September/October Lip Monthly Unboxing and Review







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Cost: $10 a month
Ships to: US (Free shipping), Canada/International

First Box $5: Use Coupon Code FALL5 or FB5 to get your first bag for only $5.



Hey there Mommies! It’s Rachael, again, back with another review on the monthly beauty subscription, Lip Monthly.


Lip Monthly is a budget friendly ($10 a month) Lip make up subscription service. Every month Lip Monthly sends you a lovely bag of 5 beauty products. Four of the five products will always be lip products, and the fifth product is something they call the “Monthly Mix Up”. The Monthly Mix Up is the only non Lip product in the bag.


Budget bag subscriptions are a great way for mommies to build up their beauty supply for a fraction of the price, and as a stay at home mom, I love that it is delivered directly to my door. Who doesn’t love getting a little happy in the mail?



September’s Lip Monthly Bag


September’s Lip Monthly bag happened to be the exact same bag as August’s :( Again, the bag is very large, durable, and washable. In fact, when I took a trip to visit family in September, I took 2 of these along as travel bags.They worked great! I fit all of my make up in one bag, all of my 2 year old’s eating utensils, medicine droppers, Tylenol, etc. in the other. Very handy.



September Bag

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Celebrate Hello Kitty’s 40th Anniversary with New Ready Go Brush and Mouth Rinse







This is a sponsored post for Firefly. All opinions expressed here are my own.


Celebrate Hello Kitty’s 40th Anniversary Getting Healthy

Did you know that this year marks Hello Kitty’s 40th Anniversary? We sure did because we have a huge Hello Kitty fan in our house, my daughter Silje. Since we’re also big fans of good oral care  Silje is celebrating Hello Kitty’s Anniversary with the new Firefly Hello Kitty Ready Go Brush.  I believe good oral health habits start early in life so first Silje brushes her own teeth & then mommy helps, and it’s the same with my 4 and 6 year old sons.  Each morning and evening our entire family brushes their teeth together. I am very partial to helping my kids learn by example.  I rarely hear any complaints because we keep things fun. The kids get toothbrushes and sometimes toothpaste with their favorite characters. Silje is absolutely enamored with her Hello Kitty Ready Go Brush as you can see.


Hello Kitty Ready Go Brush by Firefly


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Dr. Cocoa™ for Children Cough and Cold Formulas – Relief with a Smile







Now that we’re in the full swing of things as far as back-to-school goes, that means one thing around here, germs galore! and the return of the cold and flu season as well as everything that goes along with it!


If you’ve been following me for a while you know that the first year my oldest son started preschool in 2012 all of us were sick over 13 times the entire school year. Our pediatrician kept telling us it was completely normal but I have to tell you, it sure didn’t feel that way at the time. But he was right, it’s very normal for school-aged children to get anywhere from 8 to 12 colds per year.


One of the many things we battled with our first year of school was the fact that some of the kids didn’t want anything to do with any type of oral medication. It didn’t matter what was going on, horrible fever? aches & pains? Antibiotics?  It was all refused time & time again. I had to get incredibly creative and most of the time it backfired. Both of my sons have at one time or another cited the taste of medicine as the issue itself. I guess for them its just so absolutely horrible they’d rather be sick than swallow even the smallest amount.


When I recently learned about NEW  Dr. Cocoa™ for Children I was thrilled.


“Dr. Cocoa™  is the first-ever chocolate flavored, over-the-counter liquid cough and cold medicine line for children ages 4-13! The great chocolate taste, made with real cocoa, combined with trusted, effective ingredients, means kids are happy to take the medicine and moms are happy that their children will get cough and cold relief.”


Dr. Cocoa™ for Children Comes in Three Patented Formulas:

  • Dr. Cocoa™ Long-Acting Cough Relief: relieves coughs for up to eight hours without causing drowsiness in children ages 4-13 (active ingredient: Dextromethorphan). Follow the package label for exact dose by age, or speak to your child’s pediatrician.
  • Dr. Cocoa™ Daytime Cough + Cold Relief: relieves stuffy nose and cough for children ages 4-13. Its non-drowsy formula makes it ideal for daytime use (active ingredients: Dextromethorphan and Phenylephrine). Follow the package label for exact dose by age, or speak to your child’s pediatrician.
  • Dr. Cocoa™ Nighttime Cough + Cold Relief: Made especially for children ages 6-13 to relieve coughs, along with stuffy nose, runny nose and sneezing at night (active ingredients: Diphenhydramine, Phenylephrine). Follow the package label for exact dose by age, or speak to your child’s pediatrician.



