Mommy Katie: March 2016

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Caring for Senior Pets with Petcurean

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


When it comes to our pets, we find that just like other members of the family, the health of our fur babies is just as important. We had noticed that our dog Chloe was a bit sluggish and had lost the pep she once had. She was tired all of the time, did not show interest in running outside with the kids or going for walks. So a few months back when we were told that our dog Chloe was obese and that we needed to change up her diet, I was concerned. After talking with her vet we took his advice and made a change with Chloe's diet and switched up her dog food with the Petcurean Now Fresh Senior.

Within a month of the change of foods from her old dog food to the Petcurean Now Fresh we started noticing that Chloe had more energy and at her next appointment with the vet we also saw that she had lost some weight. This was huge since it seemed that Chloe's age was catching up with her, and we were not sure what we could do to reverse it at the time.

Well now we are several months down the road from the initial change up and I have to say that the Chloe we have today, is different from the Chloe we had this time last year.


This noticeable change is not just something we have seen but something that her vet said was a great improvement from just a few months ago. To start with, her fur has a healthier shine to it, it is a lot softer and with the spring shedding that we are used to, we have noticed that Chloe is not shedding like she used to. When we brought up that aspect when the vet pointed out her healthier coat, he said that the change in her diet has most likely helped to improve not only her coat but also decrease the amount of shedding she used to have. We learned that having the proper nutrition can make a big difference in how a dog sheds, and after comparing Chloe's old dog food brand with the Petcurean Now Fresh, well the reasons for this change are very clear.

Aside from her fur showing a drastic change for the best, Chloe has also lost weight. She is acting like a younger version of herself, similar to the dog she was 5 years ago. She is more playful, more alert, and when it comes to that old enthusiasm for going on a walk, well that is back as well. Which are all things that we are glad to see a change in, and as you can see in the photos, Chloe is glad to have the changes as well! Making the choice to change our senior dog's diet with the Petcurean Now Fresh Senior, a choice that we stand by and are very glad we made!





Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Springtime Fun with Peppa Pig

When it comes to spring, we find that it is a time that everyone in my house looks forward to. The spring brings out the warmer weather, longer days, and more time to be had outside, and with that, just like Peppa and her family, my kids also like to seek out those muddy puddles! So when we were sent a pack of Peppa Pig goodies to help celebrate spring with, we were excited to add the products to our own springtime fun!


In the pack of goodies we received, we found the DVD pack, Peppa Pig and the Golden Boots to be perfect for sharing with my preschooler! I mean, as you can see in the photo above, he not only loves muddy puddles and jumps in them just like Peppa Pig and her family, but if you look closely, he too has his own golden boots for jumping in muddy puddles with!

We found the DVD, Peppa Pig and the Golden Boots to be a fun DVD to put on for my little guy and his friends to watch before heading out to find those muddy puddles. The kids liked that in the series of shows that are included, you find Peppa Pig and her friends as they help Peppa find her missing golden boots. The friends go on a journey across the sea and into space to find the golden boots so Peppa can jump in the muddy puddles! Along with the fun DVD Gift Set my little guy also liked the fact that it came with a Peppa Pig stuffed toy that is a Peppa Pig doll wearing those iconic Golden Boots!

Then when it comes to the other fun products that are perfect for adding to our springtime fun, we found the Peppa Pig Umbrella to be great for using during those April showers, and the Peppa Pig shirt to be perfect for my little guy to wear since he too is a little brother just like George! For indoors we liked putting the Peppa Pig room stickers up on the walls in my little ones room, and for even more fun we found the Peppa Pig's Muddy Puddles Family to be great for engaging my little guys imagination as he and his friends play out their own muddy puddles adventures! Making the adding of Peppa Pig's new DVD, Peppa Pig and the Gold Boots Gift Set along with the other fun products we were sent, perfect for adding to your springtime fun!



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

Transform Your Kitchen this Spring with KitchenAid and Best Buy

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.


