Sunday, August 31, 2014

What's In The Bible Kids DVD Series Review

This post has been sponsored by Family Christian Bloggers. All opinions are my own. 
We recently got the chance to check out a great DVD from the "What's In The Bible" series. We really enjoyed the Volume Ten: "Jesus Is The Good News" episode. In case you were wondering, these DVDs are from the creator of Veggie Tales, so you can already know that it is going to be something that kids are going to really enjoy. If you haven't watched the other videos in the series, don't worry. There is a quick recap at the beginning to explain everything that has happened so far. That was really helpful for my boys, who were not familiar with this series before this episode. 

Here are just a few of the things you can expect to learn with this video: 
  • Overview of God’s plan in the Old Testament
  • How Jesus arrives at the perfect time
  • Why God waited 400 years between the Old & New Testament
  • Clear presentation of the Gospel
  • Short history lesson about Greeks & Romans (Homeschoolers will  love this)
  • Easy to understand explanation of the different Jewish groups
  • Very simple explanation of sin – Kids will even comprehend
  • Differences between promises in the Old & New Testament
This DVD comes with two different videos, each one teaches a lot in a very engaging and energetic way that kept my boys interest all the way until the end. This dvd can really build a good foundation for your children to learn about the Bible and it's teachings. My boys have been asking to watch over and over again, and that makes me happy. Each time I know that these lessons are sinking in for them over and over again. 

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We really enjoyed this DVD and I know that you and your kiddos will too! If you would like to check it out, visit They have so many great educational dvds, books, and games, they can keep my kiddos busy for months! You won't regret it, I promise!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Get Ready For The VMA's With TRESemme' and Walmart!

This post is sponsored by Global Influence, however, all opinions are my own. 

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I've always wanted to be a rock star. Well, not really be a rock star, just look like one! There is just something about having your hair done and looking fabulous that makes a girl feel good! I have super wavy hair anyway, so I can take some product to it and really pump it up and make it look pretty rock 'n roll, when I have a good reason to of course! Now that it is VMA season, I am even more ready Now, it's easy to look like a rock star! 

In honor of the VMA's, Walmart and Tresemme are teaming up to make it super easy to get fabulous rocker quality hair! Just go here to get some great styling tips, watch videos, and learn all you need to know about having amazing hair! Tresemme has some of the greatest styling products out there, all at an affordable price. I especially love the Renewal Hair and Scalp Conditioning Mask, it is just what my hair needs after I mistreat it all week! 

There are so many great Tresemme products out there, I can't pick just one favorite. I love the Flawless Curls Lotion Cream, and the 24 Hour Body Foaming Mousse. The best thing is that Tresemme products are available at my local Walmart, and I can just pick them up when I pick up my groceries for the week. Plus, they are affordable, so I have money left over, to buy more great product! Make sure to check out the great Tresemme products at a Walmart near you! 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Printable Coupon For Dove Men+Care Fresh Awake Deodorant- Help Your Man Start The Day Right!

There are three boys in my life, and none of them are morning people. Most of the time, mornings in my house are like a scene from a zombie movie! My littles are not always a fan of getting up and taking a shower, and my hubs is just never a fan of getting up early, no matter the occasion! One thing that I have found that actually helps get my boys up and moving a little bit better is this new Dove Men+Care Fresh Awake deodorant. It can offer up to 48 hours of odor and wetness protection and it has a fresh and energizing scent. It's definitely something that is on my list every time I head to Walmart.

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Does this deodorant sound like something your guys would like? Be sure to check out a great printable $1.00 off coupon here!! Go ahead and pick some Dove Men+Care Fresh Awake Deodorant up next time you head out too. If you have morning haters like me, they will surely thank you!

This post has been sponsored by Global Influence Network, however, all opinions are my own. 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Amazing Jewelry From Your Favorite Designers At!

I think all girls love jewelry. I know I do, it is one of my favorite things to shop for. I am really a sucker for earrings and bracelets, because I feel like I can wear them with anything. I don't know, there is just something about buying a shiny little trinket for yourself that makes a girl feel good. I recently found a great website to pick up some new jewelry. It's called Fragments, and they carry jewelry from all of today's top jewelry designers! Whether you are looking for statement necklaces, birthstones, gemstones, diamonds, pearls, or  bridal and fashion jewelry, the folks at Fragments have got you covered. I took a look around at their amazing selection and found some really great products. 
This is the Elizabeth Cole Hunter Leather Cuff bracelet. It is so adorable, I love it! I think this would go with a ton of outfits too! At $185, it is a little bit of a splurge, but would make a great gift! 

