Never Run Low on Spring Essentials with #StockUpSave Event

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks and Walmart. All opinions remain 100% mine.

Ever have that experience when you are THIS CLOSE to finishing all of the laundry only to find that you are a few drops short of detergent? It’s like running a marathon and then tripping just before the finish line! With a growing family, our laundry list (pun intended) of daily chores is expanding, our need for household supplies increasing, our time is limited and our grocery budget is all but busted.

I will admit that I have never been a coupon clipper, but I am starting to become a firm believer that creating a small stockpile of frequently used items is not such a bad idea (who has time to run to the store again for that one needed item?). While I always seem to be running low on detergent, my oldest daughter is close to entering her teen years and I can certainly see a growing need for razors, shampoo, and even more laundry detergent in our future. Fortunately, I recently learned about the April Stock Up & Save event! Simply head to your local Walmart or shop online to get everyday essentials for less during the month of April such as:

I took advantage of the opportunity and decided to shop online. For less than $60, I was able to purchase 2 bottles of Tide, 2 bottles of Febreze, 2 packs of Gillette Venus Spa Razors (6 razors total!), and a bottle of Crest Pro-Health mouthwash all delivered right to my door.

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From my experience, I can tell you that there is definitely added value, convenience, and savings in stocking up! Want even more ways to save? Download the Ibotta app and check out rewards from P&G beginning April 11! Don’t miss out and get additional info on Facebook before time runs out!

Happy Savings!

 

 

Building Creativity On Screen and Off with LEGO Friends #StreamTeam

This post was written by the Experimental Mommy. I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team however all opinions remain 100% mine.

Over the past few months as a member of Netflix’s Stream Team, I have had the pleasure of discovering new series, anticipating re-imagined old favorites and taking comfort in guilty pleasures. But I think the best part of being in the Netflix family is spending time with my own. Family movie night has taken on a life of it’s own and it is certainly no different this month.

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My daughter could not have been more excited when she opened our latest Stream Team package which revealed a LEGO Friends set! She is definitely the engineer in our family and loves to build, create and imagine making any LEGO playset the perfect gift for her. Even better? The announcement that she could PLAY with her LEGO set while WATCHING LEGO Friends on Netflix!

Mind blown.

Netflix is encouraging kids to unleash their “Lego-tivity” and check out the latest Netflix additions, LEGO Friends: Power of Friendship and LEGO Bionicle: The Journey to One. Now kids can watch their LEGO creations come to life putting stories behind the toys they can physically hold.

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We watched the first episode of LEGO Friends and my daughter is in love. What a fun, age-appropriate, creative show with a good message, too. Check it out!

 

 

Cure the Cravings with SNICKERS Crisper

This post was written by the Experimental Mommy and sponsored by SheSpeaks/MARS. All opinions remain 100% my own.

Hi. My name is Bridgette and I am a chocoholic. While I do my best to eat sensible meals, I always seek the satisfaction of chocolate after finishing my plate. I blame my Grandma who always served a delicious dessert immediately following every meal. As you can imagine, this habit may not be waistline friendly but I have a secret weapon.

Fun Size Chocolate Bars.

Best.Invention.Ever.

Snacking on just one small fun size bar usually does the trick and keeps my chocolate cravings at bay which is much better than diving into a giant piece of chocolate cake. But what about the days when you need a crunch, too? Fortunately, when hunger invents new problems, SNICKERS comes to the rescue.

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The geniuses at SNICKERS recently launched the new SNICKERS Crisper! It’s is a delicious combination of crisped rice and peanuts topped with a layer of caramel and coated in creamy SNICKERS Brand milk chocolate.  You get all of the yummy chocolatey goodness with a satisfying crunch, too!

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And the best part? They come in many different sizes to proportionately satisfy your specific hunger. Are you HANGRY? Grab the SNICKERS Crisper Single. Need a snack as you run out the door? Try the SNICKERS Crisper 4 to Go. Or just have a chocolate craving? The Fun Size is a great option for you (and it’s only 100 calories)!

Check out all of the SNICKERS Crisper offerings at Walmart stores or at Walmart.com. These will make a perfect addition to the perfect Easter basket!

Moving On Up with Spring Cleaning Essentials

This post was written by the Experimental Mommy and sponsored by Kimberly-Clark and The Motherhood. All opinions remain 100% mine.

