Get Dove Men+Care at a Great Value #Giveaway #GaugeYourGuy #GaugeDoveMen

One of my favorite things about Walgreens is the Balance Rewards program.  I’m going in to spend money anyway, so why not benefit from doing so? We have one credit card we use on anything and everything we are able to each month, and pay it off in full each month, and get a percentage of purchases back on our account, so why not try to double up on rewards at Walgreens and maximize our hard-earned dollars?!  Seems like a no-brainer to me.

dove-men-care
I like being able to find brands we use at great prices. I really like being able to find those products at a great price AND getting some kind of reward for purchasing it…. maybe it’s money I’ll get later, but it’s still a benefit to me and a smarter way to shop.  Dove Men+Care is a brand my husband uses- love how the products smell, and I do love how HE smells… so I’m glad to pick some up when I’m at the store.  I’ll totally be going to stock up on some of the Dove Men+Care before August 31 so we can enjoy 2000 bonus balance rewards points with purchase.  Sweet deal, don’t you think? I do!

dove-men-care-bonus-balance-rewards

Buy any 2 participating Dove Men+Care® products for just $9 at your local Walgreens between 8/1/14–8/31/14. As an added bonus, you’ll earn 2,000 balance rewards points!

One of my readers will win a $50 Walgreens gift card! You can get the Dove Men+Care products at a great price, earn the bonus points AND have money left to get other things you need!

 

 

*Sponsored post by Lunchbox, all opinions are 100% my own.

I is for Incontinence

This post brought to you by Walmart. All opinions are 100% mine.

I’m just going to come right out and say it. The “I’ word. Incontinence.  Yup, I’m going there. I is for Incontinence. Today, we’re talking about bladder leakage. Why in the world would I be talking about bladder leakage? Surely it’s not something that people under the age of around 60 or so are faced with, right?

hold-please-incontinence
 

Oh wait, yes it is for people under 60.  Under 50.  Under 40! Under 30, under 20.  Bladder leakage knows no boundaries.  If you think it can't happen to anyone- you are wrong.

 

Bladder incontinence affects millions of people at all ages long before they qualify for a senior citizen discount. It can be caused by childbirth, stress, or an over active bladder. It’s inconvenient. It’s annoying. And it affects your daily activities. It'll make you sprinkle before you tinkle and that's not fun for anyone. 

 

The good news?

 

It doesn’t have to.

 

Thanks to Depends, bladder leakage no longer means you have to forgo your favorite activities.  In fact, Depend® for women and men have developed a variety of products that are carefully designed to allow them to take back their confidence. It's time to take back your control and do something to help yourself. (Er, myself).

 photo 01_KCK_60263_DependMain_300x250_nocta_zps77a3934b.jpg

The product rundown:

 

Depend® with Fit-Flex™ Protection is smooth and sleek because of the added LYCRA® strands so that you can slip them on for a soft, comfortable and discreet fit. The women’s underwear is shaped for a women’s body with features like the oval leg cutouts. The men’s underwear fits snuggly like boxer-briefs and adds layered protection where you need it most.

 

Depend® Real Fit and Silhouette’s cotton-like fabric creates a sleek, ultra-smooth fit under your clothes and is soft against the skin. The slim side profile provides great protection with a discreet fit, while the all-around leg elastics help protect you from leaks.

 

Depend® Seat Protectors are designed with super absorbent materials and an upholstery-like print that helps blend into your home décor. 


Depend® Bed Protectors are made with a soft, cloth-like fabric to stay quiet while you sleep and super absorbent materials to keep your bed dry all night long. No one wants to hear what happens in your bed, so let's keep things on the down low, mmmkay? 

 

With all of these options, you’re guaranteed to find the product that’s right for you.  If you’ve found yourself experiencing symptoms and signs of bladder incontinence, don’t feel embarrassed or ashamed. Talk to your doctor and your close friends, and you may be surprised that you are far from alone in your struggle. THEN, start researching which product is right for you. The determining factor should be comfort and how confident you feel while wearing it.  Then, grab a pack next time you’re at Walmart, and give it a try!

