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Back To School Trend – Gutzy Gear

Looking for a great way to personalize your child’s school gear now that it’s Back To School Time? I know my daughter and many of her friends attend schools where they don’t allow characters on their backpack, clothing, lunch boxes or drink cups. While I completely understand their reasoning for that specific rule I definitely want to find ways for Miss A to express herself in a positive, fun way. She can do exactly that with Gutzy Gear.

Gutzy Gear are basically detachable velcro straps that attach to your child’s backpack. The great thing about the straps is that they are the perfect foundation for Gutzy Gear Gutzies {aka velcro patches}. Gutzies come in so many different styles, for girls and boys, and cater to each child’s personality. We had a variety of children at our Gutzy Gear party #GettinGutzy, and every child left happy.

MommyBKnowsBest Gutzy Gear Party

I really like the fact that Gutzy Gear is interchangeable, easy to remove AND clean, and fun for my kids. My only worry is the wear-and-tear of the product which I can only find out after a few months of use, I’ll keep you posted on that front.

Gutzy Gear Backpack Straps are $9.99 retail and Gutzies come in a pack of 2 and range in price from $4.99 to $5.99. Gutzy Gear products can be purchased at Kmart, Office Depot, Shop Rite, Target, Toys ‘R Us, Wal-Mart and online.

Do you want to Get Your Gutzy On?!?! Check out Gutzy Gear’s website: http://www.gutzygear.com/, also between now and September 7th, your kids can win 1 of 100 Toys ‘R Us gift cards, worth more than $5000 by showing how you “go gutzy”! Head over to www.facebook.com/gutzygear to participate and upload your photos.

What Gutzy Gear products would be your kiddo’s favorites??

As a member of MomSelect I was given the opportunity to host a Gutzy Gear party and invite all my friends to try Gutzy Gear products. 

Back to School Ice Cream Social Tips {CLOSED}

Ice Cream Party

For those of you with school-aged children, some of your kiddos have already had their first day back to school, and some of you have another few weeks before your child starts classes. Miss A starts her first day of Kindergarten next Monday {wowzers!} and so we thought what better way to get excited about heading to school than a party!

It’s been pretty warm here in Charlotte, North Carolina this summer and we love Blue Bunny products, so we figured what better way to celebrate with our friends than a Back to School Ice Cream Social!

Ice Cream Party

Here are some tips to make your Back to School {or anytime} Ice Cream Social a success:

1. Purchase a few different flavors of ice cream. This allows variety for your guests to choose from. I recommend sticking with classics, or adding a little twist. {We enjoyed Blue Bunny’s Homemade Vanilla & Chocolate Swirl, Double Strawberry, and their Sweet & Salty Pretzel.}

2. Mix between processed and fresh toppings. When it comes to what my girls are eating I try to be mindful of giving them a good mix between healthy foods and treats.  I traded strawberry spread topping for fresh strawberries, and also cut up some banana slices, but of course kept the rainbow sprinkles and chocolate/carmel sauces as well {for mommy’s sweet tooth, er good measure}

3. Wait to set the ice cream out until the very last moment. Wait as long as you can to put the ice cream out onto the tables to keep them as cool as possible. On extremely hot days consider putting them in a bucket of ice and displaying them while keeping them chilled.

4. Water play equals clean kids. On a hot day it’s always a good idea to have something besides ice cream to cool the kids down, plus the water acts as an added cleaning agent after you’ve washed hands and faces. We chose a water table, kiddie pool and water slide and the kids were loving it!

Back to School Ice Cream Social Water Play

5. Don’t forget to ask about food allergies. Some ice creams and toppings are processed in a plant with nuts, contain egg, wheat, soy, etc that some of your guests may be allergic to. It’s always nice to check before you buy the supplies.

6. Have fun!!! Enjoy the last few days of summer with great people in your life and celebrate!!

Back to School Ice Cream Social

Fun right?!?!?! Head over to Blue Bunny’s website and check out some of their awesome new flavors, or pick out your favorites for an upcoming party at http://www.bluebunny.com/

Also enter for a chance to win some ice cream for your very own Ice Cream Social, whatever the occasion may be. One lucky MommyBKnowsBest.com reader will win 5 Blue Bunny Bucks, to spend on whichever (5) Blue Bunny Treats your heart desires. 

Enter here:

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Thank you Blue Bunny for the treats in order to host this soiree. I am not an official spokesperson for Blue Bunny, however if I could wear a bunny suit I would sign up immediately. I write about Blue Bunny because I like their products, and hopefully my posts reflect that sentiment. Please know that the above words and images are my own honest thoughts, yours may vary, but it’s doubtful.

HERSHEY’S CAMP BONDFIRE – Fun with Friends

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Wow, only 10 days before Miss A starts her official first day of Kindergarten {not including orientation}. I cannot believe it. Although I bought school supplies weeks ago, have all of her uniform tops hung in her closet, and have started putting her to bed at an earlier time, I still just don’t feel like the summer is over.

