#Sponsored: Does Your Sunscreen Make the Grade? @CoppertoneUSA

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It’s summertime. And that means lots and lots of fun in the sun.

But does your sunscreen make the grade? For the second year in a row, Coppertone has launched their Making the Sunscreen Grade program, This unique program provides parents with the tools and resources they need to protect their children from the sun.

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For this review, Coppertone sent me samples of two of their children’s sunscreen products:

  • Coppertone WaterBABIES Pure & Simple Lotion.
  • Coppertone Kids Tear-Free Lotion.

coppertone_04The Coppertone WaterBABIES Pure & Simple SPF 50 Lotion is the #1 pediatrician-recommended brand. It’s Hypoallergenic and gentle with a tear-free zinc oxide formula. I also love that it is oil, fragrance, and dye free and perfect for Carly’s ultra-sensitive skin. Its moisturizing formula created with aloe helps prevent dryness and keeps Carly’s skin soft and smooth. And since we finally got Carly interested in the water, I love that it’s water resistant for 80 minutes and provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. It’s perfect for tossing in the diaper bag and heading to the beach, the park, or anywhere else the fun takes you this summer.

The Coppertone Kids Tear-Free SPF 50 Lotion is perfect for the bigger kids – and even for Mom & Dad! Much like the WaterBABIES formula, this ultra gentle formula won’t sting or irritate eyes. It provides UVA and UVB broad spectrum protection in a gentle oil, fragrance, and dye free formula. It’s also water resistant for 80 minutes, so the kids don’t have to come out of the water every 20 minutes to get another layer of sunscreen protection put on.

We took the lotions to our favorite summer hangout: our local lake. We spent all day in and out of the water. The time before this when we went, I was really good about putting sunscreen on the kids. None of them got burned at all. But, not once, did I think about applying it to myself. I ended up with the worst sunburn I have had in a very long time. This time, however, I applied the sunscreen to each of the kids, and then I used the Coppertone Kids Tear-Free Lotion on myself. Every time the kids got an application, I did too. Guess what? I didn’t get sunburned at all, and it actually helped to moisturize the places where I was peeling from my last time in the sun.

I love that the lotion goes on so easily. It’s not greasy and rubs right in. I even noticed that it didn’t make the kids’ hair greasy when I rubbed it all over their scalp. There were no tears, no fussing, and no fighting each time I applied the sunscreen to all 6 of the younger kids. I am seriously impressed at how well it worked at keeping the kids safe from the sun, and it was wonderful to come home with no one being sunburned.

Check out the entire Coppertone line of products and stock up for all your family adventures this summer.

Then, also be sure to connect with Coppertone in the following ways:

So, where will YOU take your Coppertone this summer?

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#Sponsored: It’s a #TelefloraGiveaway to Celebrate a Birthday or Anniversary

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Some of you may, or may not know, that this coming Thursday, July 3rd, is my birthday. I’ll officially be old. :/ But, what better way to celebrate (and make me feel better!) than with a beautiful bouquet of birthday flowers from Teleflora?!

I’ve been browsing the Teleflora website, and they really have some of the prettiest birthday themed floral arrangements I have ever seen. I would be thrilled if my hubby surprised me with any of these gorgeous arrangements:

Can you tell that I love daisies and sunflowers? :) I can’t get over how many beautiful options there are to celebrate the birthday of someone you love.

If hubby doesn’t get me flowers for my birthday, there’s always our anniversary! This September, he and I will celebrate 12 years of wedded bliss. And since I will be 39 weeks pregnant by the time our anniversary rolls around, I won’t feel like doing much of anything. That’s why flowers would make the perfect gift!

Here are some of my favorite anniversary flowers available from Teleflora:

Are you sensing a theme? I have always loved Sapphires, but with our anniversary being in September, I’ve come to love it even more. And that middle arrangement is just too unique and too beautiful not to share!

What birthdays and/or anniversaries do you have coming up this summer that you want to celebrate? Is there a Teleflora bouquet that jumps out as a “must give” gift to the one you love? Want to start shopping right now and save 20%? Enter code JULYUC at check out or click this link to start shopping with the code already applied: 20% off flowers. (Coupon code is valid until 10/16/14.)

I also want to encourage you to get to get to know Teleflora by following their social media accounts:

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This Summer, Teleflora wants to make an event extra special for one lucky Blessed Beyond Words reader. You can win a $75 Teleflora Gift Card and spoil someone you love  – or yourself! – for a birthday, anniversary, or other special event. Giveaway will end on August 1st at 12:00am. Please use the Rafflecopter gadget below to enter.

