Review: Hoodsbee, the hoodie that becomes a friend

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We love getting mail and recently received two Hoodsbee’s to review.    As soon as I received them and took them out of the box, my little girl kept saying “Mine”, she just knew that the pink jacket was for her.  The grey jacket is for my little guy but it’s a little large so we will have to wait awhile for him to grow into it to use it as a jacket.   When we received them, they were rolled into the shape of a friend but we quickly unsnapped it to let my little girl try hers on.  She loved it and even wanted to wear it to school this morning.   As a busy, single mom it’s tough for me to carry around all of the things that the kids will need without having to carry around a whole suitcase but Hoodsee was designed to have multiple uses.  The child can carry it around as plush toy and when they get cold, simply unroll it and slip it on, and even roll it back up and use it again as pillow when they are tired.  Amazing, right?!


The Hoodsbee collection currently consists of 4 boys’ characters that include Tig the Tiger, Clobber the Monster, Eyevan the Monster, and Anchor the Shark. There are also 4 girls’ characters that include Prancy the Panda, Mimi the Fox, Ribbons the Monkey, and Milo the Owl.  My understanding is that there are more characters coming.  Be sure to check out their facebook for more information on that as it comes out as well as an opportunity to win a #HelloKitty Hoodsbee.

This ultra soft hoodie is created by using super soft and cuddly fabrics, Woobie for girls and Polar fleece for boys.   Both are 100% Polyester and 100% warm and cozy!   The zippers are heavy, plastic and molded so they can handle even the strongest kids pulling at them. The buttons on the eyes have undergone and passed a mandatory quality control test to ensure that they stay were they are supposed to be. The faces are not only made with love but also a high quality, non-piling felt and heavy duty embroidery.  You can really feel the quality when you touch them and you can feel secure in knowing that they are safe for your little ones.    Hoodsbee is available on and Kohl’   Use promo code:  LoveBee on for 25% off.

Disclaimer:  We received our very own Hoodsbees in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Enter to win a trip to New York City or San Diego, CA courtesy of Atlantic Luggage

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Atlantic Luggage. All opinions are 100% mine.

Atlantic Luggage is running an amazing sweepstakes where you have the opportunity to win a family trip for four to your choice of either New York City or San Diego, CA! Because life is a trip®, Atlantic Luggage is sending you on the trip of a lifetime! Enter to win a family trip

I would love to go back to New York City one of these days. I went for a business trip many years and had the best time. My mom flew in from Indiana and I flew up from Florida and we met at the airport. It was a business trip so everything was paid for and we got to enjoy tours of the city just like a tourist. It was amazing!

How To Enter and Details: Go to the included link and fill out the sweepstakes form.

Dates: Sweepstakes runs October 15 through November 15

Winner will be chosen within 7-10 days following the close of the sweepstakes.
Grand Prize trip must be booked by 9/30/15 and travel must be completed by 10/31/15.

Prizes: Win a family trip for four to New York or San Diego, courtesy of Atlantic Luggage and Delta Vacations!

Grand Prize package trip certificate is valid for: (a) round-trip economy air transportation valued at up to $450 per ticket for the Grand Prize winner and three (3) guests from a major U.S. airport serviced by Delta Air Lines near to the Grand Prize winner’s home (as determined by Sponsor), to a major U.S. airport serviced by Delta Air Lines near New York City or San Diego, CA (as chosen by winner and determined by Sponsor); (b) hotel accommodations at a participating Delta Vacations hotel in New York City or San Diego, C; (c) four (4) Atlantic® carry-on sized suitcases; and (d) $300 allowance to spend on their choice of Delta Vacations Tour or Activity packages.
Trip is to last three days and two nights
Total prize value of $3,700

Atlantic Luggage has been around for a long time and has innovative features such as the Link2Go™ system, which allows you to connect multiple pieces of luggage for easy one handed rolling. Or, their 360-degree 4-Wheel Spinners allows for easy guiding and steering through busy terminals. Both of these features are perfect for families on the go.


When traveling with a family, it’s always important to maximize space in your luggage, so I suggest the following tips.

  • Roll your shirts and jeans rather than folding them.
  • Put socks, nylons, children’s shoes, lingerie or swimsuits in a bag and store in your shoes to make the most of your space.


Don’t forget to go to Enter to win a family trip just like I did.

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Beautiful Artificial Christmas Trees at Great Prices

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Christmas is just right around the corner, so what better time to start planning your decorations. I recently discovered great deals on beautiful artificial Christmas trees at King Of Christmas. Not only do they have beautiful trees, but they also have a number of exquisite Christmas Decorations and Ornaments to choose from. Plus, one thing that I’ve noticed is that it is increasingly more difficult to find unlit Christmas trees, let alone a good selection of  7 foot artificial Christmas trees  like the ones shown below.

Be sure to enter to win a $100 King Of Christmas Gift Card by clicking on this link. Hurry, this contest ends in 10 days.

Disclosure:   This is a compensated campaign that also contains affiliate links, however all opinions expressed are my own.

