Giveaway: Win one of 3 Frozen Halloween costumes or a $100 Amazon gift card!

What are your kids being for Halloween? My girls are Frozen-obsessed, so one is going to be Anna and the other is going to be Elsa. I’m going to wager there is a 50/50 chance that your kiddos are also obsessed with Frozen and want to be Elsa, Anna, or Olaf. Am I right?

Well if I am, or if your kids just love to pretend to be Frozen characters, you’re going to adore this giveaway! I’m teaming up with Kandoo and some of my favorite bloggers on Instagram to co-host an epic Frozen Halloween costume giveaway. Enter to win one of four prizes:

1 Anna costume
1 Elsa costume
1 Olaf costume
or a $100 Amazon gift card!

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Complete the form below to enter. Four winners will be chosen to receive one of the prizes. Must be 18 years of age to enter. Giveaway ends at midnight on Saturday, October 11, 2014.

Be sure to Instagram your kids in their favorite Halloween costumes using #FrozenHalloween. We’ll see you there!

And, whether you’re trying to potty train your toddler or you just want your older kids to wash their hands every time, be sure to visit Kandoo for great tips, tricks and products for naturally clean fun! We are big Kandoo fans in this house, and have been using their wipes for many years. The wipes don’t bother my kids’ sensitive skin and get them truly clean. I highly recommend them!

Good luck and Happy Halloween!

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The top 5 times I don’t want my iPhone to die (plus an iPad mini and more giveaway!)

What is the absolute worst time you’ve pulled out your phone, only to find the battery DOA?

It’s happened to me way more than I care to admit. You’d think I’d learn from my mistakes. But noooooo, I just keep ending up with a dead phone in situations when I reallllly needed my phone to be working.

I’m not talking about the kind of situations most people would consider emergencies. I’m talking about something much more dire – MOM emergencies.

1) 5yo has tolerated a couple hours of errands. I’ve insisted on her occupying herself with good old fashioned crayons and coloring books, but she is now revolting. She wants to watch Peppa Pig on my phone or she will lose it. I relent, pull out my phone, and … wah-wahhh. Dead battery.

2) No food in the house. Hubs and I decide to take the kids to a restaurant. They patiently wait with us for a table and sit through ordering dinner. Hubs and I want to talk with each other (imagine that), so we bring out our old iPhones for the kids to play with and … wah-wahhh. Dead batteries. And hangry kids.

3) Three-hour road trip. Kids will be entertained by crayons and books for approximately 23 minutes so we’ll let them play on the … nope. Forgot to charge the old phones.

4) At 5yo’s gymnastics. 8yo needs to practice her spelling words and actually doesn’t mind it when using a spelling app on my phone but guess whose phone is out of juice? Yup.

5) I’m sitting at a 1.5 hour dance class. I have been productive the whole freaking day. I really just want to zone out and watch silly You Tube videos for a little while (don’t judge, happy cats and babies make me giggle). Guess whose phone is dead and instead gets to listen to dance studio tweens yapping and squealing for 90 minutes instead?

What’s that saying about insanity? Doing the same thing over and over, and expecting different results? Yeah. That’s me and my iPhone battery expectations. Sigh.

Well, guess what? If this all sounds too familiar, I’ve got a giveaway for you.

 

myCharge Giveaway

To keep you charged and connected (unlike me – though I’m remedying that ASAP with a myCharge portable charger), myCharge is giving 3 lucky winners each an iPad mini with a myCharge HUB 6000 portable charger, and 40 winners an Energy Shot compact portable charger!

The amazingly compact Hub 6000 features built-in cables and connectors for smartphones, tablets, e-readers and more. Get up to 27 hours of additional talk time for your devices, as well as integrated, quick-charge wall prongs. The Hub series is commonly known as the “Swiss Army Knife of portable power devices.

myCharge HUB6000

The Energy Shot compact portable charger for smartphones delivers an additional boost when you need it most. The charger comes in a variety of styles and can give you up to 10 hours of talk time! (Please note, smart phone not included in giveaway).

myCharge Energy ShotSo moms, don’t be like me. Stay out of the red this school year – myCharge is here to keep you charged and connected!

For more information on products visit the myCharge website or follow them on Facebook. You can find myCharge products available at retailers such as Target and Kohl’s.

Fill out the entry form below September 15, 2014 – October 15, 2014 for your chance to be one of 40 winners to receive an Energy Shot Charger (10 winners randomly selected each week) and one of 3 grand prize winners randomly selected on October 15, 2014 to receive one iPad Mini with a myCharge HUB 6000 portable charger. Entrants must be at least 18 years of age or older, must live in the United States and have a valid shipping address. See giveaway form for complete list of rules and details.

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PS – This is a sponsored post from myCharge. In return for posting about myCharge, I am getting a portable charger, plus following Honest Mom is included as an option to earn a giveaway entry. Good luck!

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6 fun and simple back-to-school ideas that even I can do – plus a giveaway!

fun and simple back to school and organization ideas

fun and simple back to school and organization ideas

This year will be the first year both my girls are in school all day long. Annie will be in third grade and Grace is going to kindergarten. (I’m both super sad about my baby leaving me and doing a happy dance at the same time because OMG the house is going to be so QUIET.)

The sentimental part of me wants to mark the beginning of school by doing some cute Pinterest-y ideas. The practical side of me says – Who are you kidding? Who has TIME for that stuff?

Are you sensing I’m a bit conflicted about a whole bunch of things lately?

