Home8 Security System: Feel Safe & Secure With NO Monthly Charges + a Giveaway!

Posted by on Dec 21, 2017

Have you heard of Home8 yet? They offer security systems to fit any budget! And they offer FREE basic service once you own the product! That means no contract!

If you know me at all you know how much I loathe contracts. I want to be the one in charge of what I’m paying for. If something happens with me family I want to know that I can cancel at any time without paying a cancellation fee. No contracts is the only way to go with me. Not only does Home8 not have any contracts, they offer free basic service! you can see more about their service plans here. I have to say I’m impressed.

Installation? Easy peasy! I didn’t have to get my husband involved. I figured it all out by myself. Score!

Even better? I now have piece of mind that my house is safe. Check out all the details below and enter to win your own prize pack!

About Home8:

  • Home8 is a leading mobile-interactive, video-verified, integrated home, enterprise, and care Total-protection platform solution and service provider
  • The Total-protection platform covers connected security, safety, video, care, energy, and automation control under one mobile app
  • The Total-protection “system of systems” cloud-app offers collaborative video-verification, in-view local 1st-responder calling, secure video privacy and user control for priority emergency response and the utmost peace of mind
  • Zero-pairing plug-n-play system setup and expansion
  • Affordable starter kit systems with easily expandable add-on devices
  • Home8 offers free comprehensive basic Total-protection service

Win It:

One Mamas on a Dime reader will win a Home8 Action View Valuables Kit from Home8 ($100 Value)!

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Lugz: Be Proud of Your Shoes!

Posted by on Aug 29, 2017

LUGZ Boots

I am woman…hear me…walk? Yes. walk. I AM a woman, which means shoes are something that is an innate NEED, not simply a want. So when you hear my walking, it means I am walking with one sole purpose…like what I did there? Yep. I’m walking to show off my shoes, boots or heels! So now I’d like to introduce you to Lugz. Love the Lugz!

Always an innovator and leader in footwear, Lugz first made a name for itself in October of 1993, bringing its first line of boots to market, with the initial product consisting of two styles of boots, a quilted vest and a pair of jeans.

Soon Lugz was endorsed by key players from the world of hip hop and has continued to do so through out the years. One such collaboration led Lugz to breathe life to a whole new category of footwear with the introduction of the first ever celebrity-endorsed “Funk Master Flex” urban driving shoe. This was only the beginning as support then lead to a collaborative line with hip-hop superstar Bryan “Baby” Williams, aka “Birdman” with his own series of sneakers and boots.

From its inception, Lugz footwear has been an innovator in the footwear market from its signature styles, to creating trendsetting styles beyond boots and has added casual shoes and athletics to the mix for the Lugz men, Lugz women and Lugz kids lines.


Just take a look at these beauties! They are the Women’s Seabrook. They are cute, stylish and definitely keep my feet comfy when I’m on them all day teaching little 3 year olds. I LOVE the black and fuschia, but they also come in Aqua/White/Cloud, Black/Nautical Blue/White, White/Cloud,  Onyx/White. and Black/White. CUTE!! So many cute colors to fit your style to a “T”. They also have the following;

  • Canvas upper
  • Cotton drill lining
  • Waxy finish laces
  • Metal eyelets & classic Lugz hardware
  • Durable rubber outsole

Everything you need to strut your stuff in STYLE! And let’s be honest. For THIS woman…wearing stylish shoes is really when I roar…just sayin’. I have worn these and it never fails that I get compliments from my fellow shoe loving mamas. Thanks ladies! And thank you Lugz! You are the jelly to my jelly roll…The Cheese to my macaroni…The perfect fit to my foot.

Plus, don’t forget to sign up for the LUGZ newsletter so you can be entered to win a pair of free LUGZ directly from them!

Cherry Hill: Utah’s Best Water Park!

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017


Have you been to Cherry Hill recently? If not, you don’t know what you are missing! Last week my kids and I went for the day. It was my first time visiting and to say I am impressed is an understatement. Seriously, this place is AWESOME! So what do they have there?

Water Park: Pirates Cove Activity Pool has an authentic 40 foot pirate ship with a simulated cannon battle and Caribbean sound. Our foam padded Cardiac Canyon River Run is loaded with caverns, waterfalls, and sudden drops and turns. Our Grant’s Gulch Lazy River has an endless river of fun that you float and soak in. The newly themed Double Dragons are enhanced water slides with fog and lighting in the tunnels. All of this … plus your choice of 2 Swimming Pools to soak and sun at.


