Mommy Katie: December 2015

Thursday, December 31, 2015

#Giveaway Win A uHoo Indoor Air Sensor Worth $299

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

When it comes to the indoor air quality in our homes, we find that with the colder months, we keep our windows closed and end up relying on heaters and stoves to warm us. Which in hand keeps the fresh air from the outdoors from coming in and circulating through our homes. This then leads to those famous colds and flues that we end up passing around over the winter months, and many who suffer from allergies and asthma, having flare ups and dealing with those issues more often as well. And like many, I use air filters, filtering systems, humidifiers and other products in my home, which can help to clean our air and also help to make the indoors a little more bearable for myself and my family. The thing is, when it comes to ensuring the air quality in our home is safe and clean, I rely on my senses and hope that the products I use are helping. 


So when I was told about the new uHoo Indoor Air Sensor, I was excited to learn more about the product as well as find out how I can get one for my own home. See with the uHoo Indoor Air Sensor, I can leave it on in my home to monitor the air quality, even when I am not there. I can do so by utilizing the app which gives me alerts when the temperature is too warm, or when there are toxic levels of pollutants such as carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide. 

I can also monitor the levels of dust, humidity, and other airborne chemicals in the home, so that whether I am at home or away from home, I can ensure that the air quality in my home is safe and comfortable. Making the uHoo Indoor Air Sensor a product that should be in any home for any time of the year. And to help with being one of the first to get one for their home, the wonderful people from uHoo are giving away a uHoo Indoor Air Sensor worth $299! You can enter by going here or by clicking on the photo below.



Monday, December 28, 2015

IBS In America: Start The Conversation

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When it comes to our health and the health and well being of our loved ones, it is best to be well informed as well as seek out the professional advice and services of our family doctor. And when it comes to the discussion of IBS and ways to treat it, I have found through both the information of our family doctor as well as through the information I was given in this sponsored post, can help with starting the conversation.

See when it comes to IBS and finding ways to discuss the symptoms and issues at hand, many find that it can be a difficult subject to take on. I know this because in my home, my husband is one who suffers from the symptoms of IBS, and like many others out there, he is one who even after a few years of having symptoms, was not diagnosed until he finally went to see our family doctor. I found that when it comes to discussing IBS and getting the proper treatment, many go through channels like friends and family and seek advice from others before finally going to their doctor.



In fact, as found in the recent IBS in America Survey that was conducted on over 3,200 people who suffer from IBS and 300 physcians, when it comes to the percentage of those in America who suffer from the symptoms of IBS, 67% experience the symptoms for a year or more before seeing a doctor. And like many, my husband is one who waited a few years after first experiencing the symptoms to finally go and see his doctor.

For my husband, he thought that the abdominal pain, constipation and diarrhea was something that he just had to deal with on a day to day basis. When he did try to treat it, he did so by self treating with over the counter products that only seemed to put a band aid on the issue and not actually treat the problem. This thinking of his way of treating the situation was something that went on for a few years, and was also something that he did not think was needed to be brought to the attention of his doctor until I had noticed the frequency in his symptoms. Even then, my husband hesitated and felt awkward about discussing the issue with our doctor until I urged him to do so, so that he could be diagnosed and treated properly.

We found that after learning about the survey results that my husband was not alone, and that like others, he too found it hard to talk about and discuss the issues that IBS can cause. But with mine and our doctors support, he has been able to get the care he needs so that he can take care of his GI health. Making the discussion about IBS with your doctor, a very important step to take so that you too can move forward and get the professional diagnosis and help that is needed for proper treatment.




While all experiences and opinions are my own, this post is sponsored by the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), which commissioned the “IBS in America” survey, the most comprehensive IBS survey of both patients and physicians ever conducted, polling more than 3,200 sufferers and 300 physicians to better understand this condition, with the financial support of Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Allergan plc. For full survey results, visit http://bit.ly/1LwtDgp.

New Years Resolutions for Your Pets 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. 
It is hard to believe that in just a few days, we will be saying goodbye to 2015 and hello to the New Year! Like many, when it comes to greeting the new year, I will be celebrating with family and friends, and making those resolutions I aim to keep along with them as well. The thing is, in my home when it comes to those resolutions for health in the new year, we will not only be making them for ourselves, but also for our pets as well by including the foods and treats we can get from the Petcurean line.



See over the past couple of months we made the change, from our brand of pet food to the Petcurean brand for one of our fur babies. We started out by giving our eldest dog Chloe the Petcurean Now Fresh Grain Free Senior.

We found that within the first couple of weeks she began to show some improvement when it came to her activity level and with her coat. And after feeding her the Now Fresh for the past couple of months, the improvements continue to show, with her having more energy and pep in her step as well as a very noticeable healthy change in her coat.

