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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Reflo Cups Review + Giveaway

Do you have a toddler or child of any age that needs a little help transitioning to a “big” Cup! Reflo Cups are the Perfect solution! The Reflo Smart Cup ™ is a revolutionary new concept in training cups. It's a smart alternative to sippy cups and a great transitional tool for your children to learn to drink from an open cup.


I have a (almost) 3 year old, who uses a sippy cup, but desperately wants to be “big" like her older brother and sister and use normal open cups, but with her learning it becomes a huge mess in our house with spills and other accidents and she get frustrated, tipping the cup up and tipping it too far then spilling it on her, so as soon as I found out about Reflo and they agreed to do a review(and giveaway!) I was so happy! 



We were sent their lime green Reflo cup and I was very curious to see how this would work with my little one, and it worked beautifully! 


The Reflo Cups are simple to use no buttons or other complicated mechanisms to operate. It's as easy as drinking from any ordinary cup without the worry of big spills due to the patent-pending Reflo ™ insert that controls the flow of beverage anywhere along the cup’s rim and at virtually any angle. The Reflo cup is also BPA-free, phthalate-free and dishwasher safe, the Reflo is designed for safety and hygiene with no moving parts to trap dirt and germs, can you say yay no more trying to scrub tiny holes or stoppers of gunk, if your a parent you all know you’ve been there before and it’s not pretty at all! The Reflo, recommended for all ages as a smart alternative to "sippy cups" which have been associated with dental and speech problems.
The Magical Reflo "stopper" 

Simple to use, easy to clean simply place it in the cup!

Overall we,my toddler and I, loved our Reflo Cup, it is a simple way to make her feel big and an easier way to contain messes, now the Reflo is not totally spill proof, but learning is messy and with it’s design it definitely slows the flow of the drink down keeping from creating a total disaster!The Reflo Smart Cup is the safe, smart way to learn to drink from a regular cup.
Yay She's "big"!

She was soooo happy about this cup!
BUY it: www.Reflo.net
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Disclosure - Per FTC Regulations, I am disclosing that I received product(s) from this company/website, free of charge, for review. I was in no other way compensated for my review. The views expressed in this review are my own, honest opinions and any claims should be verified on the sponsor's site. 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Ellie Giveaway!




I just Love Ellie so I thought I would share this awesome giveaway that they are holding!!


Ellie.com is running a giveaway for a free Ellie outfit and yoga DVD set.

What you’ll win: A top and bottom from any Ellie collection and a DVD set with a 108 day yoga program valued at $200

SO Hurry Now and Enter HERE 


If you can’t wait to win why don’t you Save 20% on Ellie! just for joining Ellie!








Disclosure - Per FTC Regulations, I am disclosing that I received product(s) from this company/website, free of charge, for review. I was in no other way compensated for my review. The views expressed in this review are my own, honest opinions and any claims should be verified on the sponsor's site.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Valentina Shoes - hip girls + happy feet

Fostering girls' creativity & confidence. Espadrilles girls customize to create their own signature style. A giant leap for girlkind!


I just recently found out about Valentina's Kickstart Campaign and since I thought it was so wonderful I just had to share it with you!

Here is a little about Valentina:

"Valentina – Who We Are and Always Aim to Be
A happy, passionate brand for young girls and tweens age 4-14
A company that celebrates creativity and fosters individual expression 
A brand that aspires to build confidence in young girls

Our Story:
It started with my daughter.  Her artwork has always inspired me and I've seen how her creativity and self-expression through art has built her confidence.  So, two years ago, I set out to build a company that fosters creativity among girls through bold, beautiful shoes. 
We started with a small collection that included a white canvas espadrille, a blank canvas for blooming artists.  We told girls to draw, design and create their own signature style.  The results were amazing, their confidence soared!"






