#PostGoodness Breakfast Bowls & $25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

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As a busy mom, I rarely have time to eat a sensible breakfast. Honestly, I am lucky if I have enough time to just grab a Pop-tart. So when Post sent me their new Post Goodness Breakfast Bowls I was ready to give them a try. I like the fact that all of the different flavors have a foundation of slow cooked steel cut oats so it makes them very hearty and makes you fuller longer. The Post Goodness Breakfast Bowls come in four different varieties: Maple & Brown Sugar, Apples & Cinnamon, Maple & Real Bacon, and Real Sausage & Cheddar Cheese. I was sent two flavors to try out; Apples & Cinnamon and Real Sausage & Cheddar Chesse.

The first thing I noticed about the bowls, is that they are portable and very easy to heat up. It only takes 60 seconds and breakfast is ready! This is not only great news for a busy mom, but these would be perfect if you needed something quick to eat at your desk at work. Each bowl has at least 26 grams of whole grains and 8 grams of protein. This will make you feel full and less inclined to snack throughout the morning. We all know how enticing those vending machines can be.

Apples & Cinnamon

The first flavor I tried was the Apples & Cinnamon. This was more my style because I prefer sweet foods in the morning over savory foods. As I said before, it was super easy to make and only took me about 45 seconds to heat up. I will be honest and say that the bowls do not look very appetizing. I was wary when I took the first bite but it was actually pretty yummy. I am not a huge oatmeal fan so I was surprised that I liked this. It has a very strong flavor of cinnamon and there are little pieces of apple throughout the bowl. I even let my 10 month old have a few bites and she seemed to like it.

real sausage & cheddar cheese

The next flavor was the Real Sausage & Cheddar Cheese. I will say that this was not a favorite of mine. It did have a lot of pieces of sausage in the bowl but it just tasted a lot like sausage gravy to me. I couldn’t really taste the oats because the flavor was so strong. I am not a huge fan of sausage anyway so this is probably just a personal preference.

I think that the Post Goodness Breakfast Bowls are a great way to start your morning especially if you are on the go a lot like me. They are quick and will really help fuel your morning. I think they are a great option for a convenient and healthy breakfast. You can find them at your local Walmart and you can even get a $1 off COUPON to use on your next visit.

So that you can try these out for yourself, Post is offering one of my readers the chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card. Who couldn’t use this during the holidays right?! To enter just fill out the form below. This is open to US residents only.

 

Disclosure: I received product and compensation for completing a review. All opinions are my own. 

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Minnie Mouse Party Kit Review

My baby girl is going to turn 1 in January. I still can’t believe that it has been a year ago since I had her! I want to give her a special party but I am still going to keep it simple with just family and a few friends coming over. Since she loves Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, I am going to give her a Minnie Mouse theme party . I found the cutest party supplies at Birthday in a Box. They had adorable Disney party supplies for me to choose from.

I found the perfect set, the Minnie 1st Birthday Deluxe Kit. It comes with everything that I need for 8 guests:

  • 1 Birthday Candles
  • Light Yellow Streamer
  • 8 Minnie Mouse 1st Birthday Cake Plates
  • 8 Minnie Mouse 1st Birthday Cups
  • 16 Minnie Mouse 1st Birthday Napkins
  • 1 Minnie’s First Birthday Table Cover
  • 8 Pink Spoons, 8 Pink Forks, 8 Pink Knives
  • 1 Pink Streamer

I may end up buying some extra supplies in case people want to go back for seconds, who doesn’t want seconds of cake right? I will also buy some more decorations like balloons and  a banner but you can also buy these separately or in a kit on Birthday in a Box. I think the prices are great and the quality of the products is great and will really get the job done. I also love that shopping for my party supplies was so easy! I am able to get everything I need, minus the cake, and not even have to leave my living room. I don’t have to drive all around town looking for the perfect theme and make sure that everything matches.

You should really check out Birthday in a Box and see all of their awesome party ideas. There really is something for everyone and the ordering and shipping of the supplies is so quick and easy. My supplies came in only a few days of ordering. I can’t wait to put everything together and give my baby girl her very first birthday! I will be sure to post pictures :) .

Disclosure: I received products for review purposes only. All opinions are my own.

