Monday, December 15, 2014

Voice Lessons To Go Review & Giveaway



Do you know that kids are natural-born singers?  My kids have always seemed to have an interest in singing, but because I'm far from being a singer myself, I never knew what to do to help them improve their voices.

I was offered to review VOICE- Lessons To Go Sing Out Proud for Kids, and it was perfect timing as the kids have just joined a choir.

Sing out Proud! was designed specifically for the younger singer. It introduces kids to the world of singing and teaches them how to warm up their voices in a healthy, fun way. With gentler vocal ranges, the exercises are easy to follow, easy to do, and easy on the voice.

And it is an excellent way to provide kids with the number one quality needed as a performer – confidence!
 
The CD was very easy for the kids to follow along, and they loved the idea of getting a singing lesson.  It teaches them posture, breathing and easy warm-ups. 
 
Ariella Vaccarino sings along with piano accompaniment.  She is a highly demanded voice teacher, and has been teaching for 18 years.  She has produced several CDs, and does a great job keeping kids interested.
 
~ Christmas is coming up this would be the perfectly unique and memorable holiday gifts or Stocking Stuffers ~
 
Developed for children ages 4 – 10+
 
BUY IT: Find it HERE for $14.99
 
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Disclosure:  I received Voice Lessons To Go in order to write this review.  All opinions are 100% mine.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Where is your Elf on the Shelf?

Have been busy hiding your Elf on the Shelf?

When I don't forget and scramble to quickly move him in the morning, I've been trying to make him fun for the kids to find in the morning.

I just wanted to share one of my favorite this year so far.


Where has your Elf on the Shelf been?  I'd love some to hear some fun ideas!

Kid Friendly Holiday Cocktail with Zevia #CheersTo

Disclosure: I received free Zevia soda in order to write this post.  All opinions are 100% mine.
 
 
 
It's time for the Holiday Celebrations and what really means the most to me is being able to include my kids.
 
I don't let my kids drink soda on a regular basis, but I will let them have it on special occasions.  Since I discovered Zevia and their zero calorie naturally sweetened sodas I feel even better about letting the kids have a soda at parties.
 
Adults always celebrate with special cocktails, so I wanted to the kids to feel special too.
 
It's very simple to make.  Mix half Zevia Ginger Ale and Zevia Grape soda into a (plastic) margarita glass.  Add some sprinkles to the edge of the glass, top with a pretty straw, and there you have it.
 

Zevia offers 15 different flavored sodas, feel free to mix your favorites.

I found Zevia Soda at Fresh Market, you can also find them at Whole Foods, Target and many more retailers.  See the list HERE.

Zevia is spreading the holiday cheer! Follow Zevia & share the little moments that mean the most on Instagram or Twitter with #CheersTo for a chance to win oodles of prizes now through 12/31! Peep at all the holiday sparkle in the gallery & follow along on their Instagram & Twitter feeds for the daily winners!
 
 
 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide by Educents

Educents Holiday Gift Guide

❄ Happy Holidays! ❄

The Educents team is excited to share their favorite deals and products with you this holiday season. Each staff member chose their favorite deal for the holidays and included it in this handy guide. Check out the deals, including free apps, art & craft supplies, personalized books, LEGO sets, martial arts online and so much more. They have something for everyone!

 
Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post by Educents.  I will receive compensation for the post. All opinions are mine.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Sweet Drops by SweetLeaf

 
I'm very pleased to introduce another great brand I discovered at the WOW Summit.
 
 
 
Sweet Drops are made of liquid stevia leaf extract.  They contain no artificial ingredients, no calories, no carbs and they are gluten free.  Even better, they are USDA Certified Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified.
 
 
This looks like plain milk, but it's actually Double Chocolate Milk.  Just add a few drops to your beverage for added flavor.
 
Sweet Drops come in many different flavors.  You can even make a cola drink by adding a few drops to sparkling water. 
 
We've all heard of the risks of drinking diet soda, I love knowing that I can replace my Diet Coke with Sweet Drops Cola and sparkling water.
 
I tried the Cola Sweet Drops at the WOW Summit, and I thought it really tasted similar to diet soda. 
 
 
My kids couldn't believe it was chocolate milk they were about to drink, until they tasted it.  It has a delicious sweet chocolate flavor, and none of that artificial flavor you can taste in other sweeteners.  
 
The Sweet Drops were definitely approved by the kids, and I thought they tasted great as well.  I'm going to try them in my coffee next time.
 
Did you Know?  You can also add the drops to recipes.
 
Recipes by SweetLeaf:
 
Try the Chocolate Strawberry Cooler.  See the recipe HERE.
 
 
 Or the Cocoa Almond Pudding.  See the recipe HERE.
 
 
You can find many more recipes on the SweetLeaf website.
 
Keep up with SweetLeaf on Social Media:
BUY IT:  Look for them at your grocery or natural foods stores.
 
 
Disclosure: I received Sweet Drops for free in order to write this post.  All opinions are 100% Mine.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Safe Laundry for Baby with dreft

Disclosure: I was provided with a free sample of dreft for this review.  All opinions are 100% mine.
 
