Samsung’s New Home Appliances Help You #MasterYourHome

While busy moms are always looking for ways to save time, Samsung is busy creating new appliances that do just that – save time on everyday, household tasks.  I encourage you to stop by Samsung’s Home Appliance booth at the BlogHer Expo Hall, Booth 609, where the latest products will be showcase the “MOMumental” advances in kitchen, laundry and cleaning. There will also be a video booth to create HD quality videos with answers to some great questions!

A few of Samsung’s new appliances look fabulous, like the new Chef Collection kitchen suite, king-size laundry products which give busy moms back the gift of time, and vacuum innovations that get the most cleaning done with the least amount of effort.

  • One of my favorites in the Samsung Baby Care Washer. From Samsung’s fact sheet: “This is a 1.0 cu. ft. unit that carefully and effectively washes and sanitizes all of a baby’s delicate laundry. It saves time, electricity and water by handling small loads of up to 3kg. The washer features 9 cycles which depending on the type of laundry and degree of contamination has a selection that is guaranteed to clean clothes thoroughly. This includes a Super Sanitize cycle, which heats to 190°F to remove stubborn stains and bacteria. PureCycleTechnology cleans the machine without harsh chemicals to ensure a completely hygienic environment for a baby’s clothes.”

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  • If you love to cook, and even if you don’t, you’ll want to start when you see the Chef Collection. A new range with a slide-in design offers a customized, high-end kitchen look without having to remodel. The Flex Duo Oven means you can cook two dishes at two different temperatures at the same time. This 5.8 cu. ft. extra-large oven splits into two ovens (2.4 cu. ft. and 3.3 cu. ft.) with the Smart Divider. Two temperature controls cook dishes at different temperatures with no noticeable transfer of aroma.
  • The new Samsung dishwasher features the new WaterWall™ cleaning system that gets dishes sparkling every time. This powerful wall of water cleans every item in the dishwasher – even the hard to reach places. It uses maximum cleaning pressure that is 35% stronger than normal rotary systems.

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  • Since moms handle about 500 loads of laundry each year, the washer and dryer are constant companions. Check out the Top-Load Laundry Pair or Front-Load Laundry Pair. The top load versions are the largest capacity washers and dryers out there, with many amazing features including EZ Reach, a wide yet shallow tub for easy unloading.
  • The Chef Collection refrigerator is simply amazing. This appliance can hold up to 34 bags of groceries! A versatile bottom drawer can function as either a freezer or a fridge, depending on your individual needs.

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For information, visit www.samsung.com or www.facebook.com/samsunghomeappliancesusa. Stop by the Samsung booth at BlogHer and share your experiences with #MasterYourHome. Booth hours are

Share your experience with us by using #MasterYourHome. Booth hours are Thursday, July 24, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday, July 25th,     9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, July 26th, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

 

Legends of Oz Dolls by Madame Alexander

If you or anyone you know is a fan of the classic film “The Wizard of Oz”, you’ll love the new 2014 Legends of Oz collection by Madame Alexander. Created to celebrate the release of the latest animated feature film, Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return, this exclusive collection of dolls features the film’s beloved characters: Dorothy, Glinda, Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and China Princess. In typical Madame Alexander fashion, these 12″ dolls are quality items that will provide hours of creative play. Each doll is 12″ tall and retails for $15. A fantastic gift for birthdays and special occasions, and I know plenty of adults who would love these dolls, too.

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Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return is a 3D-animated musical with A-list voice talents. Legends of Oz features Lea Michele as Dorothy, Dan Akroyd as the Scarecrow, Jim Belushi as the Cowardly Lion, Kelsey Grammer as the Tin Man and Bernadette Peters as Glinda.

My friend Darcy loves dolls and is my reviewer of choice when it comes to toys.

 

I received the Legends of Oz collection for review as a Madame Alexander Advisory Board member. All opinions are my own.

Kids Summer Fun Alert: Wubble™ Bubble Ball

Have you seen the new Wubble bubble ball? I had a chance to play with one last weekend at Blogger Bash and this is one fun toy! Made from a unique material, it’s made of a thin plastic, but it’s not a hard plastic ball or even a cloth-covered ball. It’s a thermo-stretch material that makes it squishy, strong and incredibly lightweight. Kids can kick it, slam it, throw it, bounce it, smoosh it and smash it.

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The Wubble™ bubble ball comes with a battery-operated air pump (you’ll need ‘D’ batteries) and easily inflates in about three minutes. It inflates up to 36 inches but can be smaller. Great for outdoor or indoor use year-round, the Wubble™ bubble ball is durable and reusable. The three best parts of this product? Wubbles are washable, deflatable for easy storage and there is a lifetime guarantee.

As families head off for summer vacations, a deflated Wubble™ ball is easy to pack (remember to bring the air pump), then deflate again for the trip home. For the beach, lake, anywhere you’re going, bring this along for awesome games of catch, hot potato or mega soccer. Available online at http://wubbleball.com and at Target stores starting at $19.99.

Take a look at the Wubble™ ball in action:

Find Wubble™ ball on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.

 

I received a Wubble ball to review and have given my opinions above.

