Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Mouthguard Challenge Review


          There are few things that get me as excited as a game night with friends! We love having people in our home , and the laughs that the perfect game bring a long simply can’t be beat.

  We recently moved into a new home and have yet to have our first visit in it with several friends. So when I had the opportunity to try out the new game Mouthguard Challenge I just knew that it would be perfect for that first get together!

   This is a game that I have seen advertised around a little bit lately, and I thought it looked like so much fun! Just watching the online videos gave me a good laugh so I could only imagine the fun it would be with my own friends and family.

 This past weekend we had some close friends over, you know ..the one’s who you can be your goofiest around , so I knew it was time to break out the mouthguards! We couldn’t stop laughing once we put them in our mouths. Minutes of selfies, silly faces and falling over laughing is what followed. Honestly, we couldn’t even start the actual game because we were having too many laughs with just the mouthguards. (hey….we are two families with four young kids each, we need some good laughs)

   Once we settled ourselves down I began sifting through the challenge cards that come with the game. Cue laughter once again. I couldn’t even imagine drinking a glass of water with this thing in my mouth! (don’t worry I won’t give away any of the other challenges) This was going to be too much fun.
   The best part is, my 8 year old and his best friend could fit the guards in their mouths to play along. The box says ages 16 and up, but I read through all of the cards and they are appropriate for younger ages.  There are a few challenges that tell you to do things on social media accounts or with a cell phone, so younger kids may miss out there but overall Mouthguard Challenge is a fun game for the entire family.

One last note I would like to mention, I was a bit grossed out over the idea of just packing up this game when we were finished. So I threw all the used mouth pieces into my dishwasher and they washed up great!

   You can find this game on Amazon , Hallmark and other select retailers still in time for the perfect family Christmas gift. If you'd like to check out the game in action you can watch a video of the creator himself Alex Mandel (son of Howie Mandel), get ready for some laughs!

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Monday, December 14, 2015

SmarTrike Review

          Christmas is quickly approaching and finding the perfect gift can be a bit of a challenge, especially for the littlest one's. Our lil guy is turning 1 just two days before Christmas and we are determined to make his birthday its own little celebration so it doesn't get lumped in with our Christmas activities. Whether you are shopping for a special birthday or looking for the perfect Christmas gift, we have found a win!

   If your little has older siblings , like ours, I am sure you're finding that he/she wants to be just like them. When we go for walks as a family and the olders are riding their scooters or bikes our lil guy is so curious. SmarTrike has come up with an innovative and safe way to allow babies ages 10-36 months to ride in style.

   We were sent the 4-in-1 Spirit Trike. They offer 4-in-1 models or you can choose a 3-in-1. We chose a 4-in-1 because we thought our 3 year old daughter may also like her turn trying this out as a tricycle. 

   When we received our Trike there were a lot of pieces, but Hubs was able to easily assemble it within minutes. The two middle kiddos (3&4 years old) actually "pre-assembled" it for him, they laid everything out where it should go and just waited for their daddy to get off of work and finish it up.

   Once assembly was complete there was an all out war over who would ride it first. While this trike was initially intended for our littlest guy, it was the 3 & 4 year old who rode it first. After all, all of that hard work had to be rewarded somehow.  They loved pedaling through the house, they both fit perfectly.  The pedals were easy for them to reach and the trike was easy to steer to find there way around the house.

  Thankfully we have had some amazing weather this fall so we have also taken the SmarTrike on several family walks. Our daughter loves to be the one pushing her baby brother around. I love that this Trike is so easy to steer that she truly can help. Our little guy LOVED, I mean absolutely adored, riding in his trike. I think he felt just like one of the big kids!

   SmarTrike has a great website where they feature all of the trikes available for purchase. You can also give them a like on Facebook to keep up with the latest deals & models.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Fizzilicious Giveaway

Welcome to the Fizzilicious Giveaway

Do you have a hard time getting enough nutrition and vitamins in your kids each day? Now with Fizzilicious, your kids can get all the calcium and vitamins they need! This is because it contains the nutrients that you would expect from a quality children's multivitamin, but combined with an effervescent tablet delivery system that, when added to fresh water, offers faster absorption and better bioavailability of nutrients. 

