Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Believe in Heroes Raising Money for WWP #BelieveinHeroes

As a wife to a former Marine, sister in law, daughter in law, cousin, and granddaughter to many men and women who have served our country, I find myself compelled to support causes that help our service men and women, even after they have fought a battle for our country. I find the ones in our family, who have served, to be an amazing group of people, they not only set an example for our kids, but they are ones who took on a job, one that is a very selfless job, to defend our freedom. So when it comes to the Wounded Warriors Project, and efforts to help raise money for the foundation, I am one who will not only support the cause, but share it with others and encourage others to support and share as well.

To help with not only spreading the word, but raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project, now through Veterans Day, November 11, 2014, when you shop and use the coupons from Believe In Heroes, you can help raise money and awareness to help our wounded soldiers and vets. The money raised goes to helping injured warriors and their families, as they return home and take on the the realities of their wounds, and as their families take on the roles of supporters and full time caregivers.

With the Believe in Heroes program, they are in their 5th year of raising funds and awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project, and have raised $16 million to date, which in hand has helped the WWP to expand their help to the critical veterans they serve and are now able to reach over 40,000 injured service members.

When you utilize the coupons available from Believe in Heroes, you can find $25 in coupon savings, and the coupons will be available through November 30, 2014, or as long as supplies last. The downloading and use of the coupons is simple, and as you do your household shopping, you can not only find and utilize those money saving coupons, but you can also help our injured warriors!

Aside from the coupons that you can download, use and even share with others to help raise awareness, you can also donate to the Believe in Heroes program by visiting their site, or by shopping at their online store as well where you can find some great merchandise to buy for yourself and share with others!

So show your support today, and download your coupons that you use for your household shopping needs, share the information and coupons on your social networks to help raise awareness, and even donate if you can to Believe in Heroes so you can help raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project!

Go here to get your coupons and show your support: http://goo.gl/698ZcJ

I’m participating in the 2014 Believe in Heroes® blogger campaign and received compensation as part of the program.
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Perfect Party Snacks For A Baby Shower (Guest Post)

Hosting a baby shower for your favorite gal’s new baby and you’re out of ideas? Here are some easy party snack recipes that you can mix and match for that baby shower.

Something Sweet

For a dash of sweetness to welcome the new baby’s arrival in a few weeks, slice a few strawberries, some watermelon, canned lychee, and some red grapes. Toss with the sweetened lychee juice and chill. It’s a pink concoction to welcome a sweet baby girl. Line a small plate with sweet macaroons that guests can nibble on while exchanging pregnancy stories and baby tips and tricks. Make little raisin tea sandwiches using thin slices of apple and white cheddar cheese between raisin bread slices. Cut the crust off, then cut into smaller quarters. Fill a small plate with various cookies and other sweet scones.  Commission a baby-themed cake or a tray of cupcakes with little fondant baby figures. The soon-to-be mother is sure to gush into all the preparations you made for her baby shower.

Something Savory

Alternate some savory goodness with the sweet concoctions you prepared. Some pickles in a blanket of salami slices can be a nice change from all the sweet cookies and cakes. Some French-style sandwiches can add a bit of savory meat in to your spread. Spread a little bit of mustard on bread, top with prosciutto, ham, or salami, and cover with a blanket of Swiss cheese.

Dip the sandwich on a milk and egg concoction, then pan-fry in low heat. Serve while hot and toasty.  Or you can go all out and skewer some chicken breast slices, grill in low heat, and serve with hot chili garlic peanut sauce or satay sauce. For a healthier option, slice some carrots, cucumbers, and celery. Make a bean dip using butterbeans, some mustard, some honey, salt, and pepper to taste. Enjoy while chilled.

Drinks and Mocktails

Sweets and savory dishes are served but you have no idea for drinks? Skip the soda and indulge in some of these “mocktails” for the baby shower. Make a fruit punch using pineapple juice, apple juice, and pomelo juice. Garnish with sliced lemons and diced watermelons, melons, and apples. Chill before serving.  Go with a slightly Mexican theme and serve some Cucumber Melon Aqua Fresca. It is a refreshing drink made from watermelon and cucumbers. Serve iced and garnish with lemon slice.  For a baby boy-themed baby shower, combine sliced frozen bananas and blueberries and orange juice for that blue smoothie. You may also serve iced tea or even hot tea depending on the scones and biscuits you served. However, to up the ante, serve a Sun Tea Punch.  Combine some cold tea with fresh orange slices and top with a couple of mint leaves for that extra zest.  Serve in cute mason jars decorated by a dainty ribbon around its neck. These mason jars can double as party giveaways for the guests. These drink concoctions are healthy and fresh, suitable for the mother-to-be and the kids that the guests may bring.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Boy Scouts of America’s: Build an Adventure

