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Celebrate Discovery with Yookidoo!

Did you know that June 14th is International Bath Day? Legend has it that on this day Greek mathematician, scientist and scholar, Archimedes, discovered while taking a bath that an object’s volume could be accurately measured by being submerged in water! Unable to contain his excitement, Archimedes leapt out of the bathtub and yelling “Eureka, Eureka!” as he ran through the streets of Syracuse, Greece.

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Today, international toy manufacturer, Yookidoo, continues to celebrate Archimedes’ excitement and discovery with their award winning line of bath toys that keep learning and exploration afloat! As a proud sponsor of International Bath Day, Yookidoo is spreading the word that bath time is THE ideal time for learning and discovery.

With bath toys, like Yookidoo’s Flow N Fill Spout, children can learn the basic properties of physics such as empty/full, float/sink, heavy/light, and cause and effect all while having FUN in the tub!

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Keep the water flowing with the Yookidoo Flow N Fill Spout. This automatic spout attaches to the tub to draw water up and create an endless stream.  Three interchangeable tumblers each with a different spouting action offer a variety of ways to play and experiment with water. For ages 9 months- 3 years. MSRP: $19.99 Available at www.BabiesRUs.com

Join Yookidoo in their celebration of International Bath Day on June 14th so little scientists everywhere can rejoice “Eureka, Eureka!” over their own amazing new bath time discoveries!!

 

*A product was provided.

Hey Pampers Fans! Check out These Savings! #PampersSavings

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Hey all my Pampers fans!I am super excited to share these awesome coupons coming out this coming week! Pampers is now offering amazing money-saving opportunities for parents with little ones, so that you can get the same great diapers . Here’s how to save:

Keep an eye out for this Sunday’s newspaper (May 29, 2016) for an insert from P&G with these Pampers coupon offerings. Use these coupons at any mass, discount or grocery stores where baby care products are sold.

Keep an eye out because there will be a coupon offer for $3 off two bags or one box of any Pampers Diapers or Pampers Training Pants. And there will also be a coupon offer for $3.00 off 2 bags or 1 box of Pampers Easy Ups Training Pants or UnderJams Absorbent Night Wear.

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I am excited for these coupons because I recently had a fun Pampers Easy Ups play date and I can share these great coupons with my friends who came to our play date.

Guess what you can also clip the Pampers Easy Ups  coupons at www.coupons.com as well.  zIf you do not already have one you will need to create a coupons.com account and then you can print, shop, and save – and keep an eye out for more Pampers coupons in the future!

For more information on Pampers diapers and pants, visit www.pampers.com or the brand’s social media channels on Facebook, Twitter  and YouTube.

*This post was made possible by iConnect and Pampers. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

Our Pampers Easy Ups Play Date

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Last week my friends and I got together for an informative park play date and us moms discussed potty training! I have quite a bit of friends who have little ones stating to potty train so it was fun to talk about how we potty trained our older kids and how different each kid is when it comes to potty training.

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Potty training is an amazing milestone for toddlers and parents alike, but it can also be stressful. Spring is the time many families kick-off potty training so they are ready for summer fun and then for the start of preschool. Potty training can feel like an overwhelming process, and when minor leaks or accidents occur, it can be a disappointment. Pampers Easy Ups helps makes this journey a little easier by providing better leak protection than the leading competitor.

Training pants support the diaper-to-underwear transition for toddlers and their families as they have a more underwear-like look and feel while still helping to keep messes off clothing, bedding and other surfaces no matter where accidents happen: at home, on-the-go or overnight.

Pampers Easy Ups work during the day AND night, enabling toddlers and moms to confidently and completely transition from diapers to underwear.

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Pampers Easy Ups come in fun Thomas & Friends® designs for boys and Dora the Explorer® designs for girls and a more underwear-like design for growing toddlers. They are also super-stretchy sides to make them easy to pull up and down when using the potty

 

Available for Boys and Girls sizes 2T/3T through 4T/5T.

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*I hosted a potty-training party, in partnership with Pampers.

2016 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and we have some wonderful gift ideas for you! From the tea lover to fitness guru we have made a list of some of the top gifts mom (grandma or any special lady in your life) would love.

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Boll & Branch Cable Knit Throw

Nothing says “relaxation” like a cozy blanket and Mom will love curling up under this beautiful 100% organic cotton throw. Made ethically in India of eco-friendly non-toxic dyes.

