Sunday, November 24, 2013

Top Five Holiday Traveling Tips (from a Family of Five: three kids, 10 and under!)

Traveling for the holidays can be stressful and exhausting. Here's some tips to save you some time.

1. Know the weather. Are you heading North? South? Do you need sandals and flip flops or extra socks and boots? Call your family and friends, research online, and check frequently. Weather can change in an instant. Be prepared for roadside emergencies in any weather condition.

2. Save money on clothing and items that are not typically worn in your region by shopping at thrift stores. For example, this holiday season we'll be heading north to New York. We've been shopping at the Salvation Army (on Wednesday's in our area clothing is 50% off!) and have gotten a ton of name brand sweaters for $3 or less! Most were only $1.50!!

3. Pack Snacks. I love the little snack sized zip lock bags because they're perfect for packing snacks for the car or plane. How annoying is it dragging the ginormous bag of pretzels out of the cloth shopping bag, and passing it over the baby's head to the big kids in the back? Pass back a small baggie with your child's favorite goodies, and save the mess, and hassle!

4. I know it sounds obvious, but bring something OTHER than something with WiFi to keep your children occupied. While the tablet or computer is a great way to keep the kids busy, there may not be a network signal, or a WiFi access on the go. I cannot tell you how many airports don't have free WiFi! Grab the old MP3 player or iPod, an extra set of headphones from the dollar store, a handful of coloring and activity books, and plenty of crayons. Even the big kids enjoy coloring in the car or plane, and it keeps little Johnny's hands away from his sister.

5. Play with your children- yes, even on the go. We love "Down By the Bay", and it helps our middle child with rhyming. Make them read signs, count billboards, look for flags. My children LOVE looking for flags and seeing who can find the most. If you're going to be flying, make silly faces, play tic tac toe, color with them. The memories you're making will last a lifetime!

These are the top five tips that I can offer you tonight. While I'm packing, I will be sure to brainstorm and come up with some new ideas. Feel free to comment and leave your travel tips below! 


Monday, November 18, 2013

Thanksgiving Travel Kit Sweepstakes from Svan

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and to prepare for holiday travel with your little ones be sure to enter the "essential Thanksgiving travel kit sweepstakes!" Travel this holiday season with baby essentials from Svan and Baby Essentials!!

One grand prize winner receives the Totseat and the essential baby bottle, diaper wallet, snack pack and travel bib from! Tell us your holiday travel essential and enter to win:


Saturday, November 16, 2013

Baked Potato Soup in the Crock Pot

Baked potato soup is one of those delicious comfort foods, that can make any kind of a day so much better, with just one spoonful. Even more so, if you don't have to stand, mash, and cook for hours. I have a family of five, and tonight we had an extra house guest. I love making this soup, and in this recipe, I made a half of a crock full of soup. You can obviously cut down the ingredients if you have a smaller family.  Enjoy my take on Crock Pot Baked Potato Soup:

Here's what you need:
1 medium onion, diced
5-6 white potatoes, diced
1 8-12 oz package of turkey bacon
1 boxed carton of chicken broth
garlic powder (or fresh garlic, minced)
salt and pepper (about a tsp taste)
1 cup heavy cream

Dice onions and place into crock pot.

Wash, peel, and dice potatoes and add to the slow cooker.

Add salt, pepper, garlic (or garlic powder).

Add the carton of chicken broth, cover and cook on low for 6 hours, or high for 3.

About 30 minutes before you're going to eat, lower the crock pot to "Keep Warm" if yours has that setting. Add about 1 cup of heavy cream. Use your handheld mixer to beat the soup slowly. Be careful, because it might splatter out if you're making a large quantity. Don't thoroughly blend, because you want to keep some lumps. It's not going to look pretty, but it tastes amazing!

Cook your turkey bacon until it's crispy. (Real bacon crisps quicker, but the picture above is turkey bacon!)

Serve with crumbled bacon, shredded cheese, and scallions.


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Let Your Children PLAY!

So, the other day on my personal Facebook page, I wrote this:

 It was by far one of the most liked statuses that didn't involve my kids in quite sometime.

But it was true.

 All of the board games are starting to change.. Hasbro, what is wrong with you?! Ever hear the saying, "If it isn't broke, don't fix it!"?!  Isn't the point of Operation supposed to be that it's annoying, and frustrating, and fun, and AWESOME when you can finally figure out how to get that darn funny bone out without buzzing? Since 1965, right? Why the change now?

Now, as a mom of a child with special needs, I have to say, don't start attacking me about the fact that there's kids out there with poor dexterity, blah, blah, blah. The solution is simple- if it's too difficult for your kid, try something else. Try Perfection, or puzzles to help with fine motor skills, if they're young. I didn't try operation until Alex was much older than the 6 year age on the box. Be smart.

The people who commented agreed, too, stating that we are in an era of every kid being a winner, and others who expresses how sad it is that *this* is our future.

What happened to allowing your kids to play with worms, get skinned knees, and mud in their hair?

