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Enjoy Taco Buneo's Wholotta Box - #WholottaBox

Enjoy Taco Buneo's Wholotta Box - #WholottaBox


Enjoy the Wholotta Box from Taco Bueno for a Wholitta bit of cash.


Every Tuesday at my house we have Taco Tuesday, it's a tradition that we've celebrating for a few years. It's also something that the entire family looks forward to. However, it can get very costly, especially when you're preparing meals for a family of 6. When I heard of Taco Bueno's game changer, the Wholotta Box, it was the answer to my prayers. I would no longer have to be in front of the stove, and I would actually be saving money. How you ask me? Well, I would be able to get an entire "party box" for only $10. Yes you read that right - ONLY $10!


So what do you get with the Taco Bueno Wholotta Box?

You get 12 party tacos (or party burritos), two sides of beans, two sides of rice, chips and Bueno’s signature Original Red Sauce made in-house daily. You can also mix and match your tacos and burritos. In my case, we ended up getting 6 tacos and 6 burritos and for $10, you really can't go wrong.

They were a hit in my household with my son even telling me that they tasted so much better than my own.

The Taco Bueno's Wholotta Box is available at participating restaurants nationwide for a limited time.


Taco Bueno is passionate about providing better tasting Tex-Mex, prepared daily with fresh, hand-selected ingredients. Founded in 1967 in Abilene, Texas, Taco Bueno operates 183 restaurants in Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. Sorry East Coasters!

Today we're giving away a $25 Taco Bueno Gift Card so you can experience the Taco Bueno Wholotta Box for yourself. Winner will be randomly selected by PromoSimple and will have 48hrs to respond to the winning email. Failure to do so will mean forfeiting your prize and a new winner will be selected. Good luck!



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Yummy MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy - #TryOREOChocolate

Yummy MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy - #TryOREOChocolate


Have you tried the yummy, delicious goodness that is MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy?


I have a confession to make! I'm addicted to both OREO's and Chocolate. In my house I actually hide my OREO's from my kids, especially the double stuffed variety. You can call me greedy, but if I don't, it'll be gone before I've even had a bite, because everyone loves them. Last spring we took a trip to London and I fell in love with the MILKA brand so when I was recently at Walmart, I happened upon the MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy? Was I dreaming, did they combine two of my favorite things together? They sure did and I just had to get it!


I grabbed whatever MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy I could get my hands on at my local Walmart and my daughter thought that I was going crazy. Why did I need two of every variety that was available? Was I not going to leave any for the other customers? Was I at least going to share when I got home? Are you kidding me? Should I even justify her questions with answers? I didn't think so, but I did. I needed 2 because when things are so good, you just need two of them. I was going to leave a FEW for the other customers, but if I went back and there were more, I was going to take those too. NO, I was not going to share when I got home, even if I had two, because they were mine!



I know, I'm the meanest mom on the planet, but if you had these MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy, you wouldn't want to share either. The crunchy bits of OREO, crème filling, and rich European Milka chocolate make the most delicious treat. They melt effortlessly in your mouth, creating a harmonious symphony of flavor. Don't believe me? While I can't show you HOW they taste, just take a look at what you're missing out on if you haven't them before.


Did I tempt you too much? It's the same way I tempted my kids after they learned that they weren't going to get any of my yummy, delicious MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy. However, I have good news for you. You will be able to try MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy for FREE at your local Walmart on select days and times from 5/18 – 5/21. MILKA OREO will be having in-store demonstrations at select Walmart stores. It doesn't stop there! Use this Ibotta offer to get $.50 off your MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy.


The good news still doesn't end there.

I'm giving away 5 - YES 5 - $25 Walmart Gift Cards so you can buy even more MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy. I want you to take a picture of you enjoying your MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy and tag @TheAnnmarieJohn on social media using the hashtag #TryOREOChocolate as well as enter our giveaway form below. I will be choosing 5 lucky winners on June 1st. Good luck and enjoy your MILKA OREO.

