Super Sweet Smooshy Mushy Besties are the Perfect Stocking Stuffer!

Want the perfect stocking stuffer for your children? Do they love blind bags/boxes, surprise toys and food shaped toys? You must check out Super Sweet Smooshy Mushy Besties by Radz!

Each blind box comes with a 0.7 oz of yummy candy, a pop-out collector card, and a surprise charm. Plus, find a colorful bracelet for your charms in every box! Collect all 13 bestie charms and over 100 collectible cards of your favorite Smooshy Mushy characters! These super sweet blind boxes can be found with the confectionary items at the check lanes of all Walmart stores nationwide. 
My 10-year-old daughter went nuts over these! She loves collecting the cute charms and cards and of course, loves the candy! These would make an amazing addition to any stocking this holiday season.
MSRP: $1.98
 
Retail Location: This is a Walmart Exclusive! Find the Smooshy Mushy 3in1 blind boxes with the other confectionery items at your local Walmart’s check lanes.
 
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* I received the mentioned product in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own. 

 

 

 

 

 

Marijean

My name is MJ. I have two wonderful children and work part time as well as volunteer at my children's school.

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Donate to Toys For Tots using Amazon’s Alexa this Holiday Season!

 

Amazon kicked off Giving Tuesday by launching a new, easy way for customers to donate a toy to a child in need. Customers can now donate a toy to Toys for Tots via Alexa by simply saying, “Alexa, donate to Toys for Tots.” This is the first time that customers can donate a product to a charity via voice shopping and better yet, Amazon will be matching customer donations throughout the end of the year – toy for toy – doubling customers’ contributions!

Just another reason why we all love Amazon!! How easy and wonderful is this?! Please let us know if you try this out!

Marijean

My name is MJ. I have two wonderful children and work part time as well as volunteer at my children's school.

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2018 Holiday Gift Guide

 

It’s that time of year! Full steam ahead to the holidays! I’ve put together a collection of some of my favorite gifts for the holiday season. Check out all of these awesome gift ideas that your friends and family will surely love!

 

 

Gifts For You Now 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are looking for a unique personalized gift, you must check out all of the holiday gifts from Giftsforyounow.com. They offer a variety of gifts including personalized ornaments, picture frames, T-shirts, pillows, flags, stockings and much more! I have many of their items and the quality is great, and the shipping is fast. Prices vary.

 

 

RoosterFin Games

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board games are always a hit at the holidays. RoosterFin Games offers many educational and fun family games that you cannot find in stores. My family and I enjoy these games for our weekly game night! Plus the site always offers free shipping. Prices vary. Use Code: MOMHASTOWORK for 25% off any purchase! First come first serve, expiration is 12/22/18. Link to auto add code to cart: https://roosterfin.com/discount/MOMHASTOWORK

 

 

Lauren Conrad Jewelry 

 

 

If you are in need of a jewelry gift that won’t break the bank, I suggest Lauren Conrad’s Jewelry Collection from Kohl’s. I love her jewelry, so classy at affordable prices. Plus, you get Kohl’s cash with each purchase! Prices vary. 

 

 

Oxyfresh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are looking for naturally safe and environmentally friendly dental hygiene products, look no further! Oxyfresh offers a Mouthwash and Toothpaste that are safe and free of harmful chemicals, dyes and harsh alcohol. Plus, the products taste great and don’t irritate my gums like most toothpastes and mouth wash does. They also offer wellness products for the whole family, and also pet products! $14.95 for the mouthwash and $14.95 for the toothpaste. 

 

 

Bullsitoys

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bullsitoy offers many fun children’s items to stuff those stockings with! My favorites are the Squee-Zoo-Balls which are super soft and plush and come in a variety of cute animals, Squish Ums! Yummy Series 2 which are fun blind bags containing scented snack squishy type toys, and Goo Lab which is putty that glows in the dark and does not leave behind a sticky mess! These toys can be found at Target locations. 

 

 

Radz

Kids always want candy in their stockings for the holidays! Check out the cool candy collection from Radz! Radz Twistz are a perfect holiday treat that come in cute holiday packaging and features exclusive holiday flavors. Radz Foamz come in a variety of characters (Unicorns, Emojis, DC Superheros) and they are not only blind bags, but each one is squishy and include candy! So fun! Prices range from $2.49-$4.99 and can be found at various retailers such as Target and Walmart. 

 

 

Cry Babies Doll

Have a little one that loves baby dolls? Cry Babies are so fun! It cries when you take out the pacifier, BUT it also cries tears!! Perfect for any one that loves to play with dolls. 5 different style dolls to choose from! You can find this doll at Amazon for $29.99.

 

 

 

Whether you are shopping for a child or adult, they are sure to love any of these gifts!

Happy Holidays!!

 

*I received some of the above items to review for the Holiday Gift Guide. All opinions are my own. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marijean

My name is MJ. I have two wonderful children and work part time as well as volunteer at my children's school.

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Basepaws Cat DNA/Genetics Test Kit Collection (Initial review)

 

There are so many companies out there right now that can send us kits to check human DNA, health, genetics…etc. Believe me, I have researched and found it all so very interesting. I always thought though…what about my non human fur baby? You never know what kind of DNA your fur child has. We adopted our sweet Scarlet in 2014 from a shelter. We were told she was a stray found at McDonald’s. She is now almost 5 and seems to be in perfect health. I would love to know more about her health and DNA though. I researched and found that there is a company especially for my sweet kitty. Let me introduce you to Basepaws!

 

One simple cat DNA test, 
a lifetime of discovery.

 

How Does This Work?

Basepaws gets DNA from your cat’s hair and cheek cells. Most of the hair DNA comes from the living part of the fur — the follicle that is closest to the skin.

