Aug 132014
 
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Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango Body Wash

Life is hectic and when it comes time to relax, I appreciate a nice quiet shower with great smelling body wash!

Thanks to Dial, I received a sample of New Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango to review, and not only does this cleanser have a wonderful scent but it also provides hydration for my skin.

Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango Body Wash

Made with Coconut and Mango, this product is rich in antioxidants, electrolytes, and nutrients. 

This combination of these ingredients provides a tropical smelling experience and also leaves my skin feeling refreshed with a great scent.

Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango Body Wash

What are your favorite body wash scents? What do you look for in a body wash?

To learn more about New Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango Body Wash and other products visit dialsoap.com You can also check them out on Facebook at facebook.com/Dial.

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Jul 182014
 
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I received these free products as part of the T.L.C. VoxBox program through Influenster. Opinions expressed in this post are that of my own.

Influenster TLC Vox Box

Thanks to Influenster, I was sent a T.L.C. VoxBox with all sorts of MOM goodies to check out and to also give myself a little pampering.

Ivory Soap

I received Ivory Soap, which I already knew was great for bath time, but I also learned that is has many other uses.

Check out my #Sudlife Pinterest Board for additional ideas.

Puffs Tissue

The timing could not have been more perfect for the Puffs Plus Lotion Tissues.

Allergy season was hitting me hard and these fit perfectly in my purse. Needless to say I went through them rather quickly.

Breyers Gelato

To make myself feel better, I treated myself to Breyers Gelato Indulgences.

The Vanilla Caramel flavor was rich and tasted amazing.  I even managed to share a little with hubby.

Neosporin Collage

I didn’t personally use the “Neo To Go“, but it sure did come in handy for both my older kids.

As you can see by the photo, it didn’t burn by my daughter’s thumbs up!

Fuel Rewards Network

I also received an application to apply for a Fuel Rewards Network card, however I happen to already be a member.  So far my top reward has been saving .25 cents per gallon at Shell!

Visit my post on the ways you can save money on gas through this program, Save Money on Gas and Enter a $25 Shell Gift Card GIVEAWAY! #FuelRewardsNetwork.

ANEW Reversalist Complete Renewal Express Wrinkle Smoother

There was also a package containing ANEW Reversalist Complete Renewal Express Wrinkle Smoother.  It did not do much for my expression lines, but temporarily helped with the lines around my eyes when applied under make up.

I suggest checking out the other reviews at Avon to see what others thought of it.  In addition if you use the code ANEW15 you can save 15% off your $50 ANEW Skincare order.

Have you tried any of these products before? Which is your favorite?

As you can tell this was a really fun box to explore and test out.  I can’t wait to see what is available in the next Influenster VoxBox!

FFM

Jul 182014
 
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Thanks to Disney, my son and I saw an advanced screening of Disney Planes Fire and Rescue in 3D.  Opinions expressed are that of my own, photos and movie details were provided by the studio.

Disney Planes Fire and Rescue Poster

When I go to see an animated movie, I don’t expected to laugh, see adventure, and be educated all at the same time. However after seeing Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue, that is exactly what happened.

I had no idea what was involved with fighting Wild Fires and the huge role that the US Forest Service plays. It is a dangerous and heroic job to battle natural and sometimes unnatural forces of nature, and the film gave a good representation of what these types of jobs entail. Plus, I had no idea what a Smokejumper was, but now I know and WOW what a responsibility!

Planes: Fire & Rescue follows the continued adventures of world-famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) who learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again. Through a misstep and a “want” to help others, he then launches himself into the world of aerial firefighting.

He joins forces with a crew of veteran fire-and-rescue helicopters, planes, and smokejumpers, and through the guidance of Blade Ranger (voice of Ed Harris) he becomes the certified and brave firefighter.

