Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A Healthy Home, A Healthy Family with e-Cloth

Back to school.  When that phrase is read I’m sure we all have many different thoughts and emotions. For me, when I see the words “back to school”, all I can think of is back to germs!  We live in different times and there are a lot of harsh cleaners out there that claim to quickly kill bacteria and remove grim from surfaces. But what if I want a healthier option for my family? What if I want to really clean without chemical residues or harsh odors in the air?
While the chemicals in cleaners foam, bleach and disinfect to make our dishes, bathtubs, and countertops gleaming and germ-free, many also contribute to indoor air pollution, are poisonous if ingested and can be harmful if inhaled or touches. In fact, some cleaners are among the most toxic products found in a home.-          Organic Consumers Association
This week I changed my cleaning habits and got dowe to the basics with e-cloth. What’s e-cloth? e-cloth products enable a chemical-free cleaning process that only uses water. Using microfiber technology, proprietary equipment and manufacturing techniques e-cloth produces superior performing products to meet specific cleaning challenges, cleaning dirt, grime and over 99% of bacteria from your floors, kitchen, bathroom, eating surfaces and more!

 
By reducing [a child’s] exposure to harmful chemicals, you help prevent illnesses and conditions like asthma, developmental disorders, and even some forms of cancer.-          Children’s Environmental Health Network 
With a little guy about the house, and always playing on the floor, that is where my biggest concern lies. Tackling any potential bacteria on my floors and keeping them free of dirt and grime. To do this we’ve been using the Chemical-free Cleaning Deep Clean Mop ($39.99).



The Chemical-free Cleaning Deep Clean Mop cleans all hard floor surfaces, penetrating and removing dirt, grease, oil, grime and over 99% of bacteria using just water! It features modern fiber technology, an adjustable sturdy aluminum handle and a 360 degree swivel base to clean hard to reach places other mops on the market.

I was impressed with how well it cleaned and even more impressed with how it left me feeling. Our entire home is basically made up of tile, wood, or laminate flooring. Whether it be the kids or a pet, someone is walking over the wet chemical residue I typically push around with a mop, thinking it’s needed to get the floor truly clean. With the Chemical Free Seep Clean Mop, I'm left without worry and clean floors. 

For my kitchen and bathroom needs I went with the Chemical-free Cleaning Home Starter Kit ($19.99). The Chemical-free Cleaning Home Starter Kit includes the three core cloths to clean the major surfaces in the home without chemicals using just water - Bathroom Cloth, General Purpose Cloth, and Glass & Polishing Cloth.


In the bathroom is were I would usually pullout the bleach and leave myself feeling light headed and sometimes with raw fingertips when I wasn’t using the proper protection on my hands. What was I thinking? With e-cloth there is no smell, no hazard. Just a clean kitchen and bathroom. Each cloth is also labeled for use on their tag so you don't mix them up. 


According to U.S. emergency room records, bleach was the most common cause of poisoning or injury.-          Environmental Working Group
The e-cloth line cleans great and is proven to remove bacteria. Clinically tested they remove over 99% of bacteria, including E.coli and Listeria from hard surface using only water.


The e-cloth line is cost effective as well.  To use them you simple wet, ring and wipe, but you certainly don’t throw it our when you’re done. Toss your e-cloth in the washer regularly, in hot water, or boil in a saucepan.  They will be just as clean and effective for next use.  Are you worried about transfer of dirt and bacteria that you hear about when using cloth? I was too, but after just a hot rinse under the faucet, the rate of bacteria transfer from one surface to another is just 0.01%


If you’re looking for a greener way to clean, leaving your family and home healthier and happier. Check out the entire E-cloth line and learn more at e-cloth.com

"Product(s) supplied for review purposes. all opinions expressed are my own and yours may differ." 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Jay Franco & Sons Spider-Man Collection Featuring The ZippySack ( Review + Giveaway)

As the mom to four boys superheroes have always been a part of our everyday décor. My youngest son is no different than his brothers, and has developed a love for everything Spider-Man. This is why I had no doubt he’d be head-over-heels for the Jay Franco & Sons Spider-Man Collection.


This post is sponsored by James Franco & Sons.  All opinion expressed are my own and in were in no way influenced. 
At a young age it’s hard to expect kids to make their own bed, try as they might. Actually, if I am being honest, some days it is even harder to get my teenaged kids to make their bed. The Marvel Spider-Man ZippySack, is a soft, extremely comfortable, fleece blanket, which allows children the satisfaction of making their own bed each day in just a manner of seconds! In fact, I’m not even sure my oldest children would have an issue making their bed with the ZippySack, as you just flip and zip and the bed is made.



This soft fleece blanket fits snuggly around the bed like a fitted sheet, while the middle section unzips to use as a blanket and zips back up for a neat bed. It also features a side pocket for holding a favorite toy, hand-held video game system etc. My little Spider-boy loves his Spider-Man ZippySac!




