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Posted on February 13, 2017

My Sick Day Survival Kit + $25 Target Gift Card, Pfizer Pediatric Product & Movie Prize Pack Giveaway #SickJustGotReal

This post has been sponsored by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare and 20th Century Fox. All opinions are 100% our own.

Sick Day Survival Kit

It never fails. Every year, somewhere nestled between our last Christmas carol of the season and the heart-filled lovey dovey holiday, a germ cloud seems to descend upon our house. We try to do every little thing we can think of to ward off these unwelcome germs, but they find their way into our lives nonetheless. We’re big on hand washing, not sharing cups, and flu shots… yet despite the best protective measures, we all still seem to fall prey to illness.

This year has been no exception. I am actually typing this thanks to the Robitussin I took a little while ago. The kids have been sick on and off since Christmas – Landon being a double winner with strep throat in December and an ear infection in January. Bob was cut down with a sinus and upper respiratory infection last week and is still not back to 100%. Lily has had a bad cough on and off and I am now down with probably whatever Bob is working through. Yuck, yuck and YUCK!

While sometimes sickness seems to be unavoidable, there certainly ARE some things you can have on hand that will truly help ease the downtime.

I try to keep these things, a survival kit if you will, on hand at all times. We always have medicine stocked in all varieties – both kid and adult versions. I also always try to keep a new movie hidden away for those unexpected sick days. They tend to be the only way I can get sick kids who NEED their rest to chill out on the couch for a couple of hours.

My sick day survival kit includes: Read more..

Posted on February 13, 2017

Bedtime Reading with “Good Night, Baby Animals, You’ve Had a Busy Day” | Book Review

This post is sponsored by Karen Winnick. All opinions are 100% our own.

Good Night Baby Animals Book

Bedtime can be a hectic time of day around here. There’s the physical effort exerted in rounding up the kids in the first place. Half the battle on some days is simply getting our kids upstairs! Once we’re up there, it’s an often-chaotic scene of changing into pajamas, vitamin-taking, tooth-brushing, etc.

One calming constant, however, is some reading time before bed. Before having my own kids, I saw the benefits of reading books aloud to my students.  Then Lily was born and we read to her daily and now we have this amazing, book-loving kiddo!

We read to Landon all of the time and he seems to love books as much as his big sister does.  Of course, one big difference with Landon is that we now have a Lily who can read TO HIM!  She loves reading to him as much as he loves listening.  The two of them will sit for long periods of time reading book after book.  It’s amazing! Read more..

Posted on February 6, 2017

ArtSkills Science Fair S.O.S. | Supplies and Helpline | Prize Pack Giveaway

This post is sponsored by ArtSkills. We received samples to facilitate this post. No compensation was received. All opinions are 100% our own.

ArtSkills Science Fair

ArtSkills Science Fair S.O.S.

There are usually two types of kid when it comes to science fair project. Type 1 waits until the night before the project is due and throws something together at the last minute. Type 2 plans ahead and spends weeks working on a project idea. No matter what category your kid falls into, there is one common thread: they ALL need to put together some sort of display to present their work at the science fair!

This is when you might have your very own “Science Fair S.O.S.” moment. And thankfully, ArtSkills is ready to help. Curb the frustration in putting together a great looking project with their array of tools, inspiration, and solutions to create next-level poster project displays that will get noticed!

When they say they are “here to help,” they really mean it! Consumers in need of poster project assistance, inspiration, and guidance can reach out to ArtSkills’ expert team of Poster Pros directly via phone, email, and social media in addition to the informative and access simple tips, tricks, and guidance available on website.


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Posted on February 2, 2017

Teleflora’s Hand-Made with Love Valentine’s Day Floral Bouquets

This post is sponsored by Teleflora. We received a product sample in order to facilitate this post. No compensation was received. All opinions are 100% our own.

Hand-Made with Love

Whether that groundhog was right or wrong, the calendar doesn’t lie. We still have weeks of winter weather ahead of us here in the Philly suburbs.  The bleak winter months always leave me dreaming of warm days and green leafy trees.  That’s probably why I welcome colorful and vibrant flowers into my home more in the winter than in the summer and why they make me smile SO VERY MUCH!

This year just in time for Valentine’s Day, Teleflora has unveiled their “Hand-Made with Love” lineup of floral bouquets.    Each bouquet is professionally-designed and will add a big splash of color to whatever space it decorates!  The bouquets are hand-made and delivered by your local florist. Look at these gorgeous selections:

teleflora valentines bouquets

We had the opportunity to check out the bouquet in the middle.  This arrangement is called “Teleflora’s Shining Heart Bouquet.”  I picked this bouquet because it not only had roses which I love, but look at the PURPLE flowers that are also included!  Purple is my favorite color, so this arrangement definitely stood out to me among the others!  Which one is your favorite?  Last week my local florist delivered my Teleflora bouquet. Read more..