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Winner will be emailed on August 1st with their own unique one-time-use code for $75 to use on Teleflora.com. (The service fee is waived for your purchase.) If you want to spend more than $75, just pay any cost that goes over your $75 gift code on your order.

#MC #Sponsored: BGCA Keeps Kids #CyberSafe with the #CyberTribe

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I will admit, I am a little more than protective when it comes to my kids and the internet. There is so much BAD out there, that I want to protect their innocent eyes for as long as I can.

Now, I am not dumb. I know that with technology today, it is easier than ever for kids to access the internet, and get involved in all sorts of situations that could potentially be scary.

Even when I was a teenager, the internet wasn’t the best place to “hang out.” Back then, it was chat rooms. I will never forget when I was 16, and I met a guy in a chat room. My boyfriend had just broken up with me, and I was young and vulnerable. This guy knew all the right things to say to make me feel better, and I fell for it – hook, line, and sinker. I ended up making plans to meet this guy, all without my parents’ knowledge. I told my parents I was meeting a friend that night, and instead, I met this stranger from online. When I got to the park where I was to meet him, there was a man there – probably in his early 30s. Definitely NOT the guy I had seen pictures of online, and not who I was intending to meet. As I drew closer to him, I noticed he had printed out my picture and was holding it in his hands. So, he was the guy I had been talking to all along. Not the 16 year old boy I thought it was.

Everything inside me was telling me to run, and so I did. Straight to my car, and I drove to my friend’s house, because I didn’t know where else to go or what else to do. I couldn’t go home and confess to my parents what I had just done. I knew it was stupid. I knew my life could have been in danger that night. And, looking back now, as a mom myself, I want to bang my head against a wall. That was probably one of the stupidest things I have ever done in my life. Thank God I was smart enough to get out of there. I don’t even want to think about what could have happened.

I wish that back then, we had had something like the BGCA CyberTribe. A safe place for kids to go to ask teens questions about online safety and bullying and get real answers. It’s also a fantastic resource for parents! In fact, I encourage you as a parent to take the “Are You a CyberSmart Parent?” quiz and see how your answers stack up. I ended up being a Cyber Survivor, and proving that I am doing my best to keep my kids safe while they are online.

I also encourage you to ask the CyberTribe any questions you may have about online safety and/or cyber bullying.

You can find the quizzes and ask your questions on the Boys & Girls Club of America’s Cyber Safe Website. All in all, it’s a great site that *every* parent needs to explore. Our kids are worth it!

Here are the two questions I asked the CyberTribe:

1. With easy access to cell phones, laptops, tablets, kids can access things they shouldn’t at any time – day or night. How can I protect my kids from seeing something they shouldn’t see if they click on an ad while playing a free version game on my cell phone?

2. I often feel like the “bad guy” because I won’t let my kids have a social media account until they’re old enough. I constantly hear, “But ALL my friends have one.” What can I say to convince my kids that it’s better for them to wait until they’re ready for an account instead of just giving in and letting them have an account?

I’m excited to see how the CyberTribe responds. I want to do right by my kids. I want to keep them safe while they are online, and I want them to always think before they post anything. This is something we will continue to talk about at length, especially given the number of kids I have!

Also, remember, that through today, June 30th, you also have the chance to win an ipad mini AND $500 to the Boys & Girls Club of your choice. But, hurry! Your chance goes away at midnight tonight! So, get your questions in!

How about you? How important is online safety to you? Have you ever had an experience where you or your child should have taken better precautions online? I’d love to hear about it in the comments section.

#Sponsored: Win a Family Vacation Package & #StayCool with Old Orchard

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There is a giveaway included in this post for FREE Old Orchard products. Be sure to read to the very end!!

It’s officially summertime. And in summertime, there’s one drink that I think of most: a cool, refreshing glass of Lemonade. I absolutely love lemonade, and it goes great with any meal or any summertime activity.

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For this review, Old Orchard sent me samples of two of their new Naturally Sweetened lemonade flavors: Country Style Lemonade and Strawberry Lemonade. I will admit, I was skeptical. I love lemonade, but it has to be homemade lemonade. My mother in law makes the absolute best lemonade I’ve ever had. It tastes like it came from a county fair.

