***Samples and information were provided by Go Organically® Fruit Snacks. Our opinions and our experience are 100% our own.***
Whether you’re road tripping to an awesome destination, hiking a new trail or simply having a family picnic in the park, there's still time left to Get up and GO this summer.
We decided to celebrate the end of summer by hitting up one of our local wading pools before it closes for the season. We've got several big, 1 ft. deep pools at various parks, and the kids always have a blast. Sure, it's only a foot deep...But a lot of fun can be had in that 12 inches of cool water! Crab-walking, splash wars, floating, etc. Good times.
Of course we made sure to have the essentials on hand before heading to the park for a day of fun in the sun. We packed towels, sunscreen, extra clothing, and of course, some snacks. Go Organically® Fruit Snacks sent us some of their delicious USDA Certified Organic Fruit Snacks to try for ourselves, and they made the perfect snack!
***Disclosure: We received complimentary samples to facilitate our post. All opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
Are your kids ready for summer to end? Mine have mixed feelings. My youngest son, Xander, is eager for school to start. My other kids? Well, they're not quite as enthusiastic. They aren't ready for their summer fun to end just yet. There are still more lightning bugs to catch and more adventures to be had.
One way my littles are keeping the vacation spirit alive even as school approaches is by having imaginary cruises. Yep. They're cruising the high seas with their PLAYMOBIL Cruise Ship!
The Cruise Ship brings all aspects of summer fun into one colorful, unique play set. Kids will love using their imagination and creativity to bring these figures to life. Simply pull out the lower deck, lounge in the spacious guest room, sunbathe on the top deck, have a bite to eat at the restaurant, or slide down into the refillable pool!
Wherever you're sailing, PLAYMOBIL's Cruise Ship will surely make it an adventure.
***Disclosure: I received complimentary samples to facilitate my post. All opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
dThe end of the summer may be approaching rapidly, but there's still plenty of time for a few more adventures. Whether it's a trip to the beach or amusement parks, an excursion to local parks, or just a road trip to Grandma's house, summer is a great time to travel with family and friends.
As we head out onto the highways and byways for some end of summer fun, please keep safety in mind. It's so important that infants and children are in proper car seats. This will protect their little bodies if heaven forbid an accident should occur.
Our go-to car seat brand is diono. Hands down. My kids' safety is one area I refuse to skimp on, and diono offers top of the line in comfort, versatility, and safety.
Let me tell you, those mamas out there that are familiar with diono and their very high quality standards would definitely "get it". diono is second to none when it comes to safety, versatility, and functionality. Not to mention, they offer some of the most visually appealing car seats on the market today! And let's be honest: Looks DO matter, especially when it comes to things for our little ones!
Good looks aside, as a mom, the most important factor when considering car seats is safety. Something can be gold-plated, blinged-out and gorgeous, but if it's not safe, it's not going into MY shopping cart! After all, car seats carry the most precious cargo around, my babies. Their safety is paramount. The diono radian rXT Convertible Car Seat is among the safest on the market, and has been rigorously tested, passing NCAP crash tests, and is even approved by the FAA for aircraft use.
As an activist and a mother of 3 amazing kids, I am always looking for teachable life lessons that will help my children grow up to be kind, compassionate, giving adults. Whether it's donating time or goods to the homeless, giving out roses to mothers in our local retirement community, or doing something like donating blood, we are constantly looking for ways to help celebrate the good in the world, and in humanity. To me, the true measure of my success as a Mom is in the way my kids show their strength, their character, and their empathy for others.
So when I learned about the Be Impulsive Campaign with Life Share Blood CentersUnited Blood Services, I couldn't wait to help spread the word. Blood Donation is something there is a critical need for across the country, and every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs a transfusion of donated blood. In fact, one in 7 people entering the hospital end up requiring a blood transfusion.
Yep. One in SEVEN. That's a LOT of lives being saved by the gift of donated blood!
A common misunderstanding about blood usage is that accident victims are the patients who use the most blood.
Actually, people who receive the most blood include those:
- being treated for cancer
- undergoing orthopedic surgeries
-undergoing organ and marrow transplants
- undergoing cardiovascular surgeries
-being treated for inherited blood disorders
A very good friend of mine who I won't name for privacy reasons requires blood transfusions quite often due to a chronic, often crippling autoimmune disorder. These blood products help to keep her as stable as possible, allowing her to be the best mom she can be to her beautiful children.
Major disasters don't usually require large amounts of blood. In most cases, hospitals rely on the blood that is already on their shelves to save lives. You can help blood centers be at the ready by making sure blood is available before it's needed.
Did you know that blood can be donated every 56 days, up to six times a year? It's quick, painless, and one blood donation can save up to three lives. Every time you give the life-saving gift of blood, you become a real life hero.
In addition to donating blood you can also donate platelets, which help treat cancer and other patients. They only have a shelf life of five days, so platelet donations are always needed.
Another blood product there's always a need for is plasma, which has the same lifesaving effect and is in even greater need. Plasma contains important proteins and nutrients which help treat severe burns, traumas, blood clotting disorders, organ transplants and premature infants.
