2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Modarri Cars

HERE’S THE NUTS & BOLTS ABOUT MODARRI:

Modarri takes your kid’s love of cars to the next level with their new customizable track and race cars they can build and design themselves. Fueling their imagination and creativity, kids will love using interchangeable high-quality parts to build their own models. Other cool features include:

-Durable parts – includes real metal frames, heavy duty plastic, built-in screws that don’t fall out and rubber tires
-Real steering and suspension mechanics – controlled with a single finger in the driver’s seat. Do sharp turns and quick figure-eight patterns without ever re-positioning your hand
100% kid powered – no batteries needed!
-Endless options – 3 cars together can be designed hundreds of different ways!
-Portable – take your cars to grandma and grandpa’s house, to the park, on a plane, birthday parties and more!
-STEM toy – these award-winning Modarri cars fuel a child’s creativity and learning as they develop their fine motor skills, logic, and imagination through countless hours of hands-on, explorative-play
-Available at http://www.modarri.com, Amazon, Target, Walmart and dozens of other retailers nationwide

MY THOUGHTS: First and foremost, I LOVE that this isn’t another ‘tech’ toy! Kids need to get back to the basics and these toys are perfect for that! They don’t even need batteries (Thank goodness because no parent ever has batteries when they need them!) Next, they incorporate STEM. That way, if you can’t wait until Christmas, it’s an educational toy you can utilize for homeschooling!
Something that definitely caught my attention was the fact that they are built-to-last. So often my sons have had toys that didn’t last unil New Year’s Day. Words like ‘built-in screws’ mean a lot to caregivers who have kids who play rough and lose pieces. Because the tires are rubber and it’s a heavy duty plastic, risk of injury is less. That matters!

Who would be the best recipient of Modarri cars? My suggestion would be: anyone! Children who adore Lego and Lego-esque building sets will love the versatility and the freedom that those set don’t provide. Critical thinkers and those with big imaginations will benefit from the customizing the very best track possible. It is a gender-less toy, also. Young ladies will have just as good a time building their favorite car as a young man would. Any child will be exercising their STEM thinking skills without a screen in front of them.

Modarri is a fabulous gift for your Holiday Gifting.

Modarri Cars received Popular Science’s prestigious “Toy of the Year” … not once, but twice! And they’re so popular, you’ll find them throughout Universal Studios at Jurassic Park, Transformers and the Fast & Furious. They even have an entire area dedicated to Modarri “Build-Your-Car”.
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**I received the aforementioned product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.

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2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers from Mouthwatchers


What’s the age-old question that all ‘Santas’ face? What to put in those stockings! Different ages, different personalities, different preferences- there’s a lot to consider. But, what do they all have in common? Teeth. Santa and his parental helpers can provide a gift that keeps giving: a healthy mouth!

Our friends at Mouthwatchers make it super easy to fill those stockings.

Here’s all you need to know: NATURALLY ANTIMICROBIAL* BRISTLES For Better Health – Infused with silver to naturally eliminate 99.9% of bacteria that grows on the bristles within 6 hours!

FLOSSING BRISTLES™ – Dual-layered bristle structure provides superior cleaning: the inner bristles, thin as a human hair, gently brush away food and plaque in places other brushes miss while the outer thicker bristles ensure complete cleaning of gum and teeth.

SOFT LONG LASTING POLYESTER BRISTLES – Get up to one extra month worth of use thanks to the polyester better bending properties than nylon, used in most brushes on the market! (The ADA recommends changing your toothbrush every 3 months. The Doctor Plotka’s brush will last about 4!)

Dentist Developed – Dr. Ronald Plotka designed this innovative toothbrush as part of his thriving 40+ year Boston-based dental practice.

I can completely stand behind this product. It has been a huge game changer in our dental health. We’ve had 7 checkups since we began using Mouthwatchers and our son is still cavity-free. Since we first tried them, we’ve gotten spoiled. Other toothbrushes just don’t measure up. Brand does matter in brushes! When you find a product that is cost effective, great quality, and delivers proven results, you stick with it.

With all the food and sweets we all consume during the holidays, it’s a good idea to invest in new toothbrushes. Pick up some Mouthwatchers brushes, quality toothpaste and floss. Make those stockings a healthy treat this year. Once you’ve tried the Mouthwatchers brand, you won’t want any other toothbrush. We love them!

https://www.mouthwatchers.com/

*I received the aforementioned product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine. 

