Perrigo Nutritionals Review & Prize Pack Giveaway!

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As you all well know by now, I am a very busy mom. As we keep adding children to the family, my time becomes more and more precious. Looking for shortcuts and ways to keep things moving along has become a goal of mine and trying to keep things within a good budget has also become important to me. One of the ways I have tried to save money is by purchasing more store brands and buying in bulk as well. Obviously, having three little picky eaters in the house is challenging but I find that if I give them plenty of snacking options, they can be a bit easier to please.
I had never heard of Perrigo Nutritionals until recently and the biggest thing I learned about this company is that they are the largest supplier of store brand infant formula in the world and also, they are one of the largest manufacturers of nutrition products. Their main focus is on Pediatric Drinks, Toddler Foods and Vitamin/Mineral supplements. I never knew this company existed and never really thought about where store brands came from. 

About Perrigo Nutritionals
  • Many moms are not aware that they can save up to 50 percent on infant formula by choosing a store brand over a national brand
  • Store Brand Formula is nutritionally comparable to the national brands, yet are typically up to half the price, and can save you about $600 a year
  • Perrigo Nutritionals is the largest supplier of Store Brand Infant Formula and nutrition products in the world and one of only four companies recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for meeting the strict FDA requirements for safety, nutrition and quality for infant formula-manufacturing in the United States
  • Same standards and expertise used to develop infant formula applied to toddler foods
  • Toddler foods are appropriately developed for variety of stages of growth and motor skills with quality, nutritional ingredients to create foundation of good nutrition
I know some people are of the mindset that store brand is low quality (like my husband...ha ha!) but I have found that most store brand foods are totally comparable and just as good as name brands. I don't formula feed my babies but it is good to know that store brands are just as nutritional as name brand formula. 
For the purpose of this review I was sent some of Perrigo Nutritionals products that they make and I have actually tried most if not all of these at some point in my life. In this photo, you can see brands that come from Target, Walmart and other stores. Look at those Puffs! I am sure that any mom that has given their child Puffs will say that they are sooo good! They fit in the diaper bag perfectly and are the perfect go-to snack for everyday snacking or on the go. I LOVE giving my toddlers Puffs. :) 
Around here, ALL of my children LOVE Puree Pouches. I have tried so many brands, flavors and textures through the years of raising toddlers and to this day, they all still love them! I have found that these pouches are perfect for car rides or if they need a snack before we run out the door to do errands.
And yes...I have tried these pouches myself and they are honestly very yummy so I don't feel bad about giving them to my children. I was also sent Yogurt bites and those make pretty amazing snacks for little fingers too. What I love most about those is that they melt in baby's mouth so you don't have to worry about choking. That has always been my favorite "feature" of yogurt melts. 
Another thing that I was sent for this review was a new book by a wife, mom and blogger by the name of Crystal Paine and this book is called “Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life”. Like I said before, I am always looking for ways to save money and be a more efficient wife and mother to my family and this book has been simply amazing to read through. I can totally relate to most everything in it and have also gleaned some new tips and tricks.  Here are some tips that Crystal shares in her new book...

Crystal Paine’s 5 Money Saving Tips for Families

Create a Budget
A budget gives you parameters and purpose, it gives you boundaries, and it gives you freedom to live creatively within those boundaries.

Shop With Cash
When you shop with a credit card (or even a debit card, for that matter!) you can have your budget in your head and you can do the best to stick with it when you check out, but it’s so much easier to go just a little bit over here and there when you’re swiping!

Plan a Menu
When you have a plan in place for what you’re supposed to be eating each meal and you’ve already purchased the ingredients for those recipes, it’s a lot harder to justify chucking the plan for takeout.

Use Coupons
Coupons are a great way to save a lot of money on your grocery bill, but they can be hard to keep up with. Clipping, sorting, and organizing coupons takes time — so enter a coupon database! You’ll have access to printable and other coupons currently available and it’s one of the most effective and efficient ways to save money on groceries.

