Back to School Style with OshKosh B’gosh #backtobgosh

I participated in a Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for OshKosh B’Gosh. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation #BacktoBgosh #BgoshJeanius
Back to school! Can you even believe it?! We had such a fun summer that I seriously put everything off until the final few days before school began to get things done. I don’t know what was to blame for my “no worries” approach to the coming school year. When I realized meet the teacher was only one afternoon away, we finally got a move on and hit the back to school shopping groove.
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This year we were short on time, we were only going to have enough time to visit one store carrying both boys and girls clothing in their sizes. I also anticipated letting them have some freedom in picking out their Back to School Style. (What this really means is that we would be strategic in where we shopped so that I could let them pick out “whatever they wanted”, knowing it wouldn’t break the bank OR allowing them to pick out something completely inappropriate for school.) OshKosh B’gosh was everything we were looking for!

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Usually I spend weeks scouring the back to school sales trying to find the best deals. OshKosh B’gosh had amazing deals AND a 25% off coupon ( click here for coupon).
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I don’t think I will bother with deal searching ever again. We will just head straight to our local OshKosh B’gosh store. Check out the store locator to find the store closest to you.

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Both Kaitlyn and Sebastian were both able to find several outfits they loved and that made them feel comfortable and confident.
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I loved that we were able to pick out all our back to school clothing, try it on and everyone – including my wallet- was happy. We seriously spent less than $130. So impressed!

B’Gosh Jeanius Campaign

OshKosh B’gosh wants ALL  kids to have what they need for school, from blue jeans to books! OshKosh B’gosh, in partnership with K.I.D.S./ Fashion Delivers, Inc., and DonorsChoose.org will give customers the opportunity to donate a new pair of jeans or make a cash donation to a students in need this school year. All denim donated from July 28 through September 16, 2015, will be delivered to local children in need through K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, while cash donations will be dispersed to local DonorsChoose.org

The Carters Charitable foundation will match all cash donations up to $50,000 and all denim donations with a new item of clothing.

Give kids a leg up! Donate a new pair of blue jeans or make a cash donation at the register. We saved so much time and money, that it was easy to add a pair of jeans to donate.
For more information visit: www.oshkosh.com/bgoshjeanius

I can’t wait to show you the outfits they selected for the first day of school!!

What was on your back to school shopping list this year ?

Give Your Kids A Rockstar Summer with Pringles ® Summer Jam

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Now that we’ve hit middle ground with summer, we are getting creative keeping everyone busy and keeping the fun rolling! I am determined that we will have Rockstar Summer until school begins again. Pringles® Summer Jam is helping to keep the fun alive by sponsoring our post today.

We spend a lot of time in our car during the summer months. Clearly, that calls for an epic summer playlist to be made! We’ve taken a few short road-trips and every Sunday afternoon we have family “car-e-oke”, singing along in the car with a weekly playlist the kiddos create. Music just makes things fun.And, you can’t have a road-trip with out snacks, right? Pringles® are perfect for packing on a road trip. The containers don’t allow the the chips to get smooshed with all the other stuff we bring along!

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Speaking of the containers, I love is that the kids can get creative with them after all the Pringles® are gone (which doesn’t take long around here!) Save those containers parents! I’m about to make YOU a rockstar!

Most days we are at the pool during the summer. On the occasional rainy day or extreme heat days, pull out the containers you’ve saved, the drumsticks from when your husband was in that garage band in college, and some multi-colored utility tape and let the kids decorate to their hearts content!

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Pringles® knows that people are already using their cans as instruments, so they’re challenging music sensation M4Sonic and a group of musicians of varying styles and backgrounds – called the Percussion Prodigies – to incorporate the brand’s iconic can into their musical expression. After the kids had finished their musical crafting. I showed them the Percussion Prodigies’ videos at Pringles.com/music for inspiration. Check it out for ideas on how you can make your own Pringles® can instrument too!

