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Silk® Almondmilk is an affordable plant-based ingredient that is as versatile as it is delicious! And better yet, it is available at Walmart! Whether it’s your favorite smoothie, pasta, or dessert go all in for plant powered progress.

So tackle that Plant Based Menu and Just Add Silk®.

Save on your favorite Silk® Almondmilk (or try something new) with this Ibotta offer at select Walmart stores.

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With the warmer weather coming, my three girls and I can’t wait to get outside and soak up the sun. We try to spend as much of our day outdoors as we can and love taking walks, going on day trips, playing in the yard, or heading to a park. Having three kids, I like to make sure I travel with some essentials so we are fully prepared for a fun day out. Listed below are a few of my favorite natural and eco-friendly items when we are outdoors enjoying the summer sun.

Natural Sunscreen

The most important thing I always make sure I have on hand during the summer months and beyond is a high SPF broad spectrum organic sunscreen. I look for brands that create their sunscreen with plant-based ingredients that are ideal for sensitive skin and easy to apply. It’s also important to look for sunscreen labeled “broad spectrum” so you can be assured it blocking both UVA and UVB harmful rays. Don’t forget to reapply as directed since a sunburn can put any outdoor fun to a halt.

Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Drinking plenty of fluids is vitally important in the summer months since the heat can quickly lead to dehydration and your body overheating. I like to bring along insulated water bottles that keep our water cold throughout our day’s activities and make it easy to replenish fluids on the go. Hydroflask is a great option made from 18/8 food grade steel and BPA + Phthalate free plastic.

Screened Tent

Something I love to have for a day at the beach or just hanging out in the backyard is a screened tent. Mosquitos can be a huge problem at our favorite beach so this is a must have item for us. With mosquitos and bugs at their peak in the summer months, a screened tent allows us to enjoy a bug-free shelter while also taking a break from direct sunlight. I found some great options at MosquitoReviews’ List which also had detailed firsthand reviews to help in the decision making process.

Essential Oils for Bee Stings, Bug Bites, and Scrapes

Playing outside, especially with little ones, means there is always a possibility for bug bites, bee stings or cuts and scrapes. I bring along tea tree and lavender essential oils so I am prepared for any of these possible risks. Tea tree oil is an natural antiseptic and can also help with bee sting pain and lavender essential oil may help soothe any bites or scrapes while also helping to reduce inflammation.

Sunglasses

Keeping your eyes protected is just as important as keeping your skin protected from harmful UVA and UVB rays. Look for sunglasses that block 100% of UVA and UVB rays to keep your eyes safe. I also try to find brands that are created with reclaimed or recycled materials.

Wet Wipes

Wet wipes are a necessity for all outdoor activity during the summer. We love this brand and take them anytime we leave the house to wipe up any messes along the way. They are also perfect for staying fresh and clean on super hot and sweaty days.

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Disclosure: I am a social ambassador for siggi’s yogurt. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

As soon as the warmer spring weather hits I love to start baking lighter recipes with all of the delicious spring and summer fruits. Lemon and blueberry is one of my favorite flavor combinations of citrusy sweet so I was super excited to try out siggi’s recipe for Lemon Blueberry Skyr Pound Cake. This delicious pound cake includes my absolute favorite yogurt…siggi’s vanilla triple cream skyr. This agave nectar sweetened yogurt is so rich and creamy on its own but is also an excellent addition to recipes. If you haven’t tried siggi’s yet, I highly recommend it! It is created with milk from grass fed cows and contains nothing artificial while also being non-gmo verified.

This poundcake has just the right amount of lemon tanginess to complement the sweetness of the blueberries. It is super moist and perfect for a breakfast treat or an after dinner dessert.

(Recipe courtesy of siggi’s)

Ingredients

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour plus ½ tablespoon, separated
1 ¼ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
½ cup butter, at room temperature
¾ cup sugar
½ tsp salt
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp lemon zest
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
1 4oz container siggi’s vanilla triple cream skyr
1 cup blueberries washed and dried

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350* F. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, reserving ½ tablespoon for later use, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside.

Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, mix together the butter, sugar, and salt until fluffy, about 5 minutes. On low speed, add the eggs one at a time until combined, and then add the vanilla extract, lemon zest, and lemon juice.

Add in the dry ingredients and siggi’s, alternating until the batter is well combined.

Toss blueberries with the remaining flour to coat and fold berries into the batter gently.

Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for about 40-50 minutes, or until a toothpick or cake tester comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove to cool completely.

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It’s hard to believe our dog will be turning 8 in just a couple of months. I still remember his puppy days when he was so tiny and timid. He was so small we used to carry him in a dog sling bag when we’d go out and about because his little legs would tire easily. He’s now super active and full of personality but still wants to follow us wherever we’re headed for the day. One thing that has remained priority since his puppy years, is keeping his digestive tract healthy. The main way we do this is through choosing high quality food that is formulated to give him the complete nutrition he requires as he grows.

One of my favorite places to shop for our dog’s food is Pet Supplies Plus. They have aisles full of quality food in every size and form and always offer excellent deals. The shopping experience at this store is different from any other pet store as they offer a large variety of curated dog and other pet products that are primarily made in the USA and of premium quality.

The aisles are clean and neatly organized so you can easily and efficiently find exactly what you need. I also love that their dog section has everything from health and wellness to fun and unique dog toys. I always bring my daughters along when shopping here because they enjoy scanning the aisles for fun toys for our pup as well as checking out the live animals including rescue cats, birds and fish.

Because digestive health is just as important for dogs as it is for us, I’m sharing my top 4 tips for supporting your pup’s digestive system.

Choose a Probiotic Dog Food

Probiotics are live microorganisms that, when consumed in adequate amounts, have a health benefit to the pet. A great choice for an advanced nutrtion probiotic dog food is Purina® Pro Plan® SAVOR® Probiotics. Not only will your pup love the taste of this food but his belly will too. Purina® Pro Plan® SAVOR® Probiotics has 14 dry formulas with guaranteed live probiotics to support your dog’s digestive health. In addition, the food has real high-quality poultry, meat or fish as the #1 ingredient in dry formulas. The probiotics in select dry Pro Plan® Savor® formulas can exert a positive impact on digestive health by balancing the levels of bacteria in your pet’s intestines. My dog loves Purina® Pro Plan® SAVOR® Shredded Blend Adult Dog Food – Chicken & Rice. This food contains both probiotics and prebiotics (dietary fibers that serve as a food source for probiotics) and my dog consumes this regularly for optimal gut health. We only trust Purina® food for our pup since the brand stands behind their products and are backed by 85+ years of Purina® research from 500+ scientists globally. Purina® has a money-back guarantee (see proplan.com/guarantee for full details). For more details, visit ProPlan.com.

Now is the perfect time to purchase Purina® Pro Plan® SAVOR® because you can get $10 back by simply uploading your receipt! Head over here to learn more about the buy Purina® Pro Plan® SAVOR® dry, get $10 back* offer *valid through 3/31/19!

Stay Active

One of the easiest ways to keep your dog’s digestion regular is through daily exercise. Taking a walk, playing fetch or any activity that gets your dog up and moving in a moderate exercise for a few minutes helps to naturally regulate the digestive system.

Get Outside

Allowing your dog to play in the dirt or mud can actually be beneficial to his health. Getting your dog out into nature everyday where he comes into contact with a variety of “good” environmental bacteria can help balance out your dog’s gut microbiome. This regular exposure also helps your dog to develop a healthy immune system over time.

Stay Hydrated

Keeping your dog adequately hydrated allows for the digestive system to work at it’s best. Water is needed for proper movement in the digestive system. It is essential to keep cold fresh water readily available for your dog’s gut health and beyond.

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Mornings can be tough during the days I work as a nurse at a medical day center. My morning ritual on work days is unfortunately nonexistent due to being up before the sun rises and heading quickly out the door in time for my 10 hour shift. However, my days off are a different story. I savor every minute of my time off and enjoy self care, relaxation and togetherness with family. My morning ritual on my days at home helps me feel revitalized and motivated for what is to come.

To give myself a few minutes of alone time and the ability to clearly plan out my day without distraction, I wake up before the rest of my family. One of my essentials to getting my day started off on the right foot and feeling fully awake is a cup of coffee. On my days off, I enjoy making pour over coffee because this method allows for a custom cup of coffee while also resulting in more flavor and overall aroma. After my coffee is made, I add a quality cream for further flavor and richness. My new favorite plant-based addition to my morning coffee is Coffee mate® natural bliss® Plant Based Half & Half Unsweetened. With only 10 calories per serving and zero grams of sugar, this half & half is a creamy and delicious option to start my day off right. Created with a blend of almond milk and coconut cream, Coffee mate® natural bliss® Plant Based Half & Half is also available in Vanilla. The vanilla option adds a subtle sweetness with just 2 grams of cane sugar. Either variety adds body and smoothness to your cup with a delicious pure taste.

