#Spon: Partnering with @ParasolCo to Bring You the Best Diapers Around!

sampleDisclaimer: I received a sample of Parasol Diapers in order to facilitate my review. Opinions expressed are 100% my own and have not been influenced in any way.

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It’s true. As a mom of 8, I have lots of experience with diapers. I’ve tried them all. Honestly! Every single one of them. I’ve even tried cloth diapers. I know what works best for super sensitive bottoms, and I know what works best for crazy super-soakers. What I wanted was a diaper that would make me happy no matter what! I’m now down to just one baby in diapers. (Crazy, right? And no chance of any more in diapers, either, which is even crazier!) After all this time, I’ve been looking for that one diaper that I could fall in love with and use all the time. I wanted it to be safe and gentle on Sawyer’s sensitive skin, but I wanted it to hold up on the nights when he had a lot to drink during the day and needs some extra protection to get him through the night. And, truth be told, I wanted them to be cute.

It’s not so much to ask, is it? We spend most of our time outdoors during the Spring and Summer, and Sawyer prefers to be naked. If I’m going to have my baby running all over creation in his diaper, is it too much to ask that they be cute? I think not.

Earlier this month, I was introduced to Parasol Co. They wanted me to test out their new diapers on Sawyer and tell them what I thought.

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Oh my goodness. Diapers that are gentle, strong, AND cute?! Who could say no?! So, they sent me a box of diapers and asked if I would mind doing a comparison with my current diaper and wipes brand(s).

Here’s the result of my comparison immediately after I received my package from Parasol Co.:

Immediately, I fell in love with these diapers. I started using them right away, and I never switched back. The same is true for the wipes. They are so soft, and feel more like a washcloth than a wipe. They work well on even the yuckiest messes, and my kids all love them!

Before I switched to Parasol Co. diapers, I had been faithful to one brand, but I had also recently grabbed a pack of “slip on”diapers because they were on sale one day. BIG MISTAKE. Those diapers caused a horrible allergic rash on Sawyers back, and even after I switched back to my regular diapers, I couldn’t get the rash to go away. TWO DAYS after using nothing but Parasol Co. diapers and wipes, there was a huge difference in his rash, and now it’s completely gone. I won’t claim that the Parasol Co. diapers healed him, but they sure did help, and I am eternally grateful! It shows me that their products are exactly what they claim they are: made with safe materials and eco-conscious practices. These are diapers you can trust. They are Hypoallergenic, Chlorine-free, Fragrance-free, Lotion-free, and Latex-free. See? Safe.

Maybe you’re worried about a monthly subscription service. Maybe you think it’s too expensive. Let me assure you, as one who has purchased diapers endlessly for the past 13 years straight, these diapers are not too expensive, and could even help you save money in the long run!

Think about it. For $85/month, you get an entire month’s worth of diapers and wipes. For one month, you don’t have to worry about a thing because everything is sent to you. (You decide if you want it sent every 3, 4, or 5 weeks.)

Now, think about how much you are currently spending on diapers and wipes. If I buy a pack of diapers every week at $10 – 12, that’s approximately $45-50/month. Plus wipes. (And wipes are not cheap, especially if you want wipes that work well!) So, we’re up to about $75-80/month between diapers and wipes. Hmmm… Now, factor in the gas it took you to get to the store, the energy you consumed taking your little one (or little ones, in my case!) into the store, and all the unnecessary things you bought at the store just because you had to stop for a diaper run.

See? You’re already saving money, and you’re getting super cute diapers that are SAFE and work well! (The only issue I have had with the diapers was one night when Sawyer slept for 14 hours straight and woke up soaked. But, the fact that he slept 14 hours was a fine trade off for one morning of washing the sheets. Totally worth it!)

Want me to give you an even better incentive to try Parasol Co.? If you head to the Parasol Co. website, and use the code Blessed16 when you order your first box, you’ll receive $20 off that box! This is it, folks! It’s what you’ve been waiting for! We all love a discount, and this is a great way to try out these amazing diapers for a fraction of the cost.

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Now, tell me those aren’t the cutest diapers you’ve ever seen?! They have 3 great patterns to choose from, so pick your favorite, and order now!

I love everything about the Parasol Company, and I am so excited to partner with them. I can’t wait to see what other products they come up with. I know it will be great, and I hope I get to share more with you again soon!

Take a chance and try Parasol Co. diapers on your little one today! If you do, please be sure to let me know.

#Spon: Today Starts a New Beginning with @Medifast #Giveaway

sampleDisclaimer: I received a sample of the Medifast products in order to facilitate my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Medifast products and the Medifast program are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or illness.

Day 1 with Medifast

It’s no secret: Weight Loss is kind of a big deal on this blog. I worked really hard last year to get to my lowest weight I’ve seen in almost 13 years!

But, I’ve got to be honest. I didn’t do a very good job of sticking with it. I thought I could maintain my weight without eating right or exercising often. Boy, was I ever wrong.

Now, here I am, heading right back to the me I swore I would NEVER be again. I’m up TWENTY POUNDS from my lowest weight last year, and I want to cry.

But I will not sit down and cry about it. I will not wallow in self pity and eat – like I’ve done way too many times the past 6 months. Not anymore.

Today begins a NEW DAY to a NEW ME. The one who makes better choices, who gets it right, and who loves the way she looks and feels. Gone are the days of stress eating and eating because I’m bored. I will once again begin my daily exercise routines and work to create the healthy me I *know* is in there.

