The BelVita #MorningWin Swag Shop is now open! Enter to win Swag!

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Screen Shot 2014 09 15 at 5.33.39 PM The  BelVita #MorningWin Swag Shop is now open! Enter to win Swag! School is back in session and this year I have two kids that are going to school. Getting them up, fed, and dressed is a task in and of itself, however in July, things got even more exciting but complicated too. Baby Taylor entered our family so now instead of getting two kids ready, I have three, with one being a newborn! Oh boy is right! However, I am really proud of the fact that I am handling everything so well! I don’t mean to say everything goes perfectly at all times but I am giving myself a pat on the back for trying to make my beautiful family of 5 work.

My #MorningWin would have to be having the patience, good attitude, and a great schedule to get the kids where they have to be each and every morning and making them adjust to the new baby. Their schedules are completely crazy and while I do have a sitter who helps me out some days of the week, I am still the one who has to make sure everything goes smoothly.  It might not be easy at times but I do it and am proud of that fact.

One of the ways I do this is to make sure I have a healthy breakfast and for this I turn to BelVita Breakfast Biscuits. I got introduced to these last year and I am a HUGE fan! They are simply delicious and give me the energy to start my day. One of my favorites is the Cinnamon Biscuits which I eat almost every single morning. Without this energy from BelVita Biscuits, I am not sure I would have my Morning Win after all!

So my question to you is Do you have a #MorningWin? A morning win is anything you consider a success—from not tripping over your kid’s toys in the morning to not spilling hot coffee on yourself during your morning commute. Now, you can enter this great contest where you can tell BelVita about your Morning Win and get some fabulous swag. Sounds great right?! Keep reading..

Soft Baked belVita Breakfast Biscuits is pleased to announce the opening of the #MorningWin Swag Shop, an online shop where your #MorningWin tweets can be used for cool swag.

How to Enter for a Chance to Win Some Swag:

· Available swag items include everything from sunglasses and key chains to yoga mats and coffee mugs.

· Log on to MorningWin.com from 9am ET until 1pm ET between September 15 and September 19, 2014

· When you see a piece of swag you would like to win, tweet #MorningWin and that prize’s specific hashtag, which will appear along with the item on MorningWin.com. Include @BelVita in your tweet as well.

· Feel free to include an optional description of a personal “Morning Win” in your tweet.

 

So what is your #MorningWin??

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Getting Healthy and Keeping Hydrated with Water!

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8 weeks ago Taylor came into our life and we could not be more blessed. While I am elated with everything in my life now, the one thing that upsets me slightly is my weight. Sure, I know I am only a few weeks postpartum, but this girl likes to look healthy and fit. I am not putting myself on a diet by any means now but I am making a huge change- I am switching all my sugary drinks for water. Back 10 years ago, I found that one of the key elements to my 50 pound weight loss was making myself drink 8 glasses of water a day. Not only did water make me feel energized and hydrated, but it took the edge out of my hunger. Most of us eat when we are hungry but a good deal of us eat when we are not hungry. By drinking no calorie water, you can truly see if you are hungry or just needed a drink to help quench the “so called hunger”.  I usually find that if I eat a full lunch and I feel hungry a half an hour later, a glass of cold water will take that feeling away. After all, it was not true hunger in the first place if you just ate a full meal. One of my favorites is drinking Poland Spring water bottles, which are portable to take with you wherever you need to go.DSC 1501 Getting Healthy and Keeping Hydrated with Water!

I usually purchase my Poland Spring water bottles at Walmart. Just last week, I had a huge party for Taylor’s baby naming and I needed to get many cases of Poland Spring water bottles. It was supposed to be a 90 degree day and I was having about 100 people. With the heat, water is an absolute necessity. There is nothing worse than the humidity and not having cold water at your disposal. I purchased quite a few cases of Poland Spring water, found readily in the water aisle at my local Walmart.

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The only thing that I long for at my local Walmart is seeing the  5 Gallon Nestle Water bottles on the shelves. Instead of using bottle after bottle, these 5 Gallon Nestle Water bottles would be better for me to quickly refill during my day. I simply would be able to fill up in the confines of my home without having to search out the smaller bottles.  The 5 gallon bottles are also better for the environment because the bottle can be returned for refilling and ultimately recycling. Best of all, the 5 Gallon Nestle Water bottles are made of PET plastic which is BPA-free.

