Mommy Katie: November 2015

Monday, November 30, 2015

ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE ROAD CHIP



When it comes to the holidays, many of us head out on those epic holiday road trips. And like many, when we have gone out on those road trips with the kids not everything always goes as planned. Like when one of the kids all of a sudden experiences motion sickness when you are literally in a place where there is no where to pull over, and you do not have enough paper towels or napkins to even begin the clean up. Leaving you with windows down, and praying everyone can make it to the next stop without anyone else getting sick. And also making it so this year, we will be very happy to be keeping the holidays at home. As well as inviting family to come and see us this year so we can all go and see the new movie, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip in theaters.





ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE ROAD CHIP – IN THEATERS DECEMBER 18

Through a series of misunderstandings, Alvin, Simon and Theodore come to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in Miami…and dump them. They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother.


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Give the Gift of Chocolate from Lands' End


The holiday shopping is upon us and and with that we seek out those gifts to give everyone on our lists. Like many, when it comes to seeking out those gifts, I find that we also have to get gifts for our kids teachers. For me, I enjoy finding candies and such to get the teachers and one place I can find those candy gifts is a Lands' End. So when we were sent some of the Sea Salt Caramels to review from the Lands' End line, I was excited to add it to our selection of candy gifts to get the teachers this year!

I like that with these Sea Salt Caramels, they come in a nice tin, that is perfect for gifting over the holidays. I also like that when it comes to the selections of candies we can find from Lands' End, we can be sure to find the kids teachers their favorite candies. And with the candies we were sent, we get a delicious rich dark chocolate coating that has sea salt sprinkled on the top, then is filled with caramel! Making the Sea Salt Caramel Candy from the Lands' End line of candies a great gift to give to the teachers on your lists this holiday season!!!!



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

Sunday, November 29, 2015

#Giveaway Making Holiday Memories with Gymboree + $75 Gift Card

When we think of the holidays, many of us think of the memories, both the ones we have made in the past as well as ones we will make this year. In my family, when it comes to the memories, a lot of them are made with those holiday traditions that we have. Like where we wear our holiday sweaters on the night before Christmas, drink hot cocoa, sing Christmas Carols and read the story " Twas the Night Before Christmas". And when it comes to adding the holiday clothing for our festivities, I like that I can shop at places like Gymboree, where I can find clothes for all of the kids!


With the clothing at Gymboree, I like that I can find those holiday sweaters for the kids to wear this year as we gather round to join in on those holiday traditions as one big happy family!



I also like that with the clothes we can find, the clothes are made for kids. So they can not only be worn as we attempt those big family photos together, but they can also be worn as the kids run around, sip on their hot cocoa, and play as they enjoy their holiday time together.


Then when it comes to the selection that we can find when we seek out those holiday clothes at Gymboree, I like that we can mix and match. From the tops and pants to the accessories and outerwear, giving us those clothes that keep the kids looking festive as they enjoy their holiday time and make those big memories! Making Gymboree a part of our family when it comes to the clothes the kids wear over the holidays as we gather and make memories! And to help with making those memories in your home, the wonderful people from Gymboree would like to give one of my amazing readers a $75 gift card.







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

Soothing Baby with the Light Weight and Portable Bouncer from 4moms

As parents and even as caregivers, we find that when it comes to caring for baby, we like to have the tools on hand that can help to make the process of caring for baby, a little easier on everyone. Recently I was given the chance to head to the 2015 ABC Kids Expo, where I not only got to meet with some amazing brands, but also learn about some of the newest products that are out there that are a must have when it comes to preparing for baby. Of those brands that I met up with, I was very excited to check out the 4moms booth and see what they had in store, and when I was shown one of their newest bouncers I was excited to learn more about it and also review it. So when we were sent the 4moms bounceRoo to review, I was very excited to check it out and put it to work when caring for baby!



As a mom with older kids, I have found that when it comes to baby products, having ones that are portable and can be taken with us just about anywhere we go is always a plus. And with the bounceRoo, we get that and more!



I like that aside from the portability, I can get 3 unique vibrations as well as 3 intensity settings when it comes to soothing baby. I also like that it is battery powered so I can use it for soothing baby just about anywhere, and when it comes to the mobile and the cover, I can remove them as needed as well as wash the cover when needed too. Then when it comes to baby and comfort, I like that it has a plush feel and that there is a included newborn insert, allowing parents to adjust the bounceRoo as baby grows! Making the bounceRoo from 4moms not only a great item to add to your baby registry but also a great gift to give new or expecting parents this holiday season!





