Mommy Katie: January 2017

Monday, January 30, 2017

#Giveaway Valentines Day Gifts from Pictures on Gold


As the month of January comes to an end we find that the holiday of love, Valentines Day is just around the corner. Like many, I look forward to Valentines Day, and along with finding the decor and DIY crafts to do with my kids, I also enjoy seeking out those gifts that are great for giving those you love and care about this year! One such gift that I have found is one that many enjoy and find that they can cherish for years to come even after the holiday has come and gone, is a locket. Lockets offer a personal touch, where you can add those pictures of loved ones and give a gift that allows your recipient to enjoy and wear their gift proudly for years to come. So when I was given the chance to review a locket from the line of lockets at PicturesOnGold, I was excited to create a unique to me piece and share it with my readers!


For the review I was sent the personalized Sterling Silver Sweetheart Cascade of Hearts Heart Locket. When it arrived I was very pleased to see that the photos I picked out were etched very nicely on the inside panels of my new locket.


Then when it comes to the outside of my locket, I like that on one side there is a design with a cascade of hearts on it, giving it a very pretty look to it that is displayed as I wear my locket out. And on the backside of my locket, I had it engraved with 2017 on it, to remind me of when the pictures of my babies were taken, so I can always hold that moment of time in my beautiful heart shaped locket! Making the personalized lockets like the Sterling Silver Sweetheart Cascade of Hearts Heart Locket, not only a piece that I cherish but also a great gift to give this coming Valentines Day! And to help with your Valentines Day gift giving, the wonderful people from Pictures on Gold would like to give one of my amazing readers their own personalized locket!






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

Welcome New Contributor and Her Family to Mommy Katie!


Over the years on here at Mommy Katie, we have added posts from outside contributors and expanded our audience by adding new content creators like last year when Estrella joined in and began taking over the YouTube channel. Well like many families, here at Mommy Katie we are constantly growing and with that we have added a new contributor who will be taking over the content geared at babies and new moms. This new contributor's name is Heather and here in just a few short weeks, a baby girl named Zoey will also be joining us over here at Mommy Katie once she decides she is ready to come and join the rest of us in the world. For now, little Zoey is comfortable and growing, and Heather along with her husband and kids are preparing for her arrival.


Heather is currently the mother of 4 amazing kids, 3 step children and 1 grand baby, ranging from ages 24-4, and once little Zoey arrives, she will be the mother of 8. I asked Heather to introduce herself and create a little write up for our readers so you guys can get to know her and her family as you have gotten to know mine!


"Greetings from our family! We are a large family that has resided in Tacoma Washington for approximately 20 years. I currently have 7.5 children, 1 of my own, and 3 that my husband and I share with one on the way along with 4 step children who are all in their 20's and one grand child. Unlike most families we have a family where there are disabilities that play a big role, but that do not keep us from enjoying our lives together. I have MS (Multiple Sclerosis) and have been living with the issues that are associated with MS for many years now. This aspect creates a interesting scenario for my own motherhood journey, but with the support of my husband, children and friends, I have been able to manage and be grateful for the time I have with them. I currently home school my kids along with the help of our older kids and my husband, allowing me to be with my kids and also allowing us to explore our world around us together. For the past several years we have raised chickens and ducks, which the kids enjoy collecting eggs from to cook with, taking care of and giving us a fun mini farm right in our backyard. Along with the home schooling and mini farming, we also love to create DIY projects, experiment with projects we come across, and cook, which is not only fun to do with my kids but also teaches them some great skills. We look forward to providing content for you guys to enjoy and also engaging with the Mommy Katie audience! Thank you for taking the time to read this to get to know us a little better and also thank you for this opportunity!"

Heather


Sunday, January 29, 2017

The Importance of Oral Health in Pets

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 caring for our pets, we tend to treat them like we would do our children. We ensure that they are fed properly, that they get their exercise, we schedule checkups to help keep them healthy and when they are sick we take them to the doctor. We do all of this because we love them and find that just like kids, our fur babies look to us to care for them. So when it comes to our pets and their oral health, just like ourselves and our kids, I find that I want to ensure that their mouths are healthy and properly cared for. And with the information that I can get when I head to the Petcurean site, I can learn more about the importance of the oral health in our pets and also find out how I can be sure to stay on top of it.

