Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Pencil Heroes

Being a homeschooler means I'm always on the look out for fun, new products to try with my boys. Anything that is needed and can keep their attention is always a plus. Que Pencil Heroes. Pencil Heroes come in a six pack of bright colored Super Hero pencils, each #2 pencil is made with a different SuperHero design with functioning eraser capes.

Pencil Heroes are good not only for teachers and students, but they would also make great stocking stuffers, goody bag loot, back to school or prizes. The boys say they want to use theirs for Valentines Day this year. We will get some little cards and write a clever saying on them and stick the pencil inside for all of their little friends. I think they will be a hit. Not only are these designs sure to catch your child's eye, but the quality is equally as great. We've had pencils in the past that had different types of eraser attachments and while they where cute, the erasers weren't good at all and always left a smudge. These erasers work exactly like they are suppose to. The weight of both the pencil and eraser make it easy to write with. Use the link below to purchase Pencil heroes for the Super Heroes in your life.


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

#MAMdesigner and Giveaway

Each year MAM carefully tracks trends in baby fashion and brings the designs to MAM parents to hear your feedback. Have you ever thought about what pacifier designs you'd love to create if you worked at MAM? Now's your chance to be creative and play #MAMDesigner! Post a comment with an idea for two matching pacifier designs that include button design and shield color! Make sure the pacifier designs 'go' together in one pack thematically or by design. Explain your inspiration and why your design idea is a great addition to the MAM line with #MAMDesigner and #Contest.
The 5 comments with the most 'likes', 'loves' and 'wow' reactions will win $150 of MAM prizes!
Want to win $30 of MAM products from me? All you need to do is visit MAM's Facebook page and let me now your favorite design. 

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Monday, October 22, 2018

ActiveCup Review and Giveaway

Being a Mom to a newborn, and homeschooling my older boys, along with the everyday household duties, I feel like I run on caffeine. As soon as my eyes open of the morning I turn my coffee pot on. Ofcourse by the time I get the kids up and ready or the day my coffee is already cold. I end up needing to warm it in the microwave at least three or four times a morning. So, I'm always looking for the best cups to keep my drink warm.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Hen In A Hurry

Chef prepared meal subscriptions made with clean, sustainably sourced, responsibly raised ingredients from our trusted farmers and purveyors.

No Waste. No Prep. No Preservatives. Just heat and enjoy!

Hen in a Hurry was hatched in the small kitchen of the popular Greensboro, North Carolina eatery, Iron Hen Cafe. Spurred by a flock of requests from loyal patrons this idea came to fruition, delivering sustainable, ethically-sourced, prepared meals to you - at work or home.

We favor organic and locally grown, but make exceptions in order to highlight other farmers and producers, who use time-honored methods and deliver very good products.

Our Mission is to connect the food we the farm it came the people we love.

We pride ourselves in being responsible both, locally and globally, and proudly bring these offerings to you from our 10,000 square foot commissary kitchen located in Downtown Greensboro's Morehead Foundry.

All subscriptions are no commitment - pause or cancel any time. All orders placed by 12 Noon EST on Thursday will be shipped the following Monday afternoon. If ship date falls on a holiday then orders will be shipped the following day. 

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Entenmanns Little Bites and Hotel Transylvania 3

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  • In partnership with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Entenmann’s® is launching a frightfully fun offer to celebrate the DVD release of Hotel Transylvania 3.
  • From September 1, 2018, through October 30, 2018, with the purchase of any three five-count Entenmann’s® Little Bites® or three eight-count Entenmann’s® donut products, you will have the opportunity to receive a free HT3 draw-string bag.
  • Entenmann’s® Little Bites® are pre-portioned pouches of delicious baked snacks made with real ingredients like blueberries, strawberries and bananas
  • Entenmann’s® makes a variety of delicious, cake style donuts such as Rich Chocolate Frosted, Crumb and Powdered
  • For more information about the promotion and to access fun – and free! - Hotel Transylvania 3 activities, please visit

