Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Get Your Kids Up And Moving With the LeapFrog LeapBand!

The LeapFrog LeapBand is an activity tracker made for kids that encourages active play and healthy habits with 50 fun challenges. The LeapBand is easy to program, easy to wear, and the challenges are a lot of fun for your child.
Your child picks his/her animal, its name and its color. They then perform movement challenges for joules. The more joules they collect, the more levels and animal rewards they can unlock.
Your child can also care for his/her pets by feeding and bathing them...which kinda reminded me of the Giga Pets you remember from the 90's...but of course way more advanced :) 
The band also gives the time like a normal watch, and when you register your LeapBand online, you can track your child's activities and joules using LeapFrog Connect.
 You can also program school and quiet/bed times where the LeapBand will become locked. Your child will only be able to see the clock during those programmed times. (I LOVE this feature).

With the LeapFrog LeapBand, I love that my child isn't sitting with a tablet all day, but gets up and moves. This was my concern with all the new tablets out there. Don't get me wrong, I love tablets, but kids need to work on their gross motor skills, as well as get daily exercise.

Here's a quick tutorial on how the LeapBand works"

I received this LeapBand free of charge from LeapFrog, however my opinions are certainly my own.

  Let me know in the comments below if you'd like a chance to WIN a LeapBand for your child!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Paw Patrol Birthday Party

My twins just turned 4 and they are obsessed with Paw Patrol!
Currently there isn't much out there for Paw Patrol party supplies, so I had to get creative when I planned this party.
Etsy and Pinterest are your best friends when planning a party (as well as Amazon).
Thankfully you can find a ton of party ideas on Pinterest and lots of cute, handmade items on Etsy.
Amazon, Ebay, Oriental Trading Co, Walmart and the Dollar Tree were also great places to find party decor.
Here's how it all turned out, and also where I purchased/found everything.
(Please click on the photos to enlarge them).

The entrance:
Walking through the door, you immediately followed these cute paw print floor decals.
They cling to any smooth surface and come off easily after use.
I purchased them here from Oriental Trading Co.

The cake/buffet table:
The balloons were all purchased on Amazon.com, as well as the table cloth and party hats. 
The red, blue and yellow banner was purchased at Walmart.
The red dog bowls were each $1 at the Dollar Tree.

The Food:
The cake was made locally by the talented Susan Patt of Cake Art in Salisbury, MD.
 I purchased the little Paw Patrol toys at ToysRUs.com
(My twins love Chase and Rubble from Paw Patrol)
The cupcakes were also made by Cake Art, and the Sugar Cupcake Toppers were made by
 The fire hydrant cupcake holder was from Oriental Trading Co.
 The cutlery, plates and napkins were from Walmart.
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 The Paw Patrol food label cards (printable) were from Etsy.
The food was all purchased from Walmart, Sams Club or Amazon and (if needed) made at home.
The Scooby Snacks were ordered on Amazon (but are available in some Walmarts).
The blue cotton candy was purchased at Sams Club.

The drink area:
For the drinks, I made lemonade and filled glass mason jars with daisy cut lids.
I covered the holes in the lids with Paw Patrol (printable) stickers from Etsy.
The paper straws were purchased on Amazon.

Paw Patrol Shirts and puppy noses:
These adorable, embroidered Paw Patrol shirts were purchased on Etsy.
The Paw Patrol personalized cups were purchased on Etsy &
the puppy noses were from Oriental Trading Co.

The gift area:
The Paw Patrol Happy Birthday Banner (printable) was purchased on Etsy, and the balloons were all purchased on Amazon.

The pinata:
 The bone pinata was purchased on Ebay.

Well there you have it! 
I hope you enjoyed this Paw Patrol birthday party and if you have any questions, please feel free to comment below.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Unwined Candles Giveaway!

A long time ago, I was introduced to Unwined Candles
Ever since then, they have become one of my favorite candles to have in my home.

I recently was sent their featured candles and also the featured wickless blocks (which I am a huge fan of).
I was sent 5 O'clock Somewhere, Raz & Grapefruit candles and the Eastern Amber wickless blocks.
5 O'Clock Somewhere is just what you'll need after a long day. Classically tropical pineapple, orange, and cranberry mix perfectly with subtle yet enticing notes of peach schnapps and vodka for a candle that is bold and sweet.
  Raz is an awesome blend of sweet raspberry, grapefruit and a touch of orange. If that wasn't perfect enough, we top of this fresh scent with a splash of red wine. Raz is sure to be a customer favorite!!

The Grapefruit candle is back again by popular demand! Enjoy the invigorating scent of tangy grapefruit, blended perfectly with orange, mango and a hint of peach. You're going to love this one!! 
Experience the enticing and complex herbal aroma of Eastern Amber. A rich base of vanilla, musk, and sandalwood is livened up with subtle hints of jasmine, lavender and orange.
Unwined Wickless blocks are one of longest lasting ways to enjoy your favorite Unwined fragrances. Simply break off a square or two, place in your tart warmer (sold separately) and allow the wax to melt. These highly scented blocks have been packed with as much fragrance as our wax will allow, leaving you with hours upon hours of room-filling fragrance. These blocks are especially great for homes with children and pets, as you do not have to have an open flame. Give Unwined Wickless a try today!!
The good people at Unwined Candles are offering all 4 featured scents in a giveaway! 
So make sure to check out Unwined Candles and enter the giveaway below.

