Mommy Katie: 2017

Monday, July 24, 2017

#Giveaway SONGMICS Coat Rack Purse Rack Hall Tree


When it comes to organizing the home and finding ways to keep it from looking too cluttered, I find that I enjoy adding those home pieces that help to organize and give me the decorative solutions that I seek. Like many, we have a collection of jackets, purses, and umbrellas in my home, but the thing is, even with the summer weather upon us, I find that when it comes to living in the PNW, that the weather is milder than other places and it rains more than other places as well. With that said, in those mornings where we wake up to weather in the 50's, we find that having those jackets handy is a must, and unlike many where the jackets are put away until the cooler weather returns, we have ours out year round. So, in order to keep from jackets getting thrown around on the backs of chairs or in the closet, I have found that having a coat rack is a must, and with the SONGMICS Coat Rack Purse Rack Hall Tree with 14 Rotating Plastic Hooks, I can get the coat rack we need that has plenty of hooks available for everyone to hang their items on in my home.



When the coat rack arrived, I was eager to get it put together and begin using it to help organize my home. I found the assembly to be very simple, and within 5-10 minutes after opening the box, I had the SONGMICS Coat Rack Purse Rack Hall Tree all set up! From there, I found that with the hooks on the top along with the other 6 that go along the body, that I could find spots to hang not only everyone's jackets, but also mine and my daughter's purses, some backpacks and even an umbrella!

The look is also very nice with the espresso coloring allowing it to go nicely with other pieces in the home and I like the size, which allows me to place it in various places around my house as I please. Another plus that I like is that I can remove or reset the hooks as needed by simply taking them off and on or by sliding the bottom 6 off and on as needed. Then when it comes to moving the rack around, I found that this coat rack is light weight, so when I do need to move it, I can do it with ease. Making the SONGMICS Coat Rack Purse Rack Hall Tree a great piece to add to any home when you are seeking a great home organizational solution for hanging those jackets, purses, backpacks and more on! And to help with organizing your home with a functional and decorative piece, the wonderful people from SONGMICS would like to give one of my amazing readers their own SONGMICS Coat Rack Purse Rack Hall Tree!





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

The Crowns of Croswald


When it comes to the summer and finding ways to beat that dreaded summer brain drain, I find that as a parent, that I like to seek out not just the activities to help keep the kids engaged but also the books as well. For me, this is something that I not only do when we head out to the bookstores or go online to seek out new books to read, but that my kids also enjoy doing. And with each of my kids, I know that they not only enjoy different genres but also have different tastes in the levels of reading due to the various ages in my home. So when we were sent the new book, The Crowns of Croswald by D.E. Night, I was excited to share it with my teen so that she could add it to her summer reading list!

In the book, The Crowns of Croswald, you get a story that takes you into the world of magic, where you have a kingdom that has a evil ruler. Kids in this world attend a school of magic called Halls of Ivy, where the kids learn to master their powers along with learning about the powers that the gems of Croswald have. And like many kids in this magical world, a young lady named Ivy finds herself with powers that she learns to master when she enrolls in the magical school.

Ivy is a child who is not only magical, but who is unique in a few different ways. This includes the fact that she is a orphan, who was treated badly and finds herself living on the streets after being thrown out of the castle she both served and grew up in. Along with her being alone, Ivy finds that her powers are strong, and that she is unique, and as she learns more about her powers, finds that she might be the one who can save Croswald from the evil that rules over the people.

Estrella has found this fantasy book to be one that she has enjoyed reading, and a book that she has been sharing with her friends as well. She liked how the story really grabbed her attention, and included characters that she could relate to with having them being of similar age to my daughter. She also liked how it is similar to the Harry Potter series that she has enjoyed reading, taking her to a magical world. Making the new book, The Crowns of Croswald by D.E. Night a book that will make a great one to add to your middle schoolers reading list!

You can find, The Crowns of Croswald on Amazon or Goodreads today.



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

Appetite Control with LOVIDIA



When it comes to our day to day lives, as a mom I find that the meals and snacks I might go with might not always be the right choice. I also find that there are times where I will eat more than I had initially intended. This then leads to that weight gain that unlike it was 10 years ago, does not go away like I wish it would. So having products like LOVIDIA on hand, helps to not only control my appetite but also helps with reaching those weight loss goals I set for myself.


It does this by controlling the hunger urges I get throughout the day, and when I go to eat my meals and snacks, controls the hunger so I do not have a large appetite and end up eating too much. In hand this allows me to eat less, gain that self control over what I am eating and how much I eat, and find more energy to loose the weight! In fact, when you add LOVIDIA to your daily life, even as a busy mom who thinks they do not have time to diet, well LOVIDIA can help with that as well when you use the LOVIDIA app along with the program.

The app reminds you when to take LOVIDIA, gives you great tips which include recipes that are geared towards helping with those goals. You can also track your weight, and even get great health and lifestyle tips as well as much more! Making the choice to add LOVIDIA to your daily life, a choice that is sure to help you make the changes you want to, and reach those weight loss goals!






