Saturday, July 22, 2017

Perfectly Delicious Tea Every Time with Adagio Teas!

Tea is the perfect beverage because it’s just as delicious whether it’s served hot or cold. It keeps us warm on cold winter days and cools us off on hot summer days. And there’s a variety of tea for every taste, whether it’s black, green or herbal! This summer has been extremely hot in south Florida, so I’m really glad I discovered the iced teas from Adagio Teas! Tea has never been easier to make, nor more delicious to drink. This brief video explains what I mean:

When I first saw this video, I thought, This is too good to be true! I have to try this for myself! So, I went to and purchased some Wild Strawberry Iced Tea and some Berry Blast Iced Tea, along with Adagio’s glass pitcher, which is the perfect size for making iced tea with Adagio’s special tea pouches. I placed one of the pouches in the pitcher, filled it with cold water, and put it in the refrigerator for several hours. (See picture at right.) Then I poured myself a glass of the best tea I’ve ever had! It was so refreshing and tasty. My husband loves it so much that he’s been making pitcher after pitcher of tea. We’ll have to place another order soon!

And the prices at Adagio Teas are incredibly affordable. The 40-ounce pitcher is only $19! (Of course, you can make tea in your own pitcher, too.) The iced tea pouches are only $24 for 25 pouches -- that’s less than $1 per pitcher! And I was so thrilled with my new iced-tea obsession that I even bought some adorable little tea glasses on their site -- only $19 for 6 glasses!

I hope you’ll look around the Adagio Teas website because they have so many wonderful things to choose from. You’ll find iced teas (Black, White, Oolong, Green, Herbal, and Chai), hot teas (too many varieties to list here!), teaware, gift sets, snacks (like tea cookies and chocolate), and you can even create your own blend! You can buy as you go or sign up for a subscription. There’s even a Tea of the Month Club! (I think my mother-in-law will be getting that for her upcoming birthday.)

Honestly, I always considered myself more of a coffee drinker -- until I discovered Adagio Teas. Now I’m crazy about tea, and I can’t wait to try all of the different varieties from Adagio Teas. I hope you’ll join me!


Disclosure: I received a gift card from Adagio Teas to facilitate the purchase of products for review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (July 22-28, 2017)

Welcome to this week's Super Saturday Giveaway Linky! If you're hosting giveaways on your blog or website, please feel free to include them in the linky below and share this page on your social media sites. If you're hoping to win great prizes, you've come to the right place! Bookmark this page and come back daily to see what giveaways have been added to the linky, as well as to my right sidebar. Good luck, and have a great week!

Delectables Lickable Treats: Healthy and Delicious Treats for Your Cat ~ Plus Enter to Win Free Treats!

If you have pets, you probably know that pets -- like people -- love their treats! As soon as they hear you lift up that package, they’re on the run and begging for treats! But not all treats are alike. If you’re going to offer treats to your pet, it’s best to get ones that are healthy but still tasty. We’ve bought supposedly “healthy” treats for our cats before, but they didn’t like them. That all changed, however, when we found Delectables Lickable Treats from Hartz Mountain Corporation!

Delectables Lickable Treats, available in 1.4 ounce pouches, come in three delicious textures: stews, bisques and chowders. These treats were launched in January 2015 and have been so popular with kitties that they recently announced five new flavors: Bisque Kitten with Tuna, Bisque Kitten with Tuna & Chicken, Stew with Chicken & Veggies, Bisque with Tuna & Veggies, and Chowder with Tuna & Veggies.

Delectables Lickable Treats are made with real chicken, tuna and vegetables and are available in several varieties: regular, life stage (for cats 10+ and 15+ years old, and now for kittens up to 12 months old) and in 5- and 12-pack variety packs.

Watch the and Hartz Delectables videos below!

Our cats, Jack and Bella, are 7 years old, so I offer them the regular treats since they’re between the kitten and senior ages. My cats love these treats! Check them out below. Bella is even licking her lips! Her favorite texture is the Bisque. Jack isn’t particular -- he likes them all!

Enter to Win Delectables Lickable Treats in the “Empty Bowl” Contest!

Delectables Lickable Treats is also excited to announce "Empty Bowl," a national advertising campaign for the second half of 2017. On Hartz's Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages, you are invited to share photos and videos of how crazy fast your cats lick up Delectables using hashtags #lickitloveit, #emptybowl, and #catsgocrazy4Delectables. When you do, you’ll be entered into weekly drawings for a chance to win Delectables Lickable Treats!

