Mommy Katie: December 2014

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Benefits Of Herbal Medicines And Supplements

Some people prefer traditional medicine, while others choose herbal medicines and supplements for illnesses and aches. Though herbal medicine remains to be an unproven science, some say that they are better than chemicals used in traditional medicine.

Herbal medicines have been used for thousands of years, and some of the drugs that are widely used today were derived from different types of plants. If you want to know the benefits that you can get from herbal medicines and supplements, here are some un-missable fact and stats:

Herbal medicines cost less
There is no doubt that herbal medicines cost less than traditional medicines. This is one of the reasons why some people choose to use herbal medicines over traditional ones. The cost of medicine is a big factor to consider, especially when patients are on a tight budget. When you get sick, you immediately spend hundreds and sometimes even thousands of dollars for chemical drugs. The price of herbal medicines are significantly lower than traditional drugs that you purchase from the drug store.

Widely available
Herbal medicines are easier to get your hands on than some types of drugs. This is because the FDA has tight regulations when it comes to drugs. With supplements and herbal medicines, however, you can easily get them without prescriptions. You can even grow your own herbal medicines that you can prepare by yourself. This is one of the main advantages of herbal medicines.

Natural ingredients
Herbal medicines use natural ingredients that are better for the body. When you use supplements and herbal medicine, you get natural ingredients that are extracted from plants and plant parts unlike traditional drugs wherein you can’t even pronounce some of the chemicals that you are ingesting.

Little to no side effects
Since herbal medicines are made of all natural ingredients, you will experience little to no side effects, as there are no chemicals. Majority of supplements and herbal medicines are made of ingredients that are found in nature. In addition, the effects of natural supplements are not as strong compared to drugs with chemicals.

Effective on chronic conditions
Herbal medicines are said to be more effective for chronic health conditions. People who have chronic illnesses sometimes choose herbal medicines against traditional medicine, as they say it is more effective. Herbal medicines can cure arthritis, aches and pains, cough, colds, and other illnesses.

These are some of the benefits that you can get from herbal medicines and supplements. Even though you can get little side effects from herbal medicines, you should always consult a professional and avoid self-medicating. By getting help from a professional, you know what type of natural remedies you should use, and which ones are the most effective for the condition that you have. Also, make it a point to purchase natural products from reputable sources. If you do your research and consult an expert, you will be on your way to living a healthy and happy life.

Whether you need natural supplements for your illnesses or natural care products, you can get them from Gaia supplements.


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Friday, December 26, 2014

Markwin's Holiday Stocking Stuffers available at Walmart




With that last minute shopping in the works, it is time to get in gear, and find those gifts to give this year! Well to help with the question of what to put in the stockings, I was sent the Markwin's #flashmob shock treatment 7 piece nail set to review.

This will make for a great set to give to the fashion diva on your list, or in my case, the tween in my house. The colors are bright and fun, and with the added glitter that comes with the set, my daughter can be sure to stand out when it comes to her nails!

To get started, she will just need to polish her nails, then right after she puts the polish on, she can sprinkle some of the glitter to the top of the nails, before the polish dries. Giving her that sparkling look that she aims for with just about everything she has! Making the Markwin's #flashmob shock treatment set from Walmart, a great gift to give and to add to the stockings this year!


Product received, thank you to Markwin's  and the BrandBacker for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Monday, December 22, 2014

Darth Vader Voice Changing Boombox


When it comes to those last minute gifts, I know that it can be hard. I mean, you have the crowds of people, everywhere you go, who are also in search of those last minute gifts, as well as that question on what to get. Well to help with that question on what to get, when it comes to the Star Wars fan out there, I was sent the Darth Vader Voice Changing Boombox to review.

My eldest son is a fan of just about anything Star Wars, and the voice of Darth Vader is one he tries to mimic often. So when I saw that he can not only play some fun sound effects from the Star Wars saga and play some of those Darth Vader phrases, but also change his own voice by using the real working mike that comes with this boom box to mimic the voice of Darth Vader, I was excited to check it out!

