$100 Walmart Gift Card #giveaway

Welcome to the Walmart Giveaway! Get your fall shopping on at Walmart with score some hot deals with this giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a $100 Walmart gift card – will it be you?


Prize: $100 Walmart Gift Card


Sponsors: This Mama LovesBlog by DonnaSmartySaverHappy Deal – Happy Day!Beauty BriteClare’s Weight Loss Journey with Plexus SlimSearching 4 SavingsThe Denver HousewifeBay Area Mommy and Oh My Gosh Beck!


Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Besides the mandatory blog comment entry, all other entries are optional. Giveaway ends 10/25 and is open to the US only.

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Girls Unstoppable Event 10/5: Don’t miss it!

When I was a little girl, I had so much confidence.  Somewhere along the line, I lost it.  For far too long.  Really, it’s sad I lost it at all.  So many girls do.  I look at my kids- all three of them, so FULL of confidence in their ability to learn, master and succeed at anything and everything, and, especially with my girls, I pray that they don’t lose that confidence.  Somewhere along the line, I lost my confidence, as did so many other girls (now women)– not sure how or why, but it happened.  It happens all the time.  So when I was asked to share about the Girls Unstoppable Event October 5, I had to agree. For two main reasons (and a million more):

sistersBecause these two need to be taught about self-esteem.  As do all of the other girls in our world. We need to show them what self-confidence looks like so they learn it and see it and live it.  It’s not just my two girls- it’s all of our girls.  There’s too many like me who floundered for a time (and longer) and lost that self-confidence and self-esteem.

Because at some point, I’m really good at  (fillintheblank) turned into I’m not good at, I can’t, I wish I, and other thoughts equally as non-confident happen.  For most girls.


Dove® wants to inspire women everywhere to embrace their uniqueness. Join them on Saturday, October 5 for the Girls Unstoppable Event at a Walmart near you. Bring your daughter, and create a day out of it! 

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Watch an inspiring video that shows just how important it is to teach young girls about self-confidence and self-esteem. While you’re on the site, download the Dove® self-esteem discussion guide to start the conversation with your daughter.

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This post is brought to you by our friends at Lunchbox.  Opinions are my own.


Are YOU the biggest Thomas the Train fan? (Prize Pack #Giveaway)

They’re 2, they’re 4, they’re 6 they’re 8, shunting trucks and hauling freight…. Red and green and brown and blue, they’re a really useful crew! Disclaimer: This Thomas the train post is sponsored by Lunchbox. All opinions are my own


We’ve spent many hours since the kids were this small playing with Thomas and Friends!

If you know that song, you’ve probably got a Thomas the Train fan in your life.  And having a huge Thomas fan in your life will probably make you want to read further, because maybe you are convinced that your little one is, indeed, THE biggest Thomas fan!!  We’ve spent countless hours laying elaborate track around our house with the kids- sometimes with adults, sometimes without.  Our biggest “game” is to use ALL of our pieces (which gets tricky, because they aren’t always all connecting the easy way)…we’ve had tracks that loop around our whole downstairs and ones that go up and over the couch and chairs…Building tracks and pushing the engines has always been a family activity we enjoy, and many memories have been made while playing.


Thomas’ Biggest Fan Contest

Visit the new Thomas & Friends™ page on Walmart.com for a chance to win the world of Thomas in his Biggest Fan Contest! One lucky fan will win the entire Thomas & Friends™ product line, including all kinds of products from bedding, to clothes, toys, movies, school gear and more. That’s up to $3,000 in Thomas merchandise for your little engineer! What could be better?


“Anytime is Thomas Time!”

Thomas & Friends™ has been delighting children all over the world since 1945, promoting important life lessons about the value of friendship, fair play, and team work. With so many different products to choose from, “Anytime is Thomas Time!” Visit to Walmart.com to check out the newest items, including Thomas’ brand new adventure “King of the Railway” on DVD/Blu-Ray and the Quest for the Crown playset, inspired by the film.

Thomas & Friends™ Interactive Soundboard

While you’re there, discover the sounds of the railway with the new Thomas & Friends™ interactive soundboard! This soundboard tool is available exclusively on Walmart.com, allowing your little ones to be the conductor as they click to explore various sounds from the world of Thomas.

 One reader is going to win a King of the Railway DVD and a Thomas & Friends Quest for the Crown Playset!! 


