Tuesday, March 31, 2015

My Baby Got his Hair Cut!

I loved my baby boys hair and so did he it was long a just fit his personality. It was getting way to long and he was being mistaken for a girl alot so his daddy wanted to get it cut. I made the decision and went and got it trimmed :insert sadness: Its going to take some getting used to but he looks adorable and is a big boy now!




Monday, March 30, 2015

The Berenstain Bears’ Country Cookbook Cub-Friendly Cooking with an Adult By Mike Berenstain

The Berenstain Bears’ Country Cookbook
Cub-Friendly Cooking with an Adult
By Mike Berenstain

It’s The Berenstain Bears' Country Cookbook! Bear lovers everywhere are sure to find favorite recipes for fun food in this new kid-friendly, cookbook—ranging from Bear favorites that use honey and berries to delicious main meals and breakfasts, and even Berenstain favorites like Jan Berenstain’s famous Green Lasagna.
Featuring breakfast, lunch, main meal, and dessert recipes as well as kid-friendly cooking tips such as food and measurement conversions, this is sure to become a go-to cookbook for delicious and fun recipes kids can cook with an adult.
Hailee is at the age when every day she is asking if she can help make Lunch or Dinner. She really likes to help out. I knew she would just love the Berenstain Bears’ Country Cookbook.

The book is full of easy recipes for all meals that are delicious as well as easy for kids to help make.

Breakfast recipes includes: Bear-ry Delicious Scones, Bunny Biscuits, Bear-y God Oatmeal, Crepes with Berries, Tasty Toboggans, Fruit Salad, Monkey Bread, Sausage & Tater Tot Wraps, Scotch Eggs and Toast With Eggs & Cheese.

Lunch recipes includes: Banana & Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup, Crustless Tuna Sandwiches, Lettuce Wraps, Mini Pizzas, Spinach Salads, Shepherd's Pie, Sub Sandwich, Tomato & Bacon Quiche and Turkey Shaped Sandwiches.

Main Dishes recipes includes: Bear-y Good Mac & Cheese, Corn on the Cob, Easy Enchiladas, Green Noodle Lasagna, Grilled Chicken with Carrots, Meat & Potato Kabobs, Chicken Quesadillas, Red Bean, Sausage & Rice, Skilled Fried Potatoes and White Chicken Chilli.


Desserts & Snacks includes: Applesauce, Banana Pops, Blu-beary Pie, Cola Cake, Candied Pretzels, Coconut Nest with Fruit, Honey Hunt Cookies, Mug Brownies, Panda Cupcakes and Race Car Cookies.


Mini Pizza's are one of the kids favorites! Easy to make and they can customize it to their liking!


The items featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

13Deals.com Review & Giveaway


While searching for some new products I came across 13Deals.com. I looked at the site forever checking out the huge variety of items they carry.

I was offered to review a few. I chose to review Good Earth 10 Inch Incandescent Plug-In Under Cabinet Light Strip & the Reversible Anti-Fatigue Cushioned Mat.

I was really in need of a light for above my kitchen sink. My kitchen light is very dim and does not help me see while washing dishes. The Good Earth 10 Inch Incandescent Plug-In Under Cabinet Light Strip was the perfect solution.
  • 6 foot cord and all necessary mounting hardware is included


It was easy to assemble and is now helping me see to wash my dishes in the sink! The price is great to at only $7.99 its very affordable.

Living in a household of 6 people we use alot of dishes, I feel like its a never ending job. With the Reversible Anti-Fatigue Cushioned Mat I can stand at the sink a little longer. I have very bad feet so even standing for a short amount of time is killer. The Anti Fatigue mat is very nicely cushioned and squishy when you walk on it. Even the baby loves standing on it. It come sin many colors to match your decor. I chose Pear/Wine and use the Wine color to match my kitchen. It very easy to wipe clean and looks great!


