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

I am always on the lookout for great, new hair products.  I have really long, thick hair that doesn’t get much love at times.  A lot of days, it just gets thrown up into a bun as I’m rushing out the door.  However, I want my hair to be healthy and when I do have some extra time, I want to be able to style it and have it look nice.  So, I was excited to try some items from RG Cosmetics. Their innovative line of haircare products uses the most up-to-date scientific advances to create unique treatments that help protect, restore and beautify hair.

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I received two products from the Collagen line.  They are designed to restore density, improve elasticity and fullness, and reconstruct damaged cuticles so hair looks healthy again.  The collagen infused shampoo had a great, light scent that I loved.  It just smelled clean and not too perfumey.  I didn’t get a big lather with it and I did have to use quite a bit to get all of my hair covered but I like how it left my hair feeling clean but not brittle.  Some shampoos leave my hair feeling like wet straw after I use them. I followed up with Collagen Mask.  I slathered on a good bit of this conditioning treatment and let it soak while I shaved my legs.  After rinsing, my hair felt soft and smelled awesome!

My hair is naturally curly/wavy and I like to straighten it sometimes.  The Keratin X-press combines keratin and argan oil to smooth, strengthen and control frizz all day.  The directions say to pour a small amount into your hand but it has a spray pump nozzle.  So, I just  spritzed some all over my hair and combed it through.  Again, I really liked how this product smelled.  It had a slightly baby powder scent.  After blow drying, my hair felt soft and less frizzy than normal.

I applied some of the Argan Oil, Moroccan oil therapy to my hair before using my straightener.  The fast penetrating formula combines vitamins and fatty acids to combat dryness and repair split ends.  It left my hair shiny and soft but not greasy.

Here are a couple of pictures of the final outcome.

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I was super pleased with the results!  My hair looked and felt great and my husband even commented on how good my hair smelled.  And the best part was, my blow out/ straightening last 3 days.  Excellent perk for this busy momma!

You can learn more about RG Cosmetics full line of hair car products at rgcosmetics.com.

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

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.

Minecraft has been quite the rage for a few years now.  There is the game that I think most parents are familiar with.  There is even a Minecraft convention that takes place.  But you have a great resource for cool Minecraft games and collectibles at your fingertips!

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Your local Best Buy!

Best Buys carries the really cool Minecraft games as well as an assortment of Minecrafts gifts and collectibles.

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Who wouldn’t love these mini figures? And the display case is awesome as well! Fans can collect all the mini figures and keep them on display with the cool case.

Best Buy also carries neat ideas like a Minecraft card game.  For those who aren’t inclined to play the game online, a card game is a great way to connect with your kiddo and their love for all things Minecraft.

I think my favorite cool Minecraft game at Best Buy is their Motion Movie Set.  Fans can take this set and set up their own in home studio for taking stop-motion films with Minecraft! Such a fun idea!  Our kids LOVE stop-motion and I know they would go crazy over this!

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Of course Best Buy carries all the cool Minecraft games.  You can get the Xbox One version, Xbox 360, Playstation 4 and more.  Just visit your local Best Buy or check out their Minecraft collection online.

You still have time to make sure your Minecraft fans will be happy this Christmas.  I would love to hear from you and learn what cool Minecraft items made it to your kids wish lists this year! Leave a comment and 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

So this blue dog, sitting on a shelf at Target caught the eye of both me and my 6-year-old son. I think the design of this little fellow should have won an award. I just gave it to the boys, so we haven’t had it long enough to really test the boy-breakage-factor of the Woofer. But the people at B. Toys are proud of the little guy and we picked up the Ribbit-Tat-Tat drums for a full-scale boy band.


The Ribbit-Tat-Tat has a “follow-me” function to help kids learn musical beats and build memory.

A 6-year-old and his 3-year-old brother are able to make a lot of noise on their own. Buying them a music-making toy – a drum set no-less — seemed like a recipe for tinnitus. But Woofer was so cute. And we don’t buy them many electrical toys. They have a roaring dinosaur, a Dino-alarm clock and occasional use of their sister’s computer for games. For the most part, they build with building blocks, building logs and some neat magnetic geometric things that they make castles out of. So, this is new and it was a real thrill for both of them. Once they were torn from their packaging, the Woofer and Ribbit-Tat-Tat became instant hits with the boys. I haven’t figured out what algorithm is used to decide what is played by different combinations of buttons and string strumming. The Woofer belches out howls, “woofs” and “ruffs” with surprisingly good tone. I’ve got a video below that captures the boys playing on the B. Toys. Audio is captured from two-piece orchestra after the boys left them alone. The boys played with the synthesizer sounds on the Ribbit-Tat-Tat, but have not figured out the Auto-tune-like capabilities of the little microphone on the drum set. Both toys have obvious power buttons on them and volume controls. I wish they would design them with some kind of parental volume control – something a 6-year-old couldn’t figure out, but neither toy is excessively loud. Like any toy, with enough time, it is an irritation to adult ears but if you want a music toy that is both cute and with bearable audio – check out the Ribbit Tat Tat or the Woofer.

