Military Makeover Safety 1st Twitter Party!

Remember a few months ago when I headed to South Carolina for a very special project. I’m excited that I can now share it with you!

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After spending two months renovating my own home I have a whole new appreciation for the awesome team of volunteers that helped renovate a home for one of our military heroes in less than a week!

Make sure you turn on your television or set your DVR’s, Friday, December 5th, and watch the Designing Spaces Military Makeover airing on Lifetime.

I’m very excited to partner with Safety 1st an industry leader, who’ve helped parents make their homes safer for 30 years. With their help we were able to safeguard the home for this military family and their little boy.

It was exciting to be a part of this project and I can’t wait to give you the behind the scenes details in a few weeks.

But first I’d love for you to join me tomorrow night (Thursday, December 4th) on Twitter where we’ll be discussing ways you can safeguard your home either for your own children or perhaps little visitors coming for the holidays.

There are numerous very simple no cost/ low cost ways to create safe spaces for your little ones and I’m thrilled to be working with Safety 1st to help safeguard your home.

#SafetyMakeover Twitter Party

Hosts: @HappyHousewife @Safety_1st

Date: Thursday, December 4th at 9pm ET

Hashtag: #SafetyMakeover


  • (1) Safety 1st Prize Package
  • (2) $50 Amazon Gift Card
  • (2) $100 Amazon Gift Cards

Enter your Twitter link below to RSVP!

Please Retweet! 

Official Rules #SafetyMakeover Twitter Party Giveaway

ELIGIBILITY: RSVP on the link above, and be actively participating during the Twitter party with the hashtag #SafetyMakeover on December 4th, 2014 from 9pm ET until 10pm ET. Winners will be chosen from the RSVP list using Winners must be actively tweeting with the hashtag at the time they are randomly selected.

Winners will be notified with an @ mention, and must respond via DM within 24 hours of being notified. If another winner must be chosen after the party is over, winner will be randomly selected from active participants during the party. There is a limit of one prize per household during the party. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery of your prize. You may withdraw your consent to receive emails about special savings and offers from Safety 1st by clicking on the “Unsubscribe” link in any promotional email you receive from us.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. VOID WHERE TAXED, PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW. Subject to official rules and open to United States residents. See you at the party! Let us know if you have any questions.

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Helping Kids Create Healthy Habits

I like to call this photo the million dollar smile.

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I currently have THREE kids in braces and one more who is “just about ready” as they like to say at the orthodontist office. While I’ve always felt it is important for my kids to develop healthy habits when it comes to taking care of their teeth and once we started paying for braces it became one of my biggest priorities as a mom.

Considering I could be traveling Europe or driving a brand new SUV with the money we’re spending to put braces on SIX kids, I want to make sure their smiles stay beautiful for many, many years.

My kids have been visiting the dentist since they were toddlers. They’ve always loved the dentist (you know sunglasses and a free toothbrush) but I wanted to give them a little incentive to help them develop healthy habits.. While brushing is a great start, and very important, there were several additional habits I wanted to instill in them so whether they had braces or not, their smiles would be healthy and beautiful.

About ten years ago I realized that our co-pay for a filling was about $30. We hadn’t had any fillings yet, but I knew without proper habits it was probably going to happen. Seven kids, thirty-two teeth each… you do the math. icon smile Helping Kids Create Healthy Habits

My kids are VERY motivated by money so I decided to pay them $10 each time they went to the dentist and didn’t have any cavities. While our first dentist thought we were crazy for paying out $60-$70 every six months, I knew that not only was I saving money by not paying for fillings, I was also helping my kids develop good habits that they would continue long after they stopped getting paid for having cavity free teeth.

Here are some of the ways we encouraged them to earn their $10 every six months and develop healthy habits.

We moved the toothbrushes out of the kids’ bathroom.

With so many kids and brushes, keeping them hidden in the kids’ bathroom usually meant the kids brushed unsupervised or made a ridiculous mess. We moved them into the kitchen for a while and then into my bathroom.

When they were in the kitchen, the kids were always supervised while brushing and when they were in my bathroom I would remember to remind them to brush multiple times a day when I was brushing.

We assigned colors/ characters for each child.

This is so simple, but if my kids had a toothbrush with their favorite character on it, they wanted to brush more often. Also when their toothbrushes all looked the same no one ever knew which brush was theirs and everyone was always blaming each other for lost brushes.

We helped them floss.

Getting our kids to floss wasn’t usually that hard because they thought it was something fun and new. Buying them their own floss and making it seem like a big deal was usually our way to encouraging them to keep up the flossing habits.

Every single one of our family dentists has stressed the importance of flossing, and now with braces it is even more important since food stuck in teeth and braces can cause spotty discoloration and decay around the brackets. (Not good!)

