Mommy Katie: July 2013

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

#Giveaway #RC Enter To #Win 1 Case Of Simply 7 Snacks For Lunches This Back To School Season CLOSED!

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There is so much on the lists for the school supplies this year, then on top of that you have the clothes and shoes for the kids. Once you have all of that in place it is time to make those lists on foods that you will get to pack those school lunches with. Recently I was sent a case of chips which will be perfect for packing in my kids lunches this year. I know that when I think of chips, I think of your everyday average potato chips. Well, with the Simply 7 chips that I was sent, they are not your average chips. I mean, they are not even made with potatoes! The Simply 7 snacks are made from totally different ingredients than a potato, but yet taste so great and the kids love them as well! In this case that I was sent I received a variety of chips. I was sent the different flavors of snacks from the Lentil Chips, Hummus Chips and the Pomegranate Chips. Each of these chips comes in several different flavors like white cheddar and sea salt, which are also favorites when it comes to the flavors my family likes!
Aside from the varieties that are available, I love the Simply 7 chips because they are just that, simple. The ingredients on the bags are all ones you recognize, not ones you can not pronounce or ones that you have never heard of. There is also 0 fat and no cholesterol, no artificial colors or flavors added in, as well as no additives or preservatives! I love that they are made with all natural recipes, that they are gluten free, and with the simple ingredients, well they are simply delicious! With those 7 reasons, I feel better about packing chips into my kids lunches for school. I can give them these chips, knowing that not only will my kids eat them, but they are not complicated with the ingredients or how they are made! So this back to school season, when you are ready to make those lists for the lunches, add Simply 7 chips to the list! Well, to help out with those back to school lunch lists, the wonderful people from Simply 7 Snacks would like to send one of my amazing readers the same case of chips that I was sent!

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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.

I Am A VIP Tick Tocketeer!

I am sure most of you have noticed the new badge that is in my sidebar. The one that says VIP Tick Tocketeer, and you have probably been wondering what that badge means. Well, I am a official VIP Tick Tocketeer, which means that I am your go to blogger for everything Tickety Toc! If you do not know who or what Tickety Toc is, I can help you with that.
Tickety Toc is a fun kids show. On this show you have the twins Tommy and Tallulah, who, with the help of some friends, help keep the clock ticking and chime in on time on their adventures. When your kids watch this great twin duo, they will learn about teamwork, problem solving, social responsibility all while having fun and being engaged in the show! Robert loves Tickety Toc, which he can watch in the mornings on Nick Jr, and your kids can too when you tune in. They can also interact and play games online when they go to the Tickety Toc website! So keep your eyes open for some great posts and news about Tickety Toc right here on Mommy Katie!




Hot Toys From Uncle Milton Toys!

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Just like most kids out there, my son Robert loves the summer. From the fun in the sun to the big fireworks show on the fourth of July. Even though school is getting ready to start up here in just a few weeks, I still want him to remember all of the fun he had. Recently I was sent some toys from Uncle Milton that are perfect for keeping those fun summer memories, like the 4th of July, fresh in his mind. To start off with, I was sent the Grand Finale! Light Show for review. With this great set up, we can put on our very own fireworks show in Robert's room anytime we want! Both he and Estrella can enjoy the 5 colorful fireworks cones that are included in this set. With the bright LED lights and 150 launch combinations, we can set up an extravagant light show on any given night, right in our home! The master controller lights up, and your kids can have a blast with the lights and the awesome sound effects. Get the Grand Finale Light Show today so that you and your kids can have a grand finale fireworks show from the comfort of your own home anytime!!
Aside from the awesome light show, Robert was also sent the Iron Man Repulsor Ray Tech Lab. I find this to be a great toy, because even when the summer comes to a end, the imagination and creativity from all of the pretend play does not have to end. With this great set, Robert and his friends can master the Repulsor Ray Force just like the one that Iron Man has that is powered by Iron Man's Arc Reactor! Robert can pretend to have super powers just like a real super hero and suspend the sphere in mid air with the powerful airflow force which suspends the ball into mid air! Robert can put this on the table or hold it, he can also practice in the dark and challenge himself with the 3 different obstacles! So if you have a little super hero in your house that needs some cool super hero tools and wants some super hero training, then get them the Marvel Science, Repulsor Ray Tech Lab from Uncle Milton 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. 

