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Poetry is my Power with American Girl Doll of the Year Gabriela

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Poetry Is My Power

Gabriela McBride, American Girl’s 2017 Girl of the Year, is here to bring even more inspiration to your child! Gabriela is a doll who takes poetry as a way to express herself and work through her stuttering. She has been an inspiration to so many girls around the globe. The Gabriela doll, rings true as an estimated 70 million people around the world stutter. The poetry helps Gabriela build up confidence and speak out, instead of being quiet and afraid! 

American Girl has partnered with Scholastic to create Express Yourself! It is a custom curriculum that is focused on grades 3rd through 5th. It will help teach these children how to use poetry to express how they are feeling. If they are feeling sad, they can put it to words, or feeling happy and excited. It is a wonderful program to help teach children it is important to express how you feel!  

Poetry Is My Power – explore poetry as a means of expression

You can find worksheets that help support learning, and engage students, and share the fundamental elements of a poem! They even have a video for poetry tips from a pro! You can print out worksheets and watch the video with your child, and it can be a great way to help them feel empowered to be themselves! 

I love how American Girl strives to let your child be the best version of them! Through their inspirational dolls, they can learn that we are all different, and face obstacles that we have to overcome in life! I love the Express Yourself campaign, it is a great tool to help children find a healthy way to express how they are feeling! 

We live in a hard world, and any more schools can have a lot of bullying and other conflicts. I feel that this Poetry is My Power program can really help shape these children at a prime age, to help them learn how to express how they feel in a really healthy way! Instead of bottling it up, or picking on someone else! 

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Revolution Math Makes Learning Fun!

This is a sponsored post, All opinions are my own.

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Revolution Math Makes Learning Fun!

Summer vacation is in full swing in Florida. Between day trips, pool days, and playing with friends, trying to convince my children to practice school work isn’t the easiest task. Honestly, it’s not a battle I want to fight when it’s 85 degrees and sunny all day either. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t worry about my kids losing their skills over the summer, I absolutely do, but I’m not a teacher and I just don’t know how to make practicing third grade math fun. Revolution Math is the answer!

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Sign up for a 14-day free trial and use promo code: MOMMYHOOD50 to receive 50% off your first month!

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What is Revolution Math

Revolution Math is an online class taught by dedicated teachers for 2nd-5th graders to help them build better math skills and a love for learning. It is created with a story-based curriculum, and provides an interactive experience, letting students talk and see the teacher and their peers. Classes take place once a week for 60-minutes in a live, online classroom.

How it Works

Each week, students log into an online classroom from a tablet or home computer. Where they will meet the three other classmates enrolled in the same class time. Their live teacher also joins them to lead the class. The teacher is responsible for learning your child’s strengths and weaknesses over time, and drawing the most out of them.
Students are actively engaged and have fun with the story-based curriculum by choosing a character to play and reading their lines in the story during class.

Why we Love it!
A week before Lilly’s first class we received a Revolution Math kit in the mail, packed with everything she would need to be successful. The kit came with pencils, a notebook, dice, character masks, and more.
On the afternoon of Lilly’s first class, she easily logged on to the Revolution Math class and was all smiles from the start. She had 2 other kids in her class who seemed to mesh really well together, they joked and laughed with each other and helped each other when needed.
The teacher was fantastic! He was so patient and really got the kids excited to learn, I was beyond impressed. The kids each took turns reading the story about the “Raging Rock Troll”, Lilly had chosen to be the character Zoe “because her hair is amazing”.

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Then the class proceeded as they worked together and individually on math problems and earned points that can be collected and redeemed toward prizes.
The class lasted an hour, and Lilly was bumbed out when it was over, and has asked if it was her math class day every day since. I am really excited for her to continue with this class. Anthony has enrolled in Sylvan while he was in elementary school and I was considering signing the twins up for Kumon, Mathnasium, or another learning center close by, but now I found a program that is not only convenient, and my kids love it, but it’s also affordable!
Revolution Math is absolutely the perfect resource for parents who want to get their kids excited about going back to school while keeping them engaged in learning while having fun.

