Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Kinzd RFID Blocking Accordion Wallet



The holidays are coming and will be here before we know it and with that I say that now is as good a time as any to get a head start on the holiday shopping. This includes the gifts to get everyone on your list along with the great stocking stuffer ideas as well. So when we were sent the Kinzd RFID Blocking Accordion Wallet for Women to review, I was excited to check it out and also add it to my list of great gifts to give, as well as great stocking stuffer ideas this year!



With this wallet I can get a variety of pockets to store all of my cards in with the 10 accordion folds and 5 card slots that are found. I also like that there is a separate area for putting cash in and also a ID window for keeping a picture ID in. The zippered compartment helps to keep the cards from falling out or getting lost, and with the button closure, I can snap it closed and keep it closed until I need to access the items inside. Then when it comes to the RFID blocking feature, I like that I can keep all of my cards safe and secure from any electronic pick pocketing, which blocks the RFID scanners and readers from scanning my information. The design is also made to be compact, making it easy to carry with me when I am out, and allowing me to have all the cards I might need on hand! Which in all makes the RFID Blocking Accordion Wallet from Kinzd, a great gift to give or put in the stockings this coming holiday season! Also use code KINZD30 for 30% off.



Product received, thank you to Kinzd as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature



With family movie night in my house, we like to allow everyone to add to the line up of movies and shows, and like many kids, mine like to find the latest and greatest must see titles to add to the line up. So when we were sent the new movie, The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature on Blu-Ray, which will be available to bring home on November 14, 2017, to review, we were excited to check it out and add it to our family movie night line up!



In the movie, The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature, Surly and his friends are back and ready to take on a whole new action packed adventure that the entire family can enjoy! The friends return to Liberty Park after being evicted from the life they enjoyed at the nut store. This is not something that all of the friends are too keen on, especially Surly, but they find that they need to change things quickly when the mayor announces that they want to tear down the park and build an amusement park in its place. In order to save their home, the friends must ban together and come up with a plan.

We found this movie to be a great addition to our family movie night and you can too when you bring home your copy of The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature on Blu-ray or DVD on November 14th or download the digital copy today!




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


Family movie night is a fun night in my home where everyone gets excited to add some of their favorite shows and new movies that we come across. And like many kids, mine are always on the lookout for the newest must see movies to come to home video for us to share on family movie night. So when we were sent the new movie, The Emoji Movie on Blu-Ray to review, we were all excited to check it out and add it to our family movie night line up!



In The Emoji Movie, we get to view those fun emoji's we use when we are texting others, in a whole new light. Bringing the emoji's to life for audiences to enjoy as watch a world that is hidden within those texting apps that we use. The hidden world is called Textopolis, which is a city where those emoji's we use live, all hoping to get used. The thing is, each of the emoji's have only one facial expression, that is all except for Gene who is a emoji that was born without a filter, and finds himself with a variety of expressions. Even though most would think that unique is cool, Gene finds that he wants to be like the rest of the Emoji's and goes on a mission with his friend Hi-5 and the code breaker emoji Jailbreak to find a code that will fix Gene and make him, "normal". To take on this task the team goes through the apps on the phone in search of the code, but in their search they find that their world is in danger of being deleted and they must hurry to keep that from happening.

We found The Emoji Movie to be a great edition to our family movie night because along with the feature we also found all of the bonus features to be a lot of fun as well. These bonus features include tutorials on how to draw different emoji's, fun dancing fun with the choreographing feature, and so much more! Making the choice to head out today to bring home your copy of The Emoji Movie, a choice that is sure to make your next family movie night, one that everyone will enjoy!







Product received, thank you to Sony Pictures Home Entertainment as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Give them a Smart Speaker this Holiday Season with Sonos

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

In my family, music plays a big role in our lives. From the musicians in the family such as my husband's cousins Charlie and Will Sexton as well as my brother in law Ryan Daisley who have made names for themselves in the music industry, to musicals and other productions that my parents and even daughter have taken part in, we find that music is not just something we enjoy in our family but a part of our lives. With that said, when it comes to the holidays and seeking out the gifts that are sure to please the ones who have music flowing through their veins, I find that heading to Best Buy for the latest and greatest when it comes to those music related gifts is the way to go. So when we were introduced to the new Sonos, which is the smart speaker for music lovers, I was not only excited to check it out for myself but also add it to this years holiday guide as a great gift to give to the music lovers in your life!

See with the Sonos, we not only get a speaker, but a speaker that is a smart speaker that allows us to control what we want to listen to with the sound of our voice! This is because along with the music clarity that we get from this amazing speaker, we find that it has Amazon Alexa built in, which gives us the option to tell it not just what music we want to listen to, but allows us to check the latest in the news, check the weather and even take advantage of all that Alexa has to offer. And we can do this by combining our voice with the Sonos app where we can then manage all our music in one place. This includes Amazon Music, Spotify, Apple Music, internet radio and hundreds of other streaming services. Giving us a hands free control when it comes to music and news that can be accessed when cooking in the kitchen, when in the shower, or by anyone in the home by simply telling it what to play, skip, turn the volume up or down, and more!



