Mommy Katie

Friday, December 15, 2017

Holiday Guide: Last Minute Gifts with Cloud9 Living


The clock is counting down, and now is the time to get that last minute shopping done before the deals are gone on the gifts to give this year. Like many who have a list of people to shop for, I too find some last minute shopping to do, and where I have a few on my list who are hard to shop for. This goes for those who every time you ask them what they want, they have no answer or who when you go to think of a gift to give them, you can not seem to come up with one that will be satisfying enough to give. So for me when it comes to those last minute gifts and the shopping for the hard to shop for, I head to Cloud9 Living, where I can give the gift of an experience!


See, I have learned that when I shop the various experiences available at Cloud9 Living, that there is a little something for everyone. From the foodies who would enjoy the gift of a food tour in their city, to the adventure goers who can learn to sky dive, drive a race car, go on a balloon ride and so much more! In fact, Cloud9 Living is my go to site when it comes to not just gifting over the holidays, but for gifting those anniversary date night cruises, or a birthday filled with white water rafting. Where I can select the city that my recipient lives in or near, browse through the list of experiences available and either book the experience, gift them a experience voucher, or even send a gift card so that my recipient can choose their own experience. Which is a great way to go for those who enjoy adventure and you find you want them to take on a adventure that they have not taken on before! Making Cloud9 Living a great choice to go with as you do some of that last minute shopping for the gifts that they are sure to love. And to help with some of that last minute shopping this year, you can get instant printable & email certificates and take $15 Off orders $199+ 12/18 - 12/25 when you use promo code LAST2017.






Product received, thank you to Cloud9 Living as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.

Smart Home Cybersecurity with Dojo by Bullguard at Best Buy

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.


When it comes to the home and the connected devices that we use throughout the home, many of us find that the devices can go past the computers, smart phones and tablets. This is because more and more homes can find that they are connected through smart home appliances, thermostats, timers in the home on the lights, the smart televisions and more. Giving us control over a lot more in the home than ever before, when we are both at home or away from home through apps that we can pull up on our devices. So like many who find that they want to ensure that their smart homes remain safe from any outside cyber threats, I like heading to my local Best Buy where I can pick up such devices like the Dojo by Bullguard, which is the world’s most comprehensive smart home cybersecurity solution.




With the Dojo, I found the set up process to be very simple. To get started, after unboxing the Dojo, I connected the Dojo Base Unit to our WiFi router using the Ethernet cable that is included. I then added the 4 AA batteries to the Dojo pebble, pressed the button on the bottom of the pebble to power it on and downloaded the Dojo App to my phone. 


Within just a few minutes from the time I unboxed the Dojo and downloaded the app, we were set up and ready to begin using our Dojo! From there, I right away began seeing our devices being added so I could monitor them through the Dojo App in real time. I also found that as devices were being found on our network that I could choose to either keep them or have them removed and even blocked from accessing our network if they are not authorized on our network. Allowing me to control what and who has access to our home network which is a must for anyone who has smart devices in the home. Which include not just the phones, computer, tablets, smart tv's and even smart appliances, but also our baby monitors, security systems, cameras and anything else that we have connected to our home WiFi.


Then when it comes to protecting our home network, it does so by protecting our network from any cyber threats and or privacy breaches that can come from outside sources. The Dojo does this by monitoring our network, updating us if there are any threats detected both through the app and through the pebble. With the pebble, when there is a threat detected it changes colors, letting you know through the following indicators: Green – Good, Yellow – Dojo found something and took care of it, Red – breach was blocked and may require input. Bringing the home a Enterprise Grade Security that monitors and even has intelligent security features that is constantly studying your home network to ensure that it can offer a enhanced protection at all times. And when you purchase a Dojo now at your local Best Buy store or on BestBuy.com, you will get 1 year of free service that then goes to $9.99 per month with no contract or commitment. Making the choice to add the Dojo by Bullguard, one that can offer you both piece of mind and the security needed to protect your home and family when it comes to any potential outside threats.







Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Holiday Guide: Send Smiles this Holiday Season with Hallmark

As we prepare for the holidays and go over some of those finishing touches, we find that having the gift wrapping supplies and cards needed to gift to others is a must. We also find that when it comes to those cards that we give or send to others, that there are different options we like to look into and that different cards go for different people on our lists. So when we were sent a nice selection of both the holiday cards and gift wrapping options that can be found at Hallmark for the holidays, we were excited to look them over and also add them to this years holiday guide!


