UV Skinz Review and #Giveaway and #Discount Code

Looking for some great swimwear for your family this summer? UV Skinz offers the most stylish and protective items for men, women, babies and kids!  Not only is it great to shop for your entire family at one convenient site, but UV Skinz offers all day protection that blocks 98% of the sun’s harmful rays!  This means you are keeping your family protected from the sun and you can enjoy your time outdoors without worry!!

UV Skinz:

“We offer a diverse range of UV Skinz styles to please even the most discerning young fashionistas whose parents are in the know about sun protective clothing. All swim shirts offer 50+ UPF meaning less time that kids have to sit still for sunscreen application!  Our swim shirts keep kids covered and cool with the best weight and blend of breathable materials, yielding a silky soft sun shirtyour kids won’t ever want to take off!”

  • 50+ UPF certified fabric (blocks out over 98% of sun’s harmful rays)
  • Elastane threading thoughout (allows for more stretch)
  • Flat-lock stitching (no raised seams to irritate skin)
  • Lightweight, breathable construction
  • Chlorine-Resistant fabric

Sizing: 2 through 14 (some styles up to size 16).

My 6 year old tried out the 3 piece set which includes: trunks, short sleeve shirt and a bucket hat! I just LOVE the navy blue and orange stripe design on this set and the reversible bucket hat is perfect.  The UV Skinz product worked just as advertised.  The 50+ UPF kept my son protected all day, without the use of sunscreen on the covered areas.  I only needed to apply protection to his face, arms and legs.  It just took a second and he was able to jump right back into that pool.  We LOVE our new UV Skinz set and use it almost everyday.  The sizing was right on, and it dries quickly in the sun without fading.

UV Skinz also sent us a men’s bucket hat, which my husband loves (but has conveniently avoided my camera, so I am sans picture).  He wears his bucket hat while doing yardwork and for trips to the beach.  This hat is also reversible and my son thinks it is so cool that they have matching hats!

I will definitely be buying some extra sets for the summer.  We love UV Skinz!!

UV Skinz is generously offering our readers a 15% discount off their order with the code:  BLOGS15  Combine this with their everyday free shipping for orders over $50 and you have a great deal!!!


One of our lucky readers will win their own 3 Piece set from UV SKINZ!!!! ($68.85 Value-winner chooses an available 3 piece set from here)

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Talking with your girls about their period

I started getting my period when I was 10 years old. Fifth grade- in March, to be more exact. My parents were gone for the day- and remember, this was before the era of cell phones…they were at Power Squadron classes and who knew when they’d be home.  I was home with my brother B who was 22 months older than me, and um…well…he was of no help to me whatsoever.  Not knowing what to do, because I thought I did something to hurt myself, (actually I thought I somehow managed to poo from the front, can you imagine?) I called my grandmother.  She was overjoyed that I’d become a woman.  I’m not even really sure that she told me what to do- what I remember most is that most of my extended family knew well before my parents arrived back home hours later that I’d joined the ranks of “women” everywhere.  Mortification.  Confusion. Embarassment.

I was a quick learner.  Good thing for me, but it was a lesson I don’t want my girls to learn the same way.  I have discussed things about being a woman with my oldest many times, and as she’s getting older and closer to “that” age, I’ve started to delve more into details.  I don’t want her being confused and wondering what’s going on with her body.  She knows that as she gets older, she’ll start to develop breasts, and that when she’s older still, part of being a woman means she’ll get her period.  So as (NOT) fun as it is, she’ll be fully aware (hopefully) before that first cycle ever starts, so it won’t come as such a shock.  I have to be prepared- I was wearing a bra in third grade…my first period in fifth…I hope and pray that my girls don’t have to but in the event they do, I want them prepared for things.

I recently was invited to be a U by Kotex Mom Ambassador and you will be seeing several posts from me over the next several months about this subject.  Let’s be real, let’s be open, and honest.  Let’s help one another to educate our girls, together!  Kotex was one of the first brands for menstruation I was introduced to- it was what my mom used, and what I use.  It kind of seems natural that I’ll be looking to U by Kotex for when the time comes for my girls- made for tweens, meant for tweens.

