Keep Your Kids Hydrated This School Year With Contigo Water Bottles

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Back To School in Arizona means finding ways to keep my kids hydrated throughout the day.  As if the Arizona heat weren’t hard enough to deal with, we live in a very rural area and all three of my children have quite lengthy bus rides to school…my oldest a 2 hour ride to his high school!  Extended exposure to these temps mean hot kids, and unfortunately, often dehydrated kids.  Last year all of the options I tried didn’t work out well, so this year Contigo and I have partnered up to find some great water bottles that easily fit into backpacks to keep my kids happy, healthy, and refreshed all year long.

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My youngest child entered kindergarten this year, and I was on a mission to find durable water bottles that won’t leak or spill, and Contigo had the perfect solution.  The AUTOSEAL Trekker is perfect for little ones around my daughter’s age that are too big for sippy cups, but don’t quite have the coordination to avoid spills.   This bottle features a one-touch AUTOSEAL lid that automatically seals between sips for mess-free drinking.  Plus it’s easy for small hands to hold, so it’s perfect for kids to keep on trekkin’.  Add in top rack dishwasher safe, and you’ve completely sold this mom on a wonderful water bottle.

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When looking for a water bottle for my middle schooler, I had a few things I needed to keep in mind.  Durability was a must, as well as a large capacity as he always drinks a lot of water.  The AUTOSPOUT Chug seemed like the perfect fit and he absolutely loves it.  The autospout is great for busy kids on the go, and has held up to the enormous abuse my son can dole out.  With the press of a button, the chug spout opens for convenient on-the-go one-handed drinking.  The wide spout helps the water flows quickly into your mouth (perfect for chugging when you need to hydrate in a hurry).  When you’re finished drinking, simply press the spout under the protective cover to fully close for help protecting against leaks and germs.

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Now the real challenge came along…finding a water bottle for my high schooler that would fit all of his needs.  I needed to find a water bottle of an adequate size, while offering durability and the ability to help keep drinks cold.  The AUTOSEAL Chill has not only lived up to my expectations, but has completely surpassed them.  Keep your cool all day with the spill-proof AUTOSEAL Chill.  Water will stay cold up to 28 hours, thanks to Thermalock vacuum insulation.  Just press to sip and release to seal automatically, using the spout cover to help protect against dirt and germs when you’re finished hydrating.  I was skeptical that this water bottle would keep my son’s water cold all day long, but it absolutely did, and then some!  In the morning my son fills up his bottle with ice and water, and by the end of the day he still has ice in his water bottle which was a true shock considering the extreme temps we have throughout the day.

Whether you’re looking for water bottles for young children, older kids, or even just yourself…you can’t go wrong with any of the bottle that Contigo has to offer.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

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Kick Off Fall In Style With Lugz Rivington Mid Sneakers #Review #Giveaway

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A new season is about to roll in, and you should already know what that means in my household.  NEW SHOES!  The fabulous designs Lugz has for the whole family combined with durability and style makes it easy to find shoes for the whole family in one convenient spot.

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I have come to LOVE Lugz for my sons, especially my oldest who is only 14 but has bigger feet than my husband.  The bigger shoes get, the more expensive they are and that’s why I love Lugz.  The quality is outstanding, the styles are current, and the price is affordable for every budget.  My son is tough on his shoes and Lugz has been the only brand to hold up through the abuse my son puts them through.  This fall my son wanted something that would coordinate well with is school uniforms, and the Rivington Mid sneakers in brown/white were the perfect fit.

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Aren’t these sneakers sexy?  That’s not often a word I use to describe shoes, but it’s quite fitting here.  These sneakers have been a HUGE hit with my son and all of his friends, and now they’re all asking their parents for a pair too.  My son has a considerable walk to the closest bus stop, but hey that’s rural living at it’s finest.  The comfort provided by these sneakers far surpasses my expectations of them.  My son doesn’t have achy feet after his walk, and the durable sole has shown no signs of wear yet which is a HUGE bonus in my book.

