Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Cool Down with Unilever Ice Creams: July is Ice Cream Month!!

Disclaimer: I was provided with ice cream to give my own opinions. I was not otherwise compensated. Your views may differ from mine. 

July is national ICE CREAM month and Unilever have so many different styles and flavors to choose from that there is something out there to satisfy every taste bud.

We headed out to a grocery store on Monday to pick up some of our favorites, which included:

  • Orange Creamsicles
  • Strawberry Shortcake Bars from Good Humor
  • Breyer's Blasts Raspberry Creamsicle
  • Magnum Double Raspberry 
  • Reese's Klondike Bars

My kids love to indulge in an ice cream on the porch after a splash in their kid-pool, or while relaxing and watching the world go by. I picked up some waffle cones for pennies and treated them to a delicious Breyer's-filled cone each last night, which they eagerly lapped up and left not a single bite.

My daughter adores the Creamsicles and so we had a hard time choosing between those and the Elsa and Anna/Frozen mini Popsicles, but the Creamsicles eventually won and that is what we came home with,

My oldest son just adores Reese's Peanut Butter EVERYTHING and so the Klondike bars are just what he wanted and my downfall right now are the Double Raspberry Magnum bars, but as I can't include them often in my current eating plan, I know my children are going to be over the moon with those, too!

My husband, who is not a big ice cream eater, still adores the Strawberry Shortcake bars and so those I picked up for him, which means that everyone in the house has something they can enjoy at the drp of a hat, while cooling down in this hot summer sun.

Did you know that Unilever love their cool treats so much that they actually release 17 NEW flavors this year, which means there are EVEN MORE for you to seek out and enjoy, too.

You can find all Unilever brand ice creams in all good grocery stores and bring some home, today - you can also find Good Humor, Magnum, Klondike, Breyer's and Creamsicle (plus aaaaaaaall the other brands in the Unilever range) across social media, far and wide, so seek them out and see what they have in store for your taste buds!


Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Nutrisystem - Week 2 Results!

Disclaimer: I was provided with Nutrisystem food in exchange for my honest opinions based on my own story and progress. Your views and experiences may differ. Thank you! 

Well here we are - the end of week 2 and the beginning of week 3. I can't believe how quickly these last 2 weeks have flown by.

I started out this week eating snacks instead of taking shakes and am no longer on the Turbo Take Off. My weight loss has slowed a little and that is exactly as expected, which is also a healthier speed at which to lose the weight.

I lost 3 more lbs this week, taking me down to 285.4lbs and that brings a total loss to ALMOST 13lbs! (12.6lbs to be exact), which is just so amazing that I can't describe it.

I have not been hungry at all this week, I have allowed myself to mix and match the foods and have tried a couple of flex meals, where I make the meals myself instead. I had lamb and vegetables for the one meal because I had been given a nice bit of lamb and I haven't had lamb in about 7 years, so I couldn't resist. I did stick to a very small portion, though and included everything I needed to make it a proper meal.

I have been following everything else pretty meticulously other than that and have included yogurt into breakfast or milk to a snack via a latte and so on, to get the things I need throughout the course of the day. I am making it work and I feel like I am constantly eating, too. I am really making the effort to keep on a time schedule with the food and putting in exercise and getting my daily dose of water as well.

All in all, I have had a great time trying out the foods and keep coming back to certain favorites like the waffles and pancakes, which I make with scrambled egg in the morning and which I have come to learn to love in smaller portions, which are actually now very satisfying.

I did come across one meal that I didn't like quite as much as the others, this week, which was the meatloaf and potato, but I think that might be because it was a little bland for my tastes. Once I added some non-salt seasoning of various spices, it tasted great, though, so it was totally redeemed and I couldn't really stay away!

I have been preparing foods the night before I need them and made sure to stick to the items i've picked out and not stand at my fridge trying to decide for hours the day of! The fact I just have to get up and go get what I want, without really thinking about it, is really helping - especially because I usually take forever to decide on anything at all, let alone food.

I am looking forward to getting into WEEK 3, so let the eating begin!

Check out all the delicious ways to enjoy Nutrisystem via #NSNation #NutrisystemSnaps and @Nutrisystem on Twitter, too! See you there! 

