Apr
24

Check out these FUN Tricksters Bike Helmets and some Bike Safety Tips {Giveaway}

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This post is Sponsored by Tricksters Helmets but my opinions are 100% my own!

Spring is here which means we are outdoors a lot more and that means the girl’s will be riding their bikes.   We live in a neighborhood set back a few streets from the main road but there is still a good amount of traffic that comes by our house.   So I make sure that I’m outside when the girls are riding their bikes and we always practice safety as well.   They have a certain area on our street they can ride to and from, since they are still too young to ride off without me on their own.  One of my daughter’s still has her training wheels on her bike, which I’m hoping to get off this year.

But they know that Bike Safety is VERY important or they can not ride, even if they don’t leave the front of my house.  I figure that if I get them into the habits of being safe, then when they are a bit older and ride away from my house, I will feel confident that they will be safe.

Did you know that May is Bike Safety month?  So it’s a good time to sit with the kids and go over the rules.  Here is what I teach my kids:

  1. Always wear a helmet!  And make sure it fits properly too.  Just because you have one on doesn’t mean it will protect you, it must fit your head.   Each season we check to see if they have outgrown their helmet and get them new ones!
  2. Always stop at stop signs,  even if it’s a 4 way stop sign. You never know who will run that stop sign.
  3. Always stop when a car is coming.  Since they are still young, I prefer that they just stop while the car goes by and stand by the side of the road.  As they get bigger I may not require them to stop but just pull to the side.  But right now this works for us.
  4. Pay attention to what’s going on around them at all times, especially when they are riding with friends.
  5. Stay off people’s grass!  I don’t want them riding onto any of our neighbors grass!  ;-)

To help parents in their perpetual battle to get kids to want to wear a helmet, Pillow Pets has introduced a new line of Tricksters Helmets which feature kids’ beloved plush Pillow Pets characters.  Not only are these adorable, but they are very easy to adjust to fit your child properly as they have an adjustable dial to ensure a perfect fit.  They are also safety-certified for not only bicycles, but skateboards, roller blades, and scooters.  Tricksters Helmets not only make bike safety fun, but are a great way for children to take their favorite Pillow Pets character with them on the go!

We received the Lu-Lu Leopard for our review and my 9-year-old LOVED it!  I actually thought she wouldn’t and she’d give it to her sister but nope, I was wrong.  She immediately put it on and hasn’t stopped wearing it since.    I must say she looks adorable in it too.

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There are a few styles to choose from and they are all equally adorable!  I am going to get another one for my younger daughter as she grew out of her helmet over the winter and her sister’s old one is too big for her.  She’s been borrowing a neighbor’s helmet until we get her one too.

The Trickster Helmets retail for $29.99 and are in stores nationwide.  Also, all five helmet styles can also be purchased on the Trickster Helmets website.

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Yes, we ride bikes in dresses but put leggins on underneath.  My girls live in dresses!

There are a lot more rules to being safe on bikes than I listed above.  Those are rules we talk about all the time but remember, my kids are only riding on a back road in front of my house with me right there.  As they grow, we’ll discuss more safety issues.  But a few more important tips for being safe on bikes are:

  • Adjust Your Bicycle to Fit.  Make sure the seat and handle bars at the proper height according to how tall or short you are.  Some bike stores will even help you adjust them to fit your child.  Doesn’t hurt to ask!
  • Check Your Equipment. Before riding make sure the tires are properly inflated and the brakes work!
  • See and Be Seen. Not only do you need to see everyone around you, but they need to be able to see you.  Whether daytime, dawn, dusk, foul weather, or at night, you need to be seen by others.  Wearing clothes with colors that are easily spotted can help.
  • Control Your Bicycle at all times.  Never take both hands off the handle bars.  As ‘cool’ as this may be, it’s not safe.  Always ride with at least one hand on the handlebars. Carry items in a bicycle carrier or backpack and not in your hands.  You never know what kind of Road Hazard you may run into.  For example potholes, broken glass, gravel, puddles, leaves, and dogs are just a few things.
  • Avoid Riding at Night. It is far more dangerous to ride at night than during the day because you are harder for others to see.   This is one thing we never do and my kids don’t even ask anymore because they know the answer.
  • Obey All Traffic Laws.  Just because you aren’t in a car,  you still need to obey the laws when you are riding in the street.  They laws are in place to protect all people on the road, no matter how they are riding.
  • Stay Alert at All Times.  It’s one of the most important things I tell my kids.  But not just with your eyes but your ears too.  Listen to whats going on around you and behind you too!
  • Look Before Turning.  Always, always ALWAYS look before you turn, whether you are turning left of right, it’s SO IMPORTANT.  And signal with your hand that you are about to turn that way so people around you know.

