Stock Up and Save At Walmart (Gift Card Giveaway)

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Disclosure: The Walmart gift cards and information have been provided by P&G.

It is finally spring! For my family this means we are spending more time outdoors. The kids have sports and activities so we are constantly on the go and that means I have less time to run my typical errands, like going to the store. Luckily I shop at Walmart so I can stock up and save on my family’s favorite P&G products with amazing savings. For a limited-time, Walmart has rollbacks and guaranteed low prices on our favorite P&G products, such as Tide laundry detergent, Charmin toilet paper, Bounty paper towels and more. The P&G line of products ranges from laundry detergents and paper towels to baby diapers. The stock up sale runs through Thursday, April 30th, 2015 .

The most important essentials I love to stock up on are paper towels and toilet paper. Everyone knows that when you have smaller children they always overuse both. My boys are 5 and 6 and they go crazy with the toilet paper. Those were the first things I intended to buy in order to stock up and save with Walmart.

Buying paper towels and toilet paper and even laundry detergent is easy. The challenging purchase for any guy is buying tampons. P&G and Walmart definitely make that an easier task. Just stock up and then not only do you save money, but you only have to go to the store once. No more emergency runs to the store to get tampons when she runs out.

No matter what essential items you need to stock up on there are many choices and the shopping is made easy at Walmart’s Stock Up and Save event. So spend less money and time at the store and more time enjoying the warmer weather.

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a $25 Walmart gift card

HOW TO ENTER:

Share this post on social media and leave a comment below with the link

Giveaway ends April 30, 2015 at 11:59pm. Must be 21 or older and a US resident to enter.

Making The Best First Impression With AXE Hair {Walmart GC Giveaway}

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(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own.)

Since having kids, I stopped spending much time on my morning routine. Working from home means I can wear comfy clothes all day long and my hair usually ends up in a ponytail because my hair takes forever to style. I used to care about making a good first impression but now I’m more worried about how my kids look than how I look. How important is making a good first impression to you? Are you the type that always strives to make the best impression you can or are you the type of person who could care less about what others think?

Regardless of your answer to the above question, I think it’s pretty safe to say that most everyone tries to make the best first impression they can when they go on job interviews. Walmart  and AXE Hair have teamed up for The Greatest Place to Work sweepstakes, inspired by the DVD release of the movie, The Internship.

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Through Oct. 23-Nov.23, just head to your local Walmart and visit bit.ly/axesweeps via your mobile phone, answer a couple fun and easy questions and get entered to win The Greatest Place to Work sweepstakes. You could win the prizes featured below.

 

Isn’t that a fantastic sweepstakes!? While I don’t have all those amazing prizes to give away, I do have a $25 Walmart gift card to give away to one reader. Enter in the comments below!

HOW TO ENTER:

{Do any or all of the following, leave a separate comment for each you do}

1) Tell me what thing helps you make a great first impression…is it your smile, your power suit, a fierce lipstick, or your fabulous personality?

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Comment on another one of my blog posts

Giveaway ends November 26, 2013 at 11:59pm CST. Must be a US resident, 18 or older to enter.

Potty Training Children Who Have Special Needs

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When I was a preschool teacher {back before I had children of my own} I couldn’t understand how children older than three were not potty trained yet. I blamed the parents and assumed they were just too lazy to potty train their kids. Here I am years later ashamed that I ever thought that and realizing how wrong I was in judging them. My oldest wasn’t potty trained until he was almost four and my youngest is three and a half and not even close to being potty trained. And that saying about karma? Yeah, I think it’s true because I feel the judgment when people realize my child in pull-ups is in preschool and no longer a toddler.

You see, what I didn’t understand all those years ago was that each child was different and though I had this list of things children “should” be doing by a certain age, it was just a loose guideline. Some children develop skills quicker and some children take longer to develop skills and potty-training is no exception to that rule.

The first time I tried to potty train Jacob he was about two. I had this idea that a sticker chart and a lot of encouragement along with making him sit on the toilet every 30 minutes were the keys to potty training success. After about a week I realized that he wasn’t “getting it” and I threw in the towel. Not only was he not realizing he had to go, but he wasn’t even realizing that he was wet or had a dirty diaper. After this first failed potty training attempt Jacob started wearing pull-ups. I figured this would be the easiest way for him to go to the bathroom if he all of a sudden felt he was starting to pee in his pants and could get to the bathroom.

