SuperDad Deserves a #SuperPen

This post was written by guest blogger, Maureen of Rh90Pens. While a sample was received from CROSS to facilitate this review, all opinions remain 100% honest.

When our daughter was in high school some of her friends nicknamed my husband SuperDad. He was the kind of father who attended every event, and looked out for the girls’ best interest as though they were each his own daughter. He also loves pens. In fact, he has been a pen lover since his own high school days. I am willing to bet that, like him, your SuperDad also has fond childhood memories of comic books and superheroes. How perfect then, that I was invited by Experimental Mommy to review a pen from the CROSS MARVEL Collection just in time for Father’s Day gift giving!

The pen I received is the CROSS Century II MARVEL Iron Man Rollerball.

The outer box is emblazoned with the MARVEL and CROSS logos, and stickers specific to the pen design. The inner packaging is a substantial clamshell box with the CROSS logo. The pen is held in place by an elastic band under a ribbon, and nestled in a cutout foam frame. The pen and packaging arrived in perfect condition for gift giving.

fig1A card inside the clamshell box has graphics specific to the pen design on one side, and text describing the background of the superhero on the reverse. A multi-language warranty booklet is tucked behind the card, in a CROSS folder that invites you to Make Your Mark.

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The pen has an included 0.7mm CROSS Rolling Ball refill with black ink. The rollerball writes very smoothly and leaves a sharp, dense line. The ink dries in under 20 seconds on very smooth, less-absorbent paper. It will dry even faster on standard copier paper stock.

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What if your SuperDad is not fond of rollerballs, or if you are unsure of his preference? No worries! The body of the pen can be converted to ballpoint or felt tip simply by changing the separately sold CROSS refills. How easy is that?! Consider gifting the pen to dad with one of each refill so he can swap them out to suit his mood! There is a ribbon tab in the clamshell box that allows you to lift the pen tray and access the space below. Your SuperDad can store extra refills there.

The tip of the included rollerball refill is protected from drying prior to use by a plastic ball that is easily pulled off before first use. A nice touch to ensure that the refill is ready to work when dad is ready to start writing!

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The cap of the pen is held on securely. It snaps on and off, but very smoothly and quietly. No need to be concerned about the cap falling off in a pocket or briefcase with this pen. The cap also posts securely, without leaving a mark on the body of the pen. With a weight of 30 grams, the pen has a nice heft. The body of the pen is long enough to comfortably write with unposted., and posting does not make the pen top heavy.

The colors of the high lacquer finish on the Iron Man pen are a rich red, with gold graphics. There is a 23kt gold finish on the finial, clip, and cap and body bands. The section is formed of black plastic with vertical ridges that prevent slipping of the pen while writing. The ridges in the section are smooth and not noticeable when gripping the pen. The step from the body of the pen to the grip is comfortably short and smooth. The end of the section, closest to the tip of the refill, has the same 23kt gold finish as the other appointments.

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The pen I received for this review has a list price of $150 USD, and is available in two other superhero designs, Captain America and Spiderman.

What dad would like to receive a CROSS Century II MARVEL Rollerball pen for Father’s Day? One who: has fond memories of superheroes from his youth, enjoys sharing the resurgence of superheroes with his kids, wants to add a pop of color to his day, needs his great looking pen to have great function as well, appreciates the flexibility of a pen that can work with multiple refill types.

You can remind your dad that he is your very own superhero by giving him a CROSS Century II MARVEL Rollerball pen for Father’s Day.

Happy Father’s Day to all fellow SuperDads from RH90Pen’s very own Dad/Artist Gregory!

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Honoring New Moms with Pampers #ThanksBaby

This post was written by the Experimental Mommy. As a member of the Pampers Baby Board, I am compensated for my time and effort. All opinions remain 100% mine.

This Mother’s Day, I took a moment to reflect on how my life has changed since becoming a Mom. Eleven years ago, when Lily was placed in my arms, my journey of Motherhood began. I remember being scared as I had no experience with babies (I didn’t even babysit as a teenager). But when Lily was born, I was born. My new role as a Mom was realized and it was time to step up.

As a Mom, I knew that I would have to teach my daughter many things. But to be honest, I think she has taught me even more. Self confidence, compromise, generosity, sacrifice, and most definitely patience and just a few things that I need to thank Lily for. She made me whole.