 

How To Protect Your Eyes with A Good Pair of #Sunglasses

It’s hot and sunny out there, at least most of the time! That’s why it’s so important to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays, especially if you and your children are spending a lot of time outdoors. As part of National Sunglasses Day last month, The Vision Council published a report with valuable information on eye care and the importance of sunglasses. With the same idea of using sunscreen and UV protective clothing to protect skin in the sun, parents should be purchasing and using sunglasses for themselves and their children for any outdoor activity. The report offers tips for purchasing a pair of quality sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection. I received a fabulous pair of Nicole Miller shades for National Sunglasses Day, as well as a pair of too cute red, polka dot Kidz BanZ. The Nicole Miller sunglasses offer a nice, dark shade for our Florida sun, and they look fabulous! Kidz BanZ are one of the best options out there for infants and older.

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This Sunday’s episode (6/13) of Mom Talk Radio will feature an interview with Dr. Dora Adamopoulos, an optometrist, mom and advisor to the Vision Council, so find a station near you or download the podcast next week. Dr. Adamopoulos offers tips on picking the right pair of sunglasses for any age child and terrific information about how to avoid sun damage to eyes.

As you head outside, make sure you and your children are wearing the best sunglasses possible.

Today is National Sunglasses Day

Purse, check. Phone, check. Sunglasses, check. If you’re like me, you NEVER leave home without your shades. Since I live in a sunny climate, sunglasses are a given any time I’m heading outside – driving or spending time outdoors with my family. My favorite glasses du jour are a pair of retro wayfarers that look like ones I wore all the time in college. I have another lightweight pair that I wear on my runs.  While I see sunglasses as an accessory, they are also a necessity in the Sunshine State. I recently learned from The Vision Council that a good pair of sunglasses with UV protection should be worn by children and adults whenever possible for good, long-term eye health.

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With the same idea of using sunscreen and UV protective clothing in the sun, parents should be purchasing and using sunglasses for themselves and their children for any outdoor activity. As families head off on summer vacations and hit the beach, lake, or even the backyard playing in the sprinklers, sunglasses are important to protect eyes. Nearly half of U.S. adults do not wear sunglasses while outdoors and more than half of parents do not protect their children’s eyes with sunglasses, according to a recent report by The Vision Council.

At a Vision Council webinar last week, I had the opportunity to hear more details about the report from optometrist and medical advisor Dr. Dora Adamopoulos. For the full report, go to The Vision Council website, or click here. The council and Dr. Adamopoulos offered valuable information, and I found that this chart offers a good summary:

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The Vision Council is a nonprofit organization, however I will receive a gift of sunglasses for this post. All opinions are my own.

 

Be Happy, Not Grumpy On Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is one of my favorite Disney movies, and the first feature film released by Disney in 1937. I love this classic story and what Disney has done 77 years later with the newest ride, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Replacing mechanical figures and painted backdrops with audio-animatronic figures, this ride is so realistic and lifelike! If a trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando is in your summer vacation plan, make sure to experience this ride. The walk in from the entrance to the cars is almost as good as the ride! Just like in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, you walk across the rolling stone bridges and through a forest where you’ll find the Dwarfs’ cottage and all the stars from the film: Sleepy, Doc, Grumpy, Bashful, Sneezy, Happy, Dopey and, of course, Snow White herself.

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I had the chance to ride the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train twice on my recent visit to the Magic Kingdom. There are a few small drops that make it a terrific thrill ride that reminded me of the old Goofy’s Barnstormer ride. Did I mention that the backdrops and figurines are amazing?

 

Located in the recently updated Fantasyland, this ride is a blast for kids over 38 inches tall, tweens, teens and of course, moms and dads. The new FastPass+ can be used on this ride. For information, go to Disney’s website.

 

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Baby Opticals by @Mustachifier – A Review

by Blue Suit Mom contributor ElizaBeth

I recently received an email about the expansion of the Mustachifier brand. If you’re not already familiar, Mustachifier first became known for their hilariously adorable mustache pacifiers. Even though I have twin girls, I even received some of these pacifiers as a gift, because who doesn’t get a kick out of seeing babies with mustaches?

I was really excited to learn that the brand expansion included their sunglasses line: Baby Opticals. It’s never too early to start building your kids’ accessories collection – and that includes sweet sunglasses. My girls already have a few pairs of sunglasses, but after browsing the Baby Opticals collection, I saw at least four more pairs that I would love to get for them!

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The Baby Opticals line features 100% UVA and UVB protection, as well as polarized, shatter-resistant frames in an assortment of colors: Black, Blue, Pink, White, and Yellow. The Baby Opticals line likewise offers chic Black and White glasses for the burgeoning hipster baby, also providing the 100% UVA and UVB protection. They’re great for kids ages 0-4 years and are $14.99.

The folks over at Mustachifier sent me a pair of Baby Opticals in Black to try out. I put them on the girls and snapped a few photos:

2014-06-01 10.01.35 2014-06-01 18.36.37My girls are 9 months old, so they are still at an age where they prefer to put accessories directly into their mouths. Every single pair of sunglasses they own ends up in their mouths within five minutes of wearing them, and Baby Opticals were no exception! Something that I really liked about the Baby Opticals was that they include a band to go around the back of your child’s head, which is great for when your baby inevitably pulls the sunglasses off of their face. No more lost sunglasses!

Overall, the Baby Opticals sunglasses were great and totally cute, obviously. My girls actually do a better job of wearing them for long periods of time when they’re out in the sun and not just sitting in the rocking chair for a quick photo session.

Want your own pair of Baby Opticals? Check out Mustachifier.com to purchase Baby Opticals, Mustachifier Pacifiers, and their new Bandana Bibs!

I received a pair of Baby Opticals in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions regarding the product are my own.

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