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A New Way to Get Your Kids to Drink their Milk

This is a sponsored post on behalf MilkSplash.

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Hilarious right? Unless it’s completely true. Miss A is an avid milk drinker, but Lil’ C on the other hand not so much, but regardless we like to make our meals fun and often eat purple pancakes, turn our veggies into landscapes, and add flavor and color to our milk with MilkSplash.

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MilkSplash is an innovative new milk flavoring that is perfect for busy parents who want their kids to drink more milk. MilkSplash has zero calories and it allows kids to enjoy milk on their own terms. MilkSplash is also working on an all natural version!

MilkSplash comes in a variety of great-tasting flavors, colors and collectible characters such as Cocoa Loco, Sir Strawberry Swirl™, Orange Cream Dream, Cookies ‘N Cream and Jammin’ Banana – with many more to come.

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 We were able to sample Cocoa Loco and Sir Strawberry Swirl™. The products were easy to use {although being the Type-A mom that I am I’d recommend parents helping smaller kids squeeze MilkSplash into the milk for little ones}, and Miss A loved the taste of both flavors. I personally like that there are zero calories, and as with anything would love to try the all natural version once that comes out too.

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As a mom, I would recommend MilkSplash whether you’re trying to get a non-milk drinking kiddo to finish up their cup or if you want to have a little food fun like us. Check out MilkSplash.com to see the flavors and where you can find them on shelves in a store near you.

MilkSplash is giving 2 lucky readers a chance to win MilkSplash samples and a $25 Target Gift Card.

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I received samples and a gift card to write this post, however any opinions expressed in this post are my own. Your opinions may vary.

How to Show Your #disneyside Princess Style

It’s no secret that we love to have parties and playdates, but having two girls a princess party is a must! We’ve thrown a Sofia the First Princess party, and a Princess Birthday party for Lil’ C and of course many princess dress-up parties in our time.

Realizing that all of our #disneyside attendees were going to be girls, {we wish we could have invited millions of friends but with the party limits and space inside our house, only Disneyland could have held us all}, our obvious choice for party theme was a princess party. Don’t worry though, we had plenty of Mickey, Minnie, and the gang too.

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Here’s our recipe for a great #disneyside party:

A Spoonful of Beautiful Princesses:

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and some Disney pals, including one of the new Disney Princess Palace Pets exclusively from Build-a-Bear Workshop. Pumpkin, who is Cinderella’s Palace Pet friend can now be made at Build-a-Bear Workshop and you can win a Build-A-Bear gift card at the end of this post to make your own!

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A Heaping Helping of delicious drinks and snacks:

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Our snacks included:

  • Disney Princess Fruit Snacks and “Snow White” bunny gummies
  • Pepperoni and Ritz cracker Mickey heads (with cheese because every mouse loves cheese)
  • Pink Princess Punch {aka strawberry lemonade} in our Mickey-fied Aladdin mason jar.
  • Mickey themed cupcake liners filled with Craisins
  • Hidden Mickey kid-friendly snacks and veggies in black round bowls
  • Hidden Mickey cupcakes*
  • Mini Mickey cupcakes*
  • #Disneyside Mickey cookies*
  • Mickey chocolate cake pops *

* Thanks to Cupcrazed Cakery for providing the delicious baked goods, the moms and princesses loved them and even got to take their cake pops home, some of them shared with siblings too! These treats were amazing!

A dash of decorations, crafts, games, and goodie bags:

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Our guests got their photos taken in front of the Mickey and Gang Step and Repeat, chose their favorite Disney Princess tattoo, made Disney inspired t-shirts from Hanes brand, {of course most of the shirts featured Mickey and favorite princesses}, listened to the Disney Frozen soundtrack, played Disney trivia and Disney Bingo, and of course left the party with some pretty cute purple and pink princess swag including headband crowns, star wand lollipops, and a variety of Disney goodies.

We had so much fun with our friends and had a blast showing our princess #disneyside. I can’t wait to take the girls to Disneyland as a part of the Disney Social Media Moms Conference in April. They will be beyond excited to visit and DaddyB and I can’t wait either.

We want to know, how do you show your #disneyside???

As promised, here’s your chance to show your #disneyside with Build-a-Bear Workshop, enter to win a $25 gift card and be sure to check out their new Disney Princess Palace Pets friends.

