Monday, June 26, 2017

Capatriti Olive Oil For All Your Cooking Needs

If you are an Olive Oil user, then you know how important it is to have a good quality olive oil. If you get one that's lesser quality, the flavor tends to be strong versus mild. I love to use olive oil with everything and I sure don't want to taste olives when I am making a cake!

Capatriti Olive Oil is perfect for my family, because it has a great taste everyone loves. I feel like when I cook things like chicken, the flavor tends to be stronger, and when I made baked goods, I don't even taste a hint of olive, yet we are all getting the good healthy fats we need.

When you reach for Capatriti brand food products, you can feel confident you are receiving a top-quality, healthy, delicious product that will enhance any dish. That’s because Gourmet Factory’s Capatriti brand oils and Mediterranean foods are among the most delicious and high-quality on grocery store shelves and in restaurant kitchens today. We take great care in sourcing our olives, and maintain extremely high standards for the global distribution and packaging of all our products.

Some of the other products available from Capatriti are: 
  • Extra virgin olive oil – The full-bodied flavor of this nutritious oil is delightful in an array of recipes, or even on its own for dipping.
  • 100 percent pure olive oil – The mild flavor of this oil is excellent for grilling, baking, and sautéing.
  • Blended oil – This oil provides the benefits of the high smoke point and usefulness in cooking of canola oil with the delicate flavor of our authentic extra virgin olive oil, to create a highly versatile cooking oil.
  • Balsamic vinegar – A staple of Mediterranean dishes thanks to its rich, deep notes of red wine and grapes, Capatriti balsamic vinegar is also the perfect complement to any of our edible oils.
  • Minced garlic – Our savory garlic is pre-minced and available in oil or water, making it easy to add this essential ingredient to all your favorite dishes.
You can purchase Capatriti products online at Amazon, or in most mass retail stores and grocery stores.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact with any questions.

Fun This Summer with Peppa Pig!

I can't tell you how many times we have watched Peppa Pig. My boys have been watching it for years, and they still love it! I like that Peppa is sweet, and wholesome, and I don't have to worry about what they are watching. 

This summer your kids can have fun with Peppa all day long with the Peppa Pig play mat from is a mat which is printed on over 5 feet of EVA foam, this full color playmate lets you explore the world of Peppa Pig! features clean, finished borders, wipes clean and rolls for easy storage. I love the fact that if they spill anything which sadly no matter how much I say not to bring drinks out they will and do, so the clean up is very easy with the rug. The girls had some other playset from Peppa Pig that they enjoyed placing all over the play mate. It has provided many hours of play and rolls up for easy storage.

The Magnetic Wooden Dress Up set is definitely a favorite! It's a Peppa Pig fashion show! With a selection of tops and bottoms, create fun outfits for any occasion with this Magnetic Wooden Dress Up kit. Features chunky, easy to grip magnetic wood pieces, fun scenes and a wooden storage box for easy clean-up. My kids had a lot of fun changing the clothes on Peppa and deciding which outfit was for which day.

You can find the new Peppa Pig products and you can find them at your local ToysRUs and on Amazon.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact with any questions.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Summer of Smiles with Scholastic and Holiday Inn

Scholastic and Holiday Inn have teamed up to bring you #SummerofSmiles which is a great way to get kids reading, even when on vacation. Select Holiday Inn locations are participating, so check out the list here before making reservations!

With #SummerOfSmiles kids get a free Chocolate Milk Happy Hour (free at participating locations!), and a Character Meet and Greet Breakfast (breakfast charges apply).

We were lucky enough to get to attend both of these a few days ago, and here is what we thought!

Otis Spunkmeyer, and Fairlife Milk team up with Holiday Inn to bring Chocolate Milk Happy Hour! The kids can go to the restaurant area of select Holiday Inn Resorts and pick up their FREE chcolate milk and cookies (The Holiday Inn we were at was on Thursdays from 5-7PM but call or as when you check in what time it's at in different locations).

The kids loved the chocolate milk, actually saying the Fairlife was the best they had ever had, and my kids always love the Otis Spunkmeyer cookies! Parents can celebrate Happy Hour too with a milk and cookies of their own.

This summer, Holiday Inn hotels will offer parents and kids an unforgettable take on a classic afternoon snack. In June, select hotels will host a complimentary Chocolate Milk Happy Hour featuring indulgences both parents and kids can feel good about. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy fairlife® ultra-filtered milk, which has 50 percent more protein and 50 percent less sugar than ordinary milk - and is lactose free - and the new Delicious Essentials cookies from Otis Spunkmeyer®, which are made with 51 percent whole grain. Chocolate Milk Happy Hour days and times vary by location. For a list of participating Holiday Inn hotels, visit

In the morning, we were greeted by Clifford the Big Red Dog, and Geronimo. The kids were invited to take photos with both characters, and they were given their photos in a cute themed frame to take home! 

There was a table set up near the character meet and greet, that had a "Borrow a Book" sign, so you can take the book back to your room, read it and drop it back off before you go. Such a great way to get the kids reading while on vacation. 

After we took the picture and picked out our book, we headed over to the crafts table! All kids can do free crafts! 

Xander did a fun maze puzzle, while Riley made a cute set of Clifford ears! There were several crafts to choose from, like coloring, cutting and gluing to keep the kids entertained. 

After the crafts, the kids saw the photo prop booth and they all wanted to try it out. They had so much fun with the Emojis, hats, mouths and mustaches. I loved getting all the cute pics too. 

Finally, after all the fun, it was time for breakfast, and the kids had really worked up an appetite! The buffet was AMAZING. Scrambled and boiled eggs, sausage and bacon, waffles and pancakes, hot and cold cereal, breakfast burritos, donuts, muffins, bagels, fruit and yogurt...SO many choices, as you can see the kids loaded up and actually ate every bite, going back for seconds! The best part is the kids were only $3.99! Orange juice, chocolate milk, coffee, tea and sodas are all included too!

I definitely recommend checking out the Holiday Inn if you have travel plans this summer to see if you can stay at a participating location. If you do, please get a picture with Clifford or Geronimo and share it on social media with @7kidsandus and #smilesahead

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact with any questions.

Swanson Probiotics- A Probiotic for Everyone + Giveaway

I have heard commercials on TV about "leaky gut" and I never really paid much attention. I don't have leaky why should it matter? Of course, I didn't know the signs of leaky gut. Some of which are:

  • Chronic diarrhea, constipation, gas or bloating.
  • Nutritional deficiencies.
  • Poor immune system.
  • Headaches, brain fog, memory loss.
  • Excessive fatigue.

Hey, I have some of those...I started to wonder if I had it, and just didn't know it! So, recently I began taking probiotics. I know they can help cure the leaky gut. While I was looking for one for me, I started looking for one for Xander, since he has some of the same issues. I was so happy to be able to try Swanson Probiotcs, because this way Xander and I can use the same brand.

Swanson Probiotcs come in 14 different varieties, so there is one for everyone! Some of the different ones are:

So what exactly are probiotics?
Put simply, probiotics are “friendly” live bacteria and yeasts that line your digestive tract. The documented definition of probiotics, according to the Food & Agriculture Organizations of the United Nations in 2014, is “live microorganisms, that when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.” “Probiotics” is an umbrella term for all the different beneficial bacteria, but each strain or type of bacteria offer their own unique benefits.

As a whole, probiotics offer vital support for your overall health. We tend to think of bacteria negatively, but probiotics are the opposite. Our bodies have a symbiotic relationship with these microorganisms, meaning they work together to survive. Probiotics promote immune health, digestive health, brain health, emotional wellness and more. Good bacteria produce enzymes that help balance bacteria in your digestive system and support your body’s ability to absorb nutrients.
Quick Probiotic Facts:
●“Probiotics” is an umbrella term for beneficial bacteria, but each strain are studied separately and some of their own unique benefits.
●Probiotics are measured in CFUs, or colony-forming units. It’s an estimate of the number of viable (live) bacterial cells.
Now, onto the giveaway! THREE readers are going to WIN a complete set of the Swanson Probiotics! That's 14 different varieties! Enter using the app below and good luck!

Swanson Probiotics Giveaway ARV $350+

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact with any questions.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Kmart is Having an Amazing 4th of July Sale From 6/25 thru 7/8!

Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love Kmart. We are there almost every week. I love my surprise points, and my email coupons, as well as the sweepstakes to win free points!
Last week I got a pair of sandals I had been eyeing that were normally $24.99 on sale for $14.99 PLUS I had $5 in surprise points on less than $10!

From 6/25 thru 7/8 K-mart is having a great sale! Here are some of the highlights.

Fourth of July Deals
Deals valid from 6/25 – 7/8

All dining furniture on sale
Up to 30% off major appliances
Serta Skyfield Twin Mattress on sale for $99.00, reg. $129.99
Serta Perfect Sleeper Hessel Ridge Queen Mattress on sale for $259.00, reg. $349.99
Serta Perfect Sleeper Wandering Creek Queen Mattress on sale for $379.00, reg. $549.99
Dahlia 5-Pc High Top Dining Set on sale for $199.99, reg. $299.99
Kenmore 5.1 cu. ft. Chest Freezer on sale for $179.99, reg. $249.99

Up to 30% off all grills
Up to 50% off all patio furniture
BBQ Pro 3-Burner Grill on sale for $169.99, reg. $249.99
Essential Garden Bartlett 5-Pc Dining Set on sale for $119.00, reg. $219.99
Northwest Territory Grand Canyon 20’ x 12’ Tent on sale for $199.99, reg. $329.99
Z-Shade 10’ x 10’ Instant Canopy on sale for $39.99, reg. $79.99
Bestway 10’ x 30’ Fast Set Ring Pool on sale for $49.99, reg. $99.99
Bestway 14’ x 42’ Steel Pro Frame Pool on sale for $199.99, reg. $369.99

Up to 40% off swimwear for the family
Up to 30% off beach towels

All mountain bikes on sale
Evolution 26” Bike on sale for $79.99, reg. $99.99

I hope you all get a chance to stop by and check out the sales, and have a happy, safe 4th of July!

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact with any questions.

Have a Great 4th of July Party with Oriental Trading Co.

I have been using Oriental Trading for my party planning for years. I love that when I need something for a specific holiday or event, that I can go to their site, search what I am trying to plan, and find everything I need in one place. I'm talking everything from matching tableware and toppers, to banners and signs, to games and prizes, even matching candy! This year we decided to have 4th of July at our house, and of course I went straight to Oriental Trading.

Here is some of what I chose and why:

Patriotic Hat Assortment

I chose the Patriotic Hat Assortment for a couple of reasons. One, not everyone likes the same style of hat, so I knew if I had some fun choices, I would be more likely to get people to wear them, Two, the hats are such a great price at $24.99 for TWELVE hats! Three, how cute are we going to all be in hats for our photo opps this year!

Kick off your next patriotic party with this spirited selection of hats. There’s a hat for everyone in this red, white and blue assortment! Add this festive hat assortment to your 4th of July parade or use them as patriotic photo booth props to capture the perfect look. Plastic, woven paper and fabric. Assortment may vary.

Patriotic Twist Lollipops

I chose these lollipops because not only are they fun and festive, and the right colors for my party, but also a great deal at $4.28 for 24 pieces! These are going to be a huge hit. 

Patriotic Twist Pops. Begin your patriotic celebration with a sweet start with these Patriotic Twist Pops. Whether it's your annual 4th of July celebration or a political rally, these delicious treats will be a welcome sight to everyone in attendance. Each 3" cherry-flavored twist pop is on a 4" plastic stick. Individually wrapped. (2 dozen per unit) Total weight, 14 oz. Fat-free. 

Patriotic Ring Lollipops

I couldn't pass up these cute ring pops for just $3.28 a dozen!

American pride can be so sweet! These sucker rings are great party favors for your 4th of July barbecue or Memorial Day celebration. Delicious in red, white and blue, this candy is a fun way to celebrate a patriotic holiday. Add them to your party supplies for holiday treats that both children and adults will enjoy! Blue raspberry and cherry flavors. 1 1/2" sucker on a plastic ring. Individually wrapped. Fat-Free. 7 oz. 

