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Parents Goodyblog Giveaway: Enter for a Chance to Win a Little Scholar™ Tablet

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Whether or not your youngest enrolled in preschool this year, it’s never a bad idea to get a jump-start on her ABC’s and 1, 2, 3′s!

To help prepare your little one for the first day of preschool, all the way through 1st grade, School Zone® is giving ONE (1) lucky winner a chance to receive his or her own School Zone® Little Scholar™ Tablet–prize value worth $200. However, the tablet is currently on a back-to-school sale at $170!

To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day on September 8. Be sure to check back on September 9 and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there as well. We’ve also posted all of the Official Rules. Goody luck!

Want tips and tricks on how to prepare your child for preschool?

 

How to Prepare Your Child For Preschool
How to Prepare Your Child For Preschool
How to Prepare Your Child For Preschool

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Parents Goodyblog Giveaway: Enter for a Chance to Win BIC® School Supplies

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

It’s time to hit the books! That’s right, school is in session! Whether your kid is starting preschool or middle school, showing up prepared is always in style.

To kick off the new school year and save you some cash, BIC®  is giving three (3) lucky winners a chance to receive his or her own BIC® backpack filled with fifteen BIC® school supplies–each prize has a total value of $50.

To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day on August 25. Be sure to check back on August 26 and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there as well. We’ve also posted all the Official Rules. Goody luck!

Congrats to our three winners: Lisa Ahlstedt, Bonnie Leigh and Janelle Klosterman! Please check your “other” message folder on Facebook to claim your prize.

Still shopping for a lunchbox? Here are our tips!

How to Choose a Lunchbox
How to Choose a Lunchbox
How to Choose a Lunchbox

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How to Dress Now That You’re Pregnant

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Not only has baby gear changed since our mothers were pregnant, but maternity fashion has, too-thanks goodness! However, what to wear for different occasions can still be a hassle.

Ten years ago Baukjen de Swaan Arons, founder of Isabella Oliver, had something in common with a lot of women during her first pregnancy–she found it really tricky to dress successfully.

“I’ve always said that I made every mistake in the book, and I really did. There’s more choice today but women still struggle with the same dilemmas – how to look smart for work with a growing bump, elegant for a wedding and what the best investment pieces might be,” she says.

To answer these questions more effectively, Isabella Oliver launched an eStylist service–an online styling initiative–making shopping while pregnant fun and efficient. “Our eStylist service gives women the opportunity to book a time with one of our experts, and ask them, via video or phone, for a little assistance,” she said. “It’s totally free of charge and has been really well-received.”

Real questions that the eStylist has helped with are:

1. I am 3 months pregnant and have no idea how big I’m going to get. I used to wear a size 4 but am currently shopping for clothes in size M. What would you advise?

Your pre-pregnancy size is also your maternity size so there’s no need to worry about that. We suggest embracing your bump – figure hugging styles are very flattering, so don’t just keep buying bigger and bigger non-maternity clothes. Look for maternitywear in supportive fabric, wrap styles, or styles with ruching. We use many of those in the Isabella Oliver line to build both comfort and confidence.

2. I need help with just everything. From workwear to weekend. I’m completely lost and overwhelmed. I work in the fashion industry so I feel particularly pressured to remain stylish as my body changes. 

Start by creating a capsule wardrobe that doesn’t feel too far removed from your normal style and then go from there. I’d suggest a boyfriend jean, a classic tee, a blazer, a T-shirt dress, a shirt and a comfy pair of joggers then mix and match for a multitude of occasions. Use accessories to style up or down for even more versatility.

3. I have a wedding to go to when I am 32 weeks pregnant so will be quite big by then. What shall I wear?

I’d recommend our Zahara Silk Maternity Maxi Dress, currently discounted to $132. It’s a beautiful and luxurious choice for a wedding and benefits from a flowing cut and light fabric. Plus, its length means you can even wear a flat sandal if you can’t bear the thought of a heel or a wedge for more than a couple of hours. From a styling point of view, the print is super pretty and appropriate for both the formality and fun of the event. Add a chunky necklace and a clutch to finish the look.

Are these questions similar to what you’re going through, as well? If so, what are you waiting for? Book your free Isabella Oliver eStylist appointment today!

Watch this video for additional inspiration on how to show off your growing bump!

 

Fun Ways to Flaunt Your Bump
Fun Ways to Flaunt Your Bump
Fun Ways to Flaunt Your Bump

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4 Questions That Can Get You a Free Breast Pump

Friday, July 25th, 2014

* Guest-edited by Amanda Cole, owner of Yummy Mummy 

We’ve all heard the phrase “ask and you shall receive.” When you’re pregnant you’re going to be asking about (and receiving) tips on strollers, car seats, baby monitors and more. While you’re at it, ask the right questions and you could maybe receive a free breast pump.