This gorgeous piece is the Elizabeth Cole Purple "Mohawk" Necklace. I really like this one too, it's one of my favorites. At $210, it is a good deal, in my opinion! 
I really like this cuff bracelet too! It's by Huichol, and it's called the Lucia Tapestry Bracelet. I absolutely love the colors on this one, and the beading is incredible. This bracelet is hand beaded and is definitely a conversation starter. This one is $170, but just look at it. Definitely worth the money! 

As you can see, Fragments definitely has something for everyone! Even celebs love their pieces! Looks from Fragments have been seen on tons of celebs, including Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, Christina Aguilera, and more! I am really loving this site and it is going to be my new go to anytime I need a little bling! Make sure to connect with Fragments on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest too, so you can stay up to date on all the latest trends! 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Don't Buy It, Rent It Sweepstakes- $500 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

Are you guys ready for another great giveaway!! One winner will receive a $500 Amazon Gift Card! How amazing would that be!

Welcome to the Don't Buy It, Rent It Sweepstakes
Organized by: Mom Powered Media

MPM is excited to share a way to help you save money on those high priced college textbooks. Rent your textbooks this year and save up to 80%.
With's flexible rental program, you can keep your textbooks for a semester. Yes, all semester long and when it comes time to send your books back, they will even pay for return shipping. How awesome is that? All this means more money in your pocket for the things in life that can't be learned from a book.
What are you waiting for? Rent your textbooks today from

One winner will receive a $500 Amazon Gift Card.

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Giveaway ends September 7th 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.
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Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Boxtrolls Movie Poster Revealed!

I don't know about you guys, but I can't wait for this movie to come out! I loved, loved, LOVED Coraline, and The Boxtrolls looks awesome! Check out the movie poster, it was just released:

THE BOXTROLLS releases in theaters on September 26!

Story: A family event movie from the creators of “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” that introduces audiences to a new breed of family – The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, “into the light,” where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnifred (Elle Fanning). Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs’ family.
Directors: Anthony Staachi and Graham Annable

Writer: Based on the novel Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow

Voice Cast: Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Elle Fanning, Jared Harris, Toni Collette, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan           
MPAA Rating: PG                                                                

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Try Your Own Yummification! 5 Hour Energy $25 Gift Card and Prize Pack Giveaway!!

The 5-hour ENERGY® samples, gift card, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by the makers of 5-hour ENERGY®
Being a mommy is hard work. Seriously. Before I became a SAHM, it's all I wanted to do. It looked like the cushiest job in the world, hanging out all day playing blocks and making snacks. Ha! Boy, things look different now that I am over here on this side of the fence. So, tell me, are there any of you guys who sometimes need a little boost in the energy department? I know I do! Sometimes, when I need a little boost in the morning, or later in the middle of the day, I choose 5-hour ENERGY®. For me, 5-hour ENERGY® is able to give me the boost that I need, without the crash that I get if I drink a soda or eat a candy bar. And when you are a mom that is go-go-going all the time, NOT having a crash is a big deal!
5-hour ENERGY® comes in a TON of different flavors, so there is always something to choose from based on your taste and mood! 5-hour ENERGY® shots have a blend of B-vitamins, amino acids, and essential nutrients, with zero sugar, zero carbs, zero herbal stimulants and 4 calories! A lot of people think that 5-hour ENERGY® shots have a ton of caffeine in them, but really, the amount is comparable to a cup of premium coffee.

We received an AMAZING pack of  5-hour ENERGY® shots to try out! There were more than pictured, but you guys have to understand, my hubby works 50 hours a week,and he is obsessed with these! So, some of them didn't even make it to the picture! However, we did have enough left over to try out some "yummifications"!! What are those, you ask? A yummification occurs when you mix a 5-hour ENERGY® shot with your favorite beverage! Check out the great 5-hour ENERGY® “Yummification” video contest, to enter the contest, visit and follow the instructions to complete the entry form; “Like” 5-hour ENERGY® on Facebook, then create and submit a video that is no longer than 60 seconds showing an original combination being made, tasted, and named (creativity counts!).

