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Stop Worrying When You’re Away from Home

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As a mom of 3, I am constantly on the go.  Between grocery shopping, school events, sports practices, and appointments, I often feel like I’m never home.  Add to that, we frequently travel as a family for events and work, leaving our home unoccupied for days or weeks at a time.  For a long time, I worried about break-ins while we were away, and I worried about emergencies while I was home with my kids alone because my husband works odd hours.  However, I didn’t really know what to do to put my mind at ease, until I got the opportunity to partner with MONI Smart Security.  

MONI has been listening and responding to customers for years, while maintaining a high customer satisfaction ranking.  They know people want options for home and life security, and they provide this with a variety of equipment including the latest smart home technology and set up options.  From professional installation to systems you install yourself like the Nest Secure System, MONI has what works for your family.

I received the Nest Secure System and was able to install it myself in less than 10 minutes, I then activated MONI Professional Monitoring, which was also a simple streamlined process.  Within 30 minutes I made my house was safe and secure whether I was home or away!

To test out the system I was able to trip the system, which not only set off an alarm loud enough to draw attention from neighbors until I entered my password, I also received a phone call from MONI within 3 seconds of pushing the button to ensure that I was safe.  MONI has more than 1,200 team members based in the U.S. to help customers on the phone or through online chat, 24/7!  After hanging up with the MONI Professional Security team member, I knew this service was going to give me the sense of security I was looking for.  If I hadn’t answered the phone or if I was in an emergency, the MONI staff would have been able to call my local emergency dispatch immediately.  
I also noticed my husband was calling in as I was hanging up with the MONI Security.  I had entered him as a family contact when signing up, so he received a text alert that I had triggered the panic alarm.  I immediately thought of the times when my son is home alone, and how easy it is for all of us to use, this system is exactly what my family needed.  After testing MONI, I am definitely one of their over 1 million customers who feel more secure every day!

We have had our motion detectors and smart devices set up throughout our home for over a month now, and not only leave the house without any worries, I also sleep better at night knowing we are being monitored by a world-class system with award-winning capabilities, including knowing that MONI can connect with consumers up to 10 times faster than other companies!  Now that we’ve experienced the security of MONI, I can’t imagine living without it.

Are you on the go a lot, or home alone?  Maybe you just don’t feel as safe as you could?  I can’t stress enough how great MONI Professional Monitoring is, give it a try!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of MONI Smart Security.

Amazing Gift Ideas that Grade Schoolers Will Love!

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com and the Brands Featured Below.

It is that time of year again!  I love the holidays and gift giving is so much fun, but let’s face it, it can be very stressful too.  I am always on the hunt for the perfect gifts that will make my children and the other little folks on my list excited, I love seeing a huge glowing smile and knowing I picked the perfect present.  However, these days kids have so many things grabbing for their attention it can be hard to get that good old list I remember writing up as a kid.  Luckily Babblebox has come up with some amazing kid-approved items for all the grade school aged kids on your list!

For the Fashionista on Your List:  Vince Camuto Shoes
Check out these Pietra Studded Ballet Flats!  These glitter ballet flats with an adorable bow at the toe are sparkly enough to bring a smile to the face of any little girl who loves fashion, like my Lilly.  Plus, they are comfortable and have a soft elastic strap across the top to keep them from flopping at the heel.  The quality of these shoes is impeccable, and have held up to all the dancing and spinning Lilly has put them through.

For the Traveler on Your List: Viv + Lou Duffle Bag
Do you have a child who loves to travel on your list?  Then the Viv + Lou Duffle Bag is the perfect gift.  They have adorable designs, can be personalized by adding a monogram or name, and are the perfect size for a grade-schooler to pack for a weekend vacation or a trip to their grandparents.
Use Coupon Code: MOMMYHOOD to receive 25% off sitewide!

For the Pet Lover on Your List: Petlanthropy Donation Gift Cards
These Donation Gift Cards give children a unique way to help animals in need!  The Petlanthropy Foundation was founded with only one goal, to help give all homeless cats and dogs a loving forever home.  Gift card recipients are able to find animal shelters and projects that they care about and donate the value of their gift card.
When you purchase, share, and gift Petlanthropy Donation Gift Cards this holiday season, you will receive a special furry and fun surprise!

For the Avid Reader on Your List:  The Wonderling by Mira Bartock and Candlewick Press
From New York best-selling author Mira Bartock, this magical chapter book is sure to keep a middle-grade reader entertained in an adventurous story of fantasy and friendship. 

