Mommy Katie

Saturday, January 14, 2017

#Giveaway Celebrate National Oatmeal Month with Nature's Path


The new year is here and the weather is cold, and like many who have made those resolutions, I find that when it comes to finding the foods to go with that offer a healthy option during these cold months, that those hot food dishes are always a great way to go. For me, I adore my oatmeal, and when it comes to the oatmeal that I enjoy I like to be able to eat it not only for breakfast but add it to other dishes as well. So when I found out that January is National Oatmeal Month, and was sent a pack of oatmeal from the Nature's Path line up, I was excited to check them out and try some of the amazing recipes from the Nature's Path site!


See with the oatmeal varieties that I can get from the Nature's Path line up, I can create a variety of dishes that are not just your basic oatmeal dishes. These include ones like the Hot Oatmeal Raisin Bars, which give me a great go to breakfast or snack item that is tasty and that is great for taking on the go. I also like that along with the recipe for the Hot Oatmeal Raisin Bars, that there are more that I can choose from when I head to the Nature's Path site, allowing me to get more from the oatmeal I adore, and also giving me some variety as we celebrate National Oatmeal Month!

Here are five ways to celebrate National Oatmeal Month:

·       Get Savory: No need to stick to sweet add-ins or think only breakfast, try Oatmeal Risotto with Mushrooms and KaleWhite Bean and Mushroom Bake, or Cheesy Oats with Tomato, Avocado and Spinach.
·       Make “zoats”:  Amp up the nutrition even more with zucchini oats!  Just grate zucchini (for a boost of potassium, vitamin C and vitamin A and just 19 calories a cup) and add to Nature’s Path Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal for a creamy, delicious, nutritious start to your morning.
·       Drink to your health: oatmeal makes a nutritious base for beverages like Oatmeal latte or Homemade oat milk.
·       Sleep On it: Make overnight oats and wake up to a delicious mason jar of flavor, try Coconut Cranberry Overnight Oats or Overnight Oats with Crunchy Sunrise Topping
·       Think outside the bowl: Take your oatmeal on the go with Oat and Yogurt Breakfast Bars Hot Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars, or Hot Oatmeal Raisin Bars

Then when it comes to learning more about the benefits that myself and my family can get by adding the Nature's Path Oatmeal varieties to our diet, I like that I can head to the Nature's Path each Friday during the month of January at 11am PST and tune in as nutritionists share their daily routines and how they start their days with oatmeal! Which in all makes celebrating National Oatmeal Month with Nature's Path a fun way to explore the different products, recipes and health benefits that oatmeal has to offer! And to help with celebrating National Oatmeal Month, the wonderful people from Nature's Path would like to give one of my amazing readers a prize pack valued at $50!








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

Monday, January 9, 2017

#Free Anti-Aging Workout DVD

Get this Free Anti-Aging Workout DVD! Pop it into your DVD player and you‘re done in just 5 MINUTES (Includes your entire workout!) This scientifically-designed, researched, and doctor-created anti-aging DVD includes an ultra fast workout in a quick and simple format that requires no additional equipment. There is a $4.95 s&h fee. 

#Giveaway Fitbit Charge 2


New year, new you. Celebrate a fresh start in 2017 and kickstart your healthy living with a FREE Fitbit Charge 2. There are 50 up for grabs, choose from black, plum, blue or teal! Enter now for a chance to win! 




Sunday, January 8, 2017

#Giveaway Guardians of Oz on DVD, Digital HD and On Demand January 24


Family movie night is a night that we look forward to in my home, and when it comes to finding those movies to add, we like to seek out both the classics we adore along with new movies to add to the mix. So when we were told about the new movie, Guardians of Oz that will be available to bring home on January 24th, we were excited to add it to our list of movies to watch during family movie night!



In this great family movie, you find a story that takes place in the magical land of Oz, but this time the adventure is one that a flying monkey named Ozzy takes in order to save his dad. On his journey, he takes the Wicked Witch's broom, which holds her powers, and makes friends with a young sorceress and other creatures from Oz along the way. Giving you and your family a fun, family movie that is sure to make your family movie night an enjoyable one when you head out on January 24th to bring home your copy of Guardians of Oz on DVD, Digital HD and On Demand. And to help with bringing that fun home, the wonderful people from Lionsgate Home Entertainment would like to give one of my amazing readers their own copy of Guardians of Oz on DVD.





