Disclosure: We were provided with free admissions in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Our family is definitely afflicted with a bug.  The travel bug that is. LOL! We love exploring and traveling.  We love going on long trips and seeing the world with our kids.  But we also love local travel.  Seeing what we can find in our own backyard, or at least places we can get on one tank of gas or less.  Recently we got to head over to Auburn Hills, which is a suburb of Detroit and visit the SEA LIFE Aquarium.

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The kids were all very excited to go!  We love marine life and aquariums.  SEA LIFE MI is very easy to find is is located in a neat mall.  There is all sorts of family fun to be had right there…dining, shopping and of course the aquarium.

As we were in line they told us that we needed to look out for dive stations and the kids could stamp their passports as we went through.  If they completed the passport they would get a free prize at the end.  The dive stations were well marked and easy to find!

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There were several hands on exhibits..including a pool where you could touch different creatures!  The kids loved that part.  I was amazed at all the colors.  This is a pretty small aquarium, I mean, it’s inside a mall.  So while it was the smallest aquarium we’ve been to, I will also say that it was the most colorful aquarium we’ve been to! There were fish and creatures here we’d never seen before!  It felt like there was new colors everywhere!

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There was a really cool shark and a tunnel we could walk through.  That was the highlight for the boys!  They loved watching the shark swim beside them and over their heads.

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If you plan a visit to SEA LIFE MI, make sure you check out their website before you go for discounts and more!  Also, some families will enjoy dining at the Rain Forest Cafe located just outside SEA LIFE MI.  Since there were 7 of us, we drove across the street and enjoyed an inexpensive lunch at Costco!

What would your kids enjoy most at an aquarium?

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

Disclosure: I received this product free of charge in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Michigan is a great place to live.  We have amazing farmers markets, beautiful sunsets, the best blueberries and apples and of course the Great Lakes!  However, it does have it downsides (aka Winter). LOL!  Because so much of the year is cool, or cold, we like to have plenty of blankets around.  They obviously help keep us warm, but it also means we can keep our thermostat turned down just a bit and wrap up in blankets to stay cozy.  Our daughter Grace recently received a 100% organic cotton blanket from the Little Coyuchi line.

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Little Coyuchi is part of Coyuchi and is held to the same high standards.

As with the core collection, 100% organic cotton is at the heart of Little Coyuchi. These fabrics are produced from sustainably grown and minimally processed fibers so they’re free of the toxic dyes, bleaches and finishes used in conventional textiles. Coyuchi adheres to rigorous environmental standards such as GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) along its entire supply chain and applies equally strict social standards to ensure safe, humane conditions and a fair wage for its workers. The company safeguards its practices by relying on guidelines such as those set by the USDA National Organic Program, the International Labor Organization and Fair Trade USA. As a member of the Organic Trade Association, Coyuchi is a leader in the organic lifestyle movement.

Little Coyuchi is rooted in the same nature-inspired aesthetic as the adult line, but with a more lighthearted, whimsical twist: adorable critters dot percale sheets and chunky tassels in sun-drenched colors embellish embroidered pillows. Customers will recognize the same high quality, easy care and durability that Coyuchi is known for. The children’s line offers weighty cotton blankets woven of pre-shrunk cotton for shape-retention and printed percale sheets that get softer with every wash. And, naturally, the Little collection retains Coyuchi’s signature comfort, with sleep sacks crafted of butter-soft jersey cotton and muslin washcloths backed in plush mini-terry. The company’s textile experts approached each step of the design process with purpose, to ensure the products would be safe, functional, and the perfect choice for your little one’s nest.

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Grace can attest to the comfort and warmth of her Little Coyuchi blanket.  She wrapped up in on a cool, Spring, Michigan and went outside to take a walk through our woods.  I love the gray color (though other colors and patterns are available).  I also love knowing exactly what is touching her skin.  All Little Coyuchi products are back by a 100% Love guarantee, and I am pretty sure you will love them!  I urge you to visit their site, connect with them on social media and keep them in mind for your next baby or baby shower!

What is your go-to present when someone has a new baby?

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

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I recently received my April Peaches and Petals Beauty box and I’m excited to share everything I received! In case you aren’t familiar with it, Peaches and Petals in a monthly subscription service that delivers beauty/lifestyle boxes each month right to your door.  Every month has a theme and this month it was “April Showers”.

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I was excited to see a Smart Essentials Beauty Care Massager!  I have always wanted to try one.

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It comes with 5 different attachments to cleanse, massage, exfoliate, and remove calluses.  So far, I have tried the cleansing brush and the oil and makeup removing  attachments and I loved it!  My face felt so clean and fresh when I was done.

I have never seen the Body Wash in a Sponge before but it looked really neat.

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I tried it out the other night and I really liked it.  It exfoliated my skin and smelled amazing!

Each box contained a Rainy Day Surprise.  Mine was a Detangling Shower Brush.

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It can be used on wet or dry hair.  The bristles are soft and flexible so it didn’t rip or tear at my hair.

I love jewelry but rarely splurge on it so I was happy to find a super cute Umbrella necklace in my box.

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It has a raindrop and umbrella cloud charm hanging from a cloud.  It’s dainty and pretty and goes perfectly with this month’s theme!  The only problem is, my daughter wants to wear it all the time!

My kids thought the Rain Cloud Wall Planter was super cool.

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You hang it on the wall and then simply plant some seeds in the planter part.  You then pour water into the top of the cloud and it drips through holes in the bottom to give the appearance of rain falling on the plant.