Entenmanns has been a part of my household for several years now. Whether it be packing lunches for on the go, or just a quick snack at home, my boys always prefer the deliciousness of Little Bites muffins and Momma prefers the ease of grabbing a pack and being done. Is your family big fans of Entenmann's? If so make sure to enter my giveaway for the opportunity to win a $25 virtual Visa gift card, 2 coupons for $5.00 off the purchase of Entenmann's Little Bites and 1 coupon for $7.00 off the purchase of Entenmann's Donuts. Giveaway will be posted no later than Thursday,October 11,2018.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Old Time Candy Halloween Giveaway

Hosted by Reviewz & Newz

Nothing says Trick or Treat like an all decades box from Old Time Candy.   They have your fave candy from the  1950's to the 1990's.  I think my absolute favorite is the Chunky!  And, who can forget candy cigarettes?  No matter what kind of candy you like, you can find it in this box,

Old Time Candy can provide many messages on the boxes, as well as a huge selection of candy.

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This giveaway is for 3 days only, so the winner can get the Trick or Treat Box delivered in time for Halloween.  Old Time Candy will ship the box to the winner.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Step2 Hot Wheels Extreme Thrill Coaster Giveaway

Welcome to the Step2 Hot Wheels Extreme Thrill Coaster Giveaway!

Do you have a little Hot Wheels fan? They’re going to love this awesome Hot Wheels Extreme Thrill Coaster from Step2! Miranda at Thrifty Nifty Mommy is sharing all about her family's experience with this coaster today. Click HERE to read all about it!

Product Details

Bring all of the excitement of an amusement park right to your own backyard with the Hot Wheels™ Extreme Roller Coaster by Step2! Little thrill seekers can push the coaster car up the non-slip step ramp to the platform peak all by themselves to further enhance their gross motor skills! This study, extra-long kid’s roller coaster will be an instant neighborhood hit! Made in USA of US and imported parts from China.
  • Includes 5 extra feet (1.52 meters) of track for a total of 14 (4.26 meters) of easy-step track with a 30 inch (76.2 cm) high platform
  • The Hot Wheels™ coaster car, decals and styling will excite children of all ages and encourage them to get outside and play!
  • Easy-entry coaster car allows for balanced mounting and riding down the roller coaster’s real track hill
  • Hot Wheels™ coaster car includes hand-grips, footrests and a high seat back
  • Children will learn how to cooperate with one another as they take turns riding down the Hot Wheels™ Extreme Roller Coaster
  • Durable poly construction will last for years to come
  • Maximum coaster weight: 75 lbs. (34 kg)
  • Adult assembly required
We’ve partnered with Step2 to give one lucky reader a Hot Wheels Extreme Thrill Coaster for their little race car fan, a $329 Value! Open to the continental US only. Ends 8/27/18 at 11:59 PM EST. Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below. Good Luck!

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Monday, August 6, 2018

A&W Root Beer Floats with Family Fun Night

Family Game night is always a treat in our household. We stay pretty busy so we love finding time to spend together. We don't always have the luxury of going out, so we like planning nights in. We usually just get out some board games, make some snacks and enjoy ourselves. Today we let the boys choose the games. Logan chose a Shopkins board game, and Ashton decided on Candy Land. Since they chose the games Momma chose the treats. Today is National Root Beer Float Day, what better treat than our own Root Beer Floats? I didn't do anything fancy. Hey, I'm 9 months pregnant and not a lot of energy. HaHa, but these where the best tasting root beer floats I've ever had. 

I did however use our adorable A&W cups to make everything cuter. The boys love vanilla ice cream and sprinkles. So we used the little cups of individual vanilla icecream with sprinkles already on top. They each got their own cup and got to scoop it on top of the creamy A&W Root Beer. Feeling like they made their own floats was a treat in itself for them. I don't normally allow them to make their own food or drinks because it causes a bigger mess than I want to clean, but these where so simple and brought the biggest grins to their faces. If this recipe isn;t your favorite then try a few different ones until you find one you like. Use some whipped cream and cherries, whipped cream with sprinkled chocolate (which sounds absolutely amazing) or flavored syrups. There are endless possibilities. 
A&W Root Beer has a long history of creating family memories.The unique,creamy taste is a simple treat that creates fun, care-free experiences or families and can help make any moment special. I remember weekends with my grandparents and they never ended before we had all had our root beer floats. It was my grandpas favorite treat and a time I'm trying to recreate with my own family. 
Visit the link below to get some inspiration for recipes and start your own traditions today with A&W Root Beer Floats. 

For Float "How-Tos" and recipe inspiration visit

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Friday, July 27, 2018


DaffaDoot is all about family values, and we are on a mission to improve the lives of everyone we can reach. We are a Mother/Daughter team, and proudly donate our time and money to numerous organizations supporting pregnant moms-to-be, new parents, battered women, and school age children. We are insanely committed to providing the best customer service on the planet and delivering only the highest quality products available.

Happy Times! DaffaDoot Brings It!

My Readers Receive 20% off orders using Promo Code HWBLFYLE
Happy baby equals happy parents!!

1. Crib Wedge -
DaffaDoot Baby Reflux Wedge Pillow. For babies who frequently suffer from reflux or dramatically spit-up. It's a safe, natural baby reflux treatment which gently elevates the baby's head and torso to help alleviate discomfort due to frequent stomach acid or frequent spitting up.

We used only the best material, making it waterproof, hypo-allergenic, and anti-bacterial. Drooling, spit-up, and leaky diapers can all wreak havoc, but cleanup with a disinfectant wipe or warm rag is a breeze. It sports a non-skid bottom (holding the wedge firmly in place for safety and convenience), is free of harsh chemicals, and meets and exceeds all federal safety regulations.

2. Auto Seat Protector -
Deluxe Auto Seat Protector

Got grime? We have the solution.

We all know the importance of having children in carseats and boosters, but without some kind of protection under their seat or booster, all those dropped cookies and Cheerios can make a serious mess. Plus, car seats and boosters have a nasty habit of digging and denting your fine upholstery and leaving a permanent mark on your backseat.

What you need is some high end protection.

Our latest release, the Deluxe Auto Seat Protector is exactly what you need. Other mats or pads can't compete with our 14mm padding and heavy duty durability. Our neoprene non-slip backing grips like no other, and our Universal Fit with an extended "lock-down" bulb ensures that no matter what you drive, it's perfect for you and your kids.

It's Full-Size, Premium Construction, with No Compromises. We've used only the strongest material and threads, and reinforced in ALL the right places. Many protectors provide only a sliver of extra fabric and claim to protect your seat, but we refuse to compromise on quality. It's evident from the first moment you take our protector out of its box. You will enjoy the premium feel, the superior stitching, and the quality fabric.

Did we mention that it's anti-slip and color-fast? We even baked it in an oven to make sure it could take the heat. And it has spacious elastic storage pockets where you can keep things like diapers, pacifiers, bottles, sippy cups, toys, wipes...and yes, a bag of extra Cheerios. Bottom line, it's perfect for you and perfect for your little one.
3. Car mirror -
Baby Car Mirror - Crystal Clear Rear Facing Baby Mirror - Safety Certified & Crash Tested - Shatterproof Back Seat Baby Mirror - Gorgeous Gift Box

Your baby's smile is worth it! No doubt about it! That's why we insist on the highest quality, with just the right amount of curvature, shatterproof glass, and a solid stay-put mount... all so Baby gets a perfect reflection of herself in the mirror. She will have a blast babbling, giggling and jabbering at that "other baby in the mirror." And should she get lonely, she simply needs to look up and can see Mommy looking back at her! Oh yeah, because you can see her too!

Just like you, DaffaDoot is all about safety, and we understand how frightening it can be when you're driving and baby makes a funny choking sound, and you can't see around her rear facing car seat to see why! Boost your confidence with the safer baby car mirror specifically designed and tested for parents wanting a safe way to view Baby. It's the Best of the Best with its independent lab-crash-test, safety tested rating, and shatterproof crystal-clear reflection.

Installation is an absolute breeze! No tricky parts to snap together, no tools needed, & installs in seconds. (Requires an adjustable headrests for proper installation.) You can rest easy because here at DaffaDoot, we are totally committed to providing a robust, quality product, & if you have ANY problems with your DaffaDoot mirror, simply let us know and we promise to make it right. We truly want you to love our mirror as much as we do. It's that simple.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Entenmann's Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation Promotion & $25 Virtual Visa Giveaway

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In collaboration with Sony Pictures Animation, Entenmann’s® is launching a frightfully fun promotion to celebrate the theatrical release of Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, in theaters July 13, 2018
·         From May 28, 2018 to August 3, 2018, fans will receive $5.00 off a movie ticket to see the film with the purchase of three five-count specially marked Entenmann’s® Little Bites® or eight-count specially marked Entenmann’s® Donuts.
·         Entenmann’s® Little Bites® are the perfect pre-portioned pouches of delicious baked snacks made with real ingredients like blueberries, strawberries, and banana
  • With most varieties at less than 200 calories per pouch, Little Bites® Muffins are a good source of calcium and vitamin D, and contain no high fructose corn syrup or trans fat, making them a snack kids will love and a choice parents can feel good about
·         Entenmann’s® makes a variety of delicious, cake style donuts such as fan favorites like Rich Frosted, Crumb and Powdered
·         For more information about the promotion and to access fun – and free! – Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation activities, and to redeem the promotional offer, please visit

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, in theaters July 13, 2018:
In Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, join our favorite monster family as they embark on a vacation on a luxury monster cruise ship so Drac can take a summer vacation from providing everyone else's vacation at the hotel.   It’s smooth sailing for Drac’s Pack as the monsters indulge in all of the shipboard fun the cruise has to offer, from monster volleyball to exotic excursions, and catching up on their moon tans. But the dream vacation takes a dangerous turn when Mavis realizes Drac has fallen for the human captain of the ship, Ericka, who holds a mysterious secret that threatens them all. Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky and written by Genndy Tartakovsky and Michael McCullers, the film is produced by Michelle Murdocca.

Entenmanns has been a part of my household for several years now. Whether it be packing lunches for on the go, or just a quick snack at home, my boys always prefer the deliciousness of Little Bites muffins and Momma prefers the ease of grabbing a pack and being done.

One lucky follower will have the opportunity to win a $25 virtual Visa gift card and three coupons each valid for $7.00 off the purchase of any Entenmanns product. All you need to do to be eligible to win is be active with our Facebook page by liking, sharing or commenting on posts. For an extra entry share our original Entenmanns post on Facebook or Twitter. A winner will be chosen in 24 hours.

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Organizational Products to Fit Your Homeschool Needs

The end of my first full year of homeschooling has officially came to an end. That doesn't mean the work stops there. Unfortunately I'm already getting things ready for next year. Since this was our first year, I feel like I've learned ways to make things easier on not only my kids, but myself as well. Organization is the key to my sanity. I ran around like a chicken with its head cut off for most of the year. Constantly searching for this or that, misplacing important papers and everything else.
Thankfully, when you find the right products, organizing isn't that hard. While looking for products to help keep our home school room organized I knew the main thing I needed was shelving. I don't have the time, no patience to try building my own shelves. Instead I found the perfect 4 shelf book case to hold a majority of our supplies all in one place.
The Bassinger 4 Shelf Bookcase from Ameriwood Furniture is made of laminated particleboard and MDF. Putting it together was a breeze. With the help of my husband it took maybe a half hour from start to finish. With a new baby on the way I admired the fact that the shelf came with a wall mounting kit to prevent tipping injuries.

I found  a plastic bin at my local Dollar Tree to keep smaller items like scissors, glue crayons etc in and put them on a shelf so the kids will know right where to look. I used a cute metal crate to keep things like Math manipulatives, clay, glitter etc. The top is used for the books we use daily. The binders and workbooks along with a cup for dry erase makers (the boys love playing on the dry erase boards but tend to leave the lids off the markers), they now know to always put the markers back in their place.

