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July 30, 2014

GIVEAWAY: Dial Coconut Water Body Wash


 
NEW Dial® Coconut Water Refreshing Mango body wash is the latest Dial® Brand body wash bringing you hydration to your body washing experience in a tropical fun new scent. Dial® Coconut Water Refreshing Mango body wash is infused with Coconut Water and a refreshing Mango aroma leaving your skin replenished and hydrated, every time you shower.
WIN IT: One reader will win 3 coupons for Free Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango Body Wash
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Roomations - Redesign your Room!

I am a big fan of sites that provide inspiration in all areas of life, but especially when it comes to home decor. I love to see what others have done with their homes and how they spruce up a boring wall or hallway. But what I often have a hard time with is envisioning how everything comes together, which is why I love the sound of this site: Roomations!!! It helps you pick a design (color schemes and object placement) of a room and customize it so there's very little guessing involved. You will know how it will all come together before doing it.

Here’s how Roomations works.
1. Take a style quiz to uncover your personal style profile. The Roomations style quiz is not only tons of fun (especially when you start to compare your own results with your friends or your spouse) - it also informs the interior designers who will suggest ideas for your bathroom’s new look. Fortunately, you don’t need to know any design lingo to take the quiz – just pick the images you like best and, voila!, Roomations will describe your style. Go to our homepage and take the quiz in the pop-up window!

2. Upload photos of your room and choose your designers.  If you have a digital camera or an iPhone, you don’t need to schedule an appointment for a designer to come to your house.  Just upload photos of your bathroom to the Roomations site and answer a few questions about the project—like your budget, basic room measurements, and whether you plan to do the work yourself or hire a contractor. You can select up to three different designers.

 3. Select your fave room design concept. Each designer you select will provide Style Boards (mood boards that suggest a look and feel including major materials and colors.) You can then pick your favorite and give feedback for development into a vivid 3D picture of what your new room will look like. 

4. Go shopping! At the end of the process, you’ll know exactly what your new room will look like after the remodel, what products you’ll need, where to buy them, and how much it will cost.

I was really impressed with this before and after show, but check out the others here:


If you would like to try this site, use this coupon code for 30% off!!! Use the code ROOM30 and receive 30% off any Roomations design package! 

Mom Voyáge

I participated in a Blog Blast on behalf of Mom Central for Urbini. I received information from Urbini to facilitate my post as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.


Right now my sister AND sister in law are both pregnant (isn't she adorable!!!), which means baby showers and preparing to become an aunt again :). This means searching the web for some great baby sites and learning as much as I can to be helpful for both these lovely ladies. Mom Voyáge is just one site that I found.



Mom Voyáge is a new blog that features posts from Moms around the world about pregnancy, birth and raising young children.  It's a place where mom bloggers from all around the world come together to share. People contribute from the Netherlands, France Britain, Holland, Australia and more. It highlights how pregnancies and child-rearing differ around the world, and much much more.


They have some really helpful articles like "choosing a baby name" or "birth plan checklist." These articles are very helpful for expecting moms. Or for those of you who are family or friends of an expecting mom there are articles like "baby shower traditions," to help give you ideas of what people do in other areas. We adopted our son so I didn't go through pregnancy, but that's why it's helpful to have a resource like this so I know what other ladies are going through. Check it out at the links below:

GIVEAWAY: Rachael Ray Nutrish for Cats & Recipes for Humans too













I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Nutrish for Cats. I received a sample of Nutrish for Cats to facilitate this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

As cat owners, our furry friends hold a very special place in our hearts, not just as a cute animal but also as a member of the family. The bond we share with them grows stronger each day whether by greeting us at the door after a long day, snuggling on the couch with us when we don’t feel well, or waking us up when they need our attention.  They often receive the same love and affection as our spouse and children. And just as we need to provide all the essentials for our family to live happy and healthy lives, we naturally want to do the same for our beloved cats by providing healthy cat food.


Rachael Ray Nutrish for Cats makes cat nutrition a priority, just like I try to make nutrition a priority for my family, including my furbabies. Real meat like chicken or fish is the #1 ingredient in this line.  I know I don't like eating fake meats, so why would our pets? Instead of consisting of fillers and artificial flavors, the number one ingredient in Nutrish for Cats is real meat, followed by wholesome veggies. I love that this line is inspired by recipes from Rachael Ray’s kitchen. Rachael Ray is so entertaining; I just love her show! Nutrish for Cats is available in wet and dry formulas, including Ocean Fish-alicious, Chicken Purrcata, and Lip Smackin’ Sardine & Mackerel.  Look for these wholesome recipes where you currently shop for your family's groceries.



Chicken and Salmon are two staples in our diet. We probably eat each at least once a week, and usually give the cats a little taste of the salmon because they love it so. One of my favorite easy salmon recipes is maple salmon (Recipes at the bottom) and one of my newer favorite chicken recipes is flaky crust pot pie with belchamel sauce from scratch. It's a lot of work, but oh so good!