I've donated blood many, many times. It's super-easy, although you will have to fill out an easy questionnaire to make sure you qualify as a donor. The nurses and staff from United Blood Services will be more than happy to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have about the donation process.
So why not show your kiddos what a REAL, true blue hero looks like by donating blood this summer? The need is especially great, as donations tend to drop off a whopping 20% during the summer season. Your donation isn't only appreciated, it's desperately needed.
Will you join me? Will you #BeImpulsive this summer and give the life-affirming gift of blood and save some lives, super-hero style?
It's fast. It's painless. It feels wonderful to know you've made a difference in someone else's life in a major, major way.
To learn more and make an appointment to give blood, please sign up at Be Impulsive RSVP.
How can YOU get involved? Find out at BeImpulsiveRSVP.com. #BeImpulsive.
How can YOU get involved? Find out at BeImpulsiveRSVP.com. #BeImpulsive.
For shares that include a brand URL, please include the #ad hashtag in your social share.
***This is a sponsored post. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.***
Do you want to make a difference and have your voice be heard by a major food manufacturing brand? Do you also love talking about food, grocery shopping and your lifestyle, while also earning rewards for sharing?
An American food company has partnered with C Space to create a private, password protected online community where members will share their thoughts and opinions on all things food. The online Food Advisors Community is aimed to help gain a greater understanding of the lifestyle and needs of their consumers, so they can improve current food products and create brand new ones.
Do not miss this opportunity to impact and influence the future of this major food manufacturer. This is your chance to help determine what they will put on grocery store shelves next! Your ideas will help inspire fresh flavors and new food products. How cool is that?
You can share your opinions in just 5 to 10 minutes a week and easily access the community online, whenever it's convenient for you, 24/7. You can also earn Amazon eGift cards as appreciation for your valuable contributions throughout the community. Where else will you be able to lend your influence, collaborate with your peers, and earn rewards for your participation?
There are a limited number of spots available in the Food Advisors community and they are filling up fast! Click here to see if you qualify and to start making an impact today: http://bit.ly/2v48tdg
***This post is brought to you in partnership with Weruva. They have provided both samples and information. All opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
With International Cat Day happening on August 8, and Happy Healthy Cat Month in September, now is the perfect time to address the 'cat in the room'—and that's your feline friend's diet.
I'll also take this time to introduce a little Tiger kitty that showed up in my yard and clearly isn't leaving. In fact, she seems to love Dan and the kids. I am still in denial that we have a new pet, so I call her Nope. Yes, her name is Nope. As in Nopesauce.
Anyway, we have a new friend, and yes, we have been feeding her. How can we say no to that face and hungry, teeny little meow? We want to give Nope, along with our existing kitties, only the best food possible.
I'll be the first to admit my own cat's diet isn't 'purr'fect. My indoor kitties can be a picky eaters, or ignore their water bowl even when it's placed right next to their food. I struggled to understand how I could address these issues. But then I realized I wasn't alone—my cats were just experiencing one of the three most common cat concerns: picky eating, weight gain, and urinary tract issues.
I learned about the Big 3 by partnering with Weruva [http://www.weruva.com/]—a luxurious, natural pet food dubbed "people food for cats" which is launching a full line of gluten, grain, and carrageenan-free cat food in honor of International Cat Day. It's called B.F.F. OMG! (that stands for Best Feline Friend, Oh My Gravy), and it's all about preventing these Big 3 Cat Concerns.
Nobody ever wants to be in a vehicle accident. Nobody ever imagines that they will end up having their car sinking in a lake. Can you say you would be ready for it if you were though? With this tool from autoXscape you can have a fighting chance to stay alive and protect yourself and your family in an emergency.
Tom's Take On Things recently reviewed the autoXscape tool over on his blog. Be sure to check out the entire review here. Thanks to INGEAR, Tom over at Tom's Take On Things will be giving away both an autoAlert Flashlight and an autoXscape Tool.
Giveaway ends 8/11 at 11:59 pm and open to residents of the US only. One winner will receive the autoAlert Emergency Flashlight and one winner will receive the autoXscape emergency tool. Winner will have 24 hours to respond to winning email. INGEAR is responsible for prize delivery. Tom's Take On Things and other blogs helping promote this was not compensated for this post.
autoAlert Flashlight - 1 Winner autoXscape Tool - 1 Winner
This post is sponsored by World’s Best Cat Litter™ and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network™. I am being compensated to help share information about World’s Best Cat Litter’s brand new premium cat litter, Zero Mess™, but (INSERT NAME OF BLOG) only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. World’s Best Cat Litter™ is not responsible for the content of this article.
Regardless of the stench, we still love them. We just clean our litter boxes religiously, invest in home fragrance products, cross our fingers, and hope that the house doesn't smell like a barnyard when we walk through the door. Usually, we're good. Sometimes, though....? Yuck. Just yuck.
The struggle is real, folks. Can you cat lovers out there give me an "Amen". You get what I'm saying.
Anyway, one way I combat the kitty stench is by choosing an effective, low less, multi-cat litter than can stand up to use by multiple cats. I don't really care for a lot of the traditional clay litters, as they kick up a lot of dust and leave a dusty residue on things.
