Kids Natural Calm Multi Review & Giveaway (Ends 7/7)

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When it comes to multi vitamins, our kids deserve the very best. As parents, we know that good nutrition is a cornerstone of good health and is vital for proper development. There are so many supplements on the market for kids, it can be overwhelming to decide which one is right for your family. I recently came across Kids Natural Calm Multi after doing some research of my own on kids vitamins. What I happened to be looking for at the time was a children’s vitamin that contained magnesium. Kids Natural Calm Multi delivers in that area and offers so much more. Needless to say I was super excited when they reached out to me for a review.

Magnesium is an essential mineral. Magnesium defieciency is very common these days, but often goes undiagnosed. Magnesium influences so many bodily processes including digestion, energy production, muscle function, bone formation, creation of new cells and so much more. Lack of magnesium in the body can result in a variety of conditions such as stress, low energy, fatigue, inability to sleep, headaches, anxiousness, nervousness, irritability and more. It’s easy to see why many researchers say that no single dietary factor is as critical as magnesium.

Kids Natural Calm Multi consists of 24 Organic Fruits and Veggies. They incorporate superfruits (organic pomegranate, açaí, goji and noni), fruits (apple, banana, blackberry, blueberry, cranberry, mango, orange, pineapple, raspberry, strawberry and tart cherry) and vegetables (beets, broccoli, carrot, collard greens, kale, peas, pumpkin, spinach and tomato). Special care is taken to ensure that no pesticide, herbicide or fungicide residues, chemical fertilizers or genetically modified ingredients were included in the formula.

The Omega-3 DHA & EPA in the formula comes from fish oil which is sourced from the purest wild sardine and anchovy, fished in cold, pristine waters off South America where there are significantly less environmental impurities.

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This was the bottle that I received for this review. It’s a good size at 30 fl oz. It will last my family a couple of months. I can actually see the minerals in it when I pour it out. Some settling does occur in the bottle, so I usually store it upside down between uses and then give it a real good shake to be sure that we’re getting all of the good stuff each time I pour it.

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Kids Natural Calm Multi features an organic fruity splash flavor, sweetened with organic stevia. To use, simply mix with an equal amount of water or add to juice. I use 2 tablespoons of it, mixed with 2 tablespoons of water. It’s recommended for kids ages 4 through 13.

I know with my own kids, who can be picky eaters, it can be hard to be sure they are getting all of these essential minerals, so giving them a good quality supplement just feels like the right thing to do. If you are looking for a good supplement, give Kids Natural Calm Multi a try. Buy it.

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Pfister Pfirst Series Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet Review

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Disclosure: I received free product as part of this review. All opinions stated are my own.

Our house is what you might consider a bit dated and a fixer upper. I have been working on getting things updated one step at a time which has been a slow process. The kitchen has kind of taken a backseat primarily due to the expense of a kitchen remodel. It’s just not in the budget. One simple way to make a big  impact is with your faucet.

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It’s amazing how just one thing can make such a big difference. Here is what I was working with before. As you can see, it wasn’t bad, but it was kind of meh.

When Pfister offered the Pfirst Series Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet for review, I jumped all over it. I just love the luxurious look of it. It makes my sink feel twice as big because of the generous overhead space it gives. I can wash big pots with no problem whatsoever.  I had my husband do the installation, which didn’t take him more than an hour.

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This faucet has features that I was not expecting, such as the push buttons that change the flow of water to a spray.

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There is also a nifty pull down feature for when you need to rinse.  I really feel spoiled by this faucet. It has added a bit of new life to my kitchen which makes it more fun to be in.


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Finding Dory Hits Theaters June 17 & Movie Review #‎FindingDory


One of my all time favorite Disney movies is Finding Nemo. It is one that my family owns and has watched over and over. I was so excited to hear that Disney•Pixar was releasing Finding Dory, which is scheduled to hit theaters later this week on June 17. I was even more excited to be able to get a sneak peek at an advanced screening.

