Mommy Katie: October 2013

Thursday, October 31, 2013

#ad #Giveaway @Discover Spooktacular Saving Tips From Discover For Halloween + $50 Discover Gift Card

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.


There are so many expenses that families face each day, from the everyday food and bills, to the clothes and seasonal expenses. One such seasonal expense is Halloween. I mean, with me, I find Halloween to be the kick off to the holiday season, and I love to go all out. By all out I mean, decorating both inside and out, carving pumpkins and dressing the entire family, including the dogs up in Halloween costumes. With everything, including the candy we purchase for our trick or treaters, as well as the goodies we provide for class parties, the expenses can really add up. So finding ways to save money on these expenses is a given for me. I am one who will wait to get the costumes until that optimal moment when there is a good sale going on, and for the decorations, I will use previous years’, but I will also look for some of those fun DIY crafts that can be found on Pinterest and also hit up the different stores both online and off, that have sales at certain times. Now when it comes to searching on Pinterest, I like to find items that I can use at home and even items that I can take to the school and take to the classes for the kids to have fun with. One such item that I recently came across on Pinterest, that is both easy to put together and fun, was a pumpkin bowling activity set. This is a set that I can easily make a few of, then take with me when we have the in class parties for the kids to play with.


Aside from scouring Pinterest for the treats and DIY crafts for Halloween, I also like to know of ways that I can save my family money. Like knowing that when I shop at places like Amazon.com, I can use my Cashback Bonus from Discover to pay for my purchases at checkout. Not only does this make it easier on my spending and finances, but the checkout process is so easy to use! Another great perk when it comes to being a Discover cardmember is, from now until December 31st, cardmembers can enroll to earn 5% Cashback Bonus on online holiday purchases up to $1,500, which can give you up to $75! And when you go online through ShopDiscover you can earn 5% or even up to 20% when you shop at  over 200 online merchants at ShopDiscover who offer Cashback Bonus! That means, I can go and stock up on all of those adorable pie pans, cookie cutters and other kitchen gadgets I have had my eyes on at stores like Target and Bed Bath and Beyond, and get the Cashback Bonus, when I shop through the ShopDiscover online portal! So this Halloween, while you are looking for those must have adorable costumes and decorations, along with all of those kitchen gadgets to help make your Fall a success, don’t forget to sign up for the Discover Cashback Bonus and use the ShopDiscover shopping portal, so that you can not only get those items that will make your celebrations a success, but also earn money back on those purchases you make! Well to help with those expenses this Fall, I will be holding a giveaway awarding one of my amazing readers with a $50 Discover Gift Card! All participants must be U.S. residents.



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This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. This post is sponsored by Discover since I am a member of the Discover Preferred Blogger Program. Thank you to Discover for sponsoring this post!



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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

