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I Will Always Be a Delta Mom!

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I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Delta Faucets. I received a product sample and promotional item as a thank you for participating.

My family has been loving the Delta 58472 In2ition Two in One Arm Mounted Showerhead!

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Over the course of being a Delta Ambassador, this In2ition Showerhead has changed how baths go in our house! This showerhead is also a handheld shower that has a really long 60″-82″ stretchable metal hose. That means that we can detach the handheld showerhead and let the older kids rinse themselves which makes them feel so grown up and in charge-making their baths or showers so much easier! It also is easier to chase the feisty little one around the bath tub from one side to the other to rinse her hair. All of the kids get washed and rinsed thoroughly, there are no fights and bath time goes quickly and everyone is happy!

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It also made cleaning the bathroom easier. The H20Kinetic Sprays are great for cleaning actually! I scrub the walls down and then spray using the strongest setting. I’m able to rinse all corners of the tub thoroughly and easily! The hose stretches so I no longer have to use the “rinsing cup” trick. Rinsing and refilling takes forever! Anything that makes cleaning easier and faster sounds great to me and every other busy mom out there!

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We really liked being able to change the different spray settings. I liked using the lightest setting for rinsing our youngest’s very delicate skin, but our older girl has hair that is super thick and long, so we used the “rain like” setting of the H2Okinetic spray. The conditioner rinses out of her wild main quickly and without her complaining. The shower head actually lets us customize the spray to the situation!

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It was so easy to install, it took just minutes. My husband and I have plans to replace the shower head in our master bathroom with a Delta In2ition Showerhead! The H20Kinetic Spray and H20Kinetic Spray with Massage would be the perfect thing for sore muscles at the end of a long day.

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And of course because it’s made by Delta, it comes with the Delta Lifetime Faucet and Finish Warranty so you know you will be purchasing something that is going to last!

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“I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Delta Faucets. I received a product sample and promotional item as a thank you for participating.”

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Introducing the Delta In2ition Showerhead!

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We are so excited to announce that we are a Delta Faucet Brand Ambassador! Delta is a well known high quality brand with everything from bathroom faucets, bathtub drains, toilets, shower heads, but even soap dispenser and other bathroom accessories. They are available in a collection to fit any decorating style!

I’m really happy that we are going to be able to replace the old “motel type” shower head in our bathroom for a fabulous new Delta 58472 In2ition Two in One Arm Mounted Shower head! This will be perfect for the decor of our bathroom, but it will class the room up a little!

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Why is this shower head so fantastic? It’s a dual showerhead: a showerhead and handheld shower all in one. It has four settings so you can individualize the flow you would like. It has shower arm mounting with a 60″-82″ stretchable metal hose! Of course, it also comes with the Delta Lifetime Faucet and Finish Warranty so you know you will be purchasing something that has not only all of these great features, but is going to last too!

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I can’t wait to try out the spray settings! It will be like a massage therapist right in your shower. It can go from a relaxing flow to an invigorating spray! This showerhead features H2Okinetic® technology that controls all of these.

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This Delta In2ition Showerhead is easy to install too. Stay tuned to see just how easy it is as a DIY project you can do yourself!

“I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Delta Faucets. I received a product sample and promotional item as a thank you for participating.”

Octonauts Toys from Fisher Price

Sound the Octo-Alert: Octonauts Toys are Now Available at Toys R Us!

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Octonauts Toys from Fisher Price

Explore. Rescue. Protect. Octonauts!

Fisher Price has recognized how much children love Disney Junior’s Octonauts and have released a collection of toys available at Toys R Us aimed for preschoolers!

If you don’t know who the Octonauts are, you are missing out! The Octonauts airs on Disney Junior and is a team of eight underwater heroes led by Captain Barnacles! They explore the ocean, rescue creatures who need help and protect their habitats!

As an Octonauts ambassador, we recently received two of the toys from the Octonauts collection and it did not disappoint  My son absolutely loves them and plays with them every day.

Octonaut Toys Now Available!

Octonauts Octopod Playset

The Octopod is the Octonauts homebase and designed to look like an Octopus! This fun playset includes everything you need to recreate your favorite Octonauts episode!

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It includes Captain Barnacles, Kwazii, a mini GUP-A, 3 creatures to save and protect, 4 rescue tools and an Octo-Alert that clips on to both the Octopod or your little one!

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Sound the Octo-Alert!

Hayden absolutely loved the Octopod and spends the majority of his time playing with it. He recently had a friend over who actually gasped when he saw it and they had so much fun playing with it. It’s big enough that more than one child can have fun exploring and rescuing sea creatures in need.

The only time I was able to get them away from the Octonauts toys during their play date was to actually put Octonauts on the TV!

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The Octopod Playset retails for $39.99 at Toys R Us.

 

Octonauts GUP-A Mission Vehicle

The GUP-A Mission Vehicle is also a big favorite in our household! The vehicle comes with Captain Barnacles and with this, you can rescue the angler fish it comes with, along with three rescue tools!