If you like to pamper your cats, be sure to pick up Delectables Lickable Treats. They’re made of good ingredients that your feline friend will love!

Disclosure: My cats and I received complimentary treats (and fun cat toys) to facilitate my honest review.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Palmolive Ultra Strength Dish Liquid: Now with Even More Cleaning Power!

When I think about Palmolive dish soap, the first thing that comes to mind is grease-fighting power while being gentle on the hands. For years, people have known that Palmolive does a great job of cleaning your dishes, but won't give your hands a harsh workout. So, while Palmolive dish soap was always great, Palmolive has actually managed to make their product even better with 20% more active ingredients to battle grease, while still leaving your hands soft.

We have a dishwasher, so I naturally put many of our dishes in there to be cleaned, but none of our greasy pots and pans are allowed in the dishwasher. Therefore, our family needs a product that makes the dreaded chore of cleaning cookware as easy as possible. Thanks to new Palmolive Ultra Strength Dish Liquid, clean-up is a breeze after making a delicious dinner. All of our greasy pots and pans clean up beautifully with Palmolive, and it dissolves the grease quickly and easily.

Palmolive Ultra Strength Dish Liquid comes in five sizes, so it's perfect for anyone, from the single apartment dweller to the large family. It's certainly been perfect for our family! If you haven't tried Palmolive Dish Liquid for a while, or if you're already a fan, I hope you'll pick up the new Palmolive Ultra Strength Dish Liquid and give it a try! I think you'll be impressed by its cleaning power!

Disclosure: I received a complimentary product sample to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% my own.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (July 15-21, 2017)

Welcome to this week's Super Saturday Giveaway Linky! If you're hosting giveaways on your blog or website, please feel free to share them with us in the linky and post a link to this page on your social media sites. If you're hoping to find ways to win great prizes, you've come to the right place! Bookmark this page and come back daily to see what giveaways have been added to the linky, as well as to my right sidebar. Good luck, and have a great week!

Cool Science Experiments for Kids Book Tour: Giveaway for a $25 Amazon Gift Card

Children’s Learning and Education
Date Published: June 2017

With this book, all you need to do is gather a few household items, and you can recreate dozens of mind-blowing, kid-tested science experiments. Meant for kids between ages six to ten, it is an easy-to-follow, step-by-step instruction book for children. It introduces kids to the magic of motion, energy, chemistry, art, games, math fun; understanding basic scientific principles; and, most importantly, having a blast making them. Inside this book, you will find projects that burst, glow, erupt, spin, run, tick and more!

There is also a BONUS: a FREE, downloadable book on young kid inventors and their inventions.

About the Author

Sumita Mukherjee is a NASA STEM-certified leader and children’s book author. She has been fortunate enough to travel around the globe, explore many countries and meet different people. Mysteries and adventures have been captured from there in the form of Keiko and Kenzo’s travel adventure series. These books are to inspire young readers to know and appreciate various countries, develop a love for discovery and learn about the world around them. Her series of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) books encourages kids to invent and explore, to empower themselves and see themselves as world leaders and problem solvers. Her books celebrate diversity, spark curiosity and capture children's imaginations! Sumita currently lives in Toronto with her family.

Her website, WizKids.Club, was created with a vision to raise the next generation of creative leaders. WizKids.Club offers highly engaging kids activities, educational books, experiments, hands-on projects, DIYs, travel stories and engineering books perfect for children 4-12 years to spark creativity and scientific learning.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Celebrate the Day of Joy with 5 Tips for Finding Joy in Your Life and a Giveaway for a Joy Book Basket!

Today, we are celebrating the Day of Joy in conjunction with the publication of The Joy Plan by Kaia Roman! Read on for ways to bring joy into your life today, and every day, and enter for a chance to win a Joy Book Basket.

5 Tips to Finding Joy in Your Life, and How to Start Today!

A few years ago, my business crashed, and my self-esteem hit an all-time low. Although there are far worse fates than the failure of a business, it felt like the last straw in a long string of failures in my life that all pointed to my inability to do anything right.

As I sunk into depression, my friend Niko suggested that if I focused on making joy my top priority for one month, my entire life would turn around. With no job, no plan, and no other ideas, I decided to give it a try.

For 30 days, I went after joy from all angles—from the scientific to the spiritual, and everything in between. I tried every tool and trick that was recommended in every self-help book I could get my hands on. It was remarkable to see what worked and what didn’t.

