Monday, December 18, 2017

This season go Organic with Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs


I love the holiday seasons, I often find myself cooking and baking more often. One thing that I enjoy baking is Waffles. I do however hate the taste of them so I am always changing them up and trying new things. 

This round I decided to give a go at making chocolate chip waffles. They came out tasting like a chocolate chip cookie. I started with Walmart's brand pancake waffle mix, used 3 cups of mix. Then I added 2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips, 1/2 cup sugar and then 1/4 cup of vanilla extra and finally 4 Pete and Gerry's Organic Eggs. 


I am always looking for ways to switch up what my kids eat and get more organic in their diet. Pete and Gerry's Organic Eggs are from hens which are never caged, this is a huge thing for me. Once when traveling home from WI we went by a truck which was transporting chickens and it was the worst, saddest image ever. It makes you rethink what exactly you're putting in your body and what exactly goes on at the farms since this is a normal way to transport. 


Pete and Gerry's take pride in that their hens are again never caged, they are fed only organic food, they are not given any sort of shots to make them meatier, they are just able to enjoy their life. I have been sold on Pete and Gerry's for some time now, their eggs do come out tasting better and I have noticed a difference in how my kids behave when eating their eggs versus when we go out to eat and they order "eggs". I also love that Pete and Gerry's Organic eggs are easy to find. You can find their locations here and start your way on to a better diet today :) 

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

What I Can See While Visiting My Family

My husband's brother lives in Alabama, along with my sister-in-law and three nephews and a niece. They normally come here to visit, but I want to go to them this year. They have lived in Alabama for some time and are always moving. They have lived in Huntsville, Montgomery, and Auburn, and now they are in Birmingham.

Big Family 

Since our families are so large, staying with our hosts is not an option. We need a room. Thankfully. Hotel Planner has us covered. You can search your hotel by price, location, free breakfast, and more. Searching for Birmingham hotels on Hotel Planner, we were able to book a room for the week, and it's close to our family. 

Visiting Birmingham

Image via Flickr by the US Department of Education
What does Birmingham have to offer?  One is the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, which consists of detailed exhibitions of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s. Exhibits show the struggles for civil rights in this era, as well as illustrate daily life for African Americans in the state and the nation over time and how dramatically different it was from the lives of white people. 
One thing we all truly enjoy is being outdoors. We love to camp, hike and enjoy nature, and Alabama has plenty of opportunities. Oak Mountain State Park, which is just south of Birmingham, is a beautiful landscape area with a wonderful place to fish and relax. My kids are huge anglers, they would live in the water if it was possible. There are many other fishing spots to visit while in Birmingham, especially since Alabama is known as the Bass Capital of the World. 

Check Out These Caverns

Image via Flickr by Marshall County CVB
Cathedral Caverns State Park is amazing!  Cathedral Caverns, which was opened to the public in 1950 by Jacob Gurley, was originally called Bat Cave but was renamed because of its cathedral-like appearance.  The cave was purchased by the state in 1987, and the area became a state park in the summer of 2000. The first feature most people notice about Cathedral Caverns is the massive entrance. The huge opening measures 126 feet wide and 25 feet high, a possible world record for commercial caves.
The grand entrance is only the beginning. Inside the cavern are some of the most beautiful formations Mother Nature has ever created, including “Goliath,” one of the largest stalagmites in the world, measuring 45 feet tall and 243 feet in circumference. Cathedral Caverns features many amazing formations: a caveman perched atop a flowstone wall, a frozen waterfall, a large stalagmite forest, and a most improbable stone formation: a stalagmite that's 27 feet tall and 3 inches wide!
Rickwood Caverns State Park has gemstone mining, a gift shop, great places to picnic, a playground, hiking trails, and also offers camping. But it's main attraction is the guided cave tour. The hiking trails are along the Fossil Mountain, which got its name from the leaf and seashell imprints visible in some of the rocks. 

Ready for Travel

After talking to family and checking out Hotel Planner for things to do, I'm excited about our trip in March. My kids are excited to see their cousins, and my husband and I are ready to see something new. 

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Oriental Trading for you Winter Celebrating!

