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Teaching Your Child Compassion and Other Important Values

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I’ve always felt that I’ve been an overly compassionate person. I’ll cry reading stories online about other people’s misfortunes or when I’m watching something on the news. I can’t pass a homeless person on the street without my heart breaking and I’m usually quick to help someone if I see they are in need. Sometimes it can drive my husband crazy, but I believe that to raise responsible and compassionate adults, you have to lead by example. For the past few years, we have adopted a family at our church during Christmas, donated to local food banks and schools in need and participated in Operation Christmas Child. Each time we do something, Hayden always gets excited about picking out items to help others.

But with kids, you constantly have to be working to instill these types of values in them. Leading by example is great, but it’s always great when you have extra resources to help. That’s why I love The Principles of Our World, a line of children’s books from Harvest Time Partners.

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From Teamwork to Compassion, these books are great for parents and teachers to have on hand. They are appropriate for kids ages 4 and up and they take readers through a series of real-life situations and with the help of illustrated characters such as the Principal of Compassion, encourage principal-based decision making as an effective way to resolve everyday challenges.

I enjoyed reading the books to my son and then asking him what he would do in certain situations. It sometimes seems like he has more compassion for people outside of our family, so the story in the Compassion book about an older brother helping out his younger brother was a great example of something I could read to Hayden and he could relate to in real life being a big brother himself. I’m someone that learns from real life situations and I believe that it helps children too. The Principals of Our World books are great for teaching children about some of the most important values in life.

In addition to the books, Harvest Time Partners also has created some board games that not only help kids think on the right thing to do in situations, but also adults!

Harvest Time Games

The Abundant Harvest Game is a fast-moving conversation game that helps families and educators open the door to more productive dialogue. It reinforces the importance of developing strong character traits and encourages good, principle-based decision making. Through this game, players quickly learn the law of the harvest—you reap what you sow. Abundant Harvest is available in two versions for two different age groups.

The Face to Face card game is a new game that is played with a deck of 96 question cards that ask players questions that stimulate lively discussions on real-life issues. It helps build the critically important life skill of “Face to Face” authentic communication that is rapidly being replaced by today’s online chatter. Harvest Time Partners designed the game to encourage a high level of engagement and to reinforce principle-based decision making with the intent of developing and strengthening a person’s character. It’s the perfect conversation starter for road trips, vacations, family time, and small-group get-togethers. Face to Face is available in four versions for four different age groups, including a special Bible Edition.

I love the idea of putting down the electronics and speaking to family and friends FACE TO FACE again. The questions are interesting and thought provoking, sure to let you get to know your family and friends a little bit better.

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Harvest Time Partners has been around for over 20 years and provides a 100% guarantee that you’ll be satisfied with your purchase. I think these books and products are a great resource in helping to raise great kids.

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Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Harvest Time and I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions in this post are my own.

 

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The Book of Life Activity Sheets, New Trailer and Giveaway! #BookOfLife

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Last week, I shared with you a trailer for The Book of Life, a new animated movie that is in theaters on October 17th. To get you excited for the release of the movie, I’ve got lots of exciting things to share including activity sheets and a giveaway!

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THE BOOK OF LIFE, a vibrant fantasy-adventure, tells the legend of Manolo, a conflicted hero and dreamer who sets off on an epic quest through magical, mythical and wondrous worlds in order to rescue his one true love and defend his village.

The movie stars Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Diego Luna, Ron Perlman, Ice Cube, Danny Trejo, and more. Rated PG, it’s in theaters on October 17th.

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Free Book of Life Activity Sheets!

Want to learn how to make your own Sugar Skulls, Paper flags and more? Download free Book of Life Activity Sheets!

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Visit the Book of Life Shop in stores and online! In celebration of the release of the upcoming film, The Book of Life, Cost Plus World Market has developed exclusive Book of Life Toys inspired by the film. Products include a colorful Tin Keepsake Box, Guitar, Maracas, Manolo Rubber Duck Bath Toy, Kaleidoscopes, and more.

Watch the Trailer!

Connect with The #BookOfLife

– Visit the Official Website

– Like ‘The Book of Life’ on Facebook

– Follow on Twitter, Tumblr

Win It!

Enter to win a The Book of Life Prize Pack that includes a $25 Visa Gift Card,  Mini guitar & keepsake box from Cost Plus World Market.

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Celebrate Feeling Beautiful with Target and Dove #TGTfeelbeautifulfor

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When my son was about 4 years old, he was in the bathroom with me while I was looking in the mirror. Not thinking, I said out loud that I hated the way I looked – my hair was limp, my complexion was a mess and I just felt blah. He looked up at me and said that he thought I was beautiful. It was at that moment that I realized I had to not only build up my child’s self-esteem but that I had to have good self-esteem myself to be a good role model for my kids. When I had my twin girls, I knew that I wanted them to grow up with self-confidence and to know that they are beautiful – both inside and outside. The same goes for my son, too!