This change is not only something that we have noticed in the home with Chloe, but a difference that her vet saw when we went in for her most recent visit. The vet was very impressed by the shine in her fur and the fact that Chloe has lost some weight over the past couple of months. Due to this change with Chloe, we have decided that we will be changing the foods and treats that we give our other pets as well by switching them to the Petcurean line as well. Making our choice to change our fur babies' diets with the Petcurean Now Fresh Grain Free Senior food one that has made a very positive difference.

So this year as we make those new years resolutions to eat healthier and be more active, we will not only be making them for ourselves, but also for all of our pets. We will be doing so by changing their diets and switching out their foods with the Petcurean Now Fresh Grain Free foods we can get for not only our Chloe, but also our smaller dogs and cat!




Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Give the Gift of Khombu Shoes from Famous Footwear this Holiday


With the holidays on the minds of people everywhere and those last minute preparations being made I find that getting those last minute gifts is now. For me and my family and us being in the PNW, we enjoy being outdoors at all times of the year, and with my kids, having the proper footwear is crucial so they can enjoy their time exploring and playing. So when we were sent a pair of the Khombu Jason Boots to review, which can be found at Famous Footwear, we excited to add them to our list of great last minute gift ideas.

See, with these boots, they are not only made to be worn while the kids play and explore outdoors, but with them being found at Famous Footwear, they make for the perfect gift that you can pick up when you head to your local Famous Footwear for those last minute gifts. I like that with the Khombu Jason Boots, we can be sure to pick up a pair for both of our sons, allowing them to both have a pair of boots that they can wear while outdoors and even to school. And with the Khombu brand of boots, I like knowing that we are not only getting a great pair of boots for our family, but also a brand of boots that is used by the U.S. Ski Team!

Making the boots we can get for the whole family from the Khombu line up at Famous Footwear a great selection to run in and purchase as we seek out those great last minute gifts to get this holiday season!


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

Last Minute Gift Ideas from Master Lock


The time crunch for those last minute holiday gifts is on, and for those who are looking for that perfect gift to grab this year, I found that the gift of security can be a great gift to give anyone! Recently I was sent some great security gifts when I was sent some products from Master Lock to review.

With the Master Lock Safe Space Portable Personal Safe, I found that it can make for the perfect gift to give the techie or student in your life. This safe can be used to store both small tech gadgets and valuables in. I like that with the small size, it is perfect for those who are on the go. Allowing students, those who travel a lot, and others to keep their valuables safe.

Then with the Master Lock Set Your Own Combination TSA-Accepted Luggage Lock, you get not only a great lock to add to your holiday travel, but also a great gift to give this holiday season for those who are traveling and for students as well! Making Master Lock a great choice to choose from when looking for those last minute holiday gifts!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Holiday Gifts that Help to Support the Fight Against Cancer

In our lives we face many obstacles and along the way we meet those who touch our lives who also face obstacles in their own lives. I have learned that when it comes to the obstacles that might come our way, we find ways to deal with the task at hand or to cope with the task as well. I have also learned that one of the biggest obstacles one can face that they should never have to face alone is cancer. So when I seek out gifts to give and causes to support, I like to support the ones that help to support research and offer support to those who are fighting against cancer.

Recently I was introduced to such a group when I was sent a great gift from the Stand Up To Cancer line of gifts. I found that with the shirts and other great holiday gifts, I can not only shop the gifts that are available to give holiday, but also help to support a group that directly funds the research and treatments to help to advance in the fight against cancer.
I also like that with the Stand Up To Cancer, they help to fund collaborative, translational cancer research to bring treatments from the bench to the bedside faster, and save lives now. And I can also appreciate that 100% of donations received from the public support collaborative cancer research programs. Making the gifts you can find and give from the Stand Up To Cancer line not only a great selection of stylish gifts to give, but also a gift that can continue to keep on giving knowing that the money spent goes to aiding in helping the lives of others when it comes to cancer research!




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

Give the Gift of Warmth with the Touchscreen Gloves from Mujjo


The last minute shopping time is now, and like so many who are scurrying to find those gifts, I find that getting gifts that can help to keep my recipients warm is a great way to go. Being that in this day and age many of us find ourselves using tech devices and our smartphones on a daily basis, I have found that having tech savvy gloves can make for a great gift. So when I was sent a pair of the Double Layered Touchscreen Gloves from Mujjo, I was excited to add them to my list of great gifts to give this holiday season!

With these gloves, you get a pair of gloves that not only help to keep hands warm in the cold weather, but can also be worn while using tech devices. The material is made to be conductive, and also has these dots that are on the fabric which helps with using the touch screen on your smartphone. And with the double layered material, I can wear these gloves even when the weather is below freezing.

Then when it comes to the style, I like that these gloves not only give me a functional pair of tech gloves to wear in cold weather, but also a pair of stylish gloves that I can wear at any time! Making the Double Layered Touchscreen Gloves from Mujjo a great gift to give and also to get for yourself this holiday season!




