Affordable diapers that don’t leak DO exist #WellBeginnings #AD

This is a sponsored post about affordable diapers written by me on behalf of Well Beginnings.

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Having reliable diapers that don’t leak is kind of a MUST for parents.  Often times, that means spending top dollar with the hopes of a coupon to bring the cost down a little. With everything else in the world costing so much, that’s kind of a bummer.

Parents, what do we want?
Affordable diapers!

When do we want them?

The bottom line is, diapers can’t leak. Period. Parents need to be able to rely on their diapers.  No ifs, ands or buts.  (See what I did there?  Bum-mer? Bottom line? But(t)s?)

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I still remember when my oldest nephew was born (sorry Joey) almost 29 years ago, and how my sister searched for diapers she could both afford AND that wouldn’t leak.  I also have a vague recollection that they were about 25 times thicker and bulkier than today’s diapers, but I digress.  Anyway, diapers have changed a LOT in 28+ years (thankfully) in terms of their bulk, performance, and also the brands that are making quality diapers themselves. Also, I’m pretty sure I can clearly remember one time when Joey rolled over in a new size diaper and his diaper seemed to stay where it was.  Stretch wasn’t really part of the diaper language back then.  Poor babies.

That’s where we are today, and why I’m writing this post.  Well Beginnings diapers.  Oh, yes.  I mean, aside from the super cute elephants (and who doesn’t love baby elephants? HMM??), Well Beginnings diapers offer what parents want most- diapers that don’t leak and stand up to wetness, at an affordable price.

well beginnings diaper open

Well Beginnings diapers are found at Walgreens.  (Is there no end to the wonder of Walgreens?). They were developed FOR active babies and toddlers.  Which means they were developed for those squirmy, wiggly, dancy little ones who make us laugh and smile so very much, and test the limits of all diapers put on their little bums. Like any disposable diaper needs to have these days, the waist and side panels are soft- and stretchy, so they really will move WITH your little one.

affordable diapers that don't leak

My favorite part of the Well Beginnings diapers (aside from performance, but I feel like that kind of goes without saying- if it keeps my kids leak free day and night, we have a winner) is that the inner liner is hypoallergenic, with natural botanicals, vitamin E and aloe.  Soothing and gentle on baby’s delicate skin.   All of this together means that Well Beginnings is a brand that offers affordable diapers that don’t leak.

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So what’s your #1 requirement for a diaper?  Is it cost, is it performance?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Well Beginnings.

Red Barn Canvas launches new Children’s line of canvas wall art

Red Barn Canvas launches new Children’s line of canvas wall art.  This post announcing the new brand from Red Barn Canvas is brought to you by my friends Kristy and Andy, the awesome behind RBC.

pinnsqueak childrens canvas wall art logo
    Introducing PinnsQueak Boutique, A Red Barn Canvas Brand full of fun, coordinating Canvas Wall Art specifically designed to grow with your child.  Our designs are sweet enough for the baby nursery but modern, and personalized, enough to grow with them.  In keeping with the style and quality our customers have come to expect with Red Barn Canvas, we are now expanding our product line to include more Children’s Wall Art decor.
pinnsqueak canvas childrens wall art
    One of our biggest challenges in owning a home based business and working together full time has been keeping the kids occupied.  Ensuring they are busy with educational and creative activities is very important to us as a family.  Luckily we always have extra canvas, wood and paint on hand.  Our new canvas kits are put together with kids in mind.  They include everything they need to be creative, and they are packaged using fun touches and ready for gift giving.
pinnsqeak canvas childrens wall art
    Among our other new PinnsQueak products is a writeable canvas, made to coordinate with our very popular growth charts.  This design is great for baby showers or early birthdays – it gives guests a place to write special notes to the little one and new parents.  I have one hanging in my 3 year olds room as a fun way to record and keep all those fun things she says.
pinnsqueak childrens canvas wall art kits
With PinnsQueak we are also introducing several new canvas designs and they are all made to mix-n-match, and adding to our already existing line.  Our hope is by giving our kids collection its own identity it will make the shopping experience more enjoyable.  For instance, our new Letter/Name line is made to give our customers the creative control, they choose the font, color and pattern from our new PinnsQueak palettes.
You can shop PinnsQueak online here:

