Take It From Me

February 9, 2016

Centrum MultiGummies {Review}

It's a new year, a new you and Centrum wants you to know they have your back!  The new Centrum MultiGummies are designed to support your health, energy, immunity and metabolism.
This year I am committing to a healthier me!  I am working out more, keeping active, and as always, continuing to keep up with the daily life grind of a family of six.  I try to start each day off right with a good workout, a healthy protein shake, and of course my new Centrum MultiGummies.  
These new gummy vitamins are great-tasting, easy-to-take, and provide key nutrients that help support your energy, immunity, and metabolism.  What more could you ask for?
I love that the Centrum MultiGummies include great ingredients such as essential nutrients and Vitamins B12, D, and E. Those key ingredients are there to help support your overall health and well-being.
Centrum MultiGummies also have no artificial flavors or sweeteners.  Instead, they contain three natural flavors: Berry, Cherry, and Orange.  Overall, I have just been really happy with these gummy multivitamins.  They taste great and make me feel great knowing they support my health.
A big THANK YOU to Centrum and Smiley360 for providing me with free MultiGummies  to review.  I was not compensated for this review. I receive product(s) for free so that I can provide my insight and experience. These are my honest opinions. Your experience may vary.

December 15, 2015

What Matters Most #WaterWipes

“I participated in an Ambassador Activation on behalf of Influence Central for WaterWipes. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

You know the days when you just want to throw in the towel and call it quits? Well, today was almost one of those days. I had piles of laundry to do, my kids would not stop fighting and then my daughter decided it was a good idea to draw on her face... twice! 

Amidst all the craziness, I took a deep breath (more than once!), stayed positive, and looked for those special moments during the day, that make being a mom totally worth it.  When I cling to the things that matter most, like the precious moments I have with my children, it's easier to get through the tough days. 

Although there was plenty of fighting, seeing my kids sitting and reading books together just made my heart burst today, and made cleaning up my daughter's artistically painted face with WaterWipes chemical free wipes completely worth it! 

I actually enjoyed our time together as I washed the marker off her face. I asked her why she colored all over her cheek and she just said "eh eh eh" and pointed to the WaterWipes on the bed. 

She is only 1 1/2 years old and if she could talk I know what she would say! She would say thank you for loving her no matter what mistakes she makes, and for helping her get the marker off her sweet little cheeks. She would tell me how much she loved me and that she loves when I read and play with her. She would say thank you for being her mom! 

Being a mom can be hard, but these sweet moments, the moments that matter the most for us and our kids is what makes being a parent the most rewarding job!

As a WaterWipes ambassador, I was able to contribute to this wonderful video. Being a mom can be messy, and hard but WaterWipes are here to help. Find a store near you: http://goic.io/iv7I1P

November 26, 2015

Enjoy a Winter Wonderland with the 2015 HOLIDAY BARBIE™ DOLL {Review}

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Mattel. However, the opinions are my own.

When I think of the holiday season, the first thing I think of are the tips of our trees covered in snow with a warm fire crackling in the fireplace, and, of course, cuddling on the sofa with a hot cup of tea! I love this season and the love and joy it brings into our home and to our neighborhood. There is something special about this time of year, and I love it!

Being able to capture the wonderful holiday feelings of peace, joy and love in a doll can be a difficult challenge, but somehow Mattel has captured it with their 2015 Holiday Barbie™ Doll. When we opened our package, we were all speechless.



Dressed in an elegant fluffy red holiday gown with silvery trim accents and dangling earrings, Barbie™ is stunning and ready for a winter wonderland.

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My daughters have had so much fun playing with her! My second oldest just got her ears pierced not too long ago, and she has been captivated by her Barbie™ doll's earrings.

My girls have played with their new Holiday Barbie™ doll for hours, and I love sneaking into their room and listening to them play. They are so imaginative and come up with the most creative things while playing. They have even begun building their Barbie™ doll her own home!


