Mommy Katie: June 2017

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Despicable Me 3 in Theaters Friday June 30th!

This post is in partnership with Universal Pictures.


When it comes to the summer and my kids, they have a long list of activities they want to do, and on that list they have their selection of movies that they want to go and see in the theater this summer. So naturally, when we were invited by Universal Pictures to go and screen the new movie, Despicable Me 3 at the theater before it is released nationwide, they were ecstatic, since it is one of the movies on their summer list!



As we prepared to head to the theater, we made it a family night out, where we headed to eat before going to see Despicable Me 3. Being the Minion fans my kids are, my own Minions were excited to see all of the fun movie swag that they were sent to get them ready for our family movie night out. They also found that once the movie started, that they were not alone, and were pleased to see other Despicable Me fans ready to watch the movie as well.

We enjoyed the movie, and found Despicable Me 3 one that kept making us laugh at the hysterical antics and the kids wanting to go and see it again when it hits theaters tomorrow, June 30th! So if you are looking for that movie that is sure to get the whole family laughing along with the rest of the theater, be sure to make it a date and head out to see Despicable Me 3! Also be sure to download your free activity sheets by clicking on the photo above, for you and your Minions to enjoy.




Enter the Warriors Gate on Blu-Ray


When it comes to finding movies to add to our list to watch, we find that we enjoy seeking out a variety from various genres. I also find that aside from our movie nights, that our older kids also enjoy having a selection to watch at any time, especially when they have friends over or staying the night. So when we were sent the new movie, Enter the Warriors Gate on Blu-Ray to review, I was excited to check it out and add it to our movie collection.



With this movie, you get a fantasy adventure, that includes some martial arts in the mix. Gamer, Jack finds a box, and when he opens it he is transported through a gateway. The gateway takes him to an ancient empire, where the people are being terrorized by a evil and very mean king. Jack finds that he can use the skills he has from his gaming to defeat this king while protecting the princess and trying to find a way to get back home. We found this movie to be a great, epic fantasy adventure to watch and add to our movie collection, and you can too when you head out to bring home your copy today!





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

Everybody Loves Somebody on DVD


When it comes to finding fun movies to watch with my husband after the kids are in bed, we like to seek out those new movies to watch together. So when we were sent the movie, Everybody Loves Somebody on DVD to review, I was excited to check it out and share my thoughts with my readers!



In this movie you get a fun, romantic comedy, where you have a woman stuck between a past romance and a new one of sorts. Clara is a young, successful doctor, who finds that she has everything she wants in life, except for love. She is invited to a wedding where her friends and family will be, and instead of showing up alone, she asks a good looking coworker to go with her and pretend to be her boyfriend. After getting her sort of new love to pose as her boyfriend at a wedding, she finds herself caught off guard when her old boyfriend shows up. This then leaves her trying to figure out what it is that she wants and make a big decision that can potentially change everything for her. We found this movie to be a great one to watch together and you can too when you head out to pick up your copy of Everybody Loves Somebody today!






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

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Connect with Cleaning Pros via Housekeeper.com



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Feeling burnt out from work and family obligations, many are turning to the idea of hiring of a housekeeper to alleviate their stress and spend more quality time with their children.

Housekeepers can be extremely convenient and helpful for families because they can keep a house afloat by taking care of tasks that often find themselves on the back burner like vacuuming, dusting and cleaning bathroom floors.

But finding the right housekeeper for you can be challenging. There are so many factors to consider - on what days will my housekeeper work? Do I want a live-in cleaner? Do I want them to look after my kids from time to time? House cleaning seekers often have particular requirements that make it difficult to find the right housekeeper just through word-of-mouth from their neighbours or referrals alone. Sometimes the search will leave you thinking that you will never find the right person.

Enter Housekeeper.com. For over five years Housekeeper.com has been helping both families and care providers find their perfect match. There is no other website that will have as many housekeeping jobs in your area, making your search fast and easy. Creating a Housekeeper.com account will give you access to over one hundred thousand house cleaners!

Oftentimes, those seeking help around the house just need a wider selection of qualified housekeepers in their area to choose from.

If you’re looking for housekeeping help, Housekeeper.com has you covered. And if you’re looking for a housekeeping job, Housekeeper.com has hundreds of families in your area looking for cleaning help!

