Mar 242015
 

Summer Baby Touch WiFi Monitor

**Disclosure: I received a free product in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

Recently I was able to review a couple of the coolest baby products from the Summer Brand!

One of the products is the Baby Touch WiFi from Summer!  This is one of the most high tech baby monitors out there that allow you to stay connected with baby, even from another room.

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Free Viewing App

One of the best parts about the Baby Touch WiFi from Summer is the free viewing APP for Android and Apple. You can actually log into see baby from the app. It’s also secure, so you don’t need to worry about any breaches. Continue reading »

Mar 042015
 

Big Hero 6 Cupcakes Baymax Recipe

**Disclosure:  My family received a copy of Big Hero 6 on Blu-ray & DVD at no charge.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

Have you ever wanted to make your favorite character from Big Hero 6, but weren’t sure where to start? We recently got a copy of Disney’s Big Hero 6 on Blu-ray & DVD and I wanted to bring Baymax to life for my kids while we watched the movie, so I put my baking skills to the test. You can make these Baymax from Big Hero 6 cupcakes too! Just follow along.

Supplies:

  • 1 or 2 cupcake pans
  • 1 box of chocolate cake mix
  • 1 tube of black icing
  • 1 tube of vanilla frosting
  • Cupcake liners

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Here’s what you do:

1.  Mix the cake mix together as instructed on the box. Continue reading »

Feb 192015
 

Krusteaz Brinner Night3

**Disclosure: Product was received at no charge in order to facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

Did you know that February is National Hot Breakfast Month? Well it is, and the folks at Krusteaz want to make celebrating this month a whole lot easier! If you are not familiar with Krusteaz breakfast mixes, now is the time to get acquainted. Krusteaz makes all sorts of breakfast favorites including pancake mixes, muffin mixes, and of course waffle mixes. In just minutes you can be enjoying a hot breakfast too!

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Not a breakfast person? Then why not try brinner? You know, breakfast for dinner? Brinner is a fun way to switch up dinner time and treat your family to some of their favorite breakfast foods! Who says you can only eat pancakes for breakfast? In our home, we had an impromptu brinner night! For our brinner night, we cooked as a family and enjoyed our favorite Krusteaz mixes along with fresh fruit, juice, and sausage. The kids loved the change of pace, and the adults loved feeling like a kid again eating our favorite breakfast foods. The mixes were easy enough to prepare that the children could help with the stirring, so it made for a meal that was not only tasty but fun to prepare as well. I mean, who doesn’t love flipping pancakes? Continue reading »

Feb 112015
 

***Disclosure: This conversation was sponsored by the OneDay app, but my love of it is all my own.  My thoughts and opinions were not influenced in any way***

Do you want to know something that drives me absolutely bananas?  When I whip out my iPhone to take a photo of my boys, who I lovingly refer to as the “gruesome twosome” and I get that pesky error message that says I can’t take my picture because the storage on my phone is full.

Grrrr!

As soon as I delete and/or archive my photos, I am back at it and before I know it, that error message is popping back up on my phone again.  And it seriously happens at the worst possible times, right?  You know what I’m talking about – preschool graduations, school plays, while both of your boys are in the Jedi Training Academy show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios…..yes, that really happened.

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So in case you haven’t figured it out yet, my name is Robin and I am addicted to taking iPhone photos. I mean heck, we are one of “those” families that travel to Disney World every year and I still can’t return from a trip there with less than 1000 photos.   They’re the same pictures year after year, but I just can’t seem to stop myself.

You’ve also probably noticed that I only mention taking photos, not videos.  I have always refrained from taking videos with my phone because of my photo storage paranoia.  I know that videos take up more storage and I do not want to go through the panic that I went through while my kids were in the Jedi Training Academy ever again.  I was in such a rush to delete photos that day (because the show my boys were in was already in progress) that I just deleted a bunch of things without really taking the time to look and see if I actually did want to delete them. I would have kicked myself for missing out on photos of them in their Jedi robes, so did what I had to do.  Believe me, the struggle was real. Continue reading »

Feb 032015
 

**Disclosure- I received a product courtesy of the sponsor in order to write a series of posts based on my honest review of the product.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.  No monetary compensation was provided**

I am pretty sure I’m not alone when I say that I hate shaving.  A big part of me hates that I have to do it so often, but an even bigger part of me hates that I have such sensitive skin and that shaving really irritates my skin – especially my underarms.  I’ve given serious consideration to laser hair removal, but the cost of it is what has always kept me from making an appointment to go have it done.

