Jan 29, 2015

Breaking the Hiatus

After an unplanned hiatus from blogging, filled with stress and toddlers and school, I realized that blogging isn't just a hobby to me.  I think I actually need to write to keep myself sane.

I hadn't really planned to take a vacation from blogging, but for the last month things have been so hectic that I couldn't even sort my thoughts out enough to sit down in front of the computer to type. Even sitting here now, I'm wondering if I will sound like a babbling fool or if my thoughts will be coherent enough for anyone to read.

So, what's been going on the last couple of weeks?  Matt got a really good job working at a nuclear plant - three hours away.  To avoid having to get up at 3am every day in order to make it to work on time, he's opted to stay at his aunt's house in the area, so now we only get to see him every other weekend.  If I wasn't struggling trying to figure out how to be a good mom before, it's doubly hard now without any help.

I know I have no room to complain; there are single moms who not only raise their kids, they have to financially support them as well.  My hat goes off to them, because I'm learning that I don't think I would be able to survive in that situation.  Ok, I'm sure I would - because my kids give me the strength to do whatever is necessary, but I understand how hard single moms have it.

An update on Sammy-man: he's 4 now.  And he makes sure to tell everyone that even thinks about looking his way that he is 4.  He's had a lot of testing at his daycare lately to see if he needs any kind of special services, and the meeting for the results is in a week.  This will probably be one of the longest weeks ever.  He's so smart; he knows all his letters and numbers and can even spell a few words... but because of his behavior issues, they're still wondering if there's some developmental delays or something on the Autism spectrum.  Whatever the answer, we'll deal with it as it comes along.

And Kaya?  My itty bitty baby girl has gotten so big this month.  Not size-wise; poor kid is still puny and half the size of her peers.  But she talks.  Oh my goodness, she talks.  It's so different raising her when comparing her to where Sammy was at around the same age.  Oh, and she has this independent streak going on right now; she wants to dress herself and put on her own shoes, and she refuses to be carried except when it's getting close to bedtime.  She's even showing interest in potty training!

So I guess that's all the news for now, but I plan on updating more often.  I miss writing, and I miss you guys!

Jan 3, 2015

Endless Curls Barbie Review

A big thank you to Amy from Amy and Aron's Real Life Reviews for this guest post and to Toys R Us for providing a sample for review.

The Endless Curls Barbie is a great gift for girls, or anyone that likes Barbie. The wonderful people at Toys R Us sent me one as a sample for a review.  We love this doll. Cassie fixes her hair all of the time and can do so many different styles with ease. Her hair isn't regular Barbie hair. She can curl straighten and over again for hours at a time. 




The Endless Curls Barbie comes with curlers, hair clips, bows, a curling iron and straightener (no heat), and her very own brush. These can create endless combinations of hair styles.


Another part Cassie loves about her is her body style and shape are the same as regular Barbie and she can wear any of the cloths sold separately at our local store. 


This Endless Curls Barbie was free for the purpose of this review and my opinion is 100% my own. I recommend this Barbie for every little girl and Barbie collector. THANK YOU  Toy's R Us.





  

Jan 2, 2015

5 Fabulous Foods for Happy Heart that you can try

Awareness towards healthy food for better heart health has grown a lot in recent years. Various websites and communities are working collectively to spread the knowledge of cardiac diseases and its prevention. Even the supermarkets are loaded with food options that support your heart health but at the same time it has been the matter of confusion for those who don’t know which food would really help! So, check these 5 fabulous food options that will keep your heart happy and running while you enjoy their amazing flavors.

1.    Salmon – Catchy taste, unmatchable texture and extensive health benefits are the three things that work for the popularity of this oily fish. This fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids that according to varied studies are vital for the heart health. The intake of salmon as conveyed by the International Society working for heart care in its latest study would reduce your chances of suffering from cardiovascular ailments like “Atherosclerosis” means blockage of arteries due to plaque built up and “Arrhythmia” that causes irregular heartbeats. The salmon oil supplements can also be taken if you are not getting this fish easily for direct consumption.

