Mommy Katie: April 2015

Thursday, April 30, 2015

#Giveaway #AmazingHood Dreft's Line of Products that Grow with Baby

When we welcome a new baby into the family, we as parents prepare ourselves for the journey ahead, the journey of parenthood. I can remember when my eldest was born, not thinking about the messes to be had ahead, but I soon learned that along with all of those many sweet moments we get with a newborn, also comes those messes. With my first child, I was introduced to the Dreft brand of laundry detergent before she was even born. This was not only the detergent my babies pediatrician gave to me in the welcome bag he gave all of his new patients, but it was also the brand of detergent that my friends and family had given me at my baby shower. I learned early on how sensitive a newborns skin was, and I learned that using the Dreft baby detergent was the way to go when caring for babies laundry.

The lessons I learned when it came to the messes along the way, were lessons that have stuck with me, and the fact that the line of Dreft Laundry Detergent has been there for each of my babies means a lot. I like knowing that when we bring a newborn into the home, we can begin the journey of caring for babies laundry with the Dreft Newborn, which is made with that much loved hypoallergenic formula, that is tough on stains, yet gentle on baby's skin with that Dreft baby scent!

As baby grows, I like knowing that the Dreft line of products grows with baby as well. Like when we get to the stage of trying new foods, and half of those new foods end up on baby's clothes and linens, I can get the stains out with the New Dreft Baby Active! With the New Dreft Baby Active, it is made with a growing baby in mind, and helps to get those foods stains out by helping to remove 99% of baby food stains, along with any stains baby might pick up from being outdoors. I like knowing that even though it is made to get more of the food and dirt stains out, it is still made to be gentle, with the same hypoallergenic formula and fresh Dreft baby scent!

Then, as we get into those toddler stages, and we start washing baby's clothes with the rest of the families clothes, we can use the New Dreft Blissfuls, which are in wash scent boosters. These scent boosters help to give the whole families laundry that fresh, Dreft baby scent. I like that the New Dreft Blissfuls is safe to use on all fabrics, and not only help to freshen the families clothes, but also give me that nostalgic Dreft baby scent that I adore, making the family of Dreft Baby products, a line that not only takes care of baby's linens safely and gently, but also a line that welcomes parents to #AmazingHood!




And to help with welcoming you to #AmazingHood, the wonderful people from Dreft would like to give one of my amazing readers a prize pack filled with Dreft goodies and more!

·         Dreft Product Line
·         Little Me (www.littleme.com) Receiving Blankets (check out their website for more info)
·         Booster Chair
·         Lovey
·         5 Year Memory Book



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This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Dreft. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review and compensation, but all opinions are 100% mine.
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Gift Ideas for Mom from SOUFEEL


When it comes to the Mothers Day shopping and gifts, I like to seek out gifts that are meaningful, and that will be cherished. I can do this by having photos made, framed or put into a special album, or by getting those jewelry pieces that are meaningful, personal, and can tell a story. Like so many, I have fallen in love with those charm bracelets that are out there, the ones that you can build, personalize by adding charms that hold meaning behind them, tell a story with, and continue to add to as you see fit. So when I was introduced to the Charms that can be found from SOUFEEL, I was excited to check them out and build my own bracelet for Mothers Day this year!

One of the first things that stood out for me when I went to look over the charms available from SOUFEEL, was the selection. I like that I can find those charms, that will not only help to bring my bracelet together, but also help me with telling that story I am wanting to tell with my bracelet. Since I am doing a Mothers Day post, I chose to go with a bracelet that is me, as a mom, or my own story as a mom, in a bracelet so to say.

For me, I think the most personal piece, aside from the mom charm, is the one with the baby feet on it. I found that one to really reach out to me because when others see me as a mom, they see my 3 children. The thing is there is more than just the 3, in fact there is a child that is not seen, one that remains in my heart, whose tiny feet left their impression on there, which no one sees but me. I find this one to be very dear to me, because I know when Mothers Day comes around, like myself, other moms out there have those same invisible footprints imprinted within their hearts, left behind by the angels we once held.


The other charms on my bracelet hold meaning, but when looking at the SOUFEEL site, knowing the mission behind their company, I find that being able to have that one little charm, helped to bring my story as a mom in a bracelet, full circle, in the SOUFEEL fashion. I like that they have the charms on their site that can help bring any bracelet together this Mothers Day, or even add to those stories that are already in the works, since the SOUFEEL Charms also fit those popular Pandora and Chamilla bracelets.