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One of my favorite movie quotes

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I was watching “What To Expect When Expecting” the other night. I know.. I know… Better late than never. But, Chris Rock had a great quote that really hit home with me. It really sums up how I feel about doing what I do. Before becoming a foster parent, I spent most of my time going out with my friends and while I love my friends and loved spending time with them, I don’t think I was truly happy until I became a mom.
“End of the day, family’s all that matters. Not the races and the trophies and the endorsements. Not the money and the women, and the sex and the drugs, and partying with Jimmy Buffett at the back of Willie Nelson’s bus. None of that means jack shit when I’m gone. But you guys, my kids, that’s all we really leave behind.”, “There’s no such thing as ready. You just jump on a moving train and try not to die.”, “Dude, you’re gonna be fine. You just got to get over your fear of babies. They can smell fear, like bears or wives.”, “You just don’t get it do you? We love being dads. When I was young, I used to think I was so happy. But now I know I’m happy. Exhausted, but happy. I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.”, & “You don’t know true love until you wipe someone’s butt.”

I think this pretty much sums up my life today. Wouldn’t change a thing!

Only 8 more Fridays until Christmas!

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I had quite a wake up call when I realized that there are only 8 more Fridays until Christmas. That means only 8 more paydays!! With kids and other family members to buy for that means that it’s time to start my shopping list. Guess it’s time for me to get busy. Have you started your Holiday shopping? If so, what’s the one must have on your list? Leave a comment for a chance to win a $10 Wal-Mart Gift Card from

Stay tuned because I am going to start adding items to my Holiday Shopping Guide, so maybe it will give you some ideas for things to buy for your family.


Fall In Love w/Learning Giveaway Event

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I strongly believe that learning should happen at school but should also continue at home. I enjoy spending time with my kids and teaching them new things so even though they are learning at their daycare I also work with them on things at home. Because I’m spending time with them, they get excited about learning so that makes me happy.

 Prize Value: $120
Hosted by:A Lucky Ladybugand 
Make Our Own NetworkTeach My, award winning all-in-one learning kits for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. No need to spend hundreds of dollars going to several stores buying individual teaching tools, Teach My kits provide everything necessary for learning the basics, all in a portable and storable case.Did you know you can find Teach My products at Toys ‘R’ Us Stores across the USA and online at most big box retailers?  I strongly believe that learning should be continue at home as well as in child care facilities.  I enjoy spending time with my kids and teaching them new things.   Because I’m spending time with them, they get excited about learning so that makes me happy.

This giveaway is open to the Continental US only (because of shipping costs) and will end on October 30th, 2014.  Good Luck!!

Fight Like a Girl Blog Hop~ Win a $15 Target Gift Card

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Welcome to the first annual “Fight Like a Girl” Blog hop
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Up All Night BloggingWe are a community of bloggers that love throwing giveaways and bringing you amazing prizes! Each blogger on the list below has a minimum value of $10 but most giveaways exceed that limit! Be sure to “hop” along to each blog and enter to win some amazing prizes there is no limit to how many prizes you can win! please don’t forget sharing is caring! Let your friends in on the fun! is giving away a $15 Target Gift Card, so be sure to enter below.

Thank you for stopping by and Good luck!




Plus Size Fashion Trends for Fall

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I am desperately in need of some new core wardrobe pieces, so I have been looking into some of the latest fall fashions.  One of the looks that keeps coming up is a jewel tone peplum top.  I found this beautiful sweetheart neckline peplum top from Fashion To Figure for just $30.50.   While I’m not big on wearing skirts, I think this would look just fine with a nice pair of black pants.  Check out the link for even more plus size fashion trends.   peplumtop

Mommy & Me Birthday Bash Event~Win a Combi Cosmo Stroller

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Welcome to the #MommyMeBirthdayBash Hosted by Mommy By Nurture This is one of 22 prizes up for grabs this month!    The Combi Cosmo Umbrella Stroller is a great option for moms on the go.  I’ve been looking for a great stroller to attach to my double stroller and I think this is it.  Love it!


To see all 22 prizes and their active dates to enter you can view the Mommy & Me Birthday Bash Event Page.



This giveaway is sponsored by Combi for our guests of honor Nichole and Davin of Mommy By Nurture. Event coordinator for the #MommyMeBirthdayBash is Tales From A Southern Mom with Co-Hosts to this giveaway being Stellar Manic Mommy and Mom At 40

If you are on the go with little space to store a stroller the Combi Cosmo Stroller is a perfect option for your family! Light weight, basket, cup holder, and easy storage! You can also carry this with a strap. View a full review of the Combi Cosmo Stroller from Mommy By Nurture.

One winner from all eligible entries will win their choice of black, red, or blue in the Cosmo! Retail value is $129.99 (If for any reason the color you choose becomes unavailable to you a second option will be provided.)

Terms of service: One person may enter per household, Open to the 48 Contiguous States age 18+. Void where prohibited. One winner will be chosen at random from all valid entries. Winner has 48hrs from time of contact email to reply or another winner must be chosen. Mommy By Nurture will need to provide the sponsor your full name, address, and phone number for shipping purposes. This information is never sold or given to anyone else. If you wish to sign up for any newsletter as an entry to the giveaway, your information will only be provided to the newsletter you signed up for and never sold or given away as well. We respect your privacy. Product will ship from sponsor and normally ships within 2-6 weeks. You may come back daily to get additional entries for the Daily Secret Word, Daily voting, or Tweets. Refer your friends for even more entries. Good luck!

Disclosure: This website was not compensated for this post. My website/blog is not responsible for fulfillment of this prize. Prizes will be shipped by each individual sponsor listed. This giveaway and post are not affiliated, endorsed, or sponsored by Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or any other social media platforms. If you have any questions, or would like to see your product featured on Mommy By Nurture, in the next product review or giveaway, please contact Nichole at Mommy By Nurture