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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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How to Save on All Your Family Adventures ~ Plus a Great Discount Code!

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Entertainment®, in which I was compensated. All opinions are my own.

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I have used the Entertainment Coupon Books for as long as I can remember.  I remember my mom buying the books each year as part of our sports fundraisers.  I would sit and flip through the “activities and attractions” section, thinking about which coupons my parents might use.

I guess I’ve always had a wanderlust spirit.

As an adult, I continued to buy the Entertainment Premier Savings Books for myself each year, either to help support local fundraisers or just because I loved the savings they offered.  However, as time has passed and technology evolved, I found myself buying a book that would just sit on our coffee table to be flipped through occasionally.  I would use the attraction coupons all the time because those were outings that I would sit and plan, but I knew I wasn’t getting the most out of my savings book.
Like most of you, I am busy!  Three kids, a house to run, a business, and so on, my brain gets to full and I would often find myself at a retail checkout counter or at a restaurant table remembering that I had an awesome coupon, that was sitting on my table at home.

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So, I was ecstatic when I learned that Entertainment had come up with a solution that will benefit all us on the go moms, who are also trying to save and stay on budget.  The digital membership!  You can now download the Entertainment app and access all those amazing deals!

Now all the coupons and savings that have kept me buying the Entertainment Premier Savings Collection books for decades, are going to be used to the best of my ability, and I couldn’t be more excited!

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For over 50 years, Entertainment® has been the leading provider of unbeatable local discounts throughout the U.S. and Canada. Allowing consumers to enjoy doing more for less cost while supporting local businesses in the community. Consumers have saved over $22 BILLION since 1962, and that number will continue to grow as it offers amazing discounts that we can now have in the palm of our hands all the time.

I recently received the 2018 Tampa Bay Edition and there is so many great deals I am already planning to use.

Some of my favorites include:

Buy one admission to Skate World and receive one admission free.
Buy one admission to Jungle Bounce and receive one admission free.
Buy one admission to Clearwater Marine Aquarium and receive one admission free.
All the Chuck E Cheese coupons offer a big savings for my family on rainy days.
Plus, great discounts to the Sunken Gardens, Dolphin Landings, and countless other attractions, stores, and restaurants!

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As a family of 5, these coupons really help us stretch our budget, and allow us to take our children on fun experiences they might otherwise not be able to experience.

Have you bought an Entertainment Premier Savings Coupon Book recently?

Now’s the time to try it again, Use promo code SAVE5 to receive $5 off all Entertainment Books plus free shipping!  (Expires 9/25)

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8 Tips for Saving on a Family Beach Vacation

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Shell, in which I was compensated. All opinions are my own.

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8 Tips for Saving on a Family Beach Vacation

We recently took a fun trip over to Clearwater Beach, Florida and it was amazing. Growing up in New England, I was more of a lake side traveler or an up in the mountains girl. However, when we moved to Florida my salty side came out and I’ve found myself craving the ocean more and more. Unfortunately, the idea of staying on the beach for a week was giving me and my wallet anxiety attacks. I decided to search some hotels that I had drove by in the past to see how out of reach a beach week was. Well, I think my credit card laughed at me.

We had already taken several road trips over to Orlando, have a trip to Kiawah Island booked for Thanksgiving, and back to school shopping is something I guess needs to be done. So, my gypsy soul was not working in my favor when it kept putting a beach vacay in my mind.

Then one morning, I realized I could still wake up to ocean waves and have my toes in the sand for a week, I just needed to get in to the right state of mind. I needed to do it on a budget and plan it right.

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Here are my 8 Beach Vacation Budget Tips that made my Family Beach Trip Possible

