I participated in a Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for OshKosh B’Gosh. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. #backtobgosh  #BgoshJeanius

This year we are prepping to have three kids in school.  That means 3 sets of school supplies.  3 lunchboxes.  3 water bottles.  3 different schools and 3 different schedules.  Needless to say…we are busy.  One thing I do not have time for is driving around from store to store to store to find what we need for the kids.  That is why we LOVE shopping at OshKosh B’gosh.

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We have 4 kids, but only 3 are going to school this year.  However, when we shop at OshKosh, I can shop for all 4 kids there!  That means just 1 stop for this busy mom.  As an added bonus our 12 year old daughter, Kayla really loves their clothing so she is excited to go there and shop with me.  OshKosh does a great job of transitioning their clothing.  For the younger kids, the styles are more simplistic and cute.  As the sizes get bigger, they do an excellent job of making them attractive to tweens.  Kayla was in love with their new  Black, White & Indigo Collection.  In fact, she selected part of this collection to wear for her first day of 7th grade this Fall!

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The sales lady at our local OshKosh was super friendly and she really hit it off with our son Benjamin.  She spent time helping him find some awesome 5 year old fashions.  She found him a glow in the dark shirt and an awesome pair of blue jeans.

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The blue jeans were the same quality and style we expect when we shop at OshKosh, but even better now.   Why better?  Because right now, you can buy B’Gosh Blue Jeans and the prices start at just $10.  At the register you then have the chance to support the B’gosh Jeanius Campign.  Basically you either buy a pair of B’Gosh Blue Jeans and donate them or you can make a cash donation at the register.  From now through September 16th, all those donated jeans and funds will be used to help kids in need be ready for their school year.  We did end up getting Benjamin an awesome new pair of jeans and he chose these adorable jammies!

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Our daughter Grace managed to find some great styles as well.  She is 10 and in that in-between phase.  Not quite ready for tween styles, but wanting to develop her own style.  She easily found several items to bring home with her!

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We had an amazing shopping trip at our local OshKosh.  Do you have a store near you?  Use this Oshkosh store locator to find out.  And if you are like me, and want to save a little money too….check out this awesome coupon!

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This coupon is good in stores and online too.   How are YOU preparing for the kids heading back to school?  I would love to hear your best tips so leave a comment and let us know.

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Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

We have four kids.  Four great kids, but still four kids. LOL!  My husband and I sometimes struggle to get out alone time in.  By the time we find a sitter who is trusted and available, prep the food for them to eat, get the house ready and get out the door…we are already tired and out a lot of money just for the sitter.  We know that dates are great for our relationship though.  And we know it is important for our kids to see us dating.  So sometimes we do splurge on a night, but other times we arrange for a special night in.

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Recently Target came to the rescue and sent us a date night in a bag!  We received:

  • A copy of The Longest Ride on Blu-ray

  • Orville Redenbacher  (Popcorn)

  • Kernel Seasonings (To spice up your popcorn)

  • Chex Mix

  • An autographed copy of The Choice

We were definitely looking forward to popping some yummy Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn.  Their popcorn always turns out perfectly.  We topped it with just a little Kernel Season’s and added our Chex Mix into one big bowl.  Easiest date night snack ever!  Then we popped The Longest Ride in and we were ready to go.

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Everything YOU need for a perfect date night is also found at Target.  Make sure you use their cartwheel app for additional savings.  I always use the app when visiting to see what I can save.  I would love to hear what YOU do for date night.  Visit Target’s site and let me know what you would buy for the perfect date night in!

 

 

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received admission to the Aquarium and a gift card to Bubba’s  in exchange for my review.  The opinions are my own, based on my personal experiences.

On our summer vacation to the Williamsburg area it was a given that was go visit Virginia Beach as well.

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We started our day at the Virginia Aquarium.

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This place is AWESOME!!! We wished we had gotten here earlier so we could have spent more time.  There are two sections to the aquarium and you could easily spend 5 hours here!  Make sure you pack water for the kids and bring your baby carrier or stroller as there is lots of walking and exploring to do here!  It seemed like every time we turned a corner there was even MORE fun!

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There were many displays and hands on activities…like making a volcano explode!

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We spent at least 30 minutes petting the sting rays.

