Panda Pandamonium

Save the Pandas with Panda Pandamonium – Free App from Big Fish Games!

Panda Pandamonium



Big Fish Games has just been cranking out all of these fun games over the past few months! Don’t they realize they are taking me away from being productive?! No, parents need this kind of time to themselves to play a fun game! I love sitting down with my iPad after the kids go to sleep to get some game time in. My latest addiction is Panda Pandamonium – it’s fun, challenging and just cute!

Panda Pandamonium

Panda Pandamonium is a one-of-a kind matching game based loosely on Mahjong. The game is unique and requires strategic matching of pairs of tiles in order to crash through obstacles, trigger bonuses, and ultimately save two adorable pandas from hungry dragons and their minions!

The game was developed by the team who brought players the critically acclaimed games Fetch, Drawn: The Painted Tower and Drawn: Trail of Shadows. It’s this team’s first game outside of the adventure genre.

Panda Game

I love match games and Panda Pandamonium has become my current favorite. The objective of the game is to save the cute pandas from the hungry dragons by matching pairs of tiles that crash through obstacles the dragons have set in your path. There are new levels being added constantly, so it’s hard to get bored with the game.

You can also earn a Special Level Bonus – match all of the gold tiles in a level to fill the bonus meter. Once full, the bonus will activate, helping you clear sections of the board. You can also earn bonuses by rapidly matching tiles without making a mistake. 

You can advance to another level by earning at least one star but the game challenges you to try and earn three! If you’re stuck on a level, you can buy boosts and extra lives using Jade, the in-game currency. But because Panda Pandamonium is also a fun social game, you can connect to Facebook and play with friends. You can gift each other lives and beat their high scores! Isn’t that PAWSOME?!


This is the only kind of Pandamonium that I want to add to my life! Panda Pandamonium is available for FREE on the iPhone and iPad.

Check out the trailer for Panda Pandamonium!

Download Panda Pandamonium for the iPhone and iPad! Check out Big Fish Games for even more exciting games!

Are you a fan of Match Games?


Disclosure: I was compensated for this post but all thoughts and opinions are my own. I love Big Fish Games! 

Fruit of the Loom at Walmart

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

Fruit of the Loom at Walmart



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!

Fruit of the Loom at Walmart

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. 

Fruit of the Loom Bonus Packs

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.

Fruit of the Loom products

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!

Fruit of the Loom wants you to stock up and they are giving one lucky reader a $75 Walmart Gift Card!

Enter the Rafflecopter form below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I received a gift card from Fruit of the Loom in exchange for writing this blog post. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own

After School Snacks

Delicious and Fun After-School Snacks

After School Snacks



This year my son started 1st grade which means he is attending full-day. He is still adjusting but I think one of the hardest things is his meals. He eats lunch at 10:50 am which means by the time he gets home at 4:00 pm, he is starving! I don’t like to give him a big meal when he gets home from school since we will be eating sinner soon, so I’m always looking for some delicious but fun after school snacks.

I’ve found a ton of great recipes for after school snacks that I’ll be making soon! Check out my Foodie collection of Delicious and Fun After-School Snacks– and I’d love to hear what your little ones like!

After School Snacks

Check out Delicious After-School Snacks

by Melissa Mitchell at

What is your child’s favorite after-school snack? 

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post with All thoughts and opinions are my own. 


Enjoy a Sleeveless Summer with Dove Advanced Care Deodorant




I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence Central for Dove Advanced Care Deodorant. I received a promotional item to facilitate my review.

This summer has been a busy one. Since June, we had traveled to Louisville, Kansas City and Branson. We have had a ton of family fun and made lots of memories. As much as I love being active with my family in the summer, that also means being out in the heat. And in the case of St. Louis in the past few weeks it means 100+ degree heat. I’ve never been too confident about going sleeveless, but thanks to Dove Advanced Care Deodorant, I do now!


Dove Advanced Care Deodorant with NutriumMoisture will keep you dry and odor-free for  48 hours! As a busy Mom, I love that it keeps me smelling good throughout the day – even 2 days! It comes in a variety of scents like Cool Essentials {my favorite – a combination of cucumber and green tea}, Shea Butter and Sensitive.

Full LineUpDove Advanced Care Deodorant is also clinically proven to reduce irritation from shaving and provides softer, smoother skin in just three days. The NutriumMoisture contains ingredients like Humectants, Sunflower Seed Oil and Occlusives to keep your underarms smooth and soft.

