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The HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® program is offering amazing printable coupons, tips & tools and so much more for all the products you and your family love. You can save over $55 by visiting http://www.HealthyEssentials.com in April and signing up for HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® coupons and offers.

While you’re there, check out some of these fantastic deals:

  • Save $1.00 on any JOHNSON’S® Baby Intense Moisture Cream
  • Save $1.00 on any LUBRIDERM® product (6oz or larger)
  • Save $1.00 on any (1) CLEAN & CLEAR® product (excludes trial and travel sizes)
  • Save $1.00 on any (1) NEUTROGENA® Sun product (exclude trial size)
  • Save $1.00 on any (1) LISTERINE® SMART RINSE Anti-cavity Mouthwash, 500 ml
  • Save $1.00 on any (1) REACH® Total Care Floss, or REACH® Gentle Gum Care Floss, or REACH® Dentotape® or REACH® Access® Flosser
  • Save $2.00 on any (3) NEOSPORIN®, BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive bandages or JOHNSON and JOHNSON RED CROSS® Brand products (excludes all trial and travel sizes, First Aid Kits, 10 ct Band-Aid Brand Adhesive Bandages, and On-the-Go First Aid Kits. Must buy (2) different brand products to qualify for this offer along with a third product)
We’re helping to spread the word about the great deals available at HealthyEssentials.com and encouraging people to visit the site (which also offers great tips for recycling in the bathroom and other Earth Month content in April).

 

I visit Healthy Essentials all the time for coupons on products for my family and me.  From Aveeno to Lubriderm & Neutrogena, I can always find coupons for skin care products that I use on a daily basis.  There are Band-Aid & Neosporin coupons for the scrapes my young grandson seems to get almost daily.  Allergy relief products like Zyrtec and Benadryl for the whole family.  Healthy Essentials is my go-to site for products I depend on.

 

This post is part of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® 2014 program by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are all my own, and I hope you enjoy them.

 

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Caillou Talking Doll and Giveaway

by Pennie on April 19, 2014

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Caillou, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2015, is an award-winning brand that began as book series created by Christine L’Heureux and published by Chouette Publishing.  Caillou is about an inquisitive four year old whose unique way of relating to the world has charmed generations of preschoolers who connect with how he plays, learns and lives. Caillou has consistently ranked as one of the top 10 television series for preschoolers nationwide since its premiere in 2000.

Based on a best-selling series of books, first published in 1990, Caillou is a unique preschool show that presents family and friend life-like situations & settings. Caillou exhibits a familiar sensibility and behaviors that parents of preschoolers can relate to.  Caillou is a curious child who loves to discover the world around him through everyday experiences.  He embellishes everything he sees with his rich imagination.  Surrounded by his parents, his younger sister Rosie, his grandparents and peers his age, Caillou is fascinated by everything around him.  Whether he’s at home, at school or on the playground, Caillou finds opportunities to learn and grow.  The series teaches life lessons that address fear, anger, consequences, loneliness, anxiety and empathy to help children understand those emotions.

Dr. Francoise Dolto, a French psychoanalyst famous for her work with babies and children, inspired the founders of Chouette Publishing, based in Quebec part of French Canada, to create Caillou.  She popularized the concept that children are people in their own right and should be respected as such. Caillou launched initially as a series of books and became a television series.  Caillou represents a 4 year old’s perspective on the world around him.

On April 21 – Caillou and Gilbert will be appearing at the White House Easter Egg Roll

Nicole’s take:  I often watch Caillou with my niece who is 20 months.  She is a huge fan and I can’t wait to share Caillou with my own babies! Talking dolls are great for kids learning to verbalize and my niece enjoyed repeating after Caillou.  We will do anything to get her to talk more and this definitely helped!

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One reader can win a Caillou Talking Doll! Please enter the giveaway on the widget below.  Email and feed subscribers will need to click over to my actual site to enter.

