Faith, Family, Love and Reviews

BzzAgent/Hasbro: Littlest Pet Shop #grow4christ #LPSyourworld

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My girls, especially my 9 year old have enjoyed playing with Littlest Pet Shop toys in the past and that enjoyment got renewed the other day when a big package arrived at our door with BzzAgent tape sealing it.  We received the Say Ahh to the Spa Style Set, Pet Pawsabilities Madam Pom LeBlanc and Paprika Price, and Pet Shop Style Set in order to facilitate my thoughts about the newest Littlest Pet Shop additions.  As soon as the package was delivered, all three children, including my son begged to have me open the package and so I relented because I admit to being curious as well.  I put together the larger set as there were more pieces while my 9 year old put together the Spa Style Set herself – it was quite easy to do by following the visual directions, which is great for guiding children through setting it up themselves.


The Pet Shop Style Set comes with the following:

  • 135 pieces to build and accessorize the set
  • 3 figures, Minka Mark, Kitery Banter and Sunil Nevla
  • sliding panels to decorate and flip around cardboard panels to give a new look
  • Deco bits, stickers, instructions and accessories


Shop Style Set closed. Isn’t it cute?


The Say Ahh to the Spa Style Set included the following:

  • panels to build and make the set your own
  • Zoe Trent character
  • bathtub, scissors, sink and other fun accessories
  • deco bits, scene backdrop, instructions, and stickers


Say Ahh to the Spa Style Set


These sets along with the other ones can stack to make buildings or play side by side with them to create an entire LPS city – the possibilities are only as limitless as your child’s imagination.  What I like about it is since the backdrop can be changed and flipped around and the panels can slide in and out and the deco bits can add an amazing array of decorating style to each, making each set unique to the child who plays with it.  You can see these in the pictures but there are little hooks on the roof from where characters can hang (like the monkey one) or the chandelier to illuminate (albeit, fake) the shop.  We put all the small pieces in a zipper bag so they can all be found and not scattered all over the floors and on different floors of the house, because they are tiny after all.  My girls were excited because this added 5 new pets to their collection – and they are quite cute.  My son found out the heads pop off and so he’s been tormenting his sisters by switching the heads and bodies for some interesting creations.


We also received Madame Pom Le Blanc and Paprika Price set which included accessories like ear rings, a crown as well as deco bits so they too, can be decorated and styled accordingly.  I know I’ll soon be downloading the LPS app for my devices so that the girls can scan the code on the pets back and play with them in the virtual world as well – which looks to be a great thing for on the go fun, when bringing along small toys just isn’t feasible.  The children watch the LPS cartoon on Netflix and so were familiar with the characters and knew who the characters were that came in the box, and I think that make things even more fun and exciting as even my 12 year old got in on the game at some point.  I’d highly recommend these toys if your daughter enjoys Littlest Pet Shop and if you want a quality toy for them to enjoy – I can see the girl who enjoy fashion, art, imagination or just girly play to enjoy some part of these toys (and yes, my son adds a boy’s touch to their play).



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Children’s Claritin Chewables


I was given some children’s Claritin to try out as a part of a Bzz Campaign – and since my children, like most, have seasonal allergies I needed a way to give them a little something to help them over the worst of it without making them feel drugged or sluggish.  All three of my children were able to take the chewable tablets as they are for ages 2 and older, right now the only flavor available is grape, which didn’t bother my children.  There is also liquid and Redi-tabs.  The Claritin we tried was for the 24 hour relief, I don’t think it lasted all 24 hours though as it seemed within 12 my children were back with a running nose and itchy eyes and throat.


My children don’t go to school so there is no worries about them not paying attention to their teachers, since I’m the teacher and we can work around the allergy issue – however for those children who must pay attention all day in a school setting, the non-drowsy formula of Claritin is a big benefit to the children who otherwise would be fighting sleep.  This is also the brand that is most recommended by pediatricians – so if you put a lot of stock in what pediatricians say then this will carry weight with you.  I only dispense the Claritin when my children’s allergies at their worse, never more, and I still try to give it before bed just in case a child reacts differently.


