Mommy Katie: August 2013

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Barnana: A Healthy Organic Snack For The Entire Family

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As a mom, I find it to be a mission to find the best foods and snacks for my family. All three of my kids enjoy their snacks, whether we are on the go or for our snacks at home. With my older two now in school full time, I find that I am looking for items that I can serve to Wyatt, ones that are both tasty and healthy, and if I come across something that I can enjoy along with him, well that is just an added plus. Recently I was sent some organic snacks, called Barnana. I was sent a bag of the Barnana Original, which is perfect for my kids then the Barnana Organic Chocolate, which is a great snack for mama or my older kids! I put these in the diaper bag, so that they would be there when we needed a snack while we were out. I found that when we were at the park, having the Barnana snacks on hand was a great way to keep Wyatt happy, and mommy was able to snack right along with him! With the Barnana snacks, I know that my family will be eating a healthy, potassium filled, organic snack that is also very tasty! It is very nice to know that the bananas used for these snacks are chemical and GMO free, and the chocolate that is used on the ones that I like, is all natural and organic as well. So if you are looking for a great tasty snack that you can carry in the diaper bag for on the go, or serve at home for snack time, that the entire family can enjoy, then get the Barnana snacks!

This was not a paid post and honest/original opinions were used and they are my own. Thank you to the company and/or pr agency who supplied the product for review.

#ad #Giveaway #RC Baby Can Wake Up Dry With Luvs Night Lock Diapers Closed!

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As a mom with a baby in the house, when it comes to sleep, I want to make sure that when Wyatt goes to sleep, he stays asleep until he is ready to wake up. So that he is rested and so that we have a happy baby on our hands, which also makes for a happy mommy and daddy when we all rest nicely. I know one thing that can disrupt sleep, or cause Wyatt to wake up in a bad mood, is if his diaper overflows and soaks him while he is sleeping. I do not blame him either, I think that if I woke up soaking wet, I would probably be in a pretty bad mood too. I know that even after having two other children, coming up with a solution to the leaky wet diapers at night, was something I had yet to find. I say yet because recently I was sent a pack of the Luvs Ultra Leakgaurds diapers with the Nigh Lock technology. I have tried different products in the past years that claimed to be ultra and leak proof, but until now, I had yet to find a diaper that actually kept my baby dry through the night or through a nap. Both Wyatt and I were very pleased after the first night, when he woke up that next morning and his bed and clothes were dry. Made the morning for both of us a good one. For one, Wyatt was not cranky because due to waking up to wet clothes and bedding, and two, I did not have to wash all of his linens and bedclothes that morning. This was just one night though, and we had not had a nap, so the next test would be to have these diapers last through a nap time as well as many nights in a row. With the Night Lock diapers, you get the Leak Barrier Leg Gathers, which ensures leaks stay in the diapers and off of Wyatt's pajamas. To my surprise they passed, and not only did they last like they said they would, but when I went to purchase more Luvs diapers, I was very pleased at how affordable they are. Now the Luvs with Night Lock are not available to purchase just yet, but when I saw the price of Luvs diapers compared to the other leading brands, well I was surprised. I mean, for the price of 1 case of the leading brand of diapers, I can buy 2 cases of Luvs, and with the new Night Lock on their diapers, I think the answer is clear on which brand I will be going with once the new Luvs are available at my local retailers! So, if you have little ones, babies or toddlers, who are in diapers, and if you are tired of waking up to a wet baby, wet bedding and wet clothes, keep your eyes open for the new Luvs Ultra Leakguards with Night Lock, which will be hitting shelves on September 16th! Well, to help your baby and the rest of your house have a better nights sleep, the wonderful people from Luvs are going to give one of my amazing readers their own pack of the Luvs NightLock Diapers! Also, Luvs is making it so you can print off coupons for their diapers starting on September 16th! You can stay up to date on the new coupons and promotions by following Luvs on Facebook and Twitter!

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Friday, August 30, 2013

#Giveaway #RC Super Buddies Blu-Ray Combo Pack US & CANADA! CLOSED!

