Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Conception Later in Life: How Egg Donation Gives New Hope to Infertile Women

Being infertile is a study in tumultuous emotions. The anxiety of wanting to know, so badly, whether the next pregnancy test will have a plus sign, paired with the desire to freeze time because the unknown is better than the disappointment of another negative.  The feeling of months slipping away into years, all while knowing that your best chances may have been years ago.

IVF has become so commonplace that people assume most twins nowadays are IVF twins, and women with no men in the picture can use sperm donors with few eyebrows raised. But looking into egg donation may be one tactic that’s been overlooked by women, especially those over age 35, who yearn to overcome infertility.

Here are some reasons using a donor egg may work when other methods have not:

-          Your body does not make eggs throughout your life; you’re born with all the eggs you will ever have. That means your eggs are as old as you are, and older eggs are unfortunately more prone to genetic issues.

-          Your egg stores are also greatly diminished by age 35 and continue to decline through age 40.
-          Even with regular periods, you may not beovulating every month after age 35.
-          It’s next to impossible to get pregnant with your own eggs after age 45.
-          You may have needed medicine, such as a cancer treatment, that adversely affected your egg quantity and quality.

Advanced maternal age can have its challenges; however, women who wait to have children may also be more financially stable and ready to be a parent.

For women who have been through the wringer with infertility, or for those whose maternal instincts kicked in later in life, pregnancy may seem like a mirage, but with donated eggs, women can start their journey anew.

What is the egg donor process like?

Again there are the strong emotions. Many women report needing to grieve that a baby made with donor eggs will not be biologically theirs. It’s hard to accept that conclusion. Yet, the upside is that, unlike other options, donor eggs allow women to experience the miracle of a baby growing inside, to monitor the baby’s development, and even to go through childbirth.

After coming to terms with the emotional and psychological aspects of using donor eggs, the process can usually begin relatively quickly. First, women decide whether to use fresh or frozen donor eggs and who the donor will be.

All egg donors are screened for medical, genetic and psychological issues before being allowed to donate. With frozen donor eggs, the donors have already gone through the process of retrieving the eggs, so prospective moms can simply choose a donor who meets her criteria.  There may be certain physical attributes, a particular ethnicity or a desired level of education that are important to the family.  Fresh donor eggs are a little trickier as women will need to wait for the donor go through the screening process, then to take medications to produce the eggs, and hope that enough quality eggs are retrieved—all while both the donor and the recipient need to sync their menstrual cycles using additional medications.

After the mom selects the donor eggs, using them is nearly identical to traditional IVF. Once the eggs are at the fertility clinic, the doctor fertilizes them. This step allows dads to contribute to the genetic make-up of the baby, which some couples see as a major criteria in their family planning. But a sperm donor is also a wonderful option.  As usual with fertility treatments, the couple of days while the fertilized eggs grow into embryos can be stressful and anxiety-inducing. Will it work this time? How many embryos will start growing? Will they be healthy and robust?

After a few days, the doctor implants the desired number of embryos into the mother, who will have prepped her body with hormones that encourage those little bundles of joy to hang on tight.
And if they do, women who have struggled for so long may finally see that elusive plus sign, that turns into morning sickness, that turns into baby kicks, that turns into the makings of a mother who knows how badly this child was wanted.


Use Advil® Menstrual Pain and Say "What Monthly Pain?"

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #Sponsored #WhatMonthlyPain #CollectiveBias

When it comes to being a woman, we find that there are monthly routines that we do in order to make those monthly pains a little more bearable. Like many women, I learned ways to make the days leading up to and during my period a little easier from my mom. I can remember drinking chamomile tea, eating some chocolate and painting nails during that time of the month. We also had heating pads and wrote in journals when it came to emotional aspect that some teen girls my find to be hard to deal with. I found these tactics helped when it came to some of the discomforts that can come with a period, and have found that for me being a mother to a teen, I take some of those tips and tricks that my mom shared with me and my sister with my own daughter. The thing is when it comes to the pains, they might not be in just one particular area of the body, sometimes we get headaches and even back pain that goes along with those menstrual cramps. So along with using some of the tips and tricks my mom used with me growing up, I also include the Advil® Menstrual Pain in the mix with my own teen.

See when we add Advil® Menstrual Pain to help with easing that menstrual pain, we can also relieve the headaches and back pain as well. I like that when it comes to that time of the month, that I can head to my local Walmart, where I can pick up some of the Advil® Menstrual Pain along with other products we might need or want to add to those monthly pain survival kits for that time of the month. The Advil® Menstrual Pain products can be found in the pharmacy department in the pain relief aisle.