See when I head to the Petcurean site, I like that I can find the foods and treats that my fur babies enjoy, learn about about the products and the ingredients, and also find information from the pet experts that can help to answer questions as well as give me the information I might be needing when it comes to my pets. And with the article Why Oral Health is Important For Pets, written by Val Culpin, I learned a lot when it comes to my fur babies and their oral health, and how just like humans, they too can develop issues over time if that oral health is neglected which can then affect their overall health.

These oral health issues include the dreaded stinky breath that many of us notice when we have those adorable noses nudged up to our faces. But along with the stinky breath, our pets can also develop issues with plaque, tartar, gingivitis, Periodontitis, and even abscesses. I also learned that in extreme cases of poor oral hygiene in our pets that these issues that are caused by the bacteria buildup can develop into more serious issues such as organ damage to the lungs, heart, liver and kidneys, which may become irreversible if it gets too bad. And like we do in our home as humans to care for our own oral hygiene, that brushing your pets teeth regularly can be a great preventative matter. In fact, it is important to not only brush your pets teeth with either a pet toothbrush or a finger brush, but also use pet toothpaste (not human toothpaste), so they can get that fresh and clean smell and look to their teeth!

Then, just like we do to set up those dental appointments for ourselves and our kids, we can do the same for our pets. Allowing them to go in and get a dental checkup and cleaning by the vet so that we can help to keep their mouths happy and clean. Which in all, makes Petcurean both the pet food and treat of choice for the fur babies in my home, as well as a great site to reference to when it comes to finding information on pet care and pet health! So if you have a fur baby or fur babies in your home, be sure to check out the information you can find at the Petcurean site on oral health, and also be sure to add the Petcurean products to their diets to help keep them healthy and happy!






My Toddlers App’s, Keeping the family as the 1st teacher on the iPad



Inspired by his 2 year old granddaughter's command of an iPad and discouraged by the content of apps available for toddlers, My Toddlers App's founder created custom apps that keep the family as the 1st teacher on the iPad. The unique aspect of the apps is that they open up the audio-visual tool box of the iPad to the parents so they can create and be part of their toddlers learning experience.

My Toddlers App, LLC is a family owned and operated USA developer. Inspired by watching his granddaughter use an iPad at 2 yrs. old, the founder created custom apps designed to replace the standard cartoon character of today's toddler and preschool apps with the only 1st teacher that can provide the emotional support and sense of safety critical to early childhood development, the family.

Family involvement in early childhood development is critical. They provide the toddler with emotional and environmental support, as well as a sense of safety. This allows the toddler to concentrate on learning experiences, without the anxieties of non-familiar interactions.

Technology, such as an iPad, can be a great tool for families to expose their toddlers to unique learning experiences. However most apps replace the families as the 1st teacher, with a cartoon character, removing the all-important familiar support and safety factors critical to development.

“My Toddlers App” allows families to enjoy the many benefits of today's technology, while maintaining their 1st teacher status. Families can customize the app to their toddler and then control, create and host the content. And doing so is as easy as posting to Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest. Even better is the fact that all of the content stays on your iPad. Nothing gets posted to the web. After downloading one of “My Toddlers Apps” no Internet connection is required.

Check this out at www.mytoddlersapp.com

And check out the 4 new apps on the App Store: (MTA Family, MTA Animals, MTA Match and MTA Reader): https://itunes.apple.com/us/developer/my-toddlers-app-llc/id1155960781







Thursday, January 26, 2017

#Giveaway Ovation Brands Family Night: Paddington Prize Pack


When it comes to the family nights that my family and I enjoy, we find that along with our game and movie nights that we also like to go out at least once a week for dinner. Like many families, I seek out the restaurants that are kid friendly, and when it comes to the Ovation Brands and Furrs Fresh Buffet line up of restaurants, we can get a both kid and family friendly restaurant that has nights that are set up to make family night out, fun for everyone. So when we were told about the new 'Beary Great' Family Nights which are featuring that adorable bear, Paddington, every Thursday night through February 12th, we were excited to not only add it to our Thursday night dinner schedules but also share this initiative with my readers.