With the Darth Vader Voice Changing Boombox, my son can change his voice to sound like Darth Vader, and even plug in his MP3 player, listen to the music through the speaker on this boombox! I like the voice features, and the fact that the mike is a real working one, allowing him to not only talk like Darth Vader, but he can use the mike to sing along to his music and even use the Darth Vader voice as he sings! Making the Darth Vader Voice Changing Boombox a great gift to give to those Star Wars fans on your list this holiday season!



Product received, thank you to eKids and the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Stuff the Stockings this Year with JewelScent


I am one who not only likes having a selection of amazing scents in my home, from the candles and waxes in my burners to the soaps I use, but I also like giving those over the holidays. Like many, I have fallen in love with those candles that have the surprise jewelry inside, and it was not until I was introduced to JewelScent, that I realized that I could get more than just another candle by shopping their collection. Well to help with some of that last minute shopping, I was sent some of the products from the JewelScent line to review.

I was sent one of the candles, along with a wax tart melt, and a bar of soap, all with those mystery pieces of jewelry inside of them! I have not only found that the scents are amazing, but with the products I can find at JewelScent, I can find those great, last minute stocking stuffer ideas by giving a bar of soap, candle, or wax tart, in the fragrances that my recipients enjoy, or give a e-gift card! Giving those on my list, not only a great fragrant candle, wax melt, or soap to enjoy, but also a piece of jewelry that can range from $15-$7500, making it not only a great gift, but a surprise second gift as well!

So as you do some of that last minute shopping, and you are looking for a great stocking stuffer idea, check out the products from JewelScent!



Product received, thank you to Jewel Scent as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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#NyQuilSevere #DayQuilSevere Take on the Season with NyQuil Severe & Dayquil Severe

Compensation was provided by Vicks. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Vicks.
Like in many places around the country, here in Texas, influenza, or the flu, is rampant. It is in the schools, at the stores, and in the Dr.'s offices, and with the kids now home from school and everyone heading out to shop for the holidays, we find that we can put ourselves at risk for catching it. I know in my house, we have had our dealings with the flu this year, and as the holidays get closer, just days away, I want to ensure that we are all well so we can all enjoy the holidays together!

Now there are many ways to try and keep from getting the flu, like washing your hands every time you use the restroom, especially the public ones. Also, when I use the public restrooms, after I wash my hands, I use a paper towel to open the door, because not everyone remembers to wash their hands. Another thing I do is carry hand sanitizer and hand wipes, so when the kids are touching everything in sight, I can try to minimize the germs and bacteria they pick up. Aside from keeping hands clean, I also find that I want to be prepared, just in case. It turned out that being prepared, helped me not only combat those flu symptoms during the day, but also helped me sleep so I could get better quicker, and I did this with NyQuil Severe and DayQuil Severe.

Having NyQuil Severe Cold and Flu liquid and capsules turned out to be a very helpful product when I came down with the flu this past week. Even after all of the hand sanitizing and precautions I took, I still caught it, but I was prepared! I found that I was able to sleep, without waking up every hour coughing or having to blow my nose, or trying to get comfortable again because my body was aching. NyQuil Severe, helped to minimize the worst symptoms allowing me to get more sleep, which in turn helped so I could get better, faster!

Then with DayQuil Severe it helped me function during the day, even with the flu. It helped me not only minimize my symptoms, but as a mom of 3, I was able to keep up, help my kids get ready for their Christmas plays and parties, and keep up with my always on the move 2 year old. I liked that I was not drowsy, and I could focus more on my day to day, than my symptoms. Making DayQuil Severe, a must have product to have on hand, so when you do get sick, you can get relief of the worst cold and flu symptoms during the day!

So this year, as you head out to get that last minute shopping done, prepare for the guests and the holiday activities, be sure to stock up on NyQuil Severe and DayQuil Severe, to ensure that if a cold or flu makes their presences known in your home, you are ready!





