Choosy Moms Choose Jif To Go Dippers!

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Jif To Go Dippers. I received a sample to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating.

Now that the weather has cooled down a bit around here, we have been spending a lot of time outside. We go to the park before school and often after school, and sometimes we’re there for hours! Between the park and our various enrichment classes {not to mention school and errands}, we are always on the go.

Jif to Go Dippers

Shane is a growing boy and so we never leave home without some snacks! We pack a variety, which can include things like fresh fruit and granola bars- anything that he can eat quickly and without a huge mess! Jif To Go Dippers have been his favorite lately- they are just the right size for a snack, taste great, and travel well. Each Dipper contains a package of pretzels along with either Jif Peanut Butter or Jif Chocolate Silk Peanut Butter Spread. All you have to do is unwrap the Dipper, open each container and then dip and enjoy!

Shane with Jif to Go

Shane absolutely loves these- he likes the chocolate one more of course because, well, it’s chocolate. However he loves peanut butter {and we’ve always been a Jif family} so he doesn’t hesitate to reach for that kind as well! Even Zac likes them- he’s not actually old enough to eat them, but he loves to shake them and make music!

Zac with Jif to Go

The only problem that we seem to have with the Jif to Go Dippers is keeping them in our pantry! {While Shane eats them the most, I have to admit that Justin and I have been known to swipe a package from the pantry as well.} Luckily I can pick them up at pretty much any store- we typically get ours at Target but they are also available at grocery stores nationwide!

Jif to Go Chocolate

To learn more about the Jif To Go Dippers or their other products, be sure to check out Jif’s website, Facebook page, Twitter or Instagram!

What are some of your favorite on-the-go snacks?

Treat the Pups this Halloween at Walmart!

Disclosure: Post sponsored by Lunchbox but all opinions are my own.

You may have mentioned that Bella Notte is more like a furry child than a dog around here, so I’m sure it comes as no surprise that we like to treat her as often as we treat our real kids. We rub her belly, play fetch {although her attention span doesn’t last that long usually}, and of course, give her some of her favorite treats. While we give Bella Notte treats throughout the year, we definitely give her a few extra this time of year.

Milo's Kitchen dog treats

Of course, October has everyone reaching for more treats, but it’s more than that. Bella tends to get a little more anxious around Halloween. Between the decorations taking over her “den”, the superheroes living in the house where her family used to be, and of course the doorbell ringing with all kinds of spooky strangers all night can get her a little riled up. Reminding her that we love her through all the chaos by giving her treats really helps us to reinforce her good behavior while making her feel as loved as she is.

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If you want to treat your pet while getting a little crafty at the same time, you have to check out the Walmart website. Right now they have the instructions for making the cutest DIY dog treat jar- and even a recipe for a doggie edible treat bowl to hold their favorite treats! I am seriously making these this weekend- and not only do they make a great craft idea for yourself, but they would make a great gift idea for the holidays or for Halloween for any friends or family members who have dogs! {&While you’re on the Walmart website, don’t forget to buy the treats! Bella has loved Milk-Bone Dog Snacks since before we rescued her, and we recently discovered Milo’s Kitchen Chicken Grillers which have been a HUGE hit!}

Halloween dogs

Halloween is such a fun time to dress up, but the fun doesn’t have to stop with your kids. The possibilities are endless when it comes to dressing up your pooch- just check out a couple of the haunting hounds that my friends and family dressed up! You can buy a pre-made dog costume or even get creative and make your own. I’m trying to think of a way to dress Bella up this year- any ideas?

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If you’re dressing up your pooch this year {or have adorable photos from a previous year} you won’t want to miss this contest! Submit a photo of your dressed-up pup using the hashtag #TreatThePups and then submit it to the widget right here on my site. You’ll be entered to win some great prizes: the grand prize winner will win (1) $500 Gift Card, second place will win one (1) $100 Gift Card and third place will win (1) $50 Gift Card. {Psst- you can also find a link on Walmart’s website to enter your photo into another sweepstakes to win $5,000!}

Whether you’re taking your pups Trick-or-Treating or just handing out candy and dog treats, be sure to treat yourself and your loved ones this Halloween!

Buy It: You can find your favorite dog treats, like Milo’s Kitchen Chicken Grillers, Pup-peroni Beef Flavor Dog Snacks, and Milk-Bone Dog Snacks at your local Walmart or online at Walmart.com.

Win It: To enter to win some great prizes as mentioned above, be sure to enter using the widget below!
Treat all the Pawesome pets this Halloween!

How do you treat your dog?

Celebrate Baby’s First Halloween at a Special Babies “R” Us Event! {Giveaway}

This post is brought to you by P&G. All opinions are my own.

When Shane’s first Halloween came around, he was only 2 & a half months old. That didn’t matter, though- I dressed him up and took him trick-or-treating anyway! Of course, he didn’t eat any of the candy, but it wasn’t about that. It was about enjoying a tradition that I’ve enjoyed my whole life and sharing it with my baby!

