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?

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?

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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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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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?

Game Day Grub: The Starting Lineup {Recipe Roundup}

Whether you’re hosting a Fantasy Football draft, a Superbowl party or taking it on the road for tailgating, your guests will be hungry for the win looking for snack-able foods.  Below are some of my favorite dishes that are sure to score a touchdown at your next event (just make sure you have a touchdown dance ready).

Corn and Black Bean Bites

Cheesy Macaroni Vegetable Bites

Hot Bacon Dip Recipe

Caramel Cream Cheese Party Dip

Cuban Style Hot Dogs

Creamy Tacos Entree

A-1 Tailgating Burgers

Quesadilla Recipe Roundup

Bacon Wrapped Lil’ Smokies

Chili Cheese Dip

Skinny Buffalo Chicken Bites

Wonton Chicken Tacos