Friday, August 14, 2015

Mirror, Mirror on the wall!!

What little princess doesn't like posing in front of the mirror?  I know my daughter does.  With her new playroom nearly finished I wanted to add something to her dress up corner.  She had been asking about getting a mirror but I wanted to find a cute one that wasn't full length.  I'm so glad I found Heart to Heart's medium fairy-tale inspired oval mirror.  The design is beyond cute and it gets the job done. This was the perfect addition to my 5 year old daughters playroom.  She uses it for dress up, to apply her pretend make up, and to brush her hair in the morning.  

For the price, I was shocked to have received such a high quality product.  The wood is sturdy, the mirror is real, and the paint was flawless.  I was also impressed by the hanging bracket on the back. 

Once the mirror was hung it was level, secure, and flush against the wall.  I love the white but the mirror can be separated from the frame to make it easy to spray paint if you choose.  I like that it can be hung both vertically and horizontally.

I do have to note that upon arrival one of the mini screws and latches that hold the mirror in place had fallen off and so the mirror was not secured.  I think during shipping the tape around the protective packaging came loose causing it to get knocked around a bit.  Nothing was broken.  I just reattached the latch and it was as good as new.  Just make sure to check your mirror before tossing the box.

To learn more or purchase this product click here

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Playroom Remodel- Enhance your walls with Peel & Stick Wall Decals from DecalVenue!

I have been wanting to update the girls playroom since last year, but with the new baby it was pushed to the back burner. Lately Miss M has been bringing her toys into the family room and refusing to play in the playroom.  Last week I was passing the playroom and saw my daughter reluctantly playing on the floor.  As I watched her I understood why she hated playing in her playroom;  the toys had taken over and she had no room to play.  The older they get the more stuff they accrue is so accurate.  I also realized that the Curious George themed room might be a little juvenile for a 5 year old with the maturity of a 10 year old.  So we decided that now is the time for a change.  I felt it important that she be 100% involved in this remodel.  Every decision had to be hers.  I let her choose everything from the paint to the color of the new storage bins.  I cringed when she said she wanted a safari color scheme because I have never been a fan of animal prints.  I just kept reminding myself that it was not my play room and if its her design she will want to play in it.

After reducing the clutter (allowing her pull out toys that can be donated) and prepping the room, the fun began.  I think that the most fun was going to the hardware store and looking through paint samples with her.  Once the room was painted (which she helped with) she wanted to add a little something special to the walls.  So after some searching and reading reviews, I found an awesome decal company called Decal Venue.  
While I wanted her to choose Polka-Dots she was still set on animal prints.  Luckily, Decal Venue has a great selection and Miss M found the perfect addition to her playroom.  She chose the Leopard Print Hearts from their Premium Color Decals section.  What a great choice?!  Not only did Miss M hand pick them but I also let her choose the placement of each one.  These wall stickers are the cutest!  Although she decided not to add an outline, you do have the option to pick 2 colors that border the hearts.  These are the best wall stickers I have ever received!  They have a thick "rubbery" texture so they are not easily torn when re-positioning and they stick without bubbling or peeling.  M totally and completely LOVES her new room.  And she wouldn't feel the same without the added touch of her wall decals.  

Why we chose DecalVenue
Beautiful Vibrant Colors
Easy to Use
Peel & Stick
High Quality
Made in the USA
Perfect Contour Cut

Here is a breakdown of set sizes:
Set of 10 includes (8) 2" decals and (2) 4" decals.
Set of 25 includes (20) 2" decals and (5) 4" decals.
Set of 50 includes (40) 2" decals and (10) 4" decals.
Set of 100 includes (80) 2" decals and (20) 4" decals.

Now that the "play" part of her room is organized our next project is the reading nook!  We will definitely be purchasing some more decals for that project!

Want to spruce up the walls of your child's room?  Visit DecalVenue and then enjoy the new look!
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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Back to School with I See Me! Books +The Ultimate Back to School Giveaway!!

Why not celebrate Back-to-School with the wonderful gift of a personalized book?  Personalized books are a perfect way for children to recognize and learn their names.  With just starting to read and spell her name, I was so happy to have been given the opportunity to review one of I See Me!’s wonderfully fun personalized books.
I See Me! creates personalized storybooks that feature your child’s name.  Each book is totally unique and made special for you child.   In a matter of minutes, you can create your own personalized storybook (and keepsake). The books take about two weeks from the date of order to arrive.  To make choosing a book easier you can actually go on a virtual tour of each book.  This gives you a chance to see what you are purchasing and what is  more awesome than that?!  

