Get gut healthy, get happy!

Something that doesn’t get much attention but has a huge impact on your health is your gut. I know when I make poor food choices, drink alcoholic beverages or slack on my exercise or even when I am under a lot of stress I can feel it. I feel fatigued, bloated, gassy and I even get headaches.

I try to be proactive and take a daily Probiotic to help reach a mind- body balance. It’s a great way to start your day!

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I choose Nature Made® Probiotics, each box lasts one month and they come in these easy and convenient two pack pairs you can grab and take anywhere. You can improve your health with just one good habit at a time. Nature Made® Probiotics: Nature Made® Advanced Dual Action Probiotic has been clinically studied and provides dual support to both your small and large intestine for comprehensive coverage to help support digestive balance and healthy gut flora.†

Each day, you take two pills, which are combined in convenient pairs you can easily tear and grab on the go.I always take my Probiotic with food. I put the 2-pill capsules in my purse or gym bag with a piece of fruit or granola bar. An apple, banana or grapes goes great! Be sure to drink a nice sized glass of water, too.

My go to place for my Vitamins, Minerals or Probiotics for the entire family is Walmart SuperCenters. I can always find a large variety of Nature Made® items there, including the ones you see above, and their low prices are budget friendly. I go to Walmart SuperCenters to find the Probiotics and other vitamins and supplements are available at both Walmart and Walmart Supercenters.

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Healthy habits for back to school

Here we are in the middle of August getting our kids ready for school again! Where did the summer go? I don’t know about you but it takes us a few weeks to kick the Summer way of life and get into full gear again for School. Here are a few tips and tricks to ensure your kids can get a head start with healthy habits, so it becomes routine for back-to-school.

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This post was sponsored by Nature Made®  as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.

Stay organized, create a lunch prep drawer so you can have everything you need in one centralized location.

I store the juice boxes in the freezer to use as the ice pack. This will keep you from trying the find the ice pack every night and having to remember to wash it and put it back in the freezer. Just throw it in the morning of, or even the night before and keep it in the fridge.

I don’t know about your kids but mine go straight for the snacks as soon as the stumble in the door. Create a snack basket of things they can grab and eat while doing that homework “they don’t have”.  This will keep them from eating junk after school and get them back on track. This will help rein-enforce the healthy habits we try to instill in them everyday.

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Shop for Nature Made® KIDS FIRST® Multivitamin Gummies at Target. Don’t forget these when you take that back to school shopping list with you. My kids don’t usually like to shop with me, except for when we go to Target, they help push the cart and check off my list as we get everything we need. Although I think it may be because they get a snack at the Cafe before we shop, but shhh, I won’t tell anyone 😉

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Your kids can enjoy getting the essential daily nutritional support they may be lacking, in a delicious, easy-to-chew gummy. Nature Made® KIDS FIRST® Multivitamin Gummies come in great-tasting all- natural fruit flavors that your kids will love, like Orange, Cherry & Mixed Berry. Not only do they taste great, they help fill many of the key nutrient gaps from your kids’ diet and support overall health.†

  • Contains 12 essential nutrients for age-specific nutritional support, including vitamins A, C, D and E, B vitamins, and minerals like iodine and zinc
  • All natural fruit flavors
  • Colors derived from natural sourcesNo synthetic dyes
  • No preservatives or yeast
  • Gluten free

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My kids love the taste of these gummies, they say they don’t taste gritty like some of them can. And are now our go to Multi-Vitamin, and I even sneak them into my morning routine. Just don’t tell my kids!

† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Share the Luv

Attention Mom’s everywhere, you won’t want to miss this!! The official diaper of experienced moms, Luvs is offering big savings in this Sunday’s paper. Get your scissors out because there will be a high-value coupon offering $2 off any one diaper pack. And it gets better, Additionally, in partnership with Ibotta, Luvs is also offering a limited-time $5 rebate on any boxed variety of Luvs diapers, 54ct. box or larger. If you have never used Ibotta before, your missing out on savings!

“This review was made possible by iConnect and Luvs.  I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine.”