Imagine when my surprise when I took a big gulp of the Country Style Lemonade and it tasted just like my mother in law’s lemonade! I didn’t think it was possible! But, now I’ve got a new obsession. I can’t get enough of this lemonade, and I have it with every meal. :) I also tried the Strawberry lemonade, and it was good, I’m just not a fan of any other flavors in my lemonade. I just want tart, make your mouth pucker lemons. My husband, however, is a huge fan of the Strawberry lemonade, and he’s come home from work with a bottle of it every night this week so far. (The joys of working at a grocery store, I guess. You have access to all the good stuff the entire time you’re there!)

We’ve found a new staple for our fridge, and I can guarantee we’ll be stocked full of Old Orchard Lemonade this summer!

#StayCool Summer Video Contest

I also want to make sure you’ve heard about the #StayCool Summer Video Contest Old Orchard is hosting. Old Orchard wants YOUR videos that capture the essence of “staying cool.” In return, you could win prizes that range from free Old Orchard Brands fruit juice to a chance to win one of two summer getaway vacation packages valued at $2,500 each.

strawberry lemonadeNow through July 31st, you can find the contest at OldOrchard.com/staycool.

To enter the #StayCool Summer contest, all you have to do is upload a short video (30 seconds or less) on the contest website or on Facebook at facebook.com/OldOrchard that demonstrates how YOU stay “cool” during the summer. It could be how you cool off, how you keep in style. Get creative! You can only upload one video per day, but you can submit new videos every day for more chances to win. You can also upload your videos directly from your handset device, so you don’t have to worry about any third party video hosting. To put it simply, point, shoot, and upload your cool summer moment for a chance to win BIG!

One Grand Prize winner will be selected by popular vote, and the other by a panel of Old Orchard Brands judges. Each grand prize winner will receive a $2,500 summer vacation getaway. The top 25 most popular entries (by vote) will receive a summer prize kit including free Old Orchard juice.

So, what are you waiting for? Head on over and enter today!

Also, be sure to connect with Old Orchard in the following ways:

Enter Here to win FREE coupons from Old Orchard

But, wait – before you go, leave me a comment and tell me which flavor of Old Orchard Lemonade you want to try first. (Country Style or Strawberry.) By doing so, you’ll be entered to win a coupon to try out the new Old Orchard Lemonade flavors. (You may leave one comment per day from now until the end of the contest.)

At the end of the giveaway, I’ll select 5 lucky winners and send them each a full value coupon!

Giveaway will end July 18th @ 12:01am, and this post will be edited to include the winners.

*One comment per reader per day. Winners can receive more than one coupon if their comment numbers are selected. US entrants only, please.

And the winners are….

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#6 – Janice F.
#4 – Rebecca P.
#9 – Candie L.
#2 – Cheryl F.
#1 – Natalie V.

#Sponsored: Seeing Isn’t Always Believing! Have a #FoodSafe4th This Year

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I love the 4th of July. I love spending time with family and friends, catching the fireworks, and the Bar-b-ques. Oh, how I love the bar-b-ques. :) Hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans… Yes, I definitely love the Bar-b-ques.

But did you know how serious food poisoning can be? It is so much more than just an upset stomach. It is a serious health threat to Americans. In fact, the CDC estimates that about 1 in 6 Americans could suffer from foodborne illness this year. (That’s about 48 million people! Yikes!) In turn, that will lead to about 128,000 hospitalizations, and, even worse, an estimated 3,000 deaths. Scary stuff! And all because people don’t take the time to take the proper food safety precautions.

The heat of the summer gives bacteria the chance to thrive and multiply more rapidly, so there’s usually a spike in reports of foodborne illnesses.

I will admit. We are terrible about using a food thermometer. But, after reading all of the information I collected to put together this post, I can promise that is going to change!

Seeing isn’t believing. In the past, I figured if the hamburger is brown in the middle, that means it’s done. But truth be told, just looking at the color and texture of the food isn’t enough. The only way to be really, really sure is to use a food thermometer. In fact, according to USDA research, 1 out of every 4 hamburgers turns brown before it’s safe to consume. A hamburger needs to be cooked to at least 160* F in order to be safe and delicious. Please take a moment to check out this Safe Cooking Temperature Chart and the “Is it Done Yet” brochure by the FoodSafety.gov website. Also be sure to check out the USDA’s tips for Safe Grilling.

Also be sure to visit the FoodSafety.gov website to learn all about food safety, and definitely check out “Ask Karen,” which is an online database with nearly 1,500 answers to specific questions about preventing foodborne illnesses. You can also call the USDA Meat & Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline.

