Mommy Katie

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Holiday Guide: Accessorize Your iPhone with Phone Cases from MacFixIt

This post was sponsored by MacFixIt through a campaign managed by Mom Bloggers Club, and all opinions expressed in my post are my own


The holiday shopping season is upon us and the time to get those gifts for everyone on our lists is now. As we head out to do that holiday shopping and seek out the gifts that everyone is sure to love, I find that considering some of the things my recipients enjoy is the way to go. Like many, I have several on my list who have iPhones and who appreciate receiving accessories to go with their phones. So when I go to look at the gifts to give this holiday season, I like to look at the various iPhone cases I can get like the ones I can find at MacFixIt.


These include the glass screen protectors along with the OtterBox varieties that can be found on the MacFixIt site that offer not only various colors to choose from but also different fits for the different iPhones that we have in our home. Along with the OtterBox cases that help to protect our iPhones I also like that there are other brands that I can choose from, giving me options when it comes to finding the cases that offer protection.


Then when it comes to the iPhone cases that offer the protection, style and multi function features that many look for, I like that I can find those as well when I shop at MacFixIt. Like for those who like to carry more than just their phone around but would prefer to not carry a wallet as well, I can pick up one of the Twelve South BookBook for iPhone wallet cases. These cases are available in brown and black, and give you a wallet case that offers a hands free phone stand, and a removable shell that is wrapped up in a vintage leather giving you a case that also looks like a book! Making the choice to head to the MacFixIt online store as you do some of that holiday shopping, a choice that gives you many options to choose from when it comes to shopping for those must have iPhone cases and so much more!



Holiday Guide: Give the Gift of Style with Visionworks


As we head out to search for those perfect holiday gifts to give, I find that looking at the gifts that offer convenience and style can make for the perfect gift. Like many who enjoy driving but do not enjoy that glare from the sun, having the right pair of sunglasses is a must. And having a pair that offers style can also be very convenient. So when we were sent the Vera Bradley Blair sunglasses to add to this years holiday guide from the line up of fashionable must have sunglasses from Visionworks, I was excited to check them out!

I found that when I shop at Visionworks when doing some of my holiday shopping, I can find both the glasses and sunglasses for those on my list who enjoy adding stylish glasses to their wardrobes. Which is what I get with the Vera Bradley Blair sunglasses that give you a gunmetal double bar frame that offer wearers a very cute pair of aviators. The patterned plastic temples have the floral Camellia pattern on them, which is very adorable and also adds to the style factor that many look for. And the silver leaf details that you get on the temple hinges offer that perfect contrast going from the frames to the plastic patterned temples.

With the translucent cream coloring that you get on the temples, the wearer gets that natural look which gives you another aspect of the style that these glasses offer. Then when it comes to the storage and keeping your Vera Bradley Blair Sunglasses safe when they are not being worn, I found the coordinating case that they arrived in to be perfect for not only using for storage but also for the gifting aspect! Which in all makes the choice to shop the line of fashionable sunglasses that you can find when you shop at Visionworks this holiday season, a choice that both you and those on your shopping lists will appreciate!






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

Holiday Guide: Mooshu Trainers


As we prepare for the holidays and those holiday parties that we both host and attend, we find that we like to ensure that along with having the outfits for the family to wear that we also like to ensure that baby is decked out from head to toe as well. Like many who have babies, Heather finds that she can never get enough of the adorable clothing and accessories she comes across for little Zoey. So when we were sent a pair of very adorable dress shoes from the Mooshu Trainers line up, I knew that Heather would be excited to check them out and add them as a must have for baby for this years holiday guide.




When I first saw the Ready Set Mary Jane w/Bow Girls Toddler Squeaky Shoes my reaction was, "Oh My Goodness!!!!!" These have got to be the cutest shoes ever!!! Is there anything better than hearing little squeaks as your little one begins to walk? The answer is no!! These Mooshu trainer shoes are absolutely adorable! They are cute and stylish and the bow is interchangeable so they will go with any outfit for any occasion. No need to buy a bunch of shoes, since you can just simply swap the bows out for a different color. And I like that there are several different styles and colors to chose from. These are sure to be a hit anywhere you go. Zoey will be the talk of the town when we are out! Which is why these are not just a pair that we will be using when we dress Zoey up for any holiday photos but also as we celebrate the holidays or find any excuse to dress her up! Making the choice to add the Ready Set Mary Jane w/Bow Girls Toddler Squeaky Shoes from Mooshu Trainers to your list of either gifts to give for babys' first Christmas or for adding to baby's wardrobe, a must this holiday season!