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Softer and more absorbent than ever before, with large stretch tabs for easy fastening, ultra-leakage protection and a money-back guarantee, Luvs Ultra Leakguards with NightLock Plus™ provide the high-quality features babies and parents need for less cost than the premium brands.

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Luvs is offering great money-saving opportunities for parents with little ones. Here’s how to save:

  1. Keep an eye out for this Sunday’s newspaper (Aug. 14, 2016) for an insert from P&G with a Luvs coupon offering $2 of any one diaper pack. Use this coupon at any mass, discount or grocery store where Luvs diapers are sold.
  2. Download the free Ibotta app, available on iOS and Android, and search “Luvs” to unlock an exclusive $5 rebate. 

    Links to download:

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ibotta-cash- back-app.-grocery/id559887125?mt=8

    OR

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ibotta.android&hl=en

  • Go shopping for your Luvs diapers at any participating store.
  • Verify your purchases by scanning product barcodes and submitting a photo of your receipt.
  • Save money and earn cash back! Your $5 cash back rebate will be deposited into your Ibotta account within 48 hours.

 

 

What you might not know about Luvs diapers:

  • Featuring Super Absorbent Leakguards and NightLock Plus™, its largest absorbency area ever, Luvs Diapers lock away wetness and absorb even more than regular Luvs.
  • With the large refastenable stretch tabs, fastening Luvs diapers is super easy for Mom, plus she can rest assured knowing that she’s giving baby a secure, snug fit again and again.
  • Luvs knows that between laundry, play dates, snack time, and nap time, you don’t have time for leaks. Luvs makes life easier for busy Moms by helping to keep leaks in the diaper where they belong, so baby stays dry and comfortable, even overnight.  
  • A contoured shape hugs baby for a great fit and a super soft cottony material – softer than ever before – feels gentle on baby’s skin.
  • The Luvs Money Back Guarantee: We feel so strongly about our diapers that we’ve guaranteed them! If you aren’t satisfied with the leakage protection of Luvs, we’ll refund your money.  See our website, www.luvsdiapers.com, for details.
  • Luvs diapers are available in sizes newborn through 6, feature fun designs in every pack, and can be found at mass, discount and grocery stores where baby care products are sold.
  • For more information on Luvs diapers, visit www.luvsdiapers.com or the brand’s social media channels on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/luvsdiapers), Twitter (https://www.twitter.com/luvs) and YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/luvsdiapers).  

 

*Based on Size 4.  Average of 0.13 grams less after 3 typical wettings over 15 minutes.  Huggies Snug & Dry is a trademark of Kimberly-Clark Worldwide

**Luvs diapers versus Huggies diapers based on average consumption and Nielsen average non-promoted retail price 3 months ending 05/02/2015

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A little Q&A:

Q: What Luvs diapers are included in the newspaper coupon offer?

All Luvs Diapers are included in this particular offer, except trial/travel sized diaper packs.

Q: Where can I shop to claim the newspaper coupon offer? How long will this offer last?

The coupon insert in the Sunday, Aug 14th, newspaper can be used at mass, discount and grocery stores where Luvs diapers are sold. The expiration date is 8/27/16.

Q: What Luvs diapers are included in the Ibotta rebate offer?

This rebate only includes Luvs Boxes, 54 ct. or larger. The rebate excludes Luvs Bags, 48 ct. or smaller.

Q: I am having troubles with the Ibotta app. What should I do?

Please visit the Help Center found in the app or visit https://ibotta.desk.com/ for further assistance with the application. For any general Luvs Diaper questions, consumers can call 888-NO-LEAKS or visit www.luvsdiapers.com.

Q: Where can I shop to claim the Ibotta offer?

There are over 193 supporting stores at over 500,000 locations. Visit https://ibotta.com/where/receipt-photo for a list of supported retailers.

Q: How long will the Ibotta offer last?

This is a limited-time offer. Once you unlock the rebate, you can see the exact date of the rebate expiration. In order to qualify for the rebate, you must submit your receipt before the rebate expiration.

 

Cherish your memories with York Photo

School is starting and our kids will be gone ALL DAY!! While this brings us much joy, it also brings us some stress and we realize our kids are just growing up too fast! We all have those picture frames at our desk at work or home showing off how cute and adorable our kiddos are! But we need these little things to help us remember that they are growing each and every year and to cherish the memories that we have now.

