Monday, June 30, 2014

Welcome to the Little Tikes Slam 'n' Curve Water Slide Giveaway!!!

Little Tike Slam n Curve
Hosted by Everything Mommyhood, and sponsored by Little Tikes! Special thanks to our co-hosts MOMentarily Distracted, Fused Life, Mama Pure, and Raising 3 Savvy Ladies

Just a few short months ago, when snow was coating everything around, it was almost hard to believe it would happen, but it has...Summer is here! And now that is here, it is HOT. It's time to find fun ways to cool off. With that in mind, I bring you the Little Tikes Slam 'n' Curve Slide! Your children are sure to love this generously sized, easy to setup, water slide with wading pool, climbing wall, and basketball hoop! Make sure you stop by and check out Everything Mommyhood's Little Tikes Slam 'n' Curve Water Slide Review.

Video Editing Done Right - Review and Giveaway!

*This post is brought to you by Muvee.

As most of you know, in addition to this blog, I have a YouTube channel. If you don't know, you should definitely check it out! Creating quality videos is a process. It takes time to learn, find what works and what doesn't, and then figure out what really want from a video.

Managing Pain Without Drugs

*This post is brought to you by Micro Therapy Pro Painmaster.

I am one of the millions of Americans who experience back pain every year. A lot of it is just aches and pains that comes from lifting kids up and down all day, but I also have pain in my lower back that can really knock me off kilter for a few days/weeks.

There are tons of ways that people deal with back pain, but most of them are either very expensive or require taking copious amounts of painkillers, neither of which appeals to me. There is now also Micro Therapy Pro Painmaster, which only costs around $50. While that is certainly higher than some OTC pain relievers, I like that it is non-invasive and drug-free.

Welcome to the I Can See Giveaway!

*This post is brought to you by Verilux.

My son has been complaining lately of headaches. I noticed that they usually occur when he is doing schoolwork. While it could easily be an issue of being bored and trying to find an excuse to get a break from school (what kid hasn't tried it at least once, right?), I decided to take him to the optometrist to get a thorough checkup. The doctors found nothing significantly wrong with his eyes, but did warn that eye strain could be a part of the problem.

If you have ever spent a significant amount of time looking at small print in a book, or counting stitches in a piece of needlework, you know the strain it can have on your eyes. It was quite by accident that I found the Heritage Natural Spectrum Desk Lamp. It was designed in response to that eye strain.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Diamond Simulant Earrings Review and Giveaway!

*This post is brought to you by Darcus Tori.

With my jewelry, I like things to be fairly simple. I also like it to be relatively inexpensive, both because I don't like spending a ton of money on it and because I have a tendency to lose things and don't want to be devastated if I lose a $2,000 pair of earrings!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Making an Ordinary Day Beautiful

*This post is brought to you by the Bouqs Co. 
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I love flowers. Unfortunately, I rarely receive them and when I do, they are always red roses. Mostly Together Dad does his best, but flowers aren't his strong suit! I have gotten red roses for the past 10 years and I am more than ready for something new!

So, I did what any woman in my situation would do! I ordered my own. Lilies have long been my favorite flowers (Tiger Lilies to be exact), but as I couldn't have those, I chose some lovely Orange Lillium Asiatic flowers - also known as the Recognize bouquet from The Bouqs Co.

Under the Sea Shells Word Problem Activity Set Review and Giveaway!

*This post is brought to you by Learning Resources.

It's summer time and kids want to play, have fun and avoid anything school related. Parents want their children to have fun, but they also want them to avoid the dreaded "summer slide" when kids tend to forget some of the things they've learned throughout the past school year.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

I Have a New Favorite Restaurant!

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After my last restaurant review, which wasn't that great, I did more research this time before choosing a restaurant to visit. Luckily, makes it easy to do this, because when you are searching for restaurants in your area, you can easily see reviews that others have left and also see a menu and even a link to the restaurants website, if they have one.

So, after much deliberation, I chose to visit the River City Eatery. It's located in a small town about an hour from my home, so it's not somewhere I had ever even heard of before, but users had rated it 4.3 starts out of 5.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Protection from ALL Enemies, Both Foreign and Domestic

*This post is brought to you by Zip & Block.

When my son was born 9 years ago, I swore that I would do everything that I could to protect him. His first couple of years were difficult, though. He was colicky, so both I and his daycare provider had all we could do to keep him happy, healthy, and keep our sanity intact! He outgrew the colic soon enough, but his father, in the Unites States Navy, left to serve our country on a 6 month deployment. He broke his arm shortly before his 3rd birthday. All of that was hard, but we made it without too much struggle.

None of that prepared me for the night that I woke and checked on him in his crib, only to find him gasping for air, taking short, desperate breaths, working diligently to get something into his lungs. I rushed him to the emergency room, where they administered oral steroids. His airways opened back up, but these episodes lasted for several years. Finally, he was diagnosed with asthma.

The Talking Shirt Review and Giveaway!

*This post is brought to you by The Talking Shirt.