Screen Shot 2016-05-11 at 6.49.28 PMPampers understands that when a baby is born, a mom is born, too. This Mother’s Day, Pampers gave me the opportunity to honor new Moms as they began their own journeys into Motherhood.  Using a Pampers grant and partnering with Renee from What Mommies Need, we surprised many New Orleans Moms! For starters, I surprised one local Mom who delivered her daughter just 48 hours before Mother’s Day and brought her new bundle of joy home on that special day with a stroller, Pampers wipes, Dreft products, and of course, lots of Pampers diapers.

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We also wanted to surprise Moms who delivered ON Mother’s Day with a special gift. We loaded a wallet with gift cards to make Mom’s life a little easier upon returning home with her new baby. We stocked Mom with gift cards to Starbucks, Zoe’s Kitchen, Ulta, Cane’s and Babies R Us and tied the wallet to a package of Pampers diapers and wipes to give baby the best possible start.  We delivered six of these packages to a local hospital and the nurses distributed them to the first six Moms who delivered on Mother’s Day.

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On Mother’s Day and every day, Pampers celebrates that incredible moment when a baby is born and mom’s world magically changes. I am incredibly honored to be a part of the Pampers Baby Board and to say #ThanksBaby for making the world a happier place for mom and teaching her how to grow, learn, and love more than she’s ever imagined.

Visit www.pampers.com to learn more about Pampers products, join the Pampers Rewards program, and find ideas and information to help your baby get the most out of love, sleep and play.

How to Avoid Spring Allergens #DreftSpring

This post and giveaway were made possible by iConnect and Dreft. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

This week could not be more gorgeous here in New Orleans. The sun is shining, the breeze is blowing and the temperature is begging us to come outside and enjoy. How could you say no to that? We couldn’t. We spent the weekend in our garden doing some much needed weed control and getting the pool ready for swimming. Unfortunately, it came with a price. Allergies.

While we love the Spring, my daughter’s eczema does not and she is in the midst of a flare up. While we treat with medication, we also are very careful to remove any potential allergens that could come in contact with her sensitive skin including our detergent. For this reason, even though I no longer have babies in my home, you will find Dreft laundry detergent in my cabinets.

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Dreft is the No. 1 baby laundry detergent choice of pediatricians to be gentle and hypoallergenic on baby’s skin. Trusted for over 80 years, Dreft comes with a baby scent beloved by moms, and it remains safe and hypoallergenic for baby.

My tween daughter loves for her bed sheets to smell good when she climbs into bed at night but I have had to ban all of the scent boosters due to her skin issues….until now! Did you know Dreft created Blissfuls in wash scent boosters that are hypoallergenic and perfect for sensitive skin? You will find at least 2 bottles of this stuff in my laundry room at all times. Dreft Blissfuls is safe for all colors, fabrics and loads and brings back that baby fresh scent long after your babies are grown up.

Fortunately, I have a few tips on how to further avoid allergens this Spring from Dreft partner, Dr. Dyan Hes who is the Medical Director of Gramercy Pediatrics in New York City and was recently named a 2013 top doctor by NEW YORK magazine.

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Make bath-time beneficial: Over exposure to water can actually rob skin of natural moisture. Scaling back on tub time will help avoid resulting itch — about 10 minutes is plenty of time for water play and a quick scrub. Use warm water (vs. hot) and leave the suds to the very end. Use a mild cleanser to keep skin soft and itch-free. Gently pat skin dry and end with an after-bath moisturizer to seal in moisture and protect baby’s soft skin.

Protect Problem Skin: Heat is a common trigger for eczema and as the weather warms up, there are a few things you can do to help prevent flare ups of such skin irritations. The sun is strongest between the hours of 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. so try to shield baby from direct sun exposure during those times.

If you are looking for even more tips on how to avoid Spring allergens, join me, Dreft, Dr. Hes and  iConnect Influencer Management for a #DreftSpring Twitter Party on May 9th from 9-10pmEST. We’re giving away some great prizes, too so make sure to RSVP here.

Even if you can’t make the party (but I totally think you should), I have a great prize right here for you to win! One of my readers will win a Dreft Hypoallergenic Package including Dreft Stage 1 Newborn, Dreft Stage 2 Active Baby and Dreft Blissfuls plus a bamboo blanket (ARV $60). Enter below:

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Never Run Low on Spring Essentials with #StockUpSave Event

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks and Walmart. All opinions remain 100% mine.

