Bil Jac Farmer's Bounty Dog Food Review

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When my oldest child was a year old, we decided we wanted a puppy. We wanted a dog that would be great with children, a good temperament and easy to care for. Well, after some research we decided on a Golden Retriever and bought our pure-bred Golden Retriever, Lily from a reputable breeder in Ohio. She was an amazing puppy but grew quickly and required much attention. About a month after we brought Lily home, we found out that we were expecting our second baby and I quickly realized that I had  my hands incredibly full. When Lily was six months old, we determined that because our home was tiny and we couldn't focus on Lily as much as we needed to and as much as SHE needed us to, we found a new home for her. It was sad to say goodbye, but knowing that we made a decision in both hers and our best interest made it a bit easier. Now, we don't have a dog anymore but we frequently visit my inlaws and enjoy their two Black Labradors - Harley and Lady. We have known these dogs since my inlaws got them and my daughter has basically grown up with them. All of our children love the dogs and the dogs love them...it is a great set up for us and we have enjoyed watching our children interact with these two dogs.
When we had our dog, we always tried to find the best food for her. There are so many brands and types of food out there, we just went with what we thought was best. Bil Jac Farmer's Bounty is a dog food company that offers wholesome and healthy dog food for your dog and I wanted to share a bit about this company with you today! Before I continue though, here is a bit more about this company's history...

Our Dad, Bill, and Uncle Jack started the Bil-Jac Dog Food Company on our Ohio family farm in 1947. Today, we are still a family run company, using wholesome ingredients and carefully crafting our food, batch by batch. Dad’s nutritional principles are as true today as they ever were:

• Dogs thrive on foods made with real chicken and
  other wholesome ingredients.
• How dog food is prepared is as important as the
  freshness and quality of the ingredients.
• Dogs should love their food!
 
So, for this review I was sent a small bag of Bil Jac Farmer's Bounty Adult Recipe Dog Food. This dog food is batch made and contains wholesome nutrients that are cooked with controlled heat.

Farmer's Bounty Dog Food's Adult Recipe is chock-full of nutritionally wholesome ingredients, starting with 3 pounds of fresh, cage-free chicken used to make a 4 pound bag.

High-quality steam rolled oats are added to help supply energy and soluble fiber. We accent our recipe with a bounty of other wholesome ingredients to help ensure your dog gets 100% complete and balanced nutrition to help him thrive.

We take extra care in making each batch of Farmer's Bounty Dog Food. We carefully control the batch cooking process to help protect the nutrition and flavor from too much heat. It takes more time and effort to make such a unique food, but your dog will agree it's worth it.

 
Honestly, when I first opened the bag I thought the food looked just like rabbit food. It definitely doesn't have a dog food "look" like I am used to. That's not a bad thing...it was just different.
 
Because I don't have a dog anymore, I decided to let Harley and Lady be the judges on this food. We were going out to visit my inlaws and so I took the food along, hoping for an opportunity for my taste testers to sample this food from Bil Jac.
 
Well, as I was pouring the food into their bowls, the dogs were VERY excited to try it and my poor mother in law had to hold them back. When it was time to taste it, both dogs eagerly and QUICKLY devoured every piece of food that was in their bowls. Was it a hit with them? Absolutely. Did they love the food? Without a doubt. :)

So, I was very excited to have the opportunity to review this dog food with Harley and Lady. They sure did enjoy it and there was nothing left over when they were done. If you are shopping around for a new dog food for your dog or are just looking to try something different, make sure you check out Bil Jac Farmer's Bounty. You can find them on Facebook and also, you can enter your zip code to find a store near you that carries this brand.

Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this post. I did receive free product for review purposes. All quotes and stock photos are from the Bil Jac Farmer's Bounty websites and email. All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.