I was raised a Jehovah's Witness so growing up I never participated in the Holiday activities, my teachers would often look for crafts and such in which I could do that were not holiday related. Now, it seems that Christmas is not a celebrated holiday in school but now they do more Winter themes so all children are able to participate no matter what your choice in life may be. Oriental Trading has a huge selection of Winter crafts that all kids and even adults can enjoy.

My favorite thing about Oriental Trading is that it does not break the bank so even on a teachers salary they can get a good amount of goodies.  One thing that never occurred to me was that Snowman are not holiday related I mean I guess because I grew up in FL and as a Jehovah's Witness I figured they were, because they almost are always in holiday decorations, or wearing a Santa hat etc, so it was nice that hey Frosty the Snowman is something I could enjoy as a kid :) I used this when looking for items to send to the school to go with their Winter theme.

Here are some of my favorites which I sent and also had my kids do since most items seem to come in a dozen.



Color Your Own Snowman Globe: Color Your Own Snowman Snow Globes is rated 3.1 out of 5 by 9. Kids love creating their own snow globes! Just color the picture, add water and shake for a fun holiday craft! With a cute snowman design, this frosty and festive craft kit makes the ideal activity for a school Christmas party or other wintertime gathering. Plastic. (6 pcs. per unit) 2 1/2" All craft kit pieces are pre-packaged for individual use. Kits include instructions and extra pieces. Markers sold separately. © OTC How cute is this set, I mean what more can you ask for you have coloring, crafting and water all in one! This was a huge hit at the school and the teacher was very pleased.

Snowman Wreath Craft Kit: DIY Christmas decorations quickly become the favorite items your family wants to hang when you pull out the Christmas totes each year. Welcome guests throughout the season with these snowmen crafts for kids. For the front door or anywhere within your home, this Snowmen Wreath is a keeper. Foam. 10 3/4" All craft kit pieces are pre-packaged for individual use. Kits include instructions and extra pieces. We recommend using foam glue or Glue Dots, sold separately online. © OTC. For this one I am so used to stickers that I was not parpaired to be gluing but thankfully I had some Elmer's glue and was able to help the younger kids create their personal wreath. I do recommend helping the younger kids pop out all the snowflakes we had a lot break because my kids were getting annoyed and didn't take the time to do them correctly. It was still a fun craft and came out cute.



Pin the Nose on the Snowman Game: A wintery spin twist on a classic party game that's fun for all ages! Play this Pin the Nose on the Snowman game at a holiday party or during a night in with the family. An essential addition to your Christmas party supplies or snow day games. Includes a 16 1/2" x 20 1/4" snowman face, ten 4 1/2" x 3 1/2" noses and a blindfold. Paper. (13 pcs. per set) Includes instructions. Tape required. Sold separately. © OTC This is a great game which can be played indoors in a smaller space and it is safe because of the use of tape.


Beaded Snowman Necklace Craft: Make a fun winter craft you can wear all season long! These smiley Snowman Necklaces makes for the perfect holiday accessories or handmade Christmas gifts. Each with a snowman bead, snowflakes, and jingle bells, these DIY necklaces will add some festive flair to anything you wear this holiday season. Includes wooden beads and metal jingle bells. 30" cord. All craft kit pieces are pre-packaged for individual use. Kits include instructions and extra pieces.

These are just a few of many items to choose from to make your Winter celebration a great one. You can check out all things Oriental Trading by visiting them at http://www.orientaltrading.com/


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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Venice, Italy a Amazing Place to Honeymoon

My husband and I have known each other since grade school. We started dating in high school and got married at 20. We never did have a honeymoon, as we just got married and moved into our new home. I have always wanted to travel and make up for my missed honeymoon. 

Why Venice?

When I think of a honeymoon, I think of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. This guide to Venice immediately made me think this city would be a great idea for a honeymoon. After all, Venice is known for its lovers, artists, and poets. It is a magical city that is often referred to as the Queen of the Adriatic, the City of Masks, the City of Bridges, and the Floating City.