Disney planes fire and rescue team

The film is Rated PG and is directed by Bobs Gannaway. The Voice Cast includes: Dane Cook, Ed Harris, Julie Bowen, Curtis Armstrong, John Michael Higgins, Hal Holbrook, Wes Studi, Brad Garrett, Teri Hatcher, Stacy Keach, Cedric the Entertainer, Danny Mann, Barry Corbin, Regina King, Anne Meara, Jerry Stiller, Fred Willard, Captain Dale Dye, Kevin Michael Richardson, and Patrick Warburton.

Disney Planes Fire and Rescue Review

I really liked this movie because it had a good flow and a great mixture of comedy, adventure, and dialogue.  The visuals of nature were very realistic and it drew me in because of the details.

An example of a this would be when Dusty flies over a plain. As the winds blows across the field it creates waves in the tall grass, it was a highly detailed nature scene.

Dusty and Blade Runner Planes Fire and Rescue

The parts of the film where fire is involved can be a little intense but the heroics displayed at the same time really draw you into the film. I walked away with a lesson in what self-sacrifice is and what it means as a firefighter to put your life on the line.

My son watched the film and I could see that he was just as interested as I was. Needless to say we were both pretty wrapped up in it though out the 1 hour and 23 minutes.

Dipper Planes Fire and Rescue

I interviewed my 8-year-old after the movie and asked him what he thought. He said, “The movie is funny and exciting, but because of the fire, it can be a little scary at times. I learned about how planes help put out fires and what smoke jumpers are.”

His favorite characters were Dusty, Dipper (voice of Julie Bowen), and Blade.

Maru Planes Fire and Rescue

He told me that he liked Dusty and Blade because they were heroes in the film and thought Dipper was really funny because of her creepy crush on Dusty.

He also gave an “honorable funny mention” to the character Maru (Voiced by Curtis Armstrong) because of his “It’s better than new!” attitude.

Download Print & play Activities

Will you be going to see Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue with your family? What are you looking forward most to seeing?

When we got home, my son immediately grabbed his Dusty Plane and said “This is my favorite toy to play with”. The movie definitely left a positive impression on us both. 

For up to date information on Planes Fire & Rescue, visit their website at Disney.com/Planes or like them on Facebook at facebook.com/DisneyPlanes and Twitter @DisneyPictures.

If your child is a fan of the movie, be sure to print the FREE Printables above!

FFM

Jun 232014
 
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“I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Isis Wallet. I received a promotional item to facilitate my review.”

Shopping at Stores with the ISIS Mobile Wallet

Are you looking for an easier way to make payments at stores? Want to use your Mobile device versus pulling out your wallet?

Then you will want to download the FREE ISIS Wallet App! I have actually had this application for over 6 months now, and it is really simple to use.

The ISIS Wallet Mobile App can be used at select retailers nationwide like McDonalds, Walgreens, Champs, and more. You may even be able to use it at your favorite local store, gym, or Doctor’s Office.

Free Sim Card at Verizon Corporate Store for Isis Wallet

However, before you can download the app, you will first need to have mobile service with either Verizon, AT&T, or T-Mobile and also have an ISIS ready phone.

I happen to own a compatible Samsung S4 and in order to ready it for the app, I simply went to a corporate Verizon store and picked up a FREE SIM Card.  ISIS ready phones need a Special SIM in order to accept contactless payments via NFC (Near Field Communication).

How to use the Offers through the ISIS Mobile Wallet

Once I got my phone ready for NFC, I setup a form of payment via the app.  ISIS ready phones can be connected to American Express, Chase, and Wells Fargo Credit cards. Applicable fees may apply for transfers. 

It can also be connected to an American Express Serve account or a bank’s Debit Card.

 American Express Serve through the ISIS Mobile Wallet

I didn’t happen to have one of the applicable credit cards, so I signed up for an American Express Serve account. Once I made my transfer to my Serve account and connected it to my ISIS Wallet, it took about 5 business days for the funds it to appear.

Linking up the Serve account is EASY and FREE. Visit serve.com/isis for more details.

Offers through the ISIS Mobile Wallet

I also went into the App and selected my favorite retailers so I will receive special offers and coupons.  While looking, I was excited to see a deal for a FREE Jamba Juice or Smoothie and FREE Coca-Cola. Visit Where To Pay With ISIS to see retailers nearby.

