April 17, 2014

Miss You Like Crazy {Review & Giveaway}

Disclosure: I received a complimentary product for this post. All opinions are my own. Take It From Me is not responsible to prize fulfillment. 
Growing up my mom was at home a lot, but there were days that she had to go to work. She was a teacher and some years she would work more days during the week. I remember the feeling when I  knew she had to go to school to teach and I would miss her like crazy. She would have to leave for school earlier then I did in the mornings and I remember how much I missed her during that time. 

April 24th of this month is Take Your Child To Work Day and Miss You Like Crazy is the perfect book for those whose moms work outside the home. 

Our thoughts!
My kids and I snuggled up together on the couch and read this together! We thought this was such a cute book. The book starts off with Walnut feeling a little sad and asking his mom if he can stay home. She tells him that she has to go to work so they can afford to live where they do and so they can have food on the table. They then fantasize what it would be like if Walnut went to work with his mom. Having such fun, they soon realize that that can't always happen and come up with an idea on how they can always be "together" when they are at work and school. My oldest daughter is going to be starting kindergarten in the Fall, so we were able to talk about ways we can be together, even when I am not physically there with her. This book is great for all types of scenarios, not just for kids whose moms may work outside of the home. Overall, we thought this book was adorable and would highly recommend it! 
Miss You Like Crazy is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and IndieBound. We also have a fun giveaway happening right now, so make sure to enter!

WinCo® Foods 9 Big G Cereals® {Review, Giveaway & Discount}

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. Your experience may vary.

When I was a kid I absolutely loved General Mills® Lucky Charms®! Something about the bright colors and the cute leprechaun on the front drew me in and made me feel like I might actually find a little piece of leprechaun gold in my bowl of cereal. When my mom brought home General Mills® Lucky Charms for us I felt like I had won the lottery and would savor every bite of this delicious treat.

Now that the roles are reversed and I am the parent I get to make decisions on what cereal to buy and where to buy it. I have done a little research to find out the most affordable place to get delicious Big G® cereal for my family. Using an app I found called Ibotta I have found some fantastic deals at WinCo!

I absolutely LOVE the Ibotta app and plan on using it for all my WinCo® shopping. Before you go shopping you just check featured products to see if there are any you plan on buying. After shopping you redeem your cash, scan your receipt and product barcode and wah-la! You just made some free cash.

From now until May 25th you can redeem the weekly featured General Mills® cereal for $1.50 using the Ibotta app on your mobile device! Once you have bought 5 cereals you can redeem an extra $2.50 as well. This will make you up to $9.50! Cereals included in the #WinCoCerealdeals include 8 of your favorites: Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cocoa Puffs, Chocolate Toast Crunch, Golden Grams, Fiber One Protein, Dark Chocolate Multigrain Cheerios, Honey Nut Cheerios and Lucky Charms. For more information visit Ibotta's blog HERE.

I am so excited about all these rebate offers that are so easy to redeem and couldn't wait to do some shopping so I went to WinCo® as soon as I heard. I wanted to see how easy it would be to find all the deals and redeem them and I easily found every single cereal that is going to be included in the offer and it only took me about five minutes! Below you can see a selfie I took because I was so excited to buy my General Mills® cereal and get the rebate.

Share your own selfie if you are also a #WinCoCerealLover - and don't forget to connect with WinCo® on Facebook and Twitter so you never miss great deals like this #WinCoCerealdeals deal!

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This conversation is sponsored by General Mills® via Burst Media. The opinions and text are mine

Celebrating Easter with VTech {Review & Giveaway}

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for VTech. All opinions are my own.
This month, lets try and help our kids by keeping them healthy and not tempting them with so much candy. I know it can be difficult since the store aisles are full to the roof of delicious candy, but there are so many other fun things that can fill our kids' Easter Baskets that aren't packed full of sugar.
VTech offers an array of innovative toys and gadgets that are perfect for Easter and will have your kids in love with learning.
My girls have really enjoyed playing with their VTech InnoTabs, and were pretty ecstatic when they received two new cartridges. They got the InnoTab Doc McStuffins software cartridge and the InnoTab Sofia the First software cartridge. These are currently their favorite shows on T.V. right now, so they were pretty surprised when they received these!
The InnoTab Doc McStuffins software cartridge is for ages 4-7 years and retails for $24.99. My kids always wanted to play on our iPad, so having their own tablet that is more kid friendly makes them feel extra special. They both have really enjoyed playing the Doc McStuffins games and have done a lot of reading, have learned vocabulary, observation, logic, memory, math, visual skills, creativity, healthy living and more. I am always surprised at the things they show me and love that they can have fun while learning.

