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.

Michigan winters are brutal.  Now that we live up north, I have found that I have needed to change our cleaning and organizing schedule.  No, I don’t have a written down cleaning schedule but we did fall into typical patterns of Spring cleaning etc.  However, in Michigan when it is remotely warm we want to be outside.  But during these cold months we frequently choose to stay indoors or close to home on the weekends.  Because of this, I found that we have been spending many Winter weekends deep cleaning, organizing and finishing up cast aside projects.  It is quite nice actually!  But before I tackle any cleaning or organizing projects, there is one thing I absolutely MUST have…. a label maker.

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This Epson Label Maker has been amazing to have!  My husband thinks I am a bit crazy because I use this on everything!  I even have a bin for my label maker…and it’s labeled “Label Maker”. LOL!  I have labels on the kids lunch boxes, on drawers in the boys room and on my spices!  I love having the boys drawers labeled on their dressers.  It lets them independently put their laundry away.

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We keep all the kids clothing for the opposite seasons in labeled bins.  This is so helpful!  When the seasons change and we need to bring in Summer clothing, my husband just grabs the bins with the proper labels.  Because we live in Michigan our kids each have multiple hats, gloves and scarves… so we got them each their own bin to store them in and we labeled them.  This is a great thing for keeping their gear organized.  We also have all the boys toys in bins with labels.  It makes clean up so much easier!

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Do you use a label maker? What is your favorite organizing tip?

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

Warner Bros. Home Video provided me with some of the materials I used in this Blog Post/Giveaway. The opinions I share are my own.

If your family love LEGO’s like we do, then you will want to check out this new show being released on 2/2!

“True Friendship in the Glamorous World of Pop!

Join Olivia, Stephanie, Emma, Mia and Andrea, as they learn about friendship, fame and pop star fun in Heartlake City.

The girls’ friendships are tested when mega pop star Livi comes to Heartlake City. When our friends’ hit song “Girlz” is stolen by Livi’s manager, it’s time for a cunning plan.

As the girls try to tell Livi the truth about her latest hit single, they all learn that fame isn’t everything and sometimes friendship is the most precious thing in the world.

Own LEGO® FRIENDS: GIRLZ 4 LIFE on digital HD 1/19 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD 2/2

Also be sure to visit the official L2M website to stay updated with all things L2M!
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Want a little sneak peek?  Play around with this app and find LEGO themed fun like a sing-a-long.

Feeling excited?  Good! Then enter below for a chance to win a copy of LEGO FRIENDS: GIRLZ 4 LIFE Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack!  Each household is only eligible to win LEGO FRIENDS: Girlz 4 Life Blu-ray via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

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.

Personally, I love Valentine’s Day!  I know I didn’t as a kid, but I do love it now. We always do something special for the kids and that makes it really fun!  We have a tradition of them waking up to small presents, a little note and a chocolate chip muffin.  They get so excited and it is a fun tradition to have.  My husband and I don’t do anything major on Valentine’s for each other.  Our engagement anniversary is January 11th and we always celebrate that date.   On Valentine’s we look for something small and special to gift each other.  This year, I have a great suggestion for him and for anyone looking for a personal and sweet gift to give.

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A personalized adult coloring book from Put Me in the Story!  They have a great selection of personalized gift products for kids, but they also have coloring books for grown ups like this one I received which is called Keep Calm and Color On.

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The pages have intricate designs to color and inspirational quotes as well.  This page featuring a quote from Martha Washington was one of my personal favorites!

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These books retail for $19.99 and that includes the personalization and the chance to include a special message too!  January 27th is the last day to order these with guaranteed arrival for Valentine’s Day.  Check out the Put Me in the Story website and place your order by the 27th!

Let me know if you have joined the adult coloring book trend by leaving a comment!

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.