Keep Baby Clean & Cozy with Dreft #Giveaway #DreftHypo

This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Dreft. I received product free of charge, but all opinions are 100% mine.

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Daylight Savings Time is right around the corner, can you believe it?!! That means that it is going to be getting darker and colder and as a mom, I want to keep my baby bundled and warm. I know that I don’t have to worry about her skin getting irritated from all of those extra clothes because I use Dreft, the  #1 baby laundry detergent choice of pediatricians to be gentle and hypoallergenic on baby’s skin.

Dreft has been a trusted brand used by many moms for over 80 years! I have used it myself since my baby was born and we have gone through a TON of laundry. I love that Dreft has that delicious baby smell and is also tough on stains while still being gentle for my baby’s skin. I was sent several products from the Dreft product line to try out.

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I was able to really put them to the test when Aria got mangoes all over her sleeve. She loves eating mangoes so this happens a lot! I used the laundry stain remover to pre-treat the stain and washed it in the laundry detergent. It came out smelling great and as you can see from the pictures, it got the shirt clean. I also received the Dreft wipes, which I didn’t even know they made, and they are great for cleaning her high chair and crib rails. They make things smell amazing!

Dreft is offering a $2 coupon that you can print and use on your next purchase. Dreft is also hosting a Twitter party. Join #DreftHypo on Nov. 6th from 9-10pm as they discuss the best ways to keep baby comfortable and safe from the cold this winter season with pediatrician Dr. Dyan Hes, a New York Magazine 2013 Top Doctor – and mother of two! You can also when some great prizes like:

Prize #1 –  Our approved blogger Dreft prize pack (2 bottles of Dreft; 1 set of Dreft wipes; 1 laundry stain remover; 1 to-go stain remover; 1 odor eliminator and fabric refresher) + $25 gift card for Little Me clothing and Little Me footie pajamas

Prize #2 – Our blogger Dreft prize pack + $50 gift card for Little Me clothing+ 1 Little Me Cable Sweater and Hat set

Prize #3: Our blogger Dreft prize pack + $75 gift card for Little Me clothing+ 1 Little Me Coverall Unisex Cable Sweater

Prize #4: Our blogger Dreft prize pack + $100 gift card for Little Me clothing + 1 Little Me Quilted Pram

 You can RSVP for the twitter party by signing up here.

 

To enter, just fill out the form below. This is open to US residents only. Good luck and don’t forget to join us for the Twitter party!Dreft Prize Pack

Now, Dreft is offering one of my readers the chance to win their very own prize pack like I received. It includes:

  • 2 bottles of Dreft ($38)
  • 1 set of Dreft wipes ($10)
  • 1 laundry stain remover ($5)
  • 1 to-go stain remover ($4)
  • 1 odor eliminator and fabric refresher ($5)
  • $30 gift card for Little Me clothing ($30)
  • Little Me footie pajamas sz. 6 months ($16)

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Cascade Platinum Party 2 and Giveaway! #cascadeshiningreviews

 “This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Cascade. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.”

I hosted my second party for the Cascade Platinum Shining Reviews and it was a blast! You can read about my first Cascade Platinum Party to see how that one went. This time instead of hosting a late lunch, I did a brunch. It was delicious. I had a few friends and in-laws over to show them how the new Cascade Platinum worked in the dishwasher without any pre-washing.

French toast

First, the menu. I made some yummy french toast and egg and cheese crescents.The food was easy to make but it did leave a big mess behind. I let all the dishes sit so everyone could see how they looked before. I thought this would be interesting to see if it really is the Cascade Platinum working or just the dishwasher. My first party was held at my Mom’s house and she has a much better and newer dishwasher then I do so we will see how my dishes come out compared to the ones at her house.

Cascade Platinum Party 2

As you can see from the picture above, the dishes came out sparkling clean even without pre-washing and soaking. There weren’t even any spots left on the pie pan! So even with my old dishwasher, the dishes came out great! Cascade and Marie Claire actually took a survey of people’s dishwashing habits and found that nearly half (46%) of survey respondents believe that skipping the pre-wash will lead to dirtier dishes. When in reality, breaking this habit – and skipping pre-wash – along with using Cascade Platinum, will help them achieve the ultimate clean and sparkle every time.

