Win a Copy of National Geographic Kids Book of Heroes and Heroines!

What are the most important traits that anyone you consider a hero/heroine should possess? Is it courage, compassion, doing the right thing, being competent, leaping to action?  I was selected to write a review for National Geographic Kids The Book of Heroes and The Book of Heroines.  Tales of history’s most daring dudes and gusty gals!

When my hardcover books arrived I quickly flipped through them and was immediately drawn in by the photos and vibrant colors.  I was anxious to sit and take a closer look.  I am familiar with a variety of other Nat Geo Kids Books, like National Geographic Kids Almanac, and am always inspired by the beautiful photography, the rich informative content, the colorful graphics and their mission to inspire kids to learn about the planet and empower them to make it better.

While my kids were too young to get much out of the books, Lukas (3) did enjoy looking at the pictures and he would ask who the people were.  I would give him a basic explanation which satisfied him…anything too in depth and I lost him 😉  I would say these books are best suited for ages 7 and up.  I really appreciated the wide range of “heroes and heroines” that were highlighted in the books.  In The Book of Heroines you will see everyone from Mother Teresa, Cleopatra and Amelia Earhart to Tina Fey and Emma Watson.  The Book of Heroes  highlights heroes like Galileo, Sitting Bull, Michael Jordan, and Stephen Hawking.  The content is well written and to the point and you feel educated but not overstimulated after reading it.  My only negative feedback is that I didn’t always agree with some of the people used in the books (especially the modern heroes/heroines) and I thought maybe, for example, Mother Teresa deserved a little more of a write up than Tina Fey or Laika The Space Dog (who got an entire spread.)  I just felt the balance of who was highlighted could have been a little better in some places.

Overall, I loved the idea of highlighting “a little bit of everything.”  There was a mix of leading ladies and gents in the White House, legendary ladies and lads such as Robin Hood and Athena, sports heroes, inspiring minds, peace heroes and heroines like Martin Luther Kind, Jr. and Harriet Tubman and even outstanding animals.  I think every kid can find someone of interest in these books and it gives just enough information to inspire and educate and you might find them doing further research on their own 🙂

With that said, I am thrilled to add The Book of Heroes and The Book of Heroines to our library!  Great quality and content and with Christmas coming up I would say an excellent gift for the kids on your list!

Now for the fun part!! One lucky reader will receive a free copy of The Book of Heroes and The Book of Heroines.  To enter you must 1) start following my blog and 2) in the comments section answer this question: If you could have dinner with 1 hero/heroine, living or dead, who would it be and why?  Good Luck!  All entries must be received by December 1, 2016.

*Disclaimer: I received this product for free from Moms Meet (, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.

Mystery Shopping is REAL!

I am a mystery shopper for a company called BestMark…shhhh! I get paid to go to stores and ask about products and then write a review on the service I receive.  There are restaurant shops where you get paid to have dinner (in addition to getting reimbursed for your meal).  Probably the best opportunities I’ve seen as of late are the oil change and tire rotation shops.  You get a free oil change/rotation in addition to getting paid for your time (this is typically $20-$25 PLUS reimbursement for your service). Who doesn’t want free oil changes?  Shops vary by location.  In my area there are a lot of automobile and department store shops.  Sometimes I am paid to ask about purchasing a new vehicle by going to a dealership and there are also shops that pay just for making a phone call or an inquiry on a website.  In the department store shops I typically have 2 areas of the store to visit.  I will ask about laptops or cameras, for example, and then take note on my experience and the help I received from the associates.  I also provide feedback on the store itself (cleanliness, items in stock, etc.)  It’s actually a lot of fun and easy money.

If you’re interested in Mystery Shopping for some extra cash just go through this link and sign up!  I would really appreciate it if you put my shopper ID WA9756 on your application when asked who referred you.  I know there are other programs out there for mystery shopping but this is the only one that I am a part of.  If I find more then I will pass on the good word!  Go earn some extra cash!

Free Products for Moms!


I became a Mom Ambassador over a year ago for a website called Moms Meet.  I just got selected to test NeilMed Nasal Oral Aspirator with a group of moms.  I will test and write a review in late March so stay tuned!  This is a really awesome program for anyone who has a group of mom friends that want to get free products to test in exchange for honest feedback.

You can apply to be a Mom Ambassador through this link.  You fill out a profile and they match you with product samples that fit your group of moms.  You will receive emails to apply to test products.  If selected you get a BIG box of samples to share with your group.  The sample box typically contains samples of the product and coupons for free items to be distributed.  In return you fill out a survey to provide valuable feedback about the product.  If you send photos of your testing party you can earn more “coins” that can be cashed in for rewards.  Moms Meet allows you to meet other moms, try natural, organic and eco products and win prizes and rewards.

So far I have tested Ology Laundry Detergent, Horizon Super Squeeze Pouches, Annie’s Snacks and a variety of other products.  I always see these “free product websites” where you never actually get products or you have to sign up for free trials.  This isn’t one of those!  I am amazed at all the samples they provide for my groups.  In the Annie’s Snack box I got several full boxes of fruit snacks, graham crackers, regular crackers and coupons for free pizza poppers and bagel bites and coupons for all the things we tested at the party.  The coupons are for free items too, not just a certain amount off! As a mom ambassador you also get extra product samples to keep and use for yourself which is a fun perk.  So if you’re a green mama with a group of friends that want to test some products then sign up!