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

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Childproof Your Electrical Outlets


Having your home be a safe place for your kids is the most important thing you can do as a homeowner and a parent. That’s why people childproof their homes. If you haven’t done this before, it is a good idea to do it as soon as possible. This article focuses on childproofing electrical outlets.
If you are not an electrician, you shouldn’t be dealing with electrical installations either. Find a licensed electrician to do all your electrical works. Experts at Patriot Electric & Generator Service explain why it is important in this article http://patriotelectric.biz/why-choose-licensed-electrician-orange-county-ny/.
Even though the electrician should be doing all the electrical works, you still need to know what needs to be done to keep your home safe for kids.

Tamper-Proof Outlets

The best place to start is your outlets. If your home is a bit older, chances are that it has regular outlets installed. Newer homes are usually already equipped with these. It is easy to check if you have these. Look at an outlet. If the two slits where the plug goes are just holes, your outlet is not tamper-proof, and therefore not safe for your kids.
Tamperproof outlets have plastic covers which prevent anything other than electrical appliances to be pushed into them. That way, your kid playing around cannot accidentally electrocute themselves.

Sliding Outlets

These are handy because they are fairly easy to use, and they don’t require much effort to install either. Essentially, they look like normal outlets, but the part which lets you plug your appliances in needs to be slid to one side in order to reach the electrical grid. The problem with these is that kids can easily figure out how they work, so they are only effective for a short time.

Outlet Caps

If there are outlets which you don’t use as often, you can close them up with outlet caps. These small plastic caps fit perfectly into the holes of regular outlets and cannot be taken out without some effort or skill, neither of which your child can muster at a young age. You could get them for all of your outlets, but it is a drag to constantly put them in and out of the outlets when you use them. And you could even forget to replace them after you’re done using the outlet.

Occupied Outlets

Just because an outlet is occupied, it doesn’t mean it is safe for kids. Some chords are surprisingly easy to unplug, even for a child. So, you may want to protect those as well. There are easy-to-mount outlet covers which are easy enough for you to easily put them on or take them off, but sturdy enough to keep your kids from messing with them.

Power Strips

With more and more electrical devices in our home, a lot of us use power strips. However, these devices are just a bunch of outlets in one place, therefore unsafe for kids. Fortunately, just like with outlets, you can use outlet caps or specialized power strip covers. These covers slide on top of the power strip and need to be moved in order to be able to use the outlet.
New parents have a lot of things to learn and start seeing everything just a bit differently. Even a plain electrical outlet is a potential hazard for a young child and needs to be taken seriously.

You can contact Patriot Electric & Generator Service at
400 NY-17M suite #4, Monroe, NY 10950, USA
845-576-6700





Thursday, July 20, 2017

#Giveaway Individualized Artisan-Style Pizza for the Family at MOD Pizza



When it comes to finding restaurants to head to when we are out and about with the family, I find that I like to seek out the options that offer choices and that also offer fast service. I do this because for one, when it comes to my kids, I have learned that each one is very different in their likes and dislikes. And for two, when we go out with the kids for lunch or even dinner while we are out and about, they do not like to sit and wait for long periods of time to eat. So heading to places like MOD Pizza is always a yes when we name off places to go to when everyone is hungry! 


See when we go to any one of our local MOD Pizza locations, we can not only get a taste of our beloved Seattle based Artisan-style pizza, but we can customize each pizza that we order so everyone gets what they want. This helps to eliminate the fight over toppings, and gives the kids a fun experience each time we go in as they choose their sauces or sauce mixes, which toppings they want, and even finish the process by enjoying some of the fresh lemonades they offer! The kids also like that after ordering, getting their drinks and finding a table, they can watch as their pizzas are placed in the fired oven, and within just a few minutes,  they are ready to be served!

Then when it comes to why as a parent I enjoy heading to MOD Pizza with the family other than the choices of toppings and speed of service, I can appreciate that the dough is pressed daily, the vegetables are roasted there, and the ingredients are quality ingredients that make MOD Pizza really stand out from the rest. And if that is not enough, the prices are also made to be very family friendly, where we can go in and get everyone a full meal, to where everyone is satisfied without breaking the bank. Making the choice to add MOD Pizza to our list of family favorite dining choices, one that my entire family and I can really appreciate! And to help with giving you and your family a taste of that individualized Artisan-style pizza, I will be giving one of my amazing readers a $25 gift card to MOD Pizza!!!







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

Celebrate National Ice Cream Month with Baskin Robbins


When it comes to the summer time fun that we enjoy, we find that we also like to add some of those sweet cold treats to the mix. We do this by heading to Baskin Robbins, where we can find a variety of flavors and treats that are sure to satisfy all of the different likes in my house. And when we heard that July is National Ice Cream Month, we fount that it is the perfect time to head to our local Baskin Robbins and celebrate with sweet treats!