Miniature Golf: Come play one of the most challenging miniature golf courses in Utah. With an updated look and some new features this golf course is one of a kind. Each hole has a theme such as castles, windmills, ski mountains, and more. Take a Date or bring the Family for some wholesome fun!

During Scary Hill the Mini Golf is re-themed with favorite Halloween characters like Dracula, Witches, Spiders etc.. Pumpkins are lit around the golf along with festive music and Halloween décor. It’s a must see for people who love Halloween!

The Rock: Located next to the Maze. This 30′ rock climbing wall is a test on your nerves and skill as you choose one of the 4 climbing paths. There are easy climbing paths for children and more challenging paths for adults.

Hamster Haven Playground: Your children can literally have a ball in our original ball crawl! Built so your little ones can race through tunnels, scale rope climbs and take on the slide in an area that’s similar to a hamster cage! This is a great place to get their energy out while parents relax in the shade.

Aeroball: Located next to the Jungle Maze you can test your skills on this athletic trampoline game. Brand New Aeroball Units were just installed! The object of the game is to shoot an Aeroball over your opponent while jumping. Score the most points during your game to win!

I am so impressed with what is available and what you can get for your money at Cherry Hill. We had kids from 3 to 14 plus adults and every single one of us had fun! This would be a super fun place to have a Summer party, birthday party, company party, or just a day out with the kids. You can choose which attractions you want to visit and plan ahead for your day. You can eat lunch/dinner on site or head somewhere local and then come back to the park. You can also bring in your own picnic. I can’t wait to go back!


Disclosure: I was given free entrance in exchange for this review. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Rolling in the 2017 Volkswagen Passat

Posted by on Jan 3, 2017

Six weeks ago I picked up this awesome 2016 VW Passat so I could drive it around town courtesy of VW of Orem. And I have to say It. Was. Awesome! there are so many amazing features. My absolute favorite (which I’ve told you before) is the backup camera. Because if I’m honest, I’ve backed into a parked car before. Well, twice. I know. I know. But that is part of why the backup camera is just so freaking amazing for me.

But what other cool features are there? Let me break it down.

  1. Sun roof
  2. Blue tooth link up (my kids loved listening to What Does the Fox Say from my phone over and over again)
  3. Heated seats (In freezing temps this is a must!)
  4. Open the trunk with the touch of a button
  5. Great storage
  6. And tons more!

We took this little baby on a road trip to Heber where we visited the yummy Heber Valley Cheese. The Passat did fantastic! I couldn’t have asked for better.

This is us saying goodbye to this beautiful car.

Mostly, I just used the Passat for all of my regular activities. I drove my kids to and from school. I went grocery shopping and to doctor appointments. Plus, we’ve been in the process of moving. So hauling a bunch of boxes and other stuff was required. I was worried the Passat wouldn’t be up to par in this area, but it did so great! The VW Passat has definitely been added to the top of my vehicle wish list. And I had such a great experience with the staff at VW of Orem that I know just where to go when I’m ready to buy.

Pick up the Phone & Breathe Easy – All Clean has Got You Covered

Posted by on Dec 23, 2016

It was a VERY merry Christmas for my family as we moved into a new home. It was an upgrade and we could not be happier. With a new home comes the fun of decorating, making it “yours” with your style, a fresh start…but first. A new home comes with the need to CLEAN. I did a lot of cleaning. Including the Air ducts. It is something that I have not done as often as I should, but ALWAYS feel better when I do. And you really only need to get it done every few years (Every 2-5 years is recommended). BONUS! They even offer an air filter with a LIFETIME WARRANTY for around $70. That’s around the cost of 6 months of filters!

Professional duct cleaning uses specialized blowers, vacuums (pictured above), and brushes to clean out the supply, intake and return ducts throughout your home. This is the air that my littles are breathing- I want to be sure it’s not polluted with dust, etc. And if you have pets, kids with asthma or have done any home renovation or remodeling projects (BINGO!) you need to have someone come in and clean those ducts! You need to call All Clean.

Some tips & facts from THIS Mama and All Clean about getting your air ducts and vents cleaned.

  • Get your ducts cleaned every 2-5 years.
  • Invest in a good air filter. I’m dorkily excited about my new lifetime warranty filter. I just need to spray it off each month.
  • Research the company! Some companies will do a bait & switch. You will pay WAY more than you originally thought and not get as good of a job done.
  • There are lots of add ons – Decide what is worth it to you. I paid extra for disinfectant in each vent and the lifetime warranty air filter. The others sounded good, but just weren’t for me this time around. (Some others offered: Air conditioner coils cleaned, UV light inserted to clean air in vents, dryer vent cleaning.)