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

Friday, December 18, 2015

#Giveaway Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip Prize Pack + $25 Gift Card


The time has come, the time to grab the family and head to a theater near you so you can go and see the new movie, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip! With this new movie, you get those 3 adorable chipmunks who are back and ready to take a road trip so they can try and stop Dave from proposing to his girlfriend.



These adorable chipmunks are doing this so that Dave does not leave them and also so they do not gain a step brother, and find themselves making a trip to Miami in just 3 days. Making the antics that these 3 are about to take on, something that is sure to leave you and your family rolling in laughter, as well as making this movie the perfect one for going to see with the family over the holiday break! And to help with getting you and your family ready to and see see the new movie, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip, the wonderful people from 20th Century Fox would like to give one of my amazing readers a road trip worthy prize pack that includes a $25 Visa Gift Card!!

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Pack the Colgate Optic White Express White Toothpaste this Holiday Season


The time has come, the time where we are either running around trying to complete that last minute shopping, get the house ready for guests, or to ensure we have everything we need to pack as we head out for the holiday travel. So like many, whether I am traveling or if I will be hosting guests in my home this year, I find that having travel goods like Colgate Optic White Express White Toothpaste, bottles for bathing products as well as other toiletries on hand, can help to make this time of year a little easier on everyone!

I have found that no matter how organized we think we are over the holidays, there is always something that we missed. Whether we did not buy enough tape, batteries, or trash bags, or if we forgot to pack certain toiletries. So when I was sent a fun pack of travel goodies from Colgate, I was not only excited to get them to have for the holiday travels and guests in our home, but also as a great reminder for my readers to reference to as they prepare as well!

So as you go through those checklists of last minute holiday items, be sure to add the Colgate Optic White Express White Toothpaste to the mix for you and your guests!



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.

Celebrate National Pfeffernüsse Day Dec 23rd with Bahlsen

This next week we find that there is a lot to celebrate! We will be celebrating family, friends, the holidays, and on December 23rd we will also be celebrating National Pfeffernüsse Day! To help us with our celebrations we were sent some very delicious Pfeffernüsse cookies from the Bahlsen Cookies.

With these cookies, we get that delicious spiced cookie that is perfect for sharing over Pfeffernüsse! Then with the other varieties of cookies from the Bahlsen line, we can be sure to have a great selection of cookies to share over the holidays as well! Making Bahlsen a great selection of cookies to have this holiday season, and the Pfeffernüsse cookies from Bahlsen the perfect selection to have when celebrating National Pfeffernüsse Day on December 23rd!






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

Gifts for the Beard with Philips Norelco


The holiday shopping season is here, and in fact, we find that the time to get the shopping done is running out. So like many of those last minute shoppers, I find that I will be out trying to find those gifts to give this year. To help me when it comes to finding that perfect gift for the bearded man in my life, I was sent the Philips Norelco Beardtrimmer 9100.

With this Beartrimmer, you get an amazing laser guided beardtrimmer that allows the beard in your life to get that barbershop trim on the beard from home! This tool is great for men everywhere with beards to get those designs, edges and trim that they want that is as close to perfection as they can get!

The laser acts as a guide, giving you a sharp line so that you can get those straight edges that are both stylish and also helps with getting every hair just right. You also get 17 settings, so you can be sure to get the length and style you are after every time. Then when it comes to those close shaves and the detail you might want for the beard, you can get that with the dual sided trimmer! Making the Philips Norelco Beardtrimmer 9100, the perfect gift to get the beard in your life this holiday season!




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

Last Minute Gift Ideas from International Playthings


The countdown is on and that last minute shopping that many of us were putting off for is here. And like many, I will be heading out this weekend to catch the deals and find those perfect must have gifts for those on my list. So when I was sent a selection of gift ideas from International Playthings, I was not only excited to check them out, but also share them as a selection of great gift ideas to give this holiday season!
In my house, when it comes to my daughter, she loves collecting certain toys. So when we were sent the gift ideas from the Calico Critters line of toys, we were excited to add them to her collection as well as go out to find more of those adorable collectible animals to add to my shopping list. We found the Secret Island Playhouse along with the Seaside Merry-Go-Round, make for the perfect gift to give the kids who love the idea of summer and playing in warmer weather! They can take that idea of warmer weather into the realm of their imaginations as they take the Hopscotch Rabbit Grandparents along with other Calico Critters characters to a summer paradise!
Then for my boys who love to build things, we found the Isotta Discovery Car and Saxo Flute from the Quercetti line to be perfect for them! With the car, my kids can explore the inner workings of their race car. This is great for kids who are curious about how things work, allowing them to see the gears move and turn through the large clear pieces! Then with the Saxo Flute, the kids can build their own instrument that can then be used to play music with! Making these toys along with other toys you can find at your local Toys R Us, from International Playthings, a great selection of gifts to head out and get as you complete that last minute holiday shopping!





