Back To School Deals At Walmart & Double Box Tops #BTSLikeABoss

I cant believe it's that time of year again! Summer has gone by so quickly and my boys will be in school next week. Liam is beginning kindergarten and Josiah will officially be a third grader. Along with getting back on our sleep schedule, we have to prepare in other ways, too, including all of our back to school shopping. Nothing quite compares to the deals we can find at Walmart, so that's always our first stop when getting school supplies, clothes, and snacks.

Before going shopping, I always make a list of everything we need to purchase while at Walmart. Every single time there is at least one paper product on the list because we, as a family, use them daily. I'm honestly amazed at how much toilet paper boys can use each week and I use paper towels so often that it's not even funny. Thursday is our open house day at R.M. Moore Elementary where the boys will meet their new teachers and receive their school supply list. After that, we will be heading straight to Walmart to buy the rest of the items needed. We've already gotten clothes, shoes, and backpacks for some great deals. In addition to the school supply list, the teachers usually give us an additional list of items needed for the classroom. We always end up purchasing Kleenex because that's something I know will be very useful as soon as the weather starts to change and kids begin exchanging germs.

With my shopping list ready to go, I'll be able to find the best deals and won't forget all the important supplies we need. Not to mention, Viva, Kleenex, and Scott have something extra special in store for parents and kids. Do you collect Box Tops for your child's school? We purposely purchase items with Box Tops because they are an important way for schools to earn extra money. In fact, we already have 60 Box Tops saved up just from summer break! So, when you shop at Walmart for your back to school items, be sure to check out items with Box Tops. Plus, you can score double Box Tops when you purchase:

Just look for the double Box Tops on the packaging while at Walmart! After one shopping trip, you'll have a head start on collecting Box Tops for the year. Our school actually has a Box Tops contest each year to see which classroom can collect the most, so the kids get very into collect them at home. It's great to see my boys look through products, practice cutting them with scissors, and counting them all up each week. I'm excited to see just how many we can collect over the next months.


Supporting Bladder Leakage With @Depend Silhouette Active Fit #Underwareness #SP

A few years ago, one of my cousins was diagnosed with bladder leakage and, just last year, my mom was, too. Before they were diagnosed, I thought this only happened to people older in age, but that is not true at all. In fact, more people are diagnosed with bladder leakage in their 20s than in their 80s. I actually experienced bladder leakage when pregnant with my last son. Yes, it can be overwhelming and embarassing because there is definitely a stigma attached to bladder leakage. This is why we are a part of the Underwareness campaign with Depend, helping bring awareness sto the stigma, encourage others to embrace themselves, and not to be afraid to wear Depends. 51 million women experience ladder leakage and it is not something that should stop you from living life to the fullest. Depend wants to give people back their freedom and that's exactly what they are doing!
Before purchasing Depend briefs for the first time, the image of an uncomfortable diaper sprung to mind. However, they are the complete opposite. Depend offers a variety of discreet poducts, including their newest addition, Silhouette Active Fit. These have a lower waist rise and not only feel, but look like real underwear. The thin, comfy briefs also come in your choice of black and beige!
Gone are the days of uncomfortable disposable briefs that look like diapers. You can wear Depend Silhouette Active Fit briefs with complete confidence.
As you can see, the Silhouette Active Fit briefs really do look like real underwear. The only difference is that you don't have to worry with washing and folding after use, which makes me like them even more! As soon as I took them out of the box, I was impressed at just how soft they are, too, just like cotton briefs.
Bladder leakage does not have to slow you down or keep you from going out, enjoying life, and having fun. This is what the Underwareness campaign is all about! Depend is entering the second year of the campaign, which is breaking down the stigma and encouraging people to support women with bladder leakage. How can you be a part of this awesome cause? For every photo and video shared using the #Underwareness hashtag and featuring Depend products, Depend will donate $1, up to $3 million, through 2016. The money raised will fund bladder leakage research and education.
Would you like to try Depend Silhouette Active Fit briefs or do you know someone else who would? Get a free sample today and find out just what all the fuss is about and why women love these so much!