Product received, thank you to 4moms as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.

Holiday Fun with LeapTV


In our house we enjoy family game night and find that it is a night that we all look forward to. On family game nights, we enjoy not only one anothers company, but also letting loose and having fun together. We also enjoy finding new games that can be incorporated into the mix, both the board games and the video games, and with our kids we like to play those video games that get us all up and moving! So when we were sent a LeapTV along with some fun games to review as part of our Leapfrog Moms Ambassador package this month, we were excited to check it out and add it to our list of family favorites!

For me, one of the things that stood out about the LeapTV was that it is a gaming system that is made for kids. It is made to be used by little hands and also to help encourage both critical thinking as well as physical activity. I also like that with the various games we can play, there are different challenges, which allow my kids to play starting with my preschooler on up.


The games are designed to be engaging, as well as challenging, allowing my kids to enjoy a variety of games that teach them to learn through motion. I also like that with the different games, the kids can take turns playing them, and the games adjust to the kids various levels so they remain challenging for each of the kids skill levels!

When it comes to the various modes of play, well the kids can choose to use body motion where they are put into the games and jump, hop, dance and karate chop. They can go with pointer control where they use the controller as they twist and move, or classic control where they can shake and tilt the controller during a fast paced game!

Then when the kids are ready to add new games to the mix, we can add more of the over 100 games and apps that are available to us! Making the LeapTV a great gaming console to have in the home and to use on those family game nights, as well as give as a gift this holiday season!




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

Get Playroom Rugs this Holiday Season from Lorena Canals


When we think of the holidays, we think of the preparations that need to be made and the accommodations for everyone who will be visiting. For me, I find that with the kids, they enjoy playing and having fun with one another as well as checking out their new toys. So when I think of the preparations that need to be put in place, I think about having the playroom ready so the kids can have the space and accommodations they need. Recently I was sent a product that will help with accommodating our play area when I was sent a kids rug from Lorena Canals to review.


With this rug, I found that the size and style I chose is just right for our play area, and the texture is also one that is soft, which is perfect for the kids to sit on and play on as they test out their new toys together. I found that with the material that this rug is made of, it is practical for any kids space, since it is made of 100% cotton and not made with any toxic dyes. Making it so the kids can not only play on this rug, but that it is also soft enough for baby to crawl on when the time comes.

I can also appreciate that when it comes to how this rug was made, that is made from raw materials and that it is handmade. And for the times when I need to have the rug washed, I like that I can put it right into my washing machine, since it is made to be machine washable as well. In all, making this rug, along with the others you can find from the Lorena Canals line a great choice to go with this holiday season when setting up your playroom or kids room!



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

Travel in Style this Holiday Season with the Maxi-Cosi Mico Max 30 Sweater Knit Collection


The holidays are upon us and like so many when it comes to all of the planning and shopping that needs to be done, we also find that we do a lot of this with baby in tow. The thing is, when we head out to do the holiday shopping or even the holiday travel, we find that the weather is colder and when we have baby with us, we want to ensure that she is both safe and warm. So when we were introduced to the Sweater Knit Collection from the Maxi Cosi line up, we were pleased to see that they had the Maxi-Cosi Mico Max 30 Sweater Knit Collection available to use for baby!

I like that with the Mico Max 30, we get a infant car seat that accommodates baby from 4-30 pounds. I also like that when it comes to traveling over the holidays with this car seat, we get superior safety features which includes the Air Protect Side Impact Protection. And when it comes to adding this car seat to our stroller and making it a travel system, I like that it is compatible with both our Maxi-Cosi and Quinny strollers!


We found that with the Sweater Knit Collection, we can get the car seats we need with a warm and cozy grey tone fabric that is just like those sweaters we adore snuggling up in over the season. I also like that when it comes to finding the products to go with the infant car seat for the baby, we can also get the Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 Sweater Knit Collection for our toddler, to match the Mico-Max 30 we received.

Then when it comes to the cleaning of our Maxi-Cosi Mico Max 30, I like that the seat pad is easily removable, allowing us to take it off in just a few seconds to wash it then put it back on easily as well. Making the Mico Max 30 Sweater Knit Collection Infant Car Seat from Maxi-Cosi a great car seat to have when going out and traveling with baby this holiday season!

