5 Great Kids Birthday Gift Ideas

If you are having a hard time deciding on what gift you will give to a kid – your child, nephew, niece or godchild on his or her birthday, then you’ve come to the right place! Surely, at the end of this article, you will be able to finally decide on what gift to share.Check out – 5 Great Kids Birthday Gift Ideas.

For kids, birthday gifts aren’t just for their entertainment or use, it is also a representation of your love and attention to them. By giving a gift that you know they will like very much, kids will surely be more motivated and happy. They begin to see that you understand their interests, that you pay attention to them. That is why always think about the gift that you will give as it can greatly benefit the kid in ways that you don’t even realize. And without further ado, here are 5 great gifts for your kid’s birthday.

1.) Books

There are still kids that love to read books!  They aren’t always “glued” to electronics – trust me.  (Ex. Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Warrior Cat series, etc.)  Getting them a fun book will be the best birthday gift. Try choosing a thought provoking book, that is also fun and enjoyable. This way, you will not just be giving them a source of happiness but also guide them into a world of imagination.

2.) Latest Game

Playing is very important for kids, it is still the most effective recreational activity to promote their positive mood and restore their motivation. As long as you can control their playing time and exposure to video games, then getting the latest game as their birthday gift will surely make them happy. (And you can probably play together!)

3.) Stylish and Trendy Clothes

One of the safest and famous birthday gifts are definitely clothes. While they may seem easy and less impactful, a very stylish and trendy set of clothes might just end up as their favorite birthday gift if you get their current tastes right. Today, kids are very easily influenced by their favorite super hero or anime characters, if you get them clothes with their favorite character on it, then they’ll definitely like it. In fact, I bet that once they see it, they will automatically wear it the next time they change clothes.

4.) Shoes

Shoes are very practical birthday gifts, it is a necessity for kids. However, you need to be very careful on what type of shoes you need to get for them. Kids also love to brag about their brand new shoes to their friends, therefore, you need to give them the style that they like. If they are a Golden State Warriors fan, then a Curry shoe must be your gift. If you give them a LeBron or Kyrie instead, then expect it to be stored on the shelf for a very long time as they will most likely never wear it. (Think of it as a prize or trophy.)

5.) Electric Scooters

  1. With the emergence of electric scooters, kids today will not tire themselves from just kicking the ground in order to gain speed in their scooters. If they like to play outdoors with their friends, then getting them an electric scooter with a low top speed will surely make their birthday the best. However, make sure that you buy the safety gear along with the electric scooter to give your kid the protection they need. You can check for the top electric scooter models at this site: https://parentsneed.com/top-5-best-electric-scooters-for-kids-under-10/

5 Ways To Safeguard Kids’ Devices From Predators

5 Easy Ways To Safeguard Kids' Tech Devices From Predators

New apps pop up almost every day, and *bam* every single one of your kid¹s friends and classmates are using this bright and shiny new toy and… you find out, so is your child. The app looks age appropriate and harmless to you, however predators find ways to infiltrate and exploit. Yes, you check your child’s phone, computer or tablet on a regular basis to make sure no inappropriate content is being sent to them. However, there are other steps parents need to take to safeguard their children. See below: 5 ways to safeguard kids’ tech devices from predators.

One common mistake parents make is allowing their children to create a username that incorporates their name, information about their age and location or interests. These small pieces of data are enough for a predator to start piecing together a profile of a child and give predators tools that can be used to find more information to manipulate kids. By following these simple guidelines, parents can help make sure online predators are not targeting their children.