Here’s how the site works. On Housekeeper.com, you can either register as a housekeeper and a housekeeper seeker.

If you are looking for a housekeeper near you, simply create a profile and a listing. From there on, housekeepers will message you in response to your listing or, you can browse housekeepers yourself and message them as well! In your profile you can specify what exactly you are looking for in a housekeeper in terms of hours needed per week, services needed or whether or not you’re willing to sponsor.

If you are a house cleaner looking for a job, create a profile and a listing. People looking for a housekeeper can message you from your listing or, you can search through those looking in your area and message them yourself! In your profile, you can specify your hourly rate, what services you offer and any other information your employer should know.

The average housekeeper wage can range from minimum wage to over $40 per hour so it’s important to pay your housekeeper right. Here are some quick stats to take into consideration:
  • The average housekeeper wage is $29.87 per hour
  • Housekeeper prices vary a lot by location - in Los Angeles the hourly wage is $37.60 while in Dallas the average is only $21.68
  • Certain services like basement and attic cleaning can lead to higher wages
  • Housekeepers with more experience get paid more - those with 15+ years in the industry charge an hourly wage of $32.03 on average

On Housekeeper.com searches can be filtered by…

  • Services provided (e.g. basement cleaning, dishes, pet clean-up)
  • Transportation (e.g. should your housekeeper have a license/vehicle?)
  • Whether or not the housekeeper has their own supplies/equipment
  • Work eligibility (e.g. criminal record check, whether or not sponsorship is required)

Housekeeper.com is a self-serve platform - meaning employers have complete control over who they decide to hire. There’s more free reign given to the house cleaners as well - they can set their own wage and discuss their hours with their own employers.









Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Nuk Simply Natural Newborn Gift Set


When you have a new baby in the home, there are certain products that many of us see as a must have. On that list, I find that bottles are a staple item. I learned that even when I breastfed, having bottles on hand for others to use when feeding baby allows them to get that bonding experience. So when we were sent the Nuk Simply Natural Newborn Gift Set to review, I knew that Heather would enjoy checking it out and sharing her thoughts on this set with our readers!
I was excited to try these with Zoey as they are something new and different than any other bottle I have seen or used before. Most bottle styles only have 1 hole in the nipple for baby to get milk or formula from, and the flow depends on if it is a little hole or a bigger one for older babies. Now, these nipples have multiple holes just like a mom's nipple does. This gives baby a more natural flow to drink from and the shape of the nipple also resembles mom's nipple shape while the baby is nursing. This makes it easier for the baby to latch on and drink from the bottle. The built in advanced anti-colic air system allows baby to get more liquid and less air so there is less spit up,colic, and gas. These bottles are easy to use, read, and clean. Little miss Zoey seemed  to take right to them. She didn't seem to burp as much after a feeding  either. Some other features include:

* Multiple nipple holes provide a natural feed, just like mom’s breast
* Nipple comes with 3 to 9 holes, depending on flow rate
* 5 oz bottle comes with slow flow nipple that has 3 holes
* Advanced 1-piece Anti-Colic Air system helps reduce colic, gas and spit up
* Super soft silicone nipple is the same shape as mom’s nursing nipple 
for a familiar fit
* Flexible nipple moves with baby for a continuous latch
* Recommended by 90% of Moms – based on a July 2015 home use test Moms 
agree that they provided their babies with natural, close-to-mom comfort
* Odor & stain resistant crystal clear Tritan bottle is BPA Free and is 
easy to use, assemble & clean



These would be great for a mom who nurses, pumps, or supplements and they are made so there would be less confusion for baby and make it easier to switch between breast and bottle. I definitely would recommend these to any new mom, and make this set a staple to add to your baby registry! So if you have a new baby in the home, are expecting a baby, or even looking for that perfect baby shower gift to give, be sure to add the Nuk Simply Natural Newborn Gift Set to your list!