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Tabasco Your Meals at Krystal - GIVEAWAY! Ends 7/20/16

Disclaimer: I was provided with products in exchange for my opinions. Your views may differ to mine. Thank you!

There is honestly nothing I love more than spicing up my food - ask anyone who knows me and you'll hear that hot sauce is my thing and I can happily add it to just about everything to make my taste buds crazy happy! 

Krystal Company has recently formed a partnership to make my love of everything spicy, sizzle and burn, with a Southern collaboration that will get everyone talking!

For a limited time only (through until August 7th), you can savor a Tabasco sauce infused CHEESE when you get "Fired-Up" on any signature Krystal item! 

In light of this explosive combination, which I know many of you are going to enjoy, we are hosting a sponsored giveaway for a chance to win a smokin' hot prize pack to celebrate! 

There will be ONE winner, who will receive:

  • A Commemorative kit filled with a variety pack of Tabasco 
  • A Tabasco caddy
  • Krystal salt and pepper shakers
  • A Krystal koozie 
  • Coupons to try a limited hot menu item, too!

This giveaway is for residents of the U.S.A only, will end on 7/20 and winners notified by end of day. Winners have 24 hours to claim their prize else their prize is forfeit and a new winner chosen. This manner of prize giving is time saving and efficient for our sponsors and helps us wrap up giveaways in a timely manner. Please sign up with a genuine email address as we will contact you via email if you win. We do not sell, trade or use your email address for anything else, ever. 

That's it! Good luck, and keep it hot, while you enjoy the heat! 

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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Nutrisystem, Week 2!

I was provided with products to try out Nutrisystem and all comments about the program are my own, based on my own experiences. Your views may differ from mine - Thank you!

This is week 2 of Nutrisystem and I feel like I won a war getting through week 1. It wasn't that the first week was hard, but it was definitely eye-opening in that I really and truly, very clearly, have not (before this) been taking in enough food throughout the day.

A typical side salad I would have on Nutrisystem.

The food that I would consume before Nutrisystem would be breakfast, lunch and dinner, but it wouldn't always happen that way and it would sometimes just be breakfast or dinner and it wouldn't include any snacks - I really am not a snacker and so this is something I have had to really be mindful of and to include those shakes through the day to keep my body ticking over.

I pushed myself to stay on an eating schedule of every 2.5 to 3 hours and that seems to have worked out well for us all seeing as I take my children for breakfast and lunch at certain times and so have managed to work it so that I either eat just before we leave or I box it up to eat with them while they eat, too!

One of the pasta meals from Nutrisystem.

I stuck to the plan, I ate my vegetables. I did sneak in 1 small cookie, but I don't feel like that is going to break the bank when it comes to my goals in their entirety. I didn't beat myself up about it and I actually quite enjoyed it - but definitely did not feel the need for more, which is great.

One KEY thing I would love to suggest, while on Nutrisystem, is to PLATE UP YOUR MEALS! Honestly, it is great having meals you can microwave but I don't own one and so I put all of my meals in the oven in bake-ware instead. It looks so delicious when it comes out of the oven and it really looks and feels like more of a meal than it does when it is presented in the packaging that it comes in. By simply plating up your meal, you forget that this is a plan and start to really feel the portions and enjoy the food without feeling at all restricted - it also looks fabulous to guests, too!

Loaded NS mashed potatoes, with added veg and coffee

I started off last week at a whopping 298lbs and I was not amused with that number, at all. I did as I was told and followed the Turbo Take Off plan for week 1 and I got in all my food, shakes and water and I stood on the scales yesterday to find them reading an AMAZING 288.4lbs!! That is an INCREDIBLE 9.6lbs loss in the first week - something I was not expecting, at all.

I wonder if it is because I have so much to lose that so much was lost in this first week, or if just really paying attention to what I eat and making sure my body is fueled through the day is just the best overall medicine for it. I have really enjoyed the simplicity of the meals, the ability to take lunch on the go and the fact that I just do not have to think about what I am making to eat except to add in vegetables, which I love anyway.

Even on paper plates, this food looks GREAT!

