Monday, June 30, 2014

Simplify your summer routine with the Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus and a Giveaway!

(The Jackson Five Family received a complimentary product sample to help facilitate this reader review and feature. However, all opinions are honest and our own!)

Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus

Relax, it's finally summer! For us that means time for fun with our kids, family and friends. Less time for chores, schedules and all of the things we have to do during the school year. One chore I despise is ironing clothes, BUT I still want to look cute and not like a wrinkly mess. Of course we all want to feel like beach bums without actually looking like one.
So today my friends I have the solution! It's the -- Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus. The Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus is an odor-eliminating, fabric-refreshing, static-reducing, travel-lifesaving, iron-ridding, easy-to-use spray, A.K.A the "WonderBottle".
Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus smoothes out wrinkles in seconds and leaves clothes with a light fresh scent. Simply spray, tug, and smooth any time you need to quickly reduce wrinkles without the hassle of an iron. The Downy Wrinkle Releaser offers a unique formula that helps relax fibers to help release wrinkles! They don't call it the "WonderBottle" for nothing --the Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus was named this because it has over 101 uses. Of course it will help you to eliminate wrinkles in fabrics, but it can be used for so many more things. A few of my favorites are to freshen up the bed linens and to get the wrinkles out of our pillow cases. It's great for spraying on our furniture which our dog loves to lay on. It leaves the furniture with a clean, fresh scent. It's also perfect for static cling and all of my summer dresses and beach coverups! The small bottle is great for my purse or beach bag.

Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus can be found at Walmart, Target, Walgreens, Kroger, Publix and many other grocery, drug and mass retailers.

For more information, please visit:


One lucky reader is going to win a Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus prize pack!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Upgrade Your Brush with the new REACH Complete Care...

(The Jackson Five Family received a complimentary product sample to help facilitate this reader feature. However, all opinions are honest and our own --no compensation was received.)
Dr. Fresh LLC, a leading designer and marketer of oral care products, has launched a new generation of REACH toothbrushes and we were sent a few to try! You know that oral health is very important to us so we are always excited to try the latest and greatest products when it comes to taking care of our teeth.
The new toothbrushes are from the REACH Complete Care line which offers patent pending triple angle technology, providing 3 different angles of bristle cleaning --left, straight and right. The technology maximizes vertical surface contact for superior plaque removal and an unprecedented total mouth cleaning worthy of the name "complete". In addition, special angled necks help access hard-to-reach areas of the mouth, while a big grip on the handle ensures excellent control.
The first toothbrush we tried is the Complete Care Triple Angle Floss brush which features 100% interdental tapered bristles to better clean between the teeth and a firm deep-cleaning REACH tip with spiral bristles. The bristles on this brush are angled in 3 directions for superior plaque removal and the floss-like bristles also remove plaque deep between the teeth and along the gumline.
We also had the chance to try the Complete Care Triple Angle PRO. This toothbrush features multi-level diamond bristles for a total mouth clean and a prominent REACH Tip with bi-level bristles get those hard-to-reach places. In addition to the Triple Angle (left, straight, and right) bristle technology, this brush and the one mentioned above both feature a 13-degree angled neck, a soft thumb rest for comfort and performance and a tongue cleaner.
We loved trying the new toothbrushes and they really do feel like they get teeth super clean. The 3 angles really do set these toothbrushes apart from others and the bristles get into spaces ordinary toothbrushes never touch. Both of these brushes are available in single and value-priced 2 packs. They can be found at places like Walmart, Walgreens, Kroger, Rite-Aid and many other retailers and range in price from $3.99 - $5.99.
Toothbrushes should be replaced every 3 months and REACH makes that easy for you to remember with their 3-month text message reminder program --check it out HERE!
To learn more about the REACH Complete Care line of products and all of the other products they have available please visit:

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Have some fun at a Great Wolf Lodge near you this Summer!

