Category Archives: For the Family

I Strip on Fridays!

Olive’s cloth diapers, that is!  I’ll never claim to be an expert at cloth diapering.  I’m still so new at it that I’m basically Googling how to do it every time I change the kid.  But when my poor little Olive’s butt was as red as a pimento, I knew it was time to strip.

What’s so frustrating is Amaya and I spent all Tuesday night, well the length of a New Girl episode, folding and stuffing diapers.  I have been washing my diapers correctly but I guess it’s just inevitable that they will require stripping every so often.  The problem is, we have such hard water where we live.  Our house is a dust ball because of the amount of dry skin that flakes off all of us from the hardness of our water.  It’s just now that we have made the switch to cloth diapering, it’s something I knew I’d encounter.  Plus when Eddie gets upset that I washed the whites with the colors, I can blame it on the mineral deposits making them dingy!

Knowing I had to strip diapers meant a trip to Wal-Mart for some Calgon.  Not a big deal because I had a small list of stuff to get anyways.  The crappy part, I had all four kids with me.  Ahhh!  Plus going to Wal-Mart means I have to dig around the van floor for a quarter to get Amaya some candy bones.

Once I got home and had a cart full of a bunch of crap that wasn’t on my list, I went downstairs to embark on this epic journey.  Got down there and had completely forgotten I already had a tub full of soaking diapers.  Epic journey postponed momentarily.

So I go down the second time, laundry basket filled with my nicely put together stash, to begin my stripping.  I had made sure to crank up my hot water heater earlier since stripping requires super hot water.  I followed the directions on Pin Stripes and Polka Dots and away we went.  I’ve had to do a second rinse so far since there were still lots of suds.  I’ll have to wait and see how many rinses it takes to get rid of all the suds.  Either way, as long as my little Olive’s tush isn’t bright red anymore, I will be happy!  And maybe Amaya will “help” me put all the diapers back together again!  Gotta love Friday nights as a mom of four!

Crock-Pot Slow Cooker and Seasoning Mixes Review plus Recipe Contest!

If you haven’t fallen in love with the ease of slow cooking with your Crock-Pot, then you don’t know what you are missing!  Whether you are a busy stay at home mom or working mom, Crock-Pot Slow Cookers and Crock-Pot Seasoning Mixes will guarantee a delicious dinner for you and your family at the end of your hectic day.

I am excited to try all these wonderful mixes that I received.  I’m going grocery shopping right away because as the weather turns colder, a big bowl of Hearty Beef Stew or Chili sounds delicious.

I have a large family (6 of us total) so I need a BIG crock pot.  With a 7 quart capacity, I can easily serve 9+ people.  The flat digital panel, brushed stainless steel exterior, and black accents are pleasing to the eye.  I also love the easy to use one touch digital controls.  There are 2 high and 2 low cook settings and my favorite part that NONE of the other slow cookers I have do – an automatic shift to warm setting!  Have you ever been out and about and realize OMG I think the slow cooker might be done and the food is going to go bad?!  I have!

The removable oval stoneware and glass lid are both dishwasher safe – SCORE!  I even love the included recipes.  With so many expertly blended seasoning mixes for use in slow cookers, even if you can’t cook, you can’t possibly mess these recipes up!  From slow cooker to table, you can choose from Beef Stroganoff, Original Chili, Savory Herb Chicken, Hearty Beef Stew, Savory Pot Roast, or BBQ Pulled Pork Seasoning Mixes.  What seasoning mix sounds the most appetizing to you?  Perhaps every single one?!

I know our dinners are going to be filled with delicious, easy to make meals thanks to Crock-Pot and Crock-Pot Seasoning Mixes!

The contest Grand Prize winner will win a year of free groceries worth $8,500, including a year’s supply of Crock-Pot® Seasoning Mixes. Also, he or she will be featured in product/brand marketing efforts.

Here are the contest details:
  • The entire contest will take place on www.Facebook.com/CrockpotSeasoningMixes
    ·         Kicked off on October 1st
    ·         Recipe submissions will be accepted through Oct. 21st
    ·         Ten semi-finalists announced on Oct. 28th. Public voting begins
    ·         Voting ends on Nov. 18th
    ·         Grand Prize winner announced on Nov. 25th. The contest judges will judge all the finalists and take into consideration public voting.   They will select the top entry for a total of three (3) potential winners based on the following criteria: (a) creativity and inspiration; (b) appearance/presentation, and (c) taste.