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

Holiday Guide: Ocean Pets


When it comes to seeking the toys that the kids are sure to enjoy seeing under the tree this year, I find that adding those fun tech toys can be a great choice to go with. Like many kids, mine enjoy their screen times, earning the time they can use to play educational games and explore the creative apps we come across along with the toys we might find to go with those apps. So when we were sent the Ocean Pets from Pai Technology to review, I knew that Heather would enjoy checking them out and adding them to this years holiday guide!



First off, when it comes to apps and the toys we can purchase to go with various apps, my kids are all in. Being a homeschooling parent, I find that the apps and toys that go with the apps which engage the kids gives us that perfect fun activity to enjoy in between lessons and on those rainy days we get here in Washington. And with the Ocean Pets from Pai Technologies, I like that it is a fun and educational toy that combines physical play with digital play. To get started, the kids can pick which fish they want to mold, use the molding tools and putty to mold it, then scan with the app to make it come to life. The kids learn fun scientific facts about the fish they create and the more they feed them and play with them, the more games they can unlock. I like that the kids can collect their fish in the digital world and watch them swim in the ocean or they can switch it and watch them swim in their world. Then when the kids are done, you can either let it dry and pop it out of the mold to play with or take it apart and reuse the putty for another fish. This Ocean Pets set includes:

2 putty tools
8 shaping molds
8colors of putty (orange, red, yellow, green, blue, purple, black, and white)
1 cushion

This is sure to delight any kiddo and engage their creative side, and after seeing this in action I have to say that this is a parenting win! As we all know kids now a day love their electronics, so why not only make it fun but educational as well. Making the choice to add the Ocean Pets to your holiday shopping list a choice that you and your kids are sure to appreciate! 



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

Holiday Guide: Schleich Horse Club Collection


Finding those gifts to give this holiday season can seem somewhat overwhelming, especially when you feel like you have no idea what to get certain people. But when it comes to the kids or even the collectors who love horses, I find that turning to companies such as Schleich toys can be the way to go. So when we were sent some horses from the Horse Club Collection at Schleich toys, I was excited for Heather to check them out and add them to this years holiday gift guide.



These two horses from Schleich are beautiful! They are so realistic looking and are the perfect size for both playing with and collecting. Each one is hand painted, very durable and will last a long time. The accessories are adorable and make imaginative play even more special, providing your little horse lovers with hours of fun. These are great to add to your collection or for those just starting a collection. The rider can be placed on different horses which adds to the stories your kiddos dream up. When the horse is hungry, you can feed him apples, and to keep imaginations going there are many other accessories, horses, and even barns you can add to make a whole horse farm. Making the toys from from the Horse Club Collection at Schleich toys a great choice to go with when looking for the gifts the horse lover in your life. 



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

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Fall Favorites for Breakfast from Nature's Path Organic

The fall weather is upon us and like many who enjoy the flavors of fall, my family and I enjoy just about everything that includes pumpkin in the mix. So when we were sent a selection of of the pumpkin varieties of breakfast items my family and I can enjoy from Nature's Path, we were excited to add them to our table and also share about these finds with our readers!

Like many busy households where we have kids running out the door for those early morning practices, my daughter enjoys grabbing those toaster pastries to eat once her practice is over and she needs to head to class. And with the Frosted Pumpkin Pie Toaster Pastries, she gets not only a toaster pastry to enjoy but one that is filled with that pumpkin flavor she adores. Then when it comes to those mornings where we have time to enjoy a bowl of cereal, we found the Flax Plus Pumpkin Raisin Crunch to be a great way to start any day! Making the choice to add the products from the Nature's Path Pumpkin line up to your family's breakfast, one that is sure to please everyone!




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

Is Your Teenager Itching to Drive?

Has the time come where your teen has that itch to get behind the wheel? If so, how do you scratch it?

For many moms and dads, the notion that their teenager wants to learn how to drive can be a scary proposition.

