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Pouring Into Our Children

If you’ve read any of my Love Languages blog posts you know that we all give and receive love in unique ways. Our children are no different. While you may feel loved and love by giving hugs (physical touch), your child may feel cared about more with kind words.

It’s important to pour into our children on a daily basis. While some days are easier than others the end result of them knowing you are on their side even when it feels like no one else is, is totally worth it.

Lately I’ve been reading “Love and Logic“, by Foster Cline, while it’s not a new book by any means it has some pretty relevant parenting tips. The more I read and hear people speak on the topic of parenting, the more I realize we only have these children in our care for 18 years. Then, most of them are out on their own, becoming their own people, and hopefully including us in their “grown-up” lives.

There are so many ways to let our children know we love them and support them, while also allowing them to learn life lessons and grow.

Here are a few ways (with love language guidance) you can show your children how much you care:

Words of Affirmation

Handwritten notes may come to mind as a way to express how we feel with words. To make notes a little more fun try to place them in areas that will surprise your children, tuck a sweet note in their shoe, or leave a thoughtful card in their backpack.

Physical Touch

Warm hugs can make any child melt if done at the right time and place. Be mindful of when you think your child may need a little extra TLC. Physical touch can be holding a hand, rubbing their back, or even playing with their hair.

Acts of Service

While it’s true a lot of parents are always showing their love through “acts of service”, folding laundry, picking up toys, but these things may go unnoticed, so try to think out of the box. What tasks do your children do for themselves that they might enjoy not doing once and a while? If your child packs their lunch, but doesn’t love it, why not make them an extra special one?! Bring the trash cans back to the house without them noticing, an act of service can be a delightful surprise. {This is not to say we should take over chores for our kids, but occasionally it can be seen by them as an act of love.}

Quality Time

Spending time doing homework or running errands with your child is time, but doesn’t quite quite qualify as “quality time”. Sorry parents!! If your child enjoys surprises, by all means, choose an activity that you can do together and surprise them after school or on a weekend. On the other hand, if your child is more of a planner, sit down with them and plan something fun to do together, this will double the quality time in both planning and doing.

 

Gifts

If you’ve read my blog post on gifts you’ll know the present doesn’t have to be extravagant, just thoughtful. It’s a really great idea to write down things that you’ve heard your child mention they really like, for example, if they say they really like pink roses, take note for a future day. If they are frustrated because their favorite markers are running low on ink, grab them a new pack and surprise them.

 

The only way we can truly pour into our children, no matter what Love Language they may have, is to invest in them. Your child doesn’t need to be your whole world, in fact they really shouldn’t be, {that’s another blog post}, however, just as with any relationship, you have to put time, effort, and care into it for it to flourish.

 

For those of you who read my blog, but aren’t parents or around children on a daily basis, can I encourage you to reach out to youth? You may not realize it, but you have so much to offer the next generations. Volunteer, find a neighbor, there are so many children who would benefit from your time, trust me.

What are you going to do to pour into your child(ren)??

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.

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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.

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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.

Why I’d Rather Build My Daughters’ Self Esteem than Buy a Magazine

My friend, and fellow blogger {and Charlottean}, Kelley Crowe wrote a post today about the controversial Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 50th Anniversary Edition. Check out her thoughts here: This is Not Okay For My Daughter’s Eyes…

I completely agree with Kelley’s sentiments and understand her frustration and here’s Why I’d Rather Build My Daughters’ Self Esteem than Buy a Magazine and my response to Kelley’s post.

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As a conservative mom of two girls who wants her children to know that their worth is not skin deep, issues like this really make me sad that our Nation is going overboard. I think often times the general population, (some parents included), start to tune things like this out because it’s more the norm than not.

Yes, I already mentioned I’m conservative, and things in stores like music videos or magazines, or even some mannequins dressed provocatively bother me. Do I wish that stores, television, and people would stop promoting the objectification of women? Sure! Do I wish they would stop promoting the objectification of men? drugs? alcohol? sex? etc, yup.

The only thing we can really do as parents is change our children; let them know our moral beliefs, let them ask questions and find answers, discuss situations, and maybe once and a while flip off the tv {or cut the cable like we did}, turn over the magazines in the store, and pray for our family and the future of our Nation.

 

What are your thoughts on the Sports Illustrated cover, or magazine in general? I’d love to hear what your thoughts are on the topic of self-esteem and children, even if you disagree, but please be respectful or your comments may be deleted. 

SEA LIFE – Charlotte Concord Aquarium Groundbreaking Event

I am a member of the SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Parent Council.

