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April 23, 2015

Stock Up and Save Event at Walmart! {Review & Giveaway}

Disclosure: The Walmart gift cards and information have been provided by P&G, however these opinions are 100% my own.

It's Spring and that means purging of all things that we don't need and stocking up on the things we do need, like diapers! Oh how I love the feeling of a clean and organized home and being well stocked with household items we use daily.

No matter what, it is always the bad days where I just don't want to go to the store, or face anyone for that matter, that I go to grab a roll of toilet paper only to find no more left, or when I go to change my baby and realize I used the last one when putting her to bed the night before – not fun!

Having a back up of household essentials is always my goal and Walmart makes it easy with their Stock Up and Save Event going on right now thru Thursday, April 30th.

I took a trip to the store last week with my daughter and we found some great deals, including a box of Luvs diapers that we really needed and some Bounty Paper Towels. As a family of six it's hard to keep up because we go through things so quickly so we love it when we have an opportunity like this to save some money on items we use all the time!

Check out the Stock Up and Save Items!

  • Tide Liquid Laundry Detergent
  • Tide Simply Clean and Fresh Liquid Laundry Detergent
  • Charmin Ultra Soft or Ultra Strong Toilet Paper
  • Bounty Mega Roll Select-A-Size Paper Towels
  • Luvs Super Absorbent Diapers
  • Pampers Swaddlers Huge Pack
  • Tampax Pearl Plastic, Super Absorbency
  • Always Ultra Thin Long Super Unscented Pads
  • Always Discreet Maximum Underwear
  • Always Discreet Moderate Regular Length Pads

April 20, 2015

Pampers Easy Ups {Review & Giveaway} #PampersEasyUps

Disclosure: This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Pampers. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

Potty training can feel like such a pain in the behind (pun intended!) but it doesn't need to be. I have four kids and each one has been so different when it comes to eliminating diapers and switching to big girl or boy panties. 

I thought for sure that I would have all my kids potty trained at eighteen months, then when I had my first child and she refused to potty train, I realized that maybe I didn't know much about potty training. 

As the years went on, I have taken ideas and tricks from my friends and off the internet and have put them to the test with my own kids. 

Potty Training Tricks!

1. The first thing that we found to be successful and has helped make the transition is reading books about going to the potty and getting them familiar with what is involved with switching from diapers to undies! This is such a fun and exciting time, and what better then to cuddle up and read a book! 

2. Switching to Pampers Easy Ups Training Pants so they can easily pull them up and down on their own. Kids thrive when they get to make their own choices and do things on their own. My kids love going to the store and picking out their very own training pants. It perks their interest and makes them way more excited to start.

3. Make sure they have a stool to rest their feet on so they don't get tired and to help them balance while sitting down. If it's not comfortable for them they may get discouraged.

4. Lastly, get a potty seat that is comfortable and has handles. Handles allows them to get on and off easily.

Having the right tools and waiting until your child is ready can make potty training a lot less stressful and a lot more fun for you and your kids. 

Join the Party!

Please join @Pampers on April 21st from 9-10pmEST as they host a Twitter Party with Dr. Laura Jana, pediatrician, award-winning parenting book author and potty training expert who co-authored to Its You and Me Against the Pee…and the Poop, Too!

April 17, 2015

Educate and Empower your Kids with 30 Days of Sex Talks {Review & Giveaway}

A few months ago my daughter who is in 2nd grade came home and told me that a boy in her class was talking about sex.  Apparently he said that "for New Years you have to get a girl and have sex with her" and that "sex is how you have babies."  I was both horrified and angered when she told me.  I was fully prepared to give my children "sex talks" but had no idea they would be introduced to it at such a young age and I surely did NOT want her learning about sex from someone other than me!  I had to decide how I would approach things and as I was thinking about what to do I began to reflect on when I was a kid and learned about sex. 

