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Back to School with Groupon Coupons

Disclaimer: I received a small compensation for this post, however, all opinions are my own.

It is back to school time- Who is ready?

I know that so many of you have probably already headed back. We officially start next Tuesday and while I love my kids…. I am counting down just as much as they are! But I am also stressing a little. At my son’s high school they don’t give out a supply list until the first day of school. Then they say “Have it by Friday” or next Monday, or whichever day they choose. Then Zach brings home the list and Mom goes on a mission to find everything on the list!

But that is where Amazon comes in. If you are an “Amazon Mom” like me, you get it. You hop on your computer or phone, add the items you need to your cart and check out. 2 days later all your supplies are sitting on your front porch.

So now you want to sweeten that deal? That is where we add Groupon to the mix!

Right now check out Groupon Coupons before heading to do your shopping and find some awesome Amazon coupons to get up to 50% off of selected school supplies!

Not only coupons for Amazon, but tons of other stores too! Make sure to check it out!

10 Ways to get Mom Time during the Summer

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.  #CraftYourCool #CollectiveBias

School is out, kids are home and your “mom time” just went out the door. Am I right?

Today I put together 10 Ways to get Mom Time during the Summer. I’ll be sharing everything from my Starbucks® Bottled Dulce de Leche Frappuccino® Coffee Drink 13.7 oz Single Serve item only (not available in 4-pack) to Bubble Baths. 
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I think sometimes people have a preconceived notion that because I am a stay at home mom it means I have all the down time in the world. I recently have a friend say to me, “I’d love a month of not doing anything.” when I said I was looking forward to summertime.  Now don’t get me wrong, there is plenty of time for sun bathing and binge watching my favorite shows, but I am running to swim lessons, play dates, sports and mall drop offs.

So having mom time has to be carved in just like the kid’s events. And that is why I wanted to share a little of what I am doing to share a little of what I am doing to still get some time to myself.

  1. Wake up Early
    Getting up early isn’t something I love to do. I consider myself an early bird but that is still 7 am. And getting up before my kids rarely happens. So I like to grab some coffee and head out to the back deck and enjoy a little bit of quiet before we start out day.
  2. Go for a Walk
    In one way I am pretty spoiled. With Zach being 15 now he has become a pretty reliable babysitting source. So it doesn’t take much for me to grab my shoes and head out on a walk. Which leads me to my next one….
  3. Go to an exercise class.
    Maybe you don’t have a built in teenage babysitter, but even if you don’t, recruit a friend to watch the kids for an hour so you can hit the elliptical or do some Zumba.  Still not workable? Grab an exercise DVD and hide in your room to do it!
  4. Get yourself an Adult Coloring Book.
    I won’t lie, I am not a good colorer. I don’t stay in the lines well. But I was surprised at how relaxing is was. You could even print off some pages from online and enjoy the time.
  5. Read a book or magazine.
    I’ve always been a reader. I got that from my mom and ever since I was a kid, reading is something I have done a lot of. This year is the first year I have actually set a goal for myself, which was 30 books. And so far I have done pretty well, despite an couple of them dragging on and on.
  6. Relax in the sunshine.
    Nothing makes me happier than a beautiful day full of sunshine. And taking my current book and a blanket out to relax in the sun is one of my all time favorite things to do.
  7. Put on your favorite music.
    Lounging in the sun, hanging out at the river…. it all goes hand in hand with music. Turn it up and belt out those tunes.
  8. Spa Day.
    To me a spa day doesn’t have to mean some expensive, fancy place. For me it means relaxing, getting my nails done, toes painted, a facial… All things I can do in the comfort of my own home.
  9. Bubble Bath.
    I am not really a bath person. Maybe because growing up we never had a bath tub, only a shower. But every so often a bath just sounds so nice and relaxing. And it is always accompanied by my current book.
  10. Schedule some girl time.
    Grab your bestie and hit up a current chick flick, or have a coffee date. When it comes to you and your best friend I’m sure it doesn’t take a lot to have a fun and relaxing time. It is great to have play dates and all but don’t forget adult time too!

One sure way for me to relax is to grab a nice cold drink and sit back for a few minutes. Luckily I can get the new Starbucks® Bottled Dulce de Leche Frappuccino® Coffee Drinks at Walmart and they are the perfect size. These single serve drinks are perfect for our on the go nature, ready for me to drink right from the bottle with the pop of a cap and come in other flavors.

