Tuesday, September 30

Cheer for your favorite athlete with MegaFan Sports #MegaFold! (Review & Giveaway)





My eight year old son plays ice hockey, and while I do have a pretty loud cheering voice, I feel like it could be better! I want him to hear me, even though he most likely won't listen anyway! I used to play ice hockey too, so I kind of know what I am talking about! :) It is so much fun to go to his games and watch him play, so this will make it that much better! 

MegaFan Sports has a MegaFold with a custom insert so you can design your own to support your athlete in more ways than one!These bring me back to my cheerleading days, using the megaphone to get my point across! :)

I designed one with a couple of pictures of my son, they were taken at a tournament last year and I just love action shots! I love that there is a cover and lanyard because that ensure that it won't get damaged and I won't lose it by dropping it somewhere!

Take a look at how my MegaFold turned out:

This is what it looks like when you receive it in the mail, it is folded in half, which makes it easier to remove from the perforated portion. Here, I have laid them flat so you can see the full view of it, the covers and lanyards are also shown. 


Here is what it looks like inside the cover with the lanyard attached, the cover protects it and there are tabs that hold it in place so it can't slip out. 


Here is the other side of the MegaFold:



Here is a view of how you would hold it to yell through and make your voice travel:


You can also add text, but I just wasn't sure what to put on it so I left it with just the pictures. I like it like this anyway!  I am ready for the new hockey season to start, I'll make sure I bring my MegaFold's with me to the games so I can cheer away!!

Overall, I absolutely love these; the design options are fantastic, the durability and material that it is made out of are high quality and sure to sustain many years of yelling!

How to Buy

Order today and receive 20% Off http://www.megafansports.com/  by entering coupon code:  mega20

Giveaway

One lucky reader will win a set of 2 customized MegaFold's! You will design one MegaFold and receive two of them, with covers and lanyards (of the same color).

Please enter via the Rafflecopter form below: 

a Rafflecopter giveaway



This was brought to you by AdvertiseWithBloggers.com and Mega Fan Sports. 

Monday, September 29

Let's Prove that Love can Conquer Hate for Autistic Boy Bullied by ALS Bucket Challenge!

First and foremost, this story outraged me. Not only am I a mom...but I am the mom of a child with Autism. Autistic children are very easily persuaded into things, as I see with my three year old son when his older brother gets him to do things to get in trouble, so when I heard this story, I immediately became enraged, sad, hurt, upset and so many other feelings for this child and his mother.

If you are unaware of the story, a 14 year old boy in Bay Village was persuaded by a group of teens to do the ALS Bucket Challenge. The bucket, instead of ice water, was feces, urine, spit, cigarette butts, etc. This poor boy had this dumped on him, all over his head and body...thinking he was doing something for a good cause. Just disgusts me.

Here is my Autistic son: 



Autistic children are generally happy, have little to no awareness of their surroundings, are reserved and keep to themselves, and are highly intelligent! My special boy means the world to me and has taught me so much about life and the little things we take for granted. He loves Mac 'n Cheese, buildings...of all kinds...he's obsessed with building replica's and with making towers so he can stare at them. He amazes me each day and I cry if he learns how to do something new, even if it is taking his shoes off on his own!


 
That 14 year old boy is a HERO for knowing to step up and say something about how it was wrong to have that done to him. He needs to know that he did the right thing by telling someone, he is truly amazing and no child should ever be treated in this manner. The kids that did this should be ashamed of themselves, and actually, the parents of those kids should be as well. That boy will most likely be scarred for life because of this, I hope that is not the case, but children with autism handle these types of situations quite differently.  This will stick with him for a long time, he will not trust anyone and may fear social interaction now. It is so sad that all of the work that has been done to help him integrate in the community, and this is what happened to him.

We all need to come together and raise awareness...let's TEACH people that no one should have let these kids get away with this! Someone should have stood between this charade and put a stop to it...instead of stand there and video tape it. Don't just be a bystander, put yourself in the shoes of the victim, would you want urine and feces dumped on your head? This is what these bystanders need to think about...and what happened to the old saying "Do unto others as you would have done to you?" I say this to my kids on a regular basis, if they would like it, do do it to someone else. Very simple concept, yet kids these days seem to be missing this point. 

Light at the end of the tunnel?

GiveForward saw this story and they were as outraged as I am; they have created a #Love>Hate campaign Give Forward campaign fundraiser and all funds collected will go directly to the family of the ALS Bucket Challenge prank.

Let's come together and get this fundraiser to the $5,000 goal for this boy. I think it is the least we can all do for him to show him there are caring people in this world. Children have a hard enough time as teenagers, especially one with autism, so this has to be devastating for him and his family. 

I can tell you, being the mother is a special needs child, this mom is in need of a vacation because I am sure she is feeling quite helpless right now.  We give so much to these children, they need extra help and support, and we bend over backwards to get it for them. I hope they reach his goal, please share this, donate if you can, and help me spread awareness that this is unacceptable. 

Head over HERE to the fundraiser and help show this child that love will conquer hate!




Note: I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.
 

Sunday, September 28

Chuggington: Chuggineers Ready to Build DVD Review & Giveaway!



My daughter just turned 2 at the end of August, and she has a major obsession with trains lately! When I showed her the Chuggington DVD, she started jumping up and down and was screaming with excitement. We have watched this DVD every day for the past week, and each time, she is glued to the TV! She loves watching the "choo-choo's"!

This DVD introduces two NEW chuggers and my boy's laugh hysterically when Tootington is mentioned. Hey, they are boy's! :) All of my kids enjoy watching Chuggington; my kids are 8, 3 & 2, so Chuggington is entertaining for a wide age range.

