#Sponsored: Join the P&G #SecondSkincare Twitter Party on 6/18!

Yesterday, I told you all about my love for P&G’s Free & Gentle products, and how they are our #SecondSkincare.

Today, I want to make sure you know all about the #SecondSkincare Twitter party that’s happening TOMORROW – Thursday, June 18th from 1 – 2pm ET.

Here are the need to know details:

Date: Thursday, June 18th 2015

Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET

Moderator: @MomCentral

Brand Participants: @Tide @Downy @BounceFresh

Party Hashtag: #SecondSkincare

Prizes: 2 pre-party winners and 6 party winners will receive a $50 gift code

Did you catch that there are even pre-party prizes you can win? To find out the full scoop, check out this post by Mom Central: http://bit.ly/1d17ugg

I’ll be there, and I hope to see you there too!

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#MC #Sponsored: @Charmin Lets You #TweetFromTheSeat with Confidence this Holiday Season

sampleDisclaimer: I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Charmin. I received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.


The holidays are here. Can you even believe it? Where did this year go?

With the holidays, my already crazy household becomes even crazier. Dinners and Get-togethers with friends and family means one thing: Our toilet is going to get even more use than it already does with ten people in the house!

The last thing I want to have to worry about is a clogged toilet. Imagine: 35 people in the house, and the toilet clogs. A fun family gathering instantly becomes my worst nightmare. I don’t even want to think about the chaos that would ensure from that point on.

That’s why I am so glad I don’t have to worry about that! Charmin has partnered with Roto-Rooter to make their toilet tissue flushably safe and allowing you to #TweetfromtheSeat without worry about a clogged toilet. I can have 35 people over and my toilet tissue and the porcelain throne can both stand up to the challenge.

Before I get too much farther into the post, please take a moment and watch this short video I made:

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Did you catch that? This mom of 8 doesn’t have to worry because of the clog-free guarantee from Charmin.

You can only get the clog-free and septic-safe guarantee from Charmin toilet tissue, and Roto-Rooter, (America’s largest provider of plumbing and drain services), has given Charmin their stamp of approval. Roto-Rooter plumbers recommend Charmin more than any other brand, and Charmin is also used by plumbers themselves more than any other brand. If, by chance, something does happen and your toilet clogs, you can get your money back! You can learn more on the Charmin website.

Because Charmin has been around more than 70 years, it’s the brand I trust most, especially in my crazy household! The Ultra Soft is a favorite with the ladies of the house, while the men prefer the Ultra Strong. (It’s a good thing we have two bathrooms in the house! It keeps everybody happy!) And it really make this mom happy, because no matter which we prefer – Soft or Strong – we can still use up to 4 times less Charmin than we do with any other brand. That means fewer trips to purchase toilet tissue, and less fear of being stuck with an empty roll!

I hope you’ll take some time to connect with Charmin by social media:

I am so thankful this holiday season that my toilet is the last thing I have to worry about. I plan to relax and just enjoy this holiday season, and #TweetfromtheSeat with confidence! 🙂 I hope you’ll do the same!

#Sponsored: #TheOther364 Campaign from CaringBridge #MC

sponsoredDisclaimer: I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for CaringBridge. I received product a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

gene and carlyFather’s Day is just around the corner, and while it’s the perfect day to celebrate Dad and all that he does, CaringBridge has created #theother364 campaign to catch dads in action. (And not just on Father’s Day – they want #theother364 too!) We all know Dad is a busy guy, whether he’s giving tractor rides, playing horsey for the umpteenth million time, or putting the kiddos to bed, CaringBridge wants to see just how great he is.

Here’s what you can do:

  • First, take a quick video of Dad doing something your family appreciates. (Keep the video under 30 seconds, please!)
  • Next, Submit your video here by May 29th, 2014: https://theother364.strutta.com/about
  • CaringBridge will go through all the submitted videos, select their favorites from the bunch, and edit them together into a Father’s Day tribute to Dads, and celebrating them on #TheOther364 days of the year when they announce the final video.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab a video of the special Dad in your life and submit it to CaringBridge today. Show us what great stuff your dad is made of!

#MC #Sponsored: Soundfreaq #SoundSpot Speakers Make Music Even Better #Review

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Disclaimer: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Soundfreaq. I received a Soundfreaq Sound Spot to facilitate my review.

Soundfreaq Speakers

It’s the holidays, and you know what that means: holiday dinners, parties, and gatherings. 🙂 It’s my favorite time of year!

I love having people over, and I do as often as I can. And I always make sure I have some kind of background music playing for our guests to enjoy. Prior to this campaign, I would turn my tv onto a music channel and let it play. But, that isn’t always ideal. Sometimes, I don’t like the songs that the station plays, and then I’m stuck wishing the next song would hurry up and get there.


But now that I’ve been introduced to Soundfreaq Sound Spot wireless speakers, that’s all changed! Now, I just connect  the speaker to my iPhone and I can play any – or all – of the songs I’ve got downloaded to my phone. It’s fantastic! I have even created several playlists to play while we have company over. I even have one with just Christmas music to get everyone in the Spirit of things.

SFQ-07 Black 290 QTRhigh iPhone

I can’t believe the amazing sound quality I get with these speakers. And I love that I can use two speakers at once and get sound in several different places in the house. (I usually have one speaker set up in the living room, and the other in the kitchen. These are the two rooms people spend the most time in, and this way everyone can enjoy the music.

Not only is the sound fantastic, but so is the look of the speakers. I’ve used other portable speakers before, but they definitely looked out of place with my decor. However, the Sound Spot speakers are sleek and modern and look great on my mantle, my night stand, or anywhere I want to put them.

