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Monday, October 16, 2017

Cooking with the BESTEK Non-Strick Air Fryer Cooker with Digital Control


The holidays are coming and that means holiday guests, parties and holiday menu planning are all in the near future. With that said, I find that along with the menu planning for the holiday meals and parties that I also like to plan for the holiday guests, and with all of the meals I find that I like to make foods that are both tasty and healthy. More times than not, when I go to make those meals and snacks for everyone, everyone seems to enjoy the fried foods, the thing is, deep fried foods are not the healthiest way to go. So when we were sent the BESTEK Non-Stick Air Fryer Cooker with Digital Control to review, I found that it was the perfect alternative to frying those foods that everyone enjoys in my home.


First off, I found this digital air fryer to be very simple to use, allowing me to begin cooking with it right away. I like the digital option of setting the temperature, then setting the cook times. I also found the manual to be helpful when it comes to setting the cook times and temperatures as I learn how to cook various foods in this air fryer. Along with the manual that is included, there is also a recipe book, giving me ideas on various foods and even dishes that the whole family can enjoy.

Then when it comes to coming up with some of those appetizers to serve guests at those holiday parties that are fried without the issue of grease or oil, I found I could create a variety of appetizers which includes some Jalapeno and Bacon Popper Wontons! The wontons are simple to put together and when cooked in the air fryer, they have a crispier take to them, making them a very tasty appetizer.

Jalapeno and Bacon Popper Wontons:

1 package of wonton wrappers
1 8oz package cream cheese
1 tbsp Cajun seasoning
2 whole freshly chopped jalapenos
1/2 pound cooked bacon, chopped

Mix the cream cheese with seasoning, bacon and jalapenos on a large bowl. Add small amount of cream cheese mix filling into wonton wrapper, seal wrapper with water. Set air fryer to highest setting and time each batch of popper wontons to 6-8 minutes until wontons are golden. Serve with a optional ranch dipping sauce and enjoy!

This recipe is one that makes for a lot of poppers which is great for making and serving guests this holiday season! And after trying different foods from appetizers to main dishes in this air fryer, I found that I could once again make those fried foods that we enjoy eating, without the oil or grease. Making the BESTEK Non-Stick Air Fryer Cooker with Digital Control a great appliance to add to any kitchen and a must have on my list when it comes to those holiday menus!

Also right now you can get 15% off when you use code SUUNVOGJ at checkout.




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

#Giveaway Holiday Guide: Pley Disney Princess Box (1 Month Subscription)

The holidays are coming and it is time to start getting those lists together and get a head start on that holiday shopping. And with that said, over here at Mommy Katie we have been sharing those holiday shopping ideas such at the idea of gifting kids with a Pley Subscription Box. So when we were told that the people at Pley would like to gift one of our readers with their own Disney Princess Box, we were excited to share!
You can enter to win your own Merida Pley Disney Princess Box below!


#Giveaway Holiday Guide: Science Fun with My First Lab


When it comes to the holidays and finding those perfect gifts to give everyone on our lists, I like to take into consideration everyone's interests and likes. I also take into consideration what might come in handy for day to day life as well. And with that in mind, when I think of items that homeschoolers like Heather and her family might appreciate getting as gifts over the holiday season, I think of the items that the kids can enjoy as they study. So when we were sent the Duo Scope Starter Kit and Smartphone Inspector from My First Lab to review, I knew that Heather and her kids would enjoy checking out this set and also enjoy sharing their thoughts as they use it during their lessons.


My daughter Megan loves science and all the things she can explore. As soon as she saw this microscope, she was jumping up and down with excitement! This just takes a matter of minutes to set up and includes 3 slides already made, which allowed her to start inspecting the frogs blood as soon as it was set up. We also found wool and onion sprout on the other 2 prepared slides. Along with the ready to view slides there is some brine shrimp eggs that you can hatch and then put them on a blank slide to inspect. She has been looking at anything and everything she can while we do our science lessons, and if it were up to her she would rather experiment with this than do her homework because she is simply fascinated. This is a 40 piece set that includes:
  • * 1 Brine Shrimp Eggs Specimen Vial
  • * 1 Yeast Specimen Vial
  • * 3 Empty Specimen Vials
  • * Graduated Cylinder
  • * 8 Blank Slides
  • * Hatchery
  • * Specimen Slicer
  • * 3 Prepared Slides
  • * 8 Slide Labels & 8 Cover Slips
  • * Plastic Transfer Pipet
  • * Magnifying Glass
  • * Plastic Forceps
  • * Experiment Guide