See this month when we head to Baskin Robbins, we can not only enjoy some of the many sweet ice cream treats that include the cookie sandwiches, milk shakes, sundaes and cones, but also check out others like the ice cream of the month and the new Mint Chocolate Chip Polar Pizza! With the Polar Pizzas, we can pick from the selection or create our own, and get a treat that we can customize during those hot days by choosing a ice cream along with toppings, and even pick the cookie crust. The Polar Pizzas also offer us a very shareable treat that everyone can enjoy, allowing us to cool down on those hot summer days with a sweet treat! Which in all, makes the choice to head to Baskin Robbins as we celebrate National Ice Cream Month, a choice that my whole family can appreciate!




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

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Bath Time Fun with Crazy Foam


When it comes to those bath times in my house, we like to ensure that our kids not only have the bathing products they need but also make those products fun. We do this because like many kids, mine look at bath time as a time to not only get clean but also a time to play in the water. And like many parents with kids who like to play during bath times, we like to seek out the bathing products that have some of their favorite characters incorporated in them. So when we were sent 2 of the newest collections from the Crazy Foam line up, I was excited to share them with my kids and add them to our bath time routines!


These two new collections include the characters from My Little Pony and Transformers, which are both character collections that my kids like! I also like that when we add the products from Crazy Foam to our bathrooms, that the kids can not only have fun with the Crazy Foam in the tub, but also use them for when in the shower or when washing their hands. So if you have kids who are Transformers or My Little Pony fans, be sure to add some Crazy Foam to your bath times and kids bathrooms today!



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

Pretzel Dogs Available for a Limited Time at Sonic


When it comes to those on the go fast meals and snacks that we seek out, I find that I like to head to those places over the summer that offer both the cold treats along with a variety of food options. And like many, I find that heading to my local Sonic Drive In allows us to find the varieties we seek. So when we were told about the Pretzel Dogs that are now at Sonic, we were curious to check them out and share about them with our readers! 


See right now for a limited time, when you head to your local Sonic, you can pick up a classic summer favorite that has been reinvented when you grab one of the Pretzel Dogs! The Pretzel Dogs are not only a favorite of mine, but a favorite of many fans as well, and they make for a great grab and go snack or meal when you pair one with a side and a drink! And when you head to Sonic to pick up your Pretzel Dogs before they are gone, you can choose from two flavors which include the Original that is topped with mustard or the Cheesy Bacon Pretzel Dog that comes topped with melty cheese, crispy bacon and grilled onions! Making that summer classic with the Pretzel Dog one that you do not want to miss, and one that is sure to have you going back for more.



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

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

#Giveaway My Little Veterinarian Kit from Little Medical School


When it comes to little ones, as a parent, I find those imaginations to be fascinating. It amazes me to watch as my kids can take simple toys and create their own scenarios with those toys. I also find that as a parent, I like to seek out the toys and products that can help to feed those imaginations and watch as their playtime goes to all new levels! And like many kids, mine enjoy playing with the role play products and enjoy taking their play to new levels by pretending to take on a variety of careers. So when we were sent the My Little Veterinarian Kit from the Little Medical School, I was excited to share it with my preschooler and watch his imagination soar!


With the My Little Veterinarian Kit from the line up of fun medical school inspired kits from Little Medical School, my preschooler can play like he is a real veterinarian student in school with the tools that are provided. These tools are ones that offer him fun activities that allow him to explore the world of medicine, science, health and taking care of pets. The kit includes:

Little Medical School White Coat
Student Doctor ID Badge
Adoption Certificate
Plush Dog with Bandana
Markers
Tape Measure
Pet Assessment Form
Modeling Dough
Dog Bone Cookie Cutter
Recipe Card
Tweezers
Tick Removal Stickers
Plastic Bag
Gloves
Diploma
Workbook



Then when it comes to the role play, I like that my little pet doctor can dress up like a real veterinarian student in the lab coat that is included, use the gloves as he conducts exams, and give the cute puppy stuffed animal a clean bill of health when he is done treating him! In fact, when it comes to the lab coat that is included in the kit, I like that we can start his play by holding a Veterinary School Ceremony, where we can put his lab coat on him as he begins the school like activities, just like with a real med school ceremony! I also like that once he has taken the initial med school pledge to begin the road to learning how to be a veterinarian, the activities he can do are ones that teach him along the way. Once he has completed all of the activities, he can then graduate the Little Medical School and not only recite the oath but receive a fun diploma as well! Making the choice to add the fun kits like the My Little Veterinarian Kit from the selection at Little Medical School, a choice that both you and your little ones are sure to appreciate! And to help with getting your little ones ready for med school, the wonderful people from Little Medical School would like to give one of my amazing readers their own Little Medical School kit!





