#IC #Sponsored: #Backtobgosh Makes Back to School Fun! #BgoshJeanius

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It’s that time of year again! Time for back to school!

With 5 kids in school, I am always on the hunt for great deals on back to school clothes. My absolute favorite place to shop is OshKosh B’Gosh. Their jeans are top of the line, last through dozens and dozens of washings, and even do great once they are passed down to the next kid in line. They use only the best materials and construction in their clothes, and all of their fun, unique designs and trendy fashions make my kids excited to show off their new clothes at school. Better confidence because of what they wear leads to better performance in the classroom. That’s absolutely true with my kids!

For this post, OshKosh B’Gosh sent me a gift card to head to my local store and stock up for the school year for my kids. The one that needed clothes the most was Parker, so I decided to spoil him a little bit.

back to school shopping

Alright, so maybe I spoiled him more than a little bit. 😉 He had a blast picking out all his new clothes. While I expected him to pick out t-shirts and active pants, he wanted dressier clothes: button up shirts, polos in fun colors, and more. I did get our must haves: jeans, denim shorts, and khaki shorts, plus a whole bunch of shirts he picked out for himself.

back to school shopping

We both loved all the gorgeous colors and fun designs they had available, and all at such a great prices! We had so much fun shopping for Parker. It’s not often I get to spend some one-on-one time with the kids, so this was a blessing!


Did you know that right now, OshKosh B’gosh is running their “B’gosh Jeanius Campaign”? OshKosh B’gosh wants every child to have everything they need for school, whether it’s books or blue jeans. OshKosh B’gosh has partnered with K.I.D.S./ Fashion Delivers, Inc., and DonorsChoose.org, and customers get the opportunity to donate either a brand new pair of blue jeans or choose to make a cash donation to a student in need. Any denim donated from July 28th through September 15th of this year, will be delivered to local kids in need through K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, and all cash donations will be dispersed to locals through DonorsChoose.org. Want to know the best part? The Carters Charitable foundation will match all cash donations up to $50,000 and they’ll also match all denim donations with a new item of clothing. I think that’s awesome!! All you have to do is decide how you want to give kids a leg up, and either donate a pair of blue jeans or some cash at the register. (For more information, please visit www.oshkosh.com/bgoshjeanius.

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Need to know where your closest OshKosh B’gosh store is located? Check out the handy dandy Store Locator feature. It helped me find a great little shop I didn’t even know was near me. And we got to go to the ice cream store right next door. Win – Win!

back to school shopping

Not only does OshKosh B’gosh offer fantastic deals on their awesome clothes, they always go above and beyond and give their customers great discounts through coupons. This time is no different! See the coupon below to get 25% off your $30 purchase now through September 30th. (Some exclusions apply. Please read the fine print.)

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Thanks, OshKosh B’gosh for always offering such great clothes at a price I can afford. The only thing I’d love more is if you offered sizes up to 16 so I could buy clothes for all my kids in one place. :)

Readers, I want to encourage you to check out OshKosh B’gosh and learn more about them. Make them your first stop for Back to School Shopping this year, and be sure to follow them on all your favorite social media channels:

#Sponsored: @Pampers Premium Care a #MothersPromise to my Baby @SheSpeaksUp

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As a mom, I make lots of promises to my children: “I promise we can go to the park.” “I promise I will love you forever.” “I promise to always be here when you need me.”

What about, “I promise to give you the very best that I can give”? That promise can hold true even when it comes to something as simple as the diapers we put on their little behinds.

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Pampers and Walmart recently teamed up with the release of new Pampers Premium Care Diapers. Thanks to SheSpeaks and Pampers, I had the opportunity to test out these diapers on Carly and Sawyer.

I have to say, I am quite impressed with these diapers! I can’t get over how soft they are. Not only are they soft, but they are also absorbent. We call Sawyer our little “Super Soaker.” It seemed like every night, I was changing the crib sheets in the middle of the night because he had soaked through his diaper. That was until I made the switch to Pampers Premium Care Diapers! Now, he can make it all night long without soaking through! The extra absorb channels the diapers offer distribute the wetness evenly for up to 12 hours – making for a happy baby and an even happier Mommy! Because Sawyer has incredibly sensitive skin, there are several features in the diapers that make them perfect for him: 1. The Absorb Away Liner pulls wetness and messes away from baby’s skin. This helps keep him clean and dry, and the number of diaper rashes he’s gotten has decreased significantly! 2. The Breathable Material keeps the air circulating around baby’s skin, keeping him dry and rash free. 3. The are completely Hypoallergenic, perfect for even the most sensitive skin, like Sawyer’s.

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Another thing I love is that the diapers are available at Walmart. That means I know I’m getting a great product at a great price. The diapers won’t break my budget, and I can grab them while I’m at Walmart getting everything else I need.

To learn more about new Pampers Premium Care Diapers that are now available at Walmart, I encourage you to check out the following links:

Head to Walmart and grab a pack of Pampers Premium Care Diapers for your little one today.

Have you tried new Pampers Premium Care Diapers? What do you think of them?

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#Sponsored: #Giveaway @Walmart and @Pampers Team Up to Support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

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Right now, you can make a difference in the life of a child, just by purchasing items you already use from the store you already visit.

Walmart believes that every child deserves the chance at a better life, so they’ve teamed up with other favorite brands, (like Pampers), to donate $200,000 in the month of June to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. In addition to that, when you purchase products like Pampers Swaddlers at your local Walmart store, a portion of the proceeds will go to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals provide treatment and hope to millions of sick kids. In fact, one in every ten kids in North America are treated by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals each year. It doesn’t matter if it’s a common childhood affliction such as asthma or a broken bone, or a bigger challenge like birth defects or cancer, Children’s Miracle Network provides treatment for it all.

You can learn more about the partnership and even make your own donation by visiting this link: Walmart.com/cmnh.

Take a moment and look at this infographic to understand why they need your support:

infographic(To view the infographic as a full size PDF, just click on the image.)

They do so much good for so many children. They deserve our support!

