Mommy Katie: April 2014

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Cleaning your Car Seat:Tips from Clek

I received product for review from the Clek company in a previous post, which can be found here


It never fails, when we get in the car, and we have snacks or drinks, they get spilled, or I find evidence of those snacks and drinks in the seats where the kids sat. As the kids get older, they tend to get better at keeping their places clean, but when it comes to babies and toddlers, it seems as if messes are inevitable. With a baby, you have spit up, which happens, and it seems to happen right when you get baby in the car, or as you are driving down the road. Or the toddler, seems to tear open that bag of crackers you handed them as you are driving, getting them all over the place, making it so you have to get the car seat and shake it out once you get to your destination. To help with cleaning up some of those uh ohs, or oh nos that happen in the car seats, the wonderful people from Clek decided to share some great cleaning tips! 


CLEK’S EASY CAR SEAT CLEANING TIPS:
  1. When it comes to your child’s car seat, safety is always first, so be sure not to use any harsh chemical cleaning products, soaps or scrubs.
  2. Avoid disassembling the seat itself and do not wash any straps or detachable devices in the washing machine (this can cause deterioration, and potentially damage your car seat). A damp cloth may be used on the straps.
  3. Mix two cups of warm water with one teaspoon of enzyme laundry detergent (e.g. Nature Clean or Tide Free) to form a mixture that works well on most stains.
  4. Follow these simple steps to spot cleaning your messy seat:
    • Remove excess soil (can use a soft brush or a vacuum)
    • Apply the soap mixture to the stained area
    • Agitate stain with a soft brush
    • Allow solution to remain on stain for one minute
    • Blot up the stain with a dry, white towel
    • Thoroughly rinse any remaining soap (can use a spray bottle with water to do this) and blot the area again
    • Repeat if necessary
  5. Go the extra mile with a do-it-yourself, organic, fabric refresher spray:
    • Fill a spray bottle with a diluted vinegar and water solution
    • Add half a teaspoon of essential oil (whichever your preference, can even mix them to create a custom scent)
    • Add half a teaspoon of vegetable glycerin, to help emulsify the essential oil(s)
    • Move harness straps to the side so as not spray them


If your child loves to snack, gets car sick, or has reflux, you’ll love Clek’s fleet of car seats since they’re so easy to clean!


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#Giveaway For Mom: Nicholas Sparks Limited Edition DVD Collection & Bridges of Madison County on Blu-Ray

This post has been set up for my readers as a gift for Mothers Day by myself and the sponsor, I was not compensated for this post.
A couple of months ago around Valentines Day, I had the chance to review a DVD collection that contained some of my favorite romantic movies from one of my favorite authors, Nicholas Sparks. Since then, I have enjoyed having my Nicholas Sparks marathons as I watch the movies that are included in the Nicholas Sparks Limited Edition DVD CollectionIn this collection you will get Safe Haven, The Lucky One, Dear John, Nights in Rodanthe, A Walk To Remember, Message In A Bottle, and The Notebook, which are all movies based on the best selling novels from Nicholas Sparks! All of these movies make for a great day in pj's, and will especially come in handy for Mothers Day, for any mom, who would like to take the day to relax and enjoy some great romantic, tear jerker movies! Another great romantic movie that I adore is Bridges of Madison County, which will make for a great addition to any romantic movie marathon. So this Mothers Day, as we prepare for making a day all about mom, make her day extra special and get her a great collection of movies from the Warner Brothers movie collection! Well to help with finding some great gifts to give mom, the wonderful people from Warner Brothers would like to give one of my amazing readers the Nicholas Spark Limited Edition DVD Collection and Bridges of Madison County on Blu-Ray!!






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Sofia The First: The Floating Palace on DVD

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Sofia the First is back and in an under the sea adventure with the mermaids! In this full length adventure, Sofia helps her mermaid friend Oona. Sofia can magically transform into a mermaid with her magical amulet and go on underwater adventures with her new mermaid friend and explore her friends secret underwater kingdom! Oona and Sofia find danger coming for both of their worlds when Cedric tries to steal Oona's magical comb. Sofia and Oona find help from a special princess guest, Ariel, who teams up with Sofia to help save Oona. Aside from the fun adventure, you also get some great songs to sing along to, 3 extra episodes and some special exclusive princess friendship bracelets, making Sofia the First: The Floating Palace a must have DVD to get the Sofia the First fan in your home today!






