Friday, July 3, 2015

Summer Cookouts with Foster Farms Fresh Simply Raised Chicken




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When thinking about summer and menu planning, I like to find the freshest and healthiest ingredients. This post is one that is sponsored by the people from Foster Farms®, and aside from being compensated for my opinions, I was also given coupons to use for sampling the food for this post as well.
The summer months are upon us, and like so many others out there, we enjoy finding those foods to cook and serve to the family and friends during our summer cookouts. When it comes to finding the meats and foods we will use to cook with, we enjoy finding the freshest ingredients we can, from cooking our own pinto beans for a pot of baked beans and fresh salad as sides, to getting our chicken from the Foster Farms® Simply Raised selection at our local grocery store or Costco.
I like knowing that when we shop the Foster Farms® Simply Raised line of chicken at our local grocer, I can prepare and serve my family a line of chicken that is antibiotic free. I also like that with the line of Simply Raised Chicken, the chickens are given 100% vegetarian feed, are American Humane Certified, and that they are locally grown throughout OR, CA, and WA. Then when it comes to the added health aspects of serving the Foster Farms® Simply Raised, there is no added sodium, the chickens are raised 100% natural and are minimally processed with no additives, preservatives, steroids or hormones. 







The idea behind the healthy living is not only one that my family and friends look for when we shop by shopping local and organic lines of products, but it is also an idea that many other millennial parents seek out as well when they are shopping for their families. In fact, when it came to a new independent survey that was conducted on 1,800 West Coast Millennial Households 85 % of millennial parents indicated that their criteria for buying meat and poultry has changed over the last several years and 42% indicated having a child as the primary reason. Finding that millennial parents are choosing antibiotic free and organic poultry to feed their families over other poultry options out there.


Aside from the health aspects we get from choosing the products from Foster Farms®, I like knowing that we are also supporting a family-owned and operated business that has been in business since 1939. Foster Farms® is also the leading poultry producer here on the west coast, and now that we can get the Foster Farms® Fresh Organic and Simply Raised antibiotic free lines, we can find something for everyone to enjoy from the Foster Farms® line, when we plan our cookouts. Making Foster Farms® Simply Raised not only a great go to selection for my family when we do our shopping, but also a great selection for anyone when planning those summer get togethers and cookouts! 







This post is sponsored by Foster Farms®, the opinions expressed are my own.


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Thursday, July 2, 2015

#Giveaway Making the World #BetterForBaby with Pampers


As a parent, when we bring a new baby into this world, we find that everything that we once knew, changes. Not only do we find that our families grow a little more, but we find that our hearts grow a love that is more than we had ever imagined before, and what we once knew yesterday is now different today, all because of baby. Babies bring out the best in us, from those little laughs and coos, to the joy a baby can bring into a room full of strangers, I find it amazing how one little baby can change the world around them.


Everyday that I wake up and look into the eyes of my babies, I thank them, for teaching me that love can be multiplied over and over again, and that life is much more than I ever imagined it to be. So as a parent, I have found that with each of my babies, I have vowed to not only be the best parent I can for them by being patient, but also to do things that will help make the world a better place for them like donating their old clothes to charity. Well to help show baby how thankful we are for all they do for us as parents, the people from Pampers have created a video and are committed to making the world better for baby.



Being a mom who uses Pampers products when caring for my babies, I like knowing that the brand of diapering products I am using is a brand that does more than provide the products I need for baby, but also supports the happy, healthy development of babies and have done so for more than 50 years! They do this by helping to protect premature babies, helping families in need through product donations, helping to prevent maternal and neonatal tetanus, and also reducing their environmental impact. Making Pampers not only a brand I trust and support when caring for my own babies, but a brand I suggest to others as well, and to help with caring for baby, the wonderful people from Pampers would like to give one of my amazing readers the same prize pack of goodies I was sent!


  • Pampers Swaddlers and Wipes ($15)
  •   Magic Bullet Baby Bullet Baby Care System ($60) - To make your own baby food
  • Spring Floral Scarf ($20) - From a company that gives percentage of proceeds to build orphanages in India
  •  NALGENE Reusable BPA Free water bottle ($7)

  • Right now through July 15th you can enter to win a Apple Watch by tweeting a #BetterForBaby pledge using #Better4Baby and #B4BDiva along with a link to the video http://bit.ly/1Cr6k4A ) to enter to win an Apple Watch worth $750! Also be sure to join in for a Pampers#BetterForBaby Twitter Party on Wednesday, July 8th from 9-10pm EST as they discuss how to make like #BetterForBaby and give away some great prizes! RSVP here: http://vite.io/iconnectim  










    This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Pampers. I received product free of charge, but all opinions are 100% mine."
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    Wednesday, July 1, 2015

    Patriotic Nails with CND® VINYLUX®


    The Fourth of July is a day to celebrate. One where friends and family come together to cookout, enjoy one anothers company and celebrate our independence. For me and my family, that means getting the menus together, making those fun festive, red, white, and blue treats, and even dressing everyone in red, white, and blue attire. So when we were sent some of the nail polishes from CND VINYLUX in red, white, and blue colors, my daughter and I were excited to add them to our attire for the holiday.

