*I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Lionsgate. I received a promotional item and a prize pack as a thank you for my participation.*
On March 14, Lionsgate Entertainment will release The Single Moms Club, a story of five struggling single Moms who put aside their differences in the midst of a school dilemma with their kids to form a support group. Directed by and starring Tyler Perry as well as Amy Smart, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Cocoa Brown, Zulay Henao and Nia Long, this movie is one you will want to see with your best girlfriends for all the humor, that will leave you laughing long after the movie ends. Here is the preview for this great, upcoming movie:
My girlfriends and I already discussed that we are going to make a date night to see this movie for so many reasons. One being that most of my friends are in social groups together and we can certainly relate to our share of ups and downs. For example, when we go see this movie, we are going as a part of our movie night “chick flick” group. We meet every month to go see another movie and we then discuss the movie over food/drinks after. We also, all for the most part, are part of book club, as well as playgroup (where the kids play and the moms have a chance to sit down and talk about things going on in the week).
Due to most of my friends being in a lot of different social groups together, we have really gotten to know each in ways no one else probably knows us. In our group, we have two single moms who went through divorces in the past two years and have gone through tribulations no one should ever have to deal with. It was very hard in the beginning, sitting down with our best friends, knowing they are going through a divorce and will have to learn to be single moms. Coming from a marriage to being a single mom, raising kids, is probably the hardest thing I have heard about. I am really not sure how these two good friends do it, but they do, and they live life to the fullest. Sure they had their shares of tears when we were meeting in our groups, but they persevered and are doing the best job they could possibly do being a single mom. I hopefully will never have to imagine their hardships they are going through, but the part that is getting them through it, is their friends and all of their families. They rely on our social groups to have a night or day out and to vent to us. After all, that is what we are there for, to listen to each other triumphs and tribulations.
Friendship is so very important to me. The number one trait I look for in a friendship is loyalty and compassion. From looking at the preview of The Singles Mom Club, I see their friendships are similar to mine and my friends. It takes a lot to find a good group of friends and I truly believe I have found those in my life, just as it seems they found each other in the movie. This is why we all want to see the movie as a big group. While friendship is a right to have a great time just relaxing, shopping, and having fun, there is much more to a friendship. A friendship is there to see each other through divorces, deaths, kid problems, and other family problems. I cherish my friendships with all my heart! In The Single Moms Club, these women all cherish their friendships and will find inspiration and laughter in their new sisterhood and help each other overcome the obstacles that stand in their way.
I truly can’t wait to see The Single Moms Club on March 14th! I have seen so many of Tyler Perry’s films before and each one is better than the one before. He takes his films to a new level with compassion, wit, and most of all humor. The acting ensemble also looks wonderful with one of my favorite leading ladies, Amy Smart. It is the perfect movie for a good group of friends to get together, relax, and have a great time watching a film so many of us can relate to.
Please visit The Singles Mom Club on their website and on Facebook to learn more!
Giveaway: One winner will receive the #SinglesMomsClub prize pack. This prize pack includes:
a Vino2Go cup, Grocery Tote, Nail File with a back mirror, Chocolate Bar, Hand Wipe Pack and Film poster.
This giveaway is run via rafflecopter so click read more to see the actual giveaway. The only mandatory entry is to tell me why you are excited to see this movie in the comment section proceeding the post. While the other entries are optional, I highly suggest filling them out to increase your chances of winning. US only. Good luck!
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*This post is part of the SPLENDA® 365 SWEET SWAPS ™ blogger program by McNeil Nutritionals, LLC. and The Motherhood, who sent me products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are my own, and I hope you enjoy them.*
I will fully admit that I am a sugar addict, or shall I say I used to be a sugar addict. Just last year, I made the switch over to SPLENDA® and I could not be happier. If you are wondering, does SPLENDA® taste as good as sugar, the answer is an outstanding YES! If you are wondering, can I substitute SPLENDA® in the place of sugar in baking, the answer is an outstanding YES! If you are wondering if you can actually cook meals with SPLENDA®, the answer again is an outstanding YES! Just about anywhere you love sugar, you’ll love SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener! Since I have been using SPLENDA®, I never felt the need to go back to regular sugar!
The SPLENDA® Brand is dishing out 365 ways to swap sugar for SPLENDA® Sweetener Products. You can visit #SweetSwaps for tips and recipes to help you save calories from added sugar all year long. I have made quite a few changes over the year with switching to SPLENDA®. First, my morning coffee no longer contains heaping amounts of sugar. For the 2 tsp. of sugar I was using previously, I now only use 1 packet of SPLENDA® and I get the same delicious and sweet taste. Better yet, I am using up no additional calories in my coffee. I don’t even want to imagine how much calories I was consuming in my coffee from sugar, prior to making the change to SPLENDA®.