#DDDivas #DivasSleep #sponsored #Giveaway Pampers Daylight Sleep Tips

This is a sponsored post, I was compensated and also received product for my time. All opinions are my own.
Sleep does not always come easy, especially with a baby. I have learned that after 3 kids, coming up with a routine that you stick to is the only way to go. That way everyone can get the sleep they need, and everyone is happy. When it comes to routine with a baby or even with kids period, the smallest change in a routine can throw everyone out of whack, and one thing that happens twice a year, that can interfere with everyone's sleep schedule is daylight savings time. I mean, even without the daylight savings time interrupting things, there are still things that can disrupt sleep with a baby, like a leaky diaper. Ever since Wyatt was first brought home from the hospital, one of the things that will wake him up from a deep sleep, as well as the rest of the house, is him having a wet diaper, and heaven forbid it leaks and gets his clothes wet. He is a baby who does not like having a wet bottom, and when he gets wet, day or night, he will let us know. With my older two, I did not have issues with them sleeping through the nights, even if their diaper was full or leaked, they did not mind so much, but Wyatt is different. It is like clockwork with him, he seems to wake up just about every night around the same time, because his diaper is wet. After having 3 babies, I know that this is not a uncommon thing, even though my older 2 did not do this. I know that I have had friends over the years who had mentioned the issue, and I did not realize how much of a hassle the waking up every night at around 3 a.m. could be until now. The waking up around 3 a.m. is a fairly common issue, and the wonderful people from Pampers would like to help moms and babies get more sleep by sharing some great information on sleep and routines below with my readers!
I like being able to get tips from experts like the people from Pampers. They know that when it comes to sleep, it can be a issue for both mom and baby, so having resources along with products that can help both mom and baby sleep better is something they aim for. I know that for my house, having a nap schedule that is the same everyday, meals, snacks, and a bedtime schedule for everyone, including myself and my husband, is the way to go. With daylight savings time, even though we will gain a extra hour of sleep, it does not mean that Wyatt will go along with that. So to prepare for the time change, we started today off by taking a nap a 30 minutes later and going to bed a little later. This is so when the change comes, we will all be able to transition a lot easier, all meaning Wyatt, lol. My older two do not have such a issue, but I know with Wyatt, having him prepared for the change ahead of time will make things easier for the rest of the house. To help with the older kids and Wyatt sleep that extra hour, I will be closing their curtains the night before, so that the light does not wake them up too early. Another tool that I will be using, is one I was sent by the wonderful people from Pampers. I was sent a pack of the Pampers Baby Dry to review. Both myself and Wyatt can appreciate that the Pampers Baby Dry gives him 12 hours of protection, giving us all a little extra sleep when it comes to night time. Along with the Pampers Baby Dry Diapers that we were sent, we also received a very adorable and soft pair of pajamas from The Children's Place. So this weekend on Nov 3, when you go to change your clocks, and prepare for that extra hour of sleep, do not forget to prepare baby for the change as well. Head out and get some Pampers Baby Dry to help baby sleep a little longer and stay drier through the night, and also pick up some of the adorable and very comfortable pajamas from The Children's Place! Well, to help my readers out with baby, the wonderful people from Pampers would like to give one of my amazing readers a pack of the Pampers Baby Dry along with some of The Children's Place pajamas! Also, be sure to join in on the discussion on Nov 7 on Twitter, where there will be chat on how the end of daylight savings time can affect sleep patterns, and also get some really great tips as well as win some great prizes like a $50 AMEX Gift Card, $25 Children’s Place Gift Card, Pampers product and book by Kim West, $100 AMEX Gift Card, Pampers Product, series of books by Kim West
Grand Prize: $500 AMEX Card to purchase sleep items such as a new crib, video monitor, etc.
To participate, follow your hosts @DoubleDutyDivas, @BridgetteLA, @CeceliaMecca @AngieKcom @WhatMommiesNeed @RamblingChick, sleep expert @TheSleepLady and our sponsor @Pampers

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This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Pampers. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.
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#Giveaway Energizer Prize Pack (Change Your Clock Change Your Battery)

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There are so many things that are in our busy schedules, from the kids school and activities to the everyday things that we have to get done, so when it comes to things like checking the fire alarms in your home and changing the batteries, that kind of thing can get overlooked. That is why I like programs like the Energizer Change Your Clock Change Your Battery. With Daylight Savings Time coming up, when you go to change your clock, this program reminds you to also go around and change out the batteries in your smoke detectors and alarms, that way, you can help keep your family safe. To learn more about this program, I went to my local fire station. I learned some interesting things about my own smoke detector that I did not know before, like that there is a expiration date on them. In the picture above, the Captain pointed out the date, and my detector shows January of 2013, which means that in 10 years, I need to change out my detectors. So aside from changing your batteries, while you are doing so, look at the dates that are highlighted in yellow, and if it has been 10 years or more since that date, then you will need to get a new detector. Another thing that I learned was the importance of having smoke detectors in the different rooms, like bedrooms, living areas, halls and kitchen. There was a lot that we all learned, and the kids enjoyed getting some great fire safety tips as well!

