NOW Women's Probiotic 20 Billion - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY - Ends 5/31/17

Wednesday, May 24, 2017


DISCLOSURE: I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.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 honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.

Lately, I've been paying more attention to what I eat. My metabolism isn't what it used to be and I can't eat the way I did 15 years ago. In addition to being more mindful of the foods I'm eating, I've begun looking into nutritional supplements to help me look and feel better.

One type of supplement that I had been considering are probiotics. I had begun noticing that my stomach would get upset after eating. I couldn't really pinpoint what it was that was making it upset. It just seemed like everything I ate was making me feel sick. I already have a ton of food allergies and so I was afraid that maybe I was developing a gluten sensitivity, too.

NCircle Entertainment's Octonauts: 12 Rescue Missions - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY - Ends 6/1/17

Monday, May 22, 2017


DISCLOSURE: As an NCircle Ambassador, I received a free DVD for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Our family have been fans of the Octonauts, since their debut on the Disney Channel in 2012. My kids love watching all the different rescue missions and learning about all the different sea creatures. Plus, they like singing along to the theme song.

I first learned about the Spider Crab from an Octonauts episode!

ABOUT OCTONAUTS: 12 RESCUE MISSIONS


Dive into adventure with your favorite underwater explorers, the Octonauts! Join brave Captain Barnacles, daredevil ex-pirate, Kwazii and medic Peso Penguin, along with the other Octonauts as they explore the world's oceans, rescue the creatures who live there and protect their habitats - above and below the waves!


On this exciting DVD, join the Octonauts as they embark on not one, not two, but TWELVE rescue missions! From attempting to dive deep into the abyssal zone to encountering a school of toothy barracudas to Barnacles seeking guidance from a mysterious sea turtle. It's time to sound the Octo-alert!

Revlon ColorStay Eye Makeup Review

Sunday, May 21, 2017


DISCLOSURE: I received free samples from Crowdtap to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.

My eye makeup routine is pretty simple. I put concealer under my eyes. I put some eye shadow on. I tightline my top lid and then put a little mascara on. I never really do anything with my brows, other than brush through them and get them threaded every couple weeks.

Recently, I had the chance to try Revlon ColorStay™ 2-in-1 Angled Kajal Eyeliner, Revlon ColorStay™ Crème Eye Shadow, Revlon ColorStay™ Brow Pencil, and Revlon Super Length Mascara. Since I've never really done anything to my brows before, I was excited to give it a go.

The Claude Moore Colonial Farm at Turkey Run

Wednesday, May 10, 2017


We have a goal this year to visit as many national parks as we can. We got a little off track, but managed to visit one on Easter morning. We were going to a lunch at my sister's in Leesburg, VA, so we took a side trip to visit The Claude Moore Colonial Farm at Turkey Run in McLean, VA.


Fintastic Finds At The Georgia Aquarium

Thursday, April 27, 2017



DISCLOSURE: I received discounted admission in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.

I love visiting aquariums. I've only been to a handful, including the National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD, North Carolina Aquarium in Roanoke Island, Sea World San Diego, Sea World Orlando and the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ. But I think my favorite so far has been the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. I had a chance to visit during Spring Break this year and I loved it! There's so much to see and do at the Georgia Aquarium. But, to keep this post from getting too long, I'm just going to talk about my family's favorite things we saw and did.

Almay Healthy Glow Makeup + Gradual Self Tan - REVIEW

Monday, April 24, 2017



DISCLOSURE: I received free products from Crowdtap to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.

I tan pretty well. If I spend enough time outside during the summer, I get pretty dark. This was me last summer, hanging out with my buddies, Wilbur and Orville Wright. That was after spending two weeks at the beach.

Tan and chilling with my homies
So, I've never even considered trying a self-tanner before. Yes, I'm more pale in the cooler months, but I actually prefer that over being too tan. Recently, I was sent a sample of Almay Healthy Glow Makeup + Gradual Self Tan. It combines a medium coverage makeup with a gradual self tanner.

NCircle Entertainment's Sonic Underground - Volume 2 DVD Set - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY

Sunday, April 23, 2017


DISCLOSURE: I received a free DVD from NCircle Entertainment for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

I wasn't familiar with the Sonic Underground series, but I was familiar with the Sonic the Hedgehog character. I used to play Sonic video games when I was growing up. When we received the DVD in the mail, my kids all knew about the show. Apparently, they had seen some episodes on Netflix.

