Ting's Mom

Friday, September 19, 2014

Introducing Ting's Mom Books

As you may (or may not) know, I started a second blog a few months ago. I've rediscovered my love of reading and wanted to share my reviews with the world. But I didn't feel like this blog was the place to do that. So, Ting's Mom Books was born.

Ting's Mom Books | #bookreview #blogdesign

I've been chugging along over there since April, and finally decided to make the leap to "brand" it to the Ting's Mom brand. So today, I'm inviting you to head over to Ting's Mom Books and check out the new look.

And if you love to read book reviews, please subscribe/follow/bookmark the page so you can come back. You can also get there through the "What I'm Reading" tab above.

The design was created by Sweetie Baby Designs, the same person who did the design for Ting's Mom. If you're looking for great designs and very affordable rates, go check her out.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Staying Dry, Saving Money with Parent's Choice Diapers

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

Anyone who has been with this blog from the beginning knows that when Ting was born, we tried every diaper available trying to find one that worked for us. I really wanted to use the private label diapers, but I found them all to be stiff, bulky, and leaky. We ended up using an expensive diaper.

Three years later Bug came along. A few weeks after that, we became a single income family. The expensive diapers were no longer an option, but I was very worried about private label diapers after my experience with Ting. Then one day I noticed the "New and Improved" label on the Parent's Choice diapers. I gave them a try. I was impressed folks. 

These diapers were truly new and improved, and we've been using them ever since. Of course, Parent's Choice diapers are available only at Walmart, and are found on this aisle that all parents are all to familiar with. But why do we love Parent's Choice diapers so much? Well, I'm glad you asked.

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For starters, I'm saving a ton of money. Parent's Choice is consistently the least expensive diapers at my local store. It makes me feel good when I put my diapers in my cart and notice the difference in what I'm paying and what the other brands cost. I also love that Bug has a diaper that fits him well and works with our lifestyle.

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My kids spend approximately two hours a day in the car. I can't imagine that car seats are all that comfortable on a short-term basis, but my kids are in them longer than usual. I love that Parent's Choice diapers are not bulky and uncomfortable for Bug. He can get settled into his seat, and I know that he is good for long trips. Not once have we reached our destination and discovered a leaky diaper.

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Bug. Plays. Hard. 

I had never been around little boys before Bug came along, and I have been amazed at the amount of energy this kid has. He starts his morning by literally jumping out of his bed, and he goes full speed all day long. He runs. He jumps. He climbs, rolls, crawls, and flips all over the place. I love that Parent's Choice diapers move with him. They are flexible enough to keep up with a busy preschooler, yet sturdy enough to stay put and not leak.

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And when our busy day is over, Bug crashes just as hard as he plays. As soon as this precious head hits the pillow he goes to sleep, and he sleeps all night long. Nothing is more annoying than waking a kid up and discovering wet pajamas and sheets. We've never had that problem with Parent's Choice diaper. Bug sleeps approximately 11 hours each night, and these diapers are absorbent enough to last all night long.

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Parent's Choice diapers are found exclusively at these Walmart stores, or Walmart.com. They come in newborn to size 6, and have cute animals and shapes on them. They are available in small packs all the way up to the jumbo boxes. You can also print off these coupons to use the next time you are in the store. Give them a try and I know you will enjoy the #BabyDiapersSavings that you find.

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Go! Go! Smart Animals {Giveaway}

The nice folks at VTech sent us a complimentary Go! Go! Smart Animals Tree House in exchange for my honest review and promotion. All opinions are my own (and my kids').

My kids' rooms are so completely full of toys. We have toys of every shape, size, color, noise, and price. Because of this crazy toy overload, I have become very picky about what kinds of toys we add to the collection. Ideally all our toys would be capable of capturing my kids attention for more than a few hours, and something that we can expand upon to keep things interesting.

When the Go! Go! Smart Animals Tree House Hideaway arrived at our house, I knew that we had something special. As soon as Bug saw the box he got SO excited. He stood right over my shoulder chanting "Hurry Mama, Hurry Mama" the entire time I was putting this toy together. Thankfully, assembly was both quick and easy!

GIVEAWAY ENDS 9-23-14 | Go! Go! Smart Animals | #sponsored #giveaway #vtechtoys

This tree house is one thing - AMAZING

The bright colors and multiple tracks are attention grabbing for sure. But it is more than just fun - it's educational. The panda that comes with it (you can purchase additional smart animals) "communicates" with the smart points on the tree house. Any the panda passes, or sits on a smart point, it sings a little jingle. Some of the jingles are just for fun, while others are educational about the animal.

Not only can you expand this toy with the additional animals, you can also purchase additional Go! Go! Smart Animals play sets that will connect to this one. You could end up with an entire Smart Animals village, haha!

In addition to moving the animals along the track, the tree house also has a shape sorter and comes with three shapes. As the correct shapes are pushed through the top of the house, they also travel through the tree and magically appear on the bottom of the track. Bug thinks this little game is hilarious.

