Schoola Helps Schools In Need When You Buy or Donate Kid’s Clothes!!! #clothes4schools

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Are you back to school shopping for your children?  Maybe going through clothing they have outgrown, wondering what to do with it all?  If you are, you may be interested to know how Schoola can help you and your child’s school.  Schoola is an online shop dedicated to recycling brand-name children’s clothing, with 40% of the proceeds going to schools in need.  The innovative new program – which saves parents money and gives back at the same time – has been heralded by Fox News, the LA Times, Forbes and Parenting Magazine.

Mommy Ramblings was selected to participate in a special campaign called “20 Days of Schoola” Adopt-a-School.  Mommy Ramblings was given of choice of 3 deserving schools and it was hard to choose, but we selected a small school in the Bronx called KIPP Academy.  KIPP Academy has a goal to raise $25,000 to fund a music program. KIPP Academy works hard to support kids who need all the help they can get. Ninety-five percent of its students qualify for free or reduced-cost lunch. More than one in seven receives special education services. Music helps KIPP Academy reach and engage every child who enters its doors. The slogan on the Music Room wall sets the stage—All of Us Will Learn Music.  No matter what backgrounds they come from or what challenges they face, they learn lessons together that will serve them the rest of their lives.For more about Kipp Academy and how Schoola helps schools in need watch the video below.

I was blessed growing up to be able to go to a school that had the funding to offer all kinds of great in school and after school programs for students.  Sadly many schools today cannot offer as much to students and so students are denied the opportunity to participate in art, music and sports programs that can stimulate and nurture natural or learned talent.

My older children were also able to participate in programs like I was and their school years were enriched with music lessons, great art programs, sports programs, extra curricular programs and more.  My younger children who are just entering school are also able to do the same, but many schools have been impacted by lack of funding and have had to cut programs like music, art and sports.

You Can Help

You can shop on Schoola for back-to-school clothing, even clothing new with tags and for every transaction that is processed by going through this link, Schoola will donate $1 to KIPP Academy.  That’s not all, everyone that requests a donation bag through the same link will help too because Schoola will donate $1 for every requested bag to Kipp Academy. Perhaps the best part is, if you send in a donation bag of clothing, you can fill out the name of a school you support and for every $5 in sales, Schoola will donate $2 to the school you selected!!! That’s a real win-win for Kipp Academy and the school of your choice!!!   You can follow Schoola on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date on all the latest happenings.

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Master Bath Reno Update Featuring Concealed Cabinets!!! #CurbAppeal

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Have you wondered what part of the master bath ren0 we are up to?   Did you think we were finished and going to do the big reveal?  I wish we were finished.  We have so many home improvement projects occurring simultaneously in our home right now, it feels like we are living in an episode of Hoarders.  What I mean by that is, since we had to empty rooms and closets, we are now storing so much in towers of boxes and bins it feels like our stuff is taking over.

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I cannot wait until the master bath is finished and it almost is but there have been such delays with the tile contractor and things have been done backwards.  He needs to finish the tiling of the stairs around the whirlpool and grout certain areas and then he still has to finish prepping the walls for paint which is going to get dust over everything again and should have been finished but let’s not even go there!

Anyway, you probably remember posts about the medicine cabinets and how we decided to go with Concealed Cabinets. If you missed that, you can read about it HERE and HERE.  We installed 2 of the extra-large concealed cabinets on either side of the vanity.  It was an easy install and they look great.  Concealed Cabinets  look like a picture frame and you can add whatever art work you like to the door front and change it whenever you want too!

For this review and update, I just put some scrapbook paper in the back of some prints I had.  I am changing them to something that fits the entire space and will be using photographs I took of our lake and gardens.  I tried two different papers with the prints but decided to use the print and changed the one that had the solid green-blue metallic paper. Until, the other prints come in, these will do and it’s just as well since we still have a lot of dust and construction to come.

this was a very stiff metallic paper and it looks very weird in the photo because of the way it reflected the light and it looks like two different colors.  That is not how it looks in real life but I did like the look of the print paper better so changed them.

