Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Baby, it Takes Two!

When you are thinking of trying to conceive, you have to think about preparing your body to hold that precious little one. Getting your body prepared often means taking prenatal supplements and making changes to your diet. But what about your partner? Well, finally there is a prenatal supplement for men.  Proxeed Plus is a patented prenatal male fertility supplement that can help support reproductive system and sperm health prior to trying to conceive. 

You can see the whole video series here!

So many women feel that preparing for pregnancy relies completely on them, but it just isn't true. Men play a huge role, too! Although they may not be carrying the baby, their sperm needs to be healthy and strong to ensure a healthy child. After all, half of the child's DNA will be coming from that single sperm that wins and fertilizes that egg!

We have been very blessed to not have any issues conceiving, but we do want the healthiest child we can have, so a male supplement is something that even we can benefit from.

Did you know that a man's sperm health starts to decline around age 25?

Proxeed Plus is a twice daily supplement in powder form that you add to a drink. It has a light lemon flavor, and I was told it was best in a sports drink rather than water. For maximum benefit, Proxeed Plus should be taken for about six months before trying to conceive.
You can purchase Proxeed Plus online, from the comfort and privacy of your own home, without the need for a prescription.

Proxeed Plus is a patented prenatal male fertility supplement product specifically designed for sperm health.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Proxeed Plus. The opinions and text are all mine.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

#GIVEHAPPY with OshKosh! #MC sponsored #Coupon

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for OshKosh B’gosh. I received an OshKosh B’gosh gift card to purchase product and to thank me for my participation.

Tis the season to be merry and bright... and the season to give. I think most parents know how wonderful it is to GIVE during the holidays, to see the joy on another's face when they open up that special gift. 

I always like to do something with my family, some way to give to others during the holiday season. We've donated toys, baked cookies, and made pictures and cards for others- it's great to involve the kids in giving. We also focus less on getting. 

This year we are doing a toy-free Christmas. None of our children are allowed to ask for toys. It has been really interesting to see what they have asked for! Clothing was a big chunk of their requests... and one that I find easy to fulfill with the help of OshKosh B'gosh!

We love OshKosh B'gosh, but the the nearest store is still hours away... so I usually shop online unless we are making a trip somewhere for another reason. I recently shopped online with the gift card I received to help me write this review. I found it very easy to find exactly what I was looking for. The kids asked for pajamas, and there was a wide selection for them all!

I was able to find pajamas for nearly all the kids... OshKosh has clothing up to size 12! 

I love the quality of OshKosh's MicroFleece PJ's! We bought the one piece jammies for the babies, and some of the two piece jammies for the older kids. Annabelle got a DARLING owl jersey shirttail nightgown that she absolutely adores!

We also purchased some super cute long-sleeved shirts. It's getting pretty chilly, and the T-Shirts just aren't cutting it... but these adorable shirts will help them stay a bit warmer. 

I LOVE the "Have you seen my imaginary friend" shirt that Orrin is wearing, and Annabelle's "Pretty Princess" shirt fits her princess attitude perfectly.                                   

 There were some seriously cute outfits this holiday season, but they aren't just for this season. OshKosh B'gosh clothing really has a timeless look and the quality of their clothing means that they are some of our favorite hand-me-downs!

With so many adorable styles, you can find everything you need... from holiday jammies, to great selections for family photos! 

So, are you ready to #GIVEHAPPY? If so, I'd like to give YOU a great coupon! 

Print this coupon or use the promo-code GIVE25 online to get 25% off your purchase of $30 or more!


Monday, December 1, 2014

Don't get stuck... sponsored #TweetFromTheSeat #MC

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Charmin. I received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Ah, the holidays. It's a time for family, for food... and big get togethers. I love the holiday parties, and we really enjoy having family together. But, there's one thing that can make a holiday party a bit uncomfortable- when the toilet clogs. Having many people in a home and using the bathroom can sometimes be a little unnerving. Charmin hopes to take some of the pressure off, though, with their Roto-Rooter approved toilet tissue.