Product Features:
  • Non-slip bottom.
  • 20"L x 36"W
  • Phthalate free.
  • Available in Brown/Orange, Blue/Green, Pear/Wine, Brown/Gray or Blue/Gray.
  • Also great for laundry rooms and Bathrooms.
There are many different types of products on the site from socks to hoses!

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The items featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

NO-AD NEW ANTI-AGING Body Lotion and Spray Review

Its Spring and when Spring comes so does my families dry skin! My whole house suffers from severe dry skin especially me. I was sent two wonderful products to try out NO-AD Prevent & Repair Body Lotion and NO-AD Prevent & Brighten Body Spray.


These multi-functional products provide powerful anti-aging protection three ways: 
 
1. PREVENT:  Helps prevent photo aging with SPF 15 UVA/UVB broad-spectrum protection
2. MOISTURIZE:  Pentavitin® provides up to 36 hours of moisturization while helping to even and restore skin¹s natural glow
3. REPAIR or BRIGHTEN:  Feature a premium blend of vitamins, antioxidants.

While reading everything about these great products I read that the Prevent & Repair Body Lotion contains purified Watermelon extract. I have never heard of watermelon extract being in lotion.

REPAIR: Fights free radicals, helps prevent and repair cell damage, helps reduce inflammation, boosts collagen production, gives skin firmness and strength while improving its natural barrier function. Fresh cucumber-aloe fragrance. Pepha®-Protect purified Watermelon extract, protects skin cell DNA from UV light-induced free radicals

-Aloe Vera acts as an anti-inflammatory
-Vitamin A stimulates cell growth for smoother skin
-Vitamin B6 protects against free radicals
-Vitamin C  fights free radicalshelps smooth and firm skin
-Vitamin Dexerts protective, rejuvenating effect
-Vitamin E eases dryness, bolsters skin's UV defense
Now if we can just get the warm weather to enjoy the outdoors & sun we can be protected by just using this everyday lotion!

BRIGHTEN:  Helps to diminish the appearance of age spots/ brown spots, even out skin tone, brighten skin and restore its natural glow. It is important to note that use of brightening products without sunscreen, as found in this product, can reverse brightening effects. Fresh cucumber-aloe fragrance.

-Vitamin B3 (niacinamide) brightens, boosts hydration to reduce redness, minimizes dark spots, increases production of ceramides and fatty acids ‹ key components of skin's protective barrier

-Vitamin C fights free radicals, helps smooth and firm skin
-Vitamin E eases dryness, bolsters skin's UV defense
-Argan Oil helps diminish appearance of age spots; brightens
-Sunflower Oil is a source of Vitamin E (lotion only)

I really love the Prevent & Brighten Body Spray. As a mom of 4 kids and always running around this spray makes applying my lotion so easily and helps me stay moisturized all day long, it leaves my skin feeling smooth. I do suffer from eczema and with this spray containing Vitamin B3 & E I no longer have the red spots and dry patches!

The NO-AD Body Lotion and Spray is not high priced like many other lotions. Its very affordable MSRP $5.49/12 ounce lotion, $5.99/6.5 ounce spray. NO AD has been around since I can remember. Thats all we bought when I was a kid.

The items featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Henry Hodges Needs a Friend By Andy Andrews

Henry Hodges Needs a Friend

By Andy Andrews, illustrated by Colleen Madden 
Published by Thomas Nelson


From New York Times bestselling author Andy Andrews, this hilarious rhyming story, complete with charming art, offers comfort to children who feel left out or are in need of a good friend.
At some point, almost every child struggles with feeling like they don't fit in or are left out-just like Henry Hodges. Henry is a lonely little boy on a lonely little street who longs for a friend. One day, his mother and father take him to a pet rescue shelter and his lonely world is changed! Told in a playful rhyme with adorable illustrations, this book will be a favorite among children and parents who love dogs and, ultimately, will comfort and encourage children who struggle with feeling accepted and finding friends.
Kids will want to read this whimsical and imaginative story again and again!
Henry is a little boy who struggles with making friends. His mother takes him to a rescue shelter where he finds a perfect friend of his own. The book is very cute and uses rhymes to create a wonderful story. The book is full of beautiful illustrations and is perfect for kids of all ages! Its an easy to read book but is a favorite of my almost 9 yr olds. She loves animals and was happy when Henry found a new friend. Its great to show how animals can be rescued when someone is looking for a new pet! Also great for kids who maybe can relate to Henry and just dont fit in!