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

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Express Yourself with the Picture My IBS Contest

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When it comes to our bodies, both the inside and out, we find that every body is different and how we interpret different ailments can also vary from person to person. This is because we are created to be different, and with that we find that when certain ailments arise, that we might not have words to describe what we might be feeling, making it to where trying to express how we feel to our doctors can be a lot easier said than done. I know this because when it comes to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and how it can effect daily life, that someone close to me who has dealt with IBS over the past several years, still finds that it can be a difficult subject to talk about and even explain to others. I also learned that through personal experiences as well as the information provided to me for this sponsored post, that when it comes to the discussion of IBS, it has been found in a survey conducted with those with IBS, to be a very hard subject to discuss with a Dr, even harder than discussing STD's. So when I was asked to create content about the Picture My IBS contest where those who suffer or are close to those who suffer from IBS, can express their own journey with IBS through art, I was excited to share the information given to me on behalf of the Picture My IBS initiative for this post, with both my loved one as well as others who have IBS too.


See with the Picture my IBS Contest, you can not only share how you see IBS and how it might affect your life and or the life of your loved ones, but also enter your art for a chance to win one of 3 amazing prizes. The prizes include a grand prize trip for 2 to New York City, luxury hotel and spa accommodations, and more! There will also be 5 other prizes of $100 gift cards awarded and those winners will also get honorable mentions of their artwork.

Creating a piece and entering your piece is also fairly simple. Like for my submission, I found that creating a graphic piece can help my loved one to explain how IBS effects them and even others close to them when it comes to daily life.


Keeping the idea of always needing to know where the closest restroom is in mind, and knowing that those pleasures such as hiking, going on a water adventure, seeing a movie, or making other plans can be a luxury that IBS suffers can not enjoy to the fullest. Which is what makes this initiative that was put together by The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) in collaboration with Allergan and Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, one that can help to make a difference and make the communication between IBS patients and their doctors, a little easier and also show those with IBS that they are not alone. Making this contest one that allows patients, doctors and those close to someone with IBS, have a better understanding and find ways to make living with IBS something that is easier to discuss.


So if you or someone close to you suffers from IBS, be sure to check out the Picture My IBS Contest and express yourself through art!



This is a sponsored post written on behalf of the Picture My IBS initiative.

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. OPEN TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE FIFTY UNITED STATES, D.C., AGE 18 OR OVER. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. THE SPONSORS OF THE CONTEST ARE ALLERGAN USA, INC. WITH AN OFFICE AT HARBORSIDE FINANCIAL CENTER; PLAZA V, SUITE 1900; JERSEY CITY, NJ 07302; IRONWOOD PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. WITH AN OFFICE AT 301 BINNEY STREET, CAMBRIDGE, MA 02142; AND THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF GASTROENTEROLOGY. APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUE OF ALL PRIZES IS $6,500. ODDS OF WINNING DEPEND ON NUMBER AND QUALITY OF ENTRIES RECEIVED. ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BETWEEN NOVEMBER 1, 2016 AND FEBRUARY 28, 2017. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS AND RESTRICTIONS APPLY. PLEASE SEE COMPLETE CONTEST TERMS AND CONDITIONS AT PICTUREMYIBS.ORG.


Monday, January 2, 2017

#Giveaway Resolutions for Better Health with the Levoit Aria Natural Himalayan Crystal Salt Lamp


The new year is upon us and I find that my family and I are seeking out the products that will help aid us in keeping those New Years Resolutions. Like many, I chose to find healthier ways of living for the new year, and with that I have found that when it comes to changing things both inside and outside of the home, that there are many tools out there that can help us in achieving those goals in the new year. One such product that I have been interested in trying out in my home as well as adding to my list of products to have in the home when it comes to finding ways to achieve a healthier environment in the home is a Himalayan Crystal Salt Lamp. So when I was sent the Levoit Aria Natural Himalayan Crystal Salt Lamp, I was very curious to check it out and also add it to my list of great products to help with achieving better health in the new year.


Now unlike other items that I have on my list, such as various pieces of equipment for working out with and finding tools to help with cooking healthier meals for myself and my family, I find that this product is great for aiding in the overall well-being of myself and my family in the home. It does this by giving me a product that naturally ionizes the air in my home or work space.

This is done when the lamp is turned on and warms up the crystals that are in the base of this lamp. Once the crystals are warmed up, they attract water particles in the air which are then turned into negative ions, which in hand help to attract particles such as pollen and pollution that are in the air. These particles are ones that can cause issues with allergies and can make you sick, and once they are taken out of the air you are breathing in your home or work space, you begin to feel better. I also like that along with the removal of the water from the air that can be harmful to your breathing and irritating to allergies, I like that with the warm amber glow, that it helps calm and soothe your overall effect. Allowing you to wind down after a long day and reduce your stress levels!