    I like that with this color combination, we can choose many ways of applying the polishes for this years Independence Day celebrations. I also like that when we use the colors from the CND VINYLUX collection, we get a polish that dries quickly and that lasts for up to 7 days. Making it so we do not have to change our polish constantly, and also making it so we can show our patriotism longer than just over the weekend, with the patriotic nail colors from CND VINYLUX!


    Product received, thank you to CND VINYLUX as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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    Tips for Becoming a Successful Retail Mompreneur

    More and more moms are opting for flexible ways to supplement the family income without joining the traditional workforce. For this reason, we are seeing a rise in the number of ‘mompreneurs’ who are starting a business from home, allowing them the luxury of being with their little ones in their formative years but still bringing in a much needed income. If you are a mom trying to get a home-based business off the ground, here are some tips that can help you build a lucrative venture.

    Developing a Product Line

    Working from home is a great way to develop a product line. Whether you are a gourmet cook or a seamstress talented at designing trendy fashions, you have all the freedom to create to your heart’s content from home. However, this is only part of the process as you will need to bring your product to market.

    Exploring Cost Effective Solutions

    One of the main problems that mompreneurs have when going public with their product line is how to set up a retail outlet without a huge expense. The amount of overhead is cost prohibitive when first starting out so it becomes crucial to find ways to promote and sell your products without going into a huge amount of debt. Some women are comfortable selling online while others prefer that one-on-one engagement when selling their products.
    Retail Kiosks Provide Exposure 

    at Reasonable Rates

    Although you would like to lease a store in a local mall, that really is cost prohibitive for most fledgling mompreneurs. Have you considered a retail kiosk such as those offered by Westfield Specialty Leasing? These are ideally located in the mall in an area where stores selling similar types of merchandise are located. In other words, a gourmet cookie kiosk wouldn’t be located near a sports store and a handcrafted jewelry kiosk wouldn’t sit in a corridor with totally unrelated retail stores.

    The Key to Being a Successful Entrepreneur

    One of the major benefits of beginning with a retail kiosk is that you can take the needed time to refine your product line and sales approach without a huge amount of overhead. A successful entrepreneur (mompreneur in this case!) knows that success is not static. You always need to be willing to make changes in both offerings and marketing if what you are doing isn’t working as you had planned.

    Greater Exposure!

    Believe it or not, you just might wish to continue renting that kiosk even when your merchandise starts selling well. Consider the fact that literally every person who enters a mall needs to get from one store to the next by traversing common areas. Stores are at a disadvantage as the shopper needs to enter in order to view the merchandise. With high visibility in a high traffic area of a mall, you really do have an advantage and at much less the cost of a leased storefront!
    Taking that oftentimes frightening step to go into business for yourself is a huge step, but one that can prove to be an amazing success if planned well. Take your idea, build on it, find a suitable outlet and watch it grow. According to one study, most successful entrepreneurs started from home and with a little creativity and some sound business decisions, you could be the next to join their ranks.

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    Sunday, June 28, 2015

    #Giveaway Crafting Fun with Kits from Creative Hands

    With the kids on their summer break from school, I like to ensure that our days are filled with activities, whether they are indoor or outdoor activities, I like to make sure the kids stay busy. One activity that I can do with all 3 kids, that we all enjoy doing, is crafting. So when we were sent 3 fun crafting kits from Creative Hands, we found this was a review we were all excited to do!

    I like that with each of the crafting kits, there are several projects available, making it so each of my kids can have the supplies they need to create something fun. I also like that there are easy to follow instructions available in each of the kits, so the kids and I can recreate some of the craft ideas that are in the kits, or we can create our own projects. Another thing that I like about these kits, is with my 2 older kids, they can take out the kits when they want to get creative, then when my toddler wants to join in, he too can make some fun crafts, under my supervision.


