5 Fun Ways to Motivate Your Kids {Review Juicy Fruit}

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Gum, Gum, Gum! As a kid I have fond memories of the 25 cent packs of Juicy Fruit chewing gum we use to get when we were really good at the grocery store with my mom. I was excited to find some new varieties of Juicy Fruit at my local Walmart that I could use to start fun new memories with my kids! #CollectiveBias Juicy Fruit will be having some neat demos at local Walmart locations July 25-27 from 11-4 and also August 1-3 from 11-4 (Friday and Saturday) and 1-6 (Sunday)! You have to check out their new fun yummy products for yourself!

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My kids love chewing gum but don’t get it very often. I have found that gum can be a fabulous motivator for my kids! Here are some great ways to use it in your families #JuicyFruitFunSide:

5 Fun Ways to Motivate Your Kids with GUM


Bed Fairy: When I was growing up we had a bed fairy that would randomly stop by our house when we were off at school or out and about. He would check to see if we had made our bed and if we had a shiny quarter was left on our pillow. Now a quarter wouldn’t excite my kids all that much but a big piece of gum left on their pillow definitely would! I have to say the first time we did this there were a few tears from the unmade beds but now they are much more conscious of making their beds with out being told!! Win one for mom:)Bed Fairy


Reading Chart: I am fortunate to have kids that like to read but they don’t always read the books I want them too. So I have made a list of 12 books that I want them to read this year (classics and books with good messages). When they complete the list they earn an entire container of gum. A whole container of 72 pieces all to themselves is the end all be all of prizes!!!juic5 fun ways to motivate your kids

They can work on the list however fast they want. They can read one book a month off my list or hurry through and read all 12 at the beginning of the year but whenever it is complete the gum is theirs!!! You could adapt this to whatever fits your child. Maybe you just want them to read 12 books the end result is the same.

5 fun ways to motivate your kids


Grocery Store: Most of you know I have 6 kids and going to the grocery store can be a pain with all of them in tow but I have come up with a fool proof plan to make it go more smoothly!!! The most annoying thing to me is when my kids ask “Can we get that?” or “I want that?” multiply that times 6 and ANNOYING!! To combat against this I give my kids a big bubble blowing piece of gum before we go into the store and they are so busy and distracted chewing and blowing bubbles they don’t ask for anything! Woohoo another score for Mom!


3 Year Olds: Whoever named terrible 2′s definitely had never had a 3 year old!! I would say 3 year olds are by far the hardest age. They are stubborn, vocal and just don’t care what anyone thinks. On the other hand I have never found a 3 year old that wouldn’t do just about anything for a piece of gum! My particular 3 year old can be bribed oops I meant rewarded with a piece of gum for just about anything that stubborn little stinker doesn’t want to do. I say more power to anything that helps get 3 year olds to do what they need to do without total meltdown from mom and child!!!

5 fun ways to motivate your kids


School/Homework Helper: I homeschool and every kid has that subject that is not there favorite. For some its math or spelling or homework for kids that are in school all day long. I have found that if a child can get through their assignment without complaining, whining, or tears than a piece of gum is the perfect reward. Putting it on the table in front of them as a visual reminder helps too.

5 fun ways to motivate your kids

I would love to hear fun ways you motivate your kids! Please share:)

Are You Ready To Get Your Best Body, Your Best You and Keep it? BIG NEWS!!!

I am super excited! I have an AWESOME announcement to share with you in the next few days! So keep on the look out. I promise, you will love it! If you are drawn towards things like the Slim Down For Summer  Fitness Challenges, hate dieting, are frustrated with your health, or feel like life is too overwhelming to focus on your body or workout then YOU will WANT to make sure to check back next week!

If you leave a comment below, I will make sure to email you when the announcement is up!


What? You want some hints? I hate anticipation too, so I’ll give you a few!…


Do You Believe?

I did not believe either. I did not believe that I could feel like I could be in a lifestyle and not in diet prison. I am currently on this journey and I want to share it with each of you because it has not only empowered me in my life but my marriage and in my family life.


Hint #1:

Can you guess how much I am down? This is just after 7 weeks!

My Weigthloss Journey after 7 weeks


Hint #2:

This is how I got here…with Shift and the wonderful Kristi!

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Hint #3:

Listen to these 3 FREE Tele-Classes where you can learn tips and tricks on how to set yourself up to win in your body, how to be a nutrition and workout plan rockstar and how to speed up your results even faster.

Kristi held these classes last week and left these open to the public.  You can down load them to listen on the go or listen to them directly from the site

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What To Know More?

Stay tuned! I am going to share more details of my journey next week!