Then when it comes to the look, I like that with this salt lamp that there are many salt crystals that you add to the lamp base, giving you both a lamp that offers a calming glow with the amber light, and a decorative item that is sure to look good in just about any area! Making the Levoit Aria Natural Himalayan Crystal Salt Lamp a great choice to go with when it comes to finding those tools to add to your list of products that can help with improving health and well-being in your home. And to help with making this new year a great one for my readers, the wonderful people from Levoit would like to give one of my amazing readers their own Levoit Aria Natural Himalayan Crystal Salt Lamp.




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

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Senior Care In New York City Works Around Your Family

Are you worried about an older parent’s well-being as their ability to look after their own home, do the grocery shopping, laundry, cleaning, or cooking declines? It’s important to have a conversation about your concerns and about your parent’s wishes and expectations as they age and begin to need some assistance, whether they need the occasional visit from a personal support worker or a live in caregiver who can meet all of their needs day in and day out.

In New York City, one of the easiest ways to get high quality care for a loved one with dementia or a chronic illness is to work with an agency that can provide highly trained personal support workers and flexible support. If you’re already a primary caregiver, you can turn to an agency for respite care, or if you aren’t able to live with your older parent, you can rely on them for live in care or regular visits of several hours.



Another option that many families find crucial is 24-hour shift work, available from New York City agencies like Mavencare; if your loved one suffers from Alzheimer’s and is prone to wandering, 24-hour care delivered by 2-3 caregivers in shifts can help. It means that there will always be someone awake and on the job, all the time, and it can also be the format of care you need after a hospital transfer, when your loved one needs regular attention.

A caregiver can do more than just make sure your loved doesn’t wander out of the house at night, but also take steps to prevent it in the first place. Wandering is caused by a number of factors, including stress or fear, boredom, or an attempt at following a routine (like grocery shopping or going for a walk). A caregiver can make sure that your loved one’s sleep patterns are normal and mitigate the feelings of stress that can come with dementia; allowing your loved one to stay in the familiar environment of their home is a great way to alleviate these fears. Whether you need live in care or 24-hour shifts, working with an agency can help you find senior care in New York City that fits your circumstances.


It can be a real challenge managing the care of your beloved older relative alongside raising your own family, thriving in your career, or possibly even living in another city or state. That’s why working with an agency can be such a great idea, as agencies like Mavencare have started using mobile apps to help families manage care and keep up to date on the health and well-being of their loved one. Through the app, families can book or cancel appointments, or find help quickly in a pinch if they’re faced with a sudden hospitalization and the discharge process that follows. If you’ve hired a live in caregiver, you can use the app to update your loved one’s medication schedule, check in to make sure all of their daily medication reminders have been delivered (and whether or not your loved one is complying with theirmedication schedule), and get live updates from the caregiver. When you’re looking for an agency to help with your elderly parent, get eldercare that works around your family and your needs. 

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Smart Spying: Protect your Loved Ones with a Hidden App


This is the season to enjoy the festivities with the family but there are many who have plans for New Year with their friends and colleagues. With New Year resolutions and all, many would be deciding to start their love life afresh and might have already begun meeting new people. What if your sixteen years old daughter is interested in a hook-up this year?

For you to relax and actively take part in the felicitations, I bring you the review of a spying app through which you can monitor your spouse as well as your kids when they are away from you. XNSPY is both, an iPhone spying app and an android monitoring app so whether your target has an iPhone or android, it will be compatible with both.

Let’s view the app in detail so that you can make an informed purchase decision about it.

Compatibility

Your husband owns a Samsung phone and your kids are iPhone lovers? That’s not a problem! In fact, this iPhone spying app can be compatible to all devices, Jailbroken or Non-Jailbroken. If your target’s iPhone is Jailbroken, you only need a one-time physical access to their phone for app installation. The process will take about 5minutes. Woot woot! You can then begin spying. If your target phone is Non-Jailbroken, then also the installation is a piece of cake. Through iCloud monitoring software, you are able to attain iCloud credentials and begin monitoring.

Even if your spouse or teen owns an android phone there is no issue regarding installation. Android monitoring app, XNSPY is compatible with all rooted or non-rooted devices. One-time physical access is mandatory, after which you can continue to spy using the app in stealth mode.

