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November 2016

Bath Time is Extra Fun With Suave, Frozen, & Star Wars!

This is a compensated post, but all opinions are honest and my own. Post sponsored by Mirum Shopper. All opinions are my own.

When it comes to bathtime for kids, it can end up being a chore for both parents and kids. If you’ve ever heard your child whine, “Do I have to take a bath?” you’re not alone, my friend. Anything we can find to make bathtime more fun ends up making it easier on us.

We have three kids, as most of you already know – two boys and one girl. With this particular mix, we definitely have a healthy balance of princesses and dart guns in our play area. Our boys love Star Wars (they come by it honestly – my husband does, too), and my daughter is pretty obsessed with Frozen, as are almost all other 3-year-old girls (she’d totally be Elsa, by the way – she tells us this every time we watch the movie).

When we can combine things the kids love and bathtime, it’s a win-win, so we were pretty excited to discover the new Suave Kids – DISNEY FROZEN & Suave Kids Star Wars bath products at Walmart.

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It really couldn’t be a more perfect fit for our family. The boys immediately started debating on whether we needed the Kylo Ren or BB-8 body wash/shampoo (Kylo Ren won out, in case you’re wondering). And our daughter knew immediately that she had to have the Elsa shampoo/conditioner.

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Both products smell great – the Star Wars body wash/shampoo has an apple scent, and the Frozen shampoo/conditioner is berry scented.

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As a parent, I love these products because they’re fun for my kids and they have the same great Suave quality I have known of for decades. They’re tear-free and hypoallergenic. They’re easy to rinse off, and residue-free, making bath time safe and easy for kiddos!

Since we’ve been talking about bath-time fun, I thought I’d share two great ideas that are SO easy, and that your kids will love:

•For Star Wars fans – buy some glow sticks (they’re SO inexpensive), activate them, and turn out the lights for some epic adventures!

•For Frozen fans – add shaving cream to the bathtub and you’ve got an instant “frozen” wonderland with tons of “snow” to play with!

 

Celebrating What We Luv With Luvs!

This is a partnered post sponsored by Luvs. All opinions are my own.

At this time of year, with Thanksgiving right around the corner, we’re all thinking about who and what we are thankful for. With that in mind, it was the perfect time for me to have a #WhatULuv party with friends.

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Luvs generously provided diapers, decor and sippy cups for the party, so I decided to come up with green, purple and white foods to keep with the theme.

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Poise Impressa® Bladder Supports Let Your Holidays be Merry and Bright!

This post is sponsored by Acorn on behalf of Poise. All thoughts and opinions are honest and are my own.

The holidays are almost upon us (ahem… we may have already started decorating. I may be writing this post by the lights of our Christmas tree) and that means we’re entering my favorite time of the year. I absolutely love all the fun opportunities there are for making memories with my family!

As moms, we’re often the hubs of the family activities, aren’t we? Especially during the holidays, we’re coordinating schedules, planning fun outings and crafts, and keeping things running smoothly (all while ordering cards, shopping for gifts, and planning the menu for Christmas dinner).

Some of my friends with kids who have an issue, though – one that can distract them from all the holiday fun. It’s something really common that you might have encountered too: bladder leakage. It’s not something people really want to talk about, but if you’re stressing as your cousin tells a hilarious story because you don’t want to laugh too hard, you know that it’s a very real thing that can hamper holiday memory-making.

No more, friends. If this is an issue you’re dealing with, there’s a super easy solution. Just head to Walmart and get a Poise Impressa Sizing Kit (or order one online here). Once you figure out which size is right for you, you’ll be all set to have discreet protection against worry. Laugh all you want, bake all you want, wrap gifts all you want – do it all without thinking twice, because Impressa’s got your back.

If you’re looking for some easy – and fun – holiday activities, look no further! Something as simple as going to look at lights can be really special, if you approach it the right way. For example:

  • Line the car seats with cozy fleece blankets, and have extra blankets and pillows for each car rider.
  • Have everyone (you too, Mom & Dad) wear pajamas.
  • Pack a travel mug of coffee or hot chocolate for everyone, complete with peppermint for an added Christmas flavor.
  • Bring along popcorn, cookies, and/or candy for the kids to have a special treat while you drive around.
  • Have a Christmas music playlist ready to go for background music.
  • Get a cheap pair of binoculars and let the kids take turns looking at houses up close and personal!
  • Play a version of BINGO, having the kids look for various decorations (i.e. inflatable snowman).

Whether you’re looking at Christmas lights, baking cookies, wrapping gifts, or laughing your head off at a family gathering, Impressa will let you do it all without a second thought. Celebrate with confidence, and make memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

Veterans Day Deals From Boston Market, Fogo de Chão, & Ruby Tuesday

Veteran’s Day is a week from today, and it’s the perfect time to thank those you know who have served our country. These men and women work hard and sacrifice time away from their own families to keep us safe, and their actions are definitely worth celebrating.

If you’re looking for a way to thank a veteran, here are three great restaurant deals to take advantage of:

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Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse

  • All military veterans and active duty personnel with valid military ID will receive 50% off their meal on Veteran’s Day (Nov. 11); up to three additional guests will receive 10% off their meals, as well. (Offer is valid at all U.S. and Puerto Rico Fogo de Chão locations. Beverages, dessert, tax and gratuity not included.)

Ruby Tuesday

Ruby Tuesday

  • All veterans, active duty and reserve military service members with valid military ID can enjoy one free appetizer (up to a $10 value) on Veteran’s Day (Nov. 11). (Offer is valid at all Ruby Tuesday locations, excluding those in Guam, Hawaii, Manhattan, airports or outside of the United States.)

Boston Market

Boston Market

  • All active duty or retired military personnel and their families can receive one free brownie or cookie with any purchase on Veteran’s Day (Nov. 11). No ID required.

 

Protect Your Pets with Healthy Paws Pet Insurance (+ a Giveaway!)

The Healthy Paws® information, product, and gift card, have been provided by Healthy Paws Pet Insurance®. All opinions are my own.

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This is our lab/golden retriever, Sally, conked out on a recent road trip. If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you know that our dogs are pretty special to us. They are loyal, loving, and unendingly patient with our three loud, energetic kids.

A year ago, Sally got a bug bite on her head that she scratched at, and it got infected. She was absolutely pitiful – so lethargic and not like herself at all! We were worried and took her to the vet right away. Thankfully they were able to do a laser treatment and give her medicine to help with the healing process – but we were left paying nearly $300 to the vet. She’s totally worth it, of course, but I wish I’d known then about Healthy Paws Pet Insurance®.

It’s the #1 customer-rated pet insurance, and it pays up to 90% of vet bills due to unexpected accidents or illness! We could have avoided that huge bill and protected our budget that month if we had signed up for one of their policies.

If you get a free quote from Healthy Paws, they’ll contribute money to the medical care of homeless pets.  Sign up early on in your pets’ lives, because pet insurance is just like human insurance in that it doesn’t cover pre-existing conditions. And don’t forget to participate in their Refer-A-Friend program, where you can earn $35 for each friend that enrolls.

Keep up with Healthy Paws on Facebook & Twitter, too!

 

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