The other day my Mom was over and we were getting ready to go to an event when she asked to borrow some deodorant. I gave her my Dove Advanced Care and she couldn’t stop raving about it – she loved how smooth it was going on and the smell. I was so happy that I was sent an extra sample as I was able to just hand it over to my Mom so she could just keep it! If she thought it was smooth going on, just wait until it actually made her underarms smoother and softer.

I can’t imagine getting through another summer without Dove Advanced Care Deodorant!

Style Tips from Erin Walsh

I always love to read tips from stylists, as I’m always in need of some advice on style! Here are just a few of my favorite style tips from Erin Walsh!

Lightweight cardigans and summer scarves are my best friend during this season. I always have them with me when I am traveling. I prefer to buy them in semi-neutral colors, such as ivory.

Some classic summer staples that every woman should have in her wardrobe are: a crisp white blouse, a lightweight summer scarf (I like neutral colors), and a sundress that isn’t too tight fitting. I am also a big fan of Greek/Bohemian inspired sandals – such a fun way to add style to your look this summer season!

Do you go sleeveless in the summer? What are some of your style tips?


Amp Up Your Style with TRESemme #TRESWalmartStyle



As a work at home Mom of three, most days I just throw my hair up in a ponytail or bun and call it a day. There aren’t many occasions where I have to actually do something about my hair. There’s tons of cute hair styles out there that I see but I figure I just don’t have time for them or I can’t achieve them myself. Well, thanks to TRESemme, I’ve learned that you don’t have to spend a lot of time or money on getting a red carpet look.

Image 3

If you’re looking for salon-gorgeous hair and how to get it, TRESemme has 5 short videos that will tell you how to achieve hairstyles like Super Sleek, Full Blown Volume, Pumped Up Pony and Rock and Roll Waves. The videos even include which TRESemme products to use to rock these looks.

Since I got a perm a few months ago, my hair has been pretty wavy. When I had a wedding to attend recently, I knew that I wanted something a little different. After watching the Super Sleek video, I knew that I could achieve this style.

Sleek Style

If you’re looking to amp up your style and deviate from the everyday “Mom hair”, check out these videos and see how you can get the look you want for less! All of these TRESemme products are available at Walmart at an affordable price!

Which salon-gorgeous hairstyle do you want to try? 


Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Global Influence but all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Family Selfie

The Importance of a Family Selfie

Family Selfie



I’ve never been a big fan of the selfie, only because I’m not crazy about taking pictures of myself. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I realized how important the selfie was – especially if you’re a Mom. So often I am never in a family picture because I’m the one that is always taking pictures. Even when my husband would want to take a picture of me and my son, I would say no. But you know what? Forget the insecurities. Forget the fact that you haven’t showered yet or that it’s an unflattering angle. Grab your phone and your loved ones and take a family selfie. Capture the NOW and capture the moment.

Family Selfie

I love looking at the family selfies that pop up on my Instagram feed from my fellow friends. I love getting a glimpse into their lives, of them experiencing a special moment with their loved ones. I’m getting all warm and fuzzy just thinking about them – below are some of my favorites!

Family Selfies

A Mom’s Impression – Joy of Momma Joyner – Roubinek Reality – Happenings of the Harper Household – My Silly Monkeys – Babes and Kids Review – Mom Spotted – Mama Chocolate – Sweet Lil’ You – Crazy About My Baybah – Carrie with Children Travels – My Crazy Good Life

Didn’t they just capture their family living beautifully? Suave wants YOU to take a family selfie this Friday and then post it on Instagram. You could win a $175 Walmart Prize Pack and just for submitting your photo, you’ll receive a coupon for $1 off Suave at Walmart.

Image 1Enter the #SuaveFamilySelfie Contest

- Take a family selfie (or use a recent one!)

- Post it on Instagram using the 3 hashtags: #suavefamilyselfie #LB2LB #Walmart

- Fill out this form and submit your Instagram link.

I want to see YOUR family living life beautifully – leave me a link of a family selfie!

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


Sofia the First: The Enchanted Feast on DVD




My 6 year old son has been a fan of Sofia the First for awhile now – I love that it’s a great show for both boys and girls. But lately, my 18 month old twins have been LOVING Sofia the First. Olivia sleeps with Clover, her “Blue Ribbon Bunny” each night and Evie sleeps with a little Sofia doll too. They are so young but their eyes light up whenever they hear the theme song to Sofia the First!

