Monday, June 29, 2015

Don't Let a Clogged Toilet Get in the Way of Your Summer Fun -- Charmin is Clog and Septic-Safe #TweetFromTheSeat #IC #ad

Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Charmin. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation. All content and thoughts are my own.

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Now that summer is here, do you have any big plans?  Going away for vacation, or having family or friends come and stay?  We will be staying around this summer, partly because the girls are still young and are not the best travel companions for long trips..."Are we there yet?," "Can we do something else?"  I know I just went potty, but I have to go again", etc., and, also because our youngest recently started to get car sick when we travel longer than 30 minutes away.  We learned this the hard way Father's Day weekend when we tried to go to an amusement park here in CT, and she got sick halfway down and then again at the same location, on the way back -- both times while sitting in her car seat in the back seat. So much for my clean car. :-(

Even though we are staying local, we will be doing fun day trips to local farms, attractions, etc.. And, in two weeks we will begin our summer B&B, as I like to call it, when family and friends come to celebrate Savannah's birthday, and then throughout the months of July and August, we will see family and friends come for mini vacations to spend time with the girls, celebrate the summer with backyard BBQ and pool time, and nightly s'mores, games and great conversation.  Summer is such an amazing time of the year, and is so worth dealing with the long, cold winters, as I know many summer memories will be made at our home.

As I prepare for our big upcoming 4th of July cookout/pool party, followed shortly thereafter with Savannah's 5th birthday, etc., I have been busy making lists of things to pick, so that I will not be running around like crazy once our house starts filling up with guests.  Top on my list is toilet paper.  You know, you can't have enough on hand, and this is one paper product you don't want to run out of, especially when you have a  house full of guests and four bathrooms.  

During the summer, I find myself stocking up on more toilet paper as there is so many people visiting, that we go through a lot.  What is my choice in toilet paper?  I don't know about you, but when it comes to toilet paper I am especially picky.  I like a nice soft toilet paper, that is also absorbent and durable.  Through the years I have tried out different brands, but I have come to trust Charmin.  

Are you a fan of Charmin, too?  In addition to offering both ultra soft and ultra strong (my parents preference, which I have to have on hand in their bathroom - thanks, Mom and Dad! :-) ), Charmin toilet paper is clog and septic safe.  Charmin also offers other options including their popular Charmin Basic, Charmin Sensitive and even Charmin flushable wipes, which I also love and use in our girls' bathroom.  You can learn more about Charmin's product offering by visiting today.

Out here in the country we have septic and have to make sure what we flush will not damage our septic system.  Next to running out of toilet paper, the last thing I want to have to deal with is septic issues.  Being a fan of Charmin Ultra Soft, I especially love how it is 75% more absorbent, which means you use up to 4X less.  

When stocking up on toilet paper for summer, I don't I have the extra space for oversized toilet paper packages, so I like how Charmin offers 6 double rolls, which equals 12 regular rolls -- this means smaller packaging and less space that I have to free up to store toilet paper. :-)  They now offer a mega roll, making your toilet paper roll last even longer. :-)

Getting back to being clog and septic free.  If you don't buy Charmin on a regular basis, or have never tried this toilet paper, then you probably don't know about their clog-free guarantee.  Yes, you read that right -- clog-free guarantee.  What does this mean?  Each and every time you reach for Charmin toilet paper when in the bathroom, you can be assured that your plumbing with run smoothly, as this toilet paper is clog and septic safe.  Just be sure you don't go crazy filling the bowl with toilet paper like my girls try to do. :-)

And, you know Roto-Rooter, America's largest provider of plumbing and drain services?  They are fans of Charmin like I am, and give their stamp of approval on this clog-free and septic-safe toilet paper (now going on their second year of partnership). If you find yourself having to call Roto Rooter and don't use Charmin, don't be surprised when the plumber recommends Charmin more than any other brand.  

Clog Safe Septic Safe

They don't just give a stamp of approval or partner with just anybody.  And, you will not find other brands talking about a clog-free and septic-safe guarantee -- this only comes with Charmin!  So, you would crazy to reach for another toilet paper brand when stocking up.

