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Month: May 2017

Tips for Staying Healthy as a Busy Mom

Compensation was provided by Doctor On Demand. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Doctor On Demand

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Summer is here!  I love the summer months, we are able to get outside and explore.  However, with all the summer fun mom life also becomes a lot busier.  The kids are out of school and I am balancing keeping them busy and working full time from home. 
Between sports practices, camps, and work projects my summer hours are tight and I don’t have a lot of extra time to waste sitting in the doctors office.  This is why I am a huge fan of Doctor On Demand.  The Leading on-demand video medicine provider Doctor On Demand provides fast, easy and cost-effective care with board-certified physicians, psychiatrists, and licensed psychologists on your smartphone or computer.  You simply download the Doctor On Demand app, provide a list of your symptoms, and instantly connect to a provider licensed in your state for a video visit from anywhere you’d like.
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I used Doctor On Demand today for a rash I have on the arch of my foot.  The rash has been a nuisance but not painful or bothersome enough to schedule a doctor’s appointment during one of my busiest times of the year.  Luckily Doctor On Demand came to the rescue, I was easily able to turn on the app and connect with a doctor immediately.  I was able to send pictures to Dr. Sullivan along with video chatting so that she could get a great visual and then she called me in a prescription for an antibacterial cream and an anti itch lotion.  Both prescriptions were ready at my pharmacy within an hour, I simply ran through the pharmacy drive-thru on my way to pick up my oldest from camp. Now my rash is on its way to being healed.
I will definitely be using Doctor On Demand again in the future as a potential solution for all the minor medical issues that come up and interfere with daily life such as my allergies and urinary tract infections. 
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
 May is Mental Health Awareness Month and among the most prevalent mental health issues are stress, anxiety and depression, which affect over 100 million Americans and nearly 50% of the American adult population.
Doctor On Demand’s “Moms, Money and Mental Health” report  revealed that 1 in 4 moms noted that suffering from stress and anxiety impacts their ability to parent to the best of their ability.  This is something I can absolutely relate with.  As a busy mom I feel the stress and anxiety on a day to day basis so reading that 75% of moms are unable to devote more than 1 hour a day to “me time” didn’t surprise me at all.
Doctor On Demand’s “Moms, Money and Mental Health” report also uncovered that the top underlying causes of stress and anxiety among moms, is healthcare and finances.
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Doctor On Demand is a great way to seek mental health services as a busy mom.  They provide services for mood swings, panic, anger, concentration, trauma, relationship counseling, grief and much more.  These services are available on your schedule from your anywhere you feel comfortable from your phone or computer.

Ready to try Doctor On Demand and start taking care of you?  Download the app now and experience your first Doctor on Demand visit!

In support of Mental Health Awareness Month and its commitment to delivering compassionate care year-round, Doctor On Demand will cover the cost of a visit with a board-certified physician to provide an assessment and recommendation for treatment for those suffering from stress, anxiety, and depression. 

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The New Play Park at The Florida Mall!

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We were invited to see the new Play Park inside the Crayola Experience Wing of The Florida Mall and Aidan loved it!

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The Florida Mall is one of our favorite malls to visit because they offer so many family friendly attractions.  With the Crayola Experience, American Girl Store, M&M World, and so much more, it is one mall my kids don’t complain about shopping at.

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The Florida Mall has a brand-new attraction for kids, The Play Park.  It is an interactive play area for kids of all ages and the perfect spot for parents to take a break from shopping the gigantic Florida Mall. 

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This 3,000 square-feet Play Park features imaginative play in an enchanting, nature-inspired play space.
Play Elements include:

  • The Story Tunnel – (Zone: 6 months to 2 years)
  • Piano Patio – (Zone: 6 months to 2 years)
  • Kaleidoscope Mushroom – (Zone: 6 months to 2 years)
  • Magic Doors – (Zone: 6 months to 2 years)
  • Windy Wall – (Zone: 6 months to 2 years)
  • Chasing Game – (Zone: 3 years to 6 years)
  • Wind Tube – (Zone: 3 years to 6 years)
  • The Egg – (Zone: 3 years to 6 years)
  • Spinning Top – (Zone: 3 years to 6 years)
  • Digital Pond – (Zone: 3 years to 6 years)
  • Talking Flower – (Zone: 3 years to 6 years and 7 years to 10 years)
  • Memory Game – (Zone: 7 years to 10 years)
  • Pixel Wall – (Zone: 7 years to 10 years)
  • Electric Maze – (Zone: 7 years to 10 years)
  • Mushroom Run Interactive Game – (Zone: 7 years to 10 years)
  • Glowing Grass – (Zone: 7 years to 10 years)
  • Stepping Stones – (Zone: All zones)
  • Sound Flower – (Zone: All zones)

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Grand Opening

Tomorrow, May 20th, The Florida Mall is hosting a free grand opening celebration for the public.  Starting with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11:30 a.m., followed by an afternoon of family friendly fun from noon until 3 p.m.

