Review: Happy Platypus Couple Tea Infusers #platypusinfuserteastrainer


What I love: I thought these Happy Platypus Couple Tea Infusers were super adorable from the moment I saw them! I love to drink tea, mostly decaf but also the loose herb teas. There are so many loose teas that just have such a better flavor than the bagged. Nothing like a good cup of tea. For years I used different types of infusers but I moved and was looking for better ones to replace my old ones. That's when I started to see all the cute animals and different ones they have on amazon and found these. After sitting in my wishlist for a few months I finally saw a good deal on them and couldn't resist.

This adorable platypus couple is made of FDA-approved, non toxic, BPA free silicone so you have no worry of anything weird getting in your drink. The little grey belly part pushes out allowing you to fill the tea leaves, and then you can press it right back in place. They are just the right size to hold loose tea for 6, 8 or even 12 oz cups of tea. I have only tried those sizes so far but if you wanted to do a bigger pot you could always put some in both and use them together. I also find that you can grind up some fresh mint, orange or other things and use in the second one to flavor your tea. They are even microwave safe so you can put them in your teacup if you want to microwave your water to steep it faster.

One of the best parts is they are dishwasher safe so when you are done you can just throw them on a rung or in a accessory basket and they are ready for the next cup! They seem really high quality so far and I have had no issues at all!


Bottom Line: I really love it and give it 5 out of 5 stars. 
Would I recommend it to my family and friends? YES! 
Would I buy it myself based on my experiences with this review? YES!



Disclosure: I was provided the product complimentary for testing purposes in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion. No monetary compensation was received.

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Hello Kitty Peeler and Knife $7.99


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Join me at the MomsMeet #WOWsummit for a weekend of fun and connecting! #Moms #Bloggers #WashingtonDC

In 2008 I was pregnant with Elijah and on bedrest; it was a happy but scary time becoming a first time mom with a high risk pregnancy. I had always enjoyed journaling so it was then I started my very first "mom blog" as a way to not only document my pregnancy but as a way to interact with other women who understood what I was going through. I quickly met so many fabulous ladies between my blog and twitter, which at the time was still pretty new. I was suddenly interacting with thousands of blog posts, tweets, and status updates from all over the world. I met some amazing friends and best of all I was able to share and be heard and know that I was not alone in my new journey into motherhood. As the years have passed I have continued blogging and sharing in this amazing community of women (and some men) and been blessed with unconditional support, knowledge and friendship. Three blogs later, this one going through 3 different names, three pregnancies, two children, a lot has happened in the last 8 years; breastfeeding and pumping, potty training, school, tantrums, health, entertainment, there's pretty much not a single topic that we have not discussed. There's just one thing I've somehow never done... a blogger conference. I've always wanted to go and for one reason or another I just have never been able to. This all finally changes next month.



I am BEYOND EXCITED to share that on October 7th and 8th, 2016 I will be in National Harbor, MD at the beautiful Gaylord Hotel attending the annual MomsMeet WOW Summit! This amazing conference promises to create an fun and educational experience for everyone attending. Two full days of seminars, workshops and networking with other Moms and Bloggers, not to mention getting to network and sample amazing products by some of the most awesome brands our family uses. Check out this video to see a little more about the summit!

The thing I am most looking forward is getting to be with over 100 supportive women who all have the same goal in mind, to gain knowledge and empowerment that we can take home and use to better ourselves, our families and our online presence.

Friday is all about blogging! Workshops, building your brand, social media, speed networking with bloggers and brands and ending the day with an awesome comedy and cocktail party!

Saturday is all about empowering like-minded Moms on keeping their families happy and healthy! Learn and connect with panels featuring guest speakers, educational workshops, and sample tons of free products in the exhibitor room. Plus each attendee will walk away with an awesome goody bag at the end of the summit! Who doesn't love trying new and exciting products with their families!


Solgar, National Geographic Kids, Tasty Bite and Mary’s Gone Crackers are just a few of the great sponsors of the event. With my lactose intolerance, Ariel's gluten sensitivity and Elijah's preservative allergies we are always looking for healthier brands so I am super excited to get to sample and interact with more brands. Baby Mum Mum, N'Circle Entertainment, So Delicious, and Earth's Best Organic are other favorites of ours that are going to be there so I'm excited to get to share our story with them and our love for their companies.




