Mommy Katie: July 2016

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Examining the Most Pertinent Items All Parents Will Need to Purchase Eventually

As a loving mother or father, you’ll most certainly want to do everything in your power to ensure your child receives the best of everything. Although you may feel the urge to splurge and shower them with toys from time to time, it is first essential to focus on the necessities. Below, you’ll find a comprehensive breakdown of the most pertinent items parents will need to acquire at some point or another.

Crib

It would be unsafe to sleep with your child. Many parents have attempted such dangerous behavior and it has resulted in injuries and in some rare cases, even death. So, purchasing a safe crib is truly a necessity. The crib will provide your child with a comfortable and safe place to sleep throughout the night. When attempting to purchase a crib, you need to make sure you focus solely on the crib’s durability, stability and safeness. The combination of these three factors will help to ensure the crib will keep your child safe and give you the ability to sleep throughout the night without any worries or concerns.

Bottles and Formula

It should be fairly obvious that babies will not be able to consume adult foods. Until your child is able to safely consume solid foods, it is pertinent to provide him or her with formula. Infant formula is food, which has been specifically designed for children, so it’ll provide them with all of the nutrients needed to remain healthy, without posing any risk whatsoever. At the same time, you’ll need to make sure you purchase a sufficient number of bottles. Be sure to opt for bottles, which do not contain any phthalates, as these chemicals may be harmful to your child.

Car Seat

Since it would be foolish to believe your child could remain home indefinitely, you’ll need to purchase a car seat to protect him or her, during trips. The underlying purpose of the car seat is to protect your child in the event of an accident. It’ll be able to take the brunt of the force, while prevent your toddler from sustaining any severe injuries. Of course, not all car seats are equal and some of them are better values than others. When scouring through your options, you’ll be able to choose from booster seats, convertible seats, and many others.
Be sure to choose a model, which perfectly accommodates your child’s weight and size, as this will increase its overall effectiveness.

Stroller


Finally, you’ll quickly learn that your child can become heavy very rapidly. After you’ve held him or her for more than a few minutes, your arms will become numb and you’ll want to sit them down quickly. This is why it is pertinent to invest in a reliable stroller. Of course, each situation is different and you’ll need to choose a stroller, which best accommodates your preferences and needs. If you have twins or two toddlers, you’re better off investing in the best double jogger stroller on the market. This will make transporting your children from location to location substantially easier, while giving your arms a rest.




Treasure Hunters: Peril at the Top of the World

I received compensation for my post as part of a promotional program with MomSelect. All opinions are my own.


When it comes to finding books for the kids, I enjoy finding ones that each one of my kids can enjoy. For Estrella, she enjoys reading the books that have a bit of mystery and adventure in them. So when we were sent the book, Treasure Hunters: Peril at the Top of the World by James Patterson to review, Estrella was excited to begin reading it! You can watch Estrella's review on this book in the video below.



As you can see in the video, Estrella is enjoying this book and excited to continue reading it to find out what will happen next. I can appreciate that this book is filled with different adventures, which is great for keeping kids engaged in reading. I also like that along with the story and the adventures your kids can find with this book, the book is written by author James Patterson, who is a author that my husband and I also enjoy reading. Then when it comes to other aspects that help to bring this book to the top of my daughters summer reading list, she likes that the adventures are ones that take place all over the world, and as the characters visit various places they point out landmarks and such that are there. Making Treasure Hunters: Peril at the Top of the World a great book to get your kids when they are looking for a book filled with mystery and adventure!





Fresh Berry Smoothie Pops with the Ninja® Blender DUO™ With Auto-iQ™


The warm weather is upon us and with the summer sun out and the kids and I spending a lot of our time out enjoying the weather and playing in the water. With the hot weather, I like to find ways to cool down by making cold drinks and treats for everyone to enjoy. So when we were sent the Ninja® Blender DUO™ With Auto-iQ™ to review, I was excited to create some refreshingly cold summer treats and drinks!


With us being in the PNW, we are able to go in our backyard and find and pick the berries to add to our drinks like when we make berry smoothies and such. And with smoothies being a huge hit in my house for both breakfast and snacks, we decided to make some Fresh Berry Smoothie Pops with our Ninja® Blender DUO™ With Auto-iQ™.

For the Fresh Berry Smoothie Pops:

2 cups berries
2 cups plain yogurt
2 cups ice
1/2 cup apple juice or orange juice

Once you have your ingredients, put them all in the Ninja® Blender DUO™ With Auto-iQ™ and use the Frozen Drinks and Smoothies button. After blended pour even amounts of the smoothie mix in popsicle molds and freeze. We left ours in overnight to enjoy at snack time the next day!