To start, there is the idea that their loved one will be out on the roads with an infinite number of other drivers. Although an accident may very well not come your teen’s way, the thought of one likely bothers you.

Remember, keeping your loved one safe is a 24/7 job no matter how you slice it.

There is also the added expense of having another driver in the family.

A teen driving means added wear-and-tear on a family vehicle more times than not. There are also extra expenses for gas etc.

So, if your teen is itching to drive, will you agree to let them do it?

Always Make Safety the Top Focus

So that your teen is in the safest position possible to drive, remember a few pointers:

1. Timing – Does your teen want a learner’s permit? When the answer is yes, make sure they are responsible enough to know all the ins-and-outs of driving. As they prepare to take the tests for both a learner’s permit and their license, their attitude is critical. Will they take getting behind the wheel in a serious manner? Will they be good at avoiding road distractions? Will they contribute to the upkeep of the vehicle you may end up letting them borrow or even buying for them? These are all questions that you would love to have the answers for before allowing them to drive.

2. Distractions – In mentioning those distractions, make sure your teen does not become overwhelmed. For example, is your teen someone who is in love with their cell phone? In the event that is the case, they could be in danger when out on the roads. The same holds true for those who come across your teen behind the wheel. Make sure your teen knows that using a cell phone to call or text when driving is not an option. All too often, it only takes a split-second interaction with the phone to lead to disaster.

3. Upkeep – Even if your teen uses a family car until they can afford one, they can pitch-in with maintenance. No, this doesn’t mean you expect your teen to spend hundreds of dollars on the vehicle when it needs maintenance. What it does mean is that they should be looking for red flags. Such issues as bad brakes or tires, burned out lights, and other related matters are critical.

Safety Never Gets Old

Even once your teenage has his or her driver’s license, the learning behind the wheel never ends.

That said how much discipline do you dish out if your teen does something bad when driving?

Among some of the issues that can crop up:

· Drinking and driving

· Reckless driving

· One or more traffic tickets

· Letting the vehicle go to the point it needs notable maintenance

While you never want your teen in an accident, they can be learning opportunities.

Make sure your teen understands they did something wrong and they will try to never let it occur again.

So if your teen is itching to drive, are you ready to give them what they want?






Monday, November 20, 2017

Celebrate with your Fur Babies with NOW FRESH Tetra from Petcurean

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


When it comes to the holidays and the meals we cook, many of us who have fur babies in the home enjoy including them in the celebrations. The thing is, when it comes to the foods that we might enjoy while gathering around the table to give Thanks or when we share those holiday meals as we celebrate the holidays, we find that what we might enjoy might not be the best option to give our fur babies. And as a pet parent, just like with my kids, I want the best for my pets and want to ensure that the foods I give them offer them a tasty and healthy choice to go with. So naturally, I turn to Petcurean when it comes to our holiday meals and seeking the foods to serve our pets to ensure they are included in the festivities. Where I can add the all new NOW FRESH Tetra selections for both our cats and dogs to enjoy alongside with the family as we celebrate the holidays together!
See with the varieties that we can get from the NOW FRESH Tetra line up, I like that our fur babies, both our dogs and cats, can enjoy tasty stews and pâtés. I also like that as a pet parent that when my fur babies enjoy the new NOW FRESH Tetra selections that they are getting stews and pates from recipes that are made with 100% fresh wild salmon, turkey, or pork in nutrient-rich turkey bone broth.

Other recipe highlights include:

  • Omega 3 & 6 oils from coconuts and canola to promote skin and coat health
  • Flaxseed, an excellent source of dietary fibre and essential omega 3 & 6 fatty acids
  • Dried kelp, a natural source of iodine, dietary fibre, vitamins, and minerals
  • Zero grains, gluten, wheat, beef, chicken, corn, or soy
  • Zero rendered meats, by-products, added growth hormones or artificial preservatives

 I also like that with the foods being from the Petcurean line that there are zero genetically engineered ingredients, and that the packaging is industry-leading recyclable and reclosable Tetra Pak® cartons. Making the NOW FRESH stews and pâtés a line of innovative fresh and healthy food options that pet parents can feel good about buying and serving both dogs and cat, not just over the holiday season but at any meal time!




