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Sponsored Post: Food Lion

        Comment on this post with anything useful for families for Thanksgiving (a tip, a recipe secret, anything to make the holiday special), and you will be entered to win a $25 Food Lion Gift Card (winners to be randomly chosen on December 15, 2014). We recently shopped Food Lion as a Mom Blog assignment, and wanted to share some of our findings here at The Lounge.  Our local store was definitely well-stocked, easy to shop, and reasonably priced throughout the store.   In particular, we found the frozen section to have TONS of kid-friendly foods.  Our boys are in a constant state of motion or refueling, so we like to keep lots of after school snacks “at the ready.”  And snacks aren’t just pretzels, it’s really more like a 4th meal.  Plus, with kids, you never know when you’ll have 1 or 10 showing up, ready to
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Win Free Tickets to PEP’s Annual Author Talk

For my DC/MD/VA friends looking for some parenting inspiration, here’s a chance to earn a pair of FREE tickets ($56 value) to Thursday November 13th’s PEP’s Annual Noted Author Talk.  Simply comment to this post or to our Facebook post or to my expanded article on Dr. Bryson, and a winner will be selected at random and announced on October 30.  Each year, PEP brings in a headline act, a parenting author who has the same encouraging and positive approach to everyday challenges as PEP, and hundreds of parents leave with new ideas and a fresh perspective to bring home.  I had the unique opportunity to meet Dr. Bryson at a recent teleconference (see related post), and I can’t wait to hear more on November 13 and 14.  Here’s the “411” on the talk – comment now for your chance to win! Tina Payne Bryson, PhD, will give a talk
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Because I Said So: Life in the Mom Zone

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This week’s #MomTatic find is a new book on the comedy and drama of motherhood.  Can you imagine if motherhood was this easy…kids complying “because we said so” ….  Thought provoking for sure! Here’s a quick note on a new book that may add some humor to your day, with some thoughtful stories along the way… “But whyyyy?” “Because I said so.” It’s the answer that rolls off the tongues of mamas from all over. In Because I Said So: Life In The Mom Zone, veteran mom Annie Oeth tells of the worries, laughter and sheer terror of being a mother. Trips to the emergency room, college graduations and the dangerous combination of teenagers and fireworks are all fair game in this romp through southern motherhood. Spilling the (jelly)beans on Easter egg hunts, Santa Claus and frogs in mailboxes, Annie Oeth writes of life, love and raising children while hanging
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Product Review: Label Daddy and 20% Discount

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    Despite the fact that I’m in the “camp labeling belongings zone,” with 3 boys, I am constantly finding friends’ clothes here and watching my kids rummage through everyone’s drawers for “that t-shirt” that seems to have vanished.  Keeping track of belongings is hardly a summer-only challenge; it’s definitely year-round.  I remember growing up and watching my mom iron on labels, and as great as that was, I got a C- in ironing (joke, but probably one of my least favorite things to do). I found these stick-on labels through Label Daddy, and they are a great invention!  You stick them on the clothing label, and they’re easy to apply; easy to read; easily customizable.  Label Daddy just made things really EASY!  I also reviewed some specialty labels for shoes; trash cans (ours constantly blow down the street!); sports equipment; and more.  They’re really great, and pay for themselves
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MomTastic Finds: Edible Arrangements for Mother’s Day

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          This is such a great, colorful & yummy Mother’s Day Gift Idea, and came with some fun survey data I wanted to share.  Edible Arrangments surveyed moms to help decode their “secret language” about what they really want for Mother’s Day.  Here are some highlights:  50% of moms tell their kids “don’t get me anything” or “you shouldn’t have” but what do they really mean? 80% of moms hint at what they want every year, but have a list of “do not buys” 30% have been forgotten at least once! So, for what “not to buy,” according to the survey: The top three gifts NOT to get mom, in order, are: drugstore candy, generic bath products or the “same old flower arrangement.”  Fifty percent of moms said the number one way to improve Mother’s Day this year is to “surprise me with an unexpected gift.”
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Fuel Your Dreams Teaches Kids About the Power of Food

