Nuby Insulated Stainless Steel No-Spill Flip-it Cup

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Nuby has used its patented No-Spill soft silicone straw to create a must have cup for active kids.  The Insulated Stainless Steel No-Spill Flip-it cup is an easy to use cup in an attractive package.  Simply pop the lid and you are ready to enjoy a cold drink!  Best of all, this cup does not leak.  The Nuby Insulated Stainless Steel No-Spill Flip-it cup comes in several modern designs and colors.  The base of this cup is also well designed.  It prevents any liquid from creating water rings on any surface and also minimizes damage when the cup is dropped…..and we all know how often kids drop their cups!  The Nuby Insulated Stainless Steel No-Spill Flip-it has proven to be both durable and functional.  This cup surprisingly still looks as good as new after being used regularly for months now.

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The Nuby Insulated Stainless Steel No-Spill Flip-it 9oz cup is my daughter’s constant companion.  The attached lid makes it easy for to keep the straw clean for drinking no matter where we take it.  This is a nice feature since we spent the majority of our summer at the ball park watching her big brothers play baseball.  Ice water remains nice and cold inside the insulated stainless steel and the straw is very easy to drink from.  In fact, my daughter has no problem sipping every last drop of water from this cup.

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The Nuby Insulated Stainless Steel No-Spill Flip-it 9oz cup is available for purchase at Toys R Us.

I received a Nuby Insulated Stainless Steel No-Spill Flip-it 9oz cup for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

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Moms and Moms-to-Be Must-Read Book!

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There is something special about the act of coloring.  It has always allowed me to let go and forget my surroundings while focusing all of my energy on the image in front of me.  As a child I could color for hours and my enjoyment in the activity has never faded.  Coloring is not just for kids.  Doubleday Books for Young Readers must agree because it released a fabulous new coloring book designed just for moms!  This is such a fun and brilliant idea.  Coloring for Moms and Moms-to-Be is a beautiful coloring book designed to encourage moms to take a moment and relax.

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The Coloring for Moms and Moms-to-Be coloring book has a pretty gold binding and classically beautiful cover.  The size of this book is roughly 8×8 so it easily fits inside a larger purse or diaper bag.  This unique coloring book is filled with detailed drawings for you to bring to life with the colors of your choosing.  That’s what makes coloring so fun and inspiring.  There is no wrong choice.  Create a picture using any colors you wish and enjoy your creation!  The Coloring for Moms and Moms-to-Be coloring book is a simple way to really encourage creativity and inspire moms to let go of daily stresses and embrace a moment of quiet.  I have always enjoyed coloring and as a mom I now have many wonderful memories of coloring with my kids.  Therefore, coloring has always been a happy activity for me.  Now that I have my very own mom coloring book just for me, I can also enjoy coloring during my “me” time.   The babies are napping, so I will just be over here drinking my coffee and coloring.  Its time for mom to relax.

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Enjoy a moment of calm with your very own, Coloring for Moms and Moms-to-Be, book.  This beautiful coloring book is a must have for all moms.  This coloring book would make a great gift for expecting moms as well.  We can all use a distraction and a moment of calm when our bodies are stressed with pregnancy!

 

I received a copy of the Coloring for Moms and Moms-to-Be coloring book for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the product I reviewed.

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SmartPlanet Portion Perfect 3 Week Solution Kit Review & Giveaway

mealkitSPAvoid overeating and making unhealthy food choices with the help of the SmartPlanet Portion Perfect 3 Week Solution Kit.  With the combination of the meal planner and portion control food containers, this kit encourages you to eat from all of the necessary food groups without the concern of portion control.  The perfect portion containers allow you to easily and quickly prepare a meal with the right portion sizes of each food group.  No need to count calories or carbs!  This kit also includes an ice pack, reusable spork and a convenient bag to hold it all.  This makes the SmartPlanet Portion Perfect 3 Week Solution Kit easy to use at work or on the go as well as at home.

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SmartPlanet Portion Perfect 3 Week Solution Kit comes with 7 color coded portion containers that are also labeled for specific food categories.  All of the bases of these containers are microwave safe; however, the lids are not.  The convenience of these labeled and color coded containers is beyond smart.  The size of each container helps you avoid preparing to large of a meal.  There have been so many meals where I overate simply because I didn’t realize I packed so much food in my food container.  It is so easy to eyeball leftovers in a container and think it is one serving and in reality, you have packed enough for the entire family!  Not only does the Smart Planet Portion Perfect 3 Week Solution Kit keep me from overeating but it has me consistently eating well-balanced meals.