The schedule will include the following family nights which are on Thursday nights starting at 5 pm and ending at 8 pm.

       February 2 – All Aboard!
       February 9 – Letters to Aunt Lucy

       February 16 – Dogs Must be Carried

These family nights will be available at the various Ovation Brands and Furrs Fresh Buffet restaurants which include, Ryans, Home Town Buffet, Country Buffet, Old Country Buffet, and Furrs. Visit www.Ryans.com, www.HomeTownBuffet.com, www.CountryBuffet.com, www.OldCountryBuffet.com or www.Furrs.net for more information about the Paddington Family Night. While online, sign up for Crave Connection™ and the Furr’s E-Club to receive exclusive offers and updates on upcoming promotions. Which makes the Ovation Brands and Furrs Fresh Buffet line of restaurants a great line up to add to your list of family dining destinations! And to help with bringing some of that Ovation Brands family fun to your home, the wonderful people from Ovation Brands would like to give one of my amazing readers a Ovation Brands Beary Great prize pack that will include 1 Paddington DVD, 1 Paddington Plush Toy, and 4 free meal passes.



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

#Giveaway Spring Party Set Ups from Smarty Had A Party


When it comes to hosting a dinner party with friends and family, we find that as hosts and hostess's, we want to make an impression. We seek out the recipes or caterers that are sure to make those taste buds dance and make an impression, along with the centerpieces and tableware that can help to bring the room together for guests to awe over as they arrive. The thing is, when it comes to the tableware, no matter how much food we serve, there will be a large clean up involved, unless we go with the disposable options. But like many, when I think of disposable tableware, I think of the cheap looking picnic type tableware, and items that are not suited for a dinner party. So when I was sent a selection of the disposable tableware that included the pink disposable plates from Smart Had a Party to review, I was pleased to find a solution to the clean up issue after a dinner party, and also share my thoughts on the products with my readers.


With the Blush Vintage Party plates along with the other tableware options that you can find when shopping at Smarty Had a Party, you can bring together those spring party set ups that are sure to make an impression. The plates have that scalloped edge that has a floral design along it, and since these plates are plastic, they are great for using at any party, wedding or event, allowing you to have that set up that awes, but with less cleanup afterwards. Along with the plates, we found the selection of disposable linen like paper napkins, the Baroque Metallic Plastic Silverware Value Set and the 8 oz Pedestal Full Size Plastic Crystal Wine Glasses to help bring the set up together. Which in all, makes the choice to head to Smarty Had a Party when planning any gathering, one that is sure to not only make the clean up after a little easier, but also make your table set ups ones that are sure to make an impression on your guests! So as you plan your next get together, whether it be for a dinner party, shower or even a wedding, be sure to head to Smarty Had A Party, and find the disposable tableware to help make your gathering a success! And to help with those parties, the wonderful people from Smarty Had A Party would like to give one of my amazing readers their own Baroque Metallic Plastic Silverware Value Set!







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

Light Between Oceans on Blu-Ray


When it comes to the movie nights in my home, we not only enjoy a family movie night each week with the kids, but my husband and I also enjoy our own movie nights where we can watch those romances and movies without the kids. On the nights after the kids go to bed, when my husband and I can relax and watch a movie, we like to seek out some of those new releases to watch together. So when we were sent the movie, Light Between Oceans on Blu-Ray to review, I was excited to check it out and add it to my list of movie night in faves!



In this movie, you get a romantic tale of love and those impossible choices that I enjoy in the romance movies I seek. The movie is based on the best selling novel, which brings that story to life as you watch a couple face moral dilemmas as they strive to make their dreams a reality. We enjoyed this movie along with the bonus features which include a documentary on how the director's unique approach that allowed the all-star cast to embody their characters and examine the power of love; a historical look at New Zealand’s Cape Campbell Lighthouse that serves as Janus Rock, a key element in Stedman’s novel; and insightful and in-depth audio commentary led by Cianfrance. Making Light Between Oceans a must watch for any night in, especially on those date night in evenings!




