FXP Fitness Hula Hoop Giveaway (Ends 2/8)

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Do you want a workout that’s fast, fun and can be done from the comfort of your own home? If so, I’d like to tell you about the FXP Fitness Hula Hoop. Officially licensed from Wham-O, the FXP Fitness Hula Hoop is the world’s first portable exercise hula hoop. Weighing 2lbs and measuring 41” in diameter, this Hula Hoop is ideal for beginners as well as ninjas – in other words, all fitness levels. When using it, you can burn up to 800 calories per hour!

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For this review, I received the FXP Starter Kit which includes the FXP Hula Hoop with carrying bag, a workout DVD and a 6″ x 6″ non-slip surface. This kit is specifically designed for those who are just beginning their fitness journey or are new to fitness hooping. The workout DVD features internationally recognized fitness trainer, Niece Pecenka, who has designed this proven workout program using low impact exercises to keep you motivated and having a blast while you tone and sculpt your entire body.

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As you can see, the hula hoop is in sections which are very easy to assemble. The Posi-Lock system keeps it firmly together while you are using it. It’s very sturdy and durable.

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When you first get your kit, I recommend that you spend some time practicing hula hooping before starting the workout DVD as it will require you to hoop a good chunk of the time and if you don’t have it down, you will keep dropping your hoop. There is more to it than hooping though, you will lift the hoop, stretch with the hoop and more. The workout DVD is no joke. It really gives you a good workout in just 15 minutes. FXP Fitness is not limited to just a workout DVD, but they also have trainers across the country. You can learn more about that here.  Overall, I think this is a great way to work out when you don’t have a lot of time and it’s fun! I plan on using it a lot.

Buy it: If you’d like to try the FXP Fitness Hula Hoop, you can get them online. Just go here and click on SHOP.

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Get Ready for Christmas with Oriental Trading

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Are you ready to deck the halls? Or maybe your mantle? Did you know that Oriental Trading offers not only crafts and party supplies, but also a ton of affordable Christmas decorations as well? I was really impressed with their selection as I chose a few pieces to decorate my fireplace. Let me give you a little tour.

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This little White Metal Mini Lantern is so cute and fits the Mini Pillar Candles perfectly.

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This Antiqued Nativity Set is super pretty and is a steal at less than $12.

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One of the highlights of the mantle is this White Metal Lantern with Tree Cutouts. I put a candle in and wrapped it with the LED Cool White Mini String Lights. They are battery powered, so I don’t actually have to burn the candle.

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The Peace on Earth Christmas Garland adds a nice touch without being too flashy.

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By far, my favorite piece is this Lighted Star of Bethlehem. Priced at just under $20, this was the most spendy of the items, but it is SOOO worth it. This battery powered star has 2 settings. It flashes or can be set to a solid light.

Do you still have decorating to do? Be sure to check out Oriental Trading and their Christmas Decorations section for an affordable and high-quality selection.

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

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The Original PeachSkinSheets Review & Giveaway (Ends 11/16)

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If you are in the market for new sheets, then you will want to keep reading. I would like to tell you about my favorite brand. The Original PeachSkinSheets are amazingly soft, with a 1500 thread count feel. They have a brushed PeachSkin finish on both sides. These sheets are breathable, and won’t pill or snag. PeachSkinSheets are perfect for hot sleepers. The durable athletic grade performance SMART fabric wicks away moisture to keep you drier and more comfortable.

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I have used these sheets before and am have now added a second set in one of the kids’ bedrooms. My son chose the black color. Just as my other set of sheets, these are soft, smooth and fit great on the bed. I was wondering if this set might come off the mattress a little easier since kids can kind of get restless in the bed while they are falling asleep, but no, these sheets fit so well that they have not come off on their own. The only time they come off is when I take them off to wash them.

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The sheet sets come with the deep-pocket fitted sheet, a flat sheet and two standard pillow cases. They will not shrink when you wash and dry them, nor do they pill.  Prices start at $55. They always have 2 colors of the month priced at $55 for any size set. The regular sale price is $69.95 for any size set while Split King/Adjustable Bed specialty sizes are $85.  PeachSkinSheets really stand behind their product as they are backed by a 2 year warranty against any defects. I love these sheets and I know you will too.

