Mindy

Mindy is a stay-at-home Mom to her 2 year old daughter and infant son. She previously worked full-time as a Paralegal for more than 10 years. She loves cooking & baking, classic rock, coffee and wine, sunshine and spending time with her children.

Jun 272016
 

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Walmart.

Summer is here, and I have been so busy that I can hardly keep up with everything I have going on! Between a family vacation to Boston, Kayleigh’s 3rd birthday, Father’s Day, my parents’ 35th wedding anniversary, the 4th of July, two bridal showers, two weddings and my niece and nephew’s birthday parties, I feel like I don’t even have time to breathe. On top of that, I have started babysitting my two nephews (a 1 year old, and a 3 month old) three days a week, in addition to caring for my own two children (a 3 year old and a 1 year old).

I have been so busy that it has been really challenging for me to stay on top of everything I have going on. My Outlook calendar is my best friend right now. It helps me to keep track of my scheduled and not miss any important deadlines. Another thing that is helping me out tremendously right now is being able to stock up on my family’s favorite household items at www.avoidtheoops.com.

As a stay-at-home Mom of two toddlers, it’s not very convenient for me to get out to the store.  I really try to avoid having any of those emergency moments where I have run out of something really important (like toilet paper, baby wipes, etc.) and need to run out to the store to get it immediately. Anyone who has toddlers knows that it’s not easy to get out of the house with them, and I’d rather just save myself the trouble by taking a little time to stock up, and make sure that I never run out.

Avoid the Oops Stock Up

I recently placed an order on www.avoidtheoops.com for some of the items my family uses quite often. I got a 6-pack of Bounty Select-A-Size Paper Towels. These are super rolls, so it is really like having 11 rolls. I have run out of paper towels while cooking bacon in the past, and it was very difficult to drain the fat off of the bacon without them. We use paper towels for other things around our home, too, but that really sticks out in my mind as one occasion where I don’t want to be without them again.

Bounty

You can never have too much toilet paper on hand, so I stocked up on that by ordering a 24 pack of Charmin Ultra Strong Toilet Paper Double Rolls. I won’t be running out of toilet paper any time soon, and that is a very good thing!

Stock up on toilet paper

Next up, I ordered some toiletries – a 3 pack of Crest Cavity Protection Toothpaste, a double pack of Crest ProHealth Mouthwash, and a 2 pack of Old Spice Deodorant for my husband.

Stock up on toiletries

We go through a tremendous amount of baby wipes in this house, so I also stocked up on those by ordering a large box of Pampers baby wipes refills. I also grabbed a huge bottle of my favorite Dawn dish detergent.

Stock up at Walmart

Finally, I ordered a smaller bottle of Tide Free and Clear Liquid Laundry Detergent which I keep as my back up in case I ever do run out of my bigger bottles of laundry detergent.

Tide Laundry Detergent

If you’re as busy as I am this summer, make sure you visit www.avoidtheoops.com to stock up on your favorite household items, too. You don’t want to be caught in an “oops” moment!

 Posted by at 11:13 pm
Jun 232016
 

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Ice cream is one of my biggest weaknesses, and now that I’ve learned how to make no-churn ice cream at home, I may be in trouble! I just can’t stop making it… and eating it! It’s so incredibly easy to make, and I love that I can put anything I want in it to make it my own. I also love the fact that it’s not full of artificial ingredients. It makes me feel just a little bit better about eating so much of it!

I’ve been experimenting with some of my favorite flavors lately, and have come up with some pretty good combinations. I’ll be sharing my recipe for a no-churn s’mores ice cream soon, but I thought I would share this delicious No-Churn Banana Split Ice Cream recipe first.

No-Churn Banana Split Ice Cream

I love a good banana split, and I thought it would be neat to make a No-Churn Banana Split Ice Cream. To make this ice cream, I just added a bunch of the usual banana split ingredients to my vanilla no-churn ice cream base, and it came out amazing! I am very pleased with the end result, and I think you will really enjoy it too!