There are more features of these convenient little speakers that I love:

  • The Sound Spot speakers stream via Bluetooth, so they work with my old iPhone, my husband’s new Samsung Galaxy, and my new Nokia Lumia phone. Anything we have that allows us to connect through Bluetooth works perfectly with these speakers. (That means I can listen to the music I want to in the living room on one speaker, and my daughter can listen to her music in her bedroom on another. I love it!
  • The Sound Spot speakers can be moved anywhere in the home you want it to go, and there are no wires to connect. In fact, the rechargeable battery lasts for up to 7 hours of musical enjoyment when fully charged.
  • Sound Spot speakers are easy to charge, just plug it into your computer or any powered USB port for quick and easy charging. And the best part? You can charge your phone with the Sound Spot, even when it’s running on batter power. Best. Idea. EVER. (I actually used the Sound Spot in my car the other day to charge my phone and listen to my favorite music. It was fantastic – and a lifesaver!)

The only thing I wish is that my TV would connect via Bluetooth. The sound from these speakers is SO much better than the sound from my tv. I’d love to be able to connect my TV to the Sound Spot speakers and enjoy surround-sound in my living room. I’m hoping they put a Bluetooth capable tv on the market soon, because I think it’d be great to use with the Sound Spot speakers.

I absolutely love my Sound Spot speakers, and I would highly recommend these as a must-give holiday gift this year! At just $69/speaker, and with so many color choices available, you need to run out and stock up on some great holiday gifts. (You’ll be everyone’s favorite Santa this year if you give them a Sound Spot speaker!)

Also be sure to connect with Soundfreaq in the following ways:

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#Sponsored Duracell Quantum Batteries Keep Us Going! #MC #Review

Sample ReceivedDisclaimer: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Duracell. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

duracell quantum

There are times when I feel like my entire life runs on batteries. With 7 kids, and enough toys for 7 kids, we have so many toys that require batteries. And then there are all the other items in the house: the smoke detectors, the flashlights, the tv and DVD remotes, (all 12 of them!), the back-up batteries for the alarm clocks, the wall clock… oh my goodness, the list just goes on and on and on.

just a few toys

I need a battery that I can depend on, and I’m so lucky to have found Duracell’s new Quantum batteries. I have yet to find an alkaline battery that lasts longer in all of our toys and electronics. Each Duracell Quantum battery has a Hi-Density Core that stores more power than ever, as well as a PowerCheck power indicator on the cell, so I know exactly when we’re getting close to time to change the batteries. (It’s also great at keeping me from changing the batteries too soon. I know exactly how much power is left, so absolutely nothing gets wasted.)

Another great feature is the Duracell DURALOCK Power Preserve technology. This amazing technology locks in power for up to 10 years in storage. Again, nothing wasted. I *love* that.

I have tested out the Quantum Batteries in both high-drain and low-drain devices, and it works great in either. I’m pretty sure these batteries will last almost forever in some of my low drain items. (Not really forever, but pretty close!)

I want to also make sure my readers know about the Duracell Quantum Heroes campaign. All across North America, First Responders use batteries in critical devices that can help save lives or keep us safe – in a life-saving breathing apparatus, flashlights and even location tracking devices. Many first responders also give out batteries to their communities as part of different safety programs.

If there’s anyone that deserves the best batteries available, it’s these first responders. Right now, Duracell is donating one million Duracell Quantum batteries to these first responders. They are putting Quantum Power in the hands of Quantum Heroes – the ones who go beyond just the call of duty.

To celebrate our nation’s first responders, Duracell is telling stories of sacrifice and heroism with a documentary-style videoseries called “Quantum Heroes.” You can view these videos at YouTube.com/Duracell. You can also join in with Duracell and share your own first responders on Twitter and Facebook. Just use the hashtag #MyQuantumHero.

The next time you go shopping for batteries, be sure to grab a pack of Duracell Quantum batteries. They’re the red batteries you’ll see on the shelf. Their fabulous red color symbolizes the power of the Hi-density core and sets them apart from all the other batteries.

And before you head out to do your shopping, be sure to connect with Duracell in the following ways:

I am super impressed with the quality and power of new Duracell Quantum batteries, and we’ve made the switch to them in our house. I am even more impressed, though, with the dedication and support Duracell is giving our first responders. These men and women deserve the very best, and I’m so glad Duracell is taking the steps to give it to them. I hope to see you all participating in the #MyQuantumHero campaign and share stories of your own heroes.

@Welchs #Sharewhatsgood Photo Contest #Sponsored #MC

Sponsored PostDisclaimer: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Welch’s. I received product samples to facilitate my review, and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.


Welch’s knows that special moments can happen in an instant, and they believe in the magic of “kitchen table” moments. Because of Welch’s families have enjoyed those special moments together for generations. That’s why they have recently launched a new movement called “Share What’s Good.” It’s all about those special moments that happen every day with your family, your friends, or even someone you’ve just met, and it doesn’t matter if you’re at home or out and about.

Right now, when you visit www.Sharewhatsgood.com, you’ll find tons of great content. There are fun family ideas and even lots of yummy recipes. Plus, you can share photos of your every-day moments and take a look at others who are doing the same.

And, as part of the Share what’s good campaign, Welch’s has also launched the “Share Your Moments” Photo Contest when you can upload a favorite family moment for a chance to win $5,000! WOW! (Entries accepted from 9/16 to 10/25.) There may be only one grand prize, but everyone that enters will get something special. Simply uploading a picture will get you a $1.50 coupon for Welch’s 100% Grape Juice. OR, if you share the news, you’ll get a $2.00 coupon! For more details and to enter, visit Sharewhatsgood.com today.

Welch's #Sharewhatsgood

Around here, “Family Moments” happen all the time. It doesn’t matter if I’m spending time with just one child, or with all seven of them and my husband. A family moment is just a moment where we can be together, enjoying whatever it is we might be doing. From snuggling on the couch watching “Peter Pan” for the 8 millionth time, to sitting around the kitchen table for a family meal, every moment I have with my family is special.