Charmin Image Source
With Charmin's Roto-Rooter stamp of approval to be clog-free
and septic-safe, you can rest a little easier knowing that those clogs won't interrupt your holiday bash! Charmin is also used by plumbers more than any other brand, so you know that it's a good choice for your bathroom needs (Roto-Rooter plumbers recommend Charmin more than any other brand).  And it's no wonder why. The clog-free and septic-safe guarantee only comes with Charmin. 

We've been a Charmin family for several years. We used to buy the cheap stuff... store-brand whatever- since we felt like we were just flushing money down the toilet (literally), so why bother getting the expensive stuff? We figured we needed to go cheap with the large family we have and the amount of toilet tissue we use. We thought we were saving money. Then, one day we bought Charmin Ultra Strong and we've never gone back. Not only do we have to use LESS of it, there's more to the roll. We have actually saved money by switching to a "more expensive" brand. I should also mention that there is a significant "comfort" improvement aspect as well! We prefer the Ultra Strong, since it holds up well and is still soft, but the Ultra Soft is nice, too. 

We're not the only family who loves Charmin, it's been a trusted brand for over 70 years. When you think of Charmin, you probably think of their cute commercials featuring the Charmin Bears. Those cute bears sure know their stuff and I hope that the next time you are in the toilet tissue aisle you'll take a chance on Charmin... I don't think you'll regret it!

Check out Charmin on Twitter and Facebook, too!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

A treasure to remember.... #PicturesOnGold #GiftGuide

I received the locket pictured below for the purpose of this post. All opinions are my own.

Jewelry is something that nearly any woman would love to receive as a gift, but how about going one step further and personalize it?! 

I have been absolutely astonished at the speed and beauty of the product from PicturesOnGold.com.

I can understand some people's concern over placing personalized orders- especially online. Since you aren't sure exactly what you are getting. PicturesOnGold.com has launched the "Design your own Locket" app on their page which offers a full preview of what your piece will look like so you can double check everything and get a see how your personalized piece will look.

The locket has 4 customizable areas. The front of the locket is customizable with over 1000 different letter and clip art choices! I chose a simple, but elegant, letter for the front of my locket.

I've always been wary of pictures put in lockets, if water gets splashed on them, or something happens they can be so easily ruined (or fall out).

The picture engraving option is absolutely worth the piece of mind that the photo won't be scratched or ruined by a drop of water.  The engraving is really nice, and they even took out the unnecessary background so that the photo only included the two of us!

The photo of this locket really doesn't do it justice. It is gorgeous in person.

The one thing I would change is the chain. I chose the rolo chain, and I'm just not very fond of it. There are two other choices, as well, but I think it is difficult to see when ordering because of the sterling coloring of the chains and the white background. The rolo chain's size was also much bigger than I expected (I thought it would be more dainty), so the chain images may be much smaller than actual size.

You can also have an inscription on the back. I chose to personalize all 4 areas of my locket, and it will be something I cherish forever. Even though this is obviously for me, it really touched my husband that I chose a locket to wear that focused on our love.

Lockets aren't only to keep photos of your spouse, though, they can really hold anyone that is dear to you close.

This would definitely make a great gift for a loved one. I think it would be an amazing holiday gift to get for someone who has recently lost someone close to them. A sweet gift to hold the person close to their heart, with a favorite, or remembered, saying from their loved one engraved as well. I know of a couple friends who I think this would be a perfect gift for since they both have lost a parent in the recent months.

If you would like to gift this gorgeous memory this holiday season you can use the promo code HOLIDAY 14 at checkout for a 10% discount for all orders placed on  PicturesOnGold
by December23, 2014.

Be sure to follow PicturesOnGold's social media accounts for the most up to date information and sales!

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You can also enter to win one of these amazing lockets right here! Just enter using the form below. Prize fulfillment will be in the new year and not available before the Christmas holiday. 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

#PenguinsMovie #Giveaway!

I've been given a gift for posting this great giveaway for my readers. Any opinion is my own.

Official websites - #PenguinsMovie

Visit the Official Website 

Follow @DWAnimation on Twitter

Penguins of Madagascar are back in their very own feature film - coming to
theaters this Thanksgiving!