Goodbye NASCAR Speedpark and hello SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord. SEA LIFE aquarium will be the newest addition at Concord Mills mall, a Simon Mall located in Concord, North Carolina.

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This new, family-friendly attraction will be coming to the Charlotte area in Spring 2014 and will host a variety of sea creatures in their 30,000-square-foot, $10 million aquarium, and I can’t be more excited!

SEA LIFE currently has 50 locations, including five in the United States and even more overseas. SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord will feature interactive exhibits and about 30 displays of marine life that will highlight some marine life local to the Carolinas. This attraction will also be able to tout an amazing underwater tunnel, that is sure to appeal to people of all ages and will prove to be not only entertaining, but educational as well.

Here are a couple of artist’s renderings as to what the new SEA LIFE attraction will look like:

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Other aquariums in the area include N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island and the South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston, both of which are larger than SEA LIFE will be, but of course not as convenient for those of us living in Charlotte or visiting the area.

As a member of the SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Inaugural Parent Council Program, I am excited to have access to exciting news, upcoming events and even offer giveaways to you right here on my blog.

Speaking of which, SEA LIFE will be holding their first event, which will be a family-friendly groundbreaking event at Concord Mills mall on Thursday, September 25th, 2013 with festivities starting at 10:30 am. If you’re able to attend there will be several activities going on during the ceremonies that you and your kiddos won’t want to miss.

City of Concord Mayor J. Scott Padgett and Donna Carpenter, President/CEO of Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau will lead the ceremony.

“The new SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium is going to be a very positive addition to Concord,” remarks Concord Mayor Scott Padgett. “Not only will it have a major impact on tourism by drawing new and repeat visitors to our area, it will also boost our local economy by creating new jobs. We are very pleased to welcome SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord and Merlin Entertainments to our city’s growing roster of outstanding attractions, hotels, shopping and dining options.”

Find out more about SEA LIFE Aquariums & Attractions here: www.visitsealife.com/Charlotte-Concord, follow on Facebook and Concord Mills here: www.simon.com/mall/concord-mills

 

As a member of the Inaugural Parent Council I receive media passes and promotional items from SEA LIFE. All thoughts and opinions in this post are my own. Yours may vary.

Great MOEments Built on Traditions {Giveaway – CLOSED}

Moe's Southwest Grill Leftovers

Birthdays have ALWAYS been special for me, whether it’s been my birthday growing up, friends birthdays, but now that I have children their birthdays totally take presidence over everything else. For the spring months I go into “birthday mode” {have you ever done that?!?}.

You may have seen my post on one of the crafts I made for Lil’ C’s birthday, the bumblebee cupcake holder, well Miss A decided that she wanted to have a Dr. Seuss, Cat in the Hat party and so I got started with planning and purchasing right away.

Typically the last thing on my list is food. I typically run around a couple of hours before parties and get everything together and it’s pretty stressful really. So with my super long, “to-do” list, being able to cross one entire section of my list off before the party was a huge relief for me. One less thing to worry about.

Moes Blogger Advisory CouncilThis year, because I am a member of the Moe’s Blogger Advisory Council, I was able to host Miss A’s birthday party and enjoy Moe’s Southwest Grill catering. Honestly, I never even realized they catered and never would have thought about getting a party like this catered, but it was exactly what we needed.

Here are a few pictures from Miss A’s birthday party and our delicious dinner:

 

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Every single party attendee loved Moe’s. The food was set up quickly while we played, was warm, and let me tell you there was SO much food, we had leftovers for days!!! No kidding see:

Moe's Southwest Grill Leftovers

Our friends were so excited to have dinner, especially those who had to attend events after the party. We heard so many compliments on the food, and when DaddyB and I finally got to eat, it was delicious as usual. Thanks so much Moe’s for the awesome treat. I can’t wait to see who of our friends caters their next party!!

Because I love Moe’s so much I am hosting a Moe’s Southwest Grill Gift Card giveaway!! But first I need to fill you in on something. Moe’s has officially announced their, “Raise the Salsa Bar” contest, but I have been given the o.k. to share the details here with my loyal readers.

Here’s the scoop, {no pun intended}:

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Head over to Moe’s Southwest Grill’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/moessouthwestgrill and submit your ORIGINAL salsa recipe with a fun, unique name. Enter now through June 29th, 2012. The winning salsa will be featured at Moe’s Southwest Grill restaurants around the country, you’ll also have a chance to star in a promotional video with your Salsa, and win some cold, hard, cash too! If you think you’ve got the winning recipe, be sure to enter!!

Now, back to my gift card giveaway.

