5 Reasons I Love the Urbini Emi Travel System

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I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Urbini. I received an Urbini stroller to facilitate my review as well as thank me for my participation. If you are in the market for a new travel system, know someone shopping or even need a gift to give someone who is about to have a baby, listen up! I have been through a lot of strollers and travel systems in my 9 years of being a Mom and the Urbini Emi Travel System wins highest awards in my book! This travel … [Read more...]

Feeling Special with I See Me!

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If you've been a reader of Making of a Mom for a while, you know I LOVE the company I See Me! They specialize in personalized gifts. They offer such things as books, lunch boxes, placemats, stickers, puzzles and more. My son, who also happens to be the middle child, definitely suffers from middle child syndrome. He often has to share with his baby brother and doesn't get much of his own since the baby came along. When the chance came up to work with I See Me! again I definitely wanted to get … [Read more...]

OurPact Helps Parents Manage Screen Time

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There are screens galore at my house and everyone knows how to use them, even my two-year old and do his thing on a tablet without any help from me. Now I really don't mind all the screens we have and I don't mind my kids using them. The majority of the games on our tablets and phones are educational and we have some movies. The key to keeping Momma happy with the screens is by limited use. My 5-year-old is the worst offender. He loves to watch toy review videos on YouTube, so I'll tell him … [Read more...]

5 Reason I Love the VTech Go! Go! Smart Friends Busy Sounds Discovery Home

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I received the product free for review purposes. All experiences and opinions are my own. Yours may differ. Growing up I had a few friends whose birthdays fell right around Christmas. I always felt bad for them getting all their presents for the year in one shot! Then my youngest decided to be born a few days after Christmas and it became my dilemma to make Birthday separate from Christmas but still awesome! This year when Toys R Us sent the VTech Go! Go! Smart Friends Busy Sounds … [Read more...]

Target Practice with Air Storm Firetek Bow

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Thank you to Walmart for sponsoring this discuss. All opinions are my own. Every year as the holidays approach we look forward to going to a local store to sit on Santa's lap and play with the toys they have out. There is always a booth set up with wooden ducks to shoot down with a bow like this one pictured. My kids have always loved playing with that toy. When the Air Storm Firetek Bow that Walmart sent me showed up at my house I knew everyone was going to be so excited. Before I even let … [Read more...]

Dinosaurs Aren’t Extinct – Meet Boomer

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I received a complimentary product and compensation for sharing this post. All opinions are my own. Meet Boomer! He is an interactive dinosaur from Zoomer. Think dinosaurs are extinct? Think again. Boomer is a very real dinosaur that will interact with you and has a mind of his own! Although he has a remote control, you can control Boomer with hand gestures and at times he can't be controlled. Watch out because Boomer does get angry and will chomp his teeth, roar and spin! Boomer is … [Read more...]

My Favorite Features of the Sony Xperia Z3v

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Occasionally I work with Verizon to review their new products. Right before I left on the Tuckaway Shores Resort press trip I was offered to review the Sony Xperia Z3v phone to review. Since I had learned it was waterproof, I thought it would be an awesome travel companion to the beach! Here are my favorite features from using the phone for 2 months: Call quality is fantastic. Verizon has excellent service and so it has worked perfectly wherever I have been in my travels. Waterproof! Like I … [Read more...]

Ride-On Toys Should be on Your Christmas List

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I received product and compensation to help with this review, however, all opinions are completely my own. I know it's December, the weather is bad most places and it's freezing cold!!! Regardless, I think ride-on toys should be on every parents shopping list. Ride-on toys are perfect gifts and here's why: They are fun for the whole family! I love toys that encourage active play. Most ride-on toys are appropriate for a wide range of ages and even work for adults. The Razor A Kick … [Read more...]

Easy Ways to Get your House Spotless for the Holidays

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I received a complimentary house cleaning in exchange for a review of Zaarly's services. All opinions are completely my own. The holidays are creeping up on us and it's time to get things in order. For a lot of people this means parties, dinners, guests, friends and family and more! Chances are your house will be hosting at least some kind of gathering in the month of December, so let's get organized, cleaned and ready to go right now! Here are some of my tips for getting your house … [Read more...]

Disney’s Palace Pets – A Look at Licensed Toys

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I have teamed up with Walmart to discussed their Top 20 Holiday Toy list. Even though product and compensation was received, all opinions are completely my own.   When it comes to clothes, backpacks, accessories, school supplies and any other non-toy item, I do not purchase licensed (movie characters) things. When it comes to toys, however, my kids love certain movies and shows and so of course they want the toys and I allow it. Disney Princess Palace Pets are one of these … [Read more...]

Sew Cool Sewing Machine – One of Walmart’s Top 20 Toys

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I received a free toy plus compensation for this review, however, all opinions are completely my own. I didn't get my first sewing machine until I was 22 and graduating from college. Even then I didn't know how to use it. Luckily I had some friends that were willing to go slow and help me and plenty of blogs with tutorials got me through my beginning stages. I think my daughter is pretty lucky to be getting Spin Master's Sew Cool Sewing Machine ($29.99) at the age of 9. This threadless … [Read more...]

Time to Stay Warm

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I received free products for review purposes. All opinions are my own. It is so cold! I know there are colder places than Missouri, but this week has mostly featured single digits and with the wind chill a few negative numbers slipped in there. Besides the cold, I am the Mom of 3 which means there are constant crumbs on the floor. It's one of the law of physics, you know. Even after I sweep, crumbs magically appear. These 2 reasons are why I ALWAYS wear house shoes. Isotoner sent me a … [Read more...]

Getting Chatty with Gabby

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I received a free product for review purposes. All opinions are my own. One of my favorite parts of doing a Holiday Gift Guide is that I get introduced to new toys that my kids love! Spinmaster Toys sent me Chatsters Gabby doll. This interactive doll is really cool. First of all the packaging is amazing. Immediately you want to play with her because of the cool packaging. This premium Chatsters kit included a giant cardboard dollhouse with the Gabby doll and accessories - pink hair … [Read more...]

LeapTV Gets Kids Active

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I'm participating in a "Leap into Gaming" party from Mom Select. I received a free Leap TV for the party and to review. All opinions are my own. What if I told you your kids could play video games, learn and be active all at the same time? Would you believe me? Well, guess what? They can! With LeapFrog's LeapTV video gaming system your kids can learn, reinforce things they already know and be active. I was chosen to participate in a "Leap Into Gaming" party from Mom Select in which they … [Read more...]

Do you want to build a robot?

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I received a free product for review purposes. All opinions are my own. My husband is an Electrical Engineer and loves to build things. Last year when we were first introduced to Hexbug through a fun game and a bug with a track, he was amazed. He spent a lot of time studying the creature to figure out how it worked and what parts were inside. This year he is going to be floored when I show him what Hexbug has in store for him now! Hexbug has a new line of toys out call Vex Robotics. … [Read more...]