Saturday, October 3, 2015

Get Your Swag On With Pampers Cruisers #SagToSwag

This post was made possible by iConnect: Influencer Management and Pampers. I was compensated for my time, but all opinions are 100% mine.

There is no doubt that we are HUGE fans of Pampers and have been for years. As a matter of fact it's the only diaper that I would actually go out and buy. I remember when my son Kyle, age 14 soon to be 15, was born, my friends went out and bought another popular brand of diapers for me.  We originally started using Pampers from day 1 because it was what was used at the hospital, but my friends swear that the other brand was just as good, or even better. Well I didn't have such good results with it, not at all. He would go to bed at night and when he woke up in the morning his diaper was wet as I expected it to be, but what I didn't expect was to see a gel like substance on his tush. This didn't just happen once but over and over again. Granted to say that I gave the rest of the diapers away and switched back to Pampers and have never looked back.

10 Photos That Will Make You Want to Attend Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

We love Disney World there's no doubt about it. We actually just celebrated our summer vacation there and had a blast. There is also no doubt that Walt Disney World knows how to throw an epic party and their Halloween party is no exception. They've been doing it year after year for quite some time now and this holiday season they have twenty Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties on the books. Here are ten photos that just might persuade you to attend this event in Magic Kingdom this year.

Kohls Cares This Christmas with Nancy Tillman

We have been working along with the Kohl's Cares team for quite some time now so while I was surprised to see a box on my doorstep on my arrival home one day, it was no shock that we got it. I'm not only a huge fan of Kohl's but also of their Kohl's Cares program. They say charity begins at home and this is one charity that we give to every time a collection comes out. This Christmas season the collection is one that I was very excited about. Why? It features one of our favorite artists. I remember when Madison was born, one of the very first book I bought her, along with Goodnight Moon, was On the Night You Were born by none other than author/illustrator Nancy Tillman. If only you could have seen our excitement when it was announced that her books were going to be featured. From now through December at Kohl's stores nationwide and on you can find 4 of her cherished books, including one that was recently released along with their coordinating soft plushes. Each Kohl's Cares item is priced at just $5, with 100% of the net profit supporting children's health and education initiative nationwide. They make not just great stocking stuffers but can also be gift wrapped and placed right under the tree.

Fall Back to School Tips for Kids of All Ages - #FallBackToSchool

It’s crazy to think that the kids are back in school already and have been for some time. My kids have actually been back since the middle of August. I know many of you are like me and have kids in several different grades, so traditional back to school tips don’t work for us. We've teamed up with Follett, a leading provider of education technology, services and print and digital content, who've launched a #FallBackToSchool campaign focused on how parents and children can prepare to head back to school. So today I wanted to share some of my best back to school tips for kids of all ages.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Enjoy a Vanilla Banana Strawberry Smoothie #AStockUpSale #Safeway

This shop has been compensated by Albertsons. All opinions are mine alone. #AStockUpSale #Safeway #CollectiveBias

Schools are fully in session and I can't believe how much the kids eat. Not only do they eat breakfast at home but they also eat lunch in school, get snacks and then come home and eat and eat and eat again. With 3 kids at home and one currently in college I always have to keep my pantry well stocked. My eldest comes home every other weekend from college and when she leaves some of my food supply leaves with her. With the boys who are very active in sports they also need to keep their energy level up. My pre-schooler Madison is currently in daycare and she also need to have a few snacks for her "busy" day. Just recently I went to my local Safeway and boy was I surprised at the amazing sales that they were having. What better way to stock up my pantry than with a Stock Up Sale?

Make Your Own Pumpkin Pie Spice

It's pumpkin everything season. Seems like everywhere you go you just can't miss the smell of pumpkins or even see a pumpkin. They're in the neighbors yard, at the grocery store, they're just everywhere. It seems like October just seems to scream "Bring On The Pumpkins!'. In just about a week we will also be heading out to a pumpkin patch as well, yes you got it, even more pumpkins. Now that's just where the pumpkin frenzy begins but it can be so much fun. Well in honor of pumpkin month as I like to call it, today we want to share with you our own homemade recipe for Pumpkin Pie Spice. We know you just love those pumpkin spice lattes, and now you can make them in the comfort of your own home without running out to that expensive coffee store to get one. Trust me I know, I have a gold card for them too but there's nothing like making your very own. So without further ado, our Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice.

Here is what you'll need:

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Must-Have Gear for Kids Heading to College

Just a year ago my oldest set off for college and what an emotional roller coaster it was. She was going to live on campus and there was so much that was needed. We're talking everything that you will need when you're living on your own for the very first time. While you can possibly find everything you need at your local Ikea or Target there are a few essentials that I would recommend. After all you want to make sure that you kids have everything they need to succeed in school and not just books. After all a hungry teenager is no good when it comes time for studying. So I've put together a must-have gear for college kids that I think you will need.