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The B. Toys Woofer is a silly guitar that makes acoustic, electric f and dog-based music.


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.


RubyRoo Baby offers high-quality baby products on Amazon and rubyroobaby.com Founded in 2015 by a husband and wife team, RubyRoo Baby creates smart solutions for savvy parents. They take tremendous pride in selling a beautiful array of teething necklaces and sibling shirts. RubyRoo Baby recently expanded beyond their best-selling line of silicone teething necklaces to offer All About Me: A Little Book of Love and Adventure, and heirloom quality baby journal covering birth through age 5.

A company with a conscience, RubyRoo Baby donates 1% of profits to charity. Each year we support a charity dedicated to improving the lives of parents and babies: in 2016, they will donate 1% of profits to the March of Dimes, which funds lifesaving research and programs and works to end premature birth, birth defects, and infant mortality.

You may remember awhile back we offered a giveaway for one of their baby books, but now they are back with a fun bundle of joy giveaway bundle! Check out these cool prizes and win a bundle of joy for YOUR bundle of joy!

We are so excited to have teamed up with RubyRoo Baby for another fabulous giveaway! We are so happy to be offering our readers the chance to win an amazing Bundle of Joy Holiday Prize Pack. The winner will receive:

• 1 – “All About Me: A Little Book of Love and Adventure” (winner to choose Woodland or Floral Version)

Available in Woodland and Floral themes, this new heirloom-quality baby memory book stands out not just for its 48-pages of beautiful designs covering birth through age 5, but for being the only baby book available to be inclusive of all families.

Finding that the design of most baby journals excluded many families, RubyRoo Baby wanted to create something that truly embraced the belief that love makes a family. Through carefully selected captions, text, and design, RubyRoo Baby created a baby journal that works not just for traditional families, but also for families who adopt, LGBTQ families, homebirth families, and single-parent families. All About Me: A Little Book of Love and Adventure is also the only baby book that includes both Christian and Jewish holidays, with a unique design that allows families to remove the holidays they do not celebrate.

• 1 – RubyRoo Baby Silicone Teething Necklace of winner’s choice

Soft non-toxic beads help soothe teething pain without dangerous teething gel or medicines. RubyRoo Baby’s best-selling tething teething necklacesProvide an engaging sensory experience. Your baby will love to chew the beads and play with the necklace while teething, nursing, or while baby-wearing in sling or carrier. Available in three styles and multiple colors to suit every style.

• 1 – Fisher-Price Newborn Auto Rock ‘n Play Sleeper in Aqua Stone Fashion (Item Model No. CHN28)

At nighttime and naptime, the inclined sleeper lulls baby to sleep with relaxing music and sounds – plus hands-free rocking all night long! And when baby’s ready to play, use the songs, sound effects and linkable clacker toy to keep baby busy and entertained. The extra-deep seat and breathable mesh sides make the Auto Rock ‘n Play Sleeper a dream for baby to stay in day and night. And it’s lightweight and portable to make it easy for mom and dad to bring along on vacation, to grandma’s and grandpa’s, the babysitter’s or anywhere! The pad is machine washable and dryer safe. AC plug provides battery-free operation.

Check out The Binder Ladies’ full review of the Baby Heirloom Baby Memory Book HERE!
The more entries you complete, the better your chance of winning!
This giveaway will run from December 14th, 2016 to December 24th, 2016.
The participating bloggers are not responsible for prize shipment, nor were they compensated for this post. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to an email from thebinderladies@gmail.com, to claim their prize, before a new winner is selected. Consider adding this email to your contact list. This giveaway is in no way affiliated with any social media platform. Prize redemption will be verified.


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

This review was made possible by iConnect and Luvs.  I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine.

We’ve all been there before. Tired beyond belief, stressed to the max and one (or more) kids around us screaming, crying or just needing help or attention.  And yet, we push through it.  We shove the stress and sleepiness to the background and refill that sippy cup, nurse that baby, laugh with that teen or help that 5th grader finish her science project.  It’s not that parents feel like martyrs.  But we DO deserve some me time.  When parents need a time out where do they turn?

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With so many stressed out parents, it is vital that we all find some me time.  Maybe it’s getting up even just 5 minutes early so you can grab a few sips of hot coffee.  Or splurging on a sitter for a date night out of the house.  Perhaps it is ordering that magazine subscription.  It can even be as simple as taking a few minutes to paint your toe nails some fantastic color! Another great idea? LUVS.

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Luvs recently introduced Luvs Ultra Leakguard Diapers with NightLock Plus™.

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These offer great overnight protection so if your little one is sleeping through the night, you can trust they are nice and dry and that they will not wake up screaming with wet pjs and sheets. PLUS, you can use this coupon and save $1 on any package of Luvs diapers.

Using your social media can be great when parents need a time out.  You can find funny memes and adorable videos like this one…..

I’d love to hear from you.  What are your tips for finding me time in your busy day to day routines?


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