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We are pleased to introduce the next installment to the Captain No Beard Series by Carol P Roman.

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What a great book! Our children just love reading about the Captain No Beard adventures! We (the parents) love the valuable life lessons that the book series teachers our children!

In this installment Fribbet the Frog has gone missing! The crew searches for the excitable frog and finally find him troubled and cying in the stern. Fribbet is very upset,and it is up to Captain No Beard and the crew to find out what is wrong.

Fribbet the frog and the Tadpoles is another great voyage into problem solving abd friendship, as well as an adventurous trip into the imagination.

Join Captain No Beard and his friends as they learn the value of sharing our troubles with others and that help is always there when we need it.

About the Author:

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Award winning author Carole P. Roman is a formaer teacher turned businesswoman. She has successfully run a family business with he husband. Her most favorite job is being a grandmother to her many grandchildren. She currently lives on Long Island with her husband.

Her first book, “Captain No Beard: An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life” has been named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012 as well garnered the star of remarkable merit and was just named as one of Children’s Indy Best – The Pinnacle Award of 2013. “Strangers on the High Seas” was named Readers Views Kids Award ~ Best Children’s Book of the Year.

You can visit Carole’s website to find more about her and her books at caroleproman.com

 

You can find this book and ALL of Carole’s books on Amazon.com

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Kaboom Scrub Free – Smiley360

 

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What’s one spot in your home you just dread cleaning?  Mine is the toilet.  Ugh! Cleaning the toilet is just the worst!  Then once you clean it , it’s tough to keep it smelling and looking fresh.

Well, let me introduce you to Kaboom Scrub Free Continuous Clean with Oxi Clean.  Yes!  I said scrub free and continuous clean.  Excited yet?  You should be.

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The Kaboom refillable toilet cleaning system is super easy to install as well as the refillable tablets.  Each pouch lasts up to 3 months and has stain fighting power to kepp your toilet clean with each flush.  The box mentions it is safe for septic systems and won’t harm toilet parts.

Check out how easy the installation is!

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I’ve been using the Kaboom system now for a few weeks and have noticed a great improvement.  My bathroom smells clean with each flush.  I’ve done less scrubbing too!  I really like this cleaner.

Check out the Kaboom website, they have coupons too!

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BiteSizers

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Meal time is always crazy at my house. With a growing 5 year old boy and an almost 2 year old girl (going on 15), preparing meals is always hectic.  I try my best to have them eat what we eat, but sometimes it’s hard. Trying to cut food up into small enough pieces for their liking while they are yelling “I’m hungry, “Is it ready yet”, etc. can make any mom struggle to have a smooth meal time.  Anything that makes this part easier, I’m signing up for!

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Thank goodness for BiteSizers! Upon first opening they look like everyday scissors. I thought to myself, they’ll probably work the same as kitchen scissors.  Guess what? They work a whole lot better! Way better than using a fork a knife. Who would have thought?! Simply take whatever you are eating, use BiteSizers to cut pieces to your liking, and that’s it!  I was honestly amazed at how easily it cut through this quesadilla.

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I then went on to cut up some cantaloupe. Usually I use a fork and knife to cut fruit up.  Using BiteSizers was a whole lot easier. I went from cutting a quesadilla to cantaloupe, and then I cut up a PBJ just for fun.  They work on any food that I would ever feed my kids.  I love that it has a Snap-On cap to keep the blades good and for easy travel. I can throw them in my diaper bag easily.  There’s even a handy built-in sizer guide so you can cut food to the size recommended by experts as best for children.

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Since I started using BiteSizers both of my kids have tried more foods than ever. It’s just so easy to cut a little bite off of whatever I’m eating and share with my kids. BiteSizers are available exclusively at

www.mixedpears.com and www.amazon.com

I would highly recommend them to anyone with young children.

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New Lip Balm Collection from Mwah

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If you are like us, you are trying to make wiser, healthy choices not only in your grocery store shopping but also beauty and personal care products. For several years we have been using natural alternatives from shampoos and toothpaste to even lip balm. There are some ingredients in commercial lip balms that you will want to avoid, such as: parabens and sulfates. That’s why we made the switch. We go through a lot of lip balm during the winter months so we were eager to try a new natural lip care called Mwah®.

Mwah offers an effective, fresh, high-quality, and healthy spin on lip care that’s still affordable for all young women. Mwah lip care products are natural, void of harmful chemicals and preservatives, never tested on animals, produced in a 100% solar powered factory in southern California and with a portion of all profits donated to the World Wildlife Fund. The collection includes three lip balm products: a slider tub, a stick and a gloss, all available in a variety of yummy flavors for girls looking for an irresistible pucker.

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Mwah has very nice packaging and included a sturdy, plastic drawstring bag.

Our nearly 18 year old daughter liked it and says this about Mwah, “A bit greasy but it smells good and keeps your lips soft. It does not really have a taste so that should prevent Jr. from eating it!”

