Spring Clean and Pay it Forward with Pampers #PampersWipes

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I posted last week about how I’ve been spring cleaning. As part of my spring cleaning, I’ve been making piles upon piles of items to donate. I love the feeling of clearing out, paring down, and simplifying. Once my pile gets sizable my hubby wants it GONE! We have a great place to donate near us, called Frisco Family Services. They help families in many ways. The biggest way they help is their food pantry. The donated items from us go to a resale where the money made will help keep the food pantry going.

One of the biggest needs in the food pantry is diapers and wipes! Pampers so generously helped Frisco Family Services out with a donation of diapers and wipes. I was so excited to be a part of this special blessing.

As you are spring cleaning your house, make sure you are donating to a place that can help pay it forward and help others! If you have extra money to bless others with, please consider buying #PampersWipes and donating them. They are great for babies, toddlers, and just everyday house hold cleanliness. You can find their address on their website and have an order from Amazon sent straight to them!

*Thank you Pampers for sending this special gift in my honor as a Pampers Baby Board Member.  All opinions are my own and are honest.

Coppertone ClearlySheer for Sunny Days (+ Printable Coupon) #DisneySMMoms

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Coppertone has a new line called ClearlySheer. You can get both ClearlySheer for Sunny Days or for Beach and Pool. We go thru a lot of sunscreen here in Texas. We are constantly exposed to damaging rays of the sun and need something light enough to wear daily. I was excited about trying the new sheer line. It has a very smooth and silky matte finish which is also water resistant for upto 80 minutes. The ChearlySheer line is perfect for daily use. I love the aerosol spray for the parts in the kids hair. (They seem to get sun burnt there the quickest.) I love the lotions for their bodies and faces. Using a brand I trust to protect my little ones is a MUST!

You can pick up this new Coppertone ClearlySheer line at almost anywhere for around $8.99-$9.99. Make sure to print this Coppertone Printable coupon to save an additional $1/1 on your purchase!

Coppertone was one of the awesome sponsors of the Disney Social Media Moms conference that I attended recently. All opinions are my own and are honest.

Discount Tickets to SEA LIFE and LEGOLAND in Grapevine, TX

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Planning some staycation fun for your family? Save on tickets to SEA LIFE Aquarium Grapevine and LEGOLAND Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth with the 4 for $48 ticket offer.  For a limited-time get 4 tickets for $48!

SEA LIFE Aquarium:

Available Monday, April 21 – Friday, April 25 and Monday, April 28 – Friday, May 2, Monday through Friday only *All Children 2 and under visit FREE and you can only purchase this deal online.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center:

Available Monday, April 21 – Friday, April 25 and Monday, April 28 – Friday, May 2
*All Children 2 and under visit FREE and you can only purchase this deal online.

Purchasing an annual pass is the best way to play all year! For a limited-time SEA LIFE Aquarium and LEGOLAND Discovery Center are offering discounts on their annual passes. New individual annual passes can be purchased for $35 and a family of four is $135. Discounted annual passes can be purchased online and in person at each attraction through April 30.

www.SEALIFEus.com/grapevine

www.LEGOLANDDiscoveryCenter.com/dallasfw/

 

And if you are looking for outdoor fun, don’t miss out on SeaWorld’s awesome B1G1 FREE deal! 

Spoil your kids with Good2Grow Fruit and Veggie Juice Blends

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If you are like me then you try to give your kids options when they eat…and nine times out of ten, you offer them healthy options.  My kids can always eat fruits and veggies as snacks or fillers, but I limit everything else.

I am not fooling myself to think that they actually choose to eat enough fruits and veggies a day without the constant encouragement from mom. Getting a veggie in their lunch box has been very challenging. They are great about eating the fruit I pack, but the carrots always come back, untouched.

We were recently introduced to good2grow, which come in a variety of flavors and age appropriate sizes. These are awesome fruit/veggie juice blends and come in several flavors:

good2grow™ V-Blends – Available in Tropical Fruit Medley (71% juice, 6oz) and Strawberry Kiwi (71% juice, 6oz), good2grow™ V-Blends are a Vitamin C rich juice made only from the best ingredients. Made up of carrot, beet and apple juice, Tropical Fruit Medley contains 28% less sugar than 100% juice and Strawberry Kiwi contains 22% less sugar than 100% juice.

good2grow™ Organic Apple – good2grow ™ Organic Apple Juice is made from 100% juice and is a USDA-certified organic beverage.

good2grow™ Fruit Juice – Available in Fruit Punch (100% juice, 8oz) and two Apple Juice varieties (100% juice, 6oz and 60% juice/40% water, 4oz). The Fruit Punch combines apple, pear, and grape to create a flavorful juice that will leave kids refreshed.