5 ways for kids to help clean the house #SwifferatTarget #CleverGirls #sp

My little one, like most kids, is great at making messes. It’s kind of a gift of little kids. Fortunately for us, we have a little one who also wants to help us keep the house clean. She’s always the first to ask “Can I help?” and really, she’s a great helper. She just needs the right tools and guidance. We’ve actually had all 3 of our kids doing chores since they were 18 months or so. My little one has been helping her daddy to keep the floors all clean with the new Swiffer Sweep & Trap while I’ve been in bed with strep throat all week and it got me to thinking I wanted to share some of our family ways for kids to help clean the house with you. Instead of cringing at life’s little messes and messmakers, why don’t we find ways to embrace the messes and teach the messmakers?!

ways kids can help clean the house

1. Clearing and setting the table

This one is easy- even an 18 month old can carry, say, spoons to the table. We used plastic IKEA dishes for the kids for a long time so our kids were able to do bowls and plates for themselves and one another from a young age. That also meant they could clear those from the table. I will say we ALWAYS have insisted and still do that the kids are on their feet before they try to carry any dishes or anything from the table. Lessons learned the hard way, friends.

2. Wiping the table, chairs, cabinets.

We use almost all natural cleaners in our house, so it’s all pretty safe, but even a damp cloth is enough for your little one to be part of the team. Baby wipes can also work.

3. Loading and unloading dishwasher.

Most families I know keep kids’ dishes and utensils where they can reach them. If not the kids’ stuff then maybe storage containers. Those are the things even the littlest ones can help with. Our kids have helped to put their dishes into the kid drawer for as long as I can remember. We just make sure any sharp things are out of the dishwasher before they are having their turn. Now, as the kids are older, they are able to stack dishes that they aren’t able to reach the cabinet for on the counter, sort utensils, etc.

4. Sorting laundry and putting it away.

Yep. Totally serious. Kids know what socks are vs. pants from a really young age. Why not make a game of it and teach them to help with laundry? My kids are pretty skilled with laundry sorting and putting away (this is also one chore that they can get paid for, because I HATE sorting folded laundry and worse? putting it all away. They know if they sort and put away a basket, they get $1.00).

5. Floor cleaning and care


No, most kids can’t handle a whole vacuum when they are little. That’s ok. Full sized brooms also are hard to maneuver. But a small broom and dustpan? Yes. A Swiffer Sweep & Trap is a really cool new product from Swiffer that uses the same dry cloths as the Swiffer Sweeper, but also has rotating blades and dirt bin to pick up loose pieces like, you know, the cat food my 4 year old spills every single day when she feeds the animals. The Sweep & Trap has a nice compact size, is lightweight, and you can skip the middle piece of the handle to make this a kid-sized “vacuum” as my littlest calls it. Actually, she’s decided it’s HER vacuum… who am I to argue?

swiffer sweep trap mess

Uses rotating blades to pick up large particles and flicks them into a dirt bin while the attached Swiffer Sweeper dry cloth traps dirt, dust and hair that brooms can leave behind. This innovative combination cleans up big and small messes in a single swipe, so you can embrace life’s little messes. And to embrace life’s little mess makers helping to clean up those messes.

Swiffer Sweep Trap during

Only intended for dry pick-up on hard floor surfaces. As you can see, we did not use it on the mat under the pets’ dishes, and we really really need to get our hardwood floors redone. That’s another project for another day.
swiffer sweep trap after

I LOVE this new Swiffer product. It’s not perfect, but it’s quick and easy to use, 100% chemical free which means the kids are safe to use it, and it lets the kids play an active role in cleaning the house. Something they SHOULD be learning!