The spring is upon us and with that comes the spring cleaning. For me and many others, when it comes to the spring cleaning, I like to not only go through and get rid of and store some of the items we do not need, but I also look forward to updating various rooms and items throughout the home as well. I have found that with the spring weather, it is not too hot and not too cold, and it is also the perfect time of year to do those renovations and updates that we have been wanting to get done. And one place I enjoy heading to when it comes to updates such as the ones that I need to have done in my kitchen, I like that I can head to my local Best Buy and find those KitchenAid appliances I am needing!


When I head to my local Best Buy, I can find the appliances I need so I can not only update my kitchen, but transform it when I replace my old appliances with KitchenAid appliances. In fact, when I go to my local Best Buy or Pacific Kitchen and Home, I can find the latest in appliance technology from black stainless to built-in appliances.

With the latest in appliance technology, I can get those pieces that will help to transform my kitchen into a place that will not only be my haven when it comes to cooking, but also a place that can create a eye catching space! Like when I go with the chef quality appliances from KitchenAid.

These include the appliances needed for cooking that offer new Slide-in Ranges fit the traditional freestanding cut-out for a seamless look that provides exceptional cooking and baking. Or a refrigerator that has the 36” French Door Bottom Mount Built-in Refrigerator which expands the selection when you go with a platinum interior design. Which helps to bring your kitchen transformation together, and does so with a luxurious look. Making the choice to head to Best Buy or Pacific Kitchen and Home when you are ready to update your kitchen with KitchenAid, one that you will be glad you made for years to come!

So if you are doing those spring cleaning updates and if you are looking to transform your kitchen, be sure to head to your local Best Buy or Pacific Kitchen and Home where you can find the KitchenAid appliances you need, and also get 18 months major appliance financing or 5% rewards along with free delivery on purchases $399 and more!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

#Giveaway New Baby Prize Pack from Miracle Blanket

When we prepare for a new baby, as parents we want to ensure that we have all that we need when it comes to caring for baby. We go through the lists, add to them when we are out or when we read those blog reviews, and continue to verify that we have what we will be needing. For me, when it comes to being prepared for baby, I have found that having the swaddles on hand is a must have. So when we were sent a pack of the products from the Miracle Blanket line, I was excited to check them out and add them to my list of must have products for baby.


I like that with the various products in the Miracle Baby line, you can find the swaddling products, blankets, bath towels and more that are perfect for having in any home to use as baby grows! Like with the Serenity Blanket, you get a 47" x 47" blanket that is soft and is made from that 100% cotton muslin material that is great for using with little ones that softens over time. The Serenity Blanket is made to not only use when you have a little one that is swaddled, but it is a blanket that grows with baby and can be used as your little one grows into a toddler!

Along with the Serenity Blanket, another product from the Miracle Blanket line that can be used for comforting your little one as they grow into the toddler and preschool years is the Security Blanket! Like the Serenity Blanket and other products from the Miracle Blanket line, the Security Blanket is made from that amazing 100% cotton muslin material, then is lined with a soft and silky strip of satin which is perfect for offering comfort and for soothing little ones.

Then when it comes to finding those swaddles that are a must have in my book when it comes to being prepared for a new baby, I have found that the Miracle Blanket makes life with a newborn so much easier for parents! The Miracle Blanket is designed unlike others on the market, in that it is made to make swaddling a baby easier and more effective. With the Miracle Blanket, parents find that the ease of swaddling is made simple, even when it comes to those midnight changes in the dark. This swaddle is made to make the process of creating a swaddle that is effective in giving baby the comfort that they need when it comes to sleep, easy, even if you are a parent of more than one child and you find that tasks are usually done one handed.