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Hayden loved when he discovered that you could crank the propeller in the back and off it went on our floors! It has some really good speed too! And for even more fun, you can bring the GUP-A Mission Vehicle in the bath with you! Once in the water, the Gup A’s headlights and antenna will change color just like in the show! Best of all, the pieces all store inside the vehicle so they don’t get scattered and lost (like so many other toys do!).

The GUP-A Mission Vehicle retails for $19.99 at Toys R Us.

 

We are such big fans of the Octonauts show and I’m so excited to see that there is this collection of toys available. They really let my son use his imagination and he has gotten lost in the toys for hours as he creates adventures with the Octonauts crew.

You can head over to the Toys R Us website to see the whole collection of Octonauts toys or head to the store! They offer up more vehicles and the rest of the team so you can really recreate an Octonaut adventure! We have already visited our local Toys R Us to pick up more toys to add to what we already have!

 

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Disclosure: I am an Octonauts Blog Ambassador. This post is part of a sponsored campaign, but my review and opinions are my own.

Dove Soap

Discover the #DoveTruth with New Dove Body Washes!

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I’ve been a long time user of Dove products and I love being able to pamper myself at home with their body washes. I’m well into my third trimester of being pregnant with twins and I love escaping to my bathroom for a long, hot shower and then coming out feeling that my skin is so soft and clean.

Dove recently changed {improved!} their formula by combining the brand’s mildest cleansers with NutriumMoisture. The new formula contains 100% natural moisturizers that your skin can absorb, keeping your skin smooth and nourished!  The Dove Body Washes are mild {safe for the whole family!) but they still provide an amazing shower experience that provides a rich lather that you don’t typically see in mild body washes. That”s because the Glycinate ingredient not only reduces damage to proteins during cleansing, but also creates a soap-comparable lather that rinses cleanly.

With the weather in St. Louis being so cold and dry, my skin has definitely been showing it. I’ve been using the Dove Body Washes with the new formula for a little over a month now and I can DEFINITELY tell a difference.

My skin is a lot softer, smoother and just looks a lot healthier! The body wash really provides a lot of moisture to my skin, which I appreciate. I love how the body wash lathers up so much – usually when I have a body wash that doesn’t lather up very much, I think it’s not working. That’s definitely not the case here! With the new Dove Body Wash, you can enjoy a lot of lather that gets you clean!

 

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My husband and I have been enjoying the Dove® Deep Moisture Body Wash with NutriumMoisture, but our son is loving the smell of the go fresh® Revive Body Wash With NutriumMoisture! He loves it so much that we caught him taking it out of the shower and filling up our automatic soap dispenser by our sink with it! He claims that he loves washing his hands with it!

 

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In just a few days, our life is going to change when we add two newborns to the family! I know things are going to get hectic, but I’m already looking forward to the times where I’ll be able to jump into the shower and enjoy some relaxing “me time” with the new Dove Body Washes!

 

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If you’ve been looking for a new body wash that will keep your skin clean while also keeping it soft and moisturized, try the new Dove Body Washes! You’ll discover the #DoveTruth and won’t want to try anything else! Make sure to check out my #DoveTruth Pinterest Board for some ideas on how to escape with the new Dove Body Washes!

Make sure to connect with Dove through Twitter and their Facebook page, where right now you can compare your current body wash with the new Dove formula and find out which Dove product is best for you!

 

 

I wrote this review while participating in a Brand Ambassador Campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Dove and received products to facilitate my post and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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Pamper Yourself at Home with Dove Body Wash #DoveTruth

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For as long as I can remember, I have been a fan of Dove products. From lotions to deodorants to shampoo and conditioner, we use it all! When I was selected to be a Dove Mom Ambassador, I was so excited since it’s a product my family has been using for so long!

 

One of my favorite Dove products are the body washes and Dove recently has improved their formula by combining the brand’s mildest cleansers with NutriumMoisture. The new formula contains 100% natural moisturizers that skin can absorb, keeping your skin smooth and nourished!

 

 

I love that every member of my family can use Dove Body Wash. Dove’s new formula is one of the mildest on the market but still provides a rich lather that you don’t typically see in mild body washes. The Glycinate ingredient, which is typically found in high-end body washes, not only reduces damage to proteins during cleansing, but also creates a soap-comparable lather that rinses cleanly.

I suffer from dry skin in the winter but using Dove’s Deep Moisture Body Wash keeps my skin hydrated, silky smooth and clean! Since Dove is so mild, I also am glad that I can continue using it when I start nursing my twins when they arrive.

If you’re looking for a bit of a kickstart to your day, check out the Dove gofresh Body Washes! These body washes come in scents like Pomegranate and Lemon Verbena and Nectarine and White Ginger! These washes are mild but leave your skin feeling fresh and hydrated – not to mention smelling so good!

I’ll be back in a few weeks sharing with you more information about the Dove Body Washes and how you can pamper yourself at home! Make sure to connect with Dove through Twitter and their Facebook page, where right now you can compare your current body wash with the new Dove formula and find out which Dove product is best for you!

