Thursday, November 30, 2017

#Giveaway Holiday Guide: Nail Polish Accessory Must Have with Tippur


It is that time of year, the time to go out and find those gifts for putting under the tree along with the stocking stuffer must haves as well. For me, when it comes to the stocking stuffer ideas that I seek, I find that I enjoy looking for the gifts that can offer some practicality and that can also be of a lot of use. This includes the items such as the fun socks that keep feet warm, the nail polishes that my daughter and I enjoy getting in our stockings and other items of use as well. So when we were sent a Tippur to review, I was excited to check it out and add it to this years holiday guide.



When I first looked at the Tippur, I found it to be a product that I wish I had had a long time ago. See with the Tippur, we get a gift idea that is sure to be very useful when it comes to applying the nail polish. It is not just a nail polish bottle holder, because it holds the nail polish at a angle, allowing access to be simple and also allowing us to reduce any messes that can occur when applying nail polish. I also like that when we go to use the Tippur, that we can place any nail polish bottle inside, which allows us to use all of our polishes, and I like that we get every drop since it is tipped to the side. Giving us a tool that I see as a must have when it comes to doing nails, that allows you to have fun when using nail polish for manicures and pedicures without the issue of a mess! Making the choice to add the Tippur to your holiday shopping list when seeking those stocking stuffer ideas, a choice that is sure to make everyone happy! And to help with the gift giving this holiday season, the wonderful people who sent me the Tippur for review, would like to give one of our amazing readers their own Tippur!







Product received, thank you to Tippur 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: Smooshy Mushy

As we get closer and closer to the big day, we find that there are so many gift ideas to look at for everyone on our lists. This includes those gifts that the kids are sure to enjoy seeing under the tree this year, and when it comes to the kids and which gifts to get them, I like to seek out a variety. Like for my daughter who likes those adorable collectible toys that resemble foods, and that offer the blind bag options as well that the kids love getting. So when we were sent some of the items from the Smooshy Mushy collection to review, I was excited to check them out and add them to this years holiday guide.



With these adorable toys from the Smooshy Mushy collection, my daughter can get a variety of those food like toys that she enjoys collecting. This includes the fun bento style box, where you can get a mix of your favorite foods from around the world. Inside each Smooshy Mushy Bento Box, the kids get fun surprises which include a adorable Smooshy Mushy Pet, two super squishy Besties, a tiny sweet drink container, and the “Find your Smooshy name” game stickers. Along with the very adorable and collectible Bento Boxes my daughter can also collect the Smooshy Mushy Frozen Delights, that each have matching, easy-to-make and tasty frozen delight recipe to share with friends and family, a tiny smoothie bottle, sweet stickers and a collectible poster. Then when it comes to even more cute and squishy fun that can be had from the Smooshy Mushy collection, we found the Smooshy Mushy Besties to be the perfect blind bag to go with this holiday season! With the Smooshy Mushy Besties we get one of the 39 randomly assorted blind bags includes a super sweet squishy Bestie, a collectible poster and a game. Making the choice to add some Smooshy Mushy cuteness under the tree this year for your kids, a choice that they are sure to appreciate seeing!






Product received, thank you to Redwood Ventures as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

#Giveaway Holiday Guide: Dancing Deer Baking Co


When it comes to finding those gifts to give over the holiday season, we find that there might be a variety of recipients on our lists. From the friends and family who will be close that we celebrate with to those who live far away who we will be thinking about over the season. And with that, when it comes to those who live far away and will not be able to celebrate with us, I find that I like to seek out the gifts that I can have delivered to them that they are sure to enjoy. So when we were so sent the Classic Deer Gift Hamper to review from Dancing Deer Baking Co. I was excited to share it with my family and also add it to this years holiday guide!




See when we shop at the Dancing Deer Baking Co for those holiday gifts or even for those holiday treats to have out for guests, I like that we can choose from a variety of delicious baked goods. These baked goods include the cookies and brownies that we were sent along with the pound cakes that are offered. I also like that when we go to order to send those gifts this holiday season that we can choose from a variety of gift baskets, allowing me to choose from the different varieties to ensure I find the right one to send.

Then when it comes to the flavors we were sent, we found that the Classic Deer Gift Hamper allowed us to taste a variety of the cookies and brownies that are available. There are 30 treats which include  8 molasses cookies, 7 chocolate chip cookies, and 7 cranberry orange white chocolate chip cookies. Along with the cookies we were also sent 4 of the chocolate chunk brownies and 4 of the salted caramel squares! Giving us a variety to enjoy and share and making the choice to add the gift baskets you can find from the Dancing Deer Baking Co. a choice that is sure to make your holidays merry and bright this year! And to help with bringing some of those baked goods home for you to enjoy and share with others, the wonderful people from the Dancing Deer Baking Co would like to send one of our amazing readers their own Classic Deer Gift Hamper!