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Seven years ago when my daughter was just about to be born, my husband and I got our first Costco membership mainly to be able to get great diapers for a good price. Something that is super important when you have 2 kids in diapers and living on a college budget. Fast forward to the present and finding great diapers for a great price is still important now that we have our 3rd in diapers. That’s why I am excited to be participating in the Huggies Costco Ambassador Program #MC. Costco is the only place where you can get Huggies Snug & Dry Plus Diapers and Huggies Natural Care Plus Wipes. They are not available anywhere else!

As it is summer time in Arizona diapers are more than just for bums, they are my toddler’s only accessory most days! When diapers are seen that much, you really start to notice the quality of each brand. As we know Costco specializes in bulk, it is awesome when you can test a few diapers and wipes to make sure the diaper will work for you and your sweet baby’s bum.

#MC Huggies Free Sample at costco - Ambassador program


We were able to put our samples through a full run today. I will admit that we happened to be using a generic brand this past month simply because we couldn’t get to Costco in time before we ran out. So, using the Huggies samples today reconfirmed to me that I need to go to Costco this weekend to get some diapers. The Huggies Snug& Dry Plus Diapers had no major sagging when full, no leaking during naps and the Natural Care Plus are extra thick and do not leave any scent behind, which was nice. I was also impressed that I only need to use 1 wipe for the whole diaper change, even with a really dirty diaper.

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Get Your Free Sample

Costco Members - Click HERE to register for a FREE sample of the Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus and Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes. Hurry and register now, there will be a limited number of samples each day starting today July 17, 2014 through July 26, 2014 so try back tomorrow if you aren’t able get a sample today! You must be a Costco member to get a sample and limit 1 sample per household.

Checkout Costco and Huggies on Twitter.


Homemade Granola Bar Recipes {Cooking With Kids}

I have had this homemade granola bar recipe for forever and am not even sure where I found it but it is a good one. The girls and I made it for one of their summer cooking classes awhile ago and they really liked it. Give it a try and tell me what you think!

Yummy Homemade Granola Bar Recipe


What You Need:

  • 5 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 4 cups quick cooking oats ( I used regular and they were fine)
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • Mixing bowl
  • Mixing spoon
  • Two 9×13 pans



Step 1: Get prepared! My oldest read the whole recipe to us before we started. We didn’t do this last time and ran into some problems. We poured, stirred, mixed and got everything together.

Yummy Homemade Granola Bar Recipe


Step 2: Combine cereal, oats, and raisins in a large bowl.

Yummy Homemade Granola Bar Recipe


Step 3: In a small saucepan, heat the honey and brown sugar to a boil, stirring constantly.

Yummy Homemade Granola Bar Recipe


Step 4: Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter and vanilla extract and blend until smooth.

Yummy Homemade Granola Bar Recipe


Step 5: Time to mix! Pour the liquid mixture over the cereal mixture and mix well. Add chocolate chips and mix thoroughly.


Step 6: Divide up and press into TWO ungreased 9X13 inch baking dishes. Let them cool and then cut each pan into 24 bars.
Yummy Homemade Granola Bar Recipe





Power Outage Go-To Box with Duracell

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Power Outage kit

It’s July and in Arizona that means Monsoon Season and some of the coolest lightening shows of the year.  The beauty comes with a price like crazy rain, rough winds, and sometimes no power.  I can not tell you how many times we have come home over the years to find our power out and we have no idea where our Duracell powered flashlight is. We can add to the stress that my phone always seems to be almost dead. No bueno! The lack of preparedness on my part has lead to the kiddos panicking and all of us glued to the kitchen table waiting for the power to come back on. Knowing that the storms are coming again and thanks to #CollectiveBias and the #PrepWithPower campaign, this past weekend we went on a mission to create a Power Outage Go-To Box just in case.  Our goal is to be prepared so that we can be in charge of the situation and enjoying it, instead of the situation getting the best of us.


What You Need:

emergency kit

  • Lanterns
  • Flashlights – for safety and fun. See below for ideas
  • Duracell Batteries – for backups
  • Emergency Phone Charging Kit – we found one that is battery powered
  • Coloring Kits
  • Dice – for dice games. See below for ideas
  • Glow sticks – always fun. See below for ideas
  • Snack – Any excuse for a treat


How To Put It Together:

Step 1: Make a List of everything you want to include in your kit. The kiddos loved that they were able to add their ideas into the kit and were very excited to make the list for me. Don’t forget to add Duracell batteries to your list. It’s always nice to have extras just in case.

Duracell Power Outage Go-To Box


Step 2: Shop! We only needed to visit a handful of areas at Walmart to find the main items on our list. We will break it down for you, so you can save time when you go to fill your kit.