So back to the KickStart Campaign Valentina currently has (only for the next 23 days so hurry) a Kickstart Campaign that you can participate in and help launch a line of Valentina Shoes Here are a FEW ways you can:

Your Participation

After producing three collections over two years, we have the hang of things.  We've found the best, most affordable espadrille factory that offers a premium canvas (thicker weight canvas than the industry average, so your girls' toes won't rip through, we promise!)  Your pledge gives you first access to this premier new collection, in your girls' size (girls shoe size 11 - 6) with her choice of color and her own design (draw it herself, monogram, motif, slogan ... what will she choose?) 

But, production is expensive and requires funding up front in order to cut the first canvas.  So, the funds pledged will provide us the capital needed to meet minimums and produce this new line.  As you see from our photos, we have paid to produce samples to assess craftsmanship, inspect materials and ensure the manufacturer turns out quality products.  They have passed the test, and now we hope you will support our project, and give your girl the ultimate gift of creativity and confidence.  She will "heart" you for it!

Reward Levels - Our DYO Collection

We are offering this new collection at a special discounted rate to our Kickstarter friends only, at 20-30% off. That gives us happy feet!

NOTE:  Don't worry about selecting a size today. When the shoes arrive in February, we will provide you a printable, measurable size chart for you to measure your girls feet. And it can be shared with others in case you are gifting a pair. We will contact you to make your size and design selections prior to shipping.

The Gratitude: $10 USD

For your pledge, we will give you a virtual "high 10". We will also list your name on our gratitude page on our website. We will have a heart full of gratitude and happy feet!

The Canvas:  $25 USD 

Where it all started. A simple white pair of espadrilles
Thick heavy weight canvas, jute trim applied by hand
Cushion pad at heel to prevent rubbing
Have your girl take her markers and design her heart out

The Designer: $30 USD
  • Take “design your own” to new heights
  • Pick any color espadrille (solid, striped or colorblock)
  • Your girl designs what goes on it
  • Select a motif from our menu, in her fav color OR
  • Create a slogan or personalize with your girl’s name in her fav font - We happen to love “Girls Rock”
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The Monogram: $40 USD
  • Personalization at its best
  • Choose any color espadrille (solid, colorblock or striped)
  • Select an imprint color and pick a monogram style from our menu
  • Create a custom monogrammed espadrille with a single letter or 3 letter monogram
  • Everyone will know it is hers


As you can see these shoes are beautiful and So much fun to design, the options above are just a FEW of the ways you can customize your shoes, and there are even more ways to particpate to find the FULL KICKSTART CAMPAIGN GO HERE


I know my daughter is in love with this idea and most girls would be they get to truly design their own shoes however they would like, and who wouldn't love that!!



Tuesday, September 17, 2013

#PurexInsider!! Purex Ultra Packs + OXI Review + GIVEAWAY

I’m so excited to be sharing Purex’s UltraPacks Plus Oxi today, this is my first post since becoming a Purex Insider and I’m looking forward to sharing with you all the great things about Purex! 


As the mother of three young  active children, ages 6,5 and 2, I always have laundry to do. I also have a very messy husband and 2 dogs so our laundry seems endless! My family has always used Purex, even my mom used it for our laundry growing up, so I’ve always been a big fan, but since my son started playing football, soccer and my husband playing softball my messes have become bigger and bigger so needless to say my dirt/stain fighting needs grew, so that’s where Purex’s UltraPacks + OXI come in! 

I recently had the opportunity to try these lovely Purex UltraPacks plus Oxi Each capsule works to fight over 101 of your toughest stains, this impressed me a lot. The concentrated DirtLift Action formula has two times the cleaning power in every drop, leaving your clothes fresh, clean and brighter.I love these convenient  little  packs, they are easy to toss into a load of laundry without any measuring, no more messy cups and spilt liquid detergent, just toss and go.  Most importantly, they are powerful! These little packs include the power of Purex laundry soap, plus Oxi, and Zout Stain removers to get out your toughest stains.  