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Sunday, December 21, 2014

#Giveaway Cosco Scenera NEXT Car Seat at Walmart + $25 Walmart Gift Card


As a parent, I find that I am always looking for those products, those items, that can help with ensuring my kids safety. One place that I add products to, to help with keeping my kids safe is the car, and with the holiday travel season upon us, having those car seats that can help with keeping my kids safe and secure while we travel is very ideal! Well to help with this, I was introduced to the new Scenera NEXT Car Seat from Cosco, which can be found at Walmart!

This car seat is not only new to the market, but at just $46, it is a car seat that is also affordable! I like the price, and I also like that I can find this new car seat in a variety of pattern choices as well. Then when it comes to the safety factor, well the Scenera NEXT Car Seat is one of the only car seats on the market to fit three car seats across. The seat is forward and rear facing from 5-40 pounds, has side impact protection and machine washable fabric. The harness features five heights and three buckle locations allowing you to get the best fit as your child grows. The Scenera NEXT is also approved to be used in the aircrafts, which is a big plus for the holiday travel! 

Aside from the safety features that this car seat offers, I like knowing that the products from the Cosco line are made in America, and that with the first 500 Scenera NEXT Car Seats that are sold, you will get a handwritten note from one of the kids of the Cosco employees, which were written at the launch of this new car seat!!


Well to help celebrate the launch of the new Cosco Scenera NEXT Car Seat at Walmart, the wonderful people from Cosco would like to send one of my amazing readers their own Scenera NEXT Car Seat and a $25 Walmart Gift Card!!!




Product received, thank you to Cosco well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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What "Mom" Means to Me + Win A Garth Brooks VIP Experience



When I think of the word "mom", there are many things that come to mind. From thinking of my own mom, to the person I am seen as in my children's eyes as their mom. With my mom, the word mom has so much meaning. She was the woman who raised me, the woman who made sure that when I was sick, I was taken care of. The woman, who along with my dad, made sure that my sister and I were provided for, that we had what we were needed, and who also as a team, prepared us for life, and teaching us right from wrong. To this day, my mom is the one I go to when I have questions, the one I turn to when I need someone to talk to, and the one who I will call at random, just to hear her voice and say, "hi", and also tell her that I love her.

So as I look at what the word "mom" means to me, as the title I am given being a mother to my own children, a lot of it comes from my own mom. As I raise my children, I think on what my mom would have done, I think about the lessons she taught me, the advice she gave me, things that I hand down to my own children.

It was not until I held my first child in my arms, that I realized why my mom sacrificed so much, like giving up a date night to stay home with a sick child. Choosing to put her own wants on the back burner, in order to make sure that my sister and I were happy, and were able to do the things we wanted to do. Doing everything she did, to make me the person and mom I am today, and I am so grateful for every bit of it!

Well with the thought of mom in mind, I like to find music, the music that she not only shared with me, that reminds me of her, but also new songs, that I can listen to, that can also remind me of what being a mom is all about. I am one who loves to find the music I enjoy online, and download it to save so I can listen to it over and over again, and one site that I have enjoyed finding music on and creating my own library with is Ghost Tunes! With Ghost Tunes, I can search the music, find whole albums or even individual songs, purchase that music, then save to my library, which I can then download and save so I can listen to it any time I want!

Aside from the music that I can find and download from Ghost Tunes, right now, you can enter to win in the Garth Brooks "Mom" VIP Experience Contest! This is a contest that is made with moms everywhere in mind, because it not only gives the chance for mom and a guest to go and see Garth Brooks live in concert with airfare and hotel included, but it also celebrates the new release of Garth Brooks new single, "Mom"!

So as you are celebrating the holidays, be sure to head on over to Ghost Tunes today, download your copy of the song "Mom" by Garth Brooks, and also enter for a chance to win in the Garth Brooks "Mom" VIP Experience Contest!!