My name is Heather and I’m a Fluffaholic!

When I told the woman at the post office I was expecting a package of cloth diapers, she looked at me funny and said she didn’t think people still did that.  Oh honey, if you only knew!

So it took me 28 years to realize how much FUN cloth diapering is.  Okay, so changing poopy diapers with a disposable isn’t exactly what I would call a good time but let’s say it’s a pocket diaper with My Little Pony on the cover?  Now THAT sounds like a good time!

I have to admit that if it wasn’t for a few good friends of mine, I wouldn’t be where I’m at today.  They are definitely my accomplices in my addiction.  I saw them doing it and I wanted in.  They were like the Plastics in Mean Girls and I was the new kid from the African bush.  I had to be like them no matter what.

So I asked questions, and lots of them.  I thought I could quite possibly have annoyed them to death but then I quickly realized that a cloth diapering mother is more than happy to share with you all that they know.  So they showed me what kinds there were and then invited me into groups where other moms were doing it.  I was addicted!

Now I spend my nights, while everyone is asleep, laying in bed with my trusty iPad, searching for my next fluff fix.  I’m up until the wee hours looking up the best deals on co-ops, B/S/T pages, Etsy and Craigslist.  I can’t get enough.  There’s so many to choose from and the endless amount of utterly talented people out there creating their own designs is enough to put me over the edge.  If only I would have paid more attention in Family and Consumer Education class, I could have tried sewing my own.

So here I am, with my very own stash of pockets, covers, and prefolds.  I’m anxious to get my hands on anything and everything cloth diaper related.  I’m learning as I go with a lot of help from friends and complete strangers online.

From one cloth diapering addict to another, there’s nothing like that rush you get when you happily carry your baby into a public restroom with your wet bag and cloth diaper in tow and have all eyes on…that…fluff!!!

Woolzies Dryer Balls Review!

Laundry is probably one of my least favorite chores in the world.  Not only is it time consuming but it’s expensive.  With a family of 6, I feel like I’m doing laundry all the time.  Woolzies Dryer Balls have dramatically reduced the cost and time I spend on laundry which means more time doing other chores things I love!

I must admit, I attempted to make my own dryer balls.  Let’s just say, never again.  I think I spent more time expanding my 3 year old’s vocabulary than making homemade dryer balls.

Woolzies Dryer Balls have been a huge blessing in my laundry routine.  I’ve noticed a significant reduction in drying time.  Even if you do one load of laundry a week, you’ll appreciate how great your clothes will look coming out of the dryer.  For me, I do a ton of laundry.  I have at least 6 loads of just clothes to do in a week and these are not small loads.  I used to use two dryer sheets in each load to reduce static and help fight wrinkles.  That’s a lot of money and not to mention, a lot of unnecessary chemicals being spread all over our clothes, bedding, and towels.  Now, I use my 6 Woolzies Dryer Balls.  If I have some static left, I throw in an aluminum foil ball.

Unlike plastic dryer balls or tennis balls, Woolzies Dryer Balls will not fall apart, will not melt, will not damage your dryer, and are PVC free.  They help in the reduction of wrinkles and static.  Another benefit, Woolzies can help you save time and energy by cutting down on your drying time by an average of 25% per load.  You can use them at home or take them with to a laundry mat.

Woolzies Dryer Balls are guaranteed to last 1,000 loads or your money back!  They are also hypo-allergenic which is great for anyone who has wool sensitivities!  Woolzies will not shed and are great if you have small children because they will not destroy the fire retardant qualities found clothing.

I’m extremely happy to know that Woolzies Dryer Balls are helping my family live a healthier lifestyle and also helping us to reduce our carbon footprint!

This giveaway is open to residents of the US only.  Must be 18+ to enter.  All entries will be verified.
Giveaway ends on 4/20/13 at 11:59pm CST.

Slap Koozies Review – Slap One On Today!

Slap Koozies have got to be the neatest thing ever!  I’ve purchased novelty can koozies in the past but find them to be too big and bulky.  The Slap Koozie can easily be stored flat or slapped onto a wrist.

