Enter to Win $1,000 Cash!!

Howdy friends! I’ve teamed up with an awesome brand, and a bunch of bloggy buddies to bring you a super cool new giveaway. Learn about a sweet new online shopping app, how to earn rewards for you AND your fave charity – then have a chance to win BIG!

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Did you know you can shop, earn, and donate all at once? You are already shopping online or on your mobile devices, so why not donate to a good cause while doing so. iMyne allows you to do just that. Many of the retailers you already know and love actually offer money back as an incentive to shop their sites, but these incentives are rarely cashed in on. iMyne works with these sites to send those savings back to you as well as your favorite charitable cause. [Read more...]

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Adorable and Affordable Back to School Clothes for Kids

Thank you to OshKosh B’gosh and The Motherhood blogging network for letting me partner with them to share some awesome kids fall fashion with you!

Ok, I mentioned yesterday in my Top 10 Trends for Kids this Fall post that I am in love – in LOOOOOVE – with OshKosh B’gosh. I’ll be honest – they sent me a gift card to go and shop. Our closest store is at an outlet mall, 2 hours away. The last time I was there, I fell head over heels with everything they had. {You can see some outfits here, here, and a post here, and a video of our summer fashion fun here. Ohmyheck.} We couldn’t make it to the actual store this time, so I had to shop online. But, they make it so darn easy, and I love the way that they match up outfits for you, to give you ideas. They rock. My package of adorableness came the other day… Then we had crazy thunderstorms, and it took me a bit to be able to get pics to share. But seriously – check out the cuteness, and get your credit cards ready to shop :)

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Top 10 Trends for Kids this Fall

Clothes don’t grow. Kids do…. Which is why the back to school season can be a bit of challenge. It seems like summer just started a few minutes ago – but it’s been months of kids running and climbing and eating everything in the house, and suddenly they’re all 10 feet taller and they’re feet have grown 5 sizes. It’s not just me, right?

Top 10 Trends for Kids this Fall

Top 10 Trends for Kids this Fall

The first thing we do when getting ready for back to school is take everything out of the closet and drawers. It’s too much work to have everyone try on ALL of their clothes – so I grab a pair of pants, a tee shirt, and a hoodie for them to try. Once I find one of each that fits perfect, I can just measure other clothes up against those to make sure they’re the right size. WAY easier. {For me, it’s just my Abby, and she’ll be starting preschool this year. But my nephews lived with me for years, and this is how we did it for them too.} Once you get rid of what doesn’t fit, sort the remainder into categories. Now you can see where you have “holes” that need to be filled. One pair of jeans but 15 tee shirts? Now you’ve got an idea what to go shop for. And to help guide that shopping – I’ve got a list of the Top 10 Fall Trends for Kids this Fall. [Read more...]

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The Best Way to Buy Chicken

This post includes a referral link. But I’m sharing because I am totally in love with this company!

I don’t eat a lot of red meat – but I do LOVE me some chicken. We’re trying to cut down our expenses, and also trying to eat healthier this year. {The Mister quit drinking soda around Christmas, and has lost a ton of weight from just that change alone!} We buy our beef from a local farmer – we bought half a cow, and he portioned it just how we wanted it, and it was a great deal. We just ordered half a pig, which will be coming soon too. I love knowing that the meat I’m buying is free of yucky hormones and artificial junk.  But, I hadn’t found anywhere local to buy good quality chicken, in bulk, at a great price. Until we found Zaycon Foods. Seriously – I cannot believe I didn’t find out about them sooner!

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Potty Training Help – No Matter What Stage You’re In!

Big thank you to Pull-Ups for letting me share info about their Big Kid Academy, and all of the amazing free potty training tools and information they have. #Sponsored.

We’ve finally got potty training down, 99%. It was a challenge. Abby started before she was two – and did amazing, right off the bat. Then she was diagnosed with a seizure disorder, which was rough on all of us. So we kind of stalled on trying to push any new changes for a long time. Which also means I’m a pro at potty training – I’ve been doing it for a long time :) All kids are unique, all families are unique, and potty training can be a challenge. Don’t get discouraged, don’t try one of the “trendy methods” like 3-day potty training {only 23% of parents have tried this, and most admit it doesn’t work.} Take your time, and make sure to use Pull-Ups™ from the start.