Compensation was provided by GhostTunes via MomTrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Ghost Tunes or MomTrends.
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Staying On Top of Fevers with the Exergen SmartGlow TemporalScanner

The colder weather is upon us and with that we find that those colds and flu's are rampant. In my house we have kids in school, and it seems that if something starts going around the school, I just need to be prepared because it will most likely make it into our home. So as a parent I like to stay on top of the fevers and know if my kids are getting sick from the start by having products like the Exergen SmartGlow TemporalScanner which we were sent for review.

This thermometer helps me to get accurate temperature readings, and I can read the temps in the dark, allowing me to let my kids rest while I take their temperatures since it lights up. I also like that the readings are fast, which allows me to take the temperature of even my most active kids when they are not feeling too hot. I also like that I can scan the foreheads, and getting a reading from the temporal artery.

Then when it comes to calling the doctor when those temps are getting high and I am not having any luck keeping them down at home, I can get a reading of the past 8 temperatures for reference, allowing me to give our doctor the most accurate information when it comes to treating my family. Making this thermometer a great one to have in any home when it comes to getting accurate readings and being prepared for the cold and flu season in the home!




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

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Get those Holiday Wrapping & Gifting Supplies at Office Depot

As we get those gifts to give, and start preparing to wrap those gifts to put under the tree this year, we want to ensure that we have the tools needed in order to complete the task at hand. So to help with the task of wrapping the gifts and sending out those holiday cards, we were sent a great holiday tool kit packed with the items that we will need to get those gifts wrapped with from Office Depot!

In this kit, we received some scissors for cutting the wrapping paper with, invisible tape for taping up the presents, some ribbon, pens and permanent markers, gift tags, some holiday cards and stickers for sealing the cards with, a wireless portable speaker, and some Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa! I like that this kit has those items that we sometimes forget when we get ready to wrap those gifts, and I like that to help keep spirits bright as we wrap the gifts, we can sip on some hot cocoa and listen to some of our favorite holiday music!

I also like knowing that if we have any of those last minute needs when it comes to the wrapping of gifts or even the gift giving, we can run to our local Office Depot or Office Max, and purchase the items we will need! Making Office Depot and Office Max, a great stop to put on the list this season for getting your own holiday tool kit, as well as some of those last minute gifts to give.


Product received, thank you to Office Depot and Office Max as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Gift Giving this Season with Bassbuds

With the holiday shopping season here and those days before the big day getting shorter, I like to head out to ensure that I have covered all aspects when it comes to the gift giving. I think one of the hardest things to do is find those stocking stuffers to give, so when we were sent some of the products from the BassBuds line, I was excited to check them out and add them to our holiday gift giving this year!

With the BassBuds, we can get some very fashionable in-ear headphones. They are high performance luxury for the ears, and with 20 colors to choose from, we can choose from the largest color collection in the world! I like that each of the earpieces are embedded with genuine Swarovski elements! Along with the crystal look you get with these headphones, you also get a high definition crystal clear Advanced Crystaltronics sound. Another great feature is the fact that I can use the Bassbuds for hands free calling, use the integrated MP3 controller so I can play, pause and skip tracks using the voice control.

The Bassbuds are also compatible with all smartphones and MP3 players. There are 3 difference sizes of ear pieces that I can use with the memory foam and silicone ear buds. With the anti tangle wire, I can head to the gym without having to waste time on trying to untangle my ear buds. The jack is a gold plated 3.5mm for optimum connectivity. In all making it so when I use the Bassbuds, I can get crystal clear sound from my headphones and pick up that amazing bass sound when using them with my smartphone, MP3, tablet or any other Bluetooth audio device!


Then with the Bassboomz, I can take my music on the go, with the portable speaker. I like the fact that this is a wireless speaker, and that I can sync it to play the sound from any of my Bluetooth enabled devices, including my tablets and computer by using the AUX cable that comes with this speaker. Oh, and with this small speaker, I can get an amazing sound quality, allowing me to listen to my music that I have on my smartphone or MP3 player, in my house.

