Monday, October 20, 2014

Mom, We're Home, Can We Have a Snack?

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Jif To Go Dippers. I received a sample to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating.

"Hey Mom, we're home, can we have a snack?"

That's often the first phrase I hear when my kids get home from school. They all eat lunch so early that by the time they're home, they're hungry.
So as a parent, of course I want to give them a little something that's easy but healthy that won't ruin their dinner appetites. Sometimes that's a banana, crackers, or applesauce, but recently they've found a new favorite- Jif To Go Dippers. The kids like them because, well, they taste good! And I like them because they're perfectly portioned, convenient, and they're packaged in either pretzels and creamy peanut butter or pretzels and chocolate silk (my favorite).

Friday, October 17, 2014

Caption This! Another Round of What the Hecka- Thrift Store Finds

As you may have seen from previous installments of What the Hecka thrift store finds, I enjoy getting a good laugh out of the most random, funny, weird, and occasionally creepy thrift shop or yard sale finds. If you're a thrifter, then you know there's some crazy out there.

I've had these pics uploaded for a while, but alas I'm at a loss for captions because some of them, well, I'm speechless. I will let it be known that I found the two donkeys at two completely different locations on separate days. Strange folks, I tell ya.

So friends I challenge you to a round of Caption This...

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Animal Trackers Club- A Subscription Box Kids Love!


I've tried and enjoyed many different subscription boxes over the years, and a few specifically for the kids. The Animal Trackers Club is the newest one that my kiddos have tried, and my youngest son Isaac really thought was great! 

Like most other subscription boxes, The Animal Trackers Club offers a monthly subscription program designed for youngsters in the pre-reader to beginning reader range. My six year old was able to read all of the materials included. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

How You Can Help Dogs in Need #PedigreeGives

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Did you know October is Pet Adoption Month?
Have you ever wanted to adopt a dog, or maybe you have already?

We have two huge Great Danes- Thor and Harley. Thor is our rescue, when we adopted him we honestly weren't even looking to add a dog to our household. But, when we found out his owner could not longer keep him, we knew our home would be the perfect place. Unlike many rescued dogs in need, Thor was well loved but due to difficult circumstances, his owner simply wasn't in a place to care for him the way they wanted to. 
We're a big family and we had a lot of love to share with this big guy. So, from Louisiana to Florida he came, and right away he was a perfect fit.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

A Lady at Willowgrove Hall by Sarah E. Ladd {Weekend Reads}

Is that cover not beautiful?
It captured me and drew me in, and just looking at it made me want to find out what A Lady at Willowgrove Hall by Sarah E. Ladd was about. However, because this is the third novel in the Whispers on the Moors series, and I've read the first two, I already knew this was a story I wanted to dive into. It's a classic story- boy meets girl, and because of their pasts they don't think they can be together. But this historic Christian romance, set in regency England, crafts a beautiful tale with twists and turns along the way, making it unique and lovable.

#tbt When We Said Goodbye to Summer- Busch Gardens, Tampa

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With Fall upon us, we're in the thick of school, fall sports, high school band, not to mention that Christmas is just around the corner. I wanted to throw back my Thursday and remember our last adventure this summer before school started back- a family trip to Busch Gardens, Tampa.

What a great time we had! Other than my husband who visited when he was just a kid, it was a first time experience for the family. My oldest son Benjamin and I are roller coaster enthusiasts, and my third grader Josh is turning out to be one himself. The rest of the crew are all hit or miss, they like some big rides but not others. Busch Gardens worked out perfectly for the family because there is something for everyone.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

We Have Heroic Habits, Do You?

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for LISTERINE. I received samples for this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating. #MC

Heroes have to take care of their teeth too!
That's one of lines we've used to motivate our kids into taking care of their teeth over the years.

We've had a bit of an interesting ride with oral care and our young ones since the day the first baby tooth popped out about seventeen years ago. While we've been adament about brushing regularly and having their teeth cleaned twice a year at a dentist, we've still had a few cavities over the years. Out of the five kiddos, my daughter has never had one cavity but did have her wisdom teeth out last year. My sons have been another story entirely. It seems that our regular routine of brush at night and in the mornings wasn't enough to keep cavities at bay. After my now teenage son had his first cavity in kindergarten, my husband and I knew we needed to step up our game, not to say that has always been an easy thing to do.

Sometimes it seemed like trying to floss a toddlers teeth was equivalent to bathing a cat. And mouth rinse on a first grader? Not likely if it burns their mouth.
Thus, needing oral care products that work well and make life a little easier had to be of the utmost importance. I wish back then I'd have been able to use the same new LISTERINE products with my older kids that my younger ones can now use.

Friday, October 3, 2014

{Shine a Light on Reading} Our Diary of a Wimpy Kid Reading Party Night!

What do you get when you mix a living room tent made from pillows and blankets, a favorite book series, fun party food, reading by flashlight, some genuine quality time, and a few kids in pajamas? A recipe for a memorable reading party night, that's what.
I found some fantastic reading party ideas at the Scholastic website and decided I would set aside an evening with my two youngest boys Joshua and Isaac and put together a Diary of a Wimpy Kid themed reading party (since that's their current favorite book series).

Scholastic offers free inspirational materials to encourage valuable reading and family time together this Fall and Winter such as printable activities, book lists, tips for raising a reader and even a free Scholastic book offer at Scholastic and EVEREADY® are teaming up to help parents shine a light on reading, even in the dark under an indoor tent like we did!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes Game- Inspiring Fun and Creativity! #InfinityHeroes

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My boys love their superheroes! When we first heard that a new 2.0 version of Disney Infinity Games was coming out featuring their favorite MARVEL characters, of course they wanted it. We already have the first version of Disney Infinity, so I wasn't 100% sure if we needed the new set or not. But you know how convincing kids can be, and so I decided we'd give it a try. Needless to say, they were happy little campers. I think my older teenage sons were just as excited about receiving the game, but of course being cool teens, they didn't vocalize it quite as much as the younger two. There has, however, been a lot of volunteering to "help" their little brothers with their Disney Infinity game, but they're not fooling me. My big boys are superhero fans through and through, and we all know you're never too old for Disney! 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

If You Could Travel Anywhere, Where Would You Go? #GetGoing

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Jif To Go Dippers. I received a sample to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating.

Over the years, my family has been blessed to travel together a lot, both within the US and beyond it's borders. The best place we've all traveled together has been to Melbourne, Australia. We've actually been there twice, and have loved every minute of it. The kids talk about going back all the time, and I pray that we will be able to in the future.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? From August 20 through October 1, 2014, Jif To Go® is celebrating life on-the-go by asking fans to share a picture of how they get going in the #GetGoing photo promotion. Fans can enter each week for a chance to win $1,000 to use for their next adventure.
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