Granite Gear’s Brand New Line of Backpacks for Back-to-School!

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*Products received. Opinions are mine! Ya, I know, who on earth wants to even start thinking of back-to-school? I certainly don't and I know my kids don't either. No no no!!! But, I secretly have been checking out back-to-school items for the kids on the sly.. I have to! It is bound to happen and of course I want to be prepared and score the best of the best for them. They really needed new backpacks, as the ones they had last year are ripped to shreds! Torn pockets and rips galore. So ya, they will be needing new ones this school year for sure. I am not sure if you have heard of Granite Gear (I have not until now..) but they have some really durable and nice looking backpacks for back-to-school. I received two to check out. They definitely are more well made and stronger than any 'school' backpack I have ever seen/felt before. I think these will last all school year long and then maybe a few more! Gotta love quality products! The back part of the backpack has … [Read more...]

The New Cabbage Patch Twinkle Toes Kids! (Giveaway)

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*Product was received. Opinions are mine. This post contains my personal affiliate link. I remember when I was  young, Cabbage Patch Kids JUST came out and my goodness, they were SO popular! I also remember going to Toys R Us before Christmas, and they happened to  have a new shipment of the Cabbage Patch Kids in. We were so excited! Me and my sisters ran and grabbed a doll and were so happy to be able to actually hold one! While my sister was holding hers, a rude woman came up to her and grabbed it from her and ran away! It was INSANE! Grabbing a doll from a child? Ya, I hope that woman was proud of that! Of all things! But, with this story, you can see just how popular these dolls were (and still are!). Anyways, so when I grew up, I held on to my Cabbage Patch doll (her name is Marion Leda, in case you all wanted to know!) and I gave her to MY daughter. So, my little girl has my doll :) She is a special doll to not only me, but my daughter too! So, when I was … [Read more...]

Big City Learning: Fun Educational Activities in New York For Kids

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*Written in collaboration with Tanya  We all need a break sometimes. Whether it’s from the loving grind of raising kids at home or making money to take care of the family, we all deserve a break. And if you’re looking for one, there’s no better place than New York City! The city that never sleeps is the perfect place to have a fun and educational vacation. Here are three things to do in the Big Apple that everyone is sure to love:   Go to a museum Gone are the days of stuffy museum visits and overpriced gift shops (okay, the gift shops are still there). Now, New York has some of the most diverse and interesting places of interest in the world. One of the hidden gems is the Museum of Arts and Design, where contemporary artwork is interspersed with classic, handmade … [Read more...]

Mia Mariu’s Create Your Perfect Canvas (Makeup Review & Giveaway) #MiaMariu

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*Product received. Opinions are mine. I love makeup, that is no lie. I get makeup in the mail and I am like a kid on Christmas! It is so fun for me to open up those packages! Keeping myself nice looking, is very important to me. I don't want to look like a haggard housewife, by any means. Sure, some days I just don't feel it, but I always try to make sure I AT LEAST put on mascara and some lip gloss. But on days that I do feel like it, I go all out, even if I have nowhere to go! Love it ;) If you are a busy mama, like me, you don't have a ton of time to put on your makeup. So I was excited to see that Mia Mariu came out with a nice solution, in three EASY steps! It is the Mia Mariu's Create Your Perfect Canvas makeup and I am in love with it. Mia Mariu minerals offer you lightweight, long-lasting, non-pore blocking, breathable foundations that match your natural skin tone and create a healthy appearance.  All formulas provide superb buildable coverage and sun protection … [Read more...]

Little Tikes Anchors Away Pirate Ship Water Table (Giveaway!)

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*Product was received, opinions are mine. This post contains my personal affiliate link. Goodness it has been warm here lately! I am NOT complaining either, we love it! Every chance I get, I am on my deck soaking up the rays with my kids playing nearby. Up until a week or so ago, my little toddler only had a small kiddy pool to play in. But now, he has a new fun toy to play with when he is outside with his mama!! He received the Little Tikes Anchors Away Pirate Ship Water Table to check out and he loves this thing! When this came in the mail, it was my 8-year-old boy and 6-year-old girl who wanted to put it together! They actually did for the most part, but I did the screws. Soon, the water table was ready for baby (and bigger kids!) to play with. It comes with so many fun little add ons. Like a bucket (for pouring water on sissy's head!) or a squirter toy cannon or a floaty boat for the cute little people that it comes with. I was really impressed with all the … [Read more...]

Get Ready To Shake Those Tail Feathers With Rio 2!!! (Giveaway) #Rio2Insiders

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*Product was received, opinions are mine. This post contains my personal affiliate links. So, have you seen Rio 2 yet? We just did last week and have seen it about 4 more times since then! Whoosh! My kids love the movie. It is really cute! Rio 2 made it's debut on July 15th on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD. So don't feel bad if you have not seen it yet, it did just come out! This movie has a lot of silliness, dancing and singing. My kids are always asking me to put it on, mainly in the morning time, to get their day started on a happy, dancing note. My little one likes to dance and watch this movie too! This movie also has some fun, exciting bonus features and extras (nearly an hour and a half of it!!), everyone will enjoy. You will also get your groove on with two downloadable bonus songs from the RIO 2 soundtrack: “I Will Survive” and “Poisonous Love,” both performed by Gabi (Kristin Chenoweth) and Nigel (Jemaine Clement). Woot!  For even more fun, every … [Read more...]