Synopsis via Candlewick Press:
Welcome to the Home for Wayward and Misbegotten Creatures, an institution run by evil Miss Carbunkle, a cunning villainess who believes her terrified young charges exist only to serve and suffer. Part animal and part human, the groundlings toil in classroom and factory, forbidden to enjoy anything regular children have, most particularly singing and music. For the Wonderling, an innocent-hearted, one-eared, fox-like eleven-year-old with only a number rather than a proper name — a 13 etched on a medallion around his neck — it is the only home he has ever known. But unexpected courage leads him to acquire the loyalty of a young bird groundling named Trinket, who gives the Home’s loneliest inhabitant two incredible gifts: a real name — Arthur, like the good king in the old stories — and a best friend. Using Trinket’s ingenious invention, the pair escape over the wall and embark on an adventure that will take them out into the wider world and ultimately down the path of sweet Arthur’s true destiny. Richly imagined, with shimmering language, steampunk motifs, and gripping, magical plot twists, this high adventure fantasy is the debut novel of award-winning memoirist Mira Bartók and has already been put into development for a major motion picture.

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For the Creative Child on Your List: WowWee Magnaflex
These fun and colorful magnetic strips allow children to create whatever they dream up.  The set comes with project ideas including animals, vehicles, and wearable accessories, or children can use their imagination and create anything with this Magnetic toy set.  Aidan loves construction toys and he spent hours playing with this kid, building, and rebuilding whatever popped into his mind.

For the STEM lover on Your List: Helio Night Light Projection System

My children love science and learning new things in general.  So, I was thrilled when I learned about this award-winning children’s educational nightlight projection system.  Instead of leaving Lilly’s closet light on, we have started playing the Helio Projection System for her and she loves it.  She wakes up and tells me all about the planets and the sleep hours of different animals on the way to school.

Buy one Helio and enter Coupon Code: LEARNINGLIGHT to get the second one discounted to $34.95 (valid through April 2018)

For the Candy Lover on Your List: PEZ Christmas Ornament Collection
These adorable mini PEZ dispensers that come in a real Christmas ornament will definitely bring a smile to a child’s face.  We love PEZ in my family so we opened this ornament up really quickly, but these would make perfect stocking stuffers too!

 

What’s your favorite gift idea this holiday season?

Keep Your Kids Entertained and Having Fun Outdoors! #TRUPowerUpFun

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Duracell/Hasbro/Toys’R’Us. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Summer break for kids has either started or is close! With that comes long summer days, and finding ways to keep your kids entertained, and having fun outdoors! Today, I wanted to share two awesome NERF N-Strike toys that might be perfect for entertaining your child! Head to Toys “R” Us and get a NERF N Strike MEGA Mastodon Blaster and the NERF N-Strike Elite Terrascout Remote Control Drone Blaster!

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These two toys are the hottest items for summer fun, and don’t forget to pick up some Duracell batteries to power up! Plus, 6/11-6/17 you can find Duracell batteries on sale at your local Toys “R” Us! Make sure to stock up on batteries, to use for the summers hottest toys! 

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You may think NERF toys are just for kids, but even you parents out there might enjoy these new NERF toys up for grabs! The NERF N-Strike Elite Terrascout Drone Blaster is amazing. It is a remote controlled tank that will fire up to 18 darts per load, and can send live feed to what is in front of the tank! Awesome, right?! 

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Invite some friends or family members to come over, and have fun with these two NERF toys this summer! 

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NERF N-Strike Elite Terrascout Remote Control Drone Blaster

What makes this one of the most popular toys of summer, you ask? Many things, this blaster will keep you entertained for hours! Like I said above it is a remote controlled tank, so you can navigate it to wherever you want, and see live feed of what is in front of you! You can use the live view to shoot darts at the enemy, or find the perfect hiding spot, to hide your drone blaster!   

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It features a high speed, all terrain track (not meant for wet conditions). Kids and even adults will have a lot of fun maneuvering their drone blaster around, searching out the perfect target. You fire a dart by pressing and releasing the trigger, or if you want a continuous fire, then hold it down for extreme fire! This toy is meant for being used outdoors, and is a great way to get kids out and active! This does need batteries to operate, so pick up some at Toys “R” Us when you stop in! You can buy add on and accessories as well! 