  1. Skip the hotel! Sure there are perks to staying at a luxury hotel, but there are also perks to staying at a vacation rental. Like a kitchen and more space for starters. We found some beautiful 2 bedroom beach cottages for as low as $50 a night.
  2. Eat Meals In! With a beach rental, you most likely get a full kitchen, which means there is no need to eat out 3 times a day all week. This is a huge money saver! We did easy breakfasts in the house each morning. French toast bakes, cereal, and breads I cooked ahead of time, all took about 5-10 minutes to serve. We also made lunches and packed a cooler each day for the beach. We brought sandwiches, chips, veggie, and dips. Plus, all our drinks, a soda on the beach is usually at least $3.
  3. Eat Out Early! When we did go out to eat, it was usually for dinner because after a long beach day everyone was tired and hungry. However, we tried to get off the beach and to dinner early to beat the rush and to take advantage of any early bird specials that restaurants were offering. Plus, this is usually when the sun is starting to get incredibly hot anyways, especially the Florida sun, so it was nice to be able to cool off inside. Our favorite restaurants on Clearwater Beach are Crabby Bills for their amazing king crab legs and full kid’s menu and The Pavilion for their delicious hotdogs. The Silverking Tap House also is a great place to relax and listen to live music while enjoying a beer and some delicious appetizers.
  4. Bring Your Own Beach Gear and Supplies! In the Florida sun during the middle of summer, my family has gone through a bottle of sunblock in one day. So, we brought a case. I’ve seen sunscreen at the beach stores that cost about $20, the same bottle that costs $6 at home. Same goes for beach toys and floats, every beach store has isles of them but they feature a hefty mark up. Plan ahead and buy the stuff you don’t have at home. Also consider bringing your own beach chairs and umbrella, or plan to sit on a blanket from home. Clearwater beach like many Florida beaches offer chairs, umbrellas, and cabana rentals, but for almost $35 a day, you can save a ton by bringing your own.
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  5. Stop at the Visitors Bureau! On Clearwater Beach, there is one right by the playground on the beach. This is the perfect place to see what free and inexpensive activities are happening. Clearwater Aquarium let’s their rehabilitated sea turtles free off of Clearwater Beach so if your visiting at the right time you may get to witness an amazing experience. The Visitors Center is able to give you all of this information plus they have coupons for almost every major attraction. Our favorite free things on Clearwater Beach are walking Pier 60 at night to watch the performers, watching the Sunset Cinema’s outdoor movie under the stars on weekend nights, and of course relaxing on the beach and catching a glimpse of dolphins jumping in the ocean as the sun sets.
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  6. Try to Book Off Season! If your traveling south, the weather will allow you to book off season. Try booking for a long weekend once school vacations are over, or into the fall or spring. In the Clearwater area, the water stays pretty warm through part of December. Plus, if you’re traveling from up north, like New England, even the mid-winter temperatures down here aren’t as bad as some summer days on Old Orchard Beach.
  7. Skip Buying Souvenirs! In every beach town souvenirs are everywhere. You can get just about anything imaginable with the local beach printed on it, from t-shirts to shot glasses. Instead of racking up a hefty tab at one of the beach shops, bring a mason jar (or a plastic bag) and bring home a cup of sand and a few seashells. Once you get home, clean off the shells and write the beach and date on them with a permanent marker and arrange the sand, shells, and picture or two from your vacation. You likely already own a mason jar, and finding seashells makes for a fun afternoon with the kids. Our favorite place to find seashells near Clearwater Beach is to take a short drive up to Honeymoon Island Beach, where the surf is a little stronger. We have found amazing shells there. If your adventurous, rent a kayak and take a short ride out to one of the small islands on the gulf coast.
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  8. Use the *Fuel Rewards® program! As I have said in prior posts, my favorite way to save on travel this year is with Shell and the Fuel Rewards® program. The current offer, “Instant Gold Status“, rewards members with an automatic 5 cents a gallon savings on every fill-up (up to 20 gallons / visit). Plus, when linked to your credit card, you earn rewards on everyday spending at participating merchants. I earn additional rewards when I buy my weekly groceries at Winn-Dixie, which is right next to a Green Market Café that the kids love to stop at for lunch. There I earned a reward of 10 cents for every $50 spent. When my rewards are stacked, I save big time on fuel. While on our beach trip I continued to earn rewards at the Palm Pavilion, Silverking Tap House, and Five Palms Rental. All places I would visit anyways, however this year I’m earning some amazing savings at the pump, which allows me to continue to plan more amazing road trips!
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Have you signed up for the Fuel Rewards® program and earned “Instant Gold Status” yet? What are you waiting for? It’s free to sign up and you can start saving immediately! Head over to the Fuel Rewards® site to register and take a look at the long list of online retailers, stores, restaurants, travel locations that let you earn rewards. These are places you likely already shop and eat at, why not put some savings in your pocket while you’re at it?

Plus, once you’re signed up, you can send your referral link to friends and family so they can join the Fuel Rewards program. The first time a friend uses the program by earning a reward or using their card at a participating Shell station, you will instantly earn 25¢/gal. And there’s no limit to how many friends you invite or how many times you earn.

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Tips to Remember:

There’s a 20-gallon limit on fill-ups. Get the most out of your rewards by filling up when your tank is low.

*Fuel Rewards® savings earned through linked credit card offers could take up to 5–7 business days to post to your Fuel Rewards® account