Nicole received a sample to facilitate this post.  All opinions remain our own.

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MilkSplash Now At Target and Giveaway

by Pennie on April 19, 2014

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MilkSplash is the innovative new zero-calorie milk flavoring for busy parents who want their kids to drink more milk and make healthier beverage choices. It’s portable, fun and easy to use, and makes drinking milk awesome because it lets kids enjoy milk on their own terms.
 
MilkSplash comes in a variety of great-tasting flavors, colors and collectible characters such as Cocoa Loco, Sir Strawberry Swirl™, Orange Cream Dream, Cookies ‘N Cream and Jammin’ Banana – with many more to come.

  • Makes 24 servings
  • 1 gentle squeeze for each 8 fl. oz. serving
  • No refrigeration required
  • For best quality, use within one month of opening
  • Zero-calorie
  • Fat-free
  • Natural and artificial ingredients
  • BPA-free
  • Kosher
  • Gluten- and allergen-free

There are many ways to enjoy MilkSplash flavors on their own or combined with each other. A few great-tasting flavor combinations include Cocoa Loco and Jammin’ Banana, Orange Cream Dream and Cocoa Loco, or Jammin’ Banana and Sir Strawberry Swirl™.
 

For more information visit the milksplash.com website, the MilkSplash Facebook page, or follow them on Instagram @MilkSplash. 

 

Nicole’s take:  Noah drinks milk but it isn’t his go-to beverage of choice.  I always try to get him to drink more milk but I am not always successful.  I was excited to try MilkSplash.  And so was Noah.  We got the sir strawberry swirl and cookies ‘n cream flavors.  Noah loves strawberry flavored items so I thought we had our best shot with it.  I poured a glass of milk and added a squeeze of the MilkSplash and stirred the milk.  Noah was excited to try it and LOVED it! He has asked for milk multiple times a day and says but only if he can have the MilkSplash in it! A success – yay! I love that it is 0 calories and lower in sugar.  We now have a milk drinker!

 

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TWO (2) readers can each win a $25 Target gift cards and MilkSplash samples! Please enter the giveaway on the widget below.  Email and feed subscribers will need to click over to my actual site to enter.

 
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Top 10 Giveaways, 4/19/14

by Pennie on April 19, 2014

Don’t forget to enter my current giveaways:

  1. Sunscreen Bands and Giveaway (Ends 4/21)
  2. Yardley London Easter Treats and Giveaway (Ends 4/21)
  3. New Fisher Nut Exactly and Giveaway (Ends 4/21)
  4. Animal Planet Creepy Crawler and Giveaway (Ends 4/21)
  5. Channeling Your Inner Germophobic and Giveaway (Ends 4/21)
  6. Pretend Play with Just Pretend Kids and Giveaway  (Ends 4/21)
  7. Little House On The Prairie and Giveaway  (Ends 4/21)
  8. Total Beauty Shop is Celebrating Moms Everywhere and Giveaway (Ends 5/9)

Here are this week’s top 10 giveaways.  Please be sure to read each blogger’s giveaway post carefully as they all have different rules.  Good luck!

  1. ConservaMom - Matilda Jane Clothing $50 G.C. Giveaway (Ends 4/20)
  2. Moms & Munchkins - Thank Goodness It’s Spring $1100 Paypal Cash Giveaway (Ends 4/21)
  3. Pretty My Party – Apple MacBook Pro Laptop  Giveaway (Ends 4/21)
  4. My Fab Fit Forties - Amazon $100 Gift Card (4 winners) Giveaway (Ends 4/21)
  5. Moms & Munchkins - April Showers $500 Paypal Cash Giveaway (Ends 4/22)
  6. Concepts & Colorways – World Market $50 G.C. Giveaway (Ends 4/22)
  7. A Spoonful of Sugar – Just Bedding $100 G.C. Giveaway (Ends 4/23)
  8. Gloriously Green Gal - Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace Giveaway (Ends 4/23)
  9. Savory Savings – Moody Sisters Lip Scrub and Lip Balm Giveaway (Ends 4/23)
  10. No Added Salt – Amazon $50 Gift Card Giveaway (Ends 4/26)

 

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While you are prepping for Easter you need something easy for dinners the few nights before.  I dug into the vault and found Crockpot Pineapple Chicken.  As Amanda @ A Few Shortcuts says this is a great meal for when you don’t have a lot of time.  It sounds yummy and is so simple to make!