In an effort to say, “goodbye” to Summer and, “hello” to school in a fun way, we decided to get a bunch of our friends together and have our very own Back-to-School party with a HERSHEY’S CAMP BONDFIRE twist. It’s been hot, hot, hot out lately, and because there were a few little ones running around we figured to keep our s’mores cold. We used our s’mores for ice cream toppings and created our own fake bonfire, that wouldn’t burn little hands. It was a total success!!

Here are some pictures from our Ice Cream Social:

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Everyone had a blast and the s’mores toppings were a hit! The kids especially loved the bite-size pieces of Hershey’s chocolate bars in their ice cream and us moms snagged some too!

No matter if you’re roasting s’mores the traditional way, or making it fit your family celebrations HERSHEY’S CAMP BONDFIRE is about being around people you love and making great memories. Check out Hershey’s Facebook page to learn more about CAMP BONDFIRE, become a “camper”, get some awesome Hershey’s coupons, and win great prizes too!! http://www.facebook.com/HERSHEYS/

Today is National S’mores Day are you doing anything fun to celebrate?? 

This post is part of my participation in the HERSHEY’S CAMP BONDFIRE campaign. All opinions expressed are mine.

MommyB Celebrates National Ice Cream Day with Friends & Blue Bunny {Giveaway -CLOSED}

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I love celebrating anything, whether it’s my younger sibling’s good grades, to Miss A being brave enough to dunk her head in the pool, the biggest or the smallest successes and accomplishments are what life is all about, so why not celebrate?!?! And while we’re at it, sometimes we’ll enjoy a birthday weekend filled with 3 days of fun or even party a little early, which is exactly what we did today.

Blue Bunny Pool Party

Little known fact: In 1984 Ronald Reagan declared July National Ice Cream MONTH, and this Sunday, July 15th, is National Ice Cream DAY. Big thanks to “The Gipper” for making my month a yummy one!

In honor of National Ice Cream Day, what better event to celebrate than at a fun-filled pool play date. We were a little worried that the dark clouds would hang out all day , but the sun came out and the temperature rose post-haste.

After a yummy lunch I broke out Blue Bunny’s adorable, Champ!® Mini Swirls Birthday Party Ice Cream Cones. Tah-Dah:

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Immediately I felt like the Ice Cream man {without a truck of course}. All the kiddos {and most of the moms too} were running straight for me, as if something in their brains signaled when I pulled the first ice cream cone out of the box. Three words: Ice-Cream-Radar. Look at these ice-cream lovin’ kids:

Champs Mini Kids

Not only were these icy, sweet snacks perfect because we needed to cool off, but they are a GREAT size for little hands and mouths too. One mom said she didn’t feel so guilty eating one because of it’s size, although I must admit, today proved hard to stop at just one  Champ!®.

Blue Bunny’s Champ!® Ice Cream Cones come in different sizes and flavors, but we especially loved the Mini Swirls Birthday Party and Chocolate versions. They were such a creamy and a nice treat for our party. Want some of your own to celebrate National Ice Cream Month? I’m giving one lucky reader 5 Blue Bunny Bucks that will buy you 5 Blue Bunny Treats. You can buy lots of different Champ!® Ice Cream Cones, five boxes of The Original Bomb Pop®, or mix-and-match. The choice is yours.

How to Win

Mandatory Entry {must be done first in order to get additional entries}: Tell me what your favorite flavor of Blue Bunny is.

For additional entries:

1. Head to the Blue Bunny website: http://www.bluebunny.com/ and tell me which product is your favorite.

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

3. Follow MommyBKnowsBest on Twitter

4. Follow Blue Bunny on Twitter

5. Tweet the following: I entered to win @blue_bunny treats for National Ice Cream Month @mommybknowsbest and so can you: http://bit.ly/M8embW #icecream (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 Blue Bunny (again not an entry but I’d love you forever if you did) click here: MommyB Knows Best Facebook and Blue Bunny Facebook

RulesGiveaway ends July 20th, 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 received Blue Bunny products to facilitate writing this post, however all opinions expressed in this post are my own honest opinions. Yours may vary, but I highly doubt it, Blue Bunny is deeeeeeelish!

Oral B Party – Brushing up on Dental Health

Oral-B Winnie the Pooh Party

OralB Stages

Seems like we’ve been throwing a lot of parties lately, how much fun!! We have a few fun activities coming up for our family this week, but I wanted to go back and recap a great Oral-B Stages party we were able to host at the B house.

Oral-B Stages are great for the little ones, and I have always felt that oral health is super important especially with my kiddos. OralB has brushes available for children who are 4 months young and kid themed brushes up to age 7 years old.

Our party was a Disney movie theme, we got to watch, Winnie the Pooh, the movie, eat popcorn, and play fun Oral-B games. What better pair than popcorn and tooth care since all those kernels get stuck in your teeth?!?

Check out some fun pictures from our party:

Oral-B Winnie the Pooh Party

Popcorn Time

Oral-B Tigger

Tigger even made an appearance

Oral-B collage

What parties are you hosting the rest of this year?

Do you and your family use Oral-B? What do you think of the brand?

We personally choose Oral-B products because I love the brand as a whole, and they have great character themes. We’ve used these products well before this event and will continue to use them. I received all products and goodies for our guests from Oral-B and MomSelect, this in no way effects my opinion of Oral-B. 

