Super Mario Brothers Costumes Review!

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My 4-year-old LOVES to play dress up. We have a bag that is overflowing with princess dresses and other costumes, and she dons one to wear around the house and when we go out to run errands almost daily!

So, when I got the opportunity to review a Super Mario Brothers costume from, you better believe I jumped at the chance to add to Lucy’s collection. And, I’m sure you can probably guess what we picked – Princess Peach!

I was just as excited as Lucy was for this to arrive. My brothers and I were HUGE Super Mario Brothers fans growing up, and my husband and I still play the video games on our Wii!

When the costume arrived, we tore right into it. The costume came with the dress, a crown and gloves. We dressed her up in it right away, and she looked SO cute! It was a little big (which was totally my fault – I always try to buy a size bigger in costumes so she can wear them longer, and it was bigger than I expected), but that just means she’ll get to wear it for a couple more years! That makes this Momma happy! It’s a very well-made costume and easy for my little one to get in and out of on her own.

My nephew dressed up like Toad last year for Halloween, so now we have a Princess Peach and a Toad in the family. Now, we need a Super Mario Brothers costume for my other nephew, and we’ll have an adorable trio! I’m thinking dressing them as a group for Halloween will be adorable!

Are your kids into Super Mario Brothers, too? You can check out the whole line of costumes here! Prices range from $19.90-$27.90 for the children’s costumes!

Disclosure: I received a costume for facilitating this review. There was no monetary compensation. All opinions are my own. Review

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I am always looking for the best deal when I’m booking hotels, and I have my go-to sites that I always check when we’re planning a trip or a weekend away. And now, I have one more to add to my list –!

I had never heard of before I had the chance to review the company’s website, and I have to say, I really liked my experience! The website is still growing and expanding throughout the country and around the world, and, right now, you can book hotels in several major U.S. cities, such as New York, Las Vegas and Chicago, as well as cities in other countries like London, Madrid and Paris.

My husband and I booked a couple of nights in a hotel in Atlanta for a little weekend trip away in a couple of months. Even if we can’t travel far from home, we like to get away every so often and leave our daughter with one of the set of grandparents to have some time with each other. Booking the trip was super easy, and there was one feature I REALLY loved – when you search for hotels in your city of choice, you’ll see prices from competing websites listed below the TravelPony price. That makes price comparisons SO much easier and means I don’t have to have multiple browse windows open while I’m trying to find the best deal!

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The hotel we wanted wasn’t available for the two nights we’re looking at, so we’re going to try out a new hotel in town. I’m super excited to give a new place a try! And, I love that it’s refundable. That takes some of the stress out of booking a hotel room!

I also love that you can modify your trip details right there on the website! I accidentally put in the wrong checkout date, so I just clicked “modify” and was able to update our trip details in just a few seconds! None of the other travel websites I’ve used have had this feature, and I think it’s fabulous!

We’re hoping to take a little weekend trip to Chicago later this year (we DO have two baseball teams to see play there, after all), and I will definitely be using TravelPony to book our hotel. The site is so easy to use, and the prices are lower than other sites I’ve used. That’s a win-win for me!

Tommee Tippee Cup Review!

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In the four years since my daughter’s been a part of our family, we’ve gone through a TON of sippy and straw cups. Some leaked like crazy, which obviously meant that we couldn’t take them with us when we were on the go. And, other straw cups were so hard to use that even my husband couldn’t suck any liquid out of them!

It’s been trial and error for us, and we’ve spent a good bit of money on cups that we just had to toss in the trash. So, when I got the chance to review cups from Tommee Tippee, I jumped at the chance! I was excited to see what these cups are all about and to let you know how they work BEFORE you put down any money!

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I’ve heard a lot about Tommee Tippee cups, and people seem to love them, so I had high expectations. And, I was not disappointed. I tried out the straw cups and the drink cups, and both were fantastic. The first thing I did was fill them up with water, and then hold them upside down to see if they leaked. Guess what? Nothing! I even had my daughter shake it upside down! Check out this video (Apologies for it being upside down. No idea how that happened!):

While we normally buy my daughter straw cups, I really loved the drinking cups because they’re more like how she drinks out of a regular cup while at home. I also loved the designs. They’re so cute! And, yes, designs on sippy cups are part of my criteria for buying. I like the cute things. 🙂

We take these cups with us every where now. My daughter loves them, we love them – it’s a win-win! Will I buy more of these to have on-hand? You better believe it. I can’t imagine using anything else now. These are the best leak-proof cups we’ve found, and we’re definitely going to be loyal.

