Friday, May 22, 2015

Home Style Challenge with Renuzit Pearl Scents #DesignYourAir + Giveaway

 
 
I was challenged by Renuzit Pearl Scents to spruce up a small area of my home! 
 
I took the challenge and decided to spruce up my "office" area i.e. the desk in my bedroom.
 
To help with the challenge, they sent me a gift card to Marshalls, T-J-Maxx or HomeGoods and some Renuzit Pearl Scents to bring that area smelling fresh.
 
 
I found all kinds of goodies at Marshalls!  I loved being able to buy whatever I wanted for my desk.  Usually my purchases are always for the kids, so I definitely felt spoiled.
 
 
I'm embarrassed to admit how much help my desk actually needed, but now that it's done, I feel so good.  My Renuzit Pearl Scents fit in perfectly with the rest of the stuff on the desk and it smells amazing.
 
Check out my full review of the Renuzit Pearl Scents and find out how well they can fit in with your home décor. 
 
 
Now, I can actually work from my desk.  The clutter is gone, I feel so organized.
 
 
I love my new decors and accents.  I'm not very good at keeping indoor plants alive so the fake orchid was a great choice, and I love the message on my new wall sign. 
 
 
Next I tackled the desk drawer.  I bought a desk organizer and things are much easier to find now.
 
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Disclosure: The Renuzit brand provided me with a sample of Renuzit Pearls Scents, as well as a gift card in exchange for a review.  However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Easy & Healthy Grape Slushie #ZeviaLife #TheNewSweet

 
 
Summer is around the corner and I love finding new refreshing drinks to serve to my family.
 
 
My kids love the idea of drinking soda, but I'm not a fan of that.  However, I do let them drink Zevia Soda once in a while.  Zevia has zero calories, no sugar and no artificial sweeteners so I feel it's a good treat for them to have.
 
With the Florida heat, a very cold drink is always welcomed especially when the kids play outside all day.  My kids love slushies, but I didn't want to water down the drinks with ice cubes, so I decided to try making the slushies in the ice cream maker.
 
 
It was so easy to make!  Just simply use three cans of your favorite soda, I used Zevia Grape.  Pour the cans in your ice cream maker while it's on, and let it do the work for 20 minutes.
 
There you have it, an Ice Cold Slushie that didn't get watered down with ice!
 
 
It was huge hit with the kids!  And a perfect refreshing drink for a hot summer day!
 
Disclosure:  I received Zevia product in order to write this post, however all opinions are 100% my own.

Renuzit Pearl Scents: What's Your Pearlsonaltity? Review + Giveaway #DesignYourAir

 
Your air freshener doesn't have to clash with your home decorations anymore.  Renuzit Pearl Scents are designed to accent and highlight your home décor as well as provide long-lasting freshness.
 
 
I decided to put my Pearl Scents on a shelf inside my bedroom.  I used the Blue Sky Breeze which smells amazing.  The scent is not too overpowering, but enough that you notice it when in the area. 
 
The silver top and blue package blend in with the frames and pictures on my shelf so well that I don't even notice it there.
 
Renuzit Pearl Scents come in 5 different scents and colors:
  • Pure Breeze (Blue jar)        
  • After the Rain (Green jar)         
  • Tranquil (Light Blue jar)     
  • Serenity (Purple jar)    
  • Seductive Pineapple (Yellow jar)
 
 
I love the different colors that the Pearl Scent come in to accommodate different decors in my home.   So far, I've smelled three of the scent and they all smell great, I've even had compliments on how nice my home smelled.
 
 
If you have boys, you know their rooms don't always smell like roses. 
 
Therefore, I found a great spot to sneak in a Pearl Scents on their shelf, and their bedroom has smelled so fresh ever since.  They may not notice but it has been very pleasant for me when I have to go in there.
 
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Disclosure:  The Renuzit brand provided me with a sample of Renuzit Pearl Scents in exchange for a product review.  However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Mom's Deserve it! Celebrate National Mom's Night Out #NMNO15 #MomsNightOut

I received free products in order to host the National Mom's Nite Out Party.  The opinions expressed here are my own.

 
May 7th was National Mom's Night Out, did you celebrate?
 
Thanks to the generosity of MomSelect, I was able to gather several moms and plan a fun night out.
 
 
 We decided to meet at a local café that way no one had to worry about cooking, baking or cleaning their house for guests. 
 
We started the night with our MyPrintly photobooth props, a great ice breaker.
 
 
Our party kit included tons of goodies.  If you haven't watch the Mom's Night Out movie, you have to watch it right away.  It's hilarious and I love it just as much every time I see it.  Since I already had the movie, I gave this copy away to happy mom.
 