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These 7 colorful containers can be life changing.

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The SmartPlanet Portion Perfect 3 Week Solution Kit is available for purchase online at the SmartPlanet website.

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Shop Back to School with Oriental Trading

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Oriental Trading has an amazing selection of school supplies for both students and teachers.  There are over 100 Teacher’s Picks items available online at Oriental Trading.    You will find well-loved name brands such Crayola, Melissa & Doug, Capstone, and much more!  Whether you are preparing a classroom for yet another school year filled with 25 kids or simply want to engage your children in some fun learning experiences at home, Oriental Trading has many supplies available for purchase in a variety of sizes.  You can buy Elmer’s glue sticks in packs of 3 or 60 as wells as many sizes in between!  From storage solutions to craft supplies, Oriental Trading truly has it all.

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I love that Oriental Trading has a wide selection of Crayola products.  They perform well and my kids love them.  I always send my kids to school with this brand and like to keep the same products at home in our craft bins.  I love watching what my kids creative minds and busy little hands will create out of a few bright-colored tools and a blank piece of paper!

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Kids use a lot of craft supplies and learning tools and I often find my self struggling with an efficient way to store these supplies.  Oriental Trading has a nice selection of different storage bins that allow you conveniently store supplies so they don’t get damaged and are ready to use again when needed.  I ordered the clear classroom storage tubs to organize my kids art supplies and toys.  These tubs come in a pack of six so after organizing all of our supplies I even had one extra storage bin to use for our outdoor dice I ordered from Oriental Trading earlier this summer!  I love that these tubs are clear so there is no need to label them.

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Oriental Trading also has a great selection of educational games that help make learning fun!  My kids and I have been keeping ourselves busy this summer with Destination USA and Melissa & Doug Hangman.  Mindware’s Destination USA is a fun geography game that has you traveling across the states to reach specific destinations.  As each players travels from state to state in hopes of reaching the destination first, he or she collects state chips.   My kids love this game.  Destination USA is intended for ages 8 and up but my 5-year-old is a big geography fan and often plays with us.  Destination USA is a fun learning game that can be enjoyed at home as well as in the classroom.

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The Flip-to-Win Hangman game is perfect for travel.  We take it on long road trips as well as to the park to keep the kids entertained during their siblings baseball games.  My oldest son and I play this game on our deck most afternoons while his baby sister is napping.  The dry erase part of the game does not erase perfectly anymore but it still works and my kids show no signs of stopping when it comes to playing this hangman game.  It really is a great way to work on spelling and to get kids to visualize and sound out words in their own heads.

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Visit Oriental Trading to explore their school supplies so your little ones will be ready to learn and have fun both at home as well as at school!

I received the school supplies featured in this post from Oriental Trading in exchange for a review.

 

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Label Daddy Back to School Sale!

Get ready for school and save 25% on Label Daddy peel and stick custom name labels! Label Daddy is the number one solution for labeling your belongings! No ironing or sewing . . . just peel and stick. Their exclusive laminated coating gives labels an extra layer of protection and is a must for school! Remember to label all clothing, books, bags, sports equipment, electronics, and other personal belongings your kids bring to school, camp, sports leagues, day care, vacation, and other places Label Daddy labels keep them from getting lost or mixed up with others. These convenient labels are great for adults too! — Put them on your sunglass/eyeglass case, phone, camera, sports equipment, tablet, e-reader, hats, clothing, and more.

These labels are super durable peel-and-stick washable labels — they’re washer/dryer safe, microwave safe, dishwasher safe and UV resistant! Label Daddy labels are also fun and attractive. You design your own labels! Pick from tons of colors, sizes and logos, including Disney characters, MLB, NBA, and NHL team logos, other sport and fun logos, and more. These labels are made in the USA and shipped directly to you worldwide.

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Save 25% on your entire Label Daddy order!  This is the best discount available anywhere. Use code USFG25 at checkout. http://www.USFG25.labeldaddy.com/

I will receive a promotional code to Label Daddy in exchange for sharing this promotion.  All opinions are mine alone.

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British Soccer Camp: A Brilliant Way to Develop Life and Game Skills as well as Love of the Sport

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British Soccer Camp is the most popular camp in North America.  With an innovative curriculum that develops skills, speed and confidence in players ages 3-18, British Soccer Camps provide boys and girls with the rare opportunity to receive high-level soccer coaching from a team of international expert’s right in the heart of their own community. In addition to teaching new skills and improving game performance, each British Soccer Camp provides lessons in character development, cultural education and is the most fun your child can have learning the sport they love!

