Sweaty kids and Stinky Shoes

This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Febreze. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

Going back to school reminds me of the fun after school routines we have. The kids love to go to the park and play for a bit on our way home. I let them. They need the physical exercise and I love rummaging thru their backpacks while they play. They don’t normally play long before one asks for a snack or has to use the bathroom.

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We make the short 10 minute walk home and they are so hot and tired. And they stink. The odor is piercing. It makes me nauseous. Then one of the kids kicks off their stinky shoes and that odor hits me. It’s bad! I make them put the shoes up quickly and gag for a few more minutes from the nasty kid sweat smell.

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I am armed with a plan of action this year. I will no longer have to breathe thru the stinky smells. I was sent a few Febreze items to conduct a NoseBlind test with some friends and here is what that looked like:

1.) Inital smell in the house, that I don’t smell, but my guests do
2.) Popped popcorn smell in the house, everyone smells this
3.) Febreze sprayed
4.) No one smells popped popcorn

Until I participated in this fun NoseBlind test, I had no clue that Febreze worked so quickly to neutralize odors. I thought finding something to mask odors was key. Nope, neutralizing them is key!

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So I will have Febreze on hand to spray when sweaty kids and stinky shoes try to take over with their unpleasant smells. What do you use to keep these odors at bay in your home.

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Giveaway:

One lucky MyCRAZYSavings reader will win:
$60 AMEX gift card!
1 Febreze Air Effects
1 Febreze Fabric Refresher
1 Febreze Noticeables with refill
1 Febreze Candle

Enter to win by leaving a comment on this blog post sharing what smell you are most #noseblind to. You can get additional entries if you tweet your answer and use #noseblind in your tweet. Drop your link in the comments for that to count as well! Giveaway ends on 9/1 at 5PM CST.

Disney’s Frozen Birthday Party Fun

We were sent a few Frozen themed items for the purposes of this review. 

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You are not surprised to read that we had a Frozen party today for my (almost) 6 yr old! Frozen has been a very  popular party choice for the past year and it’s still the first choice of many. With it being so popular, it can be difficult to find party supplies. I am fairly creative and can accent with simple colors and basic items. The plates and napkins are hard to find instore….so I went to my favorite online party supplier, Oriental Trading and they had plenty and it was IN STOCK! They have free shipping often and I was able to score all that I needed for our party! Their prices are great and I love that they offer such a huge variety of options.

I also got the fun blue rock candy and pink striped straws from Oriental Trading. Check out their whole line of Frozen items!

Right now you can get FREE shipping on orders of $39 or more when you use coupon code: CY1480014

*If you are near North Dallas and want the most delicious cake pops around, reach out to Megan at BlackFlour. Those pictured above are from her amazing bakery! She is super talented and make almost anything!

Stop Acne with Silk’n Blue Acne #SilknProducts

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Silk’n Blue. I received products to facilitate this review to thank me for participating.

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I am in my 30′s and I still get acne. I didn’t have it horribly bad as a teen, and it’s not horrible now, but man o man…I get some painful acne at times. I’ve been testing out a Silk’n Blue Acne device for about six weeks now and can tell a big difference with the my jawline. I used to get acne there and they were the kind that HURT! I’ve been using the Silk’n Blue twice a day for 3-5 minutes. It’s very simple to use! This little Hand-held light device provides a gentle synergistic power of fractional blue light (same as what is used in dermatologists offices). It possesses a built-in temperature sensor (prevents the device from exceeding 41°C / 106°F) so it’s completely safe! This sure beats all of the face scrubs and creams. Mess FREE! No need to buy any extra products. It’s so easy, I use it in my car at stop lights. Hold until the light turns green…it’s really that simple. It doesn’t get too hot to touch and it’s safe. I love that it comes with a rechargeable base which makes it easy charge at night.