I guess you could say I is for Incontience and D is for Depends :)

Do you know someone that deals with bladder incontinence? How do they deal with it?

Visit Sponsor's Site

Back to school with Elmer’s Glue

One of my favorite things to do as a kid was go back to school shopping.  Finding that perfect notebook, pencil case, folder- there was just something so exciting to me about new supplies for a brand new school year. That love of back to school shopping stayed with me, of course, and it’s just as much fun going with my own kids to choose their supplies.

My fourth grader is all about cute animals right now.  That, and peace signs or animal print.  I”m sure you can imagine that her supplies echo those interests as much as possible.  She’d actually seen the cutest puppy Trapper Keeper (did you have a Trapper Keeper as a kid? I LOVED mine!!) and was very disappointed to learn she didn’t need a binder for fourth grade.

My littlest one, starting Kindergarten next week, well, she is all about her beloved character friends.  My Little Pony, Hello Kitty and Littlest Pet Shop are the big loves in her life right now, and, well, she’s done what she could to ensure those friends also head to Room 19 with her on her first day of school.

My son- he really surprised me.  He really took a lot of time thinking about what he wanted for a folder, a binder, and his biggest decision?  His pencil sharpener. He did end up with a trash can sharpener which I will admit is pretty cool.  He needed a sharpener with a lid. He got one!

Times have changed, of course, and the options are far greater than when I was a kid. It’s still just as exciting, and now even more, as I watch my own kids prepare for a new year of learning.  While the variety may be larger, and the product options greater, there’s a few constants that remain the same.

elmers-glue

One of those constants? Elmer’s Glue. While I probably had Elmer’s Paste in my primary years (and, if I am being honest, eaten…), and later Elmer’s School Glue, the kids have the amazing glue sticks and disappearing color glue sticks to choose from in addition to what I knew.  Funny how some things stay the same no matter how much they change, you know? All 3 kids chose the disappearing purple ink for their glue sticks. 3 kids, 3 ages, 3 grades… same choice.  Not surprised by that at all.

I don’t remember everything about my childhood. I don’t remember everything about my school years. I do know and remember quite well that Elmer’s has been a constant through my school years, in every grade, even in college. We use Elmer’s here at the house, in many formulas, for our glue needs. I grew up with Elmer’s products in my house as a kid, and I’ve continued using the brand as an adult.

The kids and I are starting a project today, we’re making our own Boxtrolls, in anticipation of the movie coming next week.  They’re really excited about them, as am I. We’ve been reading the Here Be Monsters book all summer, together, as a family, and are very excited for the movie to come out next month. The kids also told me they want to make their own “First Day of ___ Grade” signs this year, for the first day of school.  I’ll update this post with photos when I have them. We’ll be using Elmer’s for both projects, of course.

 

 

Check out  Elmer’s Parents Club, there’s a lot of great content on there. Projects, printables, and more are available once you join (it’s FREE) !

 

elmers-glue-logo

 

Elmer’s is America’s #1 School Glue. A must-have for every backpack, Elmer’s School Glue is always safe, always washable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Elmer’s via Mode Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Elmer’s.

Laser Hair Removal and Summer Fun #IdealSummerFun


This post brought to you by Ideal Image. All opinions are 100% mine.

There’s something so relaxing and carefree about the summer days. The weather feels nice, and the kids are less programmed to the day-to-day routines the school year brings with it. Things don’t involve as much pre-planning, and it’s easy to just pick up and go in the drop of a dime. There aren’t as many clothes to pack, and seemingly not as many worries as the non-summer months. Just grab the family and hit the road as we please, literally stopping to smell the roses whenever we please.

summer

This may not be a COMPLETE reality. But it’s my ideal image of summer. One thing I didn’t include in my image is the effects of soaking up the sunrays on my skin. Summer can seem so much more relaxing for your soul, while doing a number on your skin. In reality, we spend the better part of the first 6 weeks of summer outside, by the pool- swim team, swim lessons and tennis lessons (and a few diving lessons in there)… sunscreen is a given but it’s a lot of time in the sun regardless.

summer beach

That’s why I started considering using Ideal Image.