Holiday Guide: Personalized Leather BBQ Grilling Gloves from Texas Irons


The holiday shopping season is upon us, and like many, I have been looking for those perfect gift ideas to put under the tree this year. For my home, when it comes to seeking out those gifts I look at the interests and hobbies that many enjoy, and like many who enjoy grilling, I find that seeking out grill themed gifts for my husband can be a great option to go with. So when we were given the chance to review a pair of the Personalized Leather BBQ Grilling Gloves from the selection of grilling accessories at Texas Irons, I was excited to check them out and add them to this years holiday guide!


With these leather grilling gloves, my husband not only gets a very nice pair of gloves that have his initials branded on them, but a pair of gloves that help to protect his hands when he is grilling! I like that aside from protecting his hands that the gloves are designed to go up the arm, offering protection to the wrists and even forearms as well when they are worn while grilling. The inside of the gloves are designed to offer comfort with a soft cotton lining. The design also allows those wearing the gloves to access the tools they need to use without any issues, all while keeping the hands and lower arms protected.



Then when it comes to the durability of the grilling gloves, I like that since they are made with a durable and comfortable leather with a suede finish that they are designed to withstand heat and last for years to come! I also like that with the air cushioned lining feature, that it allows the hands to stay cooler and dryer while they are being worn, and with the one size fits all, there is no issue of whether or not they will fit! Making the Personalized Leather BBQ Grilling Gloves from Texas Irons, a great choice to go with when seeking out gifts to get the grilling enthusiast in your life this holiday season!






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

Holiday Guide: Kidz Bop 36


When it comes to finding those stocking stuffer ideas for the kids, I like to seek out a variety of fun items which includes some of the music they enjoy. And like many kids who enjoy listening to and singing along to the latest hits, mine find that adding the music selections from the Kidz Bop collection is the best way to go. So when we were sent the new Kidz Bop 36 to review, I was excited for my kids to check it out and also add it as a great gift idea to give this coming holiday season!



See when my kids listen to the songs from Kidz Bop, they can get those hits they adore that are sung by kids for kids. Allowing them to sing along without issues of inappropriate language or references being repeated. And with Kidz Bop 36, the kids get a collection of the latest hits that they hear and enjoy on the radio, to play over and over again! The tracks on this CD include the following songs:

KB36 TRACK:

1.       Feels
2.       There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back
3.       I’m The One
4.       Believer
5.       Now Or Never
6.       Attention
7.       Malibu
8.       Sorry Not Sorry
9.       Congratulations
10.   Honest
11.   Bad Liar
12.   Crying In The Club
13.   2U
14.   Juju On That Beat
15.   How Far I’ll Go
16.   Bonus Live track from the KIDZ BOP BEST TIME EVER Tour: Let Me Love You [Live]*

Making the choice to add the new Kidz Bop 36 to your holiday shopping list for the kids, a choice that they are sure to appreciate and enjoy listening to and singing to over and over again!


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

Holiday Guide: Gifts for Gamers from Roccat


When it comes to those holiday shopping lists, we find that there can be a lot to consider from the various likes to the various hobbies and interests as well. Like many who enjoy playing games both on the various consoles and on the computer, I find that they really appreciate the gifts that help make the gaming a lot easier. So when we were introduced to the products from the Roccat brand which include the Roccat Kone AIMO and the Roccat Kanga, I knew that our tech blogger would enjoy checking them out and sharing why these make a great addition to this years holiday guide!


The ROCCAT KONE AIMO RGBA Gaming Mouse is an extremely nice mouse, one that is definitely worth every penny. It performs better than it looks and honestly, it looks amazing! I like that it boasts a "remarkably accurate Owl-Eye optical  sensor", and I am amazed at how very smooth, accurate and responsive it is when in use. The multi-color illumination and a glowing mouse wheel makes it awesome to look at it, and in my house, I don't think anyone has not noticed it. 


For me  personally, I like the wide buttons and the ergonomics. With the smooth feel and motion, I  know that I'm able to use it for hours without issues compared to when I use a typical mouse where I can start feeling the numbness and tiredness in my wrists after a little bit of use. Another thing that really stands out for me is that this mouse also has a feature called Easy-Shift. Easy-Shift is a button duplicator technology that allows you to assign a second function to the mouse's buttons. It is simple to program and has options for simple commands and even complex macros. To sum this up, I think you would have a hard time finding a better looking and better performing  mouse for the gamer in your life, and after reading the ratings, I can concur. I highly recommend and would give this mouse a 5 star rating without even blinking, as well as recommend it to any of my gamer friends and those looking for gifts to give a gamer this holiday season!