Listen, if we don’t talk about things with our kids, who will?  Their friends?  Yes, friends can be a great resource, but let’s be real.  Its our job as parents to do the best we can to prepare our kids for things.  It doesn’t have to be graphic or gory, but it’s got to be true.  You don’t want your daughter blogging about things the way I just did in 28 years, right?  I don’t!

It doesn’t have to be a huge, uncomfortable talk.  At some point, our daughters notice that there are items that appear at certain times of the month….we may get headaches…cramps…use the bathroom more.  Take that chance to open the dialogue- keep it appropriate for her age and development, but start talking.  It’s part of our bodies- it’s nothing to be ashamed of, or embarrassed about. I work hard to have an open dialogue (sometimes my husband shakes his head) with all three of my kids- I’m determined to not have them mystified about their bodies.  I may have known how babies were made when I was three but I sure had not a clue about anything else.  (Ask my godmother. I sat her down and explained it all to her).

Check out this video of Friday Night Lights star Aimee Teegarden talking about getting “real” with her mom– courtesy of Koten & Nickelodeon ParentsConnect.  Do you have conversations like this with your daughter?  Your mom?

I wrote this review while participating in a Brand Ambassador Campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of U by Kotex Tween and received products to facilitate my post and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate

Chatting about Cultural Adventures with Mireya Mayor & Barbie “Dolls Around the World” Giveaway

Mireya Mayor Barbie Dolls of the WorldSchool is almost out for summer and while many consider this season the perfect time for family vacations, your funds may disagree! I know that my funds certainly do- and while we’d love to travel the world with our children to explore and discover other cultures, we simply aren’t able to do that at this stage of our lives. That said, my children are very curious, as most are by nature, and I do like to encourage that curiosity whenever possible.  Learning about other cultures doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, nor does it have to include expensive travel plans, thanks to the creative thinking of people like Mireya Mayor.

On Friday, June 8th, two-time Emmy Award nominee, National Geographic Wildlife correspondent, and mom of four daughters, Mireya Mayor, chatted online with several bloggers about how to take your children on a cultural trip around the world…all from the comfort of home. I wasn’t able to attend the chat live but was able to send my questions in ahead of time so that I could still participate.  According to Ms. Mayor, we can embark on cultural adventures all the time- with the foods we cook, the games we play, doing puzzles with animals or landmarks from an area- all of these things can inspire curiosity in our children.  Even the Barbie “Dolls Around the World” line can help- each box is loaded with information about the country, even with phrases and words used frequently in the culture.  The Barbies come dressed in traditional apparel from the country and each has a small animal friend to go along with her.

As an explorer, Mireya gets to show people parts of the world that they may never get to see. Her goal is to encourage children to appreciate what’s beyond their surroundings, expose them to new places, cultures and the wildlife that live there, so future generations can respect and enjoy them for generations to come.

Mireya will bring viewers tips and ideas to help encourage children to explore the incredible beauty the world has to offer, experience new cultures and learn the significance of diversity which will lead to respect and appreciation for our planet.

Here are a few tips Mireya discussed:
Ways to spark your child’s interest in travel
Make your home inspire your kids to explore
“International night” family dinners and other fun family activities that make different countries more interesting
This summer, Barbie re-launches the largest and longest-running series in their collection – Dolls of the World – Ireland, Australia, China, Argentina, Mexico, India, Chile and Holland.

My questions for Ms. Mayor, which you can see her response to and more in the YouTube video below:

Would you consider doing a book or kit that includes all of these tips and some directional cards for activities, recipes, etc?  My first grader has been doing this exact kind of program this year in school with her teacher but I think a lot of parents would be very receptive to having a kit they can purchase that includes suggestions for crafts, recipes, etc. 
Mireya thinks this would be a great idea but suggested that instead of waiting for a book to come out that parents and teachers work together to each contribute an idea or suggestion to be discovered throughout the year.
I think this is a really fun way to also help our kids discover more about our own families- just thinking about what I could send in to share or suggest with the classroom makes me realize that my own family history includes cultural components that I’ve not really talked in depth about with my children- and reminds me too that all adventures start at home.  In my family, we’re Scottish, Cherokee Indian and Lithuanian.  In my husband’s family, he’s got Polish and Italian roots.  There’s a lot we could share simply about the cultures our ancestors come from…to start.  Holiday traditions and family meals are a great way to get the conversation and interest sparked!
What age did you start travelling with your children?  
Ms. Mayor brought her daughter with her to Madagascar at the age of 9 months!!
What are the must-include items when packing to travel internationally with small children?
Ms. Mayor recommends bringing along familiar toys that will occupy your child on long train, plane or car rides.  Bring along necessities- you may not know how or where to find fever reducers in a foreign country at 2am.  Be prepared.
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I think Ms. Mayor has some really great tips for travelling with young children.  What do you think?
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Romantic Dinners at home with Dr. Oetker Ristorante Pizza (Giveaway)