Lastly, I received a Rainy Day Puzzle Book.  The timing for this is pretty perfect.  We are driving 16 hours to Wisconsin next month and this will be a fun way to help pass the time!

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It’s filled with over 150 different puzzles ranging from crossword puzzles to word ladders.

So here’s the value breakdown (all prices come from Amazon unless otherwise noted).

*Smart Essentials 5-in-1 Multifunction Beauty Care Massager- $25.95

*Body Wash in a Sponge- $8.07

*Detangling Shower Brush- $7.60

*Cloud Necklace- $10.99

*Rainy Day Puzzles Book- $7.94

*Rain Cloud Wall Planter- $12.19

Total: $72.74!

That’s a huge value when each box is only $19.99 shipped!  I was really happy with everything I received.  Some of the items were more practical but still fun.  They are items that I wouldn’t normally splurge on and buy but can really use and enjoy.  If you love surprises as much as I do, then Peaches and Petals is for you! I get to try great products out and splurge on myself without spending a ton of money.  If you’d like to sign up for Peaches and Petals, make sure to try one of the following discount codes:

PEACHMAY50

PEACHMAY25

PEACHMAY10

But hurry! There will be a limited number of uses for each code and they are first come, first served!

 

Belinda is a wife, mom, blogger, and Brand Ambassador. She has six children including 5 boys and 1 girl. Belinda enjoys reading, photography, crafts and DIY projects, and watching her boys play soccer. You may contact Belinda at mudpiesand tiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Belinda

This post and giveaway were made possible by iConnect and Pampers. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

We are in the process of potty training and fourth child and can I be honest and just say…it really does not get any easier. LOL! All of our kids have been slower to potty train than many of their peers and each one has ended up responding to a different technique than their other siblings.  So though I am a veteran mom, I still look for great potty training tips and new ideas to try.  For this go round of potty training, we have been using Pampers Easy Ups.

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Pampers Easy Ups having cool features!

·         Fun Thomas & Friends® designs for boys and Dora the Explorer® designs for girls

·         A more underwear-like design for growing toddlers

·         Graphics that fade when wet to help little ones learn

·         Super-stretchy sides to make them easy to pull up and down when using the potty

·         Available for Boys and Girls sizes 2T/3T through 4T/5T

They work great for Jack during the day or night.  The Pampers Easy Ups keep accidents from ruining our furniture, which is a huge plus.  Recently Pampers partnered with Dr. Jana to give some great potty training tips like reminding us to have great team spirit when in the throes of potty training, to watch your child for signs of readiness and more.  I really like the reminder about watching for signs of readiness.  Not every child is ready to potty train at the same age so it is important to watch your child for signs.  Some kids are ready early while some (like ours) like to wait awhile.  Pampers and Dr. Jana are having an awesome Twitter party this week!

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The Twitter party is April 28th at 9 p.m. EST and you can easily join the party by clicking the photo below.

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Join in the party and chat with Pampers and Dr. Jana for awesome potty training tips and advice!  Meanwhile you can enter below to win a fun Pamper’s Prize Package!  One lucky reader will win

  • $25 AMEX Gift Card
  • Pampers wipes
  • Pampers Easy Ups

Best of luck!

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Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

Disclosure: The assets included within this message were delivered to me in order to promote Orkin Rollins INC. All opinions are always my own.

Spring is finally here and Summer is around the corner.  It brings with it sun, flowers, fresh veggies….and mosquitos.  Ugh!  I don’t know where you live, or what you deal with, but here in Michigan mosquitos are awful!  We have to get sprayed for them or we literally cannot even enjoy a picnic in our yard.  Thankfully we have Orkin services and they combat these pesky critters for us.

To help you better prepare yourself and your family to fight the bite, Orkin presents the “Buzzer Beater” app, which features its deep scientific knowledge of mosquitoes.

• Are you prepared for mosquito season this year? Take the quiz to see if you’re ready to earn your badge in Mosquito Season Prep.

• Watch the “How to Deal With Mosquitoes” & “Do Mosquitoes Prefer Adults over Children” videos, as well as the rest of Orkin’s How-To video series, to get the most up-to-date knowledge on dealing with pesky home invaders.

• Download Orkin’s yearly “Mosquito Cities” list and find out if your city made it!

 

Orkin wants to help ALL families be ready for the Summer season.  To help out, they are offering one of our readers a cool Orkin Summer Scientist Bug Catching Kit!

The Orkin Summer Scientist Bug Catching Kits are fun for the whole family! Each pack includes:

2 Bug Catcher Craft Kits: These awesome DIY bug catcher kits will let your family’s personality shine through while also learning about nature and the world around us. The kits include a variety of foam ladybugs, dragonflies and more!

 2 Bug Nets: Explore the great outdoors with these fun mesh insect nets. They can be used to collect and study butterflies, ladybugs, caterpillars and many other backyard creatures.

2 See-Through Bug Jars: Reveal the wonders of your backyard with these clear bug jars. Each transparent plastic box has a magnifying lid for better insect viewing. Young explorers love discovering worms, butterflies, ants and insects. These containers allow them to make homes for their new discoveries.

2 Magic Color Scratch Little Garden Critters: Scratch faces, designs and more on these Magic Color Scratch Little Garden Critters! A perfect kids’ activity for critter lovers, simply scratch away the black coating to reveal vibrant rainbow colors. Includes butterflies, frogs, turtles and more.

Glow-in-the-Dark Creepy Crawlers: Turn off the lights and let them glow! These vinyl glow-in-the-dark bugs are lots of fun for all ages.

Each household is only eligible to win Summer Scientist Bug Catching Kit via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Enter below for your chance to win!

 

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen