Truthful Thursday

Truthful Thursdays

 

Where I will share my truths as a Mother & Stepmother.

My truths for today & a question!

  1. Summer is here and we are in full summer chaos! No strict routines, just living la vida loca! The older kiddos are visiting their mom and me and the little ones are visiting my family. On our drive down here as we passed two pretty bad accidents, I was very happy that our 5 yr old was asleep because I had to explain death to her recently and she didn’t take it very well and I most likely did not explain it too well either. She is only 5, and I know it is hard for her to fully grasp the whole idea and I tried to hold off but it was really unavoidable at the time-unless I lied to her which I did not want to do. My first question is when did you explain death to your children and how did you help them cope with it?  
  2. The older kids transition on our end went okay, transitions are always hard, both going and coming. I really need to come up with some ideas to help ease them into them more. It is a lot harder because the relationship and trust between us and their mother is not great, but slowly we will get there. Communication is probably the biggest hurdle for us right now. Any ideas are greatly appreciated.
  3. Planning a family vacation is still so stressful! We are still planning/working on a plan to get us there! It is going to happen-we are making this happen!
  4. I am so thankful to my sister because I am finally getting to host my FIRST in home POP-UP for my Chloe+Isabel business!! I AM SO EXCITED and will share all about it on Wordless Wednesday!
  5. What are your plans this summer? 

These are my truths and a few questions, I hope you will weigh in on BOTH!

Happy Early Thursday! (For the first time in a long time!) 🙂

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Wordless Wednesday with Linky #WW

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She was very upset that I gave someone her name and address, because she doesn’t know them and her name was a secret just for her family!

Last Weeks:

Zoo Fun

Mother’s Day

El Paso Zoo

Vegas!

Dessert Easter

Our Lady of the Sierras

More Family Fun

Flag Football

Girl’s Movie Night

Just Us

My Little Girls

My Love

Target

Family Fun

Ezzie’s First

Night..Night

My Baby Playing

Too Cool

Places we have lived

Snack Time

Wiped Out

My Baby

Deserving Dad

Messiest Room Ever

Blue in the Face

Happy Father’s Day Giveaway 2 Winners 5/26-6/15

Hosted By:
Proudly Bring You The:
Happy Father’s Day Giveaway
 2 – Winners
Grand Prize Package:1 –  6-Tier Snack Tower 1 – 100 Greatest Mystery Movie DVD Collection 1 – 100 Movie Martial Arts DVD Collection 1 – 100 Movie Cult Classics DVD Collection 1 – Powersquid Surge Protector 2 – Country Bob’s Sauce Gift Box 1 – Grab-It Universal Mount 1 – Z-Mart Pro Remote 1 – Nufix Repair Kit 1 – History of Mustang 13″ Sound Clock 1 – Ergo Chef Crimson Series Nakiri Knife Second Place Package: 1 –  6-Tier Snack Tower 1 – Country Bob’s Sauce Gift Box 1 – Grab-It Universal Mount 1 – Z-Mart Pro Remote 1 – Nufix Repair Kit
Holiday Contest and Sweeps is pleased to bring you the Happy Father’s Day Giveaway. This Father’s Day will be a special one for two Father’s from the help six amazing sponsors such as Viatek, The Popcorn Factory, Mill Creek Entertainment, Topbulb, Mark Feldstein and Assocaites and Ergo Chef.
Lets Take A Look At The Sponsors and Prizes:
 Our 6-tier Fun With Snacks design Tower contains tier after tier of deliciousness: Gourmet Rainbow Sandwich Cookies, Gourmet White Coated Rainbow Pretzels, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Sassy Taffy, Honey Roasted Peanuts, Jelly Belly® Beans and 3 flavors of gourmet popcorn: White Cheddar, Cheese and Almond Pecan corn.

CRIMSON G10 7″ Nakiri knife features a polished blade with a precision sharp forged blades for smooth easy cuts. The smooth tapered bolster provides a comfort grip. The contoured patented handle provides proven comfort and efficiency in every cut for less strain and easier food preparation.

