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How to Show Your #disneyside Princess Style

It’s no secret that we love to have parties and playdates, but having two girls a princess party is a must! We’ve thrown a Sofia the First Princess party, and a Princess Birthday party for Lil’ C and of course many princess dress-up parties in our time.

Realizing that all of our #disneyside attendees were going to be girls, {we wish we could have invited millions of friends but with the party limits and space inside our house, only Disneyland could have held us all}, our obvious choice for party theme was a princess party. Don’t worry though, we had plenty of Mickey, Minnie, and the gang too.

How to Show your #disneyside Princess Style MommyB

Here’s our recipe for a great #disneyside party:

A Spoonful of Beautiful Princesses:

#disneyside princesses MommyB

and some Disney pals, including one of the new Disney Princess Palace Pets exclusively from Build-a-Bear Workshop. Pumpkin, who is Cinderella’s Palace Pet friend can now be made at Build-a-Bear Workshop and you can win a Build-A-Bear gift card at the end of this post to make your own!

Disney Princess Palace Pets and #disneyside friends MommyB

A Heaping Helping of delicious drinks and snacks:

Heaping Helping of Delicious #disneyside Drinks & Snacks MommyB

Our snacks included:

  • Disney Princess Fruit Snacks and “Snow White” bunny gummies
  • Pepperoni and Ritz cracker Mickey heads (with cheese because every mouse loves cheese)
  • Pink Princess Punch {aka strawberry lemonade} in our Mickey-fied Aladdin mason jar.
  • Mickey themed cupcake liners filled with Craisins
  • Hidden Mickey kid-friendly snacks and veggies in black round bowls
  • Hidden Mickey cupcakes*
  • Mini Mickey cupcakes*
  • #Disneyside Mickey cookies*
  • Mickey chocolate cake pops *

* Thanks to Cupcrazed Cakery for providing the delicious baked goods, the moms and princesses loved them and even got to take their cake pops home, some of them shared with siblings too! These treats were amazing!

A dash of decorations, crafts, games, and goodie bags:

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Our guests got their photos taken in front of the Mickey and Gang Step and Repeat, chose their favorite Disney Princess tattoo, made Disney inspired t-shirts from Hanes brand, {of course most of the shirts featured Mickey and favorite princesses}, listened to the Disney Frozen soundtrack, played Disney trivia and Disney Bingo, and of course left the party with some pretty cute purple and pink princess swag including headband crowns, star wand lollipops, and a variety of Disney goodies.

We had so much fun with our friends and had a blast showing our princess #disneyside. I can’t wait to take the girls to Disneyland as a part of the Disney Social Media Moms Conference in April. They will be beyond excited to visit and DaddyB and I can’t wait either.

We want to know, how do you show your #disneyside???

As promised, here’s your chance to show your #disneyside with Build-a-Bear Workshop, enter to win a $25 gift card and be sure to check out their new Disney Princess Palace Pets friends.

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Thanks to BSM Media, Walt Disney World Resorts & Parks, Build-a-Bear Workshop, Cupcrazed Cakery, SmartFab, Aladdin for helping us with our #disneyside celebration and share it with friends.

North America’s Leading Children and Maternity Consignment Event – Just Between Friends Franchise

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Just Between Friends.

Have you ever thought about running a business of your very own? Being able to set your own hours? Helping your neighborhood and community? Making some extra cash for your family?

As moms, often times we want something in addition to being a mom and turn to jobs outside the home. As a blogger, most of the time I work from home, but there are opportunities for me to attend media events and work with the community, much like owning your own franchise with Just Between Friends Franchise {JBF}, North America’s leading children’s and maternity consignment event. I get to be mommy first and work at my own pace and as much or little as I want, and I really enjoy what each job, {different in it’s own rite}, brings me.

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With the opportunity to turn your passion for helping other families save money, and wanting to step into a role of business owner for whatever reason it may be, Just Between Friends may be the perfect fit for you to become a business owner.

