Help Kids in Your Community by Donating to Champions for Kids Bins #SnacksforStudents

Champions for Kids Snacks for Students Flyer

**Full Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Champions for Kids, but my passion for helping is real.  General program information, photos and resources were provided by the coordinator for this campaign.  All opinions are my own.  I am so thrilled to be part of this Champions for Kids campaign - Snacks for Students.  The initiative supports local kids and provides them with nourishment they need.  I was asked to find and work with a local non-profit organization to help children in our area.  I've teamed up with my kids' elementary school and everything collected will go to a program called Blessings in a Backpack (a program that provides breakfast, snacks and lunch to kids who wouldn't have food over the weekend). As of today, there isn't a bin at either entrance of my Walmart, but I have seen other displays around the store. I was sent a $100 Walmart gift card to purchase donations for my organization so I picked up lots of goodies!  After I paid for the snacks, I … [Continue]

Ubisoft Hasbro Game Night: Trivial Pursuit for the Xbox One #HasbroGameChannel

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I told you a few weeks ago, but we are a game-loving family!  At least twice a week I make sure we have time for 30 minutes of games before the kids go to bed.  We are pretty competitive, so Trivial Pursuit on the Hasbro Game Channel is great for feeding our desire to beat each other! TRIVIAL PURSUIT Live! - Trivia fans can test their wits in this new take on the world's most well-known trivia game.  TRIVIAL PURSUIT Live! transforms the classic experience into a TV-show setting with reinvented question formats, customizable game lengths and a variety of game rounds and rules to keep players guessing. I love that Trivial Pursuit has questions in each category that encompass a range of topics - everything from historical events to modern movies and music to sports (Which colors can be karate belt colors?).  And because there is such an assortment of questions, my boys (and I) are learning while we play - and learning is something I am all for! Colin teams with Daddy when we … [Continue]

Sour Cream Brownies with an M&M’s® Crispy Crust #ad #CrispyIsBack

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**Full Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CrispyIsBack #CollectiveBias I was at Wal-Mart a few weeks ago and saw beautiful little bright green packages of M&M's® Crispy near the checkout lanes.  I picked up two and thought I'd give them a try.  I was instantly hooked!!  Now I cannot go into Wal-Mart without buying at least two more individual packages of M&M's® Crispy! M&M's® Crispy can … [Continue]

YourGymGF – Where Support Creates Strength

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About YourGymGF:  YourGymGF is a social media app where you can create or join your own private forum to enhance accountability and communication between fitness groups, friends, colleagues, or teammates. YourGymGF is a place where any goal is possible and motivation is endless - and where support creates strength!  Research shows people are more successful at reaching their fitness and nutrition goals with group support.  Create or join your own private forum to enhance accountability and … [Continue]

Kids in the Kitchen: Easy At-Home Sub Sandwiches

Easy At-Home Sub Sandwiches |

My family likes sandwiches but we don't eat them very often.  Several months ago, I bought the ingredients I needed to make an easy at-home sub sandwich - it was a huge hit!! 5.0 from 2 reviews Print Kids in the Kitchen: Easy At-Home Sub Sandwiches Author: Sara Phillips   Ingredients 1 loaf French bread ⅓ pound deli meat (I used honey ham) ⅓ pound deli meat (I used mesquite turkey) 10 slices cheese (I used Gouda) Optional: lettuce, olives, tomatoes, … [Continue]

Urbini Dream Nursery Contest #IC #UrbiniDreamNursery

Urbini Dream Nursery

**Full Disclosure:  I participated in a Blog Blast Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Urbini.  I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. When I was pregnant with James, I scoured every store and website for the perfect crib and nursery furniture.  It wasn't as easy as I thought it would be because if I liked something it was out of the budget.  I did finally settle on a great wooden crib - but nothing as beautiful as the choices Urbini … [Continue]

Family Christian is having a 1-Day Sale!