Everything You Ever Wanted : A Memoir Review + Book Giveaway

Okay, I admit I don't write book reviews very often, but I do love to read...when I have time. With two kids, it is really hard to sit down and pick up a book, much less actually pay attention to what I'm reading. However, I was given the opportunity to read Everything You Ever Wanted: A Memoir and couldn't wait to check it out. I enjoy reading a variety of subjects, from sci-fi and horror to biographies and memoirs. For those of you wondering what a memoir is, it is a biography or historical account written from personal experiences. In fact, it's like reading someone's diary and that's probably why I enjoy reading them so much. I can take a stroll through someone else's life and really understand what they went through, what they experienced.
As soon as I picked up Everything You Ever Wanted, I was captivated. Jillian Lauren opens up her heart and pours out her life onto each and every page. Jillian had a rough start, dropped out of college, became addicted to drugs, and was even a concubine for a prince! Actually, her first book is Some Girls: My Life in a Harem, which I've heard is a wonderful read and will be the next book I read. Everything You Ever Wanted picks up where the first book left off, chronicling her "second act in life". She married her musician husband, Scott, and they struggled with infertility, something with which I can relate. Ultimately, their love brought them to adopt their amazing son from Ethiopia.

Before I got married, no one told me just how difficult it can be. Jillian doesn't hold back about her life, explains the ups and downs, and embraces the fact that sometimes things just don't work out the way you want. Another reason I enjoyed this book was because she talks about her son and his special needs. Although our experiences with Liam differ vastly, she expresses so many emotions that I, too, have felt over the years.

I don't want to give too much away because this is a must-read for 2015 and one that definitely needs to be added to your reading list. I don't often get emotional or teary-eyed when reading, but Everything You Ever Wanted: A Memoir spoke to me as a parent, a wife, and a caregiver. Jillian Lauren has lead quite an amazing life and I can't wait to see what else will be in store for readers in the future.

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Disclosure: This review was written for Jillian Lauren in conjunction with Global Influence. No compensation was received. All opinions written are my own.


Stay Informed About Prostate Cancer & Enter To Win $2000 #sponsored

When my son was only 2 years old, we found out he had cancer. After an MRI came back revealing brain tumors, we were immediately referred to an oncologist for treatment. He has Neurofibromatosis, a disorder causing tumors to form, mainly in the brain before puberty. The oncologist recommended chemotherapy for Liam, so that's what we did and it saved his life. Thankfully, we caught the tumors soon after they formed and were able to get treatment quickly! We learned first-hand just how important it is to visit the doctor, stay up-to-date on screenings, and to stay informed about your health.
My little buddy, Liam
Since Liam's diagnosis, I've learned about several forms of cancer, including prostate cancer, a type of cancer that forms in the prostate, a gland only found in males. With over 1.2 million biopsies performed each year, 240,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer and 30,000 result in death, making prostate cancer the 2nd leading cause of cancer related death in the United States. It's scary to think about and something men tend to think of never happening to themselves. Over 2.5 million men in the U.S. are prostate cancer survivors and early detection is very helpful with treatment, which is why Prolaris is an essential part of the treatment process.

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I love my husband and want him around for a very long time, which is why I stay on him about his screenings and health. I know everyone has very busy lives, but it's worth the extra time to stay informed about your health, to learn about prostate cancer, and the treatment options available. 

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Prolaris and Myriad Genetics via Global Influence. All opinions included are my own. 


Make A Delicious Dinner For The Entire Family With Hamburger Helper #freebeef #helper #ad

Today’s post is sponsored by Helper, but my love for their Free Ground Beef Rebate option is all my own!
Back when I was in college, I started grocery shopping for myself, which was a huge learning experience in itself! My roommate and I decided to try Stroganoff Hamburger Helper on a whim one day and it became an instant favorite for us. As students, we were on a very small budget and Hamburger Helper was not only within our price range, but was a tasty treat after a hard day at school. Not to mention, it is so simple to make that even someone like me, who is cooking impaired, can figure it out and have dinner on the table in no time.

Now that I have two school-aged children, we are constantly at school or other activities, leaving little time to prep for a big dinner. Plus, the boys and my husband are all very picky eaters, so the worst is spending hours making a dinner only for them not to eat any of it. I'm sure you can relate to this!

Earlier this week, the boys and I went to the grocery store to stock up on food. Of course, we had to replenish our supply of Hamburger Helper, including their favorites, Stroganoff and Cheeseburger Macaroni.


Champion For Kids Helps Provide Healthy Snacks For Kids #SnacksForStudents @Champions4Kids

Disclosure: This post was written for the #SnacksForStudents SIMPLE Giving program by Champions for Kids in conjunction with The Motherhood. A gift card was given for donation purposes. All opinions written are my own.