Because sometimes we can’t get enough fluff!
We also get DNA from other cells, like cheek cells that rub off onto a cotton swab.

home cat tail
What will I find out about my furry friend?
Health DNA Test for CatsHealth Info
  • Simple Disease Markers in Genetic Test for Cats

    Simple Disease Markers*

  • Spolycystic kidney disease (pkd) in cats

    Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)*

  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) in cats

    Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)*

  • Comparative analysis of the cat genome

    Comparative Markers*

  • Complex Disease Markers

    Complex Disease Markers*

  • Personalized Medicine for Pets

    Personalized veterinary medicine*

Cat ancestry DNA testAncestry Info
  • Cat inbreeding DNA test

    In-Breeding*

  • Cats - Maternal and Paternal Tracing

    Maternal and Paternal Tracing*

  • Cats Breed Index

    Breed Index *

  • Family tree, Percent of breeds, percent breeds by chromosome of Cats

    Family tree, Percent of breeds, percent breeds by chromosome*

Best Genetic Testing Services for CatsFeatures
  • Send CatKit DNA report to vet

    Send report to vet*

  • Cat Health Assessment

    Health and wellness assesments*

  • Make decision based on genetically similar cats

    Make decision based on genetically similar cats*

Fun Cat Facts by BasePaws DNA TestFun Facts
  • Wild Cat Index

    Wild Cat Index *

  • Kitten Predicted Weight

    Predicted weight*

  • Cats Personality Traits

    Traits*

  • Predicted user submitted traits of Cats

    Predicted user submitted traits*

  • Catnip

    Catnip*

The cost of this kit is $95. Below are the details when you order your kid.

Order Details

  • Expect results 8-12 weeks after we receive your sample at the lab. However, processing times may vary and it may take up to 5 months to receive your results. We are doing our best to make it faster!
  • Ships in 3-4 business days.
  • Free shipping and return shipping in the continental U.S. included. $15 for International shipping.
  • Reach out to us for a bulk discount if you are buying 3 or more kits (meow@basepaws.com).
  • By purchasing the test before January 1st, 2019 you’ll get a lifetime of free updates!

I received a small envelope collection kit in the mail. When I opened it, it included the cat DNA kit, thorough instructions, 2 really cute decal stickers and a return envelope. All and all it looked and seemed a very easy process.

When you receive your kit it will instruct you to log in and activate it. Once you create your cat’s profile you can add a photo of your cat and also type up a little story about your furry friend. Then it will prompt you to activate your kit. Your activation code can be found in your kit you received. Once you enter the code and save, you are done with that part! Now comes collecting your cat’s DNA.

My kit contained only tape for the hair, no mouth swab. I had my husband hold Scarlet so I could collect the hair. It was easy and painless to her. Once completed I followed instructions how to put it in the envelope. I then mailed it off! The instructions say the company will notify me once they receive it. The process was so simple!

I am so excited to receive the results! Once I do I will be doing another review on Scarlet’s results. We will be anxiously waiting!

In the meantime, please visit their website for more information/to order.  Basepaws

 

*I received this kit in exchange for my honest opinion. 

 

 

 

 

 

Marijean

My name is MJ. I have two wonderful children and work part time as well as volunteer at my children's school.

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TECHNOADDICTION IN TEENS AND THE USE OF PARENTAL CONTROL APP!

TECHNOADDICTION IN TEENS AND THE USE OF PARENTAL CONTROL APP!

 

Teens blow their thumbs on the screens of their smartphones more often. But what effect does this unprecedented behaviour have on teens?

A team of researchers from the NGO Common Sense Media has wanted to deepen this issue. To do this, they conducted a survey and asked 1,240 parents and adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18 to fill a questionnaire to follow up on the consequences of this massive use of mobile devices in their lives and in their relationships with others.

The data revealed that half of the adolescents said they felt addicted to the mobile phone and 60% of the parents felt the same. In spite of whether the parents thought if their children were mobile addicts or not, 66% considered that they spent too much time with the smartphone; in the case of adolescents, 52% saw it that way too.

In addition, 77% of parents agreed that their children were continually distracted – at least three times a week – due to the use of mobile phones.

Almost 80% of young people admitted that they reviewed or checked their notifications on the mobile phone at least every hour and 72% confirmed that they felt the need to respond to messages received on social networks almost immediately after receiving them.

Moment for a pause, but with caution

The phenomenon of mobile addiction is relatively recent, so there is no official diagnosis in this regard. However, psychologists warn about negative reactions of young people if this “object of desire” is removed very abruptly in order to eliminate this addiction. Hence, they suggest parents to make smart move such as using the parental control app like FamilyTime. 

With this app in hand, parents can first analyse factors that make their teens techno-addicts and can later take actions to remove their dependency. Having this app in hand, parents can:

  1. Mirror the contact book of their teens
  2. Monitor call logs
  3. Track SMS history
  4. Watchlist contacts
  5. Check the list of installed apps
  6. Track usage frequency 
  7. Blacklist unwanted apps 
  8. Allow specific time for an app usage
  9. Track internet usage & web-history
  10. Monitor bookmarks 
  11. Allocate specific hours for the device usage
  12. Schedule auto screen locks
  13. Remotely locking the phone
  14. Set speed limits
  15. Receive over-speed, SOS and PickMeUp alerts
  16. Track location in real time and past history
  17. Geo-fence important places 

And much more. The app has a long list of valuable features. To give each feature a free try, get the app now and see how does it help you to control tech use of your teens. To get the trial version of the app, go now to the app store on your phone.

Marijean

My name is MJ. I have two wonderful children and work part time as well as volunteer at my children's school.

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