Thursday, March 5, 2015

How To Keep Your Winter Utility Bills Down

When the long winter season comes around, it's a source of panic for many households in America. But the impending Arctic weather need not be the signal for your family budget to freeze to a standstill. If you keep a cool head while temperatures around you are dropping, you can keep your utility bills to an acceptable level. It just takes a little bit of proactive ingenuity and simple common sense. Here's a few handy tips that will help you save a great deal of money during the winter months.

Bundle Up, And Keep Your Thermostat Temperature Down

Were you aware that it's actually a good idea to keep the temperature on your thermostat as low as you can stand it all throughout the winter months? Of course, there's a common sense limit to be observed here, as not every single person can function comfortably at the same temperature. However, it's an excellent idea to keep your thermostat temperature set to a level that everyone in your household can agree to. For most families, the average temperature seems to be around 65-68 degrees. 

By keeping your thermostat at no higher than 68 degrees, and turning it off when you're away during the day at work, or visiting friends or family during the weekend, you'll be able to save an average of 10 to 15 percent off your monthly utility bill. 

Make Sure Your Gutters And Drains Are Free And Clear

It's an excellent idea to clean out your gutters and drains long before the icy winter season sets in. If you've ever had a drain or gutter burst because they were full of ice, you already know what a miserable chore it was to get them fixed. It's best to be proactive and get the issue taken care of before it has a chance to rear its ugly head.

If All Else Fails, Seek Help From A Professional

Of course, not everyone is cut out to be an instant professional when it comes to fixing up their homes for the winter season. If you're feeling the pinch of high winter utility bills, it may be best to pick up the phone and contact a professional who can give you expert tips and advice on how to keep your home warm without breaking your family budget. Feel free to contact your friendly customer representative at Palmco for more information.


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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

#DST #losthour Surviving Daylight Savings Time with ZzzQuil 

Compensation was provided by Vicks. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Vicks.


Are you ready? I mean truly ready for the big day? The day I am talking about is Daylight Saving (March 8th), and when the time comes will you be ready? As a parent, I seek out all of the information I can find on how to ready my children for the change, so they are not thrown off too much when the transition hits. The thing is, when it comes to getting ready, I like many other parents, do not think about readying myself, getting my own body ready so I can take on the change as well. So as I begin those tasks of changing our meal times, bed times, and routines gradually for the kids, I have found that readying myself with gradual schedule changes and even using products like ZzzQuil, can help with my own transition. 

When it comes to Daylight Saving Time, our days can be thrown off, and when those alarms go off come Monday (March 9th), we might find ourselves hitting the snooze, and missing the time to get up, in hand causing issues for the rest of our day. In fact, more than half of all US adults find that their sleep is affected with Daylight Saving Time, and for those who already struggle with those sleepless nights find that over 60% are affected by Daylight Saving Time. 

For me personally, I know that the alarm will go off, and I not only need to get up and get myself ready, but I have the kids to get up and my husband, so ensuring I get a good nights sleep the night before is very important. I find that having the products from the ZzzQuil line on hand will help me get to sleep when I need to the night before, and get a restful nights sleep, so I can wake up ready to take on the day, and ready to get my family up on time as well! 

I like that the products from the ZzzQuil line are non-habit-forming sleep aids, and they help with getting relief from the occasional sleeplessness, so I can fall asleep easily, sleep soundly, then wake up feeling rested the next day! Make ZzzQuil a must-have product to have for those nights where sleep is not coming easily, and for helping me survive Daylight Saving Time! So if you suffer from occasional sleeplessness, the kind you get from that lost hour, be sure to prepare yourself and also go here and download a coupon for ZzzQuil! 






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Monday, March 2, 2015

#Giveaway SunshineLoom Craft Kit from FriendlyBands


Finding great products to share with my kids, which can help with passing the time, that are also a lot of fun, is something I look for. Like many, we have had plenty of snow days, where we find that we are stuck indoors for the day, so when it comes to keeping the kids from hitting that dreaded boredom, I like to bring out activities, that we can all have fun with, and that is what we get with the SunshineLoom Craft Kit from FriendlyBands.


My daughter has been one who has really enjoyed making those fun bracelets with her friends. One thing was that even though she could do these fun loom bands freestyle, her younger brother could not. We found that with the SunshineLoom, she was able to show her younger brother how to make the bracelets, so the two of them together can create those fun bracelets together!

