Monday, December 15, 2014

Keep Your Bathtub Organized with a Baby Bath Toy Scoop Rinse and Drain Organizer!

I don't know how but I swear my daughter's bathtub toy collection keeps expanding and I haven't bought her new bath toys in years. We've tried several different ways to contain the clutter; we tried one of those mesh bags to hold everything and we've tried just putting things in a bucket next to the tub. Neither of those ways worked out well for us as the mesh bag broke and the bucket encouraged mold and mildew to form. Well, we finally found a solution for our problem thanks to this Baby Bath Toy Scoop Rinse and Drain Organizer!


The Baby Bath Toy Scoop comes in three different colors: Green, Blue, and Pink. I let Z choose what color she wanted and she chose pink. I have to admit, it was my favorite too so I'm really happy with her choice. We absolutely love this toy scoop! I love the vibrant colors and the scoop is even bigger than I was expecting so it holds all of Z's toys perfectly. My favorite feature of the bath toy scoop is how large the holes are so the toys dry faster and it makes the scoop really easy to clean.

The toy scoop comes with one big suction cup to hold it to the shower wall but no suction cups ever stick to my shower so I decided to just stick it to one of my bathroom mirrors (I happen to have two) and it stayed put really well but Z was not happy with her toys being so far away from the tub so I went to the dollar store and bought a pack of 10 hooks (yes, for only $1!) and the hook is strong enough to hold the toy scoop up in the tub (pictured below). Problem solved! 


Baby Bath Toy Scoop Features
Makes Bath Time Cleanup Fun & Fast- Don't pick up the toys one at a time, make bath time clean up can be easy - scoop the toys right up - kids love to make clean up into a fun game.
Decreases Mildew- Holes are great for allowing water to drain, dries quickly so no worries of getting moldy.
Suction Cup Included- Sticks well to the tub walls with the secure suction cup.
Perfect Size- Big enough for all toys to fit yet the perfect size for play. Also doesn't take up much room, so not in the way when you are taking a shower.
 Money back guarantee!

Overall, we are really happy with the Baby Bath Toy Scoop Rinse and Drain Organizer and we would recommend one for all families that suffer from bath toy clutter like we once did. It's affordable, the colors choices are great, and it helps keep my bathroom a little more organized! This would make such a great baby shower, birthday, or Christmas gift so buy one for yourself and one as a gift!

Order your own Baby Bath Toy Scoop Rinse and Drain Organizer on Amazon! Hurry and get this scoop for 1/2 price using code SCOOPS50! Code expires on 12/31/14 so hurry!

Disclosure of  Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe-- with Bru Joy Frother

I was asked if I wanted to review a frother and I thought to myself "well, if I had a frother then I would have absolutely no excuse not to make a homemade PSL." One of the first jobs I ever had was working as a barista at Panera and I used to make Pumpkin Spice Lattes for myself all the time there. haha

Now, I know I'm a bit behind on my posting of a Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe considering its December and "pumpkin season" was months ago but the best part of homemade pumpkin spice lattes (besides the fact that it's healthier and cheaper) is that you can make yourself a pumpkin spice latte anytime any where, even in December.


I've been trying out several Pumpkin Spice Latte recipes over the last few weeks and this the best one I've found that doesn't use actual pumpkin. (I will post another in a few weeks that does use pumpkin too).

Ingredients
1 cup of milk
1 tsp of white sugar
1/4 tsp of pumpkin pie spice
1/8 tsp of vanilla extract
2 ounces of espresso (or extra strong coffee)
whipped topping

Directions
1. In a large coffee cup, mix the vanilla, sugar, espresso, and pumpkin pie spice. 
2.  Heat the milk using the microwave or stove.
3. Froth the milk. (I use the Bru Joy Frother)
4. Add the frothed milk to the other ingredients and gently stir.
5. Top with whipped topping and maybe a dash of pumpkin pie spice or nutmeg.

I used the Bru Joy Frother for my homemade pumpkin spice latte and it turned out GREAT! This is such a great little frother. I've actually been searching for a milk frother for awhile now and I couldn't be happier than I am with this one. Its so quiet, runs on 2 AAA batteries (unfortunately, not included so make sure you have some), and it works wonderfully with just one simple button.


You can buy your own Bru Joy Frother on Amazon!

Disclosure of  Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The PERFECT Stocking Stuffer-- Last Mouse Lost Game Review

I'm going to start off this review differently than I ever have before-- go buy this. No hesitating--- just go. I didn't have high expectations for this little game when but it has truly surprised me. It would absolutely make the perfect stocking stuffer for pretty much any age and every household needs their own Last Mouse Lost game.

"The mice have just finished feasting and need to scurry into their holes. Don't be the last mouse standing or you might get caught by the cat! Players take turns pressing down any number of mice they wish in a single row. The player who presses down the last mouse loses the round. Whoever wins three of five rounds wins the game!"