  1. Stop Kids from Duplicating Usernames – Just like recycling a password is a bad idea kids should not use the same username to log into different online accounts. Having one common username across accounts just makes it easier for criminals to search for and find details about a child’s life.
  2. Keep Personal Details Private – If an app or website requires kids to fill out a profile do not let them enter personally identifying details like their full name, birthdate, age or address. If they cannot use a site without supplying these details either supply a false answer to the questions or do not allow your child to use that site/app.
  3. Email Addresses and Usernames Do Not Mix – Linking a username with an email address can simplify a predator’s search for personal information. Using trial and error a criminal can add common email providers to a username, run a search and pull up social media accounts and any other sites where an email address was used to create a profile.
  4. Create Unique Email Addresses for Each App/Site – Some email providers including Gmail, Outlook and Yahoo allow users to alter their email address into infinite number of disposable addresses. For example if your child’s email address is shauntips@gmail.com and he/she wants to sign up for a new gaming site you can alter his/her email address just for that site by adding an identifier to it such as shauntips+ABCGamingFun@gmail.com. This keeps your child’s actual email address private and can help stop criminals from being able to track online history simply by searching for an email address.
  5. Stay Vigilant – Regularly checking what apps your child is using and what websites are being visited is the first line of defense. If anything looks suspicious or if you are unsure what something is, ask your child. If he/she cannot explain to your satisfaction what the app is then delete it and block it.

 

This information from SNDR.com was shared by permission.  

  

About SNDR

SNDR.com gives parents tools to stay up to date on latest threats. For more information about protecting your security and privacy online, visit: www.sndr.com. SNDR™ is a new app that combines all the ways you already communicate into a single platform. You can text, email, share files and use social media all from one app. And, every message is encrypted and completely secure. 

Giving Gifts That Benefit The Planet – prAna

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This season I’m focusing on finding gifts for my lovely family that will encourage growth, happiness and peace.  That could be as literal as giving a beautiful Amaryllis or interpreted metaphorically as sharing a product that is good for our environment.  I was recently introduced to a clothing line that checks all the boxes, and you too can give gifts that benefit the planet when you chose from – prAna.

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More than ever, people just like you and me are seeking ways to spread positivity in our country. One way to do that is to make sure every purchase you make and every gift you give has a positive impact on our planet.  I’ve discovered a great line of clothes that fit the bill –  prAna. The cool clothing line prAna offers organic, hemp, sustainable, and fair trade items so that consumers feel great about the things they wear and the items they give.

I decided to take my new Mariette Dress out on my recent Small Business Saturday shopping trip last weekend.

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I’m going through that “delightful” time in my life where I could break out in a sweat in the freezing cold. Argh. I was very curious how I would handle this material and, I’m very happy to report, that I felt very comfortable in this sweater dress.  Fabric consists of Organic cotton blend sweater knit, 70% Organic Cotton / 30% Acrylic.

Please check out their website – http://www.prana.com/ –  and see their cool designs.  When you find something to add to your cart do yourself a favor and save 15% off your entire order.  Use this Promo Code:  BLOGF16ANHA

When you get your new clothes share a pic!  I’d love to see what you chose!

 

(*Disclosure:  I was provided product in exchange for this review.  But honestly, I really love this clothing line!)

 



Age Appropriate Chores For Kids

 

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It’s wise to start teaching children to help around the house with assigned chores when they’re young.  It doesn’t need to be perceived as a punishment, taking care of the home you live in is a blessing!  Think about it, you have a home.  Show your children that cleaning is taking pride in your surroundings and yourself.  (I’m still working on having my teenager understand this *ahem*  Oh boy! ).  Below you’ll find a chart to help guide you to Age Appropriate Chores For Kids.  Print it out and post it in your home!

Of course, a child’s age doesn’t really define what chores are appropriate, but it can give a starting guideline. The physical, developmental, and emotional age of a child all make a difference. So be prepared to adapt the list.

Make it fun and don’t expect perfection.

 

After all, you want to encourage chore activities, not make your child(ren) frustrated or resentful. The more kids accept doing chores when young, the better the chance they will cooperate when older.

You can find more helpful guidelines and printable charts at Association for Comprehensive Neurotherapathy – ACN Latitudes:  http://latitudes.org/ .

 

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(*Disclosure:  This information/infographic was shared with permission from Latitudes.org.  They provide these printables as a free resource in an effort to help parents motivate their kids, improve self-esteem, and to help raise awareness to their nonprofit’s cause.)

