$50 Amazon & Old Spice Fiji Head to Toes Prize Pack

$50 Amazon & Old Spice Fiji Head to Toes Prize Pack
Giveaway Host: Reviewz & Newz
Sposored by:  Double Duty Divas and Old Spice
I love Old Spice!  It reminds me of my father growing up.  I know this is a new scent and it isn’t the same as it was 20 years ago but I am a brand lover and Old Spice holds a special place in my heart.

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The Old Spice Fiji Head to Toes Prize Pack includes:
·         $50 Amazon.com Gift Card
·         Antipersiprant/Deodorant (1 stick)
·          Deodorant (1 stick)
·         Body Wash (1 bottle)
·         Bar Soap (1 pack)
·         2-in-1 Shampoo and Conditioner (1 bottle)
·         Body Spray (1 can)

And this $50 Amazon gift card

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This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Old Spice. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.


Kids Embrace Combination Car Seat Review + Win It!

Since all the children are heading back to school we as parents tend to update a lot. WE update school supplies, shoes, clothes and other items. Why not check to see if you need to update the car seat you are using also? Kids Embrace sent me a free Combination Toddler/Booster Seat for FB and me to test out and report back to you what I found. She is very girly when trying to keep up with her big sisters or when pretending to be a princess. However, she has fallen in LOVE with her Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle (TMNT) car seat from Kids Embrace.

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Prior to having the TMNT Car Seat she would hem and haw about getting into her seat. Once or twice there were a few tears. Now, once she is in her seat she stays but it is a hassle trying to get her there with a handful of grocery bags or other items in tow. Since we’ve installed the TMNT car seat she races to the seat even calling out to her sisters “I get the Turtle Car Seat!”

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I like how simple it was to install. I might have a leg up though, in the past eight years I have installed dozens of car seats in cars for my children. I do recommend that you check with your local fire department as they usually have one or two staff that are certified to install car seats properly. I should be certified with all the experience that I have. The five point harness position offers features like a one-handed harness adjustment. The five point harness is for children 22 to 65 pounds, while the combination booster car seat accommodates children 30 to 100 pounds. I feel safer with the deeper headrest with EPS foam for improved side impact protection.

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I’m that crazy overly cautious mama who will keep her children the five point harness car seat for absolutely as long as safely possible. Please be careful, if you are like me, not all combination seats allow you to have your child in a five point harness up to 65 pounds. As much as we mamas want to keep our children safe, if you are going against the manufacturer’s suggested uses then you are most likely putting your child at risk for injury or death. If the car seat is only good for a five-point harness up to 40 pounds, do not use it through 45 pounds because you feel better. The seats are made specifically for certain sized children.

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Another score for me on this car seat is that the cover is removable and machine washable!  Win for mama!  I don’t generally allow my children to eat in the car.  However, FB will find any pile of dirt or mud and make it her home as long as possible.  So, needless to say, I have had to clean a lot of car seats in the past.

How can you not love the TMNT Car Seat? I mean, I grew up with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles saving the day and now my children know who they are. Plus, if your eight year old is embarrassed to give you a kiss when you drop them in front of school then chances are they don’t want to climb into a car seat in front of their friends. However, give them a car seat with their favorite character featured and they will race to get in the seat before their sibling gets there. Oh, yes, if you have more than one child, you’ll want to get more than one character car seat from Kids Embrace otherwise, you’ll just have bickering.

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For now we have the TMNT Kids Embrace seat, but Mr. Messy hasn’t seen the newest Spiderman Car Seat recently released by Kids Embrace! One lucky reader will win a TMNT Car Seat from Kids Embrace! Must be 18+ and a resident of the Continental U.S.A. Good Luck!!!!

So tell me, who do you think would like to have the combination TMNT car seat from Kids Embrace above?

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or Services mentioned above for free or monetary compensation in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

 

Back to School Week: Smoobee Review

By Messy Mama Traci

School starts this week!! For my four sweet children, like many of yours, returning to school means we all must be out the door at 8 a.m. sharp with backpacks and lunches packed, teeth brushed, and presentable clothes and for my only daughter, presentable hair.

However, this summer the sun and chlorine have taken a toll on her hair to the point where she insisted she liked how it looked “curly” when she didn’t brush it. We twirled buns and twisted ponytails out of the tangled mess, plopped a headband on top and kept moving through our busy summer days. I knew this was not going to fly for school mornings but milked summer for all it was worth.

This lovely package came not a moment too soon and I was so excited to open it!!

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But I did not, because Little Miss Sunshine could do that herself too. This was 100% all hers, no mom needed and for this category that was a welcome change of pace.

Even the packaging is kid friendly. Two pieces, no staples nor fused seams, no sharp edges, just cardboard backing with plastic cover that slides off.

