Saturday, February 28, 2015

Saturday Savings

From the best free stuff  and giveaways each week, to the best deals on fashion, educational materials and more, you'll find it here each week for Saturday Savings!

Freebies



My Little Pony Printable - This can go along with the new movie release of My Little Pony Friendship is Magic:  Adventures of the Cutie Mark Crusaders (click the image above)

Freebie February - Last day to enter some great giveaways and get some great FREE resources!

Free Diabetes Awareness Braclet -  Get a free Diabetes Awareness wristband!

BookBub - Free eBooks and Bargains

24Hour Fitness - Free Pass

LocalSaver.com - Free Local Coupons

Free Magic Eraser Sample - Lifescript

 Giveaways

2 in 1 Potette Plus Travel Potty - Ends March 11, 2015

Baby Björn Kitchen Items - Review your Baby Björn items for a chance to win - 10 winners each month

Deals For Mommy - Win a Year's Worth of Diapers

Nikon Digital Camera - Ends March 1, 2015

Fashion

Crazy 8 - Online only, get 25% off swim at Crazy 8 & markdowns starting at $2.99

Reebok - Skyscape Harmony 40% off, today only, PROMO CODE:  SKY40

Gymboree -  Get 30% off your entire purchase at Gymboree! (Ends 3/1)

Tea Collection - Save 20% on boy, girls, baby and newborn styles during Tea Collection's Friends & Family Event (Ends 3/21)

GlassesUSA.com - Free Lenses With Every Frame

Learning/Education


Educents - Learn coding with Minecraft!

Blub - Save 25% when you purchase three or more books @ Blurb. PROMO CODE: TAKE3 (Ends 2/28)

Learn with Homer - Email Submit

Miscellaneous 


Craftsy - Craftsy Flash Sale: Up to 70% off all Yarn, Fabric, Sewing Supplies & Kits (Ends 3/1)

Wedding Paper Divas - 15% off Address Labels when you purchase wedding announcements or moving announcements (Ends 3/3)

Tiny Prints - Enjoy 30% off all Tiny Prints Business Orders! (Ends 3/3)

Shutterfly - NEW customers qualify for an additional 20% off sitewide sales with PROMO CODE: TWENTYMORE (Ends 3/4)


Friday, February 27, 2015

Be a Trendsetter with LUNO

Would you classify yourself as a trendsetter among your friends? Or are you more of the "wear what's comfortable and looks good" type? Either way, you'll be interested to hear about the brand new company called LUNO.

watches, jewelry, fashion, trendy,
LUNO produces a unique watch made out of genuine leather and real bamboo and ebony wood. Whether you prefer something fun and funky or something more down to earth, you'll find it at LUNO. Mens and Womens watches start at $55.

LunoWear started out as just two guys and an idea. They have now gotten their product up and running have a goal of sharing beautiful watches at an affordable price.


So, I know you're all wondering where you can get a LUNO watch. Well, they are so new, they haven't officially launched yet, so you're getting a sneak peak! Woo Hoo! They will be officially launching on April 13, at 9:00 a.m.


The earlier you order, the bigger discount you'll get. Keep on top of the latest news and savings by signing up for the email newsletter.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Traveling with Toddlers

Traveling with a toddler is an adventure all in itself, regardless of where you are going. If this is something you are planning on attempting, good luck and may God have mercy on your soul! As a mom who has taken toddlers on planes, trains, and automobile trips, I know firsthand that it can be a daunting task. You can be exhausted before you even get out your front door!

With these tips, you'll be prepared... well as much as one can be.


When traveling overnight, it is imperative that you bring a good travel crib (Check out my review on the Baby Björn Travel Crib Light). Some hotels will have one, but in my experience they aren't very nice and your little one won't be a fan of sleeping somewhere they aren't already familiar with. Make sure you let your little one get comfortable with it in the days and weeks leading up to your trip. After a long day taking in the sights, you'll both be glad to be able to get your toddler to sleep easily and quickly.