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Each week I will highlight one of Amanda’s fabulous recipes. If you don’t have the ingredients, you could easily print and save the recipes for later use!

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One Simple Shirt…A Lifetime of Smiles!

by Pennie on April 18, 2014

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Grow with me Tee was started by first cousins born 5 months apart who gave birth to their first kids a week apart. Nicole, an amateur photographer, carefully photo-journaled her kids’ growth each month during their first year of life. Inspired by this, and with their oldest kids headed to kindergarten this fall, Bethany thought it would be fun to photo-journal their kids’ growth throughout their school years. So for Chanukah last year, Bethany created Grow With Me tees for their children. When several of Nicole’s friends asked where they could get one, Grow With Me Tee was born.

Grow With Me Tee (www.growwithmetee.net) – taking the concept of “take a picture of your baby every month” to a whole new level.

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Nicole’s take:  What a GREAT idea! We got one of the onesies and checked off 3 months.  Zoe is the model in the picture and you can see how much growing she has to do before the onesie fits.  We will be taking a picture in the same location each month and it will be so much fun to see how much she grows from month to month!

Grow With Me Tee also features a graduation year tee that you can take pictures of your child growing into.  I love this idea!

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Nicole received a sample to facilitate this post.  All opinions remain our own.

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Here are this week’s FREEBIES and great deals:

FREE  $5 Starbucks or Panera Bread Gift Card from Prevacid - register, then confirm by email, login and enter upc: 300676286433. Then click two more easy tasks, and click the “choose a perk link” to choose your gift card.

FREE  Rockstar Pure Zero Energy Drink at Kum & Go Stores - expires 4/20. - locator

FREE  Subscription to Better Homes and Gardens

FREE  Bag of Chips at Hess Express - download the Hess Express app and click the Pick & win section. Answer the question to get the coupon. - locator

FREE  National Park Entrance This Weekend - Saturday, April 19, and Sunday, April 20 you can get free entrance at all National Parks.

FREE  $5 Starbucks Gift Card for Writing a Review - Download Swift Shopper for iOS or Google Play. Try the app out at Walgreens, Lowes, Nature’s Market or Target or any retailer with a hand scanner that scans a mobile phone.  Write a review on The App Store or Google Play. It takes 24 hours to load the review. Once the review is loaded, send a copy paste to Naomi.wilson@swiftshopperapp.com with your email address and receive a $5 e-gift card to Starbucks!  Offer expires Friday, 4/18/2014 at midnight.

FREE  Magazine Subscription - fill out the form and you’ll get an email on April 22 where you’ll be able to choose from one of the magazines that they have available.

FREE  Organic Popcorn Seeds from Angie’s BoomChickaPop - Click the order seeds tab.

FREE  Subscription to Latina

FREE  Subscription to Ebony

FREE  Delights Bagged Candy at Thorntons Stores - you can only get the Thorntons weekly coupons through their mobile app now. Expires 4/21. -locator

FREE  Ban Refresh Cooling Body Cloths Sample

FREE  Medium Chocolate Covered Cherry Hot Chocolate at Quick Chek - (expires 4/21) - locator

Remember that freebies from old posts may still be available.  They can be found in the Freebie category under Deals in the navigation bar at the top of the page.