Sounds fun, right? Not only is it fun, you can win some great prizes!!!
One grand prize winner will receive $50,000, and the following prizes will also be awarded:
Second Prize (1): Thirty Thousand Dollars ($30,000)
Third Prize (1): Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000)
Fourth Prizes (10): One Thousand Dollars ($1,000)
To enter, visit and follow the instructions to complete the entry form or “Like” the 5-hour ENERGY® page on Facebook at and follow the instructions to click the contest tab. Entries must be received by August 19, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EDT to be eligible.  No purchase necessary.  US residents only.  18 years and up.

We made a great yummification, and we called it "Nate's Lemony Surprise", because my 8 year old came up with it.. (No, he did not drink it, although he REALLY wanted to!). We mixed one lemon 5-hour ENERGY® shot with equal parts lemonade and lemon-lime soda. I was a little unsure of this combination, being as it came from an 8 year old, but it was surprisingly tasty!!! Definitely a little bit tart with a little bit of a "kick", but come on, it's called Lemony Surprise, so what do you expect??? :) We also made a second yummification, courtesy of my 4 year old! (Hey, if big brother got to create a drink, little brother had to get in on the action too!) This time, we mixed a diet, caffeine free cola with a strawberry 5-hour ENERGY® shot. The result was a yummy take on a cherry/berry flavored cola with a boost! It was pretty darn good too!

So there are our creations! Now, you guys, read the rules, and get busy making a creation of your own! It's fun, it gives you a yummy new drink, and you get a chance to win CASH!!! To celebrate this contest, the generous folks at 5-hour ENERGY®  are giving one of Flip Out Mama's lucky readers a chance to win a 5-hour ENERGY® variety pack that includes a $25 Visa gift card. Would you like to win? To enter please check out the 5-hour ENERGY®  “Yummification” contest. What would you mix with your 5-hour ENERGY®??? Comment below and let me know, and enter via the Rafflecopter!! Good luck!

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Don't Forget The SPF! Coppertone Unveils Awesome New Products!

Summer is winding down, and it's easy to forget the importance of sun protection when we are not heading to the beach or at the pool every day. However, you have to remember to be diligent about protecting yourself and your family from the sun no matter what season it is, no matter what the weather is like. I am the first to admit that, like most of us, in my younger days, I was not very good about protecting my skin. I am a very pale gal, and a good 15 or 20 minutes in the sun without SPF, I burn like crazy. I have endured many sun burns, blisters, and even sun poisoning on a couple of occasions. Now that I am older, I realize how important it is to protect yourself from the sun, and I never let my boys or myself out of the house without sunscreen on!  

Coppertone is king when it comes to sun protection, and they have some amazing and innovative new products on the market to help us all stay safe! Here's the rundown: 

Coppertone Sport AccuSpray was developed to solve a common frustration – the cloud of spray people experience when using a spray sunscreen. The product has a new patented technology that creates a more targeted spray for less mess and waste. This one was a definite fave of my boys! I am super serious about sunscreen, but they hate wearing it. That is mostly because when I spray their old sunscreen, it goes everywhere! All over them, their face, their eyes, and the person standing behind them! This was a great improvement over sunscreens we have used in the past, and I really liked it! 

Coppertone ClearlySheer, which comes in two lines – Sunny Days and Beach & Pool – was created to provide women with a sunscreen that’s just for them. The brand new formulas are both incredibly lightweight and sheer so you’ll feel comfortable wearing them every day under your makeup or when you’re in the water. This is an amazing idea, and I am so glad that Coppertone came out with this line of products! I think that many women don't really think that they need an additional sunscreen beyond whatever is in their BB Cream or foundation. However, that is just not true! I love the Sunny Days line, I have been using it under my regular makeup every day, and there is no residue, no greasy build up! It's great! I really hope that this new line helps women to protect themselves from the sun every day, not just when they are on vacation! 