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*RESTRICTIONS APPLY. TO QUALIFY FOR THE GOLD/SILVER STATUS OFFERS, YOU MUST BE A FUEL REWARDS® MEMBER AND SWIPE YOUR FUEL REWARDS® CARD OR ENTER YOUR ALT ID WHEN YOU FUEL AT A PARTICIPATING SHELL STATION. WITH GOLD STATUS, YOU WILL RECEIVE 5¢/GAL IN FUEL REWARDS® SAVINGS ON EVERY FILL-UP. THE 5¢/GAL REWARD FOR GOLD STATUS WILL BE COMBINED WITH OTHER REWARDS IN YOUR FUEL REWARDS® ACCOUNT. IF YOU ARE AN EXISTING FUEL REWARDS® MEMBER, YOU WILL RECEIVE GOLD STATUS FROM 6/5/2017 THROUGH 12/31/17, THE “EXISTING MEMBER INTRODUCTORY PERIOD”. IF YOU ARE A NEW FUEL REWARDS® MEMBER, YOU WILL RECEIVE GOLD STATUS FOR THE INITIAL MONTH YOU JOIN THROUGH THE LAST DAY OF THE MONTH, 6 FULL CALENDAR MONTHS LATER, THE “NEW MEMBER INTRODUCTORY PERIOD”. THE LAST 3 MONTHS OF THE EXISTING MEMBER INTRODUCTORY PERIOD OR THE NEW MEMBER INTRODUCTORY PERIOD (COLLECTIVELY THE “INTRODUCTORY PERIOD”) IS THE “QUALIFICATION PERIOD”. YOU WILL RETAIN YOUR GOLD STATUS DURING THE QUALIFICATION PERIOD, BUT YOU MUST MAKE 6 QUALIFYING FUEL PURCHASES TO QUALIFY FOR GOLD STATUS FOR THE NEXT 3 MONTHS, THE “BENEFIT PERIOD”. DURING THE BENEFIT PERIOD, YOU MUST CONTINUE TO MAKE 6 QUALIFYING FUEL PURCHASES TO MAINTAIN YOUR GOLD STATUS FOR THE NEXT 3-MONTH BENEFIT PERIOD. A QUALIFYING FUEL PURCHASE IS ANY FUEL PURCHASE AT A PARTICIPATING SHELL STATION IN WHICH YOU SWIPE YOUR FUEL REWARDS® CARD OR ENTER YOUR ALT ID AND FILL UP WITH AT LEAST 5-GALLONS OF ANY GRADE OF FUEL. FOR EXAMPLE, IF YOU ARE A NEW FUEL REWARDS® MEMBER AND REGISTER ON 6/15/2017, YOU WILL RECEIVE GOLD STATUS THROUGH THE NEW MEMBER INTRODUCTORY PERIOD (I.E., 12/31/2017). YOU WILL NEED TO FILL UP WITH AT LEAST 5 GALLONS OF FUEL AT LEAST 6 TIMES DURING THE QUALIFICATION PERIOD (I.E., 10/1/2017 AND 12/31/2017) TO MAINTAIN GOLD STATUS DURING THE BENEFIT PERIOD (I.E., FROM 1/1/2018 TO 3/31/2018). THEREAFTER, IF YOU CONTINUE TO FILL UP WITH AT LEAST 5 GALLONS OF FUEL AT LEAST 6 TIMES DURING THE SUCCESSIVE 3 CONSECUTIVE MONTH BENEFIT PERIODS, YOU WILL RETAIN YOUR GOLD STATUS. IF YOU DO NOT MAINTAIN YOUR GOLD STATUS, YOU WILL RECEIVE SILVER STATUS. WITH SILVER STATUS, YOU WILL RECEIVE 3¢/GAL IN FUEL REWARDS® SAVINGS. THE 3¢/GAL REWARD FOR SILVER STATUS WILL BE COMBINED WITH OTHER REWARDS IN YOUR FUEL REWARDS® ACCOUNT. REDEEM FUEL REWARDS® SAVINGS WITH YOUR FUEL REWARDS® CARD OR ALT ID AT PARTICIPATING SHELL STATIONS. FUEL REWARDS® SAVINGS ARE LIMITED TO 20 GALLONS OF FUEL PER PURCHASE, PER VEHICLE, OR FRAUD LIMITS PLACED BY SHELL AND/OR LIMITS PLACED ON YOUR FINANCIAL CARD BY YOUR FINANCIAL INSTITUTION, EACH OF WHICH MAY BE LOWER. FUEL REWARDS® SAVINGS MUST BE REDEEMED IN A SINGLE TRANSACTION. ONCE YOU BEGIN TO DISPENSE FUEL USING YOUR FUEL REWARDS® SAVINGS, YOU MUST DISPENSE TO THE 20-GALLON LIMIT OR YOU FORFEIT ANY REMAINING DISCOUNTED GALLONS OF FUEL. FOR EXAMPLE, IF YOU ONLY PUMP FIFTEEN (15) GALLONS OF FUEL, YOU WOULD ABANDON THE REMAINING FIVE (5) GALLONS OF DISCOUNTED FUEL. IF YOU HAVE A REWARDS BALANCE GREATER THAN THE CURRENT PER-GALLON PRICE OF FUEL, THE PRICE WILL ROLL DOWN TO THE MAXIMUM CAPABILITY OF THE FUEL EQUIPMENT, AND YOUR REMAINING REWARDS WILL BE SAVED FOR A FUTURE FUEL PURCHASE. DISPENSER MAY REQUIRE A PRICE OF UP TO 10.9¢/GAL. IT MAY NOT BE POSSIBLE TO COMBINE MULTIPLE DISCOUNTS AND/OR REWARDS IN A SINGLE TRANSACTION. FOR PURCHASES OF $75 OR MORE, PLEASE GO INSIDE TO PAY. UNBRANDED DIESEL AND ALTERNATIVE FUELS MAY NOT BE ELIGIBLE. THE FUEL REWARDS® PROGRAM IS OWNED AND OPERATED BY EXCENTUS CORPORATION. OFFER MAY BE MODIFIED OR DISCONTINUED AT ANY TIME WITHOUT NOTICE. NOT VALID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. PLEASE SEE FUELREWARDS.COM FOR COMPLETE FUEL REWARDS® PROGRAM DETAILS AND TERMS AND CONDITIONS. OTHER RESTRICTIONS MAY APPLY. ALL TRADEMARKS ARE THE PROPERTY OF THEIR RESPECTIVE OWNERS. TO LEARN MORE, VISIT FUELREWARDS.COM/GOLD OR CALL (888) 603-0473.

