Young At Heart Mommy

Apr 23, 2014

Bugsy's Box: Pamperin' Pooches One Box At A Time #BugsysBox

During my first semester of college I worked part time next to a quaint little pet store. Being an animal lover I spent a lot of my free time visiting the new puppies and thinking of ways to convince my mom to bring one home. We already had a dog but it didn't stop be from falling in love with that adorable pug pictured above, also known as Chloe Marie. To make a lengthy story short I somehow managed to make her a part of the family and we have been inseparable since. I really don't consider her a dog but more of a friend. She is my other baby and spoiled rotten to the core. Just look at that sweet little face..

Over the years I have learned the true meaning of "pets are people too" and my Chloe is the perfect example. She loves coffee, massages, goose down blankets, and bubble baths. With that being said, it's clear that dogs love many of the same things humans do. This includes surprises in the mail! There are many monthly subscription services for people from beauty products to snacks. But what about pets? Bugsy's Box gives you the opportunity to try, test, and find great new products for your four legged friend.

Bugsy's Box is a monthly subscription service for man's best friend.  Each box includes 5 to 7 items which are a variety of high quality, hand picked, well reviewed dog treats, toys, care items, healthy supplements, accessories and more surprises such as coupons which are often included as a bonus. For $29 each month, an owner can purchase a box catered towards their furry friend. Each and every box is put together with your dogs size in mind. This ensures that the treats and toys within the box you receive are appropriate and pleasing to your pooch. They offer a monthly subscription service in addition to a 3 month and 6 month plan. You can even gift Busgy's Box too. From the looks of it Chloe would not protest against receiving one of these fun filled boxes each month!

The team behind Bugsy's Box was kind enough to send me their April box for me to review and share my thoughts. When I did a review for them last year I was very impressed and this time around was no different. Let's take a look a the 5 fabulous products I found inside.

1. Tall Tails Dog Pocket Towel: This high quality pocket towel is designed with convenient hand pockets which help to keep your dog calm while you're in control. Made with super soft and highly absorbent microfiber fabric it helps to get them dryer quicker whether it's after a warm bath or a little water frolicking at the beach. Simply slip your hands into the two pockets while the towel is wrapped around your dog and quickly rub dry. You can hang it do dry or throw it in the washer and dryer to clean.

2. Barksters Treats: These delicious, all natural, low in fat treats are made with only U.S farm grown ingredients.  They are only 12 calories and the perfect guilt free treat for your pooch. The Sweet Potato & Liver treats are Bugsy's favorites which mean my little Chloe will probably love them too!

3. Incredibubbles  Toy: This is an amazing toy for outdoor playtime and can even be used indoors as well. Incredibubbles allow you to blow long lasting bubbles for dogs to chase and pop. They dry in the air and land on the ground intact, waiting to be attacked!  They even come in peach flavor and are non toxic making them fun for the whole family to enjoy together.

4. It's Purely Natural Jerky Bars: Purely simple. Purely delicious. These treats feature a simple, short list of all natural ingredients with names you recognize. You won't find any additives, by-products or artificial preservatives within them either.  They contain glycerin, gluten, soy, and are wheat free making them purely awesome.

5. Wylie's Naturals Jerky: These popular treats are made with 1 ingredient only, USA sourced Chicken bought from local markets.  They are made-to-order to assure freshness for your furry friends. There don't contain any preservatives, additives, or fillers!

As you can see there were a fair amount of goodies in this month's box. You aren't receiving samples either. These are full sized products that include treats along with other items that can be used for and with your pet. As an owner I like the variety. Some months you will receive toys and other months you may receive pet care items like shampoo or spray. It's always something new. Bugsy's Box is helpful in introducing new products and finding out what your dog likes in the process. Chloe's favorite item ended up being the It's Purely Natural Jerky Bars and I am really surprised I was able to get a shot of her eating them. That thing was gone within minutes!

The Incredibubbles also stood out as being an interesting product. I expected them to be normal pet friendly bubbles but they were unlike anything I had ever seen. Not only do they produce an incredible amount of bubbles at once but they keep their shape when they land! Both of my dogs had a blast chasing these around the yard. Even my daughter found joy in them. 

Once again I have nothing but positive things to say about Bugsy's Box. April turned out to be an exciting month for Chloe and I am sure we will be spending a lot of time enjoying all of the other treats we received. If you would like more information on Bugsy's Box stop by their website and set up a plan for your pooch. You can also stay in touch via Facebook or send Bugsy a tweet on Twitter.

