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Travel for the Holidays with a $25 Sunoco Gift Card Giveaway

Are you and your family hitting the road this holiday season?  Traveling to visit family, or maybe take a vacation while the kiddos are out of school?  Well Sunoco wants to help out one lucky Mommy Has A Life reader with a giveaway for a $25 Sunoco Giftcard.

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Before you even hit the road, you can check out the Gas Station Locator to find out where all the Sunoco stations are on your way to your destination.  This is especially helpful if you don’t know the area you are driving to and can be a life saver if you ever have to drive the hills of West Virginia LOL.

If the kids are bugging you for new songs, games, or upgrades while you are on the road, no worries there either at Aplus locations you can score 10% off iTunes Gift Cards while you are there.  Mom and Dad save some money AND get some peace and quiet… kids get that upgrade for their game they want…. Win/Win for everyone right?  Or how about that last minute gift you forgot to pick up… no worries, Sunoco has you covered, not only with the iTunes Gift Cards, but also many other gift cards are available at Aplus Sunoco Stations.  :-)

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And now for the Giveaway.  Fill out the Rafflecoptor form to enter to win a $25 Sunoco Gift Card.  Giveaway end 1/5/15 at 12:00 AM.  Open to US Only.

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FTC Disclosure: All opinions are my own, honest opinions.  Giveaway is sponsored by a third party and prize will be fulfilled by this third party.  Mommy Has A Life if not responsible for prize fulfillment.

2014 Holiday Gift Guide for Women

2014 Holiday Gift Guide for women

Let me help you find the perfect gift for the woman on your shopping list this Holiday season.  If you are buying for your wife, mother, sister, aunt, boss, or friend, you will want to check out this fabulous list of gifts to choose from :-)

Shark® Rotator® Powered Lift-Away Vacuum
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Shark Rotator Lift Away Professional Vacuum is honestly the BEST Vacuum I have ever used! It is light weight, picks up dust, dirt, and hair from hardwood floors with ease. On carpet is where it really works the magic- the Rotator really works to lift away hair and dirt from the carpet. There is even a light so you can see just how dirty, and then clean, your floors are.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED from this mom :-)
Kiss Instawave Automatic Curler
MSRP $59.99 and can be found at Ulta, Target, and Kiss.com
Kiss Insta Curl

The revolutionary Kiss InstaWave is a fully automatic curler that instantly creates beautiful, long-lasting curls with ease.

No need to be a pro, simply place a section of hair on the InstaWave and leave the rest of the curling to us. With the touch of a button, the Curl Dial Instantly and Automatically catches and curls hair, transforming straight locks into tangle-free glamorous curls in seconds.

This curler heats up fast and gives you fabulous curls or waves in seconds!


$7.95

Home Logic Dish Soap

Many brands use harsh ingredients in their liquid dish detergents, but our Natural HomeLogic Liquid Dish Soap beats to its' own drum. Gentle on the skin yet powerful enough to cut through even the toughest grease, a little goes a long way with our concentrated formula. So get ready to bathe your dishes in a sink full of luxurious bubbles.

Every dish will be left clean and residue free and the air will be touched with a light and uplifting aromatherapeutic Grapefruit scent, which we consider a well earned bonus just for doing the dishes.

Our Natural HomeLogic Liquid Dish Soap is also hypoallergenic, gluten free, SLS and SLES free, and formulated specifically for people with sensitive skin.

All Natural HomeLogic products are 100% plant and mineral derived and do not contain artificial dyes or fragrances.
Brother P-touch Label Maker PT-D200
MSRP: $39.99

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Do you have DIYer or crafter on your holiday list? Here is a great gift you can get for them. Most people think of label makers as only for organization, while they are great for that (trust me- I am one of those people that loves to see everything labeled), a label maker can help to easily add personalization to any craft or help you create something fabulous.

From putting your mark on your homemade jar of jam to creating refrigerator magnets with personalized messages, the P-Touch label maker makes DIY gifts easy and fun. Let me know if you’d like step-by-step directions or hi-res images for these or similar gift ideas.

Brother P Touch

Why this makes a great gift:
First, if your gift recipient loves organization, this is a GREAT label maker to have. It is easy to use, has a variety of fonts and ribbons (label strips) to choose from.

Second, CRAFTS- if your gift recipient is not only into organization, but also a crafter like me, having this label maker on hand is PERFECT to create all sorts of fun stuff like place setting tags, labels for gifts, wine glass tags, labeling class gifts with ease... the list goes on with what you can do with the Brother P-touch Label Maker.
HomeLogic Odor Eliminating Spray
$7.75

home logic odor spray

Instead of spraying a toxic and noxious air freshener that only masks unpleasant odors in your home and leaves a strong and chemically induced artificial scent behind that lingers, why not use a natural odor eliminator spray that actually breaks down and removes the odor causing molecules in the first place? We have always wondered what is the point of products that contain dangerous chemicals that simply coat the air with perfume anyway?

It is a new day and time to make a change. Opt for a natural spray that actually removes odors from surfaces and air instead. No dangerous chemicals, no sickly sweet scent left behind, just odor free air to breath. That is the purpose of our Natural HomeLogic Odor Eliminator Spray, nothing more and nothing less. It's fast acting and made with 100% natural plant and mineral based ingredients, making it a fume-free wonder that leaves only a lightly detectable Grapefruit scent behind that dissipates quickly. No fumes, no chemical magic, no artificial scents, just natural odor control.