I found that when it comes to adding the Advil® Menstrual Pain when we are having menstrual pains, back pains, and headaches that can all be associated with that time of the month, that we are using the #1 doctor recommended brand for menstrual pains. I can also appreciate that with the Advil® Menstrual Pain, that it targets the cause of menstrual cramps and discomfort and can help to relieve pain for up to 6 hours! Another plus is that the tablets are easy to swallow, caffeine free and antihistamine free, making so when it is that time of the month and my daughter and I go for the Advil® Menstrual Pain we can say, "What monthly pain?"!

So as you prepare to get your daughter ready to take on her first steps into womanhood, be sure to add Advil® Menstrual Pain to the mix and also check out this fun monthly pain survival kit that I enjoy making for my own daughter!

For the monthly pain kit:
I use products that can help with both comfort and emotions.

  • I like to add a journal for my daughter to write down feelings, thoughts and frustrations to help sort through the emotional aspect that hormones can throw at a girl during that time of the month. 
  • Chamomile tea to help soothe and calm the nerves
  • Nail polish, because a fresh coat can make you feel better. 
  • A bar of chocolate or my daughters favorite candy
  • Pads or tampons
  • Travel size bottle of my daughters favorite lotion 
  • Peppermint rice pack which helps to soothe and also relax you
  •  Advil® Menstrual Pain.

I like to make the rice packs with my daughter. This helps to pass the time, is a fun project for us to do together, and can be relaxing to make. With the peppermint rice packs they are good for giving a soothing and relaxing heating pad that is great for having during that time of the month! You can get the info on making a rice pack with your daughter below:

Use as directed


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

New From Petcurean: GATHER

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 our families and everyone's health, I find that in homes where there are fur babies, that the concerns for health not only go for the human family members but also our four legged family members as well. Like many parents, when I shop for foods for my kids, I seek out the foods that offer a healthier option for them. And just like when it comes to my kids, I also seek out the food and treats that offer a better option for my fur babies. So when we were introduced to the new line of pet food from our pet food brand of choice, Petcurean, called GATHER, we were very excited to share it with our dog Chloe and see how she liked it.

GATHER is a line of pet food for both dogs and cats that offers fur babies the best ingredients out there that are all non-GMO and are ingredients that are carefully chosen by the people from Petcurean. The ingredients all come from a handful of farmers, growers and fishers who have shown to have the highest integrity, who are practicing the responsible and sustainable production of extraordinary quality and natural ingredients. Giving our pets foods that are made from recipes that do not have any genetically engineered ingredients, and that offer flavor that is full of fresh and dehydrated protein!

The GATHER varieties for dogs and the Free Acres one for cats include the following:

·         Wild Ocean: The single-source fish protein in Wild Ocean is MSC certified fresh line-caught cod, pulled from the cold, clean Alaska coast waters. The cod comes from one of the world’s best managed, most sustainable fisheries and is an excellent source of high quality protein, and provides essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Cod is blended with MSC certified krill, peas, lentils, chickpeas, organic flaxseed and other essential ingredients to provide a hearty, healthy meal for adult dogs.

·         Free AcresThe chicken in the delicious Free Acres recipe is sustainably produced, certified organic and free-run. And, it is the single source of poultry protein. Petcurean has included other wholesome foods such as organic peas, lentils, krill, organic flaxseed, blueberries and cranberries to provide dogs and cats with extra nutrition and extraordinary flavours.

·         Endless ValleyEndless Valley’s certified organic pea protein and other pure and natural ingredients are crafted into a vegan certified recipe especially for dogs. A plant-based diet can be a great option for dogs, their humans and the environment, and Endless Valley provides all of the essential amino acids and complementary ingredients that provide complete and balanced nutrition. The Certified Vegan Trademark guarantees that Endless Valley does not contain any animal ingredients or animal by-products, uses no animal ingredient or by-product in the manufacturing process, and has not been tested on animals.

Then when it comes to what fur babies might think of GATHER, well Chloe has tried the samples, enjoyed every single bite there was to be had and has had no complaints! And I like that aside from the ingredients that even the bags that they use for packaging the GATHER line of foods in are one-third plant based. Making the line of pet foods from Petcurean which include the newest line, GATHER, not only a great food that our dog Chloe enjoys, but a line up that has proven to help improve our old dog Chloe's overall health and well being!

