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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: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample from Peaches and Petals for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product. This post contains affiliate links.

Peaches and Petals is a monthly subscription service that delivers beauty/lifestyle boxes each month right to your door.  Subscriptions are only $19.99 a month with free shipping!  The theme of the March box was “Hello Spring!”

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As spring unfolds here in Tennessee, we have been enjoying warmer temperatures and blooming flowers.  The beautiful days have definitely gotten  me in the mood to be outside.  I forgo the treadmill for walks around the neighborhood or at the park.  This Carry-All Belt from Sprigs is perfect for these outings!

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It’s the modern and much more attractive version of the fanny packs of my youth (I know I’m dating myself haha!).  It features 3 strong, stretchy nylon pouches that are big enough to hold keys, phones, ipods, a camera, and more.  The middle pocket will even hold a 16oz water bottle!  It worked wonderfully this past weekend when I walked back and forth between the different soccer fields that several of my kids were playing on.

With the nice weather and summer vacation only 7 weeks away, we have already started planning fun adventures and travels.

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This Journey Journam from Lifebok is super neat!  It features 36, cardstock pages that are designed to easily help you document your travels.

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It has plenty of places for photos as well as handwritten notes.  It also has 4 pockets (2 in the front and 2 in the back) to place keepsakes like ticket stubs, menus, or postcards.  My kids are really excited about filling this up with memories!

I love finding beauty items in my monthly Peaches and Petals boxes.  This month I received a bottle of Yes to Cucumbers gentle milk cleanser.

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It contains soothing cucumber, soy protein and green tea for sensitive skin and is cruelty free.  It has a light fresh scent and left my skin feeling clean and soft.

I also received a bottle of  hello mint breath spray.

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The spray has a light spearmint flavor.  It honestly wasn’t as tasty as a piece of gum but it did leave my breath cool and minty.

Finally, I received this cute elephant by Stephanie Corfee Artworks.

img_20170401_153920  It’s made of cold-cast resin and is approximately 4″ tall.  I have a friend who collects elephants so this will make the perfect “just because” gift for her.

Here’s the value breakdown (all prices taken from Amazon):

  • Journey Journal- $16.99
  • Carry-All Belt- $28.60
  • Cleanser- $5.87
  • Breath Spray- $3.19
  • Elephant- $22.65

Total: $77.30

This was one of the highest value boxes I received and definitely a good deal!  To get an even better deal, Mudpies and Tiaras readers can use this link to Peaches and Petals and enter coupon code PEACH10% to receive 10% off your first box.

 

 

 

 

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

Era Organics- All Natural Facial Products

 

Taking care of your skin is important. There are so many products out there, so what should you use? My friend Janell at SavingYouDinero.com has been using Era Organic products for several months. It’s all natural and makes her skin feel great. She has used their skin, hair and baby products. She has sensitive skin and these products are very gentle.   Listening to her talk about it, definitely makes me want to give it a try! I love organic skin care for myself and my kids! Continue reading

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

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

Our kids love listening to music, audio books and radio broadcasts.  The issue has been streaming them into their rooms.  Typically we have had to take in a computer.  No biggie for the girls, but we don’t trust the boys not to use a computer to perfect their ninja moves. LOL! Thankfully, Best Buy just sent us Google Chromecast Audio!

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The Chromecast Audio, is an easy-to-set up and easy-to-use Google device. It’s drawback is the same since the stone age of computers, 1995 — compatibility.
It took less than five minutes to plug the votive-sized puck into a computer speaker in our boy’s room. Our intent, was to be able to stream music and stories into their room at night for them to listen to as they go to sleep.
This is our second Chrome device — fourth if you count Chromebooks. We’ve had an HP Chromebook since 2014 that works as well now as the day we bought it. It took some time getting used to it’s complete dependence on wifi, but it’s got an enviable battery life and it stands up to kid use. We got a ChromeCast for a second tv. I bought it the day after Christmas after the grandparents bought a flatscreen tv for our kids. We’re pretty much an Apple family but we have been bothered that we can’t get Amazon Prime shows on our Apple TV, so Chromecast seemed like an excellent option. No podcasts on it. There’s other apps that have some stories, but you need to buy the premium app to cast it. Overdrive — the app used by our library system for audio books, doesn’t cast from iPhones without some workarounds listed on several sites that come up under a perfunctory Google search. Tunein Radio, a free app with a premium option, seems to be a great source. We were able to stream Adventures in Odyssey — one of the boys’ favorites, from the radio station here.

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Now that we have some compatible apps, we are loving this!

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It sits nicely on the boys little bookshelf in their room and it’s so sweet to see them sitting there and listening to stories with their Chromecast Audio.  Another bonus to this system is that you can stream to multiple rooms!

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It uses wi-fi and has a crystal clear sound with no delays and skips.  There are hundreds of compatible apps available, so take your time and find out which work best for you and your family!  You can learn more about this over at Best Buy.

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 from Frolicat for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

We have three cats.  Daisy is 13 and prefers to spend her days laying in the sun.  Polly (2) and Maxin (8 months), on the other hand, love to play!  They chase each other around the house and have woken us up more than once wrestling around.  The kids love to bring out a laser pointer and let the cats chase it around the floor.  The cats also enjoy chasing socks and other items that the kids drag across the floor.  Frolicat has taken these fun activities to the next level with their Multi Laser Toy and Fox Den.

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The Multi Laser Toy has two lasers that spin around the room in fun patterns.  Maxin was immediately interested.  He chased the lasers all over!

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It took Polly a few minutes to warm up to it but once she did, she was running in circles trying to catch that red light!

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The Fox Den was a hit as well.  It has a fuzzy fox tail that pops out, shakes and then hides again.

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It has two different modes.  The first is one time play.  With that, the toy will come on for 10 minutes and then automatically shut off.  The second is All Day Play.  When in this mode, the toy will come on for 10 minutes and then rest for 2 hours. It will repeat this action three times for a total of 6 1/2 hours. But what I really like is that during the rest sessions, the motion sensor stays on.  So when the cat comes within 3-4 feet in front of the toy,  it will come on for two minutes. Once the cat walks away, the toy will rest again within 2 minutes.  This feature is great for keeping cats occupied while you’re away.

Polly and Maxin had a lot of fun with these toys and the kids got a kick out of watching them play!  Both of them are great for keeping your cat/s busy and engaged both with you there and when you’re away. The Fox Den and Multi Laser Toy retail for $19.99 a piece and can be found in many retail stores, like Bed Bath and Beyond.

 

 

 

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