I'm really surprised at how much my family and I love this game! It's made out of rubber (think silicone type of feel) so it's really soft and flexible, and its pretty quiet making it a great game to take to church, waiting rooms, or (in my case) a funeral. This little game was great to take with us to my Grandma's funeral this past week to entertain Z. It is small enough to fit into my purse, quiet enough to not disrupt anyone sitting around us, and it entertained her throughout the whole service. Obviously, she doesn't know how to play it the "correct" way but she makes up her own games and just has a ball with it. She just absolutely loves to push all of the mice down and then flip it over and do it again. It's been such a great toy to ignite her imagination.


As a parent, I'm really happy that it's dishwasher safe and I don't have to worry about it getting dirty or broken somehow. It reminds me of simple, fun games we had growing up. On the competitive note, my husband and I enjoy this game as well! Its easy to understand how to play and we can get quite competitive (even with a small game like this!) and we've had quite a bit of fun with it. We plan on leaving it out on the coffee table at parties to hopefully get our friends interested in it as well!

Overall, we are completely in love with (and surprised by) this quick, easy, and smart game.  It doesn't have any loose parts and it has a unique design, is extremely affordable! It would make the perfect stocking stuffer, executive desk gift, waiting room game, and coffee table conversation piece. So be sure to snatch up FoxMind's newest game, Last Mouse Lost.

You can connect with FoxMind Games on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest or visit their website at www.foxmind.com.

Buy your own Last Mouse Lost Game on Amazon!


Disclosure of  Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Must-Have In Every Kitchen-- 24 Grazia Silicone Baking Cups Review

As you all know, I love baking and this time of year, I always have something yummy cooking in my oven. One of my favorite things to bake with is silicone baking cups! I've always considered silicone baking cups a must-have in any baker's kitchen; they're environmental friendly, they're non-stick (well, good ones are anyway), they can be used for so many things other than baking, and they're just plain adorable. I received 24 Grazia Silicone Baking Cups to review so I decided to try them out by making some muffins... how do they look? :)


The only issue I had with the Grazia Baking Cups was the package was damaged when it arrived (the lid was completely shredded to pieces) but it's not a big deal to me, I probably would've just lost the lid anyway. One of my favorite things about these baking cups is the colors; the colors are absolutely gorgeous! I have other silicone baking cups but I will be using these ones for Z's birthday (can you believe she turns 3 in 3 weeks?!) because the colors are so vibrant and really pretty. 


There are two factors that make silicone baking cups either good or bad: 1.) Do the baked goods come out easily and smoothly? 2.) Are they easy to clean? I'm so happy to say that the Grazia Silicone Baking Cups have exceeded both of those standards! If silicone baking cups are good enough, you shouldn't have to use cooking spray on them. As a test, I used cooking spray on 3 of the baking cups when I made the muffins and when I tried to figure out which ones I sprayed afterward, I couldn't; THAT'S how awesome these baking cups are!

As if these baking cups weren't awesome enough, I have used them for so much more than baking. I have used them in my daughter's lunch box to separate different foods, I've used them for toddler sorting games, and of course I've used them for ice cream! They would be so great to use for ice cream at parties: just separate the ice cream into the baking cups ahead of time and pull them out of the freezer when ready! How great would these be to use to separate gluten free baked items from regular baked items?!


Overall, I absolutely love the Grazia Baking Cups and I recommend them for all bakers and mothers! These baking cups have been so useful in my house and I absolutely love them!  They're BPA free, dishwasher safe, eco-friendly, cute, and multi-functional. 

Order your own Grazia Baking Cups on Amazon


Disclosure of  Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Elastic Memory Foam Mattress Pad Bed Topper Review

"Memory foam's ability to reduce pressure points is one of the reasons so many people are using it to get the best night's sleep. Now you can enjoy the benefits of memory foam without having to buy a new mattress by adding this memory foam mattress topper to your existing spring, latex or even memory foam mattress. This topper will add comfort and increase the quality of sleep from your mattress immediately." 



I received this mattress pad for Z's twin bed and she loves it. We have had no problems with this mattress topper at all and Z sleeps better now that she has a "squishy bed". Plus, I absolutely love that its made in the USA. My only disappointment is that I do wish that some paperwork came with it (warranty information, customer service phone number).

My only disappointment is that I do wish that some paperwork came with it (warranty information, customer service phone number). Although it was packaged well (it came in plastic and then it was vacuum sealed into a second plastic bag), the only "paper" it came with was a sticker on the box (pictured below) that instructs the customer to remove it from the package, lay it flat, and let it breathe for 96 hours before using.


Instantly makes any mattress more restful, comfortable, and supportive in sagging areas of mattress. Three inches of four pound density memory foam used in this topper is specifically designed to enhance the feel of your current mattress and also provides additional support in areas where your mattress may be dipping or sagging. The foam is also specially formulated to contour to your body at any temperature and will give you the extra comfort you need to get the best night's sleep possible from your current mattress. 

Pros:
Made in the USA
Extremely comfortable
Seems durable
Didn't have chemical smell

Cons:
No paperwork came with it

Z's little footprint! :)
Overall, we're really thankful for this Memory Foam Mattress Topper and we're completely happy with it and I'm even thinking about buying one for my queen bed! 