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Disclosure: I am being sponsored to attend MomsMeet WOW Summit 16. All opinions are that of my own.

E-Z Grip Ball by Tucker Toys #TuckerToys #Toys #Review


Tucker Toys E-Z Grip Ball is perfect for all ages, but especially perfect for young children or special needs children learning to grip a ball. Each ball has a strong textured outer web made of a strong rubber that's easy to grip with one hand, even for Ariel at 20 months old. Inside is a durable, inflatable inner ball. The combination allows kids to get a great grip and hold on tight yet when it's thrown it can bounce high or be caught easily. These balls work great in any condition, even sand, mud and water. We were even able to get our football to "skip" across the entire length of water in a pool. Elijah at almost 8 years old loves playing catch with me and it's an instant favorite ball. Each one comes in a great eye catching color combination that is easy to see even outside; ours came in the black and yellow color variation and we have no problem seeing it in the grass.
We love our E-Z Grip Football so far and know you will love their balls too!
  • "E-Z Grip Play Ball is the ultimate ball offering high bounce and super grip. It features a soft but tough outer web that makes catching it easy for any hands. Its high bounce delivers on any surface from grass to a street, even sand, and water! The durable inner ball and E-Z Grip’s outer web deliver unmatched performance for playing everything from catch to dodgeball to kickball and more. The E-Z Grip Ball has received Best of Show – Toy Fair NY, National Parenting Center Seal of Approval, Mom’s Choice Gold Award, the Tillywig Top Fun Award and Special Needs Approval from Lekotek/AblePlay!"
  • "E-Z Grip Junior packs endless possibilities into a 4.25-inch ball! It fits in any backpack, bookbag or purse and can bounce on any surface wherever you take it."
  • "E-Z Grip Football is perfect for one-handed catches in any weather, in the pool or on the muddy field. It’s also great for teaching young, new wide receivers how to master the catch!"E-
  • "E-Z Grip Soccer Ball is a dream on the field and a sure thing for goalies. The super bounce makes the ball travel down the field like it was being chased! For goalies, catching the soccer ball with the special high-grip outer web means saving the game!"

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Bottom Line: I really love it and give it 5 out of 5 stars. 
Would I recommend it to my family and friends? YES!
Would I buy it myself based on my experiences with this review? YES!


Disclosure: I was provided the product complimentary for testing purposes in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion. No monetary compensation was received.

People's Choice Beef Jerky is our new favorite healthy, delicious snack! #MadeInUSA #FamilyOwned #AllNatural #GlutenFree #Review #PeoplesChoice


We are a family that loves to snack! Handmade with love for over 4 generations by a family in Los Angeles, California, USA; People's Choice Beef Jerky is an amazing treat for your family. Using only the freshest, quality ingredients, each package is sliced, marinated, laid out and cooked by hand.


Over a month ago Mr. Bianchetti, who is the 4th generation of Bianchetti family members to run the People's Choice business, reached out to give me a little bit of information about their family, their company and their purpose and their products. I was sold from the beginning, loving the idea of a business staying family run through so many generations. Never sacrificing the same quality, customer service or values since 1929 is so honorable and definitely a company I can stand behind.

Mr. Bianchetti offered me an opportunity to try the entire line of People's Choice Beef Jerky via one of their One- Of- Everything Boxes. I was very thankful and accepted, eager to share their delicious products with my family for snack time and share my experiences with you, my dear readers. I'm not going to lie, it took us over a month to try it all, and we still haven't finished all the bags,but as we have worked our way through the different types I can tell you with confidence there was not a single product that did not live up to my expectations through both taste and quality standards. People's Choice Beef Jerky all-natural products are best enjoyed within 6 months of the package date. Everything in my box came with a package date of around August 2017, that gives us plenty of time to finish up everything else in the box, though as much as my family loves it I do not foresee it lasting that long.
Every single product is made with whole cuts of extra lean USDA beef, which is high in protein. Old Fashioned, Carne Seca, Tasting Kitchen lines are all- natural with no additives, no preservatives, and no MSG. Old Fashioned and Carne Seca lines are both also gluten free. For products that I've indicated are non-reclosable bags I highly recommend storing in a room temperature spot of your kitchen in an airtight, re-sealable plastic bag. Avoid refrigeration as it can cause condensation in the bag and shorten the shelf life or cause changes in the quality and taste.