GIVEAWAY ENDS 9-23-14 | Go! Go! Smart Animals | #sponsored #giveaway #vtechtoys

We have had this tree house for nearly three weeks now, and Bug continues to play with it all the time. He loves it, and I can hardly wait for the additional sets and animals to become available in my local stores.

But you may not have to wait! One of my readers will win a Go! Go! Smart Animals Tree House Hideaway of your own. Just pick and chose your entries using the Giveaway Tools widget below. I'll contact a winner Tuesday evening.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Gratitude Challenge

Do you ever feel like your kids complain a lot? Maybe you find yourself complaining quite a bit too?

A few weeks ago we were late getting in the car for school, and as we headed down the road I noticed that Ting had nothing but negative coming out of her mouth. And she was crying on top of that. I decided I had enough and started a little a morning tradition.

The Gratitude Challenge | #kids #routines #kidactivities

Each morning as we pull onto the highway, my kids know what to expect. Everyone in the car is required to come up with three things they are grateful for at that moment. It is amazing what a little reminder of the things we have can turn around some attitudes - even at my kids' young ages.

When we first started, Ting was trying to be very deep and profound. I had to explain that we can be grateful for the little things in life also. We can be grateful for something as small as a car to drive us where we need to go.

Of course, Ting has to help Bug come up with his thankful things, but each morning we all have three things to be grateful for.

So what are some of the things I've heard the past few weeks? We are grateful for:

  • Jobs
  • School
  • Grandparents
  • Swing sets
  • Swimming Pools
  • Houses
  • Lunch in our lunchboxes
  • Friends to play with
  • Jobs to go go

Our list has grown quite long, and I love it. If you're having trouble with some attitudes at your house, why not try The Gratitude Challenge.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Supporting Arkansas: AWBU Style

One of the things I've developed since being a part of Arkansas Women Bloggers is a sincere passion for Arkansas companies. Arkansas doesn't always have a good reputation compared to the other 49 states, but there are some amazing things happening in this state I proudly call home.

Stephanie (our fearless leader) has instilled in us bloggers an appreciation for the companies in Arkansas. In return, Arkansas companies have taken a huge interest in Arkansas Women Bloggers and are supporting us in ways beyond belief. So today, I want to tell you about a few Arkansas companies that took interest in being a sponsor for the fourth annual Arkansas Women Bloggers University.

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Kendal King Group - Basically, if you've seen a retail display in your favorite store, you've probably seen their work. They produce retail marketing for some of the biggest brands in the country. Our swag bag included Hard Candy makeup, Kleenex tissues, and much more. They provided Keurig machines for the hospitality room. You get the picture.

Riceland - Did you know that over half the WORLD's rice is grown right here in Arkansas? Seriously! Riceland is owned by the farmers that produce the rice that lands on our dinner tables each night. And this is a company that has a passion for what they do. Head over to their website and watch the videos about the farmers that are feeding our planet. But get your tissues ready - you're going to need them.

Great Day Farms - I was introduced to Great Day Farms at last year's conference, and have even been fortunate to do a couple sponsored posts for them. After learning about the service mission of this company, and hearing from it's top executive, I vowed to never buy a brand other than Great Day Farms. When I purchase Great Day Farms eggs, I know I'm getting a good product. And I know I'm supporting people and causes right here in Arkansas.

Petit Jean Meats - If you live in Arkansas, you know Petit Jean Meats is one of the prides of our state. And if you've ever had their bacon, you'll never be satisfied with any other bacon again! I'm honored to be a Blue Diamond Club Blogger for Petit Jean Meats, and even more honored to serve their meat products to my family. The entire family gets excited when we come home and find one of their boxes at the back door. If you can't find them in your local grocery store, you can always go online and have products delivered to your door.

Visit Rogers - I've visited Rogers, Arkansas exactly twice in my life. Both were thanks to the folks at Visit Rogers. These people understand the impact us bloggers can have, and they support us in so many ways. I won a free night in Rogers, so I'm planning to be back!

Taste Arkansas - Farm Bureau believes in AR Bloggers so much, they have us contributing regularly on the Taste Arkansas blog. A mission to connect farmers and producers to the consumers, the Taste Arkansas site features recipes, farm family stories, kitchen tips, and so much more. Go check it out.

Arkansas Grown - An initiative to help buyers connect with Arkansas producers. Helping get Arkansas products in everyone's hands. Next time you are looking for a farmers' market, check them out.

Alliance Rubber - I had no idea there was a rubber band company in Arkansas! Located in Hot Springs, Alliance Rubber is producing more than just your standard rubber bands. Their products range from cord organizer bands, to grip bands, to fashionable wrist bands. I'm hoping to get to tour their company soon and bring you even more information.

I.O. Metro - Beautiful, beautiful furniture. The Rogers location was gracious enough to let us bloggers roam around their immaculate store room... while eating snacks! I found something for every room in my house. I'm sure the Hubby is glad I wasn't traveling in a vehicle big enough for furniture.

Acorn Influence - You've heard me talk about the blog-celebrities that I had built up on my mind, and then at my first conference they were nice, normal people who made me feel included? Stephanie is one of those ladies and I am so proud of the work she is doing. Acorn Influence is working to bring brands and bloggers together, but in a more authentic way. I'm looking forward to working with them in the future.