They also received the InnoTab Sofia the First software cartridge which is for ages 3-6 years and also sells for $24.99. On this cartridge there are seven learning games and two creative activities that teach counting, colors, patterns, problem solving and more! My favorite is the interactive e-book because they are able to follow along while reading which is a great learning tool for them at this age. They also love to take pictures with their cameras that are attached to their InnoTabs. Overall, they have really enjoyed their new games which makes me a happy mom!
My son is a bit young for an InnoTab, so he received the Go! Go! Smart Wheels Vehicle meant for ages 1-5 and can be purchased for $7.99, making a fabulous Easter basket gift! These little cars are absolutely adorable and the music and sounds are addicting. His little ATV teaches him the letter "A" and goes with the Go!Go! Smart Wheels Playsets, adding to the fun of the ATV! We currently don't have a playset, but was able to use a little bit of tape and created a track on our floor!

He also received the Switch & Go Dinos Turbo which are for ages 3-8 and retail for $9.99. These are pretty fun and had my son smiling from ear to ear! Any boy would be in love with these because they change from a dinosaur to a car. They also emit awesome car and dinosaur noises and teach fun facts too!

Check out VTech for fun Easter Gifts for your kids and follow them on Facebook and Twitter. Plus, enter to win a VTech Gift Pack (Same items I received for review)!

VIZIO Mother's Day Contest

To honor moms across the country this Mother’s Day, VIZIO is asking grateful fans to log on to vizio.com/mom and submit a video or photo essay explaining what makes their mom irreplaceable. Entries are being collected now through April 22nd. A panel of judges from VIZIO will be selecting the 12 most deserving moms from the bunch and starting April 23rd, fans will be able to vote for their favorite entry. The winning mom will be receiving an incredible VIZIO Home Theater Gift Package including a 60” HDTV, 54” 3.0 Sound Bar and so much more.

Good Luck!

Helping Your Child Perfect their Free Throw (Guest Post)

Learning to throw a free-throw can be very frustrating for new basketball players. After all, this is a skill that even Shaq was never able to perfect. Fortunately, there are a variety of suggestions that can help your child perfect their technique if they are ever fouled during a game. Here are some ways that you can help them learn.

Teach Them to Filter Everything Out

Standing at the foul line can be very intimidating. The entire game stops and your child will be the only one anybody is paying attention to. They may be nervous that people are going to come down on them if they miss, especially towards the end of the game when the score is very close. They may also be nervous that everyone is paying attention to them.
The pressure is certainly understandable. However, you will need to teach your child to filter these concerns out.

Work on the Mechanics

Perfecting a free-throw is going to be a learning curve. However, your child will learn much more quickly if you help them learn the fundamentals. Here are some basics that you will want to teach them.

Learn the Right Posture
Your child will need a strong base and a good posture to shoot a free-throw. Here are some tips that they should practice:
  • Their legs should always be shoulder width apart
  • They should lean forward slightly
  • Feet should be pointed straightforward
  • Elbows should be bent at a right angle
Your child will be surprised by how much difference the right posture can make. Make sure that they have it down before working on anything else. The player in this video follows the process very well, so you may want to encourage them to watch it.

Throwing the Ball
After your child has perfected their stance, they are ready to learn how to throw the ball. Here are some things that they will need to do:
  • Remove tension from the wrists by shaking them lightly
  • Gain a good grip on the ball with their fingertips
  • Cock the ball to the side of their head
  • Keep the body limber while making the shot towards the center of the basket
You may want to encourage them to follow the steps in this video from USA Basketball. The basics are pretty straightforward, but it will probably take a while for them to get them down. The biggest challenge is figuring out how force they need to throw the ball with. They will probably need to make adjustments to accommodate for their height.

Make Sure that they Get Plenty of Practice

Learning how to make a free-throw takes a lot of time and practice. You will need to make sure that they have the opportunity to get plenty of practice. It may be a good idea to get them a membership at the local YMCA or gym. You can also purchase a professionally installed stadium glass basketball hoop for your house. You should encourage them to practice every day to perfect their skills.

April 16, 2014

Free Brian the Pekingese Plush Toy

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.
Right now Brian the Pekingese is offering a FREE plush toy with the purchase of a pair of pajamas (a
$19.00 value). These are my sons favorite for he wears them almost every night!
Offer ends April 25th, 2014, and is valid while supplies last.
(Please don’t add the plush toy to your order. We’ll remember to ship it with your pajamas.)

