Sponsored Video: Glad Black Bag Trash Crashers

*This post has been sponsored by Glad Black Bag, but the experiences and opinions are 100% my own.

Glad Black Trash Bag Crashers Blessings Abound Mommy

With spring cleaning underway, trash bags are constantly getting filled at my house.  It can be a daunting task to go through everything and purge out our cabinets and closets.  Once completed, it sure feels so good to get rid of the extras that are cluttering up much needed space.  It seems every time we decide to do a spring cleaning, it’s like a huge load has lifted off my shoulders.

Now, if only going through our things would be much more simple and fun.  We’d probably do it more often and be able to stay on top of the clutter!  Maybe we need the Glad Black Bag Trash Crashers to stop by and give us more motivation.  I know what you’re thinking.  Glad Black Bag Trash Crashers?  What in the world am I talking about?  Watch the video below and you’ll get what I’m talking about.

Wouldn’t that be some extra entertainment on a regular, mundane day of cleaning up messes?  They sure know how to have fun despite the messiest of situations!  Alas, I’ll have to be content and know that all this cleaning and organizing has its own purpose.  At least from now on, using Glad Black Bag Trash Bags to clean up trash will place a smile on my face when I recall this video.

Giveaway: State Farm Trunk Safety Makeover Kit + Driver’s Roadside Preparedness Infographic

*This post is sponsored by State Farm.  However, all opinions and experiences are 100% my own.

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State Farm Driver’s Roadside Preparedness & Winter Drivings Safety Tips

Winter driving is NO joke in Alaska. Between the extreme weather conditions, bad road conditions, and wildlife that sometimes find their way crossing the roads while you’re on them, you can bet that it’s super important to be prepared in the event you find yourself stuck on the side of the road. Not being prepared in some cases can lead to serious consequences, maybe even death because there are certain parts of Alaskawhere you could be stuck off road  in the middle of winter for an unknown determined amount of time before help arrives.  It is essential that all drivers need to put together a trunk safety kit so that if you ever find yourself stranded on the side of the road, you have all the necessary supplies to stay safe until you’re rescued.

State Farm Stranded Car Roadside Emergency Supplies Blessings Abound Mommy

A recent survey by State Farm® and KRC Research found that 2/3rds of drivers (67 percent) had some sort of “junk” (non-emergency supplies) in their trunk ranging from shoes to toys to used food or drink containers. While nearly all drivers (96 percent) had at least one emergency item in their vehicle, such as a spare tire or jumper cables, a mere five percent carried all the emergency roadside equipment, including jumper cables, spare tire, hazard triangle/road flares, flashlight, first aid kid, windshield scraper, water, non-perishable food and a blanket.  Check out the Driver’s Roadside Preparedness Infographic below to read more statistics.

State Farm Drivers' Roadside Preparedness Infographic Blessings Abound Mommy

What does a prepared trunk safety kit look like?  It looks much like this picture below.  You can see all the emergency supplies that will be handy in case you are stuck on the side of the road for some time.  I know I myself have some work in this area.  For more State Farm safety tips, you can visit this link to read more.  Thanks to State Farm, one lucky Blessings Abound Mommy reader will be one step closer to having a complete roadside preparedness trunk safety kit.  Enter to win at the bottom of this post!

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 State Farm Trunk Safety Makeover Kit Giveaway

A lucky Blessings Abound Mommy reader will win a State Farm Trunk Safety Makeover Kit that includes a triangular-shaped hazard warning sign tote bag, a set of jumper cables, a heavy-duty plastic ice scraper, a tire pressure gauge, a nine piece ratchet set with rigid hand driver, a pair of standard slip-joint pliers, a flathead screwdriver, a Phillips screwdriver, a roll of red electrical tape, blade-style automotive fuses, a pair of white work gloves, an insulated ring & spade terminals, mini LED flashlight, supa cham towel, shoulder tote bag, and a box of Nature Valley granola bars (ARV $50)!  All you have to do in order to be qualified for a chance to win is to follow the directions in the Rafflecopter widget/link below.  Contest ends March 18th at 12:00 ET and is open to US only.

Giveaway: 45th Anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Book Prize Pack #veryhungrycaterpillar

*This post is sponsored by Penguin Books. However, all experiences and opinions are 100% mine.