All of my kids were thrilled to watch Sofia the First: The Enchanted Feast which is available now on DVD!


In Sofia the First: The Enchanted Feast, the wicked fairy, Miss Nettle, disguises herself as a powerful sorceress and attempts to steal Sofia’s magical amulet. With the help of Snow White—Sofia must learn to trust her instincts and speak up when she suspects someone is not who or what they say they are.

The DVD also comes with four additional episodes AND a free Enchanted Mirror – which I have to admit is so cool!

Sofia the First_The Enchanted Feast_10

Buy Sofia the First: The Enchanted Feast for your little Princess or Prince! The DVD is available now to buy!


Disclosure: I received the DVD for review purposes only. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 


Back to School Must-Have: Verizon Educational Tools #VZWBuzz




The new school year has started and Hayden is adjusting from going from half-day Kindergarten to full-day 1st grade. It’s always hard getting to know a new teacher but I’ve been so thrilled to know how much they embrace technology. Our school encourages students to bring in their own devices and have set the students up with accounts from Storia and XtraMath.

I love that there is so much technology out there available to help kids and I know Hayden learns so much better when technology is mixed in. I’m not one to shy away from technology – I think it can help kids and is the future of learning. By keeping technology away from kids, we are only hindering them! But, how do you know what apps are appropriate and helpful for your child? How do you know what a quality app is versus one that is just thrown up on the app store?

That is where Verizon Educational Tools comes in! Verizon has teamed up with leading education service providers to bring you some of the best educational apps for kids K-12 plus exclusive discounts on premium services like, Storia from Scholastic and more. No more searching through pages of the app store to find a good, educational app for your child – Verizon takes the guesswork out of it for you! 

Verizon Educational Tools

You can search for both age appropriate apps and videos for your child and filter by grade level or subject matter. When applicable, the apps and videos will align with Common Core, which is the standard in many schools including my son’s. There’s even sections for Special Education and Standardized Testing. If you’re wondering what an app or video is about, you can read the reviews and ratings from teachers and educational professionals.

Verizon Educational Tools Apps Chosen

I even love that they have a Creative Expression section. My son has a huge imagination and he loves anything creative. Here, he can find apps that encourage painting and drawing, music, photography, digital storytelling and more.

Verizon Educational Tools Creative Expression Apps

Hayden loves watching videos on the tablet and I’m thrilled to find educational videos that will supplement what he is learning in 1st grade. This video called “The Sentence Song” is so fun for him. I love that there is a Report Card for me to look over.

Verizon Educational Tools Video

Verizon Educational Tools was developed by Appolicious and each app is scored a number between zero and 100. Obviously, apps that are closer to 100 are ones that score higher with parents and educators. We have now found quite a few apps that both Hayden and I love. He’s learning on our Samsung Galaxy Tablet but having fun too!

Special Offers with Verizon Educational Tools

Download Verizon Educational Tools and you’ll have access to special offers and discounts like:

- 3 free issues of Parent & Child Magazine

- 10% off BrainPop subscription – an award-winning app

- 7 free e-books from Storia, an app from Scholastic

- 45 free minutes of tutoring from

- 60% off select titles from Copia, an e-reading platform to improve literacy

- Free content from TinyTap, an award-winning app

Download Verizon Educational Tools

Verizon Educational Tools is available from both the Google Play™ Store and the Apple® App Store. You can also add it through your My Verizon account. Verizon Educational Tools is available for $2 per month, per line but is currently FREE with The MORE Everything Plan.

I’d love to hear how you would use Verizon Educational Tools. Does your child use a tablet for school?


Disclosure: As member of a pretty cool team of influencers, I have received some great items from Verizon Wireless. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise positive feedback.  All opinions are my own.


DreamsWorks Press: Dragons App + iTunes Gift Card Giveaway




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.


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.


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

Watch the Trailer!

Buy the Dragons app!

Buy the Dragons app for $4.99 from iTunes!

Win It!

Enter to win a $25 iTunes Gift Card. 

US only. Please enter the Rafflecopter form below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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

Hot Shot on Ants

Get Rid of Unwanted Guests with Hot Shot® Insecticides #HotShot

Hot Shot on Ants

Tracking Pixel

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hot Shot® Insecticides.

Even though summer is winding down, the temperatures haven’t. It’s been over 100 degrees the last few days which means that we are staying inside. I recently cleaned out my fridge on one of those hot days and then put the trash outside under our carport in a trash can. Somehow, there must have been a crack in the trash can. Combine that with the heat and I happened upon something really gross when I walked outside.