Tiny Prints Holiday Party

Tiny Prints HolidayWith the holidays upon us there are so many different parties to attend. On my schedule we’ve had a Halloween play date, a couples Halloween party, a Jake and the Neverland Pirates birthday party, and coming up we have a Thanksgiving Feast, Holiday Cookie exchanges, and other parties I’ve either been invited to or hosted myself for work, not to mention my own birthday party in December and parties that haven’t even been planned yet.

Last weekend, on behalf of one of my most favorite companies, Tiny Prints, I hosted a blogger holiday party and with a few tips I used it was a success.

Invite the Right People for the Right Event – If you are having a play date don’t invite people who don’t like children, pretty obvious right? However I’ve seen interesting mixes at parties because often times people don’t want to leave anyone out, but by being selective, {at times}, it can pay off. I invited some amazing bloggers including {in alphabetical order, so as not to show favoritism *LOL*} Faith, Jamie, Jessica, Kelley, Lisa, Maricris, and Susan.

Tiny Prints Attendees

Find a unique place or theme for the party – Sometimes when you are in a smaller city it’s hard to find new venues to host events at, and even if you choose to host events in your home, one key tip is to get creative. Thinking outside the box when it comes to venues and themes are what can make or break a party. Choose locations you wouldn’t normally think of but work out logistically and look on places like pinterest {which I have vowed to stay away from,} for ideas. I chose Fran’s Filling Station because the menu selection sounded different, and it wasn’t a chain and I’m so glad I chose it because the food and staff were amazing, and I’m dying to go back for round 2.

Find some entertainment or a purpose – While sometimes it’s nice to just get together with friends, when there is a purpose or something fun scheduled for a party people get even more excited to attend. At the Tiny Prints event, Chris Garner, local photographer and owner of TPS Photography, spoke about tips for photography which will not only come in handy for our blogs, but also for our own photos during the holidays. Whatever your purpose or entertainment make it a good fit for your attendees.

Tiny Prints GoodiesMake sure the guests leave with something in hand – aka Goodies. We all love them, let’s face it, when you leave a party with a goodie bag you get a little excited. Recently, I went to a Mom’s Night In, where we made pies and the hostess made pie pops {like these from Bakerella} and although my girls didn’t get to go to the Mom’s Night In {for obvious reasons}, they were able to enjoy the goodies. And I must say for this Tiny Prints event the goodies were pretty awesome! Read More

LeapFrog Product Party

LeapFrog logoAll four of us at the B household love a great themed party, and when Mom Select and LeapFrog approached us about the opportunity to throw a LeapFrog inspired party at our house we were totally in! (Who wouldn’t be?)

We asked all the moms to dress their kids in green in honor of LeapFrog colors, and made some tasty treats to share with our friends.

Not only did we get to play cool games like, “Frog, Frog, Toad” (like, “Duck, Duck, Goose”,((which the kids loved!!)), but we played, “Tad Says” (kids always enjoy any version of “Simon Says”, plus it tires them out and helps them to get ready to listen too!), and most importantly, kids and moms got to use the new LeapFrog LeapPad™  learning tablet, LeapFrog Tag™  Reading System, and the LeapFrog Tag™ World Map.

Here are some pictures of the party, snacks, activities, cute kids and all:

LeapFrog Party

A handful of the attendees already owned a LeapFrog Tag™, but for those who weren’t familiar with it found it to be a great choice for children learning to read, I always suggest this product for children who are a little more cautious with their belongings, since the pages in the book are made from paper and can be torn if not careful, {or if you’re like our family and have little ones who like to grab everything aka Destructo.}  One lucky mom left with a brand new LeapFrog Tag™ for her daughter just for attending this awesome event.

At the LeapFrog Tag™ World Map table, some of the children were able to explore the world with their moms. This interactive map not only helps learn geography, but it also teaches your child about the people who live across the world, different languages, explains about each culture and has lots of fun learning games. It is one of my new favorite LeapFrog products because we want our girls to know that there is a whole world full of amazingly different people out there and what better tool to do it?!?

The majority of the kids were drawn towards the LeapFrog LeapPad™, of course, it’s like mom’s tablet or a cool video system with a large screen that interacts through touch and movement. The kids loved the video and picture function of the LeapPad™ as they built their own stories. They also got to check out some well-known character based learning games and I kid you not, it was very hard to get the children to share this one {which is a good thing}, but I was able to pry it away occasionally to let those who hadn’t tested it out have a chance.

Here are my thoughts on LeapFrog products:

All-in-all the party was a great opportunity for moms got to watch their children interact with these toys in a non-store setting, at their own pace and many of them left the party saying these LeapFrog products were on the top of their holiday shopping list. And the B family fell in love with LeapFrog a little more that day.

I’ll leave you with this cute picture of the kids giving me their best, “surprised” faces. Aren’t they cute!!!

LeapFrog Party Kids

I received free LeapFrog products in order to host a Learn, Create, and Share Party. LeapFrog did not influence my opinions expressed in the above post.