I consider myself an old school mom.. because I care about my kids, but I don't coddle my kids. They're going to get scraped, dirty, and germy. They're kids. It's their criteria. If they're exploring the world, and learning how to become well rounded individuals, they're not going to be clean, hand-sanitized, freaks who are a little too obsessive about scootering on the flat part of the sidewalk, and picking up the scooter every time there's a crack. FOR CRYING OUT LOUD PEOPLE?! If your kid does this, you need to shake them... or yourself. When we were kids, the world was different, yes. I'm not saying let your kids play unsupervised and shout from the door when it's time for little Johnny to come in and wash up- but let your kids play. Let them play hard. I start twitching every time little Janey up the road (she's not really named Janey) plays with my daughter.

Abbie loves to climb trees (in her dresses), and she digs in the dirt with her bare hands, and she likes to scooter up the sidewalk and doesn't flinch over the cracks. She's experiencing life.

When she falls and scrapes her leg, we don't run over and carry her in (unless she's really bad, c'mon, I'm not that cruel), we make her hobble in, and help her clean it. Then we snuggle on the couch, or she goes back out to play. The same way my mom did for me.  

In the 70's, I might have been called a "refrigerator mom" because of the way strangers might perceive me in situations similar to that above. I would much rather be considered a Refrigerator Mom than a "Helicopter Mom"... At least then, I'd still be cool.


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

7-Eleven’s Xbox One Sweeps

The winter, 7-Eleven is giving guests a chance to win the hottest game console of the season by sipping down Slurpee drinks, the retailer’s signature frosty, frozen treat. From November 6 to January 2, 7-Eleven is giving away 58 Xbox One entertainment systems giving guests a chance to win one every day. The new Xbox One entertainment systems are not available for purchase at retailers until November 22.

Entering is easy: guests can collect and log codes located on any size Slurpee cup and redeem on Each Xbox One sweeps entry requires two Slurpee Rewards points and guests can use their points to enter up to five times a day. Only codes entered after 11/1/13 can be used with the sweeps.

To top it all off, guests have the option of banking points to win hundreds of Xbox “Instant Win” prizes. After guests sign up to become a Slurpee Rewards member they’ll be able to enter points, register for the Xbox One sweeps and redeem points for Xbox “Instant Win” prizes such as Xbox gaming memberships and gift cards.

And there’s no better way to fuel gameplay than with the newest Slurpee drink flavor: Mountain Dew Game Fuel Citrus Cherry Blast. If there were a game that pitted the ultimate combo of citrus and cherry flavors against each other, it would be a battle of delicious proportions.


Monday, October 28, 2013

Scentsy Lovers, Unite! Monster Monday Sale 75% off!

Supposedly, there were problems all month during this sale, but I'm here to report that right now you can save up to 75% by shopping online during this MONSTER MONDAY SALE! Plug in style warmers from $5, full sized warmers (even holiday ones) from $8.75, and much more!

There are a few holiday ones, including the retired Tannenbaum, but here's an idea of the amazing deals you can score.

Visit your local Scentsy rep's site, or take a look at our favorite Scentsy lady's site here.

This special is valid online only, and shipping rates do apply.  Happy Shopping!


Saturday, October 19, 2013

Elf on the Shelf: A Birthday Tradition

Birthdays are the number two (after Christmas, of course!) most requested time for The Elf on the Shelf to visit. In Santa’s Christmas village, the elves have their own special way of celebrating birthdays—a tradition that goes back thousands of years.  Now, at the request of children around the world, Santa has given special permission for his scout elves to share that tradition with the families who love them.  But an elf cannot come to a birthday party unless it is invited.  You can invite your elf online here.

On October 22, The Elf on the Shelf: A Birthday Tradition will be available! The Elf on the Shelf: A Birthday tradition tells the little-known story of the North Pole tradition and includes special instructions for families to invite their scout elf for a birthday visit. Written in the same signature rhyming style as the original title, the book set features the beautifully illustrated book and a Claus Couture Collection birthday outfit for the elf to wear to the celebration.

Grab your Elf on the Shelf: A Birthday Tradition, this Tuesday!  Look at how adorable their party outfits are!! Start a new tradition with your Elf this year.

 Special thanks to Elf on the Shelf for allowing us to review the new Birthday Tradition set. We decided to spread some holiday cheer, and gave our sample to a single mom and her two beautiful children this holiday season.  


Monday, October 7, 2013

Taking some time to re-think blogging..

I love blogging.. I always have. Through the years there has been really easy times to blog, and really-difficult-to-find-a-moment-to-breathe-nevermind-blog times, too.

I enjoy being a review blog and sharing with you all my opinions on products geared for the home and the family, including entertainment, toys, electronics, and more. I really, really enjoyed traveling and sharing the experiences I had in Cleveland, and in Orlando.

I need a blogging refresher. I need to set clear goals again, like I did when we first launched. I need to share personal stories again, and share more recipes. There's no better season than now. Come mid November, my blog is going to blow up- and I want you to be a part of it.