Some of my favorite family moments, though, happen around our table. I love hearing about the kids’ day at school, or hearing stories of the crazy (and sometimes super kind) customers my husband had to deal with that day. Lately, though, I have really been enjoying lunch time with my two youngest boys. You never know what is going to come out of their mouths! In fact, just today, we sat down for lunch and Parker told me, “Mom, if I eat all of my food, it will turn me into a Ninja! Then I can be the strongest person in our house. Even stronger than Daddy!” I love it! He has such an imagination, and he makes my heart smile every time he thinks up something new.

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And then there’s Gage. While Gage doesn’t talk much at all yet, he does have his own way of communicating. Like when I told him to take a big bite of his peanut butter and jelly roll up so I could take a picture. He took a big bite, alright, and he had to show me just how BIG he could open up his mouth!

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Crazy kid!

In our house, Welch’s is a staple, and with products like their 100% grape juice and their Natural jelly, I can feel good about serving them to my kids. (And myself!)


I really want to encourage you to share your own #Sharewhatsgood photos on twitter, instagram, (be sure to use the hashtag!), and at www.Sharewhatsgood.com. I’d love to see the special moments you are sharing with your family.

Also, be sure to connect with Welch’s social media channels:

What does the phrase “Family Moments” mean to you?

OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover Saves the Day! #Sponsored #Review

Sample ReceivedDisclaimer: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for OxiClean. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and promotional item as a thank you for participating.

OxiClean Stain Remover

With 7 kids that are 16 and under, you can only begin to imagine the amount of laundry I do in a given day. And when it comes to stains? Believe me, there are millions of them. But, because we have so many kids, we have to preserve clothes for as long as we can with hand-me-downs. I need a way to keep clothes looking like new and help them last from kid to kid. (And with 4 boys 10 and under, that’s not an easy task!)

BUT, I’ve found something that helps take care of stains, and keeps clothes looking like new. OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover! A friend of mine told me to try it a few months ago, and I’ve been a believer ever since. One scoop in the washing machine with every load of laundry is all it takes to keep my whites white, my colors bright, and my clothes stain free. I love it! So, when OxiClean and Mom Central asked me to post about the benefits of OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover, I jumped at the chance. I love this stuff!

One scoop in the wash.

Since I have a front loading HE machine, all I do is add one scoop to each load before I put the laundry in, then I wash as I normally would.

I want to show you a few before and after pictures of items that I’ve washed with OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover. (The after pictures were taken after running the clothes through the wash with a scoop of OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover – no extra soaking or anything.)

Also, please note: These pictures were taken with my iPhone, and the lighting was different before and after each load, but they were not doctored in any way except to add the circles around the stain as well as the text. The stains are really, truly gone!

First, one of my favorite burp rags of Carly’s. (Spit up stains are the worst!) For this load of Carly’s clothes, I used OxiClean Baby Stain Soaker for Carly’s sensitive skin. It works just a well as original OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover. They also have a “Free” Stain Remover that I will also use on her clothes as well.


stained burp cloth

And after:

after oxiclean

Next up, Lucy’s favorite pair of jeans after a day of playing on the muddy playground at school.


muddy jeans

And After:

no more stains

Lastly, my son Jace’s white tank top after a mud fight with his brother outside. Gross, gross, gross!


oh my gosh, the stains!


looks like new!

I totally expected those stains to come out, just because I’ve been using OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover for so long that I *know* it works. This is one part of my laundry routine that will not be changing any time soon. I need OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover to help keep my kids’ clothes looking fantastic.

And it’s not just for my kids clothes. My husband has to wear white shirts to work every.single.day. OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover helps keep his shirts looking bright white and brand new. I love it!

And, OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover totally saved MY favorite white shirt the other day. I wish I had thought to take pictures, but I was so horrified at the fact that I had gotten grease all over my favorite white shirt. I immediately soaked my shirt in OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover and hot water for about 4 hours. (I had left the house and came back later.) I pulled it out, washed it with a load of whites, with OxiClean of course, and it came out CLEAN! I was so, so happy! Thank you, OxiClean for helping me save my favorite shirt.

OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover isn’t just for laundry, either. I’ve used it on everything from carpet stains to spills on the couch, and I know others that use it to clean their grout and patio furniture. There are a million uses for OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover, and it’s a great addition to my laundry and cleaning routine.

I encourage you to check out the OxiClean website and learn more about OxiClean’s entire line of cleaning products. You can also find OxiClean on Facebook.

Famous Footwear & Reebok Make a Great Team! #ReebokMom #Sponsored #Review

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Disclaimer: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Reebok. I received a Famous Footwear gift card to purchase a pair of Reebok shoes to facilitate my review and to thank me for participating.

Famous Footwear

I have been shopping at Famous Footwear for as long as I can remember. When we lived in Ohio, we were just a few blocks away from Famous Footwear. It was where we shopped every time we needed a new pair of shoes. And when it was time to send Ashley back to school every year, there wasn’t any other place I’d rather shop for school shoes.

Reebok ShoesThen, we moved to Georgia. Wait, let me rephrase that. Then, we moved to the middle of nowhere. Our nearest Famous Footwear was suddenly 2+ hours away. It didn’t matter. I knew that I was still going to need a great products at a great price, so we make the trip as often as we can to stock up on new shoes.

Now that I’m exercising every single day, I need a pair of shoes that can keep up with me. I am hard on my shoes, and I need a pair of running shoes that are supportive, comfortable, and it’s a bonus if they look great!

That’s why I love that Famous Footwear carries Reebok shoes in so many fantastic styles! I ended up selecting this shoe: Women’s Reebok Sublite TR in black, grey, and cosmic berry. (You can read my review on the Famous Footwear website by clicking here: BlessedBeyondWords Review.)

