#AD: @TheQueensTreas: @LHPrairie Laura Ingalls 18″ Doll #LittleHouseMoment #Review & #Giveaway

sampleDisclaimer: I received a sample of the Laura Ingalls doll from The Queen’s Treasures. Opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own and have not been influenced in any way.

When I was a little girl, I had an obsession with Little House on the Prairie. It started with the books. I loved reading, and the Little House book set was the first set of books I ever read. I loved them so much, I probably read the entire set through 5 or 6 times. I also loved the television show. I couldn’t get enough of it, and I watched it every chance I got. In fact, I still watch it whenever I get the opportunity to sit down. (Which isn’t as often as I’d like any more! 😉 )

So, when The Queen’s Treasures offered me the chance to review their exclusive 18″ Laura Ingalls doll, I had to jump on it. What a sweet way to pass my love and memories of Little House on to my girls.


My girls often watch Little House reruns with me, so they know exactly who Laura Ingalls is. And, it made my heart leap with joy when Carly, (my 3 year old), recognized her when I opened the box. (I think the sweet little nightgown and cap set is what Carly recognized first.)

This gorgeous doll typically sits on my dresser, proudly displaying how beautiful she is. (See the photo above.) But, every so often, I will happen up this scene in my bedroom:


Carly will sneak into my room, carefully climb up to my dresser, and take the doll onto my bed, where she will gently cover her, play with her, and enjoy the doll for a few minutes. She always gets caught, and while she knows she’s not supposed to play with the doll, I can’t bring myself to get onto her about it. I think it’s sweet.

If Little House had a significant impact in your life, I know you’re going to love this doll! Want some even better news? You’ll have a chance to win the complete collection of Little House products! It’s valued at over $700! You could also win the Little House on the Prairie DVD Set, ($100+ value), or the Laura Ingalls Wilder documentary ($20+ value). See the rafflecopter gadget below.

If you’re ready to purchase this gorgeous doll and all the accessories she needs, she can be purchased through The Queen’s Treasures Website or on Target.com. She’s available for just $99.99, so grab one today.

I also want to encourage you to check out www.LittleHouseonthePrairie.com where you can find tops of helpful and educational details all about Little House on the Prairie. You’ll find a historical timeline, history articles, fun crafts, recipes, and so much more.

Also, be sure to follow The Queen’s Treasures and Little House on the Prairie on the following social media accounts:

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#Ad: US Flag #3DCoinArt Set #Review & #Giveaway

sampleDisclaimer: This is a sponsored post for 3D Coin Art & NSI. All opinions are 100% my own and have not been influenced in any way.


If there is one thing our home is never lacking, it’s spare change. Usually, it falls out of my husband’s pockets and ends up in the couch, although we do have a jar where it’s supposed to go.

I’m always looking for a fun, unique way for my kids to pass the time, and this 3D Coin Art set is perfect! My kids were thrilled to see that we got the US Flag Set, and they couldn’t wait to attack our spare change jar and start putting the coins into the flag.


I loved watching them work together. And, while the spare change from our jar (and our couch!) didn’t quite fill up the set, they boys had so much fun working on this project. I do wish the flag held quarters, though, because we were left with lots of quarters after the boys were done. But, at the same time, it’s probably a good thing it doesn’t hold quarters, just because my kids and my husband would be much more likely to break into the flag to get the quarters out. 😉

We’ve decided we’re going to take our quarters to the bank and exchange them for pennies, dimes, and nickles so the boys can finish filling up the flag puzzle. They’re really excited about it, and I’d love for them to have something to display that they’re proud of.

Here’s how far they got:


Look how proud they are!

We still have a long way to go, but we’ll get there! Zander, the older boy in this picture, has decided they’re not putting any stickers on the base until they’ve got it all filled in and can display it.

I love that this brought some of my kids together for a project. They’ve both had so much fun with it, and they can’t wait to finish it so they can display it. What a simple, easy project that anyone can do – whether they are just a kid or an avid coin collector.

If you’d like to purchase your own 3D Coin Art Set, head to http://www.3dcoinart.com/ right now! You can learn more about how the sets work and what sets are available.

Also, for a chance to win your own 3D Coin Art Set, use the rafflecopter gadget below:

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#Ad: #LetsPowerTheirDreams Together with @SheSpeaksUp, @Walmart, & @AussieHair

sampleDisclaimer: This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/P&G. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

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Is your family as obsessed with the Olympic Games as my family is? Once the Opening Ceremony starts, our TV is set to absolutely nothing else besides Rio 2016. My family absolutely loves all the different sports, and we all love cheering on the USA! My kids are all at the ages where they start to want to think about what they want to do with their lives, and my son, Jace, has big dreams of making it to the Olympic Games one way or another. 🙂

A big way to support Team USA is to shop for Proctor & Gamble brand products at your local Walmart store. For this review, we received a sample of Aussie® 3 Minute Miracle Smooth Treatment. Oh. My. Goodness. This is one way I can easily support Team USA by buying this at Walmart.


I also let my daughter try the Aussie® 3 Minute Miracle Smooth Treatment, and she loved it as much as I did. In fact, I think her exact words after using it were, “Wow! Look how amazing my hair looks now,” after she did her hair that day. It truly is amazing the difference after just one use. She was even able to leave her hair wavy, and there was no frizz, no static, just gorgeous waves all throughout her hair. One treatment each week, that’s all it takes, and you’ll instantly have gorgeous frizz-free hair thanks to a touch of Olive Oil and Australian Ginseng. It smells amazing, works fast, and lasts all week long.


Now, let’s get back to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. One of our very favorite sports is beach volleyball. We love, love, love the sport of volleyball. My daughter, Ashley, has admired April Ross since London 2012, and she absolutely refuses to miss a match when April plays.

I also loved volleyball as a teenager, and I even played in high school. I passed on that love to Ashley, and I always hoped she’d go far with volleyball. Unfortunately, the school system in our county doesn’t have a volleyball team, and so Ashley could never pursue volleyball with the passion that she has. It’s never stopped her, though, and she’s found ways to continue playing the sport she loves. I just wish we could have done more to help her go farther. I’m so proud of her for never giving up, and I hope some day, she achieves every goal she’s set for herself.