It might be quiet for the next month as we get used to our ABA (Applied Behaviorial Analyst) who will be coming into my home at least two days a week. I ask you to bare with me, as you have.. and to get ready. I'm even thinking of ripping down the blog design and getting something more.... Fresh.

In the busiest season of my life.


Sunday, October 6, 2013

MAM Offers "Treats" in October

 In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, and to bring awareness to Autism, MAM is donating $1 from each Personalized Pacifier order placed for their Pink 0-6 months or 6+ months personalized pacifier to the Susan G. Komen foundation, and $1 from each Personalize Pacifier order placed for their Blue 0-6mos or 6+ mos personalized pacifier to the Autism Speaks foundation.

Express Baby’s Unique Style with MAM’s Personalized Pacifiers which can be customized with baby names and one-of-a-kind sayings. Babies are unique, and now their pacifiers can be too. Designed to blend the comfort MAM pacifiers are known for with the unique style parents crave, MAM’s Personalized Pacifiers can feature the name, nickname or saying of your choice right on the pacifier’s front knob. The MAM Personalized Pacifier is the perfect fit for families on the lookout for stylish baby gear. The one-of-a-kind pacifiers are a thoughtful gift for baby showers, multiples or ‘the baby that has everything,’ as well as a clever choice for families in need of labeled pacifiers for daycare services and other settings.

Like all MAM pacifiers, the Personalized Pacifier features a soft, orthodontic nipple that allows babies to safely satisfy their sucking reflex while maintaining proper jaw and tooth alignment. Each pacifier features an easy-to-grab front knob and a curved shield with generous air holes for a comfortable fit that is gentle on baby’s soft skin.

Personalized pacifiers available in size 0-6 months and 6+ months and may be ordered in sets of two, four, and six. They are available exclusively online at Two personalized pacifiers are $19.95, four personalized pacifiers are $24.95, and six personalized pacifiers are $29.95. Orders of six personalized pacifiers include free shipping and a gift box. The MAM Personalized Pacifier is 100% BABY SAFE: BPA-free, PVC-free, lead-free, CPSIA-compliant and dishwasher safe.

Plus, this month,MAM is introducing Halloween pacifiers. These limited edition Halloween inspired design pacifiers feature a curved shield allows the pacifier to sit comfortably on baby’s face. MAM Ultra Soft Silicone Nipple allows for the pacifiers to stay comfortably in baby’s mouth due to the anti-slip texture.

 Other features include symmetrical nipple ideal for baby’s jaw development, textured surface and multiple small openings on the pacifier shield allow air to circulate and baby’s skin to breathe. The pacifiers come in a convenient storage case that is reusable and can be used in the microwave to sterilize pacifiers.

Recommended retail: $7.49 (two pack of pacifiers)  To purchase these Halloween themed pacifiers, visit the MAM website, here. Be sure to follow MAM on Facebook, Twitter, and on Pinterest to stay up to date on the latest products, promotions and charitable opportunities.



Friday, September 27, 2013

Blueberry Monkey Bread Bake

I opened up my email this morning and found this delicious looking recipe. I'm now on the hunt for Pillsbury Grands! Homestyle blueberry biscuits. I figured I would share this with you all, as a yummy way to start your fall mornings! Enjoy!

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • 2 cans (16.3 oz each) Pillsbury Grands! Homestyle refrigerated blueberry biscuits 
  • 1/2 cup blueberries 
  • 1/3 cup blueberry jam 
  • 1 cup powdered sugar 
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons milk 
1 Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 13x9-inch pan with shortening or cooking spray. In large resealable food-storage plastic bag, mix granulated sugar and cinnamon.

2 Separate dough into 16 biscuits; cut each into quarters. Shake in bag to coat. Arrange in pan, covering bottom of pan completely. Top with blueberries. In small microwavable bowl, microwave jam uncovered on High 15 to 30 seconds or until melted. Drizzle over biscuits.

3 Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown and no longer doughy in center. Cool 10 minutes. In medium bowl, mix powdered sugar and milk to drizzling consistency; drizzle on top.

To serve, cut into squares or scoop out with a spoon. Cover and refrigerate any monkey bread, and use within 3 days.

Special thanks to Pillsbury for sharing this recipe with me. No monetary compensation has been received for sharing this post with you.


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

It's BACK! 50% off Custom iPhone Case

If you are in need of a case for your iPhone 4, 4S, or 5, now is the time to get one! Vistaprint is offering 50% off iPhone cases for one week only giving you an opportunity to customize your favorite accessory with designs that reflect your personality starting at $9.99. Vistaprint has a lot of different designs to choose from, whether you want to upload just one memorable photo, a series of pictures (there is even an option that turns each photo into a mini Polaroid), or just pick a fun pattern, like chevron, which you can personalize with your name or a personal message.