These are the most comfortable athletic shoes I’ve owned so far! I cannot get over how lightweight they are, yet they still offer the support I need while I’m out running, walking, playing basketball or volleyball, or whatever I’m doing.

Not only are they so comfortable, but they also look great! I wore them to the park the other day, and I had people commenting the entire time we were there on how awesome the bright pink shoelaces are. 🙂

While I did lots of back to school shopping, and stocked up on lots of new shoes for the kids, it was so nice to actually be able to get a new pair of shoes for myself for a change.

Famous Footwear also had lots of great Reebok styles for the kids. It’s so nice when you’re able to purchase shoes that you know will be able to hold up to the every day stress kids can put on shoes at school and while playing outside.

And since I live so far from my nearest Famous Footwear store, I love that I can have access to their website 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to stock up on Reeboks any time I need to! With their fast shipping options, I can have the shoes I need in just a matter of days. That makes living in the country just a little bit easier. 🙂

Before I close out the post, I have to share a few more pictures of my super cute new Reeboks:

Reebok shoes


I love my new shoes! Thanks, Reebok and Famous Footwear for helping me put my best foot forward.

Cascade Platinum Pacs Make Dishes Sparkle! #MyPlatinum #Sponsored

Sample ReceivedDisclaimer: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Cascade. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.


With 9 people living in our house, you can only begin to imagine the number of dishes that are done in a single day. Our dishwasher runs a minimum of 3 times a day: After breakfast, after lunch, and after dinner. If we have company over and make an especially large meal, or if we spend some time baking treats for family or friends, then even more loads of dishes are done.

I’ve used Cascade for years, simply because it works. In fact, it is the only product I will use in my dishwasher. I have tried other products, but I’d find myself washing the same dishes over and over again. With Cascade, I run them through the dishwasher once, and they come out sparkling clean! No film or food particles left on the dishes at all.

I recently switched to Cascade Platinum Pacs – before I was even aware of this campaign. I love them so much that it’s now the only thing I will use in my dishwasher.

cascade platinumWhy?

Well, for several reasons:

  1. I’ve noticed that not only are my dishes sparkling clean, but the inside of my dishwasher is too! All the little parts and gadgets are getting cleaned every time I run a load of dishes.
  2. If by some chance I forget to wash a dish one night, I don’t need to pre-wash it by hand or soak it for hours before putting it in the dishwasher. These fantastic little pacs pack a mean punch and dissolve even the toughest stuck-on food.
  3. Works fantastic on every type of dish – whether it’s plastic, glass, or even cookie sheets, they come out fantastically clean.
  4. Uses the grease fighting power of Dawn for those tough stuck-on foods.
  5. If I run out of a rinse aid (which I’m notorious for doing!), I don’t have to worry. The Cascade Platinum Pacs are strong enough to get my dishes clean the first time – every time!

Overall, I am super impressed with Cascade Platinum Pacs, and even if I wasn’t asked to put up a post about them, they would still be the only dishwasher detergent I’d use every single time. I’ve found something that works – and works well – for my large family, and I won’t be switching to anything else.

Cascade Platinum Pacs are now available at your local retail stores, mass merchandisers, and grocery stores, and are available in Fresh and Lemon Burst scents. The MSRP for the 14 count of Cascade Platinum is $4.29, 23 count for $6.69, and 43 count for $12.49. In my opinion, they are worth every penny!

To learn more about Cascade products that are available, please check out the Cascade website.

I also encourage you to engage with Cascade on Facebook, and you definitely want to check out the #MyPlatinum Instagram contest.

Cascade Platinum

Thank you, Cascade for the opportunity to tell my readers about new Cascade Platinum.

Elmer’s Naturals & a Fun Project {Review, Sponsored}

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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Elmer’s. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

I am always trying to come up with fun, creative ideas for gifts for family, friends, teachers, and so on that we can make. That means that in our house, we go through a *lot* of glue. Glue sticks, school glue – you name it, we have a stash here that’s always being used by at least one of the kids.

That’s why I was so excited to be selected for this campaign with Elmer’s Naturals. For this review, we received a bottle of Elmer’s Naturals School Glue and a two-pack of Elmer’s Naturals School Glue Sticks.

While we have used the glue every day for some project or another, I wanted to show you how we used the Elmer’s Naturals Glue to make Mother’s Day cards for MawMaw and Granny. (Hubby’s Mom and My Grandmother.)

craft project

First, I created one flower petal as a template, and then cut out 7 different colored petals for each flower card (one for each child) :

flower petals

After that, I let Parker glue the petals on to one of the flower centers with the Elmer’s Naturals Glue stick while I glued the other petals together for the other card:

parker using elmers naturals

parker gluing the card together


Once we got it all glued together, I let each child decorate their petal however they wanted to. (I did help Gage and Carly a little bit, although Gage really went to town with his marker.) Here is the end result:

mothers day card from lots of kids

I loved the way the cards turned out so much that I hoped the kids would make one for me, too. And guess what? I woke up Sunday morning, and the kids couldn’t wait to give me the flower card they had made just for me! It was so sweet.

I am super impressed with Elmer’s Naturals Glue. It works every bit as well as their regular school glue, only I don’t have to worry if Mr. Rotten ends up getting a hold of it:


The glue is a little different in color from the regular Elmer’s School Glue, but it still goes on clear and dries clear. Elmer’sÂŽ School Glue Naturals™ is the FIRST and ONLY school glue made with naturally occurring ingredients (corn and soybeans) and available in recycled packaging. Even the label on the package is printed with Soy inks. It doesn’t have a harsh smell, and I love it just as much as the original Elmer’s School glue – if not more!

Overall, this crafty mom is super impressed with Elmer’s School Glue Naturals and would highly recommend it to anyone who uses school glue a lot, has kids, or just wants to use a product that’s better for the environment.