No-Churn Banana Split Ice Cream

NO-CHURN BANANA SPLIT ICE CREAM

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup (10 oz. container) frozen strawberries in syrup
  • 2 bananas, sliced
  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Whip cold heavy cream and vanilla extract in a stand mixer, or with a hand mixer, until it forms stiff peaks.  Be careful not to over whip it, or you’ll end up with butter instead!
  2. Gently fold sweetened condensed milk into whipped cream mixture.
  3. Gently fold the remaining ingredients into whipped cream mixture and pour into a 9×5 loaf pan.
  4. Top ice cream with extra strawberries, crushed pineapple, banana slices and walnuts, if desired.
  5. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for at least 6 hours.

No-Churn Banana Split Ice Cream

Do you make no-churn ice cream at home? What are your favorite flavor combinations?

 Posted by at 11:19 pm
Jun 212016
 

We all know toddlers can be picky eaters. One day they will love something so much that they will request to eat it all day long, and then the next day they won’t want anything to do with it. Luckily, Gerber has lots of great snack options available that even the pickiest of toddlers will reach for time and time again.

My 3 year old daughter, Kayleigh, and my 1 year old son, Logan, have both enjoyed trying out Gerber’s new Lil’ Beanies snacks. They are available in original and white cheddar and broccoli varieties. Not only are these snacks toddler approved, but parents will love them too because they are made with navy beans and pack 2 grams of protein (A 9% Daily Value), 1 gram of fiber and 10% Daily value of Vitamin E per serving!

Gerber Lil' Beanies for Toddler Snack Time

We do most of our grocery shopping at Walmart, and I always visit the baby aisles to pick up diapers, wipes and snacks for the kids, so I picked up a few cans of Gerber Lil’ Beanies the last time we were there. The kids were so excited to open up the can when we got home. They can’t get enough of them!

It can be difficult to get toddlers to eat enough healthy foods, so here are a few ways I like to make toddler snack time fun in our home:

4 Ways to Make Toddler Snack Time Fun

  • Offer a Variety of Healthy Snacks – Toddlers love variety, so I serve my kids an assortment of snacks on a divided plate. It’s visually appealing to them and they love to point out the different colors and textures.

Gerber Lil' Beanies for Toddler Snack Time

  • Make a Funny Face – Toddlers love playing with their food and they will love making funny faces with their snacks. Gerber Lil’ Beanies make perfect eyebrows, and you can use an assortment of fruits and vegetables to make eyes, a nose, a mouth, and even hair!

Gerber Lil' Beanies for Toddler Snack Time

  • Make a Game Out of It – Toddlers love to play games, so I often times will turn snack time into a fun, and educational, game. One of our favorites is a counting game. Just arrange your snacks in different numbered groups and let your toddler count how many are in each group.

Gerber Lil' Beanies for Toddler Snack Time

  • Have a Picnic – Having a picnic is a great way to put a fun spin on snack time. If it’s a nice day outside, grab a blanket and head out for an outdoor picnic. If the weather’s not so great outside, have a picnic on the living room floor instead. You could even make a blanket fort, and have a picnic inside of it!

eating outside

How do you make toddler snack time fun in your home?

 Posted by at 10:00 am
Jun 172016
 

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My husband, John, has worked in IT and network security for several years now. Even as a kid, he was always into the latest technology, so it’s really no wonder he chose the field of work that he did. He is always checking out the latest phones, computers, televisions, etc., and he is really into gaming.

One of the latest advancements in gaming technology is the Samsung Gear VR. Mobile virtual reality has finally arrived, and now you can socialize with friends, be at the center of exciting games, watch the best of Hollywood in your own private cinema, and so much more. The Samsung Gear VR puts you right in the action!

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Here are just a few examples of the fun you can have with the Samsung Gear VR:

  • Step Back in Time – Jurassic World Apatosaurus lets you wander through a prehistoric forest, so you can relish the sense of extraordinary wonder as you anticipate the approach of an Apatosaurus.
  • Rocket Through Space – EVE:Gunjack blasts you right into the middle of an epic space battle. Jump right in and fight as the action unfolds all around you.
  • Instant Movie Night – A cozy sofa. Your favorite flicks. Netflix* for Gear VR sweeps you away to a virtual living room for the ultimate watching experience.
Doesn’t that sound like so much fun? With full access to more than 1 million Vimeo videos and Twitch, a leading video platform and community for gamers, there’s always something new to experience. I’d like to drop myself into a beach setting somewhere. Wouldn’t that be fantastic?!