How to Win

Mandatory Entry {must be done first in order to get additional entries}: Tell me Which Moe’s catering option you would choose.{Head to http://www.moes.com/catering/ and click on the menu for choices}

For additional entries:

1. Leave a relevant comment on another post on my website. (1 comment per post, no limit otherwise.)

2. Follow MommyBKnowsBest on Twitter

3. Follow Moes_HQ on Twitter

3. Tweet the following: I want to win a Moe’s Southwest Grill Gift Card! Check out more info & enter to win@mommybknowsbest @moes_hq http://bit.ly/KR7eRl (up to 5 tweets a day)

Not an entry because MommyB Knows Best follows Facebook TOS, but we’d love it if you want to follow MommyB Knows Best and Moe’s Southwest Grill (again not an entry but I’d love you forever if you did) click here: MommyB Knows Best Facebook and Moe’s Southwest Grill Facebook

RulesGiveaway ends June 8th, 2012 @12:00 am. The winner will be chosen at random, verified, emailed, and announced in a Winner’s post. The winner has 48 hours to respond to the email from MommyB to claim the prize, if the prize is not claimed within 48 hours a new winner will be chosen at random. You must be a US resident and 18 years or older to enter.


I am a Moe’s Southwest Grill Blog Advisory Council member, and a fan too. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are based on my personal, honest experiences with Moe’s Southwest Grill.

Life is So Good and So Sweet

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Before I became a mom of two I had almost 3 great years with one of my best buddies, Little Miss A. She was my world, and I was hers (and DaddyB too). Being able to be a stay-at-home mom meant we spent all day together, enjoyed time shopping, played with friends, and got lots of time for snuggles and cuddles, just the two of us. Hubby and I were excited to introduce a new little one to our family, yet at the same time I was nervous how that would work. Would I love the baby as much, would I love Miss A less, would Miss A love the baby?! I am a worrier by nature, although I’m working on it, and had so many thoughts like this constantly running through my head. I had only been away from Miss A one full night in her entire life, so when I was in the hospital, after Baby C arrived, I was missing my big girl tons and so excited to see her and for her to meet her sister. {We had done several things to get her excited to become a big sister.} When I saw this:

So good So sweet

I was pleasantly surprised and knew life was going to be alright, in fact, I knew that life was going to be amazing. Seeing my girls, together as they grow, loving each other, and playing with each other melts my heart.

 

 

 

It is definitely a, “So Good, So Sweet” moment in my life that will never get old. I love celebrating the little things in life.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of KFC. The opinions and text are all mine. Official Sweepstakes Rules

Game Night for Adults – Hasbro’s NEW Taboo {Giveaway-CLOSED}

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DaddyB and I have recently decided that we need to bring back Adult Game Night, you know, where adult friends come over and you have a game night while the kiddos are tucked safely in bed? Yeah, that. We used to have lots of game nights with our friends when we were dating, and after we were married, but now that we have the girls it’s hard for us to get out of the house as much. We’re totally down for hosting though!!

Taboo-PKGBecause we love our classic games and we know most people already know the rules we stick to those we are comfortable with, {and occasionally add in a new one.} This time we decided to try out Hasbro’s word game, Taboo. Hasbro sent us the new, and improved Taboo to check out and play and here are some of our thoughts:

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  • We loved that there are new words, it spices up the game a little and allows for more creativity.
  • The new game changing die is pretty cool and adds a new element to Taboo by making it even more challenging to get your teammates to say the word.
  • Same fun opportunities to be silly and have a good time

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  • Needs 2 AA batteries that are not included (I personally love when games add this for you)
  • You need at least 4 players to have teams (however for game night we often have many more)

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We love the new take on this classic game and had a great time with friends. At $26.99 MRSP it’s a pretty decent price for a game that will last for years of play, definitely a great housewarming gift for friends or birthday present for the game lover.

Hasbro is giving one lucky MommyB Knows Best reader their own new Taboo game! 

How to Win

Head over to Hasbro’s website here: http://www.hasbro.com and tell me what other games look appealing to you. Leave one comment per game for additional entries. {If you don’t use the prize for yourself consider giving it as a gift.}

1. Leave a comment on another post on my website. (1 comment per post, no limit otherwise.)

2. Follow Hasbro on Twitter

2. Follow MommyBKnowsBest on Twitter

3. Tweet– using @mommybknowsbest and @familygamenight with a url linking back to this giveaway. (up to 5 tweets a day)

Not an entry because MommyB Knows Best follows Facebook TOS, but we’d love it if you’d go check out Hasbro here: on Facebook and if you want to follow MommyB Knows Best (again not an entry but I’d love you forever if you did) click here: MommyB Knows Best Facebook

RulesGiveaway ends February 17th @7:00am. The winner will be chosen at random, verified, emailed, and announced in a Winner’s post. The winner has 48 hours to respond to the email from MommyB to claim the prize, if the prize is not claimed within 48 hours a new winner will be chosen at random. You must be a US resident and 18 years or older to enter.