On top of the information, we all learned about the importance of checking our smoke detectors and changing the batteries when we go to change our clocks, I was also given some great holiday tips that I have put into a video to share with my readers!



Well to help my readers out with making sure their own smoke alarms are in good working condition and that they have the batteries needed to change out their old batteries with, the wonderful people from Energizer would like to give one of my readers the same prize pack I was sent, as pictured below! Also be sure to head over to the Energizer Bunny Facebook Page and enter their Family Safety Prize Pack giveaway from now through Nov 3!


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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.

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#FordDSFL Stay Safe This Halloween Behind The Wheel

This post is brought to you by Ford. The wonderful people from Ford invited me out to their Ford Driving Skills For Life course along with a group of some other great bloggers. All opinions are my own :)


A few weeks ago, I was invited out to take part in a amazing driving skills event that was sponsored by Ford. It is called the Ford Driving Skills For Life program, and it is geared towards teaching teen drivers how to stay safe on the road and behind the wheel. There were so many great issues they went over and the drivers that were our teachers for the day, took the kids in the cars, and let them drive so that they could get a first hand feel for the program. Here is a interview that I recorded after one of the courses was completed by my group.



Along with the great tips I was given by one of our drivers, the wonderful people from Ford would like to share some infographics which I have included below, that you can use for tomorrow nights busy night of Trick or Treating, and remember, to be aware of all of the ghosts and goblins out and stay safe!

Buckle up It’s the law. In a crash, a person not buckled up is much more likely to be injured or killed than someone wearing a safety belt.

Don’t drive distracted Put your cell phone away and concentrate on the road. Parents can use technology, like MyKey, to keep their teen driver from using a cell phone or listening to the radio at a distracting level.

Drive courteously Use your lights courteously. Don’t flash your high beams at a vehicle with its high beams on. When following another vehicle, use your low beams to avoid blinding the driver ahead of you.

Never speed Research done for Ford’s ‘Driving Skills for Life’ shows that if parents speed, their teens are more likely to do the same. Speed-related factors continue to be reported in about one-third of all traffic deaths nationally.

Don’t follow too closely Keep the proper distance from the car in front of you. Remember that the faster you drive, the longer it takes to stop. 

Eyes on the outside Avoid using your vehicle’s interior light while driving. It makes it even harder to see outside of your vehicle. 

See every angle Exterior mirrors that are properly aligned not only reduce blind spots, they also reduce glare from vehicles behind you. The outside rearview mirrors should be adjusted so that the bodywork of the vehicle is just outside of your view. 

Ford wants everyone to have a safe and happy Halloween, especially with the daylight hours dwindling. Coming on the heels of National Teen Safe Driving Week, Ford is reminding everyone to practice safe driving habits and to take advantage of available technologies to reduce the chances of getting into a traffic accident.
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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

#ad The Best Backseat Gadgets to Keep Kids Entertained

Has the novelty of 20 Questions worn off long ago? Do you have a cross-country drive to contend with? In cases like these, today's electronic entertainment devices can be a great way to keep children entertained and out of trouble in the backseat. You can choose from a variety of cars that come fully equipped with backseat infotainment systems, including DVD players for the kids. However, even in an older car you can pick up a few basic gadgets, from MP3 players to E-Readers, to make the long journey slightly more fun for children. 

In-Car Entertainment Systems 

Many of today's cars come fully equipped with extensive backseat entertainment options. The following are three examples that are ideal for families. 

1. Toyota Sienna 

The Toyota Sienna is already a popular family car thanks to its abundance of backseat space and safety features, but it also offers a Dual-View Entertainment Centre. This allows backseat passengers to play DVD movies on two different screens, which is ideal for siblings who can't agree on a film. Parents can also control these screens from their own instrument panel in the front. 

2. Honda Odyssey 

Honda is another auto manufacturer who recognises the need to keep the peace in the car, with their Ultra wide Rear Entertainment System on the Odyssey. This screen is extra wide in the interest of providing split-screen viewing, to display two different games or movies at the same time. 