Along with being able to easily and perfectly blend smoothies every time we use our Ninja® Blender DUO™ With Auto-iQ™, I like that we can use the cups that came with our Ninja, allowing us to take the smoothies to go. I also like that with the various modes, I can create various blended drinks, sauces and more. Then when it comes to the guessing game on how long to blend, what setting to put it on and such, I really like that the Ninja® Blender DUO™ With Auto-iQ™, makes blending very simple! Making the Ninja® Blender DUO™ With Auto-iQ™ a great appliance to have in any home when it comes to your blending needs!





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

Friday, July 29, 2016

#Giveaway Vintage Glass Bottle Bird Feeders from Perky Pet


When it comes to the warmer weather, we find that we enjoy spending more time outdoors. Along with the fact that we are outside a lot more when it is warmer out than during any other time of the year, we also find that the little animals such as the bugs, squirrels and birds are out enjoying the weather as well. Like many, I like to have flowers and decorative outdoor items like bird houses and bird feeders out to not only help make my yard more attractive but to also attract the birds and such. So when we were sent a Vintage Glass Bottle Bird Feeder from the Perky Pet line to review, we found that it was perfect for putting out for the birds and even squirrels to enjoy.


With this bird feeder you get a thick elegant glass that has a vintage bottle look to it. I also like that the top has a wide opening allowing us to fill it easily when needed with bird seed. The hanger and the base are both brushed with a nickel finish which helps to bring the vintage look together. Then when it comes displaying this bird feeder, I can say that the starburst design that you see on the glass along with the color both help to bring attention to the tree or perch you might hang it from. Bringing a vintage look to any outdoor space and making the Vintage Glass Bottle Bird Feeders from Perky Pet a great choice to go with when you are seeking out beautiful feeders to put up for your feathered friends! And to help with feeding the birds and squirrels in your yard, the wonderful people from Perky Pet would like to give one of my amazing readers their own Vintage Glass Bottle Bird Feeder!







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

Celebrate National Watermelon Day with Applebee's + Enter to Win a $100 Gift Card

I was compensated in the form of a Applebee's Gift Card through a campaign with the PR. All opinions are my own.


When it comes to those family nights out where we seek out family friendly restaurants to take the kids, I like to head to places that not only offer a variety of dishes that both the kids and myself and my husband can enjoy, but also that offer a family friendly environment. We enjoy going to a variety of restaurants when we go out with the kids, and one place that we enjoy heading to with the kids is our local Applebee's. So when we were given the chance to check out some of the new menu items from the Applebee's Wood Fired Grill Salads, we were excited to check them out and make it a family night out!


I like that with the new menu items from the Wood Fired Grill Salads that they offer ingredients that remind me of the summer. These salads include a variety of flavors that are not only incredibly tasty but also offered at family friendly prices starting at just $8.99, and you can choose from the following Wood Fired Salad options:

·        NEW Southwestern Steak Salad: Hand-Cut Wood Fired USDA Choice Top Sirloin Steak paired with chimichurri, pico de gallo, corn and black bean salsa, cheddar, crispy tortilla strips and a creamy house-made cilantro ranch dressing.

·        NEW Grilled Watermelon and Spicy Shrimp Salad: Mixed greens, cucumbers, feta, almonds and house-made creamy mint-Greek yogurt dressing. Also available with Spicy Blackened Chicken.

·        NEW Spicy Blackened Grilled Chicken, Avocado and Grapefruit Salad: Mixed greens, pickled in-house red onions, cilantro leaves and house-made champagne vinaigrette.

·        NEW Crispy Chicken ‘N Spicy Cornbread Salad: Mixed greens, made-in-house jalapeno cornbread croutons, grape tomatoes, shredded cheddar, applewood-smoked bacon and buttermilk dressing.
With the options on salads, I found that they were not only a great selection to choose from, but the salads are packed with the wood fired grill flavors that are not only great for summer but for anytime of the year. After looking over the options, I chose to go with the Grilled Watermelon and Spicy Shrimp Salad. I found the grilled watermelon to be so mouthwatering and with the spices that are on the shrimp, I found that the watermelon and mint Greek yogurt dressing balanced the salad out. Giving me a salad with a sweet and spicy kick, which is exactly what I was looking for when I ordered this salad!

Along with the salad options, we of course found many other options for the rest of the family to enjoy, and at the end of our meal we walked away with a happy family and full bellies! Making the choice to head to our local Applebee's with the family one that we are always very satisfied with doing! And right now through August 3rd you can enter for a chance to win a $100 Applebee's Gift Card. You can do this by sharing a photo of one of the salads from the Wood Fired Grill menu or your own favorite salads, or you can even snap a photo of your best watermelon smile using fruit to make the smiley face then share the photos on your Twitter and or Instagram accounts tagging Applebee's and using the hashtags #WoodFired and #WatermelonSmile. Also be sure to head to your local Applebee's on August 3rd and help them celebrate National Watermelon Day!