Some benefits to running your own business:

  • Make your own hours – if your children have sports or extracurricular activities that you can’t miss you can plan your working hours and event hours around your family’s needs.
  • Know your customer base – living in the area that you are hosting your consignment events gives you a great advantage of knowing what the best dates for sales will be and how to promote your sales.
  • Help families save money – JBF helps more than half a million families save and earn money every single year and you will be a big part of that!
  • Make extra income for your family – supplement income, save up for vacations that you might not have been able to go on before, or start or build on your family savings.
  • Work with others – Should you decide to run a business with friends, you’ll be working together to help create a successful business and enjoying that relationship that may be stronger

The Today Show calls it “the hottest ticket in town” and you could be the person or people who bring this to your area. Check out this video to hear more about the Just Between Friends consignment franchise.

 

Just Between Friends currently has 138 franchises in 28 states and Canada and expanding. That’s where you come in. JBF is looking a mom, or several moms to be the first to bring this super-successful event to area where there aren’t any.

At this point you may be wondering how it all works:

• Local moms/families/friends run the consignment event twice a year – spring and fall (a few ambitious owners may add in a holiday sale or summer event if they decide to)

• Families in your community sign up as consignors and sell the new and gently-used items their children have outgrown (or never used)

• Consignors earn 60 to 70 percent of the price of their sold items

• Other families shop the sales event and generally save more than 50 to 90% off of retail prices

Because JBF is part of a franchise, you have all the tools you’ll need to help you succeed at your fingertips and a great support system to help you build this business. That means you still have the flexibility to put your family first AND enjoy your passion AND help others. JBF is great for any “mompreneur” who is interested in owning a business that will help earn extra money without taking long hours from your family every week.

JBF Franchise Owners WantedHere’s how you can get started:

– The Franchise Fee is $14,900 in the United States and $16,900 in Canada

– The total investment is between $25,000 to $30,000

– Traits of a successful franchisee include:

  • Experience in sales and/or marketing
  • Outgoing personality
  • Goal-driven with a “get-it-done” mindset
  • Management experience is a plus

If you or someone you might know may be interested learn more about Just Between Friends franchise opportunities here:

Click here to fill out a franchise application online

Click here for more information on franchise opportunities

Let’s not keep this a secret Just Between Friends.

 

 

 

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Just Between Friends. Any opinions expressed in this post are my own. I love empowering families and helping others save and enjoy being a working mom, and wanted to share this information. Your opinions may vary.

Babies Love Bumbo #bumbocares

When I think about products that are must-haves for parents I think of things like Diaper Genie, Boppy pillows, Pampers diapers, MAM pacifiers, Snack Trap, and Bumbo {to name only a few of my favorites}. Whenever I shop for friends who are expecting a new baby I check to see if they have these things on their list and if so I usually try to buy them because I know they will get plenty of use and are invaluable to parents.

Both of my girls loved their Bumbo seat, we’ve shared with friends over the years, and in fact we even handed it down to another family a couple of years ago.

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While the Bumbo seat is pretty well-known, their BumboCares program is not as famous. Check out this video to learn more about BumboCares and to see how Bumbo is giving back:

Bumbo Cares Program from Bumbo USA on Vimeo.

BumboCares_SocialMedia_ABumbo is committed to child safety so please be sure to use Bumbo on the floor and make sure your child’s seat belt is securely fastened.

Bumbo is great to travel with, easy to clean, and great for babies and toddlers. The Bumbo seat comes in several colors and also has a play tray accessory. If you’ve never heard of Bumbo I suggest you check them out by heading to their website here: BumboUSA.

One lucky MommyBKnowsBest.com reader is going to win a Bumbo seat of their very own!!! Enter to win:

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I received product to perform this review, this is not a paid post. All opinions expressed in this post are my own, honest thoughts. Yours may vary.

Ani-mates – Stuffed Animals with Values

Let’s face it, with toys today it’s not always easy to entertain kids and teach them good values at the same time.

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Ani-Mates from GoBible are talking stuffed animals that bring over 30 preloaded, professionally recorded children’s Bible stories to life for young listeners.

Miss A and Lil C were beyond excited to see their “talking dog” and I appreciated the content and stories being told by the Ani-mates dog.