Honestly, half the time I forget that I even own a can koozie.  I usually forget where I stuck it or it’s just too big and bulky to carry around.  This is definitely an innovative and fun way to keep your canned beverage cold without the inconvenience of carrying around a koozie once you finish your beverage.

My husband and I had a great time with these.  He’s a big can koozie fan so he was immediately ready to put one to use.  We had a little birthday party for my brother so we had a few adult beverages in the house to try them out on.

I would highly recommend these as a fun product to help market your business or give as party favors!  My husband always holds a big fantasy football draft party for his friends and these would make a great party accessory for the guys!

 

Prana SpaCeuticals Organic Hand Sanitizer Review!

Prana SpaCeuticals Organic Hand Sanitizer moisturizes, nourishes, and kills germs all at the same time.  Unlike most alcohol based hand sanitizers which leave your hands feeling dry, Prana Organic Hand Sanitizer is made with organic Aloe Vera and Vitamin E.  This leaves your hands feeling extremely silky smooth and hydrated.

Prana SpaCeuticals Organic Hand Sanitizer is also made with Tea Tree Oil and Peppermint Oil.  This combination helps awaken my senses and leaves my hands feeling clean.  I keep this bottle right next to my daughter’s diaper changing supplies so as soon as I’m finished changing her diaper, I can use it to help feel refreshed.  Plus it helps diffuse the smell around me.

What’s really great is a little goes a long ways.  I only ever use a small drop in my hands and it’s the perfect amount.  It also has a really nice consistency, not all watery like most hand sanitizers.  I’m not afraid to let my kids use it too since I know it won’t harm their delicate skin.  They enjoy the feel and the smell too!

Prana SpaCeutical products are inspired by Earth’s natural resources.  They carefully select sources from the most reputable origins and formulate with Organic Botanicals, Herbs, Nourishing Nut-Oils, Skin Loving Butters and Marine Minerals.

Visit the Prana SpaCeutical website and begin exploring all their great products!

 

Household Traditions All Purpose Cleaner Review!

Household Traditions offers a safe and non-toxic solution for all of your household needs!  Get rid of those harmful chemicals and make the switch to Household Traditions All Purpose Cleaner!

What if I told you there was a cleaner out there that was safe to use on almost everything in your house?  What if I told you it was also environmentally safe, non-toxic, dye free, and powerful enough to cut through the toughest grease and dirt?  Look no further because Household Traditions All Purpose Cleaner is an enzyme-based botanical formula that you can use for all of your household or commercial needs!

Kitchen – Use on counter tops, stove tops, ovens, refrigerators, and sinks!  You can even it as a dishwasher liquid either in the sink or dishwasher.  Try it in a soap dispenser and use as hand soap.
Bathrooms – Use to clean the bathtub, sink, and toilet.  Cuts through soap scum in minutes!
Automobiles – Use when washing your car, spray directly on tires, and even as an engine cleaner!
Fruits/Vegetables – Use to clean your produce!
Laundry – Use as a pre-spray on stains and spots or add to your wash cycle.

You can even use Household Traditions All Purpose Cleaner on carpets, walls, and floors!

Ingredients:  A botanical solution comprised of: purified water, amino acids, minerals and other ingredients derived from leafy green, edible and seed-bearing plants.

I’ve been extremely pleased with Household Traditions All Purpose Cleaner.  It does not have an overbearing chemical smell like most products out there.  I feel much safer using it around my house, especially on my counter tops.  I feel safer knowing it’s non-toxic and safe to use, especially since I’ve got a house full of kids!  Since we started juicing, I’m using it to clean our fresh produce.  I’m using it to pre-treat stains in our laundry.  Heck, I’m using it all over the house to clean anything and everything!  It’s my #1 household cleaner!

If you order by clicking on any of my links and have never ordered from Tropical Traditions in the past, you will receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil, and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you.  Please check out my review all about Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil.  There are hundreds of uses for coconut oil.

One lucky reader will win their own Household Traditions All Purpose Cleaner!
Must be 18+ to enter.  Open to US and Canada.
Giveaway ends 6/11/13 at 11:59pm CST.

Ultimate Flora Probiotic Review!

Are you looking for a dietary supplement made with naturally-occurring probiotic cultures to help with your digestive issues?  Look no further because Ultimate Flora Probiotics can help provide you with many health benefits for your digestive system and your whole body!