Thursday, July 28, 2016

#Giveaway Back to School Fun with LeapStart from LeapFrog

The back to school season is upon us, the lists are out and our shopping shoes are on, and along with shopping for my older kids who go to elementary and middle school, I also have a preschooler to shop for. I have learned that when it comes to preschoolers, they can not only pick up a lot when they go to school for a few hours during the school weeks, but I can also teach them a lot at home. So when I do my back to school shopping, I like to pick up items for the classrooms as well as the home. Recently I was sent a great selection of learning products when we were sent the new Leapstart and Leapstart Books from LeapFrog to review through the LeapFrog Mom Ambassadors Program.



With the LeapStart Learning System for kids, I can get an amazing learning tool for my kids that can help them not only reading skills but also problem solving, STEM, creativity, and communication skills! There are several books to choose from that are geared at various levels of learning for different age groups allowing me to get learning activities for my preschooler and even my elementary school aged kids with the 4 different learning levels.


Then when it comes to the set up, ease of use, and even portability, I can appreciate that the LeapStart system is made to be very kid friendly. The LeapStart is simple to set up, and when my preschooler is ready to begin using it all he has to do is put the book he wants to work on in the LeapStart, turn it on and use the pen that is included to begin the learning! He can also take his LeapStart to go with us when we head for the day, and he can carry it with the handles on the case. Making the LeapStart learning system a great choice to go with and have in the home as you prepare your little ones for the new school year! And to help with getting your kids ready to take on the new school year, I will be giving one of my amazing readers their own LeapStart!






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

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Summer of Minecraft Tech Camps with Connected Camps



With the summer here I find that I am always seeking out ways to keep my kids busy. I enjoy not only finding those local camps where the kids can go and have fun with their friends and enjoy outdoor activities, but also finding the camps that offer ways to get their minds going as well. I have found that with the tech world advancing the way it is, that seeking out the options for camps that include the tech aspect is a great way to go with the kids. So when we were given the chance to join in with the Summer of Minecraft Tech Camps from Connected Camps, we were very excited to check it out this summer!



The Tech Camps from Connected Camps are camps that are available for an online camp experience that the kids can participate in from home. Once signed up, the kids login during the dates and times that their camps are for. They then have the opportunity to not only interact but also learn as the camp instructors take them through coding and more in the world of Minecraft!

There are several camps to choose from, and with the age levels, I like that I can choose various camps for my kids for their different levels and coding experiences. We can also choose from the architecture, game design, survival camp then a great selection from the Tech Academy where the kids can learn coding, engineering, and game design in Minecraft. Bringing the tradition of summer camps into the fast paced tech world that we live in, and making the choice to go with the Tech Camps from Connected Camps a great choice for the kids to enjoy this summer! So if you are looking for ways to keep the kids minds going this summer, be sure to check out the Summer of Minecraft Tech Camps from Connected Camps.






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

#Giveaway Soothing Terra Essential Oils Carrying Case


When it comes to the health and wellness of our families, I find that more and more people are turning to the alternative medicines and seeking out natural remedies. For me, I grew up with parents who most would call hippies, I mean, sure they were hippies and I guess it can be pointed out that the high school I went to was called Down to Earth, which was an alternative high school that was run by hippies. With my parents and even the school I went to and their views on medicine, I did find that the use of essential oils was something that I not only appreciated at the time but also something that I still turn to. And with more and more companies coming out with those essential oils that I can remember being something that was only found at our local Co-Op, I find that I like to have plenty on hand for any occasion. I also find that aside from having them in the home, that taking them with when we go on vacation or even out for the day is also ideal. So when I was sent the Soothing Terra Essential Oils Carrying Case, I found that it was the perfect bag for not only storing but also taking my oils in when we are traveling!
The case I went with is one that can hold up to 16 essential oil bottles. It uses foam on the inside with individual compartments to not only give me a place to store my oils in, but also keep them safe in. There is a storage pocket on the inside that allows me to keep my go to guides in for when I am in need of a mix of the oils for a number of ailments from stress relief, to the anti nausea that I need when I travel. I also like that there is a handle on this case which makes it easy to tote around with me. Then when it comes to knowing which oils are in what slot, I like that the bag is designed to allow the oil labels to be seen on the tops. Which makes this bag along with the other bags from the Soothing Terra line up a great choice to go with if you enjoy having essential oils and taking them with you when you are away from home! And to help with keeping your essential oils organized and safe while you are on the go, the wonderful people from Soothing Terra would like to give one of my amazing readers their own Soothing Terra Essential Oils Carrying Bag!








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

Bikini Line Hair Removal: How to Do It Safely

Summer months mean days spent in the sunshine on the beach and nothing looks worse than hair showing around the bikini line. Many women try to remove it safely but are ineffective because they haven’t gotten the right technique down to avoid all that pulling and snagging of sensitive hair. To make matters worse, they use the wrong razor or bikini trimmer that scrapes the skin leaving red blotches that are anything but attractive and they are painful as well. This year learn the art of bikini line hair removal and how to do it safely without hurting or bruising that extremely sensitive area of the body.