Will you be giving MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy a try?


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How to Get Your Kids Outdoors - #SchwinnSmartStart

How to Get Your Kids Outdoors - #SchwinnSmartStart


Tried getting your kids outdoors and it's not working? We share some tips on how you can get your kids outdoors in collaboration with the Schwinn SmartStart™ bicycle.

As a parent, one of my greatest frustrations are my children not wanting to leave the house. OK, I understand them wanting to be indoors during the winter, but once the weather heats up I expect them to go outside and be kids. I would bring up the story about me growing up and playing outdoors until the sun went down. We didn't have iPads and cell phones or video game systems. We played with jump ropes and whatever we could play with and what fun we had! I know that times are different now, but I live in a very safe neighborhood, in a cul-de-sac, no less, where the only people who come in are the people who live there. Everyone knows everyone and there's even a neighborhood watch. However, getting my children to go outside can be like pulling teeth. They'd much rather sit down with their electronics or on their video games. One of my biggest pet peeves is my 12-year-old watching people play video games on YouTube, the very same games that he owns. Or my 5-year-old watching unboxing of candy and toys, or even grownups playing WITH toys. It drives me crazy! When that happens, I know it's definitely time to go outdoors. So how do I get them to go out? I'll be sharing a few tips with you, and I'll also be introducing the newest lineup of Schwinn, the Schwinn SmartStart™ bikes for your little ones.


Give Technology Incentives
This is great for older children who may not want to ever go out. For every hour they spend outdoors, they may get an extra 30 minutes for their video games or other tech. This always seems to work. It's also a win-win. They get the outdoor time you want them to have, and they get the tech time they think they need.Win-win!

Turn Off Their Tech
For the stubborn older children sometimes turning off their tech might be the only option. Take away the video game systems, the cell phones, the tablets and send them outside. I know in order for my 12yr old to go outside, I would have to turn his Xbox off completely, it seems to be the only thing that works with him.

Make Outdoors Enticing
Make your backyard or front yard, a place where your children would actually want to play. If you have a big enough yard, you may want to set up a play-zone with a swing or trampoline. If your children are into basketball, you may also want to have basketball hoop where he can practice his jump. If your child knows there is actually something he enjoys doing outside, they might be more inclined to go outside.

Get Involved
Practice what you preach! If you go outdoors, your children are more than likely to follow your example. You can't expect your children to want to go outdoors if you're always stuck in the house as well. Get outside and play with your kids. Skipping ropes, play hopscotch and have fun with your kids, go for a walk or even ride a bike.


Bike riding is one of the things that can bring the family together and get them all outdoors. For your little ones Schwinn has a really fantastic line of bikes called SmartStart™. Unlike other bikes which are really just a smaller version of adult bikes, the Schwinn SmartStart™ is modified to fit a child's unique body type.


Madison at age 5 is learning how to ride a bike and I want her to have a good experience. She's been riding balance bikes at a very young age, but now needed to learn how to actually pedal. It's very important that when you purchase a bike for yourself or your child, that you're purchasing the one that is best suited to your needs. For example, I never noticed before that the handlebars on her older bikes were more more suited for bigger kids. I've never paid attention until the Schwinn SmartStart™ which has a smaller handlebar which makes it so much easier for her to grip and in turn steer. When you're a preschooler with small hands, you want to be able to hold things properly, especially your bike. You want to be in control, and not have the bike control you.

The seats are also designed to match and support her smaller stature, they also have narrower pedal positions that match the width of her hips. Seeing that Madison is very tiny, although rather tall for her age, it's good to have a bike where her legs aren't spread too far apart while she pedals. What that means for her is that she is seated a lot more comfortably on her bike. The Schwinn SmartStart™ is also lighter than other bikes so it's easier for her to control.