Traveling with toddlers who are potty training is going to be a special challenge all by themselves. Leaving the house for even five minutes when your little one is busy learning how to use the potty can be a nerve wracking challenge, much less driving a few hours away. You might be tempted to put a diaper on them, but I urge you to reconsider. You'll end up making the whole "learning how to be a big kid and use the potty" thing a lot more difficult. Instead, invest in a travel potty (Read my review of the Pottete Plus here). With a travel potty, you can pull over to the side of the road when your toddler is shrieking that they need to go, NOW, regardless of the fact that you are in the middle of nowhere and there isn't another rest stop for 150 miles. That sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach will quickly fade when you remember that you've got your backup nestled in amongst your other necessities.

The magic word while traveling is snacks! Toddlers cry for many unexplained reasons, but a great snack can fix most of their woes. Make sure you opt for snacks that can be easily cleaned up. No crackers or chocolate chip cookies, or you'll be finding crumbs for weeks to come. Instead opt for bite size things like dry cereal, Plum Organics Puffs (Target has them for just $2.99), or pre-sliced fruit.

 As caring parents, we never want our children to be cold, so we tend to pile on the layers and crank up the heat. That's all well and good when it's cold outside, but your toddler can quickly get too hot. An overheated toddler is not only an angry toddler, but they're also in danger of getting dehydrated and facing heat illnesses. Make sure to buckle your toddler into their seat without their coat, but place a blanket over them. When they are warm, you better believe that they can and will shed that blanket so fast your head will spin!

They say that boredom is the mother of invention. Well, it's true for toddlers too, though you probably won't like what they come up with. Toddlers are easily bored and staring endlessly out a car or plane window is only going to cut it for so long. Go armed with books, games like ISpy, or sing-a-longs. One of my favorite things to do before a long trip is make a trip to the dollar store and buy several cheap new toys. They will probably be destroyed by the end of your trip, but a new toy can provide a much longer distraction than an old favorite.

What would you add? Are you planning on making any trips with your little ones soon?

2 in 1 Potette Plus Travel Potty Giveaway!



Who's ready to win one of two amazing 2 in 1 Potette Plus Travel Potty's? If you have a potty training toddler or are about to, look no further. The Potette Plus can be used at home, out on the town, even in potty emergencies where there is no bathroom nearby!

You can read my full review HERE.

This giveaway is sponsored by Kalencom. To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter form below. TWO winners will be selected. Winners must be 18 or older and living in the U.S. This giveaway will end on March 11, 2015 at midnight. Good luck to all!

 a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Traveling Just Got Easier!

Portable cribs have been around for a while now. I've personally owned at least 4 of them, so you could say that I'm an "experienced user." The thing is, those suckers aren't light! They aren't usually all that easy to put together, either. Sometimes they have parts that need to be attached and in general, while they are certainly more versatile than a crib, they can still be a challenge. Also - basically the same with just minor add ons here and there.

Play yard, playpen, travel bed

Baby Björn recently released their version, the Travel Crib Light, and they sent me a sample to review. Of course, I was expecting the same standard size, weight, and bars that don't seem to want to lock into place. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I took it out of the box.

The Travel Crib Light is smaller than most other travel cribs, which is perfect for when you're on the go. It only weighs about 13 pounds, whereas others are a hefty 20, or even as much as 35! When you've already got luggage, who wants something else heavy to lug through an airport or into a hotel room?

Some people might think that because it's smaller that your baby wouldn't be able to move around enough, but my two year old fit very well and was all smiles for her first nap in it. The smaller size makes it easier to fit into tight spaces, which is especially convenient if you're going to be staying in a hotel - they aren't exactly known for being generous with extra space!  

The biggest difference between the Travel Crib Light and others, in my opinion is how it opens. Most others require you to pull up metal bars and "lock" them into place. It can be quite tedious! It's taken me up to ten tries to get it to work before. The Travel Crib Light simply unfolds and locks into place. The first time using it, I was able to set it up in less than a minute! That's record time and certainly not something I could have achieved with the others!

Of course, along with everything else that Baby Björn makes, the Travel Crib Light is safety rated to the highest standard. Flame retardant and JPMA certified, you won't have anything to worry about while on vacation.

You can find the Baby Björn Travel Crib Light at many local retailers, including Target, Amazon, and Baby's 'R Us. To keep up with all the great new products at Baby Björn, follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

*I was sent a complementary sample to facilitate this review.

The Incredible Traveling Potty!

