Tuesday, January 10, 2017

SpacePOP Merchandise and Galentine's Day Giveaway

Have you heard about the SpacePOP takeover? SpacePOP is an animated entertainment series on YouTube, focusing on girl empowerment, friendship and adventure. The show includes five teenage princesses who disguise themselves as musicians and form a band while they secretly plot a rebellion against the evil Empress Geela. My daughter fell hard for SpacePOP and was thrilled to see SpacePOP merchandise for the holiday season.

SpacePOP fans can now play and collect the ultimate galactic glam squad!  Based on the YouTube series, SpacePOP. SpacePOP dolls are 11 ½ inch fashion dolls available for purchase in each of the SpacePOP princess characters - Athena, Luna, Rhea, Juno and Hera. With soft comable hair,  dressup clothing and special accessories, little girls can bring SpacePOP adventures right to their bedrooms.

From Canal Toys you will find the SpacePOP Sketch Portfolio. This hard covered sketch portfolio lets kids access their inner designer. It includes 30 drawing pages, 3 stencils, 5 colored markers and 100 stickers to accessorize! Design, create and let your imagination be your guide.

Can’t get enough SpacePOP? Check SpacePOP: Not Your Average Princesses from Sony. This CD includes 13 original SpacePOP tracks, sung by the princesses themselves. Play and design all while singing along to these super fun tracks!

Forget Valentine’s Day, this year celebrate your little girl(s) and Galentine’s Day!

Popularized by Amy Poehler's Parks and Rec character Leslie Knope, Galentine’s Day is traditionally celebrated the day before Valentine’s Day and is all about girls celebrating girls!

Galentine’s Day is all about what matters the most… having fun with the girls! What better way to celebrate the day them with SpacePOP, which is all about encouraging girls to stay young, have fun and rock out. So this Galentine’s Day SpacePOP is celebrating with an awesome giveaway!

Until January 31st, SpacePOP fans can enter to win a prize pack that is out of this world! Your little princess can head over to the SpacePOP website for a chance to win the following prize pack valued at $555!
  • Karaoke Machine loaded with SpacePOP music
  • SpacePOP books
  • 1 Year subscription to Girls’ Life Magazine
  • Makeup, games, dolls and so much more!
That’s not all though! Beyond an awesome giveaway you’ll also find the ultimate DIY Galentine’s Day printables for girls to share with their best friends!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Start Your Day Off Right with beVita Breakfast Biscuits and Save #belVitaWalmart

Mornings aren’t always easy with seven people going in different directions. Some of my kids prefer a quick home breakfast and some of them would rather grab something at school. It’s hard not to hear the voices of my own parents as I utter the words “breakfast is the most important meal of the day, you know.”  However, I realized I don’t lead by example. In the morning rush, I’m usually the one who doesn’t eat breakfast.

belVita Breakfast products are a quick and delicious way to start your day, and are extremely convenient for those who seem to typically have no time for breakfast. Found in your local Walmart's cookie and cracker aisle, assorted belVita Breakfast products offer 4 hours of steady energy, when combined with 1 serving milk and 1 serving fruit!  And there is a yummy variety for just about anyone, including some new flavors like:
  • belVita Breakfast Biscuit Bites in Cinnamon Brown Sugar
  • belVita Breakfast Biscuits in Toasted Coconut or Blueberry
  • belVita Breakfast Sandwiches in Strawberry Yogurt or Vanilla Yogurt 

I'm over the moon for the Dark Chocolate Breakfast Sandwiches (a little chocolate to start my day off right? Yes, please!) while my husband has found his fuel in the Strawberry Yogurt variety. As a chocolate lover, I couldn't resist also snagging a box of belVita Breakfast Biscuit Bites in chocolate. I keep a bag in the diaper bag right next to my sons snack for a mommy boost when needed. A chocolate delight I don't feel guilty about.

belVita Breakfast products also save me, not just time, but money. Instead of stopping off for something when my stomach is groaning that I missed breakfast again, I can refuel with belVita Breakfast Biscuits. And on top of Walmart's everyday low products, I can save more with Ibotta.