I encourage you to engage with Elmer’s in the following ways:

I also want to encourage you to check out the Elmer’s Pin to Win Sweepstakes:

elmer's pin to win


Thank you, Mom Central and Elmer’s for allowing me to test out the new Natural’s Line. I am definitely going to be using these products with more and more of our craft projects. I just love it!

Our #FirstFit with Huggies Slip-On Diapers (Sponsored)

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For this post, I received receive two mega colossal packs of Huggies Slip On Diapers in order to honestly and thoroughly review the product and get my opinions.

huggies first fit

I have a two year old that never stops moving. Ever. I’m pretty sure he runs a marathon every night in his sleep. Needless to say, diaper changes have become nearly impossible.

But I am loving these fabulous Huggies Slip-On Diaper Pants! No more trying to hold Gage down with one arm, get the diaper under him, let go long enough to strap him into the diaper and then let go and pray I actually got it fastened.

These have made diaper changes so much easier! Step in, pull up, and run away. Easy peasy!

huggies slip on diapers

And when things get a little messy down there, just undo the velcro down each side, wipe away, and slip on a new diaper. The velcro sides allow you to roll the stinky diaper up and throw it away without any mess. It honestly doesn’t get any easier.

I haven’t ever tried this type of product before for any of my kids. Gage is the first one that I’ve really had a hard time with when it comes to getting him still enough when changing his diaper. I thought these might be a better option, and I was right!

I love the fit of the diaper. Once the diaper is on, there’s no need to adjust anything. It fits him snugly,  yet it allows him the freedom to move around and be the crazy little two year old we know and love. And all without the fear of leaks or “uh – oh”s.

huggies slip on diapers

Gage loves his new Huggies Slip-On Diaper Pants. He calls them his “tiger” diapers because of the adorable little Tigger picture on the front of them.

I love that they offer the same great protection as other Huggies diapers, but they’re faster and easier to put on my fast-moving little boy.

Check out this fun little video Huggies put out to explain more about their Slip-On Diaper Pants and see if they might make a great #FirstFit for your “Little Mover”:

Click here to view it on YouTube.

Ready to give Huggies Slip-On Diaper Pants a try? I’ve got a link to a coupon where you can save $2 on any one pack of Huggies Little Movers Slip-On Diaper Pants. (By the way, if you share it with 3 friends, the coupon value will increase to $2.50, so share, share, share!)

$2 off Huggies Little Movers Slip-On Diaper Pants

huggies slip on diapers

Disclaimer: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for HUGGIES. I received product samples to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own.

My Teen’s Review of the New Clearasil Products {Sponsored}

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For this review, I received a bottle of Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Gel Wash and a pack of Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Wipes. My teen and I will also receive a promotional item to thank us for our time in reviewing the products and crafting this post.

Clearasil Logo

I have to tell you, my daughter was so excited to find out we had been selected for this campaign. She had seen the commercials for Clearasil’s new Ultra Rapid Action products, and she was anxious to give them a try. She loved the idea that they would work so quickly at clearing up those pesky little zits that would pop up every so often.

Please take a moment and watch our video. You’ll get to hear first hand what Ashley’s thoughts and reactions were after trying the products out for herself.

Click Here to watch the video on YouTube

As you can plainly see, Ashley loved the Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action products, and would highly recommend them to all her friends or anyone else that wanted a quick, easy way to get rid of those yucky pimples. She loved how fast the Gel Wash worked. If she used it on her face before bed, she woke up with fresh, clear skin that felt silky soft. If she used it in the morning before school, it kept her face from getting oily during the day. Overall, they were quite a hit with her.

Thank you, Clearasil, for creating products that help clear up my teen’s skin and give her the boost of confidence she needs to face every day of high school. Ashley loves the products and we’ll definitely continue using them.

Thank you, readers, so very much for taking the time to watch the video. If you have any questions about our experience with the products, please feel free to leave them in the comments section below and Ashley or I will answer as soon as possible.

Disclaimer: I wrote this review while participating in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Clearasil. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

Car Seat Safety Tips from Chicco {Sponsored}

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For my time in creating this post, I will receive a gift card.

I am probably what many would call a “Car Seat Nazi.” I believe that it’s so important to understand car seat laws and safety guidelines in order to keep your child safe when you are on the road. I am never mean in my approach when I see something that shouldn’t be happening, but I will kindly point out what should be fixed. (Well, let me rephrase that. If I happen to stop at a light and the person in the car next to me is letting their 3 year old child jump all over the car and isn’t buckled in, I may not be very nice.)

The first time I purchased a car seat, I didn’t have a clue what I was doing. I just went and bought the prettiest car seat I could afford. Boy, have things ever changed. Six kids later, when it comes to purchasing a car seat, I find myself researching safety ratings, reading other user reviews, and checking out what other Mom Bloggers have to say about the car seat. Why? Because I need to know that the investment I’m about to make is the best investment for my child. I want to know that it is safe, reliable, and that it’s going to work well in my vehicle.

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I want to share a few Car Seat Safety Tips from Julie Prom, the Car Seat Safety Advocate for Chicco:

  • Rear-facing is safest . The American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommend rear-facing as long as possible. Parents should keep child rear-facing until at least 2 years old, longer if the car safety seat weight and height limit allows. Young children are fragile and are best protected in a rear-facing car seat. To ensure a child can stay rear-facing as long as possible, purchase a convertible seat when your baby outgrows the infant seat.
  • Most children younger than 5-years old are not mature enough to sit without a full harness. Keep your child in a forward-facing car seat with a harness until at least 5 or 6 years old.
  • Always buckle your baby into the safety seat first, and then cover the baby with blankets. Avoid bulky clothing and add-on products such as car seat buntings. This can interfere with proper harness fit and crash performance of the seat. A good trick for older children is to buckle them in without their jacket and then put it back on them backwards over the harness. Not only do these techniques ensure proper harness fit, but also avoids overheating by allowing the baby to be easily uncovered or the child to take his jacket off once the car gets warmer.
  • Most common mistakes can be avoided by simply following manufacturers’ instructions. All car seats must meet stringent Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards to be sold in the U.S. It is when they are not used correctly that makes them unsafe. Always read and follow the instructions for the safety seat. Also, read the vehicle owner’s manual section on child restraints.
  • Always use the top tether when installing a forward-facing car seat. The tether reduces movement of a car seat in a crash and helps to achieve a tight installation.

