Monday, September 30, 2013

Nuby Foam Bath Animals & Nuby Foam Bath Letters and Numbers Reviews

My latest Nuby reviews are for the Nuby Foam Bath Animals and the Nuby Bath Letters and Numbers. 

 Here are the Nuby Bath Letters and Numbers

E got right to work hunting and finding different letters and numbers.  Here you can see that the letters and numbers easily float on water.

 And D wanted to make some words!  And once wet, they easily stick to the bath tub wall.

Yeah for Nuby

E passing me a letter.

And here are the Nuby Foam Bath Animals

 D found a match!

 E setting up a row of animals.  And just like the letters and numbers once wet, they easily stick to the bath tub wall.

Nuby Foam Bath Animal Fun - the animals easily float as well.

My Thoughts:  Both of these products are great additions for bath time.  They are colorful, fun and engaging.  I love that we can play games with them.  I can ask the girls to hunt for certain letters, numbers, colors, and animals.  The Foam Bath Animals come with 2 sets of 8 different animals (turtle, starfish, seahorse, shark, whale, octopus, crab and a fish) so we can also play matching games as well.  And of course we can make words and work on reading skills as well!  And you guys know how I feel about products that are educational and fun - score!  I would highly recommend these sets.  Check out the fun video below of E telling me the names of the Nuby Foam Bath Animals.

Read more about the Nuby Foam Bath Animals and Bath Letters and Numbers below.

Foam Bath Animals
According to Nuby
18+ Months
- Animals stick to the bath tub wall
- Soft foam animals float in the water
- Makes bath time fun
- Includes 16 animals
- Phthalate and BPA FREE

Nuby Foam Bath Animals are available for purchase at the following retailers:,,,,, Bealls, Meijer and Tuesday Morning. 

Bath Letters and Numbers
According to Nuby
18+ Months
- Letters and numbers stick to the bath tub wall
- Soft foam letters and numbers float in the water
- Makes bath time fun
- Includes all 26 letters and 10 numbers
- Phthalate and BPA FREE

Nuby Bath Letters and Numbers are available for purchase at the following retailers: and Meijer.

Thanks Nuby for two more awesome products!  Remember you can connect with Nuby on facebook, twitter, instagram, and pinterest as well. 

Disclosure:  I did not receive any compensation for this post, although as part of this program I may receive items to sample or review.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Grace Unplugged and Own It Reviews & Giveaway

Disclosure:  I was provided with both of these books to facilitate my reviews.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own.  Thanks so much to FlyBy and B&H Publishing for providing this information and sponsoring this giveaway.



I wanted to tell you about a new book I just finished reading, Grace Unplugged by Melody Carlson.  You may have seen the previews for the upcoming movie that releases October 4th.  The story centers around Grace Trey, and 18 year old singer/musician with amazing talent.  Many years ago her father, Johnny Trey, was in the music business and essentially was a one hit wonder before deciding that wasn't the path for him.  The father/daughter duo are both on the worship team of their church - Grace is under her father's leadership.  She feels the need to spread her wings and make decisions of her own (without really consulting or talking about it with her parents) and Grace finds herself spiraling into stardom, leaving behind a very tense relationship with her father.  Stardom is not all what Grace thought it would be and she finds her faith and morals put to varying tests along her journey.  Grace ultimately has to make the decision about her faith - does she really own it?  I am trying not to include any spoilers but I really enjoyed this book and the outcome.  I would highly recommend it.

Now, within the book - Grace is confronted with questions about her faith and she is given the book, Own It.

This book is a challenge for the reader to really take ownership of their faith and beliefs, not to just follow in the footsteps of parents, friends or other influencers.  I really liked seeing this book in person - it reminds me of how the Love Dare book really exists as it was presented in Fireproof.  And I think this is a great companion for those that read Grace Unplugged or see the movie.  This book will help solidify people who are on the fence or maybe don't understand what it means to have faith of their own.  Paired with the Bible, you will be well on your way to walking in your own faith and trusting God in that path.

Read more about these books and authors below.

About Grace Unplugged the Novel
Grace Trey is an 18 year old singer as passionate about her Christian faith as she is her phenomenal, God-given musical talent. Both traits come from her father, one hit wonder Johnny Trey who found Jesus after losing his chart success two decades ago. 

