Happy Weekend everyone! Sorry I did not put up my laughs last week but I was relaxing with my parents in Sunny Florida!
As always, come link up any cute or funny post-kid or not kid related. Feel free to take my button or share on social media, although this is not necessary. Definitely check out the other blogs who link up as they all provide a great laugh!
My top five laughs:
5. Zane got diagnosed with hand-foot-mouth disease. Although this not funny at all, Hayley has been coming to him and saying, “Zane feel better, “Zane do you need anything?, “Zane- Do you want me to get McDonalds?” She is such a big sister!
4. Big mistake to tell Zane the name of the future baby. We are keeping it a secret until she is born but if you ask Zane, he will just blurt it out. When I tell him it is a secret, he goes NOOOOO!!! I know her name!
3. Zane can count to almost 50 now but when he counts he seems to repeat 20-30 twice in a row. It is quite funny when he does it. I need to get it on video.
2. Hayley asked me when Baby Girl is coming and I told her July. She asked me if I could speed it up because she is ready to be a big sister again. Excited much?!
1. I love this one. Hayley and I collected toys for the Boys and Girls Club. We collected them in a big bin and when I went to bring the bin downstairs today, I noticed half of them were missing. I asked Hayley where they went and she told me, “Mommy…I donated them to my friends at school!” LOL!
Now your laughs:
Let me start out by saying that whoever who wins this giveaway is one lucky person! I recently got introduced to Taste of Nature Snack Bars and I am addicted! Truly addicted! I am a snack person and try to make healthy choices when I choose what snacks I am going to eat. I want to eat a snack that is healthy, nutritious, but also will keep me full. That is why I was so excited to get introduced to Taste of Nature Snack Bars!
Taste of Nature is brand new to the US, offering 6 different flavors of 100% organic, gluten-free, non-GMO, vegan and kosher-certified bars. There are bars are wholesome and delicious. These bars are all under 200 calories and with no added sugar, these are the cleanest and yummiest bar on the market. I have been known to eat at least one Taste of Nature bar a day and it keeps me full for a long time, while providing me a delicious flavor in each bite. They are easy to eat- I just throw them in my pocketbook and when hunger strikes, I have it on hand. They are high in fiber and healthy carbohydrates, which provide a satisfying flavor with a real food taste.
The Taste of Nature Snack Bars are made with the highest quality organic ingredients in a facility powered by renewable energy. It delivers a great taste that you can know you can feel good about! The Taste of Nature Snack Bars come in 6 different flavors including: Brazil Nut, Almond, Canadian Maple, Goji, Pomegranate and Cranberry. More flavors are on the horizon too. Each bar also only costs $1.99 which is a great deal for a nutritious snack.
I have been raving about this bars since I received them. I had my friends taste them too and they were amazed how good they are. They are the perfect combination of sweet, salty, fruity, and nutty-all wrapped into one great bar. I highly recommend these bars for a great snack choice each day.
Buy it: You can find out what stores sell Taste of Nature by visiting here: Taste of Nature. The bars are usually found next to the granola bars or in the organic food aisle.
Win it: One winner will receive a year worth of Taste of Nature bars. This giveaway is valued at $700! This giveaway is run via rafflecopter so click read more to see the actual giveaway. The only mandatory entry is to tell me why you are excited to win this giveaway. Please put all comments in comment section proceeding the post. While the other entries are optional, I highly suggest filling them out to increase your chances of winning. US only. Good luck!
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*I received Taste of Nature bars for review. All my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.*
One brand I have been using since both Hayley and Zane were little is Cloud B. Yesterday I started my baby registry for baby girl, and there were at least two Cloud B products on there. It is a name I recommend to all my friends and my reader. Recently we were sent the Cloud B Twilight Carz-Pink Hearts for review and I have to say, we are huge fans.
Since the baby is not coming to July, I had Hayley test it out for me. Hayley is almost 5 but she is a terrible sleeper, mostly restless at night. With thhe Cloud B Twilight Carz, she can rest peacefully for a great night sleep. The Twilight Carz in Pink Hearts is a darling race car that is ready to accelerate the deepest dreams for even the most restless sleeper. It projects a magical starry night sky for better sleep.