Pricing

In a nutshell, XNSPY is a budgeted app. The software offers a subscription fee that allows you to monitor one android and one iOS device per person. Its pricing policy is based on three terms; monthly, quarterly, and annually. The app offers two editions, based on the pricing range, basic and Premium. The number of features promised in both these editions differ. See for it yourself!





XNSPY Basic Edition
XNSPY Premium Edition
Monthly
$49.99/month
$59.99/month
Quarterly
$23.33/month
$33.33/month
Annually
$8.33/month
$12.49/month

Features

You can’t be with someone 24/7. This is humanly impossible plus it also frustrates people that you’re not giving them enough personal and cyberspace. So will you just sit on a sofa and do nothing? XNSPY comes handy when you need a surveillance tool to check on your loved ones. World is full of online predators, rapists, con artists, etc. who can trap your loved ones and blackmail them.

Here are some of the features of XNSPY that will provide an in-depth view of the app.


Viewing the call log details





When we go out, we meet new people. Younger people are prone to make new friends online and hangout with them. What parents can do is use this android or iPhone spying app which provides all the call details in an organized manner. The number of incoming/outgoing and missed calls are given along with other details such as name of the contact, time and date stamps, and call duration. You can also watch-list a contact whom you think is a bad influence on your kid.

Messages are important too!




Texting or chatting is the most popular form of communication today. The holiday season is about family but your husband may be busy in his cell phone. The constant beeps on his phone may put you into suspicion. XNSPY can be a decent pick when it comes to monitoring as it enables you to monitor his texts as well as chats through various platforms including WhatsApp, Skype, iMessage, etc. the entire message thread can be viewed with the name of the contact, date and time stamp, and Geo-tags (an icon that determines the exact location of the messenger when a particular message was sent/received). Watch-listing certain keywords can get you more evidence about your teen’s sexting or your spouse’s infidelity.

Knowing their whereabouts

It’s off from work and school, so obviously nobody will lock themselves up for two weeks at home. Everyone has their social life so they’d be enjoying some days together. Your kids may go out for movie night with their friends or your spouse may plan enjoying an outdoor game with his colleagues. Track their GPS location through the android monitoring app and get instant alerts on your phone. You can virtually barricade certain places by marking them as ‘unsafe’ for your target, so whenever your target enters the unapproved place, you will be instantly notified.

Add-on features of XNSPY

What more does XNSPY offer to its customers? The new updated version of XNPSY enables you to record phone calls and surroundings of your target. What more could you want than hearing the exact conversation of your target with your own ears? It’s indeed a treat! Moreover, the app allows you to remotely command the control panel to lock the phone screen, wipe data from the target phone, take Live-screenshots of the phone, block certain apps, etc.

The verdict!

With holiday season in its full swing, this is the time to escape your worries and relax. However, your nagging suspicions about your family won’t let you enjoy to the fullest so consider using a spying app. If you want discreet and effective monitoring, I can give you a go ahead signal for XNSPY. With its user-friendly interface and wide range of features, along with a responsive customer service center, the app has the potential to fulfill your requirements. However, the end choice is definitely yours! 





Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Wonster Words: ABC Phonics & Spelling


This post was sponsored by 77Sparx Studio. All opinions are my own.


When it comes to my kids and finding those apps that they enjoy playing, I find that I like to seek out the ones that offer educational aspects to them that are also fun. Along with the educational fun, I also seek out the apps that are geared towards the various ages of kids in my home. So when we were introduced to the Wonster Words App, I was excited to check it out and share it with my preschooler.


After downloading the app, my son was ready to begin, and go on to start taking on the various tasks with each of the mini-games that are on this app.


With the different mini games, I found that they are great for helping with spelling by using phonics. The games do this by offering spelling games, where the kids have to fill in the letters with the correct letters, listen to the sounds each letter makes, and also listen as the words are pronounced when they come together. Along with the spelling and the sounding out of letters and words, I like that the kids can then learn the meanings of the words and listen as the words are used in sentences and phrases in the games.


Each of the games on the app offer fun characters that my preschooler can enjoy following along with and completing the missions with. I also like as we go through the missions available with each of the words that he is awarded with gifts that are needed in order to complete the missions at hand, such as the Space Adventure that we started out with.



Then when it comes to what kids can take away from the Wonster Words App, I like that along with learning on the app, that the kids take those words that they learn and use them outside of the app. Allowing them to not only learn the spelling but also the correct ways of using the words in their everyday lives. Making Wonster Words App a great app that is great for not only teaching your kids through phonics but also a app that makes the learning fun!