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

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Bring the Movie Pan Home Today on Blu-Ray


Family movie night is a night that we all look forward to each week. We like to seek out new movies and shows to add to our night, and find ones that everyone can enjoy. Well recently we were sent a great family movie to watch when we were sent the movie Pan on Blu-Ray to review!



With the movie Pan, you find that story of the magic of Neverland that is told from a whole new perspective. Bringing the story of who Pan is, where he is originally from, and how he came to be, along with the story behind others from the magical land of Neverland! Making Pan a must have to not only add to your next family movie night, but also a great gift to give this holiday season!


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

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Celebrate the Holidays in Style with Skip Hop

With the packing to be done for the holiday travel and those last minute gifts to be bought, I find that when it comes to getting these things done for new parents, doing it in fashion makes it that much better. I have learned that for me, when we head to those holiday parties, travel over the holidays, or even seek out those gifts to give new parents, giving a fashionable diaper bag can make all of the difference in the world. So when I was sent the Duet 2-in-1 Diaper Tote along with some of the new clothes from the Skip Hop line up, I was excited to add them to my list of must haves for the holidays!
With the Duet Tote, I can use it both as a diaper tote as well as a Crossbody. I can change the tote into a Crossbody bag when I take out the removable organizer that is inside of the tote! This allows me to get both the fashionable tote and a second diaper bag as well, so I can have a nice bag to take out when shopping then use the Crossbody bag when we head to the park!

Aside from the 2 in 1 bag I get with the Duet Tote, I also like that there is plenty of room for everything I might need to pack in the diaper bag when I am traveling this holiday season. Giving me interior pockets with the tote feature, then a zip top closer, 4 bottle pockets, as well as a pocket that is just for my phone on the Crossbody. I can also attach both the tote and the Crossbody to the stroller using the stroller straps that are included!

Then for heading out in style with baby, I found the Petite Triangles Side Snap Long Sleeve Bodysuit Set to be perfect to put on baby to keep them comfortable and warm while we travel and celebrate the holidays! I found that with these bodysuits, they are very soft and are also great to pair with the pants and hats I can get from the line of clothes from Skip Hop!

In all, making the Duet Tote along with the clothes for baby from the Skip Hop collection a great selection to not only have as you celebrate your holidays with baby, but also give as gifts this holiday season! So as you finalize that last minute holiday shopping and mark off your holiday travel gear on your checklists, be sure to add Skip Hop to the mix!




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

MixBook - For The Holidays!

Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with the festive and sentimental Merry Christmas photo book. Snowflakes, candy canes and colorful ornaments are featured on joyful holiday backgrounds to showcase your photographs. Layouts allow you to build collages, feature a portrait across the gutter or frame snapshots inside holiday artwork. Your personal quotes and tags are highlighted in eye-catching typography.

Merry Christmas is part of our Seasonal Photo Books Collection and is backed by our 100% satisfaction guarantee, just like all of our other photo books, cards, and calendars. Mixbook uses only the highest-quality, heavy-weight papers that are ethically sourced from sustainable forests and certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and the Rainforest Alliance.

Dimensions
3 sizes available
Printing
Digital Press
Printing Time
1-2 business days
Customization
With Mixbook, everything is customizable. Add your own photos and text, change the layout, add stickers and backgrounds - you are free to design a Book that is personal to you!

My readers get to save just in time for the Holidays! 50% off cards & 10x10 photo books + 40% off site wide! http://mixtrk.com/?a=50&oc=13&c=104&p=r&MommyKatie=




Travel Made Simpler with the Lassig Backseat Car Organizer

Over the next couple of weeks, many of us will find that we will be doing a lot of traveling. We will be heading to visit family, be with friends, and go on a vacation for the holiday break. So like many, as we prepare for any travel, I find that it is time to ensure I have the items I will need that can help make that travel a little easier on everyone.


Well, when it comes to the traveling and the kids, I like to have things on hand that can help them with keeping their travel items together. And with the Lassig Backseat Car Organizer, I can be sure to keep the kids travel items organized and within reach when we head out.

I found that installing the Lassig Backseat Car Organizer was very simple, and I can remove it when needed very easily as well. When it comes to the storage, I like that there are many pockets on this organizer, allowing my kids to store their colors, toys, and travel games as well as snacks they might have.

Then when the kids need to access the items that are in this organizer, I like that it can be within arms reach. Allowing my kids to have their items nearby, and also helping to keep their travel items from getting lost while we travel! Making the Lassig Backseat Car Organizer a great product to add to any check lists you might have when preparing for that holiday travel!



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

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

#Giveaway Get the Perfect Hard Boiled Egg with the BeepEgg


When it comes to boiling eggs and trying to get that hard boiled egg to turn out just right, we tend to find that the just right we are looking for, can be a lot harder to achieve than you might think. So when I was asked to review the BeepEgg from Brainstream and add it to my list of holiday gifts, I found that it not only makes for a great stocking stuffer to give, but also a great item to have in any kitchen.