Giveaway open to US residents ages 18 and over.
I am not responsible for prize delivery.
I received candles from Unwined Candles, however the views expressed in my review are solely my own.
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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Why Tires Are So Important

So why are tires so important?

Well, if you're like me, you've always been more concerned about the size and safety features of your vehicle. But your tires are one of the most important safety aspects of your car/truck.

When picking out a vehicle, we chose a GMC Yukon Xl for it's size (I think I would have drove around in a tank if possible) and for the extra interior room. I also wanted 4-wheel drive.

But when it came to tires, I really never gave them much thought. I knew I wanted something that was safe in the winter months, but that was about as far as my concern went for the tires. I always just left tire purchases to my husband.
 I recently learned that no matter what the vehicle, size, frame or safety features, in the end it all comes down to what's in contact with the road...and that's your tires.

Back in May I was invited to the Cooper Tire Test Facility outside of San Antonio, Texas. Here's a little recap of what me and some other bloggers did while we were there:

And specifically, here is what I did there:

 We tested out the new Cooper CS5 Touring Tire, featuring Cooper's new innovative Wear Square. I just think this is the neatest thing, and it takes the guess work out of tire buying.
No more feeling like you're being taken for a ride at the tire store (no pun intended) ;)

“Our new Wear Square underscores Cooper’s commitment to tire safety,” said Scott Jamieson, Cooper’s Director of Product Management. “Consumers will appreciate this new and easy way to check their tires’ remaining tread life, which is a key part of overall tire health and vehicle maintenance, which is important to safe operation.”
The following tips from Cooper take less than 10 minutes a month to conduct. In addition to these routine tire maintenance checks, drivers should also perform checks prior to any long road trips and bring their vehicles to a tire dealer for a professional inspection if consumers are in doubt about the condition of their tires.
 As a general rule, the deeper the tread depth, the better. Tire tread depth should exceed 2/32s of an inch deep all around the tire. If not driving on the new CS5 Touring tire from Cooper with the Wear Square included, drivers can check tread depth by inserting the edge of a U.S. penny in between the tread, with Lincoln going in headfirst. If the top of Lincoln's head is covered by tread, there is at least a minimum acceptable amount of tread. If the top of his head is visible at any location on the tire, it is time to replace the tire.

  • While examining the tread, consumers should also look for signs of uneven wear or damage, such as cuts, cracks, splits, punctures and bulges. These conditions shorten the life of tires and, if not corrected, could cause further tire damage, tire failure or air loss if left unnoticed.
  • Drivers should follow the guidelines in the vehicle owner’s manual or tire placard (or sticker) attached to the vehicle door edge to determine the correct air pressure for their vehicle's tires. A common myth is that the pressure listed on the tire sidewall is the optimal pressure – in reality, it is the maximum pressure.
  • Air pressure should be checked when the tires are completely cool, meaning they are not hot from driving even a mile.
  • If any of these checks signal the need for tire maintenance, or if drivers are doubtful about the condition of tires, vehicles should be brought to a tire dealer for a professional inspection.

I also learned that if you are only able to purchase 2 new tires, that those new tires should be placed on the back of the vehicle for optimal grip.
 During my time at the Cooper Test Track, I tested the Cooper CS5 against the Pirelli Cinturato p7 tires. I have to tell you that the Cooper CS5 blew the Pirelli tires out of the water! I really was shocked at the difference in grip. I wish you all could have tried out the wet track like I did, because it really was the best way to feel the differences in the tires. I was 100% sold on the Cooper CS5 tires after that.

We also experienced the differences between having the new tires on the back of the vehicle versus the front. Let me tell you from my own experience....put the new tires on the back of your vehicle. There was a HUGE difference in grip. 

After testing out the tires, and also having a little fun on the distracted driving course (which being a  mom on twins and a little girl, I am quite used to driving distracted), we got to have some fun with Indy Race Car Driver, Johnny Unser.

This was an absolute blast and something I will never forget. Also, Johnny Unser is a very kind man who has a heart for charity and our veterans. He was recently involved with the Word Of Honor Fund which provides a continuum of support that facilitates milestone events for the surviving children of SEALs and Special Operations personnel who die while assigned to a select Naval Special Operations Group. 

I learned more about tires than I ever thought possible, but I also learned that tire buying is not as complicated as we make it out to be. YOU CAN DO THIS LADIES! 

I want to thank everyone at Cooper Tires, The Zimmerman Agency,  Mr. Johnny Unser and As Mom Sees It for the opportunity to attend this great event. 

Now who wants to WIN 4 new Cooper CS5 tires?!?!?!?!?
 Disclaimer: Cooper Tires sponsored my trip to this event, however, the views expressed in this blog post are all my own. The tires for the giveaway are sponsored by Cooper Tire. 
Giveaway is open to US residents ages 18 and over.
I am not responsible for prize delivery.
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