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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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Review: JCPenney Back to School Fall Collection

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Thanks so much to JCPenney for the back-to-school shopping spree.  They’re featuring their #FirstDayLook clothing, and what a fun way to get kids excited to get back on the school bus and into their routines.   End of summer is always hectic, with that perpetual to-do list (new shoes, haircuts, school supplies, and of course, soaking up the last few minutes of summer fun).  And honestly, with 3 boys, we hadn’t focused much on clothes, but when I offered my kids a mom blog-sponsored shopping trip, the car was warming up in the driveway.  The mall was bustling – clearly, we weren’t the only last-minute shoppers, but we were on a mission to shop and report back, so ready, set, shop!  There was lots of variety in every level of dress (sports shorts and workout gear to dressy), which is great for teenagers.  It’s so funny, but teen fashion changes
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Review: Fast Action Fold Jogger Click Connect Stroller

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                  Amy and nephew test driving Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Graco.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. I recently had the fun of test driving Graco‘s new FastAction Fold Click Connect Jogger, long name for a great “crossover stroller.”  So basically, it’s a jog stroller, with the all terrain wheels so you can hit the road with baby or toddler and multi-task walk/run and exercise for mom and baby, but it’s got all the comfort and features you’d expect in a traditional stroller – tons of padding, cup holders, a Smartphone holder, etc. With my new nephew in tow, I had a great walk around the neighborhood (above), while he (at only 3 months) was snug in an infant carseat that connects and faces backwards, so add some more multi-tasking, and I got
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Top 12 Things a Kid Should Know Before Flying the Coop

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                                  I love, love, love this book’s premise, and adore how Author Kay Wills Wyma, a former White House employee, cleaned her OWN house by kicking off a most unusual experiment to “un-enable” her 5 kids and introduce them to the basic tasks of independence.  Wyma found that while parents are well-intentioned, we’re raising dependent kids by sending the message, “I’ll do it for you because you can’t.“  Kids, she said, need to hear, “I believe in you, so I’m going to make you work.”  From making beds to grocery shopping to (prepare yourself…) yes, disinfecting a bathroom, her family experienced firsthand how meaningful work can transform self-absorption into earned self-confidence and concern for others. I love to write about chores, and have a whole page dedicated to tips & tools on “how to
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Win a Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book

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                  Kids devour these books, and the 7th in the series recently came out.  And…did you know…the author grew up in D.C.?  Thanks to the Diary of a Wimpy Kid folks for offering a FREE book of your choosing from the series.  We’ll pick a winner on Valentine’s Day since The Third Wheel has a Valentine’s Day theme — just ADD A COMMENT to this post on one of these topics:  What advice would you give a middle schooler about dances and school crushes?  Or, what is the most awkward thing that happened to you in middle school? Here’s some scoop about our latest Mom-Tastic Find… About The Third Wheel Love is in the air, but what does that mean for Greg Heffley? A Valentine’s Day dance at Greg’s middle school has turned his world upside down. As Greg scrambles to find
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CVS MinuteClinic Flu Shots

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          Who said being a mom blogger didn’t have some privileges?  First time it included a vaccine!  All joking aside, many thanks to our friends at CVS Minute Clinic for the free flu shot for me and my son.  Their tagline, “no appointment necessary,” is helpful for a busy mom, and I’m sure we looked a little frazzled collecting items we needed to buy as we waited the full 10 minutes for the shot.  (Added bonus – when you get a flu shot, they give you 20% off your purchase…happy to learn that after a $100 purchase!).  Here is a link to the minute clinic website that has some great links to CDC information about children and the flu, along with a flu guide for parents, and everyday preventative actions to avoid the flu. We’ve been to MinuteClinic before for quickie things like ear infections, strep
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PEP Author Talk: Learn the Secret to Raising a Successful Child

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                    It’s no secret that I love PEP events.  For my MD/DC/VA friends, I wanted to give you a heads up about this year’s Noted Author Series coming very soon..PEP brings in a high-profile speaker each year, and I’ve always left the “babysitter-worthy” events with a long list of parenting ideas and inspiration.  This year, PEP is offering readers of The MomTini Lounge a 20% discount (code MOMTINI20), AND a chance to win a pair of free tickets!  Read on for the info… Want to learn the secret to raising a successful child? Win a pair of tickets to hear Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg, a nationally renowned pediatrician and researcher, speak at Bullis School from 7:30-9:30 pm on Weds. Oct. 24, 2012, about “Building Resilience: How to Raise Successful Children and Adolescents.”  Each ticket includes a light reception at 6:30 pm to
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