Monday, July 29, 2013

#Giveaway #RC Go Back To School In Style With Nicole Lee CLOSED!

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With the back to school shopping I do find it to be overwhelming, but like I have said before, I also find it to be a lot of fun. Maybe it is the adrenaline from all of the shopping that makes it both overwhelming and fun at the same time. Whatever it is, I do honestly enjoy all of the shopping. One thing that Estrella and I look forward to is checking out all of the new Fall Fashions and trends that are out. Even when it comes to the bags that we will be using this year, we both still love looking over all of the new and hot fashions out there. Recently I was sent a great shopper from Nicole Lee to review for this years back to school shopping season. I was the very adorable and stylish Claire Blocked Euro Print Shopper in the Thinking of You pattern for the review.
We have been out and have done quite a bit of shopping this back to school season, and one thing that we have noticed is the shoppers and totes that are in this year. They are not only very fashionable, but they are also very practical when it comes to what the kids can use for a backpack this school year. With the shopper that I was sent from Nicole Lee, you not only have the incredibly fashionable design, but with all of the room that is in this shopper, I find it to be perfect for carrying books and school supplies in! I personally love it for my own use, I can use it not only as my purse, but with all of the room, I can use it as a diaper bag as well and carry Wyatt's diapers, snacks and other items in it as well! I love the two large front pockets which are perfect for putting my cell phone in as well as any other items, like my makeup. There is also a zipper slot on the backside which is great for carrying pens or personal feminine items. The inside has plenty of room for my wallet, notebooks, books, folders or diapers, and with the pockets on the inside that are available, I can carry my keys, more pens and pencils or any other items I see fit! Now aside from this great shopper from Nicole Lee, Estrella and I both found a great selection of shoppers and totes in the Nicole Lee collection. They have a great assortment to fit just about any style, and also a great selection to choose from with sizes too! So this year, while you and or your daughter are looking for those trendy bags to use for this back to school season, then head over to Nicole Lee today and check out all of their great totes and shoppers! Well, to help out with some of that back to school shopping, the wonderful people from Nicole Lee would like to send one of my readers a tote or shopper from their collection!

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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. 

#kiwishop Start This School Year Off Right With Products From Kiwi Shop And Enter The #Giveaway Today!

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With all of the back to school shopping upon us, I find that getting everything the kids will need so they are prepared for their journey into the new school year can be overwhelming. As a parent, there are so many choices to choose from, like what school supplies you will go with and what lunchboxes are the ones that you will get for your kids this year. Then there is also items like lice preventative treatments, and which vitamins will be best for your kids to give in the mornings. I mean, there is quite a list and with all of it is needing to be taken care of now. Well, recently I was sent a pack of great product from Kiwi Shop. Not only does this pack have items I can check off of my list, but I know that for the rest of those items for lunchboxes, lice preventative treatments, vitamins and school supplies can all be found at Kiwi Shop. Also, I know that when I shop at Kiwi Shop, the products I get for my kids are ones I can feel good about because they are natural and organic. I was even able to find some fun products that I can use at home with Wyatt while his older siblings are at school like the Veggie Baby Crayons from Wee Can Too. Wyatt loves his crayons and I love knowing that not only can Wyatt begin coloring and exploring art, but if he puts them in his mouth like babies do, I do not have to worry about him ingesting any toxins or chemicals because these awesome crayons are not only perfect for those little hands to grasp, but they can also be eaten since they are made from organic fruits and vegetables.
Aside from the veggie crayons for my Wyatt to use, I also love the LiceLogic Repel Conditioning Hair Spray, which is always great for Estrella to use to prevent any pests from getting in her thick curly hair, like when she and her friends decide to do each others hair at school! Estrella will also enjoy using the Gel Cleanser from Good For You Girls, which will be great for deep cleaning. I love that with Estrella's sensitive skin, she will not have to worry about any harsh chemicals and it also will not dry out her skin! She and her brother can have fun with the Artterro Handmade Paper Bookmaking Kit together, and I can also feel good about giving both Robert and Estrella the AlternaVites Kids in the mornings before school. Then to get Robert ready for school, I can use the Wean Green Cubes for his lunches as well as the EcoLunchbox Solo Cube and the Green Sprouts on Safari Bento Box, which in all will be perfect for packing up his school lunches in! For me, being able to find all of these great products along with others that are needed for this back to school season all in one place and knowing that they are all safe and natural products for my kids to use, makes the whole back to school shopping experience a easier one for me! So, if you are looking for those back to school items that are on your list and you want to choose a safer and organic route for your kids, then head on over to Kiwi Shop today, where you can not only find the products you need this back to school season, but you can find products for your entire family as well!

