Back to School Shoe Shopping {& a Giveaway}

It’s back to school time for my kids and we have done a TON of shopping for clothes and shoes! I say a ton because with 5 of my 6 kids in school there is a lot to purchase before the big day comes.

This year, with 6 kids in tow, I headed to Famous Footwear for shoes for them all.  With kids in sizes ranging from preschool to adult I knew I would be able to find a pair for each of them. With their incredible Buy 1 Get 1 Half Off deal I knew I would make out well. Sure enough 6 pairs of shoes later my kids were happy campers.

Sure enough they had all of the latest and greatest styles including sparkly Hello Kitty shoes that my 4 year old fell in love with as well as Sperry Top-siders that my older girls like these days.  I have to admit that while I was buying shoe for them I had my eyes on some cute pumps and red Converse that I’ve been wanting too.  I think I’m going to have to go back and get them when my budget recovers a bit from the back to school hit.

 It was so easy for me to find shoes for all of my kids at good prices at Famous Footwear that I wonder why I’ve ever shopped around so much in the past.  When my kids feet grow or they need new shoes again I’ll just head back to this one stop shop. Super simple!

Now for the fun part for you.  Famous Footwear is giving one of my readers a $25 Famous Footwear gift card.  It’s perfect for back to school shopping! Enter with the Rafflecopter form below {if you’re reading this in email click over to the site to enter}.

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*Disclosure: I received a $25 gift card to use at Famous Footwear in exchange for telling you about my experience.  My thoughts and opinions are my own and I only share with you what I truly love and find worthwhile.


Fit Moms For Life {And a Giveaway to get you started}

I don’t know about you but the idea of being Fit Moms for Life is super appealing to me.  I am very excited about sharing this book with you! If you are tired of being out of shape, overweight and unhealthy then this book has the potential to change your life.

Dustin Maher has created a book that is all inclusive on how to really become a Fit Mom for Life. This book is not just an exercise plan or an eating plan.  No, this book is detailed and thorough and will show you how to set long term goals, how to take the pain of what you have been experiencing from being out of shape, overweight and unhealthy and turn it in to motivation to take care of yourself.

Maher says that Traditional Cardio Doesn’t Lose Fat.  Perhaps in all your efforts to get into shape you have been doing it all wrong?  I know I was. This book will help to set you straight and on the right path towards fitness.

This book is not only informative on how to eat right to lose fat and what exercises to choose but it also filled with motivational stories from moms who have tried Maher’s methods and have been highly successful.  These stories are real life examples of what you can achieve if you will put these ideas into practice in your own life.

Fit Moms for Life is an easy read that will have you motivated and ready to jump into a healthy lifestyle after changing your mindsets about how to go about getting healthy. I’m following these principles and already seeing results.  Won’t you join me?!

TO PURCHASE: You can find Fit Moms for Life on the Fit Moms for Life site.

Want to WIN the book Fit Moms for Life to get you started on your journey toward health?  Enter below using the rafflecopter form {if you are reading this in email or a feed reader click over to the site to enter}.
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Disclosure: I was sent the book Fit Moms for Life for free to review.  All of the opinions shared are my own.  I only share on Mommy Kudos what I use and love.


We Love Springfree Trampoline & A {HUGE} Giveaway {$1,899 value}!

What kid doesn’t love a trampoline?  I know I enjoyed jumping on a trampoline as a kid (still do).  But moms have all kinds of things to worry about with trampolines right?  They have springs that can pinch you or that you can fall through.  The nets that are made to keep you inside the trampoline can have hard metal bars that if you jump into them it could really hurt. And those are just  a few of the safety hazards.

I had all of those excuses for not getting a trampoline even though I knew a trampoline would be a lot of fun for our family.  I knew my kids would love to jump on a trampoline and share it with friends but the idea of them getting hurt kept us from making the investment.  Then I heard about Springfree Trampolines.  This changes everything!

We visited the Springfree showroom here locally in Texas and were amazed from the moment we saw these very different looking trampolines.  There are absolutely no springs!  The mat that you jump on goes all the way to the edge and, just as amazing, the net that keeps you on the trampoline will hold you in if you fall into it.  There is nothing hard on it to injure yourself.  So as long as you are being smart about how you jump the risk of injury is almost none.