Posted on January 3, 2017

Disney World One Day Memory Maker – Is It Worth It? What Do You Get?

Disney World Memory Maker Package Deal

So you’re heading to Disney World!! You might remember this piece that I wrote a couple years ago about how important it is to be present in your family vacation. This absolutely includes jumping right in for pictures with the kids! Of course, the hardest thing about taking pictures on vacation can be trying to get everyone in a single picture – afterall, someone has to take the picture, right?  With Disney’s Memory Maker you can get everyone in front of the camera and get a digital download of every single image.  Memory Maker pictures are all linked to your My Disney Experience account and pictures include candids from rides that offer them and any images snapped by park photographers.  (Make sure you swipe your MagicBand or park ticket after taking these pics to ensure they end up in your account!)

Memory Maker images are high resolution downloads and include copyright release.

For years, Disney World has offered photography services that make it easier to get everyone in the picture, but of course they come with a price.  Did you know that Park Photographers are more than happy to take a picture with YOUR camera after they snap one with theirs?  That’s always a nice option, and even nicer, FREE.  Park photographers can be found ALL OVER the Parks and you can locate them on the My Disney Experience app. Read more..

Posted on December 13, 2016

American Girl WellieWishers Willa Doll Toy Review

This post is sponsored by American Girl. We received a sample of this product in order to facilitate the review. All opinions are 100% our own.

American Girl Wellie Wishers Willa Doll

Many months ago, when we first heard that American Girl was going to release a new line of dolls, I have to admit: I was skeptical.  I was skeptical because the only information that I kept reading was that these new dolls, WellieWishers, were going to be a good bit CHEAPER than traditional American Dolls.  That, of course, left me to wonder: how will WellieWishers compare to their 18 inch tall counterparts?

Lily discovered American Girl Dolls at a pretty young age.  It was 2013 and she was 3 years old.  We were going out of our minds trying to come up with an incentive to get her to give up sucking her finger when she slept.  That was the year that the American Girl Doll of the Year was Saige… a girl who just happened to have red hair and love horses.  It turned out that Saige worked wonders as a big-time bribe and so Lily’s passion for AG began.

Lilyana with Saige Doll

3 years later and now this beauty is a full-blown American Girl fan.  I read all of the original American Girl books (Molly, Samantha and Kirsten) when I was right around Lily’s current age, so I really enjoy seeing her loving the stories as much as I did.

Lilyana as Saige

Lily has been asking to check out the WellieWishers line of dolls since the first time she got a look at them.  I like that they are so widely accessible – we have seen them for sale at Toys R Us, Kohl’s and even on Amazon.  These are, of course, in addition to the American Girl website and American Girl Flagship Stores which also sell them.

WellieWishers sell for $60 each and in addition to the line of dolls and accessories, there is also a book series and a television show (stream the show for FREE on Amazon Prime).

WellieWisher Dolls

We had the opportunity to check out Willa, who as you’ll see, is absolutely ADORABLE!

Wellie Wishers Doll Willa

From her curls to her colorful lion-themed outfit, Willa is outrageously cute.  Her ladybug Wellies Boots are the icing on the cake!

Wellie Wishers Doll Willa Skirt

Wellie Wishers Doll Willa Skirt Wellies Rain Boots

Listen to Lily tell you what she loves about Willa in this video review:

My favorite gauge as far as a toy’s “worth” goes, is watching how much playtime it receives from my kids. Do they open the box, play with the toy for 5 minutes and never look at it again? Or do they cling hard and fast to that toy and tote it around for months or even years? American Girl dolls, for Lily, have now held her interest for years and receive almost daily playtime. So far, Willa is no exception. She even came on our Disney Cruise with us last month. Her smaller size (15 inches compared to the 18 inch tall traditional AG dolls) made her very portable and she was a welcome addition. Lily was able to tote Willa around and the doll never became extra baggage for Bob or I to haul. American Girl dolls have been a worthwhile investment for us, and of course I am always on the lookout for great deals on them!

Lily with Willa Doll

American Girl Willa on Cruise Ship

I’m sure Willa is just the first WellieWisher doll in Lily’s collection! She is already saving up her pennies and can’t wait to bring another one home. Be sure to check out the WellieWishers – I would love to know you you think of them!

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