I can’t wait to see how Team USA does throughout the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and you can bet, my whole family will be cheering them on from our living room. Not only that, but we will also be supporting Team USA by stocking up on Proctor & Gamble (P&G) products from Walmart. Products we use every day anyway, and now they’re helping to make a difference in the lives of the Olympians.

I’m also going to keep cheering my own children on and encouraging them to Power their Dreams. Who knows? Maybe one day, I might get to watch one of my own children or grandchildren in a future Olympic Games.

Do you and your family watch the Olympic Games? What’s your favorite sport? Tell me in the comments below!

#Spon: My #Review of #Focus Shampoo & Conditioner

sampleDisclaimer: I received a sample of the Focus Rejuvenating Shampoo and Conditioner at a deeply discounted price in order to facilitate my review. Opinions expressed are completely my own.
After 8 pregnancies and a hysterectomy, my hair has been through a tremendous amount of stress. It’s always been thin. That’s just what I was born with. During pregnancy, it would get thicker and fuller, longer and stronger. And then, as soon as those pregnancy hormones were gone, all the extra hair that had come in would fall out. Imagine this 8 times over. My hair is really thin now. And then I had my hysterectomy, and it got even worse. My hair started falling out in clumps. I would take a shower and just get out and cry. I could hardly stand to look in the mirror because the front of my hair is thinning so badly.

So, it’s no wonder why I was excited to try out the Focus Rejuvenating Shampoo and Conditioner!

I’ve been using it for a little over a week now, and I’m already starting to see some change!

I have little wispy hairs where new hair is starting to grow. (How exciting!!)

My hair doesn’t look as thin. I can pull it back in a headband without wanting to cry. (That’s great, right?!)

My hair no longer comes out in clumps, and my hairbrush is no longer full of hair each time I brush my hair.

My hair is no longer the reason the shower drain is always clogged.


There are a few drawbacks, and I need to share those with you.

The shampoo smells VERY medicine-y. It’s a very strong smell, and it took me about 4 days before I could stand the smell. After those 4 days, I hardly even noticed the smell, though.

The conditioner doesn’t smell badly at all. In fact, I really like the smell of the conditioner. However, the conditioner doesn’t really “condition” my hair, though. Because I have very long, thin, stringy, naturally curly hair, my hair tangles VERY easily. This conditioner does nothing to help with the tangles, so I was still pulling out a ton of hair with each brushing. I started mixing the conditioner with my regular every day conditioner, though, and that made a world of difference. Of course, now I’m spending twice the money because I still have to buy my regular conditioner too…

Overall, I do like the shampoo. I would probably buy the shampoo by itself again. The conditioner isn’t my favorite, and I think the only thing it’s doing is counter-acting the smell of the shampoo.

I am thankful that I am no longer losing clumps of hair, so for me, it’s worth the price to buy both the shampoo and conditioner if I can’t get them separately.

#Sponsored: #AngelCraft Vinyl 6″x12″ Permanent Adhesive Vinyl Sheets

sampleDisclaimer: I received a sample of this product at a heavily discounted price from Angel Craft Vinyl in order to facilitate my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Recently, I posted about Angel Craft Vinyl 12″x12″ sheets and how much I love them. Shortly after that, Angel Craft asked me if I would test out their Angel Craft 6″x12″ Permanent Adhesive Vinyl Sheets and see if I liked them as much as I did the larger size.

Can I be honest?

I think I like them even more! 🙂

This weekend, I am hosting a Make & Take/Simply Said party. That being said, I need to have 20 Make & Take projects cut out and ready to go. We will be making 6″x6″ tiles with an inspirational design on them. Easy, right? BUT, I have to come up with 20 designs, cut them out, and get them ready for the ladies to make at the party.

These 6″x12″ sheets just made my life SOOOOOO much easier! Now, instead of printing one design at a time, I can print FOUR! That’s going to make life so much better around here.

So, I gathered all of my materials, and started cutting.


The first cut didn’t go so well. Next time, I won’t pick 2 of my favorite colors to cut on! Sigh. I picked 2 new colors and changed my settings and tried again.

Finally, I got a beautiful, clean cut, weeded it, and I’m ready to put it on my tile! 🙂


I put the vinyl onto transfer paper, and I *love* how easily the vinyl sticks to the transfer paper and not the back of the vinyl sheet. (I have had SO many issues with this and other vinyl brands!)


Ready to see the final product? It looks so great!!


Didn’t that turn out pretty? I just love it!

Thanks, Angel Craft for supplying me with beautiful vinyl that will help me create the perfect designs!

If you are looking for high quality vinyl at an affordable price. Let me once again suggest Angel Craft Vinyl. You won’t be disappointed!

#Ad: Plackers Flossers Make Flossing FUN!

sampleDisclaimer: I received a sample of this product in order to facilitate my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Is it a struggle in your house to get your kids to floss? It was in mine. Oh my goodness. Every day. Twice a day. A fight. A knock-down-drag-out-please-just-floss-your-teeth-before-they-all-fall-out fight.

And then, the amazing people from Plackers sent me their new Dual Grip Fruit Smoothie Swirl Kids’ Flossers along with a Flosser friend.

Instantly there was no more fighting. Ok, I’m lying. There’s always fighting. But, the fighting had changed! Instead of fighting me about flossing, they are fighting each other to go first! Awesome! I will take that kind of fighting any day.

These Flossers are a fun, easy, and tasty way to get your kids to want to floss! The dual grip gives even the littlest hands the ability to easily hold them, yet allows parents a way to “help” when the children are just too little to do it themselves.

(Side note: Did you know that it’s recommended by dentists that as soon as children have 2 teeth that are touching, they start flossing? I had no idea. So, because of the Flossers, even Sawyer gets in on the flossing fun!)

Plackers high-tech floss is designed not to stretch, shred, or break, and it includes fluoride to promote strong teeth and help prevent tooth decay.