I have the best memories of playing with Barbie™ dolls that were also my mom's from when she was a little girl. I would play with them for hours, and I had all my Barbie™ accessories stored in a cute little carrying case that turned into a dressing room with little miniature hangers to hang their clothes. I remember my imagination running wild, and I relished the fact that I was able to be whoever I wanted to be!

What memories do you have of playing with Barbie™?


Purchase a 2015 Holiday Barbie ™ DOLL at WalmartTargetAmazon, and Toys “R” Us.

October 22, 2015

Chemicals Are Scary, Use WaterWipes {Review} #WaterWipes

Disclosure: I participated in an Ambassador Activation on behalf of Influence Central for WaterWipes. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

My kids love fall, especially Halloween and I don't blame them. There is such a fun feeling in the air right now with the beautiful changing color leaves and the changing temperatures. Fall is here and we are soaking it all up! 

With fall comes Halloween, lots of parties, treats, and just plain out fun–including, messes and sticky fingers. 

When my kids get messy, which is always, I use WaterWipes to clean them up. WaterWipes are a premium European brand baby wipe that are chemical free. They contain only two ingredients: 99.9% purified Irish water and 0.1% grapefruit seed extract.

I am all about having a chemical free home and Halloween is the perfect time to have these on hand for the messy cleanups. I have these in my home, car and of course in my purse at all times! I seriously don't go anywhere without my WaterWipes.

To share my excitement about finding chemical free baby wipes, I was able to host a fun Halloween WaterWipes party.

The kids had so much fun playing and of course we enjoyed some delicious treats!

My guests were then sent home with their own WaterWipes sample packs and have loved using them! It surprises me that we often look past the ingredients in baby wipes and just assume that because they are made for babies that they are safe. I love that WaterWipes have made a product that is not only safe but is also extremely effective. They are super moist and hold up to all the dirty jobs that they have been used for. 

If you wold like more information about WaterWipes, visit WaterWipes Homepage to find out more about their Chemical Free wipes! 

October 20, 2015

How to Make It Through Cold & Flu Season with Kids {TV Segment, Review, & Giveaway}

I recently had the opportunity to try out some awesome cold and flu products for a local news segment.  It was really fun reviewing the products and telling others about them live on air.  I was completely nervous at first but once I was able to relax, I started doing much better.  Good news is, they've asked me to do more!  Here is my written review, the news clip, and a bonus two-winner giveaway....
As a mother of four, cold and flu season can be the worst in our household. But luckily there are some great products on the market right now that can help you get through the season.

What’s the first thing you do when your child doesn’t feel well? Take their temperature. Kinsa has come out with this really cool thermometer for today’s tech savvy moms called the Kinsa Smart Stick Thermometer. The thermometer doesn’t require any batteries and just plugs right in to the headphone jack of your phone either by itself or with the included extension cord. And then with using the app you get a quick accurate temperature reading that usually takes about 10 seconds. While your kids wait the app has a fun little game they can interact with which makes the whole process a lot easier and more enjoyable. My favorite feature on the app is that you can set up and track each of your individual family members’ symptoms, medications, and readings and share these with your doctor. The Kinsa Smart Stick Thermometer can do oral, under arm, or rectal readings. It retails for $29.99 plus free shipping and can be purchased at kinsahealth.com.
So once you determine your child is sick, there are many things you can do at home to help them. To relieve cough, cold, and flu symptoms try safe and natural remedies such as the Kids Relief Cough & Cold Syrup and the Kids Relief Flu Oral Liquid. Homeopathic cold remedies are definitely the way to go as they are completely safe and have no side effect risk or overdose risk. They are made from all natural ingredients that help relieve the symptoms associated with colds and flus such as chest congestion, coughing, aches, pains, and fevers. My husband is actually a pharmacist and says that these products are great for parents looking to treat kids as young as 6 months old all the way up to 12 years of age! These two products retail for $6.99 and are available at amazon.com.
Next up we have the Xlear (pronounced "clear") nasal spray for kids. The Xlear nasal spray can help soothe, moisturize, and clean sinus and nasal passages with the help of the all natural ingredient Xylitol. Xylitol’s amazing moisturizing properties make it better than saline and go beyond the cleaning by protecting and smoothing the delicate tissues in your child’s nose. Just go to Xlear.com and purchase this product for only $6.99.
Now for babies who are stuffy, you can try the Baby Comy Nose nasal aspirator. It uses you own suction, which is safer and stronger than a bulb or battery operated aspirator to suction out the mucus from your baby’s nose. Don’t worry though, it is completely hygienic, there is no contact with mucus or germs, and as many moms are finding these aspirators are really effective and work great which is why they are becoming so popular. The Baby Comy Nose retails for only $12.99 and is available at Toys R Us, Walgreens, and Target.
Lastly, we have the Mommy’s Bliss Kids Upset Tummy & Nausea Relief. Mommy’s Bliss has a lot of great safe natural products. I actually use their adult nausea relief during my pregnancies and it worked great. So I was thrilled to find out they made a kids version of a safe liquid herbal supplement to help relieve indigestion, bloating, nausea, and other stomach issues that kids may have with the flu. The formula is fast-acting and will help relieve those little tummies in no time! The Mommy’s Bliss Kids Upset Tummy & Nausea Relief retails for only $8.99 and can be purchased from Amazon, CVS, Walgreens, and Target.
So there you go, Take It From Me---a mom of four kids, that using these great products can help your family get through the ugly cold and flu season without worry!

As part of this fun project, I am giving away A BABY COMFY NOSE nasal aspirator to TWO of our lucky readers!!
A big THANK YOU to all of the sponsors for providing me with free cold and flu products to review.  I was not compensated for this review. I receive product(s) for free so that I can provide my insight and experience. These are my honest opinions. Your experience may vary.

A little Halloween Fun: Boo Boo Monster Bandages {Blog App, Review, & Giveaway}

Halloween is full of fun and fright!  But what happens when accidents occur that haunted night?  The Boo Boo Monsters are here to help you cover up your cuts and scrapes with some cute Halloween charm. A modern spin on classics, Boo Boo Monsters are cute, approachable & fun-loving… anything but scary.
My kids and I got a fun Boo Boo Monster package to try out.  They love the fun characters on the bandages and picking out which one they want to wear around.  I think their favorite thing about the bandages was the glow in the dark feature.  Yep, each of these bandages has the ability to glow in the dark.  They love it!  Come take a look at all of the cool Boo Boo Monsters and meet the slightly spooky gang...
Count Buckula: Often mistaken for a vampire, Count Buckula is really just a mysteriously pale dude with buckteeth, who wears a cape and medallion for that “wow” factor. He does it for the ladies… and they swoon.
Fran├žois Stein: Like the smooth French gentleman that he is, Fran├žois Stein always comes proper and has extremely good manners. Some think his scar is frightful, but we think it adds to his charm.
Miss Mum: Hailing from the UK, Miss Mum loves to walk with outstretched arms. Don’t be alarmed, she just wants to show you her manicure & give you a big hug!
Wolfgang: Have you ever seen a cuter werewolf with a cooler outfit? We think not. If he looks a bit frazzled & upset, it’s only because his mom woke him up from his afternoon nap.

Although getting a cut may be scary, but the BooBoo Monster gang will make it a fashion accessory.
 To purchase Boo Boo Monster Bandages visit their website.  They also have a lot of other fun bandages as well!

We are giving one of our lucky readers A MONSTER BANDAGE PRIZE PACK which includes 3 Boo Boo Monster 20 pc bandage boxes, a recyclable tote, a sticker set and a bonus 8 pc. bandage tin!!
 Each household is only eligible to win Boo Boo Monster Prize Pack via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.
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A big THANK YOU to Boo Boo Bandages for providing me with a free prize pack to review.  I was not compensated for this review. I receive product(s) for free so that I can provide my insight and experience. These are my honest opinions. Your experience may vary.

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