And yes, Niko was right. After 30 days, I had experienced enough changes in my life that I was able to not only continue my Joy Plan, but to write a book about the extraordinary events that took place in the six months that followed (The Joy Plan, Sourcebooks, available here).

The Joy Plan has become a way of life for me now, and the discoveries I made during my experiment are now my everyday practices. The good news is, you don’t need to take 30 days or make major changes in your life to do these things—they are simple enough that you can start today!

1. Embrace Mindfulness
Today, I teach a research-based Mindfulness curriculum to elementary school children. Because I’m a total science geek, to me, mindfulness is all about physiology. It’s about doing whatever it takes to bring your attention to the present moment, into your body, and out of your chattering mind. And it’s been shown to have multiple health and brain benefits.

2. Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude
I start each day with 10-15 minutes of gratitude, either by writing in my gratitude notebook or simply reciting in my mind what I’m grateful for. This helps me get into the right headspace for whatever the day will bring. It is impossible for our brains to be in a state of appreciation and fear simultaneously, so I do my best to appreciate like crazy as often as possible.

3. Practice Acts of Kindness
Being kind to others feels good. In fact, it releases dopamine in the brain. It helps take our attention off of our own troubles, and also creates a feeling of interconnectedness. I try to do something kind every day, whether that’s as small as smiling to everyone I see or a big as making a donation to my favorite charity.

4. Focus on Solutions Rather than Problems
It took me some time to break the ingrained habit I had of frequently complaining, but making this shift has had a huge effect on my mental state. Instead of complaining now, whenever there’s something I’m unhappy about, I use my urge to complain as a springboard to create something new—to focus on a solution rather than a problem.

5. When in Doubt, Laugh
Laughter really is the best medicine, but the truth is, I’m a pretty serious person. I like scientific research, philosophical discussions, and big ideas. So I have to make an effort to create more laughter in my life. I make it a goal to laugh (by myself or with others) at least a few times a day, and I use whatever means necessary! (Smiling works, too.)

Unfortunately, joy doesn’t come easily for everyone. But with practice and repetition, joy is a habit that anyone can cultivate. As we shift our mental habits, we change our experience of life.

As a mother, a wife, and a businesswoman, Kaia Roman always had a plan. But when her biggest plan, the business she cofounded, collapsed, Kaia found herself crushed by depression. And what felt even worse was that, with a husband and two kids relying on her to get out of bed, she didn’t have a plan to move forward.

Determined to turn her life around and put her ingrained habits of stress and anxiety behind her, Kaia decided to put everything else on hold and dedicate thirty days to the singular pursuit of joy. The results were astonishing—and lasted much longer than the initial month-long project.

In The Joy Plan, Kaia uses her business savvy to create a concrete plan to get back on her feet fast. Using scientific research on hormones, neurotransmitters, and mindfulness, along with the daily dedication to creating a more joyful existence, Kaia teaches readers how to move past temporary happiness and succeed in creating joy that lasts.

Kaia is the author of the new book, The Joy Plan (Sourcebooks, July 2017). She teaches Mindfulness to elementary-school students in Santa Cruz, California, and is a blogger for mindbodygreen and other sites. She writes about how she went fromjoyless and anxious to grateful and optimistic so she can remember how she did it if she forgets.She’s also a communications consultant to some of Silicon Valley’s largest companies. For everyday joy and mindfulness tips, sign up for Kaia’s newsletter at You’ll find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Saturday, July 08, 2017

Winners in June 2017

Max 2: White House Hero (Blu-ray)

Congratulations to the winner: Danielle H.!

Columbia Boxer Briefs

Congratulations to the winner: Jae P.!

Stepping on Cheerios, by Betsy Singleton Snyder and $75 Visa Cash Card

Congratulations to the winner: Sharon Extine!

Friday, July 07, 2017

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (July 8-14, 2017)

Welcome to this week's Super Saturday Giveaway Linky! If you're hosting giveaways on your blog or website, please feel free to share them with us in the linky and post a link to this page on your social media sites. If you're hoping to find ways to win great prizes, you've come to the right place! Bookmark this page and come back daily to see what giveaways have been added to the linky, as well as to my right sidebar. Good luck, and have a great week!

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Jeepers (It's Christmas) in July Giveaway Hop: Enter to Win a Set of Karen Neuburger Women's Pajamas ($66 Value)

Welcome to the Jeepers (It's Christmas) in July Giveaway Hop hosted by, and co-hosted by The Mommy Island and The Kids Did It! Every blogger participating in this hop is giving away a gift that you might want Santa to bring you for Christmas. Fortunately, if you win a prize in this hop, Santa will be visiting in July!

