November 25, 2013 Review

It's that time of year again to start thinking about Christmas cards!  I have a fun new site to help get a chuckle out of your friends and family. is an easy to use websitethat allows you to add Santa to them!    There are 20 that you can choose from including a sleeping Santa, Santa with Rudolf and even Santa holding his naughty/nice list!  I was able to easily create a few pictures to share with you all.
Right now you can create as many pictures as you want FREE until December 10th.  Just enter code #santashare at checkout!  

The site is very straight forward and easy to manipulate the image so it looks realistic.  No need for a graphic arts degree here . . . just pick a picture that is good quality!  Once our tree is up and our house is decorated I will be sure to take a picture with this in mind to show my little guy!

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November 21, 2013

Kiwi Crate - The Perfect Gift!

A while back I wrote a post about Kiwi Crate.  I am writing again because there is a lot of gift giving coming up and I feel these are perfect for the kid who has everything!

Right now they have several Holiday Themed Kiwi Crates that I just love.  My favorites are the Thanksgiving Turkeys Crate and the Little Christmas Crate.  Kids love getting mail and what better way to spend quality time together.  These crates are reasonably priced at only $19.95 but making memories and creating keepsakes are priceless!

Get Kiwi Crate's Thanksgiving Turkeys Crate! shop now ››The "Thanksgiving Turkeys Crate" comes with all the materials to make 6 turkey place cards and a turkey game!  Just think of how proud your little one will be when everyone sits down at the table and remarks on how beautiful the place cards are.  They will just beam with pride and satisfaction!
Get festive with Kiwi Crate's Holiday Creativity Kits! shop now ››With "The Little Christmas Crate" your little one can create their own miniature tree and ornaments to put on the big one!  I know my son loves to look at the homemade ornaments on the tree so seeing ones that he made himself will be so special.  This crate even includes the the string and crayons!

Kiwi Crate is always posting great content on their Pinterest boards as well so make sure you follow all of them!  Their Fall and Thanksgiving board is packed full of recipes that will make your mouth water.  Also, the Winter Treats board is full of projects and more recipes to keep you and the kids busy on those snow days!

Kiwi Crate's Facebook page is another great way to stay in the loop with all of their great offers!  Right now they have 30% off until tomorrow!

Get festive with Kiwi Crate's Holiday Creativity Kits! shop now ››

Make a kid in your life happy month after month and subscribe now!

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With the holidays coming we all know how much packaging gets tossed in the trash from all those gifts.  We try and recycle as much as we can at our house but there are some items that I'm just not sure what to do with.  I was recently shown this site that will help figure out what to do with that misfit trash!

There is a recycle search to help you find the appropriate location to turn in odd items such as Brita filters and even toothbrushes.  Turns out not every recycling facility has the capability to handle items like this.  The item I struggle with are plastic bags!  My recycling pick up doesn't accept them but I just can't bare to throw them in the garbage knowing that they are going to sit in a landfill for the next 500-1000 years!  I simply typed in my zip code, choose the material type, then the item you are trying to recycle and quickly 5 locations that accept them pop up.

The other areas of the site include a blog with great articles, a glossary of terms and resources by state so you can get in touch your states EPA.

Do you recycle?

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November 12, 2013

It’s Christmas Giveaway Event

It’s Christmas Giveaway Event

Now that my son is three Christmas is getting more exciting for him!  Last year we got him this KidKraft Everyday Heroes Play Set as his big present and he still plays with it all the time.  Whenever he has friends over, boys or girls they always want to play with it too!

I am not sure what to get him this year though.  He has several ride on toys.  He has something very similar to this mini kick Scooter - Blue and Kettler Junior Balance Bike 12" along with two regular bikes in different sizes and a power wheels quad!  One idea we had was something like this Skywalker Trampolines 15-Foot Round Trampoline and Enclosure with Spring Pad, Blue.  What do you think?

MPM Network Bloggers are super excited to share their Christmas Recipes, Crafts, Decor Ideas and much more with you this holiday season. Make sure you take a peek at the fabulous posts below. Surely you will find something that makes your holiday even brighter!

One lucky reader will receive a $500 Sears Gift Card!

Giveaway ends December 2nd at 11:59pm, open to US, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below.
Good luck!
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November 9, 2013

TruKid Bath Blasts Review and Giveaway!

