I found a sweetner made from fruit!

sugar substitutes made from fruit from The Household Hero

Made from Fruit.  Tastes like Sugar.  Zero Calories. I was recently introduced to a new sugar substitute; Monk Fruit In The Raw is a great, zero-calorie alternative to sugar that allows you to enjoy all of your favorite sweet treats.  I have used other In the Raw products, so I was not surprised that I loved the taste of bake goods made using the Monk Fruit sweetner.  Monk Fruit In The Raw Bakers Bags made for easy baking since it measures cup for cup like sugar (some sugar substitutes do not)!  Since the main sweetening ingredient in Monk Fruit In The Raw is simply monk fruit, moms can feel better about using this sugar substitute in all the family treats.   Monk Fruit In The Raw does not contain added table sugar, sugar alcohols (erythritol), or molasses and is naturally vegan, kosher and gluten-free.  So if you are looking for a new sugar substitute or a way to lower calories this holiday season, I highly recommend picking up Monk Fruit In the Raw.  Check out the link below for some coupons. A family of sweetners since 1956 When In The Raw founder, Marvin Eisenstadt, joined his dad’s Brooklyn sugar-packing business … Continue reading

Show your kids the cooler side of science

Science kits making learning fun My toddler was so excited to get to excavate 3 genuine bug specimens just like a real paleontologist.  The Real Bug Dig Kit was designed for kids aged 6 and up, but my almost 4 year old enjoyed the experiment, it just took alot more of my assistance then a school age child would require.  I had just as much fun with this science kit as he did, so I strongly recommend it for any kids that is curious and enjoys learning in a fun, creative hands on way. This kit is so cool, each bug was buried inside a beetle-shaped digging block! Your young entomologist will uncover a real scorpion, spiny spider, and fortune beetle specimen. These insects have been perfectly preserved inside acrylic so that you can examine each of these incredible creatures from all sides. This hands-on science kit includes everything you need for a complete excavation adventure in your own home: an excavation tool, brush, magnifying glass and preserved bugs! There’s also a full-color information guide (written by teachers) so that you can learn all about insects, arthropods, and arachnids. You’ll learn cool science facts about each of the creatures in … Continue reading

Leap Frog’s New Leap TV gets young kids up and moving! #LeapTV

Leap Frog Leap TV review by The Household Hero

A Gaming System designed just for kids Leap Frog gas always been known for bright educational toys in our house.  But now this year Leap Frog has joined the world of video game consoles.  I can’t forget to mention that we own all gaming systems, new and old. With these current systems in our entertainment center now: PS3 & PS4, XBOX 360 and XBOone.  So when given the opportunity to test out the Leap TV we were all excited!  But being very familiar with the pros and cons of all gaming systems in the war of gaming entertainment we opened the box with many questions to be answered.  This post is to be informative about all the product has to offer and will conclude with my family’s honest opinion on the new gaming system that hit the market this Fall. So what exactly am I talking about?  Leap TV is a video gaming system, created by Leap Frog, suggested for kids ages 3-8 years old. The system uses a motion-sensing camera and controller that fits their small hands.   The purpose of this gaming system is to get the kids up and moving while having fun and learning.  Being from … Continue reading

Five unique things to do with glowstick bracelets

Five fun things to do with glowstick bracelets 1.  Have a bath (surpervised of course) in the dark with lots of glowsticks thrown in the water 2.  Blow up balloons and put glowsticks in them and play with them in a dark room!3. Have a night time Easter Egg hunt by putting one glowstick in each large plastic egg 4. Games in the dark: ring toss and hopscotch 5. Party cups.  Attach a glowstick bracelet to a cup for a holiday or party. Here is a great pack of glow sticks for a great price.  Details: 8.99 for pack Non-toxic and CPSIA Compliant Ultra bright and long lasting Create super bright glowing bracelets, necklaces, glasses, and more! Includes 100 units and each one is 8” long 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.

Healthy snacks are easy when you use a Pouch2Go!

If you do not have a set of reusable pouches then you are missing out on a handy product.  There are several types on the market right now.  I recently had the opportunity to test out the Pouch2Go set.  This truly is one of the better reusable pouch products.  They are large, easy to fill and simple to wash!  But what I like most is that it allows you to provide your children or even yourself with healthy snacks while on the go. Plus they save you money by letting you purchase or cook things like applesauce in bulk then serve in single servings! The pouches are perfect size to throw in your purse, diaper bag, in a book bag, or even a lunch box! Buy Pouch2Go here 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.

Get ready for adorable Holiday photos with this cute outfit from Girls Crochet Headbands! And Giveaway!