With the fact that this speaker is so portable, I can use it at parties, take it with us on vacation to the beach, and for the holidays, play the holiday music from my smartphone for all to hear! There are 8 colors to choose from, and with the fact that I can get up to 6 hours with the volume turned up to 70% after only a 2 hour charge, I find this Bluetooth speaker to be a must have for not only giving this holiday season, but also a must have when giving a gift to yourself this holiday season!

So as you head out to do that last minute shopping, and find yourself stumped on what to get to add to those holiday stockings this year, add the Bassboomz and Bassbuds to your list, and give the gift of music this year!



Product received, thank you toBassbuds and the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Friday, December 19, 2014

#HintingSeason Best Buy: Your Shopping Destination




That time is here, the time where the crowds are out in full swing, and the race to find those gifts to give this holiday season, is on! When it comes to those gifts, there are many to choose from, but like in my house, there are some items out there, that are on the top of the lists, that I can find under one roof and at amazing prices, when I shop at Best Buy, making the holiday shopping a lot easier!


Of those items that are a must have this year, I have found the XBOX One to be at the top of some of those lists. With the XBOX One, my husband can have access to the hottest must have games out there, connect to his XBOX Live Account, stream movies and shows from the apps we can get on the XBOX One, and even watch those Blu-Ray movies from it!

Another set of items that are on those must have lists this year, are the products from JBL! With the line of JBL products that we can find at Best Buy, they include ones like the JBL Charge 2, JBL Flip 2 and the  JBL Reflect Earbud Headphones. With the JBL Charge 2, you find a speaker that gives you twin passive radiators for deep bass, a massive 6000mAh battery and a hands-free conference speakerphone which the key benefit is the Bluetooth Social Mode which allows up to three different users to take their turns to play their own playlists on a single speaker.

With the JBL Flip 2 you get a personal speaker with dual performance-tuned JBL drivers and a built-in bass port, and with the JBL Flip 2 you get the SoundClear with helps with echo and noise cancellation combined with the state-of the art microphone system to pick up calls on the speaker. With the JBL Reflect Earbud Headphones you get a pair of headphones that are great for wearing to the gym, they are sweat proof, have a 5 hour rechargeable battery and a reach of about 40 feet. The JBL Reflect BT’s with the ergonomic eartips along with the built-in magnets you can keep your buds on standby without having to worry about loose cables.

Then when it comes to that holiday travel, finding some great GPS systems to give is very ideal, so when I head to Best Buy, I like that I can find the latest and greatest when it comes to the GPS that are out there like the ones from Garmin and TomTom! Like with the newest models that are out there I can get those in car GPS that feature bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling, traffic and weather updates, lane assist, lifetime traffic and map updates as well as voice recognition technology! Some of the GPS that can be found at Best Buy include the following:

Garmin 52LM
5.0” display
Maps of 49 U.S. states, plus lifetime map updates1
Lane assist with junction view
Displays speed limit and accurate arrival time
Easily find addresses and millions of points of interest
Spoken turn-by-turn directions     ·      

Garmin 2597LMT
5.0” display
Maps of 49 U.S. states, plus lifetime map updates1
Lane assist with junction view
Displays speed limit and accurate arrival time
Easily find addresses and millions of points of interest
Spoken turn-by-turn directions     ·      

TomTom Go 50s
Lifetime TomTom Traffic: Drive with TomTom Traffic for the lifetime of your device
Lifetime Maps (US, Canada, Mexico): Always drive with the latest map
3D Maps. See buildings and landmarks in stunning 3D
5" touchscreen with advanced lane guidance

In all making Best Buy, your shopping destination this season when it comes to those hot must have items!

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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Warming Up this Holiday Season with Tequila Lime Turkey Enchilada Soup


As we prepare for the holidays, I find that with the cold weather that is here, that having some great tasting soup on hand is ideal. Another item that we like to have on hand over the season for making drinks with when we are entertaining is some tequila, so when we were sent some of the Jenni Rivera La Gran Senora Tequila, I was excited to not only share it this season, but also cook with it!