Super spy teams aren't born...they're hatched. Discover the secrets of the
greatest and most hilarious covert birds in the global espionage biz:
Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private. These elitists of the elite are joining
forces with a chic undercover organization, The North Wind. Led by handsome
and husky Agent Classified (we could tell you his name, but then...you
know), voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch. Together, they must stop the
villainous Dr. Octavius Brine, voiced by John Malkovich, from destroying the
world as we know it.

Starring: Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights, Benedict
Cumberbatch, Ken Jeong, Annet Mahendru, Peter Stormare and John Malkovich

Directed By: Eric Darnell, Simon J. Smith

Produced By: Executive Producers: Tom McGrath, Mireille Soria, Eric Darnell;
Producers: Lara Breay, Mark Swift

Win it!

One (1) winner receives:

       $25 Visa gift card to see the film in theaters

       Penguins ice cube tray & stickers

Courtesy of DreamWorks Animation & 20th Century Fox

Open to US mailing addresses only.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Oriental Trading #GiftADay #Giveaway!

Could you use an extra $500 in fun things for the holidays? I bet you could! Check out this great giveaway from Oriental Trading!

Oriental Trading's Gift-A-Day Giveaway runs November 18th through December 13th, 2014. Enter daily for your chance to win $500 in Oriental Trading product. Imagine the fun you could have this holiday with $500 in Christmas toys, candy, stocking stuffers and party supplies! Beginning November 18th, visit www.giftadaygiveaway.com daily for more information and your chance to enter. No purchase necessary.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The #Penguins are back! #PenguinsMovie

I will receive a prize package as a thank you for this post. All opinions are my own, media content provided by sponsor.

The Penguins are back.

Official websites - #PenguinsMovie
Visit the Official Website
Follow @DWAnimation on Twitter
Like ‘Penguins of Madagascar’ on Facebook
Follow on Tumblr, Google+

Penguins of Madagascar are back in their very own feature film - coming to theaters this Thanksgiving!
Super spy teams aren’t born…they’re hatched. Discover the secrets of the greatest and most hilarious covert birds in the global espionage biz: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private. These elitists of the elite are joining forces with a chic undercover organization, The North Wind. Led by handsome and husky Agent Classified (we could tell you his name, but then…you know), voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch. Together, they must stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine, voiced by John Malkovich, from destroying the world as we know it.
Starring: Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Jeong, Annet Mahendru, Peter Stormare and John Malkovich
Directed By: Eric Darnell, Simon J. Smith
Produced By: Executive Producers: Tom McGrath, Mireille Soria, Eric Darnell; Producers: Lara Breay, Mark Swift

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Seriously. Toy Story 4!! #ToyStory #ToInfinityAndBeyond!

This may be one of the most exciting announcements I have heard all year. Here at our house we LOVE Toy Story. In fact, we just watched it today. Nolyn has been very ill and at home from school, so we've had Toy Story playing often (it is his favorite)! So, check it out... here are all the details!


Nearly two decades after Pixar Animation Studios created the world’s first computer-animated feature film with “Toy Story,” it revealed plans for Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story 4,” an adventure that returns audiences to the world of the studio’s signature characters.

John Lasseter, director of the original “Toy Story” and “Toy Story 2,” will direct the film, which opens a new chapter in the lives of Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the “Toy Story” gang. The story was dreamt up by Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter and Lee Unkrich, the storytellers who have been the driving force behind all three “Toy Story” films.

“We love these characters so much; they are like family to us,” said Lasseter. “We don’t want to do anything with them unless it lives up to or surpasses what’s gone before. ‘Toy Story 3’ ended Woody and Buzz’s story with Andy so perfectly that for a long time, we never even talked about doing another ‘Toy Story’ movie. But when Andrew, Pete, Lee and I came up with this new idea, I just could not stop thinking about it. It was so exciting to me, I knew we had to make this movie—and I wanted to direct it myself.”