The History

Venice is built on more than 100 small islands, allowing for cozy boat rides throughout the city. There are canals throughout Venice, including the Grand Canal thoroughfare, which is lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces. Venice is made up of some amazing architecture and is filled with so much history that you cannot help but be impressed. 

Piazza San Marco

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Piazza San Marco, also known as St. Mark's Square, is home to St. Mark's Basilica, which is tiled with Byzantine mosaics, and the Campanile, which offers views of the city's red roofs. Piazza San Marco is basically like New York's Times Square, meaning it is at the center of everything. It's also the only square that carries the title "piazza," as the rest are called "campo." The best way to enjoy St. Mark's Square in all its glory is by joining in a tour group. Otherwise, you could find yourself spending some time waiting in lines.

Doge's Palace

The Doge's Palace is built in Venetian Gothic style, and it's one of the city's main landmarks. The Doge's Palace was once the residence of the Doge, or the ruler of Venice, and also housed the political bodies of the state, including the Great Council and the Council of Ten. The artwork on the ceiling is sure to amaze you. 

The Grand Canal

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When you visit Venice, you can't miss your chance to spend time on The Grand Canal. You can take water buses, taxis, and gondolas here, and you'll really get an idea of the beauty that is Venice.

Gelato

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When visiting Venice, you have to enjoy the gelato. Gelato has a base of milk, cream, and sugar, and it's flavored with fruit and nut purees and other flavorings. It is generally lower in fat, which is wonderful because everyone gains a little weight while on vacation. I intend to try this challenge of trying gelato in 15 places while in Venice.
GoDoTrip is a great place to start planning your trip to Venice, as this site can recommend the best places to see and stay. You can plan every detail of your trip all in one place. I have used GoDoTrip in the past for my family vacations.
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Monday, November 27, 2017

Sipp a drink which can help celebrate any occasion

Handcrafted in the kitchen for the perfect fusion of clean, simple flavor Searching for something special at that soirĂ©e? Break out the best bubbly with Sipp! Sipp mixes ingredients to create unique layers of blended fruits and herbs into a refreshing sparkling beverage. Whether it’s mixed in a drink recipe to craft a natural, fresh cocktail or chilled to enjoy with a meal, these fun flavors are the perfect fusion of clean, simple culinary extracts!


From her kitchen to store shelves, Sipp started with founder Beth Wilson-Parentice’s passion for superior taste. With a love for creating, entertaining and wanting to find her own path, it was being laid off from her corporate job that pushed her to go back to the beginning. What was her purpose? Through the years, she had forgotten, or maybe never knew. Knowing she had a talent for creating an entrepreneurial spirit, Sipp was born!


Whether you need some sweet mixers for your libations, or something without the booze for the kiddos, Sipp has you covered. Taste the different flavors: 

Lemon Flavor: A perfectly lovely layering of zesty lemon, gentle elderflower & slightly aromatic tarragon. Lightly sweetened with agave.

Ruby Rose: A perfectly lovely layering of ruby red grapefruit, honey & a kiss of rosemary. Lightly sweetened with agave.

Mojo Berry: Make your holiday shindig even more flavorful with this perfectly lovely layering of tangy blackberry, mint, and lime! Lightly sweetened with agave, everyone will be asking for a second glass. 

Ginger Blossom: Get ready for a party with the spicy taste of ginger, smooth vanilla, and lime! Easy on the stomach, with notes of sweet agave, it will be a hit for any cocktail. 


Zesty Orange: Boost your bar game with this zesty combination of blood orange, lime, and jalapeno!

Summer Pear: A perfectly lovely layering of delicate pear, honey & green tea. Lightly sweetened with agave.

The perfect bubbly to transform any drink, you’ll be the main mixologist everyone wants at their next holiday party. Tis the season for a festive treasure trove of winter beverages. Make your drinks even more delicious with Sipp! All Sipp Sparkling Organics come in 12oz bottles and 10.5oz cans and are sold in Target and select retailers nationwide, as well as on Amazon.

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Tis the Season for Nerium Gift Sets! Hurry while supplies last!

Give the gift of beauty and youth this holiday season with these amazing gift sets from Nerium!