April 15, 2014

FRAAS Dottie Scarf {Review}

FRAAS is a leader in scarves and wraps with their exceptional quality and styles that have captivated consumers from around the world.  The new Spring/Summer 2014 collection does not disappoint and delivers a great selection of stunning choices to add to your fashionable wardrobe!
It seems like wherever you look, scarves have become the eye-catching accessory to enhance every wardrobe.  From celebrities to the every day mom, scarves are hitting the fashion scene and trending all over!  Simply put scarves are wonderful because you can wear them in so many different ways and they are super affordable.

I had the chance to try out one of the new FRAAS scarves, the Dottie, in yellow.  It's one of the top looks in the collection.  Who doesn't love polka dots?!  I know I do!  The Yellow Dottie Scarf I got was super chic and I love to wear it!  Its bright, vibrant color and eye-catching style really help make any look "pop!"  You can get the Dottie in a variety of colors including turquoise, yellow, pink, green and taupe. Each shade is bursting with a clear and flattering hue and fresh, white polka dots.  I really enjoy the Dottie scarf and am happy to add it to my Spring and Summer wardrobe!
“Developing extraordinary, eye-catching products has always been a priority for us at FRAAS,” adds Aimee Zucchetti, Brand and Sales Manager for the company. “We strive to help consumers renew their attire with energizing, affordable looks so that everyone has the opportunity to accessorize fabulously. Dottie is a stylish basic that works into every wardrobe and can be worn casually or dressed up. This versatility cannot be beat."

FRAAS products are sold worldwide via department and specialty stores as well as online retailers. You can also order from the company by calling 212-575-0191. 
Select styles are available on fraas.com and amazon.com
A big THANK YOU to FRAAS and Lipton Publicity for providing me with a free scarf road test sample 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.

The First Years What Would You Do With More Time for You? {Facebook Contest}

“What Would You Do With More Time for You?"  that's what The First Years would like to know!  The First Years wants to help make life easier for parents and help solve some of your most difficult challenges.  They know how tiring it can get constantly organizing your drawers full of mismatched sippy cup parts and finding which lids go with which tops.  That’s why The First Years has more than 20 sippy cup designs that feature a spill-proof, super-easy-to-clean One Piece Lid that’s interchangeable across all of our soft spout, sippy and straw cups. Awesome, right?!
So now that The First Years has solved all of your sippy cup woes and now that you've got time to spare, tell us-- What Would You Do With More Time For You? Take a cooking class with a master chef? Indulge in a spa weekend? Plant a dream garden? Each week The First Years is giving away prizes, and on Mother’s Day three parents who enter this contest will receive a surprise they won’t soon forget: their wishes (valued up to $1,000) will be fulfilled!
Hurry because the contest runs April 1 to 30, 2014. 
*See official rules for complete details.
A big THANK YOU to The First Years for providing me with free sippy cups in exchange for this post. I receive product(s) for free so that I can provide my insight and experience. These are my honest opinions. Your experience may vary.

Mom's Night Out from Purex {Sweepstakes}

Let's face it, being a mom is one of the hardest jobs ever!  And with Mother's Day coming up, Purex would like to celebrate mothers everywhere and give away a night out for one special mom and five of her friends with the help of Sony's new motion picture, Moms' Night Out.
So get your BFFs together for a night out on the town, courtesy of the laundry BFFs from Purex, and enter for your chance to win today! 
One grand prize winner will receive:
- Limo service for the evening 
- Dinner at a nice restaurant 
- 6 free movie tickets/passes 
- $100 bucks for movie snacks 

AND 10 runners up will win:
- 4 free movie tickets/passes


CONGRATULATIONS to the following giveaway winners...
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Start Summer Early & WIN a Family Vacation from Purex {Sweepstakes}

I know my kids are on spring break this week, but we are already getting super excited for the summer--the swimming, the lounging, the vacations, and all of the great family fun!
Thankfully Purex has just launched their Start Summer Early & Win a Family Vacation from Sweepstakes where you can win a trip for your family to Myrtle Beach, SC & Crown Reef Resort!!  Make a break for the beach and get your summer fun on with this amazing sweepstakes and opportunity!
Simply CLICK HERE and enter for your chance to send a family of four to Myrtle Beach, SC for a vacation full of sun & adventure at one of the top beach destinations in the country, and receive a year’s supply of your favorite Purex detergent!