Ideal Image photo IdealImageLogoResized2_zps9411b36e.jpg

Ideal Image offers facial rejuvenation that keeps your skin looking healthy and young no matter how many summers it has endured. As you go from one summer to the next, your memories are better contained in albums, that showing through in the wrinkle lines on your face.

 

That’s where Ideal Image Laser Hair Removal comes in. Their products are tailored for 3 main reasons:

 

-To help you look younger

 

-To boost your confidence

 

-And to help you still look like yourself, but better?

 

How does Ideal Image accomplish this?

 

They offer three unique services:

 

Dysport, an injectable “wrinkle relaxer” that helps reduce the appearance of wrikles around the brow, glabella, and crows-feet.

 

Ultherapy, a treatment that tightens and lifts loose skin around the face and neck, with the result of a facelift minus the surgery.

 

Restalyne, a filler that helps lessen the apperace of deep wrinkles and folds in the skin.

 

And don’t forget, Ideal Image still remains the expert in hair remover. I’m so glad that I can go there and neutralize unwanted wrinkles as well!

 

Would you like to try Ideal Image? Click to request more information and see about saving 70% off Laser Hair Removal!

 

For a limited time, Ideal Image is offering 25% off Facial Rejuvenation Services!

What area of skin would you tackle first?

Visit Sponsor's Site

On sisters #GoodNeighbor

My parents and I weren’t close when I was growing up.  We really weren’t close when I was a young adult. It wasn’t until I’d married and got pregnant after my first miscarriage that the broken in our relationship began to heal, hearts warmed… forgiveness and understanding given. I spent a great deal of my high school, college, and first years out of college kind of spinning, wondering who I was supposed to be, and how in the world I was supposed to get there. To say I struggled is an understatement.

I’d had this idea in my head… for so long. I’d get engaged at 24, married at 25, and then have 2 boys, a girl, and maybe another child or two.  Now, I didn’t have a specific husband in mind, I’d just always assumed I’d meet him in college or shortly after and my adult life would start as planned.

Well, it didn’t. Not even close! Although I did meet my husband at 26. So there’s that??! But before I was ready (in every sense of the word, and really, truly ready to meet someone who would love me for me and laugh at my quirks, not insist i change who I was)… I had a lot of time to myself, with few and far between ‘suitors’ who, well, really weren’t worth anyone’s time. I also made a million mistakes, some small, some enormous, and just really floundered with early adulthood. It wasn’t pretty.

sisters

 

And the one person who had such unfailing faith in me, just for being ME….my sister, C…. I am not sure I could ever explain to her just what her presence has been in my life. It’s not that she’s always supported me, because she has.  But she’s also the one person who’s had the courage and strength to tell me how it is and not sugar coat when I’m being a stupid idiot…which I have been on many occasions. She’s been the one constant cheerleader in my life, the one who’s always been there, applauding my successes, weeping at my heartache, encouraging every hope. For good, for bad, she’s been there, and she’s shown me how to live with grace, with humor, and a whole lot of coffee (with a little wine).

She helped me to figure out how to start the process of buying a car when I was approximately forty days out of college with a low paying teaching position and no money. When I needed extra money, she’d find reasons to go out so I could babysit. Her love, her belief in the very core of ME, has given me strength I never knew I had more times than I can count. I can tell you with zero hesitation I’d not be who I am, where I am, without my sister.

Buying that first “real” car, figuring out what health insurance plan is worth it, finding a doctor for checkups…learning to cook real, actual meals for myself, all of those things I could have been 100% on my own for- I wasn’t. I had my sister, and she never did give me direct answers, never gave me a handout, but she helped me to find those answers I needed to find within myself, she’d yell at me when I was screwing up or making a bad choice, and through it all…she was just there.

 

state farm logo

Like a good neighbor State Farm is there.

I hope that one day, my own girls find such strength in each other, and give back to one another. They’ll be so very blessed to have a sister like I have.girls

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by State Farm via Mode Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of State Farm.