The truth is, I grew up learning more about sex from my friends than I did from my parents.  My two girl cousins and I got "the dreaded sex talk" when we were teenagers at a sleepover.  My mom and my aunt (the girls' mom) sat us all down and tried to explain the details about sexual intercourse in the most conservative way possible.  But I already knew what sex was and was mostly embarrassed at my mom struggling to keep her composure through all of the gory details.  Truth was I grew up in a place where most people did not have the same views and opinions on sex as my family and I was exposed to a lot of gross, disgusting, and confusing things as a kid that I didn't even fully understand.  And if I thought it was bad when I was a kid, boy have things changed!  Kids are being introduced to sexual content WAY younger than before and there is so much out there in the world that can confuse and even harm our children.
Which is why we need a little bit of a sexual reform in our society.  We need to educate and empower our children with all of the good things sex has to offer and combat all of the harmful and negative things that it can bring such as addiction, pornography, low self-esteem, and more.  We want our kids to develop a healthy sexuality and a great way to do this is by talking to your children.  EducateEmpowerKids.org is a great organization and resource for helping you do this as they help you to take that action and become the first and best source on everything from healthy sexuality, to positive relationships, to the importance of being true to oneself. They want you to "be the best parent you can be for your child by educating yourself, and empowering your child through nurturing and confident communication."  They have a ton resources on their website as well as series of books called "30 Days of Sex Talks: Empowering Your Child with Knowledge of Sexual Intimacy" which I recently had the opportunity to review.  There are three books in the series  Volume One is for Ages 3-7, Volume Two for Ages 8-11, and Volume Three For Ages 12+.  
Man was I glad to have these books!  They outline specific discussions to have with your children so that you can cover all of the important subjects and material surrounding sex.  The designs of the books are awesome!  They outline really simple topics and allow you to direct the conversation and flow.  You decide what is appropriate, what you are comfortable talking about, and incorporate your values and cultural beliefs in to the discussions.  With my kids being so young, we started off small.  I made the discussions fun and engaging.  At times we acted out scenarios and even had a fashion show.  Even with all of the entertainment, our conversations were real.  At times I delved deep in to things and was taken back by all of the knowledge my kids had about things.  Some of the things we talked about included being in charge of our bodies, knowing the difference between a good touch and a bad touch, and yes, we even talked about where babies come from.
Each time we got out our book, I felt like my kids were eager to learn and to ask questions.  And instead of being horrified or embarrassed, because I had prepared ahead of time by reading the outline and instructions in the book, I felt ready to answer them!
My oldest daughter (the one in 2nd grade) definitely has the most knowledge and understanding about things.  She will be turning 8 soon which means I will be moving on to the next book with her.  I have already looked it over and even though some of the topics seem scary, the fact that the average age of a child’s first exposure to pornography is 11 let's me know that it WILL be the right time to start these discussions.
My overall experience with these books have been great!  They are a great tool and resource for parents and I would love to see them in every home.  I love the simplistic outline, how vital and direct each message is, the cool extras like the quizzes and downloadable cards which help guide your lessons, and more!
EducateEmpowerKids is giving A SET OF THEIR 30 DAYS OF SEX TALKS BOOKS to one of our lucky readers!!
A big THANK YOU to EducateEmpowerKids  for providing me with a free books to review.  I was not compensated for this review. I receive product(s) for free so that I can provide my insight and experience. These are my honest opinions. Your experience may vary.

April 14, 2015

Groupon Coupons

I love me a good deal!  I'm a deals and freebies junkie.  I mean, who doesn't like saving money right?  I have a variety of deal sites that I really love--one of those being Groupon.  I've gotten discount museum tickets, concert tickets, movie tickets, restaurant deals, cool products, you name it!  I'm sure a lot of you have probably used Groupon to score a few deals yourselves.  A lot of people are familiar with Groupon and use it as a great source for local deals.  BUT did you know Groupon recently launched a free coupons platform called Groupon Coupons?
Yep, that's right.  Groupon now offers more than 55,000 online and in-store coupons from thousands of top retailers!  Whoo hoo!  They've got promo codes for online shopping AND mobile/printable coupons for in-store redemption.  Many coupons on Groupon Coupons are exclusive -meaning you won’t find them anywhere else.
So what are you waiting for? Groupon Coupons is available online and in the popular Groupon mobile app for iPhone and Android, so you can find coupons whether you’re at home or on the go.  Go check it out now!

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April 13, 2015

Show Your Disney Side with a Disney Side @Home Celebration

Disclosure: This review was made possible by Disney and Mom Select. I was provided product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.
We love to have parties at our house, so my kids were thrilled when we got another opportunity to throw a Disney Side @Home Celebration! 

My kids favorite thing about parties is decorating. We received a big box full of party supplies to help decorate our home for our Disney party. Having three girls, we received lots of princess party decor, including a Sophia the First cupcake stand, snack containers, plates, cups, and much much more! 

For the snacks, we received a fun Duff Goldman Tie-Dye cake mix which we made into cupcakes. The  kids got to decorate the tops with sprinkles which was a lot of fun and then they ate them – yum!

After the kids' tummies were full, we sat down for a fun magic show. What's a Disney party without some magic?! They were extremely intrigued and couldn't believe how much magic was in the room. 

Lastly, they all went home with a fun Doc McStuffins goody bag, full of some fun treats and games!

Which Character are you? I got Micky Mouse!

We had such a fun time and were grateful to have had the opportunity to celebrate The Wonderful World of Disney in our own home and with our very good friends! 

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