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My son recently had his first experience with British Soccer Camps.  He has never played in a soccer league before and has had little experience with the sport before participating in this camp.  We have soccer nets at home and he has always loved to kick a soccer ball around so this camp seemed like the perfect way to truly introduce him to the sport.  My son participated in the half day British Soccer Camp last week at a local park.  I was very happy to see how much my 8 year old learned while also having tons of fun.  Most of the kids attending the camp play in soccer leagues but the camp does a great job of working of challenging kids of all different experience levels.  The coaches had the kids engaging in fun games, skill development, and competitive games throughout the camp.  Each day the camp would start with all of the camp members engaging in a skill based game.  Once the game was completed the kids would join their coaches and teammates that were all determined on the first day of camp.  Each child received a soccer ball and was encouraged to decorate it.  My son was on team Panama so he drew the country’s flag on his ball as well as the national animal.  He was super excited to earn his team a large chunk of points for his efforts.  Each team also earned points throughout the week for wearing their country’s colors and learning fun facts about their team’s country.  These activities helped the kids unite as a team as well as learn more about other countries!

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The week of my son’s British Soccer Camp the weather was in the 90’s with very high humidity.  The camp coaches did a great job of taking frequent breaks so the kids remained hydrated.  My son ended each day of camp hot, sweaty, and smiling from ear to ear.  He loved competing and was always excited to show me new skills he learned each day.  I think its safe to say he had a great experience at British Soccer Camp.

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Enroll in British Soccer Camps Today! Most camps will include a free ball, t-shirt, and certificate!  Fall soccer leagues will be here before we know it, so the end of summer is a great time for kids to learn new skills or simply get in this camp. 

All camp information was provided by Challenger Camps.  I will be provided a complementary week of camp in exchange for an honest review of the camp experience.  All opinions are mine alone.

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LightLife Review & Giveaway

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LightLife has been creating quality vegetarian food since 1979 and is the source of America’s #1 meatless hotdog!  LightLife Smart Dogs are certified vegan and non-GMO Project Verified.  Smart Dogs are plant based and a great source of protein.  A regular Smart Dog has 7 grams of protein and only 50 calories and a jumbo Smart Dog has 13 grams of protein and 100 calories per link.

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LightLife’s LightLife Smart Dogs are refrigerated fresh and can easily be prepared in several ways.  Since many of our meals are rushed between extra curricular activities and school, I often feel like a short order cook for my kids.  The fact that I can toss a LightLife hotdog in a glass Pyrex dish with a little water and microwave it, makes these meatless hot dogs extremely convenient when we are in a rush.  We did try grilling the jumbo hotdogs on our George Foreman and the skin got very blistery looking by the time the center was cooked through.  Boiling these smart dogs on the stove or cooking on our gas grill leaves the texture of the LightLife jumbo Smart Dogs much more to our liking!

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LightLife Smart Dogs as well as their other products are available in the refrigerated section of the produce, dairy, or natural section of local grocery stores.  I buy my LightLife Smart Dogs in the dairy section at our local grocery store, Pick n’ Save.

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I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program (greenmomsmeet.com), May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product. 

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European Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Flavor Your Life’s Mission

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What exactly is Extra Virgin Olive Oil?  It is the freshly pressed juice of olives.  These juices are cold pressed without chemicals or heat.  All Olive Oils are not created equal and I must admit before being introduced to the Flavor Your Life’s Mission, I had very little knowledge about the Extra Virgin Olive Oils I would purchase.  Yet, it has always been clear that the flavor is different with each brand I have tried.  Thanks to the Flavor Your Life campaign I feel like a much better informed consumer.  The Flavor Your Life campaign is supported by the European Union, Unaprol, and the Italian Ministry of Agriculture and is dedicated to providing the latest in industry news on European Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  The Flavor Your Life campaign is the voice of Extra Virgin Olive Oil production quality control.  Its goal is to educate consumers so they can make informed decisions when purchasing Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  For this, I am so thankful!

DSC_0555Did you know the time of year an olive is harvested will result in different flavors as well as the region in which is was grown?  European farmers have been cultivating the olive tree for thousands of years.  This has resulted in the production of some of the finest Extra Virgin Olive Oils in Europe.

• Spanish oil is typically golden-yellow with a fruity, nutty flavor.

• Italian olive oil is often dark green and has an herbal aroma and a grassy flavor.

• Greek olive oil packs a strong flavor and aroma and tends to be green.

• French oil is typically pale in color and has a mild flavor.