What are your favorite ways to pamper your four legged friends?

Disclosure: I received a complimentary Bugsy's Box to faciliate this review. All opinions are my own!

Apr 22, 2014

Celebrate Earth Day With Five Eco-Friendly Brands

Happy Earth Day! Today you can spread awareness and appreciation for the nature around us and the environment we live in.  Every year on April 22nd we are encouraged to observe the beauty of the planet we live on and do our part in preserving life around us. Plant a tree, start a vegetable garden, take a nature walk, observe critters, or pick up litter throughout your neighborhood. No matter the weather, rain or shine, spend your time outdoors. Create your own companionship with nature. It's also the perfect opportunity to explore and discover some of the wonderful brands that support our planet by selling natural, vegan, and organic products.

To celebrate Earth Day I am going to share five eco-friendly brands and companies that promote natural products all year round. From babies to beauty, these brands offer organic alternatives to support the green marketplace.

The Honest Company was founded by Jessica Alba in 2012. They are known for their eco-friendly diapers and natural line of bath, skincare, cleaning and organic nutritional supplement products. Being a mother herself, Jessica knows exactly what parents are looking for when it comes to safe products for their children. You don't have to worry about any harsh chemicals or toxins. My favorite product is the shampoo & body wash because it smells fresh and is also tear-free! This is a brand I have grown to trust and love over the years.

Le Couvent Des Minimes is a French based brand that sells a wide variety of natural skin and body care products. There are hundreds of years behind this brand and it was also created by L'Occitane. They are known for their Smile Lip Balm and Loving Care Body Balm Lotion which are both nourishing and repairing. Their products are family friendly and can be used on the most sensitive of skin. They are all divided into 13 recipe categories from body sorbets to botanical fragrances.

Lush Cosmetics has been one of my favorite brands since I discovered them while living in Colorado four years ago. At the time there was a store a few hours away from my home and since it was rather far I made my first purchase online. I was instantly hooked. They have so many unique products from bath bombs to freshly made face masks. I can't live without their Ocean Salt Face & Body Scrub or Big Shampoo. Not only do they make their products by hand but they also stand true to being an organic brand. They use fresh fruits, vegetables, and natural ingredients. It doesn't hurt that their stores smell incredibly amazing too!

Hastens is a luxury brand straight out of Sweden that has been around since 1852. They started out making beds but have now branched off into sleep accessories from sheets to travel pillows. As you can probably guess they are known for their checkered patterns. Their products are carefully crafted and made from all natural premium quality materials. For example, the Down Slipper Boots are filled with 75% white down and 25% sea bird feathers. If that's not heaven then I don't know what is!

The Body Shop is the home of the Satsuma Body Butter which happens to be my favorite scent of all time. Their products are truly made with love and are 100% vegetarian. They always have people, animals and the planet in mind when producing. Not only are they against animal testing but they also do SO much to help protect our planet. They are constantly looking for ways to support the community and change the way the consumer thinks. This is a company rich in values that is worth supporting.

What are some of your favorite eco-friendly brands and products?

Apr 20, 2014

REVIEW: Fiber Love Soft Baked Fiber Bars

Digestive health, regulating bowls, and constipation are concerns that each and everyone of us probably have but don't tend to talk about. In fact, it's a bit embarrassing discussing how things are functioning below even though it's a fact of life. It happens to the best of us. At one point or another it's been an issue that we've all had to deal with. There are many everyday factors that can affect how we operate including stress and what we choose to eat. Let's face it, every human being makes a number 2 and sometimes with need a little fuel to light the fire! That's where good ol' fiber comes in to play. It's time to get away from the prepared and processed foods, choosing healthier options to make our body smile from the inside out.

Fiber Love bars are a creation of Gnu Foods which was founded back in 2004 by a group of fiber lovin' fans. Today their purpose is to deliver adventure and feel good flavor to make you feel great all over, all the time. You can call this "nutrition with a new vision." Eating healthy and taking care of our bodies doesn't have to be a chore and it sure doesn't have to be boring either. These bars offer a blissful escape from the tiresome routine and will change how you incorporate fiber into your diet. Fiber helps regulate your digestive system, cleanse your body of toxins, and even lowers cholesterol. It's a very important component and Fiber Love bars offer a delectable option to maintain all of these things with ease.

You can find Fiber Love bars in a variety of mouth watering flavors including Orange Cranberry, Carrot Cake, Blueberry Cobbler and many more. They have also just released two flavor additions to the Fiber Love family, Coconut Macaroon and Apple Cobbler. I haven't had the chance to taste them all just yet but I can tell you first hand that the Chocolate Brownie is just as good as it sounds! These bars are baked, chewy, and full of deliciousness. Not only is their packaging fun and spunky but the product within is just as pleasing. I like that they offer a balanced mixture of fruity flavors along with sweet and savory. It's always exciting to find a fiber bar that actually has good flavor and texture to it. Plus there are no artificial ingredients or added sugars. Farewell empty calories!

Since Fiber Love bars provide nearly 50% of the daily fiber you need, this makes them the ideal treat at home or on the go. As a busy mom I don't always ever have time to pay attention to everything I am eating throughout the day. I am almost positive that I am not getting the recommended amount of fiber on a daily basis. I have never been a big vegetable person and eating salads gets awfully boring. I'd rather get my dose of fiber by eating a Fiber Love bar because I feel like I am having a dessert instead of a healthy snack! The soft baked cookie like texture makes them more of a treat. With all of the flavor choices I can try something new each day while nurturing my digestive system in the process.

You can find more information on Fiber Love bars by visit their website and connecting with the brand through social media. Follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and even Instagram. Share your favorite Fiber Love Bar or connect with other fans to see which they are snacking on.

Already a fan of Fiber Love bars? Let me know your favorite flavor below!

Disclosure: I was provided with samples from Fiber Love to facilitate this review. However, all opinions are my own!

Apr 18, 2014

Experience Yogurt Perfection With Liberté Yogurt #TeamLiberte

Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by Liberte Yogurt through Platefull Co-Op.

Aside from my baking obsession I have been making a conscious effort to eat healthier snacks lately. I've stopped buying potato chips and sugary treats to eliminate all temptation! With all of that bad stuff out of the house I have found myself eating more fresh fruit, veggies, and yogurt. During my transition I was introduced to a new brand of yogurt that I had never tried before. As part of the General Mills family, Liberté embodies all things that nature has to offer. Liberté Méditerranée uses only the finest ingredients and nothing more – from whole milk and cream to live, active cultures and bold, real fruit. They also refrain from adding gelatin, sugar substitutes or preservatives. From taste alone you can tell the difference between Liberté and other brands. It's delicious, creamy, and rich in flavor. It's also a safe product that the whole family can enjoy. 

My favorite flavor turned out to be good old Coconut. It's plain and probably considered a classic flavor compared to their others but I could not eat it any faster. I love anything with coconut and this yogurt was absolutely incredible. It has the perfect amount of sweetness and a generous amount of fresh coconut flakes within. It's made with whole milk and recent studies suggest this may benefit more than just your taste buds. Check out this article for more information on that little tidbit. Normally I would add granola in my yogurt for texture and crunch but I didn't need anything extra in this. I haven't even had the chance to try the other flavors because I am stuck on the coconut. I guess I should probably venture out of my new comfort zone! 

You can find Liberté Méditerrané yogurt in two new flavors, Orange Mango and Lime. They are also featuring new packaging which is a cup like container that allows you to see the yogurt inside. I really like the updated look because it's eye catching and stands out when placed near other brands. You can even see the fruit on the bottom of the cup. I haven't been able to find the two new flavors yet but they should be available at Publix within the month of April. Keep your eyes peeled! Until then I suggest trying the Coconut because as you can see I am addicted. I can imagine that the other flavors are just as tasty. 

Have you tried Liberté Méditerrané yogurt before? I would love to know which flavors are your favorite!


Apr 16, 2014

Spring Has Sprung With Starbucks Spring Blend #Starbucks

Have you sprung into Spring yet? It's not too late! Spring is the season of new beginnings and transformations. Flowers are blooming, butterflies are hatching, and nature around us is coming to life. I love this time of year because it feels like a fresh start and also a chance to experience something new. This week I tried the seasonal Starbucks Spring Blend for the first time and was delighted by its rich flavor. This blend is remarkably balanced, combining exquisite beans from Latin America and East Africa. It reveals spirited, juicy notes and a medium body.  It pairs perfectly with buttery shortbread and early harvest berries. The balance of milk chocolate and sweet orange notes are the perfect complement to any Spring time celebration. Speaking of celebrations Spring also brings about one of my favorite holidays, Easter.