Ever have that experience when you are THIS CLOSE to finishing all of the laundry only to find that you are a few drops short of detergent? It’s like running a marathon and then tripping just before the finish line! With a growing family, our laundry list (pun intended) of daily chores is expanding, our need for household supplies increasing, our time is limited and our grocery budget is all but busted.

I will admit that I have never been a coupon clipper, but I am starting to become a firm believer that creating a small stockpile of frequently used items is not such a bad idea (who has time to run to the store again for that one needed item?). While I always seem to be running low on detergent, my oldest daughter is close to entering her teen years and I can certainly see a growing need for razors, shampoo, and even more laundry detergent in our future. Fortunately, I recently learned about the April Stock Up & Save event! Simply head to your local Walmart or shop online to get everyday essentials for less during the month of April such as:

I took advantage of the opportunity and decided to shop online. For less than $60, I was able to purchase 2 bottles of Tide, 2 bottles of Febreze, 2 packs of Gillette Venus Spa Razors (6 razors total!), and a bottle of Crest Pro-Health mouthwash all delivered right to my door.

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From my experience, I can tell you that there is definitely added value, convenience, and savings in stocking up! Want even more ways to save? Download the Ibotta app and check out rewards from P&G beginning April 11! Don’t miss out and get additional info on Facebook before time runs out!

Happy Savings!

 

 

Building Creativity On Screen and Off with LEGO Friends #StreamTeam

This post was written by the Experimental Mommy. I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team however all opinions remain 100% mine.

Over the past few months as a member of Netflix’s Stream Team, I have had the pleasure of discovering new series, anticipating re-imagined old favorites and taking comfort in guilty pleasures. But I think the best part of being in the Netflix family is spending time with my own. Family movie night has taken on a life of it’s own and it is certainly no different this month.

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My daughter could not have been more excited when she opened our latest Stream Team package which revealed a LEGO Friends set! She is definitely the engineer in our family and loves to build, create and imagine making any LEGO playset the perfect gift for her. Even better? The announcement that she could PLAY with her LEGO set while WATCHING LEGO Friends on Netflix!

Mind blown.

Netflix is encouraging kids to unleash their “Lego-tivity” and check out the latest Netflix additions, LEGO Friends: Power of Friendship and LEGO Bionicle: The Journey to One. Now kids can watch their LEGO creations come to life putting stories behind the toys they can physically hold.

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We watched the first episode of LEGO Friends and my daughter is in love. What a fun, age-appropriate, creative show with a good message, too. Check it out!

 

 

Cure the Cravings with SNICKERS Crisper

This post was written by the Experimental Mommy and sponsored by SheSpeaks/MARS. All opinions remain 100% my own.

Hi. My name is Bridgette and I am a chocoholic. While I do my best to eat sensible meals, I always seek the satisfaction of chocolate after finishing my plate. I blame my Grandma who always served a delicious dessert immediately following every meal. As you can imagine, this habit may not be waistline friendly but I have a secret weapon.

Fun Size Chocolate Bars.

Best.Invention.Ever.

Snacking on just one small fun size bar usually does the trick and keeps my chocolate cravings at bay which is much better than diving into a giant piece of chocolate cake. But what about the days when you need a crunch, too? Fortunately, when hunger invents new problems, SNICKERS comes to the rescue.

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The geniuses at SNICKERS recently launched the new SNICKERS Crisper! It’s is a delicious combination of crisped rice and peanuts topped with a layer of caramel and coated in creamy SNICKERS Brand milk chocolate.  You get all of the yummy chocolatey goodness with a satisfying crunch, too!

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And the best part? They come in many different sizes to proportionately satisfy your specific hunger. Are you HANGRY? Grab the SNICKERS Crisper Single. Need a snack as you run out the door? Try the SNICKERS Crisper 4 to Go. Or just have a chocolate craving? The Fun Size is a great option for you (and it’s only 100 calories)!

Check out all of the SNICKERS Crisper offerings at Walmart stores or at Walmart.com. These will make a perfect addition to the perfect Easter basket!

Moving On Up with Spring Cleaning Essentials

This post was written by the Experimental Mommy and sponsored by Kimberly-Clark and The Motherhood. All opinions remain 100% mine.

