Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Review and Giveaway: 2014 Topps Baseball Series 1 Cards!! #Sponsored

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Topps. The Topps product, information, and gift pack have been provided by Topps.

As a mom to two boys, one of the hardest things for me is dealing with all of the "stuff" that comes along with boys. I am sure that it's worse with girls, but for me, there is always too much "stuff". I am a minimalist at heart, so I really dislike things that just take up space, or are junk. For me, one thing I have never minded is baseball cards. I love that they can be nicely stored in a binder, don't take up too much space, and are something my boys can collect. So, when we got a chance for Tater to check out the brand new 2014 Topps Baseball Series 1 cards, I knew he would be thrilled!

Tater was thrilled to get to check out these cards! He's never had so many at one time, he spent the whole day organizing them in his binder! He really liked to read about the great players of yesterday and today, but also was really excited to learn about the brand new rookies as well! I like the fact that (shh!) he is practicing his reading skills! Just don't tell him!

Here's some more info about the Topps 2013 Series One Baseball cards:

·         Topps is giving fans who purchase 2014 Topps Baseball Series 1 cards the chance to win highly-coveted Topps’ Top 50 Rookie Cards from years’ past, including Mickey Mantle, Hank Aaron, Johnny Bench, Derek Jeter, Miguel Cabrera and more.

·         Special Topps “Power Players” cards are in select 2014 Topps Baseball Series 1 cards packs, with each card having a code on the back, which when entered, places your player in a digital locker.

·         The “Power Players’” real-life performance impacts fans’ chances at winning prizes, such as autograph cards, limited edition cards, and other Major League Baseball Memorabilia.

BUY IT! Wanna pick up some of these cards for your baseball fan?? The 2014 Topps Baseball Series 1 cards are available now at Walmart, Target, Kmart, Toys R Us, Modell’s, The Sports Authority, Shopko, Meijer, and nearly all hobby stores. My boys have really been enjoying these cards, and one of my favorite things is seeing my little one ask his big brother "who is this one?", and then listening to him read all of the card details to him! So sweet!

WIN IT!  Topps is sponsoring a great giveaway for one lucky Flip Out Mama reader! Would you like to win a 2014 Topps Baseball Series 1 prize pack?? We have one to give away! Just enter below for your chance!

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Switch Up Your Homeschool Routine With Oriental Trading Company!


I received a sample product in exchange for this review, however, all opinions and views are my own. 





February is notorious for being a hard month for homeschoolers. It's right smack dab in the middle of the year. It's dark, it's dreary and it's depressing. The days seem very short and gray, and it's hard to keep on track. The weather, especially this year, sucks this time of year, and there are no nature walks, park trips, and even just playing outside in the yard.. February really stinks, and I've heard some great advice to NEVER make school decisions in January or February, because, once Spring arrives, you might feel differently. 

We have been ready to spruce up our homeschool routine for a few weeks, and who better to help us with that than our old friends at Oriental Trading? You already know how much we love them for party decorations and other stuff, but we just discovered what a great resource Oriental Trading is for school supplies and teacher resources! Whether you are a homeschooling mom, a public school teacher, or even have a child care center, I am sure that you could find a TON of resources at Oriental Trading! 

We got the chance to check out a ton of great products this time around! The boys favorite, by far, were our NINE new paints and a huge set of paintbrushes! What little boy doesn't love to make a mess with paint??? We are now painting almost every day, and they could not be happier! I love that the paint is easy to clean up too! We are definitely going to be using these paints all the time! 


Another great item we picked up were these dry erase sleeves, and a new set of dry erase markers! These sleeves are really really great for writing practice! My little guy now uses these everyday for his tracing sheets, and I love the fact that I can just wipe them off and go! No more wasting paper! We also picked up some carnival tracing cards, which are perfect for little fingers and working on fine motor skills! I thought these would seem like a chore to my little guy, but he LOVES them! He seriously wants to do "sewing" every day now! I love it! 


I also got this great hanging file organizer! This has been a great addition to our homeschool routine, and it has really helped me to get more organized with our paperwork! I have been able to label a folder for each day, and put all of our paperwork in there, so it's not all over my desk! These file folder organizers are great, and I use this every single day! 



We have used Oriental Trading Company for SO many different things in the past, from party supplies to homeschool supplies,to holiday party stuff, etc... They have absolutely everything that you could ever want, and the prices are so affordable! We have always been fans of OTC, even back before our blogging days, and they continue to be our go-to company when we need something! To visit their awesome site and make an order for yourself, just click here! Don't forget to follow them on Facebook and Twitter as well so you can keep up with all the latest and greatest products and deals! 

Getting Healthy With TruHealth MD and Step One Foods!

We received a sample product or products in exchange for this review. All opinions are 100 percent our own. 