Since Extra Virgin Olive Oil has a high smoking point at 400 degrees, it makes a great addition to hot dishes.  My kids even love my Extra Virgin Olive Oil cookies!  One of my favorite meals is Grilled Chicken Olive Oil Pasta with Broccoli.  I shared the recipe below if you want to give it a try!

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Grilled Chicken Olive Oil Pasta with Broccoli

1 large Chicken Breast

3 cloves of Garlic

1/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

8 oz whole wheat pasta

1/4 cup pasta water

16 oz steamed Broccoli

Garlic Pepper (sprinkle desired amount on chicken before grilling)

1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes

Parmesan Cheese

This dish is fairly quick and easy.  When choosing your Extra Virgin Olive Oil for this dish, I find that both robust and delicate oils work well with the garlic.  Saute the extra virgin olive oil, minced garlic, and red pepper flakes on the stove until the garlic turns lightly brown. Get a pot of water boiling on the stove and toss the pasta in to cook.  While that is boiling grill the chicken breast.  I usually pepper my chicken before grilling it.  Once pasta is fully cooked, scoop out a 1/4 cup of pasta water to use later.  Drain the remaining water from your pasta.  Leave pasta in strainer and add the Garlic Olive Oil mixture and pasta water to the pot and stir.  Then add the broccoli, diced up chicken, and pasta to the pot and stir.  Sprinkle shredded parmesan cheese over the pasta and serve. 

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Delicate European Extra Virgin Olive Oils (EVOO) are simply amazing when paired with your favorite bread.  Simply dip your bread in the oil and enjoy!  This makes for a great appetizer before meals as well as at parties.

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Connect with the Flavor Your Life campaign online as well as on social media via Facebook and Twitter to learn more about European Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program (greenmomsmeet.com), May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product. 

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Hallmark Good-Night Kisses Baby Gift Set Review & Giveaway

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Establishing a bedtime routine with my babies was a must.  My kids find comfort in the expected come bedtime and they love the quality time they score with mom and dad as well.  I have always tried to give my kids their baths right before bedtime.  There is nothing better than snuggling with my clean babies and enjoying story time together!

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The Hallmark Good-Night Kisses Baby Gift Set has a variety of bed time essentials my kids use daily.  The Hallmark Good-Night Kisses Baby Gift Set contains Johnson’s baby Bedtime bath soap and lotion as well as Johnson’s calming lavender baby shampoo.  The gift set also includes the Hallmark Good-Night Kisses book and Plush Owl.  The entire gift set comes inside a plastic bath caddy that is great for storage.  Obviously the bath caddy would make an excellent storage solution for bathroom items but it can also be used to store other baby items in the nursery such as diapers, books, or toys.

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The Hallmark Good-Night Kisses Baby Gift Set has everything you would need to develop a relaxing bedtime routine for your baby.   Step 1 prepare your little ones bath with Johnson’s bedtime bath soap. Step 2: Get out that bath caddy filled with toys and enjoy your little ones splashes and giggles. Step 3 Wash your little one’s hair with Johnson’s calming lavender baby shampoo.  Step 4: Massage your little one’s clean dry skin with Johnson’s Bedtime lotion. Step 5: Cuddle up with your little cutie and his or her plush owl and read Hallmark’s Good-Night Kisses book.  These 5 steps are a great way to spend some quality time with your little one as you unwind from a long day.

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The Johnson’s calming lavender baby shampoo contains natural lavender and chamomile and smells amazing.  The no more tears formula is gentle on eyes and never irritates my daughter’s eyes or skin.  This shampoo paired with the Johnson’s baby bedtime bath soap and lotion make for a very relaxing bath time.

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Hallmark Good-Night Kisses Baby Gift Set is available at Target and Babies R Us as well as online at Buy Buy Baby.  My daughter just pointed this cute gift set out on the shelf at Target yesterday by squealing in delight, “Look Mom they have the same bedtime stuff we do!”  We found the gift set on the same shelf as other Johnson’s baby bath products.

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I received a Hallmark Good-Night Kisses Baby Gift Set for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

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Monkey Mat

Monkey Mat, AS SEEN ON SHARK TANK, allows you to make your space, any place! Originally inspired by an unexpected six-hour layover at the airport (constant cringing while two babies crawled all over dirty floors!), and also by overall active lifestyles, this go-everywhere large mat in attached ultra-compact pouch gives you a clean space on the go – no more bulky blankets! The Monkey Mat is perfect for all ages, all places – park, beach, concerts, dirty airport/hotel floors, camping, hiking, sports events & more!

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I will receive a monkey mat for a future review.  All product information was provided by Monkey Mat.

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