A few weeks ago, I had the chance to chat with Richard Vayda, Director of Wine & Beverage Studies at the Institute of Culinary Education, about different wines to pair with pizza from Dr. Oetker Ristorante to make a “Slice of Romance” date night…right at home.  With the busy lifestyles we lead today, it isn’t always easy nor convenient to just head out for a night on the town for a romantic date, so it’s great to have tools we can turn to and make for some romantic dinners…at home…without a huge cost incurred.  In our house, we aren’t always too busy to find time for a night out, but it adds up quickly when you need to hire a sitter for three kids and then go out and pay for a restaurant meal…I was very, very glad to have the chance to speak with Mr. Vayda and learn a bit more about ways to pair wines and foods.

Having a romantic dinner at home can be quite simple- instead of just eating at the table, grab a nice tablecloth.  Pull out the cloth napkins (or in our house, we’d pull out the nice cloth napkins).  Use your china that’s probably sitting in the cabinet like mine does most of the year!  Light some candles.  Set a small table up that’s not where you normally eat.  The weather is nice now- why not set up a romantic table for two al fresco?  A few simple changes can make a world of difference….and can cost nothing or next to nothing.

Since I’m far from a wine connoisseur, I’m going to share with you the pairings Mr. Vayda suggested.  I love that he took the time to explain to us where a light dish will pair nicely with a boldly flavored wine, and other pairings like that.  I’ve always just heard that red wines go with red meats, etc.  and when I walk into a store to purchase wine, I feel like a fish out of water.

Wines to pair with different food types

Now, I have to note that this info is all available for download to you by clicking this link:


But I also want to share with you that these “rules” are not set in stone, that’s the one thing I really took away from what Mr. Vayda was saying.  Wine doesn’t have to be paired with the same things all of the time- but these are guidelines- suggestions, if you will.  Bolder meals may mean you want a bolder wine- in cold weather- but as the seasons change, you may want to opt for a lighter wine to pair with that same meal.  This “news” was a big relief for me to hear, because as I mentioned before, I kind of grew up hearing that certain foods pair with certain wines and wasn’t ever exposed to creativity in wine pairings.  I feel a little better prepared to shop wines now, and a little braver in what I choose to serve with different meals.

One lucky U.S. reader over the age of 21 will win a Dr. Oetker Ristorante prize pack including:

·         Bottle of wine from Richard Vayda’s list of pairings

·         Wine tote

·         Set of red votive candle holders, candles included

·         List of Richard’s wine and pizza pairings

·         Dr. Oetker Ristorante reusable canvas bag

·         Dr. Oetker Ristorante coupon


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You’re invited- save the date! #TCBYGrocery Twitter Party June 28th

National Yogurt Month is June- and to help celebrate that fact, I’m officially inviting YOU to MY first party of the season- and it’s a twitter party for TCBY Grocery!  That’s right- you can now officially buy TCBY products at the local store.  Pints, quarts and….novelties.  Oh yes, friends.  Yummy deliciousness to keep in your freezer at home.  Or just eat them. I don’t judge.

The party will be on June 28th from 1-2 pm EST.  You’ll be following the hashtag #TCBYGrocery, and you’ll also want to head over to this nice little tweet grid that was set up just for the party- it makes things a LOT easier to follow along. You don’t want to miss the fun!  http://bit.ly/MpvIhN

Come talk fro-yo fun with me, TCBY Grocery, and lots of other awesome folks on Twitter!!  I can’t wait to party with you!!  Plus, there will be PRIZES.  Who doesn’t love prizes?  I sure do! There will be 4 prizes awarded- 3 $25 Walmart Gift Cards and 1 $100 Walmart Gift Card!

So. To recap.