By signing up for Ibotta I can save with cash back rebates while I shop! Chocolate for breakfast and cash back rebates?! I'd say it's already shaping up to be a pretty good year.

Start your year and day off right with belVita Breakfast Biscuits, supplying you with 4 hours of steady nutritious energy to keep you going all morning long, when served with fruit and dairy. Visit your local Walmart for even more exclusive savings at the belVita Breakfast in-store events, Saturday, January 7th, at a participating Walmart store near you! 

Learn more about how you can save on belVita Breakfast Bisuits with your Ibotta coupon here.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Instilling a Love of Reading in Your Children

Although many parents start the journey of instilling a love of reading in their children with good intentions, their enthusiasm can start to wane if the child doesn’t seem to be embracing the idea. Younger children tend to be enthusiastic readers when they have books available, but as reading in school becomes more of a chore than a favorite pastime, kids may enjoy books less as they grow. With a little extra effort, though, parents can foster a lifelong love of reading in children of all ages. Here are some guidelines for making it happen.

Start Early

Starting from birth, quality time spent with children and a book can prove valuable. Long before they learn to read themselves, kids enjoy hearing stories while snuggling close to their parents. By the time kindergarten rolls around and they start reading on their own, children can have a solid foundation for loving books. Parents can enhance the experience by adding their kids into the story of the book or acting out all the voices in the tale. They can ask the child to point out different characters or ask them about colors. There are plenty of opportunities to make reading more fun and personal for your children.

Always Have Books Handy

Reading is a lot easier when there are plenty of books around. Whether you are at home, in the car, or at the doctor’s office, having books on hand allows them to become an easy solution any time there is downtime or your child is bored. Add some shelves with plenty of books in your child’s room, or create a cozy reading corner somewhere in your home. Making reading a simple, convenient, and pleasant experience will help kids love it into their teen years.

Limit Screen Time

Yes, books can be read on electronic devices, and yes, there are plenty of educational resources to be found on computer screens. Electronic resources are fine in a pinch. However, nothing beats the tactile experience and imaginative imagery that accompanies the real deal. You can further enhance reading enjoyment by creating a colorful chart that tracks the number of books finished and offers rewards for milestone numbers. Don’t forget about audio books for long trips, too. The kids will have to be quiet to hear the story, and the audio-only format will encourage them to conjure their own pictures.

Be a Role Model

Kids will usually look to their parents for examples of expected behaviors. You can take advantage of that by reading often yourself. Let them see you laughing at a book or loving it so much you don’t want to put it down. You can structure family reading time where everyone has some printed material, even if it is magazines or manuals. Be a role model for your children and show them that even adults love to read in their spare time.

Make Library Trips Exciting

Trips to the library are a fun outing for a lot of families. When you make it into a weekly appointment and get your children their own library cards, it demonstrates to them that books and reading are an important part of daily life. The library habit you build today could be one they carry into adulthood. Plus, many libraries offer additional programs or activities for younger children, from exploration rooms to talks led by local authors. Encourage your child to check out a book on a new topic, and teach them how to properly care for their borrowed reading materials.

 Fostering a love of reading in children is not difficult when you start early and model that behavior yourself. With time, the habit can become an integral part of the child’s routine and personality.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Spread the Magic This Holiday Season with Disney Themed Toddler Products

"Thanks Disney for sending these free products for me to review. All opinions are my own."

This holiday season spread the joy with a dash of Disney magic and The First Years! Below you’ll find our roundup of 5 Disney products that will add a little extra joy to your toddler’s holiday, whether found under the tree or within their stocking. 

