have enacted some form of the Model Uniform Product Liability Act (MUPLA). Though product liability laws may differ from state to state, most states allow for product liability actions under a breach of warranty, negligence, or strict liability theory. As strict liability claims relieve a plaintiff of the burden of proving negligence on the part of a product manufacturer, most product liability actions brought to recover damages for personal injuries caused by a defective product are brought as strict liability actions.

Product liability law applies to cars and other motor vehicles as well as to the component parts and safety features of such vehicles. When a vehicle or vehicle component is designed or manufactured in violation of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS), Title 49, U.S. Code, the manufacturer and designer of the vehicle may be found strictly liable under most states’ product liability laws for injuries sustained by a plaintiff as a result of the product defect. The manufacturers and designers of defective component parts of a vehicle may also be held strictly liable for such injuries. In addition, the assemblers, suppliers, retailers, and others in the chain of the vehicle’s distribution may be found liable, though some states’ laws protect retailers from liability for defects that did not result from the retailer’s negligence. Thus, Delphi, as the supplier of the defective ignition switches in the recalled GM vehicles, may also be held strictly liable under most states’ product liability laws for injuries determined to have been caused by the ignition switch defect.

Liability for Wrongful Death

The manufacturer and others in the chain of a defective product’s distribution may also be found liable in a wrongful death action for damages suffered by a deceased accident victim’s family as a result of the victim’s death if the defect in the product is determined to have been a cause of the victim’s death.

Car Manufacturers’ Duty to Consumers Is a Serious Issue

Today’s writer, Jeffrey Killino, is the managing partner of The Killino Firm, P.C. and a respected litigation attorney with extensive experience with all types of accident, personal-injury, defective products, and wrongful death cases, including those arising out of injuries or deaths caused by defective cars and other motor vehicles. Attorney Killino is concerned with injuries and deaths caused to consumers by recalled and other defective vehicles and has obtained national recognition through appearances on major television networks such as CNN, ABC FOX, and the Discovery Channel, regarding his involvement in national cases, including a product-liability action that resulted in the recall of 450,000 defective tires manufactured in China

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Products for Both Mom and Baby from aden + anais

When we head out to find the items that will be needed for when baby makes his or her big debut, I find that also having products for mom is ideal. As baby grows, I find that the skin on the belly not only gets stretched, but that skin becomes itchy and can develop stretch marks. So having a stretch mark cream that not only helps with reducing any stretch marks, but that is also a natural product to use on the belly is something I look for. Well recently, I was sent a great stretch mark cream, along with some other skincare products and even a great organic swaddle, from aden + anais!

Being able to not only find the blankets and other comforting products, but also find skin care products, all from one place, is ideal. So when I was sent the products from the aden + anais skincare line, I was excited to try them out. I can really appreciate that they not only include baby in the skincare line, but that they also have products for mom, with the stretch mark cream! With the bubble bath and shampoo, I can bathe baby, in a gentle and cleansing line of products, which are also from one of my favorite baby brands!

I like that with the bubble bath, I can bathe baby with some fun bubbles, and create a calming atmosphere with the sweet Australian Sandalwood scent, and I like that the bubble bath is gentle and tear free, which is what I also get with the cleansing shampoo from the aden + anais skincare line of products for baby! Then after bath time is over, I can swaddle baby with the soft, Organic Swaddle, giving both mom and baby a great set of products to keep them happy! So if you are preparing for a new baby, or you know someone who is, be sure to check out the products from aden + anais, which includes the great line of skincare products!

Product received, thank you to Aden + Anais for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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#Combos4Success Old Spice Successful Combinations + Coupon

Growing up, a memory that I have, from both my dad and my grandfather, was the smell of Old Spice. That smell is something that I adore, something that can remind me of all of the wonderful times I shared with my grandfather when I was little, and the memories I still make with my own dad. One memory of my dad, where Old Spice plays a role, in my adult life, is of him not only walking me down the isle and giving me away to my husband, but also performing my wedding ceremony. So it is not a surprise that my husband is also a man of taste, and uses the products from Old Spice.

I know that over the years, the Old Spice brand of products for men has grown, from being a aftershave and cologne, to now having a whole range of bath and body products that have a amazing selection of scents to choose from. And my husband, being a Old Spice man, likes finding the products he can use both in the shower, like the Old Spice Body Wash + 2-in-1 Shampoo, and after the shower, like with the Old Spice Deodorant, giving him a successful combination giving him that full manly odor, from head to toes, that in my eyes, only Old Spice can give the men in my life!

