October 15, 2014

Cascade Platinum In-Home Party {Review & Giveaway}

Disclaimer: This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Cascade. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.

I was given another opportunity to host a Cascade Platinum party in my home and it was so much fun. Cascade Platinum is something that you have to witness for yourself to truly believe it. 

If another mom had told me that I could put ALL my nasty dishes into the dishwasher without rinsing or soaking, would I have believed them?

Heck NO! 

Now that I have witnessed the true miracle of Cascade Platinum I am believer and can't believe how much time it has saved me. 

More precious time with my kids, how could I be sad about that! 

Parties are such a great excuse to get out of the house and indulge in delicious food and some great company, so being able to do this while sharing some valuable time-saving tips was great! 

I love helping out other moms, especially when I find a product that works, and Cascade Platinum works! 

I think everyone was a little surprised at the tips, because I know from my own experience that I thought I had been doing my dishes the right way, when in fact I was doing them all wrong.

My friends really enjoyed these time-saving tips and were excited that they were leaving the party with their own Cascade Platinum sample.

Great company. Check! 
Yummy Food. Check!
Time-Saving Dishwashing Tips. Check!

 I think our #Cascadeshiningreviews Platinum party was a total success. 

Here are some tips that were shared at the party so that you too can get the most out of doing the dishes:

1. Skip the Pre-Wash - Cascade Platinum works best on food that is stuck on your dishes so the special enzymes can latch onto the food, breaking it down so it can wash away. 
2. Works on 24-hour stuck on food.
3. Scrape the food into your trash and then put it right into the dishwasher. Don't worry about the food left on your dishes, for there is a garbage disposal built into the bottom of almost every dishwasher, just like your sink.
4. Stack your dishes high and low, making sure the dishes do not block the sprayer.
5. Set the glasses between the lines on the rack, NOT over them as wet contact points can cause spots.
6. Thread any long utensils through coffee-mug handles to keep them in place. 
7. Do NOT block the detergent chamber with big pots.

That's right, we have another fun Prize Pack for you to win!

Gunamuna: Gunapod Wearable Blanket {Review & Giveaway}

Disclaimer: I received a product in exchange for my honest review. These opinions are 100% my own.

Getting a good night sleep whether it is nap time or bedtime is every parents dream for their child. I love when my kids sleep through the night and have a regular sleeping routine, so when something like cold weather keeps them awake, life is not fun.

The Fall weather here in Chicago has been so nice--the leaves are changing, our street is beautiful and the weather has been so mild. Then, all of a sudden the temperature dropped to freezing leaving our house mighty chilly at night. My three kids are bundled in their warm beds with cozy blankets, but for my little seven month old, she is always cold and can't have any loose blankets in her bed with her.

Fortunately when the cold weather hit, I was lucky to have found out about Gunamuna Gunopods, which are cozy and warm wearable blankets--perfect! 

The Gunamuna Gunopods are wearable blankets with an innovative patented WONDERZiP zipper system, making them very functional and the perfect solution to loose blankets that can be dangerous for infants.

My daughter loves blankets but she is always pulling them over her face, which absolutely terrifies me. The Gunopod has solved my problem and allows my daughter to have a safe and warm sleep!

We received the Classic Dreams Solid Plush Gunapod wearable blanket in Charcoal and she wears it all the time. 

She even wears it when it is time to pick up her sister from school.

The Gunamuna Gunapods are very easy to use, you simply unzip the middle zipper and slide their arms through the arm holes and zip it back up.

The WONDERZiP zipper system has 4 separate zipper pulls, allowing you to use the Gunapod in many different ways.

Having such great functionality makes it very easy to change my daughter's diaper in the night or anytime for that matter. I can also unzip the bottom if I am ever worried that she is too warm. 

As we prepare for the upcoming cold days here in Chicago, I am grateful to know that my daughter will be warm, but most importantly safe while she sleeps.

You can purchase a Gunamuna Gunapod online for $24.99 - $39.50.