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

Scratch & Grain Baking Co


When it comes to baking with the kids, I find that I like to seek out the recipes that are fairly simple to create. The thing is, when it comes to finding the ingredients and putting everything together, we can run into snags along the way. Like when it comes to the measurements, or ensuring we have enough of the certain required ingredients on hand when we start baking. And like many moms out there, Heather finds that with a house full of kids, that when the kids want to bake, the supplies that we need can get mixed up, lost or not measured out properly. So when we were sent the 4-Pack of Best Sellers from the Scratch & Grain Baking Co, I knew that Heather would enjoy checking them out and making them with her kids in the kitchen! You can read Heather's review on the kits below.


First off, let me just say, these are delicious and super easy to use! The kids are designed to take the measuring out, so it makes it easier to bake with your kids or for just yourself. You only need to add a few ingredients and follow the easy step by step instructions on the back and I like that as we go along with the directions, that the packets are numbered and easy to open. With this set, we received 4  great mixes:

1 cookie kit (chocolate chip)
1 honey cornbread kit
1 cheesecake brownie kit
1 confetti cupcake kit

For me personally, I love cornbread, so when we made the cornbread with dinner, I was not only very pleased at how tasty it was, but the kids were impressed as well and they all wanted more. Needless to say, it was a hit! The light sweet taste of  honey on the cornbread was perfect, and I really liked that along with the flavor, that it had a moist texture, giving it a really amazing goodness.

With the cheesecake brownie kit I made, I found that it was gone just as quick as I placed the bars out, and it is safe to say that everyone enjoyed them a lot. The brownie was soft, fudge like, and moist, and the cheesecake swirls were rich and creamy. This was a great combination  together and well I wish I would have gotten another piece!

The cookie kit was another here today, gone tomorrow kit as well. The better the taste, the faster it disappears and this was gone fast! The  cookies were chewy and gooey. Just how we like them. And I liked that they stayed nice and thick during the baking process. After giving them a try in my house, I found that these would be great to make ice cream sandwiches out of for everyone to enjoy during these hot summer days!


Then last but not least, we found the confetti cupcakes to be another dessert that was short lived in my house. They didn't last much  longer than the last two. The cake was light and airy, and with this kit, you get to choose one of two frostings to top the cupcakes with. After a vote in the house, we went with the butter cream, which was a good choice and was just as  delicious as the cake, giving us a perfect pairing. Naturally, we found everything in these kits to be so tasty and delicious, it was hard not to eat it. All of  their products are GMO free, preservative free and certified Kosher. They  make them in gluten free and also organic. You can tell by the taste  they are made with high quality ingredients, and I found that I had a lot of fun making these with my kiddos. Which in my book, makes the choice to add the selections you can find from Scratch & Grain Baking Co. a selection that not only allows you to easily bake in the kitchen with the kids, but also gives you a selection of baked goods that everyone is sure to enjoy!



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

Grab Green Cleaning Products


When it comes to our homes and our families, as parents, we find that we want to ensure that the products we use in the home are safe. And when it comes to having a baby in the home, we find that we want those cleaning products that are not only effective, but that are also natural and non-toxic. So when we were sent a selection of the cleaning products from Grab Green to review, I knew that Heather would enjoy checking them out and sharing her thoughts with our readers! You can read Heather's review below.


First off, I have to say that this is a great company. I say this because they understand families and their products are eco friendly, non-toxic, and very effective at cleaning. For our review we received two different scented laundry pods and two different pods for the kitchen. The Stoneworks Rose Petal Laundry Detergent pods smell like fresh roses, giving our clothes and linens a fresh smell that is not overbearing  like an artificial perfume type smell you might find in other detergents. It leaves our clothes clean and with a light fragrance of rose, while getting those tough stains out of  my kiddos clothes, even on the stains left over after busy days or when the kids make a mess with spaghetti sauce! I can also appreciate that they are easy to use and anyone can  use them, by just tossing 1 pod in for a small/medium load or 2 for a large load  and add clothes.

Along with the Rose scent, the second one we received was the 3 in 1 detergent in the scent of Vetiver. Until now, I hadn't heard of this scent before but I like that it is very unique and is a nice light floral scent. And just like with the other laundry pods, these do a really good job of making our clothes clean, fresh, and soft.  The pods dissolve within seconds of  hitting the water, and with the tough stain fighter, it gets the stains out that find their way onto our clothes. I found this to be a great choice to go with when my son fell the other day and skinned his knee and the blood soaked through his pants. I was amazed it took the stain right out without having to pre-soak or scrub the stain before placing in the wash. Which for me, I found that having these laundry pods can help make life simpler to tackle when you are busy! I like that both of these pods dissolve quickly, are non toxic, no harsh chemicals,  never tested on animal, made in the USA. They are also very effective at cleaning and removing stains, and a affordable option for a safe non toxic cleaner.  Another huge plus for me and my family is that they are very gentle on the skin and great for sensitive skin.