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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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Mom and Baby Approved Moulin Roty Activity Donkey

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When it comes to baby, there are a lot of things involved, and one thing that not only can keep baby entertained and help build those motor skills, but also help mommy out, is having toys on hand for baby. Recently I was sent the very adorable mommy and baby approved, Moulin Roty Activity Donkey to review from Moulin Roty.

One of the things that really caught my attention was not only the adorable pattern that is on the donkey's legs, but I can really appreciate how soft the body of this stuffed animal is, with a variety of soft textures, which will help give baby a gentle sensory stimulation. I also found the rattle ring to be a great addition, so this adorable little donkey can keep babies attention when baby is busy exploring and playing. Then with the crinkly ears, baby can have fun exploring the different textures and noises as baby learns to reach and bat at toys. I like that I can easily attach this Activity Donkey to babies car seat, stroller, crib, and play mat, with the loop velcro closure, making him a toy that can go just about anywhere with baby and keep baby entertained! Another plus is that when the Moulin Roty Activity Donkey is needing to be washed, I can easily take the rattle ring off, then place the donkey in the wash, so he can remain a clean friend for baby to play with! In all, I found the Moulin Roty Activity Donkey to not only be a toy for baby that I will be adding to my own lists of must haves for baby, but it is also a fun toy from the Magicforest family, that I will recommend to others who are preparing for baby!


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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There Are More Hair Restoration Options Than Ever Before (Guest Post)


The days of feeling low self-esteem about thinning hair are over. The ability to have a full head of hair with a simple hair transplant is easier than ever. Outpatient procedures are a great way to build confidence and never be embarrassed about a balding head again. Men and women should know that feeling good about themselves is important. Hiding thinning spots on the head can be avoided with a hair restoration procedure. Never bother with embarrassing hair pieces and products that claim to help hair grow again. Have thick, natural hair just like you had when you were young and feel good about getting a haircut again. The comb-over will be a thing of the past with an innovative hair transplant. 

The reasons behind hair loss(1) are not certain, but through research it was discovered that hair could be transplanted from the back of the head to the front of the pallet with great success rates. Hair transplants work by taking hair from the recipients own head. After an initial analysis is made through a consultation, hair restoration experts can enlighten you to the best options available in your hair loss challenge. Another non-invasive treatment avenue is carboxytherapy, (2) which involves injecting carbon dioxide gas below the skin of the scalp in order to improve circulation and promote increased blood flow. The procedure is quick and relatively painless, and there are no known risks associated with it. Technology has come along way with the different procedures that are available today and there are thousands of testimonies available from other patients that will provide the positive reinforcement and confidence you need to go ahead with the procedure. 

These procedures are minimally invasive and take very little time out of your busy schedule. The hair is your own and, once restored, will continue to grow and look natural. Some of the hair restoration products out there are not designed for continuous use, and many can even be dangerous for other health reasons. Knowledge is power. Professional clinics, such as Micron Labs (check them out at Micronlabs.com) have been providing these procedures for a long time. Let them help you regain your confidence with a head full of hair.

Give yourself a gift by seeking out a hair restoration program that will change your life. Hats and hair pieces that are used to hide bald and thinning hair will be discarded for good. Ride with the wind in your hair and know it is all yours. When you feel your confidence growing with your new hair, life will be a brighter and more exciting place. Friends will want to know what’s going on, and what your secret is to looking younger and more carefree. You can keep it to yourself and beam knowing that your hair is no longer an issue for you anymore. 

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Regain Your Self-Confidence With Laser Hair Removal (Guest Post)

Problems with hair can bring doubt, embarrassment, a lack of confidence, and limitations for both men and women to fully live their lives. Women of any age — from early teenagers to busy moms or grandmothers — might do things like hiding their faces through a scarf and eye glasses to cover hair growth on their faces. Busy women may not have the time to shave their legs or go to the salon for fear of tardiness to meetings or less time for other important appointments. Women can also be hindered from wearing their favourite bikinis and skirts during summer weather.