Potty Training Tips: Getting Started and Keeping it Going

There are a lot of reasons to use Pull-Ups from the start of potty training, and I’ll share more later in this post. But first I want to share an amazingly awesome resource with you guys – whether you’re just getting started potty training, are in that middle stage and frustrated by a lack of progress, or are almost finished up. It’s the Pull-Ups Big Kid Academy, and you will LOVE it. I pinky promise. Check it out:

Pull-Up's Big Kid Academy Homepage - Potty training tips!

It’s super easy to enroll in the Pull-Up’s Big Kids Academy. Head to their website at Pull-Ups.com to get started. See that bright and cheerful homepage? It’s just waiting to help you get going, so click “Enroll Now” to join. Then add your info and what stage you are in on your potty training adventure to get signed up, so you get personalized tips to help you along the way.

Potty training tips from experts

Need some advice when things aren’t going as expected? Want to share a potty training tip with other parents? Well, the Pull-Ups Big Kid Academy site will build you a personalized dashboard filled with information, tips, and offers that are perfect for you and your little one. From articles that fit your potty training stage, to cool activities and ideas to make potty training fun, plus coupons and product info. Awesome, right?

Pull-Ups Readiness Quiz - How to figure out if kids are ready to potty train?

If you’re brand new to potty training, the Pull-Up’s Big Kid Academy site will share thing like the readiness quiz, so you can determine if your kiddo is ready to start potty training. These types of tips and tools will be right on your personalized dashboard.

Then you’ve got super fun interactive stuff on the site too – Like the potty dance videos. You’re kiddo can choose their favorite character, and it’ll show you a fun video of how to do the “Potty Dance.” The step by step directions are also included on the site. Why a potty dance? It gives kids a reason to celebrate when they have a big accomplishment – going potty! It makes it more fun, less like work. And, the songs remind them that pulling up their Pull-Up is being a big kid – versus having mom or dad give them a diaper. And if you’re the parent of a toddler, you know they do NOT want anything to do with being a baby anymore :) Pull-Ups help them get involved, and teach independence since they can pull them off and on by themselves. And they’re way more convenient and economical than a diaper too. {Get Huggies Pull-Ups Training Pants with Learning Designs on Amazon, and enroll in Subscribe and Save, so you never run out!}

And now – one of my FAVORITE potty training helpers… The Pull-Ups Time to Potty App! This was a lifesaver to us when getting Abby potty trained. Being a mom is a busy job, and it can be hard to always remember when to take a toddler to try to potty, especially if you’re on the go. But the app will give you regular reminders, to keep things consistent.

Potty Time App

And, kids love it – because every time they go potty successfully, they get a reward, since it unlocks super cool new games each time they go to the potty.  Abby would try to go the bathroom every 10 minutes just because she wanted new games :) If they have accidents, you add those in, and the timer will adjust the potty break time to be personalized to you. And it tracks your kiddo’s progress, so you can see how things are improving week by week!

Follow Meagan Paullin – Sunshine and Sippy Cups’s board Potty Training Tips on Pinterest.

So – what do you think? Join the conversation on the Pull-Ups Facebook page, or feel free to ask me questions ANY time over on my own Facebook page or on Twitter. And be sure to follow Pull-Ups on Pinterest – it’s a newer account, so make sure to share with your friends too. They’re growing it every day and it’s a great resource! :) I also have a rockin’ Potty Training Pinterest board you can check out too, above. And moms – give yourself a pat on the back. Potty training is challenging, but you’re doing a great job – no matter what stage you’re at! :)


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Tour China for Free – Trip for Two Giveaway!

{This post contains an affiliate link.}

Who wants a vacation? I know I sure do. They call this “summer vacation” – but when you’re a work at home mom, and get to watch other people’s kid all summer while they’re out of school, it’s kind of the opposite of a vacation :) So – if you’re ready for a super cool getaway too, make sure to enter to WIN one!!

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Awesome Tip: Never Run Out of Ink Again! HP Instant Ink available at Best Buy

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Ok ladies. {And gentlemen – I know a handful of you read my posts here too. “Hi dad!!”} I have a seriously AWESOME new product and service to share with you today. Like, life changing. Almost as life changing as the new way to take pics from your cell phone I showed you the other day. It saves you time. Saves you money. And is super cool. Introducing…. The new HP Instant Ink, available from my best buds over at Best Buy. Let me tell ya all about it…

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