Mommy Katie: March 2017

Friday, March 24, 2017

Around the World with Peppa

When it comes to those shows that we enjoy tuning into with our little ones, we find that in my home, Peppa Pig is a family favorite. So naturally, when we hear about new episodes airing, we not only enjoy tuning in but we also enjoy sharing the news with others. And when it comes to the new shows airing, you and your little ones can tune in for a brand-new Peppa Pig episode, “Around the World with Peppa,” when it premiers on Nick Jr. channel, Sunday, March 26, at 7pm ET/PT!


In “Around the World with Peppa,” Peppa and her family set off to the park to celebrate the start of the summer holiday. But when their car breaks down, Miss Rabbit lends them her plane for the day and they get swept off on a high-flying adventure all around the world! Also, as you prepare for the premiere be sure to head to: http://www.peppapig.com/grown-ups/around-the-world so you can download some great Peppa Pig themed activities that you can print off for you and your little ones to enjoy.



#Giveaway Viéra Himalayan Salt Lamp from Levoit


When it comes to the home and the environment within the home, I find that I like to seek out products that can help with not only adding various decor items to the different rooms but also the products that can help with mine and my families overall health. And like many, I have found that the various Himalayan Salt Lamps from Levoit can do just that. So when we were sent the new Viéra Himalayan Salt Lamp to review from the line up of lamps at Levoit, I was excited to check it out and add it to my family room!

Unlike other salt lamps that you might come across, the ones from the Levoit line up are a bit different, and with the Viéra Himalayan Salt Lamp, you get a very decorative and effective salt lamp that can add to any space both in the home and office. The lamp is delivered in a decorative box, which is great if you are looking to send a gift to someone. Once opened up, you find the supplies needed so that you can easily put together a very nice and attractive salt lamp for all to see. The contents include the Aluminum alloy base, a Borosilicate glass vase, the 100% natural, hand-mined Himalayan salt crystals, bulbs needed as well as backup bulbs, and the touch control switch which is attached to the base that allows you to get dimmable lighting.


Then once you have your Viéra Himalayan Salt Lamp, you can not only see for yourself as the glow from the salt crystals bring a very calming effect to the room, but you and your family can also begin to feel the benefits of ionization that a salt lamp can bring. These benefits include improved energy levels, improved breathing, reduced allergies, reduced stress, improved sleep and a product that is a natural air purifier! Which in all, not only makes the Viéra Himalayan Salt Lamp stand out from the look alone, but also makes it a great decorative yet healing item to have in any home or even work space! And to help with bringing the benefits of ionization from a salt lamp that also makes for a great decorative piece in any space, the wonderful people from Levoit would like to give one of my amazing readers their own Viéra Himalayan Salt Lamp!







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

Spring Designs from The Honest Company


As the birds chirp, the flowers begin to bloom and the weather gets nicer out, we realize that Spring is finally here! With that I find that I like to seek out the products for both the home and my family that offer those spring designs on them. So when we were sent some packs of the Honest Diapers with the new spring designs on them from The Honest Company to review, I was excited to see what Heather thought of them and have her share her review with our readers! You can read Heather's review below!


The new prints on the Honest Diapers are so cute and comfy for my little lady and give us lots of different prints to chose from. The little bunnies are perfect for spring and Easter, and with that I like that they make special prints for every season. These are designed to be hypoallergenic and free of additives and are chlorine free. They are Eco-friendly and made from plant based sustainable resources. 


Then when it comes to the fit, the leg cuffs hug babies legs to prevent leaks and blowouts. Soft stretchable tabs are easy to adjust on a wiggling baby and the inner and outer layers are super soft and gentle on babies skin. These are made of high quality materials and I feel safe knowing my baby girl will not be near harsh chemicals which often lead to terrible rashes. I would recommend these to any parent. Making the Honest Diapers along with the adorable new prints a great choice to go with as you stock up for the spring looks for baby! And in honor of the new prints, first-time subscribers will get $20 off their first bundle (reg. $79.95) which includes a monthly supply of diapers and wipes delivered directly to their door. Customers can also purchase individual diaper packages ($13.95) of the new prints on Honest.com.




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

Remodel and Save with the LG Remodeling Sales Event at Best Buy

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


As the weather starts to warm up and those spring cleaning plans go underway, aside from the organizing of the home, many of us find that now is also the ideal time to get some of those remodeling projects underway. Like many, when it comes to the organizing and the remodeling, I like to head out and also replace some of the older appliances in the home as well. So when I heard about the LG Remodeling Sales Event going on right now at Best Buy, I was excited to head to my local Best Buy and begin checking off my list of what all I need to update in my home.