Twitter party.  Be there- June 28th from 1-2 pm EST.  Follow along here. http://bit.ly/MpvIhN

Bring: yourself, a friend, a dozen friends…and maybe some TCBY Grocery.  I’ve heard that you’ll start craving it before the party even starts.  So maybe be prepared, just in case.

RSVP below!!!

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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. VOID WHERE TAXED, PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW. Subject to Official Rules. Open only to residents of the United States.

Enter by RSVPing for the Twitter party on the link above, be actively participating in the party and are using the hashtag #TCBYGrocery. To be eligible, entries must be received by 1:55 p.m. EST (5 minutes before end of party) except that mail in entries must be mailed separately and postmarked by June 24, 2012 (4 days before party). To enter without purchase, hand write your name, completed address, age and telephone number on a 3”x5” card and mail it to Collective Bias, 205 S. Main Street, Ste. 1, Bentonville, AR 72712.

Prizes will be limited to 3 $25 Walmart Gift Cards  and will be given away every 15 minutes during the 1 hour duration of the party on June 28, 2012. The grand prize of $100 Walmart Gift Card to 1 winner will be given away at the close of the party. All winners will be chosen using random.org from the RSVP link and winners must be present and participating in the party using the hashtag #TCBYGrocery at the time that they are drawn as a winner. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. Winner will be notified via Twitter @ message by @MonicaBenavidez during the party on June 28, 2012 and must respond to @MonicaBenavidez within 5 minutes of being selected to claim their prize. All entries will be eligible for any unclaimed prizes after the close of the Twitter party via random drawing held on July 12, 2012 .

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SwimToday.Org is for EVERYONE who wants to swim! #SwimToday

Last week, I had the chance to take part in a phone conversation with several women who are part of the USA Swimming organization.  We had a great time on the call!  With the Olympic Trials starting this coming Monday (6/25) and the Olympics themselves later this summer, there’s a lot of talk about Olympic sports in general, but as is often the case, swimming is one of the most talked-about sports in the games.  We fans do rank swimming as the #1 Olympic sport!

I LOVE watching Olympic swimming.  I can’t wait to share it with my kids – they are starting to be more aware, especially my oldest, so it’ll be quite fun to watch WITH her this year.  She’s already asking if she can join a swim team so I think she’s very much going to enjoy watching along with me.  We’re thinking about hosting a Splash Bash just to make it more fun and celebratory!  The Splash Bashes are a great way to bring awareness to the sport and support our Olympic athletes  (GO TEAM USA!)  I think you could probably make an argument for having a celebration to watch ANY Olympic events…just sayin’….

We did have a chance to talk about swimming, and the SwimToday.org website, but we also had a chance to laugh a bit…and I got the question answered that I’ve always wanted to know:  Do athletes sometimes just wear their Olympic medals around the house, just because?  (I am NOT the only person who wonders this, I am certain of it!  So…I asked for all of us.  You are welcome).

So, who was on the phone with us?

Karen Linhart, USA Swimming Public Relations and Social Media Director
Jamie Fabos Olsen, Marketing and Brand Development Director, USA Swimming
Lindsay Mintenko, National Team Managing Director, USA Swimming, gold medalist in swimming in the 2000 Olympics and gold and silver medalist in swimming in the 2004 Olympics
Emily Silver, Athlete Relations and Family Program Manager, USA Swimming and a silver medalist in swimming in the 2008 Olympics

These ladies were great.  They were so ready to share their personal experiences, stories…they were warm and engaging, and really just all around fun to chat with.  It’s quite easy to see that each of them is not only passionate about the sport of swimming, but equally as passionate about the SwimToday.org program and what it means to the rest of us.  SwimToday.org is a place for anyone to go who is interested in swimming, as exercise, a hobby, or as a competitor.  There are guidelines to help you determine what kind of swimmer you are- not just what level, but also by the goals you want to achieve.  The site will help you find a place to swim, or compete, or maybe you already have a place to swim, but are looking to join a club or group of folks who likes to swim as well.  (Click the link or the image below for more information or to find out what kind of swimmer YOU or your child is!)

SwimToday.org is an online resource that provides moms with a one-stop shop to get all  the information they need to make entering the sport as easy as possible.  On the site, you can: find a place to swim in your area, self-assess your ability, and learn the benefits of swimming and fitness.

My almost 3 year old swimming unassisted.