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Over the years, we have enjoyed watching and sharing the adventures of some pretty cute pups, the Buddies! Well, those adorable puppies are back, and in a whole new adventure that the whole family can enjoy. Recently we were sent the new movie, Super Buddies, to review on Blu-Ray. In this movie, you will see the pups like you have never seen them before. They are a new breed so to say, a breed of super heroes! 
The puppies start out by having a normal day on the farm, then they come across some magical rings, ones that give each of the puppies a special super power. They find that these super powers are really handy, especially when they have to battle a evil shape shifting villain from outer space who is here to harm the planet. The puppies have to band together to save the day, all while trying to keep their new super identities a secret! We loved the adventures that the Super Buddies go on and we enjoyed watching this movie with the family on our family movie night! You can enjoy sharing Super Buddies with your family today, because Super Buddies is available to bring home today! Well, to get the adventures started for my readers, the wonderful people from Disney would like to give one of my amazing readers their own copy of Super Buddies in a Blu-Ray Combo Pack! 

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This was not a paid post and honest/original opinions were used and they are my own. Thank you to the company and/or pr agency who supplied the product for review.

Scooby-Doo! Stage Fright Now On DVD and Blu-Ray

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Robert has been a huge fan of Scooby-Doo! since we first introduced the scaredy dog, his master Shaggy and the rest of the friends from Mystery Inc. Scooby-Doo! is a show that I enjoyed watching as a child and I have enjoyed watching and sharing the shows with Robert. Well recently we were sent the Blu-Ray Combo Pack of Scooby-Doo! Stage Fright to review. In this movie, you have the entire Mystery Inc crew heading to Chicago, where Fred and Daphne, are to appear on a hit TV Show where they show off their singing and song-writing talents! Of course Shaggy and Scooby-Doo have talent, and they too would like to show it off and blow the contest out of the water, or so they hope. They decide that they will come up with a secret act, one to beat all the rest! Unfortunately for everyone, including the audience, the opera house where the show takes place, is haunted by a phantom who does not want the show to go on. The crew try to solve the case and get to the bottom of the haunting, by following all of the creepy clues. This is a great Blu-Ray to share with your Scooby-Doo fans, from all of the thrilling clues, to all of the goofy antics that the scaredy dog Scooby-Doo and his goofy master Shaggy go through, to help solve the case! Scooby-Doo! Fright Night is a very entertaining movie, and with the two bonus episodes that you get, this is sure to make a great movie to share on your family movie night! Scooby-Doo! Fright Night is available to bring home on DVD or Blu-Ray today!

This was not a paid post and honest/original opinions were used and they are my own. Thank you to the company and/or pr agency who supplied the product for review.

Boost Your Weight Loss With The RightSize Smoothies

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Over the past few months I have been on a journey to loose quite a bit of weight. To my surprise, I have been very successful in getting closer to reaching the goal that I had set for myself back in March. One thing that I have learned is, that in order to get any results, you have to stick to the plan you have put in front of you. Dont get me wrong, it is hard, very hard at times, but with the goal set in your mind, you can reach what you set out for. For me, I have had some ups and a few downs. Like when temptation is staring me in the face, well, I have to stare it right back down and walk away. I know that with my calorie counts, I have gone over a few times, then the next day I am kicking myself for allowing that to happen, but I have learned to not let it go over by too much and to also be very mindful about what I put into my body each day. Recently, I was given a tool that has really helped me continue on my journey and has made a very nice difference. I was given some of the RightSize Smoothies to try out and review. Now with this review, I had to wait to see if the results continued after the first week, and to my surprise it did, in fact, I wanted to see how well these smoothies worked, so I gave it a few weeks. This past month, I have been replacing 2 meals a day with the RightSize Smoothies. At first I was thinking that I could not do it, I need to eat more than the one meal, but I found that the smoothies are filling, and after drinking one, I am no longer hungry, as if I ate a meal. I also found, that the recipes that I was given and the ones that are on the RightSize site, helped keep this diet from getting boring or bland. Another plus is, I can make my smoothies just about anywhere, like if I am out with friends, I can shake up a smoothie in my shaker that came with my pack, and instead of indulging in a high calorie meal, I can fill up on my smoothie! Just like I do with the kids, when I put snacks into little containers, I can put the powder amount for a smoothie into a container, a container with fat free milk in it, then also pack my shaker, and bam, I have no excuses on why I cant have a smoothie when I am out with the kids! I was really impressed with the 30 day weight loss plan that I went on, and after 13 pounds down to add to my total so far on my journey, well I think anyone who follows the RightSize Smoothie plan can be impressed and pleased with themselves too! So, if you are looking to loose the weight, and maybe you dont want to constantly count calories, or you are looking for a plan that is very easy to follow, then check out the RightSize Smoothies, and start your weight loss journey today!

