Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Happy Holidays From Your Partnershub Family and Family Treasures!



I have had the pleasure working with the Partnershub Team, and they wanted to extend warm wishes to everyone for a happy holiday season!

So many great things and powerful memories happened this year and it could not have been done without us bloggers and you readers.

We have a lot of wonderful things already planned for 2015! So keep an eye out!

Have an amazing new year!







I too want to say Merry Christmas and a happy new year. Lots of love to all my readers and I hope to post more and share with you in 2015.


Friday, December 5, 2014

ShaveMOB Stocking Stuffer

Almost time to bid farewell to another year, and what a year it has been in my house. At the beginning of the year, my husband would use the name-brand razor blades for weeks passed their giving a nice, smooth shave. This would leave his face bleeding, red, and raw.
That all changed when I introduced him to ShaveMOB, a direct-to-home razor company. He tried their razors, and was amazed. The quality of their blades rivaled the name-brand companies, even surpassing some. And, unlike the store bargain brands, the handle was a nice, solid metal handle. Best part is, he was able to get 24 blades for less than the name-brand blades. So now, my husband doesn’t hesitate to throw out his razor blades when they no longer give him the smooth, comfortable shave he enjoys.
For the holidays, ShaveMOB has put together something spectacular: the ShaveMOB Stocking Stuffer Package. This Christmas gift package includes premium razor blades, a firm handle, soothing shave cream (a new offering from them), and a wooden moustache monocle. This is a perfect stocking stuffer  that I know my husband will get a lot of use out of. Once again, ShaveMOB has shown they give a quality product at an amazing value. We will never buy our razors from anywhere else but ShaveMOB.
View their Holiday commercial: The Joys of Shaving:

See what’s inside the Stocking Suffer Package: http://shavemob.com/razors-stocking-stuffer.html

Thursday, December 4, 2014


Album Review
It’s time to let it go and “Let It Snow”!

There’s nothing like your favorite holiday songs to put you in great spirits this season. What if you could have some of the best holiday classics, sung by one of today’s best vocalists? You’re in luck!
Idina Menzel, the voice of Elsa in the mega-hit Frozen and star of Wicked, Rent, Glee and If/Then , has a new album called Holiday Wishes! It’s 12 tracks of holiday hits, including guest performances by Kenny G and Michael Bublé.

My Thoughts: I love Idina Menzel! I have been a huge fan since her days playing Elphaba in Wicked and Maureen in RENT! She has a voice that just cuts to the heart of what you are feeling and her new album has become a new holiday favorite in our home.. My children just love the target kid friendly version of her and Michael Bublé’s version of Baby, It’s Cold Outside. She brings new life to old Christmas classics and her new songs are just beautiful.
A bit more about the album and Idina Menzel,

Holiday Wishes, a Christmas album recorded by Tony Award-winning singer/actor Idina Menzel, is out now on Warner Bros. Records.
The album was produced by Grammy Award-winner Walter Afanasieff (Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey) and features such classic favorites as “All I Want For Christmas Is You” and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” as well as Joni Mitchell’s Christmas-themed “River,” one of Menzel’s favorites.
Another highlight is a duet with international superstar Michael Bublé on “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” An exclusive Target edition ofHoliday Wishes features two bonus tracks, including “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”.

Idina’s career has traversed stage, film, television, and music. She was most recently heard as Elsa in Disney’s global box-office smash Frozen, in which she sings the film’s Oscar-winning song “Let It Go.” After her performance of the multi-platinum song at the 86th annual Academy Awards, she made history as the first person with both a Billboard Top 10 hit and a Tony Award for acting.
Idina currently stars as Elizabeth in the original Broadway production of If/Then.

Holiday Wishes Track Listing
  1. Do You Hear What I Hear
  2. The Christmas Song
  3. Baby It’s Cold Outside (Duet with Michael Buble)
  4. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  5. All I Want For Christmas
  6. What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?
  7. December Prayer
  8. When You Wish Upon A Star
  9. Silent Night
  10. River
  11. Holly Jolly Christmas
  12. White Christmas

Bonus Tracks on Target Exclusive
  1. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
  2. Mothers Spiritual
you can find Holiday Wishes at these retailers:
* iTunes: http://bit.ly/IMHolidayWishes
  * Amazon:  http://bit.ly/IDINAHOLIDAY
* Official Idina Menzel website: www.idinamenzel.com
* Twitter - @idinamenzel
* Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/IdinaMenzel
* YouTube - http://bit.ly/IMHWVID
Disclosure: I participated in the Idina Menzel Holiday Wishes album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided an album to review but all opinions are my own.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

VTech InnoTab Learning Cartridges


My children love to play games. Their father is a gamer, and my children are developing an interest in games as well. As a parent, it is my responsibility to make sure that they get some games that teach them lessons and give them knowledge, as well as allowing them to have fun jumping on the little mushroom guy with Mario.

Such games, when I was growing up, were hard to come by. Thankfully, my children each have a VTech Innotab, and I give them educational games to play. The Innotab is a kid-friendly tablet computer that can be enhanced with game cartridges for further educational adventures. There are eBooks that teach reading and vocabulary. There are licensed games that teach them math, science, and other skills while playing along with some of their favorite characters (like Jake and the Neverland Pirates, or Sophia the First).

Our youngest child, an 17 month old, and our oldest child, a 7 year old, both get extreme enjoyment out of the games they have for the Innotab. They play these games together, and complete the activities together. I personally love this tablet better than anything else on the market, as it is safe, it is entertaining, and it is educational. I cannot wait to give my children more great titles for Christmas this year.

Recently I was contacted and given the opportunity to review these new titles below and they were huge hits in our home. I have three children ages 7, 6, and 17 months and all three enjoyed all the titles below. I will be making a second post with action shots of the children with the games but they are currently packed for our long road trip coming up.

InnoTab My First Nursery Rhymes Learning Cartridge

Amazon VTechKids

(Ages 12-36 months; MSRP: $24.99)

· Join Cody and Cora on a musical adventure in My First Nursery Rhymes for VTech's InnoTab Learning Tablets! Listen to nursery rhyme songs, play mini learning games, watch playful animations and learn baby sign language.