This time, though, I’m not doing it alone. I’m teaming up with Medifast, and for the next 30 days, I will be participating in the Medifast Achieve™ 4&2&1 Plan, and I will share my progress with you along the way.

I am excited about this new journey and my partnership with Medifast. I’m ready to work hard, eat right, and do it for keeps this time around!

Have you thought about trying Medifast for yourself? Maybe now it’s time for you to make that next step! I’ve got a few ways to help you do just that!

DISCOUNT CODE

How about a discount? If you use the code Blessed25 on the Medifast website, you will receive $25 off your order of $250 or more, as well as free shipping! It’s a great way to get you started on your own journey.

GIVEAWAY

Want to try the Medifast Products before you jump in? Medifast wants to give away a box of brownies to one lucky reader! To win, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post and tell me WHY you want to get on a healthier track. Is it for your children? Is it for yourself? Is it because you’ve just put it off for too long? Whatever your reason for wanting to be healthier, I want to hear!

The giveaway will end 4/11 at 11:59pm. US Residents only, ages 18 and older.

I would LOVE to have you join me on this journey! Please check back to see my results each week. You can also track my results on Instagram and Facebook, so be sure to follow me there.

Also, be sure to follow Medifast every way you can in order to learn more about them:

#Ad: Plackers Flossers Make Flossing FUN!

sampleDisclaimer: I received a sample of this product in order to facilitate my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Is it a struggle in your house to get your kids to floss? It was in mine. Oh my goodness. Every day. Twice a day. A fight. A knock-down-drag-out-please-just-floss-your-teeth-before-they-all-fall-out fight.

And then, the amazing people from Plackers sent me their new Dual Grip Fruit Smoothie Swirl Kids’ Flossers along with a Flosser friend.

Instantly there was no more fighting. Ok, I’m lying. There’s always fighting. But, the fighting had changed! Instead of fighting me about flossing, they are fighting each other to go first! Awesome! I will take that kind of fighting any day.

These Flossers are a fun, easy, and tasty way to get your kids to want to floss! The dual grip gives even the littlest hands the ability to easily hold them, yet allows parents a way to “help” when the children are just too little to do it themselves.

(Side note: Did you know that it’s recommended by dentists that as soon as children have 2 teeth that are touching, they start flossing? I had no idea. So, because of the Flossers, even Sawyer gets in on the flossing fun!)

Plackers high-tech floss is designed not to stretch, shred, or break, and it includes fluoride to promote strong teeth and help prevent tooth decay.

I love how excited my kids get about flossing now. It’s so important for them to develop good habits, and a daily flossing habit will help lead to healthier gums, less tooth decay, and fewer cavities. I’m most looking forward to going back to the dentist and saying, “Yes, they floss every day!”, and not be lying! 😉

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The flosser friend is perfect for the bathroom counter. It gives everyone easy access to the Flossers, and I’ve even caught my husband using them! When you make something as boring as flossing as fun as Plackers has, it is  wonderful thing! (Fewer trips to the dentist is also a wonderful thing!)

I would definitely recommend every family pick up a Flosser friend and some Plackers Dual Grip Fruit Smoothie Swirl Flossers. Your kids will love them!

To learn more about Plackers Flossers and Friends, please follow Plackers on Facebook.

#Ad: Check out GuruNanda’s Mother’s Day Aromatherapy Starter Kit

sampleDisclaimer: I received a sample of this product in order to facilitate my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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As we all know, Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Skip the flowers and chocolates this year, and give Mom something she can use.

This Mother’s Day, Walmart is featuring a GuruNanda Aromatherapy Starter Kit. It includes a beautiful tower shaped diffuser and a bottle of GuruNanda‘s proprietary “Relaxation” blend. This unique blend is part of a specialty line of aromatherapy formulas that harness the benefits of several botanicals for optimum results. It contains a soothing blend of lavender, grapefruit, basil, and eucalyptus oils. You can purchase more of the “Relaxation” blend separately, as well as seven other “Essential Oil Blend” formulas that can also be used in the diffuser.

I received a sample of the Starter Kit, and I absolutely love it! The diffuser is plugged into the wall in my bedroom, and I start the diffuser about an hour or so before I go to bed. By the time I crawl into bed, the whole rooms smells amazing, and I’m ready for a peaceful night of sleep. My husband loves the scent of the blend as well, and I think he’s even sleeping better too. (Not that he’d ever admit that!) 😉

This Aromatherapy Starter Kit would make the perfect gift for Mom this year. And I say that as a mom with 19 years of Mother’s Day experience under my belt.

Want to know the best part about this special kit? The price! So many times, I can’t afford items like Essential Oils and/or Diffusers. Have you ever researched them or priced them? It can be expensive! I have another diffuser that I got on sale – for $50! I had to save up for several weeks just to get it!

So, I was anxious to see what the price of this kit would be, especially since it comes with a special oil blend AND a diffuser. Want to know the price?

It’s available on the Walmart website for less than $20! Did you catch that? For under 20 bucks, you can give Mom a gift she will absolutely love – not just say she loves!

Hurry into your local Walmart now, or click to order from their site. This diffuser kit will only be here for a limited time, so don’t miss your chance to grab one for Mom! (Grab yourself one, your wife one, and keep a few for birthday gifts to give throughout the year! At this price, you can afford to stock up and always be prepared!)

Who will you share this amazing gift with this Mother’s Day?