This was not a paid post and honest/original opinions were used and they are my own. Thank you to the company and/or pr agency who supplied the product for review.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

#Giveaway #RC $50 Novica Gift Card CLOSED!

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With the back to school season upon us, there is plenty of shopping that we as parents do for our kids, but what about the teachers? My mom is a teacher at her local high school, and just like all of the back to school shopping that we do for our kids, the teachers have to do their own back to school shopping. Only they have to stock up on the supplies for their classrooms, and for my mom, not only does she teach English, but she is also the Drama Teacher at the high school she works at, so she also goes out to find supplies for costumes, and props for the theater room. Well, once all of that shopping is done, which mind you, most comes out of pocket for the teachers, there is not a whole lot left in a teachers personal budget to get those nice new clothes and accessories for the new school year. So this year, when I was given the chance to do a review for Novica, I decided to let my mom review the products. My mom loves to accessorize her outfits, and one of her favorite accessories are belts. I found that the products from Novica, like the fashion sweaters and short sleeve blouses, were right up my moms alley when it comes to style, and the belts that they have make the perfect accessory to go with the tops you can find at Novica!
For this review, my mom was able to find some great new tops for school, but her favorite find were the belts that she came across on the Novica site. The belts are made from coconut shells, so they stand out and are very unique. Another thing that she likes about these belts is that they are handcrafted and made with coconut shells that can be found in Thailand. The artist puts such pride into each of her pieces, it makes them not just a accessory to go with a outfit, but a piece of art. That is one of mine and my moms favorite things about shopping at Novica. We can find some very fashionable pieces of clothing, jewelry and even great pieces to display in our homes, and each piece is something that the artist puts a lot of pride into, which in hand makes each item that you purchase from Novica, a unique piece of art. Also when you shop at Novica, you are helping support artisans from around the world! So this back to school season, if you want to get your kids new teachers a gift to show them appreciation for everything that they do, then head on over to Novica, where you can find a unique gift that is a real piece of art! Well, to help celebrate this new school year, the wonderful people from Novica would like to give one of my amazing readers a $50 gift card to use at!
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This was not a paid post and honest/original opinions were used and they are my own. Thank you to the company and/or pr agency who supplied the product for review.

Don’t Become a Number in the Doctor’s Office (Guest Post)

Have you gone to your doctor’s office lately and just felt like a number? More than likely, you are not alone if you answered yes.

While there are some physicians who go out of their way to take that extra time for their patients, others ship their patients in and out like they’re on an assembly line. As a result, patients feel like their concerns and questions are not properly dealt with, leaving them confused and questioning what the next step should be.

One of if not the main reason for doctors moving patients in and out quickly has to do with costs. As medical expenses continue to rise rather dramatically, many doctors find that they can’t afford to take too long with patients, meaning moving more of them in and out quickly can help contain costs. In the end, however, it is obviously the patient who emerges the loser.

For those individuals who have a personalized health care model, those like the ones offered by MDVIP, they can typically get better care at a more affordable price. Most importantly, they can receive better one on one service with their physician.

According to a number of reports, new doctors are often times labeled as those physicians who spend less and less time with their patients. While it is not fair to group all doctors into one category, it is safe to say that there are those physicians who seem to come and go in the blink of an eye when visiting with patients.

So, how can you be sure you get the most time available with your doctor during each and every visit?

Among the things to note:

* Be prepared - Do your best to come to your doctor’s office with any and all questions you have for him or her. Given the doctor’s time is limited, having a list with several questions on it can bring attention to what concerns you most. This is especially important when bringing children for a visit, as such visits can get distracting when the child is not happy to be there;

* Know your physician - Do you really know your physician? It is important to know their style, how they operate, and of course their temperament. Knowing these things will make the visit be a more productive one, giving you the best service for your dollar;

* Understand your medical history - Lastly, knowing your medical history certainly makes it easier to talk one on one with your physician. Those little aches and bruises in the past could be causing you more problems now. Additionally, issues your child had in the past may not have seemed out of the ordinary back then, but now they do. For those with kids, seeing changes in your child that are not common means discussing such matters with their doctor. In today’s Internet age, taking some time on the computer to research issues can also make your better equipped to discuss your medical history with your doctor.