Well the people from Old Spice recently conducted a pole, on men ages 18-35, discussing the topic of combinations, and asked the men they poled, about their favorite combinations, ranging from food combinations to best combo combinations when it comes to reliving their childhoods! You can see the results on the pole by checking out the below infographic!

Also, be sure to get your man covered from head to toe, by getting him a Old Spice successful combination, and you can do so when you use the coupons below, hurry because the coupons will expire on 9/30!

This post was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Old Spice. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.
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The Hobbit and The Return of the King Deluxe Editions on DVD

Finding movies to share on our family movie nights, that are both entertaining and kid friendly, is what I aim for, so when we were sent the movies, The Hobbit, and The Return of the King, Deluxe Editions to review, I knew they would make a great fit on our movie nights!

With both of these movies, you get the animated versions of the hit books by, J.R.R. Tolkein, starting with The Hobbit, where with both movies, you find a world long ago, where humans, elves, hobbits, wizards and other mystical creatures, coexisted side by side, and teamed up to fight a battle against evil. In The Hobbit, you get the very peaceful, homebody hobbit, who embarks on a journey like no other. One filled with magic and danger, one that changes his life forever.

Then in the movie, The Return of the King, you find Frodo, who is also a hobbit, who faces a great battle, one that is part of The Lord of the Ring Series, where he must fight evil in Middle Earth in order to restore the peace on Earth!

We found both of these movies to be great versions of the books, and a very kid friendly set that is great for any given family movie night! Both of these movies are available to bring home and share with your family today!

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

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Display Your Kids Art with the My Art Gallery

With the summer time, we enjoy our time outdoors, but when the weather is not so permitting, I like to find great indoor activities to do with the kids. One such activity is doing fun arts and crafts. It seems that at least once a week, the kids find time to sit down to draw and paint, which is not only a great indoor activity, but also a great way to get those minds working. But like many other houses with kids, we end up covering our refrigerator with all of their masterpieces, and they end up getting ruined by Wyatt running by and messing with them, or just from being out, doors being opened, people rubbing up against and such. So this year, instead of displaying all of their artwork all over the refrigerator, I was sent a great and fun kit to put their art in, save it, protect, and show it off for all to see, when I was sent the My Art Gallery to review!

With this great kit, I can rotate the kids art, by just putting their newest pieces in the front to be displayed, while storing the others behind, up to 35 per frame! I also like that I can display the kids artwork in the frames on a metal surface like the refrigerator, or a wall with a flat surface where I can mount the set of frames! Making the My Art Gallery a great item to have in any house with kids!!

Product received, thank you to My Art Gallery and Advertise with Bloggers  for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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How To Double Savings

We're living in days where every penny counts and you really have to watch carefully where your money goes. Even if you make a leak-proof budget and plan your purchases accordingly, most people find that it's hard to make a dollar stretch as far as they need it to. It just seems like there are always items that get pushed to the bottom of the shopping list due to lack of funds.

It wasn't so long ago that when you needed to buy something, it was off to the local shop you’d go! You would load the kids into the car and drive whatever distance it took to find the right item for the best price. Obviously, that might not be from your neighborhood store on the corner; so driving from one locality to the next, or even across town, was part of the plan when comparison shopping. Remember those days?

The Lost Art of Clipping Coupons

One of the ways we found to save money was by clipping coupons from the daily newspaper. Not such a big deal—if you like sitting down at the table with a pair of scissors and going through the coupons and ads; page by page. At the end of one session, you could actually have a nice little stack of money-saving coupons. You could throw them into an envelope and take them with you every time you went shopping; hoping to cash in on one of them. Or you could spend a bit longer at the table to play the matching game—matching each of your coupons up with sale items in the paper.

To each his own, but that seems like a terrible waste of time just to save a few cents! Not to mention the frustration involved when you just KNOW you have a coupon for a particular item but can't find it. Never mind—it had probably already expired anyway.

Stretching Your Dollar on the Internet

Online shopping is a FANTASTIC way to stretch your spending dollar. Whether it's clothes for the kids, furniture for the house or garden tools, most people have discovered that the Internet is the place to go for the best bargains. Really, is there anything you can't buy on the Internet? Besides the sheer convenience of shopping from anywhere that you have access to a computer with Internet, you can save a ton of money with online shopping. By doing a search for the item you want to buy, you can see a range of prices from vendors across the city or half way across the world! Now, just think how much you could save if you could also use coupons to make those products even cheaper! That’s possible by going to coupon sites like This is a site that gives you real-time online coupons and promotion codes that you can apply to your purchase today—right now.