I wrote this review while participating in a Brand Ambassador Campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Dove and received products to facilitate my post and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

Serta Holiday Wish List Contest on Pinterest

Win a Mattress with Serta’s Holiday Wish List Pinterest Contest!

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Is Comfort #1 on your Holiday list this year? Ever since receiving our Serta iComfort Sleep System, we have been enjoying comfort year-round and Serta wants you to also!

Serta is having a Pinterest Contest where you can make your Holiday Wish List! You can make a brand new Pinterest board and pin your favorite mattress, pillow and accessory! One lucky winner will win their Pinterest board!

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This fun contest ends on December 31st, 2012 so make sure to read all the rules and start pinning away! Once you create your board, you’ll have to submit the URL to Serta.

Make sure to check out Serta’s Holiday Wish List Pinterest Board also!

 

Disclosure: I am a 2012 Serta Blogger and am being compensated for my time and participation in the program. I am also receiving an iComfort Mattress. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thanks to Serta for banishing the counting sheep from my life.

Hayden loves sneaking into our bed!

Getting a Better Sleep with our Serta iComfort Mattress

Hayden loves sneaking into our bed!

 

As we get closer to the end of the year, it’s not only getting colder outside but it seems that everyone in the household starts to get sick. When I’m feeling miserable, there’s nothing I love more than spending time in my Serta iComfort Mattress – and my family agrees!

Hayden loves sneaking into our bed!

Being almost 6 months pregnant with twins, I’ve been spending a lot of time in bed! Not only am I needing an almost daily afternoon nap, I’ve been going to bed earlier and earlier also. Add in that I’ve been sick the past few weeks, my iComfort has become my haven!

The Serta iComfort has helped me {and my family!} so many times in the past few months:

– For all those aches and pains, the Serta iComfort features an adjustable foundation that also has a massage option with varying levels of intensity. It’s the perfect way to end the day and helps me fall asleep!

– In the past month, my whole family has been sick at one time or the other. My son had such a bad cough that we let him sleep in bed with us at night so we could keep a better eye on him. One of the things that has really helped with our cough and congestion is the ability to raise our heads while sleeping. Not by having to sleep on multiple pillows, but by raising our actual bed. The adjustable foundation allows us to raise the head of our bed to exactly our comfort via wireless remote. It’s been helping us sleep better at night with our coughs.

– Since the weather has become cooler, we have started putting our heat on. It used to be that I would get super hot in the middle of the night and have to stumble into the hall to turn the heat down. With the Cool Action Gel Memory Foam, it creates a cooler and more breathable mattress which means no more suffocating nights!

– Being pregnant means there is a lot more tossing and turning. The bigger I get, the more my hips ache! While the iComfort ease some of that pain, I love that I can get in and out of bed {bathroom trips!} and switch sides without disturbing my husband’s sleep because of the strong support of the memory foam. With our old bed, my husband would feel every move I made!

 

The Serta iComfort mattress has us all sleeping better! Even my son sneaks into our room in the early morning to snuggle. We have to make sure to hide our bed’s remote though our we will wake up with our head and feet raised! I know that feature will come in handy though toward the end of my pregnancy and it’s harder to get out of bed – I’ll just raise myself out of it!

 

What are some of your favorite things about your bed?

 

Disclosure: I am a 2012 Serta Blogger and am being compensated for my time and participation in the program. I am also receiving an iComfort Mattress. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thanks to Serta for banishing the counting sheep from my life

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Shopping for the Serta iComfort Mattress

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As the mother of a toddler, sleep is so precious to me. Often, I’m awake early because my 4 year old wakes up early and I go to sleep late because I’m trying to get work done. When I finally fall into bed sometime around midnight, I want to fall instantly asleep, not toss and turn because I’m trying to get comfortable. My husband and I are also total opposites when it comes to a mattress, he likes a very firm mattress and I like a softer mattress so we are have to try and find something in the middle.

We recently went to a local furniture store to take a look at Serta’s iComfort Sleep System. I had been researching the iComfort online and I liked that it was a memory foam mattress but with Serta’s special touch. The iComfort Sleep System is made with Cool Action™ Gel Memory Foam – the world’s first memory foam infused with the support and cooling touch of Serta’s MicroSupport™ gel. The gel memory foam is designed to provide more cooling comfort and more support than ordinary memory foam which equals a cooler and more comfortable sleep experience for all!

We made sure to bring Hayden with us for our mattress shopping experience. One of my favorite things to do on the weekend is when we are all cuddled in bed together and I have to admit Hayden tends to join us in bed early in the morning.

With 8 different models to choose from the Serta iComfort Sleep System, we had a lot of fun testing out the different mattresses to see what we all liked. We decided to lay in every mattress from the very firm to the very soft – we were like the three little bears!

Choosing our Mattress

Luckily, we had such a patient salesperson as we went through all the mattresses narrowing it down to one. We finally settled on the Renewal Refined iComfort Sleep System from Serta Mattresses.

