July 30, 2014

Spellbinders Celebra'tions by Richard Garay {Review & Giveaway}

Inspired by his passion for paper crafts, event hosting and handmade greetings, Richard Garay designed the Spellbinders Celebra'tions line to help paper crafters and hostesses achieve beautiful results every time. Everything is coordinated, so this cheerful, bright and exciting collection makes creating a Celebration not only easy but also fun. Ready to make your very own, one of a kind Celebration creations?

I love me a good paper craft--namely homemade cards!  I am part of a card swap group where every month we get together and swap our homemade cards that we have made based on that month's theme.  You leave with a stack full of beautifully handmade creative cards.  Some months I find myself going down the simple and cute road or sometimes I go all out and create super intricate and fun cards.  Either way, I always have a blast making them and getting my creative juices flowing.  So when I found out about the Spellbinders Celebra'tions line by Richard Garay, I was excited to give it a try and find out about this wonderful unique collection of products.
I was able to make 2 projects with the items I received-- a Celebrate Party Hat Card & Best Day Ever Treat Bag.  I was provided with all of the needed materials and putting the projects together was both easy and fun.  I was really impressed by the high quality of the products and the look of the items.  Both projects turned out so cute and I really like them.  I had to check out the rest of the collection online.
Here is a little more about this unique and fun Celebra'tions Collection:
Dies & Stamps: The collection of stamps and dies include a range of designs from the whimsical to the fresh and modern.  All stamps are made of photo polymer and feature cling technology so they can effortlessly adhere to clear blocks.
Paper: The Celebra'tions Cardstock and Pattern Paper come in captivating colors that are sure to brighten your day.  Available in both solid color cardstock and perfectly coordinated printed paper.
Inks: True Color Fusion Stamp Pads are like no other stamp pads you have ever created with.  These unique hybrid inks provide the best of both worlds, bleding the benefits of dye and pigment ink all in one.  The inks dry quickly, have no chalky residue, and do not fade.  They can be used on all types of materials including paper, fabric, wood, and acrylic, and become permanent when heat set on non-paper materials.  The pads come in each of the 12 colors within the palette, plus black, coordinating beautifully with the solid and printed papers.
Overall I was really impressed by this collection and would definitely purchase from the Spellbinders Celebra'tions by Richard Garay line!  Be sure to visit THEIR WEBSITE HERE to learn more!

Spellbinders is giving away A CELEBRA'TIONS BY RICHARD GARAY--MANY WORDS STAMP SET to one of our lucky readers!!
A big THANK YOU to Spellbinders and PurexInsiders for providing me with samples for 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.

Marika Magic Slimming Capri Leggings {Review & Coupon Code}

The Marika Magic Slimming Capri Leggings are officially my go-to workout pants!  I love them!  Marika caters to today's active woman!  They strive to promote the health, happiness and success of busy women everywhere by providing comfortable, functional, beautiful, well designed, high quality,  and affordable activewear.  Whether it’s for the gym, yoga, Pilates or jogging, indoors or outdoors, Marika takes “basics” to a new level of performance.
I was so happy to receive a pair of the Marika (Style MC535201) slimming capri leggings to review.  They are comfortable, flattering, and can be worn with a ton of casual or workout tops.  Being that I have had a baby in the last few months and am constantly working on my tummy area (what mom isn't?!) the tummy control feature was such a huge selling point for me!  Not to mention the contour seaming and a sculpting and the power mesh lining along the thigh area really deliver a slender look and sleek silhouette. These capris really do a great job at complimenting a woman's figure!
The Marika Magic collection are great for the every day mom who is running back and forth.  You can go from the gym to the park and not worry about how you look.  The collection conforms to both active wear and casual wear all while allowing you to feel comfortable and stylish.
Check out Marika's clothing and purchase the Marika Magic Slimming Capri Leggings on their website!  Marika is also sold at department and sporting goods stores as well as specialty retailers!
Marika is giving ALL OF OUR READERS a 30% OFF DISCOUNT CODE: "MM30" to give you 30% Off your entire purchase NOW THROUGH AUGUST 31, 2014!!
A big THANK YOU to Marika & LiptonPublicity for providing me with a free Magic Slimming Capri road 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.


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Precious Child: Love Songs & Lullabies CD {Review}

I'm sure every mom at one point or another has used the phrase "My children are my world!" because let's face it, there is nothing more special than being a mom, creating and carrying a child, and watching as that child learns and grows.  As a mother of four beautiful children, I know just how precious, unique, and special each of my children are.  The album Precious Child: Love Songs & Lullabies expresses the profound relationship between parent and child through beautiful lyrics and music.
The album is a collection of classic lullabies and songs set to smooth and comforting musical backdrops.  Listening to the CD is wonderful.  I find myself humming along to a lot of the songs.  You can tell that both Darryl Tookes and Joe Beck put a lot of inspiration behind their music as their songs come out beautifully.  It's the perfect album to play for quiet time, bedtime, or even right in the morning when your children wake up.  It sets a happy, calming mood for all to enjoy!  We think the Precious Child: Love Songs & Lullabies CD is great and would recommend it to others!
The Precious Child: Love Songs & Lullabies CD is set to be released on August 19th but you can preorder and find out more about the album by CLICKING HERE!
A big THANK YOU to Darryl Tookes & Joe Beck for providing me with a free CD 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.

