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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Is my new home haunted?

Before we moved in to our new home in Florida, we had the exterior power washed and re-painted. So, my mom's husband Ken kindly took a photo of the house with his cell phone and texted it to me and my mom.

While my mom was busy commenting on how nice the paint looked, I focused on the big center window upstairs and let out a little squeal and cringed. It looked like a family of four in ghostly form, posing for the pic! After I pointed it out to my mom, she started freaking out too.

Take a look and tell me what you see:
Raphael meanwhile just laughed at us and Ken confirmed there was no one else in the house, which made it all the more creepier though. They then suggested it was just a reflection of the clouds, but the silhouette eerily looks like a family unit to me and why aren't there more cloud formations showing in the other windows? The house meanwhile is only eight-years-old, so unlikely it's haunted. However, it felt like the start of every paranormal film, where people in the house deny sightings, saying thinking they are being silly and then ...
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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Huggies Plus Coupons at Costco this August

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Huggies® Brand. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating 

Deal Alert: This month, head to your local Costco Warehouse and buy Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus Diapers and Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes and get $6 off diapers and $5 off wipes instantly. These exclusive Huggies products are only sold at Costco and will help you Plus Up your baby care. This savings is valid 8/7-8/31, so check it out and stock up! We did:
Also, Costco Members - Click HERE to register for a FREE sample of the Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus and Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes. Hurry and register now, there will be a limited number of samples each day while supplies lasts, so try back tomorrow if you aren't able get a sample today! You must be a Costco member to get a sample and limit 1 sample per household.

Oh, and can I just say thanks to Costco for having shopping carts that hold two children! I'm lucky if I can snag a double wide cart when grocery shopping, etc, and yet all of Costco's carts fit two kids in the front seat. Such a life saver for twins. At Ikea and Stew Leonard's my husband and I have to grab two carts and take a baby each, such a pain. 

For more deals and news follow @Huggies and @CostcoTweets on Twitter.
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Saturday, August 9, 2014

I'm moving yet again

We're moving to Naples on the west side of Florida on the gulf coast. I've hinted at a potential move a few times in recent posts and you might have noticed the palm trees are back in my blog header. However, I've been keeping it on the DL not wanting to make a big deal out of it, but now as the moving van is carting away our possessions I need to come clean.

This will be 7 homes in 9 years in 4 states.
Why Florida? A couple of reasons. My mother is no longer a snowbird, but is down there full-time now, so I'll get to be near my best friend and the boys get grandma. The extra help will be amazing too. Also, my husband is from Texas and this last winter was very difficult for him, especially with two toddlers couped up inside. Plus, we can work anywhere, so why not near the beach?

Although I do love the home that I've made here, we're able to get a 5 bedroom, 4 bath house with a pool for 100k less than up North. We'd also be moving to a gated community with other families, which will be great as we don't have many friends with kids. The development also has tennis courts, a gym, soccer field, baseball field and lots of other amenities. Oh, and no state income tax. Overall, I'm hoping it will be a good move for our family.

Will I miss being able to go into Manhattan and the events that I attend there? Yes. I'll also miss my favorite season Fall and going apple picking, seeing the leaves change on Bear Mtn and all my childhood memories. Yet, with my dad and Nanny no longer here and my mom down South it's all bittersweet.

I'm often traveling though for my blog and work, so hopefully I'll be back up North often enough.

Anyway, on to a new chapter. I hope you all join me for the ride. Stay tuned for pics of my new home, before and after shots, interior design tips, etc.

But first...flying with two toddlers and two cats.
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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Giveaway: $50 Costco Card for Huggies Plus Diapers & Wipes

I am participating in a sponsored campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Huggies® Brand. 

Through the Huggies Costco Ambassador Program I'm excited to offer the following Huggies reader giveaway and sampling information.

Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus Diapers Size: 3; 210 CtAs mentioned in my previous post, Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus Diapers and Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes are only available at Costco. The "Plus" version of Huggies Snug & Dry diapers are extra absorbent for day and night protection and the Natural Care "Plus" edition of Huggies wipes are are thicker and more durable for any mess. You can’t get them anywhere else but Costco stores. So, plus up your baby care!

