Surviving cold and cough season: Dr. Cocoa’s chocolate flavored medicine for kids

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This post is part of a sponsored campaign by Dr. Cocoa and Scholastic. As cold and cough season are approaching, I'm already anticipating how my daughter will spend her sick days. When she's not feeling well she likes to cuddle up on the couch with her favorite lovey and watch favorite movies or educational programs about animals. She doesn't complain too much until it's time to take the medicine. From my experience most children's medicine doesn't taste very yummy. We have tried a Read More... {Read More...}

FROZEN soundtrack CD giveaway and Elsa tracing activity

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I received a complimentary CD from Walt Disney Records and Entertainment New Media Network to facilitate this post. All opinions and ideas are my own. I've been listening to my daughter sing her favorite FROZEN songs everyday since the movie was in theaters last year. The momentum of the movie certainly has not died in our house. We celebrated her birthday with a FROZEN day last year and she has wanted to wear her favorite Elsa dress every other day to kindergarten. She loved the FROZEN sing Read More... {Read More...}

Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival (Phoenix review)

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I am a Feld Family Ambassador and have received complimentary tickets in exchange for sharing information and my opinion about this event. When I told my daughter we were invited to Disney Live! Mickey's Music Festival in Phoenix she couldn't wait to attend. Our family had so much fun at the concert together. As the show ended I asked her favorite part. She answered, "Everything was awesome!" We danced, sang, and laughed through the entire show. The show began with an exciting Read More... {Read More...}

How to protect yourself during a consumer data breach

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Several years ago I learned I was a victim of identity theft. Navigating my way through reporting the crime and learning to protect myself was challenging. It wasn't long into the process I started using LifeLock for personal identity protection. Although I thought I was completely educated about identity theft and knew ways to protect myself, we simply can't control the behaviors of others. By using LifeLock I am confident I am protected and will be notified anytime my personal Read More... {Read More...}

Solar Energy: how installing solar panels will help the environment and your wallet

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This post is part of a sponsored campaign by Sungevity. My daughter is constantly sharing ideas for our family to help conserve energy and water. Just last night she suggested I take 12 second showers to conserve water and save the oceans. She has always been very aware of the environment and has no problem telling others how to help take care of the planet. Her confidence and innocent persistence has forced children to throw away snack wrappers on the playground, led cafeteria discussions Read More... {Read More...}

DIY Candy Covered Pumpkin and Free Halloween Printable

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. Halloween is my favorite time of the year to make craft projects. My daughter is now five years old and has so many of her own great ideas. She gets excited each time I tell her plans for a new project. When I told her we would be working on a pumpkin project with Skittles and Starburst she couldn't wait to get started. I was excited too because growing up, I loved digging through Read More... {Read More...}

My Fresh Take on Meals {Meatless Recipes}

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Check out My Fresh Take on Meals {Meatless Recipes} by Brie Brie Blooms at Foodie.com Our family eats meat regularly and while I'm the first to say I love a good steak, I also love the idea of my daughter eating well balanced meals. As a toddler her favorite snacks included edamame, carrots, and celery. But as she's grown getting her to try new foods has been challenging. I've recently started seeking out meatless recipes to include more veggies in our weekly meal plans.  I created a Read More... {Read More...}

Plus one makes four, our baby news

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I'm so excited to finally share our family news. Extending our family is something  we have wanted for quite awhile and have quietly hoped our daughter would get to be a big sister. We are expecting a baby due April 2015 and my daughter couldn't be more excited. We saved the news and told our daughter after the first healthy ultrasound. She is absolutely intent on making sure I eat healthy and reminds me to take a vitamin every morning. I already have a little helper ready to be a Read More... {Read More...}

Fun with friends #PHXMomcation

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Every mom deserves a break. Whether you are working outside of your home, from home, or just being mom, motherhood is not easy. Last weekend I went on a little mommy break with close friends. I was home less than 24 hours later and felt completely refreshed. Our #PHXMomcation is just what I needed. We dined at the True Food Kitchen, stayed over at a Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak resort casita, then had breakfast at the resort's Rico's restaurant. Our casita at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Read More... {Read More...}

Get your kids active with a LeapFrog LeapBand virtual pet

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 I received free products in order to host the LeapFrog and CLIF Kid sponsored MommyParty. All opinions and ideas are my own. We celebrated Fit Made Fun Day September 6th by getting active with the new LeapFrog LeapBand and sharing healthy snacks, CLIF Kids Zbar Protein. The Fit Made Fun celebration was to inspire kids everywhere to get up and active. The new LeapBand is an excellent way to encourage active play while making fitness fun. The new LeapFrog Read More... {Read More...}