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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Fun Tangerine Themed Playdate #CutieCurl

I was provided with free samples of Cuties to facilitate this post as well as promotional gear for the kids.  As always, my opinions are 100% my own and may not reflect that of the company.

Toddlers and Preschoolers love themed play dates. Okay, maybe it's really just me who gets giddy at the idea of a theme. 

Either way, I jumped at the chance to host a Cutie's "Do The Cutie Curl" playdate last week with my daughters and our playgroup.

Supplies Needed:
  • (2) 3lb bags of Cutie Clementines (found at my local Raley's Bel Air Market)
  • Awesome prize packages (provided by Cuties) 
  • Two buckets of sidewalk chalk (only $1 for a 4-pack at Michael's)
  • Refreshments - provided by Veri Organic Soda
  • A neighborhood park
  • A bunch of crazy preschoolers with limitless energy


The most successful playdates, in my opinion include lots of unstructured playtime, sprinkled with just a few short focused activities and of course snacks.

We let the kids loose at the park and had them get lots of playtime in before hearding them together to try their hand at the Cutie Curl!

I guess I never realized just how easy Cutie tangerines are to peel, I'm swearing off regular oranges for good - I mean, if a 2 year old can do it....

McKinney Mommas #cutiecurl party

We were pretty surprised, as beginners luck seemed to be the theme with the Cutie Curl - ie. peeling a Cutie Tangerine in one continuous peel, without it breaking.

Most of the moms, and lots of the kids could peel the tangerine in one continous peel on the first attempt, but since they were so juicy and tasty, we wanted more than one.  

The second and third peeling attempts didn't go so well for most. I mean, they were awesomely easy to peel, but most of us didn't get it off in one continuous peel after the first attempt - how funny!

Now, since the Cutie Curlers were mostly preschool aged, we didn't award prizes for the best curl, but everyone attending our playdate got a cool prize backpack full of fun Cuties gear.

I think this swag was some of the best I've seen from a company for promotional items, so kudos to you, Cuties California Mandarins - you're tops!

We ended the playgroup with some fun decorating of the remaining Cuties - I brought some glue, googly eyes, sparkles and such and the kids had fun making their own silly citrus.

I'm pretty sure the kids all had fun, and I was excited to try my hand at the infamous "Cutie Curl" - plus, as an added bonus, we could upload our photos of each "Cutie Curl" for a chance to win big!

The final 10 contestants have been chosen, and now it's time to vote for YOUR favorite "Cutie Curl" until March 15th - the winner gets a cool vacation prize package! 

Get your vote in for the most creative "Cutie Curl: at:

Now tell me, can YOU do the #CutieCurl?

Friday, February 20, 2015

Do You Use Too Much #Laundry Detergent? Purex® PowerShot

Anything that makes laundry easier, right?

I know that it sounds silly, but figuring out how much laundry soap to add to my load of laundry is a daily guessing game for me.

What if there was a way to pour just the right amount of soap, without having to wonder if you are going overboard with the suds.

Keep reading to find out how to WIN a FREE bottle for yourself! 

Now, there is.

Welcome to my life, NEW Purex® PowerShot, the easy measure liquid detergent!  

Just open the no-spill detergent bottle cap, flip the bottle over and it pours the perfect dose of detergent for a normal load of laundry.

Can't get easier than 1-2-3, right?!

Just for laughs, here's me and "The Bookend" giving you a super detailed tutorial about how to use this laundry detergent - yeah, right.

Now, if you'd like to give the Purex® PowerShot a whirl in your laundry room, just enter the easy giveaway below, and I'll be sending a few lucky winners a coupon for a FREE bottle of detergent

  • Open to US residents 18+ only
  • Deadline to enter: March 13, 2015
  • Complete easy Rafflecopter entry form below to enter 
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

TOMS Spring Sale today at Zulily! Up to 40% off!

** This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links

Spring is in the air!

Starting today (Feb 17), you can get TOMS up to 40% off, including shoes for kids, women and men at Zulily!

Just click the link below below to find the perfect pair for your (or your bambino's) little tootsies!

Shop the TOMS sale here >> Up to 40% off TOMS - Sale starts 2/17

Also, did you know that TOMS gives back to children in need every time you make a purchase?