Along with the microscope we also received the Smartphone Inspector. I have played with this myself and it is amazing the things you can see like your fingerprints! This one can be used on a phone or tablet. It has a black light so you can see hidden images on currency. There is also a regular light as well to help see the specimens that you are looking at. These are great items for that curious kiddo in your life that likes to experiment or is fascinated by the science world and has been really fun to add to our science class. I know this will get used all the time in my house and the Little’s will love it when they get older. And to help with bringing some of that Science fun home for your kids to enjoy, the wonderful people from My First Lab would like to give one of our amazing readers their at home science products from the My First Lab line up! 





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

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Get Your Kitchen Ready for the Holidays with Samsung

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 preparing for the holiday season ahead, aside from those shopping lists and decor that I pick up, I also have menus to plan. And like many, as we get closer to the holiday season, I like to not just set up my menus but also make any updates to my kitchen for creating those items on the menu as well. So when I was introduced to the Samsung appliances that can be found at my local Best Buy store, I was excited to learn more about the line up and also share about the ones that I see as a must have when preparing the kitchen for the holiday season!


To get started, I found that I was very interested in learning more about the wall oven options that will be perfect for baking in and preparing those holiday meals in. First off, I have to say with the black stainless steel option that I get with the Microwave Combination Wall Oven with Flex Duo™, I can add it to my kitchen and give it that very sleek, modern look. Second, I found the WiFi connectivity can help to make all of the baking and cooking I do, a lot easier as I entertain guests and prepare my house for the holidays by being able to remotely monitor my oven. This allows me to turn off my oven when the bake time is over from my phone. I can even use this remote feature to preheat my oven as I ready things in the house, adjust the temperatures, and even the cook time!



Then when it comes to the refrigerator options that I can get from the Samsung line up at my local Best Buy, I found the Samsung Family Hub 4 Door Refrigerator to be exactly what I need for my kitchen! With this Family Hub feature I can get the shopping list updates needed when I am at the store sent right to my phone. I can even take peeks inside my refrigerator to see how much milk we have and if I need to pick up more or see if I have the items I might need for making dinner with. Along with the shopping list and the fact I can see what is in my fridge, I can even get notifications on the expiration dates on certain items, which helps me to make sure that I have fresh foods available in my refrigerator, and also makes the hectic menu planning for not just the holiday meals but for holiday guests, a lot easier! Making the choice to head to Best Buy to update your kitchen as you prepare for the upcoming holiday season, a choice that is sure to help make your holiday baking and cooking a lot easier! You can find out more on these appliances as well as many more available at Best Buy by heading to the Prep for the Holidays page at BestBuy.com, and also take 10% off when you purchase 4 or Samsung Kitchen Appliances at Best Buy!






Saturday, October 14, 2017

Halloween Fun with Snazaroo


Halloween is coming and it is time to get the decorations out, stock up on the treats to hand out and time to get those costumes together for the big night! With that, I find that along with getting the pieces of the costumes together that also having the face paints on hand is a must. So when we were given the chance to have a face painting party with our friends with the products found at Snazaroo, we were excited to check out what was in our party pack and share it all with our friends!


Along with the face painting kits that everyone got, we also received some extras which included the stencils, makeup pads and a fun deluxe kit as well as a lot more!

We found the party was perfect for practicing those designs that the kids want this year for Halloween and also gave us the chance to try others as well when we used the stencils that were included. Which in all, makes the choice to add the products from Snazaroo to your Halloween a choice that you will be glad you made when it comes to those face painting designs that the kids want this year! And right now when you head to the Snazaroo site to stock up on the face paints you will be needed, you can take 20% off when you use code "TRYAZON" at checkout.



Product received, thank you to Snazaroo and Tryazon for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.

