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October 1, 2015

Kids' Music Legend returns with an all new album: Laurie Berkner's Favorite Classic Kids' Songs {Review & Giveaway}

Best-selling children's recording artist and preschool television favorite Laurie Berkner is ready to rock with her upcoming release of her two-disc album, Laurie Berkner's Favorite Classic Kids' Songs, on October 23rd.
Laurie Berkner has made it obvious that she knows just what kids are looking for in music, as she has been able to captivate audiences everywhere.  This new album includes 51 well-loved children's songs, plus six "bonus" tracks of favorite Laurie Berkner originals. Says Laurie Berkner, "I grew up with many of these songs, and I'm sure parents and grandparents will remember a lot of them from their own childhoods. I'm excited about sharing these classics with kids who may not have heard them before and also introducing my versions of songs that might already be family favorites. In the true folk tradition, I've added some of my own lyrics and my own spin to many of these traditional songs. I've kept a folk or rock feel for most of the numbers, with a little reggae thrown in here and there for fun!" Highlights include a rollicking "When The Saints Go Marching In," a "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" that hits a home run in the third inning with its swinging jazz style, and a funky, hip-hop take on "This Old Man," with additional rhymes penned by Laurie.
I love this album.  It has all of the classic songs that children love and that get passed from generation to generation.  These songs are fun, entertaining, and something that all who listen to can enjoy.  It is only fitting for Laurie Berkner to have such an amazing album that showcases her amazing talent as a childrens' artist by bringing a whole new life to the long list of traditional songs we all know.  Each song is unique and has been an instant hit with my four kids.  Good job Laurie and thank you for such a wonderful album for our family to enjoy!
A Little More About Laurie:
A former preschool teacher by day and indie rocker by night, Laurie Berkner started marketing her music more than fifteen years ago from her living room on her own label, Two Tomatoes Records. She is now widely recognized as a pioneer in the "kindie" music genre and was crowned "the undisputed queen of kindie rock" by USA Today. The Wall Street Journal noted, "Her music is distinctive because it speaks to kids without talking down to them, charming youngsters without boring grown-ups." Laurie was the first artist to ever appear in music videos on Nick Jr. and was featured in nearly all the episodes of the channel's Jack's Big Music Show (now available on the NOGGIN video subscription app). She currently stars in the animated musical short-form series Sing it, Laurie! on the Sprout preschool channel, makes regular appearances on Sprout's Sunny Side Up Show, and is a frequent presence on SiriusXM's Kids Place Live channel.
 Laurie Berkner's Favorite Classic Kids' Songs will be available wherever favorite albums are sold, at www.laurieberkner.com, and at all digital retailers, including iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify, and more.

We are so lucky to be able to offer A COPY OF LAURIE BERKNER'S FAVORITE CLASSIC KIDS' SONGS to one of our lucky readers!!
A big THANK YOU to Laurie Berkner  for providing me with a free digital download of her 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.

September 9, 2015

The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Sixth Season & The Originals: The Complete Second Season {App & Giveaway}

Hi my name is Kristin and I love to watch junk TV when my kids go to bed at night.  Wow, that was easier than I thought.  Let's face it, a lot of you probably have the same confession to make.  Our days as moms are jam packed with so much stuff that it is really nice when you can put your kids to bed at night and just kind of unwind with some good entertaining TV!  I always have my DVR packed with all of my favorite shows so that I can do what I need to do getting my kids through their nightly routines and then sit back and relax for some good old "mommy time."  And being that my time to myself is about 2 hours out of every day, I feel like I can do whatever I wish during that time and watching shows happens to be one of my faves.  A show I started watching first through Netflix and now on TV is The Vampire Diaries.  The juicy love triangles, drama, and vampire action are almost too good to miss!  Several of my friends have divulged their shared loved for The Vampire Diaries which is great too.  The Originals is a spin off from The Vampire Diaries that revolve around the original vampire family and it is also good.