A Note on Cleansing the Feminine Area

Before looking at how to remove hair from the bikini line safely it might be a good idea to talk about keeping that area of the body free from irritation. It is suggested that you let the body do its own natural cleansing and that you should avoid using douches as they tend to cause an increase in the growth of bacteria. This leads to certain types of infections, like yeast infections, that create irritants around the entire area. Only use gentle soaps to cleanse the outside of your feminine parts and rinse thoroughly with clear, clean water. Keeping this area free from infections or sores is vital to a cleanly trimmed bikini line.

Why Bikini Trimmers Are Suggested

Although you can use any razor to shave hair from the bikini line, it is suggested that you use specially designed bikini trimmers because they are designed to give a precision trim. They are designed in such a way as to reduce the amount of pulling and snagging when shaving the area and the line of the trimmer offers a very clean, precise cut. Even so, you should know that not all bikini trimmers are created equal so the best way to find one that suits you would be to read several bikini trimmer reviews. If you are happy with the results, you could stop here but many women prefer to go one more step.

Epilating the Bikini Line

Shaving or trimming hair around the bikini line creates a clean look immediately but the problem is that most women notice new hair growth in as little as 24 to 48 hours. That stubble is totally unbecoming. What these women do is to use an epilator as a final step that literally plucks hair from the follicle so that it grows back much slower. Sometimes it is many weeks before you see new growth. When you are going to be spending any time in that bikini or want to look sexy in your thong throughout your entire honeymoon, for instance, you want that hair to stay gone as long as possible. Trimming the area with a high quality bikini line trimmer followed by epilation with a good epilator will give you the look you are after and it will last a longer time than shaving alone.

To sum this all up, the best thing to do is to avoid internal cleansers and keep the outer area clean and free from scrapes and cuts. Use a specially designed bikini trimmer and if you want longer lasting results you can follow up with an epilator. This is the best way to trim the bikini line and you will find that it is the safest as well.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Back to School Beauty Looks with the ISA Professional Victorya Flat Iron Hair Straightener





When it comes to those mornings before school, we can find that they are somewhat rushed and we get flustered. For me the stress can come from getting my daughter together. She is a young lady who like most preteens and teens, wants everything to be perfect. From finding that outfit that she will be wearing for school, to figuring out how to do her hair, which can sometimes be a last minute change up with little to no notice. So having the tools on hand for the mornings whether we are rushed or just flustered is ideal, and with the ISA Professional Victorya Flat Iron Hair Straightener, we can be sure to get those styles my daughter wants done a lot easier!

See with this flat iron, I like that it does not take long to heat up, and with my daughter having thick curly hair, well any extra time we can get is always appreciated. I also like that when it comes to the heat that we get with this flat iron that it adjusts all on its own based on hair thickness, texture and styling needs with the SMART automatic temperature adjustment. This automatic adjustment saves time with not only getting hair done, but also with the guessing game on what temp is the right temp for our various hair types.

I can appreciate that with the SMART temp adjustment, that we get a salon type styling tool that we can use in the home. I also can appreciate that even after my daughter and her friends are all done doing their hair, that the cord does not get tangled up with the 360 degree no tangle cord! Then when it comes to the plates I like that they are 100% Solid Tourmaline ceramic plates, which helps us to get that salon look and also get those curls, waves and straightening we are after! Making the ISA Professional Victorya Flat Iron Hair Straightener a must have product to have in the home when you are seeking out tools to get those back to school beauty looks!


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


Easy Ways to Reduce Belly Fat

Nobody likes to carry extra weight around their middle, but sadly, stubborn belly fat is often the hardest to lose and the last to disappear in those who are on a mission to lose weight. But, excess belly fat can lead to much more serious problems than simply having a mu"n top in skinny jeans;when white fat expands in your abdomen, it nestles deep amongst your organs and can oen set you up for a range of serious health problems in the future. Having a bit too much fat around your middle doesn’t only mean that you are overweight in most cases, it can also mean increased risk of a range of diseases, such as diabetes type 2 or even heart disease. So, what are the best ways to target belly fat?

Waist Training

Although waist training has been looked on with suspicion by a number of people, there’s no doubt that we have seen some great results from this practice in celebrities. Perhaps the most famous waist trainer users are reality star sisters Kim and Khloe Kardashian, who kept Instagram up-to-date with their waist training progress, leading to visibly slimmer, flatter midriffs – especially in the case of Kim, who’s a mum-of-two. Remember, though, waist training is only effective when paired with a healthy lifestyle! See Waist Training Centre for more information.