The Affordable Care Act requires most health insurance plans to cover women’s preventative services, including breast pumps, oftentimes with no cost to the mother. But coverage varies widely, not only from one insurance carrier to the next, but also from one plan to the next. So you have to ask the right questions to find out what you are entitled to.

1. Does your plan cover breast pumps?

Although the Affordable Care Act requires most insurance plans to cover breast pumps, a few plans have been “grandfathered in,” so the first thing to do is make sure your plan covers breast pumps. And despite some rumors out there, the breast pumps you receive through insurance are the same exact breast pumps you would buy at any retail store. They might not have all the fancy extras like tote bags and coolers, but the motor and mechanics are 100% identical. And there is no need to purchase additional accessories to start pumping! Just buy them later if you decide you need them.

2. What types of pumps are covered by your plan?

Some plans offer a double-electric breast pump, others offer only a manual pump, and some plans give members a choice. Some plans also allow you to rent a hospital-grade pump, but most often you or your baby must have a medical condition (such as a cleft palette) as well as a prescription in order to obtain a hospital-grade breast pump. Which leads us to question #3…

3. Do you need a prescription?

Some plans require your doctor to send in a prescription for any type of pump, so ask early to avoid delays later!

4. How and when do I get my pump?

For the most part, your insurance carrier will not let you go to just any store (or web site) to purchase your pump. They will require that you obtain your breast pump from an in-network provider. I am the founder and owner of Yummy Mummy, the largest Durable Medical Equipment supplier in the country specializing in breast pumps, so we may be in your network (we work with more than 25 insurance plans).

Your pump provider should ideally verify benefits on your behalf, offer you different brands of pumps to choose from, and ship the pump straight to your door. Some insurance plans will let you receive your pump at any point during your pregnancy, while others will only allow the pump to ship one month before your delivery or after you’ve delivered.

If you still have more questions, Yummy Mummy is here to help!

Seeking advice on what type of breast pump you should get or how many you should have? Watch this video introduction!

 

Choose a Breast Pump
Choose a Breast Pump
Choose a Breast Pump

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The American Express Guide to a “Summer Well Spent”

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Do you find yourself dishing out money left and right all summer? According to the American Express Spending and Savings Tracker, summer looks to be as expensive as the holiday season (if not more!). From pool membership to family vacation and summer camp for the kiddos, your wallet is getting pulled every which way. If fact, Amex estimates parents are spending $958 per child on fun summer activities in 2014–up from $856 last year and $601 in 2012. Overall, American parents will shell out $70 billion or more for summer activities.   

“Throughout the year, we’ve seen higher spending in a number of areas, like travel, shopping and entertainment – so it’s no surprise that parents are planning to spend more to keep their kids active.  This is good news for seasonal retailers, as well as camps, theme parks and other entertainment venues,” according to David Rabkin, Senior Vice President of Consumer Lending Products at American Express.

Eventually your kids will grow old enough to actually earn money in the summer. Nearly a third of teens are currently skipping the beach to start babysitting (24 percent), work in the fast food service (24 percent), working in a grocery store (20 percent), in retail (11 percent), or landscaping (16 percent). However, 54 percent of those teens will decide to spend their earnings rather than save, unless they are saving for a vehicle (27 percent) and/or college tuition (25 percent).

Meanwhile, with the help of Amex, some of our helpful tips to keep track of your pennies include:

  • Planning vacations and summer getaways ahead of time. By doing so, you may find deals along the way. Also, it’s okay to tell the kids up front what your limits are for souvenirs, meals, and more. Never to early to make them realize that money doesn’t grow on trees!
  • Make an effort to teach your kids fun and cheap (or free) ways to enjoy the summer heat in your hometown. Lemonade stand anyone?
  • Although school is out, chores still remain a popular way to let your child earn money. Nearly 98 percent of parents report assigning summer chores to their kids, such as cleaning a room, taking out trash, caring for a pet, or helping with the dishes, and 83 percent of parents reward the kids with an allowance. Then maybe they can reach into their own wallet the next time they want to go see a movie or chase the ice-cream truck!
  • Also, ask your kids early on what they’re interested in doing during the last weeks of summer. Sports clubs, pool memberships and camps are always popular, but limit yourself to what he or she is really excited about. It takes money to participate in a lot of summer activities, but with tips and tricks from American Express, make it a summer well spent!

Want to add some DIY fun this summer? Get your kids together and make unique t-shirts they can wear all summer long.

Surf's Up Shirt
Surf's Up Shirt
Surf's Up Shirt

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Parents GoodyBlog Giveaway: Enter for a Chance to Win a Tablet and Rio 2 Blu-Ray Movie

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

If you saw Rio the movie, then you probably saw Rio 2 this past spring–and loved it just as much! The music, the bright colors, and the friendly comedy throughout, makes it a great “must- see” for the entire family.