Please note: this is not your Grandma's Febreeze. Our Natural Odor Eliminator Spray removes odors from the air instead of masking them with perfume. The product is dispensed with a trigger sprayer that adjusts the flow however the spray is not in a fine mist format.
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Capresso On-the-Go Personal Coffee Maker

$49.99

Capresso

The On-the-Go Personal Coffee Maker keeps up with your busy lifestyle by quickly brewing coffee directly into the stainless steel insulated thermal travel mug so you never have to leave your brew behind.

Why this makes a great gift:
This is perfect for the anyone with a busy lifestyle that drinks coffee on the go. When I worked outside the home full time I was always grabbing coffee on my way out the door. It was a hassle to brew a whole pot of coffee so I would often just wait until I got to work to have my coffee.

Now even as a mom I am using my Capresso On the Go Coffee Maker to brew coffee on my way out to the door to drop Colton off at school and run my errands. I can brew the one cup I need right in my travel mug (comes with a super nice stainless steel one, but I can brew in my other mugs as well).

Man or Woman, this is a great gift to give or get this Christmas :-)
GoPro HERO4 SILVER Edition Camera HD Camcorder With Deluxe Carrying Case + Head Strap + Chest Strap + Monopod + 32GB SDHC MicroSD Memory Card Complete Deluxe Accessory Bundle
$499.99-$599.99

Hero4

If you want a GoPro, the Hero4 is the newest one out there and this is a complete kit to ensure you have everything you need to get started with your GoPro.

A GoPro camcorder has been on my list for a LONG LONG time. I do a lot of traveling and to have a waterproof camera is amazing (with the casing it can be waterproof). Also this camera is GREAT for catching those action shots.

Why this makes a great Gift:
I can't come up with a reason why this wouldn't be a great gift. You can get high quality video and photos- all the action shots you wish you could get with the traditional camera. It is small and pretty much awesome all around.
Silhouette Cameo Electronic Cutting Machine Starter Bundle

$299.99 (on Amazon)

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The Silhouette CAMEO is an electronic cutting machine for personal use. Like a home printer, it plugs into your PC or Mac with a simple USB cable. However, instead of printing it uses a small blade to cut paper, cardstock, vinyl, fabric and more up to 12" wide and 10 feet long.

What you can create with the Cameo... is honestly endless. The design store has almost A LOT of designs you can download, but you can also upload or create your own.

This is the starter bundle, it comes with lots of extras so when your loved one receives their Sillhoutte Cameo, they are ready to go from the start :-)

Why this makes a great gift:
If you have a crafter on your list, the Silhoutte Cameo is a great gift for them. With endless possibilities they can use the cutter to create fun crafts and gifts. I have seen MANY MANY projects created by the Cameo and I can't wait to keep learning so I get as awesome with mine as some of these ladies :-)
ScentSicles, Fresh Cut Fir - 6pc

Prices Range $4.99- $9.99

Scentciles

Instantly bring the joy of Christmas into your life with ScentSicles, the eco-friendly (biodegradable) scented ornaments that make artificial Christmas trees smell real and real trees smell that much better. ScentSicles can be hung from trees, tucked into wreaths and garland, or discreetly hidden to provide the nostalgic scent of fresh-cut Christmas trees. Made of natural fibers sourced from sustainable resources and infused with pure fragrance, ScentSicles offer a no-mess, no-flame, simple way to make artificial holiday greenery smell real, enhance the scent of a live tree, or just add scent as a decoration. They are perfect for Secret Santa gifts, hostess gifts or the mother-in-law that you just can’t seem to please! New ScentSicles options for 2014 include Scented Sprigs, Auto Sticks and Decorative Ornaments that can be used in the car or office! Invented by a NASA scientist, eco-friendly ScentSicles last 30 days and are Made in the USA.

Why this makes a great gift:
It is a unique little gift that brings the smell of Christmas to you. You can hang them on your tree or use them as an air freshener in your car. I think this is a great stocking stuffer or a little gift for your co-worker. The price is right and the smell is great :-)
SOL Republic Tracks Air Wireless Headphones

MRSP $199.99

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Tracks AIR Wireless Headphones by SOL REPUBLIC x Motorola combine stellar sound, unmatched 150-foot wireless range, dual-device connectivity and an unbelievable 15-hour battery life, providing on-the-go convenience that active music lovers will celebrate.

Tracks AIR delivers incredible sound without the wires for up to 150 feet
A2 Sound Engines provide powerful sound with clear highs and deep, richly detailed bass
Dual-device connectivity allows you to seamlessly swap from your tablet to your phone
Take calls with ease using the built-in, crystal clear, noise reduction dual microphones
Listen to music or take calls in seconds with EasyPair™ Bluetooth® and NFC compatibility
Customize your Tracks AIR with interchangeable, electronically enhanced PowerTrack™ headbands
SonicSoft™ Speaker Pads let you enjoy your music in comfort for hours

Why this makes a great Gift:
The SOL Republic Tracks Air Wireless Headphones are a great gift for anyone who enjoys listening to music. I listen to music all the time because it helps me focus in on something-- I will even listen as a background noise while I work.

What makes the SOL Republic Air Tracks unique is that they are wireless, so annoying wires to get in the way! They also have a 15 hour battery life, so less charging and more listening to great music.