ABOUT SONIC UNDERGROUND - VOLUME 2

Join Sonic (voiced by "Family Matters" Jaleel White), and his siblings, Sonia and Manic, as they fight to be reunited with their long-lost mother, Queen Aleena. In this second and final set of episodes, we return to Dr. Robotnik having his sights set upon Queen Aleena's crown jewel, which glows as it moves closer to her. Sonic, Manic, and Sonia need to recover the jewel before Dr. Robotnik does. They need to do this not only to find their mother but also to protect her from Dr. Robotnik. Will they succeed? When they aren't battling Dr. Robotnik and his henchmen, Sonic and his siblings make time for their rock band, Sonic Underground. With over seven hours of content, this final set is sure to showcase all the best Sonic episodes from the tunes to the great battles. Based on the popular SEGA videogame character, this Sonic the Hedgehog collection is a must-have for all Sonic fans!

Parragon April 2017 Book Buddies Box - Unboxing + Review


DISCLOSURE: As a member of the Book Buddies program, I received free books from Parragon Books to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own. Post may contain affiliate links.

It's definitely Spring. The weather has been oscillating between warm and sunny and cold and rainy. On a recent rainy day, we received a package from Parragon Books that helped brighten the day.

My kids look forward to their Book Buddies Box each month. They love getting new books! This month, our Book Buddies Box included three Disney Princess activity books and a Disney Pixar activity book. My 6-year-old son was excited about the Pixar book. He loves Inside Out and Finding Dory. And, of course, my three-year-old daughter loved all the Princess books.

PACT Organic - Super Soft Organic Cotton Clothing - REVIEW

Thursday, April 20, 2017

DISCLOSURE: I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.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 honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.

I've been trying my best to make sure we eat healthier this year. I've been buying more natural and organic foods and steering away from foods that contain any artificial ingredients, colors, flavors or preservatives. I've also started trying to use more natural hair care and skincare products, as well as natural household cleaning products.

But, one area I haven't really delved into is organic clothing. I've taken a look at some brands, but haven't had the chance to try any of them. A lot of the brands seemed to be more expensive than I was willing to pay. Thanks to Moms Meet, I was introduced to PACT Organic.


Must Sees At LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta

Tuesday, April 18, 2017



DISCLOSURE: I received free admission to Legoland Discovery Center in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own. No further compensation was provided.

During Spring Break last week, we took a road trip down to Atlanta, Georgia. It was our first time visiting the area. Though we were only there for a couple days, we had a lot of fun checking out some of the things the city had to offer. On our first day, we had a chance to visit the LEGOLAND Discovery Center. Out of all the places we visited in Atlanta, it was what my kids enjoyed the most.

NCircle Entertainment's Dino Dan Trek's Adventures: Dino Go Seek DVD Review + Giveaway

Wednesday, April 5, 2017


DISCLOSURE: I received a free DVD from NCircle Entertainment for review purposes. All opinions are my own. 

My six-year-old son loves dinosaurs. He owns several stuffed dinosaurs and other dinosaur toys. He likes reading about dinosaurs and watching TV shows with dinosaurs.

When the Dino Dan DVD arrived in the mail, he was super excited. He wanted to open the package and watch it right away. But, I had to take pictures first!

Waiting, patiently, for Mommy to take her pictures so he can watch his show

Rosy VoxBox from Influenster - REVIEW #RosyVoxBox

Wednesday, March 29, 2017


DISCLOSURE: I received free products from Influenster to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.

I recently received a box of goodies from Influenster. It's been about a year since I was sent a VoxBox, so I was pretty excited to see what I got!


I've received some VoxBoxes in the past that contained a few things that I liked and could use, but there was always one or two items in the box that I just really had no use for. The Rosy VoxBox was different. I could actually use EVERY item that came in the box!

Currituck Beach Lighthouse - Corolla, NC - Outer Banks

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


I finally got around to finishing a photo book that I had started last year of our trip to Corolla in the Outer Banks, NC. Looking through all the pictures, I was reminded that I never got around to finish blogging about all the places we visited while we were down there. I did do a little write-up about the Wright Brothers Memorial last year and about the North Carolina Aquarium a couple years ago, though it's changed somewhat since then.

We've been visiting the Outer Banks with my husband's family every year since 2008. But, last summer was the first time we visited with my side of the family. We rented a house in Corolla, which is located in the northern part of the Outer Banks in North Carolina. While we were there, we had a chance to climb the Currituck Beach Lighthouse.


Lunchtime Made Easy With Luvo Frozen Meals

Thursday, March 16, 2017


DISCLOSURE: I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.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 honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.