While there are those doctors that can’t seem to find the time for you or your family, always remember that they are their to serve you, not the other way around.

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Donkey Kong Country DVD Available Now From Phase 4 Films

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When I was a kid, Nintendo was the game console that we played on, aside from the arcades, and one of my favorite games that is still around today is Donkey Kong! I loved going to the local arcade at the mall and playing Donkey Kong and my kids have enjoyed playing Donkey Kong on their Wii and Nintendo DS! Well, to make that love for that fun loving Donkey Kong even greater, we were sent the DVD Donkey Kong Country: He Came He Saw He Kong-Quered, to review and have our own little nostalgic viewing party with! Donkey Kong and his best friend Diddy Kong are ready to come to your family movie night! Join this adorable duo as they battle King K Rool and the Kremlings. We found that the basket of goodies was a great way to enjoy this movie. With the slap bracelets, gloves and sunglasses, I was taken back to when I was a kid in the 80's! The popcorn, toys, and cool sunglasses were a great addition and the kids enjoyed all of the contents of this basket, but the hit was of course the DVD Donkey Kong Country: He Came He Saw He Kong-Quered! On this DVD you will get to enjoy 90 minutes of Donkey Kong fun in the 4 episodes that include: Bad Hair Day, Ape Foo Young, Booty And The Beast, and Barrel Barrel Who's Got The Barrel. I enjoyed the animation and how it really brought me back to my childhood. My husband and I enjoyed how the cartoons stayed true to the video game that we remember, before all of the violence and such that we try to avoid in the video games that we buy for our kids. The episodes were filled with good clean fun, that parents can really feel good about sharing with the kids on a family movie night or for anytime! This DVD is now available to bring home and share with your family from Phase 4 Films.

This was not a paid post and honest/original opinions were used and they are my own. Thank you to the company and/or pr agency who supplied the product for review.

Get The Kids Outside Playing With The RingStix Game

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Even with the summer coming to an end, the weather is still warm and ideal for the kids to be outside when they are not in school or studying. I personally like to have things for the kids to do when they are outdoors. I find that giving them games that they can play with their friends to be a great way to not only keep them active but also a great way to engage with others socially! Well, to add to our outdoor games and toys we were sent the RingStix Lite game to play!
This is a great game that not only the kids can play together, but one we can take with us when we go to the park or play with as a family in our yard! The day the RingStix game came in, was a very long one, it rained so we were unable to play it right away as Robert had wanted, but once it cleared up, we went out front to test it out and show his friends how to play it as well. There are 4 Stix and 1 red ring. You can play with 2-4 players. We found that it can be a lot of fun with just two players, but it is like they say, the more the merrier! This is a great game to get the whole family out and playing together and is a game that will definitely get the kids out and playing! So if you are looking for a great game that will get the kids out and playing with and that will also be a great game to get the family active together, then get the RingStix Game!

This was not a paid post and honest/original opinions were used and they are my own. Thank you to the company and/or pr agency who supplied the product for review.

Fill Your Wardrobe With Adequate Number Of High Quality But Cheap Women's Pants And Cardigans

Cardigans may be suitable for people of all ages. That may be the reason for their popularity. If you think that getting a cheap women's cardigan is difficult, it is wrong. You can certainly buy cheap cardigans because they are available in several price ranges. If you do a thorough research, it will be easy for you to buy Cardigans under $10
Women's cardigans are available in many varieties like pullovers, tunics and so on. Though many retailers and departmental stores sell these items, if you choose to buy either from a wholesale store or online, buying a cheap women's cardigan may not be difficult at all. 
The most important feature of women's cardigans is that they never seem to go out of fashion. In fact, they have been becoming more and more popular. Experts and innovators make minor modifications in their designs and bring out cardigans of new styles. You should make your choice based on the latest trends.