As a parent, we want to ensure that as our kids are growing up, they are getting the best experiences out of their childhood, that they can take with them into adulthood. These experiences are ones like we had, ones that we remember and want to see our own children take with them as well. For our family, with having 2 boys, my husband wants to have our boys gain the same skills and experiences that he got from being a Boy Scout.

The Boy Scouts of America, is a organization that helps our boys, gain skills for not only survival, but for leadership and skills they can take with them into their adulthood. They provide youth with programs and activities to try new things, provide services to others and help them build self confidence, and reinforce ethical standards. As a parent to young boys, I can appreciate that when our boys join the scouting, they learn basic skills and learn the importance of teamwork, and go beyond by learning an appreciation for helping others in and around their communities.

We do enjoy taking our kids on camping trips, and with the Boys Scouts, they can go on these camping adventures with their peers, where they can camp, fish, climb rocks, go cave exploring, make new friends, race cars and do much more, which is something that not all parents can do with their kids on a regular basis. Giving kids a solid foundation for building character and friendships that will last a lifetime!

Well to help with encouraging scouting with children, the Boy Scouts of America, is showing parents how they can "Build an Adventure", with the life changing experiences they can get from scouting that they will not get anywhere else! This campaign will show kids and parents, a new look on Scouting, showing them the endless possibilities when it comes to the adventures and skills the kids can get from being a Boy Scout!

The idea behind Build an Adventure, is to help parents, with giving kids more options than being stuck in the home and drowning in the technology that youth today can find themselves obsessed with. The Boy Scouts of America understands the stress parents have, with juggling jobs and home life, and struggling to spend quality time with their kids. Having Boy Scouts available, kids can spend more time outdoors, enjoying and exploring the world around them, and giving parents a way to give their kids that outlet to gain the skills and go on adventures, that will last a lifetime! So if you are a parent, and you want to find a way to give your kids the experiences that you got as a child, but find that having the time is a issue, or if you are looking for a great organization that helps with building confidence as well as so much more, then take a look at what the Boy Scouts of America has to offer!

I was provided with information from The Boy Scouts of America for this post. I was chosen to participate in this sponsored post through The Motherhood, all opinions are my own.

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Losing the Postpartum Baby Weight with MommySlim

As a mom, we do a lot to ensure that our kids are safe, happy, and healthy, and one big sacrifice we make is one that we do before they even get here when we carry them through a pregnancy. We sacrifice those once flawless bodies, so that we can bring a beautiful baby into this world, and like most mothers it is a sacrifice I would make over and over again! I do see my stretch marks as a reminder of carrying my babies, and I see those clothes that are in the closet that I do not see myself ever fitting into again, just as a thing of the past. But, like many mothers out there, I do want to get healthy and loose some of that baby weight that I accumulated over my pregnancies. Recently I was introduced to a program, one that does that, helps moms loose that baby weight. The program is called MommySlim, and it is designed to help mothers, both nursing mothers and mothers who are not nursing, so they can loose weight at a healthy rate.

To get me started on my own program, I was sent a MommySlim Premium Starter Kit, which includes the foods and snacks I need to get started, the meal replacement shakes, along with desserts and the on the go shakes!

Now I have tried different weight loss plans that are on the market, and most you have to kinda go out of your way to get the shakes, so having the on the go shakes, made a big difference! I mean, as a mom of 3, I find that there are many times when we are out, and if I need a shake, I will usually skip it if I am not home and get something else while I am out, so having those shakes that I can put in the diaper bag, makes a difference!

Another plus is the taste, having foods that taste great makes a difference as well, so I can really appreciate the flavors and having the selection from the meals to choose from! This kit makes loosing that postpartum weight easy, and is also mom friendly, making it a must have on my list for new moms and one that I will recommend to other moms who are wanting a safe and effective way to loose that postpartum weight!

So if you are a new mom, whether you are a breastfeeding mom or not, and you are wanting to find a safe and effective way to help with losing some of that baby weight, then check out MommySlim today and find a plan that will work for you!

