Mommy Katie: November 2013

Saturday, November 30, 2013

#Giveaway #DDDivas #SwaddlersFirsts #sponsored Celebrate Babies Firsts With Pampers

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.

When you have a baby, there are so many firsts that you will experience. I am one, who will capture all of those firsts when I can, then share them as well as save them for looking back on. With Wyatt being my youngest, and having a 4 years difference between my middle son Robert and him, I have been able to really focus on being there for a lot of Wyatt's firsts and taking pictures of them. Like for when Wyatt got his first tooth, when that first tooth started to pop through, I had to mark the first by taking a pic of the tooth. When Wyatt first began to crawl, I was holding my breath while taking pictures of the moment, as he crawled to me, so excited to be able to do such a thing. Then when Wyatt took those first steps, my husband and I were both there, my husband decided to stand him up as I encouraged him to come to me. Wyatt had the biggest smile on his face, and as he took those first few steps, I had my camera and video camera going, capturing that moment. With Wyatt, we did not expect him to walk when he did since his older siblings all walked at around a year. So when he took his first steps at 9 months old, we were in shock, and it was something we would never forget. 

Aside from the first moments that we have captured in photos and videos, there are also so many other firsts, and with each of those firsts, we have used Pampers Swaddlers, so that we can focus on the moment, and not on a leaky diaper, or a diaper that does not allow him to move as he crawled for the first time or for when he took those first steps. As a mom, I can really appreciate that Pampers Swaddlers are there for my babies, from the time they are born at the hospital, to the time they are ready to be potty trained since they go up to size 5! And when our friends have a new baby or when we head to a baby shower, we always add at least one pack of the Pampers Swaddlers to the gift pack. The people from Pampers understand parents and their babies, and since there are firsts for every baby, they want to celebrate those first by offering 30 days of giveaways with Pampers Swaddlers! You can join in the celebration by heading over to the Pampers Facebook page where you can enter to win daily prize bundles plus the grand prize of Pampers Swaddlers and wipes for a year!!! Also, this Thursday December 5th at 9 pm EST, join me along with other bloggers during #SwaddlersFirsts Twitter Party, as well celebrate firsts with Pampers. Join in the conversation during the party where you can enter to win some amazing prizes! 

Prizes include:
3- Celebrating Firsts Gift Packs, ARV ($250), which include:
  • ·       Baby’s First Friend Doudou Bear Plush Doll
  • ·       Baby’s First Tooth and First Curl Treasure Box
  • ·       Baby’s First Words Book
  • ·       Baby’s First Steps Plush Toy
  • ·       $50 Shutterfly Gift Card to celebrate all “firsts” moments
  • ·       Baby’s First Bath Robe
  • ·       Pampers Swaddlers
Grand Prize: Canon EOS Rebel T3 DSLR camera worth $450!
To participate, follow your hosts @DoubleDutyDivas, @BridgetteLA, @CeceliaMecca @AngieKcom @WhatMommiesNeed @RamblingChick, and our sponsor @Pampers. RSVP Here!

Well, to get the party started of celebrating those firsts with Pampers Swaddlers over here at Mommy Katie, the wonderful people from Pampers would like to give one of my amazing readers a great prize pack!!!

·       Baby’s First Friend Doudou Bear Plush Doll
·       Baby’s First Tooth and First Curl Treasure Box
·       Baby’s First Words Book
·       Baby’s First Steps Push Toy
·       Pampers Swaddlers

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 #MyBlogSpark $25 Target Gift Card + Go-Gurt Prize Pack

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With the kids in school, and Wyatt at home with me, finding snacks that they can all enjoy for lunches is ideal. That way, I am not having to buy 3 different snacks due to different likes. One snack in particular that I know all 3 of my kids enjoy, and that I can feel good about putting in their lunches is Go-Gurts. Recently I was sent some vouchers so that I could go out and get a variety of flavors of the Go-Gurt Portable Yogurts for the kids to try out. We have flavors that I know are favorites of each of the kids, and I do try to play it safe by only purchasing those flavors. So when I was sent the vouchers to purchase Go-Gurts, I decided to venture a little and get flavors that the kids have not tried before, to see what they thought of the variety.

