Oct 6, 2015

Smart Machines by Brain Crunch

You know how you'll sit for hours watching your little ones, daydreaming about their future occupation?  I've convinced myself that my little Sammy-man is bound to be an engineer.  He spends so much time building his towers and "robots" - that big brain of his in full imagination mode. S.T.E.M. toys are my favorites for my kids, to keep them learning as they play, so needless to say I jumped at the chance to work with Brain Crunch for a review of their Smart Machines.

We received the Smart Machines - Blue Edition, a build-it-yourself remote controlled machine kit that is a blast for the whole family.  Each kit comes with a color step-by-step (with pictures) guide on how to build the machines, making it easy for me to follow along too while the little guys build.  My favorite part is that there's plans and pieces to make four different machines - meaning that they can tear down their creation and make an entirely different one, keeping them busy and having fun.

Each machine's plans shows a difficulty meter, letting you know how challenging it will be to build. I would recommend starting with the easiest one, the duck machine, and gradually working up to the skier robot.  An included remote control means that after their machine is assembled, they'll be able to control it and show off their skills!

The best part?  There's no limitations to what they can make.  The four machines that the kit includes plans for are just the beginning - by the time they've mastered those machines, your kid will have the skills to create their own impressive machines to wow their friends and family.  There's no limit to the amount of learning fun that Smart Machines has to offer!

I'm including this in my holiday gift guide, because there's nothing better than a challenging toy to help your little ones expand their brains and work on their problem solving skills.  You can find Smart Machines on the Brain Crunch website for $59.99.

While I received the aforementioned product free of charge, all opinions are 100% honest and my own. 

Oct 1, 2015

Nature’s Bounty B Vitamins Help Me Supercharge the Weekend

This post is sponsored by Nature's Bounty®, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I don't know about you, but by the time the weekend rolls around, I'm usually worn out from the hustle and bustle of the week.  All I really want to do is turn on the TV for the kids, curl up with a good book, and enjoy some quiet.  With three kids though, it never happens like that.  To be honest, I feel guilty for even thinking that, because I want to set a good example for them on how to be healthy and active.

Vitamin B is a great way to give me the energy support I need.* What I like most about it is how easy it is to add into my weekend routine and it doesn't let me down with any heartburn, bad after taste, or tummy upset like I have had in the past with other vitamins.

It's nice for the kids to see me take my vitamins along side them so I know they are not thinking "Mommy doesn't take hers so I don't want to take mine". I want to be the best mommy ever and let them follow by example.

I don't want to be the mommy at the park that watches the kiddos and holler from afar. I want to play on the swings, play tag, slide, and all that stuff. I want to get dirty.  Every day you strive to be your best. That’s why Nature’s Bounty® supplements are designed especially for you – they’re made with only the best possible ingredients and trusted quality for over 40 years.

I am so happy I have my Vitamin B by Nature's Bounty. It helps me get through my weekend with all of the activities that we have planned as a family.  B vitamins play a role in energy support by helping converting food into energy*. Vitamin B-12 is essential for the normal formation of blood cells and contributes to the health of the nervous system.*

*   These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Always make sure that you consult a professional before you add any supplements to your daily diet plan. Nature's Bounty offers a great selection for anyone.

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Sep 30, 2015

Help Wipe Out #DiaperNeed

Having a new baby is one of the biggest transitions your life can take.  Emotionally, physically... and especially financially.  A newborn goes through approximately ten diapers a day for their first month of life.  That's 300 diapers!  It adds up quick, and with all the other expenses you already have, plus the other expenses that come with having a new baby, it's easy to see why some parents struggle to afford to keep their little one's bottom covered.  That's why I'm working with AWHONN (Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric & Neonatal Nurses) and Mom It Forward for this sponsored post to drive awareness to diaper need and how you can help.

When my son was first born, my fiance was the only one working.  After rent, bills, formula... the essentials... we were completely broke.  I remember counting pennies a couple of times to make sure that my baby would have a dry bottom, but then sometimes that wasn't even enough.  It's heart-wrenching, embarrassing, and terrifying to be in that situation.  Luckily, one day I found a food bank that provided diapers to moms in need, and I can't even begin to tell you how grateful I was to not have to worry that week about diapers.  It was a complete blessing.

My story isn't an original one.  1 in 3 moms report experiencing diaper need - the lack of an adequate supply of diapers to keep a baby clean, dry and healthy.   5.3 million babies and toddlers living in low-income families are affected by diaper need.  Without clean diapers, babies are more prone to rashes, infections, extra visits to the pediatrician’s office, and in the most extreme cases, hospitalization.  Healthy Mom&Baby magazine, the nurses of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, Kimberly-Clark, and the National Diaper Bank Network are partnering for Diaper Need Awareness Week and asking that you donate diapers to families in need in your community from now through October 4.