Product received, thank you to the MommySlim for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Cookware from BrylaneHome

With the holiday season just around the corner, I find that this is the time that I get the products in place, the ones that will help with the cooking and making those holiday meals memorable. To help with the cooking this year, we were sent the 14-Pc , Stainless Steel Cookware Set with Goldtone Accents to review from BrylaneHome! I have found that this set is not only very convenient to have in place, but it also gives your kitchen some class with the mirror finish and gold tone accents! 

Having the pots and pans that will help with getting those meals out is very important, and with this set, I not only get a great selection of sauce pans and frying pans, but I also like the dutch oven and a tea kettle that coordinates with the set as well. 

14-Pc. Set Includes: 2 1¾-qt. and 1 1½-qt. covered saucepans, 2 1¾-qt. covered sauce pots, 6-qt. covered Dutch oven, non-stick 7" fry pan and 9½" covered fry pan with lid, 2½-qt. tea kettle.

I find that having the different sizes of sauce pots is important when making the different gravies and sauces for our holiday dishes, and having the fry pans will also come in handy when sauteing those vegetables to put in the casseroles and for side dishes as well.

With the dutch oven, there are many possibilities on the uses from the soups to the stews and pastas that we can cook in it. Then with the tea kettle, it will come in handy for that nice hot afternoon tea or a hot cup of cocoa for everyone to enjoy with dessert, in all making this set of pots and pans, a must have for any kitchen as well as a must have set for the upcoming holiday cooking!

So as you begin to get those holiday menus together, plan for those parties and get together's with family and friends, be sure that you are equipped in the kitchen, and head on over to BrylaneHome today to get your 14-Pc, Stainless Steel Cookware Set with Goldtone Accents, which will not only help you in the kitchen, but will also add some class and style to your kitchen cookware!

Product received, thank you to the BrylaneHome for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Sunday, September 28, 2014

#Giveaway October just got Lalaloopsified + Lalaloopsy Diaper Surprise Doll

Like many, we are huge Lalaloopsy fans in our house. Estrella has enjoyed collecting the dolls over the years, and when Lalaloopsy came to television on Nick Jr., she was excited to watch her favorite characters as they came to life on the TV. 

At the beginning of the month, we were excited to tune into Nickelodeon for a Lalaloopsy-palooza, and watch the 1 hour premiere of the new Lalaloopsy Girls: Welcome to L.A.L.A Prep School. Well to keep that excitement going for Lalaloopsy fans everywhere, when they tune into Nick Jr as well as keep their eyes out for the new DVD to hit shelves, they will find that October will become Lalaloopsified! 

Starting next month, Lalaloopsy on Nick Jr. will be premiering new episodes every Saturday, but in a new time slot. (See attached picture with time slots, and check local listings.)    In addition to our new TV time slot, we have a few other big October Lala-nouncements: 

10/4 -- To get you in the Halloween spirit, the spooky Lalaloopsy episode “Knick Knack Knock Knock," will premiere on Nick Jr.  Don't miss the action as a mysterious Ghost Dog leads Bea into a spooky mansion, where she meets Scraps Stitched 'n Sewn - who looks scary but is actually just shy.
10/13 -- Lalaloopsy Marathon on Nick Jr., airing from 7-10pm. Tune to watch your favorite Lalaloopsy episodes back to back! (Now, I’d be getting popcorn for that!) 

10/14 -- Lalaloopsy Babies DVD hits stores! Lalaloopsy Babies premiered #1 in its timeslot on Nick Jr, so we know it's one fans will want to own!

To help get the excitement of all that is to come in October for Lalaloopsy fans everywhere, the wonderful people from MGA Entertainment would like to give one of my amazing readers their own Lalaloopsy Diaper Surprise Doll!

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#Giveaway After School Snacks from Nature's Path

With the new school year in full swing and the kids back into the daily routines, I like to ensure that when they get home from school, they have healthy snacks waiting for them. Recently I was sent some great healthy snacks from Nature's Path to review.

The kids love the rice crispy treats that we make, so when I saw the Peanut Butter and the Chocolate Crispy Rice Bars from Nature's Path in the pack of products we were sent, I knew I had found snacks that the kids will enjoy. I like the organic factor, knowing that these bars are made from all natural products, and the kids like the taste and flavors, in all making these bars a great after school snack!