In addition, I connected my Toys R Us and My Coke Rewards cards so I could get credit for purchases. I was then all set-up and ready to shop.

Paying at McDonald's with the ISIS Mobile Wallet

My daughter happened to be having a Ballet recital over the weekend and after her last practice, I took her out for a Mommy Daughter Day.

Our first stop was McDonald’s and I purchased our meal by tapping my phone on the “contactless symbol” pad.

Eating at McDonald's with the ISIS Mobile Wallet

Since we were out, I also wanted to do some birthday shopping for my son and a friend of my daughter’s.

This worked out perfect since there was a special coupon through ISIS for $10 off a $50 purchase at Toys R Us.

Toys R Us Offers through the ISIS Mobile Wallet

At check out I simply selected the coupon, and placed my phone on the payment pad.

It not only deducted the coupon right there, but it also completed the payment.

Shopping at Toys R Us with the ISIS Mobile Wallet

Do you currently use your Mobile Device to make payments? What benefit do you see from having the ISIS Wallet APP?

Want to learn more about using the ISIS Wallet?  Visit paywithisis.com for more information, or check them out on Facebook at facebook.com/Paywithisis.

Shopping at Stores with the ISIS Mobile Wallet

We ended our shopping trip making a stop at CVS for Father’s Day Cards.  When we checked out, I saw that they also had an ISIS ready payment system. Just another reason to get excited about the App!

The ISIS Wallet is truly a fun and useful app, and I love that I saved money that day and used my phone to make all my purchases.

FFM

Jun 132014
 
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“Frugal and Fun Mom is a Nuby Mommy Blogger. I did not receive any compensation for this post, although as part of this program I may receive items to sample or review. Opinions expressed about the Nuby Wacky Ware Bowl are that of my own.”

Nuby Wacky Ware Bowl With Toddler

Thanks to Nuby, my Little Guy got a new Wacky Ware Bowl to put to the test.

This colorful bowl is microwavable safe and comes with a lid.  It is compact and has handles underneath that are easy for little hands to grab onto.

Nuby Wacky Ware Bowl

I have tried this out with a couple different foods, and the bowl works best with items like yogurt, apple sauce, or pudding. I say this because the lid fits really tight and the bowl is shallow.  If you put dry or loose items in and attempt to open it, they will fall out.

However, if you are using it for at home snacking and are not planning on using the lid, it will accommodate a small amount of dry items like Cheerios or Goldfish.

 Wacky Ware Bowls Nuby

This truly is a fun bowl and the lid makes it perfect to take on the go .  My youngest is happy to have something that is in his words, “MY BOWL”.

Do you currently own any Nuby products, if so which one? What features of this product do you like?

The Nuby Wacky Ware Bowl is a $3.49 value and is currently available for purchase at select baby retailers.

To learn more about Nuby visit their website at Nuby.com. You can also check them out on Facebook at facebook.com/nubyusa, Twitter at @nubyusa, Pinterest at pinterest.com/nubyusa, and Instagram at instagram.com/nubyusa.

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Thanks to Nuby, one (1) lucky Frugal and Fun Mom Reader, will receive a Nuby Toddler Feeding Prize Pack, over a $16.00 Value! This includes a Wacky Ware Bowl, Wash or Toss Cupsand a Fun Feeding Set.

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Jun 022014
 
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I was provided a copy of Littlest Pet Shop: Strike A Pose to facilitate this post. The opinions expressed about this DVD are that of my own.

Littlest Pet Shop Strike A Pose

My daughter has a new favorite TV show thanks to the Littlest Pet Shop and the newest DVD called Strike A Pose.

The Littlest Pet Shop series centers around a main character named Blythe Baxter, and her best friends Zoe the spaniel, Pepper the skunk, Sunil the mongoose, Vinnie the gecko, Russell the hedgehog, Penny the panda, and Minka the monkey. The most interesting part is Blythe can talk to her pets and they can talk back setting the stage for all types of animal mischief to occur.