The swaddle that you get with the Miracle Blanket helps to not only soothe a fussy baby and help baby sleep better and longer, but it also stops colic, helps to keep baby on their backs when they sleep, prevents the sudden waking when a baby startles in their sleep, and even helps to keep baby from scratching their faces. Along with the sleeping aspects I also like that once you have baby swaddled in the Miracle Blanket, it can help to make breastfeeding easier, and once you have baby wrapped up, they stay wrapped until you unswaddle them. Making the Miracle Blanket along with the other blankets you can find from the Miracle Blanket line, a great selection to add to your list as you prepare for baby! And to help with preparing for baby or for finding that perfect gift to give the new mom in your life this Mothers Day, the wonderful people from Miracle Ware would like to give one of my amazing readers their own Miracle Blanket Prize Pack!!






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

#Giveaway Healthy Breakfasts with R.W. Knudsen


The spring is here and like many I am enjoying the weather as it is slowly beginning to warm up. With that said, aside from the warmer weather, I also like to take advantage of the fresh fruits and such, especially around breakfast time. So when we were sent some of the R.W. Knudsen Just Blueberry to try and add to our breakfast menu, I was excited to check it out and add it to some of our favorite breakfast items!
I like that when we add the various juices from the Just Juice line up, we get juices that are unsweetened and that are 100% juice! Which helps to not only eliminate any sugars that we do not need in our diets, but also helps when it comes to preparing healthy meal options for my family, like when we add the Just Blueberry to a blueberry and banana fresh fruit smoothie!

With the blueberry and banana fruit smoothies, I know what is going in them, and I also like that they make for a quick, take on the go healthy breakfast option that my whole family can enjoy. For the smoothie you will need:

1/2 cup of fresh blueberries
2 bananas
1/4 cup Just Blueberry
1 cup ice
1 cup vanilla yogurt

Gather all of the ingredients and put them in a blender and blend them together until you get the consistency you are looking for. For the above recipe you can get 2 servings.

Then for a great breakfast that the family can enjoy together at the table that is healthy and perfect for weekend morning breakfasts, I made some steel cut oatmeal with some fresh blueberries and the Just Blueberry added to it! For the oatmeal you will need:

steel cut oats, cook the amount of the oatmeal you will need for your family as per the directions on the oats package
1 cup of fresh blueberries
1 cup of the Just Blueberry

Once the steel oats are cooked into your preferred oatmeal consistency, add a handful of blueberries and mix in the oatmeal. Then mix in a desired amount to taste of the Just Blueberry. I swirled it in to our oatmeal to give it flavor and also give it a fun look for the kids to enjoy!

We found these recipes along with others from the R.W. Knudsen site to be great for ideas when it comes to finding meals to make for our family! Also along with the recipes that can be found on the R.W. Knudsen site, we also found these tips from the people at R.W. Knudsen to be very helpful when it comes finding ways to stay healthy:

·         Create a nutritious and simple breakfast. If you’re bored of smoothies, try a smoothie bowl instead. Simply blend, pour into a bowl and add your favorite toppings.  We’ve included a recipe card for our Mixed Berry Smoothie Bowl to inspire you!
·         Avoid excess sugar. New federal dietary guidelines suggest reducing sugar consumption, especially the kind that is added to food and beverages. R.W. Knudsen Family Just Juice contains unsweetened, 100% juice, making it a breeze to cut back on unnecessary sugar.
·         Schedule time for yourself. It’s easy to get caught up in life’s chaos. Set aside 30 minutes to do something you enjoy, like talking to a friend or going on a jog. By taking a mental break, you’ll be better prepared for your busy day.
·         Add a burst of flavor. The R.W. Knudsen Family Just Juice line is perfect for imparting pure fruit taste to any meal.  A dash of Just Cranberry™ juice gives this recipe for Cranberry Quinoa Pilaf with Almonds its subtle zing.

Making the Just Blueberry from the Just Juice line at R.W. Knudsen a great choice to add to your breakfast menu! And to help with making those breakfast smoothies and more, the wonderful people from R.W. Knudsen would like to give 2 of my readers each their own bottle of the Just Juice!