Months later I tried potty-training him again. He still wasn’t ready and I decided at that point to wait until he was realizing he had to go before trying again. When that milestone came around it was a little bit before his fourth birthday. He started telling me when he had to go and we’d run to the bathroom. Sometimes he’d make it to the toilet and sometimes he’d just be so busy with what he was doing that he’d wait until the last minute and end up having an accident. The first weeks were full of constant reminders and multiple accidents but a month or so later he was fully potty trained and he moved on to underwear.

I really wish it hadn’t taken so long to potty-train Jacob but this was my first kid and I had no clue what I was doing {not that I have any clue now but at least I have a bit of experience}. My first attempts at potty-training were before I suspected any special needs and I think if I would have known then that he had Sensory Processing Disorder I would have waited until I thought he was ready and saved both of us a lot of time and frustration.

Lucas I think is going to be a little tougher to potty train. Lucas has SPD like Jacob but, along with having that, he also has Autism Spectrum Disorder and significant language delays. After the long journey with Jacob I decided not to push it with Lucas. At three and a half he doesn’t notice when he is wet yet and only occasionally seems to even notice if he has a poopy diaper. Children with Autism often are delayed in potty training and having SPD and language delays means that things are even more difficult because he doesn’t process senses the same as a “typical” child and can’t communicate his needs as well verbally. With Lucas I feel more confident in my parenting and accept the fact that people may judge me but I don’t care because I now know that I am doing what is right for my child and for my family instead of trying to pressure him to fit.

Here are some tips I have for potty-training children with Sensory Processing Disorder and/or Autism {seeing as every child is different these may not all work but I hope some might give you ideas of what might work for your child}:

1) Wait until they are ready. Your child needs to realize that they have have soiled themselves before they are even ready to start potty training.

2) Explain the process of using the toilet to the child. Explain step by step before, during and after. Many young children with Special Needs, and many without as well, need to know what is coming up so they can mentally prepare themselves for the task. Reading books about potty training may be beneficial, too. Here’s a list of ten books that you can read with your potty training child.

3) Provide visuals. You can type in “visual aid for potty training a child with Autism” in a Google search but here’s a direct link to one I think is a good one that you can print out and use in your home. Some children are visual learners and pictures will help greatly so they can see each step of the process.

4) Develop a way for them to notify you that they have to go potty. Maybe use sign language or have them point if they are non-verbal. A picture card may work well also so that they can give you the card when they need to go. For children who are semi-verbal maybe they can learn one word that they can use to tell you that they need to go to the bathroom.

5) Encourage your child and celebrate every victory. Even if they start peeing on the floor and you grab them and sit them on the toilet and they finish the rest in the actual toilet bowl…that’s a victory! Even if they go in their pants but then alert you that they are wet… that’s a victory. They aren’t going to be potty trained over night but instead, there are going to be a lot of small victories on the road to potty-training success.

6) Some children need motivation to get tasks done. Each child is different and therefore their motivator will be different. For some it may be extra time with a favorite toy or electronic, like my boys and their tablets or trains. For others one m&m or a sticker if they go in the potty may work. One thing I have done in the past is put old McDonald Happy Meal toys into a basket and if they went on the potty they could play with one. Since these toys had been put away it was like they got a brand new toy and I didn’t have to go out and spend extra money on them.

7) Use pull-ups that are easy to get on and off. We like the Huggies Pull-Ups because they feature easy open sides. Since he still wears a pull-up to school these help because then the teachers don’t have to take off his shoes and pants to change him.

8) Consider using a special kind of training pant that lets the child feel when they have peed. Huggies has a type of pull-ups called Cool Alert that feel cool when wet. I think this one in particular would be great for children with SPD or Autism because they can feel when they are wet with these more so than with an ordinary pull-up.

9) Make it fun! The Huggies Pull-Ups feature a favorite character, Lightning McQueen from Disney Pixar’s Cars movie, which makes wearing them exciting. They love reading books in the bathroom. We also sing random songs I’ve made up, which Lucas really likes because he loves music.