As week 2 has now kicked off, I am thinking harder about my snacks now that there are no shakes to suppliment that part of the day. I have been eating things like strawberries with fat-free cottage cheese and celery for a snack or salmon on wheat crackers for an alternative snack. I have had to bend my head around the idea of what a portion actually should look like and really push myself to reach for the snacks in the first place, but I have done it and I have tried hard to stick to a regular schedule to keep it going in the right direction, too.

A creamy chicken and pasta Nutrisystem entree, with a side salad.

Tomorrow is the farmers' market and I will be heading down there to pick up more delicious vegetables to get me through my meals. I have no problems with this at all as I can't get enough of them in the first place, so what a great reason to go and buy.

Here is my end of week 1 (starting week 2) photo, which I don't think really shows any progress, but I certainly feel a lot better within my own skin and have moved 1 notch on my belt already, which is probably where that entire 9.6lbs went!

I do not expect such a big loss in coming weeks, and I would be so thrilled with 1-3lbs lost per week every week until the end of the 3 months that I will be on this system. If that pans out, and I can stick to it (now that I am adding in snacks and all) then I look forward to seeing those slow, lasting results.

As we are on week 2 now, I have started to add in a 10 minute workout in the morning. I did a 10 minute upper body workout this morning at 5:45am and I was rearing to go afterwards! I really hope to be able to work up to more workouts and more time as the weeks progress and I hope to develop some life-long habits with eating on Nutrisystem and exercising as well!

Roll on week 2 for everyone on this journey with me, and all those looking to get on this train!

Find out more about Nutrisystem at their website and on Twitter and Facebook, as well as across social media with hashtags such as #NSNation and #Nutrisystemsnaps.

You can also check out my video, below, if you are thinking about taking up Nutrisystem and want to know what the first week might look like!


Until next week...

Live Without Leaks, with Poise Liners at Sam's Club! #livewithoutleaks

I love shopping at Sam's Club because they basically save enough dollars to make the trip out there worth the while - and you know that a penny saved is a penny earned and something you can put towards something else you might need on a daily basis when saving all you can on essentials!

I have bought Poise® in the past and their liners are particularly wonderful for folk like me who have had a few children and who might not be as sure that they won't experience some kind of an accident once in a while, whether it be a single drop or a little bit more through a laugh, run, jaunt or just through not making it to the bathroom on time.

Usually my downfall is when I've been out around town all day and really need to pee and sometimes almost can't hold it, right as I get to my own front door and whip out the keys to get in the house - why is it always that you can take a long while anywhere else, but as soon as you hit the front door, you suddenly have no idea if you're going to make it!! That sounds like me - though I haven't had a full on accident yet, you just never do know!!

There is definitely no shame in needing some support, or a back up plan (just in case) and  Poise® liners are super thin and absorbent and do the job that some other panty-liners are not necessarily designed to do.  Poise® pads and liners come in a few different sizes and have something to suit most people's needs.

At Sam's Club, right now, you can pick up a pack of  Poise® liners in a 132 count for under $12, which is a super saving considering a single pack (of about 45 or so, I forget the actual figure) is usually about $6.50 in some drug-stores and so you are saving yourself at least $4 when buying in bulk instead - there are usually coupons floating around, too, so you could save even more if you have a frugal finger!

 Poise® Liners are not detectable when worn because they are so slim. They aren't invasive or uncomfortable and they do the job they were intended for and not for menstruation or anything else like that - they even stay up to 3 times drier than the leading period pads, imagine that. They simply keep you and your underwear fresh and clean, with little effort and no fuss or frustration.

There's nothing worse than knowing that you might not make it to the bathroom in time and that one or two little drops of LBL (Light Bladder Leakage) is all the difference between confidence and embarrassment, so no need to run that risk anymore!

So, there we have it! I have no reason not to love the convenience and reliability of  Poise® Liners and I am not ashamed, nor am I embarrassed to go out and pick them up should I need to use them! Better to be clean and dry, than a crazy mess somewhere about town, so why not head over to your local Sam's Club and give them a try - become a member and start saving on all the things you need, today.

Membership sign up is easy - it isn't free, but it is affordable and the money you save across the year will soon pay you back in spades (and in real money-savings).

