Monday, July 20, 2015

Teething tips from Nuk and Advil

 

I don’t know about you but one of my least favorite time during the baby/ toddler stage is teething!

My 2 year old is getting his molars right now and is pretty miserable. We are also expecting baby number 4 any day now so the teething woes are anything but far behind us. For us teething is usually managed by using amber teething necklaces but sometimes those stubborn teeth need a little more than holistic relief and for that we go with a pain reliever, like Advil, and of course every teething baby loves to chew on EVERYTHING!

Nuk and Advil have partnered together and provided this great tips to keep baby happy and you sane during those trying teething times. I was sent a kit that contained a Soothasaurus teether, a bib and samples of Infant’s and Children’s Advil.

Check out the helpful tips below and leave a message below on which ones have worked for you! Or leave a helpful tip that might have been missed.

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Now on to the goodies: How cute is this little dino teether? Get yours from amazon (link on image)

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Click the slide show below to read some helpful facts about infant’s and Children’s Advil:

 

So did you learn something new? Has this made you dread or relive those teething years? Hopefully you learned some tips to help you make it though this milestone in your baby’s life.

disclosure: I was given the facts to share and gift pack mentioned above in exchange for this post.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Join Walmart and Pampers in supporting CHILDREN’S MIRACLE NETWORK HOSPITALS

 

Pampers and Walmart. These are 2 things that are a staple for the modern mom. Pampers are the only diapers we have used for all 3 (soon to be 4) children that we have, and Walmart is a great one-stop shop for everything from diapers and wipes to groceries and everything in between. Recently, Walmart has decided to team up with Pampers to donate money to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. For those who don’t know, CHILDREN’S MIRACLE NETWORK HOSPITALS provides comfort, treatment, and hope to millions of sick kids for everything from asthma and broken bones all the way to birth defects or cancer. In honor of this, Walmart is donating a portion of the proceeds for each package of Pampers to the CMNH for a total donation of $200,000!

Some Information about Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals:

CHMN

                Fortunately, my family has never had to have an experience with CMNH (knock on wood). But there are many people who have. Here are a few stories that touched my heart.

2014 WV Champion-AllissondraWest Virginia – Allissondra age 5 (as of 11/30/14)

WVU Children’s Hospital

Myasthenia Gravis, Diabetes and Heart Issues

 

Allissondra’s parents were overjoyed at the birth of their happy and healthy little girl in 2009. Her first few months of life were full of magical moments as she began to talk, learned to stand and even sprouted her very first tooth. But then, just before her first birthday, everything changed; Allissondra started having unresponsive spells and developed a dangerously high fever.

Her family soon learned she had myasthenia gravis, an autoimmune neuromuscular disease leading to fluctuating muscle weakness and fatigue. Subsequent years brought additional concerns, such as idiopathic tachycardia and diabetes.

In spite of ongoing treatments and hospital stays, little Allissondra is a determined, dynamic and energetic young girl. The pint-sized performer loves to dance around, put on shows and entertain anyone who crosses her path, proving she’s not one to let her diagnoses keep her from happiness.

CMN Hospitals Funds in Action:

Funds from Children's Miracle Network Hospitals provide Allissondra with the life-saving equipment, tests and care she needs on a daily basis to survive.

2014 LA Champion-SophiaLouisiana – Sophia Age 8 (as of 11/30/14)

Children’s Hospital

Multiple Heart and Organ Defects

 

Sophia will tell you God made her “special” by putting her heart on the opposite side, upside down and backwards. Because of the expertise of a multidisciplinary team at her hospital’s Heart Center, this curious and giggly little girl was able to beat the slim chance of survival she was given at birth.

Each heart and organ defect Sophia has is unique, but it’s very rare to find all these conditions in one child. With regular visits, four open-heart surgeries and three stomach surgeries, it’s no surprise all her major milestones — sitting, eating and walking for the first time — happened in the hospital.

Sophia still receives physical and occupational therapy and will always be on medication, but she appreciates each new day. She is passionate about art, playing softball and performing. Sophia recently stole the show as a Lost Boy in her school play and loves making an annual appearance on the local CMN Hospitals Telethon.

CMN Hospitals Funds in Action:

CMN Hospitals funds are used to purchase the latest equipment and diagnostic tools that help doctors find congenital heart defects and perform surgery on the tiniest of patients, like newborn Sophia.

This is a worthwhile organization. Even if you don’t have kids or your children have grown beyond Pampers products, you could still donate to CMNH (http://walmart.com/cmnh). Visit their website for information about CMNH and to donate.

Also, if any of you readers have had an experience with CMNH, feel free to post about it. For each person who posts, whether a story or comment, you will be entered to win a $25 Walmart gift card. I will be doing the drawing on July 20th, so get your comments on to be entered to win.

“The Walmart gift cards and information have been provided by P&G. All other opinions are my own.” 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Blu-Ray Giveaway The Hobbit The Battle of The Five Armies!

 
The final installment of The Hobbit is here! Warner Bros. is proud to bring you the Blu-Ray release of The Hobbit The Battle of The Five Armies! Mouse over the Interactive map of Middle-Earth and take the quiz to find out if you're Brave like Bilbo!
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From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world.