10) Understand and accept that your child is going to have accidents. With potty-training, like any learning process, it is going to take time. Your child will most likely have accidents and that’s okay. As frustrating as it can be for parents, try not to get frustrated with them because that will just make the process harder for everyone involved.

I hope the above steps have helped give you some ideas as you try to potty-train your child with Special Needs. The Huggies Pull-Ups website has some other tips and if you have any tips I’d love to hear them in the comments :)

If you are wanting to use pull-ups, Walmart has Huggies on rollback right now in stores and online for $8.97 a package! They also have Night Time Pull-Ups that are extra absorbent.

(Disclosure: I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Huggies but all thoughts are my own. #HuggiesWalmart #CBias #SocialFabric )

The Amazing Spider-Man Themed Party

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With The Amazing Spider-Man movie’s upcoming release on November 9th the stores have been full of Spider-man mania and infected our house! The kids and I wanted to throw a Spider-Man party for our extended family so we headed to Walmart to get our food and decorations.

We got Spider-Man tableware, party favors, and themed activities to do during the party. It was then time to head to the grocery side and stock up on food.

I was excited to find The Amazing Spider-Man pizza boxes that Walmart had out for the movie release. Closer to the movie launch, Walmart will be releasing Amazing Spider-Man themed Augmented Reality triggers that will be included on the pizza box & display pallet, triggering special Amazing Spider-Man experiences on shoppers’ iPhone, iPad or Android in-store.We also got boxes of cheese-it’s and fruit snacks that had Spider-Man packaging. And what party would be complete without some kind of dessert? We got a package of cupcakes that had Spider-Man rings on top of them.

I decided to host the party at my mom’s house since it’s larger than mine. My brother’s family came over for the party and the kids are always excited to see their cousins. Each of them wore a Spider-Man shirt for the occasion. While the pizzas cooked and I set the table the kids watched Spider-Man cartoons.

I kept the table-settings easy. I used disposable Spider-Man plates and plain napkins. I was going to get disposable cups too but Walmart had kid’s reusable cups for less than a dollar each so I chose to get them and then each child could have one to take home. I loved the masks because they were an inexpensive way for the kids to pretend to be Spider-Man. They were a hit with the adults, too! My brother put one on and was a good sport and let me take his picture!

After we ate pizza the children enjoyed doing a variety of activities. They colored Spider-Man pages, made sticker books, and played with Spider-Man character figures.

Before leaving everyone enjoyed the Spider-Man cupcakes.

At the end of the party each child took home a goodie bag with Spider-Man figures, fruit snacks, stickers, sticker books, rings, masks, and cups.

Are you a Spider-Man fan? Did you know that you can view the movie before it comes out on the 9th?! Since we bought the pre-purchase case we were able to watch the movie on October 30th and will get the hard copy mailed to us when it’s released. If you get The Amazing Spider-Man Pre-Purchase from Walmart you can watch the movie on VUDU now along with being able to access special features. You can get all of the details by reading my post from last month. This is a must buy for any Spider-Man fan!

(Disclosure: I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment #CBias #SocialFabric #SpiderManWMT )

Supporting Hesed House, A Chicago Area Ministry To The Poor & Homeless

Jacob in front of the Hesed House

As you all know, I have been sharing about making this an “others” focused holiday season instead of a “gift” focused season. I’ve shared about many issues lately that are focused on other countries but I wanted to show Jacob that there are people near us that need help, too. We talked about how some people in our town and towns around us don’t have any homes and sometimes stay at a place called a homeless shelter. We found one near us, called Hesed House, and looked at the list of items they were in need of.

Knowing that we could easily provide some needed items, Jacob, Lucas, and I headed to our local Walmart and shopped the health and beauty aisles.

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We bought soap, shampoo, body wash, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and deodorant to donate to the shelter.

We put everything into bags and headed to the shelter. Once there I told Jacob to hop out of the car and help me with the bags. It wasn’t until we were standing outside in front of the shelter that I had noticed Jacob hadn’t put his shoes on and was standing in his socks outside the homeless shelter office.

Once we were let inside we dropped off our bags full of toiletries and briefly learned more about the mission.

Hesed House’s mission is to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless and give people the chance to hope again. Today, Hesed House is a national model for ending homelessness – one person, one family at a time. It is the culmination of nearly three decades of strategic evolution from a formerly acceptable model of “eats and sheets” to a Comprehensive Homeless Resource Center – a campus of centralized highly skilled professionals collaborating to provide the tools necessary to help individuals and families break free of the shackles binding them to homelessness.