With the LG Remodeling Sales Event at Best Buy, you can save up to 30% off on the major appliances from the line up of LG appliances you need for your home! Along with the savings that start at 5% off and go on up to 30% off, you can also get a free $100 Best Buy Gift Card when you purchase any 2 major appliances that total over $1500 between now and April 12th. You can learn more about this deal by clicking here.


Then when it comes to saving even more on those LG purchases, you can get up to $400 back via mail on select LG kitchen packages now through May 3rd! (Find out more about how you can get this offer here.) Which when you look at the savings that you can get, you find that you can get those must have LG appliances like the LG InstaView™ Door-in-Door®. With this amazing refrigerator you get the large capacity 24 cu ft that allows you and your family to have the room you might need for your food! The InstaView door has a glass panel that can illuminate when you knock on the glass twice, which allows you to see what is in the refrigerator without having to open it and let the cool air out. And with the LG black stainless steel line up of appliances for the home, you can get the updates that give your home a warm and sophisticated look to it. Making the LG Remodeling Event going on right now at Best Buy, a sale that you are not going to want to miss.








Only 17 States Require Financial Literacy Classes in High School – Here is How to Teach Your Children About Finances

David Chen is the founder of Millennial Personal Finance

Ironically, as reliance on student loans to finance higher education continues to rise, students are not learning financial literacy as part of their primary or secondary school education. If you live in one of over thirty states where financial literacy classes are not part of the curriculum, it’s up to parents to ensure that their high school-aged children are graduating to adulthood with a basic understanding of paying bills, balancing a checking account, and managing debt. The ability to build good credit is increasingly integral to a modern day life, and many adults in their 20s end up mired in debt that they can’t afford. Eventually, their credit scores show the damage, which results in higher interest rates and a debt cycle that is tough to get out of. This situation could have been easily prevented by a few hours of money management education. If you aren’t sure how to approach money discussions with your children, here are some topics and approaches that will help you get started, whether your children are in elementary school or high school.

Explain What Money Is
            Although this discussion isn’t necessary for older kids, if you’re starting financial literacy with young children it helps to explain exactly what money is and what it does. You might start with an explanation of bartering, and why societies evolved from a tit-for-tat trade economy into a cash economy, and eventually, credit. This can be a fun introduction, as you have them imagine what life would be like if we still used a barter system. Have them think of something they want but haven’t gotten yet, such as a new toy, and what they have already that they would be willing to trade for it. You might have them imagine how hard it would be if parents had to take items with them to the grocery store in order to trade for groceries, instead of using cash or a card to pay for items.

Create Budgets
            A great way to introduce kids of all ages to financial literacy is to help them create a budget. This works especially well if your kids get an allowance or are paid for chores, but even if they aren’t, you can create a micro-economy for your household by substituting something else for real money, such as tokens or beads. Younger ones may have a harder time with the concept of saving, but older children in middle and high school can benefit from creating and maintaining real budgets with concrete goals. Younger kids can use coins or money substitutes to learn about earning and spending. Don’t forget to establish how much money substitutes are worth when it’s time to “spend” from the budget. For instance, five beads might be worth one lollipop. When working with older children, help them to articulate short-term and long-term budget goals, such as “I want to save $20 by next month to go to the movies” or “My goal is to save $500 by summer to go on a trip.” It’s easier and more satisfying to watch saved money grow when there’s a definite purpose to saving.

Pay Your Children
            Many parents don’t provide an allowance or pay their children for doing chores, instead preferring to encourage housework participation as a family expectation. And while there’s nothing wrong with this (and every child should be expected to help out around the house as a member of the family) there are a lot of side benefits to establishing a payment system for chores. It impresses upon them that good things in life come from hard work, teaches them responsibility at a young age, and will introduce them early on to the idea of earning specific money for specific work. Consider making some chores a family expectation and others an optional amount of work that can be done for specific pay. You might go about this by setting a weekly amount of chores for a specific allowance, or by creating a “chore list” or “chore board” that children can check that tells them which tasks are available and how much they can earn for completing them. Most parents find that this works equally well with younger children as with older ones.

Discuss Money Openly
            It wasn’t that long ago that discussing family finances at the dinner table, or anywhere within children’s hearing, was considered crude. These days, we know that children benefit from hearing their parents have frank discussions about money management, and even from participating in these discussions themselves. Excellent opportunities to discuss money openly, and engage your children in the discussion, include planning vacations, choosing service providers such as for cell phone and cable, and planning grocery trips. Even when the financial discussions are more serious, children benefit from seeing and hearing how their parents compromise and make decisions on difficult money matters.

Don’t Forget About Debt
            Teachingyour children about debt is increasingly important as they get closer to adulthood and will be faced with credit card offers, car payments, and student loans. But, the debt conversation can begin as young as you are comfortable with, by explaining how and why debt exists. Cover both the pros and cons of borrowing money. For instance, borrowing money allows parents to purchase a house without waiting and saving for thirty years, but in exchange more money has to be paid over time. As much as possible, pepper your conversations with real examples from your life and the lives of your children.



