Wednesday, September 17, 2014

#Giveaway VTech Go! Go! Smart Animals Zoo Explorers Playset

It is hard to believe it, but my little Wyatt is 2 now, and to help with celebrating his second birthday, we were sent a Go! Go! Smart Animals Zoo Explorers Playset from VTech to review! Over the years, with each of my kids, I have enjoyed the products from VTech, from the time they are little babies, learning those important cognitive and developmental skills and playing with those adorable developmental toys, to the time they get older and can enjoy some of the electronic devices from the VTech line of kids learning toys!
With the Zoo Explorers Playset from the Go! Go! Smart Animals line, I found that this set was not only easy to set up, but Wyatt was easily able to take it and reset the tracks how he felt fit. I find that being able to set the tracks is a great feature, so we can also add more of the Go! Go! Smart Animals sets to this one! We both also liked the adorable rhino which came with the playset, as he zooms around the zoo and talks along the way! The rhino also responds to phrases, music, and lights as he goes to the different SmartPoint locations, teaching my Wyatt cause and effect, first words, letters and more!



Wyatt likes that he can control where his rhino goes, and explore along side on the fun ride, as he rolls his rhino around and listens to what he says. I like, that aside from adding the other playsets to this one, that we can add more animals to our set, and watch as they interact! In all, making the Go! Go! Smart Animals Zoo Explorers Playset from VTech a must have item for the toddler in your life!
Well to make playtime with your little a little more fun, the wonderful people from VTech would like to give one of my amazing readers their own VTech Go! Go! Smart Animals Zoo Explorers Playset!!







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

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My Little Pony Zecora at Build-A Bear Workshop


One of Estrella's favorite shows is My Little Pony, so knowing that she can collect the My Little Pony dolls from Build-A-Bear Workshop, helps make it so she can bring two of her favorite things together! Estrella has adored our trips to the Build-A-Bear Worshop over the years, and since she was little, she has found that her excitement for what we can find there is ongoing!

Recently we were sent the My Little Pony Zecora doll from Build-A-Bear Workshop, which makes for a very neat and unique edition to Estrella's collection of My Little Pony dolls from the Build-A-Bear Workshop! Zecora is one of the Build-A-Bears online exclusives, making her a pony that Estrella and her friends see as a must have.


Zecora is not just any pony, she is a zebra and she is a friend to all of the ponies in Ponyville.  And when you purchase Zecora online, you can personalize her to your liking with the clothing and accessories that you can find in the My Little Pony line. Making Zecora not only a must have item for my daughter and friends, but also a unique pony to give to and add to any My Little Pony collection which can be found at Build-A-Bear Workshop!




Product received, thank you to Build-A-Bear Workshop for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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#NewFromBetty Baking Memories with HERSHEY'S S'mores Dessert Bars & More!

I think one of the things I enjoy most when I am in the kitchen is baking. I find a lot of joy not only cooking for the family, but also baking those desserts, that fill the house with those oh so delicious aromas as they are cooking. Well with the seasons coming to a change, and the cooler weather already starting to make its presence known, I have found that making those fresh baked goodies is a great way to greet the new season and start preparing for all of the holiday baking that is just around the corner. To help with the baking in my kitchen, I was sent some amazing desserts to try from Betty Crocker!


With these Betty Crocker HERSHEY'S desserts, which can be found at Target, I can bake up those iconic S'mores that remind us of summer, in the form of a dessert bar, and from the comfort of my kitchen! The HERSHEY'S S'mores Dessert Bars are not only incredibly tasty and a reminder of those summer memories we made, but also very easy to make, so my daughter can take part in baking in the kitchen, making more memories as we bake together!


The other dessert bar we were sent were the REESE'S Peanut Butter and Chocolate bars to bake and review. Just like the S'mores, we found that classic taste in these bars, giving us that taste from eating a REESE'S Peanut Butter Cup in a baked dessert form, which is a must for any REESE'S fans! Estrella and I enjoyed not only eating, but baking these great products from Betty Crocker, and we also found them along with the HEATH Toffee bars, which we are able to find at our local Target, to be a great addition to our list of favorite desserts from Betty Crocker! So this year, as you start making more of those delicious baked goods, include your kids in the kitchen and make some baking memories with the kids with the products from the HERSHEY'S line from Betty Crocker!



Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op.
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Be Prepared: Essential Bits and Pieces You Need In the Car for Your Family (Guest Post)

A kiddie potty here, a toy caddy there—your house may have all the essentials your children need, but when it’s time to go on a trip with your family, it’s close to impossible to fit everything inside your car to make it fun and comfortable for everyone.

One thing you must prioritize when going anywhere with your family is safety, so you should have first aid kits in both your home and your car. Keep the kit in the glove compartment so it’s always accessible and you won’t have to go out of the car when you need it.

Aside from a first aid kit, here are some other essentials you should never go on a drive without.


  • Child seats – car seats for children come in all sizes, and it’s important to have the right sizes for each of your children and that the seats fit your vehicle. Make sure your children are comfortably snug; a too-tight seat can make riding uncomfortable. Pay special attention to proper installation, as an incorrectly secured car seat can cause it to come loose while the car is in motion. 



  • Car seat protection – car seat covers go underneath the child seats to protect your upholstery from depression damage and scuff marks.



  • Travel organizer – let your children bring the toys that they want for the trip and stash these in a travel organizer to keep things tidy. Car organizers can also hold sippy cups and snacks, so your child can ride and dine in style.



  • Auto tray table – a long road trip can make kids restless, but with a fold-out tray table installed, your children can eat, play with their Legos, doodle, and fill out coloring books on the go.



  • Portable DVD players – you can have a whole entertainment system complete with headrest monitors installed in your car, or simply get portable DVD players and MP3 adapters. Bring along your child’s favorite cartoon or movie, pop it in the player, and enjoy driving without the distraction of kids asking “Are we there yet?” You can also plug in your MP3 player and sing along to the Frozen soundtrack—when your kids fall asleep you can then change to your favorite ABBA tunes.




  • Side pillows – most car manufacturers fail to consider children when they designed their airbag technology, so side pillows to cushion your child’s body in the event of a crash is definitely a must.



  • Floor mats – children get into all sorts of things and take these along with them. Protect your floorboards from mud, oil, and other gunk your children may innocently bring into the car. For best protective results, get a high-quality rubber mat that’s durable and easy to clean. Some floor mats are even designed with tall outer ridges that can effectively contain rainwater, mud, and minor spills from sodas and such.



  • Extra storage – going on a trip—or simply picking up your kids from soccer practice—necessitates plenty of storage for sports equipment, luggage, and other items you can’t leave home without. You may need roof storage and, for long camping trips, a hitch and trailer. 


Now that you have everything in place, pack up and get ready to go. Don’t forget the snacks (and the hand wipes)!


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What to Consider When Buying a Reliable Car for Your Family (Guest Post)

When you’re buying something that’s not just for yourself, you tend to think of a lot of factors: will the other person like it or suit his or her personality? Can it meet their needs? Is it reliable? Getting a car for your family is just the same, and the foremost concerns that we all have when we have our family with us are reliability, safety, and value for money. Used car dealers in NJ can help you pick out the model that’s right for your family, but before you head out, you should consider the following things first.

Budget

Families have a lot of expenses to think about: the mortgage or rent, food, utilities, clothing, daily allowances, and the like. Your budget for the car should be enough to cover not only its purchase but also the gas, insurance, and maintenance costs. It’s a good thing that the used-car market has plenty of options for you no matter how big or small your budget is, but it’s still important to stick to your budget. You can go online and have a look at the current market prices of the car models that you have in mind.

Size

The size or seating capacity of the model you’re getting should be appropriate for your family size and lifestyle. For instance, if you have a large family, a sports utility vehicle, a station wagon, or a van can be your best bet. If you have young children who all need to be in car seats, these larger models are ideal because your kids will have enough space and become more comfortable, especially during a lengthy ride.

Safety Features

When you have your family with you, safety is the top priority. The car you choose should have safety features installed, especially if you have younger children or if the car will be used by teenagers who have just learned how to drive. Must-have features include the airbags (front, side, curtain, and knee), anti-lock braking system, electronic stability program, reverse parking sensors, and of course, seat belts. Child locks on doors and windows are also recommended. Do a search for models with high safety ratings to narrow down your choices.

Accessibility

The easier you can access your child’s car seats at the back, the better you’ll feel when driving with your family in tow. Cars with sliding rear seats are a good idea, as you can adjust the seats to bring your child closer to you and attend to her when necessary. Wide-opening doors will also make it easier for you to get younger children in and out of the vehicle. MPVs or vans with sliding rear doors offer lots of accessibility and convenience.