So this holiday season as you head out to do the shopping and make those travel plans, be sure to get your limited edition Maxi-Cosi Mico Max 30 Sweater Knit Collection for baby so you can be sure to travel in style!



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

Saturday, November 28, 2015

#Giveaway Gifting Fun with the Litiholo Hologram Kit


When it comes to those products that encourage art and creativity, my daughter is one who enjoys seeking them out and also receiving them as gifts. So when we were sent the Litiholo Hologram Kit to review, we were excited to check it out and add it to our list of must have gifts for this holiday season!

Like many, when I think of holograms, I think that they are pretty cool, and with this Hologram Kit, we get all of the tools we need so we can create our own holograms! We can create our own 3D laser holograms, right from home. There are no chemicals used and this kit allows us to create those holograms without having a degree either. We can do this because we get the tools we will need, as well as detailed step by step instructions, which can help to make the process of creating holograms, easier!

We have found this kit to not only be a lot of fun, but I like that it is also a great kit that is educational as well. I also like that with the Litiholo Instant Hologram Film Plates, you get to have more time creating the holograms and not developing them! Making the Hologram Kit from Litiholo a great gift to give this holiday season! And to help with the gift giving this year, the wonderful people from Litiholo would like to give one of my amazing readers their own Hologram Kit!!!





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

#Giveaway Gift the Gift of Green Toys this Holiday Season


When it comes to my kids, my toddler is one who loves his cars and trucks. He enjoys taking them outside, playing with them in his room, rolling them up and down the hallways, and taking them with when we are on the go. So when I look for new vehicles to get him, I like to find ones that are built kid tough! Recently we were sent such a toy from the Green Toys line when we received the Dumper to review.

With this adorably fun little construction vehicle, my son can take it outside, through our halls, and even to bed with him if he wanted to. And with the Green Toys Mini Construction Vehicles, I can get him the toys that are built to be played with and that are made of 100% recycled plastic!

I like that the material is made from recycled plastic milk jugs, like the ones he sees us put in our recycling bin. I also like that this truck is chunky, sturdy and made to be durable so he can play with it and not have to worry about breaking it. I also like that after he has been digging in the mud with his truck and hauled some rocks around the yard, I can put it in the dishwasher so he can then take it to his room to play with indoors as well.

Which in all makes this toy along with the others you can find from the Green Toys line up a great selection to shop from when looking for those gifts to give this holiday season! And to help with your holiday shopping, the wonderful people from Green Toys would like to give one of my amazing readers their own Green Toys Mini Construction Vehicle!




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

#Giveaway Give the Gift of Accents and Fun with Accentuate Games


In my house, we look forward to our family game nights, and with the holidays coming and our whole family coming to spend the holidays with us, we like to add new games to our family game nights! We like looking for games that can be played with several players so we can break up into teams when the entire family is ready to sit down for a night of games. So when we were sent the Accentuate Games to review, we were excited to check them out and add them to our list of holiday gifts to give as well as family game night favorites!

With the Accentuate Game, we can break up into teams then try to guess the accents as we take turns trying to mimic the various accents. I like that this game is a fun one that keeps you on your toes, by keeping it a fast paced and timed game, where you only have 30 seconds to recite the quotation and give your teammates a chance to guess the correct accent. I also like that with this game there are twists and turns, where a roll of the dice can determine whether we swap, play, pass or all. Like with the swap option, you can choose to swap out for another card, the pass where you can pass your turn to another team member, play where you have to play the chosen card, or all where all teams get the chance at one guess!

Then, once everyone on each team has taken a turn, the team with the most points, wins the game! Making the Accentuate Game a great gift to give as well as a great game to have on hand over the holidays for a fun family game for everyone to play! And to help with your holiday celebrations the wonderful people from Accentuate Games would like to give one of my amazing readers their own Accentuate Game set!








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

#Giveaway Silverlit: Blu-Bot Intelligent Robot


With the holiday shopping to be done and those lists growing daily, I find that I enjoy seeking out those gifts that are sure to be a hit each year! For my kids we have a variety of likes and such, so when I go seeking out those must have gifts that are the top must have toys on their lists! To get us started, we were sent the very cool Blu-Bot, which is the 1st intelligent Bluetooth Robot.

