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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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Spring Cleaning Tips For Cleaning The Bathroom

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Spring Cleaning Tips For Cleaning The Bathroom

If you are thinking of tackling your home, and getting some spring cleaning done, let me share some tips to get your bathroom looking and smelling fresh!  Spring cleaning is a great way to de-clutter from the year! Get rid of clothes you no longer wear, organize your closets, clean out your medicine cabinets and more.

Today I have partnered with ScriptSave® WellRx to want to focus on cleaning your bathroom top to bottom and saving money when you restock that medicine cabinet! This will leave your bathroom looking fresh and clean and get you set for a whole new year! The bathroom can be one of the dirtiest places in the whole house, so it should be a room you really clean well!

Tackling the Bathroom for Spring Cleaning

Cabinets: Make sure to start with your cabinets. Take out all the items, dust the shelves, and organize your products and such. Great time to check to see if any beauty products are expired and need to be tossed, wash any bedding or towels that haven’t been used in a while.

Medicine Cabinet: If you have a medicine cabinet, make sure to take time to look over all your medicines for any that are outdated and expired. Wipe down your shelves and put your medicines back in the cupboard.

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  • Tips to Save on Prescriptions: If you are looking for more affordable prescriptions consider using ScriptSave® WellRx, it is a free card/app that you can access online or download on your smartphone for free. It requires no credit card, and there are no membership fees. You can find the best prices on prescriptions in your area when you use theScriptSave WellRx website or app on your smartphone. It has an expedia-like lookup tool that makes finding the best price on the prescription you need, simple! It will show all your local pharmacies on one screen! You can save up to 80% off on prescriptions, but on average you can save around 44%. This is a great app or site to use because prescriptions can really add up, so getting great savings is worth trying!
  • If you are like some, insurance doesn’t mean low-cost prescriptions. But with the ScriptSave WellRx program, you can get help tocut down the cost on your prescriptions!

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  • Now know, that prescription prices do change daily, and that is why sometimes your medicine might be $35 and other times it is $22. With the ScriptSave WellRx pricing tool, you use it each time you are ready for a prescription and they will help find the best pharmacy to refill.

As many of you know, Aidan has autism spectrum disorder.  There was a point in time when my husband and I had to make the decision to try medication for his hyperactivity and lack of sleep.  We went through several medications untill we found the one that lasted through the school day without causing him any side effects.  The problem was this medication cost over $350!  This was the first medication I searched for with Script Save WellRX, and I can refill it at the same pharmacy we are using for under $200.  That’s a huge savings!
However, that’s not the only prescription we’re saving on.  Between Lilly’s asthma, my husband’s cholesterol problems, and my chronic pain and arthritis, my family fills over ten prescriptions a month, some months it is over 20 prescriptions.  I have searched the prescriptions I will be filling at the end of the month and I can potentially save over $300.  ScriptSave WellRX is going to make my family’s medication costs a lot more manageable, and I am incredibly thankful for that!

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Shower: Next you want to move on to spraying down your shower and working on wiping it all down. If you have some soap scum buildup let it sit while you work on the rest of your bathroom.

Counters and Mirrors: Wipe down any counters and mirrors, getting it all nice and clean. I like to make sure my counters are nice and decluttered, maybe add some flowers to freshen it up.

Toilet: Next tackle your toilet, make sure to clean the inside and around the base of the outside. If you have to let it sit for a little bit to work inside the toilet to get rid of any rings.

Floors: Lastly you will want to sweep and mop the flooring. Then you are fully finished with the bathroom!

Are you ready to get busy with your spring cleaning?  I have the perfect way to start, use this Printable and you won’t forget anything!

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After spring cleaning comes summer vacation!  If your family is as adventurous as mine school break can be an expensive time of year, entertaining 3 kids isn’t easy or cheap.  Having a clean house going into summer break helps reduce my stress level that comes with a house full of love.  Saving money on my family’s prescriptions with WellRx, gives us more wiggle room in our summer budget, which is sure to increase our summer fun!

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Let’s Join Walmart to Fight Hunger and Spark Change!

This post is brought to you by Walmart’s Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.

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According to the USDA 1 in 8 Americans struggle with hunger.  As a mother the idea of food insecurity frightens and saddens me.  When 42 million people, including 13 million children are hungry in our country, we’re doing something wrong!