When it comes to the kitchen, I found the next set of products to be exactly what I needed to do the job when doing the dishes. The automatic dishwasher detergent we received was scented with lemongrass and  tangerine. This scent smelled so good when the dishwasher was running, and I like that the cleaner in the pods cuts through the tough grease and grime on the dishes. If you have  kids like I do, and they don't pre-wash dishes before they make it in  the dishwasher, no worries! These little pods will take the toughest of stuff off. Just load up the dishwasher and pop a pod in and start, and when the dishwasher is done, I like that those dishes we put in come out sparkling clean every time.

Then when it comes to those pots and pans, we found the cookware and bakeware cleaner pods to be the perfect remedy. Just like with the dishwasher tablets, we received these in lemongrass and tangerine scents as well. What a very pleasant smell and I have to say I love these things! We all get a bit busy from time to time and either burn something or let a dish sit too long before cleaning it. These are  perfect for those times! You just add some hot water and a pod to the dish and 15 minutes later it pretty much rinses right off. I found this out after I accidentally let my peach and sugar mixture boil over on my glass stove top. What a mess it was! The sugar stuck to my glass stove and I was so  afraid of getting it off without scratching the surface. It was stuck to the bottom of the pot as well but it was that stove top that had me  really worried. I was pleased to find that my worry was soon gone after I put one of these in some hot  water on a baking sheet then stuck the pot in it, after a short time, that burned on sugar came right off. I took another and put it in a glass of hot water to dissolve and rubbed the water on my stove top, and yep you guessed it, it came off easily! Truly amazing. This is one product I will keep on hand and is absolutely the best thing to have in any home!  Which in all, makes the Grab Green line of cleaning products a selection that I can trust, especially with having babies in the home, and one that I will also be recommending to others!



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

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Summer Savings with Groupon Coupons

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


The summer is here and the time for making those summer plans happen is now. For my home, when it comes to the summer and the plans we have, I like to find the best ways to save. From the savings I can find on the summer travel and accommodations to the savings on those summer home improvement projects and even the money I can save on the back to school shopping, I find that I seek out the ways to make it all happen while staying in my budget. And one site that I enjoy heading to when it comes to seeking out those savings for my family is Groupon. So when I was told that Groupon is now partnered with more than 9,000 retailers to help launch their service, Groupon Coupons, I was excited to learn more about it and also share this news with my readers!


See with Groupon Coupons, consumers like myself can find those savvy deals we seek using coupons and exclusive promo codes from some of the most popular stores that we already shop at! These include deals for when we travel like when we head to Travelocity or book a hotel at Hotels.com, where I can save even more on those travel sites when I utilize Groupon Coupons! Along with the amazing travel deals that I can take advantage of that also offer those exclusive promo codes, I also like that I can use Groupon Coupons for other savings, like when we head to the Home Depot as we tackle some of those summer projects in the home. Allowing me to not only use deals that can be used online, but also get the printable coupons that I can take with me when I shop in store as well.

Then as I begin to prepare my kids for the upcoming school year, I can save on the shopping we will be doing, even when it comes to those popular stores that my teen sees as a must shop each year. Like say when we head to Rue 21 both online and in store, I can head to Groupon Coupons, click on the savings I am after, either use them to shop online or take those exclusive promo codes with me when I check out in stores! Making the choice to head to Groupon Coupons when doing any sort of shopping done from the shopping for the best travel deals to the back to school shopping, one that is sure to help you find the best exclusive deals and stay in those budgets you set for yourself and your family!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

#Giveaway SmartMax Magnetic Discovery

When it comes to little kids and exploration, it seems like the feeling of awe is an ongoing one for them. They are constantly exploring, playing, and discovering new things around them and when they are playing, we watch as their little minds grow. As a mom, I like to seek out the products that help to encourage that discovery and play time fun. So when we were sent the My First Animal Train from SmartMax to review, I was excited to share it with my preschooler.