Healthy Diet

No matter how much exercise that you do in order to burn off the calories that you eat throughout the day, it’s your diet which you need to pay attention to if you’re looking to get rid of stubborn belly fat as quickly as possible. When it comes to nutrition, it’s vital to opt for foods which are low-carb, as simple carbohydrates are turned into sugars and stored in the body as fat a lot faster. Instead, eat whole-grain, fiber-rich foods, lean proteins, and lots of leafy green vegetables. Protein is one of the key ingredients to include in your diet in order to watch your belly fat melt away, so it’s important to add a large portion of protein-rich foods to each meal. If you’re working out, drinking protein shakes afterward can also help. 

Get Moving

In order to get rid of stubborn belly fat as much and as quickly as possible, it’s essential to have an active lifestyle. Those with a sedentary lifestyle, for example people with office jobs who spend a large portion of their time sitting, often find that they have more weight around their middle which is harder to shift. In order to get rid of the bulge for good, it’s vital to commit to a regular workout routine which includes not only strength training exercises such as sit-ups and crunches, but also cardiovascular exercises such as running, cycling and swimming. Visceral fat thankfully yields quite easily to aerobic exercise, so the more active you are, the better. 

Belly fat can seem like the hardest thing in the world to shift at times. But, with the right lifestyle plan, you can achieve the rock-hard abs you’ve always wanted!

Enjoy Life and Keep Your Poise with Poise Impressa and Poise Thin Shape Pads

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


As a woman we find that there are so many obstacles that cross our paths. I have found that when it comes to those obstacles, that more times than not, I am not alone. I have learned that there are many things that can happen, that we do not have control over, especially when it comes to our bodies. I have also learned that some of those things, such as bladder leakage, can effect women of all ages and from all walks of life. So when I was asked what do I pack in my bags when I head out for a day at the beach with the kids, I found the answer to be simple, that I always make sure to pack the products from Poise.


See when I go to pack my bag for the day when we head out to the beach or for any outings and adventures, I like to head to my local Rite Aid, where I can pick up the essentials such as the sunblock, snacks, activity books like adult coloring books, and the Poise products I need so I can keep my poise. I like that when I head to my local Rite Aid, I can find a great selection of the Poise products that include the Poise Impressa and the Poise Thin Shape Pads.


I can also appreciate that when it comes to the Poise Impressa, I can get the Poise Impressa Bladder Support products in a variety of sizes to choose from. I found that when I was at my local Rite Aid, I was able to pick up the Poise Impressa Sizing Kit, which is great for giving me a chance to try the different sizes so I could find which one is right for me.


When I use the Poise Impressa Bladder Support, I am getting a product that is designed to give women temporary relief from the effects of Stress Urinary Incontinence. I personally find that the Poise Impressa is great for utilizing on those days where I am running in and out of the water with the kids at the beach. The Poise Impressa is simple to use and inserts into the vagina with the use of the applicator that is included with each of the Poise Impressas to give support to the urethra. This support is a gentle support which helps to stop those bladder leaks before they can happen. It also allows me to get up to 8 hours of protection against leaks and it is non absorbent, yet soft and flexible so it can move with me as I enjoy my day without the worries of any leaks.


Steps on making the best of your day at the beach:

For those days where you are preparing for a day at the beach be sure to:

1.  Download and print off the list below

2.  Head to your local Rite Aid and bring along the following shopping list. This list is great for not only a day at the beach but can be changed up for any outing so you can enjoy your day and not have to worry about embarrassing leaks.

3. When packing your bag for the day, do not forget essential items that can help to make your day more fun and relaxing. Such as having the portable power banks, extra snacks and drinks, as well as the sunscreen.

4. Also having activities for both your kids and yourself is ideal. Adult coloring books help to reduce and relieve stress and provide a calming effect that is very relaxing.

5. When it comes to the Poise Impressa, be sure to start with the Sizing Kit so that you can try the different sizes and find which one is right for you.

I personally have found that when heading out, having both the Poise Impressa and the Poise Thin Shape Pads are a must have to pack, and with items like an adult coloring book, you can relax and enjoy your time without the stress of bladder leaks getting in the way.


Which in all makes the choice to pack the Poise when heading out for those summertime adventures with the kids, not only important in my book, but also my way to be able to enjoy worry free fun when I pack the Poise! So as you prepare for your next outing, be sure to head to your local Rite Aid where you can find the sunscreen, snacks, coloring pencils for adult coloring books, phone chargers, and of course the variety of Poise products so you too can enjoy life and keep your poise!




Monday, July 25, 2016

#Giveaway Nine Lives Prize Pack + $25 Visa Gift Card

The countdown is on and in just a little over 1 week my family and I will be lining up with feline lovers everywhere when we go to see Nine Lives on August 5th! The new movie Nine Lives is one that my kids have been talking about, one that is on that infamous list of theirs that has the top movies to see this summer before school starts back up. You can watch the trailer in the video clip below.