Luckily Walmart has committed to providing meal to people in need.  As the nation’s largest grocer, Walmart is in a unique position where they can engage with both suppliers and more than 140 million customers to help make a positive impact on the fight against hunger. 

During the “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” Campaign which runs from April 17 through May 15th, Walmart is aiming to reach a total donation of $3 million for Feeding America.

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Feeding Tampa Bay

People say we live in paradise, we are surrounded by the beautiful beaches, pristine ocean waters, with the sun shining almost every day.  However, if you look deeper there is a large hunger issue, and according to Jayci Peters at Feeding Tampa Bay, “in Tampa Bay, almost 70% of the population is not even aware there is a food insecurity issue.”  That’s a scary thought!  Being relatively new to Florida, I am always humbled by the kindness of the people in Tampa Bay, but when we’re unaware of such a heartbreaking issue, it’s hard to help.

So, if you didn’t know hunger was in our backyard, you do now and Feeding Tampa Bay needs your help!

“ The one valuable asset that every person in our community has and can share is the gift of their time.  Come in and volunteer.  Most all food relief happens because volunteers supply the labor.  This is, after all, how food banking started to begin with.” – Jayci

Feeding Tampa Bay is a vital charity in our area, they offer several programs that improve the lives of our neighbors.  Including My Mobile Market which is a pop-up style grocery store that offers low-cost items.  They also work with back-to-work programs to help workers find good paying positions with the food bank.  Also, they work with different intern programs to provide training.  These are all in addition to their food distribution programs such as mobile food pantries.

These programs are making our community a stronger place and feeding our neighbors in need.  Now it’s up to us to give our time to Feeding Tampa Bay and engage with Walmart to “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” And remember;

“It’s not a character issue.  It’s your neighbor, your child’s teacher, the local firefighter or retired veterans who are needing help.  It’s those who’ve worked hard, leaned in but can’t make their financial ends meet.” -Jayci

How You Can Help

Online Acts of Support with Social Media:  Every time you show support online, Walmart will donate the equivalent of 10 meals to Feeding America on behalf of member food banks, up to $1.5 million.  You’re on social media, make it help your community.

Facebook – Create original content that uses #FightHunger; like, share and/or react positively to campaign content; click on Walmart-provided campaign content.
Instagram – create or share content using the campaign hashtag #FightHunger; like or share Walmart-generated campaign content.
Snapchat – Use Walmart provided Fight Hunger. Spark Change. filters nationwide on April 21.
Twitter – Create original content that uses #FightHunger; like, share and/or make a campaign tweet a favorite; retweet a message featuring the campaign hashtag #FightHunger; click on Walmart-provided campaign content.

Purchase Participating Products at Walmart: For each participating product purchased in Walmart stores, the supplier will donate the equivalent of one meal on behalf of a Feeding America member food bank, up to applicable limits.
 Additionally, for every Discover card transaction made at U.S. Walmart stores and Walmart.com during the campaign period, Discover will donate the equivalent of one meal to Feeding America and its network of member food banks, up to $1 million.


Donate: Donate to a Feeding America food bank at the register during checkout.

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  These are all simple ways that everyone of us can make a big impact to Fight Hunger in Tampa Bay.  No one, especially a child, should be going to bed tonight hungry, so let “Fight Hunger, Spark Change“!

Five Ways to Make Dental Hygiene Fun! #TheraBreathKids

This is a sponsored post on behalf of The Motherhood,  All opinions are my own.

WAYS TO MAKE BRUSHING FUN!

Taking care of our teeth from a young age is very important.  Cavities are painful, dentist bills can be very expensive, poor hygiene causes bad breath, and uncared for teeth can result in some scary health issues.  So, starting our children off young, with good oral hygiene skills is imperative.  However, it’s not always the easiest parenting task.

Teaching kids to follow a dental hygiene routine can be hard, getting them to enjoy taking care of their teeth without any fuss, can seem nearly impossible at times.  Luckily, I’ve compiled a list of some easy things you can do that will have kids asking to brush their teeth.

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Five Tips to Make a Dental Hygiene Routine Fun

Sing Songs and Make the Bathroom a Fun Area

I would bring my children to the bathroom sink singing some of their favorite songs, and danced as we put on the tooth paste and flossed.  Showing the kids that we could have fun as they brushed their teeth helped tremendously.

Use a Timer

Letting the kids see exactly how much time they have left to brush or swish mouthwash helps them know they only must do it for a short time and they can watch how quick the time is passing.  We use a sand timer our dentist gave us; however, I have seen some fun musical and light up ones.

