*This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Tia Gao.*
Imagine a living room scattered with toys. Toys that captured your child’s attention for a few hours before they were tossed aside. Many of the pieces are missing and in random corners. Sound familiar? With birthday and holiday gifts given through the year, every family falls into the cycle of collecting new toys, many of which get broken and forgotten.
I recently came across a new type of gift that really inspired me. Imagine a gift that was not a toy, but a financial investment in your children’s future. What if your children received investments that grew year after year and didn’t clutter your playroom! There is a new site called Spark Gift that makes it easy to buy stocks and index funds as gifts.
For me as a parent, I think it would be nice for someone to have given financial gifts for my young children. It’s hard to set-aside enough savings for children’s futures. By having family and friends give investment gifts, we could have been growing a great nest egg for our children year after year.
For older children, investment gifts can really act as teaching tools. For example, instead of giving your 12 year old niece a $50 itunes gift card, you could give her $50 of Apple stock. The process of receiving an investment gift can spark incredibly valuable discussions about saving and investing at an early age.
Tia Gao, who works at Spark Gift, told me that the startup was created on the belief that one financial gift can spark a lifetime of saving and investing. Once you have your Spark Gift account, it’s easy for you to add to the account and for others to give more investment gifts so the account continues to grow. Spark Gift uses a new technology called fractional shares which let you buy a fraction of a share of stock or fund. This means that, although a share of Disney is currently $106 and Apple is $127, using Spark Gift, you can give someone a $20 fractional share of Disney or Apple as a gift.
When someone asks what they can buy for your children, you can tell them to give an investment gift using Spark Gift!
I have received information and materials from McNeil Consumer Healthcare, Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc., the makers of TYLENOL®. The opinions stated are my own. This is a sponsored post.
Have you ever been so tired you felt like tying your shoes was a struggle? I certainly have. It’s especially true – and bothersome – for me when I’ve got a particularly nasty bug. When the aches and pains start coming on, I have a tough time sleeping. That’s why I love TYLENOL® PM.
TYLENOL® PM is the TYLENOL® I’ve used for years, but with a little something extra to help me fall asleep on those occasions when it’s just not going to happen. I’m sure you’ve had those nights. Sometimes, when you go to bed, the Sandman just skips you. Maybe you’re wired from being on the computer too late in the evening. Or maybe you’re like me, and that cold you have is just kicking your butt. It’s really hard to fall asleep when all your muscles hurt. Those are the times I use TYLENOL® PM. It helps a person with no chronic sleep issues like me fall asleep on those rare occasions when it just won’t come.
Once I was so Tired I…
Put the milk in the pantry. Yep. I had a wicked bad cold. I mean bad. It was the total package, congestion, headache, body pain. It was all that and a crappy bag of chips. I was so sore, I couldn’t sleep. The next day, I groggily made my breakfast. I then proceeded to put the cereal in the fridge and the milk in the pantry. True story. I had called off of work that day, and I didn’t move for a solid 10 hours. Of course, by the time I went to the pantry for crackers, I had spoiled milk and ice cold cereal. Yum.
Needless to say, I tried TYLENOL® PM that night, and it worked! It lessened my symptoms and helped me fall asleep. The next day I wasn’t 100%, but I wasn’t a cereal refrigerating, milk curdling zombie.
Tips to Help You Sleep
If you have issues falling asleep, there are some things you can do to help train your body to sleep better. These tips can make it easier for you to fall asleep and get the much needed rest your body needs.
Sleep Schedule: It’s so important to have a schedule. A routine sleep schedule lets your internal clock know when it’s time to go to sleep. This can make falling asleep easier.
Get Out of Bed if You Can’t Sleep: If the Sandman isn’t making an appearance after 30 minutes, get up. You’re not going to sleep any time soon, and just lying there can actually make it even harder to sleep. Instead, read a book or go for a walk. Do something that takes your mind off the fact that you can’t sleep.
Unplug: Stop all computer work, television, and the like, an hour before bed. Your body needs a chance to wind down before hitting the sack. You’ll be too wired to sleep if you go directly from the computer to the bed.
Power Nap: If you have a schedule that makes getting a full 8 hours impossible, try slipping in a power nap. Studies have shown that naps increase performance, concentration, and wakefulness.
