Mommy Katie: July 2017

Monday, July 31, 2017

#Giveaway Tenswall Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser


When it comes to the home, we find that we like to have the environment in our home relaxing and inviting. Like many, I like to not only find the decor to provide that ambiance I seek but also add the scents to that as well, and like myself, Heather finds that she also enjoys adding scents to bring that warming feeling into her home. So when we were sent the Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser to review from Tenswall, I was excited to see what Heather thought of it and share her thoughts with our readers. You can read Heather's review below.


I was happy to receive this oil defuser as I have been wanting one to use with my collection of essential oils. I have been using the wax cube warmers and well with little kids it isn't a good idea because of the potential of accidentally knocking it over and having the wax go everywhere. It has happened a couple of times and boy is it a pain to get wax off of things. I like the fact that the oil diffuser doesn't use heat or get hot.


I found that it has come in super handy lately as Zoey has had a cough so I turn it on and add eucalyptus oil, and it has really helped quiet her cough. It adds just the right amount of humidity to my bedroom for her. I like that the unit is super quiet and most of the time I forget it is on. It has multiple time settings and a nice multi light feature as well, and it is super simple to use. You don't have to use the measuring cup it comes with, if you don't want to, as there is a max fill line inside. It only takes a few drops of oil. On other nights I use a calming blend oil and it seems to help. This unit automatically shuts off when the water level is too low. The specs of this defuser:

* Ultrasonic Quiet: Adopted Ultrasonic Technology, the Voice is as Low as 35dB in the Middle of the Night. The Aroma Diffuser Moisturize Your Room Quietly, No Noisy Voice and Give You a Peaceful Aromatic Environment, Especial Suit for Bedroom and babyroom.
* Large Capacity: This Aroma Diffuser Can Hold Up to 400ml of Water. When the Water Level is Lower Than the Minimum Limit, the Diffuser will Shut Off Automatically.
* Great Mist Output: This Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Oil Diffuser Has Two Mist Mode that Runs Up to 10 Hours Continuously or Intermittently. Tenswall Diffuser use 2.4MHZ Chip, compare to 1.7MHZ Chip, the Spray is more smaller.
* Unique Design and Portable: Tenswall Diffuser Has an Classic Wood Grain Finish Base and Vase Shape Main Body, Which Can Be Used as Beautiful Home Decoration. It also Portable for Yoga, Office, Spa, Bedroom, Baby Room etc.
* 4 Timer Setting: 1hour/ 3hours/ 6hours/ Continuous Mode. Add 5 or 6 Drops of Your Favorite Essential Oil to Give Your Room a Fresh, Clean Scent. 7 Soothing LED Light: The Color Can Be Cycled Through or Set it to One Fixed Color, Each Color Has Two Light Options: Dim and Brighter.


I have really enjoyed having this in my home, and find that this essential oil diffuser would make for a nice house warming gift for someone. It has a nice modern look to it so it will fit in any decor. Making the Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser from Tenswall a great choice to go with for not just adding a touch of style to any room but also for enjoying your favorite essential oils and oil blends in. And to help with bringing some of that style to your home, the wonderful people from Tenswall would like to give one of my amazing readers their own Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffusers






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

Chewbeads Teething Jewelry



When it comes to teething babies and finding ways to help soothe their gums, as parents we find that we like to seek out the products that can be used over and over again. So when we were sent some Chewbeads to review, I was excited for Heather to check them out and share her thoughts on these beads with our readers. You can read Heather's review below.