I think it’s a great ministry and one that I plan to be more involved with in the future as a volunteer. We’ve also already started a donation basket for our next visit to the shelter and will be shopping off of their Christmas wish list as well.

If you live in the Chicago area and would like to donate to this shelter please leave a comment and I’d be happy to meet and pick up donation items from you. :)

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This post is part of a #DialCFK Simple Service Project with Champions For Kids. They believe that no child should ever go to school hungry, cold or without the resources they need to thrive and as a mother I am thrilled to support them. You can connect with them on Twitter and on Facebook.

See my Google+ story for more pictures!

(Disclosure: I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Dial Soaps  #DialCFK  #CBias #SocialFabric )

Bag It Forward With Elmer’s

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For the 3rd year in a row I am proud to take part in the “Bag It Forward” campaign. I participated two years ago in the virtual campaign and last year donated a bag full of school supplies to a little girl whose family had lost their home. This year I chose to “Bag It Forward” to my nephew, Camden, who is headed to Kindergarten. I felt like it would really help my brother and his family by not having to stress about the cost and time of having to go get school supplies.

I headed to Walmart with the boys to pick up school supplies. I had the list of everything Camden needed and boy was it a long list! I don’t remember needing nearly as much of those things when I was younger. When we walked in the door we easily found the back to school section because it was in the front aisles.

I love that Walmart has a school supply list holder. It’s so convenient for parents to easily ensure they are buying the supplies that their kids actually need and not just what they think they need. I read the information about the 1st Day app and excitingly downloaded it. What a fun way to document the boys first day of school and easily help give back to others!

One thing my mom told me that Camden really wanted was a Transformers backpack and lunchbox. I found backpacks for only $10 and I thought this was a great find because I had just spent $19 on the backpacks I purchased for Jacob and Lucas at another store.

Jacob loved helping me find the supplies we needed.

Lucas also enjoyed helping mommy shop. He was very excited when I put these watercolors in the cart {I think he thought they were for him!}

After I had gotten most of the school supplies on Camden’s list we head to the toy aisle. Jacob always asks me, “mommy, I look with my eyes?” and circles his fingers into glasses. It’s so cute that I just can’t resist his request! On our way there we saw a great display with school supply kits in it.

Pre-made school supply kits! What a great idea. And for $20 with over $30 worth of coupons in it the price can’t be beat when it’s purchased to give to someone in need. I thought of the supplies on the list that I still needed because they were out of stock and added one of these bags to my cart.

After we looked at the toys we looked at the clearance shirts. I thought it would be nice to get a shirt for Camden to wear on his first day of school. We then picked up the rest of the things we needed and headed for the checkout lines. {You can see more pictures from my shopping trip in my Google+ story}

We headed right from Walmart to my mom’s house for our playdate with the boys’ cousins. Thankfully the kids napped on the way there. Once we got to my mom’s house we surprised Camden with all his school supplies.

My nephew was so excited to see that he got the backpack he was hoping to. I also think he won’t need any school supplies throughout the year because we even got him some backup supplies!

Afterwards, the children sat down to do a craft. I had brought my Elmer’s glue, craft sticks, superhero stickers, and letter stickers so the children could decorate picture frames.

Maddie, Camden, and Jacob enjoyed decorating their frames. Maddie and Camden went crazy with the stickers while Jacob kept it simple with just his name on it.

I love how Maddie’s turned out!

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Do you have someone in your life who could use help getting the school supplies they need? It’s as simple as heading to Walmart and picking up a prepackaged bag of supplies while you do your own back to school shopping. I also created a list on list.ly with my top 10 school supplies young kids need.

Another easy way to give back to others is by using the 1st Day app. It can be downloaded from the iTunes store,  Google Play and from the website www.the1stday.com. This application was especially created for parents to use on their children’s first day of school. It makes it easy to organize the pictures and share them with friends and loved ones. For every photo uploaded, Elmer’s will donate one product to The Kids in Need Foundation (up to 200,000 products). I love that giving back is as simple as uploading photos of my children on their first day of school which is something that I was going to do anyway.

See how others are bagging it forward on Pinterest.