We also liked that when we headed over to the FriendlyBands site, we were able to find some great instructional material and videos. These videos not only helped with learning how to use the SunshineLoom, but also helped to find other great bands to make!



Making the SunshineLoom Craft Kit from FriendlyBands a great gift to give kids, and to have in the home to help beat any of that dreaded boredom that might occur during a snow day or a rainy day! And to help with keeping the kids in your home busy with a fun craft project, the wonderful people from FriendlyBands would like to give one of my amazing readers their own SunshineLoom Craft Kit!






Product received, thank you to FriendlyBands as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Tips for Surviving #DST with Baby From The Sleep Lady & Pampers



















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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Premier Protein Bars, Shakes, and Smoothies


In the life of a parent, we might find that energy we need is only found in our kids, and that come midday, we are worn out, ready for a nap, where the kids are just getting started. I know in my life, that is my story. I find that in the morning, I get that charge to get the day started with a cup of coffee then maybe snack on something, since I do not want to exceed that calorie count with my first meal.

This then leads to me not only feeling hungry, but it also leads to where come noon, I am ready to call it a day, even though I still have a full day ahead of me. So like many, I seek out products, ones that can not only help fill me up, but also ones that are low in calories and can help fuel me up so I have the energy to take on the rest of my day, and try to keep up with my kids! I found this when I was given the chance to review some of the products from Premier Protein.

With the line of products from Premier Protein, I can choose from a selection of protein bars, shakes, and fruit smoothies, that are not only filling and taste great, but that also help me stay on track when it comes to my daily calorie counts.
I like knowing that I can not only get that protein I need so I can keep up with the kids, and also take on my daily activities, since our muscles rely on protein, but I can also satisfy those cravings I get, especially when I have a craving for something sweet, without breaking my diet. I can enjoy the bars, as a great afternoon snack, a shake in the mornings to get my day started, and be the mom with the energy I seek, without feeling hungry or guilty about what I ate during the day, so I can take on the adventures ahead! Making the products from Premier Protein a must have for this mom!



Product received, thank you to Premier Protein as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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#Giveaway Chuggington: Turbo Charged Chugger on DVD


With the list of shows that we adore in our home, Chuggington is one of those that my kids can agree on and that we enjoy watching as a family! We enjoy watching the series on Disney Junior, watching as those adorable trains find ways to make things work as a team, and we also enjoy collecting the DVD's as they come out to add to our collection of Chuggington favorites in our home. Well to add to that list of Chuggington Favorites, we were sent the new DVD, Chuggington: Turbo Charged to watch and review!

In this great DVD you find those Chuggers, who are ready to take on the road, or "tracks", ahead as they take their responsibilities to a whole new level. They find themselves with many adventures to be had, like a daring bridge rescue, coming together to build a new station, and breaking records!

Episodes:
  • “Special Rescue Team”
  • “Team Trainee”
  • “Record Breaker Koko”
  • “The Old Silver Mine Line”
  • “A Pat on the Paintwork”
  • “Top Secret Koko”

DVD Bonus Features:
  • Badge Quest Episode: “No Time to Waste”
  • Character Montages: Asher and Payce
  • Coloring and Activity Pages

You can bring home the adventure today when you head out and get your copy of the new DVD, Chuggington: Turbo Charged Chugger! Also, the wonderful people from Anchor Bay Entertainment would like to give one of my amazing readers their own copy of this DVD!




Product received, thank you to Anchor Bay Entertainment as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Saturday, February 28, 2015

#Giveaway Surviving Daylight Savings Time with Pampers and The Sleep Lady

When it comes to bedtime in my house, we have a routine, one that if we do not stick to it, can make things pretty chaotic. This routine is not too detailed, but with it we have our time for brushing teeth, going to the restroom, getting our bed clothes on, and our story time before lights out. I learned long ago, when my eldest was a baby, that having these routines in place, not only helps to get little ones to get a good nights sleep, but it also helps us as parents as well, get that good nights sleep.

