5 Reasons You’ll Want to Attend WOW Summit 2015 in San Diego with Me–And Get 30% Off Registration!

I am so excited to announce that I’ll be attending the Moms Meet WOW Summit in San Diego this October!

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If you’re not familiar with the WOW Summit, let me tell you about it:

It’s an annual event that brings together moms and bloggers who care about healthy lifestyles for themselves and their families.  At the WOW Summit, you can attend seminars and workshops led by experts, try out all kinds of amazing products, and meet new friends and connections.  Most importantly:  it’s a ton of fun!

This upcoming Summit takes place October 23-24, 2015 in sunny San Diego’s Town and Country Resort & Convention Center.  Friday’s event calendar will be all about bloggers, featuring several workshops led by successful bloggers.  You’ll learn how to build your brand, boost your presence on social media, and more.  There will also be a special networking event so bloggers and brands can connect in person, and then the evening will wrap up with a cocktail party!  Saturday is a huge day of learning and meeting new folks.  Moms will hear guest speakers, attend workshops, and sample more free products than you can imagine.  You’ll also go home with an awesome bag filled with so many cool goodies!

I love that the WOW Summit caters to both bloggers and moms.  No one is excluded, and there are so many great activities for everyone to enjoy.  I am truly looking forward to meeting other moms out there who may not blog, and learning about your lifestyles and what issues you find important in parenting.  And of course, it’s always a treat to connect with other bloggers!

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Are you interested?  I hope you are!  There are so many reasons to go, but let me stress a few I think are most important: [Read more…]


Drop Your Pants for the #Underwareness Movement!


So. Let’s talk about personal problems.  Well, just one in particular:  bladder leakage.

No one likes it.  No one likes to talk about it.  And no one likes to wear the products made to protect your clothing.  But I hope I can change your mind about that, because Depend has an awesome new line of protection that I think you’re going to love!  (More about that in just a minute).

Depend Silhouette Active Fit

Over 51 million American women experience bladder leakage; that means 1 in 3 women!  If you don’t have it, you know someone who does, even if they’ve never talked about it.  It’s one of those things people don’t like to admit, but when you think about it, what’s the big deal?  If 1 in 3 women are experiencing this problem, it’s something we should feel more comfortable talking about.  We have to break the stigma associated with bladder leakage, and Depend is entering year 2 of its Underawareness social movement and charitable cause to help do just that.  As part of Underawareness, Depend is encouraging people to show their support for women with bladder leakage.  For every photo or video shared using the #Underawareness hashtag, Depend will donate $1 (up to $3 million) through 2016 to fund charities that advance the research and education of bladder leakage.  I think that’s really cool, and if you check out the hashtag you’ll see some really creative and fun photos that people have shared already.

As for me, to participate in Depend’s new Underawareness campaign, I’m going to talk to you about my bladder leakage issues today, and I hope you’ll join me.

I have two kids, and while people prepared me for many of the challenges of childbirth and raising my kids…no one told me about light bladder leakage many women experience after they’ve had children.  It never even crossed my mind, because I always thought it was something that might happen years later as I grew older.  I’ll be honest:  it caught me by surprise, and I was initially really embarrassed about it, like many women are.  I wish I hadn’t been, though, because with such a large number of people dealing with the same problems, I know there are great support systems of friends and family who are right there in the same boat.  And they’re not just one age group – light bladder leakage affects women of all ages.  In fact, if you ask around, you’d find that more people in their 20s and 30s deal with bladder leakage than people in their 80s, so it’s definitely nothing to be ashamed of.

So how does bladder leakage affect me?  It’s annoying, that’s for sure.  And it causes me to make extra plans, like making sure I have pads and protection in case something happens.  If I go to a funny movie and laugh too much?  There could be leakage.  If I go to a high school reunion and dance all night?  There could be leakage.  If it’s allergy season and I sneeze all day long?  There could be leakage.  If you have it, you know exactly what I mean, you know how frustrating it is, and you know that sinking feeling when you realize you’re experiencing leakage and forgot to bring pads.

While there are plenty of bladder leakage protection items designed to help you when things get a little problematic, they are not all created equally.  You may recognize the Depend brand name and already associate them with high quality products, and so do I.  I’m especially excited about their newest product line, the Depend Silhouette Active Fit briefs.