One of the gifts that you can always count on from Santa Claus is a new pair of pajamas, which is why I'm giving one lucky winner a beautiful pair of women's pajamas from Karen Neuburger! It may be Christmas in July, but there's no snow on the ground, so these pajamas are perfect for summer weather with short sleeves and capri pants.

Aren't they pretty? I love Karen Neuburger pajamas because they are always super-soft so I sleep very comfortably in them. They're 60% cotton and 40% polyester, so they wash up beautifully, wrinkle-free and still with vibrant color! The pair I have is pink with white polka-dots, edged in white piping. There are other gorgeous patterns and colors, too! The Karen Neuburger pajamas in my collection have always fit true to size and kept their shape after repeated washings. These are high-quality pajamas that will last a long time!

You can find Karen Neuburger pajamas at stores like Belk, Lord & Taylor and Dillards. Click here to find other retailers. You can follow Karen Neuburger on the following sites, too.


One lucky winner will receive a Karen Neuburger women's pajamas set in her choice of size. (Color or pattern may vary.) Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM ET on July 15, 2017.

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Now hop around to the other blogs in this hop for the chance to win more great prizes!

MamatheFox and all participating blogs are not held responsible for sponsors who fail to fulfill their prize obligations. I received a complimentary product sample to facilitate my honest review.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (July 1-7, 2017)

Welcome to July and the celebration of Independence Day! Let's have some fun and enter some giveaways! Bookmark this page and visit daily to see what new giveaways have been added to the linky. Visit my right sidebar, too, where you'll find a TON of opportunities for you to win gift cards and more! If you're hosting a giveaway on your blog or website, feel free to share it with us below. And be sure to share these great contests with your friends on social media so they can join in the fun, too. Happy 4th of July!

Enjoy These Free Summer Road-Trip Activities from DreamWorks Animation

Are you and your family embarking on a road trip this summer? Before you can hear the words "We're bored!" from the back seat, whip out this awesome 23-page activities booklet from your friends at DreamWorks Animation! It features many of your kids' favorite characters from shows such as Spirit: Riding Free, The Adventures of Puss in Boots, Dragons: Race to the Edge, Dinotrux, and more! Just click on the picture below to download and print the PDF.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Enjoy the Scents of Summer with Softsoap Limited Edition Moisturizing Body Washes: Blushing Bouquet and Eternal Bloom

I received complimentary Softsoap product samples from Colgate-Palmolive to facilitate my honest review.

It’s summer! Everything is in bloom, and I love the colorful flowers and trees that just make it feel like summer. I like to carry that theme into my shower, too, with Softsoap’s new limited edition body washes that smell like the scents of summer. They include:

Softsoap Limited Edition Blushing Bouquet
Moisturizing Body Wash (right)
This one is made with the “calming scent of May Blossom,” and it smells so good! It has a lovely floral scent that is not overpowering but just enough to make me feel pretty!

Softsoap Limited Edition Eternal Bloom
Moisturizing Body Wash (left)
I really like the combination of fruit and flowers in this body wash, which Softsoap describes as a “refreshing fragrance of pear and apple blossoms.” I can truly smell each of those elements and yet they blend together nicely for a fresh, original scent.

And there’s another bonus to using Softsoap body washes besides great scents: They’re wonderfully moisturizing. Due to extra time spent in the sun, my skin tends to get really dried out in the summer. Thankfully, Softsoap’s new limited edition body washes are moisture-rich to help keep my skin feeling smooth and soft. I also love the big 18-ounce bottles, which last a long time. And the suggested retail price is only $2.99 at Walmart!

I hope you’ll head over to Walmart to get Softsoap’s Limited Edition Blushing Bouquet and Eternal Bloom Moisturizing Body Washes because they’ll only be there until September!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (June 24, 2017)

Summer's here! Escape the heat by sitting next to the fan or air conditioner and entering some giveaways! Bookmark this page and visit daily to see what new giveaways have been added to the linky. Visit my right sidebar, too, where you'll find a TON of opportunities for you to win gift cards and more! If you're hosting a giveaway on your blog or website, feel free to share it with us below. Be sure to share these great contests with your friends on social media so they can join in the fun, too!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

It's Not Too Early to Start Stocking Up on School Supplies at Shoplet!