Animates Puppy

We make sure to read the Bible with our girls and they both hear about God and Jesus in church and school, but also it’s nice for them to hear God’s word in a different way (and if a talking stuffed animal isn’t different and fun, I don’t know what is!!!)

I could tell they were really getting into the stories by watching the intense looks on their faces. After listening to Ani-mates they talked with each other about the Bible stories they were hearing. I also loved watching them dance around to the music.

I would highly recommend this you for parents trying to instill Biblical values in their children in a fun way.

Ani-Mates currently come in bear and puppy form, and a lamb is coming for the Easter season!

Animates Stuffed Animals

You can also download the free app, and your children can watch the stories come to life on your smart phone as they listen to the stories being told!

This makes a great gift just in time for the holidays. Be sure to check out their website for more information and to place your purchase. GoBible.com

This post is part of a sponsored campaign with Ani-Mates and MomSelect. All thoughts and opinions are my own

Holiday Gift Guide for Girly Girls #MyKindofHoliday

For some of you savvy shoppers, your Christmas shopping is already complete, and others of us {ahem} still have a long list of people to shop for.

Personally, I love shopping for the many different people and personalities that we have in our circle of friends and family, and because the holidays are already busy, I try to save as much time as possible by shopping in “one-stop shops” like Target.

While we don’t buy our girls a lot of gifts we do like to get them a few things they have been wanting.

Here are a few of my favorite toys for girly girls like my gals: {ps they also play with Transformers and blocks on the regular.}

Holiday Gift Guide for Girly Girls #mykindofholiday

As you can see we have the newest LaLa Loopsies, and an adorable Hello Kitty, the awesome doctor station from Disney’s Doc McStuffins that Lil’ C has on her list, the Disney Princess Cupcake Party that the girls always love playing when we are at friend’s houses, cool craft sets, clothes, a scooter for Miss A, the interactive Jingle Bells book and talking puppy, and last but not least Lego Friends sets that both girls love playing with.

Believe me it was hard to pick 10 of my favorites! What are your girly girls getting this year? 

To check out the Target Kid’s Catalog for yourself and girly girls or non-girly girls you’re shopping for this holiday season, head here: Link to the Kid’s Catalog

New LeapFrog Product – Learn to Write with Mr. Pencil™ Stylus & Writing App

This post brought to you by MomSelect and LeapFrog.

Lately Lil’ C who is officially 3 and 1/2 {don’t forget the half}, has been VERY interested in writing her letters, and learning how to spell everything on the planet. She’s even been starting to create her own words and asking me, “Mommy, what does EFLG spell?” So I’m super excited that LeapFrog has come up with the Learn to Write with Mr. Pencil™ Stylus & Writing App.

Lil’ C loves playing on my iPad whenever she can get her hands on it, 90% of the apps are kids apps and 80% of the games on it have some capacity of educational value, but the more learning apps I can add or use to replace others, the better.

The girls loved “stepping into the world of Mr. Pencil and the citizens of Doodleberg”, and I like that she’s able to practice her writing and drawing skills. The Learn to Write with Mr. Pencil™ app come with a really cool, Mr. Pencil stylus that’s kid-friendly and is designed to be gentle on your iPad. {Double duty!}

Lil’ C loves practicing her letters, and unlocking shops and venues in Doodleberg and how much interaction the app allows. Even though Miss A {6} has been writing letters for years, the app had some fun activities that she enjoyed as well.

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The app is easy to download and even has a free version if you want to check it out before you purchase the full version of Learn to Write with Mr. Pencil™ Stylus & Writing App. This product currently retails for $14.99 but is on sale right now at LeapFrog.com for $11.99 {price subject to change}

How do/did you teach your child how to write their letters? Which LeapFrog toy will you be purchasing next? Learn To Write with Mr. Pencil LeapFrog App Toy

Check out the Learn to Write with Mr. Pencil™ Stylus & Writing App on LeapFrog’s website, and follow the hashtag #leapfrogapptoys for more reviews, discounts and updates.

 

We received this product as a review sample in order to give our honest opinions on this product. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own, yours may vary.