Get Kids Fun Toothbrushes

Toothbrushes are available in practically every color and feature countless character options.  Let your child pick out a fun toothbrush that they love and they will likely want to use it all the time.  I know whenever we buy new toothbrushes, I don’t have to remind even my oldest son to brush.

Give Rewards

Remember as a child being able to go in the treasure chest after a good dentist appointment?  It sure did make me want to keep my teeth clean for next time.  Rewards work, try using stickers as a reward for each day they do a great job taking care of their teeth.

Choose a Great Tasting Mouthwash

Mouthwash helps prevent cavities and keeps kid’s teeth healthier.  But in order get children to successfully swish for the time needed, the mouthwash must taste great.  We started using TheraBreath for Kids! Oral Rinse and the kids can’t get enough of it.  The yummy grape flavor keeps them swishing for the full minute as directed.  TheraBreath Kids is a healthy mouth wash option for children 6 and older.

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A Healthier Kids Rinse

The kids love TheraBreath for Kids! Oral Rinse because of the great taste, as a mom, I love it for the oral health benefits and Organic ingredients.

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For my family TheraBreath for Kids! Oral Rinse is now the best way to end the kid’s oral hygiene routine each morning and night, by freshening their breath and preventing cavities.

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3 Important Life Lessons Children Learn on the Playground

This post was sponsored by Landscape Structures as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All opinions expressed in my post are my own

My family loves the playground! Up until last August we were only able to enjoy it a few months out of the year, but now that we’ve moved to Florida we visit and explore new playgrounds at least once a week.
As a young mom, I started taking Anthony to playground most afternoons as a way for him to get energy out and to enjoy the fresh air.  After the twins came, the playground was a place for me to just let go of the day’s stresses and play with all three kids.  I made the walk or drive every day without realizing all the amazing life skills my children were learning as they ran, hung, and climbed through the playground.

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On the playground, they learned how to make friendships by working together and helping one another.
The first place my children made friends, outside of family, was on the playground.  There is something heartwarming about a child being able to run onto the playground and within the blink of an eye they are jumping around with a group of kids.  They help each other and encourage each other to cross the monkey bars or face their fears and go down the high slide.  Children learn that working together will make the see-saw work and build sand box villages faster.  They learn that climbing as high as you can, is a lot more fun with someone to enjoy the view with.

They learn to use their imaginations and collaborate with each other.  
The play structure becomes a pirate ship and the slide is a plank into the alligator waters.  The climbing dome is a princess castle that is protected by magic.  They learn to use their imaginations together and create some amazing play time as each child adds a different aspect to the story.

They learn to be leaders and make decisions while celebrating each other.

As they play children learn to make decisions for themselves, which leads them to become leaders and builds their confidence.  From deciding who is going to be the captain of the ship to figuring out who is going down the slides together, decisions are made and leaders are built.

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Playgrounds are a place for play and learning, where children develop in the areas of leadership, teamwork, perseverance, and where they build valuable social relationships.  As our children play they are building life skills that they will need to create an amazing future.  For a better tomorrow, we play today!

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5 Tips to Make Bath Time the Most Fun Time of the Day!

Disclosure: So happy to share this blog post I created as a Suave Kids partner. The Disney, Frozen and Star Wars trademarks are used by Unilever pursuant to a license agreement with The Walt Disney Company. All rights reserved.

5 Tips to Make Bath Time the Most Fun Time of the Day!

I remember when my three children were in the baby-toddler stage at the same time.  The days felt long and while my heart was full my body was exhausted.  One of the best activities for both the kids and myself was to have bath time.  There were mid-winter months, when I would throw a couple kids in the tub together 2-3 times a day.  They had fun, it instantly calmed any fussiness, and it gave me a few minutes to lounge on the bathroom floor (because moms of multiples lounge anywhere possible, because it’s usually never possible) and destress while watching the kids giggle, sing, and of course splash.

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Now that the kids are getting a little older, they still love bath time.  However now I use the time to clean the bathroom or fold laundry in the hallway, but most of the fun things I did when they were little, they still ask for.  

Making baths fun for the kids, has encouraged the kids to love bath time and which has made it my favorite time of the day.  Here are my 5 tips to make your kids bath time the best time of the day!

