Top 25 Most Wanted Toys for Christmas!

Check out this list of the most desired toys for kids this Christmas season…and maybe start shopping early!

Top Holiday Toys: USA Today claims Walmart has released their list of the top 25 holiday toys. They include …

Hatchimals Surprise

Fingerlings

littleBits Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit

Num Noms Nail Polish Maker

Barbie DreamHorse and Doll

Fisher-Price Zoom ’n Crawl Monster

L.O.L. Surprise Fizz Factory

Soggy Doggy Board Game

Mayka Toy Block Tape

Frozen Sleigh

Adventure Force Light Command Light-Up Motorized Blaster

Monster Jam Grave Digger

New Bright Radio Control Tumblebee

VTech Pop-a-Balls Drop and Pop Ball Pit

Radio Control DashCam

Dusty the Super Duper Garbage Truck

Imaginext DC Super Friends Batman Batbot Xtreme

Paw Patrol My Size Lookout Tower

Disney/Pixar Cars 3 Ultimate Florida Speedway

Mickey and the Roadster Racers Transforming Hot Rod Mickey

Disney Junior Doc McStuffins Baby All in One Nursery

COOKIES! (A review for nursing Mommas!)


COOKIES!!!  That are GOOD for you!!!  I love cookies!!!  (I might just be the female version of the Cookie Monster!)  Let me tell you about the cookies I was able to try that are good for me AND my baby boy!  Let me explain…

I received two different flavors of “Booby Boons” which are cookies made for nursing mommas.  How are they made for nursing mommas you ask?  Well, they contain natural, non-herbal galactagogues that are proven to increase breastmilk supply safely and naturally.  (If you are wondering where their name comes from, a “boon” is a thing that is helpful or beneficial; a timely blessing or benefit…and the other part of the name, well, I think you get it!)

The galactagogues that are included in the cookies are brewer’s yeast, oats and flax seeds.   These ingredients not only boost milk supply, but also have vitamins, fiber and nutrients that nursing moms need every day.  And did I mention that they are DELICIOUS?!?!

I started eating two cookies before bed.  (My favorite thing to do is to warm them up in the microwave for a bit first!)  And after about 2 days, I definitely noticed an increase in my supply when I woke up in the morning.  Which was fantastic, because being a working momma, I pump before I go to work, and having more supply to pump and then send to daycare for my little man was GREAT!

I tried the Chocolate Chip flavor and the Oatmeal Raisin flavor, and although they are both delicious, I have a special place in my stomach for the Oatmeal Raisin flavor.  Something about it…so comforting and delicious.  They also offer Cocoa Quinoa, which I didn’t get to try, but it sounds delicious!  The wonderful makers of these cookies also sent me extras so I could share them with my nursing momma friends.  And share I did!  I gave a bunch of friends the cookies to try, and I have heard nothing but glowing reviews!

You can find out more about Booby Boons HERE!

Disclaimer: I was provided with a free product in return for my honest review.  All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced by the company or its affiliates in any way.

Loulou Lollipop: Review


So I have to tell you…I am all about buying unique and interesting products.  And what I love is supporting someone’s dream.  And that is why I love LouLou Lollipop.  This company was founded by twin sisters out of Canada.  One of the sisters had the idea to create teething jewelry after her daughter broke a couple of her necklaces.  Not only does LouLou Lollipop create teethers and teething jewelry, they also have necklaces, pacifier clips, swaddles and quilts.

Another thing I love about these teethers, is that they have been tested for safety.  Loulou Lollipop has passed the testing required for ASTM, CPSC and CPSIA.  And EEEEKKKK THEY ARE SO CUTE!!  Check out this one that I got to try…it’s a unicorn and so adorable!  (Well, I myself didn’t try it, but my son did and he LOVED it!)

All of their products are absolutely adorable!  Check out this cactus swaddle!

You can see all of LouLou Lollipop’s collection HERE.  What a great gift for an expectant mother!

Disclaimer: I was provided with a free product in return for my honest review.  All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced by the company or its affiliates in any way.