And right now during the Google promotional period of 12/28-1/6, the All Access pass for Wonster will be discounted to $9.99 on Google Play giving parents a great discount from the normal price of $14.99. This promo will only be around for a limited time and is only available through the Google Play site.







Tuesday, December 27, 2016

#DozenWaystoDip Litehouse Ranch Green Chile Dip

This review was made possible by iConnect Influencer Management,  and Litehouse was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.




It is hard to believe that 2016 will be over soon and we will be welcoming the new year of 2017 in the matter of days. But it is true and like many others out there, I am preparing my home and family for those upcoming New Years celebrations. For me this means that aside from finding those epic New Years Eve dresses and accessories to wear that I will also be preparing a menu filled with finger foods along with a variety of chips and dips for guests to enjoy. So when I was sent some of the Homestyle Ranch from the Litehouse Foods line up to try and add to my party menus, I was excited to check it out and share a delicious recipe with you, my readers!


I found that when I use the Homestyle Ranch from the Litehouse line up that I can create a variety of dips that will be a great addition to our menu line up as we ring in the new year. I like that the flavor gives me that creamy buttermilk with fresh herb and vegetable flavors that I seek in a ranch dip and or ranch dressing. And with the Homestyle Ranch, I like that when it comes to creating dips that there are many possibilities that I can go with so I can have a great line up of dips for everyone to enjoy. Well along with the flavors and dips that I can create, I found that right now, through January 1st, that when I create those epic dips that are sure to get the party started, that I can share those recipes and also enter to win in the Make Homestyle Your Style Sweepstakes where I can enter for a chance to win $500 to style my home!


See with this sweepstakes, I can enter for a chance to win and encourage others to enter as well when I share some of those recipes that I can create using the Litehouse Foods Homestyle Ranch, like the Litehouse Ranch and Green Chile Dip.

With the Litehouse Ranch and Green Chile Dip I can make a great dip that has a little kick to it and is great for dipping tortilla chips in. This dip is simple to put together and one that I have found others just can not get enough of.

Recipe for Litehouse Ranch and Green Chile Dip:

1/2 Jar of Litehouse Homestyle Ranch
1.5 Cups of Sour Cream
1 oz can of Chopped Green Chile (Hatch Chile Preferred)
1 tsp Dried Dill (Litehouse Brand Preferred)
2 tbsp Dried Chives (Litehouse Brand Preferred)

Take the green chile and drain the water off of the chiles. Then mix all ingredients together in bowl and set out with tortilla chips for guests to enjoy.


So as you make those party plans to ring in the New Year and head out to make those snack tables with those chips and dips everyone enjoys, be sure to pick up some of the Litehouse Homestyle Ranch where you can find a #DozenWaystoDip and also enter to win in the Make Homestyle Your Style Sweepstakes!









Welcoming Bingo Nostalgia!

I used to play bingo with my family on weekends. It was one of the most memorable times I spent with them. Strangely my memories were revived a couple of days ago when I found and played a game of online bingo.

I found myself transported back in time to my living room with my uncle calling out the numbers and everyone else sitting and concentrating on their respective bingo tickets. A flood of sights and sounds came back to me. The constant struggle my little eyes and hands did to cross off a number, the look on people’s faces when they got a full house and the joy I felt when I shouted “Bingo!” at the top of my voice.

Though the memories are now becoming hazy, I am glad I found something that makes me feel the wonderful nostalgia again and again.

A number of websites provide users with the opportunity to play bingo and casino games. What’s best about this deal is that you can even start playing for free. There is no need to deposit any money and even if you do choose to deposit, there is no fixed amount. You can play these games at your ease.

When I used to play Bingo as a kid I had to rush to the family room right on time because even a minute’s delay could have caused me to lessen my chances at winning. With bingo coming to the online platform this has changed drastically. All I now do is pre-buy my tickets and then log in whenever I like to see how the game is going.

One thing I love about playing Bingo online is its sense of community. The chat rooms are full of nice people who are very easy to talk to, about the game or otherwise.


Have you played bingo as a kid? How has the experience of online gaming changed bingo for you?

Is Your Mattress The Reason Behind Your Laziness

Do you feel lazy throughout the day? Do you also feel drained out all day long? Your sleeping habits play a big role in all this. Have you ever wondered if the real reason behind your laziness is your mattress on which you sleep everyday? It is really important to choose the mattress which suits you perfectly. Here are some useful tips that may help you in choosing the most suitable mattress for your bed.