You might be thinking to yourself, what the heck are probiotics and why would I need them?  Probiotics are the good bacteria that help to keep you healthy by balancing your intestinal flora.  They help enhance digestion, prevent digestive upset, and even help your body absorb valuable nutrients from food during the digestive process.  Did you know that up to 80% of the body’s immune system is associated with the intestinal tract?  Probiotics help to stimulate the immune system by promoting a healthy gut.

Ultimate Flora is different from other probiotics out there.  Ultmiate Flora offers high-potency probiotics that ensure at least 10 billion active cultures per capsule serving.  Plus they offer a unique delayed release system which helps probiotics resist stomach acid. Just one capsule taken on a daily basis should help you to maintain a healthy digestive system.

Since my toddler and husband both seem to be the ones that experience digestive issues, I thought it best to have them both give Ultimate Flora Probiotics a try.  A lot of my friends around me have been talking about probiotics so this was perfect timing!  My 3 year old frequently experiences gas and tummy pains and my husband, oh man…he is just a big ball of gas, upset stomach, and diarrhea.  He is also a diabetic so he needs all the help he can get with his immune system too.

My daughter has been taking the Ultimate Flora Kids Probiotic 3 Billion.  It has a great tasting berry-licious flavor, which she loves, and does not contain any sugar or artificial sweeteners, flavors, colors, or preservatives.   Another feature is that it is dairy, soy, and gluten free!  We refer to it as Amaya’s “chewy” when it comes time to taking her probiotic.  We always take it between breakfast and dinner.  She actually looks forward to taking it and if I forget, she’s right there reminding me she needs her chewy!

My husband has been taking the Ultimate Flora Daily Care Probiotic 15 Billion.  It contains 15 Billion cultures and 10 strains of health-promoting Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli.  It contains no wheat, gluten, soy, dairy, eggs, shellfish, tree nuts, or artificial ingredients.  It’s an easy to swallow vegetable capsule too!

Since both have begun taking Ultimate Flora Probiotics, I’ve seen a significant change in both.  My daughter is less gassy and does not complain about an upset stomach on a daily basis anymore.  She also no longer experiences loose stools.  Come to think of it, my husband is the same too.  He usually comes home from work complaining of an upset stomach but he hasn’t complained in quite some time.  In fact, he also doesn’t clear a room anymore with his gas!  (Sorry honey!)

Overall, when anyone asks me to recommend a probiotic, I always suggest

One lucky reader will win an Ultimate Flora Probiotic of their choice!
Must be 18+ to enter.  Open to residents of US only.
Giveaway ends 6/7/13 at 11:59pm CST.

Verefina First Aid Ointment Review!

Verefina helps people live happier and healthier lives by creating pure and natural products.  Verefina’s First Aid Ointment is perfect for our start in a more natural direction with our health and beauty products!  Since I’ve begun the switch to more natural and homemade products, I was thrilled when Michelle Tilley, Verefina Independant Consultant, contacted me!

Michelle has battled for a long time with health issues that have plagued her 11 year old daughter’s life.  After 6 years of not knowing what was going on with her daughter’s health and seeing countless specialists, it was discovered that she has pesticides trapped in her cells and requires a complete cell detox.  And do you know how those pesticides got trapped in her cells?  You guessed it, artificially fragranced products that we use in our homes.  These chemicals have reeked havoc on Michelle’s daughter.  She was experiencing daily nausea, migraines, hives, shaking, low body temperature, and heart palpitations – just to name a few.   After eliminating all unnatural products, her daughter’s health greatly improved thanks to the help of Verefina’s natural products.

Do you or someone you know experience something similar to this?  Could it be that they have a similar undiagnosed condition caused by toxins in their cells?  By making small steps in the right direction, we can start cutting back or even eliminating the amount of chemicals we are exposed to every day!