With this robot, we control him by downloading the free app to our iOS devices or to one of our Android products. Once we have the app, we can then use it as a remote control from our smartphone or tablet, allowing us to use the power of our device to control our robot!

We can do this by not only using our fingers to slide on the screen to move him forwards, backwards, left and right, but also so we can speak into our device to broadcast through our Blu-bot! We can record messages and play them back using the voice changer and more. And to get the party started, we can switch the Blu-bot over to dance mode where he can do a moon dance with music. With the app, we can personalize the sounds and music, using the sound effects.

Then at those time where we do not want to use the app on our phone or tablet, we can use and control him in stand alone mode, where we can program up to 40 moves without using our devices! Making Blu-Bot a great gift to give this holiday season, and to help with your holiday shopping this year, the wonderful people from Silverlit would like to give one of my amazing readers their own Blu-Bot!






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

Give the Gift of Style to New Parents with Ju-Ju-Be


When we think of the holidays and the gift giving, we think of the gifts that our recipients can enjoy and will appreciate. I know that in my home, when it comes to those items that I can find of use and that I will be able to enjoy and appreciate, I think of things that I, as a parent, use everyday. For me, one of the items I use everyday is the diaper bag, and with the diaper bags, I like to have room and style. So when we were sent the Ju-Ju-Be Be Prepared diaper bag in the new The Queen-Be design, I was very excited to check it out and add it to my list of must have items for new parents!
One of the things that stood out for me when I first looked at this diaper bag is the space. I mean, just by looking alone and not even opening it, I can see that there are many zippered compartments. I found that once it is opened, it can expand, allowing me to put not only the new babies items inside that include her diapers, wipes, burpies, bottles and a change of clothes, but also the room to add the items I need for my toddler as well! The full zip down Mommy Pocket, gives me room for my easily accessible items, such as my wallet, sunglasses, cell phone, keys, and even my tablet that I can keep in the magazine pouch! Another fun spot that is in the Mommy Pocket is the place where I can keep those photos of my babies in, allowing me to have them handy when we are at the park or out with friends!

When it comes to keeping the bottles, water bottles, and sippy cups stored safely away, I can use the side pouches which you can find on each side. These side pouches not only have a flap that keeps them covered that are magnetic so they are not noisy, but they are also insulated, to help keep drinks cold! On the backside I found that there is a changing pad that has memory foam in it, and on the bottom of the pouch with the pad, there is a crumb drain, which allows me to rid the bag of any crumbs that might build up. For the versatility aspect, I like that on the main compartment I can choose to keep it as a diaper bag or turn it into a diaper tote. I can also keep the kids things separated inside using the smart tabs that are different colors so I can easily access each of the kids things in the mesh pockets! And when I need to get in the diaper bag, I can see inside because the lining is a light color, which helps so I do not need to try and use my phone to see in my bag or dig around and hope I grab the right things.
Along with the convenience that the Be Prepared offers, I like that with the Queen Be, I get a design on this bag that stands out. Giving parents like myself who want to have the functionality of a diaper bag, without having to give up personal style, a bag that is very functional and that also offers style that can be used for a variety of uses when out with baby! I say that, because unlike other diaper bags that you can come across, this one has a very sleek style to it, allowing me to coordinate with it so when I am out with the kids, I am not carrying a bag that does not offer style.

Then when it comes to the cleaning, aside from the crumb drain, I like that I can keep this bag looking amazing, even with kids. Because it is machine washable and teflon treated, so even if something gets spilled on it, I can easily wipe it off! Making the Ju-Ju-Be Be Prepared with the Queen-Be design, a great gift to give the new parent on your holiday shopping list, or to even get for yourself when you are looking for that bag that has the room and style!



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

Gift Giving with the Little Reader Chair from Accents for Kids

As we prepare for the holidays, I find that I enjoy preparing by incorporating those holiday traditions. Like the tradition of going to see Santa and getting photos of the kids with the big man himself after they have talked to him. Along with the tradition of reading and singing some of our favorite holiday stories and songs on Christmas morning. To go with that tradition, I like getting the kids their own chairs to sit in as we gather around to read the stories and sing the songs is something we have done for each of our kids. So when we were sent the Little Reader Chair from Accents for Kids to review, we were excited to make this chair the chair for our Wyatt to use as we gather around this Christmas! 