All Clean was fantastic. They are very professional and even did not mind my kids, okay me.. asking a hundred questions about what they were doing during the process and why it was necessary. It not only gave me peace of mind moving in with my air ducts clean, but I am now able to wait another few years before calling on them again. But you shouldn’t wait. You should give them a call. Cause let’s be honest, how many of you remember the last time your air ducts were professionally cleaned…have they ever? Pick up that phone and breathe easy! All Clean has got you covered.

The VW Passat – Get Out and Drive!

Posted by on Dec 23, 2016

Most of you will know the song, “Life is a highway, I wanna ride it all night long”. Come on now, sing it with me. Yep. I can SEE your head nodding right now. I love that song. Mostly because I LOVE to drive. I may or may not have been told I have somewhat of a lead foot, but only when appropriate…PROMISE! This experience of being able to test out the VW Passat makes that song come to mind each time I slide into my (with these temps in the 20’s) much needed heated driver’s seat. I literally find myself making excuses JUST to go out and drive that baby!

I have a confession to make here, I am a TRUE fan of VW. I LOVE VW bugs, and all the models in the VW family. So I was STOKED to get the chance to take on the VW Passat and take it for a test run. Gotta say it. I get it. I get why people LOVE their VW Passat. I get why people feel like a million bucks when they drive it. I get why people own them.

Since it’s the holidays, this week we have decided to hit as many Christmas drive through light displays as humanly possible. Cause, really? Why not?! I got a sweet car! Such a smooth ride, such a sweet looking car, its roomy like my SUV (which I typically drive) but sleek and does NOT make me feel like a frumpy jalopy driving mom. I have gone through so many drive thru Christmas light displays and have been comfortable, and safe during each one. Knowing I have a quality car, makes all the difference.

Look at the VW Passat. Isn’t he pretty? Oh. Did I say he? YES. YES I DID. When you truly LOVE a car, you NAME your car. This is Taye. I love the way I look in this car (i.e. Taye)! Ok. I know it might only be the car, but I could have sworn I got a head nod from another VW driver the other day…just saying.

I may not always take the Passat out on a freeway, but each time I get in I know I will have an adventure…or two. Whether it’s that head nod from a fellow VW driver ( I swear it happened!) or just feeling good knowing I’m in a safe automobile as I drive through Christmas light displays, I Do want to drive it (him. Taye) as much as I can!

Three’s Company? Nah, Not With the VW Passat

Posted by on Dec 16, 2016

I am an SUV driving mama. I have three kids (two of which are still in car seats) and I like the room an SUV gives me. So I was a little unsure how much the VW Passat was going to do in this category. But oh boy does it rock! All three of my kiddos, and their car seats, fit wonderfully in the back of this little baby. They have tons of leg room and just as much space as in my SUV. Plus, the trunk? You could literally fit a dead body in there. Not that I have any idea what that would consist of, but you get the idea.

As you can see from the pic above, my kids aren’t complaining either. (This was at school pickup by the way. No vehicles were moving during this picture.)

When I picked this baby up, the manager said “You’re going to love it so much you will buy it.” I laughed. I mean, we just bought a new house. But as the weeks go on, I’m starting to wonder if he might be right. Is this the car for me? Does my cute little family need a new ride with ample leg room, a sun roof, a ginormous trunk, heated seats, and more? Maybe. The answer is maybe. Because, no three is not too much for this little baby. I have no doubt my kids will still have plenty of room as the years go by and they get bigger.

I’ll be sure to keep you guys updated on this awesome car experience. So far my only complaint? Not enough cup holders. First world problems, eh?

National Geographic Kids books of Heroes and Heroines

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016

A few months back we had one of my favorite holidays. HALLOWEEN! I always love to dress up with my kids as we do a “family theme” but I typically will do an easier costume for work. This year, has been quite a doozy for me and I needed to feel my inner heroine. I decided to go with Rosie the Riveter. What an amazing symbol for my girls to learn about. It was a great way to tell them about history and what women can accomplish when they have a common goal. It was fun to check out some articles online and read about her.  I was emulating her for Halloween- I wanted to get her story right!

You can imagine how excited I was when I read about the National Geographic Kids books of Heroes and Heroines and saw ROSIE on the cover! My kids are already fans of National Geographic Kids books, so when I saw these, well. Let’s just say it didn’t take any super human strength on my part to grab them up!

The Book of Heroes is available for purchase for $11.25 from Amazon.

The Book of Heroines is available for purchase for $11.06 from Amazon.

