*This is a sponsored post with Walgreens and CafeMom. All opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.*
To be honest before I had kids I thought that the Whooping Cough was something out of a Victorian era novel. It certainly was not anything I had remembered hearing about, and even so, I thought we were all vaccinated against it at some point. Then there was a huge resurgence of Whooping Cough in the US right around the time that my first child was born, I heard of it again. Whooping cough, also called Pertussis, is a highly contagious bacterial disease that can be deadly to an infant. The symptoms generally take 10 days to show up, but the carrier is contagious in the meantime. As a new mother this news was terrifying, and the decision that people made about vaccines became personal to me. I don’t think I was overreacting to this issue either, since approximately half of infants who are under 1 year of age who get pertussis have to be hospitalized.
I had to explain to friends and loved ones, that to hold your new grandchild, niece, goddaughter, whatever my newborn is to you, you need to have had your vaccine for whooping cough! I was a total mama bear, not letting anyone near my child unless I was sure they were safe for her to be around.
I think it is easy to become complacent in our country where we no longer see cases of deadly diseases like Polio, and for a long time, Measles. But as a mother I feel like it is my job to protect my child from preventable diseases. I was thrilled to see that Walgreens takes this as seriously as I do. I am the same protective mama with my third baby as I was with my first.
Walgreens has partnered with the UN Foundation for the Get a Shot. Give a Shot. campaign to raise awareness and help provide lifesaving vaccines to kids everywhere. ***Donation currently valid for non-flu vaccinations. Aggregate donation of up to $1 million.** Each immunization given at a Walgreens for Whooping Cough, Shingles, Pneumonia and others (except for Flu) also helps provide a lifesaving vaccine to a child in need. As a mom I know that every mother wants their baby to remain healthy, so I love that by getting an immunization, we should all have anyway, it is also saving the life of a child that otherwise might go without that vaccine.
Vaccines have been one of the world’s biggest health success stories, but 1 in 5 children around the world still will not get the vaccines that we have come to take for granted in this country. When we work together we make the world a better place, and when you get your immunization at Walgreens you can know that you are helping to make the world a better and safer place for all children. And if you want to come over and hold baby Taylor, just be warned that I’ll need you to have had your vaccines, and if not, there is a Walgreens right around the corner!
*This is a sponsored post with P +G. All my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.*
This past weekend was weekend #1 of our first big road trip with baby Taylor and our two other children (age 4 and 6). We were off to visit grandma in New Jersey which is a LONG road trip! Taylor is 10 months old so it is not the easiest age to travel with, let alone take a 5 hour car trip with! However, it can be done and done in a way where it will eliminate hours of crying at a time!
My tips for taking a road trip with a baby:
Map out your trip and put in rest steps along the way. When we started out, we made sure to stop every 1.5 hours to get the kids, including Taylor, something to eat and drink. We had a schedule prepared ahead of time when we were going to feed her the bottle and get her a snack.
With your rest steps, make sure to take the baby out of the car seat at a stop. There is nothing worse than a baby to sit in a car backwards facing for extended periods of time. Everyone deserves a break to stretch their legs, including the baby!
Take enough diapers for the entire trip. When you think you have enough, take more. Trust me, you never know when your baby will have an explosion and need to be changed. Don’t count out how many diapers you generally use. Instead take that number and add on four diapers, to assure you have enough.
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Take toys or a portable DVD player if your kids are slightly older for your road trip. For Taylor, we brought with us Sophie the Giraffe (bought at Babies “R” Us) and a small soft book, that she likes to teeth on too.
Have the older kids keep the baby entertained by singing to her and reading to her(if their seats are near the baby). We love to sing songs as a family on long road trips and it seems to entertain baby Taylor.
