Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Family Weekend Passes To Chitag #GIveaway

Are you ready for the Chicago Toy & Game Fair?? The event is scheduled for November 18 & 19, held at the Navy Pier in Chicago IL. Enter below to win a Family Weekend Pass. The passes include tickets for 2 adults and up to 4 kids. 

Monday, October 23, 2017

Deluxe Jewelry Studio For Aspiring Fashionistas

I'm sure every little girl has thought about creating their very own charms. Now they can do exactly that with CharMinis Deluxe Jewelry Studio from Rose Art. . The set comes with over 100 charm pieces so you can put together endless charm combinations to create customized jewelry like never before. Select several sweet treat and fashion icon charm pieces that you want to turn into a charm. Brush with water, stack all the pieces together and watch as they instantly fuse! It's as easy as that-no glue needed. But the fun doesn't stop there. Add sparkle and shine to your charms with the included glitterizer. Just place your completed charm in the glitter chamber, pump the top and watch as glitter decorates the charm. Voila!! Your custom charm is complete. Use the jewelry stand as your work space, drying station and glitterizer. It's a complete charm-making studio with a stylish design you will want to display in your room. Get creative with CharMinis and show off your finished charms and finished pieces of jewelry.
My niece is very creative for a 4 year old. She loves jewelry and doing things herself so I knew this would be a hit with her. The studio itself has several features like the glitter station used to make your charms sparkle. There's even a jewelry stand to display all of your completed necklaces bracelettes etc. The whole process was pretty easy and Madelynn didn't require much help from adults. The charms stack and stick together with water. Just by applying a bit of water they almost magically stick together, which eliminates the need for messy glue. Clean up is a breeze. Some of the charms I noticed where pies, hearts, stars,cakes and plenty more. Over 100 as a matter of fact.
I also got 2 add on packs (refills). The Animal Theme pack and Color Pop Theme. That's 15 plus charms in each pack and the 3 different colored chords to choose from. Madelynn loves the Animal Theme pack. It had puppies, kitties, bunnies etc.


  • 100+ charm pieces to customize endless charm combinations
  • Multi-functional jewelry studio serves as a decorative jewelry stand, charm organizer, and creation station complete with charm glitterizing feature
  • Glitterize your finished charms to accent your personal style - bonus play pattern!
  • Make and wear stylish bracelets and necklaces with 4 colors of cord to choose from
  • Fun &  Easy Process - charm pieces simply fuse with water

Ready for a GIVEAWAY? One lucky person will win a CharMinis Deluxe Jewelry Studio. Enter the giveaway Here

CharMinis Deluxe Jewelry Studio #Giveaway

Hosted By: Going Goble
Sponsored By: Rose Art

Winner will win one CharMinis Deluxe Jewelry Studio Set

How To Take Your Baby's Temperature

If you think that your baby has a fever, it is vital to know the accurate temperature so that you can start the treatment as soon as possible. This is important as abnormalities in the body temperature almost always is a manifestation of something troubling inside the body. For this you need a quality thermometer for kids.

36.4 degree Celsius (97.5 degree F) is the normal body temperature of babies and kids. A fever is considered when the temperature is above 100.4 F or 38 degree Celsius.  It is likely that babies have fever if you notice the following:
       Feel wet with sweat
-      Have cheeks that are reddened or flushed

·        -Feel hotter than they are usually, when touched especially on the back, forehead or stomach

In case your baby is suffering from a fever, it is best to first check with a thermometer and then go for a doctor. This will help you to judge whether medical attention is at all needed or not.

How to take baby’s Temperature with Digital Thermometer?

 For taking an accurate reading you need a digital thermometer that you will get online or from supermarkets and pharmacies. Now follow the instructions for taking your kid’s temperature.
      You must hold them firmly on your knee and you should place the thermometer in the armpit of the child. With kids under the age of five you should always use thermometer in the armpit instead of any other places.

·   Then you should firmly and gently the arm should be held against their body for keeping the thermometer intact for the length of time mentioned in the manufacturer’s instructions. While some thermometers beep when they are ready, it usually takes 15 seconds to detect the temperature.
·         The display will then portray your kid’s temperature.

How to take my baby’s Temperature with Other Thermometer Types?

In case of babies and very young kids, digital thermometer is the best type of thermometer. But here are some of the other types of thermometer that you can use.