The iComfort Renewal Refined provides both comfort and deep support. Made with two layers of Serta’s revolutionary Cool Action™ material, it also features Serta’s Cool Action™ Gel Energy Foam.  The extra resilient formulation of the Cool Action™ material responds instantly to body pressure for enhanced comfort and support.  The MicroSupport™ gel helps enhance the natural cooling properties of the material and provides extra support where you need it most. The Renewal Refined also features a layer of our Cool Action™ Gel Memory Foam, designed to deliver superior pressure relief and more targeted support while sleeping cooler than ordinary memory foam.

Both my husband and I sleep very hot so I was excited to try out the mattress with the Cool Action material! We paired out Refined Renewal Mattress with Serta’s Motion Perfect Adjustable Base which provides a totally customized sleep experience. With the adjustable base, you can adjust the head or foot of the mattress using a wireless remote so you can truly find that perfect sleeping position.

We recently received our Refined Renewal iComfort Sleep System and I can’t wait to share with you how much we are loving it – and we are loving it! Hayden can’t get enough of the remote control and we sometimes have to hide it from him so my husband and I aren’t in a sudden upright position at 7 in the morning. My husband and I love the fact that we have both found a mattress that keeps us cool at night and comfortable.

Try a Serta Mattress for Yourself!

Are you in the market for a new mattress but not sure which kind your family needs? You can experience the Serta iComfort Sleep System for yourself for up to 120 days and still exchange or return it if you’re not completely satisfied! Plus, every iComfort Sleep System is backed by Serta’s 25 Year Limited Warranty.

Stay tuned for a full review of our new Serta Mattress soon in addition to more information and news from Serta Mattresses!

Disclosure: I am a 2012 Serta Blogger and am being compensated for my time and participation in the program. I am also receiving an iComfort Mattress. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thanks to Serta for banishing the counting sheep from my life.

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TWIN and Toyotas #ToyotaWomen

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My husband and I love checking out a variety of different vehicles, but I’ve always been drawn to Toyota vehicles. That’s why I am so excited to be a TWIN! No, I don’t have a twin sibling that I just discovered!  TWIN stands for Toyota Women’s Influencer Network and I’m completely honored to be a part of a fabulous group of women bloggers.

I don’t currently own a Toyota but I’ve grown up with them my whole life. My entire extended family all drive cars from the Toyota and Lexus brand. I remember running errands with my Aunt in her Toyota Rav4 and being incredibly nervous when my Grandpa let me drive his Lexus GX SUV.

Last year we were incredibly lucky when we had the chance to test drive the 2011 Toyota Sienna on a 16 hour road trip from St. Louis to Disney World. You may think 16 hours sounds like way too long but the time flew by while driving the Sienna.

Last week I was supposed to travel to Los Angeles and spend time learning more about the Toyota company and all of the different vehicles. I couldn’t wait to get behind the wheel of a Prius and a Highlander because those are two cars that I have had my eye on for a long time – and we are now in the market for a new car! I was sick and missed out on the trip but can’t wait to share more with you in the next few months!

I’m also a huge fan of companies that are using their influence for good, so I can’t wait to hear more about Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good. I’ll make sure to share more about it with you soon but it’s a wonderful program where Toyota is giving away 100 cars to nonprofit organizations.

I’d love to hear about your experience with the Toyota brand! Do you have any Toyota’s?

Disclosure: I was selected for participation in the TWIN community through a program with Clever Girls Collective. I did not receive any compensation for writing this post, or payment in exchange for participating. The opinions expressed herein are mine, and do not reflect the views of Toyota.

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#ChildHunger Ends Here Campaign Final Thoughts and Recap

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For the last 2 months, I have enjoyed spreading the word about ConAgra Foods Child Hunger Ends Here program.

The statistics are staggering.

16 million children face child hunger in America. More than 1 in 5 kids in the United States don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Child Hunger is an everyday struggle.

 

 

Luckily, since 1993 ConAgra Foods and the ConAgra Foods Foundation have donated more than $36 million and 275 million pounds of food to Feeding America. The five-year $10 million pledge from the ConAgra Foods Foundation is the largest donation ever made to Feeding America to specifically help fight Child Hunger.

As of today, 2.8 million meals have been donated through the Child Hunger Ends Here website. Their goal is 5 million meals and I think they can accomplish that. There’s so much you can do to get involved with your family to help end child hunger.

Check out my previous posts from the last 2 months on what you can do to help!

- Child Hunger Ends Here & How YOU Can Help 

- Child Hunger Ends Here Campaign Featured on the Academy of Country Music Awards

- Top 11 Items Food Banks Need

- Peanut Butter Popcorn Recipe (Donates 2 Meals!)

- Help End Child Hunger with Hope

- No Summer Holiday for Child Hunger & How YOU Can Help

I appreciate ConAgra Foods so much on what they are doing to spread the word on this real issue in the United States. As a mother, it breaks my heart to think of children going without a meal. Do what you can to help in your local community and make it fun to get your children involved also! We love picking up extra items at the grocery store (just add $5 to your grocery bill and you can buy lots of canned goods and boxed spaghetti) to donate to our local food bank.

