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Why it’s a challenge for me to love summer…

by Freebies4Mom on June 6, 2017 11:59 am

MorningIt’s a challenge for me to love summer. I know it sounds crazy – doesn’t everyone love summer?

But because of a combination of moving to a climate I’ll never acclimate to and working from home full-time all summer, it completely throws me off my schedule when my kids are home full-time all summer. And I’m supposed to enjoy this? Here’s why it’s a big challenge:

1. My kids get 12 weeks of vacation from school. I get 0 weeks of vacation.

That’s the challenge and the beauty of being self-employed. You are never really on “vacation”. I do take a real vacation but that means I do about half of what I normally do while my family is on vacation. And to do half of what I normally do takes a lot of preparation.

That’s why I joke about taking a vacation in the boonies – I literally must be cut-off from the internet because blogging has become such an important part of my daily life. I don’t want to stop, even while on vacation – so my goal is to do a lot less.

2. It’s too hot for me to enjoy the outdoors.

Houston is hot. I like to refer to summer as “Super Summer” because there is too much sunshine, too much humidity, and too much heat. That’s why we travel to visit family and the places we used to live during the summer. Places where the summer temperatures are in the 60’s and 70’s.

If you go to an outdoor pool in Houston, your feet will get burned walking from your pool chair to the pool . . . seriously, it’s that hot!

3. The birds start singing at 5:45 am.

Which is a wonderful way to wake-up . . .

unless you’re the mom of children who wake-up when the birds wake-up


Why is it a challenge for you to love summer?

Which season of the year is your least favorite and why? Leave a comment to tell me!


FootprintsIt wasn’t the biggest freebie or prize ever that surprised me, it was something that I never knew was lost until it was returned to me (albeit five years later). A 9 x 11 envelope arrived in my mailbox. The first thing I do when I get a piece of mail is I look at the return address and try to guess what’s inside (I can usually guess if it’s a freebie I requested). This envelope was from my hospital – but I could tell it wasn’t a bill. And I hadn’t been to the hospital in over four years when my second son was born – so what in the world could it be?

Footprints . . . NEWBORN Footprints . . . and my first thought was:

“Whose footprints are these?” because what appears to be some type of informal birth certificate that the hospital issues was completely blank except for my doctor’s signature (his actual signature, not a stamp) . . . and those newborn footprints. My second thought was:

“These footprints don’t belong to me!” because I don’t remember missing footprints for either of my two children. But then I turned the mostly blank certificate over and studied the small sticker in the bottom right-hand corner. My name and date of birth are on it. So my third thought was:

“Which baby of mine is this for?” It took me a few minutes to correctly read the admission date which matches the birth of my first son (which happened over five years ago).

Wow! Five years later my newborn’s footprints are returned to me. I didn’t know they were missing but I’m happy to have them back! No doubt I have someone at the hospital to thank for taking the time to lookup my current address (I’ve moved within that five years) and mail it to me after they were discovered in some filing cabinet somewhere. So that was the biggest surprise in my mailbox – and I just had to save the envelope because it still surprises me to pull it out and wonder all over again what’s inside…

What was the biggest surprise in your mailbox?

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Embracing ZonePerfect® for Little Wins throughout my day!

by Freebies4Mom on November 15, 2016 8:00 am

I have been compensated by ZonePerfect® for this post; however I am sharing my own thoughts. All opinions are my own. #Ad #ZonePerfect

Embracing ZonePerfect® for Little Wins throughout my day!

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I snack on ZonePerfect® Nutrition Bar from Walmart to help fuel my day so I can enjoy Little Wins™ all day long. I can’t exercise on an empty stomach, but often find myself going to my dance aerobics class right before lunchtime. Before my workout, I enjoy a Fudge Graham ZonePerfect bar with 14 grams of protein to help fuel my workout with protein, vitamins and minerals. It’s the perfect way for me to enjoy my workout and delay eating lunch without feeling hungry. I have an active lifestyle so I definitely need a delicious snack option with protein (and who knew protein could taste so good?). I work hard all day long so when I snack, I snack like I mean it!

Embracing ZonePerfect® for Little Wins throughout my day!

I shopped at Walmart where I found ZonePerfect near the pharmacy in the Health and Wellness area. I was thrilled to see so many different ZonePerfect flavors to choose from and several of the flavors are new to me. I was most excited about trying Chocolate Almond Raisin ZonePerfect with 15 grams of protein because I think I’d love this combination of flavors. I’m thrilled to stock up on ZonePerfect 5-packs because I know it will help me have Little Wins throughout my day! And of course I love the everyday low prices on ZonePerfect at Walmart because it fits my tight budget.
Embracing ZonePerfect® for Little Wins throughout my day!I live an on-the-go lifestyle which involves spending a lot of time in the car driving kids to school, driving to my dance aerobics class, driving around to run errands, driving my kids to their martial arts class and driving to doctor and chiropractic appointments. Because my day doesn’t always go as planned, I like to keep snacks in the car. I put ZonePerfect Cinnamon Roll with 15 grams of protein in my car because I know it can stand the Texas heat without melting. If you’re not a big fan of milk chocolate, then you must try the Cinnamon Roll bars! Anytime we need a snack in the car, I’ve got my ZonePerfect bars handy so we can enjoy Little Wins like avoiding the fast food drive-thru lane!