The GATHER line of pet food is now available in pet specialty retailers. To find out where GATHER is available please visit


Monday, November 28, 2016

Holiday Gift Ideas: The Best of Both Worlds: How Mothers Can Find Full-Time Satisfaction in Part-Time Work

This post is sponsored and written by me on behalf of the author of the book The Best of Both Worlds: How Mothers Can Find Full-Time Satisfaction in Part-Time Work. All opinions are my own

When it comes to finding the gifts to give the recipients on your holiday lists this year, I find that seeking out a variety of gifts for the various people is ideal. This allows you to get the gifts that each person will enjoy getting, and with my list, I find that aside from the toys and clothing that others might be asking for, that books are also a highly requested gift both in the hardcover and paperback forms as well as the ebooks. So when I was sent the book, The Best of Both Worlds: How Mothers Can Find Full-Time Satisfaction in Part-Time Work, by Beth Brykman, I was excited to begin reading it and also excited to add it to my list of holiday gifts to give this year!

Being a mom blogger, running my own business, and working from home, I have found this book to be a great read. I can really appreciate the work and mom life balance that the author discusses, showing how moms can be moms and still have a career that they enjoy. The information that is in this book comes together and gives you a guide that both working moms and stay at home moms can really benefit from. Giving you steps that moms can take so that they can make both the career and home life by finding that career that you find to be rewarding and ideal when it comes to also being a mom, going from the full time career mom to the part time career and full time mom.

I like that the author, is a woman who has been there, one who is a mother and a former business executive and now a self employed writer. Giving me and other readers a way to connect with the points and also really find the information to be useful. I also found that aside from the personal story that the author shares, that the other stories from the other mothers which she interviewed, who are also in similar situations, share their stories as well. Allowing the reader to find which scenario from the various stories of women might work for them, and also finding themselves being able to relate to the women that the stories are about.

Then when it comes to who this book would make a great fit for, well I find that it would make for a great read for both moms and dads, new and expecting parents, or even those who are planning on finding ways to be home more and still be able to balance the home and work life. Making The Best of Both Worlds: How Mothers Can Find Full-Time Satisfaction in Part-Time Work, by Beth Brykman, a great gift to give this holiday season! You can find this book at Amazon on both paperback and ebook versions!


#Giveaway Storybook Castle + $25 Gift Card

As we head out to find those gifts to put under the trees this year, we find that when it comes to the kids on our lists, that they all tend to have different interests. Like many little ones, my preschooler enjoys stories of brave knights and castles, and he enjoys using the scenarios of being a brave knight when he is engaged in imaginative play. So when we were sent the Storybook Castle to review from the line of toys from Manhattan Toys, I was excited to check it out and also add it to my list of great holiday gift ideas!
With the Storybook Castle, you get a fun wooden activity center that gives your little ones four different scenes that they can play with. Each of the scenes are likes ones in a castle, giving you princess's, knights and more to use when little ones engage in imaginative play! The pieces are also made of wood and as your little one explores the different scenes they can play by having the sun rise and go down, the princess walk around the castle grounds and so much more!

Then when it comes to the caring of and the age range for this toy, I like that because it is made of wood, I can easily wipe the castle and the pieces down after each playtime. I also like that this toy makes for a great gift to give little ones age 12 months and up! Making the Storybook Castle a great activity center toy to put under the tree for your little ones this holiday season! And to help with some of that holiday shopping, the wonderful people from Manhattan Toys would like to give one of my amazing readers a $25 gift card to use on their site!

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

Holiday Gift Ideas: Celebrate the Holidays with Stompeez

When it comes to Christmas morning and seeing the kids faces when they look to see what all Santa left under the tree for them, I find that I enjoy adding items that have some of their favorite characters to the mix. With my preschooler, he has several characters that he enjoys, but one that he has liked for quite sometime and likes to collect is that iconic mouse, Mickey Mouse. So when we were sent a pair of the Mickey Mouse Stompeez to review, I was excited to share them with my little guy and also add them to my list of great gift ideas for this holiday season!

With the Mickey Mouse Stompeez, we get that iconic character that my little guy adores that are very soft and comfortable and a lot of fun to wear as he walks around the house! The ears pop up and down as he walks, bringing his Mickey Mouse Stompeez to life. Then when it comes to finding even more fun characters for my other kids, I like that the Stompeez are only $19.99 and can be found in a variety of characters for both boys and girls to enjoy. Making Stompeez a great choice to go with when it comes to finding those gifts that are sure to bring a smile to the kids faces!