Sound Oasis: Review

Getting kids to sleep and having them stay asleep is a tricky thing  when you have children.  A lot of times when kids won’t go to bed or they won’t stay asleep, the factors are uncontrollable.  Parents do EVERYTHING they can do to control the controllable in hopes that it will help kids sleep.  One thing that I have found that helps my three-year-old immensely is the Baby Sound Oasis!  It’s a Bluetooth speaker that you can access using your phone OR its pre-programmed sounds!  And I LOVE the pre-programmed sounds!  When we first got the speaker, I was going through all of the sounds and I found one that I really liked.  It sounds like a heartbeat with some music in the background.  On a particular night where my toddler was having a hard time settling down, I pulled out the speaker and put it on that particular sound setting.  Then I told him that the sound is what Mama’s heartbeat sounds like, and that it is a comforting sound because he can hear it and remember that Mama’s always with him.  HE LOVED IT.  Now when it’s bedtime, he always asks for “Mama’s heartbeat” and he immediately calms down.  The other thing I love about this speaker is that you can connect it to your phone and use it as a speaker to play whatever you would like via Bluetooth.  Oh yes and another thing…recently we had the power go out in our house.  What is awesome is that the Baby Sound Oasis has a battery that charges when it is plugged in, so no need to worry about having power to run it!  Which makes it perfect for power outages, traveling or camping!

This speaker was developed by doctors and they say this about sound machines and babies:
“A baby sound machine, especially one offering white noise, soothing music, and nature sounds, is essential to your baby getting a good night’s sleep. Here’s why: Babies are often stressed after being born. A mother’s womb is a very loud environment, and the silence outside the womb can very uncomfortable for the baby. In addition to this, the unfamiliar new sounds of the outside world may be disruptive to their sleep. White noise and our great assortment of sounds simulate the sound of the womb and can create a safe space to sleep, as they help block out other sounds and stimulations that may be causing babies distress. A white noise machine, especially one with 12 different sound selections, can put your baby to sleep and keep them asleep all night long.”

For more info on the Bluetooth Baby Oasis Sound Machine, click HERE!

Disclaimer: I was provided with a free product in return for my honest review.  All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced by the company or its affiliates in any way.

Lulakids Carseat Clips: Review


I have had my eyes on these Lulakids Car seat Clips for a LONG time and I am so glad that I finally was able to try them out!  They are little plastic/magnetic “hands” that you attach to baby’s car seat and the straps to the car seat MAGICALLY attach to them temporarily to keep them out of the way!  (Okay, so it’s not magic….it’s magnetic…haha)   There is nothing more frustrating than having a baby in the car seat that you are trying to buckle in, and then having to dig underneath them to try to get the straps in the right position to buckle them in.  With the Lulakids Car seat Clips, that isn’t an issue, because those buckles stay out of the way until you need them!  In the photo below, the clips are placed at the top of the car seat, but I have found that with my son, it actually works better to attach them down by his legs.  And don’t worry- attaching them is so easy.  It’s just a safety pin with an extra secure lock so it’s easy to install, but also safe for baby.  I absolutely LOVE these clips and would recommend them to any parent!  Check out the clips HERE! 

Disclaimer: I was provided with a free product in return for my honest review.  All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced by the company or its affiliates in any way.

Success Journal: Review

I have always wanted to be writer…I started at a young age with a diary, (Lisa Frank one with a lock and key, LOL!) and have always enjoyed writing.  I took a couple of writing classes throughout high school and college, which was always fun.  Although I don’t have as much time to write as much as I used to, I am really big into keeping track of my thoughts and accomplishments, specifically to meet a goal.  The Success Journal from Stacia Pierce is a PERFECT tool for me to keep track of my life!  To start off, it’s a beautiful journal…lots of bright colors and adorable quotes throughout.  The pages also encourage you to write positive affirmations and list things that you are grateful for.  By putting all of these thoughts on paper, it really helps you to focus on what is important in life and how you can reach your goals by refining different aspects of your life.

I would recommend this journal to any woman in your life who strives to meet goals!  It would make a perfect inspirational gift!

For more info click HERE!

Disclaimer: I was provided with a free product in return for my honest review.  All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced by the company or its affiliates in any way.

Recipe: Beef Roast with Barbecue Sauce

Directions

  1. Place beef round roast in slow cooker, then add carrots, onion, and celery. Season with garlic powder and black pepper. Pour Worcestershire and barbecue sauce over meat and vegetables. Cook on Low until the meat is tender, 6 to 8 hours.
    For original recipe CLICK HERE!

cate & chloe Necklaces: Review

Over the weekend Alex & I had the honor of attending the Wisconsin Broadcasters Award Gala in Madison.  We were nominated for Best Morning Radio Show.  I always get really excited to go to events like that because I LOVE to dress up!  As an adult, there really aren’t many occasions that you get to put on a fancy dress and jewelry for.  The theme for the gala this year was “Gatsby,” so I found myself a flapper-ish dress online and I was set to go!