I want to share the story of Will, a sweet little boy at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. At just 6 years old, Will is battling Stage 3 Liver Cancer (Hepatoblastoma). Here’s his story:

2014 IA Champion-Will (b, in hospital)

Dozens of vacuum cleaners line the walls of Will’s home, and he’ll impress you by rattling off the make and model of each one. But his unlikely passion for the household appliance is less surprising than the fact that he beat a grim diagnosis with a 5 percent survival rate.

Will was only 2 years old when a large mass was discovered on his liver, triggering several rounds of intense chemotherapy and the removal of 75 percent of the organ. It was a happy day when doctors declared he was in remission, but Will is still facing aftereffects — both physical and emotional — of the disease.

Medications caused numbness in Will’s hands, legs and feet, forcing him to relearn how to walk. He also had to overcome fears that everyone he encountered would inflict pain. With the love and support of his family, Will is tackling one obstacle at a time. He looks forward to a bright future that, hopefully, includes running his own vacuum shop one day.

CMN Hospitals funds helped cover Will’s pharmacy bills and also paid for a pediatric hematology oncology research laboratory that will benefit kids like him for many years to come.

What a sweet spirit that little boy has! And you can help kids just like Will by purchasing items like Pampers Swaddlers at your local Walmart store, or by clicking here to make a donation.

To help encourage you to head to Walmart and stock up on items like Pampers Swaddlers, P&G wants to give one of my readers the chance to win a $25 Walmart Gift Card. To enter, use the Rafflecopter Gadget below.

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#IC #AD: P&G Free & Gentle, It’s Your #SecondSkincare

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With 10 people in our home, I do a lot of laundry. There are times when I feel like I’m doing laundry all day long! In fact, as I’m typing this post, I’ve got a load in the wash, a load in the dryer, and two baskets sitting in front of me that need folded and put away. Yep. With all these kids, my life usually revolves around laundry.

That being said, when it comes to laundry time in our house, I need products that work for the entire family. I need something that can take care of tough stains, but also be gentle enough for the several little ones I have that have incredibly sensitive skin.

That’s why I love P&G’s line of Free & Gentle products. The Tide Pods are perfect for getting even the dirtiest clothes clean. My kids can make some serious messes! But take a look at the before and after of this shirt:

before wash
All I did was throw the shirt in the wash with a Free & Gentle Tide Pod:

tide pod in wash
Filled the softener cup with Downy Free & Gentle:

downy free and gentle
Washed, and then dried it all with a Bounce Free & Gentle Dryer Sheet:

bounce dryer sheet
And it came out beautifully!

after wash with tide

No more stains! It’s clean, fresh, and ready to take on my 4 year old again!

I love that one line of detergents takes care of all our laundry needs. And, in the long run, it saves us money. I don’t have to buy several different types of detergents for the family’s needs, and I’m not constantly needing to buy new clothes because the stains won’t come out.

But, even more than that, I love that I can use these products as a form of a “Second Skincare” for Gage and Sawyer. Because P&G Free & Gentle products are hypoallergenic, dye and perfume free, they keep Gage and Sawyer from breaking out in rashes or being itchy all day. Because they come in brands like Tide, Downy, and Bounce, I can trust them to be the best for my large family.

I know we’re not alone in our sensitive skin woes, either. Did you know that nearly half of all US adults say they have sensitive skin? When we think of sensitive skin, we’re always careful about the types of facial and body care products we buy, but the clothes that we put on, our “second skin,” are every bit as important.

I recently discovered that 87% of the people that use free detergent use scented fabric softener and/or dryer sheets. Those product undo everything the free detergent has done to help their second skin. If you want to keep your skin looking and feeling its best, it’s important to follow a completely dye and perfume free laundry regimen to clean, protect, and enhance your second skin.

The good news is that the P&G Free & Gentle regimen offers dye and perfume free products throughout. Every product is hypoallergenic and gentle on skin. All of the Free & Gentle products are dermatologist recommended.

The line of Free & Gentle products consists of the following:

  • Tide Free & Gentle Detergent / Tide Stain Release Free In-Wash Booster – it’s as mild on skin as the leading free detergent, but it cleans better and removes more residue from stains on clothing. (Need proof? See my pictures above!)
  • Downy Free & Gentle Fabric Softener – Also mild on skin, this provides outstanding comfort and freshness through its softening formula.
  • Bounce Free & Gentle Dry Sheets – These sheets maintain a mild formula but also provide freshness, softness, and static control. (Bonus: The even repel pet hair!)

If you, or someone in your family has sensitive skin, I encourage you to consider changing your laundry routine. It has made a huge difference around here for us!

To learn more about any of these products, I encourage you to check out the brands on social media:

Have you tried the P&G line of Free & Gentle Products? I’d love to hear about your experience!

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#IC #Ad: #RealFoodForBabies from @BeechnutFoods Makes Mealtime Better for Baby #Giveaway

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As a mom, I want to know the food my kids eat is the best food possible. While I wish I had the time to simply make every meal for Sawyer myself, there are so many times that’s just not possible. That’s when I turn to Beech-Nut. Their organic line of baby food is packed full of flavor – just like the food I make for Sawyer, when I have time. It’s fresh, easy to transport, and I don’t have to worry about artificial ingredients or preservatives. With Beech-Nut, I get what I want for Sawyer: delicious food that’s as close to homemade as possible, but it’s convenient enough for on-the-go feeding.

For this review, I received a coupon and was asked to use it to purchase a jar of food from Beech-Nut’s organic line. I chose to have Sawyer test out the Mango, Pineapple, and Granola Stage 3 jar. We were running late for church this morning, (big surprise!), and I didn’t have time to feed him before we left. That meant I had to feed him in the nursery, and I prayed this baby food would go over well. It’s not always easy to feed Sawyer in the nursery. There are so many distractions in there, sometimes it’s hard to get him to focus on his food.


As you can clearly see, he *loved* it. I had nothing to worry about! I just recently started Sawyer on Stage 3 foods, and the one thing I love most about the Beech-Nut Organic Line is the fact the Stage 3 jars have just enough texture in them to get him ready for table food, but not so much they choke and gag him. The color, the smell, the texture, everything was just perfect. Sawyer gobbled the entire jar down in a matter of minutes. I’m pretty sure if he could talk, he’d let us know he was quite impressed.