I love how excited my kids get about flossing now. It’s so important for them to develop good habits, and a daily flossing habit will help lead to healthier gums, less tooth decay, and fewer cavities. I’m most looking forward to going back to the dentist and saying, “Yes, they floss every day!”, and not be lying! 😉


The flosser friend is perfect for the bathroom counter. It gives everyone easy access to the Flossers, and I’ve even caught my husband using them! When you make something as boring as flossing as fun as Plackers has, it is  wonderful thing! (Fewer trips to the dentist is also a wonderful thing!)

I would definitely recommend every family pick up a Flosser friend and some Plackers Dual Grip Fruit Smoothie Swirl Flossers. Your kids will love them!

To learn more about Plackers Flossers and Friends, please follow Plackers on Facebook.

#Ad: Check out GuruNanda’s Mother’s Day Aromatherapy Starter Kit

sampleDisclaimer: I received a sample of this product in order to facilitate my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


As we all know, Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Skip the flowers and chocolates this year, and give Mom something she can use.

This Mother’s Day, Walmart is featuring a GuruNanda Aromatherapy Starter Kit. It includes a beautiful tower shaped diffuser and a bottle of GuruNanda‘s proprietary “Relaxation” blend. This unique blend is part of a specialty line of aromatherapy formulas that harness the benefits of several botanicals for optimum results. It contains a soothing blend of lavender, grapefruit, basil, and eucalyptus oils. You can purchase more of the “Relaxation” blend separately, as well as seven other “Essential Oil Blend” formulas that can also be used in the diffuser.

I received a sample of the Starter Kit, and I absolutely love it! The diffuser is plugged into the wall in my bedroom, and I start the diffuser about an hour or so before I go to bed. By the time I crawl into bed, the whole rooms smells amazing, and I’m ready for a peaceful night of sleep. My husband loves the scent of the blend as well, and I think he’s even sleeping better too. (Not that he’d ever admit that!) 😉

This Aromatherapy Starter Kit would make the perfect gift for Mom this year. And I say that as a mom with 19 years of Mother’s Day experience under my belt.

Want to know the best part about this special kit? The price! So many times, I can’t afford items like Essential Oils and/or Diffusers. Have you ever researched them or priced them? It can be expensive! I have another diffuser that I got on sale – for $50! I had to save up for several weeks just to get it!

So, I was anxious to see what the price of this kit would be, especially since it comes with a special oil blend AND a diffuser. Want to know the price?

It’s available on the Walmart website for less than $20! Did you catch that? For under 20 bucks, you can give Mom a gift she will absolutely love – not just say she loves!

Hurry into your local Walmart now, or click to order from their site. This diffuser kit will only be here for a limited time, so don’t miss your chance to grab one for Mom! (Grab yourself one, your wife one, and keep a few for birthday gifts to give throughout the year! At this price, you can afford to stock up and always be prepared!)

Who will you share this amazing gift with this Mother’s Day?

#Sponsored #Giveaway: #JLust – A New Fragrance by @JLo – My #Review

sampleDisclaimer: I received a sample of this product in order to facilitate my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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As a mom of 8, I tend to not think about things like perfume, make-up, and feeling girly. But, you know what? That’s wrong. Once in awhile, I *need* to feel girly. I need to get dressed up, spray on my favorite perfume, and remind my husband why he married me. (And how we got those 8 kids! 😉 )

Recently, I received a sample of a JLust, a new fragrance from Jennifer Lopez. Oh my goodness. To say I love it would be an understatement. It is amazing. Truly amazing.

This perfume epitomizes “girly.” I put it on, and I no longer feel like the haggard, frazzled mom I am. Instead, I feel beautiful – something I haven’t felt in a very long time.

I wish I could describe the scents in this bottle. It’s sweet and alluring. It’s feminine and beautiful. It’s unlike anything I’ve personally used before.

If you are looking to change things up, and you’re trying to find that feminine side you’ve had to bury under laundry, dishes, and housework, please let me recommend you grab yourself a bottle of JLust. You’ll be so glad you did. (And I bet your significant other might enjoy it as well!)

I’ve found JLust at Kohl’s for just $49. (That’s a great deal, and worth every penny, I promise you.)

If you’re like me, you can’t always justify spending money on something like perfume, but ladies, you are so worth it! You deserve this! You deserve to spend a little bit of money and feel good. Even on the days when you haven’t showered in 3 days, you’re still in your pajamas, and you have 3 toddlers hanging off your legs. Those may just be the days you need this most! Do something for YOU for a change. You’re worth it.

(And, men, if you happen to be reading this and still haven’t gotten your wife her Mother’s Day gift, click that link up there and get this for your wife. Go! Now!)

Also be sure to follow JLo on twitter and tweet your #JLustList to @JLo. She’ll be retweeting her favorites today!

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#Sponsored: My Review of #PhytopiaUSA Tranquility Essential Oil Blend

sampleDisclaimer: I received a sample of this product at a heavily discounted price from Phytopia USA in order to facilitate my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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There are days in my life that are so stressful, I can’t hardly stand. With 8 kids, a husband, a dog, a pregnant kitty, a job, a house, a mound of laundry, volunteer work, church, kids school projects, and everything else a “normal” day around here brings, it’s a lot. I can’t sleep. I climb into bed, desperate for a few hours of rest, and that’s when the thoughts start flying. I toss and turn, worry and fret. My anxiety goes through the roof!

So, when Phytopia asked me to test their Tranquility Essential Oil Blend, how could I say no?

The past few nights, I’ve ended the day with a warm bath and a few drops of Tranquility. By adding the drops to the water, I don’t have the greasy feeling on my body, but I still get all the effects of the oil.

It has already helped tremendously. By the time I go to bed, I’m ready. I now fall asleep quickly, and I stay asleep most of the night.

The only thing I would change is that I wish it were able to be used in the diffuser. Because a nightly bath is usually hard to squeeze in often, being able to diffuse the oil in my bedroom would really help! But, alas, this oil is NOT safe to use in a diffuser. Maybe their next oil will be. We can hope, right? Of course, then I may never get out of bed, but some days that wouldn’t be a bad thing. 😉

If you have trouble sleeping, and you suffer from anxiety and stress, I highly recommend the Tranquility blend of oils. It smells great, and it’s made a big difference for me!

