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Nature Valley #MyAdventure #GetOUTThere

Nature Valley

This post is brought to you by Nature Valley, with my sincere THANKS! for the generous package they sent me!

Outdoor ActivitiesWe are a very active family,  with all three kids involved in a variety of sports and school activities, so we are on the go 7 days a week! When we do happen to have a spare weekend, or even just a weekend day free of all obligations, we try to spend that time exploring New England. This is a beautiful area, we are fortunate to be within an hour of both mountains, beach, and big city life. We’ve spent time during all seasons of the year in some fun and exciting places. We get tons of snow here in the winter, the spring is gorgeous as everything blooms, there are fun times at the Beach and Boston Harbor in the Summer, and in the fall our State has people flocking here to see the foliage changing colors – it’s phenomenal! Local parks are fun for the kids to play on after school, and I included glimpses of a few of the sports we currently have going on (Football, Golf, Cross Country, Soccer, etc).

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We try and eat a healthy diet, and I pack plenty of snacks and food for meals when we are on the go. We have a cooler on wheels that we keep with us for bottled water, sports drinks, fruits, veggies, lunch meat, and condiments. It has another section for dry goods, we keep additional fruits like bananas, breads, and granola bars there. Since we are often out late at night and have an early start the next day, breakfast bars come in handy. We know that Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but don’t always have time to make a hot meal or even a bowl of cereal if we’re running late. Being able to grab a breakfast bar when we need to is perfect for us!

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If you haven’t heard about Erik Weihenmayer, I am pleased to be introducing you to him and his story. Erik is the only blind adventurer to climb the seven highest summits in the world, and his latest expedition is to kayak the Grand Canyon’s Colorado River! He has a partner, Lonnie Bedwell, who is also blind, and will be joining him for the latest expedition. How inspiring is that?! He wants to encourage others to eliminate barriers and live life to its fullest, living a No Barriers Life.

When they set out on their 21 day, 277 mile journey along the Colorado River, they will be supported by an experienced paddling team, but will use all of their inner strength to overcome the challenging barriers they encounter. (My sorority went white water rafting on the Ocoee River in East TN each spring when I was in college. It is no joke! We struggled, even with all of our capacities, I can’t imagine trying to do something so dangerous without my sight!). This duo has been training extensively for several years for this event, learning to use high tech radios and verbal commands from their river guides. They began their trip on Sept 7 at Lees Ferry, and wrap up Sunday Sept 28 at Pearce Ferry. Nature Valley is featuring him in several TV and digital ads “Feel Nature’s Energy” which you can see below, and a link to their Tumblr page which is following this journey.

About Nature Valley

  •      Nature Valley has a long history of commitment to nature, outdoor activities and the national parks.
  •      The brand finds inspiration from the beauty of nature and the way people connect with nature – whether that’s from a fearless adventure like those undertaken by Weihenmayer or an everyday hike.
  •      It’s Nature Valley’s belief that experiencing nature enables people to feel most alive and Weihenmayer is a great demonstration of our belief.

Want to go above and beyond? Take the No Barriers Pledge

  •      As a founding member of No Barriers USA, Weihenmayer advocates for the organization’s mission to empower people with the message, “what’s within you is stronger than what’s in your way.”

·      You can join Nature Valley and Weihenmayer in the goal of encouraging one million people to live a No Barriers Life by visiting today.

Follow along on Nature Valley’s Tumblr, and if you are a Tumblr user, please repost and follow!

Ultimate $1000 CASH #Giveaway {Ends 10/22} WW

Ultimate Cash GiveawayMy blogger friends and I have teamed up to bring you one of our biggest giveaways ever! One lucky winner will win a $1000 cash prize (via Paypal) and it just might be you!

If you want a chance to be the lucky winner, here’s what you need to do – bookmark this page and come back every day to enter and earn bonus entries by sharing the giveaway with your friends on social media. Good luck!


Prize: $1000 cash (via Paypal)

Organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!

