Confessions of a Stay-At-Home Mom

July 19, 2014

Rock Your Summer with Healthy Essentials at Target

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Friends?

Are you loving summer?

We are!  It had quite a chaotic start: moving right before the end of the school year, beginning several new jobs at the same time and the regular end-of-school year craziness (for both Chica and Hubby). When the last school bell sounded, you can rest assured we were CELEBRATING.

One of the best parts of summer is the opportunity to play with friends. Since moving, we are now 30 minutes closer to the people we love and hang out with. The girls are reveling that we can spontaneously get together with their friends on any given day. We've also moved to a neighborhood chock full of kids. We had NO kid neighbors where we lived before, so this has been quite the novelty!



We helped celebrate summer with a joint birthday party for two special little friends. The girls and I were delighted to provide some great summer essentials thanks to Target and Healthy Essentials. As summer approaches, we all rush to try on new bathing suits and stock up corn on the cob. But there are some Healthy Essentials people often overlook, like sunscreen and bandaids (I don't know about you, but thanks to scooters, bikes and insane games of tag we have plenty of skinned knees happening around here).


Before the big party, we headed to our favorite place to stock up on all the supplies: Target! I swear they have anything. Does anyone else find that they go into Target for one thing and walk out with 5 things they hadn't planned on buying? #TargetProblems


In addition to all the Healthy Essentials supplies, we got cute decorations and fun accents, like these paper straws. And thanks to their extensive toy aisle, the birthday gifts were covered.


HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® Products are key essentials that can help you keep going and stay focused on fun this summer, no matter what happens.  You won't have to worry, because you’re prepared for the Best Summer Ever!

  • Through August 16, visit www.yourbestsummer.com to play a virtual soccer game, share your score and take a shot at instantly winning a $200 Target eGiftCard.

  • You could win one of more than $15,000 in prizes.

  • You can also score savings with Target-specific coupons on key essentials for summertime (and all the time!) at www.yourbestsummer.com.

In addition, 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 more than $45 by visiting http://www.HealthyEssentials.com in June and July and signing up for HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® program coupons and offers.



What are the top 3 Healthy Essentials in YOUR summer beach bag?








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.


July 3, 2014

Get Ready for Hurricane Arthur with Ready.Gov

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We are just a month in to Hurricane Season, and we're already on our way to hitting our first big hurricane, Arthur, this coming weekend. While here in the Philly area we are fortunate to not see hurricanes often, we've had our fair share of hits the past couple of years.  Between Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy, we felt the force of these powerful natural disasters: driving rain, 75+ mile-an-hour winds, hail, thunder, lightening and the threat of tornados.

The New York and New Jersey coasts were wrecked after Sandy, many still working to rebuild several years later. I think many of us on the east coast had fallen into a false sense of security that we just don't get these kind of weather phenomena. So we were blindsided by the devastation, with many as far as the western Philly suburbs dealing with week-long power outages and damage.

The best way to handle a hurricane is to BE PREPARED. Ready.Gov is a wealth of knowledge and resources about how to be ready for the next natural disaster. Here are a few tips they give on getting prepared:




Sign up for Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEPS)

Wireless Emergency Alerts are automatic texts sent to you in an emergency. Alerts received at the right
time can help keep you safe during an emergency. With WEA, warnings can be sent to your mobile device when you may be in harm's way, without need to download an app or subscribe to a service.

Build an Emergency Kit

When power outages are widespread, it is important to have food, water supplies on hand. The Build a Kit page on Ready.Gov encourages you to have enough supplies to last at least 72 hours. Head to this page for a recommended supplies list.


Make a Family Communication Plan

What happens if a disaster strikes and your family is not in the same place together? Having a Family Communication Plan will help you know how to respond in any situation. Identifying contacts, creating contact cards and teaching all family members how to call and text are essential in the case of an emergency situation.


It is also highly recommended to have the How To Prepare For a Hurricane Guide from FEMA on hand.


How will YOU prepare before the the next disaster strikes?

For more information, check out Ready.Gov today!



June 30, 2014

Buy Theirs, Get Ours at Giant Food Stores {Giveaway} #GiantBrandFan




It's that time again!  

I was so excited when Giant Food Stores began their Buy Theirs, Get Ours promotion this past Spring. If you are not familiar, it's a challenge to test drive a national brand in comparison to the Giant brand version. Faithful Giant customers are given a chance to see how the Giant brand holds up to the national brand.

How it works: you head to your local Giant. Grab the featured national brand products offered this week, and you'll be able to get the Giant brand version FOR FREE.

I've been a huge #GiantBrandFan since, like, forever. This challenge has only confirmed the quality Giant puts in to their products. I'd imagine in a blind taste test (or use test), the Average Joe Giant customer wouldn't know the difference.

(And really: why spend more money on the national brand when the Giant brand is equally amazing [or better] and less expensive??)

This week starts a new campaign. I've had a chance to check out the Buy Theirs, Get Ours promotion. Here is what YOU can get this week in store:






Week of June 29 – July 5, 2014

  • Buy Sweet Baby Rays BBQ Sauce and get Own Brand BBQ Sauce FREE!
  • Buy Tide Laundry Pods and get Own Brand Laundry Pods FREE!
  • Buy Huggies/Pampers  and get Own Brand Diapers FREE!
  • Buy Tostito Simply Natural and get Nature's Promise Tortilla Chips FREE!



And next week:


Week of July 6 – 12, 2014

  • Buy Planters Cocktail Peanuts and get Own Brand Party Peanuts FREE
  • Buy Snyders Pretzels and get Own Brands Pretzels FREE
  • Buy Coppertone Sunscreen and get Own Brands Sunscreen FREE
  • Buy Hillshire Farm Lunchmeat and get Own Brands Lunchmeat FREE



For more information on the Giant Buy Theirs, Get Ours campaign, head to the Giant website. You can also follow them on Twitter - I'm sure they'd love to see your BTGO buys! #GiantBrandFan

And even better?

One lucky reader will win a $25 Giant Food Stores Gift Card! 

Enter below to win!





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