Looking for a fun family get-a-way this summer? Then you must visit one of the 12 Great Wolf Lodge locations. We recently visited the GWL in Mason, Ohio and had so much fun!

We've visited this location many times and each time our family has a blast. This is the first time we've stayed in the summer and the outdoor pool was an added bonus!
Great Wolf Lodge has everything you need to make vacation fun and you never have to leave the resort. The waterpark is fun for the whole family and the resort offers so much more. There are many food options, dry land activities, a fitness room, an adult and kids spa, shopping and so much more!
Make your reservation at one of these Great Wolf Lodge locations today:
Charlotte/Concord, NC
Cincinnati/Mason, OH
Grand Mound, WA
Grapevine, TX
Kansas City, KS
New England/ Boson, MA
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Pocono Mountains, PA
Sandusky, OH
Traverse City, MI
Williamsburg, VA
Wisconsin Dells, WI

Monday, June 16, 2014

Oriental Trading has everything you need to help you plan your summer celebration...

(The Jackson Five Family received a complimentary product sample to help facilitate this reader feature. However, all opinions are honest and our own!)
Summer is almost here are you ready for all of your summer get togethers? Whether you're planning a fun Hawaiian luau or have a child graduating, Oriental Trading has everything you need to get the party started!
We recently had a fun "last day of school" party for Jace's 2nd grade class. Oriental Trading had everything we needed to make celebrating another year so much fun! We had such a fun time picking out item's for the class and Jace and I always love getting the goody bags ready!
We ordered cool shutter shading glasses
fun neon water bottle holder straps
beach balls, leis, tropical candy and a super fun foam sun visor craft!
The kids had a blast
and looked so cute!
Oriental Trading offers everything you need to make a celebration fun! From party supplies, to goody bags, to party games you will find what you need at Oriental Trading! They are having a Patriotic sale going on now so let them help you get ready for your 4th of July party!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

We're celebrating Father's Day burning The MANdle men's candle from

(The Jackson Five Family received a complimentary product sample to help facilitate this reader feature. However, all opinions are honest and our own!)

Happy Father's Day!
I hope you're having a great day celebrating all of the special men in you're life. We definitely are and are celebrating Father's Day with a fun family cookout and pool party. To get the house smelling great for our guests I am burning our new Wino MANdle Candle for men from

The MANdle Candle is a fun little gift idea for Father's Day, the expectant dad or the dad who has many rug rats running around who just needs a breath of fresh air. These candles are 100% pure soy and hand-poured in Wisconsin using organic, American-grown soybeans. This means the MANdle will burn cleaner than a paraffin candle - without harmful pollutants, toxin or carcinogens. Burning MANdles also helps to keep our earth clean by utilizing a natural, biodegradable and renewable resource... Real men care about the earth and that's why REAL men burn MANdles! 

MANdles are available in cute scents like Game Day, Mama's Boy, Mr. Sensitive, Mr. Mom and Wino like we are burning. Wino smells so good --its scent is a full-bodied red wine that is sure to please even the snobbiest of palette's. YUM!!
You can find the MANdle on --A fresh, modern one-stop-shop for all things maternity, parenthood and baby. The site is adorable and offers many products that make it easier for us moms to find a gift for dad on this day and any day of the year with a unique selection of gifts available on their “Dad’s Corner,”. I love that I can shop for cute baby item's for my friends, products for myself and fun products for my husband and dad all in one place. 

You can check out Elm Baby and all of the great products available by visiting:


Saturday, June 14, 2014

Let's Celebrate Dad this Father's Day with a fun giveaway from Dockers!

 (The Jackson Five Family blog received a complimentary product sample to help facilitate this reader review and giveaway. However, all opinions are honest and our own!)

Let's celebrate dad and talk about some of the stylish apparel that Dockers offers --My husband loves clothes and enjoyed browsing the Dockers website to pick out a few of his favorite gift idea's in honor of Father's Day.