Wednesday, March 22, 2017

#Giveaway Store Brand Formula’s Share Your Formula Sweepstakes + $25 Visa Gift Card

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


When it comes to parenting in today's world where we incorporate a lot of the technology available to us, we find that we like to make things a little fun by using things such as the memes and emojis when we text others. I know that in my home this is a way to express ourselves when we just can not find the words to say what we need to say after a long day, and it is also a fun way of communicating as well. Well when we have kids and even a new baby in the home, we find that those emojis can get pretty entertaining, especially after a long day of caring for the family. So when I was told about the Share Your Formula Sweepstakes where you can express your parenting style with emojis and be entered to win $1000 along with a years supply of infant formula from Store Brand Formula, I was excited to check it out and share!

See with this fun sweepstakes, parents can enter by sharing their own parenting formula using the emoji board that is on the form. This allows you as parents, to express your daily parenting formula on how you get through it and make it fun! Each week one person will be picked to win the $1000 along with a 1 year supply, or 52 cans, of Store Brand Formula! Giving parents greater odds of winning and also giving parents a great prize just for sharing those fun parenting formulas that you can create using emoji's!  Then after you have submitted, be sure to stock up on the Store Brand Formula for your baby, where you can get the formula you need for up to 50% less than other brands! Which allows you as a parent to save money on a product that is a much needed one when you have a baby and making this contest along with the Store Brand Formula, one that you are not going to want to pass up! The Store Brand Formula's Share Your Formula Sweepstakes is running now through April 24, 2017, and to help with stocking up on some of that Store Brand Formula, the wonderful people from Store Brand Formula would like to give one of my amazing readers a $25 Visa Gift Card!




BOGO Power Rangers Movie Tickets

This post was sponsored by Atom Tickets. All opinions are my own.


When it comes to finding things to do on date night or to do over the weekend with the family, I find that going to watch some of the newest movies in the theaters is the way to go. We enjoy seeking out the latest and greatest must see movies, and like so many who grew up in the 90's, we have found that the Power Rangers are a instant favorite in our house. From the various shows that are both from the old and newer series to the toys and collectibles, we have found that aside from my husband and I enjoying the show when we were kids, that our own kids enjoy the show as well. So like many fans, when we first saw those epic previews for the new movie, Power Rangers, we began counting down the days so we can make it a family movie night at the theaters. And when we heard that right now when we purchase our tickets to go and see the new movie, Power Rangers using our Atom Tickets App, that we can use the BOGO promotion they have going right now, I was excited to get our tickets purchased as well as share this amazing deal with others!


See right now through March 26th, when you go to use the Atom Tickets App or head to AtomTickets.com to purchase tickets to see the new movie, Power Rangers which comes out March 24th, you can get two tickets for the price of one using the code: RANGERSBOGO at checkout! This allows you to secure your seats at the theater ahead of time, and also get your ticket then a free one for a friend to use when you use the code. The code is limited to one use per customer and is only available for a limited time, making this a opportunity that is just too good to pass up, and one that will make this weekend movie one that you can enjoy and also share with others! So be sure to mark your calendar for this weekend, get your tickets from Atom Tickets for yourself and a friend using the bogo code: RANGERSBOGO, and enjoy watching the new movie, Power Rangers!






Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Keep Mouths Healthy and Happy with Oral SteriClean®

When it comes to our families and the products we use everyday in the home, we find that we want to ensure that the products are safe and effective. This is especially important when it comes to the toothbrushes our families use everyday for oral care. The thing is, when it comes to the toothbrushes, regardless of which one we go with, they can get dirty and straight up unsanitary pretty quickly. So when we were sent the UV Toothbrush Sanitziers to review from Oral SteriClean, I was curious to learn more about the products and also begin using them in my home.
With the UV Toothbrush Sanitizers, we get a FDA listed medical device that is proven to safely kill germs and even fight against serious diseases that can be found on our toothbrushes both in the home and when we go on vacation! The harmful germs are more than just those that can cause the common cold, but also the germs and bacteria which can be found deep within the bristles of our toothbrushes.



The UV Toothbrush Sanitizers are simple to set up and use as a everyday holder for the toothbrushes we use in my home, and with the travel case, we can continue to keep our toothbrushes sanitized even when we are not at home, Then when it comes to destroying the germs and bacteria, the UV lights do so at a cellular level which destroys the DNA of those harmful agents, making it so that those virus cells are unable to survive and die. Which in all makes the UV Toothbrush Sanitizers from Oral SteriClean a great choice to go with in any home and add to your list of must have travel products for you and your family when it comes to keeping mouths healthy and happy!