I received complimentary products and compensation to facilitate my review, but all opinions stated are 100% mine!

YorkPhoto.com offers a variety of products to create now so that you can cherish these memories later! And they won’t break the bank!SCREENSHOT

York Photo always has special offers, including buy one get one free promotions and %40 off certain items.

Perfect for the Holidays, Birthdays and Teachers gifts. And don’t forget about those Grandparents!

I used the picture below and added it with a few of my favs of my kids and created this mug!

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I take it to work with me every single day. And I have gotten dozens of compliments! I think I am going to make some bookmarks and notepads next for the kids to take to school with them! Maybe even with my picture on them (My kids would die, LOL).

Create yours here at YorkPhoto.com!

You can also visit them on their social media and stay up to date with great ideas and their promotions!

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Have some ideas of what we can make next? Just comment them below and inspire others!

Blueberry Power Bites

Eating healthy isn’t always easy. I find myself eating the things that are convenient to grab and shove in my mouth by the handful! Not to mention, the snacks don’t fill you up so you end up eating a lot more of them. NOT THESE! These bites are perfect to throw in a bag and take anywhere with you. You could substitute any ingredients in this recipe and make it work for you!

I have played with this recipe a lot over the past few months, adding a bit of almost everything I had in my pantry. And that is why I love these bites, you can use whatever you have in your pantry or spice rack and create a easy, and healthy for you snack even the kids will want to eat!

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Ingredients I used:

  • 3 cups Oats, toasted (see tips below)
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp agave, or honey
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/ tsp almond extract
  • 3 tbsp flax seeds, grounded
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds, grounded
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups almond milk, adjust as necessary
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients in bowl, shape into bite size balls and bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 25 – 30 minutes until firm and brown. Let cool completely.

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Tips:

Toast your oats!– Toasting your oats in a dry non stick skillet on med- med high until lightly browned helps bring out the flavor and cuts down the “uncooked flour” taste!

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Get your grind on!– Put the Chia seeds and Flax seeds in either a coffee bean grinder, spice grinder or blender to grind them into a fine powder before adding to your recipe so you don’t bite right into a seed.

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Play with your food!– Try different flavor extracts, I used vanilla and almond, but you can try banana or pistachio. The limits are endless.

Feel fruity!– You can try any kind of fruit in these, you might want to adjust the amount of liquid your adding depending on how much juice is in the fruit. Also, I tried getting the blueberries in the middle of the bites before baking, that way the juice didn’t explode everywhere on the outside while baking.

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You can feel good about eating these, and get a boost of “Power” for your day! Oatmeal contains soluble fiber, which stays in the stomach longer and helps you feel fuller, longer. It also contains calcium and potassium!

14 Road trip games to play with kids

Taking a road trip with kids can be wonderful, IF you can keep them entertained. Here are 14 games to play while in a Car, RV or Plane. Even the adults will want to play these games!

And even better, no batteries necessary!

Where’s the Alphabet?

Perform this as teams or solo players. You’ll want to utilize road signs, billboards, shop names — any reading material outside the window qualifies as long as it’s spotted on your side of the car. (If you’re the front-seat passenger, focus on the right.) You’ll be looking for every letter of the alphabet, in alphabetical order, although the letter can be located anywhere in the word. Say there is a fruit stand with a sign for Granny Smith apples — there’s your A. The exit for the Brooklyn Bridge would cover B, Road Closed is C and so on. First one to the letter Z wins. If you see “Road Closed,” however, you’ll probably be happy to have the nine other games listed here.

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The Picnic Game

A memory builder for all ages. One player says, “I went to a picnic Saturday and I brought…” then says a picnic favorite that begins with the letter A, like apples. The next player repeats the opening phrase, and after “…I brought” they repeat the A item then add one that begins with B: “I brought an apple and some bananas.” The third player repeats the opener, the A and the B portions, and then adds something that begins with C. Get it? Can your travelers get through the alphabet, remembering all the items everyone contributed? Try keeping track of 23 items plus figuring out what you can take to a picnic that starts with X!