Sports and Leisure: Grab your lanterns and mini flashlights. The lanterns are inexpensive and a great way to light up an area. Get 2 so you can send them with a kiddo to the bathroom or upstairs because no child seems to want to go anywhere in the dark and you don’t want the rest of the family left in the dark while someone is in need of the restroom. On the way over to Sports & Leisure you will usually pass the toys and the coloring kits are on the end of the isles.

Duracell Power Outage Go-To Box


Electronics: Head on over to Electronics to the cell phone accessories section to choose from a range of chargers. We chose a phone charger that is battery powered.

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Battery Centers: Located usually just in front of the Electronics/Entertainment section and in the front of the store near the cash registers. Get enough of the right sizes of Duracell batteries for all your battery powered items.

Duracell Power Outage Go-To Box


Duracell batteries are located on every side of these Battery Center Stations.

power outage kit


Party Favors: Located in the Party Section. The kiddos wanted to get Glow Sticks, and there are a lot to chose from.

Duracell Power Outage Go-To Box


Storage Containers: After you have the majority of your supplies, find a durable plastic tub that will be able to hold all your items in one place. We picked out a purple container so it will be easy to find.

emergency preparedness kit


Additional items you may want to get: Snacks and dice. My daughter was concerned that we wouldn’t be able to cook our Smores with no power, so we picked up some spreadable chocolate (next the the Peanut Butter) and marshmallow creme (above the regular marshmallows on the shelf) to go with our graham crackers.


Step 3: Put Your Kit Together and put it in a place that will be easy to reach in the dark. My husband put the kit on top of the kitchen cupboards the other night. After I thought about it, I realized that was not the best place for me to have it. He can reach it without stepping on the counters. Me? No way! And I do not want to try it when it is dark. Short girl syndrome! So, I am going to make room for it in our pantry on an upper shelf.


Dice Game Ideas: Keep/roll dice in a tiny plastic container to keep them from rolling all over the table. Dice game possibilities are endless. Below are just a couple ideas for dice games.

  • See how many times each person can write up to the number 100. Player 1 gets to write. Player 2 rolls. When player 2 gets a double Player 1 must stop and give the pencil to Player 2. Player 2 gives dice to Player 3. Repeat. First person to 100 wins.
  • Practice math skills – add each dice up


Glow Stick Game Ideas:

  • Tag
  • Hide’n go seek
  • Bucket toss – toss the sticks into a bowl or onto the paper towel stand creating a ring toss


Flashlight Game Ideas: Use the mini flashlights to keep the kiddos distracted while a storm is going on outside

  • Flashlight tag
  • I spy
  • Shadow Puppets


What Does Your Family Do To Keep Entertained When the Power Goes Out? 




Rocky Road Brownies

Rocky Road Brownies


Sundays have started to become a fun day for treats. The past few months I have been bribing my kiddos with treats after church if they get to church on time. Luckily for me it has worked out quite well. They get dressed quickly in the morning with no fight and even get there early…I’m still working on me and the baby! So this past Sunday we got creative and made some Rocky Road Brownies. They turned out awesome, so we had to share!


What You Need:

  • Box of favorite Brownie Mix
  • Eggs
  • Water
  • Butter or coconut oil (we substituted out the vegetable oil)
  • 1 cup marshmallows, plus a little extra
  • 1/3-1/2 cup peanut butter



Step 1: Mix your favorite brownie mix together. We substitute any oil for coconut oil or butter (when it’s cold we will do half and half so the coconut oil will stay liquid). But we think coconut oil makes amazing brownies! Seriously, they do not even stick to the pan and the edges are always soft.

Easy Rocky Road Brownie Recipe


Step 2: Add 1 cup marshmallows.

photo 2 Rocky Road Brownies


Step 3: Mix them in. An easy step for little helpers!

Peanut Butter Brownie RecipeRocky Road Brownies


Step 4: Pour into a pre-greased baking dish. Add 1/3-1/2 cup warm peanut butter. We started with just a little less than 1/2 cup and ended up not using it all. We warmed it up so it would spread better. I want to try chunky peanut butter to get more of the “Rocky” in Rocky Road, but the smooth was great for my kiddos that don’t like that kind of texture.

Brownie Recipe Rocky Road Brownies


Step 5:  Mix the peanut butter in lightly. Just enough so that the PB flavor is throughout, but not completely mixed in.

Peanut Butter Recipe Rocky Road Brownies


Step 6: Bake! We baked ours at 325 degrees for 25 minutes. They were still a little gooey looking when we pulled them out, but our fork was clean after a fork test.

Peanutbutter and marshmallow Rocky Road Brownies


Step 7: ENJOY!!! The kiddos and my husband said they were really good. In fact, after we shared some with friends the quickly disappeared.! I barely had a chance to snap this picture!

Yummy Rocky Road Brownies





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