If you are currently using a physician prescribed AHA, BHA, Reitn-A, topical retinoids or azelaic acid, have been treated with Accutane (isotretinoiin) within the past 6 months or have a history of herpes outbreaks in the area of treatment then you should consult a physician before using it. The Silk’n Blue should not be treated on: Eczema, psoriasis, lesions, open wounds.

Benefits of the Silk’n Blue include:

  • Starts neutralizing bacteria immediately; prevents future breakouts
  • Fast and visible results – get best results of clear, beautiful skin in 3-7 weeks
  • Clinically proven and dermatologist-recommended
  • Natural, drug free solution (avoid harmful effects of Accutane, avoid drying out skin like some skin cleansers)
  • Dual-energy for bacteria destruction and acne prevention
  • FDA-approved and Health Canada-cleared  

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Use Coupon code EXTRATWENTY to get an additional 20% off until Sept 30 2014.

Here is my video review incase you like to see it in action!

 

Saving Time with T-Mobile Data for Life on the Trio AXS Tablet

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TrioTablet #CollectiveBias

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As you know, I’m a mom to three little princesses! We are BUSY! We love to be on the move and try to take in as much as life as we have energy for each day! This is great for making memories and family fun, but it often leaves me up at night burning the midnight oil…trying to play catch up and get it all done.

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I’ve often said that I would get so much more done through out the day if I had internet while I wait. I spend a lot of time waiting. I wait to pick up my kids after school, I wait while they are at ball practice, I wait at the Orthodontists office (I have two getting treatments currently!) and I wait at the gym for class to start…often 15-20 minutes. That’s a lot of minutes that I could be productive. You are going to love hearing about how I am gaining some precious minutes back with my family each evening thanks to an awesome promo that Walmart has going on right now!

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You are going to think that this is too good to be true when I tell you…and it just might be! If you purchase the T-Mobile Trio AXS Quad Core Tablet which comes with T-Mobile Data for life! Yes, you read that correctly…data for life! Currently this tablet is priced at $179.99 and it comes with 200 mb of data each month for the life of the tablet. You don’t pay a monthly fee. How cool is that? The 200MB of free data each month for the life of the tablet on T-Mobile’s advanced nationwide 4G network is beyond awesome and perfect for keeping me connected and ahead of the game.

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This is perfect for those on the go that need to stay connected! Now that I have this awesome Tablet, I am able to stay on top of things and I am not missing out on the bedtime snuggles with my girls. I am able to use those 10-15 minute windows of time to get things done online, so that I can enjoy evenings with my kids. It’s so awesome! I charge the tablet at night and it slides perfectly into my purse. I can use it at home with my wi-fi and then use the 4G data when I am out and about!

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When I went to Walmart, I simply bought the T-Mobile Trio AXS Quad Core Tablet and brought it home. Once at home, I connected to wi-fi and then it was just a few simple steps away from being set up for TMobile 4G data. I did not have to enter any payment info to set up the 4G service. Super simple! If you want more than 200MB per month of Free Data for Life, T-Mobile-connected tablet, T-Mobile and Walmart offer affordable, flexible and overage-free tablet data plans.

I am heading out on a trip this weekend and let me tell you I HATE car rides. I feel trapped and often tons of things that I need to get done run thru my head while riding along. This is going to be perfect for my trip! I can work and get things done, worry free! This tablet is about 7-7.5 inches big and is slim and sleek. It’s very user friendly and simple to use.

How would having Data for Life be a game changer for you and your busy schedule?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disney Classic’s now on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Copy Today, Aug. 12th

If your family loves Disney as much as ours does, then you won’t want to miss out on the release of classic Disney films on August 12th!

Music plays a huge role in Disney films and these classics are no exception to the Disney magic. Today marks the release of

as they release for the first time ever on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital Copy August 12th!

We were sent the above mentioned copies to check out…and it was a Disney Marathon at our house! My girls LOVE all of the fun songs in these classics! Grab some popcorn and get excited because you can enter to win your own set!