Come join us for the #HarvestFun Twitter Party 9/12 1pm EST #prizes

This is a sponsored post as part of my being asked to host this Twitter party.  Opinions are my own.#HarvestFunBadge-twitter-party

With the leaves changing and autumn fast approaching, it is the perfect time to gather family and friends for a fall celebration! Homemade treats and baked goods should be at the center of all great parties. Add M&M’s® to your favorite sweet recipes, and all of your guests will leave happy.
Don’t forget the hot apple cider! Stir up your favorite recipe with Mott’s apple juice and enjoy the flavors of the season. Be sure to join the #HarvestFun Twitter Party for more recipe ideas and a chance to win prizes!

There are so many fun ways to make things more festive all through the fall and one of my favorite ways to do that is with M&M’s® candies.  We enjoy movie nights on Fridays- a few festive M&M’s® mixed with our popcorn is a simple way to add a little bit of fun.  I always use the M&M’s®  Harvest Blend for any fall bake sales I contribute to- they add that element of fun and festivity that makes them stand out!

Join me for the #HarvestFun  TWITTER PARTY

DATE: September 12


PRIZES: $500 in Walmart Gift Cards

HASHTAG: #HarvestFun

HOST: @BrettBMartin

CO HOST: @LaughWithUsBlog

TWITTER PARTY LIST: http://cbi.as/3fw6a

TIPS FOR FOLLOWING PARTY:  http://cbi.as/5oac-

#HarvestFun Twitter Party Sweepstakes Official Rules


1. Eligibility. The #HarvestFun Twitter Party Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) is open only to legal residents of the United States, who have a Twitter account, and are eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of entry. Employees of Collective Bias, Inc. (“Sponsor” and “M&M’S®”), MARS Advertising, Inc., and their affiliates, as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings and children) and household members of each such employee are not eligible. The Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Void in Puerto Rico and where prohibited.  If you do not have a Twitter account, it is free to create one at www.Twitter.com.

2. Agreement to Official Rules. Participation in this Sweepstakes constitutes Entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules and Sponsor’s decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to this Sweepstakes. Winning a Prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth in these Official Rules.

3. Submission Entry Period. Entrants may make submissions via Twitter following guidelines outlined in How to Enter (“Entry”) between the hours of 1:00 pm – 1:55 pm ET on Thursday, September 12, 2013 (“Entry Period”). Date and time can change based on Twitter’s status. If date and time are changed entrants will be notified via Twitter using appropriate hashtag (#HarvestFun).  Sponsor’s clock is the Sweepstakes’ official clock.

4. How to Enter: Enter by RSVPing for the Twitter party at #HarvestFun party via this link: _http://cbi.as/s4j5z, be actively participating in the party, following both @brettbmartin and @laughwithusblog, and by using the hashtag #HarvestFun. To be eligible to win prize(s), Sweepstakes entrants must submit a tweet during the Entry Period using #HarvestFun hashtag.  Sponsor, may disqualify you from the Sweepstakes if it believes, in its sole and absolute discretion that your Submission fails to conform to these Official Rules.

5. Prizes, Approximate Retail Value and Odds of Winning. Prizes will be limited to five (5) $100 Walmart Stores gift cards to be given away during the 1 hour duration of the party on September 12, 2013.  Total value of all prizes awarded in this Sweepstakes is $500.  All winners will be chosen using random.org from the RSVP link and the active tweets during the party.  Winners must be present and participating in the party using the hashtag #HarvestFun at the time that they are drawn as a winner. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received and active tweets during the party. Winner will be notified via Twitter @ message by @laughwithusblog during the party on September 12, 2013 and must respond to @laughwithusblog within 5 minutes of being selected to claim their prize.

a. All Prizes are non-transferable, with no cash redemptions, equivalents or substitutions except at Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion. All Prize details not specified in these Official Rules will be determined in Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion. Prize details and availability are subject to change, and in the event that Sponsor is unable to provide a Winner with their Prize, the Sponsor may elect, to provide such Winner with the approximate value of such item in cash or award an alternate prize of comparable or greater value.

b. There is a limit of 1 (one) prize per household during the party.   Prizes will be shipped within 4-6 weeks following the end of the Sweepstakes.  Each gift card is subject to the terms and conditions set forth on the gift card.  Each gift card is redeemable for merchandise only and will not be redeemed or exchanged for cash, except where required by law. Each gift card will not be replaced or replenished if it is lost, stolen, damaged, destroyed or used without your permission and will be voided if altered or defaced.  Winner is responsible for any taxes on prizes awarded.