#Sponsored: My Review of #PhytopiaUSA Stretch Mark Remover Essential Oil Blend

sampleDisclaimer: I received a sample of this product at a heavily discounted price from Phytopia USA in order to facilitate my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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As a mom of 8, I don’t even want to tell you how many stretch marks I have. And they’re everywhere. My body has been through so much stress, and you can see it all over.

I was recently contacted by Phytopia and asked if I would review their Stretch Mark Oil. I figured it couldn’t hurt to try!

I’ve been using it for about a week now, and I’m already seeing results. They’re not huge changes, but they are changes. The skin tone is starting to even out, and the lines are getting smaller.

The oil is so easy to use. I apply it once a day, right after I get out of the shower, on all my problem areas. I put a few drops in my hand and rub it on my problem areas. A little goes a long way, which is great! It goes on a little greasy at first, but it doesn’t take long to absorb into the skin. After just a few minutes, you can’t feel it any more, but you can still smell the pleasant scent it leave behind. (That’s right! No yucky smell!)

I’m excited to watch it work its magic over the next few weeks! So far, I am quite impressed with this oil, and can’t wait to see if there’s a bigger change soon!

#Spon: #intelliGLASS Protects it Best! Our intelliARMOR #Review

sampleDisclaimer: I received a sample of this product from intelliGLASS in order to facilitate my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


As you can imagine, with 8 kids, I absolutely have to have some kind of screen protector on all of my electronics. I cannot tell you how many bumps, scratches, chips, dings, and dents they get without it. (And, truth be told – I can’t blame the kids for all those dings! I’m really good at dropping things!)

Most of my devices are protected, but I never put anything on my Kindle Fire. I didn’t really think I needed it, since I was the only one who ever used it. Boy, was I wrong! Just last week, I noticed there were several chips in the glass. Seriously? I was frustrated, to say the least! So, when intelliARMOR asked me if I would review one of their products, I jumped on the chance to try a protector for my Kindle Fire. Especially since the kids have started taking over my Kindle as well!

Ordering what I needed was so easy! And, I could pay with my Amazon payments, and got free 2-day shipping thanks to Amazon Prime. So great!

It arrived quickly, and I couldn’t wait to put it on. I followed all of the easy-to-read instructions, cleaned my screen, used their dust removing film, and it was ready to apply the #intelliGLASS. In seconds, it was on, bubble free, and ready to use. I love it! I can’t get over how easy it was to apply, and it’s completely bubble free! (I’ve tried other screen protectors in the past, and they bubble like crazy. The OCD in my can’t handle any bubbles on any screen I’m looking at.)

Overall, I am super satisfied with intelliARMOR and would highly recommend them to anyone looking to protect their devices. They have protectors for almost any device imaginable, and with prices starting at just $9.95, they are an excellent value! I am 100% impressed, and will soon be ordering new screen protectors for the rest of our devices.

I did also want to mention: Even though my screen had a few chips in the glass, the intelliARMOR still didn’t bubble or raise up in any way around those chips. Now that the protector is on there, you can hardly even see those chips, and you definitely cannot feel them! In fact, when using the Kindle for playing games, reading, watching HULU, or whatever, you can’t even tell there’s any kind of protective film on there. It’s fantastic!

If you need a new screen protector for your device, I would encourage you to check out intelliARMOR today! I love mine, and I think you will too!

Want to save even more money? Use code INTELLI20 for 20% off your order when you check out!

Have you used intelliARMOR for any of your devices? What do you think? Are you as impressed as I am? Leave a comment below. I would love to hear your opinion of their #intelliGLASS protectors!

#Sponsored: Make it an EPIC Holiday with @LeapFrog #LeapFrogMomSquad

sampleDisclaimer: As a member of the LeapFrog Mom Squad, I receive product in exchange for my honest review. While the products are given to me, the opinions expressed are my own.

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Have you started shopping for Christmas yet? Around here, we procrastinate and don’t even get started until probably the week before Christmas. We’re crazy, I know! But, I am constantly adding items to my online Wishlists all year long.

With 8 kids, I need toys that I know are worth the money I’m going to invest in them. That’s why I love LeapFrog products so much!

Our recent shipment from LeapFrog was full of really great items! You are definitely going to want to hear about these and put them on your kids’ wishlists.

LeapFrog Epic

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First up is the LeapFrog Epic. This tablet is fantastic! There is just so much you can do with it. Because it’s an Android-based tablet, so there’s no need for LeapFrog cartridges anymore. Because I have so many kids, I am all about not needing extra “parts” to make something work. Everything my kids need to have fun is right on this tablet.

While the recommended ages for the tablet are 3 to 9 years old, I’ve caught all of my kids playing on the epic at one time or another. There have been many times when I’ve found my 4 year old showing my 11 year old how the tablet works and all the fun games and videos they can find on there.

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I love the look and feel of the epic as well. It’s thick and sturdy, and has a larger screen, but the fantastic case makes it easy for even the smallest hands to hold. My two year old has no trouble holding onto the epic and finding her favorite part – the videos!

It’s easy to use, grows with my kids, and is just so much fun! While it retails at $139.99, that price is more than fair, and is quite comparable with other tablets made for kids that don’t do near as much. It’s a great little tablet for the money, and one I know your kids will love!

LeapFrog Number Lovin’ Oven

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Next up, we have the Number Lovin’ Oven. This is Carly’s absolute favorite toy. It’s the very first thing she plays with when she wakes up in the morning. In fact, she’ll get up and “cook” me an egg and a cupcake every morning for “breakfast.” It’s adorable! I think she loves the songs it sings the most. And, believe me, in no time, you will be singing “Put an Egg on it” too! 🙂 Honestly, I sing that song every time I cook in my real oven now too! It’s one of those songs that sticks in your head.

This little oven comes with 16 pieces to play with including 2 cupcakes, 4 slices of deep dish pizza, an egg, and bread. The pizza and bread come apart to help little ones learn their numbers and how to share. (I love that!)