This was a very stiff metallic paper and it looks very weird in the photo because of the way it reflected the light and it looks like two different colors. That is not how it looks in real life but I did like the look of the print paper better so changed them.

 

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I have not put anything inside yet, since as you can see the walls still have to be finished.

 

This is the print background that I decided to put in the other as well until the enlarged photo prints come in.

This is the print background that I decided to put in the other as well until the enlarged photo prints come in.

 

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Concealed Cabinets are made of REAL WOOD, no plastic and come in different sizes and finishes.  We choose the white in the extra-large size. If you are looking for a change from the traditional look of ordinary medicine cabinets, a concealed cabinet could be just what you are looking for.  Right now they are having a SIZZLING SUMMER SALE and you can save 20% at www.concealedcabinet.com.  You can follow Concealed Cabinet on Facebook  and Twitter to see the latest news and updates on their product line.

 

Stay tuned for more updates and hopefully very soon the big reveal of the Master Bath!!!  I am keeping my fingers and toes crossed that it will not be much longer.

Innovators sponsored our project by providing us with the 2 Concealed Cabinets, as always, my views and words are 100% my own.

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Hatley, Kids’ Raincoat and Rain Boots Review!!!

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My two little guys like anything with wheels!  Tractors, monster trucks, race cars, hot rods and vehicles of all kinds are always a hit with them.  We recently had a chance to review some items from Hatley.  When I saw the Farmer Jack Kids’ Rain Boots and the Hot Rods Kids’ Raincoat, I knew they would love them.  I really bought them in the sizes to fit the oldest one but when the little guy saw them he had to try them out!  The boots are super high quality and have nice handles to make pulling them on a cinch for kids, they are super stylish puddle jumping boots that will definitely be put through the paces.  The raincoat is very well made with nice pockets, cozy terry lining and ample hood to keep little ones dry on rainy days.

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Hatley’s mission is to create fun, well designed, nature inspired apparel and gifts for the whole family in an ecologically responsible way.  Sleepwear, Footwear, Beachwear, Outerwear, Daywear, Accessories, Gifts and More are what you will find when you browse Hatley’s site.  They even have free shipping when you spend $50 or more and an outlet shop for great savings!
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Features:

  • Handles to make boots easy to put on
  • Soft jersey lining
  • Please keep in mind that our rain boots run a size large to allow room for thick socks and the inevitable growth of those little feet
  • Grippy bottom for maximum traction
  • Match back to rainjackets and umbrellas to complete the look

Available sizes: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. Boots: Rubber. Lining: 100% Cotton.

 

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Features:

  • Front pockets
  • Comfy terry lining
  • Machine washable, hang to dry
  • Pick up the matching boots and umbrella to complete the look
  • PVC Free

Available sizes: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. Shell: Polyurethane. Lining: 78% Cotton, 22% Polyester. 100% PVC-free.

To see the great selection of products visit Hatley.com!


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Chicken Soup For The Soul: “Home Sweet Home” Book Review & Giveaway!!! 3 Winners!!!

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Whether you call an apartment, condo, or a house home, there is not much doubt that you probably feel like there is no place like home!  Do you feel like Dorothy clicking the heels of your ruby slippers 3 times at the end of a long day?  If so, you will probably love the Chicken Soup for the Soul Book, Home Sweet Home which is filled with 101  stories of Hearth, Happiness and Hard Work.  The book makes a great housewarming or hostess gift, is perfect to present to a new neighbor, or just to read yourself when you want some “me time”.

 

Enjoy stories about the excitement of moving into a new home, buying and selling, visiting your childhood home, remodeling stories, DIY disasters, downsizing and what makes a house a home.  Experience joy, laughter and inspiration in the stories about everything we do to make a home.  I can totally relate at this point to the remodeling and DIY disasters in the book since our home is in a state of craziness with all the renovation projects we have going on.  You can purchase this book on Amazon.com.

Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings! 3 lucky blog readers will win their own copy of Home Sweet Home!  Thank you to CSFTS Publishing for the review book and for sponsoring this great giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!!!  Open to US residents.

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Show Dasani What Makes You Sparkle & You Could Win A Vacation!!! #SparkleWithDASANI #ad


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What makes you sparkle?  For me, it’s just relaxing and soaking in the day with my family. I love taking some me time while relaxing in a comfy chair watching the birds and my kids play or sharing some morning coffee on the porch with my husband.  I love summer so that is my favorite time of year to get my Sparkle on!  We live on a lake so swimming and sailing definitely add to my sparkle and of course bliss would be ending the perfect day in my tub with relaxing music.

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Dasani wants to know what makes you sparkle and they have an AMAZING contest for sharing your answer!  All you need to do is upload a photo of what makes you sparkle to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #SparkleWithDASANI.  Make sure you like @dasaniwater so they can contact you if you win.  The Grand Prize is a Sparkling Getaway to the Westin Diplomat in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida!  This great prize package includes airfare, hotel and spa treatments for 4!  Winner will be selected in early August!

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LG Hosts “JUNIOR CHEF ACADEMY” To Launch NEW DOOR-IN-DOOR REFRIGERATOR!!! #MomConfessions

Last night, Food Network host Sandra Lee and celebrity parents Giuliana Rancic, Brooke Burke-Charvet and Mark-Paul Gosselaar attended the “LG Junior Chef Academy,” an evening of family-friendly culinary activities recognizing the No Kid Hungry campaign and celebrating LG’s new 4-Door French-Door Refrigerator with Door-in-Door and CustomChill in Los Angeles.

LG and Sandra Lee Host LG Junior Chef Acadeny Celebrating the Launch of the Door-In-Door Refridgerator Benefitting No Kid Hungry

Sandra Lee leads celebrity families including Giuliana Rancic in cooking demonstrations at the LG Junior Chef Academy event to celebrate the launch of the new LG Door-in-Door Refrigerator with CustomChill drawer.

 

VIP attendees were able to experience firsthand the convenience of LG’s newest Door-in-Door refrigerator, including easy access to family favorites and customizable organization, as well as participate in hands-on cooking demonstrations featuring family-friendly recipes. Sandra also shared tips on how to empower junior chefs and encourage family fun in the kitchen. Some of these great tips are:

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Sandra Lee and Giuliana Rancic celebrate the launch of the new LG Door-in-Door Refrigerator with CustomChill drawer at the LG Junior Chef Academy event in Los Angeles benefiting No Kid Hungry.

 

  • Make it a family affair. Before going to the grocery store, brainstorm appetizing recipes with the family so everyone can take part in the planning process. This is a great way to get creative while teaching kids about various ingredients and meal preparation.
  • Mix it up: Don’t let meal preparation be a daunting task. Get the kids involved in helping to prepare various ingredients. This is the perfect opportunity to catch up and spend quality time with your children as you fix up delicious treats.
  • Taste test, anyone? During the cooking process, taste the food and talk with your kids about any necessary adjustments. This will encourage them to engage their palate and analyze the flavors they taste. It is also a great way to educate children on different flavors and the health benefits of cooking and you’ll learn a lot about their individual preferences.

 

“Many of today’s families live an ‘on the go’ lifestyle, so it’s important for them to find ways to come together,” said David VanderWaal, head of marketing for LG Electronics USA. “LG always looks for ways to facilitate that in the heart of the home, and our kitchen technologies like Door-in-Door and CustomChill help make it easier.”

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LG continues to give back to the community and throughout the event, provided the opportunity for celebrities to participate in a food drive to benefit the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, a local No Kid Hungry partner organization. No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger in America by connecting kids in need to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals, and teaches low-income families to cook healthy, affordable meals. Since the campaign’s launch, No Kid Hungry and its partners have connected kids struggling with hunger with more than 107 million additional meals.