With the BeepEgg, you get a egg that tells you, or rather sings to you, when your eggs are ready and are cooked to the way you were wanting them to be. It not only allows you to get the perfect hard boiled eggs, but you can choose various settings from the soft boiled eggs, the medium boiled eggs, along with the hard boiled eggs.

To get the BeepEgg to work, you store it in the fridge with your carton of eggs so it is the same temperature as your eggs. Then you place it in the water with your other eggs when you are ready to start cooking it. Once the BeepEgg is in the water it will beep once to let you know it is working. From there it will play songs, letting you know when each boil consistency has been reached. Once your eggs are done, just remove the BeepEgg with the eggs you cooked and rinse it off along with your other eggs so it can be turned off. Then enjoy your eggs!!!

I found the BeepEgg to be very handy for having in the home, especially when I go to boil some eggs and have a billion other things going on at the same time. Allowing me to get the perfect egg that I enjoy! And to help with getting that perfect egg in your home, the wonderful people from Brainstream would like to give one of my amazing readers their own BeepEgg!!!





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

Take on Winter with Puffs Plus Lotion and #PassThePuffs

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Puffs, I was sent product to facilitate this review as well. Thank you to the PR and Puffs for sponsoring this post.


The winter weather is upon us and with that we not only have the holidays to look forward to but also those cold runny noses that come along with the colder weather. It seems to never fail in my home, as we get closer to the week of family coming in for the holidays, everyone seems to catch a cold. So when I head out to do my holiday shopping and prepare for guests, I ensure that I stock up on the Puffs Plus Lotion as well.

I have found that with the Puffs Plus Lotion, we can not only have a tissue that is soft and gentle when it comes to wiping little noses, but we can also have a tissue that helps to keep them from getting red and sore. I know that for myself, when I begin to get a runny nose, I need to have a box of tissue within reach at all times, and with all of that rubbing, I need to ensure that I am using a tissue that I can not only use to wipe my nose with, but also a tissue that helps to keep the skin around my nose from getting dry.


This is the case not only for myself but also for my kids. See when it comes to my kids, they do not fair well being stuck indoors with a cold or just because the weather outside is cold. So aside from the cold and flu season, we also find that when the weather is just right where we can head out and play in the snow, we like to take advantage of the time. I also know that after a little bit of time in the snow, we can all end up coming back inside with not only cold noses, but runny noses as well. And when I have the Puffs Plus Lotion on hand for my family to use, I like knowing that I have a tissue that is dermatologist tested to be gentle on the skin, which helps myself and my family to take on the winter season head on!

I also like knowing that compared to other tissues, Puffs Plus Lotion is designed to help soothe irritated skin that we can get around our noses by locking in moisture better than other any regular tissues we might come across. In all, making Puffs Plus Lotion a great tissue to have in any home so that you too can take on winter head on!




Finding Ways to Treat Rosacea

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Galderma Laboratories, L.P., the maker of Mirvaso® Gel.
Recently I was introduced to a treatment that is prescribed by doctors called Mirvaso® (brimonidine) Topical Gel, 0.33%*, for helping to treat the facial redness of rosacea. I was given the chance to share my own story along with the information for treatment through a sponsored campaign. Below is my own personal story on rosacea along with a great treatment that can be given to those suffering from rosacea facial redness by a doctor who prescribes the treatment.



When I was a teen, I had thought that I was lucky. I thought this because unlike my peers, I did not have any issues with acne. I was able to go through puberty and my teenage years with clear skin, not having to worry about any treatments or the embarrassing breakouts that many of my friends dealt with. I was always supportive, but did not realize how they felt inside or how embarrassed they might have been about something they had no control over. That was until I hit my twenties. It seemed shortly after turning twenty, my complexion began to change. For the first time I had issues with a skin condition on my face that somewhat resembled acne, but it was not like what others growing up had. In fact it was a lot different. It was what was diagnosed as a form of rosacea.


With the rosacea, I began to get a lot of redness that had bumps on my cheeks, around my nose, and the sides of my face and neck. The bumps were little red bumps that looked like tiny pimples, but covered areas of my face in patches. I found the issue to be quite embarrassing, and as I got older, had babies, I found that it seemed to get worse. I say worse because when I first started showing signs, the flare ups would come and go, and I had used makeup to cover up the redness, thinking that I could hide it. But once I hit my 30's, the more I tried to hide it, the worse the breakouts seemed to get, and now, the redness seems to have become a regular part of my face, with patches on my cheeks, neck, nose, and forehead. 