 

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

The Perfect Beach Day Snack – A Delicious Bread Tray

This post was sponsored by Heluva Good! as part of an Ambassador Program and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

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The Perfect Beach Day Snack – A Delicious Bread Tray

I can’t believe it’s Labor Day weekend already!  Are you heading out on the water or hitting the sandy beach to celebrate?  If you are, I have the perfect snack idea for you!

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Living in Florida we spend a lot of time on the boat and at the beach, it’s pretty much a way of life down here.  With three kids, you can imagine snacks are always on my list of what to pack, and knowing that space can be limited on the boat plus, we will likely be carrying food to a sandy beach once the boat is anchored, limits my snacking options.  With space being a concern, I also like to find snacks that everyone likes, both the kids and the adults.  Chips and dips are always a popular duo, but after a few days in a row, my go to snack becomes mundane and it’s time to get creative.

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Luckily with Heluva Good! Dip there are so many other dipping options!  With a assortment of flavors including French Onion, Buttermilk Ranch, White Chedder and Bacon, Bodacious Onion, and more, they really have a flavor to satisfy everyone’s taste buds and to pair with whatever you want to dip.

One of my family’s favorite foods to dip in every flavor of Heluva Good! Dip is bread, in particularly pumpernickel bread.  It is a tasty and satisfying snack that is super easy to prepare and take out to the beach.

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I grab a couple loafs of bread from the bakery, uncut.  As I said pumpernickel is a favorite of mine, but we also love French bread and Seseme bread.

For the small loafs I cut it into thin slices.  For large loafs or the round loafs that pumpernickel usually comes in I just tear it apart by hand into small chunks.
I then package it all back up in the bags I bought it in, or in a ziplock bag. 
The bread can be put right in your beach bag and is ready to go, and the small Heluva Good! Dip tubs fit easily in any cooler.

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Once we get to the beach, the kids will either snack right from the bag, or if there’s a group of us, like at a Labor Day party, I will bring along some plastic bowels/plates so everyone has room to dip. 

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I love how easy this appetizer is, yet it is not something often thought about, making it an awesome snacking experience!

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What is your favorite food to dip?
Make sure you look for these bold-favored dips in the dairy aisle at a store near you!

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What You Need to Know about Vaccines and Preventative Care for Your Teens

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

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What You Need to Know about Vaccines and Preventative Care for Your Teens

When the kids were babies, going to the pediatrician for check ups and keeping their vaccinations on schedule came second nature to me.  Now as my oldest is growing rapidly and is an inch away from towering over me, it’s not something that comes to mind quite as often.  However, our preteens still not only need annual check-ups they also need certain vaccines.

I understand that with preteens, life can get busy between school, friends and extra cirricular activities.  Which is likely why “the Majority of parents and teens believe it is important for all teens to be vaccinated, however the rates are far lower than where they should be.”  According to a recent survey conducted by Unity Consortium (United for Adolescent Vaccination).

Here in Florida preteens need their vaccines before the beginning of 7th grade, to receive a class schedule.  My sons school sent out automated messages throughout the summer which helped parent remember to schedule their preteen’s annual physical appointment in the midst of summer fun and back to school shopping.

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That same Unity Consortium survey also revealed approximately 1 in 4 parents and teens believe that vaccines are more important for babies and not as important for teens.  Also that 34% of teens don’t know how being vaccinated helps them.  Therefore, it is so important for parents and teens to have more resources available to them so that they can learn more about the benefits of vaccinations.

Unity Consortium also discovered that 41% of parents believe their teen should only see a doctor when they feel sick.  With my family having several health scares, I personally can’t stress enough the importance of annual checkups, which can catch issues that may not necessarily bother a child right away.  Only visiting the doctor during bouts of illness also reduces the opportunity to discuss preventative health issues, such as immunizations.

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Luckily Unity Consortium believes that Annual check-ups are a critical part of preventive care and that immunization is a central part of adolescent health, being the best investments, you can make to your teens’ long-term health.  
They are helping raise awareness and addressing the challenges surrounding adolescent and young adult health, with a goal of ensuring 9 out of 10 teens are fully vaccinated against preventable diseases.

What Vaccinations are recommended for Teens?

  • Meningococcal-includes two distinct meningococcal disease vaccines (ACWY and B)
  • Tdap-tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough) and Td Booster (tetanus and diphtheria)
  • HPV-human papillomavirus
  • Flu

Learn more about vaccines for your teens and preventative health by visiting Unity4TeenVax.org
Make sure your adolescents are up to date with their vaccinations.

Quick and Simple Back to School Meal Time Ideas with $1.99 Rotisserie Chicken!

This post is sponsored by Boston Market, All opinions are my own.

Quick and Simple Back to School Meal Time Ideas

Back to School Meal Ideas

Back to school season this year has had me thrown for a loop.  The kids are starting their second school year in Florida and the school year starts very early down here.  