Not only does Fizzilicious™ provide 11 essential nutrients in a highly bioavailable form (um...the nutrients absorb better) while encouraging healthy hydration, but it also is much better for helping to prevent the cavities that come along with the most popular "gummy" vitamins for kids! (adapted from

HOW TO USE: Drop one tablet in 6 to 8 ounces of chilled water and allow to dissolve completely. Watch it fizz. Drink it down!

So what do you think? Do you think your child would enjoy Fizzilicious?

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Three of our readers will each win 2 boxes of Fizzilicious!

Open to US & Canadian residents, ages 18+ and ends on 12/15/15 at 11:59PM EST
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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

5 Tips On A Fun Cruise Vacation

5 Tips On A Fun Cruise VacationIf the cold months of fall have got you thinking about booking a vacation for next year as something to look forward to, you might want to consider a family cruise. If you've never been on a cruise vacation with the kids before, take a look at this guide on what to consider before booking and what to expect prior to climbing aboard. 

1. Financially wise

You know what it's like when you take the kids away, 'Mom, can i get an ice cream? Can we go to the waterpark? Can we go get pizza tonightt?'. These extras all add up and make you conscious of the budget you set. The great thing about cruises is that once you pay for your tickets, you know that accommodation, dining and on-board facilities (e.g. swimming pool/park) are all covered. Some companies even give you an amount to spend on board too, so look out for those deals. 

2. Where to?

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Perhaps the best thing about a cruise is the amount of different countries you can visit in one single voyage. The kids can hardly complain about waking up in an exciting new port of call every day! From a Mediterranean itinerary that calls in at Spain and Italy to a Caribbean cruise that takes you around the islands, there are plenty to choose from. Before the trip, read through the brochures with the kids and teach them about the destinations they are visiting. They might want to keep a journal or photo log about their adventure. 

3. On-board entertainment

You'd be amazed at how sophisticated on-board entertainment is these days. From musical show performances and cabarets, to a  planetarium and wave simulation machines - there's plenty to keep kids and adults happy. Many cruise liners, if not all, also offer kids clubs. So you can go get a massage or enjoy that pool side cocktail, knowing that the kids are having supervised fun. 

4. Cabin choices

As with hotels, you have a wide range of choices when it comes to choosing a cruise cabin. Be sure to check off all the essentials that you'll need, or get some advice on which ones will meet your requirements. For example, if you're taking a newborn, you'll need a changing table and crib. Children with disabilities will also need rooms with easy access and any necessary extra safety features. 

5. Excursions

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Take a look at the excursions that cruise operations offer. You'll want to find out if they are child friendly and if they have any restrictions. If so, start making your own excursion plans! You know exactly what your family enjoys doing, so you can pre-book all of the activities and sights that you think they would like to do.

Then all that's left to do is make sure everyone has their passport, all clothes are packed (including extra underwear!) and that you have all the books, suncream and mobile phone chargers necessary for your big trip. 

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Monday, November 16, 2015

The Grubby Giveaway

Fall means wet, muddy parks, but that won’t stop your little one from begging to go! Staying indoors? Art projects can cause a big mess. Don’t worry about the laundry, The Grubby’s got you covered!

The Grubby is a water resistant coverall-playsuit for babies and toddlers. Made from high quality, water resistant and breathable nylon fabric, the Grubby is designed with reinforcements in all the right places for active little ones. Generous fit allows for unrestricted movement and comfort. The Grubby slips on over clothing and adjusts automatically with its comfortable elastic at the wrists, ankles, and waist. The Grubby then works its magic shielding the clean clothes underneath!

Whether in the morning dew, or after recent rain fall, parents can be assured that their babies and toddlers can climb, crawl, swing and slide without fear of their little one's clothes becoming messy or stained. When play-time is over, grubby slips right off and so does the mess. The Grubby is lightweight at less than 3 ounces, and packs down to the size of an apple, making it easy to keep on hand at all times for both planned and impromptu trips to the park. The Grubby is great for messy art projects and meals too! The Grubby comes in 3 great colors, and in 3 sizes from 6 Months – 3T.

Buy it: You can purchase The Grubby on Amazon for $24.99  Use the promotion code HWIFEM10 at checkout to get your exclusive 10% off Housewife on a Mission discount! Promo code is valid until 12/31/15

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Five of our readers are going to each win a Grubby in the size and color of their choice!

Open to US residents, ages 18+ and ends on 11/28/15 at 11:59PM EST
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