    The kits we were sent include the following:

    Zoo 2 Do • $12.99 • Ages 6+
    All the animals in the zoo are jumping up and down for you! Available at retailers Fred Meyer, Meijer and Kroger, this Zoo 2 Do kit with the tote-able handle, features monkey, giraffe, lion, zebra and others for a total of 25 zoo-themed projects.

    Creative Fun Tote • $12.99 • Ages 6+
    Rainy days and Sundays are ideal for this overflowing box of craft pieces that can be transformed into animals, cupcakes, bugs, pencil toppers and whatever the imagination can conjure. This fun tote is available at Fred Meyer, Meijer and Kroger stores. Kids can follow the enclosed project sheet or personalize with their own wacky ideas. Art is in the eye of the beholder!

    Paper Pals Bugs & Flowers • $12.99 • Ages 6+
    Even kids will allergies will adore these pretty flowers and friendly bugs that are tucked inside
    Paper Pals – a kit that starts with paper plates and paper cups! Available at Zulily and Meijers retailers coast to coast, this tote-able kit makes 12 big projects. A project sheet is included to start kids off. The final results are totally up to them!

    In all, making the craft kits from Creative Hands, a must have selection of arts and crafts supplies to have in any home or even home school, this summer! And to help with keeping the kids busy, even on those rainy days this summer, the wonderful people from Creative Hands would like to give one of my amazing readers the same 3 kits we were sent for our review!




    Product received, thank you to Creative Hands as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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    #CyberSafe Ask Questions & Find Answers When it Comes to Cyber Safety

    I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

    In today's world, we find that things are a lot different than they were when we were growing up, and things are also constantly changing. I mean, with the technology we have and the internet, it seems like every time I turn around there is a new must have tech gadget on the market, or a new must download app to use. When it comes to parenting in today's world, the challenges are different for parents today than the challenges our parents faced with us. And as a parent, I take a lot into consideration when it comes to setting rules and boundaries with my kids, especially when it comes to any screen time they might have.

    I know that when it comes to the internet and the apps that are out there, my own kids come to me constantly, wanting to download this, update that, and wanting me to allow them more screen time as they get older. So as a parent, I not only research those apps, social networks, and games the kids want, but I also seek out advice, like the advice I was able to get by checking out the info on how "Cyber Safe" my kids are, and by utilizing the resources I found at The Boys & Girls Club site.

    On the Boys & Girls Club site they have teamed up with Sprint to give parents answers to their questions. I was able to research information they have there about social networking, online privacy, and other info on cyber safety, as well as get advice from teens who are part of the BGCA's Safety Ambassadors. The BGCA's Safety Ambassadors are not only teens, but they are kids that parents can go to, to ask questions and get the answers that we are seeking out. Like when it comes to screen time and what is considered an appropriate amount of time for different ages, or how to explain cyber bullies to your kids.

    The answers and information I can get from the Boys & Girls Club of American Safety Ambassadors are answers that come from a teens perspective, allowing myself and my husband as parents, to look at the various aspects as we set those rules and boundaries with our own kids. I like that with the BGCA, parents can go and submit questions through the month of June, and get the answers from other youth, who I have to admit, are a lot more knowledgeable and savvy when it comes to the technology that is out there. Which in all, helps parents with being more knowledgeable when it comes to the issues our children might face while they are online, and also helps to give parents a better understanding on what is out there and what to look for. Making it so together, we can help make the time our kids spend online, safer for them.

    So if you have questions, get your answers now by heading to CyberSafeFeatures.org, where you can submit your questions to the BGCA Ambassadors, and get answers from a teens perspective. Also, when you head there right now and submit your questions, you can be entered to win one of 3 iPad Minis as well as a $500 donation to BGCA of your choice!



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    Make Bath Time Fun with the Original Crazy Foam


    When it comes to the kids, I find it fascinating when my own kids find themselves idolizing those super heroes we grew up loving. I can remember, not only collecting the various super hero toys we came across, but also other products that had those super heroes we adored on them, so when we were sent some Crazy Foam with those iconic super heroes on them, I was excited to not only check them out, but also share them with my own kids.

    I can really appreciate that with the Original Crazy Foam, they have kept the look the same, bringing fun to bath time with the kids favorite characters on them. I also like that with the Crazy Foam, the kids not only get a selection to choose from with their favorite super heroes on them, but also a fun foam wash that is a 3 in 1 wash. Giving the kids a great and fun body wash to use in the shower, as well as a wash that they can use for their hair as both a shampoo and conditioner. Making bathing fun for the kids, and also making that struggle to get the kids to bathe, a thing of the past in my house!