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The Grab-It! Universal Mount attaches to almost any smooth surface and grips almost any device with a few simple pumps of its state-of-the-art ForceLock Valves. Using airlock technology similar to that found on submarines and spacecraft, the pumping creates negative pressure between the suction cup ends and the contact surfaces. The air is forced out, resulting in a strong vacuum that holds without clamps, clips or sticky pads. To detach, simply press the valve and the suction lock is released for easy removal.
 By itself, your Smartphone does not have the ability to send out infrared signals used to control TV’s, DVDs and other home theater equipment. Zmart Remote PRO fills that gap. It connects to your phone via the headphone jack, so Zmart Remote PRO is completely portable – plug in your Zmart Remote PRO, and you are ready to go.
Features • Plug the ZMART Remote Pro into the earpiece jack of your Smartphone  • Download our App “ZMART Remote Pro” from the Apple App Store or Android Play Store (It’s FREE!)  • Enter the Activation Code which can be found inside your package to activate your ZR PRO • Learn-In feature from your existing remote control allows even obscure or outdated devices to be controlled. Specification:  • Replaceable CR2032 battery included  • Range: up to 30 feet (10 m)  • Controls devices with infrared capabilities
NuFix repairs broken tools, plumbing, and even furniture so that they’re stronger than ever! Simply soak the roll of NuFix in water, wrap tightly around the break, and in 15 minutes or less the resin sets, creating a completely solid, amazingly strong bond.

Kit Includes:
● 1 white 2″x 50″ strip of NuFix
● 1 black 1″x 50″ strip of NuFix
● 1 black 4″x 50″ strip of NuFix
● 3 pairs of gloves
● 3 clean-up towelettes
● 3 strips of binding aid
● 1 sheet of sandpaper
● Instructions
3 Great 100 Movie Sets Containing
75 Disks – 408 Hours of Entertainment

100 Greatest Martial Arts Classics

Over 140 Hours of Kung-Fu Combat!
Starring The Masters of Martial Arts: Bruce Lee, Sonny Chiba, Bruce Li, Lee Van Cleef, Fred Williamson, Richard Harrison, Lo Lien, Chiu Chen, Kwan Kong, Tien-Chi Cheng, Wei Tung, Dragon Lee and many more!
Over 140 Hours of Rare Cinematic Gems!
Starring: William Shatner, Adam West, Matt Dillon, Glenn Ford, Johnny Cash and Many More!
Gift Pack Includes:
1 Bottle of Barbecue Sauce
1 Container of Seasoning Salt
Makes a Great Gift for Family, Friends, Employees
Its ingenious design and multi-purpose functionality makes Power Squid one of the most versatile power management devices available today. Features 6 outlets on flexible arms, to easily accommodate bulky adapters and awkward spaces-perfect for tight spots in the home, office or dorm that require power. Surge protector models provide the ultimate in reliability, featuring patented Power Blocker automatic shutdown technology to isolate connected equipment in case of a damaging power surge or outage. 
 
 Remember the rumble and roar of one of America’s finest sports cars with this 13-inch Ford Mustang Sound Clock. Dial features twelve of the legendary Mustangs that will take you back to the 1960s through the present.
A Big Thank You To All Of The Sponsors! 

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This Giveaway is in no way associated, endorsed or affiliated with 
Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking  Site. This
Giveaway is valid in the Continental United States only. Entrants
must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway will come to a end
on  12:00 AM (EST) 6/15/14 .
 Holiday Contest and Sweeps did not receive any form of compensation
from this giveaway. Each sponsor will be responsible for the awarding
and shipping of the prizes directly to the winners.  

5 Great Good Cook Tools to check out before the #KitchenDrawerContest + A One Pot Recipe

As a Good Cook Blogger I was provided with these tools to facilitate my review and share my own recipe. All opinions are my own.  

5 Great Good Cook Tools to check out before the #KitchenDrawerContest + A One Pot Recipe

A well stocked kitchen drawer will aid you in creating quick, and delicious meals in no time at all like my grandmother’s Chile con Carne with Green Beans. She would make this for us all the time as children. For the adults it was just Chile con Carne, but since we were children she would switch out the green chile and add the green beans. It was one of my favorite meals growing up and with her homemade tortillas it was heaven! Today I am going to share this recipe with you, a few great kitchen tools, and a great contest from Good Cook.


