Super Bowl ready with #SamsBigGame Giveaway and Twitter Party

 

“This is a sponsored conversation from Savings.com. All opinions are my own.”

 

Our family – like most in America – love football. It’s a great way to get everyone together to root for our favorite teams. Neither one of our teams is playing in the big game this year but its still a big family event for us. Of course, the best part about football season is all the great food. If you hate paying big prices to get enough food for everyone at the party, you’re going to love Sam’s Club.

Sam’s Club has some amazing deals when it comes to game day essentials. You can find all the snacks your family loves and even get awesome deals in the deli for prepared foods. Of course, you can’t go wrong with some of the classics. Tyson chicken, Skittles & M&M’s, and even 5 Hour Energy drinks can all be found at your local Sam’s Club.

If you’ve been holding off on getting a membership, now’s the time to join. When you get a $45 membership, you’ll get a $20 gift card. Plus, you’ll get additional savings in the form of free products and huge discounts. Just look through the Valpak envelope you receive with your membership for exclusive deals.

 

 

 

 

As if the membership to Sam’s Club wasn’t great enough, how about an awesome giveaway? Savings.com is hosting the #SamsBigGame giveaway in which you could win one of twenty $45 Sam’s Club membership gift cards! And, on January 16th at 6PM PT, there’s going to be a Twitter party with $500 in prizes!

Join us on Tuesday, January 16th at 6PM PT/9PM ET for our #SamsBigGame Twitter party! We’ll be talking about how to throw a great party to watch the “Big Game,” as well as all the benefits of being a Sam’s Club member! There’ll be $500 in gift card prizes up for grabs, so be sure to RSVP to be eligible to win!

Hosts: @EnzasBargains@MomsWhoSave@KatBalogger,  @DonnaChaffins@savings

Hashtag: #SamsBigGame

Prizes: (6) $25 Visa gift cards, (2) $50 Visa gift cards, (1) $100 Visa gift card, (1) $150 Visa gift card grand prize

RSVP: Here 

 

Football, great food, and the chance to win – what could be better?

How to get more rest in 2018

 

 

If you’re a mom … you can just stop reading this now. Joking no this is for you. As moms we need more rest to do deal with everything we deal with on a day to day basis. I know for me the middle of the night wake up calls from my daughter who doesn’t sleep well due to Non 24, work, stress , kids etc I want to make sure I get my full 8 hours of sleep. Here are some tips on how you can do that.

1. Turn off electronics an hour before bed.

That goes for everyone in the house. No TV , No Cellphone, no computer. Take that quite time to wind down and maybe pick up a book. The short wavelength blue lights that our technology emits are not good for us when we are trying to go to bed.

2. Read a good book.

I love this idea, I’m spending time with the kids or even if I’m not reading with them I can pick up a good book and read a bit. Reading always relaxes me and sends me right off to sleep.

3. Have a bedtime routine.

Having a bedtime routine signals bedtime. Washing your face, brushing your teeth and putting on your pajamas these are all things you would do each night to prepare for bed. Each person’s night time routine may be different so create a list of what’s important to you and stick with it.

4. Turn on a Fan

Its 11 degrees outside but I still need my fan on in my room. It’s a way to circulate the air plus it makes noise.

5. Digest your food before bedtime

It takes 2-3 hours for a big meal to digest, don’t eat a huge dinner and then go straight to bed. Smaller low fat snacks are digested by the body in an hour.

6. Use separate blankets if you share a bed.

This one is amazing. I use to hate that my husband covered up like a burrito and I was left out in the cold, but I wanted to sleep under the same blanket as him. We started using separate blankets and all is well now. He is bundled up like a burrito and I am nice and warm in my own blanket.

7. Trade in your Mattress

The National Sleep Foundation recommends getting a new mattress every 7 to 10 years. You spend a lot of time in bed and you need the full support of a great quality bed. Nest Bedding is family owned, factory direct bedding company made in the USA. The Nest Bedding Alexander Hybrid Luxury Contour is one of my favorites.