5 Tips to Make Bath Time the Most Fun Time of the Day

  1. Create Fun Activities:Let the kids play and use their imaginations while in the water.  Some of our fun activities are:
  • Switch up the bath toys so they’re not always the same.
  • Blow bubbles or get an automated bubble blower.
  • Let them draw with bath crayons.
  • Cut up pool noodles and make a Noodle Pit.
  • Get a hand sprayer and squeegee so they can pretend to clean. 

 

  1. Make the Water Fun: Most of the time just plain water is enough to make a kid jump right in, but sometimes I like to give them a little surprise by making the water extra cool.  Some of the ways I make the water extra fun is:
  • Overdo it with the bubble bath so they can’t see where the water starts.
  • Change the waters color with bath tablets.
  • Make the water fizz with bath bombs.

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  1. Make it a Bath Tub Party:The more the merrier, right?  My kids thought so for a long time (before they wanted more space for themselves) plus bathing two or three at once is a huge time saver.  So, we would have “Bath Tub Parties” by:
  • Have all the kids jump in the tub together, and as they got older we would have them wear bathing suits which the kids thought made the bath more fun.
  • Get windup water toys or boats and have water races.
  • Play some music and let the kids sing and dance.
  • Put down some towels outside the tub and just let the splashes happen.

4. Have Fun Shampoo, Conditioner, and Body Wash: One of my kids least favorite parts of bath time is when it’s time to wash their hair.  Because of this I am always looking for products that not only work great so that my messy kids will be clean from head to toe but I also need them to leave Lilly’s thick hair soft and smooth.
I also want the products to smell great and of course to have the kids favorite characters on the packaging to help encourage them to use it.


I am excited to say, The new Suave Kids® Disney Collection is exactly what I was looking for!  It makes bath time exciting and playful with products inspired by two of the kid’s favorite movies, Frozen and Star Wars.
We have had the Frozen line in our bathroom for the last month and it has been a huge hit, isn’t everything more magical with Disney Characters?

In the bath we have tried both the Disney Frozen Elsa 2-in-1 shampoo + conditioner and the Disney Frozen Olaf 2-in-1 shampoo + body wash.  Both are dermatologist tested to be tear free which is important when creating a fun bath time experience.  Another perk is that they both come in 28oz pump bottles, so they last and are easy to use!

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The New Disney Frozen Elsa 2-in-1 Shampoo + Conditioner in Berry Flurry:
Has a rich, creamy strawberry scented lather that rinses out easily leaving hair feeling soft and clean, in one quick step.

The New Disney Frozen Olaf 2-in-1 Shampoo + Body Wash in Icy Grape: Cleans both hair and skin with a fruity bubbly wash that rinses off easily, leaving skin soft with fruity scent the kids love.  That’s head to toe in one easy step!

  1. Make Getting Out Fun Too: Once you’re done with a relaxing and fun bath time the last thing you want is a screaming child not wanting to get out of the water.  By creating a fun after bath routine that the kids can look forward to after the water drains, you will make the evening go smoother.
  • Use fun towels!  The kids always had cute animal ones, but now that they are getting bigger they have extra soft beach towels they picked out.  Lilly has all the princesses, of course.  While Aidan has a Lightening McQueen one and Anthony’s is Star Wars.
  • Make after bath snuggling with a book or show a consistent part of the after-bath time routine. 
  • Have fun hair products.  Lilly used to hate getting out of the bath because she knew her hair needed to be brushed next.  So, making sure I have a great detangler is important.  The new Disney Frozen Anna Detangler Spray in Sparkle Berry is Lilly’s new must have!  It’s been tackling her tough knots without taking her curls away since the first use.  I love how soft her hair feels after we use it and Lilly loves that it “makes her hair smell just like Anna”!

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How My Family Prepares for the Cold and Flu Season!

This post is written by me on behalf of Geometry Global. All opinions are entirely my own. This shop has been compensated by Acorn Influence, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

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If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve likely followed along as Lilly’s asthma acts up with each season change.  If not, let me say we have been on a roller coaster of colds, coughing fits, and hospital stays over the last few years.  I must be extremely careful to the point of obsession when it comes to cold germs or even worse the flu around her.  What would normally be a few days to a week of feeling yucky and run down for the average person, can quickly turn into pneumonia, low oxygen levels, constant nebulizer treatments, and days in the hospital for Lilly.