But guess what?  There is a better way to remove hair.  At home! The Veet Infini’Silk, which is is a small hand-held device, helps you achieve permanent hair reduction and the best part is that  you can do it in the privacy of your own home. The Veet Infini’Silk uses Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), which gradually reduces the appearance of hair on the body.  The Veet Infini’Silk has been approved by the FDA and uses the exact same technology that they use in the salons.

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So a couple of months ago, when I was contacted to see if I would like to try out the Veet Infini’Silk, I jumped at the chance.  For those of you who don’t know me in real life, I am a beach bum.  We only get three short months of summer here in Massachusetts and I plan to be at the beach for as many of those days as possible.  Starting at home treatments with the Veet Infini’Silk now is going to help me get ready for the summer. Continue reading »

Jan 192015
 

Hasbro My Little Pony Friendship Rainbow Castle Play Set

**Disclosure: Product was received at no charge in order to facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

Do you have My Little Pony fans in your house? Or perhaps you remember the fun you had growing up with My Little Pony. Whatever the case may be, My Little Pony is back with another quality play set for your child to enjoy. I recently had the chance to try out the My Little Pony Friendship Rainbow Castle play set by Hasbro, and I am excited to share our experience with you!

First, let’s look at what you can expect with your Hasbro My Little Pony Friendship Rainbow Castle Play Set. You will see it has everything you need to start playing! You set includes:

-Special edition Princess Twilight Sparkle figure
-Side car, skirt, shoes, tiara, bracelet
-Vanity
-Sticker labels
-All necessary parts and pieces for construction. Continue reading »

Jan 122015
 

Euroflex Monster Vacuum

**Disclosure: Product was received at no charge in order to facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

It seems as though the holidays leave a whirlwind of dirt and debris behind, which is why I was excited to give the Monster Euroflex Vacuum a try. I recently had the chance to try one of these new and innovative vacuums, and I was quite pleased with the results.  I am excited to tell you about what the Monster vacuum can do for you, just in time as you recover from all of the holiday madness. If you are like me, you have plenty of messes that now need to be cleaned up!

First, here is a little bit you should know about the Monster vacuum according to their website:

The Monster hand-and-stick cyclonic vacuum. Designed for high performance and high style, this 600-watt unit offers power, versatility, and convenience. It’s a marvel of Italian engineering, featuring exceptional floor-to-ceiling cleaning with a hassle-free bagless filter system. 

With your Monster you can expect to find:
-Main floor tool
-Rectangular 2-in-1 upholstery and pet-hair tool (my favorite!)
-Fine cleaning tools
-Two extension tubes
– Handy storage bag Continue reading »

Jan 072015
 

Canvas-factory

**Disclosure: Product was received at no charge in order to facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

It seems as though canvas prints have become quite popular over the last few years, and the popularity doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Recently I was given the opportunity to join the crowd and try making a canvas of my own at the Canvas Factory.  I was so excited to see what all of the fuss was about and create my own canvas print, as I had yet to create one or display one in my home. Here is my review of the Canvas Factory, including my experiences creating, ordering, and displaying my canvas. Take a look!

