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Month: September 2017

The First Time My Twins Made Me Pee Myself!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of P&G . The opinions and text are all mine.

My Twins Made Me Pee Myself

The First Time My Twins Made Me Pee Myself!

I remember being pregnant with my twins and worrying about what that huge belly was going to do to my body. When I had my oldest I was younger and more active, plus there was only one baby in my belly. I was worried about my stomach muscles, my flabby skin, the veins popping out on my legs, the stretch marks and oh of course the saggy boobs. After the twins came my body slowly started to move back into place. After all, with the two babies and car seats, I was carrying at least 40 pounds around with me most days to just leave the house. I was excited, a young mom of three slowly getting her body back, or so I thought.

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I’ll never forget my mommy break. My husband took the night off work and instead of wondering aimlessly through the baby section of Walmart, I decided to stop over at best friend’s house for some wine and a night of laughs.

That was the night I had my first pee panic!

You see, me and my bestie have been friends since high school. We have kids the same age who are also friends. We literally live parallel lives so all I need to do is sit on her couch and we will either laugh or cry because we are marching through this season of life together. On this particular night, we laughed, we laughed hard while talking about who pooped during delivery (yes, we were sleep depraved mommies so this is what our conversations entailed). Then as I was in hysterics I felt something warm, Yup I peed myself! I realized what had happened and then once my bestie realized what had happened her face alone made me burst out laughing harder. Driving home that night I was curious if I had suddenly become my grandmother? How did this happen? A few weeks later I asked the doctor, who said my muscles were weak and it would probably improve in time. He assured me it was normal and in time it slowly did get better.

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However, I still have to cross my legs when I laugh too hard and on occasion I feel a warm gush come out. I guess that is the price to pay for having my precious munchkins cuddled up with me right now, and I’m OK with that.

However, that does not mean I want to walk around smelling like urine. So, I had to find a solution.

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One in three women experience incontinence for any number of reasons. Most unknowingly turn to products designed for “Aunt Flo”. These women don’t realize that they’re using the wrong product to manage their incontinence. Always Discreet is specifically designed for bladder leaks and offers the protection you need in the perfect combination of form, function and feminine design.

We all deserve the confidence to live life to the fullest, and that means feeling free to move spontaneously at every stage of life without worrying about having a Pee Panic. Always Discreet comes in a variety of products from liners, pads and underwear. Each are designed to contour to fit your body with protection you can trust and a discreet design. Like their Always Discreet Boutique Underwear that is beautifully designed and made with soft delicate fabric.

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You know what’s also a big deal? Right now, Walmart shoppers can get up to $8 off Always Discreet products! Look for the Always Discreet coupons in the 10/1 newspaper including, $2 off liners, $3 off pads and $3 off underwear – including Always Discreet Boutique – bladder leak underwear with a little ohh-la-la.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Always Discreet at Walmart. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of P&G . The opinions and text are all mine.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of P&G . The opinions and text are all mine.

7 Simple and Affordable Ways to Get Your Home Festive for Fall

This post is sponsored on behalf of #AtHomeStores, all opinions are 100% my own.

7 Simple and Affordable Ways to Get Your Home Festive for Fall

Top simple and affordable ways to warm up your home for Fall

Fall is my favorite season, growing up in New England I loved the cool air and the sound of fallen leaves crackling as you walk.  Now that I’m living in Florida, It takes a little extra effort to get the cozy fall feeling, but there are so many easy and affordable ways to bring the autumn magic into your home.

It was time to update some of my decorations this year, now that we are settled into our Florida apartment.  So, I of course took a ride over to At Home.  Ever since finding this store chain after moving down south, I have been hooked.  It has absolutely everything I could ever want for my home, and my husband laughs at me when I say I’m running in to get something, because I have never spent less than 4 hours strolling through my local At Home!  It’s a huge store, the prices are amazing, and during the holiday season it is even more fun.  During my shopping trip last week, I was able to get everything I needed to make my house feel warm and inviting.