The first thing I have to say is, when I saw that this was the Jenni Rivera Tequila, I was very excited to try it! For one it is a tequila that has been endorsed by a woman, and for two, Jenni Rivera was a beloved singer of one of my closest friends, so I knew she would also enjoy it this season as well! Just from the taste of this tequila, we found that we like how smooth it is, which really helped when deciding to use it in a soup.

I chose to make a Tequila Lime Turkey Enchilada Soup, using the Blanco we were sent. This soup turned out to be a great soup for the cold weather, and really came in handy for those sore throats we had in our home recently. I liked that with the amount of tequila that is used in the soup, you get the fainest of the tequila flavor, giving the broth an amazing flavor!
Tequila Lime Turkey Enchilada Soup

Ingredients needed:

2 Cartons Chicken Broth, 2 pounds turkey or chicken breasts, 2 medium carrots, 5 medium potatoes, 2 celery, 1/2 white onion, and 1 can of the hatch green chile enchilada sauce, 2 cups water, 1 lime, 1 bag of tortilla strips, and 2 shots of the Jenni Rivera Tequilla (Blanco)

Chop up the meat, you can use chicken in place of the turkey, dice the carrots, celery, potatoes and onion, then add the chicken broth, meat, carrots, celery, potatoes, onion, enchilada sauce, and water to a pot and mix. Also roll your lime (so you can get more juice out of it) and cut in half, squeeze both halves into the soup mixture and stir. Turn heat on high, and continue stirring until soup begins to boil. Then turn heat on medium, and let cook for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Once the soup is finished cooking, spoon into bowls and sprinkle tortilla strips on the top, serve and enjoy!


Product received, thank you to 3 Crown Imports and the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Thursday, December 18, 2014

#GIVEHAPPY Holiday Shopping with OshKosh B'gosh

I participated in a Blog Blast Activation on behalf of Influence Central for OshKosh B’gosh. I received an OshKosh B’gosh gift card to thank me for my participation.



When it comes to the holiday shopping, I find that when I head over to OshKosh B'gosh, I can not only find the cutest outfits of the season for all of my kids, but I can also find them at amazing prices! Yes, I said all of my kids, because when I shop at OshKosh B'gosh, I shop for the baby and toddler, as well as my 2 older kids since they have an amazing selection in clothes for children sizes 0-12! Also, right now, when I head to OshKosh B'gosh, I can save 25% off of my purchase of $30 or more when I print off and use the coupon above, making OshKosh B'gosh a holiday stop on my list!

So as you head out to do your holiday shopping, be sure to head to OshKosh B'gosh, and print off your coupon which you can use between now and December 31st! You can find your nearest OshKosh B'gosh by going to the store locator, or go online and shop and be sure to use the online promo code: GIVE25 at checkout!



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#CamerasatBestBuy #HintingSeason Best Buy: The Camera Destination


As we head out to find those must have gifts that are sure to make those on our lists happy, or even those gifts for ourselves, I find that heading to Best Buy, where I can find a variety of products to choose from, all under one roof, can help with the holiday shopping! For me, one gift that I always enjoy getting and even giving is a camera. I also like knowing that when I head to Best Buy, I can find a variety of those must have cameras that are on the market, and even check out some of their features for myself while I am in store!

With the selection of brands that are out there when it comes to the cameras, I like knowing that I can shop at Best Buy with ease, and find the latest and greatest that are out there when it comes to those cameras that offer the built in Wi-Fi! With the built in Wi-Fi, I can not only take some amazing pictures, but I can then share them right from my camera! Of those cameras with the Wi-Fi, I find that with the Nikon D5300 DSLR with the 18-55mm VR lens, I can capture those high quality photos, then share them instantly.
The Nikon D5300 DSLR camera comes with an AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens that allows me to capture sharp photos and video footage. With the optical image stabilization, it can help prevent blurring to ensure image clarity! This amazing camera can be found at Best Buy, and comes in three colors which include the black, red, or grey!