One Pot Meal Chile con Carne with Green Beans

This is a simple, hearty, and easy meal!

This is what you need:

Ingredients for Chile con Carne with Green Beans

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. Browned Hamburger Meat
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 an onion chopped
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes fresh or canned/boxed
  • 1 clove of garlic chopped finely
  • 2 green chiles chopped finely (optional) (Mine are extra hot hatch green chiles which is why I am only adding 2)
  • 2 cans of green beans
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Tortillas to serve

5 Great Good Cook Tools to check out before the #KitchenDrawerContest + A One Pot Recipe Chile con Carne and Green Beans

Directions:

  1. First chop your onions and garlic. Next clip on your utensil pot clip to hold your spatula and preheat the pan. Add 1 tbsp oil into the pot then add the meat and brown about 10 mins.
  2. Add in the onions and garlic and cook until the onions have softened about 10 mins.
  3. Add one cup of chopped tomatoes and two chopped green chiles if using.
  4. Add in the green beans and cook 10 mins on a low simmer to merry all the flavors. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Serve in a bowl with tortillas. Enjoy!

Tools I used to make this meal:

Good Cook Utensil Pot Clip #KitchenDrawerContest

 

Good Cook 4 in 1 Can Opener

 

5 Great Good Cook Tools to check out before the #KitchenDrawerContest + A One Pot Recipe Can Opener

Good Cooks Flip Measure Spoon

Think for a minute about what your ideal kitchen drawer would include? What would it look like? Mine would be organized and only stocked with the necessities! Thank to Good Cook I was able to put there top picks to the test and loved them! Here are Good Cook’s top necessity picks:

  • Smart Ice Cream Scoop, Sturdiest one I have ever held. It works amazing! The scoop opens up when you release the handles and the ice falls out effortlessly. No more flinging ice cream across the kitchen! 🙂
  • Double Sided Flip Measuring Spoon, Can’t find the right sized measuring spoon? This one has 4 different sizes, all in one spoon! Great for getting the most use out of a tool and simplifying your kitchen drawers.
  • Safe Cut Can Opener, Opens cans easily-the only can opener I can use! Is is just me or are handle held can openers really tricky? I love it because ti leaves the cans without razor edges.  Also works great at opening pull top cans, bottle caps, and twist bottles! My new favorite can opener.
  • Egg Separator, You can clip this onto a bowl or cup and use both hands to focus on the egg cracking. Lets the white fall through and keeps the yolk out.
  • Pot Clip Holder, Clips to the side of the pot to hold your spoon. No need for a spoon rest and no mess on the stove top! Love it!

In Good Cook’s Build Your Kitchen Drawer Contest you will get the opportunity to create your dream drawer and WIN IT!

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Starting June 2nd and ending June 7th, everyday on Good Cook’s Facebook page you will have the opportunity to enter to win the 5-day Kitchen Tool Giveaway! Each day a new tool will be featured as the product the day and you can enter to win it.

The Kitchen Drawer Sweepstakes will kick off on June 2nd and end July 17th. The Sweepstakes will be located on Good Cook’s website and you will be able to select up to 15 items to add to your own virtual kitchen drawer to submit for the chance to win that drawer! Look for the “Add Me” button on products found on Good Cook’s website then click it to add the item to your drawer.

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Five will win their dream drawer! Each day you will be able to submit your virtual drawer and have a chance to win a randomly featured product that day with over 600 prizes up for grabs!

Find Good Cook on Twitter, Facebook, and on their website.

Click the link below to find other Good Cooks Bloggers Recipes!

RECARO Performance SPORT Harness Booster Giveaway 5/24-6/7

Welcome to the RECARO Performance SPORT Harness Booster Giveaway!

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Hosted By: Life of a Southern Mom & Sweet Southern Lovin

Co Hosted By: The Deal Match Maker, The Consumer Adviser, Healthy Baby Beans, All Natural Mom 101, Ramblings of Mama and The IE Mommy

Sponsored By: RECARO

RECARO has always been more then just a name, more that just leather and fabric. It is about making a name for themselves in the industry and evoking fascination with everyone that hears the name. They have been in business for more then 100 years and have become one of the best known seat manufacturers in the world. Their design, craftsmanship and functionality of their products is what sets them apart.