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

Cars 3: Driven to Win for XBOX ONE



When it comes to the summer and our family nights, we find that we have a little more time to enjoy that time together. This is because unlike during the school year, our bed times are a little later, allowing those family nights to last longer than at other times of the year. With that said, I find that when we have our family game nights, that we have the time to check out multiple games or add those video games the kids love to the mix where we can have fun competitions together. So when we were sent the game, Car 3: Driven to Win for our XBOX One to review, we were very excited to check it out and add it to our family game night!


With the game, Cars 3: Driven to Win you get a fun family friendly driving competition game that can be played with one or multiple players. The game picks up right where the Cars 3 movie left off, allowing you and your kids to test your skills and battle it out on the racetracks! For each game you can choose the character to go with from the 20 characters, which skill level you want to go with, along with the track you want to take on! The characters are not only the ones you see in the movie, but they are also customizable, allowing you to get a more personal approach when choosing a character to race with.



Then when it comes to the tracks, there are 20 to choose from, and on each track you collect fun power modes that can be used to up your racing game! Making the choice to add the new game, Cars 3: Driven to Win to your next family game night one that you and your kids are sure to enjoy!.






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

LEGO Worlds for XBOX One


With the kids home for the summer and parents like myself seeking out things for them to do, I find that along with the adventures we enjoy going on, that I also like to add new games to our family game nights. This includes not only those board games I might come across but also the fun video games that we can play as well. So when we were given the chance to check out the new game, LEGO Worlds for our XBOX One, I was excited to add it to our family game night line up and see what the kids thought of the game.


In the game, LEGO Worlds, you and your kids can explore, discover and build your own worlds. The worlds you can create are all made of LEGO bricks, allowing the kids to use their imaginations to build whatever they might choose to do! Aside from the building of houses and other structures, the kids can also build mountains and use the landscaping tools to plant flowers, or discover live stock to create farms!



Then when it comes to the exploration and discovery, they can explore different worlds on helicopters, travel by rocket, dragons and more! As they go to the different lands and meet characters, they can assist the characters, earn gold, discover creatures, and other treasures that they can then use in building their own worlds. Which for us, has made the game, LEGO Worlds for our XBOX One, a game that is perfect for family game night fun and also a great game to add to your summer!





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

Top 7 Ideas for a Themed Kids’ Party


More often than not, children’s birthday parties are turning into an elaborate festivity with a variety of entertainment and food options. In recent years, a particular trend has been themed parties. This trend actually far exceeds just children’s birthday parties, as any party is greatly improved with a theme.
Apart from themed plates and cups and balloons and piñatas, your party is incomplete without face painting and/or tattoos for kids. The range of available themes depends on what you’re looking for, as well as where you are looking for. Some of the most sought after themes according to Google trends are listed below.

Marvel

Your kid loves Marvel movies? Great, throw them a Marvel-themed party, with a costumed animator to boot. There are numerous characters to choose from, but Spiderman and Iron Man are leading the pack. With the golden age of superhero movies, you can’t go wrong with this theme.

Disney

If superheroes aren’t to your kid’s liking, there aren’t many people who can say they don’t like Disney. Whether it’s the princesses or Star Wars you’re into, Disney is an everlasting source of inspiration. With the popularity of their recent hit Moana and the character of Maui, tribal tattoos are all the rage lately. Of course, the undisputed ruler of the Disney brand is Frozen, whose popularity does not wane even after several years.

Pokémon

The global phenomenon of Pokémon has been revitalized recently with the introduction of Pokémon Go, but its popularity with young audiences was never at question. Cute characters make for an ideal party theme, and the variety means that everyone will find something to identify with.

Animals

What kid doesn’t like animals? Whether we’re talking about cute butterflies and kittens or scary ones like dinosaurs and tigers, children are crazy about them. Plan your party around this theme for young children using the resources and ideas from the internet, or create your own.

Sports

At a certain age, a favorite sports team becomes an integral part of your child’s personality. Regardless of the sport, you can find a variety of ideas, materials and complete party sets to give your little sports fan a party to remember. Diehard sports fans will see the potential of the sports theme for any party. It doesn’t even have to be limited to a children’s birthday party. Watching your favorite sports team compete? Dress appropriately to show your support.

Stars and stripes forever

With the 4th of July fast approaching, you can show your patriotism with a themed party. Red, blue and white all over the place, as well as bald eagles and fireworks spell a traditional 4th of July party. You can spice things up with patriotic tattoo stickers for yourself and your kids.

Halloween


Moving away from just birthday parties, children are eager to celebrate a variety of festivities with themed parties. Probably the most elaborate of them is Halloween. The sheer amount of ideas and projects available online ensures that you can find the best fit for your child’s interests and liking. Everything from patio decorations to face paint and costumes can be made from scratch or bought online. 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Graco Modes™ Duo Stroller

This post is sponsored by Graco.