Other key findings from the study reveal that 89-percent of those surveyed did not realize that most dishwashers feature a garbage disposal, which safely disposes of any remaining food soil on the dishes. And, of all the people wasting their time pre-washing, three-quarters (74%) are experiencing daily fails with dishes that come out looking dirty, spotted or streaked after running them in the dishwasher, with nearly half of respondents (51%) re-washing their dirty dishes a second time.

After hosting the two parties I am very impressed with Cascade Platinum and so were my guests. I will be using this from now on because I really can tell a difference when I use Cascade Platinum instead of my normal dish washing detergent. You can try Cascade Platinum for free by printing a rebate at Cascade.com. Try it and let them know what you think by leaving a review on their site with #cascadeshiningreviews! Here is to cleaner dishes and less time getting them.

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I am hosting a giveaway for a Cascade Prize Pack that will include:

  • ·         1 pack of Cascade Platinum
  • ·         1 Bottle of Cascade Rinse Aid
  • ·         Whisk
  • ·         Spatula
  • ·         Wine Topper
  • ·         Sugar Sifter

This is open to US residents only. Just fill out the form below. Good luck!
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The Power of the Heart Book Review #poweroftheheart

“This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/The Power of The Heart”

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I was able to review the new book “The Power of the Heart” by Baptist De Pape. I read the concept of the book and I really thought that it sounded interesting and like something that I might enjoy. Here is a little bit about the book:

The Power of the Heart shows how you can overcome limitations in your daily life to find your true potential – and reveals the heart to be a source of love and wisdom that far surpasses that of the mind.There are many different ways to connect with your heart’s power and intelligence. The book explains how to listen to your heart’s voice and hear its wisdom. It also explains ways in which you can develop your intuition, create synchronicity, clarify your intentions, and exercise the power of gratitude. All of these – intuition, intention, gratitude, and synchronicity – are also powers of the heart.

It is more of a spiritual book which is not something that I normally read but I was interested in it none the less. I was pleased to find that it was a very easy read. I could finish a chapter before bed, even with an 8 month old to take care of. The book is full of inspiring quotes from some very famous thinkers like Maya Angelou, Deepak Chopra, Isabel Allende, Jane Goodall, and many more. The book has some of the most beautiful pictures that really help to calm you.

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I loved the quotes and the Contemplation exercises that followed each chapter. They really make you stop and think. I would take some time and “meditate” or try to quiet my mind while I would go on my daily walks. It wasn’t easy to do with everything that I needed to do running through my thoughts but each day it got a little easier and soon I was just listening to the birds and my daughter making noises in her stroller and I found it to be very soothing. I may not have come across any great ideas or epiphanies but I did get a little stress relief.

I found that the overall theme to the book was simply to take some quite time for yourself everyday and try to listen to what your heart is telling you to do. If you do that then you will be much more happy and content in your life. The heart knows what we truly want out of life and if we can stop to listen to it then maybe we will find and achieve what we truly want. That is what I got out of it anyway :) .

The Power of the Heart comes out on October 7th and you can preorder it here.

FulcrumGallery.com Review

I was looking for some cute wall art for my daughter’s nursery. I wanted something to liven up the walls and give it some color. I came across a really cool art site called FulcrumGallery.com. They had a wide variety of art and prints to choose from that I knew I would find something there.

FulcrumGallery.com has a wide selection of canvas and framed art prints as well as mirrors. You can also use your own photos to make a custom canvas. There really is something for everyone. I like that you can search by rooms, subject, style, or artist. I searched by rooms and chose “Kid’s Rooms” to start with. They have so many cute and fun things that it was hard to decide but I finally found the perfect print.

I chose the Kathy Middlebrook Play Laugh Dream print. I also chose it to be framed in a 2″ silver frame. It was very easy to order and it was shipped very quickly. I think it turned out perfect for her room. Her walls are a light lavender color and the pink in the print really pops. I love how colorful the butterflies are as well. The frame was very easy to hang. The only think I don’t like is that the frame looks more gold then a silver color to me but it still looks good in the room. I was very happy with the quality and it is not cheap looking at all.

