Aug 142013

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Kohl’s back to school fashion for kids.  I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

A couple of weeks ago I shared with you all that Kohl’s might be a good choice for back to school fashion for kids.  They’re hard to beat when it comes to getting a great deal.  They already have great sale prices, but when you pair them with the sales passes that offer you 15-20% off your purchase (sometimes more, especially for those with a Kohl’s Card), plus Kohl’s Cash (usually $10 off your purchase), plus the occasional coupons, you’re talking about serious savings.

Back to School Fashion for Kids at Kohl's

Because I know that Kohl’s is one of the best places to get the biggest bang for my buck, we recently took Austin shopping there for a few back to school items.  By the time you get to his age – he’s a senior in high school this year – it’s not really about the backpack or even a “first day” outfit.  It’s more about finding clothes that you’re going to want to wear multiple times throughout the school years. Continue reading »

Jun 232013

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Finding snacks that the whole family will enjoy can be a bit tough.  This is especially true when you’re talking about a mix of toddlers and teens.  Pureed fruit and vegetable pouches don’t do a lot for Austin and protein bars aren’t exactly appropriate for Bubbles.

Goldfish Puffs at Target - Great Snack for the Whole Family #makeitgopuff

However the other day I was shopping at my second home – Target – and I saw a new addition in the snack aisle.  Goldfish Puffs.  Now, I’ve tried a lot of Goldfish crackers.  I remember eating them as a kid, myself, and with having a toddler they’re a staple in our house.  We buy the original, cheddar, multi-color, graham, pretzel – all kinds, really.  But Goldfish Puffs weren’t something I had even heard of before.  You can see our whole day of shopping at Target. Continue reading »

Apr 082013

I wrote this review while participating in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. I received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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After School Programs From BGCA

I’m mentioned a few times that I grew up in a very small town in Maine.  To give you some perspective on just how small, there are roughly 1400 people living there today.  There is a grocery store, two gas stations, a diner, a pizza place, and a handful of other random stores.  So, you know, small.

What we didn’t have were many after-school options.  If you weren’t playing a sport or didn’t have a job then there wasn’t much to do.  Fortunately most kids had parents that made sure where they were and what they were up to, but that wasn’t the case in every situation.  And regardless of checked in on, or not, it would have been great to have someplace to go where we could participate in fun activities, reinforce the skills and behaviors we learned in school, and to be active outside of the 20 minutes of recess we had each day. Continue reading »

Mar 202013

Thanks to Hershey’s for providing us with a basket of treats.
Making Easter Memories with Hershey's

Create Easter Memories to Last a Lifetime

Easter has always been one of my favorite holidays.  It’s in the spring so normally we had a bit of sunny, warm weather (though in northern Maine snow on Easter wasn’t out of the question) so when my brothers and I would wake up we’d find the sun shining through our windows and spotlighting dozens of eggs and other little treats scattered across the floor.  An empty basket was always by the foot of each of our beds and we’d follow the trail down the hall, down the stairs, and all through the house, collecting jelly beans and chocolates as we went.

Making Easter Memories

It’s a tradition that I’ve been excited to share with my own family.  Last year was the first year that Bubbles was mobile and interested enough to toddle around and collect a few eggs in her basket.  She was delighted with the entire process so I think this year will be twice as fun for her.  She’s already talking about the Easter bunny, baskets, eggs, and chocolate.  It was very exciting for her to already have receive one basket.  As it is she loves when the delivery folks knock on our door; she has such fun “helping Mom” open boxes.  So when we recently opened a box that contained an Easter basket full of yummy Hershey’s treats she was extra excited. Continue reading »

Dec 242012

Stocking Stuffers For Teens

Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Teenagers

Earlier I shared some last-minute toddler stocking stuffers.  But what about the rest of the family?  Here are some stocking stuffer ideas for teenagers – some would say, the hardest group for which to buy!

  1. Gas gift cards
  2. Car fresheners
  3. Car care wipes
  4. Jewelry
  5. Makeup
  6. Nail Polish
  7. Lotion
  8. Candy
  9. Protein bars
  10. DVDs or Blu-ray movies
  11. Video Games
  12. Key chain
  13. Desktop calendar
  14. School supplies
  15. Lip balm
  16. Deodorant
  17. Toothbrush
  18. Toothpaste
  19. Perfume/cologne
  20. Face wash
  21. Fast food gift cards
  22. Floss/floss pics
  23. Music CDs
  24. Hobby supplies (guitar pics, scrapbook stickers, etc.)
  25. Socks
  26. Bath poof/scrub
  27. Snacks
  28. Cell phone case
  29. iTunes gift card
  30. App Store/Google Play gift cards

What are your stocking stuffer ideas for teenagers?