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Showing Kindness with #KleenexCare

Care Package #kleenexcares
I did some acts of kindness with Kleenex® Brand products as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #KleenexCare

 

For our family November is a time to be thankful for all that we have in our lives. That includes special people like our friends, neighbors, and family. Sharing Kleenex® Brand Tissues. is an easy way to show you care especially now that cold and flu season is here. Kleenex® is a small act of care with major impact.

 

Acts of Kindness with Kids #kleenexcares

 

Acts of Kindness:

Consider creating a Care Kit for those less fortunate.

We try to keep a care package or two in our car for people in need that we see in our day-to-day travels.

 

Care Package #kleenexcares

 

The bags include hygiene products like toothbrushes, bandaids, and of course we put some Kleenex Brand Tissues in as well. Sometimes we include some non-perishable foods like granola bars as well. These bags are very easy to make and leave a lasting impact when you hand them out too! Plus the kids love getting involved in making them.

Another act of kindness that the B girls love being a part of is packing Christmas boxes for children overseas.

Christmas Boxes #kleenexcare

These boxes can only contain certain items and Kleenex Brand Tissues are a great addition for the hygiene category, plus the travel packs are the perfect size. Lil’ C’s school is packing them up this month and she was so excited to add them to fill up her box for a little boy.

Packing Christmas Boxes #kleenexcares

 

Now it’s your turn to join the “Share the Kleenex Care” movement.

Here are some ways you can partake in acts of kindness this month and share the care of Kleenex with others:

We all know that it’s no fun when you need a tissue and there’s none to be found.  It’s easy to leave a package of Kleenex Brand tissues where there aren’t any.

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Create a quick and easy get-well basket for a sick friend or neighbor, filled with soup, Kleenex Brand Tissues (because Kleenex softness is a catalyst for showing kindness and care), and other healthy remedies. This will brighten their day and help them to get the rest and care they need.

Head to KleenexCare.com to find out how your acts of kindness can make a difference and get ideas from others doing good deeds.

What are some ways you show that you care??

 

 

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Socialstars and Kleenex Brand. All opinions expressed in this post are my own, honest opinions. 

Protect Your Smile and Enamel Health as You Age

This is a sponsored post on behalf of CVS/pharmacy and Colgate Enamel Health all opinions are my own.

It’s a fact that adult oral care and protecting our enamel is vital for a healthy smile.

There are so many abrasive foods and drinks that wear down our tooth enamel on a daily basis that it’s really important to be mindful of how to maintain our clean, strong smiles.

How to Protect Your Smile and Enamel Health MommyB #healthyteeth #colgatehealthyenamel

 

As a coffee and soda drinker I love the NEW Colgate Enamel Health toothpaste and toothbrush because together, they help to replenish natural calcium and polish tooth enamel. Healthy enamel doesn’t just look good, it also helps create a smoother surface so germs are less likely to stick as well.

Being an adult undergoing teeth straightening treatment my teeth have also been subject to a lot of wear, so anything I can do to whiten and protect my teeth during and after treatment you can count me in.

Colgate Enamel Health at CVSpharmacy MommyB #healthyteeth #colgateenamelhealth

 

It’s easy to shopping for essentials like toothbrushes and toothpaste at my local CVS/pharmacy. I love that it’s not only a convenient one-stop shop for everything my family needs, but CVS also makes it easy to save money just by using your ExtraCare Card. With ExtraCare, you’ll earn 2% back on your purchases, {paid out quarterly in the form of ExtraBucks}.

If you’ve been a long-time reader you’ll know I’m someone who loves to write about oral health and saving money, both important things to keep our homes and families healthy and happy.

I’d love for one lucky MommyBKnowsBest.com reader to win their own Colgate Enamel Health prize pack featuring the 360 Enamel Health Toothbrush and Colgate Enamel Health Toothpaste.

 

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Disclosure: I’m proud to partner with CVS/pharmacy and Colgate Enamel Health for this oral health campaign. All opinions expressed are my own, and all product claims or program details shared should be verified at CVS.com or with the appropriate manufacturer.

Make Dinner Easy for You, Yummy for Them, and Healthy for Your Family

This is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.

 

Now that school and extracurricular activities have begun, I often find myself at a loss for dinners. I either forget to put ingredients into my slow cooker, don’t have the right ingredients for my dishes, or end up only having a few minutes to fix something quick.