Gimbal’s Fine Candies Review

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If you were to ask my children if they like "treats" they would all say YES and bring you their treat cups to be filled. They are such stinkers when it comes to treats. The only times they get special snacks or treats is when they have done something that really pleases mommy or if they do well in school, music lessons, etc. They got in a bad habit of getting treats daily back over the winter months but we have reigned that in quite a bit now that summer is here. I don't like them eating alot of junk so we tend to try and have healthy snacks but every now and then, we pull out something sweet. Like candy. :)
Here in our house, we do not deal with any food allergies. Our children can pretty much eat anything and so we thankfully don't have any issues with gluten, dairy or nut allergies. I know quite a few people who do deal with these awful allergies and so I am always on the lookout for allergy-friendly foods and snacks for them. Gimbal's Fine Candies is a company that makes some delicious candy for people who have food allergies...and for those of us who just like candy in general but don't deal with allergies. Here is a bit more about Gimbal's...

In 1898, Alexander Gimbal founded the Gimbal Candy Kitchen in bustling downtown San Francisco. Four generations later, all of us at Gimbal's Fine Candies remain passionate about making delectable treats. We love candy!

Our motto is - "Making Gourmet Candies for Everyone Everyday." From old-time favorites, to fun and innovative new candies - everything we create is made with pride in USA.

With May being Celiac Awareness Month, Gimbal's wrote and asked if I would be willing to review some of their candies and share my review with my readers. Of course, I said yes and was very excited to spread the news about this company.
So, for this review I was sent two bags of Sour Gourmet Jelly Beans (made with real fruit juice) and two bags of Gourmet Jelly Beans (made with real fruit juice) to try. Gimbal's uses attractive packaging and you really do get alot of jelly beans in one bag.
Gimbal's Fine Candies are safe for anyone who is allergic to different food products. None of Gimbal's candies contain peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, gluten or eggs...which is fantastic. I know of a family that deals with both gluten and dairy allergies and it makes snacking difficult for them.
Ok, so I was not prepared for the huge selection of flavors in these jelly beans! The regular Gourmet Jelly Beans have 41 flavors in each bag and the Sour Gourmet Jelly Beans have 12 flavors. That certainly gives you a good choice when it comes to your flavor preferences, doesn't it? On the back of each bag, each flavor is listed out and you will find flavors such as cotton candy, ice cream shake, strawberry cheesecake, pina colada and many, many more. Wow!
Then came the taste test. Would my children approve of Gimbal's Jelly Beans??? The answer was a loud, resounding YES! I don't know if they like the regular or sour flavors better but all of the jelly beans were gone in no time at all. The photo above shows them taking a break from playing outside to enjoy a quick treat. Hannah, my oldest, held the bowl and her brothers just helped themselves. Personally, I am in love with the Sour Gourmet Jelly Beans. They are definitely sour and don't leave me disappointed at all.
Along with the Jelly Beans I was sent, Gimbal's Fine Candies also carries Sour Lovers, Cherry Lovers, Cinnamon Lovers, Lava Balls and Licorice Scotties and more...all candies that are sure to please any palate! Aside from their store you can purchase Gimbal's directly from their website. Prices vary depending on what you purchase and the quantity.

So, when it comes to pleasing your family and making sure you steer clear of pesky, common food allergens, be sure to check out Gimbal's Fine Candies! You can find them on Facebook as well so hop on over there and see what they have going on today. Enjoy!!

Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this post. I did receive free product for review purposes. All quotes and stock photos are from the Gimbal's Fine Candies websites and email. All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine. 

Eco-Products Review

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Growing up, my parents always recycled. Cans, bottles, newspapers, etc. they recycled everything that was approved. I remember using paper plates and cups and then tossing them into the trash afterwards because if they were dirty, they could not be recycled. I have to admit that since we have moved into our new house, we haven't yet obtained a recycle bin for our recyclables but if I had one, I would most certainly use it. Using eco-friendly products is not something that I consistently do but something that I try to do when I am able. Obviously, using disposable products is easier because you just throw them into the trash when you are finished with them and you don't have to wash dishes! I like that. :)
When it comes to eco-friendly products, there is a fantastic company that I have recently become acquainted with and I wanted to introduce them to you all today. Eco-Products is a company that carries sustainable, disposable products that are made from recycled, plant based materials. I had never heard of this company before and was excited to review their products! Before I continue though, here is a bit more information about Eco-Products...