Beech-Nut wants to make sure moms only feed their babies food they would eat themselves. It’s so much more than just baby food. They call it “real food for babies™.” The only items in their new inspired-by-homemade organic line are simply fruits, veggies, and sometimes ancient grains and beans. Nothing else. No preservatives. No artificial anything. And that makes this mom feel good.

Some of the flavors you can find in the organic line include organic banana, cinnamon, & granola, organic butternut squash, black bean, & cumin, organic apple, raspberry, & avacado, and many other combinations inspired by real moms.

The Beech-Nut organic line is cooked with a unique gentle process, similar to how we moms make food at home. The process doesn’t add anything to the food, no excess water, no preservatives, and it won’t cook the nutrients away. All your baby tastes are the delicious fruits and vegetables. Each transparent honeypot glass jar features the USDA-certified organic seal to indicate it is a GMO-free food.

This year, Beech-Nut received Product of the Year in the baby category for its 100% natural and organic lines. This was decided in a national survey by Taylor Nelson Sofres by more than 40,000 consumers.

You can find the Beech-Nut organic line in the following stores:

  • Babies “R” Us, Kroger, Wegmans, Walmart.com, Winn-Dixie, Price Chopper, BI-LO, Giant Carlisle, Stop & Shop, A&P, Cub Foods, Shoppers Food, ACME, Pathmark, Raley’s, Meijer, Albertsons, Nugget Market, Hannaford, Diapers.com, Shaw’s, and Harris Teeter.

I also want to encourage you to learn more about Beech-Nut and their new organic line. There are lots of ways to do just this:

Want the chance to win a coupon for your own free Beech-Nut Product? Simply leave a comment on this post and let me know which Beech-Nut product you would purchase.

Contest entrants are only eligible to win once per sweepstake, per household as part of a campaign sponsored by Influence Central and must reside in the United States. Contest ends May 20th, 2015 at 11:59pm. Winner will be contacted May 21st, and must claim their prize by May 22nd.

#Sponsored: I Made #MyPerfectSandwich @McDonalds, & You Can Too! #McDPtr

sponsoredDisclaimer: This post was created in partnership with McDonald’s. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

perfect burger

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to make my perfect sandwich at a local McDonald’s with their new Create Your Taste experience. Hubby and I loaded up the 3 youngest kids, and we headed down to our Gainesville, GA McDonald’s.

When we arrived, the staff introduced me to the Create Your Taste experience. It looked so high tech! I honestly couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.
Create Your Taste Experience

Amber was our hostess, and she was the bomb! I really think she made the experience so much better. She was so kind, and she quickly and easily walked us through making the perfect burger.

making the perfect burger

Even with a squirming baby in my arms, I was still able to design my perfect burger with ease. (Do you know how much I love that?!)

Once my order was finished, I had the option to pay with a card at the kiosk, or I could pay with cash at the register. I never ever have cash on hand, so I opted to pay with a card at the kiosk. So easy!

We then headed to our table and had a seat. A few minutes later, there was Amber again, with our order in hand!

burger delivery

I didn’t have to stand at the counter with 3 kids and wait for my food. They delivered it right to my table. I loved how fancy they made it too. Wire baskets for the burgers, and even a little wire fry basket for my super tasty fries! McDonald’s has really added a touch of class to their restaurants with the Create Your Taste experience.

And look how good my burger looked….

the perfect burger

It came out exactly like I ordered it! 3 slices of cheese, (with no extra charge!), bacon (reasonable upcharge), lettuce, extra pickle, ketchup, and mustard, all on a tasty artisan roll.

first bite!

It tasted even better than it looked, too! It was so good, and it was exactly what I had been craving.

I had such a great time trying out the Create Your Taste experience, and I want to encourage you to head out to McDonald’s and do the same. If you are craving the perfect burger, now’s your chance to go for it!

I want to thank the kind staff at McDonald’s who made my visit a real pleasure. I had so much fun learning about the Create Your Taste experience and sharing it with my family. Thank you for making my perfect sandwich a reality! You all did a fantastic job! And, Amber, keep that beautiful smile, and share it with the world! You were such a pleasure, and I’m glad I got to share this experience with you.

(To see the video of Amber helping me create my burger, head on over to instagram. You’ll find the video here.)

So, tell me…. Have you tried the new Create Your Taste experience at McDonald’s? If not, what are you waiting for?

#Sponsored: When Calls the Heart Returns for Season 2! #FaithTV #Hearties #Giveaway @WCTH_tv

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What will you be doing this Saturday night at 8/7c?

I will be on the couch, tuning into the new season of When Calls the Heart on the Hallmark Channel with my oldest daughter.

This is one premiere that has had me giddy with anticipation.

In order to create this post, I did receive the opportunity to view the Season Premier before it airs thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC.

I can’t give away any details, but OH.MY.GOODNESS. You cannot miss this premier! My daughter has been anxiously awaiting the return of When Calls the Heart, and it has been SO difficult to keep the details from her. But, I must. If for no other reason than I can’t wait to see her reaction as she watches it.

I love When Calls the Heart, because it is good, clean, family friendly, and fun. In my opinion, this is one of the best shows on television, and it’s something I don’t have to worry about my children watching. It’s perfect for the whole family!

In case you don’t know what When Calls the Heart is about, here’s a brief summary of the series:

The series is inspired by Janette Oke’s bestselling book series about the Canadian West. “When Calls the Heart” tells the captivating story of Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow), a young teacher accustomed to her high society life, who receives her first classroom assignment in Coal Valley, a small coalmining town where life is simple, but often fraught with challenges. Lori Loughlin plays Abigail Stanton, a wife and mother whose husband, the foreman of the mine, along with a dozen other miners, has just been killed in an explosion. The newly widowed women find their faith is tested when they must go to work in the mines to keep a roof over their heads. Elizabeth charms most everyone in Coal Valley, except Constable Jack Thornton (Daniel Lissing) who believes Thatcher’s wealthy father has doomed the lawman’s career by insisting he be assigned in town to protect the shipping magnate’s daughter. Living in a turn of the century coal town, Elizabeth will have to learn the ways of the frontier if she wishes to thrive in the rural west on her own.