With this play set, my preschooler gets a fun animal train that not only moves when he pulls it along, but uses magnets to piece it together. The magnets are all throughout the train and even the animals, allowing him to not just build a fun train but also mix and match the animals that are included.



Then when it comes to the learning aspects that my preschooler can get from playing with his train, he can learn about magnets. How there are north and south poles on them, to where he can have a negative or positive attraction effect with each set that also have different strengths. There are also balls that are included which attract all the different magnetic connections. Making the My First Animal Train set from SmartMax a great set to go with when seeking out fun magnetic toys for your toddlers and preschoolers to enjoy and learn with! And to help with encouraging magnetic play with your little ones, the wonderful people from SmartMax would like to give one of my amazing readers their own magnetic toy set with the choice between the My First Animal Train or the My First Safari Animals!




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

Muster bag Kids Backpack + Cross Bag Set



With the summer here and the kids preparing for those summer adventures, I find that it is time to get those lists together for those summer vacations and for when the kids head to summer camp. And when it comes to those lists, we find that having the right bags to carry their items in is ideal. So when we were sent the Muster bag Kids Backpack + Cross Bag Set to review, I was excited to check this bag out and give it to my kids to use for their summer adventures!


When the bag arrived, I right away saw that it is a great bag to have to pack when we go on a roadtrip, camping, or for when the kids go to summer camp. There is a lot of room on the inside, and with the various pockets, I can use them to pack those toiletries, electronics, snacks and more in! The material feels durable, which is a huge plus, especially when it comes to items that the kids will be getting a lot of use from.

Then when it comes to needing more bags like a tote to put laundry, or carry items we might pick up in when we are away from home, I found the tote that is included to be a great addition! It can be rolled up and kept under the loop that is on the top of the bag, and easily removed to use as needed. Which makes the Muster bag Kids Backpack + Cross Bag Set, a great kids bag to have for both the summer when traveling or heading to summer camp as well as for when the new school year starts!




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

Friday, June 23, 2017

Take Your Style to a New Level with Styled by Trendage

This post is Powered by BrandBacker, all opinions are my own.


When it comes to finding new styles to try, we find that we sometimes take a leap of faith, especially with the hair styles. We might come across a style in a magazine or see someone with a style that we like, then try to mimic that style, to find that maybe it just was not meant to be. The thing is, when that moment where we might realize a style, especially hair style, just was not for us, it can be too late to change it, so we end up being stuck with that style. So when I was introduced to the Styled app by Trendage, I was curious to learn how it worked and utilize the app for not just hair but for shopping as well!


See Styled is like a personal stylist and shopper app, that not only shows you those must have styles, but also lets you try them out before making any decisions. It works by first downloading the app and setting up an account. After the account is set up you then take a selfie, find your body type, and go from there by finding the hairstyles and fashion that suits you!



Then once you have found those looks, you can not only shop for them, but also get the discounts to use before shopping. Allowing you to have that "Clueless" closet that Cher had from the movie, on your phone, and allowing you to access that virtual styling assistant anytime! Which for me and my daughter, gives us that freedom from going to those ads where models are wearing the clothes we like, to seeing the looks for ourselves, and bringing that body positivity that all women, especially teens like my daughter, need when it comes to our own styles. So if you want that personal stylist that is available to assist you at anytime of day but that will give you a first hand look at how those styles will suit you, then be sure to get Styled by Trendage!




#Giveaway Summer Crafts with Cra-Z-Art


With the summer upon us and the kids home for the summer break, aside from the vacations we will be going on and the summer camps that the kids will be attending, I like to also ensure that we have items at home to help keep the kids busy. Like many kids, mine love not only playing in the water over the summer, but also relaxing with arts and crafts. So when we were sent a selection of fun craft sets to review from the Cra-Z-Art collection, the kids were excited to check them out and add them to their craft supplies for summer!
To get us started out right as my teen redecorates her room for summer, we found that the 3D Cra-Z-Gels were a perfect addition to her project. With this set, my daughter and her friends have found that they can create a number of fun designs to add to my daughter's room. This includes making 3D Stickers for her vanity, and water bottle, along with adding fun stickers to her windows, and pictures. In fact, when they started creating various designs, the girls found that they could decorate plain picture frames, their cell phone cases and more when they use the 3D Cra-Z-Gels Sticker Art. The set is simple to use, and with the different templates that are included, they just place the clear plastic sheets over the templates, fill in with color using the templates as a outline, let the stickers dry, then peal them off the plastic sheets to decorate with.