I tried the Purex UltraPacks plus Oxi on a few loads of laundry and they are fantastic!  A load of my son's sports clothing came out smelling so fresh and looking brighter and  cleaner than ever clean, no mud or grass stains to be found. I also used them on a load of my youngest’s daughter’s  bed sheets, she’s potty training and had an accident and I could not get a slight odor out of her bedding and it was driving me crazy but after one wash with these it was gone! 

Overall I loved how well this concentrated detergent worked.  Purex has scored 5 stars in my book with these easy and effective laundry packs! 

For more information on this and many other Purex products, please visit www.purex.com

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"The Purex brand provided me with s ample of Purex UltraPacks plus Oxi exchange for a product review. However all the opinions expressed here are my own"

Monday, September 16, 2013

Firmoo Sunglasses Review

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Firmoo.com is the world's most popular online eyeglasses store. Years of expertise in optical industry enable Firmoo.com to offer varieties of prescription eyewear to the consuming public in high quality yet at extremely affordable prices."


Could you use a new pair of sunglasses? Chances are, even if you don’t “need" sunglasses I’m sure you want some! 

I’m the worst sunglass owner ever I am constantly buying and not liking or buying and then falling in love only to lose them, break them or I don’t even know my sunglasses come up missing constantly! 
That’s why I was so excited when I got the chance to do a review for Firmoo!


Firmoo is an online eye glasses store, which sells both prescription and non-prescription glasses and sunglasses for both men and women. Firmoo has a good selection of glasses, as well as very affordable prices. And to make it even better Firmoo Also has this amazing Free Glasses program where new customers get their first pair of glasses free.
Yes, free. No strings. pinky promise, Just pay (very) reasonable shipping and handling.


I was sent their #FS04 And I'm In Love I Have Always Wanted Some Vintage-Y Brown Framed Glasses Like These And I Finally Got Them!Overall, I'm really happy with the glasses. They look good and they are comfortable. Ordering the glasses couldn’t be more simple. Now, I was a little skeptical about ordering sunglasses online at first. But, Firmoo made the process easy with their awesome Virtual Try On System 



These glasses not only are amazing looking, but they included this nice hard case a cleaning cloth bag and tiny screwdriver kit which is pretty outstanding packaging if you ask me!





I tend to be really rough on glasses, dropping them, sitting on them, letting my kids play with them but these glasses are sturdy, Maybe I'm used to wearing flimsier glasses, but these just seemed to be really well made and like they will last me a while! I love the style of them overall, especially the Shape and the brown coloring! Overall Firmoo was great to work with and they have amazing prices and high quality products that most importantly I feel comfortable wearing!





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. Disclosure - Per FTC Regulations, I am disclosing that I received product(s) from this company/website, free of charge, for review. I was in no other way compensated for my review. The views expressed in this review are my own, honest opinions and any claims should be verified on the sponsor's site. 

Friday, September 13, 2013

Juil: Earthing Sandals & Shoes - Stay Grounded Review + GIVEAWAY!



I was recently contacted about doing a review of a pair of Juil Shoes, and Let me just say that I am beyond excited to be sharing Juil with you today!

Here is a little bit about Juil:

“Juil footwear cleanses your body of free radicals, based on a concept known as earthing or grounding. Whereas most footwear insulates your body from making a connection with the earth, the copper "dots" in Juil earthing shoes act as a conduit between your body and the Earth, allowing you to stay truly connected and balanced.

Our mission is very simple – we want you to look better, feel better and be better. This all starts from the ground up, wearing our unique and remarkable styles that provide you with your own special connection.

Know that blissful feeling when you’re carefree, in the moment, and at peace with yourself? That’s what Juil can re-create for you.  Touch your toes to the power beneath your feet to balance the weight of the world on your shoulders.”