3. Lincoln Navigator 

The Lincoln Navigator seats seven passengers, ensuring that there's room for the whole family. It has two seven-inch colour LCD screens built into the back of the front row seats. These are equipped with DVD players, headphones, and remote controls. 

Portable Gadgets

If your child can't get enough of his or her tunes, look for low-cost MP3 players specifically for the car. Ones like the model from LOGIK play up to 500 songs at a time, which can easily fill the space of a couple of hours. This model also has an 8 hour battery life, and retails for under 10 dollars. Many brands also make portable DVD players. Although these used to be quite prohibitively priced, you can now find them for less than 50 dollars. Look for one with a child-sized screen, which will be just the right size for your child to listen to music, look at photographs, or watch their favourite films. Don't forget the headphones if you don't want to listen to Barney singing for the duration of your trip! 

Another popular type of backseat toy is an E-Reader, such as the Amazon Kindle or NOOK Simple Touch. These are also an affordable way to keep kids occupied, and can be a better fit for children who need large print because the font and style of type can be customised. Models like the NOOK can run for up to two months without any need for charging, making them a great backseat standby. 

For long road trips, these types of entertainment options can be a real saviour, making the time pass far more quickly both for children and parents alike. 

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Monday, October 28, 2013

#Giveaway Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!: Best Of Collection on DVD (Holiday Guide)

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Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! has been a favorite show of Robert's for the past few years, and he finds it to be a lot of fun when his little brother Wyatt joins him when he watches the show. In my house, we have enjoyed watching that cute little guy and his friends as they go on adventures together. Recently we were sent an amazing collection of Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! shows, all in one set! We were sent the Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! : Best Of Collection on DVD to review. In this set you and your little Wubbzy fans get 28 episodes and more than four and a half hours of engaging fun! There is singing and dancing, then interacting with the characters from Wuzzleburg who show your kids how to work together, and figure things out as a team, and how to be a good friend! In this set you get a best of collection from each of the friends. You have the best of Walden, where you get those great episodes that feature the town scientist, best of Wubbzy, where you get a collection of episodes that feature that adorable little bendy tailed guy. Then you get the best of Widget, featuring the best episodes of the towns best builder and fix it buddy, and the best of Daizy, featuring the best of the sweet little girly girl next door! Along with the best of series of shows, you also get some coloring and activity sheets to share with your kids, and some great music videos which will get you and the kids up and dancing!! This is a must have set for preschoolers everywhere and will also make the perfect gift to give your Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! fans this holiday season! Well to help out with those holiday shopping lists this year, I will be giving one of my amazing readers their own copy of Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!: Best Of Collection on DVD!

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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.
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Protecting Your Camera Gear With Tamrac (Holiday Guide)

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When it comes to my camera, I see it as a investment, and just like any other investment, I need to protect my investment. My husband bought me my camera a few months ago for our anniversary, he knew that I needed a camera that would give my blog a more of a professional look with having better photos to display. After he bought it for me, we both realized that I needed to be able to protect my camera, for when I store it and for when I go out of town and such. I needed a case that I could carry with me and one that, if need be, I could store in a suitcase for when I went to events. Recently I was sent such a case from Tamrac. I was sent the Tamrac Aria 3 to review. Not only is this a case that will help protect my camera, but it is one that my husband can use when he needs to take pictures for school and such. I like the design, and the way how my camera, lens's, and battery charger, fit right into place!
Aside from being able to store my camera and accessories safely in this camera bag, I can also store my keys and phone in place in the side pockets that are on this bag. I appreciate the material on this bag. The outside is very smooth, yet durable and it is also waterproof, which is a huge plus since we have kids. Then the inside has a shiny silver lining, which makes it easy for me to find what I need inside! In all I found the Tamrac Aria 3 Camera Bag to be a great bag that both my husband and I can use when we are out and needing to take the camera along. So, if you have a DSLR camera that you need a bag for, that is stylish, yet simple, then get the Tamrac Aria 3, and also add to this years holiday shopping list!