My six year old is just getting to that point where she has learned to read and she is finding a lot of joy in it. She is reading everything. Cereal boxes, billboards, even over my shoulder as I type this  (Shari - go play!)

While it can drive me nuts sometimes, (can you imagine trying to get through the grocery store with a child wants to read, out loud, every word, on every product?!) it's also very cool that she is enjoying reading. What is less cool (by a lot!), is trying to explain some of the things she is reading.

"Mommy, why does that ladies butt say "Juicy?"

"I think that little girl is in trouble. Her mom made her wear a shirt that says, "Brat."

The worst was the shirt she saw where the owner was declaring herself a "B&%!$!"

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Mom Gym™

Have you ever had something you just have to get off your chest? You want the world to hear your voice and pay attention! Michelle Mitcham does. Michelle is the mother of two beautiful little girls and she is our guest poster for today! She has a message for all you beautiful, hardworking moms out there!

I hate when people looked shocked when I say I don't go to the gym. Girl please! Don't you know I go to the Mom Gym™. Oh? You've never heard of the Mom Gym™? Let me break down my typical workout for you:

Monday, June 23, 2014

Doing Dress-up Right

This post is brought to you by Ms. Madeline's Tutus.

As most of you know, I have two little girls. Girls are so much fun! While they love splashing through the mud and will give the boys a run for their money on the playground, they also love dressing up. Even my 17 month old will grab whatever article of clothing has been left around the house (thanks Mostly Together Dad!) and will try it on.

My older daughter is also having a lot of fun experimenting with accessories. Headbands, jewelry, shoes, even purses are all fair game for her lately! There has been more than once that I have had to bite my lip and let her leave the house with her feeling so special - and looking really funny!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Friday, June 13, 2014

Cooking Green

*This post is brought to you by Ozeri. 

When deciding to try to live a "Greener" lifestyle, one usually thinks about the fairly obvious measures to take - recycling, not using Styrofoam cups/plates, buying energy efficient appliances, etc. However, living a greener life goes into all aspects of living. Of course, the foods you choose can be green, but what about your cooking pans?

Thursday, June 12, 2014

They can't all be 5 Stars

My latest foray into the delicious world that offers was a bit of a dud. When searching for a place to eat in Minneapolis on a recent visit, Italian food sounded really good, so we settled on Sorrento Cucina, which was touted as authentic, but at a great price.

I love that it is family owned and operated and you actually see the same people that are in the photo on their website. The owner, Rose Virgillo was even present when we arrived, which I thought was really nice.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

When Your Kid Starts to Stink

Have you ever had a mystery smell invade your home? One that, for the life of you, you just can't put your finger on? One that seems to come and go, and that doesn't seem to bother anyone else as much as you?

The last few weeks, that elusive smell has been growing. Like a bloodhound with a vendetta, I finally sniffed out the source - my nine year old son.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Ecosential by Smart Choice Review and Giveaway!

This post is brought to you by Electrolux.

When you make a large purchase, like a new appliance, it can be nerve-wracking. A big concern for many (myself included) is the upkeep of the piece. Sure it may look great on the show-room floor, but is it going to be awful to clean? Are you going to be able to use earth friendly products to clean it? These are important things to consider when making a purchase!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Preparing for a Natural Disaster Part II

Here in the United States, we are subjected to just about every natural disaster out there. Hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, mudslides, ice storms, etc. You name it, and we deal with it. It's important to know and understand how to respond to the disasters that are prone to your specific area.

Where I live, we deal with tornadoes and freezing temperatures. Here, I have included a list of things to do to ensure that no matter the type of weather related disaster, you will be prepared.

Kare for the Quakes!

*This post is brought to you by

In doing research for Emergency Preparedness week on MTM, I came across At first, I just thought it was a cool company with useful products. I learned that they are so much more! It's actually owned by a  non-profit business, Lighthouse for the Blind.

They purchased QuakeKare earlier this year to not only provide quality emergency preparedness products at a great cost, but to also provide employment opportunities for the legally blind and to fund programs that offer support to both children and adults dealing with blindness. I think their mission is awesome and I am so impressed that they are so committed to the community that they serve!

Emergency Preparedness Giveaway!

We all know that disaster can strike at any time. No matter where you go in the country, every region has it's own nasty weather conditions. In light of that, it's important to be prepared for these eventualities.

Chance favors the prepared ~ Louis Pasteur

 This week, on Mostly Together Mommy, we have been talking about emergency preparedness. We've discussed everything from preparing for a natural disaster to creating an emergency plan. We've also gotten to introduce some fantastic companies that have some fabulous products. These companies are so committed to preparedness that they have come together to help you all be prepared by giving away some fabulous prizes!

  • Adventure Medical Kits - First Aid Kit, Easy Access Bandages, After Bite Kids, After Bite Tube, Natrapel Bug Spray, Adventure Bath Travel Wipes
  • Boltwell - B66 Car Emergency Kit
  • Redflare Kits - LifeStraw Water Filter

This prize is worth over $300, and one lucky winner is going to walk away with it all! To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to residents of the continental U.S. and will end on June 27, at midnight. One entrant per household, please.