#Sponsored #Giveaway: #JLust – A New Fragrance by @JLo – My #Review

sampleDisclaimer: I received a sample of this product in order to facilitate my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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As a mom of 8, I tend to not think about things like perfume, make-up, and feeling girly. But, you know what? That’s wrong. Once in awhile, I *need* to feel girly. I need to get dressed up, spray on my favorite perfume, and remind my husband why he married me. (And how we got those 8 kids! 😉 )

Recently, I received a sample of a JLust, a new fragrance from Jennifer Lopez. Oh my goodness. To say I love it would be an understatement. It is amazing. Truly amazing.

This perfume epitomizes “girly.” I put it on, and I no longer feel like the haggard, frazzled mom I am. Instead, I feel beautiful – something I haven’t felt in a very long time.

I wish I could describe the scents in this bottle. It’s sweet and alluring. It’s feminine and beautiful. It’s unlike anything I’ve personally used before.

If you are looking to change things up, and you’re trying to find that feminine side you’ve had to bury under laundry, dishes, and housework, please let me recommend you grab yourself a bottle of JLust. You’ll be so glad you did. (And I bet your significant other might enjoy it as well!)

I’ve found JLust at Kohl’s for just $49. (That’s a great deal, and worth every penny, I promise you.)

If you’re like me, you can’t always justify spending money on something like perfume, but ladies, you are so worth it! You deserve this! You deserve to spend a little bit of money and feel good. Even on the days when you haven’t showered in 3 days, you’re still in your pajamas, and you have 3 toddlers hanging off your legs. Those may just be the days you need this most! Do something for YOU for a change. You’re worth it.

(And, men, if you happen to be reading this and still haven’t gotten your wife her Mother’s Day gift, click that link up there and get this for your wife. Go! Now!)

Also be sure to follow JLo on twitter and tweet your #JLustList to @JLo. She’ll be retweeting her favorites today!

Want a chance to WIN this perfume for yourself? (Or for the one you love!)

Use the Rafflecopter Gadget Below. Giveaway ends 5/9.

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#Sponsored: My Review of #PhytopiaUSA Tranquility Essential Oil Blend


sampleDisclaimer: I received a sample of this product at a heavily discounted price from Phytopia USA in order to facilitate my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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There are days in my life that are so stressful, I can’t hardly stand. With 8 kids, a husband, a dog, a pregnant kitty, a job, a house, a mound of laundry, volunteer work, church, kids school projects, and everything else a “normal” day around here brings, it’s a lot. I can’t sleep. I climb into bed, desperate for a few hours of rest, and that’s when the thoughts start flying. I toss and turn, worry and fret. My anxiety goes through the roof!

So, when Phytopia asked me to test their Tranquility Essential Oil Blend, how could I say no?

The past few nights, I’ve ended the day with a warm bath and a few drops of Tranquility. By adding the drops to the water, I don’t have the greasy feeling on my body, but I still get all the effects of the oil.

It has already helped tremendously. By the time I go to bed, I’m ready. I now fall asleep quickly, and I stay asleep most of the night.

The only thing I would change is that I wish it were able to be used in the diffuser. Because a nightly bath is usually hard to squeeze in often, being able to diffuse the oil in my bedroom would really help! But, alas, this oil is NOT safe to use in a diffuser. Maybe their next oil will be. We can hope, right? Of course, then I may never get out of bed, but some days that wouldn’t be a bad thing. 😉

If you have trouble sleeping, and you suffer from anxiety and stress, I highly recommend the Tranquility blend of oils. It smells great, and it’s made a big difference for me!

#Sponsored: My Review of #PhytopiaUSA Stretch Mark Remover Essential Oil Blend


sampleDisclaimer: I received a sample of this product at a heavily discounted price from Phytopia USA in order to facilitate my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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As a mom of 8, I don’t even want to tell you how many stretch marks I have. And they’re everywhere. My body has been through so much stress, and you can see it all over.

I was recently contacted by Phytopia and asked if I would review their Stretch Mark Oil. I figured it couldn’t hurt to try!

I’ve been using it for about a week now, and I’m already seeing results. They’re not huge changes, but they are changes. The skin tone is starting to even out, and the lines are getting smaller.

The oil is so easy to use. I apply it once a day, right after I get out of the shower, on all my problem areas. I put a few drops in my hand and rub it on my problem areas. A little goes a long way, which is great! It goes on a little greasy at first, but it doesn’t take long to absorb into the skin. After just a few minutes, you can’t feel it any more, but you can still smell the pleasant scent it leave behind. (That’s right! No yucky smell!)

I’m excited to watch it work its magic over the next few weeks! So far, I am quite impressed with this oil, and can’t wait to see if there’s a bigger change soon!

#Sponsored: My Review of #AngelCraft Vinyl


sampleDisclaimer: I received a sample of this product at a heavily discounted price from Angel Craft Vinyl in order to facilitate my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Anyone who knows me knows that I love my Silhouette Cameo. I am always cutting something and giving it as a gift, or selling it somewhere. Because of this, I go through more vinyl than one can even begin to imagine. It’s not a bad thing, it’s all good!

BUT, vinyl can get expensive! When  I first started cutting vinyl, everyone told me I *had* to use this one certain brand of vinyl. So, I did. And I paid out the rear for it. It was good, and I was happy, but I figured there had to be another brand out there that would make me just as happy. (Or happier, if I wasn’t paying so much!)

So, when Angel Craft Vinyl approached me and offered me the chance to review their 12″ x 12″ Self Adhesive Vinyl Sheets (35 PACK), I jumped on it!

After the package arrived, I couldn’t wait to get started. One of my favorite ladies in the church was having a birthday, so I figured her birthday present would be the first thing I would make with my Angel Craft Vinyl.