Storage Space

The car’s storage area should be spacious enough for your child’s stroller, sports equipment, school bags, your groceries, diaper bags, and if you’re taking your pet along, a kennel.

The car is the family’s second-biggest investment after a home, so it’s only right to make sure that we make the right decision when buying our family car. Think everything through so you can have a peace of mind that wherever you go with your family, your precious ones are always snug and safe.


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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

#Giveaway Car Seat Canopy & Universal Blanket from Balboa Baby

As the time gets closer, I find that we are going over that list, ensuring we are covering all of the avenues, so when baby arrives, we can enjoy the little bundle of joy and not have to run out to get those items we might have forgotten. After having 3 of my own babies, I learned that having products on hand that help to keep baby comfortable, both at home and while on the go, is very ideal. And one way to help keep baby comfortable while on the go, is by having a car seat canopy, to help keep the warmth in as well as keep the sun and wind out of babies face.

Recently, I was sent the Car Seat Canopy & Universal Blanket from Balboa Baby to review. I found that I not only like the design selection from the Balboa collection, but I like that I can coordinate with other products, so I can have matching items for baby. I also like that this canopy is versatile and can be used not only as a canopy, but also as a play mat and blanket! It also has two unique design prints on it, so I can change it up as I choose.


Other great features include the fact that it is easy to attach and take back off, and it is machine washable, so I can wash as needed to ensure it stays clean, and since it is easily reversible, I can switch out the design as I choose! In all, making the Car Seat Canopy & Universal Blankets from Balboa Baby, a must have item when preparing for baby! Well to help with your own preparations with baby, the wonderful people from Balboa Baby would like to give one of my amazing readers their own Car Seat Canopy & Universal Blanket!





Product received, thank you to Balboa Baby for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Stepping out in Style with GB Child USA at Babies R Us

This post brought to you by GB Child USA. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Mommy Katie.
This post is brought to you by GB Child USA. All opinions are 100% mine.

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When we head out with the kids, we not only want to have the gear we need to ensure we are prepared for the adventures ahead, but like most moms, I want to head out in style. This is a simple request that many of us might prefer, but can not always afford. Well not anymore, because when I head to my local Babies R Us, I can find the bold and beautiful, Ellum strollers from GB Child, in very fashionable designs as well as selection of colors, at a price that is parent friendly! In fact, when I shop at Babies R Us, I can find both the exclusive designs from GB Child, with the Ellum and Zuzu strollers.

I like that with the Ellum strollers, I can get a stylish stroller, that maneuvers easily, with a slender design to it in a variety of bold colors to choose from, to give it that unique look that is eye catching!

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Aside from the look and easy maneuvering, I like that the Ellum is easy to fold up with the Kick n Lift Fold, it is light weight, easy to store away either with letting it stand up, tote it, or tuck away, and that it also offers the comfort your child might get from a full size stroller, in a compact style. You also get the smooth ride suspension, which is great for keeping that sleeping baby asleep when out, and the multi position recline is another great feature to help provide comfort to your little rider.

Other great features include the large basket on the bottom, which is something I look for in a stroller, and I like that the Ellum is compatible with some of the most popular infant car seats on the market, making the Ellum not only a great and comfortable stroller for my toddler, but also great to have when taking the new baby out and about!

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Then with the Zuzu from GB Child USA, which is also only found at Babies R Us, I can get a comfortable, light weight stroller, that will really come in handy for traveling. I like that the design gives this stroller a nice, sophisticated look, which has the umbrella stroller look, but is unlike your average umbrella stroller! With the Ultra Compact Slide fold, the stroller becomes a lot shorter once folded, than compared to the average umbrella stroller, and once it is folded, it is easy to store by either self standing, toting along with you, or by storing it away.

The Zuzu also offers a multi positional recline, premium comfort seating, storage basket, oversized canopy with ventilated window, and 360 swivel wheels, giving it easy one handed maneuverability along with the one touch brake! And, I like that I can use this awesome travel stroller not only for my toddler, but it is compatible with a number of infant car seats, so I can also utilize this amazing stroller for the new baby when traveling!

In all, I have found the strollers from GB Child USA give parents a great selection of strollers when shopping for baby gear, that gives them the styles they want at the prices they want all in one place when they shop at Babies R Us and all with that promise from GB Baby Gear which is, "Feel confident with every step” That's Me.