Consider the SOL Republic Air Tracks as a gift for any music listener on your Christmas list. :-)
Soul Carrier Sarah Elizabeth Tote

$280.00

Soul Carrier

Compassionate and living from a place of pure soul and pure love, Jennifer couldn’t imagine better inspirations to represent this bag than her two dear friends who are both named Sarah Elizabeth! This tote is a wider version of a traditional magazine tote – this is Soul Carrier’s ultimate version of chic.

The Sarah Elizabeth is handcrafted with love and care in Leon from genuine leather.

14” W by 3.75” D by 14” H
Micro-Suede Interior Liner
Key-fob Leash
3 Interior pockets
1 Interior Zippered pocket
1 Exterior Side pocket
Exterior Soul Carrier metal charm

Why this makes a great gift:
100% genuine leather makes the Soul Carrier products even smell like quality. The design is fashionable and functional. When I first saw this bag, my first thought was DIAPER BAG- because that is what I need right now. But I also see college student carrying note books or a fashionista business professional carrying a laptop and important documents in it too.

This is a gift you can feel confident giving and your recipient will appreciate :-)
Soul Carrier Blake Emery

$80.00

Blake Emery

The playful innocence of childhood and the simplicity of having no fear is what Jennifer sees when observing her niece Blake Emery, whom she has named this clutch after. A simple pouch that can be used to keep all the items in your larger bag organized or on its own as an effortless clutch.

The Blake Emery is handcrafted with love and care in Leon from genuine leather.

9” W by 8” H
Micro-Suede Interior Liner

Magnetic snap closure

Double stitching around the border of the bag

Why this makes a great gift:
The Blake Emery clutch is a 100% Genuine Leather clutch and is super cute. I am personally a fan of the clutch style bag when I am going out without my kiddo. I enjoy not being weighed down by giant bag, if I can get away with it so this clutch was PERFECT for me.

If you have a fashionista on your shopping list, she is sure to love the Blake Emery. It comes in light and dark brown colors, so you can match it to many outfits with ease. :-)

2014 Holiday Gift Guide for Babies and Toddlers

2014 Holiday Gift Guide babies

Do you have a baby or toddler under the age of 3 on your shopping list this holiday season?  I know it can be tough to navigate the baby AND toy aisle, but hopefully this gift guide will help to provide you with a few great gift ideas.

For consideration to be included in the 2014 Holiday Gift Guide, please email mommyhasalife@gmail.com
Little Twig Lavender Calming Baby Wash
MSRP: $12.50

Little Twig Baby Wash

Little Twig Baby Wash is a great Stocking Stuffer for the wee ones. As a mom I would love to get things like this as gifts for my little one. Not only was it something he needed, but it is also giving him the gift of a baby wash that is good for his skin. And with the Lavender scent, it smells so good, leaving my little one smelling fresh and clean after bath time.

Shower your little one in serenity with this organic blend of essential oils and mild foam. Our formula combines skin softening vitamin E with just a whisper of lavender and chamomile. Gentle enough for newborns.
Phthalate Free
Pediatrician Tested
Paraben Free
Sulfate Free
Nut, Soy and Wheat Free
Non Irritating
No Synthetic Fragrances
Head-to-Toe
Ideal for Sensitive Skin
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ClearRinse

MSRP: $129.99

There is nothing worse than a baby with a cold. They are miserable, they don't know what to do to clear the drainage, you can't tell them to go blow their nose... It is just a miserable time for them and for the parents.

If you are looking for a great gift to gift a new baby (okay the mom) CLEARinse is definitely one to consider, especially since The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends salt water irrigation and aspiration as the most effective, safe way to relieve nasal congestion in infants and children.

When Colton was sick, the only thing that seemed to clear up the runny nose was saline and a bulb sucker. Well that was before I learned about CLEARinse, I will definitely be using CLEARinse from here on out. :-)
WubbaNub
MSRP: $12-$15
Wubanub

WubbaNub is more than a just a pacifier for your little one, it is a soother that is easy for your little one to hold. WubbaNub comes in 32 designs, so I am sure you will find a cute animal that your child will love. :-)

Why This Makes a Good Gift:
The WubbaNub is great for any little teeny one. A WubbaNub a fun way to soothe your little one and bring a smile to their face.
Baby Legs Little Mister Body Suit Set
Suggested Sale Price: $20
Baby Legs

BabyLegs are best known for their Leg Warmers, however they do have these ADORABLE Body Suit Gift Sets that make REALLY great gifts for the itty bitty ones that are on your shopping list this year.

This set is a complete look with a body suit and a pair of leggings to match.

This is my personal favorite, but they do have many other styles to choose from for both boys AND girls.
Avent Toddler Drinking Cups
Suggested Price $12.99 for 2

Avent Toddler Cup

This new revolutionary Toddler Drinking Cup is a perfect stocking stuffer for a little one that is starting the transition from the sippy cup to an adult drinking cup. It allows your toddler to learn the process of drinking, but since the cup seals when your child is not drinking from it parents don't have to worry about spilled drinks like they do with no lid cups.

Why This Makes a Great Gift: My #1 reason is because it is something that toddlers will use for a LONG time- my 5 year old just got a set of these and LOVES them. Great stocking stuffer, kids will love them and parents will thank you for thinking of what their kids need and not just more toys. :-)
Avent Spout Cup

Suggested Price $7.99

Avent Sippy Cup

The Avent Spout Cup is a great soft spout sippy cup for helping your baby make the transition from breast or bottle to sippy cup. The best thing about this sippy cup is that it is spill proof so no mess for mom to clean up as baby learns to drink from a sippy cup.