    Did you know that according to Dr. Cocoa’s new national Harris survey of U.S. parents of school-aged children (ages 4-13), almost 40% of parents said it isn’t easy to give their children over-the-counter liquid cough/cold medicines, with one third of parents believing the taste of the medicine impacted how easy it was to give their child the recommended dose.  Dr. Cocoa™ for Children was developed with its real chocolate flavor just for this reason.



    Oddly enough we received our first bottle of Dr. Cocoa™ for Children Daytime Cough & Cold just as my 4 year old and I were coming down with our first cold of the school season. I decided to go ahead and try just a small taste of it myself  (it is made for children 4-13) because I refuse to give my children anything I would not take myself.  I was worried it might have too much chocolate, but it actually only contains 10% real cocoa. I was amazed at how there was no real aftertaste either. The best part of it though was that my 4 year old happily agreed to take it. The first liquid medication he’s agreed to take willingly in years. 


    I am definitely keeping Dr. Cocoa™ for Children around (safely locked up in my medicine cabinet) in case my 4 year old comes down with another cold. I have a sneaking suspicion he will since this is his first year of preschool! (*knock on wood*). 2 kids in school = double the germs.



    Visit Dr. Cocoa™ on Facebook for a Chance to Win!

    Guess what! Moms & Dads can visit the Dr. Cocoa Facebook page and enter to win  an adorable Dr. Cocoa puppet as well as the complete line of Dr. Cocoa™ for Children medicines!


    Grab a $2 off Coupon

    Before you head out to pick up Dr. Cocoa™ for Children medicines make sure to grab their $2 off coupon while it lasts!

    Where to Purchase

    The entire line of Dr. Cocoa™ for Children medicines can be purchased at several retailers. Head on over to their website, where you can find a store and also learn more about their products. Visit them here:



    Note: Dr. Cocoa products are FDA regulated medicines and should be used only as directed and kept safely out of reach of children.   


    This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. However, all opinions, text and experiences are my own.

  • Target Hot Toy Deal: Transformers Flip & Change $8.75 (Reg $22.99)






    Head on over to Target  (This deal expires today) and pick up a Flip & Change Transformer toy for only $8.75. You’ll save $14.24 off regular price.  I bought 1 for each of my boys (they had this offer last week too & it renewed). I stored them away for Christmas!


    Follow the following steps to get this great deal! You’ll need a smartphone and you’ll need to shop in-store.




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    First-Time-Mommy.Com–September Giveaway Winners–Are You One of Them?






    We’ve just drawn winners to some of our recent giveaways.  All winner’s have 48 hours to respond to an email or message in their Facebook depending on the rules of the giveaway. 

    Most entrants enter our contests through the rafflecopter form found at the bottom of our blog posts and almost all choose to sign in to the form with Facebook. Due to this choice, the email address we have on record for winners is usually the one connected to your Facebook account.  You need to make sure you check this email!! There have been instances where we pick winners time & time again and NONE of them answer their emails. A lot of people have lost out on some wonderful winnings this way!! Don’t be one of them.



    Don’t forget! You can’t WIN if you don’t enter!
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    Baby Jogger – City Versa Stroller Giveaway Winner

    Charlene W.  ***** 

    You just won a Baby Jogger City Versa Stroller in your choice of red, black, or silver. You have been emailed.  please check your email!  You have 48 hours 24 hours left to respond before a new winner will be selected.

    Original giveaway post can be found here



    Fall is in the Air with Febreze Home Harvest Collection– $15 Walmart Gift Card Giveaway Winner

    Kayla R. from Belmont, New Hampshire

    You just won a $15 Walmart Gift Card. You have been messaged. Please check your “other” folder in your Facebook inbox for a message from Monica & respond.  You have 48 hours 24 hours left to respond before a new winner will be selected.
    Original giveaway post can be found here



    Back-to-School with Zoo Lunchies–Kids Insulated  Lunch Bag Giveaway


    Sarah H. – ******* and

    Jill M. – *******

    You just won a Zoo Lunchie Insulated Lunch Bag from Skip Hop. Please check your email!  You have 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be selected.

    Original giveaway post can be found here




    MasterLock 5900D SafeSpace Giveaway


    T.H. Ransom ********


    You just won a Master Lock 5900D Safe Space Personal Safe.  You have been emailed.   Please check your email!!  You have 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be selected.

