Download Pictopia: Disney Edition Trivia App for FREE! (+ Giveaway)

Check out this new fun app! You can download the Pictopia: Disney Edition Trivia App for FREE! I have downloaded it and love that it’s a picture trivia game that I can play alone or with friends! I have been playing against my 9 yr old and she is pretty good at it!
*Please note that within the app you do have the option to purchase an additional Disneyland Theme Park Trivia Pack for just 99¢!

Giveaway:

Answer the question on the picture below (leave your answer in the comments!) for your chance to win a $25 iTunes giftcard! Winner will be chosen on 9/6 at 5PM CST. Good luck!

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Getting rewarded for setting and achieving Healthy Goals

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BalanceRewards #CollectiveBias

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The kids are finally back in school this week and I am so thankful because I now have more time to focus on ME! I do great with routine and this summer has really thrown me off. I need goals to help me stay focused. So this week, I made a promise to myself that I was getting back on track. Back to clean eating and working out!

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I went to Walgreens and picked up a few items to help me stay connected to my goal! I bought a case of bottled water, some raw almonds, and some Silk Almond milk to start making my smoothies again. When I have those three things, I tend to do better! I start my morning off with a smoothie made with spinach, strawberries, greek yogurt, and almond milk. I then use the raw almonds as a snack when I feel hungry. Drinking water, instead of soda or other items, is best for my body. In fact, I recently read that I should be drinking half of my weight in oz. So if I weigh 130 lbs (I wish) then I should be drinking 65 oz of water a day.healthysnacks

Another awesome way to keep myself accountable is to register with Walgreens Balance Rewards for healthy choices. This feature helps keep me living a healthy life easy by setting health goals, tracking progress, and connecting it to my Ftbit app on my phone to keep up with it all! I have several apps on my phone to help keep me moving, but the Walgreens Balance Rewards app is the only one what rewards me for my healthy activity! (I love that it pulls info from Fitbit and MyFitnessPal to reward me!)

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Here is how it works:

Simply sign up for a Walgreens Balance Rewards Account, then connect your devices and watch the rewards pile up! You can also get rewarded for setting healthy goals, getting shots, filling prescriptions, and more! 5000 points gives you $5! So you get paid to live a healthier lifestyle! BONUS! Just pull up the app and you can use the money at check out! So simple to use!

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Each day you can see your points! The app is so easy to use and I love being able to manage another part of my life via smart phone!

What are you doing to continue to make Healthy Choices for yourself? What keeps you motivated?

 

 

 

Exciting Changes in our House!

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We have had a busy last few weeks! Getting ready to go back to school has been eventful in our house! Our youngest, Maci, broke her leg the week before school started. Poor thing did it a week before her 6th birthday…which of course was very sad because her Birthday party was a POOL party! It has been extra eventful for us because her break is high on her Tibia and she is in a FULL leg cast…this means she has to be pushed in a wheelchair, has to have help going to the bath room, and pretty much has lost all independence. If you have a 6yr old, you know this is a BIG problem! She will be casted until mid-October. Besides this crazy unexpected change for our family.

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The next exciting thing that has kept us busier then normal is that we got a Foreign Exchange student! She’s 15 and from South Korea! The girls are loving having an older sister! She’s super sweet and so far it’s been very easy! She’s a teenager, so we do expect a few bumps in the road! She will be with us thru the first week of June. We are excited for her to join us in our crazy adventures!

Any of course, we’ve had the first week of school this week! Here are the girls picts! 11th grade, 4th, 2nd, and 1st!

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Back to School Savings with Unlimited Talk Text and Data/Web

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #Phones4School #CollectiveBias

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Going back to school is intimidating if you are at a new school. We have a foreign exchange student living with us for the next 10 months and everything is so different here then it was for her in Korea. I took her to enroll today and it was scary for me! Choosing classes and how the schedule changes on a daily basis and then add that one of the classes is off campus. Very hectic and confusing. Above and beyond that, we went to test out the code on the locker…and couldn’t get it unlocked! Janika doesn’t know ANYONE besides our family…and she barely knows us at that! We needed something to help us out! Something with Unlimited Talk Text and Data/Web!

