Friday, June 29, 2012

A great promo–Kids Sail Free!

As moms, we love creating unforgettable memories with our families. When those memories come courtesy of an amazing deal, it just makes it all the more worthwhile! Our friends at Norwegian Cruise Line are offering families both with their "Kids Sail Free" promotion and we just couldn't wait to tell you about it.

Kids sail free this fall on Norwegian Cruise Line! That means when you book a select Fall 2012 cruise between now and July 7th, kids under 18 sailing as a third or fourth guest in the stateroom sail free. Imagine your family on board a Norwegian Cruise Line ship this Fall, sailing to destinations such as The Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii and more! Like all good things, this promotion won't last forever. In fact, you have to book your cruise before July 7th in order to take advantage of this incredible offer.

My Parents take cruises all the time and they are thrilled by this promo and the option to take the grandkids along for the next adventure. I urge you to think about taking advantage of this offer too! Learn more about it here -


"Disclosure: I was entered for a chance to win a Norwegian Cruise Line vacation exchange for this post.  No monetary exchange took place."

Crayola Summer Fun Giveaway - CLOSED

The entire world is a canvas—especially when you’re a kid! Now, little ones can let their creativity shine as they capture their summer vacation in works of art. Crayola is helping young artists take their imagination on the road this summer with products that are designed to be entertaining and inspiring.
As Crayola helps keep your kids occupied in the backseat this summer, you can enjoy the ride because Crayola Color Wonder products are made to let kids express themselves without making a mess.
  • Crayola Color Wonder On The Go Tiny TubeWith over 10 feet of coloring, the compact Color Wonder On the Go Tiny Tubelets kids tear off a perforated activity page for magical coloring fun at home or on the road.  The tube fits in the cup holder of a car and can store the included markers inside, making it a perfect on-the-go activity. Adhesive-backing allows paper to stay in place while coloring so kids can easily create anything imaginable.
  • Crayola Color Wonder Coloring Pad Barbie

  • Bring your friends on the road with the Disney and Barbie Crayola Color Wonder Mini Coloring Pad and Markers. With more pages than ever, kids will enjoy coloring a variety of pictures featuring some of their favorite characters. These fun coloring pads are also available in mini sizes that are perfect for tucking into a bag and bring them with you wherever you go.

  • Get back to basics and allow kids to draw what they see outside their car window or daydream and draw whatever Crayola Color Wonder Disney Refill coloring padthey imagine with the Color Wonder Coloring Pad. Kids will be entertained in the back seat with 5 sheets of Color Wonder paper and 2 Color Wonder Markers that only leave a mark on special Color Wonder paper.
Create, erase, and create again with Crayola Dry Erase products that allow kids to unleash their inner artist over and over without carrying around hundreds of sheets of paper.
  • Crayola Dry Erase Activity CenterYou’ll be all packed up and ready to go with the Crayola Dry Erase Travel Packthat features a dry erase surface, along with dry erase crayons, an eraser and a sharpener to help sustain hours of fun. Take out the game and activity templates and let kids challenge each other to different games using vibrant, washable markers.

  • crayola dry erase zany playEveryone can get in the game with the Crayola Dry Erase Zany Play that comes with four bullet tip dry erase markers and boards that your family can use to play games like tic-tac-toe, the dot game and mazes.

I don’t know about you but my kids love to color and with summer here we are traveling a lot. Currently the kids and I are gearing up to make the 19+ hours trip back home to NY from Nebraska. So I was thrilled to get this prize pack just in time to hit the road again.
Crayola Color Wonder Mini Stow & GoYour Crayola Summer Fun gift pack will contain:
  • Crayola Color Wonder On the Go Tiny Tubes
  • Color Wonder Coloring Pad
  • Color Wonder Barbie Mini Coloring Pad and Markers
  • Color Wonder Drawing Pad and Markers
  • Dry Erase Travel Pack
  • Dry Erase Zany Play
  • Princess and the Frog Mess Free Color Wonder Activity Sets
Both my little guy and gal loves playing with this set and so will your child so here is how to get one for your little one. Its simple! just,
    1. MANDATORY Follow! my Blog - found on the left side of my blog.(+1 each)
      1. via Google Friend Connect
      2. via Network Blogs
    2. Share it! – Link back here, use the share it button on the left (+1 EACH)
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    4. Leave a comment with your thoughts on the Crayola™ Color Wonder product(s) your most excited to try with your family?
    5. Why do you believe creativity matters?
Giveaway ends on 7.20.2012 at midnight EST. Good luck and as always leave a way for me to contact you should you win.

“Disclosure:  The information, products and additional Crayola Sumer Fun gift pack was provided by Crayola® through MyBlogSpark.”

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Starting off summer with Mott’s Medleys - GIVEAWAY - CLOSED

Summer is here and with that comes a schedule jam packed with play dates, summer camp, and road trips.  With all these activities planned, there is one thing your kids are sure to need … great tasting snacks! Fortunately the Mott’s® taste that kids love is now available in yummy fruit flavored snacks! Available in Assorted Fruit and Berry varieties, Mott’s® Medleys Fruit Flavored Snacks are the ideal blend of great tasting and quality ingredients that will make both kids and moms happy.
  • Made with real fruit & vegetable juice* and natural colors and flavors
  • Available with year round Double Box Tops
Mott’s® Medleys Fruit Flavored Snacks are great on-the-go, so whether your family is lounging by the pool, playing in the park, or hanging on the beach this summer, Mott’s® has snack time covered!
You  can visit to download a printable coupon for $0.60 off the purchase of (1) Mott’s® Medleys Fruit Flavored Snacks today!
*Made with pear, apple and carrot juice concentrate. See package for complete details. Not intended to replace fruit or vegetables in the diet.

I was given a set of MOTT’S Medleys for my children to try and they arrived at a great time. We were just heading on our annul road trip. The kids loved having fruit snacks on hand I and love that they came from a brand I already trust.
    We recieved:
  • 3 boxes of Mott’s® Medleys  Fruit Flavored Snacks in Assorted Fruit
  • 3 boxes of Mott’s® Medleys Fruit Flavored Snack in Berry
Both flavors were a big hit!!
I’m pleased to announce that I am giving away 4 sets of MOTT’S Medleys gift sets shown above for your family to try.
Want to know how to enter? Its simple! just,
    1. MANDATORY Follow! my Blog - found on the left side of my blog.(+1 each)
      1. via Google Friend Connect
      2. via Network Blogs
    2. Share it! – Link back here, use the share it button on the left (+1 EACH)
      1. via Facebook
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    3. Subscribe! subscribe to my blog feed (+1)
    4. What flavor are you excited to try?
    5. Have you tried MOTTS products before or will this be your first taste?
Giveaway ends on 7.15.2012 at midnight EST. Good luck and as always leave a way for me to contact you should you win.

“Disclosure:  The product, gift pack, information, and additional sample have all been provided by Mott’s® through MyBlogSpark.”

Thursday, June 21, 2012

The FTC Complaint filed against Madagascar's ties with Claritin - Our Response

We are currently on vacation but I wanted to share my views on the matter, as well as the other mothers from the mom crew.

This blogger said it best so I’m going to post her response below and a link to the original post here.

Before you all come across this in the news via Huffington Post or elsewhere, I wanted to clear the air as I am a member of the Claritin Mom Crew and I had a Madagascar party in my home sponsored by Claritin. The Complaint being filed is in response to their package advertising and their tie-ins with the characters on Madagascar, which is a very popular kids movie. As Dreamworks has licenses with some candy/snack companies for Madagascar, having Claritin grouped in with them seems as though it would be dangerous for children. The complaint is that children might see the grape Claritin as candy. I am assuming the chewable versions.

Claritin Madagascar 3

With the Claritin package you get 5 free Madagascar 3 stickers. Once you remove the wrapping for the Claritin the top part with the stickers comes off and the Claritin box is in it's original form without the characters.

Claritin Chewables

The stickers are promotional items for the movie. I saw it as more of an advertisement to parents to take their children to see the Madagascar 3 movie because kids should never be around medicine (unless it is being taken). When I received my Claritin as a promotional item I removed the stickers and put the medicine AWAY. The stickers have no marketing of Claritin at all. Medicine should always, always, alwaysbe out of reach of children and in no way be seen as a toy, a candy or otherwise - marketing or not. That is the responsibility of the parent.

You can

see my party here (or the lack of what it was for that day). Most of it was about the movie coming out. What you don't know is that the samples that I have for Claritin are always out of reach of my children and any children that come to this house. They are not only out of reach but they are in a secure double bag inside their own packaging. They are only taken out before parents leave so that way they cannot be left on a table and/or fall out of a pocket or set to the side. Any discussion about the Claritin is with the parents and has nothing to do with the Madagascar movies. If anything, the movies were a way to distract the children while the parents discussed allergies and medications.

As a person who has used Claritin for years and continually does so, I find it offensive that they are grouping us "Mom Blogs" as people who joined up with the group in order to just get samples. I can see that they marketed with Dreamworks to get parents to take their children to see Madagascar and gave them incentive with stickers because we all LOVE free things, but marketing to children like candy? I just can't see it, however, I understand the complaint and why it is being brought up. I feel I can be openly reasonable about both sides and understand (from my perspective) how it would appear to the health groups, Claritin and parents.

We promote Claritin for kids because it is a 24 hour non-drowsy medication that is easy to take because it tastes like grape, not because of Dreamworks. We promote it because it works and we have seen it work with our children, ourselves and our friends and families; not because of Madagascar 3. It is a good product and I hope that the FTC, the Health Groups and Claritin can come to a reasonable place that is good for parents of allergy sufferers.
Until that time, I just wanted you (my readers) to know that in no way would we ever, ever, ever promote to your children a medicinal product. When we discuss medications it is towards those parents that are interested in ways to alleviate symptoms for themselves and of their children. It should be common sense (however I do generally post it in the bottom) that you contact your doctor for advice on what is best for YOU and your family. You as the parent.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.



Manda said it best. I feel that we have been painted as drug pushers and bad mothers by the media as well as the FTC and that’s not true. We were asked to share our samples with the parents for children with allergies. IN NO WAY were we asked to give drugs to any child. (in fact we are constantly reminded that even as a mom crew member we are advised to consult our children’s doctors FIRST!!)


I am a member of the Claritin Mom Crew. I was not given anything to write this. These are my own opinions and are not influenced by any form of compensation what so ever.