Family Movie Night with Pop Secret Popcorn #GoodbyeBurnedPopcorn @PopSecret #sp

This post is sponsored by Pop Secret, but my opinions are all my own.

Family movie night in is one of our favorite traditions, and @PopSecret’s new app just mane it even better!  #sp #PerfectPop

Every Friday night the kids and I pull out their bed mattresses and pile them close on the floor in the living room. Friday is our Family Movie Night and “slumber party” in the living room, granted when my daughter has a friend over, she doesn’t sleep out there with us. The boys look forward to this Friday night fun, they count down all week to our slumber party, it’s really cute.

This past Friday, we tried something new, Pop Secret new App has a way for me to stop burning popcorn! What you all do not know is that I am famous for plopping the microwavable popcorn into the microwave and hitting the wrong time, then we end up with burned popcorn. The house smells forever, it’s such a hard smell to get rid of. The problem is that once our home is rid of that smell, I go ahead and burn some more popcorn.

What can I say, I like to keep things interesting!

Well, we no longer have to worry about me burning the popcorn with the app from Pop Secret that easily allows you to time popcorn popping just right. With your iPhone 5+ on iOS 7+, download Perfect Pop (“Perfect Popcorn”) for free on the App Store.
1. Put a bag of Pop Secret in the microwave and enter suggested cooking time from the packaging. Note: Perfect Pop is optimized for the deliciousness of Pop Secret popcorn only.

2.    Turn up the volume on your iPhone. Point the phone’s speaker towards the microwave and keep within 3 feet.

3. Start the microwave, and then start the app.

No more relying on the popcorn button or guessing how many seconds in between pops. Pop Secret is serious about perfect popcorn, so the less you have to worry about, the more time you can spend enjoying movie night with your friends & family. Perfect Pop listens to the pops, waiting for the precise moment to let you know when your popcorn is perfect.

I am in love with this app, it is so freaking awesome!

The next time you do a family  movie night and are in search for the perfect family movie night popcorn, try out Pop Secret and use the Pop Secret app to time it just right. You see, my other happy thought about this app is that you will have more popcorn in the bag versus kernels. I am guilty of either burning the popcorn OR not popping it long enough so we end up with a lot of excess kernels. Just ask my daughter, she will tell you my guilty ways of popcorn popping, it’s a common joke around here. We won’t have to worry anymore with the Pop Secret app and maybe, just maybe, I can outlive this current family joke!

So, have you ever burned popcorn before?

Shh…I’m Letting You In On A Light Bladder Leakage Tip! #sp

Many thanks to Poise for sponsoring today’s story, and keeping me confident!

Poise Pad Sample Kit

I have talked about light bladder leakage (LBL) before, and I am going to talk about it again. As I become more educated on LBL I am realizing that this is a pretty common, but embarrassing issue for many females. It seems that our bladders cannot always hold up their strength after we give birth or lead a very active lifestyle. Sometimes all it takes is for my child to put me into a laughing fit for me to feel it, LBL and then I get so upset because I have to change my clothing. It isn’t comfortable and it’s quite embarrassing, most days it makes me feel old. I am not old, I am only 32 years of age with three kids and a very active lifestyle. LBL should not be keeping me from my active, happy lifestyle, but sometimes it does. The great news is that LBL doesn’t have to have control of me any longer …

I want to let you in on a little secret today, about how I can control my LBL, okay so I can’t control it, but I can be more confident about it with Poise Microliner. Poise Microliner is a thin pad that doesn’t make you feel as if you are wearing a diaper, after all, you don’t want to be uncomfortable when dealing with LBL, you want to be confident. Light bladder leakage is something that cannot be handled with a tampon, it’s no good to be wearing a tampon every day of your life, I must admit before learning about Poise and LBL, I had debating wearing a tampon every day to keep that bladder leakage at bay. Obviously I made the decision to look for a product that was safe for every day use, and allowed me to continue my active lifestyle with more confidence, the Poise Microliner ended up being the product of choice for confidence with light bladder leakage.