Free Pancakes For Kids At Denny’s

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KIDS WILL FLIP FOR FREE FLUFFY PANCAKES AT DENNY’S IN SEPTEMBER

To begin my Peace of Mind theme for September I’m sharing a great opportunity to feed your children – for free and also help a very needy cause.  America’s Diner, Denny’s, introduces September’s month-long “Free Pancakes for Kids” promotion – ages 10 and under from 4-10 p.m. Denny’s also kicks off the sixth annual No Kid Hungry campaign. In addition to its Free Pancakes for Kids promotion, Denny’s has partnered with No Kid Hungry® in September to raise money to help end childhood hunger.

 

To-date, Denny’s has been able to donate more than $3.3 million to No Kid Hungry and will look to make an even greater impact for the cause this year with the support of its team members and guests. This year, Denny’s will also donate $1 to No Kid Hungry every time the hashtag #ShareMySlam is shared on Twitter and Instagram, giving guests another way to help this important cause.

 

Denny’s delicious pancakes — now with 50 percent more fluffy goodness, made with fresh buttermilk, real eggs and a hint of vanilla — are featured throughout the kids menu and for the first time are offered in variety of new kid-sized signature dishes, including the Jr. Cinnamon Pancakes, Jr. Strawberries & Cream Pancakes and Chocolate Chip Pancakes. Kids ages 10 and under can enjoy Denny’s pancakes in any of these dishes for free every day in September from 4-10 p.m. with the purchase of one adult entrée at participating locations.

 

“With families getting back into groove of the school year, the month of September is the perfect opportunity for fans of Denny’s to take advantage of our Free Pancakes for Kids offer,” said John Dillon,@DillonJohnW, chief marketing officer for Denny’s. “Not only is this a great way for our guests, including kids, to try our new pancakes, but it is also our way of inviting families to enjoy breakfast for dinner at an affordable price.”

 

“Sharing ‘My Strength’s No Kid Hungry’ program is one of the most recognizable annual anti-hunger campaigns in the nation and we’re proud to have the ability to partner with this worthy organization for the sixth year in a row,” said Dillon. “At Denny’s, we know a meal is essential to a child’s well-being and can be directly linked to their academic, health and economic futures. We remain committed to working together with our team members and guests to combat childhood hunger and hope to see even more success this year.”

 

Now through Oct. 2, nearly 1,600 Denny’s restaurants nationwide will join the fight to end childhood hunger with all proceeds going directly to No Kid Hungry. Through No Kid Hungry, every $1 donation received provides a child with 10 healthy meals, making even the smallest of donations impactful. To thank guests for their generous donations, Denny’s will provide a discount coupon redeemable at participating locations upon their next visit.

 

This year, Denny’s will also donate $1 to No Kid Hungry every time the hashtag #ShareMySlam is shared on Twitter and Instagram, giving guests another way to help this important cause. Guests may also contribute to the campaign with a monetary donation of their choice at dennysnokidhungry.com.

 

For more information on Kids Eat Free Pancakes or to find a location near you please visit www.dennys.com. For more information on this year’s No Kid Hungry® fundraising efforts, please visit dennysnokidhungry.com or NoKidHungry.org/Dennys.

 

About Denny’s Corp.

Denny’s is one of America’s largest full-service family restaurant chains, currently operating over 1,700 franchised, licensed and company-owned restaurants across the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, New Zealand, Mexico, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Guam, the United Arab Emirates, Chile, Curaçao, El Salvador, and Trinidad and Tobago. For further information on Denny’s, including news releases, please visit the Denny’s website atwww.dennys.com or the brand’s social channels via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram  or YouTube.

 

About No Kid Hungry®

No child should go hungry in America, but 1 in 5 kids will face hunger this year. Using proven, practical solutions, No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger today by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget. When we all work together, we can make sure kids get the healthy food they need. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of national anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength. Join us at NoKidHungry.org.