Now that we're financially better off than we were those almost 5 years ago, I pay it forward by donating diapers to help another mom who may be in that situation.  You can donate diapers too, by visiting DiaperDrive.org.

What are the health risks of diaper need?
  • Not having enough clean diapers means parents may change their baby’s diapers less frequently than needed or worse, dry out diapers for reuse.
  • Health experts recommend that parents use disposable diapers. They can better protect baby’s skin by wicking away moisture.
  • Children can’t attend childcare without a sufficient supply of disposable diapers. (Most childcare facilities and laundromats won’t accept cloth diapers.)
  • Without enough diapers to enter childcare, parents may be forced to leave work and forgo paycheck to care for their baby.
  • Diaper need affects not only a child’s health, but the overall well-being of the entire family.

Please make a difference and go to DiaperDrive.org to donate TODAY.

This post was made possible through a partnership with Mom It Forward and AWHONN.

Sep 25, 2015

Aquaphor Gift Basket Giveaway #AquaphorIt

Aquaphor Gift Basket Giveaway
9/25 to 10/09
Open to US 

Sponsored by: Aquaphor
Hosted By: 
Amy & Aron's Real Life Reviews

One Lucky Winner will receive an Aquaphor Gift Basket including: 
1 Aquaphor Diaper Rash Cream, 
1 Aquaphor Baby Gentle Wash & Shampoo, 
1 Aquaphor Baby healing Ointment Jar,
 2 Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment .35oz tubes

1 Aquaphor Baby Brag Book

This is a great package for any baby in your life, perfect to start your changing table/diaper bag necessities stash. You can see Amy & Aron's Real Life Reviews complete review, CLICK HERE

A very special thank you to my awesome co-host.

Thank you so much to all of the bloggers participating in this giveaway. Without you, it wouldn't be quite as much fun.

Now for the fun stuff. This giveaway is open to US. There are daily bonus entries for sharing this giveaway on your social media channels. I can't ask you to "Like" our pages but, if you see something you like, let us know so we can bring you more of it. We LOVE it when you LIKE our pages. 

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Winner will be mailed prize directly from the company. No Bloggers Participating in this giveaway are responsible for shipping the prize.

Sep 22, 2015

Fun for Everyone

When you are planning a vacation with your family or friends, you want to make sure that everyone has a good time. With innovative companies like TradeWinds Blue Green Resorts or the Disney Vacation Club to choose from, travelers can plan fun activities in addition to booking a hotel room.

If you are looking for a nice way to relax, find out what types of games are available for guests. You may be surprised to find out there are mini-golf courses, volleyball nets, and many other game choices for guests located right on a quality hotel's site. Instead of having to leave to find fun activities, many good hotels have plenty of thrilling options to offer all ages.

Creative Activities
If you are looking for ways to express your creativity, many hotels offer activities that can help you do just that. You can learn how to make seaglass jewelry or seashell night lights. There are sure to be unique options depending on where you stay.

Pet Playgrounds
Instead of choosing to stay at a hotel that does not allow you to bring along your favorite pet, choose a hotel that offers pet amenities that will make sure your dog has as much fun as you do. There are hotels that have pet playgrounds on their premises. You can appreciate a grassy area with fire hydrants and pet water fountains. You can enjoy sitting down in the shade cooling off, or you can play fetch with your furry friend for as long as you want. Some resorts also offer special services like a pet menu and room service for your dog too.

Water Parks
A lot of hotels offer swimming pools, but there are some resorts that take things to a whole new level. You can have fun on an inflatable water park, or go down a huge water slide right on the beach.

Some resorts offer unique ways for guests to relax. It can be fun to take a nap in a hammock overlooking the beach, or imagine listening to the waves while you get a beachfront massage. A Yoga class on the beach can be exhilarating too. There are many ways to rejuvenate yourself while you are on vacation, so be sure to find out what special activities your hotel offers to make sure that you feel calm and peaceful during your stay.

Imagine having a beach side picnic with some great foods that you can find right at your hotel, or you can plan on dancing the night away with your loved one thanks to live music right on the beach. There are many ways to enjoy a romantic vacation when you choose the right hotel to stay at.

Family Fun
If you are traveling with children, be sure to stay at a resort that will provide them with plenty of fun activities. Some resorts have mascots that will tuck your children to sleep on certain nights, or your children can enjoy watching a movie poolside.

As long as you are staying at a quality resort, you can be sure that you will be able to make lasting memories. There are many exciting activities that are sure to please you and anyone you are traveling with.

