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Friday, July 31, 2015

Find the Best Fit for Your Baby with Four Stages of Toddler Cups from Philips Avent & Giveaway

A product was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.


No matter what activities you and your tot are enjoying during these warm months - family vacations, road trips or even just errands – we all know both mom AND toddler’s best friend a leak-proof, easy to use sippy cup – is essential.

And one thing I have learned with my third child is that finding a good fit can really be a challenge!


That’s why I really appreciate Philips Avent and the fact that they have created a four-stage toddler range – featuring everything from bottle trainers to grown-up cups.

To help you learn which might be the best fit for your toddler, they have also teamed up with Scholastic to create “Sip, Sip, Hooray,” a story of several toddler friends and a mischievous Mama “Sippopotomus” who’s hunting for the perfect sippy cup for Baby “Sippo.”

First Smiles, First Sips
With the Philips Avent My Trainer Cups, toddlers can easily graduate from bottle to sippy cup. Begin with the familiar silicone nipple on top, and then graduate to the soft spout – the rubberized trainer handles make it easy for little hands to grip the cup when they’re ready.
More Milk, No Mess
With the Philips Avent My Penguin Sippy Cup, soft and hard spout options provide developing toddlers with a truly leak-free drinking experience, while soft-touch trainer handles help them grip cups independently. When toddlers are ready to hold cups without handles, thePhilips Avent My Easy Sippy Spout Cup has an easy-to-grasp ripple shape, designed for a no-slip grip.

Spill-Free Explorer
A perfect companion for your on-the-move little one, the Philips Avent My Twist n Sip Straw Cup features a soft, silicone straw that will introduce your child to a bran d new type of drinking experience. The cup’s unique twist lid will keep its straw clean and hygienic while you and your tot are on the go.



Just Like Mom and Dad
A first of its kind, the Philips Avent My Natural Drinking Cup promotes independent drinking with its 360 degree, lip-activated rim. Milk or water will only release from the cup if the toddler has his lip pressed against this rim, enabling them to drink like a grown-up, while staying 100% spill-free!
I have really been having a hard time finding a sippy cup my son will drink out of. He is just exclusively breastfeeding but is nearing his 1st birthday and I still haven't found a sippy cup he would drink out of. 

So I was so excited to try this line from Philips Avent to finally find a cup he will drink out of. I knew if I couldn't find one he likes from this selection, then I wouldn't find one anywhere!


And luckily, one of them did work!!! So he still won't suck from a sippy, but he advanced straight to the Stage 4 Natural Drinking Cup! 

And let me tell you, I absolutely LOVE this cup! It allows him to drink like he is drinking right from a regular cup, but it only allows a little to come out at a time so that he doesn't spill everywhere! 

He absolutely LOVES the cup also and I am so glad we finally found a fit where he can keep hydrated in this hot weather!

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And BONUS: he looks SO CUTE using it!!!! :)

Buy It:

You can purchase the Philips Avent toddler cup range at local retailers

Win It:

Philips Avent is generously offering (1) Full toddler cup range (FOUR cups) as well as a hard copy of “Sip, Sip, Hooray” to a lucky winner!

Enter here for a chance to win:
(1) Full Toddler Cup Range from Philips Avent
(FOUR CUPS!)
PLUS 
 “Sip, Sip, Hooray” Book

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* Thank you to Philips Avent for their product for review! Disclosure - This product was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.*

Book Review: Crazy Little Thing Called Love

A book was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.

About the book:

Wedding bells and storm clouds collide in the first engaging novel in a brand-new series about destination weddings, the power of love, and the possible mishaps and missteps that happen on a couple's journey down the aisle to "I do."

Paramedic Vanessa Hollister has put her adolescence behind her, including the unwanted label of being the new kid in town over and over again, thanks to her father's military career. She's overcome what her mother called "the biggest mistake of her life" and is planning an elegant destination wedding in Destin, Florida with her new fiancé. But will the reappearance of her first husband from her what-were-you-thinking teenage elopement disrupt her dream of an idyllic beach wedding?

As a professional storm chaser, Logan Hollister is used to taking risks. However, a reckless decision during the last tornado season has him questioning the future of his team, the Stormmeisters. Coming face to face with his ex-wife eight years after their divorce compels him to confront his greatest regret: losing Vanessa. Does their past give him the right to interfere with her future?

A fast-moving, powerful hurricane throws Vanessa and Logan together as they evacuate to a storm shelter along with other residents of the Florida Gulf Coast. Forced to spend time together, the pair battles unexpected renewed feelings for each other.