Costco Members - Click HERE to register for a FREE sample of the Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus and Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes. Hurry and register now, there will be a limited number of samples each day while supplies lasts, so try back tomorrow if you aren't able get a sample today! You must be a Costco member to get a sample and limit 1 sample per household.

We are overdue for a Costco run ourselves, since we're out of wipes at home (we go through 2 large bags a month) and grandma's supply of diapers is out again. We can never seem to have enough stocked up for our boys, which is why we have to buy in bulk since it at least allows us to make it a monthly shopping trip instead of weekly.

Below enter for a chance to win a $50 Costco cash card to purchase Huggies Snug & Dry Plus Diapers and Huggies Natural Care Plus Wipes at Costco. Good luck!
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Be sure and follow @Huggies and @CostcoTweets on Twitter for the latest promotions and news.
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Monday, August 4, 2014

BlogHer14: Master Your Home with Samsung

I knew Samsung Electronics for its smartphones, but during BlogHer 14 I learned that they are also America’s fastest growing appliance brand giving new shape to the home appliance landscape for moms, inspiring them to "master their home."

I love touring people's homes, which is why I geeked out at the Samsung Home Appliance setup at the conference, which provided a glimpse inside the ideal high-tech, professional kitchen. Their Chef Collection of kitchen appliances -- a suite of premium culinary appliances inspired by renowned chefs from around the world were on display. Who knew a fridge could be down right sexy? Sounds weird, but these babies had my jaw dropping in awe.

The 34 cu. ft. Ultra-High Capacity 4-Door French Door Chef Collection Refrigerator has an automatic built-in sparkling water dispenser! I would love that, since sipping sparkling water with lemon always seems to help me drink more and is so refreshing. As you can see in the following pic, the refrigerator also features a new sleek and seamless temperature display where LED lights shine through micro-pinholes to display temperature settings. How sick is that?
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For those with big families, it is also the largest refrigerator in its class for an extra-large capacity that can hold up to 34 bags of groceries. Wow! My current fridge is so too narrow that once the twins were born we had to get a separate mini fridge for the boys milk and a freezer in our garage for more food storage. Also, the versatile bottom drawer can function as either a freezer or a fridge, maximizing fresh food storage space.
For cloth diaper fans Samsung Home Appliance also makes a Baby Care personal washer that is small, quiet and great for a nursery or upstairs room and perfect for cloth diaper loads. I was really impressed to hear that it was designed especially for baby needs. It features high temperature sanitation and a soft close lid that can be easily open and close without a sound. The dual lid contains a childproof lock for controls and doors. Plus, the heat-proof door helps protect your baby. Very cool to have these child-safety features already built-in. It's available for purchase on Amazon too.

Disclaimer: This is sponsored post through Mom Central/BSM Media. I received compensation in exchange for writing about my booth visit and tour. All opinions are my own.
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Wubble Bubble and my Double Trouble

Sounds like out of the pages of Dr. Seuss, but my double trouble loved the Wubble Bubble, which looks like a bubble but plays like a ball.

I first got to see the Wubble Bubble up-close at Element Associates Social Suite at Blogger Bash. Since my duo are crazy about bubbles and balls and are always trying to steal my yoga ball, I knew this would be a great toy for them. Heck, my own mind was blown (no pun intended).

The Wubble Bubble is approved for play indoors and outdoors, but we've only tried it out inside so far. It takes 2 minutes to inflate to 3 feet tall, however, since my boys are still young we only inflated it to about a foot and a half. Here's a helpful video on how to inflate it, which we also watched beforehand. You can also deflate the Wubble, which is great for storage too.

The Wubble Bubble is made from super-thermo-stretch-tacular stuff, not as durable as a yoga ball, but much lighter, thus allowing my boys to catch it, kick it, squeeze it and make it fly. My boys put it through the test too and all are fine. What's also cool about the ball is that it's bounces are unpredictable as sometimes it bounces backwards or to the sides, thus keeping my boys running in all directions. it also makes a fun bouncing sound when you hit it, which is appealing and fun for kids. As a result, my boys spent a good amount of time just drumming on it.
It also comes in several colors including blue and green, which are the colors I use to color code my twinnies. I know that sounds weird, but believe me it helps knowing that the blue sippy cup is Ben's and the green paci is Logan's etc. They also know which color is theirs and it helps prevent any fighting over objects and toys like this.

