Oct 022014
 

**I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for LISTERINE. I received samples for this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating**

Now that my boys have been back to school for about a month, we are back to a routine – which I am very happy about.  Things always seem to run smoother in my house when there is a set routine in place.   The thing is, some nights we are just so busy with after-school activities, that I feel like the rest of the night once we get home is very rushed.  One of the things I fear that my boys really rush is brushing their teeth. Let’s face it, sometimes brushing can be a challenge for kids, and I have a sneaking suspicion that my two aren’t doing as good of a job as I wish they did. Especially when it comes to getting in between their teeth.

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Listerine has several great products and I think they are the answer to my problem. I am excited to try out these LISTERINE products, along with my family, so that we can all get get those hard to reach spots between our teeth super clean. Continue reading »

Jun 082014
 

This contest has now ended. Congratulations to #108, Cynthia!
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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Pier 1 Imports. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and to thank me for participating.

I love shopping and I love a good summer cookout, so when the folks at Pier 1 sent me on a little shopping spree to pick out some new gear for a summer oasis party, I was thrilled.  I have been shopping at Pier 1 for years, but it’s always nice to be able to get some new things, right?

A few weeks ago, I spent about two hours in the store picking out what I wanted.  I wish I could have gotten one of everything!

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I was finally able to decide on the things I wanted & started planning my party.   We host lots of cookouts over the course of the summer and we decided that an outdoor oasis cookout over the  long Memorial Day weekend to kick off summer would be the perfect excuse to have some people over. Continue reading »

May 122014
 

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Reebok. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

I’m on my feet a lot.  A lot! Between errands, the kids activities and other things that need to get done day-to-day, I am almost always on the go. That means that comfortable shoes are a must for someone like me!  Since the spring weather is finally here in New England and my boots are getting put away for the season, I decided that it was time for a new pair of kicks to wear as I go about my daily life.

I headed over to my local Kohl’s to see what I could get my hands on and these Reebok Skyscape sneakers were totally calling my name.

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Lucky for me, they had lots of both colors in stock and I was able to grab my size right away so that I could go about the rest of my shopping. Continue reading »

Mar 292014
 

**I participated in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Kohl’s. I received a gift card as a thank you for participating.

It’s really no secret that Kohl’s is my go-to store for the latest fashion trends and this spring I’m excited to announce their partnership with renowned American Fashion designer Peter Som! Inspired by beautiful St. Barths, the exclusive Peter Som for DesigNation collection features bold patterns a bright colors in feminine skirts, dresses and separates. I absolutely love the beachy feel of his looks!  It may still be chilly here in Massachusetts, but the warm weather is going to be coming up quick – and I want to be ready with some new clothes!

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To be one of the first to shop the Peter Som for DesigNation line, be sure to RSVP to Kohl’s Peter Som Watch & Shop Google Hangout on April 4th at 12:00 PM ET.  Peter Som will be talking with fashion bloggers and giving us a look at pieces from his collection!  I can’t wait to join in- who else will I see at the Hangout?

Feb 232014
 

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Hood. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.”

So many great things come to mind when I think of comfort foods.  In my case, I have a long list of things I consider to be comfort foods because, well, I love food.  One thing that the vast majority of recipes I consider to be comfort foods have one common denominator – sour cream. Hood Sour Cream is all natural and the perfect addition to so many of the comfort food recipes that I make. Today, I decided to share one of my favorite comfort foods with you: chili.

I love making chili not only because it’s super easy to make and tastes delicious, but because it’s something I can make ahead of time and let it sit in my crock pot all day while I’m out & about.  As a busy mom, recipes like that can be a lifesaver.

Here’s what you need:

1 pound of ground turkey (or beef if that’s your preference)
1 can of Garbanzo Beans
1 can of Kidney Beans
1 can of Black Beans
1 packet of chili seasoning
1 large can of crushed tomatoes
1 onion (chopped)
Approximately 1 tsp of garlic powder
Shredded cheese (I used a 4 cheese Mexican blend)
Hood Sour Cream

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Feb 222014
 

This contest is now over. Congratulations to #37, Sarah!
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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Lionsgate. I received promotional item and a prize pack as a thank you for my participation.”

On March 14th, Lionsgate releases The Single Moms Club, a story of five struggling single Moms who put aside their differences in the midst of a school dilemma with their kids to form a support group. I have to tell you, I am really excited about this movie.