NextFit Gravity HiChicco has recently released a new car seat called the Chicco NextFit Convertible Car Seat. Here are some benefits of this car seat:

  • Protects your child through the next stage of growth. (5 – 65 pounds)
  • Fits your vehicle. Fits your child.
  • Simply. Accurately. Securely.

I hope you’ll consider checking out the Chicco NextFit Convertible Car Seat if you are in the market for a new seat for your child. We will soon be needing a convertible car seat for Carly, and the NextFit is definitely the one I will be checking out and considering for our baby girl.

For more information about the Chicco Next Fit Convertible Car Seat, please check out the following resources:

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Disclaimer: I wrote this review while participating in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Chicco and I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Time for Fun with Piggy Paint! {Review & QUICK Giveaway}

There is nothing more fun than mother-daughter time. Lucy and I had some special one-on-one time the other night when we painted each others’ nails. I ended up with more nail polish on my toes than I did on my toe nails, but that made it that much more fun!

Our Pretty Fingers

For the review, we received 8 different bottles of Piggy Paint in fun Spring colors. I let Lucy decide what colors we would use for our fingers and our toes. She decided on all different colors for her fingers and toes, and I got all different colors for my toes and blue and pink for my fingers. (The blue and pink are for all my kids – according to Lucy.) 🙂

Lucy's fingers

We took a minute to shoot a quick video so that Lucy could tell you what she thinks of Piggy Paint. (Please ignore the way I look in the video. I had just finished working out right before Lucy and I had our special mother-daughter time.)

Lucy cracks me up. She’s never shy until she gets on video.

Lucy getting her piggies paintedThere are lots of things I love about Piggy Paint:

  • Piggy Paint is Non-Toxic and as natural as mud. I don’t have to worry if Lucy decides to bite her nails. There won’t be any nasty toxins or chemicals getting into her system.
  • The fun color names like “Tea Party for Two,” “Jazz it Up,” and “Ice Cream Dream.”
  • It dries super fast! I couldn’t believe how fast the nail polish set. It was so fast that we didn’t even have time to get the blow dryer out.
  • It goes on thick and smooth. I’ve tried other more “natural” nail polish, and it’s either thick and clumpy, or I have to put 50 coats on just so you can see it.
  • The brush is small enough for the littlest fingers, and Lucy loved being able to do it all herself.

Piggy Paint is available for purchase on the Piggy Paint website, at select Walmart stores, on Walmart.com, and at specialty childrens boutiques nationwide.

I absolutely love Piggy Paint, and I love the special time I got with Lucy even more. We have both decided that this will become a regular thing, and we might just let Ashley and Carly in on it every once in awhile. 😉

Thanks to the wonderful folks at Piggy Paint and Mom Central, I get to give away a Toe-tally Fancy Gift Set to one lucky Blessed Beyond Words reader. This will be a quick giveaway, so get your entries in now!

If you’re ready to start shopping now, head over to PiggyPaint.com and enter the promo code “PiggyFun” for a 15% discount at checkout. This offer will expire April 30, 2013.

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Disclaimer: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Piggy Paint. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

Giveaway Rules: Giveaway ends April 7th at 11:59pm. Open to continental US residents 18 and over only. You can only win one prize from Mom Central and Piggy Paint in this campaign.

The Finds iPhone App – Find it, Love it, Share it!

I love a bargain, and when I score a great deal, I want to share it with the world. Lucky for me, now there’s an iPhone app that helps me do just that. It’s the Finds app, and it’s free to download from the app store.

The Finds iPhone App

(Before I go any further, I want to let you know that in order to use the Finds app, you *must* have the iOS6 iPhone software installed in order to use the app. Make sure your phone is updated before you try using it.)

Using the Finds app is so easy! Just take a photo with the app’s built in camera feature, (or you can upload a photo from your camera roll), add in the brand name and what the item is, and then say a few words about the item if you want. Within just a few hours, the Finds app will link your Find to a place online where others can purchase the product. They can also add the item to their wishlist and leave comments on your item.

I absolutely love the Finds app. I’ve added a ton of stuff to my wishlist, and I’ve had a ball uploading things I’ve found in my recent shopping trips. The only thing is – I need more followers! If you download the app, would you do me a favor and follow me? I’ll be sure to follow you back right away. Just look for my name: Angie Vinez. Here’s a screenshot of my profile so you can see which picture I’m using for my profile picture:

Angie Vinez on the Finds App

I have been having trouble with the app adding in my finds. Every time I try to add a picture, it tells me it can’t add it and asks me to try again. The first “find” I tried to post ended up posting 4 times! Yikes! Luckily, I checked it a few hours later and the duplicates had all been deleted and my find had been linked to a store online where it could be purchased.

I do love that the app is so easy to use, and I don’t have to do all the work of linking to the products online. It makes me want to share everything I find with my friends.

Another bonus to the Finds app is that Finds is giving away a $100 Visa Debit Card every week to one lucky user. (Users must post at least once during the week and have at least 3 followers.)

I highly recommend the Finds app to anyone that loves a bargain and loves to share their awesome finds with the world.

Head on over and download the Finds app today! And don’t forget to follow me so that I can follow you back. 🙂

Click Here to Download Finds from the app store.

