Thursday, October 30, 2014

Bringing the #ComfortsFromHome to the Military

In my house, Marie Callender's has always been a name synonymous with delicious food. Sometimes when I'm in the grocery store, I get a few of their meals for when I get busy during the day, and I'm never disappointed. Their meals always offer so much flavor and most of them would be considered comfort foods.

This fall, Marie Callender's has launched the Comforts from Home Project by bringing the comforts of home to those who protect America's homes every day: the brave men and women of the U.S. military.

For this, I completely applaud them since my husband is an Army man. I always love when people actually recognize the military and what they do for us every day.

The Comforts from Home Project will also welcome one special soldier back to her/his family in a national television event "A Hero's Welcome" airing on November 11, 2014 across a range of your favorite networks including HGTV, Food Network and the Cooking Channel.

Hosted by Robert Irvine from Restaurant Impossible, Genevieve Gorder from HGTV Design Star and Gary Sinise, award-winning actor and founder of the Gary Sinise Foundation, the show will be a heart warming event that brings the comforts of home to American troops in surprising ways that only Marie Callender's can.

I think this is such a wonderful thing for Marie Callender's to do for our military and I know I'll be tuning in to watch the episode!

Tune-in as Marie Callender’s, the USO and an army of experts from food, home and travel provide the comforts of home as only Marie Callender’s can, in a truly heartwarming homecoming you’ll always remember.

“A Hero’s Welcome” will welcome one special soldier back to their family in a national television event airing on Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2014. The one-hour TV special will air across a range of your favorite networks including HGTV, Food Network, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel, DIY Channel, and Great American County.

I have been selected by Tap Influence to be a spokesperson for Marie Callender’s While I have been compensated for my time, my opinions are my own.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

5 Tips to Help Prevent Bedwetting

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of GoodNites* TRU-FIT*

According to a GoodNites® brand study, it’s estimated that 1 in 6 children between the ages of 4-12 in the United States suffer from nocturnal enuresis, more commonly known as bedwetting. Bedwetting is a fairly common condition that a child cannot control or be trained out of.

Mary started bedwetting when she was 4 years old. At first it shocked me because I didn't really know what to do. Almost every night she would wet the bed so bad that I would be up at 3am washing her sheets. Sometimes it was so much too that it would go through right to the mattress. So we started taking a lot of precautions that seemed to help her over time.
  • Don't blame the child - It's not their fault that they are bedwetting. And just like when you're learning to drive a car, it's never helpful to be yelled at. It can just make matters worse.
  • Go to the bathroom before bed - This is probably a no brainer but if your child going to the bathroom right before bed, they have less of a chance of going while sleeping.
  • Make sure your child is going "number 2" - Your bladder is right in front of your rectum so if you're not going to the bathroom or having very hard bowel movements, then that could be causing pressure on your bladder. Monitor your child's bowel movements during the day to watch for accidents at night.
  • Rule out medical problems - Sometimes having a urinary tract infection or other medical problems can cause a child to bedwet. Talk to your doctor to make sure your child doesn't have any of these problems.
  • Invest in GoodNites* TRU-FIT* - GoodNites* TRU-FIT* are a wonderful thing to have for your child if they are bedwetting. They are machine-washable, real underwear with disposable, absorbent inserts that help keep sheets and PJs dry at night. Currently they are available at Target for both boys and girls in sizes S/M & L/XL.  

This past week we have tried out GoodNites* TRU-FIT* with Mary and I am super impressed. The system is really easy to use and actually works! Here's how you use them, step by step.

Overall Mary and I both really love the GoodNites* TRU-FIT* especially because they are real underwear, just with an insert inside. And that means that they look like regular underwear too. Plus  you can't hear them, like you hear a diaper when the child walks. These have no sound at all which is great. I would completely recommend buying these for any child who has bedweting problems. And right now they are at Target with a $2 off coupon on the front!

If your child is having bedwetting problems, also make sure to join me at the GoodNites* TRU-FIT* #trufittarget Twitter Party on November 19 from 11am - 12pm EST.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of GoodNites* TRU-FIT*.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Charlie as a Basketball Player #PurinaHalloweenWM #spon

This is a Lunchbox sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Do you like to dress up your dog or cat around this time of year? I'm not sure why, but I love to buy Charlie pretty much anything I can get him in! Just the other day I stocked up on sweaters and coats for him!

And one of the things I ended up getting was a Basketball Jersey for him! I mean, how cute is he in it, right?

Do you spoil your dog as much as I spoil Charlie? Then make sure to head over to the Purina Pet Park where you can play the Treat Seeker game for your chance to win one of 25,000 treat samples! And while you're there, make sure to check out all the awesome Beggin' & Purina treats available. Charlie personally loves the Purina Waggin' Train Chicken Jerky!

Plus make sure to enter below for a chance to win 1 of 5 $50 Walmart gift cards too! Maybe if you win you could spend it on your pet!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Learn the Importance of Decision Making with #quandarygame @quandarygame

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Something I learned as a teenager is that you can't learn everything from books. I personally was a very sheltered child growing up. I went to the private school where there really wasn't anything bad going on and lived in a gated community with my parents. Overall life was safe and comfortable. And at school I was very smart with what I had learned in books. But when I finally got out into the real world, I had a lot of trouble with decision making. I had no idea the type of consequences that could happen from certain decisions. Mostly because since I was so sheltered, I was never taught about the outside world, away from the bubble I lived in. 

Since we home-school Mary, I always knew I didn't want her to end up like I was when I finally got out on my own. But home-schooling can make it hard to teach kids about decision making too since usually you learn about this from having "street smarts" and getting into everyday situations. But there's a great new resource for kids, home-schooled or not, that can help them learn how to make decisions wisely and it's in the form of a game.

The game is Quandary and it's a free online game that kids can play to learn about how certain decisions can effect others. Players lead a new human colony on a distant planet. They must make difficult decisions in which there are no clear right or wrong answers but important consequences – to themselves, to others in the colony and to the planet Braxos. Players develop skills such as critical thinking, perspective-taking and decision-making. Quandary provides a framework for how to approach ethical decision-making without telling players what to think.

Mary and I sat down together this weekend to try out Quandary and we both really enjoyed it. I was interested to see her answers to the questions, along with what she believed would be a good solution to the problems. We both also really liked how there weren't any clear cut right or wrong answers too. That made her think for herself even more which was great!

Quandary supports two core ethical thinking skills:

  • Perspective-taking: Quandary helps put players in others’ beliefs, preferences, attitudes, and condition -- a core social skill. 
  • Critical thinking: Critical thinking and reflection is associated ethical reasoning. The game calls on players to co-ordinate concepts or statements in complex ways and receive input and feedback from characters in the game.
Quandry is very impressive since it not only makes you think of consequences but you have to put yourself into "other people's shoes" to see how they will feel too. 

Overall I can't wait to see more situations uploaded to the game since we already played the original 3!

Touring Old Towns for Fall

I am a FabKids Blogger. All opinions are my own.

Last weekend has such beautiful weather around us. So we decided to head on out and find old treasures around where we live. One of our first stops was at this old caboose from the old train station in the next town over. It's parked now and you can take tours of the station when it's open.

And then in one of the nearby parks, there was a gorgeous old brick fountain. Of course Mary couldn't pass the opportunity to be a camera hog!

Maybe it was just the fact that we was sporting her new FabKids outfit for October. This one was one of her favorites because of the patterns in it. She actually liked is so much she decided to wear some jewelry too!

Overall our day was a fun one and when we got home, we were tired from our day out.

Do you ever find treasures in your own neighborhood?

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