When most people think of sunscreen, they think summertime, hot weather, pools and beaches. Our habit of reaching for a bottle of sunscreen can fall by the wayside when it’s cold and/or snowy outside. However, the sun emits harmful UV rays year-round and snow can increase the need for sunscreen because it reflect the sun’s rays.  Just ask someone who’s been on the ski slopes all day with no sun protection!  While we associate summer as the time when we are at the highest risk for sun damage and skin cancer, the earth is actually closest to the sun in the winter and the ozone layer, which absorbs UVB rays, is at its thinnest in the winter.  It’s also important to wear sunscreen on cloudy days since about 80 percent of rays pass through clouds.

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We’ve been having a pretty mild winter so far.  While the kids are dying for some snow, I will say the weather has allowed them a lot of outside time.

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I admit it can be easy to forget to put sunscreen on the kiddos when they are also grabbing coats but I really try to stay in the habit.  I find that if we make it part of our daily routine, just as they brush their teeth every morning, we are less likely to forget.  My kids health and safety is my number one priority  and I want to do everything in my power to protect their precious skin.  I had a skin cancer scare myself when I was pregnant with my youngest son.  Thankfully, it wasn’t cancer but I now have a nasty 2 inch scar on my shoulder that serves as a daily reminder to be vigilant about sun protection.

Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen is our go to choice for sun protection all year long. Blue Lizard Sunscreen originated in Australia, where standards for sunscreen are the highest in the world.
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The cap on the bottle turns blue in the sun, offering a great reminder that it’s time to apply sunscreen!

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Blue Lizard is now manufactured in the U.S. but they still adhere to those strict standards to offer the most advanced formulations available in sun protection. They use only the highest quality ingredients and their sunscreens deliver clinically proven, full spectrum UVA and UVB protection in a mineral-based, water-resistant, SPF 30+ formulation.  They offer safe sunscreen for even the youngest members of the family with their Baby formula.  They also offer Sport, Sensitive & Regular formulas which along with the baby formula are now available by the gallon).  Blue Lizard is doctor, dermatologist, and pharmacist recommended and I completely trust it to protect my family’s skin!

Make sure to keep your family safe all year long by applying sunscreen every time you go outside.  Your skin will thank you!  You can learn more about Blue Lizard sunscreen as well as purchase it at bluelizard.net.  Mudpies and Tiaras readers can save 20% OFF orders over $35 by using the code P20MUDPIES.  This offer is good through 9/30/16.

One lucky reader will win a prize pack from Blue Lizard worth $67!  It includes 5oz Sensitive, 5oz Face, 3oz Baby, 3oz Sport, 2 Baby sachets and 2 Color-change UV sensitive bracelets.

 

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 of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

 

Little Miss recently had a bit of a growth spurt and I found that some of her shoes were a little tight.  Thankfully, I heard about CHOOZE shoes and I knew they’d be perfect for her! Sharon, the designer and creator of CHOOZE was inspired by her daughter’s unique style and started a line of fun, mismatched but coordinating footwear, along with apparel and accessories.  There were so many adorable options, it was really hard to choose.  After narrowing it down to a few pair, I let Little Miss pick.  She chose the Jump in Wonderful Mary-janes.

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These cute cotton canvas uppers are made of 100% vegan materials and feature a cotton lining and anti-microbial removable padded insoles. The taupe/gray color goes with just about everything and the turquoise and lime green adjustable straps are so fun!

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Little Miss loved the little flowers at the end of each strap.  She couldn’t wait to try them on.

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Little ones’ feet can grow quickly different shoe brands and styles can vary in size.  So, I really appreciated the fact that CHOOZE provides a printable sizing chart on their site so I could make sure I was ordering the correct size.  A’s shoes fit great and she was able to easily pout them on by herself thanks in part to the pull tab  on each heel.

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You can tell by her smile just how much Little Miss likes her new shoes!

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The soles of the shoes are nice and soft and flexible.  Some shoes are so stiff and don’t bend with the child’s foot.  This is not the case with CHOOZE shoes and I can feel good about my daughter wearing them.

As I said, it was so hard to pick a pair.  Here are a few more styles I loved:

 

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If you are looking for quality footwear that is also fun and unique, check out CHOOZE!  You can also connect with them on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

 

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