The universal law of the potty training toddler is that as soon as you are five minutes away from home, they will need to go, NOW! They wait until they are about to burst and then it's up to you, Mom and Dad, to get them to the potty or else. There. WILL. Be. Consequences. It can't be just any old potty, though, oh no!

toilet training image, potty training meme

As soon as your kid needs to go, they turn into Goldilocks. You can't have a potty that's too big, or too small, and God forbid if the potty is a different color! If you don't have a potty seat like the one they use at home or if the toilet has colored water in it, you might have lost the battle entirely. The answer then, is simple. From the start, use a potty that can travel.

I was sent the 2 in 1 Potette plus Travel Potty and Trainer Seat for review and I have to say that it's fantastic! I really wish I'd been able to find something like this when my first was potty training. We went on a lot of road trips and it would have been so helpful. Instead, we would make a mad dash for a gas station bathroom that was icky and dirty and so not where we would have chosen. Once, we made the mistake of stopping and trying to get him to go on the side of the road, when we were in the middle of nowhere. All that resulted in was a lot of tears and him wetting him pants about two seconds after buckling him back into his car seat!


I say that the Potette Plus is fantastic, because it is so versatile. Right now, I am loving that I can unfold the legs of the potty so that they are straight out and it will fit on the toilet, as a potty seat. It gives my two year old little girl enough room to balance so that she feels secure and is happy to sit on it all day long. (Seriously, sometimes we've waited for what seems like hours before she'll do anything.)

The second way to use the Potette Plus is to fold the legs down and click them into place, so that it is standing with the seat up off the ground. Then, you simply place a plastic liner that has an absorbant pad attached inside (there are grooves on the legs of the seat that hold the bag in place). Then, when the child has done their "duty" you can simply throw the bag away. No mess and no fuss!

toilet training,

Of course, after your child has been using the Potette, you won't want to put it in your diaper bag, right? Well, with the carrying bag that's included with the seat, you simply put the folded up seat in the bag, pull the drawstring, and you can carry it that way, or it's safe to put in your bag!

The Potette Plus is the only good way to travel with a potty training toddler. Whether you need to stop in the middle of nowhere or you are in a place your toddler refuses to go, you'll be glad you have this with you! You can pick up a Potette in many places, in several colors, including your local target!

Monday, February 23, 2015

February is National Children's Dental Health Month!

I participated in an Ambassador program on behalf of Influence Central for the MetLife TRICARE Dental Program. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.


Children are so rough and tumble, they can wear things out quickly. Everything from clothes to furniture will suffer from all the activity that our children put them through. One thing we don't think about often as having a shelf life are teeth. Your kids will only get two sets of them, though, so it's important to teach healthy habits now!

  • Set a timer for two minutes and challenge your kids to brush their teeth twice a day for two minutes. They'll love the challenge and the countdown will mean that they are getting squeaky clean!
  • Skip the juice or keep it to a minimum throughout the day. Water is the best choice for your child's teeth and don't put them to bed with a bottle or sippy, as it can promote decay.
  • Flossing is best done right before bedtime. No food or drink after flossing will keep your children's mouths happy and healthy all night long.
  • Take your children to the dentist for regular teeth cleaning. They will be able to spot any problem areas and prevent any issues from occurring. 
Taking your children to the dentist doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. The TRICARE Dental Program is available to military members and their spouses and children, National Guard and Reserve members included! TRICARE Dental is a much lower cost option than traditional programs. For example, a family on active duty would only pay $33.88 per month as of this posting!

Members enrolled in TRICARE Dental are eligible for up to two free teeth cleanings per year, per person. They also get a free exam each year and get discounted services at the orthodontist services. TRICARE Dental is available in each of the 50 states and can even be found in several countries throughout the world.

As someone who has used TRICARE for years, I can assure you that it's fairly easy to navigate. You can use the website to find a provider in your area, make appointments, ask questions, and see what's covered in your plan.

Find out more about the MetLife TRICARE Dental Program on their website

2 Quick Tips for Babysitter Safety

 My friends were on a flight when they saw something smoking in the corner. Yes. While they were in the air. One of them called the flight attendant and very casually directed her attention to the fire. She panicked. She had technically been trained to handle this emergency, but she was clearly ill-equipped. The plane changed its course and right as they prepared for landing, the fire was extinguished. Not because of the flight attendant. It just naturally resolved. I'm so happy I wasn't on that flight… But what does this have to do with babysitter safety?