This is a cute stylish necklace with a purpose other than fashion. Zoey loves to chew on this necklace when I wear it or when she is sitting on my lap and has it on herself. She just recently discovered that she can grasp and chew on things and well I think her little hands get tired of  being chewed on. So this is excellent at replacing her fingers and  hands. They are soft and easy on her gums and once she starts cutting teeth, this will be essential for her to have! Sometimes she pulls a bit too hard but that isn't an issue since it has a break away clasp. This is amazing to keep her distracted while carrying her in the sling. I also like that the beads clean up easily with warm water and soap or I can just pop it in the dishwasher. Some added features are:

* Chewbeads Teething Jewelry - Chewbeads Jane Teething Necklace
* 100% silicone beads (similar to pacifiers and nipples)
* Soft on babies gums and emerging teeth
* No BPA, phthalates, cadmium, lead, metals
* Easily cleaned with dish soap and water, also dishwasher safe
* Necklaces have a breakaway clasp for added safety
* Necklaces are a great sensory tool to help babies focus while nursing


I wish I knew about them sooner as I love it, and know that this would make an excellent shower gift for any expecting mom! I highly recommend you order yours today. The Chewbeads come in all different colors and even have  matching bracelets in a few different styles. 



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

Back to School Lunches with Organic Slammers Superfood Snacks

With the summer coming to an end soon, as parents I find that now is the time to begin planning for the new school year. This includes planning those shopping trips for the school supplies and clothes, getting those new class and fall sports schedules together, as well as planning out the meals for the family during the week too. For the menu planning, I like to not just plan out our dinner menus but also those lunch and snack menus as well. And with kids in sports and other after school activities, I find that ensuring that they have snacks for both the school lunches and for those after school pick me up snacks that offer them the nutrients they need is the way to go. So when we were sent some of the new, Organic Slammers Superfood Snacks from Go Gourmet to review, I was excited for my kids to check them out and add them to our back to school line up when it comes to seeking out healthy lunch and snack options!

With the Slammers Superfood Snacks that we were sent, we not only got a chance to check out the variety that is offered when it comes to the flavors, but also learn more about the products themselves. This includes the facts that these snacks are high in the Antioxidant Vitamin C, contain no artificial colors or flavors, are gluten free and packed with fruits and vegetables that are perfect for powering my kids through their busy days! Then when it comes to the flavors and what the kids think of these snacks, lets just say that even my picky eater enjoyed each flavor and enjoyed them without any questions or hesitation. Making the Organic Slammers Superfood Snacks from Go Gourmet a great choice to go with as you plan out those school lunches and after school snacks for your kids this coming school year!


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

Cut Down on Sugary Drinks this Summer with AquaBall


When it comes to the summer and those hot days, I find that aside from heading to the water to spend our days so we can cool down that we also help to cool down our kids by keeping them hydrated. The thing is, when it comes to the summer months, we tend to consume more sugary products than we would at different times of the year with those popsicles, ice cream treats, juices for hydrating with and more. So when we were sent a variety of the AquaBall products to review, I was excited to add them to our list of summer beverages for the kids.


See with the AquaBall varieties, we can get a nice cool, hydrating water drink that is naturally flavored without the added sugar. There are also not any colors added to the drinks so when the kids go to hydrate with a AquaBall, they can hydrate properly without the added extras that they do not need. I also like that aside from the flavor varieties, that the kids get excited to drink water when they go for a AuqaBall with their favorite Disney characters on them! Making the choice to add some of the AquaBall products to your summer one that you and your kids are sure to appreciate!


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

5 Natural Pest Control Methods For Your Garden

Naturally controlling the pest is less expensive and effective. Natural pest control methods are safe for your garden, environment, and family. It is very important to childproof your electrical outlet in the garden.
These methods are very effective to keep away these pests out from your garden. There are five natural pest control methods for your garden:
1. Flowers that Control Pest in your Garden


There are various flowers that can be planted for pest control naturally. They are as follows
     Borage: This plant has flowers in the shape of stars. It keeps cabbage and horn worms away from cabbage and other plants. It also helps to increase their resistance from diseases.
     Chrysanthemums: The flowers come in different colors. It has a chemical called pyrethrin that has the toxic effect on the insects. You can plant these beautiful flowers in your garden. Use the tea made from these flowers to get rid of Japanese beetles.
     Clover: This plant provides a thin layer of green cover in your garden. You can put this plant in your garden that gives pink flowers. Plant it near to cabbage to get rid of aphids and cabbage worms. It deters the pests completely from the garden.
     Lavender: It is a delicate plant with a pleasant aroma. It wards off pests like mosquitoes, fleas, and moths from your garden.
     Marigolds: This is a beautiful plant with orange color flowers. Plant it near to tomatoes to keep the whiteflies away.