I received a copy of Taboo from Hasbro in order to give my honest thoughts about the product. I was not compensated for this post and the opinions expressed in the post above are my own, true thoughts, however yours may vary.

Invisalign – The Real Tooth Fairy

Invisalign_logoVote for Invisalign™ as the new Tooth Fairy. No, Invisalign™ won’t put money under your child’s pillow in the place of a lost tooth, but in my opinion what Invisalign™ actually does is much more beneficial, sorry Ms. Tooth Fairy, you may need to start looking for another title.

Invisalign™ is doing amazing things in the world of orthodontics for children and teens, and for adults as well. Straight teeth are important for all ages to ensure proper chewing, improve self esteem, and can alleviate or prevent physical health issues caused by poor teeth alignment.

In fact, about 4.5 million people in the U.S. are wearing braces or other appliances to achieve a beautiful smile and healthy teeth, according to the American Association of Orthodontics and one in five of those orthodontic patients is an adult. At some point I may be one of those five patients.

My toothy story:

In general, I have teeth that are relatively healthy, but unfortunately my mouth is too small for all of my teeth. At age 28 I had to have my wisdom teeth removed and much to my surprise I only had two instead of the average 4. {I won’t complain though because I know this meant half the healing time and half the cost.} My teeth are crowded and as a result, some of them are now crooked or overlapping. I can really notice the lack of space between my teeth when I floss and not only is it harder to make sure my teeth are clean, but it’s frustrating as well. As I grow older I feel like they are just getting more cramped and as I’ve been looking at options with my dentist and online I came across Invisalign™. Read More

The Fresh Beat Band Season 3 – New September Episodes

Whether you love them or hate them since the replacement of the original Marina, Shayna Rose, fans have been wondering where the new episodes of The Fresh Beat Band on Nick Jr. are. Some have asked, wondering if the changes in cast had anything to do with the lack of air time for the three newest season 3 episodes, “Did they cancel the show because people didn’t agree with the changes?” or “Did they get lower ratings than expected with replacement Tara Rose?”.

No one knows {to my knowledge and research}, why the older seasons have been, what seems like stuck on repeat, and the newer episodes barely shown. However, there are a few new episodes slated to air at the end of this month. Nick Jr.’s website touts, “Fresh New Episodes, 9/26-9/29 @ 1PM.” And according to Wikipedia’s The Fresh Beat Band page, there are about 16 more episodes lined up for this season, including one of which is a collaboration with another Nick Jr. show, Yo Gabba Gabba. TVGuide.com has been a great tool at finding out which episodes are airing, put your information in and check your local listings.

I am interested to find out which episodes will be airing and hearing the new music and seeing if Tara Perry, the new Marina can win those of you still watching over or if this will be The Fresh Beat Band’s last season.

Weigh in: Are you going to watch the upcoming NEW Season 3 episodes?? Why or why not.

Will you and your children watch the upcoming new Fresh Beat Band episodes this month?

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Lastly, looks like Shayna Rose did indeed get married from a photo on her Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Shayna-Rose/255249317075 and has been working on a few songs: http://www.myspace.com/shaynarosemusic

Check out my interview with Shayna and Elizabeth Shea and find out what they’re up to: Interview with 2Carats – Shayna Rose & Elizabeth Shea Part 1

and while you’re here, check out these other Nickelodeon posts:

Shayna Rose and Elizabeth Shea 2Carats Trailer by MommyBKnowsBest

What Happened To The Fresh Beat’s Marina

Fresh Beat Band Season 3 Episodes

Dora’s Explorer Girls: Dora All Grown Up

NickJr Lied!

No More Moose and Zee – NickJr Changes

Project Charlotte

So yes, I teased my new project in my post Project & Life the other day, but couldn’t really reveal exactly what the project was until it launched, which was Feburary 1st!! Hooray!!

I’d like to introduce you to my new website: The Charlotte Moms:

Screenshot The Charlotte Moms

Isn’t she purdy?? Go to the link above or go to http://www.thecharlottemoms.com to get a better look. I am very proud of this site, especially since DaddyB and I spent so many nights staying up late to work on it. Read More