Thursday, July 24, 2014

RIO Rainbow: RIO 2 debuts on 3D Blu-ray! (Giveaway + Printables) #Rio2Insiders @FHEInsiders

Rio 2 is flying to DVD and Blu-ray on July 15th! 

Get ready to shake your tail feathers! Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment takes you deep into the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest for the most fun you’ll have all summer, as RIO 2 debuts on 3D Blu-ray, on July 15th. In order to prepare you for this burst of color, and all these crazy characters, we have compiled a list that we like to call: The Rio Rainbow! Here we’ll take you through all of the colors of the rainbow with a character for each color of ROY G BIV! Perfect for your little ones to learn their colors and have fun at the same time! 

 Red: Pedro: Pedro keeps up laughing the entire film. From his antics with Nico, to his constant entertainment efforts, he always steals the show! 

Orange: Rafael: The toucan with the orange beak! He seems to always be the voice of reason for the group, but this guy knows how to go with the flow.

Yellow: Nico: The littlest bird, with the biggest voice!

Green: They are in the Amazon. You do the math. Trees!

Blue: This one is going to be really tricky… but, all the Blue Macaws!

Purple: Gabi, the so-called “poisonous” frog that loves to chat about her undying love for Nigel.

Fun for the whole family Rio 2 is a not to miss hit! Please enjoy these fun activity sheets including a bookmark perfect for back-to-school.

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Buy It: Find Rio 2 where videos are sold as of July 15th. And available exclusively at Best Buy stores find the Rio 2 Lunch Box (SRP $9.99) a must have this back to school season!!

Win It: One lucky reader will win a copy of Rio 2 on blu-ray/DVD

A Look into Being a Mom around the World with Mom Voyáge #UrbiniBaby #MC (Sponsored)

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A few months ago I shared with you’re the amazing Urbini Travel System, which I am still loving and using every day. However, Urbini offers moms more than just stylish baby gear and affordable pricing, they are also bringing moms much needed advice and a global perspective on pregnancy and parenting with Mom Voyáge.

Mom Voyáge is a community of Mom bloggers who share their experiences in motherhood from all around the world. At Mom Voyáge you’ll meet moms who face the same challenges and task as you and I, but we get to look at these challenges/tasks under a different light. From cultural differences in baby naming and birthing plans to baby shower traditions. Mom Voyage offers a unique look into the life of moms across the globe uniting us in the love for our children and the title mom.

I found most articles quite informative, but I also enjoyed the little facts. There was an article on pregnancy myths within the Nederland’s and they weren't very far off from the common myths and misconceptions we have here in the states. It was also quite interesting to see how America stacked up against the rest of the country when it comes to maternity leave. Whether you’re a veteran mom or newly pregnant you’ll enjoy Mom Voyáge as a resource for fresh ideas and perspectives. I know I do. 

Visit Mom Voyáge and see what it's like raising children are the world. What will  you learn?

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

5 Sun Care Tips to Keep You Having the Best Summer Ever! #BBBestSummer #SP #MC

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We've reached the heart of summer and have been having a blast. This summer, with five very fair children, we have been stepping up our sun care routine and enjoying the ease of some of our favorite Banana Boat products. With the entire month of August still ahead of us, there is still plenty of time for everyone to have a little fun in the sun. Did you know the sun can provide you with some benefits, like helping regulate your sleep cycle, making you feel good, and getting that vitamin D production revved up? But with the good comes the bad. Exposure to the sun can also lead to premature wrinkles, sun spots, and skin cancer. This doesn't mean you have to spend your entire summer hiding indoors though. With Banana Boat and these 5 simple sun care tips, we can all have the best summer ever!

  • Get the most out of your sunblock. Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before sun exposure and then at least every 2 hours thereafter. Try Banana Boats™ Sport Performance with Powerstay Technology™, the brands latest innovation, which helps sunscreen stay on strong throughout all outdoor activities. 
  • Get Broad-spectrum coverage. While UVB rays from the sun cause sunburn, UVA rays from the sun are the primary cause of skin cancer and wrinkles. Make sure your sunblock reads broad-spectrum UVB and UVA protection. Try Banana Boat Protect & Hydrate Sunscreen 2-in-1™ UVA/UVB Sunscreen + All Day Moisturizer. 
  • Don’t forget the toes! There is the potential to get sunburn on any exposed area of skin. Ever had sunburn between your toes? I have! And it wasn't pleasant. When applying your sunscreen remember the overlooked areas like your ear, nose, toes and the backs of your knees. Banana Boats™ Clear UltraMist formulas make it easy to reach and apply sunscreen to these and other hard to reach areas, with a simple clear mist spray that leave you with a non-greasy invisible line of protection.

  • Apply liberally. Most people simply don’t apply enough sunscreen. Apply liberally to all areas and remember to repeat. I think this issue comes down to people simply not enjoying the feeling of heavy, greasy sunscreens, in globs, on their skin. But, since it is very important for you to apply the proper amount of sunscreen, check out you options. There are many great formula’s available in fine mist sprays, hydrating formulas and fast absorbing sunblock’s. Find what you like.
  • Make it an everyday affair. Sunscreen isn't just for a day at the beach. Make sun protection part of your everyday routine. Start choosing moisturizers or foundations that are at least an SPF 15 or higher; opt to make a fashion statement and throw on a hat, and remember just because it’s cloudy out, it doesn't mean the UVB/UBA rays aren’t reaching you. Some of the worse sunburns occur on cloudy says when people think they need no protection. Stay protected every day, every season!

