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I’m crushing on Newman’s Own Organics

Crushing on Newman’s Own Organics, free coffee and a Keurig Giveaway for National Coffee Day

When I like something, I tend to talk about it a lot (heck, I tend to talk a lot anyway) and whether it is a kid’s camp, a service, a store or a brand…I like to share. Now I’ve been crushing on Newman’s Own Organics for some time. Love that they donate a percentage of profits to charity and that their products are top notch. What do we love? The green tea, cereal, cookies (chocolate chip hermits and fig bars are grocery staples here), popcorn (light butter) and coffee. Oh, yes, the coffee. I always have a bag of regular and decaf Newman’s Own in my fridge because it’s best when I pace myself with caffeine, really.

Imagine how happy I was (my frugal self) to find that McDonald’s is celebrating National Coffee Day (September 29) by giving New England customers free Newman’s Own coffee. A free small hot coffee? I’m there! When? Every day this week (9/24 -9/29) and for more coffee talk,  McDonald’s and Newman’s Own is having a tasting in Vermont today at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters – can’t make it? Me either but we can check in online here at this LiveStream link to the tasting 10 am (EST) today (a virtual tasting for us – go grab a free coffee and meet me there) – if you have questions for founder Nell Newman or Green Mountain Coffee – ask away! You can also join on Twitter under the hashtag #McDCoffeeChat (follow the @McDEasternNE on Twitter, too).

Still too much? Out of the New England area? Check it out – free coffee for you anyway. McDonald’s is offering the readers of Capability Mom Blog a chance to win a free Keurig K-Cup Platinum Brewing System and, of course, some coffee to go with it (a 24 pack of Newman’s Own Organics Special Blend).  Great! How to win? Fill out the easy Rafflecopter below. Contest ends Saturday, September 30, at 12:01 am.

I’m off to grab a cup of coffee and walk the dog – definitely in that order!
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Disclosure:  I received no compensation for this post.  Many thanks to McDonald’s NE for providing the Keurig giveaway! Why “like” Boston Commercial Properties on Facebook? It’s my husband’s company and he gets all my deliveries so it is a way to say thanks.

 

 

Back To School…Ready Or Not (and a gift card to help out)

Back To School…Ready Or Not (and a $50 gift card from Wayfair to help you get ready).

The answer in our house is always decidedly not! I love summer (crazy carpool schedules notwithstanding), the slower paced days, the fun activities and the family time and since everyone’s schedule is more relaxed, we get to see more of our cousins and grandparents and that is always good.

But I also love the crisp air of autumn, the spring in your step it gives you and knowing that another year of school (I know my children agree) is around the corner. Plus, it is really, really fun to go Back to School shopping (I know my husband does not agree)!

How do you get it together – exchange sandals for shoes, beach reads for textbooks and beach bags for backpacks? How do you cope with first day excitement/nerves?

Transition can be tough and here are some ways to make it easier.

Visit the school

For the young ones, make the school a familiar place. If possible, visit it several times before school starts – go to the orientation, use the playground, visit an older friend who already goes to the school, even just walking by it and talking about it makes it a more familiar place.

Read all about it

There is no shortage of great books about Back to School for all ages. Pragmatic Mom is my go to for this and she kindly added some books to my Pinterest Board. Personal Fave –

The Kissing Hand

by Audrey Penn

Set expectations

Talk about what a typical day will be like. I still remember being told I could read all day in Kindergarten – I was on board with that! My mom did not tell me that she would be leaving (Lasting visual – looking up to see my pretty pregnant mom sprinting by the window and my sister almost flying out behind her. Seriously Mom, I remember that. You were wearing that lavender maternity dress), and that there would be other activities and, this was another surprise, children I did not know. I’m over it, though. Really.

Go to school with a friend or two, meet them and walk in together. The bustle of the first day can be overwhelming.

Use Props

This is where your back to school shopping pays off. The shiny new lunch box, the pretty pens, the new backpack and you don’t have to spend a lot – and crayons are the best and least expensive back to school item.

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Dwell lunch box from Wayfair.com

Most backpacks and lunch boxes are washable (I do it all the time), but check the label first.

Spruce up and personalize a backpack with add on decorations (key chains and buttons are a cute inexpensive way to change up the look).

Let your child help with lunch choices and add when they aren’t looking add a little note and for older kids I add a word of the day – it is a win-win. You get to write a note, they learn a word.

Word of The Day resources

Grades 4-6

Grades 6-9

High School

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Make time and traditions

Make it special! Have a family dinner the night before with a reasonably early bedtime – this is admittedly tough to do – everyone is so excited!

A good breakfast is key but it doesn’t have to be fancy or huge or made to order if that is not your thing. Unhurried is best. Cut up fruit, whole wheat toast (peanut butter or avocado for protein) or granola bars and yogurt.

I’m all about the food (yes, healthy food, too). Check out 10 Get Healthy Tips from Massachusetts General Hospital for Children for some great ideas.