The One-of-Everything box came with one of the following, for a total of 12 bags and 3 beef sticks:


Old Fashioned Original "An all-natural spice blend featuring cracked black pepper and sea salt is rubbed into thick, cowboy-style cuts of beef then slow-cooked for a minimum of five hours." Coming in a 2.5 ounce non-reclosable bag, the Old Fashioned Original was an instant hit in my house. Made with minimum ingredients: Beef, Water, Seasoning: Sea Salt, Spices, Garlic, which means the sea salt acts as the preservative ensuring there are no additives, preservatives or msg. This not only makes it an healthier jerky, it's also a cleaner tasting one. It's cut to what I would consider medium pieces and thickness and shows no, if any, visible signs of fat. It's got a great old fashioned dry texture that is fairly easy to chew. There is no oily residue left on your hands after eating. This one was by far my favorite of the entire box, for such few ingredients the flavor was so delicious and perfect. I also really enjoyed the texture. This snack is also gluten free!

Old Fashioned Hot and Spicy "An all-natural spice blend featuring cracked red pepper and sea salt is rubbed into thick, cowboy-style cuts of beef then slow-cooked for a minimum of five hours." Also coming in a 2.5 ounce non-reclosable bag, the Old Fashioned Original is exactly like the Old Fashion Original, only with a hint of fire behind it. I really enjoyed this one as well between the spice and the texture. Made with the exact same ingredients of Beef, Water, Seasoning: Sea Salt, Spices, Garlic, this flavor adds Cracked Red Pepper for that extra kick but great taste you already love with the original. Once again the sea salt acts as the preservative ensuring there are no additives, preservatives or msg. This not only makes it an healthier jerky, it's also a cleaner tasting one. It's cut to what I would consider medium pieces and thickness and shows no, if any, visible signs of fat. It's got a great old fashioned dry texture that is fairly easy to chew. There is no oily residue left on your hands after eating but there may be slight traces of spice left so I wouldn't touch your face or eyes until you wash your hands. This snack is also gluten free!

Carne Seca Limón "Whole cuts of beef are thinly sliced, marinated with lemon juice and an all-natural spice blend featuring sea salt, then slow-cooked for a minimum of two and a half hours." Coming in a 2.5 ounce non-reclosable bag, cracked black pepper, sea salt, and lemon make this jerky a clean delicious favorite. The lemon gives it just the right hint of something to really kick up the flavor and bring out the natural flavors of the meat. Made with Beef, Water, Seasoning: Sea Salt, Spices, Garlic and Lemon Concentrate it is another gluten free, sugar free, carb free. Once again the sea salt acts as the preservative ensuring there are no additives, preservatives or msg. This not only makes it an healthier jerky, it's also a cleaner tasting one. It's cut to what I would consider medium pieces and thickness and shows no, if any, visible signs of fat. It's got a great dry texture that is fairly easy to chew. There is no oily residue left on your hands after eating.

Carne Seca Limón con Chile "Whole cuts of beef are thinly sliced, marinated with lemon juice and an all-natural spice blend featuring cracked red pepper and guajillo chili powder, then slow-cooked for a minimum of two and a half hours." Coming in a 2.5 ounce non-reclosable bag, Guajillo Chilli Powder and Cracked Red Pepper make this jerky a spicy delicious favorite. It really tastes like a bold flavor explosion and is definitely much spicier than the traditional spice with the addition of the chilli powder. Made with Beef, Water, Seasoning: Sea Salt, Guajillo Chilli Powder, Spices, Cracked Red Pepper, Garlic Powder, and Lemon Concentrate it is another gluten free, sugar free, carb free. Once again the sea salt acts as the preservative ensuring there are no additives, preservatives or msg. This not only makes it an healthier jerky, it's also a cleaner tasting one. It's cut to what I would consider medium pieces and thickness and shows no, if any, visible signs of fat. It's got a great dry texture that is fairly easy to chew. There is no oily residue left on your hands after eating but there may be slight traces of spice left so I wouldn't touch your face or eyes until you wash your hands.