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7 Budget Friendly Ways to Get Your Home Festive for Fall

  1. Your front door space is the first place your visitors see as the enter your home, its also the first thing you see when you get home. Make it a festive and inviting area easily, by adding a wreath and door matt. At Home also had tons of wooden signs and outdoor décor, so you can go as simple or as extravagant as your imagination takes you at this store.  Because we are still in transition and doing apartment living, I chose a simple sign that lays against my wall, along with some cute decorations for my table area where I drink my coffee in the morning.
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  2. Light yummy smelling candles. When I think of fall, I imagine caramel apples, pumpkin pie, and cinnamon tea. Lighting candles automatically bring a sence of warmth to your home, and At Home has some amazing fall scented candles that will leave everyone asking, “what’s baking?”
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  3. One of the easiest ways to decorate for any holiday or season is to add some decorative throw pillows to your couches and chairs. At Home has isles of throw pillows in every shape, size, and color I could possibly imagine, including fall themed ones.  I fell in love with this long Autumn Greetings pillow!
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  4. The autumn months are also when some of my favorite movies start playing on TV, like Hocus Pocus and Casper. By adding a beautiful thick throw blanket to your sitting area, it makes it feel like a welcoming area to cozy up with some cider and enjoy the evenings.
  5. The autumn months feel like the kick off to all things sweet. Once the summer months wrap up, and the nights get chilly, my sweet tooth really kicks in.  Baking is a huge hobby in my house all fall and winter, however even just placing a simple candy dish out adds some fall flair to your home.
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  6. Another really easy way to add touches of fall to your house is in the kitchen with cute dish towels, pot holders, and mugs.
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  7. Lastly, make sure you switch out your summery table centerpiece for a simple fall themed table spread. At Home has some gorgeous options for a table scape, from tall candles to blown glass pumpkins and gourds.  However, like many of you, I have a rambunctious table during day to day life, with three kids snacking, doing homework, playing games, exc.  So, I opted for a pretty burlap table runner with a couple pumpkins and mason jars.  However, the brown and turquois blown glass pumpkin is still running through my mind, so I may be making a trip back to add it to my Thanksgiving table.

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That is all, I was able to pick up about 10 items that all ranged in price from $3.99 to $24.99 and my house now feels ready for fall!

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How do you decorate for fall?

Teaching Money Management to Kids with the The Smart Debit Card For Kids!

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Greenlight, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #GreenPMG  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

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As my kids have gotten older, we started giving each child an allowance to teach them the value of money.

Our system works as follows, depending on each child’s age, they gets a dollar for each year.  The twins currently get $8 a week, while Anthony gets $12 a week.  They only get paid if all their basic chores are done and their school grades are consistent.  No work, no pay!

Their basic chores include keeping their rooms clean, cleaning up their bathroom area, making sure their laundry gets to the hamper and their shoes aren’t thrown around as they walk in the door.  Basic tasks that keep the areas of the house that they regularly occupy tidy.

They also have opportunities to earn extra money by helping with bigger house projects, making honor roll at school, helping me with blog campaigns, and so on. 

Anthony is very financially savvy.  He loves to save his money, so when he asks for something I know it’s an item he has his heart set on.  However, up until recently his way of saving his allowance was to lock up all his cash in a travel trunk he keeps in his room.  This wasn’t the safest place to keep it and, I had no way of staying informed about what he was doing with it. So, we were both excited to learn about Greenlight, the smart debit card for kids!

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The Greenlight card, is a debit card system for kids that allows parents to deposit funds onto the debit card through an app that is available for both iOS and Android.  While adding fund within the app, you can control where their money is spent and how much they can spend at certain types of retailers.  All, while the kids love the independence of having their own debit card and pin number.

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The Greenlight card has been an amazing teaching opportunity for us, Anthony is learning how to manage his account, and he loves to watch the balance grow.