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

Monday, March 20, 2017

#Giveaway Co-Sleeping Essential with the Snuggle Me Organic

When a new baby is in the home, as parents, we find that getting into the routine of things can be a job all in its own, especially when you have other kids in the home. And when we bring a new baby home, we seek the products that can help us get into a routine. Like many parents including myself, Heather and her husband enjoy co-sleeping with their babies. It helps with the bonding, the night time feedings, and also gives them a sense of security knowing that little Zoey is safe and sound by their sides. So when we were sent the Snuggle Me Organic to review, I was excited to see what Heather thought of it and share her thoughts with our readers! You can read Heather's review below.


If you are looking for a secure and comfortable place to lay baby while they sleep, this is your answer. The moment we put my daughter in it, she loved it. The sides snuggle her and make her feel safe and secure. It is nice not having any buckles or straps she could get caught up in. Giving her a great sleeper that is both comfortable and soothing.

  • Exclusive Center-Sling technology to securely hold baby
  • Fits perfectly in bed with mom and dad
  • Portable, move around the house & take it with you on holidays
  • Used & Recommended by Birth Professionals
  • Used & Recommended by Pediatric Chiropractors
  • Used & Recommended by Infant Massage Therapists
  • Recreates the womb
  • Snuggles baby as though they are being held
  • Soothes the Moro reflex
  • Organic
  • Free of dangerous chemicals
  • Closed system to keep baby in their safe sleep position
  • No belts or buckles to trap babies legs or arms
  • Newborn through 6 months
  • Custom Grand available; 6 months through 15 months
  • Family friendly price points
  • Handcrafted
  • All components used are USA sourced

With the material, it is organic and chemical free which gives me peace of mind that it doesn't put off any bad odors. The sling type design for the center lets you control the firmness by what type of surface you place it on.  It is portable and would be great for trips or to a sitters house and is great for co-sleeping too! She stays safe right by my side and I can easily get to her in the middle of the night.  I would recommend this to any new mom whether it be her first or tenth baby. Which in all, makes the Snuggle Me Organic a great item to have in any home when it comes to baby and also a great item to have when you are co-sleeping with baby. And to help with getting into the sleep routines in your home, the wonderful people from Snuggle Me Organic would like to give one of our amazing readers their own Snuggle Me Organic Natural Lounger!









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

#Giveaway Travel Essentials for Baby from b.box

As we prepare for those spring and summer breaks and even the warmer weather where we find ourselves spending more time outdoors, we tend to seek out the items that can help make traveling with the kids a little easier. This is especially true when traveling with a baby, regardless of the distance you will be traveling. Of those items, I find that seeking out the essentials like a diaper case and feeding products to be a must have. So when we were sent the Diaper Wallet and Travel Bib from b.box to review, I knew that Heather would be excited to check them out and share her review on the products with our readers! You can read Heather's review below.



With the b.box Diaper Wallet, I find that it is going to be very handy for the fast trips to the store or to an appointment. This is much more convenient than having to carry a diaper bag for a short trip. The hard case will keep anything from being squished, and is a great size that is ideal for grabbing when needed as we are on the go. The wipes can be accessed from the front for a messy face or from the inside for a messy bottom. The changing pad is easily stored inside with 2 diapers and is easy to wipe down. Giving me a stylish yet convenient product that will be my go to item for a quick trip out, and is a great product to take when traveling.  

Along with the Travel Wallet, I also received the matching Travel Bib. This will be handy when my baby gets to eat solid foods. The bib and spoon are easy to store in the attached pouch, and the pouch will catch food that the little one drops. Along with the design I like that there is a loop to be able to hang the pouch for storage. Then when it needs to be cleaned, just rinse and clean, air dry, and you are ready for the next feeding. Making the feedings and even diaper changes when on the go a little easier for everyone when we bring our b.box Diaper Wallet and Travel Bib along. And to help when it comes to your own travel plans, the wonderful people from b.box would like to send one of our amazing readers their own b.box Travel Bib!



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

Organic Clothing for Baby from SoftBaby

When it comes to finding those adorable and comfortable outfits for baby, we find that the options can be endless. The thing is, when it comes to baby, whether it be the gear or the clothing they wear, we as parents want to ensure that we only use the items that are safe not only where gear is concerned but also where babies skin is concerned. So when we were introduced to the organic clothing line up from SoftBaby, we were excited to check out the clothing and see how little Zoey liked it. You can read Heather's review on the very adorable Milk outfit that she was sent for Zoey below.


I received the "Milk" outfit and it is so cute on my baby girl. The onesie and diaper cover are going to be perfect for a warm spring day. It is made from 100% organic cotton and is super soft against her newborn skin. Being organic also means that babies sensitive skin won't be irritated since it is hypoallergenic. There is a variety of different patterns and sizes. I am sure you will find one you will fall in love with and just have to have for your little one. Making the organic clothing line up for baby from SoftBaby a great choice to go with as you seek the clothes for your little ones!