Product received, thank you to Dancing Deer Baking Co. 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: Sweetlings Swirl N Twirl Minis


As we get closer to the holidays, I find that seeking out those gifts to give can be a lot of fun! I mean, when we look at those lists and start marking them off, I find that it gets more and more exciting knowing that we are getting closer to the big day and to seeing the faces light up as our recipients open those gifts. With that said, as we seek out the gifts to get the kids, as a parent I like to think about what interests the kids have and what they might enjoy getting. So when we were sent the Sweetlings Swirl N Twirl Minis from ALEX DIY, I knew that Heather would be excited to check it out and add it to this years holiday guide.






These Sweetlings are on my daughter's Megan’s Christmas list, so when I saw them, I was excited to check them out. We received the Swirl-N-Twirl minis set, which is part of the DIY line up at ALEX Brands. These give my daughter the chance to be creative and make cute cupcake characters that will keep for a long time. The cupcake base is plastic and you use the whipped clay frosting to top them with. These also have punch out accessories that you can add and bring them to life, and I like that you can give them some sparkle with glitter as well. Then after they are done, there is a cake stand to display them on. There are several other kits and accessories to choose from, which after looking at them, I can’t wait to add to her collection. She will love each and every one. This kit includes:
  • 3 Color Swirl Whipped Clay Tubes
  • 3 Star Tips and Caps
  • Glitter
  • PVC Decorative Stickers
  • Plastic Sprinkles
  • 4 Mini Cupcake Bases
  • Tweezers
  • Cupcake Stand
  • Instructions
And with the Sweetlings Swirl N Twirl Minis set, you get to make HOPling, MEOWling and MISS CHARMling. These are cute and great for kiddos who love craft projects like my kiddos, and is why I can see why my daughter and her friends all have these sets on their lists this year! Making the choice to add the Sweetlings Swirl N Twirl Minis from the DIY ALEX Brands collection, a great choice to go with as you seek out those gifts to put under the tree this holiday season! 






Product received, thank you to ALEX Brands 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: Dodgeball from Identity Games


Finding the games to give this holiday season is something that many households enjoy doing. For me, it means gifting new and fun games to the kids that we can add to our family game nights, which is the case for many homes. So when we were sent the fun skill game, Dodgeball from Identity Games to review, I knew that Heather would enjoy adding it to her family game night and also adding to this years holiday guide.



Sunday's are family days at my house, which means a time that we put down the electronics and books to spend the time enjoying one another's company and finding ways to make the time fun. One thing that we always enjoy on Sunday's is making it a family game day, and with this game of  Dodgeball, we can have fun with the kids and no one gets hurt. Lol! To get started, the pitcher has a ball and is trying to knock your players head off. You have to pay attention and push your player down while trying to stack 6 balls on your goblet to win. It takes one hand to hold the goblet and the other to stack the balls so that makes pushing your player down in time tricky. If you lose your head, you have to start over. The first person to keep their head and stack all 6 balls, wins! I like that it has a slow speed for when my youngest likes to play or a faster speed for the older kids, giving us a fun game that requires a bit of skill that can be enjoyed for the different ages we have in my house. I find that this will be a new favorite in my house and you can too when you get the game Dodgeball to put under the tree this holiday season!  



Product received, thank you to Identity Games 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: Cupcake Surprise Minis


When it comes to those stocking stuffer ideas for the kids, I find that seeking out a variety of the blind bag type collectible ideas for the different kids on my list allows me to get unique gifts to give. I also find that with the kids, seeking out those gifts that have characters and themes that the kids enjoy getting is the way to go. So when we were sent the very adorable, Cupcake Surprise Minis toys to review from Sunny Days Entertainment, I knew that Heather would enjoy reviewing them and adding them to this years holiday guide!



Looking for a stocking stuffer idea to get for your little girl this year? These little cupcake dolls from Cupcake Surprise Minis are the perfect size and surprise! They look like a cupcake, and smell like one too, but they pop open and inside is a doll and the frosting from the cupcake becomes the doll's hat. Then we find that what was the cupcake liner is now her dress. The dolls are cute and smell good, and I like that there are a variety of scents and colors that we can collect. Which makes these adorable and very collectible Cupcake Mini Surprise dolls, a must have when seeking out those adorable stocking stuffers for your daughter this coming holiday season!




