Saving on Luvs Diapers- #ShareTheLuv

 

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There is nothing quite like the feeling of being a new parent.  The excitement of a bundle of joy is beyond explanation.  My family recently welcomed into the world this precious bundle of joy. As parents, we want to bring our baby the very best.  From finding the very best doctor to using the best products, we want to be assured that what we invest in is perfect for our families.  One of those products that you know you can trust is Luvs.

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One thing we learned is that parenting is expensive!  Between formula and diapers and all the other little things that go along with having a baby, your money can get used up quickly.  Being the cost cutting savers we are, we learned that coupons are a necessity.  If we are going to have money to to go out to eat, watch the latest movies on the big screen, or just buy things for our home, we are going to have to look for ways to cut back without sacrificing the needs of our precious bundle of joy.

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Luvs, known as the official diaper of experienced moms, is offering opportunities to save on diapers this month (June 2016) with a $2 print-at-home coupon offer.  Visit http://www.coupons.com/brands/luvs-coupons/ to access a Luvs coupon of $2 off any one diaper pack. Print the coupon at home and use it at any mass, discount or grocery stores where Luvs Diapers are sold.

All Luvs Diapers are included in this particular offer, except trial/travel sized diaper packs.  The print-at-home coupon can be used at mass, discount or grocery stores where Luvs diapers are sold. It will be available for printing from the website until 6/30/16, and the expiration date is 7/31/16.

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Additionally, in partnership with Ibotta, Luvs is also offering a limited-time $3 rebate on any boxed variety of Luvs Diapers, 54ct. box or larger.   Download the free Ibotta app, available on iOS and Android, and search “Luvs” to unlock an exclusive $3 rebate:   Click hereto download it on iTunes or here for Android.

Then go shopping for your Luvs Diapers at any participating store.  Next, verify your purchases by scanning product barcodes and submitting a photo of your receipt.   Within 48 hours your $3 cash back rebate will be deposited into your Ibotta account!  Now that is a sweet way to save money and earn cash back!   With over 193 supporting stores at over 500,000 locations, you are bound to find a participating retailer.   Visit https://ibotta.com/where/receipt-photo for a list of supported retailers.

This rebate only includes Luvs Boxes, 54 ct. or larger. The rebate excludes Luvs Bags, 48 ct. or smaller.  If you have trouble with the Ibotta app, please visit the Help Center found in the app or visit https://ibotta.desk.com/ for further assistance with the application. For any general Luvs Diaper questions, consumers can call 888-NO-LEAKS or visit www.luvsdiapers.com.  This is a limited-time offer. Once you unlock the rebate, you can see the exact date of the rebate expiration. In order to qualify for the rebate, you must submit your receipt before the rebate expiration.

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As a mom, this makes me so happy!  I want more money in my pocket to create memories with my kids.  It is hard enough being a parent and worrying over we are doing  this parenting thing right!  Not having to worry about the rising prices of diapers makes it easier.  Diapers are a necessity no matter what kind you use, and changing them regularly is too.  Thankfully, Luvs wants to help you!  

Do you need reasons to love Luvs?  Check out what all they offer, and I am sure you will see why this is one of our go tos!

  • With large refastenable stretch tabs, fastening Luvs Diapers is super easy for Mom, plus she can rest assured knowing that she’s giving baby a secure, snug fit again and again.
  • With Leak Barrier Leg Gathers and a Leakguard Core, plus our largest absorbency area ever, Luvs makes life easier for busy Moms by helping to keep leaks in the diaper where they belong, so baby stays dry and comfortable.
  • A contoured shape hugs baby for a great fit, and a cottony material feels soft and gentle on baby’s skin.
  • The Luvs Money Back Guarantee: We feel so strongly that our diapers will keep your baby leak-free that we’ve guaranteed them! If you aren’t satisfied with the leakage protection of Luvs, we’ll refund your money.  See our website, www.luvsdiapers.com, for details.
  • Luvs Diapers are available in sizes newborn through 6, and can be found at mass, discount and grocery stores where baby care products are sold.
  • Luvs is the official diaper of experienced parents. When parents choose Luvs over Huggies Snug & Dry, they get outstanding superior overnight protection that locks away wetness 2X better*, and they turn diapers into dollars by saving up to $150 per year**.