6.  Limitation of Liability:  IN NO EVENT WILL THE RELEASEES (DEFINED BELOW), THEIR ADVERTISING OR SWEEPSTAKES AGENCIES OR THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, REPRESENTATIVES AND AGENTS, BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OR LOSSES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES. Sponsor and Administrator assume no responsibility for undeliverable e-mails resulting from any cause, including any form of active or passive e-mail filtering by a user’s Internet Service Provider and/or e-mail client or for insufficient space in user’s e-mail account to receive e-mails.  By participating in this Sweepstakes, each Entrant agrees to release and hold harmless Sponsor, Administrator, MARS Advertising, Inc., their respective affiliates and related companies and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, agents, and other representatives (collectively, the “Releasees”) from any and all liability for any injuries, losses or damages of any kind to persons, including death, or property arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from acceptance, use or misuse of a prize, participation, or inability to participate in Sweepstakes, any Entries or any Sweepstakes-related activity.  Releasees are not responsible for printing errors or for lost, late, unintelligible, misdirected, incomplete, damaged or garbled Entries or any other documents. Releasees are not responsible for any: (a) telephone, computer, hardware, software, programming or interrupted or unavailable network, server or other connections, network malfunction, or other technical failures or errors, or failure to properly process Entries; (b) communication disruption or other forces beyond the reasonable control of the Sponsor, make Entries or other disruption related to Internet traffic, virus, bug, or non-authorized intervention; or (c) damage caused by computer virus or otherwise resulting to any computer by entering this Sweepstakes, whether human, mechanical or electronic. Releasees shall not be liable to any Entrant or any other person for failure to supply a prize or any part thereof, by reason of any acts of God; any action(s), regulation(s), order(s) or request(s) by any governmental or quasi-governmental entities (whether or not they prove to be valid); equipment failure; terrorist acts; earthquake; fire; flood; war; explosion; unusually severe weather; hurricane; embargo; labor dispute or strike (whether legal or illegal); labor or material shortage; transportation interruption of any kind; work slow-down; civil disturbance; insurrection; riot; or any other cause beyond Sponsor’s sole control.  


8. Consent:  UNLESS PROHIBITED BY APPLICABLE LAW, BY ENTERING THE SWEEPSTAKES, A ENTRANTCONSENTS TO THE USE OF HIS OR HER NAME, LOCATION,  LIKENESS, IMAGE, ADDRESS AND/OR PRIZE INFORMATION and/or Sweepstakes entry for promotional and other purposes (including without limitation, commercial purposes) without further payment, except where prohibited by law.  By entering the Sweepstakes, Entrants give their express permission to be contacted by Sponsor by telephone, e-mail and/or postal mail regarding the Sweepstakes.   

9. Privacy Policy: Any personally identifiable information collected during an Entrants participation in this Sweepstakes will be collected by Sponsor or its agent and used by Sponsor, its affiliates, agents and marketers for purposes of the proper administration and fulfillment of the Sweepstakes as described in these Official Rules and in accordance with the Privacy Policy as stated at http://collectivebias.com/privacy.html.

10. Miscellaneous:   Sponsor reserves the right to change these Official Rules or cancel the Sweepstakes at any time, at its discretion.  In the event of any dispute concerning the identity of any entrant, the entry will be deemed submitted by the natural person who is the authorized holder of the transmitting account. “Authorized account holder” is defined as the natural person who is assigned to a Twitter account by Twitter, who is responsible for assigning all Twitter accounts. Any false information provided within the context of the Sweepstakes by any Entrant concerning identity, mailing address, telephone number, e-mail address, ownership of right or any other non-compliance with these Official Rules or the like may result in the immediate elimination of the Entry from the Sweepstakes.

11. Winner’s List:   For the name of the prize winners, those interested print their name and address on a 3″x 5″ card and mail it in an envelope to:  #HarvestFun Twitter Party Official Rules, c/o Collective Bias, 205 S. Main Street, Bentonville, AR 72712. Specify “Rules” or “Winner List” on the card.  Winner List requests will only be accepted after the Sweepstakes end date (listed above) and requests must be received no later than October 31, 2013.  

This Sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administrated by, or associated with, Twitter or Walmart Stores.  Entrants understand that they are providing their information to the Sponsor and not to Twitter.   

Sponsor:  Collective Bias, Inc., 201 S. Main St., Bentonville, AR  72712.



My Little Pony is growing up with Equestria Girls (2 winner #giveaway)

This is a sponsored post about the My Little Pony Equestria Girls line of dolls.  Opinions are my own. Growing up, I loved My Little Pony everything.  I think that they came in third only to my Annie wig and my Cabbage Patch Kid doll.  The ponies were different- I could do so much with them including brush their hair.  They were smaller in size than a doll, so I could bring them wherever I went much easier. A few ponies and some imagination and I could fill an afternoon.  My older daughter likes MLP but hasn’t fallen in love with them.  My little one, who just turned 4? She adores MLP.  Tshirts, underwear, mini ponies,  regular ponies, videos…and to her delight…the new Equestria Girls line.

Twilight Sparkle and Sunset Shimmer arrived at our house the other evening, packaged together in one box.  Each has her own sense of style and comes with a few accessories.  There’s only one girl who can be crowned Fall Formal Princess, and only one crown in the box…your little one gets to decide who wins the title and the crown. The kids have been enjoying Sunset Shimmer and Twilight Sparkle together- they were immediately “best friends” and have been marrying all of brother’s action figures (Iron Man is quite the catch, who knew?)

(Please note- when my 8 year old says something is creepy, it’s a GOOD thing!)
The MY LITTLE PONY You Know and Love Has a New Look!


Twilight Sparkle has been transformed into a teenage girl by walking through a magical mirror to a parallel universe where she makes some new friends who remind her of Ponyville’s Applejack, Rarity, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy. Check them out as they explore Equestria!

Come Thru the Mirror to check out the Equestria Girls at Walmart


Come through the mirror on Walmart.com to get all of the info on the new MY LITTLE PONY Equestria Girls. Check out biographies on all of the MY LITTLE PONY Equestria Girls, and view all of our MY LITTLE PONY Equestria Girls product. As you move throughout the page, roll over hidden gems to discover fun activities and features for your MY LITTLE PONY fan to enjoy, like Magic Hair Chalk, MY LITTLE PONY nail art, MY LITTLE PONY Equestria Girls coloring pages, and more!

Twilight Sparkle- Only Available at Walmart

Buy your Equestria Girl products at Walmart so your daughter can experience MY LITTLE PONY and build memories of her own, while you get Walmart’s everyday low value. Give her an exclusive MY LITTLE PONY experience when you buy her Twilight Sparkle, only available at Walmart!


Two readers will win a My Little Pony Equestria Girl (selection based on availability- they will try to accomodate your requests)

Checking In: See how we like our cheap wireless plan

Remember, about a month ago I shared that we were checking out the Walmart Family Mobile plan with the Concord phone and the cheap wireless plan? Well, it’s been long enough that hubby (as well as me, and the 8 year old) have been able to play around and use the phone to really see what we think of the plan.  The verdict: we love it. It may not have the most bells and whistles of some other smartphones that cost 5-6 times as much, but it has the bells and whistles we USE and need.

My husband is able to send photos to us while he’s on the road- so when he sees something really cool, instead of  just describing it over dinner, and trying to share the image from a teeny tiny flip phone, he can send it immediately. Like last week, he caught about 20 blue crabs- he was able to tell not just tell us but also SHOW us…and I was able to get the grill set up to cook the crabs. (Which is the absolute end of my involvement with the crabs).


I have to admit right now that yes I did add myself into the phone contacts. Just in case you were wondering. 😉

When he’s home, my 8 year old has taken over this phone. She loves to text.  We don’t let her text many folks, but we have let her text family members.  She’s also been known to text me if I am up in my room or she’s down in the basement with my husband.  But she’s also able to text her daddy from my phone when he’s at work and check in or tell him something that happened- the two of them are thick as thieves and that’s been great for both of them.  My son has been playing around taking photos to send via text or just to surprise his dad with….


We’re also in the process of redoing a room in our home- and now my husband is able to compare prices or send me links because he has a phone with a data plan.  He was at a business, loved their flooring, asked where it was from and was able to send me the link to check out within 5 minutes.  That’s not something that we’d have been able to do before.