 
Decorating wine glasses is great craft activity moms can do together. 
 
Make sure to check out the free printable wine glass tags from Myprintly.
 
 
We enjoyed delicious milkshakes and a good games of cards with our Bicycle Cocktail Party playing cards we received as gifts.
 
 
Thanks to our awesome sponsors MyPrintly, Bicycle, and Mom's Night Out Movie, everyone went home with awesome gifts. 
 
I've already put to use the HP photo paper for Mother's Day cards.

MorphCostumes: Racer Kid Morphsuit ~ Review ~

Disclosure: I received a free Morphsuit in exchange for a product review.  However, all opinions are 100% my own.

 
Whether in person or on T.V you've seen MorphCostumes around in recent years.  They've become a great hit for adult costumes, and now they come in kids sizes!
 
 
Morphsuits wants to take dressing up to whole other level.  So different from ordinary costumes, wait until you see the reaction you get when you head out in one of these.
 
 
 My son picked the Racer kid Morphsuit.  He was so excited to try it on.  The Morphsuit is made of really good quality, not at all the flimsy costumes you find at the stores.  It was very easy to put on. 

I was worried he'd feel unable to breath under it, but he said he could breath just fine, and he wasn't too hot in the Florida heat.

 
Made with their 'four way super stretch' spandex it was very comfortable. He was able to play outside with it, and even get on the swings. 
 
I love that kids don't have to feel stuck in a costume.  And my son was most excited about people having to guess who he is.
 
 
You can find a large collection for Morphsuits for kids on their website.  There's a little something for everyone.  Personally, I loved their Tuxedo one.
 
The prices are very reasonable compared to the average price of costumes.
 
The racer Morphsuit was $31.49.  A lot of the Kids Morphsuits are prices $29.99 or higher.
 

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Dial Baby Body and Hair Wash & Dial Kids Hand Wash Review + Giveaway

Disclosure: The Dial brand provided me with a sample of Dial Baby Body + Hair Wash and Dial Kids Foaming Hand Soap in exchange for a review.  However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.
 
After 67 years of offering great personal care products, the Dial brand is now creating personal care products for babies and kids.
 
 
The Dial Kids Foaming Hand Wash makes hand washing fun for all ages.  The formula is developed by pediatric dermatologists to ensure that it is gentle on hands.
 
I noticed a lot less waste while my kids have been using this soap.  One pump is all they need to cover their hands thoroughly and get a good clean.
 
The watermelon scent is perfect for kids as well.
 
 
The New Dial baby body + Hair wash is developed by pediatric dermatologists to gently wash your baby's skin. 
 
It gently removes environmental dirt from head to toe with no added parabens and no artificial dyes.  It is also hypoallergenic and pH balanced.
 
 
I used it for all my kids, because I love knowing that they are using a product that is gentle on their skin.  It worked great for body and hair.

 
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Safe & Gentle Cleaning with Dreft Cleaning Products Review + Giveaway

Disclosure: I received a free sample of the above products from Dreft in exchange for a review.  I did not receive any other form of compensation
 
 
Has your little one started crawling around everywhere?  It's cute but unfortunately, it leads to them putting their little hands and mouths in some not so clean areas.
 
For years, Dreft has helped moms safely launder newborn and baby clothes without fear of allergic reactions or harsh ingredients that can irritate baby’s skin.
 
Now Dreft has introduced a safe line of cleaning products that gently clean everything from household surfaces to baby toys with a gentle and safe solution for everyone in the house.
 
I tried three of their new products:  the Odor Eliminator and Fabric refresher, the all purpose cleaner, and the all purpose wipes.
 
 
Dreft Fabric Refresher and Odor Eliminator helps get the stink out of fabric, carpet and upholstery often left behind by baby messes.  It works great with a very subtle smell.
 
 
Dreft Gentle Clean All purpose Cleaner Spray is formulated to effectively clean the surfaces your child touches. Like toys, glass, and counters.
 
Since it's safe for young ones, it has been great to use it as a way to allow older children to help with the house cleaning.  My kids had fun, and my house was getting clean without fear of them being exposed to chemicals.
 
 
Dreft Gentle Clean all-purpose Wipes go wherever little ones may wander. They’re pre-moistened and formulated to swiftly clean any surface they get their hands on. Toys, glass, counters. Use your imagination. Then go wipe down whatever you imagined because baby is probably touching it.
 
The wipes are great to keep around the bathroom and the kitchen for quick clean-ups.  They also work great to let kids help out with the house chores.
 
