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Monday, August 29, 2016

Custom Photo Fleece Blanket – Just $19.99


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#PurrfectTogether: Celebrate the Bond Between You and Your Kitty This September

September is Happy Healthy Cat Month - and there's never been a better time to show our cats some extra love. Recently, the cat lovers at Meow Mix ran the Purrfect Together Survey, which asked cat parents around the country about their special bond with their four-legged friends.

Here are some of the meow-nificent results:
83% of cats take naps with their humans
This is surprising - and not because 83% of people love napping with kitty. The bigger question is: Who are the 17% of deprived humans who don't get to experience the joy of napping with their cats?
80% of cat parents believe they can interpret their kitty's meows
While humans and cats may purr in different languages, that doesn't stop most cat mommies and daddies from understanding what their kitty wants - whether it be some treats, cat nip, or just a snuggle partner.
72% of cat parents love to surprise their kitties with treats
Speaking of treats, nothing makes a cat happier than some spontaneous, unexpected goodies from the person who cares for them the most.
55% of cats love chicken-flavored nibbles
Exciting news: Meow Mix has just released a brand new culinary-inspired food made with real chicken or salmon, Bistro Recipes - a classy meal for a classy kitty!

Head over Meow Mix's new Purrfect Together web portal right meow, and you can download a coupon for $2.50 off any bag of Meow Mix Bistro Recipes. And that's not all! You need a classy painting to go with that classy meal. On the Purrfect Together portal, you can enjoy the unique experience of converting a photo of you and your cat into a Meowsterpiece - a digital "oil" painting that helps express and immortalize your cat-love on canvas.

I did it, and you should too! Now it's time to show me how special your human-cat bond is! Post your Meowsterpiece on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with the hashtag #PurrfectTogether. Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments below. Wishing a fantastic Happy Healthy Cat Month to you and your feline friend!
 
 

5 Year Angel-Versary #MasonsMission

 Today is a hard day. My Mason would be almost 7. Celebrating 5 years in Heaven today! I love you Buddy!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

5 Tips to Help Your Kids Get Along (at Least Most of the Time)

Your kids bicker, argue and fight - at least some of the time. Some fights stem from jealousy while others result from differences in their personalities, age differences or simply spending way too much time together.
To help maintain your precious sanity and encourage healthy sibling relationships, check out the following suggestions:

Set Some Ground Rules

When it comes to kids and fighting, you might let certain things slide and be strict on others. For example, you ignore basic name calling, including the classic “you are a poopy head” or “doo doo brain” accusations. Once you determine what is and is not acceptable, let your kids know the rules as well as the consequences - and then stick to them.

Try not to Get Involved

Some kids seem to up the arguing ante when mom or dad is nearby. While you want to make sure the fighting doesn’t escalate, do everything you can to steer clear of the battles. If the argument is over something like what to watch on TV, what game to play or who sits where in the living room, encourage them to work it out on their own and then leave the room.

Realize That 24/7 Togetherness Is Unrealistic

Even the most lovey dovey siblings get sick of each other, especially during long stretches of time like summer vacations. Make sure all of your kids have time and space to pursue their own interests, play with friends without big or little siblings in tow or chill out with a book and enjoy some peace and quiet.
If your kids share a bedroom, do what you can to make sure the space is a relatively serene sanctuary that encourages an environment of cooperation. Instead of buying separate twin beds, which often cause kids to use masking tape to cordon off “yours” and “mine” halves of the room, switch to bunk beds. Set a maximum price point and let your kids work together to choose what type of style they want for their room. Then, help them set up the rest of the space with their personal and shared items.

Catch Them Getting Along

There’s nothing like a good dose of praise to encourage kids to continue what they are doing. If you notice that the house seems unnaturally quiet and you find your darling kiddos working together on a jigsaw puzzle, your older daughter braiding her little sister’s hair or your sons turning your living room into a massive railway for Thomas the Tank Engine, compliment the heck out of them and let them know how proud you are.

Be a Great Role Model

Like it or not, your kids are always watching you. They are listening closely as you deal with conflicts with your spouse, a customer service representative on the phone or your in-laws. Even if you feel like hollering at times, strive to work through conflicts and disagreements in a respectful and kind way. Chances are good this approach will rub off on your kids.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Real Life?