I picked out the color I needed, (LOVE that there are so many colors!), and got my supplies all together.

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Got my design ready on my Silhouette software, and started cutting:

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After just a few minutes, and some weeding, followed by some super easy installation, I ended up with this:

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Oh how I just love it!

I put the project all together, and my gift was ready for giving:

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There is so much I love about this vinyl:

  • It’s made in the USA. (Need I even say more? I think not.)
  • It WORKS! It is permanent, and it sticks. I’ve used it on indoor and outdoor products, and I haven’t had a single problem with it. (Note: I have found a few different paints that the vinyl will not stick to, but this is also true of EVERY other vinyl I have tried.)
  • My daughter’s cup survived a run through the dishwasher, and still came out looking like I had just applied the vinyl! (I will continue to tell clients to hand wash items, though.)
  • There’s a fantastic variety of colors. And, because the sheets are 12″x12″, I can often use the sheets for more than one project, depending on how large the project is.

I do wish, though, that there were an option to pick and choose my 35 sheets. There are several colors in here that I will probably never use, and many colors that I could use 5 – 10 sheets of, just because I use them SO much. If they could do that, I would be the happiest person ever! :)

Overall, I am quite impressed with Angel Craft Vinyl, and I will definitely be making another purchase again in the near future!

I’ll end by showing you a few more projects that I made with the Angel Craft Vinyl.

This is on our car, (and our van, and my husband’s truck…) :

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Every mom deserves a Wonder Woman mug:

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And, since Mommy has her own cup, Carly needed one as well:

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Let’s finish it all out with a soccer star’s sticker for the car:

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Have you used Angel Craft Vinyl? What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear them!

#Spon: My Review of #swimsucoveup Womens Beach Cover Up


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Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product at a heavily discounted price from NEOSAN in order to facilitate my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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I definitely don’t live at the beach, but I do take the kids to the lake during the summer. There’s sand, sun, and water, so it’s just like a beach, right? While I adore my bathing suit, I’ve been looking for some kind of cover up to wear while I’m not in the water. (Which is most of the time. Have you seen lake water? Ick!) So, when NEOSAN offered me the chance to review their Swim Suit Cover Up, I figured it was worth a try. They gave me a great deal on the cover up, and I went ahead and ordered it. Thanks to Amazon Prime, the cover up arrived in 2 days. Impressive!

It arrived in this really nice, thick plastic bag. With as small as it was folded, I totally expected the cover up to come out all wrinkled, but there wasn’t a single wrinkle in it! It was ready to wear right out of the bag! Isn’t it great to know that you can wad it up, throw it in your beach bag, and it still comes out looking fabulous?

The material is silky soft and so comfortable. Even Sawyer loves it and couldn’t stop rubbing the cover up when I had it on. So funny!

The v-neck is very low, but with my suit on, everything is still covered, and I don’t feel exposed at all. The length is also long enough that I still feel quite modest in it. I think that’s my favorite part!

It’s also cute enough to wear as a top over skinny jeans, leggings, or even shorts. I would pair it with a tank or cami, of course, but it would still be super cute… and really comfortable!

I am so impressed with this cover up, I’ll be ordering at least one or two more in other patterns. I had such a hard time picking just one for this review. Now, I’m ready to head back and order a few more to have on hand!

This cover up will quickly become your one summer must-have item. Of course, you may want to order one to keep in your car, one to keep in your beach bag, and one to have hanging in your closet just in case! The price is incredibly reasonable, even for the smallest budget!

I am impressed with the NEOSAN Beach Cover Up, and would highly recommend it to anyone who asked!

#Spon: #intelliGLASS Protects it Best! Our intelliARMOR #Review


sampleDisclaimer: I received a sample of this product from intelliGLASS in order to facilitate my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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As you can imagine, with 8 kids, I absolutely have to have some kind of screen protector on all of my electronics. I cannot tell you how many bumps, scratches, chips, dings, and dents they get without it. (And, truth be told – I can’t blame the kids for all those dings! I’m really good at dropping things!)

Most of my devices are protected, but I never put anything on my Kindle Fire. I didn’t really think I needed it, since I was the only one who ever used it. Boy, was I wrong! Just last week, I noticed there were several chips in the glass. Seriously? I was frustrated, to say the least! So, when intelliARMOR asked me if I would review one of their products, I jumped on the chance to try a protector for my Kindle Fire. Especially since the kids have started taking over my Kindle as well!

Ordering what I needed was so easy! And, I could pay with my Amazon payments, and got free 2-day shipping thanks to Amazon Prime. So great!

It arrived quickly, and I couldn’t wait to put it on. I followed all of the easy-to-read instructions, cleaned my screen, used their dust removing film, and it was ready to apply the #intelliGLASS. In seconds, it was on, bubble free, and ready to use. I love it! I can’t get over how easy it was to apply, and it’s completely bubble free! (I’ve tried other screen protectors in the past, and they bubble like crazy. The OCD in my can’t handle any bubbles on any screen I’m looking at.)

Overall, I am super satisfied with intelliARMOR and would highly recommend them to anyone looking to protect their devices. They have protectors for almost any device imaginable, and with prices starting at just $9.95, they are an excellent value! I am 100% impressed, and will soon be ordering new screen protectors for the rest of our devices.

I did also want to mention: Even though my screen had a few chips in the glass, the intelliARMOR still didn’t bubble or raise up in any way around those chips. Now that the protector is on there, you can hardly even see those chips, and you definitely cannot feel them! In fact, when using the Kindle for playing games, reading, watching HULU, or whatever, you can’t even tell there’s any kind of protective film on there. It’s fantastic!