   Coppertone Kids Tear-Free Lotion: Specially formulated to protect and keep children’s skin soft and smooth. The ultra-gentle, tear free formula won’t sting or irritate eyes, perfect for summertime activities. Sometimes, I really just prefer to put lotion on my boys instead of a spray. Mostly when I know we are going to be in the sun for a long period of time, I just think that a lotion works better. This lotion is great, and it really is tear free. Believe me, I checked! :) 

 Coppertone WaterBABIES Pure &Simple Lotion: The #1 pediatrician-recommended product, specially formulated to provide broad spectrum protection for a baby’s delicate skin. The gentle, moisturizing formula is an essential for your water baby.   Ahhh, WaterBABIES... It's been four long years since I needed a special baby sunscreen... Waaaaaaaah. My babies are all grown up now, but I still love this lotion. It smells like babies to me, haha! I'm passing this one down to my niece so she can protect her little Water Baby! 

I really love Coppertone's products, and I am glad that my family is all set to continue to protect ourselves from the sun, even though now summer is winding down! It's just as important to use sun protection in the "off season" as well! The folks at Coppertone know this, and that is why they launched their 2nd year of their "Making The Sunscreen Grade" program. This is a fabulous program that educates parents, teachers, caregivers and camp counselors about sun protection so that they can set a good example for the kids in their care. This is a super program and I am really glad to see something like this being initiated by Coppertone. I think that if there had been a program like this around when I was in school, I might have paid more attention to sun protection, and saved my skin from a lot of burns! Definitely check out the details about this awesome program HERE!  Oh, and don't forget to join Coppertone on Twitter  and Facebook to stay up to date with all their latest products! 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Celebrating a Summer Of Fun With PEEPS & Company! #PEEPSONALITY

Thanks to Peeps & Company  for sponsoring this review. All opinions are my own. 

Guys. Summer is almost over. Can you believe that? I really do love Fall, I think it might be my favorite season (I'm fickle, I can't pick one!), but I am not ready to see summer go this year. We have been having so much fun this year, I'm just not ready for it to end! Just one small part of our summer fun this year has been checking out the awesome new PEEPS Minis from PEEPS & Company! Yep, that's right, your all time favorite Easter candy is shrunk, wrapped up, and delivered to you in three amazing flavors to eat all year round! What's not to love about that? The fine folks at PEEPS sent us an amazing Summer Fun Package to help us have a great summer and express some #PEEPSONALITY! 

Look at this fun package! Doesn't it just make you want to get out and DO something??!! First of all, we got to try out all three of the new PEEPS Minis flavors! There's Chocolate Creme, which was delish and perfect for those times when you just need a *little* bit of chocolate, sour watermelon, which the boys loved, and Strawberry Creme, which were so deliciously good, they didn't even make it into the picture! I am loving these new PEEPS Minis, and you will too! Guess why? Only 14 CALORIES PER PEEP! I am not kidding you right now! Each resealable bag of PEEPS Minis comes with 24 PEEPS inside, enough to keep you satisfied for quite a while! Oh, and they are gluten and fat free too! 

They are sooo yummy, and if you don't believe me, just look at these guys' faces: 

These two are definite candy experts, so if it passes their test, you can believe it's good stuff! We also got some great summer essentials in our PEEPS package, like a great PEEPS Signature Beach Towel, which is super soft and ADORABLE! WE also received a great PEEPS Signature Tote, which has been making the rounds with us to all of our pool trips and play dates this summer. Definitely a conversation starter! The PEEPS pail was a great addition for sand castle making, and in my house, dirt playing! The PEEPS tumbler has been perfect for me too, even though the boys are begging for it! Not happening, kiddos! 

Now, I know you guys are wondering where you can get all this adorable PEEPS branded merchandise, and not to worry, I have got you covered. Just visit the PEEPS & Company Summer Essentials website, and you'll be able to find all the cool PEEPS stuff that we got to check out, and more! We are really loving the PEEPS Minis here at our house, they are the perfect size (40% smaller than original PEEPS) to have a few and not be *completely* off the diet wagon, so that's a good thing! Go on, check them out, you are gonna love them too! I know that my family is pumped that now we can have PEEPS all year round! Woohoo!!! Make sure to check out PEEPS on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram to stay up to date on all the coolest products, and don't forget to express your own #PEEPSONALITY! 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Saving Money On Textbooks With CampusBookRentals!