Product Details:

  • Textile Upper
  • Cotton drill lining
  • Vulcanized construction
  • Classic Lugz hardware on logo & eyelets
  • Durable rubber outsole

If you’re looking at these sneakers and find yourself saying that you just can’t live without a pair, then this just might be your lucky day!  Lugz has been generous enough to sponsor a giveaway so one of you will be able to try out the Rivington Mid Sneakers for yourself!

***GIVEAWAY!!!***
One lucky winner will receive a pair of Rivington Mid sneakers in their choice of color and size!  Giveaway will begin 8/24/17 at 7:00 pm EST and will end 8/31/17 at 6:59:59 pm EST.  Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen.  All giveaway entries will be validated.  Winners are randomly selected.  Click the link below to enter:

Click here to enter the Lugz Rivington Mid sneakers giveaway!!

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

A Super Fun Spin On An Old Classic…The Oregon Trail: Hunt For Food

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If you remember playing the game Oregon Trail as a kid on huge, bulky computers with floppy disks, then congratulations…you had the best childhood ever!  In the original game, you play as a covered wagon party of pioneers and head out west from Independence, Missouri to the Willamette River and valley in Oregon.  You first had to stock up on provisions, and then, while traveling, make decisions such as when to rest, how much food to eat, etc.  The Oregon Trail incorporated simulation elements and planning ahead, along with discovery and adventure, as well as mini-game-like activities (hunting and floating down the Dalles River).  The new The Oregon Trail: Hunt For Food card game from Pressman Toys is perfect for kids who grew up playing the original game, as well as for my own children who have no experience with the original game but LOVE playing this new card game.

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In The Oregon Trial: Hunt For Food, you will work together with your fellow travelers to collect 600 pounds of meat.  However, you will face many deadly threats during your hunt: you might get bitten by a snake, break your leg, or get trapped by obstacles and never make it back to the trail.  Each roll can be a life-or-death matter, and the whole family has fun working together to keep everyone alive until the end.  If at least one member of your party survives to collect 600 pounds of meat, everyone wins…but it is definitely harder than it sounds!  If you have the original The Oregon Trail Card Game, you can play this game as an extension or on its own.  This add-on feature will allow you to carry your food and supplies to the original game…however, if you die in this game, both games are over.

Are you up for the challenge? Bring this classic computer game to life and gather your fellow travelers for The Oregon Trail: Hunt for Food Card Game which you can find exclusively at Target.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Safe Travels With Slime Flat Tire Repair Kits

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With so many things going on in our day-to-day lives, there are a lot of things that should be considered more often that go unnoticed.  How often do you think about your spare tire?  Or even just a flat tire?  Probably never, right?  If you live in a rural area like I do, this is actually something that I think about on a weekly basis.  My home is pretty isolated from much of everything, and it’s a 25 mile journey one way through VERY unpopulated terrain to the closest town with grocery stores.
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The pictures above are from my journey into town to go grocery shopping (don’t worry, I was the passenger, not the driver).  I typically drive these roads alone during the week, and every single time I drive anywhere, I’m ALWAYS worried about a flat tire.  I do not know how to change a tire (I’m spoiled I guess, my husband is the one who does the vehicle maintenance), and as you can see from my pictures, if I were to ever get a flat tire alone I’d be stuck in a position I don’t want to be in.  There are 5 miles of dirt roads between my home and the main road that runs through my tiny town, and sharp rocks and washboard ridges on these roads are always a concern of mine.  The cellular service here is spotty at best, so it’s not likely I could call anyone for help.  Walking to anywhere would be next to impossible in the Arizona heat…so what’s a girl supposed to do?
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The Slime Flat Tire Repair Kit has been the answer to all of my worries.  In just 10 minutes I can repair my tire and get back on the road safely again.  This kit is the simplest thing to use, and I can’t tell you how incredibly grateful I am for the peace of mind this kit being in my truck has given me.  You simply plug the unit into your vehicle’s lighter plug, and instantly a mix of sealant and air are pumped into your tire, sealing any punctures and repairing the tire.  The repair lasts up to 500 miles so there’s plenty of time to get to a service station.
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So, two days ago I got ready and headed out into town to get some groceries.  It wasn’t too long into my drive and whadya know…one of those pesky rocks decided to try and throw a monkey wrench into my day.  I had a flat tire, and there was no better time to put the Slime Flat Tire Repair Kit to the test.  I was able to hook the repair kit up to my tire with no problems, and sure enough, in about 10 minutes my tire was ready to go.  I made it into town safely and stopped at a service station, but had it not been for the Slime Flat Tire Repair Kit I would’ve been in a pretty bad predicament.  If you ever have to rely on your Slime Flat Tire Repair Kit, just remember that it will work with your vehicle off, but if the vehicle is running it works even better.
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Slime Flat Tire Repair Kit Features

