Outsmart Me

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I wrote a fun article for SheKnows that highlights ten moments my kids have outsmarted me, to coincide with Season 2 of Idiotest  that’s coming up on The Game Show Network. It wasn’t too difficult to come up with the moments because I swear they think they’re so sly.

Maile was the toddler who would ask if she could have a piece of candy and then dutifully accepted whatever the response was (usually).

Laina was the toddler who would throw a piece of candy in her mouth and then look at you like, “huh? what? I was supposed to ask first?”

Kainoa was the toddler you would find in a corner behind a couch camped out with a pair of scissors and surrounded in candy wrappers.

It’s very telling about their personalities, but there’s one in particular I’m most concerned about and it’s obviously Maile. Don’t get me wrong, Kainoa is a troublemaker and will full on lie to my face about what he’s doing, but he’s terrible at it. I see right through him.

Laina is an open book and her thoughts are written all over her face. It’s the complacent, agreeable one that is most likely to successfully outsmart me…but I’m on to Maile.

Unless by saying that I have now jinxed everything and it will be Laina who fools me into thinking I know her well enough before blindsiding me with her manipulations.

However, am I completely underestimating what Kainoa is capable of?

Sigh.

Let’s be honest.

I’m toast with all three of them.

If you have time, click over to SheKnows and read the top 10 times they have ALL outsmarted me.

SoCozy Hair Products For Kids Review

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BeautyStat. The opinions and text are all mine.

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I jokingly asked my kids if they wanted the SoCozy Lice Prevention shampoo while we were at Target and they were like, “do we each get our own!?!”

SoCozy is a new line of salon formula kids hair care products available at Target and we found them pretty quickly about midway down the shampoo aisle.

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We picked up a detangler spray, a styling cream, and a 3 in 1 (Shampoo, conditioner, body wash). I was most excited about the detangler spray. If you have a daughter, and spend any time at all brushing her hair, then you probably feel me on that one. My girls were eager to try the 3 in 1 because up to this point they’ve been using two separate bottles for shampoo and conditioner. I just ask so much of them. ;)

I honestly did not realize there was a difference between hair products for kids and hair products for adults. They have always used my shampoo and conditioner, but it makes sense that a child’s hair might be more delicate and therefore require a more delicate treatment. I’m really glad I had the opportunity to work with SoCozy and try these products.

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I’m not sure I will buy the styling cream again because my kids don’t style their hair…I might give it a try on Kainoa actually because I think I spend more time styling that boys hair then I do his sisters. I will definitely purchase the detangler and shampoos again. I’m sold. In addition to being non-toxic, paraben free, dye free, etc. They are also gluten, wheat and nut free! And? They smell so good, that might be my favorite part.

Heck, I’m seriously eyeing that lice prevention shampoo at this point. Who wouldn’t want to prevent lice?

Check out my video where I talk a little more about SoCozy hair products and you can see them in action!:


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If you’re interested, you can check out the SoCozy Stylers free rewards program that rewards social sharing. May all your children have glistening, silk smooth, and tangle free hair. That is my wish for you.

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Making Mac And Cheese with Horizon Organic

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Kainoa shines when I let him help me in the kitchen. It’s a winning situation for me because I feel like I’m teaching him some life skills, he’s doing something productive, fun and all the while filling that little belly of his. So when the opportunity to team with Horizon Organic came up I knew it was right up our alley! I didn’t even know Horizon Organic MADE Mac and Cheese, but I was more than happy to set Kainoa up with an quick and easy recipe even he could handle.

And as you can see, he was pretty thrilled about making mac and cheese too:


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Awesome to see that it’s a winner with my crew and I’m excited to check out these other new Horizon products. No doubt my kids will gobble up these snacks and I’ve actually used the Classic Mac cups in their lunches. It stays warm in a thermos and has become a top lunch request!:

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Follow Horizon Organic on Facebook and Twitter for their latest and greatest when it comes to delicious snacks and easy recipes!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon Organic 2015 Social Content. The opinions and text are all mine.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon Organics. The opinions and text are all mine.

I And Love And You…And I Do #Furreal

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for “I and love and you” Total Pet Care.

I got the opportunity to try the most wonderful looking dog food of all time. Not me personally, I mean I didn’t physically eat it…but I was really looking forward to having my dogs taste test I And Love And You!

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I think it’s wonderful because:

    • The Name!

I love that the name of this dog food is a step off the beaten path. Our pets really ARE loved so much and call me a sucker for clever marketing, but it really drew me in based on the name and packaging alone.

    • Grain Free

Our dogs have allergies and we haven’t been able to pinpoint what is causing them to itch and scratch around the clock. I’ve mentioned before how this is driving me crazy. Our vet recommended a grain free diet for them so obviously this was perfect for us!

