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.

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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 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


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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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

TruGreen Backyard Makeover Sweepstakes

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for TruGreen. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.” 

 Our family is super excited for spring to get here. We have had such a long cold winter and can't wait to spend more time outdoors. My kids love playing in our large back yard on their swing set. My son loves throwing ball with is dad and rolling around in the grass. I enjoy gardening and bon fires with friends on the weekends.

 Maintaining our front and backyard is very important to us. We like to have healthy green grass as it makes our house look nicer and keeps our property value higher. We keep our grass green by giving it plenty of water and spraying to kill any weeds that may appear. We are pretty happy with how nice our lawn looks.

This year we are adding some flower beds and redoing some of the shrubs in our front and backyard. We want our house to be inviting and appealing.

Did you know that the majority (69 percent) of Americans surveyed report that “seeing a green lawn in springtime makes me feel hopeful.” In fact, the bigger the family, especially with teens in the household, the more hopeful the green lawns of spring make people feel. TruGreen, the Official Sponsor of SpringSM, is helping America say goodbye to winter and enjoy a brand new spring season outdoors with the launch of the TruGreen Backyard Makeover Sweepstakes.

Now through April 18, 2014, TruGreen is giving away fantastic prizes to get America’s backyards ready for spring. Enter the TruGreen Backyard Makeover Sweepstakes for a chance to win one of 30 daily prizes, including outdoor grills, fire pits and lawn furniture, along with a grand prize $10,000 backyard makeover by TV host Jason Cameron. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY

If we were to win the TruGreen backyard sweepstakes we would love to have all new landscaping in our backyard. including 2 new trees. We would love a privacy fence. My husband would love a bigger grill and more comfortable seating.  I would love a better equipped area for gardening and the kids would love a trampoline.

Now through April 18, 2014, TruGreen is giving away fantastic prizes to get America’s backyards ready for spring. You can enter the TruGreen Backyard Makeover Sweepstakes for a chance to win one of 30 daily prizes, including outdoor grills, fire pits and lawn furniture, along with a grand prize $10,000 backyard makeover by TV host Jason Cameron.

 Enter the sweepstakes HERE

Learn more about TruGreen, their Backyard Makeover Sweepstakes, and tips for maintaining your lawn during spring HERE

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Become a Seventh Generation Toxin Freedom Fighter

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Seventh Generation. I received a promotional item and product samples as a thank you for participating”

I was shocked to learn that more than 80,000 chemicals available in the United States have never been fully tested for their toxic effects on our health and environment. Having 2 kids of my own I worry that exposing them to certain chemicals that are not properly tested could put them at greater risk for heath problems such as cancer,alzheimer’s, learning disabilities, asthma and reproductive problems.

The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was passed in 1976, and unlike other major environmental laws, has never been updated. As it currently stands, tens of thousands of potentially harmful chemicals continue to be used in the marketplace since the 1970’s without proper testing and without disclosure by the companies that produce them.

 80,000 synthetic chemicals introduced into the market since the Toxic Substances Control Act was passed in 1976, the EPA has required testing on less than 10%.

 We need to take a stand and do something about this! Want to help?

 You can become a Toxin Freedom Fighter by signing Seventh Generation’s petition to urge Congress to reevaluate the Toxic Substances Control Act for the first time since 1976.

Help Seventh Generation  reach its goal of collecting 100,000 Signatures by signing the petition for chemical reform and urging your friends and family to do the same!

 I signed :)  Now its your on the badge on my side bar!  #FightToxins 

 If 100,000 signatures are collected Seventh Generation will deliver them to congress on April 30, 2014!

 You can watch what chemicals you expose you and your family to by using plant derived cleaning products with bio based ingredients. Seventh Generation makes all sorts of these products including All purpose cleaners, free and clear detergent and dishwashing liquid, glass cleaner, even chlorine free bleach. They also offer baby diapers and baby care items, Health and Beauty and other household items.

We are big fans of the all purpose cleaner and glass cleaner. I use the all purpose cleaner for just about everything from sinks to the stove to my counter tops. It cleans really well and its nice knowing I am not exposing myself and my family to toxic chemicals. Also Seventh Generation cleaners are not expensive and can be purchased at many major retailers and online. Recently they added unbleached 100% recycled bath tissue and I am super excited to try it. I have tried their paper towel and facial tissue. We currently use them in our house and are very happy with them. 

If your looking to reduce the toxic chemicals in your house check out to learn more about their plant derived bio-based ingredient cleaners!