Monday, March 31, 2014

It Works!

I am so excited to tell you guys about a great opportunity I have decided to become a part of!  Do you remember the It Works! Body Wrap review and giveaway Alex and I did back in September?  I was very skeptical to try the products because everything I had seen and heard about them sounded to good to be true, and I was always taught if it seems to good to be true it probably is, but when I was presented with the opportunity to try the products risk free for a review and giveaway I thought why not give it a try!

I am so glad I did because I saw results with my first body wrap!  This is what the wraps do!  You can use them on any part of your body from the neck down.

After my first wrap I decided to become a loyal customer!  I have been a loyal customer for about 8 months now and have continued to love all the products that I have tried.  About 2 weeks ago I decided to become a distributor for It Works!  I really think everyone can benefit from the health and wellness products that they offer!

It Works! is not just body wraps, they also offer a wide range of all natural health and wellness products.

One of my favorite products is the Greens!  They help detoxify, energize, and balance your body's pH levels, they have taken away Hubby's knee pain that he has suffered with for years!  He had been to numerous doctors for injections, X-rays, and MRI's with no relief until he started taking the Greens.  It has lowered my mom's high blood pressure, and inflammation levels, and has made my periods 90% pain free!

This is a before and after picture of a new product that I can't wait to try called Hair Skin Nails!
It Works! has a great Loyal Customer program so that anyone can get the products at wholesale instead of paying full price, and you earn perk points which get you over $200 in free product of your choice!

Or you could join the team and become a distributor and share this great product while making some extra spending money!

Since I am trying to build my business I would love for you to like me on Facebook!  Once I get 150 likes I will be offering a giveaway!  What product would you like to try?

To Purchase:  Visit my It Works! website to get yours today!

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Plan Your Life {Erin Condren Life Planner Review & Giveaway}

*Mommys Craft Obsession received a complimentary Life Planner for review in exchange for my honest thoughts and opinions*

One fun fact about me is that I've always had a slight obsession with school supplies. Okay, make that major obsession. As a young adult I couldn't wait for back to school season and I would walk up and down the aisles of Target again and again, picking up miscellaneous items that I didn't necessarily need, but wanted.

The one school supply item that I was always severely disappointed in were the planners. I could never find a planner that had everything I wanted; organization, style, practicality. To this day I still get a new planner every year although I may not be the best at remembering to actually use it all 365 days of the year, I still love having one on hand. Yet I still haven't found a planner that fulfills my crazy expectations. Until I found the Erin Condren Life planner.

When I first heard about the Erin Condren Life Planners I quickly fell into lust with them. Brightly colored covers, tons of room to write, multiple ways of viewing your calendar (weekly, monthly). What more could you ask for? When I had the opportunity to work with Erin Condren and review one of their Life Planners I was ecstatic. It took me a few days to decide which one planner was the perfect one for me, and hours to choose what I wanted the cover to say, but I soon came to a decision and I couldn't be happier. 

According to the website it would take about a week or so before my planner would ship and the anxious "instant gratification" side of me was shaking in her boots, but I quickly brushed it aside and got excited all over again because I then remembered that this planner was being made for me! It wasn't a planner that was just sitting on the shelf with 60 other identical ones, and I loved that.

When the Life Planner arrived I was so excited to rip into it that I almost forgot to take pictures of the gorgeous presentation! The Life Planner came bubble wrapped and also included a sample pack of gift labels that are personalized! 

The main reason why I love this planner so much is because it gives you options on how to look at the months and how to plan your life. You have the option of writing in the monthly or weekly planning spaces, and you can also flip to the year view and see all of the months at once. 

I prefer to write in the weekly planning spaces (bottom left image) and love that it is divided into three daily sections - morning, day, and night. This helps me plan out the sections of my day as oppose to looking at the entire day at once which can be slightly overwhelming sometimes! There are also sections on each page for weekly goals & notes, and an area to write meal places, exercise routines, to-do's, thoughts, or whatever else you feel the need to jot down. Each weekly planning section also has a small calendar of the entire month in the top left hand corner. 

The planner is broken down by what I call identification tabs (or dividers) to keep yourself organized and to assist you in turning to the section you need promptly. Depending on when you purchase/start your calendar will depend on how many dividers your planner has - for example my planner starts from March 2014 and I have a total of 14 dividers including all of the months, 2013/2014, special dates, notes, and contacts.