Activities will include:

  • Thomas the Tank Engine™ Meet and Greet (adjacent to The Play Park near Dick’s Sporting Goods)
  • Live DJ featuring kids’ games, entertainment and a photo booth
  • Face painters, balloon artists, strolling entertainers and stilt walkers
  • Popular costumed characters including Beauty and the Beast, The Trolls and Snow White will be available for photos throughout the day
  • Crayola Experience will be offering an exclusive bag and a personalized crayon to the first 250 event attendees as well as character appearances throughout the day. Plus star in your own coloring page when you stop in to the Crayola Store and enter for your chance to WIN annual passes
  • Craft stations and mad science experiments
  • Food sampling from select Dining Pavilion Retailers
  • A scavenger hunt
  • Exclusive complimentary offer booklet from kids’ retailers offering exclusive weekend savings
  • Gift bags and exclusive swag for the first 250 children
  • 2 grand prize ‘shop and stay’ giveaways
  • Dance, karate and gymnastics performances by local youth groups

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Looking for some family fun this weekend?  Head over to The Florida Mall and celebrate this fun filled grand opening!
For more information visit shopfloridamall.com.

Take a minute for yourself to enjoy dessert! Duncan Hines Perfect Size for 1

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Duncan Hines, All opinions are 100% my own.

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We’re busy moms, and as such we all know how few moments we get to ourselves a day.  Between the meals, cleaning, pickup lines, homework and everything in between, we must take full advantage of the minutes we get of silence without little people crawling on us.

 When I get that quiet couple of moments at the end of a long day, before I collapse on the couch, I am usually craving a warm sweet treat.  However, the last thing I want to add to my already crammed to-do list is baking or the mess that comes with it.

Now thanks to the new Perfect Size for 1 by Duncan Hines I can eat chocolate cake every night, if I want to with just a mug, some water, and about a minute!  No mess, no wait, no leftovers, but all the yumminess.  How perfect is that?

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Quick and Easy

Perfect Size for 1 is an individually portioned cake mix that is made quickly and easily in a 8oz coffee mug that is easy in about a minute!  That’s right 1 minute and you have a warm delicious treat just for you. 
Each box comes with 4 individual pouches so you can have a treat whenever you want!

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Customize your Favorite Treat

Craving something different?  Customizing any of the Perfect Size for 1’s varieties is easy.  Switch up the liquid, instead of using water to make your treat use milk, coffee, exc.  Also, the add-in possibilities are endless, mix nuts into the apple cinnamon muffin mix or extra chocolate chips into the chocolate cake.  My favorite is adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream to the top of my cake and some caramel drizzle.

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There are 18 Varieties

Perfect Size for 1 comes in 18 different flavors, which are good for morning, noon, and evening indulgences!  School vacation is coming up soon, the breakfast options are going to be a hit in my house with three kids who are always hungry.

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These are a must have in my pantry now.  I look forward to sneaking away and indulging my sweet tooth every night. 
Have you tried the Perfect Size for 1 pouches yet?  What is your favorite flavor?

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Let’s Celebrate 40 Years of Fun with Chuck E. Cheese’s, Plus a fun Giveaway!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Chuck E. Cheese’s. The opinions and text are all mine.

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If you ask my kids on any given day what they want to do, the answer is “go to Chuck E. Cheese’s” 100% of the time.
They love eating pizza, playing games, and crawling through the tubes.
I love that I can take them there when I really need to get some work done, but they’re full of energy.  I take advantage of the free Wi-Fi while they play and then we end it with pizza for dinner.  Chuck E. Cheese’s has been my “work at home mom” saving grace, but on May 19th I won’t be working during our visit, I’ll be celebrating!

Chuck E. Cheese’s is celebrating its 40th birthday by hosting a world-record breaking party!

A GUINNESS WORLD RECORDSTM record attempt

Chuck E. and friends have teamed up with GUINNESS WORLD RECORDSTM to attempt A GUINNESS WORLD RECORDSTM title in stores nationwide on May 19!

Families are invited to visit their local Chuck E. Cheese’s to be a part of the “Most People Blowing Party Blowers Simultaneously for 10 Seconds” world-record breaking event.