· This InnoTab Learning Cartridge includes 25 popular nursery rhymes, mini games, introduces five baby sign language signs and allows you to customizable parent settings.

· In lullaby mode, you can set the timer for 15 minutes and play a loop of 5 sleepytime songs to soothe your child to sleep. You can also customize characters and create an avatar that interacts within the songs.

Our thoughts: Even though the age on the package says 1-3 years. I often found my big kiddos playing with this game as much as my 17 month old. I really liked the lullaby mode and the baby sign language aspects of the game.

InnoTab Disney Winnie the Pooh Learning Cartridge

Amazon VTechKids

(Ages 12-36 months; MSRP: $24.99)

· Winnie the Pooh is always hungry for honey in Winnie the Pooh for VTech's InnoTab Learning Tablets. Help him find his honeypot and learn shapes, colors, opposites and more along the way. Includes fun songs and baby sign language with Roo and Piglet!

· This InnoTab Learning Cartridge features an e-Book about Pooh and his great day bouncing with Tigger and friends, four sing-along songs with familiar melodies about Winnie the Pooh and friends, and a Music Box plays four sing-along songs in a loop for up to 30 minutes.

Our Thoughts: Winnie the Pooh is a staple in our home so this game was a pleasant surprise for all of them. My baby loves the characters and exploring gaming first time with loveable characters he is already familiar with.

InnoTab Classic Stories Learning Cartridge

Amazon VTechKids

(Ages 3-6; MSRP: $24.99)

· In Classic Stories for VTech’s InnoTab Learning Tablets, children can read three classic stories: The Frog Prince, Pinocchio and The Three Little Pigs, each with three different reading levels.

· This InnoTab Learning Cartridge includes three learning games which introduce writing, rhyming, phonics, reading comprehension and more.

Our Thoughts: I like that this cartridge can read to your child or your child can read the stories alone. It is a great start to early reading.

* Learn more about Vtech and InnoTab below:

· Learning Cartridges page – http://bit.ly/1rAyHYZ

· InnoTab website – http://bit.ly/1u2sl4U

· VTech Twitter – http://bit.ly/Q7J7vM

· VTech Facebook – http://on.fb.me/iIPfUE

  Do you want to try these games for yourself? Enter below!

•go to the InnoTab website and pick 2 games you would love to own besides the titles above and leave a comment below
•Do you have a holiday gift giving story that involves video games share it below
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Disclaimer: “The VTech product, gift card, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by VTech.”

Orkin “Mouse in a House” Game and Giveaway

It’s official: winter is coming. Along with the snow, the lights, and the jolly man in red comes an unwelcome guest into our homes. This guest doesn’t just come alone. They bring their family, friends, neighbors, and everyone they’ve ever known. Then, they spend the entire winter eating all of your food. I’m not talking about the in-laws. I’m talking about mice.
Unfortunately, mice aren’t the way they are in Cinderella. They don’t clean the house or get people dressed (if they did, I’d put out the welcome mat, lol). They are creepy, disgusting vermin who carry diseases and are dangerous to our children and pets. Try as you might, no matter how many traps or how much poison you put out, they never seem to go away.
Being human has its perks, like having a cozy house to enjoy during the winter, but imagine having to survive as a mouse? Try your luck by playing “Mouse in a House” – a choose-your-own-adventure game that puts you in the shoes of a rodent looking to survive the upcoming harsh winter season – try your best to stay alive and see how long you last!
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Have fun play the Orkin’s #MouseInAHouse Blog App below:
• Play the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure #MouseInAHouse Game to test your survival skills and see if you can survive the winter.

Enter the contest to win a Cozy Fleece Winter Blanket (4'x6'):
•play the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure #MouseInAHouse Game and comment with your result 
•Do you have a holiday rodent horror story share it in the comments
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• Share the game with your Facebook friends and ask them to play the game and see if they can survive.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Hard Rock Wants to Know: Does Your Child Look Like a Rock Star?

HR LogoFor years, the Hard Rock Café has catered to the adult crowd. With great music history, amazing food, and a rock-centric atmosphere, adults were always able to have, not just a meal, but an experience. When you went to the Hard Rock, it’s impossible not to look at all the rock-n-roll memorabilia and remember the songs and bands that you loved.
However, one group has not been able to enjoy this: children! Well, I’m glad to say that the Hard Rock is changing all of this with their new Hard Rock Roxtars: a group of characters designed to give children an experience while you eat at the Hard Rock Café or stay in the Hard Rock Hotel. But Razzi, Sir Kingston, Styler, Buddy Jr., and Skiddley all want to ask the same question: Does Your Child Look Like a Rock Star?HR Roxtars Logo
This is a costume contest that is being done at Hard Rock locations all across the country. During the contest, kids eat free at a Hard Rock Café location with a paying adult, and they can win a Hard Rock Café gift card or a 2015 birthday party for 8 of their closest friends and family! So, for the cost of an adult meal, you child can eat for free (which is REALLY helpful), AND they have the chance to win amazing prizes. Who wouldn’t want to participate in that?
And just who are the Hard Rock Roxtars? Well, there’s:

o Razzi™, “the motherly type” who is famous for squishy hugs and keyboard skills
o Sir Kingston™, a British-invasion inspired rock-and-roller on lead guitar
o Styler™, a free-spirited and accompanying guitar player
o Buddy Jr™, a wild man who loves nothing more than a good drum solo
o Skiddley™, the lead singer and “Mr. Cool” of the group
Dress Like a Hard Rock Rock Star: 
· To launch the Hard Rock Roxtars, Hard Rock Cafe is hosting “Does Your Child Look Like a Rock Star?”  Contest to encourage guest interaction with the new Hard Rock Roxtars characters, kids menu, and merchandise
· For one night, during the “Does Your Child Look Like a Rock Star?” Contest, kids eat free* at Hard Rock Cafe with a paying adult
· Guests can bring their favorite pint-sized rock star dressed in their best costume to the cafe for a chance to win a Hard Rock Cafe gift card or a 2015 birthday party* for eight of the rock star’s closest band members and entourage
· For additional information about the Hard Rock Cafe “Does Your Child Look Like a Rock Star?” Contest, contact your local cafe for contest details
Eat Like a Hard Rock Roxtar:
· Children who dine at Hard Rock Cafes worldwide are greeted with their own Hard Rock Roxtars activity book, themed menus, guitar-shaped plates and photo opportunities
· As part of The National Restaurant Association’s Kids LiveWell program in collaboration with Healthy Dining, a mission and online resource that helps parents and children alike select healthy menu options when dining out, Hard Rock Cafes worldwide will offer healthier food options, such as Skiddley’s “Not-so-diddley” chicken breast and “Twisted ‘n tasty” cavatappi pasta 
Stay Like a Hard Rock Roxtar:
· The brand also has plans to globally expand the program to engage families traveling to select Hard Rock Hotels®, with the Roxity Kids Clubs®
· Children who stay at Hard Rock Hotel locations with their families will receive a special Hard Rock Roxtars Activity Book at check-in and unlimited entertainment at Hard Rock Roxity Kids Club, a family-friendly, music-inspired haven, where kids can rock to their own rhythm, catch a live Hard Rock Roxtars performance or take part in experiential, engaging and music-infused learning activities
*Restrictions may apply
Here are some links that might be helpful:
·  Hard Rock website: www.hardrock.com
·  Hard Rock Roxtars website: http://www.hrroxtars.com/
· Hard Rock Twitter: https://twitter.com/HardRock
Comment below and follow my blog to be entered to win a prize pack.

*Disclosure: “The information, gift card, gift pack and giveaway have been provided to me by Hard Rock International.” +No celebrity or musician has endorsed the “Does Your Child Look Like a Rock Star” contest

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

5-hour energy Yummification Contest winners

The yummification contest is over and there were some really great entires. I cant wait to try some of them. I loved the winning entry it was delicious!!!

The winning videos and recipes are posted at Image3http://5hourenergy.com/yummification. And some of them are funny, so go check them out.

here is the first place recipe -

· First Place ($50,000 prize): “Pomelimelade” by Tim Merlau, Los Angeles, CA
This winning submission mixes a Pomegranate 5-hour ENERGY® shot with limeade, and then takes us on a musical journey through all that can be accomplished over several hours (spoiler alert:  it’s a lot). 
  • “Pomelimelade”
    • 1 glass Limeade
    • 1 shot of Pomegranate 5-hour ENERGY®

· Second Place ($30,000 prize): “Ramalamadingdong” by Mark Golembeski, Los Angeles, CA
The second place video helps us turn that 2:30 feeling frown upside down by mixing a 5-hour ENERGY® shot with lemonade.  This video has it all: a clown, a puppy, a guy in a tutu, and much more. 
· Third Place ($10,000 prize): “Arnold Power” by Zac Sheorn, Lugoff, SC
The third place winner reminds us that you don’t have to be good at sports, but mixing a Pink Lemonade 5-hour ENERGY® shot with decaffeinated iced tea helps keep you refreshed while practicing.  And practicing. Image2

Go check out the winners and comment below if you tried any and loved them.

Disclosure: The 5-hour ENERGY® samples, gift card, and information have been provided by the makers of 5-hour ENERGY®.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Book Review: A Mother’s Secret



A Mother's Secret

By Amy Clipston

Book Description: Carolyn Lapp dreams of marrying for love. But will the errors of her past destroy this dream forever? Carolyn Lapp longs to have a traditional Amish family. But she lives on her brother’s farm with her parents and her 15-year old son, Benjamin. Carolyn has never revealed the identity of Benjamin’s father and lives daily with the guilt and shame of her youthful indiscretion. Her brother simply will not forgive her. His answer is to arrange a practical marriage for Carolyn to Saul, a widower with a little girl. But Carolyn isn’t convinced that Saul really loves her and believes he is simply looking for someone to help raise his daughter. When Benjamin causes trouble at a local horse auction, horse breeder Joshua Glick decides that he must be taught a lesson. Carolyn and Joshua are unmistakably drawn to each other, but Joshua mistakenly assumes that Benjamin is Carolyn’s brother. Carolyn fears that if he discovers the truth, her past will destroy their budding romance. After years of shame and loneliness, Carolyn suddenly has two men vying for her attention. But which of them will give her the family - and the unconditional love - she’s longed for?

My Thoughts: A look into the world of a single Amish  mother. Watching Carolyn overcome her own guilt and see that she is not being judged for her past not by God or the others in her community was interesting o read. I was assume that no mater what religion you are you would feel some of these feelings. The relationship that Benjamin forages with Joshua is in my opinion just as important as the love story. The author develops these characters fully and makes you fall into the story. I highly recommend this book if you like Amish fiction.

Orkin Fact or Fake Blog App and Giveaway

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Using the new Orkin Scientific Fact or Scientific Fake Blog App, you’ll be able to instantly find out if that factoid that your friend busts out with is true, or if you can bust your friend spreading lies.

So can ants survive in water? Are daddy longlegs poisonous? Do Mosquitoes prefer adults over children? Take Orkin’s Scientific Fact or Scientific Fake™ Quiz to test your knowledge, and be sure to watch every clip for the scoop on these infamous bug myths.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

5-hour Energy “Yummification” Contest

One of the problems facing most Americans today: chronic tiredness. With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, people are busier than ever. That means less time for sleeping, which leads to slow, sluggish days and tired nights. Problem is, for years, the only way to combat this was with coffee, which many people do not like to drink. Plus, after drinking the coffee, you get a sudden boost of energy, followed by a crash that leaves you more tired than before.
Then along comes 5-hour Energy. I tried these myself when I was driving my family to Omaha (a 1,000 mile trip). If I began getting tired, just to get that extra few miles (read: 100 or so), I would take one of these things and be set. They gave me the boost of energy to keep going, and then comes down gradually, so it just feels like getting tired after a long day, not a large crash.
Problem is, the flavors themselves can be quite strong (personally, I only like the grape flavor straight). But, recently, I discovered the joy of mixing a single 5-hour Energy with any favorite drink. For example, I added Lemon Lime flavor 5-hour Energy to a can of caffeine free cola, and boom! Suddenly, I’m drinking Lemony Zest, a lemon lime flavored, caffeine free cola, and I was able to go on about my day, energized and alert. 5 hour energy is hosting a contest and it was a lot of fun trying out some yummy mixes.
I’ve also tried mixing orange 5-hour Energy with a refreshing glass of iced tea. The result, an orange tea explosion that I’d like to call Orangerific Sweet Tea. It was delicious, and again, gave me energy to spare.
I will be trying other mixtures to see what tastes good. This is a great way to get a burst of energy without resorting to energy drinks, or drinking this straight, if you don’t like the taste. 5-hour Energy will really be a great assist to me in my busy life of working, cooking, and caring for 3 children.
I submitted my “Yummification” video in the contest and here is how you can too!