Hot Shot on Ants

Yuck, right? There were ants EVERYWHERE on our driveway. I immediately had to run in and grab my Hot Shot® Ant & Roach Plus Germ Killer since it kills on contact and would keep them away too. I sprayed alongside the base of my house too because no way do I want bugs to feel like they are at home!

I washed off our car port and then when I checked the next day, there were no more ants on our car port. Stay away, little ants! The only ants that I want to see in my house are these Ants on a Log!


Summer is so bad for those unwanted guests but luckily Hot Shot® Insecticides is there to help my family out! 

Hot Shot Insecticides


Hiding Places Facebook Sweepstakes

Hot Shot Hiding Place

Do your kids have a secret hideout or maybe you have a reading or craft nook for yourself? Hot Shot® Insecticides wants to see the places where you like to hide. Take a photo and upload it on Facebook for a chance to win a weekly prize. The Grand Prize is to go hide somewhere glamorous and you’ll win a  $1,000 American Airlines® gift card, $1,000 Marriott Hotels® gift card and a $2,500 Visa® Gift Card to spend on your trip. Winners will be announced each week on Facebook, and notified by email.

Do you have a secret hiding place? How do you keep bugs out? 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hot Shot® Insecticides.


Watch the Trailer for “This is Where I Leave You” #TIWILY




Last night during the Emmy’s, I saw the trailer for This is Where I Leave You and I commented to my husband that we definitely need to go see it for an upcoming date night – it has a fantastic cast of characters!


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.


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.

Join the Book Club!


This Is Where I Leave You is based on the novel by Jonathan Tropper!

It’s always fun to read the book before the movie, right? Join Warner Bros. Pictures’ #TIWILY book discussion on the film’s Facebook page each Wednesday, and take part in the conversation for a chance to win signed movie posters and a trip to the premiere in Hollywood!

Watch the Trailer!

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!

Teacher's DIY Create Caddy

DIY Teacher’s Create Caddy

Teacher's DIY Create Caddy



This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Office Depot, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #inspirestudents

Hayden just started the 1st grade a few weeks ago and I can hardly believe it! So far, so good and he loves his classroom and his teacher. Since I know that teachers are always looking for items to add to their classrooms, I thought that Hayden and I would make a fun gift for his teacher to store some of her supplies – and get her some new supplies too, of course!

We headed to Office Max, which I must imagine is a teacher’s wonderland. There was so much that I wanted to get for myself, but I headed to the pen aisle to stock up on items like PaperMate, Sharpie and Uni-Ball products. These would be great for the fun craft that I had in mind. I also couldn’t resist picking up some Mr. Sketch markers – I loved these when I was a kid!

Office Max Supplies

I’ve mentioned before here on Sippy Cup Mom, that I like easy crafts and I promise this is an easy one! All of my supplies for this were picked up from Office Depot and my local craft store.

Teacher’s Create Caddy

Teacher's DIY Create Caddy

Supplies include:

– wooden crate

– chalkboard spray paint

– 4 mason jars

– chalk

– embellishments and/or ribbon {optional}

– supplies like Sharpies, PaperMate pens and Mr. Sketch markers

Teacher's Create Caddy Supplies

How to create:

Using chalkboard spray paint is super easy – EXCEPT that you have to make sure that it’s not too hot outside and that the humidity is under 85% or it won’t stick very well. Since the temperature around here has been over 100 degrees, I waited until about 9pm to go outside and spray the crate. It takes about 5 minutes and it dries in 15 minutes – or you can leave it to dry over night.

Once dry, simply place the mason jars inside the crate and fill with fun and necessary supplies like Mr. Sketch markers, PaperMate pens and Sharpie markers! Then, use chalk to write whatever you want on the crate! I wrote create since I love the idea of having a Create caddy. I’m already making one of these for my desk too.

Teacher's Create Caddy DIY

Markers from Above

Writing Utensils Teacher's Crate

I absolutely can’t wait for Hayden to bring this to his new teacher. I think she will love having these fabulous supplies in one place, right at her fingertips. All of it is such great quality too – just what teachers need!

If you’re looking to get organized at home or wanting to buy some supplies for your child’s teacher, head to Office Max or Office Depot where right now you can save $5 off your purchase of $20 or more on Select Newell Rubbermaid Brands which includes PaperMate, Expo Neon Window Markers, Sharpie, Uni-Ball, & Mr. Sketch.