I also organized all of their "fun" books onto one shelf. Our night time reads, books about Dinosaurs, sharks, astrology and all of that fun stuff. The bottom will be used for Science experiments (once I gather all of those up). I try to keep things like that boxed up so that we don't lose any of the ingredients, but life happens. In all honesty, the main thing that helps me keep my composure when it comes to home schooling, is to keep organized. I feel less frazzled when I know exactly where everything is. Most days I'll give the boys a few minutes of what I call "busy work", which is just something simple to keep them occupied. While they are busy with that I go ahead and write lesson plans for the next day and get all the books and/or papers together so that we are all set the next morning.
Another option would be the Aaron Lane Book Case with Sliding Glass Doors. I had got his particular shelf with the intention of using it for all of the things I would need for schooling, but didn't want the kids to have easy access too. Once I set it up I realized it matched the upcoming babies crib set perfect. I figured keeping babies things neat and organized will also save me a lot of time and sanity. With a new baby expected to welcome our family in late August, right around the time we will start back school, I'm trying to find ways to make life easier on all of us. I'll show you guys a quick snap below. I haven't had time to get it stocked up and ready, but for now I figured I'll use it to keep some of babies necessities like sleepers, onesies, diapers and wipes.

Whether you're looking for storage and organizational products or just furniture to spruce up your house, be sure to check out everything that Ameriwood Furniture offers.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Storkcraft and Graco Giveaway

With a new baby scheduled to arrive later this month, today over at Thrifty Nifty Mommy, Janessa is sharing her review of the Graco Mackenzie 5-in-1 Upholstered Convertible Crib along with the Graco Premium Foam Mattress in a Box. If you're looking for an affordable crib and mattress solution for your new baby, this looks like a great choice!

Graco Mackenzie 5-in-1 Upholstered Convertible Crib Description

Showcasing rich upholstery for a luxurious look and feel, the Graco Mackenzie 5-in-1 Upholstered Convertible Crib will add style to any baby's room. This crib combines an arched headboard with a reversible upholstered panel, giving it a transitional design with a modern touch. The plush upholstered panel offers versatility with a wood option on the reverse side.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Lansinoh Prize Package Giveaway

Are you searching for a great breast pump that's also affordable? If so, then look no further than the Lansinoh SmartPump!

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Breast pumping goes high-tech with Lansinoh's Smartpump Double Electric Breast Pump. This double breast pump has two sizes of flanges to choose from to best fit your breasts. There are three customizable pumping styles as well as two-phase technology to help mom achieve let-down and then transition to expression mode that mimics baby's feeding style. The suction also has eight varying levels. In addition to these many features, the electric breast pump has Bluetooth technology to transmit and track information related to pumping, such as average duration. Every breastfeeding mom needs one f these pumps!

Check out this Lansinoh Smartpump review for all the details on this great double electric breast pump!

Friday, May 11, 2018

Panasonic Long Range Baby Monitor Giveaway

Are you in the market for a new video baby monitor? Today over at Thrifty Nifty Mommy, Janessa is sharing her full Panasonic Long-Range Baby Monitor review. Make sure you head over and read her full review to see if it's the right monitor for you!

I've teamed up with Janessa and a few other bloggers to bring you a giveaway today for your own Panasonic Long-Range Baby Monitor!

Details of the Panasonic Long-Range Baby Monitor

  • Long range. Experience secure, clear and uninterrupted, extra long range power with DECT technology for signal ranges longer and stronger than 2.4GHz frequency monitors.
  • Smart sensor alerts. Temperature, motion and sound-triggered alerts with customized sounds, including chime, LED monitor notifications, auto screen-on mode, and lullaby and white noise autoplay.
  • Long life battery. The KX-HNC3001W color monitor includes a built-in rechargeable battery for up to 13 hours of standby time, and up to 5 hours of active, continuous use.
  • Two-way talk. Enjoy clear sound with noise reduction to suppress background interference, plus microphones and speakers in camera and monitor for two-way audio communication with the child.
  • Complete monitoring system. Easily pan, tilt and zoom monochrome KX-HN3001W night vision camera, 3.5 in. color monitor KX-HN3001W with built-in long-life rechargeable battery, camera wall mount and AC adapter.
  • In the Box - Panasonic KX-HN3001W Color Monitor, Panasonic KX-HN3001W Night Vision Camera, Speaker Wall Mount, AC Adapter
If you'd like a chance to win this great monitor, enter using the Giveaway Tools entry form below.

