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4 Reasons Why I LOVE Sambazon PLUS a #Giveaway

25 May
Sambazon sounds like a country I’d like to add to my bucket list when in fact it’s not that at all. Sambazon is the first smoothie/drink brand to feature a full suite of certifications including organic, fair trade, non-GMO, vegan, gluten free and B Corporation.
Since the beginning of the year, my family and I have been trying to eat better. We were terrible at eating fruits and vegetables and we have been trying to change the way we snack too. That’s when we were introduced to Sambazon. Continue reading

Ringling Brothers Circus at Intrust Bank Arena (GIVEAWAY)

18 May

It’s been years since I’ve been to a circus. Okay … MANY years. But I still remember it. I remember the 50+ clowns clambering out of the little tiny car. I remember the elephants standing on two legs. I remember the beautiful horses and the gorgeous lady doing stunts on them. And I remember the trapeze artists and how, even those many years back, I covered my eyes because I was terrified they were going to fall to their death.


Even though I remember loving the circus and couldn’t wait to go back again … I’m embarrassed to admit that I have yet to take my boys to one. We had a chance a couple years ago but our timing fell through and we had to forfeit our tickets. I’ve been waiting for them to come back to town and finally, as we were driving down the highway … there it was. The huge billboard sign with clowns and superhumans showing their athleticism. I’m not talking about a sign for the little local ma and pa circus … I’m talking about “The Greatest Show on Earth“. You know the one. Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey. The ONLY circus in my book.

Every year or so, Ringling Bros. retools one of their shows and sends it forth. This one is fairly straightforward. While there are plenty of bright, modern colors and Dr. Seuss-inspired gadgetry, it feels more like an older circus.


Also, “Fully Charged” doesn’t have a plot for the audience to follow, as in previous shows. Instead, it moves at a brisk pace and doesn’t try to be anything but a circus show. That’s nothing to complain about if you ask me! Especially when it comes time to try to explain there’s a storyline behind the tigers jumping through fiery hoops and horses wearing costumes and walking like humans, to my 5 and 2-year-old sons. It just makes it easier for me, as mom, to just let them sit back and enjoy the show.

There’s an undeniable high-tech flair, but the show relies heavily on acrobats, jugglers, dancers, daredevils and clowns. Animal acts are used sparingly. So you can breathe easier now, PETA.

There are no motorcycles – which makes me happy as well. They’re stinky, smoky, and noisy and nothing my toddler would ever enjoy. But the trapeze act? Well … that’s a circus institution!

BONUS: If you arrive early (like, 90 minutes early) you can even catch the pre-show that allows guests to see the animals up close and it is free with admission. But when I say you have to arrive early … you have to arrive early. They close down the pre-show early to get the animals prepped and ready for showtime.

After speaking with other Moms about the show, almost all of them said their favorite part was The Human Fuse. Now … if you’ve ever been to a Ringling Bros circus, you know there’s usually the epic stunt that makes everyone hold their breath, gasp, and then breathe a sigh of relief that the stuntman made it though that alive. Evidently … this is the one. And with a name like “The Human Fuse” – I can only imagine what’s going to happen. And I can’t wait to find out either!

To get your tickets for Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey: Fully Charged, visit Select-a-Seat’s website to choose your day and time or call them at: 855-755-SEAT (7328).

OR
You can always WIN a family four-pack of tickets just for being one of my awesome readers! This show is just for the Intrust Bank Arena circus that is coming to town May 30th – June 2nd so make sure you are available one of those days.

What do you have to do?

  • “Like” Intrust Bank Arena on Facebook. If you already do – then just click the button to move on.
  • “Like” The Procrastinating Mommy on Facebook. If you already do – you’re awesome – and click the button to move on.
  • Share this giveaway on YOUR Facebook page. Because it’s not fair to keep this all to yourself!
  • Give someone a compliment today. It may be the only good thing about their day.

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Thanks, you guys! My readers are honestly THE BEST. Good luck!! I can’t wait to see you there!