Geography Lesson

Geography is much more fun outside the classroom, isn’t it? For this game, choose countries, cities or states (or go nuts and try rivers and lakes or capitals). Let’s say your theme is states. The first player names a location, and the next player has to rattle off another state that starts with the last letter of the previous player’s state. Therefore, if it were Michigan, the next state would have to start with N, like Nebraska. The A could be Alaska, and so on. Note: This one makes our brain hurt.

While You Were Sleeping

The Game: Create the most believable story when someone falls asleep

The Rules:
• First, a passenger must fall asleep
• After five minutes of slumber, the awake passengers begin creating a story
• Each person takes turns adding to the story
• Once the passenger wakes up, you have to get them to believe the story
• If somebody breaks character, they lose a point
• If somebody goes off script, you ask, “Are you sure?” and then that person is silenced and loses two points
• If you successfully fool the person, each storyteller wins three points
• If the sleeping passenger fools the car and joins their story correctly, they steal their current point total
• The one with the most points at the destination wins

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Did You Hear That…?

The Game: Pop culture and news collide for a fun game of fact or fiction

The Rules:
• You are trying to fool your opponent
• You start by asking, “Did you hear that _______ happened?”
• Your opponent can either say, “That didn’t happen,” or, “Tell me more.”
• If they correctly guess that it didn’t happen, the opponent gets two points
• If they incorrectly guess that it didn’t happen, you steal one point and gain two additional
• If you are asked, “Tell me more,” points double at the end of the statement

The Singing Game

The Game: Connect song lyrics for a fun sing-along game

The Rules:
• One person starts singing a song
• Using a lyric from the song, the next person has to connect it with another song
• It continues on until somebody messes up the lyrics or is stumped

Example:
• “I kissed a girl and I…”
• “…Really, really, really like you…”
• “…Doing that thing you do, breaking my heart into a million…”

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Fortunately/Unfortunately

The Game: Making a fortunate situation out of an unfortunate situation

The Rules:
• One person starts by saying “Fortunately” and mentioning something fortunate
• The next person has to follow by saying something unfortunate about the previous situation
• Move clockwise around the car switching between fortunate and unfortunate situations
• If somebody stumbles, they get a strike. Three strikes, and you’re out
• Last man standing wins

Example:
• Fortunately, this will be my first time seeing the Grand Canyon
• Unfortunately, it was invaded by Martians just last week
• Fortunately, I just finished my course in extraterrestrial communications
• etc.

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Cows on My Side

The Game: Holler when you see a cow!

The Rules:
• When you see a cow on your side of the road, you have to yell, “Cows on my side!”
• Every time you call a cow, you get a point
• If you see cows on the other side you say, “Cows on your side!”
• If you call, “Cows on your side,” before the person sees them, you steal a point
• If anyone sees a cemetery they scream, “Ghost cow,” stealing all the other side’s points

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The bug splatter game

The vehicle is split down the middle between driver’s side and passenger side. The side of the windshield that gets the biggest bug splatter is the winner. The losing side buys the winners a snack at the next stop.

Don’t get me started

Someone gives the player a random topic and that player has to go on an angry rant about it. It’s great because you can be super melodramatic about the craziest of things!

Hawk on a wing

You get a point for being first to call out “Hawk on a Wing” for every hawk you see. 2 points for being first to call out other birds like road runners, black birds, eagles, etc.. Game restarts at rest breaks, with highest point total winning.

Secret race place

One person looks at a road map and finds a small town, village, river, etc. That person announces the name of the place she has chosen. A second player has 60 seconds to look at the map and try to find the secret place.

Story time

Pick another car on the road, preferably one with a few passengers. Don’t be a creeper, but everyone in your car should at least get one good look at everyone. Once you’ve seen them, take turns deciding who these people are. Maybe they’re ex-circus performers on the run from the mob. Maybe they’re all sister wives on the way to a wedding. Whoever comes up with the most outrageous/accurate/hilarious story, wins.

Colored cars

Everyone in the car has to choose an unusual color for a car (purple, yellow, mint green, etc.), and you get points for every car of that color you see. You could also make the game interesting by allowing passengers to steal points if they spot another passenger’s color first.