Buy Store Brands
One way to save a great deal of money on your grocery budget is to learn to like and use a variety of brands. The sooner you can get over being a brand-snob, the more your pocketbook will thank you.
For example, while I breast fed my children, moms who choose to formula feed can save up to 50 percent by switching to store brand formula, which meets the same FDA quality standards as expensive name brands. There are also coupons available at a website - StoreBrandFormula.com (www.storebrandformula.com).  This one simple change can save moms about $600 a year. 

If you are a mom, then you have probably been in said "survival mode" many times. I felt that way last week when my 5 year old was vomiting all day long and I was trying to keep my two boys occupied and happy. By the end of the day, I was exhausted mentally and physically and literally felt like I was in survival mode. Most days, it really can be that way! 
One section of this book that I loved was the Weekly and Monthly Cleaning Lists. I used to do this a year or so ago but got away from it for some reason. This is an EXCELLENT way to keep on top of housework without feeling scatter-brained and disorganized. Crystal lays out a plan for you to follow and it really is helpful to have some guidelines. Housework is a drag but having a schedule can really help you get through it efficiently and quickly. 
Another part of this book that I thoroughly appreciated was the part where Crystal talked about passing on good financial habits to our children. This seems to be a forgotten part of parenting these days and is so vitally important to raising financially wise children. My parents were very vigilant about teaching my siblings and I about money, it was always a part of our upbringing. It was so very refreshing to read about this seemingly lost concept in this book. Very good read indeed.

Personally, I loved this book and the author's approach to keeping things simple for us busy moms. This book retails for $12 as an eBook, available for purchase here.

So, I really love all of these baby snack products I was sent and cannot wait for our new baby to be ready for some of these things! Be sure you check out the store brand products that are on your local grocery shelves...you may be pleasantly surprised at how reasonably priced these products are and how nutritious they can be for your little ones, thanks to Perrigo!
Now, Perrigo has offered to give away a prize pack identical to the one I received, to one of you! This is a short giveaway but one you don't want to miss so here are your entry options...
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Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this post.The Perrigo Nutritionals product, information and two gift packs have been provided by Perrigo Nutritionals. All quotes and stock photos are from the Perrigo Nutritionals. websites and email.  Prize is being provided by the sponsor. This blog is not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen prizes. All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.

Children's Advil Fever Relief Kit Review

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I don't know about you but we have had a pretty healthy winter here. We had a really bad flu bug that hit mid-January that sent my middle child to the ER with a 105.4 fever and laid the rest of us out for an entire week but since then, we have been healthy. No colds or sniffles to be found! I pretty much give the credit to the Elderberry Syrup that I make and give to the children daily...Elderberry is such an amazing immune booster and I wish I had made it in years past. This is our first winter with it and honestly, I have noticed a big difference in the health of my family. Anyway, I say we have been healthy but my youngest, who will be 2 in several weeks, has been cutting all four of his eye teeth and man oh man---he has been a cranky little guy! Fevers and fussiness are my first clue that teeth are coming in and as a mom, this is the worst part about raising babies and toddlers. Teething. :(  Needless to say, we go through a ton of infant fever relief medicine around here but since he is getting bigger, we have been switching to small doses of Children's fever relief medicine.
I can honestly say that as a mom, I have never used Children's Advil. I am a creature of habit and once I find one product that works well for me, I stick with it and don't change. However, when given the opportunity to try out some Children's Advil, I was interested to see how it would work in comparison to my usual medication of choice.
So, for the purpose of this review I was sent a Children's Advil Fever Relief Kit and I was super excited to check it out! Inside of my kit I found...

