Mommy Katie

Thursday, September 22, 2016

#Giveaway Super Wubble Bubble Ball

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


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


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



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

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



a Rafflecopter giveaway




Notorious New Series Thursdays on ABC

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


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


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



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




Tuesday, September 20, 2016

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

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

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

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

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



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







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

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


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

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

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




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

Galaxyz Blue Apprentice


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



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


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




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

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


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



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

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

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



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

Monday, September 19, 2016

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

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


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

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



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

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


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




Sunday, September 18, 2016

#Giveaway Reset Your Home this Fall with Swiffer and Febreze

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


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


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









School Lunches and Treats with Drinks from Dr Pepper Snapple Group

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

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

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

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

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



Friday, September 16, 2016

#Giveaway Boudreaux’s Butt Paste Prize Pack with $25 Visa Gift Card

The information, products, gift card, and giveaway have been provided to me by Boudreaux’s Butt Paste. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

When it comes to caring for baby and even kids in general, we as parents and caregivers want to keep them from having to deal with any pain or discomforts. We do so by keeping our little ones healthy, feeding them foods that are easy to digest, and changing their diapers to try to avoid diaper rash. The thing is, we can not always keep them from getting sick or from getting those dreaded diaper rashes. So as a parent, I like to have the tools on hand that can help me give my little ones relief when they need it most by having a selection of products from the Boudreaux’s Butt Paste line up.

I learned years ago after having my first baby that the line of products from Boudreaux’s Butt Paste is a must have when you have little ones. It was at a baby shower that was thrown by the nurses I worked with at a hospital when I was introduced to the Boudreaux’s line. I had received a few tubs and tubes of the Butt Paste products and was given great advice by those who not only had kids of their own, but also worked with little ones as well. I soon learned that having the products from Boudreaux’s on hand both in the home and in the diaper bag was a necessity after my daughter was born.

My lesson came when my baby had gotten her first stomach bug after being in daycare. We were in what seemed to be like a never ending diaper changing stage for a couple of days, and during that time of changing diapers and her clothes more times than I had ever expected, she had started to develop a diaper rash. We started using the Butt Paste shortly after the changes had started, and it was the Boudreaux’s Butt Paste products that helped to give my babies bottom some relief.
Information about Boudreaux’s Butt Paste:
  • From the Boudreaux’s Butt Paste 2016 survey of more than 1,000 millennial parents, 82% of respondents wish they had more tricks up their sleeve to prevent diaper rash.
  • Boudreaux’s Butt Paste is a powerful and fast acting diaper rash prevention product yet is free of the harsh butt-irritating ingredients like Parabens, Preservatives, Dyes, Phthalates and Talc ingredients included in some diaper rash ointments
  • Pediatricians have always recommend parents use a diaper rash cream/ointment that leaves a thick barrier between the diaper and the skin, exactly why Boudreaux’s Butt Paste has been specially formulated to provide the thickest barrier of protection that forms immediately upon contact with your baby’s bottom.
  • Available in three targeted formulas to help protect against and improve diaper rash – Original, Maximum Strength and All Natural
    • The Original Formula – contains 16% Zinc Oxide which treats skin irritations by creating a barrier to seal out wetness
    • The Maximum Strength Formula – contains 40% Zinc Oxide for over two times the rash fighting power as the Original Formula
    • The All Natural Formula – In addition to 16% Zinc Oxide, this has been formulated with natural soothing and calming ingredients like Aloe Vera to soothe skin

I found that as a new mother that I was very grateful for the advice and the Boudreaux’s Butt Paste products. The products not only helped us to give my baby relief on her little bottom, but after her tummy started to feel better, her bottom was able to heal as well with the continued use of the Butt Paste until the rash on her bottom had cleared up. I have found that when it comes to the products from the Boudreaux’s Butt Paste line up, that they are great for having on hand not only when you have babies but also as the kids grow. The Butt Paste products come in handy for diaper rash, for when you have kids playing sports to help with chaffing and more! Making the choice to have the Boudreaux’s Butt Paste products in the home when you have babies and kids a great choice to help to give them relief when diaper rashes and chaffing come into play. So as you prepare for your new baby or as you seek out ways to give little bottoms relief, be sure to pick up some of the Boudreaux’s Butt Paste! Also enter to win your own Boudreaux’s Butt Paste prize pack that includes a $25 Visa Gift Card in the giveaway below.