Like many who love those furry felines, we are looking forward to the hilarious antics that are sure to have us rolling in our seats when we go to see Nine Lives in theaters.


In this movie you find Tom Brand who is a billionaire, daredevil, business man, and also a father, who is a little too involved in his workaholic lifestyle. He finds himself going to get his daughter a gift that she has wanted for a very long time, a cat. As he follows his GPS, he is led to a pet store with not only a bunch of odd cats, but also a very odd owner who presents him with a tomcat named Mr. Fuzzypants. Little does Tom know that this cat is more than just another tomcat, but a cat who will forever change his and his families lives! Which makes this movie one that is sure to be a must see this summer when it hits theaters everywhere on August 5th!

And to help with getting your family geared up to see the new movie Nine Lives, the wonderful people from EuropaCorp would like to give one of my amazing readers a Nine Lives prize pack which will include $25 Visa gift card to see Nine Lives in theaters plus T-shirt, Cat Tie, Cat Ears & Cat Sunglasses!





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

Back to School with the Party Mice Collection from Logitech


With all of the back to school shopping that needs to be done, I find it that those lists grow as the kids get older. I mean, we start out with items like finger paints, crayons and such then gradually upgrade to more and more tech items that are on the lists. And with having a child heading to middle school, we have more of those tech products that are not only on those school supply lists but also a must have for when there are projects and homework that need to be done. So when we were sent some of the fun Party Mice from the Logitech line up to review, Estrella was excited to review them and have a mouse party! You can watch her video review below!



We found the designs on the mice we were sent from Logitech to be a lot of fun to not only have for everyday use but also collect. We also like that with the different mice from the party line of the Logitech mice, that they are wireless, simple to set up on our computers, and also very portable, so Estrella can take her Logitech Mouse with her to school or anywhere she might need to take her laptop to! Making the Logitech Party Collection of Mice a great choice to go with this back to school shopping season!




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

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Bears for Humanity: Bears that Change Lives

Compensation was provided by Bears for Humanity via their PR.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Bears for Humanity or the PR Group.

When it comes to stuffed toys and collectibles, my kids enjoy not only finding the cutest, but also collecting them. Aside from the aspect of cute and collectible, I also enjoy seeking out products that are made with love and that also have a mission behind them into making life for others better. So when we were given the chance to check out the selection of bears from the Bears for Humanity line up, we were excited to review them. You can watch Estrella's review on this collection in the video below.



As you can see these stuffed toys are soft, and very adorable. I also like that aside from the fact that they are made with GOTS Certified Organic Cotton, that these stuffed toys are made by those who are looking to better their lives. They are made right here in the US through the Welfare-to-Work programs. The Bears for Humanity are made in Northern California and the company is partnered with CalWorks to help provide jobs to at risk mothers, fathers and caregivers.

Then when it comes to the closer on why buying the stuffed toys from Bear for Humanity is a must, I can really appreciate that aside from helping parents and caregivers with work, they also help children in need. They do so with their Buy One Give One mission, which gives a bear to a child in need with each purchase. The bears are donated to reputable organizations like Toys for Tots, Save the Children, Semper Fi fund and more. Helping to bring comfort and smiles to children who are in need of that little extra love and comfort that they can get with a stuffed bear. Making the choice to go with the various stuffed animals that you can find from Bears for Humanity, not only a great choice when it comes to finding that perfect collectible gift, but also a choice that can also change lives!

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2016 Kia Optima SX Limited

When it comes to going on those Sunday drives along the coast, I not only enjoy heading out with the family, but I also enjoy doing so in style. So when we were given the chance to test drive the 2016 Kia Optima SX Limited, I was excited to check it out and see what all this car had to offer!
I can really appreciate the room that this sedan has, and with the sleek and sporty look, I found that the 2016 Kia Optima SX Limited is perfect for taking out on those Sunday cruises! Both the front driver and passenger seats have adjustments available which allow you to get comfort while you drive. With the back passengers, there is plenty of leg room available, which makes this midsize sedan really stand out from the rest, especially when it comes to the comfort features that you can get!


Aside from the comfort, I like that with the steering wheel, I can access the bluetooth for the phone, radio, and cruise control, which helps to keep it so my eyes are on the road even when I am on the phone. I can also choose from different driving styles and access the paddle shift from the steering wheel. When it comes to the storage, I can appreciate the large trunk in the back which is deep and allows me to carry groceries, beach bags with towels and more if I need. I can also access other storage in the car by utilizing the storage pockets on the back of the front seats, the sunglasses storage, and the middle compartment.

Then when it comes to the drive, I like that I get a smooth drive, which makes this car not only great for those Sunday drives, but also for a everyday commute! I can take advantage of the back up cameras that offer me a view of the car as I pull in and out of driveways and parking spots, and when I need a little extra help with parking I can use the parking assist which gives me a sonar sensor that gives me warning when there are any hazards detected. Along with the camera and sonar for parking, I also like having the Blind Spot Detection System and the Rear Cross Traffic Alerts, which help to make the drive safer for everyone! And in all, making the 2016 Kia Optima SX Limited a great choice to go with when you are seeking out a sleek and sporty midsize sedan!