With the collection of cards we were sent, we found a little something for everyone. Where there are cards we can give to friends and family, along with fun cards that we can give to the kids teachers this year! The cards all differ from one another with not only the messaging found in each card, but also the designs and bonus options that some offer. Making the choice to add Hallmark to your holidays, one that is a given in my home, and one that is sure to bring smiles to those you send the cards to this holiday season!





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

Holiday Guide: Holiday Travel in the 2017 Mazda6 Grand Touring



It is hard to believe that in less than 2 weeks, Christmas will be here. But it is true and with that we find that it is time to get those last minute gifts together, and also get those holiday plan details into order. This includes not just what to pack as we head out on those road trips to see and spend the holidays with loved ones, but also the vehicle that we will be using to take on those road trips. Like many who has kids, I find when we head out for road trips that we want to do so in a vehicle that offers comfort, safety and even some style! So when we were given the chance to check out the 2017 Mazda6 Grand Touring, I was not only excited to check out all of the specs this car offers but also add it to this years holiday guide as a great vehicle to add to your travel plans and also to the family gift list!



First off, when it comes to style, this car has it. The sleek body of this midsize family sedan gives you a look that has a somewhat sporty look to it without compromising the room and comfort you get inside. The trunk also was a shocker for me since it offers plenty of room for everyone to put their bags in without having to use any extra space in the main part of the car. This can also be a great feature when doing some of that holiday shopping, where we can keep quite a few gifts in the trunk, hidden until you get home to unload them.


Then when it comes to the features and comfort that can be found inside the car, there is plenty to look at. First off, with the cold weather upon us, I found the heated seats in both the front seats as well as the backseats can really help to make getting in the vehicle on a cold day, a lot more bearable. I also found the heating function on the steering wheel to be a huge plus, to where even when my hands were cold with gloves on, they quickly warmed up as I drove. There is a backup camera, navigation option, as well as hands free Standard MAZDA CONNECT™ infotainment system which are all great features to have. Along with the features that offer comfort and safety, another safety feature that I enjoyed was the heads up display Active Driving Display, which allows you to monitor your speeds, get the information on what the speed limit is where you are currently driving and keep your eyes on the road at the same time! Giving drivers a vehicle that has the features available that are there to make the driving experience very user friendly, and making the choice to add the 2017 Mazda6 Grand Touring to your holiday checklist, a choice that you and your family will be glad you made!

Check out the fact sheet below for even more information and specs that are available for the 2017 Mazda6 Grand Touring:






I was loaned a vehicle for a week long test drive, thank you to Drive Shop USA for supplying me with the vehicle for this review, all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

#Giveaway Holiday Guide: Gift Baskets from GourmetGiftBaskets.com


Finding those perfect gifts can be a challenge when shopping for some. We find that though we might know what to get one person and find that perfect gift for the other, that there are some who can be hard to shop for. Like many who find themselves in this type of predicament, I have learned that giving gift baskets with treats and even some of my recipients favorite drinks can make for the perfect gift to give. So when we were given the chance to check out some of the gift basket selections found at GourmetGiftBaskets.com, I found that the Fall Seasonal Beer Bucket would make for the perfect gift to give one of those hard to shop for recipients on my list this holiday season!


With this gift bucket, I can gift the perfect selection of snacks and seasonal beers for those who look forward to the flavors of fall each year and who enjoy and look forward to Octoberfest each year. The selection of beers include the following crafted beer varieties which make for the perfect line up for the Octoberfest fan on your holiday list:

  • Oktoberfest by Hacker-Pschorr - A dark copper beer with the underlying flavor of caramel - it's the perfect fall beer!
  • Oktoberfest by Otter Creek - Hops are harvested in the fall at their peak of ripeness - this beer combines the classic Oktoberfest style with aromatic fresh hops.
  •  Pumpkinhead by Shipyard - This pumpkin spiced wheat beer is delicious on its own or poured into a cinnamon sugar rimmed glass - a seasonal favorite!
  • Oktoberfest Lager by Von Trapp - A full bodied balanced Oktoberfest lager that's dark copper in color with a caramel finish that's balanced well with German hops.
  • Harvest Barn Ale by Long Trail - This fall seasonal English Brown Ale is truly a celebration of autumn; maple syrup is added during the brewing process for a lasting yet subtle sweetness.
  • Oktoberfest by Warsteiner- Celebrate German heritage with this full bodied Oktoberfest that's well-balanced with a soft, hoppy aftertaste