While my girls are pretty good about being thankful for the food they have they’re still kids, there are times when they don’t love what I’ve put on their plate.

I don’t know about you but some nights I really wish I had it together, so I’m always on the lookout for tips and recipes to make my weeknight dinners easy for me, tasty for them, and healthy for our family.

 

Tips to get your kids to LOVE Dinner MommyB

 

Green Giant Frozen Steamers to the rescue! Green Giant is kicking off the, “Fresh Take on What to Make” campaign in partnership with celebrity chef and TV host Gina Neely, Celebrity Chef and TV Host from “Down Home with the Neelys”.

This program offers expert tips and recipes to make back-to-school, weeknight dinners easier on parents. Gina developed 5 tips for conquering hectic weeknight dinners while making meals that are nutritious and delicious, including “one-pot wonders,” grocery list must-haves and her favorite ways to get kids involved in the kitchen.

In a Green Giant Frozen Survey, they found that more than a third of parents surveyed admitted to forgetting about, or even purposely cutting out, vegetables when crunched for time at the end of the day, leaving them out of meals an average of twice a week. This is despite four-out-of-five (83%) parents agreeing no dinner is complete without a vegetable.

Whether you’re like us and usually get a few veggies in but could always use more or end up missing out on the veggies, you won’t want to miss Gina’s ideas like Quick ‘n Easy Chicken Pot Pies and more. You can get more recipes and chat live with Gina and other parents just like us by joining tomorrow’s Google Hangout.

If you can use some ideas and inspiration come join me – Green Giant and Gina Neely are hosting a Google+ hangout tomorrow, Tuesday, September 23 at 8pm ET. Head here: http://bit.ly/1pkEbnY to RSVP and join me, can’t wait to hear your questions, and suggestions.

 

Green Giant Google Hangout

 

Comment here letting me know if you RSVPed and I can expect to see you! Also visit greengiant.com/easymeals for more meal ideas if you miss us.

 

 

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Green Giant, a brand that our family already loves and trusts and uses. We know the importance of healthy eating and want our friends to get their daily dose of vegetables as well. All opinions and thoughts in this post are my own, yours may vary.

Back to School Routine Must Haves for Mom

This is a sponsored post in partnership with The Motherhood.

The kids are in school, now what?? After months of unscheduled days and silly fun, both my girls are in school and that means it’s time for schedules and routines. If you’re Type-A like me these words are like music to your ears, but if it’s not your personality to be scheduled it doesn’t have to be a scary word. Here are some great tips for refreshing and re-energizing your routine in preparation for this new school year, or Back to School Routine Must Haves for Mom.

Back to School Routine Must Haves for Moms #moms4jnjconsumer MommyB

Here are some of my favorite tips and products to help me stay in the routine of taking better care of myself now that my kiddos are in school.

1. Get to bed sleepy head! I’m still working on this. Being more rested doesn’t only benefit your children {think not having to deal with grouchy mom all day}, but it has so many health benefits it’s definitely at the top of my list.

2. Drink more water. You knew this was coming didn’t you?!? Hydration is so important, and I’m looking at myself when I say this, busy moms need to make sure we’re not neglecting ourselves, which means drinking water throughout the day. Drink More Water #moms4jnjconsumer 3. Create or rejuvenate your skin care regime. If you’re like me you get a little lax in the Summer months with skin care. These amazing new products help reviatlize your skin and make it easy and affordable too.

Find a great face wash/scrub that you love and be sure to wash your face before bed. I heart AVEENO® POSITIVELY RADIANT® Skin Brightening Daily Scrub. This scrub’s microbeads are not super abrasive but strong enough to even out my skin tone and helps my skin feel more fresh.

As a family we use LUBRIDERM® Daily Moisture Lotion to stay moisturized all over. I personally love it because it’s Fragrance-Free and does a really great job moisturizing my dry skin. Plus, it’s clinically shown to moisturize for 24 hours, so a great tip would be to apply this to rough patches AND feet before bed and enjoy “round the clock” moisturizing.

Let’s take care of those wrinkles with RoC® Deep Wrinkle Night Cream. If you haven’t heard of RoC® products I’d be pretty surprised. They’ve made quite the name for themselves in the beauty industry. The results that come from RoC® are clinically proven and the results speak for themselves visibly reducing even deep wrinkles after 12 weeks’ use.

