Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample from HALFTEE for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

I’m all about layering, especially when the weather starts to turn cooler.  I’m hot natured so while I like the look, I don’t always want or need the extra warmth of two full layers of tops.  HALFTEE allows me to get a little extra coverage or just add that extra pop to an outfit.

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These fitted tops are made from a breathable cotton/modal/spandex blend fabric and end right under the bust line.  Halftees come in 12 different styles and several color options.  I received the tank HALFTEE in white and the basic HALFTEE in gray.

The first thing I noticed was how soft they are.  The material is stretchy and super comfortable. I also really like that they are tagless.  This also means that the tops are reversible so if you want a higher neckline, you just turn it around. The band at the bottom stays put and doesn’t roll up.  Tank tops tend to ride up when I wear them under other shirts and I find myself constantly tugging them back down.  I don’t have to worry about that with halftees.  I like that the straps are wider and completely cover my bra straps.

Now that cooler temps are FINALLY in the forecast, I am excited to pull out my long sleeve tops and pair them with the halftees!

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These halftees will also be great for spring and summer when I want a little extra modesty under dresses but definitely don’t want any extra warmth!  And even though my breastfeeding days are behind me, I think these would be perfect for nursing mommas!  In fact, that’s what inspired the founder of HALFTEES to create them.

There’re many options for HALFTEES including long sleeve, v-neck, 3/4 sleeve, turtleneck and even lace, just to name a few.  Prices start at $17.99 and sizes range fro XS-3X.  You can check out the entire collection at halftee.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: Big Red Rooster Clocks sent me this item for free in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.

Holiday Gift Guide

Tis that time.  Time to begin our annual Holiday Gift Guide.  I will promoting items for all members of the family and some of them will be offering some great giveaways!  Our first sponsor is Big Red Rooster Clocks. They have a line of alarm clocks designed specifically for kids!

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They offer four adorable clocks to choose from.  Dog, rocket ship, cat and dino.  We (obviously) chose the dinosaur clock.  I mean, look at his face!

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This clock is so easy for our boys to use.   Benjamin (6) is able to understand the alarm and turn it on and off.  At 3, Jack has not figured out the alarm, but he loves changing the images this clock can project.  Oh yes, this clock can project both the time and 4 images of cool dinosaurs!

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The boys love choosing which dinosaur will appear on their ceiling each night.  As a bonus, it means their clock can double as a night light.  The clock can be plugged into an outlet, or run off of batteries.  Batteries are nice if you lose power, or if their bed is no where close to an outlet.

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This adorable dinosaur fits nicely on the top of their dresser.  Big Red Rooster clocks make a great Christmas gift idea for a kid…or even adults! I love the bit of independence it has given our boys.  Big Red Rooster has graciously decided to host a giveaway here.  One lucky reader will be able to choose one clock for themselves!  You can choose the rocket ship, dinosaur, cat or dog.  All are great choices! 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: The following items were sent to me in order to facilitate this school essentials review/round up.  All opinions are my own.

I know in the blogging world, it is really popular to do back to school round ups.  But often, I wonder how those products really work once the kids are in school and the items are being used in a real classroom/household on a daily basis.  So I thought it would be great fun to do a post on the real school essentials and to wait and do it after the kids have had a full month of school under their belts.  Read on for some of our favorite school essentials of the season.

First up, I would highly recommend subscribing to Filter Snap.  Filter Snap is a great service.  You simply let them know what size air filters you need for your home, subscribe and they remember when you need to change them and automatically send you a new one.  Clean air filters are always important, but even more so as we head into cold and flu season.

Another favorite in our home are these stylish containers from French Bull.

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These are super cute siting out on our counter.  We use them as sort of a breakfast DIY station.  One holds coffee beans, one stone ground oats and the other a bit of brown sugar.  My husband and I can grind our coffee beans and we can all make oatmeal.  The kids have no problem opening these containers and I love the touch of color they add to the kitchen!

One stand out item from this school year was the backpack we got from Sydney Paige.