While we wait for family and friends to arrive in the coming weeks, our house is staying full with the girls' friends and neighborhood kids coming over to play (and stay) each day.  It reminds me of when I was growing up and our house was filled with my brothers and my friends...usually leading to extra guests at dinner and last minute sleepovers.  Isn't that what summer is all about?  --  Enjoying time with family and friends and making the most of summer vacation and no school.  My girls are loving it, and so am I! :-)


And, thanks to Charmin my guests will be greeted with soft toilet paper when they need to use the bathroom, and my septic system will thank me. No clogged toilets here!   You can be saying the same thing when you stock up on Charmin and fill your bathroom(s) with this ultra absorbent and clog and septic safe toilet paper, too!  Come on...the last thing you want to worry about when you have a house full of guests is where the plunger is or trying to find a plumber to come out and fix the toilet.

To learn more about Charmin, visit  And, don't forget to follow them on Facebook and Twitter, to stay up-to-date on special offers, new product news and more - and  I hope your summer is enjoyable and memorable -- and by memorable I don't mean the time your toilet clogged with a house full of guests. :-)

Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Charmin. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation. All content and thoughts are my own.

No More Fighting with Your Kids to Make Their Beds Thanks to ZippySack #ZippySack #ZipandFlip #Giveaway #MomApproved (Review)

Disclosure:  I was sent samples from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.


While watching television with your kids, have you seen the infomercial for ZippySack. Each and every time my girls saw this commercial, they were quick to call me over to watch, so that they could point out which Zippy Sack they wanted for their birthday or Christmas -- yeah, 6 months away, and they are already working on their Christmas lists. :-)

If you haven't seen the commercial for ZippySack and are saying to yourself, what is this, here is the infomercial my girls and so many other kids and their families have seen, prior to picking up the phone or ordering a Zippy Sack online, as well as more information about the product, including pricing...

More information about ZippySack:

"ZippySack is the fun new way to help kids make their bed with just a quick zip and a flip!  Made from soft and cuddly machine washable fleece, it slips over the child’s bed like a fitted sheet and stays in place. 

Great for bunk beds!

At bedtime, kids simply zip inside for a night of snug and cozy dreams without the worry of their covers sliding off. It even includes a pocket for their favorite things. 

In the morning, with just a zip and a flip, the bed is made and magically transformed into a cuddly friend. 

Making the bed will become kids’ favorite chore. Each ZippySack comes in a reusable bag with carry handle. Characters include: Kitty, Puppy,Dino and Panda. Ages: 4+ MSRP: $29.99 (twin size); $39.99 (full size). Available now at and at retailers nationwide for fall 2015."

Even though my girls are only 3.5 and almost 5 years old, I am trying to get them to help out around the house with chores, with making their bed and cleaning their rooms top on the list.  But, with little hands (their words), it is hard to make their bed, and this usually is left for me to do.

The girls were so excited when they saw me taking their ZippySack out of the box.

Thanks to this cool new invention, the girls don't fight with me anymore when it comes to making their beds...they actually look forward to it each morning and like it!  Yes, they love it!

Who is under the panda sheet?

 Bella, of course! 

Time to get up and make your bed..."No problem, Mom!" (says no kid ever...until now!)

Within a matter of seconds, Bella has her bed made

"Look, bed is made!" :-)

Do your kids love making their beds?  If they don't have a ZippySack, then probably not.

In addition to the puppy and panda ZippySack we were sent to review, which are available in both twin and full size to accommodate your child's bed, you can also choose from these other cute characters...

After seeing the quick video above, you can see how easy it is to put the ZippySack on your child's bed, and how quick it is to make a bed.  Don't believe the video?  Check out Savannah showing just how quick and and easy it is to make her bed each morning...

My girls were so excited when they saw their very own ZippySack arrive in the mail, and love showing them off to friends and family who come to visit. I have even had some of their friends' moms call and ask me what I had on the girls bed that made making their beds a breeze, as their kids came home and couldn't stop talking about the magic bedding they saw on Savannah and Bella's beds.  I wish I could say that the girls just love to make their own beds and that it was a basic sheet, but I can't take the credit...instead it goes to ZippySack for this hands down best product that is a must for young kids who struggle to make their beds, or keep their rooms clean.

Oh, year, and there is also a little pocket on the side of the ZippySack to hold a stuffed animal, bottle of water, books, etc.

Depending on your child's bed size (twin is $29.99; $39.99 for full), you can't go wrong for this small investment.  Once you see your child making their bed and being proud that they were able to do it themselves, you will wonder why you were ever without a ZippySack.

