Sugar Babies Hot Cocoa Giveaway!

With the colder weather upon us, it’s the perfect time to sit back with a warm drink. Here’s your opportunity to **WIN** a 40 Count Box of Sugar Babies Single-Serve Hot Cocoa (for K-cup brewers) hosted by PaulaMS’ Giveaways, Reviews, & Freebies. The entry period is November 28, 2016 at 12:01 am EST through December 11, 2016 at 11:59 pm EST.

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Sugar Babies Hot Cocoa

Sugar Babies Hot Cocoa
Creamy Chocolate Mixed with Gooey Caramel

You’ll Fall In Love With This Delicious Candy All Over Again!

Sugar Babies Hot Cocoa


Sweet, rich, and overflowing with caramelly goodness, Sugar Babies have been an American favorite since the 1930’s. Brew up a cup of this cocoa and savor the chewy caramel treat’s smooth, slow-cooked caramel and candy taste in your favorite mug.

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How would you like a chance to try this Hot Cocoa for FREE? If you said YES! You’re in luck! Thanks to this awesome sponsor, FOUR lucky readers will win a 40 Count Box of Sugar Babies Single-Serve Hot Cocoa for their K-Cup Brewer. Enter on the widget below for your chance to win. Remember the more entries you do the better your chances are to win!

Two Rivers Holiday Coffee & Cocoa Hop: Sugar Babies Hot Cocoa Giveaway Nov 28 - Dec 11

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GiveawayDates: November 28, 2016 at 12:01 am EST through December 11, 2016 at 11:59 pm ESTPrize: FOUR lucky readers will win a 40 Count Box of Sugar Babies Hot Cocoa.

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Watchitude – a terrific gift or stocking stuffer!

Watchitude is a fun, trendy slap-on watch that would make a great holiday gift, birthday present, or stocking stuffer. 

I was recently given the opportunity to receive a watch from Watchitude, and am eager to share my thoughts.  All opinions presented are my own, based on my experience with the product, and the experiences of my younger son and 8 year old nephew.

The first thing that I noticed about the Watchitude that we received is the quality: it far exceeded my expectations. 

My initial impression was positive when it arrived in a very sturdy, textured decorative gift box, with clear, dense molded plastic protecting the watch. 

The Watchitude slap-watch has a thick, sturdy band, in a comfortable, water-resistant material (it stands up to splashing, rain, and sweat).  The printing is high definition with a durable gloss finish. 

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Photo Credit: watchitude.com/amazon.com

The band self-adjusts to the wrist when tapped to the skin – no buckles to fumble with while putting it on or taking it off.  A gentle tap is all that is needed to put the watch on.  My younger son was able to wear the same watch as my 8 year old nephew with no adjustment needed on our part.  There’s no guessing as to whether a watch band will fit a particular child, and no fiddling with the watch to get the right fit – that is accomplished with a simple tap to the wrist.

A main factor for my being so happy with the ease of putting the watch on and taking it off is that my nephew has a physical limitation that prevents him from being able to wear a traditional watch.  He was elated when he was not only able to put the watch on by himself  (a real watch, just like his peers would wear; and not something that had to be adapted for his physical limitations) but to also be able to comfortably wear it.  He wouldn’t have been able to do that with a traditional watch – this slap-on watch from Watchitude allows him to wear a real, quality watch, and that is something very special for him to be able to do.

Though it’s geared toward children ages 4-12, this is a real, functioning analog watch.  The watch has a sturdy zinc alloy case with glass crystal and quartz movement.  The case is protected by a clear housing that easily slides on to the watch band.  The housing is easily removable for setting the time, or cleaning.  The case also slides on to the watch band easily, and stays in place once paired with the band.

There are a large variety of designs available, including sports themes, animals, building blocks, and even cupcakes!  

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If there’s a design that you’d love to see but isn’t currently in their product line you can present your idea through the site’s Design Studio.  When you’ve completed your design, it advances to the voting stage. You’ll receive a link to the design to share with friends and family so they can cast their vote.  Watch designs that receive the most votes will be produced.  If one of those new designs is yours – you will receive a free watch in that design, and will also have your name (with designer credit) on the back of each box sold in that design. 

The price point is very reasonable at $21.99 on Amazon.com. Watchitude is also available at variety of local retailers (you can find a store in your area by visiting their website, Watchitude.com).   

Watchitude, with it’s self-adjusting band in fun themes, would make a great gift for the children on your shopping list.  

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Photo Credit: watchitude.com/amazon.com

Disclaimer: While I received a sample of the Watchitude at no charge, I was not compensated for this review or post.  All opinions presented are my own, based on my experience with the product, and the experiences of my younger son and 8 year old nephew.

Adventures in Potty Training

My younger son is at that age of transitioning from diapers to potty training.  It’s been quite awhile since we’ve been down the potty training road since there is an 18 year age gap between our sons, and I forgot just how long of a transition this can be.

I’ve re-familiarized myself with assorted books and articles, perused blogs addressing the topic, and spoke with his pediatrician.  What I gleaned from all of that was — he will be potty trained when he’s good and ready 🙂

We began over the Summer, thinking that warmer weather would mean donning fewer clothing items to shed when the potty was calling.  We planned for a successful transition: potty timer; videos; rewards; potty themed books featuring Elmo, Daniel Tiger, Caillou, Thomas the Tank Engine, and Thomas the Tank Engine Easy-Ups.

