Thursday, November 12, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide: Sour Jacks Candy: Perfect Stocking Stuffer! #Review #Candy #StockingStuffer


No stockings would be completely "stuffed" without candy, right? You can't forget the candy! And in our house, sour candy is king! When it comes to sour, Sour Jacks has got it figured out! Sour Jacks is an extreme sour candy that kids love. They come in four different flavors: Watermelon, Wildberry, Lemonade and Green Apple. They are super mouth puckering little wedges, and my kids are absolutely crazy about them! They had never tried sour jacks before, and now they are "officially" (according to them!) their fave candy!

I highly recommend you check out Sour Jacks today! You can visit their website HERE to find a store near you that carries this delicious treat!

Holiday Gift Guide: Disney Villain Cosmetic Bags Available Only At Walgreen's! #Review #Makeup #BeautyBlogger


One thing I am really enjoying about the holiday season this year is having a little girl to shop for! I have never had that before, and having a girlie girl in my life has been a real treat this year! I am able to shop for and check out things that I have never been able to before, and it has been loads of fun! One really fun product that I got to check out lately is from the new line of Disney Villain cosmetic bags from LONDON SOHO NEW YORK and Walgreen's! The newest line of bags features Disney Villains, such as Malificent, Snow White's Evil Queen, and Ursula. I absolutely love these cosmetic bags, and they available only at Walgreen's, so you know they are super affordable as well!


These bags, as you can see, are SO adorable! I absolutely love them, and I know my girl is going to love them too! You can pick up your own at Walgreen's!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide: Bath Blocks From Just Think Toys! #Review #Toys #Educational #Blogger


Bath Blocks is another great line from our friends at Just Think Toys that we really love! They are a great brand and a great addition to any bathtime routines! We were lucky enough to get a chance to review the Bath Blocks Floating Airport, and my five year old loves it!


I love toys that advocate and develop skills for open ended play! 


BathBlocks Floating Airport in Gift Box lets children build floating towns, bridges, towers and more in the bath. The seaplane and helicopter add action, fun and imaginative play to the floating playscapes.

Sometimes the most educational toys are the simplest toys-- toys with lots of open-ended possibilities that encourage young minds to think, to create and to explore. The best of these toys provide progressive layers of challenge for children to discover as they grow. At their very best, these toys encourage exploration, reward discovery and empower our children.

WaterBlocks bring classic block play into a fun, fascinating, new, watery environment. The bath tub and pool are the perfect places to create water falls, ball runs, water runs and more. The "sticky" viscosity of water creates a helpful cling between blocks, and the movement, buoyancy and flow of water add an engaging twist to classic block play.

WaterBlocks empower children to create their vision and build STEM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) as they experiment with geometry, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, balance, structure and cause-effect.

Holiday Gift Guide: John Frieda Sleek Finish Vent Brush #Review #BeautyBlogger #PR #Makeup


I'm sure that most of you know by now that John Frieda is one of my favorite brands, and makes some of my very favorite products. My hair is naturally very coarse, curly and frizzy, and John Frieda products are some of the only things that work for my hair. Recently, we got the chance to check out the new Sleek Finish Vent Brush, and it has quickly become one of my favorites.


  • Deep-shine silicone strips create shine, smooth flyaway hair and help reduce frizz.
  • Silicone lasts for the life of the product.
  • Tourmaline - 100% crushed gemstones release natural IONS for intense shine.
  • IONS help flatten hair's cuticle layer, leaving hair looking shiny and reducing frizz.
  • Use with the John Frieda® Full Volume Dryer to increase benefits.
  • Vents allow airflow from dryer to reach hair for faster drying and styling.
This is a really great brush. I honestly didn't believe that a brush could help with frizz, but this one really does! I absolutely lobe this brush and I feel like it really cuts down on my blow drying time and also my frizz issues. It is a very well made hair brush and I am sure that it is going to last quite a long time. It's also a great deal at around $13. You can check out the brush here: http://www.johnfrieda.com/en-US/ProductDetail/Hair-Care/Styling-Tools/Sleek-Finish-Vent-Brush