Vanessa and Logan are faced with a choice: Should they accept, once and for all, their teenage marital mistake? Or is God offering them a second chance at happily ever after?

About the author:

Beth K. Vogt believes God's best often waits behind the doors marked "Never." A 2015 RITA® Finalist and a 2014 Carol Award finalist, Beth is a contemporary romance novelist with Howard Books. Her 2014 novel, Somebody Like You, was one of Publisher's Weekly's Best Books of 2014. In 2015 she introduced her destination wedding series with both an e-novella, Can't Buy Me Love, (May) and a novel, Crazy Little Thing Called Love (June).

My Opinion

I always wanted a destination wedding (and now hope to renew my vows someday in a destination wedding!), so when I saw this new book from Beth K. Vogt, I was so excited to live vicariously through these characters!

And I definitely wasn't disappointed! It was such a romantic love story and I loved watching how God used "the biggest mistake" of their life to actually be what God wanted in the end. 

It was a great lesson to trust God even when some circumstances seem like a mistake. I loved watching Vanessa and Logan fall in love all over again and Beth K. Vogt writes a book that is irresistible and a page turner from beginning to end! 

If you want a great love story that is also a great reminder to trust God through everything, this book is the one for YOU!

Buy It:

You can purchase Crazy Little Thing Called Love for $9.91 from Amazon.com

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* Disclosure - This book was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.*

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Tropical Rum Drinks for Summer Celebrations‏

A product was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.


School is starting soon which means summer will be over soon as well! :(

If you are having one more Last Days of Summer party at your house this summer, then make sure to check out and serve some delicious drinks using Captain Morgan tropical rums!

For backyard barbeques with friends, serve Captain Morgan’s Pirate Paradise to transport your get together to an island in the tropics. If you’re looking to add a little kick to your fruity beverage, try Put the Thai in the Coconut with Captain Morgan Coconut Rum and jalapeño peppers to turn up the heat. Get on island time with Captain Morgan’s Sunset Sipper, where there are no worries and the only time that matters is when the sun goes down and the celebration begins.

Check out these tasty drink recipes below: 

CAPTAIN MORGAN‘S PIRATE PARADISE

 
1 oz. Captain Morgan Grapefruit Rum
.5 oz. Elderflower Liqueur
.75 oz. Lime Juice
.5 oz. Honey Syrup
2 oz. Coconut Water
Directions: Shake and strain over ice into a Collins glass. Garnish with ¼ of a grapefruit wheel.

PUT THE THAI IN THE COCONUT

1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Coconut Rum
.75 oz. Lime Juice
.75 oz. Simple Syrup
3 Slices Fresh Lemon Grass, Muddled
1 Slice Jalapeño Pepper, Shaken (to taste)
Directions: Muddle, shake all and fine-strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a skewered jalapeño slice.

CAPTAIN MORGAN’S SUNSET SIPPER


1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Pineapple Rum
1 oz. Orange Juice
1.5 oz. Coconut Cream
Ground Nutmeg / Cinnamon Blend
Directions: Shake all & strain over ice into a double old-fashioned glass. Garnish with dusted nutmeg / cinnamon.

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Book Review: A Bride At Last

A book was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.

About the book:

Abandoned by his mail-order bride, Silas Jonesey has fought an uphill battle to recover from a pattern of poor choices. Now his prayers for reconciliation have finally come true and his estranged wife has contacted him with her whereabouts.

Kate Dawson was supposed to be a mail-order bride, but upon realizing she'd been deceived about her intended groom, she's now settled into life as a schoolteacher. When the mother of a student passes away, Kate assumes she'll take on care of nine-year-old Anthony-until two men suddenly show up in town, claiming to be the boy's father.

Silas can see Anthony loves Kate, so he enlists her help in reaching out to the boy and attempting to prove his paternity to the court. When a common interest in Anthony leads to an interest in each other and Silas and Kate begin to think they can overcome their rocky start, neither is prepared for the secrets and past hurts that have yet to come to light. Can Silas, Kate, and Anthony's wounded souls bind them together or will all that stands between them leave them lonely forever?

About the author:

Melissa Jagears, an ESL teacher by trade and the author of A Bride for Keeps and A Bride in Store, is a stay-at-home mother on a tiny Kansas farm with a fixer-upper house. She's a member of ACFW and CROWN fiction marketing, and her passion is to help Christian believers mature in their faith and judge rightly.