It really is a lot of fun to play with, and at just $24.99, it’s the perfect price too! It’s perfect for the 2 to 5 year old age range, and it will keep them happy and playing for hours on end. (At least it does in our house!)

Your little one will love serving you up breakfast, lunch, and dinner everyday, and they’ll do it with a smile on their face and a song on their lips. This is a must-add product for your preschooler’s wish list!

Scout’s Build & Discover Tool Set

Scout's build & discover tool set

Singing, laughing, counting, matching, measuring, and banging – that’s what you get with Scout’s Build & Discover Tool Set. And it is awesome!

Your child gets all the tools and items they need to build a completely interactive house for your favorite dog, Scout. Your child will count nails, measure the walls of the house, all while they sing along to the number song. While they are doing this, Scout is talking, singing, and cheering them on in their efforts!

This is a great little tool for helping your little one to learn their numbers and how to count. And it’s just a lot of fun! Gage has loved Scout since he was a baby, and so he immediately recognized the voice. He was thrilled to be able to make a little house for his favorite puppy!

The tool set is perfect for ages 2 – 5, and retails for just $19.99. That makes it the perfect gift to give to your favorite little boy, or donate a few to your local women’s shelter and give someone else a Merry Christmas. 🙂

I am just thrilled to be working with LeapFrog, and getting the chance to share these amazing products with you!

I’ll have more gift ideas and our Holiday Gift Guide coming soon! Be sure to check back.

#Sponsored: @Pampers Premium Care a #MothersPromise to my Baby @SheSpeaksUp

sampleDisclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Pampers through SheSpeaks.

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As a mom, I make lots of promises to my children: “I promise we can go to the park.” “I promise I will love you forever.” “I promise to always be here when you need me.”

What about, “I promise to give you the very best that I can give”? That promise can hold true even when it comes to something as simple as the diapers we put on their little behinds.

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Pampers and Walmart recently teamed up with the release of new Pampers Premium Care Diapers. Thanks to SheSpeaks and Pampers, I had the opportunity to test out these diapers on Carly and Sawyer.

I have to say, I am quite impressed with these diapers! I can’t get over how soft they are. Not only are they soft, but they are also absorbent. We call Sawyer our little “Super Soaker.” It seemed like every night, I was changing the crib sheets in the middle of the night because he had soaked through his diaper. That was until I made the switch to Pampers Premium Care Diapers! Now, he can make it all night long without soaking through! The extra absorb channels the diapers offer distribute the wetness evenly for up to 12 hours – making for a happy baby and an even happier Mommy! Because Sawyer has incredibly sensitive skin, there are several features in the diapers that make them perfect for him: 1. The Absorb Away Liner pulls wetness and messes away from baby’s skin. This helps keep him clean and dry, and the number of diaper rashes he’s gotten has decreased significantly! 2. The Breathable Material keeps the air circulating around baby’s skin, keeping him dry and rash free. 3. The are completely Hypoallergenic, perfect for even the most sensitive skin, like Sawyer’s.

pampers premium

Another thing I love is that the diapers are available at Walmart. That means I know I’m getting a great product at a great price. The diapers won’t break my budget, and I can grab them while I’m at Walmart getting everything else I need.

To learn more about new Pampers Premium Care Diapers that are now available at Walmart, I encourage you to check out the following links:

Head to Walmart and grab a pack of Pampers Premium Care Diapers for your little one today.

Have you tried new Pampers Premium Care Diapers? What do you think of them?

#IC #AD: P&G Free & Gentle, It’s Your #SecondSkincare

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proctor and gamble free and gentle products

With 10 people in our home, I do a lot of laundry. There are times when I feel like I’m doing laundry all day long! In fact, as I’m typing this post, I’ve got a load in the wash, a load in the dryer, and two baskets sitting in front of me that need folded and put away. Yep. With all these kids, my life usually revolves around laundry.

That being said, when it comes to laundry time in our house, I need products that work for the entire family. I need something that can take care of tough stains, but also be gentle enough for the several little ones I have that have incredibly sensitive skin.

That’s why I love P&G’s line of Free & Gentle products. The Tide Pods are perfect for getting even the dirtiest clothes clean. My kids can make some serious messes! But take a look at the before and after of this shirt:

before wash
All I did was throw the shirt in the wash with a Free & Gentle Tide Pod:

tide pod in wash
Filled the softener cup with Downy Free & Gentle:

downy free and gentle
Washed, and then dried it all with a Bounce Free & Gentle Dryer Sheet:

bounce dryer sheet
And it came out beautifully!

after wash with tide

No more stains! It’s clean, fresh, and ready to take on my 4 year old again!

I love that one line of detergents takes care of all our laundry needs. And, in the long run, it saves us money. I don’t have to buy several different types of detergents for the family’s needs, and I’m not constantly needing to buy new clothes because the stains won’t come out.

But, even more than that, I love that I can use these products as a form of a “Second Skincare” for Gage and Sawyer. Because P&G Free & Gentle products are hypoallergenic, dye and perfume free, they keep Gage and Sawyer from breaking out in rashes or being itchy all day. Because they come in brands like Tide, Downy, and Bounce, I can trust them to be the best for my large family.

I know we’re not alone in our sensitive skin woes, either. Did you know that nearly half of all US adults say they have sensitive skin? When we think of sensitive skin, we’re always careful about the types of facial and body care products we buy, but the clothes that we put on, our “second skin,” are every bit as important.

I recently discovered that 87% of the people that use free detergent use scented fabric softener and/or dryer sheets. Those product undo everything the free detergent has done to help their second skin. If you want to keep your skin looking and feeling its best, it’s important to follow a completely dye and perfume free laundry regimen to clean, protect, and enhance your second skin.

The good news is that the P&G Free & Gentle regimen offers dye and perfume free products throughout. Every product is hypoallergenic and gentle on skin. All of the Free & Gentle products are dermatologist recommended.

