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How to Reward Your Child For Losing a Tooth ~ #WalmartSnacks2Go

How to Reward Your Child For Losing a Tooth ~ #WalmartSnacks2Go


All Madison wants for Christmas is her two front teeth. Learn how I reward Madison with TEDDY SOFT BAKED Filled Snacks for her missing tooth.


Madison is now five and while she's grown up before the world's eyes, I still can't believe that she's grown up this much. With growing pains comes tooth loss and Madison has been losing her teeth since the age of four. At first I was concerned because I've never had a child lose a tooth that young before, but I was reassured by her dentist that it was very normal indeed. Apparently, the younger you are when your baby teeth erupts, you run the risk of losing them sooner rather than later. With the loss of her tooth I wanted to reward her with something else besides money. After all while I think it's great to give kids cash for their tooth, she's still at the age where money has no value. She is also of the age where the belief in the tooth fairy is real, which is great, but I wanted other options. So what did I come up with?


Here are 5 easy ways to reward your child's missing tooth.

1. Place a fun snack under their pillow.
Your child has lost their one of their tooth and as long as it's not cavity related and your child loves brushing, then giving them a treat should be no problem at all. Have you noticed that you're given a lollipop at the dentist office after a visit has gone well? One snack that we just love is the mom approved TEDDY SOFT BAKED Filled Snacks. The bear-shaped snacks contains no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial flavors or colors and is made with quality ingredients such as milk, eggs and chocolate. They are also tooth fairy approved.

2. A reward certificate.
There's nothing that says congratulations on a job well done, like a reward certificate. For the child that still believes in the tooth fairy, personalize a Tooth Fairy Certificate with their name and have it signed by the tooth fairy. They'll be so excited and pleased with themselves, all at the same time.


3. Buy a new book
I believe in the power of reading and have even written about the benefits of reading early to your child. There are so many benefits besides the bonding that you'll incur by spending quality time together, but speech and communication skills can be greatly improved upon as well. You will now also have a new book to read at bedtime.

4. Let them choose a favorite meal
Now at this age you don't have to go out to a high end restaurant to celebrate and I personally wouldn't recommend it. However, you can cook their favorite meal and have them join in on the cooking as well. Kids love when they can help, and I've found that they tend to eat more of what they've 'made' with no complaints.

5. Take them to see a movie
Spend some one on one time with your little one at the movies. Madison has been going to the movies since as a toddler, and I shared some tips on taking your toddler to the movies. However, by the time they've lost a tooth, they'll be in Kindergarten so will be more equipped to handle a longer movie. Don't forget to walk with some snacks such as TEDDY SOFT BAKED Filled Snacks, in your bag as you can get hungry while there. They are small enough for little hands and you can save the popcorn money towards buying that new book.


I have to admit that even though these TEDDY BAKED SOFT Filled Snacks are made for kids, they are so good that I even eat them too. My favorite is the vanilla but chocolate is of course a very close second. That's why I keep so many of them on hand. I pack them in Madison's lunch box as a snack for school, and also when we're on the go. Since they're so soft, they're the perfect snack for her with her missing tooth. I pick mine up at Walmart in the cookie/cracker aisle. You should give them a try!


Here's your chance to give them a try, by entering the following giveaway and winning a Walmart gift card.


Nabisco Snacktime Sweepstakes

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Spooky Halloween Bouquet

Spooky Halloween Bouquet


I love decorating my entryway table and with Halloween approaching, I've been getting into the Halloween frenzy. I started with my doorway and did a Halloween Witch Wreath and now for my entryway table, there's this Spooky Halloween Bouquet.


There's something to be said about Halloween, it's not just for the kids, and it's not just about the candy. I love decorating my home for the holidays, whether it's with store bought items or items that I've made myself, I like getting into the spirit of the holidays. I also love flowers, I just can't keep them alive. My friends and family would say that I have a black thumb, unlike my parents who could probably grow a vegetable garden in the desert. I love seeing flowers on my entryway table, so when I was at my local dollar store picking up supplies for crafting, I came upon these impressive floral bushes. The black and purple roses were just what I needed for a spooky bouquet and brownie points for the black roses having eyeballs and spiders already attached. I knew exactly what I wanted to make and picked up my supplies. I even surprised myself when it was all finished by how breathtaking it looked. So let's get into how it's all done. This took about 5 minutes from start to finish, but only because I wanted it to look perfect.

Spooky Halloween Bouquet 

Supplies Needed

Halloween Colored Floral Bushes (Purple, Black, Orange)
(if your craft store does not have bushes with eyeballs and spiders already attached, purchase a bag of pingpong eyeballs and fake spiders)
Halloween Branches
Black Marbles
Halloween Scarf
Vase
Skeleton Hands (not shown)


Directions:

Step 1. Start by filling your vase halfway with your black marbles, then wrap your Halloween scarf around the top of the vase. This will hide the stems of your flowers and the fact that the marble isn't at the top.