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Happy 110th Birthday, Crayola! (WIN a trip to Easton, PA)

23 Apr

One of my husband’s first (and favorite) jobs was working for Binney & Smith (aka: the Crayola factory) in Winfield, KS. The factory, unfortunately, has since closed. But Crayola is still very much in production! In fact … Crayola is celebrating their 110th birthday! And if anyone knows how to throw a party … it’s Crayola! In fact, the 8 original crayons are throwing a birthday bash at the new “fun-omenal” Crayola Experience – the world’s only interactive Crayola family attraction – and they want you to come party with them!

The Crayola Experience, located in the heart of downtown Easton, Pennsylvania, is where the magic of Crayola and color come to life. It’s a place where you’re always encouraged to let your creativity run free, to color outside the lines, and to play, explore, and learn.


The all new Crayola Experience will be opening on May 24, 2013 (Memorial Day weekend) with four floors of “fun-omenal” new interactive exhibits and one-of-a-kind attractions that will bring the magic of color and your child’s creativity to life! Your family could be the first to experience the fun, along with a three- night, all-expenses paid stay. It’s an experience your kids will never forget – and neither will you!

Thanks to Crayola for providing me with details about this awesome party! Ain’t no party like a Crayola party ‘cuz a Crayola party don’t stop!

How can you join in on the fun? You can FOLLOW the crayons on their adventure, LEARN more about each color, and enter to WIN a trip for 4 to celebrate their birthday and the Grand Opening of the all new Crayola Experience this coming May, 2013!  Check out (and “Like”) their Facebook page for details on how you can Follow the crayons on their adventure and enter to WIN a trip for 4 to celebrate Crayola’s 110th birthday party at the Grand Opening of the all new Crayola Experience opening this Summer 2013!

GOOD LUCK!! (and if you win … could you stuff me in your luggage, please? I’ll even pay the extra $25 bag fee. Thanks!)

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Huggies #Giveaway (Diapers, Wipes and a Walgreens Gift Card)

12 Apr
 
If you’ve raised children, you know how important it is that the diaper you’re using, lives up to its promise. I’ve tried everything from generic store-brand diapers to the purple box diapers, to cloth diapers. It wasn’t until I tried Huggies that I was finally satisfied and comfortable enough to trust the brand I was using.
I travel a LOT. Whether it’s for family vacations or for work or for my daily bus route – my children are in a vehicle for hours every day. I’ve raised my children to be travelers and they love it almost as much as I do. But with this come long car/bus rides, flights, and days. I had to find a diaper that I trusted well enough for our traveling needs. Don’t fret, I change my little guy frequently … but sitting in a diaper for any amount of time is kind of like taking a soaking wet towel and ringing it out. It’s going to leak.
 



So when Huggies contacted me to try out their Snug & Dry diapers with NEW SureFit Design AND Natural Care Wipes with NEW Triple Clean layers … I couldn’t jump on that fast enough. The new SureFit Design seems to fit snug in all the right places andis especially good for my little travel companion. Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers with the NEW SureFit Design lasts for up to 12 hours of leakage protection. They have a unique, flexible waistband for all-around fit and are a more flexible and less bulky diaper. They have a more conforming gap-free fit to help the diaper move with baby’s twists, turns and angles and have an adorable vibrant and modern Mickey Mouse theme. Or as my toddler calls it: “How how”.

And the wipes … well … what’s NOT to love about them?! I love the thickness of the Triple Clean layers wipes allowing me to use only one wipe for “most” messes. Even after my little man is potty trained, I plan on buying these wipes. They’re great for quick baths, spills, sticky messes, or just to freshen up a bit. I use them on my preschooler now just to get that stinky ‘boy-ee” smell off of him. The Triple Clean Layers strong, soft and absorbent layers are gentle on my tot’s skin and thick enough to clean even the muddiest/dirtiest mess off of him.

Another great thing about the Huggies Snug & Dry with NEW SureFit Design and Huggies Natural Care Wipes with new Triple Clean layers, is that they are both now conveniently available at your local Walgreen’s where you can save even more on diapers with Rewards points.
 