My kids were thrilled to spend about an hour and a half trying out each of the different sizes of trampolines (there’s one for just about every sized backyard).  They had so much fun and got in some great exercise!

When our trampoline was delivered to our house (the S113 square) the kids wanted it set up right away.  We probably should have paid for the installation because we couldn’t get it up soon enough for them and it was a lot of work.  It did take a good bit of time to get it set up.  My wonderful husband worked on it and got a kind neighbor to help (thank you!).

We got the trampoline set up just 5 days ago and my kids have been jumping on it every free moment they have had.  We had to have them jump one at a time and count to 100 jumps or 3 minutes max each just so they wouldn’t argue over who’s turn it was.  The first night I didn’t get to go on the trampoline until the little kids had gone to bed but then I went out, just as the sun was setting, and I got a great workout jumping for only 15 minutes.  I was winded and tired after that and am excited to use the trampoline as a way to workout from now on.

If you’ve ever thought about purchasing a trampoline but hesitated because they aren’t safe then you will want to consider the safest trampoline available: a Springfree Trampoline.  You can learn more about them by watching some quick videos on Youtube and by following Springfree on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.

And… I have great news! Springfree is giving away the same trampoline we have!! You could win a Large Square Springfree trampoline worth $1,899 by entering with the Rafflecopter entry form below (if you are reading this in email click over to the site to enter). Enter and share with your friends!!

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Dislosure: Springfree provided my family with a trampoline for free to review in exchange for this post.  The opinions shared in this post are my my own and are honest.  I love to share with you what me and my family enjoy!

Reminding Moms to Take Care of Themselves {& a $25 Giveaway to help}

As I mentioned in my earlier post today I’ve decided to start a weekly post that is dedicated to helping moms remember to take good care of themselves.

As a busy mom of 6 I often forget to set aside time, and even money, to take care of myself, but I have realized that when I don’t it hurts me and it hurts those in my care.  So I hope to encourage you, as I am learning myself, to take care of your self without guilt.  Motherhood is a long journey and you need to be strong and ready for it.

Join me each week for “Taking Care of yourself Tuesdays.” We’ll discuss ways to set aside time and take better care of ourselves.

To kick it off I thought a giveaway would be fun! How about $25 to spend at on something that is just for you?  You can buy a new workout DVD, some new makeup, some great smelling lotion, a good book or two, or Downton Abbey on DVD (warning: you will be addicted if you start watching!).

To enter fill out the Rafflecopter form below.  If you are reading this in an email or feed reader click over to the site to see the form to enter.

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Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by Mommy Kudos. Affiliate links are used in this post.

Annie’s New Rising Crust Pizza {Win One to Try}

We have a semi-weekly pizza night in our family.  Usually I will make the pizza myself to make sure the ingredients are healthy but sometimes I just want something quick to pop in the oven. So when Moms Meet contacted me about trying out Annies’s new certified organic rising crust pizza I was happy to do so.

We have been fans of Annie’s products for years now.  If you need quick and easy meals (and what mom doesn’t at one time or another?) but still want to serve healthy food then Annie’s is a great option!  We also really love their snack foods for after school or on the go!

We baked the new organic rising crust pizza and it smelled amazing!  Everyone dug in while it was still warm and agreed it tasted just as good as some of our favorite pizza restaurants.  My kids LOVED it and have since asked for it on several occasions!  The crust, in particular, was a huge hit and knowing that it has 8g of whole grains per serving made me feel good about serving it to my family.

I think you will find Annie’s rising crust pizza to be better than other frozen pizza options both in taste and in health.  Annie’s uses 100% real cheese, made with milk from cows not treated with the growth hormone rBST*.  Annie’s pizza also features meats with no nitrates or nitrites added (except for naturally occurring nitrates in sea salt or celery juice powder).

Annie’s Rising Crust Pizza is available in four flavors, including Uncured Pepperoni, Four Cheese, Supreme, and Spinach & Mushroom. They are all ready to eat in 25 minutes or less with a crispier or softer crust depending on how you bake it.

Would you like to WIN some Annie’s certified organic Rising Crust Pizza to try?  3 lucky winners will each receive a coupon for a free Annie’s pizza! To enter fill out the Rafflecopter form below.  If you are reading this in an email or in a feed reader then click here to enter.

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Disclaimer: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet SM program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet SM blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.