Healthy Essentials for Back to School Routine Must Haves for Moms #moms4jnjconsumer

4. Surround yourself with people who will be supportive. Create or help create a scheduled mom’s night with friends, and moms from your child’s class. These nights out may provide sanity for you and if nothing else you’re getting away and able to share your challenges, and successes.

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5. Save some money on things you already buy and use the extra to pamper yourself. Head over to the Healthy Essentials website and find more than $40 in savings on great products featured on the site: HealthyEssentials.com

While you’re there, check out some of these great savings:

• Save on some of the following: JOHNSON’S® Baby NO MORE TANGLES® or Extra Conditioning hair care products, AVEENO® products, RoC® Anti-Aging products, NEUTROGENA® Cleansing, Moisture, or Acne products, SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener products, VISINE® products, LISTERINE® products, or

 

What are some of your favorite tips for getting into a back to school routine and taking care of yourself?

 

This post is part of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® 2014 program by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are all my own.

From First Bell to Recess – Back to School Must Haves 2014 – Giveaway

School’s in session {at least for most of the country}. Some are getting into the groove of their schedules and others have just started. Whether or not you’ve had kiddos in school this school year for weeks or minutes my comprehensive list from First Bell to Recess – Back to School Must Haves will have at least one amazing thing you’ll want/need/love/like.

From First Bell to Recess Back to School Must Haves MommyB

 

Don’t miss the first bell!

1st Period: Technology

Kidecals will make any technology or computer class come to life. If your child has a school laptop or computer at home, these fun “sticker” designs go on fast and come off easy. Kids will love the cool styles and parents will love the functionality.

Back to School Must Haves KideCals MommyB

 

Kidecals has keycals, address/phone stickers, labels for food allergies, and more! Order yours from their website: kidecals.com

Snack

Fill your child’s water bottle with confidence this school year. With Nalgene’s leak-proof design your kiddos can choose from lots of designs or customize their own. Nalgene bottles come in so many great styles, sizes, and shapes and best of all no spills, no ruined textbooks, and no tears!

 

Back to School Must Haves Nalgene MommyB

 

Take your pick of great bpafree drink cups by heading over to Nalgene.com or your local retailers.

Want your kiddos to munch on something that’s good for them and they’ll have fun crunching? Lil’ C loves Harvest Snaps and so does her mom {that’s me!}.

Back to School Must Haves Harvest Snaps MommyB

 

Harvest Snaps have a full line of flavors and products that your family may just fall in love with. Harvest Snaps offers a healthier snacking option, without sacrificing taste. We love that they are baked – not fried, high fiber and protein, and are low in sodium and fat.

Head to HarvestSnaps.com to check out flavors and add to your student’s snack.

Looking for a great reusable snack bag?? We heart BooginHead Pack’Ems snack bags. Their designs are fun and they reduce waste.Packemsjpeg

 

These packs features include: BPA, PVC & phthalate free, top-rack dishwasher safe, are environmentally friendly and cost conscious, and come in two sizes in each package.

To find out how you can add Pack’Ems to your child’s snack or lunch head to their website: booginhead.com

2nd Period: Study Hall

Master Lock has been known for years of keeping all your students belongings safe whether they’re in lockers or on a bike chain. Today is no different, only Master Lock’s variety and technology has improved. Check out their digital locks, laptop locks, and other safe spaces.

 

Back to School Must Haves Master Lock MommyB

 

Master Lock is dialing up back-to-school shopping fun for students and parents with a new interactive game, “Master Lock Photo Hunt Challenge.” participants can go to www.MasterLockPhotoHunt.com through September 7 for a chance to win back-to-school security items and create a Master Lock shopping wish list.

Players can add any of the Master Lock products they see while playing the game to their wish list and email it to mom or dad for easy back-to-school shopping. In addition, by sharing the Master Lock Photo Hunt Challenge on Twitter, entrants are able to earn an additional entry per day. One lucky grand prize winner will win a Samsung Smart Media Center Package that includes a 60″ HD 1080p Smart LED HDTV. There are 65 total chances to win, which includes 1 grand prize, 8 weekly prizes, and 56 daily instant win prizes.

3rd Period: Art

Have an art lover in your family, or a student who loves to express themselves through color and fashion? We love the stylish hair accessories and fashion scarves that Urban Halo offers.