Monday, November 9, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide: Minecraft: Story Mode By TellTale Games! #PR #Review #Gamer #GameReview #XBOX


One of my favorite things about being a blogger, is when unexpected products and packages show up unannounced on my doorstep. It's like Christmas time all year round whenever this happens, and if the product is something I really love or want, then that makes it even better. A few weeks ago, the surprise package thing happened, and it was better than I ever imagined!
Yes, my friends you see that right! That is the new Minecraft: Story Mode video game made by my lovely friends at Telltale Games. The fine folks sent us the game to review for all 4 platforms, and imagine my surprise (and my kids' surprise!) when they opened this package up without any warning! They were (and still are!) over the moon!
Those of you who know me, already know that I am a HUGE fan of Telltale Games. Their Walking Dead series is the only game I have ever really "been into", and I still go back and play that series all the time. I have seriously never been as emotionally invested in a set of characters as I was/am in that video game! Now the folks at Telltale have done it again with the new Minecraft: Story Mode game. The game is an episodic story game that takes place in the Minecraft world.
Minecraft: Story Mode is like a playable television show based on your favorite game, where YOU are the star, and your choices and actions decide how the story is told.
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.

This game is amazing! My boys are so very into it, they have not stopped playing since it arrived! If you want to check out the game for yourself, head on over to https://www.telltalegames.com/minecraftstorymode//.

Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers From K-Y! #SexyTime #Review #KY #Couples #Love #Romance


One of the best things about the holidays, is celebrating them with the people you love! I don't know about you, but I always find Christmas to be incredibly romantic. Now, the fine folks at K-Y are giving you another reason to celebrate.

The new K-Y Love Pleasure Gels come in two different varieties, Passion and Sensuality. These pleasure gels are the next great thing in lubrication, and offer two distinctive experiences for you and your partner. The pump on the product helps you to control the amount that you dispense, because as I am sure you know if you are familiar at all with lubricants, a little goes a long way! It also doesn't get sticky, which is a big thing when it comes to lubricant.

At only $16.99, these pleasure gels are a great holiday stocking stuffer, and can really help to restore that romance and intimacy this holiday season! You can check out these pleasure gels, as well as a ton of other awesome lubricants, toys and condoms at http://www.k-y.com/.

Holiday Gift Guide: Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Eye Popping Oddities! #Ripleys #Review #Blogger #BelieveItOrNot


I'm so excited about the first item in our annual holiday gift guide this year! When you have a 9 year old boy who asks for books for Christmas, that is something to celebrate! The top item on his list each and every year is the annual Ripley's Believe It Or Not! book, and this year is no different! This year's book is titled "Eye Popping Oddities!" and it's a great read, especially for reluctant readers!
Readers may have trouble believing the thousands of all-new stories and hundreds of exclusive photos packed in Ripley’s Believe It or Not!® Eye-Popping Oddities—the brand-new book from Ripley’s Believe It or Not!®—yet each and every amazing image, story, fact, and feat has been verified 100 percent shocking, 100 percent incredible, and 100 percent true.

Through each of its 256 pages overflowing with mind-blowing stories of animals, feats, art, pop culture, the human body, and more, readers of all ages will discover the oddest, funniest, most awe-inspiring stories on Earth—and will return to this book again and again.

I am so excited to add this book to my guy's collection of Ripley's books. He gets a new book every single year, and like I said, it is always the thing at the very top of his Christmas list! I can't believe that my little man loves to read, but when it comes to these books, he is all about them. He even takes them to school to show his friends all the cool stuff inside!If you have a tween or tween in your house, this book will make the perfect gift!  The Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Eye Popping Annuals! is available now, and you can check it out at http://www.ripleys.com/publishing/product/eye-popping-oddities/.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Head On Down To Tennessee For Some Family Fun With #Ripley's! #PigeonForge #Tn #Gatlinburg #SmokyMountains #Smokies

As many of you know, one of my family's favorite places in the entire world to go is Tennessee! I have completely fallen in love over the past few years with Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains as a whole. If I could talk my family into moving there, I would! Unfortunately, they are not all onboard with uprooting their lives yet, so we will have to settle for taking a trip or two a year for now!