Product received, thank you to R.W. Knudsen as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review. This post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

Spring Looks for the Family at Kohl's


Spring is here and like many, I am looking forward to packing up those winter threads and shopping for the newest looks for Spring. For myself and my family, when it comes to updating our wardrobes for spring, I like that I can head to places like Kohl's and Kohls.com, where I can find those looks that are not only suiting for my family but that can all be found under one roof. So when I was given a gift card to use when I went on my latest shopping trip at my local Kohl's, I was very excited to check out what they had in store for my family!


With spring and the spring break plans being put into motion, I found that when I went to my local Kohl's, I was able to find those must have looks for the kids, and even get those travel items, such as the luggage, to help bring those spring break plans together. I liked that with the luggage we found, I was able to pick out pieces with the kids favorite characters on them, then also find the luggage that are perfect for my preteen, my husband, and myself to use for spring and summer breaks this year!


When it came to finding outfits, I can appreciate that with the looks we can find, we can get those must have looks for the entire family all under one roof. Like when it comes to my preteen and her styles, we can find those spring dresses, jackets, and other clothes that are a must have for her, all in one store!


My toddler can also find his favorite clothes by seeking out those characters he adores, from the various Disney characters to ones like Paw Patrol. I can then match up the tops I find that have those characters and fun designs on them, with some of the Jumping Beans bottoms, helping to complete his outfits that he can run and play in this spring.


Then with my eldest son, I can find those looks he likes from the Tony Hawk line, which offer him the style and selection he is looking for! Making Kohl's our one stop shop when it comes to updating our wardrobes with the latest must have styles for spring!.



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

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Brunch with Barefoot Bubbly


Easter is tomorrow and like many, I am in a last minute scramble to get everything we will need for our Easter Brunch tomorrow. Luckily, I was sent a great list of recipe ideas along with a ham and some bottles of the Barefoot Bubbly Prosecco to review and add to my list of great last minute Easter Brunch ideas!

For me, I have found that having champagne to add to a fresh brunch is always a great idea. I mean it is great for using to make those mimosas, adding some fruit to, as well as using in a fresh pink cocktail, which are all perfect for serving at your Easter Brunch or any Sunday Brunch line up!


Being that tomorrow is Easter, I found that adding some chocolate mousse and berry filled chocolate egg cups along with the Easter Ham, and some of the Barefoot Bubbly with berries added to it, will help to make our Easter Brunch come together. I really like how the Barefoot Bubbly Prosecco, is a great compliment to the rich chocolate mousse as well as the fresh berries. I also like that when we add the fresh squeezed orange juice to the Barefoot Bubbly for some mimosas, we can complete the brunch with fresh ham and sides! Making the last minute addition of the Barefoot Bubbly Prosecco, a great choice to have!

So if you are looking for those last minute additions to add to your Easter Brunch table, be sure to pick up some bottles of the Barefoot Bubbly Prosecco and also be sure to check out some of the recipes below!


Tickled Pink Cocktail
Serves 1

Ingredients
4 ounces Barefoot Bubbly Prosecco
Raspberries - fresh or frozen (lightly thawed)
3/4 ounce Raspberry Liqueur
Pink Dusting Sugar - found in baking aisle

Directions
Rim champagne flute with sugar.
Place several raspberries in champagne flute.
Gently press to release fruit flavor. Drizzle raspberry liqueur over the top.
Top with Barefoot Prosecco.

Ham and Bacon Hash
Serves 4
Ingredients:
Eggs fried or poached to preference (optional)
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
4 slices Smithfield Hometown Original Bacon, cooked and cut into 1-inch pieces
2/3 cup jarred roasted red pepper, drained and roughly chopped
1/3 cup fresh basil leaves (about 1Ž2 package), thinly sliced
2 lbs yellow potatoes, diced
8 oz button mushrooms, quartered (about 3 cups)
2 tbsp olive oil
3/4 tsp Kosher salt
1.5 cups Smithfield Hickory Smoked Spiral Sliced Ham, cooked and cubed (about 8 ounces)
3/4 cup fresh mozzarella (about 5 ounces), cubed

