Celebrate National Grandparents Day With GourmetGiftBaskets

National Grandparents day is coming up on September , It’s a day to celebrate the grandparents in your life. Unfortunately for me, all mine have passed away but I will be celebrating my parents as they are grandparents to my children.

We always get them a card, but this year I want to do something special. GourmetGiftBaskets.com has tons of baskets ranging from fruit, cheese and crackers, to wine. They also have flavored popcorn, like the new Hickory Maple Bacon popcorn.

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They literally have something for everyone. Not celebrating Grandparents Day? No worries, get a basket for Back To school or a birthday.

I was sent a lovely basket full of fruit and summer sausage as well cheese and crackers. It came just in time for our first day of school, and the kids were so excited to be able to pack the fruit as well as some other items in their lunch.

The Hickory Maple Bacon has a strong distinct flavor, it’s kind of hard to describe. Some members of my family like it, others did not. The basket was great the Summer Sausage and crackers was the first to go of course. Everyone in my family loved it.

Visit GourmetGiftBaskets.com and find the Basket that fits your occasion.

Disclosure: No formal compensation was received. Product was provided for review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Learning My family History

Moving back to where I was born (California), has been a challenge for me. I left good friends and I loved the East Coast. Since I have been here though I have been learning so much about my family History and am excited about what I am learning.

My maiden name is Cunningham and we are Scottish of course. I am learning that my family dates all the way back to MacBeth. How cool is that?

Some of the things I knew about my family were already impressive like the Golden Gate park and how my great great great uncle designed and built it, plus he lived there as a keeper until his death. They even have a statue and many memorials to him at the park.

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It’s so crazy, but learning more about John McLaren made me realize just how much we resemble and some similarities in traits.

Another fun thing I have learned they have out here in California is several Scottish Highlands festivals and games. In fact there is one coming up in a month, and I can’t wait to attend.

I even got in contact with the person that runs the Cunningham booth at the games and it turns out she is a distant cousin. So I can’t wait to meet everyone and learn more about my family. Plus all the Clan Cunningham gear I get to see.

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Has anyone ever been to a Scottish game or festival? Let me know what you thought about it.

Meeting Family For the First Time In Years

So it has been exactly 2 months since I moved back to my home state of California. I’ll admit I didn’t want to come and a big part of me is still urging to go back to the North East. I haven’t been to California in 10 years and even then I didn’t see 97% of my family when I came.

This last week has been relaxing and hard at the same time for me. I have been visited by my parents separately of course, but haven’t seen my father in 12 years and he has never met my children. My mother in 8 years. So it was a enjoyable but kind awkward at the same time. I have just been gone so long.

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While my mother was down we decided to visit some of my aunts and uncles, as well as cousins. This just made it a bit harder on me as I met so many people I never even knew existed. I haven’t seen this side of my family since the year 2000, and even then that was for a funeral.

It was great seeing everyone, and all were shocked to see more. After all I am a grown woman now with a family of my own.

Have you ever gone a extended period of time without seeing family?

*** Went to my family reunion and it was a blast, but I do admit that I didn’t know who a few of my cousins were it has just been that long.

Treasure Hunters Book Review

Treasure Hunters: Perils At The Top Of the World is the brand new book out by renowned author James Patterson. Featuring a brand new adventure with the Kidd Family

After their adventures in China and Germany, the Kidd family is ready for some rest and relaxation. But when you’re an ace treasure hunting team, there’s always another adventure waiting around the corner! This time, the Kidds head to Russia where a set of priceless paintings by Leonardo da Vinci and Rembrandt has gone missing. Hot on the trail of the daring thieves, the Kidds race through the sinister streets of St. Petersburg and the wild Arctic tundra to track down the stolen treasure.

My daughter got a late start on this book but hasn’t been able to put it down, she loves to read and loves adventure stories.

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Review written by my daughter age: 11

Treasure Hunters is all about a secret spy family trying to fight bad guys, and get stolen art back to their rightful owners as they are also on vacation. They like to travel across the world! The twins are complete opposites, and Storm has a photographic memory. Their brother is always on the hunt trying to attract ladies and be silly. The parents are retired C.I.A. Agents and together as a family they like to catch criminals, including a lot of close call situations where they almost got hurt.

I haven’t been able to put the book down. I can’t wait to see what happens on the next page, and the book makes me laugh. This book is perfect for anyone who likes adventure.

