being MVP: August 2015

Rad Jamicures with Jamberry + #Giveaway

Disclosure: I received the following for review. All opinions are my own.

I love taking the bit of time to myself and applying Jamberry for Jamicures! While sitting at the spa and getting pampered while relaxing is always appreciated and anticipated, it doesn't quite happen as often as I'd like. Mainly because I am busy and it's just not practical to go every week / every other week. Although I have short nails, the power of Jamberry makes them look really cute and girly!

Little Tikes Cape Cottage Review #Littletikes #Cape Cottage #Summer #Outdoors #Active

Disclosure: I received the Cape Cottage for review. All opinions are my own.

Keeping my kids entertained is a huge part of my daily life. While I love the idea of keeping my kids busy so I can attend to other parts of my life, I also want my kids to develop their imagination and engage in creative play rather than just plant themselves in front of mindless hours of television. Luckily for me I am able to rely on Little Tikes to constantly fill my needs as a parent and entertain my children through all their stages of growth. Little Tikes’ Cape Cottage Playhouse is perfect for both my kids.

Safe Travel with Safety First Grow and Go 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat @safety1st

Disclosure: My friend Rita received the car seat for review. All opinions are her own.

Like most parents, I spend a great deal of time trying to protect my kids from any potential accident. One of the biggest concerns I face is ensuring car safety. While I can’t control other drivers, I can protect my children as best as possible with a great car seat and following simple car seat safety rules. The Grow and Go by Safety 1st is a great seat that is both comfortable and extremely safe in a crash that makes me feel good about traveling with my child. 

Personalized Mabel's Labels Combo Packs for School + #Giveaway #BlogPOPEvents

Disclosure: I received the following for review. All opinions are my own.

Times have definitely changed since I was in grade school. There are so many forms to complete as well as supplies to be provided and snacks to be packed. With all this flurry in preparation, you are also required to label everything sent to school. Just in time for the 2015 school year, Mabel's Labels is offering some pretty neat combos.

Livie & Luca Shoes + #Giveaway #BlogPOPEvents

Disclosure: I will receive the Grip and Petal shoes from Livie & Luca. All opinions are my own.

Going hand in hand with new clothes for school are new kicks, of course, and Livie and Luca have quickly become one of our favorite brands! The kids definitely find them to be really comfortable while being ultra stylish and cool.

Getting Dressed for School is Easy Peasy with @Target #TargetBTS2015

This post is sponsored by Target.

Kenzie is now very vocal about what she wears on the daily. However, since it's not practical to wear a princess costume dress to school when having to play on the playground and sit on the asphalt, it was time to take a different direction while heading into the new school year. We love Target and pick up necessities (and toys) on a weekly basis. It's been a while since we checked out their apparel section so when Kenzie and I headed toward that department, guess who started getting giddy?

Gymboree Fall Fashions + $250 GC #Giveaway #BlogPOPEvents

Disclosure: I received a gift card for review. All opinions are my own.

I can't wait for the Fall season to start...mainly because the weather will cool down from the 90s we've been experiencing and also because of the fabulous Fall fashions from Gymboree. Kids love to run and play and get messy which means they need clothes that can withstand the action. Gymboree has never failed us in their quality and value. Their latest Charm Class and Hometown Hero collections are perfect for the transition from Summer to Fall, just in time for school.

Get Pregnant with Conceive Plus @conceive_plus #tryingtoconceive

Children are a blessing and making the decision to have them is a big deal. The process in itself can be stressful and more difficult than many couples may have imagined. Conceive Plus is a product that is great product to assist couples who are looking to expand their families. 

Diono Monterey Booster + #Giveaway ‪#‎BlogPOPEvents‬

Disclosure: I received the following for review from Diono. All opinions are my own.

When I went to school, I remember my father dropping me off in class (until he passed away when I was in 1st grade). After that, I had to wait at the bus stop each and every day. While Kenzie loves riding the big yellow bus for field trips, it's not an option for her elementary school unless I wanted to drop off her at a designated pick up location and pay per ride. Insane right? So that means she needs to be safe and secure in her car seat for the commute to her school from home as well as all other times.

Best Kid Friendly Resort in Maui | The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Maui @ritzcarlton

Disclosure: I received discounted rate for my stay as well as complimentary spa service and family activities. All opinions are my own.

I can't believe it's already been a month since our summer vacation to Maui. I'm already itching to go back as we've gotten back into the rhythm of life as usual. Since having kids, our summer vacation planning is always centered on what hotels/resorts will be most friendly to their needs rather than our own. So when Kenzie said she wanted to go back to Maui this summer, I was excited to tell her we were headed to The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

Tiny Love Soothe 'n Groove Mobile and Double Sided Crib Toy + #Giveaway

Disclosure: My friend Rita received the following for review. All opinions are her own.

As parents we are constantly seeking out what we need to do to help our children grow and develop and reach their full potential as early as birth. With newborns I firmly believe that it is important that we do what we can to bond with them and develop their skills during that time.  However, I can only do so much on my own and like most other parents I rely heavily on toys and products to help my baby grown and develop. Results from a recent survey made me realize that I am very much like most other parents. Almost 80% of parents use toys while on the go, which is more than snacks, videos and pacifiers so toys are a very important part of our lives and finding the right one is essential.