Shane's First Halloween

Now that it’s Zac’s first Halloween, it is even better because he will turn 9 months old that day and is old enough to really have fun with the holiday. He doesn’t quite understand it, but since he’s a bit older {and wants to do everything that big brother does}, we are definitely including him in the festivities this year. In fact, for the first time ever, we’re doing themed family costumes!

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While we’re assembling as the Avengers for the big night, we’ll be hitting a few pre-Halloween events and I just have to get him something cute and poofy for those events. I’m thinking something like the floppy puppy costume I stuck Shane in when he was a year old, or maybe a lion with a big ol’ mane. I saw some really cute costumes at Babies “R” Us a few weeks ago so I’m heading back there this weekend to pick one up!

If you’re headed to Babies “R” Us this weekend, don’t miss the Baby’s First Halloween event! Babies “R” Us and Pampers have partnered to help you celebrate with some fun activities, including:

-Craft time where you and your baby can design a personal trick-or-treat bag

-A parade around the store where you and your baby can show of your Halloween costumes

-Halloween story time where you can sit with other moms and babies and listen to a story from Highlights magazine

While you’re there, you can even get in on a couple of great specials- you can get a FREE $10 Gift Card when you buy any two Pampers super packs of diapers and/or buy any Pampers value box of wipes for only $19.99 {they’re usually $23.99}.

And, for even more Halloween fun, from now until Halloween you can share your baby’s Halloween photo with #BRUHalloween {or enter at http://j.babiesrus.com/BRUHalloween} for a chance to win a $1,000 Babies”R”Us Gift Card!

Whether you’re stopping in for the great Pampers deal or just picking up a cute Halloween costume {or even just going for the fun, FREE events}, be sure to stop in at Babies “R” Us tomorrow, Saturday, October 18th at 10am!

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Win It: To help you celebrate your baby’s first Halloween, Pampers and Babies “R” Us are giving away a great prize pack to one lucky reader! The pack includes Pampers wipes, a $75 gift card to Babies “R” Us, a 1 year subscription to Highlights magazine, 1 Highlights book, and a Halloween trick-or-treat tote bag. You can enter using the simple form below- good luck!

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Free Printable Halloween Coloring Pages

There are just two more weekends between now and Halloween! This weekend I’m hoping to make it out to the local ranch that we visit every October. They have horses that you can feed, pony rides, and hay rides- and you get to bring a pumpkin home with you!

Another way we’ll be getting ready for Halloween is by coloring. Shane loves to color, write, and draw, so he’s pretty excited about these free printable Halloween coloring pages. I had a friend make them for us and I thought some of you might enjoy them as well, so you can download them below! Just click on each image to view the PDF and print as many as you want. Enjoy!

Free Brother and Sister Trick or Treating Coloring Page for HalloweenFree Fairy Halloween Coloring Page Free Trick or Treating Printable Coloring Page for Halloween

Are you doing anything fun this weekend?

Learning How to Use the Internet to #ShareAwesome


My life is on the internet. My job involves running a website, my list of hobbies practically starts and ends with Facebook stalking, and most of my best friends are people that I met online, who live all around the country. It sounds weird to some, but I grew up this way. And this is how our kids are growing up as well.

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Me at my spiffy computer circa 2000. {Most likely printing out pictures of the Backstreet Boys for my walls because OMGTHEYARESODREAMY.}

Shane has just started going online {he has used the iPad for years, but not beyond his educational apps}, so we’re trying to navigate the depths of the internet as a family. Anything he does is monitored and he has parental controls in place just in case. At five years old, this is easy to keep a handle on, but I’m sure as he grows older we will need to be ever vigilant to keep him protected!

The internet can be a wonderful “place”, full of friends with common interests and the answer to any question you can think of. It can also be a scary place, though, and it is important for us to teach our children how to conduct themselves online. I was part of the first generation to grow up online, and back then we didn’t know much about internet safety. Now that it’s our turn to raise tech-savvy kids, it’s important to teach them how to safely walk that fine line between over-sharing and sharing awesome.

What is sharing awesome? It’s using social media in a positive way- keeping out-of-town relatives updated on what’s going on in your child’s life, keeping in touch with friends after school in a friendly way, or just generally using digital media in an uplifting way. To help parents teach their children about the both safe and positive way to use digital media, the National PTA has partnered with LifeLock to share awesome ways families can create an open, evolving conversation about positive, safe decisions when using digital tools. It’s all part of having a happy, healthy lifestyle. You, your family, your friends, and the whole world- everyone benefits when you #ShareAwesome {like I did below}!

Right now, the National PTA & LifeLock are hosting the #ShareAwesome contest. The contest invites social media users to share a smart and safe decision, uplifting accomplishment, or positive action for the good of others using hashtag #ShareAwesome on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Visit ShareAwesomeNow.org to learn more.

Snap a photo of an awesome moment in your day and share it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the #ShareAwesome hashtag!

Students who enter the #ShareAwesome contest between September 15 – November 30, 2014 will have a chance to win fantastic prizes, including tablets and a $2,500 scholarship!

How do you #ShareAwesome?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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