After the event, LG also donated its new Door-in-Door refrigerator to one of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank’s partnering organizations, which will help serve fresh, nutritious meals to children who, during the summer, don’t have access to the school meals they rely on to grow and thrive. By ensuring these kids continue to receive healthy meals during the summer, No Kid Hungry is making sure they return to school healthy and ready to learn.

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“I am so appreciative to LG for their generous support of No Kid Hungry,” said Lee.  “This was a fantastic event to illustrate the importance of spending quality time with family in the kitchen and how kitchen advances like LG’s new refrigerator are great additions to today’s busy households.”

Rancic added, “We had a blast at the LG Junior Chef Academy.  What a great way to spend quality time with Duke – and he learned to cook while supporting No Kid Hungry!”

The new LG Door-in-Door refrigerator with CustomChill provides multiple storage options, making it easier than ever to organize.  For family favorites like juices, yogurt or milk, the Door-in-Door compartment, easily accessible with the push of a button, keeps them front and center without having to open the entire refrigerator.  Accessing this feature also reduces cold air loss by up to 47 percent* to help keep food fresher for longer and conserve energy.  This model is the LG’s first to introduce its versatile CustomChill drawer that can be used as either extra refrigerator or soft freezer space using four different temperature settings. It offers the flexibility and convenience families love to store a wide variety of food items.

In addition to the company’s latest refrigerator with CustomChill technology, LG showcased four models from its broader Door-in-Door refrigerator suite, all of which are designed to meet varying consumer needs.  Each has its own differentiated benefit including offering mega-capacity storage space to side-by-side design, offering a versatile line-up from which consumers can select the Door-in-Door model best suited for their lifestyle.

The ENERGY STAR® certified 30-cubic-foot CustomChill French-Door refrigerator (LG Model LMXS30776S) is available now at stores nationwide, at a manufacturer’s suggested price of $3,999.  For more information on LG’s refrigerators featuring Door-in-Door technology, please visit http://www.lgusa.com/doorindoor.

*Percent reduction in exchange rate of air between opening the Door-in-Door® compared to one French door for 10 seconds. Results based on testing of comparable LG model with same door-in-door design.

 


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Chicken Soup For The Soul, “The Multitasking Mom’s Survival Guide” Review & Giveaway!!! 3 Winners!!!

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Do you ever feel like you have so much on your plate you can never catch up?  I feel like that most days.  I always look around and feel that I just have so much going on.  With a house in chaos because no less than 5 major home improvement projects are happening, a very busy career as a marketing director, busy blogger and writer, brand ambassador, and handling a few businesses that my husband and I have, added to the fact that we have 5 kids and a big house (ever see the movie The Money Pit?), where there is always something to be done, I can feel like things are swirling out of control.  I am blessed to be able to work from home but I still work and work a lot!  I make time to play but probably not as much as I should.

When I was picking out books to review from Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, I chose The Multitasking Mom’s Survival Guide.  Do you wonder how I made that decision?  I didn’t think so.  I love this book because it’s filled with stories with moms like me, some who juggle and wonder how to keep all those balls in the air just like I do.  I have found that it’s okay to give yourself permission to say, “I am done for the day” and leave whatever for tomorrow and if it doesn’t get done then so be it.

 

I know that I need to prioritize what really needs to be done, my family needs, my needs, jobs that have deadlines are all first.  Then the things we want to get done can come next, but if I don’t get something done, I’m going to stop beating myself up for it.  The opposite is true to that too.  I read in one story in the book, we are told over and over the importance of playing with our kids, that messy houses are signs of great moms, but our kids need to see that we do have to work. Whether it’s for a job or doing the laundry, we teach them important things by showing them we have responsibilities that need attention too.  That really allows moms to release some of that mommy guilt  we all carry in one or two large suitcases with us.  Let’s unpack some of that today!

Stories that show the importance of a mom taking me time strike a very strong chord with me.  Often times I want to put my needs last but really, when I do the things for me I need to do or just spend some down time doing something I enjoy, it really helps my mood, spirit and productivity.  It’s just recognizing that if we don’t take care of our needs we can’t do a good job taking care of anything else and risk becoming resentful.