When Daylight Savings Time (March 8th) comes along, I like many other parents, find it to be a transition that may seem simple enough by adjusting times for myself, but not so easy when it comes to baby. So when I was sent a copy of The Sleep Lady's Good Night Sleep Tight book, along with a Twilight Turtle and a months supply of Pampers diapers and wipes, from the wonderful people at Pampers, I was excited to check out the book, and get those tips, that can really come in handy when it comes to getting little ones to sleep and surviving the time changes!
One of the biggest issues I have had in the past when it comes to ensuring that baby gets a good nights sleep is making sure they have a diaper that does not leak. And that is why we like having the diapers and wipes from Pampers on hand, since they help to give those little bottoms up to 12 hours of protection from leaks. I also know that having products like the Twilight Turtle, which help soothe with gentle vibrations, lights and sounds, can help with getting little ones to sleep.

I learned that when it comes to adjusting little ones to the time change, it helps to change the times of the bedtime routines gradually, just a few days before, so when the time change hits, it will not cause issues with sleeping times. In fact, I found so many great tips and tricks in the book I was sent, that I can find those tips I need for sleeping that will not only come in handy for Daylight Savings Time, but also for other times when sleep can be a issue.

Well aside from the great pack of products I was sent, the wonderful people from Pampers would like to send one of my amazing readers the same pack of products, which includes a copy of the book from The Sleep Lady, a Twilight Turtle, and a 1 month supply of Pampers Diapers Baby Dry Size 6, Jumbo Pack (4 packs) and wipes (2 packs)!

Please join Pampers and “ the Sleep Lady" on March 3rd at 9pm EST, about the best ways to help parents can help their little ones transition with Daylight Savings Time. And dont forget to set those clocks forward on Sunday March 8th, 2015!!! RSVP to the Twitter Chat here: http://vite.io/DoubleDutyDivas




This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Pampers. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.
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The Happy & Hungry Booster Seat

Dinnertime in my house consists of the table getting set, the food being brought out, and us, trying to get our toddler to sit still in a chair. This is a struggle because over the past few months, Wyatt has outgrown his highchair, finding that he rather be at the table, and not sitting in just any chair, but a chair that is like everyone else's chair that is at the table. So, in order to accommodate my toddler, making it so he is not only sitting at the table, but also sitting in a chair that we can keep him sitting in throughout meals, has become a mission of mine. And that is what we found when we were sent the very fun and adorable, Happy & Hungry Booster Seat to review from Creative Baby Inc.

With this booster seat, we not only get a great booster that is portable, allowing us to tote it with us when we travel, but also one that is easy to set up and makes both this mom and my toddler very happy! The Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle, is a favorite story in my home, and has been one of those books that we have read to each of our kids, so seeing that adorable caterpillar on this booster made it that much more fun to use in our home! 


I like the adjustable harness, and that we can attach this booster to just about any chair, very easily. I also like that if we choose to not use the tray, it is stored away and out of site at the bottom of the seat. The back also folds down, so when we go on any trips or need to bring our booster seat along for any reason, we can pack it away and take it out, without any hassles and without taking up a bunch of room!

With the seat and the removable cushion, we can wipe away any messes, making cleanup after mealtime simple. Then, for parents who are looking for a great seat to use at the table for those little ones who are exploring foods and can sit up, the Happy & Hungry Booster Seat can be used, since it is great for using on babies 6 months up to toddlers who weigh 50 pounds! Making the Happy & Hungry Booster Seat not only a great booster seat to have and use for the toddler in your life, but also a great seat to get for those little eaters!

You can get your own Happy & Hungry Booster Seat today by heading to Burlington Coat Factory, and you can find this seat along with other great developmental products for your little ones by checking out the products from Creative Baby Inc!

Be sure to follow Creative Baby Inc on Twitter @USACreativeBaby and on Facebook


Product received, thank you to Creative Baby Inc as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Friday, February 27, 2015

Get The Photos From Your Phones Printed & Delivered with PhoMents

Like so many other parents out there, my phone is filled with pictures. Ones of the kids, the ones that I take during their games, when we head to the park, or for when I capture those little moments that are just too precious to pass on. And like many, I have these photos, that I do not flood my social feeds with, ones that I hold onto, not sure of what I will do with them, but would love to have saved so I can free up some of that space on my phone without loosing those little moments. So when I was introduced to the new free app called PhoMents, I knew I had found a solution on what to do with all of those photos that are on my phone.

PhoMents is the new and easy way to PRINT PHOTOS from your SMARTPHONE and have them DELIVERED to the home of you or your loved one! Designed to be a simple 3 click process, and just as easy as buying a song from itunes!
 