These customizable iPhone cases are fun gift ideas for the iPhone owners in your life. The cases range from sports memorabilia for your sports fan to princess crowns for your girly girl, giving you options that can make every iPhone user happy. This could also be a great way to get ready for the holidays and be your one stop shop for stocking stuffers. Or, you can customize the cases with pictures of your kids (or pets!) and keep it for yourself! Even sweeter, there is no upload fee for these cases, so take advantage of this Vistaprint deal and personalize away! Shipping starts at only $5.52!

This is a perfect stocking stuffer for parents and grandparents, alike, as well as tweens, cousins, or best friends! At only $9.99, this deal is HOT, so grab it now! 


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

FREE Halloween Tote Bag + 40 FREE Prints Exp: 10/31

This spooktacular deal is sure to be a big hit, grab your FREE Halloween Tote Bag now! Great for Halloween, groceries, beach vacations, trips to the park, picnics, and more! Plus get 40 free prints. This deal is too sweet to pass up! Use Code: TRICKTREAT at checkout. Offer Expires October 31st New Customers Only!  Shipping for Tote Starts At: $3.99. 


Monday, September 23, 2013

Svan Totseat, Where Have You Been My Whole Life?!

Very few products make me wish I had them ten years ago, when my oldest was just a baby. For the most part, I've made "it" work. I was a young mom, always on the go, with one child. Then with a newborn and a super active toddler. That super active toddler wouldn't stay in one place, if you paid him. Heck, there were days I didn't think super glue could keep that kid in one spot.

Going out to eat anywhere that high chairs weren't readily available was impossible. I steered far away from the mall, as well as popular luncheonettes that my girlfriends used to love to go to. Face it, nobody likes to eat anything when a toddler is trying to climb on the table, hide under the table cloth, or roll around under waiter's feet.. I was no exception.

As a mom of three kids, lunch took on a new meaning. It was a place to slow down and recenter a bit, instead of a rude interruption in the middle of a helter-skelter day.  It became a time of the day where all three of the kids could sit, mostly quiet, and I didn't have to worry who was where, doing what. I love lunch time, but I was still faced with similar problems finding high chairs readily available. There's a lot more restaurants and eateries that have high chairs, but my problem now was finding that a lot of those places had too many kids and not enough high chairs. What's a mom to do? You have two choices- pray to God that your child doesn't kamikaze off of the booster seat in a booth, or keep your kiddo in their stroller, and carve pieces of dried, stuck on pasta off of their pants, and the entire inside of the stroller fabric when you get home. If you opt for the second, you don't have anywhere to go between lunch and home.. if you go for the first, you're much braver than most people give you credit for!
So, I get this product announcement for this item called a Totseat, and I almost scroll over it, but something makes me stop. I read the title, "Durable Fabric Seat Safely Transforms Adult Chairs into the Perfect Seat for Babies and Toddlers", and snort, because- in my opinion- there is NOTHING that could have held my son into an adult seat as a baby. Being that I have a 16 month old, I figure what the heck, I'll give it a whirl.

My package came a few days later, and it arrived in a small, zippered plastic pouch. When you take it out, it has a fabric pouch that is perfect for sticking in your handbag or baby bag.  Now that I've been using it regularly, I figured out that if I attach a plastic link, (you know these links that you attach toys to, so when your kid flings it off of the stroller, it doesn't fall?), I can attach it to my stroller or baby bag easily, and don't have to dig for it!

Anyway! So, I tried the house chairs first. It worked like a charm. My little boy sat like he was a big man, at the table, and everything! I barely had to adjust it, and instantly, I was in love. So then I asked my friend Marissa to lunch. We decided to go to the dreaded mall. {Have I mentioned how much I hate the mall?} To the food court we went, on a mission to make it work.

We realized after we took the first picture, that we needed to adjust the position of the fabric, but as soon as we buttoned it, and adjusted the seat cummerbund, he looked much more comfortable. He even enjoyed his water! Who would have thought that at 15 months old, he would be able to sit in a metal mall chair, that was armless and had a big gap in the back, like a big kid, without falling off, or out!

For the first time since I had kids, I was able to sit in the mall, eat my lunch, drink my shake, and not have to scoop a child off of the floor ten trillion times, or worry about the condition of my stroller. I physically had moms and grandmothers stopping me, asking me what this was, and where they could get one, commenting on how *AMAZING* this invention is! 

I shook my head and nodded, directing them to the Svan website. As I packed up my son, and strolled away, she showed me just how much he loves the Totseat, too!
To purchase Totseat for yourself, or for every mom of a rowdy toddler on your holiday shopping list, visit the Svan website HERE.

The Totseat is available in 6 different colors/patterns and is $35. Of all of the crazy baby gadgets on the market, this is one of only a handful that I've ever given the I-cannot-live-without-it, and wish-I-had-it-for-the-other-two-kids stamp of approval.

To stay up to date on all of the fun and funky Svan items, be sure to follow them on Twitter, "Like" their Facebook page, and check out their Pinterest page, too!

