Happy Feet with Dr. Scholl’s® For Her Comfort Insoles – Influenster #MomVoxBox

I’m a working mom. That means I spend all day with my feet squeezed into uncomfortable dress shoes, then I come home and chase a two year old around. Most evenings, my feet are tired and they hurt!

So, when Influenster sent me a pair of Dr. Scholl’s® For Her Comfort Insoles in their #MomVoxBox, I couldn’t wait to slip them into one of my favorite pairs of shoes for a test run!

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The highlights –

  • They’re thin and clear, so you can add them to pretty much any shoe and they’ll be almost invisible.
  • They have a sticky backing that allows you to position the insert in the shoe, and it actually stays put.
  • They’re really comfortable! My feet are much happier at the end of the day!

I’ll be buying more of these to add to all of my flats and heels. I’m not sure I can live without them now!

Disclaimer: I received this product complimentary through Influenster. All opinions are 100% my own. Interested in becoming an Influenster, too? Contact me via email – practicallygreenmom (at) gmail (dot) com – and I’ll send you an invite!

Annie’s Homegrown Mac & Cheese Review – Influenster #MomVoxBox

You’ve probably seen me blowing up your Facebook/Twitter/Instagram feeds with pics of the goodies in my #MomVoxBox that Influenster sent me to review.

I was so excited to see Annie’s Homegrown Mac & Cheese in the box. I love Annie’s products for my family, and mac & cheese is like THE reason I can’t commit 100% to veganism. lol I just have not found an acceptable substitute for my favorite comfort food!

^ Instagram fail 🙁 But you get the idea. lol And honestly…it’s just like the spoon says! “Yummy!”

I was very impressed by the quality of the Gluten Free Rice Pasta & Cheddar Microwavable Mac and Cheese Cup. (Wow, that’s a mouthful…) Usually, the powdered “cheese” is clumpy, but the real cheese in Annie’s is very creamy! And I couldn’t even tell difference between regular macaroni and the rice pasta in the cup we tested. Even my picky two year old loved it!

I will definitely keep a few of these on hand for a quick and easy snack or side dish!

Disclaimer: I received this product complimentary through Influenster. All opinions are 100% my own. Interested in becoming an Influenster, too? Contact me via email – practicallygreenmom (at) gmail (dot) com – and I’ll send you an invite!

Rainforest Alliance’s Follow the Frog Week – September 16-22 #followthefrog

Back when I was younger, I remember a lot of people talking about saving the rainforest. I don’t feel like you hear much about that anymore, though. Now the “going green” focus is on air quality, organics, etc.

So, when I got an email from Rainforest Alliance about their Follow the Frog Week, I was glad to see that people are still making an effort to preserve that environment! They even sent me a box of goodies in exchange for sharing this information with you!

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This box from Rainforest Alliance includes products (like chocolate, coffee, tea, and energy bars) that have a green frog seal on the packaging. That symbol means these items are produced under strict social and environmental standards to help protect wildlife, and improve conditions for workers.

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Even though you don’t hear about it – we’re losing forests at a rate of 32 million acres per year. That’s about one football field every 78 seconds! 🙁

So, how can you help curb this rapid deforestation?

  1. Join in the fun this week (September 16-22)! See what Follow the Frog events are happening in your area!
  2. When shopping, look for that Rainforest Alliance seal!
  3. Learn why your choices matter! Check out this video at rainforest-alliance.org!
  4. Like Rainforest Alliance on Facebook and follow @RnfrstAlliance on Twitter for the latest environmental news and tips on living a more sustainable life!

{This is a sponsored post from Rainforest Alliance. I was compensated for sharing this information. Please see my disclosure policy for more information.}

Your Kid = Comic Strip Star!

**This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Friendstrip Kids. No compensation was received.

It’s a new school year. Gone are the carefree days of summer. Your kids are stuck in a classroom all day, learning useless facts for the next test…boooooring!

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So, when they get home (before they’re drowning in howework), break out your nearest mobile device and let their creativity soar with FriendStrip Kids!

This new app (now available in the App Store and Google Play!) lets you create personalized comic strips starring your kids. All you have to do is take a few pictures according to the storyboard provided. The special effects (provided within the app) will help transform the living room couch into say…a pirate ship! FriendStrip Kids currently has over 80 fully-customizable scenarios for you to enjoy, and all of the storyboards can be completed in less than 5 minutes, which is great for those busy weeknights!

Friendship Kids also has a CONTEST going on – you could win a free iPad mini! The entry rules are so easy! Check it out here!