Depend Active Fit Briefs

These are so cool!  They are a discreet, moderate-absorbency brief made with a super thin design for comfort and the trusted incontinence protection Depend is known for.  These Active Fit briefs have a lower rise, which gives them an underwear-like look.  And get this:  they’re available in both black and beige colors.  That’s a first!  There’s nothing inherently wrong with high-rise white briefs, but if you want a more modern look that won’t keep you from wearing your favorite skinny jeans, look no further.  These briefs are great under any type of outfit, because they’re made with a cloth-like fabric that stays smooth and won’t bunch up or wrinkle under your clothing.  You can wear them comfortably every day; you’ll feel confident all day long, and you don’t have to change your style.  You can take back your freedom, and I call that a victory!

Depend Silhouette Briefs

I’m also excited to tell you that you can try out Depend’s new Silhouette Active Fit briefs for yourself, for free!  Head on over and grab your Depend Silhouette Active Fit brief free sample now.  Just pick which kind of brief you’d like to try, fill out the quick form, and wait for them to arrive at your front door.  These briefs are awesome, so trust me when I say you’ll definitely want to try them out.

So what do you think?  Are you ready to talk about bladder leakage?  If you are, jump on the #Underawareness campaign with me!  Grab your free samples, take some fun photos and post them with the #Underawareness hashtag, and help women everywhere as Depend donates $1 to charities for every tagged picture or video.  I can’t wait to see what you post!


Diet-to-Go: Because Healthy Eating Doesn’t Have to Suck

Diet-to-Go provided complimentary meals in exchange for review, and this post contains affiliate links that support this site.  All opinions contained in this post are my own.

Every January 1st, I make a resolution to lose weight and get healthier.  I stick to it a few weeks, then slack off.  The same thing happens around April, when the warm weather reminds me that we’re approaching the season of shorts and swimsuits (no hiding extra pounds under winter coats!).  So I get back on track for a few weeks…and then slack off again.

Sound familiar?  It’s my life every year, so I decided to analyze why I keep doing this over and over again.  The answer came to me one day at the grocery store:

There I was, wrangling two young children through the crowded organic produce section, using a phone app as a shopping list (and trying not to drop my phone), balking at the inflated lettuce and apple prices, all while trying to make sense of all the shelf labels that grocery stores make far more complicated than necessary.

I’m stressed out just remembering it.  But it was at that time I realized the problem:  making healthy choices can be way too overwhelming, sadly inconvenient, and ridiculously expensive.  The reason I slack off after a few weeks is that terrible stress.  Stress for me equals stress eating, which usually involves absolutely nothing healthy or smart.

So, I’ve decided that the best way for me and my family to get healthy without driving ourselves nuts is taking a Common Sense Approach.  (I’m capitalizing that because I think it’s that important).  For exercise, we’ll add in simple routines like parking further from the door when we go shopping, taking stairs instead of elevators, and going for family walks in this lovely warm weather.

As for meal time?  Diet-To-Go is keeping us on track!


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Diet-To-Go is a healthy and delicious meal plan you can have delivered right to your front door.  My husband and I have been using them recently, and they have seriously won me over.

If you’ve ever tried other meal delivery plans, you might have a negative opinion of them.  Trust me, I did too.  Other plans had food that I found lacking in quality and flavor, and there weren’t many options for customizing meals for very picky eaters like myself.  In other words…well…they kind of sucked.  But with Diet-To-Go, you’ll be getting delicious portion-controlled meals with plenty of options to make sure everyone gets something they will love.

Healthy Doesn't Have to Suck

I’m not exaggerating when I say they’re delicious.  In fact, I would consider these to be gourmet meals.  My husband actually called me from work while eating his first Diet-To-Go lunch and told me how much he was enjoying it, and dropped the word “gourmet” more than once.  These meals are great even when microwaved, and lose nothing in quality.  You can oven-heat them, but as I’m always in a rush, I wanted to make sure they would hold up against my microwave.  And they sure do!  Healthy and convenient?  Check.

Diet-to-Go: Customize Your Plan

Earlier I mentioned customization:  Diet-To-Go is a picky eater’s dream.  They have three base meal plans to choose from:  Traditional, Vegetarian, and Low Carb.  From there, you can further customize each plan by switching out foods and making sure every single meal will make you happy.  (Other meal delivery companies could really take notes on this.  Diet-To-Go’s process is so easy!).  You’ll also get to specify calorie requirements, how many days, and how many meals per day.  After that, just sit back and wait for your week’s meals to arrive right at your front door!  You don’t have to go grocery shopping, you don’t have to mess around with complicated recipes.  Just open the magical box of food and congratulate yourself for being so clever and signing up for Diet-To-Go.