I was so excited to learn more about the Champion For Kids program because they do so much for children. I know what it is like to struggle financially and have relied on the kindness of others to get through each month. When Liam was on chemotherapy and we were at the doctor almost every day, providing healthy snacks for our boys was more than difficult. Now that Liam is doing better and even began pre-k this year, we wanted to do our part to give back. That's why we were more than happy to have his school, the Ralph Bunche Center, sign up as part of the Champions For Kids SIMPLE Giving program.
SIMPLE Giving began last year in central Arkansas Walmart stores and has now extended to many stores across the United States. The idea behind the Snacks For Students program is to provide schools with healthy snacks for over 10 million children in 2015! Last year alone they served over 5.6 million through in-store donations, service projects and community events. Now, you have a chance to help make their new goal a reality.

Champions for Kids, General Mills, Kellogg's, Emerald and Kettle Chips have joined together to make it simple for communities to provide basic resources for students via in-store donations. They want us to see just how easy it is to pick up a few extra items when shopping at Walmart. There are many children in need and the SIMPLE Giving program aims to help as many of these children as possible.

How can you help?
While shopping at more than 3,600 participating Walmart stores, you can purchase snacks and breakfast items for children and place them in designated donation bins located at the front of stores. There are community youth-based organizations and schools around your own community who will receive these donations. In addition, Champions for Kids, General Mills, Kellogg's, Emerald and Kettle Chips will award a total of $45,000 to participating school districts and youth-based organizations based on donations made at each store. So, if you donate, you have the potential to earn even more donations for your community! One snack, juice pack, or box of cereal can really make a difference in the lives of children.
We headed to our local Walmart in Canton, Georgia for our weekly shopping trip and to purchase our donations just recently. After talking to the manager at our store, I found out that they did not have a box set up due to the recent weather and shipping issues. That's okay because you can still buy a few items and drop them off at your local youth-based organization or school if you do not see a box.
The boys were ready to go shopping and picked the biggest cart possible when we got there. We headed around the store and searched for healthy snacks that the kids would love. The Pre-k program at Ralph Bunche has breakfast, snack time, and also lunch while at school, so Liam was very helpful with picking out the types of snacks they eat while there.
As you can see, Josiah was also quite excited. Cheerios are a huge hit in our home, so we were sure to get several boxes of those along with Rice Krispies, some juice boxes, chips, apples, and more. Needless to say, we had an entire cart full of goodies by the time we left.

We are dropping off all of our donations this afternoon, so check back for more photos in just a few hours. I can't wait to carry all the items into Ralph Bunche and hope the kids enjoy all of the healthy snacks. 


Celebrate #HeartHealthMonth with Cheerios + Ancient Grains & $15 Paypal Cash #Giveaway #ad #HealthySnacksHealthyHeart

Last year my husband had a wake-up call when the doctor explain to him that his lifestyle had to change immediately. He is a lawyer by profession, one of the most stressful jobs on the planet. That, coupled with his diet and lack of exercise, was not doing his body any favors. He'd gained quite a few pounds since we met many years ago and was also suffering from high blood pressure, so we knew it was time for us to become heart healthy.

My boys, including my husband, are all very picky eaters, so thinking outside the box has always been a must when in the kitchen. I thought eating healthier would make this more difficult, but it actually opened us up to a world of new food and recipe possibilities. Heart-healthy foods are those low in fats, sodium, and other ingredients that are bad for heart. There are many delicious foods that fit into this category, including three great new products from General Mills: Cheerios™ +Ancient Grains, Gluten Free Chex™ Granola Mix, and Nature Valley® Nut Crisp Bars.
Yesterday was our weekly shopping day, so I loaded up the kiddos and headed to our neighborhood Publix. We love our Publix and have gotten to know almost everyone at the Laurel Canyon location because they are so friendly. My kids actually look forward to going shopping there, which is a total miracle and makes shopping so much easier. Our first stop was the breakfast aisle for cereal. I was super excited to get our Cheerios™ +Ancient Grains because I love all Cheerios and wanted to give these a try.

As you can see from the photo, they were on sale this week (a buy one, get one free special). Plus, you can print the $.75 off Cheerios Publix coupon making them $1.44 a box! What a bargain!

Cheerios™ + Ancient Grains is so appealing to me not only because my husband and I love whole grains, but it also only has 5 grams of sugar! This delicious cereal contains quinoa, oats, KAMUT wheat, and spelt, making this a wholesome treat for the entire family. I knew exactly what I wanted to create with my new cereal and got to work on it as soon as I got home.

