Sunday, August 30, 2015

Keep on Moving Back to School (giveaway!)

Summertime is easy to keeps kids busy, outdoors, and active.  After having grown up in Arizona where cabin fever was a non-factor even long after back-to-school happened, living in Pittsburgh, it take effort to keep active into the winter months!  Let's face it, simply layering up kids with coats, hats, boots, gloves, and scarves just to get out the door is a work out in itself. :)

As we wind down the weekend after our first week back to school, I want to share some of what we do to help keep our family active into the fall and winter.  While the weather is still good, we've learned that outdoor play after school is a must.  Even though we have a high schooler, a 6th grader, a kindergartener, and a one year old whose needs are all different, getting outside is important for all of them.  Sometimes the outdoor activity after school simply consists of mowing the grass or some work in the yard.  Walks around our neighborhood as a family are a favorite of mine. Often times they lead to a stop at the park for swinging or just running in the grass, but it's a simple way to get together as a family and stay active.  Trust me, pushing a stroller with one, sometimes two kids is a good workout for me. I need it!  Lily also is excited about walking to the bus stop, so that's been a simple way to get out the door and moving!

In addition to keeping moving outside, one thing I'm grateful for back to school is getting our meals back to regular times and meal planning back in the swing.  Summer is a tough time for us with summer marching band rehearsals, varying custody schedules, work overtime for the hub and sometimes we have 3 people eating supper or it could be up to all 6 depending on the day at any given time in the evening while I try to get everyone where they need to be.  We grill a lot all year long which is nice to be able to toss chicken on the grill and add it to a salad and have a simple healthy meal.  Violet is the only current non-salad fan, so we're almost there! Fruits and veggies are a big part of our kids' snacks and meals, so transitioning into back-to-school mode is easy there, thankfully.

P&G is offering a fun way to help motivate your kids to stay active and as they head back to school this year. Lily has loved being able to see what she's doing with her LeapFrog LeapBand activity tracker! She loves the customization of her "pet" and gets excited to be doing things like leaping like a frog, dancing like a chicken, jumping and roaring like a tiger, or popping like popcorn! Talking about healthy foods and exercise is exciting for her too!
Pop! Pop! Pop! like popcorn!

How can you get a LeapFrog LeapBand?

It's so simple:  Shoppers who purchase $30 or more of P&G products at participating Shop N' Save retailers will receive a LeapFrog LeapBand activity tracker by mail!
$30 is it!  One big box of diapers, done.  Don't need diapers?  Laundry detergent, toothpaste, shampoo... it all adds up! You're going to spend the money anyway, so why not get something back too?!   Click here to find a participating retailer near you:


One lucky reader is going to win the prize pack below filled with P&G products like Crest toothpaste, an Oral-B toothbrush, Pantene shampoo and conditioner, Tide pods, and of course a LeapFrog LeapBand activity tracker!

Disclosure: I was provided product sample from P&G and also exclusive insights or other products. All opinions are my 100% my own. 
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Giveaway will run until 09/05/15 at 11:59pm.  Winner will be notified via email and have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.  Winner will also be displayed here.  Thanks so much!

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Go! Go! Smart Wheels Speedster Contest!

Rev up for the Go! Go! Smart Wheels Speedster Contest

There's still time! Now's your chance! 

Does your little racer have the need for speed? Be sure to make a pit stop and submit photo for a chance to win a new Go! Go! Smart Wheels® Ultimate RC Speedway™ from VTech®!

How to Enter
Upload a photo of your little speedster and their love of racing for a chance to win a new Go! Go! Smart Wheels Ultimate RC Speedway! 

It could be a picture of your child in their race car themed room, in their favorite racing outfit or even playing with their favorite Go! Go! Smart Wheels toy.

Submit your digital photo by uploading it to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtags #gogospeedster and #entry.  All entries must be submitted between now and August 28.

One (1) winner will be chosen weekly over a four (4) week period. Each winner will receive One (1) Go! Go! Smart Wheels Ultimate RC Speedway (valued at $59.99). †
Winners will be selected on or before noon (12:00 PM, ET) on the following dates:
·         Friday, August 7, 2015 CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNER!
·         Friday, August 14, 2015 CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNER!
·         Friday, August 21, 2015 CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNER!
·         Monday, August 31, 2015

For official rules visit
The contest information has been provided by VTech.

Prizes awarded and fulfilled by VTech.

Friday, July 31, 2015

#RacetotheEdge with Netflix

I know I say this all the time, but it is without question that Netflix is our tv go to.  We do not miss cable at all and live network tv is pretty much nil in the summer, so Netflix is absolutely solidified as a part of our family even more!

I love Netflix Original shows like Orange is the New Black and House of Cards. I also really love that there are Netflix originals for kids and the whole family.  How to Train a Dragon was one of the big kids favorite movies, so when Dragons: Race to the Edge came to Netflix, we were all excited!

"Hiccup learns there is more outside the confines of Berk, and that a little curiosity and determination can make every day an exciting journey. In Hiccup’s own words, ''this changes everything.' "

As in life, there is always adventure and exploration. Parenting, to say the least, is an every day adventure. ;)

My Lily is always using her imagination, creating, and exploring! So, when Netflix shared the Dragons: Race to the Edge viewing kit with us, she was over the moon!  She immediately wanted to get outside with the chalk and begin creating! She thought the "dragon claws" were pretty awesome! Andrew {who loves Doritos} thought the "dragon scales" were clever!

We watched a couple episodes together and the kids were then even more excited about the props and well, Violet's always excited about the snacks --such is the toddler life!

Andrew is a really good sport about participating in family viewing and I love that about him.  Being a teenage boy in a house full of little girls isn't the easiest, so it was fun to share one of his former favorite movie characters in a new way with the girls.

Sometimes getting Violet to cooperate isn't the easiest... and we get creative.  And then she'll take back control and let the other kids know who's really boss.

For a fun, family adventure, Dragons: Race to the Edge is one that is recommended from our family! We can't wait to watch more now that our entire brood is back home!

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Disclosure: As a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam I was provided subscription to Netflix and also exclusive insights or other products. All opinions are my 100% my own and I was already a proud Netflix subscriber prior to this opportunity. Please see my full disclosure.