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What’s your beauty legacy? Help the next generation of young girls and women celebrate feeling beautiful. All you have to do is tell the world who you feel beautiful for, by tweeting and posting with #TGTfeelbeautifulfor.

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Target and Dove want to help you feel beautiful inside and out. Through November 1st, you can save on the Dove products that help you feel your best. Head to Target.com to print a coupon for $0.75 off any one Dove women’s product at Target!

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I saved and shared my beauty legacy, now I want to see yours. Every time you choose Dove, you show your support for self-esteem building programs for girls. Dove has helped more than 13 million girls so far. Together, we can help even more.

Win It!

Enter to win a $50 Target Gift Card!

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All you have to do is tweet who you feel beautiful for and include the hashtag #TGTfeelbeautifulfor. Share a link to your tweet in the comments below, for your chance to win a $50 Target gift card.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored post by Lunchbox, all opinions are 100% my own. Giveaway ends on November 1st. US only. 

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Mega Bloks SpongeBob Squarepants™ Invisible Boatmobile Rescue Giveaway

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A few weeks ago, my son and I were at the toy store and he was looking around, showing me all of the toys he wants. It sometimes doesn’t even matter if we don’t buy anything, he just loves to look at everything. As we walked down the Mega Bloks aisle, he suddenly tarted shouting at a new toy that was on the shelf. He loves all of the Mega Bloks play sets but when he saw there were now Mega Bloks Spongebob toys, he was so excited.

MEGA Brands Announces Expansion of Nickelodeon Licenced Products

I was so happy to make his day when Mega Bloks sent me their new Mega Bloks SpongeBob Squarepants™ Invisible Boatmobile Rescue toy as a way to share about their exciting new partnership with Spongebob!

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Plankton is at it again and it’s up to SpongeBob and Patrick to stop him with the Invisible Boatmobile Rescue by Mega Bloks SpongeBob SquarePants. Build the Invisible Boatmobile with cool translucent blocks and take off for a high-speed chase! Help, Plankton is launching jellyfish everywhere! It’s up to SpongeBob and Patrick – dressed as Mermaidman and Barnacleboy  – to save them with the Invisible Boatmobile’s not-so-invisible net!

Ideal for ages 5 and up.

Features:

  • Cool Invisible Boatmobile to build with translucent blocks
  • Buildable bobCAT vehicle and a Jellyfish catapult
  • SpongeBob, Patrick and Plankton micro action figures
  • Four jellyfish
  • Combine with other Mega Bloks SpongeBob SquarePants playsets to build your own wacky world of fun in Bikini Bottom.

Find out more about Mega Bloks and Spongebob!

– Visit the Mega Bloks SpongeBob Squarepants Official Site

– Check out the Invisible Boatmobile Product Page

– Follow Mega Bloks on Twitter and Facebook

– Follow @SpongeBob on Twitter

Hayden had such a fun time building the set and we look forward to seeing more Mega Bloks Spongebob SquarePants play sets! This is oing to be a hot gift this holiday season, so I’m excited to be giving away the Invisible Boatmobile Rescue by Mega Bloks SpongeBob SquarePants!

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The Best of Me Trailer and Sweepstakes + Giveaway

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Last week, I shared with you a trailer for The Best of Me, the latest Nicholas Sparks book to be turned into a movie. It’s in theaters on October 17th and I’m already preparing to bring my tissues with me.

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The Best of Me tells the story of Dawson and Amanda, two former high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart, when they return to their small town for the funeral of a beloved friend. Their bittersweet reunion reignites the love they’ve never forgotten, but soon they discover the forces that drove them apart twenty years ago live on, posing even more serious threats today. Spanning decades, this epic love story captures the enduring power of our first true love, and the wrenching choices we face when confronted with elusive second chances.

The Best of Me stars James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan, Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato.

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Watch the New Trailer!

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Enter to win The Best of Me in paperback, a mug and $25 Visa Gift Card.

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Disclosure: I received compensation for this post but all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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Gone Girl In Theaters October 3rd + Giveaway

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Last week I shared with you that Amy Dunne’s Pinterest page had been found and you could take a look at it to get a closer look at her. So fun, right? Gone Girl is one of my favorite books and I’m so excited for the release of the movie on October 3rd. I’ve already got tickets to see it this weekend!

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Directed by David Fincher and based upon the global bestseller by Gillian Flynn – unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?

Watch the New Trailer

Gone Girl is in Theaters October 3rd

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National Coffee Day + Blueberry Streusel Mini Muffins Recipe

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It’s crazy but it wasn’t until last year that I started drinking coffee regularly. Before then, I could count the number of times I drank a coffee on one hand. I can pinpoint exactly when I started drinking coffee – I had twins! The first week we were home, my husband went out and bought a coffee machine and I’ve been in love ever since. My morning isn’t complete until I’ve had a cup – or two – of coffee to get me energized and start off my day right.

