Monday, September 28, 2015

{Iconic pop culture brand} Bratz are back!

Bratz Dolls

I’ve been a fan of Bratz for a long time.  My oldest daughter used to play with them all the time when she was a little girl.  We had Bratz dolls all over the house!  I would find their shoes all over the place.  She is 21 now but thankfully I kept all of her dolls for her little sisters so now they play with her Bratz dolls.  It’s adorable seeing her sisters play with dolls that I remember dressing all those years ago and I won’t even start about finding the shoes all over the house.  I look forward to keeping them for my granddaughter to play with.  {gentle smile}

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Sister Love.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Throwback Thursday #TT
{I don't wanna be a cowboy.}

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Bumkins Reusable Snack Bags
{A Review}

Reusable Snack BagsI don’t like being wasteful when it comes to packing lunches for the girls.  I always tell them to not throw away their plastic bags because I will reuse them when I pack their lunch for the next day.  I like being able to reuse bags because I pack their lunches every day.  The plastic baggies don’t wash well though and get all yucky after a few days because they aren’t meant to be reusable.

Thankfully Bumkins asked me to review their reusable snack bags in two different sizes.  YAY for me.  I love these lil bags!  I use them when I pack their lunches for school and use them the next day and the next day and the next day.

They are sturdy and they wash up awesome. 

There are two sizes so you can pack a sandwich in the large size and use the small size for popcorn or apple slices. 

Bumkins has made lunch time and snack time very “reusable” and fun!

Reusable Snack Bags

More about Bumkins Reusable Snack Bags:

Monday, September 21, 2015

Tis the migraine season.

Or so it feels that way with my heading wanting to explode.  I feel that if I banged my head against the wall it would actually feel better.  I haven’t actually tried but the day just started.  Soooo….

How have you been?  Enjoying the Fall weather?  Glad the kids are in school?  Looking forward to stealing your kids Halloween candy?  I know I am!!!!  I always pick a few to hide in my super secret candy stash.

Come on!  I know all parents have a super secret candy stash!!!  {I wasn’t born yesterday!}

Things around the Supermom house have been good. 

I crocheted a skirt for a special event then unraveled it ALL to start over because I needed to make it smaller and take out the belt loops.  They weren’t working for me.  {shrug}

Michelle Lee Asheville, NC

The girls begged and begged for us to take them to the fair and us being parents wanting to rip out their hearts and ruin all their happy hopes told them no.  It’s one of the perks of being a parent. 

I did finish book four!!!  {happy dance}  Drums of Autumn was AMAZING!  I started The Fiery Cross, so I’ve been chugging along pretty well.  Team Jamie and Claire all the way.

I won’t post any spoilers in this post so you can read on without closing your eyes.

On that note I’m going to find a wall to bang my head against.

Back to School with Chalk Ink
{All About}

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The Adventures of Supermom®The Adventures of Supermom® LOVES Chalk Ink.  We were sent some of these amazing markers and they are totally cool!  Not only can I use them to write on my dry erase board but I can also use them on cardboard and paper to make a lasting splash of color. 

Times like this I wish I had a HUGE chalkboard to play on.  I would have so much fun.  Even the kids would love this!

More information about Chalk Ink:

The Adventures of Supermom®Chalk Ink is a versatile, easy way to make just about everything more colorful and bright! It really grabs kids’ attention! A major upgrade from the chalk used in days of yore, Chalk Ink is the highest quality chalk marker you can find. It works like a paint pen, yet looks like chalk. No dust and no smearing once it is dry. You can use it on any non-porous surface and wipes off easily with water or Windex. Its classic set of 8 markers comes in eye-catching colors that have limitless uses:

Make fun & creative projects:
*Label drawers or cubbies to keep things organized.
* Use different colored markers for each child to write down weekly chores on a mirror, window or anywhere!

* Make homework FUN – think outside the box when it comes to homework. Write math problems, practice spelling, brainstorm on windows, the kitchen counter, even in the bathtub/shower – Chalk Ink wipes clean from non-porous surfaces with water!
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Chalk Ink is perfect for ALL ages and provides a great alternative for children with allergies who struggle being around dust from traditional chalk.  Because the colors are more vibrant than ordinary chalk, they are much more aesthetically pleasing to kids!

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The creators of the original Chalk Ink Marker, we are a company committed to providing our customers with innovative writing solutions and a full spectrum of chalk art supplies that allow imaginations to run wild and creations to come to life.