Then when it comes to finding a gift that is a really nice compliment to the mouse, you really have to go with the ROCCAT® KANGA – CHOICE  CLOTH GAMING MOUSEPAD. This pad has a nice feel to it. It's rubber  backed so it doesn't slide around and the surface makes a great mouse, even greater, giving the user precision mouse control and I like that it's only 2mm thick. Now you might be thinking, it's just a mousepad. Yes, it is a mousepad but it's  not "just" a mousepad. You know those times when you are playing a game and something goes wrong, you generally yell that, the mouse didn't move, the pad slipped, it wasn't my fault. Well, with the Roccat Kanga, just be prepared to take responsibility for your own gaming death. With this  mouse and mousepad combo, when it happens, it will be really hard to blame these guys. Which in all, I found both of these items from the Roccat line to be a must for any gamer, and makes it so if you have a gamer on your gift list, consider these two items.



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

Holiday guide: Gift Baby the ONESIES® Brand Essentials

This post was sponsored by ONESIES® Brand through their PR, and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.


Finding gifts to get baby for their first Christmas can be a difficult task to take on, because with many babies, they do not have any particular gifts they want for the holidays. The thing is, I have learned that when it comes to that first Christmas and getting babies gifts, that getting them gifts such as gear and clothing can be a great choice to go with. So when we were sent a selection of products from the line of ONESIES® Brand Essentials to review, I knew that Heather would enjoy sharing them as a great choice to go with this holiday season!

Do you find yourself wondering what to get as a stocking stuffer for babies first Christmas like me? Well you do not have to look any more because when you go with the ONESIES® Brand Essentials which can be found at Walmart, you can find a variety of products that can be rolled up and placed in those stockings this year! These adorable Onesie Brand onesies and socks are very cute, comfortable, and oh so affordable starting at just $2 per piece or $8 when you bundle online.

With many colors and designs to choose from that mix and match easily, I get a variety of choices when it comes to the outfit choices or even when we need to change Zoey after those wardrobe mishaps. Which if your little one is like mine, those messy mishaps can happen more often than not. Another plus that parents and caregivers can appreciate is that even with the daily mess that can get on the clothes, the cleaning and care is also a simple task, allowing you to just throw them in the washer and dryer for cleaning, making them good as new again. And since they are made of 100% cotton, they are soft and comfy.

Then when it comes to keeping little feet warm, these Onesie socks are great! Zoey is one who usually kicks socks off pretty quick but these socks are ones that stay put and they mix and match perfectly with her Onesies outfits.Which in all makes the ONESIES® Brand Essentials not just a must have in my home, but a great selection of stocking stuffer ideas to put on your list to give friends and family who have babies this holiday season.


Sunday, November 19, 2017

#Giveaway Holiday Guide: Get Personalized Texts from Santa at Santa.com

This post was sponsored by Santa.com through a campaign managed by Mom Bloggers Club, and all opinions expressed in my post are my own


With the lights going up and little ones glowing with excitement as we count down the days to Christmas, I find that aside from all of the holiday prep and shopping to be done that I also like to keep the excitement going for the kids by adding a little something special to the mix. This includes those letters I task the kids with to create and mail off to the North Pole, along with waiting to see the big man himself when we go to visit Santa for the kids to talk to and get photos with. And when it comes to the kids who are a little older, who begin questioning who Santa really is, I find that I like to seek out creative measures to keep that magic going. So when we were introduced to Santa.com, I was very excited to check out the site, learn all that they offer, and also share what I found with our readers as we head into the holiday countdown!


See with Santa.com we can utilize a variety of the services available that are designed to add fun to the equation and help keep the magic of Christmas and Santa alive for your kids! This service is available for kids of all ages, even those who are still kids at heart from age 1-120 and includes free emails that give you a genuine, detailed, and thoughtful reply from the Santa service when you send a email to santa@santa.com!