Product received, thank you to Sunny Days Entertainment as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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5 Ways To Help Boost Your Child’s Interest In Sports


With kids having quick and easy access to different types of technology, it can be really difficult to get them to spend more time outdoors and engage in some kind of sport. Encouraging kids to be active in organized sports is important if you want them to develop healthy fitness and lifestyle habits, teamwork and leadership skills, and have high self-esteem.

If you want your child to show more interest in sports and experience the associated benefits, the team at ZSC Academy shares some useful tips and techniques below:

1.    Explain the benefits your child will gain when he becomes active in sports.


As an adult, there is no doubt that you already know the important benefits a person experiences when one is physically active. However, your child may not be aware of these benefits yet.

As such, have a talk with your child and explain the health, emotional, mental, and social benefits he can experience when he becomes interested in any type of sport. Make sure your little one understands these benefits. Help him see that being active in sports isn’t just about winning and feeling tired after a game.

2.    Help your child realize that sports are fun.


Many kids view organized sports as something that takes a lot of hard work; from watching a game, they may tend to think that they would have to exert extra effort to play and win.

Because of this, they may often see sports as some kind of chore and they won’t enjoy playing unless they win.

If your child has this same point of view, you need to help change this mindset. You can do this by getting your little one to watch other people having fun while playing their game. Also, allow him to try different types of sports to find out which one he finds the most enjoyable and rewarding.

Once your child has found a sport he likes, be interested and excited about helping him learn more about the sport and try it out. Always encourage your little one and find different ways to support him.

3.    Be active in sports, too.


Your child will be more inclined to be interested in sports if he sees you being active in one and having fun whenever you play. If your child says he wants to learn how to play tennis, whether you’ve played before or not, enjoy a match with your child. You and your little one can join a program where both of you can learn the ins and outs of this sport, too.

Being active in a sport your child likes is a great way to incorporate physical activity into your family life. It is also one of the best ways you can sustain your kid’s interest and even help him explore other sports as well.

4.    Take advantage of positive peer pressure.


Make use of positive peer pressure to help boost your child’s interest in athletics. If your child has friends or classmates enrolled in an after-school or summer sports program, ask him if he wants to join the same class as well. If the sports club or academy allows visitors to observe classes, bring your child so that he can see first-hand what his friends or classmates are doing and how they’re having fun.

It is highly likely that your child will be more interested in a particular sport if he knows he has friends in the same team or club. This is something that can be helpful if your little one and his friends are absolute beginners.

5.    Let your child choose his sport.


Some kids just don’t want to be told what to do. As such, even if you think your child has great reflexes and may excel in baseball, don’t force this sport on him. Since helping your child find fun in sports is important, forcing him to like one which he’s particularly not interested in will do nothing good to motivate him. 

You can help get your child started in athletics by letting him know that getting involved in some type of sport is compulsory. However, he has the opportunity to choose which sport to try or be active in. When he has the power to choose, he will be more motivated to learn more about the sport and be active in it. 

In addition, be prepared to switch activities if your child seems bored or unhappy. There are enough options that it will be impossible for your little one not to find one that he will like and can excel in.

Getting your child to start taking an interest in athletics may take a lot of time and effort, especially if his primary sources of entertainment and fun are different types of mobile devices. But all your hard work will be well rewarded once you start observing positive changes in your child’s physique, skills, and attitude. 


AUTHOR BIO
A veteran c-level executive with more than 25 years of experience across multi-faceted industries including Leisure & Recreation, Barry Bremner joined Zayed Sports City as Director of Business & Corporate Services in 2009 and was appointed to General Manager in 2013. During his time with Zayed Sports City, he has developed and implemented new management systems as well as raised the profile of the organization by securing leading events to take place at Zayed Sports City, including: WWE, Monster Jam, the U-17 World Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and the Mubadala World Tennis Championship. During his tenure at the property, annual visitors to Zayed Sports City have increased from 420,000 in 2009 to 1.3m in 2016.



