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.

When our boys were little, we got them each a baby doll to help prepare them for the new sibling.  Towards the end of each of my pregnancies, we would give them the doll and let them practice being gentle and show them how to hold the baby.  I think it really helped them get ready for the new baby and gave them some confidence when it came time for them to hold their new brother or sister.  Even though Little Miss is our last baby, I still want her to learn to be gentle with little ones.  Plus, she LOVES baby dolls!  Nenuco has created a line of soft-body baby dolls that allows children to practice feeding, bathing, dressing and nurturing.  I received two of these dolls for Little Miss.

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The first was the My First Nenuco Kisses.  This cutie gives kisses when you press on her foot.  Little Miss has really been into giving kisses lately so this doll was perfect for her!  She needed a little help pressing the doll’s foot in the beginning but once she got the hang of it, she could do it herself.  She laughed every time the doll made the little smacking sound and felt the little puff of air.  At 16.5″ the doll is the perfect size for carrying around and Little Miss loved pushing it around in her little shopping cart.

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I also received the My Little Nenuco doll.

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This doll features that sweet new baby smell and comes with her own pacifier.  One thing I liked about this doll is that her hat and booties are molded plastic so I don’t have to worry about them falling off and getting lost.  The paci is also attached which is wonderful.  We have lost so many doll accessories in the past. I will say I didn’t notice a baby smell at first but once we got her out of the box, I did start to smell a baby powder scent that was really sweet.  As I said before, Little Miss loves dolls but it was love at first sight with this one!  It has become her new favorite and she carries it everywhere.

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She especially likes giving her baby it’s paci.

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Once again, Nenuco has provided my girl with some great baby dolls.  They’re cute and cuddly, and Little Miss loves taking care of them.  And even though my boys have long since left their sibling prep dolls behind, Little Sister has a way of getting them to play along with her and her babies.  She seems to have them wrapped around her tiny fingers!

You can check out Nenuco’s full selection of great dolls at nenucofamosa.es/us/.  Also, be sure to like them on Facebook to keep up to date with all their newest cuties!

Does your little one have a favorite doll?  How do you help prepare a soon-to-be big brother or sister?

 

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 provided a gift card in order to share this review.  All opinions are my own.

Olive Garden #AlfredoFest #ad

We love to take our family out to dinner from time to time.  But with four kiddos, it can sometimes be difficult to enjoy that meal.  My husband and I were SO excited to learn that Olive Garden is switching things up for people just like us!  They are now offering an online To Go program.

Olive Garden also is introducing a redesigned web experience for its guests, including the national launch of online To Go, where guests can order meals via Olive Garden’s website for pick-up at restaurant locations across the country. Guests can pre-pay for their purchase online or when picking up at the restaurant and redeem coupons with their order. Guests also have the option to save their favorite orders for future transactions and order meals days in advance.

Using this is a cinch! Just go online to Olive Garden, use the location finder to find your Olive Garden and easily place your order.

One of the best reasons to head out to Olive Garden TONIGHT is to enjoy their Alfredo Fest!

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Alfredo Fest is only here for a limited time.  You start with Olive Garden’s breadsticks and delicious salads.  Then you choose one of four entrees including:

  • Grilled Chicken with Broccoli Alfredo – Sliced grilled chicken breasts served over cavatappi pasta with creamy, homemade Alfredo, broccoli florets and a hint of garlic
  • Shrimp Caprese Alfredo – Sauteed shrimp tossed with three cheeses and bucatini pasta in homemade Alfredo, topped with seasoned tomatoes, melted mozzarella and fresh basil
  • Mezzaluna Ravioli with Mushroom Alfredo – Crescent-shaped ravioli filled with four Italian cheeses and topped with mushroom Alfredo sauce
  • Grilled Chicken with Roasted Garlic Alfredo – Sliced grilled chicken breasts and roasted garlic cloves over giant rigatoni pasta in creamy, roasted garlic Alfredo

To finish off this amazing feast you can choose Chocolate Mousse Cake or any flavor Dolcini mini-dessert!  ALL this starts at just $11.99.  I KNOW where we are heading this weekend.  How about you?  Which Alfredo Fest entree would you choose?