Want more tips, tools to help you and your family stay safe in the sun? How about prizes too?! Then check out the BEST SUMMER EVER SWEEPSTAKES!

Teaming up with actress and mother of two, Busy Philipps. Banana Boat© is bringing moms and their families tips, tools and fun prizes all summer long on their Facebook page. Prizes include an amazing grand prize, family trip to a Treehouse Resort! So head on over to the Banana Boat Facebook Page before July 31st, 2014 and enter for your chance at great prizes and more tips to keep you and your family protected and having the best summer ever!!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Tiny Love Tummy Time Fun: Under the Sea Play Mat (Review & Giveaway)

My newest addition is an oddity in our home for the simple fact he loves tummy time – my other kids were not fans. My only issue, however, is keeping his upper body supported while he builds strength so he doesn't end up face down on the floor. Of course, I am always next to him during tummy time, but the more times I have fix his position to keep his head up the more his frustration sets in. 

With Tiny Love’s loves new Tummy Time Fun: Under the Sea play mat & pillow my son gets the benefit of added support and the stimulation of his senses that he desires.

Product(s) supplied for review purpose only. All opinions expressed are my own and yours may differ.
Coming included with play mat, pillow and stand-alone mirror this product grows with your child. The Fun crab-shaped pillow supports baby on his or her tummy and encourages head lifting. By resting his upper body on the pillow s/he is encouraged to lift his head and is able to keep he or she better supported for a longer period of time. The crinkly crab eyes and side toys also help keep my little guys attention focused. Although at this point his main interest is trying to eat those toys and big funny eyes!

When he has had enough of tummy time he enjoys lounging with or without the pillow support on the fun aquatic themed play mat with his toys. The stand-alone mirror can be placed wherever your baby’s attention is focused, helping to keep them engaged during tummy time. It’s amazing how fascinated little ones are with their own reflections!

I really enjoy the time I get to spend with baby pointing out the fun patterns of the mat and helping him to discover the shapes and sounds worked into the pillow. I may  even wear the pillow as a hat – that really gets him smiling and giggling.

Buy It: Tiny Love’s loves new Tummy Time Fun: Under the Sea Play Mat is available for the SRP of $29.99 at retailers such as and

Win It: One lucky reader will win the Tummy Time Fun: Under the Sea Play Mat to enjoy with their little one! Thanks Tiny Love!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

D-Link Day/Night HD Wi-Fi Baby Camera Review

With our newest addition being our fifth and final child, I had really planned on being on top of things before his birth. After all with 4 other children in the house, I knew what I really needed and what I didn't. But, my doctors had other plans and Julian made his appearance a little more than a month ahead of schedule and I definitely hadn't had all the necessities nailed down yet. One of those necessities being a baby monitor.

I use the word necessity on purpose. I used to feel a baby monitor was only a must-have for certain arrangements. I've always kept my kids with me for the first 6 mths before transferring them into their nurseries, and having a ranch style home it wasn't as if I was ever that far away. However, with my son being premature and having an overwhelming amount of worry I wanted, no I needed, to have eyes and ears on him at all times to ease my own apprehension. One issue I was having though, was finding a monitor portable and convenient enough to transfer from room to room being able to monitor him no matter where he is resting and no matter where in the home I may be.

The D-Link Wi-Fi Baby Camera is a simple, easy to use portable baby monitor that works with your tablet or smartphone allowing you peace of mind at all time, without any fuss. Basically, it puts the monitor in the palm of your hands turning smartphone and tablets into personal baby cams that you can view live anytime anyplace!

The D-Link Baby monitor comes with Wi-Fi baby camera, power adapter, optional wall mount kit and interchangeable colored accent rings. This lightweight camera came be set up anywhere in the home and is easily transferable from room to room and even on the go with an external USB battery. It’s also small enough that I can toss it in my diaper bag for on-the-go monitoring at friends and families houses or while on vacation. 

Set up was simple and the app is very user friendly. Download the free D-Link Baby Camera App for iOS or Google Play and plug-in your camera. The onscreen instruction will guide you through creating a D-link account and secure network to monitor your baby. Once setup is complete you can monitor your baby from your tablet or smartphone, live anytime. But, that isn't all. The D-Link baby camera is packed with lots of extra bells and whistles!

The D-Link baby monitor has many cool features and functions like 720p HD video quality and auto night vision, sound and motion detection, and a temperature sensor that gives you real time temperature readings of the room and even alerts you if it is too hot or too cold for baby.

At the top of the camera you’ll find four buttons; power, lullabies and volume control. From your smartphone or tablet you can take snapshots and recordings of baby, access a two-way speaker allowing you to speak to baby, and, of course, hear what is going on around your child. And with 4X digital zoom you can keep and up close eye, continuously monitoring your child using your smartphone even when the phone is locked!

Once your D-link account is set up and your cam is live you can adjust your setting directly from your phone. Convert temperatures from Celsius to Fahrenheit, toggle background audio on and off, play lullabies, changes camera’s day/night mode, adjust your Wi-Fi set up and more. Everything has been thought of with the D-Link baby camera, and it has all been brought to the palm of your hand in your favorite hand-held device. This one simple unit is all you need in a monitor. And making it standout even further is the microSD card slot that records snapshots and videos triggered by motion or sound.

Buy It: Purchase the D-Link Wi-Fi Day/Night Baby Camera at Best Buy, Target, and for the SRP of $179.99