Get $2 off of a Swiffer Sweep & Trap starter kit at and entering coupon code TGTBBAGU (thru 2/28/14)

What ways do your kids help clean the house?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Oral Health Tips for Children’s Dental Health Month #ncdhm #giveaway

I have heard from many places in recent years that oral health is the doorway to overall health.  It makes sense when you think about it…. the mouth is kind of the doorway to the body… and if that’s got issues, chances are, those issues aren’t going to stay exclusive with our mouth.  We all get (hopefully) 2 sets of teeth.  That’s it.  Baby teeth and adult teeth.  Some of us, myself included, didn’t even “come” with a full set of adult teeth.  Yep. I’m short a molar on my upper left jaw and never has anyone seen the lower 2 wisdom teeth on an xray of my mouth.  I’m 3 teeth shy of a set.  (I’m sure there’s a joke in there somewhere).

For folks like my husband, who “came” with a full set of baby teeth but not adult teeth, well, they are the exception more than the norm.  My husband takes better care of his mouth than anyone I have met- but, then, I guess anyone would be hypervigilant about keeping their teeth when they were missing 12 adult teeth.  His, like my few, never developed.  Only he had a lot missing.  He’s had bridges since he was 18.  BridgeS.

This is a sponsored post about oral health tips as part of my association with the Mom It Forward Blogger Network.  Opinions are my own.

trying to blow bubbles with trident

She’s so close to blowing bubbles. SO close!

So you can kind of see why we might be a little all up in the kids’ proverbial grills about taking care of their teeth.  We brush. We floss.  We rinse.  We do not chew sugar gum.  Ever.  I will pay them for gum given to them but they will not chew it.  Why am I telling you this?  Because it’s Children’s Dental Health Month!  And it’s always good to have some reminders about oral health care… so when I was asked if I’d share about Trident Gum’s partnership with Smiles Across America over the past 10 years, I didn’t hesitate to say yes.  In 10 years, Trident and Smiles Across America have helped over 2 million kids.  That’s a lot of 0’s and a whole lot of smiles (if you like numbers, it’s also over $2.5 million).

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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and Trident wants to share oral health tips* from The Partnership for Healthy Mouths to keep the pearly whites of those young (and young at heart) healthy and happy all year long:

  • Brush 2Min (2X) – It’s best for kids to brush their teeth for 2 minutes, 2 times a day for healthier teeth, good breath and fewer cavities.
    • Children 2 or older should always use fluoride toothpaste.
  • Visit a Dentist – Kids and parents should visit a dentist regularly starting no later than age 1.
  • Floss – Kids should clean between their teeth once a day with floss to remove plaque and food where a brush can’t reach.
    • Children as young as 2 can floss if their teeth are touching.
  • Fluoride – Fluoride is nature’s cavity fighter and can occur naturally in some water and food sources. Did you know that to help protect teeth from cavities fluoride is added to dental products like toothpaste?
  • Chew Sugar-Free Gum – Chewing sugar-free gum, like Trident, helps keep teeth clean after eating and between brushing. In fact, chewing Trident sugar-free gum after eating stimulates saliva flow, which helps reduce the risk of cavities by reducing plaque acids, removing debris and strengthening teeth.

*The Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives is a coalition of 36 leading organizations in the field of oral health.

For an even happier smile, try a variety of delicious Trident flavors including: Original, Spearmint, Tropical Twist and Bubble Gum (my fave). For more on Trident, visit:



 We are a Trident family.  I’m a bubble gum girl, as is my youngest.  My husband and my oldest like ‘spicy’ gums, especially cinnamon.  My son?  He’s not picky.  He’s not really ‘into’ gum too much but when he has it, he’s pretty easy to please. ALWAYS sugar free. Period.

One reader will win a Trident Gum Prize Pack.  To enter, simply “like” Trident on Facebook and leave a comment below with your Facebook name and also your favorite Trident Flavor. 

Giveaway will end March 1, 2014 at 11:59pm EST.  Winner to be chosen randomly. This Mama Loves is not responsible for prize fulfillment.


Toy storage that makes cleaning up fun! ($150 Prize Pack #Giveaway)

A while back, I lost my mind.  I think it was the eleventy billionth LEGO brick I stepped on, or maybe it was the fourteen thousandth article of doll clothing/accessories I found under my pillow.  The toys are taking over my house and it Toy storage needs to be stepped up.