The Wubble ball is available for only $19.99 at Target stores nationwide and that includes the battery-operated air pump, but after that it's even cheaper when you want another Wubble Bubble and already have a pump.

Disclosure: I received a sample Wubble for review purposes, but because I'm a human and not a robot, all opinions are my own ;) 
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Monday, July 28, 2014

Review: SmileBrilliant Teeth Whitening System

I typically like to do some sort of teeth whitening process every year to give my smile a refresh, especially since I’m often smiling and posting photos here on my blog for all to see. Plus, I do drink green or oolong tea daily, which isn't as harsh as black tea, but can still stain enamel over time.

Also, according to, teeth are the number one standard by which both men and women judge their potential dating partners, ahead of bad grammar, hair or clothes. Yes, I realize I’m no longer dating, but I’m sure that stat signifies in other types of relationships too. Kelton Research also found that 58% of applicants are more likely to be offered a job and 53% offered a raise if their teeth are whiter. Interesting, no?

I've tried over the counter strips and noticed slight differences, but figured I should try something stronger and more effective. I have a friend who purchased dental trays from her dentist, but it was quite costly and I didn't want to commit to that type of an investment.
My bottom mold

Then, I received a pitch from SmileBrilliant, which provides lab direct, custom-fitted teeth whitening trays and whitening gel from the comforts of home. There is no need to visit a dentist and spend $600+ on the same professional teeth whitening service. Instead, SmileBrilliant provides you with an at-home kit where you take impressions of your teeth just like a dentist would do. Then you mail the molds back in a prepaid envelope and they then send you back custom fit trays and whitening gel.

I was afraid it would be hard to do, but it was easy to make the molds thanks to their clear step-by-step instructions included. I then received my personal trays back in the mail really quickly and was sent e-mail updates along the way letting me know the current order status. I've only used the whitener twice so far, but have seen a difference. I also like that it comes with a desensitizing gel too, so there isn't any burning or discomfort. Here's a video review that shows the entire process.
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Friday, July 25, 2014

Planes 2 Mamarazzi with Julie Bowen

Ben and I got to have our mom and son outing this week while attending The Moms Planes 2 Mamarazzi screening sponsored by NatureSmart, the makers of Disney, Marvel & Star Wars vitamins for kids. Logan and I had spent some quality alone time at the Sprout Astroblast launch, so now it was Ben's turn to be away from his identical twin for a bit. He was quite stoic and serious alone, but seemed to have a good time experiencing the first of many firsts.

He had his first hot dog thanks to WindMill Hot Dogs from the Jersey Shore area (Mommy liked them too). He then made his first Step & Repeat photo opp too, while still eating a hot dog, lol.
It was also his first ever movie (Planes: Fire & Rescue) and the first time sitting in a movie theater. 
I was prepared to leave if he got cranky and disrupted the other viewers, but fortunately he did beyond well. He didn't like sitting by himself as he wasn't quite heavy enough to keep the seat from folding shut on him though, so after I moved him to my lap and he simply sat quietly enthralled with the soaring and moving animated planes on the screen. I joked that the poor kid must have been confused not having seen the first Planes movie, hehe. 
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I actually saw the first film though and enjoyed the second one better, same thing with the Cars films too. Oh and did you notice I had Ben dressed in a Disney Cars tee, Crocs and sippy cup? Having formerly worked at Disney Consumer Products representing the fashion business, I had to make sure he dressed for the occasion after all. 
Lastly, it was also his first celebrity sighting! Julie Bowen, the Modern Family and Boston Legal actress was there for a quick Q&A and to introduce the film. Bowen provides the voice of the plane Dipper, which was a really fun character. I was delighted to see that she was just as silly and bubbly in person as she appears on TV. 
Parents, sign-up to get a FREE NatureSmart sample of Disney Gummy Vitamins here. You can download a FREE Race To The Rescue Activities PDF file for your kids from Disney via the following button:
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