With its recent Blu-Ray and DVD release, you can own a copy for your kids to watch over and over again. From long car rides to the beach, to waiting at the airport terminal and trying to keep your kiddos entertained during the flight, Rio 2 is your film  for the summer!

To celebrate its release, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is offering ONE grand-prize winner a chance to receive a 7-inch, 16 GB ASUS Tablet from Google (worth $229) and his or her own Rio 2 Blu-Ray copy (valued at $39.99 and rated G).

And Fox Home Entertainment is giving FIVE other lucky readers the chance to receive his or her own Rio 2 Blu-Ray copy!

To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day on July 22. Be sure to check back on June 23 and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there as well. We’ve also posted all the Official Rules. Goody luck!

Congrats to our grand-prize winner, Whitney Bellows! Please check your “other” message folder on Facebook to claim your prize.

Also, congrats to our other five readers who will receive their own Rio 2 Blue-Ray copy: Fayelle Ward EwuakyeEmily A. LeedsPhil TaylorTonya Munque and Michelle McCulloch. Don’t forget to check your “other” folder on Facebook in order to claim your prize!

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Healthy Living, Family Fun &…Disney On Ice Frozen!

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Although the forecast may call for a hot-sunny day (and a trip to the pool), that doesn’t stop your kids from singing their favorite tune, “Do you want to build a snowman,” from Disney’s Frozen soundtrack, and we can’t blame them. Whether or not you are able to make it to Walt Disney World’s parks this summer, we know of another way your kiddos can see the Frozen characters–Frozen On Ice coming this fall!

In a first-ever agreement, Feld Entertainment, Inc, and Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt have paired up to combine healthy living, family fun and even more Frozen entertainment.

Feld Entertainment, Inc., announced today that Stonyfield Yokids is now the presenting U.S. sponsor of Disney On Ice and Disney Live; which can only mean one thing: Disney On Ice presents Frozen! This marks the first time Feld Entertainment has signed a national sponsor for its touring ice and stage shows and brings together their shared focus on a healthier lifestyle and nutritious eating, (plus Frozen on ice is the cherry on top!)

“We are very excited to announce the Stonyfield YoKids sponsorship,” said Feld Entertainment Executive Vice President and Disney Live! Producer Alana Feld.  “In this time of renewed focus on nutritious food choices and well-being, Feld Entertainment and Stonyfield believe that by joining together we can promote active, healthier lifestyle choices for families everywhere, particularly for children.  This is why Stonyfield YoKids is a natural fit as the presenting sponsor of Disney On Ice and Disney Live!” 

As if your children weren’t crazy about Frozen already, now you can enter to win a chance to see Frozen on ice! Exclusive to Disney On Ice presents Frozen Presented by Stonyfield YoKids is a national sweepstakes focusing on Olaf, the loveable snowman sidekick, titled, “Where Would You Go with Olaf in Summer?”  A grand-prize-winning family of four will travel to Orlando, Florida, to attend the opening night of Disney On Ice presents Frozen Presented by YoKids on September 4th at the Amway Center.   Additionally, weekly prizes of $150 worth of Disney On Ice presents Frozen merchandise, including exclusive collectibles from Disney’s Frozen, will be awarded.  For full contest details, visit www.FrozenOnIceInSummer.com.

What are your waiting for? Get your toes out of the sand, grab your kids (and maybe your fur coat) and go see the Disney On Ice Frozen presentation!

Want to plan your next trip to Walt Disney World? See how it can be a fun (and easy) experience for the entire family!

 

Walt Disney World: Ease Your Trip With Magic Bands
Walt Disney World: Ease Your Trip With Magic Bands
Walt Disney World: Ease Your Trip With Magic Bands

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Parents Goody Giveaway: Enter for a Chance to Win a Herschel Backpack Full of Ice Cream Coupons

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

“I scream, you scream, we all scream for Ice Cream!” Once you start singing the tune you can’t stop…and you automatically want your favorite treat! Whether you stay inside and scoop yourself a bowl, or go out with friends and family to your local ice cream spot, eating ice cream will always remain a popular pastime in the summer months. Plus, July is National Ice Cream Month, so what are you waiting for? Grab your spoons and dig in!

Unilever is giving ONE lucky winner this cute red Herschel backpack full of five Unilever Ice Cream Brand coupons, including Breyers (a great choice if you’re making our ice cream sandwich recipes), Fruttare Fruit Bars, Klondike, Popsicle and MAGNUM Ice Cream (a personal favorite at our office), an approximate $110 value. Score!

To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day on Monday, July 7. More Qs about our giveaway? Read the official rules. Be sure to check back on July 8 and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there as well. Goody luck!

Have some fun and throw an ice cream themed party with decorations and all!

Congrats to our winner, Kelsey Mehrens! Please check your “other” message folder on Facebook to claim your prize!

How To Make Paper Ice Cream Cone Decorations
How To Make Paper Ice Cream Cone Decorations
How To Make Paper Ice Cream Cone Decorations

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