Likewise, men may not want to go to the pool due to a lack of confidence of taking their shirt off in public because of the unwanted hair accumulations on their body. Men who go to gym or other sports training facilities can be hindered from having a full performance in working out or in competition when bothersome hairs are keeping them from having a clean and smooth-looking body. Given these examples, we can see how hair growth can affect and hinder your real persona and limit you from living your life to its full potential. It further limits you from expressing yourself through a fashion statement because you may not be able to wear your favourite attire in public for fear of showing unwanted body hair.

Hair growth is commonly found on the face, armpits, bikini lines, legs, and forearms. There are several solutions to banish unwanted hair growth. There are methods like shaving, threading, waxing, and plucking. But after just a few months, the body hairs will come back again, urging you to go back to the salon. Sometimes, it becomes a big hassle with your time and your budget. Today, laser hair removal has become a popular method because it can last for about two years. Hair follicles are also completely eliminated, hindering the production of hair and slowing and weakening its growth.

Laser hair removal is a faster and less painful hair removal method compared to the other methods. Because it removes hair follicles directly by using state-of-the-art laser beams, you get a better and more comfortable experience during the treatment. Although it has a course of treatments, it is fewer compared to other hair removal methods, where going back to the salon every few months for re-growing hairs is necessary. Overall, it brings a long-term result compared to the traditional hair removal procedures. The method has also been proven to bring no side effects to those who’ve undergone it.

It has been long known that confidence and self-esteem are built with good social and communications skills, as well as a good feeling of appearance. If you look fresh and you feel young and comfortable with yourself, confidence will come with it. Companies such as the Hairfree Laser Skin Clinic (check them out at Hairfreeclinics.com ) who offer laser hair removal, usually offer it in bundles and discounts, which allow you to also take advantage of other beauty treatments like anti-aging treatments. 

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In March Our Hearts Yearn For Flowers (Guest Post)

No matter if March comes in like a lion, no matter if winter seems like it will never leave us. In March the days are getting longer, birds are venturing out from their winter hiding places to encourage Spring to hurry up with loud chirpings and carryings on. In March, even if the temperature is cold, when the wind stops, for a few moments you can actually feel the warmth of the sun, reminding us that Spring will come no matter how blustering and immoveable winter seems.

In March, our hearts yearn for flowers. When you want to buy handmade crafts that feature flowers, choose iCraft, the online marketplace specializing in unique crafts from creative sellers. You’ll find many choices for the special people in your life, including yourself! To lift your heart as we wait for Spring, buy handmade gifts at icraftgifts.com [http://icraftgifts.com]

The flower for March is the Jonquil, aka Narcissus or Daffodil. During Roman birthday celebrations family and friends offered congratulations and brought gifts, much as they do today. The gifts often included gemstone jewelry, such as the Aquamarine, and also flowers.

Satisfy your longing for flowers with this pair of earrings handcrafted with beautiful yellow genuine honey jade gemstone.
image credit: http://icraftgifts.com/designsbydebra

The “Language of Flowers” developed during the very conservative period of the Victorian era. The Victorians were strongly restricted by the rules of etiquette – and at that time it was considered totally inappropriate to express feelings of love or affection. Messages were assigned to a specific flower. A lover could then send flowers that conveyed a hidden romantic meaning, although you’d think that the entire society would catch on after a while. The Daffodil, whether in white, yellow or orange, meant "You are an angel".

Birth month flowers are also given as gifts for special occasions all over the world. Celebrations most popular for the Daffodil include the birth of a new baby, and weddings. The meaning of the flower adds interest to the message.

Depending on where you live, the Daffodil blooms from February to May
Daffodils are the flowers of Spring, however, you’ll find many lovely handcrafted one of a kind items featuring flowers of all sorts, sizes and colours at http://icraftgifts.com/jewelry.