{This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Friendstrip Kids. I received no compensation for sharing this information. Please read my disclosure policy for more information.}

Cash for Old Movies and Music with musicMagpie.com

Is your house like mine? Overrun with CDs, DVDs or Blu-rays, and video games that your family is no longer using? But what do you do with them?! Donate them? List them on eBay? Sell them, and go through the hassle of having a garage sale? If you’re a busy mom like me, just the thought of that whole process is stressful! Ain’t nobody got time for that, right?! LOL

Luckily, there’s another simple alternative…and you can make a little extra CASH, as well! (And FYI – I made a little extra cash in my pocket by sharing this amazing service with you!)

Introducing musicMagpie.com – an online service that takes your unwanted discs and recycles them into everyday items (like ballpoint pens and golf tees), and you get CASH in return!

The process is super easy! All you have to do is enter the barcode of the product you want to sell into musicMagpie.com’s “Valuation Engine”, and they will tell you how much it’s worth! Each order can have a minimum of 10 items, up to a maximum of 500 items. (But there’s no limit to how many orders you can create!)

If you don’t have time to sit at a real computer (or sit down at all…), there is also a mobile app available for both iPhone/iPad and Android! It turns the camera on your smartphone into a barcode scanner, allowing you to scan the barcodes (rather than having to type them in), which makes the whole process even easier!

So, clear out the clutter and help the environment at the same time! Get rid of used DVDs, Blu-rays, CDs, and games once and for all! With musicMagpie.com, you can throw all of your items into ONE box and ship it for FREE with the provided UPS or USPS shipping label. It doesn’t get much easier than that!

Now, if I could just figure out what to do with this old DVD player…

{This is a sponsored post from musicMagpie.com. I was compensated for sharing this information. Please see my disclosure policy for more information.}

Edinburgh For Young Animal Enthusiasts

** This is a sponsored article by a third-party author. I was compensated for sharing this information.

When you’re an adult you tailor your trips and holidays to fit your own interests and to include activities you know you’ll enjoy. When travelling with kids there are other sets of curiosities to satisfy as the smaller members of the family develop their own little personalities and preferences. Whether you are planning a trip and want to incorporate everyone’s favourite things, or specifically travelling somewhere as a treat for a birthday or special occasion, it’s great to look at relevant things to do locally in advance of your visit.

One of the things many children and teenagers love are animals, but you don’t have to travel all the way to the Serengeti to experience creatures of all shapes and sizes. You can find many of the world’s animals in Edinburgh at one of their many animal attractions, and by booking Travelodge accommodation for your trip to Edinburgh it can be a trip to remember, without costing the earth.

You can start your adventure through nature with a trip to Edinburgh’s Butterfly and Insect World where mini explorers can wander through the world’s longest running indoor exotic butterfly house. Here they can find tropical butterflies, insects, snakes and frogs just 20 minutes from Edinburgh city centre. Located inside Dobbies Garden World, one of the UKs largest garden centres, there are all the facilities you need to make a great day out. Make sure you attend one of the feeding or handling sessions that run daily here to get the most out of your experience.

If slightly bigger and more varied species are the big thing in your household then a day at Edinburgh Zoo is a definite must. There are over 1000 different species of animal to discover in a day at the zoo including giant pandas and the UKs only koalas. The zoo is situated in parkland on the outskirts of Edinburgh and is Scotland’s greatest wildlife attraction with a fantastic hilltop safari ride being the highlight of a trip here.

When thinking wild it’s important not to forget the sea dwellers of the set, and Edinburgh does not disappoint in this respect. If your kids are Nemo mad or just love all the critters of the deep then they will love to delve into the tanks of Scotland’ National Aquarium, Deep Sea World. This aqua fans paradise is tucked away in a village 20 minutes from Edinburgh and despite its quaint locale is one of Scotland’s main tourist attractions.

Keeping animal lovers happy has never been easier with so much within easy reach of Edinburgh city centre. If you’ve already planned a trip to the Scottish city, drawn in by its rich culture and arts, but had not thought about how to incorporate the rest of the family into the equation, then one or all of these attractions could provide a solution. For anyone with animal mad families Edinburgh is a great place to be, start planning a trip today and put a smile of any little zoologist’s face.

 
{This is a sponsored article. I was compensated for sharing this information. This post may also contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy for more information.}

PGM Updates – Re: New Blogger FTC Guidelines

Due to a recent incident, I feel the need to discuss some changes being made here at The Practically Green Mom.

Back in March, the FTC made some updates to their guidelines regarding disclosure of online advertising. For bloggers specifically, this applies when we receive products to review or publish a sponsored post. (Don’t worry, Canadians…this only applies to bloggers in the U.S.)