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NERF N-Strike MEGA Mastodon Blaster

The MEGA Mastodon Blaster is another great toy for the summer, it is the first ever motorized blaster! It offers rapid fire speeds, for thrilling fun! It has a shoulder strap that is great for maneuvering when playing with other friends, when under attack! The MEGA Whistler darts scream through the air when you send a dart shooting to an opponent or target! Again, make sure to pick up some Duracell batteries, as this does require them! The darts can fire for up to 100 feet, which is so much fun watching to see where the dart will end up landing! This NERF toy will as well give you and your kids endless hours of fun this summer! 

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Join Me For A Twitter Party!

Want to learn more about fun summer activities for you and your kiddos? Join us on Wednesday, 6/14 at 2pm EST where we will be talking about favorite summer games, toys, plans and how to have the best summer ever. We ask that you promote the Twitter Party in your post, as well as participate on 6/14. The hashtag for the party will be #TRUPowerUpFun.

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Giveaway Time 

Giveaway Prize Pack Includes:

  • (1) $250 Toys“R”Us gift card
  • (1) Duracell Coppertop AA pack of batteries
  • (1) Duracell Coppertop D pack of batteries

Giveaway Ends: June 23, 2017
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Duracell/Hasbro/Toys’R’Us. The opinions and text are all mine.

Benefits of Front Load Laundry Machines!

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

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 As a mom of three, I do a lot of laundry.  It feels like once I catch up, the hamper is filled again overnight.  So having the best washer possible is very important to me, saving me time and money.

Cleaning performance with a front load washer is better than top load and that is important when you have kids who love to play rough and get dirty.

Front load washers also typically use less water and also consume less electricity, keeping bills low.  Plus, these washers spin faster which keeps clothes drier and reduces drying time.

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LG Front Load Laundry Benefits

  •  Best cleaning performance
  • Gentleness on clothes so they last longer
  • Most energy efficient to save on utility bills
  • Highest spin speaks to dry clothes faster
  • SideKick compatible, providing additional capacity to wash 2 loads at once

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Best Buy Deal on LG Laundry

Save an additional $150 when you purchase an LG Front Load Washer and SideKick on Best Buy!

 

 

American Girl 2017 Girl of the Year – Gabriela McBride

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Have you met Gabriela McBride yet?  American Girl’s 2017 “Doll of the Year” Gabriela was released on January 1st and she has Lilly completely in love!

American Girl 2017 Girl of the Year – Gabriela McBride

Gabriela McBride, is the American Girl 2017 Girl of the Year! Gabriela is described as a, “true creative talent who uses the power of poetry to help her overcome stuttering.” Gabriela is a wonderful American Girl Doll to help  teach your child they can overcome any obstacle they are facing in life. From stuttering to confidence, this American Girl Doll is truly inspiring. 

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I love how each American Girl doll has a story behind it, so your child can relate to the doll! These dolls are meant to be fun and give your child hours and hours of play time, but to also inspire them to be the best they can be! I think that is what makes American Girl dolls so unique. 

If you child has a stuttering problem, then Gabby could really help build up your child’s confidence. Gabby shows strength, and shows that writing poems becomes an outlet, and helps build up confidence to overcome her stuttering! 

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Gabriela is 18″, has warm brown eyes that open and clothes. She has some beautiful dark brown hair that is full of curls. Gabriela has a cloth body, which makes her very huggable. She can move her head and limbs, easily which makes playtime more fun! She does come with the Gabriela paperback book, and her signature outfit. 

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American-Girl-Doll-of-the-year-2017-gabriela-blog-reviewHer Outfit: 

  • Fitted dark blue jeggings
  • Cropped purple sweater with silver dream graphic, and a soft turquoise tank top
  • Purple shoes with turquoise straps
  • Pink Double headband and 10 hairbands

Plus you can head over to the Gabby-dedicated site: http://americangirl.com/girloftheyear where you can find free book excerpts, videos, e-cards, and much more. This is a fun perk of the Gabby doll! You can even create your own Gabriela poem

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Where to Buy: 

If you are interested in buying the Gabriela American Girl Doll, you can shop at amerciangirl.com or through one of their retail stores! This is a perfect doll to add to your child’s American Girl collection! 
The Gabriela Doll & Book Set Retail Cost: $115
Gabriels Accessories Retail Cost: $28

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Disclosure:  American Girl sent us a doll to help facilitate this review, all opinions are 100% my own.

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