Well, this is so true of most emergencies.  There is something that's not clicking after most types of trainings.  In fact, I read a research article that found no significant difference in emergency response between babysitters that were trained and those who were untrained.  I can even attest to this to some degree as a pediatric cardiac intensive care unit nurse.  I attended a respectable university, was inducted into the National Nursing Honor Society, and started my career in a prestigious unit in one of the nation's leading children's hospitals.  I still felt pretty clueless inside.  In my years of experience, I began to see more clearly and it boils down to two things.  These two tips can help you prepare your sitter for safety.

2 Things Every Babysitter Should Know


1.  Know Nuances

Of course, when you tell the sitter about your children, you'll mention their age and any major medical conditions.  But what about the details?  Does your child have any alarming behaviors like breath-holding, disappearing into closets, or mild allergies?  It becomes routine to you, but remember the first time you discovered it?  I can't tell you how many times I took care of children in the ICU who had alarming symptoms that would have been so nice to know about.  When you know, you can prepare.  It's one less stressor for your sitter during a potential emergency.  There's no way you'll remember to relay the details every time you run out the door, so write a bio for each child.  We have profiles for ourselves all over social media; the kids need one, too:)  Include the major points like name, age, allergies, medical conditions, and also points like behavior issues, bedtime routines, and tv/screen restrictions.  If that sounds like too much work to put together, no worries, you can download my free kit here and just fill in the blanks!

2. Know Parameters

From my experience as a nurse and emergency educator, the part of an emergency that causes the most delays is the initial discovery of a problem.  This is the time to assess the situation and act appropriately.  Help the sitter by clearly defining what warrants a call to you versus a 911 call.  It seems obvious to us, but just the clearly defined parameters will empower the sitter in that moment of decision.  I'm drawing this, again from my experience as a nurse.  After a child comes out of open heart surgery, the doctors are not sitting at the bedside indefinitely.  What do they do instead?  They write parameters..."Call me if the heartrate is less than 100bpm," for example.  It works beautifully for the sitter, too.  Every parent will have a different "Call me if..." level.  You'll be on the same page with your sitter.  What's you're level?  This is also part of my free kit that you can get here.

Your Turn

How will this change what you do with your sitter?  What other routines do you have with your babysitter?  Share in the comments below!

*Today's Guest Post is brought to you by Grace, who blogs over at Precious Hearts by Grace and is the author of a book on CPR.

"Hi, I'm Grace. I help parents feel more confident about CPR and provide research-based resources for healthy families on my blog​.  I wrote an eBook:  Super Simple CPR that you can get for FREE at​Precious Hearts by Grace. With extensive experience as a Registered Nurse in one of the nation's leading Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Units, I was inspired to begin teaching CPR and First Aid.  Now, it's more than that! I am committed to distilling a variety of research to help you make the best decisions for your family!  Currently, I live in Nashville with my ever-so-talented musician husband."


Saturday, February 21, 2015

Saturday Savings

Come here every week to get the week's best deals and promo codes, freebies, and new fun giveaways! We'll show you everything from fashion, to fun learning tools to use with your littles!


Freebies

ROCKS! Sight Word Book FREEBIE for Emergent Readers
Freebie February - where you'll find everything from a chance to win a Florida vacation toA free homeschool planner or even three worksheets.


Sofia the First - Free activity worksheets

Shutterfly -  ALL customers receive 101 free 4x6 prints with PROMO CODE:  FREE4ME

Giveaways/Contests


Neater Feeder - The best dog dish on the market! Ends February 23, 2015, US only

$15,000 Wedding Day Prize Pack - Ends February 28, 2015

iPad Mini 16Gb - Ends February 26, 2015

$100 Visa Gift Card - Ends February 28, 2015

Fashion


Reebok - NHL Tees 2 for $30

Reebok -  Save 30% off all Reebok outlet items PROMO CODE:  SAVEMORE

Janie and Jack - Get free shipping on all orders

Tea Collection -  Save 20% on girls, boys, and newborn styles during Tea Collection's Friends & Family Event