During our party, I was so happy to see most of the Poland Spring water bottles went. People chose the water over the other sugary drinks I did have out that day. At the end of the party, I had many extras of the sodas and sugary drinks, but the water completely went. It was not a problem though because the very next day, I replenished my supply at my local Walmart.DSC 1490 Getting Healthy and Keeping Hydrated with Water!

During the course of my days, I have begun to drink a ton of Poland Spring water and have taken the water bottles with me whenever I am on the go or doing my working out. Tennis has started up and now instead of bringing my sugary substitutes, I have taken to bringing my water bottle with me. In the past few days, I am up to drinking the equivalent of 6 glasses of water- only 2 more to go! Besides it being a healthy option, my tennis game is even improving. It gives me the hydration I need to beat my opponents in tennis.

DSC 1507 Getting Healthy and Keeping Hydrated with Water!I am also planning to run the Disney half marathon in February and training is going to commense in a few short weeks. I plan to bring my water bottle with me whenever I do my runs to hydrate. There is nothing worse than getting aches and pains, from not drinking enough. As a future marathon runner, I completely understand the need to drink water to stay hydrated.

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As my kids are heading back to school and are participating in sports this year, they too need to make sure they are drinking enough water through the day. In their lunch boxes, I always put in a Poland Spring water bottle for them to enjoy and usually on the way to their vast array of activities, they will drink another one. Even my 3 year old prefers water over juice! A true score!

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Sometimes during the day, I like to mix up the flavor of my water. Without adding any preservatives or calories, I sometimes pour my Poland Spring water into a pitcher  and then add in cucumber slices. I chill the pitcher over night and the next day I have the most delicious cucumber water. It is one of my favorites. You can also try this with fruit or other vegetables. It is a great alternative for those who want to add a bit of flavor into their water, but want to continue to make the right choices to stay healthy.

Make sure sure you are getting healthy and keeping hydrated with water all year long. To learn more about Poland Spring water, follow them on their Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook page today.

So tell me, how much water do you generally drink in a day?

 

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Join me for the #SkinnygirlSnacks Twitter Party 9/24 11 am!

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Do you love a good Twitter Party? You know we do and we’re excited to host a party where we talk all about healthy snacking! On Wednesday, September 24th at 11:00 am ET, please join us for the #SkinnygirlSnacks Twitter Party where we’ll be sharing tips on living a healthy lifestyle with some delicious snacks, and giving you a chance to win prizes!

I don’t know about you but this summer, I gained a bit of weight and now I made a resolution to myself to lose it. While I tend to be a snacker, my choices have not been great at all this summer, which inevitably lead to my weight gain. Now though, I made a vow to myself to snack skinnier and one of my favorite food choices for this is Skinnygirl Popcorn. This low calorie popcorn is perfect for me to munch on when the snack attack hits. It not only tastes good but is a great low calorie snack option. Be sure to join us on 9/24, where we talk all about a balanced lifestyle by finding healthy snacking alternatives. It is sure to be a great party!

Join me and RSVP for the #SkinnygirlSnacks Twitter Party on SoFabChats!

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DATE: Wednesday September 24th

TIME: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET

PRIZES: 5 – $100 Walmart Gift Cards

EARLY BIRD PRIZE: 1 – $50 Walmart Gift Card

HOSTS: @dentistmel, @OurHomemadeLife, @xokammie, @comebackmomma,  @_Karen

Special Guest: @OrvillePopcorn 

RULES: #SkinnygirlSnacks Twitter Party Official Rules

RSVP PARTY GRID:  #SkinnygirlSnacks 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 a chance to win!

TIP: Special deals and brand coupons? Keep that options 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!

Find more helpful Twitter Party Tips on SoFabChats!

 

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Doc McStuffins: School of Medicine now available on DVD!

* I work with Disney on promotions. All my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.*

One of Hayley and Zane’s favorite Disney Junior shows is Doc McStuffin. Last year, we had the pleasure to visit the DocMobile Van that was going around the country. It was such a special treat because they are such huge Doc fans. Of course, they absolutely loved the brand new Doc McStuffins, Doc McStuffins: School of Medicine!