Step 2. Insert your floral bushes, branches and the skeleton arms into the vase and position them the way you would like them to be.

*If you were not able to find bushes with the eyeballs and spiders attached, you can use a glue gun and attach the eyeballs to the center of your flowers, and the spiders along the leaves.


Place your arrangement wherever your heart desire and display it's spookiness.

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5 Healthy Snack Options for On-the-Go Moms ~ #StoredBrilliantly

5 Healthy Snack Options for On-the-Go Moms ~ #StoredBrilliantly


When you're go, go, go, you need snacks that are going to keep up with you. Here are 5 healthy snack options for your busy lifestyle.


My life is a constant go, go, go! There are days when I get very little sleep, and it's not because I don't want to sleep, but because there are deadlines that need to be met and I have to get them done. As a mother, sometimes it seems as though my day is never done, and there are never enough hours and minutes in the day. I try and eat as healthy as I can, but there are days when the junk food, meaning chocolate, cookies and chips get in the way. Lately, with me wanting to live a healthier lifestyle for not just me, but for my kids, I have been trying to eat a lot healthier and have been keeping healthier options on hand. So what are a few of my options. Today I want to share 5 with you and how I keep them all fresh and ready to go with the new Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE Salad & Snack Set.


Cereal
Cereal isn't just for kids. Since most cereals are fortified with essential vitamins and minerals, and are even high in fiber, these make for not only a yummy snack, but sometimes a flavorful one too. I just love the ones with added nut clusters. However, stay away from the very sugar cereals, you know which ones I'm taking about.

Fruits
Who doesn't love fruits? Toss a few fruits in a bag and you can snack on them all throughout the day. They're my go to whenever I want that bit of sugar, instead of eating candy. There are so many reasons to eat fruits, but you can also get your 2 daily servings of fruit this way by snacking. I personally love snacking on grapes with some added cheese.


Cheese
Speaking of cheese, cheese is also another healthy snack option. You can either do individually wrapped or string cheese. Who said that string cheese was just for kids? It's also a great source of protein and calcium.

Veggies
According to the food chart, you should have a 3 healthy serving of veggies daily. Carrots, broccoli, edamame, tomatoes and celery are just some healthy and safe options for you to eat raw. Together with a yogurt dip and you have a snacking option that is just good for you.


Nuts
Unless you have a nut allergy of course. Nuts such as almonds and walnuts, are generally rich in healthy fats thus allowing you to have that feeling of fullness for much longer, curbing your need to consistently snack between meals. They are also known to boost your good cholesterol, are a healthy servings of minerals and omega-3s, and are best when raw.

How do you keep it all together and fresh? 

I use the new Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE Salad and Snack Set.


The new Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE is the perfect container for ready-to-go meals and snacks. It comes complete with customizable insert trays and dividers, which is perfect for those like me who would prefer to separate their food. It is the all-in-one solution for not only taking lunch on the go but great for snacks too. My favorite feature would have to be the salad container which I use for my veggies. It comes with a mini dressing container which includes a lid. I can place my dip in the container and keep my veggies in their separate compartment when its time to eat.


The new Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE Snack & Salad set is also 100% Leak-Proof Guaranteed*. The airtight latches keeps the container tightly secured with no leaks or messes. The ultra durable Tritan material keeps the container both stain and odor free and clean up is a breeze as it's dishwasher safe. Don't worry, since it's BPA free, you can also microwave and freeze your meals in the containers. They are very portable and I can totally see myself snacking so much more healthier. What about you? 


So you can give the new Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE Snack & Salad set a try for yourself, one lucky winner will have the chance to win a set. Winner will be randomly selected by PromoSimple and will have 48hrs to respond to the winning email. Failure to respond will mean forfeiting your prize and a new winner will be chosen. Good luck!



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5 Reasons I Love Coffee - And You Should Too! ~ #HaveMoreFun

5 Reasons I Love Coffee - And You Should Too! ~ #HaveMoreFun


Everyone knows by now that I just love my coffee. A quick search on my blog will bring up quite a variety of coffee recipes, and I'm always thinking up more ways to enjoy that cup of joe. Coffee, coffee, coffee, say it with me, and it's totally ok for you to drink that cup of coffee.


Who says that coffee has to be boring? There are so many ways for you to enjoy your coffee. Me personally, I'm a bear when I first wake up, just ask my kids. They will tell you not to even speak to me before I've had my first cup. There is just something about coffee that just wakes me up. It also helps that my Keurig K45 Coffee Maker allows me to have my first cup with just a touch of a button. Those K-Cup® pods are just a lifesaver! And I just LOVE the Original Donut Shop K-Cup pods, because I can always find a flavor that I love. Gone are the days of making a pot full of coffee that took minutes (but seemed like hours) to make and then when you're ready for another cup, it tastes stale and yucky. No more just plain black, I can get them in all kinds of flavors and that's just the way I like it. While there are a myriad of reasons you should be drinking coffee, here are MY top 5 reasons why I drink coffee and why you should too.