What is it about the warmer weather that makes me want to clean my house from top to bottom? There is just something satisfying about opening the windows, letting the fresh air in and getting organized before the carefree days of Summer ahead.

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But this year, Spring Cleaning is more important than ever because we plan to put our house on the market. With my Mom being a Realtor, she has preached to me the importance of de-cluttering and deep cleaning before that first Open House. But standing in the middle of my home wondering what to do first has me stressed and overwhelmed.  But if you know me, you know I love my pen and paper planners so creating and then tackling a clear list of items is much more manageable and reduces my stress tenfold.

So, I have my list (in colorful markers, of course) so the next to step is to get prepared. As a Mom of 2 Girl Scouts, I know all about being prepared! Fortunately, the good people at Kimberly Clark sent me a few spring cleaning home essentials to get me started on the right path. Viva®, Cottonelle® and Scott® offer products, available at Walmart, that are go-to necessities to create a home that’s spic and span.

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Because I need a deep clean in order to impress potential buyers, I need a towel that will stand up to the job. While wiping down my refrigerator, I found that the Viva® Vantage Big Roll Paper Towels can do more than clean spills. The Vantage paper towels have a scrubby texture which can get your appliances and glassware to shine without having to use an entire roll. have a job for a smooth cloth? Try the Viva Towels for tasks such as wiping down cabinets or baseboards.

Staging our home is also essential to making a good first impression during an Open House….yes, even the bathroom. In organizing our linen closet, I purchased new fluffy bath towels and displayed them in woven baskets to make the presentation eye appealing. I know it may sound silly, but I can’t have any old toilet tissue gracing the shelf with my pretty towels.  Because Cottonelle® has CleanRipple Texture, which is designed to clean better than the leading national value brand, the rolls look and feel like quality tissue.  But if you are having guests come in town, check out Scott® 1000 Bathroom Tissue that gives you the quality, performance and long-lasting value you want in 1,000 sheets.

Now that I am stocked and ready to go, I can’t wait for our very first Open House. I’m gathering more Spring Cleaning and Organization tips on my #SpringClean16 Pinterest Board so let me know if you have any great cleaning hacks I should add! If your home is in need of a proper post-winter refresh, stock up on Viva, Cottonelle and Scott products, available at Walmart, a one-stop shop for all your cleaning and organization essentials.

Tween Easter Basket Ideas #PEEPSEASTER

This post was written by the Experimental Mommy. While samples were provided to facilitate this article, all opinions remain 100% mine.

Last month, my oldest daughter turned eleven. Ah yes, the tween years are upon us. That means she is NOT too cool to receive an Easter basket but she is WAY too cool to have it filled with plastic eggs and candy meant for children. Clearly, as I have been told numerous times already, she is NOT a child. So, what do you get a tween for Easter?

In an attempt to find something anything that my newfound tween will deem age appropriate, I started reflecting on the things she loves (in no certain order):

  • Friends
  • Sweets
  • Music/Dance
  • YouTube personality “Challenge Videos”

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I had a light bulb moment! I will fill her basket with everything she needs to make her own Peeps Challenge Video with her friends! Not familiar with Challenge Videos? Basically, the participants taste random Peeps with their eyes closed and try to guess the flavor. The person with the most correct guesses wins! Fortunately, PEEPS & COMPANY® sent me a wide variety of products that work with this theme perfectly. To be honest, I had no idea that Peeps came in so many flavor varieties! Her basket includes:

  • PEEPS® Orange Delight Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Orange Fudge
  • PEEPS® Lime Delight Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Lime Fudge
  • PEEPS® Party Cake Flavored Marshmallow Chicks
  • PEEPS® Sour Watermelon Flavored Marshmallow Chicks
  • PEEPS® Raspberry Flavored Marshmallow Chicks
  • PEEPS® Chocolate Dipped Mousse Flavored Marshmallow Chicks

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Along with a few other “tween friendly” items:

  • 5-inch PEEPS® Plush
  • PEEPS® earbuds
  • HOT TAMALES® Jellybeans

I think the Easter Bunny totally nailed this basket! Not only does my tween get some fun items for herself but it is essentially a “play date in a basket” to share with her close friends.

Are you ready to have a PEEP-tastic holiday? Use code EASTERTREATS to receive 20% off your order between February 15 through April 15, 2016 on the PEEPS & COMPANY website.  To make sure you don’t miss any new products or latest news, follow PEEPS & COMPANY® on Twitter.