I know Lilly’s case is extreme, but all kids are miserable when they get sick.  Plus, once Lilly catches a cold it can quickly go through the entire house.  The boys will catch it from playing together or sharing a cup, then Aidan will want to do nothing but snuggle on the couch for the entire day.  This will lead to my husband and I catching the nasty virus and in the end, even without hospital trips we are left dragging ourselves out of piles of laundry, makeup work from school, and an endless to-do list.

We all know how draining cold season can be once it strikes so I try to prepare for it as much as possible in an effort to prevent the virus from taking over my house.
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What we do to keep the cold virus away:

Wash hands:  this seems like a no brainer, but with kids they sometimes need reminders.  Luckily, Lilly is a hand washing pro from watching an episode about it one “The Magic School Bus” and she constantly tells the boys what they are doing wrong.

Keep surfaces, switches, door knobs, and other high traffic areas disinfected.  During my daily cleaning I use an antibacterial wipe and quickly wipe down all the little spots that can easily be hotbeds for germs.

Stay healthy, I try my hardest to keep everyone active, hydrated, and nourished from a healthy diet so that their immunity is higher and their bodies have all the nutrients they need to fight off any virus’s that they come in contact with.
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I always stock up on cold season supplies, I make sure our thermometer has batteries and is working.  The same thing goes for our humidifier and oximeter.  Most importantly I stock up on Kleenex!  
I don’t want everyone sneezing and coughing into their hands and then spreading those germs everywhere they touch, and as parents, we know how gross it is to turn a shirt right side out while doing laundry to find that a little someone has wiped a day’s worth of snot on their sleeves.  So, Kleenex are a must, but I don’t trust just any tissue to help keep the cold virus from spreading.  We use Kleenex Anti-Viral tissues because they kill 99.9% of cold and flu viruses.  How amazing is that?  The active ingredients in the middle layer disrupt the viruses’ protective coating and kills the virus in the tissue within 15 minutes.
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Help prevent the virus’s from spreading at school too.  As much as I wipe surfaces and keep my kids hands clean at home, the cold virus still likes to circulate at school.  So, be your child’s teacher’s cold season hero and send a 4 pack of Kleenex Anti-Viral Facial Tissues that are available at Walmart, to school for your child’s classroom.

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Plus, each box comes with Box-Tops, which schools always appreciate.
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I try my hardest not to let the cold virus sneak up on my family and Kleenex Anti-Viral is making it easier this season.
So, for now I am waiting for cold season to be over dreaming of the fresh summer air.
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How do you prepare for cold season in your family?

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10 Simple Ways to Show Kids You Love Them Everyday! #MixInImagination

This post was sponsored by DOLE® as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All opinions expressed in my post are my own.

10 Simple Ways to Show Kids You Love Them Everyday

Life gets crazy!  In my house, I have three children running from school to sports, then finishing up homework, squeezing in time to run around with friends, and so much more sometimes in a single day.  There have been days that once dinner and baths were done, and my children were tucked in to bed, I collapsed on the couch in exhaustion with a bit of mommy guilt.

Some days it felt like we had been running none stop all day.  We were doing things they had begged to do but I still wasn’t sure if I had really connected with them in those little ways that make them grin and know they are what makes my heart beat.

I decided to start trying to do little things throughout the day that would make them sporadically feel special.  Here are 10 of my favorite simple ways to show my munchkins I love them though out the day.
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10 Simple Ways to Show Your Kids You Love Them