(*Disclosure:  This information is shared by permission by PR firm  ERWIN PENLAND)

 

5 Easy Ways to Safeguard Kids’ Tech Devices from Predators

5 Easy Ways To Safeguard Kids' Tech Devices From Predators - Ann Again and again Reviews.com

 

New apps pop up almost every day, and instantly every single one of your kid¹s friends and classmates are using this bright and shiny new toy and, you find out, so is your kid. The app looks age appropriate and harmless, but predators find ways to infiltrate and exploit. Yes, you check your child’s phone, computer or tablet on a regular basis to make sure no inappropriate content is being sent to them. However, there are other steps parents need to take to safeguard their children. See below: 5 easy ways to safeguard kids’ tech devices from predators.

One common mistake parents make is allowing their children to create a username that incorporates their name, information about their age and location or interests. These small pieces of data are enough for a predator to start piecing together a profile of a child and give predators tools that can be used to find more information to manipulate kids. By following these simple guidelines, parents can help make sure online predators are not targeting their children.

  1. Stop Kids from Duplicating Usernames – Just like recycling a password is a bad idea kids should not use the same username to log into different online accounts. Having one common username across accounts just makes it easier for criminals to search for and find details about a child’s life.
  2. Keep Personal Details Private – If an app or website requires kids to fill out a profile do not let them enter personally identifying details like their full name, birthdate, age or address. If they cannot use a site without supplying these details either supply a false answer to the questions or do not allow your child to use that site/app.
  3. Email Addresses and Usernames Do Not Mix – Linking a username with an email address can simplify a predator’s search for personal information. Using trial and error a criminal can add common email providers to a username, run a search and pull up social media accounts and any other sites where an email address was used to create a profile.
  4. Create Unique Email Addresses for Each App/Site – Some email providers including Gmail, Outlook and Yahoo allow users to alter their email address into infinite number of disposable addresses. For example if your child’s email address is shauntips@gmail.com and he/she wants to sign up for a new gaming site you can alter his/her email address just for that site by adding an identifier to it such as shauntips+ABCGamingFun@gmail.com. This keeps your child’s actual email address private and can help stop criminals from being able to track online history simply by searching for an email address.
  5. Stay Vigilant – Regularly checking what apps your child is using and what websites are being visited is the first line of defense. If anything looks suspicious or if you are unsure what something is, ask your child. If he/she cannot explain to your satisfaction what the app is then delete it and block it.

 

This information from SNDR.com was shared by permission.  

  

About SNDR

SNDR.com gives parents tools to stay up to date on latest threats. For more information about protecting your security and privacy online, visit: www.sndr.com. SNDR™ is a new app that combines all the ways you already communicate into a single platform. You can text, email, share files and use social media all from one app. And, every message is encrypted and completely secure. 

5 Easy Ways to Safeguard Kids Tech Devices from Predators

5 Easy Ways To Safeguards Kids Tech Devices From Predators - Ann Again and again Reviews
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New apps pop up seemingly out of nowhere.  Although my job is working with social media, I find myself caught unaware. My daughters will be laughing at something they’re sharing on their phones and when I glide over to check out what it’s all about I discover they’re on an app I’ve never heard of.  What the heck! Being vigilant is a busy job, but when it comes to social media and our children, it’s a necessary job.  So, what about this app that has my daughters cracking up?  The app looks age appropriate and harmless, but predators find ways to infiltrate and exploit. It is important to check your child’s phone, computer or tablet on a regular basis to make sure no inappropriate content is being sent to them. But, there are other steps parents need to take to safeguard their children.

One common mistake parents make is allowing their children to create a username that incorporates their name, information about their age and location or interests. These small pieces of data are enough for a predator to start piecing together a profile of a child and give predators tools that can be used to find more information to manipulate kids. By following these simple guidelines, parents can help make sure online predators are not targeting their children.

Stop Kids from Duplicating Usernames – Just like recycling a password is a bad idea kids should not use the same username to log into different online accounts. Having one common username across accounts just makes it easier for criminals to search for and find details about a child’s life.