    Product received, thank you to The Original Crazy Foam as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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    Get Out and Play with RanyZany


    With the summer months here and the kids at home, I like to find any and all excuses to head outdoors to play. Whether it is a nice sunny day, or a little cloudy, we find that being outdoors is the best way to take advantage of our summer days. In the past month, we moved from Texas to Washington, and in the area we are in, we are within walking distance of the water. So when we were sent a pair of boots for Wyatt to check out from RanyZany, we were not only excited to have them as a pair of rain boots for him to wear on those rainy days, but also a fun pair of boots for him to wear as we explore by the water this summer!

    When the boots arrived for our review, Wyatt could not get them on fast enough, lol. He loved the dinosaurs on the boots, and he also liked how easy they were to pull on and take off, (but only agreed to take them off after we ensured him he could wear them the next morning).

    I like the tread on the bottoms of these boots giving him some grip as he walks on wet surfaces, and that even when we are exploring the rocky shores by the water on the slippery rocks, Wyatt can walk along and explore as well, keeping him from slipping constantly and helping in keeping his feet dry. I also like that with these boots, they have handles on the tops, making it so Wyatt can put them on without any help, giving my toddler that independence he likes that makes him feel like a big kid!

    In all, we have found these boots will not only come in handy on those rainy days, but also be very handy as we head out for that summer play by the water! Making the boots from RanyZany a must have summer item to get for the kids this summer when playing and exploring by the water or in the rain!


    Product received, thank you to RanyZany as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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    Friday, June 26, 2015

    Casting Call with The Cast Station


    The Cast Station is currently casting families with conservative values In Austin for a commercial for OpportunityLives.Org.  
    We are looking for parents late 20s-late 30s with 2 children 7yrs old or younger .
    We will be holding auditions in Austin this Sunday 6/28
    Travel and Fitting: Tuesday 7/2/15, Shoot 7/3/15 in Dallas 
    Rate: $250/person for shoot + $750/person if in the final spot 
    Gas reimbursement, hotel and meal per diem provided. 

    Those interested can send us names, phone number, & a current family photo to thecaststation@gmail.com 

    Thank you! 


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    Wednesday, June 24, 2015

    #Giveaway Celebrate 30 Years with Nature's Path Organic (US & Canada)

    Over the years, my family and I have enjoyed a line of products from Nature's Path Organic. We find that gathering around the breakfast table in the mornings, and enjoying bowls of their various cereal selections as well as other breakfast products, can be a great way to start our days out right. So when we were told that Nature's Path Organic was celebrating 30 years, we were excited to join in the celebrations with the box of cereals we were sent!

    I like that aside from the selection of products we can choose from, I like knowing that the Nature's Path company has been family owned for 30 years! I also like that when it comes to their story on how they first started their company out, that they started with just $7 in their pockets along with a $1500 loan in 1967 and have grown from there! And I can really appreciate that they went from a local Canadian company, to one we can find in stores here in the US as well. Making Nature's Path Organic not only a great line of products I enjoy serving to my family, but also a line of products that is worth celebrating with!


    So as you head out to the store to find those breakfast cereals and other breakfast products, be sure to pick up some Nature's Path Organic, and help them with celebrate 30 years! And also be sure to enter the giveaway below, where you can enter for a chance to win a great prize pack from Nature's Path!




    Product received, thank you to Nature's Path as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.



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    How to Make Money while in Maternity Leave

    Parenting is the most important and responsible task in the life of every woman. You devote your time and efforts to it. Of course, you always have your hands full with new responsibilities, but then you get used to them, learn how to manage your time effectively and as a result have much free time. You can use it for watching TV, pointless blabbing with friends, reading a book or cooking something special or you can make additional money. I don’t mean a well-paid job, I mean a small activity that can bring additional income.

    If you are interested in this, think of your hobbies. What do like to do? If you paint – sell pictures, knit or embroider – sell these articles. Hand-made things are rather popular nowadays. You can also sew clothes for children and adults. These are just the examples of how your hobby can be beneficial.

    In case you are not a creative kind of a person think of a ghost writing. Ghostwriters are writers for hire who take money but none of the credit for the work produced. In other words, ghostwriters are people who write instead of other people and are paid for that, but nobody ever will know who the real author is. There are many websites where you can get the order, for example http://www.ozessay.com.au/. This service is specialized in academic writing but is not restricted to it. There you can get different kinds of orders like essay writing, doing sums, writing a summery or a book review. So, as you see, there’s a job for a specialist of any sphere of knowledge. Besides, there are orders that do not belong to the genre of academic writing – blog posts, magazine articles and so on. You are to choose what is suitable for you.