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Thanks to BSM Media, Walt Disney World Resorts & Parks, Build-a-Bear Workshop, Cupcrazed Cakery, SmartFab, Aladdin for helping us with our #disneyside celebration and share it with friends.

Carter’s Baby and Kid Up to 50% Off Sale {Giveaway}

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Walking into Carter’s clothing store I always know I’m going to get a great deal on adorable, quality children’s and baby clothing. Whether I have a mailer coupon or a discount from one of my recent visits I typically never pay full price, which is great because it allows me to purchase more items for less money.

Now through March 4, 2014, Carter’s Baby and Kid Up to 50% Off Sale. Clothing items from Carter’s spring collection is up to 50% off in store. Plus, if you print this coupon you get an extra 20% off your in-store purchase of $40 or more.

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Use Carter’s store locator to find a store near you!

The Baby and Kid Up to 50% Off Sale is the perfect time to stock up on great playwear essentials perfect for mixing and matching! Carter’s spring collection features adorable items for babies and young kids, including graphic tees, polos, woven shirts, shorts, cardigans, tunics & leggings, cotton dresses—just in time for spring!

Here are some of our favorite items from their Spring Collection and more savings that we got just for shopping today:

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To get started on your spring wish list, take a look at Carter’s Spring into Pink collection for girls and Little Mate collection for boys. They have some really cute items for boys and girls at great prices you won’t want to miss out on.

To help you with a little bit of shopping, I’m giving one lucky MommyB Knows Best reader a chance to win a $50 Carter’s Gift Card.

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Perfect Wedding Couple + Perfect Gifts from Target = Wedded Bliss {Giveaway}

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Target.

Couples – Have you ever watched a tv show or read a book and said to yourself, “yeah we’re totally that couple”?

Some couples know they are the perfect pair and compliment each other so well. While DaddyB and I are not perfect people, I do know that we were meant to be together and our personalities mesh very well.

DaddyB is more laid-back, always thinking positive and sometimes a little bit of a procrastinator, while I’m totally type-a, a little high strung, and am definitely task oriented. It’s a great relationship where we balance one another out.

When couples who are getting married are a good match for one another it’s even easier to get them a gift for their wedding. I personally love shopping at Target, as you already have seen from my social media posts, not to mention that my friends took me there on my birthday celebration {if that tells you how much I like the place}. I don’t just love shopping at Target because I can get Starbucks coffee or that I can save using my Red Card and Cartwheel app and other coupons, but they seriously have everything in their Target Wedding Registry.

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For the beachy couple: Consider buying a beach blanket, picnic basket, and filling it with beautiful plasticware and maybe even a bottle of wine.

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For the movie loving couple: A popcorn machine for their home, and a gift card to the theatre or to purchase movie tickets {yes, Target carries a bunch of different gift cards}.

For technology loving couples: You can never go wrong with an iTunes gift card, and a Panasonic Camera to capture all their moments together as newlyweds.

For the couple who loves to entertain: Think drinking glasses, nice tableware, a nice wine opener or cheese knife. Hopefully they’ll invite you to their next gathering.

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To celebrate weddings and perfect couples that balance each other out, I’m giving one lucky MommyB Knows Best reader a chance to win a $25 Target gift card!!!

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This is a sponsored post in partnership with Target brand. Of course you know I love Target regardless of if I have worked with them and am excited to tell you about their products, services, and host this giveaway. Your opinions may vary.

Food Lion MVP Coupon Hub Save to Win Sweepstakes – Giveaway

Do you ever wish you were one of those amazing coupon clippers you see on tv? You know the extreme couponers whose day job is coupon clipping to save their family a million dollars? I know when I head to the check out lane the thought of switching my career pops into my head but only for a moment.

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I give couponers big props because I know it takes time, commitment, and organization to be a super saver. Thanks to Food Lion’s NEW MVP Coupon Hub you can be a successful saver without having to track down the latest Sunday circular or buying 10 cases of items you don’t need or won’t use personally.

The new MVP Coupon Hub will allow you to load coupons directly to your MVP card via the Food Lion website. This resource will not only help your family save money while shopping for the groceries, save a tree {or seven}, but also save you time.