Do you have a story about LBL or how you like to cope with it day-to-day, do you have an inspirational story about being confident in the face of LBL? I'd LOVE to hear from you!

Check out Poise® on social media and Sam's Club, too, with hashtag #livewithoutleaks and through Facbook and Twitter. A pairing for savings to suit every budget.

Go ahead! Live without leaks, too - or at least work around them!

Monday, 11 July 2016

A Typical Day on Nutrisystem Turbo Take-Off (Day 7!)

Disclaimer: I was provided with products to use during the 3 months that I will be on Nutrisystem. All thoughts and opinions are my own, based on my own personal experiences. Your views may differ. Please consult a doctor before entering into any weight loss plan. Thank you. 

This is my last day on the Turbo Take-Off week of Nutrisystem. For the past 6 days I have stuck to breakfast, lunch, dinner, 2 shakes and lots of vegetables with lots of water and maybe a cup of decaf coffee here or there. I did have 1 80 calorie greek yogurt last night, when I finally cracked, but I don't feel like that will make too much of a dent, and I don't think that you should completely deprive yourselves if you are truly hungry - just don't be eating a tray of cake (etc) and you'll do just great!

I would like to add that I do like a glass of wine or a beer and I have completely dropped alcohol for the Nutrisystem plan. I have not had alcohol in 10 days now, I have cut out all milk to my tea or coffee, I do not take caffeine in general anyway, and I try to avoid fizzy pop like the plague, so I am sure some of that helps, too. Find out what works for you and you are all set.

Before I share my results (tomorrow), I would like to show you this video of what a typical day on the Turbo Take-Off looks like. I did forget to add in the video that there is also an afternoon shake as well as a mid-morning shake, which is to keep you satisfied through the day when you aren't snacking or eating.

So, without further a-ado, here is what today will look like, for me! (Remember, you should include vegetables, too!).

If this video does not show, or play for you, then you can also find it directly, HERE. Thank you! 

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Pokemon GO Has Everyone Up and Scouring the Neighborhood! #pokemongo

Everyone is going absolutely crazy for Pokemon Go. If you have no idea what this is, then where have you been hiding? This game, as simple as it is, has been motivating people to get up and go outside all over the country (world!) since it launched earlier this week, and is taking the internet by storm. 

Basically, you download the app (for free), install it to your phone, turn on your location services and then walk about aimlessly looking for Pokemon on the streets around where you live, work and visit in the quest to find Pokemon, which you can even view on your screen as if they were present in the real world, via your camera for some great hash-tagged moments on social media. 

I had absolutely no intention of downloading this app but, in the interest of keeping up with friends in certain Facebook groups, I did and now I am hooked! What makes it worse is that there is a HUGE park right near us, which seems to have a lot of Pokemon hot spots - plus we live in the city and so there are stops on just about every street corner, too. 

I am usually out and about, regardless of this app, but the amount of people I have seen out walking this past few days has definitely increased - there is a Pokemon Gym a stones throw from my house and so there have been people sitting there on and off all day, but I am just a few inches too far away from it in my house to do much with it from inside - noooo!

The fun of the game has everyone in town walking about like zombies, staring at their phones in the usual manner, but sometimes those stares are now accompanied by high-fives and gasps as they find Pokemon and get one-up on their fellow explorers! 

I think it is great to see so many people getting in some walking, which can be great exercise, but I am fearful for the muscles in their necks - plus the probability of walking into a post/door/wall etc has surely increased ten-fold, especially for people like me who are accident prone, s stay safe and pay attention if you do decide to play.

I can't help but love this game. Everyone is playing it and it is competitive in the nicest of ways. The kids seems to enjoy walking around and enjoying the sun and harvesting Pokemon all over the place, which keeps conversation going, too. 

Just a fun, fit and family-friendly way to spend a nice and sunny day! 

Have fun out there, you guys - Gotta Catch 'Em All! 

Friday, 8 July 2016

Ovation Brands, Family Night Prize Pack Giveaway! Ends 7/16/16

Disclaimer: Ovation Brands provided me with products in exchange for my honest opinions. Your views may differ to mine, thank you!