Samsung Gear VR Savings for Father’s Day

Now through June 18, 2016, you can get the Samsung Gear VR for FREE online or at Best Buy stores, plus $50 of Virtual Reality content with your purchase, or lease, and activation of select Samsung Smartphones. So, if Dad’s in the market for a new phone, this is the perfect time to surprise him with one, plus this exciting bonus!

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Do you think the Dad in your life would love to get in on this mobile virtual reality?

 

 Posted by at 1:25 am
Jun 162016
 

This post was developed in partnership with Tom’s of Maine. All opinions are my own.

Over the past few years, I have slowly been changing out the products I use for ones with natural ingredients. This transition started when I became pregnant with my daughter, Kayleigh. I knew I wanted to use natural products with my children, as I was concerned about ingredients in various household products and their effect on our well-being.

Finding the right products for my family has taken a bit of trial and error, and I am not absolutely perfect in my endeavors to use only natural products, but I have taken a huge step in the right direction. As they say, any progress is good progress. When I go shopping now, I try to take a look at the ingredients list in the products I buy, and look for simple ingredients lists with ingredients that I recognize.

I was born and raised in the state of Maine, so when I finally made the #DeoSwitch, naturally I chose to switch to Tom’s of Maine natural deodorant. I was really drawn to all of the different varieties available – unscented, lavender, powder, tea tree, apricot and lemongrass.

Tom's of Maine Natural Deodorant

I really like wearing the unscented version when I am spending time outside going for walks, playing with the kids, gardening, etc. I find that it helps to keep the bugs away from me, as there is no scent for them to be attracted to.

Tom's of Maine Natural Deodorant Unscented

My favorite of all of the scents is the natural powder one, but I really do enjoy them all. I have been using this deodorant for a little while now, and it really does work very well.

Tom's of Maine Natural Deodorant Powder

Tom’s of Maine is a company that I trust. They make high quality natural toothpaste, mouthwash, dental floss, deodorant, bar soap and baby care products,and their team consists of distinguished dentists, scientists and herbal experts that are leaders in their fields. I love that they have developed  a wide range of products and choices so people can decide what best fits with their needs and values.

Tom’s of Maine natural deodorant contains no aluminum, artificial fragrances or preservatives and no petrochemicals, and offers clinically proven, 24-hour odor protection using odor-fighting hops, the mineral zinc and only natural fragrances.

Tom's of Maine Natural Deodorant

One more thing I really love about Tom’s of Maine is their fully recyclable packaging through local municipalities or the TerraCycle Tom’s of Maine Natural Care Brigade. I think it’s so great that they not only offer natural products, but packaging that can be easily recycled too. If that wasn’t enough, they also give 10% of their profits back to helping people and the planet!

A Note About Natural Products:

When trying a natural personal care product for the first time it’s important to give your body time to adjust. If your body is used to a conventional product, you might need a little time to adjust to a natural formula free of chemicals and artificial ingredients. Trying the deodorant for at least 3-7 days, including testing out different scents (or unscented), can help determine the best fit for your body’s unique chemistry.

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Will you make the switch to Tom’s of Maine natural deodorant?

 

 Posted by at 11:25 pm
Jun 162016
 

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Laundry is one of my least favorite chores. I used to not really mind it too much when I was single and only had my own clothes to take care of, but now that I have to wash my husband’s and kids’ clothes, too, it can easily become overwhelming.

After struggling to keep up with my laundry for what seemed like forever, I finally decided I had to make a change. I was so tired of watching the piles of laundry stack up around me and not ever being able to find anything I was looking for. After a bit of trial and error, I have finally found a system that works great for me.

5 Tips for Making Laundry Easier

Buy Two Laundry Baskets for Each Person in Your Home – One of the biggest problems I faced with doing laundry was that everyone’s clothes would just end up in one big pile and I could never find anything I was looking for. When it was time to take the kids out to the park or a doctor appointment, I would waste several minutes digging through a huge pile of laundry, trying to find each of them an outfit.

Now, I have two laundry baskets for each person in my home – my husband, myself, my son and my daughter. I know this may sound like overkill, but there is a method to my madness, I swear! I like to use the tall laundry baskets with handles on them, as they hold a lot, and are easy to carry around the house. Label your baskets, or designate a specific color of basket for each person to make things even easier.