Co-hosts: Misadventures with Andi A Few Short Cuts Blog by Donna Honey & Birch Jenn’s Blah Blah Blog Notoriously Dapper Mommy on the Money Young Finances True Story Book Blog Pretty Thrifty The World As I See It Diary of a Southern Belle Amazing Super Savers Busy Mommy Put A Little Umbrella In Your Drink A Labour of Life Dressy Casual Northern Belle Diaries  SmartySaver Fresh Fit N Healthy Stacy’s Savings Finger Click Saver Palmtrees & Happiness Just A Trace simplyxclassic 


Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Besides the mandatory blog comment entry, all other entries are optional. Giveaway ends 10/22 and is open worldwide.

Are you a blogger who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your blog? Click here to find out how you can join a totally awesome group of bloggers!

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Weekly Wrap Up $20 Paypal Cash #Giveaway {Ends 10/3}

Kids Football
This has been a super crazy week for me! I am dealing with some medical things that required 4 doctor/specialist visits and new medications, my kids are in 2 different schools across town from one another, each playing on a different sports team, and we had sign ups for winter sports this week too! I keep asking Nick when I’m going to get a TAXI sign for my car, because I’m on the run from around 2 each afternooon until after 9 each evening doing school pickups, sports practices/games, etc! We get home, (I try to have dinner in the crockpot when I leave in the afternoon so it’s ready when we get home at night) we eat, do bathtime, and go to bed. The kids get their homework done while a sibling is practicing/competing. I’m trying to play catch up, so please excuse the mass number of posts coming up, and I’ll be sharing them in a round up with a giveaway at the end of the week so everyone can enjoy them! I know it’s EARLY for Thanksgiving and Christmas posts, but I have found (and some are invitational opportunities) some great items to share, so there will be a few of those popping up too! With my schedule, if I don’t post things when I think about them, it’s likely they’ll be forgotten, haha! I remind myself daily to enjoy and treasure these busy moments, because it’s flying by, and too soon they’ll be grown up and all the activities will be over.

*If it’s not linked yet, I am working on those posts this morning. Links will be up soon, and included in the giveaway as they are live! Be sure to check back daily to get additional entries!

New Giveaways Posted:

Frozen – The Songs Soundtrack #Giveaway {Ends 10/3}

Frozen - The Songs Soundtrack Giveaway

Hosted by: Queen of Savings

Sponsor: Walt Disney Records/Disney Music Group

Featuring original songs from Kristen Anderson-Lopez (“In Transit,” “Winnie the Pooh”) and Tony® winner Robert Lopez (“The Book of Mormon,” “Avenue Q”), and an original score by Christophe Beck (“The Muppets,” Oscar®-winning short “Paperman”), “Frozen” won two Academy Awards® (best animated film and best original song with “Let It Go”) and a Golden Globe® (best animated feature film). It is the fifth highest grossing film of all time and the highest grossing animated film earning more than $1.27 billion globally. See the full track list here.

Prize: Frozen – The Songs Soundtrack CD

Dates: 9/25-10/3

Open to: US Residents 18+

Enter to win using the widget below. Good luck!

Disclosure: Practical Frugality did not receive compensation for this post and is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

$25 Target GC Free for Fall #Giveaway {Ends 10/8}x


Welcome to the It’s a Free for Fall Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network.

The days are getting a bit cooler and Fall is just around the corner! We’re celebrating the upcoming season with a fun giveaway hop. Each blogger in the hop has a prize for you worth at least $25, so don’t forget to hop around to them all in the linky at the bottom of this post.

So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Free for Fall participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Elaine’s Toffee Giveaway

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Sponsored by Elaine’s Toffee Company

Hosted by Joan’s 5 Star Reviews

Co-Hosted by David’s DIY and Here We Go Again, Ready

Joan from Joan’s 5 Star Reviews is thrilled to share with you this tasty giveaway! Elaine’s Toffee Company is an award winning producer of English Toffee products, including the awesome sauce pairing being offered. With it being summer, Elaine’s Toffee Company cannot ship chocolate unless the buyer is willing to pay for overnight shipping, which can get expensive. They can however ship their sauces.

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Goodnites* TRU-FIT* #TRUFITBetterNites #Giveaway {Ends 9/28}

GoodNites TRU-FIT“I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for GoodNites* TRU-FIT*. I received samples for this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.”