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Then we visited a little pond area where the kids got to pet some crabs.  The staff at these exhibits were engaging and filled with great tidbits of information for adults and kids alike.  Eventually we did have to leave but not without a stop at the gift store.  Grace bought herself a little jelly fish gift and we bought Benjamin a tshirt because he said it was his best day ever!

After all that exploring we were all starving!  We ended up at Bubba’s.

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What a view we had here!  It was gorgeous!  Definitely dine outside if you are given the option!  This place was fabulous!  Everything was delicious…but their homemade cole slaw??? Out of this world!  We could not get enough of it!  If you are looking for unique (affordable) dining, with FRESH seafood and waterfront views…don’t miss out on dining at Bubba’s.

After a full day we ended with a trip to the beach!

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It was a perfect day!  Our only disappointment was that we did not get more time there as we saw so many places we wanted to visit.  We hope to go back to Virginia Beach soon.

 

 

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

Summer is in full swing here in Michigan.  Every weekend we have been going to the local farmer’s markets and most weekends we have been picking berries as well. Raspberries, blueberries, currants and more.  One great way to use these berries is to make homemade smoothies.  Not only can a good smoothie fill you up, it is also loaded with good nutrition.  One essential item for homemade smoothies is a good blender.  When Hamilton Beach said they were sending me a Wave-Action blender to try out, I was pretty stoked!

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Here is what Hamilton Beach says about their blender.

“The unique Wave~Action® System is designed to continually force the mixture down into the blades for consistently smooth results. Enjoy no-mess serving with an easy-pour spout that eliminates drips. Additional features include a 700 watt peak power motor, a stir spoon to mix thicker foods, and a dishwasher-safe 48 oz. glass jar.”

But I was excited to try it for myself.  If a smoothie is not made in a good blender, it honestly just ruins it.  We had some freshly picked blueberries and blackberries so I tossed about 2 cups of those in along with a whole (sliced) banana and a cup of yogurt.  I did add a bit of milk too but am not sure how much I ended up adding.  Oh and about 1 cup of ice.  All of this fit into the blender.  I selected the smoothie setting and watched it go.

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A few moments later…perfection!  Nice, thick and perfectly blended!

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Benjamin loved it!  The blender has great features like being able to pour directly out of the spout on the lid.  I also flip that lid open and add a bit more milk as needed.  As a busy mom, I love the fact it is dishwasher safe!

I am also excited to tell you that Hamilton Beach os offering one of YOU a chance to win their very own Wave-Action Blender!  Enter below for your chance to win.

 

 

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Little Remedies. I received a product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Summer time is awesome!  We live in the Grand Rapids area and it feels like we are frozen for months on end.  So when the sun comes out….we come out!  Every weekend we head out to find local fun.  We visit lakes, go swimming, explore local Farmer’s Markets, pick berries, work in the yard, eat ice cream and more.  It is so much fun!  Just today in fact, we went and picked over 6 quarts of red raspberries and over 7 pounds of blueberries!  Afterwards we went to a Farmer’s Market and got sweet corn, veggies and honey.  It sounds awesome and it is awesome…unless you happen to eat too many berries while out picking.

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That is what happened to our crew today.  These raspberries were the size of a quarter, were warm from the sun and literally just fell into your hand.  They tasted like candy.  SO good!  We picked over 6 quarts…and I have no idea how much the kids ate..but they ate enough to give themselves a tummy ache.  Thankfully I learned a tip when they were just babies….Little Remedies.

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We started using their line of products when Kayla was born.  They were initially given to us as a gift, but when we learned they are dye free and gluten free, we not only used them…but kept on buying them.  Now after 4 kids, I know we can trust their brand and I know they work.  When they were babies, the Gas Relief Drops were amazing!

If you are currently dealing with a fussy, gassy baby then check out these tips.

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Now that the kids are older, I know that Little Remedies are still an essential staple in our home.  They are safe, effective and I love know they contain no alcohol or artificial flavors.  I was thankful to have some Little Remedies® Gripe Water stashed in my purse today.  When the kids started complaining of tummy aches from too many fresh berries, I was able to give them a little Gripe Water to ease their discomfort.  By the time we got to the Farmer’s Market they were back in good spirits!

 

 

This Summer don’t lose one second of outdoor fun with your kids! Stock up on Little Remedies and make them a Summer essential in your household.

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I would love to hear from you.  Have you tried this brand?  What is on your  Mom list of Summer essentials?

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen