Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Last Chance: Milk Bone & Visa Gift Card Giveaway Ends at Midnight!

Today is the last day you can enter to win some Milk Bone Bushing Chews and a $25 Visa Gift Card! You can read my full Milk Bone post and enter to win below. Good luck!

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

NueVue iPad Mini Case Review

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Mother's Day Gift Idea: For the Tech Savvy Mom!!
Getting the perfect case to reflect your personal style and keep your expensive technology safe is almost as important as the device itself. NueVue cases for the iPhone, iPad, and iPad Mini are not only a fun and stylish way to protect your phone or tablet, but they also clean your screen and offer antimicrobial protection every time you remove the device. Why is this important? Because studies show that the average smartphone is covered with more bacteria that toilet seats, kitchen counters, and the bottom of shoes. Eww!!!  The NueVue has antimicrobial protection with BioCote technology that eliminates up to 80% of microbes in 15 minutes and continues working to eliminate up to 99.9% of miscrobes within 2 hours.

Additionally, the NueVue iPad Mini case has a sleek design and the following features:
  • Available in cotton, twill, leather, and canvas
  • Lined with the highest-grade microfibers
  • Specially designed leather strip that keeps the device secure
  • Available in a variety of colors

Review: My son has a tablet about the same size as the iPad Mini and he has been without a case for awhile. I absolutely loved that this case not only protects the tablet when not in use, but also cleans and provides antimicrobial protection. Let's face it, what 10 year old boy is making sure to sanitize his hands regularly and clean of his electronic devices?!  The case is very attractive and works great. After just sliding his tablet in and out of the case, I could see fingerprints and smudges disappear! Unlike some other cases we have tried, this one is a great fit and you don't have to fight to get the tablet to fit in or take out of the case. It is a nice, bright color and the design is attractive and appealed to both my children and me.  This would make a really great gift for Mother's Day as well! 

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Buy it here: You can purchase NueVue cases from the company's website. 

*I was provided with the above mentioned sample in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Purex No Sort for Colors Review and Giveaway (3 Winners)!

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Purex No Sort for Colors detergent is the newest laundry detergent from the Purex brand.  It is designed to simplify your laundry routine and allow you to throw all of your colored laundry, dark and light, in at the same time. Featuring a breakthrough Anti-Color-Transfer-Technology, the detergent traps loose dyes in the wash and reduces color bleeding accidents in your mixed color loads.

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Review: I am usually pretty careful with my laundry but I am certainly not immune to color bleeding accidents. Since I am super busy these days the idea of a detergent that will allow me to stop sorting laundry is extremely appealing! My kids are going through more and more clothes now that the weather is nice and washing their muddy clothing has become a several-day-a-week occurrence.  To see how well this detergent cleaned and whether or not the dye transfer inhibitor worked, I threw these muddy items of my daughter's into a full load of multi-colored clothing:

Before washing

The result: Aside from a marker stain which I probably needed to pre-treat, my entire load of laundry, to include my daughter's muddy jacket and shirt, came out clean. As you can see, there was no unintentional staining of the cream colored shirt! The entire load of laundry had the same color going in as it did coming back out (sans the dirt). I am absolutely thrilled that there is a way to make laundry a little less time consuming! 

After washing

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*The Purex brand provided me with a sample of Purex No Sort for Colors Detergent in exchange for a product review. However, all the opinions expressed here are my own. 

Progress Toward My 1st 5K Update

I have decided to turn my life around and become healthier. I am working on getting off of a lot of my medications thanks to my healthier lifestyle, have been losing weight, and decided to run my very first 5K (Color Run) in August. I decided that blogging will not only help keep me on track but may also help inspire some of you to get healthy as well.

Here is my progress so far!
Weeks until my 1st 5K run: 15
Total weight loss (since January 2):  27
Progress this week:  The weather finally broke so I was able to take my running outside and I was just not ready for the difference in running on the treadmill versus outdoors.  I did consult with several of my friends who are runners and found I was making some mistakes:
  • I was running too fast outdoors. I have been running fairly slow on the treadmill and quickly found that pacing myself outdoors is not an easy task!
  • I was mouth breathing. As soon as someone encouraged me to breath through my nose I had a lot easier time! 
  • I was running too soon after getting over a respiratory sickness. 
  • I am too early into my training to think I can conquer hills.
Once I made some alterations, running outside was easier. I am still able to run further and with less difficulty on a treadmill so I am going to have to run outside as much as possible.

My must-have this week:  Some good tunes on my iPod to keep me motivated while running! My favorites are Pink and Katy Perry. 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

OvenArt Bakeware Review and Exclusive 50% Off Offer!

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

OvenArt Silicone Bakeware products are made of premium silicone and contain zero filler material. By taking no compromises in design and construction, they've created bakeware that is nonstick, easy to clean, and will help you create enough delicious goods for a lifetime. They have a 100% customer satisfaction priority at OvenArt Bakeware and stand behind their products with a full refund policy.

Manufacturers like to use plastic filler to lower costs and consumers may initially think a sturdy silicone pan is good. However, over time, the plastic fibers can produce odors and will compromise nonstick performance. OvenArt's silicone is free of the cheaper, plastic filler material which results in a thinner silicone that works great by simply placing their bakeware on a cookie sheet before filling with batter for easier oven transfer.

Review: I have shied away from silicone bakeware until more recently and am now a huge fan. With a  good quality product (which is key), baked good can turn out perfectly and I have found that removing baked products from a silicone pan can be a lot easier than a metal one. I could tell immediately that this muffin pan was great quality and I looked forward to baking some banana chocolate chip muffins for my family. The muffins turned out great and I was very pleased with how quickly the silicone cooled which allowed me to remove the muffins from the pan much quicker than with a metal pan. It was truly non-stick and I was easily able to pop the muffins out and I did not even need to use baking liners. It was also extremely easy to clean (much easier than metal) and was dishwasher safe! I am absolutely thrilled with this bakeware and I look forward to trying other products from this company. 

Buy it Here: You can purchase the OvenArt Silicone Bakeware from Amazon. If you use the Cake Mom exclusive code CEVNONFA at checkout you will receive a whopping 50% off discount!! 

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Bachelorette Superstore Review

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Bachelorette Superstore is one of the largest online retailers for bachelorette & bridal party supplies.  They offer a wide assortment of party supplies to include decorations, wearables, party favors, and baking essentials.  Since the bachelorette party can create just as many fond memories as the wedding itself, this is a great way to make sure the bride and guests have an amazing and fun time! 

I was given the opportunity to review a few baking decorations. Their Pink Glitter Cupcake Wrappers help add some bling to the dessert table. Each package contains 12 designer wraps that have a coated liner making them reusable! I loved the bright pink color and was very happy with how easy they were to assemble. They really took cupcakes to a new level and I was happy that the glitter stayed on the wrapper and did not fall off onto the food.  These were some of the highest quality cupcake wrappers I have ever used.  To further dress up the cupcakes and help the bride feel like the princess she is, they offer a 12 pack of Tiny Tiaras. They are actually combs that can be work in the hair but also look amazing on top of the cupcakes. 

Cookies can be another fun bachelorette party treat and their Diamond Ring Cookie Cutter is perfect for such an event. The cookie cutter is metal and sturdy. The top portion where the diamond begins to form is a bit narrow so I quickly realized I had to make a thicker cookie than I had originally rolled. Once I figured this out baking the cookies was a cinch. They were also fun to decorate and I placed initials on the inside as a representation of the bride and groom's initials. 

These products were great and the prices are very affordable. I will definitely keep Bachelorette Party Superstore in mind for future party planning needs! Plus, their website has a ton of great party ideas! 

Buy it here: You can purchase these products and more from the Bachelorette Party Superstore website.

*I was provided with the above mentioned products for the purpose of facilitating this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Lazy Lizard Yoga Mat Review and Giveaway!

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I have been doing yoga for years and have encouraged and taught my children to do some poses as well. Both of them love how it keeps their backs in alignment and my daughter is always trying to work on her flexibility. The adorable Lazy Lizard Yoga Mat is a kid-sized mat that has 12 poses printed on the mat in simple line drawn style to help your little one achieve some classic and easy poses. Lazy Lizards Yoga Mats are created for a way for kids to "own" their practice.  There is even a place at the bottom of the mat that says "this mat belongs to___________." So it can be personalized. Its just the right size for them to roll up and carry themselves to the park, backyard, class, or friends house. The mats are 24W x 48L and just the right size for small bodies. They are eco- friendly and recyclable, free from toxins, PVC, latex, and natural rubber. Lazy Lizards Yoga mats, come in four different colors, blue, green, purple and lavender.

Review: My 8-year-old daughter was so excited to receive her very own yoga mat and she wasted no time in pulling out a marker to add her name. She needed no encouragement to try out the various poses on the mat. For the most part, the drawings were easy for her to follow though she was a little lost on a few of them. I was able to easily identify the intended pose (even with some of the name alterations to make them more kid-friendly) and after I demonstrated the pose, she was able to continue to follow the sequence on her mat with no help. 