I also like knowing that if I want to add to this bracelet or any of my other charm bracelets, I can do so by heading over to the SOUFEEL site, and do it at a very affordable price! Another plus I like when shopping at SOUFEEL is that I can get free shipping on orders over $50, along with a 365-day return and exchange guarantee! Making SOUFEEL the place to shop at this Mothers Day, when looking to build a charm bracelet and create your own story! Also be sure to get your 5% off using code Katie5


Product received, thank you to SOUFEEL as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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#ReimagineThat Recycle Your Bathroom Plastics + Enter to #Win $500 Gift Card

This post is sponsored by the people from Unilever, all opinions are my own.
Like many out there, I am one who not only strives to find ways to reduce my own carbon footprint, but also ways I can get my family to also contribute and make a difference as well. In our house, we recycle, and we also find ways to repurpose certain items, like egg crates and paper tubes for craft projects and even to sprout seeds in our garden. Now with myself and my husband, we recycle and save items by habit, and as parents we hope that our kids will follow our lead, as well as lead others by example.

When it comes to the recycling in our home, our kids know that they can recycle paper and plastic items, but like many, as a family, we do not always think of the fact that by rinsing out the empty plastic beauty and bath products, we can be recycling those as well. So when I heard about the Unilever "Rinse. Recycle. Reimagine." program for Keep America Beautiful and Ad Council, I not only knew this would be a good one to share with my family but also a great one to share with my readers!

The "Rinse. Recycle. Reimagine." program is to help educate people on the importance of recycling in the bathroom. They want to inspire others to imagine what becomes of those empty bathroom products when they are recycled, in hand getting people everywhere to make that small change that can ultimately have a big positive impact on the environment! With the program, the people from Unilever found that even though a majority of Americans know that those empty bath and beauty bottles can be recycled, only 34% report that they actually recycle them. Instead, those lotion, shampoo and conditioner bottles end up in landfills more often than other products in the home that can be recycled.


So as a person who is guilty of not recycling the bath and beauty bottles in my own home, I am going to make a difference, by rinsing out and recycling the products instead of just throwing them out, as well as encourage others in my home to do the same. And to help encourage you, your friends and family do the same when it comes to recycling bath and beauty product bottles, Unilever is hosting a great contest! From now until June 9th, they will be giving away daily prizes along with a $500 Gift Card Grand Prize, with the #RemagineThat Sweepstakes! To enter to win they want to get you to tweet out on Twitter and or Instagram, and share photos of you recycling your bathroom bath and beauty bottles, tagging @UnileverUSA and using the hashtags #ReimagineThat and #Sweeps! You can learn more about this contest by going here:  http://unileversweepsrules.com/reimagine/



This post is sponsored by the people from Unilever, all opinions are my own.
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Statistic: 61% of Crashes Occur 10 Minutes from Home


The infographic above was provided by the people from Chicco.
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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

#Giveaway HALO SleepSack Swaddle US & Canada


When it comes to preparing for baby, that list of what to have in place can be a somewhat intimidating for a new parent. I can remember when I had my eldest, trying to ensure I was ready seemed like a never ending task. This is a issue that I again ran into with our middle child, but by the time we had him, I was a little more prepared in knowing what we would need. So you can imagine that after the second one, I had a better idea of what we needed when we were ready to start preparing for our third child. Now I am not going to say that I know what ALL is needed in order to truly be prepared, but as a mom who has been there, more than once and even more than twice, I feel that I can help others and keep that anxiety of where to start, down. One line of products that I have on my list for preparing for baby, that I see as a must have, is the line of products from HALO.

I find that starting baby off with the HALO SleepSack Swaddles, not only helps to eliminate any loose blankets while baby is sleeping, but I also like knowing that with the HALO SleepSacks, you get a wearable blanket that over 1,300 hospitals use and recommend. Recently I was sent a very adorable new Spring print from the HALO SleepSack Swaddle line, which will really come in handy for using to help keep baby warm and swaddled!