When Grace encounters her own music break of a lifetime, the sudden dive into the "real world" puts her deeper beliefs to the test. Pop superstardom is just within reach but appears to require some spiritual compromise. Will Grace reject her faith, or will she own it? 

Grace Unplugged is based on the motion picture of the same name starring AJ Michalka (Super 8) and Kevin Pollak (A Few Good Men) with performances by award-winning artists Chris Tomlin and Jamie Grace. 

About Own It, Discover Your Faith in God
The movie Grace Unplugged tells the story of Grace Trey, an ideal Christian teenager who is also a phenomenal singer. But when she is pushed into the “real world” at the tender age of eighteen after getting the music break of a lifetime, her faith is put to the test.  Own It mirrors the film by asking what it means to really “own” your personal faith rather than just automatically following in the footsteps of parents, friends, or other influencers. Best-selling authors Hayley and Michael DiMarco help readers understand what to do when faith meets real world challenges.
Without solid beliefs, poor choices are likely to follow. You must take the time to really know who you are, who you are becoming, and who God made you to be. It's your personal faith . . . own it! 

About the Grace Unplugged Author
Melody Carlson has sold more than five million books. A professional writer for twenty years, she recently received the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. Melody has two grown sons and lives with her husband in the Pacific Northwest. 

About the Own It Authors
Hayley DiMarco is the best-selling author of more than thirty books including Dateable, Marriable, Mean Girls, and The Woman of Mystery. She has been a featured speaker at Women of Faith, Precept National Women's Conference, and MOPS Intl. among others and has consulted on the creation and enhancement of some of the largest stadium events for teens and young women in North America.
Michael DiMarco is a skilled communicator and teacher who has authored more than a dozen bestselling books including the 2010 Christian Book of the Year for Youth, B4UD8 (Before You Date). He and his wife, author Hayley DiMarco, have one daughter and live in Nashville, Tennessee.   

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Moms Who Boogie - Boogie Wipes Extravaganza Giveaway Returns

I am privileged to be a part of a wonderful group of women, also known as Moms Who Boogie.  Our group has changed a bit this quarter but we are still having a grand time being Saline Ambassadors for Boogie Wipes.  We are excited about Boogie Wipes and love to share them with others.  In case you don't know, Boogie Wipes are made with natural saline to dissolve mucus (aka boogies) caused by colds, allergies or anything else really! 

They are extra soft, alcohol/phthalate/paraben free and come in a variety of scents including great grape, fresh scent, magic menthol and simply unscented.  We use them often and my kids all know what Boogie Wipes are :).

One great addition is that Boogie Wipes has a new partner!  They have teamed up with Puffs to bring us Puffs fresh faces (nose and face wipes made with natural saline).   Saline is a natural way to help remove your makeup, wipe your nose, or freshen up after a workout or long day.  Learn about the benefits of saline here!

Moms Who Boogie Prize Pack

Ready for an awesome Boogie Wipes/Puffs fresh faces giveaway?  Here is what is up for grabs - the Moms Who Boogie Prize Pack!  This pack includes one $10 gift card to Target, a full canister of great grape scent Boogie Wipes 90 count, fresh scented Boogie Wipes package 30 count, 10 individual Puffs fresh faces scented  packs with attached coupons, Puffs fresh faces light lavender scent 45 count, and Puffs fresh faces fragrance free 45 count - pretty awesome right?

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Nuby Splish Splash Bath Time Stacking Cups Review

Our new cups!

Getting ready for the fun!

My latest Nuby review is for the Nuby Splish Splash Stacking Cups.  This pack comes with five varying cups - ranging in size, color and pattern. 

Here are all five cups in a row.

 D loves to watch them drain.

 So does E :).

 More Waterfall Fun - I love this photo!

My thoughts:  Nuby Splish Splash Stacking cups are colorful and fun.  My girls like stacking them together and making waterfalls.  I like the different colors and tops!  

 Top view of the cups looking down

The largest cup is mainly red with hexagon shapes and six drain holes in the bottom, the next to largest cup is mainly orange with a star shape and five drain holes in the bottom, the next cup is mainly yellow with square shapes and four drain holes in the bottom, the next is mainly green with a triangle shapes and three drain holes in the bottom and the smallest cup is mainly blue with circle, swirly shapes and two drain holes in the bottom. 