Why this makes a great gift:
The Avent Spout Cup is a great gift for a little one that is learning to transition to a sippy cup or is currently drinking from a sippy cup. Babies and Toddlers will love it and parents will thank you for buying a gift that their child actually needs :-)
Lalabu Bambu Bib
Regular Price $15 + Free Shipping

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The NEw Bambu Bib from Lalabu is SUPER cute, it comes in a variety of modern patterns and colors. Beyond the cuteness of the bib it is custom designed for the ultimate functionality of a bib. It had ties instead of snaps or velcro for a snug fit and it wont snag other clothes in the wash. The Bambu Bib is made with Bamboo terry cloth and stuffed with Bamboo filling so it is soft and absorbent. If you are a fan of products made in the USA, this is a great one, not only is the Bambu Bib made in the USA, it is also made by legal women refugees.

Why this makes a great Gift:
If you have a little one on your list, this will make the parents happy because #1, you can never have too many bibs and it is a gift that he or she will use for a long time. Not to mention, babies and toddlers get a TON of toys and stuff they DON'T need for Christmas-- so help mom and dad out by getting them something they do need and can use. Plus with this unique bib, this is sure to be one of mom's favorites and she will thank you for it every time her little one uses it. :-)
Newborn Babylegs Lil Super Star
$10
Baby Legs Stars

If you have an itty bitty baby on your shopping list Baby Legs Newborn warmers are a great gift to give! They can be worn under shorts, with a onsie, for girls- under a dress... there are many fun uses for BabyLegs! My favorite thing is that with BabyLegs warmers, it makes diaper changes a breeze if your little one is just hanging around the house in a cute onsie :-)

Why this makes a great gift:
BabyLegs are awesome, they are cute and parents will appreciate you getting their baby something cute, unique and functional. :-)
NEW BabyLegs Diaper Cover
$12

Baby Legs Blue Diaper Cover

BabyLegs has a new addition to their product list, Diaper Covers for both boys and Girls. They come in a variety of Colors and with an without ruffles.

Baby Legs Little Miss Muffet Diaper Cover
For boys they have Blue and Grey and White Stripes and for girls they have Solid Pink and Light Pink and White Striped (both with the adorable Ruffles!)

I can not wait until Caleb gets here and he can wear these new diaper covers :-)

Why this makes a great gift:
FIRST- if you have a girl, Diaper Covers are a MUST. There is nothing tackier than a cute little girl in a dress with no diaper cover (unless she is in a cute cloth diaper). So diaper covers are a must!

For Boys- if it's a hot day and you want to just let your little man hang out in a diaper-- viola, cute diaper cover makes that completely okay :-) But I am a huge fan of pairing a diaper cover with a matching pair of BabyLegs and maybe a cute Tshirt too.

Functional baby fashions! :-)
BabyLegs Warmers

Prices $6-$15

Baby Legs Alps Winter Leg Warmer

BabyLegs Leg Warmers are great for both boys and girls. When Colton was younger he wore BabyLegs A LOT. It helped me stretch out those cute summer rompers into the cold seasons, and were super cute with a onsie too. They didn't have the diaper covers when Colton was little, but I sure wish they did!!!

For girls there is an added benefit of accessorizing dresses and helping to keep little legs warm without the discomfort of tights.

Why This Makes A Great Gift:
Functional Baby and Kids Fashions. Baby Legs regular sizes are one size fits most 4 Months and Up. So they will also fit toddlers and young children. This is a gift that will grow with your little one!

Check out this idea: Legs warmers for arms to make those short sleeved shirts good for all season :-)
Baby Legs Boy Warmers
Tot Logic 2 In 1 Baby Wash and Shampoo

$14

Tot logic shampoo

If there's any product you need from the TotLogic line, this sulfate free TotLogic 2 in 1 Wash & Shampoo is the one that does it all.

Just do a bubbly once-over with this 2 in 1 Baby Wash & Shampoo for clean, huggable and nourished skin and silky smooth hair. Its naturally derived, gentle, and pure formula makes it suitable and safe for infants, toddlers, kids, and of course adults too!
Baby Trend Go Lite High Chair

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Go-Lite DX Feeding Center is constructed with lightweight aluminum steel. It transforms from a high chair to a booster seat as your child grows.

Why this makes a great gift:
Parents get a TON of newborn baby stuff at the baby shower, but often the next stage of items that they need is forgotten when you are thinking newborn baby for the shower. If you have a wee little one on your shopping list, this is THE PERFECT high chair to get him or her. they will use it for a long time, it is convertible and stylish :-)

@Gourmet Grillware, the Perfect Gift For Dad! And GIVEAWAY from @wiltonarmetale!

