Tips For Transiting Your Family’s Sleep Schedule From Summer to Fall

We entered the elite club of “preschool parents” this week. While we prepared for class schedules and did the whole back– start-to-school shopping thing, way down at the bottom of the list was re-establishing a sleep routine. Oh great. That should be a breeze… Not.

Turns out I’m not the only one that dreads the summer-to-fall sleep readjustment. Sixty-eight percent* of parents believe that that adjusting to a back-to-school sleep schedule is the biggest challenge. So the folks at Sealy and the UNC School of Medicine’s Neurodiagnostics and Sleep Science Department devised some tips to help families transition from summertime to a cohesive fall family sleep schedule.

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Ways to Relive Your Childhood, with Your Child

I teamed up with Netflix for this post.
Ways to Relive Your Childhood, with Your ChildSome of my favorite things about being a mom are watching their faces light up when they discover something new, having an excuse to ride the child-size roller coasters, and, of course, getting to play with dolls again.

There are plenty of ways to tap into your child side as a parent. But some of the most fun ways are reliving your own childhood, along with your children. But how? Here are some ideas. Continue reading

$250 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

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Everyone loves giveaways, right?! If you’re always searching the internet for sweepstakes and contests to enter, we’re excited to share that there is a site that’s going to end up being your first and ONLY stop of the day when it comes to searching for giveaways – GiveawayCenter.com.

Giveaway Center is a giveaway entrant’s dream listing site. Brands and bloggers are able to list their giveaways directly – no waiting for approval or listings, so the sweepstakes are posted immediately. As an entrant, the site is very easy to use. Giveaway Center has a Pinterest-like feel with large images so there’s no guess work as to what prize is being offered, saving you valuable time.

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99 Ways to Celebrate National Park Service’s 99th Birthday + Free Entry!

On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Organic Act creating the National Park Service (NPS), a new federal bureau in the Department of the Interior responsible for protecting the 35 national parks and monuments then managed by the department and those yet to be established. Today, there are 408 national parks!

To celebrate the upcoming centennial of NPS in 2016, the National Park Foundation (NPF) launched their Find Your Park campaign to encourage everyone to get up, get out there and #FindYourPark – no matter your interest.

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ASUS ZenPad S 8.0 Tablet Giveaway *Closed*

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The ZenPad S 8 is a brand new tablet recently released from ASUS. The ASUS ZenPad S 8.0 features an alluring look and was inspired by the ASUS Zen design philosophy of crafting harmonious beauty and functionality. With its clean lines and metallic finish enhanced by an exquisite hairline pattern, and brilliant diamond-cut edges, the ASUS ZenPad has refined, luxurious styling that fits any setting. Continue reading

Sneak Peek of the New Animated Short “Riley’s First Date?” (from Inside Out)

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For the first time in forever, I went to see a movie in theaters. It wasn’t with my kids, but with a coworker, and we saw the movie Inside Out. I cried. Hard.

This wasn’t that long ago, so I’m kind of surprised that it’s already slated to hit shelves this fall (they’re quick these days!). Inside Out will be on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere October 13th and on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray Combo Pack and On-Demand November 3rd!

Bonus features on Digital HD*, Blu-ray Combo Pack & Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) include the all-new animated short “Riley’s First Date?” Here’s a hilarious sneak peek (at 0:51) that will resonate with moms and dads of little girls everywhere! Continue reading

Tips to Prepare Home Alone Kids for a Burglary

This guest post is written by law enforcement experts at J. Hart Force Training Institute

Tips to Prepare Home Alone Kids for a Burglary

Nearly 2 million home burglaries are reported in the United States each year, and the majority of these burglaries occur in the summer months. The scariest part of this statistic for parents is the summertime rise in home break-ins typically correlates with when their children are home without an adult.

A recent U.S. Census Bureau report illustrated that 7 million of the nation’s 38 million children between the ages of 5 and 14 are left home alone on a regular basis. And in married-couple families with children, 60% of both parents work, confirming that summer is when children are most likely to be home alone while school is on break. Continue reading

I heard someone say Mom, and it finally sank in

I’ve partnered with Minute Maid and Socialstars for this sponsored post to help parents realize they’re #DoinGood

As a working mom, I have to watch her wave goodbye from the front window every weekday. There are times I miss seeing her with her bedhead when she wakes up, or rock him to sleep after his bedtime feeding.

With every day that passes, they grow up before my eyes. She turned 3 this past weekend, and it feels like I’ve blinked and I’ve gone from stroking the soft fuzz on her head to brushing through the tangles before bed.

It was early 2011 when my husband and I decided we wanted to start our family. That year was filled with tears, triumphs, and more emotions than I even knew I had. After nearly a year, we finally saw a plus sign. Continue reading

Thomas & Friends: Sodor’s Legend of the Lost Treasure DVD Giveaway (10 Winners!) *Closed*

Forward To FallWelcome to the Looking Forward to Fall Giveaway Hop, hosted by Viva Veltoro and Lindsey Blogs.

Summer is coming to a close (cue the waterworks), school is starting soon and it’s time to start looking forward to Fall. I’ve teamed up with a great group of bloggers for a fun giveaway event to get you excited for fall. Each blogger in this event has a giveaway worth at least $25 – so be sure to hop around to them all once you enter to win my prize! Continue reading

Let’s Color Together

I partnered with Gymboree for the following sponsored post.

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Creative expression is essential to all kids; yet, believe or not, many don’t have access to basic tools like crayons, markers and paint. There are over 100,000 requests on DonorsChoose.org made by teachers for paint, crayons, markers, pens and paper that they currently cannot afford. What would the world be like without color and art? Continue reading