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 425°F.  
In a large bowl, whisk together mustard, oil, salt and pepper until combined.  
Add potatoes and mushrooms and toss to coat. 
Spread potato mixture evenly onto two lightly oiled or nonstick rimmed baking pans and roast in oven for 35-40 minutes or until potatoes and mushrooms have started to brown, stirring halfway through cooking. 
Add any leftover bacon or ham to the mixture and stir. 
Add in roasted peppers to oven-safe serving casserole (if desired) and top with cheese. 
Bake for additional 10-15 minutes or until cheese has softened and begun to melt. Top hash with eggs cooked to your preference and sliced basil. 



Parmesan Scalloped Potato and Ham Stacks
Serves 12

Ingredients:
2 garlic cloves - minced
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
2 slices Smithfield Spiral Sliced Ham - cut to fit muffin tin
1 small onion - minced
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
3 small-to-medium baking potatoes - peeled and thinly sliced using a mandoline

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 400°F. 
Place 12 aluminum muffin liners into a 12-cup muffin tin. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl, combine garlic, onion, cream and 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese. 
Season with salt and pepper. Add thyme and set aside.
In the muffin tin, add a potato slice, then ham slice and continue until you reach the top of the muffin tin. 
Spoon cream mixture into each muffin tin; do not overflow.
Loosely cover the muffin pan with foil and place in the oven. 
Bake for approximately 35 minutes. 
Remove foil and carefully top each muffin tin with the remaining Parmesan cheese. 
Continue baking for an additional 10 -15 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown. 
Allow to cool in the pan for an additional 5 minutes. 
Carefully remove muffin liners and serve.




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

Thursday, March 24, 2016

#Giveaway $25 VISA Gift Card from GarageDoorCare.com

This post is sponsored by GarageDoorCare.com. All opinions are my own.


With the Spring upon us and all of those outdoor chores to be done so we can ready our yards for the flowers and backyard get togethers, I find that along with mowing, weeding, planting new flowers and setting up the sprinklers and fountains, we also need to take the time to care for our garage doors. Honestly, when it comes down to it, we find that in order to keep our garage doors up to par and lasting longer, I have learned that we not only need to add the garage door to our spring checklists, but also add it to our fall maintenance checklists as well! And to help with reminding us on when to check our garage doors and how to lubricate them, I found that I can get that and more by signing up for the Twice a Year Maintenance Emails from GarageDoorCare.com!


See with the reminders, we can be reminded to do the maintenance needed like lubricate the doors twice a year. By doing so we can avoid any high costs that can come along with having to replace the motor or the springs if our garage doors are not cared for properly, which can then lead to costs that were not in our budgets but have to be taken care of regardless.

In fact, when you sign up for the reminders with GarageDoorCare.com, you can not only get the reminder to lubricate the doors, but you can also get the info you need through their free 3 step program! This program is designed to give homeowners a Garage Door Piece-of-Mind in 2016.

The steps to the program include:
1.   Lubricate your garage door twice ayear (it’s easier than you think)
2.   Sign up for a free twice-a-year email garage door lubrication reminder

3.   Find a trusted,local garage door pro well in advance of a problem
The people from GarageDoorCare.com have realized that when it comes to our garage doors, most homeowners have never lubricated their garage door. Due to this we find that this is why we might hear those horrible squeaks and other noises from time to time. If the noises are ignored for too long, you might find that instead of a easy maintenance fix of lubricating, you might have to end up replacing the garage door. And to help with not only the reminders but for the how to's, when you head to GarageDoorCare.com, they can show you how to lubricate the door, rollers, and hinges.

Making the choice to sign up for both the free 3 step program along with the reminders, a choice that can end up making all the difference when it comes to your garage door and your wallet! And to help with remembering to check your door and lubricate the various parts, the people from GarageDoorCare.com are not only offering a free 3 step program to sign up for, but they also want to give one of my amazing readers a $25 Visa Gift Card!!









