Thursday, May 18, 2017

MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy + a giveaway

Sponsored Post: This post is sponsored by MILKA OREO, but the content and opinions expressed are my own. 

So, you know how last week I wrote a post about self-care and how all us moms really do need to take care of ourselves? It's true, we really do. Another way I like to get some me time in is watching a show and eating my favorite snack. Well, let me introduce you to my new favorite snack. OREO has teamed up with MILKA creating the new MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy

You can find the new MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy at Walmart in the candy isle. The delicious chocolate candy is easy to spot and easy to grab a hold of -it's located right in the middle of the isle and you can't miss it. I am especially excited to bring the MILKA OREO Chocolate Mix on my road trip. It's the perfect mix of chocolate candy all in one easy to seal bag, use this ibota coupon and earn up to a dollar when you purchase the MILKA OREO Chocolate Mix. 

Head to your local Walmart between now and May 21st to see a live demonstration where you might even be able to taste test this new MILKA Oreo Chocolate Candy.  If you're interested trying these chocolate candies out, but can't make it to a live demonstration use these ibota coupons on the MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy and MILKA OREO Chocolate Mix.  

I also have an awesome giveaway going on for you all. Over the next few weeks, I will be giving away 5 $25 Walmart gift cards! You have 5 chances to win a gift card to Walmart and all you have to do is follow the steps below: 

Take a picture of yourself at Walmart with a MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy.
Upload the pictures to Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, 
Tag me in the picture (@lyssadawson) and use the hashtag #TryOREOChocolate. 

Don't forget to take these coupons with you to the store, because you know you will want to buy one. MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy and the MILKA OREO Chocolate Mix.  Once you've purchased them come back here and tell me what you think! 

Good luck! 


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Join The Story Box, Box Subscription

One of my favorite moments of motherhood is reading with Hazel. And even before she was born I wanted to teach her to learn to read because it's such an amazing gift to have. As a child I never enjoyed reading, it was more of a chore, especially when I was reading for a school assignment. But now, as an adult, I love to read -and I wish I could read faster. So for me, establishing her love for reading was really important, especially since I know it will be a big part of her life. 

When I found The Story Box, a book box subscription company, I was super excited to see what they were about and what they had in store for Hazel. The Story Box has three different types of book subscriptions you can choose from, all depending on how old your children are. The subscription box we chose to receive is called the Family Package, which includes two books, one board book, and one picture book. It was perfect for us because Hazel really likes both picture books and board books. In the Family Package subscription, you will also find a parent guide that helps you create activities that reference the book so your child can find the parallels between the two. And you will also find a challenge of the month, this gives you ideas on how to get your child thinking about the book -specific to the board book. If you're interested take a look at the different package options here

Hazel was over the moon when the book surprise box came in the mail for her, she loves surprises, and she couldn't wait to open it. She was excited to sit down and read the books she got, but also really excited about the decorative paper. This is so cuuute! We sat there and read the books, and she would comment and saying things like, where are they going? or what are they doing? It was really fun seeing the wheels turn inside her brain.  

We really enjoyed this subscription box and think it's such a great idea to give as a gift, or even get during the summer months when your kids are out of school. It's a great way to keep your kids busy and help teach them at the same time. 
Hazel, can you count the rabbits?
Onnne, two, three, four... 

I love teaching her to love reading. What a wonderful quality and talent to have while growing up. For more information about The Story Box head to their website.

We received this subscription box to review, but all thoughts and opinions are our own. 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Five Tips for Taking Care of Yourself as a Mom

You know when you are on an airplane, and before takeoff, the flight attendants demonstrate how to put on the oxygen masks? Do you remember how they tell you to put your oxygen mask on before you help anyone else with theirs? Because you can't help someone else if you're suffocating, riiight?! Well, this is a lot like being a mom in a way. In order to be a good mom, you have to take care of yourself first. It's something I never really thought of when I first became a mom. I was just busy learning to be a new mom, feeding my newborn, changing her diapers, trying to figure out why she wouldn't stop crying, and everything else you do as a new parent. It's hard. And sometimes, you just don't think about yourself. That's bad. Because taking care of yourself makes you a better mom, it rejuvenates you, gives you time to think about yourself, and gives you an out. 

Taking care of yourself doesn't have to be some extravagant event -although that would be fun from time to time- just getting time for you will be enough to recharge your batteries. If you're in need of ideas to help you improve your self-care take a few of my tips to mind. 

Get Ready for The Day: Do this while your kids are awake or asleep it doesn't matter, but do it. Make yourself feel pretty. When I first became a mom I found how important this was for my sanity. I needed to feel human, and for me, feeling human meant that I needed to be ready for the day. Make it a routine and see how much better you feel. 