All dads love to grill to out, it is like code for “man cooking” to cook a delicious meal for the family on the grill and what better way to help dad with grilling than with Gourmet Grillware, like the sets from Wilton Armetale?  David got a little early Father’s Day present since we had the opportunity to review the Grillware Square Griddle with Handles.
We make a great team when it comes to grilling out, I did all the prep work and he did the cooking.  He was really excited to show this new piece off and grill for our friends when we had them over for dinner, so it was a win/win for all of us that night.  He got to grill out, and we enjoyed delicious chicken!
Gourmet Grillware
About the Wilton Armetale Square Griddle:  The pan is 11.5 x 11.5, so you have lots of room for yummy food.  This is a VERY sturdy piece of grillware, it has a lifetime warranty on it, but I know it will last!  It is VERY easy to clean and we have not had any issues with it not looking good as new after each use.  What is great is with this piece of grillware you can cook and serve all in the same place.  It will keep your hot foods hot (we tested this out!)  and your Cold foods Cold.  A Little Tip for using the Gourmet Grillware, you will want to add a little bit of oil to the surface before you start to cook, I sprayed ours with Pam Grilling Spray before I put the chicken on and this worked great for us.  (Do not spray the Pam onto the grill, you may spark flames :-) )
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I prepared a YUMMY Stuffed Chicken Recipe, and this is one of our favorite Grilling recipes since it is healthy and the whole family enjoys it, I hope your family enjoys it too:

Grilled Stuffed Chicken Recipe Ingredients:

  • 4 (6 oz) Chicken breasts
  • 12 oz of Crumbled Feta Cheese
  • 2 Sweet Peppers
  • 1 Tablespoon of Opa Greek!  Seasoning Blend from Wild Tree
  • 1/2 Tomato

Directions:

Stuffed Chicken Step 1
1. Cut the peppers and remove the seeds.

Stuffed Chicken Step 2
2. Chop the Peppers and Tomatoes into small pieces.

Stuffed Chicken Step 3
3.  Mix the Feta Cheese, Peppers, Tomatoes, and Seasoning in a bowl.
4. Slice the chicken breasts horizontally, but not all the way through.

Stuffed Chicken Breast
5.  Stuff the Chicken breasts with the mix of veggies and cheese.
6. Coat your Gourmet Grillware Square Skillet with a little bit of oil and put the chicken on it to grill over med/high heat.  (Our grill gets REALLY hot really quick so for us med/high is 400 degrees according to the gauge on the grill- all grills are different so settings and cook time will vary for everyone)

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7. ENJOY!!

And Now for the Giveaway!!  One lucky winner will win a Wilton Armetale Prize Package valued at $300!

The lucky winner will win the following items from WIlton Armetale:
Square Griller, Sizzle Platter, Chili PotVeggie Griller and the Au Gratin grillware items

Father's Day Prize Pack
The giveaway will begin June 2nd and is open to US residents only.  Good Luck!!
Disclosure: I received the product mentioned in this post as a review item.  The giveaway is conducted by WIlton Armetale.  They will be responsible for drawing and notifying a winner for this giveaway.  

Simplify laundry this summer and retire your iron with the #WonderBottle

If you are like me, laundry is NOT your favorite thing to do.  It’s hard enough to get the laundry in the washer, then to the dryer– do I really have time to fold it *right now*?  Nope, so into the basket and it will sit until it is basically a laundry mountain.  By the time I get around to folding, everything is wrinkled.  OR I have the issue with David’s dress shirts where they come out of the dryer a wrinkled mess and before this review, I would have to iron all his shirts for the week on Sunday night (not fun!).

Downy

Well the Wonder Bottle, aka Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus to the rescue!  A little spray and tug on wrinkled clothes and they are good to go and ready for wear!  With Colton’s clothes, I pick out what he is going to wear the night before so a few sprays and tugs when I set them out and they are good to go the next morning.

With David’s Shirts they were a little more difficult.  When they came out of the dryer, they look like they were balled up and left in a bag or something– he couldn’t even steam them to get the wrinkles out, they HAD to be ironed (which was a HUGE thing for me on Sunday nights- because I would have to iron all his shirts).  David snatched a bottle of the Downy Wrinkle Release Plus pretty much as soon as I opened the package and a few days later tells me “That stuff you got in the mail really works!  I was able to steam my shirts after I sprayed that stuff on them.”  And the first thing that came to mind was “Hallelujah” :-)  It is actually a good thing that he can steam the wrinkles out because this mama has been on bed rest for the last 5 days (I go to the doctor tomorrow), so ironing or pretty much anything that I can’t sit on the couch and do, is off limits.

Downying Spraying

How to Use the Downy Wrinkle Release:
Step 1. Hang the clothing item.  This makes it easier to spray the garment and gives it somewhere to hang while it dries.
Step 2: Spray the garment with a the Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus.  Focus on area that are extra wrinkled.
Step 3. Tug and smooth the garment to help get the wrinkles out.
Step 4: Let the garment dry
Step 5: Perfect and ready to wear every time!

Downy Comparision

Downy Wrinkle Release is not just good for getting the wrinkles out of clothes, I compiled a list of 10 Great Uses for Downy Wrinkle Release, so check it out, you may learn something new!

After extensive research, Downy has upgraded the trigger on the Wrinkle Releaser bottle.  The new and improved sprayer delivers broader coverage to reduce drying time.

You can buy Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus at: Walmart, Target, Walgreens, Kroger, Publix, and many other grocery, drug, and mass retailers.  Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus is sold in a 1-liter bottle for $6.99, a 500 mL bottle for $4.19, and a travel friendly 3 oz bottle for $1.99.  For more information visit: www.downywrinklereleaserplus.com 

Downy Wrinkle Releaser

Disclosure: I received a Downy Wrinkle Release Review Kit with product included.  All opinions are my own, honest opinions.  

@HubTVNetwork Littlest Pet Shop Season 3 Premiere May 31st!!

Littlest Pet Shop Season 3 Premiere

If you have a Littlest Pet Shop fan you will want to tune in to The Hub Network on Saturday, May 31st at 9:30 AM ET (Or Set your DVR!) for the Season 3 Premiere of the popular animated series.  This season will include song-and-dance sequences featuring all-new original music from Blythe and her furry friends.

