Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Honey Bunches of Oats single-serve cups - Review and Summer Tips

"Honey Bunches of Oats single-serve cups. The delicious cups come in Honey Bunches of Oats Honey Roasted and Honey Bunches of Oats with Crispy Almonds. Each single-serve cup is conveniently packaged in a sealed container and they're perfect for on-the-go family activities! One cup provides 5g of protein and contains essential vitamins & minerals, to ensure you're getting a nutritious meal the whole family will love." 

While kids are so excited that it's now "SUMMER TIME", moms across the globe are like "When does school start again?" Most kids have a jam packed summer, filled with activities, sports, trips, I mean, the variety of activities just runs the gamut, even if they are in day care, most facilities take kids out to do fun things and try and alleviate the summer boredom.

But what about us? Moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents, you know the shuttle/taxi service...err, I mean, drivers.  Sometimes, we just need to grab the essentials and head out and hope that we didn't forget anything as we dashed out the door!

Summertime can be a joyous occasion for the kiddos, but not so much for us adults.  I personally, am a stay at home momma, and I can assure you that while I love my children with all my heart and soul, I am counting down the days with RED bold X's on my calendar until they go back to school! 

But suffer no more, because with Honey Bunches of Oats single-serve cups it's a cinch! 

They offer a great variety of our Post favorites to tide us over during soccer, football, swimming and tennis, and, and...well...just fill in the blanks won't ya?

I know we've all tasted the yumminess Honey Bunches of Oats Post cereal, my favorite...with Almonds! Yum, Yum...DELISH!

Well how would you feel if you could take it with you on the go, snack on it during all those stops, maybe it's your week to shuttle around the soccer, football or swim team. Why not be energized and have something delicious fill that empty stomach?

Here is a simple little cup, that has two layers of genius! The bottom has a gel, freeze it up and it'll keep juice, milk or any other liquid cold for a couple of hours! See that top part? Well, just add in your Honey Bunches to-go cup in there and VIOLA! Instant breakfast, snack, lunch, whatever you want to call it (that is, whatever time you finally get around to eating it!)

This is a parents dream come true! 

Here are my tips for an easy getaway (as you dash out the door in the morning!):

  • Pack the essentials the night before (when the kiddos are in bed), gym bags, sunscreen, dry snacks (such as POST Nutrition on-the-go cups, you can purchase those here), tissues, and sanity (just kidding, you'll never be able to pack that)
  • The morning of, grab your bottled waters or sports drinks out of the fridge, pack them in a ice chest on wheels, even the backpack kind.
  • Fun toys for the toddlers or preschoolers, so they can enjoy sitting out on the field during big bro/sis games
  • Extra clothes/diapers/wipes
  • Anti-bacterial spray (just in case)
***Disclaimer:  A complimentary sample box of POST Honey Bunches of Oats To-Go-Cups and Stackable Containers were provided to me for review purposes by Hunter PR. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.***

BzzAgent Review - Coppertone CLEARLYSheer Sunscreen

***Disclaimer: I received a complimentary BzzKit from BzzAgent.com that included samples of Coppertone CLEARLYSheer Sunscreen, these samples were facilitated for review purposes. All opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own and do no reflect the opinions of Coppertone CLEARLYSheer or BzzAgent.***

Coppertones CLEARLYSheer Sunscreen, is the newest line of sunscreens to hit the market! They are available in lotion and spray formulas. 

As part of the BzzAgent community, I was able to test these out. I was pleased with the over formulas, non-drying (meaning, my skin didn't dry out), they had enough moisture where my skin felt supple and soft to the touch without being greasy and the hint of tropical scents leaves you feeling like you went to the beach without even stepping foot on sand!

The formulas come in two formulas (besides lotion and spray) there is the Beach and Pool type and the Sunny Days type. 

I was able to try both and while the formulas are distinctly meant for two different purposes, they both felt, as the name suggests, Sheer!

I did not feel greasy or felt the need to come home and wash off the sunscreen, it blended into my skin immediately and I felt it worked perfectly. We had a few outings, the park, just general driving (especially in this sunny summer we're experiencing) and I didn't come home with a tan line, or a red face, and what's even greater is that you can use the Sunny Day formula on your face, and leave it on under your makeup! 

Coppertone CLEARLYSheer Sunscreen retails between $8.99 - $9.99 and can be found and most retailers that sell sun care products.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Coming Up on the Blog....

My latest ventures, what I've been doing, and why I haven't blogged in such a long time! I have a few commitments to product reviews and those will go live today, as well as a giveaway. But I wanted to check in with everyone. I'm coming back and hopefully it's at the same steady pace as when I first started this blog! I miss it, and I miss the blog posts and the reviews.