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

How Reading Helps Young Children Learn



As you seek out the preschools and nurseries for your little ones, be sure to check out Bright Horizons and also take a look at day care in Teddington.



Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Make a TP Resolution with Charmin

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Charmin, I was sent product to facilitate this review as well. Thank you to the PR and Charmin for sponsoring this post.


The month of January is flying by and with that we are finding that we are one month into those resolutions we made on the first, that we intend to keep for the entire year of 2017. Like many families, we each made our own resolutions, a few of us made more than others. For me, I made a few, for one I chose to get out and walk more, and another that I made for my family is to ensure that when it comes to the go, that we will always have plenty of the Charmin Ultra Strong on hand.


See this might seem like a silly resolution, but when it comes to those important papers, well running out is not something you ever want to do, and if it happens, well it is really not all that funny. I also find that when it comes to the choices, that in my home, after a vote on which toilet paper everyone liked, it was shown that the majority of my household preferred the Charmin Ultra Strong in the restrooms. For me personally, I do prefer the Charmin Ultra Soft, which offers a softer clean while using less than the leading bargain brand. But for the rest of my family, they outnumbered me with their choice of going with the Charmin Ultra Strong with offering valid points, since for one, it cleans better with the washcloth like texture. Two, they can get this better clean with using less tissue vs the leading bargain brand, and three, which is a big one for everyone, is the fact that the Charmin Ultra Strong is 4x's stronger, allowing everyone to feel their cleanest self even when wet,


Then when it comes to ensuring that we do not run out, well I like that I can purchase those longest lasting rolls, which allow us to not only stock up, but also keep the restrooms in our home stocked with plenty of the important papers since each roll can go a long way. I also like that when it comes to having the Charmin Ultra Strong, that even though I have always been a fan of the Charmin Ultra Soft, that it is soft as well, allowing myself and my family to get a clean that we can feel without having the issue of the toilet paper tearing, irritating the tush, or having to use a large amount to get the job done! Which is why when it came to my resolution of ensuring that when it comes to the go in my home, that my family will have plenty of the Charmin Ultra Strong on hand is one that everyone can appreciate as they enjoy the go!


Shopping Made Simple with the Retale App


When it comes to our everyday lives, we find that there is a lot involved. From the scheduling of daily activities to the necessity of the shopping for the household along with the shopping we do for clothing and events like birthdays and such. The thing is, when we have those busy schedules, we find that we do not always have the time to look through the ads that come in our newspapers or go online to find the price comparison and deals. So for me, I have found that by utilizing apps like the Retale App that I was recently introduced to for this post, I can get those weekly ads, like those weekly ads at JCPenney, deals and discounts that might come in handy while I am out shopping, right from the convenience of my phone, tablet or even iPod.


With the Retale App, I can set the adds that I get to come from my local stores, by first setting my location once I install the app. From there, I can choose the retailers I would like to follow, allowing me to get the ads I want from the stores I shop at the most. After I have the localized ads set on my phone or tablet, I can then begin to browse those ads by looking through the ads from my favorite stores, and find the best offers, discount codes they might have, and coupons that might only be found in those ads.

Then as I head to the stores, I can feel better about my shopping experiences knowing that I will be saving money on my purchases. Whether they are those everyday purchases for my home, clothing purchases or even those bigger purchases like when we want to update the appliances and furniture in our home or shop for the parts we might be needing for our vehicles! Making the Retale App, an app that I see as a must have on all of your devices, both the Android and iOS,






Sunday, January 22, 2017

#Giveaway Family Gaming Fun with Moto Racer 4

When it comes to the time we spend indoors on those rainy days with the family, I find that I like to seek out a variety of activities that we can do together. These activities range from playing board games, watching family movies, to finding those video games that we can all play together. And when it comes to the video games, I like to not only have them on hand for those rainy days, but also add them to our family game nights. So when we were given the chance to check out the new game Motoracer 4 for our Xbox One, I was excited to play it out and add it to our family game night!