I like that the SleepSack Swaddle is easy to use and is also adjustable. There is also a inverted zipper to help make those nighttime diaper changes easier on parents. Then with the fact that the SleepSack Swaddle is machine washable, I can wash it along with babies other clothes. Making the HALO SleepSack Swaddle a must have item to get while preparing for baby!



With the Halo products, you find a line of products that not only provides parents with products that offer safer sleeping options for baby, but you also get products from a company that want the best for baby. They do this by not only having the products parents need, but by also giving parents and caregivers the information that can be really crucial when it comes to caring for baby while they sleep. In fact, the wonderful people from HALO have given me some great tips to share with my readers when it comes to caring for baby while they sleep:



Safe Sleep Tips
ALWAYS
  • Place baby to sleep on his or her back at naptime and at night time.
  • Use a crib that meets current safety standards with a firm mattress that fits snugly and is covered with only a tight-fitting crib sheet.
  • Remove all soft bedding and toys from your baby’s sleep area (this includes loose blankets, bumpers, pillows and positioners). The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests using a wearable blanket instead of loose blankets to keep your baby warm.
  • Offer a pacifier when putting baby to sleep. If breastfeeding, introduce pacifier after one month or after breastfeeding has been established.
  • Breastfeed, if possible, but when finished, put your baby back to sleep in his or her separate safe sleep area alongside your bed.
  • Room share, but don’t bed share. Bed sharing can put a child at risk of suffocation.
NEVER
  • Never put your baby to sleep on any soft surface (adult beds, sofas, chairs, water beds, quilts, sheep skins etc.)
  • Never dress your baby too warmly for sleep; keep room temperature 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Never allow anyone to smoke around your baby or take your baby into a room or car where someone has recently smoked.
You can find more tips like the ones above, as well as other products available from the HALO SleepSack line, by heading to the HALO SleepSack site! Also, the wonderful people from HALO SleepSack would like to give one of my amazing readers their own HALO SleepSack or SleepSack Swaddle!






Product received, thank you to HALO SleepSack as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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NewAir AW-121E 12 Bottle Countertop Thermoelectric Stainless Steel Wine Cooler Review


When I think of Mothers Day, I think of a day of relaxation, a day where I can spend time with friends and family, and enjoy the day without having to worry about household chores and such. For me, when it comes to enjoying the day, I like to enjoy it by having a afternoon brunch with the family, then maybe a spa day with the girls. When we head to the spa, we like to have a glass of wine to enjoy, while we get pampered, so naturally one of the gifts my friends and I enjoy exchanging with one another is wine. With my wine, I do like to have it cooled down, and with the warm Texas weather, I find that just leaving my wine on a rack does not cut it for me. So when I was sent the NewAir AW-121E 12 Bottle Countertop Thermoelectric Stainless Steel Wine Cooler for review, I was not only excited to set it up, but also excited to have a nice cool place to store my wine in!

One of the things that really stood out for me would have to be the design. I really like that it is compact and that it fits nicely on my counter top. With the stainless steel design, I found that it fits right in with the other stainless steel products in my kitchen. Another feature that stood out when it comes to the basic looks is the soft LED blue light. The LED blue light is not only seen on the temperature control, but it is also seen on the inside, so it lights up my wine that is inside making it seen easily, but does not raise the temperature of the cooler. Giving it a very nice and stylish look!

With the interior features, aside from the LED blue light, which can be left on or turned off, I like that I can store up to 12 bottles and that the trays slide in and out very easily, making it so putting the wine in and getting it out is simple.
Then when it comes to the technical aspects, I like that controlling the temperatures are easy, by using the arrows that are on the top. The display, shows what the temperature is at, so you can monitor the temperature once it is set. I also found the quietness of this wine cooler to be a huge plus, especially at night, so you do not hear that vibration of bottles all night long while you are trying to sleep. Instead, you hear very little if any noise at all while it is running, and no vibrations. This is made possible with the thermoelectric cooling system, which helps to keep those vibrations of the cooler to a bare minimum, which is not only a plus when it comes to keeping those bottles from clinking while they are in the cooler, but since I store mine on the counter, it keeps anything else nearby from vibrating as well!

In all making the NewAir AW-121E 12 Bottle Countertop Thermoelectric Stainless Steel Wine Cooler not only a great wine cooler to have in the home, but also a great gift to give mom this Mothers Day! So if you have been thinking of purchasing a wine cooler, be sure to check out this one as well as the others you can find at NewAir, and when you shop there be sure to use code Save20 to get your discount, and also check out my video review below! 




