Data Done Right – Walmart Family Mobile #FishAndFlicks #DataAndAMovie

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On your Own Walmart Family Mobile

No one gives you a manual in adulting. Or in parenting for that matter. You know all those questions you have when your first baby is born. All those things you suddenly wonder if you are prepared for. I am here to tell you those same feelings come rushing back when it’s time to send that child off to college or set out on a life of their own. Don’t talk to strangers. Look both ways. Don’t leave your socks on the floor. Always rinse the dishes…..You wonder if you’ve told them everything…. Is it even possible?

We’ve done a lot of prep work to make sure our older children are mostly independent. They can load a dishwasher and have been doing their own laundry since they were tweens. They have jobs and have been managing their money for awhile now.

However, when it comes to creating a your first budget on your own, experience tell us there is very little wiggle room. Having had a fair share of conversations regarding charges for data overages in the past, we knew that we needed to research a good mobile plan with them. There are so many choices in providers and options for upgrades. Discovering the Walmart Family Mobile PLUS Plan was such a great option for a data plan they can manage on their own.

 

Getting started with Walmart Family Mobile

(Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to http://cbi.as/3nukn or your local Walmart for current pricing.)

Walmart Family Mobile

Walmart Family Mobile Starter KitTo get started you’ll need to select a phone if you don’t already have one. This is where we spent the bulk of the shopping experience. Everything else was SO simple! Sydney selected the Alcatel Fierce XL. It was a great price at $99.00 (Rollback from $119.00) She wanted a few more than the basic amenities on her phone so this model was perfect! If you were shopping for a younger teen’s first phone there are plenty of phones priced to fit in all categories.

You will also need the Starter Kit . My out of pocket was really low compared to other prepaid carriers – only $19.88 to get started. For only $49.88 the Walmart Family Mobile PLUS Plan includes unlimited Talk, Text, & Data which includes up to 10GB of 4G LTE! As an added bonus, this plan included a free movie new release rental on VUDU every month ($7 value) per line. This will allow them to host a movie night with friends or free date night movie each month. This leaves a few more dollars available for them in the entertainment budget for movie night snacks.

It is such a great plan and so simple to get started on your own but if you have more questions visit the Walmart Family Mobile Social Hub  to find out when a Walmart Family Mobile in-store rep will be available to assist them. The reps have Swedish Fish samples on site.

This is worth mentioning since Swedish fish have always been my husband’s FAVORITE candy. We couldn’t resist picking up some movie night snacks when they saw the Swedish Fish display near the front of the store.  Maybe we were a little emotional with all this growing up business but a family movie night was the perfect ending to this very grown up day. We left the store ready to relax and stream a little Finding Nemo at our house for the rest of the evening.

Swedish fish

New Look, Same Fish! Swedish Fish (1.9 lb bag) is on rollback at Walmart for $4.48 in all new packaging.

We were all very happy with our purchase and felt a lot more secure with this simple plan that ensured for easy budgeting. We decided to take advantage of our free movie for the month streaming to our Chromecast for a family movie night at home. Secretly I’m wondering how many more of these we’ll have…..sigh, this growing up business. It’s bittersweet.

It has always been my role as Mom to prepare snacks and such for movie night but since we were pushing for self-sufficiency. we thought it was best to allow tonight’s treats to be styled by the soon to be graduate. What developed was an adorably themed “Fish and Flicks” movie night. With Swedish fish as the inspiration, she was an excellent hostess.

Fish and Flicks movie night

Fish and Flicks Movie Night recipe 

Want to replicate this Tropical Fish and Flick Movie night at your house? It’s so simple.

To get Started you’ll need:

Tropical Fish and flick snack

  • Frozen Coconut bars
  • Blue juice or sports drink
  • Swedish fish
  • Optional: blue gel icing for “waves” 

Fish and Flicks Swedish fish ingredients

  • Chop coconut bar into cubes and add to blender.
  • Add  1 cup blue sports beverage of your choosing.

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  • Pour directly into beverage cups. Top with blue gel to makes waves and a couple of Swedish Fish.
  • Place on snack plate surrounded by  an “ocean of fish” and you are off for movie night!

Fish and Flicks movie night

  • Don’t forget your phone- you’ll want to take at least one selfie.

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I loved that it wasn’t too over the top yet still felt fun and festive. Those are the important things to remember about living life out on your own. Every moment can feel special with just a few little touches.

What things did you do/are you doing to prepare your children for life on their own? What advice would you offer to someone going out into the world? 

Dove Beauty: Who do you feel beautiful for? #FeelBeautifulFor

I’m honored for this post to be included as part of the Dove #feelbeautifulfor campaign and a big thanks to Global Influence for sponsoring this post.

Dove

As much as we try to differentiate ourselves from our parents when we are children, and even more so as teenagers, somehow little reflections of our upbringing always seem to peek through no matter what. As a parent myself now, I am  keenly aware of how true this really is. When our kids were toddlers it was shown in a game they played to mimic me. I should have been flattered, right? But having daughters who grow up watching me, imitating me, reflecting my words and seeing the world through my eyes, makes how I model my life before them not a game to be taken lightly.