Having the ability to keep in touch and be able to search online for things with a smartphone has been wonderful for my husband (and for me).  Even just for being able to search for where a place IS or a phone number makes me feel better if he’s far from home.  He likes being able to look stuff up himself and not have to call home to ask me to look something up.

The service rollback available from Walmart Family Mobile is still available, $39.88 unlimited talk, text and web and $29.88 unlimited talk and text- pair that with the great phone prices Concord (is $79.88 – was $99.88)  and MyTouch devices (is $129.88 – was $149.88) and no contract? That’s a win in my book!  Online account management and information is available 24/7 on the Family Mobile website.  Hint: Grab it now while there’s a rollback! Give it a try!  I think you may like it.

 I think the thing my hubby is most excited about, besides finally having a personal phone…is that he can get the ‘extras’ option and be able to download his own ringtones.  Having a cheap wireless plan for us means we can splurge and do some fun things like get a few ringtones- not something we’d normally do.  I like the peace of mind.

Walmart Family Mobile is not available in all areas yet– although it is available widely (not as available in the west).  It’s a GREAT option if you want a smartphone without paying the really high rates, having to sign a contract, and spend money on unlimited plans that aren’t actually unlimited.  We’re really happy we discovered this service and will be continuing for at least 3 more months (we like to try service for a few months to get a really thorough experience with a product like this). Signal strength is fair in our house, better outside (which is how most service plans are in my area) but signal is great in most of Connecticut and most of Mass which is where my husband travels for work all the time, and where he uses the phone the most. I do see that they are rolling out some 4g service throughout 2013 so I think that the Walmart Family Mobile plans and service will get better, better and better with wider coverage.

Now, I’m off to give the kids more fun ideas of photos to take on daddy’s phone.  He forgot it at home today and, well, we like to have some fun. I think we’ll add some photos to all of his contacts.

Be sure to look around online and see how others are liking the Walmart Family Mobile plan- just watch for the #FamilyMobileSaves hashtag!!

25 years of the holiday Barbie doll #HolidayBarbie

This giveaway for the 2013 holiday barbie doll is brought to you by our friends at Lunchbox.  The Holiday Barbie Doll is one of the longest running series of collectible Barbie dolls. For 25 years, many have looked forward to finding out what each Holiday Barbie doll will look like, what she’ll wear, how she’s accessorized.  Since 1988, these dolls have imagined Barbie at the center of a fantastic and glamorous holiday event – one requiring a gown that’s unique, festive, luxurious and stunning.


A gorgeous treat for girls, and a thoughtful gift for adult Barbie fans, too, the 2013 Holiday Barbie Doll is a vision of beauty from a true winter wonderland! AND you can get her NOW!!  She’s really, really beautiful, my friends!!  I know a few little girls who would squeal in delight if they had this holiday Barbie doll to play with…


With the 2013 holiday doll you get silvery dress and accents galore…definitely sets the wintry wonderland mood you want with a holiday doll! I do love her dress, I’m not going to lie. It’s quite fabulous!

A Holiday Treat from Walmart.com

Head to Walmart.com to purchase the limited edition 2013 Holiday Barbie, complete with a exclusive ornament. As a holiday treat to you, the first 1,500 purchasers of the 2013 Holiday Barbie on Walmart.com will receive a $10 Walmart gift card! Free ornament (I love ornaments, although my husband says we have enough already…) and $10 free?  Yes, please!


One reader will win a 2013 Holiday Barbie Doll!

Affordable Smartphone Service with Unlimited Plans

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop and post about finding affordable smartphone service with unlimited plans  has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and their client. My husband has a cell phone through his employer, but they aren’t allowed to use the phones for personal calls or texts.  This is understandable, but also frustrating.  If he’s running really late and out in the field, he’s not able to call and say, “hey! I’m running late!” and he also can’t check emails in the event I’ve sent him something time sensitive.  I think the worst part for him (first world problems…) is that he can’t send or receive pictures of the kids at all.  Or pictures of anything, really.


We’ve wanted to do a smartphone for my husband for a while now- it just makes sense with him on the road all the time for work- he’s all over Connecticut and frequently in Massachusetts. We’ve held off a long time because we simply didn’t want to pay for already expensive cellular service plus an additional $30 a month for data with a 2 year contract commitment. It’s not a need and not something we were willing to do. So we’ve been looking around and waiting and researching for plans that have NO commitment, no contract, and offer affordable smartphone service. I think we have found that in the Walmart Family Mobile plans.