I keep one laundry basket for each of us in our bedrooms, and I keep a second laundry basket for each of us in my laundry room. When the bedroom baskets get full, I take all of the dirty laundry to the laundry room to be washed, but I leave those laundry baskets in the bedrooms so they are available for putting future dirty laundry in. This prevents dirty laundry from being scattered all over my house, as everyone always has a designated place to put their dirty laundry.

After I have washed and dried the laundry, I separate it by person as I take it out of the dryer. Having a laundry basket for each of us in the laundry room makes this part super easy. After the laundry has been sorted, I bring each laundry basket upstairs, and into the bedroom it belongs in. The empty laundry baskets are then brought back to the laundry room.

Fold or Hang Laundry as You Take it Out of the Dryer – Instead of just throwing all of your clean clothes into a basket to deal with at a later time, take a few minutes to fold or hang your clothes as you take them out of the dryer. Keep a stash of clothes hangers in your laundry room for convenience. Having a rod to hang them up on also helps. Now that I have empty laundry baskets in my laundry room for each person in my home, I can simply fold a piece of clothing as I take it out of the dryer, place it in the basket it belongs in, then bring it upstairs to put it away.

Buy Two Separate Laundry Baskets for Towels – I wash towels separately from clothes, so I keep one laundry basket upstairs in my bathroom closet. This makes it easy for us to toss used towels in as we are done with them, and prevents them from being thrown on my bathroom floor.

When the basket is full, I bring the towels into my laundry room, and the empty basket returns to the bathroom closet. After the towels are washed and dried, I fold them as I take them out of the dryer, and bring them upstairs to be put away.

folded towels

Set Alarms on Your Washing Machine and Dryer – My laundry room is in the basement, so I was constantly forgetting when I had put a load in the washing machine. It would sit in there for a day or two, wet, and I would end up having to wash it all over again. Now, I set the alarms on both my washing machine and dryer.  The alarm sounds when my laundry cycle is done, and I am reminded to go downstairs to switch the laundry over.

Protect Your Clothes with Downy Fabric Conditioner – It can be so frustrating to buy new clothes, only to have them fade, pill or lose their shape in the wash. It’s so easy to keep your clothes looking new with Downy Fabric Conditioner, though. While your clothes are in the wash, Downy conditions, strengthens, and lubricates each fiber to protect clothing from the friction, and agitation of typical washing cycle. Colors stay true and resist fading, towels are protected from pilling and fuzz and fabrics are softened for added comfort!

Downy Fabric Conditioner also provides clothes with long-lasting freshness, reduces wrinkles better than using detergent alone, and it makes your clothes smell amazing! I absolutely love the April Fresh scent.

Downy Fabric Protect

To protect your clothes even more,  turn garments inside out, and wash soft fabrics like cotton on the gentle cycle.

You can find Downy Fabric Conditioner at Walmart and Walmart.com for everyday low prices.

What tips do you have for making laundry easier?

 Posted by at 10:31 am
Jun 142016
 

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The 4th of July has always been my favorite holiday, even as a kid. Most kids love Christmas the best because of all of the gifts they get, but not me. I’d rather have everything that comes with celebrating the 4th of July – the warm summer weather, delicious BBQ food, and spectacular fireworks. I love to celebrate the 4th of July with a festive backyard party, and I’ve learned some great tips and tricks over the years for making it awesome. Here’s how you can throw a killer 4th of July party this year, too!

How to Throw a Killer 4th of July Party

Sometimes Less is More

When it comes to throwing a killer 4th of July Party, decorations are always fun, but sometimes less is more. You don’t want your guests trying to squeeze through overpowering decorations or duck under red, white, and blue streamers. Not only can decorations get expensive, but you can really show the love for your country in the food that you eat, your drinks and the games that you play. Instead of spending time finding the perfect decorations to fill up your space, spend your time creating the perfect party essentials.

Here are some simple decoration ideas:

Lights: You can use Christmas tree lights or change your bulbs in your outdoor lights to display red and blue colors as the sun falls. This is a fun idea and allows everyone to see what they are doing as it gets darker.

Red, White, and Blue tablecloths: You can never go wrong with table cloths no matter what party you have. Check out this really festive US American Flag Tablecloth!

A Flag: The 4th of July is about our freedom, and no 4th of July party can be complete without the symbol of our freedom displayed for all to see. Use small flags as centerpieces for your table or a large flag to hang on your porch.