Then when it comes to the setup and use, well that is simple as well, because we can set up the wireless Sonos speaker to our home WiFi network, take it room to room as needed, and even connect wirelessly with other Sonos speakers in the home! Which gives the us a clear, rich, room filling sound that all comes from this amazing little smart speaker. Along with the features, clarity and portability in the home, I like that with the Sonos having Alexa, that when there are updates with the Alexa system, our Sonos will automatically update. Making Sonos, the smart speaker, a gift that is sure to be a must have for any music lover as well as any home, this coming holiday season!



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Monday, October 30, 2017

#Giveaway Holiday Guide: Tailgate In A Box



The leaves of fall are coming down and the Friday night lights, Saturday, and Sunday games are in full swing, where parents, fans and the tailgaters come together to cheer on their favorite teams. With that said, as we go to show our support to either watch our kids play or go to watch our favorite team play, we find that along with those pro tailgaters, we enjoy joining in on the cookout fun as well. So when we were sent the Tailgate In A Box to review, I was not only excited to check it out and add it to our next tailgating event, but also add it to this years holiday guide as a great gift to give the tailgating fans on your list this year!
With this kit we get the supplies we need to help get those tailgating events started. Giving us the tableware, portable grill along with the charcoal and more, all in one box and all ready to grab and take with us! This allows us to make sure we do not forget some of those essentials and focus on the feast we will make instead to share as we prepare to cheer on our teams. In fact when it comes to all that is included, I was pleasantly surprised to see all that was in the box which includes the following:

    • (1) Portable Tailgate Grill (115 sq. inches cooking surface)
    • (1) Insulated Cooler Tote
    • 3 piece BBQ Tool Set (Spatula, Tongs, Fork)
    • 3.3-pound Bag of USA Charcoal
    • (1) Instafire Charcoal Starter
    • (8) 9-inch Plates 
    • (8) 16-ounce Cups 
    • (8) Forks
    • (8) Knives
    • (8) Spoons
    • (1) Bottle opener
    • (1) Trash bag
Then when it comes to where I can pick up the hassle free Tailgate In A Box, I like that I can pick one up at my local Fred Meyer for less than $40. Making the choice to add the Tailgate In A Box to your next tailgating adventure as well as to your list of great gifts to give this holiday season for the fans in your life, a choice that everyone is sure to appreciate!






Product received, thank you to Tailgate In A Box as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Thursday, October 26, 2017

#Giveaway Holiday Guide: Thanksgiving with Butterball


The fall season is upon us and Halloween will be here in just a few short days, which means that Thanksgiving is just around the corner. With that, I find that now is the time to start getting those menus together, figure out which sides and desserts you will be making, and getting the tableware ready for the big day. And like many, as I prepare for the big meal, I will be picking up a couple of those delicious Butterball turkeys to put in the freezer until it is time to take them out to thaw. So when we were sent some vouchers to get a head start on our menu planning for Thanksgiving this year from the people at Butterball, I was excited to head to the store, pick out a big juicy bird and also pick up some other items to get the menu started with!



See I look forward to the big meal because in my house, Thanksgiving is a time where family and friends gather, share a meal, give thanks, and enjoy one anothers company. It is also a time where we enjoy cooking together, where the kids find fun in making decorations to hang up, and where we look forward to filling our bellies! And when we add Butterball turkeys to the mix, we not only add a tradition to our table but new fun things as well. Such as the Butterball Turkey-Talk Line where people can call in to get tips and expert advice when it comes to preparing and cooking the turkey, or download the Butterball app. In fact, when it comes to how much Butterball has evolved over the years with technology and helping cooks, I like that they offer a variety of options to get that advice needed when making the Thanksgiving dinner. You can find the info needed for the various channels available below:

The Butterball Turkey Talk-Line has evolved how they help cooks and this year they are able to provide expert advice in many ways:
·         Text Help (844-877-3456): Send the Turkey Talk-Line a text! Holiday cooking text help will be available starting Nov. 1, with extended hours starting the week of Thanksgiving.
·         Facebook and Twitter: Help is available through the Butterball Facebook and Twitter pages with tips, special savings and more.
·         Pinterest: Find Thanksgiving recipe inspiration for your holiday celebration on the Butterball Pinterest page.
·         Instagram: Follow Butterball on Instagram to get a behind-the-scenes look, recipe development for our Thanksgiving meal and more.
·         Live Chats: Engage with turkey experts through Live Chats on Butterball.com during November and December and receive real-time suggestions and advice.
·         Butterball App: Download the free Butterball Cookbook Plus™ app on your Apple or Android device to get recipe ideas and cooking advice at your fingertips.
·         Email: Contact the Talk-Line via email by visiting Butterball.com.
·         1-800-BUTTERBALL (1-800-288-8372): Turkey Talk-Line experts will be available this season starting November 1, 2017, through December 24, 2017, to answer questions and assist all Thanksgiving cooks.

Making Butterball not just the star at the Thanksgiving table, but also the behind the scenes helper in the kitchen as well as we prepare our meals this Thanksgiving! And to help with getting your Thanksgiving meals together this year, the wonderful people at Butterball would like to give two of my amazing readers each a $20 Voucher that is good towards purchasing a turkey along with some of the fixings as well!