Have a look at the movie trailer to see what all the buzz is about:

Throughout their journey, the five women find inspiration and laughter in their new sisterhood and help each other overcome the obstacles that stand in their way. When my oldest son was two,  I saw an ad for a local MOMS Club that met right in my town.  I was super excited and contacted them right away to find out how I could join.  At the time, either my friends had not starting having children yet or their kids were much older and could not relate to toddlers anymore.  My sister & brother are younger than I am, so they hadn’t started having kids yet and I basically had no one to go to for support. Being a part of a support group like that was such a help to me at the time and not only did I connect with other moms in my community, I made a couple of life long friends.  Plus, I love that our kids are all in school together now that they are a bit older, so I still get to see the moms – just in a different capacity. Continue reading »

Dec 212013
 

**I participated in an Influencer Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Carter’s. I received a gift card to facilitate my shopping trip and to thank me for participating**

My son has a little bit of trouble with snap or button pants, so since he’s away at school all day & I don’t want to worry about him having any accidents or worse, feeling like he can’t use the bathroom, I always buy him elastic waist pants.  The thing is, as he gets bigger (he’s in size 5T), pants with an elastic waist become increasingly difficult to find.  To make matters even worse – he’s a little boy.  And that means he comes home with holes in the knees of his pants ALL. THE. TIME.

I get it, boys will be boys, but when the pants he needs are hard to find, I like to stock up.  One place that I know for certain that carries elastic waist pants for him is Carter’s. So, I headed to my local Carter’s store (in Attleboro, MA) on Friday so I could stock up on his pants for the winter.

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Carter’s a trusted name in children’s clothing, makes it easy to find cute and thoughtful gifts for little ones this holiday season. Available in sizes newborn – 7, Carter’s proves an easy, one-stop shop for adorable outfits this holiday season. Continue reading »

Dec 132013
 

This contest has now ended.  Congratulations to #49 D SCHMIDT
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*I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a thank me for my participation*

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Anyone that knows me, knows what a coffee junkie I am.  Whenever I go out, a pit stop at my local coffee shop is almost a guarantee.  The thing is, I end up spending SO much money on coffees & lattes.   I just knew that there had to be a way to create coffee-house quality beverages without the cost or mess from the convenience of your own home.  Guess what?  There is.  The NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto is the only machine that truly delivers delicious, coffee house quality creations every time with patented smart capsule technology delivering up to 15 bars of professional pressure and espresso technology.

I had the pleasure of trying out a NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto for myself.  The thought of never having to leave my house for a cappuccino or flavored coffee was very appealing to me, so I couldn’t wait to open it when it arrived last week. Continue reading »

Dec 072013
 

**I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Cardstore. I received complimentary cards and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

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Earlier this week, you read all about the photo shoot that we did for our family Christmas Card picture.   Even though we took the pictures two weeks ago now, I am still patting myself on the back over how perfect everything turned out for our photo session.  After the photo shoot was done, I sat down and ordered my cards that afternoon.  Not that I necessarily wanted to be the first one to get my cards sent out or anything like that, but I did want to make sure I got my cards in plenty of time to send them out nice and early in the season so that people could sit in awe of the awesome cards I made.

I ordered my cards on a Sunday (the day of the photo shoot) and to my delight, they arrived the next Wednesday.  I was shocked when I opened my mail box and saw my cards sitting there so quickly after placing the order.  But there they were, so I got right to work addressing the envelopes so that I could mail them immediately.

In case you missed my photo shoot post, here are our family Christmas cards this year:

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Dec 072013
 

Disclosure: I participated in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Zact. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.
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My nine year old has been begging for a smartphone for about a year now.  Sure, I let him use my iPhone to play games on occasion, but I feel that he’s too young for a phone of his own.  I told him that he could get one in middle school, which is only a year and a half away (gasp).

With that being said, I do want my kids to be able to contact me if they need me while they’re not at home, but I have some concerns about their mobile usage and the risks associated with smartphones. But Guess what?  There actually IS a safe alternative available when it comes to smartphones for our kids!

I recently learned about Zact, a no contract nationwide mobile service, that has parental controls so you can easily set amount of text and data usage as well as set curfews, such as at meal and bed times. Zact was recently awarded the seal of approval from The National Parenting Center and their average monthly bill is only $22!

Parental Controls with Zact from Zact Mobile on Vimeo.