If you or your family are headed to Gatlinburg in the near future, it is a MUST to hit up Ripley's attractions in the area. Ripley's has a total of 8 attractions in the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area, from the Aquarium of the Smokies (one of the top rated aquariums in the ENTIRE USA!!), to the Believe It Or Not Museum, to the two fully themed mini golf courses! Listen to what Ripley's has to say about their TN attractions:

 "Visit our 8 Gatlinburg Attractions! Experience eight unique attractions including Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium, our 85,000 sq ft Aquarium of the Smokies, a 5D Moving Theater, our bone-chilling Haunted Adventure, the mind-bending Marvelous Mirror Maze, and our two fully themed mini-golf courses!"

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Moist Repair and Hair Play- Great Products (As Always!) From KMS California! #KMS #BeautyBlogger #HairCare #Skin #Review

We recently got a chance to review some great products from my *VERY* favorite line of hair care products, KMS California. They are the makers of so many of my favorite hair products, so I am always excited and extremely pumped when I get the chance to try something new! The Moist Repair line was something I was extremely anxious to try. I have super dry, brittle, very naturally curly hair, so I am always trying to replenish moisture. The Moist Repair conditioner is a great product that helps to repair and condition hair. It improves elasticity and manageability, and is an all around great conditioning product for dry or damaged hair. It smells amazing, and it is one of my favorite conditioners that I have ever tried. The leave in conditioner has also become one of my favorite products. It is so easy to use, you just spray it into towel dried hair and style as usual. It's a very weightless conditioner, which is great for me, since leave in conditioners usually make my hair feel very greasy.
I also got to try the Makeover Spray from the Hair Play line. I really, really like this line of products, they are very versatile and I am really into them. This Makeover Spray is a great dry shampoo-like product which is perfect for me. I love, love, LOVE dry shampoo, it is a lifesaver for me, and really keeps my hair looking and feeling great in between washes.

All in all, I am very impressed and very happy with these products from KMS. KMS is an amazing brand, and I highly recommend them!

Kickin' The Kindergarten Germs With The Exergen Smart Glow TemporalScanner! #Review #Exergen #Babies #SickKidsSuck

With my youngest now in kindergarten, that means all of my kiddos are in school full time. Along with that, that also means an influx of germs. We are all really getting used to dealing with all of the colds, allergies and other sickness that comes along with having a houseful of kids in school! However, one good thing is that now dealing with sick little ones is going to be even easier, because now we have the Exergen Smart Glow TemporalScanner!

First of all, I am a huge fan of Temporal thermometers. They are so much easier to use than other types of thermometers, and I can not believe that I lived so long without one! It's crazy how much one little invention can simplify your life! The ability to check your kid's temperature with a quick swipe across the forehead is just amazing to me. It's so simple to use, and it's incredibly accurate. Plus, what could be better than getting your child's temperature reading in around 2 seconds? For me, that is the worst part of taking a temperature, is the time it takes to read the temperature.


The Soft Glow display provides a gentle backlight which makes it easy to check your child's temperature in any light. This is a great feature to have when you are checking a temperature in the middle of the night. Another great feature of this thermometer is that the beeping sound that indicates scanning can be turned on or off. This could be very helpful if you have a sick, sleeping baby that you are trying not to disturb. Another really great feature of this thermometer is that it automatically holds the last eight temperature readings so that you can check the progression of a kid's fever. 