July 29, 2014

Puracy Natural Stain Remover {Review}

This is no joke guys, I am CURSED. Literally. I have a curse. Whenever I wear white I spill red or blue or green or some other destructive color creating a stain that is impossible to remove. Unfortunately I passed this curse onto my ten month old. When I received my very own bottle of Puracy Natural Stain Remover in the mail I knew it was only a matter of time before I would be able to put it to the test.
I was right. Within two days of opening my package I had myself the perfect experiment. My daughter mushed a handful of blackberries onto her diaper cover, my first thought after seeing the stain was that it was time to trash the diaper cover, but than I remembered the Puracy Natural Stain Remover and thought I would give it a try.
Having used Puracy products before I had high expectations for success, I have loved every other product I have tried from Puracy and my favorite part is that their products are 100% natural and safe to use in your home. This is really important, especially for parents trying to protect themselves and their kiddies from all the harmful products and chemicals so prevalent in most household cleaners.
My expectations were high, until I took a second look at the stain and realized just how bad it was. I was doubtful anything could remove it, but I followed the instructions on the back of my Puracy Natural Stain Remover spray and then left it to work its magic. When I was able to examine the results I was shocked and amazed. It was like the stain had never even been there in the first place!
I am super picky about cleaning products and I use stain remover ALOT so Puracy Natural Stain Remover is definitely going to be a new staple for my cleaning supply cupboard. The stain remover did not affect the color or quality of the material at all. You can buy Puracy products from their website. Also don't forget to connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+.

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

July 28, 2014

Pampers Gifts to Grow Rewards

Disclaimer: This post may contain affiliated links. However, these are my opinions, yours may vary.

I have two in diapers and it's always great when I can get something in return for purchasing diapers. Pampers Gifts to Grow Rewards program is great because you can accumulate your rewards and exchange them for gift cards, books, photo books etc. If you use Pampers diapers, or even if you don't, you'll want to join the Pampers Rewards program because there are always free codes on the internet. Plus, you can use your codes from your diapers for even more!

I've accumulated my points and purchased a potty seat for my kids. My little boy has been using it these days, so it has definitely come in handy.
Join the Pampers Rewards Gifts to Grow program today and get 100 free points.

Go HERE to sign up!

Healthy Back-to-School Snacks from Van's {Review & Giveaway}

School is just around the corner and I am pretty excited! My daughter is starting Kindergarten and is very thrilled! She's been talking about school for months now and we recently went back-to-school shopping and let her pick out her own backpack and lunch box. 

Now it's time to come up with some healthy snack options for her!

I am pretty strict when it comes to eating and love when I can find healthy snacks for my family. Van's Natural Foods is a company I trust and love because they use smart ingredients. I am a label reader when I buy foods because not all food is created equal and loved that they have written on their ingredient list "ingredients we are proud of." The fact that they stand by their ingredient is awesome! 

We received three yummy products from Van's and they lasted only a few hours in our house, so my kids must have enjoyed them! We received the Honey Nut Crunch cereal, Fire-Roasted Veggie Crackers, Nacho, Nacho, Man! Multigrain Chips.

The Honey Nut Crunch Cereal is Gluten-Free and a nice light breakfast choice. It also has just the right amount of sweetness and is great to eat as a snack. My kids love having snacks, so I'll often put some cereal in a bowl or a bag and they love it! 

The Fire-Roasted Veggie Crackers were very flavorful and were great to eat on their own and with our home-made hummus. They were very light and crispy, making the perfect snack.

Lastly, we sampled the new Nacho, Nacho, Man! Multigrain Chips. My husband and I were both very surprised at how tasty these were, especially since they are made with brown rice, oats, millet, quinoa and amaranth. They are very thin and flaky which I found to be a great alternative to regular potato chips.

If you are on the search for some healthy snacks for your kids this school year Van's Natural Foods has some great choices. Find a store near you by simply going to their site and entering your zip code. 

Also, join their eClub for some coupons and special offers. 