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  • Heart Shaped With A High Protein Punch

The kibbles are heart shaped and again, I’m a sucker for visual appeal. But these heart shaped bits pack a punch and include prebiotics, probiotics and enzymes for digestive support. I think all food should be heart shaped.

  • It’s Accessible!

I And Love And You is new, but already available in Koger stores in addition to their other retailers. I love that our grocery store now supplies high quality pet food. Check for locations near you.

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Want some?

I And Love And You is generously supplying one of my readers with a gift basket filled with approximately $100 worth of “I and love and you” products.

Leave a comment letting me know you’d like to be entered into the giveaway, a winner will be chosen at random, and some lucky pup will receive a really great package!

Find I And Love And You on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and download $3 off coupon here!

Take a look at what my dogs thought of their initial taste test:


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Looking forward to sending one of you dog lovers that awesome gift package! Comment below!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for “I and love and you” Total Pet Care.

Wake Up And Live With Marley Coffee #StirItUP

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I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to host some local bloggers at my house this past weekend to taste Marley Coffee because Seattle bloggers + Coffee + Reggae Music = yes please.

There are a few really awesome things about this coffee that I think are amazing, aside from the great taste:

1. Founded by Rohan Marley.

I’m kind of a sucker for Bob Marley’s music, so it was really cool to learn that his son, Rohan Marley, is choosing to keep his legacy alive by aligning himself with things that were important to his Dad. Bob Marley had dreamed of returning to farming one day and that dream was honored when Rohan purchased a coffee farm in the Jamaica Blue Mountains in part to help support farmers and the economy of rural Jamaica.

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2. Marley Coffee Gives Back

I’m also a sucker for companies that have a mind for the greater good and use their platform to give back. Every single serve capsule of Marley Coffee purchased gives back (.01 cents) to the Waterwise Project, an initiative to help clean the river in Sidamo region and improve lives and communities in Ethiopia where Marley Coffee sources beans.

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3. Marley Coffee Making The Eco-Friendly Transition

AND they care about the environment? This one is a big deal because with the introduction of pods and keurigs came this crazy increase in waste. Over 10 billion capsules are consumed and go into landfills annually in North America alone! That’s enough waste to circle the earth over 12 times. Each year. Marley Coffee will transition all existing K-cup compatible products to the EcoCup Capsule in Summer 2015 and will be one of the first brands to market with an easy to use recyclable single serve solution.

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4. Buying Marley Coffee

I’m happy to share this $2 off coupon if you’re interested in trying Marley Coffee. A complete list of retailers who sell this coffee can be found here and you can order it at Amazon.com as well.

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Grab a box and invite me over to stir it up with you, because I am always game for a coffee break!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Marley Coffee. The opinions and text are all mine.

Does The Huawei Ascend Mate 2 Measure Up?

I’ve never had any sort of tablet before because I couldn’t justify having a phone with all the functionality I needed in one hand, and a tablet with the same functionality (minus the phone) and a bigger screen. But I pined for that bigger screen.

I was so excited to receive the opportunity to try out the Huawei Ascend Mate 2, because with a 6.1″ HD Screen it has married my yearning for a tablet with my need for a phone. I have been in love with the larger screen and it runs on Android so I have access to all of the great apps offered in the Google Play Store.

While I do enjoy the smaller phones for talking purposes, the fact is I spend more time reading and typing on it then I do chatting. I think this 6.1″ screen size is as large as I would go for a phone device without being too large. I can still fit it in the kangaroo pouch of my hoodie, I can still slip it into my coat pocket and obviously it still fits into my purse.

The second thing I love about this device is a biggie…the battery life is unreal. On one full battery this thing lasts for 2.5 days and that’s WHILE you are using it the entire time. This is huge to me because between texting friends, killing time playing games, and taking photos/videos of our family outings…I use my phone a lot. And I kill the battery a lot.

It has a $299 price tag and no contract required, I’d say if you are in the market for a new phone you should definitely add this to your list of options to research!

Unlock the possibilities with Huawei. With the largest screen, and longest battery life, where will you go with Huawei. Visit GetHuawei.com to learn more and unlock your possibilities!
 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Huawei Device USA. The opinions and text are all mine.

Things I Am An Expert At

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1. Tracking down animals in my neighborhood that need me to rescue them.

2. Telling children what to do.

3. Eating my weight in pumpkin pie.

4. Putting things off.

5. Spending money.

And as it turns out I’m also an expert at being an expert. I’m excited to see my articles featured as part of the SheKnows Expert Among Us . This is what I am an Expert in for them this week:

13 People having a worse holiday than you (in GIFs)

Get what you give: Why I pay it forward during the holidays

8 Ways to entertain your kids without TV

And in the spirit of giving, I had the opportunity to share my very special reason for giving this holiday season with SheKnows and The Salvation Army. Check out the video and share your #redkettlereason!

I hope I can write an article about eating my weight in pumpkin pie next. That seems like an organic fit for me.