Giveaway:

Three will win a combo pack! To enter this giveaway, leave a comment on this post telling me which of the five you are most excited about owning! For an extra entry, you can share this giveaway on FB or Twitter and leave a link to your share in the comments! Giveaway ends on 8/21 at 5PM CST1

Jamming with SOL REPUBLIC Deck Wireless Speaker

Summer is coming to an end and I am soaking up every last minute of it! From dance parties at home to pool parties with friends, we are living it up! To make our time together more memorable, we have been adding music! It’s so much fun to sing and let loose, or relax and chill out! And let’s face it…my iPhone speakers are not loud enough for a full jam fest!

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I was recently sent a SOL REPUBLIC DECK: a wireless speaker, with unprecedented range and versatility to check out. This has been a game changer for us! It’s blue tooth ability allows me to connect with no cords! We take it to the pool, to the park, and I even listen to music in the shower thru it! It’s awesome!

I’ve been using my SOL REPUBLIC headphones for a while now and this is equally as cool! We are planning a birthday party for my youngest and I plan to use this to stream her favorite music! With 25 people, it might be tough to hear the music, but I think that this speaker is up to the challenge. I can be 300 ft away from the speaker and it will continue to stream! This speaker has an outdoor boost on it to allow for maximum use! Here is the other nice thing… upto 5 people can pair and stream thru it.

Giveaway:

SOL REPUBLIC is partnering with me to give away one of these awesome speakers to one of my readers! To enter this giveway, simply leave a comment on this blog post telling me where you would use this speaker at! If you want an additional entry, share this post on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or on Instagram. Leave a link in the comments to your post. Giveaway ends on 8/21 at 5PM CST.

Here is a list of other items that are great for your Back to School adventures:

  • RELAYS: the active in-ear headphones that keep up with you no matter what the day brings. I love the versatility of these. Perfect for the active student, involved in activities and always on the move.
  • TRACKS: their signature $99 model that provides superior sound at the price point (on-ear). These are great for day-to-day usage. Perfect for the kid always on the go.
  • TRACKS AIR: the first wireless headphones from SOL REPUBLIC, in collaboration with Motorola. My personal favorite!
  • COLLEGIATE: their custom collegiate Tracks, they have over 100 universities licensed. Perfect for those students who already have their favorite team (and mega college spirit!) Full list of available teams here (if it isn’t here, they don’t have that school yet).

 

Pamper yourself at Spa On The Square in Southlake Town Center

Spa on the Square invited some bloggers to come preview their services. All opinions are my own!

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If you are looking for a one stop shop then you will want to head to Spa On The Square in Southlake Town Center! They offer so many services!

I got to check out some of their services and I loved every minute of it! I had my hair straightened! (I have naturally curly hair and it’s no fun to straighten!) This was a HUGE treat for me! I ended up buying the Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask. I can’t wait to try it out on my hair and my oldest daughters hair!

I also got a mini massage! This was awesome! Linda, the therapist knew right where my sore spots were and she worked them over! She educated me a ton and gave me some awesome tips on how to prevent my back from getting so sore again!

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Photo Credit: Dian with GroceryShopForFree

The facial I received was a new experience for me. I didn’t know what to expect but I loved it! I could definitely tell that my skin was TONS softer. I loved that it was tailored for my skin.

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Photo Credit: Dian with GroceryShopForFree

I didn’t have much time get my nails done but did sit down and get some tips. Did you know that Moroccan oil makes a skin care line now? I didn’t either. Keeping my hands well moisturized will help keep the hang nails at bay! Who knew? (I didn’t!)

If you are looking for a place to get pampered, then check it out! I will definitely go back! Right now they are being featured on Groupon! Go grab this deal!

Pampers New Baby Wipes Designs (+ Giveaway)

*I am a Pampers Baby Board Blogger and I was sent the gift you see pictured below. All opinions are my own and are honest.