I was also really excited to dress up because I had just received two fabulous necklaces from a company called cate & chloe.  This company creates stylish and affordable jewelry that women can wear every day, whether you are going to work or to a fancy schmancy gala!  According to the cate & chloe website, “…The creators of Cate & Chloe wanted simple, versatile, elegant pieces that would complete every woman’s personal collection…They wanted to create an easy place for young professionals to find classic, timeless accessories that would add a little glamour to an everyday look.”  And perusing through their website at all of the awesome pieces that they offer, I can say that they definitely stick to that goal!

The two necklaces that I received were so beautiful, and I knew I would have a hard time picking which one I would wear with my dress!

The first necklace is called, “Marian “Passion” 18k White Gold Plated Swarovski Pendant.”  This necklace is simply stunning with a Swarovski Pendant and the little heart detail.  Absolutely adorable.  You can click HERE to order it.

The other necklace I received was called the “Sloane “Hero” Sterling Silver 18k White Gold Plated Swarovski Drop Necklace.”  This necklace has 3 Swarovski crystals and boy do they sparkle and shine!  I love the glittery effect that Swarovski crystals have.  You can check this necklace out HERE.

So when it came down to deciding on the necklace…drum roll please…I figured that the more bling the better, right?  I went with the Sloane Swarovski Drop Necklace!  The drop necklace accentuated the V-neck cut of my dress quite nicely!


Here’s our whole group.  My husband, myself, my co-host Alex and his girlfriend, and our newswoman, Morgan.

I loved that both the necklaces would have easily went with my formal attire, but I could also pair them with a more casual outfit and they would look great.  I was checking out the cate & chloe website and there are so many different items that fit so many different occasions and personalities.  Anywhere from simple to intricate, you are bound to find something that you will fall in love with.  And hey, what a great idea for Mother’s Day?  Hook Mom up!

As for how the night went….well…we took home the 2nd place trophy.  We are the 2nd Best Morning Show in the state of Wisconsin!  Which is still pretty awesome in my book!

Disclaimer: I was provided with a free product in return for my honest review.  All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced by the company or its affiliates in any way.

Frownies Eye Cream: Review


As a woman in my 30s, I am just now learning about how important it is to moisturize my skin.  (I know, I know, I should have learned this a LONG time ago- I’m a little late to the party…)   When I started to see fine lines and wrinkles, especially around my eyes, I knew it was time to do something.

I did my research and found that moisturizing my skin can help prevent wrinkles from forming as fast (along with other things like sunscreen and drinking water), and that a good moisturizer can even reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  During the day I use an all-over moisturizer and foundation with sunscreen.  And at night I make sure to use a moisturizer AND an eye cream.  (My eyes are where I am most self conscious about my wrinkles.)

I was able to try out a product by a company called, “Frownies.”  The product I tried is called Immune Perfect Eye Wrinkle Treatment.  It states that it, “helps the body eliminate the appearance of dark circles, and fine lines under the eyes and on the eye lid.”  PERFECT!  Exactly what I was looking for!

The Frownies Immune Perfect Eye Wrinkle Treatment is all natural and contains Vitamin E, caffeine, pomegranate and green tea.

I noticed right away that I really liked the smell…it smells like oatmeal.  It goes on very smoothly and I can definitely feel it hydrating my eyes.  Here’s how I know it’s doing its job- when I wake up in the morning, my eye area still feels moisturized, not dry like it does when I have used other eye creams.  It even withstands a full night of sleep, rolling around on my pillow.  (Well, let’s be honest here, a “full” night of sleep is something I dream of since I have a baby that is up numerous times a night.  Which leads nicely into my next point…)

The Frownies Eye Cream is perfect if you feel like you look tired, or if you really ARE tired.  The moisturizing effects are a “pick-me-up” for those oh so tired eyes, making you look bright-eyed and bushy-tailed!  And who doesn’t want that?

You can check out the Frownies Eye Cream HERE, or click HERE to check out their other products.

And look how cool this is….I was reading a magazine and saw that Meryl Streep even uses Frownies products!

Disclaimer: I was provided with a free product in return for my honest review.  All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced by the company or its affiliates in any way.