Your Promise Is Our Promise-Johnson’s Baby

This is a sponsored post, in collaboration with Johnson’s Baby & Latina Bloggers Connect. All opinions are mine. 

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As a Mother, it’s my responsibility to keep my children safe at all times. That can sometimes be a difficult task, especially as my kids get older. My little one doesn’t always understand why he can’t do certain things (like go to the mall by himself, uhh-not gonna happen!) or why he isn’t allowed to play at the park without adult supervision (once again, not gonna happen!) 

securedownload-15Kids don’t always understand why we do the things we do, but that doesn’t stop us from doing them, right?! As a parent, I’ll do whatever it takes to guarantee the safety of my children. When my kids were newborns, I made a promise to them to keep them safe and out of harm’s way. That hasn’t changed, no matter how old they get, or how grown they think they may be. 

I’m obligated to provide a safe, nurturing environment for my children. I want my kids to be safe, and healthy. Not only am I concerned for their physical safety, but I want to make sure they are getting all the nutrients their growing bodies need. I try to prepare healthy meals for them and make sure I always have lots of fruits and veggies on hand for them to snack on. I’m reading labels a lot more than I used to, and steering clear of artificial flavors,  colors, and ingredients. I buy organic as often as I can! 

pink-subtitleI’m also reading labels on the things that go ON our bodies too. It doesn’t make any sense to take care of the inside, if you aren’t also taking care of the OUTSIDE. ‘Ya know what I mean?! Chemical additives in lotions, shampoos/conditioners, and body wash are all of concern to me and many of my Mom friends. 

Johnson’s Baby feels the same way. When they heard that some Moms were concerned about the ingredients in their products -THEY LISTENED- and decided to take a stand and change their product formulas. It’s not that their products were unsafe, they just wanted us -THE CONSUMER- to have peace of mind. 

Changing their products was a labor of love for us moms & our precious little ones. Johnson’s Baby created this video to share their promise to Moms everywhere:

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As their seven newly reformulated products hit the store shelves, Johnson’s Baby is launching a campaign called “Your Promise Is Our Promise,” to express their ongoing commitment to Moms everywhere. Just as Moms make promises to their kids, Johnson’s Baby promises Moms that we don’t have to worry about using their products on our precious little ones. banner-bg-baby

#TMNTmovie Twitter Party 8/5 at 9p EST {Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles}

I’m being compensated as a co-host of this Twitter Party through Bloggin’ Mamas & its advertisers.

 

#TMNTmovie Twitter Party 8/5 at 9p EST

 

#TMNTmovie Twitter Party 8/5/14 at 9pm EST. Party with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and #BlogginMamas

When I heard there was a Twitter Party for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie coming out, I was hyped up. Imagine my delight when I found out I’d be a Co-Host! Holla! TMNT’s brings back great memories!

“Heroes in a halfshell, Turtle Power!” Who doesn’t know the TMNT theme song by heart?! I can’t wait to see what my favorite Super Hero Turtles have been up to. What makes this movie even better, is that I get to share it with my kids! Cant what to sit in the movie theater with them & see Michaelangelo stick it to Shredder! 

Join Bloggin Mamas & @TMNTMovie as we host the #TMNTMovie Twitter Party on Tues, 8/5/14 9p EST!

Join us as we celebrate the new film & talk about your favorite NINJA TURTLES!

The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comes to theaters August 8th, 2014 starring Megan Fox and Will Arnett, directed by Jonathan Liebesman.

Date: Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Time: 9:00-10:00pm EST / 6:00-7:00pm PST

Hashtag:  #TMNTmovie

Presented by: @TMNTMovie and @BlogginMamas

Moderators: English- @HeLoEnterprises Spanish- @BBabushka

Co-hosts: @EnzasBargains@BayAreaMommyCom@MamasMission@AshaButterflys@MommyPowers

Prizes:

During the Twitter Party there will be a chance to win one of the following prizes by answering various TMNT Trivia. Winners will be selected at random from all eligible entries.

Grand Prizes

2- $100 Amex Giftcard + TMNT Nintendo video game

First Prize

1- $50 Amex Giftcard + TMNT Nintendo video game

Prizes

2- $25 AMEX   Gift Card + TMNT Mini-Poster

RSVP Prize

1- $50 AMEX  Gift Card + TMNT Mini-Poster

U. S. Residents age 18 and over are eligible to enter. For complete rules and to RSVP, please visit: http://bit.ly/TMNTmovieparty

 

Need a Sponsor For Your Soccer Team? Look No Further with Pearup.com & Ritz Bits! #RitzBitsTeams

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with The Global Influence Network. All opinions are my own.

Ritz BitsWe are a sports loving familia! NFL, NBA, MLS, you name it- we follow it! My kids are very athletic and our little loves participating in team sports, especially soccer. He loves charging up the soccer field, and beating everyone else to the ball. It’s not even about who wins or loses, he loves the sport and just wants to play. 