Then when it comes to coloring, creating fun designs and even taking some crafts with us when we go on road trips, the kids all found the Cra-Z-Art Ultimate Art Extravaganza to be a must have! I say that because with this set, the kids can all share an amazing selection of drawing and coloring tools, which include crayons, markers, colored pencils, glitter glue and so much more! Which for us, has made the choice to add the products from the Cra-Z-Art selection one that is sure to help keep the kids busy and make those summer crafts even that much better!


So as you seek out ways to keep the kids busy over the summer break, be sure to pick up some of the 3D Cra-Z-Gels along with the other craft supplies from Cra-Z-Art. Also to help with adding some fun craft supplies to your summer, the wonderful people from Cra-Z-Art would like to give one of my amazing readers their own Cra-Z-Gels set!







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

Keeping Fido Happy and Healthy with Petcurean

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


The summer is officially here, and with that we find that along with the time we enjoy spending outdoors that there is also the heat to take into consideration. Like many, when my family and I head outside either to the park or even to play in the backyard, I like to ensure that we stay hydrated and have ways to cool down. And just like with the kids, I like to ensure the same for our fur babies as well. So when I was given some great tips on how to help keep Fido happy and healthy this summer from the experts at Petcurean, I was not only excited to have the information for my own reference, but also share this information with other pet parents as well.


See just like my kids, our puppy Nakoma loves to run and play. She looks forward to going on long walks, running with and playing with the kids as we explore the outdoors, even when she and the kids are playing in the backyard. And just like with the kids, we like to make sure that Nakoma is hydrated and has what she might need to help stay cool on those hot days. Well with the information provided to me by the experts from Petcurean, we can not only have the information needed for when playing at home on those hot days, but also for when we go in the car, head out on road trips and summer vacations. Allowing us to ensure that just like with the kids, that our fur babies have an enjoyable summer as well. These tips include the following:

  • Keeping Hydrated: While dogs should have access to fresh water at all times, this is even more critical in the summer months when dehydration can happen rapidly due to the hotter temperatures. Be sure to pack water and a collapsible water bowl when out on the trails, and have fresh water available whether at the beach or playing in the yard.
  • On the Road Again: When road tripping, be sure to plan your dog’s diet before you leave home. If you are travelling for only a few days, bring enough food and treats (Petcurean’s SPIKE treats are a great on-the-go treat) for the duration of your trip to prevent digestion issues. If you’re planning to be traveling for days, weeks or months, you may need to purchase dog food while you are away – many pet food brands offer store locators on their website so that you can plan where to get your dog’s next meal.
  • Hot Weather SafetyDogs can burn in the sun just like people can. White, light-colored, and thinly coated dogs are particularly prone to sunburn, so be sure to regularly apply a waterproof sunscreen formulated for babies or pets. Find a shady spot to place a cool mat for your dog whether in your yard, at the beach, or during trail breaks. Also, outside surfaces can heat up quickly in the summer sun and can burn your dog’s footpads. Walk your dog in the morning or evening, or in shaded areas or test surfaces before venturing outside by pressing your hand to the surface for 30 seconds. If it is painful for you, it will also be painful for your dog.


So as you enjoy the summer with your fur babies, be sure to keep these tips in mind to help make the summer enjoyable for everyone and also be sure to add Petcurean to the mix as well so that you can keep your fur babies happy and healthy!



Thursday, June 22, 2017

Summer Concerts at the Woodland Park Zoo with ZooTunes



Summer has officially started and with that, when it comes to date night with my husband, we like to seek out those outdoor activities that we can enjoy. Like many, we like to not only have a date night for the two of us without the kids, but also those family date nights during the summer months. And when it comes to both of those, we like to seek out the events such as the concerts and such that add to those summer memories. So when we were invited to head to Seattle this evening to check out the Summer Concert ZooTunes line up at the Woodland Park Zoo, my husband and I were excited to make it a date!