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

Holiday Gift Ideas: "Jesse" Diaper Bag Backpack from Cheeky Tummy

When it comes to finding gifts to give the new and expecting parents on your holiday shopping lists, I find that giving them gifts that they can use regularly is ideal. One item that I have found to not only be a necessary accessory in my own daily life with little ones but also a item that other parents find as a necessity when it comes to baby is a diaper bag. The thing is, when you have both mom and dad using the bags, you find that dad might not want to carry around a purse like bag, and because of this they might go out with baby without having all that they might need on hand. So when it comes to being prepared for baby, for both moms and dads, I have found that having a diaper bag backpack can be exactly what new and expecting parents need. And with the Jesse Diaper Bag Backpack from the Cheeky Tummy line up, you get a diaper backpack that both mom and dad can use that has the room, pockets and functionality that parents need when it comes to a diaper bag!

One of the first things that stood out for me with the Jesse Diaper Bag Backpack is the space that is available. I really like how it expands and with the 11 pockets that are all very useful which include the insulated bottle pocket, I find that parents can be sure to leave home with all that they might need on hand when it comes to baby.

The straps and back are padded, giving you a even distribution of weight along with extra comfort. With the stroller straps, I can easily attach this diaper bag backpack to the stroller when we are out and about! Another thing that I like about this bag is the accessories that are included, I like that we can utilize the diaper changing pad when we are out, and use the sundry bag as needed.
Then when it comes to the look and the material that this bag is made from, I like that the look gives it a gender neutral feel, so that both moms and dads can use this bag without issues of having a too feminine look to it. I also like that when it comes to the clean up of this bag that the material is made so I can just wipe it clean. Making the Jesse Diaper Bag Backpack from Cheeky Tummy a great choice to go with this holiday season when you are seeking out that perfect gift to give the new and expecting parents on your list!

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

Tailgating Fun with El Yucateco®

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #KingOfFlavor #CollectiveBias

When it comes to my kids and the sports they play, we like to show our support with the other parents by having tailgating parties and making parent and supporter ribbons! We have found that during the games, having those team color ribbons for our kids displayed on our shirts shows team spirit and also helps to bring up the team moral as a whole. We also have found that by having a tailgating party after a game helps to bring the team, coaches, the families and other supporters together to enjoy the time, win or loose! So when it comes to those tailgating parties for both my son after a football game or my daughter after a soccer game, I like to seek out the ingredients that offer a little kick to them, such as the hot sauces that I can find from the El Yucateco® line up.

I like that I can find the various hot sauces from the El Yucateco® line up at my local Walmart store, and while there I can find other ingredients that I might be needing as well. Like for the taquitos and boneless wings we enjoy making for our tailgate parties. I can also appreciate that when I use the El Yucateco® sauces that I am using the #1 authentic habanero hot sauce that are made from hand picked habeneros and that are also the #1 choice among consumers like myself! Another reason that we find that El Yucateco® is our hot sauce of choice is because with the El Yucateco® Red Chile Habanero, you get a hot all purpose sauce, made with fresh red habanero peppers, tomato, and select spices and seasonings. With the El Yucateco® Green Chile Habanero , I like that it is a step up from the El Yucateco® Red Chile Habanero when it comes to the heat, made with fresh green habanero peppers, garlic, select spices and seasonings, and that it is also the El Yucateco® #1 seller nationally. Then with the El Yucateco® Black Label Reserve, I like that you get a great smoked flavor because it is made with fire roasted habanero's giving you a rich smoky sauce stands out from all others with it's unique flavor and appearance.

To get started for our tailgating spread of taquitos and boneless wings, I went with the El Yucateco® Green Chile Habanero and El Yucateco® Red Chile Habanero to use for the wings and in the taquitos. I also used these sauces along with the El Yucateco® Black Label Reserve in the dipping sauces that I made to use for both the wings and taquitos!

For the dipping sauces for both the wings and taquitos:

1 jar of mayonnaise
3 Tablespoons El Yucateco® Green Chile Habanero
3 Tablespoons El Yucateco® Red Chile Habanero
3 Tablespoons El Yucateco® Black Label Reserve

Split the jar up evenly into 3 bowls. With each of the bowls, put the El Yucateco® sauces in them, separately so that each sauce had its own bowl with mayonnaise in them. Mix each of the sauces well, label, cover and set the sauces aside to serve with the food later on.

