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

Don’t get me wrong. For the past 3 years we have had countless good experiences with our Umi shoes.  But now.  We have an absolute FAVORITE pair of Umi shoes.  Since we moved to Michigan we wanted all the kids to have quality boots that would last.  Umi has proven itself over and over and over.  Every pair of their shoes that we have owned has outlasted our kids.  We have always been able to donate them or pass them to a friend even after 2 years of use!  Recently, Kayla chose a pair of boots to try out.  She was immediately drawn to the Quiltee B II boots from Umi.
From the site:
These quilted snow boots are constructed with UmiTex, a water resistant yet breathable material that lets your big girl roll snowballs up the hill all afternoon. With a vertical buckle accent and a slight heel, Quiltee makes a winter fashion statement while still keeping her feet toasty and dry.

  • Water-resistant man-made uppers
  • Neoprene lining and man-made footbed
  • Durable and comfy rubber outsole

The first day Kayla tried it was a blustery Fall day with a light off and on rain.  Her feet were kept dry and warm as she explored the woods near our home.

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She was able to run and climb in comfort, style and dryness! Now…we do not typically buy shoes that cost $85 like these…but I give you my word that these ARE worth investing in.  We have never found a quality show like Umi.  Umi surpasses all other kids shoes we have ever owned for durability and they have some really great styles!

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If you are looking for Winter shoes for your kids, make sure you check out the full selection available from Umi.  Meanwhile, enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a $60 Umi gift card!

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 of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.
It’s no big secret that we love our relationship with P.S. Kids from Aeropostale.  We are fortunate enough to be Ambassadors for them so our kids get to try out their clothing.  They have sizes that start at size 4, so Benjamin is able to wear them.  In fact, they sell his most favorite undies!  He LOVES their knit boxers!  We always order a pair or two from them.  They come in a variety of patterns and colors.  They are comfy and a are very true to size.
Of course, Kayla and Grace love their clothes and their accessories.  Grace especially loves their fuzzy socks! Shhh, we ordered her some for Christmas.
Since we just moved to Michigan, we are trying to explore our area.  It just so happens that one of the largest Christmas stores in the US is nearby.  We decided to take the kids there to explore.  But I wanted to get them some new Christmas/Winter clothes before we visited.  I selected this new arrival shirt for Kayla.
The Kids’ Fa La La Graphic Tee retails for just $10 and comes in sizes 4-14.  I LOVE crossover shirts…ones that speak to both Christmas AND Winter because that means they can wear them into the New Year as well.  Kayla loved this new tee!
And if you are a HUGE fan of P.S. from Aeropostale like we are….then you might recognize the coat too. We bought this for her last year and it is amazing!
P.S. from Aeropostale offers extended sizes, a uniform shop and so much more.  You will love the frequent sales they have to offer…so sign up for their newsletter!  Take a peek at their new styles and let me know what catches your eye!
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 this item free of charge from The Wisconsin Cheeseman.  No monetary compensation was received or offered, nor was I under any obligation to write about this product.  All opinions expressed are my honest thoughts.  I am not offering any sales or taking orders for this item.  I will not receive any compensation in connection with any sales of this item.

November and December are filled with good food.  Between Thanksgiving, holiday parties and Christmas, we seem to always be enjoying yummy meals.  A few years ago, we decided that instead of having a big meal on Christmas day, we would do simple, no fuss foods that we could just snack on whenever we got hungry.  This way, we were able to spend more time with the kids and family enjoying the day and not get stuck cooking.  The Wisconsin Cheeseman makes this even easier with their great selection of ready to eat, delicious foods including high-quality cheese, sausage, chocolates, fruitcakes and more. They make many of their pastries, cheese spreads and chocolates, using recipes that have been passed down for generations. In addition, many of their chocolates and cheeses have won awards at both the state and national level.

I received the Boneless Ham and Cheddar Cheese.

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This included a fully cooked 3 lb. Boneless Ham and 2 lbs. of sharp Big Red Cheddar Cheese.  The ham was pre-sliced and the cheese came packed in wax for freshness.