Episodes:

·         “Chuggineers: Ready to Build Special”

·         “Brewster Makes Tracks”

·         “Back Up Brewster”

·         “Outward Bound Olwin”

·         “Fault Finder Emery”

DVD Bonus Features:

·         New Music Video: “We are the Chuggineers!”

    Badge Quest Episode: “Night Chuggers”
  
Character Montages: Zack and Jackman


For even more “traintastic” fun, young fans will receive a special two-sided Chuggington Collector Poster inside each new DVD! The exclusive free poster features all of the characters – from the Trainees to the Chuggers – as well as a colorful Chuggington scene.

My kids love looking at the poster that is included in the DVD case as well, it is large and they put it on the floor and tell me which chuggers they want to get! Looks like I'll have to buy a Chuggington track for them for Christmas this year!

Overall, Chuggington is highly entertaining and teaches some valuable lessons, such as teamwork, being polite, responsibility and safety (to name a few); so we definitely recommend Chuggington for all little ones that are obsessed with trains like my kid's! 

Giveaway


One lucky person will win the Chuggineers Ready to Build DVD! 

Please enter via the Rafflecopter form below: 




Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, I did, however, receive the DVD to facilitate the review. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way. Nickel-and-Diming with Nikki is not responsible for the delivery of the prize.


Saturday, September 27

5-Hour Energy Yummification Contest Winner's!


Remember my 5-hour energy post where I created my drink, Nikki's Energetic Passion Pomegranate Punch!? If not, you can check it out HERE.


Well...here are the winner's of the 5-Hour Energy video contest:


First Place ($50,000 prize): “Pomelimelade” by Tim Merlau, Los Angeles, CA
 
This winning submission mixes a Pomegranate 5-hour ENERGY® shot with limeade, and then takes us on a musical journey through all that can be accomplished over several hours (spoiler alert:  it’s a lot).
 
“Pomelimelade”
*  1 glass Limeade
*  1 shot of Pomegranate 5-hour ENERGY®
 
- Second Place ($30,000 prize): “Ramalamadingdong” by Mark Golembeski, Los Angeles, CA 

The second place video helps us turn that 2:30 feeling frown upside down by mixing a 5-hour ENERGY® shot with lemonade.  This video has it all: a clown, a puppy, a guy in a tutu, and much more.
 
“Ramalamadingdong”
*  1 glass Lemonade
*  1 shot of Berry 5-hour ENERGY®
 
- Third Place ($10,000 prize): “Arnold Power” by Zac Sheorn, Lugoff, SC
 
The third place winner reminds us that you don’t have to be good at sports, but mixing a Pink Lemonade 5-hour ENERGY® shot with decaffeinated iced tea helps keep you refreshed while practicing.  And practicing.
 
“Arnold Power”
*  1 glass Decaf Iced Tea
*  1 shot of Pink Lemonade 5-hour ENERGY®

Check out their video's at http://5hourenergy.com/yummification!!

 

Disclosure: This post was brought to you by 5-hour energy. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way. 

Thursday, September 25

Children 'N Us Stroller Organizer Review! #strollerorganizer




As a busy mom of three children (8, 3, 2), I know what it is like to rush around, throw items in a bag, throw items in the stroller, and hope that I have everything that I need. Most of the time I do, but because I have all of the items for the kids, I then don't have a place for me to put my phone, keys and whatever else I may need while I am out and about.

The stroller we have now is a double stroller, my 2 year old daughter sits in the front and my 3 year old son in the back. The canopy for the rear seat covers the cup holder and storage compartment...therefore, leaving me without a space for a sippy cup or a drink for myself. My oldest son plays hockey, and when I saw this stroller organizer, the first thing I thought of was how amazing this would be to have at the hockey rink! Perfect for when the little two are throwing sippy cups and I need a place to store them, when I need a snack for them readily available to avoid tantrums and screaming fits, and most importantly, when I need a place to put a drink for me! 

Features


1. Children 'N Us Stroller Organizer will hook onto anything! There are adjustable straps to easily attach to anything you may need it to! Fits on most baby strollers, can also attach to a bike, can be used in the car, and can also be used as a handbag.

2. It is large! You can fit a lot in this stroller organizer. It has a pocket for a smartphone, a velcro pocket for items such as a pacifier, 2 insulated bottle spots, a zipper pocket to store your keys, and a side pocket for items such as diapers and wipes.

3. You can actually enjoy your time out with your kids. Instead of scrambling and trying to dig through a diaper bag to find whatever your kid's may need, this stroller organizer is within arms reach and the layout of it makes everything you need readily available!

4. You'll receive a bonus e-book when you purchase the Children 'N Us Stroller Organizer! The e-book was created by mom's for mom's!

5. If you're not happy with your purchase (which you will be, for sure!) there is a money back guarantee!


I absolutely love the convenience of this stroller organizer, it was so easy to clip onto my double stroller, and I had a place to put everything that I need for myself and my little ones when we go out and about! If you have a child, this is a must have item! Strollers have minimal storage, so you'll want this to have everything readily available as your child...or yourself, need items from it.



I am all set for our walk, I have 2 sippy cups, my keys to get back into the house, snacks galore, diapers, and my cell phone.

If you are a mom or know someone who is, or is becoming one, this would be the perfect gift for a birthday, baby shower, Christmas, or as an "I am going to make your life more enjoyable" gift!

I highly recommend this product, it is high quality, extremely durable, large, convenient and a necessary item if you have children.

How to Buy

Head over to Amazon to purchase this must-have stroller organizer!

Also, follow Children 'N Us on Facebook, Twitter, and visit their website for great information! 


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
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