This stunning choker-style necklace has been stitched in ‘oya’, a technique practiced by Anatolian women for centuries. Although it may look a little like crochet it is actually made of hundreds of tiny knots, each made one at a time with a needle and fine silk thread.


image credit: http://icraftgifts.com/crochet

So as March proceeds on its unpredictable way, let’s take advantage of every balmy breeze, no matter how short-lived, and revel in the first cheery chirps of birds who have made it through the winter. Let’s celebrate the very idea of spring, adorn ourselves with flowers, and dance for joy as old man Winter huffs and puffs on the way to his inevitable exit.



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Vacation Planning and Saving made easy with Outski #ad

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Outski.

It is that time of year, the time to sit down with the family and friends and get those summer vacation plans out on the table. It seems that it can be really easy to sit around and discuss what you want to do, where you want to go and say that you are in, but when it comes down to it, saving up for that trip can be a chore all in its own. I mean, I do not know how many times, my husband and I will decide on a family vacation for the summer, then set up a goal for how much money we will need, then constantly find reasons why we need to spend that money or realize once we have gotten closer to our deadline, that we do not have the amount of money saved up that we had planned on. In turn this either turns into us not having a vacation or we do not get the vacation we had wanted. The issue is a common one, and sure we might still go on the vacation, but we might not have the money for spending that we had planned on. Well recently I was introduced to a site that offers a service that makes the whole vacation planning experience one that can make those dream vacations a reality.

The site is called Outski, and when you sign up with Outski, you can set up a vacation savings account. Once you get your account set up, they will send a debit card, which is associated with your vacation savings account. You will see your vacation goals from your Outski account, which lets you plan your vacation, then tell you how much you will need to make that dream vacation a reality. You then add money to your Outski account, where you can see the goals being met, making that initial excitement from when you first decided to take the vacation, a reality and get the gratification of achieving the goals!

So this year, instead of talking about and dreaming of those summer vacation with family and friends, take the next step and start saving for the vacation to make it a reality by signing up for your Outski account today!



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Sunday, April 27, 2014

#Giveaway The Young Scientists Club The Magic School Bus Engineering Lab

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Being a mother, I find myself always looking for ways to encourage my children in the things that they love and enjoy. One way I can do this is by encouraging my kids in their favorite subjects. With my daughter Estrella, she finds science and mathematics to be her favorite subjects, so one thing that I enjoy doing is finding products that are both fun and educational. One way to do so is help my kids is by finding products that can help them excel in S.T.E.M. subjects, which include Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Recently I was sent a product which does just that, and that also offers a fun learning experience for the kids when I was sent The Magic School Bus Engineering Lab to review from The Young Scientists Club!



Growing up, I enjoyed watching The Magic School Bus, and following along as Ms. Frizzle and her students explored and experimented, and now that I have my own kids, I can share the show along with some great products that are fun for the whole family to enjoy together! With The Magic School Bus Engineering Lab, the kids and I can explore the exciting projects in the kit that encourage fun with engineering! There are some really great projects which will be fun for taking out in the upcoming summer months, like building a solar oven, creating solar energy and so much more! In this fun, Magic School Bus shaped kit, we can explore with the 33 experiment cards, record our experiment designs with the data notebook, and enjoy hours of fun designing, creating, and experimenting! You can have fun with the different products that encourage the S.T.E.M. subjects with your kids by getting your own fun kits from The Young Scientists Club today! Well to get you and your kids in on the engineering fun that can be had with The Magic School Bus Engineering Lab, the wonderful people from The Young Scientists Club would like to give one of my readers the same lab I was sent!





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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#HEBBabyDiapers Diapers for Baby from H-E-B Baby Ad

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of H-E-B Baby Diapers.


When it comes to baby, well diapers are an ongoing thing. I mean, as a parent, from the time baby is born until you hit and complete that potty training stage, there is always a need for diapers, so for me, having a family of 5 to consider when it comes to our budget, I seek out products that we use on a regular basis, that are not only affordable but also offer the quality I expect. Recently I was sent some of the H-E-B Baby Diapers to take a look at and try out on Wyatt.