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5 Tips for Saving for a Summer Vacation

This review was made possible by iConnect and Luvs.  I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine.

5 Tips for Saving for a Summer Vacation

Saving for a Summer Vacation

It is officially the start of summer!  Even though down here in Florida summer seems to have started several months ago.  For my family and I, the best part of summer is traveling.  We love taking road trips over to Orlando, or spending long weekends at the beach.  However, as a family of five, traveling can add up quickly.  So, it is important for us to save ahead for all our vacationing plans.

Top Tips for Saving for Summer Travel

Plan ahead: I try to plan our summer travel a couple months before school let out for the summer.  This gives me plenty of time to search around for the best locations and the cheapest travel dates.  This will help save you money and also give you an idea of exactly how much you need to save.

Sell Old Stuff During Spring Cleaning:  With 3 kids, our house gets cluttered quickly.  While we are spring cleaning each year, I declutter every room in the house and items that are sellable are either brought to a local consignment store, sent to online resale sites like Thredup, or we hold our own yard sale.  This is a fairly easy way to earn a chunk of the funds you’ll need for your vacation.

Make your Credit Cards Work for You:  I hate having debt, however I have several credit cards that work to save me money.  Two examples are my Disney Chase Card and my Hilton Rewards American Express Card.  I use these to buy everyday essentials like gas, groceries, and medicine throughout the year and then make sure I pay them in full every month.  In turn I earn reward points towards free travel.  I save my Disney points for trips to Disney World and I use my Hilton Rewards on a lot of our hotel stays.

Cut Down on Your Monthly Expenses:  Try buying in bulk or shopping your local farmers market to save on your grocery bill.  Walk wherever possible during the nice spring whether to save on gas costs.  By taking a close look at your average monthly spending and tightening your budget, you should be able to take a small chunk of money to set aside for a vacation.  When you’re on your dream vacation, you won’t be thinking about the $4 coffees you gave up.

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Save on Diapers: Having children in diapers is a huge expense!  We had 3 in diapers at one point and I remember counting down the months till they were all potty trained, so we would have a raise in funds.  However, there is easy ways to save on diapers like switching to Luvs.  Once the twins came we made the switch and our wallets thanked us.  

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Why Luvs are a great diaper option:

  • Features Super Absorbent Leakguards and NightLock Plus™, its largest absorbency area ever, Luvs Diapers lock away wetness and absorb even more than regular Luvs.
  • With large refastenable stretch tabs, fastening Luvs diapers is super easy for parents, plus they can rest assured knowing that they’re giving baby a secure, snug fit again and again.
  • Luvs knows that between laundry, play dates, snack time, and nap time, you don’t have time for leaks. Luvs makes life easier for busy parents by helping to keep leaks in the diaper where they belong, so baby stays dry and comfortable, even overnight.  
  • A contoured shape hugs baby for a great fit and a super soft cottony material and it softer than ever before so it feels gentle on baby’s skin.
  • The Luvs Money Back Guarantee: Luvs feels so strongly about their diapers that they guarantee them! If you aren’t satisfied with the leakage protection of Luvs, they’ll refund your money.

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Luvs is sharing the luv this summer and offering a great money-saving opportunity with a $2 print-at-home coupon!

The expire 30 days from the date the coupon is printed by the consumer.  You can use this coupon at any mass, discount or grocery stores where Luvs Diapers are sold. All Luvs Diapers are included in this particular offer, except trial/travel sized diaper packs.

Now that you have tips to start saving, where do you plan to Vacation?

Affordable Party Ideas for the 4th of July

Affordable Party Ideas

Affordable Party Ideas for the 4th of July

If you are wanting to throw a festive but yet affordable 4th of July party, then check out the ideas below! I am going to share some affordable party ideas for the 4th of July! You can have a festive time, and not break your piggy bank in the process. 

The 4th of July is one of the biggest celebrations of Summer, so you want it to be a bang! But if you find your strapped for cash after graduations, family vacations or money is just tight in general, then here are some affordable ideas! 