Disclaimer: I participated in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of the Finds mobile app. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

LYSOL – Not Just Cleaning, but Healthing

With seven kids, and having four of them in school, you can only begin to imagine the number of germs that enter my household any given day. And when one of us gets sick, I have to do everything in my power to make sure we *all* don’t get sick.

That’s why I’m so thankful for LYSOL. LYSOL not only helps me get rid of the germs that are in my home, but it helps me prevent new germs from coming in and attacking my family. LYSOL is the only brand of household cleaners I will use simply because it works the best at keeping my family healthy.

LYSOL Healthing

This Spring, I’m not just going to be “Spring Cleaning” my closets and dresser drawers, but instead, I’m going to be making better choices in every area of my family’s life… I want more than just a clean home. I want a healthy home.

I know that “Healthing” sounds like a made up word. At first, the grammar geek in me had *such* a hard time even saying the word. But as I learned more about what Healthing is, I have since come to love the word.

Healthing is the appendage of the LYSOL Mission for Health. It’s the drive behind their products that are focused on killing 99.9% of germs and creating solutions for the home to promote both excellent hygiene and disinfection. It goes beyond just cleaning. It looks holistically at home a healthy home can help keep families thriving.

Both cleaning and disinfecting are vital components to the Healthing process. Of course having a clean and organized house is important, but killing germs on surfaces that are touched often can help stop the spreading of bacteria and viruses among family members.

In order to promote their Healthing campaign, LYSOL has connected with 65,000 schools to promote healthy habits and good hygiene. (I SO wish they would come to my kids’ schools. I am constantly fighting teachers and staff over something as simple as handwashing.)

They have also provided educational programs that will reach 50% of new moms with information related to caring for their newborns and keeping them healthy.

LYSOL also works with organizations like the National PTA, the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, the Global Hygiene Council and many others to share the ideas that Healthing illustrates.

Giuliana Rancic and LYSOL have also partnered together to visit YMCAs across the country to demonstrate Healthing in action. The provide attendees with hands-on education about their products as well as the steps required to practice better hygiene habits in their homes. They make all of this fun and easy to understand for kids. They also provide information and products to the YMCAs, and they also donate a one-year membership to a local family.

You can get involved in LYSOL’s Healthing Initiative today! Learn more by visiting LYSOL around the web:

I’m all on board for Healthing in my home! Are you with me?


Disclaimer: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for LYSOLŽ. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating.

Crest and Oral-B Pro-Health Review #CrestSponsored

For the past few weeks, my daughter has been testing out an oral health regimen with Crest and Oral-B products. As a teenager, appearance is obviously important to her. When the items arrived in the mail, she practically begged me to allow her to be the one to use the products and create the video. I agreed, because I know how important her mouth and oral health are to her.

One of the requirements of this blog tour was to create a video talking about our thoughts of the products and how well they worked. For the video, I interviewed Ashley to ask her about the products. Here’s what she thought:

Feed subscribers, please click here: Crest Pro-Health Video

As you can see in the video, Ashley really liked this oral care regimen. She loves the toothpaste the most. We’ve used many whitening toothpastes over the years, but this toothpaste worked so quickly and made a noticeable difference right away. The only product she is a little “iffy” on is the rinse. While it does give her fresh breath, and it really seems to help whiten her teeth, it also leaves this “weird” film on her teeth. (Her words.) She’s continuing to use it, because it does work so well. She’s just really struggling with getting used to that film.

I have used the regimen myself here and there over the past few weeks, though not as often or faithfully as Ashley. My thoughts are pretty much the same as Ashley’s, only I wish the toothpaste came in a gel option. For some reason, during this pregnancy, I cannot use toothpaste. It makes me gag uncontrollably. But with a gel, I don’t have that problem. I plan to try the regimen and be much more committed after the baby is born. I’m anxious to see how it works when I can use it as I’m supposed to.

If you are looking for an oral health care regimen that will leave you with a “just from the dentist office” clean feeling every time you use it, Ashley and I both highly recommend the Crest and Oral-B Pro-Health Clinical Plaque Control regimen. You’ll love your smile the first time you use it.

Disclaimer: I wrote this review while participating in a blogger review campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Crest and received product samples to facilitate my candid review. Mom Central Consulting sent me a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

Polly Pocket Makes Everything More Fun!

Last month, I posted about Polly Pocket and how many great changes they’ve made to all the Polly Pocket toys. This month, I received another set of Polly Pocket products for Lucy to test out, and boy, was she ever excited!

In this package, we received the Polly Pocket Playtime Pet Shop Play Set and a Polly Pocket DVD. I’m supposed to tell you what Lucy’s favorite part of the DVD is, but I can’t. She can’t narrow it down to just one part. I’ve tried asking her over and over, and all I get is, “I love the whole thing, Mommy.” And she really does. We’ve probably watched the DVD a hundred times since it arrived, and Lucy is just mesmerized with it. Even my 3 year old son Parker will sit and watch the DVD (over and over again) with Lucy. Coming out with a Polly Pocket DVD is probably the best idea they’ve ever had. Lucy keeps the DVD in her little purse so that she can take it with her everywhere she goes, in hopes there will be a DVD player so she can watch it. And she loves that we have a DVD player in the Expedition, because every time she gets in the car, she asks if she can put it in… even when we’re just going to the end of the road to catch the bus! Honestly, whomever it was that came up with the idea of the DVD – PLEASE make more of them. I have this one memorized, so I need more. 🙂

As far as the playset goes, Lucy loved it… I, however, was not quite as impressed this time around. Now, I’m not saying I hated it or anything, but I found quite a bit more that I didn’t like with this set… but there were still things I love.

First, I love that the Polly Pocket doll is so much larger. I still think it makes the doll easier to play with and easier to dress. I love the fun, bright colors of the playset and the toys that come with it. I also love that it came with so many animals. Typically, you buy a “playset” and you still have to buy all the accessories to go with it. This set was great – pull it out of the box, and you’re ready to play! And play, Lucy did. I had to keep her at the dining room table – away from little fingers, but she’d sit there for hours and play if she could.

