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.

Every time I hear about a robbery, I think about the security of our home.  I have definitely considered a home monitoring system, but we’ve been turned off by both the price tag and the lengthy contract periods.  But now there’s a new player in town and it’s got us seriously considering a home monitoring system for the first time!

Vivint is a new concept.  It provides a 24/7 home monitoring system, but without the contract.

Vivint home monitoring system #ad

This home monitoring system is AMAZING! It does everything from one intuitive app.  Want to turn lights off? Check the temperature of your home? Open or close the garage?  Give someone an access code to open your front door?  See who just rang your bell while your home is empty?  You can do ALL of that and more via the app.

Vivint home monitoring system #ad

Here is what the website has to say:

When you purchase a Best Buy Smart Home package along with security monitoring, Vivint will handle your product installation and any monitoring of your home. If your alarm is triggered, Vivint will contact you and dispatch police, fire or medical personnel.

  • The most comprehensive smart home experience available, anywhere
  • Award-winning 24/7/365 monitoring for fire, police and medical
  • 24/7 customer and technical support
  • Highest-rated smart home app

I’ve not used the Vivint home monitoring system, but based on the demo I saw, it is the one that will get us to cross the bridge and buy one.  I was very impressed by how easy the app was to use and how many products we could get to truly fit our needs and/or customize our home.   You can do as much, or as little, as you’d like.  Having 5 kids, we are very interested in the garage door, front door and temperature controlling.  I loved that the front door lock could have a key code.  And while hundreds of miles away, if one of our kids was locked out, I could send them a key code to open the front door.  Also, no more giving a key to neighbors when they feed your dog or cat.  Just use a key code and allow it to work only during the time you are gone.

Vivint is available through Best Buy.  Check your local store and take advantage of the informative in-store demo.

 

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 May box was “Vacation All I Ever Wanted”.

It was filled with items perfect for summer relaxation.

This pretty She Believed She Could So She Did magnetic board ($18) from Umbra is 15″x15 1/2″ and comes with six round magnets. It would be great for posting your goals or pictures of summer adventures.

This Spungee Neck Support Travel Pillow ($11.45) is super soft and conforms to your neck.  I envision using it while lounging by the pool or during roadtrips.  It’s very lightweight and the fabric is nice and soft.

I am a candle fanatic so I was excited to find this Sara Beth wooden wick’d candle in Seaside ($14), in the May box.  Not only does it smell amazing, it also features a wick that crackels when lit.  It’s so soothing and makes me think of a crackling campfire.

peaches and petals

I also received 2 packs of gud Natural Cleansing Wipes from Burt’s Bees ($4.99 each).  The Pearanormal Activity, pear and aca berry smelled really good but the Red Ruby Groovy, grapefruit and thyme smelled amazing!  They provide a quick and easy way to freshen up after a workout or time outdoors.

Lastly, we have this hope-to-go Travel kit from Soapbox ($7.99).  This kit includes four of Soapbox’s best selling restorative Argan products, including shampoo, conditioner, body wash and lotion.  It’s perfect for those weekend getaways but the best part of this kit is that it gives back.  For every travel kit purchased, Soapboa donates a month of clean water to a community in need.  How awesome is that?!

I was really happy with everything in the May box.  I’m especially excited about the pillow and the candle.  The total value of the box was approximately $61.42 so it was a great deal considering a subscription is $20 a month.  If you’d like to sign up, just visit PeachesandPetals.com and use the coupon code PEACH10% to save 10% off your first order.

 

 

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 am sharing this post, but did not receive any compensation of any kind.

Refresh2Go Excursion Water Bottle Giveaway!! #2017Spring (ends 6/7)

Many thanks to Refresh2GO for joining our Spring Product Guide & Sponsoring this fun giveaway!!

Refresh2go® is healthy hydration, purely fresh and tasting great. Whether you’re rocking heels in a boardroom or boots on a mountain, our reusable, multi-functional water bottles are as multi-dimensional as you.

We are excited to share with you their new bottle, the 32oz stainless steel Excursion bottle!!

Stay Hydrated with the Refresh2Go Excursion Water Bottle this Summer!! #2017Spring

  • Double wall vacuum sealed insulation which eliminates condensation and keeps beverages cold up to 24 hours and hot up to 12 hours
  • Made from durable 18/8 Pro-Grade Stainless Steel construction
  • BPA-Free and Phthalate Free
  • Multi-functional bottle with a built in filter option
  • Unique comfort style cap with large carrying loop handle

Refresh2go 32oz bottles are super affordable!!  They retail at only $24.99 (or $19.98 at select Walmart stores) – and available on Amazon

If this sounds like something you’d love, then read the following review and enter below for YOUR chance to win! Good luck!!!

Read Africa’s Blog full review TODAY and be sure to pick up your Refresh2Go Excursion water bottle to stay hydrated all summer long!!

Follow RefresH2Go via Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter,

The Giveaway

Win an Refresh2Go Excursion bottle – winner picks color!