4th of July Party

Show your Spirit with your Food

When it comes to fewer decorations, you can really add some decorative touches using the snacks you provide. Here are just a few favorites for 4th of July:

Flag Cake: Create a sheet cake and use red, white, and blue frosting to create a flag display. You could even do blueberries and strawberries over white frosting for this effect.

Festive Skewers: Get creative with your fruit bowl by adding white cheese, red strawberries, and blueberries onto your skew sticks for a festive treat.

Hamburgers with Flags: Mini-burgers are a great hit, but add a little flag toothpick for a decorative swing.

4th of July Party

Get your Drink on

Just because it’s a party doesn’t mean you have to drink alcoholic beverages, of course, it doesn’t mean you can’t either. Here are some drink ideas that can go either way!

Make a Kool-Aid Flag: This is a cool way to organize your drinks. Make blue, red, and white Kool-Aid. Pour into cups and start aligning them to make a flag. If you want to switch this to an alcoholic beverage, spike the Kool-Aid before pouring in the glasses.

Layered Drinks: Fill ice cube trays with blue and red Gatorade and freeze. Add your Gatorade cubes to a glass and pour in some sprite. Watch the festivity appears before your eyes.

• Add a Festive Touch with Fruit: Use a star-shaped cookie cutter to cut star shapes from a honeydew melon, and add those, along with strawberries and blueberries to your 4th of July drinks for a festive touch.

4th of July Party

Enjoy Some Creative Games

No party is ever quite complete without a few fun activities in the mix. However, as stated above, you want to make your party feel festive without all the decorations. Here are a few festive games to play:

Battle Ship Drinks: You can use two cardboard pizza boxes to create a battleship game of a lifetime. If you want an adult game, strategically place your shot glasses of liquor, otherwise fill those glasses with Kool-Aid for a fun battle of independence.

Balloon Pop Relay: Blow up some red, white, and blue balloons for this game. Line everyone up into two teams. Each player must run down, sit on the balloon, pop it to find the note and do what it says all the way to the next person.

Capture the Flag: Everyone loves a good ole’ game of capture the flag, and what better time to play it than on 4th of July. Don’t let the other team take away your independence!

4th of July Party

Don’t Forget the Essentials

A 4th of July party wouldn’t be complete with the essentials. Don’t forget to stock up on plates, napkins, plastic silverware, and cups. If you are making festive drinks, remember to get clear glasses. If you choose not to do festive drinks, make your cups festive by getting blue and red.

4th of July Party

If you want a killer 4th of July party, this is the way to go! Are you looking forward to 4th of July? What other ideas do you have for killing it this year?

 Posted by at 3:00 pm
Jun 122016
 

My 15 month old son, Logan, has always been a good eater. He weighed over ten pounds at birth, and grew out of his clothes so quickly during the first year of his life, that I could hardly keep up. He always had a fierce appetite, and would devour pretty much everything I put in front of him.

Now that he’s a bit older, however, he’s started to go through a phase where he likes to play with his food a little more than he likes to eat it. He’s still a pretty good eater, in comparison to my 3 year old daughter who barely eats anything at all these days, but there are times when I’m really not sure exactly how much food he is eating, because a lot of it ends up splattered all over my kitchen floor, or rubbed through his hair, or all over his face!

toddler mealtimes

Toddler mealtimes can be very messy, but they don’t have to be stressful. It’s all part of the learning and growing process, and some day it won’t be so worrisome. Until then, I just make sure my kids always have a variety of healthy and nutritious snacks and meals available to them. Some of our favorites are apple slices with peanut butter, cheese and whole grain crackers, nitrate free deli meats, vegetables with hummus and hard-boiled eggs. Even if they don’t eat everything on their plates, I at least know what they do end up eating is healthy and nutritious. I also try to sneak vegetables into our meals whenever possible. It’s really easy to add a bunch of different vegetables to their favorite meal of whole grain macaroni and cheese. Everything tastes better with a little cheese on it, right?

In addition, when I reward my children for doing something good, I usually opt for a small piece of dark chocolate, instead of cookies or candy, as it’s loaded with antioxidants and beneficial nutrients. They think they are getting a delicious treat, and I know they are getting something nourishing for their bodies.