    Ghost writing gives you a number of benefits. First, it a source of additional income. Second, it is a way for you to get rid of your daily routine and monotonous work. In addition, it is a brainstorm; it is a chance to discover your strong and weak points, a chance to find a direction for self-development. It will prevent you from turning into a “traditional mummy” whose interest do not go far from household keeping and childcare.  The process of writing is the process of study; when you get the order, you should read some sources before you start writing. Therefore, it is one more opportunity to enlarge your scope of knowledge.

    Moreover – ghost writing is practice. Who knows, you may appear to be a perfect talented writer! You can try yourself as a writer, starting from ghost writing and develop to a professional blog owner! Don’t be lazy, get to work now!

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    How to Help your Child with a Homework?

    It is the common known truth: small kids – small problems, big kids – big problems. Once your child enters the school you become deeply involved into the educational process. You buy all the necessary things like school bag and copybooks, prepare your child to meet new people, attend parent meetings, check whether the homework is done in proper way, communicate with teachers… The question is should you help your child with homework or you must not?

    There are two totally opposite points of view: on the one hand you must cultivate independence and self-organization, on the other hand you must help your children to hit the books and develop good study habits. What to choose? DON’T help your child with homework. Do you review your daughter’s homework every night? Robinson and Harris’s data, published in The Broken Compass: Parental Involvement With Children’s Education, show that this won’t help her score higher on standardized tests. Children get used to parents’ checking and further they are unable to do it themselves. Besides, in the Middle School you probably will not have enough skills and knowledge to help your child. When you meet with teachers and principals frequently your child may feel ashamed and uneasy in the eyes of the classmates.

    DO help your child with homework. However, it is not actually help in the usual sense of the word. You should not give your child instructions and directions; you should rather give hints. Here's how to do it as it is advised by teachers.
    -       Plan. Make plans for you and your child, decide together what to do and when to do it, the child should be involved in the process of planning, in the nearest future it will be done solely by the child.
    -       Don’t do assignment instead of your child. Children are lazy and clever, they may tell you that they don’t understand something just not to do it. They wait until you are tired enough to do everything for them including homework. Do assignments earlier, write compositions and do sums, and only then advise your child what to do. If something is not clear for you, consult somebody or even make a small research in the Internet. There are many websites offering help with different kinds of assignments (not only school homework), for example https://abcessays.com. Surf the World Wide Web and you’ll see that nothing is so complicated!
    -       Pick the right spot. Let your child choose the best place for doing homework. If you reach maximum of concentration in the silence, it does not mean that your child will be uncomfortable in the middle of a kitchen.
    -       Check the homework together with your child, so that she/he had opportunity to find and correct mistakes without your direct pointing at them.
    To help your child with the homework or not to help is not an easy question, and it is up to you what to decide. I arrived at the conclusion that measure is treasure. Independence should not turn into permissiveness and assistance - into control.

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    Tuesday, June 23, 2015

    #Giveaway Emotions from Disney Pixar's Inside Out Line from TOMY


    The movie has hit theaters, and like so many other kids out there, Disney Pixar's Inside Out is a must watch on my kid's summer movie lists this year. We have our date set to go and see the movie, and also like many other kids out there, my kids want to get their hands on any and all Inside Out movie toys they can find. So when we were sent some of the Emotions from the TOMY Toys line of Inside Out toys, my kids were excited to add them to their collection!


    The group of toys include Riley's five emotions: Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust. These toys are not only very adorable and collectible plush toys for kids, but each of these fun plush emotions also have quite a bit to say. With sayings that show off each of their very distinctive and diverse personalities, which are seen in the movie!

    For our review we were sent Joy, who is very upbeat, and with this 14 inch talking plush, she says 5 phrases from the movie with just a squeeze of her hand. Then with Anger, we get a plush that is also one of the emotions, who is the complete opposite of Joy. Anger stands at 8 inches tall and says 7 phrases which are ones that can be heard in the movie! Making both Joy and Anger a great addition to my kids Inside Out collection of toys, and also a great set to add to any Inside Out collection!

    And to help with building and adding to those Inside Out toy collections, the wonderful people from TOMY Toys would like to give one of my amazing readers their own Inside Out Talking Plush!







    Each household is only eligible to win 3 TOMY product prize packages, via blog reviews and giveaways, each calendar year. Only one entrant per household per giveaway. If you have won the same product prize package on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.