We were sent a few to try out and now my girls want them in their lunches EVERYDAY! I love finding ways to give them exactly what their bodies need to grow and stay healthy.

You can find good2grow at a retailer near you by clicking over to their website. You kids will love their Mickey Mouse, Spider Man, Ninja Turtles, Hello Kitty, Disney Princess’, Sophia, Doc McStuffins, Thomas the train and so many more.

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Starting THIS wednesday 4/23, rush to your local Safeway stores and stock up on #good2grow because they have a great in-store deal for you! Free 6pk Refill Pack, When you Buy One Single Serve Bottle. Just collect your favorite character toppers and rejuice with the 6pk Refills! This deal is too good to miss!

Add 30 points to your Pampers Gifts to Grow Account

Add 10 points to your Pampers Gifts to Grow Code Account FB987EART6DD014

Also watch two videos in your acct for another 20 pts. Look for them on your main login page.

Excursion Fun and Paying it Forward on Liberty of the Seas #SeasTheDay

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While on board Liberty of the Seas Royal Caribbean Cruise ship, with 39 other awesome bloggers, I enjoyed one adventure after adventure!  I climbed the rock wall twice, surfed the FlowRider and enjoyed paying it forward with the Walk for Wishes, among lots of other things.

Walk for Wishes is a fundraiser that Royal Caribbean hosts each sailing on every ship in the fleet to raise money for Make-A-Wish®. You donate $10 and receive a free t-shirt that you can wear while walking a mile at sea to show support for Make-A-Wish. All the proceeds are donated to Make-A-Wish to help grant wishes for kids with life-threatening medical conditions. I love this about cruises! I always do it and know that my money is going to a great cause.

On our excursion in Cozumel on this trip, I choose to do the dolphin swim! I didn’t know what to expect but knew that I would LOVE it. It was $105 and I booked it through the ship. I do not recommend booking excursions on your own outside of what the ship offers as they will not guarantee to wait for you if you miss boarding in time…plus they only book well known/liked excursions. We were shuttled to a spot on the island where we were broken up into smaller groups. We then went out to the pier and got in the water with the Dolphin! No cameras were allowed…which was a BIG bummer. We got to touch, swim with and be pushed by a dolphin. It was awesome! They had a professional photographer there and he took all of the photos that you could want. The photos were very pricey, at $39 for ONE photo. Although I loved seeing them, I couldn’t justify that price and made a deal with myself to keep that mental photo (and memory) well filed for a great story sometime in the future.

After the dolphin interaction, we got to pet a manatee. He was HUGE. We then got out of the water and cleaned up. We enjoyed a light snack of guac (which was fabulous) and a Light Coke…which is what we would call a Diet Coke. We walked down the beach some and had the option to kayak or snorkel for a fee…we opted not to. We passed a hair braiding and Henna tattoo artist. We thought about it but kept on walking. We stopped for a fun fruity drink in a coconut. It was so big…four of us split it. We took some fun picts on the beach and then slipped into the crystal clear waters to soak in some fun in the sun. I had my under water camera and was able to snap a few great shots of fish.

On our way back to the taxi we stopped and bargained for a Henna Tattoo. He wanted $25 for one, we got him down to $10. It lasted two weeks before washing off…and I liked having something different on my foot. (Makes me want to get a real one…)

They had a few pool areas but we didn’t enjoy any of those. Near the spot we were meeting for our ride back there were shops. We were given FREE dolphin earrings and charms for necklaces. Yes, completely free.

Once back to the port, we shopped around a little. Most places would bargain with you. I only bought real vanilla with vanilla beans in them. I think their vanilla is much cheaper then ours and it’s stronger too. It’s fairly common to find at the port. My friend Dawn got a $1 Corona and thought that was a steal.

We were wiped out that night. Port days can be full of adventure or you can choose to stay on the ship and relax. It’s much more quiet on board on those days, and I believe Spa treatments are much cheaper too.

My only regret (as far as adventure) is that I did not check out the boxing rink. I saw it, but never went back to see what, when or how they use it on board. I would have loved boxing a little I think.

*This Royal Caribbean Cruise to Cozumel was part of a Press Trip on behalf of Brandfluential and Royal Caribbean International. All experiences and opinions mine and are honest.