Rest well knowing you’ve done something good for Mom, the planet, and our global neighbors. The throw comes in various colors to match what your special lady would love. (I’d love the white!)

 

 

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Dune Jewelry Beach Bangle Bracelets

Each of the Beach Bangles comes with a special charm . The signature Beach Bangle collection’s allows you to capture some of your life’s most cherished memories and adventures, and to carry them with you on your wrist, and in your heart. Each piece is handmade layered to a gem-like finish with your favorite beach sand.

There are so many beach sand to choose from so depending on that special beach you visited you can now have it cherished in a bangle.

 

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Who doesn’t want beautiful lashes that pop? Listen up, fiber lash lovers. Younique has improved our wildly popular 3D Fiber lash enhancer to make it better than before.Introducing, Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes+!

With a new brush and a fresh look, our proprietary, hypoallergenic formula brings life to tired lashes. Its two international patents pending leaves little wonder about why women are talking about which lash enhancer they use.

 

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Beautiful necklaces that show off what mom loves? Her family! Pick her up the Large Silver twist locket, pair it with the Legacy Family TREE Window Shelf and then the birthstones off all her kids or grandkids!

You can throw in a gift certificate too so mom can pick out a couple other charms!

Origami Owl offers more than just the living lockets. From watches, bracelets, earrings and so much more.

 

 

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The Essential Oil Bag from Red Fox Lane bag is made with individual pockets to hold up to 12 essential oil bottles (depending on bottle sizes) – with plenty of room for extras like rollers or minis!

The roller bottle bag has individual pockets to hold 14 rollerball bottles. Pockets are taller to keep your rollers upright. The XL bag is made to hold 14 of the 15ml bottles, plus an insert or two. It is about 30% larger than the regular bag.

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This to-go coffee cup has actually been on my want list for a year! GlitterSips has tons of fun sayings and your coffee or tea loving mama will love this! Get it in her favorite color too.

Moving your family? Considerations before choosing your home in a new community

It’s also about…HOUSE, HOUSE, HOUSE.

Or is it? Choosing a new home for your family isn’t just about the property you are purchasing, it’s also the community where you’ll spend years of your life in. It’s true that home is where your heart is, but what if your heart doesn’t know where it should be?

From great education system to low crime rate, there are literally hundreds of variables you need to consider before choosing that perfect place you and your family can call home. To make this important decision. Here are some factors to help you find a home that suits the needs of your entire family.

Choosing a place to live

Start by determining what is most important to you and your family. If you’re single, living near or in the city might be an ideal choice for you. However, if you have a family, a small town that offers amenities your whole family needs is your best bet.

One good example is the community in Adelaide where you can find homes nestled in nature while still having the luxury of facilities and other family-necessary amenities. If you buy a house in Adelaide, you’ll be in a community where your entire family can live for decades and beyond.

Affordability aside, here are some more tips that helped me in my journey towards choosing a place to live in.

Proximity to family and friends. Starting a new life doesn’t mean moving yourself too far away from your friends and family. If you have an extended family, chances are you’ll spend holidays with them. If extended family and friends are important to you, then choose a place within reasonable distance by vehicle or plane.

Crime rates and statistics. Who wants to live in a place where crimes are rampant? By researching the crime rate and statistics in your desired area, you can learn more about the safety of its neighbourhood.

If you already know where to live, stop by the local police station to discuss the neighbourhood. They’ll be happy to discuss any concern you have in the area.

Climate. Climate plays a big role in our lives as it impacts our behaviour, hobbies, and even our jobs. Living with a climate which you are most comfortable will contribute to your physical and mental health. So choose wisely.

Education system. A good education system in your selected area is vital to setting up children to better handle their own lives as they grow, therefore the importance of good schools cannot

Sofia The First Birthday Theme!

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Shelby loves everything Disney Princess related and we knew for her fourth birthday we wanted to so a Sofia the First Party theme. She adores watching Sofia the First and was so excited for such a fun party!

We picked to have the kid’s party at Chuck E Cheese so that we didn’t have to deal with a lot of clean up especially since we knew we would have about twenty kids and twenty adults. Each of the kids had their own side of the table and we made sure they had plenty of activities to do while sitting down!

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We picked everything up that we needed for the party at Oriental Trading Co. which has tons of Sofia the First theme items. I love that I can get everything we need at such a great price and all at one store. I didn’t have to drive from store to store trying to find what we needed.