New LeapFrog Product – Creativity Camera Protective Case & App

This post brought to you by MomSelect and LeapFrog.

Are your little ones begging to play on your phone? My girls are always asking to play games AND take pictures, and with LeapFrog’s Creativity Camera Protective Case & App I am able to turn my iPhone® and our iPod touch® into the ultimate kid-friendly camera and creativity center.

This case is designed for little ones ages 3-6 years and works with  iPhone® and iPod touch® encouraging children to have fun, get creative and learn all at the same time!

The first thing I noticed is that the camera case protects my devices from accidents and rough play. It’s easy to see that the protective case locks in the iPhone® or iPod touch® in securely, without damaging the device. It’s difficult enough to deter little hands from unlocking, but not too complicated for moms and dads, thankfully!!

After checking out outside function of the camera protective case we downloaded the free creativity learning app. It was very easy to add to my device after scanning the QR code inside the camera case. Once that was fully loaded, Lil’ C was ready to start taking pictures and exploring.

She loved taking pictures of everything around the house and being able to have a good grip on the device. Once she took her pictures, she was able to have some fun adding stickers, distorting images, and of course coloring on her pictures in the app too. She also really loved the augmented reality game with the colorful “bugs” (minus the grey bat-like creature because of his spooky voice). Look at that happy face!

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I love that the LeapFrog Creativity Camera Protective Case & App is durable, affordable (retails for $19.99 and includes the app with purchase of the toy), and has multiple games/functions on the app along with taking pictures.

Luckily for my girls my old iPhone®  broke and we have a few iPod touch®’s around the house so I never need to take my phone out of the case to make a call or check email, they’re always ready to play.

We are huge fans of LeapFrog’s toys because they are geared towards learning and creativity, two of many things we want for our girls as they grow. I would highly recommend the LeapFrog Creativity Camera Protective Case & App for a gift perfect for any child ages 3-6, in fact we may pick some up for birthday and Christmas gifts because I know our friends and family will love this toy.

What is your child’s favorite photography subject? Which LeapFrog toy(s) will you be buying next?

LeapFrog Creativity Camera Protective Case & App

Check out the LeapFrog Creativity Camera Protective Case & App on LeapFrog’s website. And follow the hashtag #leapfrogapptoys for more reviews, discounts and updates.

 

We received this product as a review sample in order to give our honest opinions on this product. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own, yours may vary.

New Products and Programs from CVS/pharmacy Headquarters

If you follow my Instagram, Facebook or Twitter feeds, you know that at the end of September, I had the opportunity to visit CVS/pharmacy headquarters once again this year and sit in on informational sessions, and enjoy some great branded events, with some amazing bloggers.

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If you missed last year’s trip report head HERE. It’s been a busy month and I learned so much about great new products and programs that CVS/pharmacy is or will be rolling out. In this post you’ll see highlights of my visit and learn about these products and programs for yourself. In the meantime, make sure you’re subscribed to my blog by putting your email address in the appropriate box in the sidebar, that way you won’t miss my upcoming CVS/pharmacy product and program posts.

Whats Your DealFirst I’ll start with myWeekly ads and deals. Since this is something I mentioned to you in my post: CVS/pharmacy Announces myWeekly Ad Customized Savings I won’t go over all the details {if you want those click on the link I just mentioned}. But I will tell you that for those of us who aren’t hardcore couponers, this is perfect for the shopper in us who wants to save on things we are already planning on purchasing without having to spend hours of hard work getting that deal. Kudos to CVS/pharmacy for making it easy for shoppers like us to save!

Check out this funny, celeb-filled video showcasing a few different myWeekly ad suggestions. What’s Your Deal??? 

Joan Rivers cracks me up!

For the health-minded side of CVS/pharmacy, I enjoyed trying to decipher what was a health FACT and MYTH out of the health statements we were given by the CVS MinuteClinic crew. I actually learned a good bit of new information about MinuteClinic including:

  • Available in over 650 clinics in more than 25 states
  • Holds a 95% patient satisfaction rate
  • Staffed by Nurse Practitioners and Physicians Assistants who are able to treat, diagnose, and prescribe medication.
  • No appointments needed and services are available evenings and weekends
  • Known for acute services, but provide wellness services, physical screenings and more.