I also don’t want to feel as frantically disorganized as I did much of the school year last year. Even with Grace just in preschool, the amount of paper that came home with my girls was completely overwhelming. I stressed out about all that paper and it stacked up in piles all over the house. I still have the last three months of the school year stuffed in a huge shopping bag to go through this week while the girls are at camp!

So, with my sentimental and organizational goals in mind, I took to Pinterest to find some doable ideas. Not too crafty, not too time-consuming, but things that this mama could actually handle. Here’s what I found:

6 Fun and Simple Back-to-School Ideas and Organization Strategies

Print out back-to-school signs for the first day of school: This is so easy to do and super cute. I love the idea of Annie and Grace holding these signs in a picture, and it’ll take me two minutes to print out the signs. (Get the signs at Bombshell Bling.)

back to school printables

Pack lunchbox notes: This I actually did last year. Annie loved them. And they are so easy! Just print, cut out, and write “Love Mom and Dad” on them. BOOM. You’re an awesome mom. I love these sweet ones from A Little Claireification, these jokes from Peonies and Poppyseeds, and these from Chickabug – which require you to write your own cute little note, which means I used them more at the beginning of the year when I was inspired with back-to-school glee.

Lunchbox-Notes-WtrMrk

Make a kissing hand: I think Grace is going to get a little nervous on the first day of kindergarten, and I think she’s going to miss me. (Or maybe I’m kidding myself.) Either way, she loves the book called The Kissing Hand, about a little raccoon who’s nervous about going to school. So I love the idea of making a kissing hand for her to bring to school. We’ll trace her hand, color a heart on the palm, and tuck it in her backpack. Awwwwww. (Inspiration from Fantastic Fun and Learning.)

Kissing-Hand

Organize those art supplies: Last year Annie started using a lot of art supplies for school projects – so many that they overtook the designated art table in the sunroom. This year I’m getting a hanging shoe organizer and putting it on the back of her bedroom door. Besides keeping all that stuff out of sight, it’ll keep her special supplies away from her little sister’s curious hands. (Inspiration from A Bowl Full of Lemons, who uses a special, expensive organizer. I’ll just use a shoe organizer!)

organizer

Have one bin or basket for all papers that need action: Forms that have to be filled out, slips that have to be signed, birthday party invites, etc. etc. – everything that needs action needs to go in one, contained spot. This is one thing I actually did right last year. I have a wall-mounted storage bin like this one from Target. One spot for bills, one for Annie, one for Grace. It worked pretty well, but this year I want superglue labels to each spot to further help my scattered brain. Or splurge on a few elements from this Pottery Barn organization system:

Potter Barn organization

Don’t deal with all the papers, artwork, etc. that come home: Well, at least not NOW. I’m talking about the stuff that doesn’t need action by a certain date: artwork, completed homework and projects, those sort of things.

First up: Buy a big plastic bin for each kid or get a set of plastic drawers. You can even fancy up the drawers if you’re crafty like that (see below), but I am going simple with plain old plastic bins. If I get inspired, maybe I’ll fancy them up. Someday. Maybe.

Stack everything in those bins/drawers throughout the year. Keep them in a convenient place so your kids can deposit their own artwork there (I’m keeping my bins under a table in the sunroom). Don’t stress about going through all that paper until you have some down time, like during school vacation weeks or even next summer. Just don’t sweat it – you’ll get to it eventually!

Next step: Get each kid an oversized art portfolio. Label each pocket with a school year, and when you sort through all the papers, file the keepers in there. Also get each kid a separate big plastic bin to put the odd-sized and bigger stuff in – school journals, projects, binders, things like that. I am just putting a paper divider in between the school years to keep them separated.

At the end of the school year, each kid’s special papers/art will get filed in their accordion folder and their bigger stuff will go in their plastic bin. Done and done. (Inspiration from Lorraine Brock and Kinder-Craze.)


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Now Check Out this Fun Back-to-School Giveaway!

Since it’s time to head back to school, I’m teaming up with Boogie Wipes to offer an awesome Back-to-School Giveaway for kids and moms!

Back-to-School giveaway from Boogie Wipes. Three winners will win a backpack and mommy clutch - full of school supplies, gift cards and Boogie Wipes. Ends August 22. Enter now!

Three lucky winners will receive a backpack stocked with school supplies (and Boogie Wipes) and a Mommy Clutch – full of everything moms needs (including gift cards!)

How to Enter

From following Boogie Wipes on social media to instagramming a picture of your favorite Boogie Wipes products, there are dozens of ways to enter – and a few ways to enter every single day.

Back-to-School giveaway from Boogie Wipes. Three winners will win a backpack and mommy clutch - full of school supplies, gift cards and Boogie Wipes. Ends August 22. Enter now!

Complete the form below to get started.

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Looking for More Great Back-to-School Ideas?

Visit the Boogie Wipes blog for six back-to-school ideas for parents, plus a coupon to save on your favorite Boogie Wipes products.

Great back to school ideas for parents. Must read!

Good luck!

Giveaway is live Tuesday, August 5, 2014 until midnight on August 22, 2014. US and Canada residents only (excluding Quebec). Three winners will be randomly chosen and notified via email. Honest Mom received no compensation for sponsoring this event, and is not responsible for the delivery of the prize. Prize delivery is the sole responsibility of Boogie Wipes. This post contains referral links to Amazon.com. If you click on them and buy anything on Amazon, I can get a little bonus – which helps me pay the bills. So – thanks!

 

PS – Do you have any fun and simple back-to-school traditions or organization ideas? Share them – and feel free to link to your blog if you have a post about it!