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.
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#ad #PowerCamHalloween #Win A #iPhone 5s + More With The PowerCam Pumpkin Photo #Contest

This is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.

I am one of those parents, who loves taking photos of just about anything and everything my kids do. I find it even more enticing when we are celebrating holidays like Halloween. I tend to have at least one type of camera on me, whether it is my camera or the camera on my phone, and with the holidays, I like to capture the moments so that we can look back on them later on. This Halloween, I can do more than just capture and share some great, memorable moments, I can also enter to win some great prizes by capturing pics of my kids masterpieces, their pumpkin carvings, with the Wondershare PowerCam. You might be wondering what I mean by win some prizes by sharing pics of pumpkin carvings. Well, this year, from October 29th-November 7th, you can win prizes like a iPhone 5s and cash, by simply taking pictures of your pumpkin carving masterpiece and uploading the pictures to Instagram using the PowerCam App. To get started, you will need to download the PowerCam App, which is free for Android users on GooglePlay or iPhone users can get it for free on iTunes until November 2nd! Once you have uploaded the app, take some pictures with or of your pumpkins, then be sure to follow @powercam on Instagram, tag @powercam and use the hashtag #PowerCamHalloween when sharing on Instagram! Once you have your picture uploaded, you need to get votes on it. The cuter, most creative, the better! When the contest closes on Nov 7th, the 7 most voted on pictures will be announced on November 8th via the @powercam Instagram and Facebook pages. From there, Wondershare will announce 3 winners on November 11th!! So what are you waiting for, download the PowerCam App, get the kids, pets, family together and take some pics with your pumpkins, and enter to win on the Pumpkin Fun With PowerCam contest!!! Also, make sure to vote and get votes by going here.

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Brian The Pekingese Makes For The Perfect Holiday Gift (Holiday Guide)

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There are so many things that I adore about the cooler weather and the upcoming holidays, and one is pajamas. With this cooler weather, I get to not only get myself new, comfy pajamas, but I also get to find some adorable pajamas for my kids. Recently I was sent a very adorable pair of pajamas for Wyatt, that came with a very cuddly friend as well. I was sent the Brian the Pekingese pajamas and stuffed animal to review.

I enjoy finding pajamas that are not only incredibly comfortable, but that are also adorable, and with the adorable Pekingese Brian on these pajamas, you get both! I find the story behind these pajamas and the doll to be so cute and also makes these products even more lovable. Brian is a family pet, who, when he met the new baby in the house, became his best friend right away as well as his protector. Brian fell in love with his new friend, and found it his duty to protect the new baby, from there, the two developed a very strong friendship and bond, that only a child and his dog can understand. I found the story to be so cute, and one that we can relate to since our boxers each have a bond with our kids. From the instant bond that Robert and our dog Chloe have from the time Robert was a baby, to the bond that Estrella and her dog Harley have had since they first laid eyes on one another. Then with Wyatt, when we got our puppy Leo, the two have a strong friendship and bond and seem to always get into trouble together, both being toddlers and very curious little guys, but at the same time all 3 of our dogs, find themselves to also be protectors of all 3 of our kids, which is just like the story behind Brian the Pekingese and his boy. The pajamas and stuffed Brian that you can get from Brian the Pekingese are not only adorable, but knowing the story behind the products, makes them that much more enjoyable. So this holiday season, when you are looking for a great gift to give the kids or for some comfy, warm, pajamas to get the kids, then head on over to Brian the Pekingese today and find a adorable line of products that are very cute and cuddly!


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.
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Get Those Halloween Looks With P&G

Like many others out there, finding that look for this years Halloween can be quite a chore. Sure you might come across pictures of a certain look that you are after, but trying to execute that look might be a challenge. Well this year, the wonderful people from P&G would like to help you, not only find that look that you are aiming for, but also let you know which products they used and how to use the products so that you can achieve that look and be the envy of the Halloween party!  I was sent the below information to share with my readers on behalf of P&G! 


