Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Petcurean: Trends for our Four Legged Friends from SuperZoo

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

When it comes to the trends that are out there, I personally like to find out what the highlights are of the various trade shows. For me and my family, I seek out the products that are the latest and greatest and that can help to aid us in our daily home life whether it be for the kitchen or for our four legged babies. So when I was told about some of the trends that made a splash at this years SuperZoo National Pet Show from the people at Petcurean, I was excited to learn more about some of the trends and also share some with my readers!

Of the products that made an impression not only at the show but also for me is the Cool-Air Cot. I can see this as a product that would be something that my Chloe would enjoy having. She is a older dog and when the days are warm, she seeks anything and everything that can help to cool her down. Having a bed that she can rest on that provides her with some of that cooling effect from the air flow that comes up through the bottom is something that would be great for her to have.

Along with having a bed for Chloe that can help her stay nice and cool, I also found the Burt's Bees Natural Pet Care line to be a great choice as well. I say this because with the Burt's Bees line of products, I can now say that they have something for everyone in the home, including the family pets! Just like the line of bath and body care that I enjoy having and the line of baby care products we use, I can now have a line of bath and body products to have in the home for both our dogs and cats!

Then when it comes to healthy eating for our pets, I like that Petcurean made a great impression with their line of pet foods and treats! I was not too surprised to see that they led the pack when it came to the healthier choices of pet foods, because in my home, we stand by the choice we have made when we changed Chloe's food up last fall to the Petcurean line of foods and treats. I say this because when it comes to the foods they are not only crafted from premium ingredients, but their foods have proven to make a difference in Chloe's overall health.

Chloe is a older dog, one who was not in the greatest of health, but since changing up her food last year to Petcurean Senior, she is a different dog. She enjoys going on those walks again, playing with the kids, and this change is one that her vet has noted to be a very impressive and positive change. And at this years show, the people from Petcurean announced a new line of pet food with the introduction of GATHER, a new category of pet food crafted from certified, organic, non-GMO and sustainably produced ingredients. This new line includes a sustainably fished and MSC certified cod recipe, a certified organic chicken recipe, and a certified vegan recipe, they are all perfectly blended and balanced to provide dogs and cats with premium quality, natural nutrition that is free from rendered ingredients. And when GATHER hits shelves this fall, we will be on the lookout so we can provide our fur babies with the best! Which makes Petcurean a great choice to go with when it comes to pet food and your four legged babies overall health!


Monday, August 29, 2016

ChillaX Inflatable Lounge Sack Perfect for Indoor or Outdoor Relaxation

The new school year is upon us and those Friday Night Lights are just around the corner. That means hoodies, team spirit, and evenings cheering for our teams in the grass and stands. For myself and my family, we like to have the canopy covers, the lawn chairs and loungers on hand for those games where we set up in the grass as we watch our son's team play. So when we were sent the ChillaX Inflatable Lounge Sack which is perfect for indoor or outdoor relaxation, we were excited to review it and start bringing it to those evening practices as we watch our boys prepare for their big games.

When our lounger arrived, we were pleasantly surprised to see how little it was when it was inside the carrying bag that it came in. This allows us to take this lounger just about anywhere with us, whether we are outdoors or indoors. The compact size is great for keeping in the car to take to games, when we go camping, when we go to watch movies in the park, or even for having when the kids want to bring it out for extra lounging space!

The ChillaX Inflatable Lounge Sack is simple to set up, with just a swoop through the air and also easy to take back down to use again at another time when we open it up and release the air out. When it is all set up, we can not only lounge on it but we can also store items like our water bottles or phones in one of the 3 pockets that are on the outside of this lounger. Then when it comes to the comfort that we can get when we use the ChillaX Inflatable Lounge Sack, we found that it is very comfortable! It has multiple layers giving you a durable outside, then you can also adjust the amount of air simply, helping to give you the maximum comfort that you are after. Which makes the ChillaX Inflatable Lounge Sack a great lounger to have to not only having one of the hottest loungers on the market, but also by having one that offers an amazing amount of comfort!

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


Sunday, August 28, 2016

Best Buy Tech Home: Modern Living Made Easy

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

When it comes to our homes and our families, we want to ensure that we have the products that can help us get through the days and nights and make life a little easier for everyone. For me, I find that with the technology that is out there, that there is so much to check out and find to add to the home. Like many, I have questions, like which products are right for me and my family, and how can we get the most out of the products we are interested in. So when I was told about the Best Buy Tech Home, which you can visit at the Mall of America in Minneapolis, I realized that I had found a solution to those questions I have, and found that I can get the answers and more when I visit the Best Buy Tech Home. When you head to the Best Buy Tech Home you can view, touch, and try the products you are interested in when it comes to the latest and greatest with those must have tech home products.

