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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Creative & Delicious Easter Gifts to Send from Gourmet Gift Baskets

This is a promotional post for Gourmet Gift Baskets

With Easter falling just after the spring season starts, gift giving for this holiday is one of my favorites. Everything is bright and pastels, food always looks delicious with colors and trinkets have blooms and baby animals. Gourmet Gift Baskets include such colors in towers full of treats and even a 12-inch cookie which is new this year for the Easter holiday. The colors are vibrant and the goodies inside look delicious. What child (or adult) wouldn't love a tower like this delivered this season?

Gift Ideas from Gourmet Gift Baskets

Above photos show the 12" Easter Cookie and Happy Easter Gift Tower

Double-Bunny Easter Basket: Great for multi-child households so each can enjoy the 2 plush bunnies that come with this basket full of toys and treat!
Hippity Hoppity Easter Gift Stack: This fun bucket is full of yummy treats

Classic Easter Basket: This adorable plush in a simple basket makes a fun Easter gift for any child or animal lover

Easter Care Package: The perfect basket for the hard-to-shop for as it has a little bit of everything. A fun basket to send to a college student who may not make it home for Easter!

Easter Sweets & Treats Basket: The best choice for the chocolate lover!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Skylanders Spring Limited Edition Toys for Easter and Shopping Tips

This is a promotional post for Activision. Product was provided. Opinions are my own

Do you have a Skylanders fan or fans in your home who have a wish list of Skylander characters they want? While we have joy filling Easter baskets with stuff our kids love, Skylanders is sure to be a hit basket filler. To make the Easter joy even more fun, Skylanders Trap Team has 3 Limited Edition Spring toys that come in egg-shaped cases. These work in the portals and are playable as characters in the game. Now, if you are like me you may browse the aisles wondering which one to choose from within that vast Skylanders section. I always think I remember what characters my son has until I am standing in front of the pegs at the store and begin second guessing myself. There are so many and even with the Trap Team series being the most recent, my son has some characters from the Giants and Swap Force series he still wants too. 

How to shop for Skylander gifts?
  1. Take photos! If you are buying for a relative, have them send you one. If you line up the characters your child has and snap a photo with your phone then you can easily pull it up as you stand in the store and be sure you don't buy a character they already have.
  2. It is OK to buy a trap they have, just buy one with a different emblem on top! There will be traps for each element and the goal is to have at least one trap per element as soon as possible, then collect the different types. Whether it is an air, earth, magic (etc) trap, every trap has a name, so the goal would be to collect the 'named' traps. See the Bunny trap above in my photo? Bunny Earth Trap is one Earth Trap and there will be other Earth traps with some top besides a bunny and a name for that design. We talk a bit about this in the video below.
  3. Browse retailers first. Retailers do offer Skylander specials. Many times you can find Buy 1: Get 1 50% off or similar sales and General Mills has special Skylanders Trap Team cereal boxes that come with a card game and coupons inside the box.
  4. Skylanders are marked by their base. Each character is either a Mini, Trap Master or Core Skylanders. To help distinguish, the minis are usually the 2-packs of the smallest characters. Trap Masters are the large-sized characters (typically running $14.99 USD) and the Core characters are the average-sized characters (typically priced about $9.99 USD). You can also get special sets and packs. As you look at any character or items base, it has a terrain and color that will identify it for its element. The package tells you the element, but if packaging is missing, you can identify them from their base. 

