Top 6 Halloween Safety Tips with Rayovac

This post is written by the Experimental Mommy.  While a sample was received to facilitate this review, all opinions remain 100% mine.

With Halloween right around the corner, my daughters are about ready to bust with excitement.  The parties, costumes, and trick-or-treats are hard to resist but as a Mom, I need to make sure my girls are prepared for any potential hazards under the cover of night on Halloween.  Here are some tips to make sure your ghouls and goblins stay safe while they roam the streets in search of sweet treats.

1.  Have “the talk” with your kids.  I take this as an opportunity to review the Stranger Danger rules, how to dial 911, and make sure my girls know that running off alone is not an option.  As an added protective measure, I always write my phone number inside their treat bag in case we get separated.

2.  Avoid all black costumes.  I know this can be hard during Halloween but an all black costume can be very hard for cars traveling your neighborhood to see.  If a dark colored costume is a necessity, make sure to apply adhesive reflectors.

3.  Utilize crosswalks.  While it is tempting to run across the street to the decorated home giving out candy apples, make sure to cross only at crosswalks.

4.  Inspect the loot.  My girls know they may not eat from the candy bag until Mom approves.

5.  Wear age appropriate attire. While my daughters feel like all princesses should wear 3 inch heels, I know that is a recipe for broken ankle.

6. Light the way with glow in the dark accessories and flashlights.  Or conquer two birds with one stone by taking along the Rayovac Glow in the Dark Flashlight. With a beam distance of 59 feet, a super bright 14 LED light and a glow in the dark rubber grip, ghosts along your path will not be able to hide!  During the month of October, Rayovac is offer $1 off using code GLOWINTHEDARK and free shipping on orders over $25.

What are your tips for a happy, healthy and safe Halloween?

Get a Taste of Fall at Denny’s

This post was written by the Experimental Mommy and brought to you by Denny’s.  All opinions remain 100% mine.

Even though it’s still shorts and flip flops weather here in New Orleans, I look longingly at my favorite sweaters and boots stored in my closet.  Fall must be around the corner, right?  If the weather won’t cooperate, I will get my much needed taste of Fall in other ways.  Out comes the Halloween decorations and spiced candles as I attempt to trick my home into feeling “in the season.”

But there is one thing that always helps me get into the spirit…..PUMPKIN.  From pumpkin pie to pumpkin muffins and pumpkin spice lattes to pumpkin rolls, I love it all.  As the holiday season approaches, Denny’s is celebrating some of America’s favorite festive flavors with the introduction of its limited time “Season’s Flavorites” menu. And guess what’s on it? (WARNING: You may drool on your keyboard.)

Pumpkin Pancakes! 

The new Pumpkin Pancakes Breakfast offers guests a seasonal taste with two fluffy pumpkin pancakes topped with pumpkin whipped cream, sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and served with two eggs cooked to order, hash browns and a choice of two bacon strips or sausage links.  I might as well stop writing this article now because I am sure you are running to your nearest Denny’s.

If you are not a pumpkin fan, well I guess we can’t be friends.  But don’t worry, Denny’s has some delicious seasonal flavors on the menu including Gingerbread French Toast and a Red Velvet Milkshake.  In fact, Denny’s most iconic dish has been given a fall-inspired makeover with the Build Your Own Holiday Slam™.  But if it’s holiday traditions you crave, try the Holiday Turkey & Dressing Dinner which offers tasty sliced turkey breast, savory stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce served with a choice of two sides and dinner bread.

Tell me, how do you get in the “spirit” of Fall.  What are your favorite holiday foods?

Fall into Fashion with RUUM Amercian Kid’s Wear

Some days, I think I have a runway in my home.  Oh yes, I have two fashionistas who are NOT shy about expressing their fashion style and strutting their stuff.  You can imagine the squeals when they had the opportunity to check out Fall looks from RUUM (pronounced room) American Kid’s Wear.

RUUM is built around style, trend and comfort and has been seen on the backs of mini celebs such as Suri Cruise, Harper Beckham, North West and the twins of Sarah Jessica Parker. But above all, RUUM strives to help boys and girls look their best by feeling their best.

Lily paired a RUUM floral raglan shirt with super soft skinny cords which was a perfect compliment to the first Fall day here in New Orleans.  The shirt and pants retail for $26.50 each but right now the entire site is 25% off!