Fresh Fruit & Cheerios + Ancient Grains Probiotic Yogurt Shooters
This is a super easy recipe and something you can throw together for breakfast or snack time. You can use your choice of fruit and yogurt. I, however, love vanilla yogurt with bananas, grapes, and apples. Strawberries and blueberries are also great when in season. I didn't have shooter glasses, so I used some reusable containers that make a perfect snack size.
Fresh Fruit
1 cup Vanilla Yogurt
Cheerios + Ancient Grains
Just chop up your fruit to the desired size:
Then, create layers by placing a handful of one fruit, 2 teaspoons of yogurt, another fruit, etc. When you get to the top, add your Cheerios + Ancient Grains! This way they stay crunchy until it's time to eat. As you can see, I made two different cups. One has more yogurt added in for myself, but my kiddos prefer more fruit than yogurt, so the other is for my son. You can really make these to your own liking. That's the great thing about this recipe. Cheerios + Ancient Grains make a perfect topping for yogurt!

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Disclosure: The information, products and Publix gift cards were provided by General Mills through Linqia.

 breakfast - green tea


Preparing For A Big Day #Tomorrow with Kellogg's @KelloggsUS #BigDay #sponsored

Being a parent is overwhelming sometimes (understatement of the year), but there are ways to make each day a little easier and to plan for a better tomorrow. Mondays are especially hard for us because we honestly go off our schedule most weekends. Sunday night it is hard to get the boys in bed and, when 6:30am rolls around the next morning, those eyes are looking tired and the boys are usually moping. There are many ways to prepare the family for tomorrow and, once you establish a good routine, mornings really do get easier, I promise.

Mornings have always been tough for me because I am a night owl, so preparing the night before is key to a successful tomorrow.

What do we do to have a successful big day?

1. I check all book bags to make sure everything is ready to go. This means making sure the agenda/paperwork is signed and homework is completed/correct!

2. Make sure the laundry is finish, folded, and clothes are picked out for the next day. I hang both Josiah and Liam's clothes on the stairs next to their shoes so they can get up in the morning and immediately get dressed. I cannot tell you how much this has helped, especially with shoes because they always get misplaced. I used to run around like a mad woman trying to locate them.

3. I help the kids pick out a healthy snack to take with them to school. They especially love taking some dry cereal in a bag along with a juice for snack time. Liam loves picking out a snack! In fact, it isn't unusual for me to fill a cup with some dry cereal as a snack for myself. Cereal isn't just a breakfast food!

4. Ask the kids what they'd like for breakfast in the morning. Josiah wants cereal every single morning, so we have an entire cupboard of healthy cereal choices from Kellogg's. I didn't realize just how many we had until I started writing this post. One of his favorites is Frosted Mini Wheats because they are great dry or with milk.

5. Set the alarm and get some sleep! We are in bed by 8pm to ensure a good night of rest and I always set the alarm for 6:30am to make sure we have plenty of time in the morning. Running around late is never a good way to start the day.
How Do You Plan For The Big Day Ahead?

Kellogg's is a brand I've known, trusted, and purchased for many years. I suppose you'd say it is a tradition because my mom always had a variety of Kellogg's cereals in the pantry, too. Some Kellogg's cereal and milk in the morning is a great way to start the day, so that's exactly what we do!

Twitter Party Alert

I love Twitter parties and am so excited to announce the Kellogg's #BigDay #Tomorrow Twitter Party on Tuesday, February 10th at 12pm ET It will be hosted by The Motherhood and co-hosted by Dr. Travis Stork, star of the TV show "The Doctors"! He will share some great tips on staying healthy and having a successful big day by preparing the night before. In fact, he has already provided some helpful tips to share with my readers, some of which are similar to my own!

  • Lay out your clothes the night before to help streamline your morning routine.
  • Create a “must achieve” list for the morning to help yourself stop stressing about those tasks at night, leading to a more restful night’s sleep.
  • Plan out what to have for breakfast, and nothing is easier than setting out a bowl and spoon for a quick, nutritious and tasty bowl of cereal in the morning.
  • If you’re travelling or on-the-go, making sure to pack a nutritious snack (like a baggie of cereal) in your bag to help you avoid hitting the mid-morning lull and picking something unhealthy.
In addition to chatting with The Motherhood and Dr. Travis Stork, attendees will also have a chance to win some awesome prizes, including a $50 Amazon Gift Card, Kellogg's cereal, and other branded items!!! Children Teaching Mama will be joining the fun and we hope to see you there, too! If you'd like to join the Twitter party, be sure to use hashtags #BigDay and #Tomorrow! Also, don't forget to follow @ChildrenTeach, @TheMotherhood, @KelloggsUS, and @TravisStorkMD.


