Mommy Katie: October 2016

Sunday, October 30, 2016

#Giveaway Holiday Menu: Warm Up With R.W. Knudsen (2 Winners!)


With the colder weather upon us, I find that it is the ideal time to get out the slow cooker and start making those dishes like soups that are sure to warm you and your family up. I like to not only serve warm soups on the colder days but also add them to our line up of dishes to serve when holiday guests are over. So like many, I like to seek out the ingredients and recipes to help being those soups together so that I can have the best ingredients to use in my recipes. Recently I was sent such a selection of ingredients when I was sent some of the Veggie Beverages from the R.W. Knudsen line up.


After looking at the beverages that I was sent I found that I could create a warm green chile chicken, tomato and carrot soup to serve and warm up my family with. With this soup we got a nice hot soup with a hint of spices that is great for having when those stuffy noses become a issue in the home. I also find that with the mix of ingredients from the juices to the fresh vegetables that we used, that I was making and serving a soup that is not only tasty but also a healthy choice as well! You can get the recipe for the soup I made below.

Green Chile Chicken, Tomato and Carrot Soup:

Ingredients needed
1 Bottle R.W. Knudsen Carrot Juice
1 Bottle R.W. Knudsen Tomato and Red Bell Pepper Juice
3 Chicken Breasts
1 Cup of Corn (taken off of the cob)
1 Cup Sliced Carrots
1 Cup of Barley
1 Cup Green Chile
2 TBSP Taco Seasoning (for taste)
1 Bag of Tortilla Chips (for optional topping)

Directions:
Take the chicken breasts and cube them. Pour the juices and all ingredients except the barley into slow cooker and mix, then set on high and let cook for 4 hours. From there add the barley to the cooker and mix well then cook for another 30 minutes. When you are ready to serve the soup, crumble tortilla chips on top of the soup then serve and enjoy!


We found the juices we were sent along with others from the line of Veggie Beverages at R.W. Knudsen to be great bases for a number of soup dishes that we can make. We also found these juices to be great for a number of other uses like for drinks and such that are great to have at any time of the year! Making the Veggie Beverages from the R.W. Knudsen line up a great selection of juices to get and have in any home! And to help with making those warm soups and or beverages this season, the wonderful people from R.W. Knudsen would like to give two of my amazing readers each their own bottle of juice from the Veggie Beverages line up!






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

Friday, October 28, 2016

#Giveaway Holiday Gift Ideas: Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir Prize Pack


When it comes to the shows that my kids enjoy watching, we find that they not only enjoy ones that they are familiar with but also new ones as they come out. A few months ago we were introduced to a new show that is on Nickelodeon. This show is about a female super heroe, who has the secret disguise of being your average girl to find that she is a really awesome super heroe. And with Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir, I have found that both my daughter and her younger brother enjoy tuning in to watch. Well along with the show's new launch on Nickelodeon a few months ago, they have now released a fun line of goodies just in time for the holidays to give to those Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir fans. This line includes toys, collectibles, and clothes and when we were sent the line up to review Estrella was excited to check it out, you can watch Estrella's review in the video below!



As you can see, this line of toys and the pajamas that we were sent are perfect for the Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir fan in your life. With the Miraculous Jumping Ladybug, your kids can recreate Ladybug's signature movements. They can do this by using the yoyo like pieces that allow you to pull then release the Jumping Ladybug Doll as she appears to fly! With the Miraculous 5.5" Figure, Marinette, you get a very collectible toy that you can also set to sit in various poses with the 11 points of articulation. This toy comes with that iconic purse and notebook as well for your kids to play with as they recreate some of those fun scenes from the show!


Along with these two toys, we were also sent the Miraculous Fashion Doll - Marinette to review. This doll comes dressed in Marinette's signature look with the jacket and pink pants. Her hair is that iconic blue and is in pigtails, but can be redone when your kids play with her. She also comes with her bag and comes wearing her pink shoes!


Then to help complete the fun in our home and yours this holiday season, we found the girls' Miraculous Lady Bug Pajama Set with eye mask to be a great set to have! The top has Ladybug on it, the pants are that ladybug pattern just like the suit worn in the show. There is also a eye mask that is great for using when it is time to bed and also gives your daughter that in character look! Which in all, makes the line up of toys and apparel a great selection to check out and shop from this coming holiday season for the Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir fans in your life! And to help with bringing some of those holiday gifts together, I will be giving one of my amazing readers their own Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir prize pack of goodies!
You can find the products from this review as well as more from the collection at TargetWalmartToy R UsKmart and Amazon




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

Holiday Cooking with the Oster Pro 1200 Plus Food Processor


The month of October is nearly over and with November coming, I find that it is time to seek out the tools for the kitchen to help bring those fall and holiday meals together. For me, when it comes to the colder weather, I not only enjoy the warm and hot foods and beverages, but I still enjoy having things like those fresh morning smoothies. I also enjoy making fresh sauces, salsa, and soups, and when it comes to all of these things, I like to make sure that we have the tools needed in the kitchen so that I can create these menu items as well as so much more. So when I was sent the Oster Pro 1200 Plus Food Processor to review, I was excited to add it to my selection of kitchen appliances and also add it to my list of great gifts to give this coming holiday season.


When my Oster Pro 1200 Plus Food Processor arrived, I found that it was perfect for opening up the options when it comes to my menu planning for not only day to day meals but also for the holidays. Being that we enjoy our morning smoothies, I was excited to put the blender part to work to make some delicious kiwi banana smoothies!