Both The Book of Heroes and The Book of Heroines retail for $14.99 each and are great gift books for children ages 8-12.

National Geographic Books of Heroes/Heroines

  • Discover the true stories of superstars, war heroes, world leaders, peacemakers, and other gutsy gals who changed the world in The Book of Heroines. The Book of Heroines highlights heroes such as Mother Teresa, Marie Curie, Misty Copeland, Tina Fey, and Emma Watson.
  • Discover the true stories of superheroes, rebels, world leaders, action heroes, sports legends, and many more daring dudes in The Book of Heroes.
  • The Book of Heroes highlights heroes like Galileo, Sitting Bull, Michael Jordan, and Stephen Hawking.
  • Although the word “hero” has many meanings and many people can be called heroes in real life or fiction, in these books, heroes tend to share seven stupendous qualities:
  • Heroes are courageous
  • Heroes do the right thing
  • Heroes have compassion
  • Heroes are competent
  • Heroes are inspiring
  • Heroes never quit
  • Heroes leap to action

My kids definitely love to read, and these were immediately devoured. I watched as they read and saw how their faces would show different emotions, awe, amazement, empowerment. I could FEEL them thinking they too could be a heroine. And they can! What better way to teach them this valuable lesson than from actual people they can relate to! I now get a history lesson each time they pick up the book and read to me about a hero or heroine they have come to love. My absolute favorite thing about National Geographic Kids is the way they can keep my kids entertained and educated with each story. And they are not only heroes and heroines of old, my girls recognized some of their favorite actors and were thrilled to learn more about them.

Every kid needs a hero/heroine (aside from their mom and dad of course!). Why not let them read about some of the many in the world- and gain the attributes that will make them a hero/heroine too!


The Volkswagen Passat is AWESOME!

Posted by on Dec 2, 2016


Thanks to Ken Garff VW I get to drive this little baby for six weeks. And it is seriously awesome! So far, my favorite feature is the back up camera. But there are so many cool features it’s hard to choose!

Some of my other favorite features:

  • The sun roof
  • Heated seats
  • Huge trunk space!
  • Large back seat
  • Bluetooth connectivity

Stay tuned for more on just how awesome this car is. And be sure to check out Ken Garff Volkswagen on Facebook. They were amazing to work with and were super helpful in showing me all the features for the car and helping us to get out and driving as quickly as possible.


Nutri Ninja With Auto IQ: Break Up With Your Old Blender

Posted by on Nov 23, 2016

nutri ninja

My oldest daughter recently has discovered her love of running. So naturally we enrolled her in a girls running club that meets after school- and she LOVES it. She has really latched on to not only exercise, but eating healthy as well. So when I decided to see what the Nutri Ninja Auto iQ Compact System was all about…I dreamed of veggie and fruit smoothies with her health in mind. I was in for a surprise. This machine can do SO much more than just smoothies!

  • Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Compact System now includes Smooth Boost Technology, allowing you to truly customize your drink-making experience.
  • Nutrient & Vitamin Extraction combined with Pro Extractor Blades breaks down whole fruits and veggies for refreshing, full-bodied nutrient juices.
  • High-Performance Blending combined with the blender’s high-performance blades powers through frozen ingredients and ice for cool smoothies and shakes.
  • 40 oz. Blend & Prep Bowl for added versatility and functionality
  • Double-walled stainless steel cup keeps your favorite frozen smoothies colder for up to 4 hours.

I basically had “the appliance break up talk” with my old blender after trying this one. I would attempt to make smoothies, and would get the chunks of ice in it. I could NEVER get it smooth, and would usually be seeing smoke coming out of my blender trying to run it too long to get said chunks out… With the Nutri Ninja Auto iQ Compact System I push a button, wait less than a minute and get a NO chunk smoothie. One of my favorite features is the Stainless steel cup- my daughter is literally RUNNING from one place to the next and its all I can do to hand her the cup. She will take that and go and can have a nutritious meal to help keep her energized.

I also decided to try out the versatility of my Nutri Ninja and see if it would chop up some nuts and such for my breading in different meals. Worked like a CHARM! It took literally a few seconds and I was not stuck with a knife and trying to chop like a ninja…MY Nutri Ninja did it for me!

When you invest the money in something you want it to be the best. The Nutri Ninja was that for me. Plus, it’s on sale at Amazon right now. It’s marked down from $189.99 to just $148.99! Don’t go cheap and be satisfied with chunks of ice in your mix. Go Nutri Ninja for the smooth of it!

I was given products to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own.