Safely Keep Bad Bugs at Bay this Summer + Giveaway

I haven’t even started writing yet, and I’m already starting to itch.  Why?  Because we’re about to talk about lice and other nasty critters.

Imagine your child coming home one day complaining of an itchy head.  You’ll probably dismiss it at first because kids are always complaining about something and a little itching doesn’t seem like such a big deal in the scheme of things.  But when you see that he/she is really going to town with the scratching, you realize you should take a closer look.  And then…POW!  Lice.  You immediately consider shaving your child’s head, but instead end up investing many hours (spread across many days) fixing the problem.

Itchy Scalp

This is something I’m anxious about every day of the school year, but if you send your kids away to camp for the summer, you have even greater reason to worry.  Not only is there the threat of lice, but you also have to deal with mosquitoes and maybe even bed bugs.  Itching, bites, welts, more itching.  It’s all just…ICK.  Dealing with the aftereffects of infestations is not my thing.  I prefer to prevent them in the first place.

Fairy Tales is my go-to brand in these situations.  You’ve heard me talk about them before because they make great hair products for kids that don’t have all the things I try to avoid, like harsh chemicals, pesticides, toxins, parabens, and sulfates.  A lack of dairy, gluten, and nuts in their products also makes them ideal for people with allergies.  So, we have been fans of Fairy Tales for years now, and I’m happy to tell you that their line includes several products specifically designed to keep pests away.

Rosemary Repel Shampoo & Conditioner

Let’s start with their Rosemary Repel Daily Shampoo and Rosemary Repel Conditioner.  These are as gentle as their other shampoos and conditioners, but a proprietary blend of organic rosemary, citronella, tea tree, and geranium oils help prevent lice.  Use this combo every day, and you’ll fend off those nasty buggers and look good at the same time.

Bug Bandit Bug Repellent

A bite or a sting can quickly turn a fun summer day into a , so we never go out with bug spray.  Unfortunately, a lot of bug sprays are more frightening than the bugs they’re protecting you from.  A few years ago, we switched to the Fairy Tales Bug Bandit Deet-Free Bug Spray, and now we get the same results without the nasty chemicals.  A quick spray before going outside keeps the fleas, mosquitoes, ticks, and biting flies at bay.

Sleep-Tite Bed Bug Eliminator

I want absolutely nothing to do with ticks or lice, but what really scares me is the prospect of my kids bringing home bed bugs.  Fairy Tales has yet another natural solution with their Sleep-Tite Bed Bug Spray.  Use this on beds and linens, and the natural minerals and other non-toxic ingredients will kill bed bugs and their eggs instantly.

Whether you’re sending your kids off to sleepaway camp, day camp, or you’re taking a vacation, you’ll want to put these Fairy Tales summer essentials on your packing list.  Prevention is always better than a cure, don’t you think?  To learn more about Fairy Tales and shop their online store, visit; you can also get most of their products on Amazon.

Fairy Tales is generously offering our readers a chance to win a Fairy Tales Prize Pack, which includes their Rosemary Repel Daily Shampoo, Rosemary Repel Conditioner, Bug Bandit Bug Spray, and Sleep-Tite Bed Bug Eliminator.  Giveaway is open to US residents who are 18 and older.  Ends 6/6/17.  Good luck!

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This Inside-Out Umbrella Will Change Your Life + Giveaway

This post is all about an umbrella.  I was not originally planning on dedicating an entire post to one umbrella, but I’m so in love with this thing that I just can’t help myself.  Like a lot of you, I’m a very busy, working mother who is often literally juggling multiple things.  Okay, maybe it’s more like dropping than juggling because I’m just not talented in that way, but the point is that I always seem to have more than a few things in my hands–and even more things on my mind, which really doesn’t help the situation.

Let me tell you what a sad, soggy sight I’ve been at school pickup on any rainy day in the past two years.  I’ve been do dissatisfied with my last few umbrellas that I didn’t even bother replacing the last one.  Instead, I’ve been relying on my light rainjacket and it’s hood to keep me dry.  This sort of works.  Unless it rains more than a drizzle. Or there’s any amount of wind.  Yeah, it’s not the best solution.  This inverted umbrella, however, works like a charm and is full of convenient features. Let me tell you how it fits perfectly into my crazy life.

Inverted Umbrella - Starry Night Design

It’s an “inverted umbrella” because it has a rather strange inside out kind of design.  This means that when you come in out of the rain and you close the umbrella, the wet outside stays on the inside, so there’s no sloppy, wet mess to worry about.  When you’re home, you can air it out and let it dry as you like, but I know you don’t like going into a restaurant or a friend’s house and leaving a puddle behind.  I know I don’t like it anyway, and I especially hate getting the floor or seat of my car wet, so this reverse design is just what I need.

