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June 22, 2015

First Response {Review)

Disclosure: I participated in a Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for First Response. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Have you had those moments when you've found yourself staring at yours kids wondering how they got so big? 

My daughter's birthday is next month and she is turning five. FIVE! Ahhh! I remember when she was a newborn and seeing kids who were five running around and thinking to myself that that day was so far away. 

My four children are so precious to me it makes me extremely happy to reminisce about the days when we found out we were expecting! 

Each experience has been equally exciting and knowing that we could rely on First Response to get us accurate results 99% of the time made it a lot of fun. We have always used First Response tests for each of our kids, and have enjoyed how reliable they have been. Knowing that they have worked so well for us, I was shocked to find out that they have made them even better by redesigning their advanced Early Detection Pregancy Test.

The first thing I noticed with the new First Response Early Result Pregnancy Test was the wider tip. The tip is 50% wider than the original test and the handle is longer as well, so it's not as awkward when it's time to take the test – you know what I mean ladies! 

The entire design is sleeker and fit comfortably in my hand.

I remember when a friend told me that the morning was always the best time to take a pregnancy test, but somehow I forgot 99% of the time and always ended up doing it in the afternoon. With this new test, you can take it any time of the day and it detects pregnancy as early as 6 days before the day of your missed period. With the results in only 3 minutes and with over 99% accuracy from the day of the expected period, it's easy to rely on First Response.

First Response Early Result Pregnancy Test are available at all major drugstores and groceries store with the retail value ranging from $8.99 - $15.99. 

Visit First Response to find out more and click save to print a $2 off coupon!

June 18, 2015

WaterWipes {Review & Giveaway} #WaterWipes

Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer 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.

Just the other day I read an article about how to reduce exposure to toxins indoor. It's crazy that our home, where we feel the safest can actually be causing the most harm to our bodies.

For the past couple of years I have tried my best to eliminate the toxins in our home that I have control over. So far, we have switched our laundry soap, household cleaners, candles, shampoo and even my makeup.

I've found that if I can eliminate one item at a time with an eco-friendly, non toxic product I am "winning" and it's way less overwhelming than trying to do it all at one time.

I always know what item I need to replace when I find myself thinking about it a lot. For instance, we have been using baby wipes for six years straight now and we use them for everything. Their sticky fingers and faces are constantly getting wiped where ever we are and I started to wonder what I was wiping on my kids. I sometimes I assume that if it's a product made for babies it should be safe, but this is rarely the case, at least with my experiences.

That week I started to think about an alternative for baby wipes when I came across WaterWipes, The World's Purest Wet Wipe–Perfect!

WaterWipes are chemical free, so they don't contain any preservatives and only have two ingredients, YES only two! I didn't believe this until I was holding the package in my hand and read the two ingredients listed on the back which was pure Irish water and 0.1% grapefruit seed extract.

These wipes are very durable and I actually love them better than what I was using before. They are thick and strong and hold up to the messiest of messes, and trust me I know!

One unopened package will last up to 15 months, and an opened package will last up to a month. I go through wipes like a mad woman, but to know that they last that long without preservatives is impressive! 

WaterWipes will be in the top Babies “R” Us locations across the country from May - July for 2 for $6. (normally $3.99 for 1!), so take advantage of the ‘2 for $6’ deal and let us know what you think!

Win a $100 Babies "R" Us Gift Card!

Enter to win a $100 Babies “R” Us gift card by becoming part of the WaterWipes community (Opportunity opens on June 12 and ends on June 28)

Enter the  WaterWipes Babies "R" Us Promotion!

June 17, 2015

Breathe In: Children's Songs for Mindfulness & Awareness (Giveaway)

Breathe In: Children's Songs for Mindfulness & Awareness
Release Date: June 20th!

About Lianne Bassin

New York-based children’s musician Lianne Bassin is known as a bridge-builder between worlds. A singer-songwriter since the age of 5, she has used her background as singer, early childhood teacher, and yoga instructor to create opportunities for children to learn mindfulness. Understanding the importance of cultivating awareness and appreciation of self and others in children of all ages, Bassin started writing a few guided meditation songs. After witnessing the overwhelmingly positive effects they had on her students, she began to write more songs and share her music with other classroom teachers and parents.