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Pampers has three new Wipes designs that hit the shelves this month! They are adorable…and yours truly got to help choose the designs along side other Pampers Baby Board members at our meet up a few months ago! I love the new designs so much! What are your thoughts?

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I love them all! I use Pampers wipes for EVERYTHING! We had a game truck party a few months ago and we used them to clean sticky fingers off before playing. Popsicle stickiness, gone! Spilled lotion on the couch, no biggie. Pampers wipes to the rescue! My kids use them a lot and if it’s not a bath night, I make them use them to freshen up some. Love love love Pampers wipes! Very durable and perfect for every family! From tiny bums to big messes…they get the job done! Here is more info about them. If you can’t read it, click on it to see a bigger graphic!

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Giveaway:

Pampers is always so generous to offer a rocking giveaway to one of my most loyal readers! Enter to win the items that you see pictured below! (Awesome, right?) Leave a comment on this blog post telling me the three things you use Pampers wipes for in your family.  Giveaway ends on 8/21 at 5PM CST

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Girls Weekend Getaway in the Buick Regal

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Recently, I was able to get away with some girl friends for a fun weekend in The Woodlands, TX. We were given a Buick Regal to test drive while on our little trip! It was the 2014 Regal GS AWD. Let me tell you, I felt young and free in this baby! The bright red exterior made me feel care free!

The 2014 Regal offers Interactive Drive control system that allows for standard, sport or high performance GS modes. The Regal also has Buick IntelliLink that allowed us to stream from Pandora! How cool is that? One of my favorite features of this model was the alert systems! Rear cross alert, lane change alert, and side blind zone alert! At first it took a little bit of getting use to as I didn’t know what the dinging sound was, then I was able to relax and enjoy the ride and knew it will audibly alert me if needed. This model is also equipped with 8 standard air bags!

The gas mileage on this baby was AWESOME! The 18 gallon tank allowed us to go more then 4 hours on ONE tank of gas! The MPG for highway driving is 27, and I think we might have even got better then that!

If you are looking for a car that is practical, has room for five, tons of trunk space, gets great gas mileage and looks super sporty, then you want to check out a Buick Regal!

Straight Talk: Invisalign vs Braces

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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My oldest daughter is currently wearing braces to correct a tooth that was pushed behind the others and caught behind her bite. With wearing them now, she should haven’t to have them later. But it’s not a guarantee. Although we have seen a HUGE change in her teeth in a short amount of time, it’s come with a price. Not just a financial price, but a physical one.

Chloe plays basketball and the brackets on her braces pierce her gums anytime anything comes near her mouth. As a newbie to her team, she often takes blows to the face from fast passes or clusters of girls fighting for control of the ball. This creates a lot of heart ache for me as I watch her fight back tears and swallow blood from the injury. It often takes a few days before her gums are healed enough for her to enjoy certain foods again. It’s really sad! She’s 9 and I hate the “no pain, no gain” phrase when it comes to her dental care.

Although I think she will have beautiful teeth in a few months, I wish she did not have to endure all of this to get them. Invisalign would have been a great option for her. For any athlete really. No funky brackets sticking out, waiting to poke the gums. Invisalign Teen is available to pre-teens and teens. I didn’t know! Invisalign Teen is covered by most dental insurance policies just like traditional braces — up to 50% of the cost may be covered by insurance. For more information on cost and insurance coverage, visit the
Invisalign website.

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Here are some Invisalign Myths/Setting It Straight:

• Myth: Invisalign can only treat minor or cosmetic issues.

Setting it Straight: Invisalign effectively treats a wide variety of orthodontic issues including severe bite issues. From underbite to crossbite, deepbite to overbite and overly crowded to widely spaced, advancements to Invisalign’s patented technology continues to increase the complexity of issues that can be treated.

• Myth: Invisalign is more expensive than metal braces.

Setting it Straight: The cost of Invisalign is usually comparable to the cost of traditional braces and many dental insurance plans cover Invisalign just as they would braces.