It's back to school time, again! I can't believe it, but my baby nephew is going off to college this year! One thing that he was not prepared for, was the high cost of books! I tried to warn him, but he was still surprised. That's when I explained to him how much better it is to rent your textbooks instead of buying them! Did you know that just by renting your textbooks you can save between 40-90% off of bookstore prices? is a great place to rent your textbooks from. They offer free shipping both ways, along with flexible renting periods, and you can even highlight in the books! Plus, this is a company that really has heart, they donate to Operation Smile with each textbook rented! I love supporting a company that supports others!
One great thing that CampusBookRentals offers is a program called Rent Back. With Rent Back, students can rent their textbooks to other students, over and over again, instead of selling them. That way, students can make some extra cash and get paid over and over, instead of just once. This is a great idea! Students can make back 2-4x the amount than they would just by selling their books back at the end of the semester.

Overall, CampusBookRentals is a great company who can really save you some money (Or make you some money, if you are going to be selling or renting your books) when you are going back to school! I am definitely going to be pushing my nephew in their direction so that he can save some serious cash! If you are interested in saving money on textbooks, check out Make sure to join them on Facebook and Twitter too to stay up to date with all of the latest news and promotions!

Hot!! Summer Celebration Review and Giveaway From N Circle Entertainment! Ends 8/3/14!

When you hear the name N Circle Entertainment, do you immediately recognize it? Chances are, you might not recognize the name, but you'll recognize their famous DVD titles! N Circle Entertainment is the company whose mission is to provide "Entertainment That Educates"! They are behind some of the most famous kid's educational titles out there, like Sid The Science Kid, Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About That, Octonauts, The Wiggles, Word World, Mike The Knight, and more! They are getting us into the summer spirit with an amazing prize pack of TEN, count 'em, TEN DVD's, six of which are previously unreleased!

Look at this awesome assortment! This prize pack of DVDs is worth over $100!!! It includes some really great titles! Check them out below:

  • Sid the Science Kid: Now That’s Using Your Brain! 
    • Sid discovers that the brain controls all kinds of actions such as walking, thinking and breathing and wants to learn more about how it works. My boys love Sid, so this one was one of their very favorites! Especially my preschooler, he is really into all things science and I will hear him talking about things Sid says for weeks after watching an episode. This DVD was definitely one of their favorites and they have been watching it every night before bed! 
  • Octonauts: Calling All Sharks 
    • Join the Octonauts aboard the Octopod as they come face to face with a trio of pesky Cookiecutter sharks, look after an injured Lemon shark and stop a Whitetip shark who is chasing the Gup-A! My big guy is to old for Octonauts now, but my preschooler is really into them still. He loves the Octopod especially and is always playing with his Octonauts figures that he got last year. 
  • Octonauts: Meet the Octonauts 
    • Join the Octonauts as they explore the world’s oceans, rescue the creatures who live there, and protect their habitats above and below the waves! This one was another great one for my preschooler, obviously! He watches this DVD, then the other Octonauts one, and goes back and forth between the two. 

  • The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That: Let’s Go on an Adventure
    • When the Cat eats the last chocolate, Nick and Sally must fly to Coco-a-licious to restock their supply. But princess Lotta-Chocka's helpers are away. Join the Cat and the kids as they make chocolate today! Both of my boys love The Cat, but this one is one of my big kid's favorites! He just turned 8, so some may consider him too old for this show, but he has always been a big fan, and definitely loved this DVD. And, I love Martin Short, so I always make time to watch The Cat with my boys! 

  • The Wiggles: Hot Potatoes! The Best of the Wiggles
    • The beloved and wildly successful children’s entertainment group has finally released a collection of their most popular songs, including Big Red Car, Toot Toot Chugga Chugga, The Monkey Dance and much more.  Oh, The Wiggles. I tried to get my boys to watch this one with me, but neither one would go for it! Luckily, I have a younger nephew who is gonna love this one, and I am sure he is going to get a lot of use out of this DVD! The Wiggles are so happy and cheerful, they are great for little ones! 

  • WordWorld: Hide and Seek!
    • Join the WordFriends and play a game of Hide and Seek! In this special game, the friends have to hide behind WordThings that end in “ake." BUG builds a RAKE, and PIG builds a CAKE. But SHARK is so big that it s hard for him to find a good hiding place. WordWorld is by far one of my favorite shows for my preK boy. Seriously, this show has helped him to learn all of his letters and almost all of his letter sounds. He doesn't even know that he is learning, but he is indeed! This is a great DVD for any WordWorld fan! 