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For the Boneless Wings both the Sauced and the Naked Wings:


El Yucateco® Green Chile Habanero
El Yucateco® Red Chile Habanero
3 chicken breasts (cubed)
6 eggs
2 cups flour
(adjust the following seasonings to taste)
1/2 tablespoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons pepper
1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon cumin
*for hot oil to cook wings and taquitos in, fill your pan with half inch of oil*

Heat up oil so it is hot and ready to use. Mix all dry ingredients together. Break eggs and whisk in a separate bowl. Take the pieces of chicken, dip in egg, dip and roll in dry mix, back in the egg, then again in dry mix and add to hot oil. Cook chicken until golden brown then place on paper towel to get excess oil off of the pieces, repeat the steps until all chicken in cooked.

After your chicken is done, put half the cooked chicken in one bowl then put aside for your naked wings without sauce on them. With the other half, put in half again and place each half in separate bowls. Add a decent amount of the El Yucateco® Green Chile Habanero to one batch of chicken and mix well, repeat with the other bowl using the El Yucateco® Red Chile Habanero, then cover for tailgate party.



2 tablespoons El Yucateco® Green Chile Habanero
1 tablespoon El Yucateco® Red Chile Habanero
3 chicken breasts (cooked and shredded)
1 package softened cream cheese
1 4 oz can green chiles
1 package corn tortillas

Take the chicken and split in half, putting half in one mixing bowl and the other half in another. For the first mix take the chicken and add the El Yucateco® Green Chile Habanero along with half of the cream cheese and green chiles then mix well. Do the same with the other half using the El Yucateco® Red Chile Habanero. After your chicken mixes are done, take the corn tortillas and start with the red sauce bowl by adding 2 spoonfuls of the chicken mix to a tortilla, roll, then place in the hot oil until tortilla is a light golden brown color, place on paper towels then plate on a platter for serving, continue until chicken mix is gone. Once you have completed cooking all of the red mix do the same with the green mix. Make sure you label your platters so that you know which are red and which are green, cover so they are ready for the tailgate party!

Then to complete your tailgate set up, you can add the parent and supporters ribbons as shown with details below, for everyone to wear to support the kids teams! These are simple to make and great for handing out prior to the game as everyone is meeting up in the parking lot. After the game ends, set out your El Yucateco® taquitos, sauces, and wings and enjoy!

Also right now you can win your own amazing tailgating prize pack! El Yucateco® is giving entrants the chance to win one-of-a-kind tailgating and homegating packages and MORE! Be sure to enter in the entry form towards the beginning of this post and also be sure to stock up on the sauces from the El Yucateco® line up to use at your next party!


Sunday, November 27, 2016

Shop #GivingTuesday with Carter's

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

The holiday shopping season is here, and with that, we seek out the sales on the items we will be needing for our families and for putting under the tree. Like many, when it comes to the holidays and the colder weather, I like to seek out those warm and cozy pajamas that are great for putting under the tree and also for keeping everyone warm. So when I heard that this Tuesday, November 29th, which is Giving Tuesday, that my local Carter's store and will be participating with Pajama Program, I was excited to mark my calendar and also learn more about the initiative.
See with the partnership between Carter's and the Pajama Program this Giving Tuesday, Carter's will donate pajamas to kids in need for every pajama purchase that is made in one of their 600+ US retail stores and online at The goal is to provide that same warmth and comfort that we give our kids with the pajamas from Carters, to those in need, up to 100,000 sets of pajamas and to surpass the $2 million in pajama donations in prior years!

This means that when I shop the close to 900 styles which includes the 1-piece, 2-piece, 4-piece, and gown options in cotton, flannel and fleece in sizes newborn to 12 years for boys and girls, I can be sure to find those perfect PJs for my kids this holiday season and also know that a child in need will be getting warm and cozy PJ's as well. Making Carter's not only the place where I head to when I am seeking those pajamas that my kids love, but also where I can go this Giving Tuesday to help give back to kids in need!


Saturday, November 26, 2016

#OldSpiceHoliday Stocking Stuffer Ideas with Old Spice

This post was made possible by iConnect and Old Spice. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

When it comes to the holidays and finding all that we need to make sure that everything comes together, I find that I like to seek out those products that are used in my home everyday to help keep things merry and bright! Like many, when it comes to the men in my family, I grew up with the smell of Old Spice in the home, and when the holidays came around, the stockings for the men always had the products from Old Spice in them. This scenario is one that has not only stuck when it comes to the holidays at my parents house, but also one that my sister and I continue with our own husbands as well. So when we were sent a stocking filled with amazing stocking stuffer ideas for the men in our lives from Old Spice, I was excited to take a look at the selection and also add them to my list of holiday stocking stuffer gift ideas!