This post was sponsored by NewAir, all opinions are my own!
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Colgate Enamel Health

When it comes to my families oral health, I want to ensure they have the products that can help with keeping their smiles, bright, white and healthy. So when we were sent a set of the products from the Colgate Enamel Health line, I was excited to share them with my family and also check them out for myself.

With our teeth, there are noticeable differences that can be felt when it comes to the enamel, they are either gritty or smooth, and when it comes to ensuring that they have a healthy enamel, I found that the line of both toothpastes and tooth brushes from the products from Colgate Enamel Health help with getting the teeth clean. I like the various products we can choose from, like the Enamel Health Sensitive Relief, for those with sensitive teeth, or the Whitening for those like me who love their coffee but also want to maintain a healthy, white smile! I also like that we can get the toothbrushes that are meant for sensitive teeth.

When it comes to enamel health, I learned that the foods and drinks we consume, can erode the enamel over time, leaving the teeth feeling gritty instead of smooth. And I like that after using the products from the Colgate Enamel line, I was able to see a noticeable difference in how my teeth feel, and even a difference when it comes to how white they are. Making it so when it comes to taking care of my families smiles, I can ensure they have the products they need by having the various products on hand from the Colgate Enamel Health line of products!



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

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

#Giveaway NEW Dial® Baby Body & Hair Wash and Dial® Kids Foaming Hand Wash


Whether we are bathing baby or having the kids wash their hands before meals, I like to ensure that the soaps they use a gentle on their skin. For baby, I like to have body and hair wash, that is hypoallergenic as well as tear free, so when we were sent the new Dial Baby Body and Hair Wash along with the Dial Kids Foaming Hand Wash to review, I knew they would be a great fit for my kids to use!

With the Dial Baby Body and Hair Wash, we get a formula that is tear free, hypoallergenic, as well as fragrance free. Then with the Dial Kids Foaming Hand Wash, I like that the kids can get their hands clean, leaving them smelling good. I also like that the soap is gentle on their hands, and with the foaming hand wash, the kids find it fun to use! In all, making the new Dial Baby Body and Hair Wash and the new Dial Kids Foaming Hand Wash a great set of products to have in the home to use if you have kids! Also, the wonderful people from Dial would like to give one of my amazing readers their own bottles of these new products by giving one reader 3 coupons which can be used to purchase the full sized product of either the hand wash or baby soap!



Product received, thank you to Dial Soap as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Keeping Little Legs and Toes Warm with Cozee Toes


With the warmer Springlike weather, many of us find ourselves taking advantage of the days spent outdoors. Those cool spring breezes and sunshine are what many of us have been needing, and with that, we also bring the kids out, to let them enjoy the sunshine and playing outdoors. One of the things that comes with the spring in many places, even here in Texas, is the rain. When it rains around here, the temperatures drop, and even when the rains clear up, the temperature outside might remain on the cooler side. With that in mind, I like to ensure that when we spend time outdoors with little ones, that they stay warm. So when we were sent some of the Cozee Toes to review, I knew that these would make for a great product to have in place for baby, for anytime of the year!

The Cozee Toes are not just leg warmers, they are also socks too. I like that unlike pants, you do not have to worry about them riding up, or not fitting around babies waist. I like that they stay in place, and I also like that with the Cozee Toes, you get socks that are attached to the leg warmers, so there is no loosing socks, which helps to ensure that not only are babies legs warm, but their feet are warm too.

With the Cozee Toes, you do not have to buy multiple pairs as baby grows, because they come in 2 sizes, one size for babies 0-12 months and one size for toddlers, size 1-3 years, so they grow with your little ones! In all, making the Cozee Toes from Otuim Brands, a must have when heading out with baby, and also a great product to add to the list when preparing for baby!

Product received, thank you to Otium Brands as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Bring Maui Brand Natural Cane Sugar to Your Table


When it comes to the products I use in my home, I like to find ones that offer a healthier option for my family. From the foods to the seasonings and sugars we use and put on the table, so when I was sent some of the Maui Brand Natural Cane Sugars to review, I was not only excited to trade out my other sugars for this brand, but also try out some of the recipe ideas as well.