  • Includes 15.2oz. Slime Tire Sealant (TPMS safe)
  • Repairs and fully inflates your tire with the push of a button, in just 10 minutes!
  • 4 simple steps
  • Dial display gauge is integrated right into the inflator, so you can monitor tire pressure as you inflate
  • Plugs into a standard 12-volt accessory outlet
  • Pressure release valve
  • Sealant approved by leading automakers

Slime also makes a digital version of this Flat Tire Repair Kit, so make sure you check out everything Slime has to offer to find the products that are just right for you!

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Last Minute Back-To-School Must-Haves From Gold Toe, Pilot Pens, and Tastykake

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Whether your kiddos have headed back to school or are headed back soon, there’s a few last minute items to pick up that will make getting ready for school so much easier!  From pens, to snacks, to sock, make sure your kiddo has it all to have an incredible Back To School experience.

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Comfy socks are a great way to make sure that your little one has one less thing to worry about throughout the day.  For more than 80 years, Gold Toe has stood for quality, style and comfort; trusted by millions and the only way to send your little one’s tootsies back to school right.

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The Flat Knit Liner Athletic Socks feature the EZ Match system making it a little bit easier for your little one to get ready.  The number of gold rings on the toe tell the size so there’s no more guess work sorting through the socks looking for the right pair.  The spandex blend offers a perfect fit every time, and the reinforced toe offers better durability for little ones who are tough on their footwear.  With various size and color options, you’ll be able to find the perfect pack of socks for your little one with ease.

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Gold Toe Rayon Rib Crew Casual Fashion Socks are a great way to keep your handsome little man looking and feeling great.  With older boys like my 12 and 14 year olds, odor control is a must.  These stylish socks offer fresh 24/7 odor control which this mom truly appreciates.  The contemporary design paired with superb quality offer a comfy stylish fit your son will love.  These socks are also made with spandex for a perfect fit, and reinforced toes so they can take the abuse and keep on going.

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Every kid needs a great set of pens for Back To School, and Pilot pens has lots of great options to suit everyone’s needs.

G2 is the ultimate pen for the everyday overachiever.  Pilot G2 pens write smoothly, have a comfortable rubber grip, and have been proven to write longer vs. the average of branded competitors.  Make G2 your Go-2 pen this Back To School season and you’ll see the Pilot difference.

FriXion Clicker Erasable Gel Ink Pen are perfect for younger kids that still make frequent mistakes when writing or working on school assignments.  Pilot FriXion Clicker is America’s first retractable, erasable gel ink pen that allows you to write, erase and rewrite repeatedly without damaging documents.  FriXion’s unique thermo-sensitive ink is formulated to deliver both vibrant color and smooth writing.  Great for editing, lists, scheduling and so much more!  Now your writing can be stress free and mistake free.

The Precise V5 Deco Collection is designed to delight the brilliant, cosmopolitan, stylish, and powerful NEW female Precise target who has a passion for precision, coordinating details, and a drive to succeed.  The Precise Deco Collection pens feature the rich colors, bold shapes and exuberant style of the Art Deco era.  With its lavish design and exceptionally smooth, comfortable writing experience the newest members of the Precise V5 family will help your ideas take flight as never before.