Information about 5-hour ENERGY® shots:
· 5-hour ENERGY® shots are dietary supplements that provide hours of energy and alertness
· Contain a blend of B-vitamins, amino acids, and essential nutrients
· Helps people feel alert and energized for hours
· Zero sugar, zero carbs, zero herbal stimulants and 4 calories!
· Caffeine in a 5-hour ENERGY® shot is comparable to a cup of the leading premium coffee
· May consume up to 2 bottles of 5-hour ENERGY®, spaced several hours apart. For moderate energy, drink ½ bottle of 5-hour ENERGY®
5-hour ENERGY® is not an energy drink or intended to be mixed with alcohol. It is not intended for children, women who are pregnant or nursing, or people with medical conditions. It does not increase physical performance, dexterity, or endurance and does not treat or cure any disease or medical condition. Do not drink more than two per day, do not drink more than one at a time.
Information about the “Yummification” Contest:
  • The makers of 5-hour ENERGY® announced the launch of the “Yummification” video contest, where entrants can win a share of $100,000 for creating a video of their favorite way to mix a 5-hour ENERGY® shot with an everyday beverage.  The contest will be judged on the creativity of the video and the taste of the creation
· Drink creations must follow the approved/non-approved ingredients guidelines (i.e. no caffeinated beverages or alcohol)
· To enter the contest, visit www.5houryummification.com and follow the instructions to complete the entry form; “Like” 5-hour ENERGY® on Facebook, then create and submit a video that is no longer than 60 seconds showing an original combination being made, tasted, and named (creativity counts!)
· One grand prize winner will receive $50,000, and the following prizes will also be awarded:
o Second Prize (1): Thirty Thousand Dollars ($30,000)
o Third Prize (1): Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000)
o Fourth Prizes (10): One Thousand Dollars ($1,000)
  • Entries must be received by August 19, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EDT to be eligible.  No purchase necessary.  US residents only.  18 years and up 
  • To enter, visit www.5houryummification.com and follow the instructions to complete the entry form or “Like” the 5-hour ENERGY® page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/5HourEnergyShot and follow the instructions to click the contest tab
· For official rules, visit 5houryummification.com

"The product, gift card, and giveaway were all provided by the makers of 5-hour ENERGY"

Sunday, August 10, 2014

First Things First Family Prize Pack

Summer is all about family and spending quality time with the ones you love. And the more skills you develop the more time you invest in your family and your relationships. First Things First (FTF) is an award winning not-for-profit organization dedicated to strengthening families
Below is one movie I found from FF that spoke to me and I wanted to share my thoughts about it with you.

Date Your Spouse:

With 3 young children at home the idea of getting out of the house with out a pint sized tagalong, or 3, is about as possible as seeing a UFO. Robert and I are coming up on our 8th year anniversary and I tend to laugh abut our ideas of how we would spend a weekend away at least once a month just to reconnect. Oh to be young and unaware again Smile. It was a fabulous dream full of great intentions, but it became just that, a dream. Finding a reliable babysitter you can trust is about as hard as finding a needle in a haystack. I’m sure those of you with children can relate. BUT the idea of dating your spouse isn't something we have just tosses away either. Its just a bit more complicated with children in the mix. *I couldn’t help but notice they overlooked the parent aspect of dating in the video. So we don’t spend weekends away with each other, although I still hold out hope that maybe it will happen for our anniversary, but we still find ways to ‘Date’. Sometimes its as simple as putting the kids to bed 30 minutes earlier and watching a movie with each other. We try to go to plays together or steal a night out when a babysitter falls in our laps. We find ways to keep the spark from our dating days alive today.
Want to win this great prize pack? Tell me below your thoughts about the video I choose or try the links below and find one that speaks you your current situation.

Never heard of First Things First? here is more about them -
First Things First (FTF) is an award winning not-for-profit organization dedicated to strengthening families in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
FTF is a resource that collaborates with and is supported by a broad cross-section of community organizations, groups and individuals.
FTF accomplishes it mission through meaningful media messaging and skill building classes.
Did you know:
• 24 million children are growing up in homes without their biological fathers.
• Only 30% of divorces are due to infidelity, addiction or abuse, 70% of divorces are due to couples feeling disconnected.
• Couples who manage to devote time specifically to one another at least once a week are markedly more likely to enjoy high-quality relationships and lower divorce rates, compared to couples who do not devote as much couple time to one another.
• Fathers provide unique benefits to their daughters through their active and positive presence from the time of birth all the way through adulthood.
Here are the other series highlighted on their site right now in addition to the one above:
Save Your Marriage- http://firstthings.org/fm/learn/courses/course/fight-for-your-marriage/page/intro
Lost in Translation- http://firstthings.org/fm/learn/courses/course/lost-in-translation/page/intro
Daddy/Daughter Relationships- http://firstthings.org/fm/learn/courses/course/daddy-daughter/page/relationships
Dad's Way- http://firstthings.org/fm/learn/courses/course/dads-way/page/intro

Each household is only eligible to win One (1) First Things First Moon Pie Prize Pack via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Milo’s Kitchen Treat Truck

This summer, get your tails waggin’ because Milo’s Kitchen Treat Truck is hitting the road!
Milo’s Kitchen® Home-style Dog Treats is surprising dogs across the country with 100% real dog treats, such as Chicken Meatballs and Grilled Burger Bites that look just like food you’d prepare at home. From their very own photo booth offering family portraits and a dedicated lounge area, to delicious treats made right here in the U.S.A., each stop will create a food truck experience just for dogs – but they can bring their parents, too (that’s you!). The Milo’s Kitchen Treat Truck will be coming to your area, so plan a special date with your dog and join us!
In my opinion, no family is complete without a family pet. And one of the most popular pets in the world: the dog. We have 2 in our home: a large black lab named (ironically) Milo, and a small Jack Russell named Duke. We love these dogs as much as our own children, and treat them like full members of the family.
So, like with my regular children, when it comes time for snacks, we want to give them something healthy to eat that they enjoy.  Milo’s Kitchen treats are incredibly affordable. My family will be spoiling our dogs without damaging our wallet. And, with so many flavors available, we’ll be able to switch them up, so they don’t get the same flavor over and over again.

