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.

My kids love playing dress up and playing superhero is at the top of the list.  The SuperMe backpack combines two of my kids favorite things, a new backpack and superhero pretend play, into one great product!

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This fun back pack has a built in cape and comes with a superhero mask.

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The bags are made with naturally insulating EVA, are safe for kids & the environment, and are super durable and machine washable (a huge plus in my book!).

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The backpacks come with a standard superhero patch but you can also order a personalized patch if you’d like.

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The straps are comfortable and I like the additional chest strap that helps distribute the weight of the pack and helps it stay on as well.

What makes this backpack super fun, is the attached cape!  In just seconds it transforms from a standard backpack to a superhero costume.  You just have to unzip the middle compartment and pull out the cape.

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My 6-year-old was so excited to try it out!

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He was thrilled to find that the included mask even fit over his glasses.  According to him, “This is the coolest backpack ever!”.

Once he was done playing, we simply rolled the cape up and tucked it back into to compartment.  I love that the cape is attached to the backpack itself so we don’t have to worry about losing it.  While the bag is a lot of fun, it’s also functional.  It has a nice size main compartment that can fit all of my son’s school stuff or also hold clothes and toiletries for overnight trips.

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The reflective tag on the side is also a nice safety feature.

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My son can’t wait to take his new backpack to school in August!

SuperMe backpacks come in 12 different designs for both boys and girls.  They’d make the perfect gift for any child that loves dress up or superheros.  It would also be a great incentive for the child that’s nervous about starting school.  You can find one for your little superhero at daphdaph.com.

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

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My husband has always been a hard worker.  It started when he was young.  His mom was a single mom so he was mowing the yard and helping around the house.  Summer time found him with his dad where he helped build and stain a 50 ft. deck, worked in his dad’s factory and hiked through the Pennsylvania woods surrounding the home.  Fresh out of high school he enlisted with the Marine Corps.  Next up….a newspaper reporter followed by becoming a US Army Officer.  He also is a runner, rock climber and an active dad.  So he needs some help easing aches and pains that come from his active lifestyle.  We have tried several products, but when it comes to easing aches, we have been very pleased with LivRelief.

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LivRelief helps get to the root of the pain naturally.  It is long lasting and does not irritate your skin. It is fragrance free, SLS free (which is hard to find), petroleum free and actually works!

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My husband enjoys strapping on his Aasics and heading out for a run, but he often gets sore.  Either because he went too far or too fast, didn’t warm up enough or just because he is getting older.  Admittedly he was dubious to give LivRelief a try.  It just seemed a bit too good to be true.  After his most recent run, his shower did not take care of his aches so he tried some LivRelief.

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Not only did it ease his aches, it also did not burn his skin and didn’t smell up the house (yay!).

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Now he likes to keep his LivRelief handy.  He is building a swing set for the kids this weekend and knows he will be using it then. LOL! Especially after he slides and swings with them and climbs on the new climbing rope he hung for them.

For easing aches, I do recommend LivRelief.  What is your best tip for easing aches and pains?

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: This post on 5 tips for an easier move is a paid post.  I was provided free products as well as compensation in order to facilitate the post, but all opinions are completely my own and are gleaned from the experiences I have from moving.

Over our almost 15 years of marriage, my husband and I have moved 13 times. No, that is not a typo. 13 times. Now some of those were somewhat simple, like putting everything in storage and living with family for a few months while we closed on a home and things like that. Not every move was a FULL move. Even so, moving is tiring and a TON of work. Suffice it to say, that over the course of 15 years and 13 moves, I have picked up some tricks of the trade to make moving easier. I am going to share my personal top 5 tips for an easier move. Notice I didn’t say EASY move. LOL! Seriously though, these tips will make it easier. Promise!

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1. Make lists.

I am talking good, old-fashioned, pen and paper lists here. Get a binder and fill it with paper and then add the following to it. Make lists for your time line. This list will include things like calling the power company to switch the utilities out of your name at the old house and into your name at the new house. When you are writing this in, include account numbers, phone numbers, confirmation numbers etc. This binder will include the times, dates and phone numbers for anyone helping you move or the moving company.  My list always includes a list of items I will be needing from Walmart too (more to come on what these are later in the post). Leave space on each page for taking notes so you can adds names of people you speak to at these companies, write down confirmation numbers and keep track of dates or prices they give you as well.

2. Money

It may seem weird to talk about money when you are moving. Moves are expensive. But you need to make sure you are prepared. Call your bank and let them know you are moving. This way they won’t be shocked when your card shows a random charge for gas in Idaho. I suggest pulling cash from your local ATM. Then you have cash for drinks at the hotel, an unexpected need to give a tip or whatever need may arise when moving. Also, make sure you keep any checkbooks and banking needs in a clearly labeled box. I recommend keeping it with you in the car you will be driving.

