A New Dawnn

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Back to School with Barnes & Noble

This school year is going to be a new and adventurous one for us. This is my first year homeschooling my soon to be fifth grader. Homeschooling is something I've been thinking about for a while now and finally decided that now is the right time. We're both pretty excited for our year to begin and have been busy picking up the things we need for a successful year. We've spent the last week out shopping for back-to-school supplies just like we do every other year. We picked up a new bookbag and lunch box,  all our new supplies (just in triplicate this time) and we most of his back-to-school wardrobe. It's a pretty big change so I'm trying to keep some of the same traditions we've had for the last five years, just amended alittle for our new journey.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Celebrate Carter's 150th Birthday with a Chance to WIN a $150 Gift Card!!

I participated in a Blog Blast Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Carter's. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
#HappyBirthdayCarters #CartersSweepstakes

One of my favorite stores to shop for my babies, Carter's, is celebrating it's 150th birthday. Over the years, Carter's has been my go-to brand for baby clothes and I'm thrilled to help them celebrate their birthday! As part of the festivities they're hosting a 150th Birthday Sweepstakes where 150 winners will be selected to win two (2) $150 Carter's Gift Cards! Not only do they want to thank their loyal customers, but they also want to pay it forward to those who may not otherwise have the opportunity to have a birthday party. During the year, the Carter's Charitable Foundation will sponsor 150 parties for homeless children. A total of 750 birthdays will be celebrated with over 9,000 children in 20 different shelters across the county. How fabulous is that!? Now onto the giveaway!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Keep Your Toddler's Hair Tangle Free in 3 Easy Steps

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Johnson's® and Latina Bloggers Connect. All opinions and tangle free love are my own.

Within the past few months, my daughter's hair has really started to come in (even after we gave her her first haircut when we were in Disney earlier this Spring). For awhile there she was a cute bald little baby after the dark hair she was born with started to fall out. Now just like both her father and I, her hair is coming in blonde. If she follows the same pattern as her brother and both of us (we all had blonde hair as babies that eventually turned dark brown), she have dark hair again in a few years but for now we're enjoying her little blonde hair. With longer hair comes more tangles. There's been mornings she wakes up with some serious bed head. 

Doc McStuffins: Pet Vet Coming to DVD November 3rd

Just in time for the holiday season, Doc McStuffins: Pet Vet will be released on DVD. On November 3rd, you can pick up a copy of the newest Doc DVD that includes five pet themed episodes plus a FREE, exclusive pet collar packed inside. Join Doc McStuffins as she opens a new veterinary practice in her backyard clinic where she treats stuffed animals and toys. Each episode highlights lessons about care and responsibility for pets. Mark your calendar now to bring home this fun DVD any Doc McStuffins fan will love!


Education.com the Destination for Lesson Plans for Educators

Summer's quickly coming to an end and in just a few short days school will begin. Did you know on average teacher's spent $500 out of pocket as they prepare for the new school year. Education.com Pro wants to help educators get ready for the new year with a subscription to Education.com Pro. For less than $75 teachers will have unlimited access to thousands of lesson plans, classroom resources, education games and instructional materials to help them prepare for the upcoming year.

MindPrint Learning Assessment

Last year, was a difficult year for my oldest. He definitely struggled a bit in school and it was the first year that I actually felt let down by our school district. After being diagnosed with an Auditory Processing Disorder early in the year, I had him evaluated by our Child Study Team hoping to put a plan in place to get him the help I knew he was going to need.  Needless to say, here we are in August and nothing has been done. Which is why homeschooling looks to be the way we will go this year. In the back of my mind, I've known for awhile now that this was ultimately what I was going to do but I held out hope that the district would come through. He works well when he's with me and I've had a chance over the last year to really see where his strengths and weaknesses lie in the time I spent working with him one on one. So when a chance to have a unique learning profile conducted with MindPrint Learning, I couldn't say no. I knew it would be a great chance to learn more about his strengths and weaknesses and to see if they were on point with what I thought.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Shut-Eye Strategies to Get the Sleep You Need

I participated in an Ambassador program on behalf of Influence Central for Permix Therapeutics. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Most if us know how important it is to get a full, uninterrupted night of sleep. What's troubling is how many people actually have trouble achieving that. Nearly four million Americans suffer from Insomia and are not getting the sleep they need. Being a busy mom, I know first how important it is to get my sleep. My kids are sleepers, and I'm thankful for that but when I struggle with staying asleep I wake up grumpy and tired. Those days I'm not being the best mom I can be. The days I wake up from a great night's sleep, I immediately feel the difference. I wake up ready to take on the day and everything that comes with it. If you're one of the millions who suffer from sleep problems, I'm sharing  some healthy shut-eye strategies to help.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Don't Let a Saggy Diaper Slow Baby Down - Keep Her Moving & Shaking with New Pampers Cruisers

Disclaimer: This is part of a sponsored collaboration with DiMe Media and Pampers. All opinions are 100% mine.

It's hard to believe how fast these past ten months have gone by. It's been such an amazing journey watching this little time newborn blossom into the active, fun loving little baby she is now. It's hard to stop her from moving and, when she hears music she likes, shaking. While she may not have her dance moves down just yet, that doesn't stop her from moving along with the music. Music has been a big part of her life from her daddy singing to her when she was only moments old to the toys she plays with to the music we listen to at home. Music has been a big part of this little latina's life before she was even born.