You may or may not have noticed that it's been a bit quiet around this blog lately. Well, it's because I got a new job. Working part time and doing a blog wasn't enough revenue for me and my family so I got a full time office job and started on Monday. To be honest, I actually am loving it. But I am tired in the evenings and it is hard to keep up a house, a blog, and whatever else. So I'm going to keep trying, but don't leave me Oh Faithful Readers. I'll still be around with great reviews and giveaways! I'll get in a groove, especially when school starts back up. I'll find a routine that works! So hang in there with me! Thanks everyone!
 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Great American Milk Drive #Giveaway #BTS2016

Back-to-school season is here and Entenmann’s is partnering with The Great American Milk Drive, hoping to deliver 100,000 servings of milk to children and families in need across the country! After all, donuts and milk are perfect together! Entenmann’s is proud to join The Great American Milk Drive in the “Entenmann’s Donuts & Milk: Perfect Together Sweepstakes” helping deliver milk to those who need it the most.
For every entry received during the “Entenmann’s Donuts & Milk: Perfect Together Sweepstakes”, one 8 oz. glass of nutrient-rich milk will be donated to The Great American Milk Drive, up to 100,000 servings. Consumers can enter to win a variety of prizes during the Facebook sweepstakes, continues through October 31st. As part of the Facebook sweepstakes, 25 first prize winners will win a one year’s supply of milk and Entenmann’s donuts and 100 second prize winners will win four boxes of Entenmann’s donuts.
One of my lucky readers will win a Great American Milk Drive package. The package includes the following:

1 Entenmann’s Milk Bottle Tumbler
5 Entenmann’s Coupons valued at $7 each
One $25 AMEX gift card

Good luck!

 
 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

$500 #AeroBTS16 Giveaway

$500 Aeropostale Giveaway 
Savings.com has partnered with Aeropostale to give away $500 worth of Aeropostale gift cards to 10 lucky winners!

Giveaway Details:
Wednesday, August 17th at 12:00AM ET to Monday, August 22nd at 11:59PM ET.
Ten (10) winners will receive a $50.00 gift card to Aeropostale.
Users can enter the giveaway by heading to the Aeropostale page on Savings.com and submitting their email address on the form at the top of the page. The winners will be chosen through a lottery drawing and notified on Wednesday (8/24) via the email address they used to enter.

 
 

Custom Photo Travel Mug – Only $2.99


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S&H Not Included. New Customers Only. Limit 1. One Use. Cannot Combine Coupon Codes. Exp. 09-29-2016. Standard Shipping On One Travel Mug: $5.99.
 
 

Life Of The Lunchbox #Giveaway #BTS2016

It’s that time of year again! Back to school season is here and Entenmann’s Little Bites muffins and Nature’s Harvest bread are teaming up, bringing families the perfect lunchbox equation! From July 15th to September 30th, Entenmann’s Little Bites muffins and Nature’s Harvest bread are hosting the “Life of The Lunchbox Sweepstakes.” Fans can enter for a chance to win a $10,000 savings bond for their child. An additional 100 2nd prize winners will receive a Lunchbox Bundle that includes Little Bites snacks, Nature’s Harvest bread and a $50 gift card for school supplies.
What are some of your favorite ways to bring life to the lunchbox? I love to try to surprise Callan by giving him a special treat or something unexpected. One of my lucky readers will win The “Life of The Lunchbox” giveaway package that includes:

One $25 AMEX gift card
4 Entenmann’s Little Bites coupons
4 Natures Harvest coupons
2 boxes of Entenmann’s Little Bites Chocolate Chip muffins!

Good luck!
 
 
 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Clean Router #BTS2016

As a parent there are many conversations and situations you hope that you will be able to avoid as you are raising your children. One of those is calling another parents to inform them that their child accidentally saw inappropriate content while using the Internet at your house. This awkward conversation can easily be avoided if you have the right WiFi. Normal routers let any website load on any device in your home, from laptops to smartphones to gaming consoles.
The Clean Router is a special router that has pre-set and customizable parental settings that filter out content parents would rather their children were not exposed to online. Easy to use, the Clean Router replaces a home¹s current WiFi router. It plugs into any modem and will protect every device that connects to the home’s WiFi network unlike apps and software that only safeguard the device the program is downloaded to. 

Check it all out at Clean Router on Facebook, as well as Clean Router on Twitter.
 