Are your kids asking for a smartphone this holiday season?  If so, visit Zact.com for more information on their services or to sign up today!  I’d also recommend checking out this article from USA Today.

Dec 062013
 

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Boys and Girls Clubs of America. I received a promotional item as a thank-you for participating.

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It’s that time of the year again – you know what I’m talking about:  the holiday rush.  If you’re family is anything like mine, you get caught up in all the holiday festivities and it’s easy to forget what the season is truly all about.

The folks at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America knows this and this year they want to help  inspire us to reflect on the true meaning of giving with their 3rd annual Give the Gift of Great futures website. Head over to their site to vote in the Kids Give Back contest, which showcases BGCA kids giving back in their communities throughout the year or even create holiday gift tags with the Gift Tag Generator.

Throughout the year, but especially around this time of the year, my husband and I try to teach out kids about giving to others.  We donate the clothing we’ve outgrown, bring food deliveries to our church’s food pantry and bring toys to kids who are in need.  The BGCA has put together a list of  gift-giving tips to help inspire your kids to give back in your community.

Be sure to check out your local Boys & Girls Clubs’ website to find ways to volunteer in your community!

Dec 032013
 

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for PINCHme. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

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Do you love getting free samples?

Of course you do.

Then you PINCHme, a newly-launched sampling site, allows you to sample new products from leading brands in exchange for quick survey feedback.

Every other Tuesday at 12:00PM EST, look through your individualized batch of samples, pick your favorite items, and get the products delivered to you for free! The next batch of samples renews Tuesday, December 10th at 12:00 EST.

The more you share about your interests, hobbies, and favorite products, the more PINCHme can individualize the samples just for you! The only catch is that they ask you to answer a brief survey within 30 days giving your honest feedback.  That’s pretty easy, though, right?

I am on my way to sign up now and I can’t wait to start getting my samples! You can join PINCHme here!

Nov 232013
 

**I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for MedImmune Specialty Care. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

I just got over a miserable cold.  Or was it the flu?  Either way I was pretty sick and I ended up spending a good three days on my sofa sleeping – and what busy mom has time for that right? We try to take as many precautions against getting sick as we can, but we all know that they don’t always work ( like in my case).

Here are some things that my family does to try to prevent the spread of germs:

1. Wash  hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub for at least 20 seconds.

2. We avoid touching our eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread very easily this way.

3.  We try to avoid close contact with sick people as much as possible.

4.  We get plenty of sleep and exercise.

5.  We  drink plenty of fluids, and eat healthy foods. Continue reading »

Nov 232013
 

**I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Cardstore. I received complimentary cards and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

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It’s that time of year again.  You know, time to start thinking about Christmas cards.  I know it’s not even Thanksgiving, but it’s never too early to start planning for your Christmas cards, right? Besides, with all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, ordering your cards early is one less thing you have to worry about later when you’re trying to do a million other things.

One of the things I really enjoy doing year after year is looking through all the photos from the past year and picking out the perfect one to put on to our Christmas cards.  I know it’s not a competition, but I tend to spend a lot of time finding the right card and making it just the way I want it.  It warms my heart when people tell me how much they loved my card and/or that the one I sent was their favorite.

But I digress.

This year, while I was searching for my perfect Christmas card, I came across Cardstore.   They had an amazing selection of cards to choose from and I found that ordering from them was really easy. I just uploaded the picture that I wanted to use, personalized my card with a signature, and place the order.  It was so simple.  And in case you’re wondering, yes, I got to proofread  my card before sending it. Continue reading »

Nov 172013
 

“**I participated in an Influencer Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for OshKosh B’’Gosh.  I received a gift card to facilitate my shopping trip and to thank me for participating**

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Last weekend, I was out shopping at the Braintree Plaza and decided to stop in at the OshKosh B’Gosh store while I was there.  I have been buying clothing for both of my boys at OshKosh B’Gosh since my oldest son was born nine years ago.  I’ve found that their clothing is true to size, so the clothes not only fit nicely, but also their clothing is durable – so most of the clothes that I bought for my first son has lasted through both of my boys wearing them.

With that being said, my little man has so much trouble with buttons & snaps on his pants, so I thought I could pop in to the store and see if they had any elastic waist pants. I’ve found that as my boys get bigger, elastic waisted pants aren’t as easy to find in bigger sizes and I hate the thought of my guy being off at school all day and struggling with buttons on his pants when he has to use the restroom.