  1. Draw on the bathroom mirror.  My oldest is in middle school and often by the time I get up with the twins, he has already woken up and got ready.  He sees the bathroom mirror before he sees me, so I love sporadically grabbing a marker and drawing silly faces on the mirror to make him smile first thing in the morning.
  2. Surprise them at school for lunch.  My tween has explicitly told me NOT to do this to him, but my elementary aged kids love it.  Every so often I will whip up some of their favorite foods, the kind that wouldn’t keep well in a lunch box, and surprise them in the cafeteria.  Their school also lets students sit outside to eat when parents come, adding to that “I’m special” feeling.
  3. Leave something special in their pockets.  We lay out the kids outfits the night before school, so it is easy for me to sneak treats or pictures into there pockets.  One day I knew my oldest was stress about a big test, so I put a small picture of us in his pocket with a note saying “I was proud of him no matter what”.
  4. Say yes when they are expecting a no.  You know, when they have already eaten half your kitchen and are asking for a second helping of dessert, expecting a no.  Or when they want to stay up late an watch a movie and you were already counting down the minutes till bedtime.  Every once in a while, say yes to the usually no’s.
  5. Call them and chat.  If I have errands or work to do on the weekends or after school, the kids are home with dad.  When I am walking from place to place, I will often call and chat with each of them throughout the day. 
  6. Listen to them read.  Now that my kids are older, they are usually off reading to themselves but sometimes I crawl into bed with them or snuggle up on the couch and tell them to read the story to me.  This gives us great one on one time, plus, it helps them master reading out loud.
  7. Bake something yummy.  When I have some extra time in the day, I will surprise them with one of their favorite treats as an afternoon snack.
  8. Build them up by bragging about them.  When I know, they are within ear shot, I will make sure to build up some of their accomplishments and brag about them on the phone to Grammy or to my husband.  With an “Anthony is doing amazing in school, I am so proud” or “Lilly has been being so kind at school, she has such a caring heart”.  
  9. Put the phone away and get off the computer.  As a work at home mom, it is easy for me to sometimes loose sense of time and get caught up in the middle of writing or answering emails, and of course the social media wormhole.  I’ve started setting an alarm 10 minutes before the kids come in from school so that when they walk in the door, they see me, not me staring at a screen.
  10. Pack their school lunch with Love Notes.  By the time the kids sit down in the cafeteria for lunch, half their day has passed.  They could be having a great day, they could also have gotten a bad grade on a test, got into a disagreement with a friend, forgot their locker combination, or just be having crumby day.  So, putting a little note of encouragement in their lunch could lift them up right when they need it.  DOLE Mixations® are now a signature in my kid’s lunch boxes.  Not only are they a delicious combination of smooth fruit sauce mixed with chunks of real fruit, they also have a customizable package that lets you draw fun designs and personal messages on the lids.  This makes sending an unexpected pick-me-up simple and yummy.

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More about DOLE Mixations!

DOLE Mixations are available in 4 great flavors
Apple-Strawberry Sauce with Dices of Apple
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What little ways do you use to show your children you love them through out the day?


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Make your Money Go Further this Tax Season with Samsung Deals at Walmart!

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

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As moms most of us shop at Walmart, a lot!  I have a Super Center within walking distance from my house, so I am usually there several times a week.  I know where everything is and what isles to run down to get exactly what I need.  On a usual trip I try to stick to the grocery and household section, but I still always end up strolling through the seasonal and stationary isles with extra goodies in my cart.  However, I rarely make a sporadic trip towards the back of the store where the toys and electronics area.  The toy section I avoid at all cost, unless it is a holiday, and the electronics department could easily have me drooling over all the tech goodies I want.  

So, now that tax season is here and I have a little extra cash on hand, it is a great time to take care of my family’s tech needs.  With a family of 5, that extra wiggle room in our budget must go far though.  Luckily Samsung at Walmart has amazing deals on all the popular gadgets my families been wishing for. 

Here are some of the amazing Samsung Deals at Walmart during Tax Season:

Phones are always on our upgrade list, and Samsung has two great options.  One that will meet my needs along with a perfect option for my tween.

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Straight Talk GS5: $199

The Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE Prepaid Smartphone has a fast quad-core dual processor that is ideal for everything, from gaming to multitasking. It also has 5.1″ full HD touchscreen that makes all of your phone activity come alive. The incredibly powerful 16MP camera on this smartphone takes breathtaking photos. 

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Straight Talk GS7: $599
The Straight Talk Galaxy S7 is the smartphone your life can’t do without. It’s big on screen and slim on profile. And with an IP68 rating that protects it from spills, splashes and even dunks, you can forget about searching the internet for magical solutions to dry out your smartphone. Just wipe if off and keep going.

Beyond cell phones, Walmart has some great deals on Samsung TV’s, tablets, and speakers.  These are some awesome choices:

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Samsung LED Smart HDTV
Enjoy incredible picture and dramatic detail with UHD. Its 4K resolution means everything you watch looks 4x sharper than Full HD.

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Samsung Galaxy Tablet
Portable entertainment for everyone- The Galaxy Tab E was made to go wherever you go and do whatever you want to do. From watching a movie with the family at home to reading a best seller at the coffee shop, the big, bright screen keeps everyone entertained.

DAV-SoundbarThe Samsung Bluetooth Soundbar Wireless Subwoofer helps you to enjoy cinematic sound for a more immersive experience. It features TV Sound Connect to make it easy to set up with just one push of a button. The Bluetooth design means that you can connect wirelessly with no clutter.