 
We all want the best for our new babies, and the way we care for their clothes is very important especially if their skin is sensitive.

 
Pediatricians and moms have trusted Dreft for years to safely launder newborn and baby clothes without fear of allergic reactions or harsh ingredients that can irritate baby’s skin. But, as all moms (and dads) know, there are many times when a quick spin in the washer will not save the favorite blankie or cute onesie. 
 
To help parents with the many stains childhood leaves on their kids' clothes, toys, bedding, car seat liners, strollers, and their own clothes, Dreft has created the Dreft Portable Pretreater Pen for eliminating stains on the go.


I love having the Dreft Portable Pretreater Pen in my purse or diaper bag at all times.  It won't help for huge messes, but it's perfect for the smaller stain that becomes way too noticeable to us moms.
 
The Dreft Portable Pretreater Pen safely treats stains and odors caused by formula, spit-up, baby food, diaper leaks and more. The stain remover is safe for all colorfast fabrics, works in all temperatures, and does not harm the flame resistance of children's sleepwear.
 
I think it works well on most stains, and it would make for a perfect gift to new moms too.
 
BUY IT: Available at most retailers that sell laundry detergent.  See the full list HERE.  Or shop online HERE.

Visiting Busch Gardens with Kids

Disclosure: This is sponsored post.  As a Busch Gardens Tampa Ambassador, I was given entrance tickets for free, however, all opinions are 100% mines.

Busch Gardens is always a fun place to take kids, with lots of things to do for kids of all ages. 
We visited the park about a week ago, and of course we picked the one rainy day.  The rain did not prevent us from having a great time.  There were still plenty of things to do, and once the rain cleared we basically had the park to ourselves.

First up, the Opening Night Critters ShowFeaturing rescued domestic and exotic animals, this theatrical tale follows a couple of stage hands as they find themselves in the spotlight as the human stars in an all-animal production.
 
 
My daughter still talks about the show, the mix between comedy and animals tricks is a lot of fun entertainment for everyone.
 
Next, we visited JungalaYou get to be just inches away from incredible animals, including endangered Bengal tigers and clever orangutans. Kids can climb a three-story maze of rope bridges and nets. They can also soar above the treetops on Jungle Flyers, a zip line experience for young adventurers.
 
 
Plenty to do even while it rains, my kids range from age 9 to 3, and there was something for everyone.  Even a splash zone for really hot days.
 
We even spotted some animals.

 
You'll also find Wild Surge in the Jungala area.  It will take you on a four-story-high ride, tame enough for most kids.
 
 
We took advantage of catching their latest shows. 
The ice skating shows at Busch Gardens are always spectacular, and the new Christmas on Ice show was just that.  With beautiful and talented ice skaters, we enjoyed the music and choreography.

Time for a little lunch break.  We had lunch at the Pantopia grill where you can catch the Christmas Celebration Show several times a day. 
You'll enjoy holiday cheer alongside singers, dancers and Santa himself.  They'll even invite kids on stage to join Santa for song.
We can't go to Busch Gardens without a stop at Sesame Place.  You'll find lots of kid-size rides, water zones, character meets, and even a show.

My boys love Air Grover, which is a junior coaster, and my daughter enjoys the smaller rides.  In the summer we make sure to stop in the splash zone to cool down.



















Make sure to see my review from our last visit where we visited other areas of the park, including seeing lots of beautiful animals.

What are some of your park favorites?

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Great Conference for Moms and Bloggers- The #WOWSummit by Moms Meet

I was provided with a free pass to attend the summit.  All opinions are mine.
 
 
Last month I attended the WOW Summit by Moms Meet in Orlando.  This was my first conference, and it was definitely worth attending. 
I met some great moms, bloggers, and brands, and best of all, I can't believe how much I learned in a few days. 
 
I even discovered new brands and products that I now get to share on my blog.
 
The conference consisted of time spent learning, sampling, and gathering.
 
It took place at the Caribe Royale.  It was such a welcoming place, and once I checked in for the summit I was given a Swag bag!  They gave us tons of goodies from the sponsors.  (Some of those goodies did not make it home, because they were way too delicious).
 
 
 
The conference began on Friday night with a Luau Cocktail hour sponsored by Zevia.
 
 
We started the night with a fun ice breaker game so we could all get to know each other.  They had some great food for us, including yummy desserts as you can see above.
 
For the next couple of days, moms, bloggers, and sponsors gathered together for sessions and workshops.
 
There were some great speakers for the sessions. 
 
One of my favorite was Robyn O'Brien, who spoke about the concerns of GMOs and other harmful products in foods that affect our health, and our children's health. 
 

We also heard from Aviva Goldfarb on how to prepare simple and healthy dinners for our families.  She's the creator of Six O’Clock Scramble, which I've found very helpful for quick recipes at home.
Suzy Stauffer talked to us about balancing motherhood and your dreams.  She was a very inspiring woman.