Also if you Buy 3 Ready to Drink products get 35 stars, which if you are a Starbucks Rewards member you know how fast those stars can add up and that makes for more Mom Time!

What are your favorite ways to sneak in Mom Time during the Summer when your kids are home?

Get Outdoors with Pepperidge Farm Goldfish

Spring break is here and while our weather hasn’t exactly been cooperating, we are still ready to get outside and enjoy what Mother Nature has brought us. For spring break I didn’t want to be cooped up in the house any longer and I made play dates with friends for almost every single day.

Not only that, but Summer has started Spring soccer this week and she is so excited because it is her first time playing soccer.  I loved watching her at practice tonight. She seemed so in her element and like she knew just what to do. She wasn’t afraid to get in there and get the ball and it was awesome to watch!

Not sure if your kids are the same, but my kiddos are asking about their next meal or snack while they’re eating the first thing. One thing they love no matter if we are just hanging out at home, at the park or on our way to soccer practice is Pepperidge Farm Goldfish.

A few reasons I love Pepperidge Farm Goldfish:

  • Always Baked with Real Cheese
  • No Artificial Flavors or Preservatives
  • Colors Sourced from Plants, such as annatto extracted from the reddish seeds of the Achiote Tree
  • Baked with Whole Grain Cheddar variety has 12 g of WG per serving
  • A snack you can feel good about serving your kids

Does your kiddo love goldfish? My entire family loves goldfish. My favorite are the white cheddar!

We’ve been at the park several days, went to our neighbors for brunch, been to the fish hatchery, gone for walks in our neighborhood and tomorrow we will be doing some more fun exploring in our own city. What are your favorite things to do outdoors with your family?

DIY: Baby Shower Gift Basket Parents will actually Use

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I’m just going to say it: I am a good parent. I am an expert at what I do.

Ha! That is a joke, right?

I am no expert, but I will say I am a good parent. You guys, I have a TEENAGER! And whether you have a brand new baby at home, or kids grown up and moved out of the house, those kids do not come with a hand book! And parenting is hard but that doesn’t mean that you can’t do YOUR best. I frequently tell my kids “You don’t have to be THE best, you need to be YOUR best”. That doesn’t mean that I don’t want them to ever be the best at something, it just means I don’t want them to ever think they have to be perfect.

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I remember the day we took Tyler home from the hospital. After we signed our discharge papers Travis looked at the nurse questioningly and she asked if he had a question. He said, “That’s it? You’re just going to let us leave with him?” I was embarrassed as she looked at him like maybe she shouldn’t be letting him leave with a baby! But of course, she said that Yes, we were free to go. And that no handbook was provided.

When I brought my first baby home the experience was so incredibly different from the second. You can read all my birth stories here, here and here.

With Zachary I pumped and after a couple of months I formula fed. With Tyler it was so different because I was only breastfeeding and really had no idea what I was doing. Not to mention that it was uncomfortable. And with Summer, I finally had it down. Luckily, no matter how you look at it, the baby was fed!

These days the only baby shopping I am doing is for friends and family. We are done having kids so I enjoy buying for others. Since I have done this 3 times, I’d like to think that I know what things work and what doesn’t. However, I know from experience that what works with one doesn’t mean it will work with another. Zachary hated baby swings, Tyler loved it and Summer didn’t care either way. So I get it!

But I try to put together fun gifts and baskets full of things I think work.

So I headed to Walmart one-stop shop for baby and the #1 place for baby registries. They have everything I need to put together my latest basket. I ALWAYS give a blanket. Made by me of course! Sometimes I crochet them and a couple of times I have made quilts, but they are always home made. And I always add a “stuffy”. Mainly because my kids have a ridiculous amount of them and I re-gift them. (#noshameinmygame).

Whether you plan to breastfeed or bottle feed, it is never a bad idea to have a few bottles on hand. You don’t know when something might come up and you need one.

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So here is what is in my basket:

  1. Playtex Baby™ Nurser® with Drop-Ins® Liners
  2. Most Like Mom® NaturaLatch® Nipple
  3. Door knob safety covers. I get that you might not need them on day one, but you will need them!
  4. Playtex Baby™ Nurser® with Drop-Ins® Liners
  5. Baby Wipes
  6. Diapers
  7. Stuffed animal
  8. Outlet covers
  9. bibs
  10. coffee gift card
  11. baby blanket

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Every new parent can use a coffee pick me up, right?

