Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Attack of the 14 Nights of Halloween Giveaway Oct. 18th-November 1st

It's that time of year again. The days are getting shorter, the air is getting cooler and the nights are getting spookier. Yes, it's time for tricks and treats, goblins and ghouls, chills and thrills and huge amounts of sugary sweets. But at the Laughing Vixen Lounge blog it's also time for the 5th annual Attack of the 14 Nights of Halloween Giveaway. Join Laughing Vixen Lounge and our bewitching co-hosts The Kids Did It, The Mommy Island, Herding Cats and Burning Soup, The Hopping Bloggers, Mama Smith's Reviews and Women and Their Pretties for a spooktacular Halloween event.

Enter to win a $250 Prize Pack filled with goodies from 10 wickedly fabulous shops. All shops are offering Gift Cards or your choice of item(s) so there will be something for everyone. You'll find lots of unique, handcrafted and custom designs to choose from.

Visit the Laughing Vixen Lounge blog daily during the giveaway for the Halloween Movie Marathon. Test your movie knowledge with the Guess the Movie Game. Then try to solve the Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt, if you dare! Each event will get you daily entries in the giveaway plus a special giveaway for the Scavenger Hunt. Find full details for these events HERE.

You can start by entering the Rafflecopter widget below. To experience all the games, movies, shop features, giveaway info and all around awesome fun make sure to stop by the Laughing Vixen Lounge blog HERE

The giveaway runs October 18th - November 1st and is open worldwide to anyone 18+. 1 winner will win the Prize Pack and 1 winner will win the Scavenger Hunt Prize Pack. Laughing Vixen Lounge is responsible for all giveaway details. Click HERE for full details.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Encouragement For Moms Because Homeschooling Gets Tough!

"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." (Galatians 6:9 NIV)

Homeschooling is an incredible blessing. But it is a blessing that can feel overwhelming at times. I'm not really a homeschooling veteran, but I'm not so new at it any more either. This is our fourth year homeschooling. This is the first year where I'm feeling more confident, connected, and more organized with what we are doing. With that, I wanted to share some encouragement for other moms out there. Whether you're new at this or a seasoned homeschooling mom, there are times where we all need a little encouragement.

Set goals, but keep it simple.
This is a guideline that is very important in our household. Goals are important to achieve and can be a good source of motivation. On the other hand, if we set our expectations too high, it can set us up to fail. Be realistic with the level your child is at. Remember, the beauty of homeschooling is that they can learn at their own pace. Also, keep your family's schedule in mind. Don't overwhelm yourself with so many things that you're completely drained and losing your passion.

Reach out for support.
This is one that I have recently come to embrace. The first couple of years we were doing this, I was pretty stubborn and didn't want to ask for help or ideas. Over the last year or so, we've slowly more involved with our local homeschool group. This is a great way to meet other homeschool families and connect with other moms. Maybe you have different methods of homeschooling, but the solidarity is important to have.

Another way I've found support is online. There are many homeschool groups on Facebook on both regional and national levels. I really enjoy learning about new resources this way. I've gotten a lot of tips from other families to help my struggling reader. It helped us find the perfect curriculum for him that finally made everything "click"! 

I also watch a few YouTube channels where homeschooling moms share their daily lives, homeschooling routines, organization ideas, and more. This is another great way to realize that you're not alone!

Find ways to become inspired.
I am a mom who can get big into elective subjects in our homeschool. I love to go beyond the basics. But let me tell you, I am not a teacher by nature, so I struggle coming up with ideas. This is where I am thankful to have more resources online. 

My life is FAR from Pinterest perfect. Not even close! We're over here riding the hot mess express. But I do get on there to look for project ideas, unit study ideas, and crafts for my little ones. I actually vividly remember a Medieval Times unit I did in grade school. Drawing from what I remember, we're going to do a couple of the projects I did and tie in some of our own ideas. It'll be a great new subject for my kids to broach, especially since I have two kids getting into the higher grades.

Keep it real and take breaks!
I think it's really important that when things get hard and overwhelming, it's important to take a step back. Maybe that curriculum isn't working as well as you'd hoped. Perhaps you child needs less worksheets and more hands on learning. With homeschooling, it's all right to take a couple of days off and see what needs to be changed.

One YouTuber who I've recently found and come to love is Andrea Mills, who is a homeschooling mom of eight. She recently shared in one of her videos about how she felt like was just too chaotic. Her mind was all over the place during their first week of school, so decided to cancel extra activities and just stick to the basics. She used that time to box up any clutter to go through as time allowed and to get more organized. Now she feels more at peace. 

That is definitely a feeling I can share. We just closed a fairly rough chapter of our lives. As we've transitioned into this new chapter, we all came down with a horrible respiratory illness that has kept our household limited for the last 2-3 weeks. This past week, I was down with it and had to push through. 

We had a day trip planned to the zoo in Des Moines, but my husband and I decided that with everything else going on, we're going to visit a zoo more local to us this year. This may be disappointing to the kids, but we're in a season of life where our focus needs to be more at home. We have other educational trips planned in the near future that I'm sure they'll love just as much or even more. 

When it comes down to it, sometimes we have to realize that we just can't do it all. It's better to take a break and come back to the extras when we're able.

How are you doing this homeschool year? Do you have any tips to add? What helps you stay sane as a homeschool parent?

