15.8.14

Make A Statement With iBandz Wristbands #iBandzWristBandsRock

My son, Liam, was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis over three years ago and an MRI later revealed three brain tumors, two of which are on his optic nerves. I'm so proud of my little guy and how brave he has been through his all of his treatments. Neurofibromatosis, or NF, occurs in 1 out of 3,000 births, so many people have never even heard of it. This is why I was so excited when I heard about iBandz and thought this would be a great way to spread the word about NF and raise awareness for such this genetic disorder.

What are iBandz? 
iBandz are much more than just a wristband because they are made of a durable silcone and are "personalizable"! These trendsetting wristbands are fashionable and available in several different colors. You can choose up to 5 characters to include on your bracelet to make a statement. There are so many possibilities with iBandz. What would you put on your iBandz?
I decided on a green wristband with the letters spelling CURE because green is the Neurofibromatosis awareness color and, of course, we all want a cure for this disorder. Liam works with several NF and brain tumor fundraisers and awareness groups, such as Make A Wish and Bend Your Knees for Collins, and we will be sporting our iBandz from now on!
Liam proudly sports his iBandz wristband, smiling along the way. If anyone asks him about it, he will tell them all about NF, his chemotherapy and his port. I've been really amazed at just how many people have asked us about our wristbands when wearing them. I also love that they are so comfortable I often forget I'm wearing mine. In addition, they have three size settings to fit different wrist sizes. This makes them perfect for both kids and adults!

Take a look at the iBandz website and use the promo code: ROCKIBANDZ to receive $5 off your order and shipping is totally FREE in the U.S.! With school starting back and team sports beginning, now is the perfect time to order your iBandz.

Disclosure: This review was written for iBandz in exchange for product samples. No other compensation was given & all opinions are 100% mine.

13.8.14

Our Smallest Family Member Loves Nutrish For Cats + Nutrish For Cats Giveaway #NutrishforCats #MC #sponsored

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Nutrish for Cats. I received a sample of Nutrish for Cats to facilitate this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

At the end of May, my kids were surprised when Grandma called to tell them she found a kitten under her lawnmower when she went to cut the grass. The kitten had been injured by another animal and was in need of a home, so we adopted it as our newest family member.
Meet Clarence The Cat
He was abandoned by his Mama, so we fed it with one of Liam's baby doll bottles until he was old enough to eat solid foods.
From the very beginning, Clarence showed his distinct and colorful personality, making an impression on the entire family, our friends, and other family members. Liam, my youngest, has an especially strong bond with Clarence and treated him like his newborn baby. He is a special kitty and we want him to know just how much we love him each and every day.
Clarence the Cat guarding his package of goodies!
As with all kittens, Clarence grew up all too quickly. Over the summer he went from a tiny, fragile little baby to a healthy, happy big boy! Once he outgrew his need for a bottle and then kitten chow, I was searching for the perfect meal options for Clarence. The rest of our family strives to eat healthily, which includes many organic fruits, veggies and meats. Of course, I wanted something equally as nutritious for our kitty and, when I heard about Nutrish for Cats by Rachael Ray, I could not wait for Mr. C. to give it a try!

Nutrish is the first natural cat food from Rachael Ray and it includes real meat as the first and foremost ingredient! Unlike other cat foods, there is NEVER any unhealthy fillers like artificial flavors or preservatives. In fact, Rachael Ray has gone a step further, including whole grains, veggies, vitamins, minerals and taurine, which all ensure a happy, healthy cat!

Clarence received a package of goodies, including Nutrish for Cats Real Salmon & Brown Rice Recipe dry cat food along with three Nutrish for Cats wet food samples. I love the names of the wet food: Chicken Purrcata, Paw Lickin' Chicken & Liver Recipe, and Ocean Fish-A-Licious! Aren't those cute? The package also came with brown rice to use with our own recipe and Clarence's very first catnip.
We give wet food to him as a special treat and today was the perfect day for just that, especially since Clarence was so excited to give it a try. I immediately opened up the Chicken Purrcata and he went to town on his special treat. From the photos you can see all of the ingredients and it actually looks appetizing. Clarence obviously agreed because he licked the plate clean, which just happened to be one of my Rachael Ray Little Hoot salad plates. How fitting!
Later on, Clarence the growing cat was ready for dinner and I opened up the Nutrish dry food for him. From the moment he saw the bag of food, he was very interested and, when it opened, he was practically jumping up and down! Once again, Clarence cleaned his plate and was purring the entire time.
We have completely switched over the Nutrish for Cats over the past few weeks and Clarence could not be happier. Maybe it's just me, but his coat sure seems to be thicker and shinier. He is such a happy, healthy cat with so much energy and I'm so glad we found a nutritious, delicious food that not only pleases him, but gives him all the vitamins and minerals he needs.

