I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Zarbee’s Naturals. I received a promotional item and a product sample as a thank you for participating.

Each Spring the warmer weather blows in and brings the trees and flowers back to life!  We start prepping our garden and oiling our lawn mower.  The kids are back on the swingset and the windows are open once again.  However, it is also the time of year when we all start suffering from seasonal congestion.

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My husband is a mailman and delivers mail all day long…on foot.  No matter the weather, there is no relief for him since he is outdoors all day long, 6 days a week.  In the past he has used a nasal spray for his seasonal congestion.  They would relieve his symptoms but they also had some unwanted side effects.  This year he is going to try out Zarbee’s Naturals.

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Made with Butterbur leaf extract, Zarbee’s Natural’s can provide seasonal relief in an all-natural way. *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.*  Zarbee’s Naturals are for children and adults ages 12 & older and their products are available over the counter at CVS pharmacies.  As always, I would discuss this with your family physician.

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Since I love all-natural products, I am anxious to try out Zarbee’s!  Zarbee’s is doing a Seasonal Relief Project.  This is a great win-win project.  You visit the site and join the project.  By joining you will receive either a coupon to save money off Zarbee’s at CVS or you may request a free sample.  Next fill out a short questionnaire.  Finally, come back and give your opinion on how Zarbee’s worked for you and they will make a donation to a cause YOU care about!

 

Will you join Zarbee’s Seasonal Relief Project?.

 

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Zarbee’s Naturals. I received a promotional item and a product sample as a thank you for participating.

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 am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias, Millstone® Coffee, and Mr. Coffee®.

If you know me even a little, then you likely know that my husband and I have a love affair with coffee.  Ever since we met, many of our dates have been spent looking for new coffee shops. Back in 2009, we lived in Kentucky and there was a massive ice storm that came through.  We were without power for over a week.  1 hour into the outage and my husband had found a way to make us both coffee.  Myself?  Well, I have worked in 4 coffee shops and managed two of them.  Suffice it to say, we both love coffee and we are exceedingly picky about both our coffee and our coffee maker.  Our “must have” lists for coffee, and coffee makers, is quite long.  With the assistance of Millstone® Coffee, and Mr. Coffee®, we have now perfected our morning coffee routine.

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We purchased the Mr. Coffee® 10-cup Optimal Brew™ Thermal Coffee Maker at Walmart the other day because it checked off all the items on our “must have” list.

  • Thermal carafe to keep the coffee hotter for a longer time period
  • Automatic shut off
  • Automated start time
  • The buttons on TOP of the machine and not the bottom
  • Easily removed filter
  • MAKES HOT COFFEE

Then while on the coffee aisle the new packaging of Millstone® coffee caught my eye and I snagged a bag.  Brewing the coffee from Millstone® in our Mr. Coffee® 10-cup Optimal Brew™ Thermal Coffee Maker has led us to the Ultimate Coffee Combo!

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Each evening we fill our filter with premium Millstone® coffee and set the timer on our Mr. Coffee® 10-cup Optimal Brew™ Thermal Coffee Maker.  We now wake up to this piping hot coffee in a portable carafe!

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Now, there is some great news for you all as well.  I am giving away one bag of Millstone® coffee and one Mr. Coffee® 10-cup Optimal Brew™ Thermal Coffee Maker!  Enter below for your chance to win!

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I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias, Millstone® Coffee, and Mr. Coffee®.

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 am a paid co-host for this Twitter party.  All opinions are my own.

To Pay it Forward means to perform any act of kindness without asking for or expecting anything in return, only that the person do something nice for someone else. It’s a simple, yet powerful concept that can change the lives of those around us, make us healthier and happier, and even make the world a better place for future generations.

Have you ever Paid it Forward or had someone Pay it Forward to you?  It is a powerful thing! We do this with our kids.  We will go through a drive thru and pay for the car behind us.  There is no way that person can thank us, but perhaps they will choose to Pay it Forward.  If this gives you warm fuzzies, then please party with me tomorrow!

Join us for a Twitter party to celebrate International Pay it Forward Day coming up on April 24, 2014.

 

Along with Charley Johnson, President of the Pay it Forward Foundation, we will be sharing powerful Pay it Forward stories, ways that you and your family can Pay it Forward, and how to teach our children the importance of spreading kindness.