    Product received, thank you to TOMY as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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    #Giveaway #bestsummerever Summer Fun in the Sun with Banana Boat®

    I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Banana Boat®. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

    Summer is upon us, and like so many other families out there, my family and I are enjoying our time out in the sun! From the playing at the park to spending our days at the beach, we find that being able to spend our summer together makes it that much more fun while we are outdoors. With that being said, as a parent, I like to ensure that my family and I keep our skin protected while we are out in the sun, allowing us to enjoy our time outside without having to worry about getting burned. So when I pack the family up, I like to lather everyone up with sunscreen at least 30 minutes before heading out then every two hours while we are swimming or playing in the hot summer sun, and with the new line of products from Banana Boat®, I can make sure we have what we need to help make this summer the best summer ever!


    I like that with the new SunComfort™ Clear UltraMist® Sunscreen, we get a sunscreen that is more than just another sunscreen because it not only helps to protect mine and my families skin while we are out in the sun, but it also moisturizes our skin which can get dried out by the summer sun and by the salt in the water. I also like that with this sunscreen, when we are at the beach playing, we can easily rub the sand off of our skin before getting back in the car.

    With the newly formulated Dry Oil Clear UltraMist® Sunscreen, we get a light weight dry oil that leaves the skin feeling silky soft, and that is made with argan oil. I like that it is easy to apply with the one touch spray, and that aside from leaving the skin silky soft after applying, I like that it is also non greasy!

    Then with the Sport Performance® Lotion Sunscreen with Powerstay Technology™, I can get a great sunscreen that the whole family can use when we head out to play a game of volleyball or soccer. I like that we get a lotion that is light weight as well as both water and sweat resistant. It is also quick absorbing, non greasy and will not run into our eyes while we play, giving us a heavy duty protection that will help to keep my family and I protected while we enjoy playing sports in the summer sun!

    In all, giving us a great selection of products from Banana Boat® that will help to keep us protected whether we are out playing at the beach or with the family at a amusement park! So this summer, make it a goal to make this the best summer ever, and stock up on the Banana Boat® products for your family. And be sure to enter the Banana Boat®Great Big Family Reunion sweepstakes, where you can enter for a chance at winning a family reunion for you and up to 50 guests, and also spin the Wheel of Fun for exciting activities to entertain your family all summer long!

    Also, enter below to win one of five $30 prize packs!

    Banana Boat “Great Big Family Reunion” Sweepstakes

    Be sure to like Banana Boat® on Facebook!

    *I-C will randomly select five winners from all program entries and will handle fulfillment of the winning prizes




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    Monday, June 22, 2015

    Parenting while in Education

    Being a parent coupled with being a student sounds great, but in fact it is not so bright. “Student parent” faces many difficulties, the biggest of which is a lack of time. To the usual cooking, cleaning, baby-sitting, keeping the house adds tons of home assignments. Besides, you want to spend time with your husband, friends, devote time to hobbies and even doing nothing. At that point, you do one of two things. Either you give up and abandon or postpone education or you learn to manage your time and efforts. If you choose the second alternative, we are here to help.

    Tip #1. Plan Ahead. Henceforth planning is your best friend. Keep a diary with the “to do list” and hours when it should be done. It is also advisable to have a special whiteboard with calendar and stickers to have your plan in front of your eyes. Leave some spare hours for pleasure and relaxation. Stick to your plan! Don’t invent excuses for yourself; it is your personal challenge and you should win!

    Tip #2. Ask for help. If you are too tired or don’t have enough time to do several things simultaneously (like cooking, looking after a kid and writing an essay) ask for help. Otherwise, you’ll feel crashed, stressed out and will be unable to concentrate. Friends, husband, parents, day care services for children will do. In addition, there are many Internet services, offering help with different kinds of writing assignments, for example http://www.privatewriting.com/. For a low price, you get an essay, report, assessment, article, research project and what not written by a professional. Besides, you can get a professional helpful advice as to you work. You can make your own research and find similar websites.  As you see, home assignment is not a problem as long as you have Internet access.

    Tip #3. Schedule “study hours” for you and your kids. If you have school-aged children, suggest them to study together. In this way, you can get closer with them and see how they succeed in class. Besides, you’ll have several hours of silence.

    Tip #4. Socialize. Don’t become reserved, don’t be frozen up inside your home! Take time for entertainments. Combining parenting and education does not mean that you should not go out with friends, make journeys and visit spa-centers. Also try to find local or Internet communities for those who are in a similar position. Share experience, communicate with those who surely understands you. Who knows, sometimes it is a way to meet a lifetime friendship.
    Nothing is so scary as it seems to be. It is your experience of trials and errors, so don’t try to be perfect.