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Although my little man is six years old, he still wears  size 5T clothing because he’s a peanut.  I am very happy to report that I was able to get him three pairs of elastic waist pants at the OshKosh B’Gosh store that day.  I could have gotten more, but I figured that three pairs was enough.  Especially once I had noticed all of the great holiday clothing they had there. Continue reading »

Sep 212013
 

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Welch’s. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

Welch’s believes in the magic of “kitchen table” moments, and has been helping families enjoy them for generations. In the time it takes to drink a glass of juice or share a sandwich, a special moment can happen. That’s why Welch’s just launched a new movement called “Share what’s good™” It’s all about sharing those special moments that occur each day with family, friends and loved ones – whether it’s at home or on the go. At Sharewhatsgood.com you’ll find a variety of great content from fun family ideas to delicious recipes. You can share photos of your every-day moments and see how others are doing the same.

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The “Share what’s good” Photo Contest Details: Continue reading »

Aug 102013
 

Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Reebok. I received a Famous Footwear gift card to purchase a pair of Reebok shoes to facilitate my review and to thank me for participating.

I am completely addicted to zumba.  I go to class anywhere between four and seven times a week. Over the years I’ve tried all different kinds of workout routines & classes, but zumba by far is the most effective for me personally. In case you’re not familiar with zumba, it’s an intense Latin-inspired, high calorie-burning dance fitness class.  With that being said, comfortable shoes are a MUST!

I purchased a pair of sneakers when I first started taking zumba classes about a year and a half ago, but between the high impact of the classes and the amount of classes that I take in a week – they started to fall apart.  I recently headed over to my local Famous Footwear store to pick out a new pair of Reebok shoes.  I’ve shopped there before and it’s usually my go-to store when I’m in the market for some new shoes.

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Famous Footwear had a decent selection of Reeboks, but I was quickly drawn to the RealFlex Run running shoes in grey/teal.   I am someone that makes purchases based on color (s) and I really liked the look of these shoes. Continue reading »

Jul 202013
 

**I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consultingfor Orbit for Kids. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating**

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Getting my kids to brush their teeth isn’t always easy.  Actually, let me retract that statement and replace it with – getting my youngest son to brush his teeth isn’t always easy.  My oldest will brush his teeth if I ask him to, but he will never just go and do it on his own. My little man puts up a fight every single time.  No matter what I try, he just doesn’t like it.  I’ve purchased every flavor of toothpaste in existence and even let him pick out his own toothbrush, but nothing seems to work.  That’s why I was excited to learn about Orbit for Kids sugarfree gum.  Both of my boys like to chew gum, but they are both picky about flavors, so finding one that they both like isn’t easy.   New Orbit for Kids is sugarfree and ADA approved, and it comes in two delicious flavors that kids love -Original Bubble Gum & Strawberry Banana.

I am very happy to report that both of my kids LOVE the Strawberry Banana flavor.  They also liked the bubble gum, but I am going to stick with the strawberry banana flavor since they both like it so much.

Complement your child’s daily brushing routine by letting them enjoy Orbit for Kids sugarfree gum for 20 minutes after eating and drinking, and during those times they can’t brush. Continue reading »

Jul 162013
 

**I participated in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Lay’s. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating**

My favorite summer activity is taking the family swimming at the beach.  I have always been a huge beach bum and I’ve been working to turn my boys into beach bum’s, too.  So far my evil plan is working, too!  We got a membership to our local town pool this year, which is a small man-made pond that includes a beach area, so on days when we get a late start, we head there instead.  The kids still get that “beachy” experience and it’s a bit less crowded.

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Jun 082013
 

Now that the nice weather is finally upon us here in New England, I love that I have the chance to enjoy some fresh air – especially inside my house.  We have such a short span of time in which the weather is nice around here that I like to take advantage of it as much as possible.  The thing is,  I have three boys and a husband so trust me when I say that things get smelly around here fast.   As much as I would like to be able to air out my house by opening up some windows, the pollen is so bad around here, that I just can’t.  If I did, everything inside my house would be yellow within a matter of minutes.

So, to get the smell of boys out of my house, I have to get a little creative.  That’s where the new National Parks limited edition collection by Air Wick comes into play.  Not only are they amazing fragrances that make me feel like I’m on a mini vacation – right inside my house – but they are made by a brand that I have used for years and trust.

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