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Host a Festive 4th of July Party for Less 

Block Party: This is a traditional party idea, but a lot of towns don’t do this anymore. Consider doing a block party with your neighbors. Assign each household a certain food, drink, or dishware to bring. This will cut down the cost of buying a whole meal to feed a lot of people, and you will have lots of fun! 

Pot Luck: A 4th of July party is not a birthday celebration, so it is okay to ask family and friends to bring a dish. You could ask them to bring sides, or drinks, or designate each person a certain dish that compliments the main dish! 

Cups, Plates, Silverware: Don’t go all out for the red, white and blue star and striped paper dishes. You will pay a ton of money for these, and probably less count in the pack. Instead you could mix and match solid colored items for a lot less. Look at dollar stores or even the dollar bins at Target. They will have solid red, white and blue cups, plates, silverware, that won’t cost much. Or if you have enough dishes, use your own and just toss in the dishwasher after. 

Decorations: You might be surprised what the dollar stores have for decorations. You could find some really neat 4th of July inspired paper lanterns, centerpieces, and more to decorate with. They have really cute decor for cheap. Just budget a certain amount for decorations and make sure not to go over it. Streamers are a very affordable decoration idea, you can truly decorate a lot with a roll of streamers! 

Outdoor Games: If you have children coming, consider just simple outdoor games to keep them entertained. Spray paint stars and stripes on the lawn, or do a big hop scotch area on the sidewalk. Buy some glow sticks for them to play with, water balloons. Anything that doesn’t take much to do. Most kids will just run around and play the whole time or watch fireworks being shot off. 

Fireworks: If you plan to shoot off some fireworks, consider buying them the day of the 4th. A lot of stands will already begin to discount the fireworks on the 4th of July. You can save a little money this way. Also feel free to ask guest to bring a few fireworks if they want to shoot some off as well. 

Dress: Don’t feel you have to run out and buy the whole family red, white, and blue outfits! First hit up your closet and see if you can piece an outfit together to make it work! A lot of times you will find something that will work just as well as buying a new shirt. 

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Food Ideas 

BBQ: Consider doing hot dogs and hamburgers, the classic bbq food. Instead of buying pre-made hamburger patties, make your own, you will save a ton this way. Or buy a few pork butts and put them in the crockpot with some bbq sauce for slider sandwiches. Some stores will offer buy one get one free on these roasts! 

Side Dishes: Consider doing beans, potato salad, pasta salads, and so on. These are all easy to make and pretty affordable. If you make your own salads, you can make three times as much for half the price of buying a container already made. 

Fruit: Buy a few watermelons and then a star cookie cutter, and make cute star shaped watermelon pieces. This is a festive and very affordable treat. Also do strawberries and other berries, you can buy on sale and then have them out. 

Cake: Do a cake for a dessert. This is a very affordable dessert, and you could do a flag design on top, or do a jello poke cake, and then cool whip for frosting and top with slices of strawberries. It won’t cost more than $5-$7 to make and will feed a lot. 

Drinks: Consider doing water, tea and lemonade. All are very affordable drink options, and scream summer! If people want alcoholic drinks, as them to bring it themselves. 

Stress Free Summer Fun Ideas To Stay Busy

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

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Stress Free Summer Fun Ideas To Stay Busy 

If you are looking for fun ways to create memories this summer than keep reading! I have got some great stress free summer fun ideas for you and your family to enjoy! I love the warm summer days, roasting marshmallows by a fire, catching fireflies, endless days at the pool, and the list can go on! 

Summer is on of my favorite seasons! I love being outdoors and getting to spend time with my family! I think if you can look back at your own childhood, I think you too will find a lot of great memories happen in summer. Getting to go on family vacations, pool days,  eating TwinPops on the front porch, as it drips down your face! 

Creative Ways to Make Memories This Summer 

Bucket List

Let your child create a bucket list of things they might want to do. Go fishing, spend the day at the park, have a picnic, visit a museum, etc. Help give them ideas and let them pick a few items that they want to do. Then create a little sheet with their ideas, and as you complete them they will have a blast marking it off their summer bucket list! 