You must make your choice based also on the occasions for which you intend to wear them. The cardigans you should choose for the purpose of formal dressing should be different from those you choose for casual purposes.  In general, cardigans may go well with whatever dresses you wear. So, even if you are not able to decide what type of sweaters you should buy, you can buy cardigans because they can be excellent additions to your wardrobe.
Both hand-knitted cardigans and machine-made items are available now and you can choose the ones that suit your needs. Likewise, you get cardigans made of materials like silk, cotton, acrylic, etc. You get items that are made of blended materials also. Almost all the types of cardigans are generally lightweight. For having the required warmth during extreme winters, you need to wear various layers of other clothes so that you can have adequate protection from the chillness. If you want to buy cardigans made of cashmere, you may have to shell out a lot of money because they are very much expensive. But, when you are aiming to buy a cheap women's cardigan, you may not opt for cashmere cardigans.

Apart from cardigans, you may like to have a good number of pants also in your wardrobe. Branded pants are expensive and so, you may opt to buy cheap women's pants. 

You should choose pants of the appropriate sizes because if you wear ill-fitting pants, you may feel uncomfortable. This will disturb your focus and so, your output may not be up to the mark. It is not enough if you buy pants that fit you well. You should buy the right type of pants. Since there are a number of types, you must do a good research for buying the most appropriate ones. You must decide your needs perfectly before you do your research. Buying cheap women's pants should not be your focus. You should aim to buy high-quality ones.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Cell Phone Monitoring: Necessary for Responsible Parenting

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In the past, laptops and PCs were the gadgets that most juveniles across the globe wanted to own. Now, due to the breakthrough in communication and technology, specifically the creation of smartphones and tablets, the tendency has changed and smartphones have become the most in-demand gadget among teenagers.

With the rise of the popularity of mobile phones, the cases of cyber bullying increased dramatically. This has turned to be a significant problem also for many parents whose kids have cell phones. It is difficult to keep track of who the children are contacting with and what they are talking about. Cyberbullying results to serious negative impacts on the person being mocked; child being bullied may drop out from school, or worse, may opt to do suicide. Therefore, one shouldn’t underestimate the effects of cyberbullying as well as its scale – parents need to prepare both themselves and their kids to this possible threat.

These days, parents are facing a growing concern of teens sending intimate text messages as well as videos and pictures of themselves to their friends and even to strangers. It can become a serious problem and parents have to be certain that their children are aware of the possible consequences of what they are doing. Of course, the crucial thing is building strong and trustful relationship between parents and children, but basic control is still a must. Remember that at school children are actively socializing and, in most cases, influence of their mates matters more that parents’ advice. So, kids can get involved in dangerous activities without realizing their consequences.

If you think that your children are not following your advice and precautions, then you can make use of a way where you can track all the activities made on your children's phone. Of course, this is done in order to protect kids and ensure the effective parental control. There are many mobile monitoring apps available (such as mSpy, more here and parents can pick the one that meets their needs best. For example, you can already monitor all the incoming and outgoing calls when you install a cell phone tracking program. When you are done installing, you will have a record of the phone calls made and received by your child as well as the duration and the details of the call. Moreover, you can gain access to your child's text messages, pictures and videos that have been taken whether received or sent by using a text message spy. Furthermore, it is easy to determine your child’s location with the precise recording of the GPS data.

Criminals are not anymore using the old ways to capture their victims - they are now utilizing the power of technology to do their illegal acts. Hence, installing tracking software on your child's phone is an excellent way of keeping your kid safe online. Such mobile tools can be a valuable addition to the explanation of safety rules, online security software that restricts the access to particular websites and others.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

#Giveaway #RC Tickety Toc Sceening Party & Cold Stone Creamery Gift Card CLOSED!