Yacon Syrup - A Healthy Alternative to Sugar {Review, Giveaway & Recipe}

For about 5 months now I have completely cut sugar out of my diet, it is something I have been wanting to do for awhile but after watching a documentary about sugar I had the motivation to step up to the plate and make the change. Five months is way longer than I have ever been able to go without sugar before and I have had many people ask me how I was able to do it. Well my answer is simple: REPLACEMENTS.
Since the day I cut sugar out I have always had dried fruit on hand in case of a craving for something sweet. When I am baking I use healthy replacement sweeteners like organic stevia. These things have been a major help to me BUT I just recently discovered something that is better than both of them.
Yacon syrup is a healthy alternative to sugar that can be used in baking and cooking and even added to smoothies or other drinks. Yacon syrup is very low in calories and also low on the glycemic index scale. I did some research and found that this is due to the fact that its sugar contains high levels of oligofructose (inulin), a form of sugar that is not metabolized very well by the human body. Because of this yacon syrup is a great alternative to conventional low calorie sweeteners, it is also a great option for diabetics. It has even been said to help people loose weight!
Like any other food product though, you have to be careful where you buy it. Many companies will spray the yacon plants with pesticides, add preservatives to the syrup and cook and process it till there are almost no nutrients left. Life & Food offers yacon syrup that is 100% organic, natural, raw and GMO free. That is why I really trust Life & Food for my yacon syrup.
I used my Life & Food Yacon Syrup as a replacement in one of my favorite cookie recipes and I was really impressed with the taste and how it turned out. For 1 1/2 cup of sugar I put 1 cup of Life & Food Yacon Syrup  I probably could have put a tiny bit less because it was pretty sweet but the texture was perfect.
You can try Life & Food Yacon Syrup for free HERE. The first 100 requests put in will receive a bottle of Life & Food Yacon Syrup for FREE (expires 8/5/14)!
Once you receive your bottle make sure to try this and other delicious recipes utilizing your Life & Food Yacon Syrup and leave comments below on what you think!

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

July 25, 2014

Noah's Ark Waterpark {Review}

Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets in exchange for my honest review. This is my own opinion, yours may vary. 
Have you been to the waterpark this summer? 

A few weeks ago, we had the opportunity of visiting Noah's Ark Waterpark located in the Waterpark Capitol of the World, Wisconsin Dells, WI! Noah's Ark Waterpark is the largest waterpark in the US with 70 acres of fun filled waterslides, two large Wave Pools and of course one of the scariest watercoasters, the Black Anaconda.  

My kids love being out in the fresh air and could swim for hours and hours. This, combined with fast flowing water and inner tubes, made for one heck of a fun day. 

There is so much to do at Noah's Ark Waterpark, we were extremely impressed. The park is very family friendly, which was a bit of a concern for me since we were bringing our kids, ages 5, 3, 2, and a 4 month old baby. I wasn't sure how many rides we would be able to go on because of height restrictions, but I was very wrong. There were a lot of tube rides as well as regular waterslides that we were able to go on with our kids.

Even my little three-year-old who had decided that she didn't want to go on the rides at the very beginning was begging for more! I had the delightful opportunity of taking her on her first waterslide and she was giggling the entire time. It was definitely a moment to remember for me! 

My kids were in heaven the entire time, and this is probably a huge understatement because they have not stopped talking about our trip to Noah's Ark Waterpark since! I actually don't think I saw one sad person throughout the entire park. Every parent and child I saw was laughing and giggling, it was wonderful.

When we first arrived, we ate lunch in our van before we headed into the park so our tummies were full. We then went on a couple of tube rides first, then headed to one of their large Wave Pools. There are two large Wave Pools in the park and are both a bit different. 

When the waves start rolling in they can get pretty wild. My kids were laughing the entire time as they were getting knocked off their feet over and over again. Since my husband was with my three kids in the water, all at once, we thought it was a good idea to have them all wear lifejackets, which are provided free of charge and are just hanging up near the pool.

After the Wave Pool we headed to the Tadpole Bay Splash Pad. Now this was an awesome splash pad and by far the largest I have seen. They have a huge bucket that fills up with water and once it's full it knocks over, soaking anyone in its way! My kids would just sit and wait and got soaked Every.Single.Time!

About mid-day the clouds rolled in and it started to rain on us… but this didn't stop us from having fun. Instead, we ordered some yummy food, spoiling our kids just a little!

Plus, we got to see the Milwaukee Brewers' (One of my husband's favorite sports teams) Live Interview Broadcast.

Once we filled our tummies the sun decided to come back out and we were ready to do some more sliding! I of course could not leave the park without experiencing a couple of slides myself, so I had the opportunity to go on Scorpion's Tale and The Point Of No Return. 

Don't those names sound so warm and cuddly?

I was scared out of my mind and I have to admit I screamed like a baby. If you are not familiar with Scorpion's Tail, you stand upright in a closed tube and the floor opens from underneath you. It definitely took my breath away when it opened and I could here everyone laughing at my screaming. I then had to go back up and grab my swim shirt that I wasn't able to wear on the ride and instead of walking all the way back down I somehow got the nerve to go on The Point of No Return. I talked myself into it because I didn't want to have to walk all the way back down and my husband and kids were waiting for me. Plus, the person at the top said if I went on Scorpion's Tail, this one was easy! Haha… I got tricked, because I screamed like a baby for the second time!

Yup, that's me sitting there laughing and probably looking ridiculously silly because I had the biggest wedgie!

After I had gone on these two, I tried to get my husband to go on them… He made excuse after excuse about how we had to go and that the kids were tired, but then he and my daughter ended up going on  Quadzilla, where you ride on your belly with a mat. This one actually ended up being their favorite--They loved it!

So, some how he got out of the scary ones… hmmm!

This was a trip that our family will remember for a long time from now and we can't wait to go back next summer! 

Plan a trip to Noah's Ark Waterpark with your family! 

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