The Best Buy Tech Home is where you can find what you need in order to make modern day living easy for the home. At the Mall of America, when you check out the Best Buy Tech Home, you can try and test those tech products in a homelike environment. These products for the home include the Samsung SmartThings, which allows you to control your home from your smartphone, at anytime and from anywhere. The Samsung SmartThings gives you control when it comes to your homes smart thermostat, where you can control and monitor your homes temperature along with the lights in your home and more!

You can also explore the products that can be found at Best Buy from the Connected Home line up, and tour the Tech Home with an expert Blue Shirt or Geek Squad Agent. Along with the connected home line up, you can explore the home technology products from Samsung, Canon, NETGEAR, Philips Hue, Sony, Sonos, and Savant. And while you explore, you can find the products that will suit your home needs by expressing what you are looking for with the agents at the Tech Home, allowing them to help you get the most out of the products that are available from Best Buy!

Then when it comes to any questions about setting up your home with the products you can find from the tech home, the agents from Best Buy's Geek Squad are there to assist you so you can get your home up and running! Which in all, makes the choice to head to the Best Buy Tech Home at the Mall of America in Minneapolis, one that will help you to not only bring that modern living to your own home, but also so you can learn how to get the most out of the products you choose to go with!

Also when you go and visit Tech Home at the Mall of America, you can enter 2 amazing sweepstakes! Head there now to find out how you could win a $10,000 Best Buy Gift Card, a Samsung SmartThings Smart Home Collection, Samsung Dream Kitchen, and a Samsung 55” SUHD 4K TV and more.

Be one of the first 250 to visit the Tech Home at the Mall of America each day from 8/22-9/17 and you could win one of many prizes made with Qualcomm technologies including Sonos Play:1 speakers, Samsung Gear S2, and more.


Saturday, August 27, 2016

sonicBLEND Antimicrobial Sonic Makeup Brush

Getting back into those back to school routines can be a lot easier said than done. I have learned that by creating a schedule that gets everyone into a routine helps, and with that schedule I take into consideration on how long each person in my home will need for certain tasks, like in the mornings when we are getting ready. When it comes down to those morning routines, it seems that with my boys and even my husband, they can get up eat breakfast, brush their teeth, change clothes then be ready. Then when it comes to myself and my daughter, we take a bit longer to get ready, we have our coffee, breakfast, and a beauty routine that takes time. So for me and my daughter, I like to have the tools on hand that can help us get the most out of the looks we are aiming for and do it with tools that can help save time. Recently I was sent such a tool when I was sent the sonicBLEND Antimicrobial Sonic Makeup Brush from Michael Todd Beauty to review.

Unlike other makeup brushes I have tried or used, this one is a powered one that offers gentle sonic movements that help with getting those contouring looks and other makeup applications. Along with the sonic movements I also like that this brush is made to keep it from getting any buildup which can cause microbial contamination, and allows this brush to stay clean and fresh longer than other makeup brushes out there that I have tried. I also like that with this brush, it charges up easily and does not have a cord attached so it is simple to use. There is also a user guide that helps to explain on how to hold the brush and use it along with the other tools you need for using this brush in the box.

Included in the box:
  • Cordless, rechargeable sonic brush handle
  • Antimicrobial makeup brush head
  • USB Charging Cable
  • User guide
  • 1 year warranty

Then when it comes to the coverage that you can get and makeup use, I like that you can get more of a total coverage on the face, which in hand makes it so you use less makeup and have less makeup waste. Together with the less makeup waste and the other features, this brush can also make it so your skin is healthier by minimizing clogged pores as well as irritations from rubbing and scratches that you can get from the more traditional makeup tools. Making the sonicBLEND Antimicrobial Sonic Makeup Brush from Michael Todd Beauty a great choice to go with when you are wanting to find a tool that saves time, money when it comes to makeup use, and your skin when it comes to the overall health of your skin!

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


Friday, August 26, 2016

Enjoy Being Outdoors this Fall with Vicks Sinex

This is a sponsored post written for Sinex. I was compensated for this post as part of the Vicks Ambassador Network. All opinions are my own.

The new school year is just around the corner, and like many, aside from that back to school shopping, we also have fall sports to prepare for. For my family and I, we encourage everyone to do their best, cheer from the sidelines, and support the kids along with the rest of the team. I spend a lot of time supporting the kids and their teams, and with my husband also being a coach, we find that we are both out by the fields a lot more during this time of the year than any other. Along with the practices, games, and all of the cheering, my husband and I also prepare for those allergies that hit us during the fall season. So when it comes to preparing for the fall, aside from the back to school shopping, I find that I will also be adding the new line of products from Vicks Sinex to our lists as well!