See aside from the classic Old Spice colognes and body washes that we will be giving the men in our lives, we will also be adding some of the Old Spice Hair Styling products to the stockings for men as well. With the selection of hair products, the guys in our lives can use the manliest grooming brand of products in their hair so that they too can get those holiday looks.

These hair styling products from the Old Spice line up include the Old Spice Pomade, which gives you a moderate hold and a low shine that allows you to restyle or fix your look over and over again. The pomade as well as the other hair styling products, has that amazing Old Spice scent that we know and love and allows men to work their look over and over! The Old Spice Paste which gives you a medium hold along with a textured finish, giving that natural look that can last all day. The Old Spice Putty, which gives you a high hold along with a low shine finish that is great for getting those sturdy, but shapeable look. The Old Spice Fiber Wax, that gives a flexible hold and shine, that is ideal for versatile hair that keeps bouncing back. Along with the Old Spice Forming Creme, for a natural hold and shine, which is great for those hairdos that have a more laid back, not trying to hard look to them!

Then when it comes to stocking up on these great stocking stuffer products for the men in our lives, I like that I can get these Old Spice Hair Styling products in the hair care isles of many mass retailers and drug stores nationwide as well as at at amazing prices, ($6.99-$7.99). Making Old Spice not only a family tradition when it comes to finding great gifts to give over the holidays for the men in my family, but also a great selection of hair care products that also make for great stocking stuffers as well! So celebrate Happy Hairidays with the men in your life and pick up some of the Old Spice Hair Styling products today!


#Giveaway Enjoy the Holidays and Share #WhatULuv + Win a $25 AMEX

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 babies and the holidays, we find that as parents that we seek out the products that can help make the time a little easier on everyone, especially when it comes to sleep. As a mom, I am always looking for those products, the ones that allow baby to sleep a little better and in hand allow parents to get a little more sleep as well. I have learned that when it comes to sleep, that a wet diaper can disrupt those dreams quickly. So having products like the Luvs Ultra Leakguard Diapers with NightLock Plus™ on hand, can make all of the difference when it comes to keeping bottoms and linens dry and allowing everyone a little more sleep.

With the Luvs Ultra Leakguard Diapers with NightLock Plus™, I like that when baby is sleeping that their sleep can go uninterrupted when it comes to a wet bottom that can lead to leaks. Because when it comes to leaks, especially the ones that can occur in the middle of the night while everyone is enjoying their sleep, we find that we might not just wake up to a wet diaper but soiled linens as well. Making it to where parents are not only having to change a diaper on a fussy and tired baby, but also having to change the sheets and babies clothing which can then lead to baby being wide awake and causing those dreams in our slumber to be a thing of the past.

I like knowing that when I go with Luvs Ultra Leakguard Diapers with NightLock Plus™ that I am going with a brand that understands parents and why even the smallest things can make all the difference. As parents, we find that with a baby, that we do not have the time we once had to do even the simple things that we used to take advantage of. We find that we then cherish the little things, like with the extra sleep we might get when baby sleeps a little more through the night that we can do more. We are less cranky and more focused, and with that we can take advantage of those naps that baby takes to take a little me time to shower uninterrupted, catch up on a show we have on the DVR and whatever else we find that we can do during those naps.

And with the Luvs Ultra Leakguard Diapers with NightLock Plus™ I like that the feel is softer than before and also more absorbent, and that we also get the large stretchy tabs that make for easy fastening, giving parents a diaper that has the features that parents seek and babies need for less than the leading brand! Making it so that having the Luvs Ultra Leakguard Diapers with NightLock Plus™ can be a night saver, allowing that sleep to happen, and also allowing parents to get that time out they need!

So as you prepare to celebrate the holidays with your babies, celebrate with the Luvs Ultra Leakguard Diapers with NightLock Plus™ and embrace all that you "Luv", and be sure to join the #WhatULuv Twitter party hosted by @iConnect and @Luvs, on November 29th, 9-10pm EST to share what you value as a parent. Also enter below for your chance to win a pack of the Luvs Ultra Leakguard Diapers with NightLock Plus™ and a $25 AMEX Gift Card.

Visit to access a Luvs coupon of $1 off any one diaper pack.


Friday, November 25, 2016

Mouthguard Challenge from Identity Games

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

With the holidays coming up and the weather getting colder, we find that we tend to spend a lot more time indoors and with our families. Like many households, we have our family game nights, and with those nights, we enjoy adding new games that are fun and ones that everyone can enjoy playing. So when we were introduced to the game, Mouthguard Challenge from the Identity Games collection, I was excited to share it with my family during family game night.