Delicious - Emily's Cook & Go

This post is sponsored. All opinions are my own.


As parents, we find that along with being a chaperon for the kids most of the time, in between taking kids here and there, we have the time where we are waiting. Waiting for practice to be over, for a after school club meeting to get out, or waiting at a doctors office, and when we are waiting, many of us find that playing games that keep us engaged, helps to pass the time. When I seek out games that I can download to my phone or tablet, I like to find ones that are not only fun for the kids to play, but I also like to find ones for myself as well. So when I started playing the game Delicious - Emily's Cook & Go, I found that I had a new game that could help pass the time when I am waiting for others or even when I am out and on the go!



With this game you get a fun, time management game that takes you on cooking adventures as you go through the different levels. The game keeps you engaged with not only the fun time management, but also a with a romantic comedy twist that you can get with the entire series of games! You find that iconic character Emily, from the original game that launched 10 years ago, back in this new 10th anniversary edition of the game!


I found that this game is not only perfect for playing while trying to pass time while waiting around, but it is also one that is great for taking on the go as well! I say this because along with the engaging game play that you get when you serve the foods, you can travel with Emily around the world as she works in restaurants along the way.


Also, when you download and play the 10th Anniversary Special Edition of Delicious - Emily's Cook & Go, you get the quality of today's game play along with real world locations that incorporates that same fun you got with the time management aspect as well! Making the 10th Anniversary Special Edition along with the other games in this series, a great selection of games to have and keep you engaged whether you are waiting around trying to pass time or on the go!





Wednesday, March 23, 2016

#Giveaway Must Have Toys for Spring from BRIO

The spring has sprung and when it comes to finding those fun, must have toys for the kids to play with both indoors on those rainy days and outdoors on a sunny day, I like to find playsets that offer hours of fun! For my kids, especially my busy toddler, when it comes to trains and things that can roll along, well you can count him in! He adores trains, cars, trucks, boats, animals and anything that moves. So when we were sent the Countryside Horse Set and the RC Travel Train from the BRIO to review, I was excited to share them with my little guy!


With the Countryside Horse Set, we get a fun wooden railway that can take his little imagination on a trip to the country! As his train goes along the wooden tracks and over the rocks, it finds a fun hidden pasture in the countryside. This pasture includes a shed for storing the tack and shower in, a horse who is ready to greet travelers as they take a field trip to the country, along with a caretaker and other pieces that help to bring the set together! I also like that once the horse is done roaming in the pasture and has been showered, he can then be loaded up on the train to take on the next adventure!
Then when it comes to going from a country train ride to taking a train ride that has the modern feels of the city, we found the RC Travel Train to be a fun toy to add to our set! This train can ride along on the same wooden track as the train that came with his Countryside Horse Set, so we can have both trains on the same track or switch them out as he sees fit. Also with this train, he can control it with the remote control, giving it more of a travel train feel so he can take his city friends to the countryside and back! Making the trains and train sets from BRIO a great selection to get your little ones when you are seeking out those must have toys for Spring!!! And to help with bringing some of those must have toys to your home, the wonderful people from BRIO are giving one of my amazing readers the same set of trains that I was sent for review!







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

#Giveaway Hatching Fun with Hatch 'Ems

Easter will be here in a few short days and with the spring upon us, I find that aside from the nicer weather that is to be had, we also have the baby animals that are born in the spring. So when we were sent a pack of the Animal Planet Hatch 'Ems, I was excited to share them with my kids!

With the Hatch 'Ems Safari Animals series 1, you get 3 different eggs that magically hatch for your kids to see and once hatched, they have animals inside that then grow. With the Safari Animals Series 1 you find 3 animals inside the eggs which include a African Elephant, Cheetah, and a Plains Zebra. And along with each of the animals that magically hatch out of the eggs and grow when put in water you get some fun fact cards that tell you all about the animals!