Every year, my kids and I head to the store in August to load up on school supplies, and every year we end up going to three or four different stores because many items have already sold out. If this happens to you, make your life easier this year by buying early at! They have a huge assortment of items that you're going to need for the new school year, such as the following:

My kids always need highlighters, and these are perfect for school. Their flat shape ensures they fit easily in their pencil case or box, and the chisel tip allows them to highlight with a broad, medium or narrow stroke. Made with SmearGuard ink technology, they resist smearing (no more yellow hands), and they have a really cool see-through tip that's designed to eliminate blind spots while they're highlighting text so it's easier to tell when to stop. Plus, they come in four popular see-through, fluorescent colors: yellow, pink, orange and green.

Most teachers write on dry-erase boards rather than chalkboards these days, and we're always being asked to donate dry erase markers for the classroom. My husband, who coaches Little League, also uses these to write the batting line-up on a small dry erase board in the dugout! Since these are dual ended, we always have two colors available right at our fingertips (black and a color: blue, green, purple or red). With a chisel end, there's more control over the width of the stroke, and these low-odor markers won't stink up the classroom (or dugout)!

These dry erase markers are "deluxe" because they come with a magnet so they can be stuck to metal-backed white boards to minimize the chance they'll get lost. And I totally LOVE the built-in eraser. No more hunting down a separate eraser when it's attached. It's genius! Like Expo's other dry erase markers, they're quick-drying and are low odor.

My kids may be getting school supplies, but this gel pen is for me! I love how smoothly it writes. My pen just glides across the paper, enabling me to write faster, and it doesn't smudge! I'm an editor, so it's great that this pen comes in 14 different colors, as well as two different widths (medium, 0.7mm; fine, 0.5mm). It has a full-body grip, so it doesn't slip out of my fingers. In a word, this pen is a must-have!

In addition to these products, Shoplet has a huge selection of office supplies, cleaning supplies, and medical supplies. They even carry office furniture! In fact, they are the #1 e-tailer of business and office supplies. I hope you’ll stop by Shoplet today for all of your home, office and school supplies. You can also visit them through the following sites below:

Twitter: @Shoplet

Disclosure: I received complimentary product samples to facilitate my honest review.

Monday, June 19, 2017

The Minions Are Back in "Despicable Me 3" in Theaters June 30! Celebrate with This Giveaway for New Mega Construx Micro Action Figures and a $25 Fandango Gift Card!

This post is in partnership with Universal Pictures. I received complimentary product samples to facilitate my honest review.
DESPICABLE ME 3 – In Theaters June 30

I have twin boys, and I am often asked if one is the "good twin" and one is the "bad twin," so we were excited to learn that Despicable Me 3 reveals that Gru has a twin brother! How will they compare when it comes to being good or bad? We can't wait to find out!

About the movie:
Illumination, which brought moviegoers Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, continues the story of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters -- Margo, Edith and Agnes -- and the Minions in Despicable Me 3.

After he is fired from the Anti-Villain League for failing to take down the latest bad guy to threaten humanity, Gru finds himself in the midst of a major identity crisis. But when a mysterious stranger shows up to inform Gru that he has a long-lost twin brother -- a brother who desperately wishes to follow in his twin’s despicable footsteps -- one former super-villain will rediscover just how good it feels to be bad.

Watch the trailer!


Get ready for buildable buffoonery movie-sized mischief. With 12 new henchmen to collect including a new figure, Fluffy, you can create your very own silver screen shenanigans. Features all-new outfits, gear, themes, and accessories. Collect them all and build your loyal Minion tribe.

Our family received two Mega Construx Micro Action Figures packs, and it was so much fun to discover which figures were inside! Each pack has a small number of pieces, so they're easy to put together. Kids will want to collect all of them and especially look out for the rare unicorn or a secret minion! Here are the ones we got (not rare ones, but we still love them!):

Available at ToysRUs, Walmart and Target. Ages 5+ Retail Price: $2.99 each #BuildBeyond

Enjoy these scenes from the movie and then head to the theater starting June 30th to see the show!!


To celebrate the release of Despicable Me 3 in theaters and the launch of the new Mega Construx Micro Packs, one (1) lucky winner will receive:
  • $25 Fandango gift card to see Despicable Me 3 in theaters June 30
  • Two (2) Despicable Me Mega Construx Micro Packs
Open to US mailing addresses only
Prizing and samples courtesy of Universal Pictures and Mega Brands

Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, July 2, 2017.

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