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This backpack is a definite win on style and functionality, but packs a big bonus too.  For each Sydney Paige backpack you purchase, another backpack FILLED with school supplies is donated to a child in need!

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Grace just loves her backpack and several of her friends have asked her where she got it.  She was proud to point them towards Sydney Paige and talk about the donated backpacks!

Good soap and shampoo is always nice to have on hand.  We have been loving our supple from Fresh Monster.

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Toxin-free, adorable designs and they smell great! I’m sold!

With the changing weather, dry skin and chapped lips like to make their big return.  We have discovered Green Goo and I think you will really like it!

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It says for babies, but they have a whole line of products and we have been using this one for Jack’s diaper rashes and on all of our hands to prevent dry skin! Love it so far!

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Viki’s Granola has become my husband’s go-to breakfast. And since he is the morning driver, I am including it as a school essential.  This line of granola is all homemade and 100% delicious! Pile some on top of organic yogurt and add some fresh fruit (which you can slice the night before) and you have a nice, filling and healthy breakfast.

Our kids favorite school essentials this year have come from Debbie Lynn.

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These are SO fun! The kids loved the emoticon notepads!

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Benjamin’s favorite item is the gorilla eraser!

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Their school supplies totally stand out from the crowd thanks to Debbie Lynn!

Debbie Lynn is offering one reader a fun school essentials prize pack! The winner will receive everything in the image below.

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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

This review was made possible by iConnect and Dream Frenz.  I was provided product and compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine.

All of our kids have slept with something special at some point.  Grace had her beloved Winky…a silky little blankie.  Benjamin ad Blue Bear.  Kayla had a doll named Lucy.  Jack used to sleep with a horse, appropriately named…Horse.  But he had lost interest in him.  Recently, we found these Dream Frenz

at Walmart  and Jack fell in love with PJ Plush!

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Dream Frenz are available at Wal-Mart and come in 10 adorable and multi cultural characters.

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Jack just happened to really love this pirate.  Dream Frenz can be used as pillows, but they have also have a small, soft body that can be tucked inside it. You can see it in this photo below with Jack and PJ.

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These are super cute and are at a great price point for party gifts, Christmas gifts and more.  Jack loves sleeping with his head on PJ.  But he and PJ are also found reading books together or snuggled up and watching a show on TV together.  PJ is just the right size for Jack and Dream Frenz are designed for kids ages 3 & up.

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They are designed to please both boys and girls.  Our son Benjamin liked the Dream Frenz named Ben.  All of them have very cute names and designs.  You can find them only at Walmart.com. If you think your little one would love a Dream Frenz then make sure you enter the giveaway below.  One lucky ready will win their choice of a Dream Frenz!

 

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 post and giveaway were made possible by iConnect and Pampers Easy Ups. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

As you know we have four kids.  Now that Jack is growing up, we are (very) ready to begin potty training with him.  Thankfully, we all have a little help from Pampers on this latest potty training adventure.  In fact, they graciously sent Jack the cutest package to help get him started.  Check out his first ever unboxing video!

Pampers sent Jack some of their new Easy Ups.  We love them!

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Pampers Easy Ups are designed to feel more like real underwear.  Jack loved the Thomas designs on his, but they also have Dora designs for the girls! The Dual Leak-Guard BarriersTM around are perfect for active boys and girls.  The Pampers Easy Ups were obviously comfortable on Jack while he played.

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The cushioned leg openings were very comfy for him and allowed him to swing and play in comfort!

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If you are thinking that you would like to try the new Pampers Easy Ups, then here is some great news for you.  They are offering a high value coupon ($2 off) to make trying them out even more affordable.  Click here for the coupon.

I will try and keep you posted about Jack’s potty training adventures.  As of today, he is enjoying his Pampers Easy Ups and is sometimes going pee in the potty.  But we definitely are not potty trained yet.  We are hoping that him being in preschool will help encourage him a bit.

After you watch his unboxing video, read this post and grab the coupon I mentioned above, then you need to enter this awesome giveaway!  Pampers is offering a box of new Pampers Easy Ups AND a $50 AMEX card to one very lucky reader! 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