The Spidey love doesn’t end there. Complete your little Spider-Man fan’s bedroom with the Spider-Man Pillow Buddy.



Measuring 24” in height this Licensed Spiderman bed pillow will become your child’s favorite companion. My son carries his Pillow Buddy everywhere, uses him for bedtime, naps of the couch, and as a “friend” in the car. I can’t help put be reminded of how my now 16 year old toted around his plush Spider-Man everywhere! I was really impressed with how well-crafted and soft this pillow buddy was. His colors were vibrant, detailed, and he was nearly the same size as my little guy.

Summer is winding down and we will be trading in our beach ponchos for ear muffs and coats, unless you’re the ultimate Spider-Man fan whose bath time wouldn’t be complete without the Spider-Man Hooded Beach Poncho.


Made of 100 percent cotton this bath/beach towel allows little ones to become their favorite superhero, adding fun and adventure to bath or pool time. And if you’re my son, you just wear it around the house for fun, or when shooting invisible spider webs at your brothers, just like they use to do. 

Find these and more great products from Jay Franco & Sons at your local Walmart store and online at Amazon.com

Win It: Enter now for your chance to win these three Spider-Man themed products from Jay Franco & Sons (ARV$75).


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Back to School with Peppa Pig!

For the littlest Peppa Pig fans back-to-school can take on a whole new meaning when actually heading to school for the very first time. So why not send your little fan to school with a smile, with awesome Peppa Pig school themed products. 



Peppa Pig Sunny Vacation DVD
It's time for a special Family Holiday! Join Peppa Pig, her little brother George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig on their fun-filled trip abroad. Peppa is enjoying all of the sights and sounds of Italy, but she also can't wait to go home and see her friends! Little ones will love the four-part sunny adventure and the rest of this cheery peppasode collection. 

Sandwich Box
This lunchbox comes with 3 compartments, snap on lid, with a fork and butter knife held in within the lid. And, of course, this lunch box is adorned with our favorite pig, Peppa! 

Sandwich Tote
This lunch totes take on the look of a traditional paper lunch bag, only this bag is fully insulated, reusable, and Peppa Pig themed!

Peppa Pig Notebooks
Traditional notebooks with fun Peppa Pig designs

Coloring Tote Books
Little Peppa fans can get creative on-the-go alongside their favorite pal with this animated tote book that includes color pages and twist-up crayons.

Peppa’s School DayNew Reader Book

There's a new student in Peppa's class! Her name is Emily Elephant. At first, Emily is very shy and quiet. Peppa helps her adjust to school and make new friends as they learn, play games, and of course, jump in muddy puddles!

My son and daughter were thrilled with this selection of Peppa Pig themed goodies and had tons of fun, coloring, drawing, and practicing their ABC's. We are super excited to use our new lunch pails, they're so cool! 



In fact, my kids received so many fun Peppa goodies, that we will be sharing some of these fun products with their Peppa loving friends! 


Ease those back to school nerves with their favorite Peppa Pig themed products found at Walmart, Toys R Us, Amazon.com and more.  The Peppa Pig Sunny Vacation DVD is available now where videos are sold, and includes 8 additional super fun-filled peppasodes!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

PLAYMOBIL's Carry Cases, Fun at Home and On the Go! ( Review + Giveaway)

School is almost back (or back in some cases). That means before we know it that hectic holiday season will be upon us and travel plans will be set in motion. After having just made a 22 hour road trip with my own children, I decided to make sure we are 100% prepared for our next trip with extra games, toys and movies to make things a bit less stressful and to help keep them occupied. Long car or plane trips are hard for anyone, and even harder for children.

PLAYMOBIL sets are some of my kids’ favorites, but did you know they have fun Carry Cases for imagination on-the-go! 

Product(s) provide for review purposes. All opinions expressed are my own and were in no way influenced. 
PLAYMOBIL's fun Carry Cases are perfect for traveling, overnight stays and even to help pass time at the doctor’s office etc. Each themed set contains everything you need to get your imagination going in one neat, snap-closed carrying case. 



PLAYMOBIL Police Carry Case ($9.99)

Embark on rescue missions wherever you go with the Police Carry Case. This easy, take-along case allows kids to help out the police as they race to the rescue. Just jump on the police motorcycle to race downtown to the scene. When playtime is over, simply store the pieces inside the case for next time! Set includes one police figure, motorcycle, helmet, police sign, flashlight, and additional accessories.



PLAYMOBIL Soccer Shootout Carry Case ($9.99)



Score the winning goal with the Soccer Shootout Carry Case. Enclosed in an easy, take-along case, this set is ready for action thanks to the player’s realistic kicking function that allows kids to really play the game. Set includes one soccer figure with kickable leg, goal with practice goalie cutout, soccer ball, and cones.




