I am so excited to see this cute new co-sleeping bed!  It seems like each year they come out with so many new and neat inventions for babies and kids.  I can’t wait to see what’s next!

When you have a little one at home, you look for products that can help you and be great for them too! Snuggle Me is the original co-sleeping bed for infants that provides a safe sleeping area for your little one. This product, however, can be used for other things such as tummy time too! The possibilities are numerous with this patented product.

There are 4 options for a Snuggle Me Co-sleeping Bed — Original, Organic, Pure and Wool. All of the products are made with the same high quality parts and are manufactured in the US. The difference comes in the fabric and materials used to make them. From ivory fleece to organic lamb’s wool, the Snuggle Me line provides something for every new Mom and baby. This would make a great gift for the expectant or new Mom this Holiday season! Check out the full review post HERE.


About Snuggle Me


10 years ago, we created and patented the first-ever, multi-functional lounging and co-sleeping cushion for babies. The idea was to recreate the womb with a portable, comforting cushion that could be used for co-sleeping, daily naps near mom, or for providing a familiar place to rest while traveling.

Our little invention was such a huge success in supporting mamas postpartum that it is now recommended by midwives, doulas, infant massage therapist & pediatric chiropractors all over the world as the “must-have” product for co-sleeping families.



One reader will win a Snuggle Me Organic ($140 value) by using the Rafflecopter form below to enter. All entries will be verified and all entrants must be 18+ older and reside in the US. The winner will be contacted via email and will have 24 hours to claim their prize. The participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

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When our girls were babies, connecting with them was so easy.  You could hold them, rock them, play peek-a-boo, read a book.  I remember looking at them when they were little and I wondered how I would learn to connect with them once they were teens. Thankfully I have found some fun ways to connect with your teen and it’s not been nearly as difficult as I feared.  Here are a few fun ways to connect with your teen.

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Read a book that interests them.

For our oldest this means historical fiction.  I have read Laurie Halse Anderson books and some Dear America books with her.  Grace prefers comic books.  I read a book of their choosing and then we take a walk or go out to eat and discuss it.  Once we even journaled back and forth while reading the book!

Walk the dog.

Sure, it is obvious.  But seriously, our girls still enjoy if we ask them to help us walk the dog for some one-on-one time.  And if it’s during their period, the exercise is really good for them.  Well, even if it’s not their period the exercise is STILL good.

Cook or Bake together.

I hope our girls don’t outgrow it, but if I want to connect with, I suggest cooking or baking and they are all in.  It’s a great way to connect with their friends as well.

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The only thing that puts a damper on the baking is if they are having a period.  Recently on a trip to our local Walmart, I found Advil® Menstrual Pain near the Pharmacy.  It was tucked away on the bottom shelf just beside the drop off window.

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Our girls had been wanting something for when their cramps or period-related headaches kicked in and Advil® Menstrual Pain* looked great to try.  I appreciate that it is caffeine and antihistamine free.  Grab some on your next visit to Walmart and don’t let periods get in the way of finding fun ways to connect with your teen.

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To help get you started here is a recipe for some simple sugar cookies.

Simple Sugar Cookies

2 sticks of butter at room temperature
1 cup of sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups of flour
2 teaspoons baking powder

Place the butter, sugar, egg and vanilla in your mixer and mix it well.  After it is thoroughly mixed, add in the baking powder and flour.  Mix well.  When the dough is ready, turn it onto a lightly floured surface.  Roll it out til it’s about 1/8″ in thickness.  Then cut out your desired shapes.  We used an assortment of cookie cutters!  Keep rolling and cutting until you have used all the dough.  Place the cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 400 for 7-10 minutes.  You just want the outer edges to be slightly brown.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack until they reach room temperature.  Then…decorate!!!

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Pro-Tips: Cover the counters with wax paper for an easier clean up.  Also buy store bought icing and save yourself the hassle of making homemade icing.  Get LOTS of sprinkles.