See with the ZooTunes, we can plan those dates with the family to head to the Woodland Park Zoo during the day, then at night get a sitter and head back to listen to some great music during the summer concert series. This series features an assortment of amazing artists which include Ziggy Marley, Pat Benatar and many more. So as you make those plans for the family this summer, take the kids to visit the Woodland Park Zoo, hire a sitter and head back for a date night while you and your date enjoy music from the ZooTunes line up! Also be sure to follow me on my social media accounts this evening as I share mine and my husband's concert experience as we listen to the tunes from Ziggy Marley!!!!!!





Tickets received, thank you to the Woodland Park Zoo as well as the PR for supplying me with tickets for this review, all opinions are my own.

#Giveaway Summer Fun with the Water Wubble®

This post is sponsored by Water Wubble®. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.


Summer is officially here, the kids are out for their summer break, and the weather is getting hotter. With that we find that seeking out those water themed toys is a must have. Like many, in my house, we like to have a variety of water play toys on hand, and like many, mine love finding the products that are sure to get everyone wet and keep them cool while having fun. So when we were sent the Water Wubble® to review, I was excited to share it with my kids, and also excited to see how these refillable balls work!



After opening the Water Wubble up, the kids were pleased to see that there were 8 waterballoon balls included. From there, they were ready to begin using their Water Wubbles right away. The balls are very easy to use, allowing the kids to easily fill them up, and when it comes to the sealing, they like that they do not have to tie these water balloon balls, instead, the balls seal themselves! And after they are thrown, instead of a mess left over from a popped balloon, the kids just have to pick up their Water Wubble and fill it again!

Then when it comes to the use, we found that we can use these Water Wubble balls over and over again for multiple uses, taking the summer games to a new level. Which for us, makes the Water Wubble a product that we have not only added to our list of summer must haves, but also a water toy that we will be recommending to others! So as you head out to find those water toys that are both fun and are also sure to help cool everyone in your house down on those hot days, be sure to get the Water Wubble. Also enter below for a chance to win a Water Wubble pack for your family!


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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

#Giveaway Keep Your Little Athletes Hydrated with BODYARMOR + ($25 Gift Card)

This post is sponsored by BODYARMOR. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.


When it comes to kids and sports, I find that as we pack our bags to head to the field, that I like to ensure that we have everything we will be needing to make those games enjoyable for everyone. Well with having two kids playing baseball this year, I learned that having the essentials for the field is a must. These essentials include the items the kids will be needing like sunblock, a extra towel to help keep sweat out of their eyes, a snack like a granola bar or trail mix and a drink to hydrate with. The thing is, when it comes to the sports drinks we can choose from, I know that not all are that great for hydrating my kids with after they have been playing hard. So when I was introduced to the BODYARMOR SuperDrink selection of sports drinks that can be found at my local QFC store, I was curious to learn more about the drinks, and also see what my kids thought about the selection.


See when I give my little athletes BODYARMOR to hydrate with, I am giving them a drink that provides them with superior hydration, and a drink selection that is also a better alternative to sports drinks. This is because with the BODYARMOR SuperDrink variety, I can give my kids a drink that not only hydrates when they are on the field, but also a drink selection that does not have any artificial flavors or sweeteners. Instead, they use coconut water and vitamins and give us a great choice because the varieties we can choose from also have potassium packed electrolytes. and are low in sodium which is another huge plus when it comes to keeping the kids hydrated.


Then when it comes to the flavor varieties that my little athletes can choose from with the BODYARMOR SuperDrink line, we all like that there are 9 great tasting flavors which include fruit punch, orange mango, strawberry banana, tropical punch, blackout berry, mixed berry, grape, watermelon strawberry and lemonade. Giving us not just a drink that hydrates but a sports drink that stands out from the rest, with superior hydration, that is not only a great drink for adults to use when heading to the gym or to play a sport, but that the kids can enjoy as well!
So as you gear your little athletes up for the field, be sure to pick up some BODYARMOR SuperDrinks at your local Kroger store where you can not only find the variety but also save on right now as well. Because right now, you can take advantage of great savings where this week you can get the BODYARMOR at 4 for $5. Get your QFC coupon for this amazing deal now! Also head to the BODYARMOR Facebook page where you can find out how your young athlete can be the next BODYARMOR Athlete, and enter to win one of 2 $25 Kroger Gift Cards to use when you stock up on BODYARMOR below.