 Benefits of swimming – why should moms get their kids involved? THREE reasons why!


Drowning is the 2nd-leading cause of accidental death for kids 1-14
Swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 80%

Swimming is a whole-body exercise
A low-impact sport, it is a life-long fitness option

As an individual sport, swimming teaches work ethic and goal-setting
As a team sport (swimming is both!) swimming builds social skills and teamwork


My then-4-year-old swimming

Swimming is very much a part of my family’s everyday life, especially in the warmer months.  I have fond memories of swimming at summer camp and on seasonal swim teams- it makes me happy that my kids love swimming as much as I do.  It’s amazing what the health benefits are for your body with the sport- and I love that anyone can take part in swimming- regardless of age, gender or skill level- there’s a spot for everyone in the water!  I’m excited at the thought that my kids may want to follow in my lane lines…

Before I go- I have to share this with you- it’s a really cool “video” of the pool being constructed for the Olympic trials.  I found it really amazing to watch and thought you might enjoy it, too.

Instead of trying to reconstruct what was asked and answered during my phone chat with the ladies from USA Swimming, I’m going to share the transcript with you (some links are added in by me)

Q: At what age should I start teaching my child to swim?A: Most places that offer swim lessons begin when the child is six months old, but there are places that do “Mommy and Me” classes as an introduction to water at an even younger age.


Q: What is the right age for kids to start learning swim strokes?  Should young kids focus on strokes or fundamentals? A: It depends on what you are comfortable teaching them.  Focus on the fundamentals first, but if they know the fundamentals, you can move on and teach the strokes whenever they seem ready.  The goal is for kids to have fun and be safe and comfortable around the water.

Q: How can I give my child the confidence to swim without arm floaties?A: USA Swimming advocates against flotation devices, because they can give kids a false sense of security.  Try to avoid any kind of flotation aid, and get your child in swimming lessons.  There is no substitute for professional swimming instruction, and instructors are trained to help kids with their fear of the water and help them acclimate to the water at their own pace.

Q: Should kids be allowed to wear goggles in the water?A: If goggles help kids when they are in the water, wearing them will not be detrimental.

Q: What are the expenses for swimming lessons and team swimming? 
A: It varies by location and club, but a full session of swim lessons (approximately 8 lessons) generally costs about $50. USA Swimming partners with about 525 participating clubs nationwide on their Make a Splash charitable effort, which provides every child in America with the opportunity to learn to swim.  Swim clubs on SwimToday.org with a water drop next to their name provide a designated number of swimming lessons for free or at a discounted cost.  The distribution of free or discounted lessons is club-dependent, and you can ask your local club about it directly.  If expense is a concern, visit SwimToday.org and enter your ZIP code to find out if a swim club in your area is a Make a Splash partner.

Q: For kids interested in competitive swimming, what type of time commitment should they expect?A: Summer league teams require a minimal time commitment, take place during just the summer months and are a great way to get kids started in swimming.  Summer leagues are often offered through local YMCAs.  The actual club teams usually have two-hour practices each day, which are similar to the time commitment involved in other sports like basketball or soccer.  The club finder tool on SwimToday.org will help you locate clubs with competitive swimming programs that fit your family’s needs.

Q: Is there anything kids can do outside the pool to help strengthen their swimming skills in the pool?A: It depends on the age of the kids. Coaches will probably tell your kids if there are exercises that might help them outside of the pool, but if your kids are younger and just getting involved in swimming, the best thing they can do is enjoy the sport and get involved in other sports.  In competitive swimming at an older age, you could add push-ups, pull-ups and sit-ups outside the pool.

Q: What about lessons for adults?
A: A lot of the Make a Splash providers are able to provide lessons to adults as well.  It’s never too late to start swimming.

Q: What are the health benefits of swimming?A: Swimming is one of the best all-around exercises out there for toning your body.  It is better for your knees than running, and it’s very good for your cardiovascular health.  In addition, being active generally sets a good example for kids.

Q: What is your advice to moms of young athletes in general?A: The most important thing is to allow kids to make their own decisions regarding their sport, and to make sure they enjoy it.  Encourage them to try new sports and identify what they love to do, rather than starting them in just one sport from a young age.  If they want to take a break from their competitive sport and the intense training, allow them to do so.  Burnout is very real.