I love my kids. I love their toys. I do. I really, really do. I have a deep love of toys. It’s just the leaving of the toys everywhere in the house that makes me crazy.  I love my son’s LEGO creations but I really don’t need to find them in my bed, or in the cabinet next to my deodorant. I just don’t. Racecars don’t need to be in the fridge, and doll shoes don’t belong in the VCR slot. (RIP VCR, RIP).

Three kids,  + three kids’ toys + a small sized house = need for organization.  (I really, REALLY wanted to put 4 in there, because, it was like math, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it). Now do 3 kids + 3 kids’ toys + a small house + 3 kids who hate cleaning up their toys = mom with a lost mind.

This is where I tell you what’s helping me regain my mind, one tiny little toy at a time.  It’s really not one thing, but several.  ToyTainer.

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ToyTainer is a company that clearly spends a LOT of time either secretly videotaping my children or is run by people who have children just like mine.  They came up with toys for kids to play with that also can house those same toys so that the children playing with them want to put them away WHERE THEY BELONG.  They asked if I’d check out their products and um, yea. Of course I would.

My little one is at the oh I love puppies and kittens and everything princess age. If it sparkles and comes with a lot of little parts she can shove into a pocket, even better. ANDDDDDDDDDDD she likes to have sets of things (can’t deny, that’s right from mama). So she has a new collection of Palace Pets toys. Which we’ve been shoving into this metal, sharp edged  bin thingy because we hadn’t had anything else that worked. Not safe and not practical, and always falling open.  Apparently, there IS a difference between the brushes that Cinderella’s puppy uses vs.  the brushes Snow White’s pet Apple uses. And if you know 4 year olds, you understand that they will smell your fear that a piece or part was misplaced…and they will hound you to find that piece.

palace pets storage before


Above, not working.  Parts were lost. Tears were shed.

palace pets

Above, not working.  More tears shed.  (By mom).

Drumroll please….

palace pets stored in toytainer


HEY MOM! I put my Palace Pets away!! All by myself!!

See this magical rectangle of pink? That’s the Shoe Box Play-n-Store Castle from ToyTainer.

Watch what it does.

palace pets in bin


And then… and then….

palace pets on mat

She can play with the pets.  All of them.  On a  mat.  That folds up into the case to carry the pets.  Do you SEE this, people?

She cleans up her toys and puts them away.  (Well, really, she cleans up THESE toys and puts them away. Baby steps).

It even has a handle so she can carry it from one place to another.

No pony brushes in my bed, no tiaras in my fridge.  No accessories in the laundry.

ToyTainer, if you are listening? I love you. Long time.


There’s all kinds of other equally fabulous ToyTainer products. Some are pink and some are blue and some are neither.  My son has more fun dunking Beanie Boos into the Fold n’Go Games Center on the back of his closet door than putting laundry away but… but… the 4003 Beanie Boos that live in my house are all in one place. And not in my bed.


American Girl, Build-A-Bear, Barbie and Strawberry Shortcake…oh, and you, too, my little LaLaLoopsy pals… you can all rest easy, because you can spend some time on the back of the girls’ door now in the Princess Castle Fold n’ Go.  Mommy won’t be stepping on Jasmine’s leg and dismembering her any longer.

toytainer over door girls room

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Black Bean Veggie Wrap makes brown bagging fun!

So now that my oldest has officially gone meat free, and is living as a vegetarian, I’m finding meatless lunches are a little bit (not tons) more challenging to pack.  The girl who loved ham and cheese won’t eat the ham anymore and I’m left trying to make sure she’s getting her protein in.  She REALLY loves the Black Bean Burger from MorningStar Farms and I was thinking today that I should do something fun with those. So, here you go.  A meatless wrap that’s full of flavor and protein and easy to bring for lunch! (We love the Thermos Funtainers- they really truly keep foods quite warm for several hours)  Here’s the black bean veggie wrap recipe I came up with for brown bagging days

spicy black bean veggie wrap


Tortilla wrap (we use taco sized)- for my husband, I’d probably use a larger tortilla)

Morningstar Farms Black Bean Burger(s)


Shredded carrots, diced cucumber, sliced pepper (any veggies you want)

Cheese (we did 1T of shredded cheddar)

1T Ranch dressing (if desired- we use a light version)

black bean veggie wrap recipe


Prepare burger as instructed.  (While I was waiting on burger to cook, I warmed the Funtainer with hot water inside of it for 5 minutes)

When burger is cooked, slice into thin strips and spread strips atop wrap.