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LISTERINE® ULTRACLEAN® floss features MICRO-GROOVES® Technology to remove more plaque, and my kids love having their own box! We’ve even gone as far as writing their name on the box with a sharpie to help keep us organized.

We give them toothbrushes every Christmas.

If we are giving them a stocking full of candy, it always made sense to get them a toothbrush to help clean up the mess!

We limited soda, juice, and sticky candy.

When our oldest was six, she was at the dentist and as the dentist was finishing up she said to my daughter,

“Remember, only one soda a week.”

My daughter looked at my husband and said, “I’m allowed to have one soda a week!!!!!” We laughed because our daughter, who probably had one soda every six months, thought the dentist was giving her permission to drink more soda!

From the time our kids first started eating and drinking real food we’ve encouraged water and milk over every other drink. While most of our kids would probably love it if we kept lots of soda and juice in our house, we try to keep healthier options on hand so it is easy for them to make a better choice.

Helping kids develop healthy habits does not happen overnight. It is consistent reminders and giving them the tools needed to get into a routine. There is a wide variety of LISTERINE® products to help with your family’s smile (some new ones too!) including floss, rinse, and travel packs.

Creating healthy habits doesn’t have to be a chore. Remember to keep things fun and focus on the positive behavior to help them take those habits into adulthood.

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Best Time to Be a Kid: Gymboree $2500 Giveaway!

This post is in partnership with Gymboree. All opinions and adorable children are my own.
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Have you checked out Gymboree lately?

When I buy clothes for my kids I try to find clothes that will last through several seasons. With three boys in a row and three girls in a row, their outfits need to last so they can be worn by their younger siblings.

One of my favorite brands is Gymboree. I have a few neutral Gymboree outfits that were worn by four or five of my children and still looked great on the fifth kid!

We headed to our local Gymboree store this weekend and grabbed some super cute winter pj’s for the girls.

One of the best things about being eight is that you can lounge around in your pj’s all weekend and you still look adorable! At 41, not so much!

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This season Gymboree is celebrating the best time to be a kid.

It could be spending a fun day at the water park with your cousins.

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Or the time when you are finally big enough to ride the carousel by yourself.

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And of course the holidays are a wonderful time to be a kid!

Snow days, lights, gifts, and time off school are just some of the reasons this season is the best time to be a kid.

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Gymboree is inviting parents to share photos of the moment in their family that is the #BestTimetoBeaKid during the holidays.

The video below features Mario Lopez and his family. I absolutely love his daughter’s Gymboree dress in the video. Make sure you watch to the end for a coupon code on your next Gymboree purchase.

Every year the girls and I coordinate our Christmas outfits. While we don’t want to match exactly, we always go with a color theme.  Two years ago we did silver and it was my favorite! After seeing the gorgeous silver dress in the video, I’m tempted to do silver again this year .

You can enter the contest by uploading the photo to Instagram or Twitter using the hashtags #BestTimeToBeAKid and #contest, or by submitting the photo directly to

I know everyone takes great photos of their kids during the holidays so you definitely want to enter this giveaway! A $2500 shopping spree would be an amazing prize to win so don’t delay entering the giveaway!

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Gymboree Story Time Featuring “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”

Eric Carle books have long been a favorite in our house. From The Very Hungry Caterpillar to Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See, to Pancakes Pancakes all my children have loved these books. In fact, we’ve actually had to replace books because they were so well loved that over the years they fell apart!

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We’ve incorporated our favorite Eric Carle books into school lessons and the kids have also enjoyed reading them on their own. They are often the first books our children find at the library and we always end up checking out several whenever we make a library trip.

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I was very excited to learn that Gymboree is currently selling sleepwear  and playwear featuring the World of Eric Carle.

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Cora was excited too!

These sets are super soft and comfortable, which is important when you have kids that often tell you things are too scratchy or itchy! icon smile Gymboree Story Time Featuring The Very Hungry Caterpillar They are also very well made so they can be worn for years and passed down to younger siblings or cousins, which has always been important for our big family.

Our Gymboree clothes usually last through all three of my younger girls making them a great value!

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They even have adult styles available, so if you are looking for a fun Christmas morning pajama photo of the whole family, the Eric Carle collection would be great.

If your children love Eric Carle books as much as mine you’ll want to head to your local Gymboree store on September 5, 2014 for a story time reading of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Eric Carle themed craft. This event is happening at all Gymboree locations from 10am – noon.

If you have a preschooler or toddler who is feeling a little left out now that school has started this is a great mommy and me activity to end your week!

Visit your local Gymboree store this Friday, September 5th,  from 10am to noon for some free Eric Carle fun with your little one!

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