With this game you can play with 2-5 players, and each player gets their own mouth guard to use during game play. Once everyone is ready to start, you shuffle the cards that are in the pack that is included and begin.

We found the various tasks to be a lot of fun, ones that had everyone laughing and ready to try and take on the challenges at hand while having a mouth guard in place. The game said ages 16 and up, but we were able to have fun and play with our teen and 8 year old since they were both able to get the mouth guards in without any issues.

Then when it comes to the challenges, we found that there are 51 challenges that you can do, and each card offers different ways to approach the challenges, depending on the color that is outlined on the cards. The kids had fun trying these challenges, and as you can see in the photo of my kids above, they can get a little messy, where you might have to try to eat peanut butter from a spoon, all while the mouth guard is in and more! Which in all, made the game Mouthguard Challenge from Identity Games a great game to have for family game night, and even a fun gift to give this coming holiday season! You can find the game of Mouthguard Challenge at Amazon, Hallmark and specialty stores this season.


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Black Friday Deals from Springfree Trampoline

The Black Friday deals for that trampoline that the kids want are here!

Now through November 28

  • SAVE up to $996 on the Springfree Trampoline Products
  • Free Delivery and Installation
  • Free FlexrHoop and Free FlexrStep
  • Free Fitness Trampoline

  • Offer only available instore – Issaquah, WA, Atlanta, GA, Dallas-Fort Worth, TX, Houston, TX, Austin, TX, Charlotte, NC

  • We offer financing – 9 months 0% interest.
  • Install dates are booking fast! A $99 deposit will secure your installation date for the Holidays
  • Best offer of the year
  • The smart gift for the entire family

So grab your running shoes and head to your local Springfree Trampoline today before these deals are all gone! 


Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals from DAWGS

The big days for holiday shopping are upon us, the days where it is time to get your running shoes on and or fill up the coffee mugs, so that you can get those amazing holiday deals before they are gone. Like many, I will be heading out to do the Black Friday shopping in some stores, and for the rest of my shopping I will be logging in on Monday for the Cyber Monday deals that are to be had. So like many, I am busy making my lists, marking the deals and making out those plans to tackle the sales ahead, and one place that I will be heading to for those sales is DAWGS.

See when I head to DAWGS to get the sales that they will be offering this Black Friday and Cyber Monday, I can take advantage of the deals I need so that I can get those stylish boots and more for my whole family! Like the amazing price that I can get on the Hounds Women Micro-Fiber 9 inch Microfiber Boots that my daughter has her eyes on. Giving her those comfortable boots that have the warmth and memory foam on the insides, and also giving her those stylish boots that she can wear this season.

Along with the great selection of boots that will be on sale, I can also find those comfortable shoes that I adore like the Women's Fleece Dawgs, which are great for helping to keep my feet warm and cozy.

For my husband I can get him a similar pair of the Men's Fleece Dawgs, which give him that same amazing warmth and comfort that the Women's Fleece Dawgs offer!

Then when it comes to finding those comfortable shoes and even socks for my kids this Black Friday and Cyber Monday, I can get my son shoes like mine and my husband's with the Hounds' Kids Fleece Clogs and some of the Kids' Snappy Socks!

Which in all, makes the choice to add DAWGS to your list of Black Friday and Cyber Monday shops one that will allow you to find those stylish boots and more for the entire family all in one place!

Also be sure to take 60% off sitewide + Free shipping with coupon code: SB60

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

Puzzle Fun for the Kids with Puzzingo Puzzles

This post was sponsored by 77Sparx Studio. All opinions are my own.

As we pack up the cars to head out for those holiday vacations, we find that aside from insuring we have the clothing and snacks we will be needing, that having activities for the kids to enjoy in the car is also ideal. The thing is, when it comes to kids, especially when you have kids of various ages, that finding those activities to keep them occupied with can be easier said than done. I mean, what my teen might find entertaining can be something that my 4 year old might find boring. So finding the apps that the kids can play with whether we are at home or on the go, that are geared towards the different ages, is something that I aim for. And with the Puzzingo Puzzles App, my preschooler can take that puzzle fun he loves along with him anywhere we go!

The Puzzingo Puzzles is a fun app that my preschooler can play with and create fun puzzles on. We both like that unlike the puzzles we do at home, that these puzzles are interactive puzzles with fun animated characters. We also like that when we log in each day, that there are new puzzles for my little guy to check out and play.