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Tastykake‘s new Minis are a delicious, perfectly sized treat that kids will love to toss in their lunchbox and go.  Tastykake‘s Mini Cupcakes and Brownies are perfectly portioned desserts coming in at under 200 calories per pack, giving lunch boxes everywhere a delicious dose of sweetness.  These treats come in three bite-sized pieces per pack, making it easy to share with friends and spread the love.

Mini Chocolate Swirly Cupkakes are bite-sized chocolate cupcakes with a white creme filling topped with delicious chocolate icing.

Mini Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupkakes are bite-sized chocolate cupcakes filled with a peanut butter flavored creme, and topped with a peanut butter icing.

Mini Candy Topped Brownies are my fave!  They’re bite-sized chocolate iced brownies topped with colorful milk chocolate candies…an absolute perfect treat!

Mini Koffee Kake Cupkakes are a huge hit with the whole family.  My husband is allergic to chocolate so he really loved seeing some non-chocolate items…you don’t realize how hard it is to find items without chocolate until you can’t have it.  These Koffee Kake Cupkakes are bite-sized crumb-covered creme filled coffee cake cupcakes that are a treat you’ll truly love.

Make sure you have everything you need this year to send your kiddos Back To School right…make sure you have all the Gold Toe, Pilot Pens, and Tastykake items you need!

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

 

 

 

 

Give Hope To Children Battling Cancer With Extended Stay America’s Give Hope Initiative

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Well all know that one word that can be life-changing for so many…cancer.  When the diagnosis of cancer is given, people often find themselves struggling with not only how to cope with it emotionally, but traveling for treatment, affording hotel stays plus the cost of treatments…it takes a toll on someone very quickly.  That life-changing diagnosis shatters people’s whole lives, and seeing how hard the struggle can be makes the Extended Stay America‘s Give Hope Initiative something very near and dear to my heart.  In a tough time in cancer patient’s lives, Extended Stay America gives a glimmer of hope with their “Give Hope” initiative.  The Give Hope program not only helps raise awareness about cancer, it also helps fund pediatric cancer research.

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A symbol of kindness and comfort, Hope, a cuddly stuffed teddy bear, was made by Build-A-Bear exclusively for Extended Stay America and has become a great way to provide love and support to those battling a cancer diagnosis.  Through the support of hotel guests, Extended Stay America is committed to providing 10,000 Hope bears to hospitals nationwide, with the simple goal of bringing a smile to the faces of the courageous adults and children fighting cancer.  One of Extended Stay America’s primary missions is to provide the utmost comfort to all of their guests, including those battling cancer.

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Extended Stay America’s commitment to this cause began in 2013 with their exclusive room donation partnership with the American Cancer Society called Hotel Keys of Hope.  Through this program, Extended Stay America provides free and deeply discounted hotel stays to cancer patients who face the financial challenges often associated with traveling away from home for potentially lifesaving treatment.

Anyone looking to get involved and join this mission can visit  esa.com/hope to either donate a Hope bear to a patient hospitalized with cancer, or purchase as a gift for a loved one.  For each Hope bear purchased, a $5 contribution will be made to the American Cancer Society towards pediatric cancer research.  Be sure to join the cause, follow Hope across the country and participate in the #GiveHope initiative at facebook.com/GiveHopeEverywhere.

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***I received a small monetary compensation as well as the Hope bear in exchange for my honest opinion about Extended Stay America’s Give Hope initiative***

 

Back To School Baking With Stevia In The Raw #Review #Giveaway

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Back To School usually means one thing…Fall is just around the corner and us moms can’t wait to fire up the oven and get to baking!  If you’ve followed my blog for even a short amount of time, you’ll know that I LOVE baking, and what better way to spend my time now that all three of my kids are in school?  After going on a weight loss journey last year and losing 55 lbs, I have become pretty conscious of my caloric intake, and baked goods are usually off the table.  Thanks to Stevia In The Raw, I can enjoy my favorite pastime even more, and actually indulge in the sweet treats I’m baking!