Disclosure: This is a compensated post for a promotional program with Mom Select.

SoftSoap Now Features Frozen and Star Wars

The one thing I struggle with daily is getting my kids to wash their hands before meals and after bathroom trips. The struggle is real, they say they don’t like to have to pick up the bar soap and they would rather play. I started buying SoftSoap as it was inexpensive and easy to use. My kids liked it but I am still having trouble getting them to wash their hands every time they need too. we started introducing games and rewards and it kept getting better.

SoftSoap Frozen and Star Wars line was just introduced this year to retailers and features your favorite characters, like Yoda, R2D2, Olaf and Elsa.

We just received the new SoftSoap Frozen and Star Wars bottles and my kids love them. They are actually washing their hands without me yelling at them. They love the new designs and are actually making hand washing fun, although at times they will take the bottle and just play a game since it has the character on it.

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You can find these fun colorful Softsoap bottles at retailers nationwide for $2.99
or find it on Amazon here.

Disclosure: No formal compensation was received for this post. Products were provided for review. All opinions are 100% my own.

National Cheesecake Day with Fiber One

National Cheesecake Day is this Saturday July 30, 2016. So get out and have some cheesecake, even if your not a big fan Fiber One has new Cheesecake bars to enjoy. They honestly are so good!

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Introducing 2 new flavors of Fiber One bars just in time for National Cheesecake Day, these new flavors are sure to get your tastebuds excited.

The new flavors are Chocolate and Key Lime.

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The key lime tastes like I am eating a actual Cheesecake, we loved it.The chocolate tastes a bit more like a brownie, but we couldn’t get enough of it. It’s like a graham cracker with cream cheese and flavoring it’s so delicious. My kids have been asking for it for dessert all the time, and of course we will be having more on National Cheesecake day.

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Fiber One Cheesecake bars have
150 calories, 6 grams of fat, 5 grams of fiber
20% daily value of fiber
Flavors include: Chocolate, Key Lime Pie, Salted Caramel, and Strawberry
Made with real cream cheese

You can find Fiber One Cheesecake Bars at retailers nationwide for $3.49

How will you be celebrating National Cheesecake Day?

Disclosure: No formal compensation was received for this post. Products were provided for review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Biz gets out the Toughest Stains on Summer Clothes

As a mom of three I go through tons of laundry a week. Specially if my kids stain their clothes, I want to pre-treat the stain immediately. With Biz Stain fighter I always know that my kids clothes will come out clean.

This summer has been a fun one, with lots of swimming and sports, with that comes a lot of laundry and grass stains. Stains can be really tough to get out, even simple food stains, and knowing my kids they like to rub them in and make them worse.

Biz was the first enzyme based pre-soak and color-safe bleach that Moms have trusted to remove stains from the family’s laundry, for more than 40 years. Different types of stains need different ingredients to clean them. Science shows that there is no one single ingredient that cleans everything well. So why doesn’t every brand put all of these ingredients in? Probably because it costs more to do that. But BIZ didn’t cut corners here… BIZ has more stainfighters than other brands. That’s why it works better.

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Not only do I use Biz to pre treat stains, I also use 1 cup in every load I wash just to give it that extra boost. My clothes look bright and are stain free I just love it.

Have you used Biz Stain Fighter? You can Find a retail location here and also a coupon to help you save.

Disclosure: This is a compensated post through Biz as a ambassador. All opinions are 10o% my own.

Have A Health Summer With Colgate Total Repair Giveaway 8/15

During the Summer months my life gets super hectic, with the kids being out of school. Every now and then my day will be so hectic that I will forget to brush my teeth in the morning. It’s bad I know and as soon as I remember I brush immediately. So I always have to rely on a good toothpaste to get me through the day. I have been using Colgate Total Daily Repair to get me through this crazy summer.

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Colgate Total Daily Repair Toothpaste helps repair early teeth and gum damage by remineralizing weakened enamel and helping prevent gingivitis, while freshening breath and whitening teeth.

Colgate Total Daily Repair Mouthwash which helps kill bad breath germs while also helping to repair daily damage to teeth.

My daily routine has been to use the toothpaste, then a flosser, then the mouthwash. I love the way my mouth feels after being so clean, and I know that my teeth are protected. I arew up having really bad teeth so knowing that my toothpaste is helping strengthen my enamel is everything.

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