Starbucks Spring Blend has helped in keeping me awake for all of the important pre-Easter activities this week. I didn't even realize how fast the holiday was approaching until I saw a big sign on Toodie's classroom door about their Spring party on Thursday. I still have so much to do and the clock is ticking! There are a lot of things that must be done before Sunday arrives.We have to visit the Easter Bunny himself, put together Toodie's basket, decorate our eggs, and stuff the plastic ones full of candy for the hunt. Not to mention, I have to practice making bunny tracks out of cooking flour before the big day! Thank goodness for a delicious cup of coffee to keep me sane, focused, and energized while I attempt in getting all of these traditions done in timely manner.

Over the years our family has developed quite a few holiday traditions, from Christmas to Easter and even Valentine's Day. When Spring is in full bloom I begin shopping and searching for the perfect Easter basket ideas. This is one of my favorite traditions and I think it's because I am ultimately turning into my own mother. When I was little she always made my basket from start to finish, handpicking each goodie with love and care. Today I find myself doing the same with my own daughter, paying attention to each and every detail to make Easter morning special.

Easter is only a week away and I entered panic mode this morning. I wondered if I had enough time to do everything I needed to before the big day. Treat cups for school still needed to be stuffed and a big brown bag filled with surprises was hiding in the back of my closet. Not to mention I only got 4 hours of sleep last night thanks to Netflix documentries. I needed a miracle but knew a hot cup of coffee would do. The sweet aroma of Starbucks Spring Blend filled my living room as I prepared to tackle my Easter To Do List. First up, turning a mess into a masterpiece!

With a slight caffeine boost I was able to transform a scattered table covered with candy, toys, and goodies into a beautiful basket. Two cups later and I really did have some added pep to my step! There is something unique about the Spring Blend besides it being absolutely delightful. The milk chocolate and orange flavors are pleasantly delicious. They compliment one another and even poured over ice it has a distinct juicy taste to it. I really enjoyed it and am sad this is only available as a seasonal flavor because I like my coffee with a hint of citrus. I've tried several Starbuck's blends and this is one of my favorites.

I have mentioned before in my previous holiday posts that traditions are very important to myself and my family. When I became a mom I knew that I wanted to keep them alive and thriving. In addition to decorating eggs and putting together the perfect basket we also make sure to get a yearly picture with the Easter Bunny himself!  I remember Toodie's first visit was incredibly painful and filled with terrifying screams of terror. That was five years ago and today the experience is much more enjoyable for her, and the poor soul in the bunny suit. I can't imagine how many screaming children they hold on a daily basis. If anyone could use a Starbucks it's them! This afternoon we made a quick stop after school and made another Spring time memory to look back on.

Are you creating new memories this Spring or keeping up with Easter traditions? I suggest grabbing a bag of the seasonal Starbucks Spring Blend to complement your special moments before it's gone!  Be on the lookout for the fun floral packaging at your local grocery store and Starbucks locations.

Disclosure:  Starbucks & Modern Mom provided me with Starbucks samples in order to facilitate this review . I am not being compensated and all opinions are my own!

Apr 11, 2014

Spring Into Style At The Children's PLACE #PLACESpring

Disclosure: I was provided with a gift card to shop the Spring trends at the Children's PLACE. All opinions are my own!

Bright, fresh, and colorful styles have taken over The Children's PLACE this Spring. New looks and popular trends have popped up in preparation for the many sunny days ahead. Here in Florida we tend to have sunshine all year around but when Spring makes its presence known there is a different feel in the air. Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, and light rain showers leave a refreshing crisp scent behind. This is the time of year that we enjoy spending our days outside appreciating the beautiful weather and observing nature around us. Spring cues a wardrobe change for little Miss Toodie. Out with the old, in with the new! Sweaters and long sleeved t-shirts are packed neatly in the drawer while tank tops and patterned skimmers take their place. The Children's PLACE is THE place to keep your child's wardrobe updated as the season changes. 

Last week I had the opportunity to shop the season's trends at a stand alone Children's PLACE store. Usually I do my shopping at the mall but my mom had told me about a store in our area that was twice the size and had a huge selection. This sparked my interest so we decided to make a day of it and get some new threads for Toodie. Right now she is growing like a weed, faster than ever. I cleaned out her closet last week and had to remove almost half of her clothing! Nothing seems to fit anymore and afterwards there weren't very many fun outfits leftover for Spring time.

After an hour of shopping I left with a big bag of fashionable clothing, accessories, and shoes to spruce up that empty closet. I even earned myself another reward certificate from their My Place Rewards program. Registration is free and you can earn 5 points for every $1 you spend in store or online. It adds up quick and you can even keep track of your purchases and points on your phone. Every Children's PLACE shopper should have it!