I was very pleased to see that not only did each of my kids give each flavor a try, but they also enjoyed the different flavors. With this in mind, I decided to poll the kids, other than Wyatt, and find out which of the flavors Robert and Estrella preferred out of the ones I got to test. It seemed that they had enjoyed each of the flavors, but they really liked the Strawberry Milkshake and the Banana Split. Which opened the door to more flavor opportunities for me to choose from when shopping for Go-Gurt snacks for the kids. Well aside from the obvious tastes that the kids enjoy, I can also feel good about the fact that Go-Gurt is now made with natural flavors and colors, and that they do not contain any high fructose corn syrups. I can also appreciate that when my kids eat Go-Gurt with their lunches, they are getting vitamins A, D and Calcium! In all, we enjoyed being able to venture out and try some new flavors with the kids, and we also liked that along with the 5 vouchers we were sent to purchase the Go-Gurts to try out, we can purchase more of those favorite flavors that the kids liked from Target by using the $25 gift card that came in our package! So if you are looking for a good tasting, healthy snack to give the kids that they will actually eat and enjoy, then give Go-Gurt a try! Well, to help with making up your kids mind on which flavor is their fave, the wonderful people from Yoplait would like to give one of my amazing readers the same pack of products I was given which included 5 Go-Gurt product vouchers and a $25 Target Gift Card!

Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through MyBlogSpark.
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Jake And The Never Land Pirates: Never Land Rescue

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There are a lot of programs that we enjoy watching in our house, they are all different and each of the kids have their own preferences, but one that I can sit and watch, as well as enjoy with all 3 kids is Jake And The Never Land Pirates which airs on Disney Junior. We enjoy all of the adventures, and I can appreciate seeing all 3 kids watching the show together and enjoying it together. So when we were sent the DVD Jake And The Never Land Pirates: Never Land Rescue on DVD to review, I was excited to be able to share this DVD with the entire family on our family movie night. In this great adventure, Jake finds the magic of Never Land disappearing, along with the Ancient Forever Tree. A mysterious creature called the Guardian comes to explain that the only one who can save Never Land is a pirate, who truly believes in himself. Jake finds himself on a adventure of his own, where he must save the Forever Tree, the source of the magic of Never Land. On his magical quest, Tinker Bell makes her first appearance, by guiding Jake along the way! Along with this great adventure, you and your family can enjoy the other adventures that are included on this DVD which include 8 other episodes. You also get some great bonus features which include 8 "Playing With Skully" shorts and much more! In all, you will find Jake And The Never Land Pirates: Never Land Rescue DVD to be a DVD full of fun and adventure for the entire family to enjoy.

Episodes Include:
“Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Never Land Rescue”
“It’s a Pirate Picnic” 
“The Key to Skull Rock”
“The Golden Twilight Treasure”
“Rock The Croc!”
“Jake and Sneaky Le Beak”
“Cubby the Brave”
“Jake’s Special Delivery”
“Seahorse Saddle-Up!”

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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Gift Ideas For The Men On Your List: MicroTouch SwitchBlade

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In my family, there are several men on the list to shop for. From my husband and my dad, to by brother in laws, and with my husband having 8 brothers, well, there is more shopping for men in our family than the women. The thing is, most of the men are hard to shop for, some are into the high tech gadgets, and some are very simple when it comes to their lists, so I like to find gifts that I can get all of them, ones that each of the men on my list can appreciate. That is why, when I was sent the MicroTouch SwitchBlade, I knew that this was a gift that I could get for each of the men in the family, that would be something they could each appreciate and actually get some use out of. With the MicroTouch SwithBlade, you get a great 2-in-1 grooming tool. They can groom the hair on their bodies, from the hair on their heads, to their mustaches, beards, eyebrows and more! This great personal groomer is powerful enough to get the tough areas like the hair on their head or beards, yet gentle on other areas like the ear or other areas that are sensitive. With the snap on guides, they are sure to get the look they were aiming for! I know that with my husband and his beard, he does not require a whole lot, but say for his brothers who are active service men, who have to keep groomed to a certain style or length, being able to get that look with this tool, is ideal. They can even get that unruly nose hair if needed, making this grooming tool, a must have for the stockings this year for all of the men on our list! So while you are looking for gifts to put under the tree for the men in your family, be sure to add the MicroTouch SwitchBlade to your list and get them a gift they can use on a regular basis!