A costlier mattress is not always the best mattress

First of all, you should get rid of this myth that the most costly mattress in the market is the best for you. Any mattress over a certain range doesn’t really indicate better quality or better comfort. Most probably it will provide you the same amount of cushioning as well as support.

Labels don’t define a mattress

Another thing is that you should not go blindly for any mattress just by reading the label on it. A label may tout about the level of softness of a mattress. You should note that ‘softness’ of one brand may be ‘firmness’ of another brand. The only way to judge the softness or firmness of a mattress is trying it yourself by lying down on it and knowing which is most appropriate for a sound sleep.

Consider buying your mattress online

Buying a mattress online gives you ample amount of time to research and spend time learning about various options. There are multiple websites these days selling a wide range of mattresses. You can order mattresses online just like you order anything else and you will get it delivered right at your doorstep. Almost all websites allow easy returns for a full refund, without charging anything for the process. So you can easily order a mattress for you online, try it out on your bed and you can even return it for your refund if you don’t like it.

Opt for Organic mattresses

The squishy foam on mattresses is mostly designed using petroleum oil which is prone to health problems. Instead, you should try out some organic options, for example foam which is made using plant oil. They are a bit costly but you should consider it as a health investment.

Know the shelf life of your mattress

It is highly recommended that you replace your mattress after every 8 to 10 years. You will not notice any sudden changes in your mattress, but after a period of about a decade most of the mattresses are worn thin at places and they also become lumpy. Also you can increase the life of your mattress by rotating and flipping it from time to time.

Buy your mattress according to your allergies

If you have indoor allergies, it is really important to take good care of your mattress. You can seal your pillow, mattress, as well as the box spring in allergen-protective covers. But if you have got some serious allergies or asthma, it is suggested that you wash your bed linens in hot water at 130 degrees. It is good to consult your doctor or physical therapist if you have a health issue. They may not be able to help you in selecting a suitable mattress for you, but they can give you a good advise by keeping your medical conditions and symptoms in mind.

Protect your mattress

Always use some sort of a waterproof mattress protector to enhance the life of your mattress.

Explore your options

If you are more comfortable while sitting on a recliner than lying down, you should definitely try an adjustable bed. An adjustable bed allows you to lift your head as well as knees slightly, to decrease pressure on your lower back.

These are some really useful tips that will help you tackle your sleep issues as well as help you 

buying a mattress as per your sleeping habits.


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Give the Gift of Direction with Navdy

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Navdy, I was sent product to facilitate this review as well. Thank you to the PR and Navdy for sponsoring this post.



When it comes to the holidays, whether we are headed out for that holiday travel or to those shopping destinations to get those last minute deals in, we find that we rely a lot on the navigation from our smart devices. This can include the in car navigation or the one I use the most, my phone's GPS. The thing is, with either of these, we find that we have to look away from the road to see where we need to turn next, or where the fastest route is, and even in that short amount of time, we know that it can be extremely dangerous. So when I was introduced to the Navdy, I was curious to learn more about the in car navigation I can get from this Heads Up Device, and also add this amazing product to my list of must have gifts to give this holiday season.



See with Navdy, you can follow that GPS that you already use in your phone, but without having to look away from the road. Instead, those GPS maps and more that we find can distract us away from the road to look at our phones, can all be viewed in a projection that the Navdy produces from the dashboard of your vehicle in front of the driver without taking focus off the road. Allowing drivers to continue to look forward and stay connected.


I like that with the Navdy, that you can see the display right in front of you, kinda like having a projection of what you might see on your phone's screen, without distracting you from the road ahead, and it can do all that our phones can do and so much more! When I say more I mean more, like being able to pick the music you want to play, answer calls, and utilize your phone from the Navdy App without ever turning to look at your phone. I also like that when it comes to setting up the Navdy, whether you are a techie at heart or purchasing this as a gift for say your parents, it is fairly easy to set up and begin using.


To set up the Navdy, you first add the mount to your dashboard and place it in a position that will suit your needs best. You can do this with the flexible mount that offers 3 positions for drivers, allowing them to choose the correct height for their viewing needs. From there, you just add the Navdy Heads Up Display to the mount, and attach the Nadvy Dial to your steering wheel in a place that feels most comfortable to you for using as needed. I found that when setting up the Navdy Dial, that you need to be sure that the Navdy Dial is in a convenient place on your steering wheel where it will be simple for you to use the dial so you can use your Navdy while you are driving. Then once you have your Navdy system set up in your vehicle, you will need to download the Navdy App which allows you to watch your Navdy come to life and make the road safer for you and those around you. Making Navdy not only a great gift to give, but also a product that I see as a must have for any vehicle that is on the road.