WHAT’S GROUNDING? 
(Here's my spill on grounding)

At first I was skeptical that something so simple could work but after reading as much as I could find on grounding, it seemed at least possible that it would work. 
Basically, the theory is that our bodies are meant to come into contact with the Earth (a “grounding” force) on a regular basis. Positive electrons in the form of free radicals can build up in our bodies and direct contact with the ground balances this out as it is a negative grounding charge.
Our bodies and cells have electrical energy, and especially with the high prevalence of Electromagnetic waves, Wi-Fi and mobile phone waves and etc, most of us have a high amounts built up in our bodies.
Throughout history, humans have spent time outdoors much more than we do now,  in modern time and have been in direct contact with the soil. From walking on the ground barefoot, to gardening and etc humans have always touched the earth until more recent modern times. Now, we live in houses, wear rubber shoes, are exposed to EMFs daily and don’t often come into direct contact with the ground.
Have you ever noticed that you sleep better on a beach vacation after walking in the sand or being in the ocean? The sand and ocean water and both naturally conductive materials and both help ground the body and remove excess positive electrons. For the same basic reason that we ground electrical outlets to avoid the build up of excess positive charge, our bodies need the same ground effect, Which Juil Shoes Provide! 

If you would like to Read more about Grounding Juil’s Website has a whole page on it HERE, I’m sure they explain it way better than I just did :)



I was able to pick a pair of Shoes from Juil, which was incredibly hard they are all so beautiful, but i finally decided on the Brio Sandals in Pewter! 

First off let me Rave about their packaging, the shoe box is adorable, sturdy slide out fun colors definitely a keeper, then you also get a beautiful mat bag!




The Brio Sandals are what I like to call a “dressier thong sandal”, (now I’m sure there is a correct name for them but that’s how I describe them) that come nine beautiful colors.  I cannot stress how comfortable these are and I didn’t feel the copper conduits at all.  They stay on my feet well and they look fabulous: I can wear these lovely shoes with a casual outfit or even throw them on with a dress and they look great. I really feel like the shoes did their job, I honestly was very skeptical of them actually working but I do feel less stressed, more energized and like I have slept better the past week, I usually toss and turn and wake up about 10 times a night! Not to mention my feet feel wonderful!  I would suggest these Juil Sandals to anyone looking for a stylish shoe and they come with the added benefit of grounding.

Want to Learn More about Juil Shoes and Grounding visit their site Juil.com

Want to Win a Pair of Juil Shoes? 
Of course you do! Just follow the link HERE to Mama Love's page for the Juil Shoes Giveaway!!!

Disclosure - Per FTC Regulations, I am disclosing that I received product(s) from this company/website, free of charge, for review. I was in no other way compensated for my review. The views expressed in this review are my own, honest opinions and any claims should be verified on the sponsor's site. 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Strong Confident YOU Review + GIVEAWAY


When I was contacted by the owner/creator of Strong Confident YOU, I was ecstatic.  As a very picky clothing wearer, my workout clothes have even more specific of guidelines.  I like light breathable materials, longer shirts that won’t ride up but aren’t too long, unique pieces that don’t boast name-brands all over, and etc so needless to say I have trouble finding what I like, but Strong Confident YOU has just the perfect pieces! 


A little About Strong Confident You:
"Strong Confident YOU is all about making women feel good by either motivating them or giving them a saying to smile about every time they put on their workout gear. "

 I was told to browse her lovely selection and pick a shirt that I liked, it was very hard narrowing my favorite down to just one but I went with “Fierce”!

When my package came in the mail, mighty quickly might I add,  I ripped it open and immediately tried it on, knowing it was already going to be my new favorite workout shirt.  I wore it the next day to drop kids off at school, workout, then go pick kids up and I in no way felt like I was in frumpy workout clothes so I was beyond pleased with actually looking good in workout clothes.  Beside the fact that everyone thought it was the coolest shirt, it was extremely light and breathable for the workout of the day.  It was also a great length (I chose a size medium)  It fit wonderfully without being too tight or too baggy, and it held it’s shape all day! (I cannot tell you how many “cute” workout shirts that I have that seriously fit wonderfully when I put them on but within an hour they are horribly loose and stretched, truly irritates me so much!) Through an entire workout it didn’t ride up and kept me comfy and was not restrictive.  Seriously gets an A+.