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I received this product for free to review and I was both excited and nervous, this is my first review and I was hoping I would only have good things to say but concerned this adorable brush was up against one tough test subject.

A few weeks prior, Messy Mama Amy had brushed and braided my daughter’s hair at her house with her Smoobee without so much as a peep of complaint but she also had some fancy oil to smooth the tangles. Plus kids are always nicer to adults that are not their parents. Now it was just me, the brush and Little Miss Sunshine with her freshly chlorinated tangled mane after yet another afternoon of swimming, flipping, jumping without a care in the world.

I had a feeling the maker of this product must be a pretty smart lady and likely a mother of daughters. For about $3 an irresistible bag of “bling” can personalize this amazing tool. Little Miss Sunshine has never met a craft she doesn’t love, particularly ones that involve pink and sparkles.

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I forgot to get a before photo to show just how crazy her hair started, but I figured I could just give this a shot first and then if it flopped I would level the playing field by at least washing her hair and give the poor Smoobee a fighting chance. Shower averted for yet another day because Little Miss Sunshine jumped right into using her personalized treasure and I still had not touched a bit of it!

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Done! If I had more daughters I would have more Smoobees. I received this one free to review but I know what I am getting for the next little girl gift on my list. It is a gift to the whole family. We have no more tears, no more dreading when I can catch her still to make her hair presentable, I just remind her to grab her Smoobee to smooth out her hair and it looks great, I am just thrilled! It is made of solid wood and ceramic so it is high quality and durable, it feels like a special treasure and it showed in the princess like manner my daughter handles it, it is much more than just another hairbrush. School mornings just got a lot easier and with two weeks of summer left the timing was absolutely perfect. Thank you Smoobee!!

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Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or Services mentioned above for free or monetary compensation in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Back To School Week – Go Green Lunch Box Review & Giveaway

School starts tomorrow for the Messy Girls and we could not be more giddy. My favorite back to school product so far is lunch box that I was given to review from Go Green Lunch Box. When I first opened the boxed my immediate thought was that it was too nice to send with my second grader. I mean look at just how pretty it is! Then I started opening it and I thought “wow, what have I been missing?”

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Let me explain what I’m talking about. Last year I purchased a special character lunch box for almost $20. Within five months of using it for school lunches alone it had several rips and tears and I was really nervous about it lasting the rest of the year. I spent money on zip lock bags, water bottles and other snack sized products. Plus, all of this is thrown into landfills! According to Go Green Lunch Box the average American child can generate 67 pounds of lunch packaging waste each school year. WOW! Let’s stop that now and save some cash!

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The Go Green Lunch Box only costs $34.99. That might seem a little steep for a lunch box, at least it did to me at first. However, when you add up what you spend in one year on lunch boxes and packing materials, it’s either the same or less. Then, this is high quality. It will more than likely last more year. I can’t actually state that it does since I haven’t actually had it for a school year, but I’d be willing to bet that if you check with me in August 2015 we will be using this exact Go Green Lunch Box again. Plus, if something does go wrong with it, they sell replacement parts right down to the cap for the water bottle.

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About:

“In 2008, Go Green Lunch Box was founded simply out of “frustration.” Packing two lunches everyday, I was appalled at the amount of waste generated by the packaging of single-serve items (sandwiches, juices, snacks, desserts, etc.). All of that – plastic baggies/wrap/cups, paper cartons/bags, cellophane bags – eventually wound up in our landfills. Upon reading a statistic about a typical American child generating 67 pounds of lunch packaging waste each school year, I knew I had to make some changes. After buying food containers and trying, unsuccessfully, to fit all the containers into the lunch boxes we already owned, resulting in either the lids or containers (or both!) not being brought back home from school, I decided to solve the problem . . . hence, Go Green Lunch Box!”

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I am so in love with the Go Green Lunch Box I’ve received that I am purchasing a second for my first grader. It hasn’t arrived yet but we are watching for it everyday. My second grader has no problem opening and closing her Go Green Lunch Box. I like the way it locks. There is a little arrow on the top that turns from “open” to “closed” and if it’s pointed towards closed you can’t open the lid. That’s awesome! It’s just a little extra measure to make sure your children don’t do what children do and spill the contents all over.  I really love the dry erase board too.  I can write a different note for my sweet girl everyday!

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One very LUCKY reader will win their own Go Green Lunch Box. Enter on the form below – winner must be 18+ and a resident of the continental U.S.A. Good luck!!!

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Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or Services mentioned above for free or monetary compensation in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Back To School Week – Keysocks Review + Win It!

As kids head back to class all across the country we mamas try to keep up with trends. It’s hard to do for ourselves much less for our children. One of the trends in recent years has caused a major dilemma in the Messy House. It’s the ballet slipper shoes! Those cute and comfy, or so you thought, flats!  So, I was super excited to be given Keysocks for a review.