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Celebrate 45 Years of The Very Hungry Caterpillar

One of my children’s favorite books is the classic story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. After 45 years, The Very Hungry Caterpillar is still enjoyed by kids of all ages. This book was also one that I fondly remember as a child.  It’s one of those books that I’m glad has stood the test of time and continues to engage children with the beautifully vivid illustrations and fun, upbeat story line. I love wholesome books that keeps my kids entertained and helps feed that hunger to read.  The Very Hungry Caterpillar has done just that in our household and I’m so pleased that it remains a popular book for kids so that future generations can enjoy this wonderful children’s book too!

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About the Anniversary
2014 marks the 45th anniversary of Eric Carle’s pre-school classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The anniversary will be officially celebrated on the annual “Very Hungry Caterpillar Day” which takes place every year on the first day of spring (March 20th).

Since its publication in 1969, 36 million copies of the book have sold worldwide and it has been published in 55 languages. That year the book was also named one of the best children’s books of the year by The New York Times, and it has since become a beloved, must-own classic. Today, every 30 seconds, somewhere in the world, a copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar is sold.

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Eric Carle (www.eric-carle.com) is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children. He has illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, and more than 100 million copies of his books have sold around the world. In 2002, Eric and his wife Barbara opened The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (www.carlemuseum.org) in Amherst, MA, a 40,000 square foot space dedicated to inspiring a love of art among children by introducing them to picture book art by renowned artists from around the world.

Want to stay connected with author Eric Carle and keep up with the latest happenings on The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other related picture books for young children?  You can do so by visiting the Official Site, following @PenguinKids on Twitter, liking The World of Eric Carle on Facebook, and liking Penguin Kids on Facebook. You can additionally follow the conversation on Twitter by using the hash tag, #veryhungrycaterpillar.

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45th Anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Book Prize Pack Giveaway:

A lucky Blessings Abound Mommy reader will win a limited edition anniversary tote and a copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar board book!  All you have to do is follow the directions in the Rafflecopter widget below!

Giveaway: Call In Well with Ricola Prize Pack + $25 Visa Gift Card #swissherbs #callinwell

This post is sponsored by Ricola.  However, all experiences and opinions are 100% my own.

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Ricola “Call In Well” Campaign

The cold and flu season is still here and even as a stay at home, homeschooling mom, I can’t take sick days. Raising my kids and managing our household is a full time job with no days off so I take all sorts of measures to stay well. My husband, who is the breadwinner, also can’t afford any sick days as he works hard to meet our family of eight’s needs and I stay diligent in making sure that we’re doing all we can to ensure he’s healthy during this time of year too.

That’s why I think it’s great that Ricola started their “Call In Well” campaign to remind everyone that there are steps you can take to feel better this time of year.  When you’re feeling better, you can go out and enjoy all the great things winter has to offer.  Instead of taking “sick days” we can rejoice and start taking advantage of “well days”.   This is extremely important to our family as we like to work hard and play hard together!  To help celebrate our steps towards “well days”, Ricola has put together a sweet prize package to giveaway.  Enter below for a chance to win!

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Ricola Call In Well Chrüterchraft Prize Pack Giveaway:

A lucky Blessings Abound Mommy reader will win a Ricola Soothing Relief Kit (which includes Ricola product & cough drop tin) and a $25 Visa gift card! All you have to do in order to be qualified to enter is to follow the directions in the Rafflecopter widget/link below!  Contest ends at midnight March 15th.

38 Weeks Pregnancy Update + Essential Oil Birth Kit

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38 weeks, 38 weeks…  The baby could come at any time and being so close to my due date, I’m getting pretty anxious.  Anxious about the birth and his arrival!  My darling sister was able to capture a few photos in a maternity photo session in the woods behind my home.  Isn’t she quite the talented photographer?!  How grateful and blessed I am to have a sister with an amazing eye, who is so gifted at taking pictures, and willing to spend her precious time taking these photos!

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This past week has had its ups and downs.  Most days I feel great and can’t be any better, which means the baby will most likely stay put for awhile.  I’m not complaining as it gives me extra time to double make sure I’m ready for when he makes his entrance into our world.  The last couple days I’ve felt tired and needed naps to survive through the day thankfully I recently purchased an adjustable bed(see example http://bedroom.solutions/best-adjustable-beds/) which made things a little bearable.  After a busy weekend at the homeschooling conference, I needed a chance to recoup a bit.  I felt some contractions during both days of the conference, but nothing regular or that progressed.  It’s my body’s way of getting ready for the real thing and not take it for granted that I have all the time in the world to make sure all my things are together.