I want to share with you all this amazing product, Poise Microliner has a free sample pad kit for you to get, simply click the image at the top of this blog post or  visit the website where you can sign up to get a free sample pad kit from Poise.  I can only hope that this product helps you be more confident with light bladder leakage in the way it has helped me!

About Poise Microliners – These shockingly thin and surprisingly absorbent liners feature SAM (Super Absorbent Material) to provide discreet Light Bladder Leakage (LBL) protection that helps keep you dry and comfortable all day long so you can manage life’s little leaks with confidence. Poise Microliners are the thinnest liners in the light incontinence category and are designed to absorb wetness, neutralize odor and stay three times drier than period liners.

Many thanks to Poise for sponsoring today’s story, and keeping me confident!

Answer me this, have you ever dealt with Light Bladder Leakage? Will you try out the free sample pad kit from Poise as a means to be more confident with LBL?

My Theory Regarding Chores for Kids

When my kids were super young we had a chore chart up on the fridge, I created it and it worked awesome. At some point it was magnetic and at other points it was simply a tally mark system. Each child had set chores, for the boys brushing teeth was even one of those chores to encourage good teeth brushing habits. The tally mark would represent a penny or nickle, whatever it was back then. Each child could lose a tally mark though, if they misbehaved or didn’t follow rules at some point. It was a wonderful system that worked well when the kids were not in school. Now that my three children are in school and with the sharing of parenting between two households, it’s not so easy to utilize the same methods. Here is why my kids really only have tasks during the Summer break season.

I believe that the school year is a time to focus all your efforts on school work, each of my children get A and B grades, this past year my oldest actually got straight A’s all year. They are good students. They also have to live between my home and their Dad’s home, each having different visitation schedules. To me, having to keep up with chores while going between households and keeping up good grades isn’t worth adding a daily chore list to. While I still will ask my children to help around the house, as I believe a strong family bond is created when we all work together to ensure our household is up kept, they don’t have a real chore list during the school season. This has worked for us very well.

Chores for Kids Living in Co Parenting World

My kids are never over scheduled nor over worked during the school year because I allow them the time to focus on school versus a huge list of chores. I believe this is a worthy thing, their school is their job. Being part of the family is their job too, when you have a huge list of school work plus chores plus fun time, it creates this hectic environment and can put kids backwards; they will fall behind in some part of that huge list of to-do’s. I wish to encourage my kids to excel and find a balance, reality is a chore list during the school year will not help them balance because it’s near impossible for them to get all of that done while getting school work done. It doesn’t work.

When summer break hits, the kids are asked to do more around the home. My oldest is asked to handle the dog in the morning while I do my morning shift on Moms.com. The younger two are expected to pick up after their own self; such as dishes in sink after eating, trash thrown away and toys picked up if moving onto another toy. I am not consistent with this at all times, because I am still working on this balance of having all three gone all school year in school, but overall if I ask they do whatever it is that is asked upon them. Summer break to me, is a time to spend with family outings, bonding time and also keeping up with household chores and yard work. We all do our part to keep the family running smoothly and efficiently.

With my oldest, she has an iPhone and part of her Summer list this year is to do tasks for me so that my blog stuff doesn’t fall too much behind between my juggling my job at Moms.com and my freelance work. I don’t get any flack, after all my daughter is already a tween blogger with her own two blogs so helping me pays for her $40 a month cell bill while she also learns the “trade of blogging”. It’s a win/win for us both and she feels accomplished knowing she is working for me at some level. I am working on creating her Summer task list now, it will be no more than half hour a day when she is here to complete and I think that’s fair.