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*Mostly Together Mommy received samples to facilitate a review. Sponsors are responsible for prize fulfillment. This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

The Most Basic Necessities...

*This post is brought to you by RedFlare Emergency Supplies.

Water is one of the most basic necessities in life, right behind oxygen. Most of us take for granted the fact that we only have to twist a knob in our kitchens to get clean drinking water. It's so easy, that we don't really take the time to think about where it comes from or what we would do if it suddenly stopped coming.

After hurricane Katrina, around 2.4 million people were without access to safe drinking water. There was plenty of water around, but it was full of bacteria and people were told not to drink it. What would you do in that situation? What if your children were begging for something, anything to drink? Would have something for them?

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Emergency Car Preparedness

*This post is brought to you by Boltwell.

Have you ever been in a car that has suddenly decided it doesn't want to go any farther? I have. More than once, in fact. If you've never experienced it, let me tell you, it definitely isn't fun! I will always remember being 6 months pregnant with my first, walking for a mile down the highway with Mostly Together Dad because I wasn't willing to wait in the truck, in the dark, in a place I was unfamiliar with at one o'clock in the morning, for him to come back with a gallon of water to cool down our overheated engine.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Preparing for a Natural Disaster Part I

Here in the United States, we are subjected to just about every natural disaster out there. Hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, mudslides, ice storms, etc. You name it, and we deal with it. It's important to know and understand how to respond to the disasters that are prone to your specific area.

Where I live, we deal with tornadoes and freezing temperatures. Here, I have included a list of things to do to ensure that no matter the type of weather related disaster, you will be prepared.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Emergency Preparedness: Starting with the Basics

*This post is brought to you by Adventure Medical Kits.

A very basic first step to emergency preparedness that is applicable in every type of emergency is to acquire a good first aid kit. First aid kits are great for large emergencies, but also for those more common, every-day type of emergencies - a scraped knee, splinter, etc. Having all your supplies in one central location makes it easier to respond to an emergency and also much quicker. Often, in a medical emergency time is of the essence.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

It's Emergency Preparedness Week on Mostly Together Mommy!

With hurricane season starting (hurricane season runs from June 1 - Nov 30), I thought it would be prudent to take this week and discuss emergency preparedness on Mostly Together Mommy. Every year, weather-related emergencies take lives and it is often the unprepared to suffer the most. Just taking some small steps, you can prepare your family for a disaster both large and small.

New Baby Needs Giveaway!

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New Baby Needs Event Is HERE!! We Are Excited To Be Celebrating These New Additions!!

Joy Of Momma Joyner and This Mama's Life have just added new babies to their families! To celebrate, they have teamed up with an awesome group of bloggers and wonderful sponsors to bring you great products that a New Baby Needs! ONE WINNER will walk away with this whole prize package worth over $1250! The Prize Package includes items from these sponsors:
Halo – SleepSack – $29
Pish Posh Baby – Baby Jogger Vue Stroller – $199
Undercover Mama – Nursing Tank Top – $35
Fairhaven Health –
Making Mama’s Milk Cookies – 1 Month Supply Of Cookies – $48
Avent –
Tiny Love – NEW Tummy Time Fun: Under The Sea – $30
Applecheeks – Applecheeks Bundle – $30
Tommee Tippee – Colorful Bottle 3-pack – $24
Little Toader - Teether - $10
Baby Shusher - Baby Shusher - $35
Buncha Farmers - stain remover, 3 varieties of our hand made manuka honey soaps, hand sanitizer, body and facial skin cream - $39
Buttons Diapers - 3 Diaper Covers and 3 Daytime Inserts - $43
Baby Box Company - Baby Box - $150
Clever Relish - Wipes Case Cover - $15
Levana - Oma+ Powered by Snuza - $99
Bobee - Diaper and Wipes Dispenser - $40
Hairbow Company - Outfit - $20
Aden + Anais - Dream Blanket - $50
Mixie Baby - Mixie Bottle - $20
PediPed - 1 Pair of Originals - $35
MAM - Cooler Teether and Oral Care Rabbit - $12
BabyBjörn - Bouncer Balance Soft - $199
Chewbeads - Jane Necklace - $30
Ciinolin - Swaddles and Baby Steps Cards - $55
GlowBug Cloth Diapers - Diaper and Insert - $13
PRK Products - Baby Food Organizer - $25

So, what do you think? Ready to enter? It’s simple! Just fill out the Giveaway Tools Form below. There are plenty of entry options, and the more you do, the better your chances of winning are! The New Baby Needs Event Prize Package is open to all legal residents of the United States who are 18-years-old or older. This event will run from 12:00am EST Sunday, June 1, 2014 through 11:59pm EST Sunday, June 22, 2014. Best Of Luck!
Disclaimer: The participating bloggers not responsible for the fulfillment of the prizes. The sponsors will send the prizes directly to the winner. We are also not responsible for any unfortunate accidents that may result from the use of any of these products.