I decided to rewash the fabric coverings over the bassinet as my 3 year old daughter, Patience, loves putting her fingers all over it and peering into it as if she expects to see the baby in there.  She put some smudges on it and I’m sure they would have been fine, but I couldn’t help myself to strip it down and rewash it.  I also chose this time to repack my birth center bag and everything is packed with the exception of the items I’ll have to pack last minute like my toothbrush, toiletries, diffuser, cell phone, camera, refrigerated snacks/drinks, etc.

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In my birth center bag, I packed my swimsuit top as I plan on attempting another water birth, 2 Hot Mama Gowns (a Hospital/Birthing Center friendly gown made out of 100% organic cotton with special panels for nursing), a couple pair of socks, a pair of slippers, hair tie, my going home outfit (a small maternity shirt and comfy lounge pants), a baby outfit (newborn gown, hat, socks), newborn diapers and wipes, baby blanket, baby swaddling blanket, lip balm, Larabars, organic applesauce in pouches, trail mix, and homemade baby shampoo/wash.  I really don’t need to pack much since I go home the same day that I give birth.  One of the many perks of delivering at a birth center with a midwife!

My two oldest daughters (who are 11 and almost 7 years old) want to be at the birth so I have packed a few books and extra snacks for them.  My mother in law plans to make it to the birth as well so she’ll be on hand to keep an eye on them and keep them occupied and entertained while they wait for the exciting moment to arrive.  This will be my oldest daughter’s second time watching her sibling be born.  I think they are more excited than I am about the baby’s birth as they ask constantly if I feel like I’m going to have the baby on a daily basis.

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I’ve also finalized my birth center bag with my essential oil birth kit.  I’ve included Balance and wild orange for diffusing during the birth to help keep me focused.  I have Serenity for after the birth to promote peace and calmness.  I put together a roller bottle with lavender and white fir to massage over my abdomen for after birth pains.  I’m bringing clary sage and myrrh in the event of stalled contractions to rub on the inside of my ankles, peppermint in case baby isn’t in the right position during labor, and helichrysum to put on my back and abdomen to help reduce the chances of hemorrhaging too much.  I don’t tear or get hemorrhoids or usually go through back labor during birth so I decided not to pack those oils for those types of conditions.

I didn’t forget to pack doTERRA essential oils for the baby too!  I’m packing frankincense for the baby’s crown and spine as protection and assisting with bonding, myrrh for his umbilical cord to help seal tissue and protect all systems, Balance for the bottoms of his feet to ground him, and melissa on the bottoms of his feet for DNA repair during the birth.  When I get home, I plan to also be rubbing some geranium and lemon essential oils on the bottoms of his feet to help reduce the chance of jaundice.

Starting my 39th week, I’m going to be applying a reduce bleeding essential oil blend to my inner ankles and back daily in hopes that it will combat against hemorrhaging from the birth.  I tend to hemorrhage a lot during birth and come close to a blood transfusion twice.  I’ve had friends tell me this has worked for them so I’m very excited to try it out this time!  The reduce bleeding blend contains essential oils such as clary sage, helichrysum, cypress, white fir, geranium, and ylang ylang.  I’m also upping my intake of red raspberry leaf tea and other herbs to help tone my uterus, which can help to reduce hemorrhaging too.  Please pray for me and wish me luck that these measures will work!

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When I first go into labor, I plan on making my own “laborade” to take with me and packing snacks like yogurt to take with us.  I had done a test trial on an alternative sports drink that a sports nutritionist uses for Olympic and professional athletes to make sure I could stand the taste of it.  It’s made with freshly squeezed orange juice, maple syrup, sea salt, and water.  I did add some ElectroMix (an electrolyte mixture made by Alacer Corp. who makes EmergenC) to ensure that I would get all the potassium, sodium, etc. to get me through a long labor as I tend to have marathon labors.  Like a friend said, God makes some of us sprinters and some of us marathon runners!  I also plan on bringing a jug of a raspberry leaf tea blend to drink in between the “laborade” as well.