Bedwetting can be very embarrassing for children of all ages, particularly those who are older. Sometimes there are tips and tricks a pediatrician or urologist can give you to help you take proactive preventative measures. Many children who have an issue with wetting the bed are too embarrassed to have sleepovers, and this can be a huge cause of anxiety for them. It’s definitely a frustrating problem, for both parents and children. I have found that one of the most helpful things a parent can do, is to STAY CALM. If you get upset and angry, even yelling at the child, you could likely make the problem and anxiety worse. If they fear they will get into trouble, they may try to hide the problem, which isn’t good for anyone.

Tips to Prevent Bedwetting:

GoodNites TRU-FITOther times, your child might have an underlying medical issue that contributes to this issue, and you simply must find a way to prevent as much embarrassment as possible. The GoodNites* TRU-FIT*  product looks just like REAL UNDERWEAR on the outside. They are machine washable, so you can use them repeatedly, you just need to purchase additional disposable inserts. I love that it makes my child feel more comfortable (no more wet sheets or PJ’s in the middle of the night, YAY!), and he doesn’t feel like a “baby” in a diaper.

GoodNites TRU-FIT

Once you open the blue package, you simply insert the absorbent, disposable insert into the rubber section of the underwear, which helps prevent leaks, and the child can feel secure in knowing they will wake up dry!

GoodNites TRU-FITThere are instructions on how to insert the absorbent, disposable insert on the back of the package.

GoodNites* TRU-FIT*  is available at select national retailers, with a line for girls and a line for boys, in sizes S/M, and L/XL. There are a variety of colors and patterns for each size. As you can see from the photo above, the size L/XL will fit a child up to 100 pounds!

***COUPON***: You can download a coupon for $3 off your purchase at:

For more information, be sure to visit the Goodnites WebsiteGoodnites* TRU-FIT* website, Follow on Twitter and Facebook!

GIVEAWAY: One winner will be eligible to win a $4o Gift Card.

  • MCC will fulfill gift cards to winners.
  • “Contest entrants are only eligible to win once per sweepstake, per household as part of a campaign sponsored by Mom Central.”

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I love shopping at the Reebok outlet, because they have items for family members of all ages! They have Disney Shoes,

Although we are in the middle of football and cross country season in our area, we just had sign ups for Basketball, which begins the week after football and cross country end. However, the weather has turned cold, sooner than we’d anticipated, so I’ve been out shopping for long sleeve compression shirts and pants for them to wear under their uniforms. Staying warm is important! We’ve started crossing over from the boys wearing youth sizes to men’s sizes (way too soon for this mama!) and because they are still growing, their shoes from last season don’t fit. I’m so thankful for outlet stores with discounted prices!


We can get their “Game” socks (Basketball Crew Socks) in team colors at the Reebok Outlet for under $6.


There are some basketball shorts starting under $12.


Men’s size basketball shoes, also in team colors, start under $50.

Mabel’s Labels is offering 50% off Pirate Ship and Skull ‘n’ Crossbones Sticky Labels

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Shiver me timbers, it’s a great deal! For today only, Mabel’s Labels is offering 50% off Pirate Ship and Skull ‘n’ Crossbones Sticky Labels in honor of International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Mabel’s Labels is offering two great 50% off promotions! For today only, Mabel’s Labels is offering 50% off Pirate Ship or Skull ‘n’ Crossbones Sticky Labels in honor of International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Plus, on 9/20, Mabel’s Labels is offering 50% off Plane Sticky Labels for their second year of Talk Like a Pilot Day, created by Mabel’s Labels. Don’t miss your chance to shop these great offers! 

Little Passports Fundraising For Your School!

Little Passports Fundraising For Your School!

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Planning a fundraiser at your child’s school? Little Passports is the perfect partner, with an award-winning educational product that kids and parents love.

Here’s how it works: your community shops at Little Passports and we donate 15% back to your school. They even have a flyer to help you spread the word. Get more information here: The fundraising period is from October 21 – 28 and the deadline to sign-up is October 10th so check it out today!