Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Smart Home Technology Brought to Life at The Mall of America #BestBuyTechHome

"The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free"

The best thing about moving to Minnesota? The Mall of America! You just never know what you’ll come across while you’re there and this week something exciting kicked off. Visit the Mall of America between now and 9/17/2016 for your chance to check out what’s new in home technology. 

Best Buy has brought to life the latest in home technology for you to experience firsthand at their Tech Home in the Mall of America. Setup in a mock home environment, you’ll get the feel for what a completely smart home is like, flawlessly connecting devices and appliances in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and more! 

Take the tour and find yourself at the hub, the Samsung SmartThings Hub. Connectivity starts here. With the Samsung SmartThings hub, you can connect and control close to 200 compatible products. Products like thermostats, motion sensors, dimmer switches and the list goes on and on. 

You can purchase a Hub on its own, but it is also available bundled with the Samsung Home Monitoring Kits, which include the Samsung SmartThings Motion Sensor. This motion sensor doesn’t just detect movement, but temperature as well. The bundle also includes 2 multipurpose sensors that monitor temperature and vibration and let you know when doors or windows are open, and lastly a smart outlet.

So you’ve been to the hub were everything connects and comes to life, but where is your control? It’s found at the hub as well! See Samsung SmartThings is the easiest way to set up a smart home and it doesn’t just keep all your devices organized and connected, it connects you too, with simply your smatphone! Control hundreds of compatible smart devices like lights, locks, sensors and way more with the SmartThings app.

Before we sold our home and moved to Minnesota, we were on route to a smart home. We had just begun making changes like investing in a hub, we had some pretty darn cool smart lights and dimmers and a Wi-Fi thermostat that was so neat! But after taking the Best Buy Smart Home tour, I definitely know where we will be starting in our new home.

With five children and a dog the Samsung SmartThings Arrival Sensor seems like a must-have, and one I can’t figure out if I am happy they didn’t have when I was younger or not. This system works with, well, a sensor. See you place a sensor in your child’s backpack or on your dog’s collar and you’ll be alerted on your smartphone of their arrival home, or if your pet gets out! You can also trigger events with it. Like you can have the lights turn on when you arrive home, or have the door lock behind you. Imagine not having to worry if the door is locked or the lights were left on.

After taking in so much awesome technology, I could help but leave in love. In love with the Samsung Family Hub refrigerator

I have a large family and never know what is left in the fridge from one minute till the next, and list... they don’t help. The Samsung Family Hub refrigerator was genuinely built for families with three cameras inside, accessible by smartphone app, so you can see what you need while at the grocery store. How cool is that?! In addition it lets you organize, yes organize, your groceries by when you bought them. No more expired products sitting around. There are also loads more features like that it has Wi-Fi enabled touchscreen right on the door for keeping track of activities and events, photos, streaming music, pulling up a recipe etc. etc.

So what are you waiting for? If you’re a tech lover like myself and are in the Minnesota area you have to get over to the Mall of America and take the tour, it is free and will leave you in awe. Who knew how smart your home could actually be? And if the cool tech alone isn’t enough incentive to go check it out, there are some sweepstakes involved as well! 


Be one of the first 250 to visit the Tech Home at the Mall of America each day from 8/22-9/17 and you could win one of many prizes made with Qualcomm technologies including Sonos Play:1 speakers, Samsung Gear S2, and more. And while you’re there don’t forget to find out how you could win a $10,000 Best Buy Gift Card, a Samsung SmartThings Smart Home Collection, Samsung Dream Kitchen, or a Samsung 55” SUHD 4K TV!!! No purchase necessary. See for full rules.

I had a great time checking out and learning about the latest tech and you will too!

Back To School Footwear Styles for All

Back to school means showing off those back to school styles, including that fancy footwear. Luckily we've rounded up all those great back to school looks, including girls school shoes, boys favorites and those fall must-haves.

Girls Boots & Shoes

1Feet Street Rose Lace Ankle Boots //£24
Blox Tabitha Knee High Boots //£30
3. Geox Agata School Shoes //£55
4. Skittles Ms Floral Ballet Pumps //£8.00

Girls Casual/Athletic

5. Vans Atwood Daisy Casual Trainers //£34
6Nike Pico Casual Trainers //£24
7. Skechers Relay Go Walk/ /£35
8. Puma 1948 Vulc V jg s6 Casual Trainers //£28

Boys Boots & Shoes

Clarks Mayestop bl G Ankle Boots //£46
2. Renegade Sole Trevor School Shoes //£26
3Feet Street Melvin Velcro Fastening School Shoes //£16
4. Hi-Tec Altitude Lite Walking Boots //£40

Boys Casual/Athletic

5. Nike Revolution 3 Running Trainers //£24
6. Adidas Cloudfoam Running Trainers //£26
7. Nike Lykin 11 Casual Trainers //£30
8. Adidas Hoops Casual Trainer //£22

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

"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

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, and more.  The Peppa Pig Sunny Vacation DVD is available now where videos are sold, and includes 8 additional super fun-filled peppasodes!