So, basically, I have to tell you UPFRONT when I’ve received a product from a company to review, or (on the rare occasion) when a company asks me to post an article with links promoting a product in exchange for compensation.

You may have noticed that I’m already doing this, at the bottom of each post…in teeny tiny font, as to not disrupt the content itself. But that’s not good enough, anymore…

Now, you will see any of the following on all applicable posts – a clear indicator stating if a product was purchased by me, a press sample, contains affiliate links, was sponsored, or any combination of those four options. (I will be going through and updating old posts as time permits).

Edited (5/6/13): So, my genius plan of including button images with links to disclose at the top of the posts is unacceptable…back to square one. 🙁

In addition, a full disclosure will remain at the bottom with a link to my disclosure policy.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Parenting an Inquisitive Child

** This is a sponsored post from hireananny.org.

Check out this article for some helpful tips on parenting an inquisitive child. (Something tells me my son will be one of these kids…)

Original article can be found here: http://www.hireananny.org/blog/parenting-an-inquisitive-child/

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A high level of inquisitiveness is one of the more common signs that your child is gifted, which is a blessing for most parents. Still, the never-ending flow of questions from a curious child’s mouth can be a challenge at times. Learning how to deal with the special needs of an inquisitive child without squelching her natural curiosity isn’t always easy, but it is possible with a bit of dedicated attention.

Encourage Her Natural Curiosity

It can be tempting to lay ground rules regarding how many questions your child can ask, and it’s easy to even become so frustrated with the constant requests for information that you shut down completely. It’s important to keep in mind that if the special needs of your child aren’t met, she could begin to shut down altogether and fail to realize her full potential. Nurturing the thirst for knowledge will increase your workload as a parent, but it’s also one of the best ways to ensure that she stays engaged and eager to learn. Rather than discouraging your child from asking so many questions, look for ways that you can nurture her inquisitive nature.

Talk About Privacy and Respecting Boundaries

Curious kids just want to know more about the world around them, and they’re not always burdened by the knowledge of social mores. As a result, it’s not uncommon to find yourself making apologies for hurtful or rude questions that your inquisitive child asks without realizing that she’s violating the social contract. Making sure that you take time to discuss the importance of respecting others’ right to privacy and maintaining some boundaries can help cut down on these embarrassing situations. Letting your child know that it’s okay to ask touchy questions when it’s just the two of you will satisfy her urge to discover new things without subjecting unwitting friends and loved ones to a barrage of delicate questions.

Find Toys and Games that Fuel Her Inquisitive Nature

The technological advances in the toy industry aren’t restricted to shoot-’em-up video games. There’s a wide selection of toys and games designed to foster learning and knowledge in kids that can help encourage a habit of independent learning. When your child is able to find some of the answers to her questions or access new information on her own she’ll be able to take pride in her accomplishments while you escape at least a few of her questions about the world.

Make a Habit of Looking Up Answers Together

It’s embarrassing to admit that you don’t know the answer to a child’s question, especially if it happens on a regular basis. Rather than becoming frustrated as a result of your humiliation or offering an incorrect answer as a means of buying some silence, why not make a habit of finding the answers to her questions together? You’ll be able to make sure that the information your child finds is accurate, she’ll begin to learn the basics of independent research and you’ll be able to learn a few things in the process.

Keep Answers Age-Appropriate

When a child wants to know everything that happens around her, she’ll naturally stumble on a subject or two that’s beyond her maturity level. Whether you’re concerned about the ability of her young mind being able to grasp more complex concepts or you simply want to shield her from certain realities about the world, there will be questions that you won’t quite know how to answer. Rather than shutting your child down with a simple “let’s talk about it later,” think about the best ways to offer an age-appropriate answer. Remember, it’s okay to tell your child that you need to think about the right way to answer a question. There’s no rule stating that you have to present the unvarnished truth immediately upon being asked a question, so take your time in formulating a response. In some cases, your child’s quick mind and short attention span may mean that she’s forgotten all about her question by the time you find an answer that’s suitable for her developmental and maturity level and you won’t have to foist heavy knowledge onto small shoulders at a moment’s notice.

No one knows your child as well as you, so you may find that there are individual solutions unique to your child that will do the trick when sticky questions are asked. In the end, it’s important to make every effort to support her curious nature, even when the stream of questions is beginning to wear on your nerves. Remember that she’s still learning about everything around her and that the answers to even simple questions aren’t always so obvious to little eyes.

 

{This is a sponsored post from hireananny.org. I may have been compensated for sharing this information. This post may also contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy for more information.}

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