Everyone now days captures their photo moments (or as we like to call them, “PhoMents”) on their phones, but that’s where they stay - the “digital cloud.” However, this app now gives YOU the option to print those photos and send them to yourself or anyone you wish! Welcome practicality, simplicity, and ease - it's just what we need in the busyness of our everyday lives.                   
 
Find Phoments on app stores, Facebook, Instagram and www.printphoments.com now!



This is a sponsored  on behalf of PhoMents.
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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Enter the 2015 Nissan NV Passenger Van “Hit the Road” Contest

With those summer months and vacations getting closer and closer as we count down the days to get out of this cold winter that we are having, many of us find ourselves making those summer plans. Choosing where we will be heading to this year, saving towards those vacations, and getting those reservations for the attractions and places we want to go put in place.

I think one thing that we enjoy doing each year, is planning out that road trip. The one where we pack the family up, the camping gear, take out a map, and plan our route. A route where the stops along the way include amazing camp sites, hiking trails, and activities, that not only are fun to take on, but also to share once the summer comes to a end and make those memories that will last a lifetime! So when it comes to making those plans, we like to ensure we have the equipment we will need, so we can enjoy every step along the way and not have to worry about a whole lot of anything else but making sure we are all having a good time!

To help with those summer plans and epic road trips, Nissan is hosting an amazing contest for families! One where you might find yourself asking, could you use a brand new GoPro Camera? What about a 24 month lease on a new car and $1,000? For me the answer is yes please, and where do I sign up? Well right now you can enter to win this amazing prize pack when you enter the 2015 Nissan NV Passenger Van "Hit the Road" contest.

Here is some info on the contest:

Enter Hit the Road Contest! Are You America’s Most Adventurous Family?

Enter Hit the Road Contest for the chance to win a 2015 Nissan NV Passenger Van 24-month lease and create your own adventures on the road this summer!

Your family will hit the road this summer in your new Nissan NV Passenger Van, and show us how you put the Nissan NV Passenger Van to work in your everyday life – from sports practices and camp carpools to weekend road trips.

Visit www.familyfunpromo.com/hittheroad to submit a recent family photo and a 200 word essay and tell us why you are America’s most adventurous family and how you will hit the road with your new Nissan NV Passenger Van. 

Winner will Receive: A 2015 Nissan NV Passenger Van 24-month lease, a GoPro camera to document your adventures and a $1,000 prize money for incidental expenses. 

With the new 2015 Nissan NV Passenger Van, you find that there are over 324 seat configurations, room enough for 12 and places to store your camping gear and luggage, making this van one that is ready to take on those epic road trips and adventures this summer! So be sure to enter the "Hit the Road" contest, for your chance at winning!!!!!


Contest Rules:

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. The contest begins on 2/4/15 at 12:00am Eastern Time and ends on 3/9/15 at 11:59 ET. Legal residents of the forty-eight contiguous United States and the District of Columbia, 25 years and older who have a valid U.S. driver’s license and at least one (1) child or ward who is living in their household for whom they are the legal guardian. The child or ward must be eighteen (18) years of age or younger at the time on entry. Void in AK, HI and where prohibited. Enter Contest by 3/9/15. For official rules and prize description, visit www.familyfunpromo.com/hittheroad. Sponsor: Meredith Corporation, 1716 Locust St., Des Moines, Iowa.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nissan.
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Find The Right Plastic Surgeon By Doing The Proper Research

Are you considering plastic surgery for the first time? While it may be a confusing process, there are ways to make it easier. A great surgeon will help ease your mind about any procedure you want performed and is there for support and guidance. However without the proper research and resources at your disposal, you may not be able to find the right technician for the job. Undergoing surgery is a major life change and you’ll want the most skilled doctor you can find. You also need to feel comfortable around them, which means scheduling a consultation with a clinic in your area as soon as you can.

When it comes to serious cosmetic surgery, trusting your doctor is incredibly important. You want to only do business with the best plastic surgeon Toronto has to offer so you know that he or she will perform the surgery the right way the first time. A botched plastic surgery job is a terrible experience and can leave you feeling even more insecure about your body than ever before.