For the goodie bags we had lots of toys and of course candy! Everything we got from Oriental Trading. I put everything into the purple bags and then tied them up with a crown for each of the girls.

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I love how the cake turned out to. Simple but perfect for Shelby!

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You can pick up everything you need for a Sofia The First Birthday Party at Oriental Trading Co!

*A product was provided.

Dinosaur 1st Birthday!

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It reall is crazy how fast a Baby’s First Birthday comes. And with having a little boy I wanted to do a total boy Birthday theme. I saw the adorable Dinosaur 1st Birthday theme and I knew it would be perfect for out little Mikey.

I received everything we would need for a great birthday for Mikey from Oriental Trading. They have this adorable Dinosaur Pillow that I knew would be perfect for Mikey’s cake smash photos. I made him his cake and his little fondant dinos for the cake. We used streamers I got from Oriental Trading to make a streamer banner as well as balloons. I love Oriental Trading because I can get everything I need for parties in one stop at a great price.

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For the Birthday Party we choose to have it at Chuck E Cheese so we combined Mikey’s party with Shelby’s. But all the boys had their special boy side. We just love the first Birthday Cone Hat too!

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No party is complete without the cake!

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You can pick up everything you need for a Dinosaur Birthday Party at Oriental Trading Co!

*A product was provided.

Which cut flowers will die quickly?

WelcomeToWinning with ProFlowers (2)A bouquet of flowers is an excellent gift to give in order to make someone feel special. If you are going to buy flowers for someone then you want to make sure they are going to last as long as possible. Obviously, no cut flowers last forever, but it’s good if you can get the best out of a bouquet for at least ten days. This is a good average time for flowers to last, although certain flowers, like zinnia, should last longer.

One of the most important aspects of making sure a bouquet will last for as long as possible is to order it from a reputable florist such as www.flowersforeveryone.com.au; that way you can make sure you are buying flowers that are fresh. Another important aspect is what happens after the flowers are purchased.

Which cut flowers die quickly?

This is not a straightforward question to answer; the truth is that any cut flower can die quickly if it is not well cared for. If you are buying flowers for someone they can expect them to last for at least seven to ten days, and often longer. It’s important to note that this will only happen if they take time to look after the flowers. Anyone who receives a bouquet of flowers should:

  • Place them in a clean vase filled with warm water.
  • Use any flower food that is included with the bouquet.
  • Use 2 tablespoons of vinegar or sugar as an alternative nutrient for the flowers.
  • Cut the stems at an angle (approximately 1.5 inches).
  • Remove all the leaves from the bottom of the stems.
  • Change the water at least every other day, replacing the flower food.

If these steps are followed then the flowers should last longer; this applies to any variety of bloom.

Is it easier to buy fake flowers?

You may be thinking that it’s easier to just buy fake flowers, to save anyone from having to spend time caring for fresh ones. It’s true that fake flowers only really need cleaning and that they do last a lot longer than fresh flowers.

The thing is that they are exactly what they are named, fake. You can buy very realistic looking silk flowers, although they do tend to be expensive, but they do not really have the same presence as fresh flowers. Each fresh flower has its own appearance, slightly different from next; fresh flowers can also have a distinctive scent. Fresh flowers may not last as long as fake flowers, but this may be a good thing. Every time a new bouquet is bought it can be a little different, bringing a new piece of decoration to the area around it.

Obviously, all fresh flowers do die, but any fresh flower can be made to last longer if it is given the right treatment. If a bouquet of flowers is cared for as it should be then it will last as long as possible. If it is placed in water and ignored then it is likely to die pretty quickly.

It’s Time for Spring Cleaning #SpringClean16

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It’s that time of year when everyone is gearing up to start their Spring Cleaning, I know I have. We don’t live in a gigantic house and have only been here for two years so luckily we don’t have a ton to clean out and organize but none the less I do have some suggestions on when it’s time to start tackling those Spring Cleaning goals.

The first thing I recommend doing is making a list of everything you want to clean, clean out, fix or maybe replace/buy new. I like making lists because then in case I forget “what else I want done” I have it right there in front of me. The biggest one I am not looking forward to is cleaning out the garage and getting rid of the baby gear.