It is also recommended that Children less than 10 years old are better off riding on the sidewalk. I totally agree on that having a 9-year-old. She is not ready to ride in the road along with traffic. However, some states have laws against sidewalk bike riding. Check with your states because this brings up a whole other site of safety rules because of cars pulling in and out of driveways and such. Which is why I tell my kids to always pay attention to what’s going on around them when on a bike!

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Apr
23

Softsoap Limited Edition Scents for Spring: Forever Springtime and Love in Bloom {Giveaway}

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This post is Sponsored by Softsoap but my opinions are 100% my own!

One thing you’ll always find in my bathroom cabinets is Soft Soap body wash.  Not only do I receive samples of the new scents each season, but I also pick some up when it’s on sale at CVS/Pharmacy.  It’s my favorite body wash and while I will use other’s at times, this is definitely my favorite and my go-to body wash.  Even my girls love it and use it sometimes.

Softsoap continues to give us new scents each season to keep us interested in their products and I love that they do this.  This time for Spring they have Fovever Spring and Love in Bloom and they both smell amazingly like Spring.  I’ve been waiting for Spring to come and it’s finally hear and I’m happy to have these scents to fill my shower with awesome Springness each day!

Softsoap® brand Forever Springtime

Capture the spirit of Spring with Softsoap’s limited edition Forever Springtime body wash. This moisture infused formula leaves skin feeling soft and smooth, while the relaxing scent of blooming rose and berry let you escape into your own private paradise!

Softsoap® brand  Love in Bloom

Lose yourself in the magic of Spring with Softsoap’s limited edition Love in Bloom body wash. The moisture-rich formula leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth with the renewing scent of cherry blossom.

These have a suggested Retail Price of $3.50 for an 18oz bottle. They are currently available at Walmart until May 2014.

(1) Koupon Karen reader will win Softsoaps Spring Body Washes – Fovever Spring and Love in Bloom!

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Apr
22

Make Dinner Quickly with NEW French’s Crunch Time Entrées {Giveaway}

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This post is Sponsored by French’s but my opinions are 100% my own!

I’m all for quick and easy dinners that are yummy and that make my family thing I’m a GREAT cook.  But my family can be very picky at times and they don’t all agree on the same thing some nights.  Breaded chicken is always a hit with my family but I like more flavor than just breadcrumbs.

French’s, makers of America’s number one brand of mustard, has a NEW product out -  French’s new Crunch Time Entrées  which offer restaurant-style meals in minutes in the comfort of your own kitchen.  Each package contains a bag with the crunchy coating and another bag with an authentic restaurant style sauce.  What I love about this is I can add the sauce only to half of the pieces and not the other half so everyone in my family will eat it!

The new products are now available at select retail grocers nationwide in four delicious flavors:

  • General Tso’s
  • Buffalo – made with Frank’s® RedHot®
  • Sweet & Sour
  • Chipotle BBQ

Crunch Time Entrées comes in a red pouch that includes a four-ounce packet of flavorful, crunchy coating and a four-ounce packet of authentic restaurant-style sauce, perfect for a family of four. Consumers who tried the product reported that they were surprised and delighted to find the taste came so close to their favorite restaurant dish that they thought their families would never even notice the difference.  French’s Crunch Time Entrées are versatile enough to use on any main dish protein, such as chicken, beef, pork and seafood—the culinary combinations are endless!