SONY DSC I love that he’s learning to interact with others and building social skills that will help him throughout his life. He’s also getting all the exercise his growing body needs, and he’s having a blast doing it!

Ask any parent of a child in organized sports, and they’ll tell you the expenses can add up quickly. There’s travel to & from practice & games, training camps, snacks, equipment & uniforms. It can end up being pretty costly. 

When I heard about Ritz Bits Snack For Your Champion Program and Pearup.com, I just knew I wanted in & I knew I had to share it with all of you! The site works to use social network actions to help teams raise funds. How cool is that?! Check out this video: 

 

It’s so easy to get started!

CREATE YOUR SPONSORSHIP PAGE

Sort sponsorship programs by sponsorship award type (i.e. custom shirts, products and services, fundraising donations and more), and select the perfect sponsor for your group or event.

RALLY FOR SUPPORT

Have friends and family score points by interacting with your sponsor online and inviting others to join in. No purchase or donation required. <— Did you see that? IT’S FREE! 

RECEIVE YOUR SPONSORSHIP AWARD

After 10 days, redeem your group’s total points toward the sponsorship award you chose. Receiving your award is easy as pie.

By simply answering a couple of questions (for example, which Ritz is your fave, etc.), following on IG and posting on FB, you can help a soccer team earn much needed funds. It’s THAT easy! Just a few clicks & you can help make a team’s season so much better. 

You can check out the process here, on my son’s team page! We’d LOVE your support. WildThings3Would you like to create a sponsorship page for your team?! If so, then go here for the league/team fees link or here for the apparel link. Then be sure to share your link in my comments section, so we can all help support one another! 

Soon, your child’s team will be sportin’ brand new uniforms and extra goodies, thanks to Ritz Bits & Pearup.com! Tumbleweeds2

 

Clear The Voice with Rite Aid – FREE Music!

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Global Influence. All opinions are mine. 

I’m a huge music junkie, always have been – always will be. Music has provided the soundtrack for so many important phases of my life. I can tell you exactly where I was the first time I heard Prince croon, “I Wanna Be Your Lover”… I was walking down the hallway of my childhood home…I immediately made a u-turn back into my room to sit next to my little boom box & soak it all in. I wanted to hear the DJ after the song was finished, hoping he’d reveal the name of the artist for me… he did! 

Music, it fills me with joy and I can’t imagine a life without it. When The Voice first debuted, I was estatic! Not only are the judges fantastic and leaders in their genres… Christina Aguilera, Cee-Lo Green, but the level of talent-the competitors-OMG! 

I look forward to tuning in each week and seeing what the judges and talent have put together-I love a good sing-off, you know the kind where the hair on your arms stands up and you get goosebumps?! THAT! UNI_RA_-ClearTheVoice_Asset2[1][2][1]

It takes a lot of courage to get up on that stage and compete. Rite Aid can help with that. 

Hit a high note and let your hair shine! CLEAR SCALP & HAIR THERAPY™ will give you the confidences you need to feel, look and perform at your best! CLEAR SCALP & HAIR THERAPY™ makes your hair beautiful and resilient by deeply nourishing your scalp. So head into Rite Aid and find the CLEAR SCALP & HAIR THERAPY™ product that is right for you.
 
And now in partnership with The Voice, get 2 free song downloads from your favorite The Voice performers, when you purchase any CLEAR SCALP & HAIR THERAPY™ product at Rite Aid from 7/1/14–7/31/14.
 
Don’t miss out, go get your hook-up!

Invisalign Teen Myths Exposed! #InvisalignTalk

This is a sponsored post, all thoughts and opinions are my own.  


UntitledI recently had the pleasure of attending a discussion all about Invisalign. I was already familiar with Invisalign, but I wanted to learn more. Our family has teeth issues! I wasn’t lucky enough to wear Invisalign to fix my teeth, instead I had to suffer with traditional braces, for well over a year.

photo 3-001Let me tell ‘ya, being a grown woman, in metal braces, ain’t nothing nice! The first few weeks were pure torture. My mouth was in constant pain, I was popping pain relievers like tic-tacs. I couldn’t eat, and lived off yogurt. My teeth hurt, it was the weirdest thing I’d ever experienced; my teeth were loose and painful… my whole mouth was throbbing. I didn’t think the pain would ever subside. Not only did my teeth hurt, but the metal brackets on the braces kept ripping the skin off the inside of my mouth. I was miserable & I wouldn’t wish that pain on my worst enemy. 

photo 4-001Our oldest also needed braces and wore the metal ones for a year or so. Hubby lucked out- he got to try Invisalign for his teeth. The entire time he wore them, I kept teasing him, telling him he wouldn’t have been able to handle the pain associated with metal braces & he’d taken the easy way out. Truth is, he’d taken the smart way out! 

invisalign-straight-path-straight-talk-FINAL (1)According to our dentist AND orthodontist, our youngest will need braces too. That’s why I was so eager to learn all I could about Invisalign Teen. Many people are under the impression that their kids don’t need to see an orthodontist until they’re teenagers… but that’s not true. 