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I love them on little girls and on grown up girls too! My biggest problem though and where Drama and I butt heads is that I don’t like them with socks! I don’t think those adorable shoes should have ugly socks in the way of them. Not that I think all girls should worry about it, I see little girls wearing them with socks all the time and it still looks adorable. It’s kind of like my thoughts on little girls wearing dresses to the playground. I think it’s fine for all the little girls I see in dresses and skirts but I just can’t dress my girls like that for playgrounds. I just can’t put socks on myself or my girls with those cute ballet slippers.

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Well, then you run into all sorts of other problems: blisters, sweaty feet, hot feet and all around yucky feet. Apparently though, I’m not the only one out there with this problem. Shelby McKee solved my problem with Keysocks!

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In 2009, Keysocks founder Shelby Mckee was getting ready to go to a Cincinnati Bengals football game on a brisk fall Sunday. Wanting to wear flats and with the temperature falling, she realized she needed “no show” socks. Traditional footies always fell off her feet or scrunched up and never provided warmth, so armed with scissors and sheer genius, she cut a hole in her husband’s knee-high dress sock and the Keysock was born!

Shelby recruited her two sisters, Stefanie and Christy, and began working to build the first and only no show knee high sock. Keysocks have brought style and comfort to women and girls all over the world desiring to wear flats or heels with pants. Keysocks are the ultimate solutions for keeping your feet comfortable without showing you are wearing socks.”

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I’ve worn the Keysocks around the office several times.  I’ve shown them off and every time another woman sees them the reaction is the same!  They gasp and rave about how cool they are.  The first question is “do they stay put” and my answer has been “YES!!!!”  Keysocks have been a blessing and my feet would like to send Shelby and her sisters a great big THANK YOU!   Not only are they for women but they are for girls too!  I love the cute styles they offer as well.

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One lucky reader will win four pair:  2 pair of women’s keysocks and 2 pair of girls’ keysocks!  Enter by the form below, winner must be 18+ and a resident of the Continental U.S.A.

GOOD LUCK!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or Services mentioned above for free or monetary compensation in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Back To School Week – Stuffed Backpack Giveaway


BACK TO SCHOOL PENTEL STUFFED BACKPACK


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GIVEAWAY SPONSOR: PENNY WISE

I was elated to receive this backpack stuffed with Pentel products for another back to school giveaway from Penny Wise.  This Ogio Metro backpack was stuffed full of pens, mechanical penciils, lead, erasers, executive pen and pencil set colored pencils, and many other items, all from Pentel.

Photo courtesy of Pentel

I know how expensive school supplies can be so I am happy that one lucky fan will win this backpack STUFFED with Pentel products.

Enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win.  Don’t forget to come back for the daily entries!

Reviewz & Newz is not responsible for shipment of prize.

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Disclosure: Confessions of a Messy Mama has not received any compensation for this post and is not responsible for prize shipment.

Back To School Week – Lee Jeans

// Back to School is a stressful time for us mamas. Sometimes in the chaos of it all we forget to take care of ourselves. Our children need back to school clothes, yes, but we could use something nice for ourselves too. Thank goodness Lee takes care of both your children and you! This year Lee sent me a pair of jeans for Drama and for me to try.

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Drama received the Bonnie Skinny Bootcut jean to keep her in style!  I love these jeans on her.  I have to admit that they have to be hemmed.  She is only seven years old but like a lot of children her age she wears a few sizes up to fit her.  That also means the pants she gets are usually a little long.  That’s okay though, it’s a simple fix and one that I expected.

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I decided to try the new Curvy Fit by Lee.  I asked for the Curvy Fit Sadie Bootcut Series (in petite since I am only five foot tall) and I am so glad I chose those!  I couldn’t be happier with the fit all over!   The length of jeans is usually off even if I get petite, believe it or not sometimes petites are too short for me.  I know, I don’t get it!

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“Curvy Fit:  Tilted rise, no gap waistband and Shape Memory highlight your curves for a flattering fit.”

These fit everywhere PERFECTLY!  I usually have some problem with pants fitting my rear end and thighs but not my waist. This is so frustrating for a mama of a toddler, well for any woman really!  I am in love with the No Gap Waistband!  I love love love it!  The waist doesn’t come up to my chest but it also isn’t so low that I have to have a long shirt on to sit down.  It’s amazing and I am seriously in love with these jeans!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or Services mentioned above for free or monetary compensation in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Back To School Week – Penny Wise and Win It!