Good luck!

Disclosures: This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter or Youtube. Prize fulfillment is the responsibility of Panasonic. For questions about this giveaway, please contact Janessa at Thrifty Nifty Mommy.

Magicube by Geomag Safari Park Set Giveaway

Do your children love playing with blocks? Today over at Thrifty Nifty Mommy, Janessa is sharing about a brand of magnetic building blocks that are new to the US - Magicube by Geomag, from the Geomagworld brand! They are fun, colorful blocks that are enjoyable to a broad range of ages!

I've teamed up with Janessa today to offer our readers a chance to win this fun building block set - the Magicube by Geoworld Safari Park Set!

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Roarin' Dinosaur Party and $50 Oriental Trading Gift Card Giveawy

Birthdays are my absolute favorite. I love all of the planning, prepping and decorating it takes to pull off the ultimate bash. This year for my son, Logans 11th birthday, we decided on a small celebration at his grandma's house. He is currently obsessed with dinosaurs, so thats the theme we ran with.

Cupcake cakes are amazing! Not only do they look super cute, but they are so much easier to deal with. No cutting up individual pieces, kids can just run up and crab a cupcake. Not only are they simpler but also much cheaper. We only paid $30 for 24 cupcakes. I found this idea online and got a local baker to make them. We did white and red velvet. They where delicious and a huge hit. I wasn't sure how many guests to expect so I got some a Dino cupcake kit from Oriental Trading and made a few extra.

One of my favorite pieces of decor is this treat stand which also came from Oriental Trading. I filled the cones with Bugles and made a place card that said Dino-Claws. The kids where amazed by these. We also had a place for the "Drinking-Hole" which included soda, juice and water. 

Goody bags are always a hit with the kids, so we had a separate table just for the goodies. I let the kids just go over and grab what they wanted. Everything I used came from Oriental Trading. I got dinosaur cellophane bags filled with dino filled plastic eggs, small plastic dino cups, dinosaur lollipops and small containers of slime. We also had the dinosaur grabbers and masks. 

It was a beautiful day outside and we wanted a couple games for the kids to keep busy. I got Pin The Tail on The Dino (Oriental Trading) which gave the kids alot of laughs. We also found this cute idea on Pinterest. It was pretty simple. Just draw a dino head on a big poster board and wrap up a cone party hat as the dino's horn, and get a few glow stick bracelets from the Dollar Tree. Let the kids take turns throwing the rings around the horn. We also made our own photo frame. 

The Dinosaur inflatables where beautiful. All of the kids, and adults enjoyed taking pictures with them. I do believe they where the staple piece, decoration wise.

As you may have noticed from all of my birthday party posts, I do get the majority of our decorations and supplies from Oriental Trading. Not only are the prices unbelievable, but I also love that I can buy things in bulk. Make sure to browse some of our past parties like the Minecraft and Lego  parties, plus many more. Then check out the giveaway below and enter to win a $50 Gift Card to Oriental Trading.

$50 Oriental Trading Gift Card Giveaway

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Pop N Play Zits for Your Little Pranksters

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Kids are born pranksters. My 7 year old has been playing pranks on his older brother for as long as I can remember. First came the whoopie cushion, then stink bombs, fake vomit, slime and poop emoji toys.  Now New York City’s NSI International, Inc. is taking “gross” to a whole new level. Introducing ZitsTM (EWWW!) pop n’ play pimples. Just press them on, squeeze ‘em, and gross out everyoneZits is loads of fun for kids and pretty realistic. When they first arrived at our doorstep my youngest immediately put some on his face, went to the bathroom mirror and yelled for his older brother to come in. He soon as he sees him walk through the door he starts "busting" his zits and toy puss goes everywhere. The oldest is running,yelling "Ewwww, your gross". My husband and I got quite a kick out of it. It's a great gag gift or even toy for an older child. My 11 year old has gotten  hard to buy for. He doesn't play with the same toys other kids his age enjoy. The new Zits toy is something my oldest considers an age appropriate toy for himself. You can actually bust Zits and a realistic "puss" comes out of them; super fun to hear my boys tell it!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Quick Tips For Purchasing a New Vehicle