2. Barriers and Traps


You can protect your garden naturally from various pests by setting these barriers and traps.
     Yellow flypaper: This fly paper is effective against whiteflies and aphids. You can take a board or heavy paper. Paint the paper with yellow color and coat it with a sticky substance.
     Pheromones: These are the biological mating aromas that attract pests. These insects get attracted towards this sticky substance and get trapped. You must place these pheromone traps in your garden.
     Trap for Apple maggot: Apple maggot is a very dangerous insect for apples. It pierces the skin of the fruit and lay eggs. These eggs get hatched inside the fruit only. You can trap these insects by using sticky red spheres. You can place this trap in between of apples.
     Row covers: These covers are light in opaque weight material. It is used to cover your garden bed. The water and sunlight can pass through these covers keeping away insects and birds. They are best to protect your seeds and small plants. You can place it over spinach, carrots, broccoli, and beets.
     Barrier paper: You can use waxed cardboard to make a barrier. In this way, you can protect your cabbage from moths. This month is very harmful that kill sprouts of kale, cabbage, cauliflower, and broccoli.

3. Discourage Pests from Entering your Garden 


     Remove weak plants: the Weak plant can be infected that attract predators. You must remove these plants from your garden.
     Healthy and organic soil: You can mulch the soil with natural fertilizer for developing strong plants.
     Seaweed spray: Seaweed contains many trace elements that help in the healthy growth of plants. You can use it in the form of fertilizer or spray that provides the resistance against diseases.
     Keep your garden free of weeds and debris. Insects breeds in dirty areas.
     You can rotate the crops to avoid infestation of pests. Water your plants early in the day. Maintain dry foliage to ward off insects and pests.


4.      Taking Advantages of Pests’ Natural Enemies

Sometimes, the best way to fight against pests is by using their natural enemies. This method is called: Biological Control. Basically, owners will invite birds, mammals, reptiles and mostly insects that feed on other insects to help them deal with their invaders. But the term ‘natural enemies’ is not just limited to animals, it can refer to anything that harms or prevents pests from taking over the place, including objects, smells or chemicals.
Let’s take a look at one specific example: Dealing with rats. Soak cotton balls in the peppermint oil and place it in areas where the rodents are active in your garden. It is a very powerful smell that rats hate. Also, keep your dustbin close. This method is also helpful to keep away rabbits.

5.      Homemade Insecticides


     Neem oil: Oil extracted from the seeds of neem is used to destroy the life cycle of insects. It disrupts hormone of the insects.  It is a powerful fungicide that is effective against fungal infections and mildew in plants. You can mix neem oil with liquid soap and water. Spray it on the leaves of the plants.
     Mixture of molasses and water: Possums are very dangerous, they eat garden vegetables. Molasses mixed with water is a powerful natural repellent that repels possums.
     Diatomaceous Earth: It is a powerful insecticide. It has the abrasive qualities that absorb lipids from the exoskeleton of insects. It kills them by dehydration. You can add it in the foliage to control insects and snails.
     Garlic spray: It has a pungent aroma that repels pests. You can take few bulbs of garlic and blend them. Add water and keep it for overnight. You can also add soap water and vegetable oil. Spray it on your plants.
I used these natural methods to control pests in my garden. They have improved the productivity of fruits and vegetables. Just adopt these methods and see the effect by yourself. 