Doubling Your Savings with Online Coupons

This is how it works. You go shopping online for the items or services you want. Then check out a coupon site like retailmenot or to see which promotions or coupons you can apply to your purchase. Without any effort on your part, you can enjoy additional savings on your purchase. It could be a coupon for a percentage off your total charges, a promotional code for a discount of a few dollars or even free shipping. Whatever the figure is, it amounts to hard earned cash that stays in your pocket! You can either go directly to the site and take a look at the deals available or you can sign up for the mailing list. Every week you’ll get a message in your inbox updating you on the latest promo codes, savings and online coupons. They do all the legwork for you.

Getting the Best Deals

As a one-stop shop for online coupons from Nordstrom, Overstock, Kohls makes it fun and easy to access and use online deals. No one person could possibly keep track of all the available promo codes and online coupons along with expiration dates and restrictions, but they keep track of thousands of online retailers so that you can spend your valuable time getting down to the nitty-gritty of shopping. Instead of digging through online sites for the cheapest prices, you can search for the items on your list, apply one of our coupons and voila! You just saved yourself time, hassle and money! There is no easier way to buy what you need and keep money in your pocket.

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The Big Car Carrier from Little Tikes #TeamLittleTikes

As Wyatt gets older, he finds more and more interest in the big kid toys, but being a toddler, not all of those big kid toys that his older siblings have are safe for him to play with. With Wyatt's 2nd birthday just around the corner, aside from the big party planning, I also want to get my little big man, some new toys that are not baby toys, but big boy toys, that mimic the ones that his older brother have, but that are meant for younger kids.

One company that I have used with my older kids, even still use for Robert, and that I enjoy finding those big boy toys that Wyatt will appreciate having and playing with is Little Tikes! Well to help with finding those big boy toys for Wyatt's big day, we were sent the very cool, Big Car Carrier to review!

Like many other little boys, and like his older brother, Wyatt loves cars, and big trucks, so when I saw this toy, I right away saw that this toy has both the fun cars he can roll around on the floor, along with a big truck. Oh, and this truck is not just any big truck, it is a car hauler, so Wyatt can haul his cars around, then roll them out the back off of the ramp, so he can roll them around and even race them with his big brother!
I like, that instead of those little metal cars that Wyatt is always wanting to play with when he plays with his older brother, the cars that are on this carrier are plastic and also bigger. I also like that Wyatt can play with the Big Car Carrier both indoors and out, so he can take his truck and cars along with him while he is playing! Making the Big Car Carrier from Little Tikes a great gift to add to the list of must have items for that big boy toddler in your life!

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

#Giveaway Pin to #Win $450 Decor Bundle from Mamas & Papas (Guest Post)

“Pin to Win” a d├ęcor bundle worth over $450 from Mamas & Papas. To enter, first follow @mamasandpapasus on Pinterest. Then, create your own pin board titled “Mamas & Papas Dream Nursery.” Pin at least 10 items that represent your dream nursery. Make sure at least five are from the latest collections on and you tag your images with #mamasandpapas and #dreamnursery. Once you’ve completed your dream nursery board, submit your entry by commenting on the competition pin ( with a link to your board!  The competition runs from August 4th – August 18th, and the winner will be announced on Pinterest on August 19th. The Once Upon a Time Bundle includes: 4 piece bedding set, nursery rug, canvas picture, luxury crib mobile, hooded baby towel, embroidered fleece blanket and crumble bear!
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

#Giveaway Back to School Labels from Kidecals

As we prepare the kids for the new school year, one thing that I see as a must have for each of my kids, is having personalized name labels. When the kids go to school, they will find that they will see some of their old friends as well as make new ones, along with meeting their new teachers and learning new things, and keeping up with their items is something that they might not be thinking about. So when I was given the chance to review some personalized labels from Kidecals, I knew they would be great for getting Robert set for the new school year!

Robert will be heading into the first grade, and like many other little boys his age, there will be a million and one things going on in his busy little life, so keeping track of all of his supplies, that some of his friends might also have the same of, is not on that to do list of his. As a mom, I like to find things that will not only come in handy, but things the kids will like, so when I saw the camo design to use for some labels, I knew they would be a great fit for my Robert!

I found the selection of labels to be what I needed, and the ordering process was very easy. Once I had picked out the labels I wanted to go with,  and filling in the information I wanted, I was able to then pick out my pack of labels and place the order. Then when they arrived, I was very pleased, and since we have been doing a lot of our back to school shopping already, I found they were very handy, so I could get a head start on labeling all of Robert's school supplies for the new school year! Making the labels from Kidecals a great set of labels to add to any back to school shopping list so you can help your kids keep up with their belongings!

Well to help with the back to school shopping in your home, the wonderful people from Kidecals would like to give one of my amazing readers a $29 gift code to use to purchase their own set of personalized name labels!!!

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

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