Another feature of the Life Planner that I love is the built in contact book. In it I am able to write down contacts (Name & Address) as well as important phone numbers that I may need while on the go. These days with smartphones it is so simple to just pull up Google or throw an address into the "notes" section of your phone, but I personally still love to use a good old fashioned address book for my addresses and I really appreciate that the Life Planner has a mini built in one so if I'm not around my address book I can still access a smaller version.

The greatness of this planner doesn't stop there! In addition to all of those great planning qualities, the Life Planner also has a handful of bonus features that I love, love, love. The Life Planner also included a moveable ruler, a 2015 and 2016 yearly calendar, a plastic sealable folder with some bonus labels to use, and a double sided folder to keep extra papers in! All of these extras are located at the back of the planner so they won't get in your way during every day use, but are still quickly accessible for when you want or need them!

In addition, you also receive four pages of small labels - two printed and two blank! The printed labels are perfect for use within the planner due to saying things such as "birthday!" and "doc appt. @_____" There are even labels that read "Mani/Pedi" and "Game!". I personally love them because they give a pop of color and fun in between your own handwriting!

Regardless of how you plan your life, Erin Condren's Life Planner will come in handy for anyone who wants to take charge and organize their days. Below is my look at the end of next week, and as you can see it's pretty busy and I haven't even finished planning out the days! I use my Life Planner to jot down everything from reminders such as "Wedding Dress Steamed" to remind myself to take it into the dress shop that day, and I use it for specific time obligations such as "12:00pm Hair" on my wedding day. 

Overall I adore that the Life Planners are so versatile and can be used every single day for basic planning or for planning out crazy days if you're a mom of multiples or a busy student. My only complaint with the Life Planner is it's size. This planner measures 9.25" in height and 7.25" width. Where I truly love the amount of space that I have to write, the planner itself is quite large and wouldn't be 100% ideal for someone who carries small purses or is a heavy diaper bag packer such as myself. With that being said, I forced myself to organize my diaper bag a little better so that I could get the planner to fit without any issues! Aside form the size, this planner in my opinion is perfect. It's great quality and will last throughout the year due to the laminated covers and identification tabs (dividers). I recommend this planner to anyone who is ready to plan their life and plan it with a little bit of style and fun color!

To Purchase: You can purchase and customize the Life Planner on  for $50 for a classic (mine was a classic) or $75 for a Gold Edition! BUT right now they are having a sale on their Life Planners and at this time you can snag a classic for $37.50 and a Gold Edition for $56.25!

To Win: Mommys Craft Obsession and Erin Condren are teaming up to give YOU the chance to win a $50 gift certificate to their website! This is the perfect opportunity to pick up a 2014 Life Planner and start planning your days to perfection! Enter the giveaway form below for your chance to win!

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Congrats to Jennifer Coleman!

The Giveaway will close late on the evening of April 13th. The winner will be chosen at random through  Giveaway Tools.  The winner will be announced both on Giveaway Tools form as well as notified by email and announced on MCO’s Facebook. The winner will have their prize sent to them by, Mommys Craft Obsession is not responsible for prize shipment. Must be 18 years and older. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google are in no way affiliated with this giveaway. No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited by law. US Only. This review is 100% original and in my own words. Everything written is from my own personal view point and opinions and I have not been influenced by any outside sources. What works for me, may not work for you. All photos have been taken by me unless stated otherwise. I have been provided with product to review by however I have not been compensated monetarily for this review. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Shark Steam & Spray Mop Review: Why I'll Never Go Back To A Standard Mop!

*Mommys Craft Obsession received a complimentary Shark Steam & Mop in exchange for this honest review*

"Babe, I need a new mop".
"Okay, I'll try to remember to get you one next time I go to Costco".

That is the short conversation that Mr. Hunky and I had just a few weeks ago when I realized that my Swifter Mop just wasn't getting the job done. I was frustrated with how long it took me to clean our tile and I needed something to make my life a little simpler. When Mr. Hunky returned with the new mop I had asked for, I couldn't say much aside from "Thank You" since I realized that I hadn't exactly elaborated on the type of mop I was hoping for.

He brought me a standard "mop & bucket" type mop. I gave it the benefit of the doubt and tried it out. 3 hours later my floors were mopped and I was frustrated beyond belief. There had to be a better way to clean. And there is!

Shark is a household name when it comes to a quality clean. From vacuums to garment care, Shark is a leader in high quality products. When I realized that the mop that I needed was actual a steam mop, I knew there was no better brand to reach out to than Shark.

