Costco $50 Cash Card Giveaway

**I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Huggies® Brand. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating


A couple weeks ago I shared that Costco was offering free Huggies samples. Now I have a fun surprise for you… Actually, I have two!!!

I‘m giving away a $50 Costco Cash Card and they extended the Huggies Free Samples. That will almost cover a large pack of diapers and wipes for your kiddos for at least a month! See below to get details on the FREE samples.

Costco Cash Card Giveaway


I have learned that the type of diaper we use matters because we all know that summer times at this age clothing is optional, especially in Arizona!

Huggies Costco Gift Card giveaway

I actually ended up getting a generic diaper at a local store earlier this summer and switched back to Huggies from Costco after trying Huggies again via the free samples. My daughter had a bad rash on her lower back from sweating in the generic diapers and after switching to Huggies, her rash disappeared.


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Get Your Free Samples (Extended)

Costco MembersClick 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 while supplies lasts, so try back tomorrow if you aren¹t able get a sample today! You must be a Costco member to get a sample and limit 1 sample per household.

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Chocolate Covered Bananas {Kids in the Kitchen}

chocolate covered bananas (2)Summer Fun

Cooking class is one of my kids favorite subjects but in the summer I hate to turn the oven on so I love coming up with things to make that don’t require me to heat up the house! Chocolate Covered Bananas are the perfect solution. They are cool, delicious, and healthy (since they have bananas in them wink, wink)!


  • Bananas
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Craft Sticks
  • Crushed Peanuts
  • Waxed Paper

The first thing we did was get everything ready. I cut the bananas in half and stuck a craft stick half way in them and threw them in the freezer while we got everything else ready.  It is kinda hard for the kids to stick the craft stick in without breaking the banana in two so I did this part for them.

chocolate covered bananas (2)Summer Fun

Next we melted our chocolate chips over a double broiler. You can melt them in the microwave if you want but my kids like to stir and watch them melt on the stove.

Next prepare the toppings. We just crushed some peanuts up and used them but you could use sprinkles or anything else that sounds yummy to you.

After the bananas have been in the freezer for about an hour you are ready to cover them. First roll in chocolate.

chocolate covered bananas(2)Summer Fun

 Then roll in the topping of your choice. Lay them on wax paper and put them back in the freezer for about an hour.

chocolate covered bananas(2)Summer Fun

All that’s left is to eat and enjoy.

Let Them Cut Paper – Building Skills

Since we are talking back to school activities. Here is another great post from Courtney that she shared over on Rusty and Rosy. Go check it out!

back to school skills, craft for children

I know many of you read the title and went running in the other direction thinking I had lost my mind! As a former kindergarten teacher I was always amazed at the number of kids who came to school and had never held a pair of scissors before, let alone cut anything. Using scissors is a fabulous fine motor activity that really helps children in many areas, especially writing…

{Read The Complete Article and Check Out This Fun Activity HERE}

What are your favorite back to school activities to practice?

Practicing Lunch


My son is going to be starting his first year of all day school within the next month. With being at school for a full day I realized he would be eating lunch there, too, which makes me a little nervous. My mom gave me the great idea to “practice lunch” here at home where I can monitor and prep him on the do’s and don’ts for lunch at school. So, I went to the store and picked up both kiddos a lunch box (little sister has to have one too if we are going to practice) and found out from my nephews what the setup is for lunch at school and how long they have. The goal is to pack our lunches in the morning and keep them in the fridge for lunch time. I can watch and make sure he knows how to open everything, eats everything within the allotted “lunch eating time”, eats his own food only(my big worry) and then make sure he knows how to clean up his lunch, too.

Back to school prep ideas


Just the few times we have “practiced” has taught me a few things about what to put in and not put in his sack and makes me feel sooooo much better about him eating on his own. Plus, he thinks this is the coolest activity, so I get Mom Bonus Points for doing something we have to do anyways…eat!

How to prep for going back to school

Lesson’s learned from Practice Day 1:

  • This practicing is going to help him get over the excitement of carrying a lunch to school.
    • He had his sack for 3 minutes prior to eating and was so excited he kept tossing and catching it. Just doing that he cracked the lid of his sandwich container and sprung a leak in his drink pouch slowly soaking his entire sack!
  • Go for box drinks and not pouches when starting out. The box drinks will be a little more sturdy and less likely to leak
  • Plastic bags for sandwiches may be the way to go for the first little bit. =-)
  • He does not do well when others have different foods than him.
    • We need to practice with sister having different food than him.
  • He almost can get the straw in his own drink.
  • And he needs to practice more on cleaning up after his lunch.


This post was originally posted July 19, 2011

What are your favorites for sack lunches?

(please share!)



Family History for Kids {YesVideo review}

This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and YesVideo. I received the
featured service free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are100% mine.


My kids are at the age that they are always asking questions about what it was like when I was a kid and what it was like when their grandparents were kids so I thought it would be fun for them to learn about some family history and how they can be involved. I have come up with five ways they can get involved in their own family history!!