I like that the chair is light weight and not too bulky, allowing my Wyatt to carry it with the handle that is on the top and put it in his spot when we gather to read, and also allowing us to put it aside when he is not using it. Along with the weight and size, we also both like that on the sides of the chair, there are pockets, allowing Wyatt to put his Christmas books in so they are easily accessible when he wants to read his holiday stories with the family!

Then when it comes to the durability, I like that this chair is built to last, and even the fabric is one that is meant to be kid tough. The fabric is a micro-suede, that is both stain and moisture resistant, so it can put up with whatever Wyatt might accidentally spill or get on it. I also like that when it comes to the color selection, we can get more of these awesome chairs in a variety of colors and even have them personalized as we please! Making the Little Reader Chair a great chair to get for the little ones in your life so they can have their own chair that is made to last!


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

Friday, November 27, 2015

Caring for Baby Over the Holiday Season Made Simpler with Safety 1st


As we prepare for the holidays and for those holiday guests, we find that we also need to prepare for not only the travel and shopping, but also for keeping the indoor atmosphere more comfortable, especially when the colds and flu make their appearance over this time of year. So when we were sent some products from the Safety 1st and Cosco line of products for baby, we were excited to check them out!

To get us started we found that the Ultrasonic 360 Humidifier from the Safety 1st line, is great for putting in the nursery. I found that it is perfect for setting up and moisturizing the air, especially with the fireplace and heaters going. I also like that this humidifier can be used year round and that I can adjust the humidity levels as needed, so I can be sure to keep babies room comfortable! I also like that when it comes to controlling the environment in babies room, I can control which direction the humidity is going in by adjusting the 2 fully rotating mist outlets. Then when it comes to the run time, I like that the large tank that is on this humidifier allows me to get 36 hours of use each time I have it running!
Then as we head out to do the holiday shopping and traveling with baby, I found that the Cosco Light n' Comfy DX Infant Car Seat is perfect for using! It is made to accommodate rear facing infants from 5-22 pounds, and it is the lightest car seat I have used, which is great for using when family is in town and we need a car seat that we can easily transfer from vehicles as well as take in and out when we are shopping. Aside from the lightness you get with this infant car seat, I also like that the seat pad is removable so I can wash it, and it also comes with a infant insert that can be removed when baby no longer needs it. The Latch base has a Latch storage, and when it comes to the long distance travel, I like that this car seat is certified to use on aircrafts! In all, making these products a great selection to have over the holiday season when you have a baby in the home!





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

#Giveaway Holiday Gift Ideas

Finding those gifts to get for both under the tree and to put in the stockings can be quite exhausting at times, and when we have a list of people to shop for, we find that the list can get harder and harder to complete. For me, we have a large family, and when I look over the list of the gifts and stocking stuffers, I find that getting beauty products for a lot of those who are on my lists can be a great way to go! So when I was sent a selection of products from a variety of some of my favorite companies to review, I was excited to check them out and add them to my list of gifts to give this holiday season!


With the CLEAN Cashmere, I like that the Cashmere, along with the other CLEAN Perfumes, have a great fresh scent, that have a settle yet elegant way about them. I also like that with the gift packs, you can either use them alone or layer them after a shower or when you want to freshen up a bit, giving a great selection of scents to both give and get this season.

For the Yardley soaps, I found that they are great for using in the shower, leaving the skin feeling clean, soft and smelling fresh with the gentle scents! I also found the Yardley soaps are not only great for the shower, but also great for using when you use the Instrumental Beauty Sonic Facial Brush, helping to leave the face soft, and clean afterwards!
Then when it comes to the stocking stuffers, I found the various colors from the Susan Posnick Collection and the Fushion Beauty selection to be great lines to shop when looking for lip shades to gift this holiday season. Then with the imPress Manicure sets, you can find a variety of nail sets to choose from, which are also a great gift to put in the stockings or under the tree this year! Making the products we were sent a great selection to choose from this holiday season when it comes to those great holiday gift ideas! And to help with the holiday shopping this year, the PR that sent me this great pack of goodies would like to give one of my amazing readers their own great pack of products!