So let me tell you about our small step in that direction with Verefina’s First Aid Ointment.  It’s made with 100% natural ingredients so I don’t feel guilty slathering my children’s boo-boos in this stuff!  With it being nicer outside and sports starting, the more and more boo-boos seem to appear!
Ingredients in Verefina’s First Aid Ointment: beeswax, extra virgin olive oil, sunflower seed oil, tamanu oil, calendula oil, shea butter, sea buckthorn oil, rosehip seed oil, loving baby essential oil proprietary blend, tea tree oil, rosemary extract, lavender essential oil, lemon essential oil, benzoin essential oil
I have used this stuff on just about everything!  Cuts, scrapes, burns, road rash, diaper rash, dry lips, eczema, stretch marks, bug bites, cracked nipples, and just about any and every skin irritation!  This is my new favorite item in my medicine cabinet.  I love the scent and the texture.  Did I mention that the ingredients are unfriendly to bacteria too?!  Exactly what every parent needs in their house!

Contact Michelle Tilley today to learn more about Verefina and their wonderful line of natural products!

Zaycon Foods is America’s Drive Thru Meat Market – Fresher, Faster and Cheaper

How does Zaycon Foods manage to provide such high quality super fresh meat and produce to its customers at such low prices? The answer is strength in numbers. And not our numbers, yours!

Zaycon Foods can sell its products at bulk rate prices to individual consumers and families because our unique sales event business model brings lots of people together, adding all their purchasing power into a combined bulk food purchase. And when you buy as part of a group that’s committing to such a large purchase, the power is in the hands of the purchaser! It’s the ultimate group buy in terms of both price and consumer empowerment.

You can pre-select exactly what you want to order from a given Zaycon sales event – sometimes you may want to stock up on our amazing meaty back ribs and sometimes it might be all about the Zaycon bacon – and then, on the day of the sales event, you and a whole big bunch of your neighbors will find yourselves in a nearby parking lot watching as an entire tractor trailer’s worth of high quality natural food is unloaded into all of your cars! You will be amazed at how quickly one of our refrigerated trucks goes from being filled with natural, fresh chicken or hundreds of gallons of grade A non-homogenized milk to being empty and back on its way to the farm!

A Zaycon Foods truck sales event often lasts less time than you would spend on a trip to the grocery store, yet you will leave with a whole lot more food than you’d get at the market, and for much better prices, too!

When you use the Zaycon Foods sales event as your preferred place to purchase meats, milk, and any of our other fine products, you get advantages even beyond the bulk pricing that comes with our special sales model. You also have the peace of mind of knowing exactly what you’re going to get! A trip to the grocery store can involve wasted time wandering around looking for various foods spread out across the store; at a Zaycon Foods parking lot meat truck delivery (or milk or berries or fish delivery, too!) you have pre-ordered your foods, so all you have to do is show up and wait for our friendly staffers and volunteers to load up your car.

Also, unlike in the grocery store, the prices you will pay for a Zaycon Foods product are locked in on our website, so you will know how much you are going to spend before you have committed to a purchase.

At a supermarket, you might pay one price for chicken on one day, and then a higher price on another day. With Zaycon, you decide that you want to order a case of our fresh boneless skinless chicken breasts, you check the price and then you commit to it, knowing that from that moment on, we are committed to getting you your fresh, natural food!

HotBuckles.com The Starry Night Kindle Case Review!

Hot Buckles is an online treasure trove of the hottest fashion accessories for women, trendy college crowd apparel and custom items from tablet cases to flip flops and of course, hot buckles & belts too.

If you are looking for a stylish and durable Kindle Fire case, look no further.  The quality and design of HotBuckles.com’s The Starry Night Kindle Case has exceeded my expectations.  Not only is it an extremely thick hard plastic case, it offers grippy sides to help keep your Kindle in your hands.  The case easily snaps into place and fits the Kindle Fire like a glove.  I love how the corners round the Kindle Fire perfectly to offer a really nice fitted look.

At only 1.7 ounces, this made in USA Kindle case easily snapped on to my step-daughter’s Kindle Fire.  She was so tired of her boring black case that she couldn’t wait to spice up her Kindle with this great conversation starting case.  ”The Starry Night” painting by Vincent van Gogh is such a great idea for a Kindle case design.  You can even choose white or black plastic for the case.

HotBuckles.com‘s Kindle Fire case would make the perfect gift for someone you know that loves their Kindle Fire just as much as my child does!

Don’t forget to check out their belts for men, women, and kids!  You’ll be sure to find the coolest buckle styles and fashions!

Davidson’s Organics and Nature’s Bakery Tea Party!