Revive Your Eyes Holiday Bundle: Featuring both Age-Defying Eye Serum and Eye-V Patches, our Revive Your Eyes Holiday Bundle is the brightest gift EYE-deal of the season.

Wash & Glow Holiday Bundle: Wash and Glow Holiday bundle feature two of our newest skincare stars, IllumaBoost™ Brightening & Shield and Double-Cleansing Face Wash. Perfect for giving, or treating yourself.  Learn more about this product in my previous post here.

Daily Vitality Holiday Bundle: With our Daily Vitality Holiday Bundle, featuring both Youth Factor™ Complete Vitality Complex and Superfood & Antioxidant Boost Powder, giving the gift of wellness has never been easier.**  Learn more about this product by visiting my previous post here.

FREE GIFT WITH PURCHASE – a $40 retail value.* Includes limited-edition travel bag and three Eye-V™ Moisture Boost Hydrogel Patches. Take the hassle out of holiday shopping – they can even send bundles directly to the recipient. Hurry! Quantities are limited.

*For a limited time, purchase this bundle and get the travel bag and Eye-V Patches gift at no additional charge. Receive a gift for each bundle purchased, while supplies last. To receive the gift, you must purchase the holiday bundle. The gift will not be automatically applied to purchases of products, even if you purchase both items individually in the same order. If you choose Auto-Delivery Order, the free gift applies only to the first order. The following month the two products in the bundle will remain on your Auto-Delivery Order but will not include the free gift.

Learn more about the Eye-V Moisture Boost Hydrogel Patches from a previous post here. Check out more amazing products from Nerium by visiting their website http://www.nerium.com/us/en/



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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Temp and Time on a Turkey

I am always calling up the family on this one because of having a huge family we get a huge turkey so I googled it and came up with this answer.




This table from the USDA is based on a 325°F oven, and a fully defrosted or fresh bird. (For an unstuffed bird, we're talking roughly 15 minutes per pound.) If you want to cook a frozen turkey, it will take at least 50 percent longer than the recommended times.Nov 25, 2015

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Monday, November 20, 2017

National Cake Day

With Thanksgiving coming up on the 23rd and following Black Friday which is now an all-day event on Thanksgiving did you know after all the crazy that there is a National Cake Day! Yes, National Cake Day is November 26th!

So what should you pick up while out trying to catch some good deals? Well, one of the most amazing cakes I have tried to date is the Cafe Valley Dr. Pepper Cake yes Dr. Pepper!! I must say when I first heard of it I thought okay well it might have a hint of taste to it but wow it is like drinking it from the can! The Cafe Valley has made a perfect ring cake with vanilla at the bottom and a whole lot of Dr. Pepper flavor to the top finished with a sugar glaze. Your taste buds will not know what hit them, your head will be confused as your thinking to yourself wait I am eating not drinking.

My kids inhaled the cake, I was lucky enough to sneak in and get a piece before they finished it, now I want more! Dr. Pepper not your thing? No worries Cafe Valley has an amazing selection of yummy cakes, as well as croissants, muffins, and turnovers that will be sure to include even the pickiest of eaters. Check out Cafe Valley by visiting http://www.cafevalley.com/




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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Saving Christmas, available on DVD and Digital HD November 21 from Lionsgate.

This holiday season, unwrap the gift of heartwarming family fun and adventure with Saving Christmas, available on DVD and Digital HD November 21 from Lionsgate.


Emmy Award® winner Ed Asner, star of TV’s “Mary Tyler Moore” and the family movie classics Up and Elf, headlines this Christmas-themed movie about a young boy (newcomer Jack Brunault) determined to prove the existence of Santa Claus (Asner). Adding to the cheer is a very merry supporting cast that includes Patrick Muldoon (Starship Troopers, TV’s “Days of Our Lives”) and Brooke Langton (The Replacements, TV’s “Melrose Place"), along with pro wrestlers Tommy Dreamer, Mike Bennett, and Maria Kanellis. Written by Tom DeNucci and Kevin DeCristofano, and directed by Tom DeNucci (Arlo: The Burping Pig), this family-friendly feature was awarded the DOVE Family Seal of Approval.