And those are only the brand new, never before released DVDs! This awesome prize pack from N-Circle includes the following: 

1.       Mike the Knight: Knight in Training 
2.       Octonauts: Meet the Octonauts!
3.       Octonauts: Calling All Sharks! 
4.       Sid the Science Kid: Backyard Campout
5.       Sid the Science Kid: Now That’s Using Your Brain
6.       Sonic the Hedgehog: Sonic Goes Green
7.       The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That: Let’s Go on an Adventure 
8.       The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That: Ocean Commotion 
9.       WordWorld: Hide and Seek!

10.     The Wiggles: Hot Potatoes! The Best of the Wiggles 

What a great prize pack, don't you agree!? I love NCircle Entertainment and their amazing, educational-but-still fun, assortment of DVDs and television programs! Anytime that I can get my kids doing something educational, without fighting about it, or even realizing what they are doing is "learning", I am all for it! So, what do you guys think? Would you like to win one of these AMAZING DVD prize packs??? OF COURSE you would!!! 
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Must Have Monday: Carmex Lip And Skin Care Products!

It's Monday again, and that means Must Have Monday here at Flip Out Mama! I am really excited about this week's feature, it is a brand that I have known and trusted for years! Carmex has been one of my favorite lip care brands since I was a teenager. Carmex's Original Tube Lip Balm was probably one of the first lip products I ever used, and there is no doubt that it is still my favorite after all these years! The tube is perfect for applying to lips, and this lip balm always does the trick, whether your lips are parched and thirsty from the hot summer sun, or cracked and dry from the winter cold. It's always the perfect solution, no wonder it is Carmex's best seller!

We also got a chance to try out the Carmex Strawberry Stick lip balm. I have never tried the stick version of Carmex before, and I was very impressed! The Strawberry Stick provides broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sun protection and up to 80 minutes of water resistance. Plus, it smells great! This is a new favorite of mine, and I can't believe I waited so long to try it!

I am also slightly obsessed with the brand new Carmex Limited Edition Moisture Plus Lip Balms! How gorgeous are they:

Umm, yes please?! I haven't gotten to try these out yet, but I hope I get a chance to soon, because they are too adorable to pass up! Don't forget to check out Carmex and their awesome line of skin care products too! You know that these folks know how to take care of dry, chapped lips, so they have got to be pros and taking care of dry, chapped skin too! Be sure to follow them on Twitter and Facebook so you can stay up to date with their newest awesome products!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Back To School Jitters

Well, today I am talking about the back to school jitters, and I am not talking about the boys. I am talking about me. I am really stressing out because this year is the year. The first year. The first year that both of my boys will be going to school and leaving me all alone. As most of you know, after a turbulent Kindergarten and then First Grade year, we pulled Tater out of public school last year and homeschooled him for Second Grade, while we worked on some PreK stuff for Beanie. We had a really great time, and I loved being home with them and being their teacher. We did a lot of really fun stuff and went a lot of cool places, and I think all three of us learned alot. But.

Of course, there's a but. My boys are missing out. On friends. On having other kids to play with. I know, there are so many different opportunities for socializing when you homeschool, and we tried many of them, but nothing really seemed to "stick". No matter the activities, my boys never seemed to form any "real" friendships with other kids. Couple that with the fact that we live way out in the country where there are literally no kids anywhere near us, I think my boys are getting lonely. So, it's back to school we go.

The boys are thrilled. Beyond belief. To them, school is friends and playgrounds and field trips and lunches. To me, well. It's something else entirely. I'm optimistic that the problems that we faced in K and First will be nothing but a memory this year, and that both of my boys will thrive back in a public school setting. But I would be lying if I said I wasn't nervous. Tomorrow is back to school night, where we will meet Tater's third grade teacher. I really hope it goes well.

For my sweet Bean, we still have 3 more weeks before the PreK train leaves town, and I will be all alone at home for at least three hours, 4 days a week. The amount of work, and showering, and exercise, and cleaning I will be able to get done in that time is just mind boggling. But, I don't know how I will adjust to being without my babies. So, while you are school shopping this week, and meeting your teachers, and lacing up those shiny new shoes, think of me. I am just having some back to school jitters!


What an awesome program from one of my favorite companies!!! We LOVE Burlington, and now that I see this, it makes me love them even more! Check out the press release below! 

