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Inexpensive Changes to Your Diet That Make a Difference

Wanting to improve your health is a great step towards making some serious changes in your life. Unfortunately, a great number of diets out there can be expensive and, worse, produce lackluster results. Most people end their diets early because the dramatic lifestyle changes required can be difficult to adhere to. This makes sense, as most people need to gradually change their habits in order for the changes to take hold. If you want to get yourself in better shape and eat right, you will do … [Read more...]

Toy Alert: A Hot New Doll For Girls “My Friend Cayla”

My daughter has always had a strong nurturing instinct, which is probably why she loves her baby dolls. The house is full of dolls, doll furniture and a variety of clothes but her most recent "baby" isn't like the rest. Everyone, meet My Friend Cayla. She isn't your "traditional" 18in doll and she certainly doesn't need to be babied, she's more like a friend. She has the ability to access a bluetooth powered secure search engine which means she is interactive! Cayla talks to kids about … [Read more...]

2014 Chicago Auto Show Must See Cars

I had the chance to attend the 2014 Chicago Auto Show this year and after spending two days wandering the show room floor and watching the best brands make their yearly debuts, I could see just why the show is so popular for families. So I put together a round-up to share the vehicles I saw that would be of interest to families in particular, either for use in real life and a few just to drool over. Family Guide to the Chicago Auto Show: Concept Cars, Tricked Out Rides and Cars to Make You … [Read more...]

Mary Poppins on Blu-ray with Tons of Bonus Features #MaryPoppins #DisneyFrozenEvent

Holiday traditions aren't big in my family. We celebrate Christmas wherever we are on Christmas morning, and watch whatever movie we feel like. The only thing that has remained consistent for at least the last decade is the great DVD exchange. I can always count on receiving a couple movies, and I tend to buy a few as gifts. We've had to start wrapping DVDs and Blu-rays in other boxes since we've become experts at recognizing the shapes. As you can imagine, my dad's DVD collection has grown … [Read more...]

Disney Frozen Review: Must See Family Movie #DisneyFrozenEvent

As I'm sure you've seen me gushing already, Frozen is my new favorite Disney animated movie. I've been holding in as many details as I could (and I'll still try to spare spoilers, but consider this your warning for whatever might get blurted out), but now's the time for me to share them all. I've seen the movie twice, and honestly, I can't wait to see it again now in theaters. I've been telling every man, woman, and child to use whatever excuse necessary to see Frozen, and here's why: Every … [Read more...]

Lets Talk Nutrition – Is Your Family Reaching Their RDA ?

These days families are busier than ever. With most parents working full time and the kids school and sports events taking up most evenings and weekends we don't have time for home cooked meals anymore. Lately it seems we have been looking toward beverages to solve our problems. Getting our fruits and vegetables from juices versus the "real thing." Admittedly I don't put much thought into the containers of juice I pull off the shelves. As long it contains the words "100% juice" and "not from … [Read more...]

Sweepstakes: The VTech InnoTab 3S Review ($99.99 Value) Ends 10/17

Overall the VTech InnoTab 3S feels like a total upgrade while retaining all the things we loved about the InnoTab 2S. You can read our full review here. The Giveaway The wonderful folks over at Vtech are generously providing 1 lucky reader a chance to win their very own Vtech Innotab 3S - yes!! How to Enter to Win Step 1: Please read our full review here and then leave us a message in the blog comments section below answering the question, "Which of the new Vtech Innotab 3S features … [Read more...]

#Giveaway: Enter to win a Lutron Occupancy Sensing Switch (5 winners!!)

The Giveaway 5 lucky winners will win a Lutron Maestro Occupancy Sensor C.L dimmer or single pole Lutron Maestro Occupancy Sensor switch. How to Enter to Win Please use this easy giveaway form below to record your entries - good luck!! The comment entry is the only mandatory one you must complete to enter. All others are purely optional for those that really want to win! Entry-Form … [Read more...]

Product Review: Vtech Switch & Go Dinos

After watching the movie Jurassic Park many moons ago, I couldn't help but find myself wishing that such a place existed...even if half the cast was missing by the end (if you catch my drift). It’s probably a good thing my wish was never granted, for obvious reasons, but that’s not to say I can’t get my toddler one as a pet! Who needs a puppy when you have Jagger the T-Rex? Especially when it comes in a box that's almost just as fun to play with! We were asked to try out the new … [Read more...]

The 2014 Kia Sorento: Designed to Fit Your Family

A huge thanks to Kia for loaning us the 2014 Kia Sorento to use for our family vacation in Orlando. We couldn't have survived without you! Call me Mrs. Grinch, but I hate family vacations. Alright, alright my heart isn't that small but I do hate a lot of what's involved. The packing, carrying 8 pieces of luggage - including a stroller - and a toddler through an airport parking lot. Getting it all checked in, making it through TSA - you see where this is going. Basically it's awful. Finally we … [Read more...]

Product Review: VTech Innotab 2S

It feels like summer has just barely began and already it's flying by. With a trips to Florida, Maine, our family cabin and days at the beach filling up the calendar it won't be long until our school year routine is quickly disrupted.  Even though Maddilyn doesn't start preschool until September we have worked hard (and had a lot of fun in the process) to get her ahead of the game. Each day is filled with fun crafts, coloring, shapes, colors, numbers and other basic skills. I would hate for … [Read more...]

*Coming Soon* Score a Free Detour Protein Bar Sample

Score a free Detour protein bar sample. Soon to be released, their first batch of free samples. We’ll keep an eye on this and update you when it goes LIVE! From their site: A triple play of delicious ice cream inspired flavors – a rich milk chocolate soft set layer sandwiched between creamy vanilla and sweet strawberry nougat – melt together in a one-of-a-kind taste experience. Rich in branch chain amino acids Recover and rebuild powerful muscle Complete source of protein Thanks, Free … [Read more...]