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The ham was seasoned perfectly and was nice and juicy.  The cheese had a nice strong flavor and was much tastier than the cheese I normally buy at the grocery store. My kids were hovering and couldn’t wait to dig in. They all loved it.  Even Little Miss asked for more.  The ham really went a long way.  Our family of 8 had it for lunch, the hubby and I both had it for the lunch the next day and we still had some left.  The cheese went even further.  We ate it with the ham and had plenty left to use in a couple of dinner recipes and snacks for the kids. Both the ham and cheese were delicious!

The Wisconsin Cheeseman offers a great selection of quality, yummy foods!  Their selections would be prefect for the holiday parties and make great gifts.  The Wisconsin Cheeseman allows you to enjoy great food without having to spend all day in the kitchen!  You can visit www.wisconsincheeseman.com to see all they have to offer.  Make sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter to find out about new products and specials.

One lucky reader will win receive the same Ham and Cheese that I reviewed!

 

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

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for MedImmune. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

When it happened to us, we were blindsided.  We never saw it coming.  When it hit our family it changes our lives forever.  I’m talking about RSV.  And, no, I’m not being melodramatic.  When Jack was 2 1/2 months old, he was a happy baby boy who loved being held and nursing.  He also loved nursing.  LOL!  One morning he woke up with a yucky nose.  He had a check up with the doctor already scheduled.  The doctor was concerned about this, since it was during RSV season.  He sent us over to the ER.  The ER doctor found fluid in his ears and gave us antibiotics for an ear infection.  The next morning Jack had a loose cough.  By that evening he was having difficulty nursing, at 6 am, we were on our back to the ER.  He was diagnosed with RSV and transported by ambulance to the Children’s Hospital.

 

Jack ended up in PICU and we were there for a week.  It was beyond scary!  So how did this change our lives?  Well ever since then Jack has had issues with his lungs and the doctors attribute it to the RSV.  That is why I urge you to take the threat of RSV seriously and take measures to protect you and your children.  You will find great tips for protecting your family at the RSV Protection site.

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The first step is to make yourself aware of the risks.  Having a preemie means they are MUCH more likely to get RSV.  You might consider keeping your preemie with you during church services or other meetings.  When possible, you might keep them home rather than exposing them to large crowds.  You just need to decide what is right for your family.  Other important steps to take, are to enforce strict hand-washing before anyone handles your baby.  Make sure their toys are kept clean and don’t let them share toys with other babies.

One more important thing…KNOW the symptoms of RSV.  If your child is having difficulty breathing, has bluish lips, a persistent cough and/or a fever over 100.4, it could be RSV.  Early diagnosis is crucial as there is no cure for RSV.

Stay informed and stay smart.

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Have you heard of RSV before?

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.

When we were first married we had a 13″ TV.  It was a really nice TV, but the screen was so small.  I can remember us racing across the room to hurry and read the subtitles or captions on a show or movie.  At the time was hilarious!  Thankfully technology improved and flat screen TVs were introduced.  We upgraded to a LG Flat Screen and have been very pleased with it.  The picture is clear and we love flat screen technology, but the one major issue was the weight and size of the flat screen.  Typical of LG they have once again raised the bar with their new LG OLED TV at Best Buy.

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Some moments just beg for this high quality 4K Ultra HD technology.  Imagine watching the recording of your baby’s first steps on this beauty!  Or how about your favorite movie or TV show.  I would love to watch footage of our wedding on here.

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The screens are curved and allow for the ULTIMATE viewing experience!  You really need to see this in person to appreciate this technology!  One amazing advance is the thickness.  At the thinnest point of the LG OLED TV from Best Buy it is only .21″ thick!  This new technology allows for more natural and more lifelike quality when you are watching TV.  Another bonus is it allows you to find content faster with webOS.  The 4 Color Pixel allows for better color range and accuracy…you techy people will LOVE this once you research what it offers!  I don’t quite grasp all the benefits but when you see it action…there are no words to describe it.  So when you are making your Christmas list and checking it twice…make sure you drop plenty of hints about the LG OLED TV from Best Buy! After all…this is the #HintingSeason !

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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