Check it out:

Now until April 14th at Walgreen’s, get 5,000 points (5,000 points = $5 Reward) if you spend $30 on Huggies and/or Enfamil products. Through the month of April, Jumbo Huggies diapers and pull-ups are $9.49 and Huggies Refill Wipes are $5.99 at Walgreen’s.

Here are my suggestions on how you can save at Walgreen’s. But you need to act fast. These offers are only good through the 14th!

Huggies Diapers $9.49
Buy (4) packs of Huggies Diapers
Pay $37.96
Receive 5,000 points (5,000 points = $5 Reward)
Final Price: $32.96 after $5 rewards (8.24/pack of Huggies Diapers)


OR…
Huggies Diapers Little Movers Slip-On Diapers $9.49
Buy (4) packs of Diapers Little Movers Slip-On Diapers
Use (4) $1.50/1
package of HUGGIES® Little Movers Slip-On™ Diapers
Pay $31.96
Receive 5,000 points (5,000 points = $5 Reward)
Final Price: $26.96 after $5 rewards ($6.74/pack of Huggies Diapers)


You can’t go wrong with that, right?!?  Now watch this awesome video. It definitely put a smile on my face!


Like what you’re hearing?  It’s all tried and true!  And Huggies wants YOU to be able to try their Snug & Dry diapers with NEW SureFit Design as well. Just enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win!

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Rubbermaid Lunchblox Sandwich Kit {Review & Giveaway}

4 Sep

Do you remember the days when Mom (or especially Dad) would pack your sandwich in your sack lunch for school, put it in the baggy, and then when it came time for lunch – you had a nice, flat, warm sandwich and crushed chips to eat?

Or are you that parent now who packs their child(ren)’s lunch only for them to come home and whine that their sandwich was warm, their chips were crushed, and their grapes were warm AND crushed?

Or maybe you forget to put your lunch in the fridge once you arrived at work and now YOU are the one that has to eat the warm sandwich and fruit. Or maybe someone stacked their lunch on top of yours smashing all of your food.

Well … thanks to the new Rubbermaid LunchBlox Sandwich Kit you NEVER have to worry about that again!

The kit includes a specially designed Blue Ice™ pack that works with LunchBlox containers to keep lunches chilled on the go, which is really nice if you have things that need to be kept cool in your child’s lunch like, milk, yogurt, cheese, pasta, etc. My son has a very hard time eating the sandwiches I make for him once it comes time for lunch, because (in a whiney voice) “the sandwich doesn’t taste good unless it’s cold”.


This kit also saves space in your child’s lunchbox and helps it stay organized because the containers snap together, allowing space to be saved. The Blue Ice pack easily snaps onto the bottom of the sandwich container so that it doesn’t freely move around in the lunchbox if you don’t want it to.

A sandwich fits well in the sandwich container and you also have two little snack containers and a regular sized snack container, that are proportioned perfectly for fruits, vegetables, cheeses or whatever it is your child enjoys munching on. Also a plus: the blox are microwaveable, dishwasher and freezer safe, and BPA-free! So not only are you saving money on baggies, you’re reusing containers that often can go with just a shake out or quick rinse … not even a full trip in the dishwasher.

I love the new Rubbermaid Lunchblox Sandwich Kit and we plan on using it for school, work, picnics, travel, and other family outings!







Buy:
You can easily check out Rubbermaids complete line of LunchBlox products by visiting them hereThe LunchBlox Sandwich Kit is currently available for purchase at Rubbermaid.com, Target, Kmart, Kroger, Safeway, Bi-Lo, Winn-Dixie, HEB, other grocery stores and select Wal-Mart stores.
suggested retail value: $12.99 each

WIN!!:
Three winners will receive ONE Lunchblox Sandwich Kit for their back-to-school child (or for their selfish selves) ::wink wink:: Just kidding!


How?
Enter below via Rafflecopter either your login info or email (don’t worry – I’m the only one that sees your email info).
This giveaway will end at midnight (CST) on Monday, September 10th.I will contact you via email.  You will have 24 hrs to respond back to me before a new winner is chosen.I’m sorry international peeps – but at this time, the giveaway is only for those living in the US and Canada and you must be 18+ to enter.