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Our kids spent an entire afternoon working together, crafting, creating music and laughing while having a “rehearsal” for their new band- All with very little direction from mom. I’ll say that qualifies as a rockstar summer for sure!!  Sometimes the things we do don’t have to be complicated or cost a lot to be valuable time spent. Music is something we can all have a great time with.

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Pringles® wants to make sure Moms & Dads have the opportunity for a RockStar Summer as well. They are offering you and a friend the chance to win a VIP experience to a Live Nation concert in the U.S.

Here’s how to enter:
Just pick up a specially marked can of Pringles®, enter your code online and you could find yourself on an adventure of a lifetime. Sweepstakes is open until 7/31/15 at 11:59pm ET.
Share your creations with #PringlesSummerJamSweeps.

Abbreviated Rules. No Purchase Necessary. Open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and District of Columbia who are 18 years of age or older at time of entry, and are a registered Twitter user. To enter and/or for complete Official Rules, go to https://www.pringles.com/us/promotions/summer-jam-2015/percussion-prodigies/official-rules.html. Promotion ends on 7/31/15 at 11:59:59 PM (ET). Subject to complete Official Rules. Void where prohibited. Sponsor: Kellogg Company, One Kellogg Square, Battle Creek, MI  49016.

Tell me: What are you doing to make this summer memorable? 

3 Healthy Habits Booklets for Girls from Girl Scouts and Together Counts

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disclosure

As a young girl, I was very involved in Girl Scouts. While I did just happen to set a cookie-selling record for my district , participating in  Girl Scouts  meant so much more than selling cookies.  I loved learning about nature, camping, and how to be independent. It helped me to develop great friendships and taught me how to be a leader. At camp, I was able to experience so many adventures from archery, rock climbing, to traditional activities like campfires and hiking. I was so excited when my daughter showed interest in Girl Scouts as well. I knew it would provide her with so many of same opportunities that have benefited me.

Healthy Habits

Girl Scouts has been inspiring girls and young women to be confident and active since 1912! They are continuing that tradition today through the Together Counts Program. The Together Counts program is nationwide and provided by the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation to inspire active and healthy living through physical activity and nutrition.

The principle behind the program is called Energy Balance, which just means balancing the calories we consume with the calories we expend.
Energy In: the calories you get from eating and drinking.
Energy Out: the calories you burn from physical activities

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In partnership with the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, Girl Scouts developed three “healthy habits” booklets to easily incorporate energy balance into meetings, outings, events and adventures. The free booklets help guide girls as they learn to lead active, healthy lifestyles.

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The 3 Healthy Habits booklets available for download include:

For other resources on inspiring the girls in your life to stay active or get involved with Together Counts and Girl Scouts, be sure to check out these great sites :

  • Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capital Twitter: On Twitter, GSNC shares council information including awards, resources, highlights from council events and volunteering opportunities.
  • Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capital Facebook: Similar to Twitter, the GSNC Facebook page shares photo albums of troop activities, news from around the region, and partner content from Together Counts.
  • Together Counts Website –The website is consumer friendly—aimed at parents and educators and provides resources, tips, recipes and more.
  • Together Counts Blog – The Together Counts blog is the main source of all consumer-friendly news including HWCF campaigns, announcements and content from HWCF partners around the topic of healthy eating habits and incorporating more physical activity.
  • Together Counts Twitter – On Twitter, Together Counts shares everything from digital assets (video, infographics) to industry or conference news related to food in addition to campaign and partner news.
  • Together Counts Pinterest – Together Counts’ resource for sharing recipe inspiration from across the network, family activity ideas and pins from partners that relate to family eating and activity including Girl Scouts, Healthy Dining Finders, etc.

Mom Hacks : 3 Quick Fixes to Make Life a Little Easier #MomHacks

Combining the daily workload of home and office and the To Do List can seem never ending. After traveling off and on for what seems like weeks, I have put  each of these to the test in an effort to make the daily grind a little easier, Tried and true, we are presenting our #MomHacks to you.  Inexpensive, everyday fixes, so simple you’ll surely think “Why haven’t I done this before?!”