#Giveaway Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows on Blu-Ray

Family movie night is a night we look forward to in my house, and with new movies coming out that the we can all enjoy, we find that we get excited to check out the new releases and share them! Like so many kids who grew up in the 80's and 90's, I can remember the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles being all the rage. So like many who have kids of their own now, I enjoy sharing and watching the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with my own kids. Well, with the new movie, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows available to watch on Digital HD now and available to bring home on September 20th, we are finding that our kids are just as excited for the new movie release as I can remember being when I was a kid!



In this new movie you find that those pizza loving, totally awesome heroes in a half shell are back and ready for more action as they strive to stick together and save the day. You get the same heroes that include the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles along with their friend April O'Neil and their newest friend, Casey Jones! The group must team up and find a way to keep Shredder, who has escaped custody, from trying to take over the world.

We are excited to see what will happen and how the team will come together to try to save the world when we make it a family movie night to watch the new movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows on Blu-Ray and DVD. You can too by heading out on Sept 20th to bring home your copy and by entering to win your own copy in the giveaway form below!!!





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

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

#Giveaway 3D Coin Art US Flag

This review and giveaway was made possible by the PR and 3D Coin Art. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.


As our kids grow older we as parents, grandparents and caregivers like to create memories and have photos and keepsakes that can help us to remember the special times in our lives. I have found that by having fun projects that we can do with our kids, that we not only have fun creating them at the time, but we also have fun displaying them and reminiscing on them for years to come. So when we were sent the 3D Coin Art Flag to build and review, we were excited to check it out.

With the 3D Coin Art, we can collect coins that can be used to create a piece of art that resembles the United States Flag. We can use coins that are from certain dates that have meaning to us, ones that we find when we are out having fun to mark the moment, and giving us a project that we can involve all of our kids in. In this puzzle kit, we get the pieces to help us get started on our project that include 2 coin trays, 2 coin lids, 2 coin counters, a stand with 2 brackets, stickers, and the instruction sheet.

To get started, we can begin collecting the pennies, nickels and dimes which will be used to create our puzzle. As we fill up the coin counters, we can then start putting together our puzzle which snaps together once the trays are filled. For the pennies, we add them to the part of the flag that would represent the red stripes, the nickels go in the place that represents the white stripes, then the dimes are put in place to make up the stars that are in the United States Flag!

Then once we have completed our flag, we can place the stickers on, put the stand together, and display our flag for all to see on the mantle! Making the 3D Coin Art Puzzles a great choice to go with when you are looking for a great way to display your coin collection. Also be sure to enter to win your own 3D Coin Art Puzzle in the giveaway form below.



a Rafflecopter giveaway









Fivefold Fox Elements Series Aromatherapy Necklace





When it comes to those essential oils, we find that there are many oils and oil mixes that can help us with moods, what ails us and offer us a pleasant fragrance that we can wear in place of perfumes. Like many, I enjoy having my collection of essential oils on hand, and when I am away from home I find that it to be ideal to have some of those oils and mixes with me. So when I was given the chance to review the Fivefold Fox Elements Series Aromatherapy Necklace, I was excited to check it out.


This necklace is a locket that opens up to allow you to place one of the colorful felt pads that are included with your favorite oils and mixes. The necklace is stainless steel giving you a hypoallergenic metal that does not have any nickel and that will last for years to come. I like that with the various colors of pads that I can change out the pads to use with different oils or use the different colors to accessorize with. I also like that with just about 2-3 drops of my favorite oils or mixes added to the pads, I can take those oils that help to calm, soothe, relax me and more, with me when I am away from home.

There are 5 designs in the collection of lockets that you can choose from, which include Air, Earth, Fire, Water, and Life. Then when it comes to the care and use, I like that I can wash the felt pads under water so that I can use the pads over and over again, and I can also wipe the locket clean for continued use as well. Making the Fivefold Fox Elements Series Aromatherapy Necklace a great choice to go with when you are seeking out a aromatherapy necklace to wear when you want to have your oils with you!