#Giveaway Cure & Itch Relief from Yest Infections with MONISTAT® + $25 Visa Gift Card

This post has been sponsored by MONISTAT®. All thoughts and reviews are my own.



When it comes to being a woman, we find that there is a lot that we deal with on a daily basis. This includes not just those monthly reminders we get but also the other things that can go with being a women like those very uncomfortable yeast infections. We find yeast infections to be uncomfortable because they can cause a lot of itching and burning that is often followed with a abnormal discharge, and as a woman, I find that when a yeast infection occurs that I want to be prepared and have what I need on hand to get rid of it effectively. So like many women, I turn to the brand I know and trust, and the brand that my doctor recommends as well when I go with MONISTAT®.


MONISTAT® is a brand that offers a variety of products which can cure most vaginal yeast infections. These include the variety of dose strengths you can go with which include the 1 day, 3 day, or 7 day treatments that include Ovule®, cream or suppositories, to meet your specific needs. I also like knowing that when a yeast infection occurs that when I go with the products from MONISTAT®, that I am getting a brand that relieves the symptoms associated with yeast infections 4 times faster and also works on more strains of yeast than the leading prescription. Giving me a solution that works faster, is the #1 doctor recommended OTC solution as well as a product that has been helping women with getting relief from yeast infections for over 40 years. Making MONISTAT® not just my #1 choice when it comes to yeast infections but also the product that is the first choice of both women and their doctors! And to help with stocking up on the MONISTAT® you might need for your home, the wonderful people from MONISTAT® would like to give one of our amazing readers a $25 gift card!







**It is important to remember to always read and keep the cartons for complete warnings and dosing information on MONISTAT® products and to use as directed.






Friday, October 13, 2017

#Giveaway Holiday Guide: The Best Sleep with Tomorrow Sleep


When it comes to our day to day lives, we find that sleep plays a very important role. This is the case not just for adults but for kids as well, and when it comes to teens and sleep they might require a bit more than our younger kids and even we do. With that said, I find that when it comes to my teen and her sleep, that I want to ensure that when she does sleep that she is getting a good quality sleep. So when we were introduced to the best Hybrid Mattress along with the bed linens that can all be found at Tomorrow Sleep, I was excited to set up the new mattress in my teens room and have her share with me, the difference she feels. 


See like many teens, mine has a pretty busy life and schedule on her hands. She is part of various clubs and groups at her school, on the volleyball team right now then will go straight into soccer, along with keeping up with academics and her social life. And just like many teens her age, she cherishes her sleep. So having a bed that is comfortable, can help her rest properly and give her a restorative sleep, is what she needed, and can all be found with the Hybrid Mattress from Tomorrow Sleep.

She gets that comfort because for one, this Hybrid Mattress gives you a form fitting comfort by offering a gentle spine alignment when laying down. The bed is made with a high density memory foam which gives you a pressure relieving comfort, and with the independent coils that give you the best motion isolation, you get undisturbed nights. Along with these features there is also the cooling factor which includes Phase Change Material that extracts heat from the breathable top layer, the perforated outer-edge rails let heat escape through all sides, followed by the wrapped coil system layer which allows air to flow through the mattress.


Then when it comes to completing the sleep experience that my teen gets with the Tomorrow Sleep system, we found the bedding which includes the Memory Foam Pillow that is designed to be cool on one side and cozy on the other, was the sprinkles on top! Starting with the sheet set that is made from 100% USA grown Supima cotton and a luxurious 500 thread count, and topped with the a Down Alternative Comforter that is designed to keep you at the right temperature at any time of the year. Which in all, makes the choice to add the Hybrid Mattress along with the other products that can help to give you the best sleep with Tomorrow Sleep, a choice that you are sure to appreciate and is also sure to make a great gift to give this coming holiday season! And to help with bringing that amazing sleep experience home with the products you can find at Tomorrow Sleep, the wonderful people from Tomorrow Sleep would like to give one of our amazing readers their own Tomorrow Comforter and Tomorrow Sheet Set! Also, right now through December 31, 2017 you can get $150 off any $500 or more purchase by using code KATIE150.