Outdoor Games 

Create fun outdoor games the whole family will enjoy! You can have water balloon fights, make a life size twister game on your lawn, or play kick the can. Find fun and easy games that you could do on one cool summer evening! Games are such a great way to connect, and share lots of laughs! 

Treasure Hunt In Backyard 

Create your own treasure hunt in your own backyard! Get it all set up, create a little map for your child, and send them off to see if they can find the treasure at the end. You can find cheap dollar toys to have them win as their prize. They will have so much fun trying to find the prize at the end! Get creative and use things in your yard, like flowerpots, flowers, big rocks or wood to mark spots to find their next clue. 

Sweet  MOMents

Nothing is better than a Twin Pops on a hot summer day! Tasty and cool, to help cool you down after a hot summer day. You can get messy and then just rinse off with the hose or take a cool shower! Your kids will adore the fact that you are letting them get a little messy while they devour their sweet treat, great MOMents (short for mom moments)!

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If you didn’t know The Twin Pop was invented all the way back to the great depression! Two children would split one for a nickle, for a nice sweet treat. Budget Saver Twin Pops are great to create memories, and delicious! You can get the cutest pictures with them eating one, and it dripping down their face! Nothing screams summer more than this! You can buy Twin Pops in a variety of flavors, grape is the big winner in my books!

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Also, make sure to head over and share your own MOMents and enter the #twinpopscontest for your chance to win a grand prize!  Head over to Instagram or Twitter and and show how you make every moment sweet with Budget Saver Twin Pops while using the hashtag #Twinpopcontest. Your entry could be select as a Weekly or even the Grand Prize Winning MOMent!

You can enter by  By entering you have a chance to win a weekly prize or possibly the grand prize! 

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Drive In Movie or Movie Night at Home 

If you live somewhere near a drive in movie theater, consider taking the family to go watch a movie!! Sitting at a drive in makes for such a great time! Or create your own movie night at home! Find a movie the whole family can agree on and create fun movie theater style treats for the family to enjoy! 

What is your favorite summer activity?

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Hope your summer is stress free and full of fun, now let’s all enjoy some Budget Savor Twin Pops!

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Top 12 Must Have Items for Traveling to BlogHer 2017

This post is sponsored by Dramamine and SheKnows Media

When I heard BlogHer 2017 was going to be held in Orlando, it brought enough excitement for me to overcome my social anxiety and buy a ticket as fast as I could pull out my credit card. Spending the weekend learning with some amazing women in the middle of a city that is packed with family fun on every corner has me thrilled!  I have been planning since I bought my ticket; which sessions to attend, what outfits to wear, how to get there without getting car sick, and of course, what attractions to visit before and after the conference.

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Must Bring Items for BlogHer Orlando

While my suitcase will be packed full of the usual travel must haves such as cute outfits, swimsuits, makeup, toiletries and some snacks for the hotel room, I also pack a conference tote that doubles as my travel bag.

In my travel/conference tote these are my must have items that will get me through the long drive over to Orlando and keep me on the top of my game during the conference.