Want to connect with Elmer’s?

Find them on Facebook and Twitter

(Disclosure: I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and and Elmer’s.  #BagItForward #CBias #SocialFabric )

A TCBY Tropical Birthday Celebration

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I wanted to do something special to celebrate Luke’s birthday and first day of preschool so I put together a little tropical luau themed celebration for him. The first thing I did was head to the store last night and buy the decor and groceries I needed. You can see my whole shopping trip in my Google+ album.

We got three different flavors of TCBY Frozen Yogurt because I couldn’t decide on just one!

This morning I sent Lucas to school, did a bit of cleaning, and got started on some special treats for the party. I first wanted to try my hand at making dipped ice cream cones.

I decided to use smarties instead of sprinkles around the cone. I used a rolling pin to break them into tiny pieces. Once I was done with that I dumped them out on a plate.

I then melted a bar of vanilla candy coating. I really liked using this product because I could stick it in the microwave to melt it and it had easy to follow directions so I couldn’t really mess it up.

After melting and stirring the vanilla candy coating I carefully dipped my cones into the dish. I lifted them and let them drip upside down for a few seconds before rolling them in crushed smarties.

I used the same process for waffle bowls and also decided to make candy coated stirring spoons. I put everything in the fridge for about 20 minutes to harden the candy coating.

I covered the table with a bright table cloth and set everything up for our guests. I couldn’t wait until everyone arrived.

I provided a variety of frozen yogurt toppings and some cookies I thought went well with the frozen treats.

I found fun beach themed napkins and plates. The kids also loved drinking a tropical punch from a cup with a silly straw.

Some friends arrived before Lucas got home. They had fun making a craft, playing in the water table, and ate peanut butter sandwiches for lunch.

The birthday boy was home from his first day of preschool! It was time to enjoy some TCBY frozen yogurt!!

Most of the children chose the TCBY vanilla bean frozen yogurt in a plain cone. With sprinkles of course!!

The moms all chose to eat the English Toffee flavor. This one is my favorite out of all the TCBY Frozen Yogurt flavors (and yes, I have tried every one of their products!) It is so delicious and I love the toffee pieces and the caramel in it is so sweet.

The frozen yogurt is even a hit with toddlers! My friend said that TCBY could stand for “Toddlers Best Choice of frozen Yogurt” :)

I had fun getting together with friends to celebrate Luke’s birthday. I also love that I could share TCBY frozen yogurt with them.

Want to try TCBY’s Frozen Yogurt? Head to your local Walmart’s freezer section because select Walmart’s have these delicious treats! You can also win Walmart gift cards at the upcoming TCBY Twitter Party!

TCBY Twitter Party:
Date:  Thursday, June 28, 2012 from 1pm – 2pm EST
Hashtag: #TCBYGrocery
Prizes:   3 – $25 Walmart Gift Cards and 1 – $100 Walmart Gift Card

Connect with TCBY and Smarties:

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(Disclosure: I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and TCBY #CBias #SocialFabric #TCBYGrocery)

Walmart Gift Card Giveaway {And Christmas Sale Info}

Walmart Offers its Lowest Prices of the Season during the “BIG Christmas Event”

TOMORROW, DECEMBER 17TH

Christmas is almost here! Are you ready? According to the National Retail Federation, as of the second week in December, the average person has completed only 46.5 percent of their shopping. I would say I am only half done with mine. I still need stocking stuffers, Sinisa’s gifts and a few things for the boys. Then there’s still a couple family members to buy for. I better get to shopping!

Thankfully Walmart is holding the “BIG Christmas Event” geared specifically for the millions of last-minute shoppers. Starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, Walmart’s “BIG Christmas Event” will offer its lowest prices of the season on toys, games, electronics, bikes and more. In addition, Walmart.com is giving customers an extra day to shop online by extending its shipping deadlines. Walmart’s holiday shipping options not only ensure gifts arrive in time for Christmas, but they save people money!