Ovation Brands boasts an array restaurants across the country and Family Night has always been a big hit. Across the restaurants (which include Ryan's and Old Country Buffet, amidst others) Family Night is teaming up with PlayMonster™ to bring even more fun every Thursday from 5-8pm, with games like Yeti in My Spaghetti® and Stack Attack® - games your kids are bound to enjoy, just like ours do!

Along with these games, there will be an interactive activity that you can get involved with which feature the following themes: 
  • July 14 – Why Does it Do That?
  • July 21  - Spaghetti Westerns
  • July 28 – Rhyming Words
  • August 4 – Macaroni Art

To celebrate these fun, family nights, Ovation Brands would like to offer one of our readers a family fun pack of their own, which will include meal coupons for their restaurants, plus games from PlayMonster™, too! 

All you have to do, to be in with a chance to win, is enter via the Rafflecopter, below! 

Giveaway will end on 7/16 and the winner will be notified within 24 hours. You will have 24 hours after that to claim your prize, so please keep an eye on your emails! If no winner is confirmed in that time frame, we will pick another winner in the same manner until a winner is confirmed - we do our drawings this way to keep things on a tight schedule and to allow the brands we work with to fulfill prizes as soon as possible and to keep things organized and on track. If you have any questions, please feel free to send me an email! 

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Nutrisystem Week One: We Have Lift-Off!

Disclaimer: I was provided with products in exchange for my honest opinions and trial of the Nutrisystem program. All thoughts are my own, based on my own experiences. Your experiences may differ from mine. Thank you! 

I want to lose weight primarily because I want to be fitter for my children, though I want to be more energetic and motivated for my own sake, too!

I do feel as though I am already eating pretty healthily, but just need a step in the right direction with portions, extra meals through the day and keeping things going, which is something I do struggle with because I do not have the time to eat so much when running around all day on the go.

Now, however, is time for me to get back to looking out for myself, with the help of the food provided by Nutrisystem - a system that alleviates some of the time it can take to prepare your own meals through the day, and which also provides balance and nutrition that you may otherwise lack when you just don't have the time to prepare a balanced snack or meal.

Nutrisystem breakfast muffin and plain black coffee.

I am 6 foot tall and in no rush to become skinny, but I would like to become a slimmer version of myself and lose about 78lbs over the next year or so - with about 24-30lbs of that from the next 3 months with Nutrisystem, if I am lucky enough to do so.

The first week is a week of what is called Turbo Takeoff! You are basically given breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus 2 shakes where you would normally eat snacks and you add 4 portions of vegetables yourself throughout the day. On top of this, water is important, too, with 64 oz of water the ideal intake for this plan - with my rise of water intake already up there since I switched out from drinking so much coffee, I am sure the water is one goal I can most definitely accomplish!

SO! Without further ado. Here I am: Week 1. 298lbs and today marks the start of my 3 month journey with Nutrisystem!

Good luck to everyone else on board! #wegotthis

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Nutrisystem: Here We Go! #NSNation

Disclaimer: I am being provided with Nutrisystem services in exchange for my honest views and opinions based on my own personal experiences with the system. Your views may differ to mine. Thank you! 

When I was young, I was this skinny little girl that didn't weigh very much and was a tiny little bean. I didn't expect to grow into this 6 foot tall, curvy woman that I became, but here I am and I honestly do not mind it!

When I was young.

Over the years I picked up a lot of weight, hitting about 280lb in my early (awkward) teens. I yo-yo'd a little through my 20s and in 2010 I did lose 50lbs that maintained and suited me well. Shortly after I lost that weight I got pregnant with my daughter Autumn (born in 2011), who was followed shortly after by her younger brother Bronson in 2013, as well.

My late teens were not great for weight, teeth or hair!

The weight that I had gained following both of those pregnancies never did head on out the door, and it probably actually got worse post-baby than when I was actually pregnant. The lack of sleep and rushed meals and lack of purposeful exercise certainly didn't help and here I am, in 2016, with a 5 year old, an almost 3 year old and absolutely no reason to blame my current body situation on babies!

At my slimmest in my adult life, around 2010.