The Gatsby Look

How to Get the Look
1.       Spritz a two-inch section of hair with Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Boost & Lift Hairspray.  Using a one-inch barrel curling iron, curl the section away from your face. 
2.       Gently slide curl off the iron so it holds the shape of the barrel, and pin. Repeat over entire head. Let curls set for at least 30 minutes. 
3.       While curls set, prep skin with moisturizer, and then apply COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundationwith a foundation brush for even coverage. Set with pressed powder.
4.       Dust cheekbones with bronzer for definition, then apply rosy-pink blush to the apples of cheeks. 
5.       Use bronzer and pressed powder to create a neutral smoky eye. Sweep pressed powder over the entire lid and blend bronzer in the crease.  
6.       Apply COVERGIRL Ink It! By Perfect Point Plus in Black eyeliner to upper and lower lashlines, extending the line slightly beyond the outer corners of eyes. Coat top and bottom lashes generously with mascara.
7.       Finish with a red lipstick like COVERGIRL LipPerfection Lip Color in Hot and layer with COVERGIRL Lipslicks Smoochies Lip Balm in Tweet Me for a glossy look.
8.       Release curls and brush to create subtle waves. Smooth flyaways with Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Extreme SMOOTH Combing Crème.


The Warrior Princess Look
How to Get the Look

1.       Spritz alternating two-inch sections of hair with Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Boost & Lift Hairspray and loosely curl with a curling iron. Start at mid-strand, leaving the ends out.
2.       Apply Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Extreme SMOOTH Combing Crème through waves and brush from mid-strand to end to leave hair full. 
3.       Starting two-inches from your hairline braid a one-inch section of hair and secure with an elastic band.  Repeat to form two braids on each side of your face. If you’re comfortable with forming braids, add one larger French braid.
4.       Join braids at the back of your head with an elastic.
5.       Prep skin with moisturizer, then apply COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation with a foundation brush for even coverage. Set with pressed powder. Dust on bronzer for a sun kissed look.
6.       Apply COVERGIRL Lipslicks Smoochies Lip Balm in Be Sweet on your lips and the apples of your cheeks for a natural, all-over flush.
7.       Define and fill in brows with a brow pencil several shades darker than your natural brow color. 
8.       Lightly sweep bronzer across eyelids and in the crease for definition and finish with COVERGIRL Clump Crusher by LashBlast Mascara.



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Sunday, October 27, 2013

#Giveaway Prepping The Holiday Meals With Epicurean And Joseph Joseph

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Ah, the holiday season is quickly approaching and with only about a month until Thanksgiving, getting the gadgets to help make my menu go off without a hitch is priority. I mean, there is only about a month until the big turkey day, and since we cook not only for our family but also for the local Ronald McDonald House, having the tools we will be needing to get everything on our menus done is ideal. One of my favorite dishes that I not only make for Thanksgiving, but also for Christmas dinner, that my kids beg for, is homemade cheese potato casserole. It is a fairly simple side dish, but with all of the people we have to cook for, I am not going to just be making one or two casseroles, I will be making several. For this dish, I need a large pot to boil potatoes in, milk, butter, cheese, garlic powder, salt and the casserole dishes. Once my potatoes are boiled, I cut them up in cube sized pieces, then in a blender, I blend milk, butter, salt, garlic powder and the grated cheese. I then place the cut potato pieces in the casserole dish, or in my case, dishes, then pour the mixture I have on the top of the potatoes, then place in the oven for about 20 minutes. Since I will be making several of these potato casseroles at once for Thanksgiving, I need a really good cheese grater, and since we will be fairly crowded in both my kitchen and the one at The Ronald McDonald House, I need kitchen items that can be stored away and not take up too much space when I am not using them. So when I was sent the Joseph Joseph Fold-flat Grater Plus for review, I was pretty excited. I mean, when we are transporting our items to use this year and years to come for that matter, to the Ronald McDonald House, having this grater, that folds away and does not take up too much space, is very ideal. It is also so easy to use. To grate, you just unclip the locking catch, then push the corners into place, to get a box grater. Aside from the ease of putting into place, you also get 4 styles of blade in one. This also allows you to grate a number of items, aside from cheese. Another feature that I appreciate is the handle, which helps me control the grating that I need to do. In all, I have found the Joseph Joseph Fold-flat Grater Plus to be an amazing kitchen gadget, that will really come in handy this holiday season!