    Original giveaway post can be found here



    Fall is in the Air with Febreze Home Harvest Collection–(Giveaway) #FebrezeFall @Shespeaksup @Walmart








    febreze-autumnharvestThis is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Febreze


    Aaah do you smell that? The wonderful scent of an Autumn Harvest, Vanilla Latte, Toasted Almond, Sugared Cranberry, Spiced Pear.  It’s the smell of fall! and of the Febreze Home Harvest Collection, which is available at your local Walmart for a limited time only.


    All these scents remind me of the impending holiday season! Especially Halloween and Thanksgiving which are two of my favorite times of year. I put one of the Autumn Harvest NOTICEables in my kitchen and every time we step in the house I’m reminded of trick-or-treating, baking pies, a warm cup of coffee in the morning, falling leaves. I love it! It really gets me in the mood for fall baking & decorating.


    Speaking of baking, Febreze sent along the most adorable little barn, filled with Febreze scents and an awesome little card box full of ideas for Autumn activities as well as recipes.



    Since pears are in abundance at this time of year and we love them, we tried their delicious roasted pear recipe, as seen below.  You have to try it out, it’s so good!

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    One of the Best Car Seats on the Market for as Low as $223 (Reg 339.99) Shipped -Today Only



    Diono Radian RXT


    Back in January Kohls had the most amazing deal you could find on Diono Radian RXT car seats. One of the best seats out there on the market.  So many people bought out the deal the day I posted about it I haven’t seen it on their site since then and when I finally did the selection was limited and they were really overpriced! Until today that is. They’re back and they’re on sale again. This is the cheapest price out there right now and it’s not likely you’ll find these 3 styles any cheaper so if you’re in the need for a great seat that will work from birth until your child is out of a seat all together, this is the time to scoop up this deal.


    They only have 3 colors/styles available. 1 of them is the plum like seen on the right, which I own and can attest is a very beautiful car seat, and another is the grey, that happens to have a pattern on it. It’s equal in every way except that it’s not as “fancy” looking, however they work great with grey or dark interior. Read More »

    Stack These 3 Codes for HUGE Savings on Baby, Toddler & Maternity at Kohls (Ends TONIGHT 9/21 )









    You probably don’t want to miss this savings if you’re in the market for any Baby, Toddler, or Maternity items. 2 of these codes will expire tonight (9/21/14) & as I was looking on the site clearance items were going fast.


    In the scenario I did I was able to find 16 items for only $54.59 Total (that’s with taxes). 14 pairs of pajamas (7 double sets) & 2 t-shirts. After my 3% cash back from, My total per piece, $3.32 after shipping, after taxes!!  If you are a 1st time Ebates user you’ll also receive a $10 gift card which would essentially bring the total down to $2.69 per piece.  Crazy, am I right????


    It might take you a little bit of time to find the things you want in the sizes you need but if you can manage it you could end up with one amazing deal. 



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    PishPoshBaby.Com – Baby Jogger City Versa Review and Giveaway







    2 years ago shortly after I had my third child I realized that there was no way I was going to get around town and do all the things I needed to do unless I had a double stroller. At the time I had a 4 year old, 2 year old and a newborn, a bad back & other medical problems due to a rough pregnancy. I scoffed at the thought of my husband bringing home another flimsy, plastic, big-box store stroller that you couldn’t clean properly, couldn’t fit easily through a door, and was probably only going to last a year due to my children being so large. After many months of polling other moms, searching online & offline I found what I wanted; A Baby Jogger City Mini GT double stroller. It was pricey, I won’t deny that, but it has been the best investment I ever made as far as parenting products go. In my 6 years of being a mother I have gotten more use out of that stroller than anything else I own.  Thus began my love for Baby Jogger strollers.



    This year my oldest son started 1st grade & my middle son is starting Pre-K in just a few weeks!  Although I love our City Mini GT Double stroller I am not going to stroll the boy through the hallways of his new school at almost age 4! Oh no, he’s big enough to walk everywhere now.

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    Parents Magazine–October 2014 Sneak Peek – Frightfully Fun!







    Parents Magazine October 2014


    Frightfully Fun!


    “Spooky Decorations for Your Front Door, Adorable No-Sew Costumes for Kids, Potty Training 101, The Best Make-Ahead Breakfasts, Is Couponing Right for You?, Talking Fat with Your Family…and more!


    “Scary good things are happening inside Parents magazine this month. Join in their seasonal celebration with spooky décor, no-carve pumpkins and the cutest no-sew costume ideas for kids. Whip up make-ahead breakfasts your family is guaranteed to love – and then set aside some time to re-think your sleep routine, reorganize that toy closet, and talk to your family about the new “F word. “


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