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The reason I chose Playtex® Nurser with Drop-Ins® Liners is because it supports baby’s own natural feeding pattern and supports breastfeeding. The unique Nurser System allows baby to feed with the same natural suck, swallow and breathing patterns as breastfeeding. Pre-sterilized disposable liner system allows baby to feed in a coordinated rhythm that mimics breastfeeding and allows Mom easy one-handed prep and clean-up.

The liners are easy to use. Match the liner size (4oz or 8oz) to the size of your bottle. Place liner into Nurser bottle and fill with milk or formula. The convenient disposable liner collapses like the breast as baby drinks, preventing air from getting into milk and mixing with baby’s tummy.

The Most Like Mom® NaturaLatch® Nipple has a natural wide shape and a raised texture which helps baby latch on naturally. It is available in Slow, Medium, and Fast flow and is always BPA Free.

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Every parent has their list of essentials, did any of ours match?

Right now get $3 off eligible 3-packs of Playtex Baby™ Bottles, including the Playtex Nurser 8oz., VentAire 9oz., and VentAire Colors.

When in doubt, work it out {Weight Loss}

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and the makers of alli® weight loss aid. All opinions are mine alone. #alliInMyLife #After #CollectiveBias

Weight is no joke.

It is one of those things that is always in the back of my mind. I might try to act like I don’t care. And I certainly don’t talk about it around my daughter. I know that our world already puts too much emphasis on it, and she will be fully aware of it in no time. I don’t need to bring it to her attention any sooner!

But I am at my highest weight I have ever been, not pregnant. And that is NOT OKAY with me.

My clothes are too tight and make me feel uncomfortable, I know I am not the only one trying to squeeze into tight jeans because I don’t want to buy a bigger size!

Recently, we had a chilly day- fall is definitely in the air. I reached for a pair of jeans, which I haven’t worn since last spring and they didn’t button. That is such a terrible feeling. I knew I had gained weight over the summer but this certainly didn’t help. I grabbed another pair of jeans, in the next size up and they buttoned but were so uncomfortably tight that I took them off and just wore shorts.

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Last month you might have seen THIS post about Staying Motivated during your Fitness Journey. I know it is hard, and that depending on how much weight you want to lose, it might even be a long journey ahead of you. But I am here to tell you that if you stick to a plan you can do it!

Make your goals, set a schedule, find a meal plan that works for you and then DO IT!

After checking out alli® weight loss aid at Walgreens, I decided that I wanted to give it a try. It is not for everyone, so make sure you qualify and follow the instructions for use.*

  • Overweight adults (BMI > 25) who are 18 years or older.
  • alli® weight loss aid should be used along with a reduced-calorie and low fat diet.
  • Cannot be pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • In studies, most people lost 5-10 pounds over a 6 month period. (Your results may vary)

alli® weight loss aid is the only FDA approved over-the-counter weight loss aid on the market. It works by blocking 25% of the fat you eat from being absorbed by your body*.

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In the past I have made weight loss goals, and ultimately, those have not changed. What I was looking to do was make a meal plan and schedule that worked for me. School was getting ready to start and our busy schedule was about to be back in full force. I needed to make this work around the time I had available to work out. Consult your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program.

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Link for Printable Workout

I also made a meal plan that I could prepare ahead of time for days that I might be out and about. With kid drop offs and pick ups I don’t want to be tempted to grab something because it is quick and easy! If you are interested in what a meal plan looks like for me, you are welcome to join my Facebook group where I share lots of things like my meal plans, workout challenges, water challenges, etc.

When in doubt, Work it out!

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So, in the last 6 weeks I am down 6 pounds! I am pretty happy with that, and it is a great start. Going forward into the holiday season makes it tough, but know that you can do it if you prepare yourself and put yourself on the right path!

So what are you waiting for?

*alli® (orlistat 60 mg capsules) weight loss aid is for weight loss in overweight adults, 18 years and older, when used along with a reduced-calorie and low-fat diet. Follow label directions. In studies, most people lost 5-10 pounds over 6 months.