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

Holiday Guide: Play & Go Storage Bags and Playmat



In my home, playtime seems to be all of the time. It starts from the time my kids wake up and continues throughout the day until they go to bed, and with that we find that along the way each day that there are plenty of messes to clean up. The thing is, when it is raining out, which it does a lot of here in the PNW, the kids like to take their play from room to room, leaving pieces here and there and leaving me to follow the trail. And as a parent, I like to seek out solutions to those issues, such as the trails of toys that can accumulate throughout the day as the kids play when it comes to cleaning up. So when we were introduced to the Play & Go Storage Bags and Playmats, I was curious to check them out and also see how they could help the kids when it comes to cleaning up after themselves while playing.


For this review, we decided to check out the Play & Go along with the Mini Play & Go. After taking them out of the boxes, I right away saw that these would be perfect for having in any home with kids! I say this because with the Play & Go, the kids get a fun play mat that is portable, and when it comes to taking that play mat to another room or putting it away, they do not need to take all of the toys off of it. Instead, they can simply grab the pull strings on each side, tighten them then take their toys along with the play mat, to continue the play in another area or put it away for another day!


For me, this really makes the playtime in my house a lot easier to manage, I mean, for one, the kids are able to easily clean up their toys, and for two, I am not having to follow behind and pick up any toys that they would otherwise drop or leave behind. Then when it comes using these nifty storage solutions that double as a play mat, I like that the play surface on the Play & Go measures at a very impressive 55". We also found that with the Roadmap Play & Go, that my kids can enjoy hours of fun driving their little cars o the roads, building and more! Which in all, makes the Play & Go Storage Bags and Playmats a great choice to add to any home with kids and also a great gift to give this coming holiday season!



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

Holiday Guide: Simplay3 Super Coupe Pedal Trike



The holidays are just around the corner and like many kids, both mind and Heather's are making those lists of what they want for this coming holiday season. As parents, we notice that the lists with the various age groups are different from one another, but when it comes to our preschoolers who are just a few days apart in age and who are also friends, they tend to want the same things. We also find that when it comes to that list, that with the big items that the boys want, ride on toys are at the top. So when we were sent the Super Coupe Pedal Trike to review from Simplay3, Heather knew that her preschooler would enjoy checking out this trike and we also found it to be a great addition to this years holiday guide!


The Simplay3 Super Coupe Pedal Trike is great for young kids who can’t ride a two wheeler yet or who want a fun ride on toy to ride around on. My son Aiden hasn’t quite mastered his bike without training wheels, but this thing he can cruise on! He loves to ride around the neighborhood when I go out for a walk with the stroller or even when we are at home out in the front or back yard. I liked that it was fairly easy to put together which is good when kids are impatient and want to play, lol The seat has three adjustments so finding the right spot to reach the pedals is easy and allows Aiden to ride and to trade off on riding when his friend Wyatt comes to visit. The roof over his head will keep the sun off him or even help to keep him dry when we get a little sprinkling of rain. He also likes to sit in the living room in it and watch TV like he is at a drive in movie. Additional features are:

* Recommended age: 3 to 7 years old
* Maximum weight: 50lbs
* Pedal Powered
* 3 position adjustable seat
* Large treaded front wheel
* Easy grip steering handle bar
* High arching oval roof creates a safe, spacious, and cozy driver environment
* Durable double wall plastic construction
* So that you and your toddler may spend more time playing and less time with assembly and instructions, the front fork, pedals, and big wheel are already assembled for your convenience
* Adult assembly required
* Size and Weight: 35 in. H 23.5 in. W 37 in. D 16.3 lbs.


Then when it comes to being kid tough, I know this is built well and is very sturdy, which ensures me that it will be around for a long time. So once Aiden outgrows it, I’m certain Zoey will have just as much fun as Aiden and his friends have had with it, and with Christmas just around the corner, I find this would be perfect to find under the tree! Making the Super Coupe Pedal Trike from Simplay3 a great trike for your little rider and also a great gift to give this coming holiday season!


Product received, thank you to Simplay3 as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.

TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT


When it comes to our family movie nights, we like to add some of those new shows and movies that we come across. And like many homes who have Transformers fans in the home, we find that when we come across the new movies and activities to share during family movie night, we get excited to share them! So when we were sent the new movie, TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT to review on Blu-Ray along with some fun activity sheets for the kids, we were excited to add it to our family movie night and also share the fun printables that you can print off to share with your Transformers fans below.


In this movie, you find that humans and Transformers at war and Optimus Prime is gone. In order to save the world and the future of human kind, secrets that have been buried must come to surface and unlikely alliances will be formed, bringing forth a new definition of a hero to life. This alliance includes Cade, Bumblebee along with a English lord and a professor from Oxford who must uncover those secrets. In the search for the truth and in a fight to save the world, you find that those who are hunted become heroes and even ones who were seen as heroes become villains. Giving you a movie that keeps you on the edge of your seat and also making the movie, Transformers: The Last Night, a must watch for any Transformers fans out there and a great addition to add to your next movie night!

TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT Blu-ray Combo Pack
The TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD compatible), English 5.1 Discrete Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Discrete Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  The DVD in the combo pack is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Discrete Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  The combo pack includes access to a Digital HD copy of the film as well as the following: 
Blu-ray Disc 1
·       Feature film in high definition
Blu-ray Disc 2
  • Special Features:
    • Merging Mythologies – Explore the secret TRANSFORMERS history
    • Climbing the Ranks - Military training
    • The Royal Treatment: Transformers in the UK
    • Motors and Magic
    • Alien Landscape: Cybertron
    • One More Giant Effin’ Movie
DVD
  • Feature film in standard definition





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

Holiday Guide: HAPPY HOLIDAYS GARFIELD


In my house, we look forward to the holiday season, and with Halloween coming soon, we find that it is the official kick off for our favorite time of year. With that said, I start the planning of our holidays now, so as each one comes up, we are prepared to enjoy the time ahead. I also like to seek out the movies and shows to share as we prepare to celebrate together. So when we were sent the DVD, Happy Holidays Garfield, we were excited to add it to our family movie night holiday line up and also add it to our holiday guide!

In this collection of shows, you get that lasagna loving lazy cat who is ready to celebrate the holidays as they come. The two fun filled holiday episodes include the following:

Garfield’s Thanksgiving
Jon Arbuckle invites veterinarian Liz to celebrate Thanksgiving with him, Garfield, and Odie! But Jon has no clue how to prepare a Thanksgiving meal and even worse—Liz declares that Garfield must be put on a diet… on the day before Thanksgiving! Will anyone come to the rescue and cook a delicious dinner for Jon and Liz?

A Garfield Christmas Special
Garfield gives Grandma love notes he found that were written by her husband, from when they first met. That thoughtful gift shows Garfield that Christmas isn’t about eating lasagna or receiving presents—it’s about spending time with your family and making others happy!

We found these two shows to be perfect for watching as we get into the holiday season and also found this DVD to be a great addition to any holiday collection. Making Happy Holidays Garfield on DVD, a great choice to go with as you prepare your family for the upcoming holiday season.

                                                          




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

Holiday Guide: Peanuts Holiday Collection Deluxe Edition

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the DVD I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.


With the time to start getting things planned for the upcoming holiday season upon us, I find that along with all of the decor and gifts that I also like to find fun holiday movies and shows to share on our family movie nights. So when we were sent the new, Peanuts Holiday Collection Deluxe Edition to review and add to this years holiday guide, I was excited to check it out and share it with my family.

With this collection you get 270 minutes of Peanuts holiday fun to watch and share as you prepare your family for the upcoming holidays. These include the classics that start with the Halloween must have, Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. Giving you a fun show to watch with the kids as they carve those pumpkins and prepare for Halloween. From there you get, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving that includes the whole gang who gather for a interesting take on Thanksgiving dinner that that quirky dog Snoopy and his bird friend Woodstock put together.

Then to complete the holidays with a Peanuts twist, you get, A Charlie Brown Christmas where the friends are again together and learn the true meaning of Christmas. Making the Peanuts Holiday Collection Deluxe Edition a great choice to add to your holiday celebrations this year!