Making me one of the 16 million Americans with rosacea. And I have learned that rosacea is a chronic inflammatory and vascular skin condition. It causes facial redness, which is an extremely common and frustrating symptom, affecting up to 93% of rosacea sufferers. Leaving me feeling very self-conscious and embarrassed to be seen when I have days with the redness covering the majority of my face, and even leaving my eyes red and irritated. 

So when I heard about Mirvaso® Gel, I was excited to learn more about it. It is the first and only FDA approved prescription medication for the topical treatment of the persistent facial redness of rosacea. Also, it is powerful–Mirvaso® Gel is a once daily treatment that works fast to help reduce facial redness of rosacea that may last up to 12 hours! When applied it may start working in as little as 30 minutes, which can help with combating the redness that comes along with rosacea. When my redness is reduced it helps with making going out in public, taking family pictures – something I will not feel embarrassed to do or avoid all together.


So if you or someone you know suffers from the facial redness that can come with rosacea, be sure to check out Mirvaso® Gel, and talk to your doctor to see if it is right for you! 



















This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Galderma Laboratories, L.P., the maker of Mirvaso® Gel.



Important Safety Information
Indication: MIRVASO® (brimonidine) topical gel, 0.33%* is an alpha adrenergic agonist indicated for the topical treatment of persistent (nontransient) facial erythema of rosacea in adults 18 years of age or older. Adverse Events: In clinical trials, the most common adverse reactions (≥1%) included erythema, flushing, skin burning sensation and contact dermatitis. Warnings/Precautions: MIRVASO Gel should be used with caution in patients with depression, cerebral or coronary insufficiency, Raynaud's phenomenon, orthostatic hypotension, thromboangiitis obliterans, scleroderma, or Sjögren’s syndrome. Alpha-2 adrenergic agents can lower blood pressure. MIRVASO Gel should be used with caution in patients with severe or unstable or uncontrolled cardiovascular disease. Serious adverse reactions following accidental ingestion of MIRVASO Gel by children have been reported. Keep MIRVASO Gel out of reach of children. Not for oral, ophthalmic, or intravaginal use.


*Each gram of gel contains 5 mg of brimonidine tartrate, equivalent to 3.3 mg of brimonidine free base 

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Gift Giving Made Memorable with Cards2Life

This is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.


With the holidays, we like to send and spread the holiday cheer to our friends and family who are both close by and far away. For my family and friends, I have always found that when it comes to showing everyone we care, sending those holiday cards is the way to go. The thing is, I am one who likes to find those products that can make an impression, one that is a memorable impression. So when I was introduced to the cards I can find and send from Card2Life, I was pleased to have found a card selection that can help to change those ordinary holiday cards into one that is a fun and memorable one!


The Card2Life cards give your recipient a fun, 3D pop up card. that is a card that is sure to make an impression! With the Pop Ups that you can send over the holidays, you find a selection that are a great way to celebrate and send those Christmas Wishes to your recipients.


I also like that with the Cards2Life, when your recipient goes to open their card, they get a card that literally springs to life. You can also find a selection that is not only great for giving over the holidays, but also find a selection of the Cards2Life that are great for celebrating life's significant moments and giving your recipients a collectible treasure!

In all, making the pop up cards by Cards2Life, a gift that is sure to wow and impress those you love and care about this holiday season!!!



Making Life with Baby a Little Easier with the Mimo Smart Baby Monitor

Compensation was provided by Mimo Smart Baby Monitor via MomTrends.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Mimo Smart Baby Monitor or Momtrends.

As a parent, I have learned that over the years, you can not be there every second of your child's life. We find that when we have babies in the home, we worry constantly. We worry if they are eating enough, when they sneeze or cough, if they will be okay, and we worry when they sleep at night, constantly checking in on them to ensure they are breathing and sleeping without any issues. I have learned that this worry does not just go away either, it starts from the moment we find we are pregnant and find ourselves counting heartbeats along with the nurses and doctors, counting those kicks throughout the days and even nights to make sure our babies will get the best possible start we can give them. Then finding that once baby arrives, we are watching them as they breathe, ensuring we see their chests rise and fall as they breathe, and watching as they move in their sleep.


Well as a parent, I found that this constant checking on baby not only helps to ease a worried parents mind, but is also leads to those sleepless days and nights. So as a parent I like to seek out products that can help make life a little easier with baby, and when I was sent the Mimo Smart Baby Monitor Starter Pack to try out and review, I was excited to share it with my readers as well!

With the Mimo Smart Baby Monitor, I was sent a kit that included 3 onsies, a Turtle Bluetooth transmitter, and a Lily Pad Wi-Fi and charging station!
Once we had the onsies out, and put the turtle on one, we were ready to then download the Mimo App. With the Mimo App, I like that it can be used on both Android and iOS devices. I also like that with this app, I can customize it so it can help me with tracking my babies health while they sleep.