The third season of Littlest Pet Shop kicks off with the episode “sleeper”.  Littlest Pet Shop pals, Vinnie and Sunil are challenged by Russel to entertain a special day camp visitor, Mr. VonFuzzlebut.  Their day became quite a challenge when Mr. VonFuzzlebut, a jovial raccoon, falls asleep and takes a bit of a power nap during his visit.  I don’t want to give away too much of the episode, so be sure to tune in so you can follow Vinnie, Sunil, and Mr. VonFuzzlebut on their adventure at the Litltlest Pet Shop Day Camp.
Teaser: I giggled at these silly friends during the whole episode!

if you aren’t familiar with the Littlest Pet Shop series, tune in and you too can follow Blythe and the furry friends on their adventure!  Blythe Baxter and her father live in a Big City apartment about the Littlest Pet Shop- an amazing day camp for pets of all kinds.  Blythe gets a job at the Littlest Pet Shop and suddenly realizes she can talk to and understand the pets.  In this season Blythe and a few friends that know her secret, utilize her superpower to advance Blythe’s love of fashion, and of course, lend a helping hand- or paw- to other humans and pets.

Disclosure:  I am a Hub Club Blogger and I did receive a copy of the season premiere episode for an advance screening.  As a part of this network I am not required to post about the materials I receive.  I share only what I think my readers will be interested in.

Check out My Little Pony At Build A Bear (that Skates)!

Last week Colton and I went to Build A Bear to build a My Little Pony.  Yes my little dude is a bit of a Brony, he loves My Little Pony, he watches the show, plays with the toys, and plays the games on the ipad.  No matter what a little one is making, one thing is for sure they are going to have a great time at the Build A  Bear Workshop.  We have been to Build A Bear before, but Colton was very young so this was actually the first time he was really into it and that made this visit a lot more exciting!

Build A Bear My Little Pony

If you have a My Little Pony fan in your house, a trip to Build A Bear may in order for you!  They currently have 5 Ponies to choose from: Rarity, Rainbow Dash, Princess Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy.  They also have Spike in a Mini Pal.  Colton was really hoping Spike would be in a full sized character, but since they didn’t have Spike he decided to make Rainbow Dash instead.

Then we were off to start building a new friend!  After he chose which pony he pony he wanted he got to choose some sounds to put inside.  Colton is a huge fan of his birthday right now- no really he thinks his birthday is pretty much every day- so he decided to get the Birthday Song AND he wanted the My Little Pony Theme Song.

Buid a Bear SoundsThen we were off to the stuffing machine.  Over there we learned about something new that Build A Bear offers and that is SCENTSiments!  You can make your new friend smell like a variety of different scents, Colton chose bubble gum :-)

Scentiments

 

After he chose his scent it was time to stuff Rainbow Dash.  I have to say the girl that helped us build Rainbow Dash was SO nice, very outgoing and really made the experience fun for Colton.  Check out this video of the stuffing process and bringing Rainbow Dash to life:

After he gave rainbow dash a magic heart, he gave her a BEATING heart!  This is another new thing since our last visit, your new friend can have a heart that actually beats, I was really impressed with this because it is so life like :-)

Then he was off to get her ready!  It was time to fluff her up and make her pretty, comb her hair and blow her with the dryer.

Build A bear Fluff

Now that she is all fluffed and pretty it was time to get her dressed.  Of course our helper knew exactly the perfect outfit for Rainbow Dash to wear, complete with Shoes, Skates, and a Leash to pull her!

Build A Bear Rainbow DashNow that Rainbow Dash was all dressed and ready to go, it was time to create her Birth Certificate and take her home!  Colton is such a big boy and did a great job typing his name and creating the Birth Certificate.  I am sure you are wondering why you create a birth certificate for your new friend, other than for the certificate for your little one to keep and remember their special day.  When you create your birth certificate, you are actually registering your new friend with Build A Bear so they have record of your friend.  If for some reason your Build A Bear gets lost, anyone who finds it can simply return it to a build a bear store and they will look up the bar code that is in your bear and return your friend home safe and sound!  Thousands of lost friends have been found and returned through this system!

Another great thing about Build A Bear is that they stand behind their product and if your friend is ever broken, torn, seems came apart, or eaten by your furry friend you can take it into a Build A Bear store and they will send your bear to the bear hospital for free and repair it.  I actually had a bear get injured by my mom’s dog when I was younger, I talked to my local store about having her repaired and they said to bring her in and they would send her to the bear hospital.  I did and got her back a few weeks later, good as new!  When you go to Build a Bear you are building a friend for a lifetime and they are doing all that is possible to make sure that happens :-)

Build A Bear Birth Certificate

After that we were ready to go home!!  Colton Had his Rainbow Dash, she was dressed pretty, had her skates on, her hair was pretty and even had some extensions in it– he was so excited!

Colton with Rainbow Dash

And  we were off… skating… I know you will want to check this out, because we were both really impressed that Rainbow Dash could skate (and we got lots of looks as he skated her through the mall):

Colton is really one of the sweetest kids there is, he may be full of energy and ornery sometimes, but he is always thinking of other kids and always helping others.  On the way home from Build A Bear, he tells me that even though he loved making his Rainbow Dash he wanted to give it to our neighbor girl who is still going through treatments for Leukemia.   I really did not expect this at all because, well he is 4 and this was a really cool toy.  But I am not going to argue with a giving spirit, so when he got home he skated Rainbow Dash up to her house and gave it to her.  She was so excited and it really made her happy (and it made me happy to see Colton so happy to give it to her).