Remember, the new season starts this Saturday, April 25th at 8/7c.

To get you excited about this week’s premier, World Films has offered up a set of When Calls The Heart Season 1 on DVD ($60 value!!).

Win a copy of Season one of When Calls the Heart!

To enter, use the Rafflecopter gadget below:

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Contest ends May 1st.

I also want to encourage you to get social with other #Hearties in the following way:

#Sponsored: Save a Lot on Beauty Products at @SaveALot #SaveALotInsiders

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I’m going to let you in on a little secret: I shop at Save-a-Lot a lot. I can always find exactly what I need at a price I can afford. I can’t tell you how much money I save by shopping at Save-a-Lot.

But, let me tell you something I never, ever realized in all my trips to Save-a-Lot:

They sell beauty products!

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Apparently I have missed the beauty aisle every time I’ve walked into Save-a-Lot. I don’t know. Maybe I just assumed they wouldn’t have what I need, or I wouldn’t be familiar with the brands, so I just skipped over it.

The amazing folks at Save-a-Lot sent me a gift card and told me to check out their Suave beauty products.



That’s what I already buy! You mean to tell me I could have saved even more by buying the items I use every day at Save-a-Lot?!

Hand, meet Forehead.

When I headed back to my local Save-a-Lot, the first place I stopped was the Health and Beauty aisle. I couldn’t believe my eyes. There, right in front of me, were all the products I use every single day. From my toothpaste to the body wash I prefer for the kids.

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The day I went to my local Save a Lot to check out their beauty products, I had already planned to stock up on snacks for our recent vacation. I knew we had a long drive ahead of us, and my kids were going to need plenty of snacks to keep them happy. I had no idea that I would be able to stock up on every single item I needed for our vacation all in one place!

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I was so excited to find everything I needed! Razors, shaving cream, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, body wash – they had it all!

For this post, though, I was asked to purchase items from a specific list. The best part is, those items were on my vacation list, so it worked out perfectly!

The items I purchased specifically for this post were the following:

  1. Caress Dily Silk Body Wash – I love this body wash. I honestly hadn’t used it prior to this post, but it’s my new go-to body wash. Even my uber-picky teenage daughter loved it and couldn’t stop commenting on how silky smooth it made her skin feel. Looks like I’ll be buying double of this body wash on my next trip to Save a Lot.
  2.  Suave Green Apple Shampoo & Conditioner – I need a shampoo that works great but won’t break the bank. Hubby and I switched to Suave shampoo several years ago, and I love the fresh, crisp scent of the Green Apple Shampoo. My hair is curly and gets tangled easily, so I have to use conditioner every single day. The Green Apple Conditioner is gentle enough that it won’t strip my hair of the color I use, but strong enough to get those nasty tangles out of my hair.
  3. Suave Max Hold Aerosol Hairspray – This is hands down the *only* hairspray I will use, and I couldn’t believe the deal I got on it at my Save a Lot store! While I only have one can pictured above, I actually bought 3 to stock up. :) This hairspray holds my hair however I style it, and it doesn’t leave flakes or make my hair feel sticky.
  4. Suave 2-in-1 Surfs Up Shampoo for Kids – This shampoo is great for all of my younger kids. Carly has super thin, curly hair that tangles easily, and this gets her hair clean and tangle free. The boys have no problem using it, either, and I love that it’s tear free for the younger kids.
  5. Suave Kids Detangler – Because I wash Lucy’s hair every other day, there are some days when her hair gets tangled. This detangler works great at removing those tangles and leaving her hair silky soft. It makes her happy, and it makes me happy that we aren’t fighting every morning when I do her hair.
  6. Suave Free & Gentle Body Wash Kids – My favorite part about this body wash is that it’s free and clear. Sawyer, my 7 month old, has extremely sensitive skin, and I can only use free and clear products that are gentle on him. This gets him clean, and keeps his skin healthy and clear.


I had no idea all of these products were available at my local Save a Lot store, but now that I know, I’m not keeping it a secret! I want everyone to know that they can get the health and beauty products they need when they stock up on their groceries.

I hope the next time you’re in Save a Lot, you’ll make a stop down the Health and Beauty aisle.

Also, for the chance to win a $25 Save-A-Lot gift card, check out the Smart Shopper Sweepstakes on the Save-A-Lot Facebook page.

Be sure to follow Save a Lot on social media for all the latest news:

And if you’re looking for more great reviews from other bloggers, be sure to search the #SaveALotInsiders hashtag on all your favorite social media outlets.

#Sponsored: 5 Ways to #StressLess2BMyBest with RESCUE

I know stress. With 8 kids, a husband, a dog, a business, and life in general, stress and I go way back. So, when Social Moms and RESCUE asked me to share a sponsored post about how I handle stress and a new product that’s available to help me stress less, I jumped at the chance.

5 ways to relieve stress

Before I get too far into this post, I want to share my top 5 ways to relieve stress:

    • Call My Best Friend – While she may not have 8 kids, she *knows* my 8 kids almost as well as I do, and therefore understands why I’m stressed. One quick phone call to her to vent about how the dog chewed up my favorite shoe or how Sawyer won’t sleep all night, and I instantly feel better. She always knows just what to say to get me out of my funk and back in the game.
    • Put on Some Music – It might be a fast-paced Casting Crowns song, or the latest tear-jerker from Karen Peck, but either way, listening to music always helps me feel better. It lifts me up and reminds me that I have Someone who cares about my well being.
    • Go to Bed – Now, I’ll be honest. I wish this were an option more often than it is. Sleep is my absolute favorite way to relieve stress, but with a baby who refuses to sleep through the night, I don’t get near as much sleep as I should. On days when I’m feeling completely overwhelmed, I do hit the sack as soon as the baby closes his eyes, to help guarantee as much sleep as possible.
    • Exercise – Even if it’s just a little bit, or only for a few minutes, exercise always makes me feel better. Sometimes I load up the kids in the stroller and the baby carrier and take a walk, sometimes I leave all the kids with my oldest daughter and take a walk, and sometimes I just run around the house, hands in the air, screaming like a lunatic. 😉 My point is, getting up and moving is a great way to relieve stress.
    • Snuggle with my Husband – No one on earth can make me feel better faster than my husband. Sometimes, I get so overwhelmed, I just need him to hold me. And he always does. He’s also such a good man, he has learned to whisper, “Everything is going to be OK,” in my ear. I can always feel the stress melt away whenever he’s near.