Company Information (as taken directly from their website):

"Shark® is one of several housecare brands developed by Euro-Pro Operating LLC, a pioneer in innovative cleaning solutions and small household appliances with the goal of giving today's busy consumer better and more efficient products that fit their lifestyle.
By providing appliances that are not only highly functional but also innovative, Euro-Pro has rapidly carved out a significant market share in the housewares industry, becoming one of the leading companies in this sector. From cutting-edge, chemical-free steam mops to state of the art kitchen appliances, Euro-Pro products bring relief to the daily chores of consumers, contributing to the improvement of their quality of life. Euro-Pro also markets products under the Bravetti®, Ninja® and Euro-Pro brand names." - Shark®

This is not my first experience with Shark products, in fact our vacuum is a Shark! We purchased it over a year ago and I have never had a problem with it, and I recommend it to all of our family and friends who are in the marketing for a new vacuum. I had high expectations for the Shark Steam & Spray Mop and I am excited to share my experiences with you today!

The Shark Steam & Spray Mop arrives to you in two main pieces and does require some extremely minimal assembly. The top portion of the mop had to be connected to the bottom, the batteries had to be placed in the battery compartment, the cord had to be attached and wound, the Steam Cleanser had to be placed into the appropriate container, and the washable pad needed to be attached to the bottom of the mop . While this may seem like a few steps, it literally took me less than 5 minutes to get the Steam & Spray Mop ready for use. Shark includes everything you will need (including the batteries!) to start cleaning your home upon purchase/arrival of your new product. They honestly couldn't have made it much simpler to use!

The Shark Steam & Spray Mop includes two types of cleaning pads - a reusable/washable pad, and their SaniFiber pad which is their disposable pad for quick clean ups and added convenience. For the purpose of this review I chose to use the reusable/washable pad being that in my opinion it is the most convenient and economical. To attach either of the pads to the Shark Steam & Spray Mop you simply flip the unit over to reveal the velcro-like adhesive at the bottom of the mop, and press the cleaning pad onto the bottom of the Shark! It doesn't get any simpler than that!

The Steam & Spray Mop features three different settings - SaniFiber Disposable Pads (which if course is the setting you use if you are using the disposable pads), Mop, and Scrub. After testing this product out twice I found that for my floors (living with a toddler and two large dogs, oh and a man of course!) I prefer to use the Scrub setting which in my opinion allowed the steam to get a little warmer and easily allowed me to scrub out the bigger spots on my tile in a more timely matter.

The Steam & Spray Mop also has the "Spray" button which allows the Steam Energized Cleanser to distribute across the floor giving me extra cleaning power!

I love that the Steam & Spray Mop has the added bonus of the Steam Energized Cleanser. It's fantastic to know that even with my stickiest messes (thanks Little Mister) I can clean my floors effectively and sanitize them to perfection! The Steam Energized Cleanser is a non-toxic, biodegradable, specially formalized cleanser that leaves your floors cleaner without leaving a residue or being harmful to children or pets. 

The Shark Steam & Spray Mop couldn't be any easier to use which is a feature that I absolutely love. No filling up a bucket or ringing out any excess water required! Simply add distilled water to the back of the unit (in the water reservoir), plug in the mop, press the on button until it reaches the setting you want, wait just a few moments for it to heat up, then mop until you're floors are clean! 

I went into this review thinking that my floors were already pretty clean, but I still scoped out a few visible spots to point out for before and after shots. Once I cleaned the floors I flipped the mopping pad over to see how much it had picked up and was pretty disgusted with how filthy my floors truly were! I suppose the color of my tile was hiding all the dirt! Ew!

My overall thoughts on this product is that it is extremely easy to use and will last you for several years if it is taken care of properly. I was impressed by the simplicity of the product and have now incorporated steam mopping into my cleaning routine. Although the Shark Steam & Spray Mop does weigh more than your average mop, the convenience and efficiency of this product is outstanding and something that every household should own if your house has a lot of hard flooring!

To Purchase: Visit Shark's website and grab yours for only $119.99!

Connect: Become a fan of Shark on Facebook!

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This review is 100% original and in my own words. Everything written is from my own personal view point and opinions and I have not been influenced by any outside sources. What works for me, may not work for you. All photos have been taken by me unless stated otherwise. I have been provided with product to review by Shark however I have not been compensated monetarily for this review. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Kinsights Style Giveaway!

The Median Mommy is excited to announce the partnership between Kinsights and Share Some Style and host an amazing style makeover giveaway to celebrate!  Style-conscious parents can now join the Share Some Style Group on Kinsights to receive style suggestions to revamp their looks.  