My Opinion

I love reading about mail-order brides and that time period because it is just so amazing to me the strength, courage, and desperation many of these women had to have to be mail order brides. Each story is unique and it is really amazing that many of these marriages really worked!

Once again, Melissa Jagears spins another great mail order bride book (the third in the series). It is a stand alone book so don't worry if you didn't read the other two.

This book is full of suspense, love, faith and I loved every minute of reading it! Jagears fit A LOT into this book and I loved watching Silas, Kate and Anthony become a family!

Buy It:

You can purchase A Bride At Last for $9.95 from Amazon.com


Can Silas and Kate overcome their rocky start and experience healing—and possibly love? Discover the answer in Melissa Jagears' new book, A Bride at LastNeither Kate nor Silas is prepared for the secrets and past hurts that have yet to come to light as they attempt to prove nine-year-old Anthony's paternity to the court. Can their wounded souls bind them together or will all that stands between them leave them lonely forever?

Celebrate the release of A Bride at Last by entering to win a $100 Memory-Making giveaway and RSVPing to Melissa's August 4th author chat party!


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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A $100 gift card to Netflix (for a family movie night), Shutterfly (to create a family memory book), or TablePlayGames (for a family game night)
  • One copy of A Bride at Last
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 8/4. The winner will be announced at Melissa's 8/4 A Bride at Last Facebook author chat party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Melissa and fiction fans, as well as for a chance to win some great prizes!

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RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK, TWITTER, or PINTEREST and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 4th!

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Sail into Summer with @MAMBABY Pacifiers & Cups & Giveaway

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Sail into Summer with the Clear Collection of MAM Pacifiers! What better way to celebrate fun in the sun this Summer than with the Clear Collection from MAM. The Clear Collection has aquatic motifs with translucent shields that will get your little one ready for summer vacation in style.


Clever design and lightweight materials make MAM pacifiers a pleasure to use. All MAM pacifiers feature an orthodontically correct nipple design that allows little ones to safely satisfy their sucking reflex while maintaining proper jaw and tooth alignment.

MAM pacifiers feature an easy-to-grasp front knob and a curved shield for a comfortable fit that’s gentle on baby’s skin, thanks to generous air holes and MAM’s patented interior surface. MAM pacifiers are available in an assortment of colors and design motifs, and come in two nipple options: patented anti-slip Silk Teat™ Silicone or Natural Latex. Like all MAM products, the brand’s pacifiers are BPA-free, PVC-free, lead-free and CPSIA-Compliant.

Suggested retail price: MAM Pacifiers, $7.49 for a pack of two.

And for my children's liquid needs, MAM also offers great drinking cups!

MAM training cups combine form and function to successfully help babies learn to drink from a standard glass. Each cup is ergonomically designed to fit baby-sized hands, making them easy to grip and hold.

Their patented spill-proof spouts are ideal for on-the-go little ones and help prevent leaks and spills. Like all MAM products, the brand’s cups are BPA-free, PVC-free, lead-free and CPSIA-compliant. In addition, MAM training cups are dishwasher safe and specially formulated to withstand steam sterilization in the microwave.

My favorite were the Learn To Drink Cup for my baby and the Sports Cup for my older children:

Learn to Drink Cup with Soft Spout

Ideal for baby’s transition from the breast or bottle to a training cup, this MAM Learn to Drink Cup features a soft spout and a slim shape that allows for an easy grip. Available in a 6 ounce size and recommended for babies age 6+ months.

My son really has a hard time transition from breast/bottle to sippy cup so this Learn to Drink cup is perfect for him! It is easy to hold, has a soft spout and is great for teething babies! :)

Suggested retail price: $6.99

Sports Cup

And for my older children, the Sports Cup is perfect for keeping them hydrated this Summer! 

This smart cup for the little big ones encourages independent drinking. The MAM Sports Cup features a spill-proof cap that stays closed but is always ready to drink. 

This is perfect size for my children's little hands and it is perfect to fill up and bring to the park, walks and pool to keep hydrated this summer!

It is available in an 11 oz. size and recommended for ages 12+ months.

Suggested retail price: 6.99

Buy It:

You can purchase all MAM products online from the MAM online shop and at local retailers.

Win It:

MAM is generously offering (1) Clear pacifiers set and a MAM Sports cup to a lucky winner!

Enter here for a chance to win:
(1) MAM Clear Pacifiers and a Sports Cup


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* Thank you to MAM for their product for review! Disclosure - This product was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.*