Happy Birthday Princess Ki {with Happy Birthday by the Beatles}

Today is your day … Happy Birthday to you …. I love you my sweet princess. My daughter has all the energy I have, the ability to turn any challenge into a positive and makes me smile daily! I love this little girl, the child who made me become a mom for the first time. A first born child who drove me to become who I am today with just a little baby smile … I love you Princess Ki and I am excited we have a three day weekend together! Let’s enjoy it as a family and then have some Mommy/Daughter time too!

Happy Birthday my sweet eight year old daughter, it amazes me how time flies!

Let’s DANCE ….  how about to the Beatles …

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Crest Pro-Health Complete Rinse Updates

If you missed my first post for this campaign please read Crest Pro-Health Complete Rinse Test Drive blog post in order to know what I thought prior to testing this product!

CPH Complete[2][2]As the campaign comes to an end I must update you with how my mouth feels and my overall experience with this product. My mouth feels refreshed, I have enjoyed Crest Pro-Health Complete Rinse more than my normal mouth rinse I use and it’s probably due to being alcohol free with a good flavor. I have enjoyed being a part of this campaign because without it I may not have purchased this product and now I must say I am more than likely to purchase another bottle when I run out!

Information about Crest Pro-Health Complete Rinse

  • Contains fluoride to help prevent cavities and strengthen enamel.
  • Provides six benefits in one and helps users achieve a better checkup at their next dental visit by strengthening teeth and helping to prevent cavities.
  • Strengthens your teeth, cleans your mouth and fights bad breath – all without the burn of alcohol!

I am happy that my teeth feel more clean and a tad bit stronger, this means I have found some changes. I can’t give you an experts opinion as I am not a dentist nor have I had an appointment since using this product but I can tell you from my personal experience I have enjoyed using Crest Pro-Health Complete Rinse and would recommend it to my friends, family and readers.

Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a test drive campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Crest and received a sample to facilitate my candid review. Mom Central sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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{Blogging Support} Free Products and Paid Opp’s


The ladies that are part of the awesome blogging support group were discussing product reviews and paid blogging opportunities. This was brought about because obviously I am making money and so are some of the other girls in the group, however, I found out that not all of them are making money but do want to make money. I can’t say you can get rich quick running a blog, but if you keep at it, have a popular niche, are personable and interactive that eventually you can make money from your blog whether it be part time income or full time income. Life is what you make it and so is your blog!

I thought I would take a moment and share some places that offer not only free products but some pretty neat campaigns such as Breast Cancer Awareness Campaigns for the month of October, as it is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I am proud to be a member of the following places and if you are not a member then I hope you will look into them and see if they are for you:

  • Buzz Cooperative
  • Mom Central
  • My Blog Spark
  • One 2 One Network
  • Role Mommy
  • Team Mom
  • MomDot VIP Forum

I have been a member of the above places for a long time and they come highly recommended. Any of the ones that are paid have been well worth it, but most are free to join. Let me know your thoughts as well as share an others I didn’t list, as I am sure I missed a few! I know I also do Mom Blogger Club Reviews and Paid Posts from time to time as well.

Now for paid posts, there are quite a few places, but I will only include the ones I use the most. I love paid posts opportunities because they usually involve a keyword link which means you can write your blog post the way you want and simply link to keywords! {some of these links may be affiliate links}:

Making money on Twitter: I make revenue on Twitter as well under @brandyellen with occasional sposnored tweets and these are the two main programs I use for that, as they are the least spammy sites in my opinion:

So there you have it, many sites to look into, I am excited to be sharing this and hope it helps not only the Blogging Support Group but others who have been interested in reviews, paid opp’s and more.

Any questions? Feel free to ask. Have another site that has worked for you, please share it below!

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DRAGONART EVOLUTION by J “NeonDragon” Peffer

This review is stemming from a product launch that fits Newsweek’s article title The Creativity Crisis. This has to do with kids and the fact that they are sitting on the couch and not using their imaginations as often as they used to. Today I am introducing you to Dragonart Evolution.

I first accepted this review because I knew my son loves dragons and stuff like that but then when the book arrived I realized this is perfect for my daughter. My daughter has a flare for drawing and is addicted to using her imagination. When Dragonart Evolution arrived I took it out and let Ki work her magic with a pencil and pad of paper, the girl was very creative! She did very well following the various tutorials to draw different parts of the dragon.

From feathered to sea creature, DRAGONART EVOLUTION features all-new dragons and detailed anatomy instruction in one fiercely designed dragon encyclopedia. Also included:

  • 60+ step-by-step demonstrations covering a variety of dragons, including medieval, fairy and sea-dwelling wyrms
  • In-depth advice for drawing every part of the beast – eyes, ears, horns, wings, scale patterns, limbs and more
  • Extra tips and tricks provided by your dragon guide, Dolosus

My daughter is about eight years old and enjoyed this book but that doesn’t mean your eight year old would. If I were to see this book in stores I probably would think a teen would enjoy using it, but then my daughter really loves this book and has been excited to test her drawing limits using Dragonart Evolution step by step tutorials.

Disclosure: I received this product for free, but all opinions are based on my child’s experience with the product.

Building a Tree House

One thing I never had as a child that I wanted for my children was a tree house. I had cousins who had a huge tree house at their home. This was more like a house up in the trees, there were rooms and it was extremely long, had multiple walls and different areas such as a normal house would have. I remember running around playing in that tree house whenever my family visited there.

Tree House

Tree House

When our family moves to a bigger home with more space, I really hope that we can work together and build a tree house with the children, although it will not be as extravagant as my cousins nor the one in the image above. I want something simple, yet fun that will encourage the children to have pretend, outdoor adventures and hopefully get our four year old off the “I want to play the Wii” kick he’s been on.

A tree house is something you can build together with your children, it can be a family project.  If I were to do this as a family project; my daughter would be the designer, my sons would be the creators of themes for the tree house, Justin would help build with the boys and I would supervise as well as provide treats and drinks while all the workers worked.

Do you have a tree house for your children? Did you build it with them or for them?

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