Jennifer at Life of a Southern Mom had the opportunity to review the RECARO Performance SPORT Harness Booster in Knight. Visit here to read her full review.

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Features:

  • Side Impact Protection: RECARO’s Side Impact Protection is designed to distinctly protect 5 vulnerable areas of a child in a side impact collision – their head, neck, face, torso and pelvis.
  • EasyGuide Belt Guide: Whether in Harness or Booster mode each belt guide is color coded so you can easily identify the proper belt path and positioning of either the LATCH strap or vehicle seat belt.
  • EasyAdjust 5-Point Harness: Harness and head restraint are adjusted together so no re-threading is necessary to properly position the harness shoulder straps to the child.
  • ErgoShell Structure: The ProSPORT’s shell is designed to offer child occupants the comfort qualities RECARO seats are known throughout the world for.
  • SoftTouch Seat Cushion: Memory foam cushion in the seat of the Performance SPORT ensures a comfortable ride.
  • Safety Stripe System: This one-of-a-kind racing-inspired white stripe, clearly visible on the outside edge of the 5-point harness, alerts parents to improper harness alignment.
  • Assembled in the United States

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Connect with RECARO on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date with the latest information on product updates.

Buy: RECARO can be purchased at major retailers including Amazon, Babies R Us and many more. Visit here to see the entire list.

**Giveaway Details**
May 24th – June 7th at 11:59PM EST
Open to US residents only. Must be 18 years of age or older to participate.
Prize: One winner will receive a RECARO Performance SPORT Harness Booster Car Seat in Knight. (ARV $249.99)

**How to Enter**
By entering you agree to abide by the Terms and Conditions listed on the Entry Form. All winning entries will be verified. Winner will receive an email from Jennifer at lifeofasouthernmom@gmail.com and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
Good Luck and thanks for entering.

Huggies Slip-­Ons Review & Coupon #FirstFit #Sponsored #MC

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I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Huggies. I received product samples to facilitate my review and to thank me for my participation.

 

I have never tried Huggies Little Movers Slip-On Diapers before and when the opportunity to put these diapers to the test came up, I jumped at it! I am sure am glad I did! These diapers are great! The fit is comfortable for him because they have these super stretchy sides that are also soft. I have found that many cheap diapers side tabs can be rough and cause his little waist to turn red, not with these! Huggies Little Movers Slip-On diapers also have a leak lock system-which is like a barrier all around the inside rim of the legs that helps keep “stuff” where it needs to be.

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One reason will use these with my son is because Ezra has started walking, and now started running away from me when I try to lay him down to change him. He is so busy throwing balls into his cookie jar he just doesn’t have time for me to lay him down and change him which is why I love that Huggies New Little Movers are now Slip-Ons! They easily slip on and off for quick diaper changes, Ezra has even started to take them off himself when he is wet-which for me means one step closer to learning how to be potty trained, YAY!

The second reason I love these so much is that compared to cheap ones I was buying, these have no leaks with #1 or #2, plus during those times he does make #2 I can easily grab him-hold him-and use the easy tabs on the sides to take the diaper off and wrap it up and easily dispose of it.

The final reason I love these is because overnight they work great! They have a super absorbent layers that quickly absorb wetness and keep it in the core to keep baby feeling dryer longer! Perfect for me, because I was waking up once a night to have to change this boy and now he can easily go all night without waking Momma!

I have a very special coupon from Huggies which will save you $1.00 on any one package of Huggies Little Movers Slip-On Diapers and if you share this coupon with 3 friends you can increase the value to $1.50!! Awesome right-sharing is caring!

Click here to get this coupon!

To find out more click this link: Huggies Little Movers Slip-Ons Diapers

Pretty Mommies Skin Care System Review & Giveaway 5/22-6/5

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When I got pregnant with my first baby I vowed to eat as clean as possible and try to remove any risky behavior from my routines which included my cleaning products, but also my beauty products. I wish I had known about Pretty Mommies Skin Care System then because at that time it was hard to find safe product without having to go to on a massive hunt. They put in significant research and development to bring Mother’s to be and nursing moms’ the safest, most efficient product.