Then to go along with the variety of beers that are included, I found the snack line up to be a great selection to compliment the various flavors as well. These snacks include summer sausage, cheese and crackers and more as you can see in the list below:

  • Hickory Maple Bacon Kettle Corn by KingOfPOP.com - 1.8 oz. - Bacon makes everything better - and our popcorn is no exception!
  • Summer Sausage by Bavaria - 3 oz. - This award winning all-beef summer sausage is naturally hickory smoked for outstanding flavor.
  • Spicy Cheddar & Veggie Cheese by Mountain View Cheese Co. - 2 oz. - Smooth, premium cheese that gets a welcomed kick from a medley of fresh garden veggies.
  • Deli Style Hors D’Oeuvre Crackers by Partners - .75 oz. - Delightfully crisp crackers that are baked to perfection with rich olive oil and the perfect amount of sea salt.
  • Chichester Snack Mix by Merrimack Valley Snack Company - 2 oz. - This delicious snack mix features crunchy cheese crackers, crispy pretzels, and salty nuts.
  • Buffalo Popcorn by KingOfPOP.com - 1.1 oz. – If you love buffalo chicken, you’re going to love this popcorn.

Which for me, has made the choice to shop the line up of gift baskets I can find when I shop at GourmetGiftBaskets.com a choice that allows me to shop from the variety of gift options that are sure to be a hit this holiday season! And to help with finding those gift baskets to give or enjoy while watching the big game after the holidays are over, the wonderful people from GourmetGiftBaskets.com would like to give one of my readers their own gift basket!







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

Holiday Guide: Holiday Preparations with Oriental Trading


With the countdown to the holidays on and many of us finding ourselves in search of those final preparations, I find that I like to head to places that offer a lot of what I am seeking, all in one place. This includes those decorations I enjoy putting up both inside and outside the home, the fun Elf on the Shelf items I come across as the kids countdown with our elf, and the tableware we will be using as we entertain holiday guests. So naturally, as I go to check off my lists, I head to Oriental Trading where I can find all of these items and more for the holidays, all at amazing prices and all ready to be shipped in time for the big night!


See I like to head to Oriental Trading when I am planning out the details to help bring our holidays together because I can find not only a variety of items but also get ideas on how I want things to look this year. There I can pick up the welcome mats to place by the doors that offer a fun, festive theme to them and the yard decor such as the yard sign I found that the kids were excited to set up. Along with the outdoor decorative items, I also found items like the Holiday Handicraft Snowman with Lights that lights up and looks great when set up by my other holiday decorations. Giving me options when it comes to the holiday decor to set up in the home.

Then when it comes to the tableware that we can have out for guests to use and even those fun Elf on the Shelf gifts to have out as the kids countdown to Christmas Day, I like that when at Oriental Trading, I can find those items as well. Where I can shop the various themed tableware and even pick up some fun candy canes as well! Making the choice to head to Oriental Trading as I put together some of those final details to our holiday festivities and decorations, a choice that I am always glad to make!



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

Holiday Guide: Celebrate in Style with Lugz


As we countdown the days to Christmas, we find that now is the time to get in gear and get the shopping done for everyone on our lists. For many like myself, this includes not only finding the kids the toys and gadgets they want, but also some new gear to wear in the new year when they head back to school after the winter break. And when it comes to some of those items such as the clothing and shoes that my kids enjoy getting, I find that gifting them the gear that they can function in is the way to go. So when we were sent a pair of the Empire Hi Gradeschool boots from Lugz to review, I was excited to check them out and add them to our holiday guide!
With the Empire Hi Gradeschool boots from Lugz, we get a pair of boots that are both slip resistant as well as water resistant. Along with those must haves, especially when it comes to the shoes the kids wear when out playing up here in the PNW, I also like that these boots come with the Flexastride memory foam technology. Giving my kids a boot that they can play in without having to worry about discomfort getting in the way. I also like that with the design, they are built to last and truly be kid tough, where the kids can take on those trails, run and play in the snow and enjoy being kids without the issue of their shoes getting in the way. Which together along with the design, gives my kids a pair of boots that offer both style and comfort and that are made to allow the kids to be kids as they enjoy their time playing and exploring outdoors! So as you head out to get some of the holiday shopping done for the kids, be sure to check out the line of shoes you can get for the whole family from Lugz.