Through August 30th, you’ll also be ale to score these deals – Select PaperMate Flair 4pk’s:  $4, Sharpie 12CT Asst Fine & Ultra Fine Asst: $6, Sharpie Dozen Box Black Fine & Ultra Fine: $6.

Plus, save even more by signing up for the Office Depot Rewards program!

Hayden Wonka Glasses

Wonkafy Your Desserts with Wonka Cupcakes and Peel-A-Pop Dessert!

Hayden Wonka Glasses



My son went back to school last week and he is still adjusting going from half-day Kindergarten to full-day first grade – I’m still adjusting too and I know his sisters miss him! He just finished his first full week, so I decided to have a fun, silly party to celebrate! Hayden is the silliest person I know, so I knew he would appreciate this celebration.

Hayden Wonka Glasses

Hayden just watched Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for the first time – and he loved it! I knew that he would love Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, so I planned that to be our Friday night family movie. What else do we need for such a fun night? Well, silly snacks of course!

I love making cupcakes, so I knew that I would have to make some fun, bright cupcakes and Wonkafy them somehow! I’ve read a lot about “Pinata Cupcakes” so what better to fill cupcakes with than Wonka candy? From Nerds to Gobstoppers and Spree, all of my favorite candy is from Wonka candy! These cupcakes are pretty easy to make too and will have your kids laughing!

Wonkafy Your Cupcakes

Willy Wonka Cupcakes - Wonkafy Your Cupcakes!

Cake Journal has a great tutorial and video on how to make Pinata Cupcakes – or as I’ll call them Wonka cupcakes! All you have to do is cut out the core of your cupcake, add Wonka candy and then place the cake back on top. Put icing on as normal and then serve to your kids! We had fun decorating the top of the cupcakes with Wonka candy like Nerds and Gobstoppers. The surprise inside that spilled out were Chewy Spree!

Wonka Surprise Cupcakes 2

Nerds Cupcakes

Gobstopper Cupcakes


Wonka Peel-A-Pop Dessert

Wonka Peel a Pop

This may be the silliest dessert yet, though! WONKA Peel-a-Pops are dessert pops that look and feel like a banana but in true WONKA form, you can actually eat the peel! My son was totally tricked – he had no idea this was ice cream at first!

Hayden and Peel a Pop

 Just a minute after opening the frozen creation, the peel becomes deliciously chewy as it peels back to reveal a creamy vanilla center. There’s two scrumdiddlyumptious flavors to choose from – Vanilla Banana and Vanilla Grape! At 70 calories per pop, this is a guilt-free summer treat for kids and the kids in all of us!

Hayden Peel a Pop

How fun are these desserts?!

When you’re in the mood for something silly, all you need to do is Wonkafy a recipe! What recipe will you Wonkafy? 


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


5 Things No One Told You About Becoming a Mom

5 Things No One Tells You About Becoming a Mom

5 Things No One Told You About Becoming a Mom

 Thank you to Poise for sponsoring this post and keeping me confident!

When I was pregnant with my son, I knew my life was going to change – big time. But there are a few things that no one tells you will happen once you become a Mom.

5 Things No One Told You About Becoming a Mom

1. You will learn how to eat fast. Like, really fast. Gone are the days of a leisurely dinner. From the beginning, you’re trying to scarf down a meal {when you remember} before the baby wakes up again and later, you’re trying to eat bites of your meal quickly in between taking care of your child and making sure that THEY eat.

Sometimes when I’m without my kids, I’ll still eat fast before I realize they aren’t with me.

2. You’ll be late. I used to pride myself on getting to events on time or a little early. Not anymore. I think I should just tell people to give me a time that is really 30 minutes early. Getting everything together to leave the house with one baby takes awhile, but 3 kids? No way I’ll be on time.

3. Going to Target for an hour will feel like a vacation. It’s true. I never would have thought that pre-kids but after a day with toddlers climbing all over you and not giving you any peace in the bathroom, walking around Target – taking your time! not hurrying! – will feel like you’re taking a leisurely vacation.

4. LBL. That would be Light Bladder Leakage. Yes, after having 3 kids, I sometimes suffer from LBL – tell me I’m not alone! Luckily, thanks to Poise Microliners with SAM {Super Absorbent Material}, you’ll be dry and comfortable even running around after your kids. Or sneezing. Poise Microliners are the thinnest liners in the light incontinence category and are designed to absorb wetness, neutralize odor and stay three times drier than period liners. {Psst…get a free sample from Poise!}

Poise Microliners

5. It’s all worth it. Okay, I’m sure you have heard this before. When people were trying to convince you to become pregnant or while you were miserable while pregnant, I’m sure people would tell you that it’s worth it in the end. But you don’t realize that until you’re holding that little one for the first time and gazing into their eyes. It’s all worth it.

