*This is a sponsored giveaway. All my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.*
Pure energies, the company who brings you the top solar providers, are having a great giveaway going on right now! Start the school year by thinking of small ways you and your family can be more sustainable. They want to encourage families to pledge to making one sustainable choice for the school year to bring more awareness to conservation and the environment. Even one small change can make a difference, and Pure Energies is encouraging moms to think of a change they are willing to commit to and post it to their website.
Submit your #smallstep on www.pureenergies.com and be automatically entered into the contest to win one of 10 prize packs of a solar back and $500 cash! Winners will be drawn at random and posted on their #smallstep page on Sept 2nd. No purchase is required You can share your #smallstep with friends and family and inspire them to take a #smallstep too and together we can walk toward a more sustainable future!
Prize is: Voltaic Solar Backpack/Offgrid model (MSRP $199)
There will be a random draw to win 1 of 5 solar backpacks which can cleanly charge an iPhone in 3 hours. The backpacks have a solar panel on the back and have a MSRP of $199 each.
How amazing would that be to win a solar backpack? It is so easy to do so enter today!!!
Click here to enter this amazing sweepstakes: Pure Energies.
6 weeks ago today, Taylor Ann made her appearance in this world. She is a beautiful, wonderful, and shall I say “easy” baby. However, the pregnancy was by far the worst out of all three pregnancies to date. The first 4 weeks of the third pregnancy, I felt great- full of energy and happiness. However, week #5 is when things took a turn for the worst. I developed the worst morning sickness ever and was vomiting up to 3 times a day. It was MISERABLE! I would go to work and just feel like I wanted to go back to bed.
This morning sickness went on for a LONG 20 weeks. Yes, I said 20 weeks. Sure I ate small meals and tried my best to get past the constant nausea but truly nothing really helped. Along with the nausea, I had the worst food cravings! I could eat pasta, bread, and cereal all day long, which inevitably ended in me gaining more weight than I would have liked. The carbohydrates curbed some of the nausea so I figured if I packed on the calories with bagels and such, I would be good to go. I was so wrong in this thinking since I ended up with weight gains and still had about 80 percent of my misery. It was not morning sickness, it was ALL DAY sickness!
Unfortunately, I am one of a staggering statistic of 50 percent of women who suffer from the debilitating morning sickness. Pregnancy is a wonderful fact of life and ultimately leads to our greatest joys, but the misery of morning sickness is very hard. However, there is now a new line of drug-free, natural products to help pregnant women get through those queasy trimesters. New Sea-Band Mama, from the makers of the popular Sea-Bands line, helps to alleviate the nausea associated with morning sickness with anti-nausea wrist bands and ginger lozenges, now available at CVS and select Target stores. The Sea-Band Mama wrist bands use acupressure to trigger the P6 Nei Kuan pressure point on the inside of the wrist to alleviate nausea from morning sickness. Stimulating this pressure point helps the body to calm nausea and vomiting. Sea-Band Mama Ginger Lozenges, free from artificial colors and flavors, were formulated with essential ginger oils to help relieve upset stomach. They also include folic acid to contribute to a normal maternal tissue growth during pregnancy.
These drug-free nausea solutions like Sea-Band Mama Acupressure Wrist Bands and Sea-Band Mama Ginger Lozenges could have come in real handy when I was pregnant with Taylor. I suffered so much! If I knew about such a great product, I would have ran to the store to pick it up immediately. I have a friend now who is pregnant with her third too and I recommended it. She called me just the other day to thank me over and over, because her nausea has tremendously decreased since using the anti-nausea wrist band and ginger lozenges! Morning sickness is completely debilitating and these products would have made such a difference. I am glad they are helping other pregnant women out!
Feel free to enter the Sea-Band Mama New Sweeps for a chance to win around $500 in prizes, including a $250 gift card to CVS for new baby essentials, an adorable Petunia Pickle Bottom designer diaper bag and the top-selling Mommy MD Guide books The Mommy MD Guide to Pregnancy & Birth and The Mommy MD Guide to Your Baby’s First Year. This sweepstakes ends 9/30 so enter today!
Be sure to also visit The Pregnancy Morning Sickness? Drug Free Ways to Reduce Nausea During Pregnancy on You Tube to learn more about morning sickness and ways to reduce it!
For more information about Sea-Band® Mama and to learn more about morning sickness visit http://www.sea-band.com/mama
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sea-Band Mama. The opinions and text are all mine.
Photo Credit: It Is A Keeper
Do you love a good Twitter Party? You know we do and we’re excited to host a party that talks about easy and convenient meals for back to school! On Wednesday, August 27th from 12-1 pm ET, please join us for the #PriceChopperB2S Twitter Party where we’ll be discussing Price Chopper Back to School Meal Solution Centers, and giving you a chance to win prizes!
School time is already upon us! Can you believe it? If you are struggling for creative meals to cook up for this school year, look no further than Price Chopper. They have all the ingredients and foods necessary to make some easy breakfasts, quick school lunches, and dinners without much effort on your part. We will be talking about all the great food items that you can purchase at Price Chopper, so come join us. It is going to be a great party that you do not want to miss!
Join me and RSVP for the #PriceChopperB2S Twitter Party on SoFabChats!