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

Shop Search Earn and Save with Qmee

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


When it comes to the family budget and shopping, the two do not have to be mortal enemies. For me, I like to seek out the services and savings sites that can help me bring that family budget into play while I shop. I also clip the coupons, shop on those days where deals such as free shipping or exclusive discounts will be offered, and do it all without breaking the bank by utilizing services like Qmee.



Like many, I have found that online shopping is not only convenient, but it can also save me time and money. So having the deals at my fingertips is ideal to have when I am shopping and using Qmee is simple. Once you signup and download the service, you can then begin utilizing the perks right away or the next time you are shopping online. I mean, like when I go on to start shopping at sites like Amazon and Target, I just put in what I am seeking out in my browser and when Qmee finds a service or deal that is relevant to my search, I will be able to see those finds and use them while I shop.


The service also allows me to clip the coupons that Qmee might find, show me the product I am shopping for at a discounted price, as well as show me the savings I am getting while I shop. These deals do not interrupt my shopping either, instead, Qmee works like a personal shopper savings companion in the background, seeking out the deals, price comparisons, and coupons on the products I am already shopping for. Taking the time and guesswork out of the comparison shopping and also showing me the savings as I shop.


Then when it comes to earning money, I can do that by simply searching the keywords for the what I am seeking, engaging with brands to get cash rewards, refer friends and family to join, and take shopping surveys from some of my favorite brands. After I have earned some cash in my piggy bank, I can either leave it there to let it add up or cash it out at any time by having it transferred to my PayPal, by redeeming for gift cards, or by donating it to various charities of my choosing. Which in all, makes the choice to use Qmee a great one when you are seeking out ways to save both time and money as well as earn money while you shop online!



Tuesday, September 13, 2016

#Giveaway Dream Frenz

This review was made possible by iConnect and Dream Frenz.  I was provided product and compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine.
When it comes to my kids and bed times, I find that it can be a task that is a lot easier said than done. It does not matter whether we are at home or if we are traveling either, bed time seems to be a like a four letter word for my kids, especially my preschooler. So like many parents in the same boat, I like to seek out the products that can help make the whole bed time routine a little easier on everyone. Recently I was sent such a product that can help with the bed time dilemma when I was sent PJ from the Dream Frenz line up.


With Wyatt he loves having his stuffed toys and animals in the bed with him, but like many who have the issue of bed times both in the home and when traveling, we find that having a bed or car filled with stuffed toys is not a good idea. So when we were given the chance to review a Dream Frenz, we chose to go with PJ who looks like a pirate since Wyatt loves pirates. We can really appreciate that with the Dream Frenz, they take the place of all of those stuffed toys and pillows that Wyatt seems to always have on his bed. Allowing him to find the comfort he enjoys having from his stuffed animals and pillows, from one pillow toy that inspires imagination.


Aside from the pirate head that makes up the pillow part, Wyatt likes the small body that comes out, which allows him to play with his Dream Frenz then tuck the body away when it comes time for bed. Along with the fun toys, I also like that the idea behind the Dream Frenz comes from drawings that one mother took and turned into a fun line of stuffed pillow toys.


These drawings were ones that a preschooler had originally made which are similar to those drawings that many young kids make when they are told to draw themselves and their families. Giving the characters a fun, colorful, smiling big head and small body, which is called a tadpole drawing and in hand, gave the mom the idea that every child can be a dreamer!


There are several Dream Frenz that you can choose from in the collection and more that will be coming out soon, which are all designed by kids and have selections for both boys and girls available. Making the Dream Frenz a great choice to go with when you are seeking out a toy that can help to inspire your little ones as they dream at night and also replace some of those stuffed toys and pillows on their beds and when you travel. Dream Frenz is ONLY available at Walmart.com. Also, be sure to enter for a chance to win your own Dream Frenz in the giveaway form below!








Disney's The Jungle Book on Blu-Ray and DVD

Finding those family movies to add to our family movie nights is something that we enjoy doing in my home. We like to seek out the newest movies that are out there, that the kids see as a must have and that are great for adding to our collection of family movies. So when we were sent the movie Disney's The Jungle Book to review, we were excited to add it to our family movie night collection!



In this movie you get that classic tale of The Jungle Book brought into a whole new light where the story is brought to life. The adventure is a live action adventure that brings the jungle and the story together like never before which is inspired by the classic cartoon version of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book which happens to be a fun family favorite in my home.