As most of you know, I have been struggling with high blood pressure and other heart issues for awhile now. I'm only 28, so it's really not fair, but what are you gonna do? Darn genes, LOL! It's my goal to try to eat as healthy as possible, exercise every day, and do any and everything in my power to minimize my risk of heart problems. When I was introduced to TruHealth MD and Step One Foods, I was instantly intrigued. These foods were specially developed by a cardiologist to maximize heart health. Every single ingredient was hand picked for it's health benefits. I have really been paying attention to what we are putting in our bodies in my house, so I love when I discover new products that don't contain "junk"!

When Dr. Elizabeth Klodas got sick of not having any great foods to recommend to her heart patients, she did what anyone would do: she created her own! Elizabeth Klodas, MD, FACC, has dedicated her career to preventive cardiology. Trained at Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins, Dr. Klodas serves as the Chief Medical Officer for Step One Foods. She is a nationally sought out speaker and has an active role at the American College of Cardiology. She says: "We created The Step One Foods Program to help patients with nutrition fundamentals. Our simple, single-serve foods can lower reliance on prescription drugs and improve outcomes."

We were lucky enough to try out all six of the TruHealth MD Step One products, and I was very impressed! The Multigrain Pancake mix was my very favorite! Now I can eat yummy pancakes with my boys and not completely break my diet! Love it! The Anytime Smoothie Mix has definitely been another house favorite, my boys have loved it as well! We now eat smoothies just about every morning for breakfast or a mid-morning snack, and they LOVE getting to help use the blender!

The Dark Chocolate Crunch Anytime Bars were another personal favorite of mine, since I am a real sucker for ANYTHING dark chocolate! Can you say delicious?? The Step One products also include a yummy High Fiber Oatmeal, Cranberry Nut Anytime Bars, and an awesome Anytime Sprinkle, which can be added to yogurt, salad, or well, anything!!

The Step One program from TruHealth MD is simple and easy to understand! You can order a 30, 60, or 90 day supply, and simply replace two meals or snacks that you normally eat with Step One foods! Simple as that! I love having yummy foods in the cabinets that I can grab and not feel guilty about! As a heart patient, I definitely feel great about TruHealth MD and the Step One food program and I know you will too! If you want to learn more, or order some of these yummy goodies for yourself, just visit the Step One Foods website! You can also follow Dr. Liz on Twitter, and LIKE their Facebook page to stay updated!!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Making Changes With Electronic Cigarettes- Our Story!

This month is a really big anniversary for us! It’s been two years since my husband gave up his two pack a day cigarette habit and switched to electronic cigarettes. I am so proud of him! I really can’t say enough good things about electronic cigarettes and how they have changed things for our family. One of my favorite things is that my house no longer stinks like cigarette smoke! Instead, it smells like strawberries, or caramel apples, or other lovely things like that. It’s so nice to walk in the door at the end of a long day and not smell nasty cigarette smoke. I feel like our house is much cleaner, too. There are no ashes or cigarette butts laying around, and I got rid of all of the ashtrays a long time ago. Now, my husband has a little cabinet filled with all of his E cigs and supplies, and they are out of the way and discreet. Much better!

We have saved so much money in the past two years as well! We were even able to take an extra vacation last year, just with the extra money! I really can’t tell you guys how happy I am about the changes that my hubby has made in the past couple of years. Another thing that has been great is the real sense of community that we have found through the e-cigarette community. My husband recently went to Chicago for an electronic cigarette convention/meetup, and there were literally thousands of people there! He also started a Facebook group which has now grown to over 3000 members, and he has made friends from all over the world. There are people on there who use the disposable cartridges, like the ones you will find at places like 21stcenturysmoke.com, all the way up to “professionals” who build their own electronic cigarettes and make their own juice. There really is something for everyone!


All in all, making the switch from traditional cigarettes to electronic cigarettes has been a great one for my family. The changes that it has made in my family are way more than just having no ashes around the house or having our clothes not smell like smoke anymore. I am very proud of my husband for the changes he has made and our family is much happier after we made the switch! 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Getting Ready For Summer Fun With The Clymb!

This is a sponsored post, however, all thought and opinions are 100% my own.


It’s hard to believe it, but Bean’s FOURTH birthday is coming up next month! I can’t believe how grown up he is! This year, instead of a big party, he actually asked to go camping! Of course, anything that gets me out of spending $300 to spend the day with 12+ screaming kids is A-Okay in my book, so camping it is! I am so excited about our upcoming camping trip, but there is one little problem.. We have absolutely no camping supplies! Needless to say, I have been scrambling lately to pick up some important stuff for our trip!

I recently found a great website that has awesome outdoor gear and supplies that we need for our camping trip and beyond! It’s called The Clymb, and it has everything our family needs to get us ready for our great adventure! I have been browsing around their website, and I already feel more prepared for our trip! They have some great tents and camping chairs, but that is just the tip of the iceberg! I found some amazing lanterns as well as some really cool sleeping bags. After just a few minutes checking out The Clymb, I was able to fully equip our family for our super fun birthday adventure!