Healthy, affordable, and with a wide variety of flavors, Milo’s Kitchen is the all-around perfect dog treat to show your fur babies that you love them, and a good way to spoil them.
About Milo’s Kitchen® Treats:
· Our dogs deserve only the best. That means treats made in the U.S.A. with real chicken or beef as the #1 ingredient, and no artificial flavors and colors.
· Milo’s Kitchen® Home-style Dog Treats believes dogs deserve treats made with the same quality of ingredients and care that you want for your food. That’s why we made a treat truck just for dogs!
· Each recipe is carefully prepared to bring out all the flavors your dog loves. Milo’s Kitchen makes a unique line of mouthwatering varieties for your dog including: Chicken Meatballs, Beef Sausage Slices with Rice, Steak Grillers Recipe, Chicken Grillers Recipe, Grilled Burger Bites, and Chicken Jerky Recipe.
Here are some links we thought might be helpful:
· Milo’s Kitchen website: http://bit.ly/1wW01FG
· Milo’s Kitchen Treat Truck: http://bit.ly/1jN7Of0
· Milo’s Kitchen Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1nIvxoF
Is the Milo’s Kitchen Treat Truck heading to a city near you? If so please share pictures of your furry friend enjoying some tasty treats from the road!
Not coming to your area no worries enter to win a treat pack from Milo’s kitchen.


*disclosure: Milo's Kitchen products, information and VISA gift cards have been provided by Milo's Kitchen.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Think Pink

Did you know that Monday, June 23rd is National Pink Day? I didn’t!

It’s a day dedicated to feeling feminine, beautiful and confident! So why not use a product that does just that? Soft & Dri allows women to let their confidence and beauty shine through by protecting them from wetness and odor all day, every day. Whether you choose our Dri Gel, Aerosol, Clinical Protection, or Aluminum Free deodorant, Soft & Dri is gentle on skin, goes on clear without any residue and won’t break the bank with prices ranging from $3.99 to $5.99. So, think pink and celebrate – with Soft & Dri!

I was given a sample of Soft & Dri and loved it so next time your shopping for deodorant think about going pink and try Soft & Dri.

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*I was provided with the post above in exchange for a soft & dri sample.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Orkin Bug Wisdom Backyard Explorers Kit Giveaway


About Orkin Bug Wisdom:
When life hands you dung, just roll with it.
At Orkin, we never stop learning. Our new “Bug Wisdom” video series is a reminder that some of life’s biggest lessons come from small places. Bugs are smart, curious creatures – we humans can learn a lot from their ways.
Take the quiz to discover your “Spirit Bug,” and check out all the GIFs to soak in every nugget of wisdom that these bugs have to offer!
The Orkin Man always knows what to look for when he shows up at your home. If you want to get exploration down to a science, be sure and enter to win Orkin’s Backyard Explorers Kit!
Orkin Backyard Explorers Kit:
- The Orkin 9-Page Activity Bug Book
- Orkin Bugview Bug Catching Tool and Magnifier
- Red/Black Summer Wayfarer Sunglasses
Lets get hands on! Check out the app below and
• Take the “What’s YOUR Spirit Bug?” Quiz and find out which smart, curious creature you are most like!
• Click through all the GIFs and soak in every nugget of wisdom that these bugs have to offer!

Stay connected:
Now win! There are only 2 steps - be a follower of Family Treasures (via either GFC or NetworkedBolgs) and Take the quiz. Post your score in the comments section. Its that easy!!

Each household is only eligible to win 1 Orkin Backyard Explorers Kit via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

disclosure: I am working with Orkin LLC, and Orkin LLC supplied these materials to you.

Friday, June 20, 2014

The Lego movie app

I don’t know about you but my kids are crazy about the new LEGO movie. They have just gotten to the age where LEGOs are cool and this movie makes it cooler!
About the movie:
The LEGO® Movie, the first-ever, full-length theatrical LEGO® adventure, directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller is an original 3D computer animated story that follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.
Chris Pratt (Moneyball) stars as the voice of Emmet. Will Ferrell (The Campaign) stars as the voice of his primary adversary, President Business, an erudite, anal-retentive CEO who has a hard time balancing world domination with micro-managing his own life; while Liam Neeson (Taken) voices the president's powerful henchman, known as Bad Cop, who will stop at nothing to catch Emmet.
Starring as Emmet's fellow travelers are Oscar® winner Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby), as Vitruvius, an old mystic; Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games, Emmy nominee for 30 Rock), as tough-as-nails Lucy, who mistakes Emmet for the savior of the world and guides him on his quest; Will Arnett (Emmy nominee, 30 Rock), as the mysterious Batman, a LEGO minifigure with whom Lucy shares a history; Nick Offerman (NBC's Parks and Recreation) as a craggy, swaggering pirate, obsessed with revenge on President Business; and Alison Brie (Community) as a sweet, loveable member of the team, with a powerful secret.
Check out the The LEGO Movie App:
• Move your mouse across the GIFs to control the action and play "EVERYTHING IS AWESOME" at the same time to really get crazy with it!
• Press the "record" button and make a mini 6 second LEGO GIF video that can be shared to Twitter and Facebook. Videos instantly get posted to YouTube for everybody to enjoy!
YouTube Channel:

Want to win a copy of the movie? I thought so well enter below:

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*Each household is only eligible to win The Lego Movie Blu-Ray via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.
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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Bet On Your Baby Luvs Coupon Giveaway