Keep Personal Details Private – If an app or website requires kids to fill out a profile do not let them enter personally identifying details like their full name, birthdate, age or address. If they cannot use a site without supplying these details either supply a false answer to the questions or do not allow your child to use that site/app.

Create Unique Email Addresses for Each App/Site – Some email providers including Gmail, Outlook and Yahoo allow users to alter their email address into infinite number of disposable addresses. For example if your child’s email address is shauntips@gmail.com and he/she wants to sign up for a new gaming site you can alter his/her email address just for that site by adding an identifier to it such as shauntips+ABCGamingFun@gmail.com. This keeps your child’s actual email address private and can help stop criminals from being able to track online history simply by searching for an email address.

Stay Vigilant – Regularly checking what apps your child is using and what websites are being visited is the first line of defense. If anything looks suspicious or if you are unsure what something is, ask your child. If he/she cannot explain to your satisfaction what the app is then delete it and block it.

Email Addresses and Usernames Do Not Mix – Linking a username with an email address can simplify a predator’s search for personal information. Using trial and error a criminal can add common email providers to a username, run a search and pull up social media accounts and any other sites where an email address was used to create a profile.

If you have advice on how to keep our children safe while using tech devices please share in the comments below.  Thank you!

 

(*SNDR.com gives parents tools to stay up to date on latest threats.  For more information about protecting your security and privacy online, visit: www.sndr.com.  This information was shared, with permission.)

Win $150 To Spend At Evgie Wall Decals!

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When a  New Year begins a wave of “Do Over” washes over me.  I look at my (incredibly) unorganized garage and have images of bins and labels. Ah, organization bliss! For my girls rooms I envision great design… and clothes not being thrown all over the place!  Different wall colors come to mind as well.  Painting a house is a huge job – especially if you want to change a really big room. It’s easy to redecorate any room when you use wall decals from Evgie. Enter now for your chance to Win $150 To Spend At Evgie Wall Decals!

Evgie is a great place to find wall decals. Their vinyl decals are made from high quality matte vinyl which looks like it is painted on the wall. It is removable, so it’s simple to transform any room over and over again. Just peel and stick, it’s so easy! They will apply to most smooth surfaces. It’s also removable and won’t damage walls!

Here are some examples of how you can change up a room and make it beautiful!

Safari Wall Decals

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Custom Flag Name Outer Space Wall Decals

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Ocean Friends Wall Decals

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Bears Wall Decals

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Forest Animal Friends Wall Decals

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They are also customizable. For example the Ocean Friends Wall decals is available in different colors! Color changes are available at no additional charge and you can choose up to 7 colors from their color chart. You must choose ONE single color FOR ONE another single color. For example, all elements in ORANGE to the same elements in TEAL.

If you need to decorate a nursery, Evgie should be your first stop for wall decals. They create a beautiful and relaxing scenes in your baby’s room. Check out their Etsy Store for more beautiful designs.

More Reasons to Shop at Evgie.com

  • 100% SATISFACTION – If it turns you don’t love your decal you may ship it back and they will refund your money!
  • FREE test decal for you to practice on and EASY Step-by-step detailed instructions!
  • They can adjust the decal size larger or smaller and add additional colors. Contact them for pricing!
  • They offer custom designs. If you have an idea in mind of a custom design, let them know!

Now for the giveaway! One winner will receive a credit to spend $150 on Wall Decals at Evgie.

Details:

  • Dates – December 18 – January 4, 2016 1159pm EST
  • Open Worldwide – but if the winner resides outside the US they will need to pay the difference in shipping.
  • Prize – $150 To spend on Wall Decals at Evgie

Trick or Treating Safety Tips!

 

For those of us who have quite a few All Hallows’ Eve spooky nights under our parent/guardian belt the following tips will seem obvious.  But, for those just starting out, or those that need reminders, the following should help you on your way to a safe – and fun! – night of Trick or Treating.