1. He's loving the Dockers Never-Iron Essential Khaki. If your husband is like mine then you'll know that every man hates to iron. Honestly, I do too. We love that these pants have a special finish that makes them look fresh from the cleaners, straight out of the dryer.
(He's wearing the Dockers Never-Iron Essential Khaki in Navy Herringbone)
2. Craig is digging the Dockers Game Day Khaki's which are available in both pants and shorts. It's a preppy way to represent your favorite team and a great gift idea this Father's Day. Go Blue!!
Dockers Game Day Khaki - Back Logo
3. He loves color and modern style and really likes some of the new styles in the Dockers Alpha Collection. Perfect for a casual work day or a relaxed weekend. Dad will love these!
 Check out all of the available styles from Dockers this Father's Day by visiting:
We are so excited to be teaming up with Dockers for a fun Father's Day giveaway! One lucky reader will win a pair of Dockers  Never-Iron Essential Khaki's like my husband has on in the size and color of their choice!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Acheive Whiter Teeth this Summer with Colgate Optic White products + Giveaway!

(The Jackson Five Family received a complimentary product sample to help facilitate this reader feature and giveaway. However, all opinions are honest and our own!)

If you want whiter teeth this summer then you'll definitely want to check out the new Colgate Optic White products that offer a convenient, affordable way to get whiter teeth in as little as 1 day!

I was recently sent 3 of the Colgate Optic White products to try -- Optic White Platinum Whiten and Protect Toothpaste, Optic White Mouth Wash and the Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen.


For the best whitening results there are 3 easy steps. 
1. First you will need to brush regularly with the Colgate Optic White Toothpaste using the Optic White Toothbrush.  

2. Next you will want to rinse with the Colgate Optic White Mouthwash that will help prevent future stains.

3. Finally you will finish by applying the Colgate Optic White Whitening Gel that conveniently fits into the end of the toothbrush to deeply whiten teeth. When using all 3 of these products together you can achieve whiter teeth in as little as 1 day!


I was excited to try the Colgate Optic White line. There's no better time than summer to start achieving whiter teeth. For me having white teeth is important. I post so many pictures and my smile is something everyone sees so having white teeth is a must!

The Colgate Optic White line of products are easy to use and I love the toothbrush + whitening pen combo. After I go through the routine with brushing and rinsing with mouth wash there is no excuse not to apply the whitening gel as the pen is always on the end of my toothbrush.

You can learn more about Colgate Optic White products by visiting:


I'm excited to be teaming up with Colgate to offer you the same 3 products I tried above. 
Optic White Platinum Whiten and Protect Toothpaste, Optic White Mouth Wash and the Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen.


How To Train Your Dragon 2 --Premiering in IMAX Theaters this weekend!

(All information has been provided by IMAX)
Looking for an action-packed weekend of fun for the whole family? Head to your local IMAX Theater for the premiere of How to Train Your Dragon 2!
Starting this Friday, June 13th, the second chapter of DreamWorks Animation's beloved How to Train Your Dragon franchise is soaring to all IMAX theatres domestically in select engagements. The IMAX 3D release will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience, creating a unique environment that will make audiences feel as though they are flying alongside heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon, Toothless.
Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, T.J. Miller, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Kristen Wiig reprise their respective voice roles, joined this time by Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett, Djimon Honsou and Kit Harington.
For more information about How to Train Your Dragon 2, please visit DreamWorks Animation's official website.
For IMAX Theater locations and local showtimes click here! 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Support the Produce for Kids 'Get Healthy, Give Hope' campaign and shop your local Meijer grocery produce section today!

Produce for Kids has kicked off their 12th annual 'Get Healthy, Give Hope' campaign which raises money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and other community children's organizations.