Be back REALLY soon!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

BA*Star - Eye Shadow Palette - Review and Swatches

(BA*Star Eye Shadow Palette, Spicy Natural Retail $8.75)

The new BA*Star Eye Shadow Palette's come in six great shades! I was fortunate enough to get my hands on this palette when it first came out. It's since hit the site and is available for purchase. 

I've done several reviews for BA*Star, each time I can never say enough positive things about this brand and the company itself. I tested out the palette, and I can say that with the eye shadow primer the colors are more vibrant and really stand out!

The brand BA*Star is geared towards people and groups (i.e. Cheerleaders, Dance, Pageant Contestants, etc.) who need a professional grade makeup that will outlast the bright lights and sweat of a competition and still look great and not hurt the pockets in the process. With BA*Star you get all of this and more!

For testing purposes I received a complimentary palette in Spicy Natural.

The palette is very pretty, with great highlight, lid and crease hues.  It's a blend of smokey browns, vibrant golds and bronze and neutral lilac and white. I've swatched the palette for you, on the top is the color with the BA*Star Eye Shadow Primer, to the bottom is the color on my bare skin. As you can tell, the Primer gives you a more vibrant, bold look.  But if you're looking for daytime simple, you can skip the primer and get a pretty and natural look.

You can check out all six palettes and compare them to get a color combination that best suits you and your needs! I enjoyed the Spicy Natural Eye Shadow palette and will definitely get my hands on the Midnight Smoky Eye, because at just $8.75 you can't go wrong!

Be sure to check out http://bastar.com and check out all they have to offer, shop online where it's convenient and even better, their store doesn't close! Shop any time day or night!

**Disclaimer:  As part of the Brand Backer community, I received a complimentary product for testing and review purposes. The opinions expressed in regards to the BA*Star Eye Shadow Palette are 100% my own.***

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Rainbow Braid Metallic Rubber Band Refill Pack - Review

The Rainbow Loom is such a fun, easy and creative way to make cute accessories at a low cost! It works even better when you have a great set of rubber bands to make your creations.

I received the Rainbow Loom and a set of Rainbow Braid 1200pc Metallic Rubber Bands in Gold and Black. 

This is what the kit looks like outside of the box, it comes with your loom, your hook, and a set of colorful rubber bands. The Rainbow Braid brand was gracious enough to send over their gold and black metallic bands. 

I found these to be of good quality, good color, no rubber odor and non-irritating on skin. Please keep in mind that they are rubber bands, if you pull them back, play "sling shots" or just misuse them, they WILL snap! 

But if you use them for their sole purpose, which is to loom some great patterns for bracelets, rings and cute accessories, then you'll be just fine!

I followed the easy steps -

Then immediately put my Rainbow Loom to good use!

The loom gives you, your starting point.

I followed an easy pattern and used the handy hook that came with my Rainbow Loom kit.

I finished my bracelet in about 10 minutes!

You can purchase a Rainbow Loom for just under $15 and grab a few bags of Rainbow Braid Metallic rubber band refill packs via Amazon. The rubber bands have minimal smell, and they're latex free, so they are safe for everyone! I guarantee you will spend countless of hours with your little ones and even your teens making super cool items using your Rainbow Loom and rubber bands.

***Disclosure: A complimentary Rainbow Loom and the Rainbow Braid 1200pc Metallic Rubber band refill pack to facilitate this review as part of the Bloggers Required Community and Rainbow Braid***

Pampers and Feeding American - Thanks, Baby: A Letter to My Children

As Mother's Day approaches, I think about how lucky I am to have my mom with me. We may be hundreds of miles apart, but we still manage to talk, text or keep in contact daily on social media. I think back now, how rebellious I was and that I'm probably the cause of a few (okay, okay, many) of her gray hairs (shhhhhh...it's a secret, she'd hate for people to know she has gray hair!Sorry mom, your secret is out!)

I remember coming home to a warm house, an after school snack waiting for me, filling my belly with food. Did you know that my reality isn't the same for many? According to Feeding America, 1 in 6 people (that includes children) are hungry every day. Beside that, most people don't even have the basic needs to keep their family fed or clothed. This includes diapers, and that's why it's so amazing that the good people at Pampers and Feeding America have partnered up!

Take the time to watch this video, it's just a few small minutes of your life. Why? It's simple, for every person who views the video Pampers will donate 1 diaper (up to a million diapers) to help those who may not have diapers for their own babies. 