With the line of products from Vicks Sinex, I like that I can get the fast acting Vicks Sinex Nasal Sprays that not only come in a variety of options, but I can also get the Vicks Sinex Liqui-Caps if needed as well. I find that the line of products from Vicks Sinex will not only be very handy when those upper respiratory infections come around. I can appreciate that the sprays offer up to 12 hours of relief, and with the Vicks Sinex Nasal Sprays, I can get fast relief that I need when I have nasal congestion and pressure. When it comes to the spray that you get from the Vicks Sinex Nasal Sprays, I like that they deliver an Ultra-Fine mist which give you effective nasal spray decongestants that relieve sinus pressure so you can breathe more freely. I can also choose from a variety of the Vicks Sinex Nasal Sprays which include the Severe and the Moisturizing.

For those times when we have sinus pressure, pain, and congestion, I like that with the Vicks Sinex Liqui-Caps we can get the relief we need that is fast acting and lasts for up to 4 hours. I also like that I can get the Vicks Sinex Liqui-Caps in a daytime capsule that can help my husband and I get through the days as well as stay alert and ready to cheer on the team during practice and the big games. Then for the evenings where sleep is much needed we can take the Vicks Sinex Liqui-Caps Nighttime capsules which gives us the relief we need. Making the line of Vicks Sinex products a great selection to add to your medicine cabinet this fall or anytime where allergies and colds are an issue! You can learn more on how to clear up your congestion fast by heading over to

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#Giveaway NEW PLAYMOBIL Carry Cases Prize Pack

When it comes to the kids and any sort of travel whether it is a long road trip or a trip to the beach, I like to be prepared. I do so by having games and activities on hand that include toys that can help to keep my kids busy and entertained. Recently we were sent such a selection of toys when we were sent the new PLAYMOBIL Carry Cases to review. You can watch Estrella's review on these and how she has been able to fit them into her new adventures in babysitting!

These cases are great for taking on the go, and allow kids to get creative! The sets come with the pieces the kids need so that they can have their own mini adventures. I also like that these PLAYMOBIL Carry Cases, they go with some of the larger sets of PLAYMOBIL items which allows my kids to take those creative adventures that they have at home with them when we are away from home.

I have found these to be great for taking to the beach, to the Dr's office, when we go on road trips, and for my daughter when she is babysitting to help keep the kids entertained! There are 4 of these fun carry cases to choose from which include Vet Visit Carry Case, Soccer Shootout Carry Case, Fashion Boutique Carry Case and Police Carry Case! Making these mini portable play sets from PLAYMOBIL a great choice to go with when you are looking for on the go toys, and to help with keeping your kids entertained while you are away from home, the wonderful people from PLAYMOBIL would like to give one of my amazing readers their own set of the new PLAYMOBIL Carry Cases!

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

Bob the Builder on PBS and Netfilx

When it comes to finding shows and activities for my kids, I like to seek out the things that they have a interest in. This can range from their hobbies to their favorite characters, and when it comes to my preschooler, well he enjoys trucks, building things, and anything that has to do with construction and of course, Bob The Builder. This interest is a mutual one that he also shares with some of his friends, so when we were given the chance to watch some of their favorite Bob the Builder episodes on Netfilx as well as the new ones on PBS, we were excited. But we were even more excited when we were sent a pack filled with some fun Bob the Builder toys from Fisher-Price, which my little guy and his friends can enjoy playing with while watching the shows! Being that Estrella has began her adventures in babysitting this summer, she has been having fun finding the toys that she can share with the kids she watches, and you can watch her review on the series as well as the toys in the video below.

We found that we were able to watch the new season on television as well as on YouTube, and when we went to the Bob the Builder site on PBS Kids, we found full episodes in the videos section, games and more for the kids to enjoy! The kids enjoyed the variety of activities we were able to find on the site, and they also liked that they could find full length episodes that we were able to stream.

Then when it came to making our viewing party of the new episodes even more fun, the kids had a lot of fun checking out all of the great Bob the Builder toys. They found them to be very exciting because they were able to recreate some of their favorite moments from the show which makes the choice to pick up the Bob the Builder toys from Fisher-Price a must have for the Bob the Builder fans! So if you have Bob the Builder fans in your home, be sure to tune in and watch the new season, check out the Bob the Builder site where you can stream some of the episodes, as well as check out some of the games and activities. Also get caught up or watch some of your favorite episodes from last season on Netflix and YouTube, and have the toys from Fisher-Price on hand so your little ones can enjoy their own Bob the Builder adventures!

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

A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits on DVD

When it comes to finding those family movies for our family movie nights, we find that we like to add movies that each of the kids find a interest in. For Estrella, she really enjoys those teen romances and the musicals as well. So when we were sent a copy of A Cinderella Story: If The Shoe Fits on DVD to review, we were excited to check it out and add it to our family movie night collection. You can watch Estrella's review on this movie in the video below!