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

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#Giveaway Holiday Guide: Blendy Pens from Chameleon Kidz


The holidays are coming, and before we know it we will be facing that rush to get the shopping done. Like many who have kids, I find myself seeking out the gifts that they are sure to enjoy. And with that, I like to seek out a variety of gifts, especially the ones that inspire that creativity that I adore seeing in my kids. So when we were sent the Jumbo Kit Blendy Pens to review from the line up at Chameleon Kidz, I was curious to learn more about them and also add them to this years holiday guide!



With the Blendy Pens, we get a set of pens that are perfect for coloring with and give kids pens that offer them a way to get that in depth color and even dimension with shadowing as they color. To bring the new colors to life as the kids choose to do so, they can simply choose any two colors they want from the collection, and put the colors in with the tips facing one another in the fusion chamber. They can then color, watching as those two colors they chose create a whole new color combination! Giving the kids so many options as they color and draw. And with the 24 colors that are included in the Jumbo Kit that we were sent, the kids can create 276 color combinations as they color the posters included, use the air brush tool that is also included, or draw using the stencils!

Then when it comes to the free draw, well the kids can draw and design anything they want, so they are not limited to just the posters and stencils that are included, allowing them to let those creative juices flow! I also like that we can head to the Chameleon Kidz site and download even more posters for free for the kids to color as well. Making the choice to add the Jumbo Kit of the Blendy Pens from the line up at Chameleon Kidz to your holiday list, a choice that is sure to put a smile on your kids faces this year! And to help with the holiday shopping this year, the wonderful people from Chameleon Kidz would like to give one of my amazing readers their own Jumbo Kit of the Blendy Pens!







Product received, thank you to Chameleon Kidz as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2.4 SEL AWC


The fall is upon us and the leaves are changing colors, leaving those trails we enjoy walking on with a whole new look to them. With that said, I find that as my husband and I not only enjoy taking on the trails we are familiar with but also exploring new ones as well. We can do this by taking drives up towards to the mountains, and finding the places to park, where the trails are awaiting us to explore. The thing is, we have found that in order to find those trails that have those epic views and that are ones that are less explored by others, having a vehicle to take us to the where the trails begin is ideal. So when we were given the chance to check out the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2.4 SEL AWC, we found it to be the perfect time to take to the trails and explore them before the weather gets too cold.


With the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2.4 SEL AWC, we get a vehicle that offers both comfort and a sporty design, giving us a great vehicle we can drive with the family aboard as well as take out as we go exploring in the mountains! We also get a vehicle that is made to take on the road ahead for both family drives and exploration, giving us a smooth drive even when we head up a dirt road to find the next trail to take on. And with the fuel economy that we get at 29 mpg on the highway or 23 mpg in town, we can take on more adventures without the cost of fuel being a issue!


Then when it comes to the comforts found on the interior, we found that they exceeded our expectations for a sporty vehicle. This is because with the size, we can comfortably seat 5, which allows myself, my husband and all 3 kids to ride without feeling cramped. There are also dual USB ports available so we can be sure to keep our devices charged, allowing us to take plenty of photos while we explore the outdoors. Along with the ports, we also get the Bluetooth feature that also has Apple CarPlay, where we can sync our phones to the vehicle, giving us a safe, hands free drive that allows us to still stay connected. The kids liked the stereo, giving us a very nice, Rockford Fosgate premium sound system that plays the music very clearly, evenly throughout the vehicle, and can be amplified. Another feature that we all enjoyed as we drove at night was the view of the stars above through the panoramic glass roof! Making the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2.4 SEL AWC, a great vehicle to go with as you take on your next adventure!




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.
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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

#Giveaway Holiday Guide: QuietHeat15 Heater from NewAir

The fall season is upon us and the weather is getting colder and colder by the day it seems. With that I find that on those chilly nights and early mornings, that aside from it being the perfect weather for a hot cup of coffee and my favorite sweater, that it is also the time to get the fireplace going. The thing is, when we have our fireplace up and going, it might help to keep the rooms including the kids rooms towards the front of the house nice and toasty, but leave the master bedroom needing to be heated with a space heater. So when we were sent the QuietHeat15 Portable Heater from NewAir, I was excited to plug it in and warm up my room with it as well as add it to this years holiday guide!


First off, I really like the sleek design that this little heater offers, allowing me to use it not just in my bedroom but in any room in my home. It is not too bulky and simple to carry from room to room, and offers a quiet whisper setting for using while we are sleeping! Along with the design I also like that the QuietHeat15 Portable Heater is simple to use, allowing me to not only set the heating setting on high or low settings, but also set the timer on the heater from 0-12 hours if needed.