@MezzettaFoods Recipes To Remember This December #SharingJoy #MezzettaMemories #sp

Disclosure: This article is sponsored by Mezzetta Foods.

December marks that special time of year when joyous memories are made together with friends and family. As a parent, the holidays have become even more special for me. My kids are at the ages where everything is just astonishing to them, from light displays to the arrival of Santa, and I want to make the most out of every single moment. The holidays are a time of love, warmth, happiness, and family. Even though we are busy throughout the year, we always make time for friends and family during the holidays, visiting people we don't usually see during other times of the year. Most importantly, we load up the car and make the trek to NC around December 23rd to visit my parents. The ride is long, but knowing what awaits us each time makes every minute worthwhile.

Come the afternoon of December 25th, the door to my parents' home is full of friends, family, and, of course, food! It never fails that we try a new recipe each and every year, so this time was no different. I had a chance to try out Mezzetta products and couldn't wait to incorporate them into a recipe to remember.

Each year we have the usual holiday food items: ham, turkey, dressing, and assorted vegetables. However, this year my son, Liam, requested something a little different: pasta salad! So, I set out to make a delicious, memorable side dish that everyone would enjoy. There are several Mezzetta products I use often, but my two favorites are the Extra Virgin Olive Oil and huge Pitted Greek Kalamata Olives. I use the EVOO often when cooking as an alternative to vegetable oil and it has a great taste to it. The Mezzetta Kalamata Olives are absolutely amazing and really are HUGE! My oldest son was completely shocked when I purchased them a few years ago for the first time. Our entire family loves olives, so I knew combining these two products would make for a great side dish that everyone would enjoy. Here's my new recipe creation, Mezzetta Holiday Pasta Salad:

Speaking of things to remember, Mezzetta is holding an awesome giveaway with 31 days of winners! Yes, winners will be picked daily throughout December, so enter now for your chance to win a Mezzetta Favorites Holiday Gift Basket.
The basket includes:
• 100% Italian Estate Grown Extra Virgin Olive Oil
• Golden Greek Peperoncini
• Garlic Stuffed Olives
• Castelvetrano Olives
• Pitted Greek Kalamata Olives
• Roasted Marinated Red & Yellow Sweet Bell Peppers
• Cocktail Onions
• 1 Apron (from House Party contents)
• 1 Metal Olive Spoon (from House Party contents)
• 1 Tote Bag (from House Party contents)
• 1 Ceramic Bowl
Mezzetta is the perfect way to spice up the holiday season and give your recipes a zesty new flavor. Be sure to enter the giveaway today by clicking here!
Are you a huge Mezzetta Foods fan like we are? Could you eat olives or peppers every day and want to try a new brand? Be sure to get your $.50 coupon for Mezzetta products before going shopping to save some money!

What are your plans for this December? We will be traveling to my parents' house, but also celebrating again at my mother-in-law's house! That makes two incredible dinners for our family and I look forward to every minute each year.


Dr Pepper Snapple Group Gives Back To Communities & Has Many Innovative Ideas for 2015 #DPSBalance

Disclosure: This post was written for the Dr Pepper Snapple Group in conjunction with The Motherhood. All opinions provided are my own. Compensation was provided in exchange for my participation in the group meeting and post.