Aside from the snack bars, we were also sent some of the Nature's Path cereals for the kids to enjoy in the mornings to help start their days out right! We were sent the Choco Chimps and the Cinnamon Jungle Munch, as well as a fun recipe to try with the kids to make breakfast more exciting called, peanut butter and banana sushi!

The Peanut Butter and Banana Sushi recipe is not only a fun one to serve the kids, but also a fun one to make with them in the mornings. To make the banana sushi, all you need are some fresh bananas, some smooth peanut butter, and the Chocolate Koala Crisps.

  • 1 cup Chocolate Koala Crisps
  • 2 bananas, peeled
  • 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter 
  1. Trim the ends from the bananas.
  2. Spread half the peanut butter all over the outside of each banana.
  3. Roll each in the crushed cereal.
  4. Cut each into 6 rounds.
Well to help with the breakfasts and after school snacks in your home, the wonderful people from Nature's Path would like to give one of my amazing readers a prize pack with some of their fun and delicious products for the kids to enjoy! 

Product received, thank you to the Nature's Path for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Allstate Foundation's Purple Purse Challenge

In our lives, we come across many people. The people in our families, our friends that we meet along the way, and the many strangers we pass by each and every day. The thing is, there are many out there, who we may know or have passed by as we go about our daily lives, who are dealing with issues that they are too scared to discuss, or ask help for. Most do not think about that friend who does not talk to her friends anymore, or that woman in the checkout line, staring at the ground, not making eye contact with sun glasses on while indoors. We tend to overlook these people, not questioning why that friend is no longer talking to family and friends, or asking why that lady at the store, is standing there with her sun glasses on.

As a friend, family member, or even a concerned stranger, there are questions that can be asked, there are things that can be said and done, to let that person know, that they are not alone, and that they can get help. Many do not know, how to start the discussion on the issue of domestic violence, or know what can be done, but by simply being a friend, offering to help that friend, the sister, or even that perfect stranger, can make all of the difference and even save a life from further violence or even death from the result of domestic violence.

Domestic violence is a very real issue, it affects more people than many think. The fact is, domestic violence affects 1 in 4 women in their lifetime, which is more than breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and lung cancer combined. Also, when people think of domestic violence, and they think of the signs of abuse, they think of physical violence, but domestic violence does not just mean physical abuse, there can be emotional abuse, and even financial abuse, which is what they find in 98% of all cases of domestic violence, and is also seen as one of the most powerful ways to control a survivor.

Well to help raise awareness and help those who feel stuck, who need the help, the Allstate Foundation is once again running the Purple Purse challenge. By making it fashionable to discuss domestic violence and the financial abuse that traps women in abusive situations with the Purple Purse Charm and the Purple Purse Challenge to raise money to support over 140 non profits which are national, state and local domestic violence organizations.

The money raised in the challenge will go to support local non profits, and now through October 3rd, you can help by raising awareness and donating. The Allstate Foundation also has 80,000 purple purse tassels, which you can attach to your purse to raise awareness and show your support. Along with the tassels, you also get a removable card with the stories of 5 survivors on them. Also, to help bring even more awareness, actress Kerry Washington, is the Purple Purse Ambassador of 2014, and has designed a special edition Purple Purse, which will also be distributed to raise awareness.

You can find out more about what you can do to raise awareness, raise money for your local non-profits, and find help for those in a domestic violence situation by heading to the Allstate Foundation's Purple Purse site!

Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored campaign with The Allstate Foundation and MomSelect. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Teen Horror Costume from Halloween Adventure

It is hard to believe that just in a little over a month, Halloween will be here. Like many others who see Halloween as the beginning of the holiday season, I get excited. I enjoy finding those costumes for the kids, the ones they find as a must have, to dress up with and wear for all of the Halloween parties and the big night of Trick or Treating! Recently we were sent a costume to review from the wonderful people at Halloween Adventure.

With Estrella, well, I have only had a few short years when she was little, where I could dress her up in the cute and girly princess costumes, but once she was old enough to decide on what she wanted, I realized that she enjoys taking advantage of this particular holiday, to be scary. We do enjoy having a scary Halloween, so in our tradition of dressing up each year, Estrella decided she wanted to be a scary dead rag doll! So when we were sent the Rag Doll Girl costume from Halloween Adventure to review, we knew we had found the costume for Estrella this year!

With this costume, as with previous years costumes, Estrella will get into character, and become the dead rag doll girl that she visions herself being, which is what we see is one of the best parts of Halloween!