In this movie you find a musical that follows in line with the story of Cinderella! The young lady Tessa goes on a vacation to a very nice resort with her stepmom and stepsisters. She thinks that this will be fun until they arrive and they put Tessa to work as a servant to assist her stepsisters as they prepare to go to audition for the lead role in a musical. Tessa finds that her own talent can take the stage but is told she is not allowed to audition, and thinks that her chance at fame is just a dream. That is until a makeup artist decides to help Tessa and transform her into a glamorous star!

We found this movie to be one that is not only perfect for adding to family movie night, but also one that was perfect for Estrella to add to her own collection of faves and you can too when you head out today to get your copy of A Cinderella Story: If The Shoes Fits!

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



Finding those fun shows to watch during our family movie time is something that everyone in my home enjoys doing, and when it comes to the shows to watch, the kids like to share some of their faves with the entire family. So when we were sent Supergirl: The Complete First Season on Blu-Ray to review, Estrella was excited to check it out and share this series with the family and our readers! You can watch her review in the video below.

In this set you get 20 1 hours episodes which include:

  1. Pilot
  2. Stronger Together
  3. Fight or Flight
  4. How Does She Do It?
  5. Livewire
  6. Red Faced
  7. Human for a Day
  8. Hostile Takeover
  9. Blood Bonds
  10. Childish Things
  11. Strange Visitor from Another Planet
  12. Bizarro
  13. For the Girl Who Has Everything
  14. Truth, Justice and The American Way
  15. Solitude
  16. Falling
  17. Manhunter
  18. Worlds Finest
  19. Myriad
  20. Better Angels

·         2015 Comic-Con Panel: Warner Bros. Television Presents a Night of DC Entertainment at Comic-Con 2015: Supergirl
·         The Man From Mars: Superman once described J'onn J'onzz as "the most powerful being on the face of the Earth." This documentary will explore J’onn J’onzz’s current circumstances on Supergirl as the alien who swore an oath to a dying father to protect his daughters.
·         A World Left Behind: Krypton: Kara Zor-El's home planet of Krypton was destroyed in the opening minutes of the pilot. It was a spectacular, futuristic society filled with mystery and intrigue! This documentary will explore the history of this famous planet and its role and depiction in Supergirl.
·         Gag Reel
·         Deleted Scenes

This series is sure to make for a great addition to our family movie night and you can enjoy it as well when you head out today to get copy today!

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


Storewide Savings This Sunday for #TargetRunDay

Do you like a sale? Do you enjoy finding those deals that are only available for a limited amount of time? Have you finished this years back to school shopping, fall wardrobe updates, and Labor Day weekend shopping? Well look no more and be sure to set your clocks because come Sunday August 28th, it will be Target Run Day!

What is Target Run Day you ask? Target Run Day is a day that you will not want to miss out on. It is where you can save 10% your entire purchase when you use the Target Run Day exclusive coupon!!! To get the coupon it is simple, you can get it in this Sunday's paper in the Target ad or you can text text RUN to TARGET (827438) so you can get a mobile coupon to use on Sunday. Once you have that coupon, scan it at checkout and you’re set! Then if you have a Target REDCard you can get an additional 5% off and also get free shipping when you order online!

This sale is one that is sure to help you end your summer with a bang where you can stock up on those sporting goods and football gear for those tailgating parties. You can also stock up on those school supplies for both school and for the home as well as for when the kids will need more supplies mid year. Making Target Run Day a day you will not want to miss out on. So be sure to get your coupon, set your alarms, put on your running shoes, and make your lists for Target Run Day!

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

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Get Your Savings on Luvs This Weekend

This review was made possible by iConnect and Luvs.  I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine.

When it comes to the things that parents of little ones use on a daily basis and have on hand in babies room, we find that diapers are on the top of that list. When it comes to the essentials for baby, such as diapers, I find that having a stock of diapers on hand can really help to relieve stress so we are not having to run out for diapers in a last minute rush, especially during weekends like Labor Day. So when I come across deals and coupons on those diapers that we use everyday, I like to not only use them so I can ensure we are stocked up, but also share those deals and coupons as well with others!

Well this weekend on August 28th, there will be a deal on the Luvs Diapers that will give you $2 off any one pack of Luvs, excluding the travel and trial sizes! This coupon will be in the Sunday paper, and is one that is too good to pass up, especially if you have a need for diapers in the home. I find that having a savings like this will help for when we stock up our home for guests this coming Labor Day Weekend. Because just like ensuring we are stocked up on other items such as the toilet paper, paper towels, drinks and snacks, having the nursery stocked up with the diapers and wipes will help to make our Labor Day that much more enjoyable!