Go Out With Friends: Finding time out of the house -without your kids- it something that every mom needs. A moment to step away from the stress and the business, and to focus on yourself. I love having froyo nights with my girlfriends -who are also moms so they totally know what I am going through. Just finding time to be yourself again, who you were before you had kids, is a good thing. Finding those nice moments where you don't have to worry if your toddler will throw a tantrum or if your baby will have explosive diarrhea. 

Organize Your Time: I have a planner and a journal. My planner helps me remember the things I am making for dinner and it also helps me remember what my "chore" is for that day -not that I always get to it. My journal is my to do list. I make a list weekly/when-I-remember-to-write-something-down-that-I-need-to-do. It helps me remember the things that I would like to accomplish that week and helps me stay organized. If one thing is certain, we all know that mom brain is real and we can only remember so much in our lives.
Live Healthily: Drink water and feed your body good food. You deserve it. You work hard all day and you and your body deserve to be healthy. Sure you will often find me snacking on junk food -see above pictures- and eating way too much chocolate, but my body always feels better when I eat something healthy. This also goes for drinking water. I love water. It's so good for your body and really helps give you energy. Did you also know that drinking water can help you lose weight?!

Decompress When the Day is Over: Before you go to bed find some time to just sit back and relax. Maybe watch a favorite show, read the new book you borrowed from the library. Do this every day for yourself and for your kids. give yourself some time to just veg. If the laundry is piling up don't worry about it, it will be there tomorrow. And tomorrow, when you tackle it, you'll be happy you took care of yourself first.
What are your favorite ways to take care of yourself as a mom? In what ways have you seen a change in your life/children's lives when you take care of yourself first?

I challenge you all to find time every day to take care of you and to make you a priority for once, not in a selfish way, but in a way that makes you feel ready to tackle your day.


Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Fun Summer Activities to do With Your Toddler

Fun Summer Activities to do With Your Toddler
Create a Master Piece with Contact Paper - Cut out a big or small piece of contact paper (ours was kind of little) and tape it to the wall. Gather random supplies throughout the house that you can use to stick to the contact paper. We used tissue paper, googly eyes, buttons, string, and pom poms. Hazel loved creating and sticking everything to the wall.  Super easy, and it doesn't leave a mess.

Fun Summer Activities to do With Your Toddler
Car TapeThis car tape is something I would have loved when I was a kid. It's easy to apply, easy to remove, and doesn't leave a residue when you clean it up. I love that you can make the roads go where ever you want, you can make a neighborhood, you can make a city. It's so fun to have your little one's imagination run wild with it. We also set up a farm house and some farm animals on the side of the car tape, Hazel really loved that!

Fun Summer Activities to do With Your Toddler
Fun Summer Activities to do With Your Toddler
Play with Paint - Hazel had a blast painting with the washable kid's paint we found at Hobby Lobby. We turned it into a learning activity and made the letter "A" out of contact paper. When she tried painting the letter it wouldn't stick/stay so you could see the letter's outline. We talked about different words that begin with "A" and people's names, trying to find familiar things to get her to recognize letter "A". You can also use q-tips to paint, again turning this into a learning activity and she wrote a bunch of "H's". 

Fun Summer Activities to do With Your Toddler
Playdoh, Noodles, and Pipe Cleaner - This is so good for developing hand-eye coordination, and Hazel really enjoys it. It's fun seeing her focus on putting each noodle on the pipe cleaner. Also a great non-messy activity, as long as you can trust your toddler with playdoh.
Fun Summer Activities to do With Your Toddler
Shape Hop or Color Hop - Great when teaching your child colors and shapes. Just cut out some shapes, or just squares of different colors, and have them jump to the color you tell them to. 
Fun Summer Activities to do With Your Toddler
Bake With Them - Hazel loves helping me cook and bake. Find something super easy to create, muffins or cookies, have them help you pour in the ingredients and put the muffin tins/cookies on the pan. 
Fun Summer Activities to do With Your Toddler
Sort Toys by Color - Find colored buckets and toys that are the same color as the buckets from around your house. Have your toddler sort the toys into the right color bucket. We bought these colored bears last year and have used them quite a bit. We use them for color recognition, counting, sorting, and pattern making. 
Fun Summer Activities to do With Your Toddler
Cereal Sorting - Purchase cereal (we bought Fruit Loops) and create a mat with colored circles. Give your toddler a bowl full of the cereal and have them sort the colors. You can also make it more interesting by having your toddler use tweezers to pick up and place the cereal on the correct colored circle. If your toddler is being extra sweet you cal also use m&m's or skittles. 
Fun Summer Activities to do With Your Toddler



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