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I received these games as a promotional item. This is not a sponsored review. All opinions are 100% my own.


When we got these games to review, Kaylyn and I were so excited to start playing these SmartGamesUSA! We played for hours and never got bored.  The best part of giving our brains a work out with these games was all the giggles and laughs we had while playing. We had the best time playing these games!

Dinosaurs-Mystic Islands

We started our fun game night with Dinosaurs-Mystic Islands. This game is so cool because there are 80 different challenges. Your goal of each challenge is to keep the plant-eating dinosaurs away from the carnivores. This sounds like a piece of cake, but it is actually challenging. This is perfect to help kids and even adults increase their cognitive skills. There is a booklet that comes with the game has different levels of challenges ranging from Starter, Junior, Expert and Master. If you get really stumped you can look at the solutions to help you out.

In today’s world, everything is so centered around technology and it is so refreshing to find games that challenge your mind and you can physically touch it. I love all the bright colors of Dinosaurs-Mystic Islands and even the dinosaurs are really cute! If you want to pick up this game, you can purchase it for $21.99.

Smart Games Dinosaurs Mystic Islands

Ghost Hunters

We really started giggling a lot when we began playing Ghost Hunters.  We would take turns and try to complete each challenge as fast as we could, so we got a little loud! For this game your goal is to take the 6 transparent tiles and make the flashlights shine on each of the ghosts. There is only one solution for each game, so you will know for sure when you got it right.

Ghost Hunters has 60 different challenges and a booklet with solutions if you get stumped. The game board can conveniently be used as a travel case. Traveling is so easy with this game and you can take it just about anywhere and play. I have started tossing Ghost Hunters in our diaper bag to have whenever we feel like playing.

Ghost Hunters

I highly recommend visiting SmartGames to see what other great games they have available. SmartGames have won over 70 different awards for their games! That is amazing and goes to show you how awesome they really are. They have so many other games to choose from. Just to name a few: Anti-Virus, Color Code, Bunny Peek-A-Boo and Parking Puzzler. 

You can choose games from SmartGamesUSA original collection, compact collection, pocket collection and magnetic collection. No matter what you are interested in, they have something for everyone. You can play from ages 2 to 102! It doesn’t matter your age, just that you have fun and challenge yourself while doing it!


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Brinware’s Eco Friendly Tableware for Toddlers

Eco Friendly Tableware that is made with Tempered Glass and Silicone

eco tableware for toddlers

Brinware has a line of dishware that is eco friendly tableware for toddlers, that the children and parents will fall in love with! Each piece from their line is super colorful from bowls, plates, placemats and more. The dishes are made with tempered glass that come with a removable silicone sleeve, that offer slip and break resistance for an even more durable combination! 

The silicone sleeves remove very easily so you can mix and match the colors which makes it even more fun! The plates have really fun designs on them, they have some really cute designs to choose from! I love the silicone sleeves, it does really help in not slipping out of your hands. I love that the line is made of tempered glass, it give a new edge to toddler dishes instead of the basic plastic dishes you normally see! 

Children Glass Dishware From Brinware children glass dishware from brinware

They strive to provide safe and fun dishware for toddlers! All their products are FREE from BPA, Lead and Phthalates, which as a parent is nice to hear. You read all these stories online and see it on the news, all you want to do is to protect your child from these harsh chemicals as much as you can! They are microwave and dishwasher safe as well which is nice! I am all about dishwasher safe products these days!

brinware eco friendly line

They also have these adorable placemats and silicone bibs that I am loving! I put the placemat down on the high chair and it gives Clay something to play around with and stay entertained while he eats! I love how this one is a counting one, it is never to early to start teaching a child! The bib is amazing as well because it has a little lip in the bottom so if he drops food while he eats it can get caught in the little lip area. Granted sometimes the food doesn’t go in, but it has caught a lot of the food, so I count it as a winner! 

SHOP the Brinware Line: 

If you are interested in buying any of the Brinware line, head over and find a store near you or shop online! They have a ton of adorable items that your child and you will fall head over heels for!

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How to Make a Natural Spider Repellent- Two Steps!

How to Make A Natural Spider Repellent Using Essential Oil

diy spider spray

If you could ask me one thing I would love to see less of, it would be spiders! We live in the country now and it seems like I see twice as many as when I did in town! Here is how to make a natural spider repellent at home using essential oils! If your interested in making this, then keep reading! It is a nice safe non-toxic way to spray your home for spiders and not have to worry about chemicals! With Clay being so young, I worry about spraying with harsh chemicals and him coming into contact with it and getting sick, so this is a great alternative, and it makes your home smell amazing!