Friday, July 28, 2017

Summer Fun by the Water in the 2017 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring AWD


When it comes to the summer break and ways to keep cool during those hot days, my family and I find that we enjoy spending our days by the water. We like to not just take a day to spend by the water but also take it to cool down as we hang out on the beach, take our puppy to play in the water and sand, and also relax as we throw a line from the shore on those days where fishing just sounds like the thing to do. So when we were given the chance to check out the 2017 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring AWD, we decided to take it as we enjoy some summer fun by the water!
With the 2017 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring AWD, we get a vehicle that has the space we need so that the whole family has room as we head out to enjoy our summer days. This is because with this vehicle, we get 3 rows of seating, allowing my family of 5 plenty of room when we pack up the vehicle for a day of adventure.


Aside from the space we get I can also appreciate some of the extras that can be found on the inside, which include the simple to use latches for when we need to move the seats forward to let those in the third row in and out. To do so, you just simply pull up on the latch, and the seat then moves either forward or back in place depending on the position it is in when you go to pull the latch. Another plus that my kids liked having was the USB port availability for the passengers to use, so they can each plug in their devices to charge when in the car. And when it comes to even more convenience and comfort for passengers in the back seats, I like that they can also control the temperature as well, ensuring that everyone stays nice and cool while we drive on these hot summer days.


Then when it comes to the driver and the features that are available, I found that along with the easy to view radio, Bluetooth and navigation features that the Heads Up Display for monitoring my speed is a big plus. This allows me to keep my eyes on the road ahead, and instead of looking down to watch my speed or trying to look for a sign that tells me what the speed limit is, I can see it straight ahead of me in the hologram that is displayed for the driver. Along with the safety feature and the ease of use when it comes to the many amazing tech options that the driver can use safely while on the road, I like that with this car, it is made to be family budget friendly in the gas department, giving me an average of 21 miles per gallon while driving around locally and up to 26 miles per gallon on the highway! Making the 2017 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring AWD, a great choice to go with not just for taking to the water during the summer, but to have all year round as you head out with the family!




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

Traveling with Your Baby: Road Trip VS Flight

To travel by air or road? That’s the question most parents ask when they have an infant because travelling by air is certainly faster but some folks love to experience and enjoy the countryside as they drive through various towns. However, if you are traveling by road with an infant then this gives rise to a few concerns.

However, the ultimate decision to either go by air or by road will depend on how long the journey is and of course your budget. With either options, you will need to be amply prepared but to help make that decision a lot easier, here are the pros and cons of travelling by air and by road.



Flying

Pros

The major advantage of traveling by flight is that you get to your destination quicker and easier. Flying is a low-stress method of traveling because you aren’t looking at maps, steering a car or getting stuck in traffic.

Cons

  • Limited and uncomfortable seating space.
  • High costs of seats and luggage charges.
  • Discomfort to baby’s ears when altitude changes.
  • Restriction in what you can pack.

Travelling By Road

Pros

  • You have more control over your luggage, your driving schedule and your comfort.
  • You can pack all and everything your family would need for the trip.
  • It is easier to make stop-overs for meals or rest periods.
  • Road trips are usually more affordable..
  • Keeping to your baby’s feeding schedule is easier and their comfort is better handled.
  • You are treated to beautiful scenery and great venues, which can be documented in family photos.


Cons

  • Road trips can take much longer for you to reach your destination.
  • Driving can be more stressful than flying.
  • The driving schedule is based on your baby’s time, therefore, unplanned stops might be made to calm your little angel if he/she is distressed during the trip.
  • You can get lost if you’re heading to a new location- adding to the drive time.
  • For long trips, comfort can be an issue.

Making A Choice

Whichever means of transportation you choose for your trip, always keep your baby’s comfort and safety in mind. Your baby’s temperament will come into play during the trip so ensure you choose the method least likely to stress you and your baby out. No matter your choice, remember your baby needs lots of body contact and attention to avoid feeling lonely, which could cause tantrums. If you decide to fly, check out these great tips from babyinastroller.com.