Mom Hack No. 1 :Keep closets smelling fresh with DIY closet sachets
Take a few mesh jewelry bags and fill them with 1/4 cup of the pelleted scent boosters found in the laundry aisle. Your clothing will smell fresh longer and items kept in a coat closet will never have a musty odor.
*ProTip: place inside stored suitcases to keep them fresh between flights.

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Mom Hack No. 2 : Laundry Tongs

Training the family to do their own laundry is a #MomHack I have especially enjoyed. Some pre-teens and very possibly shorter individuals like myself, may not be able to reach the bottom of the washing machine. A pair of tongs designated just for the laundry room will allow them to finish up the job with no additional assistance and assure every article gets into the dryer.

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MomHack No.3  :  No lost socks! 
Almost everyone I know battles for a solution to misplaced socks. Give each family member a mesh laundry bag to place their dirty socks in. On laundry day just throw the bag in the washer and dryer as in and you will never loose socks again. You will also same time on pairing them up.

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Looking for more #MomHacks ? Check out these #MomHacks Travel Tips we posted last week!

Making life easier for everyone is what it’s all about- Share YOUR best Mom Hack in the comments below!

**If you would like to be featured in a future #MomHack post email me at ThrilloftheChases {at}gmail {dot} com.

A Paddington Movie Night Party

*Thanks to BSM Media and Starz for providing a digital movie download and party kit for our fun Paddington movie night!

 Paddington may have traveled from darkest Peru to the hustle and bustle of London, but you can join in on his adventures right from your living room starting tonight with a Paddington Party!  April 17th was the first day the Paddington Movie was available for download and we planned a movie night to celebrate. 

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This week had been pretty busy with my husband traveling and with him still being away I hadn’t had much time to plan. Luckily for me, PaddingtonParties.com & MyPrintly.com had a ton of resources to help me to throw everything together for our fun family time. It was fantastic to have a extra special event with my family that allowed me to enjoy the moments with them.

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If your family  Friday nights are anything like ours, we like to keep them simple, fun, and relaxing. Dinner called for pizza delivery. Somehow this always feels special to the kiddos. While we waited, I printed up some fun word searches.

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I also instructed everyone to bring out their favorite teddy bear for our movie night. They were a little curious about what they would be doing with their own bear but I assured them it would be staying with them. We read a short book to introduce them to Paddington’s story. I loved Paddington as a child and even my baby book was Paddington Bear themed. I always thought it was unique theme and enjoyed sharing that part of my story with them before we watched the movie together.

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I had printed a sheet of simple gift tags ahead of time and attached a bit of string to them. Then I had the kids write the famous Paddington phrase “Please Look after this Bear. Thank You” on each of their tags.

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They had a lot of fun with that activity and I think it made it very sentimental for them even the older kids, remembering how special their bears from childhood were to them.

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Snacks for movie night were simple and fun too. Popcorn and Cinnamon Teddy Grahams presented with flare.

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The girls also whipped up some delicious cupcakes for an intermission treat. That’s one great thing about at-home movie parties- you can pause halfway through for refreshments and potty breaks for everyone.

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The Paddington movie was both entertaining and heartwarming for the various age ranges in our family. From our oldest teenagers to our youngest in elementary, everyone sat together through the entire movie. I still missed Randy being away but having the majority of the family together on one sofa made my heart full. I highly recommend you download the movie today and watch with your family. It is one I anticipate to be requested for future movie nights.

Here’s a peek at the trailer:

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A couple of days after our party, I printed up our party selfie with our bears and added Paddington into the shot too. I wrote a little Thank You on the picture with each of the kids favorite movie quote and placed them on their pillows before they got home from school. They LOVED that.  Sometimes it really is doing something that surprises them that gives the biggest delight in their day. I just always want them to know how special and loved they are.

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Wanna host your own Paddington Movie Night? Just go to PaddingtonParties.com and you can download a free digital party kits to host a party like ours – it was so easy!