Special thanks to Svan and the PR company representing Svan for allowing us to review this awesome product, and share our opinions with our readers. No monetary compensation was received for this review. Our opinions are our own, your experience may differ. Do not leave any child unattended while strapped into the Totseat. Always supervise during use.


#GrowingUpOnline Lorax Giveaway ~ Ends 9/30

We live in an exciting new world of sharing information, more so than ever before, but this is not without its challenges! Many of us have heard about or experienced cyber-bullying. We know the pain it can create.

Far too often have we heard the stories of children being cyber-bullied who don’t know what to do or where to turn. The More You Know Learning Series, in collaboration with NBC News, addresses this new and dangerous trend, in addition to other online issues, with the launch of Growing Up Online, the FREE eBook for parents to keep their kids safe on the Internet! You and your family can now be prepared, clued-up and openly communicative about online issues big or small!
Our kids have never known a world without the Internet. They’re spending more and more time on the web, so teaching them about using technology responsibly and safely is critical. Use the #GrowingUpOnline Blog App and download the free eBook for a chance to win a copy of THE LORAX on DVD + Blu-ray! Download the FREE Growing Up Online eBook and be sure to watch all four entertaining comic book stories as a family.

These stories show real situations that may occur when your kids go online. This free eBook provides easy-to-use information that addresses the growing concern about kids’ online privacy and cyber-bullying in a unique and engaging way. Growing Up Online is packed with important tips that every parent should know!

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Diamond Candle, Spin Master, TotSeat, and MORE!

We have an exciting few weeks scheduled here at 4BabyAndMom. Now that the kids are back in school full time, and we're almost on
schedule, we're preparing for some fabulous reviews and giveaways from some of our favorite brands! We're currently stalking our mailman for our brand new Diamond Candle. We can't wait for it!! The baby--who's 16 months old now, by the way-- LOVES his TotSeat. Have you heard of these things?? I love it, and wish it was invented when my 10 year old was little- NOTHING would keep him in a chair. Zachary loves being able to sit like a big boy. Also, in preparation for our Holiday season, Spin Master sent us some spectacular toys to check out, and write about, and that package just came yesterday. We haven't even opened it yet, but I can't wait to break it open! Plus, we recently received a beautiful gift pack from The Real Tooth Fairies. I am super excited to share these books and the program with you all! Along with these reviews come some super HOT giveaways, so be sure to share this page with your friends, and let them know that 4BabyAndMom is back, and better than ever!


Monday, September 9, 2013

Publix Breakfast Savings (+Coupon!!)

I love shopping at Publix, especially this week. Between the cereal and the bagels being BOGO, breakfast is DONE!

Back to school means busy mornings, at least at my house! Publix makes mornings a little easier (and more specifically, on my wallet) with their fabulous BOGO sale on select General Mills cereals.

Now, until the 11th, you can go to your local Publix and grab some your child's favorite cereals: Trix 14.8oz, Cinnamon Toast Crunch 16.2oz, Cocoa Puffs 16.5oz, Kix 12oz, Honey Kix 12oz, Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Crème 10.9oz at the BOGO deal. Plus, if you use THIS LINK you can save an additional $1/1 when you buy Cinnamon Toast Crunch!! There's also a Trix coupon on the Publix website, under the digital coupons and get some additional savings here!

The additional savings makes this sweet deal irresistible!! Plus, you'll earn box tops to bring to school, which will make your child's teacher happy, too.

Have you done your grocery shopping, or checked out the weekly ad yet? Be sure to visit to grab great digital coupons, view the weekly ad, or see a complete list of this week's BOGO breakfast savings!   Visit Publix on Facebook to stay up to date on all of their new products, special sales, and meal ideas.

Special thanks to My Blog Spark, Publix and General Mills for sharing the information for this promotion with us. Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by Publix® through MyBlogSpark.


Thursday, September 5, 2013

FREE Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls at 7-11

The mornings just got a little sweeter at 7-Eleven stores with the introduction of a new Pillsbury Cinnamon Roll, the retailer’s first warm bakery offering and the first Pillsbury branded fresh-bakery item with a convenience retailer.

Available with hot foods as well as in the fresh bakery case at participating stores, 7-Eleven’s sweetly spiced version invokes the nostalgic, baked-at-home flavor of America’s favorite Pillsbury sweet roll. The suggested retail price is $1.69.

To encourage customers to sample, a limited-time coupon for a free cinnamon roll will be available on 7-Eleven’s app beginning Sept. 10. Other limited-time offers featuring the sweet pastry will continue in the coming weeks, and customers are encouraged to check their smartphones often for additional mobile coupons. All 7-Eleven app coupons are good at participating stores, while supplies last.

7-Eleven’s fresh food innovations team worked for more than a year on the development with Pillsbury to ensure consistent product quality. Prepared and baked fresh daily in local bakeries across the country, the cinnamon rolls are delivered overnight to stores before the morning coffee crowd arrives. 