Lately, I've been loving a corn based, eco-friendly litter that packs a powerful punch:
World's Best Cat Litter™ . World's Best Cat Litter recently launched a brand new, advanced line of litters, and we couldn't wait to check it out.
Neither could Pringles, my Calico, either....She was quite curious about this new formulation, herself!
Zero Mess is the multiple-cat-strength litter that combines the concentrated power of corn with super-absorbent plant fibers that quickly trap liquids in tight clumps so you scoop once and you’re done.
The end result is a litter that helps pet parents use less and get more while avoiding the chiseling, scraping and crumbling that comes with traditional litters.
And let's face it: NO ONE looks forward to scraping and chiseling away at soiled cat litter. It's definitely not the high point of my day, so the cleaner the job, the better.
What does this mean for kitty parents? With World's Best Cat Litter, they will USE LESS & GET MORE.
The Advanced Series line delivers the brand’s hallmark concentrated power to help cat owners do more with less litter, but adds unique ingredient combinations that address the top issues facing today’s pet parents.
-More powerful odor control
-Lightweight, flushable* and septic safe
-99% dust free
-Pet, people and planet friendly.
-Made from 100% natural and renewable ingredients.
Zero Mess™ combines the concentrated power of corn with super-absorbent plant fibers that quickly trap liquids in tight clumps, so you scoop once and you’re done. The end result is a litter that promises no chiseling, no scraping and no crumbling.
We've had a very good experience so far with this awesome new litter. For one, I like the fact that a little bit of litter goes a very long way. Even with multiple cats, a small bag has lasted more than a week so far in one of our litter boxes. And it doesn't reek to high heaven, either.
I also like the fact that this litter clumps amazingly well. It forms nice, firm "Pee patties" or "Poo Patties" that don't break apart of become permanently adhered to the material of the litter box. No chiseling or scraping waste loose. Just give it a little scoop and be done.
Where Can You Get Your Own Zero Mess™ Cat Litter?
Zero Mess™ is available in 6, 12 and 24 lb bags and available in two formulas: regular and pine-scented. It can be found in pet-specialty stores and select online retailers.
Also, be sure to follow World's Best Cat Litter on Facebook, on Instagram, and on Pinterest to stay on top of their latest news, products, and promotions.
Have YOU tried World's Best Cat Litter before? What are your thoughts?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of World's Best Cat Litter™. The opinions and text are all mine.
Thank you Dove for sponsoring this post. How do you define #RealBeauty?
See that gorgeous young man standing beside me? That’s my 17 year old son, Kyle. Kyle is not only easy on the eyes and a pro when it comes to liquid liner application, he’s also completely, totally, and fabulously gay. (You can read more about him and how being his Mom saved me HERE. It’s a good read. Promise.) He is colorful, he is flamboyant, and he is a bit of a diva. I wouldn't change him for all the riches in the world.
Anyway, Kyle is going to be a Senior in High School this year.
I’m not entirely sure how that even happened, or where the time has gone.
It seems like only yesterday, I was kissing his boo-boos and snuggling with him while we watched movies or read a book. Now this young man, who used to fit perfectly nestled in my lap, is a good foot taller than me. And he comes with a heart that is 2 sizes too big for his 6 foot tall body.
You see, Kyle is a kid...Oops, young man...that is going places. He is going to change the world one day, and he's overcome many obstacles to achieve the things he has so far in life. He is a consistent, High Honor Roll Student, a Rotary Scholar, a member of his school's Gay Straight Alliance, and also part of an anti-bullying group, STAND.
***Disclosure: I received complimentary samples to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
•FREE Vitamin B-12 60-Day Supply–1,000 mcg (only pay $3.95 S&H):
•FREE Vitamin D–Any D product (baby, child, adult) (only pay $4.95 S&H):
•BOGO–FREE Vitamin C (Sour Cherry or Tangy Orange)–500 mg–Buy One Get One Free: LINK: http://bit.ly/SSVFBVitaminC
I don't know what it's like where you live, but here in the Cleveland, OH area, it's been H-O-T. Sauna-like, even. During the summer, I take extra care to make sure that my family stays in tip top shape, despite the nasty, oppressive summer temperatures. Thankfully, the folks at Superior Source also has some awesome supplements to help you beat the heat!
The best part about these microlingual tablets is that they don't have to be swallowed. This is a good thing for a few reasons: For one, a lot of folks, like my husband, have a hard time swallowing even the tiniest of pills.
Also, since these tablets dissolve under the tongue, they retain their potency. When swallowing traditional supplements, their potency can be greatly reduced due to the acrid environment in the stomach. The folks at Superior Source have bypassed this common issue, ensuring that their products live up to their name.
Here are some great supplements designed specifically to keep you looking and feeling your best, from the inside-out....Even during oppressive, summer heat!
PR Friendly Mama!
I'm Brandy, a happily married, proud mama of two munchkins and a teen. You can read more about me HERE. If you're interested in building a working relationship, please feel free to e-mail me at: NewlyCrunchyMamaOf3@gmail.com
Links We Love :