To show you just how much energy Clarence has, I snapped a few photos of him the first time he played with his new catnip. The boys were laughing their heads off as Clarence went crazy over the sack of smelly goodness. He really couldn't get enough of it and I eventually had to hide it from him so he could calm down. He loves playing with the catnip, so we take it out a few times a week for him to have some fun.

Ready to give Nutrish for Cats a try? Click Here for some great coupons and to make the change to a healthier cat food. If you have a dog, there are also coupons for the Nutrish line of dog food as well! Be sure to also follow Nutrish via Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for all the latest news, promotions, and coupons!

Ready For Your Chance To Win? 
One Lucky Reader Will Win A Sample Package Of Nutrish for Cats! 
To enter, just use the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. Readers, 18+ years of age and ends on Tuesday, August 19th at 11:59pm. Good Luck!
Entrants are only eligible to win one prize package per sweepstakes, per household sponsored by Mom Central (There are many other bloggers hosting giveaways as well, so you can enter there, but can only win one.)!

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Nutrish for Cats. I received a sample of Nutrish for Cats to facilitate this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

29.7.14

Label Daddy Labels For The Entire Family & 20% Off Code @usfg

This summer has flown by and, as I write this, I'm also organizing my son's new school supplies. I can't believe school starts back next week. Last year my son was in first grade and I had no idea just how many items he would misplace during the school year. He lost several pairs of scissors, a jacket and even his pencil box! I am prepared this year and you can be, too, with Label Daddy labels. 

Label Daddy is a great solution for labeling your entire family's belongings. You can purchase labels at great prices for a variety of items, including clothing, sports equipment and other personal belongings your kids take along with them to school, camp, day care, and other places. Now you can keep you child's belongings from getting lost, which can really make life much easier for parents. 

These labels are amazingly durable peel-and-stick washable labels. Plus, they are even washer/dryer safe, microwave safe, dishwasher safe and UV resistant! Label Daddy labels are also cute and fun for kids because you can design the labels to fit your child's personalities. There are many different colors, sizes, and logos from which to choose, including Disney and Marvel characters, MLB, NBA, and NHL team logos. Josiah was super excited to see three Braves label options. There are also many other logos, including cute kitten and flower designs. Label Daddy also offers a laminated coating option, giving labels extra protection against sunscreen, washing and other elements. In addition, the labels are made in the USA and shipped directly to you worldwide.

Save 20% on your entire Label Daddy order - this is the best discount available anywhere. Use code USFAMILY20 at checkout. 


28.7.14

Join Champions for Kids & Donate School Supplies This Back To School Season #SIMPLEGiving

I participated in this program on behalf of Champions for Kids and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.

I cannot believe summer is quickly coming to an end! In fact, Josiah goes to meet his 2nd grade teacher on Thursday and school begins next week. That's why we've been back to school shopping over the past week. I've always loved back to school shopping at Walmart because they have such great sale items available and we can not only get the products needed for Josiah's class, but I don't have to spend a bundle. However, I have to admit, buying new shoes,clothes, a backpack, lunch bag, and other school supplies can add up to a hefty total. That's why I was so excited to hear about Walmart's partnership with Champions for Kids, Elmer's, Purell & Unilever. Over 3,000 Walmart stores across the U.S. are participating in the #SIMPLEGiving initiative, helping collect supplies for children in need. Select stores will feature bins to collect school supplies donated by shoppers from July 7th until August 1st. Perhaps you've seen a bin in your local Walmart. Plus, each bookbag contains a coupon booklet valued at more than $50! Once you pick up the backpack to donate, just remove the coupon book and use it for yourself! Then, just place the backpack full of supplies in the bus donation bin.
Being prepared for the first day of school is so very important and this initiative can make such a difference in a child's life. When Liam was still receiving chemotherapy and often at the hospital, we struggled to pay our bills and needed help. We learned first-hand just how much even small acts of kindness can positively effect life. When an organization donated art and school supplies to both of our children not only were my boys excited and happy, but my husband and I were beyond grateful to receive anything.  I can imagine a book bag filled with school supplies would have the same impact on a child and their family.
This weekend we went to our local Walmart to purchase school supplies for Josiah and for donation! As always, I was amazed at the great deals. Since Josiah is entering the 2nd grade, we found his supply list and went from there. I also used Josiah's list for our donations since one was not provided. I bought double and, on some items, triple the amount on his school list. I figure now is the time to stock up for the entire year, for his teacher, and for other donations, especially when crayons were as low as $.25 a box! We found book bags for as low $3.99 and scissors for only $.50, too. For all of the school supplies and donations, I ended up paying a total of $32.53, which is just amazing, in my opinion. Not only will Josiah be ready for class on Monday, but now I know another little boy or girl will be ready, too!
Please take a moment to donate items for students, too. Click here to see a list of participating Walmart stores. Over 16 million American children live in poverty and purchasing quality school supplies can be such a challenge. Being prepared for school will help children be more equipped to succeed academically and creatively. Just imagine the smile you can bring to another child's face by giving them the tools they need to have a successful school year.