PLAYMOBIL Vet Visit Carry Case ($9.99)


Care for all the animals with the Vet Visit Carry Case. This easy, take-along case has everything kids need to tend to sick pets and help them heal. Set includes one figure, two dogs, one cat, exam table with lamp, stethoscope, medical tools, feeding bottles, medicine, bandages, and tons of other accessories. When playtime is over, simply store the pieces inside the case for next time!


PLAYMOBIL Fashion Boutique Carry Case ($14.99)


Create a chic outfit with the Fashion Boutique Carry Case. Enclosed in an easy, take-along case, this boutique has trendy clothing that can be used to dress up the skilled fashion designer. Set includes one adult figure, clothing mannequins, interchangeable dresses, purse, design and sewing tools, and other accessories.

My kids adored these sets, and there are plenty of additional themed set and each including a figure and fun accessories to match. Assembly is super easy, some sets required very minimal assembly like the Soccer Shootout for example. Here all that was necessary was to attach the cardboard photo to the goal and get the kicker in place in his stand so he could score the perfect goal! Other sets are a little more entailed.



The Vet Visit Carry Case was my daughter’s favorite and there seem to be nothing left out. There were a few animals, bottles, medicines, vet table and more! There are a few pieces to assemble together, but everything fits together well and stays that way. This set are perfect for the child that loves to create, and imagine whether it is at home or on-the-go. And as a mom I have to love the easy clean-up cases. When playtimes over everything simply goes back into the case.

Find these PLAYMOBIL fun Carry Cases online at PLAYMOBIL.com and retailers such as Walmart and Amazon.com.

Win It: One lucky reader will have a chance to win a travel prize pack, thanks to PLAYMOBIL, feature the four fun sets listed above.


Monday, August 15, 2016

5 Brands To Check Out This Back To School Season


Back-to-school is upon us in just about two weeks here, and we still have a lot of preparing to do! Here are a few brands to help get the season started on the right foot, whether you have a little one headed off for the first time, or an older one heading off to college.

Debbie Lynn, Inc.





There is nothing my younger kids enjoy more than picking out their school supplies. They’re at that age where it’s all about fun and style. At Debbie Lynn, Inc. you’ll find all your stationary needs from long- lasting pens and colorful markers too office supplies and novelties. 


You’ll find items your kids will adore like giant eraser shaped as their favorite animals, fun themed pencil sharpeners, emoji post-its, and much more, at very reasonable price points. In fact, Debbie Lynn works with some of your favorite retailers to produce products under their label. Learn more and check out the full line at www.debbielynn.net.

Educents




Looking for educational products? The solution can be found at Educents, where you’ll find great educational tools and products for both parents and teachers. They offer a variety of online resources, from study guides to worksheets, books, flash cards and much more. Educents is a must for back to school preparation! www.educents.com

School Zone








With a couple of weeks left till the start of school we were looking for something to help get them back in the school mode, a refresher of sorts. The School Zone Publishing Company has served as the leaders in early education resources for the last 36 years, marketing workbooks and flashcards that make learning fun. 

This year School Zone has released a whole new set of workbooks and flash card sets, including: Little Thinkers; Spelling Puzzles; Beginning Reading; Time, Money & Fractions; and Addition 0-12. These colorful and interactive books improve your child's skills in math, logic, reading, vocabulary and phonics while allowing them to keep using their crayons! Combined MSRP $14.95 ($2.99 each). Available at Toys 'R' Us and SchoolZone.com.


PINCHme






Everyone loves a care package. And what’s better than a care package of sorts that helps save you money, especially on a tight college budget! PINCHme is a FREE subscription box service that sends you samples based on your personal profile. Simply log onto PINCHme and create a profile by answering a series of questions about yourself. PINCHme will learn what you like and offer samples that benefit you. Then, every third Tuesday of the month, sign into your profile and pick samples you are eager to try. PINCHme will ship your full box of samples directly to you, for free.


The products included might be needed essentials like costly laundry detergent or that latest beauty product you’ve been dying to try. PINCHme is perfect for a college student allowing them the fun of a monthly package, the surprise of what products are inside and some needed savings. 


Gazelle





This year my older kids are in need of a few costly tech gadgets. At Gazelle.com you can find affordable pre-owned devices like MacBooks, smartphones, tablets and more that won’t put you over budget. Each device found on Gazelle.com must pass a 30-point inspection and comes with a 30-day risk free return policy. 


Also, Gazelle allows for trade-ins. So if you’re looking for a few extra dollars for those costly school supplies, or a college student looking to make a few bucks. Check out Gazelle and see what they can offer for your old device.


Disclosure: Some products and information provided at no cost. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and were in no way influenced.