ü  Strip-type Thermometers – These are not an accurate way of taking a temperature. They are usually held against the forehead. They depict the temperature of skin rather than the body.

ü  Ear (tympanic) Thermometers- With these, you can take the temperature from the ear. Though they are quick they are also very expensive. But they can provide misleading temperatures if you are not able to put the thermometer in the right way. This is mainly the case with the kids as their body parts are very small.

ü  Old-fashioned Glass Thermometers – You can also use the erstwhile glass thermometer that contained mercury. These can release glass splinters and very lethal mercury if they break. This can be life-threatening to your baby. They are no longer available in shops and not used in hospitals. If your baby gets any contact with the mercury then take them to professional medical custody immediately.

How to Make Sure that the Temperature is Accurate
 You should get an accurate temperature if you use a digital thermometer and put it under your child’s armpit and follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. There are certain things that can alter the temperature slightly like –

If your child is:

ü  In a room with high temperature

ü  Wrapped up in a blanket tightly

ü  Hugging a hot water bottle

ü  Very active

ü  Bathing

ü  Has a number of clothes on

If that is the case, then you should allow your baby to cool down for a few minutes. But you should not let them get cold or shivery. Take their temperature again with a quality thermometer for kids, in such case, to get the accurate temperature.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Ooey Gooey Gifts and Stocking Stuffers

Are you still looking for Christmas gift ideas or stocking stuffers? Orb, formerly known as The Orb Factory has some amazing products for both.  Orb exists to create moments of awe and wonder to build self-esteem in youth around the world through exceptional play experiences. The roundness of their logo reflects the curiosity and timelessness of the play concepts. The vibrant colors reflect the excitement and energy that they pack into every product. Orb has been providing crafts and activity products that deliver awe and wonder to youth around the world for over 36 years. Innovation is deep in their DNA. Their products can be found in over 60 countries. Orb has won numerous awards and are a recognized and trusted name in the industry.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017


Pregnancy announcements are an opportunity for parents to creatively share their happy news with friends and family. Share your announcement with MAM and they'll select three winners to win a $100 prepaid card and a $50 pack of MAM goodies! Enter here: SIDS Awareness Month promotion
MAM has a special promotion only on running through the month of October to recognize SIDS Awareness Month.  

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends parents offering baby a pacifier for all naps and bedtime. A pacifier at sleep time has been associated with a decrease in the incidence of SIDS. In honor of SIDS Awareness month, receive a FREE pack of MAM pacifiers when purchasing two or more packs of MAM pacifiers on while supplies last.  Just add all items to your cart and enter coupon code: SIDSAWARENESS. The MAM Pacifier pack with the lowest value will be free!  Offer ends October 23rd.  Please note: *All value packs, triple packs, and personalized pacifiers are excluded.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

My Town: Farm

Cows and Sheep and Chickens On My!
Kids of All Ages Get Down on the Farm with All-New

My Town: Farm

Newest Title From Popular My Town Game Series
Now Available at the App Store and Google Play

Get ready for a whole new world down on the farm! With the all-new My Town: Farm kids visit the farmer's house, harvest the fields and gather the eggs hens have laid for a fresh breakfast! There is even a beehive where you can learn how bees are born. The newest title in the best-selling My Town Games series, My Town: Farm is available now from the App Store and Google Play for $2.99.

This was one of Sierra's favorite My Town apps so far. Sierra loves Farm Animals (well animals of any kind) so she really had a lot of fun with the different farm animals that are in the game. She loved feeding and caring for her "many" animals. Mommy is glad this is a virtual world I could never help her take care of that many farm animals in real life!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Fall Seasonal Beer Bucket Giveaway

Enter to win a Fall Seasonal Beer Bucket from Gourmet Gift Baskets.

Hosted By: Going Goble

Sponsored By: Gourmet Gift Baskets

Check out our review Here


Fall Seasonal Been Bucket from Gourmet Gift Baskets

The Fall Seasonal Beer Bucket celebrates the start of colder weather...and that means darker beer, Oktoberfest style brews, and of course pumpkin beer! In the Fall seasonal beer bucket, Gourmet Gift Baskets has chosen six amazing beers that are the perfect fit for Fall. You will not only love the beers inside the sturdy bucket, but also the vast assortment of gourmet snacks like premium sausage, two flavors of handcrafted popcorn ( hickory maple bacon and buffalo ), and more. This will make a great gift for any beer lover on your list. Whether its a birthday, Christmas, or just a special occasion. Get the gift any beer lover is sure to enjoy.