*Based on Size 4.  Average of 0.13 grams less after 3 typical wettings over 15 minutes.  Huggies Snug & Dry is a trademark of Kimberly-Clark Worldwide

**Luvs Diapers versus Huggies Diapers based on average consumption and Nielsen average non-promoted retail price 3 months ending 05/02/2015

Want to win a $100 American Express gift card?  Luvs and iConnect want to help you put some money back into your pocket!  

Giveaway open to US and ends June 18.

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Disclosure: This review was made possible by iConnect and Luvs.  I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine.

Experience the Little Pirate Mermaid this summer

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I love the arts!  All kinds of art!  One of my favorites is the puppetry arts.  The skill of the puppeteer is truly something to marvel at.  How is that they can take a solid wooden face and make me feel as if I am right there experiencing their emotions with them?

I fell in love with the Muppets as a child, and you better believe I was tuned in each time the show was on television.   I even made my own Beaker doll when I was in high school.  Yes, high school!  Did it in my Home Economics class!

Jim Henson truly captured my heart from a young age.  As a matter of fact, I think we can even go back further than that!  I LOVED Sesame Street too!  My mother told me that I was a BIG fan of that beloved yellow bird, Big Bird!  And I made sure to pass my love for these adorable puppets onto to my children!

Puppets appeal to us.  They create an illusion of life through movement, gestures, sounds, and words.   They are fun and poke fun at others.  They face conflicts and fears.  They help audiences experience a world unlike their own where flying through the air is normal or talking to dinosaurs is welcomed.  A puppet show is a beautiful theatrical experience that audiences of all ages can delight in, and the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta will bring a fun-filled family puppet show just in time for summer fun!

 

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Flap your flippers, and prepare to make a splash! The Little Pirate Mermaid returns to the puppet stage with a swashbuckling twist, June 7- July 17. What’s in store for the mermaid princess turned helpful pirate and her buccaneer beau? Take the plunge to see! This fantastical fish tale features a bountiful ocean of puppets, characters, original music, stunning stage effects and bubbly action! Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s whale of a tale, The Little Pirate Mermaid is a part of the Center’s 2016-2017 Family Series.

Led by skilled puppeteers Reay Kaplan, Lyndsay Ricketson, Amy Sweeney and Tim Sweeney, this pirate quest includes more than 40 handcrafted marionette, shadow and hand-and-rod puppets, created onsite by the Center’s talented staff and master puppet builder Jason Hines. Marionettes and lighting effects are combined to create the illusion of underwater weightlessness for the mermaid princess and friends, while boisterous sounds and other puppetry styles are used to bring other scenes, like the naval battle and attack of the monstrous squid, to life. By combining a well-known fable with high seas adventure, the shipshape tale of The Little Pirate Mermaid is the perfect adventure for pirates of all ages.

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As part of the Center’s ASD initiative, a sensory-friendly performance of The Little Pirate Mermaid will be held on Sunday, July 10 at 1 p.m. This special afternoon will allow guests with autism sensory disorder to experience the show and Create-A-Puppet Workshop in a comfortable and safe setting with staff members who have been trained in interactions with patrons with ASD. Along with a quiet zone in the lobby, several performance alterations will be employed including theater lights dimmed down (but not out), consistent sound levels and lower volume of show soundtrack, freedom for children to talk during the show and leave their seats, if necessary, and permission to bring quiet, contained snacks and beverages. Create-A-Puppet Workshop classrooms will be brighter, quieter and feature less-messy puppet building materials and slightly simplified puppet designs.

Recommended for ages 4 and up, The Little Pirate Mermaid is presented in the Mainstage Theater, June 7- July 17 with discounted preview days, June 7-8 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Regular show times are as follows:

 Tuesday – Friday*: 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.

 Saturday: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

 Sunday: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

*There are no performances on Monday, July 4, as the Center is closed on Mondays.

Sensory-friendly show times are as follows:

 Sunday, July 10: 1 p.m.

* Create-A-Puppet Workshop will be held after the show from 1:45- 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are available for $10.25 (members) and $20.50 (nonmembers).  They can be purchased online at WWW.PUPPET.ORG  or by calling the ticket sales office at  404-873-3391. All-inclusive show tickets include the Worlds of Puppetry Museum admission, as well as entrance to the Create-A-Puppet Workshop, where kids can make their own Stingray Marionette Puppet.

