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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.

CONNECT
Follow @Scottiestissues on Twitter
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BUY
Scotties Tissues are now available on Amazon.

GIVEAWAY
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!

GIVEAWAY

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.

Parking
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!

GIVEAWAY
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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Giveaway ends on May 13, 2016. The winner will be chosen using random.org and announced on this post. Entrants must be 18 or older. US Residents Only. 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.

I was provided a featured products free of charge but all opinions are 100% mine.

Fighting off Spring Cold Season

The boys (including Joe) have developed mild colds. I always hate when they get sick in the spring. The weather is so gorgeous and we love to spend as much time outside as possible but sick little boys need to rest.

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Sick days are never any fun but we try to make the most of it. We buy special drinks and snacks to make sure everyone gets all the water and nutrition needed to help their bodies heal. We stay in our most comfortable pajamas and watch movies while snuggling on the couch under a pile of fluffy blankets. We may not feel well but we try to make sick days as bearable as possible. In addition to getting lots of rest, hydration and good food we also use some great over the counter medicines to help alleviate their cold symptoms.

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For all their aches and fevers I use Children’s Advil. Children’s Advil is a favorite because it comes in several great-tasting flavors, including: Sugar-free Dye-free Berry, Bubble Gum, Grape, Blue Raspberry, Fruit and Dye-Free White Grape flavors. There’s also Infants’ Advil White Grape, which provides unsurpassed fever relief with a syringe for easy dosing for children 6-23 months.

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Coughing and congestion always seems to be worse at night so we use Children’s Robitussin DM Day/Night Pack (Children’s Robitussin® Cough & Chest Congestion and Children’s Robitussin Nighttime Cough). The non-drowsy daytime formula helps break up chest congestion, while the long-acting nighttime formula relieves coughs and runny noses to help kids get the rest they need.

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During the day we also like  Children’s Dimetapp® Cold & Cough because it tackles a child’s most bothersome stuffy and runny noses, all while working to relieve cough.

*It is important to remember to always read and keep the cartons for complete warnings and dosing information on Pfizer Pediatric Platform products and to use as directed

To learn more about Pfizer Pediatric products visit SickJustGotReal.com or Sick Just Got Real on Facebook.

I’m glad we have some great product on hand to help us battle this yucky springtime colds.

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Pfizer Products are available at Target.com

GIVEAWAY
One lucky reader will win a Pfizer Pediatric Gift Set. Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Giveaway Ends 5/11/16. US Residents Only.

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Giveaway ends on May 11, 2016. The winner will be chosen using random.org and announced on this post. Entrants must be 18 or older. US Residents Only. 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 Pfizer Pediatric Platform products, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. All thoughts and reviews are my own.

The 1 Piece of Apparel Nursing Moms Need

I’m currently breastfeeding baby #4. I have tried so many different products for breastfeeding moms but I haven’t even scratched the surface of what is out there. There are so many wonderful products for nursing mamas but one item stands out for me. The Undercover Mama nursing shirt.

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I have 5 Undercover Mama nursing shirts and I LOVE them. I can wear my regular nursing bra with a regular shirt but still feel comfortable while nursing my baby. The Undercover Mama simply attaches to your bra so it makes any nursing bra a nursing tank. This is great news for mamas who need more support than a built-in shelf nursing bra can offer.

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The Undercover Mama keeps your mid section covered as you lift up your shirt to nurse. I know a lot of moms are self conscious of their post-baby belly and this is a great way to remain covered but also feed your baby when needed. It’s also great to have on when it’s cold. Just today I nursed my baby while my boys played at the park. It was a little chilly and I was very happy to have on my Undercover Mama so I didn’t have a drafty midsection.

How it works:

Buy
You can purchase an Undercover Mama nursing shirt on Amazon, prices start at $24.94

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Giveaway
One lucky reader will win an Undercover Mama Basic Essentials shirt. Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Giveaway Ends 12/20/15

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Giveaway ends on December 20, 2015. The winner will be chosen using random.org and announced on this post. Entrants must be 18 or older. 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.

I was provided a featured product free of charge but all opinions are 100% mine.