Stay connected with ConAgra and the Child Hunger Ends Here program! FollowConAgra on Twitter and like ConAgra on Facebook.

Disclosure: I am a brand ambassador for the Child Hunger Ends Here campaign and have been compensated for my participation. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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No Summer Holiday for #ChildHunger {How You Can Help!}

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I’ve been lucky enough to work with ConAgra Foods on their Child Hunger Ends Here campaign the last few months. It’s been wonderful to spread the awareness on this issue both online and off.

As summer approaches, I’ve been thinking of all the fun memories that I can create for my son like games in the back yard, BBQ’s, road trips and more. For other children, summer means a time of food insecurity and empty stomachs. With school being out for the summer, many children that received free or reduced-price lunches at school aren’t getting the food that they need at home.

From an article from The Huffington Post, the Food Research and Action Center explains: “The federally-funded Summer Nutrition Programs, which provide nutritious meals and snacks to low-income children during the summer months, are falling increasingly short of meeting the needs… The limited reach of the Summer Nutrition Programs meant that for the majority of those children, the end of the school year was the end of the healthy, filling meals on which they counted.”

If you’re like me, it didn’t even hit me about the impact of summer vacation and children not getting the meals that they need. Check out the video below of just how hungry children are at school.

 

 

It’s scary and as a Mother, my heart breaks for these children. This summer though there is a lot you can do in your community to help your local food bank to keep them stocked!

 

Help to End Child Hunger this Summer

- Organize a Food Drive at your workplace or child’s summer camp. ConAgra has a great website that offers tips and support to start a food drive. You can also see what resources your local food bank offers.

- Create a Facebook Group and let your friends and family know that you’ll be making a donation to your local food bank. Give them a set date to bring items by your house or let them know you can come by their house to pick up items. Then, make a family trip to your local food bank to drop off a great donation!

- Buy ConAgra products featuring a red thumb tack. Each package that has a code, you can register it online at www.childhungerendshere.com and ConAgra will donate one meal to a food bank.

 

Find out where a food bank is located near you and check out my list of the Top 11 Items Food Banks Need

Did you ever think about the increase of food insecurity during the summer? Do you have any other ideas on how we can help?

Disclosure: I am a brand ambassador for the Child Hunger Ends Here campaign and have been compensated for my participation. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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The Great Serta Mattress Heist

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I’ve been a converted Serta lover for awhile now – I even attended BlogHer last year to spread the word that Serta is the way to get a good night’s sleep! I even carried around Serta Sheep #1, the fearless flock leader of the Counting Sheep. I really just wanted to keep an eye on him to make sure he didn’t get to any of the Moms that surely didn’t need him!

Serta Mattresses are SO comfortable that they have long put the majority of Counting Sheep out of work. Well, they have finally done it. They have broken into Serta’s World Headquarters and have escaped with the Perfect Sleeper Mattress!

Sheep #1 and his accomplices, Sheep #s 5, 8 and 14, will soon be releasing clues as to where they are stashing the missing mattress.  These clues are being released with one goal in mind – to prove to Serta that the sheep have outsmarted them!

Can you believe it?! Serta is taking action and asking its Facebook fans to help them find and reclaim the stolen Serta mattress in what is now known as The Great Serta Mattress Heist!

 

Put on your Super Sleuthing Hats! 

Serta Facebook Fans will have the opportunity to decode a series of clues left by the Counting Sheep and uncover the hiding place of the Perfect Sleeper mattress. To reward you for your help, Serta will also offer weekly prizes, including plush Serta Sheep, Serta pillows and other tokens of comfort throughout the campaign!

Once all of the clues have been delivered, Serta will ask participants to complete a simple form and submit their guess as to the location of the hidden mattress.  Those that guess correctly will be entered for a chance to win a new Serta Perfect Sleeper mattress set complete with a full Sleep to Go top-of-bed back, a personal letter from Sheep #1 and an exclusive Serta Counting Sheep gift basket!

Make sure to head over now to help uncover the Perfect Sleeper in The Great Serta Mattress Heist!

 

I’m also so excited to be a Serta Blogger this year! I’ll be sharing tons of great information about the World’s Best Mattresses including sleep advice, the latest discounts, giveaways and more!

Disclosure: I am a 2012 Serta Blogger and am being compensated for my time and participation in the program. I am also receiving an iComfort Mattress. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thanks to Serta for banishing the counting sheep from my life.

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Help End #ChildHunger: The Top 11 Items Food Banks Need

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With nearly 1 in 5 children in the United States not knowing where their next meal is coming from, my family makes sure to do our part in helping to end Child Hunger.

ConAgra Foods is continuing to work towards ending child hunger by joining forces with Feeding America to engage families across the United States and inspire them to get involved. Feeding America and the ConAgra Foods Foundation have collectively donated more than 275 million pounds of food and invested more than $36 million dollars to combat child hunger since 1993.