Holiday Gift Guide: New Amish Journals


SYNOPSIS: Amish Wisdom enriches the journaling experience with sage advice for practical living. This high-quality journal features expressive images, lined blank pages, and decorative end papers. 144 lined pages with plenty of room for journaling your thoughts and dreams
Filled with folksy, humorous quotes from the Amish oral tradition
Earthy wisdom that expresses the simplicity of the “Plain” lifestyle
High quality hardcover journal with expressive images and decorative end papers

SYNOPSIS: Amish Wisdom from the Scriptures enriches the journaling experience with spiritual truths that convey the simple wisdom of the “Plain” lifestyle. Filled with beloved proverbs that play a daily role in Amish speech, this beautiful lined journal offers insight into authentic “Pennsylvania Dutch” culture. 144 lined pages with plenty of room for journaling your thoughts and dreams
Filled with beloved Proverbs that play a daily role in Amish speech
Spiritual truths that express the simple wisdom of the “Plain” lifestyle
High quality hardcover journal with expressive images and decorative end papers

MY THOUGHTS: Amish culture is something I’ve heard about regularly as a native Pennsylvanian. Every interaction I’ve had with Amish folks has been an enriching and positive experience. As a horseman’s daughter, I was present for a number of their visits to my father’s barn and their Godly nature was evident.

While the Amish way of life may be considered ‘plain’ and ‘simple’, there are many times when I wonder if they have the ‘right’ way of life. Hard work, less technology, a deep faith- perhaps that isn’t a ‘simple’ way at all. Those of us living a high-tech, fast-paced world, can learn much from our Amish friends.

I love the journals. They provide food for thought with their wisdom, encouragement for your faith, and a beautiful space to record miracles, struggles, and daily life. If there’s a loved one on your Christmas list who is a fan of devotionals or journaling, this is the perfect gift for them. You will be in their thoughts daily.

Find them here:

https://www.amazon.com/Amish-Wisdom-Scriptures-Spiritual-Lifestyle/dp/1641780282/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1539193420&sr=8-1&keywords=Amish+Wisdom+from+the+Scriptures

https://www.amazon.com/Amish-Wisdom-Practical-Humorous-Pennsylvania/dp/1641780274/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1539193033&sr=8-1&keywords=9781641780278

*I received the aforementioned titles in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.
** Pics and synopsis belong solely to the author/publisher.

#Sponsored Get Ready For ‘Back-to-School’ With Dr. Plotka!


It seems like yesterday that we were all planning Summer activities and breaking out the tank tops. Now, everywhere you go there are reminders that school starts- soon! My sister, a teacher in Alabama, goes back early in August and we’re set to begin here at home within 4 weeks! I’ve even seen a display of *gasp* Halloween candy! Anyone raising children knows how quickly 3 short, summer months go by.

We also know that the best way to get back into school is routine, routine, routine. I’m sure you have your own checklist of things to buy, borrow, or find. We certainly do! But, considering that dentists recommend getting a new brush every 3 months, the start of school is the perfect time to do it. (If you’re past that 3 month mark, don’t be too hard yourself. We all forget!)

But, don’t just buy any toothbrush. Make a conscious choice, this school year, to earn those better dental check-ups. My family has been using Dr. Plotka’s brushes for quite some time now. I can say, for fact, that they have made a difference. I won’t ever endorse a product that I haven’t used AND believe in. This product, this company, makes a difference. Need some convincing?
Explore the features of this bathroom essential:
NATURALLY ANTIMICROBIAL* BRISTLES For Better Health – Infused with silver to naturally eliminate 99.9% of bacteria that grows on the bristles within 6 hours!

FLOSSING BRISTLES™ – Dual-layered bristle structure provides superior cleaning: the inner bristles, thin as a human hair, gently brush away food and plaque in places other brushes miss while the outer thicker bristles ensure complete cleaning of gum and teeth.

SOFT LONG LASTING POLYESTER BRISTLES – Get up to one extra month worth of use thanks to the polyester better bending properties than nylon, used in most brushes on the market! (The ADA recommends changing your toothbrush every 3 months. The Doctor Plotka’s brush will last about 4!)

Dentist Developed – Dr. Ronald Plotka designed this innovative toothbrush as part of his thriving 40+ year Boston-based dental practice.

That’s impressive, right? It’s not just ‘lip’ service either. My 15-year-old son’s last SIX dental visits have been cavity-free. Zero. Some of the most beautiful words ever spoken are: ‘You have no cavities!’ It makes me proud that I am doing something good as a caregiver. In today’s world, we need all the positive reinforcement that we can get!

Before switching brushes, he had cavities. There were at least one a year to a year and a half. He goes every 6 months as suggested, so that means 6 visits- 3 years- of no cavities. It’s better for his mouth, health, and our finances! Dr. Plotka’s brushes simply clean better than ordinary brushes. They’re worth every penny.

My husband & I have both been using them too. He’s had no more tooth pain and gum issues. My gum issues are a thing of the past. Try them. What have you got to lose? You have a lot to gain. Get ready to have the best school year ever featuring a winning smile!