I also want to make sure you know about RESCUE products. RESCUE products are completely natural, and are a great way to help you calm down – naturally – and relieve that stress you feel inside.

I can’t wait to give their products a try! They have something for everyone in my family – even my dog!

Right now, you can download a coupon and get a free product when you purchase one. Also, when you download the coupon, you’ll be entered to win fantastic products from Bose and GoPro in the RESCUE #StressLess2BeMyBest Sweepstakes. We all want less stress in our lives, so why not take a minute to learn more, try these products for yourself, AND have the chance to win some awesome prizes! Click on the image below to download your coupon and enter to win today!

rescueremedy bloggerI can’t wait to try out RESCUE products with my family. How about you?

What tips do you have for others to help relieve stress? I’d love to hear them. Leave your comment below!

Disclaimer: This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and RESCUE blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.

#Sponsored: Support UNICEF & Enter to Win! #Giveaway

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win a unicef market gift certificate

I recently posted about UNICEF here on the blog, and how they have provided more than 6 decades of service for children and mothers. This is a cause that I can proudly stand behind, and one that I support wholeheartedly. Donating to UNICEF is an easy way to help keep this amazing cause going.

But now, there is a better, easier way to donate to UNICEF, and it’s by doing one of my very favorite things: SHOPPING! The UNICEF Market is now open, and you can quickly and easily support their talented artists as well has help UNICEF save and protect children.

The wonderful people behind the UNICEF Market contacted me and asked me to review their new website and spend $50 on their site. Happy to support this cause in any way that I can, I jumped on the chance, and then jumped on the site.

I was truly blown away!

There were so many amazing items! From earrings to furniture and totes to ponchos, they had everything I could even imagine. And every single item was so beautiful and handmade by the most incredible artists.

After browsing the site for what seemed like forever, I narrowed my choices down to two items:

(Please note: I also ordered several other items, but they are gifts for others, and went above the $50 gift card I received in order to do this review, so I will not be sharing them here.)

Knowing the items were shipping from overseas, I expected to have to wait awhile for them to arrive. Imagine my surprise when about a week after placing my order, the items were at my door!

The items were even more beautiful than pictured on the website. I wear the anchor earrings almost every single day now. They are the perfect size and weight and go with almost everything – casual or dressy.

I also use the elephant mug everyday. I’ve started drinking a special tea to help aid in weight loss, and the mug is the perfect size for what I need. Not to mention, it’s just so pretty to look at.

And while I cannot post about the other items I ordered here, I do want to tell you that I love every one of them as well. The UNICEF gift wrap is also a perfect touch so the recipients will know their item helped support saving children. It doesn’t get much better than that.

I am super impressed with the UNICEF Market, and I have already bookmarked several more items for Christmas and Anniversary presents. This may be my favorite new place to shop online, especially knowing my purchase can help make a difference in the lives of others.

The UNICEF Market has also graciously offered up another $50 Gift Certificate to one of my readers. Use the Rafflecopter gadget to enter below. Giveaway Ends April 14th at 12:00am. (Gift code will expire April 30th, so you must shop quickly.)

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Thank you for supporting the UNICEF Market!

#Sponsored: #DrinkDripDrop & Keeping My Family Hydrated @DripDrop @SheSpeaks #Review

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dripdrop keeps us hydrated

Keeping my family hydrated during cold and flu season is of the utmost importance to me. There are so many options out there. How do you know which one is right for you and your family? I want the best. I want what is going to get my kids hydrated again and back to playing in no time.

For this review, SheSpeaks and DripDrop sent me samples of DripDrop Hydration Powder along with a fantastic water bottle. They couldn’t have timed it better.

As you can see in the photo above, we recently had a real need for DripDrop Hydration Powder. My son Parker ended up with a severe toothache. It was so bad, I couldn’t get him to eat or drink anything. He laid around all day and just cried. (Of course it was a Saturday, and there were no dental offices open.) I was so worried about him getting dehydrated. He quickly became weak from not eating or drinking, and I had to do something.

The only option I had was to offer him a bottle of water with the DripDrop Hydration Powder. I had to get it to room temperature because his tooth was so sensitive, but once I did, it was a hit! He tried both the lemon and the berry flavors, and he couldn’t pick a favorite. He loved them both. (Honestly, I think he loved the fact that he was the only one that got to drink the “special” juice.) :) (Please note: I did put in a call to the doctor’s after hour line and made sure his pediatrician was alright with me giving him the DripDrop powder. She agreed that I had to get something in him and thought the DripDrop powder was a great way to go.)

What impresses me most about DripDrop is that it’s the first hydration solution developed by a Mayo Clinic trained physician to save lives. It delivers 2 – 3 times the electrolytes of sports drinks and 25% more than the pediatric drink options. It is patented and clinically proven to hydrate better than the other available options.

I also love that there are no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.

DripDrop is a product I can feel good about giving my entire family. The next time we have the flu cycle through our household, I can be prepared and have DripDrop on hand. (And with 10 people in our house, you can only imagine what a nightmare the flu is for all of us. It is usually a month long battle with everyone just passing it back and forth.)

I am so thankful for products like DripDrop that are made to help me keep my family safe and healthy when the worst strikes.

Let me encourage you to learn more about DripDrop in the following ways:

Also, please check out the following links for more really great info:

You can read about more moms’ experiences with DripDrop by searching the hashtag #DrinkDripDrop on your favorite social media channels.

Ready to stock up on DripDrop and keep your family hydrated when colds or the flu strike? Head to your local DVS, Walgreens, or HEB store and grab some right now!

#Sponsored: Beautiful New Colorful Glass Bottles from @EvenfloFeeding

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evenflo products

I am a huge fan of Evenflo products. You already know how much I love their breast pump as well as their newest exersaucer.