Finding Dory welcomes back to the big screen everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres), who’s living happily in the reef with Nemo (voice of Hayden Rolence) and Marlin (voice of Albert Brooks). Dory, as you may recall from Finding Nemo, suffers from short term memory loss, but in the movie, she suddenly remembers that she has a family out there who may be looking for her, the trio takes off on a life-changing adventure across the ocean to California’s prestigious Marine Life Institute, a rehabilitation center and aquarium. In an effort to find her mom (voice of Diane Keaton) and dad (voice of Eugene Levy), Dory enlists the help of three new friends from the aquarium. Hank (voice of Ed O’Neill), a cantankerous octopus who frequently gives employees the slip; Bailey (voice of Ty Burrell), a beluga whale who is convinced his echolocation skills are on the fritz; and Destiny (voice of Kaitlin Olson), a nearsighted whale shark. Deftly navigating the complex innerworkings of the MLI, Dory and her friends discover the magic within their flaws, friendships and family.

My kids and I really loved this movie. While technically, this is a sequel, it was kind of its own story, so I really didn’t feel like I was a watching a sequel. The graphics were amazing. I highly recommend seeing this in the theater in 3D. The story has that same happy-go-lucky feeling to it, that I felt while watching Finding Nemo. We laughed a lot! There was also a mix of action and solemn moments as well, which help pull you in to the story.

The movie is preceded by the short film, Piper, which is an amazingly done cartoon about a little bird; Piper. Not only is it adorable, but we really felt like we were on the beach while watching in 3D.

You can catch Finding Dory in theaters on June 17. For more information, like them on Facebook, and follow on Twitter,  and Instagram.

Disclosure: I received advance screening passes as part of this review. All opinions stated are my own.

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Fun in Any Weather: Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum and Evergreen Wings & Waves Waterpark

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If you are in Oregon, or are planning to visit, you’re going to put the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum and Evergreen Wings & Waves Waterpark on your list of things to do. The campus is located near McMinnville, OR. It is approximately one hour from Portland and 40 minutes from Salem. It’s a very pretty drive. Because Oregon is known as the rainy state, most of the year is not ideal for swimming. My kids were actually very concerned on the drive over because it was such a gloomy, cold and rainy day.  I told them not to worry because inside the Evergreen Wings & Waves Waterpark it is always the right temperature for swimming. Once we got inside, their worries were over.

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The waterpark features waterslides, a wave pool and more. It’s alot to take in all at once. They have a nice locker room area which you can rent one of three sizes to hold your valuables for a small charge and plenty of life vests of all sizes which are free to use. One of my main concerns going in to the park is water safety. Between the life vests and the overwhelming amount of lifeguards present, I felt more at ease.

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Our first stop was Splash Harbor. This is really fun because you can sit and relax on a tube. The water starts out calm and when the siren goes off, the waves start rolling in. The water in this pool goes from very shallow to about 5 feet in the deepest part.

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My older boys were all about the water slides. To get to them, you have to climb many stairs and you end up inside of an airplane. From there, you get to choose which slide you’d like to go down.

waterpark slide heightThe big water slides are the Mach 1, Tail Spin, Sonic Boom and Nose Dive. There are height regulations to ride these. I didn’t go on these myself, but my boys went through them a few times. They loved it!

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There are also a few smaller slides for the little kids.

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They have a big play structure that features a couple of waterslides as well as a big bucket of water that soaks the area every few minutes. It’s super fun.

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There is also a pool. It’s not very deep. It’s less than 4 feet in all areas, so the kids can swim freely and play basketball or go into the Vortex.

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There is a large hot tub right next to the pool so that you can keep your eye on your kids in the pool.

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After the waterpark visit, we headed over to the Evergreen Aviation Museum just next door.

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As you go in, they have a fun area for the kids to play. And it’s not just for the small kids. My older kids spent plenty of time checking out the exhibits in there.

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The Evergreen Aviation Museum is the home of the Hughes Flying Boat aka The Spruce Goose . It takes up a good portion of the building itself. This is the largest wood constructed and the largest wingspan airplane ever built.

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It is amazing to look at from the inside. Only portions of the plane are accessible, but tours of other parts of the plane are available for a fee.

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If you are an airplane enthusiast, then you will love this museum. There is just so much to see.

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Next door to the Aviation Museum is the Space Museum.

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This is just as big as the Aviation Museum. You could literally spend all day on the campus here between all of the buildings.  Lots and lots to see and do. There is a big space themed play structure in front of the building, but it was pouring rain outside when we came, so we didn’t get to check it out. It looked like fun though.

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My kids were really fascinated by this huge rocket.