With this game you get multiple levels of racing game play. Giving you various tracks and terrains to try, and also allowing you to play with either single player mode, or against others in the multiplayer split screen mode. And when it comes to the graphics, well they speak for themselves. I can really appreciate that with this game, that it truly is family friendly, allowing the kids and my husband and I to play together as we race on the tracks, complete the tricks and compete to see who can get to the finish first!



Then when it comes to the various platforms and ways of playing Moto Racer 4, I like that it will be available for Xbox 1 and PS4 come Tuesday, January 24th, and that we when we change up the way we play, we can go to the VR mode with the PS4, giving us a whole new way to play the game! Which in all, makes Moto Racer 4 a great game to add to family game night or to play with the family during those rainy days! And to help with celebrating the release of Moto Racer 4, I will be giving 3 of my readers their own download codes for this game. I will have 2 PS4 and 1 Xbox 1 code to giveaway.







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

Valentines Day Gift Ideas from Pilot, Tastykakes and Gold Toe Socks


It is hard to believe that we are almost a month into 2017 and that Valentines Day will be here before we know it, and with that I find that now is the ideal time to find those gifts to give. Like many, I enjoy the sweets for Valentines Day along with practical gifts such as socks and the pens that I use everyday. So when I was sent a selection of gift ideas from the line of products at Pilot, Gold Toe Socks and Tastykakes, I was excited to add them to my list of Valentines Day gift ideas and create a gift basket that is sure to put a smile on anyone's face this Valentines Day.

To get started on creating a Valentines Day gift basket using these products, I first went out to find some red and white tissue paper to line the bottom of the basket with. From there, I added the different treats from the Tastykakes selection of Valentines themed goods to the basket. After placing the boxes of treats in the basket, I took the socks from the Gold Toe Socks selection and filled in the open parts of the basket with the socks. Then, to help complete the basket, I added the pens I was sent to the basket, which really gave me the gift basket look that I was seeking!


With the Pilot Pens you can give a gift that is not only useful for everyday use, but also a great item to have when it comes to writing those handwritten love letters this Valentines Day. The Gold Toe Socks are also a great addition to this gift basket, giving you not only a selection of socks that can be used everyday, but also a gift to help keep your recipients toes and feet warm when the weather is cold outside. Then with the Tastykakes, you can give your recipient a selection of sweet cakes that have a great selection to choose from and are sure to put a smile on your Valentines faces this year! Which in all, makes the choice to create a gift basket using the Pilot Pens, socks from Gold Toe Socks, and the Tastykakes, one that allows you to give gifts that your recipients are sure to appreciate this Valentines Day!



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

Disney's Pinocchio Signature Collection


In my home, we look forward to those family movie nights each week. We find it a time to wind down, relax and enjoy some of those movies and shows, both the new and the old, that we can enjoy watching together. Well like many, I grew up with those Disney movies being a favorite collection to watch with my parents when I was little. And as those older movies are released in the new Signature Collection, I not only enjoy collecting them but also sharing those classics I enjoyed as a child with my own kids. So when we were sent Disney's Pinocchio Collection on Blu-Ray to review, we were excited to add it to our collection and also share it on our family movie night.



With the movie Pinocchio, we get a classic that was considered to be one of the greatest animated films ever made. Pinocchio has won 2 academy awards, and like many, when the song "When You Wish Upon A Star" plays, my kids and I not only know it by heart, but enjoy singing along to that iconic song that is one with the best original score! Then when it comes to the story, I enjoy sharing that classic tale of the wood carver who longs for a child of his own, to create a puppet that he calls Pinocchio. The wood carver makes a wish, which makes this movie one that is magical as the good fairy comes in and makes the old wood carver's dreams come true!