Going into this summer, I assumed this year wouldn’t be as bad after hustling through last year, I was wrong!  After living my entire life in New England, I guess it is still a habit to think of August as a summer month.  When school supplies started popping up in stores before the 4th of July, logically I thought “wow, I guess we have to start shopping” but did I? No!  I am so accustomed to the 4th of July being the kick off of the summer festivities not the time that the summer fun starts to wind down.  So, I procrastinated and procrastinated and as you can surely imagine, the first few weeks of school this year had me frazzled, pus to add to the stress, the youth sports season started at the same time.

There were several nights that I spent trying to squeeze through the school supply isles of my local department store with all the other stressed out mothers, after already spending hours on a practice field.   Luckily by day one, the kids had their new school clothes on and their backpacks packed, but once they got on the bus, I realized I hadn’t even thought about dinner, or lunch for the second day.  I excitedly thought about how I could now stroll through the grocery store without any kids attached to my carriage, but the last thing I wanted to think about was cooking.  Luckily Boston Market saved my sanity!

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Boston Market Family Meal

I love Boston Market because I can run in and get a complete meal for my family that is not only affordable, but it also feels like home cooking.  We are still sitting around the table passing the mashed potatoes and vegetables at the end of the day talking about how school was, and this makes my heart happy and my brain a whole lot less frazzled.

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Boston Market Family Meals feed families of three, four or more.  I usually get the Family Meal for 4, because my husband works the night shift and isn’t a big eater at dinner time, so it is always more than enough food for us.   With a main dish of rotisserie chicken, meatloaf, roasted turkey, or BBQ ribs, plus 4 sides and corn bread, this family dinner is an easy way to get everyone to the kitchen table without any complaints!
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$1.99 Family Meal Deal!

Boston Market is offering a whole rotisserie chicken for only $1.99 with the purchase of any Family Meal!  In addition to feeding my whole family a delicious wholesome Family Meal, I got a whole fresh, never frozen rotisserie chicken for just $1.99.  These chickens can be used in tasty school lunches, afternoon snacks, and into dinner recipes to save time without sacrificing flavor.  This deal made meal times during the school week so much more manageable!

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How I used my $1.99 Fresh Never Frozen Rotisserie Chicken

Breakfast:

Omelets!  I love mixing up the usual cereal or waffles quick breakfasts that happen in my house during busy mornings.  Omelets are a perfect option when I have cooked chicken in the fridge waiting for me.  My kids love eggs, and I love being able to add some nutritious chicken breast and veggies to their breakfast.  With the help of Boston Market’s $1.99 meal deal, I can have a hot breakfast on the table as quickly as it takes my children to pick out which cereal they’d want.

Lunch:

Chicken Salad is a lunch time favorite for my family, the kids love it as a sandwich, while my husband and I can eat it by the bowl full.  Using Boston Market’s Rotisserie Chicken makes my normal chicken salad a lot more flavorful, plus there is no cooking for me!  Lunch is ready in a few minutes.

Dinner:

For a third meal, I used what was left of our rotisserie chicken in a quick Ceaser Salad mix to add some protein to flavor to it.

For $1.99, this Boston Market Meal Deal, saved me time while feeding my family 3 delicious meals in addition to the original family dinner I purchased. 
Are you struggling with meal time during the back to school stress?  Boston Market has you covered!

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What is your favorite Boston Market meal?

Get Back to School Ready with These 6 Must Have Products!

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Single Edition Media

6 Must Have Products

I still can’t believe it’s back to school season already.  I swear I blinked and the entire summer break flew by!  With the new school year comes back to school shopping for endless school supplies, new clothes, and a shopping cart full of tissues, antibacterial wipes, printer paper, and whatever else the teachers add to their wish list, to keep all these kids learning all year.  Back to school time can be busy and school shopping easily becomes stressful, so it’s easy to understand why most of us moms forget about stocking up on some great things for at home that will make our back to school routine a lot smoother.

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With the help of Babbleboxx I have compiled a list of 5 items you need to add to your back to school shopping list, like now!

1) Wemo Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plug. With back to school season, comes sports season for my family, which means I am running from schools to fields all afternoon.  The smart technology of Wemo Mini Smart Plug is perfect for busy families, simply plug it into the wall, download the free app, connect the Wemo to your Wi-Fi and you can remotely control your lights and appliances.  The Wemo is also perfect for nights when moms not home, they may try to push Grammy for one more book, but I can remotely turn off their lights and they know mom says it is bedtime.  

With promo code WEMOmommyhoodlife you can save 20% off a Wemo Mini now through Sept 30th 2017 here!
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2) Zoono GermFree24 Hand Sanitizer, I swear the kids bring home germs faster than they bring home those huge packets of forms we need to fill out. Zoono GermFree24 Hand Sanitizer is a water based antibacterial hand sanitizer that is a must buy for us this year.  It does not rub off and remains active on the skin’s surface through hand washing and sweating which is important for active kids like mine, plus it comes in both a foam and spray version.  I am putting one by the front door, in the car, and in my bag.  You can stock up here.
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3) Snip-its Tangy Apple 3-in-1 Conditioning Shampoo, Morning Miracle Mousse Styling Spray & Silly Slicker Ultimate Sculpting Gel. With summer coming to an end, the pool no longer counts as bath time and hosing the kids off with a sprinkler isn’t an option.  The kids are ready for stylish hair styles and the Snip-its Haircuts for Kids’ line of professional kid’s hair products are amazing!