8. Take a Warm bath before bed.

I love a bath anytime of day, but crawling into a clean bed right after a warm bath sends you right off to dream land.

9. Invest in a lavender mist.

Aromatherapy has so many benefits. Spritz some lavender mist onto your pillow before bedtime. The scent is scientifically proven to slow your heart rate and blood pressure, prepping you for a peaceful nights sleep.

10. Keep Your clock out view.

Turn your clock the other way, if your waking up and looking at it all night your not getting a peaceful nights rest. Set it and forget about it till its time to wake up.

 

 

 

Save 10% on your Party Supplies at Paper Mart

“This is a sponsored conversation from Savings.com. All opinions are my own.”

At Paper Mart, they have the largest selection of stock packaging products found under one roof and they are the leading discount packaging company. They’re also my go-to packaging supplies place because I love their beautiful collection of ribbons, gift boxes, and much more. Having four girls in the house we have our fair share of birthday parties to throw and attend. Wrapping a present is how I show my love… I want the presentation to be spot on. I’m so happy I found Paper Mart many moons ago, it has saved me literally an arm and a leg.

 

Having gift bags on hand makes life easier than trying to run out and find some in a pinch, although we throw lots of parties goodie bags is always the last thing iI remember. I love how Paper Mart has the Matte Patterened SOS Food Bags. These SOS food bags are printed on versatile white grocery style paper bags. They can be used for just about anything from holding baked goods to party favors and gifts. I buy them in sets of 50 for only $9.59 which is much better than any party store and I always have leftovers for the next party or teacher gift that comes up.

 

If you haven’t checked out the assortment of gift wraps please go take a look. They have literally everything but my favorite for birthday parties is Party Wrapping Paper and its available in a variety of sizes and styles. Choose from 15’ and 100’ rolls to larger 417’ and 833’ counter rolls.

 

 

You can’t wrap that present without a cute bow. Paper Mart has a wide selection of bows, ribbon and other products to wrap in style. I absolutely love the Sparkle Holographic Curling Ribbon. This sparkly curling ribbon features a holographic design on one side with a gleaming satin finish on the other. It has a smooth surface, which makes curling with scissors a breeze! This ribbon is great for creating stunning curls and cute bows for presents, tying balloons, and embellishing party decorations, crafts and much more!

 

 

 

 

You can not beat the prices and quality products from Paper Mart. Easy to navigate website, fabulous inventory, best prices and fast shipment. But the best part is the possibility of buying in smaller quantities. PaperMart, you make me happy MOM.

Get 10% off your first order at PaperMart! Expires 1/31/18.

 

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TTC During the Holidays with The Stork OTC

 

“This is a sponsored conversation from Mums the Word Network and The Stork OTC. All opinions are my own.”

 

 

 

 

Have you ever wanted something so badly that all you did was eat, sleep and dream about being a mom? I was that person my days would be filled with researching ways I could eat better, chat rooms with other infertile moms because talking to my real friends was just too embarrassing. Infertility is kind of a taboo subject but it doesn’t have to be.

 

Most of you know I have 4 Crazy Girls but did you know it wasn’t easy for me to have those girls. I thought getting pregnant would be a breeze but I soon found out that wasn’t in the plans for me. It didn’t come easy and month after month the pregnancy test was negative. Eventually, I had to seek treatment and that was a long drawn out process, I eventually had my babies #triplets.

 

 Couples struggling with infertility often find themselves in a perpetual cycle of grief and loss. Every negative pregnancy test and monthly period is a reminder of the child they do not have and a dream that is going unfulfilled. Going thru all this is hard enough but during the holidays with all the extra stresses make it even harder.

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The Stork OTC is a uniquely designed innovative device you use at home during ovulation to assist your chances of becoming pregnant. Our FDA- cleared, over the counter device uses cervical cap insemination. This smart technique enables the sperm to quickly bypass the vagina tract and places the sperm as close as possible to the opening of the cervix, right where it needs to be to swim up through.