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I think the print looks great in her room and it is something that works in a nursery and can easily be used in a “big girl” room.I had a great experience with FulcrumGallery.com and I look forward to browsing their site again in the future. There really are just so many things that it can get a little overwhelming if you don’t have something specific in mind. Be sure to check out all of their sales going on to really save.

 

Disclosure: I received a product for review purposes only. All opinions are my own.

My Daddy Smiles Book Review & Giveaway

My Daddy Smiles

I was sent another book to review from Daddy & Co. called “My Daddy Smiles“. You can read my other reviews for Daddy & Co. here and here. I love the products from Daddy & Co. and this new book is no exception. This is a really cute board book for young children to share with their Daddy’s.

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“My Daddy Smiles” is written by Paige Nickell and tells the story of what makes Daddy smile. He does all kinds of activities with his little girl like going to the zoo, flying a kite, hiking and much more. The story is really sweet and the pictures are bright and adorable. My little girl loves that she can grab the pages and easily turn them.

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The book is made of great quality and can easily stand up to being thrown around by a little one. At $10.99, the book is affordable and will make a great gift, especially for a new Daddy. There are many other Daddy books written by Paige Nickell that you can find on the Daddy & Co. website as well. I highly recommend them. They are great for spending quality time with your little one.

Daddy & Co. is offering one of my readers the chance to win their very own copy of “My Daddy Smiles”. This is open to US residents only. Just fill out the form below. Good luck!

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Disclosure: I received a book for review purposes only. All opinions are my own. 

Cascade Platinum Review & Giveaway #Cascadeshiningreviews

 “This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Cascade. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.”

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I was asked to host a Cascade Platinum Shining Reviews Party to introduce people to Cascade‘s premium product, Cascade Platinum. I had a few of my friends and family over to my mom’s house and we had a BIG lunch with lots of dirty dishes to try out the new product for ourselves. I’m talking roast beef, rice & gravy, mac & cheese, green beans, brownies, and strawberry shortcake! Is your mouth watering yet? It was delicious!

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I was really interested to see how Cascade Platinum would do on these dishes, we had a huge mess to clean up. We were told not to pre-wash or soak any of the dishes, just scrape out the food and stick them straight in the dishwasher. According to Cascade, it works best when food soil is left on the dishes because special enzymes latch onto the food breaking it down so it can wash away. If there is no food soil, then there’s nothing for the enzymes to attach to and your detergent isn’t working it’s hardest for you.  I always pre-wash my dishes so this was hard for me to do. I wasn’t sure if they would really get all of the stuck on food off.Plus, I made the brownies the night before so we had 24 hour stuck on food to deal with too. The brownie pan wasn’t too bad to begin with since I greased it real well and the brownies came right out.

Before Washing

Before Washing

 

After Washing

After Washing

I was worried about all of the food damaging the dishwasher but there is a garbage disposal built into the bottom of almost all dishwashers that works just like the disposal in the sink, I didn’t know that! We had several loads of dishes to do so we really put the Cascade Platinum to the test. I used both the detergent and rinse aid with each load and the dishes came out sparkling clean! All the stuck on food was gone. I love that the Cascade Platinum even works to keep your dishwasher sparkling clean as well as your dishes.

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This will save me a ton of time pre-washing. I will probably still soak the really hard to clean dishes just because habits are hard to break. Everyone at the party really enjoyed all the food and seeing how clean all the dishes got at the end of the party. They were also sent home with their very own Cascade Platinum to try out for themselves and write their own reviews. I hope this helps make doing the dishes less daunting for everyone.

Have an opinion to share? Head to the Cascade website to leave a short review of Cascade Platinum (http://www.cascadeclean.com/us/cascade/review) including #CascadeShiningReviews. One reviewer will win a Kitchen Aid Dishwasher!

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Cascade wants you to try out Cascade Platinum for yourself and see how well it works on your dirty dishes. They are offering one of my readers their very own prize pack that includes:

  • Cascade Platinum Rinse Aid
  • Cascade Platinum
  • Whisk
  • Spatula
  • Cheese grater
  • Oven mitts

To enter just fill out the form below. This is open to US residents only. Also, make sure to come back for the second party post where I will put Cascade Platinum to the test again… and maybe have another giveaway!

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