DATE: Wednesday, August 27th
TIME: 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET
EARLY BIRD: (1) $50 Price Chopper Gift Card
PRIZES: 5 – (1) $100 Price Chopper Gift Card
HOSTS: @dawnchats, @dentistmel, @Mammamoiselle, @MommaDandDaBoyz & @JManMillerBug
RULES:#PriceChopperB2S Twitter Party Official Rules
RSVP & PARTY GRID:#PriceChopperB2S Twitter Party Page
TWEET TO SHARE:
How To Participate In A Twitter Party on SoFabChats!
TIP: How to join a Twitter Party – sign in! Before party starts, click on the green “Sign In On Twitter” bar at the top of the page!
TIP: Who to follow at a Twitter Party? Follow the Party Team by clicking on the Twitter handle links on the RSVP page!
TIP: Want to win Twitter Party prizes? RSVP by clicking on RSVP button before you join the party, follow everyone on the Party Team, and tweet with the party hashtag during the party to be eligible!
TIP: How to win the Early Bird prize? Watch for chance to share a tweet when you RSVP for chance to win!
TIP: Special deals and brand coupons? Keep that option checked when you RSVP for the party!
TIP: New to Twitter parties? Watch your column and Party Team tweet columns – they are slower paced and easier to follow!
TIP: Where to find Twitter Parties? Check out the SoFabChats Twitter Party Calendar to find more fun parties to attend!
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* We received the below product for review. All my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.*
We completed Zane’s room a few years ago but the one item that we desperately needed in his room was a bookshelf. Zane has over a hundred books but he had no where to put them. Every night, I would go in there and there would be books everyone and anywhere. I was getting sick of it but could never find a bookshelf I quite liked. That is until I found out about ACE Baby Furniture and their amazing products!
With superior quality and craftsmanship, their collection of double-sided mobile bookcases and closets make it perfect for kids to store their toys, clothes, books, and so much more! They are available in 3 different animal designs and 5 different colors. They are also measured for children’s height so they can easily reach their belongings without having to call mom/dad to help them out.
It was really a tough choice to figure out what we should put in Zane’s room but we ultimately went with the lion design, since that is the one he wanted. When we received it in the mail, it was quite easy to put together and in no time at all, we began storing his books in his brand new bookshelf. This is a true piece of furniture that would fit fantastically in any room. The best part is because of the animal designs, it is geared towards young children, and will continue to grow with school aged children and up! It is not “babyish” but still has that youth feel. It is a wonderful bookshelf for anyone on the hunt for a gorgeous place to keep their kids books in an organized and fashionable way.
The quality of this bookshelf is truly second to none. The wood materials used are incredibly durable and beautiful. The whole bookshelf adds a beautiful decor to his room. Each product from ACE Baby Furniture is handcrafted and has the consumer in mind. They want you to be happy with your purchase and feel the best way to do that is by offering affordable and gorgeous furniture pieces, that are individually hand inspected for quality insurance.
I can’t rave enough about this bookshelf and truly feel it is one of the best piece of furniture in Zane’s nursery! Along with the ACE Bookshelf, they also make workstations and wardrobe hanging furniture sets. If you are looking for a great baby furniture place, be sure to check out ACE Baby today!
*This is a sponsored post. All my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.*
Have you heard of the M.O.M. Method parenting tool to help teach kids how to become more self-reliant? If not, trust me…you NEED the M.O.M. Method! The M.O.M. Method delivers a way for us moms to prepare our kids for tomorrow by teaching them valuable life skills along the way today. Let’s face it there are times when we all need a built in parenting partner, and now the M.O.M. Method is here for us!
M.O.M. stands for Manage and Organize Myself, and is an online program that guides parents and kids in building time management skills through interactive Web and mobile based tools. The program has parents and kids working together to help kids learn independence, whether it’s getting themselves up and ready for school in the morning or tackling homework, bedtime routines or household chores without parental nagging or micro-managing. Kids love the confidence they get when they are able to achieve tasks on their own, and parents love seeing their children able to care for themselves. Learning to be self-sufficient is a life skill that helps kids develop into happy, successful adults.
With a new baby I needed my older two to become more self-sufficient as I tend to our newborn. Things like Hailey learning to tie her own shoes or Zane being able to get himself a juice-box when he’s thirsty are huge helps when you are trapped on the couch feeding your newborn, trust me! These seem like small tasks, but it makes my kids realize that they CAN do some things for themselves, and it gives them a sense of accomplishment. I love having my kids as great little helpers these days, and the M.O.M. Method gave me great tools to teach them how to get there. It helps to simplify your life and empower your children.
Using tools like point systems, reporting tools, calendars, planning, time management, and task management tools there are a ton of ways to help both parents and kids get the hang of staying organized and on-task. With a step-by-step guide kids can learn to do more and more tasks all by themselves. Kids progress in stages of independence from stage one, which focuses on time management and personal care, stage two which is planning routines and stage three tackling longer term planning and events. Each at the child’s own age appropriate pace.
Now is the perfect time to jump-start your kids’ time and task management skills for back-to-school season, so I recommend you give The M.O.M. Method a try. We all need a little help as parents sometimes, and using the M.O.M. Method has allowed me to get some of that help by teaching my own kids how to help themselves.