 Because we don’t expect Fall to last too long here, Aubrie’s layered look is perfect when the temps rise again here in the South.  She loved the sequin heart tee which is on sale for less than $12. As the sun went down, she reached for the High Low Cardigan to fight the chills.

Don’t miss any of the latest fashion trends for kids by following RUUM on Twitter and Facebook.  What are your kids wearing this Fall?

Bringing the Spa Home with Suave #SuaveSpaSecrets

This post is written by the Experimental Mommy.  While a sample was received to facilitate this review, all opinions remain 100% mine.

Because I have two daughters with massive amounts of hair, Suave is no stranger to my home. But to be honest, I have only used the products for my kids (love the detangler) and never for myself.  But when I learned about the  Suave® Professionals Body Care line, the fact that I could have a spa experience in my own home sounded  more than appealing.

Having a full time job, a blog conference, a blogger network and a family leaves very little time for relaxation.  I often pass our local spa and gaze longingly into the window wishing I could take the time to treat myself to a little pampering.  Fortunately, the Suave® Professionals premium Body Care line works as well as premium beauty brands and is infused with quality ingredients like authentic argan oil from Morocco and Awapuhi Ginger.

Moroccan argan oil is known to have skin-softening antioxidants and nutrients. Now this lightweight miracle oil is infused into our luxurious body wash to leave your skin beautifully silky.

With these ingredients, I can have a luxurious experience in just a few minutes leaving my skin spa soft.  I have been using the Natural Infusion Awapuhi Ginger Body Wash for the last week and from the time I open the cap, my shower smells like a tropical vacation.  I love the consistency of the wash and the amount of lather but what I truly love is the way my skin feels post shower.

Because my skin has been so soft, I have only used the Moroccan Infusion Body Lotion a handful of times, but I love the light lingering scent that keeps the spa experience going for the rest of the day. My skin absorbs the lotion quickly and does not feel greasy which is a major pet peeve of mine.

If you are looking for a spa experience from the comfort of your own home, try Suave® Professionals Body Care line and let me know what you think!

Some Things are Just Better Together #NescaféCoffeemate

This post was written by the Experimental Mommy. While a sample was received to facilitate this review, all opinions remain 100% mine.

What’s a chocolate chip cookie without a tall glass of milk? Or a school lunch without peanut butter AND jelly? The love poem just wouldn’t be the same without both roses AND violets.  It’s a fact that somethings are just better together.  Fortunately, the people at Nestle subscribe to this school of thought and have united two products that would obviously be a great pair:

Nescafe Coffee and Creamy Coffee-Mate

Can you think of a better match?  Nescafe with Coffee-Mate is available in three varieties (French Vanilla, Hazelnut and Original) and the duo is bound to be a staple in my office.  And the best part? No coffee pot necessary.  Simply boil water, add two tablespoons, stir and enjoy.  Check out my video below:

My hubby is the main coffee drinker in our home so he could not wait to give it a try.  Since he is a high school teacher, he is often running out the door in the morning to beat the bell and while caffeine is an important part of his routine, convenience is a high priority, too.  But the ease of making a cup of coffee that tastes great has completely won him over.  He has taken the French Vanilla and Original flavors to the teacher’s lounge to spread the wealth!

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Family Fridays with Netflix #StreamTeam

This post was written by the Experimental Mommy. As a member of the Netflix Stream Team, a subscription was received to facilitate this review. All opinions remain 100% mine.

With school in full swing, I feel like I meet myself coming and going.  Between homework, projects, Girl Scouts, dance practice and service clubs, I am lucky if I get to sit down for 5 minutes a day.  And actually sitting WITH my family? Forget about it.  But when Friday arrives, I can breathe a sigh of relief and fall onto the couch for some snuggle time with my girls.

Because they are still young, I am cherishing these moments while they look forward to relaxing with Mom and Dad after a long week.  So, my husband and I make the most of it by setting up Family Fridays with pizza and movie.  Fortunately, since we have a Netflix subscription, it is never hard to find a movie we can all agree on.  Check out what we are streaming below:

1. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2
2. The Pirate Fairy
3. Hoodwinked
4. Angelina Ballerina
5. Bob the Builder
6. The Muppet Movie

My personal favorite is The Muppet Movie and I love sharing a little piece of my won childhood with my girls.  How do you celebrate Family Fridays?