First Years Disney Straw Cup with Handles and Disney Simply Spoutless Cups

Perfect for their stocking The First Years Disney Straw Cup is great for the transitioning toddler. From sippy to straw this 7 oz cup features their favorite Disney friends (Mickey or Minnie) with eas-to-grip handles and one-piece lid. So much fun and so simple to clean, I found my daughter sneaking a drink in this cup just yesterday. Who can resist the magic if Disney?! MSRP: $4.99. Available online at www.Walmart.com

Disney sippy Cup

The First Years Disney Simply Spoutless Cups is a favorite of mine and my little guys. It helps eliminate spills while mimicking a real cup. It is spoutless allowing them to drink from anywhere around the rim, but it has a secret. It automatically closes tight when they stop sipping. Available in Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. For ages 12 months +. MSRP: $6.99. Available online at www.Walmart.com

Mickey Spoutless Sippy cup

The First Years Disney·Pixar Squirt Toys 3-Packs

Nemo Bath Toys
Just because the weather got colder doesn’t mean the fun in the tub ends. Swim with Nemo and friends with The First Years Disney·PixarSquirt Toys 3-Packs.  Cute, colorful, and perfectly compact for little hands. Kids will love the squirting action and playing in the tub with all the Finding Nemo characters! For ages 6 months+. MSRP: $7.99. Available online at TheFirstYears.com

The First Years Disney Mickey Mouse Shoot & Store

Disney Mickey Mouse Shoot & Store

S/he shoots s/he scores! The First Years Disney Mickey MouseShoot & Store set brings fun to the tub while encouraging motor skill development. Suction the Mickey net to the wall and your little hoop star can toss the three included balls into it like a pro. When bath time is over, simply place the balls in the net for convenient storage. For 18 months+. MSRP: $9.99. Available online at TheFirstYears.com

The First Years Disney 3-in-1 Potty System

Minnie Mouse Toddler Potty

A potty might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a gift for a toddler. But this mom is all about practical fun. When you're ready to potty train, make sure there's a mouse in your house! The FirstYears Disney 3-in-1 Potty System offers positive reinforcement with a hip-hip-hooray from the pretend flush handle. This colorful system grows with your child, starting as a standalone potty and transitioning to a detachable seat with a soft foam ring that you can place on your family toilet. The sturdy base also converts to a convenient step stool. Available in Mickey Mouse or Minnie Mouse. For ages 18 months+. MSRP: $29.99. Available online at www.Walmart.com

Friday, December 16, 2016

Keep Warm With The Honeywell HeatGenius™ Ceramic Heater

Moving from Florida to Minnesota was a real shock to the system, even more so now that we have reached bitterly cold, negative temperatures. Fortunately, our home heats pretty well, but not equally. While the bedrooms and family room stay very warm, the living room and kitchen hold a chill. This is where our Honeywell NEW Honeywell HeatGenius™ Ceramic Heater comes in.

The Honeywell HeatGenius™ Ceramic Heater makes customized heating a breeze with 6 heat settings that give the user total control of their comfort. Our living room draft comes from the door and with hardwoods things can get cold down there. That’s why I love the intelligent and powerful ceramic heating capabilities which allow you to direct heat to the floor, yourself, or the entire room with a simple push of a button.

My biggest concern with any portable heater however is safety, especially with 5 children in the home. The reason I went with the Honeywell HeatGenius Ceramic Heater was due to its multiple tried and tested safety features including:

  • Tip-Over Safety Switch –this feature is designed to automatically shut the unit off in the event that it is tipped over.
  • Overheat Protection – built-in sensor and fuse that ensures the heater will shut down if it exceeds temperature limits.
  • Flame-Resistant Materials – critical materials used in the construction of the heaters' sleek designs are selected based on precise engineering test specifications for heat tolerance.
  • Caution Lights – LED lights featured on the easy-to-use controls alert you when the heater is turned on.
  • Protected wiring and enhanced connections – designed to last longer and withstand electrical irregularities.
Having a portable heating option can also be cost efficient, because they heat the room you are in as opposed to the whole house. This allows me to turn the thermostat down a few degrees in turn saving me money over the course of the winter.

If you’re looking for a heating option with safety and function in mind, like quiet mode, which combines gentle “white noise” with soothing warmth and HeatPhase Timer, then the Honeywell HeatGenius™ Ceramic Heater is for you.

Find it online at HoneywellPluggedin.com and at local retailers such as Walmart for the MSRP of $69.99