  • Children’s Advil® samples in Bubble Gum, Blue Raspberry and Dye-free White Grape
  • Children’s Advil® coupon
  • Coloring books and crayons
  • Tissues
  • Toy doctor kit 
Oddly enough and without me knowing it, this kit came at a perfect time. Isaac (my almost-two year old) had been cranky for a few days. I had been managing his pain with his regular medicine and it was working for him but he was still cranky. 
So, on the day that my package arrived I immediately opened one of the Children's Advil bottles and measured out a dose that would be appropriate for him. The flavor I chose to try was the Blue Raspberry. 
Well, it must have been pretty tasty because he slurped it down quite quickly. :) He seemed much happier as the day wore on and the medicine did last a full 8 hours for him. By the middle of the night, he was ready for more. Fast forward to a few days later, my middle son woke up with a fever and a cough. I let him rest for awhile and waited to see if the fever went away on it's own but when I saw it climbing, I got out the Children's Advil and gave him a dose. He is 45 pounds so he can have more than his brother. It worked well for him too and his fever went down and he ended up with an awful chest cold. THEN, my daughter woke up the following morning with vomiting and a fever. She was much sicker than the others so I just tried to keep her hydrated and whatever she ate it came back up. Her normal fever medication wouldn't stay in her tummy so I waited until the evening and then gave her some of the Children's Advil and that stayed down. I was very glad that it worked for her and she has been getting better and better every day. 
The toy doctor kit was a HUGE hit with my kids. That was the highlight of this whole package and if they had their way, it would have been the highlight of this review. 
It was VERY hard to get them to share this kit...especially when big sister went to take care of her dollies. My littlest guy loved the play stethoscope...it even had a button he could push to hear a heartbeat sound! He loved that. I played with them as well and laid on the couch, moaning and telling them I was sick and needed help so I could feel better. Before I knew what was happening, all three of them were next to me...wrapping the blood pressure cuff around my wrist (because that was the only place it would fit) and sticking things in my ears, mouth and nose. It was interesting to say the least but they had fun. :)
If you would like, please check out the Children’s Advil® Feel Better Activity Center located on the Children’s Advil® Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/childrensadvil. There are quite a few fun activities there to keep your little one occupied while they are under the weather. Let me know what you think!

So, we love the Children's Advil Fever Relief Kit we received. It is getting much use and I am very appreciative for the opportunity I was given to try out the Children's Advil. When I run out, I will definitely be purchasing some more as I found it to be very effective. Check out Children's Advil today and see what products they carry that will best fit your family's needs!

Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this post. The Children’s Advil® product and information have been provided by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. All quotes and stock photos are from the Children's Advil websites and email. All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine. 

Purex Crystals Limited Edition Fabulously Fresh Review & Giveaway {3 Winners}

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What will they think of next? That is always the question I ask myself when I find out about a new product that Purex has released. The creativity of the team at Purex is truly inspiring and they never cease to amaze me! I have heard of laundry enhancer before and have tried some scent-boosting products but never stuck to any of them because they were either too strong or way too expensive for my budget. I could never justify spending oodles of dollars on something whose purpose was to just make my clothes smell nice. 
When I heard about Purex Crystals Limited Edition Fabulously Fresh I was instantly intrigued. How would it smell? Would it work as well as I thought it would? Would my laundry seriously smell fresh for weeks? I had to find out.
So, for this review I was sent a bottle of Purex Crystals Limited Edition Fabulously Fresh and as soon as I opened the box, it smelled amazing. I am one that loves to have my laundry smell nice so whatever I can do to help sustain the freshness is wonderful. As usual, the timing for this arriving was impeccable. These crystals arrived on laundry day and so I was eager to try them out immediately!
The Fabulously Fresh Crystals are lime green in color and again, the smell is fantastic. The cap has helpful lines imprinted on the side to show you how much of the crystals you should use for different size loads of laundry, which I always find helpful. I tend to over-measure so having a guide is great.
All you do with these crystals is dump them into your washing machine along with your detergent and let them work their magic! Because they go in at the start of your washing cycle, they infuse the laundry longer which equals longer freshness. With each load of laundry that I washed and dried, I was so impressed by how good my clothes smelled. Even my children's clothing smelled nice and even after a few days of being in the drawers, the clothes still smelled like they had just come out of the dryer.
I have been using Purex Crystals Limited Edition Fabulously Fresh for about a week now and have done multiple loads of laundry and can honestly say that I love these crystals! They are true to their name and really do make my clothes smell amazingly fresh and beautiful. I plan on buying more when I run out and hope to keep using them in the months to come!! Purex Crystals Limited Edition Fabulously Fresh is available for purchase in major retail and grocery stores and retails for $6 or less.
Also, there is a fun sweepstakes for YOU to participate in...here are the details:

To celebrate the release of the New Purex® Crystals Limited Edition Fabulously Fresh, the Purex® brand will be hosting the Bring on Spring with a  Fabulously Fresh Wardrobe Sweepstakes. One grand prize winner will receive $1,000 and a year’s supply of Purex® Crystals Limited Edition Fabulously Fresh while 100 2nd place winners will receive a coupon for free Purex® Crystals Limited Edition Fabulously Fresh! Click HERE to get your entry in today!
Now, I have three coupons for FREE New Purex® Crystals Limited Edition Fabulously Fresh to give away! Three of you will each win one coupon...have fun with this giveaway! :)
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Disclaimer: As a Purex Insider, I received no monetary compensation for this post. Purex did provide me a free sample of their Purex Crystals Limited Edition Fabulously Fresh  for review purposes. All quotes and stock photos are from the Purex website and email. Prizes are in coupon form and will be mailed by myself. This blog is not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen prizes and in this case, I am not responsible for replacing coupons under any circumstances.  All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.

Gaslamp Popcorn Co. Review & Giveaway

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We are munchers here. My husband always says "It's yum yum time!" and I know when I hear that, he is getting food out to snack on. It seems that even after breakfast and before lunch, my children are in the kitchen looking for food and also, as soon as they wake up from naps. I do try and keep their snacking somewhat healthy but honestly, it is hard. They don't always like the good food so having something sweet yet healthy on hand is important for me as a mom.
I would like to introduce you to a popcorn company that I have just recently learned about and they have some great snacking options! Gaslamp Popcorn Co. makes all natural, gluten-free, authentic popcorn that is delicious, satisfying and perfect for any snacker. Here is a bit more information about this company...

Gaslamp Popcorn was established in 1998 and acquired by Rudolph foods in January 2013. More than just popped corn, Gaslamp Popcorn is handmade in small batches and every kernel is popped by popcorn experts. Gaslamp Popcorn is operated out of an energy efficient plant in California and is dedicated to providing its customers with sustainable, top quality products and the highest levels of customer service at the best prices.

Being that we are big popcorn fans here in our home, I was very excited when asked to review Gaslamp Popcorn Co. It sounded wonderful and I just knew that my family would love it.
So, last week I received three bags of Gaslamp Popcorn in three different flavors...Cinnamon Caramel, Kettle Corn and White Cheddar. I have to tell you that my mouth was watering when I saw these flavors. It was sad that there was only one bag of Cinnamon Caramel as I knew that would be the first to be devoured. :)
I have such a soft spot for anything caramel, the Cinnamon Caramel Popcorn was probably my most favorite. It has the nice caramel flavor with a great cinnamon undertone that adds so much to the caramel! I would have never thought to combine those two flavors. It tastes utterly amazing. My husband tried a bit and came back a few minutes later looking for more. I should seriously hide the bag...........
I also really enjoyed the Kettle Corn. This flavor is what I always look for when we go to summer fairs and craft shows. Everyone loves Kettle Corn and this left no room for disappointment. I have just finished some and it too is pretty awesome.
My children LOVED this popcorn. It made the perfect snack for after nap time. They kept bringing me their empty bowls looking for more and I had to stop them before they ruined their dinner. While the popcorn was sweet, it was a good snack for them and really hit the spot. Popcorn is just plain GOOD but when you add flavoring, it gets so much BETTER! :)

Gaslamp Popcorn is currently available in stores only in sunny California but you can purchase online and have it shipped to you directly, which is great! It retails for $3.49/bag. Also, please be sure you check out Gaslamp Popcorn Co. on their social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. I am sure they would love to meet you!
Gaslamp Popcorn has offered to giveaway $30 worth of popcorn to one of you! Here are you entry options...
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Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this post. I did receive free Gaslamp Popcorn for review purposes. All quotes and stock photos are from the Gaslamp Popcorn Co. websites and email.  Prize is being provided by the sponsor. This blog is not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen prizes. All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.