October 14, 2014

Number One Glucosamine {Review}

I don't know about all you other moms out there on the planet, but childbearing really did a number on my joints and now at a year post-partum I still sometimes grown as I bend over to pick up a toy or freeze in my tracks when my unruly knees and hips pop out of place and I am unable to move a step further. Oh the joys of motherhood!
Really though it is joyous and totally worth it, but wouldn't it be great if there were something to ease that pain a little? I just discovered a product called Number One Glucosamine, a little pill that is designed to help your joints regain mobility and strength.

How does Number One Glucosamine do this? Glucosamine is a chemical responsible for building cartilage, ligaments and tendons. We need them to protect our joints and allow our bodies to move freely.Chondroitin, the other ingredient in Number One Glucosamine, will help our joints be more flexible and elastic.
MSM (the last key ingredient) is fundamental in the creation of collagen, elastin and cartilage which will ensure healthier joints.
Basically it sounds like a miracle pill for me and I can't wait to start taking it and see where it takes me! Number One Glucosamine is great for anyone who suffers from:
  • Joint pain
  • Joint stiffness
  • Joint cracking and popping
  • Not being able to exercise as you used to
Get your very own Number One Glucosamine here on Amazon - and leave a comment letting us know if it works for you!
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Willow Tree Minerals {Review}

“As much as 60% of topical skin care products are absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream. There are chemicals in cosmetic products that are clinically proven to cause cancer, tumors, illness, irritation, and skin disorders.” This is only part of why I love natural and mineral makeup, but I find it difficult to find good quality inexpensive mineral makeup. That is why I was so excited when I found Willow Tree Minerals on etsy, they carry a variety of high quality natural beauty products all for prices that you can feel good about.
I received two shades of their eye shadow, Plum Berry and Cognac shadow, these are some of the best eye shadows I have ever used, they stay on without smearing easily or creasing. They are light and silky they go on smoothly, I have never used eye shadow that I like so much!
“Our pure mineral eye shadows go on smooth and stay all day without creasing. Apply dry for beautiful color or wet your brush and dip in shadow for more deep vivid color. No chemicals, talc, perfume, dyes, phthalates, bismuth, parabens or micronized minerals are used.”
Willow Tree has everything from foundation and eyeshadow to facial wash and soap, and everything is all natural and free of harmful chemicals! To shop around visit their website here. What is your favorite Willow Tree product??

Disclosure: I received a complementary product to facilitate this post, I was not compensated.  All opinions are my own. 

Boutique Clothes for Boys: Brimmer Baby {Review & Giveaway}

Getting dressed up is not all for the girls--it can be really fun dressing up boys to look super handsome and dapper.  But where do you find cute boy clothes?  I swear I have the hardest time finding cute clothes for my baby boy.  At church every Sunday I ooo and aww over all of the cute little baby girls with their fancy dresses, big hair bows, and dainty accessories.  Why can't I have that much fun dressing up my baby?  Searching store after store can be such a hassle.  And other moms just tell me to stock up at Easter or Christmas like they do (when more dressy clothes for boys are available).  But guess what--I don't want to wait til then.  I want to get in on the action now!  Well I guess I wasn't the only one that thought finding cute clothes for boys was hard because there are moms who have taken the initiative to MAKE such clothing and sell it to moms like me who aren't able to do so (yay for Etsy!).  Enter Brimmer Baby!
Brimmer Baby is an Etsy store that sells boutique custom preppy clothing for baby and toddler boys.  Their cute custom designs are absolutely adorable and perfect for your little boys.  I love all of their different color combos and pattern options that you can choose from.  Plus, you can even add an applique to your outfit which is great for birthdays and the upcoming holiday season.
I chose this adorable Thanksgiving outfit to review with my litttle guy.  He loves it.  I love that it makes him look super handsome but is also really comfortable for him to wear.  He looks good and feels good, which is a huge perk!  The colorful collar and cuffs are the perfect pop of style to go from simple to fancy.  
There are tons of different options to choose from when ordering from Brimmer Baby and the great thing about Etsy is that you have the ability to talk directly to the maker and get something you will truly enjoy!
I really like our Brimmer Baby outfit and I'm sure your little guys would like them too!
Brimmer Baby is giving away A ONESIE/OUTFIT OF YOUR CHOICE to one of our lucky readers!!
A big THANK YOU to Brimmer Baby for providing me with a free outfit 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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Bring Beauty Into Your Home with Fulcrum Gallery {Review & Giveaway}