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Then I would make sure to have all the spring home essentials stocked up and ready to go! Viva®, Scott®, and Cottonelle® offer products available at Walmart, that are go-to necessities to get your home and kep it clean and organized.

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I like to start with some of the smaller spaces too, like the hall closet. Even though it is small I dread it because it kind of holds everything in it. Having just the small spaces organized in my house makes me feel like the house is less crowded. I like that I can head to Walmart to get all of the organizational things I need at a nice low price.  Baskets make for a pretty look in your hall closets and everything has a spot where it goes.

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Walmart has a ll kinds of essentials for Spring Cleaning. You can stock up and learn more about great ways to get the house clean by heading to Walmart. Be sure to check out my Pinterest Board to see more great ways to Spring Clean.

*This post is sponsored by Kimberly-Clark and The Motherhood.

Shopping for Big Families the Smart Way

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While you’re single or living with just your partner, those flyers that build up in the mailbox just seem like a nuisance. As your family grows, you realize that junk mail from the grocery store is actually a godsend, and that snapping up a good deal can go a long way in extending your weekly budget. One of the biggest issues with bargain hunting can be keeping all of those paper ads in order. Every week they seem to pile up with out-of-date information, and you wind up taking the wrong ones to the wrong stores.

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Luckily, there are smarter ways Canadians can score deals. Smartphone users can keep all their weekly specials in their pockets and use a variety of apps to replace the coupons of the past. Flipp is an app that takes weekly flyers from retailers of all kinds, from Sobey’s to Best Buy, and lets user quickly search through them. They can even take digital clippings of the buys that catch their eye to save for instant access. Even better, Flipp can ease the arduous process of the hunt itself. When users make their shopping lists inside the application, Flipp goes ahead and finds the best deals in your area for produce, meat, eggs, dairy, and snacks.

Canadians can now also access PC Plus on their mobiles, allowing them to save points, find special offers that load more points, and cash them in for groceries at Loblaw’s, Provigo, Zehrs, and No Frills. Getting in on loyalty programs mean you’ll be able to cut down your bill when you go to the store to stock up. It can be difficult deciding between immediate savings and accumulating rewards that don’t pay off until later. Before you start going out of your way to collect, crunch some numbers to figure out just what a point is worth and what it will get you in the long run.

Big families don’t have to mean big bills if you’re savvy at shopping, and you can extend your eagle eye for a bargain beyond the grocery store. As those kids become teenagers, they’re going to start asking for smartphones themselves. Save a mint by buying them used on Kijiji, which now lets you check the average price for used phones across its listings.

Buying second hand is a money saving trick as old as money itself, but you don’t have to wait for yard sale season to hunt for toys, clothes, and accessories. Millions of Canadians use Kijiji to buy and sell second hand goods, and many people find everything from strollers to car seats in their baby items section. Baby items are the ideal second hand goods; children grow out of things long before they’ve stopped being useful. Plenty of moms can make their budgets go further by buying used, while others can offset the costs of new purchases by trading lightly used goods.

Smart parents know that it isn’t hard to save with smartphones – and it isn’t hard to save on them, either.

Summer Camp: Robots-4-U – Southern California

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If you live in Southern California and looking for summer camps for your kids we have a great offer! ROBOTS-4-U has some amazing deals right now!

You can Save 60% Off  ROBOTS-4-U Summer Camp with Code: TEX1660M15  (Expires 3/31)

Campers having a BLAST, while learning and playing in a dynamic environment. Learning about Robotics and Science, in an independent and exciting way!

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Some of the camps available:

– Robot / Science / Engineering / Day Camp / Challenges
– Camps Girls and Boys – Aged 7 to 14
– Robot Camps and Dynamic Art Camps offered during June, July and August
– Hands on Learning, Self-Paced. Beginners to Expert!

Each camp is 1 week (5 days) long. The Days: Monday to Friday Times: 9:00-11:30a.m. and 12:30-3:00 p.m.

Parents will be happy to hear that the Campers Ratio is 1 Instructor to 16 participants. Each Camper Individually uses a ROBOTICS or DYNAMIC ART Kit. Robot kits do not go home with campers but are available for purchase!

You can visit www.ROBOTS-4-U.com and www.dynamic-art-design.com to see dates and locations for these day camps. Register early as camps do fill up quickly!

Happy 4th Birthday Shelby

 

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Happy 4th Birthday to our sweet girl! We had a lot of fun celebrating her at home and then at Chuck E Cheese!