Today is National Coffee Day, which I know will be a widely celebrated holiday by all those coffee lovers out there. As for me, I’m celebrating with my brand new Starbucks® Verismo™ 580 Brewer from Staples. This machine is amazing. My husband was initially hesitant to try it since he thought there was nothing wrong with our old coffee machine. Um, boy was he wrong. Compared to this new machine, our old was is ancient. It took forever to make one cup of coffee and we constantly had to fill up the water for multiple cups. Not only does it look good, the Starbucks® Verismo™ 580 Brewer has so many great features.

Excuse the reflection as my husband and I eagerly wait for a cup of coffee!

Excuse the reflection as my husband and I eagerly wait for a cup of coffee!

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Features include:

  • High-pressure brewing system heats up and is ready to make Starbucks-quality beverages in less than 15 seconds
  • Integrated rinse function helps keep machine clean
  • Height-adjustable drip tray accommodates different sized cups
  • Auto-off activates after 5 minutes to save energy
  • Easily removable water tank makes refilling simple
  • Built-in used pod removal automatically moves up to 10 pods to storage for easy cleanup
  • Easy to make plenty of your favorite drinks at home
  • Enjoy everything from caffè lattes and espresso to brewed coffee. You can also use our milk pods for a rich, creamy hot cup of steamed milk

The Starbucks® Verismo™ 580 Brewer blew us away with how fast it brewed a cup of coffee. If there was a race between two coffee machines to brew a cup the fastest, I have no doubt this one would win. 15 seconds! Plus, it’s easy to keep the machine clean and it’s so simple to use. I’ve always loved going through the Starbucks drive-thru for a coffee pick me up, but now I’m saving money by doing it at home.

One of my favorite drinks to order at Starbucks is the Caffè Americano. With the Starbucks® Verismo™ 580 Brewer, it’s so easy to make from home. I use the Starbucks® Verismo™ Coffee Pods in Espresso Roast from Staples, mix with the hot water and have a delicious Caffè Americano – sometimes hot and sometimes iced – right at home.

I’ve recently started waking up early to get a little bit of work done before my three kids wake up. It’s so nice to sit down with a cup of coffee and breakfast and enjoy it in silence I recently made some Blueberry Streusel Muffins and I made them mini since I knew my kids would love them too. This is the perfect companion to a nice cup of coffee in the morning and they are so easy to make too.

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Blueberry Streusel Mini Muffins Recipe
 
Ingredients
  • Muffin Ingredients
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • Streusel Topping Ingredients
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and spray a mini muffin pan with cooking spray.
  2. Mix together the streusel ingredients in a medium bowl with a fork. The texture should start to become like sand and crumble. Mixture should start to get crumble when you mix it.
  3. Mix together all the dry ingredients for the mini muffins until well combined. Slowly stir in egg,the egg and milk until well combined. Gently mix in the blueberries.
  4. Add the batter into your mini muffin pan. Top with streusel ingredients.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool before eating and then enjoy with a cup of coffee!

These Blueberry Streusel Mini Muffins are so good with a cup of coffee!

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Win a Starbucks® Verismo™ 580 Brewer from Staples on National Coffee Day

Head over to Twitter at 9am, 12pm and pm EST and follow both @SippyCupMom and @Staples. I’ll be giving away a Starbucks® Verismo™ 580 Brewer during each hour and all you have to do is answer my question or RT the question on Twitter for a chance to win. I’m so excited about this giveaway because I know you will love the machine.

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Happy National Coffee Day! How will you be celebrating?

 

Disclosure: A huge thanks to Staples for sending us our new favorite coffee machine. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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Game Day Party with Family Dollar + {Free} Printables and a Giveaway! #FDGameDay

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When you think of fall, I bet the first thing that comes to your mind (besides a Pumpkin Spice Latte) is football, right? Well, I’ll be honest, I’m not a huge fan of football but I have been known to use it as an excuse to spend time with family and friends, and eat way more than I should.  So, when Procter & Gamble, Pepsi, and Family Dollar wanted to partner with us to throw an awesome football party I jumped at the chance! Now, I’ve giving you the chance to host your own football extravaganza with your closest family and friends with FREE printables, game day tips, and a chance to win an awesome prize pack (stay tuned for that)!

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PRE-GAME

  • Decorating: No party is complete without decorations, right? Thankfully I have you covered on that front.  Head on over to Pizzazzerie to print out your very own decorations that you can customize yourself.  The welcome sign (just like the picture above) and pennants (select your favorite team) are awesome additions to any party and will really get your party guests in the spirit. {Go Rams!}
  • Shopping: Nothing is more of a pain than going shopping and not having everything you need in the same store.  That’s why I did my game day shopping at Family Dollar.  They have absolutely everything needed to keep your guests satisfied and keep your wallet full.