Don’t forget to enter my current giveaways:

  1. Sunscreen Bands and Giveaway (Ends 4/21)
  2. Yardley London Easter Treats and Giveaway (Ends 4/21)
  3. New Fisher Nut Exactly and Giveaway (Ends 4/21)
  4. Animal Planet Creepy Crawler and Giveaway (Ends 4/21)
  5. Channeling Your Inner Germophobic and Giveaway (Ends 4/21)
  6. Pretend Play with Just Pretend Kids and Giveaway  (Ends 4/21)
  7. Little House On The Prairie and Giveaway  (Ends 4/21)
  8. Total Beauty Shop is Celebrating Moms Everywhere and Giveaway (Ends 5/9)

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Sunscreen Bands and Giveaway

by Pennie on April 17, 2014

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How Sunscreen Bands Work

Be smarter in the sun!

Sunscreen Bands make it fun and easy to remember to reapply sunscreen and when to get out of the sun or cover up. Our patented color changing technology detects damaging UVA & UVB rays while you work, play and enjoy your time in the sun using your favorite sunscreen. The bands work wet or dry and are ideal for children and adults. You can use any type of sunscreen spf 15 or higher whether it is a cream, spray or lotion.

Prepare for the outdoors

When applying sunscreen and for reapplying sunscreen to your skin, always follow the exact directions for use and application directions that are on your sunscreen label. Before going outside, liberally apply any sunscreen or spray SPF 15 or higher to sun-exposed skin.

Get out in the sun to activate your band

As soon as you step into the sun, place a Sunscreen Band around your wrist with the printed side up. Your Sunscreen Band will turn Dark Purple within a minute. This means that the band is now activated by the sun it is monitoring both UVA & UVB exposure. When the band turns dark purple, apply your sunscreen to the band and let the band dry for 15 minutes before getting the band wet. This allows the first application of sunscreen to properly dry on the band.

Reapply Reminder when the band turns lavender

As you stay in the sun, the band will gradually change color from Dark Purple to light purple. When the band turns light purple in color, this is your reminder to reapply sunscreen to your skin and to the band. Check your sunscreen label directions for reapplying sunscreen and follow the exact directions on the label.

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Know when to get out of the sun

When any part of your Sunscreen Band turns cream (light-yellow), it’s time to get out of the sun or cover sun-exposed skin. You have reached your maximum sun exposure for the day based on the SPF of your sunscreen. Once the band turns to a cream color, the band has completed its monitoring exposure for the day and will not monitor any more. You can dispose of the band by placing it in a recycling bin as the bands material is safe to recycle.

With skin cancer rising at alarming rates amongst adults and children, our bands really help people monitor their sun exposure and their daily sunscreen usage.  Our bands are also waterproof, tested in both chlorine and salt water, so are great for beach vacations or swim clubs.
For more information visit: www.sunscreenbands.com.   

 
Nicole’s take:  Living in Florida we have strong sun all year round and I am very fair skinned.  I wear sunscreen on my face and skin every day! When we go to the pool, the beach or an outside event we put on even more sunscreen! I am always concerned that we need to reapply sunscreen but wasn’t sure how often to do so! These bands help with that! I love that it tells you when you need to reapply and also when you’ve had enough sun! I wasn’t surprised that I needed to reapply more often than I thought!

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THREE (3) readers can each win 3 packs of 10 Sunscreen Bands! Please enter the giveaway on the widget below.  Email and feed subscribers will need to click over to my actual site to enter.

Nicole received a sample to facilitate this post.  All opinions remain our own.

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Find the Deepest Discounts on My Amazon Deals Page!

April 17, 2014

Check out my Amazon Deals page to find the deepest discounts on your favorite merchandise! You can search by minimum discount percentage, top sellers or even hot new releases. When you’re on the Amazon page you can refine your search further with the choices in the left sidebar.  Below are some items from various discount categories: Apparel Bed & Bath Movies & TV […]

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4/16 Pinterest Pin(s) of the Week: Easter!