Want to help? All you have to do is look for the Get Healthy, Give Hope signage when you are shopping your local Meijer grocery produce department or one of the other 17+ participating grocery store chains. When you make a purchase from one of the 35 participating fresh fruit and vegetable suppliers you will be making a difference. Suppliers will make a consumption-based donation, so the more item's you purchase the more local children's organizations will benefit. This year the Get Healthy, Give Hope campaign is expected to pass $5 million in overall contributions in 2014!

How awesome is that!


Join in the fun and try one of these yummy Meijer recipes that include many item's that will benefit the Get Healthy, Give Hope campaign.

 Easy Summer Salad


4 cups DOLE Spring Mix salad blend
8 oz. Markets of Meijer rotisserie chicken, skin removed and shredded
8 Large Well-Pict  strawberries, sliced
1 Cup Red Seedless Grapes, halved
4 Tbsp. Marzetti Light Raspberry Cabernet Vinaigrette dressing

Directions: Mix Salad, Chicken, Strawberries, Grapes and Dressing in a large bowl. (Mix well and divide into 2 servings)


 Chocolaty Fruit Skewer


1 Premade pound cake
1 Cup chunked pineapple
8 Well-Pict strawberries
8 Raspberries
1/4 Cup chocolate syrup
4 (6-inch) Bamboo skewers


Cut pound cake into 12 1x1 -inch squares. Then assemble skewers with pound cake, strawberries, raspberries, and pineapple. Drizzle with chocolate and enjoy!


Fuel Up French Toast


1 Tbsp. canola oil
2 Large eggs
1 Large egg white
1/2 Cup 1% milk
1 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 Tsp vanilla extract
6 Slices whole wheat bread
1/2 Cup Naturipe strawberries (sliced)
1/2 Cup Naturipe blueberries
1/2 Cup lowfat vanilla yogurt
1/2 Cup granola


Heat oil in nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Whisk eggs, milk, sugar and vanilla in a small bowl until blended.
Dip bread into egg mixture, turning to soak both sides. Place in skillet and cook 4-5 minutes, or until browned, turning once. To finalize top each slice with strawberries, blueberries, yogurt and granola.


Support the brands that support the local Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and look for the Get Healthy, Give Hope campaign at your local Meijer through June 21st!

For more information on the Get Healthy, Give Hope campaign please visit:



Friday, June 6, 2014 the Early Learning Academy #giveaway!

(The Jackson Five Family blog received a complimentary product sample to help facilitate this reader feature. However, all opinions are honest and our own!)

Schools out, schools out, teachers let our monkeys out!
It's that time of year again, many schools are finishing up their last days and summer vacation is setting in. For us that means we will have one going into 3rd grade next year and one beginning kindergarten. I can't believe how our boys' have grown and that we have a preschool graduate on our hands!
Having one starting kindergarten is always scary. You just wonder if they've learned enough in preschool and if they are really ready for kindergarten, all day everyday. 
So today I'm excited to introduce you to --the Early Learning Academy. Geared towards children age 2 through Kindergarten gives children a head start in early education and offers a full online preschool, pre-k and kindergarten curriculum. The site offers more than 5,000 interactive learning activities and more than 450 lessons that teach reading, math, science, social studies, art, music and more! makes learning fun while giving children a head start to their academic future. 

We were recently given the opportunity to try and Grady is loving it. He asks to play it and we both the setup. It's very interactive and engaging with things like books, songs, lessons, puzzles, games and so many other things that he can do. His favorite part is the tickets he earns. Once he completes a lesson, game or another item on the site he earns tickets that can be redeemed for items in his "room",  his "aquarium" or for his very own "pet hamster".

I love that I can create lesson plans for him, track his progress and choose which level I want him learning on. There are also fun completion certificates that you can print out and reward your little one with --love it! really makes learning fun and I know if Grady continues using that he will be fully ready for kindergarten in the fall!

For as little as $8 a month your child can start using too! You can learn more by visiting:
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We love and want to give you the chance to try it too. One lucky reader will win a full year's subscription to!