Also, to help you out with your back to school needs, enter the Back to School Giveaway from Kiwi Shop today!!



I received this product for free from the KIWI Shop, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.

How to Teach your Kid Etiquette Using your Phone (Guest Post)

Raising children can be a difficult juggling act. On the one hand, you want them to have opportunities you may not have had, so you sign them up for sports teams, dance squads and voice lessons. Attending all of these events takes time and often robs you of time at home to teach your children manners, rules and etiquette. Well, technology comes to the rescue with apps designed to help children learn the proper way to comport themselves while thinking they're playing a game.

A Quest for Good Manners

This cute little animated app teaches good manners through a rude princess named Rosalind. She and her rude pet dragon, Sparkler, are banished from the castle by the queen. They're not allowed to return until they find good manners. This app reinforces learning good manners using true and false facts and an entertaining storyline.

Good Manners for Kids

This app has a broad variety of manners it teaches: sharing, not interrupting, table manners, etc. It puts Johnny, the app character, into different social situations and allows the child to guess how he should behave in the correct manner. They're given options to choose from to see if they can select the correct behavior.

Nice Bear, Naughty Bear

A retired teacher from Oxford developed this app after getting on a bus and noticing none of the younger riders offer their seat to an older lady. She developed 16 bear characters that each teach an individual manner using their own unique rhyme.
Based on old-fashioned parenting methods, the children who choose poor behavior choices receive a groan from "naughty bear". If they make the correct choice, they receive a cheer. It's designed to make children more socially responsible.

Book of Manners: Story Time for Kids Interactive Book

Kids learn good manners in an interactive way. Not just "please" and "thank you," but this app demonstrates how to show consideration and kindness, and how to tell the difference between good and bad manners. As an interactive book, this app makes use of text highlighting, beautifully colored illustrations and an optional audio that meshes with animation specially designed for children. To fully enjoy apps like this, be sure you have a device that makes the most of animated apps, like the new 4G LTE BlackBerry z10.

The Etiquette App

This app allows you to browse through a catalog of etiquette tips and tricks. This is a great reference app that will remind you of what is socially correct, while at the same time giving you fun ways to remind your children of what is "proper" and what isn't.

Maddie and Matt's A to Z's of Good Manners & Values

With the aid of two cartoon characters, Maddie and Matt, this app teaches your children courtesy, respect, gratitude, and how to be polite. Using specific social situations, Maddie and Matt demonstrate good manners and values along with importance of social graces.
Now you can teach your children some of the important facets of life no matter where you are. Finally, apps that help children have fun, while learning how to act properly in social situations. 


Ten Reasons to Choose Above Ground Pools for Your Family (Guest Post)

As the dog days of summer approach, there is nothing more comforting and refreshing than having access to a pool you and your family can enjoy anytime. There are many options when it comes to choosing a pool for your home. You can opt for an inflatable pool or a baby pool for the kids that you can only dip your toes in. The other extreme is an in-ground pool complete with a beautiful deck area and all the amenities you can dream up. A more affordable happy medium is an above ground pool. Here are ten reasons to choose an above ground pool for your family:

1. Less Expensive

If you are going for sheer cost-effectiveness, an above ground pool is the clear winner. The average cost of an in-ground pool is approximately $11,000 to $17,000, and that doesn't even include accessories. When you factor in annual maintenance costs, you're looking at around $20,000. A basic above ground pool can easily cost under $500 with a complete above ground setup with all the amenities and extras coming in around $4,500.

2. Fewer Maintenance Requirements

To be honest, an above ground pool does have certain maintenance requirements that are necessary to keep your water crystal clear and sanitary for swimming. However, the maintenance requirements aren't as extensive as what you would go through for an in-ground pool. You can usually use chlorine tablets and shock treatments to keep your pool clean, along with a skimmer to catch leaves and other debris.

