Review of the Joovy Bicycoo Balance Bike and Noodle Helmet

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I am thrilled to have been provided with a Joovy Bicycoo Balance Bike for to facilitate this review. My little daredevil of a daughter mastered a scooter earlier this summer and has since been enamored with her brother’s bicycle. I have heard from other parents how much easier learning to ride a bike is when a child starts on a balance bike as opposed to with training wheels. And as we watch our older son on his bike with training wheels, we can see the value in balance bikes actually teaching the skills needed for bike riding – more so than training wheels.

Joovy wrote an article on  Balance Bikes vs. Training Wheels if you are still trying to decide what is best for your child. They also offer some great tips for encouraging your child as they learn to balance.

Have you Seen the #KmartBackToSchool Commercial

As part of the #KmartBackToSchool campaign, I am writing this post to introduce you to Kmart’s latest back to school commercial. Have you seen it yet? The commercial features Da Rich Kidzz, a group of kid rappers from Minneapolis ranging in age from 10 – 13 years old. They have teamed up with Kmart and Shop Your Way to make a hip-hop music video all about riding their school bus back-to-school in style. Hence, the name of the video “My Limo”. 

This commercial is a fun and creative take on back-to-school clothes shopping. Let’s face it moms, sometimes shopping for clothes with the kids can be hard, but in the end everyone enjoys rolling back to school in style when they look good. It’s a catchy little tune and the beat is still in my head as I write this. Check it out for yourself and let me know what you think in the comments.

Kudos to Kmart for taking a talented group of kids and making them the stars of the commercial. Their are some fun lines weaved in about how excited Da Rich Kidzz are about going back to school. My favorite is the boy who is excited when his mom buys him a calculator. Not only can these kids sing and dance, but they are reminding kids that school is cool.

DisclosurePresented by Mami Innovative Media, this is a sponsored post. I am a Kmart #BackToSchool blogger, though all opinions are my own. 

How to Get out of a Running Rut #ReebokMom

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Reebok. I received a Famous Footwear gift card to purchase a pair of Reebok shoes to facilitate my review and to thank me for participating.

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If you head out the door in your running shoes and go running for a purpose, then you are a runner. If you have been a runner for any length of time, then unfortunately you will experience the dreaded running rut. Going on the same route wearing the same shoes can sometimes start to feel difficult on your body both physically and emotionally. Finding it hard to get out the door in the morning? Or to even get out of bed? Here are tips to help you kick that running rut to curb! 

Win a $100 gift card and Wholly Guacamole® dip


With back-to-school just around the corner and my Little Miss starting at daycare part-time, I’ve been looking for new ways to make preparing school lunches easier. The Wholly Guacamole® brand wants to help you make lunch for you and your kids OMGuac -tastic! After all,Wholly Guacamole is the Offical sponsor of the OMGuac Lunch! Stop by for some great ideas, a coupon and a chance to win $100 gift card with FREE Wholly Guacamole products! Three winners are chosen weekly through Sept. 27. The One Lunch, Two Ways gives you inspiration on how to create two completely different lunches with most of the same ingredients!

Take a look and print out the shopping list for your favorite ideas.

disclosure: I was not paid for this post and was under no obligation to post. I will receive samples as a thank you for posting.

Makit Personalized Plates Special Offer

My little dude is budding artist, so I am excited to have been given the opportunity to review the Make A Plate Art Project and sharing Mr P’s creation and review with you soon! Makit have also been kind enough to offer Mama Goes BAM readers 30% off on their Prepaid Art Plate Kit (that’s a savings of over $5).

Simply head on over to, follow the steps for creating your plate and use the promo code “USFAMILY” at checkout. The famous Make A Plate  kit lets your child use Makit’s special paper and markers to create your own design. They’ll turn your art into a personalized treasure!

About Makit

Makit has been in business for over 40 years. Make A Plate kits allow children to let their creativity soar in crafting a lasting gift for Mom, Dad, Grandparent or teacher. All Make A Plates are nontoxic, BPA-Free, dishwasher safe and proudly made in the USA.

Crispy Kabocha Cheese Fries Recipe

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Kabocha squash has less calories than its more prolific and loved butternut squash, but it also has half the carbs of butternut. With its yummy soft edible skin, this is a versatile veggie packed with lots of  vitamins for energy and an even sweeter taste than butternut squash!

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