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You can actually walk down to the bottom of it. It’s MASSIVE. You can barely see my son down there next to it.

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They also have a really cool moon scene setup as well.

We had such a great time visiting the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum and Evergreen Wings & Waves Waterpark and I am sure you will too. To learn more about the park and to get rates and directions, please visit their site.

Disclosure: We received free admission to the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum and Evergreen Wings & Waves Waterpark to facilitate this review. All opinions stated are my own.

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Keep Your Garden Organic with EcoScraps & $50 Walmart Giftcard Giveaway (Ends 5/24)

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by EcoScraps. However, all content presented in this post represents my own opinions.

Recently, there has been a huge movement towards organic food. Many of us have taken up organic gardening as a result. Have you thought about the dirt you are using though? Is it organic? If it’s not, you should definitely check out EcoScraps, which is available at Walmart stores.

Did you know, that in the United States, we waste 40% of the food produced. That is enough to fill the Rose Bowl every day. It sits in landfills producing methane, which is 20X more harmful than CO2? Since 2010, EcoScraps has been working to be a part of the solution by reusing this waste and keeping it out of the landfills. They want to make sustainability mainstream, which I think is very admirable. Between 2011 and 2015, EcoScraps recycled 75 million lbs of food waste. They are matching that number in 2016 with projected recycling of another 75 million lbs of food waste–this time in just 12 months. To put that into perspective for you, recycling 15 million lbs of food waste is equivalent to keeping 500,000 cars off the road for an entire day! It makes a huge difference.

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I was excited to try out a couple of EcoScraps products recently. I really wanted to try the  Natural and Organic Moist Garden Soil and the Natural and Organic Tomato, Herb & Vegetable Plant Food.

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I used the Garden Soil in my raised bed. I mixed it in with the existing dirt. I was a bit surprised at the size of this bag of dirt. It weighed 30 lbs. I could tell when I opened the bag that this dirt is very rich. It’s derived from a unique blend of fruits, vegetables and other organic materials.
I also really like that it’s moisture retaining. That will help save on water of the next few months.

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I ended up planting tomatoes in this particular raised bed which is perfect for the Organic Tomato, Herb & Vegetable Plant Food I have to use. This plant food provides the nutrients you need to grow all fruits and vegetables so I can use it all over the garden, it’s not just limited to tomatoes. It features added calcium to prevent rot, which I am excited about because I have had problems with end rot in my raised beds.

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It comes in little pellets which are very easy to distribute. The bag itself has a zip up feature, to keep it fresh and dry in between uses.

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EcoScraps products currently sold at Walmart are: Compost, Garden Soil, Potting Mix, Herb and Vegetable Plant Food, All Purpose Plant Food, Compost Accelerator, Citrus and Avocado Plant Food, Starter Plant Food, Rose and Flower Plant Food, Fresh Start Plant Food, Fruit and Vegetable Plant Food, Compost Accelerator. Buy it here.

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PeachSkinSheets 1500 Thread Count Soft Sheets Review & Giveaway (Ends 5/18)

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Spoil Mom this Mother’s Day with new sheets from PeachSkinSheets! She will love them. Not only will she get a great nights sleep with them, but she will love the great wrinkle free fit they provide as well as the deep pockets.

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I was recently sent a set of PeachSkinSheets for this review. There are several color choices available, but I chose Beach Blue (which just so happens to be one the colors of the month.) As I was putting these on the bed, I noticed right away how soft they are. They feel so luxurious. It was also super easy to put the fitted sheet on because of the deep pockets. Once it’s on, it stays on until you take it off. That is really important to me. I can’t think of anything more annoying than a fitted sheet that won’t stay put.

The set comes with one Flat Sheet, one Deep Pocket Fitted Sheet, (which will even fit a memory foam mattress like mine), custom number and double pillow top heights, and two Standard Pillowcases with European Envelope Closures.  Overall, I have been really impressed with this set.  It’s comfy, it moisture wicking, doesn’t shrink or pill when you wash it and it’s wrinkle free. I’ve been very happy with the quality and the color. PeachSkinSheets got it just right.

Buy it:
PeachSkinSheets are available in Split King, Cali King, King, Queen, Full, Twin and XL Dorm Twin and XL Dorm Full. Prices start at $55. There are two colors of the month which are priced at $55 for any size set. Regular sale price is $69.95 for any size set while Split King/Adjustable Bed specialty sizes are $85. Go here to shop.