The Exergen Smart Glow TemporalScanner is really a great product and I am so glad that we had the chance to check it out. It is definitely going to come in handy for us this school year, while we are dealing with germs! Sold in major retailers including Wal-Mart, Target, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Costco, Babies “R” Us, Toys “R” Us, Kroger and BJ’s, the Smart Glow thermometer’s suggested retail price is $49.99. To see real moms testing the Smart Glow thermometer and demonstrating the new features visit www.exergensmartglowthermometer.com.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Fit Tea #PostNatalFatBurner Is A Great Way To Lose The Baby Weight! #FitTea #LoseTheBabyWeight

Losing weight after having a baby is certainly not as easy as I thought it would be. Now, two babies and almost 9 years later, I am still struggling to lose the "baby weight" and I seriously doubt my body will ever come close to being the same again. It seems that no matter how hard I try, I just can't get the baby weight off. However, 2015 is my year and I am going to make it happen. I'm really taking my health seriously now. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that I am approaching 30, but things are just really different for me now. I'm working on eating healthy, exercising more, and trying to get on top of things. Life is so crazy, and I know it's the same way for everyone, not just me, but this is something I have to do on my own. Now is the time.

If you are a mom who is struggling to lose your baby weight like I am, you should consider Fit Tea's PostNatal FatBurner. It's a great herbal option for women who are looking to get rid of stubborn baby fat. The PostNatal FatBurner uses only 100% natural ingredients.It's a really great option for busy new moms who have a hard time getting rid of stubborn baby weight. It is even safe to use while breastfeeding, but of course, make sure to talk to your doctor before taking any herbal supplement. There are no harmful chemicals or stimulants either, so this supplement is completely safe! Give it a try if you are like me and trying to knock off those extra few pounds.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Powerskin PoP'n 2 Review! #Powerskin #Vlogger #Review #Iphone #Charger #Blogger

Check out this review of the PowerSkin PoP'n 2! This is a great portable battery pack for the iPhone 6, and it does a fantastic job! If you have never tried a battery case for your phone, you are missing out!  (And if you want to see the adorable Hannah do more reviews, make sure to check out this great blog!)

Friday, January 30, 2015

Get Ready For Game Day With #Naturally Fresh and Crispy Ranch Chicken Fingers! #Recipe #Blogger #Natural #Food

Disclosure: This post is part of the blogger program by Naturally Fresh® and The Motherhood, who compensated me for my time and the development of this recipe. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are my own, and I hope you enjoy them.


It's hard to believe that it's almost Super Bowl time! Now, I don't really care much (anything) about football, but I do care about good food and good friends! So, when we got the chance to try out some Naturally Fresh salad dressings for Super Bowl recipes, I was so excited! Naturally Fresh is a line of high-quality, homemade-tasting salad dressings and dips with no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives and they are delicious! Available in four varieties, Classic Ranch, Lite Ranch, Blue Cheese and Lite Bleu Cheese, Naturally Fresh Salad Dressings and Dips can be found at your local Kroger or Publix, check out the Naturally Fresh Mobile App to find a store near you. It was so easy to find Naturally Fresh dressings at our local Kroger store, and they were even on a fabulous Buy One, Get One Free sale the day we visited! What's not to love about that!? 

We got to spend some time trying out Naturally Fresh dressings in our home, and had a great time coming up with some fabulous recipes! Our very favorite recipe we came up with, however, was one the whole family loved! Our Crispy Ranch Chicken Fingers were a huge hit with the whole family, and the kids especially loved them! This is a super easy recipe to prepare, and is great for a quick weeknight dinner, or perfect for a super bowl snack when you serve them up with some buffalo sauce for dipping! We also had tons of leftover chicken, and it was perfect to use the next day as a topping for baked spaghetti, it turned out kind of like a Chicken Parm bake, and it was delicious! As you can see, Naturally Fresh dressings are so versatile, and you can really use them for anything! Here's how to make some of your own! 

