Safely Keep Bad Bugs at Bay this Summer + Giveaway

I haven’t even started writing yet, and I’m already starting to itch.  Why?  Because we’re about to talk about lice and other nasty critters.

Imagine your child coming home one day complaining of an itchy head.  You’ll probably dismiss it at first because kids are always complaining about something and a little itching doesn’t seem like such a big deal in the scheme of things.  But when you see that he/she is really going to town with the scratching, you realize you should take a closer look.  And then…POW!  Lice.  You immediately consider shaving your child’s head, but instead end up investing many hours (spread across many days) fixing the problem.

Itchy Scalp

This is something I’m anxious about every day of the school year, but if you send your kids away to camp for the summer, you have even greater reason to worry.  Not only is there the threat of lice, but you also have to deal with mosquitoes and maybe even bed bugs.  Itching, bites, welts, more itching.  It’s all just…ICK.  Dealing with the aftereffects of infestations is not my thing.  I prefer to prevent them in the first place.

Fairy Tales is my go-to brand in these situations.  You’ve heard me talk about them before because they make great hair products for kids that don’t have all the things I try to avoid, like harsh chemicals, pesticides, toxins, parabens, and sulfates.  A lack of dairy, gluten, and nuts in their products also makes them ideal for people with allergies.  So, we have been fans of Fairy Tales for years now, and I’m happy to tell you that their line includes several products specifically designed to keep pests away.

Rosemary Repel Shampoo & Conditioner

Let’s start with their Rosemary Repel Daily Shampoo and Rosemary Repel Conditioner.  These are as gentle as their other shampoos and conditioners, but a proprietary blend of organic rosemary, citronella, tea tree, and geranium oils help prevent lice.  Use this combo every day, and you’ll fend off those nasty buggers and look good at the same time.

Bug Bandit Bug Repellent

A bite or a sting can quickly turn a fun summer day into a , so we never go out with bug spray.  Unfortunately, a lot of bug sprays are more frightening than the bugs they’re protecting you from.  A few years ago, we switched to the Fairy Tales Bug Bandit Deet-Free Bug Spray, and now we get the same results without the nasty chemicals.  A quick spray before going outside keeps the fleas, mosquitoes, ticks, and biting flies at bay.

Sleep-Tite Bed Bug Eliminator

I want absolutely nothing to do with ticks or lice, but what really scares me is the prospect of my kids bringing home bed bugs.  Fairy Tales has yet another natural solution with their Sleep-Tite Bed Bug Spray.  Use this on beds and linens, and the natural minerals and other non-toxic ingredients will kill bed bugs and their eggs instantly.

Whether you’re sending your kids off to sleepaway camp, day camp, or you’re taking a vacation, you’ll want to put these Fairy Tales summer essentials on your packing list.  Prevention is always better than a cure, don’t you think?  To learn more about Fairy Tales and shop their online store, visit FairyTalesHairCare.com; you can also get most of their products on Amazon.

Fairy Tales is generously offering our readers a chance to win a Fairy Tales Prize Pack, which includes their Rosemary Repel Daily Shampoo, Rosemary Repel Conditioner, Bug Bandit Bug Spray, and Sleep-Tite Bed Bug Eliminator.  Giveaway is open to US residents who are 18 and older.  Ends 6/6/17.  Good luck!

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Simple Telling Time Memory Game

Learning to tell time can be tricky for even the brightest of kids, but there are ways to approach that won’t overwhelm your child and will even be fun!  The classic Memory game using matching pictures practices many important skills, such as short-term memory and speedy recognition. Use those same rules of the game to make a version that helps young learners practice telling analog and digital time.

Simple Telling Time Memory Game

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The Cars 3 Road to the Races Tour is Bringing Life-Sized Fun to a City Near You, and It’s Free!

Just over a month from now, Disney•Pixar’s Cars 3 will be hitting theaters everywhere.  To gear up for the big event, we visited the NY installment of the Cars 3:  Road to the Races Tour!

Cars 3: Road to the Races Tour

Road to the Races is a free and super fun event making pit stops across the country.   They’ve got a ton of activities for kids of all ages, and you even get a sneak peek of the movie.  If you’re a fan of Lightning McQueen and his friends, you’re not going want to miss this one.  Take a look at all the fun we had, and you’ll see what I mean!

We started off with Alamo Rent A Car’s street art booth where the kids helped color in a giant Cars mural.  They colored, they autographed, and they walked away with a pack of colored pencils to use at home.

Cars 3 Road to the Races Alamo Street Art

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It’s a Pillow, It’s a Pet, and Now It’s Got a Scent! + Giveaway

Remember Pillow Pets?  They’re those super cute stuffed animals that double as a pillow.  They were a big deal when my daughter was first born, and eight years later, she still keeps her Magical Unicorn on her bed.  It’s easy to see why they’re so popular with the kids:  they’re soft, squishy, and always ready to comfort you whether you need a hug or a nap.

Pillow Pets Logo

Over the years, My Pillow Pets has expanded to include all kinds of fun items, from body pillows to Dream Lites.  (My son can’t go to sleep without his penguin night light!)  While attending Toy Fair last month, I stumbled across a My Pillow Pets product that was new to me:  Sweet Scented Pets.  Maybe you’ve already heard of them, but I was pretty excited about my discovery.