See when we have plenty of Luvs Diapers on hand, I can be sure that we will not have to worry about running out. I will also feel better knowing that as we enjoy our weekend with friends and family, that baby will have a diaper that features Super Absorbent Leakguards and NightLock Plus™, which is its largest absorbency area ever. And with the Luvs Ultra Leakguard Diapers, I like that they are designed to lock away wetness and absorb even more than regular Luvs. The fit on the Luvs are also to be noted, because they offer a refastenable stretchy tab, which helps to make diaper changes simple, and moving around for baby easier as well.

Then when it comes to the overall value, Luvs are a more affordable choice for parents and offer the features that you might find in the more pricey diapers. Making this $2 off coupon one that you will need to keep an eye out for and be sure to clip when your Sunday paper arrives!


Dieting Made Easy with Atkins

Compensation was provided by Atkins via Role Mommy Writer's Network.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Atkins or Role
Mommy Writer's Network.

Finding ways to balance the family life and our own health when it comes to weight can be a challenge for many. I have learned that when it comes to finding ways to loose weight, that more times than none I might have a plan in mind, but the daily schedules can get in the way. Like many, I find that coming up with menus for myself that have the low carb options can be a lot easier said than done especially when I cook and prepare meals for the rest of my family. So having options like the new meal kit options that are now available from Atkins, can help to make a big difference and also help to take that guessing game out when it comes to counts and such for daily intakes.

Recently I was given the chance to review one of the new meal option kits from the Atkins line, and after looking over the kits, I found that the Easy Peasy Meal Kit option was the best option for me! I can appreciate the meal kit options because you can find which one is best suited for you. These kits include the Easy Peasy Meal Kit, the Frozen Foodie Meal Kit, and the Evening Chef Meal Kit. Also when it comes to the options, you do not just have to rely on the photos to when it comes to making your choice but you can also read the descriptions that go with each kit so you can be sure to pick the one that can fit your lifestyle needs.

Atkins Meal Kits cover a week’s worth of food and tools, with three different options to choose from for one’s needs and lifestyle:

  • Frozen Foodie Meal Kit ($69.99) is ideal for people who are too busy to cook full meals, requiring minimal time in the kitchen. This kit features a variety of Atkins Frozen Meals to simplify options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

  • Evening Chef Meal Kit ($89.99) is designed for the consumer seeking convenience during the day, but wants to prepare their own meals in the evening. The kit includes Atkins Frozen Meals, Snack Bars and Shakes to cover breakfast, lunch and snacks, with recipes and recommended shopping lists for low-carb dinners. 

  • Easy Peasy Meal Kit ($97.99) is the most comprehensive kit with all meals included, and consumers make their snacks and side dishes. The kit includes a variety of Atkins Frozen Meals, Meal Bars and Shakes to cover breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

With the Easy Peasy Meals kit, I was sent the foods and tools I needed to get me started with one weeks worth of products for my breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. I was very pleased when I started with day 1, and found the information I needed in order to follow the Atkins diet plan off the right way, in the reading material that was included in my kit. Along with the book that explains the Atkins diet and also takes you through the diet plan to help you maintain the plan as it is intended, I also found the Carb Counter book, recipe book and the shopping guide to be very helpful. The Carb Counter was like having a personal journal on hand, which helped me to keep track of my daily intake and really take full advantage of the plan.

Then when it comes to the big question that I know many people as well as myself have when it comes to choosing a diet plan, I was very pleased to find that the flavors of the foods and shakes were very pleasant! I mean, on day one when I had my first shake, I was kinda nervous because you just really do not know what it might taste like. I went for the Strawberry and I was very impressed with the flavor. From there I found that each of the meals including the bars, were very pleasing and the frozen meals were packed with flavors that have left me impressed. Which all together, have made the choice to go with the Atkins meal kit to help me with my own weight loss goals, a choice that I am very proud of!

So if you are ready to make that change and start loosing that weight that you have been putting off until tomorrow, take the first step today and check out the new meal options kits from Atkins. You can choose from the 3 different kits that I mentioned above and you can get these kits delivered weekly as a subscription as well. Also now until September 30, you can enjoy free shipping and 5% off on orders with promotional code NEWKIT5


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

#Giveaway Maxine's Stars and Stripes Hallmark Prize Pack

When it comes to politics, well we all have our opinions and frankly I tend to keep mine to myself online. The thing is, we live in a country where freedom of speech is alive and very well and can be seen all over social media, in coffee shops, in line at the grocery store, and in our own homes. Where those opinions soar and where we find that no matter which side we are on, we all tend to be proud to be American. So in the spirit of the elections nearing and the debates in full swing, I was pleased to be able to review the very funny and crabby selection of Maxine's Star and Stripes line from Hallmark.