3. Plan

Obviously you are planning a lot of things, but this is one of the greatest things I have learned. About 3 weeks before you are moving, get a list together (to add to your binder, see tip #1) of all the things you will need to survive for 1-3 days. For us this includes outfits for everyone, one set of pj’s for each person, one blanket and pillow per person. One place setting per person…so 1 plate, cup, fork, knife, spoon and bowl per person. We always include our coffee maker and coffee supplies, priorities people! If you have babies or young kids you will want to include their needed items which might include a playpen etc. If space allows we will also pack air mattresses. This list is vital to an easier move. Why? This list is items you DON’T want to pack. All of this will go in your vehicles. This means when you arrive at your new home, your car is holding everything you need for sleeping there that night and eating some meals. With so many of us, we cannot afford to just pick up fast food or pizzas so we make sure to pack a cooler with water and drinks for the road. If it’s a short move, we move our fridge and freezer stuff. If it’s a long move, we stop at a store to buy milk, bread etc as soon as we pull into town. This list should also include cleaning supplies that you’ll need to clean out the old home and spruce up the new home.

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I could not do without our Tide Pods.

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I have tried other detergents but they do not fight stains the way Tide does. That being said, no way do I want to risk a bottle of Tide spilling all over our stuff. So Tide Pods it is. I make sure to have a plentiful supply of Bounty paper towels. I’ll be honest…95% of the time I clean with rags. I hate wasting. But when we move, I do not want to have loads of dirty rags sitting around so I make sure to have Bounty paper towels because they stand up strong to tough messes.  We also make sure to pick up some Charmin toilet paper.  We leave a few rolls at the old home so the new owners feel welcomed and the rest of the pack comes with us so we are not caught unprepared.  Another important item to grab at Walmart is a Swiffer Wet Jet.  It can tackle the dirty floors and you don’t need a bucket of mop water to use it (yea!).

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One more quick tip….grab a can or two of Unstopables.  These air refreshers come in handy (ie: sweaty guys moving stuff in and out).  Also, it is nice to spray in the home you are leaving so the new owners come in to a fresh smell.

4. Containers

During our 3 rd move, we invested in containers with lids. We made sure they were of equal size and stackable. This has been worth every penny. First, you are not running all over looking for cardboard boxes. Two, they stack, which means they fit onto a dolly, which means you can load up the dolly and roll out 4-5 boxes at once. Third, it is more space efficient. Since they all stack, you make the most of the space in your moving truck. Four, they are reusable! Five, they are super easy to label. Which brings me to the last of these tips for an easier move.

5. Label

If you’ve follower my blog for awhile you know I love label makers. They are relatively inexpensive, so I encourage you to invest in one before a move. It is WAY easier than keep track of markers and tape to label boxes. Plus if you are using reusuable containers, you can label them and then peel them off after you’ve moved. Also, keep it simple. It is really neat to think of looking at hundreds of boxes inside your new home and each one is labeled husband jeans, socks, shoes, belts and more. Kitchen plates, utensil drawer, spoons, mugs and more. However, that does not help those moving you. Instead, go into your new home and place a clear sign on each door like “Kid’s Room 1”, “Master”. Use those SAME simple labels on all your boxes. Then as people are moving you in, they look down and clearly see on a box “Master” and they know which room to take it into. Sure, it means you might dig through 3 boxes before finding your favorite jeans, but it also means not finding your favorite jeans hidden in the kids room or garage because someone did not know where to put the box.

 

 

Time to hear from you… what are your best tips for an easier move?

Cliff: An accomplished author, in that I drink a lot of coffee, look at obscure websites, own a copy of Microsoft Word and know what an Oxford comma is. Hobbies include mocking Ab Lounger ads on Craigslist and napping. Former Marine, mail carrier and dental chair technician, now I spend my days trying to live up to my wife and dog\'s expectations of me and show my kids how to live life well.

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 just received the June Peaches and Petals box and I’m excited to share it with you! Peaches and Petals is a monthly subscription service that delivers beauty/lifestyle boxes each month right to your door. The theme of this month’s box is “Under the Boardwalk”and it was filled with summer and beach themed items.  Summer officially starts tomorrow, the 20th, so it was perfect timing!

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The first item I noticed was this cute lobster mug.

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The nautical theme screams summer and it’s perfect for sipping lemonade by the pool or on the beach.