Disclosure: I received Tommee Tippee cups in order to write this review. I was not compensated for this post.

Katazoom Wall Decal Review

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We’ve been in our house for 8 years now and, believe it or not, I haven’t gotten around to decorating. Life has been crazy and other things have gotten bumped up the priority list, so this has gotten pushed aside. I really want to start decorating this year, though, and I’ve already gotten a start on my bedroom!

When I got a chance to review a Katazoom Wall Decal, I was REALLY excited! I love vinyl wall decals (although the only ones we’ve had before this are a couple from the Dollar Tree in my daughter’s room), and I think they’re such an affordable and cute way to decorate.

I thought I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted – something for the living room – but when I started browsing Katazoom’s site, I realized I had a tough decision ahead of me! There were SO many fabulous wall decals that I wanted. I finally decided on one that says “Love puts the fun in together, the glad in apart and the joy in a heart.”

The decal didn’t take long to ship, and I LOVED it when it got here! I thought I had ordered the text too big, but it really looks good above our bed!

It was really easy to put up:

  1. Pull off the white backing.
  2. Put the decal on the wall where you want it.
  3. Smooth it down (you can use a credit card, but my husband did it perfectly fine with just his hands) and then pull the transfer paper off.

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That’s it! It took no time at all, and now the wall above our bed looks SO much nicer! And, no, it isn’t as crooked as it looks! 🙂

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There are several other wall decals I want to try like the Family Together Forever Wall Decal, and the Decorative Monogram and Established Date Wall Decal. If you don’t have a headboard for your bed, the headboard wall decals are pretty neat – I’m betting no one will even know it’s not a real headboard! And, the wall clock decals are really neat, too! I’d love to try out one of those in my living room!

Or, if you want a one-of-a-kind wall decal, you can work with the Katazoom team to create your own! How neat is that??

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Do you have any wall decals in your home? What do you have?

Fizzy Happiness: SodaStream Review


Fizzy Happiness: SodaStream Review

Y’all, I have been wanting to try a SodaStream for a long time. We waste SO much soda when we buy 2-liters or 12-packs because we never finish them. I’ve seen people talking about the SodaStream, and I knew that having something that would enable me to make a small amount of soda (and other drinks) at a time would be perfect for us. So, when I got the chance to try out a SodaStream, I jumped at the opportunity!

I was SO excited when my SodaStream arrived, and my husband was so excited that he came home from work for lunch so we could try it out! The machine was SUPER easy to put together. You just pop the CO2 canister in the back, and you’re good to go! Using it is easy, too – fill the carbonating bottle to the fill line, screw it into the machine, pump it full of C02, unscrew, add your syrup and then shake to mix! It takes all of a couple of minutes! Make sure you put it in the refrigerator for a few minutes, though, before you open it after shaking. We MIGHT have made the mistake of opening it right away, and pretty much all of the carbonation spilled out of the bottle!

As excited as I was to try the SodaStream out, I will say that I was a *little* nervous that it wouldn’t taste exactly like ready-made sodas. But, we fill our measuring cups up to just below the line, and it tastes EXACTLY like the name brand. Seriously.

The only problem with the SodaStream? Not fighting over what flavor to make! I LOVE the Cola and Root Beer flavors while my husband’s favorites are the Ginger Ale and Grapefruit. The Grapefruit tastes JUST like Fresca, and it is SO refreshing. And, while I’m a big Cola fan, I LOVE having the Ginger Ale on-hand for when someone gets sick. It saves a trip out to the grocery store! We have our work cut out for us, though – there are SO many flavors and we, of course, want to try them all! Someone has to do it, right??

We are VERY happy with our SodaStream, and our families have already asked us to bring it when we visit so they can try it out!