April 16, 2014

Easter is this weekend so naturally Pinterest is alive with ideas.  Here are some that caught my eye! From Mom Always Finds Out are the cutest little Bunny Shaped Rolls! From Easy Fun DIY are these Paper Plate Bunnies.  No instructions, but i think you could figure it out! I love this idea from Modern […]

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Tuttorosso – Celebrate your Tradition Contest

April 16, 2014

The 85-year-old tomato brand is hosting a Facebook promotion and is asking home cooks to post about their inspiration in cooking. Who inspired you?   Part of the promotion is also educating home cooks on tomatoes (when to used crushed, diced, whole, puree, plum, sauce, etc.). For example, crushed tomatoes make a great base for […]

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Yardley London Easter Treats and Giveaway

April 16, 2014

Easter treats don’t just have to taste delicious; they can SMELL delicious too! Skip the sweets, egg painting, and egg hunts this Easter and settle for a relaxing goodie basket filled with skin soothing Yardley London Bath Bars in a variety of scents. If you’re hosting family for the holiday, no need to hide these […]

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Weight Watchers Ice Cream!

April 16, 2014

It’s finally spring with summer and warmer weather quickly approaching! What better time to jumpstart your active lifestyle and better-for-you eating habits?  Weight Watchers Ice Cream would love to help you in your journey to prepare for a season full of outdoor parties, vacations, shorts, and swimsuits. We have five great new products this summer – just hitting shelves this […]

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The First Years Facebook Contest: Grand Prize is $1,000

April 15, 2014

The First Years just kicked off a “What Would You Do With More Time for You?” Facebook contest. This is a really awesome giveaway! Details are below and on The First Years Facebook page… the grand prize is a $1,000 gift card to have your wish fulfilled!! The First Years “What Would You Do With More Time For You” […]

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New Fisher Nut Exactly and Giveaway

April 15, 2014

The quest to find the perfect snack is now over! We are excited to announce that Fisher Nuts is launching a first-of-its-kind snack product – Fisher Nut Exactly – exclusively at Costco stores in the Southeast. This snack contains no artificial ingredients and is created with the perfect combination of crunchy roasted almonds and whole […]

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Giveaway Winners

April 15, 2014

I’ve picked winners – they are posted on the Giveaway Tools widget of each of the following giveaways (just click the link of the giveaway title to be taken to the post where each widget is).  You will also receive an email from us congratulating you on your win: Gorton’s Artisan Recipe Fillets and Giveaway (1) […]

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Febreze Brings Spring Home

April 15, 2014

  Spring for me is all about being outside.  You hear the children playing in the neighborhood, the birds are chirping as they fly back and forth and there are always dogs barking somewhere in the distance or right by my feet.  I like to sit in my swing and smell the fresh air.  In […]

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Total Beauty Shop is Celebrating Moms Everywhere and Giveaway

April 14, 2014

In celebration of moms everywhere, we introduce The Mother’s Day Collection by TotalBeauty.com — a range of luxe skin care and body essentials to experience spa-quality treatments in the comfort of your home. And the best part? They won’t wither away once you’re back to the real world. The highlights of this collection include a […]

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D-Link Newest Family Member – World’s Most Versatile Baby Monitor

April 14, 2014

Weighing in at 6.4 ounces and standing a mere 4.2 inches tall, D-Link today welcomes its newest IP network cloud camera family member to the world, the D-Link® Wi-Fi Baby Camera (DCS-825L).  The D-Link Wi-Fi Baby Camera is the most versatile baby monitoring solution available on the market today, providing at-home and remote monitoring using a smartphone […]

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Animal Planet Creepy Crawler and Giveaway

April 14, 2014

Creepy crawlers are crawling into real life with Animal Planet’s new Real Scary Spiders augmented reality app. The scary and cool addition to Animal Planet’s digital portfolio enables users to interact with a pet spider via an app and to bring their spider to life through a unique augmented reality experience. As users advance through […]

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