Lucy’s had lots of favorite parts of the playset: she loved the elevator, the swing, the bathtub… I’m pretty sure there’s not anything that she didn’t like.

This playset didn’t have some of the fun features our last playset had. There were no suction cups on the bottoms of the items, so making things stick to the playset was impossible. Polly would stand up, but only where there were little holders for her feet to be placed in. There are also about a bazillion little pieces with this playset, and there’s no good place to store all those little pieces when it’s time to put the toy away. We put everything into the bathtub and on the little shelves, but as soon as the playset got bumped, pieces were everywhere. (If you have little ones in your home, be aware that this set has many tiny pieces that could be a choking hazard.) This set is definitely not portable. Just getting it from the dining room to the playroom in the basement was hard enough. We will be getting a little container to keep all the little Polly Pocket pieces in, just so they don’t get lost… or swallowed.

As I mentioned above, the set was great, but not quite as great as the first set we got to try. I wish this set had the suction cups and larger accessories that our last set did. I would have given it two very enthusiastic thumbs up then, instead of just my “it’s great, but…” We’ll continue to play with the set, but it will be under strict supervision, or when I am 100&% sure the baby will be nowhere near all the pieces.

Our favorite item in this review was the DVD. Seriously. They need to make many more of these, because they keep my kids entertained for hours, but I need a little variety. Great idea behind the DVD, and totally worth checking out!

I want to encourage you to head on over to the Polly Pocket website – check out all the great new playsets, features, and fun things to do while you’re there.

Disclaimer: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Mattel Polly Pocket. I received  product samples and a promotional item as a thank-you for participating.

We Love Polly Pocket!

My daughter, Lucy, could sit for hours and play with Polly Pocket and her friends. And now that Mattel has made so many changes to the Polly Pocket toys, I really can’t seem to pull her away.

For this review, we received the Polly Pocket Hangout House Playset and the Stick N Play Game Room. Every time Lucy sits down to play with them, she gets the biggest smile on her face.

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My favorite feature of the new Polly Pocket toys is the suction cup on the bottom of every item. Now, when Lucy wants to move from the dining room to the play room in the basement, she can – quickly and easily. She just sticks all the little pieces to the playset and walks downstairs. I’m not finding Polly Pocket pieces all over my house now – which is great, since Gage is at the stage where he will put anything and everything in his mouth.

I also like that the Polly Pocket dolls themselves are bigger. I think it makes them easier to play with and SO much easier to dress.

Lucy has a birthday coming up next month, and the only thing she’s asking for is more Polly Pocket stuff. And now that I’ve seen firsthand all the awesome modifications they have made to these toys, I am excited to get her more of the playsets and toys. It’s so easy to keep everything together and in one place, and Lucy can entertain herself for hours.

I encourage you to learn more about the changes they’ve made to Polly Pocket and all the great items they have available for your daughter by checking out the Polly Pocket website. (And while you’re there, your daughter can check out the fun online games, the secret world of Polly Pocket, and even watch some funny kid videos.)

I am really impressed with all the great things Mattel has done to make Polly Pocket even more fun for my little girl, and I would highly recommend these products to anyone that has a daughter that loves to play.

Disclaimer: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Mattel Polly Pocket. I received  product samples and a promotional item as a thank-you for participating.

@RitaHazan Root Concealer Review

I have a new product that I just love, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it. Yes, it’s root concealer, but it is unlike any root concealer you’ve ever seen or used before.

Before I get to my review of the product, I want to show you my root problem before discovering Rita Hazan Root Concealer:

Can we say out of control? Yikes. My roots go on for what seems like miles… and you can even see a few *gasp* grey hairs in there as well.

I don’t have time – or the money – to get to the salon as often as I need to. If I’m being completely honest, the last time I even went to the salon was back in July of last year. It’s been awhile. And because I don’t get to the salon very often, I usually look in the mirror and quickly get frustrated at how much my roots have grown out – and how many new grey hairs I’m finding.

That’s all changed thanks to Rita Hazan Root Concealer. With this quick and easy spray on, I just style my hair, spray any exposed roots or grey hairs, and go. I love it! No one has to know that it’s been months since my last trip the salon. But, I feel better about the way I look, more confident, and ready to take on the day.

Take a look at how well it worked on my hair:

You can’t even tell I have roots anymore! Yay!!

There are several things I love about the Rita Hazan Root Concealer:

  • It’s SO easy to use. Just style your hair like you normally would, spray, and go.
  • It lasts all day – and night. It doesn’t come out {or off!} until you shampoo it out. And it doesn’t rub off on your pillowcase. It stays perfectly in place, doing its job, until I’m ready to wash it out.
  • I don’t have to use it every day if I don’t want to. As a stay at home mom, there are a lot of days that I don’t go anywhere at all. I don’t need to use the root concealer if I don’t want to, and it will last longer so that I can use it for the days I do go out.
  • It matches my hair color exactly. I know the pictures are dark, but my hair is a light brown. And even with highlights in my hair, the root concealer blends in perfectly.

While the concealer is a bit pricey {$24 for a 1 ounce can}, it lasts a really long time because you only use a little bit each time.

As a busy mom, I give this product 2 thumbs up. It’s easy to use, works great, and makes me feel better about myself. What more could a mom ask for?

Rita Hazan Root Concealer is available at your local Sephora store – and on the Sephora website. I encourage you to check it out and try it for yourself.

To learn more about Rita Hazan and all the products available, visit the Rita Hazan website. You can also find Rita Hazan on Facebook and follow Rita Hazan on Twitter.

Disclaimer: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Rita Hazan and received a Rita Hazan Root Concealer product and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.