Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening Tray Review

Marty from Smile Brilliant sent me one of their Teeth Whitening Trays to try out.


I have never whitened my teeth before and have felt that they are a little more yellow than I would like them to be.

I was very excited to try this product out and see just how well it could whiten my teeth. I am sure that you are wondering the same thing. Let me first tell you a little about how this product works.

Galley Essentials Silicone Baking Cups Review

Galley Essentials sent me a 12 pack of their Silicone Baking Cups to review {ARV $10.99}


These silicone cups have been a great addition to my cupcake and muffin baking. Scrubbing out crusted muffin from each individual muffin tin cup is not my idea of fun. I also do not like to spend a few bucks on paper cups that have to be thrown away.


These have been really easy to fill, peel away when eating and clean as well.

They are BPA free and safe to use at the high oven temperatures needed to bake cupcakes and muffins.

Three Layer Bamboo Cutting Board Set Review

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

I was sent this 3 pack of Bamboo Cutting Boards to review. {ARV $59.99}


I only had one plastic cutting board at the time so these were much needed. I love that there are 3 different sizes so you can customize using whichever board works best for what you need it for.



Bonefish Grill’s New Menu #HelloNewMenu

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

The Bonefish Grill sent me a gift pack, including a gift card to try out their new menu.


I took my husband out on a much needed date night and we were excited to try out some of their great new products!

To start I had a Modern Mojito and Michael had the Omission Pale Ale. Both were delicious and a great way to start out our night away from the kiddos.

StyloPhora Ice Ball Mold Review

I was sent a 3-pack of Ice Ball Molds and funnel from StyloPhora to review {ARV $39.99}



The StyloPhora Ice Mold is a 2 piece system that you simply pop together and use the funnel included to fill with water. once it is full you can just set it inside your freezer.

When you are ready to use your ice ball you just pull the top off and pop the ice ball out of the mold. I usually did have to use a butter knife to aid in popping the ball out but it was not difficult.

Pack for Days out with The Kids

When you’re out and about with the kids, you have to pack smart and pack well – be prepared for any situation, without bringing the kitchen sink. How can you do it without being a superhero?


Baby Changing Bags


This is an art form, and here’s how you perfect it:

  • Buy a bag with lots of pockets and make sure you use them for the same items each time: this saves you time rummaging around looking for things in the bag when you’re trying to change a diaper in a crummy bathroom somewhere.
  • Make a checklist of the things you need, and ensure you have them before you leave the house: spare diapers, extra outfit, wipes, diaper rash cream, sanitary baggies, cloth, bib, bottle, spare pacifier… you know the drill.


  • Dress your children in layers: even though it’s warm outside, indoor air conditioning can be cold. Heavy sweaters aren’t great, but with layers you can adjust what they’re wearing and make sure they stay comfortable indoors and out, whatever the temperature.
  • thick pair of booties will ensure your kid’s feet stay nice and cosy.
  • Don’t forget waterproofs in case it rains: soggy kids are unhappy kids.



Managing your kids on public transport can be a nightmare: you’re struggling with a stroller, trying to hold hands with the other child, etc. Consider a sling if your baby is small, as this will free up your hands when getting on and off transport. Another suggestion is to consider leaving an expensive stroller at home and bringing a cheap replacement in case it gets damaged on a trip: airlines for example often don’t pay for damages!




Everyone has different words of wisdom on how to keep your children well behaved when out in public.

  • One popular piece of advice is to make sure you bring lots of snacks, as this can distract them from bad behaviour or enable them to eat if they’re peckish and grumpy.
  • Do your best to ensure they’re well hydrated and entertained during the journey as this can help to alleviate any temper-tantrums later in the day.
  • If you’re going to a particular attraction, teach them about it first. For example if you’re going to the Zoo, read about it together first so he or she knows what to expect and gets excited about the animals.


Going out with the kids can be tricky, but with the right preparation you can all have a great time with as little stress as possible.


Black & Decker 20V MAX Lithium Pivot Vac Review

Black & Decker sent me one of their new Vacs to test out and I have to say that I LOVE IT!

You see, I have been desperately wanting a little cordless hand-vac for a while. A long while. And, did I mention desperately?

I currently have a big, older vacuum that I hardly use because we have no carpeting in the house. About every month or so the amount of ‘unintentional trailmix’ covering my van floor gets out of control and needs to be vacuumed out. Lugging the big ol’ vacuum outside, searching for the single coveted extension cord, and trying to reach that hose across the van without the vacuum falling over and penetrating one of my children’s skulls gets a little monotonous. This is the desperation I’m talking about.

My Interview with Jonathan Scott from HGTV

I recently had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interview Jonathan Scott, start of HGTV’s shows Property Brothers and Brother Vs. Brother.

Unless you are living under a rock the size of Rhode Island, you have seen Jonathan, and his twin brother Drew doing some amazing things with houses on their shows.

Here is what Jonathan had to say in response to my questions:

$0 Office Makeover Inspired by Staples

My friends at Staples were kind enough to let me pick out a piece of office furniture for my office makeover.

$0 Office Makeover plus $100 giveaway

After much deliberation I chose this Sauder August L-Desk in Oak.


It was pretty easy to put together too…so I hear. Of course, I had my husband do all of the dirty work, but I swear, he told me it was pretty easy.

$0 Office Makeover plus $100 giveawaySo the room started out as my 4 year old daughters space. We decided to move her in with my 2 year old daughter because:

ThermaCELL Mosquito Repellent Dark Bronze Lantern Review

ThermaCELL sent me one of their Dark Bronze Lanterns to review.

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We are in full bloom mosquito season here in NC and our back yard is no exception.

We have some wooded areas around us and after a good rain the mosquitoes come out swinging…or biting…or stinging, whatever it is they do.

I’m not a fan of bug spray but we do use it if we have to. There are other options out there and they can be pricey, dangerous, annoying, etc.

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