Dyson V6 Slim Vacuum Review @Dyson

Disclosure: I received the V6 Slim for review from Dyson. All opinions are my own.

With two kiddos, I am constantly cleaning up messes especially around the dining table. My son is in his “do it myself” phase and while I love that he is growing his independence, it definitely is a lot to clean with each meal. The Dyson V6 Slim Cordless Vacuum has come to my rescue and is my new BFF. 

Ju-Ju-Be Tokidoki Collection @jujube_intl

Disclosure: I received the following for review. All opinions are my own.

Bags are a big deal for a woman and especially a woman with children. When it comes to kids, there’s a lot to be taken everywhere I go.  Ju-Ju-Be has a great collection of fun designs for all your needs. Their Tokidoki collection has been perfect for my family’s needs and I love both the quality and cute design of the products.

Download Free Tree Story Game App Today for iOS and Android and Plant Real Trees!

Disclosure: This is a partnered post with Zig Zag Zoom. All opinions are my own.

Have you ever found a game that you are eager to play throughout the day - from the moment you wake up to right before bedtime? Tree Story, from Zig Zag Zoon, is an interactive "pet" game where you take care of your seedling so that it grows into a tree in your grove. Once your tree is fully grown, a real tree is planted thanks to the partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, Project Learning Tree, ACTrees, and the Arbor Day Foundation.

New Quaker Chewy Girl Scouts Granola Bars + Summer Fun Kit #Giveaway #QuakerUp

Disclosure: I am part of the Quaker Blogger Network.

Yummy worlds collide in the all-new Quaker® Chewy® Girl Scouts® Granola Bars! The trusted breakfast and snack leader, The Quaker Oats Company, has teamed up with one of America’s most iconic girl leadership organizations to make a delicious, convenient snack that the whole family is bound to love. 

Minions Castle Adventure @MegaBloks

Disclosure: I received the Minions Castle Adventure for review from MegaBloks. All opinions are my own.

Keeping up with the popular toys and what my kids are into these days is a task in itself. Adding to that is being able to find things that I also like for my kids and don’t mind filling our house with. I’m a big fan of Mega Bloks’ products and thankfully my children are also. The Despicable Me Castle Adventure was a perfect choice, which has quickly become a favorite pastime activity for them.

Fun Finds with Little Tikes Treasure Hunt Sand and Water Table #Littletikes #TreasureHuntSand&WaterTable #Summer #Outdoor

Disclosure: My friend Rita received the Treasure Hunt Water & Sand Table for review from Little Tikes. All opinions are her own.

My son loves the outdoors and especially playing with water and sand so it’s no surprise that the Little Tikes’ Treasure Hunt Sand and Water Table was the perfect toy for him especially during these warm months when he wants to go out.

Get Engaged and Put Me in the Story | Back to School Personalized Book Tour + #Sweepstakes #PutMeInTheStory

Disclosure: My friend Rita received the personalized book. All opinions are her own.

My son has always been an avid reader and by reader I mean I read to him as many books as I possibly can off his long request list. Every night I hear him ask for “one more.” He loves finding familiar objects in the stories and hearing and memorizing all the words. When I discovered Put Me In The Story, I knew immediately this was perfect for him and any child who you want to engage in reading. 

SAVE 20% when you Buy $25 or more iTunes Gift Cards at Staples + Amazon GC #Giveaway #iTunesStaples20

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post with Tatu Digital Media. All opinions are my own.

Looking for the perfect gift is a difficult and as kids get older it’s even more difficult to cater to their changing wish list. I have found that iTunes gift cards are the perfect solution! I use to think gift cards were impersonal and not thoughtful, but I’ve come to realize the exact opposite. Gift cards allow people to get exactly what they want and the iTunes gift card says you put thought and care into the gift.

DIY Music Shakers | Fun Crafts with Mom

My kids love to listen to music and dance about. They even toot on the recorder and pound on the baby piano. So inspired by this and a similar craft brought home from Mason's library day, we made some music shakers to get ourselves moving!

Carry and Cuddle with PetSac

Disclosure: My friend Rita received a PetSac for review. All opinions are her own.

My son loves his stuffed animals and carries them everywhere he goes. Unfortunately, carrying him, his belongings, and his animals is a burden on me. Although, he likes to do everything himself, carrying all his things individually can also be quite a task for my little guy. The PetSac is the perfect solution for my little one. 

Build & Imagine Construction Sets Review @buildandimagine

Disclosure: I received the following for review. All opinions are my own.

Mackenzie and Mason both enjoy building and imaginative play. So when they discovered the Build & Imagine Construction Sets in the hall, they couldn't wait to get started. The magnetic construction sets are packed with STEAM elements (science, technology, engineering, art and math) learning yet are enchanting for endless hours of imaginative play. 