Protect Your Devices in Style with Case Haven

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



When it comes to our electronic devices, we find them as items that we use daily and invest money into as we make those upgrades. We also know that when it comes to caring for those devices, that we want to protect them because if they get scratched, cracked or even broken, we might end up having to pay quite a bit to get them fixed and working properly again. So like many who have those iPhones, iPads and other electronics in my home, I find that I protect our products by seeking out the cases and screen protectors like the ones I can get at Case Haven Australia.


At Case Haven, I can find a large variety of products that are not only stylish but that offer the protection I might need for my various tech devices. This includes the iPhone protective cases like the Slimmest that is the best slim protective iPhone case and includes a textured grip that makes grasping easier so that we can avoid any potential drops. Along with the protective features, I like that the case is simple to put on by just snapping it on my phone, and even with the smooth, sleek and stylish design, it is made to help protect and resist scratches.


Then when it comes to protecting our other devices in the home like our iPads and other tablets, I like that I can find cases for the various iPads as well as the Surface Pro! These include stylish leather, handcrafted design cases for my iPad that is made with vintage leather. The handcrafted design is very sleek and stylish and has a microfiber lining on the inside to protect the screen. Along with the basic design I like that the Leather iPad Cases are water resistant as well as scratch resistant, and that the precise cut that is used, allows me to access the buttons, ports, camera and speakers, giving me a case that is built to protect and last! Making the choice to head to Case Haven when shopping for stylish, sleek, and effective cases to protect my cell phones and tablets, one that is not just great for my own use but also a choice that is great for sending the kids back to school with this year! 


All Important Tips and Methods to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

I’m sure you won’t like suffering from urticaria or erythematous rashes. These heavy medical terms are associated with the biting of tiny insects known as bed bugs which may be your disguised neighbours living in your bed and surviving on your blood. In severe cases, it may also cause anemia, delusional parasitosis, stress, anxiety and anaphylactic shock to you. There is nothing to worry about as here are some effective ways to get rid of these bloodsucking unwanted creatures.

Once you have found an infestation of bed bugs in your home, you may decide to eradicate them by choosing any one option. Either you do it on your own or hire a professional exterminator, but make sure to exterminate them immediately as the development of new bugs is incredibly fast.

Depending upon the severity of the infestation, you can decide the method of extermination. Obviously, for hiring a professional expert you will have to shell out some extra bucks but it is the best option for an out-of-control infestation.

Once you decide to go for extermination on your own, make sure you are armed with sufficient knowledge about parasites and pesticides. Otherwise, these insects may run to other areas of your home to get a cover and this will lead to their spreading to your whole home.

·         Washing

Fabhow advices to do washing and vacuuming first in order to combat a bedbug infestation by yourself.  If you find that your clothes or bedlinen have become infested, then by washing at 60°C or simply putting them in a dryer on a hot setting for 30 minutes may kill the bugs.

·         Sucking by a vacuum cleaner

After dismantling your affected bed and furniture, closely examine every crevice, seam and joint by a bright flashlight. If you see any infestation, use a vacuum cleaner with a hose to suck up these bugs.

·         Powder

You can buy cheap powders which are composed of diatomaceous earth (tiny microscopic fossilized algae) that is crushed in order to make them sharp edged good enough to cut up the exoskeleton of the bugs. By cutting the outer shells of bed bugs, this powder kills bed bugs as they get dehydrated. It is environmentally safe in comparison to treatment of other pesticides.

How to use:
Apply this powder to every part of your bed, but before that cover the mattress, its seams and the box spring base of your bed properly. You should also apply this powder to the area around the bedposts and along the bottom of walls so it will prevent the critters trying to crawl up your bedpost.

Precautions:
Keep this powder away from your nose (or tie a cloth on your nose) as by inhaling this powder may cause complications.

·         Traps

Applying Vaseline: Make a trap by applying Vaseline to the legs of your bed. The bed bugs will not able to escape from this sticky trap.