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

Make an Impression this Holiday Season with Lipsense


With the holiday parties coming up and many of us trying to decide how we will be getting ready for these parties, I find that it is time to find the makeup that will be sure to make you shine this year! For myself, I enjoy finding colors that give me that seasonal feel to them, like with the holidays and having the various reds in my lip shades available to me. And when it comes to finding lip colors to go with, I also like to find ones that will last while I enjoy food and drinks at parties I attend and host. So when I was sent a selection of reds from the LipSense line up from SeneGence to review, I was not only excited to add these to my color selection for holiday gatherings but also add them to my list of great gifts to give this holiday season!

I found that with the various colors from the LipSense line, they are not just another color or lip stain, because they do not smear or come off even when I am eating and drinking, allowing me to wear the colors as I enjoy my evenings with guests! I also found that with the gloss that I can use with the LipSense products, I can give my lips a glossy shine that leaves my lips looking more full. Then when it comes to taking off my makeup, I can get the LipSense colors off to change colors or even fix any mistakes I make easily with the Oops! Remover! Making the products from the Lipsense line up a great selection to have for any time, especially for those holiday parties and giving as gifts this holiday season!


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

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Choosing the Right Food for Senior Dogs with Petcurean

This post is sponsored and written by me on behalf of Petcurean through a campaign managed by their PR. All opinions are my own. 


In my home when it comes to caring for my family, I take a lot into consideration. I am always on the look out for healthy options when it comes to the foods I give my kids as well as for myself and my husband, and when it comes to our pets, I seek out the best foods for them as well. With our eldest dog Chloe, she seems to eat just about anything and everything, and through her years she has learned that staying close to the kids when they have food can be quite rewarding. The thing is, this has led to her having weight issues, and in her old age those issues are catching up with her. When we last went to see our family vet, we were informed that we needed to change up her diet and eliminate a lot of the extra junk she gets, especially from the kids. So when we were introduced to the Pecurean Now Fresh Grain Free Senior Weight Management Recipe, we were curious to try it and see what our Chloe girl thought of it.
Now in the past few years, we have noticed that along with the weight gain, Chloe has slowed down quite a bit, and in hand has not cared to get up and play with the kids, go out and play a game of catch with the other dogs, or even run around at the park like she once used to. We had also noticed that her fur had changed, not only with more grey in it, but also being not as shiny as it once was. And after changing up her diet by switching her old dog food with the Petcurean Senior along with trying to keep her from getting those table scraps she was used to from the kids, in just a little less than a month, we have noticed that she has a little more spunk to her and that dull coat is once again becoming more shiny.
Also, when it comes to her liking the new dog food, well she does not seem to be complaining one bit, and I don't blame her. I mean, when we looked to compare her old dog food with the Petcurean recipe, the first thing that stood out for me was what is seen on the front of the bag, where it says 100% Fresh! I also like that on the front next to the big lettering where it says 100% fresh you see that it is also grain free. Making it so our Chloe girl is not only getting a dog food that is made with fresh ingredients, but it is also grain free. There are no by-product meats, gluten, wheat, corn or soy added either, and it is a formula that is made to help with weight management in older dogs. Giving Chloe a dog food that she not only likes, but one that is helping to improve her health as well!
So if you are looking to change up your dogs food and want a recipe that offers fresh and grain free products, then be sure to check out the line of dog foods from Petcurean today! Also, be sure to get your free sample by going here: http://www.petcurean.com/nourish-for-life/#get-a-coupon





Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Holiday Lighting with Innoo Tech


As we prepare for the holidays, I find that I not only enjoy seeking out the gifts, but I also enjoy the decorating as well. For me when it comes to the decorations, the lights are a focal point. I say this because when we look around at the holiday decor that goes up, it is the lights that attract us, so when we were sent a selection of lights to review from Innoo Tech, I was excited to them out and begin putting them up!


In the selection of lights we found the various Fairy Lights were perfect for putting up on the bushes out in the front of our house. I like that with these lights, they run on solar power, so I do not have to plug them into any outlets or worry about leaving them on and wasting electricity at night.

With a full charge, I can get around 8-10 hours of light out of them, and even if it is raining or snowing they can continue to be lit because they are also waterproof. They are simple to set up and to get a charge for the lights, I just need to place the stake in the ground in a spot where it can get some light.


Then for a little more decoration to add to the home, we found the Solar String Lantern Lights to be perfect for putting up! These are not only great for the holidays, but can also be a great set of lights to put up at any time of the year. And just like the fairy lights, these just need to be charged during the day to give me about 8-10 hours of light in the evenings!