 

When: Tuesday, April 22, at 1 p.m. ET (the party will last one hour)

 

Where: We’ll be on Twitter – follow the #PayitFwdDay hashtag to track the conversation. You can see the details and RSVP via this Twtvite:  http://twtvite.com/payitfwdday

 

Hashtag: #PayitFwdDay

 

Prizes:  Five winners who answer trivia questions during the party will receive $50 VISA gift cards, and the Pay it Forward bracelet!

 

Hosts: @SavingsBankLife and @charleypif

 

Pay it Forward Foundation Website: http://www.payitforwardfoundation.org/

Pay it Forward Foundation Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/payitforwardexperience
SBLI Website: http://www.sbli.com/

SBLI Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mySBLI/app_599788450050788

 

 

Your fellow co-hosts:

Brandy, Happily Blended – @brandyellen
Chrysa, Thrifty Jinxy – @ThriftyJinxy
Dawn, Homemaking Hacks – @dawnchats
Debra, A Frugal Friend – @AFrugalFriend
Ellen, Thrifty and Chic Mom – @ThriftyChicMom

Emily, Nap Time is My Time – @naptimeismytime
Jenn, The Rebel Chick – @TheRebelChick
Kristen, Mudpies and Tiaras – @MudpiesandTiara

Lolli, Better in Bulk – @1momof5

Shauna, Adventures of 8 – @adventuresof8

Stefani, Mommy Enterprises – @mommye

Tiffany, Broward Saves – @BrowardSaves

Will I see you there??? Leave a comment and let me know!

 

I am a paid co-host for this Twitter party.  All opinions are my own.

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

 Thank you to Fruit Shoot for sponsoring today’s post and encouraging me to share creative ways to prep fun lunches for my kids!

Like most parents, I can definitely get stuck in a rut when it comes to my kids lunches.  Days on end can show nothing but peanut butter sandwiches and carrot sticks.  They don’t complain, but still, I like finding new sources of inspiration.  The other day inspiration found ME in the form of colorful drinks called Fruit Shoot.  The kids love these and their bright, fun colors.  I decided to make a play off that and see if I could fill their lunchbox with color!

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At our local Kroger, I stocked up on fresh fruits and veggies and of course several flavors of Fruit Shoot.  As an added bonus, Fruit Shoot bottles have anoption for a free download of an Angry Birds game, perfect for parents to play with their kids!  A big part of this trip was getting the kids involved and letting them choose the fruits and veggies.  Once we were home, we got to work making a large fruit bowl.  *Tip: Wash and prep your fruits and veggies at the start of the week.  Not only is it a time saver, but you will be inspired to snack healthy when you open your fridge!*

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This week our weather took a turn towards sunshine! FINALLY!  The kids went out to play and I thought I would surprise them with an outdoor picnic…a COLORFUL outdoor picnic.

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I took our some Fruit Shoot, a plate loaded with colorful fruit, a fresh spinach salad and some trail mix of almonds and sunflower seeds.

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We all gathered on a blanket and dug right in.

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Our son Benjamin had never liked spinach, but since he helped choose it at the store, he was gobbling it up!  There were not any leftovers after this meal.  If you like colorful lunches for your kids too, then you need to connect with Fruit Shoot!

 Thank you to Fruit Shoot for sponsoring today’s post and encouraging me to share creative ways to prep fun lunches for my 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

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 Fun

After a long, awful Winter, we moved into a yucky Spring.  It went from snow to so much rain we had flooding, then back to snow again on Tax Day! Thankfully the temperatures warmed up in time for Easter and we were finally able to get outside and play.  Last Summer the kids got a swingset and we wanted something else for them this year.  They love sand, so we decided to get a sandbox for them.  Our search took us back to My Backyard Fun!  We loved their well made sled we had this past Winter.  My Backyard Fun has many sandboxes but we eventually chose the Outdoor Sandbox with Canopy.

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My husband had this put together in under an hour.  The kids love it!  They have already spent HOURS playing in here.  There is ample seating all the way around the sandbox, so all four kids can play without any crowding.  Additionally there is built in storage for keeping your toys safely stowed.

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The best feature is the beautiful canopy!

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The canopy makes this sandbox look classy.  Rather than detracting from our yard, it adds a touch of beauty to it.  PLUS the canopy keeps the kids protected from the sun.  This sandbox also comes with a gray cover that we can tie on at night to keep animals out.

We truly could not be any happier with this sandbox.  It retails for over $250, but we think the wood, the canopy, the beauty, the size make it worth every penny!  And My Backyard Fun is letting one reader win $50 their purchase of a sandbox from their website!

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Enter below for your chance to win this $50 off coupon!

 

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.

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