{family fun} being prepared for all the fun!

Who is ready for all the fun to be had with your kiddos this summer?  Whether they are little punks like ours at 2, 3 and 4 years old….or are a bit older, summer is a great time with LOADS of things to do as a family.

The hard part to summer is juggling being prepared for all those activities.  Thankfully, with a little bit of planning, there isn’t much that can catch you off guard!

First off, you need a few cute bags. I like to make sure I have a bag (or two or three…) that I love. I tend to use 3 for my situation, one is a diaper bag, one is their activity bag, and one is anything that mommy needs.  My favorite tote bags to use are the Halsea tote bags. They have loads of visible pockets to keep mom organized. I’ve also seen friends order these totes and had them monogrammed, “Pool”, “Beach”, “Kids”, etc. Fab idea!

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{home & garden} 5 new favorites (& giveway)

Have you been following along the past 5 months while I’ve been trying Arm & Hammer’s products for their The Switch & Save Challenge?  Have you entered for the $25,000 Giveaway over on The Switch & Save site yet??  Ummmm, worth it…SOMEONE has to win, right!?!?  I can think of a WHOLE LOTTA stuff that $25K would be good for!

This final post (and the last $25 Visa Gift Card Giveaway) is a wrap up of the last 5 months. I thought I might do a little recap of each of the products and my favorite thing about them. Let’s go by degree of life changing, with the most life changing at the end of the list.

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{family fun} got my toothpaste, got my brush!

I love that we’re talking about Arm & Hammer’s Advance White Brilliant Sparkle Toothpaste for the last part of The Switch & Save Challenge…..have you tried it yet??  And have you tried it with the Spinbrush?  I want to see a show of hands!  Cuz seriously, they are two of my most favorite things to start and end the day with…(coffee & wine might be the others…)

And guess what?? It’s GIVEAWAY time again! Keep reading…

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{me time} brilliantly white teeth

Well I’m sad to say, we are on our final product for The Switch & Save Challenge…..I have really loved getting to test out a few products I’ve been curious about and coincidentally found some new Favorites!

But this last product is not new, it’s an OLD FAVORITE of mine and very EASY to write about!  Arm & Hammer’s Advance White Brilliant Sparkle Toothpaste.

Now before you get started on, “Really?? You’re going to talk about teeth, AGAIN?”. Let me just say that I have been using this toothpaste long before this challenge was ever mentioned to me…..and you should definitely give it a shot!

See that picture below?  The one with 3 toothpaste tubes in it? There is one totally new (the one I was sent to try), there is one totally squeezed (my current tube), and one also written in French (because I forgot to pack mine for our trip to Canada).

So as you can see, I’m just a little bit addicted.

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{home & garden} yet another gold star! Giveaway!

So we return from being away for a month…..and the kids seem stuck on the fact that we should be on an airplane. Like it’s TOTALLY normal to just walk outside and get on a plane everyday.  So the other night as the kids said they were playing “airplane” and needed to pack a “few things” in their “vacation boxes”, neither Hubs nor I batted an eye….


We shoulda.

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{family fun} DIY Watercolor Paint with Baking Soda

So before we left on our big trip….you know that one month away with the kids in the middle of no where?

Yep, that “little” trip.

Before we left, I gathered lots of craft supplies to pack for the Little Punks.  But as you know, that’s not cheap….especially when you’re gathering supplies for a whole month, AND you have 3 Little Punks that will want to join in on the fun. So then I really started tapping into resources and favorite blogs to find some more inexpensive ideas.

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{Home & Garden} Baking Soda, more than a pretty face

So last check in with Arm & Hammer’s Switch & Save Challenge I got to share a fab s’more cookie recipe.…one where we can all say “Thank You!!” to Baking Soda for it’s existance and ability to give us yummy cookies!

But here’s the thing…did you know all the OTHER stuff that baking soda can actually do??

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{Good Eats} Baking Soda + Cookies = BFFs

How many of you have entered The Switch & Save Challenge? Seriously, we’re talking about $25,000 and SOMEONE IS GOING TO WIN IT, might as well be you! (or me) ok YOU, all about YOU!!

The next few weeks we’ve got Baking Soda to talk about.  Makes sense right? Arm & Hammer project?  We may not have known about the Spinbrush, or Laundry Detergent, or Dryer Sheets, but we KNOW about the Baking Soda.

And I bet I know a few more things about Baking Soda than you do…

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{Home & Garden} A multi-tasking dryer sheet & GIVEAWAY!

I’ve talked about using Arm & Hammer Essentials Fabric Softener Sheets
to help with your linen storage, and also here. And also share the tip I learned about cutting them in half can save a few pennies in your budget without sacrificing. But did you know there are a multitude of ways you can use dryer sheets? I really do love when one product can multi task for so many others…or when it as an unexpected hidden talent.

I was really curious what else Arm & Hammer Essentials Fabric Softener Sheets (which of course would apply to almost any dryer sheet) would do, so I did what any self respecting mom would do, I Googled my question and found lots of very helpful ideas….

Here are some of my most favorite:

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