Few pic of my tank:

Love, Love the Racerback



Here are a few more of my Favorites from Strong Confident YOU:
I want this one so bad!!







Head over to Strong Confident You and check out all their cute stuff!
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Disclosure - Per FTC Regulations, I am disclosing that I received product(s) from this company/website, free of charge, for review. I was in no other way compensated for my review. The views expressed in this review are my own, honest opinions and any claims should be verified on the sponsor's site. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Tasty Brand Review + GIVEAWAY



I think as parents we are always on a quest to feed our family healthier foods, at least I know I am. I have been searching for tasty and organic foods that have nutritional benefits to feed my children as on the go snacks and most importantly to pack in their school lunches. So as soon as I discovered Tasty Brand and found out I was going to be doing a review I was thrilled!


A little about Tasty Brand:
Tasty Brand is a line of healthy, organic and tasty treats for kids and parents alike. This brand was created by two moms looking to make a snack yummy enough to satisfy their kids’ sweet tooth without all the unhealthy ingredients. These products are certified organic and made without GMOs, high-fructose corn syrup or anything artificial, and they are delicious!
We were Sent this Lovely Gift Bag full of Tasty Brand Goodies to try out - stay tuned you’ll have a chance to win one too entry at the bottom

Our Gift Pack was full of a variety Tasty Brand Gummies, and 100 Calorie pack Chocolate Chip Cookies all packed cutely in this fantastic Tasty Brand Reusable Bag!

First off The Gummies:
I mean what's not to love about a fruit snack that is Certified USDA Organic & contains no GMO's, high-fructose corn syrup or artificial colors or flavors!? These have been a huge hit in our house, before my children would not eat regular big box store fruit snacks, they always  asked for them but if I bought them the inevidetly went to die in our pantry, but with these they LOVE them, always are asking for them, and My son Loves to take them in his school Lunches, which is fantastic because their school does not allow “un-healthy items” to be brought to school, but my son really wanted a treat, so TASY BRAND is perfect, Healthy, Fun, and Yummy! These Fruit snacks come in a variety of flavors, like wild berry, smoothie, super fruit & even mixed packs are available. 

Next up the Cookies:
Tasty Brand 100 calorie packs of Organic cookies, my munchkins were over the moon excited for these!  These cookies are shortbread, star-shaped cookies with out-of-this-world taste! Baked with healthy sweet potato in the dough, for added nutrition & sweetened with Agave nectar instead of refined sugar, these are the best guilt-free snacks in the galaxy! Individually wrapped in 100-calorie bags for convenience! These Cookies Have become a daily request in our house, I have even caught my husband taking them with his lunch to work, and unlike other cookies I’m actually happy to let my family snack on these!


Overall Tasty Brand was a huge hit with my family. The cookies & fruit snacks arrive in little convenient packages, great for lunch boxes, car rides & the actual snack itself is a perfect size for little fingers!  
With Tasty Brand you can rest easy knowing that you are providing a healthy kid approved treat and that’s definitely a win-win situation!

Want to Learn more about Tasty Brand and Purchase some of your own Go HERE or
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Disclosure - Per FTC Regulations, I am disclosing that I received product(s) from this company/website, free of charge, for review. I was in no other way compensated for my review. The views expressed in this review are my own, honest opinions and any claims should be verified on the sponsor's site. 



Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Barefoot Books Review + GIVEAWAY

Barefoot Books is an independent publisher which specializes in carefully crafted children’s books, CDs, games, puppets, puzzles and gifts that celebrate enduring values and inspire creativity. When the folks over at Barefoot Books agreed to do a review and a giveaway, I jumped at the chance! My Children and I are huge book-lovers, and Barefoot Books is a unique publishing company that focuses on encouraging children's imagination, sense of wonder, creativity, and connection to the world around them. 