In 2015 I hit my highest weight ever, at 300lbs even. I was miserable and distraught, but with so much going on in my life I had taken to doing less and moping about more and eating a good deal of ice-cream, while either binging on Netflix or sitting on my butt writing for my blog or other publications, while really not doing much purposeful exercise at all other than walking.

In 2016, I finally pulled myself out of a slump, and realized fully that I needed to be the one to take care of my self as well as everyone else around me. I did drop a couple of lbs since this revelation, but I still have a long way to go, which is where Nutrisystem comes into play.

My side profile in 2012.

At 298lbs it is time to finally do something life-long about my weight issues and to pull myself into some kind of shape that does not resemble that of a potato.

SO, what is the plan? Well, for starters, I have signed up with Nutrisystem for the next 3 months and will be following their plan, for which they will supply the meals throughout my day and I will gradually add exercise and meals of my own before going back to fully cooking for myself in the future. 

Me, in the pink, in 2016, with way too many chins!

I do not want to be thin, and realistically that is unlikely to actually ever happen anyway, but ideally I would like to eventually see myself at around a nice and even 220lbs. For my height, this weight looks good on me, and I haven't been down to 220lbs for as long as I can humanly remember, and so to get there would be an entirely great achievement. 

In the short term, over the next 3 months, I would like to see a couple of lbs a week evaporate into the ether, and then work on the rest of my goals as the year moves on. 

A face i'd like to gain back!

I really do not know how things will go with Nutrisystem, but I have started to clear space in my pantry, cabinets and freezer for my food and I have thrown out all my baggy, horrible clothes that I never want to see again. I have added the NuMi app (to track progress) and I am going to start as I mean to go on - following Nutrisystem to the letter and really give it my best shot

For more information on Nutrisystem, you can follow them on Twitter (#NSNation) and Facebook, as well as heading directly to their website, too. 

Everyone out there taking up Nutrisystem, I want to give you lots of good wishes and encouragement as well - please do get in touch, and we can do this together! On July 5th, I am on that train!

Winning Moves has Games for ALL Your Summer Needs!

Disclaimer: I was provided with products in exchange for my opinions. Your views may differ to mine. Thank you!

We are a family of 6, with plenty of people around to play games and have a little fun, so when were sent a selection of games, from Winning Moves, we jumped at the chance to give them a whirl.

We tried out several games, which include:
  • Pass the Pigs Big Pigs
  • Scrabble to go
  • Brynk
  • Rubik's Cube keychain
  • Scattegories Categories
  •  The Velveteen Rabbit Game

First of all, it is funny how the oldies are always goodies - the Rubik's Cube keychain was the one thing everyone was excited about and it ended up on my son's key chain! I have only ever solves a Rubik's Cube once, and that was by pure accident. I know there is a method to it and a way to do it pretty quickly, but I never did get this information seared into my brain enough to actually do it myself! 

Rubik's Cubes keep your hands busy for ages and can get you through a boring bus trip or any awkward silence and it doesn't take batteries or need charging or anything like that. It is just there ready to go! Perfect! 

Scrabble to go was the next one we tested out - absolutely ADORE Scrabble in general and it is all the rage today to play those word games online, but it is so much fun when you can play with your family around the kitchen table, or anywhere when you are on the go - a picnic or day out, anywhere! 

We like to go to Reptiland, which is a couple of hours away from where we live, and Scrabble to go is perfect for bored kids in the back of the car. The pieces snap into place and won't fall off of the board and the board itself gets zipped up and put away with all the pieces at the end of the game. It takes up little space so you can slip it in your bag and take it with you wherever you please. 

Pass the Pigs, Big Pigs, is a curiously simple game that sees you basically throwing down these squishy toy pigs and earning points based on how they land. This is a great and funny family game that everyone can really enjoy and have a good time with - you can also take it just about anywhere, they are really soft too so it won't do any damage either! 

Brynk is a game of balance, with a wobbling base to build on, you have to build up your pieces and try and get them to stay, without toppling all the way over! You lose if you are the person who brings the stack down, and it can be quite nail biting when you think you've got it, but then BOOM! Down it comes! Great for the family to bond over and gives quite a laugh. I enjoy this one a lot. 