Witness the Miracle of Cascade Platinum ActionPacs #CascadeShiningReviews

This review was written by Erin on behalf of the Experimental Mommy and was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Cascade. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.

After visiting the Cascade Test Kitchens last month and seeing with my own eyes the miracle of skipping the pre-wash, I knew I had to share the wealth with a good friend of mine.  After all, friends don’t let friends unnecessarily pre-wash, right? Erin agreed to host a party for 10 of her friends to show the cleaning power of the Cascade Platinum ActionPacs and below are the undeniable results.

In preparing for her party, Erin baked this batch of brownies the night before and let the bakeware sit out overnight with NO rinsing at all!  She was super skeptical about this part and it turns out that Erin was not alone.  Cascade Platinum in partnership with Marie Claire performed a survey and did you know that 46% of espondents believe that skipping the pre-wash will lead to dirtier dishes? When in reality, breaking this habit – and skipping pre-wash – along with using Cascade Platinum, will help them achieve the ultimate clean and sparkle every time.

Before the guests arrived, Erin set up her table with my Cascade Platinum ActionPacs, Rinse Aids, and tips for loading the dishwasher right on the table so that all the guests could read it and benefit from the helpful suggestions.  Did you know that 89% of those surveyed did not realize that most dishwashers feature a garbage disposal, which safely disposes of any remaining food soil on the dishes making pre-washing completely unnecessary?

Guests were served french toast and mimosas and had a great time learning about the benefits of Cascade Platinum.  Then, it was time to put up or shut up.  The proof is in the pudding, right?  Guests helped load the dishes (without rinsing) based on the tips from Cascade, placed a Cascade Platinum ActionPac in the washer and started the cycle.

After some time to socialize and enjoy the party, it was time for the big reveal!  Erin’s dishes, even the ones that sat in the sink for 24 hours, came out spotless.  Best magic trick ever!  Her guests were amazed that the product actually works better, yes better, when dishes have food stuck on them.  No pre-washing is necessary.  And who has time for that anyway?

Here is what Erin had to say about the results:

My party guests were extremely surprised at how well these two products worked together.  The Cascade Platinum ActionPacs not only got the leftover food off the dishes, it also cleaned them to a spotless shine.  And the rinse aid helped to dry the dishes so that each dish that came out the dishwasher could be put away instead of having to be dried off.  I think of the rinse aid now as “the cherry on top.”  I will never run my dishwasher without it!  Because of this product review I am firm believer in Cascade Platinum and would recommend it to friends and family.  You shouldn’t have to spend your life doing what Cascade can do for you.

If you are amazed by the cleaning power of Cascade Platinum, head over to their website and leave a shining review using hashtag #CascadeShiningReviews!  And don’t miss a beat by following Cascade on Twitter and Facebook, too.

Erin and I want you to witness the miracle first hand, so enter the giveaway below to win a Cascade Platinum Prize Pack!

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Are you “Dish-Wasting” Your Time?

This post is written by the Experimental Mommy. I am a member of the Cascade Kitchen Dish Council. All opinions remain 100% mine.

I find myself referring to the old saying “Time is of the Essence” on almost a daily basis.  As a Mom with two kids, a full time job, a social media consulting company, and a blog conference, I have to put my time to good use and wasting it would be disastrous.  After having the opportunity to visit the Cascade Test Kitchen last month, I learned how I can save precious minutes by skipping the pre-washing of my dishes.

You heard me right….NO PRE-WASHING.  This is not a dream.  It’s the power of Cascade Platinum.

 

Armed with the right tools of the trade and a lesson in dishwasher anatomy and loading, I am completing my kitchen duties in record time!  Are you a “dish-waster?” A new survey from Cascade Platinum and Marie Claire reveals that nearly all people are doing their dishes incorrectly with 96-percent wasting up to an hour pre-washing their dishes each week – when they should not. In order to get the most optimum clean and shine, it’s important to skip the prewash and use Cascade Platinum. This is because the special enzymes in Cascade Platinum latch onto the leftover food particles, breaking them down so they can wash away – even 24-hour stuck on food.