Aside from the costume shopping, the dressing up, and the scary decorations that we enjoy putting up each year, we also like to educate our kids and teach them the history of Halloween. We find that with each holiday, we do like to celebrate, but we also want our kids to know what we are celebrating, so they are knowledgeable on the history behind the holidays. So this year, as you prepare for Halloween, be sure to check out the great selection of costumes which can be found over at Halloween Adventure, and also share some of the history on the holiday with your kids!

Product received, thank you to the Costume Reviewers and Halloween Adventure for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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The Tom and Jerry Show Season 1 Part 1: Frisky Business

As a parent, finding fun cartoons to watch on those rainy days, is something I keep an eye out for. One cartoon that I can remember as a child watching on rainy days, was Tom and Jerry, so when we were sent the new DVD, The Tom and Jerry Show: Frisky Business to review, I was excited to share it with my own kids!

This DVD has over 3 hours of cartoons on it which are all filled with that cat and mouse duo, who run their antics as they bicker and cause chaos. There are 13 episodes on this DVD, ensuring lots of funny antics to watch and share with the kids, which is perfect not only for those rainy days, but also great to add to your family movie night!

Featured Shorts:

  • Spike Get Skooled/Cats Ruffled Furniture
  • Sleep Disorder/Tom’s In-Tents Adventure
  • Birthday Bashed/Feline Fatale
  • Cat Nippy/Ghost of a Chance
  • Holed Up/One of a Kind
  • Belly Achin’/Dog Daze
  • Birds of a Feather/Vampire Mouse
  • Entering and Breaking/Franken Kitty
  • Tom-Foolery/Haunted Mouse
  • Here’s Looking A-Choo Kid!/Superfied
  • What a Pain/Hop to It!
  • For the Love of Ruggles/Sleuth or Consequences
  • Dinner is Swerved/Bottled Up Emotions

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

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

It's A Girl!

So I have been a little delayed in getting some posts up, over here at Mommy Katie, we have been a little busy. A little 5 lbs and 14 oz busy that is! Welcome the newest member of the Mommy Katie family, she was born early Wednesday morning and is just as sweet as can be!

Alyssa is my niece, and I was so blessed to be there and be a part of her birth. The delivery was a smooth one, and my sister in law did well for her first delivery. Alyssa is a new part of our family, and will be included in many fun baby posts to come!!

This little girl is very special to our family, for many reasons. As many of you know, who have been following me over the years, my husband was adopted. He has 6 biological siblings, and of the 6, he and 3 of the youngest siblings were all adopted by the same family. My sister in law, is my husband's youngest biological sibling, making Alyssa a very special little girl and a baby girl who will always hold a very special place in our hearts over here at Mommy Katie!

Being there from the time my sister in law found out she was pregnant, and being able to be in the room during the delivery, was an amazing experience. I have had my own babies, but I have never witnessed another birth from start to finish.

Now we have some other very sweet and adorable nieces and nephews from my husband's adoptive siblings who are also very special kids, and we love. But seeing and holding her was an experience unlike any other, she not only looks like my sister in law, but I also see my husband, our kids, and their biological mom in her. My husband has 2 other nieces that we found out about last year from one of his brothers, but none of the other siblings that we know of, have any children, so for those who know what it is like for adopted children, being able to see, hold and be there for a baby who is a part of them is an emotion like no other! I not only felt the instant love for this baby girl, but seeing my husband hold her was a special moment for all of us.

I will be getting more posts up shortly and winners emailed. Just been a little preoccupied with this little beauty!

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7 Of The Best Educational Apps for Children 5 to 8

Children love to play games on smartphones or tablets. And why shouldn't they? They're so interactive, colorful, and creative, so kids are immediately drawn them. Fortunately these same qualities make it possible for apps that have educational components to be equally attractive to children. For those just starting their schooling experience, these apps can help improve their learning skills.

1. Marble Math Junior

This app obviously targets the child's math skills. It combines math games with math word problems. It is designed for early readers who can listen to the problems read out loud by touching the words on the screen if necessary.
The games are customizable, but also fun and effective; kids easily forget they're practicing math skills as they play games related to shape recognition, adding, and subtracting.

2. Monkey Word School Adventure

This app helps with recognizing letters and words for early readers. It is designed to challenge children between 4 and 7 years of age by quickly adjusting to the appropriate word levels depending upon their initial responses. This way it keeps them moving forward and learning at the right level at their own pace.