(A tip to add to this list:  Make sure your child’s costume is bathroom friendly.  If the costume takes a while to put on you can only imagine how much longer it feel when they have to go!)

Do you have some Trick or Treating Safety Tips to add? Please share in the comments!

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(*Disclosure: This infographic shared with permission by CostumeSuperCenter.com)

It's Time For The Back-To-School In Style Sweepstakes!

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Welcome to the Back to School in Style Sweepstakes

This is quite the collection of terrific prizes.  10 winners will be chosen.  And each winner will receive a $100 gift card!  It’s Time For The Back-To-School In Style Sweepstakes! See below the participating stores for the Back-To-School In Style Sweepstakes.  Our lovely sponsor, Mom Powered Media, wants to show you how much education means to us and the future of our wee ones and are personally sponsoring a Target and American Eagle Gift Card!

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Aloetree is a brand new organic children’s clothing line with a mission to give back to kids and raise funds to prevent child trafficking. This clothing line is not only gorgeous and perfect for any little one in your life but it has special characters that tell a special story of a different eco-system and unique and positive quality.

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Rachel Florio-Urso is the Founder of Celebrity Baby Trends, a Television Producer, On-Air Personality, CEO of Rachel Florio PR and a Mother of six as well as a humanitarian that loves to give back. Rachel is an expert in the Parenting industry and knows what’s hot for tots and their family. We {HEART} Celebrity Baby Trends and you will too!

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Ibiley Uniforms & More celebrates the sense of community, education and progress through the development of refined dress codes for your organization! At Ibiley, you can find high quality, comfortable and easy to care uniforms, corporate wear, scrubs and more! Serving customers nationally make sure and check out their fantastic selection!

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The Ultimate Green Store provides a collection of many of the finest environmentally friendly products for you, your home, office, kids and even your pets! The Ultimate Green Store carries products from many of the world’s leading manufacturers and designers of sustainable, natural, organic, recycled, eco-friendly goods- products that are made with your health and the health of our planet in mind.

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Yala is about making simple, elegant clothes from the heart, for the planet. Living well is always in style. Proudly welcoming the dreamers, the believers and the seekers. Come stand with us. Facing the warm sunshine. True clothes you can live in. Elegant. Sustainable. Comfortable. It’s that simple.

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Forever 21 is the authority on fashion & the go-to retailer for the latest trends, must-have styles & the hottest deals. Shop dresses, tops, tees, leggings & more. Now also carrying plus sizes!

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Tea Collection carries the best modern, designer children’s clothing for babies, girls and boys in sizes newborn to age 12. Kids and baby clothes for little citizens of the world. Shop their worldly collections today.

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Gymboree has been dressing children since 1986. The brand’s fashionable clothing and accessories are designed and crafted to withstand rugged play while letting kids be kids in outfits they love to wear. Gymboree currently operates more than 600 stores in the U.S. and Canada, as well as an online store at www.gymboree.com.

This BTS event was organized by Mom Powered Media and special guest Conservamom. Stop by and say hello to our co-hosting bloggers: Monica’s Rants, Raves & ReviewsMy Mommy BrainFinger Click SaverBarbara’s BeatMemoirs of a Clueless WomanA Medic’s World and Iowa Mom.

Ten winners will receive one of the following $100 Gift Cards: Aloe Tree, AMEX, Ibiley, The Ultimate Green Store, Yala Designs, Forever 21, Gymboree, Target or American Eagle.

Giveaway ends August 19 at 11:59pm, open to US and Canadian residents, ages 18 . Excludes Quebec. Only one entrant per household, per address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Enter using the giveaway form below. Good luck!

 

Disclaimer: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per address. Void where prohibited by law. Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this sweepstakes. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. Contact teri@mompoweredmedia.com if you have any additional questions or comments.

*Update* Seasonal Relief Solution with Zarbee's Naturals

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“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Zarbee’s Naturals. I received a promotional item and a product sample as a thank you for participating.”