Our oldest son, nearly 13, thought it was too oily and doesn’t smell nice, but he is a boy and this is a girl product! ;)

The rest of us thought it smelled good! The smells are very true to their flavors and are not fake.

The other girls liked the extra oiliness because it made them feel like they did not have to apply so much.

So the majority liked Mwah!

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Mwah Product Line:
Lip Balm Slider Tub (SRP: $3.99). Flavors: Coconut Chick, Mango Tango, Sweet Tart
Lip Balm Stick (SRP: $1.99/single, $4.99/3-pack). Flavors: Creamsicle, Mango Madness, Strawberry Sweetheart
Lip Gloss (SRP: $2.99). Flavors: Berrylicious, Peachy Keen, Sugar Lips

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You can check out the full line of products and get more info at http://www.perfectlypoutable.com.

Mwah is currently available at CVS/pharmacy, Ulta, HEB, Amazon.com and Meijer stores. Over the next few months, the products will be available nationwide at retailers including Target, Walmart, and Walgreens.

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Padfoot Tries Loving Pets Dog Treats

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What kind of treats does your dog enjoy? What kind of dog treats do you purchase? If you are a regular reader, you know that we try to feed our animals healthy food, not chemical laden products that will lead to illness in the long run. Loving Pets is a company that makes 100% USA made pet products. Their products are all natural. Our dog Padfoot got to try their dog treats recently.

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Two of the girls and I went outside with Padfoot to see what he thought of Loving Pets Natural Value dog treats. Here’s a quick video of him chowing down…he sat so pretty and patiently for our youngest daughter.

I think the video speaks for itself…but let’s see what Padfoot really thinks.


About Loving Pets Dog Treats:

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~ Loving Pets Natural Value dog treats come in three flavors: Chicken, Beef and Duck.
~ 100% USA made from 100% all-natural, chicken, beef and duck
~ Wheat, soy and gluten-free
~ Natural Value dog treats are available in Meat Tenders (Chicken or Duck), Meat Sticks (Chicken, Duck or Beef) and Sausages (Chicken, Duck or Beef)
~ Retail $19.99 for a 14 oz. bag

Natural Value Chicken Tenders

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Chicken Tenders – Our daughter says that Padfoot likes these the best.

Natural Value Beef Sausages

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Beef Sausages – He likes these the least, but he still eats them.


Natural Value Duck Sticks

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Duck Sticks – He likes these too.

Overall, Padfoot gives these dog treats two paws up!

To learn more, visit…

Loving Pets website: www.lovingpetsproducts.com

Loving Pets Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/lovingpets

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Deck the Halls with Big Hero 6!

If you haven’t seen Big Hero 6, it is well worth the time and money…at least we thought so. Read our review here.

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BIG HERO 6 is now playing in theatres everywhere!

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Pet Gift Ideas: Treats

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We had the opportunity to review some pet treats not so long ago. Most of them were for our dog but we did get a little something for our cats too. We try hard to feed our animals healthy food and treats. We want them to live a long and healthy life and believe a healthy diet is a huge part in achieving this goal. If you have a pet on your Christmas list, Evanger’s has pet gift ideas to consider for the health of your pet. It is a new pet food brand to us, but here are some facts that we like about them:

Holiday and Kosher Pet Foods
Made in the USA
Over 40 certified Kosher meals for Dogs and Cats for Hannukah
Human-grade, USA-sourced ingredients
GMO-Free, No Preservatives
Even Grain Free


About Evanger’s

Dr. Fred Evanger began making pet food for his champion Great Danes in the 1930s. Almost 80 years later, Evanger’s continues to be the choice of top handlers, breeders, and enthusiasts. Our commitment to using the highest quality wholesome ingredients continues to make us the natural choice of conscientious pet owners.

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The following photos are of Against the Grain, Grain Free Jerky and another pellet like grain free treat that Padfoot is eating in the bottom photo.

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Padfoot LOVED his treats, as you can see in the above photo! He really got into them. :)

Evanger’s Organics for Cats

We do not know about you but we usually share our holiday meals with our dog and cats. We have to get after the children for giving our pets our favorite pieces of meat! Evanger’s Organics for Cats has a healthy option of Turkey Butternut Squash Dinner, which your cat is sure to enjoy this Christmas or Hannukah season! I know ours did. I did not realize until after the fact that my photos of the cats eating did not turn out well so I do not have any photos of them gobbling down their treat. But I assure you they LOVED it!

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You can find more information at www.evangerspetfood.com Your pet is sure to enjoy some of these new holiday favorites!

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Great First Car: 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage Review

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The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage is a great little first car or starter car for college aged students, for a small family or for a second car to save on gas mileage…that’s what I would love it for!

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Bobbie and I were able to drive this 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage in Sapphire Blue around town for a week in November. It was so much fun to drive! It was easy on gas and cute to boot! We drove the automatic version but there is a standard version (or stick shift) available. It would have been great to try the stick version though, but dear daughter has not yet learned how to drive a standard.