To begin, I had to create an account with the Canvas Factory. This is a cinch and just involves your email and a username. When you log in, you will get the chance to upload the photo of your choice. You can pull right from your own computer in just seconds. The hard part was deciding which family photo we wanted to use! Uploading was fast, easy, and Canvas Factory will instantly notify you if they don’t think your choice is ideal for a canvas print. As you can imagine, you want to use a photo of good quality so it transfers well to the canvas. The website was able to help me pick the perfect photo and get it uploaded. Continue reading »

Dec 302014
 

Energy Shot review

How many times have you found yourself needing to charge your phone or tablet, yet there is no charger or even outlet for that matter to be found? It can leave you in quite a dilemma. Luckily, the My Charge Energy Shot is perfect for charging your devices on the go. This little pint sized pack boasts some serious power, and is the perfect solution for your charging on the go needs. I recently had the chance to review a My Charge Energy Shot, and I am excited to share my findings with you.

First, here are a few things you should know about the Energy Shot. It includes such features as:

9 hours talk time
LED battery indicator
High Efficiency Technology
Fast Charging Technology that shortens charge time by 25% or more.
Constructed of Lithium Ion
Compact size weighs a mere 0.25 lbs.
USB port that delivers 1.0A output Continue reading »

Dec 282014
 

**Disclosure: I received compensation from Stop & Shop in exchange for writing this review. Although this is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own**

I have to admit that the holidays seem to bring out the hustle and bustle in all of us. I work so hard to keep my family happy and healthy around this time of the year and when I come across a shortcut that saves me time and money, I am all for it.

That is why I am super excited that Stop & Shop is helping their customers save both time and money with entertaining and food-related gift ideas this holiday season. They have this great line of gourmet quality products called Simply Enjoy and it really makes Stop & Shop  your one stop shop no matter the festive occasion.

Stop & Shop has expanded  our exclusive Simply Enjoy brand, a collection of gourmet products, all foodie approved and made with the finest ingredients just in time for the holidays.. To help make memorable menus this season, Simply Enjoy products for this year include  new frozen appetizers and desserts, deli pastas, seafood sauces, and chocolates , as well as dipping oils, sorbetto/gelato, hummus, crackers and sparkling sodas to name just a few. They can add something special to your festive occasion or make a great gift for the foodie or hostess on your list.

My husband, Chris and I headed to Stop & Shop recently to pick out a few goodies to bring with us to our family get together on Christmas Eve.

Simply Enjoy Line From Stop

The Tiramisu Wafer Rolls were a big hit with everyone.  Just ask my pretty sister in law…. Continue reading »

Dec 232014
 

Pound-puppies-Review

**Disclosure: Product was received at no charge in order to facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

Can you remember the Pound Puppies cartoon and plush toys from when you were a kid? Well you will be happy to know that Pound Puppies are back, and ready to make new memories with your child! I recently had the chance to review a Pound Puppy plush dog, and I would love to share my thoughts with you.

The new line of Pound Puppies plush products come in Labrador, Bulldog, and Poodle. You can enjoy mini plushes as well as the 12 inch plush Bulldog that I was able to sample. Each one includes the famous heart shape tag for you to write the dog’s name in, as well as a trading card with breed facts, and last but not least a printable adoption certificate. You can even register your Pound Puppies online! The online features are a cool new way for tech savvy kids of today’s generation to enjoy Pound Puppies in a whole new way.

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Once you make your puppy your own, you can enjoy hours of make believe play. Pound Puppies are ideal for helping children explore imaginative play, which is a welcomed change from all of the electronic toys on today’s market. Children will not only love playing with their Pound Puppies, but they will enjoy learning facts about the various breeds via the trading card. Continue reading »

Dec 172014
 

**Disclosure: I received a pair of tickets to see The Nutcracker at no charge in order to facilitate this post.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

When I was in the 4th grade, my class took a field trip into Boston to see a matinee performance of Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker.  Being nine years old at the time, I basically had no appreciation for what I was watching.  Fast forward to the present when I had a chance to go see this years production of The Nutcracker at The Boston Opera House and got a second chance to take in the show – as a “grown up” with a whole different outlook on the show.  My husband, Chris, had never even seen The Nutcracker before, so I knew he was going to be in for a real treat.

Boston Ballet The Nutcracker

“Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker is based on the libretto by Alexandre Dumas père titled The Tale of the Nutcracker, which is adapted from E. T. A. Hoffmann’s story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.”  