It does the tracking by not only giving me a in the moment breathing pattern that I can watch as baby is sleeping in the next room from my phone, but it can also alert me of babies sleeping position and temperature. This information is something that can not only allow parents to sleep a little easier at night when baby is sleeping, but it can be used from multiple devices, allowing both my husband and I to track babies sleep patterns even if I am at home and my husband is at work.

After baby is done sleeping, we can then turn to the app and see a summary that gives me a complete readout to show me babies sleep pattern and any alerts that came up while baby was sleeping. And when it comes to when baby is restless, needs a diaper change or needs to be fed, I can get alerts on those as well, allowing me to get a piece of mind during naps and bedtime when baby is asleep.

Then when it comes to the wearing of and caring of the onesies, I like that I can put pajamas or even a sleep sack over the onsie if I need to, to keep baby warm. I also like that when it comes to the cleaning, I can put the onsies in the washer then on low heat for drying. Making the Mimo Smart Baby Monitor not only a great product to have in the home when you have a baby, but also a great gift to give this holiday season for the new parents on your list!



Compensation was provided by Mimo Smart Baby Monitor via MomTrends.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Mimo Smart Baby Monitor or Momtrends.

#AngelsSing Bring Home Angels Sing to Share this Holiday Season

This post was created in partnership with Lions Gate and Think Jam. All opinions expressed in the post are my own.
Family time is a time that we look forward to in my home. We put a time aside where we enjoy playing games on our family game nights, or sharing a movie on our family movie nights. We have found that sharing these things not only allows us to spend that time together as a family, but it also gives us that time to enjoy one another's company. Well with the holidays upon us and the kids getting ready to be off of school for their holiday break, I like to find those fun holiday movies to add to the mix that the entire family can enjoy. So when we were sent the movie, Angels Sing, I was very excited to add it to our list of holiday family movie night favorites!

To get started for our Angels Sing Family Movie Night, I went to my local Target store, where I was able to find a great selection of goodies to add to our movie night. I printed off a copy of the list below to take along with me, so that I could get ideas on things to pick up so I could make our movie night a epic one! I chose to pick up a container of candied popcorn, some chocolate kisses, a container with hot chocolate, then some gingerbread cookies that came in their own tins for the kids to decorate and enjoy during the movie!


Once I had everything for our Angels Sing Family Movie Night, I was ready to set it up and enjoy a night of movie fun with my family!

In the movie Angels Sing, you find a man who once found Christmas as a magical time of year, a time that he had wished would never pass, to be a time that he rather not think about nor find any joy in after a accident as a child changes his life forever. He then finds himself as a grown man, with a son of his own, and a wife and family who want him to enjoy the holidays. His son finds himself facing a accident that the he finds too familiar, then realizes he has to change things, and in order to do so he must make things right from his past.  

We found the movie Angels Sing to be an amazing movie that has made it to our list of holiday favorites and a perfect one to add to any family movie night. With this movie you get a great heartfelt story along with a cast filled with some amazing musicians who include Harry Connick Jr, Willie Nelson and more! Making Angels Sing a great movie to head out and pick up to bring home and share with your family today!


Saturday, December 12, 2015

#Giveaway Share your Holidays with the Dr. Seuss Chair from TrendLab


The holidays are coming and will be here very soon. With that said, I like many parents, have found myself on the lookout for those perfect gifts to get the kids this year. Well back in October I had the chance to go to the annual ABC Kids Expo, and while there I came across new products from some of my favorite companies. One of the products that stood out for me was the Dr. Seuss chair, from Plush Character Chairs which are a part of the Trend Lab collection.

I found that this chair stood out for me because when it comes to Dr. Seuss, the Cat in the Hat is a character that I not only grew up loving, but also a character that each of my own babies have grown up with. So when we were sent our own Cat in the Hat Plush Chair to review, I saw that this chair would make for the perfect gift for giving this holiday season!


I really like how this adorable chair is, and how it is made to look like that iconic character, The Cat in the Hat. He has the bow tie, the striped hat along with that Cat in the Hat smile that we can remember from the story book! I also like that this chair is made for little ones to use. Allowing them to sit it a very comfortable chair that has a fur like softness to the fabric, and has a contoured shape in the seat to give them the support as well. Then when it comes to weight, I like that this chair is light weight, which allows little ones to take it and place it where they want to sit!

In all, making the Dr. Seuss The Cat in the Hat Children's Plush Character Chair from Trend Lab, a great gift to give the little one in your house this holiday season! And to help when it comes to the holiday shopping, the wonderful people from Trend Lab would like to give one of my amazing readers their own Cat in the Hat chair!



                                                             

Holiday Books for Kids

With the holidays on the minds of many and the kids finding excitement in counting down the days, I find that I enjoy seeking out stories and books that are perfect for reading over the season! Recently I was sent a great selection of holiday books to share with my kids when I was sent a collection of books that can be found on Amazon's independent publishing platforms!