So now, I wake up every day wondering if today’s the day I’ll be meeting my newest little guy.  I’ve had 3 of my children go past their estimated due date, one that came on her second estimated due date, and one that made it one week early from her estimated due date so it really can go either way.  In the meantime, I’m giving extra attention and snuggles to my current baby as her time as my baby will be almost up!  Hopefully, my next update will be introducing you to our newest blessing, Valor Samuel Joseph Renner and our birth story at Mat-Su Midwifery!

May Mobile Mom Mother’s Day Giveaway Event

Welcome to the May Mobile Mom Mother’s Day Giveaway Event!  We are continuing our monthly giveaway event to spoil new, expectant, and seasoned mommies!

Motherhood is something to be celebrated! Mobile Mom and LoveSquaredDesigns are honoring moms with a chance to win a $200 SpaFinder gift card for a day of pampering and a beautiful custom necklace so mom can always wear her children close to her heart!

Mobile Mom Mother's Day GiveawayOne of the most exciting parts of becoming a mom is feeling the baby kick for the first time. Those kicks are pretty important too because they can help you monitor your baby and reassure you that baby is doing just fine. Starting around the third trimester doctors recommend doing regular kick counts. Mobile Mom has created an app to make this task easy and fun. The Mobile Mom Kick Counter is a convenient way to monitor and record your baby’s activity to help you identify potential problems. It will help keep worrying to a minimum so you can enjoy your pregnancy. The app is FREE! Find out more about this app and the other Mobile Mom apps (Ovulation Calculator, Pregnancy Test, Due Date Calculator, Weight Gain Calculator and Baby Names) at www.MobileMom.com.

Mobile Mom Mother's Day Giveaway
Lisa McKenney, the owner of LoveSquaredDesigns, has always had a love for creating beautiful things. She believes the most important part of our lives are the family and friends we cherish. She combines the two in the gorgeous soldered jewelry she creates with your own treasured photos. She hand makes every piece with the hope that the recipient will feel the love inside. Lisa has a very big heart and through the sales of her necklaces has been able to donate over 10,000 to two amazing organizations fighting to set girls free in Thailand and India!

The square designs like the one pictured above feature a custom-made, reversible 1″ glass soldered pendant with a photo on one side and a design of your choice on the other side. You may also choose to have photos on both sides. The pendant is hung on a 24″ 2.4mm silver ball chain or 17″ dainty 1.2mm ball chain and includes a dangle of your choice.

LoveSquaredDesigns necklaces are the perfect gift for Mother’s Day. Prices range from $25-$35. The last day to order for guaranteed Mother’s Day delivery is May 3rd!

Lisa offers a variety of custom necklaces in her LoveSquaredDesigns Etsy Shop and has offered to create a custom piece for one lucky winner!

Feeling lucky? Enter to win a $200 SpaFinder.com gift card and a LoveSquaredDesigns custom necklace by filling out the form below.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored giveaway. Blessings Abound Mommy is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment.

30 Week Pregnancy Update- The Nesting Begins

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I’m happy to report that everything is looking on upswing and now it’s countdown time!  10 more weeks, more or less, until baby Samuel will make his appearance.  At my 30 week midwife appointment at Mat-Su Midwifery, I learned that I have gained a total of 28 lbs so far and measuring right on track for 30 weeks.  The baby’s heartbeat was in the 120s, so he was calm and mellow throughout my appointment.  Samuel is still head down, but in posterior position (his back is aligned with my back), so that means I’ll have to encourage him to move and turn his back towards my belly.  Good thing I have a little while to get him turn around!

I’ll be ensure to take extra measures to get him to spin around.  Things like laying on my left side, doing the cat yoga pose, and if needed, peppermint essential oil to help him move.  One of my friends who recently had a baby shared with me her success with using peppermint essential oil during her birth to move her baby into a better position for birth.  I’m not too worried about it though as like I said previously, he has quite a bit of time left to get where he needs to be before birth.

I’m feeling pretty energetic and motivated, as long as I get a restful night of sleep.  Sometimes, there’s a down side to being such a light a sleeper.  Every little noise that I hear throughout the night is enough to wake me from my slumber.  Just the other day, I had the gumption to prepare and assemble 30+ freezer meals.  My sister is a Wildtree Rep and I can’t believe how fast and easy they were to do in one night!  It took me 4 hours to complete, which I started right after the kids’ bedtime at 8:00 pm.  I am so giddy to not have to worry about what’s for dinner for the next month or so!