No more asking your kids if they made their beds, thanks to ZippySack!

Too bad these weren't around when I was growing up, as I hated to make my bed.  A ZippySack would make made this chore so much easier and enjoyable, while also dressing up my bed with a cool character spread. :-)

To learn more about ZippySack, including ordering one for your child's bed, visit today.

Stay up-to-date on new product additions, special offers, giveaways and more by following Zippy Sack on their social media channels...


Thanks to the kind folks at ZippySack, one lucky reader will win a twin size ZippySack of their choice -- Dino, Kitty, or Puppy -- to surprise that special child in their life.  To enter, please complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

Disclosure:  I was sent samples from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Fans of Iron Man and and Avengers Will Love the Cool Over-the-Ear Headphones and Speakers from eKids (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent a sample from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

My girls have been going through a stage where they like each other and will play with nicely together one minute, but then the next, they don't want to be sisters and stomp off to other ends of the room.  I hear from friends and family that I am not alone in watching this love/hate relationship, and that it will come and go throughout their life.  Heck, I have two brothers and totally understand it, but always thought my girls would be best friends and always get along.  Silly me! :-)

For the past week, we have been passing a nasty head cold back and forth and laid up.  As a result, the girls have had to share close quarters most of the day, either laying together on the couch or snuggling up next to me (one on each side).  There has been a lot of movie watching and playing with apps on the phones to keep the girls entertained.  But, just like the tiffs they have when they are healthy, the girls found themselves at times fighting other little things like the volume on the phone or television being too loud, or one watching more of their favorite show that the other was growing tired of watching.  So, to keep the peace, I had to give the girls their own phones and portable DVD players to use.   This solved the problem, until they grew bored of them. Ugh. :-)

As the days passed, the girls started to feel better and started to play together again.  And, for a short time, I was able to snap photos and watch them enjoy each others company the other night, as they listened to a play list of songs they put together earlier in the day TOGETHER.  It was so nice to watch them smile and giggle, and pass the over the ear headphones back and forth so they could each hear the music.  

Here are some of the photos I took of the girls enjoying their favorite music and the new Iron Man over-the-ear headphones from eKids we were recently sent.  

Precious, huh?  These are definitely photos I will be cherishing and sharing with the girls when they "don't like each other," just to prove otherwise. :-)  As for the Iron Man headphones you see in the photos, these are new from eKids and worth checking out if you have an Avengers fan in your house.  

Thanks to my husband, my girls love Iron Man, and were so excited when they saw these headphones arrive in the mail.  And, we only had one pair, so they had to share, if they wanted to try out.

Become your own legendary hero wearing these super-cool headphones. Connect any music device and power up your favorite playlist anywhere, anytime!

Unlike other over the ear headphones we have purchased, these actually fit perfectly and stay in place, even on our girls' tiny heads.  They were dancing and be bopping around while wearing these cool and oh-so stylish over-the-ear Iron Man headphones, and they were staying in place.  We can't stay this about other headphones we own.

In addition to the Avengers over-the-ear headphones, eKids is also offering the following speakers and over-the-ear headphones, all under $30.00...

My husband keeps asking for the Iron Man character rechargeable speaker for his office, with his own pair of over-the-ear headphones, as the girls don't want to share. Go figure!  

Rechargeable Character Speaker Features:
  • Mini speaker for any audio source
  • Cool character styling
  • Size defying sound
  • Built-in rechargeable battery
  • Supplied cable for charging speakers and connecting to audio source
  • Connect multiple speakers via the line-in jack
  • Power and charging LED indicator

I did have a chance to sneak a listen with these headphones and was amazed at the crystal clear sound and the volume was just right for the girl's listening pleasure. :-)  With so many birthdays this summer I have been wracking my brain trying to figure out what gifts to get everyone, from the girls' friends to our family and friends.  But, after trying out these cool over-the-ear headphones from eKids firsthand, I now know what to get everyone -- their own headphones or rechargeable speakers with their favorite character, including SpongeBob SquarePants, Mickey Mouse, Tinkerbell, Minnie Mouse, Kermit the Frog and so many more. 


Head on over to the eKids website now to browse their extensive character selection and to see the different products they offer, with most under $30.00.

Disclosure: I was sent a sample from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.