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We needed a way to connect and talk through out the day and Walmart Family Mobile saved the day on this one! We didn’t want to get locked into a long term contract, but needed the ability to text and call each other. We went to Walmart and headed over to the electronics department where we found the display that you see pictured above! We picked out the Alcatel One Touch Fierce on sale for $99.88. We are paying just $34.88/month Unlimited Talk, Text & Web service plan. With this phone, we also needed to purchase a $25.00 starter kit. It took less then 10 minutes to set up the new phone line. The Alcatel One Touch Fierce is very simple to use and has an awesome touch screen as well as a sleek design. 

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This phone is great for our family because we never have to worry about going over on text messages or data. Janika is 15, and I am more then sure she will be texting up a storm before we know it. This phone is light weight and will easily fit into her back pocket. I love that it was a great price and the service is strong in our area…which means minimal dropped calls. If you are considering getting your kiddo a phone as they go back to school, this is a great one! Cheap, slim, and everything they need to stay connected. Screen Shot 2014-08-26 at 10.35.59 PM

You can read more about the Alcatel One Touch Fierce and the Walmart Family Mobile plan here. You can also connect with Walmart Family Mobile on Twitter! Follow their handle: @FamilyMobile

 

Spoiling our Teachers with Effortless Meals at Walmart

*I have partnered with Coca-Cola to tell you more about a stress free meal deal for your family. I received giftcards to review these meal options and to have fun with my family…out of the kitchen.  All opinions are my own and are honest.

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Going back to school to crazy for all but extra crazy for teachers! This year we are spoiling our teachers by swinging by Walmart to pick up Coca-Cola effortless meal bundles. We are picking up for both our teachers….and ourselves! Here is the poem that we created and gave our teachers:

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These awesome Effortless Meals lets moms spend less time working in the kitchen and more time connecting with their kids, while still providing a delicious meal that the whole family will love. As a mom, I know my least favorite time of the day is about 4:PM. My kids start asking about dinner and I just want to spend time with my kids, enjoying the afternoon. The thought of cooking just isn’t on my radar.

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In fact, as I look at our schedule this week, we have something going on EVERY night! Soccer practice, church, basketball, and more. With so much on our schedule, it’s hard to sneak in time to create a meal for our family to share!  These Effortless Meals are less then $10 and I found coupons hanging on the Coca-Cola to save $1 off!

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Here is what we will be enjoying tonight! Coca-Cola, Pizza, and I’ll add a salad! It’s perfect for a quick and easy meal on a busy day!


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Last Minute Staycation: Six Flags Over Texas

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Six Flags Over Texas recently invited my family to check out their newly updated Bugs Bunny Boomtown! There are five brand new rides, plenty of seating and shade, plus expanded walkways which are great for strollers or wheel chairs.

Kids can play at Looney Tunes Adventure Camp—an interactive play structure where kids can climb, slide and discover fun surprises. Taz Tornado Swings will have children spinning round and round as they twirl above the park in pint-sized swings. Bugs Bunny Cloud Bouncer will allow youngsters to take on new heights, while Marvin the Martian Space Rockets offers the perfect flight for future aviators. Daffy Duck Bucket Blasters gets everyone engaged in a fun water battle as riders spin around in water barrels, splashing everyone within reach. Moms and Dads can join in on the excitement of BUGS
BUNNY Boomtown by riding with their little ones on some of these great family-friendly rides and attractions.

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Six Flags Over Texas is currently open weekends. For more information on operating hours and BUGS BUNNY Boomtown, visit www.sixflags.com/overtexas. Here are a few upcoming events that you will not want to miss out on!

Fright Fest.  It begins September 27 and runs through November 2.  By day, the park offers Halloween-themed shows and treats for younger guests and families.  Then by sun’s set the ghastly ghouls, goblins and zombies emerge and the hunting and haunting begins throughout the park’s midways.

Holiday in the park is November 22- December 23.  From more than a million twinkling lights, holiday shows, toasty campfires, delicious hot cocoa, and roller coasters, to the nearly 60 foot Holiday Tree of Trees, Santa Land and of course Santa Claus. Special moments and thrills can be found at North Texas’ largest holiday festival.