Take pictures – You’ll love looking back on all the first days of school memories.

Relax and Have Fun

We had a great Wayfair Back to School Twitter Chat #HomemakerHappyHr – with Wayfair giving away a $25 gift card every ten minutes! Here are some great tips from our super mom friends:

Transition by moving bedtime earlier a few weeks ahead of school start date. Get into a routine to help settle back to school nerves.

Take a picture at the beginning of the first day of school and the end of the day! Expand that to the first and last day of school – really have a record of how they have grown!

Have a special snack together and get the details of the day – Keep communication lines open. (Pizza, anyone?)

Keep their artwork and papers in bins and display them on a pin board or in inexpensive frames. Send “older” works of art to family and friends to make room for the new.

Healthy favorite foods: Peanut butter and jelly, the classic (soy nut butter is a great alternative if you have a nut-free classroom) and hand’s down fave, followed closely by turkey or ham and cheese. For snacks – granola bars, fruit, veggies, yogurt, cheese and crackers.

Set a routine and keep it up – it helps everyone! Set up a quiet place to do homework (I like mine close to the kitchen for those homework questions that inevitably come up while I’m making dinner).

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Twitter Chat – Great suggestions and ideas! Many thanks to Wayfair for making this happen and giving away great gift cards – Time to shop for Back to School!
Wayfair is kindly giving away a $50 gift card as part of this post. Enter by liking Wayfair’s Facebook Page. What is Wayfair? Check out them out (their tagline is a zillion things home), and they do have almost everything you need for back to school (just maybe not the PB & J, but I think you’ve got that).

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Keeping Safe in the Sun and A Great Giveway: Stylish Sun Protection

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On the bulletin board at Community Boating Boston

community boating inc boston ma capability mom blogNow that my kids can (and do) apply their own sunscreen, mornings go a bit faster…okay, a lot faster. I know it adds time to your morning routine but it is so important to apply sunscreen every day. Here are a few other reminders and resources about the importance of sun protection.

SunAWARE is a sun safety awareness program from the Children’s Melanoma Prevention Foundation, the Dermatology Nurses Association and Melanoma Foundation of New England to provide SunAWARE™ education nationally. Great tips in an easy to remember format and just last week they featured an awareness day at Community Boating in Boston.

SunAWARE
Avoid exposure to sunlight, seek shade, and never indoor tan.
Wear sun protective clothing, including a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses year-round.
Apply recommended amounts of broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sunburn protection factor (SPF) greater than or equal to 30 to all exposed skin and reapply every two hours, or as needed.
Routinely examine your whole body for changes in your skin and report concerns to a parent or healthcare provider.
Educate your family and community about the need to be SunAWARE.

Also check out Be Eye Smart in the Sun from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. I know my dermatologist shares this suggestion: Wear a hat along with your sunglasses; broad-brimmed hats are best so much so that Krauss Dermatology (my derm) is giving away a super cute sun hat from and some Elta UV Pure Sunscreen – a gift set valued at over $70.

Plus, while you are entering the giveaway, you are also helping the Melanoma Foundation of New England because Krauss Dermatology will donate for every Facebook “Like” $1 to the MFNE. Enter to win and help out a great non-profit that helps educate and assists patients and their caregivers struggling with melanoma by offering free support groups, educational programs, and Billy’s Buddies, a one-on-one patient advocacy and support program.

Follow the easy directions below and you could win this very nice gift! Click on a Rafflecopter giveaway for more chances to win!

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Mommy Needs New Business Cards…

It’s true, I do, so I was excited when I saw an offer of free business cards for me with a giveaway to a lucky reader, too. Sweet deal.

Here is the giveaway of business cards from UPrinting Business Cards. I have never ordered die cut cards before and they are cool – not a business person? They make great Mom Cards, too. Heck, they’re free. Make up some cards that say Best Mom on the Planet, Writer, International Spy or Professional Pole Dancer. Kidding! Unless you are, then no judgement!

To win a box of die-cut business cards for yourself, head over to UPrinting Business Cards and please leave a comment there and tell them what shape you like.

Here is what you can win!

Prize Information:

250 Die-cut Business Cards for one (1) winner
2×3.5″ Rounded Corners, 2×2″ Rounded Corners, 1.75×3.5″ Rounded Corners, 2×3.5″ Leaf, 2×3.5 Rounded one corner, 2×3.5″ Half-Circle Side, 2×3.5″ Oval, or 2.5″ Circle
14pt Cardstock Gloss / Matte / High Gloss (UV), or 13pt Cardstock Uncoated
6 Business days print turnaround time
Free US shipping only.
You should assume that I will receive free print products in exchange for the post. Any and all reviews posted are based solely on my own experience and may be atypical. Please practice due diligence in making any related purchase decisions. Interested to hold a giveaway like this? Please sign up here.”

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