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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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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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Join Me For A Twitter Party!

Want to learn more about fun summer activities for you and your kiddos? Join us on Wednesday, 6/14 at 2pm EST where we will be talking about favorite summer games, toys, plans and how to have the best summer ever. We ask that you promote the Twitter Party in your post, as well as participate on 6/14. The hashtag for the party will be #TRUPowerUpFun.

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Giveaway Time 

Giveaway Prize Pack Includes:

  • (1) $250 Toys“R”Us gift card
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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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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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9 Sports Mom Essentials You Need to Bring to Every Sporting Event!

This post is sponsored by BODYARMOR through my relationship with Mom It Forward Influencer Network.  As always all opinions expressed by me are my own.

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We are in the middle of a sports break right now.  Soccer season just wrapped up for us, and football practices start next month for Aidan.  The dance year has come to an end for Lilly, but cheer starts next month.  So, all we have going on right now is archery lessons with Anthony.  Being a sports mom means always being on the go and always juggling a bunch of balls in the air at the same time.

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As a sports mom who is always running between different sports practices and events, I have figured out how important it is to always have a well-stocked “Sports Bag” full of all the sport mom essentials.
This bag comes with me every day to all our games so that I always have everything we need.

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My Sports Mom Essentials

Folding Chair or Bleachers Cushion:  I always have both of these in the back of our SUV.  Having to sit for hours on hard hot bleachers is not fun, nor is having to stand for an entire soccer game.

Bug Repellent:  We live in Florida, so the bugs seem to be a problem year around and being on a field at dusk is like sitting in a cloud of mosquitos.

Sweat-Proof Sunblock:  The Florida sun is a scorcher all year round, not only for us sitting on the sidelines but also for the athletes running uncovered in the sun for hours.

Hair Ties:  Nothing worse than having a dancer or cheerleader’s hair elastic snap and not having any backups.  Especially with Lilly’s long thick hair.

First Aid Kit:  I keep a small first aid kit on my all the time also, filled with Band-Aids, anti-bacterial ointment, and an instant cold press.  I’m usually restocking this kit every week so it is an important essential.

Baby Wipes:  When the kids come running off the field for a break with dirty sweaty hands, these are a non-negotiable.

Plastic Bags:  To throw wet dirty cleats or uniforms in on rainy days.

Snacks:  The kids are always hungry right after a practice and I like to have something to munch on while on the sidelines so I try to keep a variety of granola bars and healthy snacks in my bag.

BODYARMOR Sports Drinks:  The kids are working hard on the field so it is important to make sure they stay hydrated.  BODYARMOR is a premium sports drink with potassium packed electrolytes, coconut water, and vitamins but has no artificial flavors or sweeteners making it a healthier alternative to traditional sports drinks.  BODYARMOR sports drinks are high in potassium and low in sodium, and provides your body with superior hydration.
Plus, with 9 great tasting flavors each of the kids has a favorite flavor they love!

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BODYARMOR sports drinks are available at  Publix and Sam’s Club in the Tampa and Orlando area.  Learn more about BODYARMOR sports drinks here!

These are my must have essentials at every sporting event.  Keeping them on hand keeps me prepared and stress free so I can enjoy watching my little athletes do what they love.
What is your Sports Mom Essential?

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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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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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Made with Natural Non-Sugar Sweetener
Is Certified Gluten-Free
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Providing the benefits of Fluoride and Xylitol without any questionable additives!

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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!

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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 do you make bath time fun for the kids?

 

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?

Disclaimer: *In the tissue in 15 minutes.  Virucidal against: Rhinoviruses Type 1A and 2 (Rhinoviruses are the leading cause of the common cold); Influenza A and Influenza B (causes of the flu); Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV – the leading cause of lower respiratory infection in children).

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