Did you know the American Association of Orthodontics recommends taking children for their first orthodontic check-up no later than age seven? The American Dental Association says this is because, “Your child’s dentist can spot problems with emerging teeth and jaw growth early on, while the primary teeth are present.” 

What Is Invisalign?

Images Before and After Photos invisalign results fix gapped teeth_brandonInvisalign Teen uses a custom-made series of aligners, created for you and only you, they fit over your teeth perfectly. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable, & virtually invisible plastic that you wear on your teeth. As you wear the aligners, your teeth will gradually and gently shift into place, based on the exact movements your dentist or orthodontist plans out for you. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You just pop in a new set of aligners about every two weeks, until your treatment is complete. You’ll achieve a great smile without a lot of hassle. The best part about the whole process? Most people won’t even know you’re straightening your teeth! Sounds pretty cool, huh?! Visit the Invisalign website for more info.photo 2 Invisalign Teen is covered by most dental insurances, and is available for pre-teens, as well as teens. Not all orthodontists specialize in Invisalign Teen, visit www.invisalign.com to find a doctor.  

Now, for the good part! Enter the Straight Talk Sweepstakes for a chance to win free Invisalign treatment. Sweepstakes runs through September 30th, 2014. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck & be sure to follow Invisalign on twitter and FB. Huge thank you to the SITS Girls for making this discussion possible. 

Disney PLANES FIRE & RESCUE Twitter Party {July 10th 9pm-10pm EST} #ArribaPlanes

Disclosure: I am participating in this campaign on behalf of Bloggin’ Mamas AND its advertisers. I am being compensated as a co-host. ALL opinions are my own.

                      Mommy Powers will be Co-Hosting a Twitter Party y’all! 

 

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Planes: Fire & Rescue” is a new comedy-adventure about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his courageous team, including spirited super scooper Dipper (voice of Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter, ex-military transport Cabbie and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero. Directed by Bobs Gannaway (“Secret of the Wings”).

promo_35676_photoJOIN Bloggin’ Mamas, Planes: Fire & Rescue, and me as we host the #ArribaPlanes Twitter Party on Thursday, July 10th from 9-10pm (EST)! Join us as we celebrate the new film and talk about your favorite returning characters as well as new ones and share ideas on how to throw the best Planes themed parties with Party City!

Date: Thursday, July 10th

Time: 9-10pm (EST)

Hashtag: #ArribaPlanes

Disney: @DisneyPictures

Sponsors: @PartyCity & @BowlAMF

Moderators: English- @HeLoEnterprises Spanish- @BBabushka

Co-hosts: @conservamome, @daddymojo, @jeffmarias2001, @mommypowers, @buzzmommy

Prizes:

Grand Prize
1 – $100 AMF Bowling Gift Card
Planes: Fire & Rescue Collector Mini-Poster and Planes: Fire & Rescue Backpack

First Prize
1 – $100 AMF Bowling Gift Card
Planes: Fire & Rescue Collector Mini-Poster and Planes: Fire & Rescue Lunch Tote

Prizes
3- $25 Party City Gift Card
Planes: Fire & Rescue Collector Mini-Poster

RSVP Prize

1- $25 Party City Gift Card
Planes: Fire & Rescue Collector Mini-Poster

U. S. Residents age 18 and over are eligible to enter. For complete rules and to RSVP, please visit: http://bit.ly/ArribaPlanes

 

 

Keep Momming!

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Shire. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating. 

The relationship that exists between mothers and daughters is unlike any other. It has many unique moments, memories, and yes, even challenges along the way. The relationship dynamic can be even trickier when your daughter is in those tween-age years. What can be even more difficult is when some people dismiss certain behaviors as “typical tween girl behavior” when those behaviors can be symptoms of something more serious. Research suggests that girls are more likely than boys to report having mostly inattentive Attention- Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) symptoms. Since inattentive symptoms can be less noticeable than hyperactive and impulsive symptoms, it is important that moms know what to look for.

I’m proud to be joining forces with Shire, CHADD and Holly Robinson Peete to announce the launch of keep momming, a new public service initiative geared towards the moms of tween girls to raise awareness of ADHD.

The campaign is anchored within a new digital hub, KeepMomming.com, where you’ll find tips, tools and other go-to resources for moms, including a checklist to help recognize the symptoms of ADHD – inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity – and then encourages moms to talk to their daughter’s doctor. The keep momming initiative can help moms learn about ADHD and provide ideas on how to spark a conversation and stay connected with their tween.