I actually bought my daughter these dolls and animals a couple years ago and had no idea that there was an adorable cartoon to go along with them.

Littlest Pet Shop Strike A Pose (2)

In this DVD, The Littlest Pet Shop friends head out on adventures and tend to find themselves in interesting situations.  They learn about filming a commercial for the business, compete in a dance competition, participate in a flower parade, and also learn how to get along with a difficult pet Alligator.

Episodes in Littlest Pet Shop: Strike a Pose Include: So You Skink You Can Dance?, Commercial Success, What Meme Worry?, The Big Feathered Parade, and Alligators and Handbags.  It also includes a Sing-Along bonus feature.

So why do we like this DVD? The shows are cute with fun innocent humor, and there is something in each episode that even my 8 year old son can enjoy. My 5 year old daughter likes the series because (in her words), “It is very funny, Blythe looks like me, and she makes me want to go on an adventure.”

Littlest Pet Shop Strike A Pose DVD

Does your child (children) watch Littlest Pet Shop? Who is their favorite Character?

Littlest Pet Shop: Strike A Pose runs for 110 minutes and retails for $14.93. Look for the DVD online and in stores starting June 3, 2014! 

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May 222014
 
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I was provided a copy of the Chuggington: Explorer Koko DVD to facilitate this post, opinions expressed are that of my own.

Chuggington Explorer Koko

My 2 older children and I have been watching Chuggington for years now.  We really enjoy the series, so I was excited to introduce my youngest to the show with the release of the NEWEST DVD called Chuggington: Explorer Koko.

Chuggingtonit is a contemporary CGI-animated TV series created for preschoolers and can be seen daily on Disney Jr.  The story line follows three young trainees, Wilson, Brewster, and Koko, as they learn to become independent trains. The show made its Season 4 debut with the first-ever primetime “Chuggington” special, “Chug Patrol: Ready to Rescue”, on Disney Junior.

In Chuggington: Explorer Koko, the episodes follow Koko along with her traintastic buddies, as they learn life lessons from new responsibilities, trial and error, and helping one another out.

Episodes include “Explorer Koko”,“Runaway Koko”,“Fearless Wilson”,“Koko’s Game”,“Hodge’s Secret”, and“Inspector Emery”. The DVD also has Bonus Features including a Badge Quest Episode: “Knowing Where You Are”, Character Montages: Irving and Chatswort, and Coloring and Activity Sheets.

Koko on Chuggington

The topics touched upon in this DVD include working together as a team, problem solving, courage, and too much technology causing trouble in the real world (as referenced in the “Koko’s Game” episode).

I asked my kids why they liked this DVD and their responses were, “The Trains are growing up and taking on more responsibilities.”, and “I like how they care for their friends and help each other out.” As a Mom, I like this DVD because it is something all of my children can watch together.

Does you child (children) watch Chuggington? Who is their favorite Character?

Chuggington: Explorer Koko runs for 64 minutes and retails for $14.98. Look for the DVD online and in stores now!

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May 182014
 
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I was provided samples of Gutsy Chewy Supplements to facilitate this post and watched a webinar for additional information about the product. Opinions expressed are that of my own.

gutsy products all natural acid reflux

Do you ever suffer from Acid Reflux or Gut Bloat? Personally I tend to get the bloated feeling after eating certain foods (especially bread) and I am left with an uneasy feeling until it digests.

Recently, I was introduced to an All Natural product called Gutsy Chewy Supplements that in my opinion, has helped ease some of this discomfort.

Gutsy Chews Packaging

Gutsy Chewy is a digestive supplement that was invented by a gastroenterologist and dentist Dr. Doug Haghighi. The product is all-natural, free of gluten and lactose, vegan friendly and made in the U.S.A. It contains apple cider vinegar, licorice extract, papaya extract, and xylitol.

These chews are made with natural remedies, and are intended to alleviate certain digestive discomforts. After taking one, they typically work after about 15 minutes.

Gutsy Chews

In addition, they are a source of calcium and magnesium, and offer an oral benefit since the xylitol decreases tooth decay naturally.