The Saving Christmas DVD is the perfect stocking-stuffer for movie fans of all ages and will be available at the suggested retail price of $19.98.

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Hard Candy Sheer Envy Mattifying Pore Primer Stick

It’s prime time to streamline your beauty routine with the Hard Candy Sheer Envy Mattifying Pore Primer Stick! This lightweight primer stick helps reduce the appearance of pores and absorbs excess oil to offer a matte finish. Formulated with oil-absorbing powders and sebum fighting ingredients, this stick provides for a flawless make application without clogging pores.


Hard Candy Sheer Envy Mattifying Pore Primer Stick, $8 A lightweight primer sticks to reduces the appearance of pores Formulated with oil-absorbing powders and sebum fighting ingredients

The Hard Candy Sheer Envy Mattiying Pore Primer Stick is available at Walmart and Walmart.com.

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Give a gift that gives all year long.

Here are some great ideas for kids this holiday season. What makes all these so great is that you're giving them a little something each month. They will become excited to watch the mail looking for the newest edition. They are being educated without even knowing it. The best gifts in life are the ones in which make an impact like the following.


Disney Animal World – FREE Book & Disney Characters! Every book is packed with stories, facts, games and pictures Collect Disney characters and adorable safari animals Just pay $4.95 shipping & handling

I Can Read - Get 2 FREE books – just for trying the I Can Read!™ Book Club • Pay only $1 shipping and handling! • Excite your children with our lovable characters: Biscuit, Pete the Cat, and Digger the Dinosaur • Give your child the gift of reading • Try it today – risk free!


Highlights Puzzle Books-2 FREE Puzzle Books from Highlights! Perfect for children ages 4 to 7 Puzzle fun with mazes, word games and more! Pay only $2.98 shipping


Disney Books-Get 4 Disney books for $.99 each + FREE Shipping. Choose from 24 titles, including Inside Out and Frozen! Plus, while supplies last, get the exclusive 12”x12”, 2016 Disney calendar at 50% off! This calendar is not sold in stores and will only be available for a limited time. Combined, this make a perfect holiday gift set! Give the gift of reading this holiday season!

Highlights-Description Highlights® award-winning magazines for kids! Three terrific magazines to choose from for your child Plus get a FREE Gift Free Shipping and Handling


Hooked on Phonics • Over 5 million children have learned to read using Hooked on Phonics. • The award-winning Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read program o The program follows the Learn, Practice, Read approach: a proven, simple, and fun method to give your child a strong foundation in phonics and reading skills. o The program is based on research, approved by the Children’s Reading Foundation, and designed in conjunction with leading educators, renowned authors, and most importantly, parents. o Each lesson takes about 20 minutes. • Our taglines (feel free to incorporate these throughout the post/in the title/anywhere you think they might fit): o “Learn to Read, GUARANTEED!” o “Highly effective, incredibly fun.” Hooked on Phonics Digital Edition • For Kindergartners and 1st Graders (Pre-K and 2nd Grade lessons are coming soon!) • Available on Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and Kindle • Syncs across all your devices so you can pick up where you left off, no matter where you are • The app has over 200 songs, games, lessons, and eBooks. • Your child will earn trophies and awards for completing lessons, and each lesson is capped off with an eBook specially designed for your child to read to you on their own. • Register up to 3 readers per account, and track progress of each individually. • Offer: 10-day trial of the app for just $1

Canada Only Dr. Seuss- $5.95 + FREE Shipping. Plus, while supplies last, get TWO bonus books for $4.99, thats 50% off! *while supplies last Join Dr. Seuss & His Friends today! - Receive 3 new books each month - Create lasting memories with the same classic stories you loved as a child -Wacky and wonderful characters will engage & entertain your child and you -Control your membership online -Risk free. Cancel anytime... -No Purchase commitment! -High-Quality, hard cover editions -Convenience of home delivery for less than $6 per book!


Here are some other fun gifts that give all year long as well.