So, when I found out about the release of several new products, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them and test them out. Evenflo sent me the fantastic Milk & Cookies gift pack pictured above. The items included the following:

  • New Tinted Glass Bottles
  • A Tilty TripleFlo Cup
  • Milk Storage Bags
  • Cookies from Momofuku Milk Bar in New York City

This was such a great gift pack. The cookies were amazing. They satisfied my sweet tooth, and tasted fantastic! And everything was packaged so beautifully.

Now, let me take a moment and tell you what I love about each of the Evenflo products I received.

Evenflo Milk Storage Bags

Made from highly durable military-grade material, these bags are made with 30% less material for a quicker freeze and thaw. I noticed a huge difference when it came time to thaw the milk for feeding. And with the uniquely shaped top, pouring into bottles is so much easier. These are definitely on my list for items all breastfeeding moms must have.

Tilty TripleFlo Cup

This cup is tilted to help make the transition from bottle to cup easier. I also love that the rubber stopper inside has several different flow speeds, making the transition that much easier. While Sawyer doesn’t quite understand the concept of the cup, I think this will be a great item to have on hand once he’s ready for the transition.

evenflo sippy cup

Evenflo Tinted & Vented Glass Bottles

These bottles are beautiful. Available in two different colors, teal and lavender, the bottles also have a gorgeous styling to them. Evenflo took a classic bottle and made it even classier. The bottles each come with a Proflow™ Integrated Venting Nipple. These special silicone nipples direct air bubbles into the bottle instead of into baby’s tummy. What makes these nipples even better is their one-piece design. There are no extra parts to clean or worry about losing.

While I love how beautiful these bottles are, there are a few things I would consider changing to improve them even more.

For starters, the bottles are *perfect* for breastfeeding babies. I had absolutely no issues at all getting the milk from the storage bag into the bottle. It’s almost like the storage bags were made just for these bottles. But, if I used formula at all, things got a little trickier. The opening of the bottle is very small, and it was difficult to get formula from the scoop or the travel container into the bottle without making a mess. I do wish the bottles had an opening that was just a little bigger for that reason.

The nipples collapse fairly quickly and fairly often, so I am constantly pulling the bottle out of Sawyers mouth to let the nipple fill back up with air. Sawyer doesn’t like when you take the bottle out of his mouth, so he gets frustrated. I’ve tried different stages of nipples, so I’m not sure what could be causing them to collapse like that each time. This is the only bottle we’ve used that has this problem, so I’m thinking it is unique to the special nipple. It doesn’t stop Sawyer from eating, though, and this is one of the few nipples/bottles he will take, so it’s not all bad.

The last thing is that one of the bottles broke really easily. Actually, it about scared me to death. I sterilized the bottle before the first use, but when I took it out of the water and put it on the counter to dry completely, it burst into a dozen pieces. Absolutely none of the other bottles did this, so I can’t figure out what happened. Because they are glass, you’ll just have to take extra precautions when taking them out of the heat.

evenflo tinted glass bottles

The bottles are available exclusively at Babies”R”Us and retail for $11.99 for a 3 pack of either the 4 or 8 ounce size. It’s a great value for great bottles. We use our bottles almost every day. Even though there are a few things I might change, I still really love these bottles and every other product Evenflo sent us.

I hope you’ll take a few minutes and learn more about these fantastic products by visiting the Evenflo Feeding website.

#Sponsored: Share Your Heart with @BuildABear and @MakeAWish #Giveaway

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(Giveaway is being hosted on the Blessed Beyond Words Facebook page. Just like this Facebook post.)

My kids love Build-A-Bear Workshop.

Ok. Ok. We all do. On our first Valentine’s Day, my hubby bought both me and Ashley our own Build-A-Bear friends. We both still have them, even all these years later.

We still frequent Build-A-BearWorkshop as often as we can: birthdays, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and even “just because.” These cuddly friends are a fantastic way to share your heart with the ones you love.

And, now through March 31, 2015, you can also “Share Your Heart” and helping create special days for the children who need it most by making a donation to Make-A-Wish. Guests who visit their local Build-A-Bear store will have the opportunity to purchase a satin heart with a donation of $1 or more. When you make a donation, you will be asked to sign a Valentine greeting for a child in a local hospital.

Want to know the best part? 100% of the donations and proceeds from the satin hearts collected will go directly to benefit Make-A-Wish.

Last year, Build-A-Bear Workshop donated more than $440,000 to Make-A-Wish through their Share Your Heart partnership. With your help, we can make that number even bigger! You can help Build-A-Bear make more life-changing wishes come true. Every wish come true helps empower children with life-threatening medical conditions to fight harder against their illness. Your donation of $1 or more can make a true difference in the life of a child. Learn more by visiting www.buildabear.com/wish.


February 13th is “#ValentinesForDogs” Day. Celebrate with @Milkbone

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zander and scout

My readers may or may not know that we recently adopted a new four-legged friend from our local animal shelter. Scout has quickly become one of the family, and we can’t imagine not having him here. He is so good with all of the kids, and he is always so well behaved.

A good dog like that deserves a special reward! So, I’m excited that Milkbone wants to give dogs their own Valentine’s Day, and they have declared February 13th “Valentine’s for Dogs” Day! It’s a special day where we can show our four legged favorites how much we love them.

The good folks at Milk-Bone, Pup-Peroni, Milo’s Kitchen, and Canine Carry Outs have made it easy for you this year with a doggie Valentine’s Day card. Get yours today. Just click here: [https://www.bigheartpetvalentines.com/]

I also want you to take a moment and check out this infographic. It’s  special Valentine’s Day survey of U.S. Dog Parents:


So, tell me. How will YOU show your dog you love him/her this February 13th? For us, it’s easy. The kids are off school on Friday, so there will be someone here to show him extra love and attention all day long. If the weather’s nice, we’re also hoping to take a family hike and bring Scout along. He *loves* to be outside, so this will be perfect for him!

We’ll be celebrating our furry friend Scout this Valentine’s for Dogs Day with extra love and special treats courtesy of Milk-Bone, Pup-Peroni, Milo’s Kitchen, and Canine Carry Outs. And I’ll be sure to tag all of our pictures of the fun we have with #ValentinesforDogs. I hope you’ll head on over to [https://www.bigheartpetvalentines.com/], print out your cards, then tag YOUR pictures of fun with #ValentinesforDogs as well! Can’t wait to see what fun, creative ideas you come up with!