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PARTY TIME!

  • This is where the fun comes in, right?! During my party I served Lays Chips and French Onion Dip, Doritos, Tostito Scoops, Slasa and Queso Blanco Dip, Pepsi, Mtn Dew (I’m seriously addicted) and obviously some adult drinks, too :)
  • Our party was family friendly so I made sure to have plenty of things for the kids to do whether they wanted to hang out with the adults or go play with toys elsewhere.  Something I thought of after the party and I wish I would have done it was to cut out the pennants available above and glue them to a small wooden dowel rod so the kids can wave them around

AFTER PARTY

  • While this party may only be attended by you and your honey, make it a little easier on yourself with everything you need from Procter & Gamble.  The best part is that all your after party supplies are available at Family Dollar so stock up while you’re doing your pre-game shopping.
  • To make my clean up easier I made sure I was stocked up on Swiffer Refills, Dawn Dish Soap, Bounty Paper Towels, and I re-stocked the bathrooms with Charmin Toilet Paper.

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post.  As always, thoughts and opinions are 100% my own

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Kids Book Series: Adventures with Ricky Ricotta + Giveaway

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My son is in 1st grade and while I have to force him to try and read to us, he does love being read to. Recently, I’ve been enjoying reading to him chapter books. He has such a fun imagination that he loves hearing these looks read aloud to him and then acting them out in his room with his action figures. One of his favorite books for me to read to him is Captain Underpants – he just thinks it’s so silly! That’s why I was excited to discover a new series from Captain Underpants writer Dav Pilkey – the Ricky Ricotta series!

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Who is Ricky Ricotta?

Ricky Ricotta is a little mouse with BIG problems! Every day he is picked on by the neighborhood bullies. He lives in Squeakyville with his mother and father, and being an only mouse, he is often lonely. That is until SOMETHING BIG HAPPENS! A giant flying robot enters Ricky’s life and an unlikely friendship is born! Together, Ricky and his Robot must save the planet from a galaxy bursting with bad guys!

ABOUT BOOK ONE: RICKY RICOTTA’S MIGHTY ROBOT

Little Ricky Ricotta has a problem: the bullies at school pick on him all the time. Until one day, he saves the life of a mighty robot. Together, Ricky and his Robot face the bullies, and save Squeakyville from a giant evil lizard monster. That’s what friends are for!

ABOUT BOOK TWO: RICKY RICOTTA’S MIGHTY ROBOT VS MUTANT MOSQUITOS FROM MERCURY

Mr. Mosquito hates Mercury. The days are so hot, they melt his flip-flops, and the nights are so cold, his toothpaste freezes solid! He’s decided to take over Earth instead. Ricky and his Robot must stop his army of massive Mutant Mosquitoes!

ABOUT BOOK THREE: RICKY RICOTTA’S MIGHTY ROBOT VS VOODOO VULTURES FROM VENUS

Victor Von Vulture hates Venus. His toasted cheese sandwiches are always way too gooey, and ice cream melts in a second! So he and his army of Voodoo Vultures try to cast a spell on the Earth. It’s up to Ricky and his Robot to stop them!

ABOUT BOOK FOUR: RICKY RICOTTA’S MIGHTY ROBOT VS THE MECHA-MONKEYS FROM MARS

Little Ricky Ricotta has a problem: the bullies at school pick on him all the time. Until one day, he saves the life of a mighty robot. Together, Ricky and his Robot face the bullies, and save Squeakyville from a giant evil lizard monster. That’s what friends are for!

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My son is 6 years old and he has loved hearing about the crazy adventures of Ricky Ricotta. He absolutely loves the illustrations too, which is done by Dan Santat. After a few years of designing art for video games, Dan switched his attention to children’s books. Since then, Dan has written and illustrated several bestselling books for children, including The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend and Sidekicks. Dan also created the Disney animated hit The Replacements. Dan was born in Brooklyn, New York, and now lives in Southern California with his family. You can find out more by visiting his website at www.dantat.com.

About the Author

When Dav Pilkey was a kid, he suffered from ADHD, reading challenges, and behavioral problems. Dav was so disruptive in class that his teachers made him sit out in the hallway every day. Dav loved to draw and make up stories, so he spent this time creating his own original comic books.

In second grade, Dav created a comic book about a superhero named Captain Underpants. His teacher ripped it up and told him he couldn’t spend the rest of his life making silly books. Fortunately, Dav was not a very good listener.

Dav has written and illustrated many bestselling books for children, including the Captain Underpants series with over 70 million books in print, the Ricky Ricotta series, and The Paperboy, a Caldecott Honor Book.

Dav grew up in Ohio and now lives with his wife in the Pacific Northwest. You can learn more about him at www.pilkey.com.