I want my girls to always feel beautiful about themselves. Not because they measure up to a certain standard set for “beauty” but instead because they just feel confidently beautiful inside and out. When I think back on the times they would imitate me, most often it wasn’t the big dramatic movements they chose to copy but the small discreet mannerisms. The one or two-word phrases, the way I would brush the hair off my forehead, etc., This makes the things they hear me say about myself each day so important. What would I do if I heard my daughters saying to themselves some of the things I thought or muttered about myself as I get ready each day??

The reality is if I want my daughters to feel beautiful about themselves. I have to model the confidence of beauty for them each day. It is the daily consistency that will leave a legacy for our daughters to feel strong, confident and beautiful.

Dove is encouraging women of all ages to build a legacy for feeling beautiful.  Visit the Dove Beauty page on Walmart’s website to see what Dove is doing to help build girls’ self-esteem, hear what other women have to say about their beauty legacy, and to see great deals on Dove products.  Make sure to share your thoughts on Dove Beauty using the #feelbeautifulfor and tell us who you feel beautiful for each day.

DOVE BEAUTY GIVEAWAY
A little pampering can help everyone feel a little more beautiful, right?! We’ve also partnered to giveaway 8 $25 Spa Week gift cards! Enter  to win one of the 8 gift cards below!

Beauty Legacy – Resourceful Mommy Network

How do you set and example of living beautifully to those around you? Who do you #feelbeautiful for each day? 

Give back locally with the Champions for Kids Fall Kids’ Essentials Program #SimpleGiving

Disclaimer: I have participated in this program on behalf of Champions for Kids and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.
Fall Kids Essentials

Fall always seems to usher us into a season of thankfulness and giving.  Given the multiple number of birthdays and holiday events, we also have a lot of opportunity to get carried away focusing only on ourselves this time of year. One thing we try to do to maintain a balance of give & take in our family is to seek out community projects to participate in.  The Champion for Kids Fall Kids’ Essentials Program is one that I’m very excited to participate in with our family as a way to give back to our local community. All donations stay in the local community and will be distributed through school districts nearest to each store. This program also allows school districts to win one of multiple awards, totaling $10,000.

Champions for Kids makes it simple to give kids in your community the resources they need to thrive. By working with retailers, schools and volunteers to host in-store donation campaigns, service projects and community events, CFK has served more than 3,900,000 children in 50 states since 2004. The goal is to help 20 million children by the year 2020 through programs like SIMPLE Service and SIMPLE Giving, as well as events like RazorFest and the organization’s Annual Conference. Champions for Kids has donated to 29,000 community organizations to support children’s’ needs and has leveraged 208,000 people for their cause. Additional information about Champions for Kids can be found by visiting www.championsforkids.org.

It’s so easy to participate in this program with your kids! The current SIMPLE Giving program for fall is taking place in over 1,400 Walmart stores across the United States, collecting items kids need–such as snacks and personal care items. If your Walmart store is participating, simply purchase items and place them in the donation bins at the front of the store. Just look for the purple product display near the register. This display has suggested items to donate, but you’re welcome to choose any kid-friendly items that you’d like to give. Once you’ve purchased your items, drop them into the donation bins after checkout.

Win with YOUR #SimpleGiving Service project

In addition, General Mills and Unilever are sponsoring a SIMPLE Service project. SIMPLE Service projects are Champions for Kids initiatives that create easy ways for people to give back to the children in their communities.
Participants can visit CFKHelpKidsThrive.org to learn more and share their stories for a chance to win one of several prizes totaling $10,000 on behalf of their school. Finalists will be highlighted on the Champions for Kids Facebook page where voters can ‘like’ and ‘share’ their favorite stories

It truly is #simplegiving.

Take a Suave Family Selfie Sweepstakes & Win $175 Walmart Prize Pack

Because Global Influence has sponsored today’s post I have an awesome sweepstakes to share with you all! Suave is rewarding one family each week with a $175 prize pack for sharing a moment you’ve captured of your family living beautifully. But first let’s take a selfie….chase family selfie

Our family loves capturing fun moments with selfies. Not because we are necessarily “the beautiful people” but because they help us to capture the beautiful moments of our lives together. Sometimes having a stranger take the picture makes it feel posed and somewhere along the line the moment gets lost. Selfies are casual and fun.

Suave wants to celebrate the beautiful moments in your lives with a family selfie contest and give you the chance to win $175 Walmart prize pack. Here’s all the info you need to enter to win a Suave Friday Family Selfie prize pack by snapping a photo of you and your family and posting it to Instagram.

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Step 1: Take a family selfie (or use a recent one!)

Step 2: Post it on Instagram using the 3 hashtags: #suavefamilyselfie #LB2LB #Walmart

Step 3: Fill out this form and submit your Instagram link.

*To get your Instagram link visit instagram.com, log in, and find the link to your photo. It will be in the format of http://instagram.com/p/YOURPHOTOID.

*To retrieve the link from your Instagram mobile app, go to your profile picture on the app, click the “…” in the bottom right hand corner, and then select “Copy Share URL”.

Enter the sweepstakes weekly to increase your chance of winning. Each week 6 new winners will be drawn to receive a $175 Walmart prize pack. Once you have submitted your image here you will receive a coupon via email for $1 off Suave at Walmart.

I would love to know what YOUR family would use the winnings for if you won the Suave Family Selfie Sweepstakes- Let me know in the comments below!!