I received the aforementioned product in exchange for a review. All opinions are mine. 

#Sponsored Product Spotlight: ARM&HAMMER™ Foot Care Invisible Spray Body and Foot Powders

I RECEIVED THE PRODUCTS MENTIONED IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. ALL OPINIONS ARE MINE. Pic & synopsis belong solely to Arm & Hammer.

Real Mom Talk: Boys and odors hold hands like they’re best friends. That’s the cold, hard truth. If you have ever picked up a sock only to see it retained the shape of a foot and that smells like there’s a corpse attached, then you have sons! Over the years, many products have come and gone out of our home in the hopes that foot odor would vanish. Fabric sprays, machine washing sneakers, heck, even leaving socks & shoes in the direct sunlight outside- we’ve tried it all. Eventually, each of my sons has resorted to unloading a nasal tirade of cologne into their shoes. Trust me, that doesn’t last. But, when Arm & Hammer offered their Foot spray, I decided, ‘Why not?’
Here are the facts:
ARM&HAMMER™ Invisible Foot Spray Powder, $6.99
First ever cake free invisible foot spray powder, leaving no white mess on clothes, shoes or feet
Sweat Activated Fresh Guard® Technology keeps feet feeling fresh all day
Ultra clear dry spray contains ARM&HAMMER™ Baking Soda and odor neutralizing ingredients to absorb moisture and sweat
Burst of cool fragrance lasts all day-Talc Free

My thoughts: It works! After a day of helping his dad landscape, my teen son was foot odor-free. I was impressed. No sweaty, gym room smelly feet! What I love best about this particular product is the fact that it DOESN”T smell like cologne. When you spray it initially, all you’ll notice is a fresh burst of smell, a bit like fabric spray smells, and then, it dissipates. No lingering odor. After removing socks, we noticed that this spray didn’t have an after effect. You know the smell, it let’s the world know that you’ve hidden the foot odor underneath some other scent, but it’s really still there? Yes, that smell. It didn’t happen this time. There were no skin irritations, no sock stains, and his feet/shoes really did smell good.

Another annoying truth about sprays/powders is that, for men’s products, there is always a cologne-scent. Well, what are you supposed to do with a pre-teen who needs a little help, but definitely do NOT want to spray him with an adult spray? Arm & Hammer has that covered, too and we love it!

Facts: ARM&HAMMER™ Invisible Body Spray Powder, $6.99
First ever cake free invisible body spray powder, leaving no white mess on clothes, shoes or body
Sweat Activated Fresh Guard® Technology keeps body feeling fresh all day
Ultra clear dry spray contains ARM&HAMMER™ Baking Soda and odor neutralizing ingredients to absorb moisture and sweat
Unisex spray
Talc Free
My Thoughts: Yes! It really can be unisex. Again, you have the initially fresh smell when spraying and then, there’s simply clean. Those of us who sweat know the stress sweat/man-it’s-hot sweat smell. This product is sweat-activated. Awesome! Again, talc free so you can feel safe about using it. Plus, if you do have an older teen, they may want to add their aftershave and such. This product won’t mix with it and they’ll still get that fresh, dry feeling for the day.

I trust Arm & Hammer. Most of us grew up with a box of their baking soda in the refrigerator and continued the tradition. We know they do what they say their products will do. They wouldn’t have been a household name for so long if they hadn’t. But, along with trust, they bring consumers value. Each of these products retails for an MSRP of $6.99. Now, we’ve had them about a week and the cans aren’t empty yet (with repeated uses). There aren’t too many products you can get for that price that are worth it. Value and trust- that means a lot to me. Try it for yourself and I think you’ll agree.

NEW Hard Candy Glitteratzi For Spring ’18!

We’re halfway through February & (despite what the groundhog says) spring is in sight! Time for a new season and great new make up from Hard Candy. For Spring 2018, they’ve brought us Glitteratzi! It’s a fun new make up with a fun-to-say name!
Glitter has officially become an adjective with this Liquid Sparkler. Its uses are endless.
Want to perk up your eyes? Done. Need dazzling lips? Done. Extra glow for the cheeks? You got it. Sparkle, dazzle, shine- all with one tube.
One coat gives you a sheer layer. Think of it as a back-up dancer to the rest of your make up. Two coats and you’ve got center-stage, all-eyes-on-me glitter. There are 7 shades to choose from: Aurora- a clear/white, Star-a pink, Blaze- a golden/yellow, Confetti- darker pink, Twinkle- lighter pink, Spark- a purple, and Galactic- a blue. For this review, we have Aurora, Twinkle, & Star.
I applied each on my lips, cheeks, & eyes.
Twinkle appealed to me as the best for my cheek area. I went with a one coat. I tried one & two coat applications for my eyes using all three. Star was the closest to a natural look, so I was most comfortable with it. Aurora seemed to get lost on me. Although I though it would show up on my lips, it appeared as a clear lip balm with glitter. I’d probably go with Twinkle for lips too.
A word of caution: when wet, these smear. A lot. Be careful while applying. Maybe keep a make-up wipe nearby. Once they dry, they set. Quickly. Be sure you adjust any mishaps immediately. They have serious staying power, which is good, right? Absolutely!

