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.

 

kingandcountry

Once I had kids, I became super aware of what music was playing on the radio.  I realized that so many songs had content that really wasn’t suitable for them.  I didn’t want to have to worry about inappropriate lyrics that little ears might hear and little mouths might repeat.  Now, we listen to music that is not only enjoyable but also has a positive message.  For King & Country is a favorite with both myself and my kids.  Their new CD, Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong is an awesome addition to our music library!

The CD contains 14 tracks:

Track Listing:
Run Wild. (feat. Andy Mineo)
Prelude (Fix My Eyes)
Fix My Eyes
To The Dreamers
Shoulders
No Turning Back
Without You (feat. Courtney)
Long Live
Steady
Already Home
This Is Love
Matter
Its Not Over Yet
O God Forgive Us

This CD has become our new favorite to play in the van as we’re driving to soccer or to the grocery store. The kids love “Fix My Eyes” and I love hearing them sing along.  My 4-year-old especially, gets into it and it makes me smile.  My older boys really like “To The Dreamers”.  It has a really good beat and it pretty catchy.  The track, “Matter” really spoke to me.  It talks about how everyone is important to Jesus and how when we are having a rough time, we need to remember that we matter to Him.  As a parent, this is something I want me kids to know.

All of the songs are uplifting and have a message of encouragement.  In fact, I would say that’s the theme of the album.  On days when I’m feeling stressed or overwhelmed, this album helps me regroup and refocus.  For King & Country is a super talented group with a powerful message.  If you’re looking for an album filled with quality, uplifting and catchy music, this one is for you!

Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong is available now at FamilyChristian.com.  One lucky reader will win a $25 Appreciation Certificate to Family Christian Stores!

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 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.

santa

I LOVE watching Christmas specials.  I remember, as a kid, getting so excited when they started coming on and now I’m excited to watch them with my kids.  When I learned that Santa’s Magic Toy Bag was being released for the first time on DVD, I was thrilled! This special from Paul Fusco, creator and producer of NBC’s award-winning Alf and the writer/puppeteer/voice behind the iconic television alien, originally aired on Showtime in 1983.

Synopisis:

Christmas is bustling, festive and exciting for Santa, Mrs. Claus and all the Elves at the North Pole… Sherman, an aspiring apprentice Elf, tries his best to fit in but can t seem to do anything right! He s worked in nearly every department at the North Pole and has triggered a series of disasters everywhere he goes. Santa tries to bolster Sherman s self-esteem by entrusting him with the special task of guarding his MAGIC TOY BAG until Christmas Eve. When Sherman accidentally shrinks the bag by washing it, he fears there might not be a Christmas this year … Unless the accident-prone Elf can finally make things right!

Even though Christmas is still a couple of months away, I couldn’t wait to watch this with my kids!  It brought back so many great memories.  It’s a cute family movie with a good message.  It reminds us that we all have special talents.  I’m a fan of puppet style specials so this was right up my alley.  The kids loved it and really enjoyed the songs and music.  And, at 30 minutes long, it was perfect for the younger kids since it kept their attention.  I couldn’t help but smile as a I watched it.  It took me back to my childhood which was really fun.

If you’re a fan of Christmas specials like me, you’ll love Santa’s Magic Toy Bag!  It’s available now for $14.99 on Amazon.  One lucky reader will win a copy for themselves!

 

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

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for Huggies and Target. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Do you remember that thrill you felt the first time you held your baby?  Such an amazing feeling!  You bring them home and your house is stocked, cleaned and ready for you and your new baby.  Everything is perfect! Well, except for the lack of sleep. LOL!  But then the house gets dirty, laundry piles up and all of a sudden you realize you are out of diapers! Tragedy! Emergency! What to do?  Consider the new subscription service from Target.  You simply select the items you want…such as Huggies Snug & Dry diapers and create your delivery schedule.  That can earn you 5% off all purchases and free shipping! Pretty cool deal!

We stopped into our local Target last week and decided to try the Huggies Snug & Dry diapers for Jack.

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These diapers can protect for up to 12 hours! They have a nice fit that allows active babies to stay dry and comfy.

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We also snagged some of the Huggies Natural Care wipes.

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We use them for diaper changes, but we also use them for cleaning.  Our son Benjamin loves to use them to wipe off his hands!

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If you are into coupons then I am excited to share this great coupon with you!  Target has a coupon for money off on your next purchase of Huggies diapers.  Click here for the coupon.

We started using Huggies at the birth of our first child.  They have continued to be our go-to diaper for the past 11 years!  What do you think of the Huggies brand?  Would you, or someone you know, benefit from the new subscription service offered from Target?  What an amazing gift this would be to an expectant parent!  To know that diapers will be regularly arriving at their door? Bliss!

We always love hearing from you, so leave your comments below!

 

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for Huggies and Target. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

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

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for LISTERINE. I received samples for this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

Back in 2003, we had one sweet baby girl.  It was so easy to take her places with us.  In 2004 we added another sweet baby girl to the mix.  They were so close together that routines fell into place almost seamlessly.  Then we added two boys to mix….and our hearts and lives were full and happy and blessed…but our schedules started to fall apart.  It is no longer a cinch to make sure everyone has their teeth brushed, their bed made and their clothes put away.  Thankfully, we have discovered some products from LISTERINE that are making our lives easier and helping our girls to create some healthy habits and routines.

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The girls are loving the LISTERINE mouth wash.  Kayla, our oldest, has never enjoyed flossing.  But something about the LISTERINE Cool Mint Floss really appeals to her.  Flossing is now part of her nightly routine.  She really likes the mint flavor from the floss.  We are thrilled that she is flossing and protecting her teeth and gums.  Grace really loves the LISTERINE® SMART RINSE®.  I am not sure if she loves the cool design or the flavor best, but either way…she is using her mouthwash twice a day! Love it! My husband and I are enjoying the pleasant mint flavoring of the LISTERINE Healthy White Gentle Rinse.  You can visit the website to find the full line of LISTERINE products that are available.

Make sure your bathroom is fully stocked with LISTERINE products so that you and your family can create some healthy habits like our daughters!

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If you need some more inspiration, check out this You Tube video!

Share your healthy habit tips in the comments below and let’s all inspire each other!

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for LISTERINE. I received samples for this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

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

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for #AveenoEczemaTherapy. I received a sample to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating.

 

I tell you what…eczema stinks!  It makes skin red, itchy, irritated and is truly bothersome.  A few weeks back, we accepted the challenge from Aveeno to switch to ALL Aveeno products for 3 weeks and see if we could tell a difference or not.  You can read my announcement of the challenge in this blog post.  We decided to try it out for our son Jack.

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For the past 3 weeks he has only used products from the Aveeno Eczema Therapy line.  Our favorite product is still the Aveeno Soothing Bath Treatment.  It really seems to quickly calm flare ups.  The lotions work really well and are great for the entire family.  I love the non-greasy feel of them.  After using these for several weeks we do see a difference in Jack’s skin.  I wish I could say it was all better, but that is not how eczema works.  However, his skin is a bit clearer and he has less itchy spots than he did before the challenge.  The biggest change we noticed was on his thighs and his bottom.  Both areas used to have large round patches and they have gone away.  It did not do much for the eczema on his back.  Overall we are very pleased!  If you, or someone you know, suffers from eczema, please tell them about the line of #AveenoEczemaTherapy products and encourage them to try them out.  This is National Eczema Awareness month, so please help spread the word! Do you have any experience dealing with eczema?  Let us know in the comments below!

 

 

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for #AveenoEczemaTherapy. I received a sample to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating.

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