I like knowing that the line of sugars from the Maui Brand Natural Sugar, are natural and are non-GMO. The sugars are grown on Hawaii's Maui island, and are available in both the Maui Whites and the Maui Raws. I also like that I can use the sugars for sweetening my morning coffee or in any of my recipes that call for sugar, knowing that the sugar being used is a natural choice.

Another plus about the Maui Brand Natural Sugars is that I can not only have some to keep at home, but with the individual sticks, I can take the sugars with me, so when we are on the go, I can be prepared! In all, making the Maui Brand Natural Sugars, a great sugar to have in the home, and to take on the go.



Product received, thank you to Lilly Baby as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Travel Made Easier with the 2 in 1 Zoomer from Lilly Gold

With the school season coming to a end in just weeks, families everywhere are planning for those Summer vacations. Like many, I have made those travel plans, deciding on where we will go, our route to get there, and where we will stay. For me, those plans are just the beginning, because once I know the basics of our travel itinerary, I find that it is time to get the products we will need to make travel a little easier, in place. This includes the travel entertainment for the kids, the safety seats we will need, and more. The thing is, when we go to a airport with a car seat, it can be in the way, being big and bulky. So when we were sent the 2 in 1 Zoomer to review from Lilly Gold, I was excited to add it to my list of must have items when traveling with kids.

This device makes the solution of carrying both a stroller and car seat, an easier one, since when you attach the car seat to the Zoomer, it not only makes the transporting of the car seat easier, but it eliminates the need for a stroller as well because it converts into a stroller! It makes like a stroller when the car seat is attached, making it easy to get around airports and such with your little ones. I like that with the 2 in 1 Zoomer, you can attach any car seat to it, by using the car seats LATCH and tether to secure it on.

It folds up easily and is compact, so it is ideal for storing in most overhead bins on planes! And aside from using the 2 in 1 Zoomer from Lilly Gold as a car seat carrier slash stroller, it can also be used as a luggage carrier. Making it so when I go on trips without little ones, I can keep my luggage close by as I go through the airports, so I am not struggling with my bags when I get on and off the plane! In all, making the 2 in 1 Zoomer from Lilly Gold a must have item to add to your list of things to pack for summer travel, whether you are traveling with or without little ones!




Product received, thank you to Lilly Baby as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Sunday, April 26, 2015

#Giveaway Pacific Play Tents $50 Gift Code

In my home, we have kids and with that comes the fact that when it comes to playtime, my kids seem to find the time anytime and just about anywhere! My husband and I encourage the play, and encourage those imaginations to soar. We do this by having fun products for them, both indoors and out, so even if we have some rainy weather, they can enjoy their time indoors. One thing I can remember doing on those rainy days was making forts. We had bunk beds, so I can remember tacking sheets to the ceiling, then also draping sheets over the bottom bunk, so we could create a fun and exciting bed fort. So when we were sent the Red Race Car Bed Tent from Pacific Play Tents to review, I knew my kids would be excited to check it out!

I like how easy it is to set up and take down, and I also like how it stays in place, so when the kids are inside playing, it does not move around or slip off! I also like the size, which with the Twin size one, we were able to put it on the bottom part of our boys loft bed, with room to spare!


The kids fell in love with their bed tent, from the fun windows that they can look through, playing like they are driving around in a race car, to the flaps on the side, which make it easy for them to get in and out as they play! Another thing that the kids really like is that even though it is a tent that looks like a race car, they can pretend it is so much more, making the possibilities of where their imaginations can go, endless! In all, making the Red Race Car Bed Tent from Pacific Play Tents a must have when it comes to those fun indoor products for the kids to play with, especially when it comes to that rainy day fun. And to help with the play in your home the wonderful people from Pacific Play Tents would like to give one of my amazing readers a $50 gift card!





Product received, thank you to Pacific Play Tents as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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#jakkstoys Frozen Fun with Olaf

I received an Olaf-A-Lot and Frozen Olaf Snow Cone Maker for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own.
In my home, Frozen is a movie that seems to be on constant repeat. My kids, like many other kids out there, can sing the songs word for word, and even quote much of the movie as it plays. With that said, it is a given to say that when it comes to the Frozen toys and other products, my kids want them all! So when we were sent the very adorable and lovable Olaf products from Jakks Pacific to review, we were all very excited to check them out! We were sent the Olaf-A-Lot and the Olaf Snow Cone Maker for review.

With it being a Olaf toy and all, well it did not take long for my toddler to take over the Olaf-A-Lot! Wyatt has found that with this Olaf, there is so much fun to be had, from the fun things he says when you press his nose, to the goofy sayings he comes up with when you take his head off and put it upside down then reattach it again!

We both like that the phrases are all ones that come from the movie, which of course my toddler almost knows by heart. In fact the Olaf-A-Lot says over 50 sounds and phrases, and he can be posed with his arms as well as sit or stand! Giving us a toy that is not only a character that we adore in my home, but also a toy that all of my kids can enjoy and have a lot of fun with!


Then with the Olaf Snow Cone Maker, what can I say, we are in Texas, and snow cones are kind of a staple around here. So having a snow cone maker in the home, that my older kids can use and make snow cones with any time they want, and that is a Olaf snow cone maker, I see it as it was just meant to be!

It is very easy to set up and use, and by just using the ice cubes from our freezer, my kids can create fun and tasty snow cones for themselves and friends, and stay nice and cool during Olaf's favorite season! For the flavorings, we can use the ones that came with our set, by adding water to the powders included and putting them in the flavor bottle then shaking it up. I also like that it comes with its own snow cone cup, in all making the Olaf Snow Cone Maker and Olaf-A-Lot, the perfect gifts to get the kids to gear them up for "Summer"!








I received an Olaf-A-Lot and Frozen Olaf Snow Cone Maker for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own.
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Fuel the Gamer in Your Life with the HP Envy Touchsmart Laptop AMD FX Special Edition APU

With both Mothers Day and Fathers Day in the near future, I find that it is time to seek out those gifts to give the mom and dad in your life. In my home, I know when I comes to finding gifts for my husband for Fathers Day, he would prefer the tech inspired gifts, from the gizmos and gadgets, to the latest and greatest when it comes to the gaming PC's and other gaming devices that are out there. So when it comes to finding the latest and greatest for my husband, I like to head to Best Buy, where I can find those must have gaming PC's like the HP Envy Touchsmart Laptop with AMD FX Special Edition APU.

With the HP Envy Touchsmart Laptop, you get extreme performance of AMD's most powerful mobile processor, giving you an amazing Gaming and Entertainment experience. Aside from this being the perfect laptop for the gamer in my life, I also find this to be an ideal laptop for the multitasker, like say a blogger or any mom who depends on a computer that offers the streaming capabilities, managing of photos, or like me, having multiple windows open at any given moment, allowing me to go from one task to another which in hand will allow more time with the family!

The 15.6 inch touchscreen, not only comes in handy when switching apps and going to various tabs, but it also helps when it comes to the multitasking, making things easier for me, and also for when my husband uses this laptop as a gaming PC! I like that I can create and share those photos and videos easily, with fast streaming, and we both like that with this laptop, you get some amazing graphics along with AMD's highest performing APU's, which is exclusive to Best Buy!

In all, making the HP Envy Touchsmart Laptop AMD FX Special Edition APU a great buy for the multitasker and or the gamer in your life! You can find this laptop, exclusively at Best Buy, and when you shop at Best Buy you can get free shipping on orders over $35 or free in store pickup!






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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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Not going out this weekend? Plan a ladies bingo night

Life with little ones in the house seems amazing and filled with fun. It really doesn’t matter whether you are at home or a working mother because by the end of the day you will be completely exhausted after taking a shower you need some time to chill out. Going out on a weekend may seem like a great idea, but you don’t want to leave your kids all alone at home or it may not be a great idea calling a babysitter. So plan for a ladies night with your friends,which would be a great idea.

Here are some a few ways or ideas which you can implement and have fun in with the girls when your kids are asleep

Call a beautician
These days you will find plenty of spas & salons providing their services right at door step, so you can book a beautician and pamper yourself, by getting pedicure, manicure and a nice facial. While you can chat and gossip on the latest controversies over a glass of wine, also to listen some music.