3. Easier Installation

An above ground pool is easier to install than an in-ground pool, especially when you factor in the cost of labor and consider the time involved to properly install an in-ground pool. An above ground pool, on the other hand, can be properly installed in a fraction of the time. You'll still have to check the irrigation around where your pool is going to be located, but you don't have to worry about digging and laying concrete though.

4. More Flexibility with Location

Above ground pools come in various shapes and sizes, which makes it easier to find a spot in your yard to place your pool. The ground still has to be level, which usually requires professional assistance. Sand is usually used as a base before the pool is actually placed in its location. However, an above ground pool does not require any space for a deck or extensive area around the pool. All you really need around an above ground pool is some landscaping stones, plants, or other small decorative features.

5. Easier to Replace Parts

While an above ground pool is fairly low-maintenance, parts do need to be replaced now and then. Skimmer baskets, filter cartridges, hoses and fittings are among the most common replacement parts for an above ground pool. “Most of the replacement parts you need can be easily purchased from the place where you purchased your pool,” says Bob Quigly a contributor for Backyard Ocean; click here to see what BackYard Ocean has to offer your family. If you opt for a pool from a trusted manufacturer or retailer, you are likely to have an easier time getting the right parts.

6. Flexibility with Steps and Ladders

Your above ground pool is going to need steps or a ladder for access. Above ground pool ladders and steps are usually made from sturdy, waterproof resin to prevent rusting. With an in-ground pool, you are stuck with where your steps and located. With an above ground pool, you can easily slide portable steps and ladders to your desired location. Steps and ladders usually have to be weighted down. To accomplish this task, most models are designed with a compartment that holds sand, gravel, or water to provide some added weight to keep everything in place.

7. Easy Off-season Preparation

Off-season maintenance for an above ground pool includes draining the pool if you live in an area with a significant winter. This process can usually be done by the pool company where you purchased your pool from in the first place. Once your pool is drained, you just need to check to see that the liner is still in good condition and cover the pool for the rest of the off-season to keep debris out.

8. Durable Material Choices

An above ground pool is usually a combination of steel and resin, a durable plastic. All of the materials normally used for an above ground pool are especially durable. You get the same firmness that you get from an in-ground pool, so safety isn't a concern. Even above ground pools made of resin usually have some steel parts to provide added support.

9. More Style and Color Selections

Above ground pools come in a variety of colors and styles to match your exterior decor or personal preferences. Textures can vary from plain steel to faux wood. Some above ground pools can be enhanced with color-changing or underwater lighting. You have a choice of different patterns and even a combination of colors when it comes to the finish.

10. Economical and High-end Models

If you aren't all about saving money, there are plenty of high-end above ground pools that will add a touch of class and style to your outdoor space. Economical models take up less space, but you still get a decent area to swim and enjoy the benefits of having a pool. If price isn't a priority, there are high-end models that can include a fence and a deck.

Author Bio:

Bob Quigly is a landscaping and family fun enthusiast who contributes to many blogs on the best placed to above ground pool pumps for swimming pool covers. Find above ground pool pumps at BackYardOcean.com a personal company here for your family.

4 Best Green Gadgets for Your Kitchen (Guest Post)

There are plenty of reasons to use green appliances around your kitchen and home. Besides being good for the environment, these products can save you time, money, and space because of their efficiency. Check out this list of green gadgets that will make your kitchen more environmentally friendly.

Indoor Composter


One way to go green in the kitchen is by rethinking how you throw away your garbage. After all, landfills are a growing environmental problem, and everyone should do their part to figure out how to create less waste.

With an indoor composter like the PRO XE Compost Bin, your food waste can end up in your garden instead of your trash can. This portable gadget composts most foods, turning would-be garbage into nourishment for your plants. An indoor composter is great for the environment, saves money on fertilizer, and may even qualify you for discounted trash collection with some companies. Do some research to figure out what food products are best for your garden.

Green Tea Kettle



Everyone enjoys a good cup of tea, but many people don't realize how wasteful it can be to make one. After all, every ounce of boiled water that goes unused is a waste of valuable energy.