Don’t miss Holly’s message about the keep momming initiative http://goo.gl/3tqd5q, and be sure to check out the website at KeepMomming.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hurricane Season is Here, Are YOU Prepared?! #HurricanePrep

Today I’m thinking about everyone in the path of Hurricane Arthur and praying for their safety. Do you know what to do in case of a hurricane? Growing up in Texas, my family weathered a few hurricanes, and preparation is key.

Hurricanes have the power to cause widespread devastation, & can affect both coastal & inland areas. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1-Nov. 30th, with the peak occurring between mid-August and late October. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season began on May 15th & will end on Nov. 30th. 

Ready.gov/Hurricanes has tips about hurricanes & what to do to prepare.

3b013000-3102-4e93-9b55-6826b5101c28One way to be prepared, is through Wireless Emergency Alerts, or WEA. These are automatic texts sent to you in an emergency. Alerts received at the right time, can help keep you and your loved ones safe during an emergency. With WEA, warnings can be sent to your mobile device, when you may be in harms way- no need to download an app or subscribe to a service. 

 

In a recent survey, nearly 60% of respondents said they don’t have a household emergency plan with instructions for family members about where to go & what to do in the event of a disaster. That needs to change! 
 
BE PREPARED:

A couple of things you can to do be prepared in case of a hurricane (or other disaster), are to build an Emergency Kit and make a Family Communications Plan.  

Being prepared for disasters is a shared responsibility. It takes the whole community working together to effectively prepare for, respond to, and recover from the destructive forces of nature and other emergencies and disasters.
 
Please help spread the word, and help others be prepared for whatever nature throws at us! 

The 7 Days to a Better Blog Challenge @BrandiJeter

 

Since I’ve started blogging, I’ve met quite a few fellow bloggers. Many of them, I now consider friends. One of those friends, Brandi Jeter, goes above and beyond to help other bloggers. She’s also a fellow Shot@Life Champion, helping children in undeveloped countries get the life-saving vaccines they need. We lobbied Congress together on Capitol Hill, speaking to our Congressmen and explaining the importance of global vaccines. 

Brandi just wrote her first book, and I’m honored to introduce it to you. 7 Days to A Better Blog Challenge

The 7 Days to a Better Blog Challenge

by Brandi Jeter Riley

“Have you heard that there are well over 250 MILLION blogs on the internet?”

Brandi Riley, the blogger behind Mama Knows It All, has written her FIRST book, The 7 Days to a Better Blog Challenge - for anyone who wants to blog, or has a blog, but wants to be better. Brandi is an advocate, mother, newlywed, and friend to many. She’s coached thousands of bloggers on what it takes to make money from their site.

Keep in touch with Brandi:

Email: brandi@mamaknowsitall.com

Twitter: @BrandiJeter

We love you, Brandi! #PushLove

Every Child Is Extraordinary! #YourExtraordinaryKid

 

 

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Every child is extraordinary, we all know that’s true. What makes your kid special? My little one has been extraordinary since the day he was born! You see, my son is a Rainbow Baby. For those of you unfamiliar with the term Rainbow Baby, allow me to explain. A child conceived and born after a miscarriage, is called a Rainbow Baby. I suffered a devastating miscarriage, at 16 weeks gestation, back in 2005. Actually, both my children are Rainbow Babies, as our first was conceived & born after a miscarriage early in our marriage. 

The fact that I was 40 years old when our little guy was born, makes him that much more special! As I watch him grow, I’m fascinated by the many facets of his personality. Just like his Mommy, he loves the outdoors- he’s always by my side as I tend the garden. He loves animals and insects and anything that is alive. We’ve rescued countless spiders and crickets from the garage, and taken them outside to set them free. He’s a fierce competitor, and very athletic, you should see him run! He cares about the environment and can’t understand why some people litter, or why others don’t recycle. He’s inherited my love of music and can dance his little feet off, but only in front of the family… because he also inherited my shyness. Most of all, he’s a sweet, sensitive soul. He’s tender-hearted and gets his feelings hurt very easily. He loves sitting in my lap, and showering me with hugs and kisses…and I love it! He’s my sweet, sweet boy and I want the very best for him. 

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When he was a baby, he had a few medical hurdles to overcome. When your baby is facing surgery, you want to make sure they’re being taken care of by the best docs around. That’s where Stanford Children’s Health & Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford come in. They’ve been the top-ranked children’s hospital in Northern California for over a decade, with an exclusive focus on children and expectant women. Best of all, Stanford Children’s Health doctors can be reached within 10 miles of most homes in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Stanford Children’s Health realizes all kids are special & they celebrate that. I made a really cute video for my child on their website, go check it out. You can make one too, celebrating YOUR child! 

Your kid is extraordinary. Show them how much you enjoy every moment together by creating a special video of your own!

 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.