 

Hope you guys have fun trying all these games!

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Back to School tips (to make it easier)

This summer has flown by. My kids go back to school in just a couple of weeks. And I always struggle with keeping everything organized. So this month I am getting organized, getting creative and giving you all the Tips and To-Do’s!

Tip: Decorate Notebooks and PencilsThis is another easy craft that will make your old school supplies look that much cuter. Buy some super cheap, plain notebooks and make them unique and adorable with colorful Washi tape. I guarantee you’ll get compliments.

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Mornings made easy

 School mornings are rough! Here are some ideas to help you get going quicker (while keeping your sanity intact)

Breakfast of champions. Trying to get out of that Summer routine means we’re always rushed and some days the kids have to eat breakfast on the way to school, so I’ve decided to freeze more breakfasts for those super busy mornings. Here are 10 ideas for easy and tasty make ahead freezer breakfasts!

  1. Breakfast Burritos- Burritos are one of my favorite foods, and I love that you can customize it exactly the way you want. I personally like eggs, breakfast sausage, cheese, bell peppers, and onions, topped off with some fresh cilantro! When reheating wrap in a moist paper towel for best results.
  2. Quesadilla – Similar to a breakfast burrito but flatter!
  3. Breakfast Sandwiches – Who doesn’t love a breakfast sandwich? And who knew they freeze so well? Just pop them in the microwave and you’re set. You could also make this with croissants!
  4. Green Smoothies – Green smoothies are a staple in our house. Our whole family loves them and we make them a couple times a week. It’s so easy to freeze individual portions into ziploc bags so that all you need to add is the liquid and then blend!
  5. French Toast Sticks – I used to make these in big batches all the time. I love that you can bake them. They freeze beautifully, and you can reheat them quickly in the toaster or toaster oven. You can even sneak in veggies by blending in some pumpkin or squash into the batter — they’ll never know!
  6. Pancakes – Pancakes and waffles also freeze great.
  7. Muffins – Make your favorite muffin and pop them into freezer bags. When reheating wrap in a moist paper towel for best results.
  8. Egg muffins/Mini Frittatas – These are easy to make and easy to customize with your choice of ingredients — no bread needed!
  9. Breakfast cookies – Everything tastes better when it’s in cookie form. Oat cookies work amazing!
  10. Pop tarts – You can make your own healthy pop tarts with puff pastry or premade dough. Reheat them in the microwave or toaster oven and you have a quick, easy breakfast your kids are sure to love!

& Don’t forget to pre-set your coffee maker so it’s ready when you are!

Conquer clothing clutter. When putting your laundry away, separate 5 outfits, one for each day of the school week, and label them for easy access. If your child is older or picky about what they wear, this can be one of their weekly chores, it will save time trying to decide what to wear in the morning and trying to find something that matches.

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Prep lunches the night before. Get that lunchbox packed the night before and put it in the fridge for a quick grab and go. See “Lunch time” below for some more great ideas.

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Let’s be honest, those sandwiches that look like sheep and fruit shaped into flowers are cute and fun but who has time for that? Every year I always start out doing the super cute and fun lunch boxes but by the end of the second week I have run out of steam and ideas! Keep it simple and shake it up every now and then, the kids will be more surprised when it’s an occasional lunch party box then an everyday routine.easy lunch box

Save yourself some time and space by dedicating one of your kitchen drawers to a “Lunch prep drawer” and keep everything you need in one location.

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I store the juice boxes in the freezer to use as the ice pack. This will keep you from trying the find the ice pack every night and having to remember to wash it and put it back in the freezer. Just throw it in the morning of, or even the night before and keep it in the fridge.  

After School Showdown

I don’t know about your kids but mine go straight for the snacks as soon as the stumble in the door. Create a snack basket of things they can grab and eat while doing that homework “they don’t have”.  This will keep them from eating junk after school and get them back on track.

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Create a “drop off” location in your house, somewhere the kids can kick off their shoes (so they can find them in the morning) drop off their backpack (so it’s not lying on the floor somewhere) and write down any important notes or dates (before they forget them).  I also like to add a basket or file holder that they can put those data folders or papers that need to be signed or reviewed.