“Our goal in partnering with Pillsbury was to create an indulgent cinnamon roll that looked and tasted homemade,” said Kelly Buckley, 7-Eleven, Inc. vice president of fresh food innovation. “For more than 100 years, Pillsbury has been ‘the’ name in home-baking. Now, 7-Eleven can offer the homemade taste in a convenient, grab-and-go setting.”

During the morning rush, participating 7-Eleven stores can serve the cinnamon rolls warm in mini bakery boxes. Created just for the Pillsbury cinnamon roll, the microwave-safe boxes also are available at the bakery case for customers who choose to select an unheated roll to eat later. Rolls take just 10 seconds to heat in a microwave oven in the bakery boxes.

“We expect the Pillsbury cinnamon roll will be a hot-seller in the mornings when people are stopping by to grab a cup of coffee on their way to work or school,” Buckley said. “However, experience tells us that lots of our customers come into our stores in the afternoons and even late at night looking for a sweet and satisfying treat.”

Wearing red-checked oven mitts, the Poppin’ Fresh Pillsbury Doughboy character can be seen popping up on in-store signage to promote 7-Eleven’s first Pillsbury-branded fresh bakery item.

“Partnering with 7-Eleven gives General Mills an opportunity to bring the fresh-baked goodness of a ready-to-eat Pillsbury-branded cinnamon roll to millions of people,” said Randy Johnson, General Mills Inc. market manager. “I believe the aroma in the stores and rich taste of these warm cinnamon rolls will make them a hit with 7-Eleven’s customers.”

Mobile coupons – for a free cinnamon roll, 75-cent discount, or a free roll with the purchase of a medium coffee – will be available on 7-Eleven’s smartphone app now through the end of October.

Cinnamon isn’t the only spice at 7-Eleven ushering in cooler temperatures. It wouldn’t be fall without Pumpkin Spice, one of 7-Eleven’s customers’ favorite hot beverage flavors and back for a limited time. Customers can choose Pumpkin Spice-flavored lattes or brewed coffee. Even the creamer is in on the action, with International Delight Pumpkin Pie Spice flavor also available while supplies last.

“Pumpkin Spice Latte is a sign that autumn has unofficially arrived,” said Nancy Smith, 7-Eleven vice president of fresh foods merchandising. “Warm cinnamon rolls and hot pumpkin spice lattes and brewed coffees are seasonal comfort tastes at their best, whether heading out to work in the morning, a ballgame in the evening or as an afternoon treat.”


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Snapple Daily Draw @ Sunoco!

Nothing is a whole lot of something. No paying for snacks. No spending money on gas. No paying for your latest music download.

Just enter online now, and you could have nothing too! Snapple and APlus at Sunoco have teamed up to give away prizes all month long. You could win a Sunoco gift card - good on fuel, food, coffee and more. You could also win a $50 iTunes gift card.

There's a new winner every day. All you have to do is visit and register to win. Snapple is made from nothing but the best stuff on earth. For more information on the sweepstakes, visit GoSunoco.

We thought you might like to have a little bit of nothing too. So drink it up, cash it in and make the most of getting something for nothing. Winning nothing has never looked this good!


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

My Tween Stole from Me

Since our kids were babies, we've taught them to ask permission before they take something that is not theirs. We teach them to respect other people's things, and we encourage them to use their manner and say, "Please?", when they want something.

So why is it now, at ten years of age, I'm dealing with the unthinkable- my son is stealing from me.

At first it was little things, like food out of the fridge or pantry without permission. Okay, I know what you're going to say, "Every kid does's not really stealing."

Then it moved to other little things, like gum from my purse without permission. Again, not a total travesty, but I made a big deal of it, because he went into my purse without permission, took something that didn't belong to him, and then tried to hide it. THEN when he got busted, he still tried to deny it, and say it wasn't him, despite the unusual overly minty freshness permeating from his mouth.

About six months ago, plus or minus a little, he took our debit card and charged $50 on the Wii for credits. My husband and I flipped out at him. We told him he was going to work it off, and we made him do as much manual labor that we could find and grounded him from everything about a week. I was so angry with him, and disappointed in him.

It stopped for a little while after that, but about a month or two ago, it started again. The lying about stuff "he didn't do" (which he most certainly did), and the taking gum, food, etc, without permission. It was happening more often, and it bothered me. We sat him down and discussed the whole thing with him, explaining how taking ANYTHING without permission is considered stealing, and when you're bigger and caught stealing you can go to jail. He apologized, and we moved along.

This morning, I checked my balance on my bank account, because I'm waiting for an auto-bill payment to hit, and I noticed two charges for Club Penguin. I did not purchase a membership, my husband didn't- so that left the only person who was on the computer- my son.

My husband confronted him while I was in the bathroom, and he denied it, until my husband told him it showed on the bank account. He took out my debit card, placed the order, put it back in my wallet, and back into my purse and went along- life as normal, and didn't tell me about it.

I don't know if I'm more ticked off that he went into my pocketbook without permission, used my card without permission, or tried to lie and deny that he did it!!!