Great Back to School Gifts

Award-winning author Jennifer Dewing and illustrator Colin Jack have created the perfect book for teaching children that they can be whatever they want to be. From an Astronaut to a Zookeeper children can explore different careers while learning the alphabet. The story has rhyming verse and fun illustrations that feature your child’s name.

Celebrate your favorite little preschooler with this adorable new personalized storybook, The Very Important Preschooler (V.I.P.)! Your child will learn that being a “V.I.P.” means making new friends at preschool, sharing, helping out, cleaning up, learning new things and more. The Very Important Preschooler is filled with lots of great messages for your little preschooler and is personalized throughout the story and on the cover with his or her name!

The 1-2-3 Blast Off with Me! personalized board book teaches your child basic concepts of letters, numbers, shapes and colors in an exciting new way! This adorably illustrated book comes personalized with your child's name and photo on the cover and throughout the book. 1-2-3 Blast Off with Me! is a board book made with thick, durable pages perfectly suited for young, curious children.

My Very Own Name is a beautifully illustrated personalized children's book that helps children to learn to recognize letters and spell their names. In this hardcover, professionally bound book, animals bring letters one by one to create the child's first and last names in rhyme. A jackal brings a J, an ostrich brings an O, and so on. At the end, the animals celebrate because they've created the perfect name. 

Our personalized lunch boxes make your child feel special every day! Each one of our lunch boxes features your child’s name on multiple sides. On the inside lid, there’s a chalkboard where you can write a personalized note to your child each morning!Safe for storing food, our lunch boxes are made of tin and contain no lead. They’re also great for storing toys and other treasures!

I recently received a copy of  My Very Own Name to include in my Back-To-School series.  With M just learning to read, she insisted on reading this book as soon as it arrived.  Since she already has a "name" book of her own she was excited to learn her baby sister's name.  The rhyming text and beautiful illustrations are printed on thick glossy paper, making the books both fun to read and durable.  

On the title page you have the option to include a dedication and a photo!  Its 30 beautifully illustrated pages encourage us to recite letters of the alphabet, rhyme, laugh, and bond throughout the whole book!   It is certainly going to become a family favorite.  I cannot wait to give this book to Princess A for her first birthday this October.  I See Me! never disappoints.  Definitely high quality.  

As an added bonus, I was also sent one of  I See Me!'s uniquely designed personalized lunch boxes.  Again, very high quality.  Not only is this lunch box super adorable on the outside but it has a neat chalkboard on the inside so you can write your child little notes.  A nice lunchtime surprise for your child and an added chance to say I Love You.  Even us homeschoolers like to make "brown bag" lunches and eat them in the park.  We sure do! And now those times can be extra special with Miss M's new lunch box!

We have several I See Me! products and everything single one has surpassed our expectations and will be cherished by my girls forever. I highly recommend these to anyone looking for a special personalized gift for their little loved ones!

I See Me! not only has a huge variety of personalized books, but they also have coloring booksplacemats, and gift sets you can create especially for your child.  You can shop for Christmas a little early and order one of their  placemats or coloring books; they make great socking stuffers! 

To learn more about their wonderful products you can connect with I See Me! on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Buy It

Your child can own their very own I See Me! personalized book for as low as $24.95. 

Giving a gift and not sure which book to choose?  Don’t worry I See Me! also has gift certificates available!

Giveaway Time!!

Over $3,300 in Prizes.  10 winners will receive an ultimate Back to School Bundle.

Each bundle is valued at $333.76 and contains:
·         A gift certificate for two I See Me! personalized books ($69.98)
·         A Portrait Package from Picture People ($54)
·         A 3-month subscription from Little Passports ($41.85)
·         Gift Pack from Chronicle Books ($51.97)
·         Little Kid Combo from Mabel's Labels ($42)
·         Demolition Wrecking Ball from SmartLab Toys ($29.99)
·         Craft Kit, Sticker Roll and Puzzle from Mudpuppy ($43.97)

Disclosure of  Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Friday, July 31, 2015

Childrens Headphones that Fit Perfectly!

