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Diaper Savings Alert: New Lower Luvs Prices!

This review was made possible by iConnect Influencer Management, Luvs was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.
Diapers can be expensive!  When Anthony was in diapers I learned quickly that Luvs was going to be our diaper of choice.   Luvs diapers prevented leaks, were soft on my baby’s skin, and they were the most reasonably priced diapers available.
 
When the twins came, that meant 2 of everything and double the cost.  We went back to Luvs because it is the official diaper of experienced parents!
Luvs has NightLock Plus, which locks away wetness 2X better than other brands, and gives babies the protection they need while consistently being easy on your wallet.

#MoreToLuv(s) = more money in the bank for parents

Luvs has always been a great value, but they just made their prices even lower!  Make sure you check out your favorite retailer for new lower prices next time your making a diaper run.

 

As an experienced mom, you learn not to trust something because it costs more, you trust what works! “So Live, Learn and Get Luvs, at even lower prices.”!

Plan the Perfect Movie Night to Celebrate the New Troll’s Holiday Movie!

This post is sponsored, all opinions are 100% my own.

Plan the Perfect Movie Night to Celebrate the New Troll’s Holiday Movie!

We love family movie nights, especially around the holiday season.  There is just something about a lit Christmas Tree that makes me want hot cocoa and snuggling with my kids, in front of the tv and tree.

When we learned about the new movie Trolls Holiday release exclusively at Walmart, we got right into the Trolls theme to prep for the release on November 28th

Last weekend we planned to watch the Grinch after school because I had started to decorate the house for Christmas.  The kids are thrilled about the upcoming release, so I made sure to theme our night in with everything bright and Trolls themed.
I set up a colorful Trolls hot cocoa bar and made some fun Trolls headbands for the kids.  Then once we were all settled, I played the official Troll’s Holiday trailer for the kids before starting the Grinch.  Lilly is most excited about the new original song that is featured in the movie, and I can’t wait to see the whole cast back together for this epic movie debut!

Are you excited about the new Troll’s Holiday release?
Then make sure you whip up some Troll’s themed hot cocoa and make some bright headbands for your next movie night!

Trolls Hot Cocoa

What you need:
Hot chocolate recipe or packet of choice
Whip cream
Neon Food Coloring
Bright Colored Melting Chocolate
Bright colored sprinkles
Plastic Spoons


Mix whip cream and hot pink food coloring, I used seven drops in a cereal bowl of whip cream to get a bright enough color.  Add food coloring until you achieve the perfect Trolls color.

Melt coordinating chocolate melts.  I chose a bright blue.

Dip rim of the mug in melted chocolate and them quickly dip mug in sprinkles.
Dip plastic spoons in chocolate and then add coordinating sprinkles.

Enjoy the warm deliciousness!

Trolls Headband Instructions

What you need:
Plain Headband (I like using on that is about ½ inch thick)
Elastic
Roll of 6-inch wide Tulle
Scissors
Ribbon
Flower/Bow Decorations

Cut tulle into 21-25 12-inch strips.


Tie tulle strips onto headband.

Halfway up the tulle bunch together and wrap with elastic, then tie a bow with ribbon to cover elastic.

Decorate according to style desired with flowers and bows. We chose to add frayed tulle flowers in coordinating colors along the knots with hot glue.

(If the tulle is too soft and doesn’t stay up, you can spray with starch)

Now it’s time to get the new Troll’s Holiday movie at your local Walmart Supercenter, and create an amazing movie night!

 

 

 

Santa.com, The Official Site of Santa! ~ Get Daily Text Messages from Santa

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Santa.com, all opinions are 100% my own.

Christmas is going to be here before we know it, so why not get in the holiday spirit by having some fun with the big man in red himself!  Santa.com is an amazing website that focuses on positive lessons, not presents.

Your child can receive cute text messages from Santa with facts about Christmas and messages about positive values, while his nice list promotes reading, good habits and politeness!  There are so many great services and activities on Santa.com including:

E-mails from Santa (free!): Santa.com has the most genuine email Santa Service. We are the only site in the World that Will send a detailed, thoughtful, reply using the email Santa@Santa.com.

Text Messages from Santa ($9.99): Receive daily, personalized text messages filled with Christmas spirit, amusing facts, and positive values. It’s a great, no-stress Way to enjoy Some Christmas Spirit every day.

Handwritten Notes from Santa: in late November Santa.com offers a new service for sending handwritten notes from Santa. Stay tuned for further details.

There is also some adorable coloring pictures that you can download to color and be sure to read Santa’s blog!

Plus parents can have peace of mind letting the kids roam Santa.com, the site is Kids Safe, privacy protected, FTC approved and designed for ages 1-120!

Giveaway Time!