 

Back to School Must Haves Urban Halo Fashion MommyB

Urban Halo has choices for little girls to teenagers {and even us moms!}. Whether your child’s style is simple and pretty or fun and funky, there are lots of designs to choose from. Let your child take ownership of their style in a fun way. Take a peek at what Urban Halo has to offer: urbanhalo.com

Lunch

Parents, make sure you pack your child’s lunch with great food and quality lunchbox products. The Skip * Hop Zoo Lunchies from PishPosh Baby are adorable, insulated lunch boxes that are the perfect size for your little one’s lunch needs.

Back to School Must Haves Skip Hop Lunchbox MommyB

 

Lil’ C adores her kitty cat lunchbox because it’s, “so cute” and I love that there is enough room for her small meal, and a mesh pocket for her utensils and napkin. These awesome lunch boxes come in several character styles, check them out here: PishPoshBaby.com   Your kiddos will love you this school year when they find Crofter’s Organic spreads on their sandwiches.

 

Back to School Must Haves Crofter's MommyB

 

Our school, {like many } is a nut-free zone and though Miss A loves peanut butter and jelly we want to keep other children safe we forgo the pb but with 1/3 less sugar and non-gmo verified we love the benefits and taste of Crofter’s Organic products. Miss A is most fond of the Strawberry spread, but we also love the Wild Blueberry too. For other flavors and where to buy check out CroftersOrganic.com

4th period: PE

The cutest shoes of the season from Rack Room Shoes

Back to School Must Haves Rack Room Shoes MommyB

Rack Room Shoes has amazingly cute shoes for students in all grades, and best of all they have amazing prices, a great rewards program, free Ship2Home program, and great return policy. Check out Rack Room Shoes’ latest styles and promotions here: RackRoomShoes.com

Recess

We are lucky enough to work closely with several of these great brands and have a giveaway for one lucky MommyB Knows Best reader. Here’s your chance to enjoy your recess, enter the giveaway to win:

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Any thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own. I received no compensation for this post and all giveaway prizes are donated and fulfilled by the brand or company representing them.

Why I Will Never Flush My Toilet Again

Why I will NEVER Flush My Toilet Again MommyB

 

A momentous occasion is upon us, the moment I realized I never want to flush my toilet again. Seriously. I’m tired of grabbing the germy handle and flushing, tired of thinking what kinds of viruses et al. may be on the “flusher” {and yes I am a stage 1 germaphobe.}

All of my life I never knew the joys of not flushing until I was introduced to Kohler. Two words: Game changer. Game changer folks!

Recently Kohler sent me some of their newest technologies for toilets {bet you didn’t know toilets had technology right?!?!} and I got to test it out in our new home. How cool!

 

Kohler Touchless Flush Kit

 

Kohler’s Touchless Toilet Flush Kit was so easy to install. I followed the convenient video on their website using my iPad and had it installed in around 20 minutes. Our toilet cover was a little different than the one featured in the video, but was very easy to figure out how to install. I ended up making a minor adjustment to the height of the no touch sensor that is mounted inside the toilet bowl and voila!

I really love this product because:

  • The sensor makes cleaning a little easier since I’m not having to disinfect the handle.
  • The kids love the novelty and I love that their hands are staying that much cleaner! I seriously wish these were in every toilet I come across, I’m ruined.
  • I also don’t have to worry as much about maintenance because there’s no handle to loosen as time goes by with all the flushing we do.

We’ve only confused a couple of guests so far, but the hand sticker that is provided in the kit gives guests the gist.

Kohler Flushless Toilet Kit

The kit comes with the no touch sensor, a pull chain, a handle plug, a no touch indicator sticker, pad stickers for toilet lid, 4 AA batteries, and a sensor mount. You don’t need to purchase anything extra because the kit has everything you need, however the kit isn’t compatible with all toilets, so be sure to check and see if your model works with the Touchless Flush Kit, if it is head to the Kohler website for install videos and see how easy it is to install for yourself.

 

Kohler Touchless Flush Kit Toilet Types

 

Pricing and Availability

The kit is $99.97 is listed for purchase on Kohler.com, you can find a store near you with their “Where to Buy” link. Kohler also sells toilet bowls with the touchless technology as well if you are in the market for a brand new toilet.

Now this isn’t something I think every family needs, but if you have the extra money and are wondering where to spend it, just for the cleanliness and potentially lower rate of illness in your home I would spend it on this kit. It’s a great product that you can tell will hold up with time and is super low maintenance {changing the batteries maybe 1 time a year on average} once the kit is installed.

Other Game Changing Kohler Products

Kohler also has a seat with nightlight technology and a seat perfect for transitioning little kids to the big potty with a built-in child-size potty seat. Plus their seats feature technology that prevents slamming the seats, my favorite feature of all!

 

I would definitely recommend this kit and after some other home projects have been tackled would love to install this product in each of our toilets in our new home.

How about you? What technologies could you use in your home?

 

I received product from Kohler in order to provide a hands-on review. I was not compensated or obligated to write this post and all opinions and thoughts are my own honest words. 

10 Things I Heart about Summer

Have you been soaking in the summer? The girls, DaddyB, and I have been enjoying our summer moments although Miss A returns to school in less than a month. Crazy right!??! Here are 10 Things I Heart about Summer:

10 Things I Heart about Summer MommyB

 

1. Ooey Gooey yummy S’mores – though we have yet to enjoy one of these summer staples we’ve had fun checking out recipes online, and talking about how each member of our family likes their marshmallows cooked. (I’m a golden brown gal.)

2. on the flipside we also like Healthy Snacks like CVS/pharmacy’s new Gold Emblem Abound line. They have yummy raw almonds that our whole family enjoys, Fruit & Nut Fiber Trail Mix and more and best of all they’re free of artificial preservatives and flavors. I’m also loving Bear Naked bars that I recently found in Target, so yummy and all-natural ingredients.

Things I love about Summer MommyB

 

3. We love visiting Local Museums and Attractions year-round, but especially in the summer because there are some pretty cool new exhibits. Discovery Place has Alien Worlds & Androids and, Sea Life Charlotte-Concord has their new Serpents of the Seas exhibit, both are included in the price of admission.

 

10 Things I Hear about Summer Science & Museums MommyB

 

4. Speaking of museums, we’re also loving science projects! My little science lovers and I have been busy making perfume, edible science experiments, playing with dry ice, and checking out STEMpowerkids subscription kits.

 

STEMpowerkids kit Summer MommyB

 

5. With the move we’ve been making a few purchases for our home office, living room and girls schoolroom {aka kids’ office}. One place we’ve almost literally been living at is Ikea (some for item returns and some for purchases). The girls also tried Small Land the last time we went (being overprotective parents we were a little apprehensive, but they had a blast and we were able to zip around the store and get what we needed, super convenient.) During our Ikea trips we also spotted Hobby Lobby which I had seen at other locations but assumed it was a craft store so never wandered in. Let me tell you I love the home decor and the girls found these GINORMOUS flowers that are way cool, we’re considering putting some in their playroom, but don’t tell the girls!!

 

10 Things I heart about Summer Ikea & Hobby Lobby

 

6. Though it hasn’t been as hot as last summer (even though there’s still time here in the Carolinas), it’s been a little muggy here and there so keeping cool is definitely on our things we love about summer and there are lots of ways to keep cool this summer. If you need to replenish electrolytes check out PowerIce (sort of like frozen Gatorade), for the healthy families you will want to grab Ruby Rockets ice pops that are made with veggies and fruits (your kids may need to get used to the different taste, but just like anything that’s healthy they’re a great alternative to the sugars, and dyes in other ice pops. Aside from frozen treats, we also love letting the kids run through the sprinklers, going to the pool, and bringing our Arctic Cove personal cooling misters. We took our manual mister to the 4th of July festivities and I was super impressed with how easy it was to use and how cool it kept our entire family, plus the price on these are awesome!

Cold Treats for Summer MommyB

7. Iced coffee is my favorite in summer, although who are we kidding, I like iced coffee in the winter too. I’m not a huge hot drink drinker are you?? I have heard there are two local places that rock the caffeine flavor (and I have yet to try myself): Cabbarus Creamery has great coffee ice cream and King of Pops has some cool coffee ice pops too.

Iced Coffee Frappe Summer MommyB

8. This one isn’t quite for the entire family but I’m loving the new beauty products that are out this summer, specifically the natural lines. My favorites are  Greenplicity, california naturel, and Soapbox.

Greenplicity has awesome products made from food-grade materials. We love, love, love the citrus cocoa lotion bar (Miss A loves the smell), it’s safe for kids and easy to apply, and the body butter is awesome as well and has lavender scent, great for bedtime.

california naturel is a line inspired by…you guessed it, California; sun, sand, and sea. They have great skin care products, but my favorite is the sunscreen. My only wish is that they would have something without Zinc Oxide since Lil’ C is allergic, but I’ve found it difficult to find especially in natural products.

I love Soapbox products for many reasons, but number one being that they are a brand that gives back. Soapbox is what I would call a one-for-one company like Toms, but they partner with homeless shelters, food pantries, and orphanages and give back soap, water development, vitamins to save lives. Not to mention their products are made in America, 100% recyclable packaging, Paraben free, Sulfate free, Gluten free and the list goes on. I really, truly heart this brand! (I hope you will too.)

9. Friends! People are very important to us and though we’ve moved and don’t get to see certain people as often as we’d like, we still love hanging out and keeping in touch with “old” friends. We also love making new friends, which we are doing quite a bit of with the move and new schools coming up in August. So blessed to have some amazing people in our lives and watch the girls form friendships independently as well.

 

Summer with Friends MommyB

 

10. Going on roadtrips!!! We love to travel, although this year, with the move to our new house we knew we wouldn’t be traveling as much as last Summer with Myrtle Beach, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, going to the beach with my mom and sister, visiting Historic Williamsburg, and the list goes on! We’ve actually been pretty quiet and exploring our own little area, we visited downtown Concord (North Carolina) last weekend and love the little shops and eclectic variety of people there. We also hope to make another trip to Tweetsie Railroad before school starts, but if not before the season ends.

 

There you have it, some of the things I heart about summer! What do you like best about summer? Any favorite memories or traditions? Products that you love? Trips that you’re headed on?? Can’t wait to hear!!!

 

 

This is not a sponsored post, I was not paid by any of the companies or brands listed above however I have received some of the above products to review at my discretion and any opinions given on the products are my own honest thoughts.

Tips for Having an Intentional Summer

This is a sponsored post on behalf of The Motherhood.

Like many families do, our family packed up our belongings and moved into a new home. Though we’re on the other side of “town” and only 30 minutes from our old house, it’s almost like we’re in a new state. We’re not familiar with the parks, don’t know the best farmer’s markets to go to, haven’t got a clue what the best summer camps are. One thing we do know though is that even though we have a lot of unpacking and settling to do, we want our girls to have an intentional summer.

What does intentional summer mean for our family? It looks a little something like this:

 

Tips for an Intentional Summer MommyB

 

 

My nature is to unpack and make sure everything has a home and designated spot, but the longer I’m a mom the more I realize that I want these beautiful girls to have a fun and memorable childhood. That includes spending time with friends, and creating family traditions.

Here are some of the tips I’ve used this busy summer to make sure we’re being intentional:

1. Create a Summer Bucket List with a variety of activities to complete throughout the summer.

2. Vary your play, choose one water play day, one outdoor play, one indoor play day and theme them as well.

3. Be spontaneous (I know a Type-A personality saying this, but I’ve really had to step out of my personality to make sure my kids enjoy themselves), go for ice cream before dinner, pop into a kids play place with no notice. You’ll be surprised at how impactful of a memory this will be with your children later on in life as well.

4. Let them choose an activity or destination. Giving your children the power of choice will not only be really exciting, but it will also give them confidence in making decisions.

5. Play safe and be proactive. I am “one of those moms”, you know the ones who carry a big bag (not a diaper bag anymore but still a considerable size) with everything imaginable in them? I am certain I would win if I were on the game show “Let’s Make a Deal!” by pulling out something random that almost no human carries on their person. That’s what’s great though, when the girls scrape a knee while playing hopscotch at a friends house or are playing in the water I’m armed with the right mom gear to make sure we can keep the fun going.

 

Intentional Summer MommyB #healthyessentials

 

Save on the things you need the most by heading to HealthyEssentials.com. By signing up now for HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® you’ll receive coupons, great tips and tricks for enjoying your summer.

 

What is your favorite tip for making summer intentional and savoring those moments?

 

This post is part of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® 2014 program by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are all my own, and I hope you enjoy them.

Gluten-Free, Egg-Free, Peanut-Free Candy {Guest Review}

My 2 year old daughter has a giant sweet tooth and as much as I try to curb it, sugar still sneaks into her diet. We also have to deal with gluten intolerance and an egg allergy, which can make finding a safe treat difficult.

So, when I had the chance to sample some of the candies from Gimbal’s Fine Candies, I was so excited. Not only are they allergen free (think no gluten, peanuts, egg, etc), but they are also free of high fructose corn syrup! Plus, knowing that they are made with real fruit juice, this momma couldn’t say “no”.

Gimbal’s was nice enough to send us the gourmet jellybeans and the Cherry Lovers to sample. With the gourmet jellybeans, we had fun picking through the jellybeans and guessing each of the 41 flavors. With fun unique flavors like pomegranate, boysenberry, or even baja margarita, Gimbal’s quickly worked their way into being a favorite brand of jellybean. Their website also has 20 recipes for fun new jellybean flavors like Key Lime Pie and Blueberry Muffin.

Gimbal's Fine Candy Jellybeans Review MommyB

The biggest hit in our house, though, was the Cherry Lovers selection we received. With flavors like cherry vanilla, cherry cheesecake (which really tastes like cheesecake!), wild cherry, and cherry kiwi , the cherry lover in your family will definitely be satisfied with the selection. My husband thought he was in candy heaven. So much so, that within four days, my husband had eaten both bags of the Cherry Lovers jellybeans! I’ve already had to order a large container to satisfy his cherry craving.

Gimbal's Fine Candies Jelly Bean Cherry Lovers Review MommyB

 

There are several size choices with Gimbal’s candies, but I received the 13-14oz packages. For $4.29 a bag, we will definitely get some more for an occasional treat.

What is your family’s favorite treat?

If you’re interested in finding out more about Gimbal’s treats whether or not your family has food allergies check their website out: Gimbal’s Fine Candies.

Mary BioMary Renee currently lives in Missouri with her husband and 2 year old “little diva”. Southern by birth and gluten-intolerant by a twist of fate, she is determined to work her way through all the comfort foods her momma made and then some, giving each dish a gluten-free twist that’s good enough for a Southern palate.

You can find her creating new dishes at Gluten Free with Southern Charm and dishing on her family at Joy in These Moments.

 

 

I received review samples that I used for this post. I was not obligated to write about this product nor was I paid to write about this product. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own, honest words. 

10 Things I Heart in Spring

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I decided that I would not write about Spring on my blog until it finally felt like Spring here in Charlotte, NC, however today, it’s going to be up in the 80s so I’m not sure if I’m allowed to write this considering the summer-like weather we are having. Then again, how can I not share with you things I’m hearting this Spring?!?!

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1. Traveling – Although we’re in the midst of packing for our move in June, we have been traveling a lot this Spring. We had the opportunity to visit Disneyland in California, where the weather was amazing and we had a BLAST! And we just returned from an amazing trip to Georgia where we visited the Georgia Aquarium and World of Coca-Cola (I’ll have trip reports on both soon!) Where have you traveled this Spring or where are you traveling to?

Build-a-Bear Spring2. New friends – We have been making lots of new friends this Spring! We recently started going to story hour at the church we’ve been attending and making new friends there AND in stuffed friend news, we got a new Spring Build-A-Bear friend who is an ADORABLE Soft & Sweet Lamb ($18) She has fluffy white fur that’s perfect for cuddling. Our little lamb is all dressed up for Spring and tea parties AND at Build-A-Bear you can also add scents so your furry friends smell oh-so-sweet, how cool is that?!?

3. Outside Fun – We are blessed to have a nice, flat, and decent size backyard so lately we’ve been spending a lot of time outside. If it’s nice out I’ll let Miss A do her homework outside and of course lots of chalk, bubbles, running, scooters/bikes, and water table play. How about you??

4. Spring Cleaning – I know this sounds soooo strange, but I really do love organizing and cleaning, even though these days I don’t have quite as much time as I’d like to do either. Luckily, the move gives me a great excuse to do a little bit of both. I’ve been trying out a few new cleaning products including some Method products and Nature’s Kloth.

We try to be a little more eco-friendly here and there and both of these products help. We’ve been using Nature’s Kloth instead of a sponge and replacing the way we clean with paper towels to create less waste. I love that it’s eco-friendly (biodegradable, washable over 300 times, made from cotton and plant fiber, and more) and is great for many uses inside and outside the house. I definitely feel better about cleaning when there isn’t a huge pile of used papertowels in my trash.

5. Healthy Kiddos – I am super thankful for healthy kiddos. Lately we’ve been pretty healthy especially considering that we’ve been flying and traveling a lot. We have a lot of friends who have not been so fortunate this Spring. For those uncomfortable fevers and painful colds and aches we give our girls Children’s Advil. For Lil’ C who does not do well with any sort of pain, this does the trick for us. I love that they have so many flavors (and dye-free versions) too since she doesn’t care for most medicine flavors. Plus, they have some fun activities and tips for parents on how to stay healthy.

Garden Lites Collage

We also love that our girls like healthy foods like Garden Lites. Miss A surprisingly enjoyed these gluten-Free, veggie muffins. They’re high in fiber, and low in fat. Miss A’s favorite flavor was: Zucchini Banana Chocolate Chip. They have loads more flavors and come in a box of 4 with an SRP of $3.99.

Lee Fashion Spring Capris

6. Spring Clothes!! – I love a good infinity scarf, especially the beautiful chevron one that one of my friends gave me for my birthday, but I really enjoy wearing comfy Spring clothes. I love wearing adorable maxi and sun dresses because they are so flowy and comfortable.

I am also loving the new Lee Spring collection that features bermuda shorts and capris that are comfortable while being dressy at the same time. If I need to dress up an outfit some of their capris and shorts come with adorable, fashionable belts as well. Here are a few of my other favorites from their collection:

Lee Spring Collection

 

7. Parties – I always love a good get-together and with the girls’ birthdays, holidays and end of school coming for us, Spring is always filled with fun parties and celebrations. We’ll have a small birthday get together for Miss A {since we went to Disneyland the girls aren’t getting their usual HUGE parties}, a class party for the end of the year {here’s an end of the year gift idea}, and loads of friends birthday parties.

Iesodo Video8. Good Message Movies – We were sent a couple of videos from Iesodo (pronounced Ya-Sa-Doe) that retells Bible stories with animated animals, mainly birds. My girls LOVED the videos and have been singing the catchy songs every day since we’ve watched them. We love sharing these videos with our friends because we know the language and content are appropriate for all viewers. Even if you have no religious affiliation, but want your children to learn good values, these videos promote wholesome character traits and morals and is good for children of any age.

9. Pasta Salad – Of course you can eat pasta salad anytime of year, but this is the season pasta salads shine! I really love cold, crisp salads with lots of veggies. What’s your favorite pasta salad recipe?

B girls with Genevive Goings Choo Choo Soul at Disneyland

10. Meeting Amazing People – Not that this is necessarily a Spring thing, but since we went to the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, we were able to meet some pretty amazing people. One of our favorites though was Genevieve Goings from Choo Choo Soul with Genevieve.

Miss A says her favorite person/character she met the entire stay was Genevieve and we met a lot of people/characters so that says a lot. Of course we fell in love with Genevieve on Disney/Disney Junior with her Choo Choo Soul songs and realized she did more music for Disney as well as a round up of songs from Disney classic movies.

We’re excited to hear that her first Independent Children’s Album for pre-schoolers is called “Do You Know?” and releases June 3, with the first single “My Telephone Number Is” available NOW on iTunes.The album focuses on learning key fundamentals with Genevieve’s unique brand of “Kids Music with Soul.” I got an exclusive preview of the songs on her new album and wow!

My girls love to dance and sing and they get that from their mommy, this is one album you will not be able to contain the dancing. Our favorite songs are: “My Telephone Number Is” {great for helping your child learn your phone number, a MUST}, “Inside Voice” {which is rockin’ and rowdy in the best possible way and teaches kids when and where to use their inside/outside voice} and surprisingly, “Gotta Do My Business” {a potty song with swagger}.

I love when kids music is both appropriate and enjoyable and Genevieve definitely accomplishes that with the album. I can’t wait to buy a copy for our family and give one away on the site along with a few other goodies! In honor of Spring, I’m giving away a $25 Build-A-Bear gift card, 2 copies of Iesodo DVDs (Faith and Love) and once it’s available on June 3rd, a copy of Genevive Goings’ new album.

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This is not a compensated post, however I did receive samples of some of the above products/brands and chose to tell you about them. All opinions expressed in the post are my own honest thoughts.