Crochet Top and Tutu for your Holiday Pictures If you are like me, then you love to have a cute holiday photo each year to capture how much your kids have grown that year but in a holiday spirited way.  I always try to find a cute outfit but this year I didn’t have to spend a lot of time looking.  Girls Crochet Headbands sent me this adorable outfit and have offered to giveaway a $10 store credit with free shipping to one lucky reader!  The trend right now is having crochet tops for tutus, and this online store offers a variety of crochet tube tops along with matching accessories.  Here is my 9 month old daughter modeling her new Christmas outfit! Please excuse the blurry photos, getting her to sit still was impossible! She is wearing the Red Tutu Skirt ($4.49), a White Furry Tube Top ($1.49), White Ruffle Leg Warmers ($3.49) and a Green 1″ Crochet Headband (0.20) with the Christmas Poinsettia Hair Clip ($2.25).  As you can see the prices are extremely reasonable and the pieces can be mixed and matched to bring together many looks. This package features some of the Girls Crochet Headband popular holiday items: … Continue reading

Dave’s killer bread is the new healthy bread in our house! #killertaste

Are you searching for a healthier way to enjoy bread in your daily diet, or trying to get your kids to eat more whole grain? Then you have got to try Dave’s Killer Bread, which happens to be the #1 best-selling organic bread in the country. Dave’s Killer Bread is changing the bread industry because not only are they nutritious but they are packed with taste and texture. Each loaf is loaded with whole grains, Omega-3s, fiber, and protein. With no artificial ingredients, preservatives or high fructose corn syrup the twelve varieties has healthy bread options for every meal type and taste bud.  Their full line of 100% USDA Organic and Non-GMO breads became a favorite for my family, so I am certain it will for yours as well!  The story behind the creation of this bread is very inspiring.  Read here to learn more about how this bread came about. I had never hear of Dave’s Killer Breads, which was odd to me since I am a bit of a health nut.  So I was thrilled that as a MomsMeet Ambassador Blogger, I was given the opportunity to try two loaves for free.  We made breakfast, lunch and dinner out … Continue reading

Baby sleeping tips to ease through daylight savings time

Daylight savings time is approaching.  To some people it has very small affects to their routine.  But to parents of little ones it can cause huge interruptions in a baby’s sleeping habit. More than half of moms feel that their babies’ sleep patterns are thrown off when the clocks ‘fall back’ an hour. A survey conducted by Pampers last year found that almost 1/4 of mothers felt that a dry diaper was the number one factor that helped their baby stay asleep throughout the night.  Research shows that sleep contributes to a child’s well being in many ways, from physical and cognitive development to sociability and mood. Pampers is committed to keeping baby dry during the important parts of the day: love, play and sleep! Through Pampers extensive sleep research they learned that babies are vulnerable to waking up when they are wet.  Pampers diapers have three absorbent layers, unlike other brands that only offer two layers.  This extra layer of absorbing provides up to 12 hours of overnight dryness protection.  Pampers hops to minimize a baby’s sleep disruption so they get the sweet slumber they need! My tips for a helping you baby have a sweet sleep: 1.  Create … Continue reading

Be Inspired: Frozen Party Ideas

Do you want to build a snowman? or throw a Frozen Party?! Well I have started  planning my daughter’s first birthday. I have decided that I want to put a baby twist on the ever so popular Frozen Party theme.  During my preliminary planning phase I came across a large number of wonderful ideas that have been a huge inspiration to her party.  I have created a collection of my top favorite Frozen Party ideas to build on for my January Frozen First Birthday. Look for my Frozen Party post from my daughter’s first birthday in January! Magical Party Dip by She Saved | Olaf Cookies by Suz Daily |  Frozen Hearts by Delicate Construction Snowball Tower by Paging Supermom | Olaf Snowman Snacks by She Knows | Elsa Frozen Party Invitations by Hand Made by Rianna | Snowball Marshmallows by Yellow Bliss Road Watercolor Layer Cake by Baked by Rachel |Iced Glitter Trees by Purple Hues and Me on Home Talk | Frozen Paper Drinking Straws from Etsy For more Frozen Party ideas follow my Frozen Board on Pinterest. Follow Mandy {The Household Hero}’s board Party: Frozen on Pinterest.

We love seasonal bedtime stories! #myfriendparis

Bedtime is very routine for us.  The most important thing is storytime so when holidays come around we like to have themed stories.  Halloween is definitely an exciting time of year for my son who is now three.  He has a collection of Halloween related children’s books that we read throughout October.  So my son and I were both happy to receive “My Twins’ First Halloween” by Paris Morris. Paris Morris is a child author who began writing a series of books when she found out she was going to be the big sister to twins.  She realized that there was a lack of children books that related to having twins in the family so she filled that void by by creating the “My Friend Paris” book series.  The series now has nine short stories in the collection.  My Twins’ First Halloween is about Paris teaching her twin sisters about the Halloween holiday.  This book is very well illustrated and written with easy to understand language that is a great combination for holding my toddler’s full attention.  My son not only enjoys the images but appreciates a story that he can relate to.  He is also trying to teach his … Continue reading

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