With Wyatt, it seems that he goes through diapers a lot faster than my older two kids did, which is not a bad thing, but it can be a pricey thing. Having said that, I am a mom who not only wants to save some money, but when I buy diapers, I want them to hold up and be durable. So as I began to first look over the diapers from H-E-B, the first thing that grabbed my attention was the wording that says these diapers can  provide up to 12 hours of overnight protection!


For a parent with a child in diapers, having a diaper that offers up to 12 hours of overnight protection can make a huge difference, not only on the amount of diapers a child might go through, but also on the sleep everyone can achieve. Being able to wake up in the morning, having gotten a full nights sleep, and Wyatt's clothes and bedding be dry due to the protection that these diapers offer, makes morning time a happy time, which is the way it should be. Aside from the amazing leak protection and absorbency that we get from the new design, both Wyatt and I can appreciate the fit that we get with the soft stretchy waist and side panels. I like that they are stretchy, so they move with my active toddler, and I like that they are thin, so they do not look bulky under his clothes. I can also appreciate the the soft cotton cover, which gives them a cloth like feel. Another plus aside from the quality, value and fit is I like that the inner liner of these diapers are hypoallergenic, made with natural botanicals, Vitamin E and Aloe, and they are also fragrance free, which is a huge plus for any parent who has a baby with sensitive skin! In all, I am very impressed with the H-E-B Baby Diapers, and I like that I can buy my diapers at H-E-B when I go to buy my families other groceries, saving me both time and money!


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of H-E-B Baby Diapers.
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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Showing an Appreciation for those who Teach and Change Lives with Office Depot


When it comes to teachers, I have a very high appreciation for them. I come from a family of educators, with my mom who is a high school English and Drama teacher to my grandparents, one who taught English to immigrants and another who was an educational architect and designed campuses all over the world then published books on his work. I think that something I have learned, and really appreciated about teachers is, that they do it out of passion, and not for the paycheck. Each year as my mom prepares for school and even through out the school year, she goes to office supply stores like Office Depot and purchases the supplies she needs for her classrooms, using money that comes straight out of her pocket. My mom also spends her down time, thinking of and researching plays, books, certain lesson plans, and other activities that she will engage her students in, making teaching others her life's work.

Over the years, I have learned and seen first hand, that teachers everywhere have and share the same passion, by going out of their way to make a difference in the lives of their students. Well to show appreciation to teachers everywhere, the people from Office Depot would like to help by partnering with Adopt-A-Classroom. With the Adopt-A-Classroom program, people everywhere can help amazing teachers everywhere by donating to the non-profit organization, Adopt-A-Classroom, and they help to connect donors to their local teachers as well as teachers from all over, to help enhance the learning environments of the students. This great program not only helps teachers by getting donations for their classes, but it also helps by raising awareness about teachers and what they do for their students!

So as you sit back and think about the teachers that have touched your lives, from your kids experiences to your own personal experiences, show your appreciation for all that they do, and head over to the Teachers Change Lives website. Then when you get to the site, click on the Donate to a Teacher button, which will take you to the Adopt-A-Classroom site, and follow the steps from there!







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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Friday, April 25, 2014

#Giveaway Purex No Sort Laundry Detergent 3 Winners!

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Laundry is a ongoing thing, I mean, I can think I got it, then just as soon as I go to put the empty laundry baskets away, the hamper is being filled up again. I know that this dilemma is not only something I deal with in my house almost daily, but it is a issue that goes on in just about every home. When it comes to the whole laundry issue and task, I find that there is a lot that is quite time consuming, aside from the folding and putting away the laundry, sorting it all out ahead of time can be a pain, and somewhat gross, especially when you find things or stains that are questionable. I do not want to touch everyones dirty socks and underwear, but it has to get done, and sorting through those things make it the only chore in my home that no one else will volunteer to take on, so that leaves me to do the dirty work. Recently I was introduced to a new product from Purex, which can help cut that sorting time down for me, when it comes to the colors. The detergent is the new Purex No Sort, which has this great new anti-color transfer technology in it. This new formula helps to trap the loose dyes in the wash which reduces any color bleeding accidents in the mixed color loads, helping to keep my clothes bright and clean! The new Purex No Sort Laundry Detergent is available now to bring home and use on your own families laundry! Well to help with getting the job done when it comes to the laundry in your home, the wonderful people from Purex are giving 3 of my amazing readers each a coupon that is good for 1 bottle of the Purex No Sort Laundry Detergent!!