The Exhibitor Area


Throughout the weekend we could visit the exhibitor area where all the sponsors had booths with great information and samples of their products.
 
 
Many of the sponsors were holding giveaways as well, so a lot of attendees got to go home with large prizes too!
 
Workshops
 
On the last day we had the choice to attend many different 30 minute workshops.
 
My favorite was about Oral Health from Professor Mark Cannon.  He was so knowledgeable, and presented his information in a very interesting way.  I enjoyed learning from him very much.
 
I also attended workshops to help me improve my blog contents, social media presence, and tips on great party ideas.
 
 
By the end of the Summit we were all given huge bags with full size products from all the sponsors such as Zevia Soda, Mrs Thinsters cookies, Dippin Chips, FluNada products, Sweetleaf drops, and many more. 
 
Everyone was so generous.  I was very grateful.
 
 
I had a great experience, and I can't wait to attend another WOW Summit.
 
I think it's a great way for moms to get a break while doing something enriching, and getting spoiled by brand who understand us. 
 
I've reviewed a few products from brands I met at the WOW Summit, check them out, I'm even giving away some prize packs!
Keep up with Moms Meet for more information on next years WOW Summit.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Celebrate with Mexican Hot Chocolate Chex Mix

 
Some of us enjoy baking cookies during the Holidays, but I get it, it's not or everyone.  My mom is the best cook, she makes the best desserts, but she can't bake a cookie without burning it first. 

Making Chex Mix is great alternative to baking for the Holidays.  It's quick and easy, and everyone will enjoy it. 

I made this Mexican Hot Chocolate Chex Mix in less than 15 minutes!  Perfect during hectic times.


It's perfect to bring as a treat to a party or give out as a gift!

Be on the lookout for in-store savings and digital coupons on the www.ReadyPlanSave.com website to save on ingredients.

Happy Baking!

 
Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Canyon Bakehouse Gluten Free Breads Review & Giveaway


 I talked about attending the WOW Summit last month, and Canyon Bakehouse is one of the amazing companies I met while there.
 
Canyon Bakehouse is small Gluten Free bakery based out of Colorado.  They are dedicated to making delicious and nutritious Gluten Free breads.
 
 
I got to try their breads at the WOW Summit, and was very impressed with the texture.  I don't have a lot of experience with gluten free breads, but I never imagined they tasted this good.

We got to try them at home with the family as well and the kids didn't notice anything different about the Canyon breads.  They actually like the Canyon Bakehouse bread better because it's more moist than what they're used to.

 
I was very excited to find out that they don't only make loaf breads.  They also make muffins, buns and focaccia. 
 
 
The Cranberry Crunch muffins are beautifully packaged and have great flavor.  With a blend of berries, seeds and grains, toasted with a little butter, I would eat them every morning. Delicious!
 
The cinnamon raisin bread was another one of my favorites for breakfast.  It's loaded with protein, fiber and sweetened with agave syrup so you don't have to feel guilty eating it. 

 
The kids enjoyed sandwiches with 100% whole grain mountain white bread.  It was a winner!  There is nothing better than kids approved products!
 
 
Look at all these amazing products, you have a chance to try them all! 
Make sure to enter the giveaway.
 
BUY IT: You can find Canyon Bakehouse Gluten Free Products at many retailers.  Find a Store HERE.
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You can order Online.
 
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Disclosure: I received the above products for free in order to write this review, however, all opinions are 100% mine.  I did not receive any other form of compensation.

Liquid Chalkers - Window Art for Kids Review


 
When I received the Liquid Chalkers I thought they would be perfect for me to use as party decorations , little did I know, my kids would love them too, simply to draw on the windows.
 

This has become their favorite past time, and I love it as it keeps all four kids busy for a while.

The Liquid Chalkers are liquid chalk markers that are fun to use around the house on mirrors, windows, glass top tables and other similar surfaces.

 
Here is some of the art we've had on our windows lately.
 
The quality of the Liquid Chalkers is amazing.  I had bought similar markers to draw on the window last year, and we couldn't even see what was drawn.  With the Liquid Chalkers the colors are vibrant, and it draws really smoothly.  My three year old has had a blast with the chalkers as well as my older boys.

 
I love that it encourages the kids to use their creativity, and it is so easy to clean up.  My windows have actually never been this clean since we keep drawing on them and erasing.

 
We just celebrated my son's birthday party, and I used the Liquid Chalkers to decorate the window above the party favors area.  The kids loved the personalization.

 
BUY IT: You can find them on Amazon HERE or on the Liquid Chalkers website.
 
 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Cyber Monday Deal from Rock 'N Learn & Giveaway


You can still get some great deals on Rock 'N Learn products!  Don't miss out, I love their products for my kids, and these deals are really good!

Cyber Monday on Groupon
 
CYBER MONDAY COUPON
 
  • Coupon Code: CM14 to save 35% off at www.rocknlearn.com (Expires end of day Monday 12/1)
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Disclosure: I did not receive any compensation for this post.  All opinions are 100% mine.  Rock 'N Learn will provide the prize to the winner.