Gutsy Chewy Supplements are for individuals 18 years and up and should be taken as needed no more than 2 times a day. Not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding moms.* They are available in 2 flavors, Wildberry and Citrus, and each package contains 8 scoured tablets that can easily be split.

Gutsy Chews Upclose

I have tried both flavors and they taste great.  Fortunately I have not suffered with any Acid Reflux, but after some stomach upset, I have taken a tablet and noticed it working at around 10 minutes. I like that this is an alternative to typical “over the counter” treatments, and that the chews contain natural ingredients.

Do you ever suffer from Acid Reflux or Occasional Stomach Bloat? Have you ever tried an all natural remedy to treat these problems?

To learn more about Gutsy Chewy visit their website at gutsyproducts.com or check them out on Facebook at facebook.com/gutsyproducts or Twitter at @gutsyproducts.

FFM

*Disclaimer:  Always check with your physician before starting any supplement product and specifically Gutsy Products. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Consult your healthcare professional prior to use if you are pregnant, nursing, taking any medication or have a medical condition. This product contains papaya and should not be used by people with a latex allergy. Keep out of reach of children.

May 042014
 
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“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Urbini. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and as a thank you for participating.”

 Walmart.com Picture of the Urbini Stroller

My toddler has officially reached the “too heavy to carry all the time” stage, but he is not quite ready for the “walk around all the time” stage.

When my kiddos get to be a certain size, carrying them around for long periods of time begins to no longer be an option. It absolutely hurts my back.

Of course my first thought was to pick up an umbrella stroller, but they have no storage, are uncomfortable for the rider and driver, and typically fall apart after a few uses. I do own a double stroller, but it is too big and inconvenient for just the one child.

Assembling Urbini Hummingbird Stroller

Thanks to Urbini, I was given a Hummingbird Stroller to review that has provided me with both a solution to all these stroller issues along with giving my body a break.

The assembly of my stylish peacock colored Urbini Hummingbird baby stroller was simple.  All I needed to do was put on the wheels. My little guy was so excited he was trying to help me put it together.

Urbini Hummingbird Stroller Assembled

The Hummingbird actually weighs in at less than 7 pounds and is easy to open and close. It comes with a thin cushioned seat, padded 5 point harness, and adjustable cover for shade. It also has a basket below for storage that can carry up to 10 pounds.

As I tested it out, I realized that I could lift it up and open it with one hand, this is great for when I am multitasking with my kids. In addition, it also stores easily in the trunk of my car and is small enough to be left at my front door.

Urbini Hummingbird Stroller

This stroller maneuvers well and is easy to get in and out of places.  We have visited the grocery store, the museum, and gone to the park. I was able to take it all over the place since it has a front wheel lock for rough terrain, and rear wheel locking.

Update: After using the stroller for a couple months now, I have noticed that the wheels will stop if I hit up against a ledge on older sidewalks or roads where the cement has settled. I suggest on these types of uneven surfaces to keep an eye out on whats ahead and adjust your speed to avoid tipping the stroller forward.

There are no drink holders, but it does have adequate space below to store a few items like a purse, small lunchbox, and snacks. This makes it ideal for short trips where you do not need to carry a lot of items.

Urbini Hummingbird Stroller Storage

It has a swivel arm bar across the front as well, that it is flexible and opens and closes with two buttons. I did notice that if you don’t completely close this and line up the inside with the outside gray buttons, it won’t release.

I suggest gently pushing them in and then pulling if you are having difficulty.

Urbini Hummingbird Stroller at Walmart

 

Have you had an opportunity try this stroller out yet? What features and benefits do you like most?

To learn more about the Urbini Hummingbird Stroller, visit the product reviews at Walmart.com Urbini Hummingbird Stroller Reviews.  To purchase, visit the best lightweight stroller at Walmart.com.

You can also follow them on Facebook at facebook.com/UrbiniBaby and Twitter at @urbinibaby.

I’ve been happy with the quality of this item, and most importantly my little guy has been comfortable.  I am so thankful to have a way to transport him around and also save my back.

FFM