Scattegories, Categories is one game that is best for older teens and adults, with lots of categories to keep your brain busy! You basically get given a word and have a couple of minutes to find items that match for each letter of that word, then compare your answers. If your answer is unique, you get a point. If your answer matches someone else's, you have to score that out. So, the more you think, the more you know, the more you might win! 

Lastly, we have the Velveteen Rabbit game, which takes one of your favourite stories and breathes new life into it as a game. Players travel the board and pick up tasks along the way, in the hopes of becoming real someday. 

The Velveteen Rabbit game is great from the age of 4 and up and so is great for the younger members of the family as well as the older ones who would like to join in and share the story through play. I particularly love this game and so does my 5 year old little girl. Very nice board, nice illustrations and easy to understand. 

All of these games are currently available at the Winning Moves website and will make great additions to any get together this summer! I would love to hear your opinions on these games, if you have played them already and love to share with your kids. 

You can pick these games up at the Winning Moves website, for reliable shipping and great communications. You can also find Winning Moves on Twitter and other social media outlets, too! 

Happy playtime! 

Monday, 27 June 2016

Popsicle - The Treat That Keeps You Cool, This Summer! + All New Flavors!

Disclaimer: I was provided with product in exchange for my views. Your views may differ from mine. Thank you! 

Summer is here, which means hot days and messy kids who need a nice, cold, satisfying treat.

Popsicles and Fudgsicles (and even Creamsicles) fill that need with all of our family, not just the kids, and that is why I like to stock up on them and share all the delicious flavors.

We have never come across a Popsicle or a Fudgsicle that we didn't like - and we have tried many - so we can be there for a while at the freezer (in store) trying to decide which ones to pick. I left it up to the kids this time around and they picked up:
  • Jolly Rancher Popsicles giving the kids a rainbow of colors and a treat to eat. 
  • Original Fudge Bars, which give a traditional, yummy treat. 
  • Original Cream Bars that are super-satisfying at any time of day (or night!)
  • Avengers Popsicles - because we all love a little super-hero moment. 
You can also get these all-new flavors, too:
  • Popsicle Tropical Paradise: These are four tasty tropical flavors, including Mango, Strawberry-Banana, Island Punch and Pineapple.
  • Popsicle Sugar Free Red Classics: Which are all your reds such as Cherry, Raspberry, and Strawberry, but in a sugar-free option!
  • Popsicle Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™, Michelangelo™, Donatello™, Raphael™ and Leonardo™ come at you in Orange Fury, Cherry Crush, Blue Raspberry Blast and Smashing Grape.
With 4 kids, these won't last long and even the adults get in on the action, too. I especially like the creamy ones and the fudge ones, but my children almost always go for the Jolly Rancher or Avengers ones, first! They also are very keen on the smaller Frozen themed Popsicles with Elsa and Anna on the box! You can also get red, which and blue "Firecracker" Popsicles, just in time for the 4th of July!

There are so many different styles and flavors to keep you busy over summer - maybe cooling by the pool, over a good book, sitting on the porch, or as a sneaky midnight treat when it is too hot to sleep.

However you enjoy them, you can pick them up in almost all good grocery stores and find them across social media (like Facebook) to stay up to date on all new goings-on!

Whatever you get up to, this summer, make it a cool one!

Thursday, 23 June 2016

The Learning Resources Primary Science Shining Stars Projector for Fun Learning This Summer!

Disclaimer: I was provided with products in exchange for an honest review. Your views may differ from mine. Thank you! 

"It’s a galaxy of stars in the palm of your hand!" 


As a mother who educates at home, I like to seek out new ways to teach my children, while holding their interest and having some fun.

When I was asked to take a look at the Learning Resources Primary Science Shining Stars Projector I jumped at the chance and so did the children! 

The Learning Resources Primary Science Shining Stars Projector is a simple round projector, with a carry handle on top and a small stand to rest it on, takes just a few AAA batteries and can be used just about anywhere in your home with the lights off and a clear wall. 

We set the Learning Resources Primary Science Shining Stars Projector up in my bedroom and the kids were extremely amused - fascinated, even - by the projector once the light was shining on the wall, even before a photo was available for show. 

