Saturday, May 17, 2014

We are Moving to ARIZONA :)

If you have been a long time follower of my blog you know I have always wanted to live in Arizona. A few weeks ago God opened the door for us to move and we leaped in. I have always had bad allergies that seem to be getting worse as I get older. This year with the record snowfall in Michigan and even more extreme temperature changes; my allergies were the worst they have ever been. On a whim, my husband sent out some resumes to some places hiring in Arizona and the very next day he received a phone call that turned into a phone interview. The following day a follow-up call with a job offer! He had two weeks to report to his new job. In the midsts of all this we were finishing our basement and celebrating Shane's 6th Birthday. Always something going on ( story of my life ). With help of my wonderful family and friends we were able to finish the drywall in the basement, get Phil packed and I was able to drive with him to Arizona and stay a week to look at areas/houses. With a target Area picked and ready to put an offer on the right house, I am back in Michigan with the kids praying our house sells quickly. We will be joining my hubby as soon as our house here in Michigan sells. We are moving to Arizona :) I can't wait to start this new journey with my family and look forward to beautiful weather (improved allergies), swimming 10 months out of the year and having our friends and family visit us! That said please understand that things here are very very crazy right now and my blog/postings may not be as regular for a few months till our move is complete :) Laura

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Stonyfield YoBaby, YoToddler, and YoKid Yogurt Pouches

“I participated in a Blogger Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Stonyfield. I received coupons to facilitate my shopping trip and a promotional item to thank me for participating.”

In our house we always try to eat as much organic as possible. Especially when it comes to what I feed my kids. I don't like giving my kids, who's bodies are still growing and developing, foods with artificial flavors. It's sometimes hard to find good quality organic snacks. There are a few brands we like and trust in our house and one is Stonyfield.



Stonyfield YoBaby, YoToddler, and YoKid Yogurt Pouches are the first refrigerated organic yogurt pouch available. All of the Stonyfield organic yogurt pouches contain pure organic ingredients and never any high fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors.


My daughter is a huge fan of yogurt as well as my son. We have been buying YoToddler and Yokids yogurt pouches for several months. We buy my daughter the YoToddler pouches. Her favorite flavor is the pear spinach mango :) I love that they are made with organic whole milk and free of artificial flavors. I love that they come in convenient single serve pouches.

 My son's favorites are the YoKids strawberry banana and blueberry flavors. He always asks for them for snack. I really like the fact he is getting a healthy snack packed with natural flavor. Plus YoKids are a lowfat organic yogurt.

 These pouches are not only great for snack at home but great for on the go too. We send pouches in the kids bags when they go to grandpa's house. I also have brought them with me to appointments, on play dates and for long car rides. The pouch makes less mess than a traditional yogurt cup.

Don't tell my kids but I even like them.  Sometimes mommy sneaks one or two! My favorite flavor is blueberry.

Want to try them?

You can check HERE to see if Stonyfield YoBaby, YoToddler, and YoKid Yogurt Pouches are sold near you.  


Also you can Connect with Stonyfield

Thursday, April 10, 2014

MIKE AND IKE® Easter Varieties and HOT TAMALES® Jelly Beans

"I was sent candy samples to review. All opinions are my own" 

MIKE AND IKE® Easter Varieties and HOT TAMALES® Jelly Beans Are The Perfect Candies for the Easter Season.



 Sweeten your Easter candy hunt this year by adding great holiday varieties offered by Just Born Quality Confections. Hitting the shelves are four assorted candies and jelly beans from MIKE AND IKE® and HOT TAMALES® that are sure to make Easter celebrations even better than last year! MIKE AND IKE® Easter Treats come in a 5 oz box, and are the perfect sweet gift to give to family and friends. The MIKE AND IKE® Easter Treats blend includes favorite flavors such as Grape, Pineapple Banana, Strawberry, Lemon Lime and Cherry. SRP for the 5oz box is $1.00 - $1.39. Additional Easter varieties include MIKE AND IKE® Assorted Fruits Jelly Beans, MIKE AND IKE TANGY TWISTER® Jelly Beans and HOT TAMALES® Cinnamon Jelly Beans. SRP for the 14 oz Jelly Bean bags range from $2.50 - $3.00.



 Shane loves Just Born candy. PEEPS are his favorite Easter Candy but jelly beans come in second and I know he will be super excited about the Easter Bunny leaving Mike and Ike jelly beans in his basket this year.



 Just Born Quality Confections is a privately owned company founded in 1923 and headquartered in Bethlehem, PA, where it manufactures PEEPS®, HOT TAMALES® and MIKE AND IKE® Brand Candies. GOLDENBERG’S® PEANUT CHEWS® Brand Candies are produced in Philadelphia, PA. All Just Born candies are made in the U.S.A.

 For more info please visit www.mikeandike.com and www.hottamales.com

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Our favorite cups...The First Years One Piece Lid Sippy Cups

" I was sent sample products to review. All opinions are my own" 

The First Years One Piece Lid Sippy Cups are our favorite cups for Jacey.  Why? Because these cups feature an easy to clean one piece lid. They are insulated and spill proof. This makes the lids interchangeable and the cups are top rack dishwasher safe. Plus BPA free.





 They Easy for mom and perfect for your little one.

