Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Save $100 on family-friendly Hawaii vacations with Pleasant Holidays - USFG's new travel partner!

I am so excited! I just learned that US Family Guide has partnered with Pleasant Holidays, a leading provider of package vacations. They're based in the U.S. and have great deals on family vacations worldwide - Hawaii, contiguous United States, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Costa Rica, Europe, Tahiti, Fiji and more. They can also book complete cruise vacations with airfare, onboard accommodations, and pre- and post-cruise hotel stays for vacations where everyone can relax and enjoy. 

Winner Announcement

Congratulations to Barb whose name was randomly selected by Rafflecopter as the winner of the Handstand Kitchen Giveaway.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Still Time to Get Your Costume! PureCostumes.com

There's still time to order your costume from PureCostumes!  Whether you're looking to be a PJ Mask character (they are so popular right now!), a Ninja (girl or boy!!), have a family theme, or go in a couple's costume, Pure Costumes is a great place to shop. We have several of their costumes here because they last year after year!! Pure Costumes is our favorite place to shop for Halloween!

Use the coupon code FIVEOFF to get $5 off any order of $50 or more.

Bootler: Your Food Delivery Search Engine #GoBootler #Food #ad

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.

You can get all kinds of food delivered, and a big hurrah for it, especially if you're in a cold city like Chicago that charges a fortune for parking. Hey, I love Chicago, but facts are facts, if you go out and try to park to pick up your food, it could cost you an arm and a leg just to run in and get it. If it's cold outside, and baby it's going to get cold outside, even more reason to find and utilize an option that will help you find the best options for food delivery (yeah, I'm a 'let's not be out in the cold if we don't have to be" kind of gal). Enter Bootler, a food delivery search engine unlike anything I've ever seen before.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Trudeau Puts the Money Where Your Mouth Is!

Trudeau "Puts the Money Where Your Mouth is"

Unfortunately, most of us know someone who has been ill-affected by Breast Cancer. Fortunatley, there are many reputable companies that are large enough to make a solid difference, who are doing so, and Trudeau is one of them!

October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a great time to remind us to get involved and lend support to a great national cause – the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (www.bcrfcure.org). Once again, The Trudeau Corporation offers an exclusive BCRF collection of hydration bottles and thermal tumblers with a percentage of all sales going directly going to BCRF. (its the money where your mouth is)….

These products, developed with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, are designed exclusively for Trudeau’s product donation program, and are sold in support of breast cancer research initiatives. To date Trudeau has donated over half a million dollars to BCRF! Now that's a sizeable contribution! And it comes from your purchases combined with Trudeaus awesome generosity!

                           LuLu SS Travel Tumbler      Tea-Rific II Tea Tumbler

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Hurry and Get Your Vote In! Which Scent Do You Like?

Earth Friendly Products loves everything about the holiday season: the sounds of the season, the food and festivities, and most of all, mayking memories with family. To welcome in the happiest time of year, they are launching a new seasonal cruelty-free ECOS™ Dishmate™ dish soap scent, and they're asking for help to choose it! 

For their limited-edition holiday scent, we want to capture the smell of your fondest holiday memory. Does the smell of Winterpine remind you of walking through the woods with your family to find the perfect holiday tree? 

Does the smell of Gingerbread remind you of baking cookies with your grandma? Or does the smell of Spiced Chai remind you of cozy holiday evenings by the fire? We’d love to fill your kitchen with warm memories while you make new ones this holiday season. So, please take a moment and vote at http://bit.ly/2e7GyO8. The winner will be announced on October 20th.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Handstand Kitchen: Cookies for Santa Baking Kit with #Giveaway

The Handstand Kitchen is a great place to shop when you are looking for super cute and useful items that are excellent for encouraging children to want to help out in the kitchen. This Cookies for Santa kit I'm going to talk about is really going to come in handy during the holidays for us this year!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus: An Iron in a Bottle?

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.

So, I've heard Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus is the new iron, and I wanted to give it a try. I'm all about not having to pull out the ironing board, set up the iron, and then take it all down again when I'm done, if I don't have to do so. Thing is, if nothing else works to get rid of wrinkles, I'll keep my iron, thank you. So how did the Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus fair?  Let's have a look.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Get Real: Eating Whole Foods Is Just Natural

Disclosure: This is a guest/sponsored post, but I do believe in the benefits of a 'real food' diet.

If you are aiming for a healthier lifestyle, one of the areas you may need to change is the types of foods you eat. You may have heard of a real food diet, but what does that mean? The “Real Food” movement goes beyond grocery store labels. It is a holistic term that refers to a values-based food system that respects animal wellbeing, environmental sustainability, social integrity and fairness, and human welfare and dignity. Other terms for real food are “green,” “fair,” “slow,” or “local.” The simplest definition is food of all sorts in its most natural state.
Why Eat Real Food?