Product received, thank you to Soft Baby Clothes as well as the PR for supplying me with the products for this review, all opinions are my own.

Enjoy Cold Drinks in the Magnificent Moscow Mule Copper Mugs

When it comes to entertaining or even the days where you want to relax and enjoy the time, I find that having the right drinking cups can make all the difference. From having that right coffee mug that you look for every morning to drink your coffee in to having the right cups to use when you are hosting guests or even when you want the right cup to use when relaxing, I personally enjoy having the cups that can make all the difference depending on what I am looking to drink. So when we were sent the Magnificent Moscow Mule Copper Mugs to review, I was excited to check them out along with the recipe book that is included!


One of the things that stood out most for me was the look. I love the look of the copper and the hammered out metal of the mugs. Being from Southwestern New Mexico, I grew up with copper being a part of everything. From the copper jewelry and kitchenware to the fact that just about everyone in the town I grew up in was a part of the copper mining industry, copper has always been a metal that I have admired. And when I opened the box with the Moscow Mule Copper Mugs that came with the copper straws, I was brought back to remembering my home town where copper was part of the town motto!

After looking over the mugs and even looking at the various recipes that came with the mugs, I decided to give them a try. I found that I was impressed with the fact that after I poured a iced drink in the mugs, and leaving it for about 1 hour, that the drink was still ice cold and the ice was still there. I also found that the straws also made the drinking experience that much better. I liked the design of the mugs, where they are stable and have a large indented base allowing them to not wobble and with the handles, I can easily hold my mugs while drinking. Which in all, makes the Magnificent Moscow Mule Copper Mugs from Goody Goods a great choice to go with when you are looking for a set of mugs that are sure to stand out from the rest!






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

Top 16 Cool Things for Men

Want a gift for your husband that shows you put thought and time into it? What if you cant think of what to get him? Well never worry, because Look What's Cool have put together a list of the top presents for men! Ranging from everything between Cool cufflinks for men to BBQ grill sets:



Sunday, March 19, 2017

#Giveaway Celebrate Spring with Nature's Path Breakfast Cereals


The Spring is upon us and with that we find that we look forward to the mornings where the frost does not bite at our noses, and where we can enjoy the morning weather. Like many, when it comes to the mornings, I like to have a great selection of breakfast goods on hand for not only myself but also for my family to enjoy as well. So when we were sent a great selection of the cereals from Nature's Path Organic to review, I was excited to try some that I had not tried before and also share the selection with my family.


With this selection, I can get some great, fresh flavors that are perfect for starting our days out with. Like with the Heritage Flakes that give us that classic take on the breakfast cereal flakes that I adore. The Heritage Flakes are made from a blend of ancient grains including wheat, barely, quinoa and spelt, lightly sweetened with honey, it has 6g of fiber, 17g of whole grains, and 4g of protein. Along with those we can also enjoy the Superflakes which are packed with wholesome goodness that is a great way to kickstart any day! With the SuperFlakes, we get a superfood and sprouted grain cereal with organic sprouted sorghum, whole grain corn, coconut and chia, it packs 7g of fiber, 35g of whole grains, 5g of protein and is an excellent source of ALA Omega 3s.

Then with the Crunchy Vanilla Sunrise, we get a cereal that not only has an amazing blend of ingredients, but one that is flavored with vanilla! Making the selection of breakfast cereals from Nature's Path a great choice to go with in any home as you and your family celebrate spring and enjoy those beautiful spring mornings!





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.

Newton Baby Wovenaire Crib Mattress

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

As parents settle into their daily routines with a new baby, we also find that we want to ensure that we have the proper gear for baby. This includes not only the gear for when we are on the go, but also the gear that is needed for baby in the home, and when it comes to that must have gear, a crib mattress is on the top of the list. The thing is, when it comes to finding the crib mattress that offers both safety and comfort, we can find that the options can be somewhat overwhelming. So when we were sent the Newton Baby Wovenaire Crib Mattress, I was curious to check it out and also check it off the list of items needed in place for when Zoey will be ready to transition from the bassinet to a crib.
When we first went to check out the Wovenaire, I right away noticed how light weight it was, as we placed it in the crib to see how it would look. I found that this mattress weighs only 11 pounds, which makes it easy to take in and out when cleaning. After taking off the plastic, we found the fabric that this mattress is made from to really stand out, because it is not like other crib mattress's we have seen before. In fact, as we looked at the material and even pressed down on it, we noticed that unlike the foam or latex that we have seen with other mattress's, that this one is airy, and almost sponge like in a way. And after pressing down on the mattress and feeling that airy texture, I had to check it out even closer by picking it up to squeeze it, which when I did this, I was very impresses to feel how the air flows right through the mattress, giving baby a mattress that is truly breathable.