Saving on Healthy Essentials as we go Back to School

This post is part of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® 2014 program by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are all my own, and I hope you enjoy them.

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Do you have back to school routines? We do! These start weeks in advance and the day before we do the following:

We sleep in (one last time!) then enjoy brunch together! We pick our our clothes for the following day, and pack our backpacks. We then go to church and lunch as normal. Then in the afternoon, we paint our finger nails and toe nails and lay out our lunch boxes and prepare what we can for the following day. We take nice long relaxing baths and I blow dry my girls hair. (We use Johnson’s No More Tangles to make this easier!) They are then sent to bed by 8PM to get plenty of rest. 

As the mom of three little ones going back to school, I need to get up and get moving long before they up! The following three things help get me moving in the mornings:

1.)  Black Coffee w/two Splenda

2.) Neutrogena Oil Free Face Wash Pink Grapefruit

3.) Freshly brushed teeth (no one likes coffee breath) and Listerine

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I love that I can click over to the Healthy Essentials site and print more then $40 worth of savings on several of the items that I use on a daily basis! Check it out! HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® also offers tips & tools and so much more.

Here are a few of the coupons that you will find:

• Save $1.00 on JOHNSON’S® Baby NO MORE TANGLES® or Extra Conditioning hair care product (excludes sizes 1 oz.-4 oz., JOHNSON’S® BUDDIES® and JOHNSON’S® KIDS® products)
• Save $2.00 on any (2) AVEENO® products (excludes cleansing bars and moisturizing bars,
trial sizes and 2.5 oz. lotion sizes)
• Save $2.00 on any (1) RoC® Anti-Aging product
• Save $1.00 on any (1) NEUTROGENA® Cleansing, Moisture, or Acne product
• Save $1.00 on any (1) SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener Product
• Save $1.50 on any (1) VISINE® product (0.5 fl. oz. or larger)
• Save $1.00 on any (1) LISTERINE® Antiseptic Mouthwash, or (1) LISTERINE®NATURALSTM
Antiseptic, or (1) LISTERINE® ULTRACLEAN® Antiseptic, or (1) LISTERINE® TOTAL CARE,
or (1) LISTERINE® ZERO®, or (1) LISTERINE® FLUORIDE DEFENSE® Anticavity Mouthwash product (Valid on products 1L or larger)

Chickfila: Fun Boredom Busters

Check out this fun that Chickfila has created for familys to enjoy together.

Giveaway Winners!

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I’ve had a few giveaways end and here are the winners! If you see your name, please check your email for your email confirmation and reply back asap so I can get your prize sent to you!

  • Disney DVDs: SueAnne, Angela, Jenn L
  • Sol Republic: Lindsey
  • Pampers: Jamie
  • Wall Pop: Rebecca

The following giveaways are still active, go enter!

 

Family Fun with Scholastic Parent and Child KidQ App

This is a sponsored post that I have written in partnership with Scholastic Parent & Child. All opinions are mine and are honest.

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I love how kids can be so inquisitive. They always seem to ask questions that are inspired by the world around them. Mine are constantly soaking in information and are hungry for more. I was recently introduced to an App that is so fun for parents and kids! Scholastic Parent & Child has a new KidQ app for iPhone and Android that facilitates conversation via fun Q&A’s about the things that kids (and parents!) are the most curious about, like Why is the sky blue? And Why do we say “ears” of corn? Each day, users are notified of a new playful question that serves as a conversation starter along with the official answer.

We’ve been playing on it a few days and the questions have me stumped! I am just as excited to learn the answers as they are! We play it at stop lights or while we are waiting for our meals! It’s a great conversation starter!

You can download the free KidQ app from Scholastic Parent & Child for FREE!

Here are a few of the questions we got:

  • Why do some things smell really good,…and some really bad?
  • Why do yummy smells fill the house when food is cooking or baking?
  • What ocean animal is related to the elephant: the manatee, the sea lion, or the whale?

Most of the questions are answered and then fun facts are also offered on the subject! This creates even more open doors for fun conversations. My oldest, Chloe, thinks she knows it all…and this has stumped her. I love that she is learning fun facts from a trusted source.

Go check it out! You’ll love it and since it’s free, your wallet will love it too!