What is it about the warmer weather that makes me want to clean my house from top to bottom? There is just something satisfying about opening the windows, letting the fresh air in and getting organized before the carefree days of Summer ahead.

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But this year, Spring Cleaning is more important than ever because we plan to put our house on the market. With my Mom being a Realtor, she has preached to me the importance of de-cluttering and deep cleaning before that first Open House. But standing in the middle of my home wondering what to do first has me stressed and overwhelmed.  But if you know me, you know I love my pen and paper planners so creating and then tackling a clear list of items is much more manageable and reduces my stress tenfold.

So, I have my list (in colorful markers, of course) so the next to step is to get prepared. As a Mom of 2 Girl Scouts, I know all about being prepared! Fortunately, the good people at Kimberly Clark sent me a few spring cleaning home essentials to get me started on the right path. Viva®, Cottonelle® and Scott® offer products, available at Walmart, that are go-to necessities to create a home that’s spic and span.

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Because I need a deep clean in order to impress potential buyers, I need a towel that will stand up to the job. While wiping down my refrigerator, I found that the Viva® Vantage Big Roll Paper Towels can do more than clean spills. The Vantage paper towels have a scrubby texture which can get your appliances and glassware to shine without having to use an entire roll. have a job for a smooth cloth? Try the Viva Towels for tasks such as wiping down cabinets or baseboards.

Staging our home is also essential to making a good first impression during an Open House….yes, even the bathroom. In organizing our linen closet, I purchased new fluffy bath towels and displayed them in woven baskets to make the presentation eye appealing. I know it may sound silly, but I can’t have any old toilet tissue gracing the shelf with my pretty towels.  Because Cottonelle® has CleanRipple Texture, which is designed to clean better than the leading national value brand, the rolls look and feel like quality tissue.  But if you are having guests come in town, check out Scott® 1000 Bathroom Tissue that gives you the quality, performance and long-lasting value you want in 1,000 sheets.

Now that I am stocked and ready to go, I can’t wait for our very first Open House. I’m gathering more Spring Cleaning and Organization tips on my #SpringClean16 Pinterest Board so let me know if you have any great cleaning hacks I should add! If your home is in need of a proper post-winter refresh, stock up on Viva, Cottonelle and Scott products, available at Walmart, a one-stop shop for all your cleaning and organization essentials.

Tween Easter Basket Ideas #PEEPSEASTER

This post was written by the Experimental Mommy. While samples were provided to facilitate this article, all opinions remain 100% mine.

Last month, my oldest daughter turned eleven. Ah yes, the tween years are upon us. That means she is NOT too cool to receive an Easter basket but she is WAY too cool to have it filled with plastic eggs and candy meant for children. Clearly, as I have been told numerous times already, she is NOT a child. So, what do you get a tween for Easter?

In an attempt to find something anything that my newfound tween will deem age appropriate, I started reflecting on the things she loves (in no certain order):

  • Friends
  • Sweets
  • Music/Dance
  • YouTube personality “Challenge Videos”

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I had a light bulb moment! I will fill her basket with everything she needs to make her own Peeps Challenge Video with her friends! Not familiar with Challenge Videos? Basically, the participants taste random Peeps with their eyes closed and try to guess the flavor. The person with the most correct guesses wins! Fortunately, PEEPS & COMPANY® sent me a wide variety of products that work with this theme perfectly. To be honest, I had no idea that Peeps came in so many flavor varieties! Her basket includes:

  • PEEPS® Orange Delight Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Orange Fudge
  • PEEPS® Lime Delight Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Lime Fudge
  • PEEPS® Party Cake Flavored Marshmallow Chicks
  • PEEPS® Sour Watermelon Flavored Marshmallow Chicks
  • PEEPS® Raspberry Flavored Marshmallow Chicks
  • PEEPS® Chocolate Dipped Mousse Flavored Marshmallow Chicks

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Along with a few other “tween friendly” items:

  • 5-inch PEEPS® Plush
  • PEEPS® earbuds
  • HOT TAMALES® Jellybeans

I think the Easter Bunny totally nailed this basket! Not only does my tween get some fun items for herself but it is essentially a “play date in a basket” to share with her close friends.