Other fun finding from the survey:

  • Nearly half (46%) of survey respondents believe that skipping the pre-wash will lead to dirtier dishes. When in reality, breaking this habit – and skipping pre-wash – along with using Cascade Platinum, will help them achieve the ultimate clean and sparkle every time.
  • Two-thirds (65%) of survey respondents organize their dishwashers just like their closets – with everything stacked in its rightful spot.
  • Almost half (42%) of respondents have actually gone so far as to re-load the dishwasher after their family goes to bed because they did not think their family member(s) did it right the first time.
  • More than half (56%) of respondents load their dishwashers after each meal.
  • The majority of survey respondents (57%) cringe at the thought of hosting a party because of spotted wine glasses.
  • So if people stop pre-washing, how would they spend all that time they’ve saved? Almost half of those surveyed (46%) said they’d spend it shopping on line.

Are you up to the challenge? Get some Cascade Platinum and stop the pre-washing routine today!

Overcoming Math Madness with Go Math Academy #HMHAcademy

This post is written by the Experimental Mommy and brought to you by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.  All opinions remain 100% mine.

If you ask my oldest daughter to name her favorite subject in school, she would name anything and everything that came to her mind before math.  To put it lightly, she is not a fan.  School has been in session for one month now and I can’t remember a day when it hasn’t been a struggle to get her to tackle her math homework. You can forget about extra worksheets to study for a test.  The struggle is frustrating.

There has to be a better way.  And I was hoping Go Math Academy would be it.

Go Math! Academy™ is an online, at-home learning program based on Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s enormously successful GO Math!™ textbook curriculum, used by over 7 million kids worldwide. Go Math! Academy offers thousands of math practice problems, hundreds or help videos, and plenty of games and rewards to make learning fun!

After setting up an account and adding my daughter (you can add any child from grade K-6), I was excited to learn that she actually uses Go Math Academy in school and apparently she loves using it.  So she actually gave ME a tour of the website and it’s capabilities.

First, your child can choose between a journey into the Jungle World or the Sky World. As I suspected, Lily jumped at Sky World and we were given a list of topics to choose from.  Given that she had an upcoming test on multiplication facts, she choose to take a journey into that module.

Lily was then faced with a series of questions that were very similar to what she has been doing on the endless worksheets but somehow there was no complaining while completing these problems. Relief!  Go Math Academy allows the student to check their answer and make corrections while offering words of encouragement.

But, I think my favorite feature is that some problems have helpful video tutorials (which are even good for parents).  After completing a journey, your child receives their score and they can move on to another topic.  Surprisingly, my daughter actually asked to do another journey.  Like asked to do more math.  What?!  I’m officially in love.

Go Math! Academy is available in your choice of three payment plans (access for up to 5 children):

  • Monthly: $9.99/month
  • 6-months: $49.99 ($8.33/month) – a 17% savings
  •  1-year: $79.99 ($6.67/month) – a 33% savings

The price is well worth the countless hours I am saving by eliminating the math drama in my home.  Learn more by following Go Math Academy on Twitter and Facebook.

Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot Book Series {Video Review}

This post is written by the Experimental Mommy. While a sample was received to facilitate this review, all opinions remain 100% mine.

I am fortunate that both of my daughters love to read.  The only problem is that they go through books so quickly that we are constantly looking for more reading material to send to school for silent reading time.  But, I think we have found a winning new series, Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot by Dave Pilkey (author of the popular Captain Underpants).  About the series:

Ricky Ricotta is a little mouse with BIG problems! Every day he is picked on by the neighborhood bullies. He lives in Squeakyville with his mother and father, and being an only mouse, he is often lonely. That is until SOMETHING BIG HAPPENS! A giant flying robot enters Ricky’s life and an unlikely friendship is born! Together, Ricky and his Robot must save the planet from a galaxy bursting with bad guys!

My daughter finished book 1 and loved it! From the minute you open the book, you know it’s going to be different because it is in FULL COLOR.  With features like mini-comic strips and flip-o-grams, the illustrations really are part of the story and grab your attention.  Get a better look and check out what we thought in the video below:

Learn about other great books for your young readers by following  Scholastic and ScholasticTeach on Twitter!  What are your kids reading these days?