Thursday, October 12, 2017

#Giveaway RoseArt CharMinis Deluxe Jewelry Studio


Yesterday I shared a post about a product that is sure to be a must have this year when it comes to the kids who love making jewelry. The post was about the CharMinis and you can read more about it here. Well after posting, the wonderful people from RoseArt decided to offer a giveaway for one of our amazing readers! You can enter to win your own CharMinis Deluxe Jewelry Studio below.






Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Holiday Guide: Holiday Collectibles from Precious Moments


The holidays are just around the corner and with that I find that I get excited to seek out all of the decor and home goods to add to my holiday collection in my home! With that said, like many when I look for some of those decorative and home good items to add to the holiday theme in my home, I like to seek out the items from the brands I love. So when we were sent some of the new selections available from the Precious Moments holiday line up to review, I was excited to check them out and also add them to the list of must haves for this coming holiday season.



To get started with the selection of collectibles for the 2017 holiday season from Precious Moments, I found the Snow Much Fun collection to be very adorable and a must for the kitchen and for using when entertaining this year! The Snow Much Fun Mug is perfect for enjoying a cup of hot coffee on those cold winter mornings or for sharing some hot cocoa in with the kids. There is a very adorable smiling snowman on the mug and a little cardinal on the handle, giving you a great choice to go with when adding kitchen items to your holiday collection or for giving as a gift this coming holiday season!


Then when it comes to those ornaments that I seek out to add to our collection every holiday season, I found the Merry Christmoose 2017 Ornament to be a perfect addition! I say this because for one, it is one to mark our 2017 holiday season and for two, my youngest's nickname is "Moose". He was given the nickname by my sister when he was a baby, since he was a very big baby, and since then he has taken on the name and has a love for Moose! So naturally when I saw this adorable moose with the evergreen wreath around his neck and a very cute smile on his face, I knew that it was meant to be! Making the choice to add Precious Moments to the line up of both the holiday home decor and entertaining items as well as to those holiday gift lists, a choice that is sure to help make your holidays happy and bright!



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

Holiday Guide: RoseArt CharMinis Deluxe Jewelry Studio



The holiday season is coming and the signs of the holidays can be seen when we head out to the stores. With that I find that it is a great time to get a head start on the shopping that will be done to help bring the holidays together. And like many, as I begin looking at those toy lists and the selection of must haves for the coming holiday season, I take note on the items we come across. So when we were sent the RoseArt CharMinis Deluxe Jewelry Studio to review, I knew that Heather would enjoy sharing this set with her daughter and also sharing their thoughts with our readers!

My daughter Megan was excited to receive these charm makers. She is a very creative kid and loves to make things. Which is why when I first saw the RoseArt CharMinis Deluxe Jewelry Studio, I knew it was perfect for her. With over 100 charms this will keep her entertained for hours. The studio has several features such as a glitter station to make the charms sparkle. There is even a jewelry stand for completed necklaces, bracelets, and charms. The charms stick and stack together with water, by just applying a bit of water and like magic they are stuck together, eliminating the messy glue. Which in hand, I find that it makes clean up simple. Some of the charms you get are: pies, cakes, ice cream, hearts, and stars.This kit includes: a bottle with brush, a glaze pot, a bag of glitter, six nylon cords, two safety clasps, a jewelry tree with glitter dome, and over 100 food, fun and fashion charm pieces.Some key features are:

* 100+ charm pieces to customize endless charm combinations

* Multi-functional jewelry studio serves as a decorative jewelry stand, charm organizer, and creation station complete with charm glitterizing feature

* Glitterize your finished charms to accent your personal style – bonus play pattern!

* Make and wear stylish bracelets and necklaces with 4 colors of cord to choose from.

* Fun & Easy Process – charm pieces simply fuse with water

* For ages 6+

Along with the RoseArt CharMinis Deluxe Jewelry Studio, we also received 2 add on packs. The first one is the Animal Theme pack, and it comes with 15 plus charms and 3 different colored chords to chose from. The charms are adorable, and include a little kitty, bunnies, and puppies, which also happen to be some of Megan’s favorite animals! These will make her bracelets and necklaces have even more character and creativity. The next add on pack is Color POP bracelet pack. This kit contains metallic links that easily link together to make a bracelet and I like that you can accessorize with the charms you make from the deluxe studio, allowing my daughter and her friends to add that special touch for even more creativity and fun! Which after being able to review the sets from the RoseArt CharMinis collection, I find would be an amazing gift for any young girls this coming holiday season!