These products are made to be gentle on kid’s hair, skin, and eyes.  Plus, they all smell incredible!  We have been using them every day, and they are keeping our hair washing and styling stress free.  You can shop Snip-its hair care line here.
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4) OOLY Fun School Supplies. Between homework and all the forms, you will be filling out it’s a great time to stock up on some fun pencils and pens.  I love OOLY’s products, they make everyday mundane items fun and colorful!  We are currently obsessed with both their Jumbo Brights Neon Colored Pencils and the Yummy Yummy Yummy Scented Gel Pens.  OOLY also has a great line of 2-in-1 Flip Side Notebooks to keep all your events and projects organized.  Plus, the Mighty Zipper Pouch is perfect for storing everything!  Shop these cute school supplies here and save 15% Off Orders of $35 or more plus Free Shipping in Continental U.S. and get a Free OOLY Eraser with promo code: ready.

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5) Teal Duck Tape®. We use Duck Tape for everything in my house.  It’s no longer the ugly silver tape found in your dad’s garage.  It now comes in an endless array of colors and designs and can be used to decorate practically anything, including school folders and pencils and more.  Check out all the great ideas Duck Tape® Makers™ have come up with here.
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6) Pure Growth Organics. Between lunch box snacks, after school snacks, and sports practice snacks, my kids go through a ton of snacks!  I love all the snacks that Pure Growth Organics offers, the kids say they are delicious and the ingredients keep me happy.  Animal Crackers, White Cheddar Popcorn and Crispy Rice Squares are a staple in our cabinets.  Take a look at all these organic snack options here and save 20% with promo code 2020BABBLE.
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Have your kids started this school year yet?  If not it’s coming fast!  Which item are you excited to try first?
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Create an Epic “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie” Viewing Party with Movie Night Snacks and No-Sew Costumes!

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Create an Epic Captain Underpants The First Epic Movie Viewing Party

My kids love Captain Underpants!  We have all the books and have already preordered the “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie” DVD at Walmart.  As our excitement builds for the movie’s DVD release, I have started prepping for a perfect Family Movie Night Screening Party.  Complete with the perfect movie night snacks and DIY Captain underpants costumes.

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Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

Captain Underpants is perfect for a family movie night, with incredible voice talent of both Kevin Hart and Ed Helms.  Also, best of all this film has a lot of heart!  The story explores the great friendship of two boys and their love of writing and creativity.  This is such a great message for kids to see, while they laugh uncontrollably at the outrageous humor.

This movie is receiving A+ reviews and is certified fresh, so make sure you pre-order your copy of the Captain Underpants DVD today!

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Snacks:

After we have busted out all the blankets and pillows in the house to create a comfy viewing area in the living room, it’s time to think about the best movie night snacks that are not only delicious for the kiddos, but also easy.  I’m prepping a party amid back to school and sports season, so convenience is important.  I headed to Walmart to stock up on Pop Secret popcorn and Lance crackers, both of which are normal staples in my home and perfect for a movie night party!

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You can’t have a movie night without popcorn!  My kids are always pulling out the Pop Secret Movie Theatre Butter Popcorn when ever a DVD enters my home.  We choose Pop Secret because of the great butter taste, it’s delicious and a great quality popcorn.  The bags pop quickly and fully!  So, this will definitely be on our movie night snack bar.

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I grabbed 4 packs of red plastic cups for under $1 at Walmart and cut underpants shapes out of cardstock.  Then I simply hot glued the underpants to the cups and filled them with popcorn.  This is a simple way to add some fun to your snack table!

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Lance Sandwich Crackers are another snack that we will undoubtedly have on a snack bar table.  Lance has been making little sandwiches for over 100 years with two awesome crackers on the outside with incredible spread in-between.  These cracker packs have been a snack time staple for my family for as long as I can remember.  My Nana used to pack them in her cooler bag whenever my brother and I would go with her to the playground or for a picnic.  Now I always keep these flavorful, wholesome, filling, and portable snacks on hand.  They are perfect for school snacks, on the go, and when I need to keep a group of kids happy. 

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Captain Underpants Costumes

With snack handled and a viewing area full of comfy blankets and pillows it’s time to add some extra fun to your viewing party with easy no-sew Captain Underpants costumes!  Aidan got a kick out of these cute costumes and I know my nephews will be all smiles on movie night.

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To start with I grabbed a package of plain white underwear in the boys section of Walmart.  I made sure to get a size that would easily fit over their clothes. 
This takes care of the “Underpants” part.

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Now for the cape!

You’ll need:
Red Felt by the bolt, 1 Yard easily made 3 capes so have it cut to your preffered length.

Large piece of Black Felt
Large Piece of Yellow Felt
Fabric Scissors
Glue Gun
Printable Template (Underpants / Cape)

Optional:
Velcro (if you’d like to add it to the collar opposed to just have a hole cut open)
Iron on Adhesive (if you want a stronger hold that will last in the washing machine, use iron on adhesive instead of a glue gun)

Create the Capes:

Cut the red felt to your desired length, depending on the ages of your guests.  I went with 24” by 32”.