The show itself was absolutely breath taking.  All of the dancers were so graceful and they all did such a great job of telling the story through dance.  Chris and I sat there in awe throughout the entire show.

More than 300 dancers will perform in the new production and each performance has approximately 150 dancers involved. There are 250 children in the performance, making up three or four casts (classical ballet students from the Boston, Newton and North Shore studios). Continue reading »

Dec 132014
 

**I received product a no charge in order to facilitate this post.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

If you know me in real life, you already know that I am completely hooked on Dunkin Donuts coffee.  I am not exaggerating when I tell you that  I am there every single day – at least once. Usually I stop at one of their restaurants for coffee a couple of times a day, though.  I am really lucky because where I live, I have four Dunkin Donuts shops within a few miles of my house. Sometimes I just don’t feel like leaving the house to get my coffee from one of their shops, so thankfully Dunkin’ Donuts has K-Cups available so that I can have a cup at home any time I want!

Dunkin Donuts Dark Roast KCups

Dunkin’ Donuts’ has made one of its boldest additions ever to its coffee lineup, with Rainforest Alliance Certified™ DarkRoast Coffee which is now available at Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide.

Dunkin’ Donuts’ new Dark Roast Coffee uses a unique roasting process to bring out key characteristics of different beans, creating a bold flavor and the smooth finish without the bitterness typically associated with most dark roast coffees.  When you go to a Dunkin’ Donuts shop, you can enjoy the new Dark Roast Coffee served either hot or iced, but it is also available for sale for brewing at home in both packaged coffee and in K-Cup® packs.

Dunkin’ Donuts new Dark Roast Coffee features the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal, indicating that it is made with at least 30% coffee beans sourced from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms. The Rainforest Alliance is an international nonprofit organization that works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods. Rainforest Alliance certification helps to protect wildlife; safeguard soils and waterways; and improve quality of life for workers, their families and local communities in order to achieve true, long-term sustainability.

Plus, it’s seriously delicious! Continue reading »

Dec 122014
 

**Disclosure: Product was received at no charge in order to facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

Is your family up for trying something amazing this year? We had a chance to try out the new Skylanders Trap Team (for the Wii) recently and my boys were completely blown away when I opened the package and they saw what was inside.  We’ve always loved playing video games together, my boys especially, so we were excited to give this video game a go! The Wii is one of our favorite systems to play, so it only made sense to give the Skylanders Trap Team a try!

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They have been Skylanders fans since day one and as soon as they heard a new set was coming out, they starting asking for it.  I kept telling them that maybe Santa would bring it for them this year for Christmas, but Christmas came early for them this year!

The particular starter pack that we got came with the game, the portal, two Skylander “guys” and two traps. Trust me, there are a lot of hours of fun packed into such a small game. The boys even invited Chris into join in the fun and he loved it. Continue reading »

Dec 042014
 

Levana Keera Two Camera Baby Monitoring System

**Disclosure: Product was received at no charge in order to facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

If you are a new parent, you might be looking for ways to get a better night’s sleep. A baby monitor is the perfect way to keep your eyes and ears on your child when you can’t be in the room with them, and Levana has introduced a new monitor to help you do just that. The Keera two camera baby monitor by Levana is the perfect way to monitor to your child, ensuring an easier night’s sleep for the both of you. I recently had the chance to sample this product, and I am looking forward to sharing my findings with you!

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The Keera two camera baby monitor is different than most monitors, offering features such as night vision, lullabies, two way radio, and more. Here are some of the features you can look forward to enjoying with the Keera model: Continue reading »

Dec 022014
 

**Disclosure:  We received a Nerf Mega Thunderbow Blaster at no charge in order to facilitate this post.  All opinions are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

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Boys and nerf guns go together like peanut butter and jelly. If there’s one thing my kids like, it is a fun and well built nerf gun. Recently, we were able to try out the new Nerf Mega Thunderbow Blaster. There are several reasons my kids loved it and I’d love to go into the details.