IM VICTOR {Review}

Being a stay at home mom is such a satisfying and important job, but sometimes I think we all feel the need to contribute in a little bit of a different way to our families. After I had my baby I offered to go back to work to put my husband through school and he insisted that I stay at home to take care of our daughter. I agreed but began searching for ways to make money from home. I wasn't too hopeful but actually ended up being really successful.
Using sites like IM Victor I gathered all the tips I could on how to monetize my time I spend on social media, blogger, and other internet sites. It is amazing that in only a few short months I was making enough to pay our rent and other bills as well. Each month it gets a little easier and I make a little more money than the month before.
IM Victor is a site that compiles all the information you need to know about internet marketing. With everything you need to know on one site your job of making money from home becomes a lot easier. I would not have thought it was possible for the average person to do this but I can attest from my own success that you do not need a fancy degree or amazing resume to start making money from home for your family.
Check out IM Victor to learn more and see what you can do to start making money from home through internet marketing!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.  All opinions are my own. Your experience may vary.

Corner Stork Baby Gifts {Review & Giveaway}

Every baby (and mommy) deserve something extra special for their baby shower and Corner Stork Baby Gifts is the perfect place to find the perfect item. At this darling online boutique you will not just find the regular boring baby essentials, you will find all the most darling, fun and frilly baby outfits and accessories.
Everything you find here would make an unforgettable gift for that special baby on its way (or already here). Every item here is bound to become a new favorite, careful though, once you start browsing their stuff you are not going to be able to stop, it is impossible to resist this kind of cuteness.
I got a personalized "Showers and Flowers" Hooded Spa Robe and the Little Sprout Mud Pie smock and am in love with them both. Both of these items are above and beyond the regular cuteness you associate with baby things, and they both serve practical purposes as well.
I have had a hard time finding a towel for Zoey because all the baby towels I find are flimsy and not that great at drying and absorbing water. Regular towels are good for drying but they absolutely bury my tiny baby because they are so big. The "Showers and Flowers" Hooded Spa Robe is a regular towel in a baby size. It is thick and soft and absorbent. This towel is comfortable for baby and will have them all dry in no time. 
One of my favorite things about this darling bathrobe is it is personalized with a letter 'Z' for my baby. I love this kind of attention to detail, it makes the bathrobe fun rather than just functional. This can be said of the bathrobe ties that turn into little leaves at the end and the petals on the hood as well. Overall this spa robe is not one that will disappoint.
The Little Sprout summer smock is perfect down to every last detail. My favorite is the little bow in the back. This outfit is great for playing in the summer. The darling pink and green fabric is made of a thick materiel that is surprisingly durable and resistant to water and dirt. It is perfect for exploring and playing in the sun and sand while looking irresistibly cute.
You can buy Corner Stork Baby Gifts online here. Don't forget to connect with them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to stay updated on new products and deals.
One lucky reader will receive there very own "Showers and Flowers" Hooded Spa Robe, enter below. 

Disclosure: I received a complementary product to facilitate this post, I was not compensated.  All opinions are my own. Take It From Me is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

April 14, 2014

Spring Cleaning With P&G Best For Me {Review & Giveaway}

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/P&G. All opinions are my own.
There is nothing better than a clean house. My mom was a great example to me when it came to balancing a family of six and keeping her house spotless. At the time I didn't appreciate it, but now that I have four kids I understand the service she performed for our family. She could have easily put cleaning aside and used the extra time she had for herself, but instead she made sure that my brothers and I had a clean house to come home to every day.

Although it snowed today, spring cleaning has begun in our home and it feels so good to do a deep clean. With the help of P&G products, my house hasn't looked cleaner and it makes me super excited to know that I am teaching my kids the importance of keeping a clean and organized house. Just the other day my oldest daughter told me how she loves to organize and clean, and when I clean my girls are always the first ones to ask if they can help!
I was very excited when a box full of goodies from P&G Best For Me products came to my door. It was full of CoverGirl Line Exact Liquid Liner, CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss, CoverGirl FlamedOut Mascara, Secret Clinical Strength Light & Fresh Scent, Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Select-A-Size, Old Spice Fiji Body Wash and Crest 3D White Strips.

