Archives for August 7, 2015

POTATOYZ Fun and Creative Toy for Kids!

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Looking for something fun and creative for your child to do this Summer? How about creating their own toy? My son thinks this one is pretty cool especially since it really does come from Paris! He had the opportunity to create his own POTATOYZ! (See the little guy above!)  Since he came from Paris, my son thought he should hang out near his Eiffel Tower model. (not included!)

POTATOYZ is a brand new interactive app and toy coming out of Paris. It’s creators are responsible for the animation in The Lorax and Despicable Me. The app allows children to create and customize their own Potatoy and then
send it to the “3D printer” where it then ships to your home.

What is really great is that it is so simple! The whole process is easy and fun to do. It only took my son only minutes to design and create his own toy.

For more information, go to

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this featured product post.

Indulge in New Dessert Inspired Flavors from Müller Yogurt


How does Strawberry Cheesecake, Raspberry Brownie Supreme, Dulce De Leche Delight and Peach Cobbler sound? I know…pretty tasty, right? But, sounds like a whole lot of calories too! Well, now there are Müller yogurt’s new Dessert Inspired flavors that provide the satisfying, self-indulgent moment you deserve. Yes, they also come in the exact flavors that I mentioned above!

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I had the opportunity to try all four flavors and it was truly a difficult task to pick my favorite! I think if I have to choose one though it would be the Raspberry Brownie Supreme…yum!  They all are really delicious though with the Müller yogurt on top of a layer of fruit or caramel sauce and delicious crunchy goodies on the side. It is hard to believe that they each contain 220 calories or less! I also love that they have no artificial flavors, sweeteners or preservatives. A truly healthier option than most desserts!


Müller Dessert inspired yogurt varieties are now available at participating retailers nationwide for a suggested retail price of $1.25.  Look for the black Müller  packaging in the yogurt aisle.

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Photo Credit:  Müller.

New Partners Join the Fun at Mud Mania: A Celebration of Adobe

Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site announced, today, that two new partners are joining them for their popular annual summer event, Mud Mania: A Celebration of Adobe on Sunday, August, 16th. In addition to making real adobe bricks, constructing a mini-adobe home, and competing in mud relay races, staff from the El Dorado Nature Center and Signal Hill Petroleum will be on hand to provide new experiences for the hundreds of children and parents who attend.


Stefanie Gillett, Communications Specialist for Signal Hill Petroleum, explained that the company’s staff will be demonstrating how oil is found, extracted, and processed. “The oil industry uses many resources and scientific techniques to better understand the complex geology of the Earth’s crust,” she said. “We appreciate the opportunity to educate our youth, with a hands on approach, about how petroleum is a huge and necessary part of our everyday lives.”


Meaghan O’Neill, Supervising Park Naturalist for the City’s El Dorado Nature Center, was very excited to be invited to participate in Mud Mania. “We will be having a dirt exploration table, and be speaking with the visitors about the importance of soil to plants and animals,” she explained. “We will have two exploration bins filled with dirt, leaves and compost for guests to dig through and find the tiny critters that live in it, as well as books and educational materials on bugs and other decomposers that help create soil.”


Mud Mania: A Celebration of Adobe, is taking place on Sunday, August 16 from 12:30-4:30 p.m.. Admission is $7 for adults, and $5 for children ages 4-12. Kids 3 and under are free. Food will be available for purchase from the B&R Old Fashioned Burgers food truck.


Guests at Mud Mania are required to park in the overflow lot across from our entrance or on the street; carpooling is desirable.  No more than six children per adult, please.  Shoes are required, except in the mud pit, and guests are encouraged to wear old clothes and bring a towel plus a change of attire for the ride home. “De-mudding” stations will also be available for limited clean up; showers will not be available.

Credit: Rancho Los Cerritos.

About Rancho Los Cerritos:

Rancho Los Cerritos is located at 4600 Virginia Road in Long Beach.  Built in 1844, the adobe home and grounds echo with the rich history of Spanish, Mexican, and American

California and with the families who helped transform Southern California from its ranching beginnings to the modern and urban society it is today. The two-story Monterey-style adobe is primarily furnished to reflect occupants and lifestyles from the 1860s-1880s. The site, a National, State and Long Beach Historic Landmark, also includes historic gardens and a research library and archives. The Rancho is operated by the Rancho Los Cerritos Foundation in private-public partnership with the City of Long Beach. For more information please call (562) 206-2040, or visit the website at and like us on Facebook

National Geographic Kids Guide to Photography: Tips & Tricks on How to Be a Great Photographer From the Pros & Your Pals at My Shot Great for children ages 8-12!