I vented to a few friends and a couple of family members, and they said that they would be pissed. A few told me that every tween/teen goes through it at some point or another. I'm angry! I'm hurt! I'm incredibly disappointed.

I had two people ask me if I thought that with his processing disorders and the Autism, if he really, truly understood what he did. I don't know. I truly feel like he 150% knew what he was doing, knew that he'd probably get caught, and just didn't care. He's got such an entitlement attitude lately, I just don't know what to do.

The approval for the home ABA services can't come soon enough, because I'm on the verge of a complete meltdown on my end. The point of my rant is to ask you, my readers, if YOUR child or anyone you know has ever done anything like this? If so, how did you handle it? How do I handle this. Right now he's grounded, in his room, and not allowed to come out unless he has to eat or use the bathroom. I didn't raise my boy to be a thief. Help!!!!


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark, Reintroduces After-2 p.m. Unlimited Admission Pass

What makes Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark, Orlando’s can’t-miss waterpark? By offering the latest and hottest deal for locals to enjoy Central Florida’s coolest beach again and again – including the After-2 p.m. Pass.

For the cost of a single day’s admission, guests can enjoy Aquatica after 2 p.m. throughout the rest of 2013. With no blackout dates and unlimited admission to Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark, after 2 p.m., Orlando's coolest beach is a hit for all ages time after time. Whether it's tiny tots splashing around in Kata's Kookaburra Cove, teens sliding down Taumauta Racer or adults relaxing on the laid-back beaches, guests can enjoy Aquatica all year long.

Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark, is a one-of-a-kind waterpark that could only come from SeaWorld. Inspired by a whimsical take on the South Seas, Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark, immerses guests in the playfulness of the sea, taking them in, over and under the water with the world’s most unique water rides and animal encounters. Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark, mixes animal experiences, waters from serene to extreme, high speed waterslide thrills and wide, sandy beaches to create a day of non-stop fun.

Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark, After-2 p.m. Pass is $50 for children, ages 3-9, and $55 for adults. To learn more about Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark, or to buy your After-2 p.m. pass, visit, call 888-800-5447, or visit our ticket counters at Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark.


Monday, June 10, 2013

Happy National Iced Tea Day! FREE Snapple until 6/15!

Oh Thank Heaven! FREE Snapple until 6/15!

National Iced Tea Day is June 10, but to really heat up your summer, aka make it #AWESUMMER, we’ll be honoring the cold, refreshing drink with a free 16-ounce Snapple Iced Tea every single day, all day, from June 10-15 while supplies last. 7-Eleven has partnered with Snapple to offer three thirst quenching flavors that are sure to satisfy your tastebuds:

· Half ‘n Half – In this Arnold Palmer remix, you don’t have to choose between lemonade and iced tea any more. You get the best of both worlds in every sip you take.
· Lemon Tea– Green tea and black tea canoodling with lemon to create Snapple’s signature Lemon Tea for everyone’s enjoyment.
· Peach Tea– Smooth Snapple tea gets fruity with a splash of peach. This dynamic duo knows how to soothe your iced tea hankering from the very first drop.

Guests can claim their FREE Snapple coupon by texting TEA to 711711 to download the 7-Eleven mobile app, available in Google Play and the App Store. A new coupon will be automatically loaded onto the 7-Eleven App every day. So grab your phone and get thirsty. Bottoms up!


Target 3 Day Exclusive: $5 off your $30 shoe purchase + top gifts for dad

What's better than the top deals for Father's Day?? How about saving $5 on the cutest pair of shoes?!

That's right, shop now and receive $5 off of your shoe purchase of $30 or more by using coupon code: SHOEPROMO


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Jumping 4 Joy Tampa @ Airheads Trampoline Arena this Sunday!!

It's almost Memorial Day weekend! What to do, what to do?!

Well, after you hit the stores and get the deals, and then hit the beach and get some sun and waves, be sure to get your fun on at Airheads Trampoline Arena right off of Linebaugh from 7-10pm at Jumping 4 Joy Tampa!

This faith filled family night out and fundraiser is going to be packed with fun stuff, for children of all ages! With over 15 vendors and community partners, moms can shop for just about anything under the sun- hair accessories, hand bags, art work, home fragrances and decor, jewelry, and more! Dads can enjoy jumping with the kids and the clean music from the DJ! Kids will enjoy free art sessions with Veropolo Kids Space, jumping on the indoor trampoline arena, and playing all of the arcade games! If you get hungry, Airheads has a concession stand with something to curb any craving!

There is a fee to jump, but the fundraiser benefits the Hope Children's Home and CFL Ministries in Tampa. If you're not familiar with the Children's Home, it's a modern day orphanage in Tampa, that has helped over 5,000 kids! CFL Ministries brings joy into the lives of kids in the juvenile detention centers in the Tampa area.