Get Ready for Back to School with SanDisk Memory @BestBuy @SanDisk #SanDisk #ad

Disclosure: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Technology has definitely come a long way since I was in grade school. Best Buy offers the latest devices to make getting ready for Back to School a breeze as well as SanDisk products for safe storage. I am a huge fan of SanDisk products for all of my media storage needs

New Lalaloopsy Kitchen Show + #Giveaway #Lalaloopsykitchen #Supersillyparty

Lalaloopsy has a BRAND NEW baking show, "Lalaloopsy Kitchen," that airs every other Wednesday on the Lalaloopsy Youtube channel.  Learn how to make Lala Button Ice Cream Sandwiches or a Super Silly Party Birthday cake with the Lalaloopsy baking oven!  

Cars Birthday Party in a Box @BirthdayExpress

Disclosure: I received the following for review from Celebrate Express. All opinions are my own.

I can't believe that Mason is now 3 years old. Time definitely has flown by and he is a feisty preschooler who has the utmost fascination with cars...all types, of course. So it was natural to throw a "Cars" themed birthday party for him and Birthday Express had spot on decor and favors with their Disney Cars Dream Party in a Box.

Racing with Modarri + #Giveaway

Disclosure: My friend Rita received the following for review. All opinions are her own.

My kiddo loves his cars. No matter how many he has, he always wants more. When I discovered the Modarri cars, I was immediately attracted to it not only for my son, but for my husband as well. The Modarri cars can be assembled to your liking and fun and easy to play with. I thought this was a great toy for my son and husband to work on together and enjoy and I was right! The Modarri cars were one of 18 products named Best Toy for Kids 2015 by ASTRA (American Specialty Toy Retailing Association) and I can definitely see why.

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It's been a blast styling my jewelry from Chloe+Isabel now that I'm a merchandiser. If you love great quality, beautiful jewelry and love to flaunt your stuff, check out my new Chloe and Isabel boutique!

Mini Herb Pots Craft for Kids @orientaltrading

Disclosure: This is a partnered post with Oriental Trading. All opinions are my own.

Kenzie just loves gardening and I think it's because she was encouraged at a young(er) age by grandpa. So while I am actually a semi-black thumb, she seems to be a natural and her plants at the inlaws' home are thriving. She's been asking for her own "garden" at home so I decided it would be fun to start with some herbs and Oriental Trading had just the perfect little pots.

Tackle Tough Stains with OxiClean Stain Remover #OxiClean #ad

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by OxiClean through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about OxiClean Stain, all opinions are my own.

I used to be the type of parent who would try to keep their child's clothing clean of any sort of debris or food particles. However, I've slowly accepted that kids are messy and they will come home messy from school and/or grandma's house. Since it's not truly economical to toss out each article of clothing that arrives with a stain, I needed to find a solution quickly before the kids started running out of things to wear! 

Umi Shoes Fall Style #Sweepstakes | Win 1 of 3 $200 Gift Cards!

At Umi we design our shoes to be the perfect mix of style and attitude, while never compromising comfort. This fall, Umi will have your kids styling in and out of the classroom!

Florsheim Kids + Appaman Street Smart Style #Sweepstakes | Win 1 of 3 $200 Gift Cards

With Florsheim Kids and Appaman, he can express himself in and out of the classroom, while keeping in step with style. 

Comfy and Cozy with Lulujo Baby + #Giveaway

Disclosure: I received the following for review. All opinions are my own.

Nothing feels better than wrapping up in a cozy blanket or towel and for my family I love having the best. Lulujo baby has created a product line that fits my definition of the perfect towel and blanket for my family and our needs. 

Drinking and Developing with Philips Avent Range + #Giveaway

Disclosure: My friend Rita received the following from Avent. All opinions are her own.

Helping to develop your child’s skills is an important task for every parent. It’s also a challenging task that never seems to end. One of the basic things that every mom seems to have to face is the transition their little one has to make from bottle to drinking cups. For me Philips Avent has developed a NEW range of Toddler Cups, a line perfect to help with that transition comfortably and favorably for my little one.  This new line features four stages that are unique for each stage of development and teach a new skill.

Summer Styles from Cotton On KIDS + 20% Off Printable In Store #Coupon @CottonOnKids

Disclosure: I received the following for review from Cotton On KIDS. All opinions are my own.

The weather is sunny and bright and the kids are soaking in the summertime fun, especially while we were on vacation in Maui last week. You all probably know that I love dressing my kids up in fantastic fashions and I want to introduce you to a "new" find of mine - Cotton On KIDS. They offer on trend clothes for kids at fantastic prices that are perfect for play, travel and school!

Protect and Connect with @Withings Home + #Giveaway

Disclosure: This is a partnered post with Withings. All opinions are my own.

I live in a very safe area and have always carried a great sense of security and confidence in my neighborhood. Recently, I have heard about an increased number of thefts and burglaries in surrounding areas that have worried me about the safety of my family and our home. I decided it was very important that we invest into a home security system. In my research of all the different options, I discovered Withings Home system.

Gymboree Partners with DonorsChoose.Org to Help Give Kids a Brighter Future + $75 Gift Card #Giveaway

Disclosure: I received a gift card for review. All opinions are my own.

I love dressing up my kiddos in all the cute outfits that I find. As my children have gotten older, they’ve become more opinionated and want to choose their own style. One of our favorite places to shop is Gymboree

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