So I'm still very new to video editing. Last night I stayed up way too late learning how to do some basic editing on youtube. It took longer than it should have, but I learned some things and finished a cute baby video to add to my recent sponsored Huggies Family Dollar post. (video has been added to the end of the post)
I was so excited to share it with you that I wrote a post just to show you. If you have already seen it on instagram, you get to enjoy the cuteness all over again :)
Parenting is messy, but how we handle it shows our growth and patience as parents. I haven't and still don't always show grace under pressure, but as I have mothered four boys over a span of almost ten years, I have learned (most of the time, there is no perfect in parenting) to show a little grace and love in messy situations.
Plus these messy situations make pretty cute pictures and memories. This little guy is now seven going on eight. I'm so glad to have this precious memory of his blue iced face on his 3rd birthday. Had we not taken a picture, I don't think I would have remembered.
Here is the same little sweetie even younger and messier. He used to get into everything. Another precious memory I am glad we documented with photos. I am so glad that I am smiling in the photo and handling it with grace. I would rather remember the joy of the little years more than the frustrations.
This brings us to our newest little sweetie as we are reminded to #hugthemess with Huggies.
We went to Family Dollar to pick up Huggies Snug & Dry diapers. Have you heard of Family Dollar Smart Coupons? They are new to me. You simply go to the Family Dollar website and click on the coupons you want to add to your "wallet". It's really easy to do. When you checkout after shopping, enter your phone number in the keypad to redeem your coupons. You can save $2 on Huggies Snug & Dry diapers with the Family Dollar Smart Coupons!
This little guy loves to shop since he has a great view of everything around him from the security and comfort of being next to me in the baby carrier, so we bought a few extra things we needed. Honestly, I haven't done much shopping in Family Dollar in a while and was pleased with the large selection of home goods. I even bought some curtain rods I needed to replace, saving myself a trip to another store.
We also picked up some Huggies One & Done Refreshing Wipes. I love the cucumber and green tea scent and they are strong, but soft on baby's skin. They are also packaged so that only one wipe comes out at a time so you don't have to stuff any unused wipes back in the container.
These are also handy for washing blue iced faces at birthday parties, just make sure you get a picture first!
Since we're getting real here about parenting and messes, I didn't try to edit out the laundry all over the couch or the hamper in the middle of the living room because this is life in all of it's beauty and messiness.
Look at this curious little one checking out his Huggies Snug & Dry diaper. So cute! Huggies Snug & Dry diapers have increased absorbency at the same great value. Now that this little guy is sleeping through the night most nights, I really appreciate the more absorbent Huggies Snug & Dry diapers.
This review was made possible by iConnect and Luvs. I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine.
As a busy Mom of four, I want products I can trust to offer good value for our hard earned money. I have been using Luvs for years. Luvs are the official diaper of experienced moms, afterall.
Softer and more absorbent than ever before, with large stretch tabs for easy fastening, ultra-leakage protection and a money-back guarantee (gotta love that!), Luvs Ultra Leakguards with NightLock Plus™ provide the high-quality features babies and parents need for less cost than the premium brands.
Luvs are already a great value, but now you can save even more with this printable coupon for $2 off any one pack of Luvs diapers. Use this coupon at any mass, discount, or grocery stores where Luvs are sold.
I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com), May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.
Have you heard of Green Chef? It's an organic meal kit delivery service with pre-measured and mostly prepped ingredients. You select your dietary and delivery preferences.
You can choose from:
2-Person Plan (3 dinners a week for 2 people)
• Omnivore: Crave variety? This diverse, flexible menu has meat,
seafood, and vegetarian dinners.
• Carnivore: Meat and seafood lovers, dig in. Every dinner includes a land or sea protein plus veggies.
• Gluten-Free: Always gluten-free and flavor-full, with meat, seafood, and vegetarian dinners.
• Vegetarian: More than just salads, every dinner makes veggies the star in unique, delicious ways.
• Paleo: Eat like an epicurean caveman. This paleo menu is rich in fresh produce and proteins.
• Vegan: Plant-based just got better. An innovative menu with natural, specialty ingredients.
• Family Plan (2 dinners a week for a family of 4)
• Omnivore or Carnivore
We chose the carnivore family plan (2 dinners a week for a family of 4). Watch our unboxing video to see what it is like to get Green Chef delivered to your door.
We were sent all of the ingredients with the recipe cards to make lemon-chive salmon with dill-roasted red potatoes and mixed green salad and Italian meatballs and orzo. The ingredients are color coded to match the recipe card they coordinate with. (I didn't realize this until writing this post, but it sure does make it easy.)