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Purchasing a new vehicle, whether it be brand new off the show room floor, or a "new to you" vehicle, can be an exciting yet stressful time. We normally have an idea in our mind of the type of vehicle we want, and the amount of money we intend to spend. When making a big purchase like a vehicle it's important to keep a few things in mind to make your experience a more pleasurable one.
In my opinion the most important thing to do is set a budget. No matter if you plan on paying cash or making monthly payments, you need a budget. Sit down and discuss your monthly bills. Figure out how much money you can put toward this purchase without putting yourself in a tough financial spot. Keep in mind added expenses like the insurance.
Next is research. You want to spend as much time as needed researching different vehicles. A good place to start is You can find alot of information and resources on all sorts of models. When you have an idea of the type of vehicle you want, it can take away alot of stress. Even deciding on a small car or SUV can make all the difference. Something to keep in mind, especially if you have a family or plan on starting a family eventually, then you'll want a vehicle to fit your kids and car seats in. Here is a good article with car seat checks, which lists vehicles that can fit up to 3 car seats.
If you don't plan on paying cash (let's be honest, most of us can't afford to pay cash). Then you may also want to call around and look for the best rates or to get pre-approved for a loan. Some times you can get a much lower rate when going through a credit union rather than a dealership.
Most of us have our eyes and hearts set on brand new vehicles. Make sure to shop around though and don't completely dismiss the possibility of a used vehicle. Most times you can find the same car you want, used, at a much cheaper price. And don't settle. I know we all get in a hurry at times and make quick decisions we could later regret. Purchasing a new vehicle takes time, research and planning.

           Do you have any tips for making a new car purchase? Let me know below. 

Friday, March 23, 2018

SneakPeek Gender Test Was Wrong UPDATE

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Opinions stated in this post are my own personal opinions. 

With age usually comes patience. Notice I said "usually". Even at 33 years old ,patience isn't a virtue I posses. I'm currently almost three months pregnant with my "happy accident". As soon as I found out I was pregnant I had a feeling I was having a girl. I immediately started buying everything pink. I knew I was taking a chance, but I just couldn't help myself. 
I began searching online for gender tests. Almost everything I found had fine print at the bottom reading "This product is only intended for fun and is not based on scientific evidence". Finally I stumbled upon Sneak Peak, The Early Gender Test. After doing quite a bit of research on the company and product, I decided this was just what I needed to find out the gender of my new bundle of joy. 

Sneak Peek is the only 99% accurate, at-home gender DNA Test. This early detection gender test has been designed to be taken in the stress free environment of your own home. Within 24 hours of receiving your sample, Sneak Peek will identify the gender of your baby by detecting the presence of fetal DNA.
When ordering your test you have two options. The first option is the first Sneak Peak test. They deliver a turn around time of 5-7 days from the day you place your order. The other option, which is what I got is the Fast Track. With Fast Track you could receive results within 72 hours from the time you place your order, depending on postal delivery times etc. 
I received my first test on a Thursday. So i waited until Friday morning, when I was 9 weeks and 2 days pregant, to take the test then immediately took test to the post office. By the next evening I received an email saying my sample wasn't up to quality standards, meaning it couldn't be tested. I admit I kind of worried about this because my blood immediately clotted. Thankfully within a couple of days I had my new test (sent free of charge). I felt more confident this time around since I knew what to expect and I was 10 weeks pregnant by that time. 