Print and cut the free printable template.

Fold the felt length wise and trace and cut the capes neck hole and shoulder curves.  Once you have done this, you have a basic felt cape that can be decorated in countless ways.

For the Captain Underpants cape we I traced a large circle with the black felt, using a salad bowl and cut that out along with an underpants shape with the yellow felt.

Next, I hot glued the black circle to the center of the cape.  Then, added the underwear shape to the center of the black felt circle.

The entire process took me about 15 minutes, and if I had chose to use iron on adhesive or Velcro, the process still would have taken less than 30 minutes.

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I can’t wait to see a bunch of little Captain Underpants’ smiling and laughing on September 12th!

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Preorder:

The Captain Underpants DVD is will be available in Walmart stores 9/12! Be sure to reserve your copy now by pre-ordering today! While supplies last

 

How I Saved Money on My Orlando Family Road Trip!

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

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Summer is in full swing and that means I am taking full advantage of my Instant Gold Status from Shell and the Fuel Rewards® program, and hitting the road to make some amazing family memories!

How I Saved on My Orlando Family Road Trip

This month we did an Orlando Family Road Trip and I saved big time at the pump. Remember Shell is currently giving members of the *Fuel Rewards® Program “Instant Gold Status” which rewards members with an automatic 5 cents a gallon reward on every fill-up, up to 20 gallons, for at least 6 months. However, by using my Mastercard that is linked to our Fuel Rewards® card before and during our trip, I was able to earn additional rewards and then stack them to get the most savings. You can sign up for the Fuel Rewards program and start saving with Instant Gold Status here (it’s free, no credit card required!).

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Tips for Saving with Fuel Rewards® card

Book your hotels ahead of time. By planning out your road trip stops and hotel stays ahead of time, you are able to get the best valued hotel. Book your hotel through the Fuel Rewards® website, powered by Priceline, and you not only save from pre-booking, you also earn 20 cents a gallon (up to 20 gallons) off your next fill-up for every $300 spent. When I was booking our hotel a few weeks ago, there was over 400 hotels to choose from, so finding a hotel that fits your needs is a piece of cake!

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Choose restaurants that allow you to earn rewards. Taking a road trip and vacationing with children can be a lot of work. I try to pack snacks for theroad, and quick options for our hotel room, but when it comes to full meals the last thing I want to do on my vacation is cook for 3 picky kids. Within a 5-minute drive of our hotel we found several pizzerias, a full Italian restaurant, a lobster house, and my husband’s favorite a Brazilian Steak House to eat at. Don’t feel like pizza or steak? No problem, there were 133 restaurants in my search of Orlando alone. At the Sinha Brazilian Steak House we earned 10 cents per gallon rewards on our next fill, up to 20 gallons, not too shabby for food we would have tried anyways!

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Stock up on your vacation must haves before you leave. Shopping at hotel gift shops or grabbing a poncho from a kiosk in a theme park will easily drain your budget. Instead, plan ahead, the best part of road tripping is that you aren’t limited to a small suitcase. Do most of your shopping ahead of time at stores that allow you to earn rewards. Before out last trip I stopped at Winn-Dixie for snacks, drinks, refillable cups, clip on fans, and all sorts of things that I knew I would find myself buying at a theme park. I saved on the cost of everything, plus I earned 3 cents a gallon on our next fill, up to 20 gallons, for every $100 I spent.

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Plus, every woman knows the need to shop for new clothes or accessories before a vacation, right? Head over to the Fuel Rewards® site for a list of online retailers that let you earn points as you shop online. These are stores you already shopping at, and more than likely already doing it online, so why not put some savings in your pocket while you’re at it!

With all these ways of earning rewards on top of the 5 cents a gallon Instant Gold Status reward, it is so easy to earn rewards, stack them and save at the pump. Don’t forget to sign up for the Fuel Rewards program here.

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Tips to Remember:

There’s a 20-gallon limit on fill-ups. Get the most out of your rewards by filling up when your tank is low.

Fuel Rewards savings earned through Mastercard Offers could take up to 5–7 business days to post to your Fuel Rewards® account.

