all free clear – Free to Be Powerful, Clean, and Gentle on Skin

We’ve always preferred more natural products or those without harsh ingredients.Our daughter has shown signs of sensitivity towards products coming in contact with her skin. When we heard about the all free clear line of cleaning products we were eager to give them a try.

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The #1 recommended detergent brand by Dermatologists, Allergists, and Pediatricians for sensitive skin, all free clear is tough on stains yet gentle enough for the whole family. We recently upgraded to an HE washer and love that all free clear is safe for standard HE machines. It rinses clean and has a gentle, hypoallergenic formula. Powerful, clean, gentle on skin, and 100% hypoallergenic.

Stay tuned for a detailed review with before and after photos! If you’re eager to give it a try yourself, grab this coupon for $1 off any all free clear product!

Giving Back with Huggies Diapers at Walmart

I just found out about a really exciting opportunity to give back to your community. Huggies and Walmart are working together to support local community projects. From April 20th until June 25th, you can share a selfie of you and your baby with the hashtag #UltraHug to nominate a community project you hold dear. Huggies will be featuring these selfies in a collage. On July 6th they will open up voting to choose 10 winners who will each win a $2,000 grant from Huggies for their nominated community initiative.

What community project do you support? If there’s anything in your area that you like, feel free to submit it. If you haven’t yet discovered any local community projects, now is a great time! Is there a park being rehabilitated? A community garden in need of replanting? A community center in need of new equipment? Now’s your chance to make a difference in your community. Just visit the campaign landing page and submit your own #UltraHug selfie to nominate a local community project. https://ooh.li/90bc86a

HuggiesI’m so impressed by Huggies and Walmart for planning this initiative. It’s launched to coincide with promotion for Huggies Snug & Dry Ultra Diapers. They offer long-lasting leakage protection you can count on, so you can focus on all of your baby’s daily adventures. The range of sizes fit babies from newborn to 35 lbs. Only Huggies Snug & Dry Ultra Diapers have a new, unique quilted liner to lock away wetness better. They have a conforming, gap-free fit to keep your active baby dry throughout the day The trusted Leak Lock® System has quick-absorbing layers for up to 12 hours of protection so if you and your baby are spending the day in your newly rehabilitated community park, you don’t have to worry about leaks!

I’m nominating an organization near and dear to my heart. Get PUMPed! provides urgently needed donor breast milk to babies whose parents can’t provide milk for them. I love the mission of this organization. I’ve spent a lot of time volunteering with them since my daughter was born two years ago and I would love to see what they could do with the grant.

Remember, to enter the #UltraHug Selfie Contest just take a selfie of you and your baby and upload that selfie to Twitter or Instagram. Make sure to use the hashtag #UltraHug. Good luck!

Try Poise Thin-Shape Pads So You Can Recycle Your Period Pad!

After a fun day of Easter crafts and activities with my toddler, I wanted to make something fun for myself. But I didn’t want to dye anything or hide anything and for goodness sake I didn’t need anymore candy! Dilemma: what sort of craft to make for Mommy? It had to be fast and fun! And then I remembered a commercial I’d seen recently where people were crafting interesting things in a campaign to “recycle your period pad.”

Poise Thin-Shape PadsI haven’t needed pads for my period in years thanks to pregnancy and breastfeeding, but I seriously needed them for light bladder leak. 🙁 You know those little leaks that some of us experience occasionally when we are laughing, sneezing, laughing, BREATHING! To be honest, my light bladder leakage wasn’t even a new experience with pregnancy and childbirth. There’s no single reason that lbl happens. Pregnancy, childbirth, hysterectomy, and menopause are certain some of the triggers we hear about most often but complications from surgery, stroke, or chronic diseases like diabetes, multiple sclerosis (MS) or Parkinson’s disease can lead to lbl. So can obesity, bladder or urinary tract infections, and bladder irritants from certain foods and beverages. In other words, if you’re a woman you have a good chance of having lbl issues at some point in your life.

For many of us with light bladder leak, that means we find ourselves wearing period pads on a daily basis. But period pads are not designed to protect us from lbl so when I found out that Poise pads handle lbl way better than period pads, I was tremendously excited to give them a try. According to Poise, their new Poise Thin-Shape Pads, are up to 40% thinner than original Poise brand pads and are made specifically for bladder leaks. They’re also designed to move with your body, so whether I’m bending over to pick up my daughter or hopping in and out of my car, I know I can trust their absorbency. I grabbed a pack of Poise Thin-Shape Pads and it’s like a whole new world of comfort!

Only with my newfound discovery of Poise Thin-Shape Pads I’m now left with boxes, bags, and stacks of various period pads and absolutely no use for them. So I figured, hey, why not? I grabbed some period pads and some tape and made myself an Easter basket!

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Now it’s your turn! Get a free sample of Poise Thin-Shape Pads for yourself and then you can recycle your period pads too!

Tasty Snack Savings at Publix!


My husband and I very often host game nights and one of the staples of these events are the variety of delicious snacks we provide to munch on throughout the night. What works best for parties, obviously, is finger foods. Chips, pretzels, snack mix, nuts–they all are great options for rolling the dice or playing cards. What we tend to do prior to our get-togethers is dash out to Publix to pick out our selection of treats for the evening. My husband is partial to snack mixes like Chex Mix while I am partial to sweets, like Klondike Ice Cream Sandwiches (which we slice into quarters so everyone can get a piece).

Tasty Snack Savings at PublixWhat better way to stock up for your very own game night (or other get-togethers) than with some savings at Publix for your snacks? General Mills and Publix are offering a $5 off $25 purchase coupon when you purchase some of their name-brand snacks and beverages. This is a great deal, especially if you’re like us and spend in that ballpark for snacks and drinks for the family. Click here to get the coupon!

