Four Benefits Of Team Sports

(Disclosure: I am currently serving as a “Play Ambassador” for Let’s Play. This is a sponsored post, however, the opinions expressed are my own.)

One of my favorite places to be is on the sidelines cheering for my boys as they play sports. This summer Jacob was in baseball and both Jacob and Lucas were in soccer. Fall brings Jacob’s first football season.

Sports offer many benefits including teamwork, responsibility, exercise and friendship. I hope that the boys continue playing sports for years to come. All of the great things that come from playing sports will become even more important as they head into elementary school and then into the teenage years.

Since sports are not a solo activity, one of the main things the boys learn from being on a team is team work and how to get along with others. They can probably kick a ball down the field and score a goal themselves but it’s much more meaningful when they can share the win with a friend. On the baseball field, one person can’t cover all of the bases themselves, they have to throw the ball to a teammate.

Another thing that the boys learn while playing sports is responsibility. They have to practice to get better and they have to make sure they are at practices and games. This is mostly the parents’ job right now but as the boys get older they will have to become more disciplined in making sure that they practice and arrive places on time so they don’t let their teammates down.

Sports are a fun way to get exercise. Running is not something either of my boys enjoy doing but they have to do it when they play sports and then they don’t mind because it’s made to be fun. Running the bases while people in the stands cheer, running down the field after a player who has the soccer ball or running, football under the arm, gives the activity a purpose. As kids get older they tend to become more sedentary in front of video games and tv so it’s good that by their teen years they will already be used to regular exercise.

Best of all, friendships develop while playing team sports. All those hours spent practicing and on the sidelines help the boys develop bonds with other kids. With delayed language and being on the Autism Spectrum, Lucas has not always formed friendships easily as he tends to sometimes be in his own world. This past season of soccer though, I really saw him come out of his shell talking with the kids on his team and laughing with them. This is the greatest thing that has come out of sports and I hope that as they get older they will continue to make new friends through the different teams they’re on.

What benefits have you seen from your children playing sports? If you want more ideas of how to keep children active from childhood to their teen years visit Let’s Play.com. You can also find Let’s Play on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Learn About Illinois Farms With Me

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

My grandpa was a farmer. I remember getting to visit him when I was younger and I thought it was so cool that he got to be around animals all day (especially horses because those are my favorite animals). I understood nothing abut what he did on a daily basis and what it took to run a farm and to be honest, I still have no clue.

When I was asked to be a Blog Ambassador for Illinois Farm Families® I was excited and accepted because that meant I would get to head back to a farm and I’d get to understand what my grandfather really did. I also looked forward to learning more about growing food and seeing where my food comes from. It’s not everyday that you get that chance.

Looking into Illinois Farm Families more I learned that nearly all Illinois farms – 94 percent of them – are family owned and operated. I always thought that nowadays most farms were owned by corporations so it was really awesome to know that there are people like you and me running these farms and growing the food we eat. They feed their families the food they grow.

It was interesting looking on the Illinois Farm Families website and seeing that they are completely open about what goes on at the farms. They have Chicago area moms who are invited to be “Field Moms” and visit a variety of Illinois family farms to meet the farmers who grow crops and vegetables and raise livestock. They also invite people to ask questions through their website to learn more about how food is grown, technology that is used on the farm, environmental issues, and more.

What questions do you have about farming in Illinois? You can look for monthly blog posts over the next year answering my questions for the farmers (and yours too). I look forward to documenting my experiences and sharing what I learn with you all.

 

Announcing Campbell’s Wisest Kid

I am so excited to finally be able to spill the beans about something I have been keeping under wraps since July! I have been chosen to work with Campbell’s Soup Company as a Brand Ambassador. I’ve enjoyed Campbell’s soups since I was a little girl and have fond memories of slurping up those noodles in their chicken noodle soup and dipping grilled cheese in their tomato soup so I think this is a perfect fit.

In July Campbell’s shared their newest campaign with a small group of bloggers which they said they’d be launching in September and I have kept it a secret until today. You’ll love this new campaign! Some of you might have seen the little teaser commercials from Campbell’s with an adorable little boy with a long beard called the “Wisest Kid in the Whole World”.  The Wisest Kid in the Whole World is a kid guru, the ultimate authority on what makes kids happy. He knows all the secrets to kid contentment, and is here to share with parents everywhere. He knows how much kids truly love Campbell’s — himself included.

Check out this video below to meet him:

 

Have a wisest kid of your own? Enter the wisest thing your child has said in the widget below to share it with Campbell’s.