MAINTAINING PROPER NUTRITION DURING THE TRANSITION TO TODDLERHOOD

Like most other toddlers, Logan stopped drinking formula when he turned a year old. Now that he is no longer drinking formula, I want to make sure he is still getting the proper nutrition his growing body needs, and after a little bit of research, I found Stage 3 Gerber® Good Start® Grow Toddler Drink.

Gerber Good Start Grow for Toddler Mealtimes

This toddler drink is designed for ages 12 months to 24 months, and it has essential nutrients to help fill common nutrient gaps that many toddlers experience since toddler mealtimes can be so unpredictable. It also has probiotics to support digestive health. I love knowing that my toddler is getting the nourishment his body needs.

Logan with Gerber

Learn more about Stage 3 Gerber® Good Start® Grow Toddler Drink here, and check the store locator on Gerber.com to find it in a store near you. I buy ours at Target!

“Welcome to Toddlerhood Kit” Giveaway

Gerber is giving you a chance to win a “Welcome to Toddlerhood Kit” so that you can experience Stage 3 Gerber® Good Start® Grow Toddler Drink (and some bonus goodies!) for yourself! For a chance to win this prize package, simply visit the Stage 3 Gerber® Good Start® Grow Toddler Drink page, then come back here and comment below with one thing you learned.

For an extra entry, leave a separate comment sharing an experience you have had with your little ones transitioning into toddlerhood, or a fun toddler mealtime story.

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on Monday, June 20, 2016 at 11:59pm EST. Good luck!

 

 Posted by at 5:38 pm
Jun 122016
 

Amazon Underground App

My husband, John, and I, both consider ourselves to be gamers. I really haven’t had as much time for it lately as I would like, but I still enjoy playing video games when I can find the time. John and I were both born in the early 80’s, so we grew up playing the classic Nintendo games, like Super Mario Bros. Our love of gaming has stayed with us after all these years, and we actually met several years ago while playing World of Warcraft with a group of mutual friends!

I would really love for our two children to develop a love for gaming as well. It was such a fun part of my childhood, and it would be so awesome to have family game nights! Playing video games is also beneficial to children for a number of different reasons, which include learning problem-solving skills, using imagination and creativity, inspiring interest in history and culture, helping them to make social connections, gaining leadership skills and more!

My three year old daughter, Kayleigh, has already developed an interest in playing with different apps on her tablet, but I have been a little leery of allowing her to install games, as there are a lot of them out there that make it so easy to rack up a bill (when buying credits, coins, power-ups, etc.). I recently discovered Amazon Underground, and it completely solves that problem, as everything is FREE!

Amazon Underground App

Amazon Underground is an upgraded Amazon app for Android smartphones. It has lots of enhanced features and access to content that isn’t available on the Amazon Shopping app found on Google Play. Additional features include instant streaming of Amazon Video and 100% free apps and games, and even free in-app items. That means your children have access to unlimited levels, lives, upgrades and everything else associated with those games, for free, making it a perfect app for your little gamer! You don’t have to worry about your kids racking up a huge bill when playing these games, because everything is free!

GET ACTUALLY FREE APPS FROM AMAZON UNDERGROUND

Upon browsing Amazon Underground, I found several apps I was interested in downloading, but my nostalgia kicked in, and I just had to download the Wreck-It Ralph app. It reminded me so much of the classic Nintendo games I used to play as a child, and I thought my daughter, Kayleigh, would have a blast playing these games too. We also just recently watched the movie, and she and I both loved it.

Wreck It Ralph Free Apps on Amazon Underground

The Wreck-It Ralph app comes with 5 different mini-games to play – Fix-It Felix, Jr., Sugar Rush Sweet Climber, Hero’s Duty, Turbo Time, and Hero’s Duty Flight Command. Kayleigh and I tried all of them out, and they were so much fun!

In Fix-It Felix, Jr., the goal is to fix all of the windows that Wreck-It Ralph breaks, and avoid getting hit by the bricks that he throws at you. I found this game to be very easy for young children to play, and I really loved the nostalgic feel of the 8-Bit graphics. In this game, you basically just move up and down and across the building, fixing the windows as they are broken, while trying to avoid those falling bricks. This is a great game for developing hand-eye coordination.

