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

Disclosure: No compensation was received for this post.  The content and images were supplied by Sea Life Michigan.  All opinions are my own.

Last year we took the kids over to Sea Life Michigan to explore.  They had a great time!  In fact, they have been asking about when we can go back, PLUS Sea Life Michigan is located next to a Rain Forest Cafe and a LEGOLAND Discovery Center.  We’d like to go back when can hit all three places.

Recently, Sea Life Michigan had some exciting news and they sent me this information to share:

SEA LIFE MICHIGAN AQUARIUM CELEBRATES SECOND ANNIVERSARY

WITH ADDITION OF RESCUED GREEN SEA TURTLE

Carr, the 85 lbs sea turtle, took the plunge into his new home, where he will join Benson,

a 28 lbs rescued sea turtle, in the aquarium’s ocean tank

Sea Life Michigan in Auburn Hills has welcomed a new resident to its 120,000 gallon ocean tank: Carr the rescued Green Sea Turtle.

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Weighing in at 85 lbs, Carr will join Benson, a 28 lbs rescued sea turtle, who came to the AZA accredited aquarium last year. Carr was severely injured in a boat collision that resulted in a deformed carapace and persistent floatation issues. He was nursed to health by the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton, Florida, and made the journey to Michigan accompanied by rehab teams from Gumbo Limbo and SEA LIFE Michigan.

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“At SEA LIFE, we are dedicated to conservation and protecting wildlife. We are so happy to welcome Carr and provide him with a safe and happy home with expert care,” said Kelli Cadenas, SEA LIFE Michigan curator. “We hope visiting Carr will enable our visitors to learn more about protection and conservation efforts of endangered animals worldwide and inspire them to take an active role in eliminating human threats.”

Although he is healthy and doing well, Carr is non-releasable, which means he will never be able to survive in the wild. Since arriving at the aquarium, Carr has received round-the-
clock care and monitoring in a special med pool for a week and learned SEA LIFE Michigan’s target training feeding technique before being released into the ocean tank.

Sea turtles are an endangered species; only 1,000-10,000 of the turtle hatchlings born each year will survive to adulthood, according to the Sea Turtle Conservancy. They face not only natural threats from predators, but also human-caused threats such as commercial fishing, pollution, beach erosion and illegal hunting.

Kroger, one of the world’s largest grocery store chains, has donated $1500 toward Carr’s healthy eating plan, a diet currently consisting of fresh vegetables such as lettuce, cucumber and peppers.

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You can learn more about Sea Life Michigan and buy tickets by visiting their website.

Enter below for your chance to win a family 4-pack of tickets to Sea Life Michigan!

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

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Review Wire Media for Paramount Pictures. I received information to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. All opinions are always my own.

fences #FencesMovie #ad #RWM

Denzel Washington directed and stars in this adaptation of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, which centers on a black garbage collector named Troy Maxson in 1950s Pittsburgh. Bitter that baseball’s color barrier was only broken after his own heyday in the Negro Leagues, Maxson is prone to taking out his frustrations on his loved ones. Both Washington and co-star Viola Davis won Tonys for their performances in the 2010 revival of the play. Stephen Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, and Mykelti Williamson round out the supporting cast.

On March 14th, this powerful movie will be available nationwide on Blu-Ray, DVD, Combo packs and as a Digital HD viewing.  You will be able to find it at retailers such as Amazon, iTunes, Best Buy, Walmart and more.

Visit FencesMovie.com to learn more about the cast, see more trailers and see what awards it has been nominated for.

I am excited to offer the following giveaway of Fences.  One reader will win a combo pack:

FENCES Blu-ray Combo Pack
The FENCES Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, French, and Spanish subtitles.  The combo pack includes access to a Digital HD copy of the film as well as the following:
Blu-ray
  • Feature film in high definition
  • Bonus Content:
    • Expanding the Audience: From Stage to Screen
    • The Company of Fences
    • Building Fences: Denzel Washington
    • Playing the Part: Rose Maxson
    • August Wilson’s Hill District

Please note that shipping could take 4-6 weeks.  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 Peaches and Petals for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product. This post contains affiliate links.

I really look forward to receiving my month Peaches and Petals box.  It’s fun to get a box full of surprise goodies delivered right to my door.  This month the theme of the box was “Made with Love”.

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The first thing I noticed was the Wilton Heart Pops Cookie Pan.

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My kids love to help me cook and bake so they were really excited about this.  We plan on making cookie pops this weekend.

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This Look Good Feel Good book is filled with ways to re-fresh, de-stress, energize, and indulge yourself.

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Life has been pretty crazy lately so I really appreciated these tips.

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I LOVE pizza so my hubby thought these ceramic coasters were perfect for me 🙂

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When things get crazy, I love to try and escape to a nice relaxing bath.  This Come Hither Bath Bauble by Slightly Melted smells divine and will be perfect for a calming soak in the tub.

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I have never seen this Sprigs hotcollar before.  It provides warmth without the bulk of a scarf.  It just tucks down inside your coat and has a zipper to adjust it to your liking.

Here’s the value breakdown:

  • Bath Bomb- $3.99
  • Sprigs Hot Collars- $24.00
  • Wilton Heart Pops Cookie Pan- $10.49
  • Look Good, Feel Good: 206 Beauty and Fitness Secrets- $25
  • Coasters- $4

Total- $67.48

Great deal! Peaches and Petals boxes are filled with beauty/lifestyle products and subscriptions are only $19.99 a month with free shipping! Head over to PeachesandPetals.com and use coupon code PEACH10% to save 10% on 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