       Patriotic Rock Candy Lollipops

Almost like real streaks of fireworks, these Patriotic Rock Candy Pops are a blast from the past! As delicious and sugary as you remember, each of these rock candy pops is a classic candy no 4th of July should be without. Introduce a new generation to the joy of these unforgettable treats today! Each 4 1/2" sucker is on a 3" wooden stick. Strawberry, blue raspberry and plain sugar flavors. Individually wrapped. Total wt., 9 oz. 

       Red, White & Blue Paracord Bracelet Craft Kit

I wanted a way to keep the kids busy, while the adults did some chatting, so I figured craft kits were the way to go! Patriotic themed, of course. 

Red, White & Blue Paracord Bracelet Craft Kit making showing your American spirit fun. Paracord bracelets, necklaces and accessories are a popular craft for tweens and teens and anyone who loves handmade jewelry! Paracord crafts are great for kids who can follow more detailed instruction and love putting extra detail into their crafts. These DIY crafts for boys and girls make any team-building event more fun and also make great gifts. Includes a 60" red and blue cord, a 30" white cord and 11/2" plastic clasp. Makes 12. Discover even more jewelry making supplies and jewelry kits on our website. All craft kit pieces are pre-packaged for individual use. Kits include instructions and extra pieces

Inflatable Color Your Own Patriotic Beach Balls

Another fun craft, but this time one they can play with after they are done coloring! $11.99 for 12 balls!

Add your own color to these vinyl “USA” beach balls! Fun to color at summer camp or day care, these red, white and blue all-American beach balls are perfect for a patriotic pool party or 4th of July backyard volleyball tournament. Inflated, 12" Permanent markers recommended, not included.

Patriotic Plastic Cups

I love these cups! Why buy throw away cups for your party when you can buy these plastic reusable ones, your guests get a souvenir too! They are priced great at just $7.99 for FIFTY! 

Raise these disposable plastic cups and toast to patriotism! You could also fill these party supplies with popcorn or other snacks at your 4th of July party. Create unique 4th of July party favors by filling these cups with beaded necklaces, flags and candy. (50 pcs. per unit) 4 3/4" 16 oz

Patriotic Utensil Holder

This utensil holder makes the party SO much more festive! I love that it can be used for lollipops too!

Throwing an Independence Day dinner or military homecoming event? This utensil holder is a buffet table must-have for your patriotic cutlery! Stay organized and stylish when you add it to your American kitchen décor. It also makes a great wedding or housewarming gift! Metal. 8 1/2" x 9" x 13"

Metallic Gold Plastic Spoons

I just love that everything can match! These gold spoons were just $4.99 for 50! 

Our decorative and elegant plastic spoons are perfect for any party, bridal shower, wedding reception or special event. Their casual, yet classy look makes them the perfect addition to your party or wedding supplies. Our durable cutlery may be rewashed and used again or thrown away for an easy cleanup. (50 pcs. per set) 6"

I definitely recommend checking out all the 4th of July party supplies at Oriental Trading. I know I love to shop there, and am looking forward to the next holiday!

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact with any questions.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

YU-GI-OH!: THE DARK SIDE OF DIMENSIONS arrives on Digital HD June 13 and on Blu-ray and DVD June 27

The iconic anime franchise with a worldwide fan base returns when Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions arrives on Digital HD June 13 and on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD June 27 from Anchor Bay Entertainment. The film celebrates the 20th anniversary of the global phenomenon, which remains one of the top trading-card games in the world. In this installment, Yugi Muto and his friends reunite to battle their enemies in an exhilarating fight that transcends time and space.Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions features new designs and an all-new story from the original creator, Kazuki Takahashi. Including an exclusive collectible trading card, the Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.

The stakes have never been higher; the rivalries never as fierce; the risks never so great. One wrong move, one card short, and it's game over” for good. A decade in the making, Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions features new designs and an all-new story from the original creator of the global phenomenon, Kazuki Takahashi. His masterful tale features anime's most beloved characters in their long-awaited return: Yugi Muto, Seto Kaiba, and their faithful friends Joey Wheeler, Tristan Taylor, Téa Gardner, and Bakura.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact with any questions.