I found that after adding the ingredients for our smoothies that I was able to then choose one of the 3 pre-programmed settings, then sit back and wait a few short minutes for my smoothies to be ready. Once the blender had completed, I was very pleasantly surprised to find a evenly smooth consistency in the smoothies, which is what I look for when I am making smoothies for myself and my family. I found that this is possible with the 3.5" blade system that allows the ingredients to flow downward into the blade as the blender is going. This feature then allows us to get a faster and smoother result each time we use our Oster!

Along with the ease of making perfect smoothies every time that I use the Oster Pro 1200 Plus Food Processor, I also like that there are 7 speeds that I can choose from and I can also use one of the 3 preset settings, which is what I used for making smoothies. I found the look to be a great one for having in the kitchen as well, giving me a sleek design that goes great in just about every kitchen.

With the power that I get, I like that there is 1200 watts of power along with 900 watts of power when crushing ice and such. The metal to metal connection allows us to blend up to 100,000 smoothies! Then when it comes to the clean up, I like that Extra Large 8-cup BPA-free TRITAN™ Jar withstands thermal shock and 5-cup BPA-free food processing bowl are dishwasher safe! Making the Oster Pro 1200 Plus Food Processor a great product to have in the kitchen and or give as a gift this coming holiday season! Also be sure to save $10 off any Oster® Blender $39 and up at Target. You can simply print the $10 off coupon at http://coupons.target.com/ deals/oster-coupons, and also be sure to download Target’s Cartwheel app where there will be other Oster Blender® offers on the app thorughout the holiday season!




I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com), 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 honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.

Keeping Pets Safe and Healthy with Petcurean this Halloween

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


Monday is Halloween, and like many out there, we find that this weekend is filled with those Halloween parties. With both the parties and the night of trick or treating, my kids will be stocking up on a haul of candy. This is the same scenario for many kids, and like many kids, mine enjoy sharing with not only one another but also our dog Chloe. The thing is, when it comes to candy and treats, those that the kids get on Halloween and at those Halloween parties are not suitable for Chloe and can be potentially harmful to her. So when I was sent some great info to read over on how to keep Chloe safe from the candy and treats this Halloween from the experts at Petcurean, I was very pleased to get the information and also share with my readers!

See like many family pets, Chloe enjoys being with the kids. She has been there for them from the time they were born and sees them as her kids whom she watches out for and protects. With that, the kids have always shared just about everything with Chloe, from the foods at the table that they might not like or that they know Chloe likes, to their toys and beds. So after reading over the information on sugars that Petcurean had sent me to read and share, I found that the information was not only important for me to see but also important for my kids. My kids love Chloe and I know that they would not want to ever hurt her, and them learning and understanding the dangers that the candy and treats they get over Halloween can pose for pets is something that they too appreciate knowing.



So this Halloween, enjoy your time, be safe and also be sure to read over the information provided below by the experts from Petcurean:


Treating pets on Halloween – tips from an expert

Halloween is upon us – a festive and fun time for families everywhere, including pets. Pet costumes have stepped up their game, so your fur kids can be included in the revelry.  But what about the treating aspect of Halloween – can your pets join in on this fun as well? Petcurean’s PhD pet nutritionist Dr. Jennifer Adolphe offers these tips to treating pets around Halloween:

Steer clear of candy: Candy is a concentrated source of sugar and calories so it is not recommended for dogs. Since candy does not provide any nutritional value for dogs, and some candies contain highly toxic substances, it is best for dogs to steer clear of all candy. If you really want to provide your pet with a special treat on Halloween, try healthy fruits and veggies, such as pieces of apple or carrots, instead of sugary and potentially harmful candy.

Some ingredients are worse than others:

·         Chocolate is well known to be toxic to dogs, so it goes without saying to avoid chocolate treats. The toxic component in chocolate is called theobromine. The caffeine in chocolate is also not good for dogs.

·         Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that is used as a sweetener in many sugar-free candies and gum. It is highly toxic to dogs and ingestion can cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), seizures, liver failure and even death. Just a few pieces of xylitol-containing candy can have detrimental effects in dogs, so it is best to keep all sugar-free products far out of reach of your dog, or avoid purchasing products with xylitol altogether.

·         Raisins are another treat commonly given out at Halloween that can be toxic for dogs. Raisins (and grapes) can cause kidney failure in dogs and just a few can make a dog seriously ill, and symptoms of raisin toxicity usually appear within a couple of hours after ingestion.

Signs to watch for:  Changes in behavior could be an indication that your dog has gotten into something not good for him. Vomiting, diarrhea, restlessness, lethargy, increased thirst, tremors and seizures are signs that your pet may have eaten something he shouldn’t have. If in doubt, call your veterinarian, local animal emergency clinic or animal poison control hotline right away. Try to determine how much of the offending food your dog has consumed as this could be useful information for the vet. Depending on how much and what type of toxic food your dog ate, the vet may recommend simply monitoring him and calling back if the symptoms worsen, or they may determine that he needs medical care right away.

If you want to treat your pets on Halloween, stick to foods that are dog friendly and familiar. Halloween should be fun for the whole family, just be sure to watch what your pets eat like you would your kids to keep everyone safe and happy.