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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

How To Protect Your Children On Their Smartphones


Being a parent in today's world requires a lot more when it comes to safety and diligence. There are social networks, and connections that kids join up with both at home and at their schools, and with that we find that we must monitor their engagements. For me, aside from my kids who engage in online activity at their schools, we also have the apps they play during their earned screen time in the home, and my teen who has a smartphone that I try to monitor as closely as I possibly can. The thing is, when it comes to my teen and her smartphone, she has it with her most of the time, as a tool to keep in touch with family who live far away and also to keep me informed when she has after school activities and practices to attend. Which gives her more time to engage on her smartphone apps, and leaving her more vulnerable to what all can cause harm from cyber bullying to the apps that have questionable engagements. And like many parents who have kids who use apps on tablets and who also have older kids with smartphones, I find that I am always seeking out ways to help make and keep them safe when they are connected. So when I was shown the infographic below, I found it to not only be a great source for myself but a source that I could share with my audience as well to help when it comes to protecting children on smartphones, especially with the holidays coming where many kids will be getting that first smartphone as a gift.


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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Find that Perfect Family Vehicle this Holiday Season with Cars.com

This post was sponsored by Cars.com, all opinions expressed in my post are my own.


The holidays are coming and when it comes to the gifts we give, we also tend to take into consideration the group gifts as well. This includes those vacations we might gift our families along with the gift of a new family vehicle that we can all enjoy as well. The thing is, when it comes to those big gifts that we might go with for the holidays, like many, I like to ensure that I have done my homework on ensuring that I got the best price and features that I seek, especially when it comes to a family vehicle. So like many who are seeking that perfect family vehicle to gift my family this holiday season, I will be turning to Cars.com.


See when I head to Cars.com to find that perfect family vehicle, I can do the research I need to do without the hassle of a sales guy pushing me to purchase a vehicle I might not be 100% satisfied with. In fact, I can do the research from a variety of dealerships and private owners, all in one place, giving me the facts on the make and models, along with reviews from other buyers. I can also do comparisons on different vehicles, from the features I am seeking to the specs that stand out and the prices, which allows me to shop on my terms and at my own pace as well. Making the choice to head to Cars.com this holiday season, a choice that those who are in the market for a new or used car will find to be a choice they will be happy they made!




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Friday, November 24, 2017

Holiday Mint® Master Shake at Sonic


I don't know about you, but as the sales go up and the decorations come out, I find that I get very excited for the holidays! For me, I love everything that has to do with the season, from the holiday music and movies to the flavors we come across. And like many who took on some of those sales, my family and I stopped in at our local Sonic Drive In to grab some snacks and treats before going to the next sale. While at Sonic, I was pleasantly surprised to see the new line up of the Master Shakes available which includes the Holiday Mint® Master Shake that I have found to be a new holiday favorite treat of mine!


With this cool mint shake you get a blend of Sonic's real ice cream with sweet mint mixed in along with OREO® cookie pieces! Giving you a taste of the holidays, and a treat that is sure to please when you head to your local Sonic this holiday season!





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

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Top Tips To Travel With Children This Festive Season

Festive season comes with all the fun and excitement. It is the time for people to spend some good time with family and friends. With kids having vacation these days it is the time for family vacations. No doubt parents will be bombarded with questions like “Where we are going these holidays?” “When are we going?” “What should I pack for?” etc. Going on a vacation with kids is an amazing thing but, the planning part is not that smooth. If you want to end up with a good vacation you better be planning things in advance. So to help you out here are a few tips that can come in handy.

Give your time
In case you are having a trip with babies or toddlers then you cannot have the trip planned in a day or two. You need to take time and plan everything in advance. You may need at least a month’s time for the same. Do a thing at a time, note the things you will need for the trip and start collecting them one by one. Yeah, it is like taking baby steps but it works well as you cannot do everything at the last moment. Make your booking beforehand and save too. You can easily find good travel deals at LatestIndianDeals.in.

Prepare a work list
You need to be ready with the things you will need for the trip. You cannot afford to have last minute black-outs! So make a list or draw a chart and list down the items you need for the trip. Once you have start having them you can tick it on the list. You can add or delete items from the list as per your needs.

Pack smart
Travelling with kids does not mean you need to overload the things. Remember that what you do now will help your kid learn. You need to have an idea of the weather, culture and social norms of the place you are travelling. Pack the things accordingly. You need to check the travel bag of kids too. Make sure you only have what you need for the trip.   

Visit the doctor
When was the last time you took your kids to the doctor? Is there any vaccination pending? If yes, get it before the trip. You don’t want a ruined trip just because your kid is not well. Carry the important medicines and prescription if needed.

Carry entertainment stuff
When grownups get bored on the flight how could you even think that kids won’t? So make sure you have some toys, story books, comics or an activity book with you. Use the buy one get one offers on stores  to buy a few. This will keep them occupied over the journey. Just keep in mind you need to keep them busy.

Food
Food can turn to be expensive when you are travelling. When you are with kids you will soon have some hungry tummies to fill in. so it would be better that you carry some snacks on the trip.