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          This “MomTastic Find” is a recent client’s public service campaign to educate kids about how to “Fuel Their Dreams” by fueling their bodies with powerful, healthy food choices. Thanks to Kid Kritics Founder Ellen Briggs for sharing these nutrition tips for families.  Through extensive research, the company’s ingredients standard board of 12 health professionals has managed more than 25,000 “Kid Kritics” in blind taste tests. Research shows that having a healthy, balanced diet improves brain capacity, maximizes cognitive capabilities, and improves academic performance in school-age children. Alternatively, the research also shows that having too much junk food and an unhealthy diet decreases academic performance by limiting the amount of information to the brain.  Source here. Here are 5 tips inspired by the Fuel Your DreamsTM program… Teach your kids about the connection between what they eat and drink and what happens inside their bodies. Once
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Review: Food Lion MVP Coupon Hub

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      Review/Sponsored Post — Comment on this Post for a Chance to Win $25 GiftCards I was recently asked to take Food Lion‘s “MVP Coupon Hub” for a test drive.  It’s a great integration of coupons, savings, and a loyalty card, that takes the paper out of the process if you want to trash the coupon caddy.  (You can, of course, go online and select/print coupons as well).  It’s super easy, and takes minutes to set up, even if you don’t currently have a Food Lion MVP card. Here’s how it works…They’re featuring it on their home page, or you can go directly to the MVP coupon hub here.  Then, you can either “load to card” so the coupons you select are loaded directly onto your loyalty card, and you simply swipe and save at checkout.  Or, you can “print at home” if you’re a traditionalist and like
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MomTastic Find – Reusable Lunch Bags

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              Very cool invention by a local Mompreneur and friend – LunchSkins are reusable bags and are taking the lunchbox by storm!  This is a scary statistic…According to 3GreenMoms, “U.S. citizens use 100 billion plastic bags every year.”  BILLION…. I love the line on their site, “reduce your daily lunchprint.”  The bpa & lead-free bags are adorable, in all kinds of designs (I’m showing a handful on this post, but they have everything from sports to crabs and everything in between…full line on their website), and you can pop them in the dishwasher, so it’s a great, no hassle way to take a step toward saving our planet.  Lunchskins, recently featured on ABC’s Katie show, has saved more than 120 million plastic bags from reaching landfills. 3Green Moms is collecting some quick research from moms like you…If you have a minute by the end
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MOM comedy – Get ready to laugh…

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              As part of a new comedy premiering Monday Sept. 23, CBS asked Mom Bloggers to share a mom “confession.”  Here’s mine…One year at Thanksgiving, I gave everyone at the table food poisoning…everyone, that is, except for the sole vegetarian.  So yes, everyone who ate meat was violently ill.  It was really embarrassing, and the next year, I went so far in the opposite direction, that the meat was as dry as the desert.  Also got 3 meat thermometers as hostess gifts.  I’ve since learned to use them correctly! Here’s a sneak preview at the new MOM series… MOM is a comedy from executive producer Chuck Lorre starring Anna Faris as a newly sober single mom raising two children in a world full of temptations and pitfalls, and multiple Emmy Award winner Allison Janney as her critical, estranged mother.  Christy is a waitress at
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Contest: Win Two Tickets to PEP Author Talk 9/12 in DC

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              The annual PEP Author Talk is a highlight of my parenting education each year.  They bring in top-notch experts, and I always leave with new ideas, a great blog post :), and Momspiration.  Thanks to PEP, we are giving away TWO FREE TICKETS here at The Lounge.  We will select a winner at random on Sunday 9/7 — all you need to do is add a COMMENT to this post – include a creative parenting idea to share with our readers. And here’s the “411” on this year’s talk if you’d like to buy tickets… Speaker/Author Rosalind Wiseman Author of Queenbees and Wannabees Speaking about her new book, Masterminds & Wingmen:  Helping Your Son Cope with Schoolyard, Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of the Boy World. Thursday September 12, from 7:30p-9p The Maret School Complete info. and registration here Even
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