 

I love that the Stork OTC can be used at home, weekly Dr. Appointments, counseling and being pricked and prodded is hard enough when going thru infertility. The Stork OTC is breaking that stigma letting you try to conceive at home.

 

 

Now available for $59.99 at most retailers, also available at Target and online at www.storkotc.com. 

Join us for a Twitter Party on December 21st at 8pm

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Start a New Tradition with the Family Honor Plate

This sponsored conversation on The Family Honor Plate was written by me on behalf of Fly By Promotions, all opinions and text are my own.

 

The Family Honor Plate is a ceramic honor plate based on the Fruits of the Spirit found in the Bible under Galatians 5:22. To take those reminders a step further, the entire family can join in and create an honor plate. I chose to do this plate with 1 of my 4 children, as she struggles a lot with ADHD/ ODD. My daughter was so excited to paint this and learn more about the background of why. This plate represents who has made great choices, struggled with something and overcome. I especially love this plate because everyone can celebrate the child or person who has made great, loving choices that week.

The Family Honor plate comes with everything you need to create your own decorative plate.

 

Kendall started by ripping open the box, as she usually does with stuff that comes in the mail. She settled down more as I went thru and told her step by step what was needed to do to complete the plate. We wiped the plate down with alcohol to clean off any residue as instructed and began to set up.

 

 

Kendall and I talked thru the whole process of creating the Family Honor Plate about what it means to have self-control, showing kindness and being loving. Some of these things she really struggles with and the idea of this plate for her is wonderful. She needs recognition as we all do sometimes when we show great decision making.

 

 

Along with decorating the plate, we used the Table Thyme Discussion Cards and I. Communication is the key to building relationships and creating memories that last a lifetime! Having four daughters I need to know whats going on and make sure they are always open for conversation.

 

 

 

 

 

Table Thyme Discussion Cards

Enjoy more than a year’s worth of unique questions that will have your family sharing about everyday and unique topics, thoughts or memories that normally aren’t brought up or even thought about. Your family will learn how to articulate and share special memories, learn how to voice their opinion, and for some – how to even have an opinion. Every question is followed up with “Why?” to take your answer to a deeper level. That’s where the magic is. So now when asked…”What is your favorite dessert?” Rather than someone’s simple answer of “Apple Pie”, the whole family gets to walk down memory lane because of the answer to “Why?” is it reminds them of Grandma Smith who always made apple pies with them when they came to visit. Her house always smelled of fresh baked pies when you walked in the door. This opens up the unique memories of everyone in the family. Each member will get to enjoy a walk down memory lane with Grandma Smith. With this one simple question, the family has reached a new level of intimacy while bringing memories and the love for one another to life. And that was just one person’s favorite dessert. Wonder what the next person’s favorite dessert is and Why? Sharing, listening and genuine laughter cultivates connection and stronger relationships within your family. You may not remember what you made for dinner some of these nights, but there will be conversations that you will never forget.

 

 

 

How do you celebrate when your child makes great choices?

Get creative with Sweetlings

This sponsored conversation on Sweetlings was written by me on behalf of Alex Brands. I was also sent the Sweetlings to use for this post, all opinions and text are my own.

 

 

As a parent, I’m always looking for toys that inspire creativity in my girls. I want my kids to do more than sit in front of the TV – I want them to do activities that engage the mind. When I saw Sweetlings, I knew it was the perfect toy for my children.

 

 

Sweetlings are cute characters that your kid’s design using whipped clay and accessories. There are different characters to choose from and each character is made to resemble a sweet treat. For my girls, I chose RAINBOW SPRINKlING, which resembles a donut. The kit includes everything needed to make the character. You get the whipped clay, plastic sprinkles, glitter, stickers, arms, a decorative background, and more. You also get tweezers and instructions. You can also purchase additional accessories.

 

 

What makes this such a great toy is how much creativity it allows. While each Sweetling does come with instructions, you can let your children do their own thing to create the character the way they want to. Best of all, it’s something your kids can display and play with. It’s like making their own doll or action figure. Plus, Sweetlings are a whimsical toy that any child with a sweet tooth is sure to love.

