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Summer Memories Spent by the Pool

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I’m raising my family in the same neighborhood where I grew up, in fact, the same exact house. With all the nostalgia that comes with raising your kids in the same house where you grew nothing draws out the soft summer memories like taking my kids to our community pool.

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I spent many hours at our community pool hanging with friends, swimming on the swim team and serving as a lifeguard. Most of my fondest summer memories were made at that swimming pool, the same pool where my kids now hang out with their friends and swim on the same swim team.

I’ve taught my boys to swim in this pool and cheered them on during swim races. We’ve spent long summer nights eating pizza and ice cream beside the pool. Taking my boys to our community pool is like a refreshing trip back in time reminding me that the simplest times can produce meaningful lifelong impact.

Scotties Tissues wants to know what are some of your favorite past or present soft summer moments?

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One lucky reader will win a $25 Amazon Gift Card and a care pack of Scotties Tissues. Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Giveaway Ends 8/18/16.

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Giveaway ends on August 18, 2016. The winner to be chosen at random. Winner will be notified by email and has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. See giveaway rules for more information.

The information, products, gift card, and giveaway have been provided to me by Scotties Tissues.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

How I freshen up after a workout

I try to work out 3 times a week. Sometimes I go to the gym, sometimes I head outside. Exercise helps me maintain the energy and strength I need to keep up with my 4 busy boys. However, I don’t always have time to take a shower immediately after my workout. (Busy boys and all) So I have a little refresh routine I do after I exercise until I can take a shower, just to keep myself moderately clean.

I typically wipe away my sweat… I mean glow, then I wash my face and down below with Summer’s Eve Cleansing Cloths. I really dig these Summer’s Eve Cleansing Cloths, they are individually wrapped so I can just pop one in my gym bag or purse. It’s a simple and easy way to feel fresh when you time doesn’t permit a shower.

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Summer’s Eve products are formulated for us ladies. They helps maintain a healthy pH and are clinically and gynecologist tested for safety. The gentle formulas won’t irritate sensitive skin and they are alcohol-free and hypoallergenic.

This summer has been ridiculously hot so I rely on Summer’s Eve to help keep me fresh and clean. Check out some of their other great products!

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Summer’s Eve Products

Summer’s Eve® Cleansing Cloths

  • Perfect to toss in your purse or packet – wherever you’re on the go
  • Available in scents Island Splash®, Sheer Floral®, Simply Sensitive, 16 and 32-count packs
  • Perfectly complements Summer’s Eve® Cleansing Wash, Summer’s Eve Night-time Wash and Cleansing Cloths, and Summer’s Eve® Freshening Spray

Summer’s Eve® Cleansing Wash

  • Available in scents Simply Sensitive, Delicate Blossom®, Morning Paradise®, and Island Splash®, 9 oz. and 15 oz.
  • Perfectly complements Summer’s Eve® Cleansing Cloths, Summer’s Eve Night-time Wash and Cleansing Cloths, and Summer’s Eve® Freshening Spray

Summer’s Eve® Night-time Cleansing Cloths

  • Helps keep you fresher for longer
  • Perfect for a touch-up or before getting into bed
  • Soft pack is great for stashing in your nightstand
  • Perfectly complements Summer’s Eve Lavender Night-time Cleansing Wash and Summer’s Eve® Night-time Cleansing Bar

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One lucky reader will win a Summer’s Eve product bundle, containing one (1) pack of Summer’s Eve® Cleansing Cloths in Sheer Floral (16 count, individually packaged), one (1) Summer’s Eve® Cleansing Wash in Aloe (15 oz.), one (1) Summer’s Eve® Cleansing Wash in Sensitive Wash (9 oz.) and one (1) pack of Summer’s Eve® Night-time Cleansing Cloths (32-count soft pack).

Use Rafflecopter form below. Ends 8/13/16

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Giveaway ends on August 14, 2016. The winner to be chosen at random. Winner will be notified by email and has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. See giveaway rules for more information.

The information, products, gift card, and giveaway have been provided to me by Summer’s Eve®.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

A Peek at the New LeapStart from LeapFrog

We received the new LeapStart from Leapfrog a few weeks ago. The boys have loved playing with the new interactive learning system.

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The LeapStart helps building key skills and challenge kids to get ready for their next step in learning.  The system works with a library of replayable activity books with variety of content for preschool through 1st grade. Kids ages 2-7 will enjoying playing with the LeapStart while simultaneously developing life skills.

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My boys immediately figured out how to use the stylus to navigate the pages of the books. Each book is packed with over 30 activities from games, jokes, songs and more. I really love that there are book designed for different ages and abilities. All of my boys can have their own books that challenge them but are still easy enough for them to use on their own. I love watching them get excited about learning their ABCs, logic, fractions and more. LeapFrog always makes learning fun and encourages a love of learning in children.

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The LeapStart interactive learning system is portable and easy for little hands to carry around with a built in handle, attached stylus and separate activity books. It requires two AA batteries, not included.