For me, as a busy mom, I love that I’m no longer rummaging for cash at the end of the week.  The app connects directly to my bank account so I can load whatever I want onto each card, as often as I’d like.  For the kid’s weekly allowance, the automated allowance feature is the best.  I set it and forget it!  The kids always receive their allowance on time and it’s off my to-do list.

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Anthony has been talking about getting a new limited-edition magic band at Disney World since last spring, so he took his Greenlight card for it’s first shopping trip last weekend and it was so fun watching him checkout, you could see his confidence growing. 

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Also, he could check on the app to see his balance, while he decided whether to splurge on a pixie stick.

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While he was making his purchases, I was always in the know too!  With the Greenlight card you receive an instant notification of all activity on the account.  Which is an awesome feature especially as the kids start venturing into stores alone.

Greenlight is also a lot safer than cash.  If the card is ever lost or stolen, no problem, simply turn the card off within the Greenlight App. Parents can turn a card on or off at any time instantly!

Greenlight costs just $4.99/mo per family, which includes cards for up to 5 children. It also offers zero-fee loading for parents transferring money into their Greenlight account.

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Take advantage of the special 30-day trial to see if the Greenlight Debit Card is a good fit for your family.

Sign up for Greenlight before 10/30 and they’ll deposit a $20 bonus into your account after the 30-day free trial ends.

*deposit bonus made approximately two weeks after free trial ends

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Getting it All Done During Busy Days with NABISCO Multipacks – Plus an Awesome GIVEAWAY!

This post was sponsored by Nabisco as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

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5 Tips for Getting it All Done During Busy Days

September is almost over, and the school/sports season is in full swing around here.  Gone are the days of random snacking by the pool or afternoon dinners outside.  Now we are on a schedule, and it’s a busy one!  From the bus stop in the morning to the showers at night I try to keep us on track, so that everything gets done as smoothly as possible without any meltdowns over a forgotten football helmet or a late-night school project.

My week always starts with meal planning on Sunday night followed by a trip to Walmart to grab all the groceries we need.  One thing that’s always in my shopping cart is a couple boxes of NABISCO Multipacks.  With a family of five, keeping great on-the-go snacks stocked up is a must.  Plus, NABISCO Multipacks offers snacks that everyone in my family loves, so it’s a no brainer!

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Tips for getting it all done during the School Year and Sports Season:

  1. Keep a Family Calendar:  I’m a paper and pen type of mom, I like our calendar in front of me whenever I’m home.  So we have a family calendar with everyone’s games, practices, assignments, and events on it, stuck to the fridge in the kitchen.  However, I have had occasions where I left a practice and drove all the way home, to realize someone had a dentist appointment.  So now I also back up my calendar on my phone which syncs to my husband’s phone also.
  2. Stick to a Schedule: If my family didn’t stick to a routine, all 5 of us would be running in different directions al day long, without knowing if everything was getting accomplished.  Decide on a before and after school schedule that works for your family, and stick with it.  Sometimes it takes trial and error to stick with a routine but once you get into the swing of it, it makes like so much easier.
    For example, every day after the kids get home from school, they empty their backpacks, have snack time, and do homework before we run out for football and cheer practice.  The kids know what comes next each day, and it saves me from nagging them along each day.
  3. Keep the Car Packed: The back of my van looks like a family storage unit at times, but it saves us time and keeps us from forgetting things.  Now, I’m not saying have your kids leave their sweaty gym socks in the car at the end of each day, but we do keep all my son’s football pads and helmet in the car, my daughter’s cheer bag with her game change shoes and towel stays in the car unless she needs to swap out the towel.  My oldest keeps his golf clubs in the car and his cleats so he is ready to run to not only his golf lesson, but also the driving range whenever he has some free time.  I have a tote with sunblock, buck spray, snacks, exc. In it.  I know this may sound crazy and like I am driving around a sporting goods store, however this has saved me so much time and frustration from my kids yelling “I forgot my mouth guard” from the back seat as we are pulling into a parking lot.
  4. Have Easy Snacks that Everyone Loves on Hand: With busy kids comes hungry kids.  Because of this I need to have easy snacks on hand that all 3 kids (and myself) love, they also have to be grab and go snacks because not only do we have snack time after school, we also have snacks on the way at practices and sporting events.  NABISCO Multipacks are just what I need to get us through snack time quickly with no complaints.  The NABISCO Multipacks feature the perfect variety of cookies, Oreo Minis, Mini Chips Ahoy, and my favorite Nutter Butter Bites.  They come wrapped in individual servings and can be grabbed on the way out the door.  I can throw them in my bag and know if I get hungry or I hear those words coming from the back seat, I’m covered!
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  5. Make Crockpot Meals: At the end of a long day of school, work, projects, lessons, appointments, practices, and whatever else your family has going on, the last thing you want to worry about is getting dinner in the oven.  Gather some of your favorite crockpot meals and rotate them into your schedule.  There is nothing better than coming home from sitting in the bleachers for two hours, after the sun has already set, to the smell of a warm dinner waiting for my family.