2.     Nuts – The mix of all types of nuts like walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts and pistachios together make healthy snacking idea. You can either have it blanched or roasted to fulfil your frequent food cravings. The nuts are high on fiber and omega-3 fatty acids that are instrumental in removing the bad cholesterol from your body while increasing the HDL levels. Go easy on nuts that are having added salt or are fried for extra taste.

3.    Beans – All beans contain proteins and fibers. The beans and even the legumes are great tasting foods that also work for healthy heart. According to recent study, the people who consumed legumes or beans in any form at least four times a week were found at 20% lower risk of heart disease. Doesn’t it sound amazing! So, next time you head towards your kitchen to find some calorie rich food, opt for beans instead. The sprouted variety will offer even better results.

4.    Oatmeal – Oatmeal or oats are very famous these days and are available in ready to cook forms. The use of oats as breakfast or even whole through the day is increased in a noteworthy manner. The fiber rich oats would flush away bad cholesterol from your blood stream and keep the arteries clean.

5.    Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Oil and healthy for heart? Yes, it is the fact! The extra virgin olive oil has proven results. The studies have revealed that regular consumption of olive oil would induce monounsaturated fats in your body which is also known as good fat. This will reduce your chances of getting sudden heart failure or stroke by about 30% which is fair big deal. The salads, pastas and breads can be topped with the extra virgin olive oil to enjoy great taste, melting texture and healthy heart.

These are the 5 fabulous food options that can be tried to get healthy heart and not just that, these
foods also taste well!


Carol is a food lover and loves to spend most of her time in the kitchen preparing simple and healthy meal. Her motto is to provide her family decent and hygienic food. Currently she is connected with www.uspuregarciniacambogia.com/, an online store for pure garcinia cambogia extract.

Dec 28, 2014

Truly Scrumptious by Heidi Klum Review

A big thank you to ToysRUs for providing a sample for this review.  All opinions are my own.


With the holidays come photo ops, and my baby girl loves all of the attention.  She's only a year and a half, but I can already tell that she's going to be a "girly-girl"; always wanting to dress up and twirl - don't get me started on her love for shoes.

When the opportunity to review the Truly Scrumptious line by Heidi Klum came up, I couldn't say no.  The little outfits and accessories truly are "scrumptious" - these are some of the cutest little outfits I have ever seen.

We received the Black/Ivory Glitter Brocade Print Long Sleeve Dress and Diaper Cover and the sweetest little faux fur jacket.


What I like most about this line, is that while the clothing is absolutely adorable and high quality, the prices are very affordable.  Take the dress for instance, full price is $24.99 but it is on sale right now for $11.98.  Both prices are amazing for a holiday dress!

It fits well, made of 95% cotton and 5% spandex, and has a three layer skirt (plus the solid white diaper cover) to make sure that there's no diaper print peeks during those holiday pictures.  The dress is machine washable, and can go in the dryer on low - huge plus.  


"From apparel and accessories perfect for mixing and matching, to furniture, bedding, room decor and gear featuring fun, colorful patterns, as well as optimal functionality, the Truly Scrumptious collection by Heidi Klum, a Babies'R'Us exclusive, is designed for newborns, infants, toddlers and growing kids. The collection offers a fresh look, feel and practicality that moms will love, and Heidi has applied her very own mom stamp of approval to each and every item."
I will definitely be purchasing more outfits (and adorable hair accessories!) from the Heidi Klum collection - I was thoroughly impressed with the quality and cuteness of this dress! They have clothes for baby boys and girls, as well as toddler clothes. 



You can check out Truly Scrumptious at ToysRUs, and connect on Facebook and Twitter!

Dec 10, 2014

X Out Review

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for X Out. I received samples of X Out to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating.

My niece, Abby, is one of the coolest kids I know.  She worked with me for this review, and my sister is the one who wrote this:

Acne is one thing that almost all teens go through. It's almost like a right of passage into life as a young adult. There are so many events that a "Zit" goes to but is not exactly welcome. Dances, dates, a class debate, or a recital. Black head breakouts are so embarrassing as well. My daughter has struggled with them both.

