>Walgreens Brand Health & Wellness Products


This is a compensated post written by me on behalf of Walgreens. All opinions are 100% mine.

I don’t know why but we’ve had a slew of band-aid worthy injuries in this house lately.  I even gave myself a bad cut on my thumb cleaning our humidifier about a week and a half ago.  Yes, you read that right.  I went through 4 band-aids in an hour before things slowed down.  Since they were closest at hand, I grabbed some of the  Walgreens Brand Adhesive Bandages sent for us to try   from Walgreens Brand Health & Wellness Products.  They did the trick, although I honestly think in retrospect that I may have needed a bit more than just a band-aid…but the bandages themselves had a good strong adhesive that didn’t leave that annoying residue and seemed to have a good absorbancy.

The Walgreens Brand Health & Wellness Products are a great value in these tough economic times- good quality at a great price!  The brand is pharmacist recommended and most of the Products include the exact same ingredients as other brands- only at a fraction of the price.  Plus, they ALL have a 100% satisfaction guarantee .  I definitely recommend giving them a try- zero risk and an affordable price can mean big savings for your family.  I know we are always looking for new ways to save and use our money wisely- perhaps this is another way we can stretch our own dollars further. 

In addition to being affordable and pharmacist recommended, you can also feel good about using your money to purchase this brand- each purchase supports the Walgreens Way to Well Fund™

Have you tried the Walgreens Brand Health & Wellness Products?  What did you try? What did you think?

Raisels Fruity Flavored Raisins Review & Giveaway

>Chances are, you’ve had a raisin or two in your life.  I know I have.  My kids LOVE raisins- they love “red raisins” (dried cranberries) as well.  They were really excited when we got an entire box in the mail of fruity raisins…Raisels!  A bonus for them was that the Raisels come in 6 packs, in little boxes.  I’m always buying larger sizes and putting snacks into reusable containers so the boxes were almost as much fun as trying the new treats!

Raisels are white raisins that come in peach, lemon, watermelon, orange and apple flavors.  We got to try some of all but the watermelon.  My son was delighted to learn we received peach flavor- since my 5 year old and I are both allergic to peaches, that meant he didn’t have to share the flavor, at all.   The jokes are super corny but the kids like them on each box!!
Simple ingredients mean Raisels are the simply delicious anytime-anywhere snack. 100% Vitamin C, real dried fruit golden raisins, less added sugar than sweetened dried cranberries! Make Raisels the healthy alternative to cookies, candy and sugary fruit snacks.

#1 Ingredient is REAL FRUIT

100% US RDA for Vitamin C

Rich in Antioxidants

Fat Free

Cholesterol Free

No High Fructose Corn Syrup or Artificial Sweeteners

No Sodium

Kosher Certified by the Orthodox Union

I’m happy my kids like Raisels- we shared some with a friend of mine, for her kids- but she decided to try a few and I’m fairly certain her kids never saw the boxes- she was enjoying them for herself! 

My kids were not as thrilled with the non- sour flavors as they were the sour.  They have a ‘thing’ for sour.  I think they taste pretty good, although the orange was my favorite.  My 5 year old really likes the apple and the little kids think peach is just super.  I’m more into the sweeter end of things but these are really good sour treats!  I really wish I’d gotten a shot of my 3 year old when the “sours” hit his tongue- every time he’d make the same face and then finish eating the raisel, and go back for more. 

These would be fun to add to trail mixes, in different combinations with different other foods to see what combinations we can come up with!

Check to see where to find Raisels near you!

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This giveaway will end on March 16, 2010 at midnight, EST. One entry per household. Winners to be chosen using random.org. US only. Winner has 48 hours from my initial contact to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Good luck!!

I received a sample of this product to facilitate my review through my affiliation with Team Mom.  Opinions expressed within are my own.

>Facebook Like You Back- I’m a new host!!


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  1. Add your Facebook page to the Linky below (you only have to add it to one and it will appear on all). Please link up directly to your Facebook page only. All other links will be deleted.
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The Facebook Page of the Week is Marni’s Organized Mess! It takes the next spot on the Linky under the hosts and will get a shout out on each of the hosts’ Facebook pages! Next week’s page of the week will be drawn from all of the entries from this week’s hop.

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Pocoyo named first official Global Kids’ Ambassador


The beloved children’s character, POCOYO, has been named the first official Global Kids’ Ambassador for the World Wildlife Fund’s 2011 Earth Hour initiative on March 26, 2011.
As the newly appointed Global Kids’ Ambassador for Earth Hour, Pocoyo is primed for his latest adventure—to raise environmental awareness among today’s children. Empowering kids, their parents and caregivers to “turn off the lights” during Earth Hour (March 26, 2011 at 8:30 pm)—and to incorporate easy, environmentally sustainable actions “beyond the hour”—Pocoyo encourages kids to play a vital role in saving our planet! As today’s children are tomorrow’s guardians of our planet, their involvement and sense of responsibility is vital.
Through innovative animation content and online activities, Pocoyo will encourage children around the globe to get involved in the. Children will be asked to turn off lights in their homes for one hour beginning at 8:30 pm (in their respective time zones) in what has become a worldwide collective display of peoples’ commitment to protect the planet.
In 2010, the Earth Hour message reached 1.3 billion and the event saw hundreds of millions of people switch off in more than 4,616 cities and towns in 128 countries.
Organizers are looking to extend the Earth Hour “Beyond the Hour,” inspiring us all to include small changes in daily habits–taking the bus instead of a car or even riding a bike to work, for example–which will collectively benefit the planet and create a better future. The campaign will also leverage the power of social media as a means of engaging and inspiring eco-friendly changes in people’s lifestyles around the globe.

 FREE new Earth Hour activities

I’ll be participating in Earth Hour, will you?