No Pain, Definite Gain: If you’re having trouble getting shut eye because of pain, try TYLENOL® PM. It has a pain reliever and fever reducer along with a sleep aid to help alleviate your cold symptoms and help you fall asleep. Because sometimes, no matter what you do, you need a little help.
I told you mine, now tell me and TYLENOL® PM yours. Right now, you can share your story using #IWasSoTired #Sweeps with the makers of TYLENOL® on Instagram for a chance to win a $1,000.00 Bed, Bath & Beyond™ Bedroom Makeover. Three winners will be chosen each week. Just take a photo or video to show you felt or what you did when you didn’t get enough sleep. It’s a great contest, and I look forward to the creative videos and photos I’m sure I’ll see.
Official Contest Rules:
NO PURCHASE OR SUBMISSION NECESSARY. OPEN TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 US & D.C., 18 AND OLDER. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Sweepstakes ends 5/1/15. Prize awarded as a gift card. For Official Rules, how to enter without use of a mobile device or submission, prize descriptions and odds disclosure, visit http://goo.gl/HyO1jc. Bed, Bath & Beyond™ is not an official sponsor of this promotion. Sponsor: McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc., 7050 Camp Hill Road, Fort Washington, PA 19034.
*This is a sponsored giveaway. All my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.*
Blue Lizard Australian sunscreen is the leader in broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection. They were founded in Australia which has the highest sunscreen standards in the world. Blue Lizard was the leader in broad spectrum sunscreen in Australia, and now they’re providing that same protection to us here in the states. My family gave it a try, and we were thoroughly impressed.
Broad Spectrum Protection That Delivers
It’s so important to use a high quality, broad spectrum sunscreen when you’re out and about. Did you know that a single sunburn during childhood can dramatically increase your chances of developing skin cancer later in life. It’s scary, but it’s true! Blue Lizard has been around for years, and for years, they’ve been providing top notch protection from the sun’s harmful rays.
Blue Lizard is now manufactured in the United States, but they’ve held onto the methods that they mastered down under. They use the most advanced formulations to ensure the most comprehensive broad spectrum sunscreen available today. Their clinically proven, broad spectrum UVA and UVB sunscreens are mineral-based, water resistant, and SPF 30+, which means that you and the family can enjoy all of your favorite activities without the fear of a burn.
Blue Lizard Benefits
Blue Lizard is the leader in broad spectrum sunscreen, with the most comprehensive UVA and UVB protection available. Their broad spectrum sunscreen is of the highest quality and offers benefits such as:
Adheres to strict Australian guidelines for broad spectrum protection
Mineral based to improve water resistance
Clinically proven advanced formulations for everyone including Sport, Face, Sensitive, and Baby
SPF 30+ protection
BPA-free Smart Bottle changes color when exposed to UV rays to remind you to put on your sunscreen
Most recommend broad spectrum sunscreen by pediatricians, dermatologists, and pharmacists
We Love Blue Lizard Broad Spectrum Protection
My family was hooked on Blue Lizard broad spectrum sunscreen from the moment we tried it. It goes on quickly and easily, and it’s HARD to get off! That’s great for a long day of fun in the sun and water. While all of their products are great, I was most impressed with their Sensitive and Baby lines. There are certain brands of sunscreen that my skin just can’t handle. I have put on certain brands, and it felt like hot molten death on my skin. I don’t want to repeat that! I also don’t want anything harsh on my youngest’s skin, so Sensitive and Baby are a perfect fit.
When I put on the Sensitive formula, it was nice and smooth. I had no burning or irritation at all, and it lasted quite a long time. The same thing can be said for their Baby formula as well. My daughter had no issues wearing it, and it protected her delicate skin wonderfully.
We had a day of fun in the sun with broad spectrum protection from Blue Lizard with nary a burn to be seen. I love this stuff, and I think you will, too. Right now, you can use coupon code: P20MCHRON and get 20% off of orders of $35.00 or more – valid until 8/31/15.
Giveaway: In addition, my readers can win broad spectrum protection from Blue Lizard in the form of a 3 oz. Face, 3 oz. Sensitive, 3 oz. Sport, 2 Baby sachet samples and a color-change bracelet to let you know when to put on your sunscreen. It’s a value of $44.17.