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In a previous post, which you can find here, I mentioned that I am a official Tickety Toc Tick Tocketeer! With this comes the perks of being the first to view and share the new adventures with friends! Recently I was sent the new DVD, Chime Time Adventures, to view and share at my own Tickety Toc Party! Being the huge fans of the Nick Jr show, well we were very excited for our viewing party!!
Not only did we get to share this new DVD with our friends, but we also treated our friends to some ice cream from our local Cold Stone Creamery to enjoy for our party! Which is also where we started our party! After filling up on some delicious ice cream mixes from Cold Stone Creamery, we headed back to our house for popcorn and a viewing party for the kids!
Chime Time Adventures, is the new DVD that will be hitting shelves on September 10th from Anchor Bay! This is the first time those adorable twins Tommy and Tellulah have brought some of their favorite episodes to DVD for fans everywhere to enjoy! This DVD is packed with Tickety Toc adventure with the 6 episodes which bring those adorable twins, their friends Pufferty, McCoggins, Tooteroo, Madame Au Lait, Battersby, Chikidee and Hopparoo all together! The kids all enjoyed the group of friends, as they came together for a game of Tickety Tag as well as tons of high flying daring fun at the circus! We all enjoyed the episodes which included Story Time, Painting Time, Show Time, Bath Time, Photo Time, and Play Time, where we found that every second counts! To help get your own Tick Tocketeers ready for the new release you can head to your local Cold Stone Creamery, where they are mixing it up by offering guests $2 off to purchase the new Chime Time Adventures DVD! You can also find a $2 discount coupon on the 14 ounce boxes of the Minute Rice or you can get $3 off any 12 ounce or 59 ounce bottle of Uncle Matt's Organic Juices! Well, to help get the party started for you and your own Tick Tocketeers, the folks at Anchor Bay Entertainment and Cold Stone on behalf of Tickety Toc would like to give one of my amazing readers their own $10 Cold Stone Creamery Gift Card and a copy of the new DVD Chime Time Adventures, which will be available for sale on September 10th!!! 
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This was not a paid post and honest/original opinions were used and they are my own. Thank you to the company and/or pr agency who supplied the product for review.

#Giveaway #Spon Start This School Year Off Right With The TransUnion $5000 Facebook Sweepstakes

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With the back to school season here and a lot already back in school, all of the preparations and anxieties we have for this new school year are now put to the test. A new school year means a whole new experience, you will learn new things and meet new people and grow along with your classmates. Well this back to school season the wonderful people from TransUnion have put together an amazing sweepstakes, where fans can enter for a daily iPhone drawing, so they can stay in touch as well as monitor their credit by downloading the TransUnion mobile app! Then at the end of the contest, there will be one grand prize winner where they can nominate their school to receive up to $5000! For each entry received, TransUnion will donate $2 to the school! So what are you waiting for??? Head over to the TransUnion Facebook Page and enter the Sweepstakes today, so you can enter to win one of the iPhone's that are being given away as well as enter to win $5000 for your school!!!

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Potty Patrol: Potty Training Alarm Diapers

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Potty training can be a stressful time for everyone involved. As a parent, we want to think that we can be a pro at the potty training and knock it right out of the park right away, but we all learn that it may not go as we planned. I know that with my older two, the potty training was night and day, there was a complete different mindset from when I potty trained my daughter to potty training my oldest son 6 years later. Of course boys and girls are different, but I thought that going in with the same mindset would make it easy, not the case. Robert knew what he wanted and he wanted to go potty in the big boy potty, but making it there on time was a whole other story. He tried, I put little potties around the house to help him out, but we had a lot of accidents. I mean with Estrella, when she was ready, it was a done deal. She said she had to go, we went, then it was time for the big girl undies, and that was that. Robert so wanted the big boy undies, but he had a issue with knowing when was the time to go. He would think he had to go then not go and we would wait on the toilet for a while, then a few minutes after he got up, saying that he did not need to go anymore, he went. We also had the issue with the fact that he rather play than stop to use the bathroom. Well, I know that this time around, I will take what I learned from my older two and apply that to the potty training with Wyatt. I will also have a whole new tool to use that I think will really help. I was sent a pack of the Potty Patrol Potty Training Alarm Diapers to review. This diaper system is genius, I mean, to have an alarm that goes off when the diaper gets wet, I am in love! For me, I know that if we had this for Robert, his potty training might have been a lot smoother, and I know that with Wyatt, I will be equipped well for the adventure in potty training with him! To have these diapers work for you and your child, you put them on your child, then when the alarm goes off, that means that your child has tinkled, which means you need to get them to the toilet. These actions together will help your child recognize the need for going and connect the two so that you can divide and conquer and put that potty training in its place! So, if you have a child who is ready to potty train, I would suggest you check out the Potty Patrol: Potty Training Alarm Diapers so that you and your child can have a successful potty training adventure!