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

Celebrate the Holidays with Despicable Me 3 on Blu-Ray and DVD


The holidays are coming, in just a short amount of time the winter break will begin, where kids are home for the holidays, ready to take on the winter break and enjoy time with their families! Like many homes, I am one who wants to ensure that we have plenty of fun activities lined up for the kids, especially when we have family and friends spending the holidays with us. And of these activities that we enjoy, I find that the kids like to play fun games, create ornaments to put on the tree and seek out new movies to watch during our family movie nights! So when we were sent the new movie, Despicable Me 3 to watch along with a fun holiday activity kit for the kids to enjoy, we were excited to add it all to our family movie night and to our list of great holiday gift ideas this year!
In our kit, we were pleased to find a fun selection of Despicable Me 3 activities which included some place mats with activities on them and some fun ornaments for the kids to add to our tree while we prepared for our family movie night in Despicable Me style!


After completing the activities and popping the popcorn, we were ready to watch the feature film! In the movie, Despicable Me 3, we find that those characters we have come to love are back and ready to take on their next mission, of sorts. The minions find that they are no longer the evil followers they once found themselves to be, and life has become boring for them. Gru has turned a new leaf in life, where he is happily married and raising his nieces with his wife, and the two have become the good guys, seeking out the bad guys together. But Gru finds that he is not as good at being good as he was at being bad. Leaving him trying to figure out where he will go next in life, to only be surprised to learn that he has a long lost twin brother. The journey to reunite is one that takes him a long way from home, and one where he learns a lot along the way as both he and his minions face new mayhem and obstacles along the way that they take on.

We found the new movie, Despicable Me 3 to be a great movie to add to our family movie night line up and also a great movie to add under the tree this coming holiday season! You can too when you head out today to bring home Despicable Me 3 to watch with your minions.




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

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Holiday Guide: Holiday Lights at Woodland Park Zoo


When it comes to the holiday season and finding those fun and memorable things to do with the kids, we like to head to some of our favorite places. This includes the drives downtown to look at all of the business's and the decorations they put out along with heading to one of our favorite places for the family, our local Woodland Park Zoo. So when we were invited to head out to the Woodland Park Zoo to check out the WildLights displays that they currently have up and available to see now through January 1st, we were excited!


At this nightly display, when you head to visit the Woodland Park Zoo with your family, you are sure to see many amazing light displays. Where monkeys are playing in the trees above, elephants are walking to the watering hole where hippos, giraffes and lions are relaxing, and even visit the man himself, as you head to Santa's village where Santa awaits to greet young visitors!


Then along with all of the fun lights and visiting with Santa, you and your family can even visit with some of the animals who are there are ready to greet guests. These animals include birds with their handlers, the various reptiles, and even some reindeer! Which for us, made the WildLights at the Woodland Park Zoo, a night that was fun and memorable for the entire family. More information on WildLights can be found below:



The illuminating, after-hours event is going on now for the general public and will continue through Monday, January 1, 2018, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. nightly. WildLights will be closed December 24 and 25. Over 600,000 energy-efficient LED lights illuminate the paths of Woodland Park Zoo through dazzling displays of wild animals and exotic destinations.

WildLights guests can enjoy brilliant indoor and outdoor displays, a Winter Warm Up area, a ride on the zoo's decorated Historic Carousel (additional fee) and a visit from Santa and a couple of his reindeer! Zoomazium, the zoo's indoor nature play space, will be transformed into Snowmazium which will be open every night for storytelling and the ever-popular [faux] snowball fights. While most of the zoo's animals will be nestled in for the night, several creatures will still be stirring at the Adaptations Building, which houses sloths, Indian flying foxes, Komodo dragons and meerkats. In addition, the zoo's animals and keepers from the cast of "Earn Your Wings" will make scheduled appearances at Wildlife Theater Fridays through Sundays.