Before you start celebrating this summer, be sure to take a moment and watch the following videos:

Recipes for Disaster: BBQ

Summer Food Safety Tips from Martie Duncan of Food Network Star

Also, be sure to join the #FoodSafe4th twitter party. It will be held June 30th at 1pm EST. Just follow and tweet with the #FoodSafe4th hashtag, and be sure to follow the hosts: @martieparty, @buzzmommy, and @usdafoodsafety.

#Sponsored: Have You Seen Everything You Can Do With @PhotoPad_VG

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Have you checked out the PhotoPad app lately? If you’re on Facebook, and you’re constantly sharing photos with your friends, you *need* to check out PhotoPad!

I have had the honor of working with PhotoPad in the past, (read another review here), and I love using the app to share photos with my friends. (And, believe me. No one likes to share photos more than I do! Some days, I’m sure I have people unfollow me because I share so many pictures.) PhotoPad makes sharing my pictures SO easy.

Right now, my favorite feature of PhotoPad is their “Postcard” feature. It’s vacation time for just about everyone I know, and while we aren’t going anywhere on vacation, we do take the kids to the local lake for a fun day of swimming. By the time we’re done, I have about a hundred pictures that I want to share with everyone. The first thing I do, though, is pick my favorite picture from the day and share it with my mom by sending her a postcard through PhotoPad. Then, I use the Photo Book  feature and upload all of my pictures from our day at the beach. Then, I can decide if I want to share it with friends, keep it private for just me to enjoy, or allow friends to add their own pictures to the book. This feature is fabulous if friends went with us to the beach, and we all want to combine our photos into one album. (The PhotoPad books are WAY more fun than just sharing them in a photo album.)

The only drawback I’ve found is that I can’t get all of my photos from a Facebook album to load. For example, I tried to create a book using my “Vinez Vacay 2014″ Facebook album, but it would only pull up about a third of the pictures. :( I can upload all of the pictures directly from my hard drive, but with my satellite internet connection, that takes forever. I’d love it to grab all of my photos from all of my albums.

I still love the features PhotoPad offers, and I still plan to keep sending my mom postcards of her grandkids every time we go to the Lake. I know she loves it, and it makes me feel like I’m sending her something just a little more special than just a picture. Since she lives so far away, I want to do something special for her every chance I get.

Check out the PhotoPad app today, and get started creating your own masterpieces to share with the world… or at least your Facebook friends. Then, get social with PhotoPad:

Have you tried PhotoPad? What do you think of it?

#MC #Sponsored #MagicatPlay: Shop Kohl’s Jumping Beans: “Planes: Fire and Rescue” Line Before the Movie Hits Theaters!

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My boys could not be more excited about the new Disney movie Planes: Fire and Rescue that’s set to come out in theaters on July 18th. And I could not possible be more excited about the new Kohl’s Jumping Beans: “Planes: Fire and Rescue” line that is available in stores and on Kohls.com now. Here are pictures of a few of my favorite pieces from the line:

Aren’t they great? This new line is going to make birthday gifts SO easy for my 3 and 5 year olds this year!

Check out the whole line here or head to your local Kohl’s store and start shopping now! Your kids will be the best dressed kids in the theater!

#Sponsored: Check out the New Superman Website Just in Time for Father’s Day

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Living in a house with a husband and 4 boys, (with another boy on the way!), you can only imagine how much we *love* superheroes.One of our favorite heroes? Why, it’s Superman, of course!

I actually grew up with a Daddy that was a little more than obsessed with Superman. I grew up watching all the Christopher Reeve movies, and I could tell you anything about Superman that you could possibly ever want to know.

So, when my boys were born, there was no debate: our boys would be versed in all things Superheroes. (And if you could see all of their shirts in the picture above, you would notice that each one of them has a shirt with a different superhero on it. :) Superheroes are just part of our daily lives.

And that’s just one of the reasons why I am SO excited about SupermanHallofHeroes.com. This fantastic website is inspired by Superman and the character attributes that define the world’s first and most recognized Superhero – unwavering morals and an endless pursuit of truth and justice – and the website offers a fun and inpirational way for fans to pay tribute to REAL, everyday heroes by submitting their photo and story online.

Do you have a hero in your life? Someone who has gone above and beyond the call of duty, or someone who has touched your life in a special way? Induct them into the Superman Hall of Heroes today! There are multiple gift-giving options and levels, and each one contains special Superman-themed items similar to those pictured above. These are high quality items, and they are certain to bring a smile to the face of your favorite hero.

Through Father’s Day, a portion of the proceeds from the sales of Superman Hall of Heroes packages will go to the The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. I love that!