Get proper sleep
If you child fail to get enough sleep then he or she may turn cranky and this will be the last thing you want to have on the trip. So you must ensure that the kids have enough sleep before the trip or plan the trip in such a way that the sleep pattern of kids is not disturbed.

Kids are definitely amazing beings to spend time with but, when you are with them you need all you will have is fun. So keep these tips in mind and have an amazing holiday with your kids.  

  

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Holiday Guide: Accessorize Your iPhone with Phone Cases from MacFixIt

This post was sponsored by MacFixIt through a campaign managed by their PR, and all opinions expressed in my post are my own


The holiday shopping season is upon us and the time to get those gifts for everyone on our lists is now. As we head out to do that holiday shopping and seek out the gifts that everyone is sure to love, I find that considering some of the things my recipients enjoy is the way to go. Like many, I have several on my list who have iPhones and who appreciate receiving accessories to go with their phones. So when I go to look at the gifts to give this holiday season, I like to look at the various iPhone cases I can get like the ones I can find at MacFixIt.


These include the glass screen protectors along with the OtterBox varieties that can be found on the MacFixIt site that offer not only various colors to choose from but also different fits for the different iPhones that we have in our home. Along with the OtterBox cases that help to protect our iPhones I also like that there are other brands that I can choose from, giving me options when it comes to finding the cases that offer protection.


Then when it comes to the iPhone cases that offer the protection, style and multi function features that many look for, I like that I can find those as well when I shop at MacFixIt. Like for those who like to carry more than just their phone around but would prefer to not carry a wallet as well, I can pick up one of the Twelve South BookBook for iPhone wallet cases. These cases are available in brown and black, and give you a wallet case that offers a hands free phone stand, and a removable shell that is wrapped up in a vintage leather giving you a case that also looks like a book! Making the choice to head to the MacFixIt online store as you do some of that holiday shopping, a choice that gives you many options to choose from when it comes to shopping for those must have iPhone cases and so much more!



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Holiday Guide: Give the Gift of Style with Visionworks


As we head out to search for those perfect holiday gifts to give, I find that looking at the gifts that offer convenience and style can make for the perfect gift. Like many who enjoy driving but do not enjoy that glare from the sun, having the right pair of sunglasses is a must. And having a pair that offers style can also be very convenient. So when we were sent the Vera Bradley Blair sunglasses to add to this years holiday guide from the line up of fashionable must have sunglasses from Visionworks, I was excited to check them out!

I found that when I shop at Visionworks when doing some of my holiday shopping, I can find both the glasses and sunglasses for those on my list who enjoy adding stylish glasses to their wardrobes. Which is what I get with the Vera Bradley Blair sunglasses that give you a gunmetal double bar frame that offer wearers a very cute pair of aviators. The patterned plastic temples have the floral Camellia pattern on them, which is very adorable and also adds to the style factor that many look for. And the silver leaf details that you get on the temple hinges offer that perfect contrast going from the frames to the plastic patterned temples.

With the translucent cream coloring that you get on the temples, the wearer gets that natural look which gives you another aspect of the style that these glasses offer. Then when it comes to the storage and keeping your Vera Bradley Blair Sunglasses safe when they are not being worn, I found the coordinating case that they arrived in to be perfect for not only using for storage but also for the gifting aspect! Which in all makes the choice to shop the line of fashionable sunglasses that you can find when you shop at Visionworks this holiday season, a choice that both you and those on your shopping lists will appreciate!






Product received, thank you to Visionworks 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: Mooshu Trainers


As we prepare for the holidays and those holiday parties that we both host and attend, we find that we like to ensure that along with having the outfits for the family to wear that we also like to ensure that baby is decked out from head to toe as well. Like many who have babies, Heather finds that she can never get enough of the adorable clothing and accessories she comes across for little Zoey. So when we were sent a pair of very adorable dress shoes from the Mooshu Trainers line up, I knew that Heather would be excited to check them out and add them as a must have for baby for this years holiday guide.




When I first saw the Ready Set Mary Jane w/Bow Girls Toddler Squeaky Shoes my reaction was, "Oh My Goodness!!!!!" These have got to be the cutest shoes ever!!! Is there anything better than hearing little squeaks as your little one begins to walk? The answer is no!! These Mooshu trainer shoes are absolutely adorable! They are cute and stylish and the bow is interchangeable so they will go with any outfit for any occasion. No need to buy a bunch of shoes, since you can just simply swap the bows out for a different color. And I like that there are several different styles and colors to chose from. These are sure to be a hit anywhere you go. Zoey will be the talk of the town when we are out! Which is why these are not just a pair that we will be using when we dress Zoey up for any holiday photos but also as we celebrate the holidays or find any excuse to dress her up! Making the choice to add the Ready Set Mary Jane w/Bow Girls Toddler Squeaky Shoes from Mooshu Trainers to your list of either gifts to give for babys' first Christmas or for adding to baby's wardrobe, a must this holiday season!