Wherever you are taking a long road trip this summer, be prepared and let Babies “R” Us help you with all your summer travel essentials. Babies “R” Us is your go to store for everything you need in order to make summer traveling a success! I know I visit them every single time I go away on a trip! It makes my life much easier! Giveaway: To get you started on a summer of fun, Babies “R” Us is giving my readers this amazing prize pack:
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· Dreft pen
· Crayola Chalk
· Melissa and Doug Happy Giddy Pail
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**I received an all expense paid trip thanks to Disney and ABC studios. All my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.**
This weekend, I took Hayley (who is 6) to see Tomorrowland along with 8 of her little friends! The kids ranged in age from 6 to 11 and they all absolutely LOVED it. There was also 4 adults in our crowd and all were absolutely blown away with the amazing visuals and most importantly the themes of Tomorrowland. If you have not seen Tomorrowland, you MUST run to the theaters and see it, as it is a wonderful PG rated family film that everyone will enjoy. AND….GEORGE CLOONEY is in it and is fantastic! Need I say more! #SWOON!!
Photo credit: Louise from MomStart.com
Last week, I presented to you all with part 1 of our George Clooney interview when we sat down with him in a round table discussion about Tomorrowland. George Clooney plays the role of Frank Walker and takes on this ambitious role with his usual and amazing acting abilities. As I mentioned in part one when he entered the room he was nothing but gracious and eager to talk to us “mom bloggers!” He was as excited as we were to be at the interview and he answered all our questions we had. While I knew a lot about George Clooney (hey..I read People and US Weekly all the time), I did not know how absolutely funny he was! It was such an interesting and most of all fun interview!
George Clooney Interview- Take 2:
Photo credit: Louise from MomStart.com
We started out our second part of the interview asking George Clooney how it was like working with the fantastic talents of Britt Robertson and Raffey Cassidy?
In true George Clooney fashion, his first response was that he did not like them or care for them. We all had a good laugh, laughing at his humor when discussing them. Then he went on to tell us what he really thought of them and it was nothing but exceptional!
“Well, first of all, Britt is fantastic and you know her career is just at the very beginning and is going to be really fun. Raffey is spectacular and she was just 12 at the time and way too talented for her age, and sweet and funny. It also was a fun part for me because as you well know, if you’d seen me speaking to a 12 year old the way I speak to her, at the grocery store you’d call child services. I’m like who gets to yell at a 12 year old. But in the movies it’s so much fun because she’s not really a 12 year old and they sort of set it up in a way where we are a little family of three, but she’s the adult, driving the car and and Britt and I are the two kids, arguing and bickering all the time.”- George Clooney
He went on to say that it was such a fantastic experience because they were all sweet. He told us when you get to work with younger actors, most want this type of job because it is fun and most people don’t get to do it. He feels privileged to get paid for a part that he is so fond over along with having the experiences of working with these young and upcoming actors!
We then went on to ask George Clooney what is favorite scene was or if he had a favorite fun memory while filming Tomorrowland?
Again, in true George Clooney fashion his first response was he didn’t remember much because he was drunk. He is such a character and again we were tearing from laughter! George Clooney is just so awesome! Then he proceeded to tell us the real answer.
“I will tell you, there was a lot of moments, because it wasn’t all done to green screen. They were nice enough to build a lot of these sets where you actually got to play in them. The most fun we had was the driving sequences because we’re being towed but Raffey is driving and I keep having to teach her to keep looking at the road. She’d be like, what is the deal? It was fun because there was no technology. There was nothing. It was just old fashioned, three people sitting in a truck for five days, arguing and doing fun stuff. And that’s really fun for actors, because you don’t have to do any make believe. It’s all just right there.”-George Clooney
He also told us it was a blast shoving the powder down Britt Robertson’s throat when they did some of the scenes going to Tomorrowland. While we just see him shoving some powder in her mouth, that scene was actually 30 or something takes with pure sugar. Haha- George Clooney!! I probably would have gotten a kick out of that too!