Cook  
You all can plan for baking or grilling out some new recipe and experimenting it with all your friends as it will be more fun. You can cook and have delicious dinner rather than ordering the same regular stuff from a restaurant

Play online bingo
Bingo is one such game which has been played over the centuries and has kept people amused, but to indulge in this game. Now you don’t have leave the house, as you will find plenty of bingo sites to choose from and GameVillage Bingo is one such site where in you can play bingo with no deposit required. Once you register on the site you will be rewarded with £5 bonus. The site has wide array of games to play and unlike bingo halls you don’t have to concentrate on the game as the daubing is automatically done for you. While playing you can also listen to some foot-tapping music with your friends.

So ladies plan up something like this, don’t make your life miserable and boring. Have some me time, pamper yourselves and don’t forget to share your views with me.

Fuel the Geek in You with the Geek Fuel Subscription Box


As we seek out those gifts to get mom, I find that looking for that perfect gift to give her can be easy when I think of the products I might like to get as a mom myself. For me, I like a variety of things, so pin pointing just one gift is just not going to happen. Like many, I adore those Sci-Fi and Fantasy shows, comics, and books, so when looking for gifts I find that those are all products I enjoy getting and giving. Recently I was introduced to a subscription box service, one that is unlike others I have tried, because this one is not meant to fuel your appetite when it comes to food, instead it is meant to fuel the geek in you, with the Geek Fuel box!


The Geek Fuel monthly subscription box is one that has a little bit of everything to help fuel your inner geek! From the reading material that includes those comics that are just a must have, to the gear that includes both toys, and clothing! I found the March box I received was very fitting, since I plan one certain weekend around preparing for The Game of Thrones Season Premier. My box had the shirt, had the comics, to help me get through the marathon leading up to the premier, I also had a Gears of War Energy Drink, and even a Dragon Glass, to bring me closer to the premier I was preparing for!

Aside from the Game of Thrones swag that was perfect for getting me ready for the big premier, I also loved the Leonard Nimoy Spock Button, which was very suiting due to his recent passing, which was a huge loss for Star Trek fans everywhere. In all, making the Geek Fuel Monthly Subscription Box one that will be a great gift to give mom this year, as well as one to gift to yourself, so you and mom can let your geek flags fly!!




Product received, thank you to Geek Fuel as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Monthly Subscription Boxes from Taste Guru

When it comes to the question on what to cook, or what to eat, I find myself stumped more often than I would like. This is something that I might end up giving in on, by getting some fast food, or options that are not what I would like to eat and feed my family, but just go for because I can not think of another option at the time. I know that after talking to friends, this dilemma can be one that they too face, and that they too turn to the easy outs for instead of researching healthier options each time they have the issue at hand. So when I was introduced to Taste Guru, I found that I could find new options when I find myself stumped when it comes to foods, by checking out the gluten free products and recipe ideas that are in the box!

I think aside from the products in the box, I like the fact that I can get the Taste Guru Subscription Boxes delivered to my door, each month! For me, it is like being a kid all over again, waiting on a gift, except I do not have to wait for my birthday or Christmas, I can get a box delivered to my door each month! I mean, when the box comes in, I have no clue on what is inside, so opening it and finding all of the goodies that it has to hold, is very exciting.

I like that with the product options that are in the box, from the recipe ideas, to the snack options, I can find a variety of products to choose from, in one box. I also like that after sampling the products in my box, when going to the store, I recognized the products we enjoyed, making that dilemma of what to give the family when it comes to snacks and meals a easy choice. In all, making the Taste Guru Monthly Subscription Box a great gift to get for yourself as well as a great gift to get mom this Mothers Day!



Product received, thank you to Taste Guru as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

#Giveaway Mothers Day Gifts from Novica ($50 Gift Card)


With Mothers Day just around the corner, it is time to head out and find those gifts to give mom. Like my own mom, I enjoy gifts that are both practical and unique, and with that in mind, one place I know I can shop at for those type of gifts is Novica. For this years Mothers Day shopping, I was given the chance to shop at and review the products that are found from the Novica line.

Keeping the idea of practicality and products that are unique in mind, I found that the line of Blue Mexican Glass really caught my eyes. I came across the line by checking out the Tableware collection from the Gifts for Mother's Day selection. When looking over the selection of tableware, and finding pieces from the Blue Mexican Glass line, I was very pleased to find quite a few products to choose from and coordinate with.