Then when it comes to the heat quality that this portable heater puts off, I like that it can heat up a 400 square foot room, evenly. I also like that the LED on the top gives me the temperature selections, and that this heater offers a heating range of 41 degrees F to 95 degrees F! Giving me a portable heating solution that we can use in any room in the home or even in the garage when we are getting all of our holiday decorations out. Making the QuietHeat15 Portable Heater from NewAir not only a must have for any home as we head into the colder months, but also a great gift to give this coming holiday season! And to help with keeping my readers warm this year, the wonderful people from NewAir would like to give one of my readers their own QuietHeat15 Portable Heater! Also, right now take 20% Off your order with code MOMMYKATIE





Product received, thank you to NewAir as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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#Giveaway Holiday Guide: Family Game Night Fun with Goliath


The holidays are a time where families come together, catch up with one another, celebrate the season together and also exchange gifts with one another. Along with those traditions, in my home, we also enjoy having fun family game nights with the entire family since many come from out of town and we only see them over the holiday season. I find that this is not just something that we enjoy doing in our home, but something that many homes enjoy as well. So when we were sent a selection of games from Goliath Games to review, I knew that Heather would enjoy adding them to her family game night and also sharing her thoughts on them for this years holiday guide.

Having something to do on these fall and winter days can be challenging. But, games make the long days indoors go faster. So when we saw the games we were sent from Goliath, I was curious to check them out and add them to my list of great holiday gift ideas and family game night must haves. The first game is Fish Food, where you have to feed the spinning fish your cards as fast as you can. But, he can spit them back at you if he wants! This game is a lot of fun,  providing us with hours of entertainment and laughter. Simple enough to play for young players and adults. 



This next game is a real gas!  Doggie Doo! Oh my goodness, I found myself rolling on the floor as my son Aiden was laughing at this game! I mean, what kid doesn’t like fart noises! Feed the doggie, press the leash, and if he poops, clean it up and get a token! The player with the most tokens at the end wins. So, you want to clean the poo. This game is hysterical, and my kids find that want to play this game over and over again. 

Then last but not least is Greedy Granny. Oh granny has fallen asleep and she has all the treats on her lap. You have to try and sneak one of each kind without waking her. If you wake her, her teeth come flying out at you! This is a suspenseful game because you never know who will wake granny. When you do wake her and her teeth fly out, it makes you jump! All three of these games are going to be played a lot while we play indoors and during our family game nights. We also found that these will be a lot of fun to bring out over the holidays as we bond with family and friends over some belly rolling fun games! Making the choice to add the games from Goliath to your holiday line up, a choice that is sure to keep everyone laughing. And to help with bringing some of that family game night fun to your home this holiday season, the wonderful people from Goliath would like to give one of our amazing readers the same set of games we were sent!





Product received, thank you to Goliath as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Holiday Guide: Activity Books from Quarto Kids


As I head out to find those gifts to get the kids and to add to our holiday festivities this year, I like to not only seek out the toys and such that the kids like getting, but also the fun activity books as well. So when we were sent a couple of the activity books that are available from Quarto Kids, I was not only excited to check them out but also add them to this years holiday guide.


To get started I found the Pirates Magnified book to be a great one that my kids are sure to have a lot of fun with. On the front cover there is a magnifying glass that is included, which comes in handy as you go through each page of activities that are included. These activities are ones that keep the kids searching as they seek out the various items that are in the story. Along with the activity of seeking out the goods, the kids can read and follow along the story of the 10 pirates that tell of their life on the sea!


Then for those holiday activities that the entire family can enjoy as we celebrate together, I found the book, Christmas Paper Play to be the perfect book for us!


With this book, we get page after page of activities that include fun cutouts for the kids to do and decorations for them to make! Each page includes either a craft, fun activity or game that are all holiday themed, and the only other things needed are some scissors, glue and colored pencils. Giving us a fun book that is filled with activities that the kids can do together, and making the choice to shop the line of kids books from Quarto Kids this holiday season, a choice that is sure to put smiles on everyone's faces this holiday season!




Product received, thank you to Quarto Kids as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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#Giveaway Holiday Guide: Holiday Dresses from Noori Dresses


When we think of the holidays and the preparation that goes along with getting everything together, we tend to think of not just the holiday parties but the photos we might take for those cards we send out each year. Like many who get the kids together to take those yearly family photos that we then use on the holiday greeting cards, I like to ensure that we have new dresses and suits for everyone to wear. This is the case for Heather and her family as well, so when we were given the chance to review a dress from Noori Dresses, I knew that Heather would enjoy reviewing one of the dresses for her daughter and sharing her thoughts with our readers!



After looking over the selection of dresses available at Noori Dresses, I decided to go with the Pink Satin Dress with Flowers for my daughter Megan to wear this coming holiday season! I’m in awe of how pretty this dress is and I just knew Megan would love it! This dress is made of 100% polyester. The tulle like skirt around it is sparkling with lots of glitter, which Megan really likes. Along with the dress, we were also sent a very nice bolero that looks really nice with this dress. The little matching jacket is perfect for the fall weather and will also look very nice when we do our holiday pictures this year. 

Then when it comes to more of the details that the dress offers, I can not forget about the little satin flowers that add the right amount of flare to the waistline. I like that the dress is easy zip up back and the waist ties in the back. Making my daughter Megan feels like a princess when she wears it and twirls around the room. Which in all, makes the choice to shop the line of dresses and suits at Noori Dresses for when you need a great dress for a special occasion, or any occasion, a choice that not only allows you to find those perfect pieces, but also get them at a great price! And to help with finding the dresses for your next family photo or special occasion, the wonderful people from Noori Dresses would like to give one of our amazing readers their own dress of choice from the Noori Dresses line up!