Making the various solar lights from the Innoo Tech line a great selection to choose from when you are ready to set up or add to your holiday lights this season!



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

Gaming Gifts from Wonder Forge

The season of giving is upon us and like so many parents out there, I have been seeking out those must have gifts for the kids. For my family, one thing that all of my kids enjoy and look forward to is playing games on our family game nights. So when we were given the chance to not only review some of the new hot games from Wonder Forge for this years holiday season but also do a tour at the place where imagination comes to life, we were very excited!


Over the years we have found that with the games from the Wonder Forge line, they tend to grow with our family, giving us games for our preschoolers on up to our older kids and even for the adults to play! And to get started on our adventures at the Wonder Forge facility we were introduced to the The Good Dinosaur Roaring River Game!

This game is one that is perfect for adding to any family game night, allowing you to enjoy the game that reminds us of that new hit movie, The Good Dinosaur as you play to avoid the rising flood waters!

Another fun game that is perfect for the holiday season is the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Galaxy Hunt, which is one that the Star Wars fans on your lists are sure to love! With this game you have to pull out allied ships, all while being careful not to pull one that can cause the game to come to a end when the arm pops and knocks all of the pieces out!


With the Peanuts Flying Ace Game, we found that this game is one that is a fun one for the whole family to enjoy, and one that has that iconic character, Snoopy flying through the skies! You find Snoopy going after the Red Baron as he goes to the skies as the Flying Ace! They fly around the Eiffel Tower, and in order to win you must be the one to pick up the most tiles!


For the family game night that can take over our living room and turn it into a journey through time we were introduced to the Journey Through Time Eye Found It! Game! This is a fun board game that stretches up to 6 feet when the pieces are laid out, and offers a learning adventure through each of the levels, starting in prehistoric times and journeying on up through the past to the future. Taking players in a race against time to get to the end before the Timecraft runs out of fuel!


Then when it came to the show stopper for the kids on which products took it for them, they found the Disney Imagicademy line of products, which were a line that we all agreed were going to be a must have for this holiday season!


With this selection of products we found everything from activity books that are unlike any others we have ever encountered, to games and even a movie maker studio which takes the imagination to a whole new level! I mean, with the Activity books, we received not only a set of books that featured some of those iconic Disney characters in them as they took the kids through fun and engaging activities, but the activities are more of a hands on experimentation and exploration set of activities that engage the kids in a way that is fun all while they are learning!

With the Disney Imagicademy Make It and Play Creative Clay Games, we were able to create our own playing pieces from a selection of characters using the clay that is included. Once we had our pieces, we were then able to engage in challenges that we could play together or that the kids could even play alone if they chose to. There are 20 logic puzzles and games that are included, allowing the kids to enjoy hours of creative fun!


Then when it comes to a hands down on the hottest toy my kids have come across this holiday season, they all agree that the Disney Imagicademy Storymation Studio Stop Motion Movie Kit takes the cake! I mean, with this product, you get a stage, backdrops, characters, along with clay to create more characters so your kids can set the stage to film their own movies!


They can do so by downloading the free and easy to use, Storymation Studio Animation App. Once the app is running, the magic begins as they move their characters and take lots of stills through each movement. The pics can be taken by either pressing the button or by clapping, allowing the kids to watch as they create their movie. Once they have completed their masterpiece, they can play back the movie they created then have parents save it so they can share it with family and friends!

We found these along with the matching games, the fun Myth Buster games and more from the Wonder Forge line, to not only be great for playing on family movie night, but also to be a great selection to buy when shopping for those perfect gifts to give this holiday season! So if you are seeking out fun and exciting games and more for the entire family to enjoy, be sure to add Wonder Forge to your lists for holiday shopping!






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

Give the Gift of a Memorable Experience this Holiday with Cloud 9 Living


As the holiday shopping begins and we start looking for those perfect gifts that will be memorable, I find that I enjoy giving a variety of gifts. Gifts can range from a gift that offers warmth with a scarf to a toy that the kids will forever cherish, to those gifts that can stand out from the rest. And when it comes to finding the gifts that stand out from the rest, when you shop the experiences that can be gifted from Cloud 9 Living, you can not only find that gift that stands out, but also that gift that keeps on giving with the memories that can be made!