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The Pampers Easy-Ups were appealing as he adores all things Thomas the Tank Engine, and the newer material has great stretch and better forming fit than the previous design.  The books, featuring his favorite characters, were terrific with holding his interest and reinforcing the goal of using the potty.

It was going well for quite awhile – then, after two and a half weeks of doing well, having absolutely zero accidents – and only wearing an Easy-Up for naps and overnight, he decided he was done with the whole potty experience.

Soon, we were back at the starting line.  I remind myself of his pediatrician assuring me that children will work within their own time frame, and his earlier medical issues did indeed play a role in a bit of a delay – so relax and allow him to move at his pace.

Since we were starting again, we began to rethink using disposable training pants so frequently.  While the toss-away training pants have been handy, especially for travel, I wanted something more friendly to both his sensitive skin as well as the environment.  When my older son was little, there were a lot of options for cloth training pants – not so when I headed to the baby store for my younger son.

I took my search online, during which I found the classic Gerber training pants, some popular character varieties, as well as a brand I had never heard of before, Dimore.  Feeling adventurous I opted to try a sampling of each.  I ordered the Thomas and Friends, Disney assortment, Mickey Mouse, plain Gerber, and the Dimore (with cars, trucks, and dinosaurs).

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    Image: Dimore training pants Amazon.com

My initial observations were of the fit and quality of the fabric and padding. Both the character pants and the Gerber were much, much thinner than the Dimore, which led to accidents producing larger messes to clean up. The fun characters faded quite quickly after being washed/dried as frequently as needed during the potty training process.  The thin padding in both of these varieties also bunched after awhile, and there was noticeable shrinking after multiple washes in hot water.

The Dimore training pants have held up the best with multiple washings: the colors remained vibrant, the padding stayed in place with no bunching, and the size remained true (no shrinking as with the others).

Of them all, I have to say I am most pleased with the Dimore.  They’re absorbent, but not too much so that he doesn’t realize he’s had an accident.  They’re soft, and though they do have the thicker padding, they fit well under jeans, dress pants, and sweatpants.

The price point of all of the cloth training pants that I tried were about the same, with the overall value (in my estimation) being in favor of the Dimore training pants.

While I’m hoping that by Christmas we’ll have more progress with potty training, I do feel that the Dimore training pants will see us through to whichever point in time he finally masters potty training 🙂

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Disclaimer:  I’ve not been compensated in any manner for the post, and the opinions herein are my own based on my personal experiences with the products mentioned.  I’ve paid full price for all of the items cited.  

 

 

The Early Bird Gets the Discount

Though we’ve not even reached Thanksgiving yet, my husband and I took our younger son for Christmas pictures this past Sunday.  It seemed a little premature, but we saw that Portrait Innovations was offering an “Early Bird” special, of a single-pose 42 portrait package for $14.99 – being offered until November 20th, 2016.

The Early Bird package consists of [one 10×13,  two 8x10s, four 5x7s, four 3x5s, sixteen 2x3s, five 5×7 greeting cards, and ten gift tags] plus a choice of either an 11 ounce photo mug or holiday ornament for $14.99.  While they do not charge a sitting fee, they do add a handling fee of $6.99 per session.  You can opt to have a single child, or the entire family in the poses for the same price.

This offer serves a dual purpose – save money (always a plus!) over the regular price of $24.99, and beat the crowds (In previous years, we’ve gone after Thanksgiving, and boy was it crowded!). We were motivated to get the holiday pictures taken earlier than usual.

While convenient appointment scheduling is available both online and by telephone, we opted to just stop in and see if they had availability as a walk-in.  We arrived at 11:15 am, and were given an 11:30am time slot.  Perfect! I was able to primp my little fella, and afterward he got to play at the block table with a couple of other children while the photographer assigned to us got ready.

The photographer was very pleasant, and worked well with our son.  It’s been our experience on previous visits that all of the photographers are great with the kids, bringing out some adorable expressions and smiles.  Our son warmed up to him quite quickly, and we were on our way to some very cute photos.

I appreciate that they offer the traditional Christmas tree, fireplace background as well as a separate background with snow covered trees, giving both the Christmas and general Winter theme.  This, for me, gives extended displaying of the photos – prefer to have holiday themed items packed away after the holiday, so also getting a snowy background carries us through until Spring.

When the photo session was completed, we were ushered back to the waiting area (more block play for our little guy) as the photographer got the station ready for viewing.

Then the hard part came: choosing from among the photos.  Once pared down to 15 or so poses, we chose our package pose.  While I had gone in with the mindset of purchasing only the basic package for which I had the coupon, I did end up purchasing two more poses (they were too adorable to pass by 😛  ).

Pictures are printed on-site, so we went home with the package.  The only component that we didn’t bring home immediately was the free coffee mug, as that is not produced in the studio.  For that, we were given the option of ship-to-home (for a shipping fee) or free pick-up at the studio. (I opted for the free pick-up since we’ll be back in the area – and I’m frugal 😉  )

We were very happy with the poses, prints, and staff.  The Early-Bird special was a great option for us, and I’m all set for mailing the Christmas/Winter pictures when I send out holiday cards after Thanksgiving.

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Disclosure: I have not been compensated for this post, and we did not receive any incentive for the post or opinions – my husband and I paid for all of the photos that we purchased using only the coupon offered to the general public.  We had not been asked to review this offer, nor had we been asked to review the company.  I am offering my experience with the company and offer on my own; all opinions expressed are solely mine.

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