Disclosure of  Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Superior Source Vitamins Review & Giveaway

Did you know that by swallowing vitamin supplements that as much as 50% of the potency is lost in the high acid environment of your stomach? Kind of defeats the purpose of taking vitamins, doesn't it? Superior Source Vitamins are designed to be absorbed quickly into the body and they instantly dissolve in your mouth. 


I was so happy to get to try out some Superior Source Vitamin products! I love (and was pleasantly surprised) how small the instantly dissolving vitamins really are. Tell you what, letting a small vitamin quickly dissolve in your mouth beats trying to swallow a gross tasting large vitamin any day! Plus, I actually really, really like the taste of the Vitamin C Cherry Melts. :)
The “Live Healthier” Family 6 pack contains everything you need to keep everyone in your family healthy. It contains:

B-12 1000 mcg: This 60-tablet bottle is brand new and is a combination of activated B-12, activated Folate and B-6, which are three critical B vitamins required for control of elevated homocystein levels.
Why control homocystein levels?: because high levels of homocystein have been linked to cardiovascular disease. No sugar added in this vitamin either.

Just Women – Iron: Superior Source provides optimal levels of iron in our Instant Dissolve MicroLingual Tablets for efficient nutrient delivery. Ferrous fumarate helps restore iron levels in the body when levels are low. The ferrous fumarate salt may help reduce the chances of getting gastro-intestinal problems which are sometimes associated with other iron salts.

Vitamin D 1000 IU: Vitamin D works in conjunction with calcium to promote the development and maintenance of strong bones and teeth. Superior Source Vitamin D products are D3, the finest source of Vitamin D available.

Vitamin C Sour Cherry Melts: Vitamin C is an essential nutrient that cannot be produced by the body, therefore it must be replenished daily. Vitamin C also provides support to the body’s immune system, very helpful in a season where people catch colds and flu. No sugar is added, these products are only sweetened by stevia; this is preferable to most ‘chewable’ vitamin C products that are typically loaded with lots of sugar.

Children’s B Complex with Vitamin C: Children’s B-Complex with folic acid, calcium pantothenate and biotin is formulated to provide the nutrients that support optimal health for the production and maintenance of new cells and supports nervous system health, energy metabolism, and healthy heart function.

Biotin 5000 mcg: Helps to maintain healthy blood sugar levels, promotes nail and hair strength and supports cell growth, metabolism of fats, amino acids and the production of fatty acids. Sugar FREE!
Connect with Superior Source on Facebook and Twitter or visit their website at www.superiorsourcevitamins.com.

Superior Source offers a wealth of information on vitamins, how they can help in different aspects of your life, and even store locators so you can find their products in your town. You can purchase all Superior Source Vitamins at major retailers nationwide like Whole Foods and Vitamin Shoppe and major online retailers like Vitacost, iHerb, Walgreens, Swansons and Lucky Vitamins.

Enter to win the same Superior Source Vitamins gift pack that I received! 
This giveaway is open to the US only. 


Disclosure of  Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Easy@Home 3-in-1 Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer Review

Well, cold and flu season has begun and I dont know about your family, but mine has already gone through a round of sickness. I've been thinking about how big of a coincidence it is that we received the Easy@Home Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer was the day before both my husband and my child both got sick... It was seriously perfect timing so we got a real chance to see just how well it works.

"Experience quick and simple temperature taking with the Easy@Home NCT-301 non-contact, infrared thermometer. This easy to use thermometer has the latest infrared technology to display accurate readings within a second. There is no longer any physical contact necessary to get a simple temperature reading, it should always be this easy!"

My favorite part of having a non-contact thermometer is that you can check a baby's (and anyone's) temperature while they are sleeping without waking them up. Instead of startling or irritating your children, this thermometer reads at a distance and notifies you silently. Eliminating physical contact decreases the chance of cross contamination between users while silent monitoring will not disturb them. The thermometer has a beeping sound to alert for high temperatures, however this feature can be disabled so that no sound emits while taking measurements.
I've owned a non-contact thermometer before but it didn't come with a cool storage case like this one does. Another really cool feature I found with the Easy@Home Thermometer is actually in the instruction booklet; there's a "normal temperatures according to age" chart that tells you basically what temperatures are considered normal for different ages. A really cool feature for any mom. Also, only 2 AAA batteries are needed for this thermometer so if the batteries die, they're not that difficult to replace.

The Easy@Home thermometer comes with 3 different modes: body, room, and surface so it's more than just a body thermometer. Pretty cool! The LCD display will also show one of three colors based on the temperature. Not only does this display make reading temperatures easier in the dark, but the three colors indicate different ranges. A green display (<99.1°F (37.3°C)) indicates normal temperature, yellow display 99.3°F~100.2°F (37.4°C~37.9°C) indicates low-fever and red display >100.4°F (38°C) indicates high-fever. It simplifies taking your child's temperature even more!




Overall, we're extremely happy with the Easy@Home Thermometer and would recommend it to any family! This thermometer is FDA approved and Pediatrician recommended. I also love that they offer a lifetime no hassle replacement guarantee for customers.
Make sure your family is prepared this winter for any illness and get an Easy@Home Thermometer today on Amazon!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."