Disney Movie Club-Disney Movie Club! Get 4 Disney Movies for $1.99 each Plus FREE shipping on initial orders


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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Mariah Carey's All I for Christmas Is You. Animated DVD November 14, 2017

Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You, debuting on Blu-rayTM, DVD, Digital and On Demand on November 14, 2017 from Universal 1440 Entertainment, a production entity of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.


Narrated and executive produced by Mariah Carey, the animated family film follows little Mariah as she chases her dream of having a puppy of her very own, making her ultimate wish for Christmas come true. Joining Mariah Carey is an extraordinarily talented, dynamic and lovable voice cast including Breanna Yde (“School of Rock,” “The Haunted Hathaways”) as little Mariah; Henry Winkler (“Happy Days,” “Royal Pains”) as Grandpa Bill; Lacey Chabert (Mean Girls, “Party of Five”) as Mariah’s mother Penelope; and Phil Morris (“Smallville,” “Seinfeld”) as Mariah’s father Bud; along with Laya Hayes (“Doc McStuffins,” Sister Code) as Mariah’s friend Vicky and Keiko Agena (“Gilmore Girls,” Transformers: Dark of the Moon) as the pet adoption facilitator Emiko.

When Little Mariah (Yde) sees a darling little puppy named “Princess” at the pet store, she suddenly knows exactly what she wants for Christmas. Before her Christmas wish can come true, she must prove that she can dog-sit her uncle’s dog, Jack, a scraggly rascal; in fact, the worst dog in the county! Jack turns Mariah and her family’s perfect holiday preparations upside down in hilarious ways. It wasn’t exactly the Christmas she wished for…it was more than she ever wanted.

Based on the iconic Christmas song and a popular illustrated book of the same name, Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You featuring Mariah’s music and narration will be a family favorite for years to come. Showcasing stunning visuals in beautifully realized CGI animation, the film showcases the all-new original song Lil Snowman performed by Mariah Carey along with songs from Mariah Carey’s immense discography and features the iconic song All I Want for Christmas is You, along with two more of the pop queen’s holiday classics Miss You Most (At Christmas Time) and Christmas Time Is In The Air. Originally released in 1994, the single “All I Want for Christmas is You” has sold more than 14 million copies. In 2016, more than two decades later, it was the year’s most streamed holiday single and dominated at #1 on Billboard’s Holiday 100 for four consecutive weeks.

Carey’s critically acclaimed picture book of the same name was published in 2015. Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You is executive produced by Mariah Carey and Stella Bulochnikov for Magic Carpet Productions (A Christmas Melody, “Mariah’s World”) in partnership with producer Mike Young and Splash Entertainment (“Kulipari,” “Norm of the North”). It is directed by Guy Vasilovich (Lego Star Wars) from a script by Temple Mathews (Return To Neverland, The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea). BLU-RAYTM, DVD AND DIGITAL BONUS FEATURES: A Wish Come True: Making Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You – Stars, Mariah Carey and Breanna Yde discuss their roles in the film, their love for dogs, and their favorite things about Christmastime

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Hard Candy for the perfect Halloween Look

My daughters love all things horses, especially my oldest daughter and she especially loves the unicorn. When I think of a unicorn I think of beauty, magical, majestic, free spirit and glowing. Hard Candy thought of this as well when making their limited edition Unicorn & Mermaids line. 



Wet Ever:
Unicorn lipgloss top coat. Turn your fantasy into reality with these Unicorn Wet Ever Top Coats. This creamy, marble swirl lip gloss can be worn on any lipstick to immediately transform it into a Unicorn dream. Wear it on top of light pastel colors for an instant glow, or on darker colors for a holographic effect. 


Unicorn & Mermaid Eyeshadow Palette:
Unleash your inner Mythical Goddess with Hard Candy's new Unicorn & Mermaid Eyeshadow Palette. This palette contains 10 Unicorn & Mermaid inspired eyeshadows which can be layered, mixed and worn alone for the soft, gorgeous look you have read about in fairy tales. 

The line is out now in time for Halloween and can be purchased at select Walmart locations find your closest location here


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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

H2O at Home Pet Kit

My dog Gator who loves his bubbles really hates water, he hates it so much he runs from you if you are holding a glass with any liquid. When it rains which it does often here in FL he won't go outside, even the morning dew is to much "water" for him. 