The items featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Janiebee Quilted Nap Mat Review & Giveaway


Braxton has been out of a crib for awhile now. He starting climbing out & hurting himself falling so we made the switch to a twin bed, we have the bed on the floor because he is such a crazy sleeper he falls out of the bed. This makes it difficult for him to take naps or sleepover anywhere.

We received a beautiful Janiebee Quilted nap Mat in Shark and we are both in love. Beautiful colored with bues & oranges and accented with stripes & sharks. I love the soft mink blanket or "meme" as he calls them. The little pillowcase is wonderful and makes removing the pillow easy! He loves laying on the soft nap mat.

The quilted nap mat is made with 2inches of thick soft batting making it very comfortable. The mink blanket is attached so there is no loosing it if used at a daycare or away from home.



Braxton absolutely loves his nap mat and will be using it at a sleepover at his grandmas this weekend, I can leave him knowing he is sleeping safe & comfortable and not falling out of a bed.

It is machine washable which is a big plus for toddlers. Especially mine! It is a very nice size and my little one can use it for a long time. The nap mat is 20" wide x 53" long. Its very easy to roll up with the tie closures and can be stored til needed.

Janiebee has a huge colorful variety of colors & designs to choose from for boys & girls. They can also be personalized. Don't see a pattern/design you like she can customize one for you!





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The items featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

My Baby is not a Baby anymore

My baby will be 9 in just two weeks. She is growing up way to fast and it sure doesn't seem like she will be turning 9. She is very intelligent, gets straight A's and was tested and is gifted in Math & Reading. 

Tomorrow she will be visiting the Orthodontist for the fist time, she really loves the dentist so she isn't nervous or scared. 

She is almost done with her dance season and will be joining a new all star cheer team this season! She is very excited to see what this new team can bring for her. She cant wait to learn new things. 





where did the past 9 years go??

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Pirate and the Firefly


The Pirate and the Firefly: A Boy, a Bug and a Lesson in Wisdom
By Tara McClary Reeves and Amanda Jenkins

Based on Psalm 1:1-3:
1 Oh, the joys of those who do not      follow the advice of the wicked,or stand around with sinners,or join in with mockers. 2 But they delight in the law of the Lord,meditating on it day and night. 3 They are like trees planted along the riverbank,bearing fruit in each season.Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.
Oliver loves pretending to be a pirate, but learns that blindly following others doesn't leave him with a good feeling inside. 
In this Scripture adventure, kids join Oliver as he rights the wrongs done by his so-called Pirate friends. 
Through it all, Captain Oliver learns that following God's way is the true way to wisdom!
The second book in the Firefly Chronicle series brings entire sections of Scripture to life via imaginative, fantastical stories that use a passage from Psalms to help children understand and applly biblical truths to their lives. Each book in the series will depict Oliver wearing a different costume as he imagines and adventures his way through God's Word with the help of Phineas, the firefly. The series will address the felt needs of children ages 4 to 8 including courage, confidence, friendship and more with biblical truths about God.
My daughter at almost 9 enjoyed reading this book, she really likes pirates so the title caught her attention. Oliver learns that peer pressure can make you do things that are wrong and he did not want to be like his friends and instead follow God. His friends stole & are bullies. Hailee can sometimes be a follower so this book is a good lesson for her. She knows things are wrong but sometimes will do things because her friends do it.

She really enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone who may need some help in choosing God over peer pressure.

The end of the book has a parents connection with a devotional & memory verse. 

Hailee would love to read the Knight and the Firefly next!


The items featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.