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So what do you get?  Let me show you a typical meal day for me, using Diet-To-Go’s Low Carb Menu.

For breakfast:  Cheese Omelette with bacon and spinach.

Diet-to-Go Cheese Omelet with Spinach & Bacon

 

For lunch:  Fiesta Burger with guacamole and seasoned green beans, peppers, and onions.

 

Diet-to-Go Fiesta Burger Lunch

 

For dinner:  Pork Chop Pomodoro with Italian green beans and a sauce made from peppers and asparagus.

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So delicious!  What else might you get from Diet-To-Go’s meal plans?  Here are just a few examples:

Traditional Menu:  Apple Pancakes with Sausage, Turkey Swiss Sandwich, and Curry Shrimp

Vegetarian Menu:  Asparagus Frittata, Black Bean and Feta Wrap, and Fettucini in White Sauce

Low Carb Menu:  Western Omelette, Beef Short Ribs, and Chicken Tenders with Pepper Sauce

As you can see, the plans are truly versatile and easily customized for your preferences and needs.

I am so happy we had the chance to try Diet-To-Go.  It makes life so much easier; I just pick and choose an entire week’s meals from my computer chair and wait for them to arrive at my house.  All the planning and cooking is done for me.  I also think the price is very fair.  Buying healthy food at the store, especially when recipes call for ingredients that just aren’t pantry staples, can quickly deplete your food budget, just like eating out at restaurants several times a week.  Diet-To-Go has been great for me as I navigate busy days with the kids, and my husband can easily take his lunch to work with him and have the same high-quality meal his coworkers might grab at an expensive restaurant.  And dinner?  So simple.  We can dine together while eating our own choices from the meal plans.  I don’t have to look for recipes we’ll both love, and neither of us has to deal with leftovers we might not even want.

Also, if you live in any of the following areas, you can actually pick up your Diet-To-Go weekly meals and avoid shipping costs:  Washington DC metro (including northern Virginia and suburban Maryland), Baltimore area, greater Philadelphia area (including south New Jersey), San Francisco Bay area (including East Bay), and the greater Los Angeles area.

Make sure to visit Diet-To-Go.com to learn more about how the service works, see the differences in meal plans and pricing options, and find great information on taking a Common Sense Approach to healthy eating and weight loss.

 


Letters From Santa Review

Letters From Santa Review | Game On Mom

Would your child love to get a letter from Santa in the mail?  Whose child wouldn’t?!  Now, it’s possible!  With Letters From Santa your child will receive a customized letter from the big guy.  :-)  This would make a wonderful pre-Christmas gift for your child.

Letters From Santa is proud to have the distinction of delivering Christmas magic to children throughout North America and beyond with this great service.  Not only do they do Santa letters, but they also do customized greeting cards.  They have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Plum District, Stroller Traffic, and Scooter Traffic.

Letters From Santa Review | Game On Mom

Usually the mail comes right after Riley gets home from school.  This past week, Riley got a nice surprise to a letter with her name on it from the North Pole!  She couldn’t wait to open it up.  Inside was Santa’s Magic Key, a Nice List ID Card, and a 100% personalized letter from Santa!
Letters From Santa Review | Game On Mom

Reading Riley’s letter from Santa to her was so much fun.  Her face lit up when Santa brought up her being in preschool and named two of her friends from school.

The process was very simple to create a letter.  You just pick what package you want, and then they have several drafts to pick from and you fill in the blanks.  It’s super easy and took me less than 15 minutes from start to finish.  Letters From Santa has several packages to choose from –

Original Letter From Santa:

  • 100% Personalized Letter From Santa
  • North Pole Postmark
  • Free Wax Seal

Nice List ID Card Package – Everything in the above package, plus:

  • Nice List ID Card

Santa’s Magic Key Package – Everything in the Original Letter From Santa Package, plus:

  • Santa’s Magic Key

The North Pole Package – Everything in the Original Letter From Santa package, plus:

  • Nice List ID Card
  • Santa’s Magic Key

If you order now, letters will be mailed the day after Thanksgiving.  And, they always offer FREE standard shipping to the United States and Canada.

The prices for the packages are very affordable.  And I have a 15% off coupon code to share with you!  GAMEON2014 This code expires on Cyber Monday, 12/1/14.

Do you think your child would love to get their own letter from Santa in the mail?

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