Green tea kettles such as the Eco Kettle 2 solve this problem, by using exactly as much water as you need to boil one cup of tea. The rest of its 1.5 liter capacity remains stored for later, meaning it uses about 31% less energy by cutting down on wasted heat. It's a great gadget for saving time and money at tea time.

Portable Induction Cooker



Conventional stove tops can be an enormous waste of energy. Much of the heat from gas and electric stoves is lost before it reaches your cookware, meaning it ends up warming your kitchen instead of your food. Conventional stoves are also dangerous, because the lost heat they give off can start a kitchen fire from things like clothing and cooking oil.

You can avoid both of these problems by using a portable induction cooker. Devices such as the Total Chef Induction Cooker transfer electromagnetic heat straight to the cookware, meaning they can save energy and keep your apron from catching on fire. Of course, no stove top cooker is 100% safe, so you should still make sure you have home owner's insurance to protect yourself from accidents.

Mini Microwave



Microwaves are a great way to save energy on cooking, but what about a micro microwave?

The iWavecube is the perfect green gadget for heating up food. Unlike a regular-sized microwave that uses between 900 and 1200 watts, this portable device uses no more than 600 watts of energy at any time. Additionally, the small design of the iWavecube means that it's only 12 lbs, and measures 12 inches or less in every dimension. It's the perfect gadget to save money and space in any kitchen.

If you want to save the environment, the kitchen is one of the best places to start. Use some of these gadgets to make your kitchen a greener place.



Sunday, July 28, 2013

#Giveaway #RC Ninja Kitchen System From BylaneHome For Those Breakfast Smoothies This Back To School Season CLOSED!

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I love finding products that can make life easier, especially when I find products that will help with the upcoming school year. One place that I love to shop at when it comes to finding great products for the home that can help make my life easier is BrylaneHome. One thing that I know that is on a lot of minds right now is that back to school shopping. From all of those supplies to the clothes, then comes the making of the menus that will help make the transition of back to school easier and flow better. I know that when school starts back up, getting up and making those big breakfasts then expecting everyone to sit down and eat while they are in a rush to get out of the door is not a always realistic goal. Now, I do love having the family take a break from getting ready and sit down to eat, but most of the times during the week, those breakfasts have to be a fast one. So finding products to help make those fast breakfast items is ideal for this back to school season. Recently I was sent a Ninja Kitchen System from BrylaneHome to review. I have found the Ninja Kitchen System to be perfect for our breakfasts this back to school season. I have been playing with it, and aside from all of the great sauces, cookies and other foods I can make with this blender system, I have found that I can make some pretty amazing smoothies! I love that with the large pitcher that comes with this system and the great blades that are in it, I can put in the fresh fruits, juice and ice, and it not only completely chops and mixes everything together, but it does it very quickly! Which for me, will make those mornings when everyone is rushing around easier, knowing that I can still serve a great breakfast when I make everyone smoothies, and even if they can not finish them before leaving, they can take their breakfasts with them in a cup!

The Ninja Kitchen System from BrylaneHome comes with 1 6 blade assembly for the large pitcher then a 4 blade assembly system for the small pitcher, a dough blade, a dough paddle, pitcher lid, bowl lid, pouring spout with cap, grated fill spout with cap, 72-ounce pitcher, 40-ounce bowl, and a manual! This awesome Ninja Kitchen System is a blender like no other I have ever had, I mean it can chop, grind, blend, crush, knead, and of course puree. Which basically means, this baby does it all! So this year, while you are out getting all of those back to school items on the list, get the Ninja System from BrylaneHome to help you with your menus for the family! Well, to help out with those menus, the wonderful people from BrylaneHome are going to give one of my amazing readers their own Ninja Kitchen System!! 

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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. 