We are not a disposable products company trying to act green. We're a green company who happens to operate in disposables.

With an idea, a garage, and a few grants to write a business plan, Kent and Steve Savage founded Eco-Products on October 1, 1990. The general idea was to provide products made from recycled materials to businesses in central Colorado. The demand for recycled products was consistent and many competitors already offered similar products made from recycled materials, so our founders shifted the business toward foodservice disposables and janitorial supplies. Eco-Products continued to grow more rapidly, expanding our line of foodservice items and enjoying an increasing growth rate for a small company. 

When I was contacted about doing a review for Eco-Products, I was very excited and had a difficult time choosing what I wanted to review. Thankfully, the company sent me what they felt would be enjoyed the most by my family and I.
So, for this review I was sent a package of Large Square Sugarcane Plates and a package of 12 oz. GreenStripe Cold Cups. My first impression was how elegant the plates looked. I mean, they look so classy, don't they?
The plates have a nice indented center to make filling the plate simple and they are made of sugarcane...a rapidly renewable resource. They feel like heavy duty cardboard and are very thick. The one thing I HATE about paper plates is how floppy they get when you fill them with food. I don't know how many times my children have dumped plates of food simply because they collapse under the weight of the food that is on them...no matter how much or how little food too! These are definitely more heavy duty. Oh, and they are also cut-resistant. I know this because I tried. :)
The GreenStripe Cold Cups are nice as well. They aren't as classy in looks as the plates but they are still very useful and come in handy around my house. These cups are made from a PLA, which is a plant-based plastic. I have never heard of plant-based plastic before! Sounds so much nicer than the chemical laden plastic that we typically have around here. They are very durable and certified compostable, which is great.
So, talking about these products is all well and good but I love to base my opinion of products I review on how they actually work for me. I have to say that I was impressed. I used the plates the other day for my lunch and as you can see, I had a large salad. It was loaded with good things and the plate held up beautifully...I carried it to the table with one hand instead of trying to keep the sides from collapsing. It was perfect! The cup worked out well too...I wasn't really expecting much out of it though. It wasn't flimsy and was a great cup for my ginger ale. 
Also, like most people, we are heading to a family Memorial Day picnic tomorrow and the Square Sugarcane Plates were perfect for my chocolate chip cookies! Don't they look great? I love square dishes as they really seem to dress up the presentation of my food. 

So, if you are interested in checking out these and other products that are eco-friendly, be sure to visit Eco-Products. Also, make sure you stop by their Facebook page as well as their Twitter account and and check out the happenings there. I was thoroughly impressed with Eco-Products and was delighted to try out their products. I do recommend them and hope that you will check them out today!

Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this post. I did receive free product for review purposes. All quotes and stock photos are from the Eco-Products websites and email. All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine. 

Purex Crystals Dryer Sheets Review & Giveaway {3 Winners}

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Around my house, we do alot of laundry. I am still in the process of finishing up the potty training of my oldest son, who will be 4 in June. He recently decided that he wanted to be a big boy (after months of me trying to get him to potty train) and so we switched from pull-ups to big boy underwear. Well, if you have ever potty trained a child with underwear then you know that you have the potential to go through ALOT of pants and undies. I have been using my washing machine a whole lot more in the past two weeks and although I don't like the extra work, I LOVE that he is potty training and doing so well at it!
Purex has once again come out with an outstanding, new product that will not only help my laundry feel soft, but also smell amazing! Good smelling laundry is a MUST around here and Purex has never let me down when it comes to this.

30 days of long lasting Crystals freshness!

Who knew that one little sheet could do so much? Purex Crystals Dryer Sheets don’t just reduce static cling and leave your family’s laundry soft and smelling fresh: They can also keep your whole house smelling fresh for weeks not days! Choose your favorite Purex Crystals fragrance and tuck a sheet in hampers, in the linen closets, and any other laundry storage areas.