Stories about slowing down, learning from our kids, juggling a career and laughing after the fact among others will show you how other moms are surviving their multitasking years.  Read some great tips, funny disaster stories, and fill your mind with great ideas for your own life.  Best of all, you will know you are in good company and not alone.  You can purchase the book on Amazon.com.

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Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings! 3 lucky blog readers will win their own copy of The Multitasking Mom’s Survival Guide!  Thank you to CSFTS Publishing for the review book and for sponsoring this great giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!!!  Open to US residents.

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iGOZEN Organic Food Wash Review & Giveaway!!! #igozen

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If you love fruits and vegetables but worry when you buy them at the store that they may have bacteria, toxins, pesticides and waste on them, there is good news.  iGOZEn is a patented organic food was powder that is made from seashells!  Can you believe you can clean your fruit with seashells?

 

The powder is sold with an empty mixing and spray bottle.  Consumers just mix the powder with water to make this great chemical free, odorless wash that leaves no after taste.  It penetrates deep due to its microfine particles and will remove all the nasty things and leave you with clean, tasty fruit and veggies!  The bottle has a great look and feel and is comfortable to use.

 

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Costume Discounters, Kids Junior Police Costume Review!!!

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My kids are obsessed with costumes.  Costumes are not something that are thought about around Halloween, but occur daily with my little guys. Most of the time you will find superheros of all kinds, firemen, army men, tigers and more around our house.  They absolutely adore dressing up in costumes, so when we had an opportunity recently to review a policeman costume from Costume Discounters, they were in their glory.

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We picked the Kids Junior Police Costume and it’s a very impressive costume, runs true to size and is constructed of high quality clothing material that holds up to the day-to-day dress up fun it gets in this house!  The costume comes complete with hat, handcuffs, badge, radio, billy club, belt and whistle.  All kids need is their imagination and they are off to solve capers, crimes and enforce the law in your very own yard.

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Kids Junior Police Suit Costume

Every boy has a dream of becoming a policeman and keeping the bad guys off the street. The Jr. Police Costume includes: A one piece suit (shirt/pants) with official-looking patches and a cap with an attached badge. What’s a member of the force without all his accessories? A duty belt, with a radio, baton, handcuffs, gives you the tools for the job. A whistle, ID wallet, and a shirt badge really authenticate this design. Ever let your kid run loose in the house with laws? He’ll be giving you a ticket each time you pick your nose or forget to flush the toilet…and what better way to teach him to respect the law than allow him to set the laws in the house! Or reinforce them at least! Enforce the law and keep the public safe as an honorable police officer. Stop in the name of the law! Just like the real thing! The beat on the streets is that there’s a new sheriff in town! Walking the beat for a sweet candy treat!

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Costume Discounters is having a sale now and you can save 20% on orders of $29 or more by using the discount code 29Save when you checkout. Oh and if you really like Police News you can click on that link for lots of police info, products and more.


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Keep Momming™

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Shire. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.”

Raising a child at any age is challenging, and when it comes to mothers and daughters, the dynamic can be even more complex. What some may dismiss as “typical tween girl behavior” can sometimes be symptoms of something more serious. Research suggests that girls are more likely than boys to report having mostly inattentive Attention- Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) symptoms. Since inattentive symptoms can be less noticeable than hyperactive and impulsive symptoms, it is important that moms know what to look for.

That’s why I’m pleased to be joining Shire, CHADD and Holly Robinson Peete to announce the launch of keep momming, a new public service initiative geared towards the moms of tween girls to raise awareness of ADHD.

The campaign is anchored within a new digital hub, KeepMomming.com, where you’ll find tips, tools and other go-to resources for moms, including a checklist to help recognize the symptoms of ADHD – inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity – and then encourages moms to talk to their daughter’s doctor. The keep momming initiative can help moms learn about ADHD and provide ideas on how to spark a conversation and stay connected with their tween.

Check out Holly’s message about how she keeps momming http://goo.gl/MR8HL2, and don’t forget to visit KeepMomming.com.


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