Also, right now, if you have a hero that you want to nominate, but you just don’t have the funds to do it, use the code MYHERO at checkout and you will receive a free Level One induction of your hero.

So, what are you waiting for? You have NO excuses. Head on over to SupermanHallofHeroes.com  and nominate your hero today.

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#MC #Sponsored: Celebrate your #AveenoDad this Father’s Day

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I have a confession: I despise bath time. Especially when I’m pregnant. Trying to lug my big belly over the side of the tub to wash 3 kids at once just isn’t fun.

And that’s why I am so thankful for my hubby. The kids *love* when Daddy is home for bath time. He is way more fun than Mommy, and everyone seems to enjoy bath time more when he’s here. He’s so great about playing with the kids, putting extra bubbles in the tub, and getting lots and lots of giggles from everyone in the tub.

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My youngest, Carly, absolutely hates bath time. She screams and cries and carries on the entire time. It’s torture. So, hubby and I have to tag-team her bath time. Mommy puts her in the sink, washes her off, and then Daddy gets the fun part. He gets to wrap her up in a towel, carry her into the living room, lather her with Aveeno Baby Lotion, and get her ready for bed. Somehow, Mommy always makes off like the bad guy, but Daddy is her knight in shining armor. (Truth be told, I think he does it on purpose. But, that’s ok. Carly doesn’t hold a grudge.)

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I love Aveeno Baby products. I’ve used their Calming Comfort Baby lotion for quite some time now, and I just love it. Aveeno baby products just smell better than other products I’ve used. When hubby uses them for the extra bubbles, they make the entire bathroom smell so good. I just love it. They also make the kids’ arms and legs feel silky soft, and the kids smell so fresh and clean. While I don’t like bath time, I do like the aftermath of bath time. :)

I want to take a minute and introduce you to my husband in a short video. I interview Gage, (my 3 year old), in the video, and while he is less than cooperative, it does make for a fun minute and a half. :)

Thanks for taking the time to watch! I hope you’ll check out and consider Aveeno Baby products for your own little ones. They’re by far my favorite products to use on my kids.

#MC #Sponsored: #MovingMoments with @Huggies Little Movers

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My Carly is definitely a little mover. There’s not much that slows her down. Ever since she started walking (running!), she has been in to and on top of everything she can get near.

Because of this, we need a diaper that can keep up with her. One that stays put and doesn’t move when she’s running around.

carly_littlemoverThanks to Mom Central, Huggies, and Target, I had the chance to try out the new and improved Huggies Little Movers. Because our nearest Target is about 2 hours away, (and, yes, I know that’s so sad. Take pity on me!), I decided to order my Huggies Little Movers through Target.com. They were super easy to find and put in my cart. Then, Target shipped them almost immediately, and I had them on my doorstep within just a couple of days of placing my order. Couldn’t ask for better service!

I have to say, I really love the changes Huggies has made to their Little Movers diapers. They now have new Double Grip Strips which are soft, durable Velcro strips on both the front and sides of the diaper panel. They also have a SungFit waistband that stretches to fit her perfectly. And the inside features an enhanced soft pad for extra comfort on her little bum. Now I know Carly’s diaper is on safe and secure, and they won’t move when she’s moving. I have tried other diapers in the past that will get into her little butt crack when she’s moving around. Then, she does her duty in her diaper, and before I know it, I’ve got a HUGE mess on my hands. So far, these Huggies have been great at keeping Carly dry, happy, and mess free all day long.

Another feature I love are the new graphics and designs. Come on! Who doesn’t love a little Mickey Mouse on their behind? Doesn’t she look cute?!

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Carly has quickly gone from being the baby of the family to being a big girl. When she first became mobile, she was pretty lazy. She’d crawl here and there, but never had a strong desire to get anywhere very fast. Then, all of a sudden, she discovered that she could bear crawl. (She’d walk on the bottoms of her feet and the palms of her hands.) Once she figured out how to do that, she flew everywhere she went. Her little bear crawl could move her across the room at lightning speed! It was adorable. Now, she’s walking upright on just her feet. Only, she doesn’t walk… she runs. Everywhere. I can’t turn my back on her for a second, because if I do, she’s standing on the coffee table or jumping in the recliner. She’s like a little monkey!

While it tears at my heartstrings that she’s growing up so quickly, I love that her Huggies Little Movers keep her dry and happy no matter how fast she may be moving.