Along with this switch, I have been baking with SPLENDA® for quite some time now. At first I was skeptical how it would taste with using non-sugar items, but I can honestly say you can’t tell the difference when you bake or cook with SPLENDA®. I remember my very first recipe I made, a flan, that called for heaping amounts of sugar. To make it more calorie friendly and healthier, I substituted SPLENDA® and was able to use much less of it, than my regular sugar. And guess what- the taste was not effected at all! It was as delicious as when I made it with sugar, but now I was able to eliminate the calories of sugar from the recipe. A win-win in my opinion!
I found the #SweetSwaps website fascinating to see how I could make 365 changes (one for each day) with SPLENDA® to make healthier changes! Do you know that experts recommend women consume no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar a day, yet the average American eats 22 teaspoons daily? Also, most of us vastly underestimate the amount of sugar we eat because the sweet stuff is hiding in some of our favorite foods and beverages, like vanilla lattes, fruit flavored yogurt, salad dressing and cereal. By using the 365 changes and realizing where the sugar is hiding, we can come up with ways to eliminate the excess sugar from our diets! I know I am all for that!
Next month, I am going to share with you one of my favorite baking recipes that I use SPLENDA® with. In the meantime, make sure you visit http://www.365SweetSwaps.com for great tips and recipes to save calories all year long! Also, join us for the fabulous #SweetSwaps twitter party taking place this coming Tuesday, March 4. Details are below. Hope to see you there!
- When: Tuesday, March 4 at noon ET/11 a.m. CT/9 a.m. PT
- Twtvite: http://twtvite.com/sweetswaps
- Hashtag: #SweetSwaps
- Prizes: Prizes will be randomly awarded to five participants who answer the trivia questions correctly. Each prize includes a $50 Visa Gift Card and an assortment of SPLENDA® Sweetener Products! Prizes limited to U.S. participants only.
- Hosts: @TheMotherhood, @TheMotherhood25, @CooperMunroe and @EmilyMcKhann
*I participated in an Influencer Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for MassMutual. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating.*
I still believe in the American Dream. I know, the economy is still barely inching back from the downturn, and it is hard to keep the faith in the economy. Still I think about my grandparents’ lives and then my parent’s lives, and can see the progression of the groundwork those previous generation laid. It is evident how they paved the way, and how much more my husband and I have been able to do for our kids because of them. I still believe that America is the land of opportunity, and I am a perfect example! I mean look at my blogging career! Just over two years ago I was just starting out and now it is flourishing. Hard work and determination can pay off!
This is still the land of opportunity, but I guess now more than ever we have to be strategic in our financial plan. Mass Mutual has released a report entitled Mass Mutual’s State Of The American Family ( http://bit.ly/1oMZOAH) that is such an interesting read on this topic. According to the report only 20% of people surveyed are satisfied with their current financial situation. Most people have similar worries no matter their economic status. Saving for college, retirement, not burdening their kids in old age, and teaching kids how to be responsible with finances. Almost 80% of adults agree it is important to save for their children’s education, but it is overwhelming to even begin to think about it. 74% of parents think it’s never too early to start saving for college, and I totally agree! The Mass Mutual report includes information on seminars in your area on saving for your kids education and fun worksheets to do with your kids to help them learn about financial responsibility. As a mom, I find it very important to teach my kids at a young age about finances and such.
I think everyone has their own version of what the American Dream might look like depending on their frame of reference. For us, our dream is to live comfortably and be able to provide enriching experiences for our kids, along with of course the basics of food and clothing, to be able to provide the best education possible and see them grow to be healthy, happy adults. We don’t want them to have the burden of taking care of us financially, so saving for retirement is important to us , as well as being prepared for emergency expenditures that my come up. We also have the American Dream to pay off our student loans, our mortgage, and our car payments. I think with the right financial planning, we are well on our way.
Another interesting statistic from the report says that while 65% of people believe that it is their responsibility to prepare for retirement, only 30% feel like they are doing a good job at it. Our American Dream sounds pretty basic, but there are lots of moving parts to fulfilling this dream. I feel like it will be even tougher for our kids to sustain the quality of life that my husband and I have built for them, and we hope to make it as easy as possible through good education and financial planning on our part for them to do so. It is interesting to see what Mass Mutual has to say in the report, and to see where the country is as a whole on the matter. If finances are on your mind you can check it out at MassMutualFamily Finances, and it may help you to better understand your finances.
