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Friday, December 9, 2016

My Bathroom Transformation

Join me on my journey to transform my master bathroom.


      It all started five years ago with a broken pipe. Five years ago we had below freezing temperatures and a pipe frozen in the kid's bathroom. I live in the desert of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and our houses were not built to withstand cold temperatures so when we had a couple days of below zero temperatures, the pipe froze in the upstairs bathroom. Now I know you are probably thinking, why did I not drip the faucet. Well, I did but the pipe still froze as we later found out that the builders put the insulation on the wrong size of the pipe. So when it warmed up the pipe burst and the bathroom flooded. That meant the kids got a new bathroom. Well, of course, that made me wanting a new master bathroom. Five years later, my husband and I finally decided to spend the money and embarked on our master bath remodel.


  These photos show what the bathroom looked like before we started. Our adventure to remodel the bathroom started with myself going to a conference in July. I asked my husband if he wanted to start the bathroom project. He agreed and so it started. I left my husband and the four boys home to demolish the bathroom. They had fun removing everything, including the tile. The youngest boys thought it was a blast to hammer at the walls. When I came back four days later, my bathroom was so different. All that was left was bare walls, the bathtub, and a toilet. I said to myself "what have I got myself into?" It was not a pretty sight.


  My husband told me it was going to be ok. Well, it was not ok, as when they took apart the bathroom, they discovered a drain pipe between the bath and shower. This pipe made our job more complex as now we had wanted to just expand the shower but now we had to change plans and instead move the shower to where the bathtub was. My husband like that idea as it meant a bigger shower. It also meant more money and having to get some plumbing work done. We wanted our friend to do the plumbing as we knew he could do a great job. That unfortunately set our project back by four months as my husband was way too busy and kept putting off asking our friend about working for us.


  After four months of not having a bathroom, I threw a major tantrum and my husband finally got our friend over to do the plumbing work. We also were able to get our other friend over to do the framing work. I love having friends who can help us. Once the plumbing and framing work was done, we had to have the tile people remeasure. Then we got our friend who did the framing back in to do the drywall for us. This is the current state of our bathroom as the next step is for the time people to tile the floor and construct the shower. The below photo shows the bathtub removed and  new wall.


 Once the tile work is done, then it will be time to paint and install the new cabinet, vanity, toilet, lights, and more. Of course, we have to still buy all those items. Now to find the time to get my husband to the store to select all the items. Until then I will browse the internet for ideas. I am hoping by the end of this year that my bathroom will be completed. Come back later to see the next step.



Maypo Is My Childrens New Favorite Breakfast Cereal

               Do you remember the Maypo slogan?  "I want my Maypo"


   Did you grow up with Maypo in your house? I did and I fondly remember the bowl of hot cereal. I loved mornings when my mom made me a bowl of Maypo as it was a treat. When I was a kid, we did not have a microwave so hot cereal had to be made on the stove and of course that took time. So we did not get hot cereal often but when we did it was Maypo. I wonder if my mom remembers making me hot cereal. Now I get to be that mom and serve my boys delicious hot cereal as Maypo Instant Maple Oatmeal with Quinoa  has arrived at my breakfast table! I love that my childhood favorite hot cereal has a modern-day Superfood in it! Now my boys can have a delicious hot cereal that not only is nutritious but also can be made in the microwave. That means they can have a bowl of warm Maypo anytime they want.


 I was excited when I learned that Maypo added Quinoa to their whole grain oatmeal as that means extra protein is in it. Did you know that quinoa is a complete protein source and is also rich in antioxidants? The addition of quinoa gives a serving of Maypo 5 grams of protein. My boys love the taste of Maypo and I love that they are eating a heart healthy breakfast. When I first made Maypo for my boys, I had to say " I want my Maypo!" They looked at me and I thought I was crazy. Once I told them about the Maypo commercial, they knew that I was not crazy. Later on, we went to Youtube and watched the Maypo commercial. I had never seen this commercial so it was entertaining for me too. I bet my mom remembers this ad.




  Visit http://www.homestatfarm.com/ to learn more about this delicious hot cereal and other cereals that they make. You can also use the store locator to find a store so you can buy a box or two. Soon you will be saying "I want my Maypo!" Just like the Original Maypo Maple Oatmeal, it is still low in sugar with all natural flavoring. So check out more about this healthy hot breakfast cereal that not only tastes good but is good for you.


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Here are a few fun facts about quinoa:
  • Complete protein containing all 9 essential amino acids
  • Almost twice as much fiber as most other grains
  • Considered an ancient grain
  • Contains Lysine for tissue growth & repair
  • Rich in Magnesium to relax vessels & reduce migraines
  • High in Riboflavin (B2) improving energy
  • High in Manganese protecting red blood cells


"These opinions are my own and I received a sample of Maypo Instant Maple Oatmeal with Quinoa to facilitate this post."

Free Werther's Original


Free Werther's Original Receive ONE (1) FREE Werther's Original, any variety (4.51-5.5 oz). Available in most stores.
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This Friday, December 9th, 2016 – ONLY, you can load a coupon to your Kroger (or Affiliate) Plus Card for  (1) FREE Werther's Original, any variety (4.51-5.5 oz). 
Although 12/9/16 is the only day that you can load the coupon, the coupon offer is redeemable through 12/26/2016
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Also, Smiths is Decking the Halls with deals through December 19th. Every day there will be  New digital coupons, recipes & more! 

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Chocolate Truly Supplements Giveaway


Would you like to win Supplements that taste like chocolate? 

Sponsored By: Truly Supplements

Hosted By: Love, Mrs. Mommy

* 4 Winners Will Receive * 

A 30-Day Supply of Their Choice of Supplement! 

Choose between: Biotin, Melatonin, Collagen, and Probiotic!

Truly supplements are a brand new line of chocolate supplements! Yes, I said chocolate, YUM! Now you know why I said you won’t have an issue remembering to take them! They are called trubites, and they are a delectable alternative to caplets, pills and gummies. Their proprietary formula consist of 70% dark chocolate and are made with the finest organic cacao nibs, cane sugar and cocoa butter. All supplements are vegan, organic, gluten and dairy free, and contain no additives or GMO’s! Which is just another reason to love them even more! It’s no wonder the trubites are in the shape of a heart! Click here to read Love, Mrs. Mommy's full review! 
Open to US entries and must be 18+ to enter!
Giveaway Dates ~ 12/9 12:01 AM EST through 12/30 11:59PM EST Good luck!
Disclosure: Love, Mrs. Mommy and all participating bloggers are not held responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill their prize obligations. Love, Mrs. Mommy received Truly supplements at no cost to facilitate the above-mentioned review. This giveaway is in no way endorsed or sponsored by Facebook or any other social media site. The winner will be randomly drawn by Giveaway Tools and will be notified by email. Winner has 48 hours to reply before a replacement winner will be drawn. If you would like to participate in an event like this please contact LoveMrsMommy (at) gmail (dot) com.

Aviesia Night Renewal Cream Review


In my quest to keep my skin looking young, I like to try different creams.So I was excited when I learned about an organic cream that is also an anti-aging cream. I don't like putting chemicals into my body or on my skin. So I decided to try Aviesia Organics Night Renewal Cream as I like that it was USDA Organic approved. This rich cream is made with the "super fruit" Davidson plum that nourishes, hydrates, and firms the skin to improve it's elasticity. This cream is not greasy and it makes my skin feel so soft. I love that it is made with all natural ingredients, some of them are even rich in antioxidants. 
Just look at the list of ingredients:
Shea Butter, Beeswax, Sunflower Seeds, Evening Primrose Flower Oil, Avocado Oil, Geranium oil, Davidson Plum Extracts, Rose Flower, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Witch Hazel, Chamomile Flower, Mango Seed Butter, Coconut Fruit oil, and Cocoa Seed Butter.

Do you like to use natural beauty care products on your skin?

This is a cream that I can feel good about using on my skin!!!

Want to know more about this Organic Night Renewal Cream? 



"These opinions are my own and I received a sample of Aviesia to facilitate this post."

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Serve Delicious Frozen Yogurt to Your Guests at Parties or Dinner


 If you are having a special family dinner or fun party, then it is important to serve a tasty dessert that everyone will enjoy. The healthiest frozen yogurt is available from a specialty retailer who offers an assortment of flavors. You might be looking for yogurt that is made without sugar or that is low in fat, and this type of dessert is difficult to find in a local supermarket. Fortunately, it is possible to find frozen yogurt at an online store that can ship the product to your home in large or single-serving containers. 

Enjoy a Variety of Frozen Yogurt Flavors Throughout the Year

 Many individuals prefer eating frozen yogurt because it has active cultures that can improve their digestion and prevent intestinal discomfort. By providing your guests a delicious bowl of flavored frozen yogurt, you are helping them to maintain their overall health. Frozen yogurt is made in a variety of flavors, including:

• Peach
• Coconut 
• Banana
• Chocolate mint
• French vanilla
• Chocolate macadamia
• Southern praline
• Peanut butter
• Cheesecake 
• Strawberry

 During the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season, you might want to enjoy additional flavors such as apple pie, candy cane or holly mint. 

Add Toppings to Your Frozen Yogurt Dessert

In addition to serving delicious frozen yogurt, you can provide toppings for your relatives and friends. Great toppings to have for frozen yogurt include:

• Crushed walnuts and pecans
• White or dark chocolate syrup
• Whipped cream
• Sliced or chopped fresh fruit
• Small candies 
• Melted caramel or butterscotch
• Sliced almonds
• Crushed chocolate chip cookies

You can also serve any flavor of frozen yogurt on top of a slice of pie or cake. 

Frozen Yogurt Is Available In No Sugar or Low-fat Flavors 

 Frozen yogurt has a more intense flavor than ice cream, and if you or your guests have never had this dessert before, then it will become a favorite. When you or your guests have dietary restrictions, it is easy to find the best flavors of frozen yogurt that don’t contain fat or sugar. If you are having a special meal for the holidays, then it is a good idea to have a selection of different flavors and styles of yogurt for guests who are diabetics or anyone on a low-fat diet. When you are lactose intolerant, it is easier to digest frozen yogurt because it has active cultures

Holiday Gift Guide For Kids

The holidays are quickly approaching and it is time to think of presents for the kids.


  I like to buy unique yet fun gifts for my boys for Christmas. When I buy a toy for them I research the item as I want to make sure the toy will provide hours of fun for them. I want to be able to help parents buy fun unique toys this holiday season. So I teamed up with several companies who have sent me some toys. My boys will help me review these toys so you can have some ideas for presents this holiday season. I will update this post as we receive new toys.

                                                     Check out this 3D light!


The 3DLIGHTFX  is a cool 3D Deco Light that comes in many different styles. My boys received the Thor Hammer but these lights also are available in comic book, superhero, Disney Princess, sports, cars and more. My boys love how the light comes out of the wall. These LED lights are battery operated and cool to the touch so you can place them anywhere in the room. The light is easy to attach to the wall. The light comes with a sticker that makes it look like there is a crack in the wall. The light adds a special touch to the room during the day and at night when it gives a soft glow to the room making it a perfect night light. Once you see all the selection of these 3D lights you will have a hard time deciding which one to buy.

Product: 3DLIGHTFX
Website (URL): 
http://bit.ly/TargetUSFamily
Category: unique items
Description: 
3DLIGHTFX 3D Deco Lights are the perfect gift this holiday season.

• They have a full range of comic book, superhero, Disney Princess, sports and car lights that look as though they are popping right out of the wall

• Battery operated

• Cool to the touch LED light and cordless

• Easy to install and comes with a crack sticker for the wall

• Looks cool off and looks cool on.

.Your kids will love having these in their rooms and they're also the perfect editions to a den, family room, man's cave or office!

•Available at Target stores and Target.com 

Price Per Unit: $29.99
Purchase Linkhttp://bit.ly/TargetUSFamily  

                                                 Check out this cool watch!

This Watchitude  watch is so fun and colorful. Those are cute cupcakes that you see on the slap band style watch. This company makes fun watches for kids in lots of fun patterns like pizza, sports, animals, and lots more. These funky watches have no buckles as they slap onto the wrist. They are so bright and colorful and kids will want to own several of them. I chose the cupcake watch for me as they boys already have a watch. My boys now want one and are drooling over the different designs. I am thinking these watches will be perfect in their Christmas stocking. You have to visit the website to see all the designs that these watches come in. Even the boxes are fun!


Product: Watchitude
Website (URL): http://www.watchitude.com/  

Category: stocking stuffers
Description: 
Collect ‘em all- Watchitude offers tons of funky designs and limited edition collectibles

• Durable materials- Zinc Alloy case with glass crystal and quartz movement

• Water resistant- Splash proof, withstands rain, sweat, and splashing

• Excellent quality- Slap band, super thick material, comfortable feel

• New Patent Pending Technology- Brilliant photographic quality printing and durable glossy finish

• Non-toxic- SGS Certified safe for kids and 100% lead-free

• Beautiful Unique Colorful Textured Gift Box- Great for birthdays, holiday gifts, milestones and other special occasions

• Easy setup- Instructions to set the time, and a 1 year, replaceable standard watch battery

Price Per Unit: $21.99
Purchase Linkhttp://www.watchitude.com/  





One company that sent us toys is Geo Space. They sent us a couple of active toys that can be used indoors or outside. I love their unique toys as they encourage kids to be active. Their toys are geared for kids ages 5 and up. My younger boys and my teen enjoyed the two toys that they sent to us. My boys loved shooting the rockets and they went very far. The Ski Skooter was hard to use on the grass but did work on the snow. When winter comes the Ski Skooter will be fun with the snow.


Product: Pump Rocket Air Archer
Website (URL): www.geospaceplay.com
Category: Toys
Description: The new AIR ARCHER, with its flexible, bow-like arm, dramatically increases the power of the PUMP ROCKET® launcher. You won’t believe how fast and far these foam rockets will travel. To operate, simply pull back the launcher piston, stretching the elastic bow string attached to the ends of the bow. When it’s fully drawn back, let go and…WHOOOSH!!!, the rocket goes screaming off into space at near Mach speeds. Okay, maybe a little slower than that, but still impressively fast. Kids will be amazed.
Price Per Unit: $25.99
Purchase Linkhttp://www.amazon.com/Rocket-Archer-Air-Powered-EZ-Pull-Bungee/dp/B00WYJU6E0/ref=sr_1_58?srs=2592519011&ie=UTF8&qid=1443199405&sr=8-58  






  Product: Ski Skooter
Website (URL): www.geospaceplay.com
Category: Toys
Description: The amazing SKI SKOOTER from Geospace opens up new worlds of exploration for young riders -- snow for one, but also grassy hills and even sand dunes! The Skooter works on flat terrain as well as hills...just leave one foot on the board and push with the other, using the handle for balance and directional control. In dry, deep snow, Ski Skooter acts like a snowshoe, allowing riders to float on the surface.
Price Per Unit: $49.99
Purchase Linkhttp://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00PBII0MG








  The second company that sent us a toy was Plasmarttoys. My boys already have several fun toys from this company. My boys own a PlasmaCar and a KickFlipper. These are toys that they play with weekly if not daily, so we were excited to try out their FunSlides Carpet Skates. The skates were easy to put on and my boys had a blast sliding on the carpet. My boys did circles around the dining room table and upstairs throughout the bedrooms. I liked that they did not damage the carpet and that the skates also fit my feet so I was able to join in on the fun. These skates will be great for when it is too cold to play outside so my boys can burn off that extra energy.



  Product: Fun Slides Carpet Skates
Website (URL): www.plasmarttoys.com
Category: Toys
Description: FunSlides Carpet Skates started a whole new indoor toy and game trend. Like sliding in socks on a hardwood floor. FunSlides Carpet Skates give you that fun-powered glide on carpet! Woooosh!¿..Strap 'em on and away you go.! This pair comes in sleek silver color. They work on any type of carpet and they are carpet friendly. They're great for active play, family fun and active sports. One size fits all. FunSlides Carpet Skates have won the following awards: The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval; Dr. toy 10 Best Active Products Winner; Dr. Toy 100 Best Children's Products Winner; Creative Child Magazine - Creative Toy Awards Seal of Excellence; Major FUN Award.
Price Per Unit: $19.99
Purchase Linkhttp://amzn.to/2bSbum5


  My boys are crazy about Legos. They really don't need another Lego set as they have plenty of Legos. The Lego Christmas Ornaments Book helped my boys discover new things to build with their Legos. My boys love the detailed step by step instructions that included colorful pictures. I loved that the instructions also included not only the type of bricks needed but how many. This book is perfect to keep the kids busy during the holiday season. My boys want to make all the ornaments in the book by Christmas so they can decorate the tree with Legos.




  Product:The Lego Christmas Ornaments Book
Website (URL): www.nostarch.com
Category: Books
Description: Every year, families deck their trees with strings of popcorn, popsicle sticks, and gingerbread—but why not use LEGO. This holiday season, LEGO fans can build lasting memories by making their own DIY ornaments that the whole family can build and enjoy for years to come. With colorful graphics and detailed instructions, The LEGO Christmas Ornaments Book is the perfect gift for do-it-yourselfers and crafters. The 15 designs in the book include holiday classics like a wreath, snowflake, poinsettia, Christmas tree, and gingerbread house; fun stuff like a computer, arcade machine, and cheeseburger; and even simple geometric designs like a bow, barrel, and lantern. As author Chris McVeigh explains, "Whether you're looking for a traditionally-shaped ornament or want to add something fun and quirky to your tree, there's something for everyone in this book!
Price Per Unit: $19.95
Purchase Linkhttps://www.nostarch.com/legochristmas?imm_mid=0e6eb1&cmp=em-na-na-na-pr_lego_christmas

 I love toys that teach my kids. I discovered these cool kits that teach kids how to be an entrepreneur. These fun kits give your children life skills while providing them an activity that allows them to earn some money. When I presented this kit to my younger boys, the younger one got excited about being able to make something and then sell it to earn some money. He could not wait to check out the contents in the kit. We received the Treats To Go kit and it included everything that my boys needed to start a business selling some treats. I liked that the kit had detailed step by step instructions on things like finding customers, taking orders, setting the price, and even recipes. My boys and I chose to make some delicious chocolate covered pretzels. The boys decided that they would sell them to friends at church.



ProductVK Venture kits
Website (URL): http://www.venturekits.com/          

Category:  Educational Toys
Description: Venture Kits turn little ones into real entrepreneurs through experiential learning and hands-on, screens-off play. Our expanding line of entrepreneur-designed, kid-tested business starter kits teach kids valuable business lessons, cleverly masked in fun. From Lemonade Stands and Babysitting to Online Magazines and E­commerce Stores, kids will become real life entrepreneurs and CEOs, creating real products, offering real services, finding real investors, and earning real profits. Venture Kits' unique step by step guide - our Venture Plan - will give them the confidence and know-how to succeed. Venture Kits. Because the next generation of CEOs is sitting right in our living rooms, probably watching 

cartoons.






Check out these cute headphones for kids. My boys tried out the black and yellow pair and loved how comfortable they were. The also come in a pink "cat" style and a red "Christmas" style.

ProductiClever BoostCare Kids Headphones     
Website (URL): www.Amazon.com
Category: Entertainment
Description: Colorful Theme Kid Friendly Headsets:Colorful and attractive, batman styled and flexible Makes for a good gift for family/friends kids or buy for your own. Good also for KG/pre-school teachers.
+ Kid-Safe Volume Limiting Technology: built-in volume-limiting circuitry that keeps the sound pressure down to levels recommended as safe for young ears and will not blow their eardrums Sound limited to 85 db. Max (Safe for children). Environment-friendly material, RoHs, EN71,CPSIA,FCC approved
+ Soft Overall Quite Lightweight and Durability: kid-friendly portable headphones is durable enough to withstand a lot of abuse, worry-free for any stretch, twist, crunch. Flat cord won’t get tangled easily
+ Custom Designed Fit for Children: nice cushioned earpads and a cushioned headband,safe and comfortable for the kiddos. Made for children 3 years old and up. (Recommended for kids 3-12)
+ Universal Compatibility: Using a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, work with virtually all smartphones and tablets t
Price Per Unit: $19.99
Purchase Linkhttps://www.amazon.com/dp/B01JO7ANR4
Christmas Limited Edition: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01JO7ASRY
Cat Ear Headphones: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01JLURR2S


  I am so excited to tell you about a new item for a holiday gift. This gift is one that the kids receive for six weeks. It starts out with a letter in the mail that includes a map and a key. Then once a week for six weeks your child will get more fun surprises in the mail, each more exciting than the other. This Treasure Hunt gift was so exciting for my boys to receive. They have only received the first gift and I can't show you pictures of them interacting with the items as I don't want to giveaway the mystery that my boys are trying to solve. My boys would catch on if I took pictures. My boys opened the letter and were excited to know that they have a pirate for a relative- Boggybottom Pittman. Now this pirate goes back many more generations than their genealogy loving grandpa has discovered. My youngest son knew right away that the map had some sort of code on it and asked me to look up secret codes online. Once the boys had their code guide the went to work to solve the message on the old crinkled paper. The only problem was they could not figure out the place in the message that began with a letter V. The older of the two, questioned this mysterious letter at first but now he is trying think of places that start with V with four letters. The boys so want to figure this mystery out to find the treasure box that their key will unlock. I am excited for the next five gifts to arrive along with the treasure box that is loaded with the treasure. This item is great for ages 8 and up.


Website (URL): https://www.mailordermystery.com/  

Category: Unique Items
Description: Maps, keys, curses, and sharks. Hidden treasure and scheming pirates. It all starts with a letter from a woman half-way across the world who finds an old key and a note from a long-dead pirate who happens to be your Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great Grandfather. It’s up to you to find the family fortune, but can you keep it safe from double-crossing pirates? Who’s to know when a pirate’s telling the truth, yaarrr?

Mailing #1: A letter from Flora Smart along with a key and an ancient note from your Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great Grandfather, a pirate with buried loot. It is up to you to you find - and keep safe - the family fortune. And for any double-crossers out there: beware the Dread Pirate Curse!

Mailing # 2: A copy of the latest edition of the esteemed publication “Shark and Pirate Quarterly”, issue #1268, sent by editor and local historian Nigel P. Silver. Pay close attention to the puzzle page - there could be a message for you.

Mailing # 3: A letter from  the curator of the Royal Museum Archives, a (different) key, a business card with a phone number to call and a copy of a treasure map that may be of interest to you. And by the way, if you have something that, perhaps, belongs in the archives, we would really like to have it back. Could you maybe give us a call and tell us what it is?

Mailing # 4: A note from Nigel P. Silver along with an article from issue #148 of the Shark and Pirate Quarterly proving that Flora Smart and her nephew, who happens to be the curator of the Royal Museum Archives, have an interest in treasure of their own.

Mailing # 5:  A second note from Flora Smart - and she's got your map back from Stumpy Joe.  


Mailing # 6: The police have caught the pirates red-handed and they are sending the treasure back to you, the “rightful owner”. 

Price Per Unit: $74.00
Purchase Linkhttps://www.mailordermystery.com/



    Keep checking back as I will be adding more toys as my boys and I have fun with them.

"These opinions are my own and I received the above-mentioned products to facilitate this post."
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