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If you’re serious about finding a reputable doctor, head online to find feedback and testimonials on the local plastic surgeons in your area. You want to look for someone who is certified by the federal board of plastic surgeons and specializes in the surgery you need performed. Then book a consultation at their office and meet them in person for a follow-up appointment.  

Plastic surgery has become much cheaper than it was in the past. Yet, be wary of "cut-rate" plastic surgeons, as a lower price may indicate a less desirable quality of work. Once again, it is important to do your research and make sure you're doing working with a surgeon that you can trust. While price is a factor, surgery is not something you can skimp on. This is a major purchase as well as a life change, so you need to make sure you are putting yourself in good hands.

These days, there is virtually no body part that can't be altered to your liking. Whether you are concerned about your posterior, nose, jawline, love handles or jiggly thighs that just won’t go away, there is a procedure that can sculpt your body and help you regain your confidence. To discuss your options, you should book a consultation with a plastic surgeon in your area who can go over all aspects of the procedure. Keep in mind that regardless of what procedure you have done, there will be a certain amount of recovery time required for your body to heal. 

The best plastic surgeons in your area will be honest with you and keep an open line of communication with you every step of the way. Undergoing plastic surgery is a major life change and can be a dramatic, emotional process. You need someone you can trust. If you’re based in Toronto, Dr. Ali Adibar is a certified plastic surgeon with several years of experience in both non-invasive and invasive cosmetic procedures. To find out more about the services he performs, book a free consultation at http://bestplasticsurgeontoronto.com.

This could be the year where you walk away feeling great about your body and the way you look. Don’t let your appearance hold you back. Gain control by investing in a quality cosmetic procedure from a trained practitioner. 




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“Here With Me” by Roxanna

Upcoming adult contemporary singer, Roxanna recently released her latest music video, “Here With Me” (featuring Soap heartthrob, James Scott). This is the 4th single off of her debut album, Exotica; a complete body of work including a string of moving ballads with smooth jazz and flamenco influences produced by Mark Portmann (Barbara Streisand, Celine Dion) featuring Chris Botti. Exotica is a soulful testimony to the trials and tribulations of love, forgiveness, and healing.

 “Here With Me” drew inspiration from a poetry book that Roxanna's dad gave her mother about 44 years ago: “She (her mother) marked her favorites by placing a rose or a stamp or some keepsake between the pages.” Roxanna took verses from her mother’s most beloved poems, made a few alterations and utilized the help of Chris Botti, to create this beautiful narration. 

Roxanna teamed up with director Samuel Gonzalez Jr. to create a highly anticipated prequel to her “Unforgotten” music video, also starring James Scott. Roxanna, finds her mysterious lover, James, waiting for her by the smoky bar in this 1940’s themed, romance narration. James and Roxanna lock lips in a cloudy figment of her imagination, as she emphasizes that the best times were in her lover's arms. Ironically, this black and white romance story comes to color, at the end of the music video, when Roxanna wakes up in James's arms and then attempts to sneak away with a bag of his money. However, the suave, sophisticated actor replies, "you're not going anywhere kid."

Watch Roxanna’s “Here With Me” music video below:


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New Softsoap Fresh & Glow


As we go about our days, there is so much on our minds, lots to do, schedules that have to be kept, along with a number of other things that we think about. When it comes to the schedules, like many, I do schedule a time in my day, where I can take a shower, and enjoy the me time, even if it is a brief amount of time. I see my shower time, to be a time to relax, clean and exfoliate my skin, and let that hot water and steam warm my bones, especially on these cold days. Well to help when it comes to really taking advantage of the shower time, when it comes to cleaning the skin, I was sent some of the new Fresh & Glow products from Softsoap.

With the Softsoap Fresh & Glow Hydrating Shower Cream, you get a soap to use in the shower, that is made from 100% real extracts that come from milk, coconuts, and almonds, which help to lock in moisture. The smell is fresh, and after a shower, you get skin that is soft and radiant!

Then with the Softsoap Fresh & Glow Exfoliating Fruit Polish, you get a soap used for bathing with, that is made from 100% real extract that comes from kiwi and orange. Then with the apricot seeds, you get a wash that exfoliates your skin while cleaning it, leaving you with smooth and healthy looking skin! In all, making the new Softsoap Fresh & Glow soaps, a great way to get clean, leave your skin soft and radiant, when you take that time for yourself and focus on the me time while you shower!