From liquid chalkboard markers and chalkboards to glass markers, chalkboard paper and paint, we strive to be a one-stop-shop for crafters, hobbyists and home decorators alike. We have also worked with many businesses, providing them with the chalkboard supplies they need to create eye-catching advertising signs and promotional boards that attract new customers and increase brand awareness in a fun, bold and innovative way.

You can shop and learn more about all of our products in our online store, or if you live in Austin or ever find yourself visiting the Austin area, stop by our retail location to learn more about Chalk Ink and check out our products for yourself.


Chalk Ink – The Original Liquid Chalkboard Marker


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We also manufacturer water resistant Artista Pro Markers perfect for both artists and sign makers, as well as Glass Markers that are specially formulated to write on windows and windshields. Browse our online store for an extensive selection of chalkboards and chalkboard signs that are perfect for a variety of uses and events including outdoor retail signage and wedding reception décor. For every design vision, we have the quality products you need to execute it flawlessly. We also love sharing creative ways to use Chalk Ink Markers, so be sure to follow us Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter!


**I wasn’t paid to post this.  I was sent FREE samples to try at home.**

Thursday, September 17, 2015

The Best Natural Homemade Skin & Hair Care
Products By: Mar Gomez
{Press Release}

The Best Natural Homemade Skin & Hair Care Products
The Best Natural Homemade
Skin & Hair Care Products
By: Mar Gomez
Formulas for all types of skin, from dry to oily and from young to old.

Health-enhancing oils from around the world form the base for natural cosmetics. With these easy-to-follow recipes and widely available natural ingredients, you’ll be able to create effective, soothing and, above all, natural creams, balms, face and body oils, exfoliating scrubs, shampoos, shower and bath gels and lip balms.

The recipes in this book feature really lovely oils, including monoi oil (a coconut and flower oil that is a staple in beauty and skin regimens in Tahiti), soy oil, nut oils (such as macadamia, almond and peanut), seed oils (such as sesame, hemp, pumpkin seed and flax) and some beautiful exotic natural oils, such as piqui, andiroba, prickly pear seed, tamanu and argan.

All of these oils have wonderful skin-care properties, and there are formulas for all types of skin, from dry to oily, acne-prone to wrinkled, young to old.

The formulas are very easy to follow and require only regular kitchen equipment and a good kitchen scale. There are formulas for anti-aging creams,firming recipes to fight cellulite, Freckle-and-Spot Removing Oil, Moisturizing Facial Wrinkle Cream, anti-dandruff shampoos and so much more!

Making luxurious, heavenly scented homemade cosmetics is both surprisingly simple and incredibly satisfying.

**I wasn't paid to post this.  I was sent a FREE copy of the book.**

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Time with family is time well spent.
{Contains Drums of Autumn book SPOILERS!!}

Recently we had to cancel a long weekend trip because of the weather and it bummed the kids.  My Mamaw and great aunt love to visit Pigeon Forge, TN so they can sit by the pool and watch the kids play and we all enjoy having this time together as a family.  We eat out for dinner, ride the go-carts and sometimes shop but mostly the kids play on the water slide, the lazy river and jump off the diving board and we LAUGH A LOT.

The last time we went I was doing cannonballs in the deep end with my son and LMAO with my Mamaw and Superdad.  {Good times.}

So sadly it went from being very hot to cold and rainy in a WEEK so we had to cancel our trip.  To sort of make up for it we went out to dinner one night together.  It wasn’t as fun as my Mamaw taking something to help her sleep or squeezing the kids in one bed but it was nice nonetheless.

Next year we will plan earlier and go in the summer.

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I’m still reading book four but I have less than 100 pages!!!  My Superdad went out and bought me the fifth book so I am ready to go after finishing Drums of Autumn. 

{SPOILERS!}

Monday, September 14, 2015

Exploring Biltmore Estate from A to Z By: Chris Kinsley
{Press Release}

Exploring Biltmore House from A to Z
Exploring Biltmore Estate from A to Z
By: Chris Kinsley
I’m so glad that I am able to share this book with you because I live in Asheville!  I grew up hearing all about Biltmore House and it’s a place we went to on field trips in school.  It’s also the first place I recommend for visitors when they come to my town.  My girls recently went to Biltmore House at Christmas with a woman from church.  They loved it!

Now they can enjoy this book!  They can even take it with them next time they go!!!

This entertaining seek-and-find alphabet book invites you to explore twenty-six must-see places at Biltmore Estate, offering beautiful photographs, clever rhymes and hidden animals on every page. Children will discover everything from colorful gardens and underground tunnels to towering rooftops and lively farm animals. Included are fun facts about Biltmore’s history in an illustrated glossary and a kid-friendly map for planning your journey. Whether you use this book as a guide for an upcoming visit to Biltmore or as a souvenir to commemorate your stay, a magical adventure awaits you and your family!

