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“I participated in a Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for OshKosh B’Gosh. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

The Back-to-School season is one of the busiest times of year for our family. We’re trying to cram the last few days and weeks full of summer fun – camping, swimming, hiking. playing with friends – AND get ready for school to start too.

My boys are getting older and I’m getting a little smart (about some things anyway…) and learning how important quality has become in our clothing purchasing. My boys play hard and they need good quality clothing that can keep up with them. OshKosh is the perfect solution for my hard-wearing boys. The clothes are comfortable, easy to care for, high quality, and reasonably priced.

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We hit our local Osh Kosh to get ready for school and picked up some things to replace what my boys have grown out of and worn out since last year’s school shopping sprees. We were needing some new t-shirts and shorts (of course) and some nicer woven shirts. I found just the perfect thing at OshKosh – great colors, prints, patterns, and quality.

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The shorts were my favorite find – the little chambray shorts are adorable, soft, and comfortable, perfect for Gus’s energetic personality. And sharks! If you look closely you’ll notice there are several different kind of sharks on there. We’ll have to pull out our shark book and see if we can identify them.

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And this fall, B’gosh Blue Jeans are back! We go through blue jeans like breakfast cereal, and the blue jeans are better than ever with four different styles and plenty of color variations.


OshKosh is also getting ready for school with lots of options for today’s active lifestyle: modernized, bold, fun, and fashionable. Be on the lookout for the newest big ideas from OshKosh this season – Blue Jeans, World’s Best Overalls, and their new black, white, and indigo collection. I can’t wait!

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Besides those great new trends, OshKosh B’gosh is launching the “B’gosh Jeanius Campaign”  so all kids can have what they need for school. They’re partnering with K.I.D.S./ Fashion Delivers, Inc., and to give customers the chance to donate a new pair of jeans or make a cash donation to students in need this school year.

All denim donated from July 28 through September 16, 2015, will be delivered to local children in need through K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers. Cash donations will be dispersed to local AND the Carters Charitable foundation will match all cash donations up to $50,000 and all denim donations with a new item of clothing.

Join the Jeanius Campaign  and do some good – donate a new pair of blue jeans or make a cash donation at the register!

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OshKosh B’gosh has everything you’ll need this back-to-school season – jeggings, moto jackets, layering basics, and glow-in-the-dark graphic tees. You’ll find great designs, quality materials, and trendy fashions to start this school year off right!

Locate a store near you to shop and donate AND keep up with new arrivals and trends on Facebook and Twitter.

Before you shop, click on the coupon and print a larger version for an extra 25% off a purchase of $30+. You’re welcome!





“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Johnson & Johnson and Target. I received a gift card to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

Back to school and end of summer shopping has been so much more hectic this year than ever before. Maybe it’s the four kids… Shopping takes so much more time to make sure everyone has everything they need AND to make sure I’m getting the best prices out there.

The Target Cartwheel App has saved my bacon this back-to-school season. I want the best deals but I am NOT willing to dig for and cut coupons. It takes too much time and is not worth it to me, but a coupon savings app I can do!

Since Target is my favorite all-purpose places to shop anyway, Target’s Cartwheel App makes it possible for me to save a little extra money without any extra effort.

I was there just this morning to take advantage of some great deals on some of my favorite skincare and health products.


Before I headed out this morning, I quickly checked the Target Cartwheel App to see if there were any sales on lotions. This dry summer weather has been punishing my skin for months and I can’t take it one more day!

I picked up two favorites:  NEUTROGENA® Body Oil and AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Sheer Hydration Lotion.

The Body Oil is a light sesame formula that seals the moisture into shower-damp skin without feeling oily or sticky. Just what my dry skin needs – a light, moisturizing solution that is soft and silky and has a clean, subtle, and soothing fragrance.

And my favorite moisturizer for more frequent use – the Daily Moisturizing Lotion. It’s so light, fragrance free, and keeps my skin velvety soft.

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Aveeno Hand & Body Lotions are  5% off and Neutrogena Cosmetics are 10% off! A little extra easy savings (plus another 5% for using my RedCard) on a product I need to buy anyway is my kind of money saving strategy.