In this collection of products, which can be found at Hallmark, I like that you find that famously crabby Maxine as she shows off her patriotism! There are several items to choose from, which include mugs, tumblers, home decor, a fun Uncle Sam looking Itty Bitty, and more! With the collection I was sent to review, I found that the socks, mug, tumbler and Itty Bitty all make for the perfect selection of products to give that very crabby patriotic person in your life. They also make for a great set of items to have on hand when you have a election party with friends and family on the big night later this year.
The sayings are fun and can make for a great gag gift or peace offering when those debates get a little heated. Which for me, are great to have on hand when my family is around since we all have our very different opinions when it comes to politics and this years election. Making the line of the Maxine's Stars and Stripes products from Hallmark, a great choice to go with when you want to find a funny way to show that patriotism! And to help with letting those stars and stripes shine in your home, the wonderful people from Hallmark would like to give one of my amazing readers their own set of the Maxine's Stars and Stripes products!

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

Teacher Supplies from Oriental Trading

When it comes to getting ready for the new school year, many find that aside from school supplies for the kids. there are also supplies that can be helpful when it comes to teaching in the home or even for the kids teachers at school. For my home, I like to ensure that we have the supplies my kids might need for when they are doing homework and for also aiding my preschooler when he is at home to help prepare him for kindergarten. So when I was given the chance to check out the selection of teaching supplies that are available from Oriental Trading, I was excited to select a few to help me when it comes to some of the schooling I do in the home with my preschooler! 
When I went to the Oriental Trading site I was very pleased to find a great selection of art and crafting supplies, which allows me to not only do fun projects with my preschooler, but also with his friends when they come to play in the afternoons. The selection of crafting supplies ranges from the basics like the glue and coloring supplies to the kits that are fun to put together and create with!

After selecting a few of the crafting supplies kits and some of the basics like the glue sticks, pencils, and Dry Erase Board Crayons, I then looked over some of the age appropriate teaching supplies. I found that the selection of products for the different ages of kids and stages that they are in when it comes to school was impressive. I like that at Oriental Trading that they offer a great selection of the tools for the different subjects that can come in handy, especially when you are homeschooling with your kids.

I was again pleased to find some of the supplies I was looking for, like the dry erase alphabet cards so I can have my preschooler practice writing and identifying his ABC's. Then to go along with these products I found the Dr. Seuss Opposites Puzzle to be a great choice as well, allowing me to work on opposites while having fun putting the pieces together. Which in all, made the choice to shop the teaching supplies at Oriental Trading a great choice for me so that I can be sure to have the supplies I might need to help aid me at home as I work in teaching and preparing my preschooler for the future!

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

Back to School with Biglove

Not too long ago, we were sent a great selection of products to review from Biglove. Estrella enjoyed sharing the selection and reviewing them in a video she did. Well the wonderful people from Biglove enjoyed Estrella's input and sent her a little thank you. To thank them right back, Estrella created another fun video which you can watch and enjoy below!

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

Get the Pain Relief Products for You and Your Family at Target

I have received information and materials from JOHNSON & JOHNSON CONSUMER, Inc., McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division, LLC. The opinions stated are my own. This is a sponsored post. #PositivelyPrepared #BacktoSchool #CollectiveBias

The kids are headed back to school and those Friday Night Lights are back! Like many parents with kids who are in sports, I like to ensure that my kids are prepared. I do this by making sure that they are hydrated before and after practices and games and that they have the tools they need on the field. This scenario is not just one that I aim for for my kids but also for my husband who is a football coach. And when it comes to the activity on the field with his team, like many other coaches out there, my husband finds that it can all take a toll on his body. So when we prepare for practice and game days, I like to ensure that my husband's bag is not only packed with the equipment he and his team need for the field, but also with the pain relieving tools he needs, like the ones we can get from line of TYLENOL® and other over the counter products, which can be found at our local Target.

When we head to our local Target store, I can find a great selection of the Johnson & Johnson pain relief products. They are simple to locate and can be found in the pharmacy and healthcare section of Target.

As we stock up on the OTC pain relieving products at Target, I like that we can get the products such as the Ultra Strength BENGAY® Cream, which is a cream that offers the deep penetrating pain relief that might be needed when muscles get sore. I like that with the Ultra Strength BENGAY® Cream, my husband can apply it directly on the sites that he has pain and get the relief whether it be in his back or legs.