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Do you have a child who has an interest in Photography? The National Geographic Children’s Books: National Geographic Kids Guide to Photography: Tips & Tricks on How to Be A Great Photographer From the Pros and Your Pals at My Shot (National Geographic Children’s Books; August 4, 2015; ages 8-12) by legendary National Geographic photographer Annie Griffiths and children’s author Nancy Honovich is the book to buy!

It was just released this week and I received a copy and I was really impressed with this fun fact-filled book. My 11-year-old son really seemed to like it and recommends it to other kids in his age group. I have always had an interest in photography and found this a very comprehensive and helpful book. I like that it really is kid-friendly and fun to read. I love Annie’s Tips! (See below!)

Getting Started Nat Geo Guide to Photos, credit Annie Griffiths

You can purchase here!

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this post.Photo/Tips credit to National Geographic,  Annie Griffiths and Nancy Honovich.


Summer Must-Haves! Yes, we still have a month to go! Here are some great product suggestions!


Let’s face it! Mom’s are busy! Stay-at-Home Moms, Work away from home Moms…it doesn’t matter..all Moms are busy! Often, exercise goes by the wayside! But, finally here is the perfect workout for busy moms! Introducing the FXP Fitness Hula Hoop® Workout! Being a mom is the most important job in the world.  But when you are constantly meeting the needs of your children, your own needs often get put on the back-burner.   You know the importance of being healthy for yourself and your kids, sometimes it is much easier said than done.  Who has the time or energy to fit in a workout when you are running your kids all over town or if you’ve been up all night with a newborn?






Help is here!  Introducing, FXP Fitness!  In 30 days or less, FXP Fitness will help you drop pounds and inches while having FUN, helping you get rid of that extra baby weight once and for all!  FXP gives REAL moms REAL results.

I received a sample of this one and what I really like about it is that it is quick! But, my favorite thing is just how much fun it really is and that it is low-impact. I don’t do so well with high impact exercising!

With FXP Fitness, users have access to several forms of fitness fun:

Hula Hoop Kits- Choose from five individualized kits.  Each kit comes with a collapsible hoop, DVDs, guides, carrying bag and more!  Kits start at $49.94.

Hula Hoop Level 1 Teacher Training-Designed for trainers by trainers, it’s the first step in teaching FXP Fitness classes.  Training is $250 with discounts for groups and military.

Hula Hoop Life Diet Nutrition Program-Provides access to expert nutritionists, meal planning guides, recipes, support and more.

Mobile App- The perfect way to access FXP programs anywhere.

FXP helps REAL moms achieve REAL results- FAST and easy!  Please let me know if I can send you a sample kit or if you have a feature where this fun new exercise program could be a fit!  Visit  for more information.

The next item would be great for the Golfer in the family!

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Sight Ball ( a one of a kind “On Ball” golf training and alignment aide is now available for purchase.  The announcement was made by young entrepreneur Harry Briggs, the creator of Sight Ball and the company’s Founder and President.

Briggs, an avid golfer and industry employee with eight years of on course experience noticed that there were no golf training aides that were actual golf balls, except for simple putting alignment lines. “I figured there should be something on the actual ball to help your game,” Briggs said. “This ball helps with a golfer’s stance, focus and accuracy.” Briggs added that Sight Ball can be used to help with tee shots as well as a player’s short game and putting and can be used on a golf course whereas most golf training aides cannot.

Sight Ball has six sights, or targets, four of which are used to help the golfer to correctly align themselves with the ball. One points in the desired direction of the ball, one points upward toward the golfer’s face as they look down, another at the feet to gauge proper stance, and the last lines up with the club at the back of the ball.

The intention is for a golfer using the ball during practice to begin by pointing a sight toward the target and one face up toward the golfer. The golfer also looks at a sight pointing at his or her feet to get the correct stance and then lines up a club with a sight in the back before swinging.