We loved seeing Mowgli on the big screen and watching how his bond with the wolves he was raised by and his other animal friends bring that classic story together. We also found ourselves in awe in King Louie's palace and how the characters of Shere Khan and Baloo are brought into the story. And with us having the movie to watch from home, we can enjoy those epic scenes and the story over and over again during family movie nights and more! Making Disney's The Jungle Book a great choice to pick up and bring home when you are seeking a movie to share during family movie night that you and your family are sure to enjoy!






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

Monday, September 12, 2016

#Giveaway Boppy® Best Latch™ Breastfeeding Pillow

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Boppy®. The opinions and text are all mine.


When it comes to preparing for a new baby, many of us find that it can be somewhat overwhelming. I mean, there is so much that we need to have in place before baby arrives, and when it comes to what to get for baby I find that having those products and tools that can help to make caring for baby a little easier for everyone can make all the difference. I have learned that when I am preparing for a new baby, that I have a basic go to list that I refer to, and on that list the Boppy® Breastfeeding Pillow is at the top of my list. So when I was introduced to the new Boppy® Best Latch™ Breastfeeding Pillow; Support for all Momkind®, I was very excited to check it out and also share my views on it with my readers.




For me, when it comes to comfort when you are breastfeeding, I have learned that having a feeding pillow like the ones from the Boppy® line up are a great way to go. See when you have a breastfeeding pillow that gives both support and comfort, you can get a better breastfeeding experience, and with the new Boppy® Best Latch™ Breastfeeding Pillow, I found that you can get that and more! See with this breastfeeding pillow, you get a pillow that was developed with a Lactation Consultant, and a pillow that is designed to provide comfort and support for breastfeeding moms.


With the Boppy® Best Latch™ Breastfeeding Pillow there are 2 surfaces which can be used for both breastfeeding and bonding with baby. The firmer side has a soft minky cover and offers you a more of a stable surface that is ideal for when you are breastfeeding a infant. This firm side has a insert which has a foam ledge that can help with baby in getting a easier latch by having baby turned towards mom and snug against the body as they nurse. I also like that this insert along with the belt can be removed for when you need to wash your pillow since the Boppy® Best Latch™ Breastfeeding Pillow is washable. On the other side of this breastfeeding pillow you have a fluffier side that is great for when you are wanting to bond with baby or have a softer surface for baby to use when nursing as baby grows.





Then when it comes to the color options that are available when you are shopping for a Boppy® Best Latch™ Breastfeeding Pillow, it is available in two designs that include the Kensington Gray or Royal Navy. As you can see I went with the Royal Navy print, and I found that with this design as well as the Kensington Gray, that both go great with the Boppy Infinity Nursing Scarf that we were sent to use with the Boppy® Best Latch™ Breastfeeding Pillow. I like that with the Boppy Infinity Nursing Scarf that it can be worn as a fashionable scarf when not nursing baby, and when it is time to feed baby the scarf makes for a great nursing cover that is very soft and breathable and offers a little mesh like peek a boo window on the top so mommy and baby can see one another while baby nurses!




Which in all makes the Boppy® Best Latch™ Breastfeeding Pillow, a must have for when you are seeking a nursing pillow that offers both support and comfort! You can find the Boppy® Best Latch™ Breastfeeding Pillow available for purchase for retail price of $45 at Babies"R"Us.com, Target.com and BuyBuyBaby.com and Amazon. And to help with getting you prepared for baby when it comes to getting comfort and support when breastfeeding, the wonderful people from Boppy® would like to give one of my amazing readers their own Boppy® Best Latch™ Breastfeeding Pillow!







This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Boppy. The opinions and text are all mine.






Sunday, September 11, 2016

#NewComfortFood Foster Farms Southwestern Chicken Poppers & Avocado Salad

The information, products, gift card have been provided to me by Foster Farms. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


When we think of comfort foods, we think of the dishes that we enjoy sharing with our families and that remind us of the comforts of home giving us a feeling of pleasant nostalgia. Like many, there are a few dishes that remind me of home, where I grew up in Southwestern New Mexico, and when I think of the foods that bring comfort I think of such items like those classic Jalapeno poppers. So when I was given the chance to recreate one of my comfort foods into a dish using Foster Farms Chicken, I went back to some of those comforts from my childhood and created a Southwestern Chicken Poppers dish with a Avocado Salad and dip.