I’m looking forward to volunteering at the St. Louis Area Foodbank next month, but until then Hayden and I went to our local grocery store to pick up some food items to donate.

We brought with us a list of Feeding America’s top requested non-perishable items so we could make sure we were buying only what we needed.

 

Top Requested Non-Perishable Food Items

- Cereal

- Pasta

-  Rice

- Canned fruits and vegetables

-  Canned meals such as soups, chili, pasta

- 100% juice

- Peanut butter

-  Pasta sauce or spaghetti sauce

- Macaroni & cheese

- Canned protein – tuna, chicken, turkey

- Beans – canned or dry

 

All of the items above don’t cost much at all. You could get several items if you would spend just $5 on your next grocery trip to donate to your local food pantry. You can visit Feeding America to find a local food pantry near you.

Don’t forget to search for specially marked ConAgra products that feature a red thumb tack. For each specially marked ConAgra Foods you purchase and register online, you will help buy a meal for a child at your local Feeding America food bank. You’ll also get a download of an original song called “Here’s Hope” performed by Jewel, Owl City or Jay Sean.

Stay connected with ConAgra and the Child Hunger Ends Here program! Follow ConAgra on Twitter and like ConAgra on Facebook.

 

Disclosure: I am a brand ambassador for the Child Hunger Ends Here campaign and have been compensated for my participation. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Crest and Oral B Test Drive: My Thoughts #CrestSponsored

 

 

 

It’s been a few weeks since I told you about the Oral-B Pro-Health Clinical Plaque Control Test Drive Program that I was a part of.

I received the the Crest Pro-Health Clinical Line of products and have been using them for the last month.

I absolutely loved using these products daily!  They left my mouth with that “just left the dentist” feeling. I went out of town for a few days and didn’t pack my Crest Pro-Health line of products because I wanted to bring small travel size items. I missed using them even for 2 days!

The products leave my mouth feeling refreshed and have me establishing a new dental routine. I always make my son brush his teeth twice a day but sometimes I would be so tired I would forget brushing my teeth before bed. Now, I’m brushing and flossing more than ever because I enjoy that refreshed feeling. I’m especially in love with the Pro-Flex toothbrush that removes up to 93% of plaque. I even had to get my husband one after telling him how well it cleans.

Taking care of your teeth is an important part of your overall health and the Crest and Oral-B Pro-Health line pf product is a great step in taking care of YOU!

Tell me about your dental routine!

Visit the Crest and Oral-B Pro-Health Clinical Plaque Control website for more information!

Don’t Forget to Enter the Pro-Health Clinical Olympic Games Sweepstakes!

Crest and Oral-B invite you to enter the Pro-Health Clinical Olympic Games Sweepstakes for the chance to win trip to the London 2012 Olympic Games, and also enter into a weekly drawing to receive the full product line. To enter the sweepstakes visit www.crestoralbclinical.com/olympicgamessweeps. The sweepstakes begins on March 15th and will run through May 31st. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.

 

Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a test drive campaign byMom Central Consulting on behalf of Crest and Oral-B and received product samples to facilitate my candid review. Mom Central Consulting sent me a promotional gift to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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Crest and Oral-B Pro-Health Clinical Plaque Control Test Drive Program #CrestSponsored

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I recently scheduled a dentist appointment for my 4 year old and went ahead and scheduled the yearly appointments for my husband and I too. It’s been almost a year since I was at the dentist and had to get a filling {Ouch!}. As much as people dread going to the dentist, it’s always nice to have that clean feeling your teeth and mouth has after a cleaning.

If you’re like me, you may wish that you could keep that feeling going without the visits to the dentist. Now you can with the Crest Pro-Health Clinical Line of products!

I’m excited to be a part of the Oral-B Pro-Health Clinical Plaque Control Test Drive Program! I’ll be trying out the above products for a few weeks and reporting back to you how it works!

The Crest and Oral-B Pro-Health Clinical Plaque Control is the newest addition to the Pro-Health family and provides clinical protection for a clean and healthy mouth. When used together, protect against all these areas dentist check most: plaque, cavities, gingivitis, sensitivity, tartar, stains, and fresh breath.

- Crest® Pro-Health® Clinical Plaque Control Toothpaste: Clinically proven to help keep plaque from coming back, it kills germs and slows down their ability to generate new plaque.

Crest® Pro-Health® Clinical Rinse: Crest’s most advanced rinse formula ever, it will help keep your teeth 91 percent clean of plaque for up to two months after a dental visit. It even fights and helps reverse gingivitis in as little as 2 weeks!

Oral-B® Pro-Health ® Clinical Pro-Flex Toothbrush: Flexing sides individually adjust to teeth and gums to clean areas where plaque growth begins. It will remove up to 93 percent of plaque!