From there, I wanted to find out more about this mattress, and I found out that with the material that is used to create the core, that I can easily wash the mattress as needed right in the bathtub! I mean, the cover comes off easily and is also hand or machine washable, then with the core, I can place it in the tub and use soap and water to clean the core, and after both are dried just put the cover back on. Allowing me to have a crib mattress that is allergen, mildew, or even sour smelling free, even after accidents in the bed, and get a long term use from it instead of having to worry about replacing it after it starts to get a funk to it.



Then when it comes to the cover that is on the mattress, I like that aside from it being easy to take off and put back on after washing it, that it is also made from breathable material. The cover is made up of 2 layers of highly breathable fabrics that are quilted together and give the mattress a cloud like look to it with the pillows of air, which you can see in the photo above. Giving parents and caregivers a sense of ease as they put baby to bed, knowing that the mattress that baby is on is made not only from chemical free materials, but that it is also 100% breathable! Making the Newton Baby Wovenaire Crib Mattress a must have for any home with little ones and a must have to put on that checklist as you are preparing your home for baby!


Friday, March 17, 2017

Never Run Out with the Colgate Amazon Dash Button


When it comes to our daily lives, many of us find that they can be quite busy. Where we might mean to make the lists for shopping, but never get around to doing it, or when we do, we forget those lists and end up not getting all that we need for the home. And like many who have had this issue occur on more than one occasion, I have found that utilizing sites such as Amazon can really help to ensure that we stock up on what we need in the home, even when I do not have time to run to the store. Along with being able to shop for whatever it is I might be in search of on Amazon, I like that with my Amazon Prime, that I can use the tools such as the Prime Pantry and the Amazon Dash buttons for the everyday household items like the Colgate products we use. So when I was told that I can now use a Amazon Dash button for all of my families everyday Colgate products, I was excited to begin using it and also share this option with others!

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See with the Colgate Dash Button, I can sync it up with my Amazon account then when we need to restock our restroom, I can get the order processed quickly by choosing our favorite Colgate products out of the 24 that are available on Amazon! I can also take advantage of the free shipping as well with my Amazon Prime membership. Allowing me to order what I need when I notice the need, instead of making a list, potentially forgetting that said list, and even allowing me to save time from having to run to the store to purchase what is on my list. Which in all, makes the new Colgate Dash Button a great item to have in any home when it comes to keeping the home stocked up with Colgate oral hygiene products!




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

Once Again Nut Butter

When it comes to the spring weather, I find that with my family and our friends that we enjoy spending more time outdoors together. We like to head to the park for a day of play, or to the beach as we relax by the water, and with that, I also like to have food packed so that we can spend the whole day enjoying the company and the weather. The thing is, when it comes to packing foods that are not just for your own family, we find that you want to ensure that you do not pack items that could potentially be harmful to others. And when it comes to the snacks and foods we enjoy packing, those go to PB&J sandwich fixings are something that the kids like having. So when we were sent some of the products from the Once Again Nut Butter selection, I was excited to not only try them out, but add them to my list of gluten free, kosher, vegan friendly products that are great for having in the home and packed in the picnic bags!
With the Once Again Nut Butters we get a variety of organic butters, like the Sunflower Seed Butter which is made from sunflower seeds, that are roasted using organic seeds and only have sugar and salt added. We can also enjoy others such as the almond butter which is made by roasting some of the finest almonds, and just adding sugar and salt for taste! Along with these nut butters, I found the Creamy Cashew Butter to be one that I enjoyed most, which uses only the finest organically grown cashews to create a super creamy organic cashew butter, which is made from 5%-8% expeller-pressed organic sunflower oil is added to enhance the spreadability of this butter. Then for my own kids who enjoy peanut butter, they liked the organic peanut butter that is made with organic peanuts that are dry roasted and milled. Giving us the flavors and varieties that we can enjoy and share that are made with Gluten Free Certified, Non GMO Verified, Certified Organic, Vegan, Kosher, Paleo ingredients! 



I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com), May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.

Easter Gift Ideas: Skylanders Imaginators Sensei Toys


When it comes to finding those gifts to fill the Easter baskets with, I find that like many, I enjoy seeking out the gifts for my kids that include some of their favorite interests and characters. And like many kids, mine enjoy not only playing the games but also collecting the various characters from the Skylanders Imaginators collection. So when we were sent the new Skylanders Imaginators Sensei toys to review, I was excited to check them out and share with my readers.