 

It was two weeks ago, the rain had stopped, the sun was shining and I was ready for my daily writing.  While sitting in front of the laptop I looked out on the beautiful day and thought ‘Hey, how about opening a window?’  The congestion came about 10 minutes later followed by sneezing.  What the heck?  So not fair, the weather is gorgeous and I want to enjoy it.  I’m 4 days into trying a product, along with my trusty nasal saline spray, that is helping my system get relief from seasonal symptoms and I’m REALLY happy with the results from using Zarbee’s Naturals w/ Butterbur.  You can give this product a try as well with a free sample.  Read on.

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My 13 y/o also deals with seasonal suffering, which makes it really hard to enjoy our fiercely competitive Badminton games ;-> , and I was having difficulty finding an over-the-counter product that provides relief without side effects.  To not produce drowsiness is one thing, but zinging around your day with your heart slightly pounding isn’t any better for my daughter, or me.  My daughter and I have been taking Zarbee’s Naturals for 4 days and have experienced no side effects, just an ease in our breathing and fewer sneezing fits.  Nice.  We’re not hyper, or tired, just ourselves  –  our non-congested selves.

Zarbee’s Naturals is for children 12 years and up.  The pills are small, with a slightly sweet coating, that makes them very easy to swallow.  I have a sensitive stomach and have had no discomfort taking this pill on an empty stomach, or with food.  Zarbee’s Naturals is made with Butterbur Ze339 – the purest form of the plant extract.  (Fun fact:  Butterbur got its name because farmers once preserved butter by wrapping it in the herb’s huge, heart-shaped leaves.)   Zarbee’s Naturals manufactures the nation’s #1 natural cough syrup and a complete line of family-safe health and wellness products free from drugs, alcohol, gluten and dyes.

This Spring Zarbee’s really wants Americans to learn more about the benefits of Butterbur that Europeans have known for years.  Zarbee’s would like you to visit their Seasonal Relief Project and receive free samples of Zarbee’s Naturals, along with natural wellness tips and educational information.  And get this, for every sample requested of Zarbee’s Naturals, the company is donating to three causes that support exposure to and the protection of fresh air which includes:  Fresh Air Fund, Children & Nature Network and Moms Clean Air Force.  When you visit www.SeasonalRelief.com and sign up to receive a free product sample funds will be directed to organizations that will help send a child to Summer camp, get a child outdoors or clean up the air we breathe.  What a fantastic way to give and receive!

Before taking Zarbee’s Naturals I researched Butterbur Ze339 and found consistent reports of at least 90% relief in trial patients.  I had three doses before having my 13 y/o try Zarbee’s Naturals.  We both found congestion relief from the first dose.  Once you receive your free sample, and discover your lovely congestion relief, you can purchase Zarbee’s Naturals at Target stores and CVS.  10-tablet pkg $8.99 and a 30-tablet pkg. is $18.99.  For those days when seasonal congestion is getting the best of you give Zarbee’s Naturals a try.  And when you do, let me know how it worked for you!

*Update:  I finished my supply of Zarbee’s Naturals and went 3 days without this product, or any other congestion relief product.  One the first day my nose was plugged and I was uncomfortable.  I purchased Zarbee’s yesterday and I’m back on track to breathe through my nose.  Yay!  Zarbee’s, along with saline spray, works great for me.  Get your sample (link above) and let me know your experience.

The Polar Express Is Coming To The Mt. Hood Railroad – All Aboard!

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Polar Express Mt. Hood Railroad - Ann Again and again Reviews


Polar Express Mt. Hood Railroad - Ann Again and again Reviews

Hello my fellow Oregonians!  And All Aboard! THE POLAR EXPRESS comes to life this holiday season as the Mt Hood Railroad rolls out of the station bound for the “North Pole!” Come early and climb aboard with your family to cozy-up and enjoy our festively-decorated vintage train cars. Dancing chefs deliver hot chocolate and a cookie to each guest to savor while music from the Polar Express movie plays en route to the North Pole. Make sure to have your tickets handy, because your conductor will be by shortly to punch each child’s ticket.