I loved hearing about Dav Pilkey’s childhood because at 6 years old, my son already sounds a lot like him. He has his reading and listening challenges but he has a HUGE imagination and likes to make up silly stories.

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More Fun with Ricky Ricotta

Check out the Classroom  Guide

View the Book Trailer

Play the Make Your Own Robot Game

Read Chapter Excerpts & a Mini-Comic Excerpt

Download the Character Cards

Check out Ricky Ricotta Printables

Get Social!

Visit the Ricky Ricotta Official Site

Learn more about author Dav Pilkey

Follow Scholastic and ScholasticTeach on Twitter

Like Scholastic Parents and Scholastic Teachers on Facebook

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Save Your Split Ends with Suave Split End Rescue + $20 Walmart Gift Card Giveaway

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It’s bad but I can’t even tell you the last time that I went to the salon and got my hair cut. It seems that as Moms, we tend to put ourselves last when it comes to taking care of us. I’d much rather spend the money on my kids or us doing something fun together as a family than on my hair! But, it’s getting pretty bad. The worst thing about my hair – besides the grays that are sneaking in up top – are the split ends. They always seem to get so bad and then I get embarrassed when I finally DO get my hair cut and the stylist comments about them.

Recently, I’ve been using Suave Split End Rescue Shampoo and Conditioner from the Suave Professionals line. The products are currently on rollback at Walmart for $2.50 – you really can’t beat that price for fixing your split ends and getting hair like you’ve just left the salon. It’s salon-proven to strengthen as well as Paul Mitchell® SuperStrong ® Daily shampoo and conditioner to help help cleanse and condition hair, transforming split ends into healthy-looking, strong hair after just three uses.

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What’s better than $2.50 a product? How about $1? On Sunday, September 28th, there will be a coupon in the Sunday paper for $1.50 off Suave Professionals which means you can pick up Suave Split End Rescue Shampoo and Conditioner for only $1!

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Looking at Pinterest, there are some crazy things you can try to do to get rid of split ends besides getting a hair cut. I’ve seen to put coconut oil in your hair or even egg yolks. Also, raw honey and then an olive oil and avocado concoction. I honestly don’t have time for that which is why I’m using Suave Split End Rescue Shampoo and Conditioner!

What are some drastic things you have done to get rid of split ends without getting a hair cut? 

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Lunchbox. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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Roman Meal Bread: Baked Fresh Locally! Delish Recipes & Giveaway!

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I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Roman Meal. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

Now that the kids are back at school and I only have to feed myself at lunch, I find myself skipping lunch and then snacking on a long list of things that are far from healthy. I’m not saying that a small mixing bowl of “sugar cereal” in delicious silence can be magical, but on the average a healthy, delicious sandwich on homemade bread sounds amazing!

I definitely don’t have time to make my own bread every week, so I’m really glad that Roman Meal bakes their bread daily at 90+ regional bakeries. It is delivered fresh to my local grocery store-it’s never frozen! Roman Meal is a favorite of the whole family, kids included! I’m not about to tell them it’s  packed with whole grains in addition to being light, soft and tasty! Whole wheat, whole rye, wheat bran, wheat germ, flaxmeal and a bit of honey and molasses make it so good. Just two pieces of Roman Meal (one serving size) has 21 grams of whole grain-thats 40% of the USDA’s recommended 48 grams of whole grain/day. It also is a great source of calcium, vitamin D and fiber. All of this good stuff may reduce the risk of heart disease, help with weight management and aid in digestion.

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It might look a little funny, but trust me. It’s delicious and it’s excellent for you! I made it in a matter of minutes too! Just look how easy it was:

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Roman Meal makes it easy with an amazing list of recipes on the website. Here are a few that will be on our table this week!

Whole Grain Peach Cobbler

Fresh Peach & Nectarine Whole Grain Cobbler looks like the perfect dessert for the end of summer.

Stuffed Tomatoes

Can you believe the Chicken Sausage & Whole Grain Stuffed Tomatoes take only 15 minutes of prep?

Turkey Brie Grilled Cheese

The Turkey & Brie Grilled Cheese would make for a decadent picnic while the weather is still warm!

Strawberry Chicken Sandwich

I think the Strawberry & Balsamic Grilled Chicken Sandwiches might just be a new favorite of mine! What a combination!

Did you know that September is Whole Grains Month? Improve your diet when you “Make The Switch” to healthy whole grain meals. Get more info from Whole Grain Council website and check out the delicious recipes on the “Simple Meals” pinterest board.

Be sure to follow Roman Meal on Facebook and Twitter for all of the latest news and promotions!

Save $1 on your next loaf of Roman Meal Bread

When you sign up for the Roman Meal Bread e-newsletter, you will get a $1 off coupon every time you receive one. You can sign up for the Roman Meal newsletter here.

Enter the Roman Meal Baked Fresh Sweepstakes

From now until September 30th, you can enter to win a $2500 cash prize on the Roman Meal Facebook page. Many will also win free bread coupons. Just for entering you will receive a $1 off coupon!

