Reclaim Your Backyard with the Stinger 3-in-1 Insect Zapper

One of the things I love most about my home is that we have a backyard. I wanted a backyard and outdoor living space for as long as I can remember, so that was a major selling point when we chose our house. There’s nothing quite like lounging outside with your family on those warm, summer evenings when the daylight stretches on for hours.

Until the mosquitoes start having you for dinner.


Honestly, I don’t know what chemical in my body attracts mosquitoes like crazy, but it’s bad. Mosquitoes are troublesome to everyone, but they’re like a plague to me. I can sit down outside and within five minutes I’ve sustained multiple bites and I’m already too miserable to stick around. It makes me angry, because I finally have the outdoor space I want, but I can’t comfortably use it. There are a multitude of ugly mosquito facts, many of which you already know, and it’s especially disconcerting to know that there are 176 mosquito species in the United States. If you’re a frequent mosquito victim like me, you probably feel like all 176 are in your yard and you’re wearing a bullseye.

I’ve tried to repel them, but it’s been a losing battle. Using killer chemicals on myself and my family is not an option, and while we’ve had luck with natural sprays, I’ll be honest:  during a group gathering in the backyard, I’d really prefer to have the whole area taken care of.  What are we supposed to do?

Stinger Insect Zapper

I, for one, refuse to lie down and give up my backyard, so I’m bringing out the muscle: the Stinger 3-in-1 Insect Zapper.

The 3-in1 is a powerful bug zapper that does more than the basic models you may have used before. This one features a combination of a black UV light, octanol lure, and a clog-free kill grid that provides coverage for the whole yard.

I’ve never used a zapper with black UV light technology, but it attracts and kills 40% more insects than white UV lights used on many zappers. This is bad news for mosquitoes, moths, and biting flies. Insects are also attracted to the zapper by NOsquito® Octenol lure, which is five times stronger than competitors and EPA-proven to attract mosquitoes that transmit West Nile Virus and other illnesses. The 3-in-1 covers up to 1.5 acres, so even large backyards are can be protected from winged pests, and no matter how many you zap, the grid will stay clear for more zapping.

Stinger 3-in-1 Bug Zapper

The 3-in-1 is simple to install (just plug it in and go), and the bulb and lure are easily replaced when necessary. It’s also energy-efficient, and features a Sundown Sensor that automatically turns the zapper on at dusk and off at dawn.  You can also put it in 24-hour mode, but my personal favorite is the Mosquito Kill Mode.  When that’s selected, the black UV light changes the light patterns at predetermined and proven effective intervals to specifically attract biting mosquitoes.  Take that, you dirty little buggers!

Stinger 3-in-1 Outdoor Insect Zapper

I’m so looking forward to plenty of happy, mosquito-free evenings outside this summer, courtesy of the Stinger 3-in-1 Insect Zapper. This Memorial Day Weekend is going to be much more pleasant than it was last year!  To learn more about the 3-in-1 zapper, check out Stinger’s other high-quality products, or to order your own and reclaim your backyard, visit You can also find Stinger gear at stores like Walmart, Home Depot, Amazon, Ace Hardware, and more.

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.


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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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The Flat Out Truth: The VIZIO M50-D1 SmartCast™ 4K HDR Home Theater Display

We’re a busy household. It seems like there’s always something happening around here, whether it’s some kind of after-school activity, a playdate, a party, or even just the nightly homework-dinner-relax juggle.  Even though our schedules are packed, I still make sure we have some family time together. That might look different depending on the day, but one of my favorite things to do is sit down with a fun family movie that we can all enjoy. We don’t sit in front of the television all the time, but there’s nothing like sharing laughs with your kids, and good movies are one of my favorite ways to do that. Plus, I’m a bit of a movie buff, and I love passing that interest to my children.


Since we love movies, it’s important to me that we have a nice television. There are at least a million and one models out there, but I’ve always been partial to VIZIO; to me, their name has always been synonymous with quality. VIZIO’s new M50-D1 SmartCast™ 4K HDR Home Theater Display is a relatively new addition to their already great lineup, and let me tell you, it’s a powerhouse.  Since we have a lot of game and tech-loving followers, VIZIO agreed to provide a complimentary sample in exchange for a review.

The M50-D1 isn’t just a standard television. It features an amazing 4K Ultra HD display that supports HDR (high dynamic range) signals, so the picture is crisp and bright.

SDR HDR Comparison

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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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