  • Dramamine® Non-Drowsy Naturals: I get motion sickness when I travel. Whether I’m flying, driving, or boating I always get that yucky feeling.  And I already know that the drive to Orlando will surely cause me to get car sick along the way.  The thought of showing up to the resort, with three children in tow, after having to pull over on the side of a hot and humid Florida highway does not sound like the way I want to start this exciting weekend.  However, I also can’t show up feeling groggy and in need of a nap. Luckily Dramamine® introduced me to their first non-drowsy solution to motion sickness, Dramamine® Non-Drowsy Naturals, which have been a game changer when I travel.
  • A Neutral colored scarf: my husband likes to crank up the AC in our car making it feel more like we are back in Boston than in Florida. So, I need something to throw on in the car.  Hotel conference areas are also cold so I like to have an extra layer available during the day.
  • Notebooks and Pens: I am old school when it comes to notes. My heart flutters for a pretty new notebook or finding a pen that writes perfectly.
  • Smart Phone: this is a given, right? I can’t imagine a day without my phone as a blogger, but if there is a time you’re going to need it most, I would say it’s at a blogging conference.  From taking pictures and posting on social media to following all your new friends, you’ll need your phone constantly.
  • Extra Battery: even the latest phone models are unlikely to stay charged all day at a conference and being close to an outlet isn’t always an option so pack an extra power bank. Honestly, I’ve packed two.
  • Business Cards: you exchange a lot of business cards at blog conferences. With meeting brand reps at the expo and new bloggers to follow, business cards are being passed out all over the place.
  • Energy bars: for when you get a little hungry between meals and don’t feel like going all the way back to your room.
  • Gum: you will be eating, drinking, and talking with brands and new friends all day. The easiest way to freshen up your breath quickly is with a piece of gum.
  • Laptop: I know it is a divided issue on whether you need to bring your laptop to the conference. A lot of bloggers like to take notes on their laptop and have it with them all day.  While it’s not a necessity for me inside the conference, I do like to have it while traveling and inside my hotel room so that getting work done is still an option.
  • Power strip: you will be in rooms with hundreds of bloggers and only a few outlets. If you think you’ll need to use a wall charger for your laptop or phone, bring a power strip.  Also, if you’re sharing your room with other bloggers (or children who have just as many devices as a blogger) A power strip is a necessity.  You’ll want to be sure your phone and power banks are fully charged for each morning.
  • Camera: at past conferences I only used my phone for pictures and while phones can take great pictures, they never seem to come out as crisp and bright as when I have my camera. However, lugging a DSLR camera around a conference didn’t seem like fun either; this year I have a mirrorless camera that gives me those crisp images with a quarter of the weight, so it is on my must pack list.
  • Small cross body bag/wristlet with ID, some cash, and credit cards: At BlogHer, I will be trying to sneak in some pool time with the kids during conference days and exploring more of Orlando after the conference.  So having a small bag that I can pull out with all my essentials in it is perfect.

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With my tote packed and organized with everything I need, I know I will feel confident throughout the conference.  Then when it is time to hit the town with my family, I can throw my phone, gum and Dramamine® Non-Drowsy into my crossbody bag and be ready for all the attractions.  I am counting on the leading brand in motion sickness prevention to get me through Orlando, where the city’s Ferris Wheel is 400ft tall and the fastest roller coaster goes 73 mph!

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Keep Your Kids Entertained and Having Fun Outdoors! #TRUPowerUpFun

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Duracell/Hasbro/Toys’R’Us. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Summer break for kids has either started or is close! With that comes long summer days, and finding ways to keep your kids entertained, and having fun outdoors! Today, I wanted to share two awesome NERF N-Strike toys that might be perfect for entertaining your child! Head to Toys “R” Us and get a NERF N Strike MEGA Mastodon Blaster and the NERF N-Strike Elite Terrascout Remote Control Drone Blaster!

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These two toys are the hottest items for summer fun, and don’t forget to pick up some Duracell batteries to power up! Plus, 6/11-6/17 you can find Duracell batteries on sale at your local Toys “R” Us! Make sure to stock up on batteries, to use for the summers hottest toys! 

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You may think NERF toys are just for kids, but even you parents out there might enjoy these new NERF toys up for grabs! The NERF N-Strike Elite Terrascout Drone Blaster is amazing. It is a remote controlled tank that will fire up to 18 darts per load, and can send live feed to what is in front of the tank! Awesome, right?! 

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Invite some friends or family members to come over, and have fun with these two NERF toys this summer! 

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NERF N-Strike Elite Terrascout Remote Control Drone Blaster

What makes this one of the most popular toys of summer, you ask? Many things, this blaster will keep you entertained for hours! Like I said above it is a remote controlled tank, so you can navigate it to wherever you want, and see live feed of what is in front of you! You can use the live view to shoot darts at the enemy, or find the perfect hiding spot, to hide your drone blaster!   

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It features a high speed, all terrain track (not meant for wet conditions). Kids and even adults will have a lot of fun maneuvering their drone blaster around, searching out the perfect target. You fire a dart by pressing and releasing the trigger, or if you want a continuous fire, then hold it down for extreme fire! This toy is meant for being used outdoors, and is a great way to get kids out and active! This does need batteries to operate, so pick up some at Toys “R” Us when you stop in! You can buy add on and accessories as well! 

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NERF N-Strike MEGA Mastodon Blaster

The MEGA Mastodon Blaster is another great toy for the summer, it is the first ever motorized blaster! It offers rapid fire speeds, for thrilling fun! It has a shoulder strap that is great for maneuvering when playing with other friends, when under attack! The MEGA Whistler darts scream through the air when you send a dart shooting to an opponent or target! Again, make sure to pick up some Duracell batteries, as this does require them! The darts can fire for up to 100 feet, which is so much fun watching to see where the dart will end up landing! This NERF toy will as well give you and your kids endless hours of fun this summer! 

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Duracell/Hasbro/Toys’R’Us. The opinions and text are all mine.

Why I Cook with My Kids and the Importance of the 4-H Food Smart Families Program

This post was sponsored by the National 4-H Council as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

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One of my favorite ways to spend an afternoon is in the kitchen cooking with my children.  I grew up making countless memories and learning to cook in my Nana’s kitchen and now I enjoy passing on what I learned to my children.

One of our favorite recipes is one I made countless afternoons with my Nana, Vegetable Soup.  The kids get loaded with healthy veggies in every serving, plus it lets them get hands on with picking, chopping, and cooking lots of different vegetables.

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I love being able to instill a love of healthy cooking in my children.  However, I also know that I am lucky to be able to have the resources to do this for my family, with Nearly 16 million children living in households that don’t have consistent access to food throughout the year.

However, 4-H Food Smart Families is helping create more food secure homes by teaching families how to plan, shop and prepare healthy meals on a budget.  Knowledge is power, and this is gives families who are struggling to make ends meet, the knowledge they need to be able to feed their families well.

Since 2011, UnitedHealthcare and 4-H have partnered together to deliver healthy living programs to more than 340,000 youth and their families in 14 states!

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Teens at Teachers

The Food Smart Families program incorporates an effective 4-H “Teens as Teachers” model that uses the influence of young people by engaging teens to empower their peers and families today and to help establish life-long healthy habits.

More than 400 youth have been trained in the Teens as Teachers model and serve as mentors, teaching younger children and empowering their families to shop better and cook smarter.

There have been positive changes in youth behavior as a result of 4‑H Food Smart families, check out these amazing statistics:

  • 90% of youth participants now think being active is fun and good for fitness
  • 89% now encourage their families to eat meals together
  • 87% said their families have purchased healthier foods
  • 86% now eat fruit for a snack over unhealthier options

Isn’t this an amazing program?

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Learn more about 4-H Food Smart Families and how you can help here, plus connect with them on Facebook and Twitter

 

 

10 Beach Bag Must Haves For Busy Moms

Disclosure:  LOLL sent us a Beach Poncho to help facilitate this review, all opinions are 100% my own

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10 Beach Bag Must Haves For Busy Moms

Schools are letting out and that means summer break! Most parents take their kids to the pool or beach to let them play in the warm water and burn off some energy! If you are needing some help in knowing what to but in your beach bag then let me help!

Below I have compiled a list of items that are perfect to toss in your beach bag for busy moms! Getting out of the house is great for the kids but sometimes stressful for the mom. You have to make sure everything is packed and ready, and nothing gets left behind!

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 Top Items to Have in Your Beach Bag

Sunscreen: Make sure you have packed up some sunscreen for the whole family. It should be applied around 30 minutes before heading out, and then re-apply after being in the water. I aim for doing this around every hour or so. Protecting your child’s skin as well as yours is important! You can also include bug spray, just in case you run into a swarm of mosquitoes.

