Movie Night with My Teenager and Pop Secret

Thanks to Pop Secret for sponsoring today’s discussion. All content and opinions are my own. 

Is there anything worse than burned popcorn? Not only does it taste bad but the smell lingers forever! What if I told you that there was an app for that? 

Yes, Pop Secret has an app for the iPhone 5+ called Perfect Pop that helps you make perfect popcorn by listening to the popcorn in your microwave. It will buzz when your popcorn is perfect so you no longer have to worry about burning your popcorn. 

Make perfect popcorn with the Perfect Pop app from Pop Secret #sponsored

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Things to Do in Connecticut with Kids

Things to do in Connecticut with Kids #travelWhile I don’t live there anymore I did live in Connecticut for over thirty years of my life. I was born in Southeastern Connecticut where I stayed until my early to mid-twenties before moving to the central shoreline area. I have some very fond memories of my childhood on the southeastern shoreline. Sadly some of my favorite places no longer exist but there are still plenty of places left to visit there and in other parts of the state.

So if you ever find yourself in Connecticut with your kiddos on vacation or are new to the area here are just some of the places you could check out. 

The nice thing about Connecticut is that no matter where you’re staying, nowhere is more than a (relatively) quick drive away.

You may notice that I don’t have anything listed for the Northwest or Northeast parts of the state. In all of my time in Connecticut I have only been to either part of the state once and there really isn’t much there for kids. There is plenty if you’re an outdoorsy type who likes to bike, hike, and fish. So if that’s what interests you, take a ride to one of the northern corners to explore. 

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Simple Cloth Wipes Solution – Method 2

There are so many recipes for homemade cloth wipe solutions out there that include several different ingredients. Considering that in reality you can use just water of you choose, I didn’t feel the need for a bunch of different ingredients in my solution. I also didn’t like the idea of using baby oil in a wipes solution because, while it’s probably fine, I don’t want to run the risk of my diapers repelling. 

Simple cloth wipes solution - method 2 #clothdiapers

This solution only has two ingredients: water and castile soap. I used liquid castile soap in my previous wipes solution but last week I didn’t want to go across town to the natural grocery store for the liquid soap so I bought a bar of it at my regular grocery store and decided to give it a try. It worked really great and while there is one more step than using the liquid soap, it still only takes a couple of minutes to make. 

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Currently {Vol. 1}

I have seen and read the Currently posts on A Mama Collective for a long time now and always thought that it was a fun idea to chronicle my weeks. I have meant to join in for a while now but you know, time and stuff. This week I’m doing it and maybe I will actually stick with it! I am full of great intentions but poor follow-through sometimes. Hey, at least I can admit my shortcomings. . .usually.

Anyway, here is what I am Currently up to this week. Now you can find out how truly random I really am. 

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Shop Smarter with Paperless Coupons from Walgreens

This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

I’m not a coupon clipper. I find the task to be tedious and I don’t use even a fraction of the ones that I clip so they just collect at the bottom of my purse. This doesn’t mean that I don’t shop with coupons though! I use them online and have apps that allow me to use them in some local stores. One of the stores that I get the most bang for my buck with paperless coupons is Walgreens.

Shop smarter with paperless coupons from Walgreens #WalgreensPaperless #shop

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Now You Can Recycle Your K-Cups with Recycle A Cup!

I received a complimentary product in exchange for my honest review. 

I am brand new to single cup coffee brewers and one of the biggest reasons that prevented me from getting a single cup brewer in the past was the waste they generate. Even though I really wanted the convenience of a single cup brewer I just couldn’t get myself to throw away that many K-Cups in the trash. But then a strange twist of fate happened.

About a week after I was initially approached to review Recycle A Cup and having to decline I was given the opportunity to review a Keurig brewer. I eagerly accepted since I could now review the Recycle A Cup and have the perfect solution to my dilemma. 

Now you can recycle your K-Cups with Recycle A Cup!

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Summertime Things that Make Me Sparkle #SparkleWithDASANI

This conversation is sponsored by DASANI Sparkling water. All content and opinions are my own.

To celebrate the new Dasani Sparkling water they want to know what makes you happy. What makes you sparkle. They will be giving one grand prize winner a Sparkling Getaway to the Westin Diplomat in Ft. Lauderdale!

What makes you sparkle? #SparkleWithDASANI contest

Summer is one of my favorite times of year. Lazy days, warm nights, and the smell of charcoal always make me smile. This summer has been full of moments that have made me sparkle that it’s impossible for me to choose just one.

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AD #HotShot Solutions for Keeping Your Home Bug-Free

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hot Shot® Insecticides.

When summer arrives, so do the bugs. We get some unwelcome winged and multi-legged visitors in our yard so I like to get proactive as soon as the weather starts to warm up. There isn’t much that I find more unsettling than having bugs in my home so I armed myself with some Hot Shot® Insecticides to keep bugs from feeling at home in our home.

We have two gorgeous Russian Sage bushes in our back yard but the bees love them as much as we do which makes it a bit treacherous for our three-year-old to play on the side of the house near the bushes. Thankfully he hasn’t gotten stung yet and we would like to keep it that way.

AD #HotShot solutions for making your home bug-free

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Brighten Your Child’s Nursery or Playroom with Non-Toxic Sunny Decals

I received a complimentary product in exchange for my honest review.

We have a large fully finished basement that has a family room, office area, and a designated corner for Dub’s toys. The play and office areas are in one section of the basement and kind of merge together so I have been trying to think of a way to make these two areas more separate since moving in over a year ago. When Sunny Decals contacted me about a review I knew that this would be the perfect solution and wondered why I hadn’t thought of using decals before! 

I chose this adorable hot air balloon set:

Brighten your child's nursery or playroom with Sunny Decals #kids #decor

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Cool Down with a Klondike Kandy Bar Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Weave Made Media® and Klondike, but all my opinions are my own. #weavemade #KandyBar  http://my-disclosur.es/RgFrEH

Summer is the season of barbecues, parties, and ice cream. A couple of times I have found myself having to scramble for a summer dessert idea to bring to one function or another and while I often bake from scratch, in the summer I don’t usually want my oven on for a few hours. That’s when I decided to turn to an ice cream cake! Not just any ice cream cake, but an ice cream sandwich cake! Even if you aren’t comfortable in the kitchen you can make this. It’s so simple and delicious.

Klondike Kandy Bar Ice Cream Sandwich Cake Recipe #KandyBar #weavemade #ad

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