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

It pains me a bit to admit it.  But our oldest daughter is a tween.  Kayla is now 11 years old and she is really growing up and changing.  It is beautiful watching her mature, develop her own interests and her own quirks.  We love watching her looks change and even her tastes in food!  But not all of the changes she has experienced are as positive as these.  Along with getting older she has started dealing with some minor acne problems.  For Kayla it is not real bad.  Just some minor flare ups here and there.  Like all teens though, she wants to know what to do to help take care of it.  We had just started this discussion when the opportunity to try out Clearasil came about.  Ideal timing!  Plus, I remember using the Clearasil brand when I was her age.

Kayla was sent two items: Ultra Rapid Action Daily Gel Wash and Hydra-Blast Oil-Free Face Wash.

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While she did try out both items, she did not like the Daily Gel Wash. She thought it was difficult to lather on her face/neck area.  But she was very pleased with the Hydra-Blast Oil-Free Face Wash!

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This is dermatologist tested and they claim you get clearer skin every day (up to 85%) in just 4 weeks!  Like I said, Kayla does not suffer from severe acne, but since she has been using this she has NOT had any flare ups at all!

Kayla keeps hers in the shower and has started using it during her showers each day.  She recommends rinsing your face first and then lathering up and letting it sit while you wash your body.  Afterwards, you just rinse it off and finish your shower!

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Are you familiar with Clearasil?  I’d love for you to check them out.  If you like, you can also connect with Clearasil on Facebook!

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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Christmas shopping can be such fun! With four kids, we get to do plenty of it…that’s for sure.  When we are looking for traditional items it is usually easy to find what we want, but when we search for something unique it can be challenging.  I wanted to find something different for our daughter Grace.  She is part tomboy and part girly-girl.  She really loves unique clothing and has a style that is all her own.  When I found the Lotty Dotty collection I KNEW Grace would love it!

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Cute shirt right?  But…it gets better.  Check this out!

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Lotty Dotty says you can get 100 shirts in 1 when you dress your doll ON your shirt.  Lotty Dotty is based on the traditional paper doll, except this is ON your clothes and you can change it out based on the day, the season and even the Holiday.  Grace’s shirt came with 2 changes of clothing.

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It’s easy to do and you can keep adding to the collection.  A shirt like this will cost you around $25 and then you can add the outfits on for as low as $7.  I love the thought of getting her another mini-outfit for her birthday or maybe for a Easter basket.  I also LOVE a gift that can keep being added onto!  The shirts are available in both long sleeve and short sleeve and there is also a cute tote bag that you can purchase as well.

I think all girls would love a Lotty Dotty shirt waiting under the tree for them this Christmas.  What about you?

Make sure you check out their website for the full selection and to learn about the designers behind the fashion!

 

 

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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Bedtime can be a little scary for some kids.  Having a little reassurance can go a long way and as a mom I want to do everything I can to help my kids feel secure.  When I learned about the Original BedBug, I was really intrigued. This neat plush ladybug was created by a mom for her own children.  The huggable BedBug allows you to record three different messages onto a recorder inside the plush that your child can then play back when they are feeling anxious.  I was excited to receive one and review it with Little Miss!

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The BedBug comes in recycled packaging.

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It’s so cute!  I love the ladybug’s sweet face and it’s super soft.  I like the combination of velour type material and satin legs.

The messages were really easy to record.  I opened up the velcro closure on the BedBug’s belly to get to the recording box.

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I then slid open the cover to reveal the recording buttons.  You can record a 20 second morning time and bedtime message as well as a three minute message which is perfect for a short story or favorite song. I just pressed both the button that corresponded with the message I wanted to record and the record button.  I then spoke into the microphone and again pressed the record button when I was finished.

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Now, Little Miss just had to squeeze one of the three symbols on the BedBug’s legs to hear my messages.  The recordings were very clear.  I did think they were a little loud but then one of the boys showed me the included sticker patch that could be placed over the speaker if it was too loud.  There was also a suggestion to  hold the BedBug a little further away as I recorded my messages.  These  two things definitely helped and I was able to get it to a good sound level.

Little Miss thought the BedBug was really neat!  She pressed the buttons over and over and kept saying “Mommy, watch!”.  After a while, she climbed up on the couch and snuggles with it.

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I can think of so many instances when the BedBug would come in handy.  Little ones who get lonely in bed, and ones transitioning from crib to bed would find comfort in it.  This is also perfect for overnight trips away from mom and dad.  Just being able to hear a parent’s voice would help calm fears.  The BedBug would be a great way for kids to stay connected with Grandparents who live out of state like my in-laws do.  I would love for them to read a short story over the phone and let me record it on the BedBug for all of my kids to hear.  This would also be perfect for parents who have to go away for business or moms or dads who are deployed.  The child could hear mom or dad anytime they wanted to.  The messages can be changed as often as you like so you can update with specific message (“I had fun with you at the park today!” or “I’m excited to celebrate your birthday today!”).

