Pin It To Win It!!!

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Here’s a little bit of fun for you all! In honor of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance and Belabumbum have paired to give you the opportunity to win a beautiful teal camisole and panty set.

Create a “Pin Your Best Teal” Pinterest board (be sure to include Belabumbum)and when you are done tweet @OCNA and @Belabumbum with a link to your board. Make sure to use the hashtags #TopToBottom and #WearTeal.

At the end of September they will select 3 winners to receive a free camisole and panty set in their size of choice. This set is really cute! So get to pinning!!!

-Lauren

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Think About It Thursday- Spicing Things Up (and I’m Not Talking About In The Kitchen!)

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I have been with my husband for ten years (married for almost four). Now with four little ones you can bet it’s hard to truly have an intimate moment and to focus on our sex lives not to mention to find the time or energy.

In this edition of “Think About It Thursday” we’ll cover ways to spice things up, fun date night ideas and some fun resources you can use.

This first part is by far easier said than done. Make your relationship with your spouse TOP PRIORITY!  My worst fear in my marriage is that I’ll have put so much energy into my children that when they grow up and move out, my husband and I will look at one another and realize we don’t know the person standing in front of us. Not to mention a happy marriage means happy parents and happy parents means happy kids.

Also make time to make yourself feel good. A long bath, trip to the hair salon or for you men a clean shave at the barbers. If you don’t make time to make yourself feel good, you’re going to be less likely to be enthusiastic about making your spouse feel good.

Stroke his….ego (c’mon people, clean it up)! Give your significant other a compliment, small token of appreciation or even a simple thank you can go a long way. Now fellas this goes for you two, especially if your wife is at home all day with the kids, let her know that you see and appreciate all that she does.

Allow yourself to be in the mood. I understand that bad days happen, we all have outside issues that stress us out. Let all of that negativity slip into the background for a while and truly be in the moment with your spouse.

Continue to flirt with each other. A glance across the room or a saucy text, flirt like your still courting the other person.

All of the above mentioned are great ways to “connect” and liven things up in your relationship. Some other great ways include:

  • Unplug, leave the phone and computers alone.
  • Say ‘I love you’ often
  • Work out together
  • Schedule date nights (even if it is at home)

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Now date nights are something my husband and I *RARELY* get but when we do, we have some ground rules. Kid talk is kept to an absolute minimum and we “unplug”. That time is meant for us to be together and enjoy each others company. I’ve scoured the internet for some fun and unique date night ideas. Some that I’ve found are:

  • Hiking
  • Roller skating
  • Bowling
  • Farmers Market
  • County Fairs
  • Amateur Comedy Shows (laughing is a great aphrodisiac)
  • Dance Classes
  • Cooking Classes

Dates can be spent indoors as well. Turn your bathroom into a spa complete with candlelight, music and good smells or turn your living room into a themed movie room (after the kids are asleep of course). No kids but don’t want to really go out? Spend some time cooking a new meal together. These are just few for you to start off with. There is an awesome website I found called The Date Night Jar with tons of different and unique date ideas.

To help you all get some special time with your loved one, I’m providing one reader with a $25 gift card. Either to Eden Fantasys or a $25.00 giftcard to Restaurant.com. How do you enter to win? Simply tell me how you met your significant other, the story that tugs at my heartstrings the most, wins! Winner will be announced Thursday and of course they get to choose which prize they would like. Now this giveaway is NOT sponsored by Eden Fantasys or Restaurant.com, this is coming out of my own pocket and the kindness of my heart, that’s right cause I love y’all! Now go forth and tell me your “How We Met” stories!!! This contest will run for one week.

-Lauren

Mom On The Move- Mandy

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1003468_152146638307321_1269912263_nWow! This week’s Mom on the Move is one busy lady!!! Mandy Richardson is owner of M is for Monster and also When & Where Invitations but that isn’t it, she is also a mom to four kiddos, ages 13,4,2 and 5 months!  What she does is completely and totally awesome!!! She creates weekly learning activities, gathers everything needed to complete them and sends that great box of awesomeness straight to your door! She provides you the extra time and resources to spend some one on one time with your little one doing educational, fun learning activites.

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How did she come up with this insanely genius idea?

I started M is for Monster one day while sitting on my couch. I was googling and pinteresting it up, trying to find fun and educational activities for my kids. Two hours later, I finally had the list of what we were going to be accomplishing that week. Then, like every week before, I had to go shopping for the supplies. I heaved a heavy sigh, and stood up to make my list. “I can not believe no one has come up with a better idea than this!” I thought to myself. So I searched around to see if I could just order the learning activities and supplies instead of having to spend so much of my time planning and prepping. I found nothing. It then occurred to me that if I dreaded doing this every week, other parents out there probably do as well. So it was then and there that I decided to cross one more thing off of parents list and create boxed learning activities delivered right to your door. No more searching and planning and shopping for everything you want to do! Just order an M is for Monster box and you’ll be ready to have fun with your little one while teaching them in the process!

She really has her hands full with her family life and two businesses so I had to know what she likes to do in her down time!?! She says

Down time? What’s that?!

What makes this Momma even more awesome is that she is giving a one month subscription to one lucky reader!!!! In order to win you must

*Be a follower of the blog
*Be a fan of M is for Monster
*Follow M is for Monster via Twitter
*Be a fan of my Facebook page
*Follow me on Twitter

then comment below what items you completed and the age and grade(if any) your little one is in. Each completed task is worth an entry, winner will be announced on Friday.

In the mean time, stop by Mandy’s Facebook, website and/or Twitter and tell her thank you for the awesome opportunity!

World Breastfeeding Week 2013

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Today marks the beginning of World Breastfeeding Week. The focus of this years campaign is peer counseling and supporting Breastfeeding women.

A lot of times instead of being met with support and acceptance, BFing moms are discouraged about their choice.

The objectives for this year’s campaign are as follows:
1. To draw attention to the importance of Peer Support in helping mothers to establish and sustain breastfeeding.
2. To inform people of the highly effective benefits of Peer Counselling, and unite efforts to expand peer counselling programmes.
3. To encourage breastfeeding supporters, regardless of thei r educat ional background, to step forward and be trained to support mothers and babies.
4. To identify local community support contacts for breastfeeding mothers, that women can go to for help and support after giving birth.
5. To call on governments and maternity facilities globally to actively implement the Ten Steps, in particular Step 10, to improve duration and rates of exclusive breastfeeding.

This week I will have various Breastfeeding related posts as well as a few giveaways. We’ll cover why breastfeeding is so invaluable, Common Breastfeeding Complications, Proper Latching and Holds, The whole nursing in public debacle, We’ll have an interview with a Lactation Consultant and we’ll even have a Beautiful Breastfed Baby photo contest.

I am super excited about our sponsored giveaway from Unravel Me. She will give one lucky Momma a Booby Beanie!!! I will also have other items up for grabs as well.

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This week will be slightly different as I won’t be doing all of my regular daily themes. So stay tuned, perhaps learn something new and participate in all the fun!

-Lauren

Input Needed!

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I am working on a Think About It Thursday post about spicing up your marriage after kids. I will be sponsoring a giveaway for this post and am curious to see what y’all would prefer:

-Giftcard to an adult themed store
-Giftcard towards a dinner or movie

Let me know what you all would like to see up for grabs in the comments. 🙂

-Lauren