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

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Hair Products from Mixed Chicks

When it comes to doing hair, it can be a lot easier said than done. I can remember growing up, thinking that all hair was easy to maintain and do, that was until I had my daughter. My daughter is one who has thick, curly hair, and aside from the beautiful locks, she also has a sensitive head. So over the years, I have tried various tips and tricks that I have come across, to try and keep her mane tamed, without pulling on it too much when brushing.

I did a lot of braids, put it up, and kept it brushed, but as she has gotten older, she has found that she wants to be able to do more with it. Now this is where it can get tricky, especially with her hair being as thick, curly, and long as it is. On the days where she wants her hair straightened, we might find ourselves spending a couple of hours, taking on the task, first washing it, brushing it, then straightening it with a flat iron.

In this process of doing her hair, we have gone through many brushes, many of which have broken while we are in the process of using them, and tried many products.To find that the products were too greasy, or hair products that left her hair frizzy and coarse, where trying to get a brush through it was a task that neither one of us enjoyed. This has been a issue when it comes to her hair, one that we have just dealt with, until we were given the chance to review the products from Mixed Chicks.


Now my daughter is a mixed chick, being half Hispanic with some Native American in her blood, and with her hair, she has the hair I always wanted. The hair that was thick and had beautiful curly locks throughout her hair. Little did I know that with that hair that I had always thought I wanted for myself, was hair that was a lot harder to maintain than I had ever imagined, and having the products from the Mixed Chicks collection that includes the shampoo, conditioner, morning after foam and brush, has made the process of doing her hair the way she wants it done, a lot easier!

We like how soft and frizz free her hair is after using the products, and we also like how the brush we were sent, is easy to use on her hair. So there is not a fight over tangles, and she can glide it right through without breaking the brush. We also like the non greasy after look and feel the Gloss and Shining Hair Silk gives her hair. Making the products from the Mixed Chicks line, a must have on our list of hair products for keeping and maintaining the looks my daughter wants, when it comes to her thick and curly hair!

Product received, thank you to Mixed Chicks as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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#win $1,000 For Your Organization

“See’s Candies is teaming up with VolunteerSpot to bring sweet fundraising success to four lucky winners. The Flash Fundraising contest, which is open now until March 2, gives your organization a chance to earn over $1,000 profit!

Signing up is simple! Just visit the contest landing page (www.volunteerspot.com/flash-fundraiser) and enter your name, e-mail address and phone number and you’ll be eligible to win. Winners will be notified the week of March 9.

For more information or to speak with a See’s fundraising expert, visit fr.sees.com. Happy Fundraising!”

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Paris Birthday Party Made with Birthday Express


I find it hard to believe, but my daughter Estrella is 11 years old. It seems like it was just yesterday that I was staring at her, in awe of the baby I had just given birth to in a hospital room, that first night we had together. I learned so much over the years, I learned how to be a parent because of her, and in the process, I have enjoyed every moment, watching as my baby girl grows into the young lady she is today. Well aside from the fact that my baby girl is growing up, we have found that when it comes to planning those birthday parties for her, her tastes in what she wants and likes have changed from the days when having a Elmo themed party was a must for her to having a Paris themed party. So this year, to help with creating the Paris themed party that she wanted, we were given the chance to review some party products from Birthday Express.

As we began the process of planning this years party, we decided that having a sweets buffet with cake, cupcakes, tarts, cookies and candy was the way to go for her French themed party. We found a large selection of products from Birthday Express that fit into her theme, which not only included the tableware and decorations, but also included some of the items that we needed to bring the treat buffet together.

For the decor, we found the Paris Damask Plastic Tablecover, which had the Paris themed party supplies to coordinate as we shopped on the Birthday Express site. We also found some balloons, paper lanterns, as well as a great selection of tableware, that all helped to give that princess Paris look to the room! With the themed decor, we were able to not only get the plates, forks, cups and napkins for her guests to enjoy, but we also found the Paris Damask Balloon Bouquet to make for a great item. For the rest of the room, we hung the paper lanterns, and added a variety of colored balloons, to fill the room with.


When it came to finding the decor supplies for the table, we added a fun Paris Damask Centerpiece, and a Paris Damask Personalized Centerpiece, which both helped to give her table that look she was aiming for, and were also easy to put together! The personalized centerpiece was one that caught the attention of the guests, because it not only had a Paris theme to it, but everyone liked the pictures and the personalization that we had done when we ordered the piece.