Every child that comes in on May 19th will receive a free slice of cake and 40 free tickets, while supplies last, regardless of participation in the record-breaking stunt.

So lets head over and celebrate with Check E. and make his birthday as special as he makes ours!

40 Days of VIP Birthday Giveaways

In honor of its own birthday, Chuck E. Cheese’s is hosting a daily sweepstakes to celebrate 40 years of fun!
In the 40 days leading up to the milestone on May 19, Chuck E. Cheese’s will be giving fans a chance to win a free VIP birthday party experience. 
To enter, upload an image of your receipt showing that you visited a Chuck E. Cheese’s between 4/10 and 5/19 for a chance to win the VIP party for up to 20 kids.

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Birthday Parties is What Chuck E Cheese’s Does Best!

We have had so many birthday parties at Chuck E. Cheese’s that I’ve lost count.  Anthony’s first birthday was there 12 years ago tomorrow and ever sense it’s been my go to party spot for an easy and fun kid’s birthday party.

Why I love Chuck E. Cheese’s Birthday Parties:

  • Online reservations, right from the start it’s simple.  I have 3 loud kids, I don’t want to be on the phone with anyone trying to make reservations.  Chuck E. Cheese lets me book my entire party online.
  • I can order the goodie bags through them if I don’t feel like making them myself.  Time saver!  Plus, Chuck E. Cheese’s now has bigger and better goody bags.
  • I can also order my cake at Chuck E. Cheese if I don’t want to order it somewhere else, or (don’t laugh) bake it myself.  
  • The kids get to run around and have a blast without tearing up your house.
  • Their new pizza recipe is delish.
  • Best of all, no clean up!  Literally I get to pack up my kids and the gifts and head back to my still (semi) clean home.

Chuck E. Cheese has come out with some great new party features including VIP parties that include having the entire party area to yourself before the restaurant opens.  Eat more Play more packages geared towards the older kids, which gives them 3 slices of pizza each.  Also they have come out with exciting new party themes to choose from including: Party Like a Rock Star, Dressed in Pink Party, Sports Sports Sports, and Chuck E. Super Fan.

Plus for a limited time only the Birthday Star gets 1,000 tickets!

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The New Eat & Play Express Package

During my usual weeknight visits, I anticipate the spending a few hours between the kids playing, eating, and visiting the prize counter.  Because I am going to make the most of my time with work, this usually doesn’t bother me.  However, there are nights that I would love to bring the kids into Chuck E. Cheese to celebrate small accomplishments or because I really want the pizza but I just don’t have the entire evening to set aside.  
Chuck E. Cheese’s has rolled out a solution, new Eat & Play package.  Visit Monday through Thursday and order the Eat & Play Express package for just $31.99-$32.99, depending on the Chuck E. Cheese’s location. 
(If your pizza does not arrive within 20 minutes, receive a FREE dessert)

Package includes:
1 Large 1-topping Pizza
4 Drinks
2 20-minute Play Pass Cards/45 tockens (for non-play pass stores)
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1 Dessert (giant chocolate chip cookie or cinnamon dessert pizza, based on availability)

I will definitely be taking advantage of this package during busy weeks that I want to add a little fun to!

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GIVEAWAY TIME!

Will you be joining the 40th anniversary celebration?   Make sure you snap a quick picture while you’re there!   

I am hosting a giveaway for one lucky reader who goes in-store on the 19th!  Take a picture at Chuck E. Cheese’s and post the picture in the comments section below.  One lucky winner will be chosen a random.

Winner will receive a swag bag with two guest passes, 1,000 tickets, a Chuck E. Cheese’s shirt and a goody bag.

Head over to 40YearsofFun.com for more details on Chuck E. Cheese’s birthday celebrations and enter for a chance to receive special offers.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Chuck E. Cheese’s. The opinions and text are all mine.

New Disney Pixar’s Cars 3 Trailer and Printable Activity Sheets #CARS3

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We have a house full of Lightening McQueen fans, so as you can imagine we are counting down the days till Cars 3 races into theaters.

Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez (voice of Cristela Alonzo), with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage!

 Are your kids excited to see Lightening’s latest race?  My kids have been watching the newest trailer all day!  Check it out, this is going to be an awesome family movie!

While we wait for the CARS 3 release, Walt Disney Pictures has provided these adorable activities to get everyone in the racing spirit!

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CARS 3 Maze Printable Activity Sheet

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CARS 3 Spot the Difference Printable Activity Sheet

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CARS 3 Memory Game Printable Activity Sheet

CARS 3 is Racing into Theaters Everywhere on June 16th!

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