With both shows awaiting their upcoming Fall season debuts, now is the time to catch up and see what you've been missing out on.  Check out this fun app:
About The Vampire Diaries The Complete Sixth Season:
The Vampire Diaries continues its sixth season with more delicious drama to sink your teeth into. In season five, after a passionate summer with Damon, Elena headed to Whitmore College with Caroline, not knowing Bonnie sacrificed her life for Jeremy’s. Meanwhile, Stefan and Caroline’s friendship deepened as they stood up to the Travelers, a nomadic witch tribe driven to strip Mystic Falls of magic and cast out its supernatural residents. In the shocking season finale, Damon, fearing he would lose his loved ones on the crumbling Other Side, made a huge sacrifice to bring them all back — with catastrophic and heartbreaking results. Season six follows the characters’ journey back to each other as they explore the duality of good versus evil inside themselves. Matt Davis reprises his role as Alaric Saltzman, recently returned from The Other Side. Plus, the season will make you misty-eyed as the departure of a major character will turn lives upside down and leave us asking what happened to Mystic Falls. Own The Vampire Diaries The Complete Sixth Season on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD September 1, 2015 . Contains All 22 Episodes From The Sixth Season Plus Two Featurettes, An Audio Commentary, The 2014 Comic-Con Panel, Deleted Scenes, And A Gag Reel 

About The Originals The Complete Second Season:
As Original vampire-werewolf hybrid Klaus Mikaelson returned to the vibrant, supernaturally charged city of New Orleans in season one, he was stunned to learn — along with his siblings Elijah and Rebekah — that Hayley, a werewolf, was pregnant with his child, and his vampire protégé, Marcel, whom the Original siblings had thought long dead, was ruling the French Quarter. Soon, a bloody war escalated between vampires and witches — the stakes raised by powerful teenage witch Davina and by Klaus’s bond with Cami, a student with a painful past — and a ruthless pack of wolves seized the opportunity to stage a violent coup. Now, in season two, a new status quo must be adjusted to, as the newly empowered werewolves control the city. Klaus struggles with weaknesses as Elijah desperately tries to save Hayley — now a hybrid — from a vicious spiral of self-destruction. Meanwhile, with the re-emergence of several Mikaelsons, “family is power” takes on new meaning. Own The Originals The Complete Second Season on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD September 1, 2015 Contains All 22 Episodes From The Second Season Plus Never-Before-Seen Featurettes And Much More!

Each household is only eligible to win (1) The Vampire Diaries Season 6 or The Originals Season 2 chosen at random 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.
A big THANK YOU to the CW for providing this giveaway. These are my honest opinions. Your experience may vary.

September 8, 2015

Be a Chemical Free Mom with WaterWipes {Review} #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."

Before my first child was born, I never fully understood what it meant to be a mom. I thought I knew what it would be like, especially since I have a great mom and have watched her raise us. I took notes on what to do, but when that day came when my daughter came into this world, my life changed forever. 

I have four kids now and I love them more than words can explain. I am beginning to have a glimpse of what it was like for my own mom and the love she feels for me and my siblings. 

As a mom, I want my kids to grow up to be happy and successful, generous and hard-working, and most importantly I want them to be healthy. Teaching kids the importance of being healthy at a young age is crucial because our habits as an adult are greatly related to what we did when we were young. This can be from the foods we eat and are putting IN our bodies to the products we put ON our bodies, such as shampoo and lotion.

Having a chemical free home can be extremely overwhelming at first because there will be so much to change. Something that has helped me greatly is choosing one thing to change at a time. Once you have switched over that one item, look around your house and see what you can switch next. 

I am always learning about new products and there is always something I can be better at. A great example of this is WaterWipes!  A few months ago I was introduced to a chemical free baby wipe that only contains two ingredients, 99.9% purified Irish water and 0.1% grapefruit seed extract. This product really intrigued me because it was a product that I had yet to switch over and a product we use ALL THE TIME! 

I am now addicted to WaterWipes and because I love them so much I have become a WaterWipes Ambassador and will be featuring WaterWipes on our blog over the next few months–yay!

The one reason I love having WaterWipes with me at all times is the fact that my kids are ALWAYS messy!