The new Coffee mate® natural bliss® Plant Based Half & Half Unsweetened and Coffee mate® natural bliss® Plant Based Half & Half Vanilla, as well as several other Coffee mate® natural bliss® creamers, are available at Walmart in the creamer section. I love to shop at Walmart because they always have the latest food and beverage products and I can also get everything I need for my family of five in one convenient spot. Another reason I shop Walmart is for the savings. Speaking of savings, you can earn $1 on any 1 Coffee mate® natural bliss® Plant Based Half & Half (16oz) through Ibotta!

After I create the perfect cup of coffee I like to pair it with a colorful breakfast to energize me for the day. Fresh berries, pumpkin seeds, oats and a sprinkle of flax and chia seeds is a favorite protein packed breakfast that keeps me satisfied until lunch. While I enjoy my breakfast, I grab my planner and organize my to do list so I have a plan for the day. This keeps me motivated and also allows me to have a well thought out day that ensures some down time.

Another way I get motivated and ready for the day is through essential oils. I love to diffuse citrus or lemon blends to help awaken me and boost my energy. My morning ritual is all about creating a refreshing start to my day through the things that I love. I want to feel gradually energized and ready to take on what my day brings in the morning. Coffee, a healthy breakfast, setting daily intentions, and diffused oils are all part of my morning ritual that bring happiness and motivation at the start of my day.

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My daughters love to have themed family movie nights and with the new year here, it’s the perfect time to start our tradition back up. Each week one of my three daughters will choose a movie and then plan the dinner, decor, and activities that relate to the movie’s theme. With the cold days of winter here in the Northeast, movie nights bring excitement and fun back to our weekends as my girls plan out a special night. Another thing that helped jump start our movie nights was the the release of Goosebumps 2!

Hover over the image below to shop for Goosebumps 2!


Goosebumps 2 is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Combo Pack at Walmart and the action packed family friendly movie (rated PG) does not disappoint. Because we love Halloween, this movie took us back to one of our favorite holidays in an unforgettable adventure. Growing up reading Goosebumps books, I loved being able to share the nostalgia of the R.L. Stein book series with my daughters while watching. The movie is exciting, funny, and spooky, alongside great main characters and uncanny (kid-friendly) monsters. By far the most memorable scene in the movie was the much anticipated gummy bear scene. The visuals in this must-see scene and the characters reactions, are super convincing that the gummy bears actually came to life. The cast includes family favorites like Jack Black, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Chris Parnell, Ken Jeong, Madison Iseman, Jeremy Ray Taylor and Caleel Harris. My girls also enjoyed the bonus features which included a hilarious gag reel full of hijinks, three all-new deleted scenes and five featurettes.

To make our movie night extra spooky and fun we made special treats to fit with the storyline of Goosebumps 2.

Creepy Crawly Pizza

Goosebumps 2 is full of creepy crawly monsters so our pizza naturally had to be full of them too in spider form. We simply made our favorite homemade pizza recipe and added pepperoni along with sliced black olives cut in half as spider legs. This was a tasty and easy way to add a little extra fright to our night in.

Movie Tickets

My girls like to make our movie nights similar to the movie theatre environment. A couple ways we do this is through DIY admissions tickets to the movie as well as adding flashlights on the floor, to appear like accent theatre lighting.

Popcorn Bar


You can’t forget popcorn for a movie night so we took it up a level with a tasty popcorn bar! I purchased movie theatre popcorn bags along with green and yellow chocolate candies, sprinkles, eyeballs, and gummy bears (of course!) for the perfect popcorn bar. My girls loved loading up their popcorn bags with delicious mix-ins to munch on throughout the movie.

Head over to your local Walmart now to purchase Goosebumps 2 for your next family movie night!

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Looking for the perfect educational app that gives your child purposeful screen time? Wonster Words is an interactive app for kids ages 3-6 that combines phonics, science, math, art and music in engaging educational activities. The learning app has won several awards including Parent’s Choice, Children’s Technology Review Editor’s Choice, and National Parenting Product Award.