Some parents literally start singing “It’s the most wonderful time of the year…” when August rolls around.  That is until they have to start shopping for school supplies again!  I am exhausted from the fun of Summer by the time August rolls around but I guess I miss my girls so much while they are at school that I am still excited to have them all to myself again!  Shopping for school supplies for more than one child is exhausting too!  Penny Wise Office Products has eased a little of my stress by sending me some items!

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I love the selection of products that Penny Wise Office Products offers.  The supplies offered are more for older school children, college students and offices but they still have some things that elementary students need.  Thanks to Penny Wise my 1st graders has the Avery binder she needs and I won’t need to worry about either replacing it in the middle of the year or (gasp) duct taping it to get it through the rest of the school year!

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I also received a Zebra Backpack filled with Zebra writing instruments.  Unfortunately though, now I am a pen snob!  Oh, these pens write so beautifully smooth and the grip is amazing!  There are so many different styles to choose from too!   My favorite is the Zebra Styluspen and is exactly what it sounds like.  It’s a pen on one side and a stylus (for your phone and other touch screen device) on the other.

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The girls of course went crazy over the Zebra 28 Pack of Mechnical Pencils.  They have such fun designs on them and my girls were totally stoked that they didn’t have to sharpen their pencils.  I am jealous a little too since my mechanic pencils growing up never looked this fun!mechanical pencils

All the choices of writing instruments kind of made Mr. Messy’s head spin.  He thought he knew all their was to know about pens.  He’s a long time pen snob (I am new to the club but catching on quickly).  There is fine print and medium print.  You can get “Advanced Ink” with Low Viscosity Ink.  There are also pens with Evolutionary Rapid Dry Ink (no smear/no smudge)!

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One lucky reader will get the same Zebra backpack that I received filled with lots of Zebra goodies also!  Please enter below.  Must be a resident of the Continental U.S.A. and 18+.  Good Luck!

 

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or Services mentioned above for free or monetary compensation in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Back to School Week – Carpooling With BubbleBum

// Since my girls are heading back to school this week I reached out to BubbleBum to make my back to school carpooling easier. I don’t know about you but I am forever having my girls head to someone else’s house and having kids come play at my house. Parents call and ask me if I am able to bring their children home last minute and all sorts of other things go on during the school year. I honestly don’t mind taking other children home but I get a little nervous letting my girls go with someone else.

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Not because I don’t trust that parent, because if I didn’t trust them there wouldn’t be a problem. However, I’m never positive that there will be enough car seats for all the kids. Most parents have enough car seats in their cars for their own children. Some have a regular carpoolers that they have seats for but not all. That’s why I love the BubbleBum Booster Seat! I can send the BubbleBum in my girls’ backpacks and they are safe.

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Another awesome part of BubbleBum is that I can fit three booster seats across my back seat with them! I don’t actually have three BubbleBum’s but I do have another booster seat and it works with two BubbleBum Booster Seats! It takes no time to install and remove them from my van. I is also so lightweight that even my two year old can carry it with no problem! Although, she isn’t carrying it for herself. This seat is strictly for children over age 4.

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“Serious about safety:

BubbleBum meets and exceeds all US Federal Motor Vehicle Standards FMVSS213 and the European Regulations EU R44/o4

Every parent wants their child to be safe. Here are some reasons why you should use a booster seat on EVERY journey with your child:

BubbleBum is a Belt Positioning Booster seat for children who meet all of the following criteria:

Children between 40lbs and 100lbs in weight
Children are over the age of 4,
Children can sit for the entire journey without sitting on their knees
A booster seat must ONLY be used with a 3 point seat belt, this is a seat belt which goes across the lap and diagonally across the chest.”

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or Services mentioned above for free or monetary compensation in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Facebook Fan Giveaway

Welcome to the Facebook Fan Giveaway!!

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Organized by: Everything Mommyhood

We have come together to bring you a giveaway for $100 Cash or Target Gift Card, YOUR CHOICE!

We love our fans and try to show our appreciation, so we have teamed up with 10 bloggers to offer our readers a chance to win this great prize. Us bloggers have put together our own money because we LOVE you and want to show you how much you are appreciated!

Now for the giveaway!
One winner will receive a $100 Cash via PayPal or $100 Target Gift Card.
Open Worldwide, age 18+.
One entrant per household/IP address.
Void where prohibited.
Winner will be chosen randomly via the Giveaway Tools entry form and will be emailed.
Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize before a new winner is chosen.
Giveaway ends 8/26/2014 at 11:59pm CST.

 

Disclosure: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this posting. All thoughts and opinions are those of our own and were not influenced in any way. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google, and any other social media are not affiliated with this posting or giveaway. If winner is located outside of the U.S. they will be given $100 US Dollars paid via PayPal. Everything Mommyhood is responsible for prize fulfillment. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. If you have any questions, please email everythingmommyhood@gmail.com.