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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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Parents Goody Giveaway: Enter for a Chance to Win a Pair of Heelys Skate Sneakers

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Buying new shoes for your kids is no longer just a back-to-school ritual. With summer here, and kids wanting to run around and play all day, don’t be surprised if your kid requests Heelys. They’re sneakers with a wheel in the heel. Your child can choose if he or she wants to walk, run, or skate–just by shifting their weight!

Kids wearing Heelys should also wear a helmet and pads, just like they’re on roller skates or a skateboard. Watch the YouTube video from the company to see how to use Heelys safely. The advantage of Heelys is that the wheels pop out, so your kid can, for instance, walk-skate to a friend’s house and then remove the wheels and walk right inside without changing shoes or carrying a big piece of equipment.

Heelys (a part of Sequential Brands Group, Inc.) is offering TWO lucky readers a chance to win a pair of their skate sneakers; winners get to choose a style, and most styles are worth approximately $70. To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day June 30th. More Qs about our giveaway? Read the official rules. Be sure to check back on July 1 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!

And here’s a good place to take your kid-on-wheels: Your local library! Free air conditioning and books sounds like a good afternoon to us…

Congrats to our TWO winners, Kristen Mcclary and Emily Wozniak Braun! Please check your “other” message folder on Facebook to claim your prize!

Kids Books for Summer
Kids Books for Summer
Kids Books for Summer

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10-Year-Old CEO with Cerebral Palsy Makes a Difference in Local Community

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Keith's Ice Cold Lemonade Stand

Keith Boyd and Arthur Greeno

One special boy is doing incredible things in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Keith Boyd, 10, is currently on a mission to raise $250,000 this summer for The Little Light House, a local development center for children with special needs. Keith was born with non-verbal cerebral palsy and went to school at the center until age 6. He is now able to verbally communicate after receiving the Tobii EyeMobile as a gift from The Little Light House. The tool allows users to type a message by interpreting the gaze of their eyes, which is then read aloud. The Tobii is just one of many new tools to help kids with disabilities

And while the gift of communication is invaluable, Boyd is doing what he can to give back.

“[The Little Light House] has done so much for me; I want to give back so other kids can go to that school without paying any money,” he said.

But raising that amount of money in one summer is no easy feat, so Keith crafted a business plan to set up lemonade stands around his community. He presented the plan to Thrive15, an online educational resource for entrepreneurs. Moved by his proposal, local businessman Arthur Greeno stepped in to help make this charitable idea a reality.

Now, Keith’s Ice Cold Lemonade Stand is open for business.

Thanks to donations from local businesses, he’s off to a good start. Before the first lemonade stand opened, $70,000 had already been raised through donations. The local Chick-Fil-A franchise, owned by Greeno, also donated lemons. In his list of ingredients, Keith noted he would require lemons, water, and hugs to make the summer favorite. It can’t get any sweeter than that!

Check out Keith’s website to learn more about his mission, to donate, or to just read some good news. Because you know what they say: When life hands you lemons…

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Parents Goody Giveaway: Enter for a Chance to Win the LEGO Movie and a New LEGO Play Set

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Everything is awesome! You saw The LEGO Movie in theaters with your kiddos
and they loved it (and they can’t stop talking about it, right?). Today, LEGO releases the movie in a Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack and DVD (with two hours of extra content!), right in time for road trips and backyard movie nights. Own the Blu-ray™ Combo Pack or Digital HD now and you’re set for the summer!

To celebrate, LEGO is offering ONE grand-prize winner a chance to receive his or her own UltraViolet Digital Download of The LEGO Movie (worth $19.95) and the exclusive Rescue Reinforcements toy set (valued at $70 and recommended for ages 8 to 14).

And LEGO is giving NINE other lucky readers the chance to win his or her own copy of the UltraViolet Digital Download of the movie.

To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day on June 23. Be sure to check back on June 24 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!

Violet Digital Download of The LEGO Movie; each worth $19.95.

© 2014 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. LEGO, the LEGO logo and the minifigure are trademarks and/or copyrights of The LEGO Group. © 2014 The LEGO Group. All rights reserved.

Includes UltraViolet™. Limited-time offer. High Definition not currently available on all devices. Other restrictions and limitations apply. Go to ultraviolet.flixster.com/info for details.

Congrats to our ONE grand-prize winner, Joy Person. You have won an UltraViolet Digital Download of The Lego Movie and the exclusive Rescue Reinforcements toy set! Please check your “other” message folder on Facebook!

Congrats to our other NINE winners who will receive an UltraViolet Digital Download of The Lego Movie:

  • Bernie Wallace 
  • Kalie Glines 
  • Beth Elder 
  • Kim Lish
  • Laura Muro 
  • Lauren Portmann
  • Jodi Brown
  • Vivian Sun 
  • Emma Walpole 

Please check your “other” message folder on Facebook to claim your prize!

 

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