Maple Salmon Recipehttp://allrecipes.com/recipe/maple-salmon/

Pot Pie Recipe: http://www.comfycook.com/2011/09/greek-phyllo-chicken-bundles-kotopita.html

As you can see from the image below, our cats LOVED the Rachael Ray Nutrish wet food.

















If you would like to try it, head on over to this link to find some Nutrish coupons.

If you want to know where you purchase Nutrish try this link

For more general information, or to follow Nutrish, visit these links:
Nutrish Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/nutrish
Nutrish Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/nutrish
Nutrish Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/nutrishforcats


WIN IT: One reader will win samples of Rachael Ray Nutrish for Cats

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July 28, 2014

Military Housing

Looking for a home, whether you are a military family or not, is a challenge. My husband and I were searching for our first home for over a year. We had seen over 100 homes, and made offers on 7, but it took FOREVER. Thankfully there are sites and credit unions out there to help military families find housing!

The graphic below helps answer some basic questions and help you decide what is best for you:

 
The Military Home: A Household Unlike Any Other - An infographic by the team at Navy Federal

Perfect Summer - Movie Review

I recently learned about a new family-friendly movie called Perfect Summer. It is a movie about a boy that who loses his father and receives a mentor in his grandfather who teaches him how to surf.  The boy and his mom relocate to a small town where all there is to do is surf and talk about surfing, but the boy doesn't surf, so his grandfather comes to his rescue. The movie features Jason Castro from American Idol.

Overall it was a good movie. Some of the acting was less than amazing, but the storyline made up for that. I am generally not a fan of "Christian" movies because of the less than par acting and poorly written scripts, but I enjoyed this film for the most part. The acting by the girlfriend and the grandfather was great, while the main mother/daughter combo was lacking. The storyline was believable enough that it could happen in real life. It didn't have a schmaltzy Hollywood ending which I appreciated. All in all, an enjoyable film.

 Check out the trailer here:

GIVEAWAY: $50 Costco Cash Card

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Huggies® Brand. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.
I am happy to announce my participation in Huggies Costco Ambassador Program.  We are trying to spread the word about Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus Diapers and Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes, only at Costco.  These exclusive Huggies® products at Costco help you Plus Up your baby care! You can’t get them anywhere else!
Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus Diapers have a SnugFit* waistband and unique Grip Tabs for a secure fit. Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus Diapers are extra absorbent for day and night protection....that's a plus exclusive to Costco! They also come with the trusted Leak Lock® system. 

Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes come in a new pack with 2 kinds of refillable dispensers, plus 1160 refill wipes to keep you stocked at home or on the go.  One of those refillable dispensers is the NEW Huggies® Clutch ‘n’ Clean* pouch, which comes in every pack of Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes. They tackle messes stylishly while out and about and it comes with a fun strap making it accessible anywhere.

We just got a Costco near us, and I am very excited to check it out. After trying these diapers and wipes I would definitely consider switching. The diaper held up overnight (13 hrs) for my 19 month old son and NO LEAKS! We have yet to try them on our girls as we only got a few samples in one size, but we plan to! The wipes were softer and gentler than any other brand we have tried, so I would definitely suggest these for moms of babies with sensitive skin or babies with frequent diaper changes.

WIN IT: One reader will win a $50 Costco Cash Card

HOW TO ENTER: a Rafflecopter giveaway

July 23, 2014

SPANX - Slimming in all seasons



We’re closing in on one of the hottest months of the summer, and at this time of year, dressing often means that less is more when it comes to beating the heat, but Spanx still has your butt covered with lightweight, warm-weather options for every occasion.  Whether it’s a date night, summer wedding, or every day, Spanx has featherweight options to keep you looking good and feeling cool.

When dressed to impress, the last thing you want to worry about are panty lines, buldges or rolls.


Summer calls for shorter hemlines, and less layers which is why I love the idea of this product by SPANX: Trust Your Thinstincts® Booty Bra. It’s a bra…for your butt! The Trust Your Thinstincts Booty Bra features your favorite smush-free technology from up top…now on bottom. Expandable fabric placed at the cheeks keeps your posterior perky and separated—you won’t believe these buns are real!

For those of us who are lacking in "curves" this product is great. It eliminates buldges/lines where you don't want them, and give you the extra oomph where you do want it!

But for those of us who just want everything held in and smoothed out the Power Panties are the product you want. Behind every powerful woman, there's a pair of powerful panties. Command attention in these confidence-inducing panties that combine the comfort of regular underwear, the feel of hosiery and the power of a shaper! They are available in nude and black. 

Check out the full line of SPANX products here: http://www.spanx.com/

Eyelash Explosion!


Fysiko Eyelash Growth Serum is great product for anyone who is looking to enhance quantity and length of eyelashes and eyebrows. Let's be honest, aren't you jealous when you see a kid with beautiful long lashes (usually the boys), and you think, what I wouldn't give to have lashes like that? My son has beautiful dark eyes and lashes, and I'd love to have lashes like that...and with Fysiko, I can.