 

Post Vacation Meal Ideas

It’s summertime and vacation season is here! Whether you’re just getting ready for a vacation, just returning, or planning one a few months out, you know that feeling of returning home and not wanting to plan dinner. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that you need to have an idea for when you get home.

 

With that being said, there are lots of easy post-vacation dinner ideas on this list that will help if you’re stuck in a rut after returning home from vacation. From chicken to pasta to tacos, this list is sure to give you plenty of ideas to whip something up in just a few minutes to satisfy the whole family!

Post Vacation Meal Ideas

post-vacation-meal-ideas-pin

 

Frozen Pizza and veggies.

 

post-vacation-meal-ideas-pizza

We always choose fresh when possible but when you are coming home from a vacation and don’t have much in the fridge- steam some frozen broccoli, green beans, vegetable medley, carrots, peas, etc. and round out your meal that way.  You’ll have the entire meal on the table in about 20 minutes start to finish when doing all frozen foods.  If you have any salad fixings, that’s our go-to for pizza meals.

 

pizza-vegetale

 

To learn more about Ristorante by Dr. Oetker, be sure to visit their website and like them on Facebook! To see if Ristorante pizzas are available near you, check out the Store Locator. Don’t see Ristorante in your supermarket? You can put in a request with the store manager!

 

Burgers, hot dogs, on the grill.

beanburger1

When I buy burger meat, I pre-make my patties and separate them with parchment paper.  That way, I can grab enough for a meal and go, and we always have some on hand for just-in-case.

 

Just because it’s a burger and hot dog night doesn’t mean it has to be boring.  If you are making your own burgers, mix in some seasonings and add a topping tray to your table.  I’ve been all about gorgonzola on my burgers this summer, with iceburg lettuce as my ‘buns’ and I love it.

 

If you buy premade burgers- maybe grab some different varieties to have on hand. I’ve found some great bufffalo blue cheese chicken burgers, and some divine black bean and salsa flavored veggie burgers that are just as easy and fast as “traditional” burgers, but change things up a bit. I’ve actually grown to love black bean burgers since my daughter stopped eating meat and often make that for myself in lieu of a regular burger, just for a change of pace.

 

Tacos

vegan plantbased lentil taco recipe

Tacos are quick and easy. If you are at my house, and you mention the word tacos, you’ll hear “TACO TUESDAY” for the next hour or so, followed with giggles.  Tacos are a great way to please everyone, and you really can just toss the fillings and toppings into bowls on the table and everyone can make their own. One thing *I* like about tacos is that you can thaw the ground meat while you cook it- super easy to do.  We also use black beans frequently in place of the meat.  It’s a pretty safe meal that most of us enjoy- and takes little time to prep.

 

We like to get the blue corn taco shells when we see them- with tomatoes and or salsa plus cheese, we call them our red, white and blue tacos. Ending vacation can seem like the end of the fun, especially to kids, so why not have a little fun with the first few days home?

Breakfast for dinner!

sausage quiche with hash brown crust

Almost always a favorite (around here at least), you can do eggs, pancakes, waffles- quiche, omelets… it’s a quick and easy way to get the family fed.

 

We’ve done sausage stuffed pancakes many times- makes for a fun meal that has enough bulk to it.  Add lots of fruits on the side!

french toast sausage pan

I think my favorite thing to do for breakfast for dinner is plain old eggs and hashbrowns.  I don’t like how LONG it takes to make hashbrowns, so we grab our waffle maker and make the hashbrowns while we cook the eggs.  Sometimes I’m a scrambled girl, others? I’m an over-hard and then cook them for another few minutes girl.

 

Breakfast sandwiches are another idea for a post vacation meal.  Use what you have- bagel, English muffin, bread, even a pancake.

 

What are your post vacation meal ideas?

 

This post is part of a sponsored Ambassadorship with Ristorante.  Opinions are my own.