Add lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, any veggies you’d like ( we don’t do the tomato, she won’t eat them)

Add cheese (shredded or slices- preference rules here!)

Drizzle a little bit of Ranch dressing on top

Fold one end of your wrap up over your food Starting at one side of the tortilla, carefully roll into a nice, tight wrap.

Slice in half and tuck into container to keep warm until lunch.  Or, plate and enjoy!

Serve with fresh fruit and extra veggies for a great “brown bag” lunch


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Black Bean Veggie Wrap makes brown bagging fun!
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Veggie wrap with a black bean burger sliced into strips
Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Serves: 2
  • Tortilla wrap (we use burrito sized)
  • Black Bean Burger(s)
  • Lettuce
  • Shredded carrots
  • diced cucumber
  • Cheese (American for my girlie, I'd prefer cheddar)
  • Ranch dressing (if desired- we use a light version)
  1. Prepare burger as instructed. (While I was waiting on burger to cook, I warmed the Funtainer with hot water inside of it for 5 minutes)
  2. When burger is cooked, slice into thin strips and spread strips atop wrap.
  3. Add lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, any veggies you'd like ( we don't do the tomato, she won't eat them)
  4. Add cheese (shredded or slices- preference rules here!)
  5. Drizzle a little bit of Ranch dressing on top
  6. Fold one end of your wrap up over your food Starting at one side of the tortilla, carefully roll into a nice, tight wrap.
  7. Slice in half and tuck into container to keep warm until lunch.
  8. Serve with fresh fruit and extra veggies for a great "brown bag" lunch

Compensation was provided by Kellogg’s MorningStar via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of
the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Kellogg’s MorningStar.

Five things I love #DunkinMugUp

Happy Valentine’s Day, my friends!! I can’t believe it’s this far into 2014. Where does the time go?

With the day of love coming tomorrow, it seemed kind of appropriate to talk about things I love. So without further ado, here are 5 things that I love.

#1 My family- they are my heart, and nothing matters more to me than my husband and our three little ones. I also love that my 8 year old is old enough to make me coffee now.

#2 My family and friends- The family of my heart and of my blood, and my friends- without whom, my world would be empty. I love them all.

#3 Coffee. Specifically, the caffeine from coffee. Super specifically, the caffeine in Dunkin Donuts coffee. Love it. (And my family and friends will tell you I love things a lot more after I’ve indulged in some coffee in the morning)

We actually combined my love of #2 and #3 and made a coffee care package to send to my nephew Kirby who’s away at college. I’d promised him I’d send him some Dunkin Donuts coffee but since it’s Valentine’s Day, we decided to add a few little surprises into his box before we mailed it. (Can you tell my 4 year old likes tape? I think she used a roll of tape on that card!!)

#4 Laughing- there’s nothing better in the world than having a good laugh, unless it’s sharing a laugh with those I love.

#5 Chocolate. Which is something I should love less, but I can’t help it. It’s like one of the Sirens of mythological times. (Did you know that Dunkin Donuts has chocolate in some of their flavored coffees? Trus

I hope by now you’re feeling the love. Show Dunkin’ Donuts your love for coffee by uploading a photo of you and the mug that you love here for a chance to win prizes in the Mug Up Contest.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Dunkin’ Donuts . The opinions and text are all mine.

Reading Eggs boosts literacy for kids 3-13 #ReadingEggsUS iPad Mini #giveaway

 This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Reading Eggs, a website designed to help children ages 3-13 with reading and literacy skills via games, songs,activities, rewards and more.