Writing team Rashida Jones and Will McCormack (“Celeste and Jesse Forever”) joined the project, and Pixar veteran Galyn Susman (ABC’s “Toy Story OF TERROR!” and “Toy Story that Time Forgot”) is producing.

The film is slated for release on June 16, 2017.

Director John Lasseter works with members of his story team on Disney•Pixar's "Toy Story 4," a new chapter in the lives of Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the "Toy Story" gang. The film is slated for release on June 16, 2017. (Photo by Deborah Coleman / Pixar)

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Amazing Zhus! #TheAmazingZhus #Magic #Christmas #HotToy

This post is part of a sponsored campaign with Cepia LLC and MomSelect. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Be prepared to be amazed! With the The Amazing Zhus, you are sure to get a great show!

One of this year's hottest toys... it's currently not in stock on Walmart.com, but you can have them let you know when it is in stock! You can also look in your local store to see if they're available there.
A video posted by Jenilee Whisler (@eightinthenest) on
^Not sure why this says it was posted on November 11th...since it isn't even close to November 11th yet!

This is just one trick that The Great Zhu can do (and other pets in the Amazing Zhus line). There are some great tricks, too. The Great Zhu can also find the pea hiding under magic cups- every time. 

The Great Zhu also follows your little magician's commands by wand... check it out:

A video posted by Jenilee Whisler (@eightinthenest) on

One look at his classic magician's hat and you can tell that The Great Zhu is a magician of the highest caliber! Amaze your friends with his fantastic magic tricks and stunts! Point the magic wand and he will follow! 

This was Nolyn's favorite trick... and our kitten, Willow's, too! 

Th Great Zhu also comes with some cards to read (and do tricks with) and can explore on his own. 

This pet will go to sleep after 5 minutes of inactivity.... that's a long time. It's my only wish that this interactive pet had a switch to turn him off. Other than that, he's provided many hours of fun for our little ones.

You can also get Madame Zhus, for those kiddos who prefer a more feminine magician (or a purple Zhus)! There are also several stunt pets available in this line, too... so plenty to collect! Prices range from $8 to $30 per item... keep an eye out for sales!

What do you think? Will your kids like these?  

Friday, October 31, 2014

Protect those little ones! #Sponsored #RSVAwareness #PreemieProtection #MC

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for MedImmune. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Let's talk about the smallest of the little ones... the preemies. Those precious little babies who came into this world too soon, and often fight a long difficult fight to stay here. A baby is such an exciting miracle, but it is so scary to have a child too early. 

I have been pretty lucky overall, the earliest any of my children have been born is 37 weeks. Some of you may remember when I had Luke at 37 weeks... although he wasn't technically premature, it was a very bumpy road. Luke's lung had collapsed entirely, and because of meningitis he was on antivirals and antibiotics. We were very lucky that he did well, but I can only imagine how it could have been made so much worse by RSV.

World Prematurity Day is on November 17, 2014. On this day it is great to raise awareness about prematurity and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). RSV is a common virus which nearly every child gets before they are two years old. The virus usually only brings common cold symptoms, but when a premature baby gets this virus, it can be devastating. 

RSV season is generally between November and March here in the US (it can vary a bit, but this is the typical time). Avoiding crowds with your baby can help prevent RSV, as well as frequent washing of your hands. Watching for symptoms can be very helpful, too... as early detection can really help those little ones.

 Check out this great infographic for more information (Scroll to get all the information):

Although Luke did not end up getting RSV, we have had two children who had it as young children. One was 18 months and one was 4 months old. It was definitely a scary experience! We had to have our children on breathing treatments and steroids- and there were many sleepless nights worrying about whether or not our children were breathing. RSV disease is the leading cause of hospitalization for babies during their first year of life in the United States, with approximately 125,000 hospitalizations and up to 200 deaths. That's something to be worried about... and yet around a third of new mothers do not know anything about this virus. 

Remember, there is no specific treatment (other than monitoring and praying) for this virus once it is contracted, so it is very important to try to prevent your child from getting RSV.

What's the scariest illness your child has gotten? Do you have any experience with RSV or premature babies?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

What the, Urbini? #MC #Urbini #Sponsored

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for Urbini. I received an Urbini stroller to both facilitate my review as well as thank me for my participation.