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    Friday, June 19, 2015

    #Giveaway Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are with Pampers & Walmart + $25 Walmart Gift Card


    When it comes to our babies, we want the best starts for them. From the time we find out we are pregnant with them, to the first time we meet our little miracles. I can remember seeing those first sonograms with each of my pregnancies, imagining what it would be like to hold my babies once they were ready to be born. As a parent, we want to ensure that they are safe and healthy from the very start, but as a mom who knows that things don't always go as planned, having the support there for you makes all the difference. With our middle son Robert, we knew right away that he would be different, that things were not going to go as smoothly for us after his birth. So having the support from places like the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, became something that was greatly needed and appreciated.


    With Robert, we found out early on in our pregnancy that things would be a bit different for him, and that he would need extra medical attention for quite some time after his birth. After having tests to confirm what the doctors had predicted, we were introduced to the staff and doctors who would handle his care as needed, and we were also given the tools and information we needed so we could prepare ourselves the best way possible for his arrival. We found that the local hospital at the time, which was part of the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, had a staff that were more than just another group of nurses and doctors, we found that they were more like a family. A family welcoming us and ready to answer any questions we had, and also be there for us during the good times and the hard times, making a experience that could have been a bad one, an experience we will never forget.

    During the times where we had to stay in the hospital, we realized that there were many other families with children who also relied on the doctors and nurses there, and it amazed me on the compassion and support the staff showed to each one of the families and the patients. So when I was told about the initiative to help support and raise money for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals from Pampers and Walmart, I was not only eager to show my support, but also eager to share with others! 



    Pampers and Walmart have teamed up and donated $200,000 in the month of June. And you can too, because right now, when you head to your local Walmart and purchase Pampers Swaddlers, a portion of the proceeds will go to the Children's Network Hospitals!


    With your support to the Children's Miracle Networks, you help to support 32 million patient visits and 10 million kids every year! So as you head out to pick up a pack of diapers for your little one, be sure to head to your local Walmart and purchase a pack of the Pampers Swaddlers, and help to support the Children's Miracle Networks Hospitals who are there for kids and their families!


    Well to help with putting your money where there miracles are, the wonderful people from Pampers would like to give one of my amazing readers a $25 Walmart Gift Card!!!





    The Walmart gift cards and information have been provided by P&G.
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    TOM AND JERRY: THE GENE DEITCH COLLECTION ON DVD

    When it comes to Father's Day, I like to think of my own dad and the memories we made while I was growing up. One memory that I have is getting up on Saturday mornings and watching the cartoons that would come on with him, and one series we enjoyed watching was that crazy cat and mouse team, Tom and Jerry. Recently we were sent the new DVD Tom and Jerry: The Gene Deitch Collection to review, just in time for Fathers Day!

    In this collection of Tom and Jerry cartoons, you get those iconic shorts that were created by Gene Deitch in the 1960's. This collection of cartoons are not only a collection I can remember watching with my dad, but they were also a set of cartoons my dad enjoyed in his own childhood and a collection we have enjoyed sharing with my own kids! Each one of the shorts feature the battling duo as Tom the cat tries all of the tricks he can think of, to just be outwitted by Jerry the mouse! There are 13 shorts which are in this collection and they include:


    • Switchin’ Kitten
    • Down and Outing
    • It’s Greek to Me-ow!
    • High Steaks
    • Mouse Into Space
    • Landing Stripling
    • Calypso Cat
    • Dicky Moe
    • The Tom & Jerry Cartoon Kit
    • Tall in the Trap
    • Sorry Safari
    • Buddies Thicker Than Water
    • Carmen Get It!

    Enhanced Content:

    • Tom and Jerry…and Gene: The Rembrandt Years
    • Much Ado About Tom and Jerry

    This great collection is available to bring home now on DVD and is ready to share with dad this Father's Day!


    Product received, thank you to Warner Bros Home Entertainment as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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    Treat Dad with Walkers Mini Shortbread Fingers this Fathers Day


    When it comes to finding treats to give dad and have out for him, I like to find treats that my husband and my own dad will like, and one product they both enjoy are the Walkers Shortbread Cookies. Recently I was sent a pack of the Walkers Mini Shortbread Fingers to review.

    I like that with this little bag of cookies, dad can get those buttery shortbread cookies he enjoys in a bag that he can share with the kids! Making the Walkers Mini Shortbread Fingers a great bag of cookies to get and put out for dad this Father's Day!