Giveaway: Enter below to win coupons for FREE Roman Meal Bread!

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Easy Self-Feeding with the EasyPouch Independence #LessMess

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Feeding twin toddlers can be a lot of fun. I love seeing their faces light up when they take a bite out of a new food they love or when they share their food with each other. As they got older, I loved seeing what independent eaters they became. But Olivia – oh, sweet Olivia. She is my messy one. I love giving both of them the pouches of food for snack time or lunch. It’s easy for all of us but recently Olivia has taken to grabbing her pouch and then squeezing it all over her highchair tray or herself. She thinks it’s hilarious but I’m the one cleaning the mess up every day!

Enter the EasyPouch: the No Squeeze, No Mess, baby food pouch feeder. This product, while simple, is helping moms everywhere keep their kids mess-free while learning to eat independently. Now self-feeding can be easy, not messy!

EasyPouchThe EasyPouch Independence holds both small and large disposable food pouches. It’s made of recyclable materials and comes in a bright green color so it’s easy to find in your diaper bag! Recommended for children 9 months and up, it’s easy to place a pouch in it and then snap the EasyPouch up. It features child resistant latches – oh, how Evie tried to open it – but it’s easy for parents to open.

EasyPouch OpenOlivia and Evie were so intrigued by the EasyPouch. It fit perfectly in their little hands and they had no problems eating their applesauce during snack time. Best of all, Olivia didn’t made a mess at all!

EasyPouch TwinsThe EasyPouch Independence is the perfect solution for parents who are wanting to encourage their children to become self-feeders. It’s conveniently sold in pairs so there is one for the diaper bag and one for the home – or you know, one for each twin! It also features slots on the back so you can tether it to a stroller or a highchair.

The EasyPouch Independence is sold through Amazon for a safe and secure checkout plus fast shipping!

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Banfield’s Optimum Wellness Plan for Your Dog

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With 5 people in our household, it can sometimes be easy to forget about our very first baby – our 8 year old Lab Zoey! Throughout the day, Zoey is pretty laid-back and she likes to stay in her crate. She loves our three kids and lets Olivia and Evie hang all over her. Just like humans, dogs need check-ups with their doctors too – especially because of heartworm disease.

Heartworm disease is one of the most serious and potentially fatal parasites affecting dogs and cats. Pets can contract heartworm disease through a single bite from an infected mosquito!  Treatment of heartworm disease in dogs is difficult and painful for the dog, as well as expensive for the pet owner. Heartworm disease can be deadly to cats and there is no approved heartworm treatment in the U.S. for cats today. We were always so careful to keep our cat inside but with Zoey, it’s a bit harder. She loves to run around our backyard and there are just so many mosquitoes out this summer! Luckily, heartworm prevention is easy, safe and affordable. To properly protect pets from heartworm infection, Banfield Pet Hospital recommends annual heartworm testing and year-round preventive medication for both dogs and cats.

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Our experience with Banfield Pet Hospital

We were able to take Zoey to our local Banfield Pet Hospital and enroll her into the Banfield Optimim Wellness Plan. The plans can be customized based on the needs of your pet, and combine physical exams, routinely recommended vaccinations and screenings, unlimited free office visits, service discounts and more into one affordable veterinary care package. This is such a great deal because you really never know what could happen to your little furbaby!

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Banfield believes in preventive veterinary care as the best way to improve the quality and longevity of a pet’s life by reducing the risk of developing serious, costly and sometimes fatal diseases, such as heartworm disease. Heartworm testing  can be administered during a routine office visit. Office visits are always free through Banfield’s Optimum Wellness Plan®, and many plans include annual heartworm tests.

When we brought Zoey in, they were able to run numerous tests on her during her check-up, including a heartworm test. The good news? No heartworm and for her age, Zoey is in really great shape! The bad news? Poor Zoey had a double ear infection!

I absolutely loved her doctor who explained everything about all of the tests that they ran and also how we were going to treat Zoey’s ear infection – they even showed me how to do an ear washing so we could get medicine down her ears!

The rest of the staff was so great to us and everything went very quickly and we were both put at ease. The rooms are also very nice and clean. Plus, we saved so much money! All of the tests were well over $500 but when you sign up for the plan, you’re just paying a low monthly fee.

It’s nice to know that in case of an emergency or just a check-up, they will be there for us!

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Banfield Pet Hospital offers ProHeart® 6, an injectable heartworm preventive that can be prescribed to healthy dogs over the age of 6 months, which delivers six months of protection in a single dose—offering both convenience and peace of mind to pet owners.

Banfield will do a quick blood test to make sure they are free of adult heartworms and then they can get started on ProHeart® 6 which can protect dogs from dangerous heartworm disease by preventing immature worms from maturing into adults that cause damage in the pet’s heart.