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This simple three-step system provides a comprehensive skin care regimen which includes:

1 – LETS BE CLEAR FACIAL CLEANSER. The cleanser is full high quality natural ingredients that are safe during pregnancy, as with all Pretty Mommies products. The cleanser has a nice light citrus scent and it leaves your face feeling clean plus it even removes make up.  The cleanser is designed to combat hormonal acne as well as all of the other side effects of pregnancy.  The cleanser isn’t overly foaming and three pumps does the job.

2 – TRUTH BE TOLD SKIN BRIGHTENER. This Skin Brightener is one part serum, one part lotion and is designed to safely and effectively lighten hyperpigmentation and help provide a more even skin tone.  Further, it helps with the breakouts and has anti-aging benefits which is a total bonus. The Skin Brightener is used after cleansing and twice daily.  It has a nice but subtle scent and absorbs easily especially right after you wash and your face is still damp.  A little goes a long way with this one, two pumps did the trick for me and covered my face and neck.

3 – PROTECT & REFLECT SPF 30 SUNSCREEN I don’t need to tell you how important daily use of sunscreen is (so, so important!) and I really like Pretty Mommies sunscreen for many reasons.  It is lightweight, no greasy, no chemicals, and absorbs quickly. It also is a board spectrum UVA/UVB protection

One of my favorite things about all the Pretty Mommies products is that they are:

Formaldehyde FREE
Paraben FREE
Phthalate Free
Dimethicone FREE
Petroleum FREE
Sulfate FREE
Phenoxyethanol FREE
Oxybenzone FREE
Artificial Fragrance FREE
Colorant FREE

So how did it work for me?  It worked really well and I am in LOVE especially with the Truth be Told Skin Brightener. I definitely noticed a lightening in my hyperpigmentation and improvement in the overall quality and tone of my skin. I enjoyed the scent and consistency of all the products.  I think it is priced well and one set should last 45 – 60 days. I will say that my acne was bad-like really bad-embarrassingly hormonally challenged bad.  My skin clearing was pretty rapid once I introduced Pretty Mommies regimen routinely.  However, what I love most of all is that I KNOW the products are safe to use during pregnancy and nursing.  It is scary to try to buy products during this time in your life because sometimes even the sales people (even at expensive counters and boutiques) don’t really know if it is safe for expecting and new mamas.

Bottom line, Pretty Mommies is a wonderful line of products and definitely worth checking out if you are expecting or nursing.  Even if you are not experiencing the skin problems Pretty Mommies treats the peace of mind that you are using safe products is worth it!

If you can’t wait to get your hands on this amazing system click the picture below and use coupon code  to receive 20% off.

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We are giving away a set of all three products to one lucky reader!

Click here to go to the Promosimple form and ENTER TO WIN! 

 US 18 year and older only, Giveaway runs from 5/22-6/5 winner announced, June 6th.

I was sent this product in turn for my honest opinion. I was not compensated in any other way. See my PR & Disclosure Policy for more information. Pretty Mommies is responsible for prize fulfillment. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed by, affiliated with, or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google or any other social media platform. I am an affiliate of Pretty Mommies and this post does contain affiliate links.

Wordless Wednesday with Linky

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Zoo Fun

 

Last Weeks:

Mother’s Day

El Paso Zoo

Vegas!

Dessert Easter

Our Lady of the Sierras

More Family Fun

Flag Football

Girl’s Movie Night

Just Us

My Little Girls

My Love

Target

Family Fun

Ezzie’s First

Night..Night

My Baby Playing

Too Cool

Places we have lived

Snack Time

Wiped Out

My Baby

Deserving Dad

Messiest Room Ever

Blue in the Face

DISNEYLAND we are coming, soon!

 

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I am very excited to announce that we are taking our family to DISNEYLAND!

I will be posting all the research and ways I am trying to get us there on a tight budget, soon, so keep an eye out for those post!

In the meantime if you would like to help our family get to Disney visit my Chloe+Isabel Online Boutique and get some beautiful Moroccan Summer inspired jewelry for yourself and help us raise money for our family trip!