Don't forget to enter the raffles from The Rays, eBoats of Tampa Bay, Weeki Wachee, Sea World, Aquatica, Kids Foot Locker, and there's even an autographed Lindback jersey (from Tampa Bay Lightning!) valued at over $250!! Plus, all of the vendors and business partners present will have something fun to win, as well!!! If you bring an unopened item off of the Hope Children's Home "Needs List" at the door, you'll receive FREE raffle tickets!

Are you local, or live close to Tampa, Florida??  Help me spread the word, via Twitter or Facebook, or if you blog, on your blog too, and you'll be entered to win a special 50/50! I'm giving one lucky promoter $25* and the Hope Children's Home a $25 gift card- but only if YOU help!

Here's the deal:

Tampa or other nearby bloggers or followers: please blog, re-TWEET or Post to Facebook one of the following messages. Please make sure to TAG the Jumping 4 Joy Tampa page on Facebook so your fans and friends can learn more about the event!

Retweet: Join us at in Tampa 5/26 while we are Jumping 4 Joy! Find more details at: #HOPE #familynightout

Repost on Facebook: Looking for something fun to do this Sunday? Check out @Jumping 4 Joy Tampa at the Airheads Trampoline Arena for a family night out, vendor show, raffles and MORE! 

Then, leave a comment below telling me what town you live in, and the link to your status, tweet or blog post. Please be sure to change your privacy setting for your status update to public. Good Luck!

*Winner will be choosen at random and given the option to choose $25 via pay pal or Gift Card to Target or Walmart. Please make sure you leave your email address in your comment. This giveaway will end on 5/26 at midnight.


Mombo takes Nursing Pillows to the Next Level! *Review*

This post brought to you by Comfort and Harmony. All opinions are 100% mine.

Recently I was given the opportunity to review the Mombo from Comfort & Harmony, the makers of Bright Starts products. When I opened the email, I thought the same thing as you just did- what the heck is a Mombo?!


Aside from a clever sounding name, the Mombo is a brand new nursing pillow that every parent should try! Plus, we really like the packaging, because it says our name on it... sort of.


Okay, not really, but it's still attractive! Available exclusively at Babies R Us, the Mombo nursing pillow retails from about $30-55, depending on which pillow you choose, if it's already got a slip cover, and what type of slip cover you choose. They have one with taggies on it, fun and funky patterns, as well as calm, soothing colors for both boys and girls!

My little one isn't nursing anymore, but we used to nurse. We made it six months- the longest for any of my kids! I was ecstatic that I made it that long. Unfortunately, due to food allergies and sensitivites, we had to stop, but we still enjoy snuggle time- despite the fact that my little man is a year old already!

When we received the opportunity to review this new nursing pillow I jumped at it. I had used both of the other popular brands of nursing pillows and they did the trick.. but only "well enough". With the one brand, I found myself rolling it up and folding it over. The other brand had velcro, so I liked that, but I couldn't use it when I wanted to lay baby down on the floor, like the first one. It also felt way too stiff sometimes. I couldn't find a happy medium.

When our mombo came in the mail, I couldn't wait to open it! Mombo has a unique shape (for your arms to fit perfectly while nursing!) and a two-sided design called Firm2Soft. Basically, it's got two sides to it, a softer, more pillowy side that's perfect for tummy time, and a more firm, but still comfortable side, for stability when nursing. It's also got a spot for you to put this little pod into it which makes your Mombo gently vibrate. That would have been SO helpful for my coliky baby!! Mombo is the only nursing pillow on the market with removable, soothing vibrations.

Now, like I said before, my baby isn't of nursing age, but one of my very dear friends is due in just a couple of weeks, so I can't wait to let her really try this product out. For the time being, here's a few pictures of my handsome little man, hanging out with his Mombo!

Be sure to follow Comfort & Harmony on Facebook to stay up to date on new products, slip covers, and to show of your bundle of joy on their wall! Find Comfort & Harmony on Twitter to get great tips, interact with the brand, ask questions, and more!

Special thanks to Comfort & Harmony for allowing us to review this product.

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Sail Key West + Special Discount Offer

I live in the Tampa area, and Key West is about 8 hours from me. I've dreamed about heading down to the Keys for a get away with my husband. Sail out on a yacht, maybe catch some fish, and some sun.. nothing surrounding us except the beautiful water.

I've been poking around online, trying to find things to do in the Keys, and I received some information from Classic Harbor Line.

Dedicated to providing the most perfect hospitality and sailing experience one could find in Key West, Classic Harbor Line hopes for the privilege of escorting you on a breathtaking excursion aboard the most elegant vessel in the local schooner fleet: Adirondack III or cruise through Key West in elegance and style aboard the Gatsby era Yacht the Beacon.

While visiting Key West, Florida you will find a number of land and water based activities. However, a classic schooner sail or luxury yacht cruise - a day or sunset - is well known to be the quintessential Key West activity that will highlight your stay and be the lasting memory forever.

Want to save some money on your excursion?? My Readers Receive $10 off each ticket purchased at using ONLINE promo code FAMILY10.



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