Thursday, December 18, 2014

Glow Stick Bracelet Class Gift Idea

My little first grader had to create 18 gifts for his classmate this year.  Holy cow.  Last year they did a gift exchange and each kid brought one gift, you know, the usual.  This year?  Yeah, time to get creative!!

With a little help from Pinterest, I found this great project and wanted to share it with you!  It was super affordable and just took a little time and some scrapbook supplies.  I took some green paper and my nifty little paper cutter that cuts 3 x 6 round cornered rectangles, used the printable available on that previous link, glued it down and punched a couple of holes in the green piece of paper to slide a glow stick bracelet through.  Fabulous!  And he was SO excited to take them, he said they were the best idea EVER.

What are your kids doing this year for class gifts?  Any ideas you care to share?

Kids Relief Cold and Cough Syrup

Disclaimer: I was sent product from the below company in return for my honest opinion and review. No other compensation was received. Please remember, I'm not a doctor and whatever medication you may give to your kids is your decision.

It's that time.  Holidays and colds.  Is it me or do they go hand in hand?  I was recently given the opportunity to check out some cold and cough syrup by Kids Relief, and I'm sure we'll be giving it a go before too long!

Kids Relief Cough and Cold Syrup will help relieve your child of cold symptoms including dry cough, cough with expectoration, chest congestion, aches, pains, and fever. This homeopathic formula is a natural way to ease your child’s symptoms. Kids Relief Cough and Cold Oral Solution is also easy to administer. Simply take the recommended amount of the formula and your child should be feeling better in no time. Kids Relief’s Cough and Cold Syrup has a great taste that makes taking the formula fuss-free. Kids Relief Cough and Cold Syrup is safe for children to take without the risk of side effects, drug interaction or overdose.Kids Relief Cough and Cold Oral Solution retails for just $7.99 and can be purchased at Walgreens stores nationwide. The product is also administered in a nighttime formula; Kids Relief Cough and Cold Syrup - Nighttime, which has added homeopathic sleep agents and can be digested prior to bedtime for overnight relief.

Monster 500 - Monsterously Fun!

Disclaimer: I was sent product from this company in return for my honest opinion and review. No other compensation was received. 

We were given the fantastic opportunity to check out some toys, specifically Monster 500 racing toys!  All my kids (even the Princess) LOVE to race their cars around, and to be able to do it with creepy creatures made the idea all the more fun!

As you can see, we had the chance to try out the Toxic Terror Trap, Graveyard Gauntlet Track Set and a couple of extra cars.

By far, the favorite was the Graveyard Gauntlet Track Set.  We had a little trouble getting the Toxic Terror Trap put together, but the Graveyard Gauntlet was relatively easy and made for easy set up, attaching right to our TV stand!

My little helper was all about helping get this thing built!  Thank goodness for big helpers too, it's hard to take pictures and build things all at the same time, so we called in for a bit of backup!

My little ones have had SO much fun has been had with this toy!  They love the cars and monsters that are along for the ride, and they especially love racing each other down the track!

The Monster 500 sets are sure to be a hit with your kids!  To learn more about Monster 500 and to find out where to purchase, head over to their website or check them out on Facebook and Twitter!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Change Up Your Hair!

Much thanks to for providing the below product to facilitate this review!

Back in the day, I had super short hair and I LOVED it!  Unfortunately, it was a lot of work and sort of a pain, because my natural hair tends to curl up when it gets short.  It's grown out since then and it's a lot more manageable, but sometimes I wish I could just cut it all off for a little while and rock the short hair again.

My senses always kick in and I remember I don't really have the time anymore to be messing with my hair on an every day basis, so long it remains.

When I was contacted by about reviewing one of their new High Temperature Resistance Fiber wigs, I was a little unsure.  I checked out the site anyway, to see just what kind of wig we were talking about here and I was super surprised!  They have SO many awesome options!  My immediate thought was for cosplay and such, but they have a lot of everyday-type wigs available too.  Including this one!

I chose the short black/wine costume wig, because it's totally a style I would love to try on my real hair, but a LOT LESS WORK!  It's made of 100% Kanekalon heat resistant synthestic. It's something I'm comfortable going out in any day of the week, it doesn't need a special occasion.  It looks natural and it's overall pretty awesome.

I've never gone the wig route, but it took no time at all to pull up my natural hair, pull on a wig cap and put this lovely thing on.  I can't wait to see the reaction when my little man gets off the bus and sees mom's new hair.  Let's just say it could be amusing ;)

If you're interested in the options available, head on over to  They just added some new ones, which I REALLY wish I'd known were coming available.  I'm just loving the Gamora and Frankie Stein ones!  They're well priced and seem to be very well made.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Disney's "Planes Fire & Rescue"

I don't know about you, but my little one is so excited to see this movie when it comes to Blu-Ray/DVD!  It's even more exciting that it comes out just a couple of days before his 5th birthday!

Disney's "Planes Fire & Rescue" is landing on Disney Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand platforms November 4th! The follow-up to last year's "Planes" comes the world famous racer Dusty Crophopper who joins an elite fire and rescue unit and learns what it takes to be a true hero. The high-flying comedy adventure also comes jet packed with an all-new exclusive animated short, deleted scenes, music video and more!

Back to School with SoCozy

Disclaimer: I was sent product from the below company in return for my honest opinion and review. No other compensation was received. 
My lovely little princess has long, curly, sometimes hard to manage hair.  It's almost down to her waist, and while I should PROBABLY get it cut, it just hasn't happened yet.  (Other than an incident involving a scissor-wielding big brother. Sigh.)  With the busy back to school season, I need great products that work effectively and keep us from sitting for what feels like hours, working on detangling and managing these curls.

Needless to say, I'm always on the lookout for good haircare for her, the typical kid shampoos do NOTHING good and she ends up with knots and wannabe dreads instead of soft curls.  When we were approached with the opportunity to try out some hair products by SoCozy, I was pretty darn excited!  We got a lovely box of goodies to try out, including the following:

- Cinch 2 in 1 Shampoo + Body Wash in Guav-o-rama ($11.95 for 8oz)
- Cinch Super Hydrating Conditioner in Berry-Whip ($11.95 for 8oz)
- Cinch Detangler + Leave-In Conditioner in Fruity-tutti ($11.95 for 8 oz)
- Behave Styling Mouse Medium Hold in Peachy-keen ($11.95 for 6 oz)
- Cozy’s Complete Guide to Girls’ Hair ($15.95) – get great tips for girls from the best cuts for face shapes, to instant fixes for bad hair days and five-minute styles.

I must say, I may have been the most excited about the hair style book.  For as beautiful as her hair is, many days it ends up wrapped up in a messy bun on the top of her head to keep it out of her face.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that it comes with way more than just hair style tutorials and ideas, it also talks about hair care and all kinds of other useful topics.  Everything from "Gum and Goo" to "Knot Know-How: How to Detangle Hair."  Perfect.

I love the Cinch 2 in 1 Shampoo + Body Wash, it smells amazing and I love being able to use one product for head to toe.  I also love that SoCozy products feature extracts from natural ingredients like hops, rosemary, arnica flower, and aloe, which are good for both hair and scalp. The products are specially formulated to bring salon-level quality to kids’ hair care, and contain no nasties like harmful chemicals, toxins, or parabens.

As you can see on the above picture, the Cinch Detanger + Leave-In Conditioner works pretty well too.  She always goes running for "the spray" when I comb out her hair after the bath, and the first thing she said when I told her we had a new one to try out was, "That smells SO GOOD, mom!"  It's 3-year-old approved in this house!

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You can find SoCozy products online at, as well as C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries, and

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