I was loaned a vehicle for a week long test drive, thank you to Drive Shop USA for supplying me with the vehicle for this review, all opinions are my own.

Mirai Face + Mirai Cleanser from True Company


When it comes to daily routines, I find that the morning and evening beauty routines are important. Like many women, I like to try to keep my complexion soft and clean, and like many I have a variety of tools and products that I use. Aside from the products and tools that I already had in my line up, I have found that I am always open to trying new products, so when I was sent the Mirai Face with the Mirai Cleanser to review from True Company, I was excited to try them out and add them to my daily beauty routines.
I can appreciate that with the pairing of both the facial brush and cleanser that I can get a superior deep cleansing facial treatment. This is great for unclogging pores, and giving my face a gentle massage that helps to stimulate the skin and give my face a firmer, as well as a smoother and more of a vibrant youthful feel and look.

I like that with the pair together, you get a anti aging duo that is great for adding to any beauty regiments. I also like that just after a few treatments that I could not only feel a difference in the way my skin feels but also see a difference, especially when it comes to the cleansing aspect. The brushes gentle massage not only feels great as you cleanse your face, but it effectively cleans and unclogs the pores as well as acts as a great makeup remover.

Then when it comes to continued use, I like that brush is simple to clean by wiping it clean with a wet cloth and I can easily recharge the brush as needed! Making the Mirai Face Brush along with the Mirai Cleanser a great selection of product and tools to add to any beauty routines! And to help make your beauty routines more complete, you can take advantage of the Mommy Katie exclusive offer on this amazing duo! Right now you can get this set for just $34 instead of the $248 price, just go here to take advantage of this offer!




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

Friday, July 22, 2016

#Giveaway $50 The Secret Life of Pets Collectible Fandago Gift Card

I have accepted free Fandango promotional codes and other compensation from Fandango in exchange for my review.


With the kids out of school for summer and those summer bucket lists being fulfilled, we have found that the kids have some of the summer's hottest movies on that list. Like many, The Secret Life of Pets was at the top of our kids lists when it came to the summer bucket list of movies, so like many, we lined up so we could all mark the movie off of our list! We found the movie to be filled with hilarious antics that give you a little insight to what goes on with our pets when the humans are away. Along with the movie that the kids have vowed to see at least 2 more times before summer is over, we have also been collecting the movie memorabilia, from the toys to the posters and any other swag we can find. So when we were given the chance to review the collectible gift cards from Fandago featuring The Secret Life of Pets, we were very excited to check them out!


The collection of The Secret Life of Pets gift cards from Fandago feature some of those adorable and iconic pets from the movie. They include not only the adorable characters but some also have fun sayings on them as well. Making The Secret Life of Pets collectible gift cards from Fandago a great selection to go with when you are looking for a fun gift card to give and collect!

Also be sure to check out the Fandago site where you can find the collectible gift cards along with fun movie clips, interviews, and a movie quiz where you can check to see who your movie Pet BFF is! Check out this exclusive interview with the cast of The Secret Life Of Pets:



And to help with growing your Fandago Movie Collectible Gift Cards from The Secret Life of Pets, I will be giving one of my amazing readers a $50 The Secret Life of Pets Fandago Gift Card!










Summer Cookouts with Lightlife Smart Dogs


When it comes to those summer cookouts and get togethers, I like to have a variety of foods on hand so everyone can enjoy their time. Like many, I not only have a variety of friends who enjoy vegan foods, but we also enjoy adding vegan foods to our menus as well. So when we were introduced to the Lightlife Smart Dogs, I was excited to learn more about the products.

With the Lightlife Smart Dogs, we can get veggie hot dogs that not only give you a vegan option when grilling, but that also give you America's #1 meatless hot dog that are plant based and grill ready! I can also appreciate that the Lightlife Smart Dogs are both certified vegan as well as Non-GMO Project Verified.


Then when it comes to the nutritional aspects that you can get with the Lightlife Smart Dogs, I like that they have 7 grams of protein and only 50 calories per link, and with the Jumbo Smart Dogs they have 13 grams of protein and only 100 calories per link. Making the Lightlife Smart Dogs a great selection to go with when you are planning that next cook out on the grill! You can find the Lightlife Smart Dogs at your local grocery store where they are packed and refrigerated fresh and you can find the selection of the Lightlife Smart Dogs in the produce, dairy, or natural foods section!


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For your next cookout, checkout this Lightlife Smart Dogs recipe idea:

GRILLED FRANKS WITH SESAME APPLE SLAW







I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product.