Another great camera that I can find at Best Buy, that has not only the great picture quality but also the Wi-Fi is the Sony Alpha A6000, which has a 24.3-megapixel, Exmor APS-C CMOS sensor that makes it easy to capture photos with an amazing clarity. You can find this camera in black, silver, or white!  


Then for those who want to be able to use a camera that has the built in Wi-Fi along with the ability to use some of those Android apps that they love, the Samsung Galaxy 2 16.3-megapixel Digital Camera is a great choice! The 16.3 megapixel1/2.3" BSI CMOS sensor allows me to capture sharp images, and high-definition video footage. The 4.8" touch screen makes it so it is easy to use and navigate, and with the built-in Wi-Fi I can share the photos and videos I take without having to plug into my computer! 

Making the cameras I can find from the Best Buy Holiday Gift Center, a selection of cameras that will help me when it comes to shopping for everyone on my list this year!




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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Gift Giving for Toddlers with the Casdons' Toy Dyson Vacuum


If you are in search of a great gift to give the toddler in your life this holiday season, be sure to check out the Toy Dyson Vacuum! I know in my house, with my toddler, he is always wanting to help me with any chores, so finding toys that are replicas of some of the gadgets I use to clean with is something I look for. So I was excited to check out the Toy Dyson Vacuum I was sent to review and add to this years holiday line up!

With this adorable mini toy Dyson, my little guy can vacuum right along with me, or when he and his siblings are playing, he can pretend to clean house! I like how it maneuvers like my Dyson vacuum does, and it also has little colorful balls on the inside that cyclone, just like mine does with the dust particles is cleans up! Oh, and to give it a even more realistic feel and look to it, it has realistic sounds and can actually suck up small pieces of paper and such off the floor!

At 25 inches high, it is the perfect size for my little guy, and after he is done cleaning, he can empty out his dirt bin that is in the back, just like mommy does! Making the Casdons' Toy Dyson Vacuum a great gift to give the toddler on your list this holiday season!


Product received, thank you to Casdons' and the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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The Hundred Foot Journey on Blu-Ray


With the holiday break in the horizon, I like to find movies that I can put on and watch with the family. So when we were sent The Hundred-Foot Journey on Blu-Ray, I was very excited to watch it and add it to our family movies to share over the holidays this year!

In this movie, you have a Indian family, who after a tragedy, find themselves displaced. They are a family who are known for their love for food. They not only cook together, but their foods are something they pride themselves on. The family find themselves, broken down in a small French village, where they decide to put down roots in and open a family restaurant. This all seems great until they realize that the local French restaurant is not only one that is known for its amazing cuisine, but also one that does not take kindly to a little competition. The two find that they can come together, in the strangest of ways, both having a love and passion for food!

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We have enjoyed watching The Hundred-Foot Journey, and look forward to sharing it when our guests arrive this next week for the holidays! You too can share this movie with your family by heading out today to bring home your copy!

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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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#Giveaway Holiday Prize Pack from MGA Entertainment

With all of the holiday shopping that we have been doing, we can find ourselves wore out. I mean as a parent, we go on searches, going from store to store, or scouring the online stores, to find that gift the ones that the kids have asked for, spending a whole afternoon searching for one product. This can be quite a chore all in its own, then for those kids where they do not have a preference on what they want, or the ones you are stuck on when it comes to finding that perfect gift to give, we can find the stress of the holidays upon us and in full swing!

Well the people from MGA Entertainment know that this time of year can be a stressful one for parents, knowing that parents can feel a little pooped when it comes to the season, and they want to help ease some of the stress of trying to find those gifts to give this year by giving one of my amazing readers a great holiday prize pack! This pack will include a selection of toys, that poop in one way or another with the Moxie Girls Poopsie Pet, a Lalaloopsy Babies Diaper Surprise Doll, and a Big Dog Truck!











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