Category Archives for "Review"

June 24, 2016

Catch Up on Your Summer Reading Bucket List with Audible Audiobooks

You are reading Good Night Moon and they are reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. You try to figure out what the plot is in their story but your mind drifts back to that darn balloon, cat, brush. You feel awkward. You were once well read, articulate, interesting and could talk for hours on the latest novel, fictions, and non-fictions. You used to have time for that until motherhood.

You remember the first time you read a real novel. The one that you stayed up until the sun came up reading. You remember wanting to be that character tearing through the pages so quickly it was a wonder you didn’t end up sliced with paper cuts. You know the sense of accomplishment you had seeing that book to the end. Then you wanted another one and another one until you had read every book that author penned or until your allowance was nil. You needed to see what happened next. You couldn’t stop until you knew. It was that moment that first book that piqued your interest that created a lifelong reader. It became your passion.Continue reading

June 20, 2016

Giving My Furry Muses The Best With Muse Natural Cat Food

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Muse Cat Food for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Giving My Furry Muses The Best With Muse Natural Cat Food

Being a pet owner is so rewarding. I mean what’s better than some cat snuggles at the end of a long day right? We are cat lovers in my home and currently have 4 cats! We have a 14 year old named DeeDee, a 7 year old named Juno, a 3 year old named Pickles, and our new baby, a 4 month old named Oswald. Our cats are more than just pets, they are a big part of our family and we treat them just as well as any other family member! So when I was offered the chance to work with Muse Cat Food I was thrilled!

Oswald is our baby and acts as such. But after a really tough year at my home he has been our muse (ha, see what I did there!?), and reason to smile. We rescued him from our local shelter, and he was a present for my daughter after being really good this year despite some personal obstacles. They are the perfect match and are inseparable most of the time.

With cats at all different stages of life, nutrition is at the top of my list for important things to consider when it comes to the well being of our kitties. That’s why I always look for pet food brands that have the best intentions in mind when it comes to my furry friends. Which is why I’m excited to share with you my thoughts on Muse® Natural Recipes cat food.

So what did our cats think of Muse® Cat Food?

First, we had to head over to our favorite pet store, Petco to grab some Muse® Natural Recipes (and maybe a few toys for the kitties too!). There were so many different flavors to pick from! We picked our 6 favorite and headed home to see what the cats thought! But before we let them try it, we took a look at the ingredients. I was super thrilled to find out that Muse® Natural Recipes is exactly what it says, natural! Grain free, gluten-free, and made with real fish and/or poultry. It’s so refreshing to find a company that is  interested in what goes into their food first and foremost. 

Every Muse recipe is made with natural ingredients plus essential nutrients for meals that provide exactly what your cat needs and everything she wants. If your cat says no, they’ll return your dough! Visit Muse Cat Food to learn more about their Clean Plate™ Guarantee.

Now, let’s see what the cats thought!

I am happy to report, that our 3 soft food eating cats (Pickles only eats hard food) absolutely LOVED it! They even took turns trying what the other kitties had. I have never seen them enjoy any other kind of cat food as much as this one. So needless to say, we have a new brand of cat food that will always be available in our house, and that’s Muse® Natural Recipes! I highly recommend you grab some Muse at Petco now!

Have your cats ever tried Muse® Natural Recipes? What did they think?

Visit Sponsors Site

Cell Service Provider that Works!

This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic 

Cell Service Provider that Works!

Cell Service Provider that Works!

With relatives living far away and a business that requires me to be online as much as I can, I definitely need a reliable cell service. Before Verizon, I was so frustrated with my cell service. In this blogging business, we get several opportunities that we have to respond quickly to and it’s so frustrating when the network speed is super slow that I can’t even open files, reply to emails or check with my staff. Even connecting with family becomes difficult with an unreliable cell service. You see even if my family lives far from our relatives we still make sure that we call them often. My kids love to video chat with their cousins, aunts, and grandparents to update them about their day in school or their sports and other activities but with our former cell service I was so annoyed whenever calls or video chat gets dropped, and I see the disappointment in my kids face. Good thing because we switched cellphone services.Continue reading

Think you have the best water slide for kids? Think again!

Disclosure: My family was thrilled to review the H2OGO! Triple Slider water slide. This post was sponsored by H2OGO! as part of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network H2OGO Blog Tour campaign. #backyardsummerfun I am sharing below how our family splashes into summer with the best water slide for kids. 

Once all the snow melts away and the warmer days of Spring arrive, my boys start chomping at the bit to play with water outside. It can be barely 60º outside and they start claiming to be hot and need to cool off with water. Then the barrage of questions begins. Can we get out the water guns? Can we get out the water balloons? Can we get out the sprinkler? Can we get out the water slide? I usually torture them and make them wait until it gets really hot outside. But this year, I surprised my guys with the best water slide for kids. I was the one who could not wait to break out the water toys this year!

The H2OGO! is the best water slide for kids. Nothing is better on a hot day than a cold fast ride on the water slide.

H2OGo! The Best Water Slide For Kids

Before I tell you how easy it was to set up the H2OGO! Triple Water Slide, first let me tell you that of all the kids water play equipment that we have my two least favorite to set up are water balloons and the water slide. Water balloons are so not worth all the blisters and hassle since the fun only last about 2 minutes tops.