With the summer upon us, many of us with kids find that we are drawn to the outdoors. We head out to explore our neighborhoods, go on mini adventures, and enjoy the time in the sun. The thing is, when many of us head out with our kids, we might find that with the smaller ones, from the newborns up to the preschoolers, that they might not be able to keep up with all of the walking that our older children can do. And like many parents who have both a newborn and a preschooler along with older kids in the home, Heather finds that having the gear to accommodate both of her younger ones is a must have, especially when they all head out for a day at the park or a walk around the neighborhood. So when we were sent the Graco Modes™ Duo Stroller, I knew that Heather would be excited to check it out and put it to use as she enjoys taking on those adventures out with her kids! You can read Heather's review below.
I absolutely LOVE this stroller, I say this because it is very versatile and that's what makes it amazing! The seats can be put facing in, out, or both the same direction. You can also remove one seat for the toddler bench that is built in for them to sit or they can stand on the platform on the back. Along with the various seating options with the seats alone, you can also use 2 Graco Snugride Click Connect infant seats which would  be great for twins, making it very convenient as you don't have to transfer baby from car seat to stroller seat. For me personally, I find that this is the easiest double stroller I have ever used because you can change the position of seats in a matter of seconds. I use this on a daily basis as we go for walks at least twice a day, and I like that I can place Zoey either in the seat or when we are out, take the car seat and click it right in place without disturbing Miss Zoey!


When it comes to the other amazing features, I like that the large basket on the bottom can sure hold quite a bit of stuff when we go out to the beach and parks. It is very easy to fold with one hand to store or put in the car. Another added huge bonus for myself and my kids is 5 cup holders! Everyone has a place for their drink or for my son, he can collect the caterpillars that we find on walks. LOL The nice tall handle makes it easy on the back to push, easy to steer, and easy to maneuver pretty much anywhere. Some other added features are:

* Locking front swivel wheels for superior maneuverability
* Expertly designed, with extra wheels, to make taking turns easier
* One-step brakes make stopping, and going again, quick and easy
* Both front and rear seats hold up to 50 lbs
* Extra large storage basket holds your travel essentials
* Parent cup holder for on-the-go convenience
* Features two removable arm bars with two cupholders each
* Convertible 3 or 5 point harness grows with your child
* 27 riding options for two children from infant to youth
* Accepts two Graco® SnugRide® Click Connect™ Infant Car Seats
* Two removable, reclining seats can be positioned multiple ways
* Built-in bench seat gives your big kid a place to rest
* One-hand standing fold, folds with seats on or off


Then with 27 different riding positions, you are going to find a position that even the pickiest toddler will love to ride in. I can't say enough on how this has easily become my favorite. This stroller is going to see a lot of fun adventures with us this summer and beyond! So if you have little ones and find that you have a need for a double stroller, whether you have twins or two little ones that would benefit from having a double stroller like myself, then be sure to check out the Graco Modes™ Duo Stroller today!!!!







Wild Republics Huggers


When it comes to those birthdays and events where I am seeking out the gifts to give the kids, I find that I like to look for the products that have some of their favorite characters, animals, and creatures incorporated into them. I also find that when it comes to my preschooler, that along with the building and learning toys that he enjoys playing with, that he also likes his stuffed animal toys as well. He also likes having the stuffed toys that he can take with him when we go places, like the wearable backpacks, headphones, and other like toys. So when we were introduced to the new Wild Republic Huggers for a review, I was excited to check them out and share the Hugger we were sent with my preschooler!


With the Wild Republic Huggers, you get a variety of animals that you can choose from and collect. The Huggers are 8" soft stuffed animals that are very lovable and hug you back! They are safe for little ones to play with and use, and with the slap band that is inside each Hugger, the Hugger's can hug your wrists with a friendly grip! To get the Hugger's to wrap around your wrist, you just simply squeeze the Hugger's chest. I found the Wild Republic Huggers to be very adorable and a toy that my preschooler can not only wear on his wrist, but also attach to his backpack or bike, so that he can take his Hugger on any adventures that he goes on! Making the Wild Republic Huggers a great toy that is ready to go with your little ones as they explore and head out on those adventures.





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

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Math Fun For Little Ones with Zap Zap Kindergarten Math

This post was sponsored by Visual Math Interactive Sdn. Bhd.. All opinions are my own.



The summer is upon us and like many little ones who are looking forward to the new school year, mine are not only enjoying their summer but also combating summer brain drain at the same time. We do this by adding educational toys, games, and more into our summer that are both fun and that help to keep their minds going. For my preschooler, he finds that he is preparing for the year that he will be heading to Kindergarten, which for him is a big deal. It means getting to ride the bus with his big brother, going all day at the same school his brother goes to, and making all new friends while feeding his little mind with all new knowledge that his teachers will be teaching him as well. And as a mom who enjoys feeding those minds, especially over the summer months when the dreaded summer brain drain can be a issue, I find that I like to seek out not only the products that offer educational fun but also those apps as well. So when I was introduced to the app, Zap Zap Kindergarten Math, I was excited to download it to our phones and tablets and let my soon to be Kindergartener play it.