Am I the only one that noticed they don't have a lot of nice artwork hanging up in their home?  Sure I've got family photos, Pinterest Printables, and some cute decor, but not very much artwork.  Maybe it's because I don't really think about it when shopping a lot, or maybe because I just think that all artwork is super expensive.  Either way, I would like some more art in my home and do think that artwork can really brighten up a home.  That's why I was really excited when Fulcrum Gallery contacted me about doing a feature for them.
Fulcrum Gallery has a HUGE selection of artwork in all different shapes and sizes.  They've got items in a variety of different price ranges AND give you options on how you would like your artwork presented or displayed.
So I looked around my house and decided since it is so hard to find art for a kitchen, that I would choose something nice from Fulcrum Gallery to display in my kitchen and dining room area.  Fulcrum Gallery had a ton of great kitchen signs for you to choose from.  I got this really cute Barn Owl Primitives Kitchen Sign.  I had the choice to get in in a black frame, silver frame, gold frame, or deep canvas and chose the canvas.  I like the canvas because it feels a little rustic to me which I like.
The delivery of the artwork was amazing!  Super fast, they packaged everything really well, and made sure to get it to me in one piece.  I was very impressed.  And after opening it up, I got to see the art in person and liked it even more.  I am so happy to have it and to be able to decorate my kitchen with such a beautiful piece of art.
It makes me want to go back to FulcrumGallery,com and browse through more of their wonderful artwork and get more things for my home!  They really have anything and everything there and you could spend hours and hours searching through all of their great products.
Fulcrum Gallery is giving one of our lucky readers A $75 CREDIT TO THEIR SITE (so you can order whatever your heart desires)!!
A big THANK YOU to Fulcrum Gallery for providing me with a free peice of artwork 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.

October 10, 2014

"Dress Up With Me Mom!": Don't let yourself get in the way of having a Happy Halloween!

A few months ago I read an article shared on Facebook of a mom begging more women to stop letting their insecurities with their bodies ruin opportunities for spending time quality time together with their children.  She explained how even though she didn't necessarily want to get in to a swimsuit (after having three kids left her with rolls, a muffin top, and more), she knew that she would much rather run through the ocean and play with her kids than sit on the beach and watch.  I found the article to be completely INSPIRING!!  Why?  Why do we let our insecurities get in the way of our lives?  Who cares if you are a size 2 or a size 22?  You are beautiful just the way you are.  I think we should celebrate our individualities, how no two people are going to look the same, and that we have been created in a variety of different shapes and forms.  So this Halloween when your child asks for you to dress up with them, instead of thinking "there is no way I can possibly look good in those costumes," take the initiative to find something fun to wear and join in on the Halloween fun with your kids!
Trust me, I get it---often times you can head to a Halloween costumes site or store and discover tons of provocative/sexy costumes that would make some moms want to hit the road running as far away as possible.  And I have to admit, as a mom, I don't feel like it is appropriate with 4 kids to be wearing something so scandalous.  However if you dig just a little deeper, you can find a ton of really cute, modest, and fun costumes to wear no matter what shape or size you are!
PureCostumes.com has some great costumes for moms!  From movie characters to fairy tales, sci-fi, and more--there is a ton of great costumes out there that you would have a blast wearing this Halloween!
Take a look and pick something out just for you.  You can do a theme with your family, a couples costume with your spouse, or just find a costume that you think you would feel great wearing!  You can go sweet...
Or scary....
OR if  I, personally, wanted to wear something that screams "me!" than I would probably just wear this:

Whatever you do, just make sure YOU DO IT this year!  Get out, get dressed up with your kids, and have fun!!
This is a sponsored post from PureCostumes.com, however these are my honest opinions and feelings.

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