23.7.14

Pregnancy, Life, & Happiness: My Life With LBL #ad

 Disclosure: This post is brought to you by Poise.
I'm now 34 years old and although I feel like I'm still in my twenties most of the time, my body finds little ways to tell me otherwise. When I became pregnant with my first son, I had no idea just how much my life and my body would change. I went from being cold all the time to experiencing hot flashes most of the day. I was a vegetarian who started craving steak! Besides being sleepy more often, I immediately noticed how often I had to go to the restroom. Even before my stomach was noticeably bigger, I was running to the bathroom quite often and it only got worse as I got closer to my due date. Being near a bathroom was one of my main concerns and, if the urge hit in the car, as I found out, then all bets were off. This was the first time I experienced LBL, or Light Bladder Leakage.

Okay, yes, this is not a comfortable topic for most people, but you'd be surprised just how many women go through this on a daily basis. You may be familiar with the little leaks. I notice them most often when I sneeze or laugh. Unlike my son, Liam, who gets so tickled when laughing that he completely wets his pants, I mainly have just a little leakage. I've joked with my mom over the years about using some form of adult diapers because she experiences similar occurrences, but the truth is that Poise offers a product that is much more appropriate for those of us with LBL who do not need something so all-encompassing. Poise is the maker of a variety of pads and liners for women's needs and is a known leader in the light incontinence category, including Poise Microliners, the thinnest liners in this category. 


Meet Poise Microliners the Light Bladder Leakage Solution! They are discrete pads that are surprisingly absorbent and so thin that I forgot I was wearing them! These are perfect for those of us who experience LBL. I can wear my liner, laugh all I want, sneeze if I have to without worry, and just enjoy life. Accidents happen and it's best to be prepared, but I'm never going to let LBL slow me down or change my active lifestyle. No one should! 

Have you experienced light bladder leakage or do you know someone who has? You can give them a try for FREE right now. Get your free Poise Liner Sample Kit and see what you think! I am positive you will love them as much as I do. 

20.7.14

Raise Money For Your Child's Soccer Team With the Ritz Bits Snack For Your Champion Program #RitzBitsTeams

This is a sponsored post through Global Influence. All opinions are my own.

I grew up in a family that absolutely loved sports, so when I was old enough, I couldn't wait to participate in team sports in our town. I played basketball, softball, and soccer for many years. When my nephew started expressing an interest in playing soccer, I was excited, to say the least, but when my own son, Josiah, wanted to play, I was overjoyed! Team sports are such a wonderful way for kids to interact, exercise, and just have fun!

For myself, I could stay outdoors for hours on end, but my son, Josiah, is a bit introverted and likes to stay in his shell. However, team sports have really helped him break out from his shyness, make friends and really gain the confidence he needed to succeed. Just this year I've seen such a change in his attitude, his happiness and even his success in school. His "I can't do it" attitude has disappeared and he is much less afraid to try new things. I'm just amazed at how much his has grown over this year and I can't wait to see his little personality develop even more as the years continue.
Team sports are so much fun for the entire family, but there has to be funding available for these teams, right? We often tend to overlook those little items, such as uniforms and equipment, but they add up very quickly. That's why we were so happy to learn about Pear, which is an easy, user-friendly online platform that helps fund youth soccer!

How does Pear work?
PearUp.com is a completely free social engagement platform that helps groups earn sponsorships from brands! Basically, Pear does all the work for groups and organizations within communities by matching them up with sponsors, making the entire process simple and worthwhile. Here's a video about Pear and how you can use it to find sponsorship for your community youth soccer teams.