>The Old Farmers Almanac for Kids Giveaway (5 winners)

>My family has a tradition of including the Old Farmer’s Almanac for each year in Christmas stockings of husbands/dads.  I’ve continued it with my own husband.  I know he enjoys having it, and refers to it countless times throughout the year. 

My husband spends a lot of time, as do I, discussing things like weather, and creatures, and trying to encourage our kids’ natural curiosities about nature and science in general.  We’ve tried to use the original Old Farmer’s Almanac but honestly, and 1, 3 and 5, its WAY over their heads.  When I heard there was a version for kids I jumped right onto the opportunity.  I was quite eager to peruse the pages of The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids (vol. 3). Not only is the almanac itself full of really neat facts, information and suggestions for activities and experiments, but they have a really neat website to go along with it which I just got distracted by (again) for almost an hour instead of writing my thoughts on it.  Go figure! Puzzles, animated calendars with clickable links, who shares this birthday…so many fun and SAFE activities to do!!

My 5 year old can read this book and grabs it often.  She does often read it to her brother (3).  I think she’s kind of disappointed that the pages aren’t pink nor are they sparkly, but hey…you can’t please everyone, right? 

My three year old can’t read but absolutely loves looking at the vibrant photographs that are on just about every single page.  He’s big into sharks this week and has actually been talking to himself while falling asleep for his nap while looking at the shark pages, making up stories about the sharks he’s looking at.  I love it.  They have no idea they are actually LEARNING so much about science and geography and history and culture- but I do, and I love knowing that this is produced by a reputable company like The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids, Volume 3

Do you know . . .
Which part of its body a cricket uses to listen?

How many billion plastic bags are used around the world each year?

Why all stars are not white, and some can shrink and grow?

Find the answers to these questions and many more in The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids, Volume 3, which also includes. . .
“green” pages, featuring energy alternatives, a trash trail, and more

articles on stars, sports heroes, weird weather, pets that work, the history of pizza, the origin of chocolate, desert-dwelling animals, and more

how to grow a loofah sponge, create a sunflower house, or make a wind chime—plus more

I’m really looking forward to seeing what volume 4 brings of this great book- its kind of a miniature version of an encyclopedia without the boring parts and lots of fun things to reinforce what’s being taught!! This is really probably a better book (and will be enjoyed more by my own kids when they get to be a bit older) for 7+ crowd.  But if you are resourceful you can always modify it to your own children’s level and ability and have a lot of fun with it.

FIVE of my readers will win a copy of their own! 

Mandatory Entry: Visit Almanac4Kids.com and then come leave a comment here and tell me what seems interesting or fun to you.   Please be sure to leave your email address in your comment if not visible in your profile!

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This giveaway will end on March 14, 2010 at midnight, EST. One entry per household. Winners to be chosen using random.org. US only. Winner has 48 hours from my initial contact to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Good luck!!

>Good Friends Just Click- a NEW GFC Blog Hop!


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>March is Red Cross Month


Today is March first.  Each year on this day I feel a sense of hope and anticipation about spring coming.  Today is also the beginning of Red Cross Month. Please take a minute and visit them- even if you aren’t able to donate blood, there are many other ways you can help this organization who helps so many. 
Let’s wear our hearts and (red) crosses on our sleeves for the month, shall we?  Someone is always in need of Red Cross services. 

>What’s FREE after Rebate in your state?

>Here is one of my favorite sites and I need to share with you.  Sales Circular.com  I haven’t visited it in a while, since I got my new laptop, and I’m disappointed in myself.  I’m just wondering how many freebies I missed that I shouldn’t have!
This is the main site link, once there, just click on your state and check out what’s free after rebate in YOUR state for the week.  I’d recommend bookmarking it now rather than later!  Once you click on your state, you’ll go to a new page- at the bottom right corner you’ll see FREE AFTER REBATE in your state.  Click that magical button!!

What free things will YOU take advantage of this week?

>Kids Frugal Fun with Mom on Dealz

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If you go into any drug store or dollar store, you are sure to see tons of Easter decor out and about, especially the ever popular plastic Easter eggs! If you’re like me, you keep them to reuse every year so you probably don’t need to buy more. I thought it was a good time to give some learning activities you can do with the eggs. The kids I used to teach always loved them!
Language Arts:
1. Contractions: Label one half of egg with the contraction (example-I’m) and the other half with the 2 words that make the contraction (example-I am). Have your child match the parts.
2. Upper and lower case alphabet: Label one half of the egg with the capital letter and one half with the lower case. Then have your child match them.
3. Rhyming words: Label the egg halves with ryhming words.
4. Label halves of eggs with different vowel sounds (short a, long a, short e, long e, short o, long o, etc). Label the other halves with words that contain the vowel sounds. Have your child match the words to the sound.
1. Label egg halves with numbers and you can add, subtract, or multiply them.
2. Label one half of egg with math problems and other half with the solution. Have your child match them.
3. Label one half of the egg with a number and the other half with the number word (example-one and 1). Have your child match them.
Social Studies:
1. Label small sheets of paper with famous people’s names and put them inside the eggs. Have your child open the eggs and tell what the person is famous for (Example-Betsy Ross made our American flag).
2. Label small sheets of paper with directions (behind, in front, left, right). Have your child open the eggs and tell you an object that is located in that direction.
1. Label halves of eggs with our 5 senses (sight, touch, hearing, taste, smell) and the other halves with the body part we use for the sense (eyes, hand, ear, mouth, nose). Have your child match them.
2. Label halves of eggs with habitats (ponds, forests, oceans, etc) and the other halves with animals found in those habitats (frogs, bears, dolphins, etc). Have your child match the animals to the habitat.
Here is another site I found some great ideas for activities as well:
Teaching Heart Mom

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