Then for the kids who enjoy technology and using text messaging services, we found the daily text messages we can get from Santa (which cost $9.99) to be a great way to bring that Christmas spirit into the home! These messages include messages that are all filled with the Christmas spirit, amusing facts, and positive values. And we can take the personalization even further by receiving hand written notes, delivered right to our mailbox from Santa, which will be available towards the end of November.




Along with all of the fun messages we can receive in a variety of ways, I like that at Santa.com the kids can go on safely since Santa.com is certified by an FTC Safe Harbor Program. Allowing them to read about Santa's antics on his blog, download the coloring templates to color and share, and email the big man himself! Which in all, makes Santa.com not just another site but a tradition to add to your families holidays. And to help with bringing some of that cheer home from Santa.com, we will be giving away 3 fun prize packs that include a tote, pen, wrapped fidget spinner, Santa libs book and coloring pages, and a Santa.com bumper sticker!

Santa.com Giveaway!




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Saturday, November 18, 2017

5 Tips To Keep Your Kids Safe Online

The evolution of the internet has changed our lives. People belonging to all age groups especially kids have high access to the Internet. Along with browsing, they are getting connected with people worldwide through social networking sites. All these jobs take place behind the eyes of parents.


Tips for Parents to Keep their Children Safe Online


Children surf, chat and e-meet with people all around the globe through few clicks. Children are hardly aware of the pros and cons related to online platform. To keep your kids safe online, below are some tips for parents that will be helpful:
       Checking The Profile Of Your Ward

As a parent, you must not keep any stone unturned to check the profile of your child. It will let you know the types of activities that are carried out online. Also, you will get to know the way your child conducts himself. In case you see that they are posting too much info about themselves, you need to make them aware.

       Customizing The Profile Of Your Child To Fit The Need

It is very much essential to customize the profile of your child for safety purpose. It is very much essential to understand the reason behind the existence of profile on that particular site. In case it is just for fun like playing online games, getting connected to school friends etc. then nothing to worry! Parents need to guide their children regarding the best ways to achieve their goals online from that particular site.

       Explaining About The Cons Involved

Rather than demoralizing your children, you need to make them careful in a smooth manner. You must appreciate the quality of your child to access the whole world within a few clicks. But at the same time, they must be made aware of the risks involved. You must teach them the trick that will let them enjoy without causing any emotional harm. They must be made aware of postings done like pictures, videos and status.

       Making Them Aware Of Accepting Requests And Messages

Kids nowadays pass most of their time browsing the Internet through MSN, Yahoo and many more. As tips for parents, you need to make your children aware of accepting friend requests from strangers. Also, you need to teach them not to accept instant messages from strangers. They must understand the consequences regarding happenings at the time of dealing with strangers.

       Preventing Children From Signing Up Randomly On Sites

Once you get inside the world of the internet, you will come across a plethora of social networking sites. For safety reasons, you must not allow your wards to sign up until the site has been verified by you. Even if your child is using it, it must be ensured that you too have access to it. This parental guide will be helpful for both children as well as parents.


High advancement in technology has proved to be a boon. But as children are not aware of future happenings, parents must be in a ready state to protect them at every stage. 


Friday, November 17, 2017

Holiday Guide: Keep Your Christmas Tree Longer with the Evergreen Elf


Thanksgiving is next week, and like many households, after we wrap up the leftovers and take on some of those deals on Friday, we will be heading out to pick out our Christmas tree for the year! This is something that we all look forward to in my home, and once we have gone to cut down our tree at the tree farm, we like to get all of the decorations out so the kids can begin decorating our tree. Along with the initial set up and the decorations, we also know that in order to keep our tree from drying out that it needs to have plenty of water in it at all times. The thing is, trying to move everything out of the way, which includes any presents, and then stick your hands in the water, can be a task all in its own just to check the water levels. So when we were sent the Evergreen Elf to review, I was excited to learn more about how it works and add it to this years holiday guide!



The Evergreen Elf is simple to set up when you go to set up your Christmas tree, and once it is on the stand, he monitors the levels of water. When the water levels get low, he alerts you, so all you have to do is fill the water back up and allow your Evergreen Elf to monitor the levels. Along with the water alerts that you get, you also do not have to worry if his battery gets low, because he will alert you to that as well. Ensuring you that he is working properly and keeping track of the water levels in your tree stand to help keep you and your family safe this holiday season when it comes to the issue of dry trees and potential fires. Which in all, helps to relieve the stress that can come with wondering when you checked or watered your tree last and allowing you and your family to enjoy that beautiful Christmas tree over the holiday season!