They even have adorable designs for both boys and girls. We are so in love with the Birds. They are modern and cute.



I love the fact that I don't have to worry about missing pieces and I can simply throw them in our dishwasher and they are clean. We have yet to have a leak so no extra messes for this mom to clean up.


Want to win some?  The First years is holding a "What Would You Do With More Time For You?" Mothers day contest on their Facebook Page. 

Go HERE to Enter and learn more 

A weekly drawing for a 2 pack of sippy cups and 3 grand prize winners win a $1,000 gift card! 

You can purchase these cups at Kmart and Walmart :)


Blinkbuggy a must have app for your precious photos

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Blinkbuggy. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating.” 


 As a photographer and mom of 2, I am always taking pictures and looking for new ways to collect and share them. 

Recently, I discovered Blinkbuggy

Blinkbuggy is a technology that helps moms by making it easy and fun to collect and connect all the most important moments and create meaningful stories, all in one place, that can be shared now, printed into beautiful memory books as well as passed on to the next generation.

With all the running around I do with my 6 year old and 1 1/2 year old there are always cute moments I want to catch. Sometimes I am without my professional camera and use my cell phone to take pictures. I was super excited to see Blinkbuggy has a moble app.  However, they also offer a desktop version which I like a bit better because it offers more features.  

What I like about Blinkbuggy is that you can use your pictures to create a story. For example check out how this mom used Blinkbuggy to document her pregnancy HERE.  


I used Blinkbuggy to document my daughters 18 month photos. I was even able to add my favorite quote under her picture. It's a perfect place to document her as she grows and develops. From the cute things she says and does to how her little face matures. I want to be able to look back and see all those little changes and remember those moments. Check out my Blinkbuggy album Here

As for my son I am going to create an album to document my sons school pictures. It will be really nice to have his first and last day school pictures as well as important school related pictures ( such as class parties, concerts, etc) into one spot where I can showcase a story of each school year. Then after Elementary school I can have all the pictures printed into a beautiful memory book that we can keep and look at anytime. 

Currently Blinkbuggy has a Spring Fling Giveaway going on. 
    • Anyone who registers for Blinkbuggy during the month of April (April 1st - April 30th) will be entered to win one of three FREE 20-page Blinkbuggy Memory Books.
Download the Blinkbuggy app HERE .

Visit their website HERE.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Kolcraft Sealy Baby Ultra Rest Crib Mattress Review and Giveaway

We received a low end crib mattress at my baby shower for my son Shane 6 years ago. We managed to make it work with him and I thought I could stretch it long enough to make it last with my daughter Jacey. 

We kept Jacey in the Preferred Position 2-in-1 Bassinet and Incline Sleeper from Kolcraft 
(which I just loved) till she reached its weight limit. Then we put her in her crib. I could see the mattress was giving out. This year it began caving in the middle. I am sure she wasn't very comfortable. I know I wouldn't be. Finally, I decided, I had enough.

As a kolcraft mom, I am given the opportunity to review many of there awesome products. I can seriously tell you I have never once been disappointed and this time is no exception. I contacted them with my situation and decided to review a mid grade mattress for you. Kolcraft offers all types and price points of sealy mattresses but as a mom of 2 on one income I know most of us cant afford a $200 crib mattress. Plus I wanted to show that you could get a quality mattress without spending a fortune. 

 Jacey is now sleeping on a quality feature packed crib mattress the Kolcraft Sealy Baby Ultra Rest Crib Mattress. This mattress retails for $99.99





I love that this mattress has a waterproof cover, stitching and binding. If Jacey happens to have a diaper that leaks at night or gets sick to her stomach all I would have to do is wipe it down and its clean.  I don't have to worry about it sagging in the middle like our old crib mattress because it features an anti-sag weight distribution system and one of my favorite features is the airflow pocket for freshness. Any material need to breathe.



I also want to make mention it is made in the USA! 


This mattress fits perfectly in her crib and no more sagging. Plus, believe it or not I am getting 1/2 hour extra sleep since we started using this mattress. Jacey is now getting up at 8:30 am instead of 8:00 am :) 


Win it 

Kolcraft has offered one of my readers a Sealy Baby Ultra Rest Crib Mattress






Thursday, April 3, 2014

TOMY Megabuild Chuggington StackTrack Junction website launch Review and GIVEAWAY

" I was sent promotional items to review. All opinions are my own" 

The new Chuggington StackTrack Megabuild Junction website has just launched and is perfect for helping use your existing StackTrack sets to make awesome Megabuilds. 

 The New website www.stackyourtrack.com showcases awe-inspiring layouts and provides building instructions for a variety of skill levels so kids can combine existing playsets and create mega-exciting Megabuilds.






Shane has always been a fan of trains and so he was super excited to have the opportunity to add to his collection. We decided to build the Boulder Bedlam.  This is a master skill level. It was challenging for Shane but with his dads help he got it built and he had a ton of fun. We love how the website provides step by step instructions.  It shows what sets you need, how many of each piece you need and provides picture illustrations of each step. 




Check out the TOMY Megabuild Chuggington StackTrack Junction website

WIN IT 


Tomy is offering one of my readers a chance to win the same sets I received in order to build a Boulder Bedlam and other great builds using the Chuggington StackTrack Junction website.


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