 

Live in New York City? Campbell’s is hosting a special event on September 17 in Times Square from 12pm to 2pm EST. Here, people are able to interact with the campaign and meet the Wisest Kid as he live streams from a billboard. From home, you can tweet @TheWisestKid and/or use the hashtag (#AskWisestKid) to ask for the Wisest Kid’s advice or to share something funny your wisest kid says.

(Disclosure: I am being compensated by Campbell Soup Company as an Ambassador for the next 6 months. All thoughts are my own.)

Get Pampers Rewards When You Shop At The Children’s Place

The Children’s Place and Pampers have teamed up to bring even more value to The Children’s Place “Love you Baby Sale”! Now through February 11, earn 25 Pampers Gifts to Grow Reward Points for every baby item purchased at The Children’s Place retail stores. Plus, get even more savings for future purchases at The Children’s Place. Pampers is offering an exclusive 20% off $50 or more coupon, available online at https://en.giftstogrow.pampers.com. It’s the perfect partnership to help you get all you need for baby (and save you money!).

Here’s how it works: Simply shop baby items at The Children’s Place retail stores to start earning Pampers Gifts to Grow Reward Points. You’ll receive 25 points for every baby item you buy. Then register online at Pampers.com, on your computer or smartphone. Enter your voucher code(s) to instantly redeem Gifts to Grow points for over 1.4 million prizes. Keep earning points every time you purchase Pampers diapers or wipes.

(Disclosure: I am a Children’s Place Ambassador. All content was provided by them but I wasn’t compensated for this post.)

Gift With Purchase At The Children’s Place {And Spring Fashions}

I love dressing my boys up in cute clothes so I’m really excited to announce that I am a Blogger Ambassador for The Children’s Place! This means I will be sharing great promotions, sales and giveaways with you this year!

With thoughts of shopping for Easter clothes coming up soon I thought I’d go back in time and share some of my favorite Spring looks from there modeled by my children over the past few years :)

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Apparently I love green and blue at Easter and argyle is my go-to look in Spring for the boys :) This last little outfit even had argyle socks with little linen pants. My kids just prefer to wear no clothes in the house apparently.

If you need to go shopping for some new clothes, The Children’s Place has some great promotions right now. The monster sale I talked about weeks ago is still going on–prices are up to 80% off! They have a Spring sale and a Valentine’s Day sale going on as well. {I love a good sale!}

One new promotion is a special gift with purchase. From today, January 22nd , to January 31st (while supplies last) if you make an in-store purchase of $75 or more you will get a free plush Bunny. How cute would this little bunny be in your child’s Easter basket?

(Disclosure: As an Ambassador I receive promotional items from The Children’s Place. All thoughts are my own.)

 

$125 Visa Gift Card Giveaway {And Eucerin Professional Repair Lotion Review}

I am happy to announce that I am 1 of 4 Chicago area bloggers that was chosen to be part of the Eucerin Skin First Network as a blog ambassador. You should be excited because you know what this means for you? It means that over the next year or so I will be sharing about Eucerin’s new products and offering a $125 Visa gift card to one of you every month! Just think of all the skin care and beauty products you could buy for yourself {yes…yourself!} You could, of course, spend it on your kids or buy something for your home but I think that you deserve something special! ;)

The first product I’d like to share with you all just came out in select stores this month.  Eucerin Professional Repair Lotion for extremely dry skin has gotten great reviews from people that have used it so I was excited to try it out on my family’s skin. I was first up. I tried the lotion on my driest skin- the sides of my feet {weird dry skin area, huh?} and saw an improvement in that area between the time I went to bed and the time I woke up. The dry skin was so much smoother! Next up was Sinisa. His hands are always very dry since he works in the food industry and washes his hands constantly. He thought the lotion was “calming” and liked that it wasn’t oily. He said that he immediately felt like he could move his hands without feeling like they were cracking.

This lotion from Eucerin has a special ingredient. The website says “it features groundbreaking technology that combines your skin’s own natural moisturizers and Ceramide-3, a component of a healthy skin barrier, with Gluco-Glycerol, an innovative moisturizer—to improve the condition of skin and fight extreme dryness.” This means it helps prevent dryness from reoccurring. I love that it keeps working even after it’s disappeared on my skin. It also won’t clog pores which is important to me since I have skin that is prone to breakouts.

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Do you have a dry skin tip? If you share them with Eucerin on Facebook or Twitter {links below} you may see your tip featured on their page!

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Giveaway ends on April 15, 2012 at 11:59pm Central time. US Only.

(Disclosure: I received compensation and a review product but all thoughts are my own.)