With all that being said it is hard to wash him, I have tried throwing him in the pool he caught on after the second time I did it to him to stay away from me if I am near the pool :) I have also tried holding him on a leash, he about killed himself by flipping out, and finally I tried placing him in the cage and just hosing him down, this seems to work but he still is not enjoying and I feel horrible. 

Thankfully there is another new option which we both can relax and get things done, it is the H2O at Home Pet Kit. The H2O at Home offers the Pet Kit ($29), which includes a microfiber glove and towel that are ideal for bathing and drying your pet quickly. The glove features an elastic band that helps to keep it in place while washing, and the comfy microfiber towel ensures a quick dry. This is what makes it so great for me and my dog because he is not seeing any water coming at him so he doesn't realize until it is too late but he is more relaxed because while washing him he is basically being pampered which he enjoys. 

Use the glove to wash your pet or too dry your pet’s feet, and use the towel to remove excess water. The Pet Soap ($19) is an easy-to-use, 3-in-1 soap that will gently clean, moisturize and help repel fleas and ticks. Its mild cleaning base will match the pH of your pet's skin and moisturize and condition for a shiny, healthy coat. Economical and easy to apply, this solid bar will last as long as two bottles of liquid pet shampoo. It will last for more than a dozen washes for a medium sized dog. It is unscented, preservative-free and contains 1% organic neem oil to naturally fight against ticks and fleas without irritating sensitive pets.

You can purchase the kit by visiting http://us.h2o-at-home.com/

Disclosure: In order to facilitate a review, I received promotional materials and/or samples. All opinions and comments are my own.Photos or Reviews or were provided by the client with authorization for use in this campaign. No additional compensation was received. The post may contain affiliate links. Please contact Casey@themeparkmamablog.com with any questions.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Dionis Skincare great all year round


At Dionis they know that when your skin feels good, you feel good. Goat milk offers benefits not found in traditional body care products. There is a reason that your skin feels soft and stays that way when you use our products! The pH of goat milk is so close to that of your own skin, it absorbs easily and stays in the skin, helping to keep it hydrated and beautiful. The goat milk and vitamins A and D also help to keep your skin looking great naturally. Dionis Goat Milk products are nature's balanced moisturizer. Check out this gift set, just in time for the holidays. It features 5 bottles which are as follows: 

Fragrance description:

  • Vanilla Bean: is a warm and irresistible fragrance of sweet creamy vanilla! 1.0 oz
  • Sea Treasures: is the scent is nostalgic of warm ocean breezes intertwined with the soft floral of Sweet Pea. Enjoy this beautiful scent of the seashore while it lasts. 1.0 oz
  • Verbena & Cream: is a refreshing combination of lemon verbena with the wholesome goodness of natural cream for an irresistible crisp scent. 1.0 oz
  • White Jasmine & Shea: is a distinctive scent of white jasmine blended with creamy shea. Hints of vanilla bean and coconut milk compliment this floral blend. 1.0 oz
  • Love: is an enchanting blend of fragrant jasmine, vanilla and blackcurrant extract. This enticing blend of florals one of our signature scents and is definitely one of our customer's favorites! 1.0 oz

You can purchase this great gift set from Dionis Skincare by visiting  http://www.dionisgmskincare.com

Disclosure: In order to facilitate a review, I received promotional materials and/or samples. All opinions and comments are my own.Photos or Reviews or were provided by the client with authorization for use in this campaign. No additional compensation was received. The post may contain affiliate links. Please contact Casey@themeparkmamablog.com with any questions.

The Versatile & Hygienic Bleu Paw Pet Product Will Put Fun into Collecting Pet Poop!

One thing all dog owners can agree on is it sucks to pick up poop. Circle Products thought the same and came out with Bleu Paw which is a dog poop scooper with a sticky lint roller as well. The idea for the Bleu Paw was developed because the CEO Vincent Smith was tired of stepping in dog poop from owners who neglected to pick up after their pets near his home.  So he figured, if he offered a better and less gross way to pick up poop - dog owners would love it. After all, it's never a pleasant experience picking up poop but our product makes it easier.”