I like to think that, as a parent, I know my kids very well. What they like, what they don’t like, what they do, what they don’t do…these are all things one learns when they are a parent.
But I wonder, would I be able to guess my toddler’s next move when money is on the line? I do believe that I could. And that is the premise for the new show Bet On Your Baby. Parents bet on what they think their toddler will do next.
Put Liam (our newest baby) on that show, and I guarantee I will be able to tell you what he is going to do next (if the answer is “cause trouble”, that’s what I’ll be choosing). He’s predictable in his habits, his moods, and his patterns. He eats regularly, sleeps regularly, and wants the same things every day.
So put Liam and I on the show. I’ll bet, not only would I win, but everyone will be entertained by the funniest, and cutest, baby in the world.
About Bet On Your Baby:
All parents think they know their baby well, but are they willing to bet on it? Find out when actress/comedienne and working mom Melissa Peterman, star of ABC Family's Baby Daddy hosts this adorable, hilarious and surprisingly suspenseful game show. Parents try to predict their toddler's next move in an effort to win money for their child's future education.
Airs Saturdays at 8pm ET/7pm CT on ABC starting May 31st.
“Like” BOYB on Social Media!
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Check out these gifs from the show below -

NOW its your turn -  Comment below on how you think your baby(ies) would do in the Baby Dome! When you comment your entered to win Luvs diaper coupons.
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Friday, June 13, 2014

Book Review: Seasons Of Tomorrow (Book 4 of the Amish Vines and Orchards series)

4-Seasons-of-TomorrowSEASONS OF TOMORROW
by Cindy Woodsmall
Book Description: As love restores Rhoda, a sudden tragedy is the test of faith she never saw coming.
More settled in her heart than ever before, Rhoda Byler feels a newfound confidence living in the Old Order Amish settlement she helped establish in Orchard Bend, Maine. Time has helped to heal the wounds of Rhoda’s recent severed relationship, and she finds that even her unusual gift of profound intuition is less of a burden as she continues to seek God’s wisdom for her future. She is happy to be working alongside the King family and the love of her life as they tend and nurture the settlement’s orchard.
Yet when Leah King’s involvement with Englischer Landon Olson becomes known outside of the Maine community, her disregard of the Ordnung could threaten all the Orchard Bend Amish are building. In the midst of addressing the discord, a shocking tragedy challenges the young settlement like never before, threatening to uproot Rhoda’s peace and the future of everything she holds dear.
When several members of Orchard Bend Farms are displaced, the estranged King brother is called upon to return. Can those who founded the new Amish community in Maine unite Or will the lingering pain of past hurts and present struggles result in the end of their dreams?
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My Thoughts: This series is truly my favorite Amish Fiction series. I have waited (im)patiently for each new installment of the story about The Byler’s And King’s. Cindy is an amazing author. We left off with a few hearts broken and a family divided. Cindy opens book four with the characters hearts on the mend and as they strive to find a new normal tragedy strikes. There is so much going on in this book but its not busy as some stories get when they try to wrap up a series. We find love along side the people of Kings orchard. Without giving too much away I loved getting to know new characters and seeing our old friends struggle to follow the Amish ways and yet still find themselves. We get to see how deeply Phoebe and Steven love each other even in the midst of trouble. Leah finally makes the choice to follow the path God has set her on, even if that means she might have to give up being Amish. Jacob faces that he was never the one for Rhoda and that opens his heart for someone else. I will say that I’m happy that Jacob and Samuel are not at odds anymore and that even despite the consequences the love of family prevails.
If you only ever pick up one Amish fiction series make it Cindy Woodsmall’s Amish Vines and Orchards series. I cannot sing its praises more.

What you missed in book one, A Season for Tending:
jcoverIn a community where conformity flourishes, seeds of Rhoda’s odd behavior were planted long ago. Can she cultivate her relationships with the same care and tenderness that she gives her beloved garden?
Old Order Amish Rhoda Byler’s unusual gift and her remarkable abilities to grow herbs and berries have caused many to think her odd. As rumors mount that Rhoda’s “gift” is a detriment to the community, she chooses isolation, spending her time in her fruit garden and on her thriving canning business.
Miles away in Harvest Mills, Samuel King struggles to keep his family’s apple orchard profitable. As the eldest son, Samuel farms with his brothers, the irrepressible Jacob and brash Eli, while his longtime girlfriend Catherine remains hopeful that Samuel will marry her when he feels financially stable,
Meanwhile, Samuel’s younger sister Leah is testing all the boundaries during her rumschpringe, and finds herself far from home in Rhoda’s garden after a night of partying gone badly. But Leah’s poor choices serve as a bridge between Rhoda and the King family when a tragic mistake in the orchard leaves Samuel searching for solutions.
Rhoda’s expertise in canning could be the answer, but she struggles with guilt over the tragic death of her sister and doesn’t trust herself outside her garden walls. As the lines between business, love, and family begin to blur, can Rhoda finally open up to a new life? And what effect will this odd, amazing woman have on the entire King family?
My Review of book one: http://kryssiruss.blogspot.com/2012/09/book-review-season-for-tending.html
What you Missed in Book two, The Winnowing Season:
the-winnowing-seasonThe tornado that devastated Kings’ Orchard pushed Rhoda, Samuel, and Jacob to make a new start in Maine. Are they strong enough to withstand the challenges of establishing an Amish community—and brave enough to face the secrets that move with them?