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Back to School Shopping:

I have compiled a list of the biggest sales to complete that supply list. Some of them even offer free in store pick up, which means you do the clicking and they do the picking! Save yourself some isle wandering and kid wrangling while you shop from your couch!

Target back to school link: Here

Staples back to school link: Here

Dick’s Sporting Goods back to school link: Here

Best Buy back to school link: Here

Walmart back to school link: Here

Office Depot & Office Max back to school link: Here

 

Thanks for coming and as always I love to hear from you guys, so if you have any comments questions or ideas please post them below!

StickerKid for the everyday Mom

StickerKid makes life easier for parents, teachers and kids with attractive and ultra-resistant name labels which clearly identify children’s clothes, shoes, bottles, school supplies and other belongings that are too easily lost or difficult to identify at playgrounds, kindergarten, school, sports activities or camps. StickerKid offers thousands of possibilities to make them your own, with an extensive variety of colors, icons, shapes and fonts.

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Do your kids arrive home missing a few things they left home with?  If they are anything like my kids, they leave their jacket in the playground during the winter and water bottles in the lunch room during summer. Nine times out of ten when they go to the lost and found to get back their belongings they either can’t find it or aren’t sure which is theirs. These super cute name labels help make life easier for your kids to find and keep their belongings. You personalize each label with your kids name, your contact info, teacher or classroom and make it special for them to show their personality and pick what color they want, which font, any fun characters or shapes.

I let my children pick out exactly what they wanted on each of theirs so they would be proud to to use it and show it off!

They have a variety of options that work for newborns to high-schooler’s and beyond!

 

They are water resistant, dishwasher safe, microwave safe, washer & dryer safe and even fridge and freezer safe! Durable and adorable.

You can see their full menu of labels and more here: StickerKid

Perfect for:

  • Summer Camps
  • Daycare
  • Classrooms
  • Home
  • Sleep overs
  • Birthday parties

Safety Bracelets

They have a whole section of allergy stickers and bracelets. You can feel safe about sending your Nut-free peanut to school with a bright and fun way to ensure everyone knows about their allergies.

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Don’t forget to stop by StickerKid and see what they have to make your life easier!

I received product at no cost for my honest review.

And, as always I love to hear from you, please leave any comments, questions or ideas below!

Sneakz Organic Drinks

Being a parent is all part of the adventure, so you get to play the hero by letting your kids drink yummy milkshakes and feel good about doing so. #sipthegoodness

When I heard there was a milkshake drink out there that would give my kids a 1/2 serving of vegetables per box, I thought no way does it actually taste good. So, I sat my two kids down, gave them a glass of a “Strawberry Milkshake”, and walked away. No words were spoken, no sounds were made, no complaints were given. They just sat there drinking and doing their homework. They had NO idea that what they were drinking was actually good for them. I was impressed. It was Sneakz!

I asked each of them a few questions..

Q.Does it taste good?

A.” Yeah, I like it. It tastes just like a smoothie”

What would you change about it?

A. ” I would make it into Popsicle’s.”

Would you drink these regularly?

A. “Can we make them into  Popsicle’s?”

Half serving of veggies

Each box has 1/2 serving of veggies, making it a delicious snack with nutritional benefits for a balanced diet.

Organic Dairy

Our Non-GMO and grass fed cows produce the highest quality organic milk which is healthy and safe for your little ones.

Natural Cane Sugar

Sneakz is sweetened with natural cane sugar and has fewer grams per ounce than flavored milks by Organic Valley and Horizon Milks.

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To purchase your own Sneakz, please visit their website at http://sneakz.com. They also have recipes on their that are nutritional and picky-kid friendly.

Tips: From my experience with Sneakz organic drinks, the colder they are the better. You can transform them into Popsicle’s, (as my kids would suggest) on those sunny warm days for a cool down drink that’s healthy too!

 

Enjoy Sneakz, yummy organic milkshakes with half-serving of veggies for kids and join the conversation on social media using hashtag, #sipthegoodness.

I received product at no cost for my honest review.