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I also received this fun bathing suit cover up.  The lightweight, sheer fabric allows you to keep cool while also covering up in style.  The kimono style could also be worn with a tank top and jeans or cutoffs.

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Each box contained a beachy surprise.  Mine was a pack of bag tags with a fun retro beach theme.  These cool tags are actually made of wood and have leather straps. I plan on putting one on our swim bag.

20160617_073434 I really liked these pretty earrings that were included but once I read the story behind them, I liked them even more!  All pieces in the Project Starfish line of jewelry are handmade by post-trafficked women in Asia.  The business provides them with a job in a safe and supportive environment as well as education, access to healthcare, and counseling.  I definitely plan on checking out the other pieces offered by Starfish Project!

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I love trying new hair care products.  I like to straighten my naturally curly/wavy hair but in the summer,  I tend to go natural.  The Ocean Waves spray by Alterna Stylist is a lightweight texturizing spray that adds volume and enhances waves.  It gives you that “been at the beach” look and it smells amazing!!

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The final item in the June box was this awesome pair of sunglasses.  They are super cute and fit perfectly!

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

  • Nautical Mug- $10.95 for a similar one
  • Swimsuit Cover Up- $11.89
  • Bag Tags- $12
  • Starfish Project Earrings- $17.99 (from Starfishproject.com)
  • Ocean Waves Spray- $20 for the full size bottle so I’m guessing this smaller version would be valued at around $5
  • Sunglasses- $12.95 for similar ones

That’s a total value of $70.78!  Subscriptions are only $19.99 a month (with free shipping!) so that’s a huge savings!  I have been getting Peaches and Petals boxes for a while now and while I have been really happy with all of them, I especially liked the June box.  I will be able to get a lot of use out of every item I received.  The sneak peak card revealed that the July theme is “Dance to the Music”.  It sounds really fun and I can’t wait to open up my surprises next month!

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In addition to the monthly subscriptions, once you register with Peaches and Petals, you can also purchase great individual items as well all at great prices.  If you’d like to sign up for a Peaches and Petals subscription, try one of the following discount codes.  But hurry, each one has a limited amount of uses!

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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

Disclosure: I received this WORX Drill in order to review it.  All opinions are my own.

Growing up, it was just me, mom and my sister.  That meant many tasks fell onto my shoulders.  I learned at a fairly young age how to use tools, mow the lawn, attempt to fix broken things and to tackle DIY projects on behalf of my mom.  After marrying my wife, we ended up with 2 girls.  Years later we added two boys but they are just now reaching the age where they (the boys) can really start to help me.  Honestly, Benjamin is just now showing an interest in learning these things.  But I digress.  All that was to say, I am comfortable around tools, do the bulk of the manual labor at home and now do DIY projects on behalf of my wife…like building climbing equipment in the woods.  During all my years of tinkering, building and DIY-ing a good cordless drill has been my constant companion.  Though I’ve had many great drills over the years, I’ve had one common complaint about all of them.  The constant switching of bits or having to lug around a second driver to get the jobs done.  Then this little fella showed up at my house.

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The WORX 20v Switchdriver is my favorite drill so far and I am not saying that because they sent it to me free of charge.  Why? Here are some of the standout features of my WORX Drill.

Rotating dual chucks make switching between bits faster than ever

Precise electronic torque control prevents the stripping of screws

Features 2 powerful and lightweight MaxLithium batteries

Variable 2-speed gearing tackles all common drilling & driving functions

1/4″ hex quick-change chucks for easy bit change-out

But if you’re like me, you could care less what the company says about the product you want to hear how your buddy used it to build his wife the most awesome pallet board sign EVER! Or how some other dude used it to build his dream deck.  Watch my video to learn all about it.

Hopefully you watched my little video but if not here’s the breakdown.  The WORX Drill boasts a true hands-free, quick change, rotating dual chuck that lets you flip back and forth between drill and driver with ease.  Wanna see?  Watch my video!  You can do it with just one hand.  My new drill is going be my best friend as I finish building a playground in our woods.   The downside of the quick change chuck is that you have to have hex-head driver bits and drill bits, which means older drill bits won’t work in it.  Anyone whose tried to use two drills at once knows this is going to be a lot easier.  I’m stoked to have it and would like to try out some other WORX products.

You ready to do some DIY?  Enter below for a chance to win your own WORX Drill.

Cliff: An accomplished author, in that I drink a lot of coffee, look at obscure websites, own a copy of Microsoft Word and know what an Oxford comma is. Hobbies include mocking Ab Lounger ads on Craigslist and napping. Former Marine, mail carrier and dental chair technician, now I spend my days trying to live up to my wife and dog\'s expectations of me and show my kids how to live life well.