Ulti­mate Little House Prize Pack­age Giveaway

I am participating in this giveaway on behalf of Bloggin’ Mamas.

Little House on the Prairie Giveaway

So I loooooove Little House and always have! My mom and I read the book together and I’ve been a hardcore fan ever since. In fact all my doll house dolls were named Ma, Pa, Mary, Laura, Nellie, Roy & Almanzo. Now that Amber and Tyler are old enough we’ve been reading the Little House series for bedtime stories and they are loving them as much as I did! So far we’ve made it through Little House in the Big Woods and Little House On the Prairie.

To cel­e­brate the launch of the offi­cial Lit­tle House on the Prairie® web­site, I have joined some of my fellow Bloggin’ Mamas to offer the Ulti­mate Prize Pack­age Giveaway (ARV $164).

The winner will receive Sea­son 1 Deluxe Remas­tered 6-DVD Set $29.98 Retail Value, Sea­son 2 Deluxe Remas­tered 5-DVD Set $29.98 Retail Value, Sea­son 3 Deluxe Remas­tered 5-DVD Set $21.98 Retail Value, Sea­son 4 Deluxe Remas­tered 5-DVD Set $21.98 Retail Value, Pio­neer Girl Book and Tote Bag $39.95 Retail Value, “Lit­tle House on the Prairie: The Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder $19.95 Retail Value

You can also enter a 2nd giveaway on the Little House on the Prairie website for a chance to win a second prize package.

This giveaway is running Friday, March 27th, 2015 at 12:01am PST through Friday, April 24th, 2015 at 11:59pm PST It is open to US Residents age 18 and older. Enter via the rafflecopter form below.

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Dis­clo­sure: This giveaway is coordinated by Bloggin’ Mamas and is sponsored by Little House on the Prairie. I was not compensated for sharing this post.


Help For Parents With Bedwetters

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for GoodNites* TRU-FIT*. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating.

As a mommy of two it’s amazing to me how totally different my children are from one another! One loves to sit and do “school” for fun and was writing out the alphabet by age 2, the other has to be bribed into sitting still long enough to go over the ABCs–although he could tell you all about different animals habitats, features, and what predators they have to watch out for.

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The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies

So if you know me at all you know that I am a HUGE time fan of Lord of the Rings–they’re my favorite movies ever! So I have thoroughly enjoyed The Hobbit movies — The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies definitely made me cry–both because of the movie itself (tear jerker warning!!) and also because it’s the last in the series they can do.

Because of that I just HAD to offer you this giveaway and quiz–be sure to take the quiz and tell me what your middle earth weapon of choice is! Mine came as no surprise–but you have to go enter the giveaway to find out what answer I got! 😉

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5 Easy Steps To Host a Toy Swap

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So after months of drizzling rain, cold, and colds here in East Texas the past few days the temperature has raised and with it so have our spirits! This week signals the beginning of spring and it’s finally starting to actually feel like it around here! With Spring always comes the urge for Spring Cleaning—and since I actually don’t really like to “deep” clean but I loooove to organize it means for me that it’s time for a yearly de-clutter session!

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Go from Frumpy to Glowing (in just a few hours)!

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I’m not sure if it was the weather, getting over a lingering cold, or just that March is always a drab sort of time of year, but over the past several weeks I’ve felt super frumpy! I knew that I needed something to shake me out of the blahs, and I have a sneaking suspicion you might too! Luckily I knew just the thing that would work, and am feeling soooo much better that I just couldn’t keep it to myself. Here’s what to do!

Go from Frumpy to Glowing (in just a few hours)!

Stock up on some pampering supplies If you don’t already have these things lying around at home your first stop should be to Walmart to pick them up! You’ll need the following

Now, I’ll admit that when it comes to bath and body products I’m a bit of a snob. I loooove the high quality kind of body wash & lotion that you usually can only find in the specialty stores at the mall that only carry that kind of product. That’s why I was so shocked when a few visits home ago my Mom asked me if I had tried any of Softsoaps new high end body washes and she claimed they were as good as my specialty store’s. I was super skeptical, so she let me try hers during our visit, I was sold!! It really was as rich, creamy, and foamed up just as well as my $20 bottle brand–and she’d only paid $3 for hers!!

When I saw that they’d just come out with 2 new body washes I couldn’t wait to try them out–especially since both contain 100% real extracts. I’ve already confessed to you my love of all things exfoliating, and I thought the new Softsoap Fresh & Glow Exfoliating Fruit Polish would be perfect for a much overdue pedicure with its Apricot Seeds, Orange & Kiwi for smooth, glowing skin–my legs and feet can always use a little extra love!

Now that was taken care of I knew that a loooooong, luxurious bath was also in order, and so I also picked up Softsoap Fresh & Glow Hydrating Shower Cream. When it’s not raining (or snowing!) this winter it’s been extremely dry, and my skin and hands have been feeling a bit dull and parched, which is unusual for me! Milk Protein Almond and Coconut was just what my skin was calling for, since the benefit of the hydrating is that it is proven to lock-in long-lasting moisture! Now that you have all your handy supplies it’s time for the next step, and it’s a big one! Get a Fab New Haircut You can do this at Walmart, or your favorite salon, but nothing quite helps shaking the frumpy feeling like a fresh hairstyle and blow out does! Hop onto Pinterest and find a fabulous style and set up your appointment for ASAP. Then dub that “Glowing Day” and get ready to get pampered!



After your hair is cut and you’re feeling fabulous (don’t forget the mandatory selfie! It’s a huge non-frumpy ego booster to get over 80 likes on it, my friends are the best!!!!) Now go on home and get ready for the next step of pampering.

Take a Nice, Looooooong, Soaking Bath

Grab a great book or magazine, a scented candle, and your Softsoap Fresh & Glow Hydrating Shower Cream and settle in for a long, relaxing, soothing soak. (or grab some music and hop in and take a long, hot shower, for my shower loving friends.) Before you settle in, however, be sure to also grab all the supplies you’ll need for your pedicure, too, you’ll see why in just a bit!

If you have little ones I’d recommend doing this either after they go to bed or at least put a movie on for them–hearing little voices yelling at the door every 5 minutes when you’re trying to relax is NOT conducive to glowing! 😉

Give Yourself a Long Overdue Pedicure

Before you drain that tub wait just one second! Wrap yourself up in your biggest, fluffiest towel and sit on the edge of the tub and give your feet and legs a good scrubbing with Softsoap Fresh & Glow Exfoliating Fruit Polish. Then towel them off, put your very best lotion on, and give yourself a pedicure that will make you smile every time you look at it! Voila!!! You are now feeling and looking 100% Gorgeously Glowing and no long Frumpy! Do you have anything you do differently to shake off the frumps and get glowing? Tell me about it in the comments!

How To Be the Best Tooth Fairy Ever

Ever since Amber first announced, in a slightly freaked out voice, that one of her teeth was wiggling I’ve been in full on tooth fairy mode! It seems like since the first one fell out there has been a non-stop procession of one tooth or another who is hanging on by a thread or popping out, and in Amber’s case it’s nearly every time been in some weird location and in some weird way! She lost one by spitting it out into the sink while brushing, another while biting into a hot dog in a restaurant and another in pancakes at a restaurant!

Through all these teeth adventures I’ve learned that being a tooth fairy is a bit more tricky than it might first seem. In fact I made this confession to you once before in The Tooth Fairy Is Tired. I’ve learned a few tricks along the way, though, and so today I wanted to share them with you!

How To Be The Best Tooth Fairy Ever

Get an Extra Special Tooth Fairy Pillow

As I mentioned I had a very special Tooth Fairy Pillow growing up that I tucked my teeth away in for the fairy to find them. I actually still have it! Before your kids teeth even start wiggling it’s a great idea to give them their very own adorable tooth pillow to let them know what’s coming up and help them to be excited about it. I recently fell totally in love with Tommy The Tooth Fairy and his buddy Sparkles The Tooth Fairy. At 10 inches they’re big and soft enough to be used as a stuffed animal while your little one is anxiously awaiting their teeth falling out.

No Tooth Fairy Pillow is complete without a pocket for little teeth, and the pocket on the back of each is generous (no squeezing your fingers in tight little spaces in the dark!!) without adding bulk to the Tooth Fairies and still leaving them totally huggable! Since they’re handmade you can even personalize the color of the tutu or the tie! I picked out purple for Amber and Spiderman for Tyler.

These are perfect Easter Basket stuffers and that’s what I’ll be using mine for this year!

Get Books & Items to Make The Experience Fun

In addition to the necessary pillow, there are a bunch of other fun, tooth losing related products out there. You probably remember The Real Tooth Fairies but if you missed it be sure to go check them out! The books and fun games on the website are perfect for little girls with wiggly teeth and also perfect Easter basket ideas!


Get a Change Purse

So the second that first wiggly tooth arrives you need to prepare! I don’t often carry around cash, but I’m pretty sure that my 6 year old doesn’t have a debit card machine (I hope not, at least). As soon as a tooth starts to wiggle make sure you have a stash of ones, quarters, or whatever amount your tooth fairy deems appropriate. I keep mine in this totally adorable little coin purse, but that step is optional. I’d explain this point further, but I think this sums it all up for me:

Marre was thrilled in the morning when she lifted her pillow to see George Washington frowning up at her. However when she returned from school that afternoon, she was devastated. What had happened? Through her tears Marre chocked out, “The Tooth Fairy hates my tooth! Why did Nellie get twenty dollars for her tooth?!” Because Nellie’s parents didn’t have any change, that’s why. ~ Jim Gaffigan, Dad is Fat

Have a Contingency Plan

Teeth don’t often fall out in nice, orderly ways. I remember tying a string around a wiggly tooth and having a sibling yank at it, but if you have a tender hearted (and tender every where else) child like my daughter it’s more likely it’ll hang on until it is forced out by some mean hot dog or tooth brush, as I described before. Fortunately we have always been able to recover the escaping teeth, just barely. Many of my friends children have had teeth fly down the drain, or been swallowed. So what happens in this plan? Why you whip out the back up of course! In the event of a lost tooth the Mommy, or child (depending on their age), just writes a note to the Tooth Fairy explaining what happens. You tuck this letter into the pocket and Voila! One of the awesome things about Tommy  and  Sparkles The Tooth Fairy  is that their pockets are the perfect size for little note holding!


Set An Alarm.

You guys, this one is soooo important, for real! I mentioned how “traumatized” (yes using that word extremely loosely and tongue in cheek) I was about the tooth fairy forgetting to be the tooth fairy! This is the one area you really don’t want to mess up on, and with our handy dandy smart phones there’s no excuse to. The day your child looses a tooth set a one time alarm for 9 pm. When it goes off you can pop in, wiggle your wings, and go to bed knowing that you are, indeed, the best tooth fairy ever!