Don’t forget that Build A Bear Workshop is a great place to have a birthday party!  I was checking out the brochures, and they have Birthday Party Packages for a lot cheaper than you would think, they start at just $12 per child and that includes each child making an animal!  Based on the Birthday Parties I have thrown in the past, $12 per child is a GREAT price and they get a cool thing to bring home and keep forever :-)

If you have a My Little Pony Fan, don’t forget to tune into The Hub TV Network to watch the latest episodes of My Little Pony, Friendship is Magic, along with some other really great shows for the whole family!

A huge thank you to Build A Bear Workshop and The Hub Network for setting up this awesome experience for us :-)

Mother’s Day is around the corner and you know mom would love some flowers

I think flowers for Mother’s Day is something everyone wants.  My grandma loves them, my mom enjoys getting them, and even I secretly hope that I will get a beautiful arrangement for Mother’s Day.  If you are planning on sending flowers this year, you can save time and money by ordering from a new Flower Company called Bouqs.

The Bouqs - Premium Farm Direct Flowers

I had the pleasure of getting a beautiful bouquet from them to display for Easter.  It was funny to see David’s reaction when he came home Friday to a beautiful bouquet of flowers on the table (I am pretty sure he thought for a brief moment that they came from an admirer or something).  It was nice to have the beautiful flowers for our Easter dinner party, they arrived fresh and smelling wonderful!

Bouqs Candies

How Bouqs works:  Bouqs is an online florist, you can go to their website  and check out a variety of beautiful volcanic flowers.  With several choices of types of bouquets and upgrades with them, you are sure to find the perfect flowers for any occasion.
Once you choose the bouquet you would like, you order it and select your delivery date.
On the delivery date FedEx will deliver your flowers.  Mine came first thing in the morning, perfectly packaged!  I followed the instructions for putting them in a vase- which was very easy (trim a little bit off the ends, add the flower food to the water, stir, and put the flowers in the water.)

When they arrived the flowers were very fresh and firm (which is a GOOD thing), It only took a few days for the roses to fully open and they just got prettier :-)  I also think it is important to note that the roses lasted 2 weeks with a little trimming and changing the water.

Tip:  Keep your bouquet fresh longer by changing the water every couple of days and trimming the ends of the stems when you do so they can suck up the water easier.  :-)

Bouqs RosesThe order process was very easy too!  Any mom would be happy to get these beautiful flowers for Mother’s Day.  BUT do not delay!  If you would like to have your flowers delivered in time for Mother’s Day you need to order by May 8th!!  

40 Bloggers + 1 Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship = #SeasTheDay

Earlier this month I joined 39 other bloggers and we set sail on a Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship.  While I really wished my family could have been there, it gave me some much needed (okay not really needed because I have had a lot of it lately) me time and a lot of fun.

What did we do?  I am SURE you are wondering what is it that 40 bloggers would do on a cruise together.  Well we did A LOT!

jamie and i

The first day I got in I met my AWESOME roommate, Jamie, from Toys In the Dryer.  She was pretty much a perfect roomie match for me.  We both like to have fun and stay up late.  We had a complete blast together and I don’t think I could have been paired up with anyone better.  :-)  We met everyone later that evening at a little social where we learned about everything we would be doing on the cruise.  This is a really great group of bloggers- everyone is friendly and everyone will talk to everyone.

The next day we had a complete tour of the ship Liberty Of the Seas.  It is HUGE and there was so much to see.  I will have a complete blog post about the ship, but to highlight a few things: a first class spa, a wellness center with options to take classes so you can keep the pounds off while on the cruise, a kids zone complete with age appropriate rooms and activities, an arcade, mini golf, rock climbing, and a surf simulator.

seas the day 1

There are also MANY shows to see while you are on LIberty of the Seas, we saw the Ice Skating show and Saturday Night Fever as a group.  The Ice Skating show was really awesome, and the night we saw it they also had a hula hoop talent and she was FABULOUS.  They kept us on our toes during the whole show, but my favorite part was the Hula Hoop girl.  The first time I saw Saturday Night Fever was on the ship, it was a good show but I thought it was really sad in the end :-(  Many of the other group members also saw the shows Love and Marriage Game and .

funny faces

I also went rock climbing with a bunch of the other bloggers.  First- it is WAY harder than it looks, second- I am surprised at how well *I* did- especially for how out of shape I am.  It was really fun and something I will definitely try again!

I think one of my favorite things to do was to order room service every morning and eat lunch on our balcony.  I know, I know but it was such a relaxing way to start my morning.  I have stayed in an interior room before and now that I stayed with a balcony, I am not sure I can go back because it was REALLY nice to have that :-).
seas the day breakfast

Oh and Jamie and I also had a great time going to Catabombs and dancing our hearts out with some other bloggers.  The one thing I can say about Royal Caribbean Ships is that they crowd is definitely more mature- no crazies on the dance floor, just a great group of friendly people all having a good time.  They also have a Karaoke night.  If you want to sing on the stage you definitely need to get there early.  When we got there the list was full for the ENTIRE night- so we went to the Karaoke booth and sang instead.