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

Thursday, November 16, 2017

#Giveaway #Holiday Guide: Warm Up with American Home™ by Yankee Candle® Balsam Fir Firelogs (2 Winners!)

The weather is cooling down and in some places is already at freezing temperatures, bringing the snow down to cover the ground and us indoors to stay warm and cozy. And like many when it comes to staying warm and cozy while the snow falls, I find that nothing beats the inviting heat we get from a warm fire! So when we were introduced to the American Home™ by Yankee Candle® Balsam Fir Firelogs, sold by Pine Mountain, I was excited to add them as both a must have for keeping the home warm and cozy as well as a great gift to give this holiday season!



Now you might be thinking, why would I want to give some logs as a gift this holiday season. Well the answer is simple, because with the American Home™ by Yankee Candle® Balsam Fir Firelogs, you get more than just some logs to warm the home with. This is because they are logs that offer a fresh scent, are fast and easy to light with no mess, crafted from real hardwood, and logs that burn cleaner than ordinary cordwood, producing up to 75% less particulate matter* and up to 80% less carbon monoxide*! Giving you and or your recipient a log that burns a for up to 3 hours, offering those who gather around the fire, both the warmth they seek and a cozy fire that is perfect for sitting around and watching with your loved ones as you enjoy some cookies and hot cocoa! So as you head out to pick up the logs to put in your fireplace to warm your home with or head out to find those gifts that are sure to keep your recipients warm and cozy, be sure to pick up some American Home™ by Yankee Candle® Balsam Fir Firelogs today! Also, to help with that holiday shopping for both the home and the gift giving this year, the wonderful people from American Home™ would like to give 2 of my amazing readers, each their own American Home™ by Yankee Candle®Balsam Fir Firelogs







Holiday Guide: Gifting Fun with Kwik Stix and Magic Stix

This post was sponsored by The Pencil Grip through their PR, and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

When it comes to the holidays and finding the gifts that are perfect for giving those little artists on your lists, I find that seeking out the tools they can use when creating their masterpieces, to give them is ideal. The thing is, when we seek out the paints and even markers that the kids enjoy getting and using, they can be messy and even have the issue of drying out if the kids forget to put the caps on. So when we were introduced to the selection of the Kwik Stix and Magic Stix from The Pencil Grip, I was excited to check them out and also add the selection to this years holiday guide!
To get started, we found the Kwik Stix to be a fun and great alternative to paints that the kids enjoy using when they are doing arts and crafts. This is because the Kwik Stix are tempura paint sticks that dry in just 90 seconds, allowing the kids to create then share and display their work within a very short amount of time! I also like that with the Kwik Stix, we get a mess free selection of colors that do not require any water and are also washable. Along with the features of being mess free, washable, and the quick dry time, the kids like that they can use their Kwik Stix on a variety of surfaces, which is a great way for them to expand with their creativity on what all they can paint and draw on!


Then with the Magic Stix, we get another set of great colors that offer variety and that are also washable, which is always a big plus when it comes to the art supplies that we get for the kids to use in the home. Along with the washable aspect that I can really appreciate, I like that that Magic Stix are markers that do not have any odor to them and that give the kids bright colors that are perfect for using when they are drawing and coloring. And when it comes to the issue of markers drying out because the kids might have not put the caps on properly, I like that the Magic Stix are designed so that they can keep from drying out up to 7 days (or even longer) without a cap on! Which in all, makes the choice to add the Kwik Stix and Magic Stix from The Pencil Grip line to your holiday shopping list, a choice that your little artists are sure to enjoy getting this year!



Motion Based Learning App for Kids with Kaju

This post was sponsored by Kaju through their PR, and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.


When it comes to the kids and finding things to do that help keep them active, I have learned that it is something that many parents like myself look for. For me, I find that living in a area where we go weeks at a time with cold rainy weather, that having the kids go play outside is not always a option. And like many who seek out activities that can be done indoors, I like to seek out not only the games we can play but also the ways we can get everyone up and moving, even when we are stuck indoors. So when we were introduced to the Kaju App that encourages dancing and active fun anywhere through motion based games, I was excited to check it out and also share this app with our readers!