If You Only Read One Book This Year, Make it This One {Affiliate Links Included}

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I love reading. I’ve loved it since I was a little girl. If I could get my hands on a book, I would read it. I’d even sit with a flashlight under my covers, reading until late into the night.

As I got older, and life took over, it became much harder to find the time to read.

Since Sawyer was born in September, and he nurses all.the.time, I’m finding I have lots of time to read now. I’d almost forgotten how much I love it.

Because I’m usually nursing while I’m reading, I can’t sit and hold an actual book. Kindle books work great, though, because I can access them from my phone and read every chance I get.

A few months ago, I found out that the sister of one of my very dear friends from high school wrote a book. I had to read it, just because I knew Sally, and I had always admired her.

Little did I know, this book would blow away every other book I’ve ever read. Honestly. I couldn’t put it down.

The book is called “Kept.” And let me tell you, it “kept” my attention from the beginning to the very end. And I didn’t want it to end!

keptKept is not your typical Christian romance novel. There’s romance and relationships, yes. But this book is about so much more than that. It’s about one woman’s struggle with life, failed romances, awful men, and finding a Savior that can make her whole.

I don’t want to divulge too much, but if you’d like to read more about the story, check out Sally Bradley’s website.

Right now, the kindle edition of Kept is available on Amazon for just $4.99. That is a fantastic deal that you don’t want to miss!

There are few books that I consider “must reads,” but this is definitely one of them. I’ve told everyone I know to read this book, and I figured I’d better share it with my favorite blog readers as well. :)

If you read the book, I’d love to know what you think of it. Were you as mesmerized as I was? Did you find it hard to put it down?

#Sponsored: See How Much We LOVE #TheHappys

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With so many kids, I need toys that are going to keep my kids happy and entertained. Zhu Zhu pets are always a hit. So, when I heard about The Happy’s from Cepia – the makers of Zhu Zhu pets, I jumped at the chance to review them.

For this review, we received a sweet Lulu Happy, an interactive treat, and a yellow ball for her to chase.

Let me tell you, I cannot get Carly to leave this pet alone! I’m pretty sure it’s a good thing that we don’t have a real dog this size. Carly would drive it up a wall! :)

When Lulu is in the “ON” mode, she is seriously the most fun toy we have! I love the way that even my 3 year old can get her to do tricks for a Happy Treat. It’s awesome!

carly and her happy pet

When Lulu starts chasing her ball, the whole house erupts in laughter. The ball rolls all over the room, and there goes Lulu chasing after it… followed closely by anywhere from 1 – 5 children! I love the sounds of their laughter ringing through the house, and this is a sure fire way to make them all happy.

I guess that’s why these pets are called The Happy’s! :)

There are several things I love:

  • These are perfect for kids of multiple ages. My 2 year old loves it, and so does my 10 year old. Heck, *I* love it too! :)
  • The puppy is SO soft, and Carly has even taken it to bed with her. She just adores “her” puppy.
  • It really works. So many times, I buy toys because they say they do this or do that. This one really DOES tricks, and she really chases her ball all over my house.
  • My kids love it, and play with it all the time.

Normally when I do a review, I like to give some constructive criticism; something I wish I could change or add. But with this toy, I can’t think of a thing! I might say that if I had been the one purchasing it, I most likely would have purchased a dog that was a little more unisex. Lulu is *very* girly. BUT, at the same time, her name is Lulu – and that’s what we call our 8 year old, Lucy. We have since she was born. So, I guess I would say that if I were to buy another one of these toys, I would buy a more gender neutral one, and would just give Lulu to Lucy…. that’s if I can get Carly to give her up!

Overall, I am SUPER impressed with The Happy’s, and highly recommend you put these on your toy list for the holidays!

You can find The Happy’s on Amazon for a *very* reasonable price, and they’re even available with Prime Shipping, so you’ll have them in time for Christmas!

What are you waiting for? Check out The Happy’s fun, interactive website, and grab your kids their own Happy pet today!

#MC #Sponsored: My Proactiv+ Review

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my proactiv+ review

When I was a teenager, I would have a few breakouts here and there. Usually, the worst was on my forehead, so I could easily hide it with bangs. My Junior and Senior year, my skin was flawless. Never had to wear makeup. There was nothing to cover up.

Then, I became a mom. All those hormones made my skin crazy, and I started having breakouts all the time. It was awful. I tried everything: Dermatologists, skin care “experts”, every face wash and anti-acne product I could find on the shelves. Nothing made any difference, and I actually ended up with some scarring because of the treatment one “expert” gave me.

And then someone told me to try Proactiv. I did, and it worked – almost instantly! But, as the months and years flew by, and more kids were added to the family, my skin care regimen was put on the back burner.

For the past few years, my breakouts have returned, and the acne scars have become even more noticeable. I’ve had to gob on makeup to hide all of my flaws. I hate it, but I just couldn’t make it a priority.

So, when I had the chance to test out and review the Proactiv+ 3 Step System, I jumped at it! I remembered how well the original Proactiv had worked for me, and I just knew this would be the answer to my skin care problems!

Boy, oh boy, was I right!

First, take a second a watch this quick video:

Direct Link on YouTube

Now, take a look at this picture:

before and after proactiv+

HOLY COW, right?!

Those photos have NOT been doctored in any way. No filters, no anything. Those are straight from the phone on my camera. I just combined them together and added the dates.

By the way, did you notice those dates? ONE WEEK. One week to younger, healthier, more vibrant looking skin. While I do have eyeliner on in the second picture, that is the ONLY makeup I have on. I no longer have to spend 30+ minutes putting makeup on. A little bit of eyeliner, eyeshadow, and mascara, and I’m done in less than 5 minutes.

I honestly cannot get over the difference in my skin. I’ve been using it for over a month now, and my skin still looks just like it does in the picture above – on the right.

I love the changes Proactiv+ has brought. I am so much more confident now. And I love that people are noticing the changes in my skin. I used to have people tell me all the time that I don’t look my age. I always just assumed it was because of all the acne. But now? I know it’s because my skin looks great! I don’t have all those trouble spots that I had before, and even the acne scars I had are diminishing. I can’t stop smiling because of the changes Proactiv+ has made.