#Giveaway Ladybird Personalized Children's Books from Simply Personalized


When it comes to the back to school season, I not only have kids who are in grade school, but also a little one who is in preschool. I find that with the time I have with him, I like to have plenty of activities and books for him in the home. I do this by not only shopping for the back to school supplies for the older kids but also by stocking up on the activities and books for my preschooler to have in the home. So when we were sent The Three Little Pigs: A Ladybird Personalized Book for review, I was excited to add it to our collection of books that my preschooler and I can enjoy!


I love how the book has that classic story of The Three Little Pigs, with the vibrant illustrations added. I also like how throughout the book, we can find Wyatt's name incorporated within the illustrations. When ordering the book, we found that there are several classic stories to choose from, and you can add a fun dedication in the beginning of the books as well for your child.

I can appreciate that after showing Wyatt his name throughout the story in the illustrations, that he became more captivated by the story. He has also made the reading of the story and sharing it with his older siblings a new favorite, because as we read it to him, he can point out where his name can be seen! Then with the hard cover, we can have this book to save as a sweet keepsake when Wyatt gets older. Making the Ladybird Personalized Collection of Children's Books from the Simply Personalized line up a great choice to go with when you are looking for a great gift to get your little ones! You can find this book as well as the others in the Ladybird collection over at Simply Personalized, also be sure to enter the giveaway below for your chance to win your own personalized Ladybird Children's book!






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

Thursday, July 21, 2016

#Giveaway Back to School Prize Pack from Order Out of Chaos


Are you ready to tackle the new school year? Well it is coming and to help with getting your kids ready and organized for the new school year the wonderful people from Order Out of Chaos sent us a great selection of products from their line of planners along with the book, Teens and Time Management! You can watch Estrella's review on the products below.



The Academic Planners are perfect for helping the kids with staying on top of those to do lists when it comes to school. They can mark the classes, assignments, after school activities and more. Giving you and your family the tools needed to help make this new school year a little easier to transition into. And to help with preparing your family for the new school year, the wonderful people from Order Out of Chaos would like to give one of my amazing readers a back to school prize pack filled with Order Out of Chaos goodies!





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

Collectible Fun with the Original Whiffer Sniffers


When it comes to finding fun and collectible toys for the kids, Estrella seems to be my go to girl. She is up to date on what the must haves are and she also enjoys growing all of her various collections as well. So when we were sent some of the Whiffer Sniffers to review, Estrella was excited to share her thoughts which you can watch in the video below!



Estrella and her friends find that the food shaped toys are not only fun to collect, but also fun to smell. They also found that with the various sizes there are plenty to collect. With the Backpack Clips the kids can not only collect them but also decorate their backpacks and purses with the cute and smelly characters. And of course when it comes to the Mystery Packs, Estrella and her friends can not only collect them but they enjoy opening them to find what surprise is inside! Then with the larger 12 inch Whiffer Sniffer plush toys, your kids get a soft and cuddly stuffed toy that has its own Whiffer Sniffer smell to it! Making the selection of Whiffer Sniffer toys a great choice to go with when you are looking for a fun and collectible toy to give the kids!




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

Little Engineer Interactive Coding Game for Kids

Compensation was provided by STEM Lab via their PR.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of STEM Lab or the PR Group.


When it comes to the world of technology, we find that it has advanced so much since we were kids and is continuing to advance all of the time. With that I have found that giving our kids the tools they need to help them keep up with everything that we can find in the aspects of STEM learning, will help them not only in todays world but also as they grow in the evolving world of technology. So when we were sent the Little Engineer kit along with the App for the Little Engineer Interactive Coding game for kids, we were excited to try it out! You can watch Estrella's review on the game below.



Once we had the game downloaded we were prompted to set up our iPad on the stand that is included then place the reflector piece on the camera part of the iPad. This reflector piece is needed so the iPad can detect the pieces as you play the game. After we were all set we then went through the tutorial and watched a short video to see how the space ship crashed and how the kids could help put it back together.


I like that with each level that the kids complete, they are then challenged by the next level that offers different challenges and learning environments. The game is also set up for individual play, allowing my kids to each take on the challenges separately and at their own paces. This independent play helps to get my kids thinking independently, and as they go through their levels they can solve each of the problems by going through the steps. I also like that when they have completed the steps, if they see that the character has not gone to the finish line, they can trace their steps and find the spot that needs to be fixed which helps them to be individual problem solvers!


Then, after the kids complete the 25 levels of play they can unlock the Map Creation Mode, which allows the kids to create new maps and missions that they can have their friends and family take on and enjoy with them! Making the Little Engineer Interactive Coding Game a STEM learning set that is a great product to have in any home with kids age 4 and up to help them with growing their creativity and problem solving skills!

Also be sure to follow STEM Lab on Facebook and to get your hands on the Little Engineer check out the Indiegogo campaign here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/little-engineer-best-ar-programming-game-for-kids#/