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Cast:      Kiara Muhammad (as Doc McStuffins); Loretta Devine (as Hallie); Lara Jill Miller (as Lambie); Robbie Rist (as Stuffy); Jess Harnell (as Chilly); Jaden Betts (as Donny McStuffins); Kimberly Brooks (as Mom McStuffins); and Gary Anthony Williams (as Dad McStuffins

Be sure to check out this wonderful DVD available now! Doc always helps my kids understand and appreciate the lessons of supporting each other out and the act of caring. Friendship is a key ingredient in these DVDs which is why I am always happy when a new Doc DVD comes out. This DVD is awesome and will please all kids alike! As a bonus feature, it comes with a free Doc Dress Up Play Set! Be sure to pick up your copy today!

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Quaker Fuel Up to Play 60/NFL and a Get Active Giveaway for your family! #QuakerPlayMaker

*Quaker asked me to talk about the partnership between Quaker Fuel to Play 60 and the NFL. All my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources. Quaker is providing the prizes for this program at no cost to me. This program is not administered or sponsored by Quaker or its affiliates, but solely by The Motherhood Chronicles.*

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It seems obvious that play is integral to kids development, yet I feel like new studies are being done all the time these days to figure out exactly just how important it is. I suppose in part this is due to school budgets being tight and ever shrinking “wellness” time (what we used to call recess) for kids during their school day. It may be the concern over how much screen time this generation will grow up with as well, but to me it’s a no brainer. Play is important for kids, and it is also an important part of life for the whole family. We know that a healthy lifestyle includes both physical activity and good nutrition combined, and as a parent part of my job is to incorporate those elements into our family life. Plus, play is fun and easy, we all love to play, especially kids, so it’s just a matter of getting them started.954698 10151613647339356 1806499970 n Quaker Fuel Up to Play 60/NFL and a Get Active Giveaway for your family!  #QuakerPlayMaker

Our kids are still little so I know the way that we play as a family is something that will evolve through the kids’ lives. These days play looks like trips to the pool or the playground, and riding their trikes or scooters. When the weather is nice I love to just set up a lawn chair in the driveway, drag out the bucket of chalk, the bouncy balls, the bubble machine and the tiny plastic kiddie pool and let them have at it. As they have gotten a little older we can play games of beanbag toss, four square, red rover and tag with some semblance of order, but we are getting there! They love to jump on our tiny trampoline or play catch. It is simple things, but my husband is excited that now that we have three kids, and as they get older we can have teams for backyard football and whiffle ball games.10439046 10152207452049930 2780886061027653279 n Quaker Fuel Up to Play 60/NFL and a Get Active Giveaway for your family!  #QuakerPlayMaker

As an active mom with a playful family I am excited to team up with Quaker For the Love of Play campaign in partnership with Fuel Up to Play 60 and the NFL this fall. This campaign is a fun way to inspire and empower families and communities to get more active wherever they are. The campaign recommends 60 minutes of active play per day and now through December 1, 2014, you can visit QuakerMakethePlay.com to share the unique way that your family plays for a chance to win a grand prize “Day of Play” in your hometown with Indianapolis Colts Quarterback Andrew Luck! This is the third year Andrew Luck has teamed up with Quaker to help inspire families to live fun active lifestyles, and maybe this is your year to win! There are also awesome daily giveaways for a $50 NFLShop.com online gift card as part of the Make The Play Contest. My family doesn’t need too much inspiration to get us out and playing around, we love to be active, but hey, a little inspiration never hurt! So what are you waiting for? Get out there and have some fun, yes, it’s as simple as that, grab your family to just go play, and you will all be healthier for it in so many ways.

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Giveaway: One winner will receive this fabulous $46 valued prize pack:

  An LED Light-Up Frisbee perfect for playtime outdoors with the whole family

 

  •   A Mini Football for kids to enjoy team games

 

 

  •   A Stopwatch to time fun activities and ensure your family gets 60 minutes of play per day

 

 

  •   A set of Mini-Desk Cones for families to create their own games or relay races

 

 

  •   A handy sports bag to stay organized while keeping active

 

 

This giveaway is run via rafflecopter so click read more to enter the giveaway. The mandatory entry is to tell me what is your families way to play in the comment section proceeding this post. While the other entries are optional, I highly recommend filling them out to increase your chances of winning. US only. Good luck!

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