Briggs spent more than a year developing the first Sight Ball prototype. He then took it to the Washburn University Small Business Development Center for professional business development assistance. “They helped me with product design and production, Briggs said.

It would take another year of research and development to create the final Sight Ball design or Method; the six sighted golf ball training aid. Further testing indicated that the Sights lined up on the ball actually did help golfers with focus, accuracy, and their stance; an ideal “in-play” and training aid. It was after the research, development, and patenting the “Method” that the Sight Ball business was ready to go this past winter.

Sight Balls are now available on the company’s website, A six pack of Sight Balls retails for $14.95 with a bucket of Sight Balls, 36, retailing for $69.95. Briggs is working on expanding Sight Ball distribution to major golf retailers and green grass pro shops. “One of my goals is to get the “Sight Ball Method” on all top golf ball brands, says Briggs. Currently the Sight Ball Method is available on Top Flite balls.

I received a sample and sadly have to admit that I am not much of a golfer. But, I did have a friend try this one out for me and she said she was impressed with it and how well it worked for her. She uses it for practice quite often and says it has improved her game. She highly recommends it to anyone who plays golf!

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The next one is a Must-Have for Moms and even Dads!

The summer sun can be pretty intense, especially mid-day during the spring and summer months. Sitting by the pool or near any body of water can further intensify the sun’s rays.


While basking in the sun may make you feel happy and relaxed, it may also make you squint, especially if you’re not wearing UV protective sunglasses. Wearing sunglasses is a “beauty must.”  A wide-brim summer hat is also a good idea to keep the sun from shining directly into your eyes.


A day in the sun, even just watching a tennis match or beach volleyball, can also make your eyes feel tired. A nap may help, but here’s a better idea . . . the Bausch + Lomb THERA°PEARL® Eye Mask. Itcan quickly help your tired eyes look and feel refreshed. This unique eye mask that may be used cold contains hundreds of tiny pearls of gel that contour to the shape of your face, delivering soothing relief from “beauty fatigue,” that may result from a hot, humid day and strong sunshine.


This must-have beauty essential measures 9 inches by 2.75 inches, so it takes up virtually no room in the fridge or freezer. It features a comfortable band to help keep it in place. The Bausch + LombTHERA°PEARL® Eye Mask should be applied to skin or closed eyelids for no more than the doctor recommended time of 20 delicious minutes. Use it cold to help you get cooling relief quickly, leaving you ready for whatever the moonlit night has in store.

I received a sample of this one and I love it! It’s small and easily fits in the freezer and it really is a Must-Have for the humid weather days we have been having! A few minutes using this one before bed and I am ready to go to sleep!  It retails for $9.99 and is available on Amazon and at Target, Walgreens,Rite Aid, Kroeger, Ahold, Meijer, Harris Teeter and Publix.

CAUTION: For external use only. Do not use on infants. Do not ingest contents. Do not use for purposes other than intended. Check with your doctor before use on broken, irritated, highly sensitive or insensitive skin. Use only under adult supervision. Always test pack temperature prior to application. Overheating or prolonged application may cause injury to person, including burns. Heating beyond suggested time may damage or destroy THERA°PEARL pack.


For more information on Bausch + Lomb TheraPearl, please


The next one is great for the family! I think teenagers and college kids will love this one too!

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Summer is here! You’re probably already in the swing of summer picnics, family gatherings, backyard barbecues and pool parties, which means you’ve opened your fair share of water bottles, beer cans and other beverages. You might have experienced a chipped manicure or other struggles in the process, but I have good news for you. With the magic Opener, these mishaps are worries of the past!

This one is super easy to use and it works great! I like that it is portable and it is very kid-friendly! And, to top it is even magnetic so you can stick it on the BBQ or anywhere else you  may want to keep it. It is quite affordable too! Retails for $19.99.

If you’re concerned about bigger jobs, try the magic Opener Extreme, which combines all of the benefits of the original magic Opener and the added benefit of being able to open large pull-tab food cans (i.e. pet food, soups and sauces). It retails for $24.99 at

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this Summer feature post. Any opinions expressed are my honest and my own. No other compensation was received to post. Photo Credit/press info: FXP Fitness, Sight Ball, Bausch + Lomb and Magic Opener.