I’ll be ensuring I do an extra set of meals every month until Samuel’s birth so I won’t have to cook much during the first month.  In the first week of April, I’ll be also freezing breakfast items and lunches like soup that are simple to freeze and reheat. I’ve been into health drinks too. Natural fruit juice is one of the healthiest things you can ever consume – healthy for you = healthy for the baby. This made the masticating juicer an excellent investment for me. You know, this mama doesn’t want to starve when this baby arrives and I sure feel famished all day long when I’m nursing a wee little babe.  I definitely have an enormous appetite nursing compared to when I’m pregnant and with 5 other little ones to feed and homeschool, it will be nice not worry how to get everyone’s belly filled during that first crucial month of bonding with baby!

Nesting seems to be settling in and this week’s plan of attack is rearranging and reorganizing my bedroom to accommodate the baby’s bassinet and belongings for the first three months or so of his life.  I’ve put together my birthing essential oils kit with the essential oils I’ll be using during labor and his birth and I will also be working on packing most of my birthing bag.  The only things I’m going to leave until later to pack in the birthing bag will be last minute things like toiletries and snacks.

Hopefully, the weather will cooperate and I’ll be able to get in our shed soon to dig out my older son’s clothes and bedding from when he was a baby.  I don’t feel like trekking out there in the cold to find them and bring them in.  Is it just me or does anyone else get sentimental about pulling out your children’s outgrown clothes to put on a new baby?  I tear up just thinking about it!  How the time has passed us quickly and it will be such a tender moment to see those baby clothes on Samuel that were once worn by my 8 year old son, Ethan, as a baby.

I’m praying that the rest of this last stretch in pregnancy will go smoothly and I’ll feel great up until the end.  I’ll be continuing my two week check ups at the midwifery, which only seems to speed things up and make me realize how close I really am to holding this baby in my arms!  How I can wait, but can’t wait at the same time!

26 Weeks Pregnancy Update + Gender Reveal

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Here I am at 26 weeks!  Yes, me in all my glory.  LOL!  Now, I know what you’re thinking… I look great, right?  To tell the truth, yes, I don’t look half bad at this stage, but compared to my previous pregnancies, this is the biggest I’ve ever been at 6 months.  My Mom still keeps insisting there’s another one in there and that the ultrasound tech missed the other baby.  Being my 8th pregnancy, I can expect to blossom much more than the rest of my pregnancies….  Especially since I’m carrying a home for my BOY!

Baby Samuel

I know.  I’ve missed a lot of updates.  If you don’t keep up with me on Facebook, you may not know that we did find out the gender of the baby.   My husband was so adamant that we were going to leave it a surprise, but when I had my ultrasound, I could definitely tell that I was seeing something vastly different than most of the previous ultrasounds we’ve had.  I had the ultrasound tech write up the gender in a card that I was planning on giving my mother in love in the event my husband wanted to change his mind at revealing the gender.

As I was driving home with my 8 year old son, Ethan (who was the only one with me during the ultrasound), I called my husband over the Bluetooth speakers in our van to give him an update.  I let him know that I was pretty certain that I knew the gender of our baby without looking at the card.  He couldn’t stand the suspense so he insisted my son open the card and read it aloud.  My son retrieved the card from its envelope and as he started to read it, his eyes got big with excitement and he shouted out, “Boy!”  He was so excited he even dropped the card!

now if you think about it, I now have two boys who’ll have to be given the talk. Early on I’ve decided that the boys should learn to respect women early on. They do have to learn how to talk to girls first so there is that.

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He finally has his baby brother on the way after all this time.  He has been talking nonstop about his baby brother and how he finally has a bed buddy and how he can’t wait to share his toys with him and show him what being a boy is all about.  It really does melt my heart and we’re over the moon that Ethan will have the brother he’s been praying and wishing for all this time.  We are naming the baby Samuel Joseph.  My husband has been set on Samuel for the last few babies and Joseph is a tribute to his grandfathers since they both share Joseph as a middle name.