Wednesday, October 26, 2016

#Giveaway Holiday Meals: Thanksgiving Dinner with Butterball


The month of October is almost over and with November coming, I find that it is time to get those Thanksgiving menus together. Like many, I have a large list of sides that I enjoy making. I look to seek out new ones to add to the menu as well as go with some of the favorites that the family asks for each year. I also find that when it comes to the main course, that heading out to pick up that perfect sized Butterball Turkey is something that I look forward to doing. So when I was given a chance to add a Butterball Turkey to this years Thanksgiving line up, I was excited to head out and begin looking over the selection of Butterball Turkeys that are at my local grocery store.



See when we add a Butterball Turkey to the menu, we are not only bringing home a brand that we know and trust, but also a brand that my mom and grandma both brought to our Thanksgiving table each year. I also like that when I go with the Butterball brand, that I can find the right size of turkey I need for my table and also get great cooking tips and recipes to bring to our table from the Butterball site!

Along with utilizing the Butterball site this Thanksgiving, I can also download the Butterball app, which gives me access to hundreds of recipes, tips, and tools to help make my Thanksgiving dinner one to remember! Which in all, makes Butterball the turkey of both tradition and choice in my home when it comes to finding that turkey to help complete our Thanksgiving dinner! And to help with bringing your Thanksgiving dinner together, the wonderful people from Butterball would like to give one of my amazing readers a $20 Butterball Voucher which allows you to purchase a turkey along with the sides at your local grocery store!




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

Making the Most Use of Your Time

If you’re a mother and a small business owner, you know all too well how important managing your time is.

That said time management can oftentimes be overlooked, especially with all that one has on their plate.

For those moms running small businesses, having the best technology software to operate their companies can be a true blessing. Not only does it streamline the work process, it allows for more free time to devote to one’s family. Ask any woman, they will rightfully tell you that being a mom is a full-time job itself.

So, are you making the most use of your time as both a mom and a small business owner? If not, what can you do to change that as you move forward in 2017?

Software to Manage Time is Huge Asset

In the event you are looking for a better way to manage your business and mom time, where should you start?

On the business side, finding salon software to better manage time doesn’t have to be a daunting task.
Along with word-of-mouth from some other small business owners you may be in contact with, put the Internet to work for you. By doing a simple Google search geared around software for your business, you are all but guaranteed to find something that works.

Whether you operate a hair and/or nail salon, tax office, law firm etc. the ways such software can help are endless. Best of all, you will for the most part work better with your clients, clients that maybe have a tendency to run late or miss appointments altogether.

Also note that such software doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. Some software providers will have deals for first-time small business customers, so keep your eyes and ears open for such specials.

Review What ‘Typical’ Day is Like

Given how easy it can be to become flustered with being a full-time small business owner and a mom, reviewing your daily schedule on occasion is important.

Whether you get help around the home or not, you’re likely the go-to person when your child or children needs something. When you add in a partner that isn’t always as dependable as you would like, that can make things even more challenging.

For your business, are you spreading yourself too thin? Is it time to consider hiring some full or even part-time help? Do you have the funds available for such a hire or hires? If you are working out of your home, would renting an office space for everything from running a salon to an accounting business be in your best interests?

Another important facet of your business is making sure you get paid on time for the services and/or products you provide. Once again, the right software system can make things so much better, especially in terms of recording each and every financial transaction made.

Finally, see if there are some shortcuts you can take on the business side of things, shortcuts that won’t have a negative impact on your business.

Might it be better to get away from the standard 9-to-5 type of business and make available evening and/or weekend hours? If so, your husband might be able to watch the kids then, allowing you to better focus on work at night. This can be especially true for business moms with really little ones at home that are not ready for school just yet.

Being Successful at Pair of Full-Time Jobs Not Impossible

As any mom also running a small business can tell you, there never seems to be enough time in the day for everything.

No matter how much your business demands of you, put the best plan in motion to ease the stress and anxiety that is likely to arrive.

In the end, being essentially a full-time individual in two lines of work can be accomplished (and oftentimes is over and over again).

If time management has been a challenge for you, clock-in for better times ahead when you have the right software backing you up.




Alice Through The Looking Glass on Blu-ray


When it comes to family movie night, we enjoy seeking out those new releases to add to our night of fun. Like so many Disney fans out there, we await in anticipation for those new movies that we go and see in the theaters to hit the shelves. And over this past summer, we saw a few movies from the Disney line up that are on our list of family favorites and instant classics. So when we were sent the movie, Alice Through the Looking Glass on Blu-Ray to review, we were very excited to watch it and add it to our list of family favorites!



In this movie, Alice and the group from Wonderland are back and find themselves taking on a whole new adventure that puts a twist on the story. Alice is back and yet a changed woman, seeking to follow her dreams of becoming a business woman, but finds that in her day and age, those dreams are not easily achieved. While trying to figure things out she finds Wonderland calling for her and goes through a mysterious looking glass. Once back in Wonderland, Alice finds that things are not as she left them, and that she wants to be there for those who were there for her.



We enjoyed seeing this movie on the big screen and have found Alice Through the Looking Glass on Blu-Ray allows us to watch and enjoy this movie over and over again! Along with the movie, you get some amazing bonus features which include music videos, the making of the costumes and more! Making Alice Through the Looking Glass on Blu-Ray a great movie to have in any home and one that is a must have to run out and bring home today!