I was delighted with a good excuse to throw a tea party/play date for my friends and their children with a little help from Davidson’s Organics and Nature’s Bakery!

Davidson’s Organics is a one stop online store that sells teas, herbs, cocoa, and spices.  I was excited when they sent some amazing smelling caffeine-free Rooibos Spiced Chai Tea for my party.  For those of you, like myself, who have no clue about tea, I’ll share with you a little more about the tea from Davidson’s website:

  • Rooibos (“red tea”) is harvested from shrubs grown in the high elevations of the cape regions of South Africa. Rooibos has a full-bodied, rounded character, a slight sweetness, and blends well with green tea, black tea, other herbs and spices. Enjoy this red tea based chai with just the right hint of sweetness and spices. Delicious with milk and sweetener. High in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, Rooibos is well-known for its numerous health benefits and calming effects. And it’s completely caffeine-free!

I must admit, I’m not a huge tea drinker but as I get older, I’m being introduced to it more and more and becoming more curious.  I think the intimidation of not knowing if I’m suppose to drink it plain, with milk, with sugar, with honey, or with lemon, is what gets me.  I let my curiosity get the best of me and brewed a cup for myself and a fellow mommy.  The hearty fragrance filled the whole room!  Yum!

The smell was enough to draw you in.  She drank hers with a little milk and I enjoyed mine plain.  Spicy but yet sweet, I enjoyed my cup of tea.  Even my friend’s children enjoyed a few sips too!  Since it’s caffeine free, none of us had to worry about it affecting our sleep or our milk supplies (we are breastfeeding moms!).  The added bonus of the health benefits was appealing as well!  Plus,Davidson’s Organics entire product line is USDA Certified Organic and KSA Certified Kosher!

Now I cannot forget to tell you all about Nature’s Bakery Fig Bars!  They are A-MAZ-ING!  They were such a huge hit with the little kids to the point that I had to shoo them away so others could enjoy them.  If they sent me a case of  these fig bars, they’d probably be gone within a week.  My kids LOVED them and so did the other children and mommies in attendance.  I love that they are an all natural and healthy snack – perfect for play dates and after school snacks!

One of the biggest attractions of the fig bars was that they are cholesterol-free, dairy free, kosher, and all natural.  Another thing – we could pronounce every ingredient on the label!  There are so many flavors to choose from and they are all delicious, no joke!

Nature’s Bakery 100% Natural Fig Bar Flavors Include:

  • Apple Cinnamon
  • Blueberry
  • Whole Wheat Fig
  • Peach Apricot
  • Raspberry
  • Vanilla Fig
  • Vanilla Raspberry

The tea party/play date was a huge success thanks to Davidson’s Organics and Nature’s Bakery.  We were so busy enjoying everything that I forgot to take pictures of us all actually enjoying it!  It was great to get my friends and their children together at my house and enjoy some great tea and bars!

Vision Bedding Custom Comforter Review!

Vision Bedding specializes in products and designs found no where else!  Choose between millions of designs that Vision Bedding has to offer or upload your own photo for a personalized item!

Vision Bedding literally has millions of designs to choose from to fit your unique style.  If you are looking for a personalized item, feel free to upload your own images and design your own product!  There are so many creative possibilities including free text, multiple collage options, and unlimited border colors, just to name a few.  Within 24-48 hours of placing your order, one of Vision Bedding’s professional graphic designers will have your preview available for your approval.  If there is something you want to change, they’ll work with you until it’s just right!  Plus they are so willing to help in any way possible, you’ll be sure to receive exactly what you want!

At Vision Bedding, you’ll find bath decor, flags, wall murals, baby/kids/teen/adult bedding, pillows, window curtains, backdrops, blankets, rugs, banners, fabric, and wall art.  You can even purchase gift certificates!  After going through all the amazing possibilities, I made the decision to give my 9 year old son the opportunity to create a custom collage comforter.  He’s almost 10 and in that in-between phase where he just can’t seem to find a comforter that he likes.  Some are just too kiddie for him and some are just too adult.  Plus he’s got such a quirky personality, it seemed only fitting to allow him the chance to let his creative juices flow!