With Zap Zap Kindergarten Math, the first thing that stood out for us was the fun rocket ship that takes my preschooler on a learning adventure! The adventure starts right after we finished setting up his account, which was a very simple process. Once the app was ready, his rocket ship blasted off to the first destination, where he was eager to begin taking on the mission ahead.


The missions are all ones that are geared at keeping him engaged, where he first started out by counting up to 10, then leveled up into the learning of simple math. He found the adding and subtracting to be challenging, and a lot of fun, and as he completed each level he earned stars that he needed so that he could continue onto the next set of mathematical challenges!


Then when it comes to all that my preschooler can get when he plays the Zap Zap Kindergarten Math App, I like that it helps to give him confidence when counting, adding and subtracting. I also like that it takes the learning up a level with each completion, and that the leveling up is gradual which makes it simple for him to follow along with. Making the choice to add the Zap Zap Kindergarten Math App along with other games from Zap Zap Math to your summer or for anytime of the year when you have little ones in the home, one that both you and your kids are sure to appreciate and enjoy having!


You can download the app to your phone or tablet here:





#Giveaway CozyPhones: Fun Soft Fleece Headband Headphones for Kids


When it comes to music and taking that music the kids like on the go, we like to ensure that we all have headphones on hand. This allows the kids to listen to their favorite music, watch those videos, play their favorite apps and more without the issue of disturbing others. And with the travel we enjoy doing over the summer, both those road trips, as well as the vacations, I like to ensure that we have the products that offer comfort as well. So when we were introduced to the CozyPhones for a review, I was excited for my kids to check them out and also share our experience with the headphones with our readers.


First off, I must say that the kids version of the CozyPhones are pretty cute, allowing them to choose from a variety of animals and other creatures such as monsters and unicorns as the design they can go with. From there, I like that the headbands are both soft and stretchy, giving the kids headphones that they can wear and keep on even if they fall asleep while listening to music or watching a movie in the car.



Then when it comes to the use and care of the CozyPhones for the kids, I like that they do have a sound limit of 85 decibels, so that the kids do not turn them up too loud for their delicate ears. I also like that if the CozyPhones get dirty, we can easily wash them by removing the speakers and placing the fleece headbands in the wash. Which for me as a mom, makes the choice to have a selection of CozyPhones on hand for the kids to use at any time, a choice that is great for not only when we are traveling but for everyday use as well when they are listening to music, watching movies, or playing on apps! And to help with bringing the comfort that the CozyPhones offer for the kids when it comes to headphones to your home, we will be giving one of our amazing readers their own set of the CozyPhones for kids!





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

Thursday, July 13, 2017

#Giveaway My Gnome on the Roam

With the summer upon us, I find that my kids are constantly seeking that next adventure. From the days spent by the water as we enjoy our days in the sun, to those epic road trips and vacations we take as a family, the kids find adventure at every turn. With that said, I have always found myself in awe of their minds and imaginations, and as a mom, I am always seeking out fun products to help feed those imaginations. So when we were introduced to the Gnome on the Roam for a review, we were excited to check it out and add this adorable set along with the app to our summer adventures!


When our Gnome on the Roam arrived, we were excited to see that he came in his own suitcase, making it easy to pack him, the book and other items we might see fit as we head out to explore with the kids. The suitcase comes packed with a Gnome who is not only awaiting a name but also is a blank canvas for the kids to color and design as they please. Along with the Gnome we also got the My Gnome on the Roam storybook, a custom-made journal full of blank pages and a magical pen.

Then when it comes to the adventures to be had with our Gnome, we found that along with the book, we can utilize the app, which allows the entire family to interact as we explore together. The kids can also journal, draw and color what they find in the journal, and even share their adventures with others, and look back at the adventures they had over and over again! Making the My Gnome on the Roam a great choice to go with when seeking a way to engage those imaginations with not only the kids but with the entire family as you explore the world around you together. And to help with bringing the Gnome fun home for your own little ones to enjoy, the wonderful people from My Gnome on the Roam want to give one of my readers their own My Gnome on the Roam Kit!



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

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

#Giveaway Back to School with Bright Star Kids


It is hard to believe that our summers will come to an end soon, and the back to school season will be upon us before we know it. But it is true, and like many kids, mine have noticed the back to school sales going up when we head out to the stores. So to start preparing my kids for the new school year, I like to get a head start on things by not only stocking up on some of those back to school staple items, but also by getting the name labels and tags together as well like the ones we were sent from Bright Star Kids.

To get started with getting the kids ready via labels, I decided to go with the School Names Labels Value Kit. For this kit I designed one for my son Robert to use on his supplies for the new school year. I went with the football icon since he will be playing football again this year, then chose the colors he likes best which are of course the Seahawks colors. I found this kit to be ideal for starting the new school year off right because we can get over 190 labels that include not only the stick on labels but also the iron on labels as well, and all at an amazing price!