That was good enough for me, but anytime I check out a new website, I have to snoop around a little bit and see if they have anything for me. Moms have to take care of ourselves, ya know? Well, The Clymb did not disappoint! I was especially impressed with their selection of clearance running shoes! I am a sucker for cute shoes, and I am an even bigger sucker for CLEARANCE shoes, so this was right up my alley! They had some great prices on VIVOBAREFOOT and Inov8 running shoes, which are my absolute favorites. You won’t find a more comfortable shoe!

I was also able to find a ton of great fitness products at The Clymb. They have really great prices on yoga mats, too! I am really in need of a new workout wardrobe, and I was able to find absolutely everything I need at The Clymb! I am beginning to feel a bit more prepared for our camping excursion, now that I have a go-to website to buy everything I need! It’s sure to be an exciting trip, so be on the lookout for more updates as we get closer to time. I can’t wait to share our adventure with you guys! 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Win Big! PortaChair From BambinOz Giveaway!!!

Happy Monday Guys! It's a big day for us here in Kentucky, as our beloved Wildcats head for the NCAA Championship Game tonight! It's going to be a super busy day, but first I wanted to make sure I shared this great giveaway with all of you!

tfasmbambinobuttonThis is a great little chair for babies on the go! You can connect this to any chair that is stable and make your own "high chair! BambinOz is sponsoring a giveaway for our readers of a PortaChair in their great black and white damask print. This is an essential baby gear item for those parents on the go!
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Its great for restaurants, friends and family's home, and to take with you wherever you may roam! Lightweight and Easy to throw in the diaper bag, you wont leave home without n one of it!
What a cute chair! I wish so much that I still had a small enough baby to fit in one of these! Sooo adorable! Here's a great review of it! 
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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Review: Radical Skincare Age-Defying Exfoliating Pads

The product below has been provided to me for review purposes, all opinions are my own. 

I have been trying to take better care of my skin lately, so when I got the chance to try out the Age Defying Exfoliating Pads from Radical Skincare, I was really excited! I was a little bit afraid, since I have pretty sensitive skin, that I would end up in a blotchy mess after using these pads, but I am happy to report that they are very gentle, even on sensitive skin! Score!

The size that I tried out comes with 60 pads, enough for a two month supply. I have been using mine every night before bed, so I don't forget. The pads are pretty pricey, however, at $75 for the container. However, as we all know, we only get one skin, so it's important to take care of the skin you have, and it's okay to splurge every once in awhile! If you are ready to splurge on these pads, you can get them at Sephora.com!

Let's read the product description: These AHA and BHA acid pads exfoliate, support natural cell turnover, and accelerate the performance of Radical Skincare products. Its antiaging ingredients are proven to tighten and firm skin, reduce the appearance of pore size and lines, and preserve skin's hydration and nourishment. Excess sebum is removed while leaving the good oils to nourish and hydrate the skin. Enriched with chamomile for soothing and calming, it is perfect for sensitive skin. [They are] formulated WITHOUT: Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates.


Really, go ahead and give these pads a try, you will be surprised. I really thought that I was washing my face well enough, but I was not! I was really surprised to see how much dirt and grime remained! So crazy! Even though these pads reminded me that perhaps I really wasn't getting my face clean after all, I was impressed with how deep they cleaned and how much gunk they got out! So, thumbs up for that!

I was happy that this product contained both AHA's and BHA's, which I know is really helping my skin. Even though I am still (relatively) young, I am working hard to take precautions and keep my body looking and feeling as good as possible. I do have lines and ridges and wrinkles, but I am trying my best to take care of my skin and do the best I can!

If you are wanting to splurge on something great to really help you take care of your skin, I would highly recommend that you try these pads, you will be glad you did! I can tell a big difference in my skin already, and there's no telling how great it will look if I keep on using these! Give 'em a try!

The above product was provided to me for review purposes. All opinions are 100 percent my own. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Let's Talk Bras! #Coobie

Okay, ladies, let's talk bras. I have the hardest time ever finding a bra! It seems like bras are either comfy or cute, but never both. Recently, I have been hearing a lot about Coobie seamless bras, and I am very interested in giving them a try! 


Coobie Seamless Bras are ultra comfortable and versatile without sacrificing style. These affordable, stylish bras are seamless, one-size (comfortably fits 32A through 36D), available in 7+ styles and 50+ fashion colors and patterns. There is also a full size version fitting up to a size 42D. They are perfect for every day wear, yoga, pilates, new and nursing moms, sleep wear, and more! Coobie Seamless Bras also has a large following of mastectomy patients that love the soft comfort and pad pocket to insert a form. This line is truly a fit for all women!

Right now you can Save 25% on any order of $40 or more at www.shopcoobie.com
Just enter the Promotion code: USFG25 at checkout!!! 
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