Photo credit: Louise from MomStart.com
He also told us that in the movie with the scene where Britt Robertson’s character drank the cokes after being extremely thirsty, that it was filmed many times (close to 9) downing 2 cokes at a time. Can you believe that?! When I watched the movie the first time, I thought that she might have drank a bit of it and the rest was computer generated but nope, she drank the whole coke over and over again. Can you imagine?!
We ended the interview asking George Clooney if there were any scenes that were emotionally hard for him to film?
“Emotionally hard, no. Because I find movies in general aren’t emotional. You’re involved in them but it’s not really something honestly terrible has happened. It is still make believe but I did find that it was a tricky scene where I have to let Raffey’s character go, the robot go, and there was a really weird feeling. We’d shot it once and she kind of clicks out, but her eyes are open still and we drop her out, and it literally feels like I’m murdering her.”-George Clooney
We ended the interview taking a group picture with him.
I don’t think that I will ever forget in my lifetime, the day I interviewed George Clooney. I got to interview my real life crush over the last 20+ years, which I still have to pinch myself over. The day was absolutely wonderful and one that I will keep in the record books for the remainder of my life. He was so funny, witty, and an all around fantastic man! I hope you all can see how awesome he truly is by both of my interviews and watching him in Tomorrowland!
Now, stop reading this interview and head to your local theatre so you can see George Clooney in action as Frank Walker. He is so good in it that you will have goosebumps. I sure did! Be sure to go to theaters and see Tomorrowland which is in theaters TODAY! Happy watching!
*I received the Fifty Shades DVD plus other promotional items for review. All my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.*
If you have not seen Fifty Shades of Grey yet, now is your time because it is now available on DVD! I was a 50 Greys book fan but I was not really sure how the books would translate to make a movie. After some contemplation I decided to give it a go (hey the movies are never better than the books) but I have to say that this movie most certainly was as good as the books. I thoroughly enjoyed how they put this movie together and it was better than I ever expected!
The worldwide phenomenon comes to life in Fifty Shades of Grey, starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan in the iconic roles of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. Ana is an inexperienced college student tasked with interviewing enigmatic billionaire Christian Grey. But what starts as business quickly becomes an unconventional romance. Swept up in Christian’s glamorous lifestyle, Ana soon finds another side to him as she discovers his secrets and explores her own dark desires. What results is a thrilling, all-consuming romance as Christian and Ana test the limits they will go to for their relationship.
The story of a searing love affair between a naïve college student and a billionaire entrepreneur, Fifty Shades of Grey, will have women worldwide planning a special Friday night in when the provocative love story comes home for the first time. Fans of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele will be able to have the ultimate at-home movie experience when Fifty Shades of Grey, the global phenomenon that grossed more than $560 million globally, comes to Digital HD Friday, May 1, 2015 and Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand Friday, May 8, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Based on E. L. James’ best-selling novel, the Blu-ray™ and Digital HD include an exclusive unrated version of the film that features a never-before-seen alternate ending and the exclusive tease to the next movie, Fifty Shades Darker, along with almost two hours of all-new bonus features that go behind the scenes of this year’s hottest romance.
Shy and unassuming literature student Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) finds her life forever altered when she interviews the enigmatic Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and is dazzled by the charismatic entrepreneur and his high-flying lifestyle. As the pair embarks on a passionate affair, Ana soon discovers that Grey has dark secrets and desires that will push her to the limits of her imagination—and beyond.
Jamie Dornan (TV’s The Fall, Once Upon a Time) and Dakota Johnson (The Social Network, 21 Jump Street) head up a talented cast that includes Eloise Mumford (TV’s The River), Max Martini (Captain Phillips), Marcia Gay Harden (Into the Wild), Luke Grimes (HBO’s True Blood), Jennifer Ehle (Zero Dark Thirty), Victor Rasuk (TV’s Stalker) and Rita Ora (upcoming Southpaw) in the wildly anticipated film adaptation of one of the fastest-selling book series ever published.