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All Hail the Hoover (Guest Post)

The humble vacuum cleaner has come a long way since its invention in 1901, while different manual versions were around before then, the first motorized model revolutionized how we clean our homes. The trusty vacuum not only helps keep the home in tip top condition, it’s an essential piece of kit that helps keep your families health in check; asthma sufferers in particular can greatly benefit from a dust free home. Below are a few of the top models on the market suitable for homes of all shapes and sizes.
Dyson cordless D56
This Dyson hoover is a great option for hard flooring and those short of storage space. The beauty of this particular model is that the upright design helps save the back ache that often comes with household chores. The double edged head cleaner and cyclone technology make light work of biggest household mess; something all mums with small children will appreciate! There is also a floor wipe attachment so the hovering and the wipe down can be done almost simultaneously.
Mop STMOP 12 Steam cleaner  
This is lightweight and affordable, perfect for those on a budget. If you don’t have much experience with a steam cleaner before you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the effectiveness of this model. You might wonder how it differs from a good old mop and bucket, but the level of cleanliness is far superior. The bacterial wipes ensure germs are neutralised at a high temperature and the mop heats up after about 10-15 seconds and comes with a cordless usage time of up to 35minutes.
Black & Decker 3.6v handheld bagless cleaner
This is a great choice for busy mums short on time and for little emergencies! Sweeping and then hovering after toddlers can be a bit of a nightmare, especially when you’re the only adult around and this gem takes the stress out of those situations. Granted it’s probably not your best bet as the only hoover in the home, the charge time isn’t the longest so it would be pretty much impossible to use for a deep clean. However its double filtration cleaning system does give you plenty of power and value for money.
Vax W90-RU-B Carpet Cleaner
If it’s an upright household cleaner for carpet surfaces you are searching for this could be the one for you. With rotating brush bars (a la car wash style) and water jets that guarantee a deep clean this beauty will unblock the deepest stains and dirt from your carpet fabric. The upright models are no longer clunky or hard to manoeuvre; the seamless transition and weightlessness make light work of any carpet.
Hopefully you’ll now have a better idea of what kind of hoover will do the job for you!


Image by James West, used under the Creative Commons license.


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Monday, September 15, 2014

#Giveaway Celebrate Child Passenger Safety Week with Safety 1st


This week is Child Passenger Safety Week, and like many parents out there, I want to be sure that I not only have the correct gear for my kids when it comes to the car seats, booster seats, and seat belts that are needed in my vehicles, but I also want to make sure that we are using them properly, to ensure our kids safety while we are in the car!



As a concerned parent, I can look into the car seat check places around my area, and also take advantage of this weekends car seat check event, that will be taking place nationwide, and at a facility near you. The list of facilities that will be taking part in the car seat check on Car Seat Check Saturday can be found by checking here: http://www.safercar.gov/cpsApp/cps/index.htm. Also, check out some of these great tips that the wonderful people from Safety 1st want to share with my readers:


Car Seat Safety Tips
By the experts at Safety 1st

Importance of Rear Facing
In March of 2011 the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated their car seat recommendations advising that children should remain rear facing until the age of two.  According to a study in the Journal of Injury Prevention children under the age of two are 75% less likely to die or be severely injured in the event of a car crash if they are rear facing. When a child is rear facing their head, neck and spine are better supported and in the event of an accident, crash forces are distributed over the child’s entire body.

Location
Typically the center rear seat is the safest place for a car seat, and never install a car seat in the front seat.  If your car does not have a latch connector for the middle seat, you can use the middle seat belt to properly secure the base.  When installing, make sure the base of the car seat moves no more than an inch from side to side. An easy way to test this is to hold at the belt path.

Car Seat Expiration
Car seats do have an expiration date, it is recommended that car seats be replaced every 5-8 years, or immediately after a crash.  The reason for an expiration date is because plastic can warp and materials can fray, which can make car seats not as effective in the event of a crash.  Additionally car seat technology and state and federal car seat regulations change over time.  Important warning labels may wear out and instruction books may get lost, which can lead to improper use of the car seat.

Safeguard the Car
Childproof the inside of the car and eliminate projectiles.  Anything in the car that is not secured is a possible projectile – even a child’s toy, or a water bottle. In a crash, objects take on greater weight due to crash forces.


Child Safety Seats by Safety 1st

·         onBoard 35 Air +Infant Car Seat
Air Protect + combines the advanced protection of the Air Protect® cushion system with patented GCell HX™ foam designed with hexagonal shapes for superior protection around the torso. TOGETHER they provide full body side impact protection.

For children from 5-65 pounds. In addition to Air Protect +, the Advance 65 Air + uses a steel-reinforced metal frame for extra stability and includes a 4-position recline for an optimal fit to your vehicle. We’ve also included color-coded belt paths and installation labels to help you install it quickly and correctly.

·         Summit® Booster Car Seat
Forward-facing: 22-40 pounds with Belt-positioning at 40-100 pound.  Fully loaded with ease-of-use features that parents will appreciate: Like the 4-position QuickFit™ headrest which adjusts without the need for rethreading and a 5-point safety harness with Center Front Adjust.

·         Incognito Kid Positioning Seat
A new category for car seats. The goal for Safety 1st is to help educate parents that any child under 4’9” (57”) in height should still be in a belt positioning seat. The Incognito blends into the car and prevents slouching to ensure comfortable and proper positioning of the seat belt.  The introduction of this seat has helped to extending child restraints to accommodate children 60 to 120 lbs. and up to 60 inches.

Well to help celebrate Child Safety Passenger Week, the wonderful people from Safety 1st would like to give one of my amazing readers a safety seat of their own! 

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

#Giveaway Back to School with The World of Eric Carle

With the new school year upon us, I find that having products to not only equip my older kids for their classes, but also having products for my little preschooler is very ideal. We like to have lots of great books to read, and one of my kids favorite books, including one of my all time favorites from my own childhood, that each one of them has enjoyed reading over and over again is, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle. This book is a must have in our collection, so when we were sent a pack of products that are perfect for gearing up a preschooler for the school year, from the Eric Carle line, we were very excited!

The collection of products we were sent all have that fun and iconic, hungry caterpillar on them. We found the lunch bag to not only make for a great lunch bag, but also a great art supplies bag to carry, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Stencils and Chunky Colored Pencils in. I also like that with the stencils and the chunky colored pencils, they are made for little hands to utilize and have fun with, giving little ones the tools they need for creating lots of great designs and projects with!

Then with the umbrella, we can use it on any given rainy day, to use and keep us dry while we run and play in the rain! I like that the products are all made to be fun, and also great to have and take out to color with as we read the book, The Hungry Caterpillar, during story time. In all, making the collection of products from The World of Eric Carle's The Hungry Caterpillar, a great collection of products for any home or to send to school, with Eric Carle fans!

Well to help gear up your Eric Carle fans for school, the wonderful people from The World of Eric Carle would like to invite you to help celebrate 45 years of the book, The Hungry Caterpillar, by giving one of my amazing readers their own set of products from the collection!



Product received, thank you to The World of Eric Carle, for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Colgate Enamel Health Products

When it comes to our health, there are many avenues that we need to cover and ensure we take care of, and one that is a very important part of our health is our oral health. Like many out there, we have oral hygiene routines in our house, ones that we not only practice and follow, but also teach our kids, so they too can make the routines we teach a part of their routines as they get older.

One thing when it comes to our teeth is that they do need cleaning, and with all of he acidic foods and drinks that we consume on a daily basis, even with our daily oral hygiene routines, we find that we might still get that gritty feeling when we rub our tongues on our teeth.

Well recently I was sent a great pack of products from Colgate, and along with the pack, I was also given some great info, to not only read for myself but also share with others. In the pack there was a mirror, along with a info sheet with a piece of sandpaper to show how when the acid eats away at the enamel, it then leaves the surface vulnerable to germs and residue, where the teeth can become gritty and the enamel can feel almost like sandpaper.

Then there was also a piece of wax paper, representing healthy enamel, which you can get when you use the Colgate Enamel Health products, showing that on the healthy enamel, it is smooth and that germs are less likely to get trapped, just like the cornmeal on the wax paper, how it slides right off and on the sandpaper, it gets stuck. Making the choice on the oral health products for my family easier when it comes to the line of Colgate Enamel Health products!



Product received, thank you to Colgate and the PR group, for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Interactive Baby Blankets from Merdy

Babies are such a joy, a joy to take care of and a joy to prepare for as well. As we prepare for a new member to join our family, I find myself in search of comforting products, ones that will come in handy, to soothe and comfort the new baby. Recently I was sent such a selection of products when I was sent some very adorable interactive baby blankets from Merdy.