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

Charlie Brown’s All Stars 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition on DVD


Family movie time is a time that we look forward to in my house and when it comes to finding the movies and shows that we enjoy sharing, we all like to contribute a little something to the line up. For me, I enjoy finding and sharing new movies as well as some of the classics that I enjoyed watching when I was a kid. And one show that I grew up with and have fond memories of watching with my dad is Charlie Brown. So when we were sent Charlie Brown’s All Stars 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition on DVD to review, I was excited to check it out and share it with my kids!

This DVD is perfect for adding to that World Series line up for the kids! It celebrates the 50th Anniversary of that much loved TV special, Charlie Brown's All Stars. You get that beloved Charlie Brown, as he tries to bring his baseball team to All Star victory. He is a kid who does not give up, even after his team blames him for everything. Charlie Brown tries everything to get his team into the winners circle by boosting moral when he gets uniforms for his team, and having his team join a league.

Charlie Brown finds that even when things might be going great that not everything is going as he wanted, especially when he is told that his friends that are girls and dogs can not play in the league. He tries to do what is best for his team but is criticized for being a bad manager by his teammates. I have found this DVD to be one that is great for adding to family movie night and that is also one that gives me a sense of nostalgia when I share it with my kids! Making Charlie Brown’s All Stars 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition on DVD, a great DVD to head out and bring home to share with your family today!



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

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Rockin Along with BookaBoo

This post was sponsored through a campaign with Amazon Studios and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.


With my older kids in school, I find that I enjoy seeking out activities and shows to share with my preschooler with both him and his friends during the day. During the day, we like our play dates with his friends, and with the weather the way it is up here in the PNW, we find that more times than not, those play dates are times where we gather at one anothers homes to enjoy our days with the kids. We have found that one way to make those play dates a lot of fun is by finding shows that we can stream on our TV and connected devices for the kids to watch and play along with. So when we were introduced to BookaBoo, a new show coming to Amazon Prime this Friday October 28th, we were not only excited to check it out, but also make a party of it!

When it came to creating a great BookaBoo viewing party for preschoolers, we found that making a fun finger foods buffet with some chicken nuggets, fruit, sausage, cheese, crackers, lemonade and chocolate milk was perfect for our little ones. The buffet was great for letting the kids eat, so they could each get something they liked. We were also sent a set of fun instruments to add to our party, which allowed our little ones to perform for us before, during and after we put on the show. We chose to have our party in the afternoon around lunch time, so the kids could eat and play, then wind down while the show was on. And once everyone seemed to be filled up on lunch, we decided it was time to gather in the living room and begin watching the much anticipated new show, BookaBoo!


In this new series, you find a very talented pup named BookaBoo, who loves to play music with his friends. BookaBoo plays the drums, and along with his love for music, he also has a deep passion for books.


Like many artists and musicians, BookaBoo is a world famous drummer who is driven by his passion, which happens to be for books, and he finds that in order to be able to go on the stage and perform for his fans, he needs to read a book everyday. So before heading to the stage, BookaBoo seeks out some of his friends, who also happen to be celebrities, to read some great picture books to him backstage. The friends that he seeks out are ones that we might find to be quite familiar, and include celebrities like Paula Abdul, Adam Copeland and many more, who are more than happy to help BookaBoo by reading the story books that he comes across. 


The kids really seemed to really enjoy the show. They were captivated by the stories when BookaBoo listened along as one of his friends read to him. As parents, we found that the reading together aspect is something that was not only something that the kids enjoyed following along with, but was also something that they were able to relate to when it comes to reading time in our homes. The kids also liked getting up to dance and play music as BookaBoo and his friends got on the stage to perform! Which in all, makes the new show, BookaBoo, a must watch in any home with preschoolers! 



So gather some friends, and have a viewing party of your own when you stream the new show BookaBoo this Friday, August 28th on Amazon Prime



#Giveaway Holiday Gift Ideas: Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set


Finding those games that will help to build skills that are useful for our kids futures is something I enjoy seeking out and sharing. With the holiday season just around the corner, I find that now is the time to seek out those products that are sure to make the perfect gifts to give. And with the Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set, we get the tools we need for the kids to not only have fun while they play, but also build those skills in coding and promote STEM! 

The kids can build their own paths as they create with the different grids. The maze if fun to build and navigate and when it comes to the finished project, they can watch as their mouse races to get through the mazes they create! Making this activity set a great one to have in the home to promote STEM learning, and also a great gift to give this coming holiday season! And to help with the holiday shopping in your home, the wonderful people from Learning Resources would like to give one of my amazing readers their own Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set! 






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

Handstand Kitchen’s Cookies For Santa Set


The holidays are coming and it is time to get those boxes of decorations out, get the lists ready, and create memories with the kids that will last a lifetime! Like many, we find that we have holiday traditions that we take part in every year, and of those traditions is making cookies together. So when we were sent the Handstand Kitchen's Cookies for Santa Set to review, we were excited to add the set to our holiday baking collection of products! You can watch Estrella's review on the tools in this kit in the video below.



We found that this kit has everything we need so the kids can have their own tools to use in the kitchen when we bake cookies this coming holiday season. We also found that with this kit, that the uniqueness of the tools makes them a great selection that the kids enjoy having!