We also found out at the ultrasound that I wasn’t as far along as I thought, which was no surprise.  At every ultrasound I’ve ever had, we’ve always moved the due date back by at least a week.  That puts my due date around April 30th, but I’m hoping he follows the pattern of most my other pregnancies and makes a late appearance so he can have a May birthday.  With so many kids, I like to double up on birthdays whenever possible and if he’s born in May, he’ll get to share a birthday with his sister, Liberty.  We will see as this has been my highest maintenance pregnancy yet and I’ve already had my fair share of bed rest this early on.

The sole reason I had my ultrasound around 18 weeks was because I had woken up with back and abdomen pain and had quite a bit of bright red bleeding.  The ultrasound tech, nurse practitioner, and midwives couldn’t determine the cause and that was the first time I was on bed rest this pregnancy.  With that and many other symptoms since, I’ve been told to take it easy this pregnancy.  I already am experiencing on many days the feeling as if he’s going to fall right out of me, which is making these last few months I have left a little more challenging.

At my 25 week appointment, I found out the baby’s head is already low in my pelvis and with the cramps, backaches, and a bit of spotting, that I might be in danger of preterm labor.  I took a swab test that will determine if things are headed in that direction.  If it’s negative, then I’ll have to continue to lay low, not lift anything heavy, and constantly lift up my pelvis with pillows to try and get him to move up.  If it’s positive, I will be on strict bed rest, most likely until the end the of my pregnancy.

Two days later, I got the news that it was negative!!!  You can’t imagine how thrilled I was to hear that!  While it’s still challenging not to overdo it with 5 children, I’m so thankful I won’t have to spend the next 3 months on complete bed rest.  I’ve got to take it easy and somehow cajole this little guy up and off my cervix so we won’t have a repeat of scares and worries and reduce the chance he’ll come early.

I also took the 1 hour glucose test since diabetes runs really strong on both sides of my family and both my Mom and sister had gestational diabetes with their pregnancies.  I failed the 1 hour last time and had to do the 3 hour, which I barely passed.  Luckily, I passed the 1 hour this time!  *happy dance*  While I don’t mind drinking the sugary drink so much, I can’t stand getting my blood drawn.

Well, I’m almost to the third trimester so I have most of this pregnancy in the bag!    The last few days, I’ve been in less pain so I’m hoping all the pelvic propping I’ve been doing has moved him upwards.  I won’t know for sure until my next midwife appointment in early February.  In the meantime, saying prayers and thinking positive thoughts!

Review & Giveaway: AT&T LifeProof iPhone 5 Case #ATTalaska

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About AT&T LifeProof iPhone 5 Case:

It is the thinnest, lightest, strongest all-protective case ever created. LifeProof delivers the waterproof, dirt-proof, snow-proof, and shockproof protection you expect, and so much more.  Every feature has been designed to work seamlessly with your iPhone 5 – touchscreen, camera, buttons, microphones, and speakers. The incredibly low profile adds a mere 1.5 mm to each edge, and the sleek silhouette showcases your iPhone 5′s already legendary design.  The four proofs:

  • Waterproof – submersible to 6.6′ (2m) for up to 30 minutes.
  • Dirt-proof – totally sealed against minute dirt & dust ingress.
  • Snow-proof – fully enclosed to keep out melting snow, sleet, and ice.
  • Shockproof – withstands drop impacts from up to 6.6′ (2m).

Includes case, cleaning cloth, headphone adapter, and headphone jack cover keeper.

AT&T LifeProof iPhone 5 Case Mom Review:

Living in Alaska, no ordinary iPhone case will do.  With all the snow we get and the outdoor activities we participate in, we need a heavy duty case to handle and survive the elements through out activities like ice fishing, hunting, hiking, backpacking into the mountains, etc.  As a mother to many little ones, I also have to protect my phone from their wear and tear when they handle my phone.   That’s what I adore about the LifeProof iPhone 5 Cases that you can get at AT&T.  They really have it all when it comes to protecting your iPhone!

The LifeProof iPhone 5 Case is available in black, white, green, red, and blue.  I opted for a white/gray one and I am just smitten with it!  My husband was too, evidently, as he has claimed it for his own.  No worries, he owes me big time and I will be getting the same case for my own iPhone soon!  I loved how slim the design is so it’s easier to carry around, especially since the iPhone 5 is a little bigger than the 4.  You can tell when you snap on the case, that it’s pretty hardcore in its construction and there’s no way for the ports to get dusty or compromised either.  I have no doubts that any dirt, water, and other harmful substances will be kept out, keeping your iPhone in pristine condition at all times.