Crispy Ranch Chicken Tenders

1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast tenders
1 bottle Naturally Fresh Ranch Salad Dressing
1 cup Panko or your favorite bread crumb
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon seasoned salt 
1 teaspoon black pepper
cooking spray 
your favorite dipping sauces

Marinate chicken tenders in ranch dressing overnight. When ready to prepare, combine panko, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, seasoned salt, black pepper in a small bowl, and pour onto deep plate for dipping. Remove chicken from ranch dressing, and dip into bread crumb mixture. Place chicken on sprayed baking sheet. Add an additional sprinkle of Parmesan cheese if desired, and lightly spray chicken with cooking spray. Bake in a preheated 425 degree oven for 20-25 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink inside. Serve with your favorite dipping sauces.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Introducing the Master Lock “Safety Through Every Life Season” #MasterLockProtects Twitter sweepstakes/donation opportunity!!!! #Blog #Review

 This post has been sponsored by Global Influence. All opinions are my own.


I guess you could say safety and security have always been at the top of my mind. I mean, I AM the Flip Out Mama. I stress over everything, even the littlest things that no one else would even consider worrying about. It's sort of crazy, but I have become accustomed to my crazy worrying ways. So much so, that when I have nothing to stress about, I worry about why I'm not worrying! I mean, look at those beautiful boys, I worry every second of every day about taking care of them.

One company that really understands people like me is the American Red Cross. The Red Cross does so much for so many people, and they are always there when bad things happen. That's why it's so great that Master Lock is now teaming up with The American Red Cross for the Master Lock “Safety Through Every Life Season” #MasterLockProtects Twitter sweepstakes/donation opportunity. Sound interesting? Here's more info:


Master Lock, the world’s largest manufacturer of padlocks,  announced its continued focus on helping consumers stay safe with a yearlong campaign dedicated to safety through every life stage and season. To kick off the campaign, Master Lock will ask consumers via Twitter to share the time in their life when safety and security has been most top of mind. For every tweet posted with the hashtag #MasterLockProtects a $1 donation will be made to the American Red Cross up to $10,000. The campaign will continue throughout the year with a series of safety tips and advice for every life stage and season.   



“Each new life stage and season brings new adventures, excitement and memories. It also brings new safety and security considerations. From childhood, to marriage, homeownership, retirement and beyond, Master Lock is there to help protect consumers as their security needs evolve with these memorable life events,” said Rebecca Smith, vice president, marketing for Master Lock. “Through this campaign, Master Lock will show its dedication to providing a full range of reliable, easy-to-use products as well as resources consumers need to keep themselves, loved ones and valuables safe throughout the year and their lives.”




When in your life has safety and security been most top of mind? Through January 31, participants who tweet their reply to this question using #MasterLockProtects will generate a $1 donation to the American Red Cross and will be entered for the chance to win one of 20 prize bundles. Each winner will receive a $100 Visa gift card and various Master Lock products to help keep consumers safe through different life stages and seasons. 



Master Lock will donate an initial $10,000 to the American Red Cross and will donate up to an additional $10,000 based on consumer participation in the sweepstakes for a total of $20,000 in donations – just one way the company hopes to keep consumers safe and secure through all life stages and seasons. Master Lock’s donation will support the urgent needs of the American Red Cross mission, whether it is responding to a disaster, collecting lifesaving blood, teaching skills to save a life, or assisting military members and their families during emergencies. This marks the second Twitter sweepstakes that Master Lock has hosted to benefit the American Red Cross. In 2014, Master Lock donated more than $15,000 to the organization. 

 Doesn't that sound awesome?!? Don't forget to join us for the #MasterLockCares Twitter Party on Tuesday, January 27 at 8 PM ET with @Resourcefulmom. RSVP:http://resourcefulmommy.com/14562/master-lock-cares-twitter-party-2/. 

Hope that you will join us as we talk about safety and security, and our own experiences with the American Red Cross. Don't forget to tweet your answer using #MasterLockProtects to help the Red Cross and potentially win one of 20 prize bundles that include a $100 Visa Gift Card!! Good luck!
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