With the new Sensei toys, you can get ones that will make for great Easter gifts. These new Sensei include Hard-Boiled Flare Wolf, who loves fireworks and is ready to rocket, Grave Clobber who used to be a pharaoh, that was until his brothers got jealous and buried him in a underwater tomb, and Pain-Yatta who grew up with a friend who was a unique unocorn that had a churro for a horn which sprinkled cinnamon and used his lollipop to protect them until one day when his unocorn was stolen and as he trains he continues to search for his unocorn to this day! Making this selection of Skylanders Imaginators Sensei Toys a great choice to go with to put in those baskets this Easter!




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

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Get The Perfect Swaddle Every Time With Cozy Cocoon®

When we bring a new baby home, we find that we want to make sure that baby is comfortable. Ensuring babies comfort means that baby is happy, and like many parents, we know that one way to comfort baby is to swaddle them. This allows baby to be both comfortable, warm, and gives them a sense of security as well. And when we can add cuteness to the mix, well that is just a extra bonus that many of us seek when we have a new baby! So when we were sent the very adorable Zebra swaddle from Cozy Cocoon to review, I was excited to see what Heather thought of it and also see little Zoey in it! You can read Heather's review on the Cozy Cocoon below.


I couldn't wait to try the Zebra Cocoon. This is so cute and perfect for our theme. This is my second baby that loves to be swaddled and this makes it a breeze. No more trying to figure out which corner goes where and where to tuck her hands. Just simply slip it on from feet to neck and voila! Swaddled. And, the matching hat is just adorable! Super easy diaper changes with the flap to fold down over the feet. I will most definitely recommend this to all my friends and family who have a new baby. Which in all makes the Cozy Cocoon a great gift to give at showers as well as a great swaddle to have in the home when you have a new baby! 



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

Essentials for Baby: e-cloth® Luxury Hooded Towel


When parents bring home a new baby and begin to settle into those routines, we find that we want to ensure that we have the tools that are both a must have and that are also able to provide comfort to baby. We find that the comfort part is a huge plus with any product, because when baby is comfortable, they are happy, which makes parents happy as well. So when we were sent the very adorable e-cloth® Luxury Hooded Towel to review from e-cloth®, I knew that Heather would appreciate having it to use as she and her family care for their little Zoey! You can read Heather's review on the e-cloth Luxury Hooded Towel below.



The e-cloth® Luxury Hooded Bath Towel is so soft and comfy for my baby girl. After her first bath at home, we wrapped her in this hooded towel and she instantly calmed down as she was warm and surrounded with softness. She was dry and ready to get dressed in no time at all. No rubbing her down and making her cold.  This towel just wicked the water off of her unlike a standard towel.  I highly recommend this. Truly a great and useful product, making the e-cloth® Luxury Hooded Towel a must have for any home to use at bath time when caring for little ones!




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

Newborn Essentials: Smarttemp Bluetooth Thermometer


When your baby isn't feeling well, every parent will tell you how difficult it can be to take babies temperature. They get all wiggly and start fussing which makes it incredibly difficult to get an accurate temp. So having a thermometer that offers a hands free way of taking temps is ideal, and that is what we get with the Smarttemp Bluetooth Thermometer from Infattech that we were sent for review. 

This Smarttemp Bluetooth Thermometer will stay securely in place for up to 24 hours before you have to replace the adhesive. You can get a temp reading right on your phone whenever you need it without disturbing baby. We all know how hard it is to get any sleep when baby is sick. The worry alone is overwhelming. You put your hand on babies forehead and hope your guesswork is right. You do this because getting out the old thermometer and getting an accurate reading is virtually impossible and most assuredly going to wake up baby. It was hard enough to get him or her to sleep and now you have to wake em' up. Not a good idea and will most certainly lead to more hours of fuss and no sleep. 

Using this Smart Temp Bluetooth thermometer will eliminate all of that. You will get an accurate reading whenever you want one. You won't have to wake up baby. You can track babies temperature so you can show the doctor if necessary. You can even get fever alerts should that temperature spike.  Then with the extra feature,you can set reminders for medicine. I know babies don't generally take meds which makes those instances when they do pretty easy to forget. This device will eliminate that schedule problem for you and your baby can take the medicine as prescribed on time, every time.  This is one of those must have items. The battery has a 3 year battery life and the batteries are in a sealed compartment to keep baby from finding them.  It's also 100% waterproof. I highly recommend this. I could not possibly recommend it more. You will not regret this purchase and when you get one for your baby, you will simply love the peace of mind. 

Review by Heather


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

Essentials for Baby from Miracle Ware


When it comes to having everything in place as you bring a new baby home, as parents we find that there is a lot to consider. We seek out the products that can help make the days a little easier and along with those we also seek out those essentials, like the blankets, sleepers and bodysuits for baby. So when we were sent the Miracle Sleeper along with a 5 Pack Body Suits from Miracle Ware to review, I knew that Heather would be excited to try them out on little Zoey and also share her thoughts with our readers. You can read Heather's review below!