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 #bbyHoliday13 Shopping At Best Buy This Holiday Season

This is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.
Ah, it is that time of year, time to check those lists, and check them twice, so you can decide on who has been naughty, and who has been nice. Then once you have that done, it is time to hit the stores, find the sales and fulfill those holiday wish lists. For me, the shopping began last month, but I usually do not finish my holiday shopping until right before Christmas. I hit the sales and I look for the deals, so I can make sure I get the best price on the products that are must haves. Yes, I am one who stood in line, and awaited those Black Friday deals, and I am also one who will get up, get my coffee, then sit in my pajamas, shopping online come Cyber Monday. One place that is a given on my holiday shopping destinations list is Best Buy. We always tend to have a list of games, music, gadgets, appliances and electronics on our lists each year, and I know that when we shop Best Buy, I can find these items, all in one place and at amazing prices! With over 100 exclusive items that I can find at Best Buy, I can be assured that I find the products that will have them in aw this year. I can also find those gaming accessories, consoles and gear that they have to have, all in one place. Like say when I go shopping for my sister, one who is almost impossible to shop for, I can find items like the Misfit Shine and Jawbone Up, which are great fits for both her lifestyle and her fashion sense. Then for the kids, I can find the tablets that they want, along with other products for kids like the Digital Barbie Makeover Kit. Another plus about shopping at one of the 1,400 stores, I can rely on the blue shirts and the Geek Squad staff, to help me find that perfect gift for those on my list this year. I can also test out many of the products, by checking out some of the displays that offer the touch, test, try and buy feature, so not only will I be getting those items checked off my list, but I can also see why they are must haves! Aside from the amazing selection of products, the courteous and knowledgeable staff, and the touch, test and try options that I can get when I go to a Best Buy store, I can also get their Low Price Guarantee, so that I do not have to worry about going from store to store in order to find the best prices on items. I can feel satisfied knowing that I can find all of the tech items and gadgets as well as much more, all in one place and all at competitive prices! For more ideas on gift ideas from Best Buy, be sure to head on over to the Best Buy Gift Center. Also be sure to take advantage of the deals they have like 15% off of their health and fitness items, as well as Fisher-Price and Mattel products by using this discount code.

Then you can take 10% off select headphones and portable speakers by using the discount code found here. In all, when you are shopping for those great tech gadgets that can be found in small packages, or for when you are looking to stock the ultimate game room, be sure to head to your local Best Buy store or, where you can find this and so much all in one place!

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

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#ad #franchising Are You One Who Is Looking Into Starting Your Own Business?

This is a sponsored post. Thank you to the PR group for sponsoring this post.

In today's world, there seems to be more and more opportunities out there when it comes to starting your own business. From the small side business's that you can do to supplement your income to the franchises you can run, making it your full time job to run and operate. It really depends on what you are looking for and how you are going to go about the venture. I like that not only are there options out there to choose from, and the options are open to just about anyone who is ready to take that step, especially for women. Recently, there was a pole conducted on 1000 people who have a net worth of over $200,000, who were looking into starting their own business. Of the 1000 people, 56% of them were looking into starting their own business within the next 12-18 months with either a business partner or by themselves. In this group of people, 25% were females who were looking into starting their own business and 56% of the people who were looking to start their own business, are planning on going into business with a partner. For me personally, I know that if I were looking on going into business for myself, I would choose to go into business with a partner, and that partner would most likely be my husband, so when I saw that 31% of the people who were planning on going into business with a partner, would plan on going into business with their spouse or domestic partner, I could relate.

As far as the others who said that they would go into business with a partner, 30% said that they would go into business with a friend, and 26% would go into business with a colleague. I can understand that if you have a friend or you know someone that you have had a good working relation with in the past, that you can trust, then this would be a ideal plan for some. So when I saw after looking at the numbers, that females are more likely to go into business with a spouse or domestic partner than males, it made sense to me. 