Attitude

This Nerf Blaster has so much attitude I love it. Sure, traditional nerf guns are awesome but there’s something doubly awesome about this bad boy! You’re sure to have fun with the Nerf Mega Thunderbow Blaster, even though you bought it for the kiddos.

Fun

My boys played with the Nerf Mega Thunderbow Blaster for hours! It was fun to have an indoor Nerf “Bow” fight. We played with the new ones and also of course with the Nerf Mega Thunderbow Blaster! After I got tired, the boys continued to play. Continue reading »

Nov 282014
 

gurus-flip-flops-review

**Disclosure: Product was received at no charge in order to facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

Some people are just more comfortable in flip flops, and I am one of them. Nothing lets your feet breathe and evoke the feeling of warmer days than a great pair of flip flops. I recently had the chance to check out a whole new concept in flip flops called Gurus. Haven’t heard of them? Gurus Natural Rubber sandals are a new spin on an ancient idea, the final product being a fun yet functional pair of flip flops your feet as well as the planet will love.

Gurus were designed based on a 5,000-year-old ancient Indian sandal design and mimic those worn by Gandhi. However this does not mean their style is outdated by any means! Gurus come in fun colors and have a sleek and trendy style, perfect for keeping up with the trends of today. Their design also allows for the toes to relax and not have to grip so hard to hold onto the shoe.

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So what else makes Gurus unique? They are made from sustainably-sourced rubber, and so they biodegrade quickly once they are worn out. You don’t need to worry about them taking up space in a landfill. Also, for each pair you buy, a tree is planted. How cool is that? Continue reading »

Nov 262014
 

**Products were received at no charge in exchange for my honest opinion.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

If there’s one major thing I love about having boys it is how snazzy I can dress them, even on a budget, even the big “boy!” There’s something about a bow tie and how fabulous it can make any outfit look.

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Truth be told, Chris had never worn a bow tie before, so he had to watch a YouTube video to learn how to tie it correctly. Continue reading »

Nov 212014
 

**Disclosure:  We received a copy of this book at no charge in order to facilitate this post.  All opinions are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

Have you ever wondered how you will explain something terrible to your children? Sometimes sitting down our kids and giving them “the right” words isn’t always easy. There have been times in life when I’ve resorted to telling my kids a story through a book. Whether it’s a good story or a bad story, we try to see the good out of all things.

In order to explain the events of Boston to my boys, I discovered a book called This Is Our City: How the 2013 Red Sox Kept Boston Strong by Melinda R. Boroson! This book is beautifully written and explains how Boston came together during such tragic circumstances. Here is a short description of what this book entails:

A children’s book for children of all ages, beautifully illustrated and written as a keepsake to remember the unforgettable events that took place in Boston in 2013. The Red Sox have embodied the heart and soul of Boston for more than a hundred years, but never more than in 2013 when the city was rocked by the tragedy of the Boston Marathon bombings. This Red Sox team, not a native Bostonian among them, caught the spirit and fortitude of the city. The Red Sox and the city of Boston inspired each other in a partnership that gave us all the courage to move forward–one step at a time. A companion volume to 86 Years: The Legend of the Boston Red Sox, This Is Our City: How the 2013 Red Sox Kept Boston Strong,tells the story of another remarkable Red Sox season–remarkable in ways that extend far beyond the game of baseball. Continue reading »

Nov 102014
 

redpack-tomatoes-review

**Disclosure: Product was received at no charge in order to facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

Do you love all things tomato? So do I, which is why I was excited to try some of the staples of the Redpack Tomato Sauce line. Redpack has been making quality tomato sauce and tomato products since 1942, and they offer a great line of canned tomato products perfect for your kitchen recipes. I was able to test out the crushed tomatoes recently, and was quite pleased with the pasta sauce I was able to create right in my own kitchen. Here’s how I did it:

Ingredients:

2 large cans of Redpack Crushed Tomatoes
1 medium sized white onion
5-7 fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons of olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
½ teaspoon of red pepper flakes Continue reading »