The easy 3 Step Program is so easy to use. Once in the morning, once and night, and I’m good to go!

The kit includes the following products:

  • Step 1-­ Skin Smoothing Exfoliator – You can feel it working as you rub it on.
  • Step 2-­ Pore Targeting Treatment – Makes my skin feel cool and smooth.
  • Step 3‐ Complexion perfecting Hydrator – This is my *favorite* product. I love the way it keeps my skin hydrated all day and all night. No rough dry patches, just perfectly clear, perfectly smooth skin.

I love how my skin looks and feels now, and I will definitely keep using the Proactiv+ 3 Step System. If you are having trouble with your skin, and you’ve tried everything out there, I want to encourage you to try Proactiv+. Learn more and purchase your kit on the Proactiv+ website.

Also be sure to connect with Proactiv+ on Facebook and on Twitter.

If you try out Proactiv+, I’d love to hear how it worked for you!

#Sponsored: Check Out the @EvenfloBaby #ExerSaucerExplorer {Our #Review}

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As a mom of 8, I am always drawn to toys that are designed to meet the needs of children of different ages. I want them to be educational, good for different levels of learning, and FUN. So, when Evenflo approached me about trying out their new Exersaucer – World Explorer Triple Fun Plus+, (available at Babies R Us), I jumped at the chance to check it out. It sounded like it was right up my alley.

The ExerSaucer arrived quickly, and I couldn’t wait to set it up. My husband had promised me that he would put it together, but I was having none of that. This is my review, so *I* was going to do it. Alone.

And then I opened the box.

I wish I had taken a picture of all the “parts” all over my living room. I kept pulling pieces out of the box, and thinking to myself, “What have I gotten myself into?” It was definitely not a “snap-it-together and let’s go” project. It was a “read EVERY WORD of the instruction booklet and follow it to a t” project.

Stage 1 setup was easy. In just a few minutes, I had a very happy baby on my hands.

sawyer stage1

Sawyer loves the lights and sounds that come from the bar overhead. He can’t do them by himself yet, but there is always someone nearby that can help him out. The mat that he lays on is soft, so even tummy time is more fun. I love the bright colors and unique toys that are attached to the bar. We can trade them out, and the possibilities are endless. He definitely doesn’t get bored.

stage 1

Sawyer plays on his mat all the time. Not a day goes by that he doesn’t use it. I think we’re both huge fans of Stage 1 of the ExerSaucer.

Then, I went to work at putting together Stage 2.

This was far more complicated. It took me over an hour to have all the different parts assembled and ready for play time. It was a lot of work.

carly stage2

But, it was so worth it.

carly stage2

Carly absolutely loves it! And while she should technically be in Stage 3, she meets all the weight and height restrictions for Stage 2. And, I have to say, she absolutely LOVES bouncing in the ExerSaucer. I can’t get her out of it.

When I attempted to take the ExerSaucer apart and change it to Stage 3, I got extremely confused by the directions and had to wait for my husband to come home and help me figure it out. It took us another 20 minutes to get it to Stage 3, so I decided we would just put it back in Stage 2 and leave it there. Sawyer will be ready for Stage 2 very soon, and Carly actually preferred Stage 2, so it’s better for us to leave it there for awhile.

sawyer_stage1While putting the ExerSaucer is time consuming to put together, it really is a great product, and my kids love it.

Here are some of my favorite things about the ExerSaucer:

  • Great for different levels of learning and play.
  • Can be used for several years instead of needing to buy a new toy at every stage.
  • Lots of lights, sounds, and music to keep the kids entertained and happy.
  • The included electronic book is great for early learning! It includes 36 different sounds, 12 turning pages, and tells the story in English, French, Spanish, and Mandarin.
  • The mat for Stage 1 is soft and easy to clean by wiping it off.
  • The attached toys are fun, brightly colored, and easily removed to change to another stage or for a quick cleaning.
  • Incredibly durable. This toy will really last from stage to stage and can be passed down to any other children that come along.
  • Can be used with multiple children. It’s great for both my 3 month old AND my 22 month old.
  • On Stage 2, the height levels are easy to change, so I can quickly make it the right height for Sawyer (when he’s ready) or for Carly.
  • Made by Evenflo – a brand I trust and respect, and have used with all my kids.

Here are a few of the things that I would change, or didn’t really care for:

  • Assembly was time consuming and difficult. Do not plan to put this together quickly and easily. (Note: Don’t start this project at 9pm Christmas Eve to set it in front of the Christmas tree. Either leave it in the box, or put it together several days in advance.) I think it would be great if the ExerSaucer could come a little more assembled in the box. That, or I would definitely pay someone from the store to put it together – if that’s an option.
  • It uses a LOT of batteries. (3 AA and 7 AAA batteries, to be exact.) All those lights, sounds, and learning toys need to work, so you’re going to have to invest in lots of batteries. Luckily, they don’t seem to wear out quickly. We’ve been using the same batteries since I originally assembled it, and that’s been several weeks. And, we tend to stock up on batteries when they’re on sale, so we always have them on hand.
  • Switching from Stage 2 to Stage 3 is very confusing. My husband understood it better than I did – so maybe it’s a guy thing, but I’d like to be able to do it myself without his help.

So, as you can see, the good obviously outweighs the bad. And once you get past the original assembly, the ExerSaucer is a fantastic learning toy. I would definitely invest in it, I just wish I had known ahead of time and had been prepared for what I was getting into.

I would call this toy an investment – it’s not a toy that your child will quickly grow out of. It will grow with them, and it will last for years to come. Rather than buying several different toys (that can be expensive), you invest one time in a toy that you’ll get tons of use out of.

Right now you can get a great deal on the ExerSaucer at Babies R Us! With this downloadable in-store coupon, you can save 20% from December 5 – 24, 2014. That’s a great deal on a great product! (Just find the product on page 18, scroll over the image, and a box will pop up that will allow you to download the coupon.)

Hurry on over, download your coupon, and grab your Evenflo ExerSaucer today!