Help Eradicate the Big Bad “Double C” with Aflac #Duckprints

This giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Aflac. I was compensated to participate in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

When I became pregnant with my first child, people immediately started asking if I wanted a boy or girl. Since we had trouble conceiving, I honestly didn’t care. I just wanted a happy and healthy baby.  I am fortunate to have two healthy girls but I know some children are not as lucky.

In 2007, approximately 10,400 children age 15 or younger were diagnosed with cancer in the United States and cancer remains the leading cause of death by illness in the U.S. in this age group. But the good news is that according to the National Cancer Institute, the five-year survival rates for all childhood cancers combined increased from 58.1 percent in 1977 to 79.6 percent in 2003.  And great companies like Aflac are helping to increase this number!

The Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is one of the largest childhood cancer centers in the country which is committed to providing childhood cancer patients a brighter future through advanced medical treatment, family-centered care, a child-friendly environment and innovative research. Aflac is proud to have donated more than $87 million to the Aflac Cancer Center, with the goal of reaching $100 million by the end of 2015.

To help reach their goal, Aflac is using #Duckprints to raise awareness and donations to eradicate childhood cancer. And the best part?  You can help!

  • Aflac will donate $2 to the Aflac Cancer Center for every #Duckprints tweet/retweet on Twitter or post/share on Facebook from now through Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 11th)

To inspire your tweets and Facebook posts, I wanted to share the story of a courageous woman who’s life was saved and enhanced by the Aflac Cancer Center.  Her name is Trisha Henry Gaffney.

On Valentine’s Day 1996, 19-year-old Trisha was diagnosed with embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma, an aggressive tumor usually found in the head, neck, hands or feet of young children. Trisha’s was the first reported case to occur in the right ureter. After going through surgery to remove her right kidney, ureter and a portion of her bladder, Trisha spent a year at the Aflac Cancer Center undergoing chemotherapy and radiation.

Her treatment ended in April 1997, and she was ready to put her focus on all of the positive forces in her life. In 1998, a friend encouraged Trisha to visit the Cancer Survivor Program at the Aflac Cancer Center. The Aflac Cancer Center provides specialized, long-term follow-up care and helps identify and treat problems associated with the effects of cancer treatment to help survivors lead a full life, including school, work and a family of their own. However, the idea of going to even more doctors didn’t sit well with Trisha.

You don’t want your cancer to define you,” Trisha said, “but as you get older, you realize it plays a much bigger part in your life than you’re willing to admit.”

After several years of going to general doctors for check-ups, Trisha finally made an appointment with the Cancer Survivor Program at the Aflac Cancer Center. During her first appointment at the Cancer Survivor Program, Trisha received her health records and was able to gain a broad understanding of her entire health history, including her treatments and the issues they could cause, called late effects.

After meeting with the Medical Director, Trisha went to a fertility specialist, who delivered some devastating news. The lab work showed Trisha’s chemotherapy and 23 radiation treatments had wreaked havoc on her body. Only one ovary was functional, and the radiation had damaged her uterus; she was approaching an early menopause, and would not be able to carry a child.

“It’s devastating when you can’t have a family,” Trisha said. “I froze my eggs that year. I thought, ‘Screw you, cancer! I want my own kid.’”

After her sister’s best friend offered to be a surrogate, Trisha and husband Andrew became parents to Isabella in April 2013. Isabella just celebrated her first birthday, and this Mother’s Day will mark Trisha’s second, thanks to the Aflac Cancer Center and its programs.

“If I hadn’t had my friend telling me to go to the Cancer Survivor Program at the Aflac Cancer Center,” Trisha said, “I wouldn’t have my daughter.”

Armed with the knowledge about her medications, treatments and the potential challenges ahead, Trisha is empowered to be an advocate for her own health. She knows it is survivorship that defines her ‒ not cancer.

Everyone loves a happy ending, right? Help Aflac provide more happy endings and eradicate childhood cancer by tweeting this inspirational story using #Duckprints.  Don’t forget that for every tweet or Facebook post using the hashtag, Aflac will donate $2 to the Aflac Cancer Center.

Surely Trisha will enjoy her Mother’s Day and you can help one Mom have a stress-free Mother’s Day, too!  One of my Experimental Mommy readers will win a $50 Restaurant.com gift card! Enter below:

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Surprise Mom with a Bouquet from PassionRoses {Giveaway}

Head’s up!  Mother’s Day is just around the corner.  How do you plan to honor your Mother, Grandmother, Aunt, Godmother or Wife?  I know it seems cliche, but I absolutely love hearing my doorbell ring and receiving a beautiful bouquet of roses.  There is just something about the surprise that makes me feel on top of the World.  Not to mention, once I display them in my home, I smile everytime I look at them.  It’s the gift that makes my whole week!