I believe that chores, in a blended household, where the children tend to go off to their Dad’s frequently must be balanced well. I want the children to enjoy being here with Mom and enjoy being away with Dad while also maintaining a good family bond and good character. At the age my children are at, the chores during school year are more a means to just upkeep around here, but during the Summer months, they are certainly expected to help more. I think with blended households and co-parenting most families do it all different while other families still try to maintain this normal level of a regular family where the children have a boat load of chores at both households, I don’t see that as fair. I want my children to grow up enjoying their childhood while still teaching them life lessons; they know when Summer time comes they will be expected to help more around the home, but their reward is a lot of fun family time.

Having a balance is important in every area of my life and my kids have become the same way; I believe that is why we are well rounded, well adjusted and adaptable, outgoing people.

A Fun App for Children: Muzzle Puzzle #ios #app #spon

My daughter has an iPhone 4 and I asked if she would download Muzzle Puzzle to have a looksie since I was asked my opinion on this game for your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

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When I asked my daughter what she thought about Muzzle Puzzle she told me that this is a pretty cool, fun game that reminds her of a game called Flow but much funner. Now, I have no clue what Flow is but apparently Muzzle Puzzle is a lot more fun than Flow, at least according to my tween daughter. Must mean something good. Muzzle Puzzle is a free game app for your iOS 5.0 or higher. This app has been optimized for iPhone 5 as well.

fill the board muzzle puzzle

This game may sound simple enough but it’s not so simple, download this free Muzzle Puzzle app so that the whole family can have fun trying to get more matches then the next family member. You must match each adorable monster with it’s identical partner on the game screen, but there’s a catch – no two lines can go over the other. This means you have to use your brain and thinking ahead skills to really make sure you are matching the monsters in Muzzle Puzzle up correctly. With 150 levels, Muzzle Puzzle is sure to keep your family on their toes trying to get the best high score. Once Muzzle Puzzle reaches level 50 the game turns into more of a challenge that even the most puzzle savvy adult will enjoy trying to solve.

Download Muzzle Puzzle today on the app store for free and tell me what you think of it!

TCG’s Fisher-Price Barnyard Bingo Game and Fisher-Price See ‘n Say Talking Game Giveaway

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Today I get to share a fun giveaway and product information about a toy for the holidays, or quite frankly any time of year. As a new Auntie, I am on the look out for young children toys and the TCG’s Fisher-Price Barnyard Bingo Game and Fisher-Price See ‘n Say Talking Game are just perfect for such a little child.

TCG Fisher-Price BarnyardBingo Game

TCG Toys Barnyard Bingo Game is a great fun toy that has 3 levels to grow with your child. You see, as a parent, we all know how quickly our children grow so having a game that “grows with them” is essential. Barnyard Bingo game features 12 animal Bingo chips, 4 plastic fence cards, 2 label sheets and the Barnyard Bingo Barn as well as parent instructional guide for ideas on how to play this with your child.

TCG Fisher-Price See n Say TalkingGame

TCG’s Fisher-Price See ‘n Say Talking Game is a fun game that adds a twist to the normal See ‘n Say product. With 3 levels to grow with your child, just like the Barnyard Bingo game, your child will have fun with this product for quite some time. This product includes;

  • See ‘n Say® Talking Game unit with storage compartment for cards
  • 20 cards (10 animal cards and 10 animal scene cards)
  • Parent guide for additional play and learning ideass

Just a side note this will require 3 AAA batteries, the ones included are for demonstration purposes only.

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Enter for your chance to win one each of TCG’s Fisher-Price Barnyard Bingo Game and Fisher-Price See ‘n Say Talking Game

Giveaway Starts today and ends 12am EST on December 23, 2013. Open to USA. Winner will be announced live on site and emailed directly. Winner shall have 24 hours from announcement post and email to claim prize otherwise another random winner shall be chosen using the random generator through Rafflecopter.

** one entry per person, while you can tweet once per day, all other entries are ONE TIME per PERSON. 

Using the Rafflecopter form below is easy; use name/email to log in or Facebook for login. Rafflecopter will not use your email or access for anything other than giving me a way to contact you should you be the randomly chosen winner! Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize or another person will be randomly selected.

 

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