And, as always I love to hear from you, please leave any comments, questions or ideas below!

Best End of Year Teacher gifts

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The school year is thankfully coming to a close here in Arizona in the next couple weeks. It’s funny because the anticipation I have for school to be over is the same as the anticipation I have in August for school to start again.

And so, I have begun shopping for teacher gifts. What sort of gifts do you give the people with whom you have entrusted your children for the entire school year? I find it difficult to buy them gifts that truly show how much I appreciate all that they have done for my children.

Before I share my ideas for gifts that have been teacher approved, I want to share a list of things your child’s teacher does not want.

  1. Anything “teacher” themed. To include anything with a design that incorporates rulers, apples, schoolhouses, and chalk boards. Where exactly will the teachers keep all of this? Their classrooms are small and I don’t know any teachers who have teacher-themed decor in their own homes.
  2. Anything that says “#1 Teacher.”
  3. Coffee mug, especially if it is decorated with anything mentioned in #1 and #2 above
  4. A photo of your child. No matter how much your child’s teacher loves your child, they do not want a photo of him/her.
  5. Fancy, smelly soaps. Does anyone use these really? A vat of hand sanitizer would probably be more practical.
  6. Your teacher doesn’t want a gardening kit or a pot decorated with your child’s hand prints and some quip about “how my child bloomed this year” or thanking them for “planting the seeds of knowledge.” It’s hot here and would just be more work for them in the end and if they aren’t into gardening would probably just sit in their garage.
  7. Your teacher doesn’t want anything made from actual pencils, or crayons. Or anything that involves the melting of crayons. They probably know the alphabet and don’t really want an alphabet poster.
  8. Unless your teacher really likes a specific candy, don’t buy them candy. They get enough of this during the year and thru ought the holidays.
  9. Homemade food, to include in those adorable mason jars filled with mixes. If this is something that you enjoy making and can’t possibly live without doing, do it during the school year when the teacher won’t be inundated with snacks.

Usually I buy the teachers smaller gifts for the Christmas/Holiday season. My budget is more limited at that time of year, so I spend a bit more at the end of the year.

Ideas for Teacher Gifts

My suggestion is to use your creativity on the card or presentation of the gift.

  1. I like consumable gifts. Who wants more clutter in their house? With the kids that are younger they have more intimate relationships with their teachers it is easier to find out what the teachers really like and gift accordingly. For example, one of my kids has a teacher who loves a certain local craft store. She has mentioned it to me several times that she spends so much money there. I got her a gift card specifically to this store. Another one of my kids has a young teacher who is moving out of her parent’s house into a home she just bought, a gift card to a home improvement store is perfect for her.
  2. Gift certificate to a movie theater. Everyone likes to go to the movies, I think. Attach the gift card to some microwave popcorn or a box of.
  3. Gift card to a chain restaurant or store. Target, Subway, Sonic, or Starbucks are good choices. Or if your teacher has children, maybe an ice-cream shops to take them.
  4. Gift certificate to a local salon. There’s a great nail salon near the school and it is convenient for the teachers to use. I mean, who doesn’t like to be pampered?
  5. If you had an incredible teacher, write them a note to let them know how much you appreciated them. Send a copy of this note to the principal and superintendent. They get so many complaints every year; a note of praise is a welcome change. If sadly it comes at a time when teachers’ jobs are in jeopardy this could make a difference in their careers.
  6. Pool your money with some other families from your child’s class to get a larger gift card or present.
  7. Personalized note cards. You can get them relatively inexpensively online with the teacher’s name printed on them.  Teachers are always writing notes home.  Just don’t make them teacher themed.
  8. Pick out a nice bottle of wine. Write a note to relax and enjoy the “sweet taste” of summer.
  9. Something useful. A beach towel, sunblock, magazines, beach bag full of goodies. Here is Arizona it gets HOT! So during summer the go to spot to “chill out” is the pool! Even if you live somewhere not-so hot a lot of Teachers take vacations during their Summer and can take these great things along with them.

 


What ideas do you have for Year End Teacher’s Gifts? Or, are you a teacher who has received gifts you really enjoyed? Spill it; I want to know what you think.