Sharing means saving! Save $5 on your $25 purchase of participating snacking items when you share with friends! Visit the campaign landing page to find out how. Exclusively at Publix.

Not only is the coupon a great free deal, but starting tomorrow we’re offering a $15 giveaway so you can make your snack-dollar stretch even farther! Yippee, more treats!

Now what are you waiting for? Download the coupon, check out the product website, and enter our $15 giveaway tomorrow!

Disclosure: The information, products and Publix gift cards were provided by General Mills through Linqia.

Teaching the Science of Nutrition

This year Andrea from Waldorf Salad & Cottage Fries decided to tackle the importance of nutrition; the science of it and why it is so important to eat right. Check out what their 4 week homeschool block on nutrition looked like:

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I co-host the Geeky Educational Link Up along with some great writers. You can find out a bit more about each co-host by reading our bios over at More Than A Coupon Queen, the host site. Take a look at their blogs each week. Some of these blogs also post some great geek projects and Science projects!

Here are my favorite posts from last time:

Introducing my Co-hosts!

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Rules of the Galactic Highway from More Than A Coupon Queen


Into The Woods Giveaway!

As Disney’s Into The Woods is now available for purchase on DVD and Blu-Ray, we are lucky enough to give away a copy to a lucky reader!  Be sure to check out Sweet Cheeks Adventures’ Review and find out why you need to enter this giveaway!  Good Luck!

The Giveaway:

How to Enter: Please use the Giveaway Tool below!
Prize: 1 Blu-Ray copy of Into The Woods
Dates: Starts March 24, 2015 12am EST.  Winner will be chosen March 30. 2015 11:59 pm EST.

Disclosure: Sweet Cheeks Adventures teamed up with Click-Communications for this giveaway. Other participating bloggers are not responsible for choosing the winner or shipment of product. They have not receive any compensation for this post. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. The winner will be chose at random by the Giveaway Tool and emailed. The winner must claim the prize within 48 hours or they risk forfeiting the prize.

Learning Numbers – Fun for All Ages!

Tardis-counting-2My daughter is 23 months old and just starting to grasp the concept of counting. To assist this process, my friend Marisa and I at Appliqué Geek created a series of printable counting games as well as a complementary set of games for embroidery machines. We started with two Doctor Who themed counting games and then added some cookies and ladybugs into the mix for the mainstream folks. Using these games, or a similar one of your own invention, kids can spend hours of educational fun.

Tardis-counting-3Each card has a printed number as well as a matching number of objects. Younger children can practice counting these objects as they are learning numbers. On the Daleks and ladybugs they can count the circles while they count windows on each TARDIS and chocolate chips on the cookies. Counting the objects helps them associate the physical number while associating the numeric character.

Learning Numbers Reinforced for Older Kids

IMG_4102-editedOlder children can use their imagination to think of new and exciting ways to play with the cards. For example, my nieces love the card game War and decided to try it with the TARDISes (TARDII?) versus the Daleks. (The TARDISes won, of course!)

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They also tried Go Fish and Crazy 8’s!

You can make your own set of cards very easily by drawing a simple picture like a ladybug or chocolate chip cookie and creating an additional version for each number. Or you can get super creative and make *realistic* looking Daleks with one of our patterns!

With fun counting cards like these, both simple learning activities and more complex games invite your children to learn while using their imagination!

I co-host the Geeky Educational Link Up along with some great writers. You can find out a bit more about each co-host by reading our bios over at More Than A Coupon Queen, the host site. Take a look at their blogs each week. Some of these blogs also post some great geek projects and Science projects!

Here are my favorite posts from last time:

Introducing my Co-hosts!

Geeky Educational Link Up Hosts
Rules of the Galactic Highway from More Than A Coupon Queen


Dissecting Owl Pellets

Do you know what an owl pellet is? Contrary to popular belief it is not owl poop. This week More Than A Coupon Queen dissected owl pellets with her kids. She wants to tell you all about it and give you a great list of resources in case you decide to do the same. Read all about it here!

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Here are my favorite posts from last week:

Introducing my Co-hosts!

Geeky Educational Link Up Hosts
Rules of the Galactic Highway from More Than A Coupon Queen


Pokemon is Educational

Andrea over at Waldorf Salad and Cottage Fries explores the game of Pokemon and its educational attributes with her thirteen year old son Logan. Logan is a huge Pokemon fan and an avid card collector. Recently she found a new understanding of the educational aspects behind the game. She asked Logan to explain Pokemon to her and give his perspective on why he feels it is an educational game. Read all about it here!

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Here are my favorite posts from last week:

Introducing my Co-hosts!

Geeky Educational Link Up Hosts
Rules of the Galactic Highway from More Than A Coupon Queen


Ivory Soap Experiment

Jess from Benoit Academy shares her Ivory Soap Experiment that she did with her kids earlier this week! Did you know that Ivory soap is one of the very few brands of soap that actually floats in the water?? This is due to a mistake that an employee at Procter and Gamble made. He forgot to turn off the mixing machine on the batch of soap he was making when he went on his lunch break! It ended up whipping so much air into the soap that it made the bars float. Procter and Gamble actually started marketing Ivory soap as “The Soap That Floats!” Make sure to read her FULL POST so that you can do this experiment yourself!

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Here are my favorite posts from last week:

Introducing my Co-hosts!

Geeky Educational Link Up Hosts
Rules of the Galactic Highway from More Than A Coupon Queen