Q: How can we support the swimmers involved in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials June 25 – July 2?A: Tweet using the #SwimToday hashtag, follow @USA_Swimming on Twitter (where you can also find Twitter IDs for U.S. swimmers competing in the Trials), encourage your friends and family to watch the trials and cheer the athletes on, and host Olympic watch parties using Splash Bash resources from USA Swimming!

 What’s your favorite Olympic Sport?  Are you going to be glued to your television like I am, for the trials and the games?

 This post is part of my participation in the SwimToday campaign with The Motherhood. All opinions expressed are mine.

Walgreens Prescription Savings Club #rxsavingsclub

Today we went to a local Walgreens to sign up for their Prescription Savings Club.  We do have health insurance which we get through my husband’s place of employment, but with the current state of the economy, this isn’t always enough nor does it always give us benefits when we need them.  The Prescription Savings Club offers the masses a way to save money and an affordable way to try to help keep healthcare costs down.

The Prescription Savings Club  has both individual ($20/year) and family ($35/year) membership rates.  I intended to sign my whole family up but there was a glitch and I was limited on time- but I’m not worried because I know from my very friendly, very helpful Walgreens employee,  Caley, that I can add my son onto the membership at any time with no additional cost to me.  I will just add him on next time I go, but I was needing to be across town and picking him up at preschool and didn’t have time to do it then.  (I was kind of glad, afterwards- I might not have known that adding a family member was easy and free).

Signing up for the club was easy.  We found our way to the pharmacy, with only a few stops on the way (I did have a 2 year old with me) and immediately found some signage to direct us where to go. I was expecting brochures and a sheet to sign up- after a brief delay taking my little one to the bathroom we headed to the counter, spent literally about 5 minutes giving our information, paid for all of our purchases, and were on our way.  Easy, peasy.  Now we’ll be able to save on prescription medications, and get 10% off on all Walgreens brand products- of which there are many to choose from…even photo prints! One thing I was really excited to hear is that if you do NOT get back what you paid for the membership at the end of the year, you get the difference BACK!  Risk free is my cup of tea.

I’m fairly certain we’ll take full advantage of the savings offered to us by this membership.  My friend Jenni, who also writes on this site, has had a membership for a few months now and she’s been very happy with the benefits. Her family is able to save $20-$30 a month on a prescription that isn’t covered by insurance, and that has added up very quickly to be a large savings for them.  It basically comes out to 1-2 free months of the prescription per year for them.

Save Money with the
Prescriptions Savings Club

If you don’t have insurance or your insurance doesn’t adequately cover your medication, then the Walgreens Prescription Savings Club is for you. Members get special discounts off the cash price of thousands of brand-name and generic medications as well as numerous other benefits when they use their card throughout the store.

Savings Guaranteed

If you don’t save at least the cost of your prescription card membership fee in one year, we’ll give you the difference.2

Enjoy these club benefits and more:

  • Valuable discounts on thousands of brand-name and all generic medications
  • Between 5 percent and 20 percent discounts on most immunizations
  • 10 percent bonus on purchases of Walgreens Brand, W Brand, Nice! products and in-store photofinishing services
  • 10 percent savings on services from Take Care ClinicsSM at select Walgreens
  • Savings on preventive and lifestyle medications your insurance may not cover
  • Additional discounts on pet medications with a human equivalent, all compounded medications, nebulizers and diabetic supplies

After signing up, we walked around the store a bit so I could show you some of the items you’ll be able to save 10% on with the Prescription Savings Club membership.


You can see my entire shopping experience right here in my Google Plus album.

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Amdro Ant Block – we tried it (Winner announcement inside)

We had a chance to check out the AMDRO® Ant Block® Home Perimeter Ant Bait for ourselves- and for a few of our neighbors.  I was happy that we weren’t spraying a pesticide into the air, and very curious to see the granules that are designed to be carried back to the colony and queen- which means the ants are not alive long enough to get inside of our homes.  I don’t know about you but summer=ants and it makes me feel so dirty if we have ants in the house.  I hate it.  (Remember, I mentioned this when I first introduced you to AMDRO a few weeks ago?)