Julien loves many different things but the 3 things that stick out the most are: anything army, penguins, and video games.  We were able to browse through the library of items and pick out 6 really awesome pictures for his comforter.  He has 2 army themed pictures, 2 video game controllers (Xbox & Playstation), and 2 penguins.  We were even given the option to add his name which was an added bonus.  We also chose the black 320 count sateen cotton for the bottom of the comforter.

It was like Christmas when Julien’s Vision Bedding custom collage twin comforter came.
He could hardly wait to open the box!

Once opened, we couldn’t believe our eyes.  Our masterpiece had come to life!  The comforter is approximately 2″ thick and is extremely plush.  The sateen cotton bottom is so soft and silky too.  I can tell you, this comforter is made to last and is of extremely high quality.  Julien says it is extremely comfortable to sleep with and loves everything about it.  It’s just perfect and exactly what we wanted.  Plus it’s machine washable!

Vision Bedding has been a dream to work with.  Their customer service is amazing!  They took my son’s ideas and brought them to life.  He’s so excited to have exactly what he’s always wanted in a comforter.  I love that it shows his fun, creative, and quirky side.  It brightens up his room and is such a beautiful piece of artwork!

The comforter just screams Julien , literally!  It’s so amazing what this company will do to make sure their customers are satisfied.  I know we are and you will be too!  A huge thank you to Vision Bedding!

Kidknows Outdoor Thermometer Review & Coupon Code!

Empowering our children to make the right choices while teaching them to recognize numbers in the process is exactly what the Kidknows Outdoor Thermometer will do!  This educational gadget is perfect for kids!

My kids have this terrible habit of coming down from their rooms dressed like it’s 30 below when it’s going to be well over 70.  Same goes for in the winter months.  Then I have to send them back up to their rooms to change.  This is so time consuming!  Our Kidknows Outdoor Thermometer is conveniently placed in our kitchen window so we are all able to see what the temperature is to gauge what we should wear for the day!
The Kidknows Thermometer is 10 inches tall and easily attaches to the outside of your window with two suction cups.  The only thing required was my hubby needing to climb up a ladder to stick it to our kitchen window.  The mercury free thermometer is colorful, easy to read, and features pictures of what types of clothing kids should wear at what temperature.  This is a great educational tool for all children, especially those with special needs and autism.  It allows children to independently choose the right outfit to wear by associating degree measurements with easy to understand pictures.

Winner of the 2010 Creative Child Magazine’s Product of the Year Award,Kidknows Outdoor Thermometer will help you and your kids struggle less.  My kids love waking up and checking out the thermometer.  As the temperature rises and falls throughout the day, my kids are always curious to see it change.  It’s helping make our morning routine faster, easier, and a lot more fun!

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PJ Greetings Personalized Address Stamp Review!

PJ Greetings is the go-to place for personalized gifts to say thank you to your host or hostess for summer events!  Even though all of PJ Greetings’ products make great gifts throughout the year, it’s extremely important to thank those who are extending their home for summer fun.  Personalized gifts show how much you care!

While browsing around PJ Greetings, you’ll see many great gift ideas!  Think about those hosting summer BBQs, birthday parties, weddings, graduation parties, or any other get together.  Say thank you to your host or hostess with one of PJ Greetings beautiful personalized items!

One of the items you’ll find is a custom ink stamp.  The hardest decision was deciding which design to go with since they are all so stylish.  I did finally decide to go with the 2 Magnolias design and I think you’ll agree with me that it’s simply stunning!

Let me tell you, I’ve been so impressed with our personalized address stamp.  It comes pre-inked so there is no fuss and no mess.  Since PJ Greetings does all their designs in-house, and almost all their production of items either in-house or locally, we received our stamp in record time!  Their turn around time from proof to product is extremely fast!

I can’t wait to mail out invitations and cards to our friends and family!  A custom, personalized stamp from PJ Greetings would make a great gift, wouldn’t you agree??

Speaking of invitations and cards, PJ Greetings also does great custom invitations, announcements, and holiday cards!  You’ll find some other great products such as note cubes, note pads, and adorable stationery for children!

Follow PJ Greetings on Facebook, Twitter, their blog and Pinterest to be in the know of current promotions, contests for free products, and updates on new products and designs.  PJ Greetings has many options to rep their products, such as hosting an online party or becoming a REP.  More information can be found at www.pjgreetingsathome.com.  Talk about a great way to earn FREE products and some extra spending money.

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.