3 NEW Spring Limited Edition Trap Team Toys
  • Power Punch Jet – Vac: Jet-Vac was the greatest, most daring flying ace in all of Windham.  He was given his magical wings when he was young, as was the tradition for all Air Barons.  But when his homeland was raided, he chose to sacrifice his wings to a young mother so she could fly her children to safety.  This act of nobility caught the attention of Master Eon, who sought out the young Air Baron and presented him with a gift – a powerful vacuum device that would allow him to soar through the skies once again. Jet-Vac accepted the gift with gratitude, and now daringly fights evil alongside the other Skylanders.
  • Eggsellent Weeruptor: Weeruptor was chosen as this year’s official mascot for the Annual Dragon Egg Hunt!  Being new to this time honored tradition, he disguised himself as a candy-coated egg and proceeded to capture Spyro, Cynder, and Drobot within a Traptanium basket… sort of missing the point of the occasion.  But what he lacks in point-getting, he more than makes up for in “Eggsellence!”
  • Bunny Earth Trap:The Bunny Earth Trap is one of the most unique Traps of the bunch and features a cute bunny-themed design.

Find these characters and more at your local retailer in the electronics section!

Learn more at my Skylanders 5 Reasons Trap Team is a popular kids toy post!
Enjoy a Skylanders Cake Recipe!

Will you be buying Skylanders this season?

Cold & Flu Season gets some help from Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy

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Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy Products
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Whether you are finishing spring break or just starting, this time of year is meant to take time off, relax and have a little fun or rest depending on your mood. It is also the time of year that the cold and flu hit hard! You know those first symptoms-you feel like a truck hit you as you feel pure exhaustion that many times hits fast and out of the blue. The next day you wake up with a sore throat and/or body aches and then the congestion and cough! When the first of these symptoms hit, we run for the supplements, hot beverages and to bed! You waited all year for spring break and you get to spend it in bed? Prevention and maintenance will determine how much time any illnesses that may strike will take from you. Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy products will cover you from start to finish and help shorten the duration of your cold virus.

Just today, as I write this, we have been home a short while after a day of running errands then to dinner. Just before dinner, my husband was hit with exhaustion and felt clammy. Because I was prepared and had my Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy products on hand, I got home and grabbed him a Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy PLUS Natural Multi-Symptom QuickMelts®. He took it and is in bed early. Stocking up on your cold and flu prevention and medication means not being left running to the store while suffering from symptoms that suddenly start. Having the products on hand means faster relief. Because the QuickMelt my husband just took offers Zinc Gluconate Glycine, his body is fighting off the crud right away as we speak. 

 Do-It-Yourself Home Cold Remedies

Brought to you by: Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy

  1. Stuffy nose? Use steam for relief.
    You don’t need a fancy humidifier to ease congestion (though it can be convenient!). Slowly breathing in steam from a pot of boiling water can work wonders! Just make sure to be very careful — you don’t want to burn your nose!
  2. Make it spicy.
    Incorporate lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, rosemary, cloves, pepper and ginger into your sick-day diet. Spices are natural ways to help boost your immune system and fight off viruses and diseases. Some other ingredients to include? Garlic, honey and coconut oil. Check out some more natural cold medicine.
  3. Try chicken noodle soup. 
    A nice hot bowl of chicken noodle soup might be just what you need to fight off that virus. It’s a delicious home remedy that’s medically backed to help ease cold symptoms. Check out some of our Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy-approved tasty recipes by visiting us on Pinterest, and make sure to include plenty of veggies!
  4. Make your own nasal spray.
    It’s easy and takes a matter of minutes! Simply mix 3 teaspoons of iodide-free salt and 1 teaspoon of baking soda and then add 1 teaspoon of the mixture to 8 ounces of warm boiled water to create your own nasal spray solution. Use a bulb syringe to gently squirt the mixture into each of your nostrils, while holding the other one closed, and letting them drain. This will help clear nasal congestion as well as remove virus particles and bacteria!
  5. And of course, drink plenty of fluids.
    It’s so important to stay hydrated, especially when you’re sick. By drinking plenty of fluids regularly, you can help break up congestion and ease a sore throat. Some great options include water, herbal teas, natural juices (no sugar!) and ginger ale. Also be sure to check out some of our favorite healthy hydration recipes.

Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy products
  • Cold Remedy PLUS Natural Cold & Flu QuickMelts: dissolve in the mouth without water, releasing zinc ions to help inhibit the cold virus
  • Cold Remedy Lozenges: use at the first sign of a cold to reduce the duration and severity of the virus
  • Cold Remedy PLUS Sore Throat Oral Spray: 2 sprays in the mouth at the onset of symptoms works fast to shorten your cold and relieves your sore throat
  • Cold Remedy Daytime Nighttime QuickMelts: choose your remedy between non-drowsy or with extra strength chamomile and Valerian to help you relax and sleep well
  • Cold Remedy PLUS Natural Immune Support: offers added antioxidant support as you fight the cold virus, also comes in Immune Support with Energy to help you restore your energy naturally
Plan ahead and pick up your favorite Cold-EEZE method of attack so you are prepared when the cold and flu symptoms hit!

EverydayHappy Launches New Baby & Family Home Delivery Products

This is a promotional post for EverydayHappy. I was sent product. Opinions are my own

Time is precious, especially as a Mom or Dad! If I can take back all of the hours I have spent on researching safe and healthy products then shopping for them and saving money at the same time, my kids would have back my precious time. There are so many healthy home and baby products on the market and it takes some effort to research and locate these products. There is a NEW solution! EverydayHappy has launched a new eco-friendly and safe baby and family care line and it can all be bundled so you save and have it delivered to your door! Mine came in a fun EverydayHappy box and the products are gentle and serve my family well and I didn't have to waste gas and time shopping for these essential items!

Family Bundle
About Everyday Happy Products

At EverydayHappy you will find diapers, wipes, household supplies, bath products and vitamins. The diapers and wipes are toxic-free, cloth-like, soft texture, hypoallergenic, fragrance-free and ultra absorbent. Created by parents who also want the best on their babies skin! The bath and beauty products are organic, hypoallergenic and cruelty free as well as natural in their ingredients. The household products are also cruelty-free and hypoallergenic. You will also find Multi-Vitamins and Omega-3 Fish Oil supplements that are all-natural. These products are safe and eco-friendly with nothing but good intentions to your family's health as well as the environment.

About Everyday Happy Home Delivery

To save time and money, you can choose your family or baby bundle of products and have them delivered to your home every month. Bundling products means saving money and at EverydayHappy it saves you up to 40% to bundle and set up delivery. 

To start, you can get your first bundle (similar to the one above in my photo) for the $5.96 shipping price and that's it! All of that for under $6! Cancel within 7 days which is easy to do if you need to or pay for the next bundle. You choose baby or family (or both) and you get a months worth (plus a little extra) sent to your door! These are healthy and safe products and for a price that is comparable to heading out and using your time to locate and buy on your own! Worth every penny! 

EverydayHappy Cares

You can help other families! Donate products to Unicef and EverydayHappy will double your donation, sending even more bundles and products to families all over the world!

Learn more and get your first bundle for $5.95 sent today!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Control your child's online time and schedule with the OurPact App

I’m excited to introduce you today to a wonderfully helpful app, Ourpact. All opinions are my own.

iOS OurPact Parental Control App

Apple users, you now have control over your child's schedule and online time from the palm of your hands. OurPact is an iOS app for your iPad or iPhone that allows you to set times you want your child on or off the apple device. It is an app that when turned on will become your phone's manager and give each child their own screen to play within and time limits that you set. My son is 6 and his favorite times to jump on our devices is waiting for school in the mornings and before bed. I can now set for his timer to go off so that he can stop playing and have the time he needs to gather last minute items so we are ready to head out the door for school in time. No more fights that by the time they end, he is mad cause he is now grounded and we are running late! I can do the same so he has to end in time for teeth brushing and reading before his bedtime. He is in his own screen on my phone and only has access to the apps or third party systems I choose.

From the main screen for My Family, I can add children so they each have their own schedules. Creating a schedule that is recurring or customized for each day is as simple as clicking on Schedule to Block! Clicking Grant Access allows your child back on as you set and Block Access kicks them off as you set and you can control and block from your device while they are on a separate device so long as the iOS app is downloaded and paired between the two.