Whether I am changing my daughter's diaper, wiping off my boy's muddy hands, or cleaning ALL four of my kids' faces on the way to church, these wipes are incredibly durable and I can wipe them all over their bodies without wondering what nasty chemicals I am smearing on their skin.

If you have kids with super sensitive skin and/or eczema these wipes are perfect because they have absolutely no chemicals and have been recognized by the National Eczema Association, receiving a 4 out of 5 Seal of Acceptance Rating.

Check out the WaterWipes YouTube video below and click HERE to go to their site to learn more! 

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September 7, 2015

LOFP Wall Art {Review & Giveaway}

When you are designing a space in your home it is vital that you create a vibe that will help you relax, rejuvenate and feel joy. Your home should be an escape from daily cares and somewhere you can find solace. I don't know about you but it is almost impossible for me to feel settled in my home until it is all decorated to my taste. The key and finishing touch in every room is artwork. The artwork you choose will greet you every day and (hopefully) inspire and uplift you.
Finding the perfect piece of artwork to finish off a room in your home can be difficult, but it is much easier when you visit a shop like LOFP. The unique style of this shop is very versatile. Sticking to mostly black and whites, every piece of art will match almost any room in your home, so if you find a piece you love you can buy it without wondering whether it will suit your space or not.
Most importantly LOFP does custom artwork! Would you like a family photo sketched, or a portrait of your child to hang on the wall? LOFP is the place to go. If you are looking for the perfect piece for your nursery why not customize something with your babies name on it, or if you are looking for the perfect wedding gift you could get a customized sketch of the couple! I guarantee that is a gift they would hold on to and treasure for years to come.
LOFP is owned and managed by a stay-at-home mom who sacrificed her regular day job to pursue her passion for art and I am SO glad she did! She sent me the most beautiful piece of art portraying a 1940's style songstress, which is perfect for me because I am a singer. The picture is hanging in our living room for all to see and we get so many compliments on it! It has created the perfect inspiring atmosphere and reminds me to sing everyday. Art that looks good is good, but if you can find a piece that inspires you daily... well that is unbeatable! LOFP really has a unique and moody style that you will not find anywhere else.
LOFP has generously offered one lucky reader their choice of a custom sketch, or any print from the LOFP shop, both would come framed! Enter the giveaway below for a chance to win and be sure to check out LOFP's shop and to like them on Facebook to increase your chances!

August 31, 2015

Special K® Red Berries - A Perfect Way to Start the Day!

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I am sure I am not the only mom out there who has it hard trying to find time to eat breakfast in the morning. I wake up to my two year old prying my eyes open with her little fingers, screaming at me for 'mummies' (her version of the word food...). The morning always starts out hectic for me which is why I like to start the day with an easy, yet nutritional breakfast that requires little to no preparation. Special K Red Berries are my first choice because not only is it a nutritionally rich option, it is absolutely delicious!
Special K Red Berries is made with whole grains, which means the grains have been minimally processed and are mostly in their original, healthful form. It is also packed with real strawberries which is my favorite part. I guess my babe takes after me because if she gets to my bowl of cereal before I do I will come back to find no strawberries in it! The new boxes come with more strawberries than before which is great because we can never get enough over at my house.
There is a reason Special K Red Berries are so 'special'. A bowl of Special K Red Berries and milk gives women the fiber, folic acid and vitamin D they need for the rest of the day, in the most delicious way possible. When you eat special, you feel special.
Laura Vitale, an amazing chef and outstanding TV personality, will be partnering with Special K to show women how to eat delicious food that is packed with positive nutrition. One of the great ideas they have shared is implementing positive food swaps throughout the day, trade something less healthy for something more. For example rather than eating nothing for breakfast, my goal is to eat a bowl of Special K Red Berries so I can start my day out right. OK I guess that isn't exactly a food swap... But it is a good start! Their goal is to support women on their weight wellness journey and show how a few simple food swaps throughout the day can make a huge difference in your health.
Learn more about why Special K Red Berries are such a great breakfast choice by clicking here. What do you love most about Special K?
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Special K® Red Berries.

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