Take a look at some of the great sales:

  • Vizio® 3D Blu-rayTM Player with Built-in WiFi – $98
  • Select Games for Xbox 360®, Nintendo® WiiTM, and PS3® Games – $39.96 each
  • Girls’ or boys’ 24” Power Climber Bike, Mongoose® 20” FSG or Outer Limit Bike $88 each
  • FurReal® Friends Cookie My Playful PupTM – $29
  • Barbie® Swim & DanceTM Doll or Strollin’ PupsTM Doll – $10 each
  • Axe® Excite Gift Set – $10
  • Nerf® Dart TagTM Swarmfire Blaster or Hot Wheels® Sky Jump TrackTM Set – $20 each
  • Happy Nappers TM The Perfect Play Pillow TM – $14.88

“No matter how late in the game you start your holiday shopping, we guarantee the best price,” said MacNaughton. “In addition to offering our lowest prices, if customers find a lower price in a local competitor’s ad for the same product – even after the purchase – Walmart will refund the difference with a Walmart gift card – that is our Christmas Price Guarantee.”

Extended Standard Shipping Deadline plus Free Shipping on Hundreds of Thousands of Items

Customers can now order products online until 11:30 p.m. PT on Dec. 20 and receive standard shipping to home with delivery in time for Christmas. Rush shipping to home is also available until 11:30 p.m. PT on Dec. 21.

Customers have even more ways to save on free shipping to home and stores through the following programs:

  • Home Free (now through 12/20 11:30 p.m. PT) – order online and receive free shipping to home on all purchases of $45 or more on Microsoft Xbox consoles, games and accessories, electronics, apparel, consumables and other seasonal items.
  • Site to Store (now through 12/20 11:30 p.m. PT) – order online and receive free shipping to a Walmart store
  • FedEx Site to Store (now through 12/20 11:30 p.m. PT) – order online and receive free shipping to participating FedEx Office locations.  This service in now available in more than 650 FedEx Office locations in NYC, Los Angeles, Washington DC, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Portland, Seattle, Minneapolis, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Denver, Miami, Cincinnati and Columbus.
  • Pick Up Today (now through Dec. 23 11:30 p.m. PT) – order store items online for same day pick up at a Walmart store.

GIVEAWAY:

Walmart is offering a $25 gift card to one lucky reader.

{Use it to get that gift Santa Claus doesn’t bring you!}

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A Day Out With #ClearAmerican

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We recently spent time as a family at Day Out With Thomas. We had a great time and it was a beautiful day to be outside. We bought food at the restaurant there but I brought Clear American flavored water for our family to drink. Read more about my shopping trip at Walmart here.

The boys enjoyed drinking it during the long car ride.

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We enjoyed it outside while we ate lunch.

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And Sinisa enjoyed it before we went on a train ride.

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Clear American flavored water traveled easily in our cooler and fizzed like pop would with a lot less calories than a can of cola (it had ZERO!) It also had less sugar than the boys’ juice drinks do. My only word of caution is: don’t fill up sippy cups all the way with the water if you have children who like to throw them! We found out it makes for one big mess and that filling them only part of the way alleviated that problem. Overall, I was happy with the choice in flavors we had chosen (strawberry, fuji apple pear, and mandarin orange) and the boys loved them, too.

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(Disclosure: This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias #CBias, which is a vendor for Cott Beverages Inc., the manufacturer of Clear American ® brand beverages.)

The Walmart Ice Cream Social- Free Ice Cream Today! #theicecreamsocial

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Does your family love ice cream as much as mine does?

If so, you will want to take them to Walmart today for FREE ice cream!

Stop by the Bright Ideas Station at your local participating Walmart for a cool treat.  Get low prices everyday on everything, plus a free sample of Edy’s ice cream topped with Reddi-wip and Nesquik while supplies last. (Brands may vary by store)

To find out if your local Walmart is participating you can go to this link:

Find participating Walmarts

Jacob enjoying ice cream on a hot day

(Disclosure: This post has been compensated as part of a campaign for Nestle. All opinions are my own.)

Batman!

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Does your child love Batman? I recently went to Walmart to go shopping for Batman themed items. Here are my top 5 favorite items I found at the store:

Shake 'N Go Batmobile

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Batman footie pajamas for toddlers

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Batcave

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Batman Lego T-Shirt

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Batman Underoos

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So many great Batman themed items for your little Batman fan! Jake loved playing with his Shake ‘N Go Batman toys!

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Check out my Whrrl story to see what other Batman items Walmart carries.

(Disclosure: I was compensated for this shop by Collective Bias but all opinions are my own.)