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As I’ve stated before … I am a freelance writer, editor, and professional lunch packer.  I am for hire for the first two.  I was provided the product above for an honest review and I gave it. Unfortunately I was not monetarily compensated for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Huggies Little Movers Slip-On Diapers (Review & Giveaway)

13 Apr

Have you seen that adorable Huggies commercial with all those squirmy babies in it?  Were you sitting there shaking your head along with it?  I was too.  I know that with each day, Little C. Max is getting more and more active.  Do you know how much of a struggle it is to change his diaper?!  That kid is impossible to restrain.

The barrel roles, the kicking, the hands attempting to “help” take off his diaper, the giggles as he’s trying to run away before I can get a new diaper back on him.  Sure it’s cute when he first started moving around …. but now it’s just stressful!

Can you relate???
If so … Huggies heard my our pleas for help!  That’s why they came up with the new Little Movers Slip-On Diapers – made especially for your baby, or maybe it was made for us parents. 

On the new Huggies branded YouTube Channel you can create your very own Huggies Little Movers Slip-On Diaper squirmy baby commercial!  You can upload those cute little babies in your life.  There are even some celebs doing it and we all know your kiddo can compete with their kids!  Melissa Rycroft, Tia Mowry and Emily Procter have all uploaded their own videos.  And you should too!

We had the opportunity to these diapers with Christopher and he struts around the house like he’s “hot stuff”.  And I have found them to be very absorbent and they fit my little monkey (and his chubster-rolls) extremely well!

Here’s the best part…..
To celebrate the launch of their new channel, Huggies wants to give you the chance to try out their Little Movers Slip-On Diapers and are giving TWO Procrastinating Mommy readers a pack to try.  Each winner will also receive a magnet photo frame to show off their squirmy baby!

Be sure to enter all giveaway entries into the Rafflecopter widget or they won’t be counted!

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Family Travels: Mom vs Electronics **GIVEAWAY**

30 Jan
The giveaway is closed. 
But the video below is still a great compromise to consider while vacationing with your technology-addicted family…

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What is the key word in the sentence: “We’re going on a family vacation.”?
“Family”, right?

Technology is changing what we do when we are together as a family. Meals. Family time. Vacations. Etc.

It’s a sign of the times I guess. Humans are constantly “plugged in” and it completely baffles my mind. Why on earth would go on a “wish you were here” vacation only to zone out on a brain-numbing, creativity and imagination killing device? It’s one thing if you’re strapped to an airplane seat 37,000 feet in the air. But when the sun is shining, the breeze is perfect, the water feels amazing, and the birds are singing the most beautiful song you’ve ever heard … it’s up to us to embrace what beautiful world we live in.

We took family vacations every year as a kid and I remember as I got to my teen years really missing all of my friends. But when we were away I had such a good time that the ‘missing my friends’ thing wasn’t so bad and I enjoyed time with my family. The only phone around was the hotel phone and of course I (not my parents) were about to pay long distance charges to call my friends who I would see in less than a week.

So what is your take on using technology while on these “family” vacations?

Kim Orlando, owner of Traveling Mom (my new gig), wondered the same thing as she and her family went on a trip to Aruba. And she came up with a perfect plan!
It’s a compromise that I will abide by on our vacations from here on out. And it’s a compromise that I will hold my boys to as well once they get a little older.
And I think it’s a compromise you’ll like too!
Possibly on your next vacation to ARUBA!!!!!

It’s easy to enter!All you have to do is watch the video below about how Traveling Mom founder, Kim Orlando handled electronics on vacation, and her tech-deprived kids (and husband) on their family trip to Aruba, and answer the question of the day. The details about the contest are all there. Where you can also learn about more chances to win.

So check out Kim’s video. Once you’ve watched it, you’re REALLY gonna want to win the trip! And I hope that you’ll remember the person that instructed you to enter the drawing **hint hint, wink wink**

So watch the video below and then click HERE to answer the question of the day and see how you can enter to win once daily.

GOOD LUCK!

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