I am not a good cook. At all. My husband does the majority of the cooking in our house. He works Monday through Thursdays and so on those days, it's up to me to figure out what my preschooler and I are eating for lunch.

Sometimes, we'll have leftovers from the previous night's dinner. Sometimes, we eat sandwiches. And hey, sometimes, we go to Chick-Fil-A and eat lunch there! But, now, thanks to Moms Meet, I have a new alternative for lunch!

Introducing, Luvo Frozen Meals! They're quick and easy meals to make that adds variety to my usual lunchtime options. Luvo Frozen Meals combine veggies, protein and whole grains to provide healthy, nutritious meals that also taste good. They contain
  • No high-fructose corn syrup
  • No artificial preservatives
  • No artificial flavorings or colorings
  • No hydrogenated fats
 Plus, they use organic and non-GMO ingredients, whenever possible.

Crochet: Very Hungry Caterpillar Cocoon and Hat

Saturday, March 11, 2017


As winter dies down, I had been looking for other new things to crochet. The other day, I was scrolling through my Pinterest feed and came across a Very Hungry Caterpillar hat and cocoon set. I thought it was so cute! I'm done having babies, but one of my co-workers is expecting a baby this June. I thought it would be the perfect gift! So, I pinned several different patterns and set out to the craft store to find some yarn.

Ideally, I wanted a yarn that had a lot of different colors. As you can see on the book cover above, the caterpillar's body has varying shades of blue and green. I had one yarn in mind that I had worked with before. My one son had gifted me two skeins of Loops & Threads Facets yarn in Capri Blue. It had shades of blue and green and yellow. But, sadly, it's only seasonal and wasn't available.

Though, when I went out to buy yarn, I wasn't even thinking that it wouldn't be available at Michael's. I just knew Michael's wasn't having a sale that week and A.C. Moore was. So, that's where I went. I probably spent 15 minutes in the yarn section, looking for a yarn that would have the same colors. After almost giving up, I spotted a skein of Premier Yarns Puzzle in Cryptic. It's a self-striping yarn with blues and greens. Plus, it's a bulky weight yarn, so I thought it would work up quickly.


Parragon March 2017 Book Buddies Box

Tuesday, March 7, 2017



DISCLOSURE: As a member of the Parragon Book Buddies Program, I receive free books in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own. Affiliate links may be present.


With March being National Reading Month, it's only fitting that we received another Parragon Book Buddies Box last week. My kids love books and they were super excited to see that the latest box was Disney themed!

As usual, my six-year-old couldn't wait to open the package and see what was inside.


National Geographic Kids Books - REVIEW

Sunday, March 5, 2017


DISCLOSURE: I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.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 honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.

March is National Reading Month. Last week we celebrated Dr. Seuss Week and Read Across America Day. My husband even went in to read "Ten Apples Up On Top" to my preschooler's class and he wore the Dr. Seuss hat I crocheted for him.

In addition to Dr. Seuss books, another series of books that my kids love reading and having read to them are the National Geographic Kids Readers books. They're a series of non-fiction books that contain fun facts, great pictures and little jokes and puns that make learning fun.

Crochet: Dr. Seuss Week "Cat In The Hat" Crochet Hats

Tuesday, February 28, 2017


This week is Dr. Seuss week at my son's elementary school. Each day this week they're supposed to do something related to Dr. Seuss. Yesterday was silly sock day to celebrate "Fox In Socks." Today was Cat In The Hat day. They were told to wear cat hats if they had any.

I thought it would be cool to crochet a Cat In The Hat top hat for my son to wear to school. I did a search on Pinterest and Ravelry. I didn't really want to pay for a pattern and didn't really have time to try and make my own pattern since I started making the hats yesterday afternoon.

I found the "A Cat In My Hat" pattern by Snappy Tots on Ravelry and went with that. I opted not to include the ears and braids.

I started with the Child/Teen/Adult pattern since my son is 6, but it ended up being too big for him. So, I gave that first hat to my husband. He's going to be reading to my preschooler's class this week and I thought it would be cool if he wore it for that. Then, I made the Toddler size hat and that fit my son better.



His teachers liked the hat and my son loved wearing it to school.

Cat In The Hat Crochet Hat

Supplies:
  • I/9 (5.0 mm) crochet hook
  • Worsted weight yarn in red and white
  • Yarn needle
Pattern:
     "A Cat In My Hat" by Snappy Tots

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Chick-Fil-A DIY Upcycling Challenge: DIY Musical Shakers #chickfilamomsDIY


DISCLOSURE: As a member of the Chick-Fil-A Moms Panel, I was provided coupons for free soup to facilitate this post. 