Here's where Ritz Bits comes in! They began the Snack For Your Champion Program and want to sponsor youth soccer teams across the country! In fact, they are offering more than $100,000 for youth soccer teams, which can be in the form of team apparel or a donation for team/league fees. Sounds amazing doesn't it? Well, there is no catch at all. Ritz Bits wants to generate goodwill in the youth soccer community because they realize the importance of youth soccer teams just as much as we do.

Now, here is where YOU come in! 
The video above tells you exactly how Pear works, so be sure to watch that! Then, go to the Pear website and make your own "Pear" to start earning money for your soccer team. Each team can earn up to $1,000 within 10 days! How do you earn money? There are many ways to earn dollars and, after signing up, the steps will be there for you and other team members to complete. These include things like following Ritz Bits on Instagram, subscribing to an email, and liking them on Facebook. The more tasks completed, the more money earned for your team! All of the ways to earn money are so easy that there are already over 1,700 participants and 250 Pears earning money.

Do your children participate in a community youth soccer team? 
If so, you now know about an amazing opportunity. If you know anyone else who could benefit from this amazing sponsorship with Ritz Bits, please be sure to share this info with them! Some of our friends have already begun a Pear and would love some support for the SC Del Sol Banat 99 Girls Team, too.


30.6.14

Getting Cheesy With The Pirate's Booty Mac & Cheesy Video Contest & $50 Giveaway Prize Package

Who doesn't like a good pirate joke? My kids love pirates and, since we are at the beach, we are even going on a pirate adventure boat trip this week! Anytime pirates are mentioned, their little eyes pop open and a smile spreads over their faces. In fact, we received a pirate's chest full of Pirate's Booty... literally!
Boy did it bring some smiles upon those faces! Our prize pack had a fun variety of Pirate's Booty Mac & Cheese, popcorn, and some other fun items for the kids, including eye patches and removable tattoos, but their favorites? The foam pirate swords! Arrgh, matey!
My son and niece are quite cheesy when together! They, of course, had to have a sword fight as soon as they thought I wasn't looking...
There is constant laughter at our condo this week and Pirate's Booty wants to bring the laughter to your house, too. Right now you can enter the Pirate's Booty Cheesiest Joke Contest to win a wide variety of prizes! Check out the Pirate's Booty Cheesy Joke Website to read some of the cheesiest jokes on the planet.

After you've had a good laugh, be sure to submit some of your own cheesy jokes! How? Go to the Pirate's Booty Facebook page for all the info on how to submit jokes using @PiratesBooty along with the hashtag #MacAndCheesyJoke. However, if you want to win the prizes, you need to submit a video! Take a short video of your cheesiest joke and then submit it via their Facebook page. Ours was taken on YouTube, so I included @PiratesBooty & #MacAndCheesyJoke. Then, I went to the Pirate's Booty Facebook page to submit the link to the video. It's super easy even for those of us who aren't so good with technology! Here's Katie's super-cheesy video entry:

So, what are you waiting for, go submit your video entry today! 
What can you win? 
There will be daily prize packages give out!
AND 
The Grand Prize is a trip for Four To Wisconsin Dells, which includes round-trip airfare, ground transport, hotel (4 days, 3 nights), and four amusement park tickets! 

Before we get to our giveaway, I wanted to share what we made for a delicious snack this evening! We decided to cook up the Pirate's Booty Shells & Cheese Aged White Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese.
Let me just say, this was the easiest mac and cheese I've ever made and as soon as I was finished, the kids were swarming the kitchen like little bees. I was seriously lucky to have taken the photo above before it was swiped away by my nephew, Michael, who promptly devoured it all.
The rest was portioned between the kiddos and it was unanimous.... Pirate's Booty Mac & Cheese is cheesetacular!

So, are you ready for our giveaway? 
One Lucky Children Teaching Mama Reader Will Receive Pirate's Booty Prize Package with $59 worth of Pirate's Booty Coupons!!!

To enter, use the Giveaway Tools form below! This giveaway is open to U.S. Readers, 18+ years of age and ends on Saturday, July 12th at 11:59pm. One winner per household, email address or home address. If you have won this prize on another blog you are ineligible to win again. Good Luck!

26.6.14

Isis Wallet Is An Innovative, Time-Saving Way To Purchase Items #MC #sponsored #PaySmarter

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Isis Wallet. I received a promotional item to facilitate my review.