The LeapStart will so be available in stores to purchase for $39.99. Additional books are sold separately for $12.99 Screen Shot 2016-07-19 at 1.14.35 PM GIVEAWAY
One lucky reader will in a LeapStart from LeapFrog. (US Residents Only). Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Giveaway Ends 8/2/16

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Giveaway ends on August 2, 2016. The winner to be chosen at random. Winner will be notified by email and has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. See giveaway rules for more information.

The information, product and additional gift pack have been provided by LeapFrog.

Babiator Sunglasses

Everyday at the Pool: Babiators + A GIVEAWAY!

This summer we’ll be spending our days at the pool. Like all day, everyday. It’s hot and the neighborhood pool is our favorite summer spot to cool down. Sun safety is super important since we spend so much time outdoors so durable and safe sunglasses are a must. But style is also important, these boys have good taste so we love our new Babiators.

 

Photo Jun 05, 12 59 47 PM Photo Jun 05, 12 59 25 PM Babiators are safe, durable and awesome sunglasses. Babiators feature flexible rubber frames and shatter-resistant lenses that won’t break when you bend, twist, or step on them. (This is a must have in a house of 4 active boys!) Not only are these fun, stylish sunglasses the coolest around, they offer 100% UVA and UVB protection and are backed by Babiators’ signature Lost & Found Guarantee™ – if you lose or break your shades within one year of purchase, Babiators will replace them for free!

Weather we’re at the pool, playing in the sand at the beach or just hanging out in our backyard we will have our Babiators. Children have sensitive eyes and need real protection to keep their eyes safe from UV damage.

GIVEAWAY
One lucky reader will win a pair of Babiator sunglasses in the color of their choice. Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Giveaway ends 6/17/16

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Giveaway ends on June 17, 2016. The winner to be chosen at random. Winner will be notified by email and has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. See giveaway rules for more information.

The information, product and additional gift pack have been provided by Babiators.

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Save Money, Earn Money when you buy diapers + A GIVEAWAY

I’ve bought a lot of diapers over the past 7+ years of motherhood. I wouldn’t even begin to speculate on how much money I’ve spent buying different brands of diapers. But I’ll tell you this, spending more money on diapers doesn’t make them any better. Disposable diapers should be affordable yet still provide ultra leak protection.

LUVS diapers are designed to contour baby’s body for a great fit, and have a cottony material that feels soft and gentle on baby’s skin. They have large refastenable stretch tabs that ensure a secure, snug fit. Plus, the Leak Barrier Leg Gathers and a Leakguard Core keep leaks in the diaper where they belong. Not to mention LUVS are very affordable. Plus they offer the Luvs Money Back Guarantee: If you aren’t satisfied with the leakage protection of Luvs, they’ll refund your money!

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SAVE
LUVS is offering opportunities to save on diapers this month with a $2 print-at-home coupon offer.

Visit http://www.coupons.com/brands/luvs-coupons/ to access a Luvs coupon of $2 off any one diaper pack. Print the coupon at home and use it at any mass, discount or grocery stores where Luvs Diapers are sold.

*The print-at-home coupon can be used at mass, discount or grocery stores where Luvs diapers are sold. It will be available for printing from the website until 6/30/16, and the expiration date is 7/31/16.

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EARN
In partnership with Ibotta, Luvs is also offering a limited-time $3 rebate on any boxed variety of Luvs Diapers, 54ct. box or larger.

Step 1: Sign up for Ibotta and Download the free Ibotta app, available on iOS and Android.

Step 2: search “Luvs” to unlock an exclusive $3 rebate

Step 3: Go shopping for your Luvs Diapers at any participating store

Step 4: Verify your purchases by scanning product barcodes and submitting a photo of your receipt.

Step 5: Save money and earn cash back! Your $3 cash back rebate will be deposited into your Ibotta account within 48 hours.

*This rebate only includes Luvs Boxes, 54 ct. or larger. The rebate excludes Luvs Bags, 48 ct. or smaller.

So go buy some diapers. Save Money. Earn Money. But remember, this is a limited-time offer. Once you unlock the rebate, you can see the exact date of the rebate expiration. In order to qualify for the rebate, you must submit your receipt before the rebate expiration.

GIVEAWAY
One lucky reader will win a $100 American Express Gift Card. Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Giveaway Ends 6/10/16.

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Giveaway ends on June 10, 2016. The winner to be chosen at random. Winner will be notified by email and has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. See giveaway rules for more information.

This review and giveaway was made possible by iConnect and Luvs.  I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine.

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Surviving Spring Allergies with Scotties

Every Spring my allergies act up. My eyes water, my nose runs and the sneezing is out of control. I’m not totally sure what type of plant or pollen triggers my symptoms but one day I’ll be fine and the next day I’m in allergy hell.

When spring approaches I always keep tissues around the house because I never know when my allergies will strike. They’re like little pollen ninjas that quietly and unpredictably attack my nose. Sneaky little buggers. (See what I did there?)