*This is a sponsored post by Foodie.com. All my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.*
Did you know that Pi Day is coming up on March 14? Oh you all remember Pi from math…3.14, right?! In celebration of Pi Day, Foodie.com called for bloggers to create a post featuring pie recipes to celebrate this special day. Since some of my favorite pies are fruit ones, I searched out Delectable Fruit Pie Recipes that are sure to delight!
Looking at these pies are putting me directly into baking mode. I am drooling looking at how good some of these recipes are and can’t wait to spend some time perfecting these recipes in time for National Pi Day. My daughter is obsessed with pie, so I told her we could pick at least one pie recipe a week from the collection listed here, 15 Delectable Fruit Pies, and try it out. I can see a lot of baking in our future!
Some of the delicious pies listed in my recipe collection include Lemon Cream Pie with Fresh Strawberries, Strawberry Banana Cream Pie, and Dutch Apple Pie to name a few. I have 15 various fruit pie recipes so you should definitely check out each one! Trust me, you will not want to stop looking- they all look so unbelievably good!
So now tell me, what is your favorite fruit pie?
*I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Pull-Ups. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.”
This boy is cute, isn’t he?!
I totally agree that he is cute but boy am I having the hardest trouble potty training him. If you follow me on social media, I am always asking potty training questions and sometimes end up frustrated. After all, part of being a mom is getting frustrated at times. One of the main reasons I am frustrated with potty training is because about 8 months ago, Zane was actually going on the potty and we did our first flush dance. I remember yelling to my husband, “Zane went pee-pee on the potty.” However, ultimately it was short lived and he resorted back to not using the potty.
Potty training, however, is not new to me. When I was training Hayley, I had a really hard time to the point that we ended up in the doctor’s office. I tried pushing potty training on her so much when she just ultimately was not ready. I think I got her to the point of being afraid of the potty, because I was constantly (24/7) reminding her to use the potty. My doctor recommended I put Pull-Ups® on her and let her take the natural course to being potty trained. Basically, I took the approach when she is ready, she will let me know. Guess what?! That worked and at 3 years, 3 months after totally not mentioning the potty for a few months, she told me she had to go potty. From that day forth, she never looked back and was potty trained day and night. She has not had an accident since.
This is why I am so grateful for Pull-Ups® and I am so unbelievably excited to announce that I am a Pull-Ups® First Flush Ambassador. Over the course of the next couple of months, I will be sharing my posts as I embark on the potty training journey with my little one. I am certain Zane, as well as myself, are ready to venture into the potty training territory again and I can’t wait to have this little cutie potty trained once and for all. While Hayley was not ready and I pushed it on her (which ultimately failed), Zane is more than ready. He has been doing all the typical signs of being ready to be potty trained such as hiding in a corner when he has to go to the bathroom, actually telling me has to go to the bathroom, and when he finally goes in his diaper, he tells me he has to be changed. If this doesn’t signal he is ready to potty train, I don’t know what does!
Being a huge fan of Pull-Ups®, I know they will help me accomplish my mission of getting Zane trained before Baby Girl arrives in early July. Now is the time to do it and I am so excited to be given the chance to have Pull-Ups® guide me through potty training Zane. Pull-Ups® training pants are ideal for toddlers that are ready to begin the potty training process and they are designed to look and fit more like underwear and to work with each individual child’s potty training style. I think by wearing Pull-Ups®, Zane will have an easy time pulling them down to use the potty and get him excited to wear big boy underwear.
Pull-Ups®, Training Pants help make potty training a fun and easy bonding experience between parents and children by encouraging parents to celebrate potty training with fun rituals. For us we like to celebrate potty training, by doing our potty chore chart and when this is completed weekly, we allow the kids to pick out one small favorite toy. I tend to buy a lot of toys at the Dollar Store and when they finally go potty, that simple $1 toy is enough to motivate them to keep going. We also do the fun potty dance!
Potty training is an exciting but an equally intimating journey. I know with the aid of Pull-Ups®, we will get through potty training Zane and I can’t wait to share my experiences with all of you over the next couple of months. In the meantime, be sure to check out the different tools and resources, available on the Big Kid Academy via the Pull-Ups website, Facebook page, and Twitter page, that makes it easy to start potty training and celebrate milestones, such as the printable chart that encourages moms to track their First Flusher’s potty training accomplishments. I have my printable chart set up and ready to go! Follow me along on this exciting journey….