The Original BedBug would make a great gift for the child on your list!  It offers both companionship and comfort.  It’s like no other toy and is sure to bring a smile to your little one’s face!  The Original BedBug retails for $29.99 and can be purchased at originalbedbug.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

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 love how toys that were popular when I was little have come back.  It’s so neat for my husband and I to relive some great childhood memories with our kids.  Last time my in-laws came to visit, they brought along some of my husband’s old toys.  Among those were some of his Transformers.  He couldn’t help but smile when he saw them and had fun joining in with our boys as they played with them.  Recently, I received Transformers Armada: The Complete Series on DVD and I think my hubby was as excited as the boys were!  This great collection contains all 52 episodes on an 8-DVD set.
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Synopsis:

Brace yourself to relive some of the most astonishing Transformers battles between the Autobots and the Decepticons through the complete series release of Transformers Armada, first introduced to fans in 2002. This is the unforgettable chapter of Transformers lore and the first part of the rare Unicorn Trilogy – consisting of Armada, Energon and Cybertron. Optimus Prime, his team of Autobots and their human friends stepped up the fight against Megatrom and his Decepticons for control of the universe and the power-enhancing Mini-cons, a lost race of Transformers. Valor, deception and unexpected twists unfolded in these captivating adventures, leading to an unlikely alliance between natural enemies in the face of a genuine evil known as Unicron.

My husband settled in with the boys the day after I received the set to watch a couple of episodes.  The kids were enthralled.  They loves seeing the Transformer characters that they play with on the screen.  The younger boys even acted out some of the scenes with their toys the next day.  They really got into it and would have watched it all day if I’d let them!  I like that I can pull out the DVDs and let the boys pick up where we left off.  We made a trip to Dollywood this past weekend and the DVDs kept them entertained on the drive down (Yay for no fighting in the van!)

Transformers Armada: The Complete Series has a total run time of approximately 19 hours, 45 minutes.  The list price is $44.99 but it’s available now on Amazon for $29.96.  This great set would make the perfect gift for anyone on your list who’s a fan of Transformers!

One lucky reader will win Transformers Armada: The Complete Series DVD set 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

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’ve been a big fan of The Lakeside Collection for years.  They have a wide selection of really neat items at great prices.  I look forward to receiving their catalogs in the mail, especially during the holidays.  I can find unique items for even the most hard to shop for person my list.  They even make it easy by offering examples of creative gift baskets you can put together in their article, Gift Basket Ideas: 5 Tips To Get You Started.  The article gives examples of fun ideas such as the Curious Cook and the Fascinating Fashionista gift baskets.  I was super excited to receive everything I needed to put together the Crazy for Camo gift bag.  This would be perfect for the outdoorsy couple on your list!

First I started with the Deer Duffel Bag.

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At 24″ x 12-1/2″ x 6-1/2″, this beautiful canvas bag makes the perfect container to hold all of the other goodies.

I received several items to fill the gift “basket”.

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These his and hers Highland Timber jackets are so soft and cozy!  I was impressed with the quality and both my hubby and I loved how comfortable they were.

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The men’s and women’s Northern Trail Moccasins are perfect for keeping your feet warm and toasty on those cold winter nights!

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The Mossy Oak mug set includes a travel mug and a coffee cup.  The mug is stainless steel and plastic with a sliding opening to prevent spills.  the coffee cup is ceramic and is dishwasher safe.

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Finally, the camouflage wine glasses are perfect for sipping wine around the campfire!

Assembling the gift basket is easy when you follow the instructions in The Lakeside Collection Gift Basket Collection article.  First, I filled the duffel bag with some of the empty boxes to help fill it out.

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Next, I rolled up the jackets and placed one on each side of the bag.  I then placed the men’s slippers behind the jackets and the women’s slippers in the front.

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I stuck the mug in between the two slippers in the front, the travel mug in front of the men’s slippers and a wine glass in front of each jacket.  A little tissue paper in the mug and each of the wine glasses, finished off the gift.  If you wanted to go all out, you could wrap the entire ensemble in cellophane and top it with a big bow, like they do in the article.

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It turned out really cute!  I had fun assembling it and I know it would be fun for the recipient to go through it and discover each individual gift.

The Lakeside Collection has everything you need to put together your own gift basket. From toys and electronic, to housewares and clothing, Lakeside Collection has it all!  It’s fun to get creative and pick out items that you know that special someone on your list will love and put them together in a unique way.

The Lakeside Collection has generously offered up everything I received to one lucky reader so they can create their own gift basket!  This is a value of over $110!

 

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