Yes, I said Interactive Baby Blankets! Now, when you think of a baby blanket, you want something that is easily washable, since we all know that babies are quite the messy little beings, and when you think of interactive, you think of parts that probably should not get wet, but that is not the case with these amazing blankets from Merdy. In fact, they are both a very soft baby blanket, that are interactive, and are washable, so they are made with the fact that babies are messy, in mind!

I was sent a very adorable and soft Counting Star Baby Blanket, and a very soft and adorable Sweet Dream Wearable Baby Blanket for review!


One of the first things that stood out, aside from the adorable designs on both of these blankets, was how soft they are. Then with the musical aspect, I like that when you press the buttons on these blankets, they light up and play the very soothing lullaby music, which will really come in handy when putting baby to bed. From a parents perspective, I like that these blankets are unlike any others I have found on the market, and that they are made to help with stimulation with a growing baby and in hand helping with their development. Also with the interactive aspect, they can be used to comfort and soothe as baby grows.

Other things I like about the Twinkles of Joy products is they are:

·       Extensively child product safety tested and approved to meet worldwide standards
·       Machine washable and dryer safe
·       Long lasting battery life of 2 years or more
·       Our technology is patented in China and patent pending in the US and Canada

Another thing that I like is that I can choose to use the blanket or the wearable blanket, to help not only soothe, but also keep baby warm and comfortable, making the very adorable Twinkles of Joy line of products a great selection of products from Merdy for not only adding to your list as you prepare for baby but also giving to others who are awaiting their own little bundle of joy! Also, now through September 30th, when you head on over to the Merdy site to order yours, enter at checkout for the 20% discount Q7O1097S5KK 




Product received, thank you to Merdy for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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#Giveaway Getting Picky Eaters to Eat their Vegetables w/ Animeals

School is back in session, and those, what to do for dinner, moments are once again a reality in my house. I find that it would be so much easier to figure out what to cook, if only I could get my kids to eat and not be so picky, but the reality of it all is, I have picky eaters so I deal with it. When it comes to the picky eaters in my house, they are all opposite, from the kid who will eat all fruits and veggies that are put in front of her and snub a nose at meats, to the boy who will eat everything but his fruits and veggies unless he is tricked into doing so. So with the dilemma of coming up with a dinner menu, I turn to recipes and products, where I can get that balance, even if it is just at the dinner table, where I know my kids will get a great tasting and healthy meal, that we can all enjoy together. Recently I was sent some of the Animeals to review and try with my picky eaters.

I found that since pasta seems to be a dish that we can sometimes all agree on, as long as there are not big bits of vegetables in the sauce, that using the Animeals on some noodles with some meatballs would be a way to get a balanced meal on the table. When the Animeals arrived, there were 2 things that really stood out for me. One was the fact that the sauce is made in Texas, and the second thing was that right on the label it says that the sauce is organic. As a mom, the organic factor is always a plus when cooking and preparing meals for my family, then the fact that the pasta is made right in the USA, well that is a added bonus.
The next thing is the taste test, and because my kids do not really care what the labels say, as well as the fact that if Robert saw that the sauce is packed with good for you vegetables, he might find a reason to not try it.

So for the taste test, I was curious to see or hear what the kids had to say, but because once it was served, there was silence, I took that as my answer. I mean instead of hearing complaining that sometimes follows after I serve food like, ewe I found a vegetable or what is this, all I heard was slurping of noodles, and content kids as they ate every bite that was in front of them, making a meal with the Animeals a win win for this mom! Also making the Animeals a great selection of sauces to add to the pantry for a dinner where ensuring the kids eat their vegetables is not a issue!

Well to help with getting your kids to eat their vegetables and finding a great selection of sauces to add to your pantry, the wonderful people from Animeals would like to send one of my amazing readers their own Animeals sauces to try!




Product received, thank you to Animeals for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Steps to Take When You’ve Had an Accident on the Road (Guest Post)


A road accident can be a harrowing experience, especially if you have no idea what to do when it happens. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 2.24 million road accidents resulting in injuries in the year 2010.  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that motor vehicle collision is the leading cause of death for people 15 to 29 years old. Many drivers—even those who practice safe and cautious driving—are likely to be involved in a road accident, especially if other motorists are at fault.