Inverted Umbrella C-Shaped Handle

Something else I’ve never seen on another umbrella is the c-shaped handle.  You can hook the handle onto your wrist, rest the rod on your shoulder, and you still have your hand free to hold other, more interesting things, like a phone, a baby, or a burrito.  Whatever floats your boat.

As you might expect, the umbrella comes with a cover.  In my household, umbrella covers last maybe two uses before they are lost forever.  I’m assuming they end up wherever the lost socks go.  This cover, however, is one I’m not letting go of.  There’s a strap attached to it, allowing you to use the cover as a sling that makes it easy to carry the umbrella around when you aren’t actually using it.  One of the things that’s prevented me from investing in a not-compact umbrella is that I simply didn’t feel like carrying a giant one around.  Problem solved.

Inverted Umbrella Sling Strap

I’ve saved my favorite feature for last.  Technically, it’s part of the first feature, but it’s so good that it gets its own paragraph.  When you get in and out of your car during the rain, you get wet, right?  Even when you have an umbrella, some amount of rain makes it way in, and the opening and closing of an umbrella generally results in some spray action.  This goes for getting in and out of any door, I just personally seem to have the most trouble with cars.  It’s been a pet peeve of mine for years.   Well, the inverted design of this umbrella means that you can now get in and out of your car without any of that nonsense.  Finally, you can go out in the rain and actually stay dry.  Your hair will be forever grateful to you.

The particular brand of inverted umbrella that I have comes in a few different colors/patterns.  You can choose from all black, black with rose red, or black with a starry night pattern, which is the one I received.  All are available from Amazon for very reasonable prices and with Prime shipping.  Whichever color you choose, you’re going to love your new umbrella.  You might even hope for some rain just so you can use it.


We have some special Amazon coupon codes just for you:

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After the discount, each umbrella is only $15.99.  You can’t beat this deal!  These promo codes expire on May 31, 2017, so don’t delay.


Three lucky Game On Mom readers are going to win inverted umbrellas of theirr choice.  Giveaway is open to US residents who are 18 and older.  Ends 5/31/17.  Good luck!

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Win a Sea Buckthorn Wonder Pack for Mother’s Day!

May is for mothers, and in early June, the new “Wonder Woman” movie is coming out.  Sounds like two good reasons to get ready for some adventure and major “woman power”, right?!  To celebrate, SeabuckWonders is giving my readers a chance to win a SeabuckWonders Wonder Pack! 

This amazing health & beauty kit contains 4 products any woman can use for protection from the dangerous elements around her. 

Mother's Day Wonder Woman

Fight the enemies of health and beauty with these 4 Weapons of Protection:

  1. Ultimate Hair Skin & Nails –  The ONLY Hair, Skin & Nails product to contain Omega-7 AND Biotin. By combining biotin with the cell membrane nurturing properties of sea buckthorn oil, this powerful blend provides the best support for strength and beauty. Supercharged with Omegas 7,3,6,9 and more than 190 phytonutrients, this formula is the perfect choice for lasting, healthy beauty.
  2. Sea Buckthorn Exfoliating Facial CleanserSea Buckthorn Facial Cleanser cleans skin gently, yet effectively, without stripping the skin of its natural oils. It exfoliates to remove dirt and impurities, while hydrating skin for a smooth, clear complexion. Unlike many other facial cleansers, SeabuckWonders Facial Cleanser is ideal for all skin types that will benefit from its remarkable nutritional properties, leaving skin feeling clean, balanced, and beautiful.
  3. Sea Buckthorn Facial Cream – Utilizing the superb age-defying properties of sea buckthorn oil, SeabuckWonders Facial Cream minimizes fine lines, while protecting the skin from the damaging effects of the sun and environmental pollutants.
  4. Sea Buckthorn Body Lotion – Intensely moisturizing, Sea Buckthorn Body Lotion rejuvenates and replenishes the skin’s natural balance, softening and nourishing for silky, touchable skin. Its high concentration of sea buckthorn oil allows for superior moisture retention while protecting the skin from signs of aging and the effects of exposure to the sun.

This amazing kit retails for $69.60!

About SeabuckWonders

SeabuckWonders was the first company to introduce sea buckthorn to United States consumers. Providing only Himalayan, USDA Certified Organic Sea Buckthorn berries for over 20 years. Consumers can depend on the highest quality sea buckthorn oils when choosing SeabuckWonders.

The SeabuckWonders Difference

What separates their products from other brands?  SeabuckWonders products contain the highest amount of sea buckthorn oil compared to competitors.  SeabuckWonders products are available at select retailers or online at: or on Amazon!
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Enter via the Giveaway Tools form below.  Giveaway ends 5/15/17 and is open to US residents who are 18 and older.  Good luck!