Now on to the actual testing. Since the test basically checks for male DNA it's very important to keep all males away and out of the room when you test. Unfortunately my entire house is completely dominated by males. Funny enough, the room with the least amount of male DNA happens to be my two sons bedroom. They literally spend no time in there so I decided it was my best bet. I even kept my boy dog out of the room (no idea if a dog could contaminate it but I wasn't taking any chances). I made sure to clean there table with soap and water, air dry and then clean again with Clorox Wipes. I also wiped off the package with Clorox wipes before opening it and then washed my hands. Upon opening the package I sat everything out neatly on the table and made sure it was all in arms reach so that I didn't have to reach across the table. The kit comes with a vial for your blood, 3 different lancets to poke your finger (seems excessive but believe me, you may need them). A nail brush to scrub your nails before testing, band-aid and gauze, and the container along with pre-paid postage to send your blood sample back. Let me once again tell you how important the hand washing and nail scrubbing is especially if you have males in your household. You want to wash and scrub better than you ever have so that there's no possibility of having that male DNA on your hands. Per the easy to follow, step by step instructions, it's also really important to do the hand/arm exercises to get your blood flowing. It does require close to half a vial of blood so you don't want to get half way there and no more blood come out. I actually did run out and had to poke another finger. Since it's recommended to get your blood in a 3 minute time frame I was definitely worried I had messed up another test, but I continued on. I recommend going ahead and poking your finger twice so that you are more likely to get enough blood in the time frame.  This time I made sure to properly shake the sample and could clearly see that my blood wasn't clotted. I wiped off any excess blood and put the vial in the container and immediately sent my husband to drop it off at the post office. 

Around 4pm (EST) the very next day I received an email from Sneak Peak stating my sample was checked in and I would have results within 8 hours. Eeeeeeek!!! I was so nervous. When I tell you I checked my email every 2 to 3 minutes I am not exaggerating. About three hours later I saw a notification pop up on my phone that said "your results are in". We had our gender reveal planned for the next day and I was suppose to be surprised but I couldn't help have a little peak. Seeing the results made tears of happiness roll down my cheeks!! I'm in Eastern Kentucky and as luck would have it we where in the middle of an emergency flood situation. The big gender reveal we had planned wasn't possible because so much of our families where stuck and couldn't make it. I was so ready to make the announcement that I decided to go ahead and have a small reveal for the few people who could come. We had one of those cute footballs filled with powder to use. The reveal wasn't quite as "Huge" as I had planned because my football fanatic husband insisted on throwing the ball into the air to kick it (even after I repeatedly told him no). He ends up barely snipping the ball and it didn't give quite the explosion we wanted,but.....

Thankfully when that PINK powder hit the ground and bust all over the place, the reaction from our family made it the most perfect reveal ever!!! A little Girl!! My husband was so excited and proud. Seeing the look of surprise and happiness on every ones faces meant so much to me. Finding out this early on and being able to have much more time to buy and plan things have made this pregnancy seem much less stressful. I'll be forever grateful to Sneak Peek for allowing us this opportunity!!   

UPDATE- March 23,2018: I'm going to make this quick because to be honest, I'm still quite upset. As you have just read we where told by this company that we where having a baby GIRL. 6 weeks went by where my family and I built a bond with this baby "girl". We spent hundreds of dollars on baby clothes and baby decor. I took my test at 10 weeks and 2 days so I felt very confident. My doctor even assured me again today that baby is measuring correctly. Fast forward to when we got the gender ultrasound just a few hours ago. As soon as the tech put the doppler on my belly I immediately saw my baby boys pee wee flashing across the screen. They even did a vaginal ultrasound next just to get a better angle and be completely sure....he was still a Boy!! Ofcourse I'm going to love this little boy beyond all measure, but I'm still very upset that my results where wrong. I've had a hard time explaining to my young sons that they won't be getting their little sister. For weeks they went to sleep every night telling her they loved her and kissing my belly. Telling my mother in law that she won't be getting her first born grand daughter after all, was also a really tough conversation. We ALL spent weeks building a bond with this baby "girl" and becoming attached. The Sneak Peek at home test is advertised as being 99%. I must have been in that 1% which gets inaccurate results. If you take this particular test I would advise you to not put all of your emotions into it like I did. 
The company stands by it's results and offered to send another test. I honestly don't think I could go through that again. They also explained in my case, what they think may have yielded the Girl results. If the test yields a girl result and you are carrying a boy, it is possible at the time of testing that there was not a large amount of fetal DNA circulating in the blood (which is normal for some females) thus making the Y target DNA (male chromosome) go undetected. 

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