These new Purex Crystals Dryer Sheets have three times more fragrance than the other Purex Dryer Sheets and they are just as effective when it comes to static cling too! You can choose from Fresh Spring Waters or Lavender Blossom when it comes to the scents.
So, I was recently sent a box of the Purex Crystals Dryer Sheets in the Fresh Spring Waters scent. Like most of the Purex products, the shipment box smelled SO good when it arrived. It sat in my kitchen for a few days and while it was there, it helped my kitchen smell so nice and fresh. I was sort of sad when I had to move the box to the basement to where the washing machine and dryer are.
These dryer sheets are very soft and fluffy. They feel like they have really good softener in them too. Like I said before, the scent is amazing. I was very excited to give them a try during my laundry day. All you do is toss a sheet into the dryer with your wet laundry and use these just like you would any other dryer sheets. When my clothes came out of the dryer, they smelled really pretty. I didn't notice that they smelled any STRONGER than when I used my other dryer sheets but the clothes did smell nice. I would say that yes, the dryer sheets smelled great but the scent wasn't any stronger than what I was used to.
So, in my opinion Purex Crystals Dryer Sheets are great for static and also for making your laundry smell nice. It is a product that I would buy again but probably wouldn't use in place of what I normally use. I would love to try these in my shoe closet, clothing drawers and other places because I think that they smell wonderful on their own! Just the fact that they made my kitchen smell great while still in the box makes me think that they would smell nice just sitting around in the smellier places of my home. Purex Crystals Dryer Sheets retail for about $6 per box.
So, I have been given 3 coupons to give away! Three of you will each win a coupon for FREE Purex Crystals Dryer Sheets. Here are your entry options...
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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 Dryer Sheets  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.

Annmarie Gianni Skin Care ~ Sun Love Natural Sun Protection Review

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I can hardly get the words out of my mouth. Spring is finally HERE! It looks like the snow has stopped flying and the first real signs of spring have shown themselves. I have a few dandelions popping up in the backyard and everything is turning green again! Trees are beginning to bud and the air is getting warmer. Winter definitely overstayed it's welcome this year but summer is so close and I am so excited about being able to be out and about again in warm weather! This summer will be soooo much fun for a number of reasons. First and foremost, we are expecting a baby on August 1st!! YAY! The second reason is that we have installed central air and so I won't die from the heat during this summer pregnancy! I would say that those two reasons alone are enough reason to celebrate the summer. :)
The summer sun is wonderful, but can be pretty unforgiving when it comes to our skin. I am always using sunscreen on myself and the children but some days, it seems like nothing keeps the sun from burning our skin! My children are especially susceptible because they have very fair skin so I am always keeping a close eye on them. I have worked with Annmarie Gianni in the past and just love all of their products. The scents are clean and beautiful and the products are amazing to use on my skin. I think my all time favorite product of theirs is the Dead Sea Scrub...oh my. It is incredible!
Recently though, I was introduced to Annmarie Gianni's newest skin care product and this one is specifically formulated for those of us who love being in the sun but still want to protect our skin! Sun Love Natural Sun Protection was just released and I was sent a sample to try out and share with all of you.

Sun Love is our natural sun protection solution. This product contains a transparent zinc oxide, containing no harmful nanospheres, which provides excellent sun protection. The antioxidant herbs and oils help neutralize the effects of damaging UV rays.

I always welcome the opportunity to try out sun protection products, especially when they are natural like Annmarie Gianni's line!
So, for this review I was sent a sample of their Sun Love Natural Sun Protection. This sunscreen helps to prevent sunburn and skin aging due to sun exposure and it also nourishes and moisturizes skin. I also like how this sun protection is perfect for all skin types.
The biggest surprise for me was when I pumped some Sun Love into my hand and discovered that it looked like makeup foundation! It is tinted to blend in nicely with your skin which is so different than the white sunscreen that I normally would use. When I tried out Sun Love it definitely did blend in with my skin and was not greasy or oily at all. I didn't have to wash my hands after using it either and was very impressed with how nice this product smelled.