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

Adorable Mix and Match Separates for Baby from ONESIES® Brand

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



When it comes to baby and caring for them, as parents we quickly learn that in the first year, babies grow a lot. They go from newborn to 0-3 months within that first month or so and as the time goes on, they continue to go up in clothing sizes every few months. And as a parent who has been there and done that a time a two, Heather finds that when it comes to little Zoey, that she likes to head to her local Walmart, where she can stock up on those adorable mix and match separates from the ONESIES® Brand. So when we were sent a outfit to review from the ONESIES® Brand line, she was excited to check them out and share why she loves this very family friendly budget brand with our readers!


We received the cupcake short sleeved body suit and matching pants from the line of mix and match pieces from ONESIES® Brand, which can be found at Walmart. These are just cute as can be! The expandable lap shoulder neckline make it super easy to put on over Zoey's head. This can be handy for when she should happen to get messy, such as a blow out, this makes it even easier to slide it off instead of over her head. Allowing us to keep the mess down to a minimum, and with the higher snap front closure, it makes it easier to snap shut with a wiggly baby when we are changing her.


Then when it comes to the mix and match aspect, I love that there are several different designs to choose from when I head to my local Walmart. The pieces are also very affordable at just $2 in store or $8 when you buy the bundled sets online, which is another plus for growing babies. I can also appreciate that the bodysuit is made of 100% cotton rib and the pants are 100% cotton jersey, which makes them easy to care for. Just toss them in the washer and dryer and they are ready to wear again. These would delight any new mom or even make for a great gift to give baby this holiday season. Making the choice to add the line up of mix and match separates from the ONESIES® Brand of clothes at Walmart, a great choice to go with when you or someone you know has a baby in the house!


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

#Giveaway Holiday Guide: MagicTape "Lego tape"


The holidays are coming and are getting closer by the day, and with that I find that in my house, it is the perfect time to get a head start on the shopping. This means not just scope out those must have gifts to get this year and even hide some away as I check some off the list, but also the time to start looking at those gifts that will make great stocking stuffers as well. And like many homes where those building blocks are a must not just as gifts for the holidays but for any occasion, I find that adding ways to make the building more fun can really be a great way to go. So when we were introduced to the MagicTape from Buildr Toys, I was excited to check it out, see how it works and add the selection of MagicTape to my list of great gifts to give this coming holiday season!


See with my kids, they all love to play with those building blocks, and between them they have quite a collection to build and create with. The thing is, most of the building they do is limited to their activity table, and at times our dinning room table, limiting them to just a couple of areas in the home. So when I first took a look at the MagicTape, I was curious to see how this tape works both on the walls or on the floors. I found that the MagicTape comes in handy rolls that are simple for the kids to access, and on the backside there is a adhesive that once the paper is removed is ready to be used!

The tape is flexible allowing the kids to use their imaginations on how they want to set it up, from clinging it to the walls, to the counter, floors and even themselves. I also like that they can cut the tape if needed, so that the kids can get the sizes they are after as they build, giving the kids a bendable and workable base for their building blocks. Then when it comes to reusing the tape, I like that the kids can reuse their MagicTape over and over again, to create and build with, and with 6 rolls in each box, the possibilities on what they decide to build can be endless! Making the MagicTape "Lego Tape" from Buildr Toys, a great choice to go with when seeking great gifts and stocking stuffer ideas this coming holiday season. And to help with that holiday shopping, the wonderful people from Buildr Toys would like to give one of our amazing readers their own Fun Pack of the MagicTape!





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

Petmate K9 Control Retractable Leash



When it comes to taking our dogs for walks, we find that Nakoma enjoys exploring and walking ahead. The thing is, when she is on the leash when we are not at the dog park, the leash we had can limit her to that exploration and fun she looks forward to, leaving her restricted. So when we were sent the Petmate K9 Control Retractable Leash to review, I was excited to check it out and see how well Nakoma liked it when we used it for walks.