 8oz Amber Glass Spray Bottle (2 Pack) Perfect for Essential Oil Blends Majestic Pure Therapeutic Grade Peppermint Essential Oil with Dropper


  I didn’t realize this when I first was using Essential oils, but you need to put them in a glass bottle if you use them for sprays. If they are in a plastic bottle it can eat away the plastic or cave the bottle in. The essential oils are to strong for plastic. I picked up my glass bottle on Amazon, and had it shipped to my house!

How to Make a Natural Spider Repellent- Two Steps!



  1. First off you want to take warm water and fill your glass spray bottle almost to the top.
  2. Then add in 10-15 drops of the peppermint essential oil.
  3. Put the lid on and shake the bottle really well, then spray around the the entry ways of your home, windows, and anywhere you think spiders can creep in.
  4. Do this 1 time per week, and it will help minimize spiders getting into your home. Every time you go to spray it, SHAKE it up first, or it will not work.
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natural spider repellent

Bye Bye Spiders – Nice Knowing You! 

As you can see it is really easy to make this DIY natural spider repellent. I have found it is helping to minimize how many spiders we see on the regular! In Kansas we have some poisonous spiders so I want to do everything I can to get rid of them! You do have to do this each week, you just spray doorways, windows, base boards, or anywhere you think spiders can sneak in! Each time you simply shake your bottle, that helps disperse the peppermint in the water, and start spraying! It takes just a few minutes to get it done, and is so worth it, if you hate spiders like me!

Now I want to say we still see a spider here and there, since using the spray I have seen a lot less spiders! That makes my heart just sing with joy!


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5 Ways to Travel Cheaply When Your Younger!

travel cheaplyHere are some fun ways to travel cheaply when you are young! One of my sisters loves to travel, she is in her 30’s and still travels all the time! She has got to swim with sea turtles, gone on numerous cruises, and seen so many parts of the world! I know she wants to travel so much more, that is where her heart feels happiest! For someone like her, traveling fuels her soul, and I think it is great she can get to see all over the world! Plus she brings me back chocolate from all over the world so I can’t complain! Whether you are loading up your car and hitting the open road, or flying around the world, these options could fit your needs!


Hostels are a great way to save a little money. They offer different options for different budgets, which is nice! Hostels are normally a shared bathroom kind of situation. When you are traveling to a neat location, you barely spend time in the hotel besides sleeping so this could be a great option. You can get hostels for ten plus people and more. It is a neat idea!

Student Rates 

Okay here is something I learned! If you are under the age of 25 and still in college, you might look into youth rates for travel discounts. I didn’t realize some airlines, hotels, events taking place and such sometimes offer a youth rate for kids in college. It is worth asking about to see if it is an option!

Pack Snacks and Drinks

Depending on where you are going and how long, think about packing your own snacks and drinks. This can save you quite a lot of money, if you stop and think. If you are hitting the road and stop a few times for gas and get a drink you could be spending $5 or more each stop. But if you pack snacks and drinks it can cut the cost by over half.

Travel in the cities with fewer tourist attractions

Think outside the box on where you want to travel, find places that are not hit hard by tourist! You can find cheaper lodging, and still have a lot of neat things to do! Nature hikes, visit museums and more. Just make sure to look into different cities that may be a lot of fun but not a huge tourist attraction place. You can always search online the city and put in things to do, and it will pop up with local events.

Online Deal Sites for Dining Out and Lodging 

If you use like Groupon or Living Social you can find deals on food, hotels, and events. This is a great way to search for the place you are traveling to and score some special deals instead of paying full price.

I hope these little ideas can help you to cut a few corners and make traveling a little bit more easier!

What is the funnest place you have ever traveled to?! 

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50 Halloween Indoor Decorations To Make This Halloween Extra Special!

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I know I am a little early for Halloween/Fall but I just can’t help it! The thought of apple cider, fall leaves, cold nights, and warm sweaters just warms my heart! It has been one hot and humid summer so I am a little envious of the thought of cooler weather! Plus I just went shopping today for my birthday and bought a bunch of winter/Fall clothes!

I tried to find items to fit everyone’s style, verses just focus on maybe things I prefer. I am not huge into skulls and scary things, I like it to be more cute, but I know a lot of people enjoy the scary part of Halloween. Here are 50 Halloween indoor decorations items including front porch decor you might enjoy!