The Winter Warm Up area is back. It will be located at the south side of the Rain Forest Food Pavilion and open every night to guests of all ages. The Winter Warm Up area will offer for purchase delicious winter treats including flat bread pizza, make-your-own s'mores kits, and hot cider and cocoa. Guests 21 and older can enjoy a selection of hand crafted local beer and wine and specialty hot drinks while cozying up under the covered [outdoor] space or near one of the many fire pits located near the Rain Forest Food Pavilion and Pacific Blue Chowder House. ID is required to order alcoholic beverages. The Pacific Blue Chowder House, located on the east side of the zoo, will feature a selection of house-made chowders, burgers and hot drinks.


WildLights: November 24 - January 1, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. nightly
WildLights will be closed December 24 and 25


WildLights tickets can be purchased online by visiting zoo.org/wildlights or at zoo gates during regular zoo hours. Night-of-event tickets will be sold at the zoo's West Entrance, if not sold out. WildLights will be a rain or shine event - there will be no ticket refunds.

Ticket prices November 24 - December 14: Adults (13+): $9.95; Children (3 - 12): $7.95; Toddlers (2 and under): free. Ticket prices December 15 - January 1: Adults (13+): $11.95; Children (3 - 12): $9.95; Toddlers (2 and under): free.

Zoo member special offer: $2 off adult tickets purchased November 24 through December 14.

Free parking is available in the Penguin, Otter and Bear parking lots. The Hippo and Flamingo lots will open as needed.





Tickets received, thank you to Woodland Park Zoo as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.

Friday, December 8, 2017

#Giveaway Holiday Guide: Simply Chocolate


As the holidays get closer and we seek out those gifts to give, we find that there are so many options out there. The thing is, when it comes to those who live far away and will not be spending the holidays with us, we tend to enjoy sending them something to let them know we are thinking about them. And like many, I find that with the options on what we can send, that sending some chocolate can really help to brighten any holiday and also sweeten up the day! So when we were sent a variety of delicious chocolates to try from Simply Chocolate, I was not only excited to share them with family and friends but also add them to this years holiday guide.


With Simply Chocolate we can choose from a variety of chocolate gifts and boxes of chocolates to send to those we love, like the Neuhaus Holiday Belgian Chocolate Ballotin or the Sweet Shop 10 PC Holiday Truffle Box we were sent. Which include a variety of amazingly mouth watering truffles, along with the 1/2 pound of authentic Belgian Chocolates which all come wrapped in boxes that are perfect for gifting to others over this holiday season.

In fact, when it comes to the gifting ideas that we can get as we shop the line up of chocolates and gifts at Simply Chocolate, I found that I could find a great variety to send to others on my list. Where I can send the truffle varieties to those like my parents who appreciate the divine smooth flavor you get from each bite due to the fact that each truffle is handmade in copper kettles, then hand dipped and decorated! Or for those who like a variety of chocolates to enjoy such as my sister, I can send the Neuhaus Holiday Belgian Chocolates where she and her husband can sample the chocolates inside. Giving them a variety of authentic Belgian Chocolates that make for a sweet treat over the holidays! Making the choice to head to Simply Chocolate this holiday season when seeking those sweet gifts to send, a choice that your recipients are sure to appreciate and enjoy getting! And to help with some of that holiday shopping this year, the wonderful people from Simply Chocolate would like to send one of our amazing readers their own box of chocolate goodies!







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

Holiday Guide: All-in-One Origami Kits from the Quarto Group

When it comes to finding those gifts to get this holiday season, we find that there are a lot of options out there. For me, as I go over the options and look at some of the things that those on my list like, I find that when it comes to those such as my daughter who enjoy arts and crafts, that seeking gifts that offer such options is the way to go. So when we were sent some of the All-in-One Origami Kits from the Quarto Group to review, I was excited to check them out and add them to this years holiday guide.

With the Origami Animals Super Paper Pack, my daughter can get 32 pages if instructions on how to make hundreds of beasts and birds! Along with the step by step instructions, there are also 232 sheets of paper that she can use as she practices and perfects each fold and character. Which for my daughter, will give her plenty to work on for not just displaying in her window or on her shelves but for giving to others as well.

Then with the book, Fold & Fly Butterflies, Birds and other Animals that Fly, we get another great book filled with fun origami instructions and designs. This crafting kit includes 80 pages of designs for my daughter to follow along with and over 140 sheets of paper to use as she practices and perfects those designs. Making the choice to add the All-in-One Origami Kits from the Quarto Group, a great choice to go with when seeking out the crafting gifts to give this holiday season!