Recently I was given the chance to experience a gift from the Cloud 9 Living selection when I went on a Gourmet Seattle Food and Cocktail Tour!


With the tour we not only met some amazing people who were enjoying the tour alongside with us, but we found our tour guide was very knowledgeable and knew the right places to take us to as well as show us along the way. See, the Gourmet Seattle Food and Cocktail Tour is one that takes you on a tour to some of the most amazing gems when it comes to the foods that can be found in Seattle.


The foods that we were able to try varied from delicious seafood dishes, to the tasting of truffle oils and spreads, pizza and even some delicious gelato! Then with each of the dishes, we were able to pair them with wines that offered the perfect balance of flavor to compliment the foods we were eating, and end the tour with some mouth watering gelato and a cup of coffee that went along side some of Seattle's finest!

We found that this was a great way to experience our city in a whole new way, and we were introduced to those gems that offer amazing menus and that are definitely on the list of favorites. We were also given info on chefs in the area and random facts of the parts of town we were exploring, which I felt made the experience that much more memorable. Making the Food and Wine along with the many other experiences you can find from a variety of places around the country, gifts that are the gift of a memorable experience when you shop Cloud 9 Living!

So this holiday season, think outside the box and gift the gift that will create a memory with Cloud 9 Living!!!




Product received, thank you to Cloud 9 Living as well as the PR for supplying me with a experience for this review, all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

#Giveaway Holiday Favorites with Thirty-One Gifts

The holiday season is upon us and like many, I find that now is the time to bring the decorations out that I will be using both in the home and even on the go. To help with preparing for the holiday shopping this year, I was sent the Large Utility Tote in Swirl Dot along with a Timeless Memory Pouch to review.

The Timeless Memory Pouch is a perfect bag for using to put those holiday gifts in under the tree this year. They come in fun holiday prints and come in a set of 2 so you can be sure to stock up on them when it comes to the gift wrapping this year!



Then for my car and in the house when it comes to the holiday shopping then toting around the items I get when I am out shopping. The frame is made of metal, and helps to keep it to be durable so you can carry in those toys and groceries from the car after shopping, and even continue using it to store holiday decor in. I really like that with this tote, it is not only a great size, but I was able to have it personalized as well. In all, making the Large Utility Tote and Timeless Memory Pouches from Thirty-one Gifts a great selection of products to get as you prepare for the holiday shopping this year!





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

BRAVE GIRLS: RAISING YOUNG WOMEN by Stacey Radin

This post was sponsored by the Pivoting Media project.  However, all opinions are 100% my own.


When it comes to finding books to read and share, I enjoy a large variety of reads. From the mystery and romances to the books that offer insight and information on topics that interest me or that relate to my life. So when I was sent the book, Brave Girls: Raising Young Women by Stacey Radin, I was pleased to learn that this book was something that was of interest to me because it gives insight on a topic that I can really relate to.

As the mother of a preteen I have learned that when it comes to girls, their most crucial time in their emotional development is during those preteen and early teenage years. I know this because when I was a preteen, I found that those years were the years that I was discovering myself. Finding those emotions and hormones, were something I had been unaware of just a year or so previous, and learning that when it comes to self esteem and development, girls can not only be one another's best friends, but they can also be their own worst enemy.

See middle school is a time where girls explore and find their identities, and a time where there is a lot of influence around them that can make or break them. And in this book, you learn that with the amazing program that Dr. Radin founded called, Unleashed, she was able to key in on a way to help lift up young girls so they can be empowered to be tomorrows leaders!

The program is one that is a hands which helps to build a passion for causes by giving the girls a chance to work with helping others through the animal rescue. The girls who participate in Unleashed find a compassion that can help them become engaged and successful later in life by helping to create solutions for the dogs who have been neglected and abused. Which for myself as a mother of a preteen, found to be an amazing way to help build up our girls now so they can be more successful women in the future!

I found this book to be a great one that discusses the importance of having programs such as Unleashed in place and what the experience can do by discussing the direct impact that can be seen. I also found that this is a great book to get for anyone who has girls or even getting for educators and such so they too can learn and utilize the tools that Stacey Radin discusses. Making Brave Girls: Raising Young Women a great book to give and even get this holiday season!



You can find the book to purchase on Amazon and also find out how you can become more involved in the Unleashed program by going to the Unleashed site here: http://www.unleashedny.org/get-involved/