This was not a paid post and honest/original opinions were used and they are my own. Thank you to the company and/or pr agency who supplied the product for review.

Barbie Mariposa and the Fairy Princess Viewing Party

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We love having parties at our house! Whether it is for a movie viewing or for checking out new products and tasting new foods, we enjoy hosting the events with our friends! Recently we were sent an amazing pack of toys and a new movie to go with the toys from Mattel. We were sent the new movie Barbie Mariposa and the Fairy Princess to watch and share with my daughters friends along with new Barbie dolls from the movie for each of the girls, some fairy wings and some party essentials! To get the party started, I got some cupcakes, popcorn, juices and waters for our guests. I then set up the table in our front room with all of the party favors and treats on it to greet the guests with when they arrived.
All of the guests and their parents were amazed to see the setup as they arrived. Once all of the girls were here, I announced the plan for the party. We handed each girl their own Barbie Mariposa and the Fairy Princess dolls from the movie. After everyone had a chance to open their dolls and play with them for a few minutes, I popped some popcorn and directed all of the girls to the room so they could watch the movie Barbie Mariposa and the Fairy Princess. As the girls watched the movie, I sat in the front room and discussed the dolls and the movie with the parents. All of the moms agreed that they thought the dolls were adorable, and they loved the idea of bringing the Barbie Mariposa and the Barbie Fairy Princess together in a new movie. The girls enjoyed the movie, they all also enjoyed having their dolls to play with while watching the movie together. When the movie was over, we had the girls join us in the front room for cupcakes, juice or water and some movie trivia. I bought some fun prizes to give out for the trivia, so as the girls answered the questions correctly, they won a prize, which included 2 Barbie Magazines that we were sent to go with the party! The girls then talked about the movie and their thoughts on it. They all agreed that seeing Mariposa as the new Ambassador of Flutterfield was a good idea. It was her job to bring peace between her fairy land and their rivals the Crystal Fairies from Shimmervale. While trying to make an impression on the King, Mariposa meets the Princess Cantania and the two become friends. When Mariposa leaves Shimmervale to head back to her home, she runs into a dark fairy who is headed to Shimmervale as to destroy it. Mariposa rushes back and joins forces with Cantania to save Shimmervale. The two show that the best way to make a friend is to be there for your friend and actually be a friend! Myself and the other parents enjoyed learning about the movie from the girls and we loved knowing that the girls not only enjoyed the movie, but they also learned from it. After the snacks and trivia were over, we cleaned up the table and set up for some Fairy Wing making! The girls was so excited to show off their fairy wing designing skills and makes their own fairy wings so they could all fly home like the fairy princess's they are! In all, this party was a huge success and if you and your girls are Barbie fans, then keep your eyes open for the new movie Barbie Mariposa and the Fairy Princess as well as all of the dolls and playsets that will be available to go along with this movie when it hits shelves this Tuesday!

This was not a paid post and honest/original opinions were used and they are my own. Thank you to the company and/or pr agency who supplied the product for review. The party and the supplies for the party were provided by Mattel and Universal Pictures! 