Guess what Atlanta readers?  We have a family four pack of tickets to give away to the June 11 showing at 11 am.

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Giveaway ends June 7, 2016.

Bringing Up Bates is Back June 2 at 9pm!

 

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Who likes a good reality television show?  You know, a reality tv show that is real and genuine.  Try finding one of those on television that is wholesome is even harder; however, if you have been watching Bringing Up Bates like we do, then you know it is possible to have a wholesome reality tv show.  Now I will be honest, I was skeptical at first esp after watching another reality show with 19 kids and becoming disappointed in its demise.  I was thinking this show would not measure up or that it would just too similar to the former.  OH BOY WAS I WRONG!  There is just something special about this family.  They are real and genuine.  I fell in love with this show from the first episode because I felt like I truly connected with them.  I felt like they were like my family, minus a few children.

Kelly Jo and Gil Bates have a relationship that is built on equalness and I think that is why I love the show so much!   They each call the shots in the family, which in my opinion, is the way it should be.  Their children seemed to interact with one another realistically, not fake.  What I mean is sometimes when you watch reality tv it seems the participants tend to “act” a certain way in front of the camera-almost like it is planned.  On Bringing Up Bates, it seems more realistic.  They showcase love, faith and fun esp with what I like to call the “Bateisms.”  Those unique quotes embedded through the show that my family says from time to time.  For instance, “Popsicles and Band-Aids are the universal fix for any problem.” – Gil Bates.  How true!  How True!  I always think they are a great fix and offer something sweet to my kids whenever they are hurting–along with a band aid.  Whereas my husband and sons seem to think that duct tape is the solution to everything!

“Duct tape is always important.” – Nathan

Just as we have our own set of beliefs and ideals for raising our families, the Bates are just the same.  The Bates are conservatives and devout Christians that live in rural Tennessee.  They strive to raise their family maintaining their beliefs and lifestyle.

 “I don’t know what’s in the future, but I know Who holds the future… and I’m looking forward to what He’s going to deliver.” – Gil

  If you are a parent, then you have some beliefs on how you want things done such as when you will let your child date, whether or not they can have pierced ears, or what type of clothing is acceptable.  What I like is that even though they have their own beliefs, they do not claim to know or have all the answers.  I do not feel like I am being judged by them in anyway.

They allow their own children to set some of their standards such as in the area of dating or courting.

“If you don’t have big dreams, you’ll never go anywhere in life.” – Tori

I also love that they accept their family for their beliefs.  Alyssa Bates Webster , one of the married daughters, wears pants and sleeveless tops.  She even has her ears pierced, but that does not mean she has been banished from the family.  She is accepted even if it goes against what mom and dad had set for themselves as what was acceptable.

If you have never seen Bringing Up Bates, you need to check it out.  It is returning for its 4th season on the UP Network on June 2 at 9pm EST.  Not sure if you get the channel with the mantra of “We Get Family.”  You can check here: http://up.viewerlink.tv/  Bringing Up Bates is shown weekly on Thursday nights at 9pm EST.

The UP network believes that quality entertainment with authentic uplifting stories about family will have a positive impact on people’s hearts and change our world. At UP their mantra is “we get family”. From your crazy uncle to your neighbor that you love like a sister, they get the unique stories; the strengths and the silliness, the tears and triumphs, the laughter and the hard won lessons of family.
Celebrate with UP for what makes each story unique and the shared experiences that bring us all together. As TV’s trusted home for families that is targeting adults, UP promises to tell their stories in a way that is relatable, genuine, positive, but most of all fun and entertaining.

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 Join us 6/2 at 9PM EST for the premiere of Bringing up Bates Season 4 on UP TV using the hashtag #BringingUpBates. Several AMAZING prizes will be given away to lucky participants! I will be tweeting Thursday night throughout the show, and I would love to have you join me!

What: Twitter Chat Premiere Party for Bringing Up Bates

Where: Any Twitter platform! Use the hashtag!

Hashtag: #BringingUpBates

Topic: Bringing Up Bates Season 4 Premiere

Host: @BringingUpBates

WHEN:  Thursday, June 2, 2016 from 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)

REGISTER HERE

Bringing Up Bates is a family docu-series that follows the lives of Gil and Kelly Jo Bates, proud parents of 19 children and a growing number of grandchildren. In the new season, change is in the air as a lot of the kids are beginning to forge their own paths outside of the family. From new loves, to new careers and new babies, the Bates are experiencing both the highs and lows of life. Tune in to meet the whole family!  You can also follow their blog here.