Gymboree - Get 30% off your entire purchase now through March 1

Crazy 8 -  markdowns starting at $2.88 at Crazy 8

Target - Spend $75 and save 20% online only

FashionAnything -  Special 7% discount for new customers at FashionAnything.com

Learning/Education


Life of Fred Elementary Math


Life of Fred - Beginning Teders Set, get it for $28.99

Blurb -  Save 25% when you purchase three or more books @ Blurb. PROMO CODE:  TAKE3

WyzAnt Tutoring -  Save $20 on a private tutor on WyzAnt.com

Miscellaneous


Target - Buy one get one 30% off pet supplies

Frecklebox - Save 20% on winter weather activities

Wedding Paper Divas -  Up to 20% off All Party Invite Orders

Tiny Prints -  20% off all Business Cards

Treat -  Join The Treat Card Club - Save More Than 40%



Monday, February 16, 2015

Muffin Tin Pizza Meatloaf

I've been trying to cut my carbs lately. I don't want to go completely Paleo, but I am making a conscious effort to change some of my eating habits so that they are a bit more healthy. I know that anything with "Pizza" in the title doesn't exactly give one a mental image of svelte perfection, but I can say that it's darn good and a good bit less calories than a slice of pizza!


Several years ago, I found a recipe for Pizza Meatloaf in a magazine. I wrote the recipe down, used it a few times and then promptly lost it! Because of that, I can't tell you where I found the original, but I've modified it enough that it's kind of become my own, anyway.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Saturday Savings

Whether you're looking for a great deal on a new outfit, want to enter the latest giveaways, or even want to find a the best prices on some new learning resources, we've got you covered. Every Saturday, the best savings of the week compiled into a list and ready for you to find your best deal!

 

Freebies


Homeschool.com's Freebie February
Freebie February - Freebie February, where you'll find everything from a chance to win a Florida vacation to a free homeschool planner or even a free reading program

Magic Eraser - Free Sample

Educents - Frozen Spelling Worksheets

BookBub - Get free and bargain bestsellers for Kindle, Nook, and more. Sign up for free today, and start reading instantly

TurboTax Federal FREE Edition - Get your taxes (1040/EZ) done for FREE! Absolutely zero hidden costs

24 Hour Fitness - Free Pass

CPR e-Book - Super Simple CPR by Grace Ghazarian

Giveaways/Contests


Neater Feeder Dog Dish Giveaway - Ends February 23, 2015 - U.S. only

$750 Amazon Gift Card - Ends  February 28, 2015 - Open Worldwide

The First Years Video Contest - Ends March 1st - Feature your family in a video and you could win $7,500 in prizes

$300 American Express Gift Card - Ends March 15, 2015 - Open to U.S. and Canada

Fashion


Tea Collection - Get 20% off select styles with PROMO CODE:  INDIA

Janie and Jack - Get an additional 20% off sale styles for savings up to 60% off during Janie and Jack's President's Day Sale

Gymboree -  Get 30% off new collections and an extra 50% off markdowns for savings up to 80% during Gymboree's President's Day Sale

Reebok - Get $30 off orders of $125 or more, $20 off orders of $100 or more, and $10 off orders of $75 with PROMO CODE:  SAVEMORE

Crazy 8 -  Get an extra 30% off for savings up to 70% during Crazy 8's President's Day event

Fashion Anything - Special 7% for new customers at FashionAnything.com

Learning/Education

 

http://www.educents.com/#2b5296920f

EducentsSave an additional 10% at checkout with PROMO CODE:  GEORGE10


CTC Math Curriculum - 60% discount off regular prices and a bonus 6 months

Craftsy - Up to 50% off classes

Kiwi Crate -  Save 30% AND get free shipping with PROMO CODE:  FEB30

Blub -  Save 25% when you purchase three or more books @ Blurb. PROMO CODE: TAKE3

WyzAnt Tutoring - Save $20 on a private tutor on WyzAnt.com

Miscellaneous


Presidents' Day 40% off coupon
Family Christian - Save 40% on any one item with PROMO CODE:  PRESIDENTS

Tiny Prints - Free magnet with any birth announcement purchase PROMO CODE:  BAMAGNET