Fix-It Felix Game

In Sugar Rush Sweet Climber, you try to climb up the vines and collect candies along the way, without falling off. I found this game to be a bit more difficult, as it is very easy to fall off the vines. You tilt your phone to the left or right to move your character in the game, and I did find that a little bit hard to control, as the movements had to be very precise in order to not fall off the vines, but maybe I just need more practice! This game is still a lot of fun and Kayleigh loved watching Ralph jump up the vines to collect candies.

Sugar Rush Sweet Climber

Hero’s Duty is a really fun game where you help the Space Marine force defeat enemy cyborg insects before they can spread. As the levels rise, so does the number of enemies and enemy types. Barriers, which block your bullets’s trajectory, bug-laid traps, and other nasty combat elements are also introduced, so this game requires a lot of concentration in order to keep your character alive.

Hero's Duty

Turbo Time is a racing game, which I always loved as a child. It was so fun to pretend to drive, when I wasn’t old enough to actually drive in real life. In Turbo Time, you race around the track and try to collect coins along the way.

Turbo Time

The last game, Hero’s Duty Flight Command had a similar feel to Hero’s Duty, but this one is a flight simulator game, in which you fly down tunnels in a space ship while blasting at obstacles in your way. I think this game was my favorite, as I was a huge fan of Captain Skyhawk back in the day, and it sort of reminded me of that game.

Hero's Duty Flight Command

These games are all found within the Wreck-It Ralph app, available for free from Amazon Underground. You swipe your screen left or right to get to each of the 5 different games. I like the arcade feel of the screens, with the leaderboard at the top. It really brought me back to my childhood days, and I think these games are ones that my kids will grow to love over the next several years.

Amazon Underground is available to customers in the United States, UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain, and is generally compatible with all Android phones that run Android version 4.0 or greater. Amazon Underground is only supported on 5th Generation (2012 – newer) and newer Fire tablets, and Android phones.

You can download the Amazon Underground app here and discover all of the great free apps available for the whole family! If you are accessing from a laptop or desktop go to: https://www.amazon.com/underground and follow the on-screen instructions.

*When downloading the Underground app to your Android device, you will be walked/prompted through the “unknown sources” process. To install app stores not initially present on your device, Android devices require you to enable the Unknown Sources setting. Enabling Unknown Sources allows you to download apps and games from sources other than Google Play to your mobile device and any app or game downloaded from Amazon Underground will not harm your device.

When installing Amazon Underground, your device may display a notification indicating that the app will get access to sending SMS messages, and that “this may cost you money.” At this time, SMS verification is only used by the Amazon Underground in selected regions and is not required if you have an account on Amazon.

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 Posted by at 2:27 pm
Jun 092016
 

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With two kids in Pampers, I am always on the lookout for money saving coupons on our favorite brand of diapers and training pants. I’m really excited about the high value coupons that will be in this Sunday’s newspaper. There will be a P&G insert with a coupon for $3.00 off two bags or one box of any Pampers Diapers or Pampers Training Pants!  These coupons can be used at any mass, discount or grocery stores where baby care products are sold.

Pampers Coupon

Saving $3.00 on diapers or training pants is a fantastic deal, and I can use that extra $3.00 towards something else I need, like a box of cereal or some snacks for the kids. Every dollar counts!

All Pampers Diapers and Pants are included in this coupon, except trial/travel sized diaper packs. Pampers Diapers and Pants include Pampers Swaddlers, Pampers Cruisers, Pampers Baby Dry, Pampers Easy Ups, Pampers Under Jams, and Pampers Splashers.

PAMPERS PRINT AT HOME COUPON

If you have a printer at home, you can also print off a coupon for $2 off 1 pack of Pampers Easy Ups Training Pants. They provide up to 12 hours of protection and are sold in sizes 2T-5T. My 3 year old daughter, Kayleigh loves them because they have a more underwear-like design. Pampers Easy Ups Training Pants can be found at mass, discount and grocery stores where baby care products are sold.
  • Clip the Pampers Easy Ups coupon at: http://www.coupons.com/brands/pampers-coupons/
  • You will need to create a coupons.com account if you do not have one already.
  • Print, shop, and save – make sure to keep an eye out for additional Pampers coupons in the future.

For more information on Pampers, visit http://www.pampers.com or the brand’s social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

 Posted by at 10:22 pm