My family loves Chick-Fil-A. We eat it at least once a week. Last night, we had the chance to try the Chicken Tortilla Soup from Chick-Fil-A. I normally don't get the soup, but as a member of the Chick-Fil-A Moms, I was given a coupon to try it for free.


The soup was pretty good. It was a little thicker than what I was expecting, but still tasty.

A Visit To Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine - Baltimore, MD

Thursday, February 23, 2017


This year, we're on a mission to visit as many national parks as we can. Last month, we visited Fort Washington Park in Fort Washington, MD. This month, we ventured out to the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore, MD. In the past, I've only associated Fort McHenry with the tunnel that runs under the Baltimore Harbor. I didn't even know there was a park by there with the same name until my husband told me. He had visited as a child and he thought it would be fun to take the kids one day.

We had a chance to go on Presidents' Day. Both my husband and my kids were off that day and admission to participating national parks was free. We chose to visit Fort McHenry since it wasn't too far -- only about an hour away.

February 2017 Daily Goodie Box Unboxing

Tuesday, February 14, 2017


DISCLOSURE: I received a free Daily Goodie Box in order to facilitate this unboxing post. All opinions are my own.

Daily Goodie Box sends out boxes of free samples. It's free to join and all they ask for in return is your opinion on the products they sent.

This was my first box and I was surprised by how many items were in the box. Here's a short video of my unboxing.


Look at everything in the box!


Minions Valentines Box


Happy Valentine's Day!

I wanted to do a quick post about the Valentines Box my kindergartener and I made the other day. This was the first time a teacher asked us to make a box to hold the Valentines the kids would be receiving in class. Usually, my kids either decorated a paper bag or a little box at school.

I went on Pinterest and did a search on Valentine Boxes and when my 6-year-old saw a Minions one, he got excited and immediately said that was what he wanted!  It didn't look too hard and we had most of what we needed already at home.


First, we needed a shoe box. Luckily, we found one in my older daughter's closet that was a good size. I covered the box and its top in yellow cardstock. This part probably took the longest, since I had the cut all the pieces out and glue them onto the box.

Next, I cut out some blue cardstock for the Minion's overalls. I tried to cut somewhat identical pieces for the front and the back of the box. I also cut straps for the sides of the box.


After that, I cut out some white foam circles for his eyes. I used a plastic ring from a Tying Knots game. I traced the inside of the ring on the white foam paper and I used a glittery silver piece of foam for the goggles. I made the iris and pupil with brown and black cardstock. I made the goggle straps with a piece of black foam paper.

The boxes had to have the child's name on the front, so I used some foam letter stickers that I had to put his name on the overalls. I sketched out a mouth for the Valentines to go in and my husband cut it out with an Exacto knife.

I think it came out super cute! I can't wait to see how well it held up in class!


3DLightFX Deco Light - Kevin - Minions - REVIEW

Thursday, February 2, 2017

 DISCLOSURE:  This is a sponsored post in conjunction with USFamilyGuide.com.  I received a free 3D Deco Light in exchange for a review.  All opinions are my own.

My younger kids can't sleep without a nightlight. They get scared when the room is too dark. So, we use this really old nightlight that my older kids used to use. It used to have a decorative part that matched my oldest daughter's nursery decor, but that broke off years ago. So it's just a naked nightlight bulb. My husband thinks it's too bright, but my son likes it.

This past weekend, I was excited to receive a 3DLightFX Deco Light. It's a nightlight that you hang on the wall. It comes with a crack sticker, so that the nightlight appears like it's crashed through your wall.It's available in all sorts of varieties -- from Disney and comic book characters to sports and other designs. I chose one in the shape of my son's favorite Minions character, Kevin.


L'Oreal EverPure Moisture VoxBox - REVIEW #FreeYourHair

Wednesday, February 1, 2017


DISCLOSURE: I received free samples from Influenster to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.

I color my hair pretty regularly. I go to the salon about every 6 weeks to get my roots colored, since the greys have been becoming more numerously lately. This past summer, I was coloring my hair a little more often. I experimented with purple, blue and even green streaks.


But, those colors fade so quickly. I was at the salon almost every 2-3 weeks getting touch ups. I was going through different brands of color-safe shampoos to see if I could find one that would help protect the color, while also making my hair feel less dry and damaged.  After getting tired of going to the salon so often, I ended up using a boxed color to dye it all brown.

Is It Wrong To Love Bread?

I love bread. I probably have bread almost everyday. My husband, though, tells me I eat too much bread. Too many carbs.