Saturday, August 24, 2013

New Toys From Spin Master

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We love getting and trying out new toys, and when we get packages of new toys that has something for just about everyone in our house, well it makes testing out the toys together even more exciting! I enjoy being able to review and test out new toys but also being able to include others makes it even better. Well recently I was sent a package filled with the hottest new toys from Spin Master to play with and review. I know that the holidays are still a bit off, but these are all toys that you might want to keep an eye on this coming holiday season! To start off with, we have a lot of fun as a family when we can find some great games to play together for our family game nights. With the new products that we were sent from Spin Master, we were sent 3 great new games, which all have made for some fun on our family game nights. When I am able to come across games that can bring the family together, I find that to be a feat all in its own. With the game Boom Boom Balloon, you roll the dice, then carefully stick in the pins until you hear a click. You keep doing this until the balloon pops, which with every stick that you click in, everyone builds with anticipation of the balloon popping! This game is one the whole family can enjoy and also one the kids can play together and with friends! With the two other games, they are perfect for older kids like Estrella's age and older. They do make for great family games as well. In the game Hedbanz Act Up, each player draws a card to put in their head band, players then roll the dice. When a player roll matches a card on another players head, they have to act out the clues to get the player with the card on the head to guess what the card says! This is a fun game that really gets everyone into it! Then with the Logo Party, you break up into teams, then you play to reveal the brands you love. There are 4 clues to reveal the brands, you draw it, describe it, do it and reveal it! The team to get to the Logo Party Space and to successfully answer the Reveal Card wins! We found this game to be great to play when we have friends over so we can break up into teams and have a lot of fun with it! In all the games from Spin Master, were all great ones to add to our collection of games!
For all of the great Spy Gear gadgets we were sent, both my daughter and Robert have found these to be some fun toys to play with. Robert loves playing like he is a secret agent, and these toys really help make the play even more real for him! My daughter loves to play with Robert, and watching the two of them play like they are super spies, is pretty entertaining all in its own. With the Spy Gear Panosphere 360 Spy Cam, Robert can set it up to record video in all directions. This camera takes about 2000 photos, which is pretty cool if I do say so myself! Then with the different attachments, Robert can place it around his room, and keep it so it is nicely hidden. Once it is full, he can upload the photos he captures to the computer and even share to social media if he wanted.
The Spike Mic Launcher makes it so that Robert can launch a dart with a mic on it so that he can do some amazing surveillance, say on his sister if he wanted to. And with the Sonic Distractors, Robert and my daughter can find ways to get out of almost without getting caught when they throw the Sonic Distractors out! We love the Spy Gear products and these made the collection that Robert has even greater!
When it comes to the remote control toys, Robert and my husband love to collect and play with them. One line that they both love is the Air Hogs. When we were sent the Air Hogs RC Helix X4 Stunt Quad Copter, they were both giddy, lol. This helicopter is not like any of the other Air Hogs that Robert and my husband have. This one can do a lot of pretty cool stunts, and is pretty crash resistant, which is a plus when Robert is operating it! I really like that it can do stunts that the other helicopters they have can not do, I think that is a feature that really makes this Air Hogs copter stand out. We all agree that the this Air Hogs copter is one cool copter and that any RC fan out there needs one!
For Estrella, when it comes to the girl toys, Estrella was sent a couple that she has found to be perfect for her. With the Flutterbye Pink Flying Flower Fairy, Estrella gets the adorable fairy that she can control when it is in flight. Once you launch a Flutterbye Flying Flower Fairy, your daughter can control which way she goes by guiding her hand under the fairy. This is a very cool and unique toy for girls, since it is nothing like those other flying fairies that you might find.
Another great product from the Spin Master family of toys for girls is the Kawaii Crush Hyper Happy Mall. Estrella and her friends can enjoy hours of fun with this playset, from shopping at the fashion boutique and trying on clothes to adopting, feeding and grooming that perfect pet at the pet shop. There is also a food court, a photo booth and a elevator for the Kawaii Crush girls to go to the different levels of the mall in. The girls from Kawaii Crush are very adorable along with their animal friends. Estrella and her friends love that they can add to their Kawaii Crush Collection anytime by getting the different characters and playsets as well!
Now, it was great that Robert was able to find some fun Spy Gear toys to add to his collection as well as a new Air Hogs Helix, but Estrella kinda felt left out when it came to the electronic toys. So when I gave her Zoomer Dalmation from the pack of Spin Master toys, she felt like she had won the lottery! She was ecstatic to get the adorable robotic puppy. Zoomer is pretty cute, and he is also a lot of fun to play with. Zoomer can follow commands from his master, learn new tricks and remember the ones that Estrella teaches him as well as wag his tail, bark, speak, sing or go somewhere to pee if he thinks you are not giving him enough attention. He is so much like a real dog, and when you are interacting with him, he follows you with his eyes! Estrella loves that when she calls his name, he responds! Zoomer is also a very loving puppy and loves to play and have fun. I find it amazing on how this robotic dog can mimic the movements like a real dog. In all, we have found Zoomer to be a great addition to our family, and this year, when you are out looking for those perfect toys to put under the tree, keep Zoomer as well as all of these other great toys from the Spin Master line of toys in mind!

This was not a paid post and honest/original opinions were used and they are my own. Thank you to the company and/or pr agency who supplied the product for review.