For the cupcake tower that she had in mind when she decided to go with a sweets buffet, we found the Paris Damask Reversible Cupcake Wrappers which went great on the cupcakes we bought for the party. They not only added that look she wanted, but also coordinated well with the rest of the decor. Another thing that we added to the cupcake set up, were the Paris Damask Cupcake Boxes, which helped make for a great party favor, and were a item she sent each of her guests home with.


We were also able to add the DIY Diva Zebra Deluxe Cookie Favor Kit, making the cookies a item that was right up her alley with the zebra print and pink style, and also fit right into the sweets buffet we had going. Then aside from the party decor products and favors, we were also able to get a Black Zebra Gift Wrap Kit, and a gift for her with the Pillow Puff Designer Elephant Kit! Which in all, helped bring my daughter's 11th birthday party together and make it a success by shopping and finding all of the products we needed this year under one roof when we shopped Birthday Express!

So as you prepare for any parties, whether it be that first birthday or even a sweet 16, be sure to head on over to Birthday Express, and check out the themes and kits they have available so you can bring your party ideas to life!



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

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

#Giveaway Making it Safer in the Car with the Diono Rainier

With the snow continuing to fall, and those days of driving around in it not quite coming to a end, we find that ensuring that our families are safe while we are driving on the snow and ice is a priority. We take the time to warm up the vehicles, get the snow and ice off of them so we can see, ensure our kids are wearing weather appropriate clothing, and strap them into their car seats, where they can be secured in place and kept safe. Like other parents out there, I want to ensure, that when we are in our vehicles, especially when the roads are slick, that my kids are secured properly in their seats. To do so, I like to know that I have the equipment needed, that is size appropriate, that will not only secure my kids in when I use them, but car seats and boosters that are also easily secured to the vehicle as well. One seat that I had heard about, that gauged my curiosity was the Rainier from Diono, so when we were sent the Rainier to review from Diono, I was excited to check it out

With the Rainier, we get a Convertible + Booster Car Seat, that can be used on children starting from birth at 5 pounds all the way up to 120 pounds. The features include a seat that starts out as a rear facing car seat for infants and small children up to 50 pounds, than turned around for kids 50 - 90 pounds, using the 5 point harness. This seat can then be used as your children grow, up to 120 pounds, as a booster seat.

From a parents perspective, I like that the Rainier is not only a car seat that can grow with children from birth up to the booster seat stage, but I also find the ease of installation with the SuperLATCH™ system to be a plus for me. When it comes to the safety features, I can really appreciate the 5 point harness, and the ease of adjusting it as my little one grows. With this seat you will find that there are 12 height positions, along with EPS foam which surrounds the child's head and body for complete side impact protection.


Key Features

  • Full steel frame and aluminum reinforced sides for unmatched safety
  • Reinforced extra deep sidewalls lined with energy-absorbing foam give Rainier superior head and body protection
  • Comfortably seats rear-facing children from 5 to 50 lbs
  • Highest forward-facing capacity of any car seat in a 5-point harness: from 20-90 lbs (up to 57" in height)
  • Converts to booster mode for children between 50 and 120 lbs. (up to 57" in height)
  • Unique SuperLATCH system that makes installation easy
  • Space saving design allows extra room for passengers while providing spacious interior for child
  • Folds flat for travel and is FAA certified
  • NCAP crash tested, the industry benchmark for verifying child seat performance in severe accident conditions

Then from my toddler's perspective, aside from him feeling like such a big boy in his new seat, he likes that he can easily keep his sippy cup at his side using the cup holder. He also seems to really like the comfort that this seat offers, due to the fact that he had no problem falling asleep while he runs errands with me. Which in all, makes the Rainier from Diono a great seat to have for anyone who is expecting a little one, or even has older little ones, since it is a car seat that grows with your kids!


Well to help with keeping those little ones safe, especially when the roads are slick, the wonderful people from Diono would like to give one of my amazing readers their own Rainier Convertible + Booster Car Seat!