Product received, thank you to Mooshu Trainers 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: Ocean Pets


When it comes to seeking the toys that the kids are sure to enjoy seeing under the tree this year, I find that adding those fun tech toys can be a great choice to go with. Like many kids, mine enjoy their screen times, earning the time they can use to play educational games and explore the creative apps we come across along with the toys we might find to go with those apps. So when we were sent the Ocean Pets from Pai Technology to review, I knew that Heather would enjoy checking them out and adding them to this years holiday guide!



First off, when it comes to apps and the toys we can purchase to go with various apps, my kids are all in. Being a homeschooling parent, I find that the apps and toys that go with the apps which engage the kids gives us that perfect fun activity to enjoy in between lessons and on those rainy days we get here in Washington. And with the Ocean Pets from Pai Technologies, I like that it is a fun and educational toy that combines physical play with digital play. To get started, the kids can pick which fish they want to mold, use the molding tools and putty to mold it, then scan with the app to make it come to life. The kids learn fun scientific facts about the fish they create and the more they feed them and play with them, the more games they can unlock. I like that the kids can collect their fish in the digital world and watch them swim in the ocean or they can switch it and watch them swim in their world. Then when the kids are done, you can either let it dry and pop it out of the mold to play with or take it apart and reuse the putty for another fish. This Ocean Pets set includes:

2 putty tools
8 shaping molds
8colors of putty (orange, red, yellow, green, blue, purple, black, and white)
1 cushion

This is sure to delight any kiddo and engage their creative side, and after seeing this in action I have to say that this is a parenting win! As we all know kids now a day love their electronics, so why not only make it fun but educational as well. Making the choice to add the Ocean Pets to your holiday shopping list a choice that you and your kids are sure to appreciate! 



Product received, thank you to Pai Technologies 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: Schleich Horse Club Collection


Finding those gifts to give this holiday season can seem somewhat overwhelming, especially when you feel like you have no idea what to get certain people. But when it comes to the kids or even the collectors who love horses, I find that turning to companies such as Schleich toys can be the way to go. So when we were sent some horses from the Horse Club Collection at Schleich toys, I was excited for Heather to check them out and add them to this years holiday gift guide.



These two horses from Schleich are beautiful! They are so realistic looking and are the perfect size for both playing with and collecting. Each one is hand painted, very durable and will last a long time. The accessories are adorable and make imaginative play even more special, providing your little horse lovers with hours of fun. These are great to add to your collection or for those just starting a collection. The rider can be placed on different horses which adds to the stories your kiddos dream up. When the horse is hungry, you can feed him apples, and to keep imaginations going there are many other accessories, horses, and even barns you can add to make a whole horse farm. Making the toys from from the Horse Club Collection at Schleich toys a great choice to go with when looking for the gifts the horse lover in your life. 



Product received, thank you to Schleich 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: Wonster Words: ABC Phonics & Spelling

This post was sponsored by 77Sparx through a campaign managed by their PR, and all opinions expressed in my post are my own


The holidays are coming and with that we find that now is the time to find those gifts to give and also check off any of those holiday travel lists as well. For me, I have learned that when it comes to the holiday gifts and the holiday travel that include the kids, there are some things that allow you to check items off of both lists at once. These include the gifts like toys that the kids enjoy getting over the holidays and that also make for a great item to keep them busy with while traveling this holiday season along with those apps that the kids adore! And like many kids who enjoy playing on those various apps and getting apps as gifts this holiday season, I find that seeking out the educational apps is the way to go. So when we heard that one of my kids' favorite apps, Wonster Words has new updates just in time for holidays, I was excited to check out the new updates and also add the Wonster Words app to our holiday guide as a great gift to give the kids this holiday season.



See with Wonster Words, we get a phonics game that gives your kids a tool that teaches them how to sound out and spell through fun games. The words are ones that introduce basic word families and the 44 most common phonemes. The kids can also learn their ABC's and letter sounds. I also like that with the new updates that the kids can continue to learn through the app by enjoying the brand new short stories that have been added along with the 4 new story packs that offer over 40 new words for the kids to learn and original animations! These go along with the over 150 words, 12 word families and 9 original stories that the kids can explore with the Wonster friends.