With this leash, we get a retractable leash that retracts in the lock or stop position. This allows Nakoma to go ahead of us on walks and explore when we are in areas she is able to do that and limiting the leash length when we are in areas where she needs to be close to us. We can also safely pull back Nakoma when we are walks without the worry of extra slack or tangling in the leash due to the Zero Slack Technology. Giving us a leash that is perfect for us to use for our Nakoma when we are out with her and making the Petmate K9 Control Retractable Leash a great choice to go with for pet parents who are seeking a great retractable leash solution!





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

Baby Proofing with Self Closing Electrical Outlet Covers


When it comes to the home and baby, we find that when baby becomes mobile, that they also become very curious and want to explore just about everything they see. As a parent or caregiver with a baby and or small children in the home, we tend to go through the home and baby proof it so it is safe as little ones play and explore. We put the fragile items up and out of reach, secure appliances, put up window chords, close doors, install gates, and put outlet covers on the exposed outlets as well. And as Heather and her family prepare the home for little Zoey as she is trying to become mobile, we find that having plenty of the outlet covers is a must. So when we were sent a set of the Self Closing Electrical Outlet Covers to review, we were excited to begin installing them and start preparing for Zoey to become more mobile as she practices her crawling.


These outlet plates are simple to install and can fit on most average outlets and comes with the hardware needed for installation. Once installed the outlets are also simple to access and use, allowing you to slide the plate when you need to plug in something, then cover it back up so little fingers can not access the outlets. Making the choice to add the Self Closing Electrical Outlet Covers in any home with little ones, a choice that can help to ease your mind and also keep everyone safe!


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

The Family Home: Signs of Damp You Should Never Ignore


When people talk about their homes, one of the most common conversation topics is damp. Some people often choose to ignore the problem completely, but living in a house with mould can be incredibly bad for your health and young children are especially at risk of health problems.

What’s more, the worse the situation gets, the more it’s going to cost you to remove and repair any damage so it’s better to face up to the problem sooner rather than later! Skirting boards can be replaced quite easily, skirtingsrus who have a big skirting boards range would be able to provide you with some inspiration. Wallpaper may be a little trickier – but if you take the necessary steps to stop damp from taking hold, then hopefully, repairing the damage shouldn’t be too costly.

The types of damp

The three most common types of damp that can affect your home include rising damp, penetrating damp and condensation.

Rising damp is caused by ground water moving up through a wall or floor. It’s usually stopped from causing damage by a barrier called damp-proof membranes.

Penetrating damp is caused by water leaking through the walls. It may expand across your walls or ceiling but will always do so horizontally rather than by travelling up walls. This is usually caused by structural problems such as faulty guttering or roofing, cracks in the walls or internal leaks.
Condensation is the most common type of damp and it’s caused by moist air condensing on walls. Typically, it occurs in rooms where there is a lot of moisture such as in kitchens and bathrooms and it’s often a winter problem because at this time of year, walls are much colder than the air outside.

So, what are the tell-tale signs?

 Some of the more obvious signs of damp include:
When you hang your clothes out after a wash, they won’t dry properly
There’s a constant musty smell in your house
Your breathing doesn’t feel right. It can even make asthma symptoms worse.
You may see visible damp patches that come and go depending on the weather conditions
Water droplets on windows or walls
Mould starts to appear
Signs of rising damp include damage to skirting boards or plaster as well as peeling paint and wallpaper – often with wet patches. You may also notice tide marks along your wall
A general chilly or damp feeling in the house
Damp floor tiles
Algae and mould on external walls

How can I prevent it?

Poor ventilation exacerbates the situation so make sure your house (especially the bathroom) is well ventilated. Opening windows and having an extractor fan can be a big help.
Rather than setting your heating to turn on and off at particular intervals throughout the day, it’s better to have it on constantly at a lower heat. Heating that comes on and off allows warm, damp air to condense.

Use a damp-proof membrane. Impervious to water and laid under concrete floor, this can help to effectively seal and protect your house from ground water.