Don’t let periods get in the way of you finding fun ways to connect with your teen!  Pick up some Advil® Menstrual Pain at Walmart and start reconnecting to your teen today.

All parents can use support so please comment and let me know how YOU connect with your teen!

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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

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The VerveOne+ Bluetooth ear buds: good sound without the wires

Completely Wireless & Waterproof/Sweatproof Smart Earbuds

Introducing VerveOnes+, a new generation of completely True Wireless Bluetooth® earbuds that deliver incredible HD sound. Featuring IP57 waterproof protection(1), our headphones can withstand sweat, rain, and even accidental dips in a puddle, so you can take them anywhere.

Up to 12 hours Playtime(2)

VerveOnes+ deliver HD sound wherever and whenever you want it, with up to 12 hours playtime(2) and no wires whatsoever. The Bluetooth® range of up to 33 feet(4), dual integrated mics, and full control of Siri and Google Now mean your calls sound as good as your workout playlist. Ears, meet your new, wireless, waterproof buddy.

IP57 Water/Sweat Proof Headphones, Enabled by HZO Protection™

For early morning joggers, business people who bike to work, and commuters stuck in poorly air-conditioned trains, there’s the fully waterproof, sweatproof VerveOnes+ headphones. VerveOnes+ feature HZO Protection™, a thin, transparent layer applied to the internal circuitry of the device to protect what matters most – the electronics. HZO, the next generation of water & sweat protection.

Deep, Rich HD Sound and Dual Mics for Clear Calls

Whether it’s heart-pounding songs at the gym or your favourite playlists at work, you’ll hear music in full HD. Optimize for your perfect sound using one of the six audio profiles, and pass through audio let’s you hear what’s around you or tune it out! The integrated dual mics let you take calls with ease without having to reach for your phone; after you’re finished, the music will pick up right where you left off. You can also interact with Siri and Google Now.

Unplugged, Still Connected, Never Lost.

Lose your headphones? Find last connected location on a map with Hubble Connect for VerveLife(3). Hubble Connect lets you locate where your device was last synced so that it’s never lost.



Wearing Style

35mm x 35mm x 90mm
L1.25″ x W1.25″ x H3.75″



Premium HD speakers

Personalized sound profiles – 6 EQ presets for customized listening (Bass, Live, Brilliant, Balanced, Rhythm, Moto Sound)


HZO Sweat & Waterproof earbuds(1)


Bluetooth® Technology
Bluetooth 4.1

Bluetooth® Profiles
A2DP 1.3
Hands Free (HFP) 1.6
HSP 1.2

Up to 33ft (4)


Connector port
Micro USB

Play Time
Up to 12 hours with charging case(2)

Talk Time
Up to 12 hours with charging case(2)

Standby Time
115 hours(2)

So in a nutshell with the VerveOne+ you get:

  • Sweat and waterproof earbuds
  • Completely wireless stereo earbuds
  • Up to 12 hours playtime with charge case
  • Deep, right HD Sound
  • Siri and Google Now compatible with 2 mics for clear calls
Motorola Verveone+

The Verveone+ headphones are waterproof but cost less than many of the other brands of wireless Bluetooth earbuds

Thanks to Motorola you can enter below for a chance to win a set of the VerveOne+, a $199 value!



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Cliff: An accomplished author, in that I drink a lot of coffee, look at obscure websites, own a copy of Microsoft Word and know what an Oxford comma is. Hobbies include mocking Ab Lounger ads on Craigslist and napping. Former Marine, mail carrier and dental chair technician, now I spend my days trying to live up to my wife and dog\'s expectations of me and show my kids how to live life well.

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.


Pet Treater is a monthly subscription service just for dogs, that allows us to pamper our dogs with some cool goodies! Each box is customized for your dog and is filled with wholesome treats, toys, and accessories.  Every box comes with a personalized letter for the doggie recipient.