Then for my daughter, I went with the bag tag that she can attach to her backpack or gym bag this coming school year. Just like with the labels, I was able to personalize the bag tag as well, where I could choose the design and color then add her name to the tag. Making the choice to go with the labels and bag tags from Bright Star Kids one that is going to help get the new school year off to a great start! And you can too because the wonderful people from Bright Star Kids would like to give one of my amazing readers their own School Names Labels Value Kit. Also, you can get 25% off your order when you use code 25NAME at checkout.







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

Back to School with Elmer's Glue and Expo Dry Erase Markers

With the kids out for the summer break and enjoying the warm days, we find that it will not be long before it is time to get that back to school shopping done. Like many parents, I like to ensure that my kids have everything on their lists, and even though our summer seems like it just started, I find that now is a great time to get a head start on that back to school shopping. For me, as I start the back to school shopping, with or without those lists, I know that there are certain supplies that are staples. And to get a head start on my shopping, I like to pick up some of those items like the ones from the Elmer's Glue and Expo line ups. So when we were sent a variety of products from the Expo and Elmer's line up, I was glad to see the selections and also add them to my list of back to school shopping staples.

See, as a parent, I know that every year from Kindergarten up to the high school years, that the glue is a must have. And like many parents out there, I like to ensure that the kids have the glue products that are sure to help them with those projects both in class and at home through out the school year. So having both the clear glue sticks and bottles of glue from Elmer's is a must have in my book. I also found that with the new purple glue, that it is not only a fun glue to have for my teen to use, but one that my preschooler will enjoy having as we do those fun arts and crafts at home this year. I say this because with the new purple glue, it goes on purple so that we can see it when applying, then dries clear so that we know when it is dry. Giving my preschooler a fun way of knowing when his projects are done.

Then with the Expo Dry Erase Markers, I find that they are another staple that is not only on many of those back to school lists for the teachers, but a item that I like to use in the home for when we do homework. They have a low odor to the markers, and with this particular set, we can know when the ink is running low by keeping an eye on the new Ink Indicator! Making the choice to add both the products from Elmer's and Expo to our back to school shopping one that is sure to help the kids start the new year off right!


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

Himalaya Botanique Complete Care Toothpaste


When it comes to the household and those everyday supplies that we use, I like to ensure that we always have what we need on hand. I also like to seek out new varieties when it comes to certain toiletry items that my family is sure to enjoy and that offer more natural solutions. And with the new school year coming, like many, I want to ensure that when my kids head to school that they put their best foot and smile forward. So when we were sent a selection of toothpastes to try from the Himalaya Botanique Complete Care, I was curious to learn more about the products and brand and also see what my family thought of the products.


With the Himalaya Botanique Complete Care line of toothpastes, I like that there are 7 different flavor varieties to choose from which include both a basic line up of toothpastes along with a whitening collection. These flavor varieties include Whitening Complete Care Simply Peppermint, Whitening Complete Care Simply Mint, Complete Care Simply Peppermint, Simply Mint, Simply Cinnamon, Simply Spearmint and the Original Neem and Pomegranate toothpaste. Allowing everyone in my house to find a flavor they can enjoy using everyday!

Then when it comes to why the selection from the Himalaya Botanique Complete Care stand out from other brands out there, well first would have to be the fact that they are made to be free from harmful ingredients like Carrageenan, Fluoride, and SLS. In fact, when it comes to the ingredients that make this brand's line up impressive I would have to say that I like that they are gluten free, and that the foaming action you get when brushing helps to keep your mouth fresh all day, which is a huge plus for when sending the kids back to school as they make those new first impressions in the new school year. I also like that the ingredients offer a unique cleaning solution for the mouth and are organic, which include:

» Neem leaf cleans teeth and gives this formulation its sparkle. Neem is history’s original housekeeper and works to keep the mouth clean.
» Pomegranate an astringent fruit extract that helps support healthy looking gums.
» Triphala is a traditional detox formula in ancient Ayurveda composed of the three myrobalan fruits for clean teeth and a radiant smile.
» Not only is Xylitol a tooth-friendly sweetener, but it has also been clinically-studied to support good oral hygiene.
» Himalaya Botanique Whitening Complete Care Toothpaste contains Papain and Bromelain, the enzymes from papaya and pineapple, to help remove surface stains.
Making the choice to add the Himalaya Botanique Complete Care Toothpaste to my families daily routines, one that is sure to make an impression not only on themselves but as the kids head to school this coming school year! 



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.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

#Giveaway Go Back to School with Texas Instruments


It is hard to believe that the summer is here, and that many of us are already preparing for the new school year ahead, but it is true and with that I find that now is the time to start tackling those back to school shopping lists. Like many with teens who are going to school or even have those in college this year, we find that those shopping lists get more and more complicated. Leaving us as parents or even students ourselves, trying to seek out those tools such as the laptops, certain types of paper, and calculators that are required for the new school year. The thing is, when I go to look for those calculators, I find that with the specifics that are required for a calculator that I can feel lost trying to find the right ones. And as a parent who is not only a mom to a teen who needs a calculator but who is a student myself, I have found that turning to the selection of Texas Instruments is the way to go. So when we were sent the TI-84 Plus CE Graphing Calculator to review, I was very excited to check out the specifications and add it to our back to school shopping list.