As a mother it's painful to see her struggle with these issues when regular treatments aren't doing the trick. Over the counter face washes, peels, strips, the 1, 2, 3 treatments, oral medications, you name it, we've talked about it. Not all of that stuff works. Not only are some of these time consuming, they can be very expensive. That's why we love X Out.

X Out is a unique one-step Wash-In Treatment that washes powerful breakout fighting medicine (8.5% benzoyl peroxide)  into pores to help kill the bacteria that causes pimples while moisturizing and helping to protect the skin.

She is so busy between school, homework, Marching Band, Girl Scouts, Baby sitting, and church, there are some days she doesn't get home until almost bed time. She is a normal active teen, adding  skin treatments hasn't worked, until now....

This once a day face wash has not only helped out her skin in a noticeable amount, it is soft, not dried out like some of the other harsh treatments we have tried in the past.

 X Out is a realistic skin treatment that fits in with her busy life and makes her happy, confident, and brings out her amazing radiance. Her self esteem is growing. I see her smiling more and sparking up conversations with other kids instead of keeping to herself. My beautiful baby is finally starting to see just how beautiful she actually is.


She loves X Out because it works and it's dependable. It keeps her skin even balanced and she doesn't need to add anything to it. She can wear her make up without worrying. It doesn't leave any residue on her face.

Here's what she had to say about it:

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For more information on X Out - Visit their website at XOut.com.  You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Dec 8, 2014

OshKosh B'gosh #GiveHappy

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for OshKosh B’gosh. I received an OshKosh B’gosh gift card to purchase product and to thank me for my participation.



I was an OshKosh B'gosh kid.  Most of my baby pictures are of me running around in adorable little overalls, getting into trouble.  My mom has always sworn by the quality of their clothing.

Straight from '89 - Rockin' my OshKosh B'gosh Jumper!
Now that I have kids of my own, I buy a lot of OshKosh too.  The superior quality, great prices, and adorable styles - you just cant go wrong with them!  My little guys are rough on clothes, but OshKosh's durable denim withstands my little hurricanes no problem.  That's why they're one of the brands I know I can always depend on.


OshKosh B'gosh provided us with a $100 gift card to shop with, and I immediately perused their site. They have so many wonderful holiday outfits and just plain cute clothes, that I had a hard time picking items for my two little ones.  I wanted to find a couple of outfits that were appropriate for holiday events with the families, yet something they could wear the rest of the season.

Whether it's for holiday pictures, family events, or just new clothes for Christmas, OshKosh has gorgeous outfits at great prices for sizes NB to 12!



Their site has this great section, Outfitting, that shows you complete looks.  Also, when you find an item you love, they have recommendations on the side that would make great outfits.  That ended up being how I shopped; I found the cutest pair of overalls for Kaya and then they recommended a long sleeve top that will be so precious with them!


In all, we got a pair of sneakers, two pairs of jeans, one pair of overalls, two shirts, two pairs of yoga pants, and a sweater - all for under $100.  That's amazing!


My little guys were so happy about their new outfits, and wore them to their Nana's for Thanksgiving dinner.  Sammy kept showing off his new "green light up shoes!" and Kaya wouldn't take her sweater off because it was pretty.  


OshKosh wants us to remember to #GiveHappy this holiday season.  Whether it's giving hugs, giving memories, giving cookies, or just giving smiles - #GiveHappy is about celebrating the holidays and delighting in the simple joys of childhood this Christmas season. It’s in the simple, everyday moments that #GiveHappy lives.



One way they're helping #GiveHappy is by offering a 25% discount on all orders $30 or more.  Just click the coupon to print and bring in store (store locator) or use the promo code GIVE25 in their online store.


Be sure to connect with OshKosh B'gosh on Twitter and Facebook!

How will you #GiveHappy this holiday season?

Jay Companies #Giveaway

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Sponsored by Jay Companies

Brought to you by Mom Powered Media

The holidays are upon us. When we think about the parties that we will have, we want to have great items around. Jay Companies is the place to get some great items for your entertaining. They have a wide range of items from dinnerware, to bar ware, to home decor and everything you would need to have a party with. Weather you are entertaining 5 people or 50 people you can expect great things from them.