We loved the color, as it reminded us of my husband’s 1992 Mitsubishi Eclipse.

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The Mirage handled well, even on corners, was easy to park and my 17 year old daughter LOVED driving it. It gave her more confidence and excited her about driving. Our vehicle is a large vehicle and very daunting to a first-time driver. I appreciated how much more confidence she had after driving the Mirage for a week.

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This car comes with a push button start, trunk and door feature. Pretty cool, eh? I still have to get use to all these new things and remotes that actually work to open the locks and start the car…comes from owning an older vehicle!

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Other features:

Halogen headlights
Fog lights
Power windows and doors
14″ alloy wheels (they are so cute and little!)
USB port in glove compartment
Anti-lock braking system
Child safety door locks
Split folding back seat
LATCH child restraint system
and so much more!

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I was not too sure about how much room we would have in this little car, but it surprised me. We could fit three of our younger children, two in car seats in the back seat, though my 8 year old said it was not comfortable to sit all the way back. So I do not think it would fit three car seats, it would depend on their size. And depending on the height of the drivers, back seat leg room would have been limited for taller passengers riding in the back. The trunk is normal for this size car. It has 47 cubic feet of cargo space when the seats are down and 17.2 when they are up.

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The interior of the car was nice. It included floor mats, cup holders, storage holder for phone or keys, radio, etc.

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The doors contain a storage area for maps or personal belongings.

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For those who are interested in what is under the hood. It has a 1.2L 3-cylinder MIVEC DOHC engine producing 74 horsepower and 74 lb/ft of torque. It averages 37 city miles/44 on the highway with customer reported 50+ MPG. I know we cut our weekly gas allowance nearly in half! We were pretty impressed.

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Not only is the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage Cars.com #1 Ranking in “New Cars for Penny Pinchers” but it comes with 7 airbags! Yes, 7! This car comes with RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) Construction which deflects and transfers energy away from its occupants. It was named to the American Council of Energy Efficient Economy’s “Greenest Vehicles” list, which is very important to those of us trying to live a greener lifestyle.

The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage starts at $12,995, the version we drove had a MSRP of $16, 205. It also comes in 8 different colors. We had so much fun driving this car!

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Smiley360 – NESCAFE with Coffee-Mate Review

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I love my coffee, it’s my morning go to beverage.  Waking up early while everyone is still sleeping and having a cup of coffee in the morning is my time.  I’m typically a milk & sugar type of gal.  However, NESCAFE with Coffee-Mate introduced me to 3 creamy and great tasting flavors French Vanilla, Original, and Hazelnut.  Well, my mornings have been more inspiring and tasty with these new NESCAFE with Coffee-Mate flavors.  Just the aroma that floats around my kitchen when I stir in the French Vanilla, Hazelnut, or even original is uplifting.  They have made my mornings even more enjoyable.

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No need for a coffee maker or single cup brewer with NESCAFE with Coffee-Mate.  Just put 2 tablespoons of NESCAFE with Coffee-Mate in your cup and add 6 oz. of hot water, stir and that’s it!  Coffee with creamer – mmmmm….. so good!

Go and treat yourself today!

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Smiley360 – Children’s Mucinex Review

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’tis the season. Oh the joys of noses running and hacking coughs. As much as I appreciated the Smiley 360 Blogger offer to do a Children’s Mucinex review, I didn’t want to have to try it. I’m sure all you Mom’s understand. Well, low and behold my little darling started showing signs of the stuffy nose and cough. Good thing we had our Children’s Mucinex in the closet. The multi-symptom cold with expectorant cough suppressant and nasal decongestant was just the thing we needed. It covers the stuffy nose, cough, chest congestion and breaks up mucus in a favorable flavor of Very Berry. After I read all the warnings, uses and directions the first thing I noticed when I opened the box was the dosing cup. It’s a short and wider than other dosing cups included in other brands. Which was much easier for my daughter to drink, it fit her mouth more like a cup she normally drinks out of. She’s not fond of tastes of medicine (but who really is, right?), she said it was good. The Children’s Mucinex helped her cough and stuffy nose, especially throughout the night, which makes this Momma happy.

Children’s Mucinex is alcohol free and there are 7 kinds of liquid forms to choose from depending on the ailment. In addition, there are 3 “mini melts”. From what I read about Mini Melts, you open the packet and pour the contents on your child’s tongue and they swallow it.

Complete drug facts, uses, warnings, dosing chart, and active ingredients please click here.

If you are unsure about using Children’s Mucinex® Multi-Symptom Cold liquid for
your child, talk to your pediatrician. With Children’s Mucinex and all medication, please read all the instructions before you dispense it to your child! Please call the toll free number 1-866-MUCINEX (1-866-682-4639) if you have any product related questions.

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