I also want to be sure to let you know about an amazing sweepstakes Target is running. You get the chance to win a year’s supply of Huggies Little Movers diapers! (Imagine how much that could save you!!) They want to celebrate your little one’s moving moments. To enter, visit https://www.moments.huggies.com/Coupon?coupon=target and upload a picture or video of your baby’s best moves. (You will need to create a Huggies account or log into your existing account.) Once you enter, you’ll automatically receive a $2.00 Huggies coupon redeemable at Target and you’ll be entered to win a year’s supply of Huggies diapers. But you have to hurry! Your chance to enter will disappear after June 8th, so don’t delay! Head over and enter today! Then, print off your coupon and head to Target and pick up a pack of new Huggies Little Movers. Your little one will be glad you did!

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#MC #Sponsored: Try New Starbucks #TeavanaOprahChai Tea with Someone You Love!

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Disclaimer: I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Starbucks. I received a promotional item and a gift card to facilitate my review.

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Last week, I had the opportunity to take a special someone to Starbucks so that I could try out the new Oprah Chai Tea and spend some one-on-one time with someone I love.

There were so many women that I wanted to take out to tea, but I decided on my niece Samantha. Samantha is a working woman now, and I wanted the chance to reconnect with her and find out what’s been going on in her life. I think it’s important that we (ahem, cough cough) older ladies take the younger women under our wings – encourage them, uplift them, and be an example of the wife and mother we want them to be one day.

Samantha and I had a wonderful visit. It was so nice to sit and talk with her and find out how work was going, what kinds of things she and her friends are up to, and just relax with someone I care about for even just a short amount of time.

oprah chai teaWhen we got to Starbucks, I ordered the Iced Oprah Chai Tea. Our weather has already turned warm, and by the afternoon, it was dreadfully hot. An Iced Chai Tea was just what my pregnant belly wanted. It was naturally sweet and so, so yummy! I’m pretty sure I downed it in less than 2 minutes.

I have to say that I *love* that Starbucks now offers Chai tea. I am not a coffee drinker at all. Never have been. But I love Starbucks. Now, with their hot and cold versions of Chai tea, they are making it so much more difficult to narrow down my choices when it’s time to order. Of course, that’s a good problem to have! :)

The Oprah Chai Tea is a bold, wonderful tea full of flavors that include cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and cloves all blended with loose-leaf black tea and rooibos. It has a flavor unlike any other tea I’ve ever tasted, and that’s probably because Oprah Winfrey worked closely with Teavana’s special teaologists to develop her own distinctive blend of tea. You won’t find anything else like it, and it’s only available in the US and Canada at Starbucks and Teavana stores.

There are several other “perks” to this tea that I want to make sure you’re aware of:

  • First, Starbucks will be making a donation for every Teavana Oprah Chai product they sell. These donations will go to benefit youth through the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation to further their educational opportunities. PLEASE take a moment and visit the Steep Your Soul website to learn more about the organizations that will be supported through this awesome partnership.
  • Second, this Mother’s Day, (which is Sunday!), Starbucks will be offering a special Buy One Get One Free deal on their Teavana Oprah Chai Tea beverages. What a great way to spoil Mom just a little bit, and get something fabulous for yourself in return.

Ok, readers… it’s nap time in my house, so that means it’s the *only* quiet time this mama gets during the day. I think I’m going to go make myself some Teavana Oprah Chai Tea, relax, and enjoy the quiet… for however long it lasts.

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Before I go, tell me: Will you be treating Mom to Starbucks and a Teavana Oprah Chai Tea this Mother’s Day?

#Sponsored: Feeling Stressed? At Least Now You Can Still Smell Great! #Giveaway

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Have you ever been so stressed out that you start to sweat? Sigh. Welcome to almost every day of my life. Especially lately. With everything going on with Gage and figuring out how to pay all the bills with all the medical bills on top of them, AND being pregnant… let’s just say, I am stressed out.

And nothing smells worse than stress sweat.

That’s why I need an antiperspirant and deodorant that can keep up with my crazy life.

Now, I’m singing the praises of Secret Clinical Strength Ooh-La-La Lavender Invisible Solid Antiperspirant/Deodorant. Not only does it smell great, but it lasts all day and provides protection even in the most stressful situations. I love that I can put it on in the morning and that’s it! No more worrying about how I’m going to smell by dinner time. I can chase the kids all day, and even survive a trip to Walmart with the youngest three in tow and not have to stress about if my stress sweat is leaving a stinky trail behind me.