I’m not one to run to the medicine cabinet at the first sign of a runny nose or cough but when allergies really take their toll, I like to have something on hand that I can trust won’t put my child to sleep and will help control their symptoms.  This spring has been very bad for allergies, so this campaign couldn’t have come at a better time for my children, who all have varying degrees of allergies to pollen, grass and molds – all of which have been looming in large proportion where we are at.


**Disclosure:  I received a product sample, coupon, collateral or other special premium from BzzAgent in exchange for spreading the word about the product, no other compensation was provided and only honest opinions given.

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A gift that will be cherished

We saw a commercial the other day for the new Meijer Gallery Wrapped Canvas and thought this was an awesome idea!  The sizes are 11 X 14, 12 X 18, 18X 20, 18 X 24, and 20 X 30 all you have to do is upload your picture to the site using a downloadable program or go into the store with your disc, flash drive or other method and select your size.  This was extremely easy, I took my flash drive in plugged it in to their kiosk and found the picture I was looking for.  Once the picture was uploaded I could rotate, fix the color, red eye, etc and I could also add words if I had wanted.

I was able to pick it up the same day and it was fabulous!  I really liked the quality of the print on canvas and other than me knowing it was from a picture I wouldn’t have known.  The staff was friendly, going so far as to find a way for me to be able to hide it from my husband since he was the one who ran to pick it up with us.  I now have it wrapped under the tree waiting for Christmas day when he can open it and then when he goes back to work in the New Year he’ll have a wonderful picture on canvas to hang in his cubicle.

**I was given a coupon for a free 11 X 14 size Gallery Wrapped Canvas from Meijer as part of being a BzzAgent, in exchange for sharing my thoughts and opinions on the product and experience, no other compensation was given.

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Kroger’s The Truly Awesome™ Homestyle Chocolate Chip Cookies

I much prefer homemade straight from the oven chocolate chip cookies but if I don’t have time (like our Monday through Thursday activity running) or I’m not feeling well (migraine?) I’m okay with an occasional store bought cookie for a treat or dessert.  I don’t think that children need a treat or a dessert all the time but if I did I would definitely feel okay giving the Kroger Truly Awesome Homestyle chocolate chip cookies.

I received to packages of these cookies and by the time I opened the package they were gone.  All my children and my husband thought they were very good, although they didn’t like the crunchiness.  My family prefers soft batch cookies – there is a serving recommendation that you can warm them briefly in the microwave which warms them up and makes them a little soft.  We didn’t do this as I didn’t feel like taking the time but I’m sure they would have been delicious either way.

If you don’t have a Kroger, no worries these can also be found at Fred Meyer’s and Ralph’s.  I’ll more than likely be picking up a few more boxes between now and Christmas and New Year’s for those times that get too busy for me to be in the kitchen all day and next time we’ll be warming them in the microwave.

**I’m a BzzAgent and I was given two boxes of these cookies in exchange for sharing my honest opinion about them, no other compensation was given.

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Bzz Review: Green Mountain Coffee


I enjoy my coffee – and so when I had the chance to jump on the Green Mountain Coffee Bzz Campaign I couldn’t turn it down!  I was sent the Pumpkin spice flavor (my favorite flavor, and Monday is Pumpkin Spice Day!) and the House Blend.  They are both totally awesome, there is no bitter taste and it all goes down smooth.

Another good thing about Green Mountain Coffee is that it is called Fair Trade coffee.  I hadn’t heard of this before but am glad I was made aware of it and am now thinking it will be well worth it to keep supporting this company.  What is Fair Trade?  Well it’s this:

  • Farmers are paid a fair price for their harvest
  • Farmers can invest their Fair Trade premiums in their communities and businesses
  • Farmers must adhere to a number of environmental standards
  • Fair Trade Certified farms must follow strict labor laws and practices
  • Fair Trade investments and requirements help create high-quality coffee

I like to think that when I purchase something at the store that I may be helping someone or a whole community.  While the coffee is a bit more than we usually pay for our other coffee canister, since it’s helping out the farms and farmers and not to mention the superior taste of this coffee, makes me feel better about spending a little more on coffee.

**I’m a BzzAgent and received the above coffee from BzzAgent to facilitate my review – no promise of favorable reviews was implied, only honesty.  No other compensation was given.

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