Friday, January 15, 2016

How I Keep Fit With Small Children In The House

Having babies and small children at home with you all day can lead to a lot of weight gain. In the very least, it can be really tricky to lose the baby weight. Nursing is one of the best ways to get back into shape as it burns so many calories. But we could all do with some toning up as well after a long pregnancy.

There are plenty of activities you can do in the house. Just getting down onto the floor to play with the kids can be quite energetic! You might have a couple of keen movers and dancers in your family. Crank up the volume and dance silly dances together. Jumping and dancing are great ways to burn off calories. It’s all very fun for the kids to be silly with Mommy.

Fresh air and exercise are essential for every member of the family. To get out and about with a baby isn’t as tricky as you think. You don’t need to go very far. And you don’t need an excuse, but it helps to motivate you! You can use a harness to carry baby on your back or your front. Some women like to use a sling so they can nurse on the go too.

If you like to use a pushchair, why not choose a jogger? They are stable enough for you to really pick up the pace and even get back into some running. Best of all, you can take the baby with you, and he can enjoy the view and the air too. When it is colder, use one of the universal footmuffs suitable for Jogger pushchairs. A cold wind can be quite unpleasant for a little one.

Yoga is a great way to start toning up again. And when the kids are driving you crazy, the breathing techniques can help you retain your focus and calm. Wait for about six weeks or so before heading back to a class. Yoga can also be done in your living room. Use an app on your iPad or use YouTube videos streamed to your TV. Your children can also join in.

Babies love to be picked up and see their world from lots of different angles. Check your core muscles are engaged and your posture is good before lifting your little one. Repetitive pick-ups can be a great way to tone those arms and stretch your core. Best of all, you can involve your baby in helping you get fit again. Wearing your fitness gear is also a lot more comfortable when you’re playing with the kids, so it’s a great excuse to workout.

Console games that are controlled by thumbs aren’t my favorite choice for the kids. But when they’re using the Wii and wiggling about, I can’t help but join in! There are some fitness games available too that are quite handy for a quick workout. You can also track your weight that is ideal if you’re trying to shed a few pounds. And you can even weigh the baby every day too!

I think any exercise can be fun for all the family to get involved with. It’s important for parents to stay fit and healthy just to keep up with their kids and join in. What active games do you like to play most?

Monday, January 11, 2016

Bloom BABY Sensitive Wipes Review + Giveaway

Baby wipes. Often not the same care and attention is put into finding the right wipes as it is with diapers. After five children one thing I know for sure is baby skin can be extremely sensitive. It’s important to find wipes with the right balance of softness and quality without any of the additives that can cause irritation.

bloom+KIND CO.'s pure and natural bloom BABY Sensitive Wipes are new to Sam’s Club this month and are simply amazing! We’ve been using this wipes for about a month now and I am happy to report they are now my number one brand choice.

Bloom BABY Sensitive Wipes are made from 100 percent HydroPure water sourced from a 6,000-year-old Canadian glacier, bloom BABY Sensitive Wipes are plant-enriched, biodegradable and non-abrasive toward baby skin. The wipes are gentle and protect the most delicate of skin. They are a good quality too. They don’t fall apart while cleaning the “tough” jobs and can be used to clean sticky hands and faces completely and gently.

Additional Details:
  • Premium Luxury Jumbo Wipes are made with 98% natural ingredients
  • Enriched with skin-moisturizing Omega-3 and Omega-6 and plant-derived Vitamins A, B-Complex and D
  • 98% natural ingredients in 100% HydroPure™ water
  • Safe for the most sensitive skin, rash-prone skin and eczema
  • Hypoallergenic, produced in an FDA facility free of nuts, gluten and wheat processing
  • Free of chemicals, parabens, phthalates and formaldehyde
  • No added fragrance
  • Naturally scented
  • Made in the USA

These premium wipes can be found on-line or in-store at yourlocal Sam's Club and retail for just $14.97 for a case!  Oh, and you’ll also find a nice plastic travel carrying case inside each case of bloom BABY sensitive wipes.

If you’re looking for a heavy, but still gentle wipe, made with babies sensitive skin in mind... you must try these! I think you’ll be just as pleased as I was/am.

Win It: One lucky reader will have a chance to win a case of Bloom BABY Sensitive Wipes! Each case comes with 8 packages of wipes, each package containing 80 wipes each. 

Monday, December 21, 2015

Minecraft Story Mode by Telletale Games ( PC Code Giveaway)

Minecraft is a game that basically took the world by storm, especially a younger generation of gamers, but I know plenty of older players that enjoy Minecraft with the same enthusiasm. Minecraft Story Mode, by Telltale Games, was introduced just in time for the holidays and is somewhere between that building and creating that makes Minecraft so enjoyable and an adventure game.