The items in the box were perfect because not only was I able to start on my spring cleaning around the house, but I was able to do a little "personal" spring cleaning as well. Throwing out old makeup, whitening my teeth or just painting my nails is always fun and P&G products are perfect for this.
I loved each product that I received, but I think the one that made the most difference was the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. I have fond memories of watching Mr. Clean commercials on t.v. growing up and he still does not disappoint! My mom always told me that she uses Mr. Clean Magic Erasers in her shower and she would be lost without them, so I was very excited to give them a try.
My kids barely give me time to have a shower let alone clean the shower, so unfortunately the shower is always a little forgotten about. Using the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser was super easy and gave me some relief and hope knowing that my shower wasn't a lost cause! The magic eraser really is magical. I was able to get in the lines and turn my yellow tile sparkly white again. 
You can find great coupons and can even purchase your favorite P&G products from their online storePlus, follow P&G on Twitter and Facebook and enter to win a P&G Gift Pack for yourself!

Beamly {Review}

My husband and I have a nightly tradition of watching a show before we go to bed and after the baby is sleeping. It is bonding/cuddling/relaxation time for both of us and is such a fun thing I always look forward to!

We get so involved in the shows we watch but usually he is off to school in the morning and I am left at home with my daughter to stew over what is going to happen next. For example - PARENTHOOD - I feel like the Bravermans are a part of my family by now and sometimes I just need to vent about what is happening, what is going to happen, etc. Unfortunately my six month old does not offer much relief in this department, which is why I am SO excited about Beamly!

Beamly offers me a way to connect with hundreds of other people who share my passion and love of Revenge, Parenthood, Suits and many more shows that I am addicted to. I would be ashamed to include the entire list of 'my shows' here because it is so lengthy... Beamly is the perfect outlet for all my thoughts and questions about the shows I love.

I should probably enlighten you, in case you are not aware, Beamly is an online chat room for all your favorite TV shows. There are separate chat rooms for every show and sometimes even for specific actors, you just join the rooms you are interested in. Once you join a room you can participate in or start discussions of your own. It is a great way to vent and let off steam if you are upset about how a plot line went, or to day dream aloud about your secret crush on a certain actor, or just to ask a question and get quick feedback from other fans!

Beamly is THE 24 X 7 social and content network for TV and TV fans. Join me today in TV conversations and get the latest juice and gossip about your favorite shows! You can connect with Beamly through Facebook and Twitter to stay updated on the latest with all your favorite TV shows!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Zeebox. The opinions and text are all mine.


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April 12, 2014

Grandy Oats {Review & Giveaway}

Disclosure: I received a complementary product from Grandy Oats to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.
Whenever there is an opportunity to purchase organic foods I always do because I know it's helping my family. Our bodies need nutritionally dense foods and organic foods are proven to be more nutritious than conventional ones, plus I don't have to worry as much about artificial flavors, colors and whatever else gets snuck into our foods these days.

Finding companies that believe in wholesome foods is extremely fun for me and I enjoy supporting them as often as I can. Just recently I came across Grandy Oats when searching for organic oats and fell in love with their products and their story on how this company came to be.

Why Organic?
"At GrandyOats, we believe in sustainable business practices. Being an organic producer and using organically grown ingredients is one of the best ways we can achieve this goal. In 2000, we began the lengthy process of sourcing organic ingredients. It took us 4 years to get there but we achieved our goal and became certified organic in the summer of 2004."

I have had the delightful opportunity of partnering with Grandy Oats for this review and was sent some yummy sample packs to try out. They sent me some of their Organic Chocolate Almond Trail Mix, Organic Wheat Free, Salt Free Granola, Organic Nori Sesame Cashews, Organic Super Raw Trail Mix, and some Organic Cranberry Chew Granola.
My kids are a big part of the reason why I choose to eat organic, so having them help me on this review was a lot of fun! They absolutely loved all of the samples, and said their favorites were the Cranberry Chew Granola and the Chocolate Almond Trail Mix. I knew that they liked them because they were gone in a matter of minutes!

I on the other hand really enjoyed the Nori Sesame Cashews and was a little sad when I reached into the bag to find that I had ate them all. 
Here are just a few of the benefits to eating organic: (off their site)
• Organic Foods are more nutritious, especially raw and minimally processed foods. On average, organic foods are 25% more nutritious, with more beta-carotene and other vitamins, antioxidants (cancer-fighters), flavonoids (help stave off heart problems), polyphenols and essential fatty acids.
• NO chemical additives, artificial sweeteners, chemical preservatives or contaminants that are known to cause health problems
• Less negative environmental impact. Organic farming has been shown to improve wildlife habitats, increase soil health, and create more jobs than industrial farming. We produce our granolas, nuts and trail mixes the way nature intended. We give back to the earth and the earth gives great ingredients back to us!

Check out Grandy Oats online to purchase some delicious organic products. Plus, make sure you are following Grandy Oats on Facebook and enter to win our fun giveaway.

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