Let's face it... babies can be expensive! But, they don't have to be. If you are on a limited budget, or if you just want to splurge on something other than a travel system, then you should check out the Urbini Touri.  This travel system has a sleek design and is very pleasing on the wallet. At the current pricing of $119-$149 for both the infant seat and the baby stroller, this is definitely a steal!

The Touri makes it incredibly easy to bring baby along for the ride. This complete travel system includes the Urbini Petal Infant Car Seat and the fully-featured lightweight Touri stroller that has a reclining seat, removable cup holder, tuck-away sun visor, and a compact fold. It's ready to roll when you are. Light, stylish, complete. The world is waiting!

So, we got to test drive this set. For the price, it's pretty amazing. It's like getting the stroller for free, really... and that's the best lightweight stroller you can get! 

The car seat itself was decent. It is thin, so it is great for the middle bench seat placement. Designed for rear-facing use only, for an infant from 4-35 lbs and up to 35" tall. It only weighs 8lbs, so it's lightweight, too. The one problem I had with this seat is the harness straps. After adjusting them, I just could not get them to sit evenly on Orrin.

The one strap just seemed to not tighten up like the other, and even trying to evenly tighten them myself in the back didn't work. I'm not sure what the issue is, and I've read the manual several times to be sure that I have threaded the straps correctly. I think it may be because of how close the straps are to one another, and that Orrin was a bigger baby. If you look at the picture you can see that the harness straps are a little off. Other than this, the car seat looked great and seemed comfortable. 

The buttons are pretty typical for most car seats, and there is a removable infant and preemie insert for the car seat. There are also harness strap shoulder pads, which I removed to try to see if I could get the straps to be positioned better.  The release latch on this car seat/base is one of my favorites. It is much easier than some other car seats I have used.

The stroller is basically a nice umbrella stroller. I found that the basket is very small (not even big enough for a diaper bag), but it does have one, which most umbrella strollers do not. The handles are comfortable, and even my husband enjoys pushing this baby stroller. The stroller seems to roll well, even on rough terrain. We went for a walk on a nature trail and there were no complaints from my husband! 

My favorite features of the stroller are how it folds and locks. 

When all together, the Touri stroller is pretty compact, and it has a very convenient carrying handle. If you look above, you can see the red circle in the lower right of the picture. Well, that is what you use to open and lock the stroller in the open position.

The stroller also has a removable cupholder, which is a lot better than no cupholder (which most umbrella strollers are known for).  Another great feature for me was the fact that when used as a travel system, the canopies completely cover the infant seat. (See first picture in post). This is important for us, since we love to let the baby sleep- and bright sunlight doesn't allow that! It also helps to protect the baby from any other elements that may be out there.

As the stroller alone, this is a very lightweight stroller that also includes an adjustable 5 point harness with shoulder pads and removable arm bar.

The footrest can also be adjusted, and there is an adjustable recline as well.

The front wheels can be locked in, or allowed to swivel depending on what your need is.

Overall, this is a nice budget travel system that looks great and will be a great option for many parents. If you are looking for something with a little more features, you can also check out the still affordable Urbini Omni travel system.

Also check out the Urbini Facebook and Twitter pages.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Nuance Wine Finer Deluxe Stainless Steel Wine Aerator #Giveaway

This giveaway is not administered by Eight in the Nest. This is a paid post to promote this giveaway.

Nuance Wine Finer Deluxe

Newest version of the fabulous Nuance Wine Finer comes in Stainless Steel.

As seen in Cooks Illustrated product reviews. Scoring a HIGHLY RECOMMENDED review.

The subtle taste of a fine red wine only comes out when the wine is thoroughly oxidized. This is easily and elegantly taken care of by the NUANCE Wine Finer.In just 30 seconds you can decant a whole bottle of red wine while pouring it into the glasses.

The elegant pourer filters out all sediments, pieces of cork and tartar, while a rushing sound of bubbles indicates an efficient oxidizing process.