 

Before arriving at the North Pole, the iconic book, The Polar Express is read as your Chef turns the pages to share the beautiful illustrations in the original book. With the station far away, THE POLAR EXPRESS magically arrives at the outskirts of Santa’s North Pole village, where Santa Claus himself and his elves joyously welcome the train! As you stay comfortably settled and warm in your seat, Santa and his helper elf board the train! During the return trip, Santa will greet each child with his signature holiday spirit and the first gift of Christmas: a bell cut from his sleigh. It is said that only children and those who still believe can actually hear the bell ring. Join in the singing as your Chef or Conductor lead Christmas caroling on the 30-minute return trip.

For those wanting the magic to last or to do a little Christmas shopping, visit our gift shop in the station for special POLAR EXPRESS gifts and merchandise. Oh, one last thing, children are encouraged to wear their PJ’s; adults who still believe have been known to wear them, too! So, are you coming? All Aboard!

Dates and Times:

Nov 9-10, 16-17, 22-24, 27, 29-30

Dec 1, 4-8, 11-15, 18-22, 26-29

11:30am, 2:00pm, 4:30pm, 7:00pm

110 Railroad Ave. Hood River, OR

 

https://www.mthoodrr.com/mt-hood-polar-express.html

My Daughter's In Control of Her Back-To-School Spending With Bluebird from American Express and Walmart

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Bluebird debit card from American Express and WalMart - Ann Again and again Reviews

School begins in two and a half weeks so my little High School Sophomore Katie and I are beginning to get her necessary supplies. I feel it’s important that she learns how to plan and budget, so she’s taking more of the lead with her back-to-school purchases this year. I’ve been introduced to a new service offered by American Express and Walmart that will help make budgeting and tracking of expenses easier, Bluebird, the checking and debit alternative from American Express.

Bluebird from American Express and WalMart - Ann Again and again Reviews

Funds can be loaded to the account at any participating Walmart or conveniently accessed online at Bluebird.com. I can load any dollar amount I want into her Bluebird account, watch her spending practices and, if there’s some spending going on that I’m not too sure about, I can also stop the spending functionality of the account as well. (‘You’re trying to buy $50 worth of candy? Um, I don’t think so.’).

Bluebird from American Express and WalMart - Ann Again and again Reviews

Bluebird from American Express and WalMart - Ann Again and again Reviews

Katie’s finding that she’s misplacing her favorite mechanical pencils way too often so she’s learned to load up when she spots a good deal. Is there any particular school item your child(ren) seem to misplace? (Are the pencils at a party with the un-matched socks?)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bluebird from American Express and WalMart - Ann Again and again Reviews

 

Composition Books are a must in High School so she’ll load up on those as well. Last year I thought I bought too many but no, I had to buy more mid-way through. Did your school supply list make it to the end of the year? Or, did you have to restock too?

 

 

 

 

 

 

So far so good on the school supplies. There’s more on the list but we’ll save that for after lunch. I am very grateful that my Katie doesn’t have the “shopping gene”.

 

I have to say I am really happy with the Bluebird account and it’s functionality. This has become the way we pay Katie her allowance. I don’t always have cash on hand and making a trip to the ATM isn’t always convenient. When it’s time, we load money onto Katie’s Bluebird account through on-line transfer and then it’s up to her to budget her spending. No monthly fees, no overdraft charges. Funds can be loaded online through a bank account such as a savings or checking account, debit cards, direct deposit, remote check capture via the mobile app and cash loading at Walmart registers. Pretty cool.

There are more offerings and benefits from using the Bluebird account. I’ll be sharing those with you on my next update. To read more about Bluebird from American Express and Walmart visit: Bluebird by American Express

 

(*Disclosure: In adherence with FTC and WOMMA guidelines I am being compensated for my participation in the American Express and WalMart Birdbird program. My opinions are truthfully my own.)