Okay and Now you get to know what I would like to see changed about the Liberty of the Seas, there is always room for improvement, right?
1. SMOKING IN THE CASINO.  This was my HUGE HUGE HUGE Pet peeve about this ship is the cigarette smoking in the casino.  I would have loved to go play a little in the casino but couldn’t stand to walk through it, let alone sit there because of the smoking.  The way the casino was positioned you HAD to walk through it, and it was horrible.  Not only this but if you were in the lounge right outside the casino the cigarette smoke lingered to there and it made enjoying this lounge intolerable as well, even though the piano music was really great.
2. Smoking on the pool decks.  I learned really quickly that one side of the main pool deck was smoking and the other wasn’t.  It was still disgusting- it would be great if the entire ship was non smoking.
3. Drink Packages-  I opted to go without the drink package, and I was really fine without it since I do not drink pop, and only drink water anyway.  But there were a lot and it was very confusing and expensive to get some of the drink packages.  Once I understood each of the drink packages, it was easy to know that I would never actually drink enough to get one.
4. More food options in Windjammer.  I was not a fan of eating in the Windjammer restaurant at all.  Jamie and I ate in the formal dining room almost always but the few times we ate in Windjammer I was definitely less than thrilled.  The food in the formal dining room was delicious though- I am not sure why there was such a difference in food quality- it is probably because Windjammer was a buffet style so it sat out before I ate it.

This trip was definitely a fun one.  The cruise was awesome and the friends I met will last a life time!

group shot

Day Out With Thomas, a Fun-Filled Family Day

Last week my family got to go to Perrish, FL (right outside Tampa) for Day Out With Thomas.  This is the second one we went to, a few years ago I took Colton to the one in Ohio, and as always they did not disappoint!

I am currently giving away a Family Four Pack of Tickets to Day Out With Thomas, to ANY city that Thomas is coming to (all the cities are listed).  This is an awesome giveaway so be sure to enter HERE.

Day Out With Thomas 2014

Day Out With Thomas is not just a train ride with Thomas the Train, it is a whole day of fun!  The one in Perrish was really nice, they had about 10 stations set up of activities AND they had a great selection of food vendors.  The one in Ohio only had one food vendor, so it was nice to have a great selection of food and snacks, include lemon shakes, ice cream, burgers, chicken, hot dogs, and shaved ice.

When you walk in you get a map of stations to stop at, they only have four listed on the map, but when you stop by these ones, you get a stamp and then you bring your map to the prize station and they give you a little prize.  (We got a set of legos that made a Thomas the train)

Since every city and train station is different, each day out with Thomas will vary, but for the most part they will have similar activities.  Check out all the fun we had!

Bounce House and Slide!!  This is what Colton wanted to do first.  He was like “BOUNCE HOUSE!!!”  It was great to burn off energy after being in the car for over two hours.
Day Out With Thomas Bounce HouseVideo Viewing. They had the Thomas The Train Videos playing in a booth.  The sign suggested they only had them at certain times, but they girl played the videos all day long.  We stopped by to get our stamp, and get a little rest in the shade.

Imagination Station!  The Imagination Station was a HUGE Tent Full of Thomas Trains, Coloring Pages, Crafts, Sand Tables, Tablet Games, and those HUGE Blocks the kids love.  We hung out here for a long time.  There was a ton to do in this tent.  They had about 10 tables set up with trains, most were toddler sized train tables, and a few were on regular tables.  They had all different types of Thomas Trains, Colton really enjoyed playing with the sets we didn’t have at home.  The kids made macaroni necklaces, and the helper that was in charge of the station was really friendly, which is a must for a kid’s event.

Day Out With Thomas Imagination Station

Temporary Tattoos and Face Painting.  They had another tent that had Thomas the Train Temporary Tattoos and Face Painting.  Colton was really excited about this too, he picked out one tattoo for each hand and got a flower painted on his arm.  I think he only wanted a flower because the girl that did the painting had a flower on her hand.

Day Out With Thomas Face Painting

 

Sir Top Ham Hat Meet and Greet.  Kids and family have the chance to meet Sir Top Ham Hat himself!

Souvenir Shop Get all of your Day Out With Thomas gear here, along with just about anything Thomas you can think of.  They had some unique trains I hadn’t seen, really cute T-Shirts, Thomas Themed Toys, Towels, even flip flops.  I kept with the tradition of letting Colton get the Day Out With Thomas Train from this year as his souvenir.

Train Ride with Thomas The Train Your family gets to go on a train ride pulled by Thomas the Train himself.  The train ride is approximately 25 minutes and every child gets a Jr. Conductor Certificate!
TIP: Depending on what train station you are at some don’t have you preselect cars so you get to choose when you get there.  If you get in line early you may get to sit in the car directly behind Thomas.  We did not know this, so I asked how those people got to sit there and they pretty much said they got in line first.  The first car was an open passenger car they could see Thomas while they were on their ride.  

We really enjoyed the train ride, it was relaxing and the scenic view was really pretty.

Train Ride with Thomas The Train

 

This was a great day for our family and I hope everyone gets to experience at least one Day Out With Thomas!  Please GO HERE to see if Day Out with Thomas is coming to a city near you and to purchase tickets.  You can also check out Thomas and Friends on Facebook and on Twitter @TrueBlueEngine.  Also, don’t forget to Enter the Giveaway for Tickets to Day Out With Thomas!

FTC Disclosure:  My family received tickets to attend Day Out With Thomas.  We attended the event so I could share my experience about the event with you.  All opinions are my own, honest opinions.  This is NOT a paid post.