Monday, January 16, 2017

Moms, Don't Forget to do #WhatULuv This Year Too + Luvs Diaper Coupon!

"This review was made possible by iConnect and Luvs.  I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine."

As a super busy mom with a never-ending to-do list, I can honestly say that I do not get enough time to do what I love. I love drinking coffee uninterrupted and binging on Netflix. I love reading books and going on dates with my husband. I love going out with friends and getting my nails done. But most of all, I love to sleep. I would love to be able to sleep for 8 hours, uninterrupted.


Luvs really wants us parents to be able to do more of what we love (including sleep!) and they recently introduced the new and improved Luvs Ultra Leakguard Diapers with NightLock Plus™. These diapers are softer and more absorbent than before, with large stretch tabs for easy fastening, ultra-leakage protection and a money-back guarantee. So you can sleep better knowing your baby's diaper wont leak all night! Doesn't get much better than that!



Luvs recently conducted a formal poll of moms across the country to take a look at parenting like it really is and uncover what they truly value most. Did you know that nearly 2 in 3 moms of children 3 and under have never taken a day completely for themselves? I believe it! In the 5+ years since becoming a mom, I've never taken a single day to myself! Here are some more of the statistics they found:


 Parenthood is a roller coaster ride, but experienced parents take it all in stride. They value the things that help them get through the day and that make their lives a little bit easier – from a best mom friend who always has their back to great products that get the job done and don’t break the bank (like Luvs). Luvs is always committed to providing moms and dads with value. They recognize that parenting can be difficult, so diapering shouldn’t be. 

​As we welcome in the New Year, perhaps the best resolution for parents is to give themselves a well-deserved “time-out” and a little bit of “me time.” I know that my New Years Resolution for 2017 is to give myself some more "me time." Whether its a nap for myself on the weekend or a day out to get my nails done, I need to take some time for myself more often! With the help of Luvs, we all can do more of #whatuluv!

Visit Coupons.com to access a Luvs coupon of $1 off any one diaper pack! Click the link for more details!

How are you going to make yourself a priority this year and do #whatuluv?

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Best of Raffi CD Release Coming in February!

BELOVED CHILDREN’S TROUBADOUR RAFFI TO CELEBRATE 40 YEARS OF MUSIC WITH BEST OF RAFFI

CAREER-SPANNING ALBUM MARKS THE ARTIST’S FIRST COLLECTION OF HITS TO BE RELEASED OUTSIDE OF CANADA


Due out February 10, 2017, Best Of Raffi will mark the first, curated collection of Raffi’s music to be released outside of his native Canada. Best Of Raffi will include such classics as “Down By The Bay” (1976), “Bananaphone” (1994), and, perhaps his most iconic hit, “Baby Beluga” (1980).

Raffi’s albums consistently make the U. S. sales charts, and he continues to perform and record actively: his most recent title, Owl Singalong, was released earlier in 2016 to critical acclaim, and he is currently in the midst of an extensive North American tour. With 40 years’ worth of favorites, Best Of Raffi will bridge the gap between parents who grew up with his music, and their children, discovering many of these classics for the first time. 

Preorder Best Of Raffi: http://smarturl.it/BestOfRaffiCD

For tour dates visit raffinews.com/raffi/concerts/

Best Of Raffi track list:

Baby Beluga
Down By the Bay
Apples and Bananas
Shake My Sillies Out
Wheels On the Bus
Day O
Bananaphone
Let's Play
Everything Grows
Mr. Sun
Love Bug
Owl Singalong
One Light One Sun
Rise and Shine
If You're Happy and You Know It
Thanks a Lot

Monday, December 19, 2016

Personalized Santa Freebies!




Who doesn't love freebies?! One of my favorite freebies this time of year is free letters from Santa! Z is really excited this year for Santa and she has already asked me to help her write out her Christmas list so I knew she would adore getting a personalized letter from Santa. During my search, I found several other free ways to communicate with Santa! Here are my favorites!


Letter To Santa
Before we get into a letter from Santa, what about a letter to Santa? Z is only 4 so she's not quite at the "write a whole letter to Santa" stage so I found a fill-in-the-blank template from Dolled Up Design that is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers! It allows them write in their age, what they want for Christmas, and even gives them room to draw a picture!
www.dolledupdesign.net

Letter From Santa
There are a ton of websites to find free letters from Santa but FreeLettersFromSanta.com is my favorite. Their site is easy to use, they have several templates to choose from, and they let you preview the letter before deciding to save it (not all the websites have this option!). Just fill in the blanks with your child's information, print it out, and you get a free letter from Santa!

Free Phone Call With Santa
Through Dial My Calls, you can personalize a phone call from Santa in a few different ways to make it a great experience for your kids. You can customize the free call from Santa with your child's name or a general greeting if you don't find their name on the list. 

USPS Free Letter From Santa
With the Santa Mail program from USPS, kids can get a reply back from Santa when they write him a letter and send him their Christmas wish list. You'll need to include a personalized response from Santa, but then the USPS will mail you back the letter from Santa, with a postmark right from North Pole, Alaska.

Buy a Letter/Package from Santa
Don't have the time or the want to print out your own letter? I understand that! Holidays are a busy time for most families and adding something else on your to-do list isn't always possible so I recommend Santa Will Write to you! I worked with them a few years back and they sent Z the most amazing package from Santa. She talked about it for months!

What do you do to keep the magic alive during the holiday season?

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

DIY Package From Santa!