If you need a new screen protector for your device, I would encourage you to check out intelliARMOR today! I love mine, and I think you will too!

Want to save even more money? Use code INTELLI20 for 20% off your order when you check out!

Have you used intelliARMOR for any of your devices? What do you think? Are you as impressed as I am? Leave a comment below. I would love to hear your opinion of their #intelliGLASS protectors!

#Spon: #SickJustGotReal – Beat Cold & Flu Season with Pfizer Pediatric Products @Target #Giveaway

sampleDisclaimer: The Pfizer Pediatric Platform products, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. All thoughts and reviews are my own.

#SickJustGotReal

Cold and flu season in our house is a nightmare. With 8 kids, they pass germs like crazy! Playdates, school, birthday parties, church activities, even trips to the park and the grocery store expose the kids to more germs than I even want to think about. So, naturally, someone ends up sick. Then, just as one gets better, two more get sick. It’s a viscous cycle that we can’t ever seem to beat.

Thankfully, we can stock up on Pfizer Pediatric products at Target when Sick Gets Real in our house. They help us be prepared for fevers, coughs, and colds that come our way and want to linger in my kids.

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If Sick just got real.™ for your family, there are so many different solutions to help tackle the worst of symptoms, like Children’s Advil®, Children’s Robitussin®, and/or Children’s Dimetapp®:

  • Infants’ and Children’s Advil® provide unsurpassed fever and pain relief(1) , and contain ibuprofen, the medicine pediatricians use most for their own kids’ fevers(2) (for ages 6 months -11 years)
  • Children’s Robitussin® provides soothing action and cough control with some formulations lasting up to 8 hours (for ages 6-12 years)
  • Children’s Dimetapp® provides great-tasting cold-fighting power and is the #1 pharmacist recommended brand for children’s cough & cold symptoms(3) (for ages 6+)

*It is important to remember to always read and keep the cartons for complete warnings and dosing information on Pfizer Pediatric Platform products and to use as directed

Please take a few moments to check out the following links and learn more about the Pfizer Pediatric Platform products to help your little ones when Sick Gets Real at your house:

There’s no way around it. Kids get sick. It just happens, no matter how hard you try to prevent it. While there’s no way to keep the sickness from coming on, you can make your little ones more comfortable. So, if Sick Just Got Real at your house, head to Target and stock up on the Pfizer products listed above.

Giveaway

To help you stock up on all the things you need to keep your little ones comfortable this cold season, I’m giving away a Pfizer Pediatric Platform package to one lucky reader! Here’s what you’ll get:

 

  • A product bundle including each of the Pfizer Pediatric Platform products (Children’s Advil®, Children’s Robitussin®, Children’s Dimetapp®)
  • A $50 Target gift card to purchase additional Pfizer Pediatric Platform products at Target to get your family through cough, cold, and flu season

Want to win? Enter using the Rafflecopter Gadget below!

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Giveaway will end at midnight Thursday, 4/21. I will select and contact the winner that same day. You MUST claim your prize that day so that I can get your information over to the sponsor.

1 Among OTC pain relievers.

2 Based on a survey of doctors.

3 Source: 2015-16 Pharmacy Times and U.S. News & World Report.

#Spon: Our Sip & Seek Adventures with @EvenfloBaby

sampleDisclaimer: This post is sponsored by Evenflo. I received samples of the products in order to facilitate my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Sip N Seek Adventure Pack

Sawyer loves to explore. That child is always running, climbing, and exploring everything he can find. He never stops. Ok, maybe twice a day: once at nap time, and then again at bed time. But, every other minute of the day, he’s trying to find something new that he can get into. It’s no wonder he’s my best sleeper, simply because he’s the most active baby I have ever had. Needless to say, the boy keeps me on my toes!

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So, when Evenflo contacted me and asked me to take part in their Sip N Seek Adventure program, I *knew* Sawyer and I were the perfect fit! We were supposed to take a day to go on an adventure. Evenflo provided me with the awesome pack you see pictured above. There were more than enough snacks and cups to get us through the day, as well as some extra goodies that made our adventure even more special.

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We started our day at the local Misty Mountain Railroad. None of my kids or I had ever been to this fun little museum before. It was incredible! I can’t imagine the hours someone put in to making that museum come to life. The kids spent so much time taking everything in. And I wasn’t surprised when the very first thing Gage pointed out was Superman on top of one of the buildings.

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After spending some time with the owner of the museum, and learning all about the different sections they had set up, how much work had gone into it, and being shown all of the little hidden treasures, (like Superman), hidden throughout the display, we knew our adventure was far from over! My friend had come along on our adventure, and she invited us back to her home for awhile. But, her home isn’t like most homes. She lives on a farm. Complete with animals, and all sorts of stuff for Sawyer to climb on and explore.

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We met a cow, climbed on everything we could find, fed the bunnies, pet the goats. My goodness, what fun we had! And, through it all, Evenflo was there to keep him hydrated and happy with their Sip N Seek Cups!

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Evenflo sent us an awesome Astronaut themed Sip N Seek Cup with their new Triple-Flo stoppers in their insulated cups. It keeps Sawyer’s drinks cool, without fear of it spoiling while we’re out and about. Other designs available include Mermaids, Unicorns, and Dinosaurs, each one sure to make your little one smile!

Evenflo’s new TripleFlo Sip & Seek Cups are now available at Babies ‘R’ Us, Meijer, and HEB, and retail for $4.99 each. You can also purchase 2 packs for $9.99 at Amazon.com, Walmart.com, and Target.com.