Now, since we live in a rural area, and houses are not close together, I did spread some AMDRO love with a few neighbors, but also a good friend up the road a bit- they struggle with ants each year in their home and Lisa was more than happy to volunteer to party with me….so she and I spread the AMDRO granules around the perimeter of her home and now we’re in the wait and see mode…and both of us are feeling very optimistic that we’ll be waiting a long time…for nothing!!  We’ve both read great things about AMDRO’s home perimeter bait is at killing ants before they get into our homes and we’re feeling like our houses are armed in a new way against the little armies of ants who insist on invading us year after year.

Very quickly after we spread the granules, we noticed ants approaching.  It’s like they had a signal or something.  AMDRO apparently tastes really, really good to ants.  It also apparently works really well ON ants.  We haven’t seen any right around the perimeter of the house since.  Neither have our friends.  I’m feeling like the reviews are right and we’ve found a solution to a pesky problem! I found the pricing on the products available in our local Home Depot to be comparable to other similar products, and I like knowing something will be effective without costing extra money.


  • AMDRO Ant Block Home Perimeter Ant Bait kills a wide range of ant species around the perimeter of the home so they do not come inside.
  • The bait allows foraging (worker) ants to bring the granules back to their mound before taking effect, resulting in the entire colony, including the queen, being destroyed.
  • Following application, AMDRO Ant Block Home Perimeter Ant Bait works within two to four weeks, killing the queen and the ants in the colony.

AMDRO has a large product line of pest control products to meet just about any needs- kind of application, pest type, plant type.

Follow AMDRO on Facebook and also on Twitter so you can be sure to have the latest news- and maybe some coupons or contests too!

The winner of the $50 Amex Gift Card from AMDRO is…………

Sandy W, for Twitter follow as evietressa!  

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101 Days of Summer Play Party for Banana Boat® Sunscreen Natural Reflect Lotion (Giveaway)




Banana Boat®  made us want to have a party with some friends.  Well, they make us want to party with our friends because they sent us goodies to share.  We generally like to party with our friends with or without goodies from Banana Boat®.  But this time, we had some goodies to share that friends could take home.  Like fun frisbees (“wizz-bees”) and tons of the new Banana Boat® Sunscreen Natural Reflect Lotion.  Weather permitting, we are outside daily in our family- and we know the importance of applying sunscreen regularly.  I’m not perfect about it but I try to make it habit- a fun habit, before the kids are even dressed in the morning, and reapplied throughout the day, especially in summer.  We have a swimming pool and our yard is a fairly big one, with very little shade, so I have to be very diligent about protecting my kids’ skin from the harmful rays of the sun.


Banana Boat® has a new, free, downloadable  101 Days of Summer Play activity guide on their Facebook page that has tons of great ideas to get you outside- playing, moving, unplugging, and being together! It’s summer- let’s do it up right!  While you are on the Facebook page, please be sure to take a moment to take the pledge- for every pledge made, they  will donate one bottle of Banana Boat® Sunscreen Natural Reflect Lotion to the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a summer camp for children coping with cancer and other serious illnesses.  (This is an amazing camp, started by Paul Newman himself- a wondeeful endeavor to support).  While you are there, you can also take a sun 101 quiz and get a $1.00 printable coupon for the Banana Boat.

o   Ready?  Set?  Go! Update the traditional relay race with challenges to make the game a little more interesting. Start each player off by jumping rope five times before running off to the next step!

o   Basketball with a flying twist! Hang a basket from a tree limb close to the ground and see who can make the most baskets!

o   Hop around! Hopscotch is always a fun and easy way to get active outdoors. Have the kids use their creativity to come up with new rules or a different way to organize the squares!

o   Do the hula. See who can hula the longest around their neck, hips and knees.

o   Popsicle social. Squeeze ripe oranges for fresh orange juice and freeze in popsicle trays. Once they’re ready, enjoy this ice cold treat outside in the warm sun.

o   Freewheeling. Split a group of four or more kids into pairs and create your own wheelbarrow. Have one person get down on all fours while their partner picks them up by their ankles. When everyone is set, race to the finish without falling over!

We like to play fun (and silly) games that are old school, like a potato sack race (old pillowcases are great for this) and the old egg on a spoon (FYI there’s a much less um…egg-y idea for this in Family Fun magazine that suggests using ice cubes with food coloring in them.  Still slippery, still fun, but not a risk of raw egg all over the place!) and bean bag tosses.  Or really, just running races and playing tag.