Z was really excited to send her first letter to Santa this year so I wanted to continue the fun and send her a little surprise in return! There are companies devoted to sending packages from Santa to your child and I wanted that same magic but for a fraction of the price. So, I made our own Package from Santa for under $10! 

Things You Need:
Letter From Santa
Envelope/gift box
Christmas confetti
Stickers, small toys, etc
Optional: Ribbon and decorations for box 


There are a ton of websites to find free letters from Santa but FreeLettersFromSanta.com is my favorite. Their site is easy to use, they have several templates to choose from, and they let you preview the letter before deciding to save it (not all the websites have this option!). Just fill in the blanks with your child's information, print it out, and you get a free letter from Santa!

 I bought some colorful Christmas confetti and a few Christmas themed toys from the Dollar Tree (and a $3 Lego Reindeer from Target!). I placed the goodies and confetti in the box, wrapped the box with tissue paper, and tied a ribbon around it.


I originally was on the hunt for a shiny silver or red envelope to mail this surprise in but I couldn't find one so I decided to go with a Santa gift box and tissue paper wrapping from the dollar store instead and just leave it near the fireplace rather than mail it. I mean, Santa has magic so he doesn't need to use the USPS, right?

2016 Holiday Gift Guide: 3 Little Pigs Board Game by Tactic Games

Just in time for this holiday season, Tactic Games has introduced the 3 Little Pigs Game! Help the three little pigs on their adventures as they build their houses and hope to avoid the huffing and puffing, Big Bad Wolf, just like in the well-known fairytale. The 3 Little Pigs game combines skill and a dash of luck. Kids will love the soft and squeezable Big, Bad Wolf that actually huffs and puffs the pig's houses down!


This cute game impressed me more than I thought it would! The idea is to build your house the fastest by rolling the die on your turn. Sometimes you're lucky, sometimes you're not! Obviously the most fun part for kids is if you roll the wolf, you get to try and blow an opponent's house down! The game is designed for 2-3 players and it's rated for ages 4 and up. Any younger than 4 and they probably won't be able to squeeze the wolf.


At first it was hard for Z to use to wolf (she's almost 5) but she got the hang of it and before we knew it, she was blowing our houses down! We must've played it 8 times that first night and we've played it at least once a day since then. Both my husband and I enjoy playing it with her and I could see how it could get competitive between adults too! It's easy to set up, simple to understand, and tons of fun for the whole family. If you're looking for a fun, affordable Christmas gift idea, I can't recommend this game enough!


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The 3 Little Pigs Game is now Available at Amazon and Walmart!!

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 4, 2016

2016 Holiday Gift Guide: PicturesOnGold.com Locket

The best gifts to give (and receive!) are personal, meaningful, and unique. With PicturesOnGold.com, you can customize a gorgeous gift for pretty much everyone on your list! They carry customizable photo lockets, watches, rings, children's jewelry, and more. My absolute favorite thing on their site are their photo lockets-- they are gorgeous, unique, and special.


Last year, I actually received a locket from PicturesOnGold.com for myself filled with pictures of my Dad, Z, and I. It's still the most precious piece of jewelry I own and I get compliments every time I wear it. This year, I wasn't sure who I wanted to create a custom locket for because I knew pretty much any of the ladies in my life would love one! 


This year, I decided to get a heart locket for Z because she has been talking about her desire for a locket since she first saw mine. She said she wanted pictures of her family in it so I found the pictures I wanted and went to work customizing it on their website. The ordering process is simple and you can customize literally every part of the locket-- shape, color, front, inside pictures (or words), back side, and last but not least, the chain.

The front is engraved with her first and middle names, and inside is a picture her and C on one side, and her daddy and I on the other. The back is engraved with the words "My Family". When it arrived, she was in complete shock. She absolutely loves it and has proudly shown it to everyone who inquires about it! 


Even though I adore her new locket, if there was one thing I could change, it would be that they automatically take the backgrounds out of the pictures BUT that's an easy fix. When you order, all you have to do is mention to them that you want to keep the background and they will do what you ask! You truly have complete control over how personalized you want your jewelry.

Overall, there are no words to describe how meaningful this precious locket is to her and we have absolutely no complaints. A personalized piece of jewelry like this would make the perfect Christmas, birthday, or anniversary gift. You could put pictures of your kids, your grandkids, a missed loved one... the options go on and on! PicturesOnGold.com has more than just lockets too so be sure to check out all of their personalized jewelry while shopping this holiday season!


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Save on customized Lockets from Pictures On Gold! Just in time for the Holidays! Use code famguide10 to save 10% off your order!


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."

Thursday, December 1, 2016

2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Smitco - Affordable Gift for Girls!

Looking for a gift for the young girl in your life this holiday season? SmitCo makes quality, affordable gifts for girls ages 2 to 12! SmitCo is a small Kansas based company that has been selling online since 2006. They specialize in all things girly and have such a huge selection of products that include jewelry sets (for young girls and women), diaries, temporary tattoos, party favors, and princess dress-up sets!


Their mission is to provide affordable, quality products for girls and I have several little girls on my shopping list this holiday season (including two of my own!) so I was really interested in trying out their products! I was sent a Stretch Necklace and Bracelet Set and it is even prettier in person. I was impressed with the quality and Z absolutely loves it. It's great quality, really pretty, and just perfect for her. I love that it's stretchy so she can take it on and off without help yet it doesn't have a cheap feeling to it. It also came in a cute little gift box that would make it perfect for gifting! This would make such a great gift for a little girl who loves dress up or a tween girl who loves fun jewelry!


There's such a nice selection at Smitco so I trust that you will easily find some or all gifts here for the princesses on your list this holiday season there!

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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."