If your little one is always on the go, and you need a cup that can keep up with him (or her!), I highly recommend the products from the Evenflo feeding line. We are super impressed, and these are now the only cups Sawyer will use!

Thank you, Evenflo, for making high quality, BPA-free products that I want to give my baby.

#Spon: #FlyBy Presents the #UndertheSea Bible for Kids

sampleDisclaimer: This post is sponsored by FlyBy Promotions and Zonderkidz. I received a copy of the Under the Sea Bible in order to facilitate my review. Any opinions expressed are 100% my own and have not been influenced in any way.

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In our house, we are always trying to find ways to encourage our children to read their Bible. Typically, this isn’t a problem, but when it comes to our younger children, it can be more difficult.

Thankfully, we received a copy of the Under the Sea Bible. The timing could not have been more perfect! Our 7 year old son, Parker, is constantly asking questions and wanting to know more about accepting Christ as his Savior. His little heart is so open and so willing. Not only that, but his class recently took a trip to a local Aquarium. His class has been studying things “Under the Sea” for weeks now, in order to prepare for their trip. So, when a Bible, whose cover was decorated with beautiful, sparkly, creatures from under the sea – well, let’s just say – Parker called dibs!

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While I wish the Under the Sea Bible was available in other versions, (namely the KJV with the words of Jesus in red), I still believe this is an excellent resource for Parker. The inserts inside the Bible are full of color, and more importantly, full of information to help him understand what the Bible tells us. It’s opened the door to lots of questions. Even more than all of that, though, I love that I will just randomly find Parker sitting and reading this Bible all over the house.

The Under the Sea Holy Bible, NIrV would make a fantastic gift for any child aged 6 – 10. The beautiful underwater creatures sparkle on the outside cover and bring the interior of this Bible to life. The inserts inside the Bible cover themes of God’s love and care for all of us, and also give a clear representation of the gospel.

You can learn more about the Bible by clicking either of the links above. The Bible is now available for purchase at these major retailers:

You can also learn more about Zonderkidz products by following them on social media:

Thank you, Zonderkidz for producing a Bible that has my child wanting to read, wanting to learn more, and asking the questions he needs to learn in order to give his heart to Christ. We love this Bible, and we are sure you will too!

#Spon: Let Them Be #JustAKid with @POWERADE & @Walmart

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Earlier this year, I signed my 11 year old son up for baseball. Now that the weather is nicer, it’s time for practice, and soon, we’ll be at all of his games. My life is now consumed with baseball – and that’s OK, because I love watching my little athlete play his heart out for a game he loves.

As mom, it’s my job to make sure all of my athletes reach their full potential. One of the ways I can help most is making sure Jace has everything he needs to play his best: the right equipment, a well-balanced pregame meal, on-time arrival to practice and games, and, most importantly, making sure he is properly hydrated.

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Jace has never played baseball before, and while he is off to a great start, he is very tough on himself. I find myself constantly reminding him that as long as he’s doing his best and having fun, that’s all that matters. Yes, they are all athletes, but they aren’t professionals, and no one expects them to be!

That’s why I love the POWERADE “Just a Kid” Campaign! No matter what you achieve in your life, there’s one thing you have to remember: you start in the same place as everyone else, a kid full of big dreams and oodles of potential. At the end of the day, we’re all “Just a Kid” from somewhere. Isn’t that fantastic?

POWERADE believe that our everyday athletes can realize their full potential and maybe one day go on to be one of the athletes they look up to. Whether playing t-ball or the pros, every athlete in every league has a story waiting to be told.

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Now through April 4, 2016 (or until supplies last), you can get a free custom POWERADE sports bottle! Just head to Walmart, stock up on POWERADE for your athletes, and when you purchase two (2) 20 ounce 8-packs of POWERADE products, you can click this link and get your free personalized bottle.

You can also represent your “somewhere” with custom “Just a Kid” apparel that features where you’re from here. All net proceeds from the sale of “Just a Kid” apparel goes to the Boys & Girls Club of America.

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I am excited about this season of baseball, and watching Jace grow and improve as the season goes on. I will cheer him on, encourage him when he gets down, and always, always, always remind him that he is #JustAKid and we all have to start somewhere!

Thanks, POWERADE for your attitude toward our young athletes, for helping them stay hydrated, and for encouraging them the reach their full potential!

#Sponsored: Show Us Your Smile Contest for Children’s Dental Hygiene Month

sampleDisclaimer: This post is sponsored by Great Expressions Dental Centers. Any opinions expressed are 100% my own and have not been influenced in any way.

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As a mom of so many kids, lots of lost teeth, and many (many) trips to the dentist, I understand the importance of good dental hygiene! I stress it all the time with my kids.

To encourage children everywhere to participate in good oral hygiene practices, Great Expressions Dental Centers (GEDC) is launching their “Show Us Your Smile” facebook contest this month.

To enter the contest, parents get the chance to submit a photo of their child’s smile for a chance to win a free bike and a movie bundle. Winners will be selected once a week throughout the month of February.

Visit the Great Expressions Dental Centers Facebook Page to submit your entry today!

Remember – the contest runs all month, but once February is gone, so is your chance to win! Head on over and submit your child’s entry today!

#Sponsored: “Captive” DVD #CaptiveMovie #FlyBy #Review & #Giveaway

sampleDisclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

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Captive is based on a true story about the power of faith over fear. It is the story of how two lost souls collided. Brain Nichols is on the run and desperate to make contact with his brand new baby boy. He takes Ashley Smith hostage in her own apartment. Fearing for her life, and wanting nothing more than to be able to see her daughter again, she finally tuns to Rick Warren’s “The Purpose Driven Life” for guidance. Ashley and Brian come to a crossroads where they discover hope and light in the midst of despair.

