October 14, 2017
by Nikki
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Winter Boots from Lugz

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Winter is that time of the year when I need to get my boys who are in school good boots that are going to withstand Ohio’s harsh winters. When I do buy them shoes they end up getting ruined within weeks of winter because of all the salt, they aren’t waterproof. And my youngest kids I have to buy several different pairs for snow and inside. So where do I stand with my high schooler? Buy expensive shoes, plus a waterproof pray that may or may not really work. Lugz had the perfect pair of boots for exactly what we needed.

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The Empire Hi WR Lugz are made from a sleek black suede which comes to you already water resistant. Unless you want to buy extra protection waterproofing, you don’t really need to. Since we live so close to Lake Erie we do get a lot of snow and ice and I like that these boots have a thick rubber sole and are slip resistant. The inside soles features Lugz patented Flexastride memory foam. The sleek look of this boot can go with any style.

I mentioned that these boots were for my son. Looking at them they look like they are going to be super heavy, but the minute he put them on he kept saying how comfortable they are and lightweight. He was so excited to get them that he tried to even wear them to homecoming but his girlfriend put a stop to it (lol). I have received a few pairs of shoes from my partnership with Lugz and they haven’t disappointed me yet.

About (taken from): Always an innovator and leader in footwear, Lugz first made a name for itself in October of 1993, bringing its first line of boots to market, with the initial product consisting of two styles of boots, a quilted vest and a pair of jeans. From its inception, Lugz footwear has been an innovator in the footwear market from its signature styles, to creating trendsetting styles beyond boots and has added casual shoes and athletics to the mix for the Lugz men, Lugz women and Lugz kids lines.

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October 13, 2017
by Nikki
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Silpoura

Silpoura

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Let’s face it, we all have like a million and one kitchen appliances and utensils. At least I know that I do, so when I cook even the simplest of meals I have a ton of dishes out because I need to get out a hundred things. I’m glad that I was able to find Silpoura that took away 1-2 items from your kitchen mess and several minutes off your cooking prepping times.

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Just what your kitchen needs for cooking and baking, to strain, pour and drizzle; also doubles as a spoon rest. Great for pouring the perfect amount of batter, cupcake batter, straining meat, fruits and veggies. Made from food-grade Japanese silicone that can withstand temps up to 450 degrees. It’s also dishwasher safe. The Silpoura has a clip that fits onto mixing bowls, pots, pans, serving bowls and double boilers for drip free straining and pouring. Fits on a wide variety of sizes of containers as long as it doesn’t have a lip.

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I decided to do my first product test on our lunch of macaroni and cheese. Now my pot had a very large lip so I couldn’t use the Silpoura on it, after I boiled my noodles I poured it all into a mixing bowl with a smooth edge. I cooked 2 boxes for my big family, which I don’t think for us is unusually a lot. As I started to strain I noticed I struggled keeping the noodles from falling out the front into the sink. I would think that if this had a larger lip to keep this from happening for much larger amounts of food. I could use this better as drizzling or pouring batter. But for my honest opinion I would rather use my colander to drain my food. I think that it is a great invention and will work wonders for smaller portions.

 

 

October 13, 2017
by Nikki
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Despicable Me 3 and Townleygirl

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All of the Despicable Me movies have been so funny and a family favorite. And cant wait until the 3rd movie comes out on DVD so we can buy it so the whole family can see it (with a big family of 7 and little ones who can’t sit still in a theater, it just wasn’t possible to see when it first came out). Not to mention that we just love the Townleygirl character products they have! They have graciously sent my girls and myself a few products for review.

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Beautiful Nails Set: Have your own private Despicable Me 3 pedicure party with your little girl(s). With this nail set she can decorate with tons of gems! It comes with 3 assorted colors of polishes which are non-toxic and water based, peelable and bubble gum scented. Also, comes with a wood stick and mini nail file. We found that to get the gems to stay a clear coating over them works wonders!

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2 Pack Lip Tube with Purse: This is one of our favorite ones. It comes with 2 lip gloss, hair clips and an adorable unicorn purse which can be used to store your new lip gloss or change in a back pack or purse. Flavors of gloss is purple grape and green watermelon.

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Lip Balms with Carrying Case: What little girl or even a big girl can have too many lip balms! Comes with an assortment of 3 lip balms, flavors and colors; light green watermelon, purple grape and rose bubble gum. Store your new Despicable Me 3 lip balms in the adorable decorated tin.

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Lip Gloss Set: 2 pack of glittery lip gloss includes flavor and colors- rose strawberry and purple grape. This is a great addition to our coin purse lip gloss set we also received.

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Balm Set with Banana Bag: My youngest loved this product the most because she loves to play with my makeup. With 4 lip balms that are shaped like lip sticks you daughters can fight chapped lips while not having that color of a lip stick. Comes in the flavors and colors- blue cotton candy, purple grape, rose bubble gum and green watermelon. To store you new adorable minion lip balms, a banana carrying pouch.

About (taken from website): Founded in 1952, townleygirl is the leader in children’s cosmetics and hair accessories. Partnering with top-notch brands like Disney, Universal and DreamWorks, we not only create great products, but also some of the safest ones on the market. With products like sheer lip gloss and peelable nail polish, kids will have a fantastic time dressing up as their favorite characters, and parents will have an easy clean up when they are all done.

October 8, 2017
by Nikki
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Becoming a New Parent

Becoming a New Parent

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We recently took in a 3 month old baby and I only a week to gather up everything we needed for her where newly pregnant moms have 9 months to plan. Luckily I have some amazing family and friends and even my blog where I can ask for reviews of the best products on the market. I was able to get for her in this review Baby Magic products and also Boudreaux’s Butt Paste.

Baby Magic in the original scent has always been my go-to brand and scent with all four of my kids and now with our new little one. For my review I was sent two 16.5 ounce bottles of hair and body wash in original baby scent. This was is hypoallergenic and tear free. It will help regenerate your babies natural moisture so it will feel super soft. It’s paraben-free and dermatologist tested. Also, I was given two 9 ounce bottles of gentle baby lotion in original baby scent. This quick absorbing lotion, is loaded with vitamins to enhance baby’s skin and to retain moisture. It’s mild enough for your baby’s sensitive skin.

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Boudreaux’s Butt Paste is by far the best diaper rash cream I have ever used and we have tried so many with each kid. Bourdreaux’s uses zinc oxide to protect and prevent again diaper rash. It provides even the thickest of barriers. Paraben-, preservative- and phthalate-free and pediatrician recommended. I received the original which has 16% zinc oxide and the maximum strength which has 40% zinc oxide. Each one has three sizes 2 ounces, 4 ounces and a 14 ounce tub. For the moms who like to use all natural products, Boudreaux’s makes one for you and baby too! Even though this is designed for baby and diaper rashes; I have used this for myself a time or two. I get a rash under my breasts (called Intertrigo) and using the maximum strength for two days gets rid of it. I don’t know what I would do without it.