I want to help you provide that same feeling for that special person in your life this Mother’s Day.  Have you heard of PassionRoses?

Grown in Bogota, Columbia, PassionRoses bouquets can be found in more than 5,000 retail and grocery stores across the US in every color imaginable!  Since 2011, PassionRoses has been the “Official Rose of the Miss America Pageant.” PassionRoses was also selected by the Rose Bowl and the Tournament of Roses to become the “Official Rose of the Rose Bowl Game,” and the “Official Rose of the Rose Bowl Stadium.” We can assure you these roses are the best of the best!

PassionRoses is a family-oriented company from Bogota, Colombia dedicated to providing the highest-quality roses, both in beauty and sustainability.  They are committed to supporting the communities where they live through education, donations and community outreach and have been voted one of the best places to work in Columbia.  After checking out their website, I can see why they have received top honors!  I’m actually not a fan of red roses, so I love the fact that you can choose from many different colors such as pink, white, orange, yellow and purple.

As a gift to each one of my readers, PassionRoses has given you all a 10% off  promo code.  Simply use code ROSES4MOM upon check out by using this link or clicking the graphic above.  And as a special treat, I am giving away two dozen roses to EIGHT winners! Enter below:
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Celebrate Earth Day with Neutrogena Naturals {Giveaway}

This post was written by the Experimental Mommy and brought to you by Neutrogena.  All opinions remain 100% mine.

Inspired by Earth Day, I thought I would share some of my favorite natural products.  As a Neutrogena Ambassador, I have had the opportunity to try many of their products.  Admittedly, my first thought was that natural=less effective.  But I am happy to report that I absolutely love the entire NEUTROGENA® Naturals line.  A bit about the products:

NEUTROGENA® Naturals is the brand’s first fully natural line.  It’s free of harsh chemical sulfates, parabens and petrochemicals which features bionutrients (highly concentrated chemical compounds found in nature). Bionutrients are proven to support healthy skin, and to promote replenishment and detoxification.

The entire line is Earthwards recognized for their sustainability but the great thing is that Neutrogena doesn’t stop at the skin care line.  The brand is committed to supporting sustainable forestry so packaging is made up of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paperboard.  Plus, to reduce its footprint and sustainability, NEUTROGENA® Naturals’ website is powered by 100 percent clean energy that includes 12 solar panels and a 50-foot windmill.  From start to finish, this is a product line you can be proud to own (not to mention your face will look fab, too)!

Neutrogena continues to build on the brand’s gentle and effective cleansing expertise, and identified a great need for cleansers within the naturals space designed without additives like surfactants, products Neutrogena® Ambassador, Kristen Bell can stand behind. The line includes cleansers and a lip balm which offers true clinical skin benefits, wonderful aesthetics and a sensory experience.

Ready for an all natural experience? One Experimental Mommy reader will win the entire Neutrogena Naturals line including lip balm, face and body bar, makeup remover, purifying pore scrub and a facial cleanser! Enter below:
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Inspire Innovation with GoldieBlox and the Dunk Tank {Giveaway}

This post is the opinion of the Experimental Mommy.  While a sample was received to facilitate this review, all opinions remain 100% mine.

I am the proud Mama of two beautiful daughters.  They love pink.  They love dancing.  They love princess.  But that doesn’t mean that they can’t love math, Science and engineering.  I, too, was a pink-loving twinkle toes who grew up to achieve a Master of Science in Biology and I will encourage my daughters to chase their dreams as well.

Toys that teach and encourage imagination are tops on my list so I could not have been happier to review GoldieBlox and the Dunk Tank.

GoldieBlox is a book and construction set series that aims to get girls building, close the gender gap in STEM fields and inspire the next generation of female engineers.

Each building set comes with a story which sets the scene for the construction.  My 9 year old took the reigns by reading the story first while my 6 year old sorted through the pieces.  Finally, the girls worked together to bring the story to life by actually building the scene.

In GoldieBlox and the Dunk Tank, Nacho, Goldie’s dog, hates water and loves being dirty. After many tries to get Nacho clean, Goldie finally comes up with the perfect contraption – a dunk tank! As the story progresses, kids learn about hinges and levers while creating a dunk tank for Nacho to finally bathe in before they all head to the town carnival.

My daughters were able to assemble the set with no help from me.  It was great to see them working through problems together and conquering the task at hand.  But one of my favorite features is actually the box! What an ingenious idea to have all of the pieces actually snap into place so nothing gets lost. Plus, the pieces of each GoldieBlox set work in conjunction with others so the possibilities are endless.

If you are looking for a last minute addition to your child’s Easter basket, head to Target where you will find GoldieBlox sets for just $19.99.  Or, you can win GoldieBlox and the Dunk Tank right here on Experimental Mommy.  Enter below:

 
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Fueling My Morning with Quaker Shakes {Giveaway}

This post was created in partnership with Quaker. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

With two school-aged children, morning is anything but peaceful.  Once the alarm wakes us from our comfy beds, it is a race to get everyone dressed, lunches made, schoolbags packed and to school on time.  While I would love to say that I wake up extra early to cook a lovely breakfast for my girls, it is just not reality.

