Multitasking for young families with Pennzoil oil changes at Walmart

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.#DropShopAndOil #CollectiveBias

Most of the time, being a one-vehicle family is pretty simple for us. We live on campus, Hubster walks to work, and the kids and I are free to use the car during the day. The one thing I dread? Taking the car in for maintenance. I do not like waiting with two small children while our car is in for an oil change! That feeling of dread faded away when we visited the Automotive Care Center at our local Walmart.

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Lilla Rose Review and Giveaway

Disclosure: I received complimentary product for review purposes. The links below are to a family member’s Lilla Rose business. 

I have a love-hate relationship with my hair. It’s thick, curly and unruly. When humidity strikes, I can either choose to look like a poof ball or put my hair up. The same old hair elastics get a little boring, though. Lilla Rose offers a line of pretty hair clips and jewelry to add some sparkle and fun to your look. Now I don’t need to look like I had to put my hair up on a rainy day. I can put my hair up and still look on point! Dark hair and fluorescent university lighting make this a little difficult to see, but the flexi held my super thick, mid-back length hair.

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Serve up some Chiquita Bites and WIN a Thirty-One Thermal Tote!

Disclosure: I received this product for free from the manufacturer.  I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog.  My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the manufacturer of the product.

C’s feeding therapy group has been going really well. They’re exposing him to a lot of new foods, some of which he used to eat regularly but eliminated from his diet. One of those foods: apples. He likes to “make them crunch!” I can’t even explain the joy in my heart when he requests to eat apples!

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Sponsored: $50 Costco Cash Card Giveaway! #SnugandDryPlus #MC

Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Huggies® Brand. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

Baby Blogger Approved! #SnugandDryPlus #MC #sponsored

Baby Jo and I are loving the Huggies® Snug and Dry Plus Diapers from Costco. The SnugFit waistband and Leak Lock® protection keep her dry day and night. My little lady enjoys running, climbing and exploring. I constantly find her climbing into the toy box, standing on top of books and puzzle boxes, and this week I caught her trying to climb onto the coffee table! She sure keeps me busy. I’m glad that Huggies® Snug and Dry Plus Diapers and Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes, available at Costco, can keep up with Baby Jo’s adventurous personality.

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{FLASH GIVEAWAY} Pretty Muddy Women’s Fun Run!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Pretty Muddy. As a 2014 Pretty Muddy Blogger, I received two entries to give away. The opinions below are entirely my own.

Pretty Muddy Dallas 2

What’s better than laughing with your girlfriends? Laughing while blasting through obstacles and getting Pretty Muddy! I’m excited to be offering one free registration code to TWO lucky readers. Enter to win a free entry and tell your friends about this fun run just for women. Pretty Muddy is all about fitness, fun, friendship, and flying out of your comfort zone.

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{FLASH Giveaway} Win an entry to The Color Run 2014 Kaleidoscope Tour! #Happiest5k

Disclosure: I’ve received two entries for a giveaway in exchange for this post. The thoughts and opinions below are entirely my own.

The Color Run logo

The Color Run is hitting your cities like never before with amazing new participant gear (t-shirt, headband, wrist band and sling bag), fresh music and color crazy race attractions. This is 5K magic like only The Color Run can do! I participated in The Color Run last year and had so much fun that I’ve registered for two events this year. It’s the most fun 3.1 miles you will ever run or walk, with dashes of color, beats to dance to and people cheering! There’s no doubt why it’s called the Happiest 5k on the Planet.

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California Delicious Gift Basket Giveaway

California Delicious Giveaway
June 6-10, 2014
Open to US

I love giving gift baskets. You can personalize them so much more than a flower arrangement. Customize gifts for the tea lover in your life, a Father’s Day gift, the wine connoisseur and more. These California Delicious baskets are fun to send and even better to receive. So if anyone wants to send one my way, I’m an avid coffee drinker. ;) 

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Cutie P’Tubies Review & FLASH Giveaway: Making tubies cute one pad at a time!

Disclosure: I received complimentary product from Cutie P’Tubies in exchange for this review and giveaway. The thoughts and opinions below are entirely my own.

Cutie P'Tubies

It doesn’t seem to matter which barrier cream we use, how tight C’s g-tube button is, or how active he is…fluid leaks out regardless. We were using gauze for a long time. That always fell off if we didn’t use tape, but if we used tape then C’s skin would break out. I eventually gave up and didn’t put any dressing around it, resulting in some stains in that area of his shirts. During a late night Pinterest session, I came across some adorable g-tube pads. I didn’t even know that these existed! I clicked through to the Cutie P’Tubies Etsy store and found the motherlode of cute for G tube pads, J tube pads, Cecostomy pads and Trach pads.

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Review & Giveaway: Tastefully Simple Gluten-Free Beer Bread Mix

Disclosure: As a blogger for Tastefully Simple, I receive compensation and product for review purposes. The opinions below are entirely my own.

I’m working on going gluten-free this year. It’s not easy. I mean, who doesn’t love bread? As a Tastefully Simple blogger, I’ve had the opportunity to try beer bread and it is delicious. I like to make it for parties or when we watch sporting events on TV. Going gluten-free means that the traditional Beer Bread Mix was out of the question. Thankfully I don’t need to give it up, because Tastefully Simple makes a Gluten-Free Beer Bread Mix!

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Because 13-year-old girls like Griselda Shouldn’t Be Subjected to Gang Rape. #LocustEffect

Disclosure: As a member of the #LocustEffect launch team, I received an advance copy of this book for review purposes. The thoughts and opinions below are entirely my own.

Thirteen-year-old girls shouldn’t be plucked off the street on their way to church. It’s safe to say that Griselda’s abductors had no fear of prosecution for their crime. Why? Because the law enforcement system in Guatemala, like many in the developing world, are corrupt and of no use in protecting the poor. Impoverished victims cannot pay bribes or afford numerous trips to police offices and courts. For 4 billion people in the world, every part of the justice system is broken – police, prosecutors, courts. It doesn’t work. Gary A. Haugen writes in The Locust Effect, “Sadly, the public justice systems in the developing world not only fail to protect the poor from violence, but they actually perpetrate violence, protect perpetrators, and make poor people less safe.”

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