Then when it comes to the games that the kids enjoy along with the stories and words I like that they have added 5 new letter based mini games as well! With the animated letters, the kids can interact by  sounding out the phonics, gliding vowels, and consonant blends as they are being played. Giving us a educational app that is both fun for the kids to watch and interact with. Which in all makes for a great gift to give this coming holiday season and add to your holiday travel line up as well!

Wonster Words is a great app for kids Ages: 3~6


 You can find Wonster Words on the following platforms:


  iOS:            https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id881119321
  Amazon:         http://www.amazon.com/Wonster-Words-Spelling-with-Phonics/dp/B00KHZZO5O




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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Fall Favorites for Breakfast from Nature's Path Organic

The fall weather is upon us and like many who enjoy the flavors of fall, my family and I enjoy just about everything that includes pumpkin in the mix. So when we were sent a selection of of the pumpkin varieties of breakfast items my family and I can enjoy from Nature's Path, we were excited to add them to our table and also share about these finds with our readers!

Like many busy households where we have kids running out the door for those early morning practices, my daughter enjoys grabbing those toaster pastries to eat once her practice is over and she needs to head to class. And with the Frosted Pumpkin Pie Toaster Pastries, she gets not only a toaster pastry to enjoy but one that is filled with that pumpkin flavor she adores. Then when it comes to those mornings where we have time to enjoy a bowl of cereal, we found the Flax Plus Pumpkin Raisin Crunch to be a great way to start any day! Making the choice to add the products from the Nature's Path Pumpkin line up to your family's breakfast, one that is sure to please everyone!




Product received, thank you to Nature's Path Organic as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Is Your Teenager Itching to Drive?

Has the time come where your teen has that itch to get behind the wheel? If so, how do you scratch it?

For many moms and dads, the notion that their teenager wants to learn how to drive can be a scary proposition.

To start, there is the idea that their loved one will be out on the roads with an infinite number of other drivers. Although an accident may very well not come your teen’s way, the thought of one likely bothers you.

Remember, keeping your loved one safe is a 24/7 job no matter how you slice it.

There is also the added expense of having another driver in the family.

A teen driving means added wear-and-tear on a family vehicle more times than not. There are also extra expenses for gas etc.

So, if your teen is itching to drive, will you agree to let them do it?

Always Make Safety the Top Focus

So that your teen is in the safest position possible to drive, remember a few pointers:

1. Timing – Does your teen want a learner’s permit? When the answer is yes, make sure they are responsible enough to know all the ins-and-outs of driving. As they prepare to take the tests for both a learner’s permit and their license, their attitude is critical. Will they take getting behind the wheel in a serious manner? Will they be good at avoiding road distractions? Will they contribute to the upkeep of the vehicle you may end up letting them borrow or even buying for them? These are all questions that you would love to have the answers for before allowing them to drive.

2. Distractions – In mentioning those distractions, make sure your teen does not become overwhelmed. For example, is your teen someone who is in love with their cell phone? In the event that is the case, they could be in danger when out on the roads. The same holds true for those who come across your teen behind the wheel. Make sure your teen knows that using a cell phone to call or text when driving is not an option. All too often, it only takes a split-second interaction with the phone to lead to disaster.

3. Upkeep – Even if your teen uses a family car until they can afford one, they can pitch-in with maintenance. No, this doesn’t mean you expect your teen to spend hundreds of dollars on the vehicle when it needs maintenance. What it does mean is that they should be looking for red flags. Such issues as bad brakes or tires, burned out lights, and other related matters are critical.

Safety Never Gets Old

Even once your teenage has his or her driver’s license, the learning behind the wheel never ends.

That said how much discipline do you dish out if your teen does something bad when driving?

Among some of the issues that can crop up:

· Drinking and driving

· Reckless driving

· One or more traffic tickets

· Letting the vehicle go to the point it needs notable maintenance

While you never want your teen in an accident, they can be learning opportunities.

Make sure your teen understands they did something wrong and they will try to never let it occur again.

So if your teen is itching to drive, are you ready to give them what they want?