To get started I went to my local grocery store where I was able to find all of the ingredients I needed.

Ingredients:
1 Package of Foster Farms Breast Fillets
3 Jalapenos
2 Avocados
Organic Spinach
Panko Bread Crumbs
2 Organic Eggs
Organic Mayonnaise
Salt
Pepper

Directions:

I used a Air Fryer to cook the poppers in but you can use oil or bake them.

To get started cube the chicken breasts. Julienne 1 Jalapeno, cut the cheese in small sticks, then wrap 1 slice of Jalapeno and 1 piece of cheese in 1 Spinach leaf, do this for each piece of chicken. From there take a knife to cut a hole in each of the chicken cubes and add the spinach wrapped cheese and Jalapeno slices in each piece of chicken. For the breading mix 2 eggs for egg wash and put a bowl of the panko bread crumbs in a separate bowl. Dip each piece of chicken in egg wash then roll in the panko bread crumbs. Cook in air fryer at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, flip the chicken over after 10 minutes then continue cooking. (you can follow similar directions for baking or frying, just make sure chicken is cooked all the way through)

For the Avocado Salad:

Take 2 avocados, pit them, take out of the skin then mix well in a bowl. Chop the remainder of the Jalapenos finely then mix in, add a pinch of salt and pepper and mix well. Add 2 tablespoons of organic mayonnaise and mix until you have a creamy texture.

Create a small side salad using the remainder of the spinach and add spoonful of the avocado dressing to top of salad. You can also use this dressing to dip the poppers in as well!

Serve and enjoy!


We found the Foster Farms Southwestern Chicken Poppers with the avocado salad and dressing to be  a great dinner to serve that also reminded me of those flavors and more that I got from those jalapeno poppers I enjoyed growing up. We also found that by using the organic ingredients such as the Foster Farms Chicken and fresh produce that we picked up at our local grocer, helped to bring a great twist to a classic that can be served as a appetizer or a main dish. You can create this recipe as well as find others when you check out the Foster Farms new selection of comfort food recipes on the Foster Farms Pinterest page.




Surprizamals Series 1 Cuties


When it comes to those toys that the kids enjoy collecting, Estrella seems to be the one who knows which ones are a must have. So when we were sent the newest Suprizamals Series 1 Cuties to review, Estrella was excited to open them up and see which ones she received! You can watch Estrella's review on the selection she was sent in the video below.



As you can see, each of these balls contains a surprise, and with the Surprizamals Series 1 Cuties there are 12 to collect! With the Cuties you get a smaller version of the Surprizamals that are just as cute and collectible. You can find the Surprizamals Series 1 Cuties at StuffedAnimals.com and Justice.


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

Riwbox WT-07 Folding Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Headphones Adjustable Headsets with 3 LED lights





Like so many, I seek out the products that can make life a little easier. Also like many, I am anticipating the new iPhone 7, and with the fact that the new phone will no longer have your average headphone jack available, having a pair of wireless headphones is very ideal. So when I was sent the Riwbox Wireless Bluetooth Headphones to review, I was curious to see how easy it was to set up, to see how well it worked, and also share my thoughts. You can watch Estrella's review on these headphones in the video below.



These headphones were simple to get started with, I first turned them on then went on my iPad and synced them with the Bluetooth. Once they were ready to go I was able to adjust the volume directly on the headphones, and watch as the LED lights danced along with the beats! I found that I was able to adjust not only the volume but also pause, play and skip through songs on the device I was using by using the buttons that are on these headphones.

Aside from the ease of use and the cool LED lights that go up and down, I like that these headphones are very comfortable with the padding that are on the ear pieces. The headset is foldable which makes these easy for taking with me on the go. I can also adjust the headband in order to get that perfect fit.

Then when it comes to the battery life and use, I like that there are cords included which allow me to charge it as needed and the batteries can last up to 10 hours. Which in all make these headphones a great choice to go with when you are seeking out a set that will not only be great for using with the new iPhone 7 but also with any device that has the Bluetooth features available.






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