I don't know about you, but I never leave home without my cell phone. In fact, I honestly have no idea what I'd do with out it. We all depend upon our phones more and more as the years go by and I'm always in awe of the newest technology coming out. Back when I received my first cell phone, I never would have thought that one day we'd be able to check email and browse the internet while mobile. I'm constantly trying out new apps and trying to stay up-to-date on the latest tech, so when I heard about Isis Wallet, you bet I couldn't wait to give it a try!
Isis Wallet provides a convenient and easy way to pay for purchases with your cell phone. That's right! You don't even need a credit card or debit card with you to buy groceries and other items. In addition, you can save money by adding participating loyalty cards and find offers from nearby merchants!

How is this possible? First, we downloaded the Isis Wallet app onto my phone via Google Play since I own an Android. However, it is also available for download on the Apple App Store. Once the app was downloaded, it informed me immediately that I needed an Enhanced SIM Card. This won't happen for everyone, but don't despair if this pops up for you because you can go to your provider (Verizon, AT&T, or T-Mobile) and they will switch out your SIM card for free. I walked into my local Verizon Wireless location, was there for all of 5 minutes, and was ready to go with my new SIM Card.

Next, I had to set up my Isis Wallet Account. You need an internet connection and I found that a Wi-Fi connection works better than 4G. I didn't have to enter in any credit card numbers at this point, just the basics for setting up the account. At this point, I waited for 3-5 minutes while the account set itself up and emailed me a verification. Once I verified my email, I logged into my account and was ready for the next step.

Now, at this point you have several choices. You can enter in your own debit or credit card information. A Wells Fargo, American Express, or Chase credit card can be used. Plus, you can also set up an American Express Serve account. I set up a Serve account because right now they are offering a FREE $25 credit (until June 30th), which immediately goes into your Isis Wallet account for use just for signing up! Then, you also receive your Serve debit card in the mail 6-8 weeks later. You can add money to this account at any time and fund your Isis Wallet, which is a great way to go if you do not have one of the credit cards mentioned above. This process took me all of 5 minutes and, not to long after that, the $25 credit showed up in my account ready for use!

Now's the fun part! We can go shopping using Isis Wallet. How do you know where you can use Isis Wallet? You can search via the app for locations nearby or look for the contactless symbol below at participating merchants when checking out. I'd noticed this symbol before, but had no idea what it meant!
I asked the salesperson at Verizon Wireless if he knew where we could use it and I was amazed at just how many places accepted payment this way! I could use it at Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile, several Coca-Cola machines in the area, McDonalds, Walgreens, gas stations, and more!
When you are shopping somewhere and see the contactless symbol, simply grab your phone, login to your Isis Wallet App with your pin and hold the back of your phone over the symbol when it is time to pay. That seriously ALL you have to do. It's so easy to use and fun, too! I use my phone often for online purchases, but I love being able to use it while shopping in-store, too. I also love that I can use it at the gas pump instead of sliding my debit card.
I was really amazed just how easy it was to set up Isis Wallet, activate Serve, login and make purchases. It's so easy that even someone with less tech experience could do it. After speaking about this with my mom and husband, they both want to set theirs up this weekend, too! They are both so excited to give it a try. Not to mention, you will receive a $25 promotional credit until June 30th, so take this time to get yours all set up and don't miss out on the free credit. Remember the offers and savings I mentioned earlier? If you are a Verizon Wireless member just like me and use your Isis Wallet to make a purchase of $25 or more between now and June 30th, you will also receive and additional $15 credit to your account. Really, what more of a reason do you need to get out and go shopping?

Have you tried Isis Wallet? If not, set your account up, come back, and let us know what you think! We are positive you will enjoy it just as much as we have. Be sure to "Like" Isis Wallet on Facebook to keep up with all the latest news, promotions, and savings!

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Isis Wallet. I received a promotional item to facilitate my review.

20.6.14

Basic Invite Adorable New Baby Stationary Line & 50 Card Giveaway Open To US & CA


Basic Invite is a wonderful online store dedicated to providing customers with beautiful quality stationary. From save the date cards to wedding invitations and baby shower invites to birth announcements, they have all of your stationary needs covered. In fact, Basic Invite just launched over 50 new designs in their baby stationary line and they are just adorable! Take a look at some of the new cards in our post and then, to further celebrate, be sure to enter our great giveaway.

Birth Announcements
Introduce the latest member of your family in style with a birth announcement from Basic Invite. Once you have selected the design that you want, personalize it to match your babies personality with over 168 different color choices.