  • Oktoberfest by Hacker-Pschorr - A dark copper beer with the underlying flavor of caramel - it's the perfect fall beer!
  • Oktoberfest by Otter Creek - Hops are harvested in the fall at their peak of ripeness - this beer combines the classic Oktoberfest style with aromatic fresh hops.
  •  Pumpkinhead by Shipyard - This pumpkin spiced wheat beer is delicious on its own or poured into a cinnamon sugar rimmed glass - a seasonal favorite!
  • Oktoberfest Lager by Von Trapp - A full bodied balanced Oktoberfest lager that's dark copper in color with a caramel finish that's balanced well with German hops.
  • Harvest Barn Ale by Long Trail - This fall seasonal English Brown Ale is truly a celebration of autumn; maple syrup is added during the brewing process for a lasting yet subtle sweetness.
  • Oktoberfest by Warsteiner- Celebrate German heritage with this full bodied Oktoberfest that's well-balanced with a soft, hoppy aftertaste.
  • Hickory Maple Bacon Kettle Corn by - 1.8 oz. - Bacon makes everything better - and our popcorn is no exception!
  • Summer Sausage by Bavaria - 3 oz. - This award winning all-beef summer sausage is naturally hickory smoked for outstanding flavor.
  • Spicy Cheddar & Veggie Cheese by Mountain View Cheese Co. - 2 oz. - Smooth, premium cheese that gets a welcomed kick from a medley of fresh garden veggies.
  • Deli Style Hors D’Oeuvre Crackers by Partners - .75 oz. - Delightfully crisp crackers that are baked to perfection with rich olive oil and the perfect amount of sea salt.
  • Chichester Snack Mix by Merrimack Valley Snack Company - 2 oz. - This delicious snack mix features crunchy cheese crackers, crispy pretzels, and salty nuts.
  • Buffalo Popcorn by - 1.1 oz. – If you love buffalo chicken, you’re going to love this popcorn.

My husband says this was the best gift he's ever received. I'm not much of a beer drinker myself, but figured I should give it a try. The pumpkin head beer poured into a glass, sprinkled with some brown sugar was to die for! Cut up a few slices of the spicy cheddar cheese and award winning sausage, and it makes the perfect evening snacks. The buffalo popcorn tastes just like buffalo chicken while the Hickory Smoked Maple tastes just like bacon, and who doesn't love bacon? Get ready to order up your favorite Gourmet Gift Basket and sit back and enjoy the day with a nice cold beer.
Gourmet Gift Baskets has a wide variety of baskets for all occasions; Halloween, Christmas, Valentines Day along with chocolate covered fruits, cheescakes and more.
Want a chance to win your own Fall Seasonal Beer Bucket? Enter our giveaway Here





Butterfinger Delight Recipe

What you will need:

6 full size Butterfingers (or 4 packs of the mini's)
1 Angel Food Cake
1 box Vanilla Instant Pudding
16 oz. Cool Whip
1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk


First things first, make your Vanilla Instant Pudding per instructions on the box and sit in the refrigerator for now.
Take half of your Angel Food Cake and layer the bottom of your pan (or dish, whatever you are making your dessert in). Once that is done take half of your Butterfinger bars and crush them up. Pour on top of the Angel Food Cake.
Get your Vanilla Pudding out and mix all of the cool whip with it. Next pour in 1/2 cup of powdered sugar and 1/2 can of Sweetened Condensed Milk (more or less depending on how sweet you want your dessert). Mix all together and then layer it on top of the Angel Food Cake/Butterfingers.
Now take the other half of your Angel Food Cake and put on top of the pudding mixture, then do the same with the rest of your Butterfingers. I also like to drizzle a bit more of the Sweetened Condensed Milk on top. Not only does it give it a sweeter taste but it also helps to soften the toppings. Refrigerate for about an hour or until the toppings have moistened.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