Mabel's Labels - 50% off heart personalized sticky labels

Wedding Paper Divas -  Valentine's Day Sale! Enjoy Up to 20% Off Sitewide

Treat Card Club - Save 40% or get each card for just $1.50

Target - Free $50 gift card with purchase of iPad Air 2 or iPad Mini 3

*May contain affiliate links.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Learning All About the Presidents

As many of you know, Mostly Together Dad and I homeschool our children. This has all kinds of implications on our life, but one of the most fun is getting to tailor our learning program to things that we know they'll love learning about. With President's Day coming up, it was the perfect time to team up with Family Christian and review some of their books on the Presidents.


I had my son Alex choose two books that would interest him the most (I love letting the kids choose their own books, it increases the chance that they'll retain the information!). He chose Heroes of History:  Abraham Lincoln and Our Presidents ROCK! by Juliette Turner.

The first pick was a bit of a surprise. I thought that it might be a bit too much information for my 9 year old. However, he read through the entire book voraciously. He completed all 218 pages in under two days and was quickly asking for more Heroes of History books!

We used to live in Kentucky (the birthplace of Abe Lincoln) and have previously visited his boyhood home and museum.While we got a lot of information at that time, this book provided much more, but in a way he could easily understand. It also gave us a chance to look back through some old photos and talk about the museum visit and feed his interest in history.

Alex's second pick, Our Presidents ROCK! was definitely geared to his age level. It covered all of the presidents and was laid out in such a way as to give information in small bite-sized portions. This would be an excellent book to have on hand for classroom reference!

It was with this book that he has now decided that his favorite president is George Washington. When I asked him why, he stated that he has a lot in common with him. I could definitely think of worse people to inspire my son!

I feel like any time I can get my kids out of textbooks and into something that they are choosing for themselves (within guidelines) they have a much greater chance of succeeding, rather than if I just choose for them. Without that freedom of choice, school can become boring and a chore, instead of the wondrous plethora of knowledge and joy that learning should be. Now, I'm on to finding more Heroes of History books for my little reader!

*I was sent a gift certificate to cover the cost of books.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Measles and the MMR Vaccine: Just the Facts, Ma'am!

Okay, so the vaccine wars have been going on for years, but they are ramping right up again with the outbreak of the Measles at Disney. While many people have some pretty strong reactions either for or against, there are some facts that we should all be made aware of, especially considering that there have already been 121 cases reported so far this year.

Measles, rash, illness, vaccine, MMR

What are Measles?


Most of us have heard of the measles, but what is it exactly? Well, WebMD will tell you that it's a "very contagious infection that causes a rash all over your body." So, a rash doesn't really sound all that bad, right? Wrong.

The first signs of measles are high fever, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, and a cough. Still doesn't sound too bad. More like a bad cold.... at least until you get diarrhea and red sore eyes. Next up are red spots in your mouth and the red rash all over the body.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Neater Feeder Giveaway!

When you're a pet parent of a dog or cat, two things are certain. One, they need to eat and two, they will make a mess of it. With the Neater Feeder, number two is taken care of! That means no more stepping in spilled water, no more food all over your floor and happy pets and pet parents. (Read my full review here)

The makers of the genius Neater Feeder system are generously giving away on of their wonderful pet dishes. To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter form below! This giveaway is open to those 18+ living in the U.S. (including AK & HI). The giveaway will end Jan. 23 at 11:59 PM CST.


The Neater Feeder Pet Food Dish

I shared back in January that our family has grown by one - a beautiful Akita puppy named Mochi. Things with Mochi are going really well. I have taught her some of the basic manners:  sit, down, stay (she's learned the vocal commands plus hand signals, she's a smart dog!). She is currently enrolled in Puppy Kindergarten and gets along great with other people and dogs.

Neater Feeder Cranberry pet dish

The one area that we are actively working on is her general "messiness". Akitas are well known for being rather easy to potty train and being clean indoors. However, we have not had great success yet in the potty training area - though it is something we are committed to successfully completing! Other than that, she is a normal puppy, wanting to chew on everything:  shoes, coats, papers, pretty much anything within reach that isn't her teething toys! In fact, the one area where she is impeccably neat and clean is with her eating and drinking dishes.