DIY Pizza Month Essentials from T-Fal

Hear! Hear!  October is National Pizza Month! You know they say there's an app for everything? Well, some people are also starting to say 'there's a national everything month.' While that may have a smidgen of truth to it, when it comes to Nat'l Pizza Month, I am ALL IN!!

Friday, October 14, 2016

#PlayLikeHasbro with the NERF N Strike Elite Mega Lightning Bow

My son had an awesome birthday party. The place...the people, and the gifts all made for a very special day. It was just exactly everythng a mom could hope for, while watching her son turn 9.  And while he did appreciate all of his gifts, there was one that def. stood out as a favorite: His Nerf N Strike Elite Mega Lignting Bow.

Community Coffee: I Wait All Year for This Seasonal Flavor to Return to Shelves!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.

Fall is the season people think of pumpkin, cloves, and other spices along those lines. I agree, but its also the season I think of Community Coffee's limited edition Southern Bread Pudding Coffee!!

Four Fall Favorites from Hasbro! #PlayLikeHasbro

One way to usher in Fall successfully is to bring in a round of toys that will keep the kiddos engaged and entertained. What better way than with Hasbro?! Whether you have little ones who are missing their siblings while they are now in school, or you are looking to treat your child who is in school, these four selections are spot on for engaging and imaginative play, that is also downright fun.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Trying to Conceive? Join Us for the October 27th Stork OTC Twitter Party!

This is a sponsored conversation from Mums the Word Network and The Stork OTC. All opinions are my own.

I remember buying four pregnancy tests every single time I was expecting. Why so many? I didn't want to wait the required amount of time to find out if I was really expecting, but I knew the tests could read negative even if they were positive, simply because I was taking them too soon. Luckily for me, every single time was a positive, and every single time I was ecstatic. Not everyone gets so lucky though, and I very intimately know that to be true. Thankfully there are products available like Stork OTC. for those who need some help.

Bluebee Pals are Educational AND Adorable! That is a Winning Combo!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.

I think most parents today agree that they want their child to have a working knowledge of technology. If that technology is educational, well, that's even better!! Bluebee Pals realizes the importance of combining the two.

Celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month with ToiletTree!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.

October is National Dental Hygiene Month, and have I got a product to share with you!! This Portable Oral Irrigator and Sonic Toothbrush set sold at Toilettree is in a word: fantastic! I say purchase it this month in honor of the national recongition towards oral health care, or any month to have an extra clean mouth and a sparkly smile!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Pure Costumes Has Really Outdone Themselves for Halloween This Time!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.

Today I am grateful... grateful that instead of talking about hurricane damage (because outside of losing internet, we had none!! thank you to so many of you who sent e-mails to inquire, I will be in touch soon!!), I can talk about this Master Chief outfit from Pure Costumes! In a word, this costume is amazing. It makes my son look good and feel great!! I think he really thinks he's a super power in this bad boy (he likes it because it looks military, he's never actually played the video game Halo, which is where the character comes from... I know a lot of people have though, and love it!).

Monogrammed Beach Towels and Faith

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, but I do agree with the opinions stated. It is no secret that fiath plays a lare role in my life. 

Faith is believing in something even when there is no evidence to support your belief. It's a spiritual connection and commitment to belief in a higher source that fuels a deep knowing in the spirit that requires no outward manifestation.

The Inner Workings of Faith
When we have faith, we have the peace and assurance that the right things will happen regardless of what our current situation is. It frees us from the burden of trying to find our own solutions and also frees us from the struggle to bring about the outcomes we desire. Instead, faith replaces struggle with hope and certainty. It is our invisible insurance policy, we may not know when something is going to happen to improve our lot, we just know with all our hearts that it will happen.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Winner Announcement

Congratulations to Renee whose name was randomly selected by Rafflecopter as the winner of the ChapStick giveaway.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Hurricane Matthew is on its Way

Photo Source: WFTV
Everyone in the family has their windows boarded up on their houses or their hurricane shutters in place. Those who live in apartments and are unable to do so, are going over to family members' homes who do have them. We're all stocked up on food, propane gas, water, flashlights (headlamp version if you're 9, lol), etc.

Looks like its going to be a doozey of an evening that is predicted to last until sometime tomorrow. My apologies for not visiting blogs or putting up posts this week, but I know you understand. :)

We're hoping for the best, and preparing for the worst.
For those in the same boat (thank goodness we're not in a boat), stay safe!
I'll see you when the sun's shining again!