Secret Clinical Strength is moisture activated and created with odor-neutralizing ingredients that release a fresh, clean scent. It’s also proven to give you 4 times the protection against stinky stress sweat! Secret Clinical Strength is now available in 2 new forms: Clear Gel and Invisible Solid, and it also comes in fantastic new scents like Ooh-La-La Lavender. Want to learn more? Visit www.nostresssweat.com for the full scoop and to learn more about the different forms available and all the different scents you can try.

Secret Clinical Strength Antiperspirant/Deodorant is available at your local Walmart, but I ordered mine from Walmart.com and opted for the in-store pick up. Less than 10 minutes after I placed the order online, I got a text message letting me know that I could pick my order up in my local store. I can’t even drive to my local Walmart that fast! You can also purchase it from www.nostresssweat.com any time!

To introduce you to the new Secret Clinical Strength Antiperspirant/Deodorant, Secret is giving one of my readers a $25 Walmart Giftcard so they can run to their local store and stock up!

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#Sponsored: Make Mom Feel Special with @Teleflora #Giveaway

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Upsy-DaisyMother’s Day is just around the corner, and it’s time to start looking for the perfect gift! Why not consider Teleflora flowers for Mother’s Day?

I don’t know about you, but when I get fresh cut flowers delivered to my door, I feel special! They smell great, look beautiful, and brighten up whatever room I happen to put them in.

Teleflora is offering up some of the most beautiful and unique Mother’s Day bouquets I have ever seen. And their prices are so incredibly reasonable! The Upsy-Daisy bouquet (which happens to be one of my favorites), starts at just $29.99! That is totally affordable, no matter what your budget is for Mom this year.

I am also loving all of the gorgeous vases they have available with their bouquets. I have to admit, those keepsake vases are my favorite part of the bouquets, just because I can reuse them over and over again.

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Also this year, you can send Mom a little something extra. Don’t just send her flowers, but include a Spa Finder Wellness 365 Gift Card! Let Mom get pampered, and show her what she’s really worth! (And you might just become her favorite child!) :) Check out all of the beautiful bouquets available with a Spa Finder Gift Card by clicking here: Mother’s Day Spa/Bouquet Packages.

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Ready to start shopping? How about a 20% off coupon code? Enter code BLOGSGH at check out or click this link to start shopping with the code already applied: 20% off Mother’s Day flowers. (Coupon code is valid until 10/16/14.)

I also want to encourage you to get to get to know Teleflora by following their social media accounts:

Enchanted GardenTeleflora wants to make Mother’s Day special for one lucky Blessed Beyond Words reader. You can win a $75 Teleflora Gift Card and spoil Mom  – or yourself! – this Mother’s Day. Giveaway will end on May 7th at 12:00am. Please use the Rafflecopter gadget below to enter.

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#Sponsored: @BeechnutFoods Offers Better Baby Food Options

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As a mom, I am always looking for the best options when it comes to feeding my children – no matter what age they are. That’s why I am so excited about the new line of Beech-Nut baby food. Beech-Nut food for babies is made with only natural ingredients. That means I don’t have to worry about any artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. They leave out all the yucky stuff and only leave in the natural flavors and essential vitamins and nutrients my baby needs.

carly and beech-nutCarly is over a year old now, but she has had no desire to come off baby food. While she is starting to try more and more table foods, there’s nothing she likes more than a jar or two of her favorite fruits and/or veggies. And that’s why I’m so thankful for Beech-Nut food for babies. I don’t have to worry about what I’m feeding her. I know that when I give her carrots, she’s getting just carrots.

The other feature I love is Beech-Nut’s new just gentle cooking method that keeps fruits and vegetables fresh without adding water, also ensuring the food is never over-processed. This method of gentle cooking is a 5 step process that takes good, wholesome ingredients, puts them through a cold puree to keep as many of the vitamins and nutrients in there as possible, contains no artificial ingredients or preservatives of any kind, then gently cooking them to just the right amount of time, and is all followed up by putting that yummy food into the BPA-free glass jars. Thank you, Beech-Nut for going the extra mile for my baby!

While homemade babyfood is what we all strive for, sometimes (ok, most of the time!) it’s just not possible. But now, we can turn to Beech-Nut and know that we are serving our babies simply good baby food without all the unnecessary ingredients or junk they don’t need.

For this review, Beech-Nut sent us several of their new flavors for Carly to try. Oh my goodness, did they ever make her belly happy! Her favorite was the beets, pear, and pomegranate. She could not gobble that down fast enough. She also really enjoyed the spinach, zucchini, and peas. What an easy way to get her to eat her green veggies. :) We will definitely be adding in some of the new flavors to Carly’s regular diet. I can’t wait to see what other flavors they have to offer.