You can customize each child's page with photos and individual schedules. The older siblings may need extra time for homework or because their privileges are different than the younger siblings so being able to control each child individually allows for easy scheduling.

Granting and blocking access is more than a green toggle. You can name the schedules so your child is clear on why it is time to get off. Being blocked by the schedule named 'Bedtime' can help train your child to turn off the device and head to the bathroom to brush their teeth making bed time preparation a bit more manageable. 

About Allowances

When your child is on the device, there are a few notes that may make managing their time more clear and defined. For each child's allowance you are controlling the times allotted for them to be online. An allowance will not over ride a set blocked time. You would need to change the blocked time to fit in a allowed time. Perhaps your child is allowed 2 hours a day and you say they can be online from 7am-9am and 7pm-8pm. The 2 hours start when they are 'live' on the device and can stop and start anytime in those allowed slots until their 2 hours is up. So after 9am they are not allowed to continue until the 7pm next opening and the time will flow over until 8pm and reset to 2 hours again at midnight. You can turn off and on the 'Allowance' setting in each child's schedule and set your online parameters for each day of the week. 

So set your block times and set your allowed times and check the top of your 'Allowance' screen for their days status. This makes a great tool for rewards. Perhaps they turned off without a fuss and grabbed their shoes and backpack and are ready for school on time after ending their device time! That could be a fun way to encourage responsibility by now adding an extra 10 minutes or so to the days allowance. Using OurPact as a reward system is a lot of fun and if the older child needs extra time for a school assignment or online research, just jump in and adjust the schedule. It is easy, simply designed and when you need OurPact to stop managing the device, just head to your settings and ask it to stop managing. Now you have your original home screen back.

Learn more about how to start managing your child's online time today at

Download the app from this link:

The Piping Gourmets Gluten & dairy Free Whoopie Pies

This is a promotional post for Piping Gourmets. I was sent product. Opinions are my own

Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Consumers, dessert just got more delicious for you! My home is not gluten or dairy-free, but when I find a product my kids love that I am proud to keep on hand we love to indulge! The Piping Gourmets Whoopie Pies bring treats to common dietary needs with a taste that satisfies anyone. We were at our local Whole Foods  and my son picked out the chocolate cake with mint frosting whoopie pie. He loves these!

The Piping Gourmet offers these delicious Whoopie Pies that are proudly labeled gluten-free, diary-free, vegan, Non-GMO and kosher-pareve. These Whoopie Pies are free of wheat, soy, milk, eggs, peanuts and tree nuts making them truly allergy friendly. They come in a box of 4 individually 
wrapped treats you keep in the freezer.

The Piping Gourmets Whoopie Pie Flavors
  • Chocolate-Chocolate
  • Chocolate-Mint
  • Chocolate-Raspberry
  • Chocolate-Vanilla
  • Vanilla-Vanilla
  • Vanilla-Lemon
You can find these at most Whole Foods and other retailers. Find a store near you and learn more by visiting

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Aller-Ease SlumberJacked Quiz and #Giveaway

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Welcome to the AllerEase SlumberJacked Quiz and Giveaway
Sponsor: AllerEase
Host: Parenting Healthy

AllerEase knows first-had what is lurking and crawling in your sheets that may be causing you lost sleep! Ewwwww!! How would you know if dust mites or allergens are cradling your body at night? By taking the Have You Been SlumberJacked Quiz, you can have some fun as you learn some home remedies you can do so you can take your sleep back! 

Not only will taking the quiz be a lot of fun, you can also win! After just a few short and sometimes, comical questions you get tips customized towards your answers. Take the quiz below then scroll down some more and enter to win an AllerEase Mattress and Pillow Protectors!

The Giveaway
1 lucky reader will win an AllerEase Mattress Protector in size of choice and pillow protectors. Take the quiz above then enter below! Open to US and ends on 4/8. Good luck!