Preschool Fun with Playskool

“I wrote this review while participating in a campaign forMom Central Consulting on behalf of Playskool. I received product samples to facilitate my party and review, and a promotional item to thank me for participating.”

As a Mom on kid number three I have came to know products that I want to stay away from – and products that I trust no matter what.  Playskool is one of those brands that I know I can rely on, so when I was given the opportunity to host a Playskool Preschool House Party, I couldn’t pass it up!

playskool_partyWe invited over some family and friends of all ages to enjoy some snacks and some play time with the new Let’s Imagine Elmo, Transformers Mixable, Mashable Heroes Optimus Prime and Grimlock, and Stack n’ Spin Monkey Gears.

The Let’s Imagine Elmo was a hit! Elmo had 3 hats for different imaginary themes and play modes. Choice from a Prince, a Sea Captain or a Cowboy!

I think the boys enjoyed Cowboy Elmo the best, but they had tons of fun playing with all the imaginary themes. The younger kids and older kids were both super impressed with the changes!


The Stack n’ Spin Monkey Gears are a great way to keep the little ones occupied. The kiddos get to place colorful gears all around the monkeys belly hands and feet. It encourages fine motor skills, hand/eye coordination, and cause & effect ( they get an awesome visual light up treat after they ‘build’ their monkey!) It kept the little kiddos busy for hours! This would be a great 1st birthday gift!


I think the all time favorite for our Transformer loving boys was the Transformers Mixable, Mashable Heroes Optimus Prime and Grimlock. Who doesn’t want to save the world?? Mr. Potato Optimus Prime and Dino Grimlock want to defeat the Decepticons! You can use your imagination and transform them any way your heart desires. You can also mix and mash them up with others – I know what these boys will have on their Christmas list this year!

PART_1414021742625_20141022_190433(he didn’t want to let it out of his hands!)



We had a blast with all the fun toys and games  – we even played a game of When I grow up… I found out something new, my son wants to be a police officer!! My nephew wants to  be a ninja – I think maybe the 2  can work together some day!!


Check out these great items and others on Playskool’s website!!

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Blueberry Pineapple Spinach Banana Nut Muffins

This week I decided to participate in the Chiquita Cooking Lab Recipe Contest. It reminds me of a Chopped for Beginners, especially with this weeks combination – Pineapple, Spinach and Bananas were in my basket – well my scratch off. I’m not quite a creative one, but I know that pineapple and bananas go great in cakes and muffins. So I decided to try my hand at some blueberry/pineapple spinach banana nut muffins! If nothing else, I figured this would be a great Vitamin boost for our family since the cold season is here!

I will admit I didn’t use very much spinach – just enough to say it’s in there,  but I used all of the ingredients!!


  • 1 ¾ cup flour 
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 single serving applesauce (or ½ cup)
  • 1 tablespoon triple washed baby spinach, chopped by food processor into small bits 
  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup pineapple(drained)
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • ¼ cup chopped nuts, plus extra for topping, optional ingredient
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F and prepare a 12 cup muffin tin with non-stick spray.
  2. Add dry ingredients into a medium bowl and whisk together.
  3. Whisk to beat egg and sugar together till light (I did this by hand for just a couple minutes).
  4. Whisk in the rest of the wet ingredients.
  5. Pour dry ingredient mixture into the wet ingredient mixture, add ¼ cup walnuts if desired, and stir gently just to combine – do not over-mix.
  6. Pour muffin batter into muffin tin cups – about ¾ full each. If using walnuts, sprinkle walnuts on top of each muffin.
  7. Bake for 14-17 minutes until centers set or a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.
  8. Cool until safe to touch and enjoy!

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Dress Like a Veggie Event at Family Christian Stores

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Family Christian Stores. I was compensated with an appreciation gift card in exchange for my time and honest opinion.

Who doesn’t love Veggie Tales?? I know there have been plenty of times that I’ve walked around singing “Oh Where is My Hairbrush?”  and The Water Buffalo Song, and being silly with my kids to see who can sing the theme song the fastest. That’s why we are so excited to attend the Dress Like a Veggie Event at our local Family Christian Store next Friday October 31st!


Wear your Veggie-like costume to your local Family Christian Store and get a free goodie bag for the kids! (non-edible, so don’t worry. The goodies are allergy free!).
Take a few pictures while you’re there and post them on Twitter and Instagram tagging @Familychristian and use hashtag #FCVeggies and you can be entered to win! The grand prize winner will win a $250 gift card, and 5 runners up will receive a $50 appreciation gift card. You can buy a lot of Veggie fun with that!!

Need some Veggie Costume ideas? Check out Family Christians Pinterest page for some inspiration!

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Stop Dish-Wasting Your Time & Skip the PreWash with Cascade Platinum

This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Cascade. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.

Dinner parties can be a load of fun – and loads of dishes! When a party can go all night, you don’t want to be up all night washing dishes. That is why I’ve turned over that job to Cascade Platinum.


Anytime I bake I spend days doing it – not only because it takes forever, but because I have to let the pans soak over night so I can use them again. I didn’t realize I was causing more harm than help, so I started just loading all my baking dishes right in the dish washer. I was amazed at the results.



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  • Nearly half (46%) of survey respondents believe that skipping the pre-wash will lead to dirtier dishes. When in reality, breaking this habit – and skipping pre-wash – along with using Cascade Platinum, will help them achieve the ultimate clean and sparkle every time.
  • Two-thirds (65%) of survey respondents organize their dishwashers just like their closets – with everything stacked in its rightful spot.
  • Almost half (42%) of respondents have actually gone so far as to re-load the dishwasher after their family goes to bed because they did not think their family member(s) did it right the first time.
  • More than half (56%) of respondents load their dishwashers after each meal.
  • The majority of survey respondents (57%) cringe at the thought of hosting a party because of spotted wine glasses.
  • So if people stop pre-washing, how would they spend all that time they’ve saved? Almost half of those surveyed (46%) said they’d spend it shopping on line.




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Halloween Eye Safety Tips

“I wrote this review while participating in an Influencer campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. and received a promotional item from Mom Central to thank me for participating.”

As Halloween approaches, kids and adults alike are starting to decide on their costumes from wigs to shoes and everything in between. Colored/designer contacts have started to be a tradition among costumer goers,  as a authentic addition to their look. According  to the American Optometric Association’s 2013  American Eye-Q consumer survey  17% of Americans have worn decorative contact lenses that don’t provide vision correction  A lot of people do not realize that contacts – even purely cosmetic ones – require a prescription from an eye care professional.


Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Inc.,manufacturers of ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses wants to share with us reminders of how important it is to practice safe contact lens wear and care. From purchasing lenses with a prescription from a licensed eye care professional to good hygiene habits when putting in or taking out your  contacts, practicing these do’s and don’ts will prevent eye damage.


Follow these tips to make sure that you are wearing and caring for your contact lenses safely and effectively.

  • Wash and rinse your hands thoroughly with a mild soap and dry with a lint-free towel before handling your lenses.
  • Put in your contact before you put your makeup on or any  costume paint
  • Remove lenses immediately if you experience eye discomfort , excessive tearing, vision changes, and redness of the eye or any other problems and promptly contact your eye care professional.
  • Always remove, clean, and disinfect your lenses according to the schedule recommended by your eye doctor


  • Wear another persons lenses
  • Wear lenses longer than the time frame recommended by your eye doctor
  • Rinse your lenses in water from the tap or expose them to any water – such as swimming or showering – while wearing them
  • Use anything aside from recommended solutions by your eye doctor, such as saliva, to lubricate your lenses


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