Making the Animal Planet Hatch 'Ems not only a fun gift to put in the Easter baskets this year, but also a fun toy to have in the house to share with the kids this spring! And to help with creating a fun experience with the Hatch 'Ems in your home, I will be giving one of my amazing readers their own pack of the Hatch 'Ems to enjoy!






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

Science, Fun, and Learning for Kids with the Science X Smartscope

With Easter coming in just a few days and the Spring upon us, I like to find gifts to add to the Easter baskets that are both fun and engaging, and that are also perfect for utilizing during the warmer months to come. One thing that my two older kids both enjoy, is science. So when we were sent the Science X Smartscope to review from the selection of fun products at Ravensburger, I was excited to check it out!

I like that with the Smartscope, the kids and I can explore the world around us as we head outdoors to enjoy the weather. We can collect the items that they have questions about and take a closer look at them by placing what we find on the slides then taking a closer look by using our smartphones or tablets!


In fact, when it comes to being able to explore what we come across by taking a closer look at the items under this fun Smartscope, we find that we have the tools we need so that we can really explore and learn more about the world around us. I say this because along with the slides, the camera on your smartphone or tablet, and the Smartscope you find that the kit includes the following:

Base Plate, Housing, 2 Dials, Dial Shaft, Lens Holder, Object Tray, 2Magnifying Lenses, 2 Object Tray Rails, Lighting Window, Foam Plate, Lighting Unit, Screwdriver, 4 Screws, Tweezers, Petri Dish, Pipette, ObjectHolder, Cover Plate, Tablet Support, Pouch, 33” x 23” Poster, 2 Stickers, Detailed Instruction Manual.

Which in all, help to make the Science X Smartscope from Ravensburger, a great gift to put in your kids Easter baskets and help them be ready to explore the world around them this Spring!


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

Easter Fun with the New 2016 PLAYMOBIL Eggs Collection

When it comes to finding toys and also finding those gifts to put in the Easter baskets, I like to go with the toys that my kids enjoy collecting and playing with already. So when were sent a couple of the new 2016 PLAYMOBIL Eggs Collection to review, I was excited to check them out!
I like that with the character sets that my kids can get with each of the eggs, they are sets that they can add to their PLAYMOBIL collections. Like with their PLAYMOBIL Pirates and City Life collections, the two eggs we were sent, I found that they will be perfect additions to add to my kids sets! And with the new eggs that are here for Easter 2016, you get the Zookeeper with Alpaca, Pirate on Treasure Hunt, Mermaid with Seahorses and Soccer Player with Goal.

Also, once the kids have taken out their pieces from the eggs to add to their various PLAYMOBIL playsets, the eggs then double as a piggy bank! Making the PLAYMOBIL Eggs Collection, a great choice to add to your kids Easter baskets this year!



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.

#Giveaway Chuggington: Delivery Dash at the Docks on DVD


Finding fun movies to add to our family movie nights is something that we enjoy doing in my home. With each of the members in our home, we find that we all have different likes and I like to encourage that individuality by letting them share their favorite things with everyone, which includes the shows and movies to add to family movie night. Well recently we were sent a great selection for my preschooler to share on family movie night when we were sent the DVD, Chuggington: Delivery Dash at the Docks to review.

In this DVD you get the adorable Chuggers who are ready to take on all new adventures! In Delivery Dash at the Docks you find Koko who is training to work with the Chuggington's new express delivery train, Daley. They go all over Chuggington delivering packages which includes the docks where they meet up with Skipper Stu who is also busy loading and unloading the ship. Together all of the Chuggers learn how important it is to be patient and work as a team to get a job done! You can find this episode along with others and even some fun bonus material when you bring home your copy!