Naturally, I gravitate towards anything pink when I walk into the store. I immediately noticed a huge rack filled with rompers and sundresses. Living in Florida there isn't much of a noticeable season change but if one thing remains the same it's the heat. It can be brutal here which is why the Palm Tree Knot Romper is the first thing I grabbed! It's soft, light, and a loose fit. It's bright and covered in a splash of colors including the scattered hot pink palm trees. Rompers are convenient for those "get up and go" kind of days.

I believe the shoes pictured below are an updated version of their gladiator sandals. They don't seem to be up on the website yet but you can find them in stores with the other girl's shoes. I don't always jump to buy colored sandals because it's so much easier to match white or clear with any outfit. These were too cute to pass up though. They're also the exact color match to the shade of pink used in the tops and bottoms. 

COLORFUL Skimmer Shorts are IN for Spring! I think I have almost purchased every single color in these adorable little shorts. They fit Toodie perfectly and the material is super soft. They have the nifty adjustable waste bands so you can make them tighter or looser as your child grows. You can find them in solid colors and even patterns. I like the solid colors because you can pair them with any of the graphic or embellished shirts they have. They're nice and stretchy which makes them comfortable for play.

Check out the detail on the sparkly Shine Tank Top I matched with her bright orange skimmers. I've always been a sucker for their embellished tops with rhinestones, sequins, and sparkle. It grabbed a lot of attention when I dropped her off at school today. I think her teacher secretly wants one in her own size!

As far as accessories go I picked up this Flower Cowgirl Hat which has to be one of the cutest I have seen! Grandma said it was a "must have" so there was no way I was leaving without it in my bag. It will be great for beach and the warmer weather. The vibrant flowers make it easy to match with almost every outfit I picked out. I can tell it's going to get a lot of use during the Spring & Summer.

I also found a Jelly Satchel bag that came in four different colors. Of course, I got the pink! Toodie has been using it to hold her favorite sunglasses, iPod, and bracelets.

You can check out The Children's PLACE Spring 2014 Look book here.  Follow along on Twitter and Facebook for promotions, sales, and the heads up on the newest trends. You can even find them on Instagram. Tag your child's favorite Spring looks with #PLACESpring to join in on the fun!

Apr 10, 2014

No Sort? No Problem With Purex No Sort For Colors Laundry Detergent + GIVEAWAY

To do this day laundry remains one of the most monotonous and not so popular household chores. Don't get me wrong, there are many other things that I enjoy doing less around here. These include dusting, cleaning out globs of hair from the drain, and scrubbing dog vomit out of the living room carpet. I suppose it really could be worse. I used to actually take pleasure in doing laundry when I could get by with one load a week. Since I became a mommy this number changed drastically and that one load increased to 3 or 4 for the past 5 years. 

With all of this laundry experience under my belt you would think I would be more organized when it came to sorting and organizing each load. The truth is I never sort my colors. I never really thought to either. Whites go with whites, colors go with colors, and blacks go with blacks. I thought those were the basics of Laundry 101. I guess that explains why some of my blue tops have a purple tint to them. While I don't exactly plan on taking any extra time to sift and sort my laundry in the future, I do have help from Purex to ensure that my colors remain true to hue in one step.

Thanks to the latest laundry innovation by Purex I can simplify my laundry without worrying about sorting and color bleeding. The new Purex® No Sort for Colors detergent features a breakthrough Anti-Color-Transfer Technology which traps loose dyes in the wash and reduces color bleeding accidents. You may not know that color bleeding is even happening in your load until the clothing has gone through the drying cycle. Your typical accident occurs when dyes bleed out of fibers and deposit onto other garments. Purex® No Sort for Colors prevents this and keeps your clothing bright. No sort? No problem! Purex has got your covered.

To celebrate the release of the NEW Purex® No Sort for Colors detergent, the Purex brand will be hosting a sweepstakes. One grand prize winner will receive $1,000 AND  a year supply of detergent.  Also, 100 2nd place winners will receive a coupon for free Purex® No Sort for Colors detergent. You can enter here!

For another chance to win your own bottle enter through the rafflecopter form below. One winner will be chosen and receive (3) FREE product coupons redeemable for a bottle of Purex® No Sort for Colors detergent.

Disclosure:  The Purex® Brand provided me with a sample of the  Purex® No Sort For Colors Laundry Detergent in exchange for a product review. However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.