If I hadn’t checked Target’s Cartwheel App ahead of time, no problem! I can search, browse, or scan items in store to find offers and then immediately add the offers to my personalized barcode on my phone. When I’m ready to check out, I just show my phone at the check stand, get the barcode scanned, and watch my purchase total drop!  And unlike regular coupons, I can use my offers as many times as I want until the expiration date.

If you’re wondering what kind of promotions the Target Cartwheel App provides, here are some of this week’s offers (through August 15), all available right on your smart phone:

  • Desitin, 5% off
  • Johnsons Baby, 5% off
  • Aveeno Baby, 5% off
  • Neutrogena Cosmetics, 10% off
  • Neutrogena FSC, 5% off
  • Neutrogena Hand & Body Lotion, 5% off
  • Aveeno Hand & Body Lotion 5% off
  • Neutrogena & Aveeno Sun, 5% off



And two other necessities – Listerine Cool Mint floss – it’s my favorite kind! I am a flossing believer – a dentist once told me that if you can only floss OR brush, pick floss! I make sure I do every day and not all floss is created equal. The Cool Mint Listerine variety makes my teeth feel squeaky clean, removing up to 61% more plaque than with Glide Mint Floss.

We’ve been through gobs of sunscreen and this is our favorite, hands down – Neutrogena Wet Skin for Kids. All the Neutrogena spray sunscreens are fabulous, but I like this one best because it can go on wet skin and still work! I like that serious SPF too, 70 is just what I need to keep my sweet baby’s sensitive skin from getting burned.

If you’re new to Target’s Cartwheel App, download it and try it out! You won’t be sorry. And be sure to follow Target on Facebook and Twitter for more updates and promotions from my favorite place to shop!

Back to School with J&J at Target

One last thing – go Back to School with J&J at Target and enter for a chance to win a $100 Target e-gift card. Good luck and happy Target shopping!


*TUTORIAL* $4 Love My State T-Shirt

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We recently got back from a glorious trip up the west coast through Oregon and Washington and our hearts are still there. Oregon is my favorite place in the world and I think it’s my boys’ favorite place too. We decided we ought to make a special Love Oregon t-shirt to commemorate this year’s adventures. […]

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*REVIEW* Animalium


I love non-fiction books, especially books with beautiful pictures. This book has such rich illustrations – the colors are so vibrant and I love the style and how the books is formatted with a page of numbered illustrations and a page of interesting information. It covers a wide variety of animal species, habitats, etc. I […]

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Don’t let an upset tummy ruin today’s adventure!

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“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Little Remedies. I received a product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.” There is nothing worse than watching your child suffer, no matter the cause. Kids pick up illnesses, infections, rashes, and suffer from allergies, sensitivities, […]

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*REVIEW* Minion Mega Bloks Madness

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Have you seen Minions yet? It’s been out for over a week, what are you waiting for ?!? And right after you go see the movie, hop on Amazon and order one of these brand new MegaBloks Minions sets! The Castle Adventure set is brand new and available now on Amazon and it’s packed full […]

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*TUTORIAL* Easy Weaving for Kids

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We learned about the Maya and did some of our own weaving as a supplemental activity. I love actual skill building activities like this for my kids – it gets them using their hands and heads together and learning actual skills that may come in handy some day! Or at the very least clue them […]

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*REVIEW* Babyville Boutique Cloth Diapering

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I have a few friends who use cloth diapers and like some other things I originally viewed as totally crazy, I’ve come around to the wisdom of this idea too. They’re so expensive to buy and since I can sew my own, I thought I’d give it a go. Babyville Boutique was the obvious choice for supplies […]

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*TUTORIAL* 10″ Star Block

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Making a star block is so easy! And a quilt full of these sweet little blocks is just the best. For each star block you’ll need two prints – one for the star and one for the border. The grey print is my star and the green is my border. For the star: Cut 8 […]

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8 Favorite Picture Books About Christopher Columbus

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We’re using The Story of the World curriculum for history this year (and forever because we love it!) and just finished up our study about Christopher Columbus. We found several wonderful books about him I wanted to share with you! Some of these are chapter books, some are easy to read picture books, and others […]

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