Every purchase you make, improves the health, education and well-being of children in over 60 countries with the amazing TOMS One for One.® program!

Monday, February 9, 2015

February 13th is Valentine's Day For Dogs!

If you have (or have ever had) a special pup in your life, you know that they are much more than just a pet - they are a part of the family.

Now, that I live in the #1 state that "loves dogs the most" according to The Doggy Love Index - I thought I'd share this fun infographic and a little giveaway in time for Doggy Valentine's Day!

How do YOU plan to celebrate Valentine's Day For Dogs this year?

The fun folks at Milk-Bone, Pup-Peroni, Milo's Kitchen, and Canine Carry Outs have made it easy for you this year with a doggie #valentinesfordogs Valentine's Day card. 

Get yours today at []

Enter to Win
(ends February 16, 2015)

Prize: Winner will receive a special package of doggie treats for their pooch! 

To enter
  • Comment below with your idea of a perfect Valentine's Day with your pooch or something you found interesting in the infographic above!
  • Be sure to leave an email address if not visible in your google profile. 

Friday, January 30, 2015

Do I Have The Right Health Insurance For My Family?

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by UnitedHealthcare, however my opinions are 100% my own and not influenced by the company.

Health Care is a topic most of us just don't want to think about, right?

Deductibles, Affordable Care Act (ACA), premiums, co-pay, insurance adjusted rates, all send me to my "anxious place."

But, it's so important, to try and get past the anxiety and secure the right insurance for your family. Especially, if you want to be sure your children and self stay healthy and avoid going into debt if (knock on wood) anyone has any major illness.

Don't you think this sweet little face deserves affordable health insurance? - my third little girl "The Bookend"

Figuring out how to find the most affordable health insurance that works for your family is worth a little time and effort, don't you think? 

After all, over 80% of health insurance exchange applicants last year saved $250 or more per month on their health insurance! 

"Do I Have The Right Health Insurance For My Family"?

Step 1. Educate yourself about the recent changes in Health Care Reform so you can make a smart decision about your coverage

Did you know?
- The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has raised the income limits for Medicaid in some states, so where you may not have been eligible previously, you may be eligible now. 

Step 2. See what open enrollment is all about and why it matters to you.

Did you know?
- You can visit UnitedHealthcare to find an affordable plan during open enrollment (Nov 15 - Feb 15)

Watch this video to find out tips on comparing health plans during open enrollment!

Step 3.  Figure out what type of coverage is right for your family, and shop for the best health care for your family's needs.

Did you know?
- Typically, you can only change insurance if there is a "major life event" or it's open enrollment (which it currently is).

Watch these helpful (and funny) short videos for more information on: 

Now, don't you feel a little more informed and armed with the right strategy on choosing the right health plan for your family? I do.

Don't worry, you aren't the only one who still might be lost on some of the confusing insurance terms.  Just watch these people on the street try to explain some common insurance terms - you just might learn something new!

Now that you've gotten your TV quota in for the day, I think I can dub you an official INSURANCE EXPERT. Well, maybe at least a more educated consumer anyway, right?!

I hope you enjoyed learning more about the Affordable Care Act, open enrollment and the ins and outs of health insurance, brought to you by UnitedHealthcare and McKinney Mommas! 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

On The Go in 2015 - #Giveaway by Green Scene Mom

Mom?  Grandma? Dad?  Uncle? If you are any of these, this giveaway is for you. A whole lot of awesome baby and kid stuff that is perfect for traveling! 

All moms understand that it's really hard to travel with kids, even if only going to the park or the store. Here are some great products to make getting out of the house a little easier, whether it's just for an afternoon or for a whole weekend. We are excited to bring you this awesome giveaway in collaboration with Green Scene Mom!
Green Scene Mom On The Go in 2015 Giveaway

Make taking kids on the go a little easier, and definitely more fun!