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


When it comes to being a parent, we find that going anywhere with baby, that we have a lot that needs to go with. From the diapers and wipes to the food, toys and extra change of clothes, there can be a lot that we take with us, even when we are taking a simple trip to the store. With that said, as a parent, I have found that having the right diaper bags available is the way to go. So when we were sent the ModaWee Diaper Bag to review, I knew that Heather would be excited to check it out and share her thoughts on it with our readers.



The ModaWee Diaper Bag diaper bag has many many pockets and compartments, making it a multi-functional bag that can really come in handy for both moms and dads. Aside from the numerous functions that we will get to, I like that there are two ways to carry it. You can carry it like a handbag or put it on like a backpack which is great if you have your hands full. 

Then when it comes to the various functions, I like that there are multiple compartments throughout the bag. With the bottom zippered area, I like that it is easy to get to things in the bottom of the bag as there is a zipper on the back side that allows access to the bottom. This makes it much easier than digging through to find what you need. The compartment the front holds 3 bottles and it is insulated, which makes it so it will keep the bottles cool or hot for hours. Another plus is that the bag is made out of waterproof material so you don’t have to worry if anything spills on it. And if something were to spill, I like that it will wipe right off. Some other key features are:

●Insulated Pockets
There are 3 bottle holders in the front of the bag separated from other baby items. These 3 holders with insulation layer of tin foil can keep warm or cold for hours.

●Wide-open Design
There’s an opening in the back of the bag with a waterproof pocket. It’s convenient for you to put in or take out things. 

● Wet and Dry Separation Design
Wet cloth or diapers can be put in the waterproof pocket separated from dry cloths and diapers.

●Side Tissue Pocket
Side tissue pocket design provides quick access to wipes when spills happen or to keep baby clean and fresh. 

●Multiple Compartments and Spacious Interior
Large interior pocket includes individualized storage compartments and zip close pockets to safely organize baby’s toys, burp cloths, apparel and more. 
Zippered interior and exterior pockets are also handy for safe keeping parent’s keys, cell phones and wallets.

●Multi Carry Ways
You can use this bag as backpack and handbag. It’s comfort to carry all day with board backpack straps. Rivet reinforcement hand straps and you don’t need to worry about the bag falling apart. 

●High Quality Material
The diaper bag is made of environmental & durable water resistant fabric ,easy to wipe clean.Don't afraid the milk or water spill on the bag when feeding the baby.

Making this diaper bag from ModaWee not only a very stylish option, but a option that offers a diaper bag that is roomy, great for on the go parents, and easy to use and clean.






Product received, thank you to ModaWee as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

#Giveaway Holiday Guide: Customized Photo Blankets from Collage.com

The holiday season is coming up, and we find that now is a great time to start getting some of that shopping done. From the decorations to put up both inside and outside of the home to the gifts to give to those on your list, there is a lot of shopping to be done. With that said, I am one who likes to get a head start on things, and I find that now is the perfect time to get that head start, especially when it comes to getting those personalized gifts. So when we were given the chance to design and review a couple of the Photo Blankets from Collage.com, I was excited to start designing them and also add the Photo Blankets to this years holiday guide!

With the Photo Blankets that you can create a Collage.com, you can create a customized piece that offers a sentimental value to your recipient. The blankets are also simple to create and order, where you just go on, choose your material for the blanket, pick a background if you want, upload the photos you want to use, add them to the blanket, select how you want them on the blanket, and when you are pleased with your creation, you can then add it to your basket and checkout! I also like that if you are a new customer on Collage.com, you can get 60% off your first order right now, allowing you to save on those customized gifts for the holidays.

Then when it comes to the ordering, delivery and final product, well I found the ordering process to be a very simple one, where I was able to make sure everything looked the way I wanted it to. From there, after ordering, I received updates not just by email but I also opted for the text message updates so I could track my order. And once my order arrived, I was very pleased to see that the blankets I ordered came out exactly as I had imagined them to, giving me not just a keepsake to have in my home, but one that Heather will enjoy getting for hers as well. I also found the Just Right 100% Guarantee to be a big plus, allowing me to return the blankets had I not been satisfied with the blankets, which of course was not a issue. Making the choice to head to Collage.com to create customized gifts like the Photo Blankets to give this coming holiday season, a choice that both you and your recipient will surely appreciate! And to help with that holiday shopping this year, the wonderful people from Collage.com would like to give one of my amazing readers their own Photo Blanket!







Product received, thank you to Collage.com as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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#Giveaway Holiday Guide: Strictly Briks®


As we head out to start doing some of that holiday shopping, many of us head out with a list. The list might not be what we are getting, but a list of who we need to find gifts for. And like many who head out with the list of names of those I am shopping for, I go over the list and take each person's likes and interests into consideration. With that said, I have found that when I am shopping for my kids, especially my sons, that anything that they can build, which includes building blocks, can be the way to go for them. So when we were sent a pack of baseplates from Strictly Briks® to review, I was very excited to see how these set up and also add them to this years holiday guide!