From the chart above, and looking at the numbers, I guess I can say that I was not too surprised to see that the numbers for family members, like siblings, parents or kids as well as other relatives, was a lot lower. I know that when you go into a business for yourself, if you choose to go into the business with a partner, you want to make sure that the partner is trustworthy and that is someone you can see yourself working along side with in a professional way, and not have to worry about too much head butting. Aside from the options on who you will go into business with and how you will go about choosing that person, I find that looking into the franchise options that are out there to also be important, because if you are going to invest in a franchise you are going to want to find one that has proven results, like the Super Cuts Franchises. With the Super Cuts Franchise, you do not have to be a beautician to run it, you just have to run the business aspect, then hire the professional hair stylists to run the floor. So when you are looking into your options, keep Super Cuts in mind, knowing that they are a proven successful business, even when the economy is not strong, and make the right decision! 

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. Thank you to the PR group for sponsoring this post!
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Friday, November 29, 2013

Finding Gifts From Fitflop Shoes (Holiday Guide)

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When it comes to shopping, well I tend to do a lot of it, especially during the holiday season. I know that when I shop for the women in my family, shoes can really be the way to go. So when I was sent a pair of the Due Mary Jane Nubuck shoes from fitflop to review, I knew that these would be a great fit for my mom. 

Being a teacher in high school, my mom is on her feet quite a bit, so having shoes that offer not only style but comfort is ideal for her. With the Biomimetix Midsoles, these shoes are sure to offer comfort and decreased pressure on her feet. I know that she will also appreciate the design that offers the ballet flat base with a wide stretchy band. They also give her a sneaker like feel when they are on, so when she is rushing to the next class, she does not have to worry about her feet being sore at the end of the day. In all, I was not only able to find a pair of shoes for my mom, who is a woman constantly on the go, but also find a pair that will be both stylish and comfortable, making these shoes from Fitflop Shoes the perfect shoes for putting under the tree for my mom this year! So if you are looking for some great shoes for yourself or for others on your list, that are not only stylish, but also offer comfort, then check out the great selection of shoes for both men and women over at Fitflop 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.
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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Disney Planes On Blu-Ray

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With all of the holiday running around at our house, we still like to find time to sit down and enjoy one another's company on our family movie nights. A movie that my kids have loved from the time they first saw it was Cars, so when we were sent the movie Planes to watch and share on our family movie night, I knew that this movie would make for a great addition to our list of family favorites. In the movie Planes, you have Dusty, who is just your ordinary crop duster, but one who has big dreams. Dusty dreams of flying high in the skies and racing against some of the top and fastest flyers in a air race. But being a crop duster, Dusty is not made for speed and he is also afraid of heights, so those dreams of being a top air racer might be a bit far fetched, but not out of reach. With the help of his friends from the hanger and the airport where he is from, Dusty finds his courage and strength to push his limits and reach the goals that he once saw as impossible! This is a great movie that the entire family was able to enjoy and with the Blu-Ray Combo Pack you get some really great bonus features like Klay's Flight Plan and some deleted scenes as well as so much more! So when you are gearing up for your next family movie night, be sure to add Disney's Planes to your list of must have, must watch movies with the 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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Looking Under The Christmas Tree With PlanToys (Holiday Guide)

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There are so many options out there when it comes to choosing the right toys for your kids. With the holidays approaching, we like to explore our options, so that we can find the toys that our kids will enjoy playing with, to put under the tree. For me, I enjoy finding toys that are not only fun, but also ones, like the ones from PlanToys, which are not only non toxic, but also provide creative play and bring them closer to nature. Recently we were sent some great toys from PlanToys which are both fun and made from the preservative-free rubberwood. To give Wyatt hours of play, we were sent the very fun and adorable Push-Along Duck. As soon as Wyatt saw his duck, he was ready to play with it. I could not get it out of the packaging fast enough. Wyatt found the rubber feet to be a lot of fun to flip and flop as he pushed and pulled his Push-Along Duck around.

For my two older kids, I was sent the Activity Clock. This is a great toy, for not only play, but for also learning how to tell time. The clock comes with a set of cards, marking the daily activities of my kids. You place a activity card in the top of the clock, and set the time for that activity, showing the kids what time they will be doing that particular activity. Or you can play a game, by placing cards in no particular order, and getting the kids to match the correct time for that activity. This is not only great for helping them learn how to tell time, but also great for putting forth schedules for my kids. I can set the clock with their particular activity, then they know what time we will be doing that, and they can watch the clock on the wall for it to match up to the time on the Activity Clock.

