Tuesday, 16 September 2014

The 2014 Holiday Gift Guide Submissions

The days are growing colder and shorter and the nights are getting longer...  before we know it the holiday season will be here.  It's time to let all of the shoppers know what you have to offer for their loved ones.  The Mommy Mix is pleased and extremely excited to announce that we will be having our first ever Holiday Gift Guide and we would love to present your products to our readers.

The gift guide will start at the beginning of November and will be promoted until the middle of December.  We are now accepting submissions for consideration until December 1st on the following:
  • Stocking Suffers
  • For Her
  • For Him
  • For Children
  • For The Home
  • Personalized Gifts
I have a few options for your advertising needs, all which will include:
  • A post featuring your product
  • Inclusion on The 2014 Holiday Gift Guide Page
  • Inclusion on The 2014 Holiday Gift Guide Pinterest Board
  • Inclusion in a special 'The 2014 Holiday Gift Guide' newsletter
  • Social Media exposure including 3 tweets, throughout the duration of The 2014 Holiday Gift Guide and 1 Facebook post
REVIEWS will be written with 100% honesty, either with my opinion, my husbands or with help from my little assistants - Lucas 6 years and Colton 2 years old.  Reviews will be FREE of charge with a full-sized, non-returnable product with a minimum retail value of $50 is required, unless otherwise specified before hand.  If the product you wish to be featured does not meet the minimum requirement a fee or multiple products equaling to the amount may be accepted.  All reviews will have 1 to 2 no-follow links of your choosing as well as photos taken by myself and any photos you wish to add.

GIVEAWAYS WITH REVIEWS will be FREE of charge with a minimum prize value of $25 and will receive everything I mentioned above and more.  I highly recommend including a giveaway with your review in order to gain more exposure, not just for the product being featured but to your brand as a whole.  All giveaways will include links to follow and/or subscribe to your emails as well as social media accounts, giving my readers additional entries when they do so.  For further publicity I will being adding giveaways to any forums or giveaway websites that I am a member of.

GIVEAWAYS WITHOUT A REVIEW are available with a fee of $30 and a minimum prize value of $25.  These posts will receive a one paragraph feature on either the product or business with 1-2 no-follow links of your choosing.  All giveaways will include links to follow and/or subscribe to your emails as well as social media accounts, giving my readers additional entries when they do so.  For further publicity I will being adding giveaways to any forums or giveaway websites that I am a member of.
Please note:  All features will be done on a first come basis.  You will be responsible for all shipping and/or duty fees of all items, this includes the items for review and the prizes.  You will also be in charge of shipping the prize to the winner in a timely manner.
Please keep in mind that The Mommy Mix is not limited to just the options mentioned above, we are always open to other ideas.  Feel free to contact me if you have any further questions or your not quite sure if you are the right fit for our readers.  I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Picture Perfect Clothes From Tea Collection

It's two weeks into the school season, you know what that means...  it's time to think about Picture Day and what your little ones are going to where.  Some parents have already had to make the decision and others are still anticipating that day.  Lucky for me, ours isn't until October so I still have lots of time, but that doesn't mean that I'm not already going through my sons closet, trying to put together a decent outfit.

Right now until September 18th, Tea Collection is offering 25% off of their Fall Favorites, that covers the taxes and than some for you.  I don't know about you but saving money for me at this time of year is a definite bonus.  With lots of colors to choose from, there is something for every skin tone and most of the outfits are in the 'earthy fall colors' so they are perfect for any outdoor family park portraits too or even just a day out with the family.

*DISCLOSURE: This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.*


Monday, 15 September 2014

How To Plan A Birthday Party On A Budget

I have gone 6 years thinking that my kids birthday parties had to be lavish and somewhat extraordinary, not in the Big Top Circus kind of way...  but I thought I had to pick a theme, character wise and stick with it, as well as rent out some type of location and invite everyone we knew and the food, well there just had to be lots of different plates.  Well, this year we decided to go 'Old School' as  my mom would say...  the kind of house parties that we had back in the day, the kind that you don't see very often.  We could have spent more money on the actual party since we were saving on a venue but we decided to take the opportunity to try and save a little...  Here's how we did it:

     1.   Invites - We set up an event on Facebook a month in advance, this way it gives everyone a chance to book it off of work or make other arrangements for their children.  I know that the kids love to get paper invitations handed to them but they are most of the time unneeded, especially if the guests are all family and close friends.  I love the convenience of the Facebook events, it makes it so much easier if any changes need to be made as well as keeping track of the RSVPs...  but the best thing about it, is it is completely FREE.