Coffee makes me happy
This is my number one reason and why I drink so much of it. How can you even be sad when you're drinking a cup of coffee. Have you ever seen anyone drink coffee and cry at the same time? I know I haven't. If you have, then you've got to tell me about it. As I've mentioned, I can be the grouchiest person in the morning, but once I've had my favorite cup of The Original Donut Shop K-Cup pod, along with my favorite creamer, I'm all smiles.  Call it my coffee rush if you will, but if you were happier when you drink coffee, why wouldn't you drink it? It makes perfect sense right?

It's easy to make and very versatile
While there are many ways you can make your coffee, one of the easiest would have to be with a Keurig K475 Coffee Maker and my trusty K-Cup pods. My Keurig K475 makes it so easy with just a press of a button and voila, my coffee is ready in an instant. I can have a 4oz cup if I wanted to, but a 4oz cup is not big enough for me, so I go straight for a 12oz cup. I can make it extra strong or not, but no matter how I make it, it makes it just right.


It helps me be a morning person
I admitted it earlier, I have to have my coffee or you'll be talking to a zombie or an angry bear. Don't even talk to me before I've had my cup. If you think I'm fun, it's because I've already had that first cup of joe. Coffee picks me up and makes my day go oh so much better. My husband and kids can attest to this.


It increases my energy levels
How many times have you had a paper to write or a boring meeting to sit through and you've wished that maybe, just maybe, you can have a cup of coffee? That caffeine in that one cup of joe can help speed up your metabolism, and give you the energy that you need to get through whatever you're dealing with. When I was a medic in the army, we would have to go through trainings almost every week it seemed, and I can't begin to tell you how many coffee cups would be on the table, because we all needed it. Without that cup of coffee, I don't know how I would have survived.

It's tastes delicious!
Last but certainly not the least, it just tastes delicious! OK, I have to be honest here, black coffee tastes disgusting to me, but add some creamer (flavored or not), and it's amazing! Coffee now comes in so many flavors that there has to be one that you'll find and love. That's why I love The Original Donut Shop, just the name alone says "hey drink me"! You can find them in a variety of flavors but their coconut mocha is my absolute favorite. Whether you're drinking it hot or cold, coffee is good for the soul!


So go ahead - live a little, laugh out loud, smile as much as you can, because life is too short. And if you're still wondering why so many people enjoy coffee, it's because we're happy people, so go ahead, enjoy that cup of coffee! It might even make you live longer. 😉

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DIY Dollar Store Halloween Witch Wreath

DIY Dollar Store Halloween Witch Wreath


Who else is ready for Halloween? While everyone is goo-goo-ga-ga over all things pumpkin spice, I am currently counting down the days to Halloween. Halloween, the one day I can dress up and be anyone I want to be. While I love changing up my hair color, that's as far as I usually go. That's why I couldn't resist making this Halloween Witch Wreath, because it's so me.  My kids would tell you that yes "the witch is in".


This year Madison and I will be celebrating Halloween at Walt Disney World with Mickey and friends, at the Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. If you would love to join us, I wrote about what you can expect in a previous post. Since I won't be around for Halloween, I wanted my home to reflect the season, but didn't want to spend an exorbitant amount at the home decor stores. I love making wreaths and have to admit that I've come a very long way from when I started my first, I have actually been getting better at it. I would see all these amazing wreaths at the store, but just hated the prices. No way am I going to spend $50 on a wreath, that I can generally make about $10. This Halloween Witch Wreath cost less than $10 and all my supplies were purchased at my local dollar store. What's great about it, is that it's unique and I'll be the only one with it in my neighborhood. There's nothing better than having your very own.  So lets begin.

DIY Dollar Store Halloween Wreath

Supplies Needed

Wreath form (we used a metal form, but you can use foam as well)
Fake spiders
Clip on bats
'The Witch Is In' wooden sign
Halloween decorative mesh
Glue gun
Halloween branches (not shown in photo and optional)


Directions:

Step 1. Cut about 8-10 inches of your decorative mesh to use as your door hanger. Don't worry, you should have enough to wrap around your wreath form.

Step 2. Wrap the remaining mesh around your wreath and carefully secure the ends of the mesh in place with hot glue.


Step 3. Your witch sign comes attached with ribbons. Cut the ribbons so you can use the sign separately on your wreath. Arrange them on whichever side you prefer and hot glue them in place. For this, I placed it on the right. I didn't notice that it wasn't perfectly aligned until after I had already glued the sign in place.


Step 4. Attach your spiders and other decorations with your glue gun. I decided to add a few Halloween colored branches by just sticking them in between the decorative mesh. This is optional, but I personally believe the added touch looks great.

Step 5. Tie your 8inch mesh that you first cut in step 1 and tie it around your wreath. This will be used to hang on your door.


Hang on your door and enjoy your one of a kind Halloween Witch Wreath.

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Annmarie John
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