As a busy working mom, time is one of the most valuable things for me. I need to be very picky about where and who I spend my time on. Saving money is important to me, but if Food Lion can give me that time back that I don’t have to spend searching for the deals when they are delivering them directly to me through my computer, I can use that time to give back to my family, my MVPs. Can you relate??

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To celebrate this new web feature, Food Lion is hosting a “Save to Win” sweepstakes starting today, Wednesday, Feb. 5 through Tuesday, March 4. Food Lion will select 8 winners each week for a $25 Food Lion gift card (to be loaded onto your MVP card). All you have to do is visiting and experiencing the MVP Coupon Hub and clicking on a coupon to load to their MVP card. During the “Save to Win” sweepstakes one grand prize winner will be selected to receive $1,000 loaded onto their MVP card to use for grocery purchases. Sound pretty awesome and easy???

***If you don’t have a Food Lion MVP account yet they’re easy to sign up for. You can sign up in store at the customer service desk before a purchase or sign up online: foodlion.com/Savings but that’s not all!!!

MommyBKnowsBest.com is giving 4 lucky readers a chance to win one of four $25 Food Lion gift cards.

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Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Practical Mom – Belk Gift Card Giveaway

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Belk.com

I tend to be a mom who asks for things for my home for Christmas, in fact, one year I put “new vacuum cleaner” on my Christmas wish list from my mom, no kidding. While I know it’s not necessarily the norm, I also know I am not the only mom out there asking for and really hoping she gets practical gifts.

This year, working with one of my favorite department stores, Belk.com I came up with some practical gift ideas for mom.

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Handbag or Wallet – Every mom needs a handbag or wallet, but how about getting her a cute designer wallet from Belk.com. I love that at Belk.com I can purchase great brands like Michael Kors, Lauren Ralph Lauren, Coach, and not break the bank.

{Pictured above: Lauren Ralph Lauren Thurlow Zip Around Leather Wallet}

Kitchen Appliances – Be careful on this one, some moms want anything other than kitchen or household supplies, but if you have a mom who has expressed interest, Belk.com carries a great line of appliances. If they like cooking or baking for their family they may enjoy a Calphalon No-Peek Waffle Maker, beautiful counter cannisters, or even appliances that will make entertaining easier. 

Sheet and Bedding Sets – Every bed needs sheets and bedding, but instead of buying the usual, consider purchasing higher thread count, better quality sheets like the Hotel by Biltmore 800 Thread Count Sheets and maybe a few coordinating throw pillows. Practical and pretty!

Watches – Most practical moms are also Type-A moms and try to be on time {when it’s in their power}, so naturally a watch is a great way to tell time and keep moms on schedule. Belk.com offers so many options when it comes to watches, whether you want something classic, or something fun, or even something with a hint of whimsy and romance like the Betsey Johnson Rose Gold Tone Puffy Heart Watch pictured above. Definitely a great Valentine’s Day gift!

Beauty and Makeup – Choose everyday makeup and beauty products with a boost. If you know they typically wear brown eyeshadow, pick up this beautiful Bobbi Brown Rich Chocolate Eye Palette or treat them to a gift bag of their favorite facial cleanser and a few new products. If the practical mom in your life isn’t big on beauty products or makeup think about buying them something subtle, they may have a change of heart {I’ve done this several times with my own mom.}

Even though these gifts are sensible, they’re definitely not boring. This Valentine’s Day, head to Belk.com to make your Valentine’s Day gift purchases whether or not you’re shopping for a practical mom, funny dad, awesome kids, or someone else you really love.

And if you’re looking to splurge on that extra special person, check out Belk.com’s Valentine’s Day Gift Guide.

That’s not all, I’m giving one lucky MommyB Knows Best reader a chance to win a $75 Belk gift card. You won’t get it in time for Valentine’s Day, but I’m sure you can find some great ways to spend it!!

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I received a Belk.com giftcard in return for my gift picks and opinions. I have been a Belk shopper for several years and truly love this brand. I’m honored to bring information regarding this brand to you. Your opinions may vary.

Flash Giveaway: Ringling Brothers Tickets – Charlotte

I have a last-minute opportunity to give away tickets to tonights performance, so I’ll cut to the chase so you can enter already!!

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What you’ll win: 4 tickets to Ringling Brothers at Time Warner Cable Arena. Tickets are only good for tonight, Wednesday at 7:00pm. You must come in person to claim the tickets and tickets may not be resold.

Enter here to win, I’ll draw and contact the winner at 2:00pm:

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I’ll be posting on my thoughts and great photos on Ringling Brothers Built to Amaze! performance tomorrow stay tuned, and check out their tour schedule.

I received complimentary tickets and giveaway tickets to promote the show.

Action Baby Carrier Guest Review & Giveaway

There are an overwhelming number of baby products on the market. Before I had my first child, I wasn’t sure what I needed and what I (and the baby) could survive without.

I quickly learned many of the “most have items” big baby stores and some well-meaning parents will tell you that you need are not really necessary. But there is one item I wish I had known about sooner than I did – an ergonomic baby carrier.

I’ve used several brands and types of carriers with my children from the time they were infants until now (they are 2 and 4 years old). By far, my favorite has been soft structured carriers (SSC).

My 4-year-old son is not as big of a fan of babywearing as my 2-year-old daughter. She has always loved being worn and she still does. Babywearing has saved my sanity many times, particularly when she was younger as she liked to be held – a lot. By wearing her, I’ve been able to do things I need to do around the house, play with my son, run errands, etc.

There’s a very popular ERGOnomic carrier that has several versions of its SSC (lightweight, organic, etc.) and I’ve owned several of them.

While I love those carriers, as my children get older, taller and heavier, I haven’t found them to be as comfortable for me.

I’m very excited to have found the toddler carrier from Action Baby Carrier, a small, Michigan-based business that hand makes their quality carriers in the U.S.A.

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Their toddler carrier is 3 inches taller in the body than their regular carrier (similar in sizing to most SSCs), the hood is an inch longer and the shoulder webbing is 2 inches smaller (because they are used mostly for back carries and this offers a tighter fit).

As children get bigger, the traditional SSCs don’t go as high on their backs or across their bottoms. I noticed a significant difference in how secure my toddlers (I tested it with both of them in it) seemed to feel in Acton Baby’s toddler carrier. The kids enjoy being in the carrier and seem to be more comfortable in the toddler carrier than a standard SSC.

Although the carrier is larger, it’s not bulky or heavy like some soft structured carriers. It’s actually fairly lightweight and it folds up to a very reasonable size.

The buckles on the carrier are strong and sturdy. The waist band is generous and is more likely to fit a plus size wearer without an extension. The body of the carrier is well-made and it comes in solid colors as well as prints. The company recently introduced four new fun prints, including the popular chevron pattern, elephants and classic cars. Their prints are classy, not “loud” and many of them are gender neutral.

Because of the additional sizing on the toddler vs. standard carrier, the weight of my children (30lbs and 39lbs) definitely felt as if it was distributed more evenly, which is very important to me as I have lower back issues.

Action Baby Carrier’s toddler carrier is designed for children 15-45lbs (their standard carrier is for 8-40lbs).

The only real negative for me with the Action Baby Carrier is that the chest strap was not as comfortable as I would like and it dug into my arm pits a bit. However, I’m hopeful that as I get accustomed to using this brand vs. others, I will learn to adjust the straps to a fit that works best for me.

Overall, Action Baby Carrier’s toddler carrier is wonderfully made in the U.S. and is reasonably priced ($114 – their standard carrier is $98). The additional sizing makes it a more comfortable fit for the toddlers and those who wear them, including men (my husband found this toddler carrier to be more comfortable than standard SSCs).

Action Baby Carrier is giving MommyB Knows Best readers a one time 10% discount limited offer. Enter the code “mbkb8j7fabc” now through February 28th to save on full-price items only. They’re also giving away one of their awesome carriers to one lucky reader!

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Jamie BioAfter a 13 year full-time public relations/writing career, Jamie K. now has the privilege to be home with her 4-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter. Chocolate regularly “calls” her name, she’s forever going on a new “diet” every Monday and she’s always taking on more projects than one human can manage (this description likely fits many of you!). She currently lives in Northern Virginia, her 4th “home” state in 5 years thanks to her officer husband’s Air Force career.

Babies Love Bumbo #bumbocares

When I think about products that are must-haves for parents I think of things like Diaper Genie, Boppy pillows, Pampers diapers, MAM pacifiers, Snack Trap, and Bumbo {to name only a few of my favorites}. Whenever I shop for friends who are expecting a new baby I check to see if they have these things on their list and if so I usually try to buy them because I know they will get plenty of use and are invaluable to parents.

Both of my girls loved their Bumbo seat, we’ve shared with friends over the years, and in fact we even handed it down to another family a couple of years ago.

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While the Bumbo seat is pretty well-known, their BumboCares program is not as famous. Check out this video to learn more about BumboCares and to see how Bumbo is giving back:

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BumboCares_SocialMedia_ABumbo is committed to child safety so please be sure to use Bumbo on the floor and make sure your child’s seat belt is securely fastened.

Bumbo is great to travel with, easy to clean, and great for babies and toddlers. The Bumbo seat comes in several colors and also has a play tray accessory. If you’ve never heard of Bumbo I suggest you check them out by heading to their website here: BumboUSA.

One lucky MommyBKnowsBest.com reader is going to win a Bumbo seat of their very own!!! Enter to win:

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I received product to perform this review, this is not a paid post. All opinions expressed in this post are my own, honest thoughts. Yours may vary.

Look Younger Hair Tips

This is a sponsored post in partnership with MomTrends, however I’ve been a long-time fan of brand since I was little.
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While I don’t mind telling people my real age and growing older, there are a few things that come with aging that I wish I could turn the clocks back on like increasing wrinkles, and hair changes. As I get older I notice that my hair is more limp, harder to tame the frizzies and of course ever multiplying grey hairs. Thankfully there is hope for rejuvenating hair and I have a few hair tips of my own and some from Pantene for looking younger.

  • Always start any hair style with a clean base, so be sure to use the Pantene Pro-V Age Defy Shampoo and Conditioner regimen in conjunction with the rest of the Age Defy collection for maximum benefits. Using the entire collection together will give you hair that’s soft, touchable and shiny.
  • Find a hairstylist who is older than 3 years old, although they’re super cute, and fun, they definitely cannot make you look younger, it’s a scientific fact.
  • When it comes to looking fresh and young, look for a shorter haircut, {less drying time = less damage} and a hair color that will work to camouflage greys that appear. Select styles that will require the least amount of chemicals to keep your hair hydrated and soft.
  • Don’t go “too young”, but base your hairstyles on your personality. Try to change your hairstyle with the trends but also keep it “timeless”.
  • Soften those fine lines around eyes by wearing a face-framing hair style, be sure to keep your look soft and sweet by ditching the comb and using fingers to create beautiful hair that’s not sleek or slicked back, which will only draw attention to every.single.detail on your face.
  • Find ways to volumize limp or thinning hair. Use Pantene AgeDefy Advanced Thickening Treatment on wet hair before drying and styling to give your hair a lift. Also consider treating yourself to an occasional blow out {like I did!} or use hot rollers to give hair body.
  • Use anti-aging hair products, such as Pantene Pro-V Age Defy and start before you experience major hair changes.

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Pantene and Olay, two of my favorite beauty companies, have joined forces to develop Pantene’s first and and only line of anti-aging hair care products to fight multiple signs of hair aging.

I was able to try the products out for myself and even from the moment I washed the shampoo from my hair I could tell it was cleaner than with my normal shampoo. I also loved the Advanced Thickening Treatment that went on easily and kept my roots volumized. My hair looked moisturized and had lots of body after using Pantene products. Whether you are looking to reduces breakage, prevent split ends, control frizz, control unruly grey hairs, minimizing thin look, lackluster, color and dryness, Pantene’s AgeDefy products work together to give your hair a healthy, young look.

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The Products: Pantene AgeDefy Shampoo, $8.99, Pantene AgeDefy Conditioner, $8.99, Pantene AgeDefy Advanced Thickening Treatment, $18.99, Pantene AgeDefy Rejuvenating Hydration Masque, $12.99

Check out Pantene on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest and follow the hashtag #wantthathair to learn more about their AgeDefy collection and other great products they carry. I love their products and know you will too.

Pantene is giving one MommyBKnowsBest.com reader their Expert Collection (AgeDefy and Advanced+ Keratin Repair)

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