Wet-Naps - So technically not an Arkansas company, but they are sold exclusively in Walmart, so... Wet-Naps were originally introduced as part of the spork package you get a Kentucky Fried Chicken. They come in canisters, packs, or individuals, and if you have kids. You need some.

Yarnell's - Ice Cream. Need I say more? We lost Yarnell's for a few months a while back, but tummies everywhere are happy to have them back in our freezers. Everyone has their favorite, but I'm a Homemade Vanilla kind of girl.

So please, take some time to go check out these amazing companies, and give them as much support as you can.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Random Weekend Update

I'm sure you came here looking for news about my kids.  They go to school. We come home, eat, bathe, and go to bed. So exciting,  huh?!

We did have some amazing weather this weekend. We got to play outside quite a bit on Saturday and my kids loved it.

Our county fair is this week. Parade is this afternoon and then fun all week. We will take the kids one night and let them ride a few rides.

I am a very impatient person when I'm trying to shop with my kids. But Hubby took Ting to buy some pants this weekend and everyone came home happy. May have to add that to his things to do list.

Hubby hung a clothes rack in my laundry room a couple weeks ago. It's life changing (it's the little things y'all).

I've decided to grow out my bangs. I don't love them like I used to, and they mostly just get on my nerves. Now I just have to make myself not trim them when they get in my eyes.

I've got an awesome giveaway from vTech here on the blog on Thursday. If you have little ones, you definitely want to check it out.

Speaking of giveaways... Do you like entering blog giveaways? If so, you need to check out The Ultimate Giveaway List. She sends out an email each day with 25 blog giveaways. (And she didn't ask me to tell you that, I just love getting the emails). You can click here to get on the list.

I hope you all have a great week!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Febreze Fall Home Harvest Collection

This post is sponsored by Febreze and SheSpeaks. I received complimentary product in order to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own.

Fall. Is. Coming.

I don't know about everyone else, but Fall is my most favorite season of the year. Football games are on my TV, leaves are turning brown and orange, everyone brings out their sweaters and boots, and the scents turn to hints of nuts, spices, and woods.

I have been using Febreze products in my home for as long as I have been a home owner, so I was excited when this amazing box arrived at my house.

Febreze Fall Home Harvest Collection | #sponsored #febrezefall #walmart #shespeaks

Isn't that the cutest thing you've ever seen!

Febreze has a limited edition Home Harvest Collection this Fall just for Walmart customers. I've been noticing the Fall scents slowing showing up at my local store, so I couldn't wait to try these scents out for myself.

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My box came with Toasted Almonds, Vanilla Latte, and Autumn Harvest products. Let me tell y'all - all of these smell amazing! I refuse to put my Fall scents out before Fall actually arrives, but I can assure you that all of these products will be in use on September 21.

My box also had another fun surprise in it - a Fall inspiration box. The box contains recipes, activities and home decor inspirations that will get your entire life all ready for the Fall season. And there are also these fun accessories for the Home Harvest barn. My kids are having so much fun playing with this set.

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So I want to hear from you. Do you love Fall? What is your favorite thing about Fall? And what is your favorite Fall scent?

And don't forget to head to your local Walmart to pick up your own Febreze Fall Home Harvest Collection items. Hurry! They are only for a limited time.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Blogging with Friends

This past weekend I loaded up in a car with four other blogging ladies from my corner of the state and we headed to the Arkansas Women Bloggers annual conference. It was my third time to attend this conference that I have fallen so deeply in love with.

Arkansas Women Bloggers University | #awbu #blogconference #swarbloggers

I've written in past years about this AR Women Bloggers conference (AWBU) and all that it has done for my blogging life. But this year was about so much more than just blogging.

Sure I learned a lot about the blogging world. I learned about the importance of branding. I got some coding knowledge tucked into my brain. I learned about blogging as a business. I even spent some time getting educated about the world of vlogging.

As usual, I left the conference full of confidence and inspiration, and ready to put all my new knowledge to use right away. But I also left this conference with the memories of a weekend I will not soon forget.

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When I loaded up in Jessica's car on Friday morning, the other four women in that vehicle were just that - four other women who happen to blog and also live in my part of the world. Over the course of five hours in the car we told stories about ourselves. We talked about our children and our families. We expressed our expectations for the weekend, enjoyed a couple laughs, and got to know each other.

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We ended up spending three days together this weekend. I laughed louder and harder than I have in a very long time. I laughed until I cried, and I laughed until I could hardly catch my breath. We told stories from deep down in our hearts about struggles we go through in our lives. We found out we have so much in common other than just blogging. We all met other people over the weekend, but we all kept gravitating back to each other.

On Sunday night I told everyone good-bye and got into my own vehicle to head home. But I came home knowing that I gained so much more than just blogging education this weekend. I came home knowing that I have four other women in this area that I can truly call a friend. Four other women that I made a deep connection with this weekend. And four other women that I can't wait to hang out with again.

I'll have more posts about the conference in the coming weeks, but in the meantime, go meet my friends: Jessica, Alicia, Jennifer, Sheila

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