The drip catcher ensures that not a drop is spilled, instead the wine runs back into the bottle whilst a small close-fitting lid keeps any leftover wine fresh for later use.A beautiful, simple and multifunctional pourer, that means you never have to apologize that the wine was not uncorked before the guests arrived.ABS rubber surface with stainless steel filters.

Hand wash only.

4 in 1 Wine Tool



-Non-spill pourer


Measures 7"H



Sunday, October 19, 2014

Let's Go! #GetGoing #MC #Snacktime #sponsored

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Jif To Go Dippers. I received a sample to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating.

Today we were doing a bunch of yard work... oh, the leaves! Autumn brings some beautiful colors, but a lot of work, too! We had the kids helping out, Nolyn was a huge help- he even tried to help us blow the leaves. All this "hard work" creates an appetite! 

We needed a mid afternoon snack, and Jif To Go was there to help!

The kids were very happy to try out these new treats... they all love peanut butter and pretzels (who doesn't?)!

Jif to Go Dippers are available at grocery stores nation wide and they come in two flavors, creamy peanut butter and chocolate silk peanut butter spread. Most of my family prefer the creamy peanut butter, the chocolate silk seemed a bit too sweet for me personally.

We're always needing quick snacks... we have football practices 3 nights a week, games on Saturdays, and we're always doing something, going somewhere. It's helpful to have a bundled snack that is something we can feel good about giving our children.

 Peanut butter is a great snack, too, since it satisfies hunger than many other prepackaged snacks we've had. With these being just a little over a dollar each, it's a snack that won't break the bank, either... even with a large family like ours.

Each Jif To Go Dippers package has individually sealed peanut butter and individually sealed pretzels. I like that they are individually sealed because we can use the pretzels at another time if we want to use the peanut butter for something else. I think these would be absolutely fantastic to have for a camping trip and picnics!

What flavor do you think you would prefer?
 Creamy Peanut Butter, or Chocolate Silk Peanut Butter Spread?

For more information, tips and recipes, find Jif on Facebook , Twitter, Pinterest and Jif.com

Saturday, October 18, 2014

#BabyMantra #GoodStuff for #Baby! #Sponsored

I participated in Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Baby Mantra. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

Our littlest, Orrin, who is 14 months old currently, has lovely baby skin. You know, that super soft, oh so kissable baby skin. Well, I want to keep it that way! We have eczema in our family, so we try to keep that at bay and hopefully avoid it with children who haven't had an issue with it yet. To do so, we try to keep bathing to at-needed basis and use very mild, gentle formulas- especially for the babies. 

Baby Mantra has a very gentle formula that we have really enjoyed using. 

All of the products have a very, very mild scent to them- none of them were over powering at all. I like that there is a little (natural) scent, but nothing overpowering. 

 Baby Mantra is a certified natural, cruelty-free and gluten-free baby skincare line that offers environmentally conscious products from ingredients to packaging. These products were created by two sisters on a mission to provide safe and ecologically sound skincare, and they've done a great job. All products are made in the U.S. and are inspired by all-natural home-based remedies.

Baby Mantra is available on Amazon.com, at BabiesRUs.com, and select Walgreens stores. 

The newborn shampoo and body wash is our favorite product. It's just what you want when you are wanting to give your baby that nice, soothing, gentle bath. The massage oil is my second favorite Baby Mantra product. It has a lovely light scent. I use this right after bath time, and it's helped keep Orrin's skin very soft! 

If you are looking to give your baby a very soothing, very natural and gentle bath experience I would highly recommend Baby Mantra.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Don't Break the Bank- Just Eat! #SaveALotInsiders

#spon: I'm required to disclose a relationship between our site and Save-A-Lot. This could include Save-A-Lot providing us w/content, product, access or other forms of payment.

As you likely know, it can be a bit rough on the pocketbook to host a great get-together. 
Food alone can be so expensive! We have to deal with this every. single. day. A family of 10 can be expensive to feed!

We've been very thankful for Save-A-Lot.  Whether you are hosting a party, or have a big family yourself, or just need some great go-to snacks for the school year,  you can expect to find some great deals at Save-A-Lot. 