Episodes:
·         Delivery Dash at the Docks Special
·         Sinkhole Rescue
·         Cormac Patrol
·         Trainee Camp
·         Tour Guide Harrison
·         Delivery Challenge

DVD Bonus Features:
·         Badge Quest Episodes: Buddy Badge and Follow the Leader
·         Character Montages: Olwin
·         Coloring Pages



Along with the fun movie and bonus features that you and your Chuggers can enjoy, you also get a fun toy train as well! Making the new DVD, Chuggington: Delivery Dash at the Docks, not only a fun DVD to bring home and share with your Chuggers, but also a fun one to add to your next family movie night! And to help with making your next family movie night a fun one to remember, I will be giving one of my amazing readers their own copy of Chuggington: Delivery Dash at the Docks on DVD!







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

Easter Fun with Skylanders SuperChargers + Super Charged Sales!


With Easter coming in just a few short days, I like to find ways to make the baskets fun for everyone! For my older kids, they enjoy playing video games and one that they both adore is the Skylanders SuperChargers. So when we were sent some of the fun Easter ideas from the Skylanders SuperChargers line, I was excited to super charge their baskets!

I like that I can head to many of our favorite stores to not only add new characters to our collection but also find the deals on the various packs of characters as well! You can find the deals that are available right now in the list below!

March 20-26th
·        Toys R Us
Skylanders SuperChargers Starter Packs $39.99
Buy One Get One FREE all Skylanders toys 
Save $10 on Racing Packs
·        Target
CartWheel Offer: Skylanders SuperChargers Starter Packs $37.50
Buy One Get One 50% off all Skylanders toys
·        Game Stop
Skylanders SuperChargers Starter Packs $29.99, and receive a FREE Kaos cup with your purchase
Buy Two Get One Free Skylanders SuperChargers toys
·        Best Buy
Skylanders SuperChargers Starter Packs $39.99, and receive a FREE legacy Starter Pack with your purchase
Buy One Get One FREE Skylanders SuperChargers toys
·        Amazon
Skylanders SuperChargers Starter Packs $29.99
Skylanders SuperChargers Characters and Vehicles $9.99
·        Walmart
Skylanders SuperChargers Starter Packs $49.96 Everyday Low Price
Legacy Character Rollbacks in Store

Making the stocking up on the Skylanders SuperChargers for the Easter baskets, a great choice to go with when you are seeking out the gifts to get your Skylanders fans this Easter!



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

Easter Gift Ideas from Vtech

With Easter on the minds of many and those baskets needing to be filled with goodies, I find that when I seek out the gifts to put in my kids baskets, I like to find ones that can go with other toys they already enjoy playing with. So when we were sent the collectible Go!Go! Smart Animals Furry Animals from the Vtech line of toys, I was excited to add them to my list of fun toys for toddlers and preschoolers!

I like that with these little animals, my little guy can add them to his Vtech Go!Go! Smart Animals playsets! I also like that they are very cute and furry little animals that when you press on their heads they light up and play sing along songs that we can enjoy together! Then when my little guy adds them to his playsets, just like his other animals and characters, they too interact with the various check points on the sets! Making the Go!Go! Smart Animals Furry Animals from Vtech a great gift to put in the Easter baskets this year!


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

Spring Break Must Haves with Dubble Trubble


When it comes to the kids and their bathroom products, my kids have found that they adore the line of products from Dubble Trubble. They like that they can use the various scents in the shower with the 2-in-1 Shampoo and Body Wash, then continue to use the products after a shower with the Detangling Conditioner Spray to help keep their hair soft and tangle free. So naturally, when we were told about the new Dubble Trubble travel size products, we found that they would make for the perfect selection of bath and shower products to have when we travel for Spring Break this year!

With the travel size products from the Dubble Trubble line, you can get the Watermelon Travel Size Shampoo and Body Wash, the Travel Size Cool Cucumber Detangling Spray, and the Watermelon Detangling Conditioner Spray Set! Which are perfect for packing when you make travel plans this spring and even this coming summer! So if you are making travel plans and are seeking out the products you can use for your kids, you can find the Dubble Trubble travel products at your local Target store!



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