Being in an accident can be terribly inconvenient, and drivers have to deal with a number of different things such as hospital forms, car damage, traffic citations, and issues of liability. If you’ve had an accident, there are certain steps you have to take. These steps are crucial in ensuring the safety of everyone involved and in making sure that the process of handling the accident is done as legally and as properly as possible.


  • Stay at the scene – if you leave the scene of the accident, you can be charged for being a hit-and-run driver, and it gets worse if you cause injuries or death. Never leave the scene until all the appropriate actions are done.
  • Check for injuries – check if your passengers and the occupants of the other vehicles that are involved in the crash have been hurt. Call for medical attention immediately, especially if you see someone in a serious condition. Don’t move a person who is unconscious or who is experiencing back or neck pain, unless a hazard requires removing a person from the vehicle. If necessary, move the injured person carefully, with special attention to the head and neck to avoid causing further damage to the head and spine. Proof of injury is also necessary in applying for insurance claims.
  • Document the accident – exchange contact and insurance information with the other motorists involved in the accident. Call the police for an official report. Take photos of the crash from all angles, zooming in on damage. The photos can help your insurance company determine how much you can be compensated for car damage and can also help in court if charges are filed. If the accident is serious, obtain legal representation right away to preserve evidence before the vehicles are transferred. Exchange information without apologizing, for you may be admitting legal liability.
  • Talk to witnesses. Witnesses can be asked to remain on site and give their statements. Get their names, addresses, and contact numbers.
  • Call your insurance company – contact your insurance agent or company to inform them about your situation. Informing the company of the accident—even if you think you are the one who caused it—can help the company document it properly so that you can be provided with the appropriate coverage under your policy. Explain the facts as clearly as possible.
  • Keep track of medical treatment – if the accident causes you to seek medical treatment, keep track of the procedures you go through and the medications you receive. Request copies of medical bills and doctors’ reports so you can document and prove your medical expenses for insurance and legal purposes.


When you’ve had an accident, remain calm so you can follow these steps and do the right thing. Stay safe!



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Monday, September 8, 2014

#Giveaway Nutrition for Picky Eaters from Enfagrow Toddler

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I was sent some Enfagrow Toddler to give to my little Wyatt to try from Enfagrow as part of a sponsored post through the SITS Girls, all opinions in this post are my own!


Having kids, you find that there is never a dull moment, and I enjoy every bit of the good and the not so good. One thing I have learned with having 3 kids is that not every child is the same. Each of my kids have a personality unlike the other, and each have their own likes and dislikes. The likes and dislikes can be something as simple as one likes pink and the other likes the color green, to one will eat fish and be picky when it comes to vegetables, where the other might eat and enjoy their vegetables and dislike fish. This kind of picky eating can cause issues when it comes to preparing meals, trying to create dishes that everyone will eat and enjoy. The thing is, with them being kids, I want to ensure they get the vitamins and nutrients they need in order to grow up healthy.

Now as my kids get older, they find that things they may not have liked the last time they tried it, is now something the love, and I have learned that the years when they are the pickiest is during the toddler years. With having a toddler, who is becoming more and more picky, I worry that he is not getting what he needs every day. I mean, there will be days, where he will eat like a bird, maybe eating just a bite or two of his meals, and not eating anything else, and on those days I really worry about him. So like many parents in the same boat, I look for products, that can help me in ensuring that he is getting what he needs in his diet.

To help me with my picky eater, I was sent some Enfagrow Toddler Formula to try. One of the first things that caught my attention was the fact that the Enfagrow is the next step up from the Enfamil that I have trusted when feeding my babies formula! I can really appreciate that this toddler formula is made to grow with your child, to help them grow and get the important nutrients they need.

With a toddler, it is so important that they get the daily recommended amount of DHA, which is what nourishes the brain, because 85% of toddler brain growth happens before the age of 3. DHA is a omega-3 fatty acid, and it is a building block for the brain. Knowing the facts on my toddlers brain development explains why they are such curious and adventurous little people, learning something new each and everyday! So knowing that toddlers only get 25% of their daily recommended amount of DHA in their diets, is something I want to avoid, and I realize that having a supplement on hand for those days that my own toddler does not eat what I give him, is something that is very important for his growth.