If you're not already a Kinsights member, here is an overview:

Kinsights allows you to keep your child's medical records in one safe, easily accessible location is a dual purpose site where parents can a.) keep their children's medical records,  easily accessible at the click of a mouse, and b.) connect with other parents, nationally and locally, to chat and give & receive advice.

Connect with parents locally and nationally

Kinsights is an invaluable tool for my family, as we move often (dictated by my husband's eighteen-month contracts).  Not only do I have all of Declan's medical records in one place for quick reference (in 20 months he's been to two pediatricians & likely now a third, with our recent move), but I'm also able to connect with local parents (my favorite feature).  While I am able to connect with other parents across the nation, regarding various parenting issues we encounter, I'm also able to receive recommendations for local pediatricians, sitters, shopping -- everything I need to know to get acclimated to a new area!

Share Some Style Group on Kinsights

Kinsights has partnered with Share Some Style, a personal stylist/shopper company with a national network of stylists, to create a Share Some Style Kinsights Group.  Parents can now post their style questions and receive recommendations from expert stylists.  Need to break out of the yoga pant rut?  Or are you looking for nursing-friendly options, apart from tank tops and cardigans?  Whatever your reason, join Kinsights and start asking for advice in the Share Some Style Group today!

To celebrate their partnership, Kinsights and Share Some Style are sponsoring A Fashionable Giveaway.  One lucky member will receive a style makeover worth $749!

Included in this amazing style makeover package is a 2 1/2 hour closet audit with a Share Some Style stylist (in-person or via Skype), valued at $249, and a $500 gift card to shop at the winner's choice of clothing store.  If you're a parent, looking to revamp your style, this is the perfect closet jump-start giveaway for you!

Open to US residents, 18 years and older.  You can enter through the giveaway form below:


Disclosure: The Median Mommy was compensated in exchange for writing this post and hosting this giveaway.  The Median Mommy and participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Disney's Frozen & Kidfresh Movie Night Package Giveaway

Welcome to the Disney's Frozen Movie Night Package Giveaway!

Disney's Frozen is one of the top movies of the year. If your kids haven't begged you to take them to see it when it was in theaters, I am sure they are asking for it! Frozen comes out on DVD on March 18th, but we are giving you the opportunity to win Frozen on Blu Ray Combo Pack as well as $20 in coupons from Kidfresh Healthy Frozen Kid's Meals.
Jennifer with Life Of A Southern Mom had the opportunity to work with Kidfresh and get a sneak peak of Frozen! Head on over here to check out her review and what her boys thought of Frozen!

Product Description: Frozen is a fairy tale about overcoming obstacles and the power of true love. Princesses Anna and Elsa are sisters and the closest friends until one day Elsa discovers that she can no longer control her power to create ice and snow. Terrified for the safety of her sister and everyone around her, Elsa isolates herself and vows to never feel any sort of passionate emotion again in hopes of suppressing her powers. But when Elsa comes of age and is set to be crowned queen, she must open the gates of the palace and let in the public, not to mention her sister Anna. Things go horribly wrong and Anna pursues her sister into the mountains in an attempt to save Elsa and reverse the deep freeze that Elsa has inadvertently released on the kingdom of Arendelle. Along the way, Anna joins forces with Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), an ice seller with a strangely close relationship with his reindeer Sven, and Olaf (Josh Gad), a goofy snowman whom she suddenly remembers from early childhood. In the end, Anna and Elsa discover that only by embracing their deepest feelings do they have a chance of saving themselves and the kingdom.

**Giveaway Details**
March 18th – March 25th at 11:59PM EST
Open to US residents only. Must be 18 years of age or older to participate.
Prize: One lucky winner will win Disney Frozen Movie Night Package that includes Disney Frozen Blu-Ray Combo Pack, (5) FREE Kidfresh Coupons & ($5) $1 off Kidfresh Coupons. (Value $40)

**How to Enter**
Enter using the Entry Form below. By entering you agree to abide by the Terms and Conditions listed on the Entry Form. All winning entries will be verified. Winner will receive an email from Jennifer at and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Good Luck and thanks for entering.

Disclosure: Mommys Craft Obsession did not receive any compensation for promoting this event. Life Of A Southern Mom is responsible for prize fulfillment. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed by, affiliated with, or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google or any other social media platform. If you have any questions or would like to see your product on Life of a Southern Mom contact Jennifer at lifeofasouthernmom@gmail{dot}com.

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