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

Holiday Guide: Vacuum Insulated Water Bottles from Qottle


As the holidays get closer and closer and we head out or online to shop for the gifts to give, like many, I tend to keep in mind some of the interests and likes that my recipients have. This can be gifts for my sister who loves wine to the gifts for one of our friends who loves the outdoors. Allowing me to seek out a great variety of gifts that are suited for each unique individual on my list. So when we were sent the Qottle Vacuum Insulated Water Bottle to review, I was excited to check it out and add it as a great gift to give your sports and outdoors lovers on your holiday shopping lists this season!


With the water bottles that you can get from Qottle, you can choose from a variety of sizes and colors, allowing you to find that perfect one to give this year. I also like that aside from the options that with the water bottles themselves, that they are double walled on the inside, which helps to keep cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot for up to 24 hours! Which is perfect for those who take part in sports or enjoy spending their time outdoors. Then when it comes to the materials that are used to make the Qottle water bottles, I like that they are made with 18/8 stainless steel professional for food. The material of the cap is also non-toxic, BPA- and phthalate-free, and with that we get a leak-proof and spill-resistant bottle with a beautiful, durable powder-coated finish! Making the choice to add the Qottle water bottles to your holiday shopping lists this year one that is sure to put smiles on the faces of your recipients!




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

Save Now on Red Baron Deep Dish Singles at Sam's Club

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, INC. and its advertiser, all opinions are mine alone. #RedBaronHolidaySavings #CollectiveBias

The holidays are coming which means it is time to stock up the home and prepare for the guests who will be joining us. And like many homes, I find that this also means that the kids will be home for the winter break. With that said, I find that I not only stock up on the foods to have on hand for guests to enjoy while at our house, but also the foods for the kids. So when I come across deals and coupons on the foods that we enjoy having on hand such as the Red Baron® Deep Dish Single Serve Pizza that we can pick up as we stock up for the winter break at Sam's Club, I not only enjoy taking advantage of those deals but sharing them with our readers as well. You can find out more on how to get the deal that is available now at your local Sam's Club below.



Craving a delicious, deep dish fix for dinner? Looking to save you and your family time and money during this busy holiday season? Pick up Red Baron® Deep Dish Single Serve Pizza from your local Sam's Club! Don’t miss this great Ibotta offer! When you buy Red Baron® Deep Dish Pizzas at Sam's Club, you will earn $2.50! *Offer available through 12/31/17.



Thursday, December 7, 2017

#Giveaway Holiday Guide: Harry Potter Top Trumps Match Game


Family game night is a night that we look forward to in my house each week, where the kids enjoy picking out the games to play and we set up fun and friendly matches as we enjoy the time and the laughs we share. Along with the family game nights we enjoy each week, we also look forward to seeking out the games we can add to family game night over the holiday time when we have family and friends in town to enjoy a game night with. So when we were sent the new game, Harry Potter Top Trumps Match Game to review, we were excited to learn more about the game and add it to our family game night line up as well as this years holiday guide!


In this game, you get the witches and wizards from that iconic movie and book series, Harry Potter. The game is a match game where opponents play against one another to be the first to match up 5 witches or wizards! The game is a fast paced, fun game that is also portable, allowing us to set up just about anywhere in the home during family game night or even take the game to go. I also like that with the game, the kids can play it over and over again, and we can set up matches to find out who the master wizard or witch is in the home! Making the choice to add the new game, Harry Potter Top Trumps Match Game to your holidays, a choice that is sure to bring some of that wizarding fun home for everyone to enjoy. You can pick up this game at Barnes and Noble now or order online, to share and even add under the Christmas tree! Also when you go to www.toptrumps.us, be sure to use discount Code: SWTT20 for 20% off a minimum order of three items now through Dec 31. And to help with your next family game night, the wonderful people from Top Trumps would like to give one of our amazing readers their own match game from the Top Trumps collection!








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

Holiday Guide: Snacks for the Whole Family from Bakerly


When it comes to meals and snacks in my house, I find that there are plenty of times where not everyone wants the same thing to eat. Where one might want something that they can grab and go with on the way out the door and another might want to sit down and eat a full meal. With that said, I have learned that I enjoy having a selection of snack items on hand, allowing everyone to get something they enjoy. So when we were sent a pack of snack goodies from Bakerly to try, I was excited to share them with my family and also add them to the list of great snack ideas to have on hand this holiday season for holiday guests! 