The line of Free & Gentle products consists of the following:

  • Tide Free & Gentle Detergent / Tide Stain Release Free In-Wash Booster – it’s as mild on skin as the leading free detergent, but it cleans better and removes more residue from stains on clothing. (Need proof? See my pictures above!)
  • Downy Free & Gentle Fabric Softener – Also mild on skin, this provides outstanding comfort and freshness through its softening formula.
  • Bounce Free & Gentle Dry Sheets – These sheets maintain a mild formula but also provide freshness, softness, and static control. (Bonus: The even repel pet hair!)

If you, or someone in your family has sensitive skin, I encourage you to consider changing your laundry routine. It has made a huge difference around here for us!

To learn more about any of these products, I encourage you to check out the brands on social media:

Have you tried the P&G line of Free & Gentle Products? I’d love to hear about your experience!

#Sponsored: I Made #MyPerfectSandwich @McDonalds, & You Can Too! #McDPtr

sponsoredDisclaimer: This post was created in partnership with McDonald’s. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

perfect burger

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to make my perfect sandwich at a local McDonald’s with their new Create Your Taste experience. Hubby and I loaded up the 3 youngest kids, and we headed down to our Gainesville, GA McDonald’s.

When we arrived, the staff introduced me to the Create Your Taste experience. It looked so high tech! I honestly couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.
Create Your Taste Experience

Amber was our hostess, and she was the bomb! I really think she made the experience so much better. She was so kind, and she quickly and easily walked us through making the perfect burger.

making the perfect burger

Even with a squirming baby in my arms, I was still able to design my perfect burger with ease. (Do you know how much I love that?!)

Once my order was finished, I had the option to pay with a card at the kiosk, or I could pay with cash at the register. I never ever have cash on hand, so I opted to pay with a card at the kiosk. So easy!

We then headed to our table and had a seat. A few minutes later, there was Amber again, with our order in hand!

burger delivery

I didn’t have to stand at the counter with 3 kids and wait for my food. They delivered it right to my table. I loved how fancy they made it too. Wire baskets for the burgers, and even a little wire fry basket for my super tasty fries! McDonald’s has really added a touch of class to their restaurants with the Create Your Taste experience.

And look how good my burger looked….

the perfect burger

It came out exactly like I ordered it! 3 slices of cheese, (with no extra charge!), bacon (reasonable upcharge), lettuce, extra pickle, ketchup, and mustard, all on a tasty artisan roll.

first bite!

It tasted even better than it looked, too! It was so good, and it was exactly what I had been craving.

I had such a great time trying out the Create Your Taste experience, and I want to encourage you to head out to McDonald’s and do the same. If you are craving the perfect burger, now’s your chance to go for it!

I want to thank the kind staff at McDonald’s who made my visit a real pleasure. I had so much fun learning about the Create Your Taste experience and sharing it with my family. Thank you for making my perfect sandwich a reality! You all did a fantastic job! And, Amber, keep that beautiful smile, and share it with the world! You were such a pleasure, and I’m glad I got to share this experience with you.

(To see the video of Amber helping me create my burger, head on over to instagram. You’ll find the video here.)

So, tell me…. Have you tried the new Create Your Taste experience at McDonald’s? If not, what are you waiting for?

#Sponsored: When Calls the Heart Returns for Season 2! #FaithTV #Hearties #Giveaway @WCTH_tv

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What will you be doing this Saturday night at 8/7c?

I will be on the couch, tuning into the new season of When Calls the Heart on the Hallmark Channel with my oldest daughter.

This is one premiere that has had me giddy with anticipation.

In order to create this post, I did receive the opportunity to view the Season Premier before it airs thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC.

I can’t give away any details, but OH.MY.GOODNESS. You cannot miss this premier! My daughter has been anxiously awaiting the return of When Calls the Heart, and it has been SO difficult to keep the details from her. But, I must. If for no other reason than I can’t wait to see her reaction as she watches it.

I love When Calls the Heart, because it is good, clean, family friendly, and fun. In my opinion, this is one of the best shows on television, and it’s something I don’t have to worry about my children watching. It’s perfect for the whole family!

In case you don’t know what When Calls the Heart is about, here’s a brief summary of the series:

The series is inspired by Janette Oke’s bestselling book series about the Canadian West. “When Calls the Heart” tells the captivating story of Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow), a young teacher accustomed to her high society life, who receives her first classroom assignment in Coal Valley, a small coalmining town where life is simple, but often fraught with challenges. Lori Loughlin plays Abigail Stanton, a wife and mother whose husband, the foreman of the mine, along with a dozen other miners, has just been killed in an explosion. The newly widowed women find their faith is tested when they must go to work in the mines to keep a roof over their heads. Elizabeth charms most everyone in Coal Valley, except Constable Jack Thornton (Daniel Lissing) who believes Thatcher’s wealthy father has doomed the lawman’s career by insisting he be assigned in town to protect the shipping magnate’s daughter. Living in a turn of the century coal town, Elizabeth will have to learn the ways of the frontier if she wishes to thrive in the rural west on her own.

Remember, the new season starts this Saturday, April 25th at 8/7c.

To get you excited about this week’s premier, World Films has offered up a set of When Calls The Heart Season 1 on DVD ($60 value!!).

Win a copy of Season one of When Calls the Heart!

To enter, use the Rafflecopter gadget below:

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Contest ends May 1st.

I also want to encourage you to get social with other #Hearties in the following way:

#Sponsored: #DrinkDripDrop & Keeping My Family Hydrated @DripDrop @SheSpeaks #Review

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dripdrop keeps us hydrated

Keeping my family hydrated during cold and flu season is of the utmost importance to me. There are so many options out there. How do you know which one is right for you and your family? I want the best. I want what is going to get my kids hydrated again and back to playing in no time.

For this review, SheSpeaks and DripDrop sent me samples of DripDrop Hydration Powder along with a fantastic water bottle. They couldn’t have timed it better.

As you can see in the photo above, we recently had a real need for DripDrop Hydration Powder. My son Parker ended up with a severe toothache. It was so bad, I couldn’t get him to eat or drink anything. He laid around all day and just cried. (Of course it was a Saturday, and there were no dental offices open.) I was so worried about him getting dehydrated. He quickly became weak from not eating or drinking, and I had to do something.