From Cute to Scary and Everything In Between

1. Beistle Halloween Mobile Hanging Party Decorating Item, 30-Inch – $5.23

2. Haunted Grave Scene Setter Kit – $14.87

3. Beistle Zombies Lab Door Cover, 30 by 5-Inch – $5.73

4. Ceramic LED Halloween Figurine – Pumpkins, LED Ghost, and Black Cat With Witch Hat – $20.00

5. Halloween Garland – Orange with Black Bats-15 Feet – $8.99

6. Halloween Swirls Mega Value Pack – $9.91

7. Halloween Burlap Banner – $16.50

8. Morbid Enterprises The Exorcist Doorway Drape – $19.10

9. Luci Spooky – Halloween Inflatable Solar Lights Skull – $11.99

10. Adorox Vintage Cast Iron Reproduction Skeleton Key Set – $9.99

11. Forum Novelties Ghostly Indoor/Outdoor Spirits Wall Decoration – $7.95

12. Spooky Glitter Paper Chandelier, Ravens, Skulls, Spiders, and Bats Decorating Kit (17 pieces) – $13.53

13. 4′ Indoor/Outdoor Lighted Green Spider Web Halloween Lights – $12.99

14. Halloween Hanging Party Decorations – Adorable Honeycomb Spider, Ghost, and Bat – Set of 3 – $7.98

15. Beistle Witch Bathroom Cover – $5.16

16. Beistle Bloody Gauze, 24-Feet – $6.01

17. Modern Halloween Printed Lanterns – $8.19

18. Skeleton and Reaper Wall Decor – $7.95

19. Morbid Enterprises Hanging Ghost with Sickle Halloween Decor – $28.99

20. 13 Inch Light Up Scarecrow Head Halloween Prop with Spooky Sounds – $29.95

21. Gothic Mansion Portraits Wall Decorations, 2-33.5″ x 65″ – $6.29

22. Halloween Witch’s Brew Foil Swirl Decoration Value Pack- 12 Pack – $8.12

23. Impact Innovations Halloween Shimmer Lighted Window Decoration, Jacky – $17.93

24. Morgue Wall Decoration 4’X 5′ – $5.00

25. Stuffed Witch Legs Halloween Decoration – Purple – $14.99

26. Lamp Jack O Lantern Pumpkin Mosaic Style UL Resin & Metal Indoor Outdoor Halloween – $14.00

27. Luci Spooky – Halloween Inflatable Solar Lights Moon – $11.99

28. Forum Novelties Haunted House Roll Indoor/Outdoor Dripping Blood Wall Border, 20′, Red – $5.93

29. Shindigz Halloween Decoration Enter At Your Own Risk Tattered Cloth – $13.74

30. 16″ Halloween Skeleton Hanging Prop Decor Yard Indoor Party Grave – $11.99

31. Witch Legs Party Garland with Broom Tassels – 10-foot Banner – $12.99

32. Halloween Spooky Eyes Suction Window Decoration – Orange – $22.75

33. Giant Spider Web and Giant Spiders Halloween Decoration – $27.78

34. LED Light Up Metal Ghost Marquee by Darice Halloween Decorations Decor – $24.99

35. Halloween Home Decoration 5 Pc Set – $9.49

36. Langxun Halloween Pumpkin & Bat & Skull Balloons – $9.99

37. 5 Foot Plastic Skeleton – $28.41

38. Hanging White Faceless Reaper Ghost Halloween Decoration – $24.99

39. Halloween Glitter Witch Party TRICK OR TREAT Ribbon Banner Garland Decoration – $11.00

40. Luci Spooky – Halloween Inflatable Solar Lights Spider – $11.99

41. Trick or Treat Wooden Halloween Wall Sign – 12″ – $8.99

42. EverKid Halloween Decorations Paper Lanterns with LED Light, pack of 5 – Skeleton,Bats,Jack-O,Spiders – $15.99

43. Halloween Green Garland with Black Bats-15 Feet – $6.99

44. Hanging Wooden Halloween Glitter Sign- Orange with Black Bats and White and Black Polka Dot Moon – $7.99

45. Halloween 2 Skulls Pirate Decor – $16.42

46. Halloween Striped Halloween Signs- Set of Three – “Boo To You”, “Happy Halloween”, “Witches And Broomsticks” – $9.99

47. Sound and Motion Activated Hanging Dropping Spider Indoor Halloween Decoration with Lights – $29.99

48. Candy Corn Kitchen 3-piece Gift Set – 1 Spreader and 2 Dishtowels – $12.00

49. Modern Halloween Glitter Cutouts- Owls, Bats, and Pumpkins- 9 Pack – $7.04

50. Witch Legs Table Runner- Orange with Black Polka Dots and Stripes – $19.99

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