Like many kids who have building blocks, they are always looking for ways to set up and display their creations. And with the 12.5" Big Briks Circle 4 Pack, we get a great way for the kids to display and organize their building blocks! The plates are simple to set up, by just taking some of the blocks to build the columns and place the plates on top of the columns. Along with the set up being simple, I like that once set up, the 12.5" of space on each plate and level gives my kids space to build on, and I like that with the columns that help to put each level together, the kids can choose how big or small they want to make them.


Then when it comes to the storage of the plates and blocks used for building the columns with, I found that the plates can be put together and stored away easily and kept with the blocks. Giving us not just a simple and fun solution when the kids want to display and organize their blocks, but also a set up that can be taken down just as easily as it went up and put away to use again and again! Making the choice to add the 12.5" Big Briks Circle 4 Pack from Strictly Briks® to your holiday list, a choice that the kids who enjoy building with blocks will appreciate getting this holiday season! And to help with that holiday shopping, the wonderful people from Strictly Briks® would like to give one of our amazing readers their own set of the 12.5" Big Briks Circle 4 Packs!







Product received, thank you to Strictly Briks® as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Holiday Guide: Coloring Books from Disney Publishing


When it comes to finding those perfect gifts to give over the holiday season, I find that there are so many options to look at. I also find that as I look at those options, that I like to think of the person I am shopping for and look at the items that I feel they would be interested in. With that said, I have found that when it comes to seeking gifts for not just the kids but also adults in my life, that coloring books are something that everyone seems to like and enjoy getting. So when I was sent a collection of coloring books from Disney Publishing to review, I was excited to look over the books and add them to this years holiday guide!


With this collection I was sent, I found the book, The Art of Coloring: Mickey and Minnie to be the perfect coloring book to go with for the Mickey and Minnie Mouse fans in your life! This book is filled with fun patterns and character designs featuring those lovable mice over a 99 year history of animation. The designs are not only fun to color but also fun to add to, which is not only relaxing for those who like to relax and color but also a great way to inspire creativity for those who like to draw as well. The Disney drawings include some of those classic designs along with some from the works of Disney animators! Giving your recipient a gift that is not only enjoyable as they color and draw but one they can cherish as well.

Along with the Mickey and Minnie book, I found, The Percy Jackson Coloring Book to be another fun find. This coloring book is one that Percy Jackson fans will appreciate, giving them scenes, designs and more. Then for those Tim Burton fans like myself who adore the movie, The Nightmare Before Christmas, I found the coloring book, Art of Coloring: Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas to be a great choice to go with! This book has page after page of amazing artwork, patterns and designs that the Tim Burton fans will enjoy coloring as they relax and get creative with each page in this book. Making the choice to add the coloring books available from Disney Publishing to your holiday list, a choice that the Disney fans on your list are sure to appreciate getting this year!






Product received, thank you to Disney Publishing as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Monday, October 23, 2017

Family Movie Night Fun with Cars 3

Family movie nights are a time that everyone in my house looks forward to, and on those weekends where rain is in the forecast, we like to add some family movie time fun to the mix. This was the case for my family this past weekend, as the kids watched the rain come down all day Saturday. And aside from playing some games and doing some crafts, we decided that we would have a family movie night party to help make a rainy day a little more fun for everyone. So to help bring our little family movie night party together, we were sent a pack filled with Cars 3 goodies and of course the movie, Cars 3 on Blu-Ray, which will be available on November 7th.


In our Cars 3 movie pack, we got a large bucket to fill with popcorn, plates, cups and even some fun Cars 3 toys. These toys included a Cars 3 Lightening McQueen plush toy, a deluxe Miss Fritter toy that rolls around, and a Cars 3 Trouble game to play after the movie. Allowing us to not only have a fun family movie night surprise for the kids on a rainy day, but also some game night fun after as well!



Then when it came to the feature film that my family and I were very excited to watch, we found the movie Cars 3 to be the perfect family movie for race car fans! In this movie, you get McQueen who is back and ready to race but quickly learns that the tracks have a lot of younger race cars ready to take on the challenge. With this reality setting in, Lightening McQueen finds that he is not sure where he should be or what he should be doing in the racing world where he is surrounded by younger, faster cars. Giving you a Cars movie that is right in line with the other Cars movies that Cars fans will enjoy, which is filled with racing fun and a heartfelt journey that the beloved car, Lightening McQueen must go on in order to find his place in the racing world. Along with the movie we found the bonus materials and extras to be a must see as well, which includes the all new mini movie, "Miss Fritter’s Racing Skoool", along with a lot of other fun extras for Cars fans to enjoy! Making the choice to add Cars 3 to your next family movie night, one that you and your Cars fans are sure to appreciate. Cars 3 will be available to bring home to share with your racing fans on November 7th, 2017!