Sight words and phonics are combined to teach kids a variety of decoding strategies that will help build their reading skills.

3. Barefoot World Atlas

This app targets social studies skills and geographical-related topics like people and animals from different parts of the world. Kids can spin, pinch or zoom to find topics that interest them. They learn more about people and nature around the world by selecting photos and descriptions.

The program uses beautiful graphics and photos, as well as high-quality narration with fun-filled facts to draw kids into learning that is fun and informational.

4. Toca Lab

This app introduces young kids to basic chemistry and the general concept of the periodic table. It allows children to experiment using a virtual chemistry lab. They get to use lab equipment like Bunsen burners, centrifuges, oscilloscopes, and test tubes.

Kids swipe, tap, or hold down images to affect changes to alter the 118 elements. Using blobby-looking images with fun faces to represent the elements kids will enjoy playing with the game while learning more about the chemical world. Toca Lab makes science experiments fun, engaging, and educational – and there's no need for safety goggles.

5. Angry Birds Space

At first blush this may not seem to hold much in the way of education for children, but there are certain elements of this app that targets some basic physics concepts. It features the same physics related puzzles that are part of the original game Angry Birds, but with levels that take place in outer space. Kids learn about gravitational forces on an object based upon their relative sizes. There are 60 new free levels that cross between two worlds, and 15 bonus levels. HD versions are available for the iPad and certain Android devices for $2.99

6. The Human Body by Tinybop

This app targets students by teaching them about the human body and its senses and organs. It uses six interactive, layered, and animated models children can learn from. There are not instructions, simply the child's informal investigation of a highly intriguing set of images and information. There are levels throughout that detail the anatomy, and help children build their biology vocabulary. 

7. Art Set

This highly interactive app targets children's artistic skills with a plethora of artistic tools. Kids (and adults) can create extremely beautiful art projects using virtual "paper," crayons, pencils, pens, paints, pastels, markers along with texturing and blending tools. Kids can even paint over photos stored on the tablet. It may sound complicated with so many options, but kids find it intuitive – they will easily located colors, mediums and the tools they want to draw and paint whatever comes into their minds.It's a great tool for entertaining kids who want to increase their artistic skills without creating piles of paper, dozens of empty paint tubes, and scores of broken crayons.

Many more educational apps are appearing all the time. Search out those that you believe will best help your little ones just starting school.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

#Giveaway KidzCanDesign & Pumpkin Party Giveaway Hop!!

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Welcome to the
Pumpkin Party Giveaway Hop
September 23 - October 8

Visit each of the participating blogs listed below
and enter to win prizes valued at $25 or more!

My prize is:

One free personalized jewelry product from KidzCanDesign!
(ARV up to $150)

Like many homes with kids, I have lots of amazing artwork that my kids make for me. I enjoy watching as their eyes light up, and I see the looks on their face as I accept each piece of artwork with enthusiasm and appreciation. I am one who likes to display my kids artwork, proudly, but like many, the only time that art gets seen, is when we have guests in the home. Well that is where KidzCanDesign comes in, because they turn those pieces of art, into wearable masterpieces that can be worn as jewelry for all to see! Making it so those special gifts the kids make for the holidays, birthdays, or any other special occasions, can be made into a gift of jewelry, memorializing those pieces of art so they become a keepsake, to wear and show off anytime I am away from home!

To get the party started at Mommy Katie with the Pumpkin Party Giveaway Hop, the wonderful people from KidzCanDesign, would like to give one of my amazing readers a gift code to get any of the KidzCanDesign products custom made! For a chance to win, enter below, and also be sure to enter all of the other amazing giveaways going on during this hop. You can enter each of the blogger giveaways by hopping through the list below the giveaway linky! 


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Veet Infini'Silk IPL Hair Removal

As a woman, there are many things we do in order to try and look our best, from the hours we spend in the salons, to those countless hours we spend in our own homes, torturing ourselves so we can get rid of any unwanted hair. Well like many others out there, I have been seeing those home hair removal products that do not use those painful waxes or razors that can leave cuts and razor burns behind. Instead they use a intense pulse light technology, that helps to reduce hair growth! Recently I was sent such a machine when I was sent the Veet Infini'Silk IPL Hair Removal to review.

Once out of the box, the process is very easy, and you can follow the guide that is right on the box, to ensure you get the most out of this product. To get started, they suggest you shave the area where you want to use this product, so that the light can reach the hair follicle.