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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Thursday, April 24, 2014

#Giveaway Roses for Mom from PassionRoses (2 Dozen Roses 5 Winners!!)

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Mothers Day is just around the corner and it is time to find those gifts to get mom. When I think of what my own family gives me and what I like to give my mom, I think of flowers. Each year from the time I was little, I can remember my dad getting my mom roses, and since my first Mothers Day, being a mom myself, I have also gotten roses as a gift. So when I was introduced to PassionRoses, where I can choose the right color and send my mom up to 100 roses, I knew I had found a site that I would refer to not only for Mothers Day but also for other occasions. I mean, what better way to tell mom you are thinking about her and you care than a dozen roses or even 100 roses? This year, as we speak, there are 100 pink roses, being sent to my parents house, to show mom I love her! Over at PassionRoses, you can choose from 6 colors of fresh roses, in a variety of bundle sizes, then have them shipped fresh to your recipient!


In each of the bundles, when you order from PassionRoses, you get hand picked, fresh, breathtaking roses that are sure to wow anyone you give them to. The roses that come from the farms outside of Bogota, are grown in some of the richest and fertile soil out there, and with the rains and environment where they are grown, these roses come radiant in color and quality! The roses are grown with care and pride, and are ready to give. So this year, as you think of the perfect gift to give to mom, get her some roses from PassionRoses! Well to help with shopping for mom this year, the people from PassionRoses would like to give 5 of my amazing readers each 2 dozen roses of their choice! Also, get 10% off roses for mom by using ROSES4MOM code at checkout!!!








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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Setting up the Changing Station for Baby with the Prince Lionheart 2-in-1 Diaper Depot

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As we prepare for a new member to join our family, I find myself looking at things that I know would have really come in handy for when I prepared for my own babies. There is a lot involved when getting ready for the new baby, and one thing that is an ongoing thing, whether the new parent chooses to use cloth or disposable, is the diapers. I found after my first baby, that having a diaper changing station set up is a must have, and with each child I have found more products that can help make that changing station in the home a lot easier for everyone to utilize. Having the diapers, wipes, diaper cream, and powder available, in reach and stocked, is ideal, so when I was sent the Prince Lionheart 2-in-1 Diaper Depot to review, I found that this one product can make life for parents of babies in diapers a lot easier.


One of the first things I noticed when I received the Diaper Depot was how easy it was to put together, and I also liked that I could choose if I wanted to make it into one diaper station or into 2. With the diaper compartments I can store up to 18 diapers, then even connect a wipes warmer to the top. I like the side caddies where I can store soap, extra wipes, diaper cream and more! In all I found the Prince Lionheart 2-in-1 Diaper Depot to not only make for a great addition to Wyatt's diaper changing station, but it will also be great for adding to the changing station for the new addition to our family! So if you are preparing for baby or if you have a baby and you are looking for a way to make storing and accessing diapers and the tools needed for a diaper change, get the Prince Lionheart 2-in-1 Diaper Depot!!

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, April 23, 2014

Amping up my Weight Loss with D'Vida Pre-Made Smoothies

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Being a busy mom and also being a mom who is on a mission to loose weight, the choices when it comes to food on the go can sometimes be trying. There is so much temptation out there, everywhere I turn, from running to the grocery store to heading downtown to pay bills and walking past a bakery. I have found that the thing to do, whether I am at home or on the go, is to prepare ahead for my day. One way of doing so is to have the foods and snacks that I can eat that I will not regret later on hand. Recently I was sent such a product when I was sent some of the D'Vida Premade Smoothies to review. I was sent the four great flavors that are packed with fiber and protein and are also Gluten and GMO free, which include:

- VidaPUMP (Banana + Peanut Butter)
- VidaGREEN (Cucumber + Kale + Green Apple + Spinach)
- VideBOOST(Pineapple + Coconut)
- VidaSLIM (Strawberry + Banana)