Sep 20, 2015

VW Camper Van Kid Play Tent Giveaway #VDUBbus65

Amy & Aron's Real Life Reviews
is so happy to be hosting the

VW Camper Van Kid Play Tent Giveaway
9/17 to 10/08
Open to US & Canada

One Lucky Winner will receive 1 VW Camper Van Kid Play Tent, 1 Lunch Bag, and 1 Pencil Case; valued at $95.98.

This is a great package for any kid in your life, perfect to start that stock pile for Christmas gift giving. You can see Amy & Aron's Real Life Reviews complete review, CLICK HERE

A very special thank you to all of my awesome co-hosts.

Thank you so much to all of the bloggers participating in this giveaway. Without you, it wouldn't be quite as much fun.

Now for the fun stuff. This giveaway is open to US & Canada. There are daily bonus entries for sharing this giveaway on your social media channels. I can't ask you to "Like" our pages but, if you see something you like, let us know so we can bring you more of it. We LOVE it when you LIKE our pages. 

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Thank you for taking the time out to enter into the giveaway. If you have any questions please feel free to email Amy & Aron's Real Life Reviews [email protected] 

Winner will be mailed prize directly from The Monster Factory. No Bloggers Participating in this giveaway are responsible for shipping the prize.

Sep 18, 2015

6 Simple Ideas For Random Acts Of Kindness

Everyone’s been there. A day where you’re down in the dumps and nothing seems to make it right. On those days, we could all use a little happy injection, and spreading some joy may be an easier task than you think. It’s easy to turn even a complete stranger’s day around with an unexpected act of kindness, and taking just an hour out of your normal routine could mean the difference between a frown and a smile for one lucky person.

The cycle of gratitude and generosity is unstoppable once it starts, and you may find your life improving just as you help improve the lives of those in your community. We owe it to our kids and to each other to make the world a better place, and by paying it forward every chance we can, happiness will spread in leaps and bounds.

1. Chef Of The Day
Spend an afternoon preparing a hearty meal for someone in need and drop it off. Is there a family you know going through a hard time? Or possibly an elderly couple who may find it hard to get all the cooking done? Make a simple and delicious casserole, and feed the soul along with some hungry mouths. This unexpected delivery can mean all the difference, and you can hone your kitchen skills while filling the stomachs of grateful folks. Plus, your family will love the added bonus of any chance of leftovers.

2. Make School That Much Sweeter
With school starting back up for children across the country, head into your local elementary school or your own child’s classroom with a cookie bouquet. The smiles you get will light up the room, and no doubt a busy teacher will be more than grateful for your effort. Who can deny the allure of a delicious treat? You may be inspired to bring one home for yourself—I won’t tell.

3. Coffee On Me
Who doesn’t benefit from a morning coffee run? Head to your local drive-thru coffee shop and pay it forward by footing the bill of the person behind you. This selfless act of kindness could give that driver some extra pep in their step for the rest of the day—beyond the necessary jolt of caffeine.  

4. The Power Of Wise Words
Don’t underestimate the power of a well-written book. If you have a friend going through a rough patch or needing some encouragement, send them a book that will inspire them or help change their perspective. This may provide words of comfort in the times that you can’t. This simple, inexpensive gift will let them know you’re thinking about them. As an added bonus, the words of wisdom they may find within its pages might just give them an entirely new outlook on a hard situation.

5. Teddy Bear Visitor
Purchase some stuffed animals at a toy store and head into your local children’s hospital. This simple gift will give the children and their parents a moment of reprieve from difficult times, and bring some sunshine into their lives. For an extra bit of fun, tie a balloon around the wrist of each bear, and see the difference a bit of colorful helium can have on a child’s smile!

6. Coins For Kindness
If you’ve got lots of loose change lying around, take it to a convenient Coinstar and donate the funds to a charity of your choice. To help get the kids involved in this one, tell them with every kind thing they do, you’ll donate a coin to a “happiness jar” set up in your living room. Your kids will love watching their acts turn into a pile of money for those in need. You can even send them on a scavenger hunt throughout the house to find coins that may have slipped into couch cushions or under the coffee table. Once you’ve got a hefty pile set up, head to a local grocery store with a Coinstar machine. Trust me when I say the jingle of coins sliding into the Coinstar kiosk is probably more entertaining than it should be, especially for little ones.

If you’re like me, you may find yourself feeling a bit down with constant negative news that comes from the media these days. Turn some of that negativity into positivity and spread it to others. A little bit of effort may change a person’s entire day, and make you feel even better about yours. Kindness is truly infectious, so get out there and spread some joy with these easy random acts of kindness. Take an hour out of your day to do something for someone who won’t ever forget it, and teach your kids generosity through your example. You never know when someone might pay it forward to you in the future!

Tips on Creating an Organized Crafting Area

Your personal crafting area is a welcomed respite where you may create to your heart’s desire. However, keeping this area organized can prove difficult without the proper methods in place. Fortunately, this infographic offers an abundance of common sense organizational tips that will ensure your most treasured items always remain accessible.