In February 2014, Lianne was awarded a grant from Rodeph Sholom School to record a children’s album focused on mindfulness. Breathe In: Children’s Songs for Mindfulness and Awareness inspires mindfulness as a way of living, helping children to pay attention to themselves, others, and their surroundings. Teachers, counselors, and parents are already using Breathe In to teach children about mindfulness, in a fun and engaging way. She hopes that you too can internalize the messages conveyed in her music, and help pass them along to the next generation!

If you would like to learn more about Lianne and her music, please visit her website. You can purchase her album on itunes, amazon, and on her bandcamp page.

Also, enter below to win your own copy of Breath In!

Have you used Groupon Coupons?

Today I hopped onto my computer early in the morning and ordered some vitamins from Vitacost.com.  Vitacost.com is one of my favorite stores to shop at online because I always save a ton of money when shopping for our essentials like toothpaste, vitamins, cold medicine, fish oil and lots more. 

I am always looking to save money anyway I can, so I was estactic to hear that Groupon has partnered with more than 8,600 national retailers, including Vitacost.com, to launch a service called Groupon Coupons.

This new service is completely free and a great way to save loads of money. You'll find thousands of coupons and exclusive promo codes from stores like Macy's, eBay, Nice, and more. 
Have fun shopping! 

June 4, 2015

Skinvolve Your Skin and Get Ready for SwimSuit Season {Review & Coupon Code}

As a mom of four, I know how scary swimsuit season can be.  The fat and cellulite I have been graciously covering up during the colder seasons now has to show itself to the world.  But I refuse to let fun in the sun pass me by and will not skip out on playing with my kids.  Instead I will grab my Skinvolve and head out for some summer fun!  Skinvolve found ingredients that fight lumps and bumps, including menthol, ginseng, green tea, aloe vera, vitamins a,b,c,e and coffee. They then developed products that will help slim, tone, and reduce the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks, after frequent use.
I recently received the Skinvolve Starter Kit which includes their Body Boost Gel and the Body Karate Cream.  Both of these skincare products which work together to tone skin, fight cellulite, and hydrate your body.  They are packed full of ginseng, green tea, aloe vera, guarana, vitamins a, b, c, e, caffeine and argan oil to treat your skin.  But Skinvolve goes even further because they are paraben and sulfate free and made in the USA!
I have been using my Skinvolve Starter Kit for just over a week now.  I use it in place of my regular lotion.  The Body Boost Gel is applied when you wake up in the morning and right before bed.  You can also apply it right before you workout to help boost your results as well.  It gives you a little tingly feeling for a second which is kind of cool.  Be sure to apply it to those "problematic areas" like you thighs, tummy, arms, and booty!
I also apply the Body Karate Cream after I shower or bathe and have dried off.  It gives you that extra boost to your skin as it helps hydrate, moisturize, tighten, and even helps your circulation.  I really like how it somehow leaves my skin feeling re-energized after I put it on.
Head over to the Skinvolve website to learn more about their awesome products and how they can help you be swimsuit ready!
Skinvolve is giving ALL OF OUR READERS a coupon code BLOGLUV15 to get 15% OFF YOUR ORDERS!!
A big THANK YOU to Skinvolve for providing me with a free Starter Kit 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.

Dial Kids Foaming Hand Wash & Dial Baby Body + Hair Wash {Review & Giveaway}

Kids and babies are some of the messiest around.  They need soaps that will give them a good clean but be gentle on their precious skin.  Dial has done just that with their line of baby and kids personal care products which were developed with pediatric dermatologists.  I was lucky enough to try two items from their line and was so happy with my experiences.
First is the Dial Kids Foaming Hand Wash.  This is a great soap for kids made with a gentle formula perfect for kids' hands and skin.  The foam is really fun and enticing for kids.  It really helps entice them to wash frequently if they have fun doing it.  The soap also has a good watermelon scent which they like as well.  I can't forget that this foaming hand wash is also hypoallergenic, contains no artificial dyes, no parabens, is pH balanced. Overall, it is just one great soap for kids!
Next was the Dial Baby Body + Hair Wash.  This is such a good wash for babies when you bathe them.  It gently removes dirt for a head to toe clean. It is also tear-free and has a pH balanced and hypoallergenic formula, with no parabens or artificial dyes.  I love using it on my baby and know that he is getting nice and clean with each use.
I have always enjoyed Dial products.  They have become a brand I can trust for my family's personal care and for keeping our skin healthy.  Be sure to check out your local retailers for the Dial Kids and Baby line!
A big THANK YOU to Dial for providing me with a free samples of soaps 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.