I found the smoothies to be what I needed for eating on the go or even when I am home and needing to find something healthy to eat. They are easy to prepare, all you have to do is add water and ice then blend and they are ready to drink, giving me a smoothie that is tasty and filling and that I can take with me while I am out! So if you are wanting to find a healthy meal or snack that is easy to prepare, filling and tasty, then get your D'Vida Pre-made Smoothies 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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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Scrubbing Up: Buying Bathroom Products as Gifts

Giving someone a bathroom product might not be some people’s style, but the bathroom is just as important as any other room in the home. People take pride in the appearance of this, the smallest room of the house, and it’s not all basic toilet roll holders, soap dishes and mirrors anymore. Think vintage and also contemporary. Now you can pick out a stylish, practical present if you make a fuss over someone’s bathroom, since there are so many quirky bathroom accessories around these days.

Getting the shabby chic vibe
The shabby chic look has been around for a few years now and its popularity looks set to continue. The good thing about this trend is that you can easily pick up shabby chic items in places such as second-hand furniture stores and antique shops. Go vintage with your mirrors, ornate pills boxes, antique bottles for flowers and porcelain soap dishes. Such products can be beautifully designed and friends who have styled their bathroom using this theme will love you that little bit more.

Going contemporary
A contemporary bathroom is a much more minimalist look than the vintage theme and usually includes muted colors. The theme relies heavily on glass and steel products, which aren’t too expensive depending on the item. Floating glass shelves, minimalist steel soap dishes and glass candle holders can project the bathroom well into the 21st century. If you have a contemporary bathroom, it will be the little touches that make it so. Decisive differential elements can include frosted glass toothbrush mugs and stainless steel coat hooks.

The quirkier the better
For some people it’s all about the unusual objects that are both household items and conversation pieces. Fun (not to mention funky!) bathroom products can include floating lights disguised as a submarine, and dinosaur toilet brush holders. There’s always the option to give framed prints and wall clocks specifically designed to be hung in the bathroom, which can definitely brighten up any room in the home.
Before buying the bathroom accessory make sure to browse around the Net and research your buying choices. You can find some great products online but remember that rooting around vintage shops and flea markets is all part of the fun.


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Delivery Man on Blu-Ray

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Having 3 kids is a lot to think about, but what about having over 500 kids? That thought is one that I dont think anyone should ever have, but what about those countless men, who have donated their sperm over the years? I mean, there is no telling how many kids they have fathered, and most probably do not let the thought bother them. Well that is something that becomes a reality for a man when he finds that he has 533 kids out there, whom of which were the products of his donations that he made 20 years earlier in the movie Delivery Man. In this comedy, David learns that he has fathered 533, and the shock becomes one of the best things to ever happen to him. We found this comedy to be both funny and heartwarming, and it made for a great movie for my husband and I to watch on our own movie night. With the Blu-Ray edition that we were sent, we not only got to watch the movie, but we got to enjoy the fun deleted scenes along with bonus features! Delivery Man is available now to bring home and share with your family 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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Monday, April 21, 2014

#Giveaway Purex Crystals Limited Edition Fabulously Fresh (3 Winners!)

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When it comes to the laundry, I like to not only have my laundry smelling fresh when it comes out, but I also like that freshness to last. A product that I use to help freshen up my washes is the Purex Crystals, and when I go to buy Purex Crystals I like the selection of fragrances I can choose from. Recently I was sent some of the Limited Edition Fabulously Fresh scent from the line of Purex Crystals.


With Spring upon us, I found this scent to be very suiting. Not only do I have products through out the home that give my home that spring like feel to it when it comes to scents, but I can also have the spring like fresh scent in my laundry and continue to smell the freshness long after I have done my families laundry! I can appreciate that when I use the Purex Crystals, just a little can go a long way, which is a plus when you have a never ending pile of laundry to do in the home! You can find the Purex Crystals Limited Edition Fabulously Fresh today and bring it home to bring the spring like freshness to your laundry and home! Well, to help with freshening up your laundry, the wonderful people from Purex are giving 3 of my amazing readers each a coupon that is good towards the purchase of 1 bottle of the Purex Crystals Limited Edition Fabulously Fresh!









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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