The credit for that goes to the folks at Neater Feeder, who sent us their large Neater Feeder Deluxe. After using it for a couple of weeks, I can only describe it as genius. The special design allows for any spills to flow down towards a contained reservoir below. the water is then trapped there until you are ready to pour it out.

Three of the sides of the upper reservoir are high, meaning that a sloppy eater or drinker won't be splashing water everywhere. Also, because the bowls are set into the feeder, dogs won't be able to knock them over, accidentally or intentionally! Optional leg extensions make it easier for larger dogs to reach their food without bending so far down, which can be very helpful for older arthritic dogs, especially.

As I said, this is a genius product, one that I am already fully in love with. My floors are cleaner, dryer, and that makes for one happy mama! I have enough mess already, so the Neater Feeder is one that I would say is a must for any busy family with a furbaby they love!




Saturday, February 7, 2015

Saturday Savings

Freebies


 
Homeschool.com - Freebie February, where you'll find everything from a chance to win a Florida vacation to a free homeschool planner or even a free reading program

Educents - FREE Valentine's Printable cards and coloring pages

Sephora - Coupon - Choose 1 of 5 FREE deluxe mini cleanser samples with any $25 purchase

Valentine's Day


Family Christian - $5 & 50% Off Valentine's Day Sale! Shop Now  Plus get 25% off regularly priced items with PROMO CODE:  love

1-800-FLOWERS - Coupon - Up to 50% off Valentine's Day best-sellers

Fashion


Crazy 8 - 50% off all Valentine's Day styles

Valentina shoes - 15% off with PROMO CODE:  love

Gymboree -  Get 20% off the Spring Collection and 30% off markdowns at Gymboree!

Miscellaneous Deals


Wedding Paper Divas - 20% off coasters when you buy napkins + get free shipping on all orders

Shutterfly - ALL customers save 50% off hard cover photo books in addition to 30% off everything else with PROMO CODE: SWEETSALE

Blurb -  Save 25% when you purchase three or more books @ Blurb PROMO CODE: TAKE3

Family Christian - Save when you preorder VeggieTales new movie "Noah's Ark" 


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Goodnight Lad

*This post is brought to you by Goodnight Lad.


I feel blessed to be one of those lucky people who love books. Ever since I was little, stories would come alive in my head and I could almost see them playing out. I enjoyed all types of books:  fiction, non-fiction, choose-your-own ending books, you name it and I was happy to read it! When I was very young, though, one of my favorites were pop-up books.

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In an effort to get my own children into books while they are but toddlers, I bought my kids all kinds of books, including several pop-up books. What I didn't find out until later, is that kids are very hard on books. Those pop-up books very quickly got torn and they would no longer work.  Then the kids are upset and you're upset because the book is ruined! (Fun Fact:  Pop-ups where first created in the 1700's!)

With the advent of e-readers, more and more books - even children's books are available in electronic form. While it can be a great resource, I personally feel like something is lost when you can't hold a physical book in your hands, but technology isn't going anywhere. In fact, kids are using it younger than ever before - and that can be a very good thing, when applied properly.


With those things in mind, the writers and creators of Goodnight Lad set off to find the perfect meld between paper and technology. What they have completed is nothing short of genius! I feel confident in saying that Goodnight Lad will be for many children what pop-up books were for me - the start of a lifetime love of learning.

The way it works is that your children have a physical book - Goodnight Lad. Using your smartphone and a special app, the book "pops" out and comes alive in a way that will amaze your kids.

The story is rather cute as well. It's all about a young lad named Logan who does not want to go to bed and gets more and more irritable and grumpy. His parents are exhausted (sound familiar, anyone?) and so they set out to wear him out. I won't ruin the ending, but suffice it to say that everyone ends up happily ever after!

Goodnight Lad is currently in the stage of development where they need backers to be able to print the books. Everything else is already done, from writing, animation, illustrations, and final draft. All that's left to be done is printing. To do this, they need your help. You can back Goodnight Lad by making a pledge on Kickstarter in amounts as little as $2, or as much as $1,500 or more! For your pledge, you'll get anything from books, to pajamas like Logans, or even placing an animated version of your little one in the book.