One of the features that I’m a big fan on is that it’s also shock proof!!!  How many times have I had damage to my phone between the kids and I accidentally dropping it.  I have all hardwood and tile flooring in my home so a dropped iPhone is not a little thing and has done a lot of damage to my iPhone.  With the LifeProof iPhone 5 Case, that’s one concern I’ll never have to worry about again!  A win for this mama!  I also like that it doesn’t hinder the ability to use my iPhone, whether I’m texting or accessing an App or my by camera.  It truly is a quality case and I believe the best to protect your iPhone 5!

I honestly think this is my favorite iPhone case to date.  I know my husband is equally ecstatic about the LifeProof iPhone 5 Case as well.  As a real estate agent, he uses his iPhone all the time and because it’s so light and slim, it’s extremely convenient to take in and out of his pocket when he’s talking with clients.  He’s pretty high maintenance with his iPhone too and as an extreme outdoorsman, he needed an iPhone case that matches his tenacity to push the limits like he does.  With his iPhone fully encapsulated in the LifeProof iPhone 5 Case, there’s no elements that he will encounter that would pose a risk to his iPhone.  What a great peace of mind that is when you’re out in the middle of nowhere?!

Where To Buy:  The LifeProof iPhone 5 Case is available for $80 at AT&T online or in store.

 

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AT&T LifeProof iPhone 5 Case Giveaway:

A lucky Blessings Abound Mommy reader will win a LifeProof iPhone 5 Case from AT&T!  All you have to do in order to be qualified for a chance to win is to follow the directions in the Rafflecopter widget/link below!

*I received product and information for this post by AT&T.  However, all opinions and experiences are 100% my own.

Giveaway: Quaker Free For All Friday At Kroger Stores + $25 Visa Gift Card #quakerfreeforall

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Quaker Free For All Event This Friday At Kroger Stores:

Free For All Friday is happening again with another sampling event hosted at Kroger (and its banner) stores across the America!  While you shop at your local chain during Free for All Friday, you can receive free samples of select PepsiCo brands, while supplies last.  Feel free to join us for Quaker’s Free For All Friday in-store event on this Friday, April 26, from 4 to 8 p.m. local time.  PepsiCo and Kroger will be giving away samples of the most flavorful PepsiCo products to hit store shelves in recent months.  Consumers will have the chance to taste some of Quaker’s newest products:

  • Quaker Big Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
  • Quaker Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
  • Quaker Chewy Strawberry Yogurt Bars

You can learn more about Quaker Free For All Friday and a list of participating Kroger (and its banner) stores at krogerquakerfreeforall.com.  Be sure to let us know you’re participating by using the hashtag, #QuakerFreeForAll, on Twitter!

Featured Quaker Products-

Quaker Chewy Yogurt Snack Bar, Strawberry flavored:

  • A delicious snack to help fuel you and your family’s day
  • A good source of calcium
  • 12g whole grains
  • Real fruit with a delicious yogurt-flavored coating
  • Available in strawberry, blueberry and vanilla

New! Quaker Big Chewy, Chocolate Chip:

  • A delicious, wholesome snack that gets you going and keeps you going with 13grams of whole grains
  • If you like Quaker Chewy, you will love Quaker Big Chewy.  It’s 60% bigger than our regular Chewy bar and is topped with a delicious drizzle (either chocolaty drizzle or peanut buttery drizzle)
  • No High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Available in two delicious flavors, Chocolate Chip and  Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip

New! Quaker Crunchy Chocolate Chip Cookies:

  • Quaker brings the goodness of our whole grains oats to Chocolate Chip Cookies so it’s a cookie you can feel good about eating
  • Made with 10 grams of whole grains
  • Good source of fiber
  • One pack of cookies includes 4 crispy chocolate chip cookies, perfect for on-the-go
  • We also have large soft baked oatmeal cookies that are individually wrapped
  • Try our delicious soft baked oatmeal cookies, Oatmeal Raisin and Chocolate & Almond
    Check out these brands online:

  • @Quaker  www.facebook.com/Quaker
  • @FritoLay  www.facebook.com/FritoLay
  • @PepsiCo  www.facebook.com/PepsiCo

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*I received samples, a gift card, and information for a sponsored post by Frito-Lay to share the Quaker Free For All Event.  However, all opinions and experiences are 100% my own.