     2.  Decorations - Pick a theme and stick to it!  That doesn't mean that if you pick a Sesame Street theme like we did, that all of the decorations have to be characters, just the colors are fine.  In fact the only things that we had that actually featured our theme was the Elmo Party Balloon that we were lucky enough to get from The Dollar Tree and the Elmo and Abby birthday cake.  The rest was just one bag of assorted color balloons and 3 tablecloths in red, blue and green (also from The Dollar Tree).

     3.  Food - As much as I used to believe that you had to have lots of food at a party, they really are more for the kids and I have never heard my son say "I can't wait to go to that party, I'm going to eat so much food!", it's all about having fun for them.  I don't have to have 2 different kinds of meat or 5 different kinds of salad...  Hot Dogs on the bar-b-que, a vegetable and fruit tray as well as 2 different kinds of chips are good enough...  Kool-Aid Jammers (which were on sale)  and a few $1 - 2L's, is all that is needed.

photo credit: stevendepolo via photopin cc
       4. Candy Scramble -  How many times has your child come home with a treat bag full of junk?  I know I just throw away most of the stuff.  I used to buy stuff that I thought my guests would like and appreciate but that can be quite costly and how do I know that they weren't going home and just throwing things out as well.  If the kids are hold enough, have a candy scramble, give them each a bag and go nuts throwing them in the air and let them work for their goodies, they'll have fun and since they worked for them they will taste sweeter. 

     5.  Bake It Yourself - The cake is not something that I skimp on, not because of my baking skills but because of my decorating skills.  I swear if I would gave tried to make an Elmo cake it probably would have looked like a big red blob, but it is something that others do have the gift for and can save at least $40.

     6.  Buy On Clearance - Any of these things can be bought even cheaper than at a dollar store, if you just keep your eye out for deals and know your theme early.

Do you throw Extravagant Expensive parties or Savings Soirees?  What are some of your top tips for money saving parties?

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

3 Tasks To Planning A Party In Your Home That Nobody Talks About

Colton will be celebrating his second birthday on Friday and this is the first time that we will be hosting anything in our own home.  With myself being a November baby I know how much I used to hate the fact that my parties had to be indoors, while my brother got to have his outside because of this the ones that were at a restaurant were always the ones I looked forward to more.  That is why for Lucas' birthdays (January baby) we always try to host it at a community center or a restaurant with a play area, somewhere the kids can go nuts and run around.

Planning a party can be fun.  Planning a party in your own home...  not so much!  Any party sites you visit always tell you about the basic things you need to do to get ready for a party, no one tells you about the manual labor that needs to be done.

     1.  Taking Inventory - Every year, just about everyone asks what they should get my boys for their birthdays...  I usually just shrug it off and say "Whatever you want, they will be happy with." which is 100% true but than their drawers end up with 20 different pairs of pants and t-shirts but they have no sweatshirts that fit them.  My kids are messy but bit that messy, so a lot of times the clothes don't get worn and they get forgotten about until it's too late.  I have cleaned out the closet and the drawers and took an inventory for what is needed for the near future, including sizes and when they ask I am ready with an answer.

     2.  Fix Things - Just like in every household, I have things that need to be fixed, I live in an apartment so it's not like myself or my husband has to fix them, it's really only a matter of a simple phone call...  but I am a procrastinator and so of course, these things have been put off.  Until now, I finally made that call and someone will hopefully be here today.

     3.  Clean - This does not mean tidying up or doing the 'dailies' this is cleaning the couch, washing the walls (which I hate), cleaning the windows and making sure their is no clutter.  I know what your thinking...  That stuff should be done already but I'm a procrastinator, remember?

In the end I know it will all be worth it, seeing the look in his eyes when everyone sings Happy Birthday to him (his favorite song at the moment), watching him open presents (so far birthdays and Christmases he's been to young to care) but most of all watching him be around the ones who love him.

I'd love to know your secrets.  What do you so to get ready for a party you are hosting that nobody else knows or that nobody else would do?

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Provacare Review and #Giveaway

Okay ladies, now don't be shy...  Who here has had a yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis?  And who here doesn't always feel like they are doing a good job in making sure that it doesn't happen again?  This doesn't say anything about an individuals hygiene because I believe that even the cleanest person can experiencesome form of uncomfortableness in their nether regions at least once in a lifetime...  It's a part of life.  Sometimes with no explanation things just happen but it's up to us to find ways to prevent them from happening.