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Monday, November 20, 2017

Celebrate with your Fur Babies with NOW FRESH Tetra from 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 the holidays and the meals we cook, many of us who have fur babies in the home enjoy including them in the celebrations. The thing is, when it comes to the foods that we might enjoy while gathering around the table to give Thanks or when we share those holiday meals as we celebrate the holidays, we find that what we might enjoy might not be the best option to give our fur babies. And as a pet parent, just like with my kids, I want the best for my pets and want to ensure that the foods I give them offer them a tasty and healthy choice to go with. So naturally, I turn to Petcurean when it comes to our holiday meals and seeking the foods to serve our pets to ensure they are included in the festivities. Where I can add the all new NOW FRESH Tetra selections for both our cats and dogs to enjoy alongside with the family as we celebrate the holidays together!
See with the varieties that we can get from the NOW FRESH Tetra line up, I like that our fur babies, both our dogs and cats, can enjoy tasty stews and pâtés. I also like that as a pet parent that when my fur babies enjoy the new NOW FRESH Tetra selections that they are getting stews and pates from recipes that are made with 100% fresh wild salmon, turkey, or pork in nutrient-rich turkey bone broth.

Other recipe highlights include:

  • Omega 3 & 6 oils from coconuts and canola to promote skin and coat health
  • Flaxseed, an excellent source of dietary fibre and essential omega 3 & 6 fatty acids
  • Dried kelp, a natural source of iodine, dietary fibre, vitamins, and minerals
  • Zero grains, gluten, wheat, beef, chicken, corn, or soy
  • Zero rendered meats, by-products, added growth hormones or artificial preservatives

 I also like that with the foods being from the Petcurean line that there are zero genetically engineered ingredients, and that the packaging is industry-leading recyclable and reclosable Tetra Pak® cartons. Making the NOW FRESH stews and pâtés a line of innovative fresh and healthy food options that pet parents can feel good about buying and serving both dogs and cat, not just over the holiday season but at any meal time!




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Holiday Guide: Personalized Leather BBQ Grilling Gloves from Texas Irons


The holiday shopping season is upon us, and like many, I have been looking for those perfect gift ideas to put under the tree this year. For my home, when it comes to seeking out those gifts I look at the interests and hobbies that many enjoy, and like many who enjoy grilling, I find that seeking out grill themed gifts for my husband can be a great option to go with. So when we were given the chance to review a pair of the Personalized Leather BBQ Grilling Gloves from the selection of grilling accessories at Texas Irons, I was excited to check them out and add them to this years holiday guide!


With these leather grilling gloves, my husband not only gets a very nice pair of gloves that have his initials branded on them, but a pair of gloves that help to protect his hands when he is grilling! I like that aside from protecting his hands that the gloves are designed to go up the arm, offering protection to the wrists and even forearms as well when they are worn while grilling. The inside of the gloves are designed to offer comfort with a soft cotton lining. The design also allows those wearing the gloves to access the tools they need to use without any issues, all while keeping the hands and lower arms protected.



Then when it comes to the durability of the grilling gloves, I like that since they are made with a durable and comfortable leather with a suede finish that they are designed to withstand heat and last for years to come! I also like that with the air cushioned lining feature, that it allows the hands to stay cooler and dryer while they are being worn, and with the one size fits all, there is no issue of whether or not they will fit! Making the Personalized Leather BBQ Grilling Gloves from Texas Irons, a great choice to go with when seeking out gifts to get the grilling enthusiast in your life this holiday season!






Product received, thank you to Texas Irons 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: Kidz Bop 36


When it comes to finding those stocking stuffer ideas for the kids, I like to seek out a variety of fun items which includes some of the music they enjoy. And like many kids who enjoy listening to and singing along to the latest hits, mine find that adding the music selections from the Kidz Bop collection is the best way to go. So when we were sent the new Kidz Bop 36 to review, I was excited for my kids to check it out and also add it as a great gift idea to give this coming holiday season!



See when my kids listen to the songs from Kidz Bop, they can get those hits they adore that are sung by kids for kids. Allowing them to sing along without issues of inappropriate language or references being repeated. And with Kidz Bop 36, the kids get a collection of the latest hits that they hear and enjoy on the radio, to play over and over again! The tracks on this CD include the following songs:

KB36 TRACK:

1.       Feels
2.       There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back
3.       I’m The One
4.       Believer
5.       Now Or Never
6.       Attention
7.       Malibu
8.       Sorry Not Sorry
9.       Congratulations
10.   Honest
11.   Bad Liar
12.   Crying In The Club
13.   2U
14.   Juju On That Beat
15.   How Far I’ll Go
16.   Bonus Live track from the KIDZ BOP BEST TIME EVER Tour: Let Me Love You [Live]*

Making the choice to add the new Kidz Bop 36 to your holiday shopping list for the kids, a choice that they are sure to appreciate and enjoy listening to and singing to over and over again!


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