Along with the tools, we also found a great set of recipe cards that included recipes for cookies as well as a icing recipe. And after looking over the tools and recipe cards, we found that we were getting hungry so we headed to the kitchen to put the tools to work. The kids had fun making the cookie dough, then using the cookie cutters and cookie presses to create holiday themed cookies to put in the oven. After the cookies were done baking, the kids then had fun using the gingerbread shaped spatula to take their cookies off the cookie sheet and put them out for everyone to sample. We also all agreed that when the holidays get closer, that this set will come in handy for making cookies for all to enjoy! Making the Handstand Kitchen's Cookies for Santa Set a great set to have in the kitchen for the kids this holiday season! Also use this discount code “HSK20” to save 20% off anything on her entire site through December 24.




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

Get Holiday Ready With Target!

Halloween will be here in less than a week and after we put all of the scary decorations away, we will find ourselves getting ready for the holidays. Like many, when it comes to preparing for the holidays, I like to seek out the stores that have everything I might be needing all in one place. I also find that along with finding all that is on my list that finding the deals is also a huge plus. So taking those lists for the menus, decor ideas, and gift giving with me when I head to my local Target is not only a great way to save time, but also a great way to save money when I take advantage of deals that Target will be offering this holiday season!




Here is some of the things that were shared with me for shoppers to look out for and take advantage of when you head to your local Target store this season:

New this year, Wondershop is a destination in stores and on Target.com where guests can find items for all their holiday tree trimming needs, including about 2,000 new products as well as seasonal guest favorites.

Also new this year, the Wonderlist online gift guide helps guests shop for the most important people in their life from a selection of 400 special products curated by personality type and interests of the gift recipient.

Guests will save on everything from décor to gifts with Target’s broad and simple seasonal promotions. Free shipping is back, extended through January 1, and 10 Days of Deals will return. And Target’s new promotions include a weekly offer to save $10 off a $50 purchase or $25 off a $100 purchase in various areas of the store.  

With more than 1,800 new or exclusive toys, the Garth Brooks 10-disc box set with exclusive tracks and so much more, gift givers will find inspiration in every aisle. And in December, Target will celebrate with guests by debuting an 8-minute musical story called The Toycracker – a modern retelling of the classic story The Nutcracker – during the network broadcast premiere of Frozen on ABC.


Celebrate National Cat Day with Personal Creations


When it comes to our families, we find that not every family is the same. We also find that when it comes to talking about our families, that in my home, we do not just talk about the people in our family, but include our fur babies in the line up as well. Along with including our fur babies like our cat Skye in the conversation when talking about family, we also like to celebrate those special occasions and capture them in pictures. So when I found out that Friday, October 28th is National Cat Day, I was excited to celebrate and also team up with Personal Creations to create a collage with photos of not only Skye but other members in our family!


Like many who will be dressing up their kids for Halloween, we will be celebrating with our fur babies as well by dressing up our dog Chloe and our cat Skye in fun costumes. We will also be marking those memories by capturing the moments with our fur babies as we celebrate. With cats, we find that they are not always the most photogenic, but they also are more independent than other pets might be. So having days like National Cat Day and Halloween allow us excuses to have fun with our cats and capture those memories.


With the line of photo gifts from Personal Creations, we can save those memories and add them to fun gifts. I found that after looking over the selection of photo gifts available at Personal Creations, I decided that the From the Heart Photo Canvas was very fitting for adding some of the family photos we had along with the very adorable one of our cat Skye dressed in his costume for Halloween. For this creation I picked 10 photos to use, added them to the collage, then I was able to personalize the collage and choose the background color. After my creation was completed and mailed to me, I was very pleased with the outcome and find that heading to places like Personal Creations is great for saving those memories like when we celebrate National Cat Day and Halloween with our fur babies!

So as you capture those moments like when you celebrate National Cat Day and Halloween with your cats, be sure to then head over to Personal Creations where you can create your own photo gifts to have and display in your home!






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

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Holiday Gift Ideas: Roominate by PlayMonster

We were sent product and compensated for our time through a partnership with PlayMonster through the PR. All opinions are our own. 

The holiday shopping season will be going into full swing before we know it and for me and many others that means now is the time to get those lists of must have gifts together. Like many young ladies who enjoy building and creating things, my daughter Estrella loves finding the toys that encourage building and imagination as well as those products geared towards STEM learning. So when we were given the chance to review some of the products from the Roominate line of toys from PlayMonster, we were excited to check them out and add them to our list of holiday gift ideas! You can watch Estrella's view review on the Roominate products in the video below!



You can find the Roominate products from PlayMonster at Walmart stores!






Saturday, October 22, 2016

#Giveaway Holiday Gift Ideas: Jumbo Stickers for Little Hands Books


When it comes to finding great gifts to give over the holidays, I like to seek out the gifts that are fun and engaging for my kids. To achieve that, I seek out the gifts that offer a interactive aspect or a way to let their artistic juices flow. I also like to find the gifts that each of my kids might enjoy, which can be as different as night and day when it comes to their interests. So when we were sent some of the Jumbo Stickers for Little Hands books to review, I was excited to check them out and add them to my list of great gift ideas for kids!


With these sticker books, your little ones get 75 stickers that can be applied to the various scenes that are on the pages of the books. The stickers are big, which are great for little hands, and are vinyl, allowing the stickers to be used over and over again so the kids can change up scenes and also use the stickers on the different pages in their books.