Restrictions apply. To qualify for the Gold/Silver Status offers, you must be a Fuel Rewards® member and swipe your Fuel Rewards® card or enter your Alt ID when you fuel at a participating Shell station. With Gold Status, you will receive 5¢/gal in Fuel Rewards® savings on every fill-up. The 5¢/gal reward for Gold Status will be combined with other rewards in your Fuel Rewards® account. If you are an existing Fuel Rewards® member, you will receive Gold Status from 6/5/2017 through 12/31/17, the “Existing Member Introductory Period”. If you are a new Fuel Rewards® member, you will receive Gold Status for the initial month you join through the last day of the month, 6 full calendar months later, the “New Member Introductory Period”. The last 3 months of the Existing Member Introductory Period or the New Member Introductory Period (collectively the “Introductory Period”) is the “Qualification Period”. You will retain your Gold Status during the Qualification Period, but you must make 6 qualifying fuel purchases to qualify for Gold Status for the next 3 months, the “Benefit Period”. During the Benefit Period, you must continue to make 6 qualifying fuel purchases to maintain your Gold Status for the next 3-month Benefit Period. A qualifying fuel purchase is any fuel purchase at a participating Shell station in which you swipe your Fuel Rewards® card or enter your Alt ID and fill up with at least 5-gallons of any grade of fuel. For example, if you are a new Fuel Rewards® member and register on 6/15/2017, you will receive Gold Status through the New Member Introductory Period (i.e., 12/31/2017). You will need to fill up with at least 5 gallons of fuel at least 6 times during the Qualification Period (i.e., 10/1/2017 and 12/31/2017) to maintain Gold Status during the Benefit Period (i.e., from 1/1/2018 to 3/31/2018). Thereafter, if you continue to fill up with at least 5 gallons of fuel at least 6 times during the successive 3 consecutive month Benefit Periods, you will retain your Gold Status. If you do not maintain your Gold Status, you will receive Silver Status. With Silver Status, you will receive 3¢/gal in Fuel Rewards® savings. The 3¢/gal reward for Silver Status will be combined with other rewards in your Fuel Rewards® account. Redeem Fuel Rewards® savings with your Fuel Rewards® card or Alt ID at participating Shell stations. Fuel Rewards® savings are limited to 20 gallons of fuel per purchase, per vehicle, or fraud limits placed by Shell and/or limits placed on your financial card by your financial institution, each of which may be lower. Fuel Rewards® savings must be redeemed in a single transaction. Once you begin to dispense fuel using your Fuel Rewards® savings, you must dispense to the 20-gallon limit or you forfeit any remaining discounted gallons of fuel. For example, if you only pump fifteen (15) gallons of fuel, you would abandon the remaining five (5) gallons of discounted fuel. If you have a rewards balance greater than the current per-gallon price of fuel, the price will roll down to the maximum capability of the fuel equipment, and your remaining rewards will be saved for a future fuel purchase. Dispenser may require a price of up to 10.9¢/gal. It may not be possible to combine multiple discounts and/or rewards in a single transaction. For purchases of $75 or more, please go inside to pay. Unbranded diesel and alternative fuels may not be eligible. The Fuel Rewards® program is owned and operated by Excentus Corporation. Offer may be modified or discontinued at any time without notice. Not valid where prohibited by law. Please see fuelrewards.com for complete Fuel Rewards® program details and Terms and Conditions. Other restrictions may apply. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners. To learn more, visit fuelrewards.com/gold or call (888) 603-0473

Keep track of everything you want to do with the new Social App: MrOwl

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of MrOwl.com. All opinions are 100% mine.

Keep track of everything you want to do with MrOwl

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I have a gypsy soul and ADHD all wrapped up into my life as a mommy.  There are so many things I want to try that my brain goes on overload and I forget half of them.  Plus, I have this insane craving to always be on the go, traveling somewhere, anywhere really.  In the month of June alone, I decided to plan 6 different trips, leaving only enough time between them to unpack and repack our suitcases.

As you can imagine I need a place to keep track of all the places I’ve gone, the places I want to go, and all of the other things I see online and “need” to try, read, or buy. I recently heard about MrOwl,  and it has become a perfect place for me to keep all my interests organized. 

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MrOwl is a FREE new social platform that lets you grab and share knowledge about the things that inspire you.  You can use the MrOwl website from your computer or download the free MrOwl App so that you can add content and engage with others on the go.  The App is perfect for me because I can contribute to community branches or add content to my own while traveling, running errands or doing what I do most, sitting on the bleachers of my kid’s football game.

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How MrOwl Works

The Sign Up! process is quick and simple just type in your name and email.  Then you can add a picture and description to create your MrOwl profile. MrOwl is organized into branches, so once you are signed up you can start adding branches for whatever topics you would like.  The topics are completely up to you: food, travel, parenting, crafts, whatever your interests are, you can create branches for them. Once you create a branch, you can add subtopics within the branch.  For example, in my travel branch I have 3 locations as subtopics so far.  This is so I can organize the content that I’m saving by place.  When I create a food branch, I will likely create subtopics for breakfast recipes, lunch recipes, dinner, snacks, restaurants, exc.

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Once you have started creating branches and subtopics if you choose to, you get to add content.  This is the fun part and it’s incredibly easy.  You just click on the button that says, “add link” to add a link from a website or click “add photo” to add pictures to your topics.

You can add links and photos from the website or the app, making it simple to use and easy to keep engaged with other users.

This is my Profile:

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The branch I have created first is “Family Travel” because that is what I am most passionate about.  I plan to add several more branches, because as a mom, I have a thousand things on my plate that I like to stay on top of.  Like recipes, kid’s clothes, cheer, football, local events, parenting tips, the list goes on and on.

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Within my branch I have subtopics for Florida, Boston, and New England so far.  I started with these 3 because I have written hundreds of blog posts about these areas.  However, I will be working on a South Carolina and Georgia subtopic next. 

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I added links within each subtopic to my blog posts that feature travel spots in each location, along with some of my favorite pictures for the area.  I can’t lie creating the Boston subtopic got me a little homesick, but it was so much fun adding my content and now I’m loving looking at the branch.

MrOwl is such a great space. You can search and add your interests and get streamlined results at your fingertips. Make sure you Download the MrOwl app to get started!

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