Like I said the size bottle I received was a sample size but when you order you will get a full-sized bottle which is 2.5 ounces. Sun Love Natural Sun Protection retails for $40 and is available directly from Annmarie Gianni's website. Be sure to check out Annmarie Gianni on Facebook and also on Twitter. I would highly recommend these products to anyone who is looking for a more natural route when it comes to their skin care routine.

Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this post. I did receive free Sun Love Natural Sun Protection for review purposes. All quotes and stock photos are from the Annmarie Gianni websites and email. All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine. 

Farm Rich Review & Giveaway

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Growing up, I always remember my mom buying special snacks for special occasions. New Year's Eve we always had a small party full of yummy appetizers. Being that we were a large family of 8 people, it wasn't very often that mom indulged in fancy appetizers and we really looked forward to these times when we were able to enjoy something fun. She would always buy Farm Rich Mozzarella Sticks and that was one food that I really remember well. Cheesy, crunchy and just plain tasty - Mozzarella Sticks were some of my favorite foods and that is all I remembered of the Farm Rich product line...until now.
Farm Rich has really expanded their product line since I was young and today, there are so many different foods from which to choose...it is difficult to find a favorite.

A little bit about Farm Rich

  • Farm Rich is one of the country's largest frozen snacks and appetizers lines.
  • Our products have been featured on Dr. Oz and in Ladies Home Journal, FIRST for Women and Every Day with Rachael Ray, among others.
  • Some fan favorites include Mozzarella Sticks (America's #1 cheese stick), Mozzarella Bites and our newest products, Toasted Ravioli and Crispy Dill Pickles (a personal favorite). 
  • We also have 5 new products coming out in Walmart in April: Buffalo Blue Mozzarella Sticks, Pretzel Crusted Mozzarella Sticks, Potato Chip Crusted Mozzarella Sticks, Chocolate Cream Brownie Bites and Cinnamon Apple Pie Bites.
  • Farm Rich makes great snacks for busy families on the go - our snacks are perfect after school, on game day, or as a quick and easy appetizer at special gatherings. 

Wow...those are some pretty amazing sounding foods, don't you think?!? One that wasn't mentioned were the Crispy Dill Pickles. Being that I am pregnant, you can understand that those sounded AMAZING to me! HA! Recently, I was contacted by Farm Rich with an inquiry as to whether or not I would like to review their products. Well, you can imagine what my answer was. :) I was thrilled to be able to share this company with you, my readers, as well as with my family. 
So, for this review I was sent several coupons for Free Farm Rich Products and sent my hubby to the store to pick out some items for us to try. My husband, being the snack lover that he is, came home with two bags of the Mozzarella Sticks! My favorite!!! I thought he might pick out two different ones but obviously, he likes the Mozzarella Sticks too. :)
I was at a loss as to what to fix my children for lunch recently and so it was the perfect opportunity to try the Mozzarella Sticks. All I did was lay them out on a cookie sheet and bake them. Soo simple! I really go for easy lunch ideas and these were perfect.
These smelled so good while they were in the oven! It really reminded me of when I was younger and smelling them when mom would bake them for us. I ended up cutting the sticks into bites for my younger ones and served them up with some pizza sauce. You can also use Marinara Sauce but pizza sauce was all that I had on hand. My children devoured these Mozzarella Sticks! They are breaded, made with 100% natural Mozzarella Cheese and oh so yummy. They really made a delicious lunch for my children.
I really enjoyed savoring these Mozzarella Sticks and reliving my childhood. It is so nice to have easy foods like these to prepare in a pinch for my family. I am definitely looking forward to trying out some more Farm Rich products in the near future. There are SO many available...I am sure they are all just as tasty as the amazing Mozzarella Sticks! Farm Rich is definitely a family favorite around here. :)
I have two coupons for FREE Farm Rich products to give away to one of you! Here are your entry options...
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Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this post. I did receive free coupons for Farm Rich Product review purposes. All quotes and stock photos are from the Farm Rich 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.

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.