Finding the perfect headphones for Miss M seemed impossible until we tried Snug Plug n Play headphones.  Not only are these headphones adorable but they fit her little 5 year old head perfectly and she still has plenty of room to grow.  I wish I would have had these when she was 3 and had just received her Innotab3.  The cheap ones that came with it where monstrous and broke within a week of use.  These may not last forever but the value is unbeatable.
  The sound quality is spectacular and according to my daughter they are very comfortable.  Not only are these headphones super durable but they are super lightweight. And since these help block outside noise (not noise canceling) she stays focused thus making these a great addition to our learning tools.
Although with Bluetooth technology and most headphones now being wireless, I actually appreciate the fact that these are wired because it keeps Miss M grounded.  She has the hardest time sitting still so these being plugged in definitely help with that.  No more walking around carrying the tablet.
High Quality
Great Sound Quality
Perfect Fit for Little Heads
Multiple Color Options
I love that she is able to watch a movie or play a game without constantly fidgeting with her headphones.  
The Plug n Play kids headphones are on sale so now is the time to stop by Amazon to snag a pair for that child in your life! Shipping is free to Prime members.

Disclosure of  Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Education can be fun! Pet Playland Giveaway!

Learning Resources has hit another home run with their Gears! Gears! Gears! line of building toys.   Their newest of the collection is the Pet Playland Set and has been a huge hit in our home.  If you have been following me for awhile, you probably know by now, that LearningResources® is a leading manufacturer of innovative, hands-on educational products trusted by teachers and parents and loved by children. The Company has over 1000 high-quality products.  They offer educational toys, classroom materials, educational games, learning toys, development toys, and much more. 

Back to the awesome Pet Playland set...
With the Pet Playland you create a whirling wonderland of four friendly and adorable pets.  Intended for ages 4 and up, this colorful 83 piece set is not only fun to build but a joy to play with.   
 This set could not have arrived at a better time.  Lately Princess M has been talking a lot about Legos and building and this set takes that to another level.   It took M (5 years) about 20 minutes to build according to the instructions and a couple of hours of play before wanting to build something else. She has also been creating different mechanisms all day.  She has become the "Masterbuilder" (Just like in the Lego Movie).
 The pieces are easy to connect and pull, yet they stay together when you lift them, making them easy to transfer from place to place. 
 The finished product.  Who ever said that learning can't be fun?
And now we play. For easy clean up just pull a few a the bigger pieces apart and place them back in the box.  The only suggestion I have for this product is a non slip bottom for the base /lower square pieces to keep them from slipping on tables or hardwood floor while turning the gears.  Not a deal breaker, it would just ease some possible frustrations for the child.

Not enough pieces to build what you want?  All Gears!Gears!Gears! are interchangeable! More sets=More imagination and fun.
Here is one of her creations!
Add some My Little Ponies to another and you're set!

Learning Resources offers so much more than just this playset.  They have games, puzzles, play food, and electronic toys.  As homeschooler, I was happy to find that Learning Resources has a Resource Center and articles for learning at home.  I also discovered that they offer a full line of products made especially for children with special needs. 

LearningResources website is fast and responsive.  While browsing you can search by age, category, subject, brand or sale items, making it super easy to find just what you are looking for quickly.  

You can find the Pet Playland on both the Learning Resources site and Amazon!
To learn more about Learning Resources you can Follow them via FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram, or subscribe to their newsletter.

Our totally awesome sponsors over at Learning Resources have generously offered to giveaway a The Gears! Gears! Gears! Pet Playland Building Set to one lucky Party of Four reader.   

Simply enter using the Google form below.  Ends 8-11-15
 Good luck. 
Disclosure of  Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

A Must Read Inspirational Autobiography- Free to Amazon Prime Members

From business owner to writer
Mercia Tapping tells her autobiographical, inspirational story of recovering from grief from the death of her husband with brain cancer, near financial ruin, and journals her road through breast cancer. 

She tells her tale with brutal honesty from the heart, as she seeks to find her Voice and purpose for living. She shares life lessons learned along her journey. Her book will make you cry, smile and inspire you. 


I wrote this book for several reasons.

Firstly, by keeping journal entries of what was undoubtedly one of the worst years of my life, I sought to heal myself by writing not only about the pain, but also the miracles that occurred along the way. Both pain and miracles occurred in abundance. Perhaps the most extraordinary thing of all, was the love and compassion shown to me by friends, as well as by perfect strangers.  

Secondly, I sought to find my Voice, and by that I meant the ability to write and speak on subjects about which I am passionate. I have always written and spoken from the heart and after my husband's death, my world was flat and muted. I have found my Voice again and I have a clarity of purpose for this next phase of my life. That clarity both brings me peace and a sense of excitement about the future. 

Thirdly, it was my intention when starting this book that it would somehow inspire other who have to travel a similar path to mine in the future. It is an autobiographical tale of rising up with courage to face incredible adversity and tragedy, and the eventual triumph of the human spirit. We all need to be reminded of that. I intend to carry my message of " Only One Life: Don't Waste It" not only through this book, but through speaking engagements, a blog and Facebook page. This message will be the final legacy of my life for as long as God chooses to keep me on this planet.