Embracing ZonePerfect® for Little Wins throughout my day!It’s fun to try new flavors of ZonePerfect from Walmart and a new one I’m trying is called Fudge Graham. It kind of reminds me of s’mores which makes me really happy! Which ZonePerfect flavor do you want to try next?

Embracing ZonePerfect® for Little Wins throughout my day!

Today I rushed to my chiropractic appointment after I dropped both of my sons off at school and I realized that I had forgotten to eat breakfast. Now this doesn’t usually happen, but in the morning I’m rushing to get ready for the day and I’m working on my blog before I take my sons to school ~ so it can happen. Instead of starving until lunchtime I pulled a ZonePerfect Chocolate Almond Raisin bar with 15 grams of protein out of my purse to snack on. Talk about the perfect Little Wins to start my day off with! I love the flavor of the raisins with almonds and I was so thankful that I stashed this nutritious protein snack in my purse!

You should join me to Snack & Rally with ZonePerfect so you can enjoy Little Wins too!

How can ZonePerfect help you have Little Wins in your day? Post a comment and tell me!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of ZonePerfect. The opinions and text are all mine. Please read my Disclosure Policy.


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Invest in your Wellness with Nature Made® Vitamins at Walmart plus $50 Walmart Gift Card Sweepstakes

I believe that small actions I take every day are an important part of investing in my own wellness. One of these small actions is taking vitamins every day to help fill my nutritional gaps. I prefer buying Nature Made® vitamins because of their high quality and affordable prices. While I was shopping at Walmart, I visited the vitamin aisle near the pharmacy to find the vitamins I need. Walmart and Walmart SuperCenters are a great place to find Nature Made® Probiotics and Vitamins because they have a wide selection and sell them at everyday low prices.overhead-630

I shopped at Walmart for Nature Made® vitamins after a recent doctor appointment where I learned that I needed to try to get more vitamin D. I was thrilled that Nature Made® has a high potency Vitamin D3 that is 5,000 IU per pill because that’s the dosage that my doctor recommended. While I was buying my Vitamin D, I also found Omega-3 that comes in a small softgel so it would be easier to take than the “horse pills” I’m currently taking for my Omega-3. I like that I only need to take one softgel per day and there is no fishy odor or aftertaste. I also needed a B-Complex vitamin to take in the morning for cellular energy production and antioxidant support. I like Nature Made®’s Super B-Complex because it contains both Vitamin B-6 and Vitamin B-12 plus some other vitamins. I’m so glad I took the time to invest in my wellness with Nature Made® vitamins!

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This post is sponsored by Influence Central. My opinions are my own and they are not edited by Influence CentralPlease visit my Disclosure Policy. 

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Head For Fun to Main Event: Fave Place to #EatBowlPlay

by Freebies4Mom on September 16, 2016 8:00 am

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Main Event. The opinions and text are all mine.
Head For Fun to Main Event: Fave Place to #EatBowlPlay

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My family had a blast on Labor Day Weekend bowling, playing games and eating great food at Main Event Entertainment. I wanted to make sure that you know that Monday, October 10 is national Head for Fun day at Main Event and is the perfect opportunity for you to enjoy some free fun with your family. It was the first time for us to visit and we were impressed with the layout, the wide variety of games and the high quality food at reasonable prices. We actually had a little too much fun, because it was difficult to get our kids to leave! We were at Main Event for five fun-filled hours of bowling, laser tag and video games. And we just had to go back the next weekend to get our fun fix again!

bowling-boys-630bowling-area-630Our fave place to #EatBowlPlay

We have quite a few bowling venue options in our area, but our favorite place to bowl at is Main Event for lots of reasons. We love that we can watch TV while we’re bowling, we actually returned to Main Event the weekend after Labor Day and watched the Texans Football game while we bowled. You can set-up your lane so that younger players have the bumpers up, and the adults do not. This was a great feature, because at other bowling alleys the bumpers are either up or down and you can’t customize them for each player. We also love that we have game options after bowling, like lazer tag and video games. The menu offers a wide variety of food options, and I was thrilled to see so many healthy options like a Vegetables & Pita Bread Hummus plate. The food is actually much better than any of the area bowling venues, so for that reason alone I’d pick Main Event for bowling every time!

We enjoyed our drinks while bowling, because we really worked up a thirst! After bowling, we had lunch at the pizza cafe. I’m so happy that Main Event stands apart from other similar venues by having a stand-alone cafe rather than an all-you-can-eat buffet. The quality of the food is better and we enjoyed the atmosphere. The menu is impressive with lots of options including pizzas, salads, burgers, ribs, steaks and more. My husband was really impressed with the beer selection and got one of his favorite local craft beers.

Don’t ask my youngest son where he wants to have his next birthday party (LOL). Because I know he’s going to say “Main Event”.


While my kids and husband were playing multi-level laser tag, I was winning candy from this game. We didn’t even fully explore all of Main Event, because they also had billiards and karaoke. Some Main Event locations also have gravity ropes, rock climbing, mini golf and bocce ball. So it really is an entertainment destination that will thrill every member of your family! Remember to mark your calendar for Head for Fun Day on October 10.


Why do you want to play at Main Event? Post a comment and tell me!

Go to to find a Main Event Entertainment Center near you

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Main Event. The opinions and text are all mine. Please read my Disclosure Policy.


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