In all we found the toys from PlayToys to be great for our kids that are green toys, but also inspire their imaginations, and they make for great gifts to get and put under the tree this holiday season! So while you are doing your holiday shopping, be sure to check out the line of toys from PlanToys and add them to your list of items for the kids this holiday season!

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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Skip Hop's Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale!

Offer: 20% Off Sitewide + Free Shipping + Free Chevron Tote Bag (with purchase of $30+) 
Valid: November 28th to December 2nd, 11:59pm EST 

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Monday, November 25, 2013

#ad Getting Powered Up This Holiday Season With UltimoValue

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

With all of the holiday running around, from the shopping, cooking to the traveling that we do, we can sometimes over look some things. Like say, what we might want for ourselves over the holiday season. With me, I find that I may forget to mention what I would like for the holidays, and what I might have had my eye on all year. This year, with all of the traveling that I have done over the past year and the travel I will be embarking on in this next year, having the supplies I need in order to get things done is ideal. For me, I have a lot of electronics that I take along with me when I travel, but being able to plug in those electronics when I need to does not always happen. I have found that having such devices like a power bank for my phone and tablets to be a necessity, so having a power bank for my laptop would also be ideal. Well, as I have been doing my preparations and shopping for this holiday season, I have also been looking into the different power banks that are on the market. I know that I want something that is compact, something I can put in the laptop bag, and having something that might also be stylish would be nice as well. So when I came across the Turcom Ultra Capacity Portable Power Bank Charger in pink over at UltimoValue, I was interested to see more of this gadget.

Knowing that I would not have to worry about my laptop going dead when there is not a outlet in sight, and that I can not only charge my laptop, but also any other devices that use a USB, would really ease my mind when on trips or in areas where I an not find a outlet. I can really appreciate that this power bank has up to 8 hours of power charge on it, giving me that power I might need when I am on a long flight, or for when we are in the car and all of our outlets are being used up by the kids for their gaming devices and such. Oh, and the fact that it is pink helps a lot with my decision! So this holiday season, when you are looking for gadgets that can make your life a littler easier, that are also found at very decent prices, then head on over to UltimoValue today!

This is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.
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Sunday, November 24, 2013

#Giveaway $100 Gift Card: Travel Safely This Season With Pilot & Flying J Travel Centers (Holiday Guide)

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When preparing for your travel over this holiday season, there can be a lot of planning to be done. I know that going over the checklists, over and over again, can be quite stressful. From the bags, making sure that you have everything that you will be needing in order to ensure that you do not forget anything. To the car maintenance, which is needed so that you can avoid any unexpected incidents due to engine or tire issues on the road. Aside from these things, there is also the planning of your trip. With having a husband who was a truck driver and drove cross country for several years, the road trips tend to be very planned out. My husband is not one who will stop unless it is part of his planning, so those moments when someone says they have to use the restroom, or that they are hungry, can be frustrating. But also having a plan in place, one that he will share with the entire family before leaving, so that everyone knows when we will be stopping and where we will be stopping, makes the trips a lot less stressful. Being a former truck driver, my husband finds that the Pilot and Flying J Travel Centers, are places we can mark on our maps for travel, that are great for families. Making them the stop where we can not only gas up, but we can also use the restrooms, and get the family fed as well as stock up on snacks and drinks to last until we get to the next Pilot or Flying J stop on our itinerary! When we are traveling, the kids know that when they see the signs showing that there is a Pilot or Flying J Travel Center ahead, they can prepare for our next stop, so there is not any of that asking when we will stop to eat or use the restrooms. We also appreciate that we can find those restaurants, that are favorites of the family and take a break from the road while eating and stretching our legs. Aside from the basic necessities that we utilize when we go to the Pilot and Flying J Travel Centers, we also know that say if there is a unexpected uh oh, like someone gets car sick, we know that there are showers available, so we do not have to wait until we reach the hotel or our destination to get fully cleaned up. We can also take full advantage of the stores that they have, by purchasing games, movies, electronics, batteries, as well as souvenirs to mark our trip! In all, we know that when we are planning out our trips, aside from the attractions we might stop to look at, we can look forward to the stops that we will be making at the Pilot and Flying J Travel Centers on our route! So this year, while you are planning for your own family road trips, add the Pilot and Flying J Travel Centers to your families itinerary so that you can have a set plan when on the road, by heading over to the Pilot Flying J site and planning your trip out by location, today! Also when you head on over to the Pilot Flying J site, you can check ahead of time on gas prices, so you are well prepared while taking your next road trip with the family! Well to help with the travel this holiday season, the wonderful people from Pilot Flying J, would like to give one of my amazing readers a $100 gift card  along with a Travel Guide that can be used at any one of their travel centers!