See with the TI-84 Plus CE Graphing Calculator, we can get a calculator that is made for not just college math and science needs, but also for kids in middle and high school. This calculator has the graphing capabilities that are needed for class, and unlike others that are similar, this one is 30% lighter and thinner than others. Allowing us to have the tool we might be needing, minus the bulky aspect that we might not want, and giving myself and my teen a lightweight calculator that is easier to carry throughout the day and even to after school activities. Along with the design being lighter and thinner, I also like that with the graphics and memory, that we get 6 times the memory which allows us to store those vivid, full color graphics, images, and data all on one calculator. 

TI-84 Plus CE Specifications and Features:
· Screen size: 320 x 240 pixels (2.8" diagonal), Screen resolution: 140 DPI, 16-bit color
· Powered by a TI rechargeable battery
· 3 MB FLASH ROM memory for data archive and apps storage, 154 KB of available RAM memory · Additional technical specifications are available online at education.ti.com/84CE


Then when it comes to the look of the TI-84 Plus CE, I like that we can choose the ones that are suited to my teens style, allowing her to have the colors she likes when she picks from the bold new colors that are available. Giving her a calculator that not only meets the requirements her teachers have specified on those back to school shopping lists, but also one that fits her style! Which in all makes the choice to pick up the TI-84 Plus CE from the line up at Texas Instruments for your middle school, high school and even college students, one that you and your kids are sure to appreciate. And to help with completing those back to school shopping lists this year, the wonderful people from Texas Instruments would like to give one of my amazing readers their own TI-84 Plus CE!







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

Back to School with ZIPIT Grillz


The summer is here and the kids are enjoying the time off, but before we know it, it will be time to get those supply lists ready and head to the stores to prepare them for a new school year. Like many kids, mine enjoy going back to school shopping with me. This allows us to save time when we split up the lists and give everyone a job when seeking out those supplies needed, and also allows the kids to personalize their back to school gear by picking out the products that they need in the looks they want! And like many kids, when it comes to those products they need and finding them in the styles they want, we find that the backpacks they will be using is on the top of our list. So when we were sent a backpack from the ZIPIT Grillz collection, I was glad to check it off of our list and add it to my son's back to school collection.

See when we add the large backpack from the ZIPIT Grillz collection, we are not only marking the needed backpack off our shopping list, but my son is getting a backpack that gives him both style and attitude. There is a hood on the backpack that gives shade over the eyes a little, then with the shiny grin, my son gets a backpack that gives him a very unique look. He chose to go with the camo green, which gives him that military look that he and his friends all seem to like.



Then when it comes to the space and use that my son will get when he takes his ZIPIT Grillz Green backpack to school this coming year, I like that he will be able to carry all of his books, and supplies in it without any issues, and that material is a durable polyester that is made to last. I also like that his backpack is made to offer comfort with the padded straps, and with the material, we can machine wash if needed. Making the choice to add the ZIPIT Grillz Backpack to our back to school season, one that my son is sure to appreciate as he takes on a new year!


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

Must Have Summer Looks from Xehar Curvy

This post is sponsored by Xehar Curvy through their PR. All opinions are my own.


When it comes to the changing seasons, we find that we like to have the wardrobes that are made to help us look good as take advantage of the the different seasons. The thing is, when it comes to those fashions for the curvy girls, like myself, I find that coming across those looks is not as easy as I would like it to be. So as a curvy girl, I like to head to places like Xehar Curvy, where I can find those must have summer looks that I am after that are made for girls like myself!


See with the looks for summer that can be found at Xehar Curvy, I like that I can not only find the swimwear outfits that are perfect for heading to the beach in, but I can also find the day to day outfits, accessories and even shoes as well. These include both those day looks for when I head out with the girls for a day of shopping or exploring the city, along with those date night looks for when I head out for a date night with my husband. Giving me a range of clothes to choose from that are designed to not only fit the way I want them to, but also give my curves the attention they deserve so that I can feel good in the clothes I wear!


Then when it comes to the shopping and selection, I found that I can not only shop the various pieces that are available, but I like that I can shop the looks that I can find on the Xehar Curvy Instagram account, and even those must have runway looks that were found at the Xehar Curvy fashion show! Allowing me to seek out the looks, styles, and selections that are made for curvy girls like myself, so that we rock those fashions, flaunt our curves and self love all summer long!


So as you head out to find those must have fashions that are sure to flaunt those curves, be sure to go online and shop the selection at Xehar Curvy, where you can not only look over the selections available, but shop the looks you find on their Instagram and Fashion Show! Also be sure to get your $10 off by clicking here or on the picture above!