Are you ready to have a PEEP-tastic holiday? Use code EASTERTREATS to receive 20% off your order between February 15 through April 15, 2016 on the PEEPS & COMPANY website.  To make sure you don’t miss any new products or latest news, follow PEEPS & COMPANY® on Twitter.

 

Encouraging the Next Generation of Innovators with 3M

This post was written by the Experimental Mommy. While I was compensated for my time and effort, all opinions remain 100% mine.

As a child, I was fascinated with science. I was the kid that wrote “lab supplies and science kits” on my Christmas list for Santa. One of my favorite gifts was a microscope and I would spend hours taking a closer look at anything that would fit under the lens. My curiosity continued into high school where I elected to take science related coursework such as Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Flash forward to Senior year. I began investigating colleges and my Dad (a civil engineer) took me to a local University to tour their engineering department. We walked into an intro level course to observe a lecture and I froze. The ENTIRE class consisted of 50 men. Absolutely NO WOMEN. Coming from an all-girls high school, I was immediately intimidated when I observed that not one female had elected to take that class. My confidence left faster than my body could get out of that classroom.

I enrolled as an Education major.

While my focus had changed, my love for science did not. I landed an internship at a local government lab and was assigned to assist a female scientist. She quickly became a mentor, my confidence level rose and I decided I could in fact excel in science. I graduated with a Master of Science in Molecular Biology with a Minor in Chemistry.

Screen Shot 2016-03-09 at 8.04.55 PMBecause of my journey, I am passionate about STEM education efforts for young girls. With two daughters, I have taken several steps to bring science to life and show them at an early age that women CAN succeed in science based careers. From science fairs to field trips and Take Our Daughters To Work Day to Career Day, I am doing my best to mentor the next generation of future female scientists.

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I love that companies like 3M, one of the world’s most notable innovators, are inspiring the next generation as well through initiatives such as The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge!  In an effort to make science fun and take it out of the textbook, the contest cultivates the next generation
of problem solvers and give students an opportunity to receive mentorship from 3M scientists.

By April 20, 2016, kids in grades 5-8 can submit a one-to-two-minute video describing the science behind a new innovation or solution that could solve or impact an everyday problem. Judges evaluate the entries through April and May based on creativity, scientific knowledge, persuasiveness and overall presentation. Videos will not be judged on production skills and may be recorded on cell phones or basic digital cameras.

This summer, ten finalists will be announced who will participate in a mentorship program during which they will get the opportunity to work one-on-one with renowned 3M scientists. The finalists will be challenged to develop their innovations that positively impacts lives. The winner receives $25,000 and the title, “America’s Top Young Scientist.”

Have a great idea? Check out all of the rules, guidelines and entry requirements here: http://www.youngscientistchallenge.com

Zootopia Coming to IMAX 3D! Win tickets!

Looking for a fun family friendly outing?  Disney movies never disappoint…especially in IMAX®* 3D! March 4, 2016 marks the release of Walt Disney Animation Studio’s 55th Animated Feature, Zootopia, and you don’t want to miss it!

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The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when rookie Officer Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde (voice of Jason Bateman), to solve the mystery.

Why not make your movie viewing experience even better and see it in IMAX 3D?! One lucky Experimental Mommy reader will win four (4) IMAX® *tickets in the form of Hollywood Movie Money® Certificates, 4 Zootopia Mugs and 4 Zootopia T-Shirts!

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Each Hollywood Movie Money Certificate is redeemable for one (1) IMAX movie admission with a maximum value of ($21 total) to see Zootopia: The IMAX 3D Experience® or any IMAX film at participating theaters. See the fine print below and Good Luck! Enter below:

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Winners will be directed to the website http://www.activaterewards.com/imax where they will use the provided reward code to activate and print their Hollywood Movie Money Certificate. The reward code will expire on 9/30/2016. The Hollywood Movie Money Certificate will expire one month from online code activation and winner must comply with all terms and conditions specified by the issuer. Hollywood Movie Money Certificate not used by the date noted on the certificate will be void. Any amount remaining of any certificate after initial use will be forfeited. Total Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) for two pairs of Hollywood Movie Money Certificates: $84.00 USD.  If lost, cannot be replaced. Void if resold or otherwise exchanged. No reproductions will be accepted. No change will be provided. Not valid with any other offer. Offer valid in United States only.
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This post was written by the Experimental Mommy. While I received tickets for my time and effort, all opinion remains 100% mine.