 Upside down view of the cups

I think these cups make a great addition to bath time fun.  I love that we can use them to talk about colors, numbers and shapes - bath time can be learning time!

Read more about the Nuby Splish Splash Stackable Cups below.

According to Nuby
9+ Months
- Helps teach coordination and development
- 5 stacking bath cups are a bath time classic and provide endless fun
- Your baby can stack them together, put things inside, and watch the water drain from the bottom of the cup

Nuby Splish Splash Stacking Cups are available for purchase at the following retailers:,,,,,,, Bealls and Tuesday Morning.

Thanks Nuby for another awesome product!  Remember you can connect with Nuby on facebook, twitter, instagram, and pinterest as well. 

Disclosure:  I did not receive any compensation for this post, although as part of this program I may receive items to sample or review.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Sampling with Lunchables Jr. & Crowdtap

It has been awhile since I have been part of a sampling opportunity with crowdtap.  I was asked to try out the new Lunchables Jr. snacks.  They are designed to be convenient, wholesome and fun!  We have been trying to get together with different friends for awhile but sicknesses (thankfully we have been super healthy but this hasn't been the case with most of our friends) and allergies (a good friend of D's has peanut allergies) have made that more complicated than it should be.  So the kids and I decided to have a snack sampling of our own.

 These are the two varieties that we were given to try: Ants on a Log and Very Beary Crunch.

Here is a side view of Ants on a Log - includes small container of peanut butter, raisins and honey graham sticks.

E is ready to try Very Beary Crunch: Ritz Bitz cheese cracker sandwiches, strawberry flavored dried apple pieces, and Teddy Grahams.

And we had fun playing a few games!

Of course, we made ants on a log!

D enjoying her snack time.

A Happy Snacker

Most of all, the kids enjoyed their snack.  All five kids enjoyed both of these snacks and it was interesting to see which they preferred.  A and B liked both but enjoyed Ants on a Log slightly more (they didn't really like the dried fruit).  C and E liked both but preferred the Very Beary Crunch (they didn't really like the dried fruit either though).  D gobbled up both but hands down preferred the Very Beary Crunch - she could not get enough of the strawberry flavored dried apple pieces (good to know!).  I am looking forward to trying the other varieties - Teddy Bear Picnic and Blueberry Bonanza. 

These snacks are geared for kiddos 3 and older and they are available in over 4,000 Walmart stores nationwide.  I like that the packaging is recyclable but I do wonder if there is a more efficient way to pack these snacks without using so much plastic.  And I wish that all the varieties were friendlier for kids with allergies.  I am so thankful that my kids do not have any allergies (and we can enjoy them without concern)  but unfortunately this is not the case for everyone.

Have your kiddos tried the new Lunchables Jr.?  If so, what did you/they think?

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Growing Up Online Blog App & Lorax Giveaway

About Growing Up Online
 We live in an exciting world of sharing information, more so than ever before, but this is not without its challenges!  Many of us have heard about or experienced "cyber-bullying."

The More You Know Learning Series, in collaboration with NBC News, addresses this new and dangerous trend, in addition to other on-line issues, with the launch of Growing Up Online, the FREE eBook for parents to keep their kids safe on the Internet!  You and your family can now be prepared, clued-up and openly communicative about on-line issues big or small.

 Kids are spending more and more time on the web, so teaching them about using technology responsibly and safely is critical.  Download the FREE Growing Up Online eBook and be sure to watch all four entertaining comic book stories as a family.  These stories show real situations that may occur when your kids go on-line.

In the Blog App above you can Download the Free eBook, take the Is Your Child Internet-Ready? Quiz, and watch the comic book videos!

Ready for a giveaway?  One of you will win Dr. Seuss' The Lorax on Blu-ray!  Enter the giveaway below and good luck!

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Disclosure:  Thanks so much to Growing Up Online for providing this information and sponsoring this giveaway.

Purex UlraPacks plus Oxi Review, Sweepstakes & Giveaway

Have you heard of the new Purex UltraPacks - now with the stain fighting power of Oxi laundry detergent?  Purex makes it easy to tackle stains while having a convenient, easy-to-use product! 

 Our Purex UltraPacks plus Oxi

If you are not familiar with UltraPacks they contain a full load's worth of concentrated liquid detergent and dissolve quickly once added to your laundry so there is no more measuring, no mess, just toss it in and off you go!