Download Cars 3 Halloween Activities





Product received, thank you to Disney Movies as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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#Giveaway Holiday Guide: Stuck on You


With the holiday shopping season coming, I find that now is the time to get that head start on the shopping and also get ideas on what to get others this year. Like many families, I always find that having planners for everyone to use and keep up with is not only handy but also makes for a great gift to get. I also find that when you have kids who enjoy drawing and doodling, that getting them tools they can use to be creative with is ideal. So when we were introduced to the stationary selections from Stuck on You, we were excited to review the Family Planner along with the Large Personalized Sketchbook and add them to our holiday guide this year!
When the Personalized Large Sketchbook arrived, I was very pleased to see how big it was. Offering my daughter large pages to do her doodles and artwork on and also giving her a nice book to keep them in as she goes along. I also liked that when I went to pick out the design that I could choose from a variety of designs and color themes, then choose the font for the personalization. Allowing me to not only give my daughter a large sketchbook that is perfect for any young artists to use, but also a sketchbook that is personalized just for her!
Then with the Personalized Family Planner, we get a great planner that we can have personalized by choosing the theme for the design, along with the colors and the font for the lettering. From there, we get a large planner that allows us to organize all of our weekly activities, special events and occasions, and mark each of these events with the stickers provided. I also like that we can easily hang our planner up in the family room, allowing everyone to see what the schedule for the upcoming weeks will be like, and even add what they need to it as well. Making the choice to add some of the personalized stationary from Stuck on You to your holiday line up, a choice that is a great one to go with when seeking out holiday gifts to give this coming season. And to help with your holidays, the wonderful people from Stuck on You would like to give one of my amazing readers their own Family Activity Planner!






Product received, thank you to Stuck on You as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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PAW Patrol: The Great Snow Rescue


When it comes to our family movie nights, we like to ensure that everyone gets a chance to share their favorite movies and shows. We also find that as we get closer and closer to the holiday season ahead, that we like to seek out the titles that are winter and holiday themed. So when we were sent the new DVD, Paw Patrol: The Great Snow Rescue to review, we were excited to check it out and also excited to add it to our holiday collection of family favorites!


In this DVD we get a lot of fun filled episodes featuring those adorable pups who are ready to save the day as they go on epic rescue missions to help friends in need. 

PAW Patrol: The Great Snow Rescue includes the following episodes:
  • The Pups Winter Wonder Show - The Adventure Bay Snow Show is in danger of being a no-show when Mayor Humdinger escapes with the feature act, Cap'n Turbot's performing penguins. It's up to the PAW Patrol to return the penguins so that the show can go on.
  • Pups Save a Sleepwalking Bear - The pups need to get a sleepwalking bear back home before he wakes up.
  • Pups Save Jake's Cake - Ryder and the pups help get a surprise birthday cake up to Jake's cabin.
  • Pups Save a Teeny Penguin - When Everest and Jake try to rescue a little penguin, they wind up floating out to sea on a homemade bridge.
  • Pups Save a Wild Ride - The PAW Patrol must come to the rescue when Alex and Daring Danny X snowboard near Risky Ridge.
  • Pups and a Whale of a Tale - While on a whale watching expedition, Everest and Jake discover a baby whale trapped beneath the ice. The PAW Patrol must use the Air Patroller to help cut breathing holes in the ice and return the playful baby whale back to its mom.
  • Pups Save a Floundering Francois - When Cap'n Turbot and his cousin Francois are white whale watching in Adventure Bay, their boat hits a rock and starts to sink. The pups have to help free the ship and rescue an overboard Francois from the water.   
We found this DVD to be the perfect addition to add to any Paw Patrol fan's collection, and also a great choice to go with when seeking out winter themed shows to share with your family! Paw Patrol: The Great Snow Rescue will be available to bring home to share Tuesday October 24th, 2017!




Product received, thank you to Paramount Home Media as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Vampirina on DVD


Family movie night is a night that everyone in my house looks forward to and with the holidays making their way, we find that we like to seek out the movies and shows that have a holiday theme. So when we were sent the new DVD, Vampirina to review, we were very excited to watch it and add it to our collection of family movie night favorites for Halloween!



With this DVD, we get 4 episodes from the Disney Junior show, Vampirina! Where we get to meet Vampirina and learn what it is like for her being the new girl in town when her family moves. Vee, as her friends call her, finds that she will be able to make all new friends along with music videos and silly sleep overs that look like a lot of fun!

We found this DVD to be a great addition to our family movie night, where we got to see all new characters and share a new show that is perfect for watching as we prepare for Halloween in our house! You can share this DVD with your little ones too when you head out to get your copy of Vampirina today. Also get your free printables below to share with your little ones as you watch Vampirina.


Download Vampirina's Print & Play Activity Pages




Product received, thank you to Disney Movies as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Sunday, October 22, 2017

ONESIES® Brand Mix and Match Separates at Walmart

This post was sponsored by ONESIES® Brand through their PR, and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

When it comes to dressing baby, as parents we learn pretty early on that babies are constantly growing. And with that we find that babies can go through a lot of clothes in their first year. So like many parents with a growing baby, Heather likes to turn to the affordable options like the ONESIES Brand mix and match separates that can be found at her local Walmart.

See with the ONESIES Brand of clothing, Heather can find a variety of mix and match options that are perfect for dressing little Zoey in. The ONESIES Brand line of clothing not only offer parents a more affordable option when it comes to keeping up with a growing baby, but they also offer a line of clothing that are simple to care for and take on and off of baby. The expandable lap shoulder neckline make it so taking on and off of baby is easy to do and when there are messes, it makes the changing simple since they can slide off instead of having to go over babies head.