    Product received, thank you to Walkers Shortbread as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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    Dad Can Stroll in Style with Baby with the Zapp Xtra South Beach Collection from Quinny

    Summer is upon us and Father's Day will be here in just a couple of days. So with both in mind, it is time to get the items needed for dad and to help him get ready for summer when it comes to baby! When I think of summer I think of taking those summer road trips, vacations, and strolls on the beach, and when we head out to do those things my husband, like many other dads out there, likes to take those strolls with baby in the stroller. Recently we were sent the Zapp Xtra stroller from Quinny in the South Beach Blue.

    I like that aside from the obvious style that you get from the Quinny Zapp Xtra, you can also get that feel of summer with the South Beach Blue color. In fact, the new South Beach Blue along with the South Beach Pink are colors that are inspired by summer and the signature style from Miami's South Beach! Giving both moms and dads a stroller that they can walk their way into summer style with this summer!



    Aside from the new colors that are available, I like that with summer here and the travel that we do, whether we are in the car or in a plane, we can fold the Quinny Zapp Xtra down easily, where the seat itself folds as well, making the transporting of this stroller a very compact feature! When it comes to taking baby out for those summer strolls, I like that we can easily attach our Maxi-Cosi car seat to it, and I like that this is the only compact stroller that has that feature that is compatible with a infant seat!


    When it comes to the seating options, I like that we have several options to choose from. With the 3 forward facing positions and the 2 rearward facing recline positions, we can not only stroll in style, but also give baby comfort as we head out for our summer adventures!

    Then for the other features that I know I look for in a stroller and other parents do as well, you have the adjustable foot rest, so little ones can relax as they go for a stroll. The fabric on the seat is water repellent, making it easy to clean up and wipe away any spills. It also has a shopping basket on the bottom, so parents can use it for extra storage while out, and with the swivel wheels, you can maneuver and drive the stroller with ease! Making the Quinny Zapp Xtra South Beach Collection strollers a must have to get for the dad on your lists this Fathers Day, as well as a must have to help prepare you and your family for summer this year!


    Product received, thank you to Quinny as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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    Thursday, June 18, 2015

    #Giveaway Philips AVENT Gifts to Give Dad

    With Father's Day just a few days away, many of us find ourselves in search of those gifts that dad will really like and appreciate. One thing I have learned after having kids, is that whether the dad in your life is a new, expecting, or even an experienced dad with a baby in the home, just like moms, dads can really appreciate items for baby. I found that when it comes to certain products, my husband became quite an expert in the field, like when it came to finding the pacifiers we needed, the bottles that helped to provide comfort and the cameras that we needed for keeping an eye on baby. So I can really appreciate when companies understand that same need, knowing that many dads are just as involved when it comes to baby, and one company that understands both moms and dads is Philips AVENT.

    To help with celebrating dad this year, and to help with giving ideas on those great must have items to give a new or expecting dad this year, the wonderful people from Philips AVENT sent us a great pack of items that can really come in handy when it comes to caring for baby!

    With the Philips AVENT Nighttime Pacifiers, dads can not only get a great pacifier that helps to soothe baby, but also a pacifier that glows in the dark, so when dad gets up to help soothe a fussy baby in the middle of the night, they can locate the pacifier easily without turning on lights! I also like that the nipple part is collapsible, so it works with the natural development of babies gums and teeth.


    With the Philips AVENT Natural Bottles, they are made to help with those feedings when mom is away or when dad wants to feed baby and enjoy some of that bonding time with baby. I like that with these bottles, they mimic moms breast, so making the feeding transition from breast to bottle and back is simple. The wide nipple is like mom's breast, so it is easy for baby to latch on. And with the petals that are on the inside, they help to increase softness and flexibility without having to worry about the nipple collapsing as baby is feeding. These bottles have a anti-colic system that has a twin valve, making it so air can get into the bottle during feedings but not into babies tummy.

    Then to help with giving dads ease of mind when it comes to sleeping babies, the Philips AVENT Digital Video Monitor is the perfect gift! I really like the parental unit, which has a 2.4" color video screen, and can pick up the signal as parents move throughout the house, up to 500 ft! The camera itself rotates and also has night vision, so you can get the best view of baby during the day and at night! There is a secure connection on this camera via the 2.4 GHz digital and DECT technology which helps to keep the feed on the camera private. Then when it comes to those times where baby is just a little fussy, you can turn on the lullabies and the nightlight if you want, to help lull baby back to sleep!

    In all, making the products from the Philips AVENT line not only a great selection to add to the list of must have products for baby, but also a great selection of products to give the new or expecting dad on your list this Fathers Day! And to help with finding those must have items for baby, the wonderful people from Philips AVENT would like to give one of my amazing readers the same pack of products I was sent for review!!!







    Product received, thank you to Philips AVENT as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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