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Enter to Win an Easter Beagle Prize Pack! #Snoopy #EasterBeagle

Technically, it’s spring right now–even if mother nature can’t seem to make up her mind on the subject.  Whatever the weather, Easter will be here soon, and what better excuse to have a little Peanuts-style celebratory giveaway?  We’re giving you a chance to win a fun, spring-inspired prize pack featuring Snoopy and his friends.  Oh, you are just going to love this one!

Easter Beagle Porch Greeter


Easter Beagle Porch Greeter

You might remember this from last year.  He’s guaranteed to give a warm welcome to any visitor…unless your son steals him and insists on keeping him next to his bed all year long.  Mine might have done that.

Motivational Peanuts Tin Sign


Peanuts Tin Sign: Wag More; Bark Less.

Springtime brings on feelings of hope, joy, and love, and you’ll be reminded of all those things when you pass by this special Peanuts tin sign!  Mine says “Wag More; Bark Less”.  There isn’t any truer statement, if you ask me.

It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown Coloring Kit


Easter Beagle Coloring Kit

This is a fun spring break activity that every kid can enjoy.  I’m a fan of anything that inspires creativity in my kids, and if it incorporates Charlie Brown, that’s a pretty nice bonus.

Charlie Brown or Lucy Funko Pop!


Peanuts Funko Pop!

An adorable, collectible vinyl figure that is the perfect addition to any Easter basket!  I love the idea of having one of these on my desk.  It’s like going to work with an old friend every day.


The Easter Beagle is ready to hop his way into your heart!  Just enter to win via the Giveaway Tools form below.  Open to US residents who are 18 and older.  Ends 4/11/17 at 11:00 AM ET.  Good luck!

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It’s a Pillow, It’s a Pet, and Now It’s Got a Scent! + Giveaway

Remember Pillow Pets?  They’re those super cute stuffed animals that double as a pillow.  They were a big deal when my daughter was first born, and eight years later, she still keeps her Magical Unicorn on her bed.  It’s easy to see why they’re so popular with the kids:  they’re soft, squishy, and always ready to comfort you whether you need a hug or a nap.

Pillow Pets Logo

Over the years, My Pillow Pets has expanded to include all kinds of fun items, from body pillows to Dream Lites.  (My son can’t go to sleep without his penguin night light!)  While attending Toy Fair last month, I stumbled across a My Pillow Pets product that was new to me:  Sweet Scented Pets.  Maybe you’ve already heard of them, but I was pretty excited about my discovery.

Like regular Pillow Pets, Sweet Scented Pets stuffed animals can be instantly transformed into a pillow with the simple release of a velcro strap.  They make great playtime pals and travel companions, and they’re so soft and cuddly, you’re little one won’t want to let go.  There’s one feature that makes these different though, and I bet you can guess what it is.

Blueberry Muffin Bear

They smell amazing!  Each Sweet Scented Pet has what I’ve been calling a flavor patch, which is a small addition that adds big fun in the form of a subtle but very yummy fragrance.  Their currently available scents include Icepop Penguin, Blueberry Muffin Bear, Cookie Pup, Cotton Candy Unicorn, and more.  Who wouldn’t love a cuddly plush that smells like chocolate chip cookies?

Wondering which of the new scents we decided to try out?  I won’t keep you in suspense any longer.  It was a tough decision, but we went with Popcorn Panda and Milkshake Cow.

Popcorn Panda and Milkshake CowOkay, these guys are a problem for me.  They smell so good…I can’t stop sniffing…and then I get hungry.  Buttery popcorn?  Yum.  Strawberry milkshakes?  Yum.  We’ve got sweet and savory covered with these, and I’m kind of in heaven. But oh yeah–these aren’t for me, are they?  As you can imagine, the kids are in love with their Sweet Scented Pets too.  They’ve been carrying their pets all around the house with them, and they insist on taking them with us whenever we go for a car ride.  They never get tired of squeezing and smelling their new stuffed animals.

Sweet Scented Pillow Pets

My daughter Renee would like to tell you all about Milkshake Cow herself.  (Pay attention and you’ll notice a cameo from her little brother too.)

She gives her smile of approval!

Some good-to-know info about the fragrances used on Sweet Scented Pets:

  • Scents are made in the US
  • Scents are made from earth friendly materials using sustainably harvested trees/cotton
  • Scents are BPA-free and phalate-free
  • Scents are certified by the International Fragrance Association
  • Scents are compliant with USA & EU toy regulations

Sweet Scented Pets are every bit as huggable as you’d expect them to be, and they add a little something extra delicious to play time and cuddle time.  Head over to to grab one for yourself.  Shipping is free from now until Easter, so it’s the perfect time to buy.

Connect with Pillow Pets!

Official Pillow Pets on Facebook | Sweet Scented Pillow Pets on Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

My Pillow Pets is generously offering Game On Mom readers a chance to win a Popcorn Panda and Milkshake Cow!  Giveaway is open to US residents who are 18 and over.  Ends 4/16/17 at 11:59 PM ET.  Good luck!

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