Mercia Tapping

Only One Life: Don't Waste It The book is now FREE for Amazon Prime customers on their Kindle.  iPad readers can download the free Kindle app. The book will work on any reader through the Kindle App which you can download from the book page.

Feel free to visit the authors website and Facebook page for More information

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Too busy for wellness? Anna is here to help!- Sponsored Post

The following is a sponsored post on behalf of  Health Counselor and Wellness Advocate Anna Dupree.  

Hi! I’m Anna Dupree, and I want to be your Wellness Girlfriend

I’m a Board Certified Health Counselor, Wellness Advocate, and Mom.

I help busy women feel skinny, sexy, confident and comfortable by showing them how to live a healthy lifestyle that is realistic, lose weight without dieting, get rid of tummy troubles naturally, and have oodles of energy to live your healthiest, most fulfilling life yet!

I’m a work-at-home mom with a jam packed schedule. AND I LOVE IT. But there was a time when I was stuck in a rut and threw the same meals together, time after time, because it was easy. My family became bored and I honestly I did too. They turned to tasty treats like ice cream, cookies and doughnuts after dinner to satisfy their taste buds and I felt like I was letting them down.

If you are anything like I was I bet you are feeling tired, sluggish, moody, hormonally unbalanced, bloated and carrying around extra weight as a result of your habits.

For 15 years, I’ve battled stomach issues. I had excess acid I could feel swishing around in my stomach. I could often hear it gurgle. I’ve always have excess stomach acid, indigestion, or stomach bloat and sometimes a combination of these all at once. It was really uncomfortable and, honestly, feeling like this all the time wore me out. 

My energy levels were depleted. We are talking zilch, nada, zero energy. Not only did I feel terrible, but I didn’t like the looks of it either. My stomach was always puffy and bloated and I had bags under my eyes most days. I tried every diet out there to get rid of the bloat, indigestion, and excess stomach acid, but nothing worked. I was frustrated and confused as to what to do next.

I did a ton of research, as I’m sure you have! Eventually, I decided to further my education in nutrition and wellness. I learned how to eat for me and to improve my digestive health (so long stomach bloat, indigestion, heartburn and excess stomach acid!). I learned it is OK to eat the foods that make you feel good even if they don’t follow a particular diet. It is OK not to eat vegetarian, vegan or follow a Paleo diet 100% of the time.
I learned that even healthy foods can make you feel not so good. Salads make me feel sick. Romaine, spinach and arugula are all healthy foods that make delicious salads, but they don’t work for me. They make me bloated, increase my stomach acid, give me indigestion amongst other things so I rarely eat these foods.

The most important lesson I learned was: We are all unique  so the way of eating that works for your friend, co-worker or mom may not work for you. Want to find out what works for you? I can help! I want to help! So I began creating programs for busy women who want to change their lifestyle to become healthier. 

Right now, I’m offering my Slim Down Challenge (worth over $2000 and sold normally for $299) for only $67! I know, I must be crazy! I just really love helping people get healthy! 

In this program you would get: 

● A step-by-step weight loss e-Guide that breaks everything down for you so you know exactly what to do every step of the way to drop weight.
● 2 weeks of suggested meals & shopping lists. This is a HUGE TIMESAVER.
● 14 days of meals and recipes listed out day by day to make weight loss easy.
● 4 bonus handouts. 
● Private Facebook Group for motivation, accountability, support and daily tips.
● E-mail access to me throughout the entire length of the program.
● Lifetime access to my Exclusive Healthy Living Online Community for additional support, motivation and daily health and wellness tips.
● Access to our wonderfully supportive Get Moving Challenge Group

This price will be going up to it’s normal price of $299 on August 20th, so sign up now and lock in your deal! 

If you sound like you could benefit from some help and you’re ready to ditch diets and gain energy, sign up for my FREE Facebook CommunityThe Wellness Cafe or visit my blog for healthy tips and tricks

You can also sign up for my mailing list and get a sneak peek at the Fall Freebies I’ll be offering this fall!

I hope to chat soon! 



About Anna: I work from my home in New Jersey while raising my son Owen. I love motivating and inspiring others to be the healthiest they can be, spending time in the kitchen whipping up delicious, simple meals and sharing my knowledge of healthy living with you! Contact me at if you want to discover a healthier lifestyle that already fits into your busy life including what