I can't begin to tell you how much her confidence has grown since she's started riding her Schwinn SmartStart™. She still has her training wheels on which I plan on removing since I can see how much she enjoys riding, and I think she's ready. She has been riding now on a daily basis, unless the weather isn't great of course, but there has been such an improvement in her bike riding skills thanks to her new Schwinn SmartStart™. She has been showing me how much easier it is for her to stop and turn and demonstrating all her cool moves. Now she loves going outside, if only to ride her new bike.

So get your kids, get your bikes out and enjoy the great outdoors. Schwinn has a great bike selection for the entire family so no-one is left out, however, don't forget your safety helmet!


What are your impression of the Schwinn SmartStart™ and how do you get your kids outdoors? 

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Stop Hiding Behind the Camera - #Impressa #PoiseMoment

Stop Hiding Behind the Camera - #Impressa #PoiseMoment


Are you always hiding BEHIND the camera? Today I shared the reasons why I now share more of myself and how Poise has helped me gain my confidence back.


I used to get asked all the time, why don't you show more of yourself? Why don't you post more photos of you? Why is it just photos of Madison? And I would always say, "I'm not photogenic enough to get in-front of the camera". It's not that I think that I'm ugly, or that I'm shy, I have never felt comfortable in front of a camera or been comfortable in my own skin. I have never liked seeing myself in photos but I've started changing that, and it's not because I feel MORE comfortable. That's very far from the truth, it's all for my kids.


I lost my mother almost 2 years ago and it still hurts, every day I think about her and every day I wish that she were still here with me. When I went back to the Caribbean to bury my mother, I took her photo albums because that's all I wanted. I wanted the memories, but I recently decided to take a look at them, and to my surprise, my mother was very much like me. She hated being in front of the camera as well and her photo albums consisted of pictures of me as a child and pictures of the grand children. What happened to the photos of her? What happened to the years and years of her life that she spent on this earth? What happened to the many trips that we took together? Why were there only photos of me and none of her? Why were there hardly any photos of us together? It's because my mother as I mentioned was just like me. She loved me enough that she wanted as many photos as she can of me, but she didn't think that I would also love to see more photos of her as well.


As a mother, we love our children and we want to preserve as many photos as we can of them, from the time they were born right up until they graduate college, get married, have children of their own, then it's photos of the grandchildren, as in the case of my mother. What about the photos of us? I then made a mental decision. I don't want to be like my mother. I want to have photos that my kids can look back upon. Photos of our trips together, photos of us spending time together, and photos of me. Raw, true to life photos. Photos of me smiling and laughing as hard as I could, photos of me crying, photos of me being silly, playing games with them, photos of me just being me and enjoying their childhood and me being a mother.


This isn't just for me. When the day arrives, where I cross over to the other side, I would love for each of my children to have their own photo album that they can share with their own children. That they can say, this is a picture of your grandmother, or great grandmother, or even great-great grandmother. I may not be photogenic, I may not be fashion forward, but I'm me and I want to share that with my generation.


However it hasn't always been this easy for me. I used to hate laughing out loud and being my silly old self. Laughing out loud would have absolutely meant that I would leak. As a matter of fact, laughing, jogging, playing basketball with son, any sort of activity would mean that I would somehow end up with an underwear that wasn't completely dry. I was diagnosed with Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) a few years ago, so I suffer from Light Bladder Leakage (LBL), trust me it's not as sexy as it sounds. I was missing out on what life had to offer and missing out spending and enjoying time with my kids. As you know, I have talked about Poise Impressa quite a few times on my blog here because they have worked for me, but I also use the liners as well which also work extremely well. They go hand in hand and just like my wallet and cell phone, I never leave home without them. Here's something to note, Poise Impressa doesn't absorb leaks, they stop them before they even happen and because our bodies aren't all shaped the same, you can buy a sizing kit (available at Walmart) to figure out what size you are. It's not a one size fits all. I'm a size 1 and that's what I use.


Now I can truly enjoy myself because I know that Poise has me covered. I can spin and twirl and laugh as much as I want. I can now get in front of the camera and show not just the world that I am me, but I now have photos that my children can show their children, and their children can show their children, just what an amazing person I was (yes I'm also conceited). I can now seize my Poise Moment!

What about you? How are you seizing your poise moment? 

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Getting Your Picky Preschooler to Eat - #WatchMeGrow

Getting Your Picky Preschooler to Eat - #WatchMeGrow


Get your picky preschooler to eat and watch them grow with the help of a Mott's growth chart.


For many of my readers, you have seen Madison grow up right before your very eyes. From our very first post as a baby to her now being a preschooler. However, most people don't realize that Madison was born prematurely. On a routine visit to get checked at 34 weeks, we were told that there was something wrong with her heart and they needed to do an emergency C-section. I can't begin to tell you how scared my husband and I were. We had an amazing team of doctors and nurses and everything went smoothly. While I saw her for a few minutes after birth, we didn't get to reconnect until the very next day, and she spent an entire week in the hospital before we were able to take her home. When you have a baby who was born early, you tend to monitor every milestone, make sure that they're growing properly because you want their growth to be "right on time."


Madison has always been tall and fairly skinny, she never was a fat baby, but just recently I have been really concerned about her weight and growth. She has always been up there in percentile for her height, but her weight just wasn't cutting it. I also noticed that she was starting to reject foods that she used to eat and was almost "never hungry." The one thing that I could always get her to eat, however, no matter what, is Mott's applesauce. She has been addicted since the very first time we introduced them as a toddler. And I feel good knowing that Mott's helps her to be healthy and strong, and they're so accessible. I pack them in her lunch box and she also has them as a snack.


I always pick mine up at Walmart whenever I go for a shopping run. They're a staple in my pantry and I have to keep them in stock. They are full of real fruit goodness and are an excellent source of vitamins to help her start strong and stay strong. Locating them is super easy if you've never had Mott's before. You can find the juices in the juice section, while the sauces are located in the apple/fruit sauce section of Walmart.


Before I go into how I'm now getting my very picky preschooler to eat, with the help of a nutritionist, I want to tell you about this amazing offer. I received this amazing growth chart from Mott's and it's going to help me monitor her growth. Mott’s and Walmart want to help you track your child’s growth and ensure that all children are given the chance to grow up big and strong and just for purchasing Mott's. You can get your own as well. Here's how!


1) Buy $10 worth of Mott’s Juice or Sauce at Walmart
2) Register for the offer on www.Motts.com/Walmart
3) Upload receipts on www.Motts.com/Walmart  now thru 9/15/2017
4) The growth chart will be mailed to your home once receipts have been verified.


So now that you can get your very own growth chart, here are some tips on how you can get your picky preschooler to eat. These 5 simple tips have been working for me and I hope they'll work for you as well.

1. Be the example! Children love imitating their grownups so if your child sees you eating a variety of foods, more than likely they would also want to eat it too. Whenever I try something new, Madison almost always wants to give it a try, and you won't know if you like something unless you try it, right?

2. Ask for their help. Whenever you prepare a meal, ask your preschooler to help. They can help to mix the ingredients or even set the table. Don't forget about grocery shopping as well. Have them pick out the foods that they would like to eat. That way you'll have an idea of what they want so you can prepare it for them.

3. Have a routine. Serve meals and snacks around the same time everyday. That way your child knows when to expect it. Keep portions small and respect their appetite. Preschoolers don't have big tummies; so don't need big servings of food.


4. Food can be fun! Cut food into shapes, use dips and even play with your food. Remember the days of the airplane landing in your mouth? Have your child tell the story and encourage dialogue. Instead of asking whether the food taste good, you can instead about the color.

5. Brinner anyone?  Who says that you can't eat breakfast for dinner? If your child likes waffles and eggs, there is no rule that says you can't eat waffles and eggs for dinner. As long as your child is eating, celebrate the victory.

Hopefully these tips can help you and don't forget to plot your little one's growth on a Mott's Growth Chart and watch them grow and be healthy!

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