I am a mother to three amazing young men, I can still remember what it felt like to hold them each for the first time. I remember what they smelled like, what their skin felt like, soft and brand new and I always preferred Pampers Swaddlers with my youngest, it really helped eliminate leaks and fortunately he didn't break out in a rash like with other diaper brands. I will always have vivid memories of my children, I believe it's part of being a mother. One day, when my children are grown, they will remember me. All the things that once annoyed them, the things that made them angry and the things that made them cry and they'll remember me always trying to get my point across, getting the same blank stares I once gave my own mother. I want them to have some of my thoughts and feelings written on virtual pen and paper, and maybe then they'll understand me:

Dear M, J and N:
I want to thank you boys for making me a mom. I've learned so many lessons from each one of you, and while most people believe that Mom's are supposed to be the teachers, you my children have taught me the most.  How? You taught me that I can live even if my heart is hanging outside of my body, pumping, pounding and beating, sometimes skipping a beat. I learned that you can love more than one person at the same time, all with the same intensity. I didn't think it was possible, but it is. I can still remember how my heart filled with love and joy the first time I saw each one of you, the first time I held you, the first time I kissed your soft skin. I learned on the day of each birth, that I could fall in love over and over again, never losing feelings for any other child, but instead I could feel my heart growing larger.  I learned great lessons from patience to humility, to how scary I can be when I feel that someone has hurt my babies (TOTAL MOMMA BEAR MODE...ROAR!), I learned that I CAN survive teething (more than once), I learned that getting peed on is a ONE time error and that putting you in a warm room or covering your privates would also suffice! I learned that putting you in a bubble is not good for your health (or my sanity) because you'd all definitely survive a skinned knee, a bruise and/or a bump. I learned that I can't hold your hand your entire life and (although a much tougher lesson) that's it's okay. I know you'll all be okay, but I wasn't sure if I'd survive. I learned that allowing you to learn things on your own, will make you a better human being, man, son and hopefully one day, a father.  I cannot promise you that you will not fall, fail or feel heart break, I cannot promise you that your life will be easy, or that you'll always catch a break.  I can tell you with certainty that you will be hurt, you will fall, you will fail, you will experience heartbreak, life isn't easy and catching breaks, well...better put on your catchers mitt! But you know what I CAN promise you all? That Mom will be here, mom will put on a band-aid when you fall, but I'll make YOU rip it off with one swift pull, I'll show you how to fall with grace because that's a lesson you taught me as a first time mother, I'll teach you how to learn from your failures and turning them into a positive learning experiences because you taught me how to succeed as a mother. I will help you mend the broken heart and I'll teach you how to catch, because I learned all this from you three.  You've taught me more than I'd ever thought possible, thank you babies. You made me a Mom, I was always a woman, but I wasn't a mom until there was you. You're not always going to agree with me, but I hope that we can agree to disagree. You may not always like me, but I know you'll always love me. And know that it's okay to hate me, it just validates that I'm doing something right!
To the moon and back is not far enough to measure how much I love you all, 
Now that I've written and re-written this letter, you know because I cried (it's been a sappy sort of day for me) and cried some more, let's get on to the FUN!!

Join Pampers on Twitter and Facebook

Better yet, join me at the ULTIMATE Mother's Day Twitter Party!!

The Twitter Party will take place on Thursday May 8th at 9pm EST.



To participate, follow your hosts @DoubleDutyDivas, @BridgetteLA, @CeceliaMecca @AngieKcom @WhatMommiesNeed @RamblingChick, and our sponsor @Pampers.

Twitter Party Prizes Include:       

  • 2 packs of Swaddlers and a $50 Sephora Gift Card        
  • 2 packs of Swaddlers and a $100 Kohl’s Gift Card         
  • 2 packs of Swaddlers and a $100 Gallery Direct Gift Car      
  • 2 packs of Swaddlers and a BOB Revolution Jogging Stroller
  • ($350) Stroller and FitBit Zip ($50) 
  • RSVP: 2 packs of Swaddlers

Want even BETTER ways to score??

Enter my giveaway! It's super easy, quick and painless -

  • Pampers Diapers 
  • Pampers Wipes
  • $75 Target Gift Card for a Family Photo
  • Picture Frame
  • Baby Play Book

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***Disclosure:  This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Pampers. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.***  

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Purex No Sort Laundry Detergent Video Review and Giveaway

You and TWO, yes TWO of your friends can win my giveaway! Need details?

THREE (3) Winners will be chosen at random, those (3) can be you and YOUR friends!

Thanks to Purex and the Purex Insiders team, I'm giving away (3) coupons for Purex No Sort Laundry Detergent (up to a $6.00 Value). Here are the rules:

- Open to US Residents
- Must be following my instagram account @wommfan79
- Tell me why you deserve to win, then tag two of your friends who you think would benefit from Purex No Sort Laundry Detergent
- Make sure your friends follow my account as well
- Winners will be chosen at random Friday April 25th at 9:00am PST

Can't wait to see why you deserve this prize!