See, like in many households, we have a variety of smart devices where the kids can go on and play games, check out those educational apps that they enjoy and more. The thing is, when we go for weeks at a time where the rain just keeps coming down, the kids tend to want to get more screen time to help keep them busy. So when I saw that the Kaju App is not just a fun educational app that the kids can enjoy going on, but one that encourages them to get up and dance as well, I found that it was the perfect app to the have in our home.


The kids love music and dancing, and when they are on the Kaju App, they can play games, dance and have a lot of fun. This is perfect for us so we can have fun dance parties right in our living room as the kids follow along, singing and dancing with the characters on the app and videos! I also like that as the kids follow along, that I can cast the app to our Chromecast or we can go to the KajuTV YouTube page and play the fun videos from there as well. Along with the dancing fun that gets the kids up and moving, I like that there are other motion based activities that they can do with the various games that they can play. The kids can also take advantage of the learning activities and follow along with the fun animated storybooks. Giving us a app that offers the educational features I look for in the apps we have along with a app that offers motion based learning and more! Making Kaju a app that is great for having in the home to get everyone up and moving with fun songs and so much more! You can download the Kaju App here: https://wotb.app.link/r3RIglNCUH








Wednesday, November 15, 2017

#Giveaway NUT JOB 2 Prize Pack


Recently my family and I were sent a copy of the new movie, The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature to review and add to our family movie night line up. Along with the movie, we also received some candy and other goodies to enjoy, you can read our review on the movie here.



The kids and I found the movie to be a great way to continue with the characters and the story from the movie The Nut Job, and also found the recipes as seen below to be a lot of fun and very tasty to make and share as we watch the movie.

Download Nut Job 2 Recipes

So naturally, when we were asked if we wanted to give one of our readers a prize pack that was similar to the one we received when we were sent the movie to review, we of course said yes!!


You can enter right now to win your own Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature prize pack which will include a Blu-ray copy of the movie, 2 Cookie Cutters, and 2 fun placemats!






Holiday Guide: Little House® Covered Wagon and Sleigh Conversion Kit from The Queens Treasures

The holidays are coming, and with that comes the holiday shopping that needs to get done. Like many kids out there, mine have their lists and have been working hard at adding to those lists, so they can have them ready for sending to the big man in the North Pole! For my daughter, when she was younger she loved collecting the various 18 inch dolls that she came across, and along with the dolls she also enjoyed collecting the accessories and furniture she would find as well. And every year she would add new dolls and items to go with her dolls, to her holiday wish lists. So when we were given the chance to do a review with the very adorable Little House® Covered Wagon and Sleigh Conversion Kit from The Queens Treasures, I was excited to check it out and add it to this years holiday guide.
With the covered wagon and sleigh, you get two fun doll accessories in one. Where you can add the horses (which are sold separately) to the horse hitch and reins, then have your dolls drive the wagon or sleigh. The conversion kit for the sleigh, makes the changing from a wagon to a sleigh for riding on the snow, very easy to do and the canvas top is also simple to remove and put back on as needed as well. The wagon is big enough to seat 2 18 inch dolls in as you ride across the prairie or sleep in the wagon bed side by side when camping!


Then along with the wagon and sleigh conversion kit, you also get a fun wooden trunk that is included which is perfect for carrying around any other accessories in as your dolls take on the journey ahead! I found this accessory to be the perfect addition for anyone who is a Little House on the Prairie fan, because it not only gives you that simple prairie feel that you got from the television series, but it is also a great addition to any Little House on the Prairie Collection that goes with the Laura Ingalls 18 Inch Doll which is sold exclusively from The Queens Treasures! Making the choice to add the Little House® Covered Wagon and Sleigh Conversion Kit from The Queens Treasures under the tree this year to go with any 18 inch dolls or Little House on the Prairie collection, one that is sure to make your holidays merry and bright! And to help make the holiday shopping a little easier for my readers, right now when you shop the line of amazing gifts at The Queens Treasures, you can save 30% when you sign up for a account and use code KATIE




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