H2OGO! triple slider is the best water slide for kids

The water slide is usually tough to set up. You have to get the angle just right so that the water flows all the way through. You have to tweak it over and over again to get it right. You know how it goes and the whole time the kids are anxiously awaiting to get wet and enjoy the slide. Now that I told you what I usually have to deal with, let me shout from the mountain tops just how easy it was to set up our new H2OGO! water slide, the very best water slide for kids.

Straight out of the box and you are ready to slide in no time

H2OGO! Water slides have an inflatable launch pad and they are the first water slide brand to have one. It was easy to blow up using an air pump and since it was easy to do I had my son do it. Involving him in the set up meant less fussing about when it was going to be ready. Score one for mom! Thanks H2OGO!

Use an air pump to pump up the inflatable launch pad

Next, find a flat spot and lay out the slide. Our front yard is perfect for water slides, it is flat and all the kids inthe neighborhood head to our house to play when they see the water slide set up.

Find a flat spot in the yard and lay out the slide. Our front yard is perfect.

Now it is time to hook up the water. Yeah! You need to put the hose connector piece onto the water valve on the water slide. It just pops into place and then you screw on the hose to the connector. Turn on the faucet and let the splashing begin.

Put the hose connector onto the valve on the water slide.

Attach the hose to the water slide

The water will fill up the channels on the sides and also the …wait for it…the wet drench pool at the end of the slide. My boys were impressed with the size of the drench pool and the amount of water it held. My little guy really enjoyed splashing in it after his slides.

The drench pool at the end of the water slide is big and fills up with enough water for splashing.

With 18 ft of wet water sliding fun and a slide that is wide enough for kids to race each other on the slide a the same time, this H2OGO! Triple Slider really is the best water slide for kids. You can see by the looks on my kids faces that they are having a blast. They love how much water sprays out of the slide, they love the inflatable launch pad, and they LOVE getting wet! I love that I can set it up in just a few minutes and don’t have to listen to hot whiny kids nagging me to play with water toys! You are going to love that we are hosting a giveaway. Please scroll down to enter the giveaway. Good Luck!

The H2OGO! triple slider is big enough for the kids to race each other which you can see by the look on their faces that they were having a blast.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

May 20, 2016

Disney’s The Finest Hours

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Finest Hours. All opinions are 100% mine.

The Finest Hours

At times in America history, we forget the sacrifices of individuals and look at the collective actions of the military itself. Disney’s The Finest Hours is based on the extraordinary true story of one of the greatest rescue stories ever told, it’s from the documentary Against All Odds:  The Bernie Webber Story. It will inspire you with his strength, heroism, character, and accomplishment. The fabric of America is woven in the tales like this one packed with action, history, and conviction it is what makes America great.

 It wasn’t that long ago that my husband fought for our freedom. It is a daily fight and one that is actionable and imperative. It isn’t only in times of war, but it is to maintain the peace we so enjoy. While my husband was embarked on missions at sea, I would sit by the ocean and wonder if it was all worth it. You know the sacrifice of his time and our time apart. The not knowing where in the world he was and the inability to communicate with him my joy or sorrow or even my daily accomplishments or struggles. I would think how do people do this? How do they put the needs of our country above their own? How do they hope, compete, and strive for America without being selfish? My husband explained his commitment to me as the single most important thing he has ever done. He told me that the single most important thing you can do is to give to and for your country. It isn’t something he can explain, the 100% commitment you make to being a part of the military, but he could tell me he wouldn’t change a minute of his service.

His service tested him like no other experience could. It made him a man. He is proud to know that his service impacted our country. I still sit on the beach and think about the men and woman who patrol the ocean above and below the surface. I think about the ability I have to move freely and the speak openly and I am thankful for the men and women whose plights sustain those that rights provided to me through the constitution. 

The documentary Against All Odds: The Bernie Webber Story embodies one man’s efforts to rescue men as his duty as a servicemember in the United States Coast Guard. On Feb. 18, 1952, a massive storm splits the SS Pendleton in two, trapping more than 30 sailors inside the tanker’s sinking stern. Bernie Webber was ordered to rescue the members of the Pendleton. In the meantime, the Pendleton now broken in two was controlling its own attempt to survive until help surfaced. The lead Engineer Ray Sybert bravely takes charge to organize a strategy for his fellow survivors. The tale of both men doing what they can as part of their duty and their commitment to sustaining life was moving and riveting. It seemed with every passing wave the excitement grew and the wonder of how the impossible was possible surfaced in your thoughts.

It is these real-life tales that make our country one founded upon duty, leadership, and the bravery to do the right thing in the face of adversity a place that I referred to proudly as home. The Finest Hours is a movie that celebrates the convictions we all should strive to have but yet very few demonstrate. 

The Finest Hours is available on Blu-ray™, Digital HD, & Disney Movies anywhere on May 24th. It includes bonus documentary “Against All Odds: The Bernie Webber Story.”

Visit Sponsors Site

1 3 4 5 6 7 33