So as you seek out those last minute gifts to give this season, be sure to check out Navdy, which is offering next day shipping right now, and give the gift of safety to those you care about!




Monday, December 19, 2016

Include Charmin in your Holiday Celebrations and Enjoy the Go

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Charmin, I was sent product to facilitate this review as well. Thank you to the PR and Charmin for sponsoring this post.


The holiday plans are beginning to take shape, and like many who are not traveling, I will instead be entertaining over the holidays this year. I find that as I prepare for those holiday guests to arrive that aside from the menu planning and the last minute shopping for those holiday gifts, that I also need to stock up on the products we will be needing in the restroom, which includes the Charmin Mega Rolls. See when I stock up on the Charmin Mega Rolls in my house, I can focus on the important things, such as catching up with family and friends and enjoying all that the holidays have to offer. Along with that, I have learned that when we have the Charmin Mega Rolls on hand, we can all enjoy the go and not have to worry about running out of the important papers. And to help with making that go even more enjoyable and relaxing in my home, I was introduced to the free Enjoy the Go Bathroom Games App!


I found that with this app, I can share it with everyone who comes to our house this holiday season, and when it comes time to take that time to enjoy the go, we can escape to the bathroom and play some fun bathroom games on the Charmin App!


The app is available in the iTunes App Store as well as in Google Play, and when we download the Charmin Enjoy the Go Bathroom Games App, we can play the various games that are offered. For me, I find this to be a great addition to my gaming collection on my phone, allowing me to play games that are created by the bathroom experts from Charmin, who understand that when it comes to enjoying the go, that many of us look at that time as a mini escape and time to ourselves, even if it is only for a few minutes.


Then when it comes to competing with your family and friends as you play the games, I found that when I get the high scores, I can share them on Facebook! Allowing me to take those bathroom breaks, and enjoy bathroom games as I take those moments to get a few minutes alone. Making the Enjoy the Go Bathroom Games App from Charmin a great app to have on the phone for when you go to visit the porcelain throne!

You can get the Enjoy the Go Bathroom Games App on iTunes and on Google Play.





Sunday, December 18, 2016

Celebrate the Holidays with 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.


With the holiday shopping that we do, I not only seek out those gifts to give my family and friends, but I also seek out the gifts to give our four legged family members as well. I have learned that when it comes to the fur babies that just like the kids, they also enjoy getting toys and yummy treats for Christmas. So when we were sent some of Chloe's favorite treats from the SPIKE line of treats from Petcurean, I was excited to share some with Chloe and also add them to her Christmas stocking this year!

See with the SPIKE treats for dogs, Chloe gets a treat that she finds to be very tasty, and a treat that is packed with all natural superfoods! The ingredients include premium quality meat proteins, anti-oxidants, and superfoods like chia, pomegranate and kale. The recipe for the SPIKE treats are made with care and made by the people from Petcurean who promise you that SPIKE contains only all natural ingredients, with zero by-products, added growth hormones, artificial preservatives, flavors or colors.

Then when it comes to making those stocking stuffers for your fur babies this holiday season, we found that making treat bags with the SPIKE treats that include a ball in them along with other toys, gives Chloe lots of fun gifts that she can open herself and enjoy along with our kids as they all open those gifts in their stockings this year! Which makes Petcurean not only our choice of food when it comes to our Chloe and her health, but also the brand to go to when it comes to those treats from the SPIKE line up that she adores as well!


Holiday Gift Ideas: TEEPEE fun By Wildkin


With the kids home for the holiday break and those guests arriving to join in on the celebrations, I find that along with seeking out those gifts to give, that adding gifts that will be both fun and handy can be exactly what is needed this holiday season. Like many kids, mine love to make those forts to hang out in, and when we have family and friends over, the kids like to turn those living room forts into sleepover hangouts. So when I was sent a TEEPEE from the line of  teepees at Wildkin, I was excited to check it out and add it to my list of great gift ideas for kids!

With the TEEPEEs that you can get from the Wildkin line up, I like that there are several designs to choose from giving you choices that allow you to coordinate with your kids rooms or play areas, and once you are ready to set up the teepee, I like that they are very simple to put together and set up! The material is made of canvas, giving us a durable material that allows the kids to use their TEEPEE over and over again as either a sleepover fortress for them and their friends to camp out in in the play room or a fun reading nook and or playhouse type area to have up at all times! Then when not in use, I can take down the TEEPEE and store away in the closet so it can be used again and again when we want to bring it out. Making the TEEPEEs that you can get from Wildkin, a great choice to go with when you are seeking out those fun gifts to give your kids this holiday season!