For over 50 years The Jay Companies has specialized in fine and casual dinnerware, crystal stemware and giftware, table charger plates and decorative accessories. Quality and fashion have been the hallmark of the Jay brand for over half a century.

Founded in the early 1950’s by Paul and Erna Jay, The Company began doing business in Italy, Portugal and Spain. The Jay Companies has since added the Czech Republic and Turkey to its list of European sources as well as product from the Far East. Their ability to manufacture all items in very large quantities presents us the unique opportunity of bringing designer products to our customers at extraordinary pricing. They are always mindful of ever changing styles. Jay’s design team pays great attention to the latest trends and fashions. The company’s quality control department pays careful attention to both product and packaging, ensuring customer satisfaction.

Jay Companies has graciously offered to give one lucky person this awesome gift package. That one person will receive: 2- 16 piece Dinnerware sets 1 Beverage dispenser 2 Set of 4 Champagne Flutes


Disclaimer: The participating bloggers have not been compensated for this post. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per address. Void where prohibited by law. Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this sweepstakes. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. Contact Sharon@mompoweredmedia.com if you have any additional questions or comments.

Dec 6, 2014

Disney Frozen Canopy Toddler Bed & Upholstered Chair Giveaway


Everything Mommyhood has teamed up with a handful of bloggers to bring you this fabulous giveaway just in time for the Holidays! Special thanks to our co-hosts Our Piece of Earth, Bayou City Mamas, Metro Detroit Mommy, The Stuff of Success, and Found Frolicking.
Sponsored by Delta Children!

Everything Mommyhood received both Disney's Frozen Upholstered Chair & Canopy Toddler Bed, make sure to check out her review! Disney's Frozen Upholstered Chair Review and Disney's Frozen Canopy Toddler Bed Review

Disney's Frozen Upholstered Chair 
A cool chair fit for a (snow) queen, this Frozen Upholstered Chair from Delta Children will cast a stylish spell on your girl's room. Featuring colorful graphics of Anna and Elsa, this comfy chair boasts a sturdy hardwood frame and plush seat, making it the perfect place for any Frozen fan.
  • Recommended for ages 3-6
  • Holds up to 100 lbs.
  • Features a hardwood frame and padded seat
  • Assembled dimensions: 23.5"L x 17.5"W x 18.5"H
  • Wipe clean with mild soap and water
  • Meets or exceeds all safety standards set by the CPSC


Disney's Frozen Canopy Toddler Bed 

With fun graphics along the canopy, headboard and footboard that feature Princess Anna and Queen Elsa, your child will love the Disney Frozen Anna and Elsa Canopy Toddler Bed. Two attached sleep rails help keep your little one from falling out of bed while sleeping, and the sturdy steel frame and high-quality plastic construction are easy to assemble and provide durable support for your child. The bed meets or exceeds ASTM and CPSC safety standards.
  • Two attached guard rails provide safety as your little one sleeps
  • Colorful Frozen graphics feature Princess Anna and Queen Elsa on the canopy, headboard and footboard
  • Low to the ground design helps make the bed easy to get into and out of
  • Steel frame and high-quality plastic construction provide a sturdy and durable design
  • Fits a standard-sized crib mattress (sold separately)
  • Simple assembly
  • JPMA certified to meet or exceed ASTM and CPSC safety standards
  • Recommended use: up to 50 lbs.
  • Product dimensions: 54"L x 31"W x 29"H

Buy it: You can purchase the Frozen Upholstered Chair at Toys R Us for $69.99. You can purchase the Frozen Toddler Canopy Bed at Toys R Us for $79.99.
Make sure to follow Delta Children on Facebook!