Just last week I was fortunate enough to be part of a panel of moms who participated in a virtual briefing with the Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS)  As a huge fan of Dr Pepper, I cannot express how excited I was to be presented with this opportunity and I was bubbling with questions for the DPS team! Apparently, I wasn't the only one because all of the other participants were actively participating and asking questions throughout the meeting as well, which made for a very interesting and informative experience for all.
I learned so much about DPS and am going to share a bit of that knowledge with all of my readers. Before last week, I had appreciation for the Dr Pepper Snapple Group products, but I had no idea just how involved they are in the process of creating new and innovative products as well as participating in communities. I wasn't at all surprised to learn that they are the leader in flavored carbonated beverages. I have been a Dr Pepper fan for as long as I can remember and, if there is a soft drink to be purchased when at the grocery store, that's the one in my cart. It is also a favorite of my son, Liam, who would drink it all day if I let him. As you may already know, Dr Pepper is a culmination of 23 flavors. Of course, I had to ask the group what the flavors are because I sometimes feel like I taste caramel and cherry, but I was surprised when told that only 2 people know the secret ingredients contained in Dr Pepper, so it is just a mysterious as it is delicious!
Dr Pepper Snapple Group sells more than 50 brands of carbonated soft drinks, teas, juices, mixers, and other premium beverages, which include YooHoo, Hawaiian Punch, Mott's, and IBC Root Beer. They consistently stay at the top of the charts, with 6 of the top 10 non-cola soft drink brands in the business. How are they so successful? They take the creation of new drinks very seriously. In fact, a product they put on the shelf may have existed in over 40 different variations before the final product was approved! DPS actively listens to their consumers, wanting to give them exactly what they are looking for in a product. I find the entire process, from scientists to store shelves, so interesting.
Outdoor play is very important for a balanced lifestyle!
As someone who really strives for a healthy balanced lifestyle, it's always encouraging to find out a company has similar goals for their products and consumers. DPS also believes that healthy lives depend on balance. You should balance the calories consumed with the amount of calories burned through physical activity to stay keep healthy and fit. This is why DPS has set a goal for the upcoming year to focus at least half of all innovation projects on providing healthier options for consumers. This includes adding low- and no-calorie beverages, adding smaller portion options, and improving overall nutrition. They even took full-calorie beverages out of schools and hope to reduce the amount of calories consumed in beverages by 20% over the next 10 years!

Of course, consumers are very important to any business, but DPS really takes a hands-on approach to reaching their consumers and helping them also complete their own goals. I had no idea that DPS was so heavily involved in philanthropic organizations, causes, and projects for local and national communities. To date, more than 2,300 employees have spent time volunteering!
Playing Frisbee with family on Thanksgiving!

When doing their research, DPS found some very interesting facts, including that only 20% of children live near parks and 2/3 of children get less than an hour of play each day. It's no surprise that obesity rates have tripled when children aren't as active and also have poor eating/drinking habits. With all of this in mind, DPS began its $15 million 3-year Let's Play program in 2011 with KaBOOM!, an awesome non-profit organization dedicated to promoting active play. I've mentioned KaBOOM in prior posts on my blog and fully support their work encouraging children to get off the couch and play! Thanks to the partnership between DPS and KaBOOM!, 2,000 playgrounds were built or improved. The Let's Play program was so successful that they extended their partnership this year through 2016 with an additional $10 million from DPS with hopes of continuing the dream to provide children with safe and fun playgrounds for children and encouraging the entire family to stay active and lead a balanced lifestyle.

This year DPS also made a $1 million contribution to Good Sports as part of the Let's Play program. Good Sports is a national non-profit organization dedicated to promoting active play among older children by providing athletic equipment to disadvantaged youth. As we all know, participating in sports can be very expensive. Many children are not able to be a part of organized sports in their communities due to lack of funding, the cost of equipment, uniforms, and entry fees, so Let's Play has also expanded to also include individual children who "lack the opportunity to participate in organized sports due to the cost of equipment, uniforms, and entry fees. By the end of 2016, DPS will have donated more than $26 million to Let's Play.

Participating in this meeting gave me the opportunity to see how the Dr Pepper Snapple Group works from the inside out and I'm not an even bigger fan of their company. I'm utterly amazed at the dedication all the employees have for not only their products, but also for their consumers. DPS takes it a step further by focusing on consumers, what they want, and what they need, before moving forward each year. I have no doubt that DPS will succeed in their goals for 2015 and cannot wait to see what is in store for the future.

I hope this post gave you a but more insight into what DPS is all about. What was the most important fact you learned about DPS? How do you work to maintain a balanced and healthy lifestyle?

For more information on fun ideas for active play as a family and grants, be sure to check out the Let's Play website. While there, take the Let's Play Pledge to add more playtime to your schedule and spend time as a family outdoors! My boys would spend each and every hour outdoors if they could, so when it isn't too cold, that's where you will find us.

Disclosure: This post was written for the Dr Pepper Snapple Group in conjunction with The Motherhood. All opinions provided are my own. Compensation was provided in exchange for my participation in the group meeting and post.