I like that the collection of blue glass reminds me of my home back in Southern New Mexico, where when you go to a restaurant or even to a friends house, you will come across similar products that have that blue glass theme. I also like that the glasses I chose to go with, come from Mexico and are individually handcrafted using Mexican art blowing. This way of creating the glasses make each glass unique, with different bubbles in the glass, and even the slightest variations in the shape, giving them a great, unique quality that is what I have found with each of my shopping experiences when I shop at Novica!



Aside from the beautiful collection of Mexican Blue Glass that I found at Novica, I also found the line of ceramic vases to fit in that category of being products that are both practical and unique, and also a line that will make for a great gift to give mom this year! I like that the products are ones that are crafted by artists from around the world, and I like that they come directly from the source, at very affordable prices. Making my shopping experience at Novica for Mother's Day, yet another great and memorable one! And to help with finding those gifts for mom this year, the wonderful people from Novica would like to give one of my amazing readers a $50 gift code to use on their site!



Product received, thank you to Novica as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo Season 1 on DVD


Saturday Morning Cartoons is a tradition in my home, one that I can remember looking forward to before heading out to play with friends, and one my own kids enjoy as well. Of the shows we had enjoyed when my husband and I were kids, I would have to say that Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo is one that stands out! In my house, we not only grew up with Scooby-Doo and the various shows, but we have also enjoyed sharing those shows with our kids, who also enjoy watching them. So when we were sent the DVD, Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo Season 1 to review, I knew this would be a great collection of shows to share with my kids, and also a great one to take myself and my husband back to our own childhoods!




In this series, you get Scooby-Doo and the entire Mystery Inc gang, taking on those mysteries with the puppy power of Scrappy-Doo. Scrappy-Doo is a little pup with a lot of pep, who is not afraid of anything, ready to take on the scary bad guys without thinking twice, unlike Scooby-Doo and Shaggy.

This DVD is packed with 16 episodes which are filled with those funny situations that Scooby-Doo and Shaggy find themselves in, along with the mystery solving team and the puppy powered pup, Scrappy-Doo! You can bring home your copy of Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo Season 1 on DVD on April 28th, to get that nostalgic feeling of being a kid again and share with your own kids!



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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#MonkeyKingdom Happy Earth Day from Disneynature's Monkey Kingdom

Happy Earth Day! Enjoy this clip from Disneynature's Monkey Kingdom, which is playing in theaters everywhere! Also Disneynature will make a donation in your honor to Conservation International to help protect monkeys and other endangered species in their natural habitats. Learn more athttp://nature.disney.com/monkey-kingdom.




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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

#Giveaway Margaux & May 100% Organic Cotton Muslin Blankets (3 Winners)


When we prepare for a new baby, there is a list of things that needs to be in place before baby makes their arrival. For some, finding a place to start can be quite intimidating, but as a mom who has prepared for baby in the past, I find that insuring that you have the basics in place first, can help when it comes to getting ready to bring baby home. On my list when it comes to the basics to have in place while preparing for baby, I find that having plenty of blankets is one of my priorities. So when we were sent a pack of the Margaux & May 100% Organic Cotton Muslin Blankets to review, I knew that they would make for a great selection to adding to the list of blankets to have for baby!

With these blankets, one of the things that really stands out for me is the fact that they are made with 100% Cotton, which makes them very soft and a material that will be gentle against babies sensitive skin. I also like that with the Muslin material, that you get a great, breathable material, that makes for a perfect swaddle to use when swaddling baby. Helping to give baby that security they get from swaddling, along with helping to keep baby from overheating as well.

I also like that aside from using the Muslin Blankets from Margaux & May as a great swaddle for baby, there are many uses you can get, like using the blankets as a nursing cover, using the blankets as a shade from the sun when taking walks with baby and more! Then with the material, I like that it is made from organic cotton and that they are 100% Global Organic Textile Standard certified, with prints that are unique and versatile for using for both baby boys and girls! The material is also very durable, and can withstand being washed over and over, making the Margaux & May 100% Organic Cotton Muslin Blankets a set of blankets that is meant to last!

So if you are preparing for baby, and you are looking for blankets to add to that list of must have items for baby, be sure to add the Margaux & May 100% Organic Cotton Muslin Blankets to the list! Also, the wonderful people from Margaux & May would like to give 3 of my amazing readers each their own set of their Muslin Blankets!!!





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