French’s Crunch Time Entrées are not only quick, they’re super easy, too! Just three simple steps and you can have dinner on the table in under thirty minutes:

  1. COAT IT – Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix flour with Crunchy Coating. Dip chicken in egg, then coat with Crunchy Coating.
  2. BAKE IT – Arrange chicken on lightly greased baking sheet. Bake 20 -25 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.
  3. TOP IT – Drizzle sauce evenly, serve and enjoy!

It really is that easy!    And delicious!   We loved the crunchy coating with and without the sauce.  The kids loved it and said they’d rather I make it like this all the time!   We tried the Buffalo and the Sweet & Sour and they were both amazingly delicious!  I would definitely buy them again and we want to try the Chipotle BBQ next!

French’s Crunch Time Entrées have a suggested retail price of $3.49 each.  For additional information, visit www.frenchs.com and “like” them on Facebook.

(1) Koupon Karen reader will win French’s Crunch Time Entrées Buffalo and Sweet & Sour!

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Apr
18

Total Home Spring Cleaning Supplies from CVS/Pharmacy {Giveaway}

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This post is Sponsored by CVS/Pharmacy but my opinions are 100% my own!

Spring is here and that doesn’t just mean you can open the windows, spend more time outdoors and start getting your garden ready, but it also means it’s time to do some Spring Cleaning inside and get all those winter germs out of the house.  While I don’t like cleaning very much, I do enjoy Spring cleaning and going through the house and getting all the winter dust off everything!

Over the next two weeks I’ll be doing my Spring Cleaning.  I’ll also be using some Total Home products from CVS/Pharmacy while cleaning.   The Total Home line launched last year to offer customers exceptional, reliable options at fraction of the cost when compared to national brands, without sacrificing quality. All 150 Total Home products are built on performance, reliability and have undergone rigorous quality testing.   I find that these products work just as well as the national brands but cost less!  I’m all for saving a little bit of money.   Here is my cleaning plan….

  • Wipe down all counter tops, door knobs, light switches and outlets with Total Home Disinfecting Wipes.   We also have trash baskets in each bedroom and bathroom.  I’ll be using these wipes to wipe them down inside as well.  We use bags for all our trash but I like to ‘clean’ the inside of the baskets from time to time too.
  • Dust all heating vents, baseboards and window sills using Total Home Dry Sweeping Cloths.  Because they hold dust and dirt so well, they are great for using by hand.  Plus my kids can do this for me!
  • Washing along the edges of my bathroom floor with Total Home Scrub Sponges.  While I wash my bathroom floor all year long,  dirt gets pushed to the edges along the tub and walls so a few times a year I get down on my knees with a scrub sponge and clean along the edges.  It’s a total pain to do but I’m so happy after I do it!
  • Wash all windows and storm doors using Total Home Paper Towels.   I’m a big fan of the and use them all the time.  They work just as good as the others and cost a lot less.
  • Wash all blankets and comforters and use Total Home Fabric Softener sheets to make them smell fresh and feel soft!
  • Go through the kids rooms and toss out broken toys, missing pieces that haven’t found homes and papers they’ve collected in their room over the school year.  I’ll be using Total Home Trash bags for this task.

I’m so glad that I can find all the items I need for my cleaning tasks at CVS/Pharmacy.  Considering I have one at the end of my street, it makes it every easy for me to get what I need so I can be done quicker.  I don’t want to spend too much time cleaning so any way I can same time as well is perfect.   The kids are on Spring Break next week so when they say they are bored, we’ll be doing some cleaning around the house.  It’ll be a good time for them to clean out their rooms and their draws.

Here are some additional Spring Cleaning tips from CVS/Pharmacy also using their Total Home products:

CVS Total Home Cleaning Tips

What is on your Spring Cleaning list?

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Apr
14

Monday Giveaway Madness 4/14/2014

It’s Monday again and time for another Monday Giveaway Madness! Check out the giveaways I currently have open and then click on over and list yours or find more!  Some of them end tonight!

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