 

 

Healthy Dog Foods for Happy Pets #GetHealthyHappy #HealthyWeight

When I describe my family to you, I’ll tell you I have a husband, three children, two cats and a dog. Depending how loud they are that day, I might even mention our 7 hens and rooster. We love our pets. They are definitively part of our family. So much so that our pets even take part in exchanging gifts on holidays and birthdays. Laugh if you want, but I blame my mother for it… our dogs growing up ALWAYS had treats on Christmas morning, always put something under the tree for each of us humans, and got us a little surprise for our birthdays. I’ve kept that tradition up (although the chickens haven’t done gifts yet, I think maybe that might be a little bit much, plus, well, they are chickens).  In any case, we love our pets. They live in our house and are living, breathing parts of our family. We feed them and take care of them, and we love them.

HealthierPetsHappierLives

We want our families to be happy and healthy. It’s what anyone wants, for their family, right? So for us, having healthy pets is a way to have happy pets. We want our furriest family members to live long, healthy lives so they can be with us as long as possible. Keeping our pets happy and healthy isn’t really that hard to do.  Our dogs already love us unconditionally, and our cats- well, they do too, but sometimes that love is hidden…. Keeping them healthy doesn’t take a lot.  Exercise, play time, checkups, love and healthy dog food. That’s what our pets need to be healthy…and thus, happy. Did you know that because of the way dogs age, missing one annual checkup is like missing 5 years of checkups?  A lot can happen to a body in 5 years time.

tobey at 13

Feeding your dog or cat the right amount of a good, quality food can help to prevent obesity- one example- Hill’s® Science Diet® Adult Healthy Mobility™ is what we’ve considered of late for our Tobey. He’s 13 1/2 now and while he’s quite active and pretty healthy for his age (Go, Tobey!), he is getting older and his dietary needs have changed, so we want to make sure we’re offering him foods that meet his nutritional needs and also don’t offer too many extra calories. Healthy is happy, remember.

tobey-close

You can see that he’s 13 1/2, but you’d never know it looking at our happy boy!

To help pet parents with this new way of thinking about their pets’ health, Hill’s is introducing a new program, ‘Healthier Pets. Happier Lives.’ which gives pet parents the resources they need to #GetHealthyHappy. Help your pet find their healthy place. Go to ScienceDiet.com/GetHealthyHappy and enter to win a $100 gift card toward your pet’s next vet checkup. Hill’s Science Diet will be giving away one every day for 90 days!

 

 How old are your pets? How do you ensure your pets are healthy?

This post about happy pets are healthy pets is sponsored by Hill’s. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s® Science Diet® Perfect Weight Food, but This Mama Loves only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill’s® Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

Strawberry Brownie Mix Waffle Sundae

My oldest is away for the week at her aunt’s house in New Hampshire and the little kids wanted to do something special… so we decided that we’d make a special ice cream sundae recipe that’s just for them while big sis is away on her big adventure! This strawberry brownie mix waffle sundae recipe was inspired in part by the box of sundae supplies that our friends at Hershey sent over, but also by the sweet fruits of summer and our love of waffles. Hershey’s brandis my go-to for sundae supplies- it’s what my mom and both grandmas always bought, and what my siblings and I have always bought.

Strawberry Brownie Mix Waffle Sundaes

strawberry-brownie-waffle-sundae

Ingredients

Hershey‘s Strawberry Syrup

Vanilla ice cream

Fresh strawberries, sliced

Brownie Mix Waffles (see recipe below)

strawberry-brownie-sundae-ingredients

Directions

Prepare your waffles as directed, place at bottom of your sundae dish

Place a layer of berries on top of the waffle

Drizzle with Hershey‘s Strawberry Syrup

Add one scoop of ice cream

Drizzle with Hershey’s Strawberry Syrup

Top with a few more slices of strawberry

Enjoy!

eating-strawberry-brownie-sundae

Brownie Mix Waffles

 Ingredients

Brownie Mix of your choice

2 TBSP Hershey’s Strawberry Syrup

2 eggs

1/4 c oil (applesauce works GREAT here!)

pinnable-strawberry-waffle-sundae

Directions

Warm your waffle iron

Prepare brownie mix as directed

Add 2 TBSP Hershey‘s Strawberry Syrup

Spray your waffle iron with a non-stick spray (the waffles WILL stick otherwise)

Pour normal amount of batter for waffles.