What are some things you didn’t discover until after you became a Mom?


Check out these Back to School Products Featured on Great Day St. Louis!




This morning, I had the chance to appear on Great Day St. Louis to showcase some Back to School items you might not think about needing! Below are the items that I was able to feature!


Dabba Walla Bags

These bags are SO much fun and will be guaranteed to leave a smile on your child’s face! They are geared toward pre-school and early elementary aged children and come in bright, wholesome designs – no cartoon characters here!

The quality is amazing and they are very durable. Best of all, they are washable which is something you need with little ones!

Dabba Walla Bags retail for $40 for the bag and $26 and up for the lunch bag! Check them out at

Fairy Tales Lice Good-Bye Survival Kit

It’s not something you want to think about, but you wanted to be prepared for anything now that the new school year has started! The Fairy Tales Lice Good-Bye Survival Kit is everything you need to get rid of lice safely, effectively and naturally! The kit is pesticide-free and safe for repeated uses also.

It includes the Lice Goodbye natural lice treatment, the #1 metal Terminator Nit-Free removal comb, an Easy-Grip sectioning clip and Rosemary Repel Conditioning Spray.

The kit retails for $29.95 and Bed, Bath and Beyond and Ulta. You can also check it out and buy from

Spry Gem Mints

Lots of kids like to chew gum after lunch, but most schools don’t allow it. With Spry Gem Mints, not only do they freshen breath but they also improve oral health!

Spry Gem Mints are made with 100% xylitol, an all-natural, tooth-protecting substance/ Available in flavors like berry, cinnamon, peppermint and more, they retail for $1.99 for one pack or $11.94 for a 6 pack at

Kids Relief with Calming Effect Syrup

The new school year can bring on a lot of anxiousness and worries for kids. The Kids Relief with Calming Effect Syrup is an all-natural homeopathic product. It’s also good for kids that suffer from hyperactivity and restlessness.

The Kids Relief with Calming Effect Syrup is easy-to-administer and delivers fast-acting relief with no risk of overdose! It’s available at CVS locations nationwide, and retails for $6.99.

You can watch the segment below – let me know if you have any questions! 

old spice collage

We All Have Our Own #Combos4Success! But Red Crocs & White Socks?

old spice collage



I would say that my man is pretty normal. His fave food pairing-nachos and beer. He packs his sunblock and frisbee when he gets to take a longer lunch break from work. He likes to start his morning with coffee and almond milk. (He switched when I did a few months ago.) But for the last few months, I’ve noticed a rather interesting and persistent combo that I’m not sure I should even tell anyone about. Okay, fine… here it is: my man loves tall white socks and BRIGHT RED crocs! Now, he only does this in or around the house (although sometimes to the mailbox). But I’m pretty sure he knows that this is something better kept under wraps.

When this strange crocs-socks relationship came to my attention, I NEVER in a million years thought it was useful for anything besides the occasional loving harassment. But here I am, telling you about it. Annnnnd in case you need a visual, here he is, unabashedly having morning coffee in his stylin’ combo!

old spice 1

old spice 3

We all have our own favorite combos! They might be particularly delicious, make us feel successful or they just might make perfect sense to us personally. Did you know that 35% of guys ages 18-35 recently polled by Old Spice said that they could eat bacon and eggs forever if stranded on a desert island? Here are some of my other favorite findings:

OldSpice_Infographic_FINAL (1)

Old Spice has been a favorite for decades now! It might even be called the manliest grooming brand in this whole world! Layering is key. Old Spice anti-perspirant and deodorant, body wash + 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner is sure to make him smell amazing and fresh, while bringing out his inner stallion!

old spice collage

As you can see here even against the worst odds, you really can’t go wrong:

If you’d like to see a bit more of what Old Spice can do for you, check all the hilarious spots out on the Old Spice YouTube channel!

Now you need to get your man smelling all irresistible (even if he insists on wearing brightly colored man-clogs) with a coupon for Old Spice deodorant + body wash and other products at:! Hurry! Coupons expire 9/30/14!

Old Spice is social! Check them out on:

This post was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Old Spice. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.