With the selection we were sent, we found a little something for everyone in the home. Where my daughter can enjoy the Strawberry Filled Crepes or the Chocolate Filled Crunchy Crepes that she can grab when heading out the door before practice or enjoy as a snack. Or the Brioche Rolls with Milk Chocolate Chips inside which are a great snack that the whole family can enjoy and along with the Crepes, are also a good idea to have on hand for when entertaining holiday guests this year.

Then with the Hand Braided Brioche Rolls, we can serve them at breakfast with a egg and sausage on top or have them on hand for serving with dinner. Giving us options when it comes to some of the baked goods to have in the home. Along with the varieties we can choose from I also can appreciate that when we add the products from Bakerly to our pantry that the products are all made from authentic French recipes and that there are no artificial flavors or coloring added! Making the choice to add Bakerly to your line up of both items to have on hand in your pantry and also items to have when entertaining holiday guests, a choice that everyone is sure to appreciate!


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

You Are The Biggest Influence On Your Child’s Spending Habits By Freedom Debt Relief


The early years of a child’s life have the most impact on what type of adult they’ll grow up to be. Up into a child’s mid-teens, their environment molds them into who they will eventually be. This environment is made up of the parents until their early teens. From their, it’s parents plus friends.
In this article, Freedom Debt Relief shares habit forming tips to ensure your child grows up with lasting positive money habits.
Building Savings Habits Early
Teaching children to save their money rather than spend it will create a positive life-time relationship with money. Freedom Debt Relief mentions that this habit goes hand and hand with patience and the ability to avoid instant gratification.
Instant gratification means you have to have it now and usually on credit. The impulse to buy has taken over and patience is nowhere to be found.
A child who can resist the urge to get a toy now and instead wait a week or so is building a habit that few adults possess. This habit will serve them well in their adult life when it comes to buying a home. Rather than making a bad deal because they just have to have a certain home “now”, they’ll be able to wait and continue evaluating deals until they find the best one.
The Negative Effects Of Peer Pressure
Once a child reaches their teenage years, peer pressure begins playing a larger role. Groups of friends become more defined and influential. Children start asserting their individualism as well.
If they are hanging out with a crowd that is constantly spending their money after school on snacks at the nearby gas station, it will be difficult for your child to resist their urge to blow their allowance on items they don’t need.
Freedom Debt Relief points out that children who have built a habit of patience and thinking things through won’t be so easily influenced. Not that it won’t test their abilities, but in the end, they are far less likely to succumb to their friends’ negative spending habits.
Learning The Rules Of Personal Finance Early
Some high schools are starting to offer personal finance as a course. But for many children, they will never have anyone to teach them how to handle their money. Don’t let this be your child.
Developing patience and good financial habits early on is great but being educated about personal finance is a must have. This includes learning about how to fund college, car payments, what it means to buy a house, what it means to take on debt and much more.
The last thing a child should face going into adulthood is important financial decisions without any financial education. That scenario won’t have a good outcome.
Practicing financial education with children will only make them more financially responsible adults who are more likely to build wealth.




Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Holiday Guide: Stuff their Stockings with Welch's Fruit Snacks


The holidays are coming and now is the perfect time to seek out not just the gifts to put under the tree but also those stocking stuffer ideas as well. Like many who enjoy finding the gifts to put in the stockings, I also like to include treats in the kid's stockings as well. So when we were sent some Welch's Fruit Snacks Christmas Mixed Fruit Pouches, along with a stocking to decorate from the people at Welch's, I was not only excited to add the fruit snacks to our list of great stocking stuffer ideas, but also let my kids decorate the stocking we were sent!


With the Christmas Mixed Fruit Pouches that we were sent, I found that they are going to make for the great treat to add to the stockings this year. They are not only the perfect size for putting in the stockings, but they are also a fruit snack treat that my kids enjoy snacking on! Along with the Welch's Fruit Snacks being a favorite among my kids, I find that as a parent I can appreciate that they are made with real fruit and that they provide the kids with 100% of the daily recommended value of Vitamin C, contain no preservatives and so much more! Making the choice to add the Welch's Fruit Snacks to your list of stocking stuffer ideas this holiday season, a choice that both you and your kids are sure to appreciate!