With the Walmart Family Mobile program, consumers like us who aren’t looking-or willing- to pay high prices for a contracted amount of time can find devices AND plans that are affordable. Several devices are on rollback right now (including the Concord that we received for this review, priced down to $79.88 from $99.88 and the MyTouch device which is $129.88 from $149.88). I’m not telling you about the devices to recommend them or not- I’m trying to just show that there are affordable options for the Family Mobile plan that are out there. There’s several different phones available through this program which is brought to you by T-Mobile. You can also bring your own phone to the plan and just get the activation kit with a SIM card- just be sure your phone is a GSM phone so it’ll be compatible.


Here’s what got us so excited to give the Family Mobile unlimited plans a go- there are plan rollbacks that are available: $39.88 for unlimited talk, text and web and $29.88 for unlimited talk and text (great for new users and kids). Remember, NO contract. The $39.88 is less than we were paying when I was with a contract service for my phone and zero texts, zero web. Just phone. Basic phone. This is a whole lot more without a commitment. Good grief, am I making us sound like we’re commitment-phobic? I mean, obviously we aren’t since we got married but if you didn’t know better…you might think we are.  The activation kit is just $25.


We have started our Family Mobile journey and will be updating in a month or so with what we think of the phone and service.  Stay tuned…

Visit Walmart Family Mobile for online account management and information.

#FamilyMobileSaves #CBias #Shopeck out my whole shopping experience to get the Walmart Family Mobile activation kit at our local Walmart store!

$150 Walmart GC Giveaway

Welcome to the Walmart Giveaway! Are you ready to get a head start on back-to-school shopping or maybe even Christmas shopping? Well here’s your chance! We’re giving away a $150 Walmart Gift Card to one of our readers!


Prize: $150 Walmart Gift Card


Sponsors: Alas 3 LadsConservamomDallas Single MomKrazy Koupon ClubMommy on the MoneyMy Four LittlesOh My Gosh Beck!The Denver HousewifeThe Funky Monkey, This Mama Loves and Smarty Saver

Don’t forget to enter my super easy entry giveaway for a $100 Walmart Gift Card!

Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Besides the mandatory blog comment entry, all other entries are optional. Giveaway ends 8/15 and is open to the US only.
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Family camping with Bear Grylls

This is a sponsored giveaway post about being ready for anything – including family camping– with Bear Grylls.  If you haven’t yet heard of Bear Grylls, well, you clearly aren’t watching much on the Discovery Channel.  My husband has enjoyed Bear Grylls’ Man Vs. Wild for several seasons, and I would be lying if I didn’t admit to finding it at least interesting and entertaining.  Bear, aside from being quite easy on the eyes, is also a man with some amazing talents that have given him worldwide fame and accolades for his survival and adventure skills.  His Bear Gryll’s Gerber Survival line is available at Walmart stores- and yes, the items would make fun gifts for Bear Grylls fans, but much of the line is also great for preparedness and family camping adventures. Bear Grylls’ survival tools are great for survival but also great for any family camping trip.
One of my favorite tools and one that I think every adult should own (and responsible kid who’s old enough to handle having one) is  a multi-tool.  It’s not always the ideal tool for a job, it doesn’t have to be fancy, but a multi-tool can give you dozens of tools in one place, easy to store and easy to carry around.  Screwdrivers, scissors, knives, pliers, serrated blade and more.  It may not be ideal but in a pinch? It’ll get you through. I  lost count of how many times I was glad to have a multi-tool nearby years and years ago.  Spend the money and get one.  They are really quite handy, especially since Bear Grylls doesn’t seem to make house calls to come to our rescue.

I’d absolutely bring along a multi-tool on any trip I go on- including a family camping trip. We brought one to Disney World in January!

Since it’s summertime and we’re talking about adventure and being ready for family camping, one reader will win a Bear Grylls Family Camping Kit which includes:
  • Hands Free Torch (Head Light)
  • Survival Tool Pack (tools for camping)
  • Fire Starter (for camp fire pits)
  • Survival Bracelet (kids love these)
  • Hatchet (for chopping fire wood)