5 Fun Ways for Kids to Get Involved in Family History



For Christmas last year I gave my kids scrapbooks with paper, stickers, glue sticks, and pictures. They have had a great time putting their memories in their scrapbooks and have loved sharing them. It is interesting to me that the stuff they want to put in their books is totally different than what I would put in a family book so this is a fabulous way to preserve those memories to pass down to future generations!

kids scrapbook



My daughter who is 11 is an avid journal writer. She writes everyday and really wishes I had kept one as a kid. To get my kids excited about journaling we had a party with friends and they all made their own. The kids had a blast creating them and had a really fun time writing in them when we were done!

journalsSummer Fun


Family Interview

Getting the kids to interview a grandparent or great grandparent is a great way for them to learn about them first hand. The interviews can be recorded and later written down. The recordings are great to have to hear their voices too!!


Family Traditions

Create fun family traditions that can be passed down for many generations. For example every Christmas we use an activity advent and do lots of activities like go see the snow, go out for ice cream, make gingerbread houses etc. My kids talk about this all year long and love it. You can check out how I made ours here and lots of ideas for the traditions here!

gingerbreadSummer Fun



This is my kids favorite one by far! Dust off all of those old family movies on VHS and watch them. Now if you are anything like me you haven’t had a VHS player in years but thanks to YesVideo that is no longer a problem! I mailed my family videos to Yes Video and they made them in to DVD’s for us all to enjoy. The Yes Video DVD’s come with pictures on the cover so you know what is on it! Super cute and functional too!


The kids have had a blast looking at the old videos. Their favorite is the one that we made for our wedding of baby pictures of my husband and I. They love looking at the pictures and comparing who looks like who.

How do you get your kids involved in family history?

I would love to hear your ideas!!



Do You Believe You Can Get Your Best Body? Exclusive Opportunity

I made an announcement over the weekend stating I had something BIG to share. Well, here we go! Thanks to Kristi from I jumped into a weight loss adventure at the beginning of the summer and I am so glad I didn’t wait the 2 months until school began to start. I have officially lost over 20 lbs! 22 lbs to be exact and only after 8 weeks!  AND I didn’t take any pills, do any extreme diets, or starve myself to get here.  Want to find out how? Read on! And make sure to scroll down to the bottom for a BIG Gift from Kristi!

Do You Believe?

As I mentioned before, 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. One thing that I have really learned is that I CANNOT be a better wife, mom, friend and person in general, if I am not taking care of myself first. When I am taking care of me, everything falls into place. AND sometimes it is slow at first!, but it is such a beautiful and AHHH-mazing thing to see!


Case Studies

Here is me when I was in diet mode. It was a lifstyle but only a lifestyle for so long. This was when I lost my baby weight after baby #2, who was almost 4 when I got back to pre-baby weight. You can see more of my first weight loss journey here.

My Weight loss Journey


Here’s me when I did boot camp. I worked my behind off and I actually gained a few pounds. LOVED it, but my body was just not responding right after 6 weeks. You would think when you are over 40 lbs over weight some weight would have fallen off working so hard.

No weightloss without proper meals and guidance


Here’s me now! I am in the middle of my journey. I have lost significant weight but I feel like a whole new person inside AND I am still growing! I am recognizing that growth is a daily practice as well as self belief.  I believe that we deserve to look at our life differently and the same scenario and turn it into something beautiful. That is what SHIFT is all about! It’s about having a journey (l.o.v.e. that!) vs just looking at the pounds on the scale or something to check off…both of which lack emotion, vitality, hope and in the end will leave you falling back into old patterns when you are done with your weight loss.

My experience with

This time around, I am losing my baby weight from baby #3 and should be back to pre-baby weight before she turns 2. Woohoo!!!


Are You Ready To Get Your Best Body and Keep It?

I would not have been able to accomplish what I have these past 8 weeks without the help of Kristi from Last week Kristi opened up her Body Shift Academy for 50 women who are ready to get their best body and learn how to keep it. She closed the enrollment last Friday BUT has opened it up exclusively for Fun On a Dime until this coming Friday, July 25th.

I am joining Body Shift Academy and now you can too!

Body Shift Exclusive for Fun On a DimeShift My Body

Whether fit, pregnant, overweight, think you are too old or too young, stressed out, overwhelmed…whatever your state of fitness level is, this is for you! You have nothing to lose by checking out the Body Shift Academy and see what it is all about. Let Kristi help give you the freedom you have always wanted. I will admit that I am dying to get my hands on the recipe box that comes with the Academy that includes over 800 combinations of meal plans and workout plans that I can use to create on your own. Meal plan/Diet freedom in a box. Sweet!

And because I love to do a ton of research before I jump into anything, here are a few more resources for you to see more of Kristi and what she is all about…Free Video Reveals “The 5 Step Formula To Creating The Perfect Meal & Workout Plan and hop on over to Saturday’s pre-announcement post to get access to her 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.


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