June 1, 2015

Freshen Up Your Home with Renuzit Pearl Scents: Home Style Challenge {Review & Giveaway}

After living in the same space for so long, you tend to become "used" to it.  Used to the sights and smells--however good or bad they may be.  That's why I try and "freshen things up" whenever I can.  Some re-organizing, re-styling, re-decorating, etc.  Say goodbye to the boring looks you've been seeing day in and day out year after year and HELLO to a brighter, more interesting space.  Oh and let's not forget about those smells you may not even know have been accumulating--we have that covered too thanks to the Renuzit Pearl Scents!  In fact, I was able to take part in a little Renuzit Pearl Scents Home Style Challenge!
For the challenge I had to choose an area in my house that needed some freshening up.  Then, with the help of some Renuzit Pearl Scents and a giftcard to Marshalls, my creative juices started to flow.  An area that definitely needed some freshening was my bathroom.  I have had the same rugs and decor (or lack thereof) for almost 10 years.  And with all of the kids always wanting to take baths in my tub (since it is so big), we tend to have a ton of traffic in and out of the area.  It is an area that I hadn't taken too much care of in a styling sense and really needed some help.  And what better area to fill with the wonderful scents?!  I chose the Renuzit Blue Sky Breeze to help inspire me and headed out to by some decor.
Marshalls had lots of great things to choose from and I was able to find some new bath mats as well as this really pretty set of 3 mirrors.  They were such a great deal and I had the perfect spot for them!  I hurried home so I could start working on the space.  I put out my Renuzit Pearl Scent and let the fantastic aroma fill the air as I worked to fill the space with some new goodies.  Just a few simple items have already made such a difference in the space.  It looks and feels and SMELLS terrific!
The Renuzit Pearl Scents are designed to be pretty so that they look good as part of your home decor.  But they don't just look pretty.  The Pearl Scents neutralize odors and fill your home with fresh scents which last up to 30 days.  No need for plugs, flames, or tampering of any kind.  You just set them down where you want them, and let the pretty jar of pearl scents go to work.  The Blue Sky Breeze I put in my bathroom has been filling the area with a light breezy scent which we have all been enjoying!
So why not get in on the action and freshen up some areas within your home?  The Renuzit Pearl Scents come in a variety of colors and fragrances such as Pure Breeze, After the Rain, Tranquil, Serenity, and Seductive Pineapple.  You can find out more about them and where you can purcahse them by visiting the Renuzit website.
Renuzit is giving away A COUPON FOR A FREE RENUZIT PEARL SCENTS to THREE of our lucky readers!!
A big THANK YOU to Renuzit for providing me with a free Pearl Scents and gift card 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.

Vered: Hello My Baby CD {Review & Giveaway}

I loved Vered's "Good Morning My Love" album so when I heard she had recently released another CD, I was excited to see what it was like.  The new album "Hello My Baby" is nothing short of wonderful!  It's got, yet again, another terrific collection of beautiful and uplifting songs that you and your children bond together with.
I feel like each of Vered's songs has such a beautiful message in them.  Her voice is amazing and her words are meant to inspire.  Here's a taste of one of the songs from the album:
We really enjoy the Hello My Baby album.  We love how good it makes us feel when we listen to it
Be sure to check out all of Vered's music at babyintune.com and grab your copy of Hello My Baby which is available now!
Vered has offered TWO of our lucky readers A COPY OF THE HELLO MY BABY CD!!
A big THANK YOU to Vered for providing me with a free copy of her new album 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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