Wonster Words offers a variety of activities through it’s home screen, Wonster Island. Wonster Island features biome selections in the areas of phonics, stories, math, science, art and music. Each biome is filled with animated puzzles that kids can complete based on the category. As your little one completes the puzzles, fun music and sound effects reinforce what your little one is learning. Once the puzzles are completed, they are rewarded with mini games that further reinforce the topic. For example, in the science biome there is a weather puzzle. After your child completes the weather puzzle, he/she gets to “control the weather”. Your child can create weather conditions like tornados, rain/thunderstorms, and blizzards and dress up the main character (Puzzingo) in appropriate outerwear.

My 4 year old loves this app and I like that she is learning a variety of key concepts for preschool. She particularly enjoys the word based puzzles in which she can put together animated letters that clearly sound out phonics, gliding vowels, and consonant blends to form words. Once the words are complete, short animations and mini-games tell the story of the words through fun Wonster characters! My daughter never grows tired of this app as it is packed with a large selection of content and she can choose different activities each time opens it.

Some additional key features of the app are the following:

  • Learn the ABC’s, phonics and spelling
  • The super cute Wonster crew is present as your child explores word families, phonemes, digraphs and more!
  • Silly animations reinforce word definitions in a fun and engaging way
  • Hundreds of words, 12 word families and 12 original stories; new content frequently added
  • Stories cover popular themes including: birthdays, friendships, nature, space, and more!

This app makes the perfect holiday gift and I highly recommend it if you have a preschooler! Wonster Words is FREE for download (with in-app purchases) via iOS, Google Play and Amazon.

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As parents, we all dread when our children become sick. No matter the age, I still worry about my girls whenever illness strikes and do everything I can to keep them comfortable. With my youngest two daughters just a couple of years apart, we have definitely experienced our fair share of viruses and infections over the years. Over time, I have learned exactly what I need to keep on hand for sick days and where my go-to shop is for stocking up on essentials.

Hover over the image above for more information on my go-to sick day products and purchase them at Walgreens. *Use only as directed.

I will never forget one particularly worrisome late night when my two youngest girls were sick. They were just getting over a stomach virus and then started having cold symptoms. Still too young to express how they were feeling, I knew something was not right as the night progressed. Their temperatures had risen to 105 and we rushed them to the closest pediatric urgent care center with late night hours. The first thing administered to my daughters upon arrival was Children’s MOTRIN®. The doctor had found that they both had severe ear infections. After a few more interventions, their fevers began to come down quickly and we could all breathe again. We were advised to head to our local 24 hour Walgreens to pick up their antibiotics as well as Children’s MOTRIN®. Being that it was very late at this point, I’m sure the worry and stress my husband and I had just experienced was written all over our faces when we entered Walgreens. The employees welcomed us with a warm friendly greeting. Taking a genuine concern for our daughters, they guided us to the exact products we needed. The pharmacist had the prescribed antibiotics ready to go with extra syringes and answered all of our questions. We quickly and efficiently got everything we needed and I was beyond thankful for the kind employees that helped us at that late hour of night.

Since that night, I am always sure to have Children’s MOTRIN® on hand for my daughters. This quick and safe medication, is the one medication I know I can confidently rely on for fever and pain relief. Motrin feels their pain” – Your kid can’t always describe a pain, but they sure do feel it, just like you. I also love that Children’s MOTRIN® Berry Dye Free is free of dyes! My kids love the berry taste (so their is no fight when it comes to getting them to take it) and I don’t have to worry about the addition of any artificial colors. I also like that it works fast and lasts from 6 to 8 hours so my little ones have long lasting relief.

Walgreens is the only retailer to carry all flavors of the MOTRIN® products and they are always in stock at a great price. Because Walgreens is open 24 hours a day, you can always find exactly what you need no matter the time. Their helpful employees are always willing and ready to help you find whatever you may need. Through 12/15 with your Walgreens card, you can purchase MOTRIN® Children’s or Infant Pain & Fever Relief products for $6.99 (.5 oz, 4 oz. and 24 ct.) and $8.99 (1 oz. and 2. oz). With flu season here, use this great deal to stock up now!

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Toothpaste is one of the basic essentials we use each day but may not put much thought into it’s ingredients. Many conventional toothpastes are loaded with unhealthy ingredients, some of which can even be toxic. For this reason, it’s super important to read labels and be sure your toothpaste contains only the necessary ingredients to keep your teeth clean and healthy.