Giveaway open to US, 18+ entrants only
Giveaway ends 6/7/17 at 11:59pm est

Come back DAILY to earn more chances to win!!

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. We are not associated with any of the companies named above. No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received Open to USA, 18+ only. Limit one entrant per household. Confirmed Winner(s) (by Random.org) will be contacted by email. Winner(s) have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this giveaway. My blog is not responsible for product shipment/delivery. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest, Instagram or Klout.

This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements. Entrants must only enter with either one email address, IP address and/or Facebook account, anyone found violating these rules will be disqualified. It is at the sole discretion of the admin of the giveaway if the winner has met the rules or not.

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 these products from Yum! Spa for free in order to do this review.  All opinions are my own and no financial compensation was received.

Yum! Spa #ad

Our received a sweet new addition a few weeks ago in the form of a 7 year old foster daughter.  She is a very girly girl and loves dresses and skirts and twirly dresses.  The first time we gave her a bath here, I gave her some of my scented lotion to put on and her little face just lit up!  She walked around asking everyone to smell her arm and she was so proud and you could tell she felt so grown up.  Literally the next day I received an email from Yum! Spa wanting to know if I wanted to review their line of girl’s bathing products. Um…yes please!

They sent us 3 items to try out with her:

·       16 oz. 2-in-1 Shampoo & Conditioner  

·       6 oz. Shimmer Mist with floating sparkles

·       8 oz. Shimmer Lotion that adds a dash of glitter and shine to skin

Yum! Spa #ad

These products are part of The Village Company.

“The Village Company (TVC) has a long and rich heritage in personal care products. Originally known as Minnetonka, Inc., TVC markets some of the country’s most endearing and enduring heritage brands including Mr. Bubble, the #1 bubble bath brand in children’s bath; Sesame Street kids bath products; Village Naturals Therapy and Aromatherapy bath products; Soft & Dri deodorant; Depp hair gels; and La Bella hair and skincare products. The company’s brands are widely distributed through leading retailers in the food, drug, mass and beauty channels.”

Honestly, we love all three of these products.  She calls the Shampoo/Conditioner her “ice cream shampoo” and it’s her first choice for all her baths/showers.  She asks me to use her sparkly body mist every morning.  After each bath she takes her time applying her sparkle lotion on every inch of skin. LOL!  She loves watching the sparkles in the sunshine.  All of these products smell great and are perfect for little girly girls! These products are available at Walmart.

One lucky reader is going to win their own set of products from Yum! Spa.  Enter below for your chance to win.

 

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 Pet Treater for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product. This post contains affiliate links.

 

Pet Treater is a monthly subscription service just for dogs!  They offered personalized boxes filled with treats, toys, and accessories designed to pamper your pooch.  Each month has a different theme and May’s was Backyard Playtime.

pet treater May

As you can see, Zoe couldn’t wait to check it out!

We received several treat/food items, all from Vegalicious, this month.

The Vegalicious Healthy Treat Bar and the Healthy Popped Snacks are wheat, soy, corn, and gluten free.  Zoe really liked both!  The Healthy Food Enhancer contains sweet potatoes, carrots, and beets and has a built in grinder that allows you to add flavor and nutrition to any dog food. It is great for times when you are transitioning your dog to a new food.  Zoe gobbled up her food so it seems she liked it!

I’ve mentioned before that Zoe is a big time chewer and she tends to tear up toys quickly.  The Chomper Gladiator is designed for dogs like her with three layers of “Tuff-ness”.  The kids had fun throwing it for her and it is holding up well.  A built in squeaker is a nice bonus.

This cute Bottle Squeakers toy by Outward Hound is stuffing free and crackles, crunches and squeaks.  Zoe loved it but unfortunately she had destroyed the bottle within a couple of hours.  The tag says that the bottle can be replaced with another empty water bottle by removing it and transferring the squeaker cap to the new bottle.  Unfortunately, Zoe chewed the squeaker part too :/  She had fun while it lasted though!

We also received this Pup Stop Barrier from also from Outward Hound.

It’s perfect for those who travel with their dogs.  It easily connects between the two front seats to keep your dog from climbing up into the front seat.

Every Pet Treater Box contains a “Human Treat”.  This month it was this fun journal by From: Frank .

It’s filled with pictures of adorable dogs and cats with plenty of space to write in.  My son claimed this right away because he loves animals and also loves to write and draw.

 

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

  • Vegalicious Food Topper: $7.99
  • Vegalicious Bar: $2.99
  • Vegalicious Popped Snacks: $2.49
  • Journal:  $6.76
  • PupStop Barrior: $8.63
  • Bottle Buddy: $9.46
  • Chomper Gladiator: $11.57

Total: $49.89

A month-to-month Pet Treater subscription is only $24.99 so it’s definitely a great value.  To get more info or sign up for a subscription, head over to PetTreater.com. Make sure to use the code FREE-PTBED to get a free pet bed with either the 3, 6 or 12 month subscription!

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