If you’re interested in trying out ProHeart® 6 for your pet, download this $10 off a 6-month injectable heartworm preventive coupon!

Thank you to Banfield Pet Hospital for providing information about Banfield’s Optimum Wellness Plan® and ProHeart® 6 – we love it for Zoey!

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The Maze Runner Trailer + $25 Visa Gift Card Giveaway #MazeRunner

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Last week, I shared with you a new trailer for The Maze Runner which is based on the best-selling novel from James Dashner. It’s in theaters Septmber 19th and it’s sure to be a hit!

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When Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape. 

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New “This is Where I Leave You” Trailer + $25 Visa Gift Card Giveaway #TIWILY

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Last week, I shared a trailer for the movie This is Where I Leave Youwhich looks like the perfect Date Night movie. It’s got a great cast and I’m always up for a good dramedy. Plus, it’s directed by Shawn Levy who I met a few years ago – he’s super funny and makes great movies!

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When their father passes away, four grown siblings, bruised and banged up by their respective adult lives, are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens. Confronting their history and the frayed states of their relationships among the people who know and love them best, they ultimately reconnect in hysterical and emotionally affecting ways amid the chaos, humor, heartache and redemption that only families can provide—driving us insane even as they remind us of our truest, and often best, selves.

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This Is Where I Leave You stars Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Corey Stoll, Kathryn Hahn, Connie Britton, Timothy Olyphant, Dax Shepard and Jane Fonda. It’s based on the novel “This Is Where I Leave You” by Jonathan Tropper.

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This is Where I Leave You is in theaters on September 19th. Visit the official website and keep up to date on the movie by liking on Facebook!

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Guardians of the Galaxy Toys at Walmart + $25 Walmart Gift Card Giveaway #GOTGWM

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Disney and Walmart partnered with bloggers such as me for their program. As part of this program, I received compensation for my time. They did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about any product mentioned in these posts. Disney and Walmart believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. Disney and Walmart policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.

Have you seen the best movie of 2014 yet? True, the year isn’t over but hands down, Guardians of the Galaxy is the best movie of the year and one of my favorite MARVEL movies ever.

GOTG_Blogger_ArtWork_6My husband and I went and saw Guardians of the Galaxy on a “Date Afternoon” and even though my 6 year old hasn’t seen the movie, he is going crazy over it! He’s already putting together his Christmas list and right now it largely consists of Guardians of the Galaxy toys which are available at Walmart! From action figures to vehicles and even masks, Walmart has it all – and Hayden wants it all!

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Since he’s been doing so well at school so far, I decided to get him a special treat – a Rocket Raccoon figure from Walmart! If you ask Hayden who his favorite character is, he will tell you all of them but my favorite is Rocket Raccoon.

GOTG_Bios_RocketRocket is feisty and funny – in my opinion, he made the whole film! So I might have been a little biased when I got the Rocket Raccoon toy for Hayden! There were tons of other cool toys too and I know these are going to be the hot toys for Christmas!

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From Star-Lord to Gamora, Walmart has you covered on all of the Guardians of the Galaxy Toys! Check out what I think will be the hottest toys this year! I totally want that Groot and Rocket set.

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Which Guardians of the Galaxy toys will your kids go crazy for?

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Organize Your Parent Teacher Group with Monday Envelope + $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

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Even before my son started school, I knew I wanted to be involved as much as possible. Last year he started Kindergarten and I loved being in the classroom to help the teacher or to volunteer for the class parties and bigger events like Picture Day. I never thought about joining the PTA of his school but when I was approached with a call and the fact that I had been nominated to be the Activities Coordinator, I jumped at the chance. This is my first year on the board and I’m loving all of the positive changes we are bringing to the school and all of the fun events we are planning.

I never had any idea of all the hard work that a PTA puts into making sure that both the parents AND the teachers have a great school year, but it’s a lot of work! We have been in constant communication throughout the summer and it’s only picked up more since the school year has started and there’s so much stuff going on. We’ve had a lot of emails going back and forth between many people and I know that I have spent a lot of time going through my inbox and searching to find a certain email or attachment. If this sounds like you and you’re looking for a new solution, look no further than MondayEnvelope.com!

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As a Group Leader, you have a lot going on {I know our President is always so busy!}. You’re trying to keep parents informed but also get them involved. You want to easily send out information to parents in an organized and effective way. You also want to raise some money for your school and also gather volunteers together for upcoming events.

With MondayEnvelope.com, you can do all of this easily. Instead of that “Monday Envelope” going out each week stuffed with flyers or weekly emails, Monday Envelope is a website {not an app!} that is easily accessible for your whole school community.

As a Group Leader, create a group for your organization. Then, start creating events, set up a fundraiser and put out a call for volunteers. Monday Envelope then sends out a weekly email letting everyone know what events are coming up and what the needs are. I love that everything is organized in one place and easily accessible for all parents and teachers.