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**Full Disclosure: I received a promotional item in exchange for this post.  All opinions are my own. My kids enjoy walking through Family Christian and picking out books, CDs, etc. to add to their collections.  I like that they want to continue to grow their knowledge base! Some of my kids' favorites include: Abraham Trusts God Daniel and the Lions Go, Jonah, Go Kids' Guide to the 50 States: History, Geography, Fun Facts, and More--All from a Christian Perspective Fun Bible … [Continue]

Quaker Popped Chicken: a Gluten-Free Dinner #GFWalmart

Gluten Free Quaker Popped Chicken |

**Full Disclosure: Thank you to Sverve and Walmart for sponsoring this post.  Recipes & opinions are my own. I am so lucky that I don't have to follow a Gluten-Free diet.  I still try to be pretty aware of what I am eating and how those foods effect me.  I've read things that say wheat isn't fully digested by humans, so I've started to serve it less in my home.  Serving my family a gluten-free option once a week works for us - so this week I am trying something new with my Quaker … [Continue]

Chef Boyardee on Rollback at Walmart #ad #LowPriceMeals

Chef Boyardee on Rollback at Walmart #LowPriceMeals #ad

**Full Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #LowPriceMeals #CollectiveBias With winter almost behind us, I am looking for easy, scrumptious meals for my family.  Less time in the kitchen means more time for other fun activities like going to the park, playing frisbee or riding bikes.  Now through March 16, 2015, each 14.5-15 oz can of Chef Boyardee is on rollback at Walmart for only $0.75.  Chef Boyardee … [Continue]

Reaching my goals by supporting my immune system with Ester-C #ad #24HourEsterC

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**Full Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias and its Advertiser.  All thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone and should not be construed as medical advice.  #24HourEsterC #CollectiveBias I don’t usually make big resolutions because I can’t stick with them.  Instead, I make small, easily attainable goals that I can stick to.  This year, I have three goals: 1) say ‘yes’ to my kids more often, 2) increase my weekly walks to twice a week and 3) do more with … [Continue]

Binge Watch with Netflix #StreamTeam

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**Full Disclosure: As a member of the Stream Team, I was provided a Netflix subscription and an iPad Mini.  No compensation was received.  All opinions are my own. I love that Netflix has such a great selection of TV series and movies to choose from.  ABC Family has some of the best shows - or so I think - and I like that I can keep up with shows that my husband doesn't care for by watching them on Netflix before bed.  The downfall to watching before bed?  I often find myself getting … [Continue]

Kids in the Kitchen: Mommy’s Birthday Cake

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I had a birthday earlier this month.  It fell on a Friday which happened to also be an early-release day for the boys. My husband took the day off and as soon as we could, we picked James and Colin up from school.  Colin wanted to help me make my cake, so we did that right away. I picked a pink camo cake with marshmallow frosting. We loosely covered the cake and let it cool while we had dinner out with my parents.  When we got home, it was time for bed, so I frosted the cake on my … [Continue]

50 Ways to Show Kids You Care

50 Ways to Show Kids You Care |

There are days I struggle to show my kids that I actually do care.  And while this list is geared at showing kids you care, it's also useful for husbands, wives or anyone else you care about!  If you are like me and need a reminder every now and again, this list is for you. I tried not to duplicate any, but a few of these ideas are very similar to others. 50 Ways to Show Kids You Care: Notice them. Smile. Learn (and use) their names. Look in their eyes when you speak to … [Continue]

Annie’s Petite Treats: Disney CARS Cake Pops

Disney Cars Cake Pops |

**Full Disclosure: Annie's Petite Treats provided a dozen Disney CARS Cake Pops for my #DisneySide party!  All thoughts and opinions are my own.   I was putting together a Disney Cars themed party get together and I knew I wanted to add a special little touch but I wasn't sure just what that was until I found Annie's Petite Treats. About Annie's Petite Treats: Good things come in small packages. My bite-sized treats pack a punch - all homemade, handcrafted, and made with love.  Annie … [Continue]