When it is plugged in, start at the lowest energy level, then go up as needed, from there you just put it up to the part of the skin where you want to permanently reduce the hair growth. Then press the pulse trigger as you guide it along your skin. After about 10 treatments, you will be saying goodbye to the salons where you go to pay money for painful waxing, and saying hello to smooth skin! Making the Veet Infini'Silk IPL Hair Removal a great product to have if you are looking into the home laser hair removal machines!

Product received, thank you to the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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5-hour ENERGY® “Yummification” Video Contest Winners! (Guest Post)

The winning videos and recipes are posted at http://5hourenergy.com/yummification.
·         First Place ($50,000 prize): “Pomelimelade” by Tim Merlau, Los Angeles, CA
o   This winning submission mixes a Pomegranate 5-hour ENERGY® shot with limeade, and then takes us on a musical journey through all that can be accomplished over several hours (spoiler alert:  it’s a lot). 
o   “Pomelimelade”
§  1 glass Limeade
§  1 shot of Pomegranate 5-hour ENERGY® 
·         Second Place ($30,000 prize): “Ramalamadingdong” by Mark Golembeski, Los Angeles, CA
o   The second place video helps us turn that 2:30 feeling frown upside down by mixing a 5-hour ENERGY® shot with lemonade.  This video has it all: a clown, a puppy, a guy in a tutu, and much more. 
o   “Ramalamadingdong”
§  1 glass Lemonade
§  1 shot of Berry 5-hour ENERGY® 
·         Third Place ($10,000 prize): “Arnold Power” by Zac Sheorn, Lugoff, SC
o   The third place winner reminds us that you don’t have to be good at sports, but mixing a Pink Lemonade 5-hour ENERGY® shot with decaffeinated iced tea helps keep you refreshed while practicing.  And practicing. 
o   “Arnold Power”
§  1 glass Decaf Iced Tea
§  1 shot of Pink Lemonade 5-hour ENERGY® 

The 5-hour ENERGY® samples, gift card, and information have been provided by the makers of 5-hour ENERGY®.
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Friday, September 19, 2014

#Giveaway Baby Care products from Trend Lab

Preparing for a new baby takes a lot of time, so having the 9 months to get everything in place is nice to have. For me, since I have had to prepare for my own babies over the years, I have found that the list I have is one that I look over, add to, follow, and share with others, so when the new baby joins our family, everything will be in place to ensure that both mom and baby can relax and enjoy bonding without having to worry about running out to get those essential care products. One item that I see as a must have is a diaper bag, and I see that having a diaper bag on hand and packed for D Day, is very important. I tend to have a diaper bag in place and ready to go, at least 1 month before babies scheduled arrival, so when the day comes, mom can focus on delivery and not on the items that need to be packed for the hospital. Aside from the diaper bag, I also find that having plenty of burp cloths on hand is also a essential while preparing for a new baby.

So to help with preparing for the big day, we were sent a Trend Lab Deluxe Diaper Duffle Bag in Midnight Fleur to review along with a 4 pack of the Trend Lab Burp Cloths in the Perfectly Preppy design!

With the diaper bag, I noticed that this bag has a lot of space available and pockets, which is essential for when packing the diaper bag for the hospital. I like that it also comes with a changing pad, so when baby gets a little older and is ready to go out, we can change baby on a clean soft surface. I also like the exterior bottle pockets, which are a must have in my book when it comes to diaper bags. I found that with the shoulder strap, I can adjust it as needed, so I can carry the diaper bag comfortably while on the go. There is a clear dirty duds pouch, which is a great item to have, and the fact that this diaper bag wipes clean, I see the Trend Lab Deluxe Diaper Duffle Bag to be a must have for anyone who is preparing for baby!

Then with the Trend Lab Burp Cloths, I like that they are not only very fashionable, but they are soft, absorbent and machine washable, in all, making the baby care items from Trend Lab, a must have set of items to add to anyone's list who is preparing for a new baby! Well to help with preparing for your own little one, the wonderful people from Trend Lab would like to give one of my amazing readers their own Trend Lab Deluxe Diaper Duffle Bag and set of Trend Lab Burp Cloths!