Enter to win this awesome Santa.com prize pack including a Santa.Com fidget Spinner Wrapped in gift paper and a Santa.Com ribbon, a Santa.com eco-friendly folding tote bag, a Santa Libs storybook and Coloring pages, a Santa.com Oval bumper sticker, and a Santa.com pen.

Santa.com Giveaway!

Santa hid a 35% off coupon code!

You can locate a hidden coupon code for 35% off on Santa.com by downloading the App Blippar from iTunes or Google Play and then hold the app over any image on the Santa.com site.  One of the images will reveal the hidden coupon code.
The code will only be available until November 24th.

 

You also have the opportunity to get 20% off Santa’s daily text messages with coupon code: trisha20off.

 

Our Thanksgiving Morning Tradition

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Macy’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Our Thanksgiving Morning Tradition

As a little girl, I remember waking up to a call from my Nana every Thanksgiving morning, asking if I was watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  My mother always hosted Thanksgiving dinner, however, Nana would arrive in the morning before Santa made his way down the streets of Manhattan.
I hold these memories close to my heart, and that is why I made sure to keep the tradition alive with my own children. 

We started another tradition a few years ago of spending Thanksgiving in Charleston, South Carolina with my brother and our parents.  We rent a large house on Kiawah Island and enjoy some family time, yet we still wake up every Thanksgiving to watch the dazzling floats and Character Balloons fill up the screen.

This year marks the 91st Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and Macy’s has added some epic performances to the opening of the Thanksgiving Day Parade.  It will feature an all-star cast of celebrities all singing and dancing together in a performance of Dancin’ in The Street!  Also, as part of the first hour of festivities, Gwen Stefani will perform White Christmas at the Bryant Park ice rink!  New York during the holidays is always a breath-taking sight, while I wish I was one of the 3.5 million spectators that will be lining the streets of Manhattan, I’ll have to settle for being one of the 50 million people watching from the home, and cozying up with some coffee and my munchkins sounds just as good.  I can’t wait to see these performances though!

Make sure to tune in at 9 a.m. ET to watch the new opening of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

Do you remember the first time you tuned in to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? What about the parade do you look forward to most each year?

ABLEnow is Helping People with Disabilities gain Greater Financial Independence!

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I vividly remember all the feelings and thoughts that went through my head when Aidan was diagnosed with Autism.  I remember worrying about the “right now” problems as I sat in the doctor’s office, how do I get him the right classroom, are medications the right options, how much are his therapies going to cost, why him?  After I left the doctors armed with a folder jam packed with referrals and reading pantalets, I drove home with a sleeping toddler in the backseat and that’s when the future started to really play games with my head.  What if he couldn’t get through school, what if he couldn’t work, what ifs were swirling through my brain so fast that I hardly had time to imagine an outcome.  The biggest what if was, what if we don’t have the financial resources to help him prosper and be self-sufficient.  We have been through a lot of ups and downs since that day 6 years ago, and I have learned a lot along the way and I’m still learning.  I only recently learned about the ABLEnow program, and I was honored when they asked to partner with me on this sponsored post.

The cost of a disability like autism is incredibly overwhelming, between medications, therapies, specialists, exc. and many don’t understand that even with private health insurances the copayments alone are enough to put families in debt.  Luckily, we live in a country that offers public benefits for people with disabilities based on their income.  However, for far too long people with disabilities could not save for the future without the possibility of losing their public benefits.

When Aidan was first diagnosed, he had already been expelled from 2 daycare programs and his lack of safety awareness became such a source of anxiety that I could no longer leave him with anyone besides immediate family who were educated about his needs.  I had to leave my job, my husband was working full time, but his job did not offer benefits, and times got tough.  We ended up being able to get Aidan on Supplemental Security Income and Medicaid, which helped tremendously, however we could not have over a certain amount in savings and assets to remain eligible. 

At the time I was hopeful we would only need these services for a short time.  However, the idea that he would need these services as an adult to be able to achieve a more independent life has always been a strong possibility.  The thought that he would not be able to save for the future and be able to achieve some of the same financial dreams that his non-disabled peers out of fear of losing these much needed benefits, was heart breaking.  Luckily advocates fought hard to change this, resulting in the federal ABLE Act and the new ABLEnow program.

ABLEnow gives people with disabilities the power to achieve a greater independence, financial security and a quality of life that was not possible before.

For the first time, eligible individuals can save and invest in a simple, affordable and tax-advantaged ABLEnow account without jeopardizing their eligibility for certain benefits that are critical to their health and well-being, such as Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).  This is gives people with disabilities and their caregivers peace of mind that we did not think was achievable prior to ABLEnow. 

An ABLEnow account can pay for a variety of qualified expenses related to maintaining health, independence and quality of life, such as housing and living expenses.
It gives individuals a greater sense of financial independence and a reliable tool to build the best life possible.

Are you disabled?  Or are you caring for someone with a disability?  Opening and managing an ABLEnow account can be done online and are free to start, Learn more today!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of ABLEnow.

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