Along with the movie, you get some great bonus features which include the following:

Bonus Features:
BLU-RAY, DIGITAL HD* & DISNEY MOVIES ANYWHERE:
·              Walt’s Story Meetings: Pleasure Island – The Pleasure Island scene in “Pinocchio” had much more development than what is seen in the film. Join Pixar’s Pete Docter and Disney historian and author J.B. Kaufman as they explore artwork recently discovered in Disney’s animation research library revealing some of the attractions, gags and games, which Disney animators created for this iconic location of the film, that never made it on screen.

·              In Walt’s Words – “Pinocchio” – Hear Walt himself discuss the making of “Pinocchio” through archival recordings and interviews.

·      The Pinocchio Project: “When You Wish Upon a Star” – Music influencers Alex G, Tanner Patrick and JR Aquino from Disney’s Maker Studios, a global leader in short-form videos, gather in a creative workspace to create their rendition of the film’s signature song, “When You Wish Upon a Star,” and produce a fresh new music video.

·              Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in “Poor Papa” – This recently restored and scored 1927 short features Oswald the Lucky Rabbit who gets multiple visits from the stork and is forced to attempt various methods to help stop the onslaught of baby deliveries.

·              Classic Bonus Features – These offerings from prior home entertainment releases include hours of bonus material, such as the making of “Pinocchio,” deleted scenes, sing-alongs, storyboards and theatrical trailers.

Which in all, makes the choice to add Disney's Pinocchio Signature Collection on Blu-Ray a movie that is not only a must have to add to any family movie night collection, but also a movie that is the perfect addition to any Disney Movie Collection! Disney's Pinocchio Signature Collection is available now on Disney HD and will be ready to bring home on January 31st!


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



THE LION GUARD: LIFE IN THE PRIDE LANDS



When it comes to our family movie nights as well as the shows that I enjoy watching with my kids in the mornings, we find that tuning in to Disney Junior is a favorite channel of ours. And when it comes to the shows that my kids like to watch, The Lion Guard is up there on the top of that list. So when were sent the DVD, The Lion Guard: Life In The Pride Lands to review, the kids and I were excited to check it out and also enjoy some of the fun activities that we downloaded from the activity button that you can find at the bottom of this post.



In the adventures that you and your kids can enjoy on this DVD, you can join Kion along with his fun group of friends as they celebrate the unity which can be found in the Circle of Life. They join together to protect the Pride Lands in the 5 episodes that you can watch on this DVD, which also features Simba, the spirit of Mufasa and the hilarious antics of Timon and Pumbaa. This DVD includes the following episodes and bonus features that you and your little ones can enjoy together:

Episodes:                      The Rise of Makuu (featuring guest star Blair Underwood as the voice of Makuu)
                                    The Kaputana Celebration
                                    Bunga and the King
                                    Never Roar Again
                                    The Imaginary Okapi

Bonus:                          Music Videos:  
·         A Trail to Hope
·         Teke Ruka Teleza

“It’s UnBungalievable!” Shorts
·         Who’s Quicker?
·         Who’s Hungrier?
·         Who Has Better Hair?
·         Who’s Cuter?
·         Who’s Louder?
·         Who’s Mightier?

Which in all, makes the choice to add The Lion Guard: Life in the Pride Lands to your next family movie night, one that your Lion Guard fans are sure to enjoy!





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

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Family Friendly Dining at Claim Jumper


Finding places to take the family when we head out for dinner is something that I enjoy seeking out. I like finding those new places, trying them out, and adding them to our list of family favorites. Well along with having the options on where to go, I also like to find the places that offer great menu options, allowing us to not only head there for family dinners but also for those date nights such as Valentines Day. So when we were given the chance to head to our local Claim Jumper to check out some of their menu items, I was excited to add it to our list of family friendly restaurants and also share our experience with our readers.


Upon arrival, we were greeted by friendly staff in the rustic, almost cabin style themed restaurant. The table and decor was very nice, giving us a lodge style setting that is both family friendly as well as giving you a romantic ambiance, and after being seated we were served some great drinks which included strawberry lemonade for the kids and a very tasty and refreshing cocktail called the Hendrick's White Linen. Once we had a chance to look over the menu, we were served a loaf of bread that had a buttery garlic and cheese flavor to it, then ordered our meals along with some of the appetizers. We found the starters were amazing, which in my experience, is always a great indicator for what to expect for the rest of the meal!