BONUS FEATURES EXCLUSIVE TO BLU-RAY:
-Fifty Shades of Grey Unrated and Theatrical Versions
-Exclusive Tease of the Next Movie Fifty Shades Darker
-The World of Fifty Shades of Grey: Discover the artistry involved in creating everything Fifty Shades of Grey, including in-depth profiles of stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, and the characters they play.
-CHRISTIAN GREY: Inside the world of Christian Grey and what makes him so magnetic and mysterious.
-CHRISTIAN GREY PROFILE: Illustrated with film clips: Who is Christian Grey?
-JAMIE DORNAN PROFILE: Meet the actor behind the iconic character.
-CHRISTIAN’S APARTMENT: Living room, dining room, bedroom, bathroom and the Red Room
-CHRISTIAN’S WARDROBE: A look into Christian’s wardrobe.
-A RICH MAN’S TOYS: Christian’s cars, the plane, the helicopter, all of the recognizable items from the book, now on screen
-ANA: Discovering Ana and what makes her so compelling and relatable.
-ALL ABOUT ANA: Learn more about the Ana character
-DAKOTA JOHNSON PROFILE: Meet the incredible actress behind Anastasia Steele.
-ANA’S WORLD: Beginning with her life as college student to her transformation into a woman living a life of luxury with Christian Grey.
-ANA’S WARDROBE: A look into Ana’s wardrobe.
-E.L. James & Fifty Shades: A chat with the creator of “Fifty Shades,” discussing the history of the novel and the experience making the film. Follow the author at the Premiere screening in New York and come full circle as the film is released to the fans.
-Fifty Shades: The Pleasure of Pain: A discussion with the BDSM consultant and a show-and-tell with property master.
-360° Set Tours of Christian and Ana’s apartments including the Red Room
-Music Videos from Skylar Grey, The Weeknd and Ellie Goulding
-Behind the Scenes of The Weekend’s “Earned It” Music Video
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The World of Fifty Shades of Grey—Friends and Family: Profiles of cast members including Eloise Mumford, Max Martini, Marcia Gay Harden, Luke Grimes, Jennifer Ehle, Victor Rasuk and Rita Ora
Behind the Shades: Follow alongside director Sam Taylor-Johnson, producers E. L. James, Mike De Luca and Dana Brunetti, actors Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson and the rest of the cast through the making of the movie, including a candid discussion about the most challenging aspects of the story.
Are you ready for 50 Shades?!!
Giveaway: Two winners will each receive a 50 Shades of Grey DVD. This giveaway is run via rafflecopter, so click more to see the actual giveaway. The only mandatory entry is to visit 50 Shades and tell me why you are most excited to see it! While the other entries are optional, I highly suggest filling it out to increase your chances of winning. US only. Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway
*I am a P.S. Aeropostale blog ambassador. All opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.*
I absolutely adore P.S. Aeropostale clothes! If you love Aeropostale, you must check out their kid division of clothes starting at size 4! These adorable clothes will have your boy or girl stylin’ all summer long! While I shop all the time online at P.S. Aeropostale, I never knew they had such a great selection of bathing suits, cover ups, and flip flops for your kids this summer season. Once I saw their selections, I had to keep putting more and more into my shopping cart!
For the summer, they have everything from shorts, sundresses, sun shirts, bathing suits, shoes, sunglasses, beach accessories, and more. No matter what you are looking for, they have you covered! I was on the hunt for bathing suits for Hayley and found plenty of one and two pieces for her along with matching shoes. Best of all, the bathing suits were completely affordable. Just take a look at all the great suits and cover ups I got Hayley at P.S. Aeropostale:
While you can no longer shop at the P.S. Aeropostale stores, all of their merchandise is now available online and it is easy to ship right to your house. In no time at all, I got all of Hayley’s summer bathing suits and shoes. Now we just have to wait a bit for the weather to get warm!
They also have sales and clearance items that you can check out on their site. Right now they have a phenomenal deal of $4 for selected shorts and tops.
Be sure to check out P.S. Aeropostale today! Happy shopping!