REVIEW: NeilMed® Naspira® Nasal-Oral Aspirator + GIVEAWAY!


Boogers are no fun, but with kids or anyone in general there is no way to escape them. Runny / congestion noses can affect everyone, and make a child miserable. Thankfully the NeilMed Naspira nasal-oral aspirator makes it easy on parents! The NeilMed Naspira nasal-oral aspirator features a two in one design, so you can use suction to get rid of your child's congestion, or you can simply use the bulb aspirator. I will say that my son (1, almost 2 years old) can not stand using the bulb alone --- he will fidget, or run away. However, he seems to be amazed by the fact that you can use it as a suction. He will sit completely still for me, which is a lifesaver.


He is so relaxed about it, that he will actually let his older brother (4) use it on him. It's so funny, our son thought that he would get boogers in his mouth so he was a little afraid to use it. But the boogers never touch your mouth! It actually comes with 7 disposable filters to prevent any from ever getting stuck and touching your mouth. It's easy peasy. With two kids, we are used to seeing lots of runny noses, but this product makes it a lot easier to manage. It helps clear so quickly, and gives the kids a happier day.


This nasal relief product is made of silicone, and is clear so easy to see if mold was to start growing, etc. It is very easy to sterilize, by simply pulling apart and boiling on the stove top or via microwave. Easy to use, and easy to clean -- what more could a mom ask for?!? This product is seriously a life saver whenever the boys get sick. I'm thankful we got to test it out via MomsMeet, otherwise we would've been stuck wrestling a toddler to get boogers - ha! Once you try it, you will definitely never use another runny nose product. All natural, and effective the first time.

Infact, I love it so much I am happy to say I have 3 to giveaway to lucky readers.
The giveaway ends July 31st.  One entry per person.


To enter:

1. Email brittany@modernisticmama.com with the subject "NeilMed Giveaway" and tell me why you want to win!

OR

2. Comment on this blog post and tell me what you love most about the product!


Hurry and enter! Good luck!

 ** I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, 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 opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product.

REVIEW: KABRITA Goat Milk formula & yogurt pouches!



Thanks to MomsMeet we recently got the opportunity to try out Kabrita's goat milk formula and yogurt pouches. Big brother Brody loves to mix the formula for his little brother; it makes a great alternative to dairy. While my boys don't have a dairy sensitivity, my youngest, Grayson doesn't usually care for the taste of dairy milk. Kabrita has a very mild smell / taste to it, definitely different than dairy milk but it is a lot more gentle on the digestive system.



Some things we really love about Kabrita's goat milk:
  • It's non-GMO
  • They've enhanced it with 22 vitamins & minerals
  • Free from antibiotics, artificial colors/flavors, growth hormones, 
  • Their goats are raised on family farms, with fresh grass always available for grazing
Kabrita's goat milk is enhanced with DHA which is a must have for a child's vision / cognitive developments. This is naturally found in breast milk, but as a toddler gets older the goat milk is a great source of it as well.



We also tested Kabrita's yogurt pouches! These are great for on the go for the park, the zoo, the beach, etc. Their goat milk yogurt pouches are all natural, and come in three different flavors. Banana & vanilla bean was a favorite of the boys. It didn't last long around here. We found that the pouches are also a great source of protein, which some days my boys don't get enough (they'd rather PLAY than eat) so this is a great way to sneak more nutrition in!

 ** I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, 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 opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product.

When life gives you rain...

you jump in the puddles!


How cute are these two!??! I remember loving puddles as a kid, and seeing them play in the puddles today had me wanting to bring out my camera for a few quick photos. Nothing like enjoying nature. It has been so hot and humid out here, so the rain was nice although that of course will bring humidity itself. One thing is for sure, these two love water and summer time!!


Happy Father's Day!



Applebee's wood fired menu review & giveaway


Last Saturday, Paul and I got a nice date night at Applebee's --- hooray for dinner without kids (ha ha!). We were there to try Applebee's NEW wood fired menu. Both of us were super excited to try it because we actually usually always eat at Applebee's whenever we go out to eat (with the kids more than without!).  It's super close to us, and the service along with food is always great. We went to Applebee's Loehmann'S Plaza in Virginia Beach, where they just recently rolled out the new menu items. Our server Carly, and the manager Heather were two amazingly friendly ladies. We had such great service!