 

 

 

 

Of course, the price tag doesn’t hurt either. Sweetlings can be purchased at Amazon, Toys-R-Us, and Target for only $9.99 for each character. This makes the toy super affordable and what parent doesn’t want to save money? If you have more than one child or want to buy more than one Sweetling, you can get the Sweetlings Sprinkle Shop for only $24.99 and create three characters. If this is the type of toy your children would absolutely love, you’ll definitely want to grab this deal.

 

 

 

Sweetlings are such a fun concept and sure to be a hit with children of all ages. If your children love to craft and play, you can’t go wrong with this toy. Click on the banner below to check out all of the Sweetlings and to watch some videos. You can also find out which retailers near you carry Sweetlings!

 

Its Cold and Flu Season are you prepared ?

The kids are back in school and that means homework and super busy schedules. It also means that Cold and Flu Season is right around the corner. Those tiny little hands love to explore and touch everything in sight and with that comes germs.

 

 

 

 

 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “The best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated every year.” They also provide a list of individuals who should be prioritized for vaccination including: “Children aged 6 months through 4 years; People aged 50 years and older; Women who are or will be pregnant during the influenza season; […] and Healthcare personnel …”  

While vaccines may not be 100% effective, they can reduce your risk of flu-related hospitalizations, make the illness less severe if you do come down with it, and serve as a preventative tool for those who have chronic health conditions. Additionally—and perhaps more importantly—the CDC emphasizes that getting your flu shot “also protects people around you, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness.”

 

Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs.

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

 

 

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These 1fl oz travel sized bottles are great on the go! I clip one to my purse, one in the car, the kid’s backpacks. Convenient, portable on the go hand sanitizer.


On the Go:

  • On your backpack
  • In the car
  • On the stroller
  • On your Keychain
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Kutless Alpha/ Omega Win the CD

Music awakens my soul. There is nothing like listening to an uplifting song to get you thru whatever you may be going thru in life. Since I started going back to the church I found music that truly awakens my soul. I put it on the car and my kids say to me … is this from church mom? As I sit here writing this and listening to Kutless my youngest walks and hears King Of my Heart, she starts to belt it out. I love it makes my heart smile. Have you heard the Kutless album it’s amazing and so refreshing?

 

 

 

Since signing to BEC Recordings in 2001, Kutless has transformed from a new rock band to a staple artist in the industry that has multi-format, top-charting hits, sold millions of records and more than eight million streams. Launched by original members Jon Micah Sumrall (lead vocals) and guitarist James Mead, the band formed first as a modern rock/worship band at Warner Pacific College in Portland in 2000. Kutless has two RIAA Gold-selling albums for Strong Tower and Live from Portland. The band has had 12 No. 1 radio singles across all formats including their major hits “Strong Tower,” “What Faith Can Do” and “Carry Me To The Cross.”

After more than 15 years together and reaching fans around the world, Kutless continues to be focused on sharing the Gospel with a younger generation that is searching for answers.

 

 

 

“We really believe that music can make a difference in people’s lives,” shares Jon Micah Sumrall. “Music is an incredibly powerful tool that can break down walls and allow us to communicate a message of hope to people who may not listen otherwise. We are still recording and performing because we really do believe it makes a difference. We hear stories all the time from people who share with us how a concert or a song has radically impacted their life, and it’s these types of testimonies that keep us going year after year.”

In 2012, Kutless formed EOTA Ministries (End of The Age) to expand their evangelistic outreach around the globe. EOTA is the non-profit arm that aids Kutless in hosting large, free outreach concerts and events. In 2015, they partnered with other organizations to bring concerts to Kiev, Ukraine and other cities for six events – the largest of their kind in that country. The next year, Kutless returned to 11 cities in Ukraine as well as in Belarus, a communist country, where more than 100,000 heard the Gospel and over 40,000 commitments to Christ.