On the eve of their departure to begin a new Old Order Amish community outside of Unity, Maine, Rhoda Byler is shocked to discover that choices made by her business partner and friend, Samuel King, have placed her and her unusual gifts directly into the path of her district’s bishop and preachers. She is furious with Samuel and is fearful that the Kings will be influenced by the way her leaders see her, and not what they know to be true—that Rhoda’s intuition is a gift from God.
Jacob King won’t be swayed by community speculation. He loves Rhoda, believes in her, and wants to build a future with her in Maine. But when the ghosts of his past come calling and require him to fulfill a great debt, can he shake their hold before it destroys what he has with Rhoda? Samuel has a secret of his own—one he’ll go to great lengths to keep hidden, even if it means alienating those closest to him. Throwing himself into rehabilitating the once-abandoned orchard, Samuel turns to a surprising new ally.
Book 2 of the Amish Vines and Orchards series asks: can the three faithfully follow God’s leading and build a new home and orchard in Maine? Or will this new beginning lead to more ruin and heartbreak?
My Review of book two: http://kryssiruss.blogspot.com/2013/05/book-review-winnowing-season-book-2-of.html
What you Missed in Book three, For Every Season:
fes_lgWorking hard to develop a new Amish community outside of Unity, Maine, Rhoda Byler is fully committed to rehabilitating an orchard with business partner Samuel King. But an impulsive decision has created an unexpected strain in her relationship with her beau, Samuel’s brother, Jacob, threatening plans for the orchard. Amidst mounting tension in matters of the heart and business, Rhoda finds that this fledging settlement feels like the home she has always longed for, and she begins to embrace the God-given, heightened intuition that has always felt like a burden to her. She longs for Jacob to fully be free of his past, so they can work towards the future together.
But as Rhoda uses her gift to unpack an old secret with her Englisch neighbors, it is not her beau but an unlikely ally that cheers her on. With the orchard on shaky ground and Jacob’s plans in question, Rhoda is determined to see things through to harvest. But can she trust her insight to direct her path in matters of the heart?
My Review of book three: http://kryssiruss.blogspot.com/2013/10/book-reviewfor-every-season-book-3-of.html

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the booklookbloggers®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Milk Bone Brushing Chews Review

20140415_21440020140415_214408This being a family blog, I’ve hardly ever touched on the unsung and yet just as important members of the family: the family dog. I have 2 personally, a black lab mix named Milo and a Jack Russell/Beagle mix named Duke. And these two, I value as much as my own 3 children (I call them my fur babies all the time).
Problem is, unlike real children, it is hard to keep up on their dental hygiene. How does one brush their teeth, keep their breath fresh, and keep their teeth strong and healthy until their ripe old age? We have tried many different treat-based options, and were left disappointed.

As oral hygiene is important for you, research has shown that it is just as important for your dog. Now, there’s an effective, easy and affordable solution to cleaning your dog’s teeth daily too – Milk-Bone® Brushing Chews™! Despite veterinarians’ recommendations for pet owners to practice regular brushing at home and schedule periodic professional teeth cleanings for their pets, more than 80 percent of dogs develop periodontal disease by 3 years of age, according to the American Veterinary Dental Society. Now, new Milk-Bone® Brushing Chews™ make your dog’s daily oral care as easy a routine as your own. And the good news is, when fed daily, Milk-Bone® Brushing Chews™ are clinically proven to be as effective as brushing a dog’s teeth twice per week based on reduction of tartar build-up and bad breath. Essentially, with Milk-Bone® Brushing Chews™, now your dog can brush its own teeth!

Then Milk Bone Brushing Chews showed up on our door, and immediately, we noticed a difference. I was provided a review product and gift and to purchase more brushing chews. My dogs and I love this product. These were treats that my dogs actually wanted to eat. After a few treats, I noticed my dogs had shinier, healthier-looking teeth and gums, and their breath did not send me running from the room. I can really see that, with repeated use, these treats will indeed improve their overall dental health.
I plan to use Milk Bone Brushing Chews exclusively from now on to assist in keeping my fur babies’ teeth shiny, their gums healthy, and their breath fresh for many years to come.

About Milk-Bone® Brushing ChewsTM:
  • Milk-Bone® Brushing ChewsTM were developed to transform at-home dental care for dogs, so that now your dog to brush his own teeth every day – just like you!
  • *When fed daily, Milk-Bone® Brushing ChewsTM are clinically proven to be as effective as brushing your dog’s teeth twice per week based on the reduction of tartar build-up and bad breath
  • Milk-Bone® Brushing ChewsTM feature a specially designed 75 degree twist that helps the brushing nubs reach down to the gum line, even cleaning hard-to-reach back teeth
  • Milk-Bone® Brushing ChewsTM are clinically proven to reduce tartar build-up, as well as freshen your dog’s breath, bringing you and your dog closer together
  • Milk-Bone® Brushing ChewsTM are so effective that they have earned the trusted Veterinary Oral Health Council’s (VOHC) Seal of Acceptance, similar to the American Dental Association (ADA) seal seen on human dental products

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Now its your turn to try it on your Fur babies - Comment below telling me one thing about your dog that you love and how you keep your fur baby's teeth healthy for a chance to win a Milk-Bone® Brushing ChewsTM product and a gift card. 

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Book Review: Blissful Surrender Blog Tour

Book Description: This is a story of Sean Miller, a dom that will have your panties diving for cover with an eyebrow quirk. That will have even the strongest woman dropping to their knees in submission with a piercing stare, and Samantha Richards, a female cop who’s tough, seemingly impenetrable shell is strong enough to resist everyone except the one man it was build up to protect her against.

**Disclaimer – If you thought the first two Bliss books were hot, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Creative use of handcuffs, batons, a club scene you have to read to believe, and a tough as nails dominant who is blindsided when the one woman strong enough to disarm him threatens his resolve not to let his past dictate his future.**

Like the other books in the Bliss series, this book can be read as a stand alone. There are common characters in the books but it is not necessary to read the first two books in the series to read this one.blissful surrender_final cover

Blissful Surrender

My Thoughts: Ten years have past and they both cant move on from the one that got away.…. I don’t like to give the story away so you wont get any spoilers here. I will say that BJ Harvey develops these characters in a way where your heart bleeds for the couple who let someone get in-between and now years later they still cant let each other go. Samantha has been raised to believe letting any control go means your weak. Sean wants to show her how surrendering, at least in bed, isn't relinquishing control in fact it’s the opposite. She controls his heart and doesn’t even know it…
This book was a fun and fast read. Great for reading between errands or while waiting in a doctors office. If you are familiar with BJ Harvey’s Bliss series you will love reading about Samantha and Sean. And if you haven't read them like that’s ok too, as it says in the description they read like stand alone novels. I have a love/hate relationship with shorter novels. I love that I can breeze through then but I also hate how it leaves you wanting more! BJ Harvey definitely leaves you wanting to know more. If you pick up this book come back here and let me know what you thought of it!
I personally cant wait to read the other two books in this series and both are on sale now…

Bliss Book Sale_MayTemporary Bliss
True Bliss

About the Author:  BJ Harvey is the Amazon Bestselling Author of The Bliss Romantic Comedy Series and The Lost Romantic Suspense Series. An avid music fan, you will always find her with headphones when writing, and the speakers blaring the rest of the time. She's a wife, a mom to two beautiful children, and a full-time university student. BJ resides with her family in what she considers the best country in the world--New Zealand.