Did you know that one-in-four children in America grow up without learning how to read?  That’s why Burlington, a national off-price retailer offering designer merchandise up to  65% off department store prices every day, has teamed up with K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, a national non-profit organization, and Sprout to launch the first-ever Burlington Book Buddies initiative – a new program designed to help provide children with the opportunity to discover  the wonderful world of reading.

Together, from August 1 through Labor Day (September 1, 2014), the partners are inviting customers to donate gently-used or new children’s books at any of the 523 Burlington stores nationwide to benefit local children and their families.  For every book donated, Burlington will match up to 55,000 new children’s books through K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers.

“Giving back to communities is a priority for Burlington and we are excited to launch a new initiative that helps  children as   they are heading back to school,” says Tom Kingsbury, president and chief executive officer of Burlington.  “We are thrilled that Burlington Book Buddies allows us to provide books to children in need, giving them the opportunity to explore the world of reading.”

Sprout, the first 24 hour preschool network for preschoolers and their parents and caregivers, will help to promote the program via on-air promotional spots kicking off on August 1, 2014.  The effort will help remind its millions of viewers about the ongoing need for books all across the country, and demonstrate how people can help. To celebrate the world of reading, Burlington will host exclusive reading events with characters from Sprout at the New York City Union Square store on August 1 and the Chicago North State Street store on August 14.  The events will feature The Sunny Side Up Show’s Tim and Chica. Beginning at 2:00pm, children are invited to meet Chica and Tim, sing songs and listen to a special story during this exclusive in-store event.

“We are happy to work with Burlington to help make reading accessible to children and their families across America,” says Jennifer Giddens, VP of Marketing for Sprout.

“We are thrilled to join Burlington on the Burlington Book Buddies program,” says Allan Ellinger, co-chairman of K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers. “The partnership allows us to provide books to disadvantaged children nationwide through 57 community charities.  Our hope is that this effort helps to makes a difference to improve the rates of literacy amongst children.” 

For more information and to find a list of participating Burlington stores visit

About Burlington Stores, Inc.
Burlington is a national off-price retailer offering style for less with up to 65 percent off department store prices every day. Departments include ladies’ dresses, suits, sportswear, juniors, accessories, menswear, family footwear and children’s clothing. It also includes an assortment of furniture and accessories for baby at Baby Depot, home d├ęcor and gifts, along with the largest selection of coats in the nation for the entire family. Burlington has 523 stores in 44 States and Puerto Rico.  For more, visit

Introducing Lyft, A Brand New Ridesharing App! PLUS, GET YOUR FIRST RIDE FREE!!!!

Okay, I am going to be the first one to say, life looks much cooler living in a big town. I mean, we are about 30 miles from Lexington, Kentucky, and that is considered the "big city" to us country folk. You city people get all the cool stuff! One new and awesome thing that yall "city slickers" are gonna get to enjoy is Lyft, a brand new ride sharing app!

I have to say, this app and ridesharing service looks pretty dang awesome. After you download the app, all you have to do is tap the green button to request a ride. Then, you are automatically paired up with a driver who has already been background-checked) within just a few minutes. You can watch your driver approach via the app, and see them in real time! You also get to see a picture of the car and the driver so you can know exactly who to expect. But, you're not really going to need that, because Lyft drivers have big, furry, hot pink mustaches on their cars! Yes, I am serious! Plus, Lyft is like getting a ride from a friend. You sit up front, you greet your driver with a fist bump, and by the time you get to your destination, you've made a friend!

You don't even have to carry cash when you use Lyft! The app automatically charges your credit card, so no worries! Another really great thing about Lyft is that drivers and riders get to rate each other after the ride is over. If you rate someone below 3 stars, you will never be paired up with them again. That's pretty cool, and a great way to make sure that you don't have to keep riding with someone you just don't click with! Lyft also has a big emphasis on safety. All drivers have to be 21 or older, have no DUI's on their record, and no major violations in the past three years. All cars must be year 2000 or newer, and have to undergo an inspection. As for the drivers, they have to undergo a background check that does not allow felonies, drug offenses, violent crimes, sexual offenses or theft. Lyft also has a zero tolerance drug and alcohol policy.