I took it upon myself to contact TruKid after reading about their products on another blog.  I was really impressed with their story and with my son's sensitive skin I am always looking for products that have children's safety in mind.  Their founder is a mother of 6 (whoa) so she has experience with what kids need and what they like.

They sent me a few of their Bath Blasts to try out.  The day they arrived was a bath night so it worked out perfectly.

Product Features:
  • Extra gentle for kids and the planet: no chemicals or fragrances and made only with fruits and vegetables
  • Natural long lasting bubbles: perfect for kids with skin sensitivities • Leaves no icky or itchy feeling behind
  • Naturally soothing: after a day of play, milk & honey calm irritated skin
  • No mess, no waste: TruKid BathBlast pockets are pre-measured and ready to use 
  • All natural and non toxic
  • Eczema safe
  • Pediatrician and dermatologist tested
  • Gluten-, phthalate- and paraben free 
  • PETA Certified Animal Cruelty-Free
  • Biodegradable with 100% recyclable, BPA-free Packaging 
All natural and made with fruits and vegetables, TruKid BathBlasts offer the absolute safest…and most fun way to take a bath! Swathing kids in squeaky clean, bubbly bliss, the all-natural formula leaves skin soft and refreshed with no icky feeling left behind. Formulated for kids with extra sensitive skin, BathBlasts provide incredibly safe bath care for little tykes. Ideal for busy families, BlastBlasts provide a super easy, ready-to-use system with pre-measured, single use, water-soluble pockets that offers a fun, natural color pop that dissolves almost instantly.

Now, my son LOVES bubble baths.  He couldn't get his clothes off fast enough once he knew he was getting one that night and almost got in with his socks on!  I followed the directions and held the pouch in my cupped hand and let the warm water run over it.  As soon as the the powder was exposed the bubbles started to fill up the tub.  Once is was gone I had some residue left on my palm but that easily washed off by rubbing my hands together.

I couldn't get over how great these bubbles were!  They lasted through the whole bath and even after the water drained.  I gave the tub a quick rinse with the shower head once he was out and they quickly washed away.

My son had a great time scooping the thick foam up with his hands and playing until he was "pruny".  His skin was clean and soft and he didn't have any reaction.

Not only is TruKid giving you the chance to win some products of your own, TruKid gave me a special code for you at checkout so you can get 15% off your order of $30 or more!  Enter 'trumom' at checkout!

Don't forget to Like TruKid on Facebook, Follow TruKid on Twitter and Follow their Pinterest Boards!
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November 8, 2013

Countdown to Black Friday Giveaway!

One lucky winner will receive 

$1,000 Visa Gift Card OR Amazon Gift Card! {your choice}

Organized by Mom Powered Media and the MPM Blogger Network.
Looking for the best contests around this holiday season? Make sure to visit SweepstakesFanatics where you can find the newest sweeps, blog giveaways and even a special section for Canadian giveaways.

I did what you would call true Black Friday shopping once.  We got up at 3:00am and stood on line out side in the freezing cold.  I can almost say I will never do that again.  I am an online Black Friday shopper.  I get up early, boot up my computer, grab some coffee and get down to business.  Kohl's is usually where I head first.  The past two years I have been able to buy almost everything from them.  Last year I got so much Kohl's cash on Black Friday that I was able to do another shopping trip before Christmas and got all the gifts for FREE!  All in my pajamas!!

A great site that I have been following for many years now is  They always get the Black Friday ad scans early so you can plan out what you want to get from each store.  They have already released several stores including Toys-R-Us and Macy's!  Of course I am anxiously awaiting the Kohl's ad so hopefully it will be released soon.

Even Amazon is having a Countdown to Black Friday! Click HERE to check it out!

So tell me, do you shop on Black Friday?  What would you get it you won??

Giveaway ends November 29th at 11:59pm, open worldwide, ages 18+. Please note if the winner is a non-USA or non-Canadian resident, they will receive $1,000 via paypal instead. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below.
Good luck!
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November 4, 2013

Dr. Scholl's Active Series

I received a pair of Dr. Scholl's Active Series Insoles from Influenster to review.  I do feel as though they revived my old sneakers and give them more support.  The only strange thing is that they squeak when I walk in them.  Not a huge deal but thought it was noteworthy.

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