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Now for the GIVEAWAY!

There are 12 prizes, you could win a $50 Walmart gift card or two grand prize winners will receive a $200 Walmart gift card each!

The Giveaway runs from September 11- 29th, 2017

I-C will randomly select 14 winners from all program entries and will facilitate fulfillment of the winning prizes.

Nabisco Snacktime Sweepstakes

What is your favorite Nabisco Cookie?

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Stylish and Sustainable Clothing for Every Aspect of Life! #prAnaMom

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Stylish and Sustainable Clothing for Moms

As a mom, it is so easy to lose sight of our appearance and easily let out wardrobe become filled with sweatpants and oversized t-shirts.  We are constantly bending, lifting children, cleaning up messes, playing on the floor, and so on.  We need to be comfortable, I get it, but I often look in jealousy at the moms who can do it all in 4-inch heels and skinny jeans.  That’s not realistic in my life.

For example, yesterday, I rushed to get the kids off to school, came home to clean the house, worked online for a couple hours, hit the gym.  Then once the kids got home I was running around the yard all afternoon helping my youngest son practice his football moves and playing catch with my oldest.  I then sat at a sports field for 2 hours during football and cheer practice, before making dinner and painting my daughters’ nails before she had a melt down from me saying “later” again.  Then it was bath and bed.  During every one of these activities, the last thing I was thinking about was the high heels that line my closet shelves.

However, I still wished to find comfortable clothes that were stylish.  I wanted to be comfortable enough to get me through the day but also stylish enough to not worry about having to get out of the car at the school pick up line. 
I’ve also started visiting a local coffee shop to get some writing done, and it would make me squirm inside a little when I would be sitting there looking like a motherhood wreck drinking my latte, as women passed me with incredible style seeming to make it all work.

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*I received this complimentary outfit in exchange for this review*

Insert prAna!  A company whose mission is to inspire healthy, active, and free-spirited living.  That’s a mission I can get behind!

“When you reach into your closet, there should be something there that reflects who you are, how you feel, and what you value most. There should be something that you can put on in the morning and confidently wear all day long. Something you can throw in your bag and know will work for whatever your journey brings.”

prAna creates stylish clothing that is mindfully made to support fair trade and sustainable practices.  
This is clothing that you can wear comfortably during everyday activities!  The designers are yogis, climbers, and even world travelers, so they understand that the designs not only need to look great, they also need to play hard.  Which is perfect for us moms who are trying to not only get through the grit of this season of life, but also create amazing experiences along the way!

My outfit includes the:

Daria Sweater Hoodie in Muted Truffle
Retail: $89.00

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Mantra Pants in Black Herringbone
Retail: $75.00

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Save:
Use Promo Code TMF17TO to get 15% off your entire order with prAna!
Expires: October 19
(not valid on sale items)

prAna has me obsessed with all the comfortable and stylish options they offer!  Plus, knowing they are working so hard to maintain an earth friendly business, makes me really want to stand behind this business and support them when choosing my wardrobe items.

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