Product received, thank you to Diono as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Teeth Fairies A Baby Teeth Tradition

As a parent, grandparent, or caregiver, we find that with kids, we get excited to watch as they grow and reach those milestones in their little lives. This can be something as simple as a baby reaching for a toy, or when they loose that first tooth. Well, as a parent myself, I find that those times go by so fast, so I like to treasure those moments, by saving them with either pictures or by saving something that marks those moments. So when we were sent the Teeth Fairies to review, we were very excited to have them so we can treasure those precious baby teeth and share the excitement of the Teeth Fairies with our kids!
Teeth Fairies: A Baby Teeth Tradition, is a book that we can share with our kids, letting their imaginations soar as we journey through the land of the Teeth Fairies. This book comes with a Teeth Fairy doll, who is ready to take on the job of collecting those baby teeth when they come out and so much more. The Teeth Fairy that comes with the book, is a fairy who is assigned to watch over your children's teeth, make sure they are keeping up with their dental hygiene, report and deliver those teeth.

Once our Teeth Fairy arrived, the kids were given the task to name our fairy. Then with the book, we not only found a great story, but in the back of the book there is a place where we can log those baby teeth, making the Teeth Fairies set, a family keepsake! So if you have little ones in your home, be sure to get your Teeth Fairies, and start a fun tradition with your family today!



Product received, thank you to Teeth Fairies as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Look Like Your Best Self With The Help Of Botox

No matter who you are, everyone wants to maintain a young and youthful look. However, looking great isn’t always easy. Stress, diet, smoking and other factors can dramatically increase the appearance of wrinkles on a woman’s skin. It can cause damaging effects to your self-esteem and overall confidence. Depending on your genetics, avoiding stress and having a good diet just isn't enough. We are all susceptible to the effects of time and nature but that doesn't mean that we have to live with the consequences. If you want to rid yourself of wrinkles for good, there are ways to do it safely. 

Instead of slathering yourself in expensive over-the-counter creams, imagine a non-invasive cosmetic procedure that will work for up to half a year and takes under 30 minutes to perform. Botox injections are a quick and affordable way to regain the youthful look we all enjoyed in our 20's and 30's. This treatment has the ability to revitalize our outlook on life and greatly reducethe presence of wrinkles around your eye’s, mouth and jawline. Alleviating the changes that occur over time, Botox injections create that youthful glow. They say that the better you look, the better you feel. Well, get ready to feel amazing. 



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Cosmetic injections are virtually painless and can be administered over your lunch break. After booking an appointment a qualified clinic in your area, simply show up at your allotted time. With the prick of a needle, a safe, FDA-approved toxin will be administered into the “problem areas” on your face, freezing fine lines in their path. The injection will stop the appearance of crow’s feet, laugh lines and eyebrow furrows for up to six months with little to no side effects. And in just a few treatments, you may even see a significant reduction in the signs of aging for good as your skin eventually “learns” not to form wrinkles at all. 

If you’re wondering whether Botox is right for you, book a consultation with a qualified cosmetic clinic in your area. The Toronto-based Skin Vitality Medical Clinic boasts several locations in the GTA and is known as the top provider of Botox in Canada. They even address the subject on their blog. Whether you want to read the latest post in the Skin Vitality blog, or scan the website to see if this clinic is right for you, they are available should you ever want to book an appointment. 

This is not to say that one cosmetic procedure is a cure-all for aging. A good diet, exercise and rest are still incredibly important. It’s funny how we see a few crow's feet here and there and suddenly begin to avoid the mirror as if it was a high school bully. Yet no matter how normal the aging process may be, a great cosmetic treatment like Botox can certainly help. We all need a little secret remedy up our sleeves.




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Friday, February 20, 2015

Doc McStuffins Cuddle Me Lambie on DVD



Disney Junior is a staple in our home, and when it comes to the shows that are favorites of ours, Doc McStuffins is on the list! We enjoy not only watching the channel, but also sharing those shows to watch over and over again when they come to DVD, so when we were sent the new DVD, Doc McStuffins Cuddle Me Lambie to review, we were excited to add it to our collection.

In this DVD, you get Lambie, who when a cuddle is needed, is there to help. Lambie gives the best cuddles, on top of being a princess and a ballerina, and in this DVD, you get Doc along with Lambie and the rest of the toys and patients in a DVD filled with lots of cuddles, fun, and music! Making Doc McStuffins Cuddle Me Lambie on DVD, a must have to add to any Disney Junior fans collection, and when you get your copy to bring home, you can share the fun hair clips that are included as a fun bonus for your little ones to enjoy!







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