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Happy Birthday to our little man. This year flew by so fast. I can not believe he is one today! This past month he has been trying to walk. He takes 4-5 steps before he falls down but prefers to crawl because he can go faster. He is about 22 lbs and 28 inches tall (I’ll measure him later) he has two new teeth coming in one is a molar! He loves to eat and will eat everything! He loves to watch jeopardy with daddy. I know it sounds funny but when the show comes on he crawls to the tv and starts dancing. He waves bye and tries to say hi. He fully says mama and dada now and also puts the phone to his ear and says “iiiii” I love watching him play he tries to put kids on things and likes to throw balls. He still wakes up 3-4 times at night. We all adore him and his little laugh

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Must Have Baby Items for 2016

It is crazy to think a year ago we were waiting the arrival of our fourth baby and now here he is almost one.  The first few months of a baby’s life flies by in a blink of an eye and while you are creating a baby registry some new parents forget about a few must have items. We definitely have used all kinds of awesome products this past year for Mikey and I have a handful I say are must haves.

Like the Closer to Nature Manuel  Breast Pump. This pump is discreet and easy to use. Also, we love the Easy Scoop Feeding Bowls and Feeding Spoons. The bowls and spoons are perfect for when you introduce solids to your baby.

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The Tip it Up Collection is the perfect starter bottle set.  It goes from bottle to trainer cup and is one of the only cups Mikey will use. We love it because it is small and has handles. This makes it much easier for babies learning to hold a cup.

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Another item we really love is the Tommee Tippee Simplee Diaper Pail.  The tommee tippee simple 2-in-1 diaper pail is the simple, convenient and easy way to keep your baby’s room clean and smell-free. Fragranced film and a smart seal lid keep nasty odors contained, saving you numerous trips to the outside trash bin.

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Another great item for nursing/pumping parents is the new Pump and Go Complete Breastmilk Starter Set,  ThePump and Go range makes everything easier. By using a single pouch to pump, store, warm and feed, there’s no need to transfer milk at any stage, so you’ll never lose a precious drop!

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Diaper Pail, Spoons, cups, bottles, spoons and breast pump (for nursing moms) are definitely must haves in my book. You can find all of these awesome products tat Babies R Us too!  These all make excellent baby shower gifts so don’t forget to add them to your baby registry.

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Kids And Traffic Safety

2.17.13sTeaching your children basic traffic safety is one of the most crucial aspects of being a parent. Children are not nearly as experienced as their parents when it comes to navigating the streets and certain traffic nuances elude them completely. Ensuring that your children are well versed in traffic system is a major responsibility. Let’s take a closer look at the lessons that hold the most importance.

1. Focus On The Why

While you can save money on reflective jackets and lately even such popular shops as Neiman Marcus sometimes offer safety accessories that can be purchased at budget prices thanks to Discountrue.com coupons, your children are still going to want to know why they have to wear them. Being a pedestrian can still be dangerous and kids need to know why they have to stop at certain crossings. Explain the dangers of speeding cars to them, as well as those who decide to come around corners suddenly, so that they have full awareness when making their way through the world.

2. There Are Always Teachable Moments

Your lessons will go a lot further when you take the time to teach your children while you are walking places together. This gives you chances to watch your child put the lessons into practice and will make you feel much safer about the prospect of allowing them to walk around your town or city on their own.

3. Eye Contact

A child needs to know that a driver is not always going to instinctively look out for them, especially those who are driving larger vehicles. They may not see a child until it is too late, which is why they will need to make eye contact with drivers before they cross the street. While some vehicles may have excessive tints and make this task impossible, this lesson still needs to be instilled in the child from day one.

4. Traffic Signals

In order to obey traffic signals, a young person needs to learn more about all of them first. A parent’s job is to point out each individual road or traffic sign and explain the meaning to their child in a manner that is clear, concise and easily understood. The younger your child is when you start to pass these lessons down, the better their chances of maintaining a strong understanding as they grow older.

5. Crossing Between Vehicles

A lot of children (and even some foolish adults) will try to cross the road in between cars. Crossing between cars, even those that are parked, can be dangerous. This is because a child who chooses this method for crossing the street is even harder for a speeding vehicle to spot. They are also not able to see what is coming from the other side of the street. Children should also be taught to exercise the same level of caution when they are walking past a driveway.