This post was sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer’s Network. All opinions are 100% my own.

When our girls were born (they are now 13 and 14) the must have book for parents was the What to Expect series.  Much has changed since our girls were born and I was curious what is new and especially what is the new must have book for parents of toddlers and babies.  I knew there had to be something!

Then I was sent this book and knew it must be it! Baby and Toddler Basics: Expert Answers to Parents’ Top 150 Questions.

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It is written by Tanya Altmann who is both the author and a spokeswoman for the American Academy of Pediatrics.  The book is laid out in chapters with questions, advice and bonus tips from Tanya throughout.  It has the most recent information on topics like “Do I really need to give medicine for a fever?” Or “What is the appropriate amount of Acetaminophen to give?”.

I put the book to the test by looking up a few of the questions we’d had over the course of raising our 4 kids.

Like the ever allusive tummy ache.  How many times kids have complained that their tummy hurts.  They are young enough you know it hurts, and maybe sometimes there are tears.  But is it something more?  Do we need to call the doctor?  The book gives great advice on this topic, like keeping a food diary to see if perhaps there is a certain food, or food group, triggering these tummy aches.  It goes through a list of questions to ask yourselves (or the doctor).

I was pleased with the content of every question I looked up.  It was informative, without being overly basic.  It felt valuable to me, even as a quite seasoned parent and I KNOW would be invaluable to new/expectant parents as well.

 

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 foster daughter brought the total count of our family up to 7.  Doing laundry for 7 people is no easy task.  Even though the kids all help at varying levels, our washer and dryer stay so busy that I almost feel sorry for them.  Laundry made easier sounds so nice right?  That’s exactly what you get when you check out the LG Twin Wash system at Best Buy.

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Here is what Best Buy says about the LG TwinWash.

If you want to upgrade your laundry room for the new year, there’s no better way than with an LG washer and dryer. Raise your appliances to a comfortable height and get valuable storage with a traditional pedestal. Or choose the SideKick pedestal washer that will wash an additional small load ─ perfect for a load of delicate items.

If you’re interested in refreshing your clothes without laundering, consider the LG Styler ─ a steam clothing care system that can reduce wrinkles and odors in as little as 20 minutes.

While many of these features sounds nice….wrinkle reduction, nice height when using a pedestal…the feature that really gets me going is the SideKick pedestal washer that can wash an ADDITIONAL small load!  What??? That seriously is mind blowing to me!!! Laundry made easier?  Yes please!  I know it’s a small load capacity, but still.  We could get all the underwear and bras through the SideKick while the regular clothes went through the TwinWash.  What a brilliant idea and it does not take up more room!

SOLD!

If you are thinking of upgrading your washer and/or dryer then make sure you head to Best Buy, either a physical store or online.  And they have a special offer now through April 4, 2018 to save $500!! Get all the details on their site.

 

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.

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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 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.

I’m excited to share the contents of the April Pet Treater box with you today!  Each box is customized for your dog and even includes a personalized letter. The theme of the February Pet Treater box was “Spring into Action”.

April Pet Treater

Pet Treater lets you customize the box for your dog.  Zoe is, to the best guess of our vet, a corgi/lab mix so we receive boxes for a medium size dog.   To say she loves toys is an understatement.  That was evident as I started to unpack the box.  The minute she heard this Alligator toy from Petlou squeak, she came running and tried to grab it off the table!

She was equally excited about this Badger toy, also from Petlou.  It makes two different sounds by squeezing either the belly or tail.

Zoe is rough on her toys and so far, these are holding up!

Next, we unpacked the treats.  These are my daughter’s favorites.  She loves spoiling Zoe.

These Pawmegranate Lamb Strips are made with real lamb and beef, pomegranates, cranberries, and blueberries and are free of grains, gluten, wheat, corn, and soy. Zoe loved them.

The kids love teaching Zoe tricks so these Savory Chciken Flavor Training Treats by Exclusively Dog are perfect.

They are made in the USA, Made in the U.S.A of natural ingredients, contain real chicken and are wheat, corn & soy free.

Rounding out the treat department was this cute bunny Three Cheese Pleaser dog biscuit from Emmy’s Treats.

Many of the Pet Treater boxes we’ve received have contained a treat from Emmy’s Treats and Zoe has loved them all.  I like that I recognize and can pronounce every ingredient!  I also like that Pet Treater is helping to support a small business.

The April box also contained these cute From Frank:  Desk Notes.

I find myself scrambling for a piece of paper all the time so these will definitely come in handy.

Last but not least, I received these fun metal, dog shaped bookends.

The boys love to read and have a ton of books.  Hopefully, these will help keep some of those books organized!

Value Breakdown:

  • Alligator Toy- $11.99
  • Badger Toy- $12.99
  • Pawmegranate Treats- $7.99
  • Savory Chicken Treats- $6.23
  • Bunny Cookie Treat- $1.35
  • Desk Notes- $7.94
  • Bookends- $9.99

That gives this box an estimated value of $58.48.  A month to month auto shipment is only $24.99 so that’s a huge savings!  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

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 have done a lot of my Christmas shopping online this year so we frequently find packages on the porch.  Thankfully, one of those packages was my December Peaches & Petals box.  In the midst of the craziness, it was fun to stop and see what goodies I received this month!

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The theme for this month is “Jingle and Mingle”.

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This Keep Calm and Color On daily calendar is a fun way to keep track of the date.  It will make a great gift for my friend that loves to doodle and color.

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These pretty earrings were my “surprise item” this month.  They’re really cute and will add some sparkle to a solid black sweater.

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I love trying new lip colors so I was excited about this Manna Kadar Liplocked Priming Gloss Stain.  The color is “Lucky” which is a nice neutral mauve. It goes on smoothly and feels good on my lips.

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I also received this fun wine bottle ugly Christmas sweater and hat topper.  It would be really cute on a bottle of wine you are gifting to someone.

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I always have candles going at home and really want my house to smell good,  Our two teen boys’ bedroom is in the basement so it definitely needs help!  This wax free fragrance warmer from Westinghouse is perfect for the teen stinkiness. The warmer came with a vanilla fragrance disc and I also received two sun-dried linen refills.  I plugged the warmer in and started smelling it almost immediately.  It filled the whole room with a nice vanilla scent.

Here’s the breakdown:

Calendar- $7.31

Earrings- $6

Lip Stain- $24

Wine Bottle Sweater- $6

Warmer- $14.99

2 Warmer refills- $8

Total: $66.30

This was definitely one of the more high value boxes!   Peaches and Petals subscriptions are only $19.99 a month with free shipping! There are currently two coupon codes available for first time subscribers. The first is PEACH10%. This code saves you 10% on your first order. The second code is PEACH-COLOR which gets new subscribers a Serenity adult coloring book, sharpener and pencils.

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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