Because we are so pressed for time, I am always on the lookout for a nutritious, filling and quick breakfast that my family and I will enjoy.  Thankfully, I was recently introduced to Quaker Breakfast Shakes.  Made with Quaker oats, these shakes contain 8g of whole grain, 10g of protein and 6g of fiber not to mention they come in three delicious flavors.

My daughters spotted the chocolate variety first (they inherited my love of all things chocolate) and couldn’t wait to give it a try.  I actually split one bottle of Quaker Shakes between the two of them and they were satisfied and full.  Hubby and I tried the strawberry and vanilla, but chocolate was definitely the winner in our home.

Want to give them a try?  Print this $2 off coupon and grab your own bottles of Quaker Shakes to fuel your morning routine.  Even better? Win a $25 Walmart gift card right here at Experimental Mommy so you can create your own little stockpile of Quaker Shakes at home!  Enter below:
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My Mess is No Match for the Eureka Airspeed ALL FLOORS #BringItOn

With two little ballerinas in my home, there is rarely a dull moment.  Their tappin’ feet seem to constantly move and it’s hard to get them to stay still even at meal times.  The result?

Crumbs.

Everywhere.

Sometimes it seems like more food ends up on the floor than in their mouths which means clean up not only involves dishes but sweeping and vacuuming, too.  So when I was approached to review the Eureka Airspeed ALL FLOORS vacuum, I was definitely game especially because this vacuum performed better than the Dyson DC41 based on independent testing.

How Does it Work:

  • Eureka AirSpeed ALL FLOORS’ AirSpeed Technology uses an efficient floor-to-cup air path with limited twists and turns that decreases the distance dust needs to travel and increases airflow, providing maximum suction power.
  • Engineered to clean a multitude of surfaces in your home, the Eureka AirSpeed ALL FLOORS features a brushroll that can be turned on to deep clean carpets, and off to safely remove dirt and debris from bare floors.
  • The vacuum’s suction control valve lets you direct all of the power to the floors or to the tools, so you can deep clean to stairs, furniture and crevices.

The Challenge

We were asked to mimic the mess our kids make and put the vacuum to the ultimate test.  Because my two girls are cereal lovers, I decided to see how easy it would be to clean up spilled cereal crushed by the feet of little dancers into my carpet. Check out our video below:

It’s that easy.  As soon as I turned the power on, the crumbs literally started moving towards the vacuum.  Now that’s some suction!  With one simple pass of the vacuum, not only did the Eureka pick up the whole pieces of cereal, but the ground in dirt, too.  I love that you can turn the brushroll on to deep clean the carpet or turn it off with a push of the button to easy move to your hardwood floors seamlessly.

Intrigued?  You can find the Eureka Airspeed ALL FLOORS is available nationwide at Walmart for just $98! And even better, not one but TWO people will win the vacuum right here at Experimental Mommy!  Enter below:

 
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Get Ready for Awards Season with Movies On Demand {Giveaway}

This post is written by the Experimental Mommy in partnership with Movies on Demand.

With two kids, the majority of the movies we go to see at the theater are geared for children.  To be honest, I can’t remember the last time I saw a non-animated movie.  With Awards Season less than one month away, it is safe to say that I have not seen most of the nominated films.  I have a lot of catching up to do!

Fortunately, with Movies On Demand, I can get ready for the big night with just the click of a button from the comfort of my own home.  Right now, many of the Awards Season favorites are being featured on Movies On Demand including:

  • Blue Jasmine – Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Original Screenplay
  • Captain Phillips – Best Picture, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing
  • Despicable Me 2 – Best Animated Feature Film of the Year, Best Original Song

Hubby and I have planned a date night next weekend complete with cozy blanket and fresh popped popcorn in order to check out some of these films.  The award shows are much more fun when you have a favorite movie to root for, right?!  If you want to have your own movie night, get more info about Movies On Demand and enter my giveaway below to win a prize pack including:

  • $20 Cable Cash to order movies
  • $25 VISA gift card to buy snacks
  • MOD blanket and cups

 

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Play MG Gaming Device Ends the Cell Phone War in My Home {Giveaway}

This post is written by Lena of the Experimental Mommy.  While a sample was received to facilitate this review, all opinions remain 100% honest.

My sons are ages 14 and 8. Like most teenagers, my 14 year old has a phone but there’s no way I’m paying for phone service for an 8 year old that only wants to play games. So, whenever we’re out I often hear, “Mom, can I play on your phone?” I’m okay with him playing on my phone, but he tends to run the battery down. Plus, I need my phone! It’s embarrassing to admit, but I use the phone a lot. Enter my new best friend…the Play MG.