 

Encouraging the Next Generation of Innovators with 3M

This post was written by the Experimental Mommy. While I was compensated for my time and effort, all opinions remain 100% mine.

As a child, I was fascinated with science. I was the kid that wrote “lab supplies and science kits” on my Christmas list for Santa. One of my favorite gifts was a microscope and I would spend hours taking a closer look at anything that would fit under the lens. My curiosity continued into high school where I elected to take science related coursework such as Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Flash forward to Senior year. I began investigating colleges and my Dad (a civil engineer) took me to a local University to tour their engineering department. We walked into an intro level course to observe a lecture and I froze. The ENTIRE class consisted of 50 men. Absolutely NO WOMEN. Coming from an all-girls high school, I was immediately intimidated when I observed that not one female had elected to take that class. My confidence left faster than my body could get out of that classroom.

I enrolled as an Education major.

While my focus had changed, my love for science did not. I landed an internship at a local government lab and was assigned to assist a female scientist. She quickly became a mentor, my confidence level rose and I decided I could in fact excel in science. I graduated with a Master of Science in Molecular Biology with a Minor in Chemistry.

Screen Shot 2016-03-09 at 8.04.55 PMBecause of my journey, I am passionate about STEM education efforts for young girls. With two daughters, I have taken several steps to bring science to life and show them at an early age that women CAN succeed in science based careers. From science fairs to field trips and Take Our Daughters To Work Day to Career Day, I am doing my best to mentor the next generation of future female scientists.

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I love that companies like 3M, one of the world’s most notable innovators, are inspiring the next generation as well through initiatives such as The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge!  In an effort to make science fun and take it out of the textbook, the contest cultivates the next generation
of problem solvers and give students an opportunity to receive mentorship from 3M scientists.

By April 20, 2016, kids in grades 5-8 can submit a one-to-two-minute video describing the science behind a new innovation or solution that could solve or impact an everyday problem. Judges evaluate the entries through April and May based on creativity, scientific knowledge, persuasiveness and overall presentation. Videos will not be judged on production skills and may be recorded on cell phones or basic digital cameras.

This summer, ten finalists will be announced who will participate in a mentorship program during which they will get the opportunity to work one-on-one with renowned 3M scientists. The finalists will be challenged to develop their innovations that positively impacts lives. The winner receives $25,000 and the title, “America’s Top Young Scientist.”

Have a great idea? Check out all of the rules, guidelines and entry requirements here: http://www.youngscientistchallenge.com

Zootopia Coming to IMAX 3D! Win tickets!

Looking for a fun family friendly outing?  Disney movies never disappoint…especially in IMAX®* 3D! March 4, 2016 marks the release of Walt Disney Animation Studio’s 55th Animated Feature, Zootopia, and you don’t want to miss it!

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The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when rookie Officer Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde (voice of Jason Bateman), to solve the mystery.

Why not make your movie viewing experience even better and see it in IMAX 3D?! One lucky Experimental Mommy reader will win four (4) IMAX® *tickets in the form of Hollywood Movie Money® Certificates, 4 Zootopia Mugs and 4 Zootopia T-Shirts!

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Each Hollywood Movie Money Certificate is redeemable for one (1) IMAX movie admission with a maximum value of ($21 total) to see Zootopia: The IMAX 3D Experience® or any IMAX film at participating theaters. See the fine print below and Good Luck! Enter below:

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Winners will be directed to the website http://www.activaterewards.com/imax where they will use the provided reward code to activate and print their Hollywood Movie Money Certificate. The reward code will expire on 9/30/2016. The Hollywood Movie Money Certificate will expire one month from online code activation and winner must comply with all terms and conditions specified by the issuer. Hollywood Movie Money Certificate not used by the date noted on the certificate will be void. Any amount remaining of any certificate after initial use will be forfeited. Total Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) for two pairs of Hollywood Movie Money Certificates: $84.00 USD.  If lost, cannot be replaced. Void if resold or otherwise exchanged. No reproductions will be accepted. No change will be provided. Not valid with any other offer. Offer valid in United States only.
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This post was written by the Experimental Mommy. While I received tickets for my time and effort, all opinion remains 100% mine.

Fuller House: Behind the Scenes Sneak Peak

As my girls get older, I have to admit that I am happy that they are growing out of traditional toddler cartoons containing songs that get stuck in my head for days. With the return of some of my old favorites to Netflix, it has been fun sharing programming I grew up with and watching my girls fall in love with them, too. Having a selection of shows we can all enjoy certainly makes for an entertaining night in!