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 Keeping Your Finances Healthy With Discover

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

It seems with the New Year getting closer, there are more important purchases that we make. From the holiday shopping that we do, to the new cars and even a new house that we might feel that we are ready to purchase. The thing is, when it comes to some of the bigger purchases, like the vehicle or the house, knowing your credit score, and knowing how to read your credit report, is very important. A question you can ask yourself while preparing is, when was the last time your checked your credit score? When you go to a lender for a big purchase or even for a loan so you can get those higher priced items that are on the holiday shopping lists taken care of, your credit score is the most important thing that a lender looks at, along with other factors, to see if you will be repaying the debt as per your agreement. I find that knowing what my options are ahead of time, before going to the lender, is the way to go. So when the creditor is going over my credit score and other numbers, I not only know what they are looking at, but I also know what my options are. Now, knowing your credit score, and also improving it in certain areas as well as keeping it healthy, is not always free. Well, if you are a Discover it cardmember, you will now receive your FICO Score on your monthly statement—for free! Oh, and the perks do not end there. You will also see your FICO Score Meter, which measures the strength of your score, as well as provides FICO educational information so you can better understand your rating.

If you are a Discover cardmember, but don’t have a Discover it card, the free FICO Score feature will be available to you in the coming months. So if you are ready to make that step toward a big purchase, or if you need to prepare for that purchase, aside from having this amazing free service for Discover it cardmembers, you can also head on over to, where you can find tips and advice for improving and maintaining your credit score.

Also, Discover cardmembers can use the Paydown Planner, a free tool that can help you create a plan to pay your account balance or make it more manageable over a period of time!

In all, tis the season for shopping, but also the season to be keeping an eye on your spending, your credit and your future, and you can do this by being part of the Discover family today!

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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#justdancekids2014 #cgc Snow Day Play For The Family Just Dance Kids 2014

During the days, when it is nice outside, we enjoy spending our time, outside, playing together, but on days like this past weekend, when it is snowing all day, we like to find activities to keep us busy while indoors. Aside from board games and crafting that we can do to stay busy during those snowy days, we also enjoy playing on our Kinect as a family. With our Kinect, we can not only have fun as a family, playing games together, but it is also a good way to get the entire family up and moving, even if we are stuck indoors for the day. Recently we were sent the new Just Dance game, Just Dance Kids 2014, to review from Ubisoft. With this game, it is one that the kids can easily play together, and have fun while doing it. We were able to set up with one player, 2 players or even 3 players. The kids enjoyed the fact that when they went to choose their songs for their game, they were songs that they knew, and could not only dance along with, but also sing along with.

My husband and I enjoy being able to set up a friendly dance off with the kids, and seeing them not only up and moving on a day that we are stuck indoors, but also having fun with one anther and playing nicely. With the Just Dance Kids 2014, the kids follow along as the characters on the game show them dance moves to mimic. With the scoring characters that your kids choose, they can see at the top of the game, how well they are doing, and if they are getting those dance moves down. Estrella found that she enjoyed playing the solo game to get her warmed up for a dance off against her younger brother Robert. With the Just Dance game, we found it to not only be fun and keep the kids active, but we also shared a lot of laughs watching as we took turns, shaking our booties, and mimicking some goofy dance moves! So this season, while you are gearing up for those snow days and looking for activities to keep the whole family up and going, even while you are you stuck indoors, make sure you have the Just Dance Kids 2014 game which can be bought not only for the Xbox 360 Kinect, but also for your Nintendo Wii and Wii U and can be found at GameStop!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

#Giveaway Maintaining Your Car This Season With Jiffy Lube $50 Gift Card (Holiday Guide)

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When it comes to the holidays, there can be a lot of travel involved, and that puts a toll to your vehicle on top of the everyday wear and tear that it can endure. I know that when we are preparing for a trip anytime of the year, one of the things that my husband does, is take the vehicle we will be using for travel to our local Jiffy Lube, to have our fluids, tires and wipers checked and changed out if needed. With the winter travel, you will find that there are different maintenance needs to a vehicle than say for summer travels. It is very important to make sure that you keep up with your recommended maintenance schedules as per the manufacturers recommendations, but on top of that, making sure your vehicle is trip worthy is also important.