Mary Kay Makeover Day 2014 ~ Highlighting Delicate Details! {Review & Giveaway}

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I am not a HUGE makeup wearer. Ever since I became a stay at home mom and ditched my career as an Administrative Assistant, makeup has become something that I wear for special occasions...weddings, dates with hubby and other events. I won't say that I look frumpy all day long but I may start wearing a little makeup to make myself look a bit more presentable. With Spring right around the corner (I believe that if I keep saying that, Spring will show up eventually!) it is time to set some new goals and one of those goals is to try to look pretty and put-together on a semi-daily basis. Spring is the time for new beginnings and getting a makeover is definitely a way to jump start the spring season.
Mary Kay had their Makeover Day on Saturday and judging by their Facebook page, there were loads of ladies enjoying makeovers! My weekend exploded and with the time change, my entire family was in overdrive so I didn't get to do much that day...but that doesn't mean I can't do something on another day, right?

Delicate Details was a theme that was featured this year and once again, Mary Kay's Celebrity Makeup Artist Virginia Linzee had some great tips and tricks to get women looking their best! Here are her suggestions, complete with a photo to give you an idea of what she means...

  • Apply Mary Kay® Mineral Eye Color in Hazelnut to the creases and on the eyelids. Layer on Moonstone, taking it up to the brows. Apply Sparkling White as a pop of color in the middle of the eyelids.
  • Line upper and lower lash lines with Mary Kay® Deep Brown Eyeliner.
  • Apply Mary Kay® Lash Love® Lengthening™ Mascara in I ♥ black.
  • Define brows with Mary Kay® Brow Definer Pencil in Brunette or Mineral Eye Color in Espresso.
  • Brush on Mary Kay®  Mineral Cheek Color in Shy Blush.
  • Apply Mary Kay® Creme Lipstick in Red. Blot, then reapply at the center of the lips.
I was sent some products that would be used in the 2014 Mary Kay Makeover Day and wanted to share them with you quickly...they are all so lovely!!
The products you see pictured above are:
Translucent Loose Powder
Foundation Primer
Makeup Finishing Spray
Deep Brown Eyeliner
Lash Love Mascara
Facial Highlighting Pen
Brunette Brow Definer Pencil
Compact Mini
Red Rouge Creme Lipstick
Shy Blush Mineral Cheek Color
Light-Medium and Dark-Medium Bronzing Powder
Moonstone, Hazelnut and Sparkling White Mineral Eye Color
I'll start off first with the Finishing Spray and Foundation Primer. These two products are a favorite of mine and when I wear makeup, I do use them! The Foundation Primer basically sets the stage for the rest of your makeup. It is silky and glides on smooth and gives your foundation a smooth surface to adhere to. The Finishing Spray is designed for when you are all done with your makeup and it just "seals" everything in place...which is nice.
The Translucent Loose Powder is designed to eliminate shade matching and also, to control shine. Personally, I have oily skin that gets shiny so this is definitely a great powder for me! It is soft and silky, perfect for any skin type!
I have always loved using Mary Kay's eye makeup products. Each one wears beautifully and although I am not a fan of eye liners and pencils, Mary Kay's are super easy to use and look great once applied. I LOVE the Lash Love Mascara too...it doesn't clump, isn't thick and goopey and stays put for as long as you need it to. I don't buy any other brands of Mascara because this does everything I need it to do!
The Mineral Cheek color is always beautiful. I prefer lighter shades and was running out of my current blush so this was wonderful to get. I honestly don't love the Bronzing Powder as my skin is so incredibly light but it is so shimmery and adds a nice touch to my look. I also like that it comes in different shades.
When I wrote about the eye products previously, I almost forgot to mention the lovely Mineral Eye Colors! These blend so nicely together and really do complement one another. Anytime I use this eye color, I love the end result. It looks great and truly enhances my eyes perfectly.
Now, the Facial Highlighting Pen is something I have never used before and was very interested in because it is designed to hide imperfections and add brightness to shadowy areas on your face such as under the eyes. I love that it is oil-free as well...I don't need any additional oil on my skin!
Last but certainly not least, I am just in love with the Creme Lipstick! Honestly, I am not crazy about the dark red color but on the right person, it looks simply stunning! Whenever I use this lipstick it wears for a long time and you really don't need to do many touch-ups. I also love that it doesn't dry my lips out. In the winter months and early spring months, dry skin and lips seem to be prevalent with me so it is nice to have a good lipstick that doesn't contribute to the drying, but rather moisturizes and nourishes.