Desert Essence has become a new favorite company of mine for their natural and toxin-free personal care products (check out their hair care line!). The company’s inspiration and ingredients for their products draw from the desert as “a model of pristine balance and sustainability, where limited resources, if used responsibly, offer the body and spirit untold benefits.” Using nutrient-rich desert botanicals revered in native cultures for their healing properties, Desert Essence’s body, skin, and hair care products work in harmony with the body to soothe, nurture, and restore. Their new carrageenan free dental care line is no exception and a welcome addition to my daily routine. Among their new line of dental care is Activated Charcoal Toothpaste. This toothpaste is unique from others in the same category because it is infused with an exclusive blend of Country Life Vitamins© Activated Coconut Shell Charcoal. This formula uses sustainably sourced ultra fine charcoal powder and the color is charcoal gray rather than black.

Product Features

The ingredients in Desert Essence Activated Charcoal Toothpaste are targeted to keep your mouth fresh, clean, and maintain optimal health*. Created in the USA with globally sourced ingredients, the toothpaste is vegan and free of sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), fluoride, carrageenan, and gluten. Some additional ingredient highlights are listed below.

  • The antioxidant COQ10 combined with a botanical blend of oils + extracts provides complete care for your teeth and gums.
  • Baking soda and sea salt effectively and gently clean teeth.
  • Zinc citrate helps reduce buildup.
  • Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil helps defend against sugar acids.
  • A fresh burst of Mint keeps your breath fresh and clean.
My Thoughts

After using this toothpaste for a few weeks, I have definitely noticed a difference in how bright white and clean my teeth look. Having tried a couple other natural charcoal toothpastes, Desert Essence stands out because it’s smooth formula provides an overall fresh and clean feeling without an unwanted aftertaste or leftover residue. The freshness withstood my day and I love that it is carefully formulated with plant-based natural ingredients for a clean mouth.

Details

A full size tube of Desert Essence Activated Charcoal Toothpaste typically retails for $6.99. Desert Essence Activated Charcoal Toothpaste is available to purchase at Sprouts Farmers Market, Raley’s Supermarkets, The Vitamin Shoppe, Pharmaca, Earth Fare, Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, and on desertessence.com. To find a store near you, visit desertessence.com/store-locator. You can find this product in the oral care aisle.*Follow the packaging guidelines for use and storage of Desert Essence Activated Charcoal Toothpaste. For best results, use twice daily.

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Have you been searching for a new app for your child that is a great mix of learning and fun? End your search with Puzzingo! This interactive app inspired by Melissa & Doug puzzles, has over 150 puzzles that are packed with bright and colorful animations, a variety of themes and even mini games after each puzzle is solved! The app is unique to any other app as it encourages your little one to critically think as they play and keeps them engaged while they solve puzzles with fun sounds and real voices (not computer generated).

When my girls have their allotted screen time each day, the first app they head to is Puzzingo. They absolutely love this app because they are always able to try something new and enjoy playing the mini game after solving each puzzle. It’s also something both of my daughters can enjoy playing together because they are able to take turns placing each puzzle piece where it belongs. The themes are super fun and there is something for every child to enjoy from superheroes and sports to space and fairy tales. I like that as my girls play they are expanding on their spatial recognition, matching, tactile and fine motor skills. The app also helps in developing vocabulary, memory and cognitive skills.

What Sets it Apart

Puzzingo is different from other children’s apps in many ways. Listed below are a few aspects that set it apart and make it an ideal choice for a learning app for your little one.

  • Carefully designed and tested to be accessible to early readers.
  • Visual and audio cues throughout the apps are designed to make the game accessible by young and special needs children.
  • All animation within the app is professionally illustrated. The bright and colorful animation was created specifically for the app.
  • Professional voice actors with clear and accurate pronunciation are used within the app rather than machine-generated speech.
  • Puzzles can be solved in 5 different languages including English, UK English, Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese.
  • The app has been awarded Dr. Toy’s 10 Best Children’s Products, Editor’s Choice, Best Apps for Kids, and 5 out of 5 by Apps for Homeschooling

The Details

Puzzingo has over 150 puzzles in 22 puzzle packs. The puzzles include core concepts such as shapes, colors, numbers, food, and alphabet. They also cover children’s favorite topics including animals, sports, bugs, cars, fairytales, pirates, and more. 7 of the puzzles are free, along with Daily Free Preview of new and exciting puzzles. Additional puzzles are available via in-app-purchases. The app is available for FREE download via iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.

Puzzingo Kids Puzzles - YouTube

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