The Bleu Paw is a cool gadget that is a perfectly designed tool for dog owners who are sick and tired of using their hands to pick up poop after their pet. The innovative device also effortlessly collects pet hair with a smart sticky lint roller section.


Made from durable plastic, the Bleu Paw works with every type of plastic bag on the market. A bag simply slides on and sticks to the sticky roller and easily pulls off when the user is ready to remove it and discard of the contents. This makes the product a clever way to keep walkways and the environment clean as more cities clampdown on negligent owners and animal waste. It also provides relief by putting an end to walking with a poop bag in hand until reaching a garbage can as users can lock the bag in the claws of the tool.

Bleu Paw is set to transform a messy and disgusting task into a straightforward process for dog walkers, joggers and hikers with dogs, and parents with baby strollers and pets. The compact pooper scooper and high-quality lint roller readily clicks onto dog leashes, strollers, and pockets and is small enough to comfortably fit into backpacks.


Bleu Paw delivers a quick, easy, and sanitary way to pick up pet deposits while keeping your hands and device from ever touching dog poop. It works with kitty litter too. Circle Products ingenious gadget also easily collects pet hair from sofas, clothing, and car seats via a lint roller section. With superior design features, the Bleu Paw's compact 12-inch length makes it perfectly convenient to keep at home and in the car. Overall, we make picking up dog poop a less icky experience while keeping your city clean. I really enjoy using mine for my cats, they used to be outdoors but have been forced to be indoors after an incident so now I have a fast easy way to clean the cat box, making both my cats and self-happier. You can purchase the Bleu Paw by visiting https://bleupaw.com/

Disclosure: In order to facilitate a review, I received promotional materials and/or samples. All opinions and comments are my own.Photos or Reviews or were provided by the client with authorization for use in this campaign. No additional compensation was received. The post may contain affiliate links. Please contact Casey@themeparkmamablog.com with any questions.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Sydney Paige the only backpack you will need this school year!


The victims of Hurricane's Harvey, Irma and Maria have lost so much: homes, cars, belongings. Right now, their immediate needs are food, water, and shelter, but in the coming days and weeks, they’ll need even more. 


Sydney Paige has partnered with Roonga to change that by running a school supply and backpack drive. The goal is to provide packs to Hurricane school-age victims and their teachers. 

The need is anticipated to be large. A backpack and school supplies certainly won’t fill all the needs of child victims, but it’s a start. Letting children know people care can go a long way towards healing while going back to school can provide a small semblance of normalcy in a world that’s been turned upside down.

To help: https://www.roonga.com/hurricaneharveydrive/


What makes Sydney Paige super special is that for every backpack you purchase they donate one to a child in need. So not only are you getting a good quality backpack but you're also giving back. Backpacks are not just for kids, but they are great for everyone. I personally love these backpacks because I can place my laptop, kids clothing, snacks and more, and just grab it and go. And again for every backpack, you purchase from Sydney Paige another is donated to a kid in need. Whether it be for your kids or yourself Sydney Paige is the way to go.


The backpack I received is the Young Explorers Taggart Laptop Backpack Turquoise. This backpack has reflective strips so if outside at night you will be spotted, as one smaller zipper compartment for things like change, or pencils, something you wanna find fast and which is smaller, it is on the front top. Then 2 bigger zipper compartments, 2 bottle carriers on either size, like mentioned above great for water bottles and baby bottles. 6 straps to hold markers or such on the front, also great for those long tube bubble wands. On the inside, it is lined with a soft felt, and foam on the inside to protect your laptop/tablet. The straps which go on your shoulders are wide and padded, along with an extra clip which you can place in front of you for better support when carrying your items. I really love this backpack, I use it every time I visit the local theme parks. 

You can check out all the great backpacks from Sydney Paige by visiting their website here.

Disclosure: In order to facilitate a review, I received promotional materials and/or samples. All opinions and comments are my own.Photos or Reviews or were provided by the client with authorization for use in this campaign. No additional compensation was received. The post may contain affiliate links. Please contact Casey@themeparkmamablog.com with any questions.