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My older 2 kids, ages 8.5 and 6, are both reading now. Little sister, 4 1/2, is very anxious to read like big brother and big sister.  She’s very, very close to reading and can read a few sight words, but shes not quite there yet.  She’s been really excited to check out the Reading Eggs website.  (Especially because she gets to use Mommy’s new desktop that has a ‘magic’ monitor that can come off the stand and go around the house!)

four year old playing reading eggs

I have had a love of reading since I was a little girl, still a toddler. I haven’t ever felt like I’d read “enough” and so far, my kids seem to be following in my footsteps.  My husband’s never been a big reader, but with 4 book lovers in the house, he’s come to love reading and has actually started reading for enjoyment.  I feel like literacy is one of the most important skills anyone and everyone can have.  I’m not sure how I could function without literacy.  And, in my opinion, the earlier literacy begins, the stronger the understanding is for the rest of your life.

reading eggs lessons map 4 year old

With Reading Eggs, kids are given some questions (if they choose) to assess what levels of instruction they will need.  They can skip the assessment tools and just start going into activities, songs and games.  For my little one, we did the assessment because I wanted to make sure she’s not doing thing that are too far above her skill level that will frustrate her, but also not so simple for her that she’s easily bored.  The assessment took just a few minutes (for both the Reading Eggs and MathSeeds assessments), and her lessons map (shown above when she’d first started).

That kind of sounds like school. It really isn’t. Once you’ve finished the assessment tools, kids are kind of free to navigate the site to play, learn, explore and while they are doing all of the fun activities, not only are they learning, they are also earning rewards to play other games and unlock fun new features. My bigger kids haven’t been ‘unleashed’ on Reading Eggs yet, but they will be starting to do their activities today as promised.  I will always prefer anything electronic that offers educational components to the alternative, so having them excited to play these games online makes me happy. The cool new desktop helps get them excited.  They are all convinced it’s magical.  Who am I to contradict that?

enjoying mathseeds


Want to try Reading Eggs at your house? Sign up for a  FREE five-week trial of Reading Eggs. No credit card required. 

  • Reading Eggs makes learning to read interesting and engaging for kids, with great online reading games, activities and over 1000 eBooks online. Developed by a highly experienced team of educational teachers, writers and developers, the program focuses on a core reading curriculum of phonics and sight words using skills and strategies essential for sustained reading success.
  • Reading Eggs now has 120 big lessons. These 120 lessons are perfect for 3 to 7 year olds who are learning to read. Reading Eggspress is perfect for 7–8 year olds who already know the basics of reading but who still have much to learn about reading, writing, spelling and comprehension.


Reading Eggs is hosting the Read to Cure Challenge to raise funds for the National Children’s Cancer Society. You can access Reading Eggs and take part in the Campaign for FREE. Sign up for your FREE 5 week trial now and from February 3 to March 7 of 2014, for each book read and Reading Eggs lessons they complete, they are entered to win prizes.  Friends and family can sponsor the kids’ efforts and Reading Eggs will match every donation up to $25,000.  I know we are planning to sponsor each of our kids- it’s a win win for everyone.  Funds are raised for the NCCS, the kids improve literacy and parents know the kids are spending some time on electronics learning.

reading eggs read for the cure prizes

The giveaway will be open on Monday, January 20 and end Friday March 7, 2014.
One winner will be selected to receive one (1) iPad Mini valued at $299.99,
To enter the giveaway, entrants must register and activate the 5-week free trial on the Reading Eggs website between 1/20/2014 to 3/7/2014 with their name, child’s name and postal address.

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Chocolate Smoothie Recipe for Kids

So here’s the thing.  The folks at TruMoo just came out with this limited edition, absolutely fabulous new flavor of their milk- in the form of Chocolate Marshmallow Milk.  I  know, right?  Well, I want some. You know, for the kids and stuff.  I mean, they did ask me if I’d write a post about it, but seriously, who would say no to writing about chocolate milk?  Especially chocolate milk with marshmallow?

trumoo chocolate marshmallow

There’s a tiny problem.

So far we don’t have this in stores in Connecticut yet.  I have not given up hope.