The puzzles have fun sounds that play while my little guy is on the app, and with the various designs that he can go with he can find plenty of puzzles to play with and do over and over again. In fact, when it comes to the amount of puzzles he can play, I like that there are over 100 puzzles for him to check out.

Along with the selection, I find that the Puzzingo Puzzles are great for building memory, vocabulary and even cognitive skills while he is playing. Giving him a matching type game that is fun and challenging!

Then when it comes to all the puzzle fun that is available, I like that I can gift him new puzzles to try out, allowing him to unlock some of the puzzles that he wants to try out! This is great for when we are traveling or for even surprising him with as a gift this holiday season.

Which in all, makes the Puzzingo Puzzles App a great app to have for your kids and also a great gift to give the kids this coming holiday season! You can download Puzzingo Puzzles from iTunes, Google Play and at the Amazon App Store.


Holdiay Gift Ideas from HP

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

When it comes to the holiday season, we find that we enjoy spending more time with our families, the ones who are both near and far. We also find that with this we like to take a lot of photos, to capture those memories and even share them with others. The thing is, when it comes to taking those photos with your phone and family only being in town for a short period of time, we might find that we do not want to waste the time we have with those we love by heading out to upload then print off those photos we take. So to help with solving that issue this holiday season, we will be adding the HP Sprocket to our holiday celebrations and also adding it to our list of holiday gift ideas!

With the HP Sprocket, we can take those photos as we are enjoying our time together this holiday season from our smart phones, then print the photos off right away. The Sprocket is light weight and portable, making it easy to carry in my purse or in the car when we are away from home. The photos that you get are 2 x 3" photos that we can either print off on the shareable Sprocket sheets or the sticker sheets from Sprocket, directly from our smartphones right after we take the photos!

The prints have bright, true colors, and the paper is smudge proof, water and tear resistant, making it a great choice to take along anywhere we go! Then when it comes to finding refills for the Zink Photo Paper that the Sprocket uses for the prints, I like that I can head to my local Best Buy, buy from the HP store, or Amazon!

And to help make those holidays even more merry and bright this year, I will be logging on to QVC this Saturday November 26th so that I can take advantage of the HP sale! See when it comes to my eldest child's holiday wish list, I find that she has her eyes on one of those colorful 15" HP Notebooks, and with the deal that will be available from QVC this Saturday, I will be able to get her that notebook she wants at an amazing deal, which will be the lowest price of the season!

The HP 15 Notebook comes with Windows 10 Home, 2TB hard drive, high-definition display, AMD Radeon R5 graphics, HP TrueVision HD Camera, DTS Studio sound and much more. Then when it comes to those color options, HP has partnered with QVC to offer two exclusive colors; minty green and soft lilac! Which in all, makes HP a must when it comes to finding those gifts everyone will love this holiday season!

So as you head out to find those gifts your recipients are sure to love, be sure to check out the HP Sprocket and also be sure to take advantage of the HP 15 Notebook sale that will be on QVC this Saturday!


#Giveaway 2 Movie Tickets from Atom Tickets

This post was sponsored by Atom Tickets. All opinions are my own.
The kids are home and the guests are coming to visit, and as we all prepare for the big meal and those memories we will make this year, I find that I also like to take these days that we have together to head out and catch new movies that are in theaters. For me and my family, this gives us a chance to relax and watch a movie on the big screen in between the cooking and shopping. And one way that I can make those plans to head out this evening and catch the new movie Moana, which is now playing in theaters, is by getting our tickets and even concessions ahead of time through my Atom Tickets App!

When I go on my Atom Tickets App, I can look up my local movie times, and purchase the tickets I need for myself and my family before we head to the theater. This allows us more time to relax, and less on trying to get to the theater before they run out of seats.

Also while I am on the Atom Tickets App, I can watch those movie trailers, find the movie times in regular as well as the 3D options that are available and even read the reviews. Then, when it comes close to time to head to our theater to go and watch the movie, I like that I can get my app ready to place our concessions order. This allows me to skip the long lines of waiting to get to the front to order the popcorn and drinks we might want, and allows me to place the order, stand in the Atom Tickets line, pick up my order and enjoy our movie! Which in all, allows us to plan those movie dates with the family, stress free this holiday season, when we use the Atom Tickets App!

So be sure to download the Atom Tickets App as you prepare to keep your family and friends entertained this holiday season! Also, be sure to enter below to win a pair of movie tickets and don't forget to use coupon code MOMMYKATIE now through December 31st so that you can save $5 on your next ticket order.

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