It's a Dynamite Minecraft Party

How can it be that my youngest baby just celebrated his 6th birthday? It seems that the days are passing by faster and faster. Although I dread how fast its happening, I always look forward to planning their birthday parties. The theme this year was Minecraft. Thankfully, it didn't take alot of time agreeing on a theme. He's been obsessed with everything Minecraft for a good year now so I pretty much new this is what we would be going with. As far as plates, table covers, cups and napkins, those things where incredibly hard top find. Unless you want to pay an arm and leg on Etsy. I enjoy making stuff so I decided to save my money and come up with something.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Ninja Coffee Bar System #HGG

Have you had your morning cup of coffee yet? I have, and it was the best cup of coffee I've ever had. I just used my Ninja Coffee Bar for the first time and I'm blown away. When it comes to coffee and caffeine that's something I take very seriously. My day don't begin until I've had my morning cup. I'm pretty sure the Ninja Coffee Bar may be a life changer. Do you crave that delicious cup of coffee but can't seem to get it quite right? It may be time for you to try the Ninja Coffee Bar.

The Ninja Coffee Bar comes complete with the main coffee machine, Ninja Easy Frother, Ninja Measuring Spoon, glass carafe, reusable filter and easy-to-use instructions for setting up your machine, helpful tips and a free booklet with coffee recipes. It has a removable water reservoir that twists right off. You fill it up with water and twist it back on. No more spilling water all over the counter. There is a control panel that's clearly labeled and laid out to ensure you will have no problem choosing your brew. You have options to choose what ever strength you desire.

1: Classic Brew-Hot, rich and smooth balanced flavor
2: Rich Brew- Bolder,robust, more intense flavor which stands up to milk, cream and flavorings.
3: Over Ice Brew- Brews fresh, hot coffee over ice that is 2x concentrated, so it won;t get watered down.
4: Specialty Brew- The strongest option at 3x more concentrated perfect for Cappuccino, Lattee and Flat white. Also ideal for blended drinks.

 Warming Tray- has special sensors that keep the remaining coffee warmed at the perfect temperature.
For simplicity, the general brew sizes are a 9.5 oz. cup, 11.5 oz. XL cup, 14 oz. travel mug, 18 oz travel or multi-serve, half carafe or full carafe.
  • The coffee maker that put Ninja on the map per their website: Carafe with Pod-Free Single Serve, also known as the Coffee Bar – is exactly as its title states. You can brew a carafe or a single cup. Your four sizes are: half carafe, full carafe, 9.5oz cup or travel size. Your brew options are Classic, Rich, Over-Ice, or Specialty. This is their first machine so to speak and would be great for anyone who simply wants to brew coffee. You can make specialty coffees, it just doesn’t have the built-in frother.
  • The next models are consider their Coffee Bar “Systems”. The Pod-free Single Serve System has the same cube style design as all the “system” models, but a smaller foot-print. You can brew a single cup, XL cup, Travel and Multi-Serve sizes. There’s no carafe with this model. Your brew options with the single serve model are Classic, Rich, Over-Ice, Specialty or Cafe Forte. This model includes a built in scoop. There’s no frother. You can purchase a separate hand forther called theNinja Easy Frother though.
  • Last but DEFINITELY not the least (in terms of features) – the Ninja Carafe System with Pod-free Single Serve is the model I purchased and what I’ll be talking about today.  This model is essentially the single serve and carafe packed into one nice design. It’s the full featured model. It comes in either a glass carafe with intelligent sensing warming plate or a double walled stainless steel carafe, less the warming sensor. I opted for the glass and warming sensor. I personally feel glass is just a bit cleaner than stainless and I don’t know what grade stainless steel they use. This mode features 6 sizes; single cup, XL cup, Travel and Multi-Serve, half carafe and full carafe. There’s Classic, Rich, Over-Ice, Specialty and Cafe Forte brew types. A built-in hot and cold frother , a 50 oz reservoir and a built-in scoop. The items in bold are unique to this model, vs the “Coffee Bar” model.
  • The Ninja Coffee Bars all in one machine has options for every kind of coffee drinker. It's no longer necessary to spend $5 for a cup of coffee or Lattee. At the touch of one button you can select your size ( a cup, travel mug, half pot of the carafe, or a whole pot) and the machine draws exactly the right amount of water for you. It's the perfect new product to add to your kitchen. It even reminds you when it needs cleaned by alerting you.
  • Includes:
  • 10-Cup (50 oz.) Glass Carafe
  • 10-Cup (50 oz.) Ninja Over Ice Carafe (optional accessory)
  • Built-In Frother
  • 20-Recipe Inspiration Guide
  • Ninja Smart Scoop
  • Ninja XL Hot & Cold® 22 oz. Multi-Serve Tumbler
  • Permanent Reusable Filter
  • Removable Water Reservoir

           Check out more Ninja Kitchen Products HERE

I received a sample for review purposes only. All opinions are my own and may differ from others. 