• Myth: I won’t be able to tell if my child is wearing Invisalign often enough for it to be effective.

Setting it Straight: Invisalign Teen aligners are made with small blue dots, officially called compliance indicators, that gradually fade as aligners are worn. It’s a quick visual check for parents and teens to confirm they wearing aligners long enough to get results. In fact, clinical data from orthodontists confirms that teens wear their aligners an average of 21 hours per day, just as recommended.

• Myth: If my child loses their aligners, it’s going to cost me an arm and a leg to replace.

Setting it Straight: We know kids lose things, even their aligners! That’s why you get up to six FREE replacement aligners with Invisalign Teen.

• Myth: After Invisalign Teen, my child’s teeth may revert back to their original position.

Setting it Straight: Studies show that without retainers straight teeth can gradually shift back towards their initial position. This is a common occurrence with all orthodontic treatment including braces, but is one that can easily be overcome. Ask your doctor about Vivera retainers from the makers of Invisalign.

• Myth: I don’t need to take my child to see an orthodontist until they are a teenager.

Setting it Straight: The American Association of Orthodontics recommends taking children for their first orthodontic check-up no later than age 7. The American Dental Association says this is because, “Your child’s dentist can spot problems with emerging teeth and jaw growth early on, while the primary teeth are present.”

• Myth: Invisalign takes longer to complete than braces.

Setting it Straight: The length of Invisalign treatment is comparable to braces. The average Invisalign journey averages about 12 months for adults. The length of treatment time for teens may vary depending on the severity of the case and can only be determined by a doctor.

Myth: If my child’s dentist or orthodontist recommends braces over Invisalign, I should trust their opinion.

Setting it Straight: Not all orthodontists specialize in Invisalign Teen. Visit www.invisalign.com and select “find a doctor” to locate experienced Invisalign and Invisalign Teen doctors in your area. If you are told your teen is not an Invisalign candidate, it may be worth getting a second opinion from more than one orthodontist. Doing so may help ensure that you have all the information you need to make an educated decision.

• Myth: Braces work better than Invisalign.

Setting it Straight: Invisalign Teen was developed with leading orthodontists to correct the most common teeth straightening issues – from severe cases to more minor, cosmetic adjustments. Invisalign Teen’s clear aligners are removable and can straighten teeth without a mouth full of metal and all the disruption and sacrifice that comes with it. With Invisalign, teens look better and feel more confident than they ever could in traditional braces.

• Myth: We can’t afford Invisalign.

Setting it Straight: Invisalign Teen is covered by many dental insurance policies just like traditional braces — up to 50% of the cost may be covered by insurance. Even if dental insurance doesn’t apply, many doctors will help parents find options to make straightening their child’s teeth more affordable. Many offer flexible and affordable monthly finance plans that can be as low as $99 per month.

• Myth: Braces are a rite of passage.

Setting it Straight: Virtually invisible aligners, mean there is less social awkwardness to impact teen’s confidence and self-esteem during an already vulnerable time. There’s no need for teens to hold back or feel they’re missing out on anything when straightening their teeth with Invisalign.

• Myth: Invisalign treatment will disrupt our lives.

Setting it Straight: With Invisalign, Teens can play sports without fear of injury and continue cheerleading, musical instruments, acting and singing with little to no interference. And because its removable, brushing and flossing is easy and no food restrictions to worry about either. Invisalign is much less disruptive for busy moms and dads too. Invisalign Teen eliminates emergency ortho visits for broken wires and brackets and requires fewer appointments since several aligner sets are provided in advance.

Want to know more? Check out Invisalign Website, follow them on Twitter or on Facebook.

Enter the Straight Talk Sweepstakes for a chance to win free Invisalign treatment. Sweepstakes runs through September 30th, 2014.
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Or go here for the Mobile friendly sweeps link.

Find an Invisalign Doctor in your area! Click here to use the locator! Not all orthodontists specialize in Invisalign Teen.