Then when it comes to imagination, well the sky is the limit, literally, like when the kids put a horse up a tree or a pig in the sky! They can also change out the stickers from each book, putting a turkey in the jungle and a lion on the farm. I like that with the Jumbo Stickers for Little Hands books, that they offer hours of fun, allowing little ones to create over and over again whether we are at home or on the go. I also found that if the kids choose to do so, we can take the pages out so that we can hang up their scenes on the walls in their rooms and play areas! Making the Jumbo Stickers for Little Hands Books from Quarto Knows, a great choice to go with when you are seeking fun, interactive books to get your little ones this holiday season! And to help with the holiday shopping the wonderful people from Quarto Knows would like to give one of my amazing readers their own Jumbo Stickers for Little Hands Books!




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

Help Boost Your Kids Immune Systems this Cold and Flu Season with MegaFood Nutrient Booster Powders


The weather is cooling down, the kids are back in school and when it comes to the season, we find that the cold and flu viruses can become a issue. As a parent, I like to find the products that can help with not only offering my kids the vitamins they might be needing to stay healthy, but also find ways to help boost their immune systems when they need it most like during the cold and flu seasons. So when we were sent some of the products from the MegaFood Nutrient Booster Powders line up to review, I was excited to check out the products and share them with my kids.

The MegaFood Nutrient Booster Powders are a way for me to provide my kids with a daily vitamin intake as well as give them the little extra they might need to help boost their immune systems. The powders are simple to put together and serve by just adding the scoops to cups of water, which I can do in the mornings before school or after the kids get home from school. I can also add these powders to more than just a cup of water as well, by adding them to food items like when I make pancakes for the kids in the mornings or adding them to a afternoon snack.

The MegaFood Nutrient Booster Powders for kids include the Kids Daily Multi which promotes well-being and healthy development, with organic turmeric, carrots, fresh fruits and 23 essential vitamins and minerals per serving. Kids Daily Immune is made from oranges from Uncle Matt’s Organic and elderberry & echinacea, which are great to help make and strengthen a healthy immune system. Then with the Kids Daily B-Centered, we get a mix that contains Lundberg Family Farms organic brown rice, which helps to give daily support for mental focus, cognitive function, and a sense of calmness. Which in all makes the MegaFood Nutrient Booster Powders for kid a great selection to have in the home to help your kids stay healthy, especially during the cold and flu season!





I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com), 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 honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.

Friday, October 21, 2016

#Giveaway Holiday Prep: Keep Pests Away with Stay Away


With the weather getting colder and the holiday prep getting underway, we find that aside from our families coming indoors to keep warm that others might seek the comfort of our homes as well. Now I am not talking about that one Aunt who comes over to talk and drink wine, I am talking about those little ants, spiders, rodents and more who seek out the warmth of our homes when the weather gets colder. Like many who do not want to share their living space with uninvited guests this coming holiday season, I find that I like to seek out products that can help to keep those pests away. The thing is, like many who have kids and pets, I look for those products that offer a safer solution, allowing me to have an effective repellent that is non toxic. So when I was sent a Stay Away Starter Kit to review, I was curious to see how it would work and share it as a must have to have in the home as you prepare for colder weather and the holidays!

With the Stay Away Starter Kit, you get a great selection of pest repellents that are geared at keeping away specific pests in a natural way. In fact, Stay Away is the first natural pest prevention line made entirely of essential oils and plant fiber. Giving you a solution to pest problems and prevention tools that are not only natural but that also smell good too. These natural pest control products are from the earthkind collection, which gives you a selection of products to help keep your home free of unwanted pests (not guests). I can really appreciate the scents and the ease of set up and use, allowing me to hang the satchels where they are needed and not having to worry about any mess.

Then when it comes to the amount of use you can get from one satchel, I like that they are made to last between 30 and 60 days. I can also use them in various rooms, doorways, and even closet spaces, allowing me to get the most use and effectiveness out of the Stay Away products! Which in all, makes the Stay Away Starter Kit a great kit to go with and add to your cold weather and holiday preparations so you can keep those unwanted pests like spiders and rodents, out of your home! And to help with prepping your home for the colder weather and holidays, the wonderful people from earthkind would like to give one of my amazing readers their own Stay Away products!





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

Brand-new Peppa Pig Coming to Nick Jr. on Sunday

The fall is here, the pumpkins are ready for the picking, and like many when it comes to the festivities, we enjoy finding and sharing some of our favorite shows that are great for watching while we prepare! So this Sunday, we will be tuning in to watch the brand new Peppa Pig episode that will air on Nick Jr!



The Pumpkin Party "peppasode" is going to have a fun extended story where everyone comes in costume and prepares for Halloween fun! You can too when you tune in this Sunday at 7pm ET and share some of the downloads that are available at the Peppa Pig site with your Peppa Pig fans!





Help Your Kids Do Their Best with K5 Learning


With the schools back in session and the kids striving to do their best, as a parent, I like to have tools in the home to help my kids out with their schooling. I have found that with kids, they each learn at their own paces and in their own ways. So to help my kids in the home, I seek out items such as workbooks and flashcards like the ones I can find through K5 Learning.


I found that after looking over the available workbooks and flashcards, that I was able to get the tools I needed for my kids to help them do their best. I was able to find various workbooks for the different subjects at my kids schools and also for the different levels of learning. I was very pleased to come across the various bundles as well, allowing me to get my son who is in 3rd grade a great selection of reading comprehension workbooks and my daughter who is having issues in math a workbook that can help her at home with ratios, proportions and problem solving. In fact, when it comes to the various subjects and learning levels, I was pleased to find a little something for each of my kids, including my preschooler who is learning how to read through phonics!