Author Bio: Chris Kinsley is a former Biltmore employee and kindergarten teacher who lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. She wrote Exploring Biltmore Estate from A to Z to celebrate the beauty of nature found at Biltmore and to provide a fun guidebook for children. Her favorite children's book is Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss. 

**I wasn't paid to post this.  I was sent a FREE copy of the book so I could tell you all about it.**

Friday, September 11, 2015

Superdad won’t buy me beer.
{SPOILERS of Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon!!}

The Adventures of Supermom®Twice I’ve added it to my grocery list and once I begged him as he was walking out the door but sadly he won’t buy me some brew while he is out.

I love beer.  I love the way it tastes and I love how it tastes.  That’s really all I can say to express my desire to drink a cold brew.  {nodding}

It’s been a hectic week with school, work and life.  I feel as if I need an emotional vacation that includes beer.  {I tease.}  I have a friend that just got back from a cruise to the Bahamas and she said it was wonderful!  It does sound a bit heavenly if I could get over the fact that I’d be on a boat not being able to see land.

That would freak me out a bit I believe.  If the boat could just travel the coast so a bit of land can be seen then I’d be okay.  I think.  She said she could only feel the boat moving a bit.

Have you been on a cruise?  Would you do it again? 

{I also have a friend who just went on a Disney cruise to Alaska.}

I’d like that too.  Pack the sweaters and enjoy hot cocoa while whale watching.  Two extremes - Bahamas and Alaska.  Guess it depends on your mood.

SPOILER ALERT of DRUMS OF AUTUMN!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Kids Prize Pack {Perfect for ALL ages.}

Kids Prize PackRecently Thomas, the founder of Kids Prize Pack, sent my girls two Kids Prize Packs so The Adventures of Supermom® could see what it was all about.  Kids Prize Pack is sharing the love of books by encouraging children to read as each box comes with an age appropriate book along with toys in the same theme.  We are avid readers here in our house and it tickles me that Thomas is giving children the gift of books and encouraging children to read. 

My girls were sent two boxes, a Princess theme and an Animal Adventures theme, and it was exciting for all.  Their older sister was here and sweet sweet baby so we were all hurrying the girls to open their boxes and then their older sister wanted their boxes.  We had A LOT of fun with these two amazing boxes.

Here's Lovely O patiently waiting for me to take pictures while sweet sweet baby and Sophie the Yorkie Poo wanted to help open the box.

Kids Prize Pack

Kids Prize Pack

I like this box!

Kids Prize Pack

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The Adventures of Supermom is retiring.
{Wordless Wednesday #WW}

Blogging BabeI’ve decided that once I get my desk cleaned off and all of my email sorted out that I will no longer be posting reviews and press releases.  I’ve decided that it’s become too much of a hassle.

When I started blogging it was boring stuff about my life and then people wanted me to do this and do that and it’s become what the blog is about instead of that old boring stuff about life.

I’ve come to a place in life where I want more instead of being chained to my desk worrying about a product.  Since I do not charge for reviews or press releases it just isn’t worth my valuable time.  Yes, I get lots of neat things FREE in the mail which in turn I tell you about.

If I decide to blog I want it to be about my life.  The kids.  Books.  Yarn and normal boring life stuff.

If a company does contact me to travel or work a paying gig then {of course} I will see if it fits into our life at that moment…

but for now it does not.

So today I will be cleaning off my desk one thing at a time and schedule it to post over the next few months.

Then you’ll just have to read normal blog posts when I write them.  I hope that you still find me entertaining and get a good smile knowing that you aren’t alone in thing called parenting know matter how crazy you think you may be.

Thank you for encouraging me to write about life.

Much love and gratitude,
Michelle of The Adventures of Supermom®

Monday, September 7, 2015

New SCIENCE Products just in time for Back to School!
{Your KIDS will love this Nerd Journal and the Periodic Thoughts Postcards!}

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Science was one of my favorite subjects in school and to this day I miss it.  It’s really a nice feeling when you love a subject in school and look forward to being in that class every day.  It means you are thirsty for knowledge.  I love that!

Right now my passion {besides being a mom} is reading.  Or is it crocheting?  Or Netflix.  {I KID!}  It’s reading and crocheting.  These are two things I love doing!  I LOVE going to far off places in my head and I love creating beautiful pieces with yarn. 

So when the Nerd Journal and Periodic Thoughts Postcards came in the mail I instantly went back to high school with the periodic chart taking up ONE huge wall in class and the black lab tables.  It was GREAT!