Like regular Pillow Pets, Sweet Scented Pets stuffed animals can be instantly transformed into a pillow with the simple release of a velcro strap.  They make great playtime pals and travel companions, and they’re so soft and cuddly, you’re little one won’t want to let go.  There’s one feature that makes these different though, and I bet you can guess what it is.

Blueberry Muffin Bear

They smell amazing!  Each Sweet Scented Pet has what I’ve been calling a flavor patch, which is a small addition that adds big fun in the form of a subtle but very yummy fragrance.  Their currently available scents include Icepop Penguin, Blueberry Muffin Bear, Cookie Pup, Cotton Candy Unicorn, and more.  Who wouldn’t love a cuddly plush that smells like chocolate chip cookies?

Wondering which of the new scents we decided to try out?  I won’t keep you in suspense any longer.  It was a tough decision, but we went with Popcorn Panda and Milkshake Cow.

Popcorn Panda and Milkshake CowOkay, these guys are a problem for me.  They smell so good…I can’t stop sniffing…and then I get hungry.  Buttery popcorn?  Yum.  Strawberry milkshakes?  Yum.  We’ve got sweet and savory covered with these, and I’m kind of in heaven. But oh yeah–these aren’t for me, are they?  As you can imagine, the kids are in love with their Sweet Scented Pets too.  They’ve been carrying their pets all around the house with them, and they insist on taking them with us whenever we go for a car ride.  They never get tired of squeezing and smelling their new stuffed animals.

Sweet Scented Pillow Pets

My daughter Renee would like to tell you all about Milkshake Cow herself.  (Pay attention and you’ll notice a cameo from her little brother too.)

She gives her smile of approval!

Some good-to-know info about the fragrances used on Sweet Scented Pets:

  • Scents are made in the US
  • Scents are made from earth friendly materials using sustainably harvested trees/cotton
  • Scents are BPA-free and phalate-free
  • Scents are certified by the International Fragrance Association
  • Scents are compliant with USA & EU toy regulations

Sweet Scented Pets are every bit as huggable as you’d expect them to be, and they add a little something extra delicious to play time and cuddle time.  Head over to SweetScentedPets.com to grab one for yourself.  Shipping is free from now until Easter, so it’s the perfect time to buy.

Connect with Pillow Pets!

Official Pillow Pets on Facebook | Sweet Scented Pillow Pets on Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

My Pillow Pets is generously offering Game On Mom readers a chance to win a Popcorn Panda and Milkshake Cow!  Giveaway is open to US residents who are 18 and over.  Ends 4/16/17 at 11:59 PM ET.  Good luck!

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TODAY ONLY: Save 15% on Peanuts Apparel at Hanna Andersson!

Through my association with the Peanuts Brand Ambassador program, I was introduced to the Hanna Andersson brand by way of the most adorable backpack ever. I liked it so much that I quickly paid a visit to my local store so I could see what other fabulous things they might have, and I walked out with a bag full of clothes for the kids, including these super cute Peanuts pajamas:

Peanuts Pajamas

Two years later, and I’m still using my Peanuts backpack (yes…I might have stolen it from my son), and my kids are still wearing their Peanuts pajamas. In fact, my son just had a growth spurt, and even though they barely fit him anymore, he absolutely refuses to give them up.  What can I say?  The boy has good taste.

He likes the PJs because they’re cute, comfy, and covered in his favorite characters.  I agree on all those points, but my favorite feature is that they’re made of organic cotton.  I do my best to keep nasty chemicals away from my kids, so that’s a huge selling point for me.  Plus, they’re very high quality–they’ve been worn and washed something like a billion times (small exaggeration), and you can hardly tell.  Now that it’s time to get new pajamas in sizes that actually fit them (they are growing up way too fast!), Hanna Andersson was the obvious choice.

Hanna Andersson Peanuts Easter PajamasThey’ve got some really fun new styles this year, and some of them are just perfect for Easter.  My kids always have more fun hunting for eggs on Easter morning when they’re wearing special Easter pajamas.

Hanna Andersson Peanuts PajamasIf they offered these in adult sizes, you can bet my daughter and I would have matching Peanuts PJs.  (I’d live in them too.)  We’d be almost as cute as Snoopy and Belle are in these matching pajamas that Hanna Andersson created for the Denver debut of the Snoopy & Belle in Fashion exhibit.

Snoopy & Belle in Hanna Andersson

We’re anxiously awaiting the arrival of our new Peanuts gear.  I’ll update with pictures of the new stuff once it gets here, but I didn’t want to wait to tell you about it and have you miss this amazing one-day-only discount!

Use the discount code PEANUTS to SAVE 15% off ALL merchandise at HannaAndersson.com–today, March 16th only!

Hanna Andersson has been offering quality apparel in designs that “let kids be kids” since 1983, and they’ve got a lot more than pajamas.  You’ll find tops, sweatshirts, swimwear, and more for kids ages newborn to twelve.  Hop over to HannaAndersson.com and take a look.  Don’t forget to use the promo code PEANUTS to save 15% today!