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This post is sponsored by Aflac. I was compensated for writing it, but all opinions are 100% mine.

Imagine that one day you are going about your normal routine as a large animal vet. Your wife is at home with your four kids. One minute you are doing a procedure on a camel and the next minute you are in the hospital. In the blink of an eye, everything has changed. This is exactly what happened to one local family. Pat, a former large animal vet, experienced a stroke, which led to other health problems and the end result was that he was no longer able to work and support his family. Now, he and his wife Heather are on a fixed income and currently he has experienced new symptoms that are sending them back to the hospital for more tests. So what does this story have to do with my blog? A lot, thanks to Aflac.

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Aflac offers various solutions for businesses and families. You can learn more about Aflac and the company’s supplemental insurance products by visiting them online. This holiday season, Aflac launched a program called #AflacHolidayHelpers and asked me to be part of it. In my 5+ years as a blogger, this is my favorite moment ever. Aflac Holiday Helpers #ad #AflacHolidayHelpers

Aflac provided me with a grant to help a local family in need that was going through a health crisis. Since my husband and I are foster parents, I reached out to our foster care caseworker. She and a team worked to identify a family. Pat and Heather are foster parents and in addition to their four biological children, they also have a foster daughter with them whom they intend to adopt!

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When looking into what their needs might be, one need was abundantly clear. This family of 7 had no dishwasher! Immediately we knew this needed to be one of the items on our shopping list.
We arrived at their home and surprised them with the following:

 A gift card to purchase a new dishwasher! We even provided dishwasher tabs.

 Paint rollers and supplies so they can paint their son’s room (it’s currently pink and as a teen, he is horrified at this color).

 We were able to provide a month’s worth of groceries.

 And then for fun, we are sending their family to a huge indoor waterpark! We were able to include an overnight bag, snacks for the road trip, a gift card for gas and a funds for them to treat their family to a dinner out.

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Pat and Heather were speechless. Heather’s hands were trembling as she accepted these gifts. She cannot wait to have a dishwasher installed and their son is anxious to say goodbye to his pink walls.
Thank you Aflac for helping Pat and Heather and giving me my #1 blogging moment of ALL time!

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Family Life Assurance Company of New York.

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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 received the following item in exchange for a review.  All opinions are always my own.

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Valentine’s Day is coming right up! While my husband and I don’t do a lot for each other on Valentine’s Day, we do celebrate it with the kids.  They each wake up to a chocolate chip muffin and one gift.  If you celebrate with your kids and are looking for a unique Valentine’s Gift then you simply must check out Six Sisters Beadworks.

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They offer custom made jewelry for children and also for women! I see many things on their site that I would love.  We were sent one of their customized bracelets for our daughter.

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We went with a simple, but elegant, Cuff Bracelet.

We had Six Sisters Beadworks engrave Kayla’s initials on the outside.

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But we chose a special message for her on the inside of her bracelet.

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Kayla loves her bracelet and we have been pleased with the quality of it so far.  Six Sisters Beadworks does carry items for kids and women, but I wanted to point out that they also have a nice selection of items for men and boys.  They are definitely a one-stop shop when you are looking for a unique Valentine’s Gift.

They even offer a page dedicated to helping you find that perfect Valentine’s Gift! I love the birthstone earrings and might consider those for a birthday gift for the girls. So pretty!

A little more about the company…

Classic heirloom pieces, personalized with names, initials, dates and birthstones crafted with only the finest materials of .925 Sterling Silver, 14k gold filled, genuine Swarovski Crystals, freshwater pearls and natural gemstones round out Michelle Bisesto’s jewelry designs, owner and jewelry designer of Six Sisters Beadworks.

Not only are you getting a lovely, unique gift..you are also supporting an amazing small business started by a mom of 10!  It doesn’t get much better than this…oh wait…it does actually because Six Sisters Beadworks is offering a $50 gift card to one lucky reader!

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

Disclosure: I received these Valentine’s cards for kids at no cost.  All opinions are my own.

Our girls are now old enough that they no longer are handing out Valentine’s day cards.  I am not sure how that happened exactly.  (sob)

Our boys however, are still loving the cards and want to take them to their parties at school.  There is only one place I go when I want the best Valentine’s Day cards for kids.

Peaceable Kingdom.

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Hands down my favorite part about their cards is that they are romance free.  I’m sorry, but our kids are not going to hand out cards saying “You’re the one” etc…  I know, I know…it’s all in fun, but I would MUCH rather have cards that ARE fun.  Like these from Peaceable Kingdom.  They have the best cards for kids.

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These cards have a simple message like “let’s play” and the card itself is a portable game of Tic-Tac-Toe! How cute is that? As a bonus, I don’t have to come up with something edible or crafty to go with the card.

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These frog cards are cute too.  With fun messages like “You’re TOAD-Ally awesome” and “Hoppy Valentine’s Day” it’s easy to see why these are the best cards for kids.  And these frog cards, double as a bookmark!

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These cards come in packs of 28, which is perfect for most classrooms.  They have all sorts of cards to choose from…tattoo cards, animal cards, game cards, girl cards, boy cards…Peaceable Kingdom has you covered for the best cards for kids.

 

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

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Now that Christmas is over, it’s time for a little ‘me’ time. Am I right? Moms and women in general tend to put themselves last. Now it’s time to put yourself first! You deserve something new, something special, something just for you!

I am a huge fan of The Paisley Hanger Boutique. I have so many cute outfits. From leggings to sweatshirts to cardigans, I love everything I’ve gotten.

I have my eye on this adorable red cardigan. I think this will be my next purchase.

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Now.. on to our GIVEAWAY!

Have you seen these CC Beanies? I have 2 of them. They are super cute and a must for the winter along with a matching colored blanket scarf. I love the different colors available. You can wear both of these all the way through the cool spring. Well at least if you live in the northern states. 😉

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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

Product Guide 2017

Welcome to our 2017 Product Guide

Several great bloggers have collaborated to bring you the best product guide for the New Year. Take a look below at the products we recommend. Stop by and visit our sponsors!

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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