Disclaimer:  This is a sponsored post; however, all opinions presented are 100% mine.

 

The Cleaning Power of Purex

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My life is full of stains, both literally and implicitly.  I would bet that all of our lives are.  While we may work to address the “dirt” in our lives, it is nice to know that there is one sure fire away to clean away some of that “dirt.”  Purex and Clorox have teamed together to bring you the best dirt fighting detergent on the market.

Purex® plus Clorox2 detergent is specially formulated with Clorox 2® stain-fighting enzymes to remove the toughest stains. Works with all washing machines, including High-Efficiency (HE).  It works to fight 100 stains, contains a powerful boost of Clorox 2® stain fighters, and safe for colors (contains no chlorine bleach). So we decided to test it out.

Even as a 40 plus year old, I still manage to drop things on my clothing.   As an Italian food loving family, you can imagine I am always dropping red sauce on my clothing.  In the past i have had to pre-treat the stains just to even begin to treat it.  It typically took us to two washes just to get the stain out.  With the Purex plus Clorox2, I do not have to worry about putting in the extra time.  In one wash this is what happened:

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The color stayed in tact and it is super clean!  And with no pre-treating!

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It also came out easily with our white dishclothes.

If you have some tough stains that need treating, they recommend that you pre-treat by applying some detergent directly to stains and rub into fabric. Allow formula to sit on stains for 5 minutes. For added power, use ¾ cap of detergent in wash.

Purex with Clorox2 is a great stain fighting detergent, and it comes in two scents:  Original Fresh and Sunny Linen!  If you are looking for something that works, then pick up a bottle of this.  Be sure to check out our Facebook post.  All likes will be entered into a contest to win a free coupon.  Winner will be contacted through social media.  Giveaway ends May 30.

So what kind of stains do you feel are hard to deal with?

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Disclaimer:  I was provided with a bottle of Purex to test.  All opinions presented are 100% mine and were in no way influenced by the promoters.  No compensation was received for this post. 

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day is June 19th, 2016 and it is right around the corner! It’s time to start planning what thoughtful gift you are going to give.  What about a watch?

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I am not a big watch wearer; however, I absolutely love the way they look!  The main reason I can’t wear them because I have an allergic reaction to the metals used in them.  If I put one on today it just feels strange since I have not worn one in many, many years.  Regardless of my watch fate, the good news is that the men in my life are not affected by this “allergy” and watches look great on them.  Over the years they have become somewhat of watch connoisseurs.  They have quite a collection of watches that they wear for many different occasions.  That is why I knew they had to have this new trend I had been reading about online for the past year-wooden watches.  Now I know that might sound strange, and perhaps you have yet to hear about them.

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Jord Watch specializes in wooden watches.  These beautiful hand crafted, one of a kind watches, are stunning!  Crafted from natural woods like Maple, Bamboo, Koa, Zebrawood, and Sandalwood, these watches stand out for their pure artisan workmanship.   We selected the Delamar series dark sandalwood & Blue Carbon wood watch.  She is a stunning beauty!

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So why would you want to get your father or that special man in your life one for Father’s Day?  Doesn’t your loved one deserve a unique gift? Consider purchasing a JORD wood watch.

Here are my top 5 reasons why you would want to buy your cherished loved one a JORD atch.

  1. Just like there are no two trees that are exactly alike, no two watches from JORD are exactly alike.
  2. Wood comes from sustainable trees throughout the world.
  3. Watches are hand crafted.
  4. They offer a 12 month warranty.
  5. And the best reason, they are made right here in the United States of America (St. Louis, Missouri).

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Jord is a collective of artists, designers, and seasoned watchsmiths. Every watch series is planned with the expectation of delivering visible craftsmanship and unyielding utility.  Each watch style is guided by a deep appreciation for natural elements and modern design.  Wood is not just a component of their watches, it is the main feature.  The intricacy and multiplicity of the woods that Jord utilizes in their designs insure that each watch is as distinctive as the owner.  Jord owners don’t just have somewhere to be, they have somewhere to go. They believe their watches tell more than time.

Want some more unique and creative ideas?  My Pinterest board has a wide variety of ideas that involve children and little money.


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Disclaimer:  Jord Watch sent me a watch in exchange for this blog post and review.  No other compensation was received.  All opinions are 100% mine. 

Six Flags Over Georgia Welcomes World’s First DC Super Friends Kiddie Spot

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The Super Heroes and Super-Villains – BATMAN, SUPERMAN, WONDER WOMAN, THE JOKER and HARLEY QUINN reign supreme, as the world’s first DC SUPER FRIENDS themed area debuts at Six Flags Over Georgia. The five thrilling new rides and attractions at The Thrill Capital of the South are designed for the entire family to experience together.

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“We are excited to unveil this thrilling new section just in time for the start of the summer vacation season,” said Six Flags Atlanta Properties Park President Dale Kaetzel. “This area, combined with the addition of Bugs Bunny Boomtown earlier this year, solidifies Six Flags Over Georgia as the perfect destination for family fun.”

The all-new DC SUPER FRIENDS area features five exciting rides and attractions, including:

·         SUPERMAN Tower of Power, releasing the dare devil in thrill-seekers of all ages to take on this 65-foot tall bouncing thrill ride.

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·         The BATCOPTERS, an opportunity to help save Gotham City by flying high in the sky.

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·         WONDER WOMAN Flight School, where pilots can earn their wings by flying their own jet.

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·         HARLEY QUINN Games, filled with villainous games to test your skills against the best in the family.

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·         THE JOKER Funhouse Coaster, the supreme family thrill ride named after the ultimate Super-Villain, featuring 900 feet of track, speeding at 30 miles per hour. 

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Six Flags Over Georgia is also announcing the opening of Hurricane Harbor for its third season. The massive water park features acres of water thrills, including the award-winning Tsunami Surge water slide with a 45-foot zero gravity wave wall. Hurricane Harbor is free with park admission.

The park is open daily through August 7. Additional announcements regarding new thrills for the park’s 49th season will be released in the coming weeks and months.

Disclosure: Complimentary tickets and meals were provided by Six Flags Over Georgia. All views and opinions are my own.

DIY birdfeeder

Recently we were given an Upcycle Challenge, and we decided to take it on!  What was the challenge?  To take a Chick-fil-A salad container and upcycle it.  Make it into something else.  We played around with many ideas–maybe make a photo frame out of it or paint it and use it as art on the wall.  Believe it or not, there are tons of good ways to reuse the salad container.  The question for us is “What do we need?”

Our backyard is BIG.  Recently we have started working on cleaning it up and making it an area that we want to be in.  With a pretty little island in the middle of it, we decided that what would best suit us is a bird feeder.  That’s where our inspiration came from.

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Materials

Empty Chick-fil-A salad container

4  24 inch long pieces of twine

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2 6 inch pieces of crafting wire

2 inches of heavy duty clear tape

Directions

As you can see from the image above, it is a simple task.  Once you have your salad container cleaned and dried, you will poke four holes into the corners of the bottom piece.  The top piece already has four holes in it; you simply have to enlarge them.  We cut 4  twenty four inch twine pieces.  Then we burnt the ends of the twine to keep it from fraying.

Next, we laid the twine out next to a yard stick.  We marked with a marker/sharpie at the following intervals:  2, 8 and 10 inches.  Tie a knot at the two inch mark of each string.   Using the unmarked end, insert it into each corner hole in the bottom piece.  Tie a knot at the 8 inch mark.

Make sure to line up the top and bottom containers as if sealing/closing.  You want to do this so that it can close if needed.

Now add the top  piece.  Bring it down to the 8 inch knot.  Then you want to tie a knot at the 10 inch mark.  This will hold the top in place.

Now you are left with four strings at the top of bird feeder.   Look at our image above.  You will want to allow some room and then bunch it up and wrap it with the crafting wire.  (see image above).  Then you will want to do it again about  4 to 6 inches above that with the remaining craft wire.  (This part is not shown in image.   Tape was used to hold twine in place as we added the crafting wire.

Then hang your bird feeder.  We wrapped ours around a tree limb.   The bird feeder can be hung different ways depending on your needs.

Overall crafting time, about 30 minutes.

Like this idea?  You can find alot whole lot  more upcycled Chick-Fil-A salad container projects from members of the Chick-Fil-A Mom’s Panel HERE

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