Make sure you check out electronics department next time you’re in Walmart to make your tax refund go further!

For more information, follow Samsung on  Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

What’s on your tech wish list this season?

 

5 Tips for Getting Active and Beating the Winter Blues!

Thanks to Premier Protein and Fitfluential for sponsoring today’s post, as always all opinions are completely my own.

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In the middle of a chilly winter, it can be hard to jump out of the slump of binge watching TV and ordering delivery.  Being from New England, where the winters are long and the days are short, I can completely understand how easy it is to fall into the winter blues.  
Now I am in my first year as a Floridian and my body is trying to revert to its winter ways despite the 75 degree days.  So, staying active is something I must put a lot of effort into.  I’ve learned that the winter blues is more about a state of mind than the temperature outside.

Luckily, spring is right around the corner.  I know it may not feel like it in many areas, because from my Instagram feed I can see snow piles taller than cars, but it will be here before we know, trust me!  So why not get a jump start on feeling good in your clothes and having energy to conquer each day.

Are you ready to get active and beat the winter blues so you’ll have a head start when spring finally blossoms?

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These are my top tips for beating the winter blues:

  1. Get Outside!  I know it may be 20 degrees outside and your thinking “Why go outside when the air hurts my face” but getting fresh air and sunlight everyday can help lift your mood and give you energy.  Try making the most of the season by finding a winter activity to do with friends.  Go sledding, skiing, ice skating, or visit some winter attractions like the New Hampshire Ice Castles.
  2. Stay active!  I usually completely fail at my exercise plan during the colder months and am then beating myself up over it once the birds start chirping in spring.  However, staying active is one of the best way to beat the winter slump.  Get some fun exercise videos for the cold days, join some fun workout classes, and whenever the weather lets you get out and walk.
  3. Turn on some music!  When it is cold and yucky outside, most people revert to sitting on the couch with the TV on but what if you turned the TV off and turned some music on instead?  If you’re like me, it will get you in a completely different mindset and you may even find yourself dancing around the house cleaning.  Imagine having your spring cleaning done before all the snow melts?  That’s usually a goal for me, then once the season changes, I’m out at the park while my friends are cursing about cleaning on Facebook.
  4. Pamper yourself!  Are you one of those girls who takes shaving off your to-do list once your shorts are packed up for the season?  Or was your last pedicure to get festive for the 4th of July?  You still need to take care of you in the cold months!  Yes, maybe the stubble and chipped toes won’t be front and center every time you step out the door, but just imagine how relaxing a nice bubble bath would feel in the middle of a cold day.  Tell your hubby your shaving your legs, lock that bathroom door and pamper yourself girl!  Put on a face mask, light the candles, and take care of you.
  5. Eat right!  It is easy to binge on junk in the winter, when we can easily cover up with big sweaters and comfy sweatpants.  However, that just leaves us feeling more tired and cranky.  So, follow tip number 2 and stick to a work out plan and then make sure you are nourishing your body with lots of protein, veggies, and water.  Protein is one of the most important nutrients to incorporate into your diet.  It helps improve focus, maintain your weight, and even gives your metabolism a boost.  

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The thing about nourishing our bodies is that there isn’t always time in our hectic schedules to make nutritious meals.  That’s why I rely on protein shakes to give me a huge helping vitamins and nutrients while I’m on the go.  Finding a delicious Protein shake can take some trial and error, and I have tried a lot of different brands.  One brand I hadn’t tried until recently was Premier Protein®, so when they offered to send me some of their Bananas & Cream shakes to try, i was excited to give them a go.  I could eat bananas all day long and my mind was instantly thinking about Banana Cream Pies. 

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When I initially looked at the package I was impressed!  One shake has 30 grams of protein, only 160 calories and 3 grams of fat, and 1 gram of sugar.  Plus, it contains a large portion of 24 vitamins and mineral.  All the nutritional facts sounded great to me, based on just that I could see this being a staple in my kitchen.  But let’s face it, taste is what really matters.  If it had that bitter taste or worse that weird after taste that some brands have the box would have ended up in the trash.  We all want to eat healthy but very few of us will stick with it if it doesn’t taste good.
Well GUESS WHAT!?  This shake tasted just like bananas!  I’m now obsessed, it is a staple in my kitchen and is helping me stay on track with my weight loss goals.  I drink one every day after my morning workout and it keeps my hunger pains away till lunch.

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