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I was given an advance copy of this book in exchange for this post. All views expressed are my own.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Giveaway from Perrigo Nutritionals

Savvy moms know every little bit counts when it comes to saving money. From shopping around for the best deals to clipping coupons each week, there are plenty of tips and tricks to stretch a household budget. As families grow and new bundles of joy arrive, it becomes even more important to spend smartly.

As you all know our family grew this year. And with that expenses grew. Let me start off by saying I can be a bit of a brand snob, OK a big brand snob. I will only use XX brand diapers and wipes and only bought XX brand baby gear and that also extended to the brands of Formula and foods I would feed my children. I was recently given an opportunity from Perrigo Nutritionals to review store brand baby foods and formula.

Perrigo Nutritionals store brand products are as nutritionally complete as the national brands, but cost significantly less. They are sold under individual retailer brands, such as Walmart’s Parent’s Choice and Target’s Up & Up Store brand product. Moms can purchase store brand products for their baby without compromising nutrition or spending a bundle!

image84As part of this opportunity, I was sent:
  • A copy of “Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your  Passion for Life” by Crystal Paine
  • 1 container of store brand formula
  • 9 assorted Puree Pouches
  • 5 assorted Puffs
  • 4 assorted Yogurt Bites

My little guy got to try foods from these store brands: Parent’s Choice, Up & Up, Meijer, Comforts, and Cottontails.

 “Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life”, is full of advice on how to not only save, but set priorities and manage time and money. Paine’s book contains practical ideas, like purchasing store brand products, and simple solutions that will help any parent become a super saver!

Crystal Paine’s 5 Money Saving Tips for Families

  • Create a Budget A budget gives you parameters and purpose, it gives you boundaries, and it gives you freedom to live creatively within those boundaries. Shop With Cash When you shop with a credit card (or even a debit card, for that matter!) you can have your budget in your head and you can do the best to stick with it when you check out, but it’s so much easier to go just a little bit over here and there when you’re swiping!
  • Plan a Menu When you have a plan in place for what you’re supposed to be eating each meal and you’ve already purchased the ingredients for those recipes, it’s a lot harder to justify chucking the plan for takeout. Use Coupons Coupons are a great way to save a lot of money on your grocery bill, but they can be hard to keep up with. Clipping, sorting, and organizing coupons takes time — so enter a coupon database! You’ll have access to printable and other coupons currently available and it’s one of the most effective and efficient ways to save money on groceries.
  • Buy Store Brands One way to save a great deal of money on your grocery budget is to learn to like and use a variety of brands. The sooner you can get over being a brand-snob, the more your pocketbook will thank you. For example, while I breast fed my children, moms who choose to formula feed can save up to 50 percent by switching to store brand formula, which meets the same FDA quality standards as expensive name brands. There are also coupons available at a website - StoreBrandFormula.com (www.storebrandformula.com).  This one simple change can save moms about $600 a year. 

I've just started reading the book and Crystal Paine, Wife, mother, blogger extraordinaire, has some great tips on de-stressing your everyday. Check back with me after I've finished the book and put some of her strategies to use.

Now on to the products. I was skeptical but thought we could at least try it. BUT I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the items and my little guy actually prefers some of these products to the name brand stuff. I now find myself seeking out Perrigo Nutritionals products at my local stores.
About Perrigo Nutritionals

  • Many moms are not aware that they can save up to 50 percent on infant formula by choosing a store brand over a national brand
  • Store Brand Formula is nutritionally comparable to the national brands, yet are typically up to half the price, and can save you about $600 a year
  • Perrigo Nutritionals is the largest supplier of Store Brand Infant Formula and nutrition products in the world and one of only four companies recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for meeting the strict FDA requirements for safety, nutrition and quality for infant formula-manufacturing in the United States
  • Same standards and expertise used to develop infant formula applied to toddler foods
  • Toddler foods are appropriately developed for variety of stages of growth and motor skills with quality, nutritional ingredients to create foundation of good nutrition

Our Liam is usually strictly fed breast milk so I didn’t think we would have the chance to try the formula but due to recent issues in finding milk donors we had to make a temporary switch to formula. Prior to getting my review pack I was talking to a gal pal who recommended Parents Choice formula for the switch because she found it the easiest on her babies when she made the switch. We had previously tried name brands before and our little guy rejected them as well as give him discomfort. First let me explain a bit my children have MSPI, Milk Soy Protein Intolerance. So finding a formula no matter what brand/type that wont make them sick is a hassle.

6996977-420When I received my box of goodies I thought it was funny that the formula included was the very same one my friend recommended. Although this was actually the hardest for me to try, remember brand snob!, when we ran out of milk instead of purchasing XX brand I made him a bottle of Parents Choice formula. Right away I could see a difference and liked it. You’ll have to take my friend’s word for it but she says that she personally thinks it tastes the closest to breast milk. Yep SHE tried them all, so she took that bullet for all of us. My little Liam took the bottle fine and made the switch well. So I for one am sold on Parents Choice formula.

1001029_713733432337_A_400The puffs and yogurt bites are a big hit with our little guy and we don’t see a difference other than price between the name brand and store brand. I have also found that sometimes stores will offer more flavors in their brand. That is always a plus! Since trying what was sent to us, we have tried other store brand baby foods and our little guy loves it!

13971541_201308121147I personally love the puree pouches verses the name brand jars because I can just attach a spoon top and go… Yeah, I know there are name brand pouches out there too but now I’m hooked and love the savings.

So now its your turn to try it. Perrigo Nutritionals is going to send one family treasures reader the same goodie package I received. Enter below…..

“The Perrigo Nutritionals product, information and two gift packs have been provided by Perrigo Nutritionals.”