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

Travel in Style this Holiday Season with the CiPU Diaper Bag


As we pack those bags and begin our travel for the holidays, I find that ensuring that we have everything we will be needing that can help to make that travel a little easier can make all the difference. Like when we travel with a baby, we find that there is a lot we need to have on hand, and like many, a diaper bag is on the top of that list. The thing is, I know that when we are at the airport, going out for a day with family that we are visiting, or at a pit stop on the road, that carrying a full size diaper bag can be a hassle. So when I was sent the CiPU Diaper Bag to review, I was excited to check it out and add it to my list of must have gear when traveling with a baby.

See with the CiPU Diaper Bag, I not only get a very durable and stylish diaper bag but a large variety of accessories that can help to make traveling with baby a little easier. I like that the material is lightweight, and with the other bags that are included, I can take that style that I get with the CiPU anywhere, even when I am running to a public restroom with baby for a diaper change. I can do this by using the waterproof diaper pad when in the restroom and carrying extra diapers and wipes in the stylish double pouch and even keep my own items such as my phone and money in the handy carry pouch that is also included.

Then when it comes to the other features and accessories, I like that the CiPU Diaper Bag offers plenty of room with 13 wide storage compartments which include 9 interior and 4 exterior pockets. I can also utilize the accessories which include a handy adjustable buckle, the Mighty Buggy Hook, the slip proof shoulder cushion which is easily adjustable for comfort and the detachable strap! Which in all, makes the CiPU Diaper Bag a great diaper bag to take along when you head out for that holiday travel as well as a great gift to give the new mom on your holiday shopping list this year!





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

Friday, December 16, 2016

Holidays Delivered with Teleflora


It is hard to believe that in just a little over a week it will be Christmas, but the fact of the matter is that this is true, and like many, I am getting those last minute lists together so that I can ensure that everything is ready for the big day. I find that when it comes to the decorating and even the gift giving, that flowers can make all the difference, and when it comes to the seasonal bouquets that I can find, I like that I can seek out both the centerpieces, home decor, as well as gift ideas all in one place when I shop the line of bouquets from Teleflora.


See when I head to Teleflora and shop for both the home decor items that allow me to have those fresh bouquets as well as the gifts that I can send to family and friends who are far away, I find that Teleflora has an amazing selection of Christmas themed bouquets! And with the Teleflora's Snow Day Bouquet, I can get a bouquet that is great for not only having as a beautiful piece to put in my home but also a great gift to send this year. It is great for both because you get those beautiful fresh flowers with the holiday colors and it also comes with a very cute snow day themed cookie jar that will bring joy and can be used for a long time even after the flowers have died.


Then when it comes to finding even more of the holiday themed bouquets at Teleflora and completing those last minute shopping lists, I like that with Teleflora that they have a great selection to choose from, and they offer next day as well as same day delivery! Allowing you to deliver holiday cheer that only you can send to those you love this year, from Teleflora!



So as you scurry to complete that last minute shopping this holiday season, be sure to head on over to Teleflora and find those bouquets that deliver you even when you can not be there!


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.

Lego Star Wars Freemaker Season One on Blu-ray


With the holiday plans being put into place and the kids coming home for the holiday break, I find that now is not only a great time for finding those movies to watch with the family but also a good time to head out and bring some of those new movies home to give as a gift this year. Like many kids, mine love Star Wars and along with that passion for Star Wars, they also adore just about everything Lego. So when we were sent the Lego Star Wars Freemaker Season One on Blu-ray to review, we were excited to check it out and also add it to our list of great gift ideas for this holiday season!



In this series of Lego Star Wars, you get a scenario that is a mix between The Empire Strikes back and Return of the Jedi. You find a family of scavengers who seek out parts so that they can build starships that they can sell from the debris that they find throughout the galaxy. The youngest in the family finds that there is a connection with the force when they come across a ancient artifact, where he finds that he and his family go into a epic battle in order to bring peace back to the galaxy!

We found this series to be a great one to add to any Lego Star Wars fan collection, and along with the movie you get 6 exclusive Lego Star Wars magnets and bonus features to go with the 13 episodes. Making Lego Star Wars Freemaker Season One on Blu-ray a great choice to go with to add to your family movie nights as well as a great gift to give the Lego Star Wars fans in your life this holiday season!





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