In Minecraft Story Mode you can now play as a specific gender and altar your avatar some. Story Mode allows you to be the star and your action effect and influence what happens to the “cast” around you. 
“You are Jesse, and you and your friends are thrown into an awe-inspiring adventure to save the world. While visiting EnderCon, your gang stumbles on something dreadful. Terror is unleashed, and your only hope is to track down the “Order of the Stone”, a fabled group of adventurers who slew the legendary Ender Dragon. But where are they? In a race against time, you will travel across the over-world, through the Nether, to The End, and beyond.”

The choice-based game play style of this game made it easily enjoyable, as your game play can completely differ from the next persons. The story is yours and is driven by the choices and action you make while in dialog with other characters, truly making you the stories star. 

Purchase of Minecraft Story Mode is available on PC, PS4, PS3 and XBOX One. The retail edition of Minecraft: Story Mode will include the premiere episode on the disc, and will grant access to the subsequent four episodes in the season as they become available to download via online updates.

Minecraft: Story Mode - A Telltale Games Series - Episode 1: 'The Order of the Stone' is rated 'E10+' (Everyone 10+) for Fantasy Violence and Mild Language by the ESRB.
Win It

Become Jesse and embark on a perilous adventure across the Overworld, through the Nether, to the End, and beyond by entering for a chance to win a PC Steam Code!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Kyocera Hydro Air GoPhone, Bring One Home this Holiday Season

The Kyocera Hydro Air is here just in time for the holidays and is perfect for anyone who is a little rough on things to the easy-going beach lover. The Kyocera Hydro Air 4G LTE Android smartphone is a Walmart AT&T GoPhone exclusive retailing for just $99, and is the newest addition to Kyocera's successful Hydro Series of waterproof Android smartphones, all of which can be completely submerged in up to one meter (3.28 feet) of water for up to 30 minutes.

Designed to be sleek and rugged this Android 5.1 Lollipop-powered smartphone boast a beautiful 5-inch qHD display impact resistant screen, 960 x 540 pixel resolution, 5MP rear-facing camera with digital zoom and flash, 2MP front-facing cam, 1.2GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, 8GB built-in storage, 1GB RAM, 4G LTE connectivity, and a 2300mAh battery. And for user who want additional space, you can take advantage of the microSD expansion card slot for up to 32GB.

Get the phone with less worry and more function! The Hydro Air offers gloved and wet-finger tracking, meaning it will work if you get caught out in the rain, right after a dip in the pool, or after hoping out of the shower. Beyond its waterproof features the Kyocera Hydro Air also offers a dust-proof design better built to withstand the occasional drop. 

"With its IPX5 and IPX7 certifications, the Hydro AIR will survive an unexpected shower or water immersion for up to 30 minutes in up to 3.28 feet (1 meter) and the touchscreen can even be operated when wet. And while no phone is indestructible, this one gives you the peace of mind of Military Standard 810G certification for shock and drops, and an IP5X dustproof rating. It comes ready with Google Mobile services including Google Play, Google Hangouts, Gmail and more."

The Kyocera Hydro Air would make the perfect gift for just about anyone this holiday season, but I think of a few teens and men in my life who could really benefit from such a durable phone.

AT&T GoPhone rate plans are $30 per month for talk and text, $45 per month for unlimited talk and text plus 1.5GB of data or $60 per month for unlimited talk and text plus 4GB of data. Customers can save $5 each month with Auto Pay. Additional details apply. Visit or AT&

Thursday, December 17, 2015

The Perfect Last Minute Gift

With just a week until Christmas, time is running out to find that perfect gift. Many of us will now turn to gift cards as an option, and a suitable one. In fact, according to one study gift cards are the #1 gift of choice in America. But if you’re like me, they might leave you feeling a little impersonal. 

At The Gift Card Shop you’ll find more than a plastic card, you’ll find the power of personalization with never-before-seen digital personalization such as voice recording, video uploading and amazing video teasers. Now instead of a simple plastic card you can send the most thoughtful gift that truly delivers.

I recently gave the Gift Card Shop a test run creating my on personalized gift card for a family member. At you will find hundreds of gift card options for retail stores, online giants and all your favorite burger joints – fancy places too ;) Once you’ve selected the perfect gift card option for your recipient you can move on to personalizing it.

I chose a digital gift card bundled inside a digital greeting card. You can also add sound and/or video to your cards. You choose your digital envelope right down to the liner, pesonalize your message and with  a few simple clicks your gift is delivered to their inbox - physical gift cards also available. 

Let go of the stress of finding a suitable gift and enjoy your holiday. Log onto for the comfort of your home, and send the most personalized gift card out there. It's a gift any recipient is sure to love