Provacare Feminine Foaming Wash is made with Hazel Water and natural Aloe, making it gentle enough for sensitive skin and easy to use as a part of your daily routine to prevent irritation and odour.  This unique foaming wash is dermatologist tested and helps to contribute to a healthy vaginal balance, even more so when used during menstruation, pregnancy and treating a vaginal infection.

As much as we would hope that it would never come down to it, if all else fails Provacare Probiotic Vaginal Care Capsules are also available, these:
  • Help treat both bacterial & yeast infections
  • Help prevent infections from recurring
  • Naturally helps treat symptoms of burning, stinging and excessive discharge 
For a limited time only, you can download a coupon for $5.00 off these capsules.  To find out more about these or any other Provacare product, as well as information on proper vaginal hygiene please visit their website.

Plus enter below to win your very own Provacare Feminine Care Package valued at $60.  Giveaway open to Canada only must be 18+ to enter ends October 1, 2014.


*Disclosure - I received one or more of the products mentioned above for review purposes. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.*

Monday, 8 September 2014

Lunches Made Easy With MasterMind Toys and #Giveaway

I know what your thinking...  how can a toy store make lunches easier for me, right?  Well, because even though Mastermind Toys is a specialty toy store, they also offer Cool Stuff For School, just like the Bento Lunch Box in Berry Blue and the Bixbee Dinosaur Camo Lunchbox, that I am grateful I was able to review.  Although it is just the third day of school here, these two items have been life savers for me already.

The night before my son's first day of school, I go to make his lunch, only to find that I forgot to buy plastic sandwich bags.  I'm not going to lie I did start to panic a little, but that I remembered the Bento Lunch Box that I was given.  These handy boxes come with 5 sturdy containers, all in different sizes, 3 that are lea-proof and 2 that are not.   They fit perfectly into the box, making it so none of their food gets moved around or mixed together and it even has a seperate compartment for your child's cutlery.  Not to mention, had I used plastic bags, by the time he got to school, after sitting against his backpack on the school bus and running around with it in the playground, by the time lunch came it would probably have been pretty squished and not very appetizing looking. So far he has gotten to take a sandwich, a quesadilla and a slice of pizza and all have been completely edible.

Not having plastic sandwiches also would have been okay because I do have plastic containers with lids, only problem is they are massive and I probably wouldn't have gotten very much more in his lunch bag.  The Bixbee Lunchbox is the perfect size for the Bento Lunch Box to fit in, I especially like the seperate pockets in the front and back, perfect for extra special snacks or any letters that need to be sent back to the teacher.  You can tell see the thought that was put into these lunch tools, with even the little details, such as; the ID tag, Can you spot the Dino in your Camo? game and the Bixbee One Here. One There. pledge, for every Bixbee backpack that is purchased, they will donate a school pack complete with school supplies to a child in need around the world.

With branches in Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia and in the virtual world - Mastermind Toys has been around since 1984, showcasing the best quality of toys and books for children, with safety and education in mind.  For more information on the products mentioned above ore anything else that they have to offer, visit their website here or their Facebook Page.

Enter to win 1 of 2 $50 Mastermind Toys Gift Cards.  Please read the terms and conditions on the Giveaway Tools before entering.

*Disclosure - I received one or more of the products mentioned above for review purposes. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.*

Thursday, 4 September 2014

5 Reasons I Hate Fall

Labor Day has come and gone...  for us this means the first day of school is today.  That doesn't mean we didn't start perfecting (or at least trying to) our routine, over a week ago.  To be honest, the more times we do it all, the more I am missing summer break, even though it's not over yet, especially because this morning, it already feels like fall, when last year we were wearing shorts and flip flops until October.  Not that I don't love the fall, because really I do but it does have it's downsides.

  1. Getting up early - My son is not a morning person but I think that I hate them even more...  7am comes way too fast, when my toddler refuses to go to bed until midnight.
  2. Shorter days - As if the days didn't seem short enough, now they really will be...  It will get dark and dreary out earlier and there is nothing more depressing than leaving work when the street lights go on...  at 5pm!
  3. Less time with the littles - Between work, school and early bedtimes I don't think I'm ever going to see my 6 year old.
  4. Money, money, money - With school comes expenses that I wouldn't have otherwise; new clothes, school supplies, field trips, fundraisers...  the list goes on and on.
  5. Winter is near - Our summer feels like it was very short lived, granted I did work most of it but just the weather itself didn't seem very hot, except for maybe a few days.  Where I'm from once winter hits it pretty much means 6 months of 30-40 below weather conditions...  so not fun!
There is my rant for the day, I don't know if the early mornings have just got me down but I felt like complaining a little.  On the brighter side, I really do love fall and you can find my rave about it here.