After our starters were served, the kids found the appetizer platter to give them a great selection of tasty starters to choose from, and my husband and I found the calamari to not only have that perfect consistency in the texture, but also have the right amount flavor as well. We also found the soups that they brought us to be amazing, giving us warm soups that were just what we needed to prepare us for the meal ahead.

When the plates for our dinner were brought out, we were all very pleased with the selection, and one dish that really stood out was the Steak and Crab Mash, which is the dish my husband ordered after a suggestion from our wait staff. With the Steak and Crab Mash, my husband was given a very generously sized, 21 oz ribeye, which he was able to have cooked perfectly, to his ideal wellness. Along with the steak that was enough to please anyone who loves a hearty and delicious steak, we found that it was paired with a jumbo lump crab mashed potatoes, that was topped with Swiss cheese, and mouthwatering chipotle and cilantro sauces that brought a flavor that complimented the dish.


Then, to help complete our meal, we were brought some amazing desserts from the selection of homemade desserts that you can find at the Claim Jumper restaurants. The two we went with included the Chocolate Motherlode Cake, which has an amazing 6 layers of a moist, decadent chocolate cake, a mouthwatering rich chocolate fudge and topped with walnuts. Along with this cake that was more than enough to feed our table and then some, we were also brought the Berry Butter Cake. With the Berry Butter Cake, you get a dessert that reminds me of a take on a strawberry shortcake that literally beats all strawberry shortcakes I have had. The cake is a warmed cream cheese butter cake that is topped with vanilla ice cream, strawberry sauce and fresh berries, giving you a melt in your mouth dessert that has just the right amount of tartness needed from the berries. Which when you take and put it all together, made our experience at our local Claim Jumper restaurant one that we not only added to our list of family favorites, but also a restaurant that we will be adding to our list of date night favorites for any occasion including Valentines Day!

So as you seek out those restaurants that offer a menu that the entire family can enjoy, or a restaurant that will make for a great date night and or Valentines Day destination, be sure to check out Claim Jumper!



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

Thursday, January 19, 2017

#Giveaway America’s Greatest School Nurse Contest + $25 Gift Card and Prize Pack


This post has been sponsored by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. All thoughts and reviews are my own.


When it comes to our kids who are school aged, we find that during the school year, especially during the cold and flu seasons, that we depend on the staff and faculty at the schools to care for our kids during the day. Like many, I can really appreciate all that the school nurse at my kid's schools do for them. From the fixing of a scrape after tripping on the playground, to taking their temps and caring for them in the nurses office as they wait for either myself or my husband to arrive, I find that the school nurses play a big role in the care for our kids when they are at school. So when I was told about the America's Greatest School Nurse contest being held by Pfizer, I was excited to learn more about the contest and also share this initiative with my readers.


See when it comes to my kids and caring for them in the home, I depend on the products from the Pfizer Pediatrics line of products. With the line up, I can get those products to keep on hand in the home such as the Children's Advil to help relieve fevers and pain, along with the Children's Dimetapp and Children's Robitussin to help when they come down with those coughs and colds. Allowing me to give my kids the care they need when they need it at home. I also like knowing that aside from having these products in the home, that when my kids get sick when they are at school, that our school nurse will be there to care for them until I can get there to bring them home. And with the America's Greatest School Nurse contest, parents and teachers from all over the country can nominate those school nurses who go above and beyond to care for their kids and students. Once the school nurses have been nominated, one school nurse from each state will get the chance to win a prize pack valued at $500, and one grand prize winner will get the title of America’s Greatest School Nurse and a trip for a getaway from school sickness!

The time for nominating those amazing school nurses is now through February 23rd. Then once the nominations have been logged, the voting for America's Greatest School Nurse will open up on April 3rd and remain open until April 16th! Which gives parents and teachers the time they need to help give their favorite school nurses the recognition they deserve! You can find more info on this contest along with how you can nominate your students school nurse by going to AmericasGreatestSchoolNurse.com Also be sure to enter to win a Pfizer Pediatrics prize pack that includes a $25 Visa Gift Card in the giveaway form below.