The only option I had was to offer him a bottle of water with the DripDrop Hydration Powder. I had to get it to room temperature because his tooth was so sensitive, but once I did, it was a hit! He tried both the lemon and the berry flavors, and he couldn’t pick a favorite. He loved them both. (Honestly, I think he loved the fact that he was the only one that got to drink the “special” juice.) 🙂 (Please note: I did put in a call to the doctor’s after hour line and made sure his pediatrician was alright with me giving him the DripDrop powder. She agreed that I had to get something in him and thought the DripDrop powder was a great way to go.)

What impresses me most about DripDrop is that it’s the first hydration solution developed by a Mayo Clinic trained physician to save lives. It delivers 2 – 3 times the electrolytes of sports drinks and 25% more than the pediatric drink options. It is patented and clinically proven to hydrate better than the other available options.

I also love that there are no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.

DripDrop is a product I can feel good about giving my entire family. The next time we have the flu cycle through our household, I can be prepared and have DripDrop on hand. (And with 10 people in our house, you can only imagine what a nightmare the flu is for all of us. It is usually a month long battle with everyone just passing it back and forth.)

I am so thankful for products like DripDrop that are made to help me keep my family safe and healthy when the worst strikes.

Let me encourage you to learn more about DripDrop in the following ways:

Also, please check out the following links for more really great info:

You can read about more moms’ experiences with DripDrop by searching the hashtag #DrinkDripDrop on your favorite social media channels.

Ready to stock up on DripDrop and keep your family hydrated when colds or the flu strike? Head to your local DVS, Walgreens, or HEB store and grab some right now!

#IC #Sponsored: #SpectrumTestPrep with @CDPub – Our #Review

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carson dellosa test prep

In our state, standardized tests are a really big deal. When my eldest daughter was younger, I don’t remember so much pressure being put on kids to succeed on their standardized tests. I was talking with a friend about it the other day, and she said it seems like the first half of the year, the schools spend reviewing everything the kids learned last year. Then, come January, it’s time to start preparing them for the standardized tests. My older boys, {4th and 6th grade}, both start to panic a little bit anytime anyone mentions standardized tests. As their mom, I want to encourage them to do well and find tools that will help prepare them for their upcoming tests.

What is Carson-Dellosa?

The Carson-Dellosa Publishing Group was founded by teachers. They have been the leading supplemental education provider for parents, students, and teachers for over 35 years. Their Spectrum Test Practice and Test Prep workbook series is grade-specific, and is centered around helping students to become successful test takers while preparing them for their standardized tests.

The Test Practice books offer custom-designed practice aligned with the Common Core standards your students are dealing with in the classroom. Their proven testing strategies and materials are designed to help alleviate anxiety for parents, students, and teachers. It helps students learn how to follow directions, budget their time wisely, understand different test formats, and includes helpful tips and tricks to avoid common test taking mistakes.

How the Spectrum Test Prep & Practice Workbooks Worked for Us

For this review, I opted to get the Test Prep & Practice Workbooks for my 6th grader. Middle school is tough enough, and since Zander moved up this year, he’s had a hard time focusing on taking his tests. He makes silly mistakes, and his grades have fallen lower than they should have. Not only that, but if you just mention the “CRCTs”, {Criterion Referenced Competency Test – our state’s end of the year tests}, and the poor boy about becomes hysterical. Needless to say, I’m a little worried about how he’ll do on the tests.

In the past, Zander has always excelled on every standardized test he has taken. I know he can do it this year as well, he just needs a little encouragement. That’s why I love these practice workbooks so much. They have been a godsend!

In the month of February, my kids ended up being out of school more than they were in school. That gave Zander and I lots and lots of time to spend in the workbooks. While he wasn’t thrilled to work while all his friends were sleeping in and playing video games, I was thrilled we could take the time to really dig into the workbooks and see which areas we need to focus on a little bit more.

I love the way the workbooks are laid out. It was so easy for me to go over with Zander what each section required, and have him take the practice tests on his own. Everything was explained thoroughly, but still very easy to follow.

I was so impressed with the workbooks that I did a little more digging around on the Carson-Dellosa website. WOW. Please take a minute and check out their site! If you are at all concerned about your child’s ability to take their standardized tests, you need Carson-Dellosa in your life. They have SO many different options available. I couldn’t believe the number of books they have available for 6th grade. I counted almost 20 books in addition to the two I already have. It’s amazing. The same is true for other grades as well, and I will most likely be ordering at least a few books for my 4th grader.

How Can You Learn More?

There are several ways you can learn more about the Carson-Dellosa Spectrum Test Prep and Test Practice Workbooks:

If you do try out Carson-Dellosa for your children, I would love to hear how it works for you!

#IC #Sponsored: @Reebok #Zig Tech Big N’ Fast EX from @Finishline #Review

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Reebok ZigTech Big N’ Fast EX
In a home with 8 very active kids, shoes are a hot topic. I need shoes that will be able to stand up against everything my kids put them through. And, believe me, my kids are tough on their shoes.

When we lived in Ohio, shopping for school shoes for my daughter was easy. We’d hop in the car, drive a few minutes to the mall, visit our local Finish Line store, and grab the perfect pair of shoes to last her until she was ready for the next size. They always lasted the entire school year. It was fantastic.

Now, we no longer have that luxury – but we sure have a whole lot more kids that need school shoes! What I mean is, we can’t just drive to the mall. Our nearest mall is over 2 hours away. It’s crazy. And when gas prices were high, like they were at the beginning of the school year, we just couldn’t afford to load up the van and drive that far to go shoe shopping.

So, I came up with the brilliant plan to just buy the kids cheap shoes to get them through the school year.

Oh my goodness. Dumbest idea ever. The boys are so tough on their shoes, that I was buying them new shoes every 3 – 4 weeks. So much for going the “cheap” route! If I had just invested in one good pair of Reeboks for each of them, I could have saved a whole lot more money, because Reebok shoes are made to last.