The Grain Foods Foundation came out with this great video. The song is catchy -- even my kids sing along to it.

I can't stop listening to it!

Crochet - Chunky Ribbed 2-Color Crochet Cowl

Monday, January 30, 2017


I've been doing a lot of knitting and crochet the past couple months. Most have been hats. I did do a couple cowls and I've been wanting to try and make mittens.

Last week, I wanted to do something quick and easy. So, I made this cowl. I used the Chunky Ribbed Infinity Scarf pattern from Little Monkeys Crochet. The pattern is all half double crochet stitches, so pretty easy. But, I wanted to do something a little different and make it two colors.

I had bought a couple skeins of Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn from Walmart for pretty cheap. I was thinking of making a hat with it, but hadn't found the right pattern. As I was browsing on Ravelry the other day, I came across a post about the color combination of yellow and grey. I liked the way it looked and decided to make a cowl with that combination.

A Day At Fort Washington Park

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

One of our family goals this year is to travel more. My kids and I love going on road trips! One thing that we're planning to do this year is to try and visit as many national parks as we can.

We decided to start somewhere local. We visited Fort Washington Park in Fort Washington, Maryland. I grew up in Fort Washington and the park was definitely a big part of my childhood. We celebrated birthdays in the park. My Dad taught me how to ride a bike in the park. I practiced driving around in the park. My family and I spent a lot time in the park. So, it was great to be able to show my husband and the kids around the park.


Mucinex Fast-Max Clear & Cool Cold Flu & Sore Throat - REVIEW

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


DISCLOSURE: I received a free sample from Smiley360 to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.

I've had a cold now for the past few days. It started with a sore throat and progressively got worse. My ear hurts, my nose is stuffy and runny, my body hurts and I have a low-grade fever. I haven't been feeling so run down that I haven't been able to get out of bed, but I just feel like blah.

The other night, I couldn't even sleep because my nose was running so much. I had to get up and take some night-time cold medicine to help me get some sleep.

The next day, I decided to try this Mucinex Fast-Max Clear & Cool Cold, Flu & Sore Throat liquid that I received from Smiley360. I don't normally like to drink liquid medicine. They usually have a weird taste that require me chasing it down with some other drink.

Breakfast at Garden Grill - Epcot - Walt Disney World - REVIEW

Thursday, January 12, 2017


On our last trip to Disney World this past November, we had a chance to experience breakfast at the Garden Grill at Epcot. The Garden Grill is located on the upper floor of The Land Pavilion. The restaurant slowly rotates and provides views of the Living With The Land ride. The Garden Grill offers family-style dining and many of the fruits and vegetables served in the restaurant are grown in the Living With The Land greenhouses.

3D Deco Light from 3DLightFX

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

DISCLOSURE:  This is a sponsored post in conjunction with USFamilyGuide.com.  I will receive a free 3D Deco Light in exchange for this post and a future review.  All opinions are my own.

My younger kids are scared of the dark and like to sleep with a nightlight.  Right now, they use a somewhat broken one that my older kids used to have. The design part of it had broken off years ago, so basically it's just a nightlight bulb.

A few weeks ago, I was scrolling through my Instagram and saw a picture of a Minion nightlight that someone had gotten for their kids' room. I thought it was pretty cool and my 6-year-old son was on a Minions/Despicable Me kick, so I thought it would be perfect for him!

Happy New Year!


My last few weeks of December was busy, busy, busy! But, I'm back!

The kids are back to school today and I finally have some time to sit and blog!

How were your holidays? Mine was fun! I got a chance to catch up with my sister, who had moved back up to New York at the end of 2015. She had quit her job in Brooklyn and is considering moving back to the DC area, so I'm excited!

Christmas was a little somber. We spent time with both my side of the family and my husband's and that was nice. But, we found out that a family friend was recently diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. That came as a big shock to everyone.

As for resolutions, I usually reread what I wrote around this time the previous year. And as always, I didn't accomplish any of the goals that I had set for myself.

This year, I'd love to travel more. Last year, we had a great two-week visit to the Outer Banks. We also surprised the kids with a trip to HersheyPark and to Penn's Cave. And of course, we took our annual trip to Disney World! I'd love to be able to take the kids on more road trips this year!

I'd also like to get better at knitting and crochet. It would be nice to get to the point where I can open up a little Etsy shop and sell whatever I make. I'm hoping to tackle cable and fair isle knitting this winter.

As for the blog, again I still want to do a redesign and change the name. I need to narrow down what I want the focus to be on and go from there.

Do you set resolutions for yourself? What are your goals this year?