I’m also a fan of the slim tube and sponge applicator tip. It’s easy to grip for those of us with shaky hands. The size & shape of the tip allows for big swipes of color without sacrificing the control of the wand. The tube is no bigger than a mascara so it fits easily in purses, backpacks, etc. These would be perfect for a girls’ night out or a sleepover for teens, too.

Bottom line: Hard Candy makes it fun to be a girl! Glitter is fun and glitter in make-up makes you feel young & energetic. With a little price tag and big, big results, it’s hard to pass up Hard Candy!
Available exclusively at Wal-Mart, they have an MSRP of $6.

 

**I received the aforementioned product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.

New Hard Candy ‘Look Pro! Galactic Eyes Palette’


If you’re looking out you window at six or more inches of snow, Spring is probably the last thing on your mind. But, take heart! Beauty trends aren’t dependent on the weather. While you’re stuck inside, Hard Candy has been hard at work on their Spring 2018 looks.
I’m thrilled to introduce the ‘Look Pro! Galactic Eyes Palette’!
Ten out-of-this-world colors in one pro palette. Each shade, aptly named in an astronomical theme, has glitter galore and is easily applied with the (included) two-sided brush.
For starters, I need to sing the praises of this little brush. First, it’s perfectly sized. Not too big ot too small. It wipes off easily when or if you want to play around with different shades. I did not miss the typical sponge applicator one bit. Don’t you hate when those sponge tips fall of mid-application and you’re left with this mini-spear that pierces your eyelid? Yeah, no fun. So, I am a huge fan of the brush applicators.
Let’s talk colors! When I get new make-up, I always get that rush of happiness like when we were all in elementary school & you open that new set of crayolas. It makes you enjoy being a girl for a while.
In this palette we have: ‘Supernova’- a purple shade, ‘Retrograde’- a glittery black, ‘Spaceship’- a charcoal gray, ‘Nebula’- an earthy brown, ‘Eclipse’- sort of a black/gray combo, ‘Meteor’- a deep pink, ‘Blue Moon’- obviosuly blue, ‘Alien’- a green, ‘Shooting Star’- a yellow, and ‘Constellation’- a flesh tone.
I played around with every shade. Personally, I opt for earth tones for daily use. In the eyelid crease, I vary depending on my mood but, usually, it’s a brown or green. So, I switch it up a bit here.
First, I tried them as stand-alones. Excluding ‘Blue Moon’, you are going to have to do some layering for maximum impact. Blue goes on pretty deep from the get-go. ‘Alien’ is pretty close with maybe a two or three swipe application. Otherwise, you’re going to need to apply a bit more than you would with a regular matte shadow.
Second, watch the glitter. If you have unsteady hands or don’t tap the brush a few times before applying, you will have yourself a glitter bonanza. Just keep a make-up remover wipe handy and you’ll be fine. My choice, due to the shimmer, would be to use these on top of a regular matte. I usually use an eye crayon which definitely intensified the look of the shimmer. I liked the look.
Utilizing a dark, regular shadow base, these colors really pop. As a highlighter or in the crease, they were phenomenal. They had exceptional lasting power, too. If you use a colored eye liner (other than basic black), you’re going to have a lot of fun pairing different colors together. Both ‘Shooting Star’ and ‘Constellation’ were awesome highlighters.
My year-round allergies often cause me to have to resort to wearing my glasses. After applying the palette, I noticed that the shimmer shows through even with eyewear.
Sometimes, eyes get ‘lost’ if you have specific types of frames. I was pleased to see a real difference when wearing my specs. If you do wear contacts, watch the glitter, nothing is more uncomfortable than when you get make-up on your contacts.
Looks and fun aside, make-up has to be affordable. Thankfully, Hard Cady gets it! Available exclusively at Wal-Mart, this palette is only $8 MSRP. That’s amazing. It’s difficult to find quality, single shadows for less than that nowadays. To get ten, fabulous shades, matched together for endless pairings for $8 is truly remarkable. In fact, I’d say it’s an out-of-this world deal (pun intended!). Have some fun getting ready for spring with Hard Candy!
**Pics belong either to Hard Candy or myself solely.
* I received the aforementioned product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are solely mine.
Many thanks to Hard Candy for NOT testing on animals (Buster thanks you, too!)