HUROM Giveaway!! Juicing Made Easy

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HUROM, a global market leader for premium slow juicers with patented slow squeeze technology, recently launched their best-selling HZ Slow Juicer in trendy Rose Gold – and they want to give YOU a chance to win one!

From September 25th to October 15th, simply register to win a HUROM HZ Rose Gold Slow Juicer ($599 value) by going to

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Spooktacular Chores Inject Halloween Fun into Housework

BusyKid shares tips for making chores festive learning experiences for kids

Many kids look forward to Halloween for months, carefully planning their costumes and mapping out the houses that give the best candy. Of course the night is dedicated to fun, but leading up to the celebration parents can even make chores spooky to get in the spirit of the season while teaching kids valuable life skills. 

Gregg Murset, CEO and founder of recommends  that parents try these chores with kids and create a money based reward system that can teach them lifelong personal finance skills.

Wipe Away the Real Cobwebs – Faux cobwebs set the scene for Halloween décor. But no one wants the real thing dangly from their ceiling, across light fixtures or in the blinds. Hand kids a duster and a flash light and put them in charge of tracking down unwanted webs from corners in your home.

Something Wicked Lurks, In the Back of the Fridge – Rotten vegetables and fruit or spoiled condiments can start to look like Eye of Newt or Pickled Chicken Tails when they are left forgotten in the back of the refrigerator for too long. Have kids sort through expiration dates, toss spoiled food and recycle cleaned out containers.

Be the Griswold’s of Halloween – Holiday decorations start to collect in bins over the years and are often forgotten when new ones are purchased on a whim. Have older kids sort through old Halloween decorations checking for burned out light bulbs or holes in inflatables that need patching. Donate anything you no longer need to a local charity. Then decorate as a family!

Make Way for Monsters – Before the ghosts, goblins, emojis and princesses take to the streets to Trick-or-Treat on Halloween make sure your yard is clean and safe. Have your kids pick up after pets, trim back shrubs and tree branches so sidewalks are clear. Pick up any stray branches, rocks or leaves in the yard that could be a slipping or tripping hazard.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Syma X5UW Drone from Cheerwing

I knew Drones would be a hit this year. All of my Mommy friends have said Drones where on the top of their kids Christmas lists. And ofcourse my boys wanted one too. When researching nice, dependable drones at a descent price I came across a company called Cheerwing.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Glow Products for Halloween Safety

Halloween night can be a bit worrisome for parents. Kids are walking the streets in the dark, some times in costumes that can barely be seen by others. We live on a small street and I always dread the actual trick or treating part because of all the traffic. There isn't sidewalks for the kids to walk safely on so we end up walking on the side of the road. This year I'm trying something new. I figured we could get some cool glow products from Oriental Trading. Not only will these stick out to the passerby cars and make sure my kids are seen, but it's something I know the boys won't care to pack around. My youngest celebrated a birthday just a few days ago so we decided to hand out some of Orientals glow products as party favors. Not only did they make amazing favors, but it meant they are more likely to use them for trick or treat. We chose the "Flashing Teeth" and called them Zombie teeth (because no 6/7 year old can pass up zombie teeth). We also got the "Light Up Flashing Batons". The boys especially loved these. They sword fit all evening with them and a lot even said the batons would match up with their Halloween costumes..Score!!! Look below to get some super simple tricks to help keep your kids safe trick or treating. Also be sure to check out my other post to see how I incorporated Halloween candy into the party.

Trick Or Treat Safety Tips:

-You don't have to wait until it's pitch black out to start trick or treating. Start a little early.
-Never go alone. Send your kids with a group of kids (and make sure there is at least one responsible adult)
- Be visible (glow products are a great accessory)
-Go to houses you know
-Make sure your kids understand traffic rules and steer clear of oncoming traffic
-Dont go inside!! Teach your children it's never ok to go inside of a strangers home
-Stay on track. Map out your route and stick with it
-Always check the candy before eating it.

                                                                    Oriental Trading


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