Carne Seca Machaca Jerky Chew "Whole cuts of beef are richly seasoned with all natural spices such as black peppercorns, sea salt, and smoked paprika, then slow cooked for a minimum of five hours. Once dried, the meat is shredded to a fine consistency. Perfect for mixing into your favorite dishes." Let me start by saying this is PERFECT for any adding to your favorite recipes! It makes the perfect garnish too. The flavor is easily my favorite and inspired so many ideas. A local cupcake shop in Baltimore actually has a 'beef jerky' cupcake and I could totally even see this being used to garnish one of those. It's such a perfect blend of spices. Just like the rest it comes in a 2.5 ounce non-reclosable bag. It's made with the same simple clean Beef, Water, Seasoning: Sea Salt, Spices, Garlic making it gluten free, sugar free, carb free and all natural. It's shredded super fine, reminding me of sawdust... well delicious, delicious sawdust. It's very dry and easy to chew and leaves no oily residue on your fingers after eating, however if you are eating it straight from the bag you may end up with a little down your shirt due to the fineness of it.

Tasting Kitchen Sriracha "Whole cuts of beef are sliced, slathered with Sriracha sauce and all natural spices, and then slow-cooked for a minimum of two and a half hours." This is the first product to have a much longer ingredient list with Beef, Sriracha (Chili, Sugar, Salt, Garlic, Distilled Vinegar, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Bisulfite And Xanthan Gum), Water, Distilled White Vinegar, Seasoning (Sea Salt, Spices, Garlic). That doesn't mean however it is not as healthy as it still contains very little processed ingredients. Still gluten free this jerky is tangy, sweet and spicy in a 2.5 ounce non-reclosable pouch. The spice of this jerky is much higher than before, maybe even over that of the Carne Seca Limón con Chile. It's cut to what I would consider medium pieces and thickness and shows no, if any, visible signs of fat. It's got a little more moisture to it and is a little chewier than the traditional. There is no oily residue left on your hands after eating but there may be slight traces of spice left so I wouldn't touch your face or eyes until you wash your hands.

Tasting Kitchen Garlic Ginger "Whole cuts of beef are sliced, deeply marinated with a handmade marinade of garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and sesame flavors, and then slow-cooked for a minimum of two and a half hours." Definitely my favorite flavor; the ginger, garlic, and sesame work together to create a truly unique and delicious taste and the black and white sesame seeds on the jerky help to enhance the flavor. The garlic is definitely the strongest flavor here, with a ginger aftertaste making a perfect pairing of flavors. Containing Beef, Seasoning (Cane Sugar, Garlic, Sesame Seeds, Sea Salt, Dehydrated Bell Pepper, Spices, Sesame Oil), Soy Sauce (Water, Wheat, Soybeans,Salt), Water the Garlic Ginger Jerky comes in a 2.5 ounce reclosable bag. It's cut to what I would consider medium pieces and thickness and shows no, if any, visible signs of fat. It's got a little more moisture to it and is a little chewier than the traditional. There is no oily residue left on your hands after eating but there may be slight traces of spice left so I wouldn't touch your face or eyes until you wash your hands.

Tasting Kitchen Sweet Chili Habanero "Whole cuts of beef are sliced and then marinated in a dry rub of dried habanero peppers, red chili peppers, and cane sugar. Pineapple juice is added to ensure proper coating of the marinade and then the meat is slow-cooked for a minimum of two and a half hours." This is by far the spiciest of all the spicy jerky. It leaves you with a slight burn after taste, which if you like spice is a good thing. The flavors of the meat are really brought out with the hot peppers and this jerky is a spice fans dream. Made with Beef, Seasoning (Sugar, Spices, Habanero Pepper, Garlic, Paprika), Soy Sauce (Water, Wheat, Soybeans, Salt), Pineapple Juice Concentrate, Water. Coming in another 2.5 ounce non-reclosable silver pouch it's cut to what I would consider medium pieces and thickness and shows no, if any, visible signs of fat. It's got a bit more moisture to it and is a little more chewier than the traditional. There is no oily residue left on your hands after eating but there may be slight traces of spice left so I wouldn't touch your face or eyes until you wash your hands.