Disclosure: I was provided a gift card in order to share this review.  All opinions are my own.

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 a gift card in order to share this post with our readers.  All opinions are my own.

You can enter to win $1,500 in gift cards!

I just became a part of the Sunoco Free Fuel 5000 Online Decal Hunt. Join the fun at FreeFuel5000.com/decal-hunt for your chance at $1,500 in Sunoco gift cards!

 

 

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If you win, what would you spend the gift cards on?

 

Disclosure: I received a gift card in order to share this post with our readers.  All opinions are my own.

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 Ambassador Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Banana Boat® Sun Care. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

When it’s 100 degrees outside and the sun is beating down and the pavement is shimmering with heat, putting on your sunscreen is a cinch to remember.  You only need to glance out the window and catch a glimpse of the thermostat and you will be slathering on the sunscreen.  Today I wanted to take the time to remind you that it is vitally important to wear your sunscreen even on those gloomy, overcast days.

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Even if you have a nicely shaded yard like ours, you should make sure that you and your kiddos are covered in Banana Boat sunscreen.  I would strongly encourage you to make it a part of your daily routine.  Banana Boat has a new product called Banana Boat® Sport Performance® Clear UltraMist® Sunscreen with Powerstay TechnologyTM.  This designed for sports loving people.  It is made to stay on, even through powerful workouts AND to feel lightweight and good on your skin. 

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One of our daughters has a scar on her nose that we have to keep coated with sunscreen whenever she will be outside.  It is challenging to find a clear sunscreen that protects and stays on when she swims, runs and roller blades.  We will definitely be trying this new sunscreen out with her.

One final reminder…Banana Boat is having an awesome summer giveaway on the Banana Boat Facebook page!  It’s a super fun sweepstakes and  gives families a chance to win summer fun prizes, including the grand prize – a family trip to a Treehouse Resort! We will be entering! Good luck to you!

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Chime in below and tell me how you keep cool during the summer heat!

 

 

I participated in an Ambassador Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Banana Boat® Sun Care. I received product samples to facilitate my 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

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.

A few weeks ago, I shared a review of the Miu Color glass water bottle.  I really liked the bottle and use it all the time so when I learned that Miu Color also has a pet grooming tool, I was eager to try it as well.  Our dog Maggie sheds A LOT.  We love her but I must say, sweeping or vacuuming up hair twice a day gets old.  Miu Color’s Pet Grooming Large Deshedding Tool is for long- and short-haired dogs and cats and has a 4-inch stainless-steel edge to quickly and easily removes loose undercoat hair.  This is supposed to reduce shedding by up to 90%.

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The tool was easy to assemble.  I just popped the metal comb part into the handle.  The black button on the handle makes it easy to remove the comb as well.  I didn’t waste any time trying it out.  I took Maggie out on the deck and got to work.

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Above, you can see a little of her undercoat that was coming loose and shedding.

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The non-slip rubber handle provided me with a good grip and the tool was easy to comb over her.  As you can see, the extra hair immediately started coming off her back.

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It worked really well!  The picture above was after only 3 brushes down her back!  I was amazed at the hair that was removed!  After only a few minutes of brushing, I had a big pile of hair on the deck.

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Maggie seemed to enjoy the brushing as well.  She was in heaven with the extra attention!  I definitely noticed a difference in the amount of hair in the house that day.  While we don’t get a chance to brush her every day, the boys enjoy doing it so we let them take her out as much as possible to brush the extra hair off.  It’s an easy way to cut down on the loose hair all over the house!

Miu Color is offering a giveaway to THREE readers in the form of gift certificates for their Amazon store!  Each winner will get to choose from either the water bottle that I reviewed OR the pet grooming tool.  I loved both so either would be a great choice!  Winners will have to pay shipping, however both items are Prime eligible so there’s no shipping cost if you have Amazon Prime.

 

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