Both meals were fantastic and we were able to make them in under 40 minutes. Our absolute favorite meal was the lemon-chive salmon (pictured above) It was incredible! The potatoes were perfectly cooked and seasoned, the salad was delicious plus it was fun using ingredients we don't normally use, and the salmon was so tender and flavorful. Luckily our kids ate dinner at church the night we made this because we finished it all ourselves. This meal is amazing and I would order it again, but not to feed a family of four. I think it is best proportioned to feed two to three people.
The second meal we tried was the Italian meatballs and orzo made with cremini mushrooms, lacinato kale, tomato sauce, and fresh herbs. This meal was really good too and expanded our horizons a bit. I have never cooked with kale and was hesitant to do so, but did so that I could follow the recipe exactly and share this experience with you honestly. To our surprise we didn't notice any strong flavors from the kale. It blended in nicely with the recipe which was quite tasty. I thought this recipe was a little more involved than the salmon, but was still fairly quick to prepare. It took right around 40 minutes. The meatballs were even better the next day as leftovers and did make enough to feed a family of four.
Green Chef meal kit delivery service is an easy way to simplify making healthy meals at home. Recipes and all of the ingredients are sent directly to your door. I love trying new things so making recipes I have never made before was a lot of fun. My husband helped make the meatballs and we enjoyed our time cooking together. One of my favorite things about the meal kits is all of the fresh produce and herbs. I don't usually cook with fresh herbs, but feel inspired to use them more often. I just planted some basil and it is already about two inches high. If you want an easy way to eat healthier and expand your culinary horizons, give Green Chef a try.
New customers save $50 off your first box through my link at Green Chef.
What do You Value as a Parent? New & Improved Luvs & a $25 Gift Card & Diaper Giveaway #WhatULuv #ad
This review was made possible by iConnect and Luvs. I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine.
Parenthood is an amazing journey of ups and downs and everything in between, but as an experienced mother of four, I try to take it all in stride. I value the things that make my life a little easier - from my close friends who are always there for me to great products that work well at affordable prices (like Luvs). With four kids, we have used a lot of Luvs in our house and they are good diapers for a reasonable price. I know I can trust Luvs to do a good job and save us money too.
Luvs just introduced the new and improved Luvs Ultra Leakguard Diapers with NightLock Plus™. These new and improved diapers even come with a money back guarantee.
Luvs surveyed Moms across the country to find out what they value most and this is what they found out.
I can so relate to sleeping through the night. It will be awhile since my baby is only 8 weeks old. I got 5 solid hours a couple of nights ago and it was amazing. Also, I so enjoy my "grown-up" shows on Masterpiece theatre, but rarely have "me time" to watch them. Showering uninterrupted, sleeping through the night, watching "grown-up" shows... these are all at the top of my wish list! What would you "luv" to do with some free time?
Luvs is offering a great money-saving deal with a $1 print-at-home coupon off any one diaper pack. Print this coupon and use it at any mass, discount or grocery stores where Luvs Diapers are sold.
Enter to win a $25 AmEx gift card and a pack of the new Luvs NightLock Diapers!
Want to win even bigger? Join the twitter party to win a $300 AMEX Gift Card+ Luvs product!
Luvs is on a mission to celebrate and embrace what experienced parents value and “Luv” every single day. Be sure to join the #WhatULuv Twitter party hosted by @iConnect and @Luvs, on November 29th, 9-10pm EST to share what you value as a parent.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are honest and are my own. #ad #spon #Groupon
We all like to save money, but we don't often have time to run all over town looking for the best deals. And for many of us with kids in tow (myself included) there is no such thing as running quickly into a store to comparison shop. Honestly, I feel like I am doing well just to get to the grocery store. I often find it is easier to shop online when the kids are in bed.
With the recent move, I am finding that we need lots of things to make our house feel like a home. The more we unpack, the more I discover we need. We have found several pieces of furniture and things for organizing various spaces in the home, however we still have a long way to go. We have a board game/guest room that needs a lot of attention, including new furniture. In addition, we still need some organizational things for the boys' rooms and the living room. With limited time and budget, I decided to check out Groupon Goods.
I found the Groupon Goods site easy to navigate with categories listed on the left side of the page. I have been shopping in the storage and organization section and am amazed at the huge selection of affordable, quality goods. There is literally something for every wish on my list.
If you need some things for your home, visit Groupon Goods. You will love the selection and affordable prices.
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Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #Healthy4School #CollectiveBias
We have been so busy lately. I just finished up my last summer graduate class and we have spent the past week packing, moving, and cleaning. In fact we are still moving the last of our things and cleaning our old home. To add to our craziness of going through a move, we will be adjusting to a completely new school and all the changes that it brings. New routines, clubs, sports, and activities while fun and enriching add more to our already full plates. It is a busy season with so much going on in our lives and with school starting this week that we have to be careful not to get too run down. Plus as a mother of three with a new baby on the way, I have to make sure and stay healthy so that I can take care of my family.