Tasting Kitchen Orange Honey Teriyaki "Whole cuts of beef are sliced, slathered with Teriyaki sauce, orange oil and honey. The thick texture of the marinade gives a nice glaze to the jerky, offering a sticky texture that enhances the flavors." This is by far the most delicious original flavor of teriyaki jerky I have ever tasted. The orange honey teriyaki really is bold without being too orange. It's the perfect bit of sweetness. Made with Beef, Cane Sugar, Fructose, Honey Powder (Maltodextrin, Honey), Sea Salt, Spices, Garlic, Teriyaki Sauce (Soy Sauce (Water, Wheat, Soybeans, Salt), Wine, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Water, Vinegar, Salt, Spices, Onion Powder), Orange Juice (Water, Orange Juice Concentrate, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Orange Flavor (Sunflower Oil, Orange Oil), it's got quite the long ingredient list, including high fructose corn syrup, which I generally try to avoid, but it's not a lot or too many unhealthy ingredients to make me not purchase it. I really enjoyed the flavor of this one. Coming in another 2.5 ounce silver pouch it's cut to what I would consider medium pieces and thickness and shows no, if any, visible signs of fat. It's got a bit more moisture to it and is a little more chewier than the traditional. There is no oily residue left on your hands after eating but there may be slight traces of spice left so I wouldn't touch your face or eyes until you wash your hands.

Classic Premium Beef Jerky comes in Original, Teriyaki, and Hot and Spicy. "Whole cuts of beef are sliced, marinated, and slow-cooked for over two and a half hours at low temperatures to maximize flavor and maintain tenderness of the meat." These were good, but tasted more like other brands of jerky, though better, after trying all the other flavors these weren't as exciting as I wanted them to be but they are definitely delicious everyday beef jerky. Each bag is a resealable 3 ounces and is spiced just right for each flavor. Each has the same base ingredients, Beef, Seasoning (Sugar, Garlic, Onion, Salt, Spices), Soy Sauce (Water, Wheat, Soybeans, Salt), Water, Liquid Smoke, Sodium Nitrite and either more soy and sesame for teriyaki or cracked red pepper for spicy. It's cut to what I would consider medium pieces and thickness and shows no, if any, visible signs of fat. It's got a bit more moisture to it and is a little chewier than the other types. There is no oily residue left on your hands after eating but there may be slight traces of spice left when eating the Teriyaki or Spicy so I wouldn't touch your face or eyes until you wash your hands.

Beef Sticks "The ingredients and process are special for what’s NOT in the sticks. 100% beef is mixed with an array of spices and cooked to tender perfection." 1.2 OZ Beef Sticks come in Original, Teriyaki and Hot and Spicy. Made of Beef, Seasoning (Sugar, Dehydrated Soy Sauce (Soy, Wheat), Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Salt, Monosodium Glutamate, Sodium Phosphate, Spices (With Celery Seed), Sodium Erythorbate, Dehydrated Garlic, Paprika Ground), Water, Liquid Smoke, Sodium Nitrite. Each 1.2 ounce stick is a foot long, comes wrapped in plastic and is non-reclosable, not that you will want to stop eating it and reclose it anyway! Each one is great tasting and flavorful, very similar to the Premium Beef Jerky bags of the same flavors. The casing is smooth and not rubbery or chewy like other brands. The stick itself tastes extremely fresh and delicious. The flavor is consistent throughout the entire stick. Best on-the-go snack!

They have other options besides the box of everything such different assortment boxes like "Simple and Savory" or "Sweet Tooth" as well as the option of just buying the individual products you want as 2.5 ounce bags, 1 pound bags, 1.5 pound bags and even 5 pound bulk depending on the product so you will definitely find a flavor for everyone in a size that works best.

Overall we had an amazing experience with People's Choice Beef Jerky and will definitely be ordering from them again once we get through this box. I highly recommend them and know you will love them just as much as we do!

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