Then when it comes to the ease of purchasing and use with each of the products that you can find at K5 Learning, I liked that with after the purchases that the workbooks and flashcards came in downloadable files. Giving me PDF files that I was able to save to my computer so that we can reference the various worksheets that we have gone over anytime, and even reprint to try them again if needed. Making the workbooks and flash cards that you can find for your kids at K5 Learning, the tools you might be needing to help your kids succeed when it comes to their education!




Product received, thank you to K5 Learning and the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.

Keep Little Ones Warm with baby deedee


The weather is cooling down and the nights are getting colder and with that I find that I like to seek out those bedding items that can help to keep my little ones warm. For me, I like to shop for bedding from the companies that I know and trust, that I had used with my babies. So when we were sent a baby deedee Sleep Quilt to review, I was excited to share it with my preschooler and also add it to my list of bedding items to have in the home for those colder nights.


Like the sleep sacks that we have used for baby from the baby deedee line up, the Sleep Quilt helps to keep little ones warm and cozy at night. The Sleep Quilt helps to eliminate the need for a top sheet and is bigger than the traditional toddler bedding quilts that are out there, giving little ones more coverage at night. I also like that when it comes to keeping warm that it has a soft jersey lining with a plush filling, which my little guy really likes!


Then when it comes to the care and washing aspect, I like that the baby deedee Sleep Quilt is made from a soft Indian cotton and is washing machine friendly. Making the Sleep Quilt a great piece of bedding to have in the home to help keep little ones warm at night.



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

Thursday, October 20, 2016

#Giveaway Holiday Meals: Debbie Meyer Kitchen Products


The colder weather is upon us, the holidays are in the near future, and like many I find that I am seeking out those slow cooker meals and creating those holiday menus. Aside from the meals and putting together those menus for when holiday guests arrive, I also like to seek out the items that will make the cooking and prep both before and after the meals a little easier. So when I was sent a selection of the Debbie Meyer products to review, I was excited to check them out and add them to my list of kitchen helpers for the holidays.

To get started when it comes to the colder weather, I enjoy coming up with those slow cooker meals for my family. The thing is, when it comes to the clean up, it can be quite a chore so having the Debbie Meyer Slow Cooker Liners can help to make the clean up as well as the cooking process a lot easier on me and my cooker. The liners are simple to set up and they help to reduce the wear and tear that can happen when you use your slow cooker for those meals on a regular basis like I do. I also like that with the liners, that after a meal is done being served, I can then take the liner out and put the leftovers in the Debbie Meyer GreenBoxes!

I find that having the Debbie Meyer GreenBoxes in the kitchen can not only be great for storing those left overs in after a big meal, I like that with these boxes, aside from storing those leftovers, that I can also store produce, baked goods and more and extend the life of our foods. The containers are proven to extend the life of foods, and are BPA free, and when I have them on the shelves when they are not in use, they are easy to stack as well.

Then when it comes to other storage of produce and baked goods both in and out of the fridge, I found the Debbie Meyer GreenBags are great for that as well. Allowing me to extend the life of many of our grocery items, which can really come in handy over the holiday season for menu planning and when you have holiday guests coming. Making the Debbie Meyer line up of kitchen products a great selection to have in the kitchen this season, and to help with the cooking and storing of foods in your kitchen, the wonderful people from Pfaltzgraff would like to give one of my amazing readers their own Debbie Meyer prize pack!








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

Holiday Gift Ideas: InstaShiatsu+ from TruMedic


When it comes to the hustle and bustle of the holidays, many of us find that it can all be a bit stressful. I mean we plan out those shopping lists, menus, and guest accommodations then find that we want to have everything go smoothly, which can leave us feeling the stress of it all really take a toll on our bodies. With that, when I seek out those gifts to give that will get some use and come in handy, I like to think about what my recipients might really appreciate. So when I was sent a InstaShiatsu+ from TruMedic to review, I was excited to check it out and add it to my list of great holiday gift ideas!

With the InstaShiatsu+, you get a neck and back massager that also has heat which is great to help you get the most of the massage experience. I like that it is designed to be worn on not only the neck but also on various places of the back and body as well, allowing you to get more of a full body massage that you might be needing. This allows you to get relief from the aches and pains you can get from a day of shopping and running for those sales, from the stress of the holiday prep, or from being on your feet then serving those big holiday meals. I also like that this massager is cordless and has a rechargeable battery and with the deep kneading shiatsu massage, you can get the massage you might be needing just about anywhere!



The levels of massage are adjustable, which allows you to choose the amount of intensity while using this massager. Then with the heat aspect, you can turn it on or off, taking your massage to a whole new level, giving you a massage experience that is like having your own personal massage therapist. Making the InstaShiatsu+ from TruMedic a great massage product to have in any home and also a great gift to give this holiday season!




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

Holiday Entertainment:Family Shows on DVD


With the holiday season coming up, I find that we enjoy seeking out those family friendly shows and movies to add to our lists of family movie night favorites. So when we were sent a selection of family friendly shows on DVD, the kids and I were excited to check them out and add to our list of shows to watch during our family movie nights this season!

To get started, we found the DVD, Caillou the Courageous to be a great addition to add to our collection of Caillou DVDs! In this DVD we get 60 minutes of shows to watch that are about facing those fears and finding that not everything is as scary as we might think. The episodes include the following:

Caillou Climbs
Mommy takes Caillou and Clementine to an indoor rock climbing wall, but Caillou doesn’t want to give it a try. It’s much too intimidating! Caillou overcomes his fear by literally taking things one step at a time. 