I know Beech-Nut makes Carly happy, and it makes ME happy too!

I encourage you to learn more about the new line of Beech-Nut food for babies by getting to know Beech-Nut through the following social media channels:

 

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Now, tell me: What kinds of baby food is your baby eating right now? Have you tried the new line of Beech-Nut food for babies yet?

#Sponsored: Mr. Clean Does it Again! #MrCleanMorePower @SheSpeaksUp #Giveaway

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As the mom of 7, my husband and I have to tackle some large messes in our home…. and in every room of our home! From the bathroom to the kitchen, and everywhere in between, we have to find products that can stand up to our crazy crew.

Recently, I was introduced to Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle, a liquid-gel concentrate multi-purpose cleaner. I was also sent a bucket and a sponge to see if I prefer using the cleaner from the bucket or directly on the sponge.

Before I show you some amazing before and after pictures, let me tell you what I love about Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle:

  • I love that it’s a liquid gel concentrate. With a texture more like a dish-soap, it’s great for tackling big or little messes anywhere I need to.
  • The special spout on the top of the bottle ensure you get the perfect amount of cleaning when pouring it into a bucket. One gallon of water + One squeeze of Liquid Muscle, and you’re good to go.
  • The scent (Meadows and Rain) is powered by Febreze and smells amazing! After thoroughly cleaning my kitchen with Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle, my entire house smelled fresh and clean. I love it!
  • It works fast, and it works well! I used the Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle on my microwave, my stovetop, my kitchen counters, and even my kitchen floor. In no time at all, my kitchen smelled so good and sparkled in the sunlight. There’s nothing I love more than a clean kitchen. Now I can’t wait to move on to the bathrooms and get them sparking just as much!

I have a pet peeve in my kitchen: the inside of my microwave MUST be clean at all times. My kids know that if they make a mess in the microwave, they have to clean it up. Well, with everything that’s been going on in our house lately, I’ve slacked in getting onto the kids about cleaning out their microwave messes. Guess what? The inside of the microwave was absolutely disgusting. So, I figured that would be the first job I would force Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle to tackle.

Take a look:

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It only took a few minutes to get from the top picture to the bottom picture. I was certainly impressed! Any cleaner that can work that good on such a tough mess is definitely the cleaner for me!

I would highly recommend Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle to anyone that asks. It works fast, it works well, and it leaves every room sparkling clean and smelling great!

You can find Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle at your local Walmart. Head on over and stock up today!

Also be sure to connect with Mr. Clean in the following ways:

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#Sponsored: Kirk Cameron’s Unstoppable {Movie #Review & #Giveaway}

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As a mom, I’m very particular about what movies my children can and cannot see. When I heard about Unstoppable coming to theaters awhile back, I hoped and prayed the movie would find it’s way into our little town. Unfortunately, the closest showing was several hours away from us, so we didn’t make it. That’s why I am so excited to have the opportunity to review the movie on DVD.

In the Christian life, there’s one question that can make – or break – your faith. That question? “Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?”

In Unstoppable, Kirk Cameron takes viewers on a visual journey to better understand that question, and he does so in a hope-filled, heart warming way.

The movie is inspired and centered around the death of Cameron’s close friend who passed away from cancer at the age of 15. Kirk takes us back to the beginning, literally back to Adam and Eve, to investigate the first acts of good and evil and how they affect our lives.

I’m not sure what I was expecting when I sat down to watch Unstoppable, but I was surprised by what I saw. Instead of just sitting down to watch a movie and switching my brain off, I got an hour of topics that opened the doors to long, Christ centered conversations with my children. There are no words to express how much I loved being able to talk openly, and at length, with my kids about what Christ did for us.

There was one scene in the movie that really, really got to me. Kirk had gone to some Hollywood big-wigs to discuss making a movie about Noah. As Kirk explained the history of Noah and the Ark to these execs, they laughed and came up with ways to change the “story.” It was so sad, and so heartbreaking. I couldn’t imagine not knowing the truth of Noah, or wanting to change the outcome of what happened. My heart immediately became heavy for those in the world that just don’t understand the truth our Bible holds.

Overall, I was very impressed with the movie. I loved that it opened the doors of conversation with my children. I loved that it made me think about what Christ did for us and deepened my faith a little more. I only wish there had been more use of Scripture in the movie. While the truths were in there, to me, I like to have Scriptural references so that I can dig a little more into my Bible. I did thoroughly enjoy the movie, though, and I think every family should have this DVD available in the home library.

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