To help him when it comes to aches and pains that he can feel throughout the day, especially after practice or a game, I like that he can take the TYLENOL® 8 HR Muscle Aches & Pain. With the TYLENOL® 8 HR Muscle Aches & Pain, my husband can get the all day relief he needs whether he is on or off the field, and not have the issue of pain his back, knees, or his muscles get in the way. The 8 hrs of pain relief is also a quick acting relief that is tough on those pains yet gentle on the stomach. And when he needs to get a good nights sleep yet needs that pain relief and a sleep aid, I like that TYLENOL® PM helps him to get to sleep and stay asleep. I can also appreciate knowing that TYLENOL® PM is also #1 doctor recommended brand for pain with sleeplessness.

Then when it comes to ways to help make the job of a coach a little easier both on and off the field, my husband has a checklist which has helped him maintain and enjoy the game! I also find this checklist not only great for a coach to have but also for anyone who is involved in sports and athletics, whether it be team sports, heading to the gym, bike riding, or even running. The list includes the following, which can make all the difference when you are active:

  • Always be sure to stay hydrate, before, during, and after any activities. This can help to prevent cramping, fatigue, and dehydration.

  • Before doing any physical activities, we have found the stretching can make all the difference so you do not get any pulled muscles and recovery can be a little easier on the body as well.

  • For many like myself and my husband, having braces such as a back brace, knee braces or any extra support on those areas that tend to take a little more of a beating than others can help and really make a difference.

  • Then whether you are heading to the field, the gym, or for a bike ride, we find that packing the Ultra Strength BENGAY® Cream and TYLENOL® 8 HR Muscle Aches & Pain can help to give you relief when needed when on the go or at home as can having the TYLENOL® PM help when it comes to getting pain relief at night and help you get a good nights sleep.

Which in all makes the OTC pain relieving selections like TYLENOL® and other products found at Target a great choice to go with when it comes to getting the relief you might need! So as you pack your gym bags for the field, the gym, or the court be sure to get positively prepared with the right pain relief for you and your family at Target.


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

#Giveaway Reactorz Light Up Footballs

With the kids heading back to school and those fall sports in effect with the evening practices, I find that I like to have the products on hand that can help to make evening practices a bit more fun. At the time being, our nights are short and our days are long, but soon the seasons will change and up here in the Pacific Northwest, we find that our days are a lot shorter. Making it to where evening practices leave us with the lights on the field so the kids can do their best, even when it is dark out. So when I think of the equipment that can help to make those evening practices and even nighttime play a little more enjoyable for my son, I like to find items that glow and light up. Recently we were sent such a product when we were sent a Reactorz Light Up Football to review, you can watch Estrella's review in the video below.

With this football, we get a ball that lights up as you launch it in the air, allowing you and your friends to see it go even when you are playing at night. It lights up with the reactive light technology, which makes this ball touch sensitive. The design for the football makes it so you can get a good grip on it and also makes it soft to catch. Which in all makes the Reactorz Light Up Football from Coop Sports a great choice to go with when you want to play some nighttime football or even when you want to throw the ball around for practice at night! Also, be sure to enter below for a chance to win your own Reactorz Light Up Football.

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

Must Have Robotic Toys from Genesis Toys and Echo Tech Toys

The kids are heading back to school and like many, I enjoy having the toys that the kids see as a must have in the home for them to enjoy playing with after school work is done. With my kids, they enjoy having those tech based robotic toys, and a couple of brands that we like is Genesis Toys and Echo Tech Toys. So when we were sent a selection of toys from these brands we were excited to check them out.

With all of my kids they enjoy the RC toys, and with the RC Max Rumbler, they can get a toy that can race around and do 8 fun stunts. The kids can use the controller to get their Max Rumbler do some of its epic moves both indoors and outdoors. And when they take it outdoors, it can continue to preform with the large tires that have a grip on them that allow the RC Max Rumbler perform! You can find the RC Max Rumbler for just $15 at many major retailers such as Walmart and more!
With the Techno Newborn Puppy, my kids can get a very adorable interactive puppy that has a little bit of artificial intelligence that gives them a almost real life play! This true to life interactive play includes nurturing, touch sensitive petting, light-up expressive eyes and most of all the ability to jump into your child’s hands. Another huge plus that you will find with the Techno Newborn Puppy from the Genesis Toys line is that you can get the puppy or the kitten at under $15 at Walmart as well as other major retailers!

Then when it comes to that adorable My Friend Cayla doll that we enjoyed playing with before, we find that she is back and ready to celebrate with the new Party Time My Friend Cayla doll! With this doll you have a fun, interactive, fashionable doll that will offer your kids hours of imaginative fun! She is a 18" doll that is ready to party for a birthday, tea parties and more. Your kids can interact with Cayla through the My Friend Cayla App which is simple to navigate and brings the doll to life. And once you have the app up and you are interacting, Cayla will also interact by identifying the items that are included in this pack. Along with identifying the items in this box, she can also read the card that she has by using the My Touch Technology that is in this doll! You can get your own My Friend Cayla Party Time Doll at Target as well as other retailers. Which makes this toy along with the others from the Genesis Toys and Echo Tech Toys lines, great choices to go with when you are seeking those must have robotic toys for your kids to enjoy!