The Cloud B Twilight Carz has fully functioning wheels, that helps children transition sweetly from playtime to sleep time. It features auto projects of hearts and stars making for a gorgeous glow effect in blue and red LED color. It features illuminated headlights and tail lights to help ease fear of the dark. When Hayley goes into bed, she turn this cute little car on and it helps soothe her, and transitions her to nighttime. She loves to turn on the headlights and go under the covers. She then loves staring at her starry night sky ceiling that helps to calm her and alleviates any fear of the dark. No need for a nightlight with the Cloud B Twilight Carz!
The lights on the Cloud B shuts off after 45 minutes to create complete darkness for sleeping recommended by pediatricians. It includes 3 AAA Batteries to help get the Cloud B Twilight Carz turned on, and has long lasting LED’s to allow it to stay cool, and extend the battery life. It is a must have for all those young children to get them to sleep better and into dream world.
Buy it: Be sure to purchase the Cloud B Twilight Carz where Cloud B is sold including Babies R Us, Amazon, Target, and more! This product is available now on Amazon for $28.95 and available to purchase on the Cloud B website.
Win it: One winner will receive the Cloud B Twilight Carz. This giveaway is run via rafflecopter so click read more to see the actual giveaway. The only mandatory entry is to tell me why you want to win this. Please put all comments in comment section proceeding the post. While the other entries are optional, I highly suggest filling it out to increase your chances of winning. US only. Good luck!
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*I received the above product from Cloud B. All my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.*
*I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Lionsgate. I received a promotional item and a prize pack as a thank you for my participation.*
On March 14, Lionsgate Entertainment will release The Single Moms Club, a story of five struggling single Moms who put aside their differences in the midst of a school dilemma with their kids to form a support group. Directed by and starring Tyler Perry as well as Amy Smart, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Cocoa Brown, Zulay Henao and Nia Long, this movie is one you will want to see with your best girlfriends for all the humor, that will leave you laughing long after the movie ends. Here is the preview for this great, upcoming movie:
My girlfriends and I already discussed that we are going to make a date night to see this movie for so many reasons. One being that most of my friends are in social groups together and we can certainly relate to our share of ups and downs. For example, when we go see this movie, we are going as a part of our movie night “chick flick” group. We meet every month to go see another movie and we then discuss the movie over food/drinks after. We also, all for the most part, are part of book club, as well as playgroup (where the kids play and the moms have a chance to sit down and talk about things going on in the week).
Due to most of my friends being in a lot of different social groups together, we have really gotten to know each in ways no one else probably knows us. In our group, we have two single moms who went through divorces in the past two years and have gone through tribulations no one should ever have to deal with. It was very hard in the beginning, sitting down with our best friends, knowing they are going through a divorce and will have to learn to be single moms. Coming from a marriage to being a single mom, raising kids, is probably the hardest thing I have heard about. I am really not sure how these two good friends do it, but they do, and they live life to the fullest. Sure they had their shares of tears when we were meeting in our groups, but they persevered and are doing the best job they could possibly do being a single mom. I hopefully will never have to imagine their hardships they are going through, but the part that is getting them through it, is their friends and all of their families. They rely on our social groups to have a night or day out and to vent to us. After all, that is what we are there for, to listen to each other triumphs and tribulations.
Friendship is so very important to me. The number one trait I look for in a friendship is loyalty and compassion. From looking at the preview of The Singles Mom Club, I see their friendships are similar to mine and my friends. It takes a lot to find a good group of friends and I truly believe I have found those in my life, just as it seems they found each other in the movie. This is why we all want to see the movie as a big group. While friendship is a right to have a great time just relaxing, shopping, and having fun, there is much more to a friendship. A friendship is there to see each other through divorces, deaths, kid problems, and other family problems. I cherish my friendships with all my heart! In The Single Moms Club, these women all cherish their friendships and will find inspiration and laughter in their new sisterhood and help each other overcome the obstacles that stand in their way.
