Take It From Me

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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October 14, 2015

SuperKind Club: A Kickstarter Campaign To Inspire Acts Of Kindness for KIDS!!

When I came across this campaign I was truly touched.  What a great concept and great message for our kids.  Please watch this brief video to see what I'm talking about... 
Watching this video instantly got me interested in having my kids take part in this awesome inspiring club.  Of course, I signed up and was more than happy to help spread the news about the SuperKind Club and their Kickstarter Campaign!
And if you want, YOU can help too!  Just head on over to superkindclub.com where you learn more about the club as well as Thunderclap the campaign (post about it on social media) to receive a $25 promo code for a FREE  Datevitation book from Datevitation.com!
So what are you waiting for?  Help Inspire Acts of Kindness for Kids and join the SuperKind Club today!
And stay tuned as I will be posting a review of our own SuperKind Club adventures with my kids.

Groupon Deal of the Day: Let's Learn to Read 10-DVD Collection by Rock ‘N Learn {Giveaway}

Head on over to Groupon where today's Deal of the Day is the Let’s Learn to Read 10-DVD Collection by Rock 'N Learn!
Rock 'N Learn has a ton of great educational learning products.  They have found a way to make learning fun through their DVDs and CDs which fuse engaging characters with music and colorful imagery to teach skills in areas such as math, science, phonics, and language.
The Let's Learn to Read Collection has a retail value of $129.95 but today on Groupon you can get it for only $32.99--what a great deal!!  This specific collection provides a fun way to build reading skills, teaching phonics and sight words.  It is best suited for ages 4 through 7 and older kids with remedial needs.  Each DVD runs 30–45 minutes each (with a total of 336 minutes in the collection), and is paced just right for kids.  Plus you get some great bonus material such as downloadable worksheets.
If you miss the Groupon Deal, don't worry you can still get the Let’s Learn to Read 10 DVD Collection is $129.95 at www.rocknlearn.com along with a bunch of other great educational learning material.
Rock 'N Learn is giving THE LET'S LEARN TO READ 10-DVD COLLECTION to one of our lucky readers!!
A big THANK YOU to Rock 'N Learn for providing me with a free DVD collection to 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 13, 2015

The Minimalist Guide to Decorating a Kids’ Room {Guest Post}

**We are so excited to have guest blogger Kaitlin Krull from Modernize.com share her awesome lifestyle tips on decorating kids rooms.

Less is more.

We’ve all heard the phrase, but probably not in reference to anything child-related. If you have kids, you (and we at Modernize) know exactly how hard it is to eliminate clutter around the house. Mounds of stuffed animals and Legos seem to fill entire rooms, and your child’s bedroom is probably the worst culprit.

If all of this stresses you out, then it’s time to nip it in the bud. Here are some handy tips to create a crisp, clean, and tidy minimalist bedroom space for your little tornadoes.

Essentials only
This first rule is pretty self-explanatory: the more you have in a room, the more cluttered and untidy it will be. By keeping only the things your kids really need in their bedrooms and storing the rest in the playroom, you will have less mess working against your design goals. If you are short on space, get clever with your storage. Large built-in storage units, underbed boxes, and seating/storage combinations all work well to hide the mess. Choose units with sleek finishes and clean edges to make everything seem extra neat and tidy.
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Find a focal point
To some of us, a minimalist room can seem boring. Your minimalist children’s bedroom should seem anything but boring. When decorating, choose a large, bold modern art print to hang on the wall, or decorate an entire wall with polka dots, stripes, or even chalkboard paint. If you’d rather stick to traditional plain walls, make the furniture the focus of the room. Brightly colored furniture works just as well as wall art in adding character to your minimalist room.
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Experiment with color
While it may be true that monochrome is a minimalist’s dream, it’s okay to stray from tradition once in awhile. A few pops of color in your bedroom furniture, bedding, or accessories will go a long way to keeping your kids’ bedroom whimsical and child-friendly. Bright green, orange, or blue work especially well against a black and white background, so don’t be afraid to be bold.
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Keep it comfortable
To keep your minimalist kids’ room from feeling emotionally (or literally) cold, invest in a large high-pile rug or a few cushions for extra comfort. Choose lush, soft fabrics that ooze coziness and make up for the intentional lack of teddy bears in the room. Center your rug in the room if you have hardwood floors, and store cushions in a corner for reading and relaxing.
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Tidy up
Finally, cleanliness and maintenance are key when it comes to keeping a minimalist kids’ bedroom. If your child is old enough, encourage regular tidying away of toys and clothes into your hidden storage spaces. For babies, clean-up will be infinitely easier: keep the room exactly how you like it. If you have a toddler, then good luck to you.
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