With their upcoming album ALPHA / OMEGA, Kutless has created a collection of rock and worship songs of both original and cover tracks that are true to who the band has been for the last 17 years. They wanted to create a project that would engage the Christian community and have the greatest impact. The songs are true to who the band is at their core – rock and worship. ALPHA / OMEGA features a new version of “Strong Tower” as well as the debut radio single “King of My Heart.”

 

Enter to win your own copy on the widget below. Good Luck.

 

The Perfect Christmas Potpourri

 

Nothing is better than walking into a home that just simply smells like Christmas. I don’t know how exactly to describe that smell entirely, but it is just an amazing scent that makes you feel happy and warm, just like Christmas! Christmas makes you feel cheery and warm, and having this scent in your home will definitely make the Christmas experience that much better! Use the sense of smell is amazing because it can really add to the experience and I know it always makes me remember all the amazing times I had with my family as a little girl celebrating Christmas with my family! Use this amazing Christmas Potpourri to add to your guests holiday experience this year!

What you will need:

-The peel of One Orange

-1/2 Cup Cranberries

-A minimum of 3 Cinnamon sticks (I personally LOVE the scent of Cinnamon so I like to throw a couple extra in there to add to the scent)

-1 Tbsp of Nutmeg.

Directions:

-Simply boil a pot of water on your stove top, add in all of your ingredients and allow it to simmer for as long as you would like. The longer you allow this mix to simmer, the more the scent builds throughout your home. This mixture will resonate throughout your whole house and it will never have smelled better!

I cannot get over how absolutely amazing this scent combination is! I don’t know what it is, but this mixture just reminds me of the holidays and makes me feel so happy and cheerful, after all the holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year…you should feel this way! The mixture of the citrus smell from your orange, cranberries have always reminded of the holidays probably because we eat cranberry sauce during the holiday season, the cinnamon adds that signature spicy scent of Fall and Winter, and the nutmeg just helps kick that cinnamon into over drive and just add to that spicy scent that is so amazing during the holiday season. If you plan to have holiday guests over for dinner or to simply celebrate the holidays this year, prepare this mixture about an hour ahead of time and allow it to simmer, by the time they begin to arrive, they walk into an amazing scent wonderland! The holidays with family can tend to be a bit stressful, but I promise this scent throughout your home will make everyone feel happy!

5 Tips for making a Car Purchase

This is a sponsored post from Cars.com.

 

Who doesn’t love a brand new spankin car? I’ve bought a few in my lifetime and learned a few tips along the way. Buying a car and buying a house are one of the largest purchases you will make in your lifetime so making the right decision is so important. Check out my 5 tips for making a car purchase whether used or new.

 

 

 

Do your research- Knowledge is power in everything we do in life including buying a car. You can find out just about anything you want to know about a car online. Cars.com is a great place to start researching cars in your price range.The more you know the better you are able to negotiate when that time comes. Find out the invoice price, not the MSRP, you want to know what the dealer paid the manufacturer for the car.

 

Budget- Set a budget you know your monthly income and what you can afford don’t let a dealer talk you into a more expensive car. Remember you will be paying on this car for the next five or six years. You will also need to factor in gas, insurance, and maintenance.

 

Avoid Impulse Buying- Being very honest here I’ve done this, I saw a car I wanted I had my heart set on it and purchased it at night. I was not able to see the flaws in it when I bought it and after I drove it off the lot well they were not too eager to help me. Research the make, model and style of the car is this going to be something you will enjoy driving for years to come.

 

Negotiate terms- Stick to your guns. You’re looking for something that will suit you for years to come, the dealer wants to make money too. Don’t be afraid to walk away. Do everything you can to negotiate terms and knock down the purchase price. Use Cars.com price comparison tool you may find cash back, special financing offers that will sweeten the deal.

 

Test drive- It may be a cute car but is it comfy, does it handle well? Do the kids fit and have enough room for their sports equipment. Bring the whole family along after all this is a huge purchase and everyone needs to be involved.

In the end, buying a car is a major purchase, and it’s important to research each and every aspect of the process. Educate yourself so you can go into negotiations well-prepared to get the best deal possible on a new or used car.