Celebrate, Have Fun, And Use Social Media For Positive Messages #ShareAwesome National PTA and LifeLock #CleverGirls

Yesterday, my 8 year old daughter, Rosie was telling me about something that happened in the group of girls that hang around together during school recess.  Two of her friends had gotten into an argument and it wasn't clear to her which side of the fight she should take and if she should get involved at all.  You've experienced that too, haven't you?  It's not always easy to tell what's right and what's wrong.  Unfortunately, everything isn't as … [Read more...]

2014 Top Three Must-Haves For Back to School Fashion #ZapposStyle #MC #Sponsored

Are you settling into a school routine?  We're not 100% there yet, but getting close.  I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  A bit ago I wrote a post about back-to-school clothes shopping at Zappos.com.  I am happy to report that the clothes we bought are new favorites!  Not only is it convenient to shop online for kids' back-to-school, but you can find great fashion without wearing out your own shoes.  Top Three 2014 Back-to-School … [Read more...]

Get A Shot. Give A Shot. Save A Life. It’s Simple. #GetAShot #CollectiveBias #shop

Is your child getting a flu vaccine this year?  My daughter does every year and we are planning to go to Walgreens so she could help a child in a developing country also get a life-saving vaccine.  1.7 million children will die from diseases that have all but disappeared in the U.S.  Why?  They don't have the resources for vaccines.  A disease like measles, measles, still kills an estimated 450 EACH DAY - the majority of whom are young children. … [Read more...]

Hey, Moms! Easy Back-to-School Shopping. Make It Fun! #ZapposStyle #MC #Sponsored

Is it fun to shop for back-to-school clothes for your kids?  Tell the truth....  Once my daughter became old enough to try on clothes in the store, the fun factor definitely went down.  Going into a dressing room with more than one outfit is a true exercise in patience.  Going to more than one store?  *sigh* It's tough!  And I only have one child!  I cannot even begin to imagine what it's like for moms that have more than one!  Ah, you have my … [Read more...]

Back-to-School Checklist #AOA #DigitalEyeStrain #ReadyforSchool #MCC #Sponsored

Back to School Checklist   School Supplies Backpack Fall Clothes/Uniforms New Shoes Carpool Health Physical Allergy Action Plan Medication Authorization Proof of Immunization Dentist Eye Exam Often a children's eye exam can fall to the end of a checklist and we run out of time with all the back-to-school things we have to get done.  But please don't forget or postpone this important item.  Just before my daughter … [Read more...]

Give A Child A Shot@Life Without It Costing A Penny #GiveaShot #shop #cbias

I remember the first time my daughter had to get an immunization shot at the doctor's office.  It was traumatic for both of us.  I wish I had known about Walgreens back then.  Walgreens is a familiar place for her, we shop there all the time.  In fact, she loves going there - the combination of makeup (when you first walk in!), hair accessories, band-aids and toys creates her dream store. I went to Walgreens today to see what fun items  I … [Read more...]

Giveaway: Mabel’s Labels Ultimate Back-to-School Combo Pack (US and Canada, Ends 8/16)

I was just figuring out that my daughter will be starting her sixth year of school.  She is only in third grade, but with preschool and kindergarten, this is our SIXTH back-to-school.  Yikes.  A comforting factor is at least we are getting better at it!   Back-to-school is getting to be more familiar territory and less frantic. We have our back-to-school favorite products and I'm excited to be able to offer a giveaway of one of them. … [Read more...]

It’s Going To Be A Banana Boat® Summer! Enter To Win A Treehouse Resort Vacation! #BBBestSummer #sponsored #MC

I'm excited to announce that I'm a  Banana Boat® ambassador!  I'll be posting several times about this important and fun product over the course of the summer. A few years ago, we put a swimming pool in our back yard and it completely changed my feelings about summer.  I've always loved summer, but now it's my favorite season.  We live very close to Lake Michigan and the beach has always been a beloved part of my life, but with a pool right in … [Read more...]

Reminder of Kindness and Understanding for Halloween

  I posted a review of the book, "What Color is Monday?" today.  It's an insightful and inspirational look at a family that includes a child diagnosed with autism.  Enthusiastic 5 stars! Thumbs Up!  Must read! … [Read more...]

Book Review: “What Color is Monday?” by Carrie Cariello

“What color do you see for Monday?” my son Jack asked as I heaved a chicken into the oven.  “What?” I said distractedly, turning from the oven to slice some potatoes at the counter.  It was late afternoon one day last fall, and I was preparing dinner and managing the demands of homework and tired toddlers.(One was in a tiara.) "What color is Monday?” he asked again, his robotic voice rising ever so slightly in irritation.  “I don’t see Monday … [Read more...]

Giveaway: Change Your Clocks, Change Your Battery – Win a Family Safety Kit from Energizer (Ends 11/2, US)

I know several people who have been impacted by a home fire.  My husband had a rental property when we first got married that burned down.  I remember getting the phone call in the middle of the night.  Thankfully, no one was home or injured in the fire.  We drove over and I was shocked by the sight.  It was the first time I had seen an active house fire and it was emotional.  I can't imagine the feelings and devastation of seeing your own home … [Read more...]

VIP: VERY IMPORTANT POST – Take Precautions with Coin Lithium Batteries (US Giveaway Ends 10/26)

I'm amazed that I have never heard a peep about this dangerous issue!  If a child swallows a Coin Lithium Battery (and they are in so many things these days!), the child can incur tissue damage in as little time as two hours.  Most things children swallow will pass without problem, through their system.  Coin Lithium batteries however, can become lodged in their esophagus and cause severe chemical burns.  When a battery gets stuck in a child's … [Read more...]

DVD Giveaway: Thomas & Friends “King of the Railway: The Movie” (US, Ends 10/5)

The favorite of children around the world for nearly 70 years, Thomas & Friends, has come out with a movie adventure! 62 minutes of fun with the #1 blue engine and his friends will delight your children.  Our family has always enjoyed watching Thomas.  The stories are perfect for children under the age of five or so.  The trains are captivating and the idea of talking toys is a sure hit with little ones.  I was fascinated by the narrator … [Read more...]

Giveaway: VTech InnoTab 3 (US, Ends 9/25) Tips for Choosing aTablet for Your Child

Christmas is coming and many of us will be shopping for tablets for our children.  When VTech contacted me about reviewing their new InnoTab3, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to write about tips for choosing a tablet for your child and what to look for when comparing tablets. I'm a huge fan of learning toys for kids.  Technology is a must-have for everyone from moms to presidents and I wanted my daughter using a tech device to … [Read more...]

Twitter Party Alert! #Fiskars4Kids 9/18 1PM ET – Prizes: $500 in Walmart GCs! RSVP Here!

 Join me at the #Fiskars4Kids Twitter Party! We'll be discussing great ways to help inspire and equip kids' creativity as well as giving away FIVE $100 Walmart Gift Cards! Teaching my daughter to help those in need is a priority of mine.  I grew up with parents that put an emphasis on volunteering and gratitude.  Whether it was through the church, school, or community, they emphasized the importance of helping others that were experiencing … [Read more...]

Giveaway: Fight the Back-to-School Head Lice Blues with Rosemary Repel Hair Products by Fairy Tales (Ends 9/21, US)

Every mom dreads seeing the letter from the school nurse informing them that there has been an outbreak of head lice in the school. *shudder* What can you do to help prevent your child from coming home with head lice in their hair? 1.  Use natural prevention hair care products My daughter attends a charter school that has a focus on natural, sustainable living and one of the recommendations from the moms-in-the-know is botanical solutions. … [Read more...]