Growing up in the late 80’s and early 90’s, one of my childhood favorites was Full House. When the syndicated series gained popularity, my daughters latched on and it quickly became a bedtime ritual in our house. So, you can imagine that when I got early access (as a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam) to the first six episodes of the new Netflix original, Fuller House, I easily won “Mom of the Year” status.

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While I can’t share with you the details of the new episodes (but I can tell you that we loved each and every one of them), I am allowed to share with you this behind the scenes sneak peak that “DJ Tanner” provided the Stream Team! Don’t forget to tune in to the premiere of Fuller House on February 26th!

New Year, New You….New Car?

DisclosureThis post was made possible by iConnect and Kelley Blue Book. I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions are 100% mine.

There is no doubt that as the calendar year came to a close, you started to think about what was in store for you and your family in 2016. As for me, I made a few new year resolutions including finding more time to just do me. As a business owner, scientist, Mom, and wife, time is certainly of the essence so in order to achieve my new year resolution, streamlining daily tasks is paramount.

Buying a new car can definitely be a time drain. Between researching, test driving, deliberating and financing, you can be caught in a never-ending loop for weeks. Fortunately, Kelley Blue Book can help! Not only is the book itself an invaluable resource for determining the best value for your trade in, but the “Best Buy Awards” can help you find the perfect car for your budget and needs as vehicles are given awards in 12 major categories.

Screen Shot 2016-01-15 at 11.27.15 AM Designed as a service to the American new-car buyer, the Best Buy Awards recognize the best of all available 2016 model-year vehicles completely eliminating hours of footwork for you, the consumer. The awards are the culmination of a year-long regimen of expert vehicle evaluation and testing of nearly every new vehicle available in America (over 300 tested each year!), along with analysis of a broad swath of vehicle-related data, including pricing/transaction prices, 5-Year Cost-to-Own information (which includes depreciation, insurance, maintenance, financing, fuel, fees and taxes for new cars), consumer reviews and ratings, and vehicle sales information.

Knowing that the winners were thoroughly tested by experts definitely helps to narrow down the list of potential purchases significantly cutting the time I will need to spend in local showrooms. If you are looking for a new car in 2016, make sure you check out the Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Award winners included in the infographic below. Happy shopping!

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Finding My Fringe Hours

In the last few months of 2015, our family was struck with a tragedy. My mother-in-law was rushed to the hospital and found herself in the midst of an 8 hour brain surgery that changed her life. Fortunately, she is stronger than any adversity and has truly amazed us with her resilience. Even though I was not the one going through a life changing event, those few weeks changed me forever.

Life is fragile.

As the ball dropped on New Year’s Eve, my year flashed before my eyes. I saw myself starting a new full time career. I saw myself growing iConnect Influencer Management to it’s biggest numbers to date. I saw myself hosting a successful blogging conference and helping colleagues grow their own brands and businesses. I saw myself raising two beautiful girls, helping with homework, attending dance recitals, working the school fair and chauffeuring my little ones to many social events. I saw myself taking care of the home, bills, and laundry. And I did see glimpses of spending quality time with my husband. What I didn’t see? Me just being me.

If not now….when?

During this little flashback, it was obvious that I had a busy year. But I definitely noticed that I spent very little time focusing on me and that needs to change. But since my life pace is not anticipated to get any slower in 2016, how am I going to find time for myself? Fortunately, I have some pretty amazing friends in this world of blogging and Jessica Turner reached out to me to take a look at her new book, The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You.

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What is a fringe hour? Turner defines it as:

“…a limited or appointed piece of time that is found in the margins of the day….something decorative. Activities and passions pursued in the fringe hours make your life more beautiful.”

Sounds great, right? But how do you find your fringe hours? Well, you will have to read the book! But I will tell you that following Jessica’s suggestion of tracking your time for a week was a real eye opener. This exercise allowed me to better understand where my time is being spent, how I can streamline activities and where I can possible find my fringe hours.

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While it is still very much a work in progress, I am genuinely excited about finding time for me in 2016.  Want to join me in finding your fringe hours? You can find the Kindle version of The Fringe Hours by Jessica Turner on Amazon for just $1.99 this week! It’s time to focus on YOU. If not now….when?

This post was written by the Experimental Mommy. While I was compensated for my time and effort, I genuinely love the book and know you will love it, too!