Special Features on the Blu-Ray combo pack include:

• New Zealand: Home of Middle-earth Part 3
• Recruiting the Five Armies
• Completing Middle-earth: A Six-Part Saga
• Completing Middle-earth: A Seventeen-Year Journey
• The Last Goodbye: Behind the Scenes
• Music Video
• Trailers

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It would be impossible to discuss this one movie without discussing those that came before. As I am sure everyone knows, The Hobbit is a single book written by J.R.R. Tolkien. It tells the tale of how a simple hobbit named Bilbo Baggins does something completely unexpected: he goes on an adventure with 13 dwarves and a wizard to reclaim a stolen treasure. The treasure lies in the Lonely Mountain under the guard of the dragon, Smaug. The dragon is killed, a battle is fought, and Bilbo returns home with treasure…and a magic ring. This ring is, of course, the One Ring of Power, source of all of the trouble in the sequel story, The Lord of the Rings.
When Peter Jackson took on the impossible task of turning Lord of the Rings into a successful movie trilogy, the one question everyone asked was: when will you do The Hobbit? Well, with The Hobbit, there was several legal problems. New Line Cinema received the rights to do Lord of the Rings, but the rights for The Hobbit were already property of MGM studios. It took years to get the legalities down, but finally, MGM allowed Jackson to make The Hobbit.
Jackson then decided that The Hobbit was worthy of its own trilogy of films. He wove into the story of The Hobbit details that do not show up until Lord of the Rings. For example, in The Hobbit book, the character of the Necromancer is only mentioned in passing at the end, whereas in the movie, the Necromancer (a.k.a. Sauron) is a main villain. Jackson also changes the effect the Ring has on Bilbo. In the book, Bilbo seems unchanged by possession of the Ring. In fact, in the book, he eventually tells his companions about the Ring. In the movies, however, Bilbo is exceedingly possessive and secretive of it, stroking it (like Frodo does in several scenes), going into a murderous rage when a spider touches it, and lying to Gandalf about it, not only once, but twice. Even at the end of this movie, when Gandalf warns him about using the Ring, Bilbo straight up tells Gandalf he lost it during the battle.
So, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies as a movie begins right where the last film, The Desolation of Smaug, ended: Smaug the dragon, roused from his deep slumber, is heading towards Lake Town to destroy those that helped the dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, and Bilbo. There is no prologue, no flashback…not even the happy Hobbit theme that plays in the beginning of the first 2 films. It just jumps right into the action.
Smaug is defeated, but the town is destroyed. Bard, who was in jail in the last movie, slays the dragon and becomes leader of the town. He turns his sights to the Mountain, thinking to use the treasure to help his people. Along come the elves of Mirkwood, led by Thranduil. They, too, are on their way to the Mountain, but they stop to help the Men of the lake.
Meanwhile, in the Mountain, Thorin is desperately seeking the Arkenstone: the Heart of the Mountain, and the jewel that will unite all the dwarven clans under one ruler. Unbeknownst to him, Bilbo has already taken the jewel and is hiding it. Thorin, meanwhile, is being driven mad by the sheer amount of the treasure and his lust for the Arkenstone (similar to his grandfather). He is so obsessed that, when he finds out that the Men and Elves are approaching the Mountain, he prepares for battle with them rather than help them.
Gandalf, as we remember, is imprisoned in Dol Guldur by the Necromancer, now unmasked as Sauron. An army of evil Orcs, led by Azog, are marching towards the Mountain. They are to combine with forces from the north, led by the orc Bolg. Gandalf is rescued by the White Council: Elrond, Galadriel, Radagast, and Saruman. He then heads to the Mountain to warn everyone.
After the inevitable build-up to the battle (where a lot of story elements happen), the battle comes. The entire battle lasts around 45 minutes of the movie, making it the longest battle in the entire Middle-earth saga. Afterwards, the dead are buried (no spoilers in this part, you’ll just have to watch the movie), and Bilbo returns home. As I said, he takes back one chest of treasure, and lies to Gandalf about the Ring. The movie then ends with Gandalf knocking on the door (as in the beginning of The Fellowship of the Ring), and zooming in on the map of the Lonely Mountain.
All-in-all, this was a nice tie-in to Lord of the Rings. It appeals to fans of the books, as well as fans of the movies. Some complaints are merely about things you’d have to be an expert in Tolkien books to know about (such as Thranduil sending Legolas off to find a ranger called Strider, who is renowned as a great warrior. Anyone who has read Lord of the Rings knows that, by the time Frodo heads to Mount Doom, Aragorn, a.k.a. Strider, is 87. Lord of the Rings begins 60 years after The Hobbit, and it’s 17 years between Bilbo’s farewell party and the start of Frodo’s journey. So 87-17-60=10. That means, in The Hobbit, Aragorn should only be around 9-10 years old, hardly old enough to be a “renowned warrior”). But, ignoring such logistical things, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings films combine to make a well-done saga that, I feel, J.R.R. Tolkien himself would have approved of.
















Tuesday, February 24, 2015

LEGO Justice League Vs Bizarro League Blu-Ray Giveway

 
Batman has joined the newly formed Justice League in order to keep tabs on Superman, a mistrust that is complicated by Superman’s clumsy – but well-meaning – clone, Bizarro. Bizarro’s creation of the Bizarro League has caused confusion amongst the world’s greatest Super Heroes, but an even greater and mysterious threat may force the Justice League and Bizarro League to band together to defeat evil.



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For the best Bizarro name (as voted on in a random poll), I will award one copy of the movie to the winner! So go ahead and find you name then comment below.
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