I developed the sniffles this week and was glad to stock up on some things to help ward off any colds. I purchased Emergen-C and ChapStick at my local Walmart. Emergen-C is packed with B-vitamins, antioxidants, electrolytes plus more vitamin C than 10 oranges. Plus with over 20 flavors, there are plenty of varieties to choose from*. ChapStick softens and protects lips every day with 11 moisturizing ingredients. SPF 12 provides UVB protection and the hydrating formula contains aloe and vitamin E. I love the tropical ChapStick flavors which come in a convenient 3-pack. My oldest actually picked out the tropical ChapStick and is so excited about them.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
You can find Emergen-C and ChapStick at Walmart in the health and beauty section located near the pharmacy, specifically under the heading Cold & Flu.
I decided to make some delicious Vitamin C packed popsicles for an extra boost with fresh pineapple, Emergen-C, cream of coconut and pineapple juice (not pictured).
First core and chop a fresh pineapple.
Then put all ingredients in the blender.
Blend to make a beautiful creamy puree. This would be so good as a smoothie blended with some crushed ice too.
Pour into popsicle molds or paper cups to freeze.
Pineapple Coconut Orange Popsicles
1 fresh pineapple, chunked
1 cup cream of coconut
2 to 3 packets of Emergen-C (orange flavored)
½ cup pineapple juice
1. Cut pineapple into chunks then place in blender.
2. Add remaining ingredients and blend until pureed.
3. Pour into popsicle molds or paper cups with popsicle sticks and freeze.
4. Place molds under warm running water a few seconds to loosen popsicles or peel off paper cups.
Makes 8 to 10 popsicles depending on size of molds. These popsicles are delicious and remind me of a creamsicle with their creamy icy texture. If you want them less creamy and more icy, use less or omit the coconut cream.
Enjoy extra savings when you stock up at Walmart on both Emergen-C and ChapStick with these coupons just in time for the busy back-to-school season. We love shopping at Walmart since it has everything we need and find ourselves there on a weekly basis. We always pick up some groceries while there and even finished up our school shopping on this trip.
This is my favorite dish soap so I always stock up when there is a good deal. I printed some new Target coupons this morning and there was a new coupon for $1 off Seventh Generation dish soap. Remember, you can print these twice. Last week I printed two manufacturers coupons for $1 off Seventh Generation dish soap from coupons.com so I combined the two and paid just $0.69 each. I don't think the manufacturers coupon is still available from coupons.com, but if you already have it in your coupon organizer, this is a great time to stock up on dish soap. Even if you don't and just use the Target coupon, $1.69 is a decent price. The price sign said that the soap was on sale for $2.99, but it rang up at $2.69.
Seventh Generation Dish Soap = $2.69 each
-$1.00 Target printable
-$1.00 Manufacturers coupon
Here are some other good deals too.
Bear Naked Granola is on sale for $3.14-$1.25 manufacturers coupon=$1.89
2 boxes Horizin sandwich crackers $3.49 each X 2 = $6.98 - $3.49 B1G1 Free printable coupon (coupons.com) and $1 Target printable coupon = $2.49 for 2 boxes or $1.25 each
Quilted Northern toilet paper 12 double rolls $6.29 - $1 manufacturers coupon (coupons.com) and $0.75 Target printable coupon = $4.54
I don't write about coupons very often. To be honest, I barely have time to clip them myself. So when I do take the time to post about them it's because they are valuable enough to be worth my time, not only to print and clip them myself but to share them with you. I printed coupons today from coupons.com which I do every 6-8 weeks (told you, I'm not a super couponer). I was pleased with several of the high value coupons and thought they were worth my precious time to share them. (You know my time is precious, I have 3 boys. Your time is precious too, thank you for reading.) There are loads of coupons to select from, but only print the ones you will use. Don't forget, you can print them twice. Here are a few of my favorites.
Save 75 cents off any Cascadian Farm product
Save $1 off one Simply Orange Juice (our favorite brand)
Save $2 off Pull-Ups, Also lots of diapers and Good Nights coupons
Save $5 on any Clear Care or Opti-Free solution 10 oz. or larger (loving this coupon since I go through Clear Care like crazy and it is not cheap)
Save $1 off Charmin Ultra Soft or Strong
I printed several pages of coupons, but as you know, I don't have time to list them all. You will just have to check them out for yourself. coupons.com.
I am not an affiliate with coupons.com nor do I receive any compensation for this post. Just sharing with my loyal readers.
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