So we’re still excited to try it.

But until we CAN try this delightfully delicious, brand new, high fructose corn syrup free beverage, with no artificial growth hormones, we’ve got to make other arrangements.  It’s good hot AND cold, so you can enjoy it any way you like it.  A nice glass of s’mores? Yes please!!

 trumoo chocolate marshmallow #trumoo

So today, when the big kids got home from school, both were SUPER grouchy and very displeased with the amount of homework they had been assigned. I thought I’d have a fun with a quick little Chocolate smoothie recipe for kids as a surprise.

 chocolate smoothie recipe for kids

All I did to make TruMoo into a chocolate smoothie was toss 5 ice cubes in the KitchenAid mixer with 2 cups of TruMoo Chocolate Milk. Then I blended them. That’s it!


All 3 kids gave this 2 thumbs up.  And promptly asked me to look up online where to find Chocolate Marshmallow milk!

 enjoying #trumoo chocolate smoothie recipe for kids

TruMoo Chocolate Marshmallow milk is made with fresh white milk sourced from regional dairies around the country – pure cocoa and just enough natural sugar to make it taste great. I love that I was able to make a fun treat for the kids that didn’t involve a ton of sugar and extra calories.  I think we may have a little fun and add some banana next time!!

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Personalized Greeting Cards for Valentine’s Day #SendMoreLove

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I am not one who has time to stand in a card store for an hour to pick that perfect card for anyone.  I used to, and I loved it. But now? Time is money. I also find that while I like X about a card, maybe Y isn’t great, or the images don’t work for me…and it feels kind of generic. So… it’s time to bid farewell to generic store-bought cards, and say hello to Treat. is an online service where you can create one-of-a-kind personalized greeting cards from your PC or iPhone and they’ll print and mail them for you! This Valentine’s Day, treat those you love to a personalized card with your own photos and text, made especially for them.

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I decided to choose Valentine’s Day Cards for the 5 people closest to me or to my kids (my sister).

My husband- we’re not sappy, so not many lovey-dovey cards are passed between us.  This one just grabbed my attention and made me giggle, so that decision was easy.

hubby valentine front

Why yes, yes I did totally order that card for him.  It’s funny. No need to take life so seriously!

hubby valentine inside

It’s silly, it’s funny, but it’s got a sweet message.  He already knows I LOVE him. And I sign everything me, which is a ‘thing’ for another day.

For my oldest? She’s 8 1/2 and is obsessed with kittens, puppies, ponies…baby animals or cats, mostly. So this one was purr-fect.

m valentine front

You can see on the top where you can also opt to add a gift card to your Treat card.  Always nice to have the ability to add a little more if you’d like.

m valentine inside

You can also see where you are able to add your photo, change the layout or add your gift card if you’d like.  Messages are all customizable.

For our son, I went with a cute but not super cute card that hasn’t got much script- he’s a newer reader and I want it simple for him to read.

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Sweet and simple.  I didn’t want to choose something too cute and mushy.  He’d be quick to tell me that it was “gross” which is his favorite word lately. I think this will make him happy!j valentine inside

For our littlest one, who’s 4 1/2 and LOVES princess and sparkly anything and everything, this was the easiest choice I could make.

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She’ll be so excited just to see the princess and her name!

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For my sister, who’s very close with my kids and is more like a grama to them than aunt…

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She goes to their games, she keeps art supplies in her house for when the kids are there. She’s got kid snacks in her pantry and drinks in the fridge.  So this card was PERFECT for the kids to send her… they’ll all want to make her a picture to put inside I’m sure.

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Here’s an exclusive promo code for my readers. Make sure to order your cards by 11am Pacific on 2/10/14 to get it in time for Valentine’s Day.


With this code you can enjoy 3 cards for $6. Mail all 3 to yourself for free or direct to each of your recipients for just the price of a stamp. (Exp: 2/28/2014. Regular, one time use)

Treat also has an assortment of Photo Gifts available.

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Grab a screenshot or share a pic of the cards you order and share via Instagram using hashtag #SendMoreLove! I’d love to see what you choose! 

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