We found that with each of the books, we get stories that are unique and help to bring families closer together over the holidays by doing so with a great selection of characters. The stories are great for not only building up that excitement for the season and holidays, but also great for building up those imaginations in the kids!

In fact, when we head to Amazon check out the selection self published children's holiday books, we can find a variety of books to choose from and get them not only in paperback form, but also download them directly to our Kindle! The selection includes the following books as well as so many more you can find when you head to Amazon to find those must have new holiday favorite stories:


·         Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis—A swashbuckling winter’s tale and the newest addition to the multi-award-winning Captain No Beard book series by Carole P. Roman, finds the daring pirate Captain No Beard and his loyal crew heaving anchor for adventure as they steer a course due north for the icy waters of the Arctic. A prolific children’s book writer, Carole’s work is inspired by the antics of her grandchildren, who she often features in the pages of her books.

·         The Fox and the Snowman – A beautiful story by author Angela Muse about a lone fox and his journey through a year of changing seasons. Along the way, the young fox discovers friendship and family in this colorful seasonal tale that’s perfect for giving and receiving at holiday time.

·         The Deep and Snowy Wood – A delightful picture book about a deer, a squirrel and a mole and the very special person who pays a brief visit to the deep and snowy wood. Penned by author Elwyn Tate, this playful rhyming title is sure to captivate children during the holiday season and all year-round.

·         Kat McGee and The School of Christmas Spirit” (A Kat McGee Adventure) (Volume 1) – The first in a series of chapter books for young readers, featuring 5th grader and holiday-saving legend Kat McGee. In “Kat McGee and The School of Christmas Spirit” by Rebecca Munsterer, Kat travels back in time and through a magical snowglobe to meet Mrs. Claus and experience the true spirit of the holiday.

·         “The 13 Dog Days of Christmas” – An amusing and engaging counting book for children written by Melanie Johnston and illustrated by Bob Reedy that inserts a variety of adorable dogs into the familiar 12 Days of Christmas rhyme. The giggle-inducing title helps kids with their counting skills, all with a charming holiday theme. A portion of proceeds from this book benefit Tony LaRussa's Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF).


Making the group of self published books you can find on Amazon a great selection to add to your list of books to read with your family this holiday season!





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

Friday, December 11, 2015

Make a Great Impression this Holiday Season with It's a Bundt


With the holiday lists growing and the party plans being made, I like to not only find those great gifts to give the hostess's when we go to holiday parties, but also find gifts that can be sent to family and friends who do not live close by. Recently I received such a product when I was sent a delicious Bundt Cake from  It's a Bundt to review!


When my Bundt arrived, I was very pleased by the first impression of the box it came in. The box itself makes for a great gift giving box that can be given to your recipient for any occasion. Once we opened the box, I found the cake inside that was wrapped in plastic and had a nice ribbon on it, allowing it to stay fresh and moist during the shipping process.

After we took the Bundt out of the packaging and placed the cake on a serving platter, we were very pleased with the way it looked and how it was perfect for putting out on the table for everyone to enjoy! Then when it came to the final test, well lets just say once we served up the cake, it was not long before I realized that it was all gone.

The cake was nice and moist, and had a flavor that was as if I had gone and picked it up at the bakery and served it up directly after. Making the Bundt Cakes from It's a Bundt, a great gift to give as well as a great cake to have on your menu over the holiday season to serve guests!


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

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Holiday Fun with Peppa Pig

The colder weather is upon us and the winter season will be official in a little under a couple of weeks. With that, like many, we are staying indoors a lot more and finding ways to enjoy our days by having fun with family movie nights and toys that we can add to those movie times. Well being that we are huge Peppa Pig fans, and that we not only enjoy watching the DVD's but also playing with the toys, we have found that adding the DVD, Peppa Pig: Cold Winter Day to our family movie nights is a perfect way to welcome winter!

To get us set up for winter fun, we were sent the DVD along with a great selection of Peppa Pig toys and even a rug to set up in our play room for the kids to play on as we watch the movie and play. After setting up the floor with the Peppa Pig's House Playset, Merry Go Round Game and the preschool we already had on the rug we were sent, we found it was then time to put in movie.

Episodes include:

*        "Cold Winter Day" 
*        "Not Very Well" 
*        "Snow" 
*        "Thunderstorm" 
*        "The Sleepy Princess" 
*        "Bedtime" 
*        "Swimming" 
*        "Daddy Pig's Office"
*        "Ice Skating"
*        "The Toy Cupboard"


We liked with the collection of episodes on this DVD, they are great for preschoolers to find excitement when it comes to the winter. With Peppa Pig, her family and her friends, she builds a snowman, has a snowball fight, goes sledding and more! Making the DVD, Peppa Pig: Cold Winter Day, along with the collection of Peppa Pig toys we were sent, a great selection to add to any home with Peppa Pig fans this winter season!


I was given the products for this post for being a part of the Peppa Pig Parent Bloggers program, thank you to the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.