*It is important to remember to always read and keep the cartons for complete warnings and dosing information on Pfizer Pediatric products and to use as directed.


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

#Giveaway Celebrate Valentine's Day with See's Candies ($25 Gift Card)


It is hard to believe that the new year is underway and also that Valentines Day is just around the corner, but it is true and with that I find that now is the time to start seeking out those gifts to give to those you love and care about this Valentines Day. Like many, I love chocolate. I mean, I really love my chocolate, and one place that I enjoy heading to when it comes to seeking out those chocolate gifts to give for Valentines Day is See's Candies! So naturally, when I was given the chance to head to one of the local See's Candies stores to pick up some Valentine's gifts for my family, I was excited to go and check out, and even sample the selection!


I like that when I head to my local See's Candies store that I am greeted by the staff with a sample of some of their amazing candies that they have available. This is great because it allows me to get a taste of what all they have to offer, and help make my shopping a little easier. I also like that when it comes to giving those adorable boxes of chocolates that I enjoy both giving and receiving, that I can first pick out that perfect box to put the chocolates in then head to the counter and fill the boxes up with the variety that I see as fitting as I look over the large selection of individual candies that are available.

Then when it comes to finding those candy gifts that are great for giving to the kids and also include some non chocolate items, I like that I can find a great selection of gift ready candies on the display racks around the store! Which in all makes the choice to head to your local See's Candies store or to their online shop, one that will help to make the Valentines gift giving an extra sweet one for those you are shopping for this year! And to help with your Valentines Day shopping, the wonderful people from See's Candies would like to give one of my amazing readers a $25 See's Candies Gift Card!








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

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Why Luxury Watches Will Update Your Outfit in an Instant


Ah, January! It’s a great time to take stock and give your wardrobe a long overdue clear out. Do you really need five plain white shirts, for instance? And how many pairs of smart shoes should one person own?

If you’ve been considering taking everything out of your closet and starting again, think about doing it in these first – let’s face it, pretty dreary – months of the New Year.

You can trim down your clobber and still look great – and here’s why: perfect style isn’t always about the clothes you wear, but what you complement them with. That statement piece of jewelery, bold printed hat, or yes, even that watch you received for Christmas, could help you update your look in an instant. Why?

Watches, in particular, offer the ideal way to make a striking statement. They’re a practical accessory and they don’t scream ‘look at me!’ in the same way a vibrant coat or head scarf might.







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If you’re someone who opts for simple yet stylish clothes for work or home, you’ll know that your watch plays a big part in updating your look by ensuring you always look well put together.

They’re easy to slip on and, providing you choose the right one, it’ll complement just about any outfit too.

A tailored suit, for example, will always look great with a simple silver watch. While a quirky weekend outfit, on the other hand, could help you stand out even more if you pair it with the right timepiece.

Luxury watches don’t have to cost a fortune, either, with plenty of great styles available online at not-to-be-missed prices. Want to update your look but want to save some money in the process? Think about investing in a key piece like a nice watch and swap and share other items with friends to ensure your wardrobe gets an overhaul without breaking the bank.

If you’re feeling uninspired by your clothes, organise a ‘swap and share’ party with friends. You simply host the evening and friends and family can bring up to five unwanted items, accessories work best as they can be worn by everyone, regardless of their dress size – to swap with the group. It’s a lovely way to update your clothing collection without having to spend any money – plus it’s a nice idea for a girls’ night in with a difference and anything that isn’t claimed by your friends can be donated to a good cause.

Already own a statement watch? Head to the clothes swap party to look for accessories that will pair perfectly with your new timepiece. Add coloured scarves, pumps and maybe a new bag to your look and you’ll find that your outfit is updated in no time at all.

Trends may come and go, but one thing’s for certain – and that’s this: watches never go out of fashion. So why not try a new look in 2017 and save pounds by doing so? Luxury watches with budget price tags may be just the thing you’re looking for to give you a New Year pick-me-up.