I just know that students of all ages will love these two products! 

More information about them:

NERD JOURNAL ($12.99 US)

The Adventures of Supermom®Celebrate your all-out geekery with your very own journal! Do you want to map the nighttime sky? Is there a weather pattern you want to document? What superpower would you most love to have? Are you making plans to build your own lemonade stand business? You can put it all in one place!

And, if you're not sure what to write in your Nerd Journal, Julie Huffman and Jenavieve Brown have peppered this 128-page, hardcover with some of the greatest science facts, jokes, and more!

·  Why can't you trust atoms? They make up everything
·  At room temperature, there are only two liquid elements. These are bromine and mercury.
·  The only letter in the English alphabet not used on the periodic table is J. The letter q only appears in the symbol for the placeholder name for element 114, ununquadium, which has the symbol Uuq. When element 114 is officially discovered, it will be given a new name.

So think about your passions, obsessions, brainstorms, and inventions. Write them down, because some day, we might find your Nerd Journal and put it in a museum, smarty pants!

PERIODIC THOUGHTS POSTCARDS: 30 POSTCARDS FOR YOUR INNER SCIENCE NERD ($10.99 US)

The Adventures of Supermom®Sometimes you just need to talk science, and what better way to say, "hey," to a fellow nerd than with these perfect Periodic Thoughts postcards. Embued with scientific quotes and laws, each card is designed using different letters from the Perdiodic Table of Elements. Kids can send postcards to their friends, grandparents, neighbors and teachers this summer… and learn about the elements at the same time!

A perfect gift for geeks, nerds, and science lovers, these smart 30 pull-out postcards are held together in perfect binding, so the cards are easy to tear out with no rough edges. Printed on sturdy, heavyweight paper, each card will stand up to the atomic weight of whatever you have to say.


Perfect for students, teachers and that science geek you know!

**I wasn’t paid to post this.  I was sent FREE samples so I could tell you all about them.**

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Captain No Beard Blog Tour #CaptainNoBeard
{Author Interview with Carole P. Roman}

Captain No Beard

Recently I was able to ask the author Carole P. Roman some questions about her Captain No Beard series for children.  Books play a very important part in our life as we are all avid readers so I’m super excited that I am able to share this with you.

About the Captain No Beard Series

Captain No Beard sets sail on 9 separate voyages of the imagination with his fearless crew aboard his pirate ship The Flying Dragon.
When a young boy named Alexander, his cousin Hallie, and some stuffed animals, board his bed their world is transformed into a magical vessel, sailing the seven seas on dangerous and exciting adventures! Captain No Beard: An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life was named to Kirkus Reviews' BEST OF 2012 for Children's Indie Books, and garnered the Kirkus Star of Exceptional Merit, as was Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis. In addition to many other merits awarded to the series, The Foreword review gave "Five Star" reviews to Pepper Parrot's Problem with Patience: A Captain No Beard Story and A Flag for the Flying Dragon: A Captain No Beard Story.

Captain No Beard

Friday, September 4, 2015

NEW Colgate Total Daily Repair Toothpaste and Colgate® 360°® Total® Advanced Floss-Tip Bristles Toothbrush
{All About!}

I love it when I am able to tell you about toothpastes and toothbrushes because taking care of your teeth is very important.  Superdad takes charge of the girls when it comes to flossing and brushing and I’m glad to see the girls taking care of their teeth.  It’s their nighty ritual before they head to their bedroom. 

They floss.  They brush.  They use mouthwash.

Then they come kiss me.

{smile}

More about these Colgate products:

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Colgate Total Daily Repair Toothpaste

Benefits:
* Repairs early teeth and gum damage
* Strengthens teeth by remineralizing weakened enamel
* Fights plaque to keep gums healthy

Helps prevent:
* Plaque
* Gingivitis
* Tartar Build-Up
* Cavities
* Bad Breath

Colgate® 360°® Total® Advanced Floss-Tip† Bristles Toothbrush

The Adventures of Supermom®* The Colgate® 360°® Total® Advanced Floss-Tip† Bristles toothbrush provides 4x deeper* reach for a healthier whole mouth clean. Its unique features clean teeth and gums efficiently.
* 4x deeper* reach between teeth and along the gumline
* Helps remove odor-causing bacteria
* Cleans hard-to-reach areas of the mouth

Features:
* Purple-ended tapered bristles gently reach deep between teeth and along the gumline
* Wraparound cheek and tongue cleaner helps remove odor-causing bacteria
* Raised tip helps clean hard-to-reach areas of the mouth
* Available in soft and medium bristle firmness
* Available in blue, lime green, orange and purple

Now off you go to floss and brush your teeth!

**I was not paid to post this.  I was sent FREE product so I could tell you all about it.**

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Actually Conversation in Bed Last Night.

{Back story - the crickets outside are maddening at night and they bug Superdad, pun intended, because he says he cannot sleep with them being so loud.  Since I am a mommy I can block anything out.  You talkin’ to me??}

Here starts our conversation.

We’d both been reading but I had turned my lamp off to sleep and he followed shortly after.  He had closed one of the windows in our bedroom but a cricket must have been in the window.

Superdad - Do you hear that?

Me - No, I don’t hear anything.

Superdad - You must be deaf.

Me - No, I block them out.  Pretend they are waves at the beach.  Woooshhhhh.  {insert pretty cool hand movement as a wave.}

Superdad gets up and reopens the window then hits at the screen to knock a cricket off then crawls back in bed.

Me - Oh oh, look it’s a pelican.  {another hand gesture pointing off in distance.}

Superdad - Are you high?

Me - No, I am NOT!

I thought we were taught to use our imagination.  Does that only count for children?

If so, they have all the fun.

Throwback Thursday #TT
{The good old days of ShowBiz Pizza.}

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Me, high school age, trying to introduce a small cousin to the mouse.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Adventures of Supermom® talks Life.
{How long have you been a parent?}

The Adventuers of Supermom®I’ve been a parent ALL of my adult life.  All of it.  {mostly}

I was married at 19 and became a mother ten days after turning 20.  Here I am 41 years old and all four of my kids are in school and one is even out of the house and a mother herself.

What am I supposed to do?

Blog?

Crochet?  Create a business?

Binge watch Netflix?

Get a job?

Read?

Sleep?

Join a cult?

I am doing some of those.  I binge watch Netflix while crocheting.  If I could figure out how to crochet while reading then I would have it made.  {Perhaps even with Netflix as background noise.}

I tease.

I’m torn.  I don’t know what I am supposed to do as my kids are leaving the nest.

Wordless Wednesday #WW
{He gets me.}

Years ago I wanted to do the airplane.  You know when you were a child and someone would push up in the air with their legs and you’d laugh with delight.

For some strange reason it was going through my head and Superdad being the amazing man that he is humored me and without causing himself a hernia he did the airplane.

Here are a series of pictures to share a fun moment at our house.  It’s never dull.

 Michelle Lee @michelleunplugged

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Back-to-School Essentials from Band-Aid, Neosporin and Johnson & Johnson.
{Always be prepared.}

Band-Aid, Neosporin and Johnson & Johnson have shared an essential lost for Back to School with lots of great products for the family during this busy time of year.

Band-Aid and Neosporin has made is super easy to fill your backpack with style now that it’s time to get our kids {and ourselves} ready for back to school.  When you start packing your bag with books, paper and pencils don’t forget to make a space for adhesive bandages and first aid ointment just in case you need them.  A small baggie would even do the trick.  {Just in case.}

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Fill Your Backpack with Style
· BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages by Oh Joy! feature bright, colorful patterns and designs, offering a fun way to protect cuts and scrapes. Exclusively designed by leading DIY star Joy Cho, the bandages feature an assortment of 12 styles; available only at Target stores and Target.com.

· Make healing fun and entertaining with BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages featuring Star Wars and BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages featuring Peanuts. Kids can now cover up cuts and scrapes with designs featuring their favorite characters!

· Keep NEOSPORIN + Pain Relief close by for easy application to unwanted minor cuts and scrapes. It helps prevent infection and provides temporary relief.

Johnson & Johnson is taming the tangles!!!  Tangles are the worst!!  I’m so glad that I can try these products on the girls hair!

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Revamp Your Hair Care Regimen
· Cleanse, nourish and style your child’s hair with JOHNSON’S® NO MORE TANGLES® products in the morning. 

Johnson & Johnson has baby care taken care of with these products for those on the go!!

Pack Your Favorite On-the-go Products
· Stick JOHNSON’S® hand & face wipes in your backpack or locker, and keep them on-hand to rid of dirt and germs before lunch, after the playground or after art class.

· JOHNSON’S® baby take along pack is perfect for a last minute slumber party.  The pack includes JOHNSON’S® baby shampoo, JOHNSON’S® HEAD-TO-TOE® wash, JOHNSON’S® baby lotion and DESITIN®.

I hope you enjoy these on-the-go and back to school products just as much as I have!

**I wasn’t paid to post this.  I was sent FREE product so I could share this with you.**
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