Then to help with my chopping needs this holiday season, which includes all of the potatoes that I will need to chop for the cheese potato casserole, is a cutting board. Having a great cutting board to use in the kitchen over this holiday season is a must have. I mean, I need cutting boards for a number of items that I will be needing to cut and chop up, and that will last. To help me with my cutting and chopping, I was sent a Gourmet Cutting Board from Epicurean. I really appreciate that this cutting board is thicker than others I have used in the past, which is ideal for all of the cooking we will be doing on Thanksgiving. I also like the juice groove that runs along the side of this cutting board, which in all, will help me with ensuring this Thanksgiving and Christmas will go off without a hitch! Well to help in your kitchens this holiday season, the wonderful people from Joseph Joseph and Epicurean would like to give one of my amazing readers the same products I was sent for review!


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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.
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Family Guy Volume 11 on DVD

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Family Guy is a show that my husband and I have enjoyed watching for quite some time. We find it a funny, cartoon comedy series that we can watch without the kids and enjoy together! Recently we were sent the set of Family Guy Volume 11 to review. In this set you get 23 uncensored Family Guy episodes that will have you rolling! The angry giant chicken is back for Peter and you have Quagmire who tries to get with Meg. Then you have Stewie and Brian, who travel back in time to the first episode, the pilot episode! You also get the great guest star voices in this set, along with a ton of belly rolling fun, that is not so fit for the kids, but perfect for parents after the kids have gone off to bed! We found Volume Eleven to be very amusing and with 23 episodes, you will find laugh after laugh of the dysfunctional family that you just keep on watching to see what they will do next. Family Guy Volume Eleven is available to bring home today and along with the 23 episodes you will also get the great bonus features, which can be found on each of the discs, including deleted scenes and the Viewer Mail that is read by Ron MacFarlane.


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.
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Modern Family Season 4 on DVD

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It is here and available to watch over and over again with your own family, yes, Modern Family Season 4 is now available on Blu-Ray and DVD! In this season you have Haley heading off to college, Gloria and Jay expecting their baby, the group find themselves facing surprises and challenges, all while they live their crazy, yet somewhat normal life. From the womb karaoke to the unwanted play dates and hot tempered hormones, the group finds a bond in all of the craziness that makes them the family they are! Aside from the group, you also get some great guest star appearances in season 4 from Shelly Long, Matthew Broderick and Elizabeth Banks! We have found Modern Family to be a show that we enjoy watching season after season, and having the fourth season on DVD for us to watch and laugh at over and over again, makes this a great addition to our collection of family shows that we have! On this DVD set you also get the gag reel, deleted scenes, the Modern Family writers and so much more!!! So if you are a fan of the television series Modern Family, then you need to head out today and bring home Season 4 on Blu-Ray or DVD today!

Special Features:
Deleted and Alternate Scenes
Commentary on “Party Crasher”
Commentary on “Fulgencio”
An Addition to the Family
A Day with Eric
Commentary on “Career Day”
Commentary on “Goodnight Gracie”
A Modern Guide to Parenting
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I got the chance to meet and interview some of the kids from the series Modern Family recently. I found each of the kids I met, to be some really great and amazing kids, and the one who really stood out was Rico Rodriguez, who plays Manny. He came to the event dressed as a zombie, and his explanation on the story behind his costume and how he became a zombie was priceless. Just like in the show, he is a character, and the kids who play Lily and Luke were also great to talk to! So make sure you tune in on Wednesdays on ABC to watch Modern Family, the winner of 3 Emmy's and bring home Season 4 as well as the first 3 seasons!

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Bring Monsters University Home On Blu-Ray For The Entire Family To Enjoy!