I love this whole idea and concept! I can't wait until I live somewhere a little closer to... well, other people, so I can try this app out! But.. for all of you lovelies that would like to try the app out, guess what? You can get $25 Lyft credit when you use the promo code found on this page. That is getting your whole first ride for free!!! How great is that? Try it out, and let me know how you like it!!

Back To School Supplies From UI School Supply!

Can you guys believe that it is already time to go back to school? I can't! This has definitely been a super quick summer around our house! I have to admit, I do get a little bit excited at back to school time. I always loved school when I was a kid, and I still get jittery, nervous, and excited for my kids on their first day of school! It may be a combination of that, and the fact that I will always be a "homeschool mom" at heart, but I am still obsessed with back to school, and school supplies in general! 

Recently, during one of my "browse everything on the internet related to back to school" sessions, I found a great company called UI School Supply. They have anything and everything you would ever need for back to school! Whether you are a mom looking for preschool supplies for your little one, or a teacher on the hunt for teacher supplies and teaching aids, they really do have you covered! I found some great products on their site, and best of all, they are super affordable! 

I had a great time browsing through the UI School Supply site, and I found a ton of stuff that I am putting on my list! They have a ton of great preschool items that I am going to get to supplement with Bean's PreK studies, and I also found lots of great stuff I could pick up to donate to Tater's class as well! I especially love the Basic Skills Board for little ones! Teachers could go crazy on this site, I found many great name tags, decorations, classroom supplies, and fun extras too! If you are on the hunt for great back to school supplies, you are definitely going to want to check out this company! You can visit their website at Happy Shopping! 

Fun In The Sun (Safely!) With Jersey Shore Cosmetics

As some of you know, my family has been trying to make a shift towards using more natural products. (Well, actually, I am trying, and everyone else is stuck doing it whether they want to or not, but y'all know what I mean!) When I first started, I was really only thinking about food and drinks, but as time has gone on, I have realized that there is a lot more to "living naturally" than just cutting out processed foods and drinking more water. 

A company that really gets that is Jersey Shore Cosmetics. The entire goal of Jersey Shore Cosmetics is to provide customers with products that are TRULY safe and free of petrochemicals. Both their Jersey Shore Kids and Jersey Sun lines are phthalate-free, cruely-free and free of petrochemicals. Jersey Kids and Jersey Shore Sun, Sans Tan organic sunscreens are top rated and recommended with a score of 1 on the Environmental Working Group's "Skin Deep" recommended sunscreens list. In short, they are a company that gets it. You shouldn't have to endure harsh chemicals and potentially harmful ingredients just to have a product that works. And now, you don't! 

Jersey Shore has a ton of great products for everyone in the family! For kids, the Jersey Kids line features Jersey Babies Eco Shield Protective Sun Barrier, which is safe for even the most sensitive baby skin. They also have Jersey Kids Petrochemical-free sunscreen, which is great for your older kids who are spending their summer days poolside. Jersey Kids sunscreens are different than other "natural" sunscreens on the market today. These are the real deal!  Jersey Kids sunscreens are formulated using non-nano zinc oxide and are petrohemical-free, non-toxic and baby safe.  Jersey Kids is 100% natural, organic and vegan. 

I don't know about you guys, but I am a super sucker when it comes to lip balms, and Jersey Shore Cosmetics has girls like us covered! They have several different lip conditioners that come in different sizes and flavors, depending on your preference. " Jersey Shore Sun Nutrient Dense Lip Conditioners are formulated using all natural, organic, Non-GMO and nutrient dense ingredients. Nothing artificial. No petrochemicals. Jersey Shore Sun lip conditioners are emollient, soothing and contain anti-aging nutrients. Gentle and emollient enough to use on other areas of the face. Softens fine lines. Great for cold weather sports!"

For us ladies who love our makeup, Jersey Shore Cosmetics makes sure that you can still look great while going natural too! Their line contains an All Natural Mineral Bronzer as well as a Vegan All Natural Mineral Mascara. I am also really excited about the Redder Than Red Vegan Lip and Cheek Rouge. Love that you can still get awesome makeup products while going natural! 
I am really loving Jersey Shore Cosmetics and their awesome all natural products! If you are interested in going natural, you should definitely take a look at Jersey Shore Cosmetics product lines! If you want to check out their website, click here to take a look at all of their great product offerings! Also, be sure to join them on Facebook  to stay up to date with all the latest deals and promotions! 

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