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Earn Free Amazon Gift Cards with Dealspotr

I am very excited to share with you this fun new way to earn free Amazon gift cards, while at the same time, finding and sharing deals with others as a community. This fun site is called Dealspotr.

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The main idea of using Dealspotr is both sharing and “Spotting” deals.  When you “Spot” a deal, you are basically trying to predict which deals are going to  become “Hot Deals” or “On Fire Deals”. It’s kind of like you are voting for or “liking” that deal.

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If you guess these deals correctly, you will earn points. If you post a deal and it becomes “Hot” or “On Fire”, you will also earn points.

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Remember that you have a limited number of “Spots” per day. The more accurate you become at spotting hot deals, the more Spots you will get per day, which increases your chances of earning more points.

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Dealspotr is very much community oriented. Because of this, you will have a reputation. You start out at 0%. My “Deal Rep” on the site after about 2 weeks is currently at 18%. This means that I am currently earning +18% extra points for every deal I post. This number can go up or down based on how good the deals you post are. There is a flagging system in place, so if the deals you post aren’t legit or is a duplicate, you can lose points. This keeps the deal community honest and non-spammy, which makes it pleasant.

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Also, each day, you will have a checklist, of items to complete. These items could be following a new store, following another user, posting a deal, etc. Once you complete your tasks for the day, you will get 200 points. Not to mention the points you earn from posting a deal, etc. It’s really easy to accumulate points just by doing these simple tasks every day.

I was impressed at just how easy it is to earn gift cards. I was able to get a $10 Amazon gift card after a little over one week, just by doing the daily checklists, spotting deals and commenting on deals. It’s super easy, fun and addictive. Once you see how easy it is to earn an Amazon gift card, you’ll be hooked.

Ready to get started? Go here to join Dealspotr. This is my referral code. By using it, you will get 5,000 free points when you join (worth $5). That’s half of what you would need to earn a $10 Amazon gift card! Or, if you prefer, you can use my code SWEETDEALS4MOMS.

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MaxxHaul Aluminum Compact Cargo Carrier Review

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Spring is finally here! For my family, that means will be wanting to take some road trips very soon. We are a family of five. Well, better make that six if we include our large, 70+ lb. dog. He likes to take trips with us also, but our smallish SUV has a hard time accommodating all of us. Especially anytime that we need to bring any extra gear such as camping supplies or coolers. Our car seems to be overflowing in that case.

Thanks to MaxxHaul, our road trips will be much more comfortable. They sent the Aluminum Compact Cargo Carrier for review. This gives us the much needed extra space we were lacking. The cargo carrier features a lightweight, rust proof extruded aluminum basket which attaches to a receiver hitch on the back of our car. It fits 2”x2” receivers. It can hold up to 500 lbs. Not that we’d ever load that much extra weight onto it, but it’s nice to know it can hold a lot of weight.

I was pleasantly surprised at just how much this carrier could hold. To test it out, I put on two coolers and a small, very heavy barbecue. It held them all just fine. Obviously, I would tie these all down if we were actually going somewhere, but that wasn’t the case this time. The inside basket itself measures 48-1/4” x 21-1/4” x 2”, so you’re getting quite a bit of space.

Before the cargo carrier got here, I was kind of concerned about the spare tire situation on the back of our car. It extends out quite a bit, so I was worried it would be in the way. But, it wasn’t a problem at all. There’s plenty of extra space.

This carrier also features built-in reflectors to add visibility for increased safety. These are not wired lights, in case you were wondering.

MaxxHaul was also so kind as to send a locking hitch pin to prevent theft of the carrier as opposed to using the pin that came with it.  As you can see, one of these looks far more secure.

It’s very simple to use. Just turn the key and it will unlock or lock.

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It connects where the cargo carrier and the receiving hitch meet.  It fits well. Not too tight and not too loose. Just right.

Overall I am really happy with this product and cannot wait to pack it up and head out on a road trip very, very soon.

Buy it: If you are needing some extra space for your car, the MaxxHaul Aluminum Compact Cargo might be the solution you are looking for. You can get yours here.

Disclosure: I received free product as part of this review. All opinions stated are my own.

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