Carbon dioxide trap: In this trap scents, carbon dioxide and heat may be used to attract the insects. The insects will climb up a rough surface under the influence of this scent and then they will land into a pitfall where they can no longer come out.

·         Insect Growth Regulator

You can use Insect Growth Regulator chemicals like methoprene and hydroprene to stop the development of new eggs. Though it will cease the further growth, it would be fine to use another extermination method to kill the matured bugs which are already alive.

·         Mattress Encasements

This method is a bit expensive. Buy encasements to seal your mattresses, box springs and pillows. As they are sealed, bugs will not be able to infiltrate them. In case, they are caught inside then, it is likely that they’ll die of starvation. You need to keep the encasements on for a year to make this method effective. And when bugs will not be able to find hiding spots in the mattresses, they may hide in the cracks of wall or furniture to suck your blood later.
·         Seal cracks and crevices

The bugs may be able to hide themselves in your cracked walls, crevices and other damaged plaster area.  So, repair the cracks in plaster or remove any loose wall paper at the earliest. You can also apply caulk to seal crevices and gaps in cabinets.

Professional Extermination with Pesticides

·         Insecticides

In case there is a severe infestation, with thousands of bed bugs around, you should take help from a professional exterminator to prevent and eliminate them.
They may be using the following insecticides to eliminate the infestation:
·         Dichlorvos
·         Resmethrin
·         Malathion
·         Propoxur
·         Hydroprene
·         Cyfluthrin
·         Permethrin
·         Pythrethrum
·         Chlorpyrifos
·         Fencalerate
Fumigation

You can get rid of these pests by fumigating your home or fumigating the entire building if you live in an apartment. However, they may climb up to the ventilation systems and walls to affect the nearby areas.
Pyrethroid sprays

Pyrethroid sprays may be most effective against the bed bugs infestation. But you should take extra care while using it especially when you have kids in home. Use these sprays in places indicated on the label. Don’t use any liquid spray in electrical outlets. Follow the instructions written on the label carefully.

Note:
Bed bugs are very smart. They can become resistant to certain chemicals so any insecticide which was effective previously may not be useful for the next time. Also, many of them can detect a pesticide beforehand to hide deep inside the crevices or joints of furniture. Some of them may vacate the sprayed area for some time to settle into another part of home.
Seeing all these complications, professional exterminators have adopted few more advanced methods to combat infestations.

·         Heat and Steam Treatments

As bed bugs cannot survive in extremely heated environments, so steam exposure may kill them effectively at all stages of development. Moreover, steam can penetrate into hard to reach areas of your furniture and bed, cloth wrappers of mattresses, joints, seems and box springs and eliminate bed bugs hiding there as well.

You should use a commercial steamer with a minimum capacity of 1 gallon because the steamer used by you to steam clothing will not be effective for treatment of bed bugs. If possible get a steamer equipped with a steam volume control.

Exterminators do heat or steam treatment by exposing bedbugs to extreme heat over 46°C. In this way bed bugs would die after just seven minutes.

·         Freezing Treatment

Luckily, you have got another technique to get rid of these bloodsucking creatures. Just like hot temperatures, bed bugs cannot survive in low temperatures either. So by using a cryonite freezing machine, professional exterminators will make your room so cold (-32°C) that the bugs will get killed within 15 minutes.


So these were few ways to get rid of bed bugs. Make sure to act fast enough because even a few of these critters can initiate a full-blown infestation leaving you distressed.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Family Meals at Shari's Cafe & Pies


When it comes to places to head to at any time of the year, especially when it comes to dining with the family, I like to seek out the places that offer a variety and that are family friendly. For myself and my family, when we ask what everyone might want for dinner, more times than not, I get a variety of responses leaving me having to figure it out myself. This is because like many families, we have different likes and dislikes in the home, and where some might want a burger I might have others who want breakfast for dinner. The thing is, if I mention the idea of pie added to the equation, well that can be a deal sealer for us. So on those days where pie is something that we can all agree on, I like that we can head to our local Shari's Cafe & Pies, where we can get both those burger options as well as breakfasts, at any time of the day, and finish our meal off with the pies in the Shari's selection! 


