9/27 Weekly Giveaway Link Up – Come List Giveaways and Enter Them #Giveaway #contestalert

Giveaway Linky for Bloggers who have Contest to list & People Who Want to Enter

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Name of Blog – Giveaway Item – End Date

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Parenting Autism

I tell you it is a relief to have a diagnosis that fits for my eight year old son, but it doesn’t make parenting any easier. Having a special needs child, that doesn’t need special education isn’t easy. Also, having a disability that isn’t really a physical disability, is difficult as a parent. More often than not, I find myself making excuses for my son, really it’s not excuses, it’s honesty. You see, there is a wide range of uneducated people in our society who have not a clue about disabilities that are invisible to the naked eye.

As a parent to a child who has high functioning autism, it’s rare one will notice his disabilities, they are not obvious and really they can come off as if he has a bad attitude or is not a polite kid. That is not the case. You see, Aj sees the world in black and white. It’s really simple, but we all usually live in a grey area, that small space in between the black and white thinking that my son exhibits. Not only is raising a child with autism difficult, parenting your other children who are not on the spectrum can be hard. Aj’s siblings have to remember that he needs a solid answer; if he asks you something you have to commit to a yes or a no. If you are asked about a time of an event or a specific time allotted for electronics, you have to be very clear cut and honest about the limits.

As a free spirited person by nature, it’s hard for me to pull in the reigns so to speak and be that grounded parent all of the time. I have a lot of sarcastic responses for my children and while Aj is starting to get my sarcasm a little bit, he still struggles with it and one sarcastic comment on a bad day for him, could set him into a mood. My mission as a parent, to all of my children, is to ensure their home is a safe place, a place where they can be free to be who they are without any guidelines other than common courtesy, respect and manners. I want all of my children to thrive in the ways that work for them. Aj has his own ways about him, what gets him ticking is video games or YouTube. You see, Aj likes to watch YouTube videos about the latest and greatest video game releases. Aj is the child who can know a game inside and out before sitting down to play it. It’s amazing how smart he is and how well he learns just from watching YouTube.

At one point in time ,we discussed getting rid of game consoles altogether, but have found this is something that makes Aj happy, while we may see it as an addiction and really it borderlines that at times, overall it’s a research tool he enjoys using to calm down. If Aj is wound up or in a rough mood, he can watch a YouTube video and feel better. While Aj has other tools he can utilize such as coloring at school, his safe place at home, is where he prefers to use YouTube for calm down time. The other way Aj calms down, if too wound up and I take electronics completely away, is to sit on the recliner with our pug and pet her. I love how therapeutic our pug is for Aj.

One thing I have noticed with Aj is that he is one way with me and another way with his Dad. I noticed he internalizes a lot of his feelings and opinions when he is with his dad. This means he will do a lot more on his own at his Dads but then come home to me in a mood because he held things back for the whole weekend. I hope to change that for him, because it is no fun missing your child for two days just to have them returned all bottled up and frustrated. Aj’s world needs to be very predictable and as you all know, life is so unpredictable, but what I can do as Aj’s parent is to ensure people around him realize this and have compassion for him.

I am not about coddling, but reality is Autism is very unique and every child with Autism has their own unique ways about them. If you were to ask me what autism is, I would say it’s nothing more than you and me. We all have our own quirks, do you have OCD? Do you have anxiety? Are you a sensitive person? Those are traits that can be expressed by autistic people and it’s easy to work with once you get to know that person and work in ways that benefit their individual growth! I truly hope that more people who are not experienced in invisible disabilities, will open their eyes and hearts to those suffering from the stigma that comes with invisible disabilities.

We are all different, it’s time to embrace that and be there for your fellow human beings with love, compassion and kindness!

Jif To Go Dippers Photo Competition #MC #GetGoing #sponsored

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Jif To Go Dippers. I received a sample to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating.

I am so excited to be promoting this photo promotion today, because, well, I love being active as a family. Like I really have a choice, right? I have two extremely active boys and a daughter who has my love of the great outdoors. Although, during this time of year we struggle with the cooler NH temps, we do get out and enjoy life!

The Jif To Go #GetGoing photo promotion

From August 20 through October 1, 2014, Jif To Go is celebrating life on-the-go by asking fans to share a picture of how they get going in the #GetGoing photo promotion. Fans can enter each week for a chance to win $1,000 to use for their next adventure. I guess, I should tell you all how we get going as a family!

From bike riding at the family farm in Vermont to Soccer practice and games to just rolling downhill in our backyard; this family really knows how to get going. We tend to have a full schedule in the Fall season, so right now you will find us outside playing tag during any downtime we have. In all honesty, it’s a cool version of tag we play before bedtime routines begin, the kids named it Bedtime Wars. Think of a game similar to freeze tag; with parents being against children, the adults are always “it” and the kids have a safe place as well as a location where they must go if an adult tags them. A team member must go tag them in that spot in order for that child to partake in the Bedtime Wars again. It’s such fun, filled with laughter, high energy and heart racing exercise for the whole family!

How we Get Going

Bike riding is the favorite choice for the boys, including the big boy aka Man of the Home while walking nature trails or in the corn field is really the girls preferred form of getting going, including me as the big girl. During warmer months, but not super hot days, the family will take off to a local state park mountain for a good ole hike in the woods. We truly know how to be active and this Jif to Go Photo Promotion is a great way to get some extra cash to fully enjoy getting going with the fam!

