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Monday, July 27, 2015

Netflix New Original Series - Dragons: Race to the Edge #StreamTeam

Do you have any little dragon trainers in your house? Are your kids (or you!) fans of How to Train Your Dragon? If so, then you'll want to check out the new Netflix original series Dragons: Race to the Edge. This hit show tells the story of what happened before How to Train Your Dragon 2. You can join Hiccup and Toothless on an all new adventure! 

I am a HUGE  How to Train Your Dragon fan, and I love that this is a show the entire family can enjoy! 

Netflix sent Lincoln a package to really get him excited for this new series.

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Inside was a bunch of fun goodies...his favorites being the fun photo props!

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My very own Toothless and cute!

Looking for other adventures your whole family will love? Netflix has you covered...

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Have you checked out the new Dragons series? 

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Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post as part of the Netflix #StreamTeam.  All opinions expressed are my own. 

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Moms Back-To-School Cycle Survival Kit

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Oh summer, how are you already more than half way over?! Lucky for us, we're in New England and still have a month left of summer vacation...but if you're in the southern states, back-to-school is right around the corner! This year will be a big change for our entire family. Lincoln is going to Kindergarten! I can hardly believe it.  Not only that, but he will be in full day Kindergarten! Talk about a major lifestyle change!

He's ready though.  As much as I'd love to keep him home with me forever, my sweet boy is growing up...and I really think he's going to rock Kindergarten! I mean, check out that adorable cheese face on his last day of preschool...

Of course being the type of person I am, I have already been stocking up on back-to-school supplies for Lincoln. I want him to be fully prepared -- and if I'm being honest here, I have always loved back-to-school shopping, so this is pretty exciting for me!

Speaking of's all too easy to forget about my needs as a busy mom. When you have kids, it seems like you focus so much time and energy on those little ones, that your needs literally go out the window!

As a mother, and a woman, one thing that we never want to sneak up on us unexpectedly is our period. We've all been there. Good old Mother Nature decides to show up exactly when you weren't expecting her.

Because our schedule is so insanely busy...and will only get busier when school comes around, I decided to make myself a little something special for that time of the month -- a Cycle Survival Kit!!

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A grabbed a cute, yet small enough bag that would be able to be tossed into my diaper bag, and went from there. Here's what you will find in my cycle survival kit:

-- U by Kotex CleanWear® by U // Not only are these period pads packaged in pretty wrapping, they offer a 3D capture core, a one-of-a-kind center that locks away wetness to help stop leaks! Major important!!

-- Hand Sanitizer // To keep those germs away!!

-- EOS Lip Balm // My favorite lip balm ever!  Sweet Mint is the best.

-- Pain Medication // There's nothing worse than having period cramps. I am always prepared. 

-- BIC Razors // Right now I'm going to aquatic therapy twice per week. That means I'm in a bathing suit much more often than I'd ever be. Sometimes in the changing room, I notice a patch of hair I missed on my legs! No big deal when you come prepared with BIC razors!

-- Chocolates // Because CHOCOLATE!!!

-- Mascara // You can almost never find me without wearing mascara. I don't wear a lot of makeup, but it's my one necessity.

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All of these products can be conveniently purchased at Walgreens. Right now when you purchase $15 worth of participating U by Kotex, EOS, and BIC products, you will get 3,000 Balance Reward Points! I love when I get a little something back when I purchase products I already use!!

You can find even more cycle survival inspiration by clicking here.

How are you getting ready for the upcoming school year? Do you have a cycle survival kit?

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Friday, July 10, 2015

A brief history of the NSPCC

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, known as the NSPCC, is the UK’s leading children’s charity.

The NSPCC was founded in 1884 to protect children from abuse and neglect and to support vulnerable families. At the time, the organisation was called the London Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. It wasn’t long before it expanded across the country.

In Victorian Britain, life was extremely harsh for many children, with social deprivation and cruelty to children widespread throughout society. Children were forced to work long hours, beg in the streets, and often starved and suffered from treatable illnesses. Outside intervention in private life, even in cases where children were being abused or neglected by their parents, was frowned upon.

Credited as the founder, one of the most significant figures in the development of the charity is Reverend Benjamin Waugh, who later became the NSPCC’s first Director. Reverend Waugh was deeply moved by the deprivation and mistreatment of children that he witnessed in the slums of East London and felt compelled to act.

Almost immediately, the NSPCC was able to change this public perception, and lobbied Parliament to pass the first legislation that protected children from abusive situations in the home. This was the 1889 Prevention of Cruelty to Children Act and surprisingly came more than 50 years after laws that protected animals from cruelty.

In the following century, the organisation continued to lead the development of child protection practice and policy in the UK. Further laws followed, allowing children to give evidence in court, and emotional cruelty was recognised as well. At the same time, the NSPCC also pioneered voluntary action and fundraising to support the work it carried out, allowing it to remain independently funded and impartial.

In 1904, NSPCC inspectors were granted special authority from Parliament to remove children from abusive or neglectful homes. In the 1960s social work became increasingly professional and the NSPCC introduced a training course and qualification that led to many more social work jobs. This led to a full network of child protection teams by the 1990s and the NSPCC Helpline which was set up in 1991.

ChildLine joined the Society in 2006, which also means that the NSPCC now works in Scotland.

The NSPCC’s other activities to end cruelty to children – including lobbying, training and consultancy services and public education campaigns – have also increased, and are helping to change the way the general public think and behave in regard to child cruelty.

Since its formation in 1884, over 10 million children have been reached and helped through the services offered by NSPCC staff and volunteers.

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