So, it seems that having a Mary Kay Makeover is a good idea to help welcome Spring. My skin is a wreck right now (thank you, pregnancy hormones!!!) so once it clears up a bit more, I cannot wait to give myself a full-blown makeover!
Do you want to try and achieve a great makeover look too? Mary Kay has offered to giveaway a Makeover Day Prize Pack to one of you which will contain all the products I received for this review! Here are your entry options...
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Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this post. I did receive free Mary Kay products for review purposes from Mary Kay. All quotes and stock photos are from the Mary Kay website and email. Prize is being provided and shipped by the sponsor. This blog is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged prizes.  All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.

Shopping Planner for New Moms from ShopperIncite & FREE Shopping Planner For YOU!

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As you all know, I am going to be a mommy again. Our little one is due August 1st and although this is not my first baby, I feel like I am starting at square one again. My youngest is sleeping through the night, walking, has just about all of his baby teeth and is eating all the same foods that we eat. Starting over means sleepless nights, teething and pretty much everything that comes with a newborn. It is definitely an exciting time but also a scary time...will I be able to juggle four little people without losing my mind or pulling out my hair? I am up for the challenge but it is still a daunting one. :)
When it comes to having a new baby in the house, there are so many expenses that are incurred. Diapers, breastfeeding supplies, formula, clothing, bath supplies and other things are so expensive these days so I am always looking for ways to save. I love couponing, although I have dropped out of doing that for some reason. Maybe I will be picking it up again soon...there are so many great coupons out there! Well, today I wanted to share a new Shopping Planner for New Moms with all of you and also give you the opportunity to get one totally FREE for yourself! This planner comes from ShopperIncite and it is perfect for busy moms.
I was sent a Shopping Planner for New Moms to check out and share with all of you. This book is not huge and is slim, making it easy to keep in your car, diaper bag or purse. The idea behind this planner is to help moms organize themselves when it comes to planning meals, shopping for food and saving money on some baby and mommy products.
If you are looking to build a book collection for your baby, this booklet has some cool coupons for books for little people. There are also valuable coupons for breastfeeding products, baby food and baby care products.
Ok, so it is hard to see the details on these pages but what you are looking at here are meal planning/shopping pages. These pages take up most of the planner. On these pages, you have the days of the week listed and next to each day, is a place to write out your shopping list for each meal for those days. 
On the bottom of the meal planning pages there are yummy baby food recipes, tips and hints for meals and caring for baby. I have never had a planner quite like this one and am definitely looking forward to using the meal planning pages for sure. The coupons are useful for first time moms and certainly, for veteran moms like me as well. 

ShopperIncite would love to give each and every one of you a FREE Shopping Planner for New Moms! These booklets will ship in April and they are very excited to share this book with you. Even if you are not a new mom, you will surely find this to be a help to you and your family. Simply fill out the simple form and your Shopping Planner will be on it's way to you. Enjoy!


Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this post. I am working in conjunction with ShopperIncite and they have supplied the materials used in this post. All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.