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With all of the Back To School baking, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got plenty of Stevia In The Raw on hand, and the Bakers Bag is the perfect size!  Stevia In The Raw measures cup for cup, just like sugar.  So go on, bake a pie, whip up a sauce…cut the calories in all of your favorite recipes this BTS season!

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What better way to start the day thank with homemade Cranberry Pecan Breakfast Buns?  Stevia In The Raw has an AMAZING recipe that the whole family will love.

 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp Sugar In The Raw, divided
  • 1/4 cup Stevia In The Raw
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tbsp 2% milk, divided
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 12 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted,
  • 1/3 cup chopped toasted pecans

Preparation

In a large bowl, combine flour, 2 tablespoons Sugar In The Raw®, 2 tablespoons Stevia In The Raw®, baking powder, and salt. Using your fingers, work butter into flour until crumbly. Stir in ¾ cup milk and vanilla until dough comes together. Chill 30 minutes.

In a medium saucepan, combine cranberries, ¼ cup Sugar In The Raw®, and 2 tablespoons Stevia In The Raw®. Cook over medium-high heat until cranberries burst and mixture is thickened, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl to cool completely.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Place dough on a lightly floured work surface and roll out into a 16×12” rectangle. Spread cranberry mixture evenly over dough. With the long edge facing you, roll dough up tightly. Cut crosswise into 9 rolls, place in buttered 8” round or square baking pan. Bake until browned, about 40 minutes. Let cool in the pan 5 minutes.

In a small bowl, whisk to combine powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons milk until smooth, and drizzle over the warm cinnamon rolls. Sprinkle with pecans and serve warm.

 

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Ready to try another delicious Stevia In The Raw Recipe?  Apple Pie Streusel Cake is another crowd-pleaser that your family will love.

 

 

 

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tsp cinnamon, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) cold butter, cut into pieces
  • 5 medium tart apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup Stevia In The Raw
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch

Preparation

Heat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl of a food processor fitted with blade attachment combine flour, brown sugar and 2 tsp. cinnamon. Pulse until well combined. Add butter slowly, pulsing between additions, until pea-sized pieces form. Press 1/2 of the mixture in an ungreased 9-inch springform pan; set remaining mixture aside.

Place apples, Stevia In The Raw®, cornstarch and remaining 1 tsp. cinnamon in a large bowl; stir to combine. Place apples in prepared springform pan. Evenly sprinkle the remaining mixture over apples.

Place springform pan on baking sheet with sides. Bake 60 to 70 minutes until top is golden. Remove from oven. Run knife around the edge of pan; let cake cool completely. Remove springform ring just before serving.

 

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Back To School in our home is all about after-school snacks, and a favorite among my kiddos is chocolate chip cookies.  But sometimes, when you live in Arizona, it’s just too hot to bake for a little while into the school season.  I thought it would be super fun to share an EDIBLE COOKIE DOUGH recipe I make using Stevia In The Raw, so not only do the kids get to enjoy…but this mama does too!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp Stevia In The Raw
  • 1/8 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp whole milk
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

Preparation

In a small bowl, mix together Stevia In The Raw, brown sugar, and butter.  Add in the flour, salt, vanilla, and milk and mix until combined.  Stir in the chocolate chips and serve immediately or chill.

There are so many ways to enjoy your Back To School baking, and Stevia In The Raw wants to make sure you can bake your butt off too!

***GIVEAWAY***

Stevia In The Raw has been generous enough to sponsor a giveaway!  One lucky winner will receive a Stevia In The Raw Bakers bag, as well as a $25 VISA gift card to make sure you have all you need to bake, bake, bake!  Giveaway will begin 08/16/17 at 9:00 pm EST and will end 08/23/17 8:59:59 pm EST.  Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen.  All giveaway entries will be validated.  Winners are randomly selected.  Click the link below to enter:

Click here to enter the Stevia In The Raw giveaway!!

Remember that ALL mandatory entries must be completed…failure to complete mandatory tasks, or submitting tasks that aren’t complete will disqualify you.

 

***I received the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion, as well as a gift card to help facilitate the review***