See, when we head to our local Shari's Cafe & Pies, we get that hometown feel every time, regardless of if we eat at our local location or head to a Shari's when we are out of town. The staff is always very nice, and the menu selection also offers us a variety. To where some of us can get those delicious burger selections we want that come with either fresh fries or some tasty onion rings. Or we can order from the breakfast or dinner menus if we want. Another plus about heading to Shari's with my family is that they are family friendly, giving my youngest options for breakfast items, lunch or dinner items on the kids menu that he looks forward to ordering from each time.


Then as we all finish our meals, we can either order individual slices of Shari's pies, or choose one pie we all enjoy and take an entire pie home to share later on! Making Shari's Cafe & Pies a choice that my family not only enjoys heading to when we are going out to eat, but a choice we go with when we just want a good slice or whole pie to enjoy at any time of the day or night!




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

Celebrate National Ice Cream Month in Style with Thirty-One Gifts

When it comes to the hot summer days, like many, my kids and I enjoy cooling down with ice cream treats. We do this by not only heading out to some of our favorite ice cream spots, but also by enjoying those treats at home or when we take our treats to the park as we play. And on those days where we might head to the store to pick up those treats to enjoy both at home or at the park, I like to do it in style by adding some of the products from the selection at Thirty-One Gifts. So when we were sent some of the products available from the Sweet Sprinkles collection along with the Get the Scoop Bowl Set to review, I was very excited to add them to our Ice Cream Month celebrations!
With this selection of very adorable prints and products, I can treat my family to sweet treats both at home and on the go. I found the tote to be perfect for when we headed to Lacey, WA to enjoy some sweet treats during their Ice Cream Social. It was perfect for packing our weekend getaway gear in as we enjoyed the treats that were to be had and for a staycation a couple of towns over from our own town!  Along with the Large Utility Tote, I found the Oh-Snap Bin to be very handy for carrying some of our picnic napkins and cutlery in as we enjoyed our little weekend getaway at the Ice Cream Social. We also found the Double Duty Caddy to be very handy as well to carry our toiletries in for our little over night adventure at the hotel we stayed at after the Ice Cream Social was over!

Then to keep that ice cream fun going once we got home, I found the Get the Scoop Bowl set to be the perfect size for scooping ice cream in at home for my family to enjoy as we took our own ice cream fun to the backyard after dinner! Making the Ice Cream collection of products that you can find over at Thirty-One Gifts, a great selection that not only helped to make our Ice Cream Month celebrations extra special, but a stylish selection that can be used for any occasion where ice cream treats are added to the fun!


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

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

#Giveaway Stirring Up Fun with Limited Edition Num Noms Menchies Sweet Friends



With July being National Ice Cream Month and the celebrations to be had, I find that I not only enjoy heading to some of our favorite ice cream and frozen yogurt spots this month, but I also enjoy adding other items into the mix as well. Of those places that we enjoy heading to on these hot July days, my kids find it to be a lot of fun when we mix it up at our local Menchies Frozen Yogurt. So naturally, when we were sent a fun pack of those very adorable and collectible Limited Edition Num Noms Menchies Sweet Friends to review, we were excited to add them to our National Ice Cream Month fun!


See right now for the month of July when you head to a Menchies Frozen Yogurt you can not only cool down with a cup of frozen yogurt but you can also celebrate National Ice Cream Month with those adorable Num Noms! You can do so by enjoying that delicious frozen yogurt in a fun Num Noms bowl. Then once you and your kids have finished your treat, you can head to your local Toys R Us where you can then pick up your pack of the Limited Edition Num Noms Menchies Sweet Friends. These Num Noms are only sold at Toys R Us and will only be around for a limited time, so be sure to pick up your limited edition pack today! Also, enter to win your own pack of the Num Noms Menchies Sweet Friends in the form below!





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