Don’t over pour.

It’ll make a mess. I’m serious. Then you have to clean it up after. I learned the hard way. :)

Cook until done (about 5 minutes, depending how hot your waffle iron gets!)

Enjoy!!

Still wanting some more Hershey yummies? Be sure to visit  for the latest product info and some great recipes to try! Try our Graham Cracker S’mores Brownies recipe!

How do you make YOUR favorite sundaes?

Prize-Hersheys-sundae-prize-pack

Photo Credit: ClassyMommy.com

One reader will win a Hershey’s Sundae Prize Pack (including 4 Hershey’s Syrups, Wooden Sundae Spoons, Ice Cream Scoop and Glass Sundae Dishes)!

* This post was sponsored by Hershey.

 

 

 

 

 

4.9 from 7 reviews
Strawberry Brownie Mix Waffle Sundae
 
Prep time
Total time
 
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • Strawberry Hershey's Syrup
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Fresh strawberries, sliced
  • Brownie Mix Waffles
Instructions
  1. Prepare your waffles as directed, place at bottom of your sundae dish
  2. Place a layer of berries on top of the waffle
  3. Drizzle with Strawberry Hershey's Syrup
  4. Add one scoop of ice cream
  5. Drizzle with Strawberry Hershey's Syrup
  6. Top with a few more slices of strawberry
  7. Enjoy!

 
4.9 from 7 reviews
Brownie Mix Waffles
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Waffles take on a whole new level of yum when they are made from brownie mix
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • Brownie Mix of your choice
  • 2 TBSP Strawberry Hershey's Syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ c oil (applesauce works GREAT here!)
Instructions
  1. Warm your waffle iron
  2. Prepare brownie mix as directed
  3. Add 2 TBSP Strawberry Hershey's Syrup
  4. Spray your waffle iron with a non stick spray (the waffles WILL stick otherwise)
  5. Pour normal amount of batter for waffles.
  6. Don't over pour.
  7. It'll make a mess. I'm serious. Then you have to clean it up after. I learn the hard way. :)
  8. Cook until done (about 5 minutes, depending how hot your waffle iron gets!)
  9. Enjoy!!

 

 

 

Drug Free Morning Sickness Relief

I thought hanging over a toiled at 4am was supposed to be a ritual shed in the early twenties. Hadn’t counted it on it rearing its ugly head again. Yet, here I was… morning after morning. Afternoon after afternoon, and night after night. At a time in my life where sleep didn’t come easily and comfort was defined as anything with elastic in it, at that. Morning sickness was kicking my butt! I’d anticipated the inconvenience of it early in the pregnancy and knew the tips of keeping saltines on hand and drinking ginger ale to sooth my stomach.

drug-free-morning-sickness-relief

What I hadn’t, however, counted on lasting almost in the third trimester accompanied by the other many symptoms later stages of pregnancy. It was miserable, and I found myself feeling cooped up in the house more, avoiding any and everything that may trigger an uncomfortable moment. This was a time when I most wanted to get out, run errands and prepare.

My “morning” sickness lasted well into my 22nd and 23rd week with each pregnancy

Flash forward to today, and I come across a product that is completely natural and could of eased my woes WITH the addition of Folic Acid (a helpful nutrient during pregnancy),…and I’m silently cursing envying of the mothers of this new and improved generation of birthing children! Why couldn’t this have been around when I needed it?!?! Drug free morning sickness relief? Yes, please!

sea-band-mama-drug-free-morning-sickness-relief-band

Sea –Band Mama is the greatest thing since sliced bread! It helps by usual natural ingredients to neutralize those pesky stomach acids that cause nausea while soothing tender tummies at the same time. Since it’s natural, you can just carry the pack around with and grab one of the pleasantly tasting lozenges as needed (they don’t recommend you exceed 10 lozenges per day).

The Sea-Band Mama line provides effective ways to ease morning sickness naturally with drug-free acupressure wristbands and ginger lozenges, used separately or together. 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.

Free from artificial colors and flavors, Sea-Band Mama Ginger Lozenges 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.