Wally Inflatable Bed Rail, from The Shrunks giveaway
The Shrunks Wally Inflatable Bed Rail - $25
At The Shrunks, we believe that kids are cool. Creating stuff that makes bedtime fun and safe for them, wherever they are, is what we love to do. Keep your child safe from rolling off the bed with The Shrunks Inflatable Bed Rail! Its slim design allows the bed rail to slip conveniently under any fitted standard sized twin, queen or king size bed sheet. Each package comes with a bed rail, foot pump, and a carrying bag for easy transport to all of your destinations. Recommended for kids 2 years and up. Shop @
Milkdot Popdots Go Pouch giveaway
Milkdot Popdots Go Pouch - $20
Popdots Go Pouch is the perfect carryall for everyday or for travel. Plus, it's insulated so it makes a great snack bag too. Use it as a toiletry bag, storage bag or quick change diaper bag. With one large elastic pocket and three smaller elastic pockets, your items will stay in place and organized. It's the versatile pouch for children, teens and women to take on the go for school, work or travel with plenty of room for school supplies, arts and crafts, toys, cosmetics, medicine, toiletries, first aid, baby essentials, snacks, drinks and much more! Shop @
Poncho Baby Pack-N-Run Organic Diaper Pouch giveaway
Poncho Baby Pack-N-Run Organic Diaper Pouch - $35
This eco-friendly and portable organic diaper bag pouch is perfect for those times when a diaper bag is too big. Made in the USA with 100% Cotton Muslin Imported. Use it for a quick trip to the supermarket, the park or an airport bathroom. It's been carefully sized to hold just the necessities. Also works great as an insert in a purse or diaper bag. Shop @
Poppy Drops $30 Gift Certificate giveaway
Poppy Drops $30 Gift Certificate
Poppy Drops was created due to a dilemma lots of us face — when to pierce a little girl's ears? Poppy Drops earrings really are the perfect solution that is practical for parents and super fun for kids! From our signature earrings came other solutions for modern kids! We now offer Tattoo Nail Art, Mix & Match Tattoo Jewelry, Perfume Sticks & Lip Luster — all of which are designed for little ones but are great for EVERYONE! All of our products are made with natural ingredients — 100% safe for any age. We make staying young even more fun than growing up! Shop @
yummi pouch reusable food pouch giveaway
Yummi Pouch Reusable Food Pouches set of 6 - $15
Yummi Pouch reusable food pouches combine style and convenience in an eco-friendly container you can fill with homemade smoothies and blended snacks! Yummi Pouches are easy to fill and clean through the top zipper opening and are great for taking healthy snacks on the go. Shop @
Zippyz Baby Footed Pajamas
Zippyz Baby Footed Pajamas - $27.99
Zippyz are baby footed pajamas with a patented design to make diaper changes quick and easy. Zippyz have a zipper from foot to belly so parents can change diapers quick and easy while keeping their baby covered and warm. Shop @
Pacidoodle Personalized Pacifiers set giveaway
Pacidoodle Personalized Pacifiers set of 2 - $12.50
Pacidoodle Personalized Pacifiers are the Cute, High Quality Solution to Accidental Paci-Swapping! Baby's name, monogram or cute saying is engraved on pacifiers and will not rub off or fade. "A little paci love made with a lot of His love". Shop @

Enter to win this Amazing Prize Set!

This giveaway is open to United States and Canada.
Green Scene Mom On The Go in 2015 Giveaway
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

McKinney Mommas Has Arrived in YOLO County!

I'm both sad and excited to announce that McKinney Mommas has moved.


I'm no longer a Texan, but have returned to my roots in California.

This gal, born and raised in Southern Cal, with a detour in Connecticut for 6 years and Texas for 5 years has now settled in Northern California, probably for good.

I started this blog, when my first born was only a few months old, after I decided to quit my job and stay at home full time.  I felt a need to maintain my ties with the professional world, and found that writing about my adventures at home and out and about with a newborn at McKinney Mommas just felt like a perfect balance.

With the birth of my third and final "bookend" baby earlier this year, I've taken a back seat in some ways to the steering of this blog, but now that I'm in a new state and town, I have a whole new set of places to find and things to do.

I'm up for the challenge of forging a new path for myself and my three little peanuts - now almost 4, 2.5 and 10 months here in the Sacramento / YOLO County / Woodland / Davis area!

IF you see us hanging out at your favorite local park or farmer's market, please say "HELLO" - I promise I'll say hi back!