Oral-B® Glide ™ Pro-Health ® Clinical  Protection Floss: Clinically proven to help reverse gingivitis in two weeks as part of a comprehensive dental health routine, it also protects against cavities and bad breath. It also slides up to 50 percent more easily in tight spaces versus the leading floss.

Enter the Pro-Health Clinical Olympic Games Sweepstakes!

Crest and Oral-B invite you to enter the Pro-Health Clinical Olympic Games Sweepstakes for the chance to win trip to the London 2012 Olympic Games, and also enter into a weekly drawing to receive the full product line. To enter the sweepstakes visit www.crestoralbclinical.com/olympicgamessweeps. The sweepstakes begins on March 15th and will run through May 31st. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.

Visit the Crest and Oral-B Pro-Health Clinical Plaque Control website for more information!

Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a test drive campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Crest and Oral-B and received product samples to facilitate my candid review. Mom Central Consulting sent me a promotional gift to thank me for taking the time to participate.

Tune into the Academy of Country Music Awards Tonight! #ChildHunger #ACM

 

 

Tonight, make sure to tune into the Academy of Country Music Awards at 8pm EST on CBS! I’m so excited because ConAgra’s Child Hunger Ends Here campaign will be featured.

I’m proud to be a Blogger Ambassador for the campaign and you can be sure I’ll be tuning in! During the Lifting Lives moment, the portion of the awards ceremony where a charitable initiative is highlighted, country band Little Big Town will perform the song “Here’s Hope.”

They will be introduced by Hunter Hayes, who is also nominated for the Best New Artist ACM Award, and who penned the song “Here’s Hope” with co-writers Luke Laird and Barry Dean.

Check out the video below where Hunter Hayes talks about creating the song “Here’s Hope.”

 

 

I’m excited to follow along with Danielle Smith, a fellow Child Hunger Ends Here Blogger Ambassador as she is attending the event providing red carpet and backstage coverage! You can follow her on Twitter at @daniellesmithtv!

Make sure to tune in tonight and then let me know what you think of the ACM Awards! Don’t forget to RSVP for the #ChildHunger Twitter Party tomorrow afternoon with ConAgra!

Disclosure: I am a brand ambassador for the Child Hunger Ends Here campaign and have been compensated for my participation. Child Hunger is a close issue to my heart and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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#ChildHunger Ends Here Twitter Chat with ConAgra Foods {April 2nd}

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A few weeks ago, I shared with you about ConAgra Foods Child Hunger Ends Here campaign. More than 1 in 5 children in America don’t know where their next meal is coming from, but you can help! ConAgra Foods’ Child Hunger Ends Here campaign aims to bring meals to kids in need across the United States and spread the word that there’s hope in the fight to end child hunger.

On Monday, April 2nd  from 12pm EST to 1pm EST, there will be a Twitter chat hosted by @ConAgraFoods where they will discuss the issue of Child Hunger and how you can get involved. You can RSVP for the Twitter Party and follow the hashtag #ChildHunger.

Participate in the Twitter Chat and by answering questions, you’ll be eligible to win one of several prizes during the chat, such as signed memorabilia from Jewel, Jay Sean or Owl City.

RSVP for the ConAgra Foods #ChildHunger Twitter Party!

 

Disclosure: I am a brand ambassador for the Child Hunger Ends Here campaign and have been compensated for my participation. Child Hunger is a close issue to my heart and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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ConAgra Foods: Child Hunger Ends Here {How You Can Help!} #ChildHunger

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Did you know that nearly 1 in 5 children in the United States don’t know where their next meal is coming from? As a mother, that hurts my heart. The thought of a child that’s just like my son not knowing when he would eat makes me want to jump into action. It could be anyone – take a look around your child’s classroom or even your neighborhood. I’m excited to announce that I am a Blog Ambassador for the ConAgra Child Hunger Ends Here Campaign. I can’t wait to help bring more awareness to this issue.

 

  • According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, food insecurity or the inability to access enough food to live active, healthy lives affects more than 16 million children in the United States.
  • Child hunger in our country is a serious problem, but many Americans only associate the issue of hunger with a foreign land. The problem exists here at home and there’s never been a better time to get involved.
    • Children don’t need to be starving or homeless to struggle with hunger. Many children are simply missing a meal or not eating on a regular basis.

 

ConAgra Foods is continuing to work towards ending child hunger by joining forces with Feeding America to engage families across the United States and inspire them to get involved. Feeding America and the ConAgra Foods Foundation have collectively donated more than 275 million pounds of food and invested more than $36 million dollars to combat child hunger since 1993.

 

How You Can Help

Grab your family and go shopping! I headed to the grocery store with my son to search for specially marked ConAgra products that feature a red thumb tack. For each specially marked ConAgra Foods you purchase and register online, you will help buy a meal for a child at your local Feeding America food bank. You’ll also get a download of an original song called “Here’s Hope” performed by Jewel, Owl City or Jay Sean.

You’ll find the following brands participating:

Banquet

Chef Boyardee

Healthy Choice

Hunt’s

Marie Callendar’s

Manwich

Orville Redenbacher

 Peter Pan

Snack Pack

When you’re at the grocery store, make sure to look for the packages with the big “Child Hunger Ends Here” thumb tack.