The Spider Issue
After looking at a spider alien comic book with his older pal, Andre, Caillou becomes afraid of spiders. He’s nervous around the house, until Daddy tells him some spider facts and shows him how cool spiders can really be...and Caillou has to agree; they ARE pretty cool! 

Caillou Roller Skates
Caillou wants to learn how to roller skate...until he realizes roller skating is very difficult. With a little help and guidance from his friend, Daniel, Caillou decides to keep practicing, so his skills will improve – just like Daniel’s did! 

Caillou’s Shadow
Caillou likes it when Miss Martin calls him a “shadow scientist”...so much so, he’s afraid to admit he doesn’t know everything about shadows. When Caillou’s curiosity gets the better of him, he learns it’s much easier to find the answers you’re looking for when you ask questions. 

Say Lettuce!
Caillou wants to take a picture of a bunny rabbit in Grandma’s garden, but it proves a harder task then he originally thought. With a little perseverance (and a little lettuce from the garden) he finally sees the task through to the end – and gets a photo he’s proud of!

You’re Not Miss Martin!
Caillou isn’t too happy when Miss Martin is away and his preschool class has a substitute teacher – Mrs. Shelley. She does everything differently and isn’t familiar with the usual routines. When Caillou tries to see things from Mrs. Shelley’s perspective, he decides to give her another chance...only to realize how wonderful Mrs. Shelley really is...even if she isn’t Miss Martin.

Cailloodles
Jeffrey and Jason are having fun making up silly names for their classmates. But they don’t realize they’re hurting others’ feelings. Caillou isn’t sure what to do – until a chat with Daddy inspires him to speak up and tell Jeffrey and Jason how he feels. When the twins realize their jokes aren’t funny to everyone, they decide to stick to calling only each other silly names. 


Along with this DVD we were also sent 2 Kate and Mim Mim DVD's that are also great shows to add to our list of holiday faves! The first one is called, The Mimiloo Zoo, where you get over 60 minutes of adventures and fun with that adorable Kate, Mim Mim and their friends! Together they encounter some pretty amazing creatures. In this DVD you get the following episodes:

The Mimiloo Zoo
Kate’s family trip to the zoo is canceled when it starts raining. In Mimiloo, Kate and Mim-Mim help their pals make animals out of bushes. But after two spritzes from Gobble’s presto potion, the animals come alive, and things quickly get a little too wild!

“Kate’s Turtle Drive
When Kate’s ant farm breaks, she wonders how to get the ants back in their home. In Mimiloo, Lily has found hatching humming turtle eggs! Cowgirl Kate must find a way to round up the baby humming turtles and lead them to their mama in the Singing Seas.

Lily and the Unicorn
Kate is looking for fireflies, but they keep flying away without lighting up. In Mimiloo, Kate, Mim-Mim, and Tack’s Sniffer Finder, a rambunctious robot dog, help Lily look for her favorite magical animal, a unicorn, by tracking its favorite food – shimmer flowers!

To Catch a Critter
Enchanted by its hopping, Kate captures a grasshopper, but as soon as it’s in the jar, it stands still. In Mimiloo, Kate and Mim-Mim help Lily and Boomer try to capture some amazing new Mimiloo critters to learn all about them.

Follow the Leader
A bird has flown into Kate’s house, and Kate has an idea to get it out – but her parents can’t hear her over the commotion. In Mimiloo, a group of lemmings are in trouble and decide that Mim-Mim is their leader. They ask him to find them a new home – but a soft-spoken little lemming has a great idea herself!

Kittens & Mittens
While Kate and Mom are looking after a box of kittens, the box tips and they run all over the house. In Mimiloo, a flurry of mitty kats have overtaken Lily and Boomer’s house! Kate cleverly spots something they can use to round up the mitty kats and lead them home to the Winter Waterfalls.

Then to help bring in that holiday spirit to our family movie nights, we found the DVD, Kate and Mim Mim A Christmas Wish, to be a great addition! In this DVD you get some great episodes that include holiday themed adventures! You get the following 3 episodes along with a bonus music video:

 A Christmas Wish (extended adventure)
It’s a stormy Christmas Eve and Kate worries that Dad won’t get home in time to put the star on the Christmas tree. In Mimiloo, Kate tells her friends all about Christmas, and everyone is excited to send a wish to Santa Claus. But when Tack’s letter launcher malfunctions, it looks like Christmas will be ruined!

Snow Bowling
Kate wants to build a snow fort, but there isn’t enough snow in the yard. In Mimiloo, Kate and her friends go snow bowling in the Winter Waterfalls. They use snowballs as bowling balls and snowmen for the pins. But when the gang slides down into an ice cave, Kate will have to think creatively to help them escape.

Chilly the Snowman
Kate’s sad because her snowman is melting! In Mimiloo, it is a sweltering hot day so Kate, Mim-Mim, and their friends head to the Winter Waterfalls to cool down – only to find that all the ice is melting! To re-freeze the waterfalls, Kate will have to find Chilly the snowman who keeps the Winter Waterfalls cold, snowy, and frozen.


Which in all, makes these 3 DVD's great additions to add to your lists of family favorites to watch this season! 




Product received, thank you to Public Media Distribution, PBS Distribution and the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.