Stamp Of Approval

Formal Photo Birth Announcements

Baby Shower Invitations
Impress your guests at your next baby shower with these fully customized shower invitations. Choose a traditional or unique mini fold and design. You can personalize with your choice of colors and fonts to match your party theme perfectly.
Confetti Mini Gate Baby Shower Card


Owl Parents Boy Baby Shower Invitation

Aren't these cards, invitations and announcement just adorable? We are huge fans of Basic Invite here at Children Teaching Mama and that's why we are so excited to work with them on this great giveaway.

Ready For A Giveaway?
One Lucky Reader Will Win A Code For 50 Cards Of Their Choice From The Basic Invite Baby Stationary Line!

17.6.14

Summer Play Date Fun With Arla Dofino #sponsored #HavartiParty #MC

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Arla Dofino. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Summer is officially here and now both Liam and Josiah are home. Let me just say that I never knew just how much two boys could eat and, now that school is out, I've had to restock our kitchen in preparation for breakfasts, snacks, and lunchtime. Earlier this year our family made a pact to start eating healthier and, I have to admit, our plan has gone very well so far. Our diet has changed drastically since last year and we've incorporated more healthy, natural items into each meal, along with fruits and veggies.
Josiah with his teacher on graduation day! He is now a 2nd grader!
This was Josiah's first year in public school, so I was surprised and delighted at the end of the year with all of the notes passed between parents with contact information. It seems Josiah made quite a few friends who wanted to stay in touch over the summer months and get together for play dates. Liam and I have play dates with our homeschool group and with other kids from his hospital, so we are excited Josiah and his friends can now join in on the fun, too. I love play dates with my boys and other kids! Seeing all of them get together, laughing, running around and having a blast is just music to my ears. We practically live outdoors in the summertime, so I couldn't wait to make plans with some friends.
Other fun we've already had this summer break!
I love any opportunity to pack a delicious lunch or snack, so when play dates come along, I take along goodies for all of us to share. Just a few weeks ago, we had the ultimate play date... my son's 7th birthday party! He didn't want anything elaborate this year and requested a day at the park along with family and friends, so that is exactly what we planned. He loves army men, camouflage, which was the theme of his party. Along with his Granny, I set up a snack area under the pavilion as the kids ran around on the playground and had everything set up in no time.

This play date stood out in many ways, including the fact that we used Arla Dofino Cheese to kick it up a notch and make our snacks even more delicious. Arla cheeses fit right into our healthy lifestyle because they are all-natural, hormone-free, and made with quality ingredients. Arla Foods actually happens to be the largest organic dairy company in the world. Not to mention, they also do their part to help the environment and reduce their own carbon footprint by practicing sustainable farming, using recyclable packaging and much, much more.

So, back to the party...

Time to eat!
We supplied many snacks for the party, including organic fruits and veggies, but the main attraction was definitely the delicious sandwiches we made with Arla Dofino Havarti & Gouda cheeses. We made a huge platter of turkey and ham sandwiches, which were also filled with organic lettuce, tomatoes, and pickles before we added in slices of cheese. We used Arla Dofino Havarti Sliced Cheese on half of the sandwiches and Arla Dofino Gouda Sliced Cheese on the other half. You won't believe just how quickly these sandwiches disappeared. I barely got any photos of them before they were devoured. I loved the gouda paired with ham. It went perfectly together.
Our guests enjoying their snacks & sandwiches
Our party was so much fun and the kids had a blast. With such active kids, snack time is a must and gives them the extra energy they need to get through the day. As you can see from all the photos, all of our play date guests played and played. I hated for the day to end, but luckily we've already made some play date plans for this coming week!
As the Arla Dofino brand spokesperson, Kelsey Banfield, believes, being a mom goes hand in hand with being a foodie. Why? Because we are constantly trying new ideas and recipes. Josiah used to be such a picky eater and, because my husband and I are always looking for new recipes and incorporating new ingredients, we've opened him up to foods he never would have tried before. I think it's so important to introduce children to a variety of different healthy foods, even those you didn't enjoy as a kid because you never know when you will find a new favorite to add to the menu. At our birthday party play date, we definitely made many new Arla Dofino fans and had many parents asking us about the cheese and where they could purchase it.

So, if you are a cheesy family like we are, you are probably craving some dairy right now! Luckily, you have a chance to win a 3 month supply of Arla Dofino natural cheeses thanks to the current sweepstakes on the Dofino Cheese Facebook Page. Be sure to enter today for your chance to win! 



I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Arla Dofino. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.