Product received, thank you to Trend Lab for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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#Giveaway Tommee Tippee Fiesta Bottles Set

With a new baby, parents want to find the best products out there, so when baby arrives they can take care of them and ensure baby is comfortable. As we prepare for a new member to join our family, one of the choices parents make a decision on is the feeding aspect. Parents do have choices, for some it might be that they chose to breastfeed, or bottle feed, and for others to breastfeed as well as pump so others can bottle feed and bond with baby. Regardless of the choice, if bottle feeding is in the options, I look for bottles that will feed baby and offer comfort by reducing any gas, and for those who choose to both breastfeed and bottle feed, having a bottle that makes the transition a easy one is very ideal!

Recently we were sent the very colorful Fiesta! Fun Time! Collection of bottles from Tommee Tippee to review. This set includes 5, colorful bottles with the Closer to Nature bottle design. I like that the bottle colors are gender neutral, so they can be used for both boys and girls, and they offer baby a bright colored bottle, to make feeding time that much more fun!

Aside from the great colors that come in this set, I like that the nipples resembles a breast with the breast like design, so it allows baby a easy latch and transition for when others want to feed baby. With the Super-sensitive Easi-Vent valve, you find that baby is swallowing no air since the valve helps to eliminate excessive air flow. The soft natural feel silicone nipple, mimics the breastfeeding action, offering another great transitional feature for those who will both bottle and breastfeed. Then with the fact that it is BPA free, and easy to hold, I find that in all these bottles make for a great gift to give or item to add to your list of must have products for baby!

Well, to help with preparing for your own little one, the wonderful people from Tommee Tippee would like to give one of my amazing readers, their own Tommee Tippee Fiesta! Fun Time! bottles set!

Product received, thank you to Toppee Tippee for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Build-A-Bear's Beach Party Collection Toothy Shark

With Wyatt getting older, just as I did with his older siblings, I have found it is time to introduce him to the love he can find at Build-A-Bear Workshop. Wyatt really likes his stuffed animals, so showing him the collection that he can choose from, and personalize by dressing his new friends, is a given. Well to help celebrate Wyatt's 2nd birthday, we were sent a very special puppet from the Build-A-Bear Beach Party Collection, when we sent the very lovable and fun, Toothy Shark, to review.
Wyatt likes that his Toothy Shark is very soft and cuddly, and he also likes that mom can turn his Toothy Shark into a friendly puppet! With the hand opening in the back, I can turn this fun smiling stuffed animal, into a interactive friend to play with Wyatt as we do a story time, or want to have make believe fun with the puppets! Making the Toothy Shark from Build-A-Bear Workshop a great gift to give the toddler in your life, and also a great puppet to add to any puppet collection!

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Product received, thank you to Build-A-Bear Workshop for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

#Giveaway Mamas & Papas Baby Snug

As the time gets closer and closer for the newest member of the family to get here, I find that I am on the hunt for the products that will help in the months to come, with entertaining and also with babies development. Like many parents out there who have had babies, I know all too well that those first few months with baby fly by, so having products, on hand and ready to use as baby grows is not only ideal, but also a stress reliever for new parents. 

Well to help with slimming down that list of must have products for baby, we were sent the Baby Snug from Mamas & Papas to review. With my babies, I have enjoyed having these infant floor support seats, not only for having a seat for baby to sit in as we coo and play on the floor, but also for helping with strengthening babies back so they can learn to sit up on their own. I also found that using the Baby Snug is great for when baby starts showing interest in foods, and with the tray, I can put both toys and finger foods on it when baby is ready for that stage.

One of the first things that really stands out for me as a parent when it comes to the Baby Snug is the extra wide base, which helps to provide back support as well as comfort and keep baby from falling over as they are on the floor in the Baby Snug. The middle post, also helps to keep baby from sliding down and out as they begin to develop those back muscles and learn to sit up. I also like that the insert comes out, so the seat grows with baby, and can accommodate baby from 3 months of age until about 12 months!

Another feature that I really like about the Baby Snug is the removable tray, which comes off and can be put right back on very easily. It is also very easy to clean up, after baby has been playing in the seat. The tray is optional, so it can be used for playtime for putting toys on or little finger foods on for older babies, or can be taken off and the Baby Snug can be used as a little chair for baby to sit in, comfortably on the floor! In all, I, like moms around the world, find the Baby Snug from Mamas and Papas to be a must have for any parent when preparing for baby!
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Well to help with preparing for your own little bundle of joy, the wonderful people from Mamas and Papas would like to give one of my amazing readers their own Baby Snug in winners choice of color!!

Product received, thank you to Mamas & Papas and the PR Group for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.

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