About Jif To Go Dippers

Jif To Go Dippers are the latest addition to the brand’s Jif To Go line of convenient snack solutions which currently includes four varieties of peanut butter packaged in portable 1.5oz cups – Creamy Peanut Butter, Chocolate Silk Peanut Butter & Chocolate Flavored Spread, Natural Creamy Peanut Butter Spread and Creamy Reduced Fat Peanut Butter Spread. Jif To Go Dippers are available at grocery stores nationwide with a suggested retail price of $1.39 for an individual pack and $3.79 for a 3-pack.

Jif to Go Dippers

Where to Enter The Jif to Go #GetGoing Photo Promotion

For more product information and details on how to participate in the Jif To Go #GetGoing promotion, please Click Here and you will find details about how you can enter this fabulous promotion! Connect with Jif on Facebook as well as Jif on Instagram and Jif on Twitter.

Get Organized & Make Study Time Easier with Post-it Brands New Line of Products

Free Product

Many people already know I have an addiction to Post-it Brand, I have them all over my desk, the kitchen and on our craft desk. Any possible place that I may need a Post-it Note, you will find a pile of them somewhere. Recently Post-it Brand sent me a bunch of their new lines to assist in making study and back-to-school time a lot more organized, fun and efficient for us!

Post-it Study and Organize

While I am usually really good at offering organizational tips, I tend to be inconsistent in my ways and that is why once I received this product line from Post-it, I decided to check out their own expert tips related to back-to-school routines, advice for parents and kids, homework solutions, study techniques and more. I know we all get flustered when back-to-school season starts, I now have four children to keep up with – homework time can get pretty crazy around here. I am thankful for Post-it Products and their tips as a means to stay on track and not totally lose my mind!

  • Ban cell phones, keep homework area free of distractions and ensure this is consistent each day upon return to home from school as a means to ensure your children DO their homework FIRST and efficiently!
  • A routine is necessary, having an ASD child, means we are all about routines in this home, and I found having a set “do your homework as soon as you arrive home from school” routine for my kiddos has really assisted in ensuring they focus on homework first, play later!
  • Post-it Brand has allowed me to share some study aids, such as the Post-it Brand Study products help students reach academic achievements with items that stick to notebooks, binders and papers to help organize information during homework and study time.
  • Be very clear and consistent about homework time. It’s easy for us to fall off track once arriving home, you know those kids have sat in class all day and the last thing they probably wish to do is sit a bit longer, but if you teach them to get that homework out of the way immediately … they will learn that allows them to have more play time after!

Post-it Fun Products

I love the idea of using the Post-it Brand Super Sticky Die Cut Notes in the special shapes shown above, as a means to give my kids silly love notes. Sure, the older two may not appreciate a note placed in their bag or on it for school, but occasionally it’s fun to give a little happy message to all four kids just to make them smile, even if it’s at home where no peers will no that embarrassing happiness fact!

I love the eyeglasses Post-it Brand notes, super sticky and super cute!

Whatever you are struggling with to stay on track or whatever mission you want Post-it Brand to hep you spread, they are your partner in crime! I say go check out the full line of products at post-it.com today and Like Post-it Brand on Facebook to keep up to date with their latest product releases.

Arla Dofino Back to School with Havarti Deliciousness #HavartiParty #sponsored #MC

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Arla Dofino. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

 I love cheese, our household is full of cheese addicts. I don’t think any one of us does not like cheese and so this campaign was a total YES when I saw the chance to apply to take part in it. We are pretty simple with our cheese, so we didn’t do anything extravagant with our Havarti, but boy did we enjoy it. First off, I want to share with you how we all described that taste we had when we first bit into a slice of Arla Dofino Havarti …

A blend of tastes between a velveeta cheese, mom’s homemade macaroni cheese, monetary and maybe even a bit of mild cheddar taste.

It was hard to pinpoint just one taste that our taste buds were picking up on, and with that came the above definition each of us came to after taste testing and discussing our thoughts on Arla Dofino Havarti.

Arla Dofino Cheese  #HavartiParty #MC #Sponsored

About Arla Dofino Cheese

  • Naturally good, free of added hormones and crafted with quality, natural ingredients in an environmentally friendly way.
  • Makes after school snack ideas endless, healthier and quick-n-easy for busy Moms like me!
  • Options in flavors such as; tangy Havarti with Dill, to Gouda with Chipotle.
  • Five cheese type options; Havarti, Gouda, Fontina, Edam and Muenster.
  • Have been traditionally crafted in Kaukauna, Wisconsin for more than 100 years.

As the great grandchild of a dairy farm in Vermont, I found this fact to be interesting to me – Arla Foods is the sixth largest dairy company in the world and a cooperative owned by dairy farmers. I love supporting farmers, it runs in my blood on both sides of my family! Arla Dofino Cheese offers an endless variety for us Moms who are on the go. They have a variety of recipe ideas on their websites for you to choose from making your own self at home!


Arla Dofino Snack to School Sweepstakes

You can go ahead and enter for your chance to win enough Arla Dofino cheese for a full semester, but clicking here to visit Arla Dofino on Facebook and enter your information for a chance to win!

 How My Kids Enjoy Arla Dofino Havarti

My children enjoyed placing their Havarti on ritz crackers. I melted the cheese and in the future plan to melt cheese with a slice of cherry tomato on the cracker with cheese as another after school snack idea before soccer night! We have soccer two nights a week, and I love that Arla Dofino Havarti is something each child loves, and I can use as a healthy snack item between our rush to home to change for soccer and back to the field for the soccer games/practices. I am confident we will continue to test out different recipe ideas using Arla Dofino, to include me crafting up a home made mac-n-cheese dish using this cheese!

Get Social With Arla Foods

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Have you Tried Arla Dofino cheese before?

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