I know that when we take our vehicles to Jiffy Lube this season, they will not only change out our oil, but they will check the other fluids in our vehicles, like the antifreeze and transmission fluids. Other things that we will have done is have our air filters changed out in our vehicles. With the air filter, we learned to see it as being the lung for our vehicle, and if it can breathe easier then it will also make the fuel mileage easier on our vehicles, which is always something we aim for, especially when heading out on the highway for those long trips. We also have our batteries tested, to make sure they are winter ready as well as travel ready, that way we do not have any unexpected surprises over the season or while we are out of town. For the windshield, I know that it is just as important as the engine, because in order to drive safely on the roads, we need to be able to see clearly. So making sure we not only have washer fluid to help with ice, but also wiper blades that do not leave streaks or spots, is very important for preparing our vehicles for winter and trips. Then when it comes to the tires, we like to make sure our tires have the right amount of pressure in them as well as tread on them, because under-inflated or worn tires can be very dangerous when driving around on slick, icy roads. Other tips that we learned from the wonderful people over at Jiffy Lube to help us be prepared for our winter travel is to have a properly packed emergency kit in our vehicles. In all, we find that taking our vehicles to Jiffy Lube and getting the advice we need from the professionals there, really helps us prepare for not only the winter season, but also for the busy holiday travel that we will be doing this year! Well to help with preparing your vehicles for the season and for the holiday travels, the wonderful people from Jiffy Lube would like to give one of my amazing readers a $50 Jiffy Lube Gift Card!

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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Friday, November 22, 2013

#spon #Giveaway Prepping For The Holiday Guests With P&G (Holiday Guide)

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Over the holidays, we have a lot to get prepared for, and on that list of holiday preparations, we have to prepare for holiday travel and or for holiday guests. To get started, so as the guests arrive, you have your home in order, the wonderful people from P&G sent me a great pack of items that are ideal to have on hand.

To start out, I find that assuring that everyone has what they might need on hand is the way to go in order to accomplish the role of the good host. For the lady guests that might be staying or even for your own use over the holidays, having items like Tampax Pearl Active, Always Ultra Soft And Clean, Secret Clinical Stregnth Stress Response and the Pantene Pro-V Expert Collection AgeDefy Advanced Thickening Treatment are a good start to accommodating your female guests. For the men, you might stock up on products like the Head & Shoulders Old Spice 2-in-1. Then to help your guests feel like they are at home, having the Puffs Basic tissues, and laundry items like the Gain Fireworks and the Gain Dryer Bar on hand can really help in checking off the items on your list, so you are not heading out while you have guests in the house, to stock up on these items. Along with the toiletries and laundry products from P&G, you also might want to make sure you have plenty of the Cascade Platinum Packs for the dishes, some of the Swiffer Dusters to keep things dust free, and some Febreze Stick And Refresh around the house to keep your home smelling fresh! Aside from the items from the P&G family of products that are great to have on hand this holiday season, there are also things you can do to spruce up your home for your guests. Here is a great idea that the people from P&G wanted to share with my readers:

Bring some pizzazz into your home for Turkey Day by sprucing up your entrance table! For dashing d├ęcor design, try making a pumpkin flowerpot with these steps:
  • Step 1: Cut out the top of a pumpkin and clear out its insides completely
  • Step 2: Place a plastic container inside the pumpkin to serve as a vase
  • Step 3: Fill the pumpkin with beautiful Fall flowers like Asters, Clematises, or Heleniums—and WALLAH, you’ll dazzle your guests!
Well to help with all of the holiday preparations this year, the wonderful people from P&G would like to send one of my amazing readers a box full of P&G products! 

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