For this review, I was asked to either go to my local Finish Line store or head to the Finish Line website and do some shopping. I needed to grab a pair of Reebok ZigTech Big N’ Fast EX shoes for at least one of the kids. I wanted to really put this review to the test, so I opted to purchase a pair of Reebok shoes for Jace – my 10 year old. He is the hardest on his shoes, and I wanted to see how these would last with his active lifestyle.

I also opted to use the website instead of heading to the store. Oh my goodness. What an easy process! I just typed Reebok ZigTech Big N Fast EX into the search bar and it pulled up all of the available colors, styles, and sizes. I had Jace pick the color he wanted, we made sure we ordered the right size, and added it to my cart. The checkout process couldn’t have been more simple, and the shoes were on our doorstep in just a couple of days! Awesome!

Jace was thrilled when they arrived, and he begged me to let him wear them everywhere. I’ll admit, I was a little hesitant. I didn’t want him ruining them the first day he had them. (He has done that with other shoes in the past. He’s that hard on his shoes.) I gave in, though, and he immediately ran outside to test out his shoes.

Here are a few of my favorite pictures of him being active in his new Reebok ZigTech Big N’ Fast EX shoes:





As you can see, there’s nothing Jace won’t try! And with his new Reebok ZigTech Big N’ Fast EX shoes, he feels like he can do anything! He couldn’t wait to get back to school and show his friends his new shoes. I haven’t seen him this excited in a long time. I love it! If it takes a little pair of shoes to make him feel like he can conquer the world, then let’s get those shoes!

With the craziness of life that having 8 kids entails, I just can’t spend all day and all night worrying about how soon I’m going to have to buy another pair of shoes for any of the kids. These shoes are made to last. I don’t know yet if Jace’s pair will last long enough to be passed down, but I do know they’ll last through the rest of the school year. And, to me, that is a *huge* blessing.

If you feel like you are always buying shoes for your kids and want a pair that’s going to last, I encourage you to check out the Reebok ZigTech Big N’ Fast EX line of shoes at your local Finish Line store or on their website. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

While you’re at it, I hope you’ll also take a few minutes to connect with Reebok and Finish Line in the following ways:

If you want to read other moms’ experiences with these fantastic shoes, be sure to check out the #Zig hashtag on your different social media channels.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to order more Reebok ZigTech Big N’ Fast EX shoes for the rest of my kids, and then we can enjoy the rest of our school year!

#Sponsored: Beautiful New Colorful Glass Bottles from @EvenfloFeeding

sampleDisclaimer: This post is sponsored by Evenflo. I received a gift pack in order to facilitate my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way.

evenflo products

I am a huge fan of Evenflo products. You already know how much I love their breast pump as well as their newest exersaucer.

So, when I found out about the release of several new products, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them and test them out. Evenflo sent me the fantastic Milk & Cookies gift pack pictured above. The items included the following:

  • New Tinted Glass Bottles
  • A Tilty TripleFlo Cup
  • Milk Storage Bags
  • Cookies from Momofuku Milk Bar in New York City

This was such a great gift pack. The cookies were amazing. They satisfied my sweet tooth, and tasted fantastic! And everything was packaged so beautifully.

Now, let me take a moment and tell you what I love about each of the Evenflo products I received.

Evenflo Milk Storage Bags

Made from highly durable military-grade material, these bags are made with 30% less material for a quicker freeze and thaw. I noticed a huge difference when it came time to thaw the milk for feeding. And with the uniquely shaped top, pouring into bottles is so much easier. These are definitely on my list for items all breastfeeding moms must have.

Tilty TripleFlo Cup

This cup is tilted to help make the transition from bottle to cup easier. I also love that the rubber stopper inside has several different flow speeds, making the transition that much easier. While Sawyer doesn’t quite understand the concept of the cup, I think this will be a great item to have on hand once he’s ready for the transition.

evenflo sippy cup

Evenflo Tinted & Vented Glass Bottles

These bottles are beautiful. Available in two different colors, teal and lavender, the bottles also have a gorgeous styling to them. Evenflo took a classic bottle and made it even classier. The bottles each come with a Proflow™ Integrated Venting Nipple. These special silicone nipples direct air bubbles into the bottle instead of into baby’s tummy. What makes these nipples even better is their one-piece design. There are no extra parts to clean or worry about losing.

While I love how beautiful these bottles are, there are a few things I would consider changing to improve them even more.

For starters, the bottles are *perfect* for breastfeeding babies. I had absolutely no issues at all getting the milk from the storage bag into the bottle. It’s almost like the storage bags were made just for these bottles. But, if I used formula at all, things got a little trickier. The opening of the bottle is very small, and it was difficult to get formula from the scoop or the travel container into the bottle without making a mess. I do wish the bottles had an opening that was just a little bigger for that reason.

The nipples collapse fairly quickly and fairly often, so I am constantly pulling the bottle out of Sawyers mouth to let the nipple fill back up with air. Sawyer doesn’t like when you take the bottle out of his mouth, so he gets frustrated. I’ve tried different stages of nipples, so I’m not sure what could be causing them to collapse like that each time. This is the only bottle we’ve used that has this problem, so I’m thinking it is unique to the special nipple. It doesn’t stop Sawyer from eating, though, and this is one of the few nipples/bottles he will take, so it’s not all bad.

The last thing is that one of the bottles broke really easily. Actually, it about scared me to death. I sterilized the bottle before the first use, but when I took it out of the water and put it on the counter to dry completely, it burst into a dozen pieces. Absolutely none of the other bottles did this, so I can’t figure out what happened. Because they are glass, you’ll just have to take extra precautions when taking them out of the heat.

evenflo tinted glass bottles

The bottles are available exclusively at Babies”R”Us and retail for $11.99 for a 3 pack of either the 4 or 8 ounce size. It’s a great value for great bottles. We use our bottles almost every day. Even though there are a few things I might change, I still really love these bottles and every other product Evenflo sent us.

I hope you’ll take a few minutes and learn more about these fantastic products by visiting the Evenflo Feeding website.