The Play MG is the first of its kind – an Android gaming system designed just for young people. Now get more than 60,000 app games; a 4-inch touch screen; cool and slim pocketable design; and a super easy way to responsibly make app purchases without bothering or surprising your parents. It’s designed for you, designed for games, designed for some serious, and not-so-serious play.

The PlayMG has all the cool gaming and networking features of a smart phone without the monthly fee. It comes pre-loaded with several premium games from companies like EA and Com2us. And, of course, there are tons of free and inexpensive games available at Google Play. So far, my kids’ favorite game has been Inotia4. (Yes, my older son had to get in on the fun!) Both kids absolutely love this system!

But there’s also something cool in here for us parents…it has parental controls! Yes, you read that right, PARENTAL CONTROLS. There’s a Family Collaboration System app that has some really cool features:

  • Digital Wallet – lets parents create “game allowances” with a prepaid MasterCard®.
  • Activity Tracking – it tracks what apps are used and for how long. This ends the, “…but I’ve only been playing for 15 minutes” argument.
  • Weekly Report Emails – parents are sent a weekly summary of the app usage. But, you can log onto the system any time to review the summary.
  • The best part, the Family Collaboration System is password protected, so the kids can’t turn it off.

The PlayMG is available in stores like Target, Amazon, and ToysRUs, or you can buy it directly from www.playmg.com. MSRP is $159.99 – $166.99 (a LOT cheaper than a smartphone).  Want to learn more?  Check out the video on how the Play MG works.  Ready to play?  One lucky winner will get their very own Play MG system right here on Experimental Mommy!  Enter below:
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12 Days of Giveaways with Neutrogena: Day Twelve #NTGHoliday

This post was written by the Experimental Mommy. As a Neutrogena Ambassador, I am compensated for my time and effort. All opinions remain 100% mine.

So it appears my scheduled post did not publish on Christmas Eve!  So today is officially Day Twelve of the Neutrogena 12 Days of Giveaways.  It is your LAST chance to gain entries to win our Grand Prize…a Gucci Miss GG Top-Handle Leather Bag Valued at $1580!!!

So, the more entries you have in all 11 of the previous Neutrogena giveaways, the better chance you have at winning the bag! Ready, Set, GO! Enter below:

Don’t forget to enter all of the Neutrogena giveaways in order to have a better chance at winning the Grand Prize!

New to the 12 Days of Giveaways with Neutrogena? Here’s how to play:

1. Each day, a new Neutrogena giveaway will be posted right here on Experimental Mommy.

2. Enter the daily giveaways to win the posted prize pack.

3. On Day 12, ALL entries from the previous 11 giveaways will be pooled and one lucky winner will receive….wait for it…..wait for it…..

Last Chance Entries!

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12 Days of Giveaways with Neutrogena: Day Eleven #NTGHoliday

This post was written by the Experimental Mommy. As a Neutrogena Ambassador, I am compensated for my time and effort. All opinions remain 100% mine.

It’s day ELEVEN which means it is officially Christmas Eve Eve…have you finished shopping yet?  Day eleven is particularly exciting because we are so close to finding out the Grand Prize Winner of the 12 Days of Neutrogena Giveaways!  With the hustle, bustle and excitement of the holidays, don’t forget to take a minute to moisturize your winter skin.

To help make skin care easy, today’s giveaway includes both the Neutrogena Deep Moisture Day and Night Moisturizers (ARV $25).

Neutrogena® Deep Moisture Night Cream is clinically proven to dramatically increase skin’s moisture level in just 1 week.

This fast-absorbing, non-comedogenic formula, with Vitamin D3 and Glycerin, works deep within the skin’s surface and over time helps boost skin’s ability to replenish and hold onto moisture. Vitamin D3 is a superior moisturizer that helps balance skin’s moisture levels. Glycerin moisturizes deeply, instantly improving the look and feel of skin.

Deep Moisture Night Cream instantly relieves dryness, without a heavy, greasy feeling, creating softer, healthier, younger-looking skin that lasts.

Don’t forget to enter all of the Neutrogena giveaways in order to have a better chance at winning the Grand Prize!

New to the 12 Days of Giveaways with Neutrogena? Here’s how to play:

1. Each day, a new Neutrogena giveaway will be posted right here on Experimental Mommy.

2. Enter the daily giveaways to win the posted prize pack.

3. On Day 12, ALL entries from the previous 11 giveaways will be pooled and one lucky winner will receive….wait for it…..wait for it…..

A Gucci Miss GG Top-Handle Leather Bag Valued at $1580!!!

So, the more entries you have in all 11 of the previous Neutrogena giveaways, the better chance you have at winning the bag! Ready, Set, GO! Enter below:

 
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