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Happy weekend everyone. Just wanted to let you all know that I will be taking off the next 7 days of blogging to enjoy with my family on the Disney Fantasy Cruise Ship. I will be back April 20th, so please do not miss me too muchJ Saturday laughs will resume on Friday April 24.
As always, come link up any cute or funny post. Definitely check out the other blogs who link up as they all provide a great laugh. Feel free to take my button or share on social media, although this is not necessary.
My top five laughs:
5. We are preparing the kids all week for the Disney cruise. Zane asked me if we could cruise and just stay with Mickey/Minnie forever. I love how much he loves Disney.
4. Hayley packed herself for the Disney Cruise and guess what, we have just about every princess outfit out there.
3. We also packed up Taylor as a group and Hayley recommended we bring her whole wardrobe just in case she has accidents in her diaper. I told her 6 outfits will suffice but Hayley insisted on 18 onesies. Likes to overpack like her mommyJ
2. I could not find Zane and Hayley’s Disney autograph book so they started to freak out. Then Hayley said, “That is O’kay because we will buy new ones so that the princesses will never forget us by signing a brand new book.” They love princesses so much, even the boy!
* I will be receiving an all expense paid trip thanks to Disney. All my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.*
I am so unbelievably excited because from May 6-8th, I will be attending the #TomorrowlandEvent thanks to Disney. So much more to come on that in a few weeks, but meanwhile, I have some great news to share for all you Disney fanatics! If you are ever thought about going to DisneyLand, now is the time because WALT DISNEY STUDIOS AND DISNEY PARKS TEAM UP TO SHOWCASE EXCLUSIVE SNEAK PEEK OF DISNEY’S “TOMORROWLAND” MOVIE AND SPECIAL EXHIBIT FOR PARK GUESTS AT DISNEYLAND RESORT AND WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT!!
What you will get with this is a 12-Minute Sneak Peek Includes Exciting, Never-Seen-Before Footage Exhibit Features the Making of “Tomorrowland” with Props, Concept Artwork, Photos from Filming, and Images from the Disney Archives
**Walt Disney Studios announced today an unprecedented collaboration between the Studio, Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort to offer park guests a 12-minute sneak peek of Disney’s upcoming thrilling, mystery-adventure film, “Tomorrowland,” opening in U.S. theaters on May 22. Guests will also enjoy an impressive exhibit that features the making of the movie with props, concept artwork and photos from the filming of the movie plus exclusive images from the Disney Archives. The sneak peek and exhibit will open April 17 in Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park and on April 18 in Future World at Epcot and will be available to the public for a limited time.
The must-see event marks the first time that a sneak peek has been offered at Epcot in Walt Disney World and the first time Walt Disney Studios has teamed up with both parks to showcase an upcoming Disney film with footage and an in-depth look at the making of the film. Sure to spark the imagination and curiosity of all, the special exhibit details the process of bringing director Brad Bird’s vision to life and will show how filmmakers created the world of Tomorrowland, along with archival images of iconic Disneyland attractions featured in the movie.
In the movie, the premise that the futuristic city of Tomorrowland could actually exist pays homage to Walt Disney’s vision for both Tomorrowland at Disneyland Resort and Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort where ever-evolving technologies are showcased along with ideas to make the world a better place for all.
Commenting on the exclusive “Tomorrowland” sneak peek event, Brad Bird, the film’s two-time Oscar® winning director, says, “We are excited that park guests will be the first to get an extended look at ‘Tomorrowland’ in the part of Disneyland that inspired the film. Tomorrowland is the one section of the park that Walt Disney himself designed to be tied inexorably to constant change. After all, the future is always in motion, continually shifting as humankind’s choices of the present remake the world ahead of us. ‘Tomorrowland’ is a state of mind. My hope is that the exhibit will convey some of the magic that went into bringing this land… and this movie, to life.”
“Tomorrowland,” a riveting mystery adventure starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney, tells the story of former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, who are bound by a shared destiny and embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.
Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.
The film also stars Hugh Laurie as brilliant scientist David Nix, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key and Thomas Robinson
“Tomorrowland” is produced by Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird and Jeffrey Chernov and directed by Brad Bird, with John Walker, Bernard Bellew, Jeff Jensen and Brigham Taylor serving as executive producers.**
Stay tuned because I will be taking you all on a journey through this amazing Disney movie!! Lots more to come from me….