The menu features steaks and bone-in pork chops which are hand cut in restaurant by trained meat cutters to ensure the highest quality, freshness and optimal thickness. Applebee's really took their new menu features seriously, there was over 60 thousand hours of training for meat cutters, which is part of a combined $40 million investment by Applebee’s franchisees.


The Applebee’s wood fired menu includes:

  • 8 oz. and 6 oz. Hand-cut USDA Choice Top Sirloin Steaks 
  • Hand-cut Bone-in Pork Chops with Honey Apple Chutney 
  • Cedar-grilled Salmon with Maple Mustard 
  • Glaze Grilled chicken breast
It also features wood grilled veggies, appetizers, etc. I really felt like they vamped up the menu is such an awesome way; it had me wanting to come back for more with just one bite. If Applebee's wanted to stand out from others -- they just found a way to do so. I was honestly very impressed! I think this is one of the smartest moves that Applebee's could've made. Felt like an awesome grill out, only without all the hard work of cooking awesome food.


Our server mentioned their sirloin won ton tacos as an appetizer, and while I admit I was skeptical at first, it was clearly love at first bite. They weren't even on the menu yet, but she let us know that they're there and anytime we come in they can be ordered. HINT: order them! They're a little sweet, with a blast of flavor. I could've ate them as a main meal they were so good.



I ordered the pork chops with honey apple chutney, with a side of wood grilled veggies,  and maple pecan mashed sweet potatoes. First off, the pork was AMAZING and I am not even a huge pork fan. The sauce was out of this world. And the sweet potatoes, recommended by our server Carly, were so good that I couldn't stop talking about them. The maple and pecan tasted like melted brown sugar; it was just heaven. I could eat them for dessert! The veggies were a hit too, they tasted so much better wood fired.


Paul ordered the wood fired 8oz sirloin, with mashed potatoes and garlicky green beans. He normally orders steak whenever we go to Applebee's and he agreed that the wood fired is so much better, an awesome upgrade! Plus our food came out so fast, and perfect which made the experience even better.


Last but not least, somehow we made room for dessert. Calories DON'T count on the weekend, right!??! This apple chimi cheesecake was out of this world. This dessert features cheesecake & caramel apples fried in a tortilla, cinnamon sugar, roasted apples, ice cream, caramel sauce. AKA you need to try it right now.

In short: we're so lucky to have an amazing restaurant like Applebee's with great service to go to, but the wood fired menu in itself is a must try. Me being a foodie, of course I was delighted to try the new flavors and I was highly impressed. I highly recommend trying a new item, it won't disappoint.

In-fact, check out the giveaway below! One lucky reader will get a $30 gift certificate to try the wood fired menu for themselves. GOOD LUCK :)


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Buttercup kiddos!



Love love love! Summer is almost here....and I love the buttercup flowers today while at the park. They make for such a vibrant, and fun scenes in photographs. I had two families to photograph today, so I decided to snap a few of the boys. They weren't totally feeling taking pictures so I had to be quick. Plus it was super duper hot out, and the humidity was horrible.



5 fun patriotic styles!


With Memorial Day coming up, and then the 4th of July in a couple months -- here are 5 fun ways to rock your patriotic side. Of course you could rock these whenever, there's never a day when it isn't cool to rock it; but these are some cute ideas for the holidays as well.

1. American Maxi - This adorable dress is perfect not only to show your patriotic side but would make a great picnic dress, or summer dress. It retails for $36 at FillyFlair.com

2. High waist flag shorts - These shorts are flirty and FUN! I love them. They're sold on Etsy for $45.

3. Flag bow tank - This tank is cute, simple, and to the point. The bow adds a bit of flair! This tank retails for $27 on Etsy.

4. Patriotic boots - Get your cowgirl on while being patriotic! These boots would look adorable with a pair of shorts or a simple dress. Country Outfitters sells them for $140.

5. Red, white and blue crystal bracelet - I'm loving this handmade swarovski crystals bracelet. Very simple but elegant looking. Perfect to show your patriotic style in a classy way. $40 on Etsy.