Back to School Ready #BTSready (giveaway)

It seems like the summer just started and it’s already time to get ready for back to school.  Craziness.
To make your life a little easier (and definitely more fun!) a bunch of amazing parenting bloggers have gotten together to create this giveaway for you–you’ve got a little bit of everything from some great brands: gear, labels, snacks and some tunes to get you through it all.
Good luck!
It’s time to get ready to head back to school and a group
of us got together to share some of our favorite products that make the
1st day a little easier for both the parents and the students.
Now to introduce you to the awesome bloggers hosting this giveaway! Stop by and visit them to say thanks!  Destiny of Suburban Wife, City Life, Courtney & Julie of The Chirping Moms, Lyla of Globetrotting Mommy, Kris of My Strange Family, Elizabeth of MommieDe, Esti of Primetime Parenting, Lynda of Main Street Mama and Jessica of Peekababy.



Natural Stress Relief May Be Possible with 1Hour Break

**Disclaimer: I am writing this post on behalf on 1Hour Break to help them spread the word about their Indiegogo campaign launch and open up the discussion on stress and anxiety. I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on t.v. Please check with a medical professional of some description before trying any supplement. All opinions and experiences are my own.**

Did you know that stress is linked to the top five causes of death in the United States and that 95 million Americans suffer from stress-related illnesses every single week?


@Stonyfield Greek Is a Win (and an inexact smoothie recipe) #meatlessmonday

I try to only buy Organic dairy products for my family, which can get pretty pricey so when Stonyfield offered me the chance to sample their new flavors of Greek yogurt I jumped at the chance…even though I’m not generally a fan of anything with 0% fat.

In the last year or two, Greek yogurt has gotten pretty trendy–with almost every yogurt company trying their hand at making this thicker, creamier yogurt.  I don’t know of any other company that makes a fully Organic product free of GMOs.  But would the taste stand up?


I figured that I’d get to try a container or two…but, as you can see, the folks at Stonyfield wanted to make sure that I could really get my taste on! I got to sample the new flavors: Cafe Latte and Black Cherry, in addition to already established flavors of  Blueberry, Super Fruits and Strawberry.


Food Galore at Your Local Duane Reade Store #drfresh #collectivebias #shop #drbiggame #cbias

**Disclaimer: I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser.All opinions are my own.**
#DRFresh #CollectiveBias

I am not really into convenience foods.  I am constantly making food for my family…generally always from scratch.  That doesn’t, however, mean that it isn’t nice to have a short cut every once in a while…particularly, when the shortcut involves fresh food with real ingredients instead of processed packages of unpronounceables.  Who knew that my neighborhood Duane Reade had so many such shortcuts in its refrigerator section?

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Welch’s Juice Ice Bars: 100% Juice 100% Yummy #spon

**Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post.  All opinions are my own.**

To say that my children are obsessed with ice pops would be an understatement.

I keep junk food to a minimum in my house, but definitely don’t want to deprive my kids of sweet treats–lest they become those children who stuff their faces with garbage every time they go to a friend’s house.  That doesn’t mean, however, that I don’t prefer to buy products with natural ingredients and less preservatives–my kids respond to taste, not ingredient lists!

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I, on the other hand, definitely respond to both.  If convenience also comes into play, I’m an even happier mommy.


Give Your Kids the Chance to Set the World Aglow with Light Up Links #waytoglow

**Disclaimer: I received sample product to facilitate my honest review.  All opinions are my own.**

I am not generally a lover of bells and whistles…and I tend to avoid flashing lights like the plague.

I am that mean mom who has declared a life-long ban on light up shoes and most blinking toys.

This crazy construction toy had me at hello.

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To start, the pieces in the box are pretty simple: glow sticks, flex links and the  light up pods that flash and make the whole glow thing possible.

My 2nd grade son and my preK daughter both jumped right in and started building.