In many cases, everyday items can be used to help organize your craft supplies. Take wine corks, for instance. These are perfect as makeshift spools for things like yarn or twine, and will help keep fabric and other materials from unraveling during use.

When it comes to ribbons, clothing racks can offer an attractive storage option. Swinging arm skirt racks work beautifully in this respect because they can be hung virtually anywhere and can accommodate a multitude of ribbons. Similarly, keeping pretty wrapping paper organized and looking good only requires a few dowels and cup hooks. This is especially important during holidays when you may find yourself knee-deep in presents.

A well-organized craft space is essential to creating those items sure to bring smiles to the faces of loved ones. Not only can the above tips help you retain access to important supplies, they can also help you maintain a more aesthetically pleasing space overall. Accordingly, you are sure to find the act of creating that much more satisfying no matter what type of project you are working on.

5 Clever Crafting Storage Ideas

Squeezing Health into our Back-to-School Routine

This post is sponsored by Nature's Bounty®, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Now that the new school year has started, it stays hectic around here.  Daddy gets up at 4am for work, the kids start getting up around 6am, and then we have to rush out the door by 7:30.  After school, it's rush rush rush to get homework finished, baths over with, tummies fed, and then bedtime by 8pm. Keeping my family healthy is very important, so these are the ways that we squeeze health into our weekday routine.

Eating Healthy

I try to make a balanced, nutritious meal for my family every night.  It's the only time all week that we're able to all sit down together, as a family.  By serving healthy foods, I know that they are getting the nutrients that they need - even if they haven't had the most healthy foods throughout the day.


It can be difficult to find the time to exercise when you have three kids.  It seems like the most exercise I get most days is chasing around the two year old.  It's important to make exercise fun for kids, so I'll turn on some music and we'll dance while I'm cleaning and cooking - just to make sure they get up and are active.


Lavender essential oil in their bath, cuddles, and reading are ways that we use to help the kids settle down and start to relax before bedtime.  It helps them get sleepy and makes sending them to bed much easier.  

Plenty of Sleep

This one might sound like a joke to parents, but if your kids sleep good then you're bound to get better sleep.  Sleep is important to keep up your energy, stay focused, and for overall health in general.  Because Daddy has to leave so early in the morning, he's started going to bed earlier - while it's still light outside.  To help him sleep better, he takes Nature's Bounty® Melatonin.*

Some studies show that the use of melatonin is helpful in shortening the time it takes to fall asleep and reducing the number of awakenings.*  This is really helpful for night shift work and for people with weird sleeping schedules.  It's really seemed to help Daddy improve the quality of his sleep!*

Melatonin may be appropriate for people experiencing occasional sleeplessness, those with jet lag or anyone wanting to promote sound, quality sleep.* Super Strength Melatonin 5mg is perfect for those who may need a higher level of sleep support.*

*   These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Want to try Nature's Bounty?  Nature’s Bounty is offering a $1.00 off digital coupon, exclusively for Walmart shoppers.  Click here to download the coupon.

Sep 10, 2015

Giveaway: Win one of five $100 Amazon Gift Cards

Dropprice Logo     Dropprice is an innovative startup that rewards moms for being social. Essentially, they empower moms to drop prices of kids & baby products with a click. The price continues dropping as more moms click “Drop the price”. Every week new promotions are launched and moms drop prices by sharing them on social media. See the chart below to understand the power moms have and how important it is to share with other moms.
  Price Chart    

In today’s promotion for the Fisher-Price Kick and Play Piano, it started out at $26.99 and for each mom that clicks, the price drops a bit. The price will continue to drop for each mom that participates until it reaches $12.00 (56% off).
  Featured Product      You can choose to share on social media to get more moms to click “Drop the price”, or you can “Buy Now” at the current price. Keep in mind that when the price gets low, they usually sell out and you will no longer have the chance to buy that item. As an added bonus every item on Dropprice ships for free!   Do you want to give it a try? This is such a fun and exciting way for moms to save lots of money by collaborating with each other. If you would like to have a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card, you can experience dropping the price by following the instructions below.  

Giveaway: Win one of five $100 Amazon Gift Cards

All you have to do is help moms drop the price of this Play Piano and you will be entered to win one of five $100 Amazon gift cards. Just click “Drop the price” on the entry form below for a chance to win. For even more entries, share it on your social media networks via the entry form — every time one of your friends also clicks to drop the price, you’ll automatically receive additional giveaway entries! Please click on the red sentence on the form to follow and get more entries. This Giveaway is valid in the United States Only and Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 9/23/15. The sponsors are each responsible for shipping of the above prizes and will contact the winners. No blog associated with this contests are responsible for prize fulfillment. This giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site.


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