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If you’re a leader for a school’s PTO or PTA, create a community now on MondayEnvelope.com! You’ll appreciate the time and headaches it will save you.

Are you a parent that is wanting to get involved, looking for all the information in one place and wanting to clean up your inbox of the “reply all” emails? Let your PTA or PTO know about Monday Envelope so they can sign up!

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7 Days of Fall Fashion with Hello Kitty and Walmart! {$50 Walmart Gift Card Giveaway} #HKSchoolStyle

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A few weeks ago, I threw a Hello Kitty Fall Fashion Show Party with some local St. Louis bloggers and their families. We had such a fun time and I sure loved celebrating all of the hot new Hello Kitty looks at Walmart for girls. We had 7 adorable elementary school aged girls and I’m excited to show you 7 outfits that I know you’ll love for your little ones too!

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First up are the little ones! They were all 5 and just starting Kindergarten! What better to give them confidence than with new outfits from Hello Kitty?

Caelyn, Age 5, Daughter of Cassie from Crazy Cool Crafty

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Joley, Age 5, Daughter of Stefany from To Be Thode

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Selah, Age 5, Daughter of Virginia from That Bald Chick

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Ellie, Age 5, Daughter of Hannah from sKIDmarks

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Layla, Age 6, These Chicks Blog

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Chloe, Age 8, Daughter of Cassie from Crazy Cool Crafty

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Lady T, Age 12, Daughter of Makeba from MELISASource

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Back to School with Hello Kitty

How cute are all of those outfits?! Go back to school in style with the exclusive Hello Kitty Walmart line of clothing, accessories, bags, jewelry, and school supplies. Fall fashion and back to school are easy when you stop by a Walmart store to stock up on the Hello Kitty favorites your family loves!

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Lunchbox. All opinions are my own.

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Back to School with Fruit of the Loom + $75 Walmart Gift Card Giveaway #TGIBTS

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Growing up, one of my favorite things about the start of a new school year was going shopping for all of my new supplies and clothing. It didn’t matter that it was still 90+ degrees out, we were going to buy fall clothes! Since Hayden has started school, I’ve enjoyed the tradition of taking him back to school shopping. We’ve got everything that is on his school list but one thing that is easy to overlook are the essentials – socks and underwear. Each year, I like to stock up on new essentials from Fruit of the Loom. Even if Hayden hasn’t grown out of his old pairs, it’s always nice to start the new school year with new ones!

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We headed to Walmart to check everything off his list and while there, we saw that the Fruit of the Loom Bonus Packs were out! These packs come with THREE extra items which is such a steal when you already have so much to buy.

The Bonus Packs are available in boys, girls and even in men’s and women’s for those teens who have outgrown the children sizes. All packages are available at Walmart, both in-store and online. 

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I love the great quality of Fruit of the Loom socks and underwear plus all of the fun patterns and colors that they come in! Hayden had a great time picking out what he wanted for the new school year.

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Underwear, socks, shirts….we got it all! Hayden is totally set to start first grade with confidence! As for me? I’m feeling a mix of emotions – part of me is #TGIBTS {Thank Goodness It’s Back to School!!} but part of me is sad that my baby boy will be going to school full-day. I know that he will love it and a routine is so good for him! I’ll be home hanging with Olivia and Evie – can you imagine all of the Fruit of the Loom I’ll have to buy when they start school?!

Make sure to head to Walmart for all of your Fruit of the Loom Bonus Packs! Connect with Fruit of the Loom on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest to stay updated on the latest news!

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DreamsWorks Press: Dragons App + iTunes Gift Card Giveaway

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One of Hayden’s favorite movies this year was How to Train a Dragon 2 and I have to admit that I loved it too! With going back to school, I like for him to unwind when he gets home so for a treat I downloaded the app Dragon from the iTunes Store, which is based on the popular franchise.

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Dragons Interactive Story App

DreamWorks Press: Dragons’ is a groundbreaking, premium interactive story app based on the world and beloved characters from DreamWorks’ Dragon franchise. Following the launch of their publishing division, DreamWorks Press: Dragons is the studio’s first self-published story app, allowing readers to train their own dragons, explore unseen lands, and become the lead character within brand-new Dragon tales. The app is the initial installment in a series for which subsequent chapters will become available, continuing the reader’s adventure with Hiccup and Toothless.

The app is available at Apple’s iOS store and will retail for $4.99 with later chapters retailing for $.99 this fall. The app’s three reading levels will target fans ages 5 and under, 6 to 8, and 9 to 11 years old.

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Unique features include:

  • A visually rich 2D & 3D storytelling event
  • Tappable 2D animations geared towards participation
  • 3D interactivities to care for, play and fly with your dragon
  • Three reading levels for varying age ranges
  • Robust audio integration for an immersive experience

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