Once you get home, log on to www.ChildHungerEndsHere.com and enter in the 8 digit code found on the back of specially marked packages.

Once you enter in your code, you’ll be able to enter your zip code and see how many codes {and meals!} have been redeemed and donated to Feeding America.

I was able to see how many codes have been redeemed in the St. Louis area.

Then, you can download the song “Here’s Hope” performed by Jewel, Owl City or Jay Sean – your choice! The more codes that you redeem, the more exclusive content you’ll be able to access.

It’s just that easy – make sure to buy the specially marked packages of ConAgra foods and you’re helping to make sure one less child goes to sleep hungry.

Stay connected with ConAgra and the Child Hunger Ends Here program! Follow ConAgra on Twitter and like ConAgra on Facebook.

Disclosure: I am a brand ambassador for the Child Hunger Ends Here campaign and have been compensated for my participation. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Check Out the Windows 8 Consumer Preview! #WindowsChampions

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Times are a-changing, but I think it’s a good thing!

Microsoft has announced that Windows 8 is now available to download for a consumer preview! I was able to check out a preview of it while at Blissdom last week and I was blown away! This isn’t the Windows that you have been used to – it’s more suited for users of today. It’s bright and colorful, sleek and user friendly!

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Windows 8 has been completely reimagined. You’ll be able to move between Windows 8 PC’s securely and easily. Windows 8 will work on a wide range of devices – everything from touch-enabled tablets, to laptops, to desktops and all-in-ones.

 

Here’s a few things you’ll need to know about the Windows 8 Consumer Preview!

- It’s just a preview! It’s a work in progress so things will change before the final version will be released. There’s also the chance for bugs since it’s still being worked on. If you’re interested in previewing it, your feedback will be a great help to Microsoft!

- Be comfortable with new technology. There won’t be any “official support” for Windows 8 until it’s released.

- You’ll need a newer PC to make sure that it works. Check out the system requirements for the Windows 8 preview.

 

When I checked out the new Windows 8, I was excited to see how you could customize it completely to your needs.  It’s a lot like a Windows Phone, with the live tiles. Don’t worry though, if you miss your old desktop look you will be able to switch back.

Check out this video for a Windows 8 Consumer Preview!

 

What do you think?

Disclosure: As part of the Windows Champions blogger program, I have been loaned a Windows 7 PC for the next year. I will also have the opportunity to learn more about Windows and Microsoft. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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#MidwestMoms Verizon Program Comes to an End!

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The past 6 months since I joined the Verizon Wireless Midwest Moms Program has just flown by. I am a huge fan of technology and testing out new technology so when I was invited to try out the latest gadgets from Verizon Wireless, I was geeking out. I was not a carrier with Verizon Wireless, so I also couldn’t wait to test them out – their service, customer service and products!

 

 

Thanks to Verizon, I was able to attend the Midwest Moms Conference in Chicago and bring my family with me! It was their first time in Chicago and we absolutely loved it!

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I was able to meet some amazing people. Not only the other bloggers from the Verizon Midwest Moms Program {who I love and admire!} but also the team from Verizon Wireless and Rauxa.

Just some of the amazing Verizon Wireless Midwest Moms!

 

I was able to have a delicious dinner filled with fun conversation on the top floor of the John Hancock Building in Chicago!

View from the Signature Room in the John Hanock Building

 

Then, I was able to have fun learning more about some great products from Verizon Wireless! I’ve spent the last six months playing with my Motorola Xoom – it’s my handy travel companion and grocery store shopping sidekick. Not only does it play flash – something the iPad doesn’t do- it takes pictures, records video and has the whole Android Marketplace at your fingertips!  Another huge plus for me with the Motorola Xoom is how if you’re a Google addict like me, it easily integrates Gmail, Google Talk and more! Another big deal? You’re able to tether up to four devices to the Xoom so they can access the Verizon network too for internet. This was huge for me while traveling!

The Droid Bionic has been another sidekick of mine! With the Droid Bionic, I was able to experience 4G speed for the first time! Holy cow, is it FAST! I was also able to experience Verizon Wireless service. No dropped calls or missing signals at all!

I never had any problems with my devices, but my husband and I stopped into some Verizon Wireless stores a few times where we were treated with great customer service. Just like Verizon Wireless is so helpful on Twitter, they were so helpful in store!

And of course, one of my favorite things was learning how Verizon Wireless does good and provides the HopeLine – America’s largest phone recycling program that gives phones to people affected by domestic abuse.

Make sure to check out my links above to read more about Verizon Wireless, the Droid Bionic and the Motorola Xoom.

Thank you to Verizon Wireless and Rauxa for such an amazing experience!

Questions? Let me know!

 

Disclosure: I received products from Verizon Wireless as part of the Midwest Moms program. All thoughts, opinions and experiences are my own and not the opinion of anyone else.