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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Cruise comfortably with the 2016 Kia Sedona SX-L #DriveKia

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If your family is looking for a spacious and comfortable vehicle, look no further than the 2016 Kia Sedona SX-L. I was recently able to test this minivan out for a week on our family vacation. Not only is it comfy, but it comes complete with all the bells and whistles. I was blown away.

Here are some of my favorite features:

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The Surround View Monitor feature is amazing! This not only lets you see what’s behind you, but it also helps you make sure you’ve parked straight. It alerts you if you are too close to something in front of or behind you as well.

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The push button start feature. Call me old fashioned, but this concept was totally new to me. Of course, there is a key, but it’s not the kind of key that goes into the ignition.

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It is a Smart Key. I was glad to learn that the car will not start unless the key is in the car, so someone couldn’t simply run off with the car without that key.

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The automatic sliding side doors were pretty sweet. With the push of a button, the doors would open and close. I was really into all of the buttons that this car had to offer.

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And there were ALOT of buttons. Buttons on the dash, buttons on the steering wheel, buttons on the console. SO many buttons. We were really utilizing the buttons for the air conditioner since we were in Texas. In July. It was HOT! There were different temperature options for the front and back of the car, which  helped keep us all comfortable.

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Speaking of heat. This retractable sun shade was pretty handy. It can be lowered into the door when not in use. It helps with keeping the temperature down as well as cut down on the glare.

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Then there was the radio and the navigation system. Not only could you choose from the local radio stations, but you could also use the Sirius XM satellite radio with tons of stations. Seeing as we were out of our area, the navigation system helped us to get to all of the places we needed to go such as the local grocery store or tourist attraction. The voice command was really helpful, but you have the option to mute it if you like. The touch screen, offered other options such as avoiding toll roads or highways, just to name a couple.

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Most importantly, this car offered so much room. Our family of five is used to being kind of scrunched up into a five seater, but this car offers seating for eight! The kids had plenty of room to spread out and have their own space.

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The kids had so much space in fact, that they all managed to hide from me in this picture. That center console you see also lifts up to become a seat. Pretty nifty. When needed, we had room for some of our family we were visiting to join us.

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The seats themselves were so comfortable and offered a good amount of legroom. No one complained about being cramped at any time.

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The trunk was nice too. Again, at the push of a button, the door to the trunk opens and closes. There was plenty of room for all of our luggage, groceries, etc. while we were using it, but if you needed more room, the seats have a folding feature as well.

We really enjoyed using this car for the week. It was a bit hard to say goodbye to it as it spoiled us greatly. It got good gas mileage ranging from 19-22 mpg. Things like blind spot detection and lane drift alert were also a special treat. You’ve gotta love all the tech that was put into this car.

Go here to learn more about the Kia Sedona.

Disclosure: I was able to test drive the Kia Sedona SX-L for a week for free in exchange for this review. All opinions stated are my own.

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Vitafive Gummy Vitamins Review and Reader Discount

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

Taking supplements doesn’t have to be complicated or inconvenient. What if all of your supplements were all in one pack, ready to go each day? Well they can be, with Vitafive. Vitafive offers custom gummy vitamin packs that are sent on a 4-week subscription basis. Choose from beauty, sleep, active, immune, essential, brain, and heart or create your own custom pack. Packs can be made for children or adults.

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Each box comes with 28 packs that are pre-packaged for each day of the week. They even write your name on the packs. I tried the brain pack which contains 4 Omega-3 and 2 Vitamin D3. Omega-3 and Vitamin D. I found the gummies to be delightful. They had a good flavor and it saved me time in the morning. I’m definitely a fan of this service. I hope you will be too.

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Buy it
: Prices start at $14.99 and go up to $39.99 per month depending on which pack you choose. Use code sweet30 to get 30% off your first month. Shipping is free (US only). Click here to shop.

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Master Pan Review and Exclusive Reader Discount


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If you are looking to simplify your life in the kitchen, you have to check out the Master Pan. I was sent one recently to try and I am excited to share my Master Pan Review with you. As you can see, the pan features 5 sections for cooking which makes for great portion control. This is also perfect for families who have picky eaters because you can keep all of the different foods separate.

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The pan fits on one burner of the stove, as you can see from the bottom of the pan, and distributes the heat throughout the entire pan.

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My family likes breakfast, A LOT! So naturally, the first thing I thought to make using this pan was breakfast. I would normally have several pans out to make a meal like this, but this one pan can handle it all. The center of the pan gets the hottest, so that is where you would put the meat. It’s cool how it makes little grill lines on my turkey bacon. It makes it look very fancy.  As you can see, I added eggs to the left side of the pan and some sausage and hash browns to the right side. Because the center of the pan gets the hottest, I was able to cook several more slices of bacon while the other items were cooking.

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Here is the finished product. Eggs, bacon, sausage, hashbrowns and fruit. A complete meal. All made with just one pan! Cleanup is super easy too. The pan contains a Non-Teflon quality nonstick surface, so cleaning it is as easy as a light scrub in some soapy water.

The Master Pan can be used for so much more than just breakfast. You can actually put it in the oven for up to an hour at 350 degrees. Be sure to check out the recipes on their site for more ideas.

I can see myself using this pan for many meals and I do believe I will be taking it camping this summer.  While the Master Pan works great for my family of five, it would also be ideal for college students, newlyweds, empty nesters and, well, basically everyone should have one.

Buy it: Sweet Deals 4 Moms readers can get a special $20 off discount on the Master Pan. Regular price is $69.99. Use code MP218 to get $20 off, making your final cost $49.99 with free shipping. Click here for yours.

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

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

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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.

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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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