Drinks and Snacks: Playing in the water and sun can really wear you out. Not to mention dehydrate you if you don’t stay up on fluids. Make sure to pack cold waters and a few snacks that won’t melt in the sun. Or pack a cooler to keep your snacks and drinks cold.

Baby Powder: Rub baby powder on your feet and legs when you go to leave the beach, it will remove the sand easily from our skin! You can buy a travel size, that won’t take up much room in the bag!

Wet Wipes: Make sure to have some Wet Ones hand wipes. They are a great way to clean your child’s hands if they get them dirty!

SPF Lip Balm: Aim for a lip balm that has an SPF of 15 or higher. Lips need to be protected as well, and having a lip balm with SPF will save the day.

Towels and A Cover-up for Mom: Make sure to pack towels for the whole family, so they can dry off and have a place to sit when they aren’t in the water. Let’s be honest, most moms want a cover up of some kind on! This LOLL poncho towel, is like a two in one. You can wear it to and from the beach, and while you are there, and use it to dry off after taking a dip in the water! The unique design is very flattering and helps hide those areas you don’t want to be seen! Allows you to change under it without flashing anyone, and is comfy! It is a great item for any mom looking for a cover up!

Beach Hat: If you are not planning on going in the water much, you might want to pack a beach hat. It is a great way to add a little shade, and add some fashion to your look! Floppy hats help keep the sun off your face, and look adorable on the beach.

Reading Material: If you are wanting to just relax, maybe pack a good book or a electronic reading device like a Nook or Kindle. It is a great way for you to enjoy some peaceful time for yourself while you watch over your kids playing.

Brush: Nothing is worse than getting out of the water and having your hair in knots. Remember to toss in a brush to comb through everyone’s hair.

First Aid Kit: You can buy smaller sized first aid kits, and these are great to have on hand, even if you leave in the car. You never know when the next cut or scrape will happen!

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Tips For Having the Perfect Movie Night at Home

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Tips For Having the Perfect Movie Night at Home

If you are looking to create a fun and perfect movie night at home, than try out some of these options below! Having a movie night at home with the family can be lots of fun! Plus it is a more affordable option than going to the theater, and you get comfier seats!

Below you will find the perfect way to create a movie theater feel in the comfort of your home! One thing I love about watching movies at home, is you can pause them when you get up to use the restroom or refill your drink!

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Creating a Movie Night At Home

Atmosphere: Make sure it is a nice low key atmosphere. Dim the lights or even turn them off, so you get that dark room effect like in the movie theater! Make sure you have good comfy seating, or lay out blankets and pillows to lounge on the floor if you want.

Snacks and Drinks: You can’t have a movie night at home without good snacks. Think delicious popcorn! G.H. Cretors sent me some yummy popcorn to try and I am inlove with the Just the Cheese Popcorn by G.H. Cretors, they do have other flavors. It is popped and ready to be devoured! Make sure to have licorice, chocolate candies, cotton candy or any other movie theater treat. Then of course you can forget tasty drinks to wash them down with! If you want a more healthy option do veggies and hummus or protein balls.

Themed Snacks: Say you are watching a chick flick, you might want a fun virgin drink to sip on, if it is a cartoon, make cupcakes that resemble a character, scary movies, do gummy worms or other gooey snacks. Just make it fun and light hearted.

Put Away Electronics: Make sure to put up your electronics when you watch a movie. Just like going out, you have to turn it on silent. Try and make the most out of your movie night, by spending time with each other.

Picking a Movie: Make sure to pick a movie that everyone would probably enjoy. Read reviews so that you don’t end up with a movie that turns out to be really slow and goes nowhere. Find a movie that is new for everyone to see or watch one of your families favorites!

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As you can see throwing a movie night at home can be very laid back and fun. Just make sure you have good seating, great movie, and delicious snacks and I think you will please everyone!

What tips do you have for planning a perfect movie night in for the family?

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Disclosure:  I recieved a Movie Night Box from G.H. Cretors to help facilitate this post, all opinions are 100% my own.

 

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