Simple.  Fun.  Summer.

My kids will spend several hours playing “box” which …well, it’s just what it sounds like.  They play with a shipping box for hours.  They did it today.  The played it to pieces and now its recycled.  I think if I told them we’d be having  a party and all the friends would bring big boxes to play in they’d be overjoyed.  Bringing the box outside creates a whole new level of play.

What do YOU do to pass the summer days?  Are you jam-packed full of activities?  Do you prefer to just hang out and see what comes of each day?

I have to tell you that ALL of the families who came to the party and those who weren’t able to come but we shared goody bags with LOVE this sunscreen.  We’re all hoping it comes out in a spray, especially my friend Lisa who pretty much lives on the ocean all summer with 4 kids.

NEW! Banana Boat® Natural Reflect Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+

Introducing an effective, natural sunscreen in our line of proven protection. Banana Boat® Natural Reflect sunscreen lotion uses naturally sourced sunscreen actives that deflect UVA and UVB rays.
100% Naturally Sourced Mineral Sunscreen Actives, Zinc Oxide
Oxybenzone and Paraben-Free
Gentle on Sensitive and Delicate Skin
Proven Effective Against Sunburn; Helps Prevent Long-Term Skin Damage
Broad Spectrum UVA and UVB Protection
Water Resistant (80 Minutes)
Recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation
Dermatologist Tested

We hope you have at least 101 days of summer FUN ahead!

One lucky reader will win a Banana Boat prize pack.  To enter, simply leave a comment in the post below telling me what your favorite summer activity is.  I’d love for you to share, share share this giveaway with family and friends on your social networks so that we can get more folks to take the pledge mentioned to support the Hole in the Wall Gang camp.

The giveaway will end at 11:59 PM EST on June 22, 2012.  US Only.  Winner to be chosen randomly.

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of BananaBoat® Sun Care and received a party kit to facilitate my review, party kits to give to my guests, and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

Good Call iPhone Handset (Giveaway) #GoodCall

bluetooth iphone handset GoodCall

Attention all iPhone users! I have something you are going to LOVE.  Good Call is a Bluetooth Handset that turns your iPhone into a standard handset!!  This is wonderful for those of us that no longer have a landline, but would like a comfortable phone experience while using your phone at home.  This product also works as an iPhone docking station!  What a great idea for Father’s Day!!

Our family has been without a landline for over 7 years now.  The only problem we have?  How do you comfortably talk on the phone to friends and family on a small iPhone?  I LOVE the idea of this iPhone handset!!!  I was so excited to receive this product and give it a try.  I was immediately impressed with the solid construction and sleek design of this unit.  The footprint of the unit is small and fits nicely on my countertop without taking up a lot of space.


The Good Call Handset was so easy to set up!  I literally plugged in the device (you can either plug it into the power adapter and use the USB cable to connect it to your computer) and followed the extremely simple 3 step process to pair it with my phone:

  1. Slide the power switch on the handset to On
  2. Hold the Call button for 3 seconds until you hear the startup sound
  3. Go to your iPhone’s general settings and go to Bluetooth.  Select Bluetooth to pair your phone to the device.

It was a really easy setup process that took me less than 2 minutes to complete.  I immediately placed a call to try out the device.  You do this by dialing on your iPhone, then using the handset to talk (as long as the handset is turned on, it will automatically be put into use).  It worked great and had good range.  I was able to walk around my house and receive good clarity.  The handset itself is lightweight, but very comfortable to use.  Much easier than talking on the iPhone!

While I am talking on the handset, my iPhone is docked and charging.  I love that!  If I don’t want my calls to immediately go to the Good Call while I am at home I simply slide the power switch off and use my iPhone as normal.  The Good Call handset give me a more comfortable talking experience, works great as a docking station and gives me flexibility to use my phone how I want while I am at home.  I can’t think of a better gift for Father’s Day!  Any dad would love this Good Call handset.

This product will  launch on their website (www.goodcallbro.com) for $80 on Tuesday 6/19

  • Join the Good Call  Twitter party on June 19th. They are giving away 2 units every 15 minutes and giving away five prior to the party. #GoodCall
  • Follow Good Call on Twitter as they will be giving away units randomly throughout the next month.

One of our readers will win their own Good Call iPhone Handset!!!

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