As a parent to a newborn, you can never have enough bodysuits for baby. They are great for layering under lighter clothes or just lounging around in on a warm day. The Miracle Wear Bodysuit is made of high quality 100% cotton making it soft and soothing against babies skin. Excellent for cuddling baby all day or all night long. My little girl was happy to wear these and didn't fuss getting it on or off since they are so soft and comfy.


Then when it comes to staying warm and cozy at night, we found the sleep sack to be a great addition, because on top of the bodysuits, we also received the Miracle Sleeper for review.  This will be nice to use when we transition from the swaddle blankets. Since this is sleeveless, she will have free use of her arms and will not get too warm. She will be able to kick about without losing her blanket so she won't get cold. The top down zipper will allow for easy diaper changes (this is a major plus).  These come in many different patterns and sizes so you should have no trouble finding ones that you and your baby will love. Which in all, makes shopping for some of those essentials a little easier when you shop the line of products from Miracle Ware!




Product received, thank you to Miracle Wear as well as the PR for supplying me with the products for this review, all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

#Giveaway Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Super Shredder DVD


Seeking out those movies and shows that my family enjoys is something we enjoy doing in my home as we prepare for our family movie nights, and like many families, we find that everyone has their own likes when it comes to the shows we enjoy. The thing is, during our family movie nights, we not only enjoy voting on the movie or show to share and watch, but we also take everyone in the home into consideration giving everyone a chance to share what they enjoy. So when we were sent the new DVD, Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Super Shredder to review, I knew that this would be one my boys would enjoy adding and sharing to our family movie night!

Like many of their friends, my sons enjoy tuning in to watch as those heroes in a half shell take on the adventures ahead in order to save the city. And with this DVD, we get episodes from seasons 4 and 5 of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to watch and enjoy on not only family movie night, but also during the rainy days that we have been having lately. We can watch as the turtles train and prepare themselves for a battle like no other, as they get to test their skills against the Super Shredder and even come across new enemies in the 11 action packed episodes. These episodes include:

Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Super Shreddercontains the following episodes: 
  • The Super Shredder - For the first time, the Turtles encounter something they cannot defeat - the Super Shredder!
  • Darkest Plight - The Turtle team hunts for their Sensei, but soon realize they are being hunted as well.
  • The Power Inside Her - A concerned Donnie tests April to discover her psychic abilities are rapidly growing in power.
  • Tokka vs. the World - Raph's bonding with little Chompy is interrupted by the invasion of Tokka, who has come to Earth searching for him.
  • Tale of the Tiger Claw - A mysterious new enemy with superhuman speed is on the hunt for Tiger Claw, and will take out whoever stands in her way. 
  • Requiem - Splinter must lead the Turtles and the Mighty Mutanimals on the hunt to defeat his old enemy. 
  • Owari - The Turtles realize they must stop Shredder... and end this conflict once and for all. 
  • Scroll of the Demodragon - The Turtles believe they have defeated their old enemies, but they soon discover a new evil is rising. 
  • The Forgotten Swordsman - Karai searches for the Kuro Kabuto, claiming to be the rightful heir to the Foot Clan, when she encounters an old rival. 
  • Heart of Evil - Donnie's grudge against Don Vizioso threatens the Turtles' mission. 
  • End Times - The Turtles must defeat Kavaxas and prevent him from destroying the world. 
Making the DVD, Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Super Shredder, not only a great DVD to bring home and share with your TMNT fans but also a great gift to put in those Easter baskets this year! You can bring home your copy when Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Super Shredder comes out on March 21st! And to help with the anticipation of the new release, the wonderful people from Paramount Pictures would like to give one of my amazing readers their own copy of Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Super Shredder on DVD!






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

Scooby-Doo! Shaggy’s Showdown DVD


Finding movies to add to our family movie nights is something that my family and I enjoy seeking, and when it comes to the selection, we like to allow everyone a chance to share what they find. Like many kids, mine have all enjoyed the Scooby-Doo! series and movies, and when it comes to finding some of those to share with the family, they like to seek the new releases from the Scooby-Doo! collection. So when we were sent the new DVD, Scooby-Doo! Shaggy’s Showdown to review, I was excited to share it with my kids and also share with our readers!



In this DVD you get the whole gang up to finding the clues and solving the mystery at hand in a all new original film! You and your kids can watch as the group of friends visit a dude ranch that offers more than just a friendly adventure for cowboys and cowgirls. Instead, the ranch is in danger as they struggle with a ghost who is haunting the ranch and scaring guests away. Along with the movie you also get 3 bonus episodes to watch and share which include:

Bonus Episodes:

  • Ghastly Ghost Town
  • Mine Your Own Business
  • Scooby Ghosts West


Making Scooby-Doo! Shaggy’s Showdown DVD a great addition to add to your next family movie night and share with the Scooby-Doo! fans in your life!





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