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PeachSkinSheets are available in Split King, Cali King, King, Queen, Full, Twin and XL Dorm Twin and XL Dorm Full. Spoil yourself with some or buy it as a gift. You won’t be sorry.

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These sheets would make a great gift. For more gift ideas, be sure to check out my Holiday Gift Guide. Here you will find unique gift ideas for everyone on your list.

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

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Lectrofan Sleep Therapy System Review & Giveaway (Ends 11/16)


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Do you sleep with a fan on just for the noise? Do you have trouble falling asleep, or are you just a light sleeper in general? If so, a Lectrofan Sleep Therapy System might be just what you need.

The Lectrofan Sleep Therapy System is a white noise machine. It can be used for sleep, study, relaxation and speech privacy. It features 10 different fan sounds as well as 10 white noises. It also features a volume control as well as a timer. The sounds from Lectrofan are dynamically generated. This means that they never repeat, which means you won’t be disturbed by a looping sound.

If you have a new baby who could use some help falling and staying asleep, The soothing sounds of the LectroFan lull babies to sleep and produce a consistent, steady sound to mask noises which might otherwise wake them during naptime or nighttime. The sound of a LectroFan will soon  be part of your baby’s sleep routine, so it becomes a portable source of comfort anywhere.

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My son has been using this one in his room. He is a bit of a light sleeper, and is easily woken up by the sounds of others, so I thought he could really benefit from using this. Plus, he’s been using a fan in his room for this reason. That’s fine in the summer, but not so great when it gets colder. Right away, I could tell that he really liked it. He has been using it every night for bed. In the mornings when I wake him up he has it turned on to one of the fan sounds.

Not only is the Lectrofan great for using for sleep, but you can also use it to cancel out other noises. For instance, if your neighbors or someone in your house is being loud, you can simply turn up the volume to create a disturbance free area. This lightweight unit is so compact that you can bring it with you when you travel. So much easier than trying to bring a fan with you on vacation or business trip!

Buy it: The Lectrofan is available in white or black and can be purchased online.

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NuMe Silhouette Straightener Review, Discount & Back-to-School giveaway (Ends 9/10)


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It has been my experience that a good hair straightener is hard to come by. You see, my thick, coarse hair can be problematic. Most days, I just want to get it straight without putting in a lot of effort. I don’t think that’s asking too much. There are several attributes I look for in a good straightener. Ideally, I want one that gets to just the right temperature and just kind of glides through my hair smoothly, without tugging or breaking my hair. With my hair being so thick, I need the plates to retain heat so that I can keep using it, without waiting for it to get hot again. When I get silky straight hair, in 20 minutes or less, I know I’ve found a winner. The NuMe Silhouette gets the job done as I have just described.

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I was recently sent one to try out for this review. I chose the turquoise one, but they also have pink and black.  I just love it, I think it’s so pretty! Not only is it nice to look at, but it’s also a powerful styling tool. With rounded plates of pure ceramic, you can either create soft curls or pin straight tresses. With temperature controls ranging from 140ºF to 450ºF, you will be able to fine tune the heat to the unique needs of your hair.

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Other great features include negative ion technology, which conditions hair, keeping it lustrous and healthy and an ergonomic design which features a soft touch finish, and a salon-style swivel power cord.

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I have found that I have been really impressed with this straightener. It would be really easy for me to tell you to believe me when I tell you that this straightener is great, but it’s one of those things that you really need to experience for yourself.  How would you like a discount?

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The Silhouette normally retails for $139, but NuMe is offering a special discount for Sweet Deals 4 Moms readers. You can get the Silhouette, Free Argan Oil (includes free shipping) for just $39 with code DUO39. You won’t be sorry. Go here for yours.

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Back to School Supply Shopping with Oriental Trading Co.

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It’s amazing how fast the summer is flying by. It’s already time to think about back to school supply shopping for the kids. I know some of your kids have already had to go back. I can be a bit of a procrastinator, so I really appreciate the extra couple of weeks that I get to finish getting everything together. With three kids, not only do these supplies add up, but it’s also time-consuming. I have found that it’s just easier, and faster, to buy in bulk for some items.

