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.

Our kids love Cuties® and I bet yours do too.  They are perfect for little hands, easy to toss in a lunch box, a healthy snack option and they provide a nice dose of Vitamin C.  Cuties® is having a fun contest and all you have to do is eat. LOL! Ok, maybe it’s not quite that simple, but entering really is fun and easy.

Simply visit DoTheCutieCurl.com 

The grand prize is a trip to Sunny California! With the wind chills outside at -35, this sounds awesome to me!

 

“Curl Your Way to a Grand Prize

The contest grand prize winner will receive the ultimate Cutie Curl getaway. First stop, an exclusive tour of our Cuties orchard. Then curl down the coast to Universal City and Anaheim for family fun, before wrapping up in San Diego for a wild finale. All this sweetness could be yours simply by doing the Cutie Curl today. Have fun unwrapping sweetness.”

So, what do you think?  Will you enter?  Will you #DoTheCutieCurl ?

Let me know!

 

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.

 

My friends.  We have a new home!

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My family and I have accepted a new job and have relocated to Grand Rapids, MI.  Over the next few weeks we will be moving into our new home!  It is SUCH an exciting time for all of us.  For the first time, we are moving into a home and as far as we know….this will be our last move!  Always before we have known our moves were temporary.  But this time, this time is different.  That also means we are approaching this move differently.  We want everything in this home to be perfect (for us).  Everything from the bathroom faucets to the curtains!  Obviously, it will not happen all at once, nor will it need to.  We can move in and gradually make the changes needed.  There is one change we can make quickly though that makes a HUGE difference and that is upgrading our bathroom faucets with new bathroom faucets from Danze.

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While we cannot replace the bathroom cabinets yet, that is ok.  The house is a newer home and really does not need new cabinets.  BUT the original bathroom faucets are not real nice and already show signs of age.   Danze has a great selection of bathroom faucets and my husband can easily upgrade ours with new ones over the course of a weekend!

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We are so pleased with the collections from Danze.  They seem to have something for everyone.  Sometimes it can be hard to find home decor that both my husband and I like but we agreed on several bathroom faucets from Danze.  What about you?  Are you ready for an upgrade?  Check out all that Danze has to offer and let me know what you like!

 

 

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.

Easter is extremely important to me.  My entire faith is based on it.  I am humbled every time I think about what Jesus did for me.  The cross is a great reminder of His incredible sacrifice.  When I saw the “Jesus Paid It All” t-shirt from Family Christian, it really struck a chord in me.

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Not only does it have a cross on it, it also shows the crown of thorns.  To me, the thorns represent not only the pain Christ endured but also the mockery and ridicule.  His experience that day thousands of years ago can be hard to comprehend.  On that day, He took on the sin of the world and as the short states, “Jesus Paid It All”.

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That simple phrase speaks volumes.  I think that’s why I like this shirt so much.  It sums up my feelings and faith and allows me to share it with others.  It’s also a great reminder for me.  I was having a it of a rough day last week.  A sick clingy child, a bad migraine, and a stressful situation I was dealing with, all combined and left me in a pretty bad mood.  As I was walking to the tub to bathe Little Miss, I caught a glimpse of my reflection in the mirror, including this shirt that I happened to be wearing. It made me stop and think about what Jesus did for me and how even in there midst of chaos and trouble, He’s there.  He cares about me and loves me.  Funny how a simple shirt could change my attitude!

My 12-year-old loves the shirt too and he’s asked to wear it a few times.  I gladly oblige :)  I love that he appreciates the message as well.

Do you enjoy wearing shirts with great messages?  Family Christian has a great selection of inspirational shirts on sale now for only $7.97 through 4/23.  One lucky will win a $10 appreciation certificate that can be used to purchase one of these great shirts or other item of your choice!

 

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: This post was sponsored by Lakeside Collection. I received a giftcard to purchase products. All opions are my own.

We consider our dogs members of our family and our kids love to include them in holiday celebrations.  So, with Valentine’s Day coming, they wanted to get a little something special for our furry family members.  Thankfully, The Lakeside Collection has some great gift ideas for both people and their pets!  I took a look at the pet section at Lakeside.com and found some great items, perfect for our doggies! Our Sammie turns 15 this month and we thought a nice new bed would be perfect for her.  She’s had both back knees replaced and suffers from arthritis so this Patchwork Bed gives her a comfortable place to rest.

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For our Maggie, I got the Waterproof Pet Bed.  It’s made to fit inside a kennel and adds some softness to Maggie’s cage.

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I also got a couple of the Dog Bone Dental Brushes because keeping our dogs healthy is a great way to show our love for them!  The bones have 6 little slots that can be filled with doggie toothpaste or treats to encourage pets to chew on them.  The little nubs helps remove plaque and debris from their teeth.

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These are just a few examples of ways to include your pets on Valentine’s Day.  The Lakeside Collection has a great article with some other ideas, like ways to pamper your pet, as well as the ultimate way to show love to a furry friend, pet adoption.  You can read more at Lakeside.com.  While you’re there, you can also enter Lakeside’s Paws and Kisses Pet Photo Contest.  Share a shot of your #LakesideValentine pet to win!

From the Lakeside site:

Send us a photo between January 26 and February 15, and you’ll be entered to win a gift certificate from The Lakeside Collection.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #LakesideValentine if you want to submit from Twitter or Instagram.

First prizes of $100 Lakeside gift certificates will be awarded both to the cutest cat and dog photos.

Runner-up prizes of $25 Lakeside gift certificates will go to 3 dog photos and 3 cat photos.

All prizes include free shipping. We will announce the winners on February 16th. Dress your pets up in their best and share the cutest shots with The Lakeside Collection!

So head on over now and show off your furry valentine!

One lucky reader will win a $25 gift code to The Lakeside Collection good for some awesome pet products!

 

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 am eligible to win prizes by sharing this post. The opinions are my own.
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It’s no secret that our favorite shoes for kids come from Umi Children’s Shoes.  Before having kids, I can remember hearing someone talking about taking care of your feet and how important the right pairs of shoes are.  I did not think much of it at the time.  Since having children though, my mindset has changed.  Not only do we want our kids to have supportive and comfortable shoes… we also want them to look good.  And of course, be high quality and affordable.  Now, admittedly, it can seem like a lot to pay $50 or $60 for a pair of Umi shoes, but it is ALWAYS worth it.  They last and last and last.  Rather than investing in some cheap sneakers, flip-flops and sandals, we can simply choose one awesome pair of shoes per child from Umi and they will last all season; and truthfully BEYOND that season as well.  We have never yet worn out a pair of Umi Shoes.  The only shoe buying experience that can top buying a pair of Umi shoes, would be winning a pair of Umi shoes which is why I am over the moon with excitement to share their uber fun Valentine’s Day Sweeps with you.
Umi #adEntering this is really fun! Each day of the sweeps, 2/9-2/12) you simply look for the hidden candy.  Once you find it, you will have the code for the entry page.  And yes, you can enter once a day.  Three very lucky winners will each get a $100 Umi giftcard! To enter, simply click the contest image above or click here for the Umi Sweeps.
Leave a comment and let me know what kind of shoes you would buy if you won!

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