I received a copy of Captive for my family, and we couldn’t wait until our next Family Movie Night. I made the choice to allow my older children to watch the movie, (ages 11 and up), but I’m thankful I didn’t allow the younger ones to stay up and watch it.

My husband and myself were able to have some really deep discussion after the movie with my older children, and I was quite surprised by how much they understood and had questions about. There was a lot of drug use in the movie. Lots of violence. Some was scary violence. Brian Nichols was a very scary man. And we all discussed how making one bad choice can lead you down a path of many bad choices. Before you know it, you’re going down a path it’s impossible to come back from. (Luckily, we know that through Christ, ALL things are possible, but that still doesn’t make it easy!)

The story was intense from beginning to end. I don’t think any of my kids moved from their seats. The only thing I wish is that faith had been more of a motivator in the movie, or that God had been featured a little bit more. But, there was enough faith shown that it helped open the door for great discussion with my kids. I was able to talk with them about the choices they make when they’re young, and how they will impact them when they get older. We talked a lot about staying away from drugs and alcohol, and not even trying them when “all” their friends are. We talked about having courage and strength to say NO, and if they don’t have the courage to say no on their own, they can trust Christ to give them the courage they need.

Overall, I did enjoy the movie, and I’m thankful for the discussion it was able to open up with my children. I cannot imagine all that Ashley Smith went through, but I’m certain her testimony has led – and will lead – many people to Christ.

To learn more about the movie, please check out the following links:

Want to win a copy of Captive for your family? Just leave a comment on this blog post and tell me a time when you needed faith to get through a scary situation. (If you don’t have an example, just leave your favorite Bible verse as a comment.)

Contest will end January 29th at 11:59pm ET. Please use the guidelines in the disclaimer to see if you qualify. Contest open to US & Canada.

#AD: Keeping Our #GameDayTraditions FUN! @SheSpeaksUp @ProcterGamble @Walmart

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Game Day in our house means lots of preparation! I’ve got so much to do! There’s the food to prepare… the house to get clean… every little detail must be taken care of… Even down to what toilet paper I’m going to make sure is available for my guests! (I don’t want someone coming over, using my bathroom, and then going home to tell their spouse, “Ugh. That toilet paper was like sandpaper!” No thank you! Only best for my guests! They deserve the ultra strong, yet squeezably soft goodness that only Charmin can provide.) Luckily, I can head to Walmart and grab everything I need to make our traditions for Game Day perfect.

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Set up is crucial. Spray some Febreze to get the furniture smelling fresh and clean. Then, I need everything laid out just right so my guests can get to it easily. I need the right paper towels to handle clean ups, because with the crew we host on game day, there are sure to be a few spills! Bounty helps me get the counters clean after I’ve slaved in the kitchen all day, and then Bounty paper towels are perfect for clean up during and after the party!

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And then there’s the food. Oh my goodness, the food! Meatballs, sandwiches, chili cheese dip and chips, bread, pasta, desserts galore. I don’t do anything small. I have to make sure there’s plenty of food for everyone, and that there’s no chance of anyone leaving my house hungry!

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And while I’m going out of my mind, trying so hard to make everything just right, I remember the most important tradition I have when it comes to game day: the people I share game day with.

Even though I have ten people living in my house – and we can make any occasion a party! – when we add family and friends to the mix, it’s always something to remember!

Once the game is over, and everyone has left, that’s when I’m thankful I stocked up at Walmart! It’s time for the real clean up! I find dip under the couch. Stains on *everyone’s* clothes. And the bathroom usually looks like a tornado ran through it. (Did you notice all those kids in the picture above?!) Luckily, I’ve got Bounty to help with the clean up of the house, and Tide to help make laundry easier.

After every game day happening, all I want to do is sleep for a week, but I’m always thankful that I’ve had the fun with family and friends. They make every moment of preparation, frustration, and clean up worth it. It doesn’t even matter who wins the game!

Companies like Walmart and P&G make Game Day even easier. I’m thankful for quality products that make everyone happy, at a price that makes my wallet happy!

Want to read about other bloggers and their #GameDayTraditions? Here are the links that will help you do just that:

Now, tell me about Game Day at your house. Do you have any traditions you follow? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!

#Sponsored: Another @PhotoPad_VG #Giveaway! ($25 OR $100 Amazon GC – Your Choice!)

sampleDisclaimer: This post is sponsored by PhotoPad. Any opinions expressed are 100% my own and have not been influenced in any way.

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Last month, I ran a contest for a $100 Amazon Gift Card, and I have to say, I’m a little baffled. There wasn’t one entry on that giveaway post! That’s just crazy!

So, I approached the owner of photoPAD, and we talked. We want to give you another chance to win! I’ll get to the giveaway in a minute. :)

While I kind of kept a business focus on my last post, I want you to see how great this can be for sharing family photos with those you love most!

Take a look at my family PAD:

Isn’t it cute? And it only took a few minutes to make. Now, I can share my PAD with family and friends on Facebook, twitter, or through email at the click of a button!

It’s like digital scrapbooking without all the headache, expense, and frustration. It’s so easy to create a PAD!

