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Monday, September 17, 2018

On the Go Snacking

By now you are back in session, school that is.  School has started, routines are back to normal, and the schedules are starting to fill up with after-school activities, practices, and games.


Thanks to Fresh Cravings for sending samples for review.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

My schedule fills up super fast when school starts.  I am sure that is the same for all parents with school aged kids.  From packing the school lunches to running to a practice, we all have one thing in common.  We look for easy on-the-go snacks that our kids will enjoy.  But what about mom and dad?  Do you ever grab something for you?  Or are you like me, starving? 


 Who doesn't love chips and salsa?  Introducing Fresh Cravings salsa.

Made with fresh vine-ripened tomatoes and crisp, hand-picked vegetables, along with zesty peppers and spices, Fresh Cravings salsa is never cooked, which gives it a fresh authentic taste.  These snack packs come in Fresh Cravings’ most popular recipe, Restaurant Style, in Mild heat.  They include just the right amount of tortilla chips for it to be a nourishing treat without worrying about portion control.  They are sold in Walmart stores for $1.78 and can be found in the produce section.

“We continuously hear from our customers that they want healthier, more affordable snacking solutions for their families,” says Jay Whitney, President of FoodStory Brands, the company behind Fresh Cravings.  “We developed this Fresh Cravings Salsa and Tortilla Chips combo to help parents find a fun, and more nourishing snack for their kids and for themselves.”

Whether I pack them for my lunch for work or grab a snack for mommy to sit on the sidelines with while watching practice, this is the perfect grab-and-go snack.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Hot Hot Baby #SunnyMoments

Boy do we love our fun in the sun.  Did you know even on gloomy days, the sun is still harmful?  Even if it is cloudy, 80% of the sun's rays can be pass through clouds.  We have to take precautions to protect ourselves and our babies from sun damage.

 
Thanks to Aveeno for sending product samples for review.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

The sun's ultra violet rays can be most harmful between the hours of 10 am to 4 pm.  This when they are extremely damaging because they are the strongest which is why they should be avoided.  Our skin is our largest organ of the body.  Aveeno Baby's Pediatrician Dr. Andres Cotton says, "Our skin is the first barrier our bodies have to protect itself." 

Here are some things to remember:

1)  Direct sunlight is not recommended for babies less than 6 months old.

2)  Keep babies shaded by putting light colored, thin clothing that covers their arms and legs and don't forget the hats. 

3)   When children are outdoors, make sure to apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF30 or more that can protect against UVA and UVB.

4)  Always remember to apply sunscreen to nose, cheeks, tops of ears, and feet.  You can use a face stick like the Aveeno Baby Continous Protection Sensitive Skin to make application easier.  And never forget the shoulders.

5)  Apply sunscreen 10-15 minutes before fun in the sun so that product can absorb into the skin.             Reapplying every 2 hours.


Aveeno has been a preferred brand in my home.  It is the brand I trust for my daughter's sensitive skin.  It is pediatrician and dermatologist recommended for the entire family. 

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Houston: Fandemic Tour is Coming

A new convention experience is coming to NRG Center in Houston on September 14, 15, and 16.


This post is in collaboration with Fandemic Tour as a brand partner.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

There is one thing that all of our family members have in common is that we are all fanatics.  Young and older, we all grew up being fans.  Fandemic will have photo ops, autograph opportunities, and meet and greets.

Some of the guests we are excited to see are:


Tom Welling Best known for playing Clark Kent on the hit television series Smallville (2001).  Tom eventually moved on to modeling after spending a period of time working in the construction business.  While modeling, he met fellow celebrity and model Ashton Kutcher while they were booked for a project together.  The two eventually become good friends. Even though both Ashton and Tom were famous models, Tom decided to be an actor.  Welling also acts in other movies.  The movie with which he is probably most associated is Cheaper by the Dozen (2003), in which he starred with Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt, and its sequel, Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005), in which he repeated his prior role.  Tom has also starred in a B-grade horror flick, The Fog (2005), together with Lost (2004)'s star, Maggie Grace.


John Schneider - His big break came when he won the role of Bo Duke on The Dukes of Hazzard (1979) on CBS from 1979-1985.  He auditioned for the role pretending he was a genuine country boy.  He had a weeks growth of beard and held a beer can claiming he was from Snellville, Georgia.  He later became a very successful country singer and had several hit songs including "I've Been Around Enough To Know" and "Country Girls."  He has since opened Faith Works Productions in San Antonio, Texas.

You can check out the full guest list here.

GET YOU TIX NOW! ---> bit.ly/FandemicHOU 

General Admission

$40 — Friday Pass
$50 — Saturday Pass
$45 — Sunday Pass
$80 — Full Weekend Pass
$150 — Fandemic Fanatic VIP
KIDS 10 AND UNDER ARE FREE

Don't forget to the join the conversation on September 6 for your chance to win tickets.  Follow @moneysvgparent on Twitter and join the discussion using #FandemicHouston

Must be 18+ to participate and eligible to win prizes.


Grand Prize is Two VIP Tickets for all three days at Fandemic Tour Houston Sept. 14-16, 2018.  Find out more about the VIP tickets when you visit http://fandemictour.com.

Prizes include a Family Four Pack for Sunday - our family-friendly day with children's activities and a "Date Night" prize of two tickets to the Friday show.

Be sure to RSVP "going" on the event page, follow @moneysvgparent on Twitter at - https://twitter.com/MoneySvgParent

To be eligible for prizes!

Monday, August 20, 2018

Let Them Build It - Strawbees

I hate when my kids get summer colds.  Those are the worst.  The doctor recommends lots of rest which includes staying at home with dad and it disrupts my daughter's routine.  When my daughter gets sick, I try to distract her from the crummy feeling.


Thanks to Strawbees for sending sample product fore review.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

When I am sick, I feel that distracting my brain helps me feel better.  It always works for me.  My daughter is the same way.  She loves to be engaged and enjoys experimenting.


My kids have always been very independent.  They love to tinker, discover, and create things all on their own.  


Strawbees Inventor Kit allows kids to be creative.  They can let their imagination run wild as they build.  The creations they make with their own hands.  It is a wonderful educational toy.  Kids do not even realize that they are actually learning while getting creative.


The toys that brings hours of fun for my future inventor.   Whether your kids get cabin fever, are looking for a challenging toy, or just love to work with their imagine; this is the perfect toy for them.  

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

***CLOSED***AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Digital Code Giveaway

Ok, where are my Marvel Studios fans at?  AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR is going to be available on Blu-ray on Tuesday, August 14. Who is excited?



This is a sponsored giveaway. All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

If you a fan, I know you already saw this movie and cannot wait to add it to your collection. If you have not seen it, here is the synopsis:

In “Avengers: Infinity War,” members from every MCU franchise must sacrifice like never before in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe. The film stars Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Hulk, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Don Cheadle as Colonel James Rhodes/War Machine, Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Paul Bettany as Vision, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Peter Dinklage as Eitri, Benedict Wong as Wong, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Dave Bautista as Drax, featuring Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, with Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, with Benicio Del Toro as The Collector, with Josh Brolin as Thanos, and Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord.

To celebrate the release, we are giving one reader the opportunity to win their very own digital copy of the film.

How to enter:

1)  Tell me who is your favorite character and why?  (comment below-1 entry)
2)  Tweet, don't forget to tag @independentmami. (comment below with the link to your tweet-1 entry/per day)
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US only.  Giveaway ends on 08/15/2018.  One winner will be randomly selected.  Sponsor will be responsible for delivery to winner.  Good luck!