We ventured out to visit our local Save-A-Lot recently to pick up something for the crock-pot. 


 Cocktail links smothered in barbecue sauce sounded like the perfect crock-pot party pleaser!

My family's favorite barbecue sauce is Sweet Baby Ray's, so I always look for a great deal and I was very glad to see it on Save-A-Lot's shelves! Perfect!

One of my favorite things about this is how quick these are. If you need it quick, you can easily heat it up in a pan on the stovetop, and transfer them to a crockpot to keep them at temp. Plus, you can't beat the price. I purchased two packs of cocktail links, and one bottle of barbecue sauce. So, for just under $7 I was able to have a great little snack for everyone!

During my trip we picked up some hamburger as well- I don't know what prices are like in your area, but in most stores I am paying about $5 per pound of ground beef. I can usually get ground beef from Save-A-Lot for around $3 a pound. That's a huge savings!

Whether tailgating, or making sure the kids have a great snack, you can count on Save-A-Lot saving you money on your grocery bills... letting you stretch your hard earned cash a little more.

Fear not, Dishes, Cascade is here! #DDDivas #cascadeshiningreviews #sponsored

This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Cascade. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.

What's better than a great party with some great people? EASY CLEANUP. So glad I was able to relish in both this last weekend! We enjoyed a great "breakfast", French Toast, syrup, home-made strawberry topping, and lots of delicious fruit. Oh, and the brownies! We couldn't forget the brownies!

We also couldn't forget the Cascade Platinum either! With Cascade Platinum we were able to just place the sticky dishes right into the dishwasher- NO pre-wash/rinsing!  Even those knives that had dried on brownie stuck on came out perfectly clean.

 It's pretty amazing to see what your dishewasher can do with the right detergent and instructions!  What's important? SKIP the prewash! Why? This is because the special enzymes in Cascade Platinum latch onto the leftover food particles, breaking them down so they can wash away - even 24-hour stuck on food like the brownie batter above. With no food particles on the dishes, the enzymes can’t do their job as well!

Nearly all dishwashers have a built in garbage disposal, so those left over bits will go down the drain- NOT harming your dishwasher (I do recommend scraping off significant food scraps). 

Cascade Platinum’s superior technology achieves a clean so powerful it eliminates the need to pre-wash or pre-rinse dishes and even helps keep your dishwasher sparkling. Its advanced triple-action formula has powerful enzymes that break down even 24-hour stuck-on food for Cascade’s best clean and shine. Cascade Platinum is available at mass merchandise outlets, grocery retailers, home improvement stores and e-retail sites throughout the U.S.---- Want to try it now? Well, check out our great giveaway!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Check out the Fast Track Raceway from @MegaBloks! #FirstBuilders

Drivers, start your engines! Gear up and get ready for some high-speed adventures with the Fast Tracks Racing Team by Mega Bloks First Builders. Your little race car driver can build with the tracks and blocks and mix and match the race cars for endless play. Use the colorful stickers to create even more imaginary fun. Watch as they screech and vroom through the raceways, and the fans in the stands cheer them on! Who will be in the lead, as the checkered flag is waved?
Ideal for ages 1 to 5.

         Two mix-and-match buildable cars for lots of raceway fun!
         50 pieces, including new easy-to-build tracks and three building plates
         Fun sticker sheet to customize your little racer’s blocks and cars!
         Compatible with all Mega Bloks First Builders sets for endless building possibilities and family fun

Here are the kids ready to build. Luke loved the cars. And the final product (minus stickers). We ended up with three extra pieces. Hmmm,

Did I mention that Luke, who is 2 years old, LOVED the cars?

Unfortunately, I really don't think this toy should be for 1-5 year olds. Luke got very frustrated with it breaking apart all the time, and even Annabelle (who is nearly 4) had a very hard time with it too. Our 5 year old, Nolyn, loved the toy, however, as he was more able to take the time to fix it when it broke.

Overall, the kids have enjoyed it, but it definitely does not still look like it did in these pictures. We've had older brothers helping the little ones try to keep it in tip "track" shape. 

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