 

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Kohl's Cares #BTS2016

Get your children back-to-school ready with the newest Kohl’s Cares collection featuring Clifford The Big Red Dog, available now through September. The collection includes a backpack, creativity kit, toys, and hard covered books to promote summer reading.
The charming stories of the larger-than-life canine focus on kindness and send a positive message to young readers. Parents can also feel good about purchasing the pieces that are priced at only $5 each, with 100 percent of the net profit benefiting children’s health initiatives nationwide.
To date, Kohl's has raised nearly $300 million through the Kohl’s Cares merchandise program. To reinforce the company’s commitment to children’s health, Kohl’s has donated financial support to hospitals across the country. The donations fund hospital outreach programs focused on children’s health initiatives and address the specific issues needed most in each hospital’s community. These tailored programs provide vital resources to families at no cost and include topics such as injury prevention, asthma awareness, dental care, and fitness.
 
 

#BTS2016 With Teacher Peach

Wow! It’s hard to believe we’re almost back to the school grind, but we are and there is no denying it! The team at Teacher Peach, a one-stop-shop for all classroom and teacher needs is feverishly working to fill orders to make the transition back-to-school easy for everyone involved. Just a few ideas (from the hundreds of classroom and family products!):
For students that love to maintain lists, this Executive Functioning Planning System is perfect for lockers or above desks. With three dry erase boards, sticky notes, action pads, and a notepad, this complete system allows students in intermediate grades through college to track and implement ideas all year long.
For both teachers and families, this 5 piece desk set is an awesome organizational tool for any work area.
How about stickers? We all love them! A great gift for teachers and for parents to have at home!
For teachers that love to write letters and want all the tools sent to them, A Note From The Teacher is a perfect box to subscribe to, or for any family to gift to their favorite educator! Each month's box includes 4 greeting cards with envelopes (individually packaged), 4 unique glossy envelope seals, 4 colorful postcards, 3 Forever stamps, 1 custom Teacher stamp, 1 Bonus seasonal greeting card and envelope, an extra envelope, tip-filled AnecNOTES and a free Card Organizer Starter Kit with the first purchase.

Teacher Peach is offering a 15% discount code for my readers to try the subscription: RPRBOX15

Check it all out at Teacher Peach on Facebook, as well as Teacher Peach on Twitter.

 

#BTS2016 With Purell

It's that time of year again. Back-To-School. That means one major thing. More germs!
Hand hygiene, which includes washing your hands with soap and water and using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, like Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer, is one of the most important measures we can all take to reduce the spread of germs that can cause illness. Yet, oftentimes, questions may arise around using alcohol-based hand sanitizers. With that in mind, Gojo has taken the most common questions and answered them for you.

Is it safe to use alcohol-based hand sanitizers?
Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer is safe and effective. Ethyl alcohol, the active ingredient in Purell Hand Sanitizer, has been used safely by the public for decades and is one of the safest and most effective antimicrobial ingredients known.

Can I use hand sanitizer safely multiple times a day?
Yes. Numerous studies support the safety of long-term, repeated use of Purell Hand Sanitizers. It is critical to practice good hand hygiene at key moments, such as before eating, after using the restroom and after touching objects that are frequently touched by others.

Is it better to use plain soap and water?
Both hand washing and hand sanitizing are effective measures to help prevent the spread of germs that may cause illness. What has been proven in hospitals is that well-formulated alcohol-based hand sanitizers are better than plain soap and water at reducing bacterial counts on hands and are less drying and irritating.
Do alcohol-based hand sanitizers cause supergerms?
Alcohol-based hand sanitizers kill germs in a different way than antibiotics, and they are not left behind to let the germs either become resistant or become what some people call “supergerms.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is no chance for the germs to adapt or develop resistance to an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, even with frequent use.

Do all hand sanitizers work the same?
No. When it comes to hand sanitizing products, formulation matters. The active ingredient is important but the total formulation affects the product’s effectiveness. The product also has to deliver good skin care performance and be likeable to use.

Does Purell Hand Sanitizer really kill 99.99% of illness-causing germs?
All Purell products are tested against a broad spectrum of micro-organisms and have resulted in more than 99.99% reduction of those organisms.

Is it safe to use Purell Hand Sanitizer for my children?
Yes; Purell Hand Sanitizer is safe and effective for everyone. It is important for all of us to practice healthy behaviors and hand hygiene, which includes using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, like Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer, is one the most important measures we can all take to help us to stay healthy. Children under 6 years of age should be supervised when using any Purell product.

Check it all out at Purell on Facebook, as well as Purell on Twitter.