Learning Self-Help Skills With LYSOL No-Touch Hand Soap

(Disclosure: I received LYSOL No-Touch Hand Soap to review but all thoughts are my own.)

Jacob’s messy hands!

Do you have children who look like this after eating? I do! I have two of them. Jacob has pretty much mastered washing his own hands but my youngest is still working on this skill.

Lucas has recently entered the stage of wanting to do everything by himself and washing his hands is no exception. He enjoys playing with his food and, as a result, creates some of the messiest little hands I’ve ever seen. Before, he would go to wash his hands and leave the soap dispenser full of his food covered finger prints.

I recently learned about LYSOL No-Touch Hand Soap which helps reduce the spread of sticky fingerprints {and germs!} and couldn’t wait to try one out. The unit was really easy to put together and gives children the chance to do things for themselves without making a huge mess of the bathroom because all they have to do is hold their hand under the dispenser to get the soap. There is no need to touch anything since the dispenser has a sensor and dispenses the right amount of soap when a hand is held under it!

This past weekend, Lucas was able to eat his Easter candy, walk to the bathroom with his chocolate coated hands, and wash his hands on his own after I had turned on the water for him. He was proud of himself and I am proud of how independent he is becoming!

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LYSOL launched The Kid Who Touches Everything Contest and the grand prize is a trip to Disney! To enter share your best Messy Moments pictures with LYSOL. (No purchase necessary. Contest runs from 2/25/13- 5/25/13. Open to US residents ages 18+. Void where prohibited. Click here for official contest rules.

(Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of MomCentral Consulting for LYSOL®. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.)

Dinner In 15 Minutes With Campbell’s Skillet Sauces

This season has been so busy with work, Holiday prep, family commitments, and preparing for my Final I’m taking tomorrow morning in my college class. If I’m going to get dinner on my table this month it has to be easy to make. With two little boys it also has to be kid-friendly because I don’t have time to be making two separate meals.

I was recently introduced to Campbell’s Skillet Sauces. The sauces come in six different flavors:

  • Creamy Chipotle with Roasted Corn & Black Beans
  • Marsala with Mushrooms & Garlic
  • Thai Green Curry with Lemongrass & Basil
  • Toasted Sesame with Garlic & Ginger
  • Fire Roasted Tomato with Red Bell Peppers & Chiles
  • Scampi with White Wine & Garlic

All of the sauces can be found at the grocery store near the other marinades and sauces. With this product you can have a delicious dinner on the table in only 15 minutes with just three easy steps:

    1.  HEAT.  Heat oil in skillet over medium/high heat.
    2.  ADD.  Add your protein or vegetables and cook until browned.
    3.  STIR.  Stir in sauce and heat to boil. Reduce heat and cover for five minutes or until protein is cooked through and/or vegetables are tender.

On a busy night we decided that we were going to try one of these Campbell’s Skillet Sauces. Sinisa and I debated over which flavor we were going to try first and with which meat we were going to make it with. Sinisa wanted to make the Creamy Chipotle with Roasted Corn & Black Beans with Pork and I thought Chicken Marsala with Mushrooms & Garlic sounded good. Eventually we decided to make Chicken in the Toasted Sesame with Garlic & Ginger sauce. We thought about both pasta and rice as sides and decided rice sounded better with this Asian inspired meal.

Sure enough dinner was on the table in less than 20 minutes. The chicken was tender and the sauce it was in was thick and delicious! After eating we decided that the only thing we’d change would be to put vegetables in with the chicken and sauce. I can’t wait to try the other Campbell’s Skillet Sauces and create other new meals for our family to enjoy.

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Campbell supplied me with the product so I could post about my experience. All opinions are my own.)

Inspired Gifts Review and Giveaway

I love taking pictures so I was thrilled when Inspired Gifts agreed to let me review one of their products. Inspired Gifts makes wonderful photo products. Here is a list of some of what you can create:

  • Gift books
  • Baby/Child Books
  • Journals
  • Guest Books
  • Playing Cards
  • Canvas Prints
  • Dry Erase Boards
  • Posters
  • Bookmarks
  • Greeting Cards
  • Announcements
  • Calendars

You can also make day planners which is what I chose to review. I wanted a planner to keep track of all my blog posts and when all of my giveaways ended and I am happy to do so while I look at pictures of my family.

Here is what the Inspired Gifts website says about their day planners: “We know life’s daily tasks can sometimes be a chore, but you can make scheduling less stressful with a photo-filled day planner designed by you. Planners are spiral-bound and available in two sizes to accommodate full days and people on the go. You bring the photos, and we’ll give you the space to lay out your year in as much detail as you need. Add as many custom messages as you like to be sure you never again forget an important birthday or anniversary. Perhaps you know someone who might welcome a little help in the organization department? Planners also make great gifts.”

The day planner itself was pretty easy to make once I got the hang of it. Once you choose the pictures you want in the planner you can either decide what page you want each picture on or you can let the software place the pictures for you.

Here are my two tips on creating your own personalized items using Inspired Gifts and their software:

1) Create an account before you do anything else! I made the mistake of not doing so and lost all of my work because I accidentally exited the screen and it wasn’t saved anywhere. (If you have an account the pictures are saved.)

2) Keep in mind the product you are creating and how the pictures would look in the space that you have. I picked all of my pictures without even considering that the album I was doing was vertical. If a picture was horizontal and could be cropped it worked fine but any picture too wide didn’t work. They give you a choice so you could choose to have your pictures horizontal and then you would be fine but because I chose vertical it was a problem.

Here are a few pictures of my finished day planner:

Cover of day planner

Example of inside day planner

How I use my day planner

I really love my day planner and am super excited to announce that one lucky person can win one of their own!!

Giveaway:

Inspired Gifts is giving away a 4.4×6 Photo Day Planner just like the one I made!

Mandatory Entry:

Visit Inspired Gifts and tell me your favorite photo product that they make.

Optional Entries (leave a comment for each one):

  1. Follow Inspired Gifts on Twitter
  2. “Like” Inspired Gifts on Facebook
  3. Follow Inspired Gifts blog via Google Friend Connect
  4. Create a free account at Inspired Gifts
  5. Purchase a photo product from Inspired Gifts (worth 10 entries)
  6. Subscribe to Making Time For Mommy via RSS or email
  7. “Like” Making Time For Mommy on Facebook
  8. Follow me on Twitter
  9. Tweet about this giveaway and include a link to this review (in your comment leave link to your tweet)
  10. Enter another giveaway and let me know which one you entered

That’s 11 different ways to win a fabulous photo product from Inspired Gifts. Good luck!

Giveaway ends on July 18, 2010 at 11:59pm.

(Disclosure: I was provided a day planner to review at no cost. All opinions on the products are my own. Inspired Gifts will provide the photo day planner to the winner. This review was made possible by MomMadeThat.com)

Touch’d Review and Giveaway

I wanted to share a new line of beauty products with you called Touch’d which launched yesterday. Touch’d bath and body was founded by Rachel Ferrucci. Rachel created the products when she couldn’t find what she was looking for in the stores.  She says, “one product specifically, the organic sugar scrub, was created when my daughter had eczema and the doctors were giving us medicated creams that seemed to be drying out her skin. I wanted to give my daughter relief without slopping medicated creams all over her delicate body. I researched and read every book on natural oils and how they can benefit our skin. I was successful in making a product that was 100% organic and alleviated her eczema.” Being a mom of a child with eczema myself,  I understand completely where she is coming from.

I had the pleasure of reviewing the “Moisture Myst” in the Tropical Paradise scent. The website says that the “convenient spray on moisturizer will revive and hydrate your skin with oils containing natural vitamins to penetrate rather than coat it. Moisture Myst contains no waxes, leaving silky smooth skin with none of the grease.” I love that the spray made my skin feel soft without feeling oily like a lot of other lotions do. I also love the floral smell of the myst which is one of six different scents that the products come in.

Rachel says that the myst is great to use right after a shower so your skin will soak it up. Another great use for the spray is as a moisturizer after too much time in the sun. She says if you get a sunburn and use Moisture Myst three times a day, you won’t peel.

To try out the Moisture Myst or any of the other products you can visit the Touch’d online shop and buy one. To receive 25% off your order you can use the code “TimeforMommy” (valid June 7th-July 15th). You can also win one here!

GIVEAWAY

Rachel is offering a Touch’d Foaming Salt Soak to one lucky reader.

To enter to win you can do any of the following (leave a comment for each):

1) Subscribe to Making Time For Mommy blog

2) Go to the Touch’d website and tell me which scent is your favorite

3) Like Touch’d on Facebook

4) “Like” Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

5) Follow @touchd on Twitter

6) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

7) Tweet about this giveaway (please leave link to your tweet). Must include link to this post in your status update.

This giveaway will end on July 8, 2010 at 11:59pm. Please make sure to include an email address so that I can contact you if you win.

(Disclosure: I received the Moisture Myst from Rachel at Touch’d to review. All opinions given are my own.)

Fun In The Sun (And A Giveaway)

Jacob and Lucas recently had a playdate with their cousins, Camden and Maddie. They spent most of the time outside in the sun.

Jacob and Camden in their matching swim trunks

Jacob and Lucas eating lunch

Lucas playing in the water

Jacob and Camden eating cupcakes

Jacob playing football

Cousin Maddie

As you can see, all four children are very fair skinned. It’s really important for them to wear sunscreen when they are in the sun like that. Usually we just use a child lotion sunscreen and my boys fight with me to put it on and wiggle around so I end up missing spots or they walk around looking like ghosts because I don’t rub it in all the way. That won’t be a problem anymore with this new sunscreen we received.

KINeSYS sent me some sunscreen to review. I used it the other day and love it. The sunscreen that they make is easy to apply because it can be sprayed on. It comes either unscented or scented (the one I tried was mango scented- yummy).

Here’s a little bit more about the sunscreen from the flyer that came with it:

  • UVA/UVB protection with Parsol 1789
  • Oil-free/ Alcohol-free/PABA-free
  • Preservative-free
  • Very water-resistant and sweat-resistant
  • Hypoallergenic/ Non-comedogenic
  • Over 700 sprays per bottle

Sunscreen for kids

WIN IT!

One winner will receive a bottle of KINeSYS Kids SPF 30 sunscreen.

HOW?

Leave a comment telling me your favorite outside activity. That’s it! (Of course if you want to subscribe to this blog that would be great, too, but not required.)

This giveaway ends July 7, 2010 at 11:59pm. Good luck! :)

(Disclosure: I was provided two bottles of sunscreen in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own.)

A Touch Of Silver Jewelry Review & Giveaway

TOS-Pink-Logo

I’m very excited to showcase the jewelry shop, “A Touch of Silver”. Sandi, the owner of the shop, sent me a beautiful necklace and earring set to review.

The first thing that I noticed was the way that the jewelry was packaged. Wrapped in beautiful paper, with a ribbon on the top, you could tell that Sandi takes pride in her business.

When I opened the box I found a wonderful beaded necklace and earring set. I had my younger sister put them on so I could take some pictures and the first thing she said when she saw them was “ooh pretty”. Here is a picture of the set:

Morgan wearing the jewelry

Aren’t they pretty? I love the colors. This is what Sandi said about this set: “It is so versatile. Some people enjoy wearing larger jewelry and others wear smaller pieces. This one is perfect for either one.”

Here’s a little more Sandi shared with me in a letter: “I am a one-girl company and I really enjoy what I do! I love to help ladies be able to wear pretty jewelry without spending a lot of money. We are all on a budget or we need to be, especially now in this economy.” She also shared that if people do not see exactly what they are looking for they should just email her so she could work with them on getting exactly what they are looking for in a particular color or style.

I loved the beaded pieces but figured that since it was called “A Touch of Silver” there were probably other styles of jewelry in her shop as well. Sandi told me that she adds new pieces to her site approximately every two weeks so there are always new items to choose from. I picked out a few of my favorites to show you:

Black Beaded Bangle Bracelets

Silver Rose Ring

Cross Necklace

Wondering how you can get your hands on some of this beautiful jewelry?? Well…

*You can buy it from her website. (oh and shipping is FREE. Love that!) OR you can win it here! Sandi has generously offered TWO $25 gift certificates to her shop for me to give which means there will be TWO winners for this giveaway!!

How can you enter? (NOTE: Leave a separate comment on this post for each step you do)

MANDATORY ENTRY- go to her shop and tell me which piece or pieces you love the most.

ADDITIONAL ENTRIES-

1) Subscribe to Sandi’s blog

2) Subscribe to Making Time For Mommy blog

3) Join Sandi’s BlogFrog Community

4) Become a fan of Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

5) Follow @skoolaid (Sandi) on Twitter

6) Follow @aliciamarie112 (Alicia) on Twitter

7) Tweet about this giveaway. Make sure to include @aliciamarie112 and the link to this post in your tweet.

8) Blog about this giveaway (worth 2 entries)

This giveaway will end May 3, 2010 at 11:59pm Central time. The two winners will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond.

(Disclosure: I received the jewelry set free of charge from Sandi in order to review it. I was not compensated for this review and all opinions and thoughts are my own. Sandi will be providing the two $25 gift certificates to the winners.)

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