Keeping Baby Cool this Summer with MiracleWare Muslin Swaddles


With the summer upon us and those hot days here, we find that when it comes to heading out in the heat with baby that we want to not only keep them comfortable but also keep them cool. So when we were sent some of the swaddles from the line up of MiracleWare Muslin Swaddles, I was excited for Heather to check them out and share her thoughts with our readers. You can read Heather's review below.

You can never have enough of these blankets around. I like that they are so versatile and I find myself reaching for them anytime I need a blanket. Some of the things I use them for is a burp cloth, swaddling blanket, stroller cover on the hot days to keep the sun out of Zoey's eyes, laying them on a changing table in public restrooms, on the floor for  play time, and laid in her snuggle me bed so she feels the softness of  the 100% cotton on her head. And let's not forget that miss Zoey loves to grab onto them and chew on them as well. When she gets really excited  she buries her face into them and squeals. It is too cute. She tends to  get upset when she loses her grip. There are several different patterns  to choose from and I know you will find one you will love. We absolutely  adore the color burst and pink one we received! They are beautiful. This would be a great gift to get any new mom and as a mom, I would recommend this to anyone needing a soft multi use blanket that can be used at any time of the year!


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

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Otterbox Cases with Designs by Trèfle


When it comes to the summer months and those summer styles, I find that I adore those bright and vibrant colors along with the designs that remind me of the beach. For me, when I shop for those summer looks, I like to not only seek out the swimwear and housewares that have those colors and designs incorporated in them, but also the accessories. So when I was sent one of the new Otterbox cases for my iPhone 7 from the Trèfle collection, I was excited to add it to my summer line up of must have accessories!

See when I add the iPhone 7 Otterbox case from the Trèfle collection to my phone, I can not only get a very stylish case that has that spirit of the Caribbean, but I can also add the swimwear, towels and even shoes to coordinate with my case. Making the choice to go with the cases from the Otterbox selection of designs by Trèfle, a choice that is sure to bring that feel of the Caribbean home as you enjoy your summer.


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

Keep Track of Your Health with EarlySense Live



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


When it comes to our health and well being, we find that sleep plays a big part. Our bodies need sleep in order to function properly, but like many, when it comes to my own sleep, it is something that seems to be a lot easier said than done. The thing is, when I go to my doctor to discuss my blood pressure, heart rate, sleep patterns and overall health concerns, I can keep a journal of my sleep patterns but until recently, I did not have more than just that to present or reference to. So when I was introduced to EarlySense Live, I was curious to learn more about the system and also begin using it in my own bed.


See EarlySense Live is a device that is the world's first hospital proven contact-free sensor which helps you to understand more about how your body is working, by not just tracking sleep patterns but also your heart rate and breathing patterns. Allowing you to get a sleep reading right from your phone, which is great for not only being able to use as a tracker for your own health but a device that can you can use for others in the family like your children and elderly family members.

You can track these by first setting up the EarlySense under your mattress, then adding the EarlySense Live App to your phone. The set up is simple and along with the instructions that are included, the app can also guide you through the set up process.


Once set up, I found that aside from being able to track sleep patterns, breathing and heart rate, I can also keep a diary of my daily activities which can affect all of these. Giving me a health tool, where I can see where I might be able to make changes in my diet, and activity, and also see where issues in my days can be seen in my sleep patterns.


Then when it comes to getting notifications in the mornings and alerts in the evenings, I found that in the mornings, I can get a full report showing me where there might have been changes in breathing along with any unusual heart rates. I can also follow the sleep patterns, and see the changes in sleep quality for myself, and have the sleep summary report to reference to when I talk to my doctor. I also like that along with getting the information on my sleep every morning sent to the app on my phone, that I can even get night reports, sending me alerts when breathing rates exceed predefined thresholds, or when monitoring a loved one, know when they get up from bed and have been out of bed for a certain amount of time. Giving myself and caregivers who utilize the EarlySense Live, a peace of mind when it comes to having the ability to track patterns and even get alerts as we sleep.