Now for the giveaway! One lucky winner will receive a Frozen Upholstered Chair AND Frozen Toddler Canopy Bed, Retail approximately $150.00. Open to US only, 18 and up. Void where prohibited. One entrant per household/IP Address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. Giveaway ends 12/20/2014 at 11:59pm CST



Disclosure: Everything Mommyhood received the items mentioned above for the posting and promotion of her review and giveaway. This blog didn’t receive any monetary compensation for the promotion of this giveaway. All opinions are 100% our own and were not influenced in any way. Everything Mommyhood and participating bloggers are not responsible for prize shipment, Delta Children is responsible for prize fulfillment/shipment. Only one entrant per household, per address may enter. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Winner will be contacted via email and will have 48 hours to respond. Failure to respond in a timely manner, a new winner will be chosen and you will forfeit your prize. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google, and any other social media are not affiliated with this posting or giveaway. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. If you have any questions, please email EverythingMommyhood@gmail.com.

Dec 5, 2014

Preserve Your Memories with YesVideo

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of YesVideo, but all opinions are my own.

Christmas 1982. My big sister was rockin' around the Christmas tree at our Great Gramma Velma's house. This was the place of all of our family's Christmas memories. To us, this was the most amazing place on Earth and adding this great of a holiday to it, there was nothing better.

Aunt Donna and Uncle Gary brought their kids, someone was always video taping with the big video recorder and my great Gramma's camera with a flash cube on top; it was like a photo shoot all night long. It was always into the new year before we got to see any pictures of the eventful night because there wasn't any 1-hour photo or digital camera service. To be honest I don't think we EVER got to see Gramma's pictures debut until the next big holiday at her house being on Easter.

Its been over 30 years since this picture was taken. It is one of the very few pictures that are left of our childhood Christmases because of a house fire in the late 1980's.  We lost nearly everything. There were no back ups. The only copies were the ones we took in to get with the negatives. What I wouldn't do to be able to see all of young faces again. To be able to see the faces of the loved ones past that aren't here to spend the holidays with me.

I know first hand what that kind of loss feels like. The couches, beds, clothes and toys were all replaced, but the pictures and videos - the priceless stuff - can never be. None of that will be able to be shared after this generation is gone. We were the youngest ones there that remember it.

That's why YesVideo is such an amazing company. It's so important to back up the family video's to be able to share with our kids what it was like when they were little. To show our grandchildren what their mommy or daddy looked like when they were "that age".

Don't wait until it's too late to preserve those memories, or they may be gone forever.  Dust off those old videos and send them in to be preserved.

YesVideo accepts VHS tapes, camcorder tapes, movie film reels and 35mm slides. YesVideo’s process is very safe & secure. They handle customers’ memories as if they were their own. Their Memory Factory contains surveillance cameras at every stage, and digital copies of the transferred videos are archived for added security.

For your convenience, you can place your order at the photo counter of any Costco, CVS Pharmacy, Sam’s Club, or Walmart.

Home movie memories make a special and unique holiday gift. While orders typically take 3-4 weeks to complete, please allow extra time as Holiday season is a very busy time in the Memory Factory. Learn more about Holiday ordering deadlines at www.yesvideo.com/yvsymmary_social.html

Spaghetti Headz Review

A big thank you to Spaghetti Headz for providing their hair accents for review.  Another huge thank you to my sister, Amy, for reviewing these for me.



Hi everyone!  Amy here.  I have two daughters, ages 9 and 13.  They both have their own unique style, but neither want to actually "fix" their hair.

Spaghetti Headz are so fun and exciting to accent any hair style. They can be cut to the length you want and then you just wrap them right in place - so they're perfect for short or long hair!  With a variety of colors and themes, girls can jazz up their 'do for any occasion.



The coil is holds itself in place and doesn't slip out, but if it does - they're super simple to put back in. If you twist the hair a bit when wrapping it in the coil, it even leaves a nice little curl when removed.

The little charm on the end of it is so cute and adds that much more detail to your hair.  My girls LOVE them and want to wear them all the time.   There's themes for just about every occasion: Cats, Dress up, Merry Christmas (my favorite), and many more coming soon -  Music, under the sea, ballerina, cup cakes, puppies, and flowers just to name a few.


I highly recommend these for anyone that like to dress up their hair and make it different.  My girls want to fix each others hair now when before they would never dream of doing each others hair. That makes getting ready for school SO much easier for me and I can focus on actual crises like "Where is my left shoe?!"

To buy your own Spaghetti Headz - check them out on Morphmallow