I truly can’t wait to see The Single Moms Club on March 14th! I have seen so many of Tyler Perry’s films before and each one is better than the one before. He takes his films to a new level with compassion, wit, and most of all humor. The acting ensemble also looks wonderful with one of my favorite leading ladies, Amy Smart. It is the perfect movie for a good group of friends to get together, relax, and have a great time watching a film so many of us can relate to.
Please visit The Singles Mom Club on their website and on Facebook to learn more!
Giveaway: One winner will receive the #SinglesMomsClub prize pack. This prize pack includes:
a Vino2Go cup, Grocery Tote, Nail File with a back mirror, Chocolate Bar, Hand Wipe Pack and Film poster.
This giveaway is run via rafflecopter so click read more to see the actual giveaway. The only mandatory entry is to tell me why you are excited to see this movie in the comment section proceeding the post. While the other entries are optional, I highly suggest filling them out to increase your chances of winning. US only. Good luck!
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*This post is part of the SPLENDA® 365 SWEET SWAPS ™ blogger program by McNeil Nutritionals, LLC. and The Motherhood, who sent me products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are my own, and I hope you enjoy them.*
I will fully admit that I am a sugar addict, or shall I say I used to be a sugar addict. Just last year, I made the switch over to SPLENDA® and I could not be happier. If you are wondering, does SPLENDA® taste as good as sugar, the answer is an outstanding YES! If you are wondering, can I substitute SPLENDA® in the place of sugar in baking, the answer is an outstanding YES! If you are wondering if you can actually cook meals with SPLENDA®, the answer again is an outstanding YES! Just about anywhere you love sugar, you’ll love SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener! Since I have been using SPLENDA®, I never felt the need to go back to regular sugar!
The SPLENDA® Brand is dishing out 365 ways to swap sugar for SPLENDA® Sweetener Products. You can visit #SweetSwaps for tips and recipes to help you save calories from added sugar all year long. I have made quite a few changes over the year with switching to SPLENDA®. First, my morning coffee no longer contains heaping amounts of sugar. For the 2 tsp. of sugar I was using previously, I now only use 1 packet of SPLENDA® and I get the same delicious and sweet taste. Better yet, I am using up no additional calories in my coffee. I don’t even want to imagine how much calories I was consuming in my coffee from sugar, prior to making the change to SPLENDA®.
Along with this switch, I have been baking with SPLENDA® for quite some time now. At first I was skeptical how it would taste with using non-sugar items, but I can honestly say you can’t tell the difference when you bake or cook with SPLENDA®. I remember my very first recipe I made, a flan, that called for heaping amounts of sugar. To make it more calorie friendly and healthier, I substituted SPLENDA® and was able to use much less of it, than my regular sugar. And guess what- the taste was not effected at all! It was as delicious as when I made it with sugar, but now I was able to eliminate the calories of sugar from the recipe. A win-win in my opinion!
I found the #SweetSwaps website fascinating to see how I could make 365 changes (one for each day) with SPLENDA® to make healthier changes! Do you know that experts recommend women consume no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar a day, yet the average American eats 22 teaspoons daily? Also, most of us vastly underestimate the amount of sugar we eat because the sweet stuff is hiding in some of our favorite foods and beverages, like vanilla lattes, fruit flavored yogurt, salad dressing and cereal. By using the 365 changes and realizing where the sugar is hiding, we can come up with ways to eliminate the excess sugar from our diets! I know I am all for that!
Next month, I am going to share with you one of my favorite baking recipes that I use SPLENDA® with. In the meantime, make sure you visit http://www.365SweetSwaps.com for great tips and recipes to save calories all year long! Also, join us for the fabulous #SweetSwaps twitter party taking place this coming Tuesday, March 4. Details are below. Hope to see you there!
- When: Tuesday, March 4 at noon ET/11 a.m. CT/9 a.m. PT
- Twtvite: http://twtvite.com/sweetswaps
- Hashtag: #SweetSwaps
- Prizes: Prizes will be randomly awarded to five participants who answer the trivia questions correctly. Each prize includes a $50 Visa Gift Card and an assortment of SPLENDA® Sweetener Products! Prizes limited to U.S. participants only.
- Hosts: @TheMotherhood, @TheMotherhood25, @CooperMunroe and @EmilyMcKhann