Just in case you’ve forgotten, here are the steps to create your own PAD:

  • First, head to the PhotoPad website.
  • In the top right corner, click on “Start Exploring.”
  • Click on “Join Today.” (Takes 30 seconds to join. SO easy!!)
  • Click on the Plus (+) sign at the top left of the page to create a new pad.
  • Follow the steps to Describe your Pad and get to work using the tools on the right!
  • Now, add pictures and create pages to complete your Pad.

Be sure to save your work at the end, and then you can share your pad by finding the link and sharing through social media. To find the link to your Pad, go to the home page, then click the funnel icon. Just click on “My Pads” and there you have it! SO easy!

I really want to encourage you to try out the new photoPAD for yourself. I think you’re going to love it!

And, to reward you, we’re holding another giveaway. You can win a $25 Amazon Gift Card OR a $100 Amazon Gift Card – your choice. Here’s how it will work:

  • 1. To enter for a $25 Amazon Gift Card, visit the PhotoPad Business Facebook Page. (Because we can’t ask you to “like” the page, according to Facebook rules, we sure would appreciate a “like” if you “like” what you see!)
  • 2. Want to increase your prize to a $100 Amazon Gift Card? Simply create your own Pad, with at least 2 slides, using the PhotoPad creator. (Follow the steps above.)
  • 3. Leave a comment on this post and tell me you did the above. If you created a pad, please leave a link to your PAD in your comment.(You MUST leave a link to your pad in order to win the $100 prize.)

Contest will end Sunday, January 17th at 11:59pm, and winner will be announced and contacted on January 18th.

Winner has been selected…. thanks to all who entered!

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#Sponsored: LeapTV – Educational Fun to Get Your Kids Moving! #Giveaway #LeapFrogMomSquad

sampleDisclaimer: This review and giveaway is made possible through my relationship with LeapFrog and the LeapFrog Mom Squad. Opinions expressed are 100% my own.

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Have you heard of LeapTV?

It’s this fantastic little gaming system that gets your little ones up and moving and *learning* all at the same time. My kids love it, and they just can’t get enough of it.

We’ve had our LeapTV for awhile now, and it definitely hasn’t gotten “old.” The kids still ask to play with it all the time, and I’m happy to comply when I know they’re going to be learning while they play. My favorite part is that ALL of my kids love it – from Carly (almost 3) all the way up to Zander and Jace (who are 12 and 11). The bigger ones help the little ones, and a fun time is had by all.

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There are so many games to choose from, and something to make everyone happy. From Blaze to Frozen, Paw Patrol to Sophia the First, all of our favorite characters are part of the kids favorite games. It’s a win-win for everyone!

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LeapFrog has been one of my favorite companies to work with, and product like the LeapTV are why! In their kindness, they sent me 2 LeapTV systems, so I’m sharing one with you! That’s right! You get the chance to win your very own LeapTV system and a Letter Factory Adventure game to go with it! How lucky are you?!

What if you don’t win? That’s OK! The LeapTV system is now retailing for just $59.99. That’s a fantastic price for a great product, and it’s worth every penny! No excuses. Now you can use up those gift cards you got for Christmas and make the kids happy. (Which, in turn, will make YOU happy!)

Use the Rafflecopter Gadget below to enter the giveaway. The contest will end January 19th at 11:59pm.

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#Sponsored: @PhotoPad_VG Makes Business Better | $100 Amazon GC #Giveaway

sponsoredDisclaimer: This post is sponsored by PhotoPad. Any opinions expressed are 100% my own and have not been influenced in any way.

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When you run a business, it’s so important to “brand” your business. Even with my blog, I’ve tried to brand myself so that when people see my logo or maybe even an anchor, they think of “Blessed Beyond Words.”

Do you own a business or a blog and need to brand yourself? PhotoPad is the best way to brand your business through Photo Stories.

You won’t believe how easy it is to start creating!

  • First, head to the PhotoPad website.
  • In the top right corner, click on “Start Exploring.”
  • Click on “Join Today.” (Takes 30 seconds to join. SO easy!!)
  • Click on the Plus (+) sign at the top left of the page to create a new pad.
  • Follow the steps to Describe your Pad and get to work using the tools on the right!
  • Now, add pictures and create pages to complete your Pad.

Be sure to save your work at the end, and then you can share your pad by finding the link and sharing through social media. To find the link to your Pad, go to the home page, then click the funnel icon. Just click on “My Pads” and there you have it! Easy, right? (Ok, I’ll admit. It took me a few minutes to figure out how to find my finished pad, but I did it!)

Here’s what my finished Pad looks like:

Not too shabby for my first try, right? I love it!

While PhotoPad is still in beta, I have to say, I’m in love with it! This is such a great way to share photos with clients, and even with friends and family!

Don’t run a business? That’s ok! PhotoPad is still the perfect way to show off your beautiful babies! In November, I hired a photographer friend to take photos for my family. Here are the results of that:

Super cute, right? And what a fun, easy way to show off my photos! I just love it! Now, I can quickly and easily share all the latest happenings with my family.

Now, PhotoPad wants YOU to try out their new program, and they’re giving away a $100 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky winner!

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Create your own Pad using the PhotoPad creator. (Your pad *must* have at least 5 slides.)
  2. Like the PhotoPad Business Facebook Page.
  3. Leave a comment ON THIS BLOG POST letting me know you did both. (Please leave a link to your created Pad in the comment. I want to check them out.)

That’s all you have to do! Remember to leave a link to your Pad as a comment on this post, because that’s how we’ll pick the winner!

Now, go create! I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

*Contest Ends January 1st at 11:59pm. Winner will be announced and contacted January 2nd. Facebook is not associated with this giveaway in any way.