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It is finally here, and available to bring home to watch over and over again and share with the entire family. Yes folks, I am talking about 'Monsters University'! This past summer we went to see Monsters University a few times, each time enjoying it just as much as the first, and after seeing it in theaters, the whole family knew that when it came out on Blu-Ray, this would be a movie that would be added to our list of family movie night favorites! In Monsters University, you get to step back in time, to see where the great scarers of their time got their starts, and where they learned how to scare like a pro. You also see that Mike and Sully were not always the best of friends, and how they found friendship in the most unlikely of places, with one another. It starts out by showing how Mike, has always dreamed of being a scarer, but those dreams come to a halt when he meets the big headed, big man on campus, Sully. The two nearly loose it all, when they are both kicked out of the Monsters University's elite Scare Program. They find themselves in a situation that neither one of them had imagined to be in, and they find that they have to work together in order to achieve their goals along with the other misfits from Monsters University. Aside from the amazing movie you get when you head out and buy Monsters University on Blu-Ray but you also get some really great bonus features which includes my kids favorite bonus, Scare Games and Scare Tactics along with may other great bonus features! So what are you waiting for? Head out today and get Monsters University to bring home and share with your family!



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.
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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Seasonal Trends From Famous Footwear

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When it comes to shoes, well, making sure I have the hottest trends for the season are a given. I am not the only one either, Estrella also finds herself adoring all of the new shoes as they come out each season, so for the two of us, I tend to find stores both online and off, that not only have those hot must have shoes for us, but that are also family budget friendly. One such store is Famous Footwear. When I shop the deals at Famous Footwear, not only are they deals that I can not pass up, but I find deals on the hottest trends so that my whole family can have the shoes they want and need at amazing prices. Recently, Estrella and I were given the chance to do a online shopping review for Famous Footwear. Estrella decided that she wanted some new tennis shoes to wear for school, and after looking at the shoes available for girls at the Famous Footwear online store, she found a pair that she just had to have!
When she showed me the pair that she had to have, I could see why. Estrella loves color and she also loves anything with animal print, and these DC Shoes for kids, are exactly her style and perfect for her! She can wear these to school and have the fashion that she was looking for! Aside from the obvious style choice, I was very pleased with the price on these shoes and knowing that they are a pair of shoes that not only Estrella loves but that I can get those shoes without going over budget and still get myself those must have boots, makes my love for Famous Footwear a confirmed one!

So this season, when you are looking for those must have trends for yourself and even the rest of the family when it comes to footwear, head on over to Famous Footwear, where you can find those trends at great family friendly prices!

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.
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#ComfortsForBaby Baby Care Products From Comforts For Baby

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Since having Wyatt, I have enjoyed sharing and trying products that I come across for baby. One family of products that I enjoy not only for them being baby friendly, but also very wallet friendly is the Comforts for Baby line of products. With Wyatt, I look for items that are safe to use on baby, and will not irritate his skin. Recently I was sent a pack of products from the Comforts for Baby line of baby care products as well as the new Comforts for Baby Baby Food Purees. With the baby care products, not only are they items that we use everyday for my Wyatt, but both myself and Wyatt can appreciate that the line of baby care products from Comforts for Baby are now Paraben and Pthalate free! From the body wash and baby lotions, to the Creamy Diaper Rash Ointment, we can find our baby care needs for bathing and skin care in the Comforts for Baby line!

Aside from the great line of improved products for your baby care needs, I was also sent some of the all new Comforts for Baby Baby Puree, which Wyatt scarfed! He loved the different purees available and I love that they are made from real fruits and vegies and that there are not any artificial flavors, preservatives or sugar added! The pouches are also great for on the go, and fit right in the diaper bag. In all both myself and Wyatt found the products from the Comforts for Baby line to once again be items we enjoy using and enjoy sharing with others! You can find these products as well as the other great items from the Comforts for Baby line of products at your local Kroger, and you can find coupons for the Comforts for Baby products by heading on over to the Comforts for Baby site!

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.
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