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Explaining Celiac Disease to Children: The Adventures of Celia Kaye

Did you know that an estimated 3 million Americans live with Celiac Disease? The numbers are astonishing. After I was diagnosed, I have experienced some of the ignorance and misinformation that surrounds Celiac Disease and other forms of non-Celiac gluten sensitivity. I believe it is important to spread awareness of these medical problems, because Celiac Disease is a serious autoimmune disease.

Dealing with a Celiac diagnosis or similar gluten intolerance is a huge lifestyle change. It is hard to find foods to eat that are both safe and healthy. Celiac Disease is complex, affecting all areas of the body. I deal with joint pain, nutritional deficiencies, secondary food allergies, pre-osteoporosis, just to name a few. Being gluten free really is only the beginning.

When entrepreneur Kaitlin Puccio was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, she too recognized the need for correct and complete information. Her answer to this was creating a website called Bringing her experiences with Celiac Disease to the table was extremely helpful in creating a website where visitors can get wholesome information on gluten free living, exercise, and lifestyle changes that help improve one's mindset.

Ms. Puccio has also written a book called The Adventures of Celia Kaye, which is follows a young girl who is living with Celiac Disease. Celia avoids sharing the real reason she can't eat certain foods with her friends. She eventually learns that she doesn't need to avoid sharing her struggles with friends.

I really enjoyed sharing this book with my children because it explained my condition a little better to them since it was through the eyes of a child. We also have a child with suspected Celiac Disease, so he was able to better understand what happens to his body. It's one thing to suffer as an adult, but even harder as a child who doesn't need to be in pain.

The Adventures of Celia Kaye is available for purchase on

About Kaitlin Puccio:
Ms. Puccio is the creative force behind Circles (Winner, Best Short, Hoboken International Film Festival; Nominee, Best Director, 30 Under 30 Film Festival); Philosopagus, a literary website dedicated to bridging the gap between analytic philosophy and creative writing; and Bent Frame, LLC, a film production and publishing company that delves into the world behind the glass and considers what lies beyond from a new perspective. Puccio defines her personal brand as one that is derived from a renaissance approach to the world: “I am always open to cross-training of the mind. I studied philosophy and French in college at NYU, and I make films. I founded Bent Frame, a production and publishing company. I write about health and entrepreneurship, and also write fiction, poetry, children’s books, and I love to collaborate with like minds because it allows me to explore and expand my own capacities.”

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Celiac Kaye to review. Some posts contain affiliate links which helps support the costs of running this blog.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Fishers Finery Ecofabric Sleep Nursing Bra Review

I've been nursing babies for a long time now and have tried several brands of nursing bras. For modern moms, there are a lot of options out there and it can be overwhelming to find what works. I have previous experience with Fishers Finery products, so I was excited to find out they offered nursing bras.

I tried out the Fishers Finery Ecofabric Maternity Nursing Bra in the color light gray and and size XL. The fabric is extremely soft and stretchy, with a blend of 60% bamboo viscose, 25% organic cotton, and 15% spandex. I noticed that even though I ordered the bra according to their size chart, it does run small. If you make an order, it would be a good idea to order the next size up.

Soft and stretchy fabrics are important when nursing, especially in those early weeks. Breasts size can fluctuate as new milk comes in and breasts become extremely sore. I loved how another reviewer noted that this bra is soft as butter, because that is the perfect description. I wish I would have had this bra to sleep and nurse in during this early weeks with my babies.

The straps on this bra are also pretty wide, which I felt gave me enough support for around the house. Overall, I'd say this is nursing bra is a great option for a nursing mom to wear at home or to sleep in.

The Fishers Finery Ecofabric Maternity Nursing Bra retails for about $18.99 and can be purchased on or their website.

About Fishers Finery: Fishers Finery is a brand that offers stylish, comfortable clothing, sleep wear, and more made from ecologically responsible fabrics.

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Disclaimer: I received a free product in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Aquagear Filter Pitcher Giveaway 9/24-10/10

Aquagear Filter Pitcher Giveaway! $69.95 RV!

Sponsored By: Aquagear

Hosted By: 

Love, Mrs. Mommy

Winner Will Receive: 

an Aquagear Filter Pitcher - a $69.95 RV!

After many years of testing, Aquagear has been proven to be the industry leader when removing harmful contaminants commonly found in municipal tap water. The contaminants include, but are not limited to, chlorine (99.99%), lead (97.5%), fluoride (90%), mercury (99.6%), trihalomethanes (99.99%) DDT (98.8%), and Chromium-6 (99.87%). You can even check out their website to review their Testing Certificates and their raw data from their most recent test completed in October 2015. 

I know I would love to win one of these. It would greatly improve the taste of our tap water!
Click here to read Love, Mrs. Mommy's full Aquagear review!  Open To US entries - Must be 18+ to enter Giveaway Dates ~ 9/24 12:01 AM EST through 10/10 11:59 PM EST

Good Luck!
Disclosure: Love, Mrs. Mommy and all participating bloggers are not held responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill their prize obligations. Love, Mrs. Mommy received an Aquagear Filter Pitcher at no cost to facilitate the above-mentioned review. This giveaway is in no way endorsed or sponsored by Facebook or any other social media site. The winner will be randomly drawn by Giveaway Tools and will be notified by email. Winner has 48 hours to reply before a replacement winner will be drawn. If you would like to participate in an event like this please contact LoveMrsMommy (at) gmail (dot) com.