This product sounds like a dream to new mothers everywhere. If you aren’t into lozenges, there are also bands and essential oils available by Sea Band Mamas too. This would be a great gift for an expecting mother, and I’ll be throwing them in with baby shower gifts from now on.

sea-band-mama-drug-free-morning-sickness-relief

Check out Sea-Band Mama’s Pregnancy Morning Sickness? Drug Free Ways to Reduce Nausea During Pregnancy​ video for more information about the product line. You can find Sea-Band Mama products at Target, CVS and other stores (Store Locator).

Feeling lucky? Enter the Sea-Band Mama New Mommy Sweeps!

Expectant moms can enjoy up to $500 of prizes in the Sea-Band Mama New Mommy Sweeps, which ends August 30, 2014;

Enter here http://bit.ly/1pUBA6S

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.

LeapFrog LeapPad3 Tablet for Kids

A few weeks ago, LeapFrog’s new LeapPad3 tablet for kids arrived at our house for review.   We had the original LeapPad which we all enjoyed, and had actually shared with some friends of ours not long ago.  I was very intrigued by the release of the 3rd ‘generation’ of the LeapPad- toys from LeapFrog were among the first we purchased when our oldest was a baby, and we’ve always thought the brand to be excellent quality and worth the money.The  improvements and updates on the LeapPad3 promimsed to be great. I like that they can be safe on the web, they can have fun with games, edit photos and make videos. Find FREE LeapPad Games!

leappad3-leapfrog-tablet-kids

There were 2 things that I didn’t love about the former LeapPad that have changed, and improved, so so much.  The screen clarity (so much higher resolution now!) and a rechargeable battery.  The screen resolution is MUCH higher now, and much easier for kids and parents to see and use. As for the battery- I hated using batteries and disposing of them so frequently- as I do with just about anything in our house. I love being able to recharge things as we go and not have to add waste to the world.  6 hours of battery time is a LOT. My kids are now 5, 7 and 9 – they all use it easily and it’s nice that the battery will hold on for more than a short time for other kids’ turns.

leappad3-tablet-kids

LeapFrog’s always been about toys that let them learn while they play- the LeapPad 3 is like the intro to the world of tablets, but in a safe, comfortable place that allows fun and learning with a lot of room for creativity without risk of inappropriate content. Each of the kids has their own login for the tablet, so no one can take over someone else’s score on a game, etc.  There’s a spot for a guest to login as well.

Built in wifi is an update that arrived with the LeapPad3. LeapSearch is powered by Zui-created by LeapFrog experts to be age appropriate and safe for kids- offering over 1000 videos, games and more for kids to explore.  They’re online, and learning to navigate the internet, but in a sort of cocoon as it were, so no risk of adult content or them seeing something you really don’t want them to see. Just because THEY think they are ready to handle the big old internet doesn’t mean they are.  I’m 40, and I’m a blogger- and not twice but 3 times my husband and I have gone to search for a local store with a name that could also be interpreted as adult in nature, and been taken quite by surprise at the search results and images that came after we hit enter.  I don’t want my kids having those experiences, but I do want them to be able to successfully use computers, tablets and laptops- for good or bad, technology is here and part of our lives. It’s in our homes and it’s in our classrooms.

leappad3-search

A fab new feature of the LeapPad3  is the built-in Wi-Fi and LeapSearch which is powered by Zui, a kid-friendly selection of more than 1,000 games, videos and more. Anything and everything your child can access has been pre-screened by the LeapFrog experts to be safe and age-appropriate. Want more assurance? Use the parent mode,  and control the wi-fi and manage the content your children have access to.

My only hesitation with the LeapPad3 is that the games available for purchase for the device are on the higher side and could be prohibitive for some families. I have noticed that I’m seeing more and more sales, coupons and deals for games and cartridges (we opt to get ours online, via download, no cartridges to lose and it’s in our account, available to download again later if need be). There are always ways to save, and I would give a full five stars to this device in a review if the games and apps were at a lower price point.

What do you look for in a tablet for kids?

Thanks to LeapFrog for sending the LeapPad3 for review, via our affiliation with MomSelect.