Then when it comes to the price, parents can appreciate that they start at just $2 when you buy the ONESIES Brand mix and match separates at Walmart or $8 when you purchase sets online! Which in all, makes the choice to shop the ONESIES Brand of mix and match separates at your local Walmart store or online, a choice that you and your wallet are sure to appreciate when it comes to dressing baby!






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Friday, October 20, 2017

#Giveaway Pet Adoption 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.


When it comes to our homes and families, we find that not all families are the same. From the families with kids to the families with pets and even the ones with pets and kids like mine, families can differ from one to the other. With that said, when we think of our families and the members in our family, if you have fur babies like we do, then they are part of the equation. So when we consider adding to the family through pet adoption, I like to not only consult the kids on the decision but also think about our other fur babies and think about how they would do with a new sibling.


Along with weighing out the pros and cons of adding to the family through pet adoption, I also like to have the information on hand. Information on why pet adoption is the way to go and also information that I can find when I turn to Petcurean which includes articles like, 8 Reasons why adopting a dog is a wonderful thing to do.

With this article that can be found on the Petcurean site, I like how it discusses how dogs are good for both your health and your life since they encourage physical activity, can help to lower blood pressure, relieve anxiety and so much more! I also like that when it goes into the reasons why you should consider pet adoption when adding a new fur baby to the family, that each of the reasons are big ones to add to the pros list. The reasons from the article are listed below:

Reason #1

You will be saving a life. And providing a safe, secure loving environment to a dog who really needs it

Reason #2

When you adopt a fully grown dog, there will be no surprises when it comes to his size, appearance, or coat type as there can be with a puppy

Reason #3

Shelters and rescue groups often include vaccinations, microchipping, and spaying or neutering in the adoption fee

Reason #4

Very often rescue or re-homed dogs are already housetrained and have some basic behavioural training as well

Reason #5

You are helping to relieve pet over-population and the proliferation of puppy mills by not purchasing a puppy from a pet store or unscrupulous backyard breeder. In addition you are making space for another homeless pet at the shelter or rescue organization

Reason #6

Rescued dogs, or dogs from a shelter, usually have extensive evaluations done on them before going up for adoption, so you will know ahead of time if the dog you want is, for instance, good with kids, other dogs or cats

Reason #7

You will have a huge choice of dogs to choose from so you can make sure whichever one you take home is ‘the one’

Reason #8

Shelters and rescues usually have all kinds of resources to help you once you have adopted your new family member
Which in all, not only gives you more reasons on why adopting is a great way to go when adding a fur baby to your family, but also a great pet food brand that encourages families to adopt, which in hand benefits so many lives! And to help with celebrating Adopt A Shelter Pet Month, the wonderful people from Petcurean would like to give one of our amazing readers a free 25lb bag (winner’s choice of which Petcurean brand/recipe) + a bag of Spike treats, a $70- $100 value!!






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It’s Party Time! How do I Plan my Kid’s Birthday Party?


So you’ve been told what theme they want, what cake their friends had, how many people they want to invite from their class, you’ve been advised to tell the world about the best party of the year, you’ve bought a metal sign to illuminate and shine from afar so everyone knows where the party is happening. You’ve been begged for this, you’ve been pleaded with for that and you’ve  promised some things and not others…all while trying to keep to some sort of budget and remember half the things you said would be okay…

Just breathe. It’s only a kid’s party. And they’ll enjoy it regardless if their favourite superhero or fairy princess turns up or not. But what can you do to make it a little easier? Well, here are a few ideas on how you can plan like a dream, rather than planning a nightmare!

Decide on a theme
Many parents feel more comfortable starting with a theme around which they can organise invitations, decorations, games, crafts and food. Both you and your child will enjoy making plans that reflect his/her interests — whether it's a sports theme, a dinosaur bash, an art party, beach picnic, a trip back in time, or an animal adventure! The possibilities are endless!

Pick your decorations
Atmosphere is everything. Once you've chosen a theme, use a little creativity to set the scene. That doesn't mean you need to fly to the Grand Canyon for a campout party. Kids are naturally imaginative; they'll play along when you use simple household gadgets to transform your home into a national park. Set up a tent, pass out flashlights and catch fireflies in the backyard.

Stop the guest list from getting out of control
Let go of social obligations and focus on keeping the numbers manageable. One good guideline is to invite as many kids as your child's age plus one.
Other ways to cut the list: Limit invitees to a discrete group, such as your child's playgroup or only girls or boys. And if a friend who had your child at his celebration doesn't make the cut, set up a special playdate or outing instead.

Location, location, location
If you don’t fancy a group of children running around your house the consider other options. Community centres are often a nice, cheap alternative. Or get in touch with kid friendly restaurants, soft play areas or even small animal parks – find out which one will work out cheapest.

Don’t worry about the party bags
Buying lots of cheap little plastic toys and sticking them in a bag with some sweets and cake might seem like a clever idea, but the cost will soon add up! Why not choose a thankyou gift rather than a goody bag? Something that fits the theme would be ideal, for example, you can pick up children’s books at discount stores for sometimes as little as a £1; ideal for a pyjama party theme.
Wrap these individually and their enthusiasm will be far greater than if they’d just been handed a party bag!



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