101 FREE Prints from Shutterfly

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Go get 101 Free prints from Shutterfly with code LOVE101. Just pay shipping! Order 99 prints and shipping it a little cheaper!

Giveaway: $3,000 in Home Depot gift cards! Enter to win!

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Savings.com and Home Depot are giving away $3,000 worth of gift cards and it’s easy to win! You can enter once a day and 150 people will win!!

From now until Wednesday, April 23rd at 7:00 PM EST Savings.com and Home Depot will be giving away $1,000 in gift cards each day! Winners will receive a $20 Home Depot gift card.

Save $10 off of a $100 purchase as well! This is a great deal for those who have a few spring projects to tackle! Use coupon code: SPRINGHD at checkout.

To enter the giveaway, visit the Home Depot page on Savings.com!

Pay it Forward and Bless Teachers at Office Depot #TeachersChangeLives #CGC

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I have a special place in my heart for teachers! I remember my 1st grade teacher with great joy. She was very patient with me and loving when I flat tipped my markers and squeezed my glue too tightly. She taught me how to read and how to be a great friend. I am friends with her on Facebook now and she’s truly a special lady to me. My girls have had a few teachers who have gone above and beyond as well. In fact, one of my girls has a teacher currently that practically lives at the school. She has Facetimed with my daughter over Christmas break and gone out of her way to check in when things were stressful. She is constantly thinking about her students and how to help them learn and grow. She is truly a special lady. (My 3rd grader had her when she was in 1st and she still seeks her out to give her hugs!)

Brian Copes is a pre-engineering teacher at Calera High School. He pushes his students to shift their focus from themselves to others. Brian’s students make prosthetic limbs out of old car and bike parts, and even help make utility vehicles for people in Honduras. How cool is that? I want my kids to be challenged to think about others and how they can contribute and pay it forward.

#TeachersChange Lives – Thank You These students are proof. Watch the video above as students express how much their teachers mean to them.

How to Donate to the Teachers Change Lives Program

How to Register Your Classroom as a Teacher

  1. Go to Teachers Change Lives website (http://clvr.li/1emq4KF)
  2. Click on the red box that says “Register Your Classroom,” which will take you to the Adopt-A-Classroom website
  3. Follow the corresponding steps from there

Teachers spend money every year out of their own pocket, especially in underfunded areas. I know that my girls have had some quality teachers who pour unlimited amounts of time, emotional, physical and financial resources into their classrooms, and ultimately their students! This is one of the reasons that I am always happy to donate what they need when requested! Teachers are doing innovative things in the classroom and you can help them do more by donating.

Donate to the teacher highlighted in the video, or a teacher in your local community. Adopt-A-Classroom is a nonprofit organization that helps connect donors with teachers to enhance the learning environment for students. Office Depot and Adopt-A-Classroom have partnered to raise awareness about teachers, and all that they do in the lives of their students. Spoil them as they spoil your babies!

 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Tooth Fairy Tip: Swap the Easter candy for new Firefly Toothbrushes

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Since my kids were small, I have had to fight them tooth and nail about begging to eat all of the holiday sugar that various fun childhood characters leave. It’s honestly a too edged sword that I have fallen on over and over again. I want them to anticipate the fun that Santa, the Easter Bunny, Valentines Day and Halloween bring, however I don’t want them full of sugar. It’s seriously something that I struggle with!

I started a few years back having the Tooth Fairy visit the evening of each holiday! I allow them to hide a piece or two of candy for her, but she takes ALL of the rest and gives them new tooth brushes in exchange. She loves to leave them FUN ones too!

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If your kids are like mine, then they are very hard on tooth brushes and my 5 yr old even chews on hers. I don’t mind as they are easily (and cheaply) replaceable. We have been buying Firefly Toothbrushes for sometime as I love the light up feature on them. It helps encourage kids to brush longer and do a better job.

They have a new one called the Firefly Ready Go Brush. It has three lights. Green for Go, Yellow for slow, and Red for stop. You cycle thru twice…once for top row and once for bottom. My girls are going to be SOO excited to see these waiting for them in the morning!!

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You can pick up Firefly Tooth Brushes at Walmart, Target, Kroger, Meijer, Drugstore.com and Amazon.com for around $3.99 each. Find Hello Kitty, Barbie, Spider Man, Angry Birds and more. They are perfect for kids ages 3-12.

Trust me your kids won’t complain about the missing candy when they see these! Read more about my Tooth Fairy Fun here!

*We were provided with a sampling of Firefly toothbrushes for the purpose of this post. All opinions are my own and are honest!