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

Holiday Guide: Teleflora’s Vintage Sleigh Bouquet


When it comes to finding those gifts to give this holiday season, many of us tend to have a list of who to find gifts for. Like many, when I look over that list I find that there are many who are on it who do not live near by and who will not be able to travel to spend the season with us. So like many who seek out those perfect gifts that can be sent directly to those we care about over the holiday season, I like that I can send beautiful arrangements such as the Vintage Sleigh Bouquet I was sent, from Teleflora.


With the bouquets such as the Teleflora's Vintage Sleigh Bouquet, I can send a gift that is not only very pretty to look at and set our for all to see this holiday season, but a gift that lets those I care about know that I am thinking about them this holiday season. I also find that when I go to send bouquet gifts from the Teleflora line up, that I can send gifts with meaning and that even after the flowers are gone, the sleigh can be used and looked back on for Christmas's to come to remind my recipients of the gift I sent them. Which is not only a great gift but a memory that is sent along with that gift.

Then when it comes to the sharing of the love via flowers that can be delivered, I like that I can send the gifts to those who I not only care about but who also hold a special place in my heart. Like with my sister, who no matter how far away we are from one another or how long we go in between seeing or talking to one another, that we will always have a special connection and bond. And when we do see each other or talk, it always feels like little to no time has passed since the last time we interacted. Making the choice to shop the line up of holiday bouquets like the Teleflora's Vintage Sleigh Bouquet to send to those who hold a special place in your heart a choice that allows you to love out loud this holiday season!




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

Holiday Guide: Coral LLC Hawaiian Red Turmeric Gummies


When it comes to our health and the holiday season, like many I have way too much planned to have to worry about getting sick as well. And like many, in order to keep from getting sick and to help with feeling my best I seek out the vitamins, minerals and other dietary supplements to add to my routine to help keep not just myself but others in the home healthy. So when we were sent some Coral LLC Hawaiian Red Turmeric Gummies to try, I was curious to learn more about the benefits they offer and also add them to the holiday guide as not only a great item to add to daily routines but also as a great gift to give as well.

See when we add Turmeric to our diets, we can get the benefits that it offers which include not only the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits but also the other health benefits such as heart health, healthy skin and more! And with the new formula, Coral LLC has increased the power of its popular Hawaiian Red Turmeric Gummies with the addition of black pepper to the formulation. When combined with black pepper, turmeric’s bioavailability is increased by 2,000 percent. Making the choice to add Coral LLC Hawaiian Red Turmeric Gummies, a great choice to not only add to your daily vitamin and mineral intake routine but also a great gift to give this holiday season!




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

Monday, December 4, 2017

#Giveaway Holiday Guide: Holiday Shopping with LTD Commodities + $25 Gift Card

With the holiday season upon us we find that many of us are out seeking those decorations to put up around the home, the items to have on hand for entertaining, and those gifts to give as well. With that, I am one who likes to find the places that I can shop at that offer me a variety. Allowing me to find a selection of the decorations, home goods and gift ideas all in one place. So when I was given the chance to do some shopping at LTD Commodities to help with some of that holiday shopping, I was excited to check out what all they had to offer and also add LTD Commodities to this years guide on places to shop at.



See, when I add LTD Commodities to my list of places to shop at this holiday season, I can not only find the items that I have on my list for both the home and under the tree, but I can get those items at great prices! Like the very decorative and handy soup bowls that I found which are available in a variety of colors and can even be found with your favorite teams or character on them! Along with the soup bowls that I enjoy having on hand over the colder months, I also found a great selection of the wax melts I like to have in the home, which can also double as a great stocking stuffer selection to add to your gift lists this year. In fact, after doing some shopping at LTD Commodities, I was pleasantly surprised to find a great selection of stocking stuffer ideas like the lip balms my daughter enjoys getting to the funny Elf, Reindeer and Snowman Poop tins filled with candies!

Then when it comes to some of those other finishing touches of the holiday shopping that I can do while at LTD Commodities, I found some fun spices, a Bake in a Skillet Kit and even the gift boxes and tags to use when wrapping gifts, all on one site! Making the choice to head to LTD Commodities when doing holiday shopping for both the home and for those gifts this year, a choice that not only offers you a great selection but that is also wallet friendly! And to help with that holiday shopping this year, the wonderful people from LTD Commodities would like to give one of our amazing readers a $25 Gift Card!






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