I keep of box of Scotties Tissues beside my bed, in the den and even in the car. There’s nothing worse than having a runny nose and no tissue around. And it’s not just me that uses all of the tissues, the kids get runny noses too. Joe calls them snotterfalls, just a constant flow of snot. It’s gross but it’s part of being a parent I guess.

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Scotties Tissues offers a variety of tissue options for every nose. 2-ply, 3-ply or aloe they’ve got your nose covered. All Scotties products are made in the USA by Irving Tissue, Inc., a family owned company committed to operating in an environmentally sustainable and socially responsible manner. Did you know Irving Tree has a Tree Planting Promise, “WE plant three trees for every one we use to produce Scotties products”

So not only are my tissues helping me survive allergy season but they are helping our forests survive as well.

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One lucky reader will win a Scotties Carepack and a $25 gift card. Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Giveaway Ends 5/30/16

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Giveaway ends on May 30, 2016. The winner to be chosen at random. Winner will be notified by email and has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. See giveaway rules for more information.

Sesame Street Live comes to Raleigh, NC – GIVEAWAY

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Sesame Street Live is coming back to the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC  – June 3-5

Hosted by two live performers, Sesame Street Live “Let’s Dance!” offers an up-close, interactive experience that includes dance parties. Elmo uses his imagination to ‘Do the Robot,’ Cookie teaches all ‘feets’ to dance, and Ernie shares the fun of dance with the Sesame Street favorite “Shake Your Head One Time.” Favorite friends join the audience on the floor – dancing with fans, not just for them. It’s Sesame Street Live like you’ve never experienced it before!

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One lucky reader will win 4 tickets for one of the upcoming Sesame Street Live performances at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC. Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Ends 5/17/16.

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Giveaway ends on May 17, 2016. The winner will be chosen using random.org and announced on this post. Winner to be chosen at random. Winner will be notified by email and has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. See giveaway rules for more information.

    • Friday, June 3, 2016 @ 10:30 AM
    • Saturday, June 4, 2016 @ 10:30 AM
    • Saturday, June 4, 2016 @ 2:00 PM
    • Sunday, June 5, 2016 @ 2:00 PM

TicketsTickets can be purchased online at ThePNCArena.com, the PNC Arena Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 1.800.745.3000.
$18, $25, $35 – Gold Circle Seats
$62 – Sunny Seats
*Ticket prices include a 6.75% sales tax.

All children 1-year and older are required to have a ticket for entry.

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Cars and Vans: $15

Disclosure: I received free media passes to list and review this show . The opinions expressed in this post are my own and not influenced by the company.

Perfecting the Picnic

Almost weekly I take the boys for a picnic. Unless the weather is horrible we find a way to eat outside. When we’re out exploring we don’t want to stop just to go get lunch somewhere so packing a picnic lunch is a great way to extend our outings.

I have some go-to picnic items that I almost always pack but every once in awhile it’s nice to switch things up. My go to list looks something like this:

  • PB&J Sandwiches
  • Apples
  • Squeeze Yogurt
  • Crackers
  • Cereal Bars
  • Carrots
  • Water Bottles

It’s not terribly exciting but it gets the job done. I pack all the food in one cooler and each person gets their own water bottle. I also keep a picnic blanket in the back of the van so there is very little prep time needed when throwing together our weekly picnic.

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Recently, we decided to switch things up and add some fun new items to our weekly picnic. Here are some of the fun treats we added:

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Go Organically Fruit Snacks are USDA-certified organic, made with real fruit purées and real fruit juices. These tasty smart and delicious treats include 100% of the daily recommended value of Vitamin C and are an excellent source of Vitamins A and E. Fruit snacks are always a hit and I love that they are mad from organic fruits!

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AquaBall, the sugar-free, naturally flavored water is perfect for a parent looking for a healthier alternative to all of those sugary kids drinks. Available in four flavors, Fruit Punch, Orange, Berry Frost and Grape, AquaBall features fan favorite characters from Disney’s Frozen, Disney Princesses, Marvel Avengers, and Disney Classic Characters. The boys thought these were amazing. Not only is the packaging fun but the flavored drinks were a special treat for my boys.

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Viki’s Granola, GLUTEN-FREE, and made with 100% ALL NATURAL ingredients. Available in five flavors at retailers nationwide, available in snack-size packs too, Viki’s is the perfect addition to add to your picnic basket! Available in Original, Blueberry Almond, Maple Cranberry, (NEW!) Banana Walnut & (NEW!) Apple Cinnamon. I like adding this granola to my morning yogurt along with some fresh strawberries.

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And finally a little treat for mom and dad (I guess kids too). Bauli Mini Croissants are sure to turn your picnic Parisian with their delightful, light taste. These mini treats are made in a REAL oven with no preservatives and naturally leavened dough and are available in two delicious flavor fillings: chocolate and vanilla custard. At just 50 calories a pop, these snacks are guilt-free and made for sharing…although you might not want to!

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One lucky reader will win a Perfect Picnic Gift Set. Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Giveaway Ends 5/13/16. US Residents Only.
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I was provided a featured products free of charge but all opinions are 100% mine.