Along with the projector, you get 3 disks full of photos of things like stars, planets, space ships and asteroids. The disks slip effortlessly into the projector and Voila! An instant in-home display of various space related objects or situations, projected onto your wall for the rest of the "class" to see! 

The children had a good bit of entertainment from the Learning Resources Primary Science Shining Stars Projector and (because it is very durable and safe to do so) they both were allowed to hold it and shine the picture up on the wall - they were learning not only about the photos but how projections in/of themselves works, too! 

I like this projector a lot. It has a clean image that is big enough for the kids to see and understand and, if you are talking at length about what the pictures are, you can get a nice amount of time with it, too. The only gripe I have with it, is that I wish there were more than 3 disks of pictures, but overall, there are enough pictures to keep the kids interested and a repeat lesson is not dull or boring. 

I am giving this 4/5 because it is well made, great for little hands, nice pictures, clear quality, doesn't take a lot of battery power and does have great learning and entertainment value. It would have gotten the fourth star if it had come with just a couple of extra photos. 

Definitely worth a look, so check out the Learning Resources Primary Science Shining Stars Projector over at their website and catch them on social media, like Facebook and Twitter, too! 

Happy star-gazing!

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Vitafusion Gummies, For Mind, Body and More!

Disclaimer I was provided with products in exchange for my opinions. Your views may differ to mine, thank you!

I have taken vitamins back as far as my early teens. Not in great quantities but always decided on the ones that would benefit my needs at that time.

I have continued to use some kind of vitamin ever since and so I jumped at the chance to try out VitaFusion, which is a gummy that you take that benefits various aspects of your life or body (like hair and nails, sleep, mood and so on).

The gummies are easy to take and the instructions are even easier to follow. They taste great and do not leave any lingering aftertaste like some others I have tried, either.

The Relaxed Mood gummies contain 200 mg L-Theanine and a little zinc, and really do help you feel that calm and relaxed, which is something I benefit from after a stressful day, with all the running about, planning, teaching, working etc that I do, which can build up the stress levels to the max.

The Sleep gummies are cherry-vanilla flavor and contain 3 mg of Melatonin and 400 IU Vitamin D to help regulate your sleep cycles and protect things like bone, teeth and more. My sleep schedule is anything but normal, these days, and so for me this is a way to try and get myself back on track.

My hair, skin and nails have always been thick, long and strong, but as I am aging I like to keep on top of that so the process of thinning or becoming brittle or anything like that is staved off just a little bit longer and the Hair, Skin and Nails gummies are loaded with biotin and antioxidants and are right up my street with a raspberry flavor.

I will update you when I have finished the bottles, just how well they worked for me, but so far, so good.

If you want to look into any of these for yourselves then you can find them HERE and on social media, HERE, to find the gummies that best work for you!

Spring/Summer is here, and we all want to look and feel out best, so maybe this is the answer, for you? Let me know what you think!

Give Your Kids a #secondhug, with Huggies Little Snugglers and Natural Care Wipes, at Sam's Club!

Ever since my children were infants, I have had the challenge to cover their little tushes in comfort and security, which has often lead me to Huggies Little Snugglers.

Newborns especially love to be loved, swaddled and kept snuggled and with a cozy fit, cute designs and reliability, Huggies Little Snugglers are like giving baby a "second hug" with every change.

Right now, at Sam's Club (where I like to shop and save quite regularly) you can buy in bulk at great prices AND save even more with a $10 Sam's Club gift card, when you buy Huggies Little Snugglers and Huggies Natural Care Wipes, together.

Huggies Natural Care Wipes, when paired with Huggies Little Snugglers, leave little butts clean, fresh and ready to go, which leaves me doing a happy dance and occasionally a high five!

I like the reliability of Huggies Little Snugglers, the cleaning power of Huggies Natural Care Wipes and the cost-savings of Sam's Club, which, when combined, make a super-hero hug of love for baby and me and you know you can enjoy life's little wonders when the rest is covered.

What are some of your favorite moments with your little ones? Do you like to snuggle? Have Huggies been there for you? I'd love to hear what you have to say!

Check out Sam's Club and Huggies across social media and pick up a winning combo, with savings your pocket will appreciate, today.