My Before Photo:













After 10 weeks:















After 16 weeks:


I'll admit, I was a skeptic. I'd heard about products that help you get luscious lashes but I didn't really think they would make a difference on me. I already had decent lashes, but after using this product for only 10 weeks I saw a HUGE improvement. My lashes were longer and fuller. It was amazing. My husband is still impressed with how long my lashes are now. This really works!!!

If you are recovering from a medical procedure where you lost your hair, or have always had thin hair, I think this is a great product to invest in. It's easy and it works!

July 17, 2014

Huggies Snug & Dry Plus





















I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Huggies® Brand. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

I am happy to announce my participation in Huggies Costco Ambassador Program.  We are trying to spread the word about Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus Diapers and Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes, only at Costco.  These exclusive Huggies® products at Costco help you Plus Up your baby care! You can’t get them anywhere else!

Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus Diapers have a SnugFit* waistband and unique Grip Tabs for a secure fit. Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus Diapers are extra absorbent for day and night protection....that's a plus exclusive to Costco! They also come with the trusted Leak Lock® system. 



Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes come in a new pack with 2 kinds of refillable dispensers, plus 1160 refill wipes to keep you stocked at home or on the go.  One of those refillable dispensers is the NEW Huggies® Clutch ‘n’ Clean* pouch, which comes in every pack of Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes. They tackle messes stylishly while out and about and it comes with a fun strap making it accessible anywhere.

We currently have THREE kids under age 3 in diapers in our house, so I consider myself a diaper machine at this point, but not all diapers are created equal. Over the past 2 years we've tried almost every brand out there: Earth's Best, Target, BJ's, Luvs, Pampers & Huggies and they each had their good and bad qualities. Some had more success for our girls, others worked better for our son. I had a chance to try the Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus Diapers and Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes, and am happy to report that not only did the diapers last all night for our son (which means 7pm to 8am) without leakage, but the wipes were softer and gentler than any other brands I've used in the past. When your child has up to 6 diaper changes a day, all that wiping can make their skin raw, but these wipes were so gentle. I'm a fan (and apparently so is my son - see photo)!

Purchase Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus Diapers and Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes at their nearest Costco Warehouse, but if you aren't convinced, request a free sample of Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus Diapers and Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes (while supplies last). Costco Members - Click HERE to register for a FREE sample of the Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus and Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes. Hurry and register now, there will be a limited number of samples each day starting today July 17, 2014 through July 26, 2014 so try back tomorrow if you aren’t able get a sample today! You must be a Costco member to get a sample and limit 1 sample.  

To learn more and a chance to win some great prizes come out and join the #SnugandDryPlus Twitter Party this Friday, July 18, 2014 from 1-2pm Eastern time!!! Be sure to Follow Huggies and Costco on Twitter.

July 08, 2014

Keep Momming

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Shire. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating. 

As an actress, a public health advocate and former journalist, Holly Robinson Peete has seen it all. And as a mother of four, she’s encountered just about every parenting challenge you can imagine. One of her biggest challenges as mom is building and maintaining a close relationship with her teenage daughter, Ryan. 

The mother-daughter relationship is a unique one, and that dynamic can be even trickier during the tween years. Yet sometimes, people dismiss certain behaviors as “typical tween girl behavior” when those behaviors can be symptoms of something more serious. Research suggests that girls are more likely than boys to report having mostly inattentive Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) symptoms. Since inattentive symptoms can be less noticeable than hyperactive and impulsive symptoms, it is important that moms know what to look for. 

I’m proud to be joining forces with Shire, CHADD and Holly Robinson Peete to announce the launch of keep momming, a new public service initiative geared towards the moms of tween girls to raise awareness of ADHD. The campaign is anchored within a new digital hub, KeepMomming.com, where you’ll find tips, tools and other go-to resources for moms, including a checklist to help recognize the symptoms of ADHD – inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity – and then encourages moms to talk to their daughter’s doctor. The keep momming initiative can help moms learn about ADHD and provide ideas on how to spark a conversation and stay connected with their tween. 

Don’t miss Holly’s message about the keep momming initiative http://goo.gl/Uayao5, and be sure to check out the website at KeepMomming.com.

July 07, 2014

GIVEAWAY: Spartan Race Code










If you aren't familiar with Spartan Race, it’s been voted the #1 obstacle race by Outside Magazine and focuses on building a healthy and active community of adults and children. Every Spartan Race has a Junior and Varsity Spartan Kids Race to allow children to share in the thrill of an obstacle race.

What is it? Check out this video to see for yourself: 

 

Want to try it???

WIN IT:  a free race code good for any US 2014 Spartan Race

HOW TO ENTER: a Rafflecopter giveaway

Paperback Swap!!! (get rid of old books and get new ones)

Trade Books for Free - PaperBack Swap.

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