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Oriental Trading Co. is one of my favorite places to order items in bulk. They have a huge selection of items to choose from. Whether you are a teacher or parent, you should be able to pick up the basics here on a budget.

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This year, I was able to pick up a big chunk of items from the kid’s lists. In fact, this is more than they will need for the year. I don’t see this as a problem because I can either a.) save some for next year, or b.) donate the extra.

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I am not personally picky about brand, but some of the schools are. Crayola products are the most requested brand that I see. Oriental Trading carries them in the single pack. No need to buy bulk, unless you want to. Dry erase markers are a must for the teachers, and glue sticks are also in high demand.

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Other common teacher requests for the elementary kids are these Rainbow Pocket Folders. All of these come in a pack, so I won’t need to go to the store and dig through them to find the right colors.

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My middle school aged son is always in need of erasers and highlighters, and is it just me, or does anyone else never seem to have enough pencil sharpeners hanging around? My kids love to play the “My pencil is dull” card when it’s time to do homework. I am certain that this will not be an issue this school year.

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And of course, let not forget the scissors. Every elementary school child needs scissors. These Plastic & Metal School Scissors will work nicely and my kids can pick their favorite color before  I donate the rest to the school.

Still needing a few school supplies, or haven’t started shopping yet? Be sure to check out Oriental Trading. You’ll get free shipping on your order of $49 or more. Click here to shop.

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

For more must have items for school, be sure to check out my Back to School Guide.

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Triple Eight Gotham MIPS Helmet Review


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I recently shared with you a great helmet for the smaller kids. But what about the older kids? My son rides his bike around alot! Whether he’s out riding just for fun, or to visit his friends, or to start riding to school in another month, I want him to be safe.  The Triple Eight Gotham MIPS Helmet is one that I feel really good about.

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Not only does it look nice, but it also features MIPS technology that reduces the risk of brain injury in a fall. How it works is kind of technical, but basically, MIPS is a low-friction layer in the helmet that absorbs much of the rotational violence during a fall, reducing harm to the brain. You can learn more about MIPS technology from the video below.

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The Gotham also features the patented Conehead EPS liner, Triple Eight logo vents and a subtle brim. This helmet is ideal for Skateboarding, Biking, In-Line Skating/Rollerblading and even Roller Derby.

This helmet is available in sizes XS – XL which is great. With my son, I find that the adult sized helmets we can buy at the stores are just too small and won’t fit his head. The L/XL Gotham fits him just fine. Between that and all of the safety features that this helmet has to offer, I am sold on this helmet.

Buy it: The Gotham is available with or without MIPS and comes in your choice of colors. Go here for yours.

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

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Wipeout Dry Erase Helmet Review

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When it comes to outdoor safety, there is nothing more important than protecting your child’s little noggin. After all, their brain is in there. With the Wipeout Dry Erase Helmet, they can not only protect their head, but they can also express their artistic side as well. This sturdy helmet is available in many colors. My kids chose Hot Pink and Neon Green.

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We headed to our local skate park to test them out. It’s such a fun place to go, but as you can see, they definitely need helmets here with all of those ramps and concrete everywhere. And, yes these helmets are dual certified for bike AND skate use for kids ages 3-to-11. In fact, they meet the safety standards for bike helmets, skateboarding, and trick roller skating. They are also super sturdy and I can tell they are great quality.

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We also got to try out the pad set. The set includes Multi-Sport Wristguards, Knee Pads & Elbow Pads as well as two dry erase markers. The knee and elbow pads are super tough and feature impact resistant caps with shock absorbing EVA foam for protection and mobility. The Wrist Guards feature impact-resistant molded splints positioned on top and bottom of wrists for maximum protection.

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My daughter is super artistic, so she was so excited to decorate the helmet and the pad set. The included dry erase markers and stencils make it easy to make a cute design. This makes for a fun activity before or after your child rides around for awhile. It’s a great boredom buster and it gives them a custom look, so that no two helmets or pads will be the same. When they are ready, they can wipe off the marker and start all over again.

Buy it: Whether you are looking for a helmet for back to school or for everyday use, the Wipeout Dry Erase Helmet is a great one that I highly recommend. Go here to learn more and to find out where you can buy one.

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

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