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

Monday, August 22, 2016

#Giveaway The Wild Life Prize Pack + $25 Visa Gift Card

Finding those movies to watch in theaters that are family friendly is something that we enjoy doing in my home. We like to set aside dates where we can head out for a family movie date, allowing us to head to the theater to watch the newest must see movies with the kids. And one that we are looking forward to going to see is The Wild Life, which will be in theaters September 9th!

The Wild Life is a fun animated movie that takes place on what once was a island paradise for a group of animals. The group of animals each have their own personalities, ways of living and also ways of living together in their own little world on the island. Their bit of paradise gets a little shook up when a human by the name of Robinson Crusoe gets marooned on their island.

And like many we are excited to see the animals on the big screen, learn more about their life on the island and also watch to see how a marooned human can fit into it all! So be sure to set your calendars and make it a date with your kids when you head to a theater near you to see The Wild Life on September 9th!
Also, enter to win a fun prize pack that includes 1 The Wild Life T-shirt, Coloring Book and a $25 Visa Gift Card!

This post is part of a campaign through Lionsgate and their PR.  All opinions are my own.

Back to School Menus with NESTLÉ® at Safeway + #Giveaway

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NestleSchoolDays #CollectiveBias
As we get back into those school year routines, we find that the whole transition can be somewhat overwhelming. We go from later bed times, late mornings, and go with the flow type summer routines to those early bed times, early mornings, and schedules that can keep us going from one place to another during the days. So like many, I like to find ways that can help to make the back to school transition a little easier. I do this by having the kids lunches packed the night before, clothes put out to be put on in the morning, and creating menus each week that will fit in with our busy schedules.

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When I create those menus, I do so on Sundays, where I can pull out our schedules, then come up with menus that will go with the daily schedules which allow me to allocate the times I need to create each meal. Once I have that menu in hand, I like to head out to my local grocery store, like Safeway, where I can find the ingredients I need to pull those dishes together. While at Safeway, I can find a great selection of Nestlé products that range from the Stouffer's entrees to the NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Refrigerated Cookie Dough and candy products like the NESTLÉ® Fun Size BUTTERFINGER®.

And one meal that I enjoy creating when I pick up the STOUFFER'S® Party Size Entrées Mac & Cheese is a tuna casserole that is simple to put together and something that the whole family can enjoy. Along with the tuna casserole we also like to make NESTLÉ® Chocolate Chip Cookie Butterfinger Bombs by picking up some NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Refrigerated Cookie Dough and the NESTLÉ® Fun Size BUTTERFINGER®.
The tuna casserole with the STOUFFER'S® Mac & Cheese is fairly simple to put together. To get started you will need to head to your local Safeway store and pick up:

2 Cans Tuna (with water strained out)
1/4 cup Chives
1-2 cups of crushed crackers for topping
STOUFFER'S® Party Size Entrées Mac & Cheese

Thaw the STOUFFER'S® Party Size Entrées Mac & Cheese in the fridge by putting it in there first thing in the morning.

Preheat oven as directed on box. Once oven is ready place the Mac & Cheese in and cook for 15 minutes. Take out of oven and mix in the tuna and chives in the Mac & Cheese, and cook for another 15 minutes. Take the Mac & Cheese out again and add the crushed crackers on the top then cook for another 15 minutes, giving you a total 45 minutes of cook time. Serve and enjoy!

Then for dessert we like to make the NESTLÉ® Chocolate Chip Cookie Butterfinger Bombs. For these you will need to pick up the following at your local Safeway:

 NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Refrigerated Cookie Dough
1 pack of the NESTLÉ® Fun Size BUTTERFINGER®
1 can of non stick cooking spray

To get started preheat the oven as directed on the cookie dough package. We use a mini muffin pan which we spray non stick cooking spray on. Once the non stick spray is on, get the cookie dough, cut the log into slices like you would for baking cookies. Put each cookie dough piece in the slots of the pan and place a NESTLÉ® Fun Size BUTTERFINGER® in the middle then wrap the candy up in the cookie dough. Place in the oven and bake as directed on the cookie dough package or until the cookies are golden brown. Let cool, serve and enjoy!
Which with this meal as well as others you can create from the NESTLÉ® line up of  STOUFFER'S® products and the NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Refrigerated Cookie Doughs, a great choice to go with as you create those back to school menus! Also be sure to grab your coupon and get savings when you shop at Safeway and enter for a chance to win in the giveaway found above in this post!

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