Even without the illustrations, the mat was great.  The rubber was the same quality of my mat (if not better) and it stayed put nicely on the floor without slipping as my daughter worked through her poses. It also rolled up nicely making it easy to store. This is definitely a great mat for young ones!

Buy it here: You can purchase a Lazy Lizard Yoga Mat for $32 from the Lazy Lizard website. 

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Milk-Bone Brushing Chews Review & Giveaway (Includes Visa Gift Card!)

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Despite veterinarians’ recommendations for pet owners to practice regular brushing at home and schedule periodic professional teeth cleanings for their pets, more than 80 percent of dogs develop periodontal disease by 3 years of age, according to the American Veterinary Dental Society. Now, new Milk-Bone® Brushing Chews™ make your dog’s daily oral care as easy a routine as your own. And the good news is, when fed daily, Milk-Bone® Brushing Chews™ are clinically proven to be as effective as brushing a dog’s teeth twice per week based on reduction of tartar build-up and bad breath. Essentially, with Milk-Bone® Brushing Chews™, now your dog can brush its own teeth!

About Milk-Bone Brushing Chews:

  • Milk-Bone® Brushing Chews were developed to transform at-home dental care for dogs, so that now your dog to brush his own teeth every day – just like you!
  • When fed daily, Milk-Bone® Brushing Chews are clinically proven to be as effective as brushing your dog’s teeth twice per week based on the reduction of tartar build-up and bad breath
  • Milk-Bone® Brushing Chews feature a specially designed 75 degree twist that helps the brushing nubs reach down to the gum line, even cleaning hard-to-reach back teeth
  • Milk-Bone® Brushing Chews are clinically proven to reduce tartar build-up, as well as freshen your dog’s breath, bringing you and your dog closer together
  • Milk-Bone® Brushing Chews are so effective that they have earned the trusted Veterinary Oral Health Council’s (VOHC) Seal of Acceptance, similar to the American Dental Association (ADA) seal seen on human dental products

Review: Brushing my dogs' teeth has never been an easy activity and my Boxer is starting to get bad breath. I was looking forward to trying this out to see how fresh their breath was after use, how clean their teeth looked, and was eager to see if my Bulldog (who tends to regurgitate almost every bone she is ever given) can actually digest these. I was happy with all three outcomes! I did find that my Bulldog had an easier time with the mini
treats but did okay with the larger ones as well. Both my Boxer and Bulldog loved these "treats". The design of the treat is great. There are nubs and ridges right on the bone than help clean the teeth and they were also designed to  fight tarter build-up, plaque, and bad  breath. One bone covers it all and my dogs love them - what more can you ask for? 

Check out my "snorting" Bulldog, Buttercup, enjoying her Milk Bone Brushing Chew:


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Egg Dying Tips & McCormick Food Coloring Review

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Coloring Easter Eggs is a tradition for most American homes. Now that my kids are getting older, we are ready to start trying some new egg dying techniques (beyond just dipping the eggs in color). Rather than buying an egg dying kit, we decided to use McCormick food coloring and try out some of  their great egg dying tricks. 

I was given a box of their Assorted Food Coloring and Neon Food Coloring to use.  They have a really great egg dying guide that can be used to create your perfect colors and achieve some seriously fun designs.  For example, you can achieve a striped look by simply putting rubber bands around the egg before dipping in the dye!

 This is the first time we used food coloring to dye eggs and my kids were amazed at how vibrant the eggs were! The instructions on the box indicate that eggs should soak in the dye/vinegar/water mixture for 5 minutes  but my impatient kids were able to achieve amazing-looking eggs in far less time. They enjoyed trying the rubber band technique and were really proud of their eggs this year! 

I also had my kids decorate some Easter Egg cookies using the Neon Food Coloring and they created the most beautiful and festive colors for their cookies:

Our experience with McCormick Food Coloring was great and I don't think I will ever have to buy an eg dying kit again! 

*I was provided with product samples in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Purex Mom's Night Out Sweepstakes Announcement!

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Being a mom is the hardest job of all, but sometimes moms need a break too! That’s why Purex is celebrating Mother’s Day and the release of Sony’s new motion picture, Mom’s Night Out, by giving away a night out for you and up to five friends.

One Grand Prize Winner:
Limo service for the evening
Dinner at a nice restaurant
6 free movie tickets/passes
$100 bucks for movie snacks

10 runners up:
4 free movie tickets/passes

So get your BFFs together for a night out on the town, courtesy of the laundry BFFs from Purex, and enter for your chance to win today! Enter here! 

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