Inside the bag

A closer view - for safety reasons only use with dry hands!  And wash afterwards.

 There is a full load's worth of detergent in each capsule.

Purex is already budget friendly and I love that they continually keep this in mind when they develop their products.  The average family could save over $45 a year by using Purex UltraPacks plus Oxi.  Yes, saving money really can be that simple!  And with a continually growing family (soon we will be a family of 8) I really appreciate this.

A helping me do laundry.

She thought it was great that she could just add an UltraPack and be done.

The older girls have been learning how to help and do laundry for awhile.  The Purex UltraPacks plus Oxi definitely provide a convenient way for them to add detergent.  They are aware that they need to use these packs with dry hands and that they are to wash their hands immediately after use (just as I do).


I am loving these Purex UltraPacks plus Oxi!  They work - they not only get clothes clean but they do a great job fighting every day stains (which you know we have around here).  They are mess free and super convenient to use.  Which stains will you tackle next with the Purex UltraPacks?

Safety:  Remember to use caution when handling single load laundry detergents.  They may be harmful if swallowed and can be an eye irritant.  Keep products in the original container and keep out of reach of children.

Be sure and visit for the most up to date product information!

I also want to tell you about the Find the Red Jersey and Win Sweepstakes!  All you have to do is find the red football jersey hidden somewhere on and WIN $50!  There will be 10 winners.  And here is a hint - just toss and go!  Go here to play now and good luck!

Ready for a giveaway?  Three of you will win a Free product coupon for a pack of Purex UltraPacks plus Oxi detergent (Coupons expire 12/31/13 and have a maximum value of $6.00).  Enter the giveaway below and good luck!

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Disclosure:  Thanks so much to the Purex Insiders program and Purex for allowing me to be a part of this campaign and providing me with Purex UltraPacks plus Oxi to facilitate my review along with the information about this Sweepstakes!  All opinions expressed are 100% my own.  As part of this campaign I am eligible to win prizes!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Nuby Squid Squirter Review

I love being a Nuby Mommy Blogger.  We just received our new box last week and I am so excited about all of our new bath toys!  Stay tuned for my upcoming reviews which will include Squid Squirter, Foam Bath Letters and Numbers, Splish Splash bath time stacking cups, Foam Bath Animals and the Sea Scooper!  Oh, and there will be an awesome giveaway with one of them :).

Meet Squid Squirter

 D (who is 3 1/2) learned how Squid worked rather quickly.

She was able to fill him up under water no problem.

And of course, make him Squirt!

 E was a tad bit excited to have Squirt join our family.

 E (who is almost 2) enjoyed Squirt as well.  She has not mastered the art of filling up Squirt yet but I think it won't be long.  She is able to get water into him on her own, just not completely fill him.

 E hugging her new bath toy.

I was so impressed with how much power that the Nuby Squid Squirter had that we decided to have a little experiment.  The kids and Squirt and I went outside and determined how far he could indeed squirt.

E had fallen asleep so D was up first!

 At the starting line

And go...

D was able to shoot water out of Squid Squirter that went 9 feet!

C's turn - result 23 feet!

B's turn - 21 feet!

 A's turn - 35 feet!

Now, that is power!  This got me thinking, Squid Squirter not only works for bath time fun but he would also make a fabulous pool toy!

My thoughts:  Nuby Squid Squirter is colorful and fun.  My kids were engaged and entertained with him.  Squid Squirter definitely helps bath time become fun time.  I would be aware that Squid really squirts - as our experiment above shows!  You may need to direct your children where the best spots in your bathroom are to squirt him or you could have a bit of a mess.  Younger children may need a bit of assistance filling up the chamber with water and pushing down the handle but it won't be long before they have it completely figured out.

Read more about Squid Squirter below.

According to Nuby
18+ Months
- Great way to make bath time fun.
- Hold the Squid under water and pull the handle back until the chamber is filled with water.  Then push down on the handle and watch the water squirt everywhere.
- Encourages development and play.

Nuby Squid Squirter is available for purchase at the following retailers:,,,,, and

Thanks Nuby for another awesome product!  Remember you can connect with Nuby on facebook, twitter, instagram, and pinterest as well. 

Disclosure:  I did not receive any compensation for this post, although as part of this program I may receive items to sample or review.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own.