It talked about how the month of November was all about eating, sleeping, and being thankful.  I’m sure Zoe was very thankful for all the goodies in the box!

Pet Treater November

We have received these Market Cuts before and Zoe loves them!


They are made with real chicken and sweet potato and contain no artificial colors, flavors, chicken by-products, wheat, or gluten.  I also love that they are made in the USA.

This little turkey shaped treat was perfect for Thanksgiving!


It comes from Emmy’s Gourmet Canine Creations and is cheese flavored.  Zoe scarfed it up quickly!

This cute, paw shaped wall hook is perfect for keeping Zoe’s leash handy.


We also received this  doggie themed photo frame.  My kids really wanted to use it for a picture of our sweet dog, Sammie, who passed away last Christmas.


We had her for almost 16 years and she was a huge part of our family.  This frame will be perfect for keeping her with us.

The kids love getting new toys for Zoe.  This Goody Ball combines play with treats…what’s better then that?


It can be filled with any small treat.  Zoe really liked it but she did manage to chew a small piece off.  She is a big chewer, as my daughter’s footless and handless barbies can attest to!  We’ve lost a couple of shoes to her as well.  So we are always looking for toys that will hold up to her puppy chewing.  This fun elephant toy is fitting the bill!


It is made of cotton and is tightly woven so it can withstand her constant gnawing.  She absolutely loves it as these pics show.

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My kids thought this doggie ice cream was super cool.


We received the maple bacon flavor.  I have to say, the smell was definitely geared for dogs!  Zoe really seemed to like it though and the kids had fun spoon feeding it to her.

Every Pet Treater box includes a little something for the dog owner.  This month it was a chocolate caramel bar.  It was delicious!


Here’s the breakdown:

  • Market Cuts- $9.95
  • Picture Frame- $8
  • Wall Hook- $10.98
  • Goody Ball- $13
  • Elephant Toy- $9.99
  • Puppy Scoops ice cream- $6.99
  • Three Cheese Pleasers Turkey Treat- $1.35
  • Chocolate bar- $2.49

Total- $62.75!

I continue to be greatly impressed by the value of the Pet Treater boxes.  A month to month auto shipment is only $24.99 so that’s a huge savings! If you go with a 3, 6, or 12 month subscription, it’s even cheaper ($19.99 for the 12 month!). There are a couple of available coupon codes right now.

LOVE-PT5 gets you $5 off your first box
FREE-PTBED gets you a free pet bed with your first box. This code only works on 3,6, or 12 month subscriptions.

To get more info or sign up for a subscription, head over to PetTreater.com.


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Disclosure: I was compensated for this review but all opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links.

Looking for a fun gift idea for game lovers? Check out the Mouthguard Challenge!

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This is crazy, zany, silly and is sure to leave your friends and family members with belly aches…from laughing.  This is a super fun gift idea for game lovers.  It is a family and party game.  It comes with 5 mouthguards and 50 challenge cards.  It is certified as family friendly and trust me…kids will LOVE watching their family members partaking in the challenges issued with the challenge cards.

To start the participants insert their mouthguards.

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It definitely took us a few tries to figure out the best way to get these in place.

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The youngest player goes first and draws and performs a challenge card.  They have a variety of them..including one to eat peanut butter with the mouthguard on!

Here is a video of the Mouthguard Challenge in action.



  • Mouthguard Challenge Family and Party Game – Includes everything you need to play this hilarious and fun game
  • Contains not only speak out phrases, but also more “extreme” challenges
  • Features 51 challenges, revenge cards, 5 cheek retractors / mouthguards / mouthpiece
  • Created by Alex Mandel , Family Friendly Content – 2 – 5 Players / Ages: 16 and up
  • The authentic “Mouthguard Challenge” game as seen on Youtube

This is a fun gift idea for game lovers and is designed for people ages 16 and older.  You can order it on Amazon.

It is also available at select retailers nationwide such as Walmart.

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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