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{Pictured above is Christine Young, I heart her, go check out her blog From Diapers to Dating}

I love how convenient MinuteClinic is, especially being a busy mom with two little girls. Sometimes I want my kiddos to get feeling better right away. We love our physician, but illness doesn’t always work on our doctor’s office timelines. Can I get an amen?!?

Of course most of the bloggers at the event were women, not all, but most, and we were pampered with some amazing Salma Hayek Nuance beauty products. If you haven’t heard of her line Nuance you are truly missing out my friend.Salma Hayek Nuance CVS

Nuance products are specially formulated with natural, exotic ingredients that have stood the test of time. It’s said that a number of ingredients used in Nuance products were the same used by Salma’s very own grandmother.

This year, Salma Hayek’s Nuance launched a few new products including: Nuance Salma Hayek Hair Care with rich ingredients like flax seed to strengthen and protect hair, and Nuance Salma Hayek Skincare including cleansers, BB Cream and more with each item under a $19.99 price point. Love beauty at a bargain!

Last but not least, on this fun media trip, we were treated to Christmas with CVS/pharmacy. Not only was the ambiance set for holiday celebrations, but we enjoyed a yummy Christmas morning breakfast complete with gingerbread lattes and peppermint mochas. Normally I’m not one for celebrating holidays too soon, but with the Christmas tree {and for those of you who celebrate Hannukah, the minora}, stockings, and Christmas lights really got me excited for the holidays to be here already.

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We were also able to soak in the experience by doing a White Elephant swap of some of CVS/pharmacy’s soon-to-be “hot holiday gift” items. We also got to preview products that will be on “his” “hers” “kids” and other family members’ lists this Christmas and I got some great ideas for family and friends of my own.

CVS/pharmacy has even put together a few lists to get you started and help you out with shopping for those awesome people in your life you’d like to gift this Christmas season: Holiday Shopping at CVS/pharmacy.

I want to thank each of you who read my blog for your support. If you weren’t stopping by, reading my posts, commenting on Facebook, and entering giveaways I wouldn’t be able to work from home doing something I truly enjoy.

 

Thanks also to CVS/pharmacy for an amazing media event, lots of product samples to try out and tell my readers about, and of course the inside scoop on CVS/pharmacy’s newest products and programs coming out.

 

I was not compensated for this post. I did receive a trip to CVS/pharmacy headquarters for this event and work closely with the brand throughout the year on non-paid and paid projects. Any opinions in this post are my own. My family have been brand-loyal to CVS/pharmacies long before I was a blogger. Your opinions may vary.

Newest, Innovative Products from Target & Pampers {Giveaway}

This is a sponsored post, about products and brands we love.

 

If you’ve read some of my previous posts you know that DaddyB and I are done having our own children {although adoption is never out of the picture} and I have a lot of friends who are having their second or third babies lately. As a opinionated mom {no kidding}, I love sharing my thoughts on baby products and best brands. I also love buying my favorite brands for other moms in hopes they’ll share the same love of the products with me, if they don’t already.

Two brands you may hear me talk about a lot are Target {because we practically live there}, and Pampers {although no one in our house currently wears them}. I have been a longtime fan of Pampers diapers, training pants, and wipes and ALWAYS recommend the brand, so it was a great fit for me to be able to share some exciting new, innovative products from Target and some cool news about Pampers with you.

I love that Target is now carrying some really cool brands like 3 Sprouts, Trend Lab, and Aden + Anais for Target. These three lines are really cool, fresh, and great quality products. I’m partial to elephants and each of these lines carry fabric featuring adorable pachyderms:

 Target Brands

 I also love finding new products that just weren’t around when my girls were little, and stumbled on the KidCo GoPod Activity Seat. How awesome! We loved our daughter’s activity seat, but it was so big and bulky that we didn’t really want to travel with it, but this seat makes it a breeze to go to grandma’s house or bring to the babysitter’s. I would definitely have loved one of these and will be putting it on my list of baby shower gifts to give.