They are also great for on the go!

 
Overall, these products work great around the house, and it's nice to know they are safe for your kids.
 
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

G.H. Cretors Healthy Gourmet Popped Corn Review + Giveaway

 
 
G.H Cretors Chicago Mix has made it's way to Florida, and I'm very happy about that.
 
I've seen the popped corn on their Facebook page for a while, and I was dying to try it.  And, let me tell you, it was as delicious as it looks!
 
G.H Cretors prides themselves for creating a healthy gourmet popped corn. 
 
Non-GMO Project Verified, completely free of artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives, and featuring a special “mushroom” variety popping corn.
They are also kosher and naturally gluten-free.
 
Can you beat that for a healthy snack option?
 
 
The Caramel Corn is made the old-fashioned way: by hand, in copper kettles. Cane sugar, brown rice syrup (a non-GMO alternative to corn syrup with a lower glycemic impact) and real butter is heated over a flame and then stirred slowly by hand to develop its rich complex flavor and crunch.
 
For the Cheese Corn, real aged cheddar cheese is melted in special kettles and then gently mixed with locally-grown popcorn.
 
The result is a perfect combination of tastes, two-cheese to one-caramel in every bag.
 
 
The Chicago Mix was a magical combination of Caramel Corn and Cheese Corn in the same bag. 
 
I'll admit, before I tried it, I thought it was a strange combination, but the cheese and caramel actually pair together really well. 
 
The Chicago Mix becomes quite addictive!
 
 
This has been a huge hit for adults and children alike.  The kids ask me for G.H. Cretors popped corn after school every day. 

They love it, and why not let them have it when it's made with the best natural ingredients!
 

 
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Disclosure: I received a free sample of G.H. Cretors popped corn in exchange for this review.  However, all opinions are 100% mine.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

CampusBookRentals Donates to Operation Smile


Anyone you know graduating this year?  Are they going to attend College?

Think about helping them out with the cost of the textbooks, and introduce them to CampusBookRentals.com.  I hope most students anymore don't do like I did while in College, and paid full price for textbooks at the school book store.

On top of saving you money on textbook rentals, CampusBookRentals.com donates to Operation Smile for each rental.

Check out some of the Perks of renting textbooks:
  • free shipping both ways
  • can highlight in the textbooks
  • flexible renting periods
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Let's get back to the fact that for each textbook rented CampusBookRentals.com donates to Operation Smile.  That's amazing on their part!

What is Operation Smile?
Operation Smile is an international children's medical charity that performs safe, effective cleft lip and cleft palate surgery, and delivers postoperative and ongoing medical therapies to children in low and middle income countries.

This is such a wonderful charity, they save lives every day.
 

Disclosure: I will be compensated for this post, however all opinions are 100% mine.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Host a Magic Show Themed Birthday Party

 
 
I have three birthdays to celebrate within a few weeks of each other, so I usually try to plan a joint birthday party.
 
I had to find a theme that would please three boys ages 9, 8 and 6.  One thing they all love is magic, so I decided to throw them a Magic Show Party!
 
 
I started with choosing colors for my theme, red, black and white.  Then I bought balloons, table clothes, cups, plates etc. all in my theme's colors.
 
 
I looked around my house for decorations that would fit my theme.  I found this top hat pot that we got as a New Year's Eve gift and repurposed it as a magic hat.  I also found some old cards and figured they can always represent magic.
 
I used a wood stick and taped playing cards to it, then I filled the hat with shredded paper and got myself a cool centerpiece.
 
 
I got a Magician hat from the party store as well as some cheap magic wands so the kids could play magicians during the party.
 
It was a fun party favor for the kids to have and it also served as a pretty decoration for my table.
 
 
I bought mini magician hats and filled them with Chex mix.  You could fill them with candy, peanuts or anything else really.
 
 
I've been saving Frappuccino jars for a while knowing they would come in handy one day.  I had some water bottle labels made, added some red and white paper straws, and the kids had "Magic Potion" to drink.
 
 
Of course you can't have a Magic party without a magician! 
 
I hired a local magician for a fun show during the party.  He performed tricks, and then made each kid a balloon.  It was a blast for both kids and adults.
 
 
Kids are always looking for a little parting gift so I bought simple red paper bags and filled them with goodies.
 
 
I printed address labels with a thank you note and a picture of a magic hat.  It fit well with the party, and was very easy to make.
 
Using paper crepe is always an easy and cheap way to spruce up a corner. Just use your theme colors and it will look great.
 
 
This was a fun party to plan, have a blast with it, and feel free to ask any questions.