About Barefoot Books:

“Barefoot Books began with two mothers who wanted their children to have books that would feed the imagination, while instilling a respect for diversity and a love of the planet. Today, we are a world-wide community of writers, artists, storytellers, musicians, and others who are committed to providing timeless stories and captivating art that can help children become happy, engaged members of a global society.”

Like I mentioned before My children and I love books, chapter books that take us weeks to finish, picture books that they can make their own story up with, classic children’s books, any and every book. We have to get in bed a hour before bedtime just because I know I will be reading a mountain of Stories, and just to brag a little bit my two oldest have been taking notebooks during their TV time and instead of watching tv they have been writing and drawing their own books, that they later read to me, it just warms my heart listening to their creations! Reading is the thing I do most with them and I am so grateful that they enjoy books as much as I do! So Naturally I was Thrilled and My kids were Ecstatic when the package of our Barefoot Books arrived! 

We Were Sent 4 Books: 



"A busy family and their friends spend a day working and playing on the farm. From milking the cows in the morning to closing the gate at night, learn about a day in the life of a farming family. Enhanced CD includes video animation and audio singalong."

This book was so much fun I had to read it twice in one night, my youngest loved all the farm animals and they all loved the beautifully illustrated pages! My 2 older children love the CD that's included! That included Cd is such a Lifesaver, I spend a lot of my day in carpool lines waiting for kids to get out of school, so that means I always have at least one child to entertain in the car, and without a DVD player (ours died on us) Sing along Cd are the Best thing! Also if you put the CD s in the Computer they are fun Animated videos! 




"Discover amazing and fascinating sea creatures in the hole in the bottom of the sea! Based on the traditional cumulative song, each verse introduces a new creature and its place in the food chain, with the shark chasing the eel, who chases the squid, who chases the snail. Enhanced CD includes video animation and audio singalong."
This was another BIG hit in our house! Right now they are all into sea life so naturally this book was right up their ally! The Pictures are so fun and colorful, and the song/story was too cute! This book also included one of those Magical CDs that we get to take and enjoy in the car or during quite times at home!




Empty, full; push, pull; young, old; hot, cold! The creatures in this vibrant book range from friendly elephants to exotic kookaburras, each with a pair of opposites to share. A companion to Alligator Alphabet and Counting Cockatoos,Octopus Opposites will encourage youngsters to find opposites all over the place in their own worlds. The learning continues at the end, where readers find out where each of the animals makes its home.

This Book was one I requested, for my 2 year old who has randomly become fascinated with Octopus the last few months (she has asked for Octopus birthday, and Halloween costume wish me luck on pulling that off) So as soon as I saw this book I knew it would get a 5 star rating from her, and it did! As soon as she saw the cover Squeals of happiness filled the room, and naturally we had to read it RIGHT AWAY! This is a wonderful board book which I love for little hands and inside you will find bright whimsical pages filled with opposites! I love when children first learn opposites it's too cute since reading this book my 2 year old has gone around comparing everything "little" "BIG" (different voice for each included)! This has become Her new Favorite book so I know I will be reading 10 times a day for the next year maybe, and I'm okay with that it's such a cute book! 



Meet the rest of Bear's family and learn about all of their busy activities. Smell, touch, taste and sound are all familiarized in this rhyming text, and there is a full spread family tree at the end.

We Love the Bear Books, they are always cute short sweet little books to read together! This one is also a board book so it makes it easy for travel and for little one's to discover on their own! The pictures were beautiful as always and my little munchkins thoroughly enjoyed seeing what the bears were up to in this story!


Overall We Love our Barefoot Books and I know from browsing their site that I will become a regular customer! They have so many great books to choose from and their site is so easy to navigate by age, subject, bestsellers, and etc so it makes it so much easier to find the perfect book for our Family! 

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Disclosure - Per FTC Regulations, I am disclosing that I received product(s) from this company/website, free of charge, for review. I was in no other way compensated for my review. The views expressed in this review are my own, honest opinions and any claims should be verified on the sponsor's site.