GoPod Activity Center

Target also carries my favorite brand of diapers, Pampers. I used to be so sad that back in our baby days Pampers Swaddlers only went to size 2, then they moved up and believe it or not, Pampers Swaddlers now go up through size 5!!! Although Swaddlers were my all-time favorite, I did also like Pampers Cruisers and they are also, new and improved with more absorbent materials and an even better fit for babies on-the-go.

Not only are these awesome diapers, but they’re even better when you can get a reward for buying them.

Target is celebrating these new Pampers innovations with two exciting offers:

  • Now through October 26th, 2013 receive a free $15 Target gift card with the purchase of 2 Pampers Giant Packs at Target
  • Then, from 10/27 – 11/2, receive a free $10 Target gift card with the purchase of 2 Pampers Super Packs at Target

Not only that, but  one lucky MommyB Knows Best winner will receive a special prize pack (valued at over $95) that includes: 

  • $50 Target Gift Card
  • Pampers Wipes (56ct)
  • aden + anais for Target Zooaroo Swaddle Wraps (4pk)
  • Skip Hop Zoo Malamine Kids & Toddler Tableware Set

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This is a sponsored post in conjunction with Target and Pampers brands. My family has been long-time customers of both brands and we fully stand behind the products and brands that are represented here. Your opinions may differ.

What’s App-enning?? App Series: What’s Up Doc?

Thank you to Disney Junior for providing access to the Doc McStuffin’s Appisode for review purposes.

 

It seems like if we’re not at the doctor’s for a well-check, blood work, sick visit you name it, I’m on medical websites checking out what symptoms are or home remedies for small issues, and the girls are watching or pretending to play Disney Junior’s Doc McStuffins.

Needless to say doctors are a big hit in our household. I even wanted to be a pediatrician when I was growing up. – random comment of the day.

I figured since medicine is on our brain I’d feature some of my favorite smartphone apps on that topic.

WebMD Mobile AppThe obvious choice for my first app, for a mom’s go-to when her family is ailing is of course the WebMD Mobile App. I love that I can not only read articles on whatever I’m searching for, but check out lots of helpful information for my specific area, {how cool is that?!?!}, WebMD shows me the health forecast, pollen counts, UV ray harshness and more. As a mom who’s trying to stay ahead of the game, this is a must-download in my book. Head HERE to read more details and if you want download on your smartphone.

 

For the kiddos, who, as I mentioned LOVE Doc McStuffins, Disney Junior has come out with an interactive episode, better known as an appisode, where your kiddos can watch a real Doc McStuffins episode and play along.

The Disney Junior Doc McStuffins app features activities to help rescue Ronda the helicopter, and save Boppy from deflating. With each of the mini-episodes there are several opportunities for your child to “help” their favorite characters and learn how to care for others as well.

Doc McStuffins Appisode

We like this app because it shows real episodes that my girls have seen on Disney Junior, and also that it’s not too difficult for my 3 year-old, and not too easy for my 6 year-old. The Disney Junior Appisode app for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch is free and the Doc McStuffins App is available for $4.99 and you can see details or download HERE. (Also check out these other Disney Junior Appisodes)

Our family pharmacy go-to is CVS/pharmacy. I love their mobile app because it has some pretty helpful features that include: the option to scan our prescription refills, a drug interaction checker to make sure we aren’t in danger when it comes to taking several medications {prescription and over the counter OTC}, a pill identifier, prescription history which is great for remembering what my family has taken when doctors or medical staff need that information, and lots and lots more, seriously, this app does so many great things and saves me time not having to call my doctor’s office or wait to speak with a pharmacist.

CVS:pharmacy Mobile App

For more details on the CVS/pharmacy app head HERE.

 

So those are a few of my favorite medical related apps, how about you? Do you like them too? Any that aren’t in this post that you want to share with us??

MommyB What's App-enning Series

Thanks for reading another MommyB Knows Best What’s App-enning blog post. Check out another related App post in the series HERE.

 

I received the Doc McStuffin’s Appisode for review purposes, all opinions expressed in this post are my own honest words and thoughts, yours may vary.