Having the Enfagrow Toddler for my little man is not just a formula to give him, but a supplement that I can serve to him in a variety of ways! With the Enfagrow Toddler, my toddler will not only get DHA, but he will also get other important nutrients which are important for healthy growth like calcium, vitamin D, and iron. I like that I can use the Enfagrow Toddler in a drink formula if I want, but to ensure he is eating and still getting the nutrition he needs I can also incorporate it in a variety of recipes, like pancakes, smoothies, muffins and more! I found that not only using the Enfagrow Toddler, but also taking advantage of their site, I can educate myself on my toddlers growth, as well as find some great recipes that I know he will enjoy where I can use the Enfagrow Toddler as a ingredient!

Other benefits from he Enfagrow Toddler site that I have taken advantage of is learning about the different Enfagrow Toddler products that include the different formulas for different stages in a toddlers development which are the Enfagrow Toddler Transitions, which is made to nourish toddlers age 9-18 months, and the Enfagrow Toddler Next Step, which is made to nourish toddlers age 1-3! I also found that I can purchase the Enfagrow Toddler products in both the powder format and the Enfagrow Toddler Next Step Ready-to-Drink Cartons, which will be great for taking when we are out and when we go on vacation! In all, making the Enfagrow Toddler a must have product in my home for ensuring my little guy grows up getting the nutrients his little body needs!




Well to help with your little growing toddler, the wonderful people from the maker of Enfagrow would like to give one of my amazing readers their own Enfagrow Toddler gift pack (ARV $38) to try!

For a chance to win, tell me in a comment on this post, why you want to try the Enfagrow Toddler products!

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Together Counts & Girl Scouts of America Promoting Healthy Habits

This is a sponsored post on behalf of the Girl Scouts. All opinions are my own.


As a mother to a daughter, and also someone who remembers being a young girl, I want to ensure that as my daughter grows, that she is both healthy and happy. With girls, they go through a lot, especially during these pre-teen years, where there is not only a lot going on with their emotions and bodies, but also when it comes to their peers. I can remember that one thing my mother did for me, which not only helped with gaining some amazing skills for life, but also creating and embracing life long relationships was putting me into the Girl Scouts. Being a Girl Scout was a way for me to grow and learn with other girls who were the same age, and it was also something that my grandma had done with my mom when she was a girl. Just like me, my mom remembered the skills and knowledge she gained as being a Girl Scout, so just like my grandma did with my mom, my mom did with me, my own daughter has also taken on the role of not only being a Girl Scout, but also the role as a friend and community leader, as so many Girl Scouts do!

One thing that I can remember as a Girl Scout was having that bond with my friends who were in my troop, who were girls the same age, and as we grew together, we not only explored the community and world around us, but we also learned a lot about being a girl. So as my own daughter, grows, she and I embrace the skills and knowledge that she gains from being a Girl Scout, and one thing that I, as well as other parents to young girls can embrace, are the skills they teach about taking care of their bodies and health. They are promoting healthy habits for girls with the USA's Healthy Habits Program.

With the Together Counts and the Girl Scouts of the USA, troop leaders as well as Girl Scouts and parents, can utilize the Healthy Habits Journal booklets, to help raise healthy and happy daughters, future leaders, and women! I like that as girls utilize the skills they can learn from the Healthy Habits journal booklets, they can learn about energy in and energy out, which is something that can be harder to take on later in life. Teaching girls to be aware of the calories they can consuming in with food and drink, and the calories, or energy, they burn during their activity! I can really appreciate that are available for the different stages from the Daisies to the Junior Girl Scouts, so they can start the healthy habits early on and take those habits with them as they grow. This not only helps with giving girls the information and skills to grow on, but with the Together Counts, which is a nationwide program by the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, we can help to promote health, activity and nutrition, so together we can try to reduce obesity.


The booklets are free, and the three booklets include:

Between Earth and Sky with Healthy Habits 
WOW! Wonders of Water with Healthy Habits
Get Moving! with Healthy Habits 

So if you have daughters, and you want to not only find a group that gives them that friendship and bond that they will take with them as they grow, but also leadership skills, community involvement and teach them and give them the knowledge on how they can grow into healthy and happy young adults, then look into your local Girl Scouts of America, and also utilize the free Healthy Habits journals that are offered by the Girl Scouts of America and Together Counts today! 



I am being compensated by Together Counts/Girl Scouts of USA for my participation in this campaign through the Mom It Forward community, all opinions are my own.

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