Send The Kids Back To School With The Kleenex Hand Towels

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With all of the back to school shopping that we are doing, I find that I want to send my kids back to school with products that can really be useful in the classroom. I know that with all of the kids throughout the day, wiping their noses and touching everything, I want to feel better about knowing that when my kids go to wash their hands, they are washing with products that will really help get and keep their hands clean. One product that I love to use in my own home, that helps ensure that my kids use a clean towel every time they wash, and one that I will be sending the kids back to school with this year are the Kleenex Hand Towels. Recently I was sent several boxes of the Kleenex Hand Towels for review. I know that these will really come in handy for sending the kids back to school with. I like knowing that when they are at school, just like at home, they will be using clean, fresh, dry towels every time when drying their hands. Aside from being sent some boxes of the Kleenex Hand Towels, I was also sent a really great video from the people at Kleenex, which shows a hand washing station in a park. I love that it gives the people who use the hand washing station the option of using a typical cloth towel or a Kleenex Hand Towel.
I found that the choice was obvious and I also loved the little saying on the mirror, which states, "Your hands are only as clean as the towel you use to dry them." I find this to be a great motto, I mean even when you use a cloth towel at home, how clean are your hands after that? This is also so very true when it comes to kids at school. So this year, when you are prepping the kids to go back to school, do not forget to get some Kleenex Hand Towels to send them back with and also do not forget to stock up at home too! To help with that shopping, head on over to the Kleenex Hand Towels page and join the Clean Hands Campaign so you can get up to $1.00 off!





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. 

#CadburyHighTea MommyParties Tea Party With The Girls

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We are enjoying our summer days, from the early mornings to the late evenings and everything in between. When it comes to summer there are certain things that I can remember enjoying as a kid, and I love to continue those traditions with my kids. One thing, that I think most can relate to when they think of summer is ice cream. From the sound of that ice cream truck playing its music while driving through the neighborhood, to those days when mom brings out some ice cream for all of the kids to enjoy while they play outside. Recently I was able to not only share some ice cream with my daughter, her friends and their moms, but thanks to Mom Select and Cadbury, we were able to have a fun tea party with ice cream! To make this a party for the girls and the moms to remember, we were sent a very adorable tea set for the girls to have their tea with and some very fun hats for each of the girls to wear while they had their tea party. Oh and lets not forget, to top of the tea party, we were also sent am assortment of the new Cadbury Ice Cream Bars as to complete our Cadbury Ice Cream Bars High Tea Party!
To get our party started, we asked that the girls come dressed up if they would like with some of their play jewelry and dresses for a tea party. Then as the girls arrived, we handed them each a very fun hat that was perfect for this party, as well as a cup of tea. We had some crackers and chips as well for the girls to snack on while they socialized. Then it was time to hand each of girls and their moms a Cadbury Ice Cream Bar! The bars were a hit as was the rest of the party. Everyone enjoyed themselves and when we asked what they thought of the Cadbury Ice Cream Bars, it was a hands down. Everyone agreed that the Cadbury Ice Cream Bars were a perfect addition to this great tea party!
So this summer, whether you want to have tea with the girls or you want to get a great treat to help cool everyone off after playing in the heat, then get some of the new Cadbury Ice Cream Bars from Blue Bunny!


I received the party kit as part of a promotional program with Cadbury and MomSelect.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

#Giveaway #RC Go Back To School With Kohl's $50 Gift Card CLOSED!

Sponsored Post: I was given a gift card in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.

The back to school shopping season is here, and like many others, I have been out shopping, watching and catching all of those great back to school deals and sales! One place that I love to go every year for our back to school shopping is Kohl's. I know that when I shop at Kohl's, I can find a variety of items from the trendy clothes and shoes that the kids want this year, to the backpacks and even socks, and when I go to Kohl's I can find all of these items at great prices! With Estrella, she of course has to have the hottest looks from brands like Mudd and Candies, and when I head to Kohl's to shop for her, we can find those looks that she wants, and I can save money.
I can also find Robert all of his favorite character tees, those Skechers shoes that he just has to have, the character underpants as well as the backpack that he has his eyes set on, all at a great price and all in one place.
When we head to Kohl's, I can stock up on those bright fun socks that the girls want this year, with all of those fun sayings on them and the neon designs. Then I can get Robert those Star Wars underpants and save right now by buying one pack and getting the second at half price! For me, being able to get Estrella those packs of bright colored socks and Roberts underpants using the buy one get one half price is a great deal! Another perk when shopping at Kohl's is, when I shop for both Robert and Wyatt, I can find some really great mix and match pieces from the Jumping Beans collection at some really great prices!
So this back to school season, when you are out and needing to get the kids stocked up on clothes, socks, underpants, shoes and even those must have backpacks, then head over to your local Kohl's or shop at Kohls.com where you can find amazing deals on your back to school needs!
Well, to help with this years back to school shopping, the wonderful people from Kohl's would like to give one of my amazing readers a $50 Kohl's Gift Card!
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This is a sponsored post. I was given a gift card in exchange for the review. All opinions in this review are my own. Thank you to the sponsor and PR group for sponsoring this post and giveaway!

#Giveaway #RC Sweetly Citron All Natural Insect Repellent Spray CLOSED!

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With all of the rain we have had around here this summer, well we also have a lot of bugs, and the ones that bite too, which is no fun! I mean, here in Texas, those moquitos are all over outside and they are mean. It is like they have it out for us. Well, for me, I have tried the different bug repellents, but I can not stand that chemical smell you get from them, and when I want to protect my baby from being bitten by those nasty mosquitos, well I do not feel so comfortable putting chemicals on him or any of my kids for that matter. Recently I was sent a great, all natural bug repellent that is not greasy and is also Deet Free! I was sent a bottle of Sweetly Citron to review. One thing I noticed right away was the smell, it is very pleasant and it does not have any chemical aroma to it, which is a plus. It has a nice lavender scent with some lemon, citronella and vanilla, which actually makes this a very pleasant bug repellent to put on. This spray also protects from the different bugs that are out there when we go out to play in the evenings or when we go on walks, which protects me and my family from West Nile Virus. Sweetly Citron protects you and your family from those biting bugs like mosquitos, flies, fleas and ticks. Another plus, since there are not any of those harmful chemicals, you do not have to worry about this repellent ruining any of your clothes, the baby stroller or carrier or any other gear you might have when you are outdoors. Aside from all of those nice facts, this spray is also highly effective, even against these big mean moquitos that we get here in Texas! So protect your family this summer season when you are outdoors with the all natural repellent Sweetly Citron, and enjoy being outside without being eaten alive by those nasty biting bugs! Well, to help protect my readers, the wonderful people from Sweetly Citron would like to give 3 of my amazing readers their own bottle of the Sweetly Citron All Natural Insect Repellent!

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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. 

PBS Kids DVDs Available Now To Bring Home and Share!

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In the mornings, my kids look forward to being able to watch their favorite shows on PBS! Robert especially, he loves to get up in the mornings and watch his favorites and interact with them. I love that when Robert watches PBS Kids in the mornings, he is learning right along side his favorite characters. Recently we were sent a great collection of DVD's from PBS Kids. In this collection, we have all of Roberts favorites, like Dinosaur Train and Caillou along with Arthur and Super Why! The DVD's we were sent included Arthur Stands Up To Bullying, Dinosaur Train: Nature Trackers, Caillou: Big Kid Caillou, and Super Why!: Hansel & Gretel: A Healthy Adventure. I love having these great DVD's on hand, they are great to put on while we are in the car or when we go on vacation, the kids can watch their favorite shows and follow along while learning from their favorite characters! In the DVD Arthur Stands Up To Bullying, I love that Arthur and his friends cover the topic of bullying. They talk about teasing and they think about friendship and what it means. This is a great one to watch with the kids, especially with the back to school season right around the corner. Then in the DVD Dinosaur Train: Nature Trackers, you and your little ones can follow along as the young dinosaurs explore the nature around them! Robert loved the one where Buddy plants a garden, since Robert has a garden as well. I love that he can follow along and enjoy the lessons they teach and show kids on Dinosaur Train! With the DVD Super Why!: Hansel & Gretel: A Healthy Adventure, your kids can follow along as the team shows them how to make healthy food choices. We loved watching how the team made a gingerbread house out of healthy snacks, and also how